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JANUARY 23, 2013 - VOL. 73, NO. 18



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Officials Friday formally released plans to close St. Richard School in North Olmsted at the end of 2012-13 school year. The plan is drawing fire from parents and former students. (West Life photo by Jeff Gallatin)

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North Olmsted A plan to close St. Richard School at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, which was formally revealed Friday, is already drawing a backlash from parents and graduates. Rev. Charles J. Stollenwerk, pastor of St. Richard Parish, sent a letter home with students Friday outlining the plan to close the K-8 school, which has been open since 1950. He also announced the plan over the school PA system to students, put it in the church bulletin and announced it during Sunday services. Stollenwerk said Monday he had presented the school’s tight financial situation and shrinking enrollment to Cleveland Catholic Diocese Bishop Richard Lennon, who granted his approval for the move. In his letter, Stollenwerk said the school’s ac-

ademic preparation of students to pursue Catholic secondary school education has been unquestioned, adding that the school administration, faculty and staff have been tireless in their efforts working toward excellence. “At the same time, for the past seven years, we have been addressing our school’s financial problems,” he said. “In November 2012, I spoke to you of the difficulty of keeping St. Richard School open going forward. There are key factors that have contributed to our decision to close now. First is the change in demographics in North Olmsted over the years. It is no longer a place in which families choose to settle. The city itself has declined in population. The birthrate has reached the level of the 1920s. People have chosen to move to Avon, Avon Lake, North Ridgeville and to the south of North Olmsted. “Attempts to fund raise and appeals have fallen short resulting in our inability to over-

come the deficit. As you know, the Diocese of Cleveland has been subsidizing us for a number of years. We needed to respond to the diocese by becoming self-sufficient, but were unable to do so. As a result, the debt is still pending. With each year, the cost to educate increases while our efforts to become financially viable have not been successful.” Current enrollment at the school is 248 students, down from more than 500 at one point. Annual tuition for parishioners is $2,950, $3,950 for nonparishioners. Church officials and parishioners noted there has been discussion of the parish’s financial woes in various ways for several years. John Lasko, head of the parish’s finance council, said the problems did not develop in a short period of time. “This problem has been building for a few


Study recommends Income tax hike changes to Meadowood possible; Muni Court braces for big changes Golf Course BY KEVIN KELLEY


Rocky River City Council members will include a possible income tax hike and gauge the effects of North Olmsted’s mayor’s court as it considers the fate of its 2013 budget. The income tax hike would offset the elimination of the estate tax by state legislators. A public hearing of the city’s financial plan is scheduled prior to the Jan. 28 council meeting. The measure must be approved by March 31.

Mayor Pam Bobst noted that the budget, which has been in the works since September, was placed on hold several times due to collective bargaining with employee unions. She said that while the measure is less flexible, due in part to the cutback of transfers from the general fund to various departments, it is more straightforward. “Our major revenue sources have had a slight uptick,” she reported, adding that this stability will not offset the effects of more than $3 million in state cuts. “We’re ending 2012 in a stronger position than we anticipated,” she said, noting that the

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Westlake The city of Westlake should close the one of three gold courses at Meadowood Golf Course and replace it with a driving range and golfing practice facility. That is the recommendation of a study completed by NGF Consulting Services, a subsidiary of the Florida-based National Golf Foundation. Richard Singer, director of the NGF’s Consulting, presented his organization’s findings to Westlake City Council’s Public Grounds, Buildings and

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Porter Library program encourages early reading BY KEVIN KELLEY

Westlake In June, Gov. John Kasich signed a new law that requires third-grade students across the state to demonstrate competency in reading before being promoted to the fourth grade. To help area students and their parents prepare for the new academic requirements, Westlake Porter Public Library has launched the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Created by a library in Indiana, the program encourages youngsters to keep track of the books they read. About 80 children have enrolled in Porter’s version of the free program, which launched Jan. 2. Parents who register their children for the program at Porter’s youth services desk will receive a packet that includes a book bag, a reading log and pamphlets describing other children’s programs at the library. “We wanted to do something that would encourage reading skills at the youngest level,” said Jamie Dinan, the early learning specialist at Porter. In addition to preparing youngsters for school, Dinan hopes the program will help parents instill in children a lifelong love of reading. “They’re showing their kids that books are fun,” Dinan explained. Depending on the child’s age, books can be read by

