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Sutherland moving on from public office, Bay Village

The longest chapter in Bay Village’s mayoral history will come to an abrupt conclusion on Oct. 1 when Mayor Deborah Sutherland leaves office 15 months before the end of her term. In an Aug. 9 press release and letter to residents, Sutherland stunned all but those closest to her in announcing her retirement.

“When I first took this job in 2000, I said that if the time ever came that I was required to manage minutia rather than drive big, transformative projects, it would be time for me to go,” the mayor wrote. “That time has come.”

Next in line to fill the vacancy is City Council President Paul Koomar. “The mayor’s retirement was a surprise to me and all members of council,” Koomar said. “We have been working very hard with the administration on large capital projects. That’s where our focus has been – moving in that direction.” Koomar plans to take some time to consider the position and discuss it with his family. Should he decline to serve as mayor, city ordinance provides that council is to appoint a successor by majority vote.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 10:04 AM, 08.16.2016

Troop 41 awards three Eagle Scouts

Three young men from Bay Village Troop 41 were honored at a ceremony held at Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church on Aug. 7. Nathaniel Hofford (Westlake), Kade Waffen (Bay Village), and Thomas Wetzel (Rocky River) have been working diligently for many years, and they just recently achieved their vision: to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

The Eagle Scout rank is the highest advancement rank in Scouting. There are many requirements that need to be fulfilled, such as earning 21 merit badges, or serving for six months at a position of responsibility within the troop. One of the more challenging requirements is completing a local service project.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:44 AM, 08.16.2016

Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters award scholarships

Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) is proud to announce four recent Westlake High School graduates who were awarded a WDAB Scholarship: Rebecca Essig, Jacob Kraft, Rebecca Prexta and William Reilly. Each recipient exhibited athletic prowess and leadership on and off the fields in their respective sports at Westlake High School and received a $500 scholarship from WDAB. 

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:48 AM, 08.16.2016

Rebecca Essig receives inaugural Jeffrey Owen Marriott scholarship

Rebecca Essig, a 2016 Westlake High School graduate, was awarded the first “Jeffrey 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, Jeffrey Marriott, who passed away suddenly in March 2015.

“We felt Rebecca exemplified Jeff’s character, principles, ambition and drive,” said Jeff Hammond, a friend and board member of the Jeffrey Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship. “Jeff was a scholar athlete at WHS and co-captained his football and basketball teams in 1992,” explained Hammond. “Rebecca demonstrated excellence and was a true leader on and off the fields at WHS. We felt she was a terrific recipient, mirroring Jeff’s caring, kind and considerate personality.”

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.16.2016

Westlake launches curbside clothing and soft recyclables program

The City of Westlake is launching a new recycling program to collect textiles and soft recyclables for its more than 32,000 residents on Aug. 15. Solon-based Simple Recycling will manage curbside pickup of the acceptable items on residents’ regular rubbish and recycling collection day. 

“We are aware that many residents may already donate their used clothing to charities and we would encourage them to continue,” said Mayor Dennis Clough. “However, as much as 85 percent of unwanted clothing often ends up in a landfill. This program is another way that we can help reduce this negative impact on our environment with minimal effort and at no cost to residents or the City.”

Residents are being notified by postcard this week. A packet containing the bags, labels and a letter from the mayor will arrive in homes the following week. Additional supplies will be provided as needed for those households participating in the program.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:05 AM, 08.02.2016

Bay High students add color to Play in Bay

Several community members recently saw some examples of signage and graphics that made playgrounds more colorful and pleasing to the eye, and they brought these ideas to the attention of the Bay Village Foundation trustees, who are leading community efforts to refurbish Play in Bay. The Bay Village Foundation president, Al Paulus, contacted Bay High School and was put in touch with Applied Arts teacher, Tom Schemrich.

The Foundation trustees were excited by the prospect of Bay High students, many of whom played at Play in Bay when they were young, creating colorful signage for the renovation project. The Applied Arts students accepted the assignment, came up with the idea of putting colorful fish as signs naming a number of spots in the playground (e.g., Perch Porch, Walleye Walk, etc.) and immediately set to work creating the fish. Al Paulus, along with a few other Foundation trustees and students met with the Cahoon Park Trustees and with their approval added the signs to the playground. Students that worked on the project included: Lucy Aleksandrovic, Savannah Bingaman, Maddie Dieterich, Lauren Galloway, Kaylie Harden, Claire Mohney, Sarah O'Hare and Tallulah Swazey.

