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Westlake D.A.R.E. officer bids farewell

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.08.2014

Flag raised in honor of Bay veteran

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:17 AM, 06.24.2014

'Power of More' chambers join for networking event

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. 

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:08 AM, 06.24.2014

New signs installed at Village Project

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:07 AM, 06.24.2014

Bay Days fundraisers offer first-pitch prize

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:22 AM, 06.10.2014

Injured firefighter takes last ride home from duty

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!

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.10.2014

Clock is ticking to enter Westlake in Bloom

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:19 AM, 06.10.2014

Do you know a future Paralympian?

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:22 AM, 06.10.2014

Mayor sees brighter times ahead for Bay

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.”

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:14 AM, 05.28.2014

Westlake's Pierce Gleespen receives achievement award

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:23 AM, 05.28.2014

Report: Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, May 14, 2014

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:28 AM, 05.28.2014

Village Foundation honors student trustees

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. 

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:16 AM, 05.28.2014

Nonprofit founder honored with autism award

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.”

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:30 AM, 05.28.2014

How great a sacrifice?

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.13.2014

WHS students create fascinating headpieces for Ohio's Rose of Tralee

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:06 AM, 05.13.2014

Itís time to 'bloom' in Westlake

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.13.2014

Counting down the days to Relay for Life of Westshore

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!

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.13.2014

Youth Challenge benefits from generosity

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:59 AM, 05.13.2014

ABCs of safe boating lead to good decisions

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:57 AM, 05.13.2014

Bay hydrant flushing begins May 5

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:39 AM, 04.29.2014

2014 Ohio Rose named in Westlake celebration

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:32 AM, 04.29.2014

Bay Days fireworks raffle deadline nears

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:48 AM, 04.29.2014

Charles Ramsey to autograph new book in Westlake

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:13 AM, 04.29.2014

Eagle Scout to have his day in Westlake

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:09 AM, 04.15.2014

Bay High junior wins state swimming championships, sets record

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:35 AM, 04.15.2014

Raffle tickets now on sale for Bay Days fireworks

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:56 AM, 04.01.2014

Voter information for May 6 primary

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:27 AM, 04.01.2014

Family focus leads to championship for girls team

For the St. Raphael Raiders, who recently were crowned Division I CYO eighth-grade girls basketball champions, the theme all season was Focus on Family. The team broke every huddle shouting "family," and all season long the coaches spoke of the importance of the team bonding together like a family. 

Head coach John Becker and assistant coaches George Pansteras and Mike Barrett preached that whether you win or lose, in good times and in bad, you pull for your family, you fight for your family, you protect your family and you never give up on your family.

On Feb. 23 in front of a packed house in the DeCarlo Varsity Center at John Carroll University, that family spirit prevailed as the St. Raphael Raiders went on to defeat in double overtime Our Lady of Angels, a team who had beaten them twice in the regular season.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:19 AM, 04.01.2014

Bay resident gives to others through music, volunteerism

Camden Stacey, a Bay Village resident since 2005, has reached his senior year at Saint Ignatius High School with an admirable variety of experiences on which he can look back.

Camden has seized opportunities during his time at Saint Ignatius, showcasing a vast array of talents. He notes that following the football team to the state championship in 2011 as a member of the band was a highlight. Camden plays the trumpet and French horn for the Wildcat Marching Band and the Symphonic Band.

His interest in music expands to his D.J. career. “I play basically anything you can dance to,” he said.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:15 AM, 04.01.2014

Bay resident, Magnificat senior wins essay contest

Bay resident Megan Fenner, a senior at Magnificat High School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship in the 25th annual Maryknoll Student Essay Contest. The theme of the contest was “The Pope, The Poor AND YOU,” and asked students to consider the call of Pope Francis to follow Jesus in serving the poor, and then to explain how they see this occurring, or not occurring, in daily life.

