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Bay Village hosts Touch-a-Truck

Don Landers, service department operations supervisor, police officer Ben Kitchen and firefighter Brandon Dimacchia stand in front of some of the vehicles that will be on display during Bay Village’s Touch-a-Truck event Sept. 12. Photo by Denny Wendell

Family event allows kids to explore, climb in city trucks

On Saturday, Sept. 12, from noon to 3 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to visit the first annual Bay Village Touch-a-Truck event. Don’t miss the chance to climb in a fire truck, sit in the seat of a front-end loader, turn on the emergency lights of a police car, or pet a police horse! Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions of your community service providers and receive valuable safety information.

The free event will take place rain or shine at the combined safety campus of the Bay Village police and fire departments, 28000-28100 Wolf Road.

The Bay Village Police Department, Fire Department and Service Department will be present. In addition, other public safety service providers and community services organizations will be in attendance. Residents and their children will have the opportunity to meet their police officers, firefighters/paramedics and service department employees while exploring the wide range of vehicles.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 10:26 AM, 09.01.2015

COFA awards celebration set to music

Robert Parry, left, accepts his award from Robert Pearl for his watercolor work at the WWAC Artists’ Reception. Photo by Louise Seeholzer

The climax of the 16th Community of Fine Arts Show on Aug. 29 at the Meet the Artists Reception combined pleasant socializing and the presentation of prizes with a musical background.

The COFA, a juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, displays original, one of a kind art works that are judged in five categories: Watercolor; Oil/Acrylic; Drawing/Pen & Ink; Charcoal/Pastel; and Photography. The 2015 event, which was open for public viewing throughout August at Westlake Porter Public Library, presented nearly 80 pieces, representing the work of 35 artists.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:46 AM, 09.01.2015

From hero to victim

Dillon Forsythe comforts the dog he found near Cahoon Creek. After taking her to the vet and groomer, Dillon is searching for the dog's owner.

Bay teen's bike stolen while rescuing dog

My name is Dillon. You may remember me from my previous articles about saving Peanut the dog three years ago. Incredibly, I am back now with another dog story.

Monday evening, Aug. 3, I read a post on a Facebook page that a lost dog was running past the Bayway Cabin, (Kiddie Kollege), and fell 50-feet down a nearby cliff! After reading this, I got on my bike to try and find her. I was going to look where she was last seen by the cabin and walk up the creek from there, but the Lord was pulling me in a different direction. 

I ended up at the bottom of the Cahoon Park sledding hill. Because I was in such a rush, I got off my bike and threw it behind a large bush. I leaped over the creek, and was going to continue alongside it, but again, God led me to hike up the other side of the cliff. At the top, I turned to my left, and within an instant, I saw the dog.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 12:08 PM, 08.14.2015

Metroparks interpreter to address 'legacy of the land'

Foster Brown, a historical interpreter and naturalist with the Cleveland Metroparks, will speak about “The Legacy of the Land” at the Sept. 17 Bay Village Historical Society potluck dinner program. Brown’s highly acclaimed presentation details the history of the Cleveland Metroparks, including Huntington Reservation in Bay Village.

The Cleveland Metroparks has 16 reservations that make up the famous Emerald Necklace. This presentation takes the audience on a singing tour of many of the reservations to unveil important stories about the Greater Cleveland area. Brown has produced several award-winning music albums about the joys of nature and songs and stories of the Cleveland Metroparks in early Ohio.

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

Upcoming 'Fifty Plus' events at the Westake Center

Carnival-goers Bill and Janet Beutel have fun with props in the photo booth. Photo by Alex Rodriguez

If you missed the Carnival at the Westlake Center for Community Services in August, "there's always next year" – a phrase familiar to us Clevelanders. In the meantime, check out some of the upcoming events in our newsletter found on the City of Westlake website at under the Community Services department tab. Please call 440-899-3544 to RSVP for programs, or to request more information. Here are some offerings on deck:


Our next Men's Morning is Wednesday, Sept. 16. This monthly program always starts out with a hearty, aka manly, homemade breakfast made onsite. This month's speaker is a return visit by local author Peter Chakerian. The regulars would recognize him from the last time he came to present his book on Browns tailgating. This time he presents on Cleveland's rock 'n' roll heyday and shares stories about co-authoring a book with famed Cleveland photojournalist Janet Macoska. RSVP by Sept. 2.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:50 AM, 09.01.2015

Is Windows 10 Microsoft's redemption?