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Volume 8, Issue 13, Posted 9:28 AM, 07.06.2016

Bay resident participates in Transplant Games of America

After five wonderful and fun-filled days, the Transplant Games of America held in Cleveland are over. Nathan Hart, who will be a sixth-grader in the fall at the Bay Middle School, represented Team Ohio well by coming home with three medals!

The Transplant Games of America were held June 10-15. This was Nathan's first time participating in the Transplant Games and he was very excited to be on Team Ohio! He participated in the family walk, 1K cycling, golf singles, basketball and volleyball. He had a blast meeting other transplant recipients and many living donors and donor families from all over the country.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.21.2016

Bay Legion retires 800 flags

American Legion Post #385 in Westlake retires flags twice a year, Flag Day and Veterans Day. On June 14 this year, the Post retired more than 800 flags, many of which came from local cemeteries plus those provided by residents.

Flags are retired using full military honors, which begins with an inspection by the Sergeant at Arms, the Second Vice Commander and the First Vice Commander. Each inspection includes a description of how the flags were used: to mark the graves of those who died in defense of their country or those flags flown over buildings or homes. After the Commander determines that the flags have served their appropriate purpose, he will ask the Post Chaplain to offer a prayer over the flags then release the flags for retirement by fire. Taps and the national anthem are played as all in attendance salute the flags.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:36 AM, 06.21.2016

Bay Village residents encouraged to share ideas for city

The City of Bay Village is seeking resident input on the formation of a new master plan to guide future growth and development. A “public visioning” meeting will be held Tuesday, June 28, 7 p.m., at the Dwyer Center. Residents will have an opportunity to meet the advisory team from the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, and voice their suggestions on an array of subjects including city infrastructure, housing, recreation, sustainability, transportation and economic development.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.21.2016

Bay school guard retires after more than 34 years of service

School crossing guard Rose Quarick has retired after serving the city of Bay Village for nearly 35 years.

Rose was hired Sept. 14, 1981. When she was asked what she will remember from her many years of service, her reply was simple: “The kids.” Rose is one of the unsung heroes of our community whose work is vitally important in keeping our children safe. Rose has seen two generations of kids at her school crossing posts. Her smile will be missed by the many children she assisted every school year. 

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:43 AM, 06.07.2016

Library director moonlights as rock reveler

We all have day jobs, usually in a profession for which we were educated or trained. But most of us also have second lives, doing things we really enjoy and have a passion for. Such is the case for members of a local band, all of whom hail from Westlake, that rock out on the weekends around town. These Westlakers have careers as diverse as teacher, business executive and library director.

I stopped by Felix & Oscar’s Pub recently to check out this local band, The Screaming Armadillos (more about that name later), and to hear what their playlist included.

Expectations weren’t that high because these musicians are only weekenders and because we all have friends – of varying talents – that are in a band. But to my surprise, they were very talented instrumentalists with tight vocal harmonies and played a wide-ranging repertoire of songs by artists including REM, Queen, the Rolling Stones and Johnny Cash.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:41 AM, 06.07.2016

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women’s Board members honored

The Women’s Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center enjoyed their annual spring luncheon at Cleveland Yacht Club on June 1, a perfect spring day for reminiscing with friends!

During social time, members and guests browsed through albums of pictures and news articles from past WB and Center events.

Two WB members, Mady Deter and Ellie Kirchner were honored for their 50-year membership with the Women’s Board and the Center.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:45 AM, 06.07.2016

Bay Village Foundation awards scholarships, grants

The Bay Village Foundation hosted its annual Memorial Day ceremony to dedicate permanent bronze plaques honoring James Potter, Richard Schier and Eileen Vernon, award scholarships to three Bay High seniors, and announce its 2016 grant recipients. The program, now in its 21st year, took place at Cahoon Park North and was emceed by Jon Loufman.

The T. Richard Martin Scholarship winner was Evan O'Donnell, and Abigail Christel and Joe Auckley were awarded Bay Village Foundation scholarships.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 10:29 AM, 06.07.2016

Is it time to change that flag?

Now that Memorial Day is over and Flag Day is upon us, it might be time to take a closer look at that outdoor flag of yours. Has it faded from the sun or become torn from the winter winds?

