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Big changes underway at West Bay Plaza

Looking from the construction fence-line on the west side of the building, this is the old Kmart store in the process of being demolished on Aug. 27. The front wall was torn down up to the store's main entrance. Interestingly, the initial focus on demolition had been taking down the building's roof and interior structure while leaving the outer walls standing, for the most part. Photo by Dan Hirschfeld

Seemingly reflecting the times, the shell of a formerly popular and important retail establishment in Westlake is in the process of being demolished as this is written.

In the first of a multi-phase modernization and redevelopment of the West Bay Plaza by owner DDR Corp., the large vacant building capping the north end of the shopping complex, which housed a Kmart store two separate times, is coming down (or has come down). The space created will then find a Sierra Trading Post and Fresh Thyme occupying it. Reportedly, at a time in the future, a second phase of the plaza’s redevelopment will focus on updating the western row of retail spaces. It’s also been reported the plaza's newer eastern row of shops will be made-over, but during which remain open and intact.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:44 AM, 09.06.2017

Former Secret Service agent recalls Kennedy assassination

Hear the first-hand account of an “Eyewitness to a President’s Assassination” on Thursday, Sept. 21, as the Bay Village Historical Society welcomes speaker Paul Landis, a former Secret Service agent.

Landis was in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1963, and is one of only two surviving Secret Service agents who personally witnessed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A special agent from 1959 to 1964, his assignments included guarding former President Dwight Eisenhower’s grandchildren in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Caroline and John Kennedy Jr. (the “Kiddie Detail”); and eventually guarding first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Landis’ talk will include comparisons of the Secret Service then and now, and his personal experiences and memories of the tragic events of more than half a century ago in in Dallas. His story offers an insightful look at a monumental moment in American history.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:45 AM, 09.06.2017

Local group offers memorable father-child experiences

John Latkowski and his son, Jack, build a rocket during a West Shore Indian Guides activity. Photo by Tate Davidson

The West Shore Indian Princesses and Indian Guides are dedicated to fostering relationships between fathers & sons and fathers & daughters in a friendly, fun environment. Our activities require participation by both father and child, giving you opportunities to share experiences, learn and grow together. This is not a program to drop your child off; dads participate in all activities.

Dads can register with their sons and daughters as young as kindergarten-age. Our organization serves the entire West Shore area, including Bay Village and Westlake. Tribes are organized with other dads from the same area and whose kids are in the same age range.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:41 AM, 09.06.2017

All city candidates invited to speak at annual Bay Dems corn roast

The Bay Village Democratic Club has invited all candidates for mayor and city council to speak at the annual Democratic Club Corn Roast on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m., at the Bay Lodge.

The corn roast will be the first public event following the primary election on Tuesday, Sept 12.

In Bay primaries, the top two finishers will face off in November. Because only two candidates filed in certain contests, they automatically advance to the November election.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.06.2017

Local families honor parents with donations to Porter Library

(From left) Sarah, Dave and Suzanne Beebe examine the globe they and their family donated to Westlake Porter Public Library to honor Dave's late father, Russell C. Beebe.

The Snider family of Westlake and the Beebe family of North Olmsted recently donated to Westlake Porter Public Library to honor their parents. The Beebe family donated a globe in memory of their late father and grandfather, Russell C. Beebe. The globe was unveiled on Aug. 23, and is located in the library’s Reading Room. The Snider family donated a quote to honor their parents on their father’s 90th birthday. The quote was unveiled on Aug. 26, and is located on the wall over the large print and fiction collections.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:45 AM, 09.06.2017

The Village Project's Garden Angels

Sherri Reilly, center, with her "Garden Angels" and their harvest that day from the Bay Village Community Garden. Photo by Jennifer Hartzell

The Village Project in Bay Village is an organization dedicated to feeding people who are battling cancer. The Village Project delivers healthy meals to patients and their families twice a week, and serves the communities of Bay Village, Westlake, Rocky River, Avon and Avon Lake. Meals are delivered to patients’ homes and consist of high quality and nutritional food; they never include processed sugar, white flour or red meat. The mission of the Village Project is to provide support to families while their lives are consumed with fighting cancer, along with providing cancer patients highly nutritional food so that their bodies are as strong as possible to fight the disease.

