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Raffle tickets now on sale for Bay Days fireworks

Raffle tickets are on sale to help raise funds for the Bay Days fireworks celebration, which are now privately funded.

There are two different raffles: A suite at Progressive Field for 16 persons at the Friday, Aug. 22, Cleveland Indians game, and a one-year membership in the Freedom Boat Club, which offers unlimited use of a fleet of powerboats docked in the Rocky River and 75 other locations nationwide.

The Indians package includes 16 seats in a suite and four parking passes for the game and fireworks show against the Houston Astros. Four people from the group will be able to view the fireworks from the visiting team dugout. Food and soft drinks are included. This prize was donated by the Cleveland Indians.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:56 AM, 04.01.2014

Voter information for May 6 primary

The May 6 Primary Election will include candidates for U.S. Congress, governor, statewide offices, the Ohio House and Senate, county executive, county council (in odd numbered districts), judicial seats, state central committees, and issues.

To avoid lines on Election Day, and to allow extra time to study the ballot, all registered voters may Vote by Mail beginning April 1. Vote by Mail ballot applications are available at the Board of Elections website: www.443VOTE.com, by calling the Board of Elections at 216-443-VOTE (8683), and at all public libraries.

The voter registration deadline is April 7. Voters who have moved or changed their name since they last voted need to complete and return a new Voter Registration Card, available at public libraries and at the Board of Elections website.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:27 AM, 04.01.2014

Family focus leads to championship for girls team

For the St. Raphael Raiders, who recently were crowned Division I CYO eighth-grade girls basketball champions, the theme all season was Focus on Family. The team broke every huddle shouting "family," and all season long the coaches spoke of the importance of the team bonding together like a family. 

Head coach John Becker and assistant coaches George Pansteras and Mike Barrett preached that whether you win or lose, in good times and in bad, you pull for your family, you fight for your family, you protect your family and you never give up on your family.

On Feb. 23 in front of a packed house in the DeCarlo Varsity Center at John Carroll University, that family spirit prevailed as the St. Raphael Raiders went on to defeat in double overtime Our Lady of Angels, a team who had beaten them twice in the regular season.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:19 AM, 04.01.2014

Bay resident gives to others through music, volunteerism

Camden Stacey, a Bay Village resident since 2005, has reached his senior year at Saint Ignatius High School with an admirable variety of experiences on which he can look back.

Camden has seized opportunities during his time at Saint Ignatius, showcasing a vast array of talents. He notes that following the football team to the state championship in 2011 as a member of the band was a highlight. Camden plays the trumpet and French horn for the Wildcat Marching Band and the Symphonic Band.

His interest in music expands to his D.J. career. “I play basically anything you can dance to,” he said.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:15 AM, 04.01.2014

Bay resident, Magnificat senior wins essay contest

Bay resident Megan Fenner, a senior at Magnificat High School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship in the 25th annual Maryknoll Student Essay Contest. The theme of the contest was “The Pope, The Poor AND YOU,” and asked students to consider the call of Pope Francis to follow Jesus in serving the poor, and then to explain how they see this occurring, or not occurring, in daily life.

The contest received an overwhelming 11,834 essays, a record number of responses. To read Megan’s award-winning essay “Called to Sow Hope,” visit www.maryknollsociety.org/winners.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:28 AM, 04.01.2014

Ballroom dance competition heats up Westlake

On Saturday, March 8, Starz Ballroom in Westlake hosted their first ever Team Match Cleveland, which included more than 150 students with their instructors competing against their own scores amongst four other dance studios and over 600 entries. Kimberley Mitchell, who was named International Latin Champion of the British Open in 2001, was the special guest adjudicator

Alpha Dance studio won Top Studio and Top Team Match Studio. Jan Elder, dancing with her instructor, Tony Nunez, won Top Student.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:29 AM, 04.01.2014

Development, tax base growth keep Westlake rolling

For the 29th year, members of the local business community reserved their lunch hour to listen as Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough shared updates on the city’s operations over the past 12 months. Always one of the most well-attended luncheons put on by the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, Clough’s annual State of the City address on March 12 offered highlights of the activities of Westlake’s various departments and an overview of its financials.

Last year the city’s building department issued residential and commercial construction permits with a total value of nearly $100 million. The planning department approved more than 63,000 square feet of residential and commercial development, more than half of which was for the automotive sector.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:11 AM, 03.18.2014

Raffle prizes to aid Bay Days fireworks

The volunteers raising money for the Bay Days fireworks celebration will soon be raffling off two very exciting prizes: a suite at an Indians game in August, and a one-year membership in the Freedom Boat Club, which offers unlimited use of boats in the Rocky River and reciprocal use at 75 other locations.