If either of these situations has attacked your flag it just might be time to purchase a new flag. Many local stores carry them in stock at competitive prices. Just be sure to buy one that was Made in America.

This brings us to the next step, what do you do with the old flag?

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:43 AM, 06.07.2016

Local students receive nursing scholarships

Each spring, O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village is honored to award four scholarships to local graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a career in nursing. Each candidate is required to complete a scholarship application and write an essay about why they want to pursue a career in the healthcare, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have at least one academic letter of recommendation. 

The four recipients for 2016 are Ellie Irvine from Bay High School, who plans to study nursing at the University of Kentucky; Hayley McIntyre from Westlake High who plans on studying nursing at Xavier; Hannah Lieb of Avon who attends Magnificat and plans to study nursing at the University of Mount Union; and Mary Quinn of Avon Lake High who plans to study nursing at the University of Mount Union. Congratulations to all of these very talented young women!

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:44 AM, 06.07.2016

Foundation to honor 3 Bay residents in annual ceremony

The Bay Village Foundation will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony to dedicate permanent bronze plaques honoring James Potter, Richard Schier and Eileen Vernon. The program, now in its 21st year, takes place at Cahoon Park North, under the tent, at approximately 10:30 a.m., immediately following the city’s Memorial Day observance at the Cahoon Park Gazebo.

The Potter family honored Jim with the plaque on his 80th birthday this month, celebrating his tremendous commitment to Bay Village through his involvement in numerous community organizations. Richard Schier, a veteran and resident of Bay, remembered the Bay Village Foundation in his will and is being honored for his service to the country and to the community. Eileen Vernon, charter member and longtime president of the Foundation, is being honored by her colleagues for 21 years of service to the Foundation and to Bay Village.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:44 AM, 05.17.2016

BVPD celebrates 10 years in 'new' station

The Bay Village Police Department is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its station house this month. In honor of the milestone, the department held an informal ceremony on May 6, welcoming Mayor Debbie Sutherland and Ruth Popovich, the city’s assistant finance director, for a trip down memory lane.

“We’re here because Ruth remembered that this month was our 10th anniversary,” said Chief Mark Spaetzel.

The finance department was heavily involved in the process, monitoring costs as the city dealt with legal and environmental issues that affected construction.

“We tracked every dime that went into this building,” Popovich recalled. “All the change orders and everything; it’s hard to walk in here and not think of the contractors, and the lawsuit and the ground remediation.”

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 11:06 AM, 05.17.2016

Westlake welcomes 2 new firefighter/paramedics

Two new firefighter/paramedics joined the Westlake Fire Department last month. Mayor Dennis Clough administered the oath of office to Patrick Crawford on April 6 and Christopher Molnar on April 19.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:55 AM, 05.17.2016

Bay Village police officers promoted

Two Bay Village police officers were promoted during a ceremony administered by Mayor Debbie Sutherland at City Hall prior to the May 10 City Council meeting.

Lt. Mark Palmer has been with the Bay Village Police Department since August 2010. He was promoted to lieutenant in charge of the Patrol Division. He is a drug recognition expert, is a member of the Westshore Enforcement Bureau’s Crisis Negotiation Team and was a field training officer. Lt. Palmer is married and has two children.

Sgt. Eric Tuisku has been with the Bay Village Police Department since October 2009. He was promoted to patrol sergeant in charge of the afternoon shift. Sgt Tuisku is a member of the Westshore Enforcement Bureau’s SWAT team. He has also served as a field training officer and a bike patrol officer.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 11:10 AM, 05.17.2016

Bay Women's Club awards scholarships

The Bay Village Women’s Club Foundation is awarding $22,500 in scholarships of $2,500 each to nine outstanding Bay High School seniors. The Club recognized the students and their families May 12 during a luncheon at the Cleveland Yachting Club. The Bay High School String Quintet provided entertainment.

