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Share the Road signs making Bay's streets safer

You may have noticed the yellow Share the Road bicycle signs popping up like spring daffodils around Bay Village. By the end of the month, there should be a combined total of 42 on Lake, Wolf, Dover, Bradley, Walker, Basset, Cahoon, Columbia and Clague roads. The project was a joint effort of the Bay Village Green Team, the Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation, the Bike to School Challenge, the Village Bicycle Cooperative, the City of Bay Village and private donors. The signs were paid for through private funds, not city funds. Their installation this month is in conjunction with National Bike Month and National Bike to Work Day (Friday, May 18).

Why are the signs being added?
The signs, a national standard approved by they Federal Highway Administration, are being added to increase safety for both bicycles and automobiles. No laws have been changed. The signs are simply stating existing state law.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:44 AM, 05.15.2012

Bay Village resident receives YWCA Woman of Achievement Award

On Monday, May 14, YWCA Greater Cleveland recognized six area women for their professional achievements at its 36th annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon. Building on the YWCA mission of “eliminating racism and empowering women,” the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award is one of the most prestigious honors in Cleveland for women, celebrating those who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and exceptional commitment to their careers and communities.

As a senior managing director at Dix & Eaton, award recipient Lisa Rose of Bay Village doesn’t have to go very far to embody the YWCA Greater Cleveland’s mission.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:43 AM, 05.15.2012

Rae-Ann Suburban named to 'America's Best' list for third straight year

For the third year in a row, Rae-Ann Suburban, a family-owned skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Westlake, has been named to the prestigious “America’s Best Nursing Homes” list for 2012 by U.S. News & World Report. Rae-Ann Suburban earned this distinction in 2010 and 2011 as well.

U.S. News’s evaluation of nursing homes is based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a consumer website run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The government agency sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. Homes earn an overall rating of one to five stars, as well as up to five stars in each of three underlying categories: health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of care.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:40 AM, 05.15.2012

The Village Foundation honors five

The Village Foundation will host its annual ceremony to install and dedicate permanent bronze plaques honoring four outstanding Bay residents. This year the nominees are: James C. Redinger, Elizabeth R. Martin, Joan Hirsh and Miriam and Ivan Shepard. The Bay High String Quartet, under the direction of Ms. Carrie Singular, will play and tenor Troy Ayers II will sing. The Foundation will also announce the winners of two scholarships and will award four community grants during the program.

The program will take place at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Memorial Day, in Cahoon Park north of Lake Road under the white tent, immediately following the Memorial Day Service and parade. Friends of the Martin, Shepard, Redinger and Hirsh families and the public are invited to attend this annual ceremony and to view the plaques currently installed on the T. Richard Martin footbridge.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:32 AM, 05.15.2012

Collection event takes in record amount of prescription drugs

The Drug Enforcement Administration, in partnership with the Ohio Drug Task Forces, sheriff’s offices, local police and fire departments, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc., and many other local organizations, held its second jointly-organized Operation: Medicine Cabinet & DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28.

“Operation Medicine Cabinet is all about providing a service to our citizens who we have sworn to protect and serve, and to have a positive effect upon our environment,” said Jeff Capretto, Special Agent in Charge of the Westshore Enforcement Bureau Drug Task Force.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:42 AM, 05.15.2012

Parents and students learn about drug and alcohol abuse

Roughly 75 parents and their children attended the recent Let’s Talk About It drug and alcohol awareness program, held at Bay Middle School on April 23. 

After opening comments from Bay Middle School principal Sean McAndrews, the parents and students were separated to receive their own programs. The children joined Dave Mack and Monica Marx from Bay Family Services, Jennifer Tulli from Recovery Resources and Carole Ochs from the Westshore Enforcement Bureau, while parents stayed in the main room for a more in-depth report on trends and levels of teen usage, signs to look for and resources available to parents when drug abuse and addiction hits one’s home.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:15 AM, 05.01.2012

Signs of a bike-friendly city

Signs will soon be going up along major roads around Bay Village to remind motorists to share the road with bicyclists. The signs are a collaborative project of four bike-centric groups in the city – the Bay Village Green Team, the Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation, the Bike to School Challenge and the new bike cooperative, Village bicyCLE. The signs were paid for by the four groups and by individual donations. They should be installed around town in the next few weeks.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.01.2012

Westlake student takes first place with greenhouse gas project

Vinayak Kurup of Westlake, a seventh-grade student at Birchwood School in Cleveland, won first place at the Ohio View SATELLITES (Students and Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret the Earth from Space) Conference in the middle school division (grades 7 to 9). 

