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Observer writer pens farewell letter

This will be my last article in the Observer. Maybe

Let me back up a bit. I moved to Bay Village in July 2004. It was the start of Bay Days (the annual summer carnival) and, with that, my love for this community bloomed. Bay is a quaint city with a small town feel that I have always been attracted to. Bay Days – and the house that we moved into – were both positive signs that the decision we made to move here was right.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:08 AM, 10.04.2016

Tour shows water flow, from Lake Erie to tap

Water in Bay Village and Westlake currently comes from the Cleveland Water Crown Treatment Plant located on Clague Road in Westlake. On Saturday, May 7, I took the public tour celebrating 160 years of Cleveland Water. About a dozen people were guided by Scott Naelitz, a plant supervisor. We passed the reservoir which holds 36 million gallons of clean drinking water. Crown pumps 41.5 million gallons per day into the Cleveland system which serves 420,000 homes and businesses in a 640-square-mile service area.

We turned into the spotless pump building and looked into the main pump area. Our clean, tasty water comes from Lake Erie through pumps as big as 2,250 horsepower! The water comes from the intake 3 miles out in Lake Erie. The intake pipe is 24 feet in diameter – big enough to drive through.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:48 AM, 05.17.2016

Women's Board invites new members to Sept. 1 meeting

September brings the regrouping of many organizations which have taken a break during the summer. The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women's Board will hold the first meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the Science Center in Bay Village. We always welcome interested persons who would like to join us and learn about our activities which support the Center's mission through service, leadership, community awareness and fundraising.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:40 AM, 08.18.2015

Writers group welcomes new 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 critiquing process and been published.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.17.2015

Thanks for a great year

As the calendar winds down with this final issue of the year and we set our sights on revving back up in January, all of us at the Observer wish to send a special thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who have helped create, edit and distribute the community’s newspaper over the last 12 months. We are also grateful to our civic-minded advertisers, whose financial support makes each issue possible. And of course, to the many thousands of readers who make the Observer the most popular newspaper in our community.

Happy holidays, Westlake and Bay Village. See you in 2014!

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 11:00 AM, 12.10.2013

Youth Challenge named a finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars For Good program

Westlake-based Youth Challenge (YC) has been selected as one of 500 nonprofit finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days. Youth Challenge was selected as a finalist from more than 4,000 applications nationwide.

Each day since May 14, 100 Cars for Good has been profiling five finalists at www.100carsforgood.com. Individual members of the public will be able to vote for which ever nonprofit they think can do the most good with a new vehicle. The nonprofit with the most votes at the end of each day will win one of six Toyota models. Runners-up will each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.

Youth Challenge will be up for consideration on Sunday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to midnight.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:08 AM, 05.30.2012

Observer Guidelines

Want to be a writer? We’d love to hear from you! Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when writing for the Observer:

  • Aim for 300-500 words. More or less is fine, depending on the story.
  • Check your facts. Take the extra time to ensure accuracy.
  • Submit original stories and photos. Don’t copy others’ work and remember to credit your sources.
  • Be respectful of others.
  • Write for the community. Your stories will be read by people throughout Westlake and Bay (and beyond) so keep the audience in mind when choosing topics.
  • Know you’ll be edited. All stories pass through an editor who reviews stories for spelling and grammar. We try to keep the news as “unfiltered” as possible, but reserve the right to edit length and content if necessary.
  • Disclose your affiliation. If you have a personal or business relationship with the subject of your story, let your readers know.
  • Ask questions! We’re here to help you at every step along the way. Don’t hesitate to come to us for advice or help with topics, content or the submission process.
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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 1:26 PM, 11.01.2009

Writers always wanted!

The Westlake | Bay Village Observer is a citizen-written community newspaper that prints every two weeks. All of the stories you read in its pages were written by those who live and work in our two cities. They are people from all walks of life with interesting stories, events or photos to share. Anyone in our community can participate, including you! So what are you waiting for? Join the fun and share your interests with your neighbors!

How it works
Contributing to the Observer is as easy as 1-2-3:
Step 1. Sign in at http://www.wbvobserver.com/members.
Step 2. Submit stories, events, opinions, pictures, poems, recipes, etc. in the online Member Center.
Step 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 as often as you’d like!

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 6:52 PM, 10.20.2009

You can be an Observer!

I’m not a professional writer. Many of the people who have written articles for the Observer are not professional writers. They are simply people in our community who have something to share with the rest of us. That’s what I think is so great about the Observer project. It’s an open forum where people from all walks of life can communicate ideas, viewpoints and information.

The point I’m getting at is that you (yes, YOU, really) can write for the Observer, too. Anybody who lives or works in Westlake or Bay and has a story to tell or an idea to express can be a part of this community project. You don’t have to be an experienced writer or an influential member of society. The Observer gives an equal voice to everyone who participates.
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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 12:54 PM, 09.06.2009

THE OBSERVER IS GOING TO PRESS!