During the spring, summer and fall months, the Village Project tends to eight plots at the Bay Village Community Garden. The majority of the fresh vegetables used in meals during the summer months come from the garden. The garden leader, who is in charge of the eight plots, is Sherri Reilly. She has been volunteering with the Village Project for six years as garden leader. She coordinates volunteers to help water and harvest the crops. Every Monday and Wednesday, she has a group of children that come to help her and whom she calls her “Garden Angels.”

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:45 AM, 09.06.2017

Read this before you reach for the vitamin bottle

Forty years ago, my swim buddy Ashley (not her real name) was working too hard, worrying, smoking and drinking too much.

Concerned that the stress was “ripping” her health, she began a multivitamin/multi-mineral supplement “to bump me up.”

Years later, she drove off the road. Overnight, she stopped drinking, smoking, stressing and allowed her gray hair to show. But one thing she never stopped: her vitamins.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:43 AM, 09.06.2017

Power of More business expo moves to Westlake

With the growth of the Power of More chambers of commerce, a larger space was needed to accommodate all the members who wanted to participate in the annual business expo. The Gemini Center in Fairview Park had been home for the show since 2011 when it started out as the Fairview Business Showcase. Now, with seven chambers of commerce, the group has outgrown the space.  

The newly built Market Square in the middle of Crocker Park will host this year's event on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 3-6 p.m. Over 100 vendors will participate in this showcase, representing the best of the chamber's businesses.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.06.2017

Westlake Porter Public Library's Early September Calendar

Wednesday, Sept. 6 (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, Sept. 6 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesday, Sept. 6 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – The reading therapy dogs return! Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of them. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 6 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore some of the classic films from the genres of horror, science fiction and suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Wednesday, Sept. 6 (7-8:30 p.m.) Touching up Digital Photos – Learn beginner-intermediate level techniques for altering and repairing digital photos, including cropping, adjusting color levels and removing blemishes. Practice files will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring a flash drive with their own photos. Please register.

Thursday, Sept. 7 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, Sept. 7 and 14 (4-5:15 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Please register.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:10 AM, 08.15.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, Scuffy the Tugboat – these are just a few of the Golden Books that may conjure up fond childhood memories. Join us at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate 75 years of Little Golden Books and share in the joy with the 3- to 6-year-old in your life as they listen to stories and do activity stations.

CHILDREN

  • 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.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Monday, Sept. 11 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Creative Writing – Grades 4-8: Follow fun writing prompts and even go outside for ideas as we flex our writing muscles!

Wednesday, Sept. 13 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Kaleid-O-Mania – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program creating simple kaleidoscopes.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:46 AM, 09.06.2017

At Unity, a day dedicated to prayer

We have a day dedicated to St. Patrick, to good ole St. Nick, even a day for administrative assistants, and the one I saw most recently was a day for redheads. There are still a lot of "untaken" days in the year; Unity has chosen Thursday, Sept. 14, as World Day of Prayer, with 24 hours devoted to the sacredness of prayer. Not just for redheads or admins, but for all faiths; this is a day to honor your prayers, to honor you, and the personal and detailed intentions that are woven into your heart.

The theme of this beautiful day is "Peace in the Midst," with many interactive, sacred activities both at Unity headquarters in Missouri, and here at Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake. There are many activities and paths to choose from, all created to strengthen your spirit, and connect you to the Divine.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:38 AM, 09.06.2017

The history of Dover Bay Park in eastern Bay Village

An artist's rendering of Dover Bay Park shows the large clubhouse, pavilion and cottages along the east drive.