Approximately 100 students from K-12 schools and universities throughout the Toledo area and from as far away as Akron and Detroit presented projects that were developed using their own inquiry-based research using geospatial technologies. The theme of the conference was climate change and/or renewable energy.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:26 AM, 05.01.2012

Westshore CERT activated for missing person

The morning of Wednesday, April 11, WESTCOM dispatch received a call for an emotionally distressed missing person in a neighborhood adjacent to many acres of wooded, rough terrain and fields. Due to the near freezing temperatures and periods of rain overnight and into that morning, time was of the essence to locate this individual quickly to avoid hypothermia and other exposure-related injuries.  

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:34 AM, 05.01.2012

Westlake in Bloom kicks off 2012 program

Spring is officially here and it is time to start thinking about entering the city’s eleventh annual Westlake in Bloom Awards Program. This program showcases the beautiful landscaping and gardens of residences and businesses. 

Westlake residents and business owners can enter their gardens in one of 15 categories, which will be judged in July and awards presented at a ceremony on August 2 at LaCentre. Entry forms can be downloaded from the city’s website at www.cityofwestlake.org and mailed to Westlake in Bloom, City of Westlake, 27700 Hilliard Boulevard, Westlake, OH 44145, or dropped 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 4, Issue 8, Posted 11:10 AM, 04.17.2012

Bay Bicentennial officially closes with disbursement of leftover funds

The Bicentennial Celebration is officially over. All bills have been paid, the time capsule is secured in Cahoon Memorial Park and there are no loose ends to complete. The Executive Committee is very proud that the celebration was completed with a few dollars left over, a feat not always accomplished with an endeavor of this size, public or private.

The Executive Committee of Evelyn Allen, Tom Phillips, Carole Roske and myself decided to send the money back to the residents and businesses who made it all possible.

We opted to give a donation to each of the three Bay Village entities: to the seniors who made Bay what it is today; to the future residents of Bay, the children; and, of course, to today’s citizens.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 11:13 AM, 04.17.2012

Anti-bullying fundraiser to feature Italian cooking demo and dinner

Bullying in our schools? What’s it going to take to turn this around? There’s a better way than reacting with metal detectors and security guards. 

VINCI Educational Consulting is hosting An Italian dinner and cooking demonstration as well as a preview performance of “You’re Not the Boss of Me… Taking the BITE Out of the Big Bad Bully."

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 11:16 AM, 04.17.2012

Canadian town hopes to become a sister city of Westlake

Mayor Nelson Santos of Kingsville, Ontario, visited Westlake on March 23 to explore the possibility of becoming a sister city with Westlake. The sister city program is facilitated by Sister Cities International, a nonprofit network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities.

"Being a sister city allows Westlake to have a formal alliance with an international city,” said Brett Luengo, vice president of Westlake World Partners Co., a nonprofit organization founded to support Westlake’s Sister City program. “That exchange could be cultural, educational, the governments can exchange information, and you could have trade between the two cities.”

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 11:10 AM, 04.03.2012

Bay firefighters train at Cahoon librarian house before demolition

The demands on the modern firefighter are more numerous and dangerous than ever. When folks are in trouble and need help, they call their local fire department and expect the responding firefighters to be competent, knowledgeable, and efficient in abating whatever hazards or emergencies they might encounter.

