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Voice of Bay Schools retires

As schools across the country embark on a new year filled with uncertainty, the Bay Village City Schools will do so without their trusted spokesperson at the helm. After more than 20 years with the district, Karen Derby-Lovell retired from her post as Director of Communications on Aug. 1.

After years in marketing for BP and as a correspondent for the Plain Dealer, Karen went to work as the part-time communications coordinator for Westlake Schools. She pursued a master’s degree in communications to pair with her business degree, and was hired for Bay’s full-time job in 1999.

Karen joined Bay Schools at a time when controversy was brewing. A bond issue to construct the new middle school had just been rejected by voters for the second time. It was now her job to convince the community that a new school was needed.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 9:55 AM, 08.04.2020

Westlake resident receives national scholastic honor

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) today announced that Westlake resident Madeline Boyer, a student at Hershey Montessori School, has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS founder and chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Madeline has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” said Nobel. “Madeline is now a member of a unique community of scholars – a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 9:54 AM, 08.04.2020

Change of command at Bay Village VFW

On May 29, after many changes to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic, several key officers from VFW Post 9693 met in the Bay Village police station parking lot to ensure proper social distancing, and were able to conduct a modified version of the official VFW Change of Command.

The police station is the official part-time home of our Post. We meet in the community room on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

After eight years leading the Post, I was relieved by the current Commander Geoff Belanger.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 10:03 AM, 07.21.2020

Bay Women's Club grants scholarships

The Bay Village Women's Club Foundation has awarded a $2,2000 scholarship to each of six Bay High School 2020 graduates. The recipients excelled in scholarship, leadership and character.

Katarina Chesterfield will be attending the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. In high school she was on the Bay High cross-country team and was a member of the Youth Philanthropy Foundation. She was a volunteer cook for the Village Project and worked for the Bay Village Recreation Department.

Neuroscience and forensic psychology will be the academic majors of Jill Durkin in her college career at John Carroll University. At Bay High she participated in Model U.N., the Bay High orchestra and ran in for the cross-country team. Jill has worked on beach clean-ups and has concern about keeping Lake Erie clean.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 10:08 AM, 07.21.2020

VFW honors chief with LEO award

Every year the VFW has recurring awards for law enforcement officer (LEO), firefighter, and emergency medical technician (EMT) of the year. These are local, district, state and national programs.

The program chair for our Bay Village VFW Post 9693 is Patrick McGinty, a Bay resident. This year we received one input and that was for LEO of the year.

This year's LEO award winner was police Chief Mark Spaetzel. He was recognized at an outdoor ceremony behind the police station on May 29, days before his retirement. He was given a certificate signed by the Post commander and program chair, and was awarded a $100 donation to the charity of his choice – the Alzheimer's Association. A plaque was installed in the Bay Village police station with the name and year of the winner.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 10:03 AM, 07.21.2020

Bay Village welcomes new police chief

Welcome to Bay Village’s newest Chief of Police, Kathleen Leasure! 

Chief Leasure was sworn in on June 2, becoming the City of Bay Village’s eighth Chief of Police. Chief Leasure serves as the first female Chief of Police for the City of Bay Village and in the Westshore communities.

Chief Leasure brings over 24 years of experience with the Bay Village Police Department to the job. She began her career in 1996 as a patrol officer after attending the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. As a patrol officer, she served as a field training officer, evidence technician and was a member of the Bike Patrol Unit and Dive Rescue Team.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:39 AM, 07.07.2020

The best-laid plans

Westlake planner retires after 30 years serving city

The City of Westlake recently said goodbye to one of the architects of its metamorphosis, as longtime assistant planning director William Krause headed into retirement.

During his 30 years at City Hall, Will played an integral role in helping to guide Westlake’s transformation from a sleepy farming community to a bustling suburban destination.

As readers of his “Digging Dover” column in the Observer know, Will has a passion for history, interest in architecture and attention to detail – qualities that served him well in the Planning Department and left an indelible mark on the landscape of Westlake today.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:39 AM, 07.07.2020

Bay Rec Dept. moves into renovated Community House

With the closure and eventual razing of Bay Way Cabin planned this year for the new library, the Bay Recreation Department was in need of a new home. After reviewing different location options in the city, Mayor Koomar, with the support of City Council, directed renovation work to be done on the Community House to create enough space for the Rec Department move.