The Windows icon in the System Tray alerts users to Windows 10 update eligibility.

If you use Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, and your computer is receiving Windows Updates monthly like clockwork, you may have noticed a new icon in your System Tray. This icon is a reminder of your eligibility to upgrade to Windows 10 for free if you upgrade within the first year of Windows 10’s availability; users of pre-Windows 7 versions and/or users upgrading after the first year will pay $99 to $199.

For budding Windows computer users, the “System Tray” is where the current date and time are shown, flanked with small icons representing system functions such as the speaker, wired networking (or bars showing wireless networking strength), or battery gauge if it is a laptop computer.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:46 AM, 09.01.2015

It all started with a red light: The early days of Bay Village police communication

This is the collection of vintage Bay Village Police Department radio equipment Chief Spaetzel had been able to save as artifacts of his department's history. From left to right are: A car trunk mounted two-way radio transmitter-receiver set. A two-way radio base station desktop remote control console with associated microphone in front. A handheld portable two-way radio transceiver, commonly known as a "walkie-talkie." An under-dashboard mountable two-way radio mobile transceiver. 

Part one of a two-part series.

What do a red light attached to the Bay Village Community House and a high tech digital radio communication system have in common? Separated by a number of decades, they were and are both devices used to notify police officers patrolling the streets of Bay Village their assistance is needed somewhere in the city.

Subsequent to well-respected former Bay Village Police Chief Fred Drenkhan’s passing earlier this year, a passage in his April 19, 2015, Plain Dealer obituary stated that, when Chief Drenkhan was a new patrol officer, “the village’s two patrol cars did not have two-way radios. Officers making rounds would periodically check for a signal from the red light atop the Community House.”

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:50 AM, 09.01.2015

Taking a philosophical view in Westlake

Case Western Reserve University’s Off-Campus Studies program is offering a course on "The Search for Meaning in a Secular Age" this fall. In an earlier age, Dante's "Divine Comedy" provided mankind with a transcendent sense of the universe. Alternatively, in our modern times, Melville's "Moby Dick" wrested that profound sense of the universal from man.

The class will discuss the book, "All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age," by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly. In this broad survey of some of the world's greatest thinkers and writers, the authors argue that the malaise of contemporary society, beset with violence and selfish preoccupation, is the result of man having forgotten the aspirational aspect of life.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:50 AM, 09.01.2015

Book group takes closer look at China

This fall, a book discussion course in Bay Village will take a look at China: From Concubines to Communism. Sound interesting? Come join us and see for yourself.

In the course, our leader/teacher, Enid Kurtz, will guide us through our readings and discussions. There will be eight classes, every Monday beginning on Sept. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, featuring two books. The first is "Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China" by Yung Chang, published in 1991. This book has the intimacy of a memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history as it follows three generations of women whose lives and fortunes mirror tumultuous 20th century China. Our second book, "Nixon and Mao: The Week that Changed the World," by renowned historian Margaret MacMillan, is a nonfiction book covering the famous meeting between these two world leaders.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:53 AM, 09.01.2015

St John Medical Center ownership transfers to UH

Ownership of St. John Medical Center, which for the past 5 years was shared between Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals, will transfer solely to UH in two months, pending regulatory approval. Photo courtesy St. John Medical Center

The Sisters of Charity Health System (SCHS) and University Hospitals (UH) have signed an agreement to transfer sole ownership of St. John Medical Center in Westlake to UH. The announcement follows a five-year agreement under which UH was the managing member of their co-ownership of the hospital. The agreement is expected to be finalized within 60 days, subject to regulatory review.

St. John Medical Center is a 204-bed, full-service, nonprofit, acute care hospital providing comprehensive health care to residents of western Cuyahoga and eastern Lorain counties. The medical center, which has been co-owned by UH and SCHS since 1999, is a leading provider of Catholic health care.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:44 AM, 09.01.2015

Clague Playhouse embarks on jewelry search

A sampling of the wares offered at the Jewelry Heist. Photo by Tyson Rand

The Annual Jewelry Heist, now in its sixth year, has become a popular fundraiser for Clague Playhouse. It begins with reaching its hand out to the community for costume jewelry. Last season, during its Christmas-show sale, it earned more than $4,000. 

