After over 37 years in business servicing the West Shore power equipment needs, it is bitter/sweet to say that we have sold our business. We are very pleased that the family-owned E&H Ace Hardware, at the corner of Dover Center and Detroit roads in Westlake, will be relocating Cricket Yard Equipment at their current location, expanding their facility to accommodate your mower, rider, tractor, leaf blower, snowblower and other power equipment needs for both sales and service. They have hired our long-term technicians so your servicing needs will continue with the same level of expertise.
The Bay Village Foundation is pleased to announce that the application for the Bay Village Foundation Scholarship is now available on the Foundation’s website at thebayvillagefoundation.org. The application is also available on the Bay High website, bayvillageschools.com, and can be found under the Guidance tab listing local scholarships.
This $2,000 scholarship is open to all graduating high school seniors who live in Bay Village and is to be used toward tuition for students enrolling in a full-time college or trade school program. Scholarships may be awarded to multiple students.
Tim Jasinski, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist at the non-profit Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, was recently recognized by the Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association at their annual conference in Newark, Ohio, for his work in the field of wildlife rehabilitation.
OWRA is a non-profit organization and its mission is to promote wildlife conservation by providing resources to wildlife rehabilitators, educators and the community. OWRA has over 250 members and provides consulting services to the Ohio Division of Wildlife regarding laws and regulations for wildlife rehabilitation in the state of Ohio. Each year OWRA provides a conference with workshops and general sessions on a wide variety of topics from non-profit management to wildlife care.
At each annual conference, the awards committee of OWRA recognizes a new rehabilitator in Ohio by presenting him or her with an award for demonstrating outstanding achievement and excellence in service.
George Reash, who served as Westlake High School's principal from 1969 to 1986, passed away on Nov. 10. He recently celebrated his 84th birthday.
George’s life and leadership philosophy embodied a "coach" approach that proved to empower many adults and youth into their greatest potential. He advocated on behalf of many causes, with specific interest in environmental repair and disadvantaged and minority people.
George worked alongside his wife, Janice Reash, who founded Westlake’s first mental health center, Far West Center as part of the St. John Westshore Health Campus. George was also the facilitator of many faith-based and enrichment classes in Northeast Ohio after retiring from the Westlake school system. Throughout his life, he was a continuous learner in many subjects, with a passion for World War II, the life of Dietrech Bonhoeffer, and a broad range of personal development issues.
After a longtime residency in Westlake, George and Jan moved to Bay Village and enjoyed membership at the Bay Village United Methodist Church, where a Memorial Service is planned on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m.
Congratulations to Sarah Perez-Stable, Youth Challenge's Director of Volunteer Services, for being named 2016’s Volunteer Administrator of the Year. The Forum for Volunteer Administrators recognized Sarah’s creative and inspiring leadership, her dedication to YC’s hundreds of volunteers and her commitment to the mission of Youth Challenge.
She started as a teen volunteer at YC while a student at Magnificat and now Sarah passionately dedicates countless hours to recruit, educate, and empower more than 450 teen volunteers. For 40 years, YC has been a haven for kids with physical disabilities and their teen volunteer partners to learn and grow through adapted sports and recreation. If you would like more information about becoming a teen volunteer, call the Westlake office at 440-892-1001.
Did you know that children in Africa walk miles each day just for water? Did you know the water they collect is dirty and can cause people to get sick and in some cases die? Our Destination Imagination team wants to help!
On Saturday, Nov. 12, starting at the Bay High School parking lot, we are doing a simulation on how it feels in Africa to walk and get water. Everyone is going to experience the kinds of dangers Africans face when they walk for water. Our Destination Imagination team will guide you around town for the simulation. Don’t worry we won’t make you walk as long as they do. We are going to walk about an hour, but it will truly feel like you are in Africa walking to get water.
Bay Village resident Al Hilt recently purchased a century home plaque for his Lake Road home through the Bay Village Historical Society. The plaques, made of cast aluminum and colored black and gold, are 10 inches by 14 inches oval, and include the words "Bay Village Century Home" and the year of construction. The cost is $125, which includes a one-year membership in the society. For more information call 216-386-5997.
Parkside Preschool & Child Care Center at 23600 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio 44145 announces sponsorship of the USDA-funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877- 8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202)690-7442; or (3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The following Income Eligibility Guidelines for free and reduced price meals are effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
On Sept. 28, over 200 people gathered at Westwood Country Club to attend the Westlake Garden Club’s annual Fête des Fleurs fundraiser luncheon.
