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Community House's future is brighter with recent upgrade

On Sept. 24, four members of the Bay Village Green Team gathered to install energy efficient lighting upgrades on the main floor of the historic 132-year-old Community House in Cahoon Park. The Green Team has been conducting its meetings at the Community House for most of its 7-year existence and recently decided to donate the project as a way to thank the city for its support. The project is also a way to show how energy efficiency upgrades can quickly pay for themselves and save money in the long run, even in old structures. 

A total of sixty 13-watt, compact florescent lamps (CFLs) replaced sixty 60-watt incandescent bulbs. That reduced the energy consumption of the lighting from 3,600 watts down to 780 watts without reducing the light output (measured in lumens). In fact, the light output of the new lighting is noticeably brighter. The old incandescent bulbs gave off 780 lumens each and the new CFLs are rated at 900 lumens each.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.30.2014

And in Bay ... East met West

It was the hottest, the most humid, and a very stormy night in Bay. I know it sounds like the beginning of an Edgar Allan Poe story, but on Aug. 26, 82 to 100 residents (not everyone signed in) from Wards 1 and 4, and other wards, came together. Despite the weather, Bay’s Community House was buzzing!

Folks came to listen to Tom Henderson (Ward 4) and me, Dave Tadych (Ward 1). We also were proud to welcome County Representative for District 1, Dave Greenspan. We had stories, announcements, slides, tax explanations, city ideas and improvements, business changes, Ward information and pending Council legislation, along with Avon Lake’s new white-tailed deer legislation on the agenda for review. And review we did.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:07 AM, 09.16.2014

Community leaders respond to bullying incident

Bay Village's police chief and superintendent released statements in response to an incident that was recently reported to the police and media. A peaceful vigil to promote tolerance is planned for Friday, Sept. 5, 6:15 p.m., in front of Bay High School.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE BAY VILLAGE POLICE DEPARTMENT

On Sept. 3, a Bay Village mother reported her 14-year-old son with autism was the victim of a prank "ice bucket challenge." Her son was with a group of youth and thought he was going to be doused with a bucket of ice water. Instead, a bucket full of water, urine and spit was dumped on him. The incident was recorded by the youth and posted to Instagram. 

As parents and those with friends who have children with autism, we are appalled by the actions of the youth involved in the assault on this young man. It is sad and disheartening to see this type of behavior from our youth. Those involved will be held accountable for their actions.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 4:47 PM, 09.05.2014

Bay councilmen host meeting

An attentive crowd of more than 100 Bay Village residents endured heat, humidity and an intense summer storm Aug. 26 to hear their city council representatives share the latest updates about their neighborhoods. Ward 1 Councilman Dave Tadych and Ward 4 Councilman Tom Henderson spoke at the Community House for nearly two hours about myriad topics including development, taxes, recreation and those pesky deer.

While they each presented their own ward updates, both councilmen commented together on the issues that affect both of their wards, or the city as a whole.

One hot-button topic brought up by Councilman Tadych was the attached residence district legislation, or “Chapter 1158” of the city’s code. Currently Bay has attached residences in Cashelmara and Bay Commons. They are a permitted use in retail and commercial zones, although none have been built in these zones. Any other development within the city would require 5 acres and a zoning change.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 10:04 AM, 09.03.2014

Hometown astronaut honored

"He was so into flying. When I look up and see the plane trails go by I think, 'Well, he’s up there and he’s watching me and all of you, keeping us safe.'"

This is how Katherine "Kit" Overmyer, wife of astronaut Col. Robert Overmyer, described her late husband at the dedication of a historical marker in Westlake’s Cahoon Park on Aug. 23.

Her remarks came at the end of the ceremony which featured speakers honoring Overmyer, who grew up in Westlake and graduated from Westlake High in 1954. Ohio State Senator Thomas Patton, State Rep. Nan Baker and Cuyahoga County Councilman Dave Greenspan were among those who presented proclamations to Ms. Overmyer, citing her husband’s accomplishments.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:44 AM, 09.03.2014

Raffle winner and council colleagues enjoy boat trip

This last spring, at the Bay Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, I purchased Raffle Ticket No. 4 for the Freedom Boat Club raffle offered by the Bay Days Fireworks Fundraising Committee. The prize was a one-year membership in the Freedom Boat Club, which entitles the winner to use a boat for free at any one of the club’s more than 80 locations throughout the United States.