the parent, by the child or together. While the goal of having a child read 1,000 books before kindergarten might seem insurmountable, Dinan said it’s not that difficult. “If you read three books a day for a year, that’s over 1,000,” she said. The same book, especially a young child’s favorite, can be read multiple times, with each reading counting toward the goal of 1,000, Dinan explained. “Children like repetition, and repetition, in fact, is a good way for children to learn,” she said. Rewards, such as stickers, will be given to children for every 100 books they read. Once the 1,000 mark is reached, children will receive a certificate of achievement and have their name placed in one of the library’s new picture books. In addition to improving reading skills, participation in the program can help youngsters develop their listening skills and attention span, Dinan said. Children less than 2 develop motor skills just by handling the book and turning its pages, she added. And reading together nurtures the bond between child and parent, she said. Dinan said it’s important for parents to make reading a positive experience for their children. If the child becomes frustrated, it’s best to put the book away for a while instead of forcing the issue, she said.

Westlake Porter Public Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program encourages youngsters to keep track of the books they read. (West Life photo by Kevin Kelley)

Councilman’s proposal to ban smoking in city parks tabled BY KEVIN KELLEY

Fairview Park A proposed ordinance that would have made smoking in city parks a crime was expected to be tabled and removed from the agenda at City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday night. While smoking in city parks will not become a criminal act, the city intends to discourage it. The plan now is for the city to post signs in city parks that say “Thank you for not smoking.” The proposal’s only sponsor, Ward 4 Councilman John Hinkel, accepts the persuasive signs as a step in the right direction. “It’s not a law, but it is going to get

people to think,” Hinkel said of the signs. “That might be enough to take care of the problem.” The idea for the persuasive signs came from a conversation Hinkel had with police Chief Patrick Nealon on how a smoking ban would be implemented. As Hinkel delved into how a legal ban would be implemented, the details became more cumbersome than he initially thought they would be, the councilman said. One major concern that emerged during council members’ debate on the proposal was its potential effect on Summerfest, the annual summer festival held at the city-owned Bohlken Park, Hinkel said. Questions emerged as to whether designated smoking areas

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would be permitted under the law. Another factor that led Hinkel to accept the persuasive signs as a compromise solution was because he didn’t believe he had enough votes to pass the proposed ordinance. “If I would have forced the issue, I think I would have lost the vote,” Hinkel told West Life. While Hinkel’s proposed ordinance did not specify penalties for violations, the intent was to classify offenses as minor misdemeanors, which carry fines of up to $150, the councilman said. Hinkel’s interest in passing a smoking ban began in August after a constituent called to complain about someone smoking near the splash park at Morton Park.

Two weeks later, Hinkel, his wife, Erin, and their two children, ages 7 and 2, were at Morton Park themselves when they were bothered by second-hand smoke there, the councilman said. Like Hinkel, the police chief said he thinks the persuasive signs will achieve the desired results. Nealon told West Life that he did not have a sense that smoking at city parks was a widespread problem. But Hinkel said he is encouraging residents who experience problems with second-hand smoke at city parks to issue complaints to either their council representative, the recreation department or the police. A significant number of complaints might further raise awareness of the issue with city leaders, Hinkel said.

