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Bay Kiwanis urges bicycle registration

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club, in cooperation with the Bay Village Police Department, is encouraging all residents with bicycles to register them with the Police Department. Registration is free and will insure that your bicycle will be returned to you if it is lost or stolen and turned in to the police.

Each year, the Police Department retrieves 40 to 60 bicycles that go unclaimed. After holding them for some time, they are donated to the Village Bicycle Cooperative, where volunteers inspect, repair and either sell them in the shop or donate them to recognized charities.

If you have lost a bicycle in the last three months, check with the police department to see if they have it.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:09 AM, 08.15.2017

Women's Board invites new members to Sept. 6 meeting

September brings the regrouping of many organizations which have taken a break during the summer. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women's Board will hold their first meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Science Center in Bay Village. We always welcome interested persons who would like to join us and learn about our activities which support the Center's mission through service, leadership, community awareness and fundraising.

If you would like to attend and listen to an update of the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's activities and programs by our Executive Director, Catherine Timko, please join us at noon for social time before our meeting at 12:30 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:15 AM, 08.15.2017

Herb Guild Garden Club awards scholarships

On Wednesday, Aug. 2, The Herb Guild Garden Club held its 33rd annual scholarship luncheon. Three high school graduates received scholarships from the Herb Guild – Katherine Randolph from Berea-Midpark High School, Maggie Lieb from Avon High School and Lorain County JVS, and Atlas Besenfelder from Saint Ignatius.

Katherine will be attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Maggie will be majoring in agricultural education and horticulture at The Ohio State University. Atlas will be attending Allegheny College and majoring in environmental science.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:13 AM, 08.15.2017

Westlake Fire Department receives award for cardiac care

The Westlake Fire Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. The department first received the award in 2016.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don't receive this prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.18.2017

Bay Boat Club to honor Don Fridrich with building dedication

Don Fridrich was a member of Bay Boat Club for over 30 years. During that time he served continuously as an officer or trustee. He was serving as a trustee until his death this past December due to an aggressive cancer.

Don loved sailing. For many years he ran sailing races at the Club on Saturdays and Mondays. He helped create Bay Sailing Club, which for many years offered sailing classes for youths and adults in Bay. As the sailing club began acquiring small boats, there was a need for a storage building for those boats.

Don helped draw the plans for the sailing building. He, together with six or eight other sailors, built the sailing building from the ground up.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.18.2017

Safety Town officer to retire

Officer Anna has taught safety to thousands of kids

For the last 15 years, the kindergartners of Westlake have been lucky enough to learn from, and come to love, Community Service Officer Anna Cavender of the Westlake Police Department. Through her work as the administrator and head instructor of Westlake Safety Town and as a Westlake Schools bus driver, she touched many lives.

“I’ll miss the kids most, they’re so cute and they love to learn; they’re like sponges,” said Cavender, reflecting on the nearly 5,000 youngsters she has taught in Safety Town. Many of her past students have returned as student volunteers with the program, giving back to teach the next generation.

The program teaches many aspects of safety to children getting ready to enter school. The classes include street safety, what to do in case of a fire, gun safety, and how to respond in people emergencies. The kindergartners are taught their name, address and phone number, plus how to dial 911.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:18 AM, 06.20.2017

Bay library gathers resident input on new building features

Bay Village residents took advantage of two opportunities to voice their opinions on the design of the new library building during public input sessions this month. The sessions, held at the Dwyer Senior Center on June 7 and the current library building on June 14, featured a “world cafe” approach with stations set up for various aspects of the building’s design.

Each station featured a dozen or more photos of other library buildings – some within the Cuyahoga County Public Library system and others from around the country. Attendees were able to view the examples and point out to CCPL staff and Moody Nolan architects which elements they liked and disliked. Comments were recorded on large notepads and will be considered by the building’s designers.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:17 AM, 06.20.2017

Lions help visually impaired youth attend summer camp

Thanks to a collaborative effort by the Westshore Lions Club, the Cleveland Host Lions Club and the Cleveland Scrappers beep baseball team, 11-year-old Huston Nagy of North Olmsted will be able to go to summer camp at Highbrook Lodge in Chardon.

