Recreation

Spooky and fun events at the Westlake Rec

Fall has arrived and the Westlake Recreation Department is ready to go. Three special events are on the calendar so stop on in and register before the leaves fall and you are left holding the rake!

First up is our third annual Spooktacular Scarecrow Contest. For $20 you will receive the wood frame and straw. The rest is up to you. Deadline to register is Sept. 30, and then on Saturday, Oct. 3, you will stop in and pick up your supplies from the Recreation Department. Take them home and get your scarecrow together. Return your assembled scarecrow to the Recreation Department by Oct. 15 for display and judging.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:08 AM, 09.15.2015

Coming soon, new fun for kids at Play in Bay

Several new features will be installed at the popular playground, Play in Bay, in just a few weeks. The new equipment is a gift from The Bay Village Foundation in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Foundation.

According to the city's director of recreation, Dan Enovitch, it won’t be a long wait. “We are scheduled to begin the installation on Oct. 5. Providing that the weather cooperates, the new equipment will be ready for play by mid-October. The Service Department is going to install the new features, weather permitting. The build out will take only a few days.”

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:05 AM, 09.15.2015

Fall programs at Bay Rec

PRESCHOOL PLAYTIME (Ages 5 & under)

Bouncing balls, tumble mats and more! Parent supervision required.

Sept. 28-May 27. Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. (times subject to change). Location: Community Gym. Fee: $2/child (non-resident: $4); 10-day pass: $15 (NR: $35).

ITTY BITTY FIT & PLAY (Ages 2-5)

Improve your tots’ motor skills, counting and colors with fun games, obstacle courses, ladders, hula hoops and puffy tennis balls!

Session 1: Thursdays, Oct.1- Oct. 22, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Location: Community Gym. Fee: $40/session (NR: $60).

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:52 AM, 09.01.2015

Westlake says 'play ball'

On Saturday, Aug. 8, more than 50 kindergarten and pre-K children came to Clague Park to play ball on a beautiful summer day as the city of Westlake hosted Major League Baseball's Play Ball initiative. Children had the opportunity to run the bases, hit off a tee and field ground balls. 

As an added bonus, Slider, the mascot of the hometown Cleveland Indians, made an appearance to help the children learn the game of baseball. Slider even picked up a bat, ran the bases and offered tips as only a mascot can.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:41 AM, 08.18.2015

Tackle, flag, homerun Westlake has it all

August signals the annual approach to football season. Be it traditional tackle or the less-hectic flag, Westlake has an option for you. The Westlake Youth Football Association offers two divisions of tackle – 3rd/4th grade and 5th/6th grade. The WYFA competes in the Little SWC with teams from Lakewood to Avon, Fairview to Olmsted Falls making up the competition.

Westlake Youth Football follows the USA Football Heads Up program for player safety. Tackle football will start with conditioning the week of Aug. 3. Practices start the week of Aug. 10.  Registration is happening right now; visit westlakeyouthfootball.org for more information.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:50 AM, 08.04.2015

Bay Bandits run off with championship

The Bay Bandits, the U10 Bay travel softball team, won four consecutive games to win the Emerald Necklace Softball Championship in North Royalton, on July 16-18. The girls snapped an 11-game losing streak and beat the three top-seeded teams of North Royalton, Independence and Brunswick.

Sophia Anghilante pitched four phenomenal games. With a tie score in the final inning of the championship game, Ryann Marcis hit into a fielder's choice, scoring the winning run. The team is coached by Robert Marcis and Jason Martin.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:44 AM, 08.04.2015

Summer keeps rolling at Westlake Rec

Summer may be well underway, but the Westlake Recreation Department still has plenty to offer. Check out these upcoming camps and programs:

Pre-K Sports Camp (ages 3-5)

This 4-week camp meets daily Mondays-Thursdays during the morning or twice at night on Mondays and Wednesdays. Offerings include T-Ball, Jr. Hoopers basketball and Little Kickers soccer along with a session of good old fun and games. Multiple times available. Next session starts on July 13.

Soccer Camp with Coach Besu (ages 5-14)

This camp meets Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, from 9-11:30 a.m. Basic fundamentals of soccer are taught and practiced. As you gain more experience the drills become more challenging.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:55 AM, 07.07.2015

State champs again local team wins third straight baseball trophy

The 11U Force Ohio baseball team won the 2015 Elite division Nations Baseball state championship last month. The team went undefeated in seven games, and outscored its opponents 57-12 in the tournament overall and 30-4 in elimination games. 