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WEST LIFE, January 23, 2013

Climbing the Bugaboos



Westshore Clinging to the sharp spires of the Bugaboos jutting out of the August landscape, monochrome except for the blue sky and glimpses of green brush and trees and blue lakes, Ed Kowalski kept his mind as clear as possible and moved fast. Fearful of getting stuck on the mountains overnight instead of finding what comfort he and his climbing partner, Joe Delsignore, could at the base camp, and keeping the possibility of bad weather in mind, Kowalski said when climbing mountains, it’s best to just keep moving. For 35 years Kowalski’s been climbing. His childhood photographs show him in cowboy hats and boots, or looking out over Yosemite, toward the mountains in the distance. Ed Kowalski in the Bugaboos (Photo courtesy When he and Delsignore headed to of Ed Kowalski) British Columbia to climb the Bugaboos this past August, they intended to 30, Kowalski and Delsignore didn’t wear climb Howser Tower, a route along the thick winter gear, but light, long-sleeved highest spire in the Bugaboos. shirts. The two men had recently lost an old Kowalski said he was constantly on friend and climbing companion to a heart edge up there, as is the case with any climb. attack, and Kowalski thought the climb He worries about all the things that can go could be in his honor. wrong. At one point a loose boulder almost They started off slowly, warming up took out a friend they made on one of the with moderate day climbs most people spires, and Delsignore almost attached a would find almost impossible. Using nothsafety to a snapped rope. But no nights ing more than crampons and an ice axe, were spent on the spires, and no injuries each spire takes eight to 16 hours to comwere sustained. plete. From a distance, the rock doesn’t Recurring in the background, in his look like it may crumble at any minute or mind and in conversations with other that some passages may be so skinny they climbers, was Howser Tower. It stood up are difficult to traverse at all. The men straight, above everything else at more than squeezed themselves through cracks 11,000 feet, almost taunting him. known as "chimneys" and repelled off secThe two continued tacking "easier tions to move on to the next. climbs," Kowalski said, looking out over a With the temperature never above 50 view only summits can provide. degrees Fahrenheit and often lingering near As the days passed, Howser Tower remained unclimbed, until Kowalski and This story came from a lecture Kowalski Delsignore decided to save it for another gave at the Rocky River Nature Center. It trip. is a part of a series called Friday Nights "I just love hanging out in the mounWith Nature, which takes place at 7:30 tains," said Kowalski. "The icing on the p.m. each Friday in January and February. cake is to get to the top."


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WEST LIFE, January 23, 2013


School safety: What exactly does that mean? BY NICOLE HENNESSY

Westshore Fairview High School Principal, Brady Sheets sits in his office, meeting with various appointments throughout the day. The school’s halls are quiet aside from voices carrying from the classrooms. All indications point to this as a normal school day. The school system in America has always been difficult to understand. From the convoluted funding to the ever-changing standards to which students are held, the education system is complex. Now, add a seemingly imminent threat of violence and the situation gets even more complicated. But, Sheets said, “as a whole,” “school is one of the safest places you’ll ever be.” Helping to ensure that’s the case, are people like Patrick Fiorilli, an investigator with the Lakewood Police Department, president of the Ohio Tactical Officers Association and commander of the Westshore Enforcement Bureau SWAT. Having studied school-related violence since Columbine, Fiorilli says he pays attention to the ways in which shooters gain access to the buildings and how those inside react, formulating plans based on those findings and training various professionals to prepare. And while, culturally, we’ve come a long way from blaming Marilyn Manson for the Columbine tragedy, there are still a lot of unanswered and possibly unanswerable questions as far as pinpointing what causes people to commit school shootings.

CLOSING,, from page 1 years,” he said. ‘We have been getting support from the diocese for several years and making attempts to deal with the financial issues. But collections are down, the church general fund is down and income in general is down. This is unfortunate for the students, for the parents, for the church and for the community.” However, some parents and parishioners are questioning the decision, as well as some of Stollenwerk’s assertions about the cause of the financial issues and eventual need to close. Mary Winchester, who has two children who attend St. Richard and third who was preparing to, said she and other parents do not believe that church leaders are making enough of an effort to try to keep the church open. “There have been meetings to discuss the problems, like the big church town hall

The only thing Fiorilli can be sure of is that people who commit violent acts also study others, and it sickens him the way shootings are reported in the mass media – the glorification of violence as a way to fill time slots. Theories on factors that contribute to violent behavior include the usual reasons: video games, TV and movies. Also, there are notions that the shooters seek infamy, their faces on cable entertainment news shows, and their names in papers. More philosophical and harder to pinpoint is the assertion that Generation X is an increasingly disconnected and desensitized population, more reliant on technology, that’s possibly lost or is losing the notion that peers are humans apart from their online identities. While the psychology of what causes violence within a culture’s youth is interesting and leads to insights into many of America’s problems – a widening gap between the rich and poor, decade-long war and less-moderate politicians – for law enforcement, educators and parents, the important thing is to make sure there are plans in place that, hopefully, will never have to be carried out. Still, for Sheets, who found a training session with Fiorilli, who comes off as passionately charismatic, to be helpful, there is a definite line between preparedness and extremes. “Unfortunately, I think some schools really overreact and make some poor judgments,” he said, referencing the recent decision the North Western Ohio city Montpelier made to allow its custodial staff to carry guns. “I think it’s ridiculous.”

