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American Legion presents new flag to WHS

American Legion Post #385 Americanism chairman Jim Potter, left, and Post Commander Stan Zeager, right, raise a new flag at Westlake High School with senior class President Adam Othman and Principal Tim Freeman. Photo by Jacy Nichols

The American Legion Post #385 recently presented a new flag to fly outside Westlake High School. Jim Potter, the Post's Americanism Chairman received a call from Principal Tim Freeman's office this summer explaining that they had a new school building, but the flag outside was faded and torn. They asked if the Post could present them with a new flag when school opened this fall.

The American Legion ordered a new flag for the school and will retire the old flag as part of their annual Veterans Day flag retirement ceremony.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.16.2014

Free medication check available at Westlake Center

Do you ever wonder whether or not your medicine is working for you? Are you on the right medicine at the correct dose? There is actually a simple, painless test that can give information to you and your doctor about how you metabolize medicine. The test will be available Friday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Westlake Center for Community Services, 29694 Center Ridge Road. Again, it is quick and painless and just involves a simple swab of the cheek. 

The test is covered 100 percent by traditional Medicare, Medicare HMO’s, TriCare and several other insurances. There are no copays or balance bill. Simply bring your Medicare/insurance card, a photo ID (such as driver’s license), and a list of all of the medications you take.  You must call 440-899-3544 to schedule an appointment time. The results of this test will then be sent to both you and your doctor.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:07 AM, 09.16.2014

Bay Cares event showcases volunteer opportunities

Bay Villagers know that our city is a wonderful place to live, play and raise a family. There’s the beautiful lakeside setting, the friendly people and the small-town feel. Part of the community’s charm are the many residents who volunteer their time with civic groups, clubs and foundations dedicated to maintaining the Bay Village way of life.

If you’re looking to spend a little of your free time giving back to the community, Bay has a group to fit almost any interest. In fact, it can be daunting to research all of them and decide which one(s) to choose.

The Observer and the Bay Village Branch Library are partnering to bring civic organizations and interested volunteers together. On Saturday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the library, the Bay Cares Fall Fest will feature representatives from Bay-based groups with a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 1:50 PM, 09.17.2014

Your Vote: Use it or lose it

Anyone who watches election returns knows that we Americans take our right to vote for granted. But just how fragile is that right?

Are you a white male landowner who's over 21 years old? When the United States was founded, that's what it took to vote in most states.  By the Civil War, most states had removed the wealth requirement, but you still had to be male, white and, in most states, 21.

Are you a naturalized citizen? You couldn't have voted until the 14th Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1868.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:04 AM, 09.16.2014

'Hidden in Plain Sight' reveals signs of drug abuse, illegal activity in teens' bedrooms

"Hidden in Plain Sight" depicts a typical teen bedroom with clues indicating possible trouble.

Parents exploring a typical teen bedroom staged at Bay High School will find that, hidden in the usual mess, are clues that signal trouble. “Hidden in Plain Sight” will be on display in the school's auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Doors open for browsing at 6:30 p.m., with a presentation beginning at 7 p.m. The exhibit is open to adults only.There is no charge for admittance, and adult residents of all surrounding communities are welcome.

The unique traveling exhibit was created by the Bath and Copley Township police departments. The departments constructed what appears to be at first glance the bedroom of the average teenager. Visitors will learn, though, that amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk and personal care products on a vanity are more than 150 items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous and even illegal activity.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:02 AM, 09.16.2014

Construction will not stop 10th annual pet blessing at St. Raphael

Fr. Ryan Cubera includes Matthew Rising in the blessing of Matthew's dogs at last year's pet blessing at St. Raphael.

Construction of a new church building at St. Raphael Parish will not stop the celebration of the 10th Annual Blessing of the Pets on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the church in Bay Village.

The event was first held in 2005 to commemorate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

Individual blessings will be given to each animal. Dog treats from Landmark will be distributed, and a garden statue of St. Francis will be given away. The event is free and all are welcome!