The rain held off and there was even some sunshine peeking through the clouds. The room was stunning with white linens, centerpieces of white hydrangeas with greenery and green beads forming an emerald necklace. The theme was celebrating Cleveland’s Emerald Necklace with Brian Zimmerman, CEO of the Cleveland Metroparks, as speaker.
“The generosity of Bay Village citizens cannot be matched," said Al Paulus in thanking the residents of Bay Village for their contributions to the Play in Bay project. The president of The Bay Village Foundation announced that the project's fundraising goal was met. Because of that generosity, the Foundation has now raised over $100,000 for the refurbishment of the playground. Phases 2 and 3 of the project will be completed in November. The Foundation plans a grand re-opening in the spring.
The students of St. Paul Lutheran School in Westlake took part in a special assembly to celebrate the school’s new Buddy Bench on Thursday, Sept. 29. Materials for the Buddy Bench were donated by Thrivent Financial and assembled by the St. Paul Cub Scouts Pack 279. All students attended Connecting for Kids' "Beyond the Bench" training program in their classrooms prior to the assembly, led by Dr. Meghan Barlow.
The purpose of the Buddy Bench is to foster friendships by providing children with a tool to identify those that want a peer to play with at recess and encourage those already engaged in play to invite others to join in the fun.
A very special event was held in the Great Room of Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake recently. It was not just the dedication of 10 custom-built rocking chairs. It was also a family reunion, a celebration of life and love, and a way for a hospice family to say thank you. The rocking chairs were made especially for Hospice of the Western Reserve and its affiliate, Hospice of Medina County, so that babies and young children can be comforted, cuddled and rocked.
The story behind this generous donation from the Strongsville-based Eleonore Rocks Foundation is truly inspiring. In November 2009, Rochelle and Dave Friedrich were expecting their third child. Sadly, Eleonore died only five days after she was born. In the family's own words: “While Eleonore was only with us for a short time, she left quite an impression and reminded us just how precious life is. Eleonore Grace rocked our lives in a way that words cannot fully express. We established this foundation to honor Eleonore's memory and to support other families enduring similar heartaches.”
The Phil Bova Baseball Camp, which is held on the grounds of the Westlake Recreation Center and has become a summer tradition for many area families, recently celebrated its 43rd year of teaching the proper fundamentals of baseball – as well as the principles of discipline, dedication, responsibility and respect for others – to over 200 area boys and girls, ranging in age from 7 to 14 years old.
At the conclusion of the five-day camp this summer, an awards ceremony was held, where founder Phil Bova and director Jim Delvecchio introduced the staff of 36 coaches and counselors to parents, grandparents, families and friends, along with presenting individual awards to the campers and trophies to winners in each age group.
Have you noticed anything different lately around Westlake’s parks, golf course and recreation center? If not, you might want to check your spectacles and look again. A familiar presence disappeared when Mike Rump, a longtime public servant in the city of Westlake, retired as assistant director of the recreation department on Sept. 16.
Rump, a 51-year resident of Westlake, began his tenure with the city as a councilman in 1984, serving nearly 15 years. Shortly after the recreation center opened in 1998, Rump asked Mayor Dennis Clough for an appointment to work in the growing department.
Maxwell Kunze, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout rank on June 12. Max becomes the Troop's 148th Eagle Scout since 1964. He is the son of Todd and Kelly Kunze.
For his Eagle service project, Max's team repaired and painted the BAYarts Huntington House porch in memory of Sally Price. Visit troop41.wordpress.com for more information about Boy Scout Troop 41.
This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Bobst's office prepares official minutes.
Present: Mayors Bobst (Rocky River), Patton (Fairview Park) and Kennedy (North Olmsted)
Absent: Mayors Clough (Westlake), Summers (Lakewood) and Sutherland (Bay Village)
Director of Regional Collaboration Ed Krause, Director of Public Safety & Justice Services Brandy Carney, and Director of Regional Corrections Ken Mills spoke about the value of consolidating police, fire and EMS dispatch services within and across city lines. Centralized dispatch, now the national standard, changes the dynamics of responding to and resolving crimes and emergencies. Rather than transferring calls among agencies, all required services are marshaled at once. County Councilman Dave Greenspan noted that decreased response times translate to lower homeowner's insurance.