Frequently, these emergencies come in the form of an illness or injury, in which case the Bay Village firefighters – all of whom are certified as EMT-Paramedics – are well prepared. The fire department receives over 1,000 calls for some type of medical assistance every year, and our firefighter/paramedics train constantly to maintain their skills and knowledge of this discipline at the very highest level.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 11:09 AM, 04.03.2012

Work continues on Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake

Nestled away from public view on 30 wooded acres between Crocker and Bradley roads (between Bonne Bell and the Holiday Inn), a Craftsman-inspired hospice care facility is being built away from public view. When it is completed, Hospice of the Western Reserve's Ames Family Hospice House will offer tranquility and peace to patients and families when they need it the most.

The 40,000-square-foot hospice care facility will be a home away from home for seriously ill patients and their families in western Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. Donley’s is overseeing the building of the facility and site development. The building was designed by Tom Mullinax of Hilton Head Island, S.C., representing Hospice Design Resource PLLC, and the project was overseen locally by Vocon.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:41 AM, 04.03.2012

Bay Village entrepreneur named first director of B-W LaunchPad program

Michael C. Nock of Bay Village, founder and CEO for 22 years of Nock Inc., a publisher of customized nightly newsletters for portfolio-managers, has been named the first director of the new Blackstone LaunchPad program at Baldwin-Wallace College. His appointment is effective April 1.

“Mike started a company when he was 25. He knows firsthand that it is possible to launch a new venture at an early age,” said Peter Rea, the Burton D. Morgan Chair for Entrepreneurial Studies and founding director of Baldwin-Wallace College's Center for Innovation and Growth. “We are incubating students to convert their passion into entrepreneurial opportunities.  Mike’s insights about business ownership, approachable style and coaching ability will help students realize entrepreneurship is a viable career choice.”

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:39 AM, 04.03.2012

Westlake residents win Cricket awards

Three Westlake residents won honors in a Cricket Magazine art contest where they drew someone or something surviving in nature. Winning second place for his "Picture of the Ocean" was first-grader Sami Seyhan (left). First-grader Isabella Diaz Mira’s “Tulips and Birds” and second-grader Paul Abou Haidar’s “Cat Catches Mouse” received honorable mention. The students attend Birchwood School in Cleveland.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:44 AM, 04.03.2012

Westlake residents show off creative writing skills in competition

Birchwood School students and Westlake residents Clive Chan, Kavya Ravichandran and Peter Abou Haidar made up half of the Birchwood School eighth-grade team that won second place in the recent Power of the Pen creative writing competition. Using imagination and writing skills, the team bested 14 other middle schools and qualified for the regional competition at the end of the month.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:56 AM, 03.20.2012

Clerks bring harmony to citiesí history

Who says two cities can’t come together for the common good even though they separated more than 100 years ago? A recent exchange between the clerks of council for Bay Village and Westlake proves they can.

In February 2010, a year before Westlake’s Bicentennial, Clerk of Council Denise Rosenbaum began a quest to find every elected official in the city’s 200-year history. As part of her project to pay tribute to the leaders that helped shape the city, Ms. Rosenbaum pored over archived records, newspapers, plat maps and census forms, adding all the names she found to a master spreadsheet.

Shortly after she began, Ms. Rosenbaum showed the unfinished spreadsheet to someone she knew would share her enthusiasm, fellow clerk Joan Kemper of Bay Village. Since both cities share a common beginning as the township of Dover, the officials on Ms. Rosenbaum’s list between 1811 and 1902 belong not just to the history of Westlake, but to Bay Village as well.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:29 PM, 03.06.2012

Village Bicycle Cooperative start-up looking for your input

I am currently working with a few people to develop a bicycle cooperative in Bay Village. Currently there are two bicycle cooperatives locally – one in Ohio City and another in Oberlin, both of which I have been working with this year to get a better understanding of how they function.

For those of you not familiar with bicycle cooperatives, they are non-profit organizations whose missions are guided by the unique needs of the communities of where they are located. As a result of this, I believe our cooperative would incorporate some of the other cooperatives' characteristics but would have a different focus based on the community it represents.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:28 PM, 03.06.2012

Westlake resident named top volunteer by Cuyahoga County GOP

On Feb. 16, before a crowd of over 1,200 at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga County Republican Party Chairman Rob Frost and former executive director Steven Backiel presented Westlake resident Cynthea Sabolich the Dorothy S. Taft Female Volunteer of the Year award at the Annual Cuyahoga County Republican Lincoln Day dinner.

