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Mayor Clough reflects on 3 decades of growth

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough praises city employees in the audience during his State of the City address on March 10. Photo by Denny Wendell

In 1986, when a young accountant settled into the mayor’s chair, Westlake was just beginning to stretch its legs. Thirty years and seven re-elections later, Mayor Dennis Clough sits atop a city burgeoning with commercial, industrial and residential growth. His lengthy tenure may not have been part of his original plan but there is no doubt about the pride he takes in guiding the city through remarkable expansion.

Mayor Clough reflected on his time in office during his annual State of the City address to the West Shore Chamber of Commerce on March 10.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:34 AM, 03.17.2015

Westlake's annual Easter Egg Hunt set for March 28

Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be on hand at the annual Easter Egg Hunt, March 28 at the Westlake Rec Center.

Spring is in the air, Easter is fast approaching and both will be celebrated at the Westlake Town Criers' Annual Easter Egg Hunt. This year the event will be held on Saturday, March 28, at the playground in front of the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd. This is a free event for children age 10 and younger.

Promptly at 1 p.m., children ages 4 to 6 will take off on a scramble for wrapped candy and in search for special eggs that are redeemable for prizes. Another scramble for children ages 7 to 10 will be held in the same area at 1:30 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:58 AM, 03.17.2015

Remembering Vietnam 50 years later

The war in Vietnam remains a controversial topic even after almost 40 years of the Communist takeover following the United States pullout of troops. Known also as the Second Indochina War it was very divisive in the United States, Europe and other countries around the world.  

For several years, military advisors had been sent to Vietnam by the U.S. government which escalated when President John F. Kennedy was in office. Finally, in March 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson sent the first combat troops to South Vietnam. The announcement was made at a noontime press conference because it was assumed it would be a short engagement.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.17.2015

Book group brings Canada to Westlake

The Case Western Reserve University Off-Campus Studies program is offering “O Canada, Glorious and Free” with Joseph Jacoby on Thursdays, March 26-May 14, 10-11:30 a.m., at Westlake United Methodist Church, 27650 Center Ridge Road.

We are less than 30 miles from the American-Canadian border, but most of us know virtually nothing about Canada. The awarding of the 2013 Nobel Prize to Canadian author Alice Munro renewed interest in the richness of Canadian literature.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:57 AM, 03.17.2015

Volunteer effort helps dog in need

Kimberly, the black Labrador puppy rescued from Lake Erie on Friday, March 20. Photo courtesy of Detroit Dover Animal Hospital

The power and the passion of the volunteers, our animal loving community and, in my personal opinion, the power of prayer made for a very happy day on the shores of Lake Erie in Bay Village this past Friday.

Volunteers from Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, Love A Stray Dog Division out of Avon Lake, the Francati family and Baepler families, along with a few others kept social media whirling about the little black Labrador retriever stuck out on the lake. A Bay Village resident opened her home to media for warmth and food as they too monitored the situation. The Bay police and fire departments logged over 100 calls each just on Friday.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 5:30 PM, 03.21.2015

Bay Village clock to get needed repair

At the end of last year, The Bay Village Foundation launched an initiative to repair the City Hall clock, which had been inoperative for several years. The funds have been raised and work will soon commence to restore the clock to working order.

Quotes were obtained from two separate companies and The Verdin Company of Cincinnati was selected. Representatives of The Bay Village Foundation and the Bay Historical Society assisted with confirming the scope of the work to be completed.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.17.2015

Clean water, fracking to be discussed at Westlake meeting

An update on current clean water and fracking issues in Ohio will be presented on Tuesday, April 21, 10 a.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. The public is invited to attend the free event, sponsored by the Westlake/North Olmsted and Fairview Park Chapters of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:42 AM, 03.17.2015

Westlake superintendent hosts coffee talks

Whether you are a long-time resident or a new addition to the community, we invite you to enjoy Coffee with the Superintendent on the first Monday of the month, April through June, at Panera Bread in Westlake.

