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Bay Kiwanis name winners in student poster contest for drug awareness

Pictured from left, front: Dr. Maynard Bauer (Kiwanis), Juli Koss, Cati Cartwright, Mallory Kaminski, Charlotte Forsyth, Tina Varis, Bay Middle School Principal Sean McAndrews, Nikki Hartman. From left, back: Andrew Rankin, Evelyn Ray, Renee Duffy, Rachel Ploenzke, Meredith Florez, Faith Teutschbein, Jennifer Fuehrer, Morgan Norcrosss, Nick Schneiderman, Foster McMasters (Kiwanis). Not pictured are Alyssa Juhasz and Reed Clark.

The Bay Village Kiwanis have once again honored the winners of the Bay Middle School Drug Education & Awareness Poster Contest. Seventh- and eighth-grade students recently completed a drug awareness education program and were invited to submit hand-made posters to the contest. Winning students were recognized for their creativity and messaging. The creation of the posters makes students themselves the messengers to dissuade fellow students from abusing drugs, alcohol or tobacco.

Almost 100 entries were submitted. The first-place prize went to Charlotte Forsyth. Second-place winners were Alyssa Juhasz and Mallory Kaminski. Third-place went to Tina Varis. The fourth-place prize went to Cati Cartwright. Honorable Mention prizes were won by Andrew Rankin (Super Creative prize), Evelyn Ray (Super Creative prize), Renee Duffy (Judges' Choice prize), Rachel Ploenzke, Meredith Florez, Faith Teutschbein, Jennifer Fuehrer, Morgan Norcross, Nick Schneiderman, Reed Clark, Nikki Hartman and Juli Koss.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:28 AM, 05.21.2019

Howling for a good cause

Mark your calendars for this year’s third annual Howl at the Moon event at the Westlake Recreation Center. On Monday, June 17, at 7:00 p.m., dogs and their families are invited to enjoy an evening of fun, play and delicious treats! All monetary proceeds from this year’s walk will benefit the Westlake Police K-9 unit.

The Westlake Police K-9 has been serving the city of Westlake for over 19 years. In that time, the unit has responded to hundreds of calls assisting the force in searches and protecting the community. Some of their duties have included school visits, foot patrols at Crocker Park and policing community events.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:41 AM, 05.21.2019

Bay women lauded by League of Women Voters of Ohio

From left: Lauren Orrico of Bay Village, Audrey Morris of Shaker Heights, and Susan Murnane of Bay Village accept awards from the League of Women Voters of Ohio.

Lauren Orrico, from Bay Village, was named the second winner of the Belle Coit Kelton Rising Star Award from the League of Women Voters of Ohio (LWVO). Lauren is currently the Membership and Leadership Development Director of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland (LWVGC) and a member of the Bay Village Chapter. The awards took place May 11 in Columbus at the LWVO Inspire! Gala that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the League. 

In her role with LWVGC, Lauren executed the first-ever all-Greater-Cleveland new member brunch, was the architect of a networking and a "speed dating" program on volunteering, and has worked with Cleveland State University to create the first-ever student chapter. She has her sights set to do the same with Baldwin Wallace University. As an attorney, Lauren helped broker an agreement between Greater Cleveland and the Western Reserve Historical Society for an exhibit to open in spring 2020 tentatively titled "Women and the Struggle for Political Power."

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:27 AM, 05.21.2019

Moses Cleaveland is the topic of the summer's first porch talk

The Bay Village Historical Society will hold its first summer porch talk of 2019 on Sunday, June 9, 2 p.m. at the Osborn Learning Center.

Mary Louise Daley, history advocate, wife of the director of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, and administrator for Cleveland Councilman Michael Polensek, will talk about Moses Cleaveland. Founder of the city of Cleveland, Moses Cleaveland was a lawyer from Canterbury, Connecticut, a general under George Washington during the American Revolution and a surveyor for the Western Reserve Land Company.