"Cynthea Sabolich has been a volunteer for Republican candidates for quite some time; she worked on Ed Herman’s campaign for Congress in 2004," said Chairman Frost. "But it was the first few months of the Obama administration, and the awakening of the Tea Party movement, that truly spurred Cynthea and others like her to action.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:21 PM, 03.06.2012

Westlake resident breaks his own record with perfect math score

Westlake resident Clive Chan, an eighth-grade student at Birchwood School in Cleveland, had a flawless performance at the chapter-level MathCounts competition on Feb. 18. For the second year in a row, Chan earned a perfect score of 46 and came in first overall at the prestigious competition held at Cleveland State University.   

Last year, Chan became the first Northeast Ohio student to receive a perfect score, and this year he continued to set new records as he repeated his flawless performance.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:37 PM, 03.06.2012

Grants help Youth Challenge thrive

Youth Challenge (YC), the Westlake nonprofit that provides adapted sports and recreational opportunities to physically disabled children, is honored to receive support from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities granted YC $14,000 to outfit a new van with the necessary adaptive equipment.  The award was one of six grants totaling more than $63,000 given by the organization to local nonprofits that provide services to children.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:28 PM, 03.06.2012

Westlake Service Dept.ís green initiatives take top honors

The Westlake Service Department has received the Top Green Shop Award for 2011 from Fleet Equipment magazine. The award is based on green initiatives such as those incorporated in the construction of our Service Facility and the use of equipment and best management practices that promote and achieve environmentally sound policies.

The award is a national distinction that in the past has generally been awarded to private sector fleet companies. Annually, more than 50 fleet organizations vie for this designation.

“The best thing about the award is that we won it as a municipality," said Chris Stuhm, deputy director of public service, noting that the three previous award-winners were private companies. “We’re proud that we can remain competitive with the private sector and be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 2:43 PM, 02.21.2012

Bay Relay for Life cancelled for 2012

The Bay Village Relay for Life will not take place this year. According to Evan O'Malley, event chairperson from 2006 through 2009, no one has stepped up to organize and be responsible for this year's event.

Since Jim Cahoon's resignation as chairperson last year, the Relay has been on shaky ground. Efforts to recruit new individuals to chair this event have been unsuccessful. A meeting with local representatives from the American Cancer Society could not resolve any of the Relay's problems.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 2:37 PM, 02.21.2012

Westlake firm helps develop B-W software engineering major

Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea has received approval from the Ohio Board of Regents to offer Northeast Ohio's only baccalaureate major in software engineering, a field that is projected to experience rapid job growth. The new B-W major will help close the gap between the high demand for these specially trained graduates and the relatively small number of bachelor’s degree programs available.

B-W's math and computer science faculty developed the new major in collaboration with an advisory board representing some of Northeast Ohio’s leading technology employers including Westlake-based Hyland Software. The Bureau for Labor Statistics expects employment of computer software engineers to increase by 32 percent from 2008-2018, “which is much faster than the average for all occupations." The lack of properly trained software engineers is often cited as a root cause of outsourcing of employment to countries such as India and China.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 11:10 AM, 02.07.2012

Tri-C offering free tax preparation services

Community members are invited to “Super Tax Refund Saturday” at Cuyahoga Community College, a free personal income tax filing service for those who meet eligibility requirements (described below). The events, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, and on Saturday, April 14, are sponsored by the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition, Tri-C, PNC Bank, the City of Cleveland and the Internal Revenue Service

Super Saturday Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (V.I.T.A.) will be hosted at the Metropolitan Campus, at 2900 Community College Ave. in rooms TLC 153 and 154 in the Health Careers & Sciences Building. Free parking is available in lot 2 on Community College Avenue. Appointments are suggested for these dates and can be made by calling 2-1-1 or 216-436-2000 and specifying the Metro campus.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 10:59 AM, 02.07.2012

Early voting has begun; it's not too late to request absentee ballots

Vote by Mail and Early Voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections for the March 6 Primary Election opened Jan. 31. The Board of Elections has begun mailing ballots to voters who submitted Vote by Mail ballot applications and early voting began at the Board of Elections on Jan. 31.