This is the third consecutive Nations Baseball state championship for the majority of the boys on this team, including Luke Roggenburk and Michael Van Etten (Avon Lake), Micah Murtha (Bay Village), Joey Pfaff (Rocky River), Macklin Miller (Marblehead), and Tommy Harrison (West Park). Andrew Gormley (Medina) won his second consecutive state championship as a member of the Force Ohio team, and Billy Adams (Medina), Peter Levin (Shaker Heights) and Ashton Montgomery (Richmond Heights) captured their first state championship trophy with the team.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.07.2015

Classic cars sought for Westlake parade

Everyone loves a parade, and this year is no exception. The City of Westlake will hold its annual parade on the Fourth of July, with motorized units starting at 10 a.m. at Lee Burneson Middle School on Dover Center Road. The marching units will assemble at Westlake Christian Church on Hilliard Boulevard and will fill in the parade as it progresses by. The parade will then travel east on Hilliard to Clague Park.

Following the parade, Mayor Dennis Clough and members of the City Council as well as other elected officials will assemble on stage to honor America with various patriotic readings and of course "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.02.2015

What to do when school is done

As the school days start to wind down there is one major question on every parent’s mind. "Oh no, what am I going to do with them for the whole summer?" Yes, parents, that golden time has arrived. After your child sleeps in the first morning, then gets up, brushes the sleep from their eyes and promptly yells out: "I’m bored, there is nothing to do!"

Don’t worry, the Westlake Recreation Department has you covered. We offer activities for almost every age group. Daily programs, weekly camps, swimming lessons, sport-specific camps and much more. The best part is that you can register right now for these camps and have the whole summer planned out even before they run out of school on the last day.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:44 AM, 05.19.2015

Bay Village Recreation summer program deadlines

Bay Village Aquatic Center Summer Pool Memberships 

Early Bird Specials end May 13. Register in person ONLY at the Bay Village Recreation office. Two proofs of residency required (i.e. ID and current utility bill).

Learn to Swim

American Red Cross affiliated. Registration opens May 13 for the first and second sessions. Classes are available weekday mornings, evenings and weekends beginning June 15. Multiple skill levels available including Parent & Tot classes. Register online or in person. Please see website or call for specific class information.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:28 AM, 05.05.2015

Westlake Recreation spring programs

Spring has finally sprung! Well maybe not totally but it will, I know it will! As we move into May, the Westlake Recreation Department has several exciting programs for you and your family. Check these out:

Family Fishing Derby

Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m.-noon. For children up to age 12. Enjoy a morning of fishing in the Westlake Recreation Center’s Lake. The lake is stocked with plenty of bass, channel catfish, crappie, trout and blue gill. Please bring your own equipment. Parent/guardian is required; however there is no cost for the parent. Bait (while supplies last), and prizes will be provided. All children must be registered to receive bait and prizes. Cost is $10 per child. Pre-registration is preferred.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:24 AM, 05.05.2015

Summer youth boating class registration ends April 24

Registration for the Bay Village Spirit of America Safe Boating Program ends on April 24. Students in grades six through eight are eligible to participate in this hands-on boating program in May and June. The cost is $20.

The program will involve students taking the Ohio Boating Education Class on Saturdays, May 9 and 16, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Bay Community House. This mandatory course will teach all aspects of boating and will qualify students for a certificate required by Ohio law to operate a power boat over 10 horsepower. Bay Middle School and Westlake school students in band or choir can make up the May 16 session due to scheduling conflicts.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.21.2015

March madness hits the Westlake Rec

March Madness invaded the Westlake Recreation Center. Last month more than 120 teams in grades 3-8 participated in this annual event. Teams from all over the area came to showcase their talents on the hardwood court. 

Teams with creative names such as the Peanut Butter Cups, the Fluffy Pink Unicorns, the 6’5” and Not Talented, the Dunkin Demons and the Narwhales all came to play. The tournament was held over two days and 14 hours of basketball produced several overtime games as well as sudden-death finishes. In the end, three boys teams and three girls teams walked away with T-shirts and bragging rights for the year.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 10:06 AM, 04.07.2015

Westlake Recreation is turning mad

As February comes to a close and March comes in like a lion, our thoughts turn to longer days, warmer temperatures and of course: MARCH MADNESS! The Westlake Recreation Department once again will hold its annual March Madness 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament.