This year’s scholarship recipients are as follows, with their school and major:

  • Rachel Hamilton, Case Western Reserve University, cognitive science and neurology
  • Evan Harms, Kent State University, multimedia journalism
  • Jocelyn Joseph, Baldwin Wallace University, psychology and pre-medicine
  • Katelyn Laskowski, Cuyahoga Community College, criminology
  • Annamarie McGuire, West Virginia University, forensic science
  • Moira Meehan, Ohio Wesleyan University, biology and fine arts
  • Alysse Nowak, Ohio University, chemistry and pre-medicine
  • Matthew Szekely, Kent State University, music education
  • Rachel Zvara, Cleveland State University, undecided
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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:45 AM, 05.17.2016

Bay Legion seeks families of active military personnel

The Bay Village American Legion is seeking families with active military members. These families are eligible to receive a Blue Star Service Banner to display in the window of their home to signify that they are a Blue Star Family. The Blue Star Service Banner is a reminder that war touches every neighborhood.

The Blue Star Banner was designed and patented in 1917 by World War I Army Captain Robert L. Queissner of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. The flag quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in service. In 1967, the Department of Defense authorized the service flag with an act of Congress.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:45 AM, 05.17.2016

Bay Village Foundation announces new trustees

The Bay Village Foundation announced a new group of trustees joining its board. The new trustees (who replace outgoing trustees Tim Atkinson, Margaux Hamilton, Colleen Harding, Amy Huntley, Jeff Koehler, Elaine Korte and Mike Petrigan) are Molly Bisson, Mark Flash and Mindy Stroh, Ginger Mlakar, Kristine Stylski, Dave Tadych and Denny Wendell.

The Bay Village Foundation has an exciting year ahead as we complete the fundraising and watch the new construction involved in the remodel of Play in Bay. Any family that wishes to add its name to the more than 300 families listed as donors should mail their contribution as soon as possible to The Bay Village Foundation, P.O. Box 40122. This has been a rewarding successful project.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.03.2016

Annual hydrant flushing in Bay Village

Our annual hydrant flushing is underway and will be completed, weather permitting, by early to mid-June. Each year we test and flush every hydrant in the city to ensure proper function, pressure and maintenance. 

As in past years, we will keep residents aware of our daily progress through the city, as we work from the east side of the city to the west side of the city, by posting temporary signs. We also notify city hall each morning of our work area for the day. Please note that hydrants are flushed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.



Since hydrant flushing sometimes loosens some of the rust in the water mains, you may notice rusty or discolored water when we are flushing in your area. If this happens, let your cold water run for a few minutes until it is clear again. Should any rusty water end up accidentally in your laundry, the Fire Department has a supply of rust remover packets. Call 871-1214 for more information or just stop in at the Fire Station.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:46 AM, 05.03.2016

Cheers to 40 years!

Leisure suits, go-go boots and miniskirts were spotted throughout the crowd of more than 300 supporters to help Youth Challenge celebrate turning the big 4-0. The Westlake non-profit’s annual benefit and auction “Celebrating 40 Years!” was held on April 16 at Ariel International Center in Cleveland.

Guests helped raise over $200,000 to fund adapted programs 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 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.03.2016

Bay Village DAR honors Vietnam veterans

The Daughters of the American Revolution has partnered with the United States of America Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration, established by Congress, to "thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war (POW) or listed as missing in action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans."

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.19.2016

Rotary Club of Westlake/Bay Village holds annual speech contest

Open to all high school students who live in the cities of Westlake and Bay Village, the Rotary annual speech contest is a rewarding opportunity to improve public speaking skills and ultimately compete in the District competition, where generous scholarship funds are awarded.

The Rotary Club of Westlake/Bay Village held their event on March 22 in Westlake. The theme of the speech had to incorporate the Rotary 4-Way Test: Is it the truth is it fair to all concerned, will it build good will and better friendships, and is it beneficial to all concerned.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:11 AM, 04.05.2016

Westlake Girl Scouts earn Silver Award

Cadette Troop 71345 from Westlake earned the Silver Award by helping children keep reading at a new public charter school in inner-city Cleveland, Stonebrook Montessori. The Silver Award is the second-highest award in Girl Scouting and is open to Cadette Girls Scouts in sixth to eighth grades. Madeline Boyer, Samantha Chang, Olivia Clarke, Maya Daw, Abigail Dumm, Rebecca Monahan, and Christie Murphy, all of Westlake, earned this prestigious award.

The girls are avid readers and wanted to pass on this passion to other children. They located an inner-city school that just opened in Cleveland and does not yet have a library. The girls researched about the importance of early childhood literacy and the effects poverty can have on a small child. Then they discovered Little Free Libraries. A Little Free Library is a small box that holds books. Children are invited to "take a book and leave a book."