The Board of Elections will not automatically mail ballot applications to voters for this election. Voters must request a ballot application if they wish to Vote by Mail.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 11:13 AM, 02.07.2012

New CERT training session begins March 17

Are you and your family prepared for a local emergency or widespread disaster? Community preparedness starts with you!

The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, basic injury assessment and medical treatment, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology, and much more. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 12:15 PM, 02.21.2012

Bay Village citizen, project of the year announced

Barbara Harrell has been selected as the Bay Village citizen of the year for 2012, and the renovation of BAYarts' Fuller House has been selected the project of the year.

Both will be honored at a reception to be held Sunday, March 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fuller House. The event is sponsored by the Bay Village Community Council, whose members made the selections.

Harrell was selected for her service to the community as a director of the Village Food Project.

In 2009 and 2010, Harrell started, planned and implemented the Village Food Project, which provides healthy in-home meals to Bay Village families in a cancer crisis. She has rallied high schoolers, school administrators, adult cooks, shoppers and drivers to make this program a reality.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 1:53 PM, 01.24.2012

Westlake Magazine showcases city's attributes

On Jan. 10, Westlake held its 11th annual Westlake Magazine reception at Westlake City Hall. The reception was the City’s opportunity to thank the magazine and the businesses that advertised in them. 

“Once a year, the city has the opportunity to showcase the community while at the same time, provide a valuable resource to residents and visitors,” said Mayor Dennis Clough. “The value of this publication is demonstrated by its publication for the past 11 years.” 

Westlake Magazine is mailed to all businesses and residents in Westlake at no charge to the residents or City by Great Lakes Publishing. The mailing is made possible by the advertisers who support the magazine, without them, the magazine wouldn’t be the resource that it is.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 2:03 PM, 01.24.2012

Westlake school board member steps down

After more than 10 years of service to the Westlake City School District, Andrea Rocco informed Superintendent Dr. Daniel J. Keenan Jr. that she will step down from her Board of Education seat.

Rocco has joined the Cuyahoga County administration as special counsel to County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

Rocco was appointed to the Board in 2001 to fill a vacant seat. She won election to a four-year term in November 2001 and was named VP of the Board in 2002 and 2005. She served as president in 2008 and 2009.

After notifying the district she intended to resign, Rocco was asked by superintendent, Dr. Daniel Keenan if there was any way she could extend her time on the Board.  Keenan asked she consider working through the current phase of construction to get the building pads completed and for budget planning for the 2012-13 school year, anticipating a mid-biennial budget proposal from the governor.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 2:12 PM, 01.24.2012

Connie Schultz shares stories, advice with fellow Dems

Former Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz entertained a full audience on a recent cold, windy evening at Westlake’s Church of the Redeemer United Church of Christ. The Jan. 17 event was hosted by the Westside Democrats and the Westlake Democratic Club. Jeanne Long, secretary of the Westside Dems, organized the talk, and her husband and president of the Westlake club, Vern Long, filled the emcee role.

Schultz is a nationally-syndicated columnist, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and several other journalistic awards, former feature writer for the Plain Dealer and author of two books. A resident of Avon, she is married to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, has four grown children and one grandchild.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 2:05 PM, 01.24.2012

Westlake girl wins chemistry poetry contest

Farah Sayed of Westlake was the American Chemical Society’s National Chemistry Week poetry contest winner for the Cleveland area in the grades 3-5 category. Sayed is a fourth-grade student at Birchwood School in Cleveland. Sayed’s poem, "The Cabinet of Cures," was sent on for competition at the national level.

National Chemistry Week is a community-based annual event that unites ACS local regions, businesses, schools and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life. The theme for 2011 was, “Chemistry – Our Health, Our future!” 

