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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

Another record-breaking benefit for Youth Challenge

Close to 400 generous guests helped raise $210,000 for Youth Challenge at their “Gallery Gala” Annual Benefit & Auction on April 13 at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center. The Westlake nonprofit brings together children with physical disabilities and teen volunteers for adapted sports and recreational activities.

Guests enjoyed a fun evening with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, silent and live auctions, a Hilton Head vacation raffle and a 50/50 raffle while supporting Youth Challenge. In addition, attendees were treated to a gallery of artwork created by YC participants and volunteers.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:29 AM, 04.30.2013

Strike affects Bay garbage collection

Update, April 22: BFI workers will return to work this week and resume regular Tuesday trash/recycle collection.

Update: According to city officials via a Nixle message on April 19, BFI trucks have completed trash pickup with the exception of some streets in the eastern section of Bay Village. There is no information on recycling collection and residents are asked to bring in their green recycling cans from the curb.

The city of Bay Village alerted residents via Nixle messages that the BFI/Teamsters strike has continued into Tuesday, the regular trash pick-up day for Bay. According to the message, city staff will pick up yard waste beginning on Tuesday, April 16, and BFI non-union employees will pick up trash only (no recycling) on Wednesday, April 17. Residents are asked to hold their recycling until further notice.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 1:03 PM, 04.16.2013

Band of brotherhood

​Serving in the military is not only an honor and a privilege but for some families a tradition. For one local family three brothers have continued that tradition, a tradition that started with World War I and has lasted almost six generations.

Lifelong residents of Westlake and graduates of Westlake High School, Colton and Dylan Rooney (class of 2007) and Brody Rooney (class of 2011) are all currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Whether motivated by stories from family members about Vietnam, Korea or World War II or from a very positive upbringing for the love and respect for the flag and our country, Brody, Colton and Dylan found it very easy to serve their country.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:48 AM, 04.16.2013

St. John Medical Center unveils modern new main entrance, surgical wing

Photo: Sister Judith Ann Karam, president and CEO of Sisters of Charity Health System, offers an opening prayer at the April 15 blessing ceremony for St. John Medical Center’s new  37,000-square-foot, two-story wing housing a grand main entrance, state-of-the-art surgical suites and sun-lit patient care areas.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 11:12 AM, 04.16.2013

Westlake Girl Scout achieves silver award with nature badge project

Katie Cirincione, a sixth-grader at Parkside Intermediate School in Westlake, just completed the Silver Award, which is the second-highest award in Girl Scouting.

Her project involved revamping three Junior Girl Scout "badge backpacks" at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Over the past few years, Girl Scout badges and requirements have changed. Katie saw the need to update the backpacks to meet current requirements for the detective, gardener and animal habitats badges.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:46 AM, 04.02.2013

Bay's Crisis Communications Task Force advises residents to be proactive, prepared

After two months of public meetings and research, the Crisis Communications Task Force presented its initial draft of recommendations on how best to communicate with Bay Village residents in an emergency situation. At the most recent meeting, held March 25, the committee presented a plan that focused on three impact areas: communicating with vulnerable and at-risk populations; making better use of existing programs and resources; and using tactics that are flexible and scalable for the scope of the emergency.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:43 AM, 04.02.2013

Youth Challenge gearing up for Paralympic sports

The Youth Challenge kids are going to be better equipped to participate in Paralympic sports thanks to a grant from Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation Inc. 

The World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational awarded more than $924,000 to 49 area charities at the Northern Ohio Golf Charities recognition program recently. Youth Challenge received $9,450 to help purchase Paralympic sports equipment to support their power wheelchair soccer and golf programs. YC brings together children with physical disabilities with trained youth volunteers to participate in adapted sports and recreational activities.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:43 AM, 04.02.2013

Business growth, sound planning keep Westlake stable in tough economy

Through diligent planning, dedicated employees and community reinvestment, Westlake has maintained its status over the past year as a premier destination for residents and businesses alike, Mayor Dennis Clough told members of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce on March 12. In his 28th annual State of the City address, Clough highlighted the achievements of each city department and measured his administration’s progress toward objectives set for the year.