Admission to the porch talk is free. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chair. Visit for details.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.21.2019

DIS students celebrate the importance of trees

DIS fifth-grader Julia Richards takes her turn shoveling dirt on the Katsura tree in front of the school. Photo by Tara Wendell

On Thursday, May 16, a sunny and warm day, Westlake's fifth-grade students at Dover Intermediate School participated in a tree planting and award ceremony that was held at their school. The event was led by Mayor Dennis Clough; Paul Quinn III, Westlake's service director; Stan Barnard, Westlake's urban forestry manager; Mary Beth Schneidler, chairperson of the Westlake Tree Commission; and Nick Miller, DIS principal.

Several weeks prior,  the students were invited to create posters depicting "Why trees are important to me!" Their posters were then judged by Tree Commission members John Walz, Margie Rossander, Diane Morris, Justin Parks, Mary Beth Schneidler and Stan Barnard. Over 131 posters, the most ever submitted, were judged, with six winners and six honorable mention winners being selected.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:55 AM, 05.21.2019

Free sports physicals offered June 8

The experts at UH Sports Medicine and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital are holding a sports physical event at UH St. John Medical Center in Westlake on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event – which will occur in the hospital’s outpatient surgery wing – is free and open to all students aged 13 and older who are required to receive a physical before starting a school-sanctioned program.

The sports physicals are multifaceted exams for school athletes, including vision, musculoskeletal and cardiac risk assessments. They do not replace an annual well check-up with a pediatrician.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:22 AM, 05.21.2019

The irony of diabetic treatment: weight gain

BB, 47, is a long-term diabetic who needs pills and insulin injections. She’s been off insulin for a year – just can’t afford it. Her eyes are blurred; she feels irritable. I refill her meds, switch her insulin, add metformin (more about that later), and send her out with my fingers crossed.

Two weeks later I see her. ”How’s the glucose?”

Better. Her numbers make me smile.

But she’s not smiling. “I gained eight pounds in two weeks,” BB said. “I can’t fit into my size 4 pants.”

The irony of weight gain in diabetic management is not lost on me. Excess weight exacerbates insulin resistance – the last thing a diabetic needs.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:29 AM, 05.21.2019

Estate planning seminar June 3 at Westlake Senior Center

The stress of navigating legal and financial matters can be overwhelming. Many feel unprepared, especially when facing significant life changes. To provide the community with access to expert resources and advice, Hospice of the Western Reserve is partnering with the Westlake Senior Center to offer a free estate planning presentation, “Securing Tomorrow’s Future Today.”

The presentation will be held Monday, June 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m., in conjunction with an Afternoon Tea. The seminar is free and open to the general public but advance registration is required by Friday, May 24. To register, contact Glenna Schultz at or 216-383-5291.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:32 AM, 05.21.2019

The great collapse of 1969

For the last two years – and the first quarter of this season – the Indians have been trying very hard to make us forget 2016.

There is no arguing that we have been taking large steps in reverse ever since we took the Cubbies to 7 games before falling in the Fall Classic, and it got me to thinking about other times our hopes were raised, only to be dashed by a huge dose of what we shall lovingly refer to as "Indians reality."

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:28 AM, 05.21.2019

Westlake-Bay Village Rotary hosts annual speech contest

The Rotary Club of Westlake-Bay Village recently hosted its Spring 2019 "4-Way Test" Speech Contest for high school students. The contest provides a challenging way for students to develop critical thinking, ethical decision making and public speaking skills.

The purpose of the 5-to-7-minute speech is to apply the principles of Rotary International’s 4-Way Test to a current ethical issue. Students are challenged to identify a topic they feel passionate about and to adopt a point of view from which they will seek to persuade others. The contest takes place at School, Club and District levels.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:31 AM, 05.21.2019

Bay Village City Council members' diverse backgrounds an asset

Bay Village City Council is 17 months into our current complement of members. I am very pleased with the overall legislative body of work completed by Council over this period of time. We've worked through a number of challenging topics and legislative items as a team. City Council reflects a tremendous diversity of skill sets, as my colleagues represent a variety of backgrounds, including private industry expertise, coupled with those having years of public experience.

