The Village Foundation is getting ready to celebrate 20 years of public service to the community of Bay Village and is changing its name in the process, from The Village Foundation to the Bay Village Foundation. The board of trustees of the foundation voted to modify its name to broaden the recognition that the foundation is THE Bay Village foundation.
The Herb Guild Garden Club held their 30th annual scholarship luncheon on Aug. 6 celebrating "The Magical World of Herbs." The beautiful table decorations mirrored this magical theme of herbs, as did the boutique shop with its array of delicious herbal dips, mixes, vinegars and herbal bakery items.
Wagner's of Westlake put on its best appearance while luncheon guests, scholarship honorees and their family members, Herb Guild members, and guest fashion show models were all dressed in their lovely summer attire, with some guests arriving in style in a limousine. The main hall, the podium and entrance table decorations, and guests' lovely attire were reminiscent of a beautiful Monet painting.
Every year the Kiwanis clubs of Bay Village and Westlake hold a joint meeting of their members to highlight each club's past year's accomplishments and to plan for upcoming projects. The annual interclub meeting is also a friendly competition to see which organization can have the highest percentage of membership in attendance.
Since 1984, the winner is awarded a specially designed plaque with a gold-colored, nickel-plated railroad spike representing the Nickel Plate Railroad which divided the two townships at the turn of the century. The runner-up also receives a railroad spike, albeit a rusty one, on a plaque that states "There's always next year."
Westside Christian Academy in Westlake is pleased to announce that the 2014 Family Strong Series event will be “Revolutionary Parenting” with special guest speaker George Barna. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center of Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.
The event focuses on one of the greatest challenges to parenting in the 21st century. Parents recognize that increasingly they are competing for their children’s attention with many other voices in our culture. Those voices may not respect them or their values.
The Avon Lake Women’s Chorus is looking for a few Westlake/Bay Village women who enjoy singing to join us as rehearsals begin Monday, Sept. 8, 9:30 a.m. at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ, 32801 Electric Blvd. No formal audition. Choral experience and ability to read music helpful. Bring a friend or make new ones. Call Irene at 440-937-8827 for more information.
On Saturday, Aug. 16, an emergency scenario will be staged to test and train disaster preparedness planning for local emergency responders. The exercise, which will take place between 6 a.m. and noon at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 27993 Detroit Road, Westlake, is designed to validate and improve our community’s response to a crisis situation.
The exercise will involve a fictional severe storm and tornado resulting in mass casualties. The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response team (CERT) will simulate organization under Incident Command System structure: size-up and development of objectives, strategies and tactics; search and rescue; test logistics, communications and planning functions; and provide first aid to volunteers who are pretending to be victims.
The emergency is not real; however, the response will be as realistic as possible. Area hospitals, law enforcement, fire and EMS, government officials, other government agencies, and private-sector partners may participate.
On Saturday, July 26, 7-year-old Westlake resident, Mary Garcia, won the U8 Elks State Soccer Shoot out, held in Coshocton, Ohio. Mary scored a rare, perfect 45 points in the contest by making 15 shots through a series of five goals, decreasing in size from 48 inches to 17 inches from 15 feet away.
During the summer 35,000 children across the state of Ohio participate in Elks Soccer Shoot contests. In early June, Mary participated locally and won the spot of representing her district in the June 21 district finals. There, she competed against five other girls in her age class and advanced to the state finals.
She will represent the state of Ohio at the Mid-Atlantic Invitational in March 2015, against U8 girls from six other states.
George Ryan of Bay Village is the editor of a recently published book, "Braving the Wartime Seas." The book is a tribute to the cadets and graduates of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Cadet Corps who died during World War II.
The U. S. Merchant Marine during World War II was the fourth arm of national defense that bridged the oceans to provide armament, fuel and logistic supplies to the allied navies and armies. The U.S. Merchant Marine suffered tremendous losses; by percentages more merchant mariners died than those who served in the U.S. Navy or Army. Many of those who died were still students, Cadet-Midshipmen from the Merchant Marine Academy, as well as recent graduates.
There was no red carpet, so Safety Pup revealed his post-makeover look on the painted asphalt behind the Westlake police station. The Westlake Police Department's community outreach mascot strolled the streets of Safety Town on July 11 in his first public appearance since undergoing a complete transformation.