“Given the storage, training, and customer service needs of our Recreation Department, and to allow our residents easy and convenient access to the department, we felt the Community House was the perfect location,” said Mayor Koomar. “Now that they are up and running, many agree the decision was a good one.”

Service Director Jon Liskovec and his team had a number of areas that needed attention in the building. The first item that needed to be addressed was repairs to the roof and cupola, which allowed water to penetrate into the building, damaging the main ceiling area.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:38 AM, 07.07.2020

Westlake clerk masters her job

Clerk of council is often an unseen and thankless job. Other than sitting alongside city council during public meetings, many of the clerk’s duties are performed behind the scenes. But that doesn’t make the work any less important.

In Westlake, paraphrasing the city’s codified ordinances, the clerk is expected to attend all Council meetings; prepare minutes; post all ordinances, resolutions and actions of Council; be the custodian of all papers and documents kept by Council; and serve all notices required by law.

In addition, the clerk is responsible for providing administrative assistance to Council members; preparing meeting agendas and packets; responding to public records requests; maintaining Council’s webpage, databases and codified ordinances; and acting as a liaison between Council and the public, media and internal employees.

All of those obligations don’t leave much time in the day to pursue professional advancement, but Westlake’s clerk of council, Denise Rosenbaum, has somehow found a way, even if it meant working at it on her own time.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:38 AM, 07.07.2020

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center offers tours, resumes wildlife intakes

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center began offering pre-registered guided tours and pre-scheduled wildlife rehabilitation services on July 7.

The Center will follow protocols recommended by the State of Ohio and Ohio Department of Health to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus:

  • face masks are required to be worn by employees and all visitors over the age of 3
  • visitors are encouraged to bring their own masks, or will be provided one to wear
  • hand sanitizing stations and hand washing facilities are available throughout the building
  • physical distances of 6 feet will be maintained at all times
  • indoor public areas will be regularly cleaned and sanitized
  • visitors are asked to self-monitor for virus symptoms prior to arrival
  • visitors are asked to stay home if they are ill, if diagnosed with COVID-19, or if residing with someone diagnosed with the virus

Visitors to the Center will see facility and exhibit changes that help to protect people and animals, and to allow for recommended cleaning and sanitizing of the facility. Online registration for guided tours and pre-scheduled appointments for wildlife rehabilitation services are required to monitor building capacity.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.07.2020

Carlton residents celebrate Independence Day

Each year for Independence Day, residents of Carlton Drive in Bay Village line their curb lawns with American flags. This year several residents flew other U.S. flags, such as the “Don’t Give Up The Ship” flag flown by Commodore Perry in the War of 1812.

Pictured are two Revolutionary War flags flown by Doris Gorgas, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution – the Betsy Ross flag with 13 stars and 13 stripes, and the First Navy Jack from 1775 bearing the motto "Don't Tread on Me" and an uncoiled rattlesnake.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:04 AM, 07.07.2020

Bay Village Foundation honors three with bronze plaques

The Bay Village Foundation is honoring local residents Marie Ashmus, Jim Cahoon and Al Paulus with permanent bronze memorial plaques to be installed at the T. Richard Martin Cahoon Memorial Bridge in Cahoon Park.

Marie Ashmus has been a resident of Bay Village since 1974.  Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Marie was a teacher in Bay from 1974 to 2008. During her tenure, she taught thousands of kids at Normandy, Westerly and Bay Middle schools. She was one of the first teachers in the gifted and talented education (GATE) program in the school district and also taught third grade, first grade, and, for many years, kindergarten.

Marie’s commitment to the community extends to her family life. Her husband, Keith, is a founder and longtime supporter of the Bay Village Foundation and her two children, plus her niece and nephew graduated from Bay High School.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:09 AM, 07.07.2020

Bay Village American Legion honors Flag Day

The American Legion Post #385 has a long tradition of retiring American flags at the end of their service life. Following standard procedures, 168 full-size flags and 607 flags used at local cemeteries were retired. Prayers and salutes are part of the retirement program.

