The All-Bay Scout Campout will be held Oct. 26-28 at Firelands Scout Reservation. One of the many fun activities will be a boat ride in the safety trailer pictured. The trailer will be manned by fully qualified Bay Sea Scouts to ensure a safe journey. For details on the campout, email David.Madigan@sbcglobal.com or RKuper@khkinc.com.
The “Sister Cities” relationship between the city of Westlake and the town of Tralee, Ireland, has officially celebrated its fourth anniversary. In 2009, Mayor Dennis Clough and Council President Michael Killeen, together with Brett Luengo, Director of Westlake World Partners Co., established the partnership with Tralee in County Kerry. That year, Mayor Clough, Planning Director Bob Parry and Luengo traveled to Tralee demonstrating Westlake’s commitment to helping both municipalities learn about serving citizens in troubled economic times.
In 2011, Tralee’s Mayor, Grace O’Donnell, and County Kerry Tourism Officer, John Griffin, came to Westlake in order to celebrate the Westlake Bicentennial. This year Luengo, and Westlake Councilman Michael O’Donnell and his family traveled to Tralee at their own expense, to continue the tradition. While in Tralee, Westlake’s delegation met with the new Mayor Johnnie Wall and town council and Kerry County officials to discuss tourism, energy conservation and business development.
Voters in all of Cuyahoga County’s municipalities will cast ballots for President, U.S. Senate and members of Congress, Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives, County Prosecutor and County Council members, judicial candidates, State Board of Education seats, as well as local and state issues.
It is important for voters to be prepared to cast their ballots. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 9. Voters who have moved or changed their name since they last voted need to complete and return a new Voter Registration Card. After a voter has registered, they will receive a postcard that lists their ward, precinct and voting location.
While most families spend their final summer evening going out for ice cream or taking one final dip in the pool, one Westlake neighborhood found a new way to celebrate the end of the summer this year. On Aug. 15, nearly 30 people traveled to a Westlake home to attend the one and only performance of "Astrius," an original drama written by Emily and Adam Schordock. The show’s cast of eight children provided an unforgettable experience with their original production and brought the summer to a more-than-satisfactory close.
The production was staged by the Westlake Mini Playhouse Theatre, which began nearly 10 years ago with Emily and Adam, along with their older brother Scott, writing small one-acts in their home’s basement. Over time, the productions became more and more elaborate going from a simple script to shows consisting of make up, dry ice, sound effects and elaborate lighting. This small theatre became a wonderful way for the siblings to bond.
The Browns may have lost against Philadelphia, but the kids from Youth Challenge were the winners at the team’s home opener on Sept. 9. For the seventh year, the Cleveland Browns Foundation donated a suite, 50 tickets and a chance to be on the field for pre-game festivities to Youth Challenge.
Besides getting an up-close view of the team warming up, the kids also got to meet former Browns stars and the game's honorary co-captains, Bernie Kosar and Webster Slaughter.
The 1989 kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Bay Village resident Amy Mihaljevic will be featured on the local crime-solving television program, "Crime Stoppers Case Files." The special Oct. 6 episode will be dedicated solely to Amy's case.
Viewers will hear from lead detective Lt. Mark Spaetzel, who will describe the crime as it's re-enacted. Amy's father, Mark Mihaljevic, will also be featured, giving what many consider his most comprehensive interview since Amy's body was discovered 23 years ago. Mark discusses the hours after the disappearance, learning of Amy's death and the devastating effects on his family, including his divorce from wife Margaret and her subsequent death after years of despair.
On a recent, sunny afternoon, residents from the Gardens at Westlake senior living facility departed on one of their many planned outings for the month, but the first-time trip to the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland proved to be beyond anyone’s expectation.
Once the group arrived at the casino everyone went to the various areas they wanted, so they were not all in the same location at one time. After enjoying the afternoon there they had lunch and then boarded the bus to return to the Gardens.
On the bus, the activity director chatted with the residents, asking if anyone won any money. Several said they won small amounts but it came as a shock when resident Kay Rehor quietly announced she had won $5,400 and waved her check in the air for all to see.
Some of the most interesting stories are those that are unexpected. Such is the case with Audrey Daniels, a fellow Bay Village resident, whom I met in my Five Seasons water exercise class. As our group chatted over lunch after a recent class, Audrey, 85, shared something that had us all leaning forward in our seats, eager to hear more: her name is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Audrey was a star pitcher in the short-lived All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, made famous by the 1992 film, “A League of Their Own.” Her tale began in 1944 when then-16-year-old Audrey Haine was playing in a women’s softball league in her hometown of Winnipeg, Canada.
A bushy-tailed squirrel scampers back and forth in a small wire cage below the towering trees of Baldwin Wallace University’s leafy north campus in Berea. Upon closer inspection, the young male bears a small, numbered red tag in his ear – evidence that it’s not the first time this particular Eastern Gray has been a part of the live trapping and tagging taking place around BW this summer.