Gone is the beat-up, decades-old costume, replaced by a state-of-the-art model. Thanks to a grant from the Lakewood Elks Lodge 1350 in Westlake, auxiliary officer Rick Grane was able to update the popular pooch.
The successful Bay Days Fireworks Fund raffle came to a close on July 4 with the drawing of the winning tickets for Indians prizes. Fireworks committee members Eric Eakin, Tony Dostal and Dave Tadych were on hand as volunteer Isabella Gavel drew the winners at Bay Days.
The prize of a 16-person suite to an Indians game went to Silvia Meneghetti and her husband, Dino. Silvia bought two tickets.
The prize of four Indians tickets plus the ceremonial first pitch went to Diane Puntel, who had purchased five tickets.
In recognition of their hard work and support during recent transitions, the Bay Village Police Department and Service Department were visited last month by Mayor Debbie Sutherland, bearing a surprise gift. Each department was given a brand new 32-inch, flat-screen Toshiba television to use as they see fit. Ruth Popovich, assistant law director, negotiated a deal for the TVs, were included at no charge to the city, when purchasing new Toshiba copiers for city hall.
“Mayor Sutherland wanted to take a few minutes with these two departments to personally acknowledge their hard work over the past several months and their support as they transitioned through a new police chief and a new service director,” Popovich said, “and to thank them for embracing some of the challenges to modify some internal procedures to be more efficient and effective.”
On June 25, Shamus Fenner and Nick Eifel, members of Scout Troop 159 based at St. Raphael Church in Bay Village, received their Eagle Scout emblems in a ceremony attended by family, friends and fellow scouters.
Local dignitaries were also in attendance, including State Senator Tom Patton, State Representative Nan Baker, Cuyahoga Councilman Tom Greenspan, and Bay Village Councilman Tom Henderson.
Westlake and Bay Village’s Safety Town programs recently got mini-makeovers. Rick Grane, an auxiliary Westlake police officer and member of Elks Lodge 1350, requested a $2,000 grant from the Elks to enhance the programs, which educate pre-kindergarten children on traffic and school safety issues.
The most notable beneficiary of the grant is Westlake’s beloved safety mascot, Safety Pup. Grane, who is most often the man inside the fake fur, said the costume was in dire need of updating.
As I write this it has been just over three months since my retirement from the Westlake Police Department. I worked for 34 years in law enforcement, starting with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Dept., then the Olmsted Falls Police Dept., and the last 26-plus years were with the city of Westlake.
As I look back I remember certain incidents and some extreme cases but mostly police work is about people. When high school students would ask me about being an officer, I would always tell them: If you can get along with people, if you can treat people with respect despite differences, you can be a cop.
On a drizzling afternoon on Friday the 13th, the sun peeked from behind the clouds over the Cahoon Park Rose Garden in Bay Village. That was the location where the American flag was raised and flown in honor of retiring Lt. Col. Patrick Huested of the United States Air Force who is retiring after 22 years of service. The American flag was also flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Lt. Col. Huested requested that the flag be flown over the city that was instrumental to him as he was growing up. In attendance was his mother, Carolyn, and members of the Bay Village Police Department. From 1982-1986, Lt. Col. Huested was a Civil Air Patrol cadet as well as Cadet Commander at the Bay Lodge.
On June 11, nearly 200 members from the Power of More chambers of commerce (Fairview Park, North Coast, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Olmsted and West Shore) attended a fantastic Business After Hours event at Wagner’s of Westlake who provided delicious food. Every attendee had the opportunity to enjoy putting on an indoor putting green set up by Andrew Mangels of Westlake Porter Public Library. Several prizes were given away, including gift certificates donated by various chamber members.
Village Project is pleased and grateful to be the recipient of two brand new signs recently installed at its headquarters building on West Oviatt. The materials for the signs were gifted by an anonymous donor, with paint and installation paid for by a grant provided by The Village Foundation.
The Village Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to preserving the quality of life in Bay Village, using the talents and resources of the private citizens and non-government funding. The Village Foundation exists to provide support for projects and programs fostering Bay Village’s historical, cultural, social, and educational heritage. Through The Village Foundation, its citizens and businesses are encouraged to perpetuate the traditions that make Bay Village a special place to live and work.