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:06 AM, 09.16.2014

BAYarts Huntington House classroom gets a facelift

Virginia Beach's three children, Ann Preston, George Beach and Jane Wessel Lang, at the Huntington House reception.

The second floor of BAYarts' historic Huntington House has been used as a classroom for art programming since the early '60s. Now, thanks to a generous donation from the family of Virginia Beach, one of the original founders of the organization in 1948, it has finally been renovated. On Sept. 12, a celebratory reception in the newly christened "Virginia Beach Art Studio" was attended by Virginia's three children: Ann Preston of Petersborough, N.H.; Jane Wessel Lang of Bay Village; and Dr. George Beach with his wife, Barbara, of Madison, Va.  

BAYarts Education Director Erin Stack explained how important the renovation was. "The room felt busy and cluttered. It was like the 'teenager's bedroom' of our campus." To remedy this, the floors were sanded and refinished while the walls and trim were painted. Along with new tables and chairs, a new sink and floor-to-ceiling cupboards were installed.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:10 AM, 09.16.2014

Village Bike Co-op plans history-themed bike ride

Do you like a good mystery? Here’s your chance to visit some historical "mystery" sites in Bay Village and learn about some strange phenomenon such as the Mystery Wave, Dover Center Gun Battle and the Sheppard Murder. Come support the Village Bicycle Cooperative’s first annual History Mystery ("Hi My") Ride which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants will meet at the Village Bicycle Cooperative located on the ground floor of the Bay Village Community House at 303 Cahoon Road, in Cahoon Park. There will be stops at some historical places and the Bay Village Branch Library will also provide books and information on Bay’s history.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:06 AM, 09.16.2014

Upcoming events at Bay Village Branch Library

As Autumn approaches and cooler weather arrives, you may want to stop by the Bay Village Branch Library for some fabulous fall books. Whether you're looking for craft ideas, delicious crock pot recipes, or a good novel or DVD to curl up with, our library has something for you.

As well as a vast selection of book and audio visual materials, we have some great events coming up in the next couple of weeks. With the holidays just around the corner, you may find yourself reminiscing of making the trip downtown to Higbee's or Halle Brothers. Join us on Sept. 18 as a representative from the Western Reserve Historical Society presents a program on the Golden Days of Cleveland Shopping. Come share your memories. See below for more events and registration information.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Mondays and Tuesdays, Sept. 22, 23, 29, 30 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler – Caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months are invited to join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Wednesdays, Sept. 17 and 24 (9:30 a.m.) Baby & Me – For caregivers and their children ages birth to 18 months. Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:06 AM, 09.16.2014

September events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Sept. 3 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Please stop by for free genealogy help!

Wednesday, Sept. 3 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow! Read to Uncle Chow Chow! – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with Uncle Chow Chow, our reading dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cleveland Civil War Roundtable – Join us for a discussion of the generalship of Ulysses S. Grant.

Friday, Sept. 5 (10-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., OR 1-2 p.m.) Connecting for Kids "Teach Me to Play" – Experts from the Cuyahoga Board of Developmental Disabilities will lead this playgroup for children 3-6 years (siblings welcome). Its focus is teaching parents how to help their children engage in play and interact with peers, and positively discipline through hands-on modeling techniques. Caregiver must stay in the room. You must RSVP for the playgroup by calling 440-250-5563. Space is limited.

Saturday, Sept. 6 (2-3 p.m.) Spoons! – Learn to use spoons in a whole new way. Join us as we read the story "Spoon," play Spoons, and make Spoon puppets and maracas. Ages 4-6. Please register.

Sunday, Sept. 7 (2-4 p.m.) Chess Club – Hone your chess skills (or learn how to play the game) through WPPL's new Chess Club. The club is recommended for kids ages 6+, but all ages are welcome to attend. If you have a chess set, please bring it.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:55 AM, 09.03.2014

Report: Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Sept. 10, 2014

This report, which contains observations and selected highlights of a meeting of the WCOG, is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Official minutes are prepared by Mayor Patton's office.