Dover Bay Park or Dover Bay Colony, what’s in a name? Historical newspaper articles identified this area both ways. One article talked about the organization of "the colony" in Dover Bay Park. Another said a "summer colony" sprang up around the Dover Township park. The residents may have considered themselves a colony. For 20 years in the late 1800s, Dover Bay Park was the place to be.

In 1813, after the Indians departed, the Brown family settled on Lot #90 in Dover Township, the easternmost plot of land along the lakeshore. The Brown boys grew big and tall and some said this could only be accounted for by their healthy location on the banks of Lake Erie. Mary Gant and the Phinneys would become their neighbors in Lot #90.

Washington Lawrence had been keeping a summer home in the Dover Bay area for some years. Lawrence, president of the National Carbon Company, purchased the three farms, with four farm houses, making up all of Lot #90, 125 acres, in 1880. His land was just west of the Rockport Township line on Lake Road.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:38 AM, 09.06.2017

Fall yard sale to benefit Lilly Weston House

Photo by Dave Pfister

The Westlake Historical Society is excited about the return of the fall yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will be held on the lawn of the historic Clague House Museum located at 1371 Clague Road. Anyone wishing to donate "stuff" for the sale, is ask to leave it on the side porch of the Clague House. Volunteers who would like to help with the sale should call Jan at 440-227-0061.  

The Fall Yard Sale proceeds will benefit the Westlake Historical Society's restoration efforts of the Lilly Weston House. The Lilly Weston House, located at 27946 Center Ridge Road, is a splendid example of the skill and craftsmanship of early Ohio builders, dating back to 1844. The sandstone used to construct the home came from a local quarry, probably near Porter Road. 

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:36 AM, 09.06.2017

Coach, Hue canít be serious

Okay gang, let’s hop into the Way-back Machine and return to a simpler time. Like a few weeks ago, when the Browns were still taking the “Let-the-rookie-sit-and-learn-before-we-throw-him-to-the-dogs” approach. You know, stuff that actually made sense.

I don’t know if it’s pressure from above (by a guy who goes by the name of “Jimmy”) or Hue has simply been caught up in the euphoria of winning all four exhibition games (note to Hue: these games don’t count when the real season begins). I mean, for the last year and a half or so all we have been hearing from Sashi Brown et al is that the Browns were/are “Going to do it the right way” (for a change), which included not rushing the quarterback in to play before his time. 

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:41 AM, 09.06.2017

'What Killed Grandma?' Understanding historical medical terminology for cause of death

Filled with medical gibberish and handwritten by a profession famous for sloppy penmanship, a death certificate can be one of the most difficult historical documents to decipher. Mark Jamba, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, will attempt to shed some light on this obstacle when he presents “What Killed Grandma?” at the Wednesday, Sept. 20, meeting of the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.06.2017

Two centuries on, Westlake's first church continues to grow

In the spring of 1811 a small group of members of a church in Lee, Massachusetts, received permission from their church to travel to Dover Township (which is now Westlake, Bay Village and part of North Olmsted) to establish the first church in the area.

There was no church building so they met in homes and barns until a small log cabin school house was built and they were given permission to hold their Sunday Services there. The first church was built in 1822 and was the first church in the township. After six new buildings and an addition we arrive at our current building on Dover Center Road.

Dover Congregational United Church of Christ is an open and affirming church under the direction and ministries of Rev. R. Keith Stuart. We continue to grow, adding 10 to 12 new members every quarter.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:38 AM, 09.06.2017

ECHO Health, Q-Lab winners of Westlake Corporate Challenge

Q-Lab’s team members pose with their first-place Corporate Challenge trophy in the Stripes division with Mayor Dennis Clough (in blue) and Westlake Recreation Director Bob DeMinico (far right). Photo courtesy Q-Lab

The 11th annual Westlake Corporate Challenge was largest to date, featuring teams from 12 organizations competing in team-building events from July 31 to Aug. 4. The competition, designed for athletes, non-athletes, and everyone in between, provides the  opportunity  for employees of  Westlake-based companies to compete against each other in a variety of events as diverse as cardboard boat-building and racing, sand volleyball, arcade games at Dave & Busters, a poker competition and a cupcake  contest.

