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Westlake schools, city announce land deal

The Westlake City School District and the City of Westlake announced on March 6 an agreement in principle on a joint land exchange and infrastructure improvement deal that best serves the entire community.

After passage of a combined 2.1-mill bond issue and permanent improvement levy, the school district and city agreed to an appraisal process to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities to their stakeholders. That process is now complete and paved the way for this agreement.

The agreement, in summary, involves the following:

  • Westlake Schools will take ownership of a 29.4 city-owned acres on Center Ridge Road next to Westlake Porter Public Library to build an elementary school for pre-kindergarten to Grade 4.
  • In exchange, the City of Westlake will take ownership of 42 acres of district-owned property on Bradley Road, as well as the former administration building at the corner of Dover Center Road and Hilliard Boulevard.
  • The district also will sign over the deed to its Parkside property – which houses administrative offices and the Board of Education – to the city. The district will rent the property for $1 per year with a buyback option over the next 10 years. The city retains the right to use the building’s gymnasium, sports fields and auditorium for municipal events during the lease period. The district will maintain the grounds during the lease period.

This agreement is not limited to an exchange of land. The city agreed to fund about $1 million in improvements on Center Ridge Road, including a traffic signal and turning lanes, to accommodate increased traffic. The city also is dramatically reducing permit fees for the new elementary project.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:07 AM, 03.21.2017

Westlake resident earns hospice associations' top administrator award

Recently, Westlake resident Bob Phillips-Plona was nationally recognized by his peers by being named "Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator of the Year." The award was presented at the annual assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

Phillips-Plona, Director of Residential Services at Hospice of the Western Reserve, has dedicated his entire career to serving some of the most vulnerable residents in our community. Over the past 20 years, more than 30,000 terminally ill patients and their families have benefited from his operational and administrative management skills at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake, David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland, and the Hospice of Medina County Inpatient Care Center.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:17 AM, 03.21.2017

Bethesda-on-the-Bay welcomes new pastor

Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church in Bay Village has welcomed its new pastor, the Rev. Angela Jean Freeman-Riley, following a 16-month search led by Bethesda’s Call Committee.

"Bethesda has been impacting lives and working to serve the community for 70 years,” said Pastor Angela. “I am beyond delighted to have been called to walk alongside Bethesda for the years to come. Together we will deepen our relationship with the God who calls us to love our neighbors as we explore ways we can continue to serve and care for the surrounding community.”

Pastor Angela began Feb. 20 and her first Sunday was Transfiguration Sunday, Feb. 26.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:28 AM, 03.07.2017

Bay Village man tutors boxing hopeful

While Bay Village resident Tim VanNewhouse may have climbed out of the boxing ring undefeated back in 2007, his love for boxing never did. Now he is using his boxing skills to manage young fighters climbing the pro ranks.

VanNewhouse, the married father of three and husband to Parma school teacher Nicole, will be ringside at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, March 18, when his latest protégé, 24-year-old WBC Lightweight Continental Americas Champion Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin, with a professional record of 17-0 with 10 by knockout, takes on local fan favorite Bryant “Pee Wee’ Cruz, 17-1 with eight KO’s.

The fight will be featured on the undercard of the world middleweight championship between unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (36-0-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs, (32-1, 29 KO’s). The event will be shown live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.21.2017

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Feb. 8, 2017

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Clough’s office prepares official minutes.

The meeting took place at Westlake City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Westlake Mayor Clough presiding. The meeting adjourned at 10:45 a.m.

Present: Mayors Clough (Westlake), Bobst (Rocky River), Patton (Fairview Park), Koomar (Bay Village). Mayor Kennedy (North Olmsted) was absent. Also present Renee Mahoney (fiscal officer), Jeff Capretto (Westshore Enforcement Bureau), and the LWV observer.

Commission Reports

RTA – Mayor Clough reported that the situation concerning bus access to Public Square on Superior Avenue remains essentially the same. A study, commissioned by RTA and released on Feb. 7 stated reopening Superior did not create safety issues. Concerns continue about loss of revenue created by the replacement of the Medicare tax. The $12 million fine from the federal government imposed on the City of Cleveland is still in play. Alternate routes for special events were discussed.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.21.2017

Westlake resident wins design competition

A senior at the Cleveland Institute of Art from Westlake won first prize in the 2017 Student Design Competition sponsored by the International Housewares Association. Michael Laudi landed the top prize and $2,500 for his design of Rose Plate, a dinner plate that assists people with only one available hand to cut food, promoting their independence and enhancing quality of life. Now he goes on to the International Home + Housewares Show to exhibit his design and hopefully find a manufacturer to produce the product, or a job in the industry when he graduates.