I purchased the raffle ticket for my son-in-law’s birthday present and when the winner was announced on Memorial Day, our entire family couldn’t have been more pleased.

This year the Bay Village City Council enjoyed their summer recess during the months of July and August. Rob Massey, the director of the Freedom Boat Club and local resident, treated the City Council to a boating adventure on a beautiful Monday evening in August.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.03.2014

Fireworks fundraiser winners enjoy Indians game

Silvia Meneghetti (pictured, fourth from left) was the winner of the Cleveland Indians suite for 16 persons offered by the Bay Days Fireworks Fundraising Committee, and she and her family and friends recently enjoyed a wonderful evening at Progressive Field, complete with fireworks display.

"It was very nice to watch the Indians game inside the suite that the Indians generously offered," Meneghetti said. "I went with my husband, extended family, dear friends and neighbors. The food, dessert and beverages were very good. The fireworks were fabulous. Thank you very much."

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:54 AM, 09.03.2014

Gettin' splashed! Bay council members join in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Five members of the Bay Village City Council accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge issued by former councilman Brian Cruse and got a good, icy shower Aug. 25 on the steps of Bay Village City Hall. The council members submitted to the national peer-to-peer fundraising craze of being doused with a bucket of ice water to raise funds for ALS research.

After their cooling experience, the members passed along the challenge to others in the city including school board members, family members, local politicians and residents.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:45 AM, 09.03.2014

Cub Scout sign-up Sept. 18 at Normandy

Scouting has been around for more than 100 years. This legendary program has attracted millions of boys because of the emphasis on outdoor adventure, making friends, learning new skills, and most of all, camping. Parents are attracted to it because it is a family program. Siblings are often welcome and it is a wonderful opportunity for moms and dads to spend quality time with their son. Scouting focuses on character education and community service but mostly it is a movement that teaches leadership.

On Thursday, Sept. 18, Bay Village will be having a Cub Scout sign-up night at 6:30 p.m. in the Normandy School cafeteria. Come hear about the three different Cub packs in Bay and the wonderful events they have planned. Cub Scouts are open to boys in grades one through five.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:52 AM, 09.03.2014

BVPD adds 2 new officers

Bay Village welcomed two new members to the police department last month. Gregory Engel and Ian Moore were sworn in as police officers in the council chambers of City Hall on Aug. 18. Both are attending the 18-week Lorain County Community College Police Academy that began Aug. 25. Upon graduation, they will complete a rigorous 14-week field training program.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:43 AM, 09.03.2014

Bay Scout troop celebrates 50 years

Boy Scout Troop 41 is celebrating 50 years of scouting as a chartered organization of Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church in Bay Village. Our 50th anniversary reunion picnic took place on Aug. 9 at the pavilion in Huntington Reservation. Current Scoutmaster Randy Risch welcomed nearly 150 scouts, alumni and family members to the celebration, including 10 out of 17 scoutmasters and more than 30 of the troop’s 141 Eagle Scouts. Activities included historical displays of Troop 41 memorabilia, video slideshows, a mock campsite and a monkey rope bridge assembled by the scouts.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 10:10 AM, 08.19.2014

Hives thrive at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

The Stickney Family Honeybee Exhibit has always been a popular one at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. A highlight is a hive framed in glass found inside the halls of the Center. Guests of all ages can get up close and peer into the heart of an active beehive. Regular visitors have watched this hive grow and strengthen over the past several years.