As BW junior Carmen Rush, a Bay High School graduate, records the tag number on a detailed research form, Dr. Karen Munroe, assistant professor of biology at BW, gently herds this “repeat customer” from the live trap into a pointed canvas bag. The snug, dark wrap both calms the squirrel and provides a strategically placed Velcro opening for safely taking measurements and DNA samples, before the squirrel is released unharmed.
“We like to point to the ones who come back repeatedly for the peanut butter bait as confirmation that there’s very little disturbance to the animals during the five minutes or so we examine them,” says Munroe, who’s leading the bio-conservation research project looking into squirrel social behaviors and mating.
Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough proclaimed Aug. 1 as Toastmasters International Day in the city, recognizing the role the public speaking and leadership group plays in the community.
As part of making the proclamation, Clough participated on that day in a meeting of one of three Toastmasters clubs that take place regularly at Westlake Porter Public Library. In attendance were members of each of the three clubs along with Toastmasters Northeast Ohio District Governor Deonna Moore and myself.
Barbara A. Waddle has been elected to serve as treasurer of The Village Foundation. Ms. Waddle is a retired financial analyst of the Toledo and Twinsburg Chrysler Corporation plants. She replaces Laura Keck, whose resignation was accepted with regret this month. Ms. Keck took a position in Solon.
Lakewood Hospital Foundation, which raises fund exclusively for Lakewood Hospital, hosted the seventh annual "Starry Night" event on Aug. 3. Recognized as one of the West Side’s biggest and best street parties, the event boasted nearly 650 guests and raised more than $150,000. Net proceeds will directly benefit patients through the Lakewood Hospital Diabetes and Endocrine Center’s Diabetes Assistance Initiative and community education efforts.
Westlake held its annual beauty of nature celebration Aug. 2 at LaCentre, as the winners of Westlake in Bloom were recognized for their green-thumbed efforts. The friendly competition, now in its 11th year, encourages residents and businesses to help beautify the city by landscaping their properties and planting the Hilliard Boulevard flower boxes and Evergreen Cemetery fence gardens.
Eighty-five entrants in 23 categories vied for top honors, as judged by nine master gardeners and several city employees. Westlake’s four garden centers contributed gift certificates for first-place winners and discounts on plants for Bloom participants.
This year’s overall winner was Terence Poje of Strauss Drive, who took first place in the Residential Entire Yard Landscaping, Medium-Sized Lot category, as well as the Lu Walter “Best in Bloom” award. The judges noted the arbor of New Dawn roses and combination of evergreens, perennials and annuals, commenting that “every view is lovely while maintaining a secluded feel.”
On August 1, the Herb Guild held its 28th annual Scholarship Luncheon with a theme of: "A Single Rose Can Be My Garden; a Single Friend My World." Three hundred guests were in attendance as three deserving high school graduates each received a $1,400 scholarship award toward their further academic education.
To be eligible for the Herb Guild scholarship, students must be pursuing studies in horticulture, ecology, environmental sciences or a related field. Each one of these bright students will be majoring in environmental studies.
Michael Jindra is a recent graduate of Padua Franciscan High School. He will be attending Ohio State University this fall and will be majoring in environmental engineering and minoring in entrepreneurship. This summer, one of his objectives was to introduce fair trade into local high schools. Michael said his long term goal would be “to make sustainable choices accessible to a broader population.”
Sunday, July 29, was a beautiful, sunny day. Residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments, their families and friends gathered ouside the building to hear the Fairview Concert Band salute our armed forces and serenade the audience with some golden oldies.
It was an upbeat afternoon consisting of gigantic hot dogs, lemonade and ice cream sundaes. Add a band concert on the front lawn under a group of shady trees and you have a perfect party. Even the weather cooperated.
On Friday, July 13, Bay Village community leaders joined parents, school administrators, police and chemical dependency experts at the first annual BAYMatters planning meeting, held at the Bay police station. The meeting was to share current trends, review efforts, and discuss information currently available to parents and to plan how to best spread the word about avoiding usage and helping families struggling with alcohol and other drug use.
Westlake Garden Club members got a look at their new website at the July 18 meeting. The company contracted to develop the site has been working with club officers for several months now to get the site to have the look they wanted, to include the information they wanted and to be user friendly.
Anyone accessing the site can find information on the club’s purpose and history, upcoming meetings and events, copies of the newsletter, information on joining the club, civic and community involvement, a listing of officers and committees, interesting articles about people and events and a photo gallery of past club events. There is also an option for contacting the club for more information or to join.