Present: Mayors Patton (Fairview Park), Summers (Lakewood), Bobst (Rocky River) and Clough (Westlake)

Absent: Mayors Kennedy (North Olmsted) and Sutherland (Bay Village)

Also in attendance: Dave Greenspan, District 1 Representative, Cuyahoga County Council; outgoing Fiscal Officer Steve Presley; incoming Fiscal Officer and Bay Village Director of Finance Renee Mahoney; Cuyahoga County Director of Regional Collaboration Jennifer Scofield

Mayor Patton called the meeting to order 9:35 in the Birch Room at the Gemini Center in Fairview Park. It adjourned at 11:00. The minutes of the June 11, 2014 meeting were amended and approved. Renee Mahoney was appointed Finance Director of the WCOG, and Steve Presley was thanked for his service.

Cuyahoga County Director of Regional Collaboration Jennifer Scofield:

Ms. Scofield spoke for most of the meeting. She has been employed in the office of the executive since December 2010. Previously, she served as Cuyahoga County Deputy Fiscal Officer. Her prior experience with regional collaboration includes the County Health Alliance, LakeStat involving the Lake Erie watershed and the Cuyahoga River, and the Center for Excellence in Local Government. She replaces Ed Jerse, who retired in December, and she will continue his economic development initiatives.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 11:18 AM, 09.16.2014

Perception is reality?

I was perusing a certain well-known online shopping site not too long ago when something for sale caught my eye. It was an “autographed” Cleveland Indians baseball from the early 2000s, and it looked strangely familiar. A quick trip to my basement confirmed my suspicions; it was the same autographed ball I had in my possession. In fact, I still have a bunch of ‘em.

First, let’s back up the memorabilia truck for a moment, and allow me to explain. From 1999 to 2010, I had a part-time business selling sports novelties at Indians and Browns games. I also worked many weekends in Pittsburgh, doing Pirates and Steelers games when the Tribe or Browns were out of town. Finally, on rare occasions I’d even work some Reds or Bengals games in Cincinnati. For the most part, it was a lot of fun; when the weather was nice, there wasn’t a better job in the world.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:01 AM, 09.16.2014

College Prep

“Where do you want to go to college?” I remember people asking me this question when I was a junior in high school. I had a couple of ideas, but I was not quite sure. I was very surprised when people started asking my daughter the same question when she was in eighth grade. She had not given much thought to what she wanted for lunch. How could she be expected to know where she wanted to go to college?

When she said she was not sure, she would often get the response, “You need to start thinking about it. It is not too early to start building your resume.” Every time she mentioned an activity she was involved with, people would evaluate it in terms of how it would look on a college application.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:02 AM, 09.16.2014

A smartphone as your pet chameleon

I consider smartphones to be the “chameleon of the digital world,” because their utility can be adapted for any situation, much as a chameleon changes colors to blend with its environment. Each “app,” short for application, that you use on your smartphone morphs one physical device into many useful tools, depending on your needs at any given time.

While pet chameleons requires a stream of non-monotonous diet (they’ll stop eating if you feed them the same thing over and over) and a heat lamp to mimic their natural habitat, smartphones have no such demands; just charge their battery nightly to keep them happy.

Apps empower you to use your smartphone for making phone calls, sending emails, navigating unfamiliar roads (aka GPS), listening to music, capturing Kodak moments, storing contacts, forecasting weather on demand, and the list goes on and on.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 9:58 AM, 09.16.2014

What bugs us?

Take care while enjoying the last of this season’s blooms; stinging insects tend to be more aggressive in late summer and early fall. Photo by Egon Luengo

Many bugs – especially mosquitoes, sweat bees, gnats, flies and midges – that persistently pursue us, bug us. Beneficial bugs, like bees, bug us when they sting, to put it mildly. Keeping in mind that stinging insects are more aggressive in late summer and early fall, it’s a good idea to swap cut-offs and flip flops for slacks, socks and shoes when walking in grassy areas. Swatting at stinging insects increases chances that we’ll soon be smarting!

