The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has launched the “Join the Party” voter education campaign. The goal of the campaign is to make sure voters do not miss this opportunity to join the political party of their choice or to be a nonpartisan voter. In Ohio, the only method voters may utilize to establish or change their party affiliation is by voting in a partisan primary election. People may also choose to vote an issues-only ballot if they prefer to be considered a nonpartisan voter.
When I heard last year that Sally Irwin Price had fallen ill, I decided to write an article about her. I barely knew the woman personally; it was her reputation that I was familiar with. I knew she headed Baycrafters for more than three decades and co-authored a book about Bay Village history.
What I found out during the course of my research was the depth of Sally’s impact on the community. She was heavily involved in the efforts to preserve and relocate the Fuller House and the Caboose to the Baycrafters campus and the Reuben Osborn House to Cahoon Park. One of Sally’s best-known projects was the annual Renaissance Festival that brought large crowds to Bay Village every Labor Day weekend.
Far West Center announces a recent grant award from Community West Foundation to expand trauma-focused mental health services for persons most in need in our community.
All Far West Center services include a screening for trauma, whether recent or past, and clinical care that includes learning skills and creating a personal “toolkit” for recovery from the effects of trauma. The Community West Foundation grant expands these trauma-focused services and enables Far West Center to launch an ongoing trauma recovery support group to help with patients with long-term success.
On Saturday, Feb. 20, 6p.m., the HUGS Foundation will host a benefit at BAYarts to support their mission of helping families of chemically dependent adolescents in Northeast Ohio.
Catered by Sweet Melissa’s, the evening will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, silent auction, art show, plus a special honor to Monica Robins of WKYC-TV for her help in raising awareness of the drug and heroin epidemic.
HUGS, which stands for Hope, Understanding, Gratitude and Serenity, provides funds for treatment, travel and ancillary services not covered by insurance benefits.
The Bay Village Community Council, an assembly of representatives from many of the city’s civic groups and nonprofit organizations, has selected this year’s Citizen and Project of the Year. Individuals and projects that merit recognition are nominated by Bay Village residents. A selection committee of Community Council members thoroughly discusses each nominee to determine those most deserving of the honor. At the Jan. 14 meeting the committee selected the 2016 Citizen of the Year, Jeffrey Hartz, and the Project of the Year, the new BAYarts ceramics studio.
Citizen of the Year
Jeffrey Hartz is a long-serving member of the Bay Village Auxiliary Police Department. Since joining the all-volunteer squad in 1987, Jeff has become known as the “go-to guy” to get the job done, always ready to offer support to first responders in safety situations ranging from downed trees and power lines to car accidents to – his most memorable assignment – security detail for former President George W. Bush’s motorcade during a campaign stop in Westlake.
The HUGS Foundation will host a fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m at BAYarts to support their mission of helping families of chemically dependent adolescents in Northeast Ohio. The evening will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, silent auction, art show and auction, plus a special honor to Monica Robins of WKYC-TV for her help in raising awareness of the drug and heroin epidemic.
St. John Medical Center chaplain Sister Kendra Bottoms is handed a medallion from the hospital’s Tree of Life during a Dec. 3 memorial service. Inscribed on the back with the name of a hospital volunteer or an employee who has passed away during the past year, the mementos are taken down from the Tree of Life wall mural and presented to relatives following a service in the hospital’s chapel.
Many of us have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. This sentiment especially applies to Dan Busch and Jon Masterson, both Bay High grads; '94 and '93 respectively. Their lives were changed on the night of Oct. 23, 2014; a night that they will never forget.
It was a typical Thursday night for Dan and Jon. They met at The Dover Gardens Tavern, just west of Dover Center road in Westlake, for a quick beer and dinner. The NFL Thursday night game was on TV with the Broncos playing the Chargers and Dan had just returned to his seat at the middle of the bar when a white pickup truck came crashing through the patio and into the tavern.
"I remember hearing squealing brakes," Dan said.