Satellite navigation is coming to Cleveland-Detroit airspace as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NextGen Metroplex project. Most airplanes already navigate with GPS, but their routes are defined by land-based "navigation aids." Satellite navigation will free routes from these physical constraints and enable the FAA to draw new, more efficient highways in the sky. Benefits include fuel, personnel and time savings; increased safety, flexibility, capacity and reliability; and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.
Hopkins, Burke Lakefront, and Cuyahoga County airports are included in the project. Arrival flight paths are constrained by existing runways. Departure paths are more flexible, offering the opportunity for planes to get on route more quickly.
The West Shore Chamber of Commerce held its annual luncheon to welcome new educators and administrators to the Westlake and Bay Village city school districts. Pictured, from left, with district initial: Kelsy Wermer (B), Angie Schindler (W), Angela Wetula (W), Dana Bail (W), Kim Ray (B), Victoria Budzyn (B), Kara Donahoe (B), Laura Hall (B), Tara Obral (W), Angela Wetula (W), Nora Brady (W), Matt Krupa (W), Lisa Zollos (W), Katie Esarove (W), Erin Vanek (W) and Kim McFetridge (W).
The League of Women Voters will host a candidate forum for District 16 State Representative and District 24 State Senator on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in Westlake Porter Public Library. The incumbents for both seats, Nan Baker and Tom Patton, have reached their term limits. State Representative candidates are Tommy Greene and Dave Greenspan. State Senator candidates are Matt Dolan and Emily Hagan. Candidates will give brief statements and answer audience questions.
The Kiwanis Clubs of Westlake and Bay Village held their annual interclub meeting at Bay Lodge on Aug. 21. The evening concluded with the awarding of the Golden Spike to the club with the highest percentage of membership attendance.
Westlake won this year’s friendly competition. The trophy is actually a nickel-plated railroad spike, in reference to the Nickel Plate Railroad which divided the two townships at the turn of the century.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Jewish High Holidays marking the start of a new year, are to be celebrated this October.
The Chabad center in Westlake, a religious organization serving the spiritual needs of the Jewish community in Cleveland's western suburbs is also celebrating: It's been one full year since we opened here in Westlake.
The response of the locals has been just wonderful; holiday programs, educational programs, and social events have attracted large crowds throughout the year, and the staff at Chabad are preparing for another exciting year to come.
Democrats do it. Republicans do it. Independents would do it if they could, but they seldom get the chance. In 1812, when Massachusetts Governor Gerry redrew state senate districts to benefit his party, one Boston-area district was dubbed a salamander. Since 2011, our Northwest Ohio district has been called "the snake by the lake." Either way, it's called gerrymandering.
If you're interested in politics, come to the Westshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River, on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. David Daley, editor of Salon magazine and author of "Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy," will explain what was different about the latest gerrymander, and what it will take to draw new lines in Ohio and other states.
In Ohio, we have three safeguards to ensure accurate vote counts: VVPAT, EAP, and a "Noah's Ark" system.
VVPAT: Every Ohio ballot must have a Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). Ohioans vote on either a paper ballot or an electronic screen that produces a paper record. Either way, you can check your vote on paper, and officials can hand-count votes in audits and recounts.
EAP: Before every general election, each county Board of Elections must prepare an Election Administration Plan (EAP) detailing everything from personnel to facilities, supplies and security. EAPs are available for public review.
Noah's Ark: Ohio requires that all election aspects be administered by teams of two whose members come from different parties, making ours one of the most secure systems in the nation.
A walk along the beach to capture a spectacular Lake Erie sunset, a visit to a much-loved family vacation destination … Hospice of the Western Reserve has found a way to allow patients and families at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake and other locations to re-live memories like these in real time through a program called "A Flight to Remember."
The innovative program – the first of its kind in the United States – is offered in partnership with Aerial Anthropology, a Cleveland-based provider of aerial videography and photography. It allows hospice patients to experience a live, bird’s-eye view of a place that is meaningful to them using drone technology. The experience is offered at no cost to patients and families cared for by Hospice of the Western Reserve and its affiliate, Hospice of Medina County.
The Bay Village Kiwanis Club hosted the Bay High School delegates to the Buckeye Boys and Girls State programs at a dinner in August to honor their selection and participation in this annual event. For over 40 years this opportunity to spend a week with hundreds of other Ohio students learning first-hand how local and state government works has been made possible with underwriting and involvement of the Kiwanis and the American Legion Post #385.