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 1:59 PM, 01.24.2012

Three local boys honored as new Eagle Scouts

On a beautiful December afternoon, local Boy Scout Troop 77 from St. Ladislas Catholic Church honored the following young men as they earned the elite rank of Eagle: Brian Anstead, Chris Stone and James Wagner.   

The Boy Scout Court of Honor included recognition from local political leaders such as State Senator Tom Patton, State Representative Nan Baker and Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough. Communications from national leaders included Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Rob Portman, Congressman Dennis Kucinich and a special letter from President Obama. 

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:34 PM, 01.10.2012

Westlake Garden Club installs new officers for 2012

At their holiday luncheon on Dec. 22, 2011, the Westlake Garden Club installed new officers for 2012. Longtime member Alberta Ricciardi presided over the installation ceremony at Viva Fernando. Marie McCarthy, treasurer, and Jean Smith, 2nd vice president, will be serving their second year. 

Incoming officers are: Regina McCarthy, president; Nancy Chopp and Bill Hock, co-1st vice president; Sally Knurek, recording secretary; and Ruth Bertrand and Claire Evangelista, co-corresponding secretary. Incoming president Regina McCarthy stated, “Increased recognition of our club in the Westlake community is one of my goals. Residents should want to be a part of our club because they know who we are and what we do.”

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.10.2012

Nature Center 2012 Board of Directors Named

The Board of Directors at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center has elected officers to provide leadership and support for the Bay Village nonprofit organization in 2012. Colleen Lowmiller, a senior actuarial consultant at Findley Davies Inc., has been appointed as president of the Board after serving two terms as vice president since joining the Board in 2009.

Lowmiller will guide the Board of Directors in fulfilling their duties to govern and support the Center. “It is great that I can spend my volunteer time with an organization that also fits with what my family loves,” says Lowmiller, who regularly takes part in the Center’s educational programs with her daughter.  “I believe technology, which broadens many horizons, can begin to separate us and our children from others and from nature. The Center provides those natural connections that are missing for many people, and by pausing and connecting with nature, they can also learn to keep the personal connections with others that will continue to be important in their future.”

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:20 PM, 01.10.2012

CWD releases analysis of proposed Westlake water system

The Cleveland Division of Water released a detailed evaluation of the recently proposed Westlake water system. This analysis revealed several operational, system and financial inadequacies inherent in the proposed Westlake water system and demonstrates that an independent Westlake water system would increase the cost of water for Westlake residents and businesses.

“We began our review of the report prepared by HNTB for the City of Westlake by trying to understand what impact Westlake’s departure would have on other communities in the CWD system. Very quickly, we realized the negative impact to other customers and communities was quite large,” said Darnell Brown, Chief Operating Officer for the City of Cleveland. “Our number one responsibility is to maintain the high level of water delivery to all our communities.”

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:16 PM, 01.10.2012

Three Bay Scouts soar to highest rank

Evan Thomas Chmielewski, Michael Gerber and Robert Austin Bonnett, all of Bay Village, recently earned their Eagle Scout rank, and their achievement was recognized by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who sent an official letter of congratulations to the young men.

“Evan, Michael, Robert, and their teachers and families should be proud of this noteworthy accomplishment," Sen. Brown said. "Earning the rank of Eagle Scout means they have displayed the ambition and resolve needed to earn the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank. They exemplify the skills needed to lead in the 21st century. From one Scout to another, I am proud of their leadership, and I am confident that these young men will enjoy great success in achieving their future goals.”

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:52 PM, 12.13.2011

BMS cheerleaders to hold cheer camp to benefit Relay for Life

Bay Middle School cheerleaders will hold a Mini-Cheer Camp for young children ages five and up (children must be a registered student in Bay schools or St. Raphael School) to benefit Relay for Life 2012. 

The camp will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Westerly School in Bay Village. For $50, participants will receive a camp T-shirt, pom-poms, lunch, snacks, and will learn cheers, chants and a dance routine. The camp participants will perform what they learned at halftime of the Bay High School boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m.

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:49 PM, 12.13.2011