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Westlake hosts free safety and wellness fair May 20

The City of Westlake and University Hospitals St. John Medical Center are again joining forces to present the annual free Community Safety and Wellness Fair on Saturday, May 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd.

The day begins with a flag ceremony and a color guard of military veterans and safety forces members in recognition of Armed Forces Day and to honor those who keep our communities safe and healthy. The flag to be presented was flown over the U.S. Capitol building with the assistance of U.S. Congressman Jim Renacci.

“Accidents, injuries, illnesses, and drug and alcohol abuse can have devastating consequences for individuals and their families. We remain committed to providing the best emergency and safety services to help those who are affected by them,” said Mayor Dennis Clough. “However, if we can help prevent or reduce the impact of some of those incidents, more people can enjoy a higher quality of life.”

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:34 AM, 05.16.2017

Project, Citizen of the Year honored at Play in Bay reopening

Pictured, from left: Community Council treasurer Therese Koomar, president Tara Wendell and vice president Jessica Breslin; Play in Bay founding committee member Jim Potter; Mayor Paul Koomar; and Bay Village Foundation board vice president Rich Veres.    

The Play in Bay playground renovation project came to an official close on May 13 with a grand reopening celebration. The Bay Village Foundation effort, which raised $100,000 in contributions large and small from more than 350 donors, was designated as the 2017 Project of the Year by the Bay Village Community Council.

A special ceremony during the celebration, emceed by Foundation board president Al Paulus and Community Council vice president Jessica Breslin, honored the project as well as Evelyn Allen, the 2017 Citizen of the Year. Evelyn was recognized for her 40 years of volunteerism with many organizations in the community.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.16.2017

Clague Playhouse's season wraps with satirical farce

"Incorruptible" is the final show of the Clague Playhouse season. Photo by Terry Schordock

Clague Playhouse will close its season with "Incorruptible, A Dark Comedy About the Dark Ages." In this bawdy farce written by Michael Hollinger, the clever satire pokes gentle fun at a group of 13th century monks trying to survive by selling relics – bones of saints – to any church which will buy them.

The problem is they don't have enough dead saints to go around, so they become quite innovative in order to continue their business. The story is set in a monastery in Priseaux, France, and has monks, a one-eyed minstrel, a nun, a young woman and her pesky mother – not to mention lots of dead bones!

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.16.2017

Join the senior walking challenge!

A group of some Westlake Walkers from last year's senior challenge.

Note: The phone number in the print edition of this article is incorrect. Call 440-899-3544 to register.

You’ve heard this before: Walking is great exercise, ESPECIALLY for seniors. We have known this for a long time. Hippocrates declared that “walking is man’s best medicine.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t make it on our medication lists. Let’s face it, as we age, the urge to become sedentary increases and is accompanied by myriad health problems.

The good news is that people who start a regular walking program reap numerous health benefits including: decreasing their blood pressure, as well as their cholesterol, blood sugar and even stress and depression levels. Furthermore, a walking program improves oxygen to the body, provides for a healthier heart, improves balance and coordination, muscle strength, mobility, eliminates fluid build-up and helps fight weight gain. Taking a 10-minute walk can change your body chemistry enough to boost you out of a bad mood. Do any of these benefits appeal to you? Of course they do. Who doesn’t want to feel better?

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.16.2017

Bay Village civic groups planning fun summer events

The Bay Village Community Council met on May 10 to share news and notes about their upcoming activities. Here are some of the highlights. It's going to be a busy summer in Bay!

Bay Village Community Theater has finalized their 2017 Staged Reading Series. On May 20 and 21 they will perform “The Twelve Pound Look” by JM Barrie. On July 15 and 16 they will present excerpts from “Inherit the Wind.” Saturday performances are held at 2 p.m. at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village and Sunday performances will be at Mojo’s Coffee at 6 p.m.

The Bay Village Education Foundation announced that the 14th annual Tri-Bay Golf Classic will be held, on Friday, July 14, at Sweet Briar in Avon Lake. Proceeds support the Bay Alumni Foundation, the Bay Village Education Foundation and the Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters. The tournament is open to the public. Visit tribaygolf.com for more information.