Divided into two divisions, this year’s winners were ECHO Health in the Star division and Q-Lab in the Stripes division.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 10:41 AM, 09.06.2017

'Immigrants' vs. 'natives': generational differences in adapting to technology

Former fellow WBVO columnist R.J. Johnson of “Family Observations” fame surely would have written about this topic. If you are not familiar you can always read any of R.J.’s insightful prose – and any other columnists’ back numbers – at wbvobserver.com.

Growing up in a culture where public transportation was the preferred mode of transportation (many Japanese go through life without ever getting a driver’s license), it was interesting for me to learn that many American teens go through driving education as part of their high school curriculum and get their driver’s license before even their high school diploma. I understood that getting a driver’s license is another rite of passage to adulthood.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:38 AM, 09.06.2017

West Shore Chamber, Porter Library welcome new Bay/Westlake teachers

Westlake Schools Superintendent Scott Goggin with some of the district's new staff at the West Shore Chamber's new teachers luncheon.

LaCentre was the home again for this year's New Teacher Luncheon put on by the West Shore Chamber of Commerce. Eighteen new teachers in the Westlake and Bay Village school districts were invited by the chamber to be guests of honor at the August lunch. Andrew Mangels, Director of Westlake Porter Public Library, and the chamber's education committee provided gift bags for all the teachers with a variety of items donated by other chamber members.  

Dan Weiss, recruitment manager at American Greetings was the keynote speaker for the event and Sweet Kiddles Flexible Childcare was the lunch sponsor. Bay Village Schools Superintendent Clint Keener introduced his new staff: Anna Stockfish, Jeffrey Linhart, Linda McWilliams, Theresa Flamos, Amanda McLin, Katherine Woos, Kyle Barberic and Miles Radosevic.

Also present was Scott Goggin, Superintendent of Westlake City Schools, to make introductions of their new educators and staff: Claudia Blaha, Sara Rothkegel, Hanna Schneider, Shelley Gedeon, Mallorie Haworth, Jennifer Agin, Mackenzie Hall, Amanda Musselman and Kevin Barre.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:39 AM, 09.06.2017

Bay Village Garden Club plans year of activities

The gardens of club members were on display during the Bay Village Garden Club's July garden walk.

What is a conifer? How can you compact garbage without an odor? What are the perfect miniature perennials for a tabletop garden? How can you create a water garden on a porch? These are just a few questions that will be answered by this year's speakers at the Bay Village Garden Club's monthly meetings. Presently we have 71 members from Bay Village, Westlake, Rocky River, Avon and Avon Lake, and are always eager to welcome more.

Our first meeting for 2017-2018 will be on Monday, Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m., at Bay United Methodist Church, 29931 Lake Road. Our speaker is Bethany Majeski, from the Rocky River Nature Center, and she will be speaking about plants that provide year-round beauty. Any interested gardeners are welcome to attend and learn more about our club.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:39 AM, 09.06.2017

Bay Village discussion course examines the 'Pirate Queen'

The Vatican called her a pirate queen and a master of spies as she transformed England into an imposing empire. Discover Queen Elizabeth I's power and intrigue, her swashbuckling mariners who terrorized the seas, and the brilliance of a spymaster who exploited double agents, deciphered codes and laid a foundation for international espionage.  

Betty Zak, a professional educator, will lead a discussion on "Elizabeth I: The Pirate Queen and Spymaster" as part of Case Western Reserve University's continuing education course. We will meet every Monday for eight weeks from Sept. 18 to Nov. 6 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Bay United Methodist Church, 29931 Lake Road. 