Bugs in the house and ants in the pantry can join the list. What about moths in our woolens? Holy moley! (Shouldn’t that be “holey” moley?)

It’s little wonder that the word “bug” describes something that annoys or bothers us.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:08 AM, 09.16.2014

Bay Village Early Childhood PTA Kidsí Resale on Oct. 4

Don't miss the BVECPTA Kids' Resale on Saturday, October 4 – featuring gently used, high quality kids' items at a fraction of the cost.

The Bay Village Early Childhood PTA will host its annual Fall Kids' Resale on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon at Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road. Admission is $5 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and $1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The sale features gently used baby and children’s clothing (sizes newborn to 14/16), baby items, toys and games, books, and large items such as strollers, cribs, high chairs and outdoor play items.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:08 AM, 09.16.2014

Reiki master to lead energy healing discussion

Reiki Master Linda Street will lead a discussion on energy healing on Sept. 28 at Westlake Porter Public Library.

Local author and Reiki master Linda Street will lead a small group discussion on energy healing on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. The discussion will be an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences with energy healing, ask questions and interact personally with Street, who has led several larger programs on Reiki at the library.

Street is the owner/founder of Healing from the Heart, a metaphysical healing practice. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and spent six years in the field of mental health.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:01 AM, 09.16.2014

South African Safari

A family of elephants emerged from the bush and greeted us cordially

My husband, Tom, and I recently went on a South African photo safari in the Kapama Private Reserve. Each day we took two three-hour game drives and participated in an additional fun activity like a bush walk or an elephant-back excursion. We were fortunate enough to see the "Big Five" (lion, elephant, cape buffalo, leopard and rhino) along with many other wild animals. Everyone was very friendly and we had a great time.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:00 AM, 09.16.2014

Saying goodbye to a familiar face

Brenda Larion celebrated her retirement with her husband Bill, left, recreation department director Bob DeMinico, and the many friends she made during her tenure in the city of Westlake.

Friday, Sept. 5, marked the end of an era for the Westlake Recreation Center as longtime employee Brenda Larion retired. After 16 years at the center, it was time for Brenda to join her husband in retirement.

Brenda came to the City of Westlake from the North Olmsted Board of Education in 1998. Brenda was hired as the original front desk manager where she remained for over a dozen years. The past several years Brenda has downsized and was acting as the Recreation Department’s finance guru. If you wanted something, Brenda was the person you had to go through. 

During her years of service, Brenda always had a smile on her face and brought that energy to not only the Recreation Center but to City Hall where she was often seen spreading her cheer from department to department. Her daily “run” allowed her to go to the golf course, bank, city hall and, during the summer, even Peterson Pool.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:04 AM, 09.16.2014

Kindergarteners welcome the new school year

 

The kindergarten class of Westshore Montessori School in Westlake participated in the annual making of the Japanese koi windsock celebrating the beginning of the kindergarten year. As a cultural enrichment lesson, the children learned that the koi fish is renowned for its determination for swimming upstream against the hard current, therefore is thought to be a worthy example for children. In Japan, the koi windsocks can be seen hanging from tall poles around the neighborhoods celebrating the festival for children traditionally held in May.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.16.2014

Area Democratic clubs combine forces for candidates night

The combined western Cuyahoga County Democratic clubs will join forces for a Tuesday, Sept. 30, Candidates Night and early voting kickoff at 7 p.m., at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River. The sponsoring clubs include Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Westlake and Cleveland Stonewall. The Civic Center is located at 21016 Hilliard Boulevard. 