Speaking of diversity, I am happy with the composition of Council's make-up, our gender balance, range of Council members' ages and seasoning, from those relatively new in their roles to those who have served multiple terms. We have worked very closely, and in open session, with the administration to support a relatively new Bay Village Master Plan and a wave of capital improvement projects, including a new library, newly proposed housing development and a large number of infrastructure road and bridge undertakings.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:21 AM, 05.21.2019

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) Meeting, April 24, 2019

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Summers' office prepares official minutes.

The meeting took place at Women’s Club Pavilion, Lakewood Park, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Present: Mayors Summers, Lakewood, presiding; Koomar, Bay Village; Patton, Fairview Park; Kennedy, North Olmsted; Bobst, Rocky River; Clough, Westlake

Fiscal Officer’s Report: Nothing of note in financial statements. The new employee in this department, Suzanne, has an accounting background, is “fantastic.” Bay Village is looking at a new finance system.

Old policy (originally created in 1970s) on use of WCOG credit card was reexamined. Auditor’s office doesn’t want people to use personal credit cards for official purchases. They can get card from auditor’s office if they have a purchase order. In Westlake, only directors may have cards for travel; other cards remain in offices until needed. The question is about use of the card to purchase gifts and awards, including birthday and holiday gifts. This is actually a spending policy, not a policy about credit card use. Mayor Bobst moved to restrict card use only to plaques for retirements. Motion was accepted; policy stands so amended.

Commission Reports

RTA: Mayor Clough reported that the State of Ohio is coming up with $70 million in new funding for public transit throughout the state, but we don’t know yet how much will go to RTA. Sen. Dolan and Rep. Greenspan deserve credit for pushing for the funding increase. Clough suggested that the funds be used for capital improvements, so that if funding is cut in future, it won’t affect operating funds. The agency is interviewing potential new directors. A CSU study has been released, and another consultant has come in to study fares. There will be no increase in fares until this study is done. There will be no tax levy for RTA this year. When there is a request for tax increase, it will probably be a sales tax.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:33 AM, 05.21.2019

Bay Village’s unknown soldier: Still unknown but not forgotten

A stone marks the burial site of an unknown Civil War soldier who washed ashore and was buried in Lakeside Cemetery.

While gathering information for her book, “Retracing Footsteps,” Catherine Burke Flament discovered an unmarked grave mentioned in Lakeside Cemetery’s written papers, known as the little Osborn burial lots of Rebecca Johnson and Asahel Porter.

An old cemetery plot map noted the location simply as “soldier” section OP6:6. When Cathy investigated, she found the grave marker with information missing about the man. What we know is the never-identified body of a soldier washed ashore by Lake Erie near Wischmeyer’s beach during the Civil War and was buried in his Union uniform. Much speculation had him falling from the cliff.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:26 AM, 05.21.2019

Plans set for Bay Village Memorial Day parade

It is that time of year, when we think about summer and look forward to Memorial Day weekend. While many think of this as a “holiday” it is really a “remembrance” day meant to remember all the men and women who have served our country and have passed away.

This year the Bay Village Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday, May 27. The parade timetable is as follows:

  • 8:00 a.m.: Participants assemble in Huntington Beach parking lot on Lake Road
  • 8:45 a.m.: March west on Lake Road to Lakeside Cemetery
  • 9:00 a.m.: Ceremony at Lakeside Cemetery
  • 9:15 a.m.: March east on Lake Road to the Cahoon Park gazebo
  • 9:45 a.m.: Ceremony at Cahoon Park
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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:22 AM, 05.21.2019

Bay Village Foundation hosts annual Memorial Day ceremony

The Bay Village Foundation will host its 17th annual ceremony to install and dedicate permanent bronze plaques on Memorial Day. The ceremony will take place in under the tent in Cahoon Park North, across the street from the Gazebo, at approximately 10:30 a.m., immediately following the Memorial Day Veterans Service.

