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Porter's annual ice cream social will be July 30

Save the date for Monday, July 30, from 6-8 p.m. for the Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library's Annual Ice Cream Social! Mitchell's ice cream sundaes will be sold for $1, with the cost being subsidized by the Friends of WPPL. The Big Daddies Band will be back, along with facepainters and a cakewalk.

There will be a half-price used book sale in the Book Nook and a Sidewalk Sale at Portables Gift Shop, located inside the library lobby. Come for the ice cream and stay for the fun and entertainment! We look forward to seeing you.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:26 AM, 07.03.2018

Westlake chiropractor delivers inspiring keynote speech

Dr. Philip Barry, the owner of Barry Chiropractic Wellness Center in Westlake, was the keynote speaker at the recent open house for Westlake Toastmasters Club 497 at Westlake Porter Public Library.

Dr. Barry's involvement with the club began 22 years ago because he needed to be able to speak publicly. He shared that his fear of public-speaking was so intense that he would rather have jumped out of a plane than give a speech!

The turning point came when he was asked to give a presentation at his church and he completely froze. "I will never put myself in that situation again," said Dr. Barry.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 9:28 AM, 06.19.2018

Westlake police, firefighters honored at event

Q-Lab Corporation recently celebrated its third annual Westlake Police and Firefighters Appreciation Day. Held at its Canterbury Road headquarters, the event was organized to honor the men and women who put their lives at risk every day, in support of the local community. 

“Civilized life would be impossible without police protection,” said Doug Grossman, president and CEO of Q-Lab. "The police are required to put themselves in difficult situations in order to protect us. Fire has been destroying lives ever since humans built the first huts out of sticks and thatch. Nowadays, when fire gets out of hand, we, the citizens, can run away – because we know that the firefighters will run toward the danger.”

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 9:28 AM, 06.19.2018

Your destination should be Bay Village June 16

Do you want arts, crafts, antiques, music, bicycling, great food and family-style fun? Then “Destination Bay” is the answer.

Once again, a number of Bay Village organizations are teaming up to provide a unique community experience under the umbrella of Destination Bay. This full day of family-friendly events takes place on Saturday, June 16, all around the city. 

Free shuttle transportation to all Destination Bay locations will be available, courtesy of O’Neill Healthcare.

Visitors to any of the Destination Bay locations will have a chance to win prizes! Pick up a Walgreens “Passport to Fitness” at Cahoon Park and have it stamped as you travel between the events.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:00 AM, 06.05.2018

Ware earns coveted Eagle Scout award

Only 4 percent of Boy Scouts worldwide attain the rank of Eagle Scout, and 18-year-old Drew Ware of Bay Village is one of them. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to complete. Ware, a member of Troop 729 at Bay United Methodist Church, was awarded the honor by City Council President Dwight Clark at a recent ceremony.

Drew, who is the son of Julie and Steve Ware, built elevated garden beds and a picnic table to be used by people in wheelchairs at Our Lady of the Wayside as his Eagle Scout project. He plans to attend Cornell University in the fall.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:08 AM, 06.05.2018

Westlake senior receives Jeffery Owen Marriott Scholarship

Westlake High School senior, Catherine “Kate” Fulton, was awarded the third annual Jeffery Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship at the Senior Awards Banquet Night. Fulton was selected from a strong pool of applicants based on her academic prowess, leadership roles at school, community involvement, and athletic success at Westlake – all attributes of WHS 1992 alum, Jeffery Marriott, for whom the scholarship honors.

Fulton ranks within the top 15 of her senior class, with a current weighted GPA of 4.863. She is a member of both the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. In addition, Fulton has been awarded for being a scholar athlete by the Student Athletic Leadership committee and became a member of The Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Scholarship Society earlier this year.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 06.05.2018

St. Paul Lutheran School names new principal

Jeremy Louden has accepted the call to become the next principal of St. Paul Lutheran School in Westlake.

Louden is expected to begin his duties this summer.

“After just a few years in the classroom, Mr. Louden's superiors told him he was going to be an administrator some day. He continued teaching and added two Master's Degrees in Administration and is now primed to put all this preparation into his leadership of St. Paul Lutheran School,” said interim Principal Rev. Dr. David Buegler. “There is a verse in the Bible that says, 'For Such A Time As This...' I am thrilled to quote that verse to speak about our excitement in bringing Jeremy Louden from Texas to Ohio for such a time as this.”