This year’s event will take place on Thursday, March 19, for the girls and Saturday, March 21, for the boys. This tournament is open to any boys and girls in grades 3 through 8. The teams will compete in the following grade divisions: 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th. This is a double-elimination tournament as each team is guaranteed at least two games.  

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:42 AM, 03.03.2015

Things are heating up at Westlake Rec

Spring is not far off, at least that is what the groundhog has told us, so let us check out what great programs are on the horizon.

Spring Coed Flag Football League, ages 6-8 and 9-11. This is a new collaboration between Westlake, Bay Village, Fairview Park and North Olmsted. This Spring Coed Flag Football league will play its games on Fairview Park High School’s turfed field on Sundays. The season will run from late March until early May. Each team will play at least one game under the lights.

The recreation department will provide jerseys, flag equipment and mouth guards. Volunteer coaches are needed for all teams.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:10 AM, 02.17.2015

Westlake unveils Recreation Master Plan Study

The City of Westlake would like to invite residents to the presentation of the steering committee’s Master Plan report on Citywide Recreational Usage. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. in the chambers of City Council at Westlake City Hall.

The purpose of this plan is to address the needs of the community. A primary focus of the master planning process was to identify those needs. A number of methods were utilized to determine the needs and desires of Westlake residents for parks and recreation facilities and programs.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:48 AM, 01.20.2015

Holiday time is fun time

The holidays are fast approaching and 'tis the season to give and give and also have a little fun! On Saturday Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, Black Dog Lacrosse, in conjunction with the Westlake Recreation Department, will host an Introductory Charity Lacrosse Clinic. This clinic will be held in the gym of the Westlake Recreation Center and is open to all boys and girls in grades K-6.

There is no fee to participate; however, all participants are required to bring in a FULL bag of groceries – dry, nonperishable food items. No expired food, please. These items will be then donated to the Westlake Assistance Program.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.25.2014

Winter programs at Bay Recreation

Holiday Fun Day with Santa – Saturday, Dec. 13 (10 a.m.-noon) – Ring in the holidays with Bay Rec! Visit with Santa and enjoy fun crafts and tasty treats. Free for residents! Location: Bay Village Community Gym.

Creative Cupcakes (Ages 5 & Up) – Saturday, Dec. 13 (10:30 a.m.-noon) – Learn how to decorate fun cupcakes for the holidays! All supplies included! Fee: $28 (non-residents: $43). Location: Bay Lodge.

Preschool Playtime (Ages 5 & Under) – Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and Tuesdays/Thursdays (10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.) – Release some energy at the Community Gym! Parent supervision required. Fee: $2/child (non-residents: $4); 10-day pass: $15 (non-resident: $35). Location: Community Gym.

Kindergarten Hoops – Tuesdays (6:45-7:45 p.m.) – Season: Jan. 6 to Feb. 24. A fun-filled program for beginners! Fee: $68 (non-residents: $88). Registration deadline: Dec. 11 ($10 late fee). Location: Community Gym.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.25.2014

Fall and winter programs at Bay Rec

Preschool Playtime (Ages 5 & Under)

Release some energy at the Community Gym! Parent supervision required. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Fee: $2/child (non-resident: $4); 10-day pass: $15 (NR: $35).

Afterschool Youth Tennis (Grades K-8)

Session III begins Jan. 5. Improve your game with skills, drills and games on Mondays and Thursdays at the Westerly School Gym! Grades 3-4: 2:15-3:10 p.m.; Grades K-2: 3:10-4:05 p.m.; Grades 5-8: 4:05-5 p.m. Fee: $70 (NR: $75). $5 discount for those that can only participate one day per week.

Karate Do (Ages 6 & Up)

Students study an art representing several martial art systems. We encourage involvement of parents and children together. Saturdays, Nov. 22 (at the Community House), and Dec. 6, 13, 20 (at Dwyer Senior Center). Advanced levels: 9:30-11 a.m.; beginners 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee: $42/session (NR: $62).

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.11.2014

Hoops time at the Westlake Rec

As the weather turns colder the sports simply go indoors. Basketball season is upon us. The Westlake Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for its youth basketball leagues. These leagues are open to any child in grades 1-12 who lives in or goes to school in Westlake, or is a member of the Westlake Recreation Center. Leagues are as follows:

Girls: Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-9.

Boys: Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12.

All of the boys’ leagues are played in the Westlake Recreation Center.