Program chairman Fred Drenkhan announced that TV personalities Beth and Fred McLeod will emcee the program. The Bay High Honors Quintet will play before and during the program. BHS student vocal soloist, Natalie Surdy, will also perform. Three deserving students will be awarded scholarships and several volunteer groups will receive grants. This sharing of funds would not be possible without the generosity of Bay Village residents.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:22 AM, 05.21.2019

What is your dog's bike style?

The growing popularity of pups participating with biking enthusiasts has evolved into a growing industry in recent years. A variety of smart and safe canine biking accessories, books, websites and even travel destinations are available for the potential barking buddy biker.

Barking bikers of all sizes can now safely join family members and friends on this adventure because of education on precautions to take including the importance of training, conditioning and proper equipment.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:33 AM, 05.21.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Registration is now open for Cuyahoga County Public Library's Grand Slam Summer Reading Game. Register online or in the library and get ready to log your reading during the summer months to earn prizes and raffle entries.

Many of you may be utilizing the Bay Village pool to cool off and enjoy some summer fun. Starting on June 11 join us for weekly poolside storytime. Librarians from the Bay Village branch children's department will host a storytime on Tuesdays during the 2 p.m. rest break. We hope to see you there!


Storytimes start back up on June 3!

Weekly Storytimes:

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, June 8 (10 a.m.) Water Building Challenge – Grades K-5: Make a working water slide and a boat that floats in this library water challenge.


Monday, June 3 (7 p.m.) A Real Read: Nonfiction Book Discussion – Join us to discuss "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.21.2019

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, May 22 (10-11:30 a.m.) Researching Your Roots – This class is an introduction to as well as other online resources that can be used to research your family. Bring the names and dates of relatives that you do know. This class allows time for individual research during class. Please register.

Wednesdays, May 22 and 29 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, May 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – "The President is Missing" by James Patterson.

Wednesday, May 22 (3:45-5 p.m.) Tween Scene – Drop in after school to play board games and video games with your friends. Snacks will be provided. For students in grades 5-6.

Wednesday, May 22 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Music of Birdsong: Sorting Out the Singers in the Chorus – Bird song is music, and the techniques used in ear training and music appreciation classes can provide valuable tools for identification of birds and their repertoire. We’ll also notice that not all birds sing from the same stages and they also sing in different ensembles. Then the real fun begins: learning the meanings of those songs and observing interactions in the avian musical drama, and sharing the musical stories with others. Please register.

Thursday, May 23 (10-11:30 a.m.) Beginning Coding for Adults – What is coding? Learn the basics of coding through self-paced online modules. An instructor will be on hand to help get you started and to facilitate lessons. The class focus is on HTML and CSS. Please register.

Thursday, May 23 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Business Law – This seminar will cover the legal topics that most entrepreneurs and business owners will come across in the start-up and running of his/her business. This seminar will cover business start-up issues, doing business with a partner, lease review, general contract matters and general intellectual property issues. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions that pertain to his/her business. Please register.

Thursdays, May 23 and 30 (4-5 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, May 24 (10 a.m.-noon) Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, May 24 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Fabulous Frogs – Join Mrs. K as we explore the life cycle of frogs and discover why they are fabulous amphibians. Ages 4-6. Please register.

Saturday, May 25 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Superhero Fun Day! – Bam! It’s a bird ... it’s a plane ... it’s Superhero Fun Day! Join us for crafts and super fun activities.

Saturday, May 25 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.

Saturday, May 25 (3:30-4 p.m.) Family Storytime – An interactive family storytime featuring books, rhymes, songs, movement and a small craft. For families with children ages 2-6.

Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 – Library closed in observance of Memorial Day

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 2:13 PM, 05.06.2019

Porter Library parking lot to close May 26, 27

Westlake Porter Public Library’s parking lot will be closed for resealing and striping from 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. There will be no access to the drive-up book drops while the parking lot is closed.

The library will be closed on May 26 and 27 in observance of Memorial Day, making it an ideal time for performing the annual maintenance. The re-sealing and re-striping will be done weather-permitting.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:29 AM, 05.21.2019

Bay Village school board appoints David Vegh to vacant seat

David Vegh, Bay Village Board of Education.