Mayor Clough said Westlake sits in a strong financial position, calling it “pretty much debt free,” with a “higher bond rating [AAA] than the U.S. government.” In accordance with city goals, Westlake’s property tax and sewer rates remain the lowest in the Westshore, and in some cases, the county, while income tax rates have been stable for the past twenty years. Clough, a certified public accountant, credits his city’s diverse economic composition and responsible fiscal management.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:57 AM, 03.19.2013

League of Women Voters forum explores city, county collaboration

County officials Ed Jerse and Dale Miller kicked off the League of Women Voters–Cuyahoga Area's three-part forum on regionalization on March 5 at Bay Village's Dwyer Center. Both speakers emphasized opportunities for voluntary collaboration among cities, as well as between cities and the county. Both stated that mergers between political entities are not the first choice, given local communities' desire to preserve their identities, as well as the expense and length of time to effect mergers.

Mr. Jerse, Cuyahoga County's Director of Regional Coordination, cited the county's 59 communities signing a landmark anti-poaching agreement, promising not to attempt to persuade businesses to relocate within the county. Instead, the focus is on developing a strong region that businesses outside the county and the state will find attractive. Mr. Miller, Cuyahoga County Council District 2 representative, agreed, citing the Global Center for Health Innovation (Medical Mart) as a project that will revitalize downtown Cleveland and bring new businesses to the entire region.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:57 AM, 03.19.2013

Bay Village establishes crisis communication task force

In an effort to improve communications between Bay Village residents and its safety forces during crises or emergencies, a special volunteer task force has been appointed by Mayor Debbie Sutherland to research and recommend changes.

Stubborn communications issues experienced in the wake of “super storm” Sandy last October prompted the mayor to commission the all-volunteer panel to begin meeting and consider potential recommendations to city council designed to improve communications. The task force has been meeting since December, and is welcoming public input on their draft plan.

It became evident that while the city services and safety forces were able to stay in communications with one another, getting information out to residents became more of a daunting task, with landline phones and the internet being down for up to 6 days.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:34 AM, 03.19.2013

Village Foundation accepting donations for Bay's Fourth of July fireworks

Last year, Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland announced that the city could not afford fireworks due to budget constraints. Mayor Sutherland announced that an anonymous donor offered a generous donation to start a private fund to pay for 2012 fireworks. The donor promised an additional contribution for the 2013 display. These donations allowed the city to offer the traditional Fourth of July fireworks as a finale to Bay Days.

Beyond 2013, funds will have to come from private donations made specifically for this purpose to “The Bay Village Community Fireworks Fund,” which will be managed as a community service by The Village Foundation. This special fund is to enable citizens to make a  tax-deductible contributions to The Village Foundation specifically earmarked for the continuation of the annual fireworks display.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:52 AM, 03.19.2013

Disc golf course proposed for Cahoon Park

Most of us have tossed around a Frisbee sometime in our lives, and many of us have played (or tried to play) golf. There's a relatively new sport growing in popularity across the country that combines the two activities, known as disc golf. It's played by tossing a disc from the tee area across the green toward the “Pole Hole,” an elevated metal basket, in the fewest number of throws.

Enthusiasts of the game cringe at the term “Frisbee golf,” because players don't use a regular Frisbee but rather a flying disc specifically designed for use in disc golf. Instead of the big bag of clubs used in golf, disc players traditionally use a set of 3 discs: a driver disc for long distances, a mid-range disc and a putter disc, though some players have up to 15 discs designed for distance and flight curvature.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 10:44 AM, 02.19.2013

Bradley Bay receives highest rating from U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report released their 2013 Best Nursing Home ratings and Bradley Bay Health Center in Bay Village has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars.

The Best Nursing Homes ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, a total of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. The goal is to help readers find a home with a strong track record of excellent care.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 10:00 AM, 03.05.2013

Irish "Rose" applications accepted now through March 21

Westlake’s Northern Ohio Rose Centre is accepting applications from eligible young women of Irish ancestry wishing to compete for the title of the 2013 Northern Ohio Rose. This year’s Northern Ohio Rose Selection Celebration will take place at LaCentre on April 19.

The winner will be referred to as the “Ohio Rose” when she travels to the Rose of Tralee International Festival’s “Regional Festival” in Portlaoise, Ireland, in late May. Once there, she will vie for an opportunity to advance to the International Festival held in Tralee in August. Her local reign will continue throughout the year.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.05.2013

Local gallery leaders gather at BAYarts for launch of arts journal's new issue

Visual arts leaders from around Northeast Ohio will gather at BAYarts Friday, March 8, to celebrate the launch of the Spring 2013 issue of CAN Journal.