The Bay Days fireworks fundraising team has added a second raffle prize: four tickets to the Wednesday, Aug. 13, Cleveland Indians game and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Anyone who has already purchased a raffle ticket for the suite for 16 persons at the Friday, Aug. 22, Indians game offered by the group is automatically eligible to win this additional prize.
Jim Zemek has been a firefighter/paramedic for the city of North Ridgeville for 17 years. Jim recently sustained a back injury in the line of duty, making it impossible for him to continue in this beloved and proud profession.
On May 30, the North Ridgeville Fire Department escorted Jim on his last ride home from duty to his house in Bay Village. Members of the Bay Village Fire Department were honored to join in this escort and to recognize the life of service and sacrifice that Jim exemplifies. Thank you and may God bless you, Jim!
The warm days and beautiful sunshine are just what our gardens needed to get growing and blooming. If your garden is beginning to look spectacular, or even if it looks a little above average, I hope you will enter it in Westlake in Bloom 2014.
With 21 categories available to enter, I am sure one is just right for your garden, whether it is residential landscaping, a vegetable garden, a window box, or a business or organization. Gardens will be judged the second week of July and awards presented at a ceremony on August 13 at LaCentre and everyone is invited to get a look at photos of the winning gardens.
It’s the first step toward the podium for athletes with a physical disability or visual impairment and it’s happening in Cleveland on July 13.
Youth Challenge, a leading provider of adapted sports and recreation in Northeast Ohio, is honored to be hosting Gateway to Gold, a U.S. Paralympics talent identification day, on July 13 at 9 a.m. at Veale Fieldhouse at Case Western Reserve University. The event is aimed at discovering physically disabled and visually impaired athletes who could compete for Team USA at future Paralympic Games. It’s an opportunity for athletes to test themselves against national standards to see how they stack up as a future Paralympian.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. In her annual State of the City address on May 13, Mayor Deborah Sutherland was guardedly optimistic as she discussed the current affairs of Bay Village with members of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce. While times are still tight in regard to the budget, some of the cost-cutting initiatives set in place last year are starting to bear fruit and civic organizations continue to help enhance the quality of life for all residents.
Revenues were down by almost 10 percent last year, due in large part to the loss of the estate tax. “We used to get about $1.2 million a year, sometimes we had gone as high as $15 million [or] as low as $300,000, but there was always that inflow,” Sutherland said. “So we had to really scramble and last year was the first year that we had a major reduction because the estate tax has been eliminated.”
Westlake High School junior Pierce Gleespen received a Student Achievement Award from the West Shore Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s May 13 luncheon.
The Student Achievement Award recognizes a Westlake or Bay High School student employee or volunteer who has shown exemplary work performance. According to Gleespen’s nomination letter, he has done just that.
This report, which contains observations and selected highlights of a meeting of the WCOG, is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Official minutes are prepared by Mayor Patton's office and posted on Fairview Park's website.
Present: Mayors Patton (Fairview Park), Bobst (Rocky River) and Sutherland (Bay Village). Mayors Clough (Westlake) and Summers (Lakewood) arrived at 9:36 and 9:42, respectively.
Absent: Mayor Kennedy (North Olmsted)
Also in attendance: Dave Greenspan, District 1 Representative, Cuyahoga County Council; Fiscal Officer Steve Presley; Rob Berner, Fairview Park Director of Public Service & Development
Mayor Patton called the meeting to order at 9:39 in the Birch Room at the Gemini Center in Fairview Park.
Mayor Patton announced that WCOG minutes are now available on Fairview Park's website [under Mayor's Office]. Fire District Joint Implementation Committee minutes will also be posted.
The Village Foundation honored its two high school student trustees, Jake Fowler and Emmy Korte, at its May meeting. The Bay High seniors dedicated two years of service to the Foundation, focusing primarily on the bi-annual Bay Village Waterways Cleanup held in the fall and spring of each year. This spring’s cleanup event is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at Bay Middle School followed by a Foundation sponsored luncheon. Jake and Emmy also supported the Foundation’s Heritage Run – a 5K race in October of each year – and provided insight into the Foundation’s website.