Highbrook Lodge is no ordinary camp as Huston is visually impaired. The camp is operated by the Cleveland Sight Center. Totally blind since birth, Huston excels at numerous activities including music and various sport and athletic pursuits as a member of the Westlake Youth Challenge program. Huston's mother, Rebecca Nagy, is a volunteer for Youth Challenge and when the cost to attend Highbrook Lodge proved to be prohibitive for the family, Rebecca contacted the Westshore Lions.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:18 AM, 06.20.2017

Bay Legion to retire flags for Flag Day

The Bay Village American Legion Post 385 will retire old, torn and faded flags on Friday, June 9, at their Post home, 695 Cahoon Road in Westlake. This is part of their Flag Day program.

The flag retirement is conducted in accordance with strict military procedures. Each year the Post retires between 400 and 500 flags.

Citizens can place their flags in the red, white and blue box next to the front door of the Post prior to that date. The Post home is just south of the railroad tracks on Cahoon Road.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:11 AM, 06.06.2017

WHS senior Sebastian Francesconi receives Jeffery Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship

Westlake High School senior Sebastian Francesconi was awarded the second annual “Jeffery Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship” at the Senior Awards Banquet Night.  Francesconi was selected based on his strong academic success, leadership roles, community involvement and athletic success at Westlake – all attributes of Jeffery Marriott, for whom the scholarship honors.

Francesconi earned an impressive 10 varsity letters as a member of the Demons cross country, swimming, and track and field teams, after moving to Westlake his sophomore year. He also is a member of the National Honor Society and maintains a 4.2 GPA. He will attend Miami University (OH) in the fall where he will join the Redhawks Cross Country and Track team.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:17 AM, 06.06.2017

Westlake hosts free safety and wellness fair May 20

The City of Westlake and University Hospitals St. John Medical Center are again joining forces to present the annual free Community Safety and Wellness Fair on Saturday, May 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd.

The day begins with a flag ceremony and a color guard of military veterans and safety forces members in recognition of Armed Forces Day and to honor those who keep our communities safe and healthy. The flag to be presented was flown over the U.S. Capitol building with the assistance of U.S. Congressman Jim Renacci.

“Accidents, injuries, illnesses, and drug and alcohol abuse can have devastating consequences for individuals and their families. We remain committed to providing the best emergency and safety services to help those who are affected by them,” said Mayor Dennis Clough. “However, if we can help prevent or reduce the impact of some of those incidents, more people can enjoy a higher quality of life.”

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:34 AM, 05.16.2017

Bay Women's Club awards scholarships

In its 100th anniversary year, the Bay Village Women's Club Foundation has surpassed $500,000 total in scholarships awarded to Bay High School graduating seniors since 1936. There are nine current seniors this year receiving $2,500 each toward tuition at their chosen university in 2017. They are Sarah Brumagin, Alisa Busuladzic, Laura Colagiovanni, Maxton Edgerly, Paige Fisher, Nicholas Loufman, Abby Lindway, Emily Taylor and Calvin Mihal. All are members of the National Honor Society.

Sarah Brumagin will be attending Lipscomb University, majoring in musical theatre. She has been president of Thespians at Bay High School as well as captain of the tennis team. She sings in both Show Choir and A Capella Choir.

Alisa Busuladzic will study business and health sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She is the Key Club vice-president and was chairperson of the American Heart Association Walk.

Laura Colagiovanni will be going to The Ohio State University in the fall to major in public affairs. She is involved in Key Club, A Capella Choir, and the yearbook staff at Bay High School.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.16.2017

VFW scholarship winners visit veterans

At the April and May VFW meetings, the winners of the 2017 Voice of Democracy (VOD) and the first recipients of the VFW Military Grant stopped by to greet our members and present their winning essays. VOD is a local, state and national competition. The Military Grant is a first-time award directed at high school seniors going on to a military and college career. The 2018 awards will expand to include Westlake schools.