Westlake Schools Superintendent Geoff Palmer invites community members for coffee and an opportunity to discuss important school issues during a series of informal sessions planned for the remainder of the school year.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:48 AM, 03.17.2015

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Kiwanian Don Brasted and Key Clubbers Vaselea Cowin and Tommy Bodnar work the griddle at last year's pancake breakfast.

Bay Village Kiwanians and Bay High Key Clubbers will hold their annual spring pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 29, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. This year, the Easter Bunny makes an appearance!

The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, syrup, link sausages, milk, juice and coffee for $6 per person presale, and $7 at the door. Children under age 6 eat for free.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:57 AM, 03.17.2015

Attorney General Mike DeWine visits Bay High

Attorney General Mike DeWine discusses how his office fights crime with Bay High American Government students. DeWine's visit was arranged by Bay Village City Council President Paul Koomar.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine described the work done by his office and the path he traveled in his political career when he visited Bay High School students on Thursday, March 5. Then he encouraged the students to become involved in politics on any number of levels.

DeWine provided many examples of how the Office of the Ohio Attorney General operates and areas of its responsibilities. His experience as a prosecutor laid the foundation for the investigative knowledge he brings to the job. One of his first priorities in taking office was to make the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), the state crime lab, faster and more efficient. That improvement, along with a new law that requires collection of DNA at all felony arrests, resulted in many cold cases, such as rapes, being solved.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.17.2015

March is MS Awareness Month in Ohio

I have written a number of pieces over the years on the topic of multiple sclerosis, while always hoping I will never have to write another one. That day will come but until it does the need remains to make aware of this chronic disease of the central nervous system.

MS attacks nerve fibers leading to the destruction of the myelin that insulates the fibers in the brain and spinal cord. Myelin facilitates electromechanical transmissions between the brain, the spinal cord and the rest of the body – in over simplified layman’s term, MS causes short circuits in the nervous system disrupting whatever function is controlled by the affected nerve.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.17.2015

Browns channel featuring another season of reruns

So there I was, two weeks later, still scratching my head over the Browns’ (allegedly sincere) giddiness over “winning” the race to quarterback Josh McCown; he of the 17-32 lifetime record as a starter. And I found myself wondering if things would ever change, or if instead we were watching the NFL’s version of "Groundhog Day."

So then I started considering how comical it is that the more the Browns try to change, the more things stay the same. Every year we tune in hoping for something different, and indeed, the names change, but in the end, the results are most often those to which we’d become accustomed: awful.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:46 AM, 03.17.2015

The teenage years explained

There are biological reasons for teenage behavior, according to neuro-scientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. If you have a child in adolescence, this should be very comforting. It means that the erratic behavior, the whiplash between despair and exuberance, and the apparent inability to comprehend how their actions might affect people around them are not your fault. There are “biological reasons.”

Once, when I was a chaperone for a junior high dance, one of the girls suddenly burst into tears. It was like watching a star go supernova. One moment everything was fine. The next moment emotions detonated, threatening to engulf anyone standing nearby.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:42 AM, 03.17.2015

Act I: To cut or not to cut, that is the question

Part one of a two-part series

“Cutting the cord” has been in the public's conscience, perhaps mainly due to rising cost of "infotainment" and how the internet has changed the meaning of being informed/entertained. Saving money was my primary motive when I cut the cable cord some time ago. I have never looked back!

I thought it would take a little longer before cable's crown jewels such as ESPN and HBO became truly available through the internet in an a la carte fashion. Just look at how rocky the road was for the music industry to accept digital music.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:44 AM, 03.17.2015

Was 'It' really that bad?

Winter-weather-weary Westlake and Bay Village residents are willing to trade in snow's artistry for the beauty of spring flowers and blooms. Photo by Egon Luengo

Winter-weary Westshore residents may wonder whether 2015’s official start of spring really means “business!” No lollygagging, now! Should the vernal equinox achieve its maximum potential, Friday, March 20, could signal that “It” (the 2014-2015 winter season) is finally behind us!