The retirement was conducted at the Post home on Cahoon Road. Commander Stanley Zeager officiated.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:45 AM, 06.16.2020

WHS senior Stephanie Randar receives Jeffery Owen Marriott scholarship

Stephanie Randar, a 2020 Westlake High School graduate, received the Jeffery Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship at the Senior Awards Banquet Night earlier this year. The scholarship was established to celebrate the life and contributions of WHS 1992 alum Jeffery Marriott, who passed in March 2015. This was the fifth consecutive year a scholarship was awarded to an exemplary WHS student in honor of Marriott. Of special note was the fact that the WHS awards ceremony occurred “virtually” with all awards and scholarships distributed via an online, streamed ceremony.

Randar ranked in the top 15 percent of her 2020 WHS class while maintaining a near year-round athletic schedule on Westlake’s varsity soccer, basketball and softball teams. Athletically, she racked up 10 varsity letters in addition to 1st and 2nd team, All-Southwest Conference honors in softball her freshman, sophomore and junior years. Further, she earned honorable mention, All Southwest Conference honors in both soccer and basketball as well as a 2nd team, All Southwest Conference honors in basketball her senior year.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:55 AM, 06.16.2020

Bay residents take to the streets against racism and injustice

Around 40 people of all ages joined in the call to end police brutality and discrimination by staging a peaceful demonstration in front of the Bay Village Police Station on June 3. The group, organized on Facebook by the Bay Village Nasty Women, held signs proclaiming their support for racial equality and justice as they stood along Wolf Road. Passing motorists beeped their horns in solidarity and called out encouragement.

Bay resident Shirley Tomasello came out to be a voice against violence, holding a sign bearing the final words of George Floyd, an African-American man who was killed on May 25 during an arrest by Minneapolis police officers.

“I think it’s important because I think people need to stand up and say it’s not acceptable for the kind of abuse that goes on to continue and to say that silence is acceptance,” Tomasello said. “We have to stand up and change the culture that allows our fellow citizens to do such horrendous things so that it doesn’t happen again.”

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 3:58 PM, 06.04.2020

Community West Foundation grants over $600,000 to local nonprofit agencies

The Community West Foundation board of directors approved $485,000 in second-quarter grants to nonprofit agencies that provide basic needs services to the community. The receiving organizations include:

  • Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services
  • Cogswell Hall
  • Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center
  • Lorain County Free Clinic
  • May Dugan Center
  • Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH)
  • Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center
  • Oberlin Community Services
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • St. Herman’s/FOCUS
  • St. Paul’s Community Outreach
  • The City Mission
  • The Ed Keating Center
  • The Turn

These grants are just the beginning of the group’s recent philanthropic efforts. In March, Community West announced they were establishing the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to support nonprofit agencies in need during the pandemic crisis. That fund quickly grew to $143,000 and, in the past two months, Community West issued grants amounting to $85,140.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:53 AM, 06.16.2020

VFW announces changes to May events

Due to public safety recommendations, Bay Village VFW Post 9693 has changed, cancelled or postponed its May events.

The Bay Village Veterans Honor Wall update and dedication scheduled for Saturday, May 23, in the Dwyer Senior Center has been cancelled. The addition of name plates and new plaques will be added as available. These updates will be recognized during the annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon in early November, exact date and time to be announced.

The Memorial Day Parade and Observance has been cancelled.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.05.2020

Vote now! Ballot applications due April 25

The 2020 Ohio Primary Election is still in progress, and your vote is more important than ever. Due to the closing of in-person voting on March 17 due to the coronavirus contamination, many people have not yet voted. If you already sent in an absentee ballot or voted in-person at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE), your vote will be counted and there is nothing you need to do.

However, if you are a registered voter and were planning on voting in-person at the polls on March 17, here are the two steps you should take to vote by mail for the April 28 deadline.