Plus, he pointed out that shootings in the inner city go ignored every day, even when, like the Sandy Hook tragedy, they involve children. The focus, instead, remains on schools regardless of track records regarding safety, something Sheets doesn’t have a ready answer for besides the fact that in the case of Sandy Hook, in addition to the age of the victims involved, a lot of the shock stemmed from the fact that Newtown, Conn., is a very affluent community. Sheets realizes that implementing now accepted precautions, such as metal detectors or more extreme versions like what Montpelier has done, comes with a price, both monetary and existential. He also added that adults react in a fashion children never would to these tragedies that have become such a big part of our national media coverage. Jenny Parente, a guidance counselor at the high school, agrees. “Even after Chardon, I never had any students individually want to come and talk about it,” she said, reasoning that most teenagers and younger students live in their own little bubbles and are not concerned with things that don’t directly affect them. Again, all that anyone seems to have any control over is preventive measures. Whether or not those measures go overboard or what they imply about American society is up for often inconclusive debate. While Fairview keeps its doors locked, at Westlake there is a guard: Scott Fortcamp. An officer with the city’s police department, Fortcamp has been guarding the school for more than a decade.

He believes having an officer for the students to talk and interact with can make a big difference in their lives. “If they have the right person,” he stressed. “That’s the key.” Fortcamp acknowledges that part of his function is to be involved with students who might be at risk in terms of drugs or other harmful activities and those in leadership positions, as well as those involved in groups like the Students Against Destructive Decisions. “I actually just got a call yesterday from a former student,” Fortcamp recalled. “He just graduated from the police academy and was calling to see if he could use myself as a reference.” Fortcamp remembers this student as being “a little rough around the edges,” so he hopes the talks the two of them had throughout the years made a difference in his life. It is situations like this that give him satisfaction. But had the “wrong person” been involved – an officer who didn’t want to be there or didn’t understand students – their presence actually has a negative effect, especially on students who already rebel against their superiors. Focusing on his job and training other officers and administrators, despite his opinions as to what’s been going on, Fiorilli says experiencing tragedies, even from afar, “focuses you and makes you very committed to your profession.” Still, he’d welcome some answers as to why the term “school safety” implies what it does in this country’s recent history. The term, Sheets said, carries “the connotation that we’re not safe, when we are.”

meeting in November,” she said. “But the father sat there listening to the ideas about what to do, but I don’t think he intended to do anything, I think he wanted to close the school down even then.” She cited as one example many parents willingness to do fundraising and other events, but said Stollenwerk did not want to do that. “Other churches have bingo and other events, why couldn’t we do that?” she said. “He wouldn’t even let us do that.” When asked, Stollenwerk said fundraising could not solve all the financial issues. “It goes deeper than that,” he said. “Many parents are well-intentioned, but I don’t think they realize the depth of the situation. It’s bigger than holding one or two events.” Winchester said some parents have attempted to contact the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland to seek the help, but said they have not been satisfied with the re-

sults to date. “They really haven’t offered much assistance,” she said. “I think they’re willing to let the pastor do what he wants.” Stollenwerk said the diocese has been helping with support for years, but said it couldn’t go on forever. “At some point, you look at the numbers and realize it can’t keep going,” he said. Attorney and former longtime North Olmsted police officer Steven W. Wolf attended the school and said he is devastated by the news, while disputing Stollenwerk’s beliefs as to what caused the problems. “The letter the pastor sent places blame on the city. ‘North Olmsted is no longer a place in which families choose to settle,’ that’s nonsense,” Wolf said. He said North Olmsted is aging, but said those families are staying in the city. He said newer families are moving in, but have “shied away” from parochial education. “There are many reasons parochial

schools cannot attract students,” he said. “The city isn’t one of them.” Winchester said many parents are considering different alternatives. “We have upset children, I had two crying children, there were teachers crying in the classroom,” she said. “Some of us are scrambling to find other schools. Others are still trying to find ways to get more money and keep it open.” Stollenwerk said the church is looking at events like open houses where other schools come in to let the parents know what other schools are available to attend. He said he understands the emotions involved with the parents. “Some are angry, others understand about the finances,” he said. “When something is around a long time, be it a person, school or church, you think it’s always going to be there. Then when you lose that something, it’s very difficult.”