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.15.2018

VFW hosting Buddy Poppy Drive

The annual VFW Buddy Poppy Drive will be conducted on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19.

The locations are the same as previous years, Walgreens at Columbia and Center Ridge; Discount Drug Mart at Detroit and Dover Center; Giant Eagle at the Promenade in Westlake; and Java Bay Cafe in the Bay Village Square Plaza on Wolf Road.

All sites will start donation acceptance at 10 a.m. Walgreens and Java Bay will end at 4 p.m. Drug Mart and Giant Eagle will end at 6 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:01 AM, 05.01.2018

Going on vacation? Get free Wi-Fi from Porter Library

Going on vacation this summer? Need internet at the pool? The beach? The mountains? The highway? Pick up a hotspot at the Westlake Porter Public Library!

The library has 40 hotspots available for two-week checkouts. The internet usage is FREE and saves you using your own data. Each hotspot can handle up to five devices. Any carrier that you go through will work. The wireless hotspot connects with Sprint towers throughout your travels.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:12 AM, 05.01.2018

Bay Village honors Citizen and Project of the Year

The Bay Village Community Council held a reception April 29 in the Bay Village Community House to honor the 2018 Citizen of the Year, Catherine Flament, and Project of the Year, the Community Yard Sale to benefit hurricane victims.

The honorees are selected by the Bay Village Community Council from nominations submitted by residents.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.01.2018

Bay veterans groups award scholarship

Two Bay Village veterans organizations, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, are proud to announce the winner of the Bay Village Veterans Scholarship for 2018, Alexis L. Glover. Alexis is a senior at Bay High School. She has a 4.0+ GPA and is a National Merit Finalist, truly a fine and deserving representative of this prestigious award.

Alexis will be entering the Ohio National Guard after graduation and will be attending the University of Cincinnati this fall after a summer of military training. Her intended majors at UC will be law enforcement and computer science.

Alexis will receive a $1,000 check and certificate as our first-place winner during the BHS Awards Ceremony on May 29, presented by scholarship chairman Dr. Edward Horvath.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:00 AM, 05.01.2018

Record amount raised for Youth Challenge

With the Indians off to a strong start and the Cavs playoffs on the horizon, there was excitement in the air at the Youth Challenge Annual Benefit & Auction on Saturday, April 14. Around 250 sports fans gathered at Ariel International Center in Cleveland to “Party Like a Champion” and support YC.

Guests helped raise over $220,000 – an all-time high – to fund the free adapted programs and transportation for children with physical disabilities and their teen volunteer partners. This support allows Youth Challenge to reach hundreds of children in the Greater Cleveland community, providing them with opportunities to play sports, make friends, and embrace their own unique abilities.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:04 AM, 05.01.2018

Westshore senior directors speak at national conference

Three Westshore senior center directors, along with their technical partner, were chosen to speak about their collaborative website at the national Aging in America conference in San Francisco last month.

Senior center directors from Westlake, Rocky River and North Olmsted, and technical partner Center for Aging in the Digital World, represented the eight senior centers that comprise the collaborative behind www.westshoreseniors.org. This website was launched last December to provide a “one-stop shop” experience for anyone looking for senior center information on the west side, a concept that was recognized for its innovation by the American Society on Aging. Visitors to the site can find program and social service information for Avon, Bay Village, Fairview, Lakewood, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Rocky River and Westlake. Community West Foundation provided funding for the site.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:50 AM, 04.17.2018

A bright idea: Lighting Bay's skatepark

The Randy Stang Memorial Skatepark has been a popular fixture in Cahoon Memorial Park for nearly a decade. The skatepark itself is the result of many years of tireless public advocacy led by a middle school teacher, Lawrence Kuh, his students at the time, and many other community members who generously gave their time and efforts to see the project to its current state. I want to highlight the extensive advocacy required for the current skatepark because it represents a model that everyone can value.