However, we who are wise to winter’s ways on Lake Erie’s south shore know that spring’s arrival doesn't assure that we’ve seen the last seasonal snowfall. Wouldn’t it be nice if it DID?

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.17.2015

Crawling beneath the city

A wheeled video camera explores the Bay Village City Hall parking lot as part of a demonstration by city officials. Photo by Denny Wendell

New equipment makes sewer inspection faster, more precise

As sewer pipes under a city age, they require inspection to find and prevent problems, such as infiltration between the storm and sanitary lines. Under Environmental Protection Agency regulations, cities must maintain and repair their sewer systems to prevent fines from the federal agency.

A new piece of equipment recently purchased by the city of Bay Village will address these issues and make the examination process quicker and more accurate. And, at the same time, save the city money. The city’s service department has added a sewer inspection truck that incorporates two wheeled units mounted with video cameras that can be sent down into the sewer lines through manholes and crawl along the city’s sewer pipes.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:35 AM, 03.17.2015

Westlake's Rain & Garden Show to be held March 28

The City of Westlake and the Westlake Watershed Group will be hosting the fourth annual Rain & Garden Show on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd.

Come discover eco-friendly products and other environmentally green alternatives from our local experts in landscaping, gardening and much more! There will also be kids crafts and door prizes.

Admission to the show is free. For additional information visit the Engineering Department page at www.cityofwestlake.org.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.17.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Walking the interurban tracks, 1941

The family walks east along the old interurban railway and through the vineyards toward the Daviders' houses on Bradley Road.

On the David Foote farm, west of Bradley and Lake roads, the Lake Shore Electric Railway laid tracks for the interurban service that connected cities from Cleveland to Detroit. In 1897, the trolleys were up and running. By May 1938 the interurban was bankrupt and ceased operation.

Some residents, whose properties adjoined the tracks, had the opportunity to purchase track footage. I lived on the south side of Lake Road, 500 feet west of Bradley Road. My dad purchased 500 feet of track with our 100-foot lot in the middle. My dad said it was his "buffer against the world."

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:52 AM, 03.17.2015

The Lake Shore Electric Railway Trestle

This Lake Shore Electric Railway trestle in the Huntington Reservation, pictured here last fall, is one of the few remnants of the railway that ran between Cleveland and Detroit from 1901-1938.

Have you ever noticed the very large concrete structure that crosses Porter Creek and Porter Creek Road in Bay Village's Huntington Reservation? The Lake Shore Electric Railway trestle is one of the few remnants of a bygone era. It once carried the interurban train on its journey from Cleveland to Detroit.

The Lake Shore Railway system serviced Cleveland, Lorain, Sandusky, Norwalk, Fremont, Toledo and Detroit and carried over 5 million passengers per year during its time. It ran from 1901 until 1938, when the popularity of buses and personal automobiles caused its demise.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:03 AM, 03.17.2015

Westlake Historical Society to erect 7th historical marker

Westlake's own George Cooley was a champion for Ohio's farmers. He will be honored with an Ohio Historical Marker.

How significant is the number 7 in our society? There are seven days in the week, seven notes on the musical scale, and seven wonders of the world. Many say the number 7 is magical.

I point this out because all of us at the Westlake Historical Society are very proud to announce our seventh Ohio Historical Marker honoring George L. Cooley – a teacher, contractor, road builder, insurance executive and organizer of county and state farmers.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:44 AM, 03.17.2015

BAYarts Winter Kids Show brings smiles

Carter Smoller stands in front of his artwork, "City Scape," part of the kids exhibition on display at BAYarts through March. Photo by Erin Stack

Secure a good mood for your day when you visit the Dianne Boldman Education gallery this March, to view the BAYarts Winter Kids Show that's on display through the 21st.