The Bay Village Historical Society's 48th annual “Cahoon in June” fine crafts, collectibles and antiques event is Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Cahoon Memorial Park. Again this year, the Historical Society is partnering with other community organizations on “Destination Bay.” Transportation will run between venues. Admission to Cahoon in June is free. There will be a Civil War re-enactment in the park, and a display of antique cars, and musical entertainment. Culinary artisans from the Cleveland Culinary Launch Kitchen will have a presence, selling their Northeast Ohio-made products. There will also be food concessions. Interested community groups are invited to set up tables free of charge. Contact Cynthia Eakin at 216-213-0312 to reserve a space.  Proceeds from this event support the Rose Hill Museum, the Reuben Osborn Learning Center and student scholarships. Membership in the Bay Village Historical Society is open to anyone in the community interested in keeping history alive. Families are welcome. Call 440-871-7338 for membership details.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.16.2017

Westlake in Bloom entry deadline is June 30

Robert McCormick and Richard Lindsley's landscaping placed first in the Patio and Abutting Garden category in last year's Westlake in Bloom competition. Photo by Jim Bedell

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Westlake in Bloom! We hope that you will consider celebrating the beautiful gardens and landscapes of Westlake by entering your home or business in this annual competition. Westlake in Bloom is our chance to say thank you to the individuals who help beautify our city.

Entry forms are available at Westlake City Hall, Community Services Center, Recreation Center, Porter Library, Cahoon Nursery, Dean’s Greenhouse, Gale’s Westlake Garden Center and online at www.cityofwestlake.org/588/Westlake-in-Bloom.

The deadline for entering is Friday, June 30, at 5 p.m., with judging in July. There is no fee and everyone who enters will receive an invitation to the Westlake in Bloom Reception and Awards Ceremony, on Wednesday, August 9, at LaCentre where the winners will be announced.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.16.2017

Popular cemetery tour returns to Evergreen on May 20

The Westlake Historical Society is preparing to present our very popular Evergreen Cemetery Walk. It will be held this year on Saturday, May 20, 1-3 p.m.

Join historical past residents of our community, portrayed by historical society members and volunteers, as they help the cemetery to come alive! The tour will begin at 1 p.m. under the Evergreen Arch with the laying of a wreath at the entrance to the cemetery. It will end at the 200-year-old Moses Cleveland Tree in the back of the cemetery with refreshments. There is no cost for this community event, but your donations do help to continue the work of the Westlake Historical Society.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.16.2017

The return of Leonard Porter

Greetings to all my friends in Dover – oops, Westlake – from the Great Beyond. As great as the Beyond is – and it is, except for golf since everyone always gets holes in one – I always look forward to getting back to my home town every year for the Westlake Historical Society’s Evergreen Cemetery Walk.

I enjoy coming back, meeting with some of my former neighbors and fellow founding families above ground and meeting with the good folks who live in Westlake now. Someone once said, “It’s hard to know where you are if you don’t know where you’ve been.” That’s what history is all about – letting people know where their families have been, letting people know where their country has been and letting people know where the area they live in came to be and how it advanced.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.16.2017

The history of Detroit Road, Part IV: Straightening the curve

The old Detroit Road bridge over Cahoon Creek, just east of Cahoon Road as seen from the Detroit Road sidewalk. Photo by Will Krause

According to "The Lakewood Story" by Margaret Manor Butler, the last mayor of the hamlet of Lakewood, J.J. Rowe, when discussing his administration which was in place from 1902 to 1905, listed as his first accomplishments: “We abolished the old plank road on Detroit, that was laid before the Civil War … [and] abolished the tollgate at Warren Road and Detroit Avenue.”

Hadsell and Rutherford’s "History and Civics of Dover Village" states that Detroit Road in Dover (Westlake) was first paved with brick in 1908. There is a little patch of brick paving still visible if you know where to look for it.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.16.2017

Be afraid: The Browns listened to me

Boy, did it get scary on draft day! It was being reported that the Browns were going to select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the first pick in the draft and go against all of the advice I had provided to them in this paper. As that day went on, I was thinking of all of the failed first round picks and the obvious choices that were bypassed. Julio Jones and Khalil Mack readily come to mind.