The girls seventh-to-ninth graders will participate in the West Suburban Rec League. This league features other rec teams (non-travel) from cities including Middleburg Heights, North Olmsted, Fairview Park and Berea. Half of the games are here and the others are away. Each team will get at least 12 practices and 8 games during the season.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:37 AM, 10.28.2014

Westlake to hold public workshop on recreation

Westlake residents, now is your time to be heard. Many of you have great ideas concerning your city, but simply don’t know how to express them or whom to tell. Now is your time. Your city leaders want to hear from you.

Recently, the City of Westlake embarked on a Master Plan Study for parks  and recreation, and it will be the focus of attention on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. when a community workshop is held at the Recreation Center.

The master plan, which kicked off in May, is being formulated by Brandstetter Carroll Inc. and they are conducting a comprehensive land/facility use management plan. They are working closely with a steering committee comprised of concerned residents.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.14.2014

Falling into fun at the Westlake Rec

Fall has arrived and the Westlake Recreation Department is ready to go. Three special events are on the calendar so stop on in and register before the leaves fall and you are left holding the rake!

First up is our second annual Spooktacular Scarecrow Contest. For $20 you will receive the wood frame and straw. The rest is up to you. Deadline to register is Oct. 1, and then on Saturday, Oct. 4, you will stop in and pick up your supplies from the Recreation Department. Take them home and get your scarecrow together. Please return your assembled scarecrow to the Recreation Department by Oct. 16 for display and judging.

The annual Fall Festival & Pumpkin Hunt will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 1-4 p.m. on the grounds of the Westlake Recreation Center. Come for this fun-filled festival for ages 9 and younger with a pumpkin hunt, face painters, hay rides, refreshments and more fun and games than you can imagine.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:57 AM, 09.30.2014

Saying goodbye to a familiar face

Friday, Sept. 5, marked the end of an era for the Westlake Recreation Center as longtime employee Brenda Larion retired. After 16 years at the center, it was time for Brenda to join her husband in retirement.

Brenda came to the City of Westlake from the North Olmsted Board of Education in 1998. Brenda was hired as the original front desk manager where she remained for over a dozen years. The past several years Brenda has downsized and was acting as the Recreation Department’s finance guru. If you wanted something, Brenda was the person you had to go through. 

During her years of service, Brenda always had a smile on her face and brought that energy to not only the Recreation Center but to City Hall where she was often seen spreading her cheer from department to department. Her daily “run” allowed her to go to the golf course, bank, city hall and, during the summer, even Peterson Pool.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:04 AM, 09.16.2014

Westlake's Corporate Challenge spurs friendly competition

The City of Westlake recently wrapped up its annual Corporate Challenge, a week of sports, games and contests pitting Westlake companies against one another, all in good fun. Now in its eighth year, the challenge is organized by the Westlake recreation department.

Alego Health, Applied Companies, Echo Health, Equity Trust, Q-Lab, Rae-Ann Suburban, Western Enterprises and the City of Westlake participated in the weeklong competition. Twenty-six different events including cupcake decorating, sand volleyball, golf, 5K relay, bowling and cardboard boat races were held at various venues throughout the city. The championship trophy went to Q-Lab, an international provider of material durability testing with corporate headquarters on Canterbury Road.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:57 AM, 08.19.2014

Fall adult softball registration begins

Fall is not just for football anymore. The Westlake Recreation Department is proud to announce its Fall Adult Softball Leagues. The adult softball leagues being formed include the following: a Sunday morning Browns league; Sunday night coed; Monday/Wednesday men; Tuesday coed DH; and Thursday men DH leagues.

These leagues are open to any team. Players can be residents or non-residents. The entry fee for all leagues EXCEPT the Sunday night coed league is $350. This price will get you 12 regular season games, a double elimination playoff tournament and all the game balls are supplied. Game fees for all leagues are $32 per game. The Sunday night coed league has an entry fee of only $175 and plays 7 total games and has a single elimination tournament at the end plus all the game balls are provided. Games will begin the week of Aug. 24 and will play through October.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:43 AM, 08.05.2014

Westlake youth football reorganizes

The football field in Westlake is changing. Do you have a child who is interested in playing football, either tackle or flag? Then this news article is for you.

First and foremost, things have changed over the past year concerning the youth football programs in Westlake. The old Junior All-Star Football League has wrapped up after more than 40 years of service to the city of Westlake. In its place, the new Westlake Youth Football Association has been created.