You treasure the right to vote, but are unfamiliar with the candidates? You care about your community and have questions? You are a responsible citizen and love Ohio and our country! Here's your chance to meet the candidates in person and ask questions. Let them know about your concerns and what you think. Speak up, speak out, be an informed voter!

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:02 AM, 09.16.2014

WHS senior scores perfect 36 on ACT

Kartik Dhinakaran

Westlake High School senior Kartik Dhinakaran scored a perfect 36 on the ACT test given over the summer. Fewer than 1/10th of 1 percent of the average 1.6 million students who take the ACT annually earn a top score of 36. This is the ninth time in six years a WHS student has earned a perfect score on the test.

As a sophomore, Kartik scored in the top 2.5 percent of test takers on the American Mathematics Competition 10 exam and competed in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) for the last four years. Last spring he was one of two WHS students representing Ohio in the American Regions Mathematics League – a national high school mathematics team competition – at Penn State University.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.16.2014

And in Bay ... East met West

It was the hottest, the most humid, and a very stormy night in Bay. I know it sounds like the beginning of an Edgar Allan Poe story, but on Aug. 26, 82 to 100 residents (not everyone signed in) from Wards 1 and 4, and other wards, came together. Despite the weather, Bay’s Community House was buzzing!

Folks came to listen to Tom Henderson (Ward 4) and me, Dave Tadych (Ward 1). We also were proud to welcome County Representative for District 1, Dave Greenspan. We had stories, announcements, slides, tax explanations, city ideas and improvements, business changes, Ward information and pending Council legislation, along with Avon Lake’s new white-tailed deer legislation on the agenda for review. And review we did.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:07 AM, 09.16.2014

St. Raphael School raises more than $900 with Ice Bucket Challenge

Students watch on as (back row, from left) Evan Johnston, Maura Martin and Tommy McConville dump ice on fifth-grade teachers (from left) Mrs. Rachel Barry, Ms. Shannon Welsh and Mrs. Michelle Wise. Photo by Katie Gerba

St. Raphael School in Bay Village responded to the Ice Bucket Challenge from St. Christopher School in Rocky River. Nearly 20 staff members participated in the challenge, with students donating money for a chance to dump the ice. More than $900 was raised by the St. Raphael students, with funds being split between the John Paul II Medical Research Institute and the Prayers From Maria Children's Glioma Cancer Foundation.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:06 AM, 09.16.2014

Clague Playhouse presents 'An Inspector Calls'

The Inspector's (Dale Hruska, center) arrival sparks a confrontation between Mr. Birling (Lou Will, left) and his son Eric (Bryan Heard) in Clague Playhouse's production of "An Inspector Calls."

Clague Playhouse will present J.B. Priestley’s classic mystery "An Inspector Calls" as the first production of its 86th season.

The play is set in the home of a prosperous family in an English mill town in 1912. The Birlings and their prospective son-in-law react coolly to the news that a young village woman has killed herself. But was Eva’s death really a suicide, and are the family members as law-abiding and moral as they appear? With a police inspector inquiring into each person’s past, it is only a matter of time before the exposure of the guilty party – or parties.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:05 AM, 09.16.2014

Huntington Playhouse to stage 'Spelling Bee'

Huntington Playhouse's 2014 season continues with a production of the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," opening on Sept. 18 and running through Oct. 12. 

This hilarious musical comedy celebrates the mania of competition as the funniest, most lovable and sardonically nerdy contestants compete for the spelling bee title. Six wacky misfits with steely ambition strive to define themselves apart from their crazy families as they confront the pitfalls of puberty.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:04 AM, 09.16.2014

BVEF to award annual grants to schools

It’s that time of year again when the kids are back in class and teachers and school personnel have put the finishing touches on their plans and rooms for their eager students. The Bay Village Education Foundation, however, lends a helping hand to those teachers and staff that desire a little something extra at the beginning of each year, such as to initiate a revolutionary idea, gather more purposeful and helpful supplies, or to try using new equipment with their students.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 9:57 AM, 09.16.2014

Bay Village steps up again

On Sept. 3, it was made known that an autistic teen from Bay High was talked into taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, only to be duped into being doused with a mixture of water and bodily fluids. Of course, everyone knows this. The entire nation knows this, due to the horrific nature of the crime.

