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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

Primary vote establishes party affiliation

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.16.2016

Upon the loss of a leader

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.02.2016

Far West Center receives grant to help people recover from mental health trauma

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.02.2016

HUGS for Families benefit Feb. 20 at BAYarts

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 12:03 PM, 02.02.2016

Bay Village selects citizen, project of the year

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 10:19 AM, 01.19.2016

HUGS for Families benefit to be held Feb. 20

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:56 AM, 01.19.2016

Hospitalís Tree of Life ceremony remembers loved ones

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:15 AM, 12.15.2015

Two Bay Village residents count their blessings after Dover Gardens tragedy

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:39 AM, 12.15.2015

Bay Village light display takes inspiration to new level

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 11:00 AM, 12.01.2015

Wishing tree reveals what families who have children with special needs wish for in 2016

"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.”

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.01.2015

TV nostalgia authors will visit Westlake on Dec. 5

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:47 AM, 12.01.2015

Youth Challenge receives grant for adapted sports equipment

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:52 AM, 12.01.2015

'Bone Lady' to visit Westlake

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:47 AM, 12.01.2015

Bronze memorial plaque makes unique gift

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:23 AM, 11.17.2015

Bay Legion launches annual 'Gifts for Yanks' project

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:08 AM, 11.17.2015

Crossing guards get kudos for job well done

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:03 AM, 11.03.2015

Hospice of the Western Reserve annual meeting Nov. 17 to focus on storytelling

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:12 AM, 11.03.2015

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Oct. 14, 2015

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.)

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:05 AM, 10.20.2015

Local DAR chapter celebrates 75 years

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.20.2015

Bay playground project nearing completion of first phase

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:08 AM, 10.20.2015

Bay Kiwanis Club installs new members

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:04 AM, 10.20.2015

Cleveland Miniaturia Society holds Alice-themed show on Oct. 10

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!

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:58 AM, 10.06.2015

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center suggests eyes to the sky on Sept. 27

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:04 AM, 09.15.2015

Bay Alumni Foundation announces 2015 HOF inductees

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.”

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:10 AM, 09.15.2015

Mystery writer Les Roberts will sign new book in Westlake

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:00 AM, 09.15.2015

From hero to victim

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 12:08 PM, 08.14.2015

St John Medical Center ownership transfers to UH

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:44 AM, 09.01.2015