The Boys State is held at Bowling Green State University, and the Girls State is located at Mount Union College. Each delegate can run for office, be appointed to a government office or report on the legislation on activities of the city, county or state government.
Bay Village resident Greg Gogul was married only 10 months to his 28-year-old wife when they discovered she had stage 3 ovarian cancer. The next few months were filled with doctor appointments, chemotherapy and many hospital visits. After a seven-month struggle, Jess Boskocevic Gogul died.
Within weeks of her death Gogul decided to do something in her honor and Sept. 17’s inaugural Run for Jess/girlpARTs fest in Cahoon Memorial Park in Bay Village is it. "Neither my wife nor myself knew anything about this silent killer. The idea behind this run and arts festival is to create awareness of the disease which has subtle symptoms that many women need to know about. If I can save one life from ovarian cancer it will all be worth it."
The longest chapter in Bay Village’s mayoral history will come to an abrupt conclusion on Oct. 1 when Mayor Deborah Sutherland leaves office 15 months before the end of her term. In an Aug. 9 press release and letter to residents, Sutherland stunned all but those closest to her in announcing her retirement.
“When I first took this job in 2000, I said that if the time ever came that I was required to manage minutia rather than drive big, transformative projects, it would be time for me to go,” the mayor wrote. “That time has come.”
Next in line to fill the vacancy is City Council President Paul Koomar. “The mayor’s retirement was a surprise to me and all members of council,” Koomar said. “We have been working very hard with the administration on large capital projects. That’s where our focus has been – moving in that direction.” Koomar plans to take some time to consider the position and discuss it with his family. Should he decline to serve as mayor, city ordinance provides that council is to appoint a successor by majority vote.
Three young men from Bay Village Troop 41 were honored at a ceremony held at Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church on Aug. 7. Nathaniel Hofford (Westlake), Kade Waffen (Bay Village), and Thomas Wetzel (Rocky River) have been working diligently for many years, and they just recently achieved their vision: to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
The Eagle Scout rank is the highest advancement rank in Scouting. There are many requirements that need to be fulfilled, such as earning 21 merit badges, or serving for six months at a position of responsibility within the troop. One of the more challenging requirements is completing a local service project.
Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) is proud to announce four recent Westlake High School graduates who were awarded a WDAB Scholarship: Rebecca Essig, Jacob Kraft, Rebecca Prexta and William Reilly. Each recipient exhibited athletic prowess and leadership on and off the fields in their respective sports at Westlake High School and received a $500 scholarship from WDAB.
Rebecca Essig, a 2016 Westlake High School graduate, was awarded the first “Jeffrey Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship” at the Senior Awards Banquet Night earlier this year. The scholarship was established to celebrate the life and contributions of WHS 1992 alum, Jeffrey Marriott, who passed away suddenly in March 2015.
“We felt Rebecca exemplified Jeff’s character, principles, ambition and drive,” said Jeff Hammond, a friend and board member of the Jeffrey Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship. “Jeff was a scholar athlete at WHS and co-captained his football and basketball teams in 1992,” explained Hammond. “Rebecca demonstrated excellence and was a true leader on and off the fields at WHS. We felt she was a terrific recipient, mirroring Jeff’s caring, kind and considerate personality.”
The City of Westlake is launching a new recycling program to collect textiles and soft recyclables for its more than 32,000 residents on Aug. 15. Solon-based Simple Recycling will manage curbside pickup of the acceptable items on residents’ regular rubbish and recycling collection day.
“We are aware that many residents may already donate their used clothing to charities and we would encourage them to continue,” said Mayor Dennis Clough. “However, as much as 85 percent of unwanted clothing often ends up in a landfill. This program is another way that we can help reduce this negative impact on our environment with minimal effort and at no cost to residents or the City.”
Residents are being notified by postcard this week. A packet containing the bags, labels and a letter from the mayor will arrive in homes the following week. Additional supplies will be provided as needed for those households participating in the program.
Several community members recently saw some examples of signage and graphics that made playgrounds more colorful and pleasing to the eye, and they brought these ideas to the attention of the Bay Village Foundation trustees, who are leading community efforts to refurbish Play in Bay. The Bay Village Foundation president, Al Paulus, contacted Bay High School and was put in touch with Applied Arts teacher, Tom Schemrich.