Mr. Kuh, who was recognized for his work by the Bay Village Community Council as “Citizen of the Year” in 2010,  demonstrated to his class, and to his entire school, the importance of civic engagement, the importance of being prepared to defend a position, the ability to reach compromise and find common ground between those holding opposing values, and that of the extraordinary persistence often needed to reach one’s goals.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:49 AM, 04.17.2018

Cheers to the Knickerbocker in Bay Village

The Knickerbocker Senior Center, located in the Knickerbocker Apartments at 27100 Knickerbocker Road in Bay Village, will be hosting a “wine & cheese” fundraiser, a “last hurrah” of sorts in the building’s original glory before construction begins this summer. Come and celebrate this historic building on Thursday, May 10, 5-8 p.m.; sip and eat and win some amazing prizes with all proceeds to benefit our senior residents. The event will be the last in the building before remodeling and funds will serve the residents for activities, meals and outings during the lengthy construction period.

Bay Inter-Faith Housing, LSC Service Corporation and PIRHL Developers have partnered to rehabilitate and recapitalize Knickerbocker Apartments. It was originally developed and is still owned by Bay Inter-Faith Housing, which is a consortium of four Bay Village churches (Bay Presbyterian, Bay United Methodist, Bethesda on-the-Bay Lutheran, and St. Barnabas Episcopal), that organized in the late 1960s to address the growing need for senior housing and services in the area. Constructed in 1974, the property is restricted to seniors over age 62.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.17.2018

Holly Lane PTA to host annual Big Kid Resale

The Holly Lane Elementary PTA will hold its annual Big Kid resale event on Saturday, April 21, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.

The sale will feature gently used kids’ clothing, size 5T to juniors, kids’ toys, games and books, as well as sports, music and computer equipment, furniture and miscellaneous items.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:32 AM, 04.03.2018

Free sensory awareness kits available at Connecting for Kids Meet and Greet on April 19

Many children labeled as a behavior problem, impulsive, overactive or shy may actually be struggling with sensory processing issues where the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. According to research statistics found on the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder website, “1 in every 6 children experiences sensory symptoms that may be significant enough to affect aspects of everyday life functions.”

The phenomenon may also explain some behaviors such as refusing to wear certain clothing, being bothered by noises or avoiding foods with unusual textures. Once families learn the root cause of these behaviors and ways to address them, they are given hope, but early identification is key.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.03.2018

WPD Community Police Academy starts March 21

The Westlake Police Department’s Community Police Academy, an 11-week police discovery program, will be held on Wednesdays, March 21-May 30, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The free course covers police procedures and provides hands-on instruction from department personnel, including patrol and traffic operations, SWAT, self-defense and firearms training, crime scene processing, and more.

The application deadline is Wednesday, March 14. Preference is given to applicants who live or work in Westlake but is open to all. The brochure/application and more details are available at www.cityofwestlake.org/Police-Academy.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:27 AM, 03.06.2018

Bay schools, city work together to prevent school violence

The recent school shooting incident in Parkland, Florida, which took the lives of 17 innocent students and teachers causes us all to reflect on what our city and schools are doing to prevent and respond to such tragedies. It is a natural reaction for parents to be concerned about the safety of their children in the schools during such tragic incidents.  

The Bay Schools have Emergency Management Plans in place for each school building in the district. Safety plans are required by the Ohio Revised Code section 3313.536. These plans were promulgated and reviewed by school administrators; the police and fire departments; parent, teacher and non-teacher employee representatives and others. Within this comprehensive operations plan are procedures for active shooter incidents.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:22 AM, 03.06.2018

Westlake Easter Egg Hunt set for March 24

The Westlake Town Criers announce the 2018 Westlake City Easter Egg Hunt and Candy Scramble will again be held at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd., on Saturday, March 24.

There will be two candy scrambles: the first at 1:00 p.m. for those ages 4 through 6, and the second at 1:30 p.m. for those ages 7 through 10. At these times the children will scramble for wrapped candy and also for special eggs redeemable for stuffed animals.

For children age 3 and under, there is a non-competitive Easter egg hunt where the child simply hunts for eggs that are redeemed for candy and prizes.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:33 AM, 03.06.2018

BAYarts granted $100k for Playhouse from state budget

In an exciting show of confidence in the efforts of BAYarts to provide community engagement and restore the historical Huntington Playhouse for sustained use, BAYarts was allocated $100,000 from the state capital budget for the renovation.

State lawmakers announced their plan last Monday to spend more than $2.6 billion on capital improvements throughout Ohio for roads, bridges, parks, art and sport facilities and other initiatives. In addition, $20 million has been allocated for new scientific projects designed to fight opioid addiction, a rising concern in northeast Ohio.