"I remember hearing someone yell," said Jon.
At 6 p.m. on Nov. 29, John Underation turned on the lights of a breathtaking Christmas display at 30629 Maple Drive in Bay Village for its fifth season. Underation began his Christmas decoration obsession when he was offered well-known Bay Village activist Randy Stang’s extensive collection of Christmas lights by Stang’s wife, Jacqueline, the summer after Stang’s untimely death in February 2010.
Underation did not always decorate his house for Christmas. He grew up in Barberton, Ohio, and his family did not decorate. But there was a house in nearby Norton that decorated extravagantly, and had a flying Santa Claus. Underation would visit the house at Christmastime as a child and wanted to have a house like that when he grew up. When he moved to Cleveland with his wife, Kelley, in 2001, Underation decorated discretely with white twinkle lights.
"I wish bullies weren’t so mean." "I wish people would accept me, autism and all." "I wish that I could see." These are just some of the wishes that children with special needs have added to the Connecting for Kids Wishing Tree which features more than 300 wishes submitted by area families, community supporters and students. The tree will be on display through the holiday season at Barnes & Noble at Crocker Park in Westlake.
“We wanted to build something amazing in our community and we are so excited to see it all come together,” said Sarah Rintamaki, Executive Director of Connecting for Kids. “We have two goals with the Wishing Tree. One is to raise awareness in the community about what it’s like to have a child with special needs. The second is to demonstrate that even though a family may have a child who struggles, their wishes are similar to any other family. One parent wrote that her wish is not to have to remind her sons to wash their hands every time they leave the bathroom – I think all parents can relate to that wish.”
TV nostalgia authors Mike and Janice Olszewski will meet-and-greet fans and autograph copies of their new book, "Cleveland TV Tales, Vol. 2," on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 1-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Crocker Park. The event is free and open to the public.
A sequel to the first book, "Cleveland TV Tales," the second volume gives more behind-the-screen stories from the golden age of local television including favorite Cleveland television personalities of the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s.
The book includes stories about the rise of glamorous news anchors (including more than one Miss America contestant); late-night horror-movie hosts battling to take over the legacy of the legendary Ghoulardi; the strange, sad saga of the former daytime host who shot himself after a bizarre sex scandal; a weatherman who was a lightning rod for coworkers’ endless practical jokes; the gutsy reporter who interviewed Danny Greene hours before the mobster was blown up in his car; and many more.
Youth Challenge has received a $3,200 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 84 grants totaling over $704,732 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers.
Youth Challenge used the grant money to purchase ramps and boccia balls to support its boccia team for children and young adults with physical disabilities. Boccia is the adapted form of bocce. YC boccia programs are designed for children and young adults with various physical disabilities to compete on a sports team, many for the first time. The athletes work together with teen volunteers as their sport assistants and take part in local and regional competitions.
NFL ultimate fan Debra Darnall (aka “The Bone Lady”) will meet-and-greet fans and autograph copies of her new book, "The Bone Lady: Life Lessons Learned as One of Football’s Ultimate Fans – A Memoir” on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Crocker Park. The event is free and open to the public.
In this unusual new memoir, Darnall tells about the wacky, bumpy and ultimately wonderful ride of self-discovery she found herself on after deciding one day to put on an outrageous costume and start rooting for the Cleveland Browns. The struggling artist suddenly and surprisingly became one of the most visible women in football and a spokesperson for fans of all kinds.
Each Memorial Day, The Bay Village Foundation hosts a well-attended public ceremony in Cahoon Park. The event honors friends and family with the installation of a beautiful bronze plaque. For some families in the past, this was their idea of a perfect gift for a loved one.
Personalized text is engraved on a bronze plaque and is permanently installed on the T. Richard Martin Footbridge overlooking the lake in Cahoon Memorial Park.