CAN Journal is the new quarterly arts magazine built to serve member galleries and organizations. More than 45 Northeast Ohio galleries, including BAYarts, are members of the Collective Arts Network, which publishes the magazine. The membership gathers for launch parties at a different location to celebrate the release of each quarterly issue, and for networking.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.05.2013

Bay High grad named defensive coordinator at University at Albany

Drew Christ, a Bay High School alumnus, has been named defensive coordinator at the University at Albany in New York, an NCAA Division I university in the FCS division.

Drew is a 1993 graduate of Bay High School where he participated in football, wrestling and track. He went on to play at the University of Chicago, where he was a three-time All-University Athletic Association defensive back and kicker. He was voted special teams MVP for four consecutive years and received the overall most valuable player award as a senior. After college he played semi-pro football for the Granite State Warriors and arena football in Madison, Wis. He is the son of George and Betty Christ.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.19.2013

Bay PTA members shine in national TV program

Our Bay Village PTAs – Early Childhood, Normandy, Westerly, middle school and high school – are committed to all that is best for our children, including encouragement of a healthy lifestyle. Yet when Bay High graduate Marissa Stein (’98), a producer on the NBC hit television show “The Biggest Loser,” called and asked to feature our members on her program, I had many questions about how we would be portrayed.

Marissa assured me that the cooking segment would focus on preparing healthy meals for our families, so after receiving a thumbs up from local and state PTA Council officers and our Bay school administrators, I agreed. (It is not easy to turn down a Bay High graduate!)

We gathered in Mrs. Anita Bauknecht’s Family & Consumer Sciences classroom at Bay High for what turned out to be a marathon cooking and taping event. However, hours of preparation paid off. Like PTA moms and dads everywhere, Bay Village was prepared with every last detail, including the provision of food processors, pots and pans, measuring cups and spoons, all kinds of utensils and more.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:27 AM, 02.05.2013

Mayor's survey of Bay residents finds most happy with city

If you’re a Bay Village resident and have a generally positive view of your quality of life in the city, you’re not alone. While this may not come as a surprise to most, a recent survey by Mayor Debbie Sutherland fortified that claim with statistics.

Sent out to nearly 1,000 subscribers of the mayor’s email newsletter last September, the brief survey posed questions about the city’s government, services and amenities to gauge resident satisfaction and identify areas needing improvement. While the number of respondents represented a healthy portion of survey recipients (roughly 30 percent), it should be noted that it is a small sample of the city as a whole (less than 2 percent). Mayor Sutherland explained during the Jan. 28 city council meeting that it wasn’t intended to be a scientific survey, but she felt confident that the “themes” elicited from the respondents were for the most part representative of the populace.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:42 AM, 02.05.2013

Free tax preparation at Corporate College West

Once again, Cuyahoga Community College will offer a free personal income tax filing service for those who meet eligibility requirements with an earned 2012 income of less than $60,000.

Walk-in assistance on a first-come, first-served basis is available at Tri-C's Corporate College West, 25425 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake, on Thursday from Feb. 7 to April 4, 4:30-7:30 p.m. in Room 214. The services will also be offered at three other Tri-C campuses: Metropolitan in Cleveland, Western in Parma, and Eastern in Highland Hills.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:29 AM, 02.05.2013

Cuyahoga County residents invited to vote for six big ideas in our community

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture invites residents of Cuyahoga County to help decide which two large-scale arts or culture projects will receive up to $150,000 each through its new Creative Culture Grants program. 

Voters can select their top three choices from among the six finalists, listed on the CAC website at cacgrants.org/creative-culture-grants-finalists.php.

“We launched this program to both bring new, creative projects to our community and to let our community have a say in which projects would receive public funds,” said Karen Gahl-Mills, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s executive director.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:21 AM, 02.05.2013

Young Bay swimmers compete at four-state championship meet

Bay Middle School students Colin MacMillan and Maja Miedza recently returned from Indianapolis, where they represented Team Ohio at the 2013 Mid States Championships Meet held at IUPUI Natatorium. Colin, a seventh-grade student, and Maja, a fifth-grader, were part of a select group of swimmers participating in this age 14-and-under elite meet.

Both swimmers are members of the Lakewood Rangers Swim Team, a USASwimming club in Lakewood. “Being named to represent Team Ohio at the Mid States Championships is indeed an extremely high honor. Colin and Maja’s performance at this meet bodes well for their future in competition at national meets,” said LRST head coach Jim Stacy.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:55 AM, 01.22.2013

Westshore mayors recognized by state auditor

Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland and Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough were among the Westshore leaders recognized Jan. 9 by state Auditor Dave Yost for their efforts to make the most of taxpayer dollars. Awarded to the Westshore Council of Governments, a collaborative body that includes the cities of Bay, Westlake, Rocky River, Fairview Park, North Olmsted and Lakewood, the auditor’s Taxpayer Hero Award recognizes governments that “maximize services for taxpayers while spending less.”