Imagine the bulk of trinkets, necklaces, bracelets, pearls, semi-precious jewels and artisan ware that were needed to reach that level of success. Theater patrons have shown their support with donations, and when visiting the theater they marvel at the variety and prices available to them. Fun begins in the lobby before the production, during intermission and after the show.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:48 AM, 09.01.2015

Who were the Westons of Westlake? As 'second wave,' settlers build lasting legacy

Arthur E. and Clara (Brown) Weston, photographed in the late 1800s, were part of the second wave of settlers to Dover Township. Photo courtesy Westlake Historical Society

Part two of a five-part series.

In part 1 of this series (printed last May in Issue 7.10), we introduced you to “Deacon” Asa Weston, who had moved from Massachusetts to Ohio in 1817 after marrying his wife, Thankful Robbins. They settled in Euclid Township. George Weston was born to them there. 

At 24, George moved to Medina County where he met and married Rhoda Allis. Their son Asa Lemuel was born there in 1853.

In 1852 Thankful died and in 1853 “Deacon” Asa remarried. In about 1855 Asa Sr. and his second wife, Mary, as well as George, Rhoda, and Asa L. moved to Dover Township. In 1862 Arthur E. was born to George and Rhoda when they lived in a house near Bradley and Center Ridge.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:51 AM, 09.01.2015

September events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Sept. 1 (10-11:30 a.m.) Pinterest Basics – This is a lecture-based session focused on the basics of using Pinterest followed by an open Pinterest Lab. Please register.

Tuesday, Sept. 1 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee & Chat – We will laugh and discuss an article or book related to parenting children who struggle. The group discussion is facilitated by a professional. This month’s topic is "Communicating with Extended Family About a Child Who Struggles." Free child care is available; register at or call 440-250-5563. 

Wednesdays, Sept. 2 and 9 (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. 2 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Drop-in session for genealogy help provided by the members of the Cuyahoga West Chapter.

Wednesdays, Sept. 2 and 9 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Sept. 3 and 10 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 2 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) WPPL 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.

Thursday, Sept. 3 (3:30-5 p.m.) Tabletop Gaming Group – Board games! Card games! RPGs! Stop by for an afternoon of playing tabletop games with other gamers! Games will include Munchkin, Settlers of Catan, Forbidden Island and more! Grades 7-12.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:47 AM, 09.01.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Many of us consult a meteorologist either on TV or online to help us determine how to plan for or dress for the day. What exactly does a meteorologist do, how do they forecast the weather, and what tips do they have for storm saftey? Greg Dee from WKYC's weather team will join us at 4 p.m on Wednesday, Sept. 17, to discuss meteorologists and weather prediction. Please register for this all ages event.


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

  • Monday, Sept. 14 (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, Sept. 8 and 15 (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, Sept. 8 and 15 (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays, Sept. 2, 9 and 16 (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays, Sept. 3, 10 and 17 (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays, Sept. 4, 11, and 18 (10 a.m.) Family Storytime - for all ages

Saturday, Sept. 12 (10:30 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – This storytime is designed specifically for children with special need and their families. This program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals, and sensory opportunities for participants as well as a half-hour of socialization time. Registration requested.

Wednesday, Sept. 16 (7 p.m.) Stop Motion Animation – Bring Lego characters to life and sculpt your own story using Stop Motion for iPad. With a signed parent release, we’ll share your masterpieces online!

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:53 AM, 09.01.2015

BAYarts faculty exhibition celebrates diverse talents

This piece by BAYarts ceramics studio assistant Jessica Ramage is one of the works on display in the faculty exhibit.

The expansive talent of the BAYarts faculty members will be on display this month. From Sept. 4 through Oct. 3, visitors can see "Outside the Classroom" in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery. 

A wide variety of artists are contributing their artwork to the exhibition. There will be drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and jewelry design.

Programming director Erin Stack is proud of the curated collection of talented educators she has amassed. "This show represents the talent and diversity in BAYarts faculty. We are fortunate to have instructors that bring so many different talents to BAYarts curriculum; with programs for 3-year-olds on up to to adults of any age. Although every instructor may not be represented in the show, they all plan to be at the opening to celebrate not only the works on the wall, but the relationships and partnerships they have built over the years."   

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:46 AM, 09.01.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The Old Dover-Bay Gun Club

This Wischmeyer out building was moved to Cahoon Memorial Park and used as the clubhouse for the Dover-Bay Gun Club. 

“Many Lake Road motorists are startled to hear the sound of shotgun fire as they crest the hill opposite Cahoon Park in Bay Village, and bathers at Huntington Beach often see strange little yellow flying saucers dip over the cliff nearby and sail into the lake.” These words were used by Lois Keever in a local newspaper article in 1966.