We're getting close! Thanks for all of the articles submitted for the Premier Issue. Your stories will appear on this website when the paper comes out. Keep 'em coming!

[Meet the Observer staff at Mojo's Coffee and More (600 Dover Center in Bay) on Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00pm to learn about how this new local media source can help inform, energize and strengthen our community.]

The citizen-written Westlake | Bay Village Observer community newspaper is coming! And we'd like you to be a part of the Premier Issue!

We're going to press with our first issue and newspapers will be available at local establishments beginning August 25.

The free, full-color newspaper is your chance to speak directly to the community—announce events and programs. discuss local topics, or write about items of interest that you'd like your neighbors to know about.

We invite all residents of Westlake & Bay Village to join in and submit stories (and photos) to share by Thursday, August 20th.

It's a fun, easy way to communicate with fellow Westlake | Bay Village residents. Simply sign-up in the Member Center and submit your story and photos -- we'll take care of the rest!

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 10:40 AM, 08.12.2009

Introducing the Observer

The most common question we are asked when people hear about the Observer project is, "You're starting a newspaper now?" The struggles of the newspaper industry are well-known - the death of Denver's Rocky Mountain News, the bankruptcies of papers in Chicago, Philadelphia and the Twin Cities, the buyouts and consolidations of papers in Northeast Ohio. We can understand why the initial reaction to the Observer is skepticism, and our response is simple: this is not a conventional newspaper.

The Observer is a citizen-generated news source, fueled by local residents and focused on our community. It is a true community effort; anyone and everyone in the community can contribute in whichever way they choose - writing stories, taking photos, submitting press releases or announcing events. It is a way of communicating between neighbors and filling in the gaps left by the mainstream media.
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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 11:50 AM, 08.22.2009

The benefits of citizen journalism

A discussion with the Lakewood Observer's Jim O'Bryan

As part of our series of articles introducing the Westlake | Bay Village Observer to the community, I wanted share with our readers the successes of a similar publication in Lakewood. I sat down with one of the founders of the Lakewood Observer, Jim O’Bryan, to discuss the positive developments his city has seen as a result of citizen journalism. Jim is a lifelong Lakewood resident and is active in various community groups. As the Lakewood Observer celebrates its five-year anniversary, I talked to Jim about the project’s impact on the city. I hope that this article will provide a glimpse at some of the benefits that citizen media can bring to a community.
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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 11:53 AM, 08.22.2009

Calling all Bay and Westlake citizens!

We're starting this new citizen-generated news source for the communities of Bay Village and Westlake and encourage people with an active interest in their towns to become involved. This unique, community-building project is gaining momentum across the country and has thrived in other Northeast Ohio communities. Citizen journalists in these towns have helped inform fellow residents about community issues related to government, schools, arts and events and have provided a source for civic conversation on all types of topics.

We want to inform, enrich and energize our own communities and are looking for like-minded people to share news, offer opinions, review events and share pictures of things that are news to you. Want to read more? Click here.

Stop on by Mojo's Coffee (on Dover Center in Bay) any Tuesday around 7pm and we'll buy you a cup of coffee. Hope to see you there!
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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 12:54 PM, 04.01.2009

Become An Observer!

Get up, get out and get active in your community! We're calling for news and information from your neighborhoods, schools, churches, civic groups, rec leagues and more in Westlake and Bay Village. Write stories, conduct interviews, review restaurants, report news, annouce events, and submit your photos.

You don't need experience - if you see something of interest...

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 4:46 PM, 09.10.2008

Join The Discussion!

We're working hard to get this website and the free community newspaper up and running, but you don't have to wait to become a part of the process. Visit our discussion board at www.wbvobserver.com/deck, where you can view and post news, opinions, events and photos, and engage in conversation with other Westlake | Bay Village citizens. There's also a forum to ask us questions or post comments and suggestions.

If you're interested in writing for the newspaper, you can get started now! Click below to read more...

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 1:49 PM, 02.11.2009

Add Your Voice!

Do you know of a local news story that has gone unreported? Have you attended/hosted an event that you would like to see covered? Why not write about it and have it appear right here in the Westlake | Bay Village Observer!
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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 1:49 PM, 11.10.2008

Coming soon! The Westlake | Bay Village Observer

The Westlake | Bay Village Observer is a new citizen-led community building project which incorporates a news website, a community forum and, soon, a free printed newspaper for the residents of Westlake and Bay Village.

Following the model of the Lakewood Observer and the Heights Observer, this emerging form of media allows citizens to bring attention to issues that are important to them and their community. We aim to be a complement to your regular news sources, bringing you stories and insights from a local perspective.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 3:37 PM, 08.27.2008