The Westshore COG, formed in 1971, works to increase efficiency by sharing services including SWAT, central dispatch centers, cooperative purchasing, wastewater treatment and a municipal court system. Yost also noted the volunteer Westshore Regional CERT team, which assists first responders during emergencies, for recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:44 AM, 01.22.2013

Generous salon staff and clients give to Youth Challenge

If you visited Rometrics Salon-Spa of Westlake this past December, you had a chance to support Youth Challenge. Between sales of raffle tickets and angels, $1,000 was raised to help the kids of YC. Youth Challenge is a Westlake-based nonprofit that provides sports and recreational activities to children with physical disabilities and their teen volunteer partners.

Sherry Young and Jane Kozey of Rometrics attended a recent YC program to present the donation. “We're grateful for the generosity of our Westlake neighbors – both the staff of Rometrics and their clients,” said Ken Kasler, YC Chief of Operations and Program Oversight. “Everyone at YC appreciates their fundraising efforts.”

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:50 AM, 01.22.2013

Bay varsity wrestling team takes 4th place in holiday tournament

Congratulations to the Bay High varsity wrestling team as they placed 4th in the 16-team Lorain Holiday Invitational Tournament. This two-day tournament featured some of the best and most competitive wresting teams in Northeast Ohio. Nine of Bay's varsity wrestlers finished in the top six in their weight class. Congratulations Bay High varsity wrestling team.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:20 AM, 01.08.2013

From shelter to stardom

The Westlake Historical Society is happy to announce our Cutest Pet for 2013: Toby, a 65-pound, eight-year-old, mixed breed, part Airedale and part something else. Toby was a shelter puppy adopted from Cleveland's APL by the Howard family of Westlake. This year's competition was very stiff, and even included a gecko. Toby seemed to exhibit a special quality that won over our panel of judges.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:20 AM, 01.08.2013

Westlake Garden Club installs officers for 2013

The private room at Houlihan’s Restaurant in Westlake had a festive air on Dec. 20, as the Westlake Garden Club celebrated the holidays with a luncheon and installation of officers for 2013. The new board consists of: Regina McCarthy, President; Bill Hock, 1st Vice President; Jean Smith, 2nd Vice President; Marie McCarthy, Treasurer; Sally Knurek and Marge Emblom, Recording Secretary; and Claire Evangelista, Corresponding Secretary. 

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:30 AM, 01.08.2013

Two Westlake veterinarians achieve high-level certification

Westlake Animal Hospital is extremely proud and excited to announce that Dr. David Love has recently been re-certified (for the fourth time) as a diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and Dr. Michael Nappier has been certified for the first time. They are two of only 900 diplomates nationwide.

The testing required to achieve this honor is a long and difficult process of additional studies and examination but the result is to become a board certified specialist recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. This accomplishment takes a minimum of three years to complete and each certification is good for ten years.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:12 AM, 01.08.2013

Bay Village author pens Hallmark movie

Michael Heaton, the Plain Dealer's Minister of Culture, author, speaker and Bay Village resident, once said that he used to live in the shadow of his dad: much loved sportswriter Chuck Heaton. Then it was his little sister, Patricia Heaton, who became well-known for her television roles.

But now he can celebrate the attention he is getting for his television movie "The Christmas Heart" replaying during the month of December on The Hallmark Channel. The film was truly a family affair: when Hallmark approached Patricia's production company Four Boys Films for ideas, she remembered the script her brother had written. Hallmark fell all over it, the theme was perfect for their holiday lineup of family-friendly movies.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:54 AM, 12.11.2012

The search is on for the next Northern Ohio Rose

The Northern Ohio Rose Centre is accepting applications for its third annual “Northern Ohio Rose Selection Celebration” during which the 2013 Northern Ohio Rose will be chosen. Contestants will need to be available for three days full of preliminary judging, judging and other related events that are being planned from April 19-21, 2013.