The contest received an overwhelming 11,834 essays, a record number of responses. To read Megan’s award-winning essay “Called to Sow Hope,” visit www.maryknollsociety.org/winners.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:28 AM, 04.01.2014

Ballroom dance competition heats up Westlake

On Saturday, March 8, Starz Ballroom in Westlake hosted their first ever Team Match Cleveland, which included more than 150 students with their instructors competing against their own scores amongst four other dance studios and over 600 entries. Kimberley Mitchell, who was named International Latin Champion of the British Open in 2001, was the special guest adjudicator

Alpha Dance studio won Top Studio and Top Team Match Studio. Jan Elder, dancing with her instructor, Tony Nunez, won Top Student.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:29 AM, 04.01.2014

Development, tax base growth keep Westlake rolling

For the 29th year, members of the local business community reserved their lunch hour to listen as Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough shared updates on the city’s operations over the past 12 months. Always one of the most well-attended luncheons put on by the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, Clough’s annual State of the City address on March 12 offered highlights of the activities of Westlake’s various departments and an overview of its financials.

Last year the city’s building department issued residential and commercial construction permits with a total value of nearly $100 million. The planning department approved more than 63,000 square feet of residential and commercial development, more than half of which was for the automotive sector.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:11 AM, 03.18.2014

Raffle prizes to aid Bay Days fireworks

The volunteers raising money for the Bay Days fireworks celebration will soon be raffling off two very exciting prizes: a suite at an Indians game in August, and a one-year membership in the Freedom Boat Club, which offers unlimited use of boats in the Rocky River and reciprocal use at 75 other locations.

The Indians package includes 16 tickets and four parking passes for the Friday, Aug. 22, game and fireworks show versus 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.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:11 AM, 03.18.2014

Bay Men's Club collecting athletic gear

The Bay Men’s Club is collecting used youth sports equipment as a fundraiser again this year. The equipment will be cleaned and offered for sale Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bay Middle School. Collection boxes have been placed at Bay Lanes, the Village Barbershop and Heinen’s.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:18 AM, 03.18.2014

Forum addresses heroin spike in suburbs

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Astrab has seen enough heroin cases in his courtroom to label the problem an epidemic. Rather than focus only on dealing with the aftermath of heroin use, Astrab decided to zero in on prevention by assembling a panel of experts and visiting suburban communities across the county to raise awareness and educate parents.

The forum, "Heroin in the Suburbs," stopped at the Bay Village Branch Library on Feb. 20. Panelists included consultant Dr. Stephen Sroka, assistant county prosecutors Nicole Ellis and Patrick Lavelle, Dr. Joan Papp from MetroHealth Medical Center and founder of the opioid overdose prevention program Project DAWN, Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel, recovering addict Robert Garrity, chemical dependency counselor Jennifer Tulli, Robby's Voice founder Rob Brandt, and Judge Michael Astrab.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 10:47 AM, 03.04.2014

Sun shines on Bay Rockets' SNOBALL Run

Runners and race volunteers have determined that Tim Brajdic, race director for the Bay Rockets' SNOBALL Run, has a personal weather angel. For two straight years, Brajdic has served up sunshine along with the post-race pancakes on race day. “I don’t know how we got so lucky this year, but we ended up with the best day of winter for the race,” said Brajdic. For the first time in weeks, the temperature rose to above freezing at race time on Feb. 22.

Brajdic reports that the 2014 SNOBALL 5K Race/Walk and 1-Mile Family Fun Run, that started at Bay High School and finished in the Rockets' stadium, drew 814 participants – 43 more than last year. Not bad for the worst winter on record since 1978!

“The SNOBALL Run is a truly great showing of community and school spirit,” said Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters President Susan Farnham.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.04.2014

Report: Westshore Regional Fire District Study Meeting, Feb. 24, 2014

This report, which contains observations and selected highlights of a meeting of the Westshore Fire District Study Meeting, is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Official minutes will be prepared by Mayor Clough's office.