“I’m excited to see funds proposed for Huntington Playhouse in the Capital Budget," said State Representative David Greenspan, a supporter of the project. “BAYarts has been working tirelessly to rehabilitate the facility and is an organization that provides excellent programming for Bay Village and the surrounding communities.”

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:32 AM, 03.06.2018

Westlake resident sweeps Toastmasters speech competition

Christian Giardini, a wealth management advisor with Giardini, Zavodny & Associates, won first place in the Westlake Toastmasters Club 497 evaluation contest and the international speech contest. The event was held at Westlake Porter Public Library.

Giardini joined Westlake Toastmasters 497 club in 2011. “It has helped me to become a more effective communicator and a dynamic leader,” he said.

The inspiration for his winning speech was his dog, Vader, who passed away at the age of 16. Giardini shared the many lessons he learned from his dog in a heartfelt and engaging way. 

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:34 AM, 03.06.2018

Westlake painting company donates to Youth Challenge

A company known for brightening people’s homes with a fresh coat of color lit up faces at Youth Challenge with a generous donation to the non-profit.

Patton Painting, a Westlake painting and contracting business, raised money for YC with its annual Painter-for-a-Day Giveaway contest. For each person who entered their to-do list or scheduled a consultation during December, Patton Painting donated $10 to Youth Challenge. There were six winners and $1,450 raised for YC.

“Supporting those who ‘do good work’ in our community has always been important to the ownership and employees of Patton Painting,” says Carl Segura, who handles marketing and communications for the 15-year-old residential/commercial painting company. “We contribute to local organizations every year, usually through donations to charity auctions and similar events. We’ve added year-end campaigns like this the past several years as a way to try to make a bigger impact – both on our customers and our community.”

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:42 AM, 02.20.2018

History and hurricane relief earn annual Bay Village honors

When Eric and Cynthia Eakin accepted their award for Citizens of the Year in 2015, Eric mused: “There are residents, and then there are citizens.” It’s worth repeating years later because it rings true. Green card status aside, residents are the inhabitants of a place that make it a city; citizens are those that make it a community. And Bay Village is a city full of citizens.

Each year, the Bay Village Community Council is tasked with sorting through the nominations of individuals whose peers have felt are worthy of recognition. The judges, a committee of BVCC members that serve as representatives of the city’s civic organizations, do not take the award lightly.

Each candidate is examined on the merits of their service to the community, without monetary reward, to find the one that best exemplifies the definition of Citizen of the Year.

This year, the honor goes to Catherine Burke Flament, whose commitment to preserving the history of Bay Village will be appreciated for generations to come. Cathy is serving her second term as president of the Bay Village Historical Society, after two years as vice president. During this time, her nominator said, membership in the organization has grown and programming has improved.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:19 AM, 02.06.2018

Bay alumni bowling party results are in

The second annual Bay High alumni fundraising bowling tournament was held at Bay Lanes on Jan. 27. The event raised over $2,300 with the net proceeds going for scholarships that will be presented at the Kiwanis Academic Achievement night in May.

There were approximately 60 people at the event with 41 bowlers. The others were there as donors to cheer on their classes. Many were struck by fond bowling memories as they walked down the passageway to Bay Lanes.

It appears that the return bowlers did not practice much from last year as the average score of all bowlers was 106 this year, down from 133 last year. The scores ranged from 51 to 188. Not quite Bay High bowling team caliber, but everyone had fun.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.06.2018

Girl Scout seeks groups to participate in culture fair

Katie Cirincione, a Westlake Girl Scout, is holding a Culture Fair as a part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project. The fair will be held on Sunday, March 18, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. Groups are needed to represent their culture at the fair.

Any groups interested should be able to commit to being at the fair from 1:40-4:00 p.m., and to bring a poster about their culture. Groups are encouraged to bring food from their culture, wear clothing from their culture, or do a traditional dance or performance.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:33 AM, 01.09.2018

Last call for annual Bay Village award nominations

The deadline is fast approaching to nominate a worthy Bay Village resident or project for the 2018 Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year honors. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, Jan. 22, and selections will be announced by the Bay Village Community Council soon afterward.

