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

Challenge yourself to a healthier summer

Challenge yourself to a healthier lifestyle this summer by joining Village Bicycle Cooperative in the 2014 National Bike Challenge. This free challenge takes place between May 1 and Sept. 30. This is not a fundraiser, but instead a fun way for participants to track their biked miles during the five-month challenge.  Participants can even link approved smartphone exercise apps to their challenge accounts to automatically log miles for them. 

On top of the personal challenge to increase biking, local teams, local cities, and cities from around the country compete against each other. Your miles also let legislators know that Americans are increasing their use of bicycles for transportation and recreation.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.13.2014

Bay Village Bike Laws Chart


  • Sidewalk riding is allowed on all sidewalks, unless signs indicate otherwise.
  • Street riding is legal on all streets.
  • Parents must review all laws with their children.
  • Riding between sunset and sunrise, or when it is raining, requires a white light on front and red light on back. Both must be visible from at least 500 feet. Also required are a white reflector on front and red reflector on back.
  • Texting while riding is prohibited.
  • Earphones, if used, allowed in one ear only.
  • One person per seat.
  • Must have a functional brake.
  • Riders must have at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
  • No attaching oneself to another vehicle.
  • A bicycle may be equipped with a device capable of giving an audible signal, except for sirens or whistles.
  • Park bicycles in a manner that avoids interfering with vehicular traffic, pedestrian traffic and does not block doorways to buildings. Use racks when provided.
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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.29.2014

Westlake Day at Progressive Field

The City of Westlake will be hanging out at the old ballpark – Saturday, May 31, is Westlake Day at Progressive Field. The Cleveland Indians will be taking on the Colorado Rockies in a 3:05 p.m. game. Tickets for this game are $18 each and seats will be located in the mezzanine section in right field. 

Any resident of Westlake can take advantage of this program. Flyers are available at the Westlake Recreation Center or online at in the sports or the program section under Westlake Day. Simply click on the link, download the flyer and follow the instructions. All ticket purchases deal directly with the Indians. The tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must use the flyer in order to get this price and location.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.29.2014

Bay baseball 60th anniversary celebration and dedication

Saturday, April 26, was a beautiful day for high school baseball. Bay Rockets Varsity and JV teams played on home fields against Avon Lake, immediately following a field dedication and 60th anniversary commemoration ceremony of Bay Men's Baseball.

As Stewart Watterson, director of Bay Men's Club Baseball, stated: "We are really celebrating two milestones today. One is the recognition of the 60th anniversary of Bay Men's Baseball. This is a volunteer group which has been organizing the City's recreational baseball leagues for boys 7 to 18 years old since 1954. The program has stayed true to its goal of 'every kid who wanted to play ball was given the chance' by never turning a boy away for lack of fees or equipment. These are always provided when needed by the families of our community. Several of our volunteers are in attendance today, some of which have served for 30 plus years!

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

Springtime is Rectime in Westlake

Spring has sprung and there is plenty to do at the Westlake Recreation Center.

The 6th Annual Cardboard Boat Races will be held on Friday, May 2, 7-8:30 p.m. This program is open to anyone seven years of age and older. We offer three divisions: First Mate: ages 7-9; Skipper: ages 10-12; and Admiral: ages 13 and up. Complete rules and directions will be given out at registration. Deadline to register is April 28. Fee is $10 for Rec members, $20 for non-members (per boat).

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:17 AM, 04.15.2014

Spring programs at Bay Rec

Register for any of our programs online at or visit the Recreation Office, 400 Bryson Lane. Questions? Call us at 440-871-6755.

Bunny Hop

Visit with the Easter Bunny! Enjoy crafts, story time and fun music. Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Community Gym in Bay Middle School.

Preschool Playtime

Spend your mornings with Bay Rec! Tumble mats, bouncing balls! A perfect opportunity to get your child out of the house, release some energy and make new friends! Parent supervision required. Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday, 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Community Gym. Fee: $2/child; $4/non-resident.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:19 AM, 03.18.2014

Bay Sea Scouts explore new winter sport

On Sunday, Feb. 24, the Sea Scouts headed to the Sandusky Ice Yacht Club (SIYC) to meet the Commodore, Nick Vitale, and several other iceboaters. The purpose of the trip was to check out the ice conditions first hand on Sandusky Bay and to learn about iceboating.

The rain the previous day washed out the snow mounds on the bay and the cold temperature that night resulted in a bumpy but almost perfect sailing ice surface. There was an ice thickness of 16-30 inches. This depth of ice assured us that it would be safe and would be in place for several weeks to come.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:57 AM, 03.04.2014

Westlake Rec forming adult sports leagues

The Westlake Recreation Department is proud to announce the following adult sports programs are now forming:

Adult Coed Volleyball – Our short season allows teams to shake off the rust before going outside for the sand season. Matches are played on Wednesday nights and will begin on March 12. Six-week season plus a one-day playoff.

Adult Softball – Including the following divisions: Sunday Men DH, Sunday Night Coed, M/W Men, Tuesday Coed DH and Thursday Men DH. We also offer a 55-and-over Gray Eagles League on Friday nights.

Adult Spring Basketball – Games are played on Sunday nights beginning in April and run until late July.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:56 AM, 03.04.2014

Swing into spring at Bay Rec

Register for any of our programs online at or visit the Recreation Office, 400 Bryson Lane. Questions? Call us at 440-871-6755.

Preschool Playtime

Spend your mornings with Bay Rec! Tumble mats, bouncing balls! A perfect opportunity to get your child out of the house, release some energy and make new friends! Parent supervision required. Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday, 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Community Gym. Fee: $2/child; $4/non-resident.

Creative Cupcakes

Let your child’s creativity shine in this cupcake decorating class! Students will learn how to decorate festive cupcakes for the holidays and bring their tasty artwork home to share. All supplies included. Location: Bay Lodge. Fee: $28/session; $43/non-resident.
St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes: Saturday, March 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Spring/Easter Cupcakes: Thursday, April 10, 6:30-8 p.m.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:54 AM, 03.04.2014

Get up and get out to the Westlake Rec Center

Spring is right around the corner (hopefully)! Time to get out and smell the snow flurries, I mean flowers. The Westlake Recreation Department has a great deal to offer so get up, get out and come over to the Recreation Center. Here are some of the programs you can enjoy.

On Friday, Feb. 21, the Westlake Recreation Department will hold its annual fifth- and sixth-grade after hours bash. This program is open to any student who lives in or goes to school in the city or is a member of the Recreation Center. Students arrive at 8:30 p.m. and will depart at 10:30 p.m. Pizza and a drink are provided while the kids can go swimming or play in the gym. The fee for members is $10; for non-members it's $15. Registration required before 6 p.m. on Feb. 21.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:22 AM, 02.18.2014