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:46 AM, 09.06.2017

Become acquainted with acclaimed author Anne Tyler this fall in Westlake

Case Western Reserve University's Off-Campus Studies program will study three of Anne Tyler’s works this fall, Sept. 28 to Nov. 16, 10-11:30 a.m., at Westlake United Methodist Church, 27650 Center Ridge Road. The leader-teacher will be Phyllis Asnien.

Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler has written, “I am addicted to the sensation of living lives I would not experience in reality.” Tyler, 75, has been a published author for more than 50 years, enjoying both critical acclaim and commercial success. The author’s "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant" is a funny, wise tale of a family who keeps trying to get it “right.” Tyler’s 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread," is an example of her quirky, crackling wit. The third book we will be reading for the course is "Breathing Lessons," an earlier book which won a Pulitzer Prize.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:45 AM, 09.06.2017

New Westshore business helps retirees thrive

Thrive Westshore members relax with a jigsaw puzzle after a summer lunch.

On Sept. 5, Thrive Westshore arrived in Cleveland's western suburbs.

Headquartered in Bay Village, Thrive Westshore's mission is to provide the services, activities and social opportunities of a retirement village to residents who have chosen to remain in the houses and neighborhoods they love.

Essential services provided include: help with errands; fresh, delicious dinner delivery; regular check-ins; and – importantly – note-taking at doctors' appointments. Volunteering and activities at BAYarts, Westlake Rec Center, and other local resources are encouraged and arranged by company staff.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.06.2017

OíNeill Healthcare Bay Village hosts vintage car show

1929 Olmsted Falls fire truck

On Saturday, Aug. 26, walking through the parking lot of O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village was like taking a stroll down automobile memory lane. Two dozen vintage cars came to participate in the event, competing for "best in show" and "residents' choice."

Included among the 25 vehicles were a 1927 Model A and a 1929 fire truck which was the first fire truck in Olmsted Township. There was entertainment, food and lots of fun. Children aged 3 to 100 had a ball enjoying these beautiful vehicles. All proceeds from the event went to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:39 AM, 09.06.2017

6 fun and educational outdoor activities for young children

Young explorers take a closer look at the world at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

We can all agree that exposure to nature provides one of the most reliable boosts to mental and physical well-being, but do you know the great effects nature has on young children?

Our natural environment fosters children’s inherent need to move, touch and learn. Specifically, outdoor play is shown to enhance children’s sensory and social development, improve cooperation, reduce aggression, increase happiness and much more.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Preschool Staff shares their favorite activities below to improve your child’s outdoor literacy while enjoying the final days of summer. Not only will being outside boost your child’s mood, but yours too!

Take a hike

In the forest, in your neighborhood or even in your own backyard, go for a slow and mindful walk. Show your child every little thing that catches your eye and notice everything that catches theirs. You don’t need to teach or talk too much, just be present and notice. The lesson will teach itself.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.06.2017

WestShore Lions Club seeking donations for student safety project

The WestShore Lions Club is once again requesting the community's assistance in a very important project that will enhance the safety of the children within the cities of Westlake and North Olmsted in the event of an emergency.

Club members have been working on a project since April 2015 to provide 570 "Safety Buckets" to the Westlake and North Olmsted public school districts. These buckets – one for each classroom, office and support room – will be used when the school buildings are open.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:46 AM, 09.06.2017

BVCT sets the table for 'The Dining Room'

Bay Village Community Theater is proud to present its second full production, "The Dining Room," written by A.R. Gurney and directed by Chris Bizub, the last two weekends of September at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Parkside Hall, 468 Bradley Road in Bay Village.

The show will open on Friday evening, Sept. 22, and run for five performances: Sept. 22, 23, 29 and 30 (curtain at 8 p.m.) and one Sunday matinee on Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:39 AM, 09.06.2017

Prose for the Seasons

Spring enters, with daffodils heralding

Easter lilies, proud and strong.