Citizen of the year nominees, either individual or couple, must be Bay residents that have provided significant community service without monetary reward. Special projects will be considered based on community impact and the involvement of volunteers and organizations.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:31 AM, 01.09.2018

Second-graders provide gifts

I am a second-grader in Mrs. Mills’ class. I go to Holly Lane Elementary School. This Christmas my classmates and I did a lot of giving.

First, we had a book drive for Ms. Fritz’s second-grade class at Buhrer Dual Language Academy in Cleveland. We collected 107 books! We also made each student a bookmark and wrote each student a letter. We hope they like the books!

Second, we made a craft for Westlake Meals on Wheels to deliver with meals. Our craft was paper plate snow globes. We colored 75 snowmen! We hope they like the craft! It felt very special to do giving.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:38 AM, 01.09.2018

Bay Village library update

How would you like to have your name on a cozy fireplace in a reading area in the new Bay Village library? Or on a computer innovation and design studio? Or a children’s room? A teen activity space?

That may be possible under a plan being developed by the Cuyahoga County Public Library that allows individuals or companies to buy naming rights to facilities in library branches.

The county library system has proposed to build a new branch in Cahoon Park roughly in the footprint of the Bayway Cabin with a cost of about $6 million.

Hallie Rich, library external relations director, and Bridget Hawes, library foundation consultant, will speak at a meeting of the Bay Village Democrats on Monday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. in the community room of the police station, 28000 Wolf Road.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 10:01 AM, 12.19.2017

WestShore Lions honor 20-year member

WestShore Lions Club member Nan Baker received the Milestone Chevron Award during the club's Dec. 7 meeting. This award was sent by Lions Clubs International to commemorate and recognize Nan for her 20 years of service as a Lion.

Lions Clubs International recognizes the anniversaries of members like Nan because they are a reminder of the milestones in our lives. International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal relates in his memorandum sent to the WestShore Lions that the award "gives us the opportunity to celebrate, commemorate and reflect on the Power of We and what we can accomplish together to make the world a better place."

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 9:57 AM, 12.19.2017

Town Criers crown Mr. and Mrs. Westlake

After a several year hiatus, on Sunday, Dec. 3, the announcement of Mr. and Mrs. Westlake made its return to Westlake City Hall. Mayor Dennis Clough announced the 2018 Mr. and Mrs. Westlake as the rotunda’s holiday lights were fired up up for the first time this season. 

This year’s winners are Cristina and Tery Kennedy.

The Kennedys are active members of the community with heavy involvement in the Westlake City Schools. They are members of various Westlake P.T.A. organizations, Citizens for Westlake Schools, and the Westlake City Schools Strategic Planning Committee.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:31 AM, 12.05.2017

Herb Guild displays tree at Cleveland Botanical Garden

The Herb Guild Garden Club has entered a tree in the "Glow" display at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in University Circle. Every year area clubs are invited to decorate Christmas trees at the botanical garden to exhibit to the public during the holiday season. This year's Glow theme, decided by the botanical garden, is Woodland. The Herb Guild picked the sub-theme "Who's Hoo in the Woods" and decorated the tree with many types of owls, using various natural items. 

Visitors can see our tree, as well as other clubs' trees, from now until Dec. 31. The hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sundays, noon-6 p.m. The botanical garden will also be open Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults; $12 for children ages 3-12. Tickets can be purchased online at cbgarden.org or by calling 216-721-1600, ext. 100.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:35 AM, 12.05.2017

Bay Village Historical Society president honored

Historical Society President Catherine Flament was recognized for her effort and support in the rejuvenation of the flower beds surrounding the Osborn House and the entrance sign for Rose Hill Museum.

Bay Village's Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented Flament with a Community Service Award certificate and pin for her dedication and time directed toward the culmination of this project. This presentation was at the Nov. 17 meeting of the Historical Society.

The garden had been neglected and without a specific plan for many years. Flament received advice, financial support and the assistance of Girl Scout Troop 70769 in the total community effort of this project.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 11:52 AM, 11.21.2017

Chambers of commerce salute and thank veterans

Members who served in all branches of the United States military were honored at a Veterans Day luncheon hosted by the Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce, one of the seven chambers participating in the Power of More Chamber. Veterans received a complimentary champagne lunch from the 100th Bomb Group and a veteran flag pin from event co-host Hospice of the Western Reserve.