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OPINION Page YOUR view Deer me, we’re surrounded! To the Editor: Over the past couple of years, I have witnessed bucks stampeding through the neighborhood in broad daylight, children approaching fearless herds, herds of deer crossing the streets in the dark, and huge bucks running across parking lots near the mall. I live in North Olmsted and have taken a poll of my immediate neighbors. It seems almost all of us believe there are a dangerous number of deer roaming our streets. As I have talked with neighbors, I heard stories of deer jumping in front of cars, the mail carrier being followed, and people and pets being charged by angry deer. There are those who are afraid to let their children, grandchildren, and pets play outside in their own yard due to the uncleanliness left behind. Not to mention the many angry homeowners who have sustained property damage. Sadly, many people say they have given up trying to plant ornamentals. The deer are gathering in open spaces like around our schools. Neighbors have spotted large herds, as many as 24 deer, around these open spaces. If all the does have enough food then, they will all have twins in May. We need to do something quickly. I have recently had a herd of eight deer bedding in my small yard. I am angry about property damage, but I am more concerned for public safety. Deer in the city cause car accidents. The children can approach these fearless animals and could possibly be stomped to death. These animals carry ticks. They drop them where they roam and bed. I don’t want ticks in my yard or around the schoolyards where my family and I relax and play. Come spring these ticks will be looking for a host. They burrow into the skin of people and pets and can carry serious diseases like lime disease. Deer over population is a serious health and safety issue. In my discussions with other aggravated people, I’ve been told about several people who are feeding the deer. Beware good neighbors! This is illegal in the city of North Olmsted and some of your neighbors, like me, are aggravated by the extra deer traffic you are causing. I am asking the city to cull the herd. This is how other cities around us are addressing the overpopula-

tion problem. If we cull the herd the meat could be used to feed hungry people, and we could be a safer, happier, healthier community. The city of North Olmsted has discussed and tabled the deer populaton issue. “Not enough people are complaining.” If you share my feelings, please join me in writing or calling: North Olmsted Service Department, 5200 Dover Center Road, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070. The FAX number is 440-716-4114. The phone number is 440-777-0480. Even if you are as mad at the deer and concerned about the public safety as I am, as you write and call, let’s be kind to our city officials! G. Davis North Olmsted

Start with prison violence To the Editor: Some people talk endlessly about stopping the senseless violence taking place in our country, but no one seems to know where to begin. Well – how about starting to control the insane violence/behavior in our prisons? If our law enforcement authorities can’t stop violence in our prisons where they are supposed to have complete control of the population, we should not even think of wasting taxpayers’ money trying to stop it where the violators have complete freedom to run and hide, without fear of physical harm. Every day, in every state, prisoners, which are supposed to be under complete control, rob and rape fellow prisoners – even threaten relatives of prisoners living on the outside; and the authorities in charge readily admit that the prisoners themselves “run the prisons” while they cannot do anything to prevent it. How about stopping this violent behavior? And when violent prisoners are released, they teach other violent, or wanting to be violent, people on the outside how to outwit and outmaneuver law enforcement. If our leaders cannot stop robbing, raping and killing when they have the perpetrators virtually in chains, how can they expect to do so when it is the law enforcement officers that are restrained, that are “chained?” Guns are not to blame for violent behavior. Prisoners have the least amount of guns and yet they rate the highest in violent behavior. We know what will happen when the guns are gone; because we know what prisoners do when they have no guns – they make

OUR view Westlake teachers may set the tone Did your school district recently pass an operating levy? For any district that looks to pass one in the near future, Westlake teachers may have set the regional tone for passage by accepting a 2.5percent pay cut six months from now. For Westlake residents, the hope in the district has to be that voters will see the concessionary contract (so proclaimed by union members) as reason to support a levy expected on the May ballot. The district gained concessions in health care and number of work days as well. Oh to be a fly on the wall in neighboring districts. Certainly each of the cities covered by West Life has its own unique financial situation, but perhaps none so different that residents wouldn't have the right to ask, "Well if those teachers took a pay cut, what about ours?" Westlake school board members, and those who have run for the office and lost, who in the past have expressed concern over teachers' salaries should see this as meaningful action. By and large, we appreciate the tone struck by Nate Cross, who has stood against labor costs in the district for years. “Through this process, the teachers union has shown that they are willing to be equal partners and have been very fair to the district and the taxpayers,” he said in an article appearing this week on page 8. But where he went on to express hope that this agreement would become a model for other public school districts, we would ask residents in any district to consider your situation in its own light. What's good for the Demon may not be right for all who gander.