While no entries were received for the middle school "Patriot's Pen" essay contest this year, we hope to receive essays from Westlake and Bay high schools and middle schools next year. There are three prizes for each competition.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:32 AM, 05.16.2017

VFW to hold 'Buddy Poppy' fundraiser this month

Peace comes at a price that our veterans have paid on more than one occasion. Often we all take for granted what our veterans have done. The Veterans of Foreign Wars consistently strive to help our military family but also promote education and awareness in the community through Americanism, POW/MIA awareness, safety, community activities, church and Scout support, and love of our flag and country.

Bay Village VFW Post 9693 has proudly associated with Bay Village, Westlake and the West Shore community fostering a longstanding commitment of helping our veterans, their families and children.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:31 AM, 05.02.2017

Bay Village Historical Society receives Village Foundation grant

The Bay Village Historical Society is the recipient of a grant from the Bay Village Foundation.

The grant will be presented on May 29 at the Memorial Day ceremony in Cahoon Memorial Park. The Bay Village Foundation grants support projects that improve the quality of life and benefit the citizens of Bay Village.

The historical society’s historic preservation committee will use the grant money to purchase a computer system, printer, archival storage and a collection and contact management software program, PastPerfect. The application is used by more than 10,000 museums. It will allow Bay Village Historical Society volunteers to properly catalog historical information and to access online records. It will be used to preserve information about the history of Bay Village and to continue to educate the public about the city.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:01 AM, 05.02.2017

Bay Village residents to be honored in annual ceremony

The Bay Village Foundation will honor the Hawthorne family; Ed Matthews; Robert Thomas; and Herman and Joy Bredenbeck with permanent bronze memorial plaques to be installed at the T. Richard Martin Cahoon Memorial Bridge on Monday, May 29. The program will take place at Cahoon Park North under the tent following the Memorial Day observance at the gazebo. Friends of the families and the public are invited to attend the annual ceremony and view the plaques currently installed on the footbridge, along with the new memorials.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:57 AM, 05.02.2017

Cleveland Water's 2016 Water Quality Report now available

Cleveland Water’s annual Water Quality Report provides an overview of our water quality during the past year, including testing results and information.

We know our drinking water is essential to the quality of life of more than 1.4 million people in 80 communities. That’s why we are committed to providing our customers with safe, high-quality, drinking water at the turn of a tap any hour of the day.

Our water is constantly monitored and tested. In fact, Cleveland Water consistently exceeds the most stringent water quality standards mandated by state and federal regulations and recommended by drinking water organizations throughout the country.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:55 AM, 04.18.2017

Greenspan holds roundtable on criminal justice

State Rep. Nathan Manning (R-District 55), chair of the House Criminal Justice Committee, joined Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-District 16) for a roundtable discussion at Bay Library on March 20.  Rep. Manning talked about legislation before his committee and answered questions from an audience of five local officials and seven citizens.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:24 AM, 04.04.2017

Westlake schools, city announce land deal

The Westlake City School District and the City of Westlake announced on March 6 an agreement in principle on a joint land exchange and infrastructure improvement deal that best serves the entire community.

After passage of a combined 2.1-mill bond issue and permanent improvement levy, the school district and city agreed to an appraisal process to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities to their stakeholders. That process is now complete and paved the way for this agreement.

The agreement, in summary, involves the following:

  • Westlake Schools will take ownership of a 29.4 city-owned acres on Center Ridge Road next to Westlake Porter Public Library to build an elementary school for pre-kindergarten to Grade 4.
  • In exchange, the City of Westlake will take ownership of 42 acres of district-owned property on Bradley Road, as well as the former administration building at the corner of Dover Center Road and Hilliard Boulevard.
  • The district also will sign over the deed to its Parkside property – which houses administrative offices and the Board of Education – to the city. The district will rent the property for $1 per year with a buyback option over the next 10 years. The city retains the right to use the building’s gymnasium, sports fields and auditorium for municipal events during the lease period. The district will maintain the grounds during the lease period.