It was a huge relief when the name of the consensus numero uno pick, Myles Garrett, was announced and not Trubisky. Do you realize that not one of the Browns' six first-round picks from 2011 through 2014 is on the team? These selections: Phil Taylor, Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, Barkevious Mingo, Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel should be making up the heart, if not the soul, of the team now, but they do not exist. Most fans believe that the Browns got this pick right by simply not screwing it up.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.16.2017

WHS students earn Gold Keys in art, writing awards

Jace Lee won two Gold Keys for artwork in the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards.

Westlake High School senior Mary DeFeo won a Gold Key for a creative writing piece, and senior Jace Lee won two Gold Keys for artwork in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Gold Keys are the highest award in the regional level of the competition. Winning works are automatically considered for national-level recognition.

Earning Silver Keys are WHS junior Katherine Mazzella and seniors Mary DeFeo, Julia Kiss and Sneha Ramachandran.

Honorable mentions were earned by seniors Sara Massa and Ashley Crise; juniors Katherine Mazzella, Patrick Lee and Madelyne Dunn; and sophomore Howard Duangkla.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:32 AM, 05.16.2017

Green lawns are not so 'green'

Happy May, everyone! This is a reprise of a column I wrote last year, and I wanted to re-run it because I think the information is so important – now more than ever with the health of our amazing Lake Erie being threatened. Please read it and encourage your friends and family to avoid lawn fertilizers!

Weed-free, lush, green lawns. Many people strive for this; I tell my kids not to play on them. Why? I have many reasons for avoiding “perfect” lawns. Lawn perfection typically comes at a high cost. A cost to Lake Erie, a cost to wild animals and a cost to our health. It is estimated that more than a billion pounds of pesticides and herbicides are used by homeowners in the United States each year.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.16.2017

Memorial Day to be celebrated in Bay with annual parade

The Bay Village American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Viet Nam Veterans will celebrate Memorial Day with the annual parade on Lake Road on Monday, May 29. Starting from the Huntington Reservation parking lot at 8:45 a.m., the parade will travel west to Lakeside Cemetery, where Bay United Methodist pastor Rev. Jonathon McClerry will offer an opening prayer and deliver his Memorial Day Homily.

VFW Vice-Commander Jack Stewart will read the names of the veterans from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I, buried at the cemetery and members of the Bluebirds will place flowers on the graves of the veterans. The Legion Rifle Squad will offer a 21-gun salute. Taps and "The Star Spangled Banner" will be played by the Bay High School band, under the direction of Mr. Darren Allen; following there will be a release of white doves. Rev. McClerry will then offer benediction and the parade will proceed east to the Gazebo.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.16.2017

Recommending marijuana not high on my list

A patient of mine said this about marijuana and his Tourette Syndrome: “The only drug that’s worked!”

I believe him.

Medical marijuana is now legal in most states, including Ohio. A physician cannot “prescribe” marijuana – it’s a federal crime. Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, same as heroin or ecstasy, with “high potential for abuse” and “no currently accepted medical use.” But for a patient to buy marijuana legally, the state requires a “recommendation from a certified physician.”

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.16.2017

Poet Susan Grimm to lead BAYarts' next Storytellers session

Susan Grimm is the author of "Roughed Up by the Sun's Mothering Tongue."

The next BAYarts Storytellers Series hosts Cleveland poet Susan Grimm. The session, which will take place on Saturday, June 3, at 10:30 a.m., will incorporate a reading of her own poetry along with time for questions. This is free event will take place in the Fuller House on the BAYarts campus, 28795 Lake Road.

Susan Grimm is the author of "Almost Home," "Lake Erie Blue" and "Roughed Up by the Sun’s Mothering Tongue." Her work has appeared in Blackbird, The Journal, The Cortland Review, Seneca Review and Tar River Poetry.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 10:14 AM, 05.17.2017

Human trafficking is closer than you think

The first in a quarterly series of community talks called “Unity Responds by Listening, Asking Questions and Taking Action” at Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake was held on Human Trafficking May 11. The next one, to be held on Aug. 10 at 7:00 p.m., is on Body Positivity, which ties in to the low self-esteem felt by people who have been or are in the midst of being trafficked.