Present: Bay Village – Mayor Sutherland, Fire Chief Lyons, union representative Steve Kaye, Law Director Ebert; Fairview Park – Mayor Patton, Fire Chief Williams; Rocky River – Mayor Bobst, Fire Chief Flynn, union representative Kevin Bednarski; Westlake – Mayor Clough, Acting Fire Chief Hughes, Assistant Fire Chief Mortis, union representatives Clayton Kovats and Patrick Graelis; Northern Ohio Fire Fighters President Astorino; Westshore Central Dispatch Center Supervisor Pishnery; WCOG Financial Officer Presley

The meeting was called to order at 11:10 a.m. and adjourned at 11:30 in the Mayor’s Conference Room at Westlake City Hall. The last meeting minutes (June 21, 2012) were approved. Mayor Clough was elected Chairman, with Chief Lyons as Alternate Chairman.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.04.2014

County common pleas judge to hold heroin forum in Bay

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Astrab has seen too many heroin cases in his courtroom. “Make no mistake, it’s an epidemic,” Astrab said. “I can do what I can as a judge from the bench, but by the time a user gets to my courtroom, it’s often too late. As a community, we need to do more to prevent people from using heroin in the first place.”

Throughout this school year, Astrab is hosting a series of “Heroin in the Suburbs” forums. A town hall for Bay Village and surrounding communities will take place on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Bay Village Branch Library, 502 Cahoon Road.

Astrab’s goal is to help raise awareness of the heroin epidemic, and inform parents how to keep their families safe.

“This is an epidemic," Astrab said. "For anyone to suggest otherwise is naive.”

According to the medical examiner, heroin killed approximately 200 people in Cuyahoga County in 2013. The majority of those deaths were in the suburbs. Heroin took more lives in 2013 than homicides or car accidents.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:18 AM, 02.18.2014

Report: Rocky River Wastewater Treatment (WWTP) Management Committee Meeting, Feb. 4, 2014

This report, which contains observations and selected highlights, is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Official minutes are prepared by WWTP staff.

Present: Jeff Harrington (WWTP Superintendent), Mayor Bobst (Rocky River), Mayor Sutherland (Bay Village), Paul Quinn and Robert Kelly (Westlake), Rob Berner (Fairview Park)

Also in attendance: Keith Bovard and Christine Gottwald (WWTP); David Matty (legal counsel); Michael Thomas (Rocky River director of finance); Bob Greytak (CT Consultants); Bill Kasberg (URS Corporation)

The meeting was called to order 9:08 a.m. in Rocky River Council Chambers and adjourned at 10:02 a.m.

2013 Sewer Flow & Strength Study Followup

In keeping with the WWTP agreement, a 60-day study of sewage flow (volume) and strength (particle concentration) is conducted every four years to determine WWTP cost allocation among the four cities (Bay Village, Fairview Park, Rocky River and Westlake). The spring 2013 study, conducted by URS, was accepted by the four cities in August. In December, Bay Village City Council questioned their allocation increase from 16.36% to 24.80%. Bay Village engaged CT Consultants to review the URS data and methodology. CT Consultants, URS and the four cities' engineers reviewed CT's findings.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:17 AM, 02.18.2014

Report: Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Feb. 12, 2014

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.

Present: Mayors Bobst (Rocky River), Clough (Westlake), Kennedy (North Olmsted), Patton (Fairview Park), Summers (Lakewood), Sutherland (Bay Village)

Also in attendance: Dave Greenspan, District 1 Representative, Cuyahoga County Council; Steve Presley, Fiscal Officer

Old Business

Crisis Intervention Training: Mayor Patton and Police Chief Upperman will follow up with Bill Denihan to arrange training for Westshore police, possibly including librarians and other city employees with extensive public contact.

Fire District Study: The mayors of Bay Village, Fairview Park, Rocky River and Westlake will meet Monday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. in Westlake. Mayor Clough will chair in 2014. If the Rocky River Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) collective bargaining agreement is ready, the mayors may follow the Fire District meeting with a WWTP meeting.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:17 AM, 02.18.2014