This agreement is not limited to an exchange of land. The city agreed to fund about $1 million in improvements on Center Ridge Road, including a traffic signal and turning lanes, to accommodate increased traffic. The city also is dramatically reducing permit fees for the new elementary project.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:07 AM, 03.21.2017

Westlake resident earns hospice associations' top administrator award

Recently, Westlake resident Bob Phillips-Plona was nationally recognized by his peers by being named "Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator of the Year." The award was presented at the annual assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

Phillips-Plona, Director of Residential Services at Hospice of the Western Reserve, has dedicated his entire career to serving some of the most vulnerable residents in our community. Over the past 20 years, more than 30,000 terminally ill patients and their families have benefited from his operational and administrative management skills at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake, David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland, and the Hospice of Medina County Inpatient Care Center.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:17 AM, 03.21.2017

Bethesda-on-the-Bay welcomes new pastor

Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church in Bay Village has welcomed its new pastor, the Rev. Angela Jean Freeman-Riley, following a 16-month search led by Bethesda’s Call Committee.

"Bethesda has been impacting lives and working to serve the community for 70 years,” said Pastor Angela. “I am beyond delighted to have been called to walk alongside Bethesda for the years to come. Together we will deepen our relationship with the God who calls us to love our neighbors as we explore ways we can continue to serve and care for the surrounding community.”

Pastor Angela began Feb. 20 and her first Sunday was Transfiguration Sunday, Feb. 26.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:28 AM, 03.07.2017

Bay Village man tutors boxing hopeful

While Bay Village resident Tim VanNewhouse may have climbed out of the boxing ring undefeated back in 2007, his love for boxing never did. Now he is using his boxing skills to manage young fighters climbing the pro ranks.

VanNewhouse, the married father of three and husband to Parma school teacher Nicole, will be ringside at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, March 18, when his latest protégé, 24-year-old WBC Lightweight Continental Americas Champion Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin, with a professional record of 17-0 with 10 by knockout, takes on local fan favorite Bryant “Pee Wee’ Cruz, 17-1 with eight KO’s.

The fight will be featured on the undercard of the world middleweight championship between unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (36-0-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs, (32-1, 29 KO’s). The event will be shown live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.21.2017

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Feb. 8, 2017

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Clough’s office prepares official minutes.

The meeting took place at Westlake City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Westlake Mayor Clough presiding. The meeting adjourned at 10:45 a.m.

Present: Mayors Clough (Westlake), Bobst (Rocky River), Patton (Fairview Park), Koomar (Bay Village). Mayor Kennedy (North Olmsted) was absent. Also present Renee Mahoney (fiscal officer), Jeff Capretto (Westshore Enforcement Bureau), and the LWV observer.

Commission Reports

RTA – Mayor Clough reported that the situation concerning bus access to Public Square on Superior Avenue remains essentially the same. A study, commissioned by RTA and released on Feb. 7 stated reopening Superior did not create safety issues. Concerns continue about loss of revenue created by the replacement of the Medicare tax. The $12 million fine from the federal government imposed on the City of Cleveland is still in play. Alternate routes for special events were discussed.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.21.2017

Westlake resident wins design competition

A senior at the Cleveland Institute of Art from Westlake won first prize in the 2017 Student Design Competition sponsored by the International Housewares Association. Michael Laudi landed the top prize and $2,500 for his design of Rose Plate, a dinner plate that assists people with only one available hand to cut food, promoting their independence and enhancing quality of life. Now he goes on to the International Home + Housewares Show to exhibit his design and hopefully find a manufacturer to produce the product, or a job in the industry when he graduates.

At 29 years old, Laudi is embarking on his second career, having gotten his bachelor's degree in finance from The Ohio State University. After working in real estate for a year in Chicago, a friend inspired him to think about becoming an industrial designer and he enrolled at the CIA. Asked about Rose, the disabled woman who inspired his winning design, he said he knew her well, and he wanted to create a product for someone he knew instead of an anonymous persona. Michael says that Rose is now a star because of his project and more people know her and talk to her.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:47 AM, 02.21.2017

Evelyn Allen honored as Bay Village’s Citizen of the Year

Bay Village Community Council selects the Play in Bay renovation for Project of the Year

When a community project needs an organizer, Bay Village civic groups have known for years where to turn. Whether it’s a club fundraiser, a church committee or one of the biggest celebrations in the city’s history, Evelyn Allen is the volunteer for the job. Her involvement in the Bay Village Historical Society, the Bay Village Bicentennial Committee, St. Raphael’s Parish and The Bay Village Foundation were among just some of the reasons the Bay Village Community Council chose to honor Evelyn as its 2017 Citizen of the Year.