Even in affluent suburbs like Westlake and Bay Village, human trafficking is sometimes happening right in front of us without our awareness. Joan Clark, chair of the West Shore Allies Against Human Trafficking and Lois Krebs of Cleveland Swedenborg Chapel told the crowd at Unity that human trafficking is essentially modern-day slavery. In addition to providing ample evidence of the trafficking that is ongoing in Ohio and across the world, they outlined many things that individuals can do to help.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.16.2017

WWAC launches scholarship awards

Samantha Ann Illius, Westlake High School senior

Following four years of fundraising, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council initiated the awarding of scholarships to Westshore graduating seniors planning to pursue studies in art-related fields. Samantha Ann Illius from Westlake High School and Leah Borzak from North Olmsted High School each received a $500 scholarship from the WWAC.

Illius, who earned a 4.6 high school grade point average, will attend Baldwin Wallace University this fall, majoring in creative writing and theater, with a minor in French. In her recommendation of Illius, Westlake High School English teacher Kimberly Sullivan said, “Anything Samantha does, it is to the best of her ability. She never hesitates to do more than what is asked of her.”

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.16.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

As we head into summer, don't forget to sign up for Cuyahoga County Public Library's summer reading program, "Build a Better World," which officially begins on Saturday, June 3, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 5. Register at cuyahogalibrary.org or stop by the Bay Village branch and register with a librarian.

Our summer program guide has arrived. Check out our list of events for children and adults through August.

CHILDREN

Storytimes are on hiatus for the month of May. Please join us again in June for the storytimes below.

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

  • 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

ADULTS

Friday, June 2 (10 a.m.) BAYarts Book Discussion – Join us for this monthly book discussion on the BAYarts campus on the porch of the Fuller House. Copies of this months book, "Hot Milk" by Deborah Levy, is available at the library and BAYarts. No registration required.

Saturday, June 3 (1 p.m.) Our Evolving Universe – From the seven newly identified exoplanets to the most recent photographs of Pluto's surface, Jay Reynolds, research astronomer at Cleveland State University and co-host of WKYC's "In the Sky" segment, shares the latest updates of our solar system and beyond.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.16.2017

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Monday, May 1-Saturday, May 6 – Mascot Naming Contest – Our mascot needs a name! Help us find one by submitting a name for our puma and see if yours is the lucky pick! Entry forms will be available at the Youth Services Desk May 1-6, and will be judged by WPPL staff. The winning name will be announced on May 6.

Wednesday, May 3 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, May 3 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesday, May 3 (2-3:30 p.m.) Adult Coloring – Today’s group will be coloring fashion pages! We’ll provide coloring pages, colored pencils, and cookies. Open to adults 18 and over. Please register.

Wednesday, May 3 (3:30-5 p.m.) Duct Tape Fashion Accessories – Make duct tape fashion accessories you can wear! We’ll have instructions and tons of duct tape in the teen area to help you make wallets, purses, bracelets and more! For students in grades 7-12.

Wednesdays, May 3 and 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, May 4 and 11 (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, May 3 (6-8 p.m.) Stuffed Animal Adoption Event – Celebrate Children’s Book Week with us at this event. Ages 8 and under. While supplies last.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:04 AM, 05.02.2017

Demons tennis season blitz continues

The Westlake Demons tennis team took first place in the Southwestern Conference Tournament in early May.

St. Ed’s Tournament Drama

Team tournaments once again provided season highlights for the Westlake Demons tennis team. The Demons once again were invited to do battle with seven of the region's top tennis powers in the all-day St. Edward invitational on April 9. All nine varsity members played and won at least one match.

In one of the best match-ups of elite players in Ohio, the Demons' Aris Jhaveri treated the throng of appreciative onlookers to a dramatic battle against St. Ignatius first singles player Josh Hsia – falling to the eventual champion in a third-set tiebreaker by a score of 11-9.