The 2013 Northern Ohio Rose becomes the “Ohio Rose” when she travels to Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland, in May 2013 to compete in the Rose of Tralee International Festival’s Regional Festival. Her trip is furnished by Westlake World Partners Co., the non-profit organization that hosts the Northern Ohio Rose Centre.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:43 AM, 12.11.2012

Youth Challenge honors volunteers

For the past five years, Westlake resident Jim Dwyer has logged 1,051 hours and over 36,000 miles traversing Northeast Ohio in a van named "Freedom." Dwyer is a volunteer driver for Youth Challenge and Freedom is one of the Westlake nonprofit’s lift-equipped vans. Dwyer was recognized as the 2012 Youth Challenge Volunteer of the Year at the annual Holiday Show and Volunteer Recognition on Dec. 8 at Magnificat High School’s Performing Arts Center.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:42 AM, 12.11.2012

2013 board leadership named for Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

The board of directors of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in Bay Village is pleased to announce newly elected members and appointments of executive officers. Joining the board of directors are Douglas Schosser, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Key Corporate Bank and resident of Avon; Todd Rosenberg, senior manager of federal tax at KPMG LLP and resident of Avon Lake; Jeffrey M. Whitesell, attorney at Tucker Ellis and resident of Westlake; and William P. Watkins, group head of business development, Harris Williams & Co. (subsidiary of PNC) and resident of Bay Village.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:41 AM, 12.11.2012

Students excel on Young Astronaut Day

Westlake students attending the Birchwood School in Cleveland met with success in the annual Young Astronaut Day at the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center on Nov. 3. The fifth- and sixth-graders, from left, Olivia Savona, Megan Stewart, Farah Sayed and Christopher Haddad, competed in challenges designed to stimulate an interest in engineering and aeronautics. Participants were divided into teams of 10-12, and the Westlakers' teams were among the top three finishers in their assigned challenges.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:44 AM, 12.11.2012

Westlake Town Criers name Mr. and Mrs. Westlake 2013

Lysa Stanton and Dave Pfister were recognized as Mr. & Mrs. Westlake 2013 by Mayor Dennis Clough during the Nov. 17 tree lighting ceremony at Crocker Park. The award is presented annually to a Westlake couple who best exemplifies the service-oriented goals of the Westlake Town Criers. Stanton, president of the Westlake Historical Society, and Pfister, a member of the board, were honored for their efforts during the city’s 2011 bicentennial year, as well as countless volunteer hours with other civic organizations.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 11:29 AM, 11.27.2012

Fontbonne Home residents enjoy community life

Oct. 21 was the 31st annual brunch at Wagner’s Country Inn for the benefit of Fontbonne Home, a group home in Bay Village for developmentally disabled adults. We saw a new generation of benefactors in the 155 guests who attended.

What was different this year? The menu changed, but so did the people. The Women’s Committee had organized the brunch for many years and are now retired. The task fell to board members, parents and volunteers. It was an awakening for sure, and the joy of a lifetime. 

We raised $10,000 to purchase a van to transport the residents to their jobs and activities. It was the first year we asked for individual and corporate sponsors. Their kindness helped in more ways than they know. The residents, known fondly as “the gang,” lived up to their reputation by talking about their daily lives. Everyone enjoyed hearing how they have improved over the years!

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:35 AM, 11.27.2012

When Hurricane Sandy struck Bay Village

During the wind and rain caused by Hurricane Sandy, over 225,000 Cleveland area residents lost power, including my family and I in Bay Village. When the power went out on Monday night, my little brother and sister scurried around the house trying to find candles and flashlights. After the house had a warm glow, our mom read us poems and we all told funny stories like we would at a campfire.

The next day we slept in because there was no school. We all bundled up and went outside to look around. There were branches and trees down everywhere. Down at the beach there was a huge pine that was lying in the middle of the parking lot, pulled up by its roots. It was so windy that I thought I might blow away.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:14 AM, 11.13.2012

When the power goes out

I guess you don’t realize how important the power is until it’s gone. I kept finding myself trying to turn the lights on or watch TV. When the power is off, you find yourself doing things you wouldn’t do if the power was on, like washing the dishes or doing something active instead of playing a video game or watching YouTube.

I think it is kind of a blessing, because once the thing you rely on every day is gone, you need to find other things to do, things you never tried before – a new adventure.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:14 AM, 11.13.2012

Storm a wake-up call for BayComm, CB group ready if severe emergency hits

The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy was a harsh taste of reality. All but one member of BayComm, an all-volunteer Westshore CB radio group, were without power for up to six days. Working with the BVPD, I assisted with sitting on downed power lines until the power company got there, while another of our members had to deal with an oak tree splitting his garage in half. My mother is in the Knickerbocker and it was quite an ordeal for all of the residents there. The town was "lifeless," as if it had been severely injured, and it seemed like an alien world just to drive around town in the darkness.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:19 AM, 11.13.2012