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:43 AM, 07.22.2014

Westlake baseball camp a summer tradition

Phil Bova's love of baseball and passion for training youngsters on the fundamentals of the sport was evident once again at his 41st summer baseball camp, which was held at the Westlake Recreation Center and attended by a record-breaking 205 participants. 

During the weeklong camp, campers received invaluable training and insight from high school, college and professional level coaches and staff, while learning how to improve their individual playing skills and become team players in a highly organized, positive and fun-filled environment. 

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:42 AM, 07.22.2014

Pony League all-stars square off at Clague Park

Westlake Rec Baseball played their annual Pony League All-Star game on June 21 at Clague Park. Pre-game ceremonies started with the introduction of the players.

On the West All-Stars team were Connor Miller, Chris Keller, Matt Akers, Caiden Bowe, Dean Schneider, Michael Boehm, Austin Anderson, Seamus O’Malley, Mark Sargent, Michael Bradac, Adam Dixon and Neil McGrogan. The West team was coached by Ken Kozar.

The East All-Stars team featured Scott Boyce, Bobby Fogle, Mo Hamdan, Eric Fogle, Paul Koszkalda, Arik Brizes, Kyle Kinney, Sam Wagner, Nathan Pigg, C.J. Tinline, Brian Waitrovich and Steven Walker. The East team was coached by Steve Boyce.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:04 AM, 07.08.2014

Sea Scouts return from international regatta

Nate Cullinan and Shawn Sovie, juniors at Bay High and Lakewood High School respectively, placed a close second in the Kiwi division of a weeklong sailing regatta held in Long Beach, California. The William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup, held June 22-28, attracted 38 teams from around the world, comprised of a captain and a crewmember. There were young sailors from nine countries that included Sea Scouts from New Zealand, South Africa, Finland, Poland, and Ireland.

The competition used Club Flying Junior dinghies belonging to Long Beach Yacht Club and the U.S. Sailing Center. After the series of races, only three points separated Nate and Shawn from a first-place finish. The biannual regatta is sponsored by Oxbow Carbon, founded by Dr. William Koch, winner of the 1992 America’s Cup, promoting leadership through seamanship.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:08 AM, 07.08.2014

Strapless Dresses: A hands-free, slip-free tutorial

From the steady stream of graduation and wedding invitations rolling in, to the promise of vacations on far-away beaches (or Lake Erie), the strapless dress is the ultimate warm-weather party attire. It can be cute and flirty, or elegant and sexy. Cut it short for day-time festivities, or long for an evening wedding. 

Unfortunately, all strapless dresses have an ever-present peril: that of unwanted slippage, as the dress, free of sleeved support, tends to creep down, down, down. But falter not, oh members of the fairer sex!; for we have a secret used by our sisters of days gone by: boning.

Metal boning, to be precise. Ever wondered how Elizabeth I, Marie Antoinette, and Scarlet O’Hara did it? How those seemingly impossible dresses kept their shape as yards and yards of fabric poured off them every which way? The truth is they couldn’t have, not without some serious support holding them up.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:24 AM, 06.24.2014

Local team wins state baseball championship

The 10U AMP Force Ohio baseball team won the 2014 Elite Division Nations State Baseball Championship the weekend of June 14-15 in Columbus. The team went undefeated in seven games, and outscored its opponents 67-10 in the tournament, including a 12-4 semifinal win over the mighty Ohio Elite and a 14-0 championship game victory over Vikings Elite.

This is the second consecutive Nations State Baseball Championship by this group of boys, comprised largely of players from the west side of Cleveland. The roster includes Jake Depaul, Luke Roggenburk and Michael Van Etten (Avon Lake), Micah Murtha (Bay Village), Tyler Ganley (Brecksville), Andrew Gormley (Medina), AJ Fletcher and Joey Pfaff (Rocky River), Macklin Miller and Jake Paul (Westlake), and Tommy Harrison (West Park).

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:20 AM, 06.24.2014

Bay Village Recreation summer programs

Register today for Bay Village Recreation Summer Programs!

Girls Lacrosse Camp (Grades K-8)

Date: July 8-10

Grades K-3: 8:30-10 a.m., $65

Grades 4-8: 10 a.m.-noon, $70

Non-resident: add $20

Location: Cahoon Park

*Bring your stick! Coaches are Delia McDermott, former field hockey and lacrosse player at Endicott College and currently coaches at Shaker Heights High School; and Tonia Porras, former University of Maryland All-American lacrosse player and currently coaches at Shaker Heights High School.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:20 AM, 06.24.2014

Sea Scouts perform important service to boaters

There was orange smoke and red flares at Bay Boat Club on May 27 but it was not an emergency. The Bay Sea Scouts collected almost 100 expired pyrotechnic visual distress flares and, with the approval of the U.S. Coast Guard and local authorities, ignited them as a training exercise.