As the day wore on it became evident that Westlake would have a chance at an unexpected second-place finish – but after its second doubles team of Leah Chobin and Darin O'Meara fell in the finals, it would need victories in its final two matches to get past Perrysburg.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.16.2017

Bay Village Foundation plans active month

The Bay Village Foundation held their annual meeting on May 4 at Bay Village City Hall. Elected as officers for the 2017-2018 fiscal year were Al Paulus, president; Rich Veres, vice president; Maryann O’Reilly, secretary; and Steve Ruscher, treasurer. Evelyn Allen and Wayne Reese were elected as executive committee members at large. The Foundation also welcomed three new board members: Fr. Tim Gareau of St. Raphael Catholic Church, Dr. Thomas Kelly and Elizabeth Milli, while honoring three departing members: Ellie Bricmont, Tom Henderson and Steve Lee.

The Bay Village Foundation has two exciting events coming up:

  • A Waterways Clean-up Day on Saturday, May 27, chaired by Mike Romanchek and the Foundation’s student trustees, Chris Eifert, Katherine Finley, Jack Lee and Maggie Williams. All volunteers are welcome to meet at the Bay Middle School cafeteria to sign in before 11:00 a.m. The Foundation will provide lunch for the volunteers at the Middle School at 1:00 p.m.
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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.16.2017

Stick shift for life!

I always preferred a manual transmission in my cars and not because there was a premium price for automatic transmission. I can’t even supply a coherent reason backing my preference, other than the simple love of cars, driving them and the control [I think] I have when selecting my own gear instead of the car selecting for me. I believe they label people like me “gearheads” or “pistonheads”; that’s “petrolheads” for folks across the pond, I’m told.

Due to my love of driving, I didn’t care too much about the early developments in autonomous, aka self-driving, cars either. Sure, being a self-professed geek at heart, I skimmed through articles about Google's and Tesla’s efforts as they had entertainment value for me. As a strategist, I was keenly aware of the business strategy Tesla deployed in bringing their electric cars to market.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.16.2017

Finding Hope

We walk the world, alone
Afraid, wanting someone
Or something to fill
our lives.

But the emptiness persists.
We grab, we cling in
An attempt to
Feel alive.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.16.2017

Project Pedal returns to benefit Village Project on June 17

Riders participate in last year's Project Pedal fundraiser. This year's event will be held on Saturday, June 17.

Are you looking for a great reason to gather your friends, family or co-workers of all ages and abilities for a pleasant morning bike ride? Wouldn’t you love to enjoy each other’s company while stretching your muscles, feeling the fresh air in your lungs and taking in the sights and sounds of an early summer Saturday?

You can have this kind of fun and, at the same time, help to support Village Project, a very worthy local organization, in its mission to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to local families experiencing cancer.

The fourth annual Project Pedal charitable bike ride will be held on Saturday, June 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event begins and ends at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.16.2017

Project Pedal offers a new sponsorship

The Village Project has announced a new, more affordable opportunity to sponsor its annual Project Pedal charitable bike ride: become a Personal Chef. For $100, your name or the name of your company or organization will be printed on a Project Pedal directional route sign. It will be displayed on June 17, the day of the event, to help mark the routes the riders will follow.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.16.2017

Marie Marrali is first recipient of Chamber's Hugh and Sandy Dawson Award

Mayor Dennis Clough, Marie Marrali and John Sobolewski, executive director of the West Shore Chamber.

LaCentre was the host of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce's May luncheon and award presentation. Longtime chamber member, Marie Marrali of First Federal of Lakewood, was the guest of honor for this event and winner of the first annual Hugh and Sandy Dawson Award.

Hugh Dawson, one of the founders of the West Shore Chamber, was honored after his passing with the Hugh Dawson Award, given to the most outstanding chamber member of the year. With the recent passing of his wife, Sandy, who ran the chamber office for over 30 years, her name has now been added to the honorary award.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.16.2017

The three faces of Cleve(land)

I was thinking about the owners of our three major sports teams recently, and how the perception of at least two of the ownership groups has changed significantly over the past year or so – at least from my perspective. The third was never all that good to begin with and remains that way five years later.