The Indians package includes 16 tickets and four parking passes for the Friday, Aug. 22, game and fireworks show versus the Houston Astros. Four people from the group will be able to view the fireworks from the visiting team dugout. Food and soft drinks are included.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:11 AM, 03.18.2014

Bay Men's Club collecting athletic gear

The Bay Men’s Club is collecting used youth sports equipment as a fundraiser again this year. The equipment will be cleaned and offered for sale Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bay Middle School. Collection boxes have been placed at Bay Lanes, the Village Barbershop and Heinen’s.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:18 AM, 03.18.2014

Forum addresses heroin spike in suburbs

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Astrab has seen enough heroin cases in his courtroom to label the problem an epidemic. Rather than focus only on dealing with the aftermath of heroin use, Astrab decided to zero in on prevention by assembling a panel of experts and visiting suburban communities across the county to raise awareness and educate parents.

The forum, "Heroin in the Suburbs," stopped at the Bay Village Branch Library on Feb. 20. Panelists included consultant Dr. Stephen Sroka, assistant county prosecutors Nicole Ellis and Patrick Lavelle, Dr. Joan Papp from MetroHealth Medical Center and founder of the opioid overdose prevention program Project DAWN, Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel, recovering addict Robert Garrity, chemical dependency counselor Jennifer Tulli, Robby's Voice founder Rob Brandt, and Judge Michael Astrab.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 10:47 AM, 03.04.2014

Sun shines on Bay Rockets' SNOBALL Run

Runners and race volunteers have determined that Tim Brajdic, race director for the Bay Rockets' SNOBALL Run, has a personal weather angel. For two straight years, Brajdic has served up sunshine along with the post-race pancakes on race day. “I don’t know how we got so lucky this year, but we ended up with the best day of winter for the race,” said Brajdic. For the first time in weeks, the temperature rose to above freezing at race time on Feb. 22.

Brajdic reports that the 2014 SNOBALL 5K Race/Walk and 1-Mile Family Fun Run, that started at Bay High School and finished in the Rockets' stadium, drew 814 participants – 43 more than last year. Not bad for the worst winter on record since 1978!

“The SNOBALL Run is a truly great showing of community and school spirit,” said Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters President Susan Farnham.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.04.2014

Report: Westshore Regional Fire District Study Meeting, Feb. 24, 2014

This report, which contains observations and selected highlights of a meeting of the Westshore Fire District Study Meeting, is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Official minutes will be prepared by Mayor Clough's office.

Present: Bay Village – Mayor Sutherland, Fire Chief Lyons, union representative Steve Kaye, Law Director Ebert; Fairview Park – Mayor Patton, Fire Chief Williams; Rocky River – Mayor Bobst, Fire Chief Flynn, union representative Kevin Bednarski; Westlake – Mayor Clough, Acting Fire Chief Hughes, Assistant Fire Chief Mortis, union representatives Clayton Kovats and Patrick Graelis; Northern Ohio Fire Fighters President Astorino; Westshore Central Dispatch Center Supervisor Pishnery; WCOG Financial Officer Presley

The meeting was called to order at 11:10 a.m. and adjourned at 11:30 in the Mayor’s Conference Room at Westlake City Hall. The last meeting minutes (June 21, 2012) were approved. Mayor Clough was elected Chairman, with Chief Lyons as Alternate Chairman.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.04.2014

County common pleas judge to hold heroin forum in Bay

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Astrab has seen too many heroin cases in his courtroom. “Make no mistake, it’s an epidemic,” Astrab said. “I can do what I can as a judge from the bench, but by the time a user gets to my courtroom, it’s often too late. As a community, we need to do more to prevent people from using heroin in the first place.”

Throughout this school year, Astrab is hosting a series of “Heroin in the Suburbs” forums. A town hall for Bay Village and surrounding communities will take place on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Bay Village Branch Library, 502 Cahoon Road.

Astrab’s goal is to help raise awareness of the heroin epidemic, and inform parents how to keep their families safe.

“This is an epidemic," Astrab said. "For anyone to suggest otherwise is naive.”