Evelyn has been a member of the historical society for 38 of her 40 years as a resident of Bay Village, volunteering in the gift shop and as a guide at Rose Hill Museum. She also co-chaired the elegant “Victorian Tea” events for years and organized a very successful “Downton Abbey” fundraiser in November 2015.

“Evelyn is one of our treasured members upon whom you could always count to step forward when needed and do an outstanding job,” said Cathy Flament, president of the Bay Village Historical Society. “We have been so fortunate over the years to have been part of her community commitment.”

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:59 AM, 02.07.2017

Benefit to aid Bay Village historic district

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 29. This is one party you won't want to miss.

"Back to Bay's Future" will be a 1960s-themed party to raise money for Bay Village's historic district, specifically much-needed renovations to the Community House.

The event will take place at Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 each and registration forms are available at City Hall.

For more information call 216-386-5997.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.07.2017

8 Birchwood students from Westlake win writing awards

Eight Westlake residents were among the 17 Birchwood School of Hawken students who received writing awards in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition. Nadia Ibrahim received a Gold Key award, qualifying her to compete at the national level. Sam Hessler and Isabella Issa received Silver Key awards. Paul Abou Haidar, Naya Alsouss, Shruthi Ravichandran, Hadi Tajour and Alexander Massier were awarded honorable mention for their entries.

The students submitted narrative pieces in categories like memoir/personal essay, short story, science fiction, fantasy, or flash fiction (shorter than 1,400 words). The winning entries were chosen by the panelists for creativity, technical skill and emerging voice.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.07.2017

VFW charter finds home in Bay Village police station

The latest partnership between the Bay Village VFW Post and the Bay Village Police Department demonstrates the joint community support between the two organizations.

The VFW Post 9693 was established July 15, 1985 and for the most of this time, meetings were held at various spots around town and in other communities. Shortly after the completion of the current police station, the VFW was able to move our monthly meetings to the community room. This was an excellent facility already, but the VFW worked closely with the City Council and BVPD to donate $2,000 for a multi-media center. A podium was constructed by the city to meet multiple needs, including requested requirements for the VFW use. The BVPD has continued to meticulously maintain 10 WWII vintage M-1 Garand rifles assigned to the VFW and ensure they are securely stored.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:47 AM, 02.07.2017

Help save the Bay Village 6

In 2014, I rescued a little black poodle hiding in a hole in the creek wall within the Huntington Metroparks just before a large storm flooded the area. I successfully raised funds to pay for emergency dental surgery. I named her Peanut and made her a member of my family. She is doing excellent now!

In 2015, my mother informed me that a little white dog was running loose near a cliff by a creek behind the Bay Village pool. I was able to save her, but my bike (passed down from my grandfather) was stolen. The community came together and helped buy me a new bike that my grandfather presented to me during a surprise party. I was so surprised and grateful. We also kept this little dog and named her Flurry!

I am reaching out to the community one more time. I have rescued six kittens from the Metroparks that my family and I are currently caring for, and plan to socialize these kitties and put them up for adoption. We have three dogs and a cat of our own, so we need your help in order to provide the care these kittens need to become healthy and live a very warm and happy life with a loving family.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:36 AM, 01.24.2017

How I ran every single street in Westlake in 2016!

I have always felt that there is no better way to get a sense of a place than to run it. Running connects us to a place in a way that sitting in a car does not. Is it smelling the fresh air, seeing the different houses and buildings or hearing the sound of footsteps on the pavement? Perhaps it is merely the fact that when we run, we slow down and appreciate our surroundings as nature intended. 