At 29 years old, Laudi is embarking on his second career, having gotten his bachelor's degree in finance from The Ohio State University. After working in real estate for a year in Chicago, a friend inspired him to think about becoming an industrial designer and he enrolled at the CIA. Asked about Rose, the disabled woman who inspired his winning design, he said he knew her well, and he wanted to create a product for someone he knew instead of an anonymous persona. Michael says that Rose is now a star because of his project and more people know her and talk to her.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:47 AM, 02.21.2017

Evelyn Allen honored as Bay Village’s Citizen of the Year

Bay Village Community Council selects the Play in Bay renovation for Project of the Year

When a community project needs an organizer, Bay Village civic groups have known for years where to turn. Whether it’s a club fundraiser, a church committee or one of the biggest celebrations in the city’s history, Evelyn Allen is the volunteer for the job. Her involvement in the Bay Village Historical Society, the Bay Village Bicentennial Committee, St. Raphael’s Parish and The Bay Village Foundation were among just some of the reasons the Bay Village Community Council chose to honor Evelyn as its 2017 Citizen of the Year.

Evelyn has been a member of the historical society for 38 of her 40 years as a resident of Bay Village, volunteering in the gift shop and as a guide at Rose Hill Museum. She also co-chaired the elegant “Victorian Tea” events for years and organized a very successful “Downton Abbey” fundraiser in November 2015.

“Evelyn is one of our treasured members upon whom you could always count to step forward when needed and do an outstanding job,” said Cathy Flament, president of the Bay Village Historical Society. “We have been so fortunate over the years to have been part of her community commitment.”

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:59 AM, 02.07.2017

Benefit to aid Bay Village historic district

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 29. This is one party you won't want to miss.

"Back to Bay's Future" will be a 1960s-themed party to raise money for Bay Village's historic district, specifically much-needed renovations to the Community House.

The event will take place at Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 each and registration forms are available at City Hall.

For more information call 216-386-5997.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.07.2017

8 Birchwood students from Westlake win writing awards

Eight Westlake residents were among the 17 Birchwood School of Hawken students who received writing awards in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition. Nadia Ibrahim received a Gold Key award, qualifying her to compete at the national level. Sam Hessler and Isabella Issa received Silver Key awards. Paul Abou Haidar, Naya Alsouss, Shruthi Ravichandran, Hadi Tajour and Alexander Massier were awarded honorable mention for their entries.

The students submitted narrative pieces in categories like memoir/personal essay, short story, science fiction, fantasy, or flash fiction (shorter than 1,400 words). The winning entries were chosen by the panelists for creativity, technical skill and emerging voice.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.07.2017

VFW charter finds home in Bay Village police station

The latest partnership between the Bay Village VFW Post and the Bay Village Police Department demonstrates the joint community support between the two organizations.

The VFW Post 9693 was established July 15, 1985 and for the most of this time, meetings were held at various spots around town and in other communities. Shortly after the completion of the current police station, the VFW was able to move our monthly meetings to the community room. This was an excellent facility already, but the VFW worked closely with the City Council and BVPD to donate $2,000 for a multi-media center. A podium was constructed by the city to meet multiple needs, including requested requirements for the VFW use. The BVPD has continued to meticulously maintain 10 WWII vintage M-1 Garand rifles assigned to the VFW and ensure they are securely stored.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:47 AM, 02.07.2017

Help save the Bay Village 6

In 2014, I rescued a little black poodle hiding in a hole in the creek wall within the Huntington Metroparks just before a large storm flooded the area. I successfully raised funds to pay for emergency dental surgery. I named her Peanut and made her a member of my family. She is doing excellent now!

In 2015, my mother informed me that a little white dog was running loose near a cliff by a creek behind the Bay Village pool. I was able to save her, but my bike (passed down from my grandfather) was stolen. The community came together and helped buy me a new bike that my grandfather presented to me during a surprise party. I was so surprised and grateful. We also kept this little dog and named her Flurry!

I am reaching out to the community one more time. I have rescued six kittens from the Metroparks that my family and I are currently caring for, and plan to socialize these kitties and put them up for adoption. We have three dogs and a cat of our own, so we need your help in order to provide the care these kittens need to become healthy and live a very warm and happy life with a loving family.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:36 AM, 01.24.2017

How I ran every single street in Westlake in 2016!