  • Step 1:  Request a ballot. April 25 is the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot. You should do this now by going to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website to print an application:  www.443vote.us. If you don’t have a printer or postage, you can call the Board at 216-443-8683, follow the automated prompts, and they will mail you an application. You can also handwrite the required information on a piece of paper, sign it, and send that in.
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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.07.2020

Porter Library extends coronavirus closure

In the interest of public safety and to follow the guidelines provided by Governor DeWine, Westlake Porter Public Library is now targeting April 30, 2020, as its re-opening date. The library had previously announced it would be closed until Monday, April 6. Programming, events and meetings originally scheduled through April 30 are also canceled. WPPL’s Board and Management Staff will continue to evaluate the situation and take the recommendations of local, state and federal government and health agencies into consideration when making any decisions regarding the library’s closure.

“​We are certainly aware of how much people rely on their public library for reading, listening, and viewing materials as well as Internet connections and meeting spaces,” said Director Andrew Mangels. “However, we believe the risk of helping to spread the virus, even with proper social distancing practices in place, is too great to reopen at this time. We appreciate the community’s continued understanding and we look forward to opening as soon as it is safe to do so.”

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.07.2020

Westlake’s Food Pantry is here to help

A food pantry can serve as a lifeline to a variety of people, many of whom one might not think of when imagining the average individual(s) served by this type of social service.

The good people in the Westlake Senior & Community Services Department knows the reasons a person or even an entire family may find themselves struggling to afford basic nourishment essentials can vary greatly. This is why they want residents to know that the Westlake Food Pantry is open to any resident in need.

Perhaps an individual lost their spouse who was the primary bread-winner for the household. Insurance may only go so far to cover expenses, leaving them in need of a way to make up the difference. They should not go hungry or feel shame in seeking some assistance in their time of need.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:46 AM, 03.17.2020

Bay Village improves ISO rating

The Bay Village Fire Department is delighted to announce that, based on its recent analysis of our Fire & Rescue services, we have received the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 2 Public Protection Classification (PPC). This places Bay Village in the top 2% of communities nationwide.

ISO is a third party independent agency that evaluates the readiness of all 50,000 fire departments in America every 5 years, and uses that evaluation to provide statistical, actuarial, underwriting, and claims information and analytics to the market. ISO rates each fire department on a national scale from 1 to 10, with a 1 being the highest possible rating.

According to ISO, its Public Protection Classification Program plays an important role in the underwriting process for insurance companies. Most U.S. insurers report that the PPC information is used in their decision-making process when determining what businesses to cover, what types of coverage to offer, and what prices to charge for both residential and commercial property insurance. With each improvement in PPC rating, community members may expect to see a discount on their annual insurance premiums.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:43 AM, 03.17.2020

City of Bay Village acts to limit spread of coronavirus

As you know, a national emergency has been declared by the federal and state governments to combat the coronavirus. Bay Village city services such as trash and recycling will continue unless otherwise notified. My administration is committed to working with health authorities to implement practices on a local level.

Effective Saturday, March 14, public access has been limited to certain Bay Village municipal buildings. The Dwyer Center, Community Gym and the Recreation Department have been closed to the public and programming has been suspended. All non-essential meetings at all city buildings have been cancelled. City Hall is open primarily for Building Department related matters.

All departments are staffed and are available by phone or email. We would appreciate it if sewer payments are placed in the drive-through payment box at the exit of city hall or if paying by credit card, please call 440-871-2200.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:46 AM, 03.17.2020

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) Meeting, March 11, 2020

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

Present: Mayors Koomar (Bay Village), Cooney (Fairview Park), George (Lakewood), Kennedy (North Olmsted), Bobst (Rocky River), and Renee Mahoney, WCOG Fiscal Officer.

Guests: BV Fire Chief Chris Lyons; Ron Barlow, Westshore Central Dispatch Center ("Westcom"); Bay Village Human Resources Director Jennifer Demaline.

The meeting was held at Bay Village City Hall, Mayor Koomar presiding. It was called to order at 9:30 a.m. 

New Business

The meeting began with a discussion of recent CDC communications regarding the coronavirus and their dissemination and implementation. CDC defines a mass meeting as more than 50 people for more than two hours at a time, and asks local government officials to consider the purpose of a meeting and whether the population involved is vulnerable when making decisions about closing events at facilities like schools or senior residences. The mayors speculated that the protocols about closing events and facilities to prevent disease transmission would continue until sometime around Easter.