Featuring the work of children in Art Academy, Telling Comics and Lego Creator classes, there are over 50 young artists who have contributed to this exhibition. Bright colors, exceptional self-portraits, and bold patterns adorn the walls.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.17.2015

FYI: Opera offers international music and voices

Mezzo-soprano Erika Rodden, left, playing a male role, and tenor Kevin Adamik performed in the recent CIM production of Mozart’s "The Clemency of Titus." Both will be singing at the March 31 FYI: Opera program. Photo by Leigh-Anne Dennison, CIM

An international blend of music and voices will be presented at the FYI: Opera program on Tuesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, when singers from three countries will perform arias from French and Italian operas.

David Bamberger, artistic director of opera at the Cleveland Institute of Music will narrate the program which includes music from Donizetti’s "The Elixir of Love" and Massenet’s "Werther." The CIM voice students, who will sing various arias are: mezzo-soprano Erika Rodden and tenor Kevin Adamik (Americans), soprano Kristen McConnell (Canadian), and soprano Charlotte Ushela (Peruvian). Accompanying the singers at the piano will be John Simmons, musical director of CIM’s Scenes Program.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.17.2015

Writers group welcomes new authors

The West Side Writers have been meeting once a month at Westlake Porter Public Library to share their stories and obtain valuable feedback in the polishing process called "critiquing." Using the internet, writers distribute their writing prior to meetings, and then come together to offer constructive comments, suggestions and ideas to improve their writing.

The novels that have come out of this supportive environment cover a wide range of genre, from supernatural to science fiction to thrillers and mysteries. At least seven novels have gone through the critiquing process and been published.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.17.2015

Westlake students head to state geographic bee

Logan Evans

Lee Burneson Middle School seventh-grader Christopher Haddad and Dover Intermediate School sixth-grader Logan Evans are heading to Columbus to represent their schools in the state Geographic Bee and to compete for the chance to represent Ohio at the National Geographic Bee in May in Washington, D.C.

School-level winners took a qualifying test and the top 100 scores were named semifinalists and eligible to compete at the state Bee. State qualifiers compete in an oral competition, to be held March 27 at the Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Atlas of the World, a medal and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state May 11-13 at the National Geographic Bee Championship.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:47 AM, 03.17.2015

Bay Village man competes for Tri-C at Olympics of Landscaping

Jeffery Mader of Bay Village will be part of the Cuyahoga Community College team competing at PLANET Student Career Days, a national collegiate landscaping competition taking place March 12-15 at North Carolina State University.

More than 850 college students from 65 of the nation’s top horticulture and landscape programs, including Tri-C, are expected to attend the three-day competition to test their skills in 28 events.

Students will compete in 3-D landscape design, irrigation techniques, hardscape installation, plant identification, small engine repair and many more events requiring the expertise needed to work in the industry.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:58 AM, 03.17.2015

Westlake in Bloom is just around the corner

Author and reporter Clare Ansberry put it best: “Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together, drawing them from their homes.” After a long, hard winter, the temperatures are on the rise, song birds are beginning their journey northward, and gardeners, anxious for another season of playing in the soil, pore over seed catalogues and gardening magazines and websites.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.17.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Welcome, spring! After a couple of frigid months, I'm sure we can all appreciate the change of season and the warmer days of spring. The Cleveland Indians start their baseball season on April 6. As we keep our fingers crossed for a successful year for the Tribe, join us to reminisce about the glory days of the team with Terry Pluto. He'll be at the Bay Village Branch Library on Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m., and will sign copies of his newest book, "Glory Days in Tribe Town," after his presentation.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • Mondays, March 23, 30 and April 6 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, March 24, 31 and April 7 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:59 AM, 03.17.2015

Check out these March programs at Westlake Porter Public Library!

If you’re looking for something to do in late March – that in-between time when it’s too early to get out in the yard and too late for winter activities – look no further than Westlake Porter Public Library. The Library has a slew of programs lined up for adults, including the Maker Club, Beginning Beekeeping, Looking for Lizzie, the 2015 Cleveland Indians, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Following are the details about each program:

Wednesday, March 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Club: MaKey MaKey – This month’s Maker Club will feature the MaKey MaKey, a device that can turn anything conductive – including fruits, vegetables, metal and you – into a keyboard! Play a banana piano, a human drum set, and anything else you can think of! Please register. Registrants under 18 must bring a parent/guardian with them to sign the waiver.