Stacey and Phil Nye are third-generation Bay Villagers. They were sweethearts at Bay High. Their three sons – Kevin, Jeff and P.J. – also attended the Bay Village schools from kindergarten through graduation, and they had many of the same teachers who taught their parents. The boys grew up biking to both grandparents’ homes, to the parks, the beaches, the local stores and to watch parades and community music concerts.
Family Circle magazine's August issue features the Nye family as illustrative to what makes Bay Village one of its Ten Best Towns for Families this year. The magazine cites outstanding schools, affordable housing, plenty of green space and a giving spirit as reasons for devoting the first page of its cover story to the only Ohio town to make its top ten.
Neighbors on Salem Drive and Tanglewood Lane in Bay Village joined together Thursday, July 5, to honor in a unique way, the memory of their friend Jack Hunt, who passed away on May 10, 2012.
Jack graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1960 and was an avid sailor. Besides being a well-loved neighbor, Jack was also a good friend to Bay Village’s Sea Scout Ship.
The new Ames Family Hospice House began accepting the first phase of patient transfers on Monday, June 25, just over one year after construction began on the Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Westlake facility.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house were held June 22 and 23, where local officials, volunteers, donors, staff and members of the community got a first look at the building’s home-like environment and state-of-the-art technology.
The Ames House was meticulously designed with terminally-ill patients, as well as their families and caregivers, in mind. An aura of tranquility permeates the 30-acre property, indoors and out, beginning with the winding, tree-lined driveway leading from Crocker Road to the modern, multicolored brick building, nestled in a wooded lot.
Bay Village is back on top. The June issue of Cleveland Magazine lists Bay above all of the 76 other Northeast Ohio communities judged in its annual “Rating the Suburbs” feature. It is a return to glory for the city, which last held the No. 1 spot in 1995 and 1996.
The magazine specifically referenced Bay’s low crime rate, strong schools and home-sale values, but the rankings also factor in such criteria as pollution, community services, sidewalks, poverty and diversity.
To celebrate the feat, Mayor Debbie Sutherland held a luncheon for city employees at the Dwyer Community Center on June 13. Over sandwiches and cake, the group reveled in their achievement before heading back to work. The Observer sat down with the mayor following the reception to hear her thoughts on the No. 1 rating.
On May 19, the students in the Bay Village Schools' Boating Education Program and students in Bay High's Project Earth club helped set a world record for wearing life jackets. This was the first day of National Safe Boating week and the Ready, Set, Wear It campaign organized groups around the world to attempt to set a new record for life jacket wear.
There were 52 participants at the event at the Bay Boat Club at noon. The new worldwide record is 3,993 participants in 146 events on that day. There were 1,092 in inflatable life jackets and 2,901 in inherently buoyant life jackets worn by the participants.
The Village Foundation hosted its annual ceremony on Memorial Day to install and dedicate permanent bronze plaques and to announce winners of grants and scholarships. The Foundation presented the first ever T. Richard Martin Memorial Scholarship to Julia Mosier. This scholarship will be funded annually by a generous grant made by Elizabeth R. Martin in memory of her late husband, Dick. The Village Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Caroline Hall.
State Representative Nan Baker announced that she will be holding district library days throughout this summer to connect with members of the community.
Rep. Baker will be holding district hours at each of the five libraries in the West Shore district on Saturdays in June and August from 10 a.m. to noon. The sessions are open to the public, and no appointment is necessary.
State Representative Nan Baker has announced that the State Controlling Board recently approved the release of $800,000 to Cuyahoga Community College for the purchase of 5.84 acres of real estate in Westlake. The project is part of the future expansion of the Workforce Training Center and additional credit classrooms at the college’s Westshore campus.
Westlake Mayor Dennis M. Clough, at the May 17 City Council meeting, presented the Westlake Garden Club with a proclamation designating the week of June 3, 2012, as National Garden Week in the city of Westlake. In his proclamation, Mayor Clough states: “I would like to encourage all residents to acknowledge the importance of gardening and the numerous contributions of gardeners.”
The first National Garden Week was scheduled to coincide with Arbor Day in April 1945. Originally envisioned as a nationwide observance, Garden Week became mainly a state‑by‑state activity because of the war.
“Bay Village is steady and stable,” Mayor Debbie Sutherland told the Observer following her May 8 State of the City presentation to the West Shore Chamber of Commerce at LaCentre in Westlake. In a struggling economy, where cities across the country – including Bay – are faced with shrinking budgets and difficult decisions, “steady and stable” can be viewed as optimism.
While the focus of the mayor’s twelfth annual address – a record number, as Sutherland is Bay’s longest-serving mayor – was on the city’s accomplishments in the past year, she acknowledged that times are tough. As the nation slowly climbs out of recession, she noted that municipalities often lag behind other sectors in recovery, and Bay Village expects some level of financial hardship to continue into the coming years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.”