The Bay Village Board of Education unanimously appointed Bay Village resident and parent David Vegh to fill a board vacancy during its May 13 regular meeting.

Vegh is a sales director for Hyland Software. He also served as president and board member from 2013 to 2017 of Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that provides school supplies to low income students. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in English. He and his wife, Kathleen, have a daughter at Normandy Elementary School and two younger girls. Vegh also volunteers at his daughter’s school library.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:28 AM, 05.21.2019

Bay Women's Club awards scholarships

Scholarship winners Sophie Dasko, Paige Kettren, Clinton Parsson, Meira Simolin, Ivan Slyepkan and Sam Warren.

Six graduating Bay High School seniors have each been awarded a $2,250 scholarship by the Bay Village Women's Club Foundation. The students were introduced at the Honors for Scholars Luncheon at the Cleveland Yachting Club on May 2 where they announced their college and major area of study.

Sophie Dasko will be majoring in history at John Carroll University and plans to go on to study law. She has been president of Model United Nations and is co-sponsor of the podcast "State Sponsored Programming."

Nursing will be the field of study for Paige Kettren at Cleveland State University. She has participated in Key Club all four years of high school, is a member of the National Honor Society, a Rockette for four years, and served in PAL, Peer Assistance in Learning.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:31 AM, 05.21.2019

Hixson award presented to Westlake Kiwanian

Ray Budoi and his wife, Judy, seated in front of their grandson Alex Barnes, daughter Susan Barnes and grandson Bradley Budoi.

The Westlake Kiwanis presented Ray Budoi with the George F. Hixson Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to individuals who have contributed significantly to Kiwanis' rich history of generosity. Ray is one of only seven Westlake Kiwanians to receive this award since it was established in 1983.

Ray and his wife, Judy, moved to Westlake in 1988 and Ray joined Kiwanis almost immediately. He served as president and also treasurer for many years. He will always be especially remembered for all the thousands of coins he cleaned and counted from the Crocker Park fountain.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:21 AM, 05.21.2019

Should Bay Village permit 5-foot or 6-foot yard fences?

The Bay Village City Council is finalizing the revision of the side and rear yard fencing requirements. The Environment, Safety and Community Services Committee has proposed the following side and rear yard fencing requirements: (1) increasing the height of the fence from 4 feet 4 inches, to 5 feet 4 inches, and requiring 75% open space for any fence higher than 4 feet; and (2) expanding the length of a privacy screen from 32 feet to 40 feet and allowing an additional 8 feet of decreasing transitional screen in either direction.

Currently, Bay Village limits the height of a side yard and rear yard fence to 4 feet. Furthermore, there is no open space requirement for a side yard or rear yard fence. As to a rear yard privacy screen, a privacy screen shall not exceed 6 feet 4 inches in height, and the privacy screen shall not exceed 32 feet in any direction.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:28 AM, 05.21.2019

BVHS seeks vendors for antique, craft show

The Bay Village Historical Society’s largest fundraiser of the year, an antique, craft and collectible show, is seeking vendors. This will be the 50th year the society has presented this show in beautiful Cahoon Memorial Park, overlooking Lake Erie.

The event will be held Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The show also features live music, food vendors, a classic car cruise-in and much more. Admission is free.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.21.2019

Ernie Harrell arrested, suspected of being a junk food junkie

For the past few weeks a mystery has been unfolding at the Village Project headquarters in Bay Village. Candy wrappers, empty bags of chips and soda cans have been found lying around the building—stashed behind the couch, crammed under pillows and scattered beneath a coat rack. The staff was shocked and horrified. Everyone knows that preparing healthy, organic and all-natural food is at the cornerstone of VP’s mission to provide nourishing meals and extended care to community members experiencing a cancer crisis. Junk food is strictly prohibited.