Bay Village Fire Chief Lyons described cleaning protocols in municipal buildings, and Mayor Bobst announced that Rocky River has contracted for several portable disinfectant machines from a supplier in Toledo. The machines are carried in a backpack and disperse a fine mist of disinfectant that attaches to surfaces and will be effective for several weeks. She will make more information about it available to the other municipalities.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:41 AM, 03.17.2020

Herb Guild Garden Club offers scholarships

The Herb Guild Garden Club is offering a one-time scholarship available to graduating high school seniors as well as Lorain County Community College and Cuyahoga Community College current freshmen or sophomore students. Applicants must be residents of the state of Ohio and U.S. citizens. (International or foreign exchange students are not eligible.)

Only students with a proposed academic study in forestry, botany, horticulture, environmental science, agriculture, landscaping, or culinary arts are eligible for this scholarship.

Deadline for applying is April 6. For further information contact Karol Polkinghorn at 440-554-7755.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:41 AM, 03.17.2020

Connecting for Kids of Westlake recognizes 3 with awards

Connecting for Kids has recognized the following individuals with its 2020 Board Awards:

Parent & Professional of the Year Awards

These awards are given to those that exemplify the mission of Connecting for Kids to provide education and support to families concerned about their child. The following individuals have been recognized:

2020 Parent of the Year: Jean Dombrosky, a resident of Amherst

Jean Dombrosky was nominated by her daughter, Lisa Neely, who wrote the following in her nomination: “My mom stopped enjoying being a grandparent six years ago and turned into a parent again. Raising my niece and nephew, Joe and Ada, to be the best they can in all areas of their life. Joe and Ada both carry a large medical and trauma history that requires countless appointments. My mother retired to ensure she could adequately care for them in every aspect. She takes them to all medical and therapy appointments without any voice of discord or second thought. She has turned into their educational advocate and is always in attendance at IEP meetings, conferences and is in constant communication with teachers. She is one of the biggest fans at the various Special Olympic events and attends community programs in hopes to become better educated in her role as caregiver.”

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:44 AM, 03.17.2020

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center to close through March 31

UPDATE: Lake Erie Nature & Science Center announced on March 27 that it will extend its temporary closure until Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health provide directives indicating it is safe to repoen.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center sent out a press release on March 12 announcing that its doors will close March 13 in response directives from state and county officials:

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is a top priority of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. The Center is taking appropriate action to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Following directives of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Public Health, Cuyahoga Board of Health and the CDC to limit public gatherings, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will close to the public, cancel all classes and programs and halt wildlife rehabilitation services from March 13 through at least March 31.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 7:52 PM, 03.12.2020

Mayor Koomar outlines big changes coming to Bay

Years from now, this moment in Bay Village history may look like the calm before the storm. Just over the horizon, winds are blowing in a front heavy with significant changes to the city’s landscape. In a few short years, not to mention the decades to come, Bay Village will undergo a series of transformations that some consider long overdue.

In the near term will be a new library, an attached housing complex and an accessible network of park trails and lake access. Down the road, if all goes as planned, will come revamped shopping areas, more housing and dining options, and enhanced pedestrian/bicycle routes in an energized city center, to name a few.

To anyone who thinks all is quiet now, Mayor Paul Koomar, members of his administration and City Council would beg to differ. For the past several years, particularly in 2019, several projects have been gaining steam, which Koomar highlighted in his annual State of the City address on Feb. 26.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:08 AM, 03.03.2020

Westlake City Council honors women's suffrage anniversary

A double presentation at the Westlake City Council meeting on Feb. 20 marked the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as well as the 100th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters.

Council President Pro Tem Kenneth R. Brady presented a resolution signed by all council members to Janice Patterson, Westlake-North Olmsted Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland. An anniversary proclamation was presented by Mayor Dennis M. Clough.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.03.2020

'Drugs: Cost & Consequences' in NEO for first time!

The exhibit, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration Educational Foundation, provides an eye-opening look at the devastating costs of drug abuse.

Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL), together with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration Educational Foundation, is proud to announce the opening of the traveling exhibit: "Drugs: Costs & Consequences" at its Parma-Snow Branch located at 2121 Snow Road in Parma.