I have always felt that there is no better way to get a sense of a place than to run it. Running connects us to a place in a way that sitting in a car does not. Is it smelling the fresh air, seeing the different houses and buildings or hearing the sound of footsteps on the pavement? Perhaps it is merely the fact that when we run, we slow down and appreciate our surroundings as nature intended. 

I moved to Westlake seven years ago from Los Angeles, California, and although I have been very pleased with my decision to settle in Northeast Ohio, it didn’t feel like “home.” With a desire to truly connect with my adopted city, I made the decision in January 2016 to run every single street in Westlake. I obtained a city street map from City Hall and proudly hung it in my basement.

Admittedly, my map hung on the basement wall for almost two full months without any attention. The specially purchased marker to highlight each street remained sealed in its plastic package and a thin layer of dust covered the map’s frame. Every runner knows that the most difficult part of any run is in those first few steps.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:12 AM, 01.10.2017

Bay Village VFW holiday social brings cheer to veterans

On Dec. 13, Bay Village VFW Post 9693 held our second annual Holiday Social. The event was held at Bay Lodge and due to a healthy turnout of members and guests, as well as over 20 Bay High School Key Club volunteers, we entertained over 50 people.The plentiful array of food was prepared by a few of the spouses and some items were donated. There was plenty for all and even pizza for the Key Club!

Due to a local event conflict, parking was sparse. Like all veterans, we assessed the situation, adapted and carried on! All had a great time. Several widowed or single members were sent home with food, and three full meals were delivered the next day to local veterans that could not make the event.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:08 AM, 01.10.2017

Bay Village VFW holds essay contest

Every year VFW Post 9693 sponsors an essay contest for junior high ("Patriot's Pen") and high school students ("Voice of Democracy"). The topic changes every year for each contest. The subject of the 2017 Voice of Democracy competition is "My Responsibility to America." Due to many reasons, the Post had not received entries for many years.

This year, Ms. Colleen Lanning, an English teacher at BHS, learned of this competition and encouraged her class to participate. Two VOD essays were submitted to the Post by the Nov. 1 deadline.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 9:58 AM, 12.13.2016

Sights of the season

There are many sights and smells that evoke the holidays to us. One is the abundance of fruits and nuts, especially if they are frosted so that they glitter and glow in the light.

This year the Westlake Garden Club chose fruits and nuts as the theme for decorating the holiday tree at Westlake Porter Public Library. The tree is adorned with white lights and gold beads, and frosted fruits, nuts, pine cones, poinsettias and bows in shades of gold, red, white and burgundy. The gold tree skirt adds to the overall opulence of the tree. 

The committee that decorated the tree included chairman Robert Pearl, Regina McCarthy, Margaret Schulz, Jean Smith and Carolyn Steigman. Robert provided all of the ornaments from his vast collection. Please make time in your busy holiday schedule to stop by the library and enjoy the tree. It is located in the main lobby near the entrance to the coffee shop.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 9:58 AM, 12.13.2016

Bay Village community grant funding available

Trustees of The Bay Village Foundation announced that the Foundation is accepting grant requests for specific projects of local civic and non-profit organizations. Applications are due the last day of February 2017. Awards will be announced on Monday, May 29, at the Foundation’s Memorial Day celebration. Awards may range from $500-$5,000.

The Bay Village Foundation is primarily interested in capital projects that improve the quality of life in Bay Village. Projects must be responsive to community needs. Support for programs may also be considered. Reporting requirements from previous awards may be requested before the Foundation will consider a subsequent funding application.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 9:58 AM, 12.13.2016

Delta Kappa Gamma, Tau Chapter honors longtime members

The Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, based in Westlake, honored its longtime members at their Christmas meeting on Dec. 8.

Delta Kappa Gamma promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. The members of Tau Chapter are from the far Westside suburbs of Cleveland. The teachers honored have been members in Tau for 20 years and more.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:04 AM, 12.13.2016

Cricket Yard Equipment to move into Westlake's Ace Hardware store

After over 37 years in business servicing the West Shore power equipment needs, it is bitter/sweet to say that we have sold our business. We are very pleased that the family-owned E&H Ace Hardware, at the corner of Dover Center and Detroit roads in Westlake, will be relocating Cricket Yard Equipment at their current location, expanding their facility to accommodate your mower, rider, tractor, leaf blower, snowblower and other power equipment needs for both sales and service. They have hired our long-term technicians so your servicing needs will continue with the same level of expertise. 