Summer comes with warmth and peaches,

Lazy days of swimming and straw hats,

And country streams that flow along.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.06.2017

Grab your cape and run for a good cause

YC participant Huston, who is blind, heads towards the finish line with help from teen volunteer, Caitlin, at the 2016 Youth Challenge Superhero Dash at Lakewood Park.

Hundreds of runners, walkers and rollers (participants in wheelchairs) will be dressing as their favorite superheroes and helping raise money for young people with physical disabilities at the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 32nd Annual Race Day, in memory of former trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, at Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave., in Lakewood.

The 5K run and 3-Person Relay kick off at 9:15 a.m. and the 1 Mile Walk/Roll starts at 10 a.m. Awards will go to the top three men and women overall and in each age group, as well as the challenged division. Achievement ribbons will go to all 1 Mile finishers. There will be fun for the whole family – superhero costume contest, face painting, Chinese and 50/50 raffles, and post-race refreshments.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.06.2017

Bay graduates receive Kiwanis scholarships

Pictured, from left, are Kiwanis scholarship recipients Mikayla Nemetz, Aaron Risch, Elyse Legeay, Philip Lally, Laura Colagiovanni, Nick Loufman, Madison Noren, Chris Gepperth, Alisa Busuladzic, Michael Rising, Amanda Cusimano, Emma Hoover. Not pictured: Chelsie Baylor, Mia Russell.

The Kiwanis Club of Bay Village awarded 14 college scholarships to Bay High School graduates from the Class of 2017. The scholarship winners were presented with their award at the Bay Village Academic Achievement Awards Night held on May 30 in the BHS auditorium. The annual Kiwanis Awards Dinner honoring the recipients was held at the Bay Lodge on July 25.

The scholarships, totaling $14,750 were given to the following students:

  • $250 Department Awards: Amanda Cusimano, Math; Chelsie Baylor, Science; Philip Lally, Language Arts; Mikayla Nemetz, World Languages; Mia Russell, Art; Madison Noren, Social Studies; Chris Gepperth, Technology; Michael Rising, Music; Emma Hoover, Family and Consumer Science
  • $2,500 Kiwanis Scholarship Awards: Alisa Busuladzic, Nick Loufman, Aaron Risch
  • $2,500 Kiwanis Key Club Awards: Laura Colagiovanni, Elyse Legeay
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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:46 AM, 09.06.2017

Westlake business operator graduates from Tri-Cís Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program

Nikola Dzodzo of Woolino in Westlake took a step toward greater business success by completing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).

Dzodzo is one of 26 small-business operators in the program’s latest graduating class. He spent 14 weeks at Tri-C studying a specialized business and management curriculum for entrepreneurs.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:45 AM, 09.06.2017

A father-daughter dance to remember

Mike, a resident of Arden Courts in Westlake, gets a kiss from his daughters during a special evening of dinner and dancing arranged by the center's staff.

One magical evening, the “Central Station” of Arden Courts Memory Care Community in Westlake was transformed into a room of soft music, twinkling starlight, white linens, and a lively dance floor to fulfill a father’s heart's desire.

With the assistance of the helpful, caring and responsive staff and their families, Mike, a resident who is diagnosed with Frontotemporal Degeneration-type dementia, was able to enjoy a father-daughter dinner and dance with his two girls. The team went the whole nine yards to prepare and ensure everything was just right. The special night was part of an Arden Courts program called "Heart's Desire," where the staff fulfill a resident's wish.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:47 AM, 09.06.2017

Volunteers needed to help in cases of child abuse and neglect

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect. 

CASAs collect information that helps the judge make the best decision for a safe, caring and permanent home for children involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. CASAs are everyday citizens who are trained and appointed by the court to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who are victims of abuse or neglect. CASAs are assigned at the earliest stages of a case, and continue to be an advocate for the child through their time in the court system. CASAs work collaboratively with all parties on the case, for the best interests of children. CASAs are only assigned to 1-2 cases at a time and spend approximately 10 hours a month on a case.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:43 AM, 09.06.2017