“We are excited to bring this informative exhibit to the greater-Cleveland area,” said Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin, Detroit Field Division. “I’m particularly proud of the Our Local Story exhibit, which does a great job of highlighting the tremendous work DEA agents do right here in our own community.”

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:04 AM, 03.03.2020

Stop the bleed!

Faculty and staff of the Bay Village City Schools have opened the second half of the academic year more prepared for emergency situations.

Through a cooperative partnership with University Hospitals St. John Medical Center and the Bay Village Fire Department, school district officials are being trained in a program called “Stop the Bleed.” This training prepares participants in the use of special dressings and tourniquets to assist in a bleeding emergency before the city’s firefighter-paramedics arrive.

Toward this end, UH St. John donated 250 Stop the Bleed buckets and trauma kits – enough for every building classroom, school bus, and vehicle. Valued at more than $25,000, these buckets and trauma kits contain the tools necessary to help control bleeding in an emergency, and include such items as protective gloves, bandages, gauze and tourniquets.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:07 AM, 02.18.2020

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Feb. 12, 2020

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

Present: Mayors Koomar (Bay Village), Cooney (Fairview Park), George (Lakewood), Kennedy (North Olmsted), Bobst (Rocky River), Clough (Westlake), and Renee Mahoney, COG Fiscal Officer.

Guests: Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel and Bay Village Fire Chief Chris Lyons.

The meeting was held at Bay Village City Hall, Mayor Koomar presiding. It was called to order at 9:30 a.m.

Fiscal report: The year-end report was submitted showing expenditures significantly below budget. The possibility of additional funding for drug enforcement from the state and possible drug enforcement grants were discussed.

Commission Reports

NOACA: Mayor Bobst reported that there will be a presentation and discussion on Feb. 18, 4-6 p.m., at the Crawford Auto Museum on University Circle titled “From Hyper Loop to Electric Vehicles.” The event is part of an exhibit at the museum co-sponsored by NOACA titled “Electric, Steam or Gasoline: The Past, Present, and Future of Alternative Power" and the presentation will be preceded by a reception and tour of the exhibit. The presentation is free and open to the public but registration is required. The exhibit will continue until April 26, 2020.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:03 AM, 02.18.2020

Sea Scout leader named Bay Village Citizen of the Year

Longtime resident Richard Gash was chosen as this year’s recipient of Bay Village’s top honor in recognition of his tireless work with the city’s youth.

Gash, skipper of Sea Scout Ship 41, launched the program with Scott Engel in spring 2000. Over the past two decades, the Scouting program has provided on-the-water learning adventures to hundreds of area students.

“Since day one I have been impressed with Richard’s dedication to Sea Scouts and the principles of Scouting,” said Dawn Hamil, whose three children participate in the program. “He constantly finds challenges that allow time for thoughtfulness and there are plenty of active challenges to test one’s spirit and athletics. He takes care of and nurtures mind, body and soul which is an amazing gift to these young adults.”

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 10:08 AM, 01.21.2020

League of Women Voters chapters to meet Jan. 25

What’s it all about? Who are the people from the League of Women Voters who keep asking you to register to vote? Or urge you to come to a public meeting? 

Citizens with such questions are welcome to attend a meeting on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9:30 a.m., at the Fairview Park Branch Library, 21255 Lorain Road, when the League will kick off its centennial year by discussing how the organization should focus its resources in 2020-2021. 

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:52 AM, 01.21.2020

Community West Foundation announces new president and CEO

Martin J. Uhle is no stranger to the Community West Foundation or to the west side of Cleveland. Marty, as everyone knows him, has been on the Foundation’s board of directors since 2009 serving in many capacities. It has been through his service that he was identified as the optimal candidate to assume the position as the next president & CEO of the Foundation.

“The last several years that I have dedicated to non-profit work have inspired me,” says Marty. “I left the for-profit world in 2011, immersed myself in service to the community, and consider this an amazing opportunity to lead such a well-respected and successful organization.”

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 AM, 01.21.2020

Bay VFW launches new website

In order to better serve and communicate with our local communities on the West Shore, the Bay Village VFW has initiated a website for our Post, vfwpost9693.org.