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:11 AM, 12.13.2016

Bay Village Foundation scholarship now available

The Bay Village Foundation is pleased to announce that the application for the Bay Village Foundation Scholarship is now available on the Foundation’s website at thebayvillagefoundation.org. The application is also available on the Bay High website, bayvillageschools.com, and can be found under the Guidance tab listing local scholarships.

This $2,000 scholarship is open to all graduating high school seniors who live in Bay Village and is to be used toward tuition for students enrolling in a full-time college or trade school program. Scholarships may be awarded to multiple students.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:34 AM, 11.29.2016

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center wildlife staff member receives award

Tim Jasinski, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist at the non-profit Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, was recently recognized by the Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association at their annual conference in Newark, Ohio, for his work in the field of wildlife rehabilitation.

OWRA is a non-profit organization and its mission is to promote wildlife conservation by providing resources to wildlife rehabilitators, educators and the community. OWRA has over 250 members and provides consulting services to the Ohio Division of Wildlife regarding laws and regulations for wildlife rehabilitation in the state of Ohio. Each year OWRA provides a conference with workshops and general sessions on a wide variety of topics from non-profit management to wildlife care.

At each annual conference, the awards committee of OWRA recognizes a new rehabilitator in Ohio by presenting him or her with an award for demonstrating outstanding achievement and excellence in service.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.15.2016

Remembering the life of former WHS principal George Reash

George Reash, who served as Westlake High School's principal from 1969 to 1986, passed away on Nov. 10. He recently celebrated his 84th birthday.

George’s life and leadership philosophy embodied a "coach" approach that proved to empower many adults and youth into their greatest potential. He advocated on behalf of many causes, with specific interest in environmental repair and disadvantaged and minority people.

George worked alongside his wife, Janice Reash, who founded Westlake’s first mental health center, Far West Center as part of the St. John Westshore Health Campus. George was also the facilitator of many faith-based and enrichment classes in Northeast Ohio after retiring from the Westlake school system. Throughout his life, he was a continuous learner in many subjects, with a passion for World War II, the life of Dietrech Bonhoeffer, and a broad range of personal development issues. 

After a longtime residency in Westlake, George and Jan moved to Bay Village and enjoyed membership at the Bay Village United Methodist Church, where a Memorial Service is planned on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:44 AM, 11.15.2016

From teen volunteer to award-winning volunteer administrator

Congratulations to Sarah Perez-Stable, Youth Challenge's Director of Volunteer Services, for being named 2016’s Volunteer Administrator of the Year. The Forum for Volunteer Administrators recognized Sarah’s creative and inspiring leadership, her dedication to YC’s hundreds of volunteers and her commitment to the mission of Youth Challenge.

She started as a teen volunteer at YC while a student at Magnificat and now Sarah passionately dedicates countless hours to recruit, educate, and empower more than 450 teen volunteers. For 40 years, YC has been a haven for kids with physical disabilities and their teen volunteer partners to learn and grow through adapted sports and recreation. If you would like more information about becoming a teen volunteer, call the Westlake office at 440-892-1001.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:47 AM, 11.15.2016

Service project to simulate African water walk

Did you know that children in Africa walk miles each day just for water? Did you know the water they collect is dirty and can cause people to get sick and in some cases die? Our Destination Imagination team wants to help!

On Saturday, Nov. 12, starting at the Bay High School parking lot, we are doing a simulation on how it feels in Africa to walk and get water. Everyone is going to experience the kinds of dangers Africans face when they walk for water. Our Destination Imagination team will guide you around town for the simulation. Don’t worry we won’t make you walk as long as they do. We are going to walk about an hour, but it will truly feel like you are in Africa walking to get water.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:02 AM, 11.01.2016

BVHS offers century-home plaques

Bay Village resident Al Hilt recently purchased a century home plaque for his Lake Road home through the Bay Village Historical Society. The plaques, made of cast aluminum and colored black and gold, are 10 inches by 14 inches oval, and include the words "Bay Village Century Home" and the year of construction. The cost is $125, which includes a one-year membership in the society. For more information call 216-386-5997.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:08 AM, 11.01.2016

USDA notice for Parkside Preschool & Child Care Center

Parkside Preschool & Child Care Center at 23600 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio 44145 announces sponsorship of the USDA-funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877- 8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202)690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The following Income Eligibility Guidelines for free and reduced price meals are effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 12:27 PM, 10.12.2016

Westlake Garden Club fundraiser a success

On Sept. 28, over 200 people gathered at Westwood Country Club to attend the Westlake Garden Club’s annual Fête des Fleurs fundraiser luncheon.