The exhibit also includes another hive located in the interior courtyard. With the help of beekeeper Scott Danniger, these hives have become extremely active and are thriving. Mr. Danniger anticipates that this is the first year honey will be able to be extracted from these outdoor hives. While the bees produced honey last year, it remained in the hives to strengthen and encourage the growth of the community.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 10:21 AM, 08.19.2014

Village Foundation changes name

The Village Foundation is getting ready to celebrate 20 years of public service to the community of Bay Village and is changing its name in the process, from The Village Foundation to the Bay Village Foundation. The board of trustees of the foundation voted to modify its name to broaden the recognition that the foundation is THE Bay Village foundation.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:48 AM, 08.19.2014

Herb Guild awards scholarships

The Herb Guild Garden Club held their 30th annual scholarship luncheon on Aug. 6 celebrating "The Magical World of Herbs." The beautiful table decorations mirrored this magical theme of herbs, as did the boutique shop with its array of delicious herbal dips, mixes, vinegars and herbal bakery items.

Wagner's of Westlake put on its best appearance while luncheon guests, scholarship honorees and their family members, Herb Guild members, and guest fashion show models were all dressed in their lovely summer attire, with some guests arriving in style in a limousine. The main hall, the podium and entrance table decorations, and guests' lovely attire were reminiscent of a beautiful Monet painting.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.19.2014

Golden spike retained by Bay Village Kiwanis

Every year the Kiwanis clubs of Bay Village and Westlake hold a joint meeting of their members to highlight each club's past year's accomplishments and to plan for upcoming projects. The annual interclub meeting is also a friendly competition to see which organization can have the highest percentage of membership in attendance.

Since 1984, the winner is awarded a specially designed plaque with a gold-colored, nickel-plated railroad spike representing the Nickel Plate Railroad which divided the two townships at the turn of the century. The runner-up also receives a railroad spike, albeit a rusty one, on a plaque that states "There's always next year."

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.19.2014

'Revolutionary Parenting' event to be held Oct. 16 in Westlake

Westside Christian Academy in Westlake is pleased to announce that the 2014 Family Strong Series event will be “Revolutionary Parenting” with special guest speaker George Barna. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center of Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.

The event focuses on one of the greatest challenges to parenting in the 21st century. Parents recognize that increasingly they are competing for their children’s attention with many other voices in our culture. Those voices may not respect them or their values.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.19.2014

Local women's chorus looking for singers

The Avon Lake Women’s Chorus is looking for a few Westlake/Bay Village women who enjoy singing to join us as rehearsals begin Monday, Sept. 8, 9:30 a.m. at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ, 32801 Electric Blvd. No formal audition. Choral experience and ability to read music helpful. Bring a friend or make new ones. Call Irene at 440-937-8827 for more information.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.19.2014

Emergency responders to stage simulated disaster training scenario Aug. 16

On Saturday, Aug. 16, an emergency scenario will be staged to test and train disaster preparedness planning for local emergency responders. The exercise, which will take place between 6 a.m. and noon at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 27993 Detroit Road, Westlake, is designed to validate and improve our community’s response to a crisis situation.

The exercise will involve a fictional severe storm and tornado resulting in mass casualties. The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response team (CERT) will simulate organization under Incident Command System structure: size-up and development of objectives, strategies and tactics; search and rescue; test logistics, communications and planning functions; and provide first aid to volunteers who are pretending to be victims.

The emergency is not real; however, the response will be as realistic as possible. Area hospitals, law enforcement, fire and EMS, government officials, other government agencies, and private-sector partners may participate.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:41 AM, 08.05.2014

Westlake resident wins state soccer shoot-out

On Saturday, July 26, 7-year-old Westlake resident, Mary Garcia, won the U8 Elks State Soccer Shoot out, held in Coshocton, Ohio. Mary scored a rare, perfect 45 points in the contest by making 15 shots through a series of five goals, decreasing in size from 48 inches to 17 inches from 15 feet away. 

During the summer 35,000 children across the state of Ohio participate in Elks Soccer Shoot contests. In early June, Mary participated locally and won the spot of representing her district in the June 21 district finals. There, she competed against five other girls in her age class and advanced to the state finals.  

She will represent the state of Ohio at the Mid-Atlantic Invitational in March 2015, against U8 girls from six other states.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:41 AM, 08.05.2014

Book on Merchant Marine in WWII has local ties

George Ryan of Bay Village is the editor of a recently published book, "Braving the Wartime Seas." The book is a tribute to the cadets and graduates of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Cadet Corps who died during World War II.

