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Night of s'mores offers a sticky good time

I am amazed that there are so many different flavors of marshmallows. The only flavor we could get when I was young was the white cubes.

On Sept. 6, the residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments were treated to a night of s'mores. Anne Naumann, director of the Knickerbocker Senior Center, provided all the goodies for the "Wish There Was S'more Summer" party. Chocolate bits, graham crackers and multi-colored marshmallows were roasted on alcohol burners. A charcoal or wood fire might set off the fire alarms in the building. Since we didn't have enough s'mores to share with the firemen who would answer the call, we settled for the smokeless burners.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:25 AM, 09.17.2013

Dr. Deborah Abbott to speak at Westlake Porter Public Library

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) will host nationally recognized speaker and OGS Cleveland District Trustee, Deborah Abbott. Dr. Abbott, past president of the African-American Genealogical Society of Cleveland and a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College of Cleveland, obtained Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Tuskegee University in Birmingham, Ala., and a Ph.D. degree from Kent State University.  

While she resides in Cleveland, Dr. Abbott is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. She lectures throughout northeast Ohio and surrounding states, most recently at the Ohio Genealogical Society Library in Bellville, Ohio.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.04.2013

Westlake resident named Miss Cuyahoga County

Westlake resident Tiara Hunt has been awarded the title Miss Cuyahoga County and will represent the county in the Miss Ohio USA competition in November. Should she win this title, she will go on to compete next spring for the Miss USA title.

Tiara has lived in Ohio for the last 12 years, graduating from Orange High School in Pepper Pike and obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Kent State University. She currently works for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and is studying to take the NCLEX- RN nursing exam to be licensed to practice. Tiara is also an advocate for self-empowerment, independence and living with a purpose.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:28 AM, 09.04.2013

Teams compete in Corporate Challenge

This year’s winner of the seventh annual City of Westlake Corporate Challenge was Applied Companies LLC, located on Ranney Parkway in Westlake. The Corporate Challenge featured 16 events, held in the evenings from August 5-9. Most Challenge events were held throughout the city of Westlake at various locations. The locations included: Westlake Recreation Center, Meadowood Golf Course and the Center for Community Services. Bowling, eight-ball pool and trivia were held at Buckeye Lanes in neighboring North Olmsted.

According to Victoria Marquard-Shultz, general counsel for Applied Companies, this year’s champion, “We participate because everyone in the entire company looks forward to it. It gives all our people the opportunity to see each other out of work, and to meet each other’s spouses, kids and dogs! What we gain is a sense of camaraderie that extends into our work culture and gives us a boost for the entire year.”

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:02 AM, 08.20.2013

Cool summer doesn't deter Westlake's gardeners

Awards presented at 2013 Westlake in Bloom ceremony

The yards and streets of Westlake blossomed with creativity again this year for the city’s annual Westlake in Bloom community beautification program. Green-thumbed residents and businesses alike planned and planted in hopes of winning bragging rights and a gift certificate to one of Westlake’s four garden centers.

The Hilliard Boulevard flower boxes and Evergreen Cemetery fence gardens burst with color, while more than 100 entries were submitted in 21 residential and commercial categories – nearly triple the number of participants in the first Bloom competition 12 years ago. Winners were announced at an Aug. 7 awards reception at LaCentre.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:23 AM, 08.20.2013

Westlake in Bloom winners

Congratulations to the winning gardeners in this year's Westlake in Bloom competition. Thank you for your hard work to make our community even more beautiful!

Evergreen Cemetery Fence Gardens
    Best Focal Point: The Eberling Family    
    Best Use of Color/Texture/Materials: In Memory of Stanley and Dixie Dean
    Most Creative: In Memory of Norma and Bill Jonas
    Greatest Visual Impact: The Coe, Barry, Ward and Hall Families   

Hilliard Boulevard Flower Box
    Best of the Boxes: Kingsville/Westlake Sister Cities
    Best Focal Point: The Witouski Family
    Best Use of Color/Texture/Materials: Constructability, Inc.
    Greatest Visual Impact: The Madden Family

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:22 AM, 08.20.2013

Democracy in action

A standing-room-only crowd packed the Bay Middle School cafeteria on Aug. 13 to hear from the four mayoral candidates up for election in the September primary. The two-hour forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Cuyahoga Area, Bay Village Chapter, featured opening and closing remarks from each candidate and questions from the audience. The evening marked the first public gathering of the three challengers – Claire Banasiak, Marty Mace and David Volle – and incumbent Deborah Sutherland.