The U.S. Coast Guard requires most boats over 16 feet in length to carry at least three flares. The flares have expiration dates stamped on them and after three years are no longer legal and considered hazardous waste. Due to their toxic composition they should not be disposed of in the regular trash.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:25 AM, 06.10.2014

Summer programs from Westlake Rec

Community Bike Fair & Bike Rodeo (grades K-5)

Join us for the annual bike rodeo on June 14, 9-11 a.m, on the grounds of the Recreation Center.  Open to kids in grades K-5, this free, informational fair will feature bike helmet safety, music, fun and giveaways. Bike helmet fitting will be available.

Family Campout

Enjoy a night camping under the stars on the Rec Center grounds Friday, June 20. The night includes a hamburger or hot dog dinner, games, activities and a campfire. A continental breakfast will be served in the morning. Bring a side dish for 8 to share. Tent set up begins at 4 p.m. Register in advance at the Recreation Center. Cost is $30 per tent for members, $35 for non-member residents.

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

Bay travel baseball team earns 2nd tournament championship

The 8U Bay Rockets Blue travel baseball team went 4-0, capturing the title in the Nations Memorial Day Weekend Tournament held in Mentor. It marks their second tournament title so far this season. 

Leading up to the championship game, the Rockets beat the Ohio Glaciers, 6-0, the Ohio Bombers, 7-4, and Team All-American, PA, 36-2. For the overall tournament the Rockets' batters slugged 52 hits and their pitchers struck out 43.

In the championship game against the Ohio Bombers, the Rockets jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first two innings on 7 hits and solid pitching. They added a run in each of the 4th and 5th innings and their pitchers recorded 12 total strikeouts on their way to defeating the Bombers 9-0 and earning the tournament championship.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.10.2014

Westlake Rec shines with summer programs

Pee Wee Softball (ages 4-5) – This popular program is back and is designed for children not in kindergarten. Must turn 4 by June 1 and not 6 before August 1. Children will learn the basics of the game. Hitting is done by underhand coach pitch. A batting tee will be available upon request. Program runs 2 days a week for 45 minutes each day. Check the Rec Gazette for more details.  Program starts June 23 or 24. Deadline to register is June 2; fee is $40 for Westlake residents, $50 for non-residents.

Youth Basketball Skills, Drills & Fun (for grades completed K-4) – This program combines skills and drills with game action. Each practice will feature a designed drill play for the day with the other half of practice full of game time experience. Boys and girls will participate on different days. Program starts June 23 or 24. Fee is $40 for Rec members, $45 for Westlake residents, $50 for non-residents.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:26 AM, 05.28.2014

West Shore Family YMCA offers open house, free fitness classes

The West Shore Family YMCA is experiencing some great times at the moment! We are now fully recovered from the devastating flood this past January. We would like to invite everyone in the community to an open house on Saturday, June 7, to see all the exciting happenings at the West Shore Family YMCA. This is also a great opportunity to save up to $100 when joining as a member that day.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:26 AM, 05.28.2014

Let's take a walk!

In 2004 when I moved back to northern Ohio, an ad in the local paper caught my eye: “Join us for a Polar Bear Walk through downtown Cleveland.” I wondered what kind of group would be sponsoring a 10K walk along the shores of Lake Erie during the first week of January. I decided to find out and on an unusually warm winter day I began a walking journey that has continued these past 10 years. The monthly walks from May to November have taken me to interesting neighborhoods and beautiful parks throughout northeast Ohio with the added bonus of meeting a wonderful group of new friends.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:31 AM, 05.28.2014

Westlake kicks off 'Live Well, Play Hard' campaign

The City of Westlake will be kicking off its Live Well-Play Hard campaign with a special event on Saturday, May 17. "Wake Up Westlake" will feature DJ Eazy, face painters, balloon clowns, inflatables, snacks and a mini-truck expo at the Westlake Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to noon. At this time representatives from our focus group may ask residents to fill out a short survey about the city’s recreational needs.

This survey will help gather information for the city’s master plan study of green and recreational facilities. The City of Westlake would like to hear from its citizens about the current and future needs for recreation. Be part of the discussion and let us know what you need to play harder.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:56 AM, 05.13.2014