The Dover Bay Gun Club was founded by Fred Hansen whose family lived on Osborn Road and ran a laundry in back of the house. Fred built the shooting range on the site of an abandoned grape arbor in Cahoon Memorial Park above Lake Erie in 1923. Shooters agreed that it was one of the finest in the country.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:49 AM, 09.01.2015

Herb Guild Garden Club meets Sept. 9

The September meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. The meeting portion will begin at 10 a.m. The speaker for this month’s meeting will be Barbara Richardson, who will give a PowerPoint presentation at 12:30 p.m. on Color and Exterior Design.

After the presentation, there will be a hands-on workshop on leaf printing on fabric or cards. Materials will be provided, but bring a handful of leaves that you might like to print. The workshop will begin at 1:15 p.m. Non-member guests will be charged a $5 fee.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:50 AM, 09.01.2015

Rotary Club of Westlake/Bay Village needs you!

Did you know that 1.2 million people are Rotarians? This international organization works throughout the world to eradicate polio, provide clean drinking water to those in need and supply disaster relief.

Locally, the Rotary Club of Westlake /Bay Village provides college scholarships to high school seniors, volunteers to support nursing home and hospice residents, adopts families for the holidays and supports multiple charitable causes.

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

Unity observes World Day of Prayer with 24 hours of activities

When one bows their head, kneels, folds their hands, taking the universally known prayer position, we understand a prayer is about to be said. Some people take this pose only when they are steeped in desperation, in deep, dark trouble. Others, like the Franciscan Poor Clares or Tibetan Monks, strike the prayer pose continually, praying hours on end. Other people pray only on Sunday. Still others are somewhere in between, not praying as often as the Monks, but praying more than only in troubled times. Others simply close their eyes and listen. 

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:48 AM, 09.01.2015

Unfettered wisdom

Every so often, my mail bag gets swamped with letters. Questions from sports fans throughout northeast Ohio come pouring in – most of them wanting to know when I will finally stop inundating them with useless drivel – but that’s not always the case. So, rather than answering each one personally, I will address them here so everyone may take joy in the wisdom that has catapulted me to the top of the sports writing pyramid. Sort of like multi-level marketing, except there’s no multi-level. Or marketing. Anyway, sit back, crack open a new bottle of Excedrin, and endure …

Q: I’m concerned about the Browns’ quarterback situation. Who will be their starting quarterback?

A: As Bill Murray stated so eloquently in "Meatballs": “It just doesn’t matter.” Let me elaborate: It doesn’t matter in the context that every quarterback on the roster stinks, so pick anyone. You’re not planning on actually watching any Browns games this year, are you?

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:47 AM, 09.01.2015

Westshore CERT class begins Oct. 3

Westshore CERT members train in disaster preparedness. Photo by James MacMillan

Whether everyday emergencies like injuries, fires and outages, or large scale disasters, community preparedness starts with you. If you were there, would you be part of the problem or solution?

The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team is offering free classes on several disaster preparedness topics. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Teens are welcome. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership. Team membership is not required to participate in the free training. Visit for more program and team information.

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

BAYarts launches new website, registration system

With social media now becoming the most popular source for up-to-the-minute news and events, BAYarts' website – its main source for information on programming, events and donations – needed to be updated to accommodate the more frequent use of smaller devices such as iPads and iPhones.

The site,, has a new look and is easier to maneuver and click through. The redesign was made possible by a grant from the Cleveland Foundation, also the source of funding for an updated online registration system. BAYarts operations manager Sarah Goldsberry, who helped implement the new system, says, "It is easier and more efficient for us and for our users, providing feedback which our customers appreciate." The website was designed by Dan Fauver of Lakehouse Publishing, a frequent BAYarts design collaborator.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 10:27 AM, 09.01.2015

Family history research fall programs

Professional genealogist Carla Cegielski will discuss finding research gems in internet archives at the Sept. 16 meeting of the Cuyahoga West chapter, OGS.

If you are looking to learn more about how to research your family history, Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) has lined up an informative series of fall lectures.

The invited guest speakers for the Wednesday evening programs will be: Carla Cegielski, Association of Professional Genealogist, librarian and webmaster, presenting “Genealogical Treasures of the Internet Archives” on Sept. 16; Tom Neel, Ohio Genealogical Society library director, presenting “Sinners and Saints: An Introduction to Your Ancestor’s Dark Side” on Oct. 21; and Chris Staats, Ohio Genealogical Society trustee, professional genealogical researcher, writer and blogger, presenting “Unlocking the Keystone State: Key Resources and Repositories for Pennsylvania Research” on Nov. 18.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:47 AM, 09.01.2015

Enjoy fall with October run through Bay Village

Race through beautiful Bay Village in the sixth annual Heritage Run to benefit The Bay Village Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 17. The 5K run and 1-mile walk begins at Cahoon Memorial Park at 9 a.m.