As more of our membership is online and as most of our potential members are looking for quick info, we believe that this will greatly benefit our recruiting and communication.

The website can be utilized by members for event and meeting information, by students looking to participate in one of our essay competitions or apply for the military scholarship, and by community members interested in learning about Post events and Americanism activities throughout the year.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:48 AM, 01.21.2020

Westlake clerk of council: guardian of Dover history

In 1833, Dover Township's annual expenditure was $120.93.

Here’s where some of that money went: Ransom Foot was paid $1.14 for “Constable services.” Asa Blood was paid $3.75 for “Trustees & Clerks Services.” Eli Clemans was paid $2.34 for “paper & services as a [township] clerk.” Over 60% of expenses were in support of “Pauper” and “Poor.”

Today you can find all of these historical gold nuggets (from the 1800s to today) on the city website – thanks to the diligent work of Westlake’s Clerk of Council, Denise Rosenbaum. 

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:19 AM, 12.17.2019

Bay residents share visions for future development

The city of Bay Village held a public meeting Dec. 10 to gather residents’ input on the proposed mixed-use zoning overlay project. Planning consultant Jason Russell led the hour-and-a-half-long session, which included an extensive audience comment period.

Nicknamed “Stay in Bay,” the aim of the zoning overlay is to update the city’s commercial building guidelines to “encourage more retail, additional housing options and new community gathering spaces that exist in harmony with our residential neighborhoods.”

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.17.2019

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Nov. 13, 2019

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Official minutes are prepared by Mayor Summers' office.

Present: Mayors Summers (Lakewood) presiding; Kennedy (North Olmsted), Bobst (Rocky River), Patton (Fairview Park), Koomar (Bay Village), and Renee Mahoney, COG Fiscal Officer.

Guests: County Council members Nan Baker and Dale Miller. Mayor Summers welcomed Meghan George, newly elected to replace him as Lakewood mayor; and Patrick Cooney (not present), elected to replace Mayor Patton of Fairview Park. He explained the background of WCOG and noted that the police chiefs and fire chiefs also meet monthly to discuss common issues.

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

Fiscal Officer’s Report: Budget allocations for enforcement in 2020 went according to previous years.

RTA: The new president will come to next WCOG meeting. There is still a vacancy on their board. Patton stated that Fairview is having safety problems with the transit station on Center Ridge where there is no off-street parking and people have been sleeping in the heated shelter. She wants to know the role of the transit police. Are there general safety regulations? She will bring up these concerns at the end of the next meeting, as they may need to have a separate conversation.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:10 AM, 12.17.2019

3,000 pounds of dangerous drugs collected

The Westshore Enforcement Bureau Drug Task Force (WEBDTF) gratefully acknowledges the citizens of our six western suburbs for actively participating in the semi-annual collection event on Oct. 26, 2019, when 276 pounds of outdated and unwanted medications were collected for safe disposal.

In addition, our WEB communities' citizens were responsible for properly disposing of medications via the use of the 365/24/7 drop boxes located within each of the police department lobbies to the tune of 3,028 pounds through Nov. 30!

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:20 AM, 12.17.2019

Town Criers name Mr. & Mrs. Westlake

The Westlake Town Criers is an organization comprised of men dedicated to aid and assist worthy causes within the City of Westlake. Since 1955, the Town Criers have been honoring a couple that have best served the youth and citizens of Westlake in a positive and outstanding manner.

This year we would like to honor Andrew Mangels and his wife, Christine. Andrew is the director of Westlake Porter Public Library. He is “over and above” involved in the community. He belongs to the Westlake Town Criers, the Westlake/Bay Village Rotary and the Westlake Kiwanis. He is not just a member in these groups but has taken on leadership roles. He is a member of the PTA and ran Hilliard’s Field Day for years.

Andrew helped run the Baseball Association. He coordinates the volunteers for Celebrate Westlake. He is president of the board of directors for Connecting for Kids. He is also on the board for the Far West Center. He helped start up a group called “Continuing the Conversation” which brings together the police, schools, library and nonprofit organizations to work on solving the heroin issues in town. The list goes on and on.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 11:00 AM, 12.03.2019