The Foundation trustees were excited by the prospect of Bay High students, many of whom played at Play in Bay when they were young, creating colorful signage for the renovation project. The Applied Arts students accepted the assignment, came up with the idea of putting colorful fish as signs naming a number of spots in the playground (e.g., Perch Porch, Walleye Walk, etc.) and immediately set to work creating the fish. Al Paulus, along with a few other Foundation trustees and students met with the Cahoon Park Trustees and with their approval added the signs to the playground. Students that worked on the project included: Lucy Aleksandrovic, Savannah Bingaman, Maddie Dieterich, Lauren Galloway, Kaylie Harden, Claire Mohney, Sarah O'Hare and Tallulah Swazey.
After five wonderful and fun-filled days, the Transplant Games of America held in Cleveland are over. Nathan Hart, who will be a sixth-grader in the fall at the Bay Middle School, represented Team Ohio well by coming home with three medals!
The Transplant Games of America were held June 10-15. This was Nathan's first time participating in the Transplant Games and he was very excited to be on Team Ohio! He participated in the family walk, 1K cycling, golf singles, basketball and volleyball. He had a blast meeting other transplant recipients and many living donors and donor families from all over the country.
American Legion Post #385 in Westlake retires flags twice a year, Flag Day and Veterans Day. On June 14 this year, the Post retired more than 800 flags, many of which came from local cemeteries plus those provided by residents.
Flags are retired using full military honors, which begins with an inspection by the Sergeant at Arms, the Second Vice Commander and the First Vice Commander. Each inspection includes a description of how the flags were used: to mark the graves of those who died in defense of their country or those flags flown over buildings or homes. After the Commander determines that the flags have served their appropriate purpose, he will ask the Post Chaplain to offer a prayer over the flags then release the flags for retirement by fire. Taps and the national anthem are played as all in attendance salute the flags.
The City of Bay Village is seeking resident input on the formation of a new master plan to guide future growth and development. A “public visioning” meeting will be held Tuesday, June 28, 7 p.m., at the Dwyer Center. Residents will have an opportunity to meet the advisory team from the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, and voice their suggestions on an array of subjects including city infrastructure, housing, recreation, sustainability, transportation and economic development.
School crossing guard Rose Quarick has retired after serving the city of Bay Village for nearly 35 years.
Rose was hired Sept. 14, 1981. When she was asked what she will remember from her many years of service, her reply was simple: “The kids.” Rose is one of the unsung heroes of our community whose work is vitally important in keeping our children safe. Rose has seen two generations of kids at her school crossing posts. Her smile will be missed by the many children she assisted every school year.
We all have day jobs, usually in a profession for which we were educated or trained. But most of us also have second lives, doing things we really enjoy and have a passion for. Such is the case for members of a local band, all of whom hail from Westlake, that rock out on the weekends around town. These Westlakers have careers as diverse as teacher, business executive and library director.
I stopped by Felix & Oscar’s Pub recently to check out this local band, The Screaming Armadillos (more about that name later), and to hear what their playlist included.
Expectations weren’t that high because these musicians are only weekenders and because we all have friends – of varying talents – that are in a band. But to my surprise, they were very talented instrumentalists with tight vocal harmonies and played a wide-ranging repertoire of songs by artists including REM, Queen, the Rolling Stones and Johnny Cash.
The Women’s Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center enjoyed their annual spring luncheon at Cleveland Yacht Club on June 1, a perfect spring day for reminiscing with friends!
During social time, members and guests browsed through albums of pictures and news articles from past WB and Center events.
Two WB members, Mady Deter and Ellie Kirchner were honored for their 50-year membership with the Women’s Board and the Center.
The Bay Village Foundation hosted its annual Memorial Day ceremony to dedicate permanent bronze plaques honoring James Potter, Richard Schier and Eileen Vernon, award scholarships to three Bay High seniors, and announce its 2016 grant recipients. The program, now in its 21st year, took place at Cahoon Park North and was emceed by Jon Loufman.
The T. Richard Martin Scholarship winner was Evan O'Donnell, and Abigail Christel and Joe Auckley were awarded Bay Village Foundation scholarships.
Now that Memorial Day is over and Flag Day is upon us, it might be time to take a closer look at that outdoor flag of yours. Has it faded from the sun or become torn from the winter winds?
If either of these situations has attacked your flag it just might be time to purchase a new flag. Many local stores carry them in stock at competitive prices. Just be sure to buy one that was Made in America.
This brings us to the next step, what do you do with the old flag?