Monday, March 23 (7-8:30 p.m.) Beginning Beekeeping – Join us to learn the basics to get you started as a beekeeper. You will learn how to set up your hive, how to move the bees into their home and how to feed them. There will be a detailed explanation and demonstration of the tools of the trade. Learn what to look for during hive inspections such as the various stages of brood and diseases that plague bees. Please register.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:51 AM, 03.17.2015

Tri-C Westshore campus examines the human spirit

Scott Fedor

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will examine the immense power of the human spirit on Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m., as part of its “Year of the Brain” lecture series.

Scott Fedor will share his personal story of determination and resiliency during the program. A diving accident in 2009 left Fedor paralyzed from the neck down, but he has refused to let the devastating injury rob him of an active life.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:48 AM, 03.17.2015

Habitat for Humanity Donation Drop-off, April 11

It's time for spring cleaning!

Habitat for Humanity Donation Drop-Off
Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bay Village Police Department Parking Lot, 28000 Wolf Road

Donate your usable furniture, building materials, fixtures, tools and yard items! Home pick-up for large items may be arranged by contacting Habitat directly at 216-429-3631.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:01 AM, 03.17.2015

Gearing up for Relay for Life of Westshore

We have a lot of big news for Relay this year! First and most important is that the event will be a day event instead of an overnight. The Survivor Brunch will held in the Westlake High School cafeteria at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, with opening ceremonies starting at noon. We will enjoy a day packed with activities ending at 11 p.m. We are thrilled to have Marigolds Catering back to donate lunch to our amazing survivors with goodies after. We will then head over to the Westlake High School track for the Opening Lap.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:48 AM, 03.17.2015

Village Bicycle Cooperative welcomes volunteers

Great Lakes Brewing Company and Village Bicycle Cooperative volunteers spent a March day refurbishing bikes together. Photo by Donna Wilson

Do you know what truing is? Ever heard of a shadow board? Know how to inventory bikes?  

Neither did the seven volunteers from Great Lakes Brewing Company but by the end of an evening at Village Bicycle Cooperative, they did.

On Tuesday, March 10, employees from the Great Lakes Brewing Company visited the VBC shop in the Bay Village Community House to learn more about our homegrown organization. Lexi Lindway, GLBC community relations assistant, stated that the company has started an in-house volunteering program and what interested her about VBC was its sustainability policy and the impact biking has on the environment. 

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:52 AM, 03.17.2015

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, March 11, 2015

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Sutherland’s office prepares official minutes, which are posted on Bay Village’s website.

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

Also present: Fiscal Officer Renee Mahoney; District 1 County Councilman Dave Greenspan; Donovan O'Neil (Ohio Auditor's Office); Mayor Greg Zilka (Avon Lake); Service Directors Scott Thomas (Bay Village) and Paul Quinn (Westlake); Fire Chiefs Chris Lyons (Bay Village), Jim Hughes (Westlake), Chris Huerner (Avon Lake), Tony Raffin (Fairview Park), and John Reese (North Ridgeville); Westshore Enforcement Bureau officials Jeff Capretto (Narcotics), Patrick Fiorelli (SWAT), and Gordie Polando (Hazmat); and Westshore Central Dispatch Center acting supervisor Ronald Barlowe.

Duration: 9:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.; Mayor Patton excused herself at 10:40, before the WEB presentation.

RTA: Public Square bus stops are being relocated. Service interruptions due to ice have been a problem. The Board is wrapping up CEO Joseph Calabrese's periodic evaluation.