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:10 AM, 04.05.2016

Westlake moves on from water decision, sets sights on city improvements

When you have a sound plan and stick to it, you can expect things to turn out well. Such has been the case with Westlake. The city administration, under Mayor Dennis Clough, has a track record of making wise financial decisions, from offering business incentives to investing in infrastructure. A strong leader surrounded by a team of capable department heads and council members sharing a vision for the future have put the city on a path of growth.

In a long-awaited decision on the terms of Westlake’s contract with the Cleveland Division of Water, the Court of Common Pleas ruled last month in Westlake’s favor, finding that the city is entitled to obtain water from a secondary provider and is not liable for any costs to Cleveland Water, as the water service agreement expired in March 2015. While the City of Cleveland has vowed to appeal the decision, Mayor Clough expressed confidence in the verdict.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:24 AM, 03.15.2016

Humor writing workshop open to new members

If you enjoy reading humorous writing by authors like Dave Barry and Erma Bombeck, this is the group for you. Come join us at 9:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at Westlake Porter Public Library to engage in writing humorous pieces on various subjects such as growing up, old age, freaky friends, politics or whatever other aspects of life hit your humor bone.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:05 AM, 03.15.2016

West Shore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, March 9, 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), Clough (Westlake), Patton (Fairview Park), Summers (Lakewood), and Sutherland (Bay Village). Mayor Kennedy (North Olmsted) was absent. 

County Office of Sustainability Director Mike Foley spoke. His department, formed 13 months ago, was created to encourage use of greener energy. He spoke about the Clean Energy Finance Hub, which will help businesses, institutions, local governments and homeowners reduce their energy costs and access affordable clean energy retrofits and renewable power supplies. This bundling would take advantage of a 30 percent tax credit for solar power installations. His department will also help cities by performing energy audits.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 9:59 AM, 03.15.2016

Rite Aid Foundation awards $10,000 to Youth Challenge

Youth Challenge, the local KidCents charity, received a $10,000 gift for participating in The Rite Aid Foundation’s Big Hearts Give Challenge. The special challenge was designed by The Rite Aid Foundation to help KidCents charities raise awareness, grow their donor network and earn additional funds for their organization.

The donation will help Youth Challenge continue to offer a variety of adapted sports and recreational activities to hundreds of children with physical disabilities and their teen volunteer partners. Youth Challenge has offices in Westlake and Shaker Heights and offers free programming and transportation to participants in an eight-county area of Northeast Ohio. 

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:08 AM, 03.15.2016

St. John Medical Center appoints new president

University Hospitals has appointed Robert G. David as president of University Hospitals St. John Medical Center in Westlake.

As president of UH St. John Medical Center, Mr. David will lead the Catholic hospital’s growth and integration as a wholly owned UH community hospital. Under his leadership, UH will continue to invest resources and strengthen UH St. John Medical Center as a vital provider of comprehensive health care services to Cleveland’s Westside communities as well as maintain the hospital’s faith-based mission. 

A highly experienced health care executive, Mr. David has been president of several UH community hospitals for the past eight years, including UH Bedford and Richmond medical centers and UH Conneaut and Geneva medical centers.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:29 AM, 03.01.2016

West Side Writers welcome budding authors

The West Side Writers have been meeting once a month at Westlake Porter Public Library to share their stories and obtain valuable feedback in the polishing process called "critiquing." Using the internet, writers distribute their writing prior to meetings, and then come together to offer constructive comments, suggestions and ideas to improve their writing.

The novels that have come out of this supportive environment cover a wide range of genre, from supernatural to science fiction to thrillers and mysteries. At least seven novels have gone through the West Side Writers’ critiquing process and been published.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:38 AM, 03.01.2016

Bay Village citizen, project of the year honored

The Bay Village Community Council held a reception Feb. 28 at BAYarts to recognize this year’s Citizen of the Year, Lt. Jeff Hartz of the Bay Village Auxiliary Police Department, and Project of the Year, the new BAYarts ceramics studio. Mayor Debbie Sutherland presented proclamations to Hartz and Nancy Heaton, BAYarts’ executive director.