The rain held off and there was even some sunshine peeking through the clouds. The room was stunning with white linens, centerpieces of white hydrangeas with greenery and green beads forming an emerald necklace. The theme was celebrating Cleveland’s Emerald Necklace with Brian Zimmerman, CEO of the Cleveland Metroparks, as speaker.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:20 AM, 10.18.2016

Playground project reaches fundraising goal

“The generosity of Bay Village citizens cannot be matched," said Al Paulus in thanking the residents of Bay Village for their contributions to the Play in Bay project. The president of The Bay Village Foundation announced that the project's fundraising goal was met. Because of that generosity, the Foundation has now raised over $100,000 for the refurbishment of the playground. Phases 2 and 3 of the project will be completed in November. The Foundation plans a grand re-opening in the spring. 

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:02 AM, 10.04.2016

St. Paul Lutheran students celebrate new Buddy Bench

The students of St. Paul Lutheran School in Westlake took part in a special assembly to celebrate the school’s new Buddy Bench on Thursday, Sept. 29. Materials for the Buddy Bench were donated by Thrivent Financial and assembled by the St. Paul Cub Scouts Pack 279. All students attended Connecting for Kids' "Beyond the Bench" training program in their classrooms prior to the assembly, led by Dr. Meghan Barlow.

The purpose of the Buddy Bench is to foster friendships by providing children with a tool to identify those that want a peer to play with at recess and encourage those already engaged in play to invite others to join in the fun.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:00 AM, 10.04.2016

Westlake hospice receives rocking chairs to comfort families in need

A very special event was held in the Great Room of Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake recently. It was not just the dedication of 10 custom-built rocking chairs. It was also a family reunion, a celebration of life and love, and a way for a hospice family to say thank you. The rocking chairs were made especially for Hospice of the Western Reserve and its affiliate, Hospice of Medina County, so that babies and young children can be comforted, cuddled and rocked.  

The story behind this generous donation from the Strongsville-based Eleonore Rocks Foundation is truly inspiring. In November 2009, Rochelle and Dave Friedrich were expecting their third child. Sadly, Eleonore died only five days after she was born. In the family's own words: “While Eleonore was only with us for a short time, she left quite an impression and reminded us just how precious life is. Eleonore Grace rocked our lives in a way that words cannot fully express. We established this foundation to honor Eleonore's memory and to support other families enduring similar heartaches.”

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:06 AM, 10.04.2016

Westlake camp honors supporters

The Phil Bova Baseball Camp, which is held on the grounds of the Westlake Recreation Center and has become a summer tradition for many area families, recently celebrated its 43rd year of teaching the proper fundamentals of baseball – as well as the principles of discipline, dedication, responsibility and respect for others – to over 200 area boys and girls, ranging in age from 7 to 14 years old.

At the conclusion of the five-day camp this summer, an awards ceremony was held, where founder Phil Bova and director Jim Delvecchio introduced the staff of 36 coaches and counselors to parents, grandparents, families and friends, along with presenting individual awards to the campers and trophies to winners in each age group.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:04 AM, 10.04.2016

Westlake celebrates career of dedicated public servant

Have you noticed anything different lately around Westlake’s parks, golf course and recreation center? If not, you might want to check your spectacles and look again. A familiar presence disappeared when Mike Rump, a longtime public servant in the city of Westlake, retired as assistant director of the recreation department on Sept. 16.

Rump, a 51-year resident of Westlake, began his tenure with the city as a councilman in 1984, serving nearly 15 years. Shortly after the recreation center opened in 1998, Rump asked Mayor Dennis Clough for an appointment to work in the growing department.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 10:12 AM, 09.20.2016

Bay Village Scout earns Eagle rank

Maxwell Kunze, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout rank on June 12. Max becomes the Troop's 148th Eagle Scout since 1964. He is the son of Todd and Kelly Kunze.

For his Eagle service project, Max's team repaired and painted the BAYarts Huntington House porch in memory of Sally Price. Visit troop41.wordpress.com for more information about Boy Scout Troop 41.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:48 AM, 09.20.2016

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Sept. 14, 2016

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Bobst's office prepares official minutes.