The U. S. Merchant Marine during World War II was the fourth arm of national defense that bridged the oceans to provide armament, fuel and logistic supplies to the allied navies and armies. The U.S. Merchant Marine suffered tremendous losses; by percentages more merchant mariners died than those who served in the U.S. Navy or Army. Many of those who died were still students, Cadet-Midshipmen from the Merchant Marine Academy, as well as recent graduates.

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:43 AM, 07.22.2014

New pup on the block

There was no red carpet, so Safety Pup revealed his post-makeover look on the painted asphalt behind the Westlake police station. The Westlake Police Department's community outreach mascot strolled the streets of Safety Town on July 11 in his first public appearance since undergoing a complete transformation.

Gone is the beat-up, decades-old costume, replaced by a state-of-the-art model. Thanks to a grant from the Lakewood Elks Lodge 1350 in Westlake, auxiliary officer Rick Grane was able to update the popular pooch.

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:38 AM, 07.22.2014

Raffle winners selected

The successful Bay Days Fireworks Fund raffle came to a close on July 4 with the drawing of the winning tickets for Indians prizes. Fireworks committee members Eric Eakin, Tony Dostal and Dave Tadych were on hand as volunteer Isabella Gavel drew the winners at Bay Days.

The prize of a 16-person suite to an Indians game went to Silvia Meneghetti and her husband, Dino. Silvia bought two tickets.

The prize of four Indians tickets plus the ceremonial first pitch went to Diane Puntel, who had purchased five tickets.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:02 AM, 07.08.2014

Bay police, service departments thanked with TVs

In recognition of their hard work and support during recent transitions, the Bay Village Police Department and Service Department were visited last month by Mayor Debbie Sutherland, bearing a surprise gift. Each department was given a brand new 32-inch, flat-screen Toshiba television to use as they see fit. Ruth Popovich, assistant law director, negotiated a deal for the TVs, were included at no charge to the city, when purchasing new Toshiba copiers for city hall.

“Mayor Sutherland wanted to take a few minutes with these two departments to personally acknowledge their hard work over the past several months and their support as they transitioned through a new police chief and a new service director,” Popovich said, “and to thank them for embracing some of the challenges to modify some internal procedures to be more efficient and effective.”

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:58 AM, 07.08.2014

Local Scouts achieve rank of Eagle

On June 25, Shamus Fenner and Nick Eifel, members of Scout Troop 159 based at St. Raphael Church in Bay Village, received their Eagle Scout emblems in a ceremony attended by family, friends and fellow scouters.

Local dignitaries were also in attendance, including State Senator Tom Patton, State Representative Nan Baker, Cuyahoga Councilman Tom Greenspan, and Bay Village Councilman Tom Henderson.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.08.2014

Elks grant targets safety programs in need of updating

Westlake and Bay Village’s Safety Town programs recently got mini-makeovers. Rick Grane, an auxiliary Westlake police officer and member of Elks Lodge 1350, requested a $2,000 grant from the Elks to enhance the programs, which educate pre-kindergarten children on traffic and school safety issues.

The most notable beneficiary of the grant is Westlake’s beloved safety mascot, Safety Pup. Grane, who is most often the man inside the fake fur, said the costume was in dire need of updating.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:57 AM, 07.08.2014

Westlake D.A.R.E. officer bids farewell

As I write this it has been just over three months since my retirement from the Westlake Police Department. I worked for 34 years in law enforcement, starting with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Dept., then the Olmsted Falls Police Dept., and the last 26-plus years were with the city of Westlake.

As I look back I remember certain incidents and some extreme cases but mostly police work is about people. When high school students would ask me about being an officer, I would always tell them: If you can get along with people, if you can treat people with respect despite differences, you can be a cop.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.08.2014

Flag raised in honor of Bay veteran

On a drizzling afternoon on Friday the 13th, the sun peeked from behind the clouds over the Cahoon Park Rose Garden in Bay Village. That was the location where the American flag was raised and flown in honor of retiring Lt. Col. Patrick Huested of the United States Air Force who is retiring after 22 years of service. The American flag was also flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Lt. Col. Huested requested that the flag be flown over the city that was instrumental to him as he was growing up. In attendance was his mother, Carolyn, and members of the Bay Village Police Department. From 1982-1986, Lt. Col. Huested was a Civil Air Patrol cadet as well as Cadet Commander at the Bay Lodge.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:17 AM, 06.24.2014