The Bay Village Police Department was called onto the case, and this past weekend they apprehended a suspect: Ernie Harrell, Welcome Leader at the Village Project. He was arrested and charged with two counts of littering the VP building with junk food and wrappers. In addition to littering and polluting the environment, the Welcome Leader has also been accused of tainting the VP’s healthy image, which has led to an additional charge of one count of defamation of character. If convicted, Harrell could be facing a sentence of up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:27 AM, 05.21.2019

Westlake paramedics treat patients like family

Brian and Jean Moran with Westlake firefighter/paramedics Eric Szytec, Matt Benigni and Adam O’Neill.

What began as a typical weekday afternoon in April for retired Westlake resident Brian Moran, quickly turned worrisome as he began to experience chest pains while working in the yard. Brian’s wife, Jean, could tell something was wrong and dialed 911, and Westlake first responders were swiftly dispatched to the Morans' residence.

When the Westlake Fire Department arrived, they correctly identified a cardiac event and immediately executed cardiac protocol. In addition to diagnosing Brian’s heart attack, first responders recognized Brian as the father of fellow firefighter Lt. Matt Moran. All of a sudden, a routine emergency response call took on a personal air.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:23 AM, 05.21.2019

Longtime St. Paul Westlake teacher Jim Osborn to retire

Jim Obsborn, surrounded by his beloved students at St. Paul Westlake.

Jim Osborn has touched the lives of literally thousands of students during his 46-year teaching career. Twenty-one of those years have been spent in the classrooms of St. Paul Westlake. Osborn, 67, will retire at the conclusion of the current school year.

“This is by far the best place I’ve ever been,” said the veteran educator. “The congregation and staff are so welcoming.”

His fifth-grade classroom is full of the reason he gets up each morning.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:27 AM, 05.21.2019

Bay Village in the spring

Spring is knocking on the door waiting to be invited in. It is a great time of year. You know it’s coming when you see bicycles! It represents a rebirth of many favorable, fragrant flowers that make our town scenic. It is a time to think about what a special place Bay Village is as a community.

Heinen’s has lined its entrance with wonderful choices of tulips and hyacinths. The fence at Bay Middle school is lined with bicycles. Soon the soccer fields will be full of different color teams, parents and family friends sitting in the elements in support. 

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:33 AM, 05.21.2019

Congratulations Project Wildlife class of 2019!

Pictured, from left: Robert Amsdell, Will Triplett, Sofia Motelka, Wildlife Program Specialist Christine Barnett, Sarah Krofta, Paige Burns and Alyssa Veverka.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center congratulates the Project Wildlife Class of 2019 including Robert Amsdell of Lake Ridge Academy, Paige Burns of Westlake High School, Mia Centuori of Rocky River High School, Sarah Krofta of Olmsted Falls High School, Sofia Motelka of St. Joseph Academy, Isabella Teter of Lorain High School, Will Triplett of Rocky River High School and Alyssa Veverka of Olmsted Falls High School.

The Center is the only organization in Northeast Ohio for teenagers to gain hands-on experience in the fields of wildlife and animal care. Project Wildlife serves as a valuable career experience and introduces students to the wide variety of opportunities available in the field. The majority of this year’s graduating seniors plan to continue their education by pursuing degrees in the areas of biology, environmental science, veterinary medicine or related studies.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:26 AM, 05.21.2019

BAYarts Annual Ceramic Exhibition on display until May 31

Mugs by advanced student Mark Lapczenski. Photo by Jessica Ramage. 

The exhibition features work by advanced students and instructors in the Karen Ryel Center for Ceramics Art and Education. The theme this year is mugs, and it is called "To Have and to Hold: A Marriage of Form & Function." It is curated by head of the BAYarts ceramics department, Moira Beale.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.21.2019

Arts scholarships awarded

Sarah Drago

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is proud to announce two 2019 arts scholarship recipients. Sarah Drago and Alexandra Falcone, both Westlake High School seniors, will each receive $1,000.

Drago, the Visual Arts winner, will be attending the Cleveland Institute of Art. She will major in animation and illustration for TV and films. Falcone, the Performing Arts winner, will be attending the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She will major in music performance in violin.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:26 AM, 05.21.2019

Bassett fourth-graders explore, make and take at WHS

Westlake High student Arun Suthaharan helps Bassett fourth-grader Layla Solhdoost assemble a birdhouse.