Sarah Rintamaki, founder and executive director of Connecting for Kids (CFK) of Westlake, is being honored at the Milestones 12th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference in June for her mission to provide education and support for families who have concerns about their child’s development.
“Sarah’s energy, passion and vision led to the creation of this vital organization [CFK] and is what sustains it,” Andrew Mangels, director of Westlake Porter Public Library, wrote when he nominated Rintamaki. “She is, quite simply, a hero to hundreds of families whose lives have changed for the better because of her efforts.”
The first official observance of Memorial Day, also known as “Decoration Day” occurred May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery where graves of fallen Union and Confederate soldiers were decorated with flowers. Memorial Day was observed on May 30 for more than a century.
A change came in 1971 when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect. Memorial Day was among several federal holidays assigned to specific Mondays instead of traditional dates. The longer weekends benefitted government employees.
On May 26, the last Monday of May, area residents will visit cemeteries to remember their own.
Approximately 20 Westlake High School students in Beth Noren’s honors American history course participated in an extra credit project to create a “fascinator,” a classy millinery hat, for the 2014 Ohio Rose of Tralee. Denise McConville, originally from Tralee, Ireland, and currently a Westlake resident, whose father was instrumental in the establishment of the first Rose of Tralee competition, initiated the fascinator competition. In addition, Ms. McConville contacted ShurTech Brands who enthusiastically contributed the main material for the project – rolls and rolls of Duck Tape.
Duck Tape then became a major requirement in the design of the fascinator. In addition to that Ohio product, the first-place winner, sophomore Autumn Custer, incorporated 17 jewels to represent Ohio as the 17th state to join the Union. The scarlet carnation (Ohio’s state flower), the ladybug (our state insect), and the color red from the state bird (the cardinal) were other major elements from Autumn’s research on Ohio that added to the relevance of the winning design, which will accompany Ohio’s Rose of Tralee, Grainne Mangan of West Park, to Portlaoise, Ireland, for the Rose of Tralee regional competition.
Spring is here and planning has begun for the 2014 Westlake in Bloom Community Beautification Program. We will again showcase the beautiful landscaping and gardens of residences and businesses in Westlake. As in previous years, we anticipate many lovely gardens deserving of oohs and aahs, along with one or two spectacular gardens that really stand out.
Westlake residents and business owners can enter their gardens in one of 21 categories, which will be judged in July and awards in each category will be presented at a ceremony on August 13 at LaCentre. Many photos of the winning gardens will be on display that evening.
Come one and come all to the Relay for Life of Westshore in just a few short weeks! In case you are not clear what to expect at a Relay event, I would describe it as a carnival atmosphere. Of course our purpose is to ultimately raise funds, but it is also a day stuffed with games, DJ, dunk tank, bounce house, movies and more.
Relay is open to the public and we welcome you and your family to come have fun with us at our team tents, raffle, silent auction and enjoying food along with other activities. The reason these teams and tents exist is to entertain the public with an event everyone can enjoy!
Close to 400 generous guests helped raise almost $200,000 for Youth Challenge at their “Gallery Gala” annual benefit and auction on April 14 at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center. The money raised will fund adapted programs for children with physical disabilities. This support allows Youth Challenge to reach hundreds of children in the Greater Cleveland community, providing them with opportunities to play sports, make friends, and embrace their own unique abilities.
Guests enjoyed a fun evening with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, silent auction, and a Louis Vuitton handbag raffle while supporting Youth Challenge. In addition, attendees were treated to a gallery of artwork created by YC participants and volunteers.
Bad decisions. That is frequently the reason a sunny day in a boat on the water turns into an emergency.
In nearly 30 years as a division of watercraft officer in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Mike Westrick has seen loads of bad decisions.
“It had been a sunny afternoon in early spring,” said Westrick. “Then four young men found themselves hanging onto tree branches in swift water on the Scioto River.”
Their canoes capsized and then they were in frigid water without life jackets.
“Bad decision after bad decision,” said Westrick, who will teach a five-week safe boating course in Bay Village starting May 22.
The Bay Village Fire Department will be conducting hydrant maintenance and flushing beginning May 5. Fire department personnel will perform these duties from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays until completion.