According to the medical examiner, heroin killed approximately 200 people in Cuyahoga County in 2013. The majority of those deaths were in the suburbs. Heroin took more lives in 2013 than homicides or car accidents.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:18 AM, 02.18.2014

Report: Rocky River Wastewater Treatment (WWTP) Management Committee Meeting, Feb. 4, 2014

This report, which contains observations and selected highlights, is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Official minutes are prepared by WWTP staff.

Present: Jeff Harrington (WWTP Superintendent), Mayor Bobst (Rocky River), Mayor Sutherland (Bay Village), Paul Quinn and Robert Kelly (Westlake), Rob Berner (Fairview Park)

Also in attendance: Keith Bovard and Christine Gottwald (WWTP); David Matty (legal counsel); Michael Thomas (Rocky River director of finance); Bob Greytak (CT Consultants); Bill Kasberg (URS Corporation)

The meeting was called to order 9:08 a.m. in Rocky River Council Chambers and adjourned at 10:02 a.m.

2013 Sewer Flow & Strength Study Followup

In keeping with the WWTP agreement, a 60-day study of sewage flow (volume) and strength (particle concentration) is conducted every four years to determine WWTP cost allocation among the four cities (Bay Village, Fairview Park, Rocky River and Westlake). The spring 2013 study, conducted by URS, was accepted by the four cities in August. In December, Bay Village City Council questioned their allocation increase from 16.36% to 24.80%. Bay Village engaged CT Consultants to review the URS data and methodology. CT Consultants, URS and the four cities' engineers reviewed CT's findings.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:17 AM, 02.18.2014

Report: Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Feb. 12, 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.

Present: Mayors Bobst (Rocky River), Clough (Westlake), Kennedy (North Olmsted), Patton (Fairview Park), Summers (Lakewood), Sutherland (Bay Village)

Also in attendance: Dave Greenspan, District 1 Representative, Cuyahoga County Council; Steve Presley, Fiscal Officer

Old Business

Crisis Intervention Training: Mayor Patton and Police Chief Upperman will follow up with Bill Denihan to arrange training for Westshore police, possibly including librarians and other city employees with extensive public contact.

Fire District Study: The mayors of Bay Village, Fairview Park, Rocky River and Westlake will meet Monday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. in Westlake. Mayor Clough will chair in 2014. If the Rocky River Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) collective bargaining agreement is ready, the mayors may follow the Fire District meeting with a WWTP meeting.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:17 AM, 02.18.2014

Giblets gang invades Westlake yard

An unexpected encounter with wildlife greeted the Maat family when they opened their curtains the morning of Feb. 7. A flock of 15 wild turkeys strolled across Bradley Road in Westlake and through the Maats' property. The gang loitered just long enough for Carol Maat to snap a few pictures before moving along down the road.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:21 AM, 02.18.2014

Village Foundation accepting scholarship applications

The Village Foundation, the community foundation of Bay Village, will accept applications for scholarships from high school seniors living in Bay Village on or before March 14. The application is available online at www.thevillagefdn.org. Completed forms should be submitted through the student's high school guidance office where it will be submitted by number anonymously to The Village Foundation. 

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:21 AM, 02.18.2014

Tri-C a finalist for national award

Cuyahoga Community College has been named a finalist in a national Awards of Excellence program designed to recognize innovation and promising practices among two-year colleges.

Tri-C was one of only 24 community colleges honored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), which sponsors the program. The college is a finalist for its visionary work in student success, one of six categories in the AACC Awards of Excellence.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:19 AM, 02.18.2014

Troop 77 awards seven boys Eagle Scout rank

On Dec. 15, 2013, Troop 77 of St. Ladislas Church in Westlake, led by Scoutmaster Thomas Routhier, held an Eagle Court of Honor to award the rank of Eagle Scout to seven of its members. Rarely are so many boys from one troop awarded this prestigious rank at once; however, it has been an active year for Troop 77. 

Aswin Bikkani, a junior at Westlake High School, improved a trail at the Cleveland Metroparks Bradley Woods Reservation.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:28 AM, 02.04.2014

Bay Rockets' SNOBALL Run slated for Feb. 22

Saturday, Feb. 22, marks the return of Bay Athletic Boosters’ SNOBALL 5K Race/Walk and 1-Mile Family Fun Run, with a start and finish at Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road.

SNOBALL Run chair Tim Brajdic said, “We were thrilled last year when our first race drew more than 770 participants and proved to be a morning of winter fun for runners and walkers of all ages! This year’s event is on track to be equally as successful and we are again challenging our athletes and their families as well as runners from surrounding communities to come out and participate in the race.”