'Power of More' chambers join for networking event

On June 11, nearly 200 members from the Power of More chambers of commerce (Fairview Park, North Coast, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Olmsted and West Shore) attended a fantastic Business After Hours event at Wagner’s of Westlake who provided delicious food. Every attendee had the opportunity to enjoy putting on an indoor putting green set up by Andrew Mangels of Westlake Porter Public Library. Several prizes were given away, including gift certificates donated by various chamber members. 

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:08 AM, 06.24.2014

New signs installed at Village Project

Village Project is pleased and grateful to be the recipient of two brand new signs recently installed at its headquarters building on West Oviatt. The materials for the signs were gifted by an anonymous donor, with paint and installation paid for by a grant provided by The Village Foundation.

The Village Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to preserving the quality of life in Bay Village, using the talents and resources of the private citizens and non-government funding. The Village Foundation exists to provide support for projects and programs fostering Bay Village’s historical, cultural, social, and educational heritage. Through The Village Foundation, its citizens and businesses are encouraged to perpetuate the traditions that make Bay Village a special place to live and work.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:07 AM, 06.24.2014

Bay Days fundraisers offer first-pitch prize

The Bay Days fireworks fundraising team has added a second raffle prize: four tickets to the Wednesday, Aug. 13, Cleveland Indians game and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Anyone who has already purchased a raffle ticket for the suite for 16 persons at the Friday, Aug. 22, Indians game offered by the group is automatically eligible to win this additional prize.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:22 AM, 06.10.2014

Injured firefighter takes last ride home from duty

Jim Zemek has been a firefighter/paramedic for the city of North Ridgeville for 17 years. Jim recently sustained a back injury in the line of duty, making it impossible for him to continue in this beloved and proud profession.

On May 30, the North Ridgeville Fire Department escorted Jim on his last ride home from duty to his house in Bay Village. Members of the Bay Village Fire Department were honored to join in this escort and to recognize the life of service and sacrifice that Jim exemplifies. Thank you and may God bless you, Jim!

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.10.2014

Clock is ticking to enter Westlake in Bloom

The warm days and beautiful sunshine are just what our gardens needed to get growing and blooming. If your garden is beginning to look spectacular, or even if it looks a little above average, I hope you will enter it in Westlake in Bloom 2014. 

With 21 categories available to enter, I am sure one is just right for your garden, whether it is residential landscaping, a vegetable garden, a window box, or a business or organization. Gardens will be judged the second week of July and awards presented at a ceremony on August 13 at LaCentre and everyone is invited to get a look at photos of the winning gardens.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:19 AM, 06.10.2014

Do you know a future Paralympian?

It’s the first step toward the podium for athletes with a physical disability or visual impairment and it’s happening in Cleveland on July 13.

Youth Challenge, a leading provider of adapted sports and recreation in Northeast Ohio, is honored to be hosting Gateway to Gold, a U.S. Paralympics talent identification day, on July 13 at 9 a.m. at Veale Fieldhouse at Case Western Reserve University. The event is aimed at discovering physically disabled and visually impaired athletes who could compete for Team USA at future Paralympic Games. It’s an opportunity for athletes to test themselves against national standards to see how they stack up as a future Paralympian.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:22 AM, 06.10.2014

Mayor sees brighter times ahead for Bay

There is light at the end of the tunnel. In her annual State of the City address on May 13, Mayor Deborah Sutherland was guardedly optimistic as she discussed the current affairs of Bay Village with members of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce. While times are still tight in regard to the budget, some of the cost-cutting initiatives set in place last year are starting to bear fruit and civic organizations continue to help enhance the quality of life for all residents.

Revenues were down by almost 10 percent last year, due in large part to the loss of the estate tax. “We used to get about $1.2 million a year, sometimes we had gone as high as $15 million [or] as low as $300,000, but there was always that inflow,” Sutherland said. “So we had to really scramble and last year was the first year that we had a major reduction because the estate tax has been eliminated.”