knives and other weapons out of anything at hand. Pretty soon some of them may discover even better ways to wage their war of hate on the rest of us. John E. McLaughlin North Olmsted

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COLUMN By Nicole Hennessy In my news feed lately, I've been coming across the word conspiracy more and more. Whether it’s in headlines or posts made by acquaintances, it jumps out at me and makes me wonder why it’s being used with more frequency. Conspiracy theorists have always been portrayed as crazy, unstable individuals who create fantasy worlds to live in, distorting the truth in their minds to reinvent new, outlandish explanations for things. Despite the fact that these concocted theories are usually backed up with some sort of empirical evidence supporting them, they are adamantly dismissed by even the most logical members of society. It is much easier to believe the official truth because most conspiracy theories imply that the government is not on the side of the people, but working against them, and that is scary. I've always been up for a good conspiracy: aliens,

CIA, assassinations. They make movies about these things because they are interesting. There’s novelty in letting yourself imagine these things as the truth. To a point. Once most people reach that point, they are likely to remind themselves that those are just stories. Fiction. In fact, there is even a theory that the word conspiracy itself triggers a conditioned reaction for the person confronting it to stop thinking or analyzing the information at hand. Even if that’s not true, people don’t want to be labeled as crazy or different, so they are likely to avoid the topic, even if their opinion fits with what is being said. But it seems that anyone who departs from mainstream opinion or rhetoric is labeled a conspiracy theorist now, which, to me, is scarier than actually believing something hard to handle, life-altering, even society-altering. The bottom line is, it’s harder to sort things out now. There is so much information and misinformation, a lot of it coming from purposely misleading and extreme personalities. I think of them as a cross between reality TV stars and politicians because, often, their only function is to stir up controversy and make money, but that is another column – and it is muddled

with what people you actually know or people who really are trying to make a difference are saying. So, no matter what you believe, I think it’s important to examine why you believe that. Where did the facts come from? Are there aspects of official reports that don’t add up? What does that mean? It’s more than OK to question what’s being reported or why something’s not being reported. And doing so does not make you a conspiracy theorist; it makes you an informed consumer of information. I don’t think anyone wants to live in a country where people are free to question things, but just don’t. Ever. To me that is worse than living in a country where questions were illegal. The next time I see an acquaintance write something off as a conspiracy theory on social media, I'll likely say nothing, just wish that they would allow themselves a little more leeway in their considerations. But that is only because debates that take place online are more annoying than productive. Also, the next time I see the word conspiracy in a news headline, I'll take the time to actually read the story, not just pass it up, having already written it off as an idea not worth my time.


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Hagan, Comery announce re-election bids BY SUE BOTOS

Rocky River Rocky River Municipal Court Judge Brian Hagan and Clerk of Court Deborah Comery have announced their intention to place their names on the May 7 primary ballot. Both Hagan and Comery are serving the final year of their first sixyear term. Hagan was elected to the municipal bench in 2007, when he edged out incumbent Maureen Adler Graves by a 10,996 to 9,868 margin. Prior to that, he was voted to two terms on Rocky River City Council, where he served as council president and as chairman of the Contracts-Government and Judicial Committee. He was also a member of the Parks and Recreation, Environmental and Finance committees. Before assuming the bench, Hagan was in private law practice, having been admitted to the Ohio State Bar in 1981. He has been a Rocky River Municipal

Court acting judge, magistrate and referee. As judge, he has served as administrative/presiding judge in 2008, 2010 and 2012. He was also president of the Northern Ohio Municipal Judges Association last year. Hagan was special counsel for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and also served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in the Ohio Military Reserve. He requested and was assigned by the state Supreme Court to sit as a visiting judge in the Berea, Parma, and Toledo municipal courts. The St. Ignatius High School graduate earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Francis College in Pennsylvania, and his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. “I’m humbly seeking the support of the West Side for another term as their judge,” Hagan commented. Comery, also elected to her court position in 2007, had served as chief deputy clerk under William Gareau from 1996 through 2007.