NOACA: External Affairs is doing legislative outreach. A lobbyist is working to obtain ODOT funds. ODOT recently shifted $1.7 million from other Metropolitan Planning Organizations' unfinished projects to reward NOACA for proven efficiency and efficacy. Mayor Summers noted that it is a challenge not only to put projects together, but also to complete them.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:43 AM, 03.17.2015

Bay Village Community Council springs ahead with fun events

Bay Village Community Council member organizations are springing ahead with a number of exciting, family fun events.

The Village Project is jumping into spring with a Spring Fling fundraiser at Vosh night club in Lakewood on April 24, 5:30-8 p.m. The event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, with tickets priced at $75 a person. Visit www.ourvillageproject.com to purchase tickets. A Cancer Car Smash is being held on May 2 in the Bay Village police station parking lot. Join students from area high schools as they take a swing against cancer. One swing ticket is $5, or get three chances for $10. The annual Project Pedal fundraiser is June 13, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with five bicycle routes leaving from Bay Middle School. There will be food trucks, face painting, ice cream and live music. Registration and packet pick up is at Buffalo Wild Wings, 32914 Walker Rd. in Avon Lake on June 11, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women’s Board has a soup and salad luncheon planned for April 1 at noon at the nature center. There will be a presentation about the center’s wildlife rehabilitation program. Reservations must be in by March 25. Call 440-933-3133. The annual luncheon at the Cleveland Yachting Club is May 5, noon, with tickets priced at $22.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:43 AM, 03.17.2015

Enjoy a Scottish adventure at Porter Library

Let the haunting sounds of the Scottish bagpipes lure you in to Westlake Porter Public Library on Saturday, April 4, and immerse you in an all-day "Outlander"-themed adventure. Historical elements from the popular series of books by Diana Gabaldon will come alive in a variety of programs scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that include the following:

  • Scavenger Hunt (All day; pick up an entry form at the Reference and Popular Materials desks)
  • Bagpipes Show-and-Tell with Peter Guscott
  • Kilt Wrapping demonstration
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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:52 AM, 03.17.2015

K-Kids help animals

The Westlake Kiwanis K-Kids from Dover Intermediate made pull toys for dogs waiting to be adopted at the Friendship Animal Protective League in Elyria. Old T-shirts donated by the Westlake Kiwanis were cut into strips and braided into toys.

K-Kids, a Westlake Kiwanis sponsored service club for elementary students, also organized a drive at the school to collect needed supplies and items for the animal shelter such as pet food, litter, toys and cleaning supplies.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.17.2015

The act of giving – not giving up – for Lent

Lent is a time of preparation. For many, a time devoted to abstinence and fasting. To keep a good Lent, people give things up, like eating meat or candy, or going to the movies. Giving up something pleasurable is a form of fasting, which has a deep spiritual significance. I asked a friend why he fasted during Ramadan; he replied that the hunger pains are a reminder that others don't have a meal every day.  

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.17.2015

Women's group donates $12,000 to Village Project

Village Project received a $12,200 donation from 100+ Women Who Care. Pictured left to right: Kassie Wyman, Barb Harrell, Ann Paras, Joey Frebes. Photo by Jim Erlandson

As Helen Keller famously said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen understood the value of teamwork and so does the group known as 100+ Women Who Care.

On the third Thursday of January, April, July and October of each year, more than 100 women from throughout the Cleveland metro area come together for precisely one hour at a hotel near the airport. Their mission is simple: to each contribute $100 to help make a meaningful difference for a deserving charity, non-profit or cause that serves the greater Cleveland area.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.17.2015

Student artists honored at Bay library

Gigi Merks accepts the Best of Show award from judge Pat Sandy at the Show Your Colors art show at the Bay Village Branch Library.

Beauty came to life with the Show Your Colors art exhibit at the Bay Village Branch Library. On Saturday, March 7, 125 art lovers came to a reception to recognize outstanding middle school artists from the Bay Village area. Gigi Merk took Best of Show with her self-portrait done in marker completely with words. She said it took her a whole semester to complete. Twenty students earned place ribbons and prizes for their creative pieces. 

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:48 AM, 03.17.2015