Hartz humbly accepted the honor on behalf of the entire auxiliary crew. “This award is not about me. This award is about all of the members of the Bay Village auxiliary police, who all give freely of their time when the police need it most.” BVPD Chief Mark Spaetzel seconded Hartz’s comments, but added a personal commendation: “If I need something done, I can always go to Jeff. He makes it happen. ... Jeff has earned this award many times over.”

The honor is the “latest jewel in the crown” for BAYarts, Mayor Sutherland said, praising the organization as “a driver of both arts & culture and employment” in the city. “What we do – more than art, more than anything – we feel our job is community,” Heaton said.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:47 AM, 03.01.2016

2016 Ohio Rose named at annual fundraiser

Over 200 guests and sponsors attended the sixth annual Ohio Rose Selection Celebration hosted by Westlake World Partners (WWP), a non-profit group formed to support the City of Westlake’s Sister Cities programming. Its annual fundraiser took place on Feb. 13 at the West Side Irish American Club.

Westlake World Partners manages the Ohio Rose Centre, an affiliate of The Rose of Tralee International Festival. WWP’s founders saw the opportunity to engage with The Festival as a natural extension of Westlake’s Sister City relationship with the Town of Tralee in Ireland. The municipalities became Sister Cities or “Twin Towns” (as they are referred to in Ireland) in 2009.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:27 AM, 02.16.2016

Big boost to Play in Bay campaign

The Bay Village Foundation received three big boosts to the fundraising effort to remodel the Play in Bay playground. At last week's quarterly meeting of the Foundation, George McDonald presented a check for $4,500 from the Bay Village Kiwanis. At the same time, Bay High Key Club president Jared Chudzinski presented a check for $2,000. These two gifts prompted BVF President Al Paulus to say, “I am so excited about how the Bay Village community has embraced the Play in Bay refurbishment and enhancement project. We have received donations from over 300 individuals and businesses."

The following Saturday, Feb. 6,  The Bay Village Foundation brought the first Winterfest to Play in Bay. Trustees Sarah Urbansic and Mindy Stroh chaired the event. Over $3,000 was raised and the kids had a great time. Said BVF Vice President Rich Veres, "It was a great day! We had beautiful weather, terrific effort and an awesome, enthusiastic crowd of children, parents and grandparents. There was a nice showing of adult volunteers and an excellent group of volunteers from the Bay High School Key Club."

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:29 AM, 02.16.2016

New officers and new direction for Westlake Garden Club

The Westlake Garden Club celebrated the holidays of 2015 with a delicious lunch at Westwood Country Club in December with holiday music provided by Emily Rose. At that lunch, new officers for 2016 were installed.

This is the first time in four years the gavel has been passed to a new president. A big thank you to outgoing president Regina McCarthy, whose innovations took the club in new directions over the past four years.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:33 AM, 02.16.2016

Connecting for Kids honors Westlake residents

Connecting for Kids will honor two Westlake residents who have helped fulfill the organization’s mission to provide education and support for area families with questions or concerns about their child at its annual fundraiser on Feb. 26. The event will be held at Ahern Catering & Banquet Center in Avon Lake. The honorees are Amy Lee, Ph.D., professional of the year, and Andrew Mangels, board member of the year.

“Last year was the first time we presented these awards and now we are making it an annual tradition to honor those who have made a difference in the lives of area families and their children with special needs,” said Sarah Rintamaki, Executive Director of Connecting for Kids. “Each person has been selected because he or she has made a unique contribution to our community.”

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:05 AM, 02.16.2016

West Shore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Feb. 10, 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), Clough (Westlake), Summers (Lakewood), and Sutherland (Bay Village). Mayors Patton (Fairview Park) and Kennedy (North Olmsted) were absent. Fiscal Officer Renee Mahoney, County Council Representative David Greenspan, and a fire department representative also attended.

Topics discussed were proposed RTA service cuts and fare increases although ridership is up. A meeting is planned for Feb. 23 to discuss consolidating fire services in WCOG. It was mentioned that ambulances now in use provide many more services and capabilities than in the past.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.16.2016

Poll workers wanted

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is seeking civic-minded people to serve as poll workers in Westlake, Rocky River and Lakewood during the March 15 Presidential Primary Election.

Poll workers earn $172.10 for their service, which includes successfully completing a poll worker training class, attending a 6 p.m. meeting the night before the election, and working Election Day from 5:30 a.m. until about 8:00 p.m.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.16.2016