Audience questions, reviewed by a panel of League members and posed by moderator Janice Patterson from the Westlake/North Olmsted Chapter, focused on a number of hot-button topics, including government transparency, regionalization, property taxes and abatements, power outages and city council actions. A recurring topic of discussion was the city’s budget and the candidates’ plans to maintain the Bay Village way of life in the face of dwindling revenues from the state.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:22 AM, 08.20.2013

The Herb Guild goes back in time for themed luncheon

Remember when life was simpler, much less hurried, perhaps a  little less casual and a little more refined? That is exactly the mood The Herb Guild was going for with its "Turn of the Century Fashion Show" on Aug. 7, presented by the Western Reserve Historical Society. Delightfully dressed models circulated among over 300 members and guests in an array of historical gowns reminding us of the fine tailored workmanship of yesterday's fashion. The table decor of graceful tussie mussie bouquets with a lady's lace glove draped at its base reminisced the same theme.

Mary Kay Filipiak, chairwoman of the organization's scholarship committee, awarded $1,000 scholarships to two of our area's college-bound students, Patricia Kay and Greyson Rusher.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:23 AM, 08.20.2013

Mystery author Les Roberts to visit Westlake

Mystery writer Les Roberts will meet and greet fans and autograph copies of his new book, "Win, Place, or Die" on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 1-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Crocker Park. The event is free and open to the public.

"Win, Place, or Die" is the 17th book in a series featuring fictional Slovenian American private investigator Milan Jacovich, a former Kent State University football player and ex-cop with a taste for klobasa sandwiches and Stroh's beer – and a knack for finding trouble on the streets of Cleveland.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:56 AM, 08.20.2013

1963 Westlake High School reunion contacts needed

The 1963 Westlake High School Graduating Class is having their 50-year Reunion on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Lakewood’s Emerald Necklace Marina’s Waterside Room, 1500 Scenic Park Drive, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will also be an Ice Breaker Event on Friday, Oct. 18, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Westlake Houlihan’s Restaurant, 25651 Detroit Road. Retired WHS Band Director Thomas Hill will be a guest of honor.

Reunion Committee Members are working diligently at locating fellow classmates. Information on addresses and phone numbers or e-mail addresses on the following 1963 graduates would be greatly appreciated: Kathy Bayer Levy, Lynn K. Blanchard Gruen, James L. Gaul, Teresa M. Krebs Trexall, Norman J. Linek, Kathleen M. Maloney and Robert Duane Swartz. Please contact Bonnie Young Snyder at 440-937-9144 or blsnyder21@yahoo.com to update the missing contact information.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:54 AM, 08.20.2013

Westlake D.A.R.E. officer earns lifetime award

On Friday, Aug. 2, The D.A.R.E. Association of Ohio held their annual awards ceremony in Columbus. Awards were given for D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year, D.A.R.E. Educator of the Year and Law Enforcement Executive of the Year. In addition to these annual awards, the association chose to recognize one of its own with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:55 AM, 08.20.2013

Westlake military personnel honored

Friends and family of Westlake’s military banner honorees – including two of the featured servicemen – attended a ceremony at Westlake City Hall on July 18 to officially retire the banners that were displayed throughout the city for the last several months. Pictured, from left, are Cindy Wisniewski; Andrew Adkins; Darla Midgley; Mark, Bonnie and Rae-Rite Chomoa; Cecilia and David Smalley; Debbie and Dylan Rooney; and Olga Skerly.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 10:44 AM, 07.24.2013

Westlake Relay fights for a cure

All the hard work and time are over and we had a wonderful day July 13 at Westlake's Relay For Life. Games were played, raffles were won and music was enjoyed. Kids sweated their way through the bounce house and others cooled off in the dunk tank. Overall, we made money and that was the main goal. 

Unfortunately the turnout was much lower than we had wanted, and it breaks my heart for all the volunteers involved. Everyone worked so hard and we threw a great party and honored survivors, caregivers and those that we have lost. As Event Chair I had high hopes of reviving the Relay so I can’t help but be disappointed.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 10:32 AM, 07.23.2013

Donations sought for Bay fireworks fund

Will Bay Village have a fireworks show in 2014? The answer to that question is maybe: It will depend upon the generosity of those who enjoy the fireworks by contributing to the Community Fireworks Fund.

Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland announced in 2011 that the city could no longer afford to pay for fireworks. Following that announcement, an anonymous donor stepped forward and contributed the funds through The Village Foundation for the past two years. In the future, funds will have to come from private donations given specifically for this purpose.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:44 AM, 07.23.2013

Hear Bay's mayoral candidates in LWV event August 13

The Bay Village chapter of the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area will present a candidates' night on Tuesday, August 13, at 7 p.m. in the Bay Middle School cafeteria, 27725 Wolf Road. The four candidates for mayor will each give short opening and closing remarks. An LWV moderator will pose audience questions that have been screened for duplication, clarity, relevance and appropriateness.

On Sept. 10, Bay Village will have the first test of the primary election that was instituted by Charter Amendment in 2007 after the mayor won by a plurality rather than a majority.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:46 AM, 07.09.2013

Troop 41 honors three new Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 41 of Bay Village presented the Eagle Scout award to three young men at a ceremony in Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 30. The Eagle Scout award is the highest-ranking award in Boy Scouting. The three recipients were Alexander James Davis of Avon Lake, James Blakely Fell and Nathan Samuel Cullinan, both from Bay Village.

Mr. Carl Meermans, Scoutmaster of Troop 41, presided over the Eagle Court of Honor. The Reverend Dennis Stylski, Eagle Scout and pastor of Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church, offered opening prayers that were followed by highlights of the road to Eagle Scout. Nationally, only about 4 percent of Scouts achieve this goal. In order to be considered for the Eagle rank, a scout must satisfy certain criteria. These include a minimum of 21 merit badges, of which 12 are required; demonstration of leadership positions in the troop; planning and implementation of an Eagle service project; character references with at least five letters of recommendation and the approval of a district-level Eagle Board of Review.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.09.2013

Westshore Young Leaders enjoy summer fun at youth conference

During the last week of June at Capital University in Bexley, over 400 teens were swarming from all over Ohio and around the country including Washington, D.C., and Georgia. Viktoria Paulic, a freshman at Rocky River High School, and Liz McIlwee, a senior at Lakewood High School – both members of the Westshore Young Leaders Network – attended the Y2Y International Conference. Y2Y's motto is "believing in the power of youth and the drug-free choice."

This year’s conference theme of "Limitless" equipped the teens and adults who work with them to the limitless potential to make positive change occur. This change can be within themselves, in their schools and their communities. Participants experienced small group family sessions, team-building challenges and limitless workshops over four days.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.09.2013

Golfers raise money for Youth Challenge

More than 80 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day at Avon Oaks Country Club while supporting the 25th Annual Youth Challenge Golf Outing on June 27.  Close to $10,000 was raised to directly help fund Youth Challenge programs. Thank you to all of the golfers, sponsors and volunteers who helped make it a fun and prosperous event.

Youth Challenge is a non-profit corporation that brings together children with physical disabilities and youth volunteers for year-round adapted sports and recreational activities. For 37 years, YC has been making it possible for children with physical disabilities to enjoy sports and activities like kayaking, horseback riding, skiing and bowling.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:49 AM, 07.09.2013

Westlake hires Jim Bedell as new director of planning and economic development

The June 20 Westlake council meeting was an evening of comings and goings. Introduced to the community was newly hired planning and economic development director Jim Bedell, while retiring longtime public servants Richard Schultz and William Huffman were given resolutions for their service to the city of Westlake.

Bedell arrives from Bay City, Mich., with an extensive planning background, including working as manager of the planning department and supervisor of the engineering and community development departments over his 14-year tenure with the city. He began his career as a planner with the Bay County (Michigan) Planning Department after receiving a degree in landscape architecture from Michigan State University.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 11:12 AM, 06.25.2013

Bay Scout's Eagle project fundraiser coming to Bay Days

I'm back one last time with my most exciting article yet, part three of my new crusade to remodel Bay United Methodist Church’s youth group room as my Eagle Scout project starting July 3! 

Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout takes a great commitment. Only four out of every 100 scouts achieve Eagle Scout. To reach this level, an Eagle Scout project needs to be accomplished. The project has to impact the community in a positive and lasting way. I know that my project will help teens in need come to Christ through a newly remodeled youth group room that will be fully functional, inviting and inspirational to newcomers.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:38 AM, 06.25.2013

LWV awards Good Citizen scholarships

The Bay Village Chapter of the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area has named two 2013 Bay High School graduates as outstanding “Good Citizens” of the school and community. Sarah Melenick and Benjamin Nortz were each awarded a $1,000 college scholarship at the recent Kiwanis Awards Night. Sarah and Ben were chosen for their superior qualities of character, scholarship and leadership.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:35 AM, 06.25.2013

‘Bike the US for MS’ riders stop in Bay

Bikers traversing the United States to raise awareness and money for multiple sclerosis research made a stop at the Cahoon in June festival on June 15. Starting in Bar Harbor, Maine, on May 28, the riders will travel 4,295 miles, ending in Seattle, Wash., on August 4. Pictured are Jim Omans, Matt Konece, Cecilie Cardoza and Rebecca Lemmon. To follow their progress or join the team, visit BiketheUSforMS.org.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 11:12 AM, 06.25.2013

North Carolina’s 'Cleveland Rocks' mission group entertains hospice patients

It’s no secret to those of us who live here that Cleveland is in the midst of a major revitalization. All the “buzz” about our hometown has reached into rural North Carolina. Sixty middle school and high school students from the combined youth choirs of First Baptist Church of Mount Holly and Marion, N.C., were inspired to plan a “Cleveland Rocks” mission trip and were in town until June 24.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:39 AM, 06.25.2013

Farewell to Five Seasons

We are back to having only four seasons after Westlake's family sports club closed its doors on May 31. My family's charter membership in the Five Seasons club on Clemens Road began in 1999, yet no more will we be greeted by Sharon as we arrive for our morning exercise class. As most readers know, Hyland Software bought the building and land to build its Science and Technology Center. 

Members and guests have a lot of good memories to share, and as the last weeks moved along, good friends met for that last fitness class, the last tennis session and the last time that the water exercise group would ever meet there. Everyone has been asking everyone else where they plan to go now that our club is closing.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 11:22 AM, 06.11.2013

Deadline to enter Westlake in Bloom is near

The flowers are planted, the edging is done, the mulch is down and the garden is looking great. What are you waiting for? The deadline for entries for Westlake in Bloom 2013 to be received is Friday, June 28, at 5 p.m.     

Westlake residents and business owners can download entry forms from the city’s website at www.cityofwestlake.org and mail to Westlake in Bloom, City of Westlake, 27700 Hilliard Boulevard, Westlake, OH 44145, or drop off at the reception desk at Westlake City Hall. Entry forms are also available at any of these Westlake garden centers: Cahoon Nursery, Dean’s Greenhouse, Gale’s Westlake Garden Center or Plant Crafters.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:43 AM, 06.11.2013

Bay teen seeking donations for Eagle Scout project

Hello, this is part two of my new crusade to remodel the United Methodist Church’s youth group room as my Eagle Scout Project!

The Bay Days carnival is fast approaching. When it does, I will be there with my fundraiser, “Dillon’s Duck Race.” I am currently building the duck race, and it will be ridiculously fun for all kids and adults! Remember, all proceeds from my booth go to Bay United Methodist Church. 

I will also have envelopes that you can enclose a donation to sponsor me for the July 4 Bay Days Run. Please come to my booth, I would love to meet you in person! You may also donate on my secured online fundraising page at www.active.com/donate/DillonsRunForJesus. Please take note, this is a new web address, different from my first article. This is the one that will be valid throughout the summer.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:44 AM, 06.11.2013

Bay Village Women's Club awards senior scholarships

The Bay Village Women’s Club Foundation announced the awarding of $2,000 scholarships to each of seven outstanding graduating seniors from Bay High School at their annual “Honors for Scholars Luncheon” on May 9 at the Cleveland Yachting Club in Rocky River. The scholarship recipients also received a certificate of recognition from the Foundation at the annual Kiwanis Academic Awards Ceremony at Bay High School.  

The seven recipients are: Rannie Dong, daughter of Yi Dong and Danhong Song. Rannie's activities include Student Council, National Honor Society, and varsity tennis. She plans to attend Cornell University, majoring in engineering.