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:30 AM, 02.04.2014

Westshore Relay for Life starting to take shape

What a great Relay for Life kick-off meeting we had last month! We had 25 people show up with ideas, time and open hearts. We welcomed Tom Jelepis as our co-chair and were glad to see many new faces from Westlake and Bay. We already have new committee members and teams ready to get the Relay rolling.

We are excited to return our event location to Westlake High School on May 31-June 1. It allows us to bring back strollers, wheelchairs and a firm ground for our Survivors and all the family and friends. We are working on our theme, but as always it will be full of games and fun to help you enjoy your day with us.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:17 AM, 02.04.2014

Bay promotes new fire captain

Congratulations to James Walts and his family on his promotion to captain of the Bay Village Fire Department. Jim has been employed as a Bay Village firefighter and paramedic since 1997. He has worked his way up through the ranks, serving most recently as lieutenant on a shift.

Jim oversees the administrative aspects of Emergency Medical Services for our department, inspects the annual fireworks show for Independence Day, and is a member of our regional Westshore Hazmat & Technical Rescue Team.

Jim is also a registered nurse at the Lakewood Hospital emergency room, and he enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:16 AM, 02.04.2014

Bay Days fireworks fund starts website

The committee of volunteers which is trying to raise money for the Bay Days fireworks display has established a website, www.bayfireworks.org, to raise awareness for their efforts.

The Bay Days fireworks display costs $11,000, and for the past two years it has been anonymously financed. Those donations have ended and now it is up to the community to raise the money for the display.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:21 AM, 02.04.2014

Community served

Westlake Community Services Director Joyce Able Schroth retires

After 15 years, more than $365,000 in grants and countless scores of residents served, Joyce Able Schroth is stepping down as director of Westlake’s Community Services department.

Joyce, beloved for her quick smile, sense of humor and dedication to her work, will be celebrated with an open house at the Westlake Center on Jan. 25. She was feted by members of city council during her final appearance in council chambers at the Jan. 16 meeting.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:45 AM, 01.21.2014

Report: Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Jan. 8, 2014

This report, which contains observations and selected highlights of a meeting of the Westshore Council of Governments, is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Official minutes are prepared by Mayor Patton's office.

The formal reappointment of Mayor Sutherland to NOACA as representative from the Westshore was approved in principle, but NOACA rules require paper ballot submission, for which the deadline was Dec. 31. All mayors present agreed to make prompt return of paper ballots a priority so Mayor Sutherland would be formally reappointed in time to attend NOACA's Jan. 10 meeting. Mayor Summers enjoys a standing appointment.  Mayor Summers expressed concern about the absence of representation from Cuyahoga County in NOACA’s leadership. Mayor Sutherland recommended a conversation with Valerie McCall, president of NOACA's board of directors.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:18 AM, 01.21.2014

Village Foundation names trustees

The Village Foundation welcomed new additions to the board of trustees and bid farewell to those serving full six-year terms at a reception in November. Joining the board are Thomas Henderson, Kristen Baird Adams, Loretta Tindall, Sara Urbansic and Maryann O’Reilly. Leaving the board with much appreciation were: Charlie Kennedy, Thomas Harkness, Jon Loufman, Gary Heldt, Harry Huhndorff and Sam Barnes.

In other actions, Ms. O’Reilly is replacing Elaine Korte as secretary; Ms. Korte remains a member of the Board of Trustees Honorary Advisors, as are Clinton Keener (education) and Richard Mayer (environment).

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:15 AM, 01.21.2014

City councils welcome new members

The turning of the calendar to 2014 brought the commencement of a new term of public service to our community. The cities of Bay Village and Westlake inaugurated the victors of last November’s municipal election in ceremonies on Jan. 1 and 2, respectively.

Each city council welcomed two new members – in Bay Village, Ward 2 Councilman Paul Vincent and Ward 4 Councilman Thomas Henderson; in Westlake, Ward 1 Councilmember Lynda Appel and Ward 2 Councilman Nick Nunnari – along with oath renewals for the returning council members.

Mayors Deborah Sutherland and Dennis Clough – each already their city’s longest-serving top officials – were inaugurated for another four-year term. Sutherland begins her 14th year in office; Clough his 29th.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:00 AM, 01.07.2014

Hoping for sub-zero temperatures

The Bay Village Sea Scouts along with ice fishermen are probably the only people looking for a prolonged spell of low temperatures. At temperatures in the teens, ice on the lakes and ponds in northern Ohio will thicken enough to allow the scouts to try out their new iceboat. This past fall, the scouts completely rebuilt and refurbished their Detroit News (DN) iceboat. With a new coat of paint, new rigging, and sandblasted, sharpened blades the boat is now ready to sail.