Present: Mayors Bobst (Rocky River), Patton (Fairview Park) and Kennedy (North Olmsted)

Absent: Mayors Clough (Westlake), Summers (Lakewood) and Sutherland (Bay Village)

Director of Regional Collaboration Ed Krause, Director of Public Safety & Justice Services Brandy Carney, and Director of Regional Corrections Ken Mills spoke about the value of consolidating police, fire and EMS dispatch services within and across city lines. Centralized dispatch, now the national standard, changes the dynamics of responding to and resolving crimes and emergencies. Rather than transferring calls among agencies, all required services are marshaled at once. County Councilman Dave Greenspan noted that decreased response times translate to lower homeowner's insurance.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:47 AM, 09.20.2016

WCOG mayors host FAA Metroplex project discussion

Satellite navigation is coming to Cleveland-Detroit airspace as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NextGen Metroplex project. Most airplanes already navigate with GPS, but their routes are defined by land-based "navigation aids." Satellite navigation will free routes from these physical constraints and enable the FAA to draw new, more efficient highways in the sky. Benefits include fuel, personnel and time savings; increased safety, flexibility, capacity and reliability; and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

Hopkins, Burke Lakefront, and Cuyahoga County airports are included in the project. Arrival flight paths are constrained by existing runways. Departure paths are more flexible, offering the opportunity for planes to get on route more quickly.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.20.2016

New teachers welcomed with luncheon

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce held its annual luncheon to welcome new educators and administrators to the Westlake and Bay Village city school districts. Pictured, from left, with district initial: Kelsy Wermer (B), Angie Schindler (W), Angela Wetula (W), Dana Bail (W), Kim Ray (B), Victoria Budzyn (B), Kara Donahoe (B), Laura Hall (B), Tara Obral (W), Angela Wetula (W), Nora Brady (W), Matt Krupa (W), Lisa Zollos (W), Katie Esarove (W), Erin Vanek (W) and Kim McFetridge (W).

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:02 AM, 09.07.2016

LWV to host candidate forum

The League of Women Voters will host a candidate forum for District 16 State Representative and District 24 State Senator on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in Westlake Porter Public Library. The incumbents for both seats, Nan Baker and Tom Patton, have reached their term limits. State Representative candidates are Tommy Greene and Dave Greenspan. State Senator candidates are Matt Dolan and Emily Hagan. Candidates will give brief statements and answer audience questions.  

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:13 AM, 09.07.2016

Westlake Kiwanis win Golden Spike

The Kiwanis Clubs of Westlake and Bay Village held their annual interclub meeting at Bay Lodge on Aug. 21. The evening concluded with the awarding of the Golden Spike to the club with the highest percentage of membership attendance.

Westlake won this year’s friendly competition. The trophy is actually a nickel-plated railroad spike, in reference to the Nickel Plate Railroad which divided the two townships at the turn of the century.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:22 AM, 09.07.2016

Westlake services to usher in Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Jewish High Holidays marking the start of a new year, are to be celebrated this October.

The Chabad center in Westlake, a religious organization serving the spiritual needs of the Jewish community in Cleveland's western suburbs is also celebrating: It's been one full year since we opened here in Westlake.

The response of the locals has been just wonderful; holiday programs, educational programs, and social events have attracted large crowds throughout the year, and the staff at Chabad are preparing for another exciting year to come.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:11 AM, 09.07.2016

Draw the lines, make the rules

Democrats do it. Republicans do it. Independents would do it if they could, but they seldom get the chance. In 1812, when Massachusetts Governor Gerry redrew state senate districts to benefit his party, one Boston-area district was dubbed a salamander. Since 2011, our Northwest Ohio district has been called "the snake by the lake." Either way, it's called gerrymandering.

If you're interested in politics, come to the Westshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River, on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. David Daley, editor of Salon magazine and author of "Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy," will explain what was different about the latest gerrymander, and what it will take to draw new lines in Ohio and other states.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:12 AM, 09.07.2016

Does your vote really count?

In Ohio, we have three safeguards to ensure accurate vote counts: VVPAT, EAP, and a "Noah's Ark" system.

VVPAT: Every Ohio ballot must have a Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). Ohioans vote on either a paper ballot or an electronic screen that produces a paper record. Either way, you can check your vote on paper, and officials can hand-count votes in audits and recounts.

EAP: Before every general election, each county Board of Elections must prepare an Election Administration Plan (EAP) detailing everything from personnel to facilities, supplies and security. EAPs are available for public review.

Noah's Ark: Ohio requires that all election aspects be administered by teams of two whose members come from different parties, making ours one of the most secure systems in the nation.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:13 AM, 09.07.2016