Daniel Huntley, son of Thomas and Amy Huntley, plans to attend Miami University, majoring in marketing and statistics. Daniel's activities include class president, Student Council president, a capella choir, Choraleers, Symphonic Band, HUDDLE and tennis. 

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:51 AM, 06.11.2013

Bay Village Police Chief Dave Wright retires

Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland announced Chief Wright's retirement to city officials on June 6. In an email addressed to department heads and City Council members, Sutherland wrote:

"It is with very mixed emotions that I have accepted the retirement letter of Chief Dave Wright effective June 23, 2013. Chief Wright has been a member of the Bay Village family for nearly 33 years and has run an excellent Police Department. During his tenure, the PD saw significant improvements in leadership, recruitment of excellent personnel, and overall professionalism.

"He is highly respected by his peers which is why he was elected to lead both the Cuyahoga County Chiefs’ Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police during his career with the City of Bay Village. Chief Wright will be opening a new chapter in his life with his new employment as Police Commander for the Cleveland Clinic. Our loss is certainly the Clinic’s gain and we wish Dave every success in his new position."

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:56 AM, 06.07.2013

Community band seeking musicians

The Sixth Annual Patriotic Band Spectacular sponsored by the Westlake Music Boosters will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at Wagner's Country Inn in Westlake. If you play a band instrument and would like to be part of this special concert, please contact Ray Walczuk at 440-250-1014 or walczuk@wlake.org for information about rehearsals.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.29.2013

Summertime fire safety tips

The weather is warming, Memorial Day has come and gone and summer has unofficially begun. The time for outdoor activities and parties is here, and I encourage you to take added safety precautions with fireworks and outdoor grills.

Annually, just under 10,000 Americans are injured by fireworks and almost 5,000 are injured by grill fires according to the United States Fire Administration. Taking a few simple precautions, knowing fire safety tips and following instructions will help everyone enjoy a safe summer.

Fireworks Safety

  • The only types of fireworks that can be legally purchased and discharged in Ohio are trick and novelty devices. These include items that smoke, sparkle, snap and snake.
  • Handle and discharge trick and novelty devices only under adult supervision.
  • Appoint one adult to be in charge. This person should know the hazards of each type of firework being used.
  • Carefully read and follow the label directions on the trick and novelty device packaging.
  • Light only one sparkler at a time and hold it away from your body and others.
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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:54 AM, 05.29.2013

Scout running to raise funds for church

You may remember me from saving an abandoned little black poodle named Peanut last year from Porter Creek in Bay Village. You may also remember me from selling you popcorn at your door or in front of the Bay True Value store. I am now on a new crusade to raise donations for the Bay United Methodist Church!

I am 15 years old and have always had a goal to become an Eagle Scout by the age of 16. I knew I wanted to combine my Christianity with my Eagle Scout project. Last month, I spoke to the youth council coordinator from the church who told me of the problems within the youth group room. Ever since, I felt committed to helping remodel the youth group room.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:46 AM, 05.29.2013

Rotary Club surprises Westlake girl with YC sponsorship

The West Shore Rotary Club surprised Westlake resident Megan Teets with a full year, $1,500 sponsorship to participate in Youth Challenge programs.  Megan, 11, will soon be starting her second summer with YC. She has enjoyed more than 30 programs so far, including dance and drama, sled hockey, hip-hop and marching in Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Pictured are Dan Fronczak, President of the West Shore Rotary Club; YC participant Megan with her parents, Paul and Dawn Teets; and Tom Eble, one of the founding members of the West Shore Rotary Club.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:56 AM, 05.29.2013

Sutherland wraps up last year in State of City speech

It’s been an up-and-down year for Bay Village. In the past 12 months, the city has garnered local and national accolades, faced budget challenges due to decreased revenues, completed a major infrastructure improvement and got slammed by one of the worst storms in decades to hit the region.

In her 13th annual State of the City presentation to the West Shore Chamber of Commerce on May 7, Mayor Debbie Sutherland’s focus remained on the positives – and the lessons to be learned from the negatives.

Since her last State of the City address in May 2012, Bay Village has been recognized as the No. 1 suburb in the region by Cleveland Magazine, was named to Family Circle magazine’s top ten best towns for families and received the state auditor’s award for “exemplary financial reporting” in last July’s audit for fiscal year 2011.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:29 AM, 05.14.2013

Regionalization: good or bad?