The Bay Village American Legion Post #385 has begun their annual collection of donations for the statewide program, “Gifts for Yanks.” This effort is part of a larger drive of the Ohio American Legion that for over 65 years has pooled funds from local posts to maximize the impact of local gifts providing activities and gifts for veterans in Ohio’s state hospitals, VA medical centers, outpatient clinics and the Ohio Veterans Homes in Sandusky and Georgetown.
The program collects monies throughout the community and forwards it to fund Christmas presents for veterans in hospitals and veterans homes. Additionally, the Bay Village Post uses some of the funds to provide prizes at the Wade Park Veterans Hospital when they conduct Friday Night Bingo Nights with the patients.
The Bay Village Police Department held a special recognition ceremony during the Oct. 19 City Council session to recognize the city’s school crossing guards. Police Chief Mark Spaetzel and myself, the liaison between the police department and the school guards, wanted to offer a special thank you for all the hard work they have done over the last several years.
Our guards perform at an exemplary level to make sure the children get across the street safely while on their way to/from school. This is done every day of the school year, without complaint, but not without its challenges.
One of the biggest hurdles facing our guards is watching for the countless drivers who are impatient and in a hurry or even the other drivers who are too oblivious to the things that go on around them. I am sure all of our guards have lost count of the numerous times they have had to jump out of the way in order to not be hit.
Hospice of the Western Reserve invites residents of Westlake, Bay Village and the surrounding West Shore area to join staff and volunteers at its 37th annual meeting, Tell Your Story,” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5 to 7 p.m., in the Cleveland Convention Center Ballroom, 300 Lakeside Ave. Admission is free; complimentary valet parking will be provided.
Keynote speakers are Ivan Schwarz, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, and award-winning actor, director and producer James Madio, well known for his role as Sgt. Frank Perconte in the award-winning HBO miniseries, “Band of Brothers.” Hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be served at 5 p.m.; the evening’s program begins at 5:30 p.m. Registration (requested) is available online at hospicewr.org/story or by phone at 216-383-5291.
This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Sutherland’s office prepares official minutes, which are posted on Bay Village’s website.
Present: Mayors Sutherland (Bay Village), Clough (Westlake), Kennedy (North Olmsted), Patton (Fairview Park) and Summers (Lakewood). Mayor Bobst (Rocky River) was absent. Fiscal officer Renee Mahoney and Cuyahoga County District 1 Councilperson David Greenspan also attended.
Minutes from the September meeting were approved and Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB) financials for September were received. The mayors provided the following reports:
RTA (Clough): Dr. Valarie J. McCall, a member of the board of trustees of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, was elected chair of the 2015-16 executive board of the American Public Transportation Association at the association's October meeting. (Dr. McCall is chief of governmental and international affairs for Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.)
On Saturday, Oct. 3, members of the Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and their guests celebrated the founding of the Bay Village chapter 75 years ago.
Martha Devotion Huntington was the wife of Samuel Huntington, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Their adopted son, Samuel H. Huntington, would become Governor of Ohio.
Forty-five celebrants gathered at LaCentre to commemorate three milestones: the founding of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution 125 years ago, the charter approval of the Martha Devotion Huntington chapter 75 years ago, and the 50 years that have elapsed since the Vietnam War.
Play in Bay is a feather in the cap of all Bay Village residents. After 20 years, the work of many is not forgotten. One cannot pass this structure without remembering how much time and heart went into it.
For those new to Bay, volunteers built the playground in 1995. Bay Village Kiwanis played a major role in financing, building and scheduling. Volunteer Connie Deiken said she learned to use power tools that she never expected to use in her lifetime. Kim Campbell said the work was difficult and despite going home tired, they built a camaraderie among the group that remains today.
At the October meeting the Bay Village Kiwanis Club installed three new members. Conducting the installation was club president, George MacDonald. The club was founded in 1950 and has 42 members. The club is noted as the sponsor of Bay Days, semi-annual pancake breakfasts and the annual Christmas Tree sales.
Each year the club awards over $16,000 in college scholarships to Bay High graduating seniors. All Bay High students that maintain a 3.6 grade point average are recognized at their annual Academic Achievement Night held at Bay High School. More information on the club is available on their Facebook page, Bay Village Kiwanis.