This event has cast an ugly light on our town. However, its students and residents have risen to the occasion to disparage that light and prove that, in spite of the acts of a few, we, as a community, truly care.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:05 AM, 09.16.2014

'Be Fit in Bay' kicks off Sept. 27

Bay Village is launching a healthy community initiative, "Be Fit in Bay," starting with an 8-week fitness challenge. The challenge includes programs on health-related topics each Tuesday, Sept. 30 to Nov. 18, in the library at the Bay High School (Oct. 28 meets at the Dwyer Senior Center) at 7 p.m. followed by a walk with a health professional with gradually increasing mileage, and before-and-after screenings of cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index (for adults only).

Prizes will be awarded to the top three participants based on participation in walks, screenings and improvement in personal health numbers. Participants will receive a starting kit that includes a Cleveland Clinic wellness journal, pedometer and water bottle. Be Fit in Bay is open to adults who live or work in the city of Bay Village.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.16.2014

Snap a better selfie with BAYarts classes

Al Fuchs and Larry Kasperek of BayLight Studios are offering several classes and workshops at BAYarts this fall. 

With so much of your life photographically shared on social media outlets, why wouldn't you want to improve the quality of those images? Luckily, there is a slew of classes and workshops coming to BAYarts this fall that are directly aimed at this cause. Teachers Al Fuchs and Larry Kasperek of BayLight Studio will be aiding students in creating better portraits, action shots and utilizing posing skills.

The classes include "The Basics" as well as "Photographing for Publication." In these, students will get a chance to discuss each other's work, as well as participate in weekly homework assignments so they can demonstrate what they're learning.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:05 AM, 09.16.2014

Drum circle and 'Untethered Soul' highlight Unity's leap into fall

A high-energy drum circle and a fall program focusing on the modern spiritual classic, "The Untethered Soul," highlight an exciting next few weeks at Unity Spiritual Center. If you’ve had thoughts of checking out Unity, now is the perfect time to find out what we’re all about.

First up is the Autumn Equinox Celebration, Potluck and Drumming Circle. This fun-filled family event will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, from 6-8:30 p.m. on Unity’s campus at 23855 Detroit Road in Westlake. The evening begins with a fall harvest ceremony around the fire. Next we share a delicious potluck, followed by a community drum fun circle led by Corky & Barb. Bring a dish for the potluck, as well as any drums or rattles you might have. Corky & Barb, however, will provide many instruments for the drumless.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:01 AM, 09.16.2014

End stigma and create compassion

In this age where technology emerges at rapid pace there remains a baffling amount of misunderstanding about mental illness. The medical science related to diagnosing and treating mental illness is as extensive as the science related to treating diabetes or arthritis. The fact remains that even among educated people, mental illness is often seen as a fault and not a physical health affliction. Stigma about mental illness is predominant and implies that mental illness is a flaw of character. Stigma is harmful because it is an obstacle for many to receive psychiatric treatment and it directly stands in the way of social acceptance.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:01 AM, 09.16.2014

Bradley Bay celebrates Grandparents Day

Bradley Bay resident Carol Rodman celebrates Grandparents Day with her family. Photo by Donna D'Amico

Sunday, Sept. 7, was National Grandparents Day, and at O’Neill Healthcare Bradley Bay it was celebrated in style! On a “picture-perfect” weather day, 175 residents and guests gathered outside. Musical entertainment was provided by the Johnny Pastirik Band while residents and their families enjoyed root beer floats. Volunteers from Providence Church and the Lake Breeze Youth Group joined in the fun, and along with the Bradley Bay staff made sure that every resident felt honored and cherished for the special gifts that only a grandparent can give.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:05 AM, 09.16.2014