Registration is available in advance for $20 online at, or in person on the day of the race for $25. Packets will be available for pickup on race day beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Community House in Cahoon Park. The first 250 participants will get a cool, dry-tech shirt. Last year one runner said that the shirt was worth more than the entry fee!

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:45 AM, 09.01.2015

Bay Village firefighters raise funds for Village Project

Firefighter Tim Matanick, treasurer for the Bay Village Firefighters Association, hands a donation to Barb Harrell, Executive Director of the Village Project.

Saturday, June 13, was a warm, and eventually sunny, day, and ended up being nearly perfect for the Bay Village Fire Department's annual open house. Part of the Destination Bay event, our open house drew more than 700 people to the fire station. Visitors had opportunities to check out the fire trucks, sign up for our ReadyNotify emergency communications system, and the ever-popular chance to shoot water from a real fire hose. Residents were also able to sample hot dogs (grilled by our very own firefighters), pizza, and frozen treats donated by local businesses, and were encouraged to make a donation to the Village Project.

A majority of the Bay Village firefighters (and even a few of their families) were on hand that day to help give tours, cook food, answer questions, and help kids “put out the fire.” They collected $296.42 that day, and were very excited to present this money on Aug. 13.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:51 AM, 09.01.2015

Grab your cape and run for a good cause

Hundreds of runners, walkers and rollers (participants in wheelchairs) will be dressing as their favorite superheroes and helping raise money for children with physical disabilities at the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 30th annual race day, in memory of former trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, at Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Avenue, Lakewood.

The Superhero Dash will raise funds for Youth Challenge (YC), a nonprofit that provides adapted sports and recreational opportunities to children with physical disabilities. Trained teen volunteers are paired one-on-one with participants to play, socialize and have fun. YC serves children throughout Northeast Ohio and has offices in Westlake and Shaker Heights.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:49 AM, 09.01.2015

Fall programs at Bay Rec


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

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


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

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

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

West Bay Center hosts veterans open house

Tony Kessler and Bob Piatak of the American Legion Post 572 spoke about their experiences as veterans.

West Bay Center hosted a Veteran's Open House on Thursday, August 27th. Community members as well as professionals came out to tour the dedicated unit and met with several of the veterans currently living in the facility.

The American Legion was well represented by a number of Korean and Vietnam veterans holding positions within the post. Specifically, Tony Kessler, the Commander of Post 572 and Bob Piatak, Sgt of the Guard of Post 572, talked to a number of the veterans on the dementia unit. They spoke in detail about how important it is for Veterans to have a community and offered free membership to the American Legion for current residents at the facility.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:47 AM, 09.01.2015

O'Neill Healthcare offers community education

Kris Maiorca, physical therapy director, talks to Westlake seniors about recovering from hip and knee replacements. Photo by Donna D'Amico

One of the many services offered by O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village is to provide health education programs to the community. We do this by hosting many events throughout the year, both on our campus and at the local senior centers. 

Last month our director of physical therapy, Kris Maiorca, presented a program on achieving positive outcomes from hip and knee replacement. The program was held the Westlake Center for Community Services, to an audience of over 50 seniors.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:53 AM, 09.01.2015

Westlake banquet center marks 50 years

Westlake planning director Jim Bedell, third from left, presents a proclamation to Wagner's representatives Tony Zavallo, executive chef; Mary Crawford, director of events; and Susan Morris, marketing director.

Opened in 1965, at the corner of Bradley and Center Ridge roads, Wagner’s of Westlake is celebrating 50 years as a catering facility. At that time, they were one of only a small number of banquet centers located in the United States. Today, Wagner’s has hosted more wedding receptions than any other banquet center in western Cuyahoga County.

Many of their guests began frequenting Wagner’s when they attended their prom at the facility and then went on to attend corporate events, bridal showers, fundraisers, and of course, wedding receptions  “What is really wonderful is when a mom comes in with the bride and groom and tells us she had her own wedding reception here,” says Mary Crawford, director of events.

Wagner's anniversary was acknowledged with proclamation from the city of Westlake.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:45 AM, 09.01.2015