Something really cool is happening on Saturday, Oct. 10! Cleveland Miniaturia Society is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." For a century and a half this much loved children's book has delighted us. We have fallen down the rabbit hole with Alice, taken tea with her and the Mad Hatter, been maddened by the Cheshire Cat, and had to convince the Queen of Hearts we didn't steal her tarts!
Join CMS down the rabbit hole, at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the club's 44th annual show, where members will exhibit their favorite Alice characters, in miniature!
A total lunar eclipse will be observable in the night sky on Sunday, Sept. 27. No special equipment, telescopes or eye protection are required to enjoy the phenomena. Simply step outdoors and turn your eyes to the sky! Spectators can expect to see the full, white moon gradually turning red.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon travels through Earth’s shadow in space. The Earth’s shadow is actually not black, as some may expect, but red. This is the result of the planet’s atmosphere acting as a prism and reflecting the red color onto the moon.
The Bay Alumni Foundation is honored to announce the 2015 inductees for the Bay High School Distinguished Alumni / Educator Hall of Fame. The Bay High HOF has recognized exemplary lifetime contributions to male and female participants as far back as 1931 and currently has over 65 members. A full list of prior inductees can be viewed at www.bayalumni.com.
“The 2015 inductees – both alumni and educators – are individuals who have dedicated their time and talent to a highly diverse set of organizations, activities and occupations – all of them being highly accomplished and dedicated to excellence in many unique areas," said Lee Rohlke, president Bay High Alumni Foundation. "Their commitment to Bay High School, the city of Bay Village, fellow classmates, co-workers, many civic and volunteer organizations was, and is, phenomenal and greatly appreciated.”
Mystery writer Les Roberts will meet and greet fans and autograph copies of his new book, "The Ashtabula Hat Trick," on Saturday Oct. 3, from 1-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers; 198 Crocker Park Blvd. in Westlake. The event is free and open to the public.
"The Ashtabula Hat Trick" is No. 18 in the series featuring Milan Jacovich (pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovich), the Slovenian-American private investigator from Cleveland.
When Milan's beau – and Cleveland homicide detective – Tobe Blaine is tasked to investigate the first-ever murder in nearby Queenstown, Ohio, the two pack their bags for a trip to rural Ashtabula County. After another affluent citizen turns up dead, they discover that this small town has big secrets.
Bay teen's bike stolen while rescuing dog
My name is Dillon. You may remember me from my previous articles about saving Peanut the dog three years ago. Incredibly, I am back now with another dog story.
Monday evening, Aug. 3, I read a post on a Facebook page that a lost dog was running past the Bayway Cabin, (Kiddie Kollege), and fell 50-feet down a nearby cliff! After reading this, I got on my bike to try and find her. I was going to look where she was last seen by the cabin and walk up the creek from there, but the Lord was pulling me in a different direction.
I ended up at the bottom of the Cahoon Park sledding hill. Because I was in such a rush, I got off my bike and threw it behind a large bush. I leaped over the creek, and was going to continue alongside it, but again, God led me to hike up the other side of the cliff. At the top, I turned to my left, and within an instant, I saw the dog.
The Sisters of Charity Health System (SCHS) and University Hospitals (UH) have signed an agreement to transfer sole ownership of St. John Medical Center in Westlake to UH. The announcement follows a five-year agreement under which UH was the managing member of their co-ownership of the hospital. The agreement is expected to be finalized within 60 days, subject to regulatory review.
St. John Medical Center is a 204-bed, full-service, nonprofit, acute care hospital providing comprehensive health care to residents of western Cuyahoga and eastern Lorain counties. The medical center, which has been co-owned by UH and SCHS since 1999, is a leading provider of Catholic health care.
The Annual Jewelry Heist, now in its sixth year, has become a popular fundraiser for Clague Playhouse. It begins with reaching its hand out to the community for costume jewelry. Last season, during its Christmas-show sale, it earned more than $4,000.