Is regionalization a good thing or a bad thing? Those who have been following the League of Women Voters (LWV) forums on regionalization know that the answer is, "It depends." Regionalization itself means different things to different people, and the meaning can vary depending on the context. 

In the first forum, featuring Cuyahoga County's Director of Regional Collaboration Ed Jerse and Cuyahoga County District 2 Council member Dale Miller, we learned that collaboration between county and city governments can offer unique opportunities for efficiencies and can strengthen the entire region. Yet both speakers agreed that merging political entities is not a first choice: most local communities want to preserve their identities, and mergers are so time-consuming and expensive that the costs often outweigh the benefits.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:11 AM, 05.14.2013

Bay biking challenge has its rewards

Bay students are taking out their bikes for the annual Bike to School Challenge. It is a three-week bike challenge to get kids out and about on their bikes.

Each day they earn a stamp if they biked, and on some days they can earn extra for wearing a helmet. Also on some days they can earn a prize, including Subway coupons, water bottles, T-shirts and ice cream.

It started on Monday, May 6. Also, on the first day, a TV news crew got footage of the students to be put on the 6 p.m. newscast. On the first day there were already 544 bikers at the middle school and others at the high school not yet added to this total.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:19 AM, 05.14.2013

Belvedere of Westlake's unique living arrangement goes national

The Belvedere of Westlake garnered national media attention in 2009 by becoming the first assisted living facility in the U.S. to serve as the summer home for a minor league baseball player when it hosted Lake Erie Crushers pitcher Josh Faiola – and has hosted a player every summer since. The most recent chapter in the story of this unique arrangement finds the intergenerational living movement propelled to the national stage with a suburban Washington, D.C., retirement community now housing two Washington Spirit soccer players. 

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:14 AM, 05.14.2013

Teacher promotes character education in schools

Local teacher Janet Vinciguerra is awarding scholarships to fellow teachers again this year to attend a national character education conference in Washington, D.C., in October. Last year’s recipients from Rocky River, Avon Lake and Cuyahoga Falls attended, gained strategies and shared 10 “best ideas” with their faculty. 

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:11 AM, 05.14.2013

Westlake's longtime planning director retires

Warren Buffett once said, “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” It’s unlikely Buffett was thinking of Bob Parry when praising that second “someone,” but the comparison is fitting, literally and figuratively. Current and future generations have Parry to thank not only for the abundance of trees lining Westlake’s streets and developments, but also the transformation of the city from a quiet farming community to a bustling destination for residents and businesses.

Bob Parry, who retired as Westlake’s director of planning and economic development on April 19, played a vital role in shaping the developing city over the course of 26 years at city hall. Hired in 1986, Parry helped to plot a course forward during the most dynamic period in Westlake’s history as the construction of Interstate 90 and a population boom that began in the 1980s shifted the city away from its agricultural roots.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:50 AM, 04.30.2013

Annual Bay Village hydrant flushing in progress

Our annual hydrant flushing in the city of Bay Village will begin April 29 and will be completed, weather permitting, by mid-June. Each year we test and flush every hydrant in the city to ensure proper function, pressure and maintenance. 

As in past years, we will keep residents aware of our daily progress through the city by posting temporary signs. We also notify city hall each morning of our work area for the day.

Please note that hydrants are flushed between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

Since hydrant flushing sometimes loosens some of the rust in the water mains, you may notice rusty or discolored water when we are flushing in your area. If this happens, let your cold water run for a few minutes until it is clear again. Should any rusty water end up accidentally in your laundry, the Fire Department has a supply of rust remover packets. Call 871-1214 for more information or just stop in at the fire station, 28100 Wolf Road.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:11 AM, 04.30.2013

Amputee basketball event a slam dunk

AMP1, a team of stand-up (non-wheelchair) amputee basketball players, came to town and created a lasting impression on everyone who saw them play. “Nothin but Net! Hoopin it up For Disability Awareness” was an all-day event on April 24 that showcased the team members’ athletic abilities, determination and positive attitudes.

This was the team’s first appearance in the Cleveland area, and was coordinated by Leimkuehler Inc., a Cleveland-headquartered prosthetic and orthotic provider, and Youth Challenge, a sports and recreation organization designed for children with physical disabilities.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:27 AM, 04.30.2013