Flushing will begin from the east working west, with Lake Road and Wolf Road completed last. Questions about the crew's location can be obtained by calling the Bay Village City Hall at 440-871-2200 or the Bay Village Fire Department at 440-871-1214.
If your water becomes discolored, run your cold water tap until it clears. If any clothing becomes discolored by rust, rust remover packets are available at the fire station.
The high point of the annual Northern Ohio Rose Selection Celebration held in Westlake on April 25 was the announcement of Miss Grainne Mangan as the 2014 Ohio Rose. The West Park resident's selection topped an evening of Irish-themed entertainment and local tradition.
When Master of Ceremonies Dan Coughlin pronounced the results of the judges’ selection, Mangan was congratulated by 2013 Ohio Rose Kelsey Higgins and fellow finalist Annemarie Cunningham, of Sheffield Village. Roses on hand to share the special moment were fellow Ohio Roses: Rose Ashley Speaker (2012), Bridget Linton (2011) and Annie Dunne (2009), as well as Kentucky Roses Claire Curran (2014) and Savannah Miller (2013.) Other former Roses present were 1981 Ohio Rose Maureen Hennessey and the 1971 International Rose of Tralee Linda (McCravy) Shubeck.
The deadline for the sale of Freedom Boat Club raffle tickets, to aid the Bay Days fireworks fund, is rapidly approaching.
The winner’s name will be drawn Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m. on the steps of city hall.
The winner will have unlimited use of a fleet of boats at all club locations, which includes the Rocky River, Sandusky and Catawba. The membership also includes reciprocal use of boats at any of the club’s 75 other locations nationwide. The club takes care of all maintenance costs, except fuel. For details visit www.freedomboatclub.com.
The prize, offered by Bay Village native Robert Massey, is an $8,000 value.
Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who helped rescue three young women from Ariel Castro in Cleveland and became an overnight sensation, will appear at Barnes & Noble Booksellers; 198 Crocker Park Blvd. in Westlake to autograph copies of his new book, “Dead Giveaway.” The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 4, from 1-3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Jesus Garcia, 18, will receive his Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 536, on April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 25000 Westwood Road in Westlake. The invitation to attend the presentation is extended to all who would like to congratulate Jesus for his achievement of achieving the Eagle rank.
That day will be declared Jesus Garcia Day in Westlake by Mayor Dennis Clough. Jesus will also receive a Proclamation of Achievement certificate from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. For his Eagle project, Jesus organized a luncheon at the Westlake Community Center where he gave a talk on the War of 1812. Members of his family then served lunch to the 50 people in attendance.
Trevor Lake was congratulated by Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland for his achievements at the state swimming meet held on Feb. 21. The Bay High junior was presented with a certificate of outstanding achievement by the mayor during the April 7 city council meeting.
Trevor captured the Division II State Swimming Championship at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, winning the 100-meter freestyle with a new state record of 45.21 seconds. He also won the 50 freestyle championship with a time of 20.93. His parents, Greg and Torrey, were on hand for the recognition at Bay city hall.
Raffle tickets are on sale to help raise funds for the Bay Days fireworks celebration, which are now privately funded.
There are two different raffles: A suite at Progressive Field for 16 persons at the Friday, Aug. 22, Cleveland Indians game, and a one-year membership in the Freedom Boat Club, which offers unlimited use of a fleet of powerboats docked in the Rocky River and 75 other locations nationwide.
The Indians package includes 16 seats in a suite and four parking passes for the game and fireworks show against the Houston Astros. Four people from the group will be able to view the fireworks from the visiting team dugout. Food and soft drinks are included. This prize was donated by the Cleveland Indians.
The May 6 Primary Election will include candidates for U.S. Congress, governor, statewide offices, the Ohio House and Senate, county executive, county council (in odd numbered districts), judicial seats, state central committees, and issues.
To avoid lines on Election Day, and to allow extra time to study the ballot, all registered voters may Vote by Mail beginning April 1. Vote by Mail ballot applications are available at the Board of Elections website: www.443VOTE.com, by calling the Board of Elections at 216-443-VOTE (8683), and at all public libraries.
The voter registration deadline is April 7. Voters who have moved or changed their name since they last voted need to complete and return a new Voter Registration Card, available at public libraries and at the Board of Elections website.