Let’s begin with the most obvious of the three: Larry and Paul Dolan, the father-son team who own a majority interest in the Cleveland Indians. Anyone out there who has read my column for any length of time certainly knows I’ve spent a great quantity of ink bashing the Dolans over the fiscally-cautious manner with which they’ve run the Tribe for the better part of the last two decades. In fact, I think I can attribute the nasty case of carpal tunnel syndrome I’ve acquired largely to the columns I’ve written about those guys over the years.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.16.2017

Bay Women's Club awards scholarships

Bay Village Women’s Club Foundation 2017 scholarship recipients, from left: (back row) Nicholas Loufman, Sarah Brumagin, Abby Lindway, Alisa Busaladzic, Calvin Mihal; (front row) Emily Taylor, Paige Fisher, Laura Colagiovanni, Maxton Edgerly. Photo by Eileen Cernea

In its 100th anniversary year, the Bay Village Women's Club Foundation has surpassed $500,000 total in scholarships awarded to Bay High School graduating seniors since 1936. There are nine current seniors this year receiving $2,500 each toward tuition at their chosen university in 2017. They are Sarah Brumagin, Alisa Busuladzic, Laura Colagiovanni, Maxton Edgerly, Paige Fisher, Nicholas Loufman, Abby Lindway, Emily Taylor and Calvin Mihal. All are members of the National Honor Society.

Sarah Brumagin will be attending Lipscomb University, majoring in musical theatre. She has been president of Thespians at Bay High School as well as captain of the tennis team. She sings in both Show Choir and A Capella Choir.

Alisa Busuladzic will study business and health sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She is the Key Club vice-president and was chairperson of the American Heart Association Walk.

Laura Colagiovanni will be going to The Ohio State University in the fall to major in public affairs. She is involved in Key Club, A Capella Choir, and the yearbook staff at Bay High School.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.16.2017

St. John Medical Center unveils student art project

UH St. John Medical Center extended an invitation to several area high schools to participate in a thought-provoking art project. Students were asked to share their perspective on interpreting interpret compassion.

Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville was the first to respond and their art piece will be unveiled Wednesday, May 31, at 4:30 p.m. in the walkway between the hospital and Building 2. This painting will be displayed for several months.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:03 PM, 05.26.2017

VFW scholarship winners visit veterans

The winners of the Voice of Democracy contest visited with veterans in April. From left: VFW Sr. Vice Commander John Stewart, VOD contest second-place winner Sarah Brumagin, first-place winner Carolyn Carter, and BHS teacher Colleen Lanning. 

At the April and May VFW meetings, the winners of the 2017 Voice of Democracy (VOD) and the first recipients of the VFW Military Grant stopped by to greet our members and present their winning essays. VOD is a local, state and national competition. The Military Grant is a first-time award directed at high school seniors going on to a military and college career. The 2018 awards will expand to include Westlake schools.

While no entries were received for the middle school "Patriot's Pen" essay contest this year, we hope to receive essays from Westlake and Bay high schools and middle schools next year. There are three prizes for each competition.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:32 AM, 05.16.2017

Westshore entrepreneurs graduate from Tri-Cís Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Three Westshore business owners took a step toward greater success by completing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Cuyahoga Community College.

Ben Gertz of J&D Development in Bay Village, Dave Goerlich of The Refinery in Rocky River and Matt Siebert of CertaPro Painters in Westlake are three of 36 small-business owners in the program’s latest graduating class. They spent 14 weeks at Tri-C studying a specialized business and management curriculum for entrepreneurs.

Previous graduates have seen their businesses outperform the broader economy while exceeding national and local averages in revenue growth and job creation.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.16.2017

BAYarts' new Bikes & Outdoor Festival

BAYarts is hosting its inaugural Bikes & Outdoor Festival on May 20. Photo by Lori Kubiak

Come celebrate the great outdoors at BAYarts on Saturday, May 20. Vendors will be on the theme of bike and outdoor gear as well as wellness services. The event will feature live music, food and drinks. 

This marks the first year for the Bikes & Outdoor Festival, created after BAYarts board member Michael Gleydura suggested the event. 

Gleydura's passion for cycles extends as a prominent theme he's had throughout his life. "I've been riding bikes forever, and I was in the bike industry for a long time. It's always been a passion of mine and part of me," he said. More than that, "it's a lifestyle and a feeling."

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:56 AM, 05.02.2017