In order to “Be Prepared” the scouts researched to find the optimal ice conditions to safely venture out onto the ice. They found that the Minnesota DNR recommends a minimum of 4 inches of new clear solid ice. White ice, sometimes called snow ice, is only half as strong as new clear ice so the safe thickness of white ice needs to be at least 8 inches. As soon as the ice reaches a safe thickness, the Sea Scouts will take their boat to Chippewa Lake to put it through its paces.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:07 AM, 01.07.2014

Search for Rose candidates underway

‘Tis surely December when wee folk look skyward to catch a glimpse of Santa’s sleigh and Ohio’s “Rose Centre” amps up recruitment of eligible entrants of Irish ancestry for the Northern Ohio Rose Centre’s spring selection event.

The maiden chosen as the “2014 Ohio Rose” receives an expense-paid trip in May to The Rose of Tralee International Festival’s Regional Finals in Portlaoise, Ireland, the second tier of the search for the 2014 International Rose of Tralee. 

In August the festival hosts those who qualify as finalists in Tralee where The Rose of Tralee International Festival is held amid public celebrations, parades and special events.  

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:51 AM, 12.10.2013

Dwyer Center launches jingle contest

There once was a senior from Bay
Who dropped in at Dwyer one day.
He found there’s fun to be had!
Old age ain’t so bad!
Why not come in to laugh and to play?

From its modest beginning at the start of commercial radio in the 1920s, the advertising jingle is that catchy, short song designed to stick in your memory. Jingles really became an art form with the advent of television in the 1950s, and have been a part of America's advertising landscape ever since.

The Dwyer Senior Center invites you to write a jingle for us. It could be about the center, one of the services or activities we provide or a little ditty about growing older. It could be sung to a familiar tune, or just be a short or long poem.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:53 AM, 12.10.2013

Bradley Bay celebrates Thanksgiving with residents and families

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Bradley Bay Health Center celebrated their annual Thanksgiving dinner for the residents and their families. The staff began preparing turkeys on Monday, and by Wednesday evening had cooked 27 turkeys. 

Lots of delicious side dishes complemented the dinner, such as stuffing, green bean casserole and candied yams along with pumpkin pie and cinnamon ice cream for dessert. By the time the last plate left the kitchen, the staff had served 350 dinners. Most of the staff was there to serve the residents and guests, who were seated in all four dining rooms. Each dining room had musical entertainment to accompany the dinner.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:48 AM, 12.10.2013

Author Gail Bellamy will visit Westlake to share memories

Local author Gail Bellamy will visit Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Crocker Park on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1-3 p.m. to share memories from her new book "Cleveland Summertime Memories" just published by Gray & Company.

Copies of Bellamy's best-selling book "Cleveland Christmas Memories" published last fall will also be available for autographing at the event.

"Cleveland Summertime Memories" is a collection of personal stories and remembrances of what made the summertime special for people growing up in Cleveland, everything from taking a dip at the city pool with friends; building a sandcastle at Edgewater Park; pulling up to Manners Big Boy for a burger and a Big Ghoulardi; cooling off with an ornate sundae at Boukair’s near the Palace Theatre; watching the the dazzling fireworks at Municipal Stadium after an Indians game; riding the Rocket Ship at Euclid Beach Park, and many more.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 4:28 PM, 11.27.2013

Tireless volunteerism earns Rick Grane title of Mr. Westlake

You probably know Rick Grane. You may not know him by name, but if you’ve ventured out to community events in Westlake throughout the years, you’ve seen him.

Rick is present at most large events in the city, volunteering as an auxiliary police officer. Relay for Life, there’s Rick from the opening to closing ceremonies. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, there’s Rick stopping traffic for the walkers and giving high-fives as they pass. At the North Coast Challenge, there’s Rick in front of St. John Medical Center lining up kids for the fun run. Memorial Day and Fourth of July parades, Kiwanis pancake breakfasts, Elks Lodge fundraisers … there’s Rick.

It’s only fitting that Rick has been honored for his citywide volunteerism by being named Mr. Westlake 2014 by the Westlake Town Criers during the Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 23 at Crocker Park.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:49 AM, 11.26.2013

Competitive cheerleader in Bay Village!