As a capstone celebration of the IB Primary Years Programme, Westlake fourth-graders develop an Exhibition project to showcase their learning and interests.

This year, Angie Gerhan’s class at Bassett Elementary chose to focus on the central idea: “What can you explore and make today?” Throughout this extended inquiry, students have brainstormed, questioned, researched using books, videos, and Internet sources, listened to speakers, experimented, and taken action on their ideas.

On May 10, Ms. Gerhan’s class visited Scott Kutz’s and Adam Purdy’s Technology & Engineering classrooms at Westlake High School in order to further engage in various hands-on activities and expand their knowledge of how and what makers can create based on their interests and exploring different technologies.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:24 AM, 05.21.2019

Cedar Point, a summer destination since the 1800s

"The Queen of American Watering Places" Ohio historical marker, in front of the Midway Carousel. Photo by Rachel Polaniec

As the weather starts (finally!) warming up, many of us start looking forward to the pleasures of summer, especially that old Ohio favorite, Cedar Point. This month's Magical History Tour reflects on summers past and the summer to come at Cedar Point, "America’s Rockin’ Roller Coast."  

Once called “The Queen of American Watering Places,” Cedar Point has been captivating pleasure-seekers for generations. In the 1860s the arrival of a rail line brought picnickers and bathers looking to enjoy the sandy peninsula now known as Cedar Point, officially debuting as a tourist attraction in 1870 with the construction of a bathhouse, beer garden and other public amenities. In 1892, the park’s inaugural roller coaster, the Switchback Railway, opened. Towering an impressive 25 feet high, the Switchback took riders on the gravity-powered journey of their lives, reaching the astonishing speed of 10 miles an hour. 

While the Switchback was retired over a century ago in 1907, there are many pieces of Cedar Point’s storied history still to be found located throughout the park, if you know where to look. Those entering through the main gate won’t have to look far.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:36 AM, 05.21.2019

UH St. John Medical Center receives straight "A's" in patient safety

University Hospitals St. John Medical Center was recognized again by The Leapfrog Group for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety. UH St. John Medical Center has received an “A” grade for safety, and has received an “A” in every grading cycle since 2012 – one of just 41 hospitals in the United States to achieve this honor.

The Leapfrog Group is a Washington, D.C., based national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “F” to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:24 AM, 05.21.2019

New STEAM Lab coming to St. Paul Westlake in fall 2019

St. Paul Lutheran School is proud to announce the development of a dedicated STEAM Lab, beginning with the start of the 2019-2020 school year in August.

“Our lab will be a place where students are encouraged to engage, explore, and be inspired,” said Principal Jeremy Louden.

“STEAM” is an educational approach that focuses on 21st century skills in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:27 AM, 05.21.2019

Phil Bova Baseball Camp closes after 45 years

It is with a grateful heart that we officially announce our youth baseball camp, held at the Westlake Recreation Center for the past several years, will come to a close after a 45-year run. A tradition like no other, the Bova camp became a summer tradition for many area families and was voted the No. 1 camp of its kind in Northeastern Ohio.
As this successful run comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank former campers, their parents and all the communities that trusted the Bova name for over four decades, and to acknowledge all of the businesses that proudly displayed the "Bova Baseball Camp sign" each year.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:24 AM, 05.21.2019

Tri-C Westshore Campus elects new student leaders

Student government elections at the Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College brought a new slate of leaders for 2019-2020.

The new officers are:

  • Balqis Al-Shafei of Westlake – president
  • Muna Haroun of Lakewood – vice president
  • Kennedy O’Hara-Gilbert of Cleveland – senator-at-large
  • Sedjana Rrustemaj of Rocky River – senator-at-large
  • Fatimah Bikawi of Olmsted Falls – senator-at-large

Student government gives students a voice on campus while providing an opportunity to receive and review concerns. The elected students gain leadership experience and a growing understanding of civic roles and responsibilities.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:32 AM, 05.21.2019