Imagine the bulk of trinkets, necklaces, bracelets, pearls, semi-precious jewels and artisan ware that were needed to reach that level of success. Theater patrons have shown their support with donations, and when visiting the theater they marvel at the variety and prices available to them. Fun begins in the lobby before the production, during intermission and after the show.
The local Jewish population has a new place to congregate with the opening of a Jewish center in Westlake, serving the western suburbs of Cleveland. “Chabad of the West Side” is now in operation, featuring Jewish education for adults and children, and Jewish cultural and social events.
“We are ecstatic about this new milestone,” says Rabbi Mendel Jacobs, who will be directing the center along with his wife, Devorah.
After their marriage in 2014, the couple has taken up this post offered to them by the regional directors of Chabad’s global Jewish outreach movement in Northeast Ohio, Rabbi Leibel and Devorah Alevsky.
The Herb Guild Garden Club’s 31st annual scholarship luncheon took place on Aug. 5 at the Avon Oaks Country Club. Two scholarship recipients were each given a $2,000 scholarship. This year’s recipients are Megan Urig, a graduate of Midview High School in Grafton, and Natasha Daniels, a graduate of the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center.
Megan will be attending The Ohio State University’s Agricultural College where she will be studying agricultural and animal science. Natasha is attending Johnson and Wales University in North Carolina where she is studying culinary management. Natasha was not present at the luncheon, as she has already started the school year.
While a thrilled 5-year-old camper looks on, Amy LeMonds, director of wildlife at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, introduces an Eastern Box Turtle to its newly expanded indoor-outdoor habitat at the Bay Village center’s Sam Engler Turtle Exhibit.
Bay Village Kiwanis Club members expended 100 hours to add outdoor recreation facilities for the turtle collection. Also pictured are Kiwanis work crew chief Foster McMasters and President Kelly Applegate Baon.
Congratulations to 2015 Bay High graduate, Nathan Cullinan, on receiving the Quartermaster Award, the highest rank in Sea Scouts. The award was presented to Nate after he sat through a Board of Review composed of four scout leaders with over a hundred years’ experience. Nate was quizzed on his leadership skills and the lessons learned during his tenure in Sea Scouts. The board was particularly challenging as it was chaired by Mark Bobal, a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander.
Mr. Bobal, who presently serves as the Passenger Vessel Safety Specialist for the 9th Coast Guard District stated that, "Nate was ready for all the questions we could send his way." The nautical questions which Mr. Bobal asked stemmed from his service on board the Arctic Icebreaker, CGC Westwind and over 30 years in the Marine Safety Inspection field.
The Westlake Fire Department received two awards at the July 2 Westlake City Council meeting.
The first, presented by the American Heart Association, was the organization’s Mission Lifeline Silver Award, which recognized the Westlake Fire Department’s high standard of cardiac care and transport of patients suffering from a STEMI, a severe heart attack that requires urgent treatment to prevent death. Of the 1,400 agencies in the state that provide emergency services, only 51 received the award.
The second award was a recognition from St. John Medical Center for excellent care of cardiovascular patients for the year 2014.
In celebration of its 20th year, The Bay Village Foundation voted last month to approve two major projects. Trustees voted to make an anniversary gift to the families of Bay Village by refurbishing and adding new features to the Play in Bay playground in Cahoon Memorial Park.
Twenty years ago, Bay Village city council set up a private fund to help two groups of volunteers that were raising funds for the Play in Bay playground and for the expansion of the Bay Way Cabin. Council President T. Richard Martin suggested that a separate fund be set up to act as a private account to hold the incoming funds during the drives. The new fund was called The Future of Bay.
Both groups succeeded in their goals and both facilities are in heavy use. Rather than close the fund, then-Mayor Tom Jelepis, law director Gary Ebert and then-Councilman Wayne Reese elected to keep the fund and to apply for non-profit status. Over the years it became The Bay Village Foundation.