I moved to Westlake seven years ago from Los Angeles, California, and although I have been very pleased with my decision to settle in Northeast Ohio, it didn’t feel like “home.” With a desire to truly connect with my adopted city, I made the decision in January 2016 to run every single street in Westlake. I obtained a city street map from City Hall and proudly hung it in my basement.

Admittedly, my map hung on the basement wall for almost two full months without any attention. The specially purchased marker to highlight each street remained sealed in its plastic package and a thin layer of dust covered the map’s frame. Every runner knows that the most difficult part of any run is in those first few steps.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:12 AM, 01.10.2017

Bay Village VFW holiday social brings cheer to veterans

On Dec. 13, Bay Village VFW Post 9693 held our second annual Holiday Social. The event was held at Bay Lodge and due to a healthy turnout of members and guests, as well as over 20 Bay High School Key Club volunteers, we entertained over 50 people.The plentiful array of food was prepared by a few of the spouses and some items were donated. There was plenty for all and even pizza for the Key Club!

Due to a local event conflict, parking was sparse. Like all veterans, we assessed the situation, adapted and carried on! All had a great time. Several widowed or single members were sent home with food, and three full meals were delivered the next day to local veterans that could not make the event.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:08 AM, 01.10.2017

Bay Village VFW holds essay contest

Every year VFW Post 9693 sponsors an essay contest for junior high ("Patriot's Pen") and high school students ("Voice of Democracy"). The topic changes every year for each contest. The subject of the 2017 Voice of Democracy competition is "My Responsibility to America." Due to many reasons, the Post had not received entries for many years.

This year, Ms. Colleen Lanning, an English teacher at BHS, learned of this competition and encouraged her class to participate. Two VOD essays were submitted to the Post by the Nov. 1 deadline.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 9:58 AM, 12.13.2016

Sights of the season

There are many sights and smells that evoke the holidays to us. One is the abundance of fruits and nuts, especially if they are frosted so that they glitter and glow in the light.

This year the Westlake Garden Club chose fruits and nuts as the theme for decorating the holiday tree at Westlake Porter Public Library. The tree is adorned with white lights and gold beads, and frosted fruits, nuts, pine cones, poinsettias and bows in shades of gold, red, white and burgundy. The gold tree skirt adds to the overall opulence of the tree. 

The committee that decorated the tree included chairman Robert Pearl, Regina McCarthy, Margaret Schulz, Jean Smith and Carolyn Steigman. Robert provided all of the ornaments from his vast collection. Please make time in your busy holiday schedule to stop by the library and enjoy the tree. It is located in the main lobby near the entrance to the coffee shop.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 9:58 AM, 12.13.2016

Bay Village community grant funding available

Trustees of The Bay Village Foundation announced that the Foundation is accepting grant requests for specific projects of local civic and non-profit organizations. Applications are due the last day of February 2017. Awards will be announced on Monday, May 29, at the Foundation’s Memorial Day celebration. Awards may range from $500-$5,000.

The Bay Village Foundation is primarily interested in capital projects that improve the quality of life in Bay Village. Projects must be responsive to community needs. Support for programs may also be considered. Reporting requirements from previous awards may be requested before the Foundation will consider a subsequent funding application.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 9:58 AM, 12.13.2016

Delta Kappa Gamma, Tau Chapter honors longtime members

The Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, based in Westlake, honored its longtime members at their Christmas meeting on Dec. 8.

Delta Kappa Gamma promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. The members of Tau Chapter are from the far Westside suburbs of Cleveland. The teachers honored have been members in Tau for 20 years and more.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:04 AM, 12.13.2016

Cricket Yard Equipment to move into Westlake's Ace Hardware store

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. 

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:11 AM, 12.13.2016

Bay Village Foundation scholarship now available

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:34 AM, 11.29.2016

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center wildlife staff member receives award

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.15.2016

Remembering the life of former WHS principal George Reash

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:44 AM, 11.15.2016

From teen volunteer to award-winning volunteer administrator

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:47 AM, 11.15.2016