My team just won first place at our first competition of the season in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! We won a medal and a team banner.

I am a competitive cheerleader for Ohio Extreme in Avon. Our team is called Force. This is my third year cheering. On our team we have 24 girls that are seven to 12 years old. My coaches' names are Coach Courtney and Coach Derek. We have a senior coach named Coach Emily.

The competition was on Sunday, Nov. 17. It was really fun! I stayed overnight in a hotel on Saturday with my teammate, Julia. We wear uniforms that say Ohio Extreme. We have very shiny blue bows that are big too.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 11.26.2013

Local business owners, police unite to rescue blind dog

Try to imagine yourself on a fall day walking from one side of the street to the other, hitting your head on the curb, turning around walking to the other side, hitting your head again and repeating this. Frustrating for sure, but even worse you are an eight-pound, blind senior dog not understanding why this is happening or how to save yourself!

Well this is what one local poodle experienced until a Westlake police officer discovered her and called his animal control officer to rescue her. Then animal control officer Jim Wang got busy cleaning her up, gave her a nice cushy bed, lots of love and attention and got to work trying to find a rescue or home for her.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.26.2013

Bamboo shark hatches at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

When renovations were done to the saltwater Ocean Exhibit at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, there was one project left unfinished.

A bamboo shark egg was added to the revamped exhibit in September and expected to hatch and complete the renovation in late October. Visitors of all ages checked out the egg and waited patiently as the due date came and went.

On Nov. 17, 2013 the baby shark was finally ready and it left its egg and joined the tank. Bamboo sharks are born with black stripes which fade slowly to brown as the shark ages. At maturity, they can reach two to three feet. As in the wild, this shark will feed on small crustaceans. Bamboo sharks can typically be found near the ground in sandy areas under cracks and ledges of coral.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.26.2013

Report: Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Nov. 13, 2013

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.

William Denihan, CEO of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County gave a brief history of mental health services. The Community Mental Health Act of 1963 provided federal funding for mental health centers. With a philosophy of placing people in the "least restrictive environment," it led to deinstitutionalization of large numbers of people with mental health problems; unfortunately, "the money never followed the people."  Medicaid covers only seven of 25 essential services for this population, and in general only for 90 days.  Mayor Summers (Lakewood) noted that on day 91, some people end up on the street.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:59 AM, 11.26.2013

Bay's new police chief 'pinned' during ceremony

Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel was officially “pinned” on Nov. 18 in front of family, friends and fellow officers in council chambers. Mayor Debbie Sutherland praised the new chief as “extremely capable, creative, dogged and a wonderful investigator,” before swearing him in. Spaetzel took his oath on a Bible held by his wife, Christine, and was then pinned with his new badge by his father, Richard.

The Bible, engraved with Spaetzel’s name and the date he was officially appointed – Nov. 1, 2013 – was given to him as a gift from his secretary Gloria Frombach, Bay’s assistant director of finance Ruth Popovich and clerk of council Joan Kemper.

Chief Spaetzel thanked “the mayor for having faith in me, my fellow officers and past officers who are here tonight who enabled me to be in this position … and most of all my wife, for putting up with me for 28 years in this job.”

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 10:43 PM, 11.18.2013

Bay residents have until Nov. 18 to switch electric supplier

In May 2010, Bay voters approved a citywide aggregation program to contract with FirstEnergy Solutions for electric generation. The three-year term of the original contract expires in January 2014, and has been renewed for another three years. Residents may opt out of the aggregate until Nov. 18, 2013, and select their own electric generation provider.

If you wish to opt out of the Bay Village Government Electric Aggregate, negotiated for you by the city, you must return the opt-out form that was mailed to your house. If you do not respond by Nov. 18, you will automatically be signed up for a new three-year contract, ending January 2017, with FirstEnergy Solutions as your home’s electricity generation source.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:07 AM, 11.12.2013

Village Bicycle rolls into third year

On Oct. 23, Village Bicycle Cooperative celebrated its second-year anniversary with a meeting and refreshments in its shop on the ground floor of the Bay Community House. The presenter and founder, Bay resident Jennifer Smillie, recapped what has happened, especially in the second year, and answered questions from the more than 30 people in attendance. The audience included local residents, Ward 4 Councilman Mike Young and VBC board members Bob Piccirilli, Carl Gonzalez, Peggy Ludwig and Patrick McGannon.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:14 AM, 11.12.2013