There were fireworks at this year's Bay Days celebration thanks to corporate sponsor Sunnyside Auto Group, Assistant to the Mayor Sue Kohl who spearheaded the sale of Bay Village-branded items, the Freedom Boat Club and the many individuals who donated money or purchased raffle tickets to support the cause.
Eric Eakin, chairperson of the Bay Days Fireworks Fund, presented a check during the June 29 City Council meeting to Mayor Deborah Sutherland to help pay for the fireworks display.
"The Bay Days fireworks display is now mostly privately funded, so our committee works hard to make sure that we all can enjoy a grand fireworks display on our nation's birthday," Eakin said. "After all, what would Bay Days be without fireworks? That's right: a dud."
Are you curious about a new restaurant that recently opened? Or maybe you want to know about new trends on the dining scene in Cleveland.
Join the Westlake Garden Club on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and get the answers from the food critic. The garden club’s annual fundraiser luncheon is being held at Westwood Country Club with guest speaker Joe Crea, food and restaurant editor for The Plain Dealer. Joe is a tenacious, evocative and empathetic interviewer, drawing introspective and unexpected perspective from interviewees. Plan to be entertained and enlightened as Joe shares his knowledge and experiences with us.
Sally Price celebrated her birthday with friends and family during a summer cookout at Normandy Manor in Rocky River with gifts from family and members of the community.
Sally, a knowledgeable keeper of the history of Bay Village, also headed Baycrafters and was the organization’s guiding force for several decades and had an office in the red caboose on the arts campus.
Nancy Heaton of BAYarts provided a birthday gift of a painting of the caboose, and the Observer presented a framed copy of an article about Sally that recently ran in the newspaper.
Her daughters fondly remembered the caboose from their youth, “We used to play inside there when mom used it as her office,” said Vicki Lubin-Price.
Over the weekend of June 27-28, if one should happen to stumble upon a group of people in a park, or other public space, gathered around an array of radio gear connected to wires hanging from trees or strange-looking antennae, don’t be alarmed. This probably won’t be a group of folks trying to help E.T. phone home; it will most likely be a collection of amateur radio operators participating in the annual American Radio Relay League Field Day contest.
Founded on April 6, 1914, in Hartford Connecticut, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has evolved to be the most prominent advocacy organization for the Amateur Radio Service in the United States. The ARRL organizes a wide range of educational and radio hobby related activities throughout the year, among them being a variety of over-the-air contests.
Love-A-Stray’s fourth annual Fur Fun 5K and Dog Walk attracted over 400 participants to the campus of Avon Lake High School on Sunday, April 26. The 5K stepped off at 9 a.m. with 339 runners and walkers, followed by a 1-mile dog walk at 11 a.m. that included 100 walkers and their four-legged companions.
According to volunteer race coordinator Andrea Sheetz, the event was a great success even though last year’s attendance was about 10 percent higher.
The Fur Fun event also included pet- and wellness-oriented vendors, two local rescue groups with adoptable pets, raffle baskets and a pre-event T-shirt contest. The dog walk participants received a nylon backpack filled with goodies for their four-legged friends.
The Bay Days fireworks fund committee awarded the first of two raffle prizes, a one-year membership in the Freedom Boat Club. The winner was longtime Bay Village resident Tom Dunn, who called himself “a sometimes boater, without a boat.” The winning ticket was drawn outside city hall on Memorial Day by 3-year-old Eliot Beal, who was in attendance with his mother, Claudia, and brother, Henry.
Raffle tickets are still available for the Cavaliers package, which includes a great pair of tickets to 10 games next season, plus a "swag bag" of Cavaliers goodies, like a T-shirt, notebook, water bottle and more. The package is valued at more than $800. The deadline to purchase tickets is July 4. All the details, plus a PayPal button for cash donations, can be found on the group's website, bayfireworks.org.
All money raised from raffle ticket sales and donations go directly to help fund the annual Bay Days fireworks spectacular on July 4.