The guest speaker and lunch sponsor was Lisa Sebastian, president and owner of Ridge Cleaners, who honored all veterans for their service, including her husband John Sebastian, who served in the Air Force.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.21.2017

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Nov. 15, 2017

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

Present: Mayors Clough (Westlake), Koomar (Bay Village), Patton (Fairview Park), Summers (Lakewood), and Bobst (Rocky River); Fiscal Officer Renee Mahoney

Absent: Mayor Kennedy (North Olmsted)

Fiscal Officer’s Report: Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB) wages: 2% increase, beginning 2018. This is the going rate. Mayor Bobst said police get 2.5%.

WEB Budget: 1.08% increase due mostly to wages. Grants pay for 40% of operations. Cities pay the remainder based on population (90%) and home valuation (10%). Mayor Clough wondered how home valuations relate to services provided and suggested a formula based on population and services used. WEB provides a bomb squad, police officers, SWAT, and hazardous materials handling. Westlake has three drug dogs, Lakewood two, and Fairview Park one.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.21.2017

Kiwanis K-9 fund receives a boost

The Westlake Kiwanis project to provide drug dogs for the Westlake Police Department K-9 fund received a major boost with a donation from ECHO Health Inc. Located in Westlake, ECHO Health is a leading innovator of healthcare payment solutions. Bill Davis, chairman and CEO, presented the Westlake Kiwanis Youth Foundation Canine Fund with a check for $11,000.

With the increase of drugs and drug-related crimes, the need for more dogs is obvious. These dogs will be used not only by Westlake but other surrounding departments as needed.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.21.2017

Boy Scouts flourishing in Westlake

Boy Scout Troop 225 is out of Westlake, located at St. Bernadette's School. The troop currently has 51 registered scouts, growing consistently every year due to impart from the feeder Pack 225. The scouting program is the most influential program any young boy could go through to become a man. The troop in the past year alone has had four scouts successfully complete their Eagle Scout rank – Austin Wilson, James Von Pless, Connor Hartup and Patrick Byrne.

All are welcome to stop by any meeting to consider joining. The meetings are every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in St. Bernadette's Dempsey Hall.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.21.2017

Teen volunteers awarded for service

The Youth Challenge Volunteer Committee has been named the recipient of the Youth Group in Philanthropy Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter. The committee, comprised of teen volunteers, received the award at a luncheon on Nov. 3, National Philanthropy Day.

Youth Challenge provides adapted sports and recreational opportunities to young people with physical disabilities. Trained teen volunteers are paired one-on-one with participants to play sports, make friends and have fun. YC serves children throughout Northeast Ohio and has offices in Westlake and Shaker Heights. All programs and transportation are free for participant families.

Established in 2009, the Volunteer Committee is comprised of young leaders who have given 25 or more hours of service to YC. Teen volunteers apply to be on the committee and are chosen by current members based on their leadership skills and commitment to Youth Challenge.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.21.2017

Ceremony recognizes fundraising yard sale

The organizers of last month’s two-day Community Yard Sale in Bay Village were recognized for their volunteerism during the Oct. 30 City Council meeting. Mayor Paul Koomar presented a certificate of appreciation to Annie Nock, who spearheaded the effort, before inviting other volunteers to the floor to present a ceremonial check in the amount of $10,154.73 to Michael Parks, regional director of the American Red Cross. The money will go to a disaster relief fund for victims of the recent hurricanes.

“This shows an incredible amount of effort. Having been to plenty of garage sales, I know that they don’t come in large amounts; they come in quarters and fifty cents at a time, so I realize what kind of effort this is,” said Parks, who also lives in Bay Village. “This kind of generosity just goes to show what a wonderful community we’re blessed to live in.”

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 10:36 AM, 11.07.2017

The Gathering Place settles into new home

On July 31, The Gathering Place opened doors to the Sandy Borrelli Center inside Cuyahoga Community College Corporate College West. While our staff and volunteers were eager to share our new home with the community, we were also a bit nervous. For eight years we called our previous Westlake space home. Therefore it was important that with the move, we created the same healing environment for the individuals and families seeking our services. We are honored to share that since opening, we have received strong praise and approval from our participants, donors and volunteers.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 10:01 AM, 11.07.2017