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:14 AM, 05.28.2014

Westlake's Pierce Gleespen receives achievement award

Westlake High School junior Pierce Gleespen received a Student Achievement Award from the West Shore Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s May 13 luncheon.

The Student Achievement Award recognizes a Westlake or Bay High School student employee or volunteer who has shown exemplary work performance. According to Gleespen’s nomination letter, he has done just that.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:23 AM, 05.28.2014

Report: Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, May 14, 2014

This report, which contains observations and selected highlights of a meeting of the WCOG, is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Official minutes are prepared by Mayor Patton's office and posted on Fairview Park's website.

Present: Mayors Patton (Fairview Park), Bobst (Rocky River) and Sutherland (Bay Village). Mayors Clough (Westlake) and Summers (Lakewood) arrived at 9:36 and 9:42, respectively.

Absent: Mayor Kennedy (North Olmsted)

Also in attendance: Dave Greenspan, District 1 Representative, Cuyahoga County Council; Fiscal Officer Steve Presley; Rob Berner, Fairview Park Director of Public Service & Development

Mayor Patton called the meeting to order at 9:39 in the Birch Room at the Gemini Center in Fairview Park. 

Announcements:

Mayor Patton announced that WCOG minutes are now available on Fairview Park's website [under Mayor's Office]. Fire District Joint Implementation Committee minutes will also be posted.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:28 AM, 05.28.2014

Village Foundation honors student trustees

The Village Foundation honored its two high school student trustees, Jake Fowler and Emmy Korte, at its May meeting. The Bay High seniors dedicated two years of service to the Foundation, focusing primarily on the bi-annual Bay Village Waterways Cleanup held in the fall and spring of each year. This spring’s cleanup event is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at Bay Middle School followed by a Foundation sponsored luncheon. Jake and Emmy also supported the Foundation’s Heritage Run – a 5K race in October of each year – and provided insight into the Foundation’s website. 

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:16 AM, 05.28.2014

Nonprofit founder honored with autism award

Sarah Rintamaki, founder and executive director of Connecting for Kids (CFK) of Westlake, is being honored at the Milestones 12th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference in June for her mission to provide education and support for families who have concerns about their child’s development.

“Sarah’s energy, passion and vision led to the creation of this vital organization [CFK] and is what sustains it,” Andrew Mangels, director of Westlake Porter Public Library, wrote when he nominated Rintamaki. “She is, quite simply, a hero to hundreds of families whose lives have changed for the better because of her efforts.”

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:30 AM, 05.28.2014

How great a sacrifice?

The first official observance of Memorial Day, also known as “Decoration Day” occurred May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery where graves of fallen Union and Confederate soldiers were decorated with flowers. Memorial Day was observed on May 30 for more than a century.

A change came in 1971 when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect. Memorial Day was among several federal holidays assigned to specific Mondays instead of traditional dates. The longer weekends benefitted government employees.

On May 26, the last Monday of May, area residents will visit cemeteries to remember their own.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.13.2014

WHS students create fascinating headpieces for Ohio's Rose of Tralee

Approximately 20 Westlake High School students in Beth Noren’s honors American history course participated in an extra credit project to create a “fascinator,” a classy millinery hat, for the 2014 Ohio Rose of Tralee. Denise McConville, originally from Tralee, Ireland, and currently a Westlake resident, whose father was instrumental in the establishment of the first Rose of Tralee competition, initiated the fascinator competition. In addition, Ms. McConville contacted ShurTech Brands who enthusiastically contributed the main material for the project – rolls and rolls of Duck Tape.

Duck Tape then became a major requirement in the design of the fascinator. In addition to that Ohio product, the first-place winner, sophomore Autumn Custer, incorporated 17 jewels to represent Ohio as the 17th state to join the Union. The scarlet carnation (Ohio’s state flower), the ladybug (our state insect), and the color red from the state bird (the cardinal) were other major elements from Autumn’s research on Ohio that added to the relevance of the winning design, which will accompany Ohio’s Rose of Tralee, Grainne Mangan of West Park, to Portlaoise, Ireland, for the Rose of Tralee regional competition.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:06 AM, 05.13.2014