In her time as clerk, Comery has been instrumental in updating the court’s technology, such as its state-of-the-art computer software system, research and acquisition of a collection agency at no charge to the court, and implementation of a computer imaging system. Comery also developed the court’s website, which provides almost complete online access to all records and implementation of the e-certified mail system and e-filing, as well as interfacing with the police department. Clerk Deborah Comery Judge Brian Hagan A member of several profestronic Communications Committee. She sional organizations, Comery was named has also been an active member of the Clerk of the Year by the Ohio Association North East Ohio Municipal Court Clerks of Municipal and County Court Clerks Association, holding several offices, in(OAMCCC) in May 2011. She also recluding that of president in 2012. ceived the group’s Professional CertifiComery says she plans to keep the cation Award that year. Rocky River Municipal Court as one of An active member of the OAMCCC, the most efficient, technologically adserving as secretary in 2009, Comery crevanced courts in the state. ated and chairs the association’s Elec-

Dailey Jones selected as North Olmsted council president BY JEFF GALLATIN

North Olmsted All the numbers added up to a return to North Olmsted city government for Nicole Dailey Jones. At its Jan. 15 meeting, City Council appointed Jones as City Council president by a 6-0 vote. She succeeds Duane Limpert, her longtime colleague. Councilman-at-Large Kevin Kearney, a longtime supporter of Jones, was absent on a planned trip out of town. Jones was the only person nominated and was elected without discussion. Former North Olmsted school board member Chris Glassburn and attorney and former North Olmsted police officer Steve Wolf had

also sought the president’s position when Limpert resigned for family reasons. A former Ward 3 councilwoman for five years, Jones resigned in early 2011 to take a position as communications director for Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald in the new county government that was being formed. She had won a heavily contested Democratic primary for the County Council seat representing the Westshore cities, then lost the general election to Republican Dave Greenspan. In all of his appointments, FitzGerald had required all his cabinet officials to resign from any other government position they held. Jones said she’s pleased to be coming back to North Olmsted city government. “It definitely helps that I know all the

Bay Safety Town ready to move ahead with schools in charge BY JEFF GALLATIN

Bay Village Bay school district officials are getting ready to give the green light to the 2013 Safety Town program. Superintendent Clint Keener said Friday the district is close to finalizing agreements with teachers for the annual two-week summer program that teaches traffic, pedestrian and other safety techniques to young children. During the Jan. 14 school board meeting, Keener indicated he was working on making sure the district would be able to have enough staff to teach the program. The district has taken over the program work after city of Bay Village officials indicated last year they didn’t have the resources to send an officer to the program. City officials cited a tight fiscal budget as well as a shortage of officers in the police department leading to the decision to suspend the D.A.R.E. program for at least this school year. The D.A.R.E. officer traditionally had been one of the primary teachers at the Safety Town program. Keener said he’s happy with the teachers the district is lining up. “They still have to sign contracts, but it appears that they’re willing to do this,” he said. “They’re both members of the community, but one is a former school teacher and they both are good with community activities.” Keener said Bay Village police Chief Dave Wright said although the department can’t staff the program full time, it will send an officer over to assist several days in the program. “We’re aware of the fiscal realities in the

world right now and that it’s become difficult for the city to do this,” Keener said. “The city has committed to having an officer come over several times – which is good, because we believe it’s important for the prekindergarten children to have exposure to and actually meet police officers. They’ll be able to do that with what the city officials have committed to.” During the board meeting, board member Amy Huntley expressed her dissatisfaction with the city’s reduced role, saying she felt it was important for the city to maintain a larger role in the program. “Who do we talk to in the city about having them participate or send an officer over more?” Huntley asked, repeating herself in similar fashion several times. “It’s only a two-week program and concerns the safety of our children. I think that’s very important.” Asked after the board meeting, Mayor Debbie Sutherland said the city is not in a position to staff the program like it has previously. “It’s an unfortunate reality, we just don’t have the funding to put into that that we used to,” she said. “We also are getting several new officers in the police department – all of whom either have to be trained in the city or are getting their police academy training and then coming back here for the department training. That takes time. It also means that we had to put the D.A.R.E. officer back on the street for regular patrol duty, which serves to protect the entire city – including the schools and children.” Keener noted that the district has been able to keep the costs low, saying initial estimates are that it will cost about $7,000, and that the district and PTA groups will be able to handle it.

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people involved in government and many residents,” she said. “I’m coming back at a good time with the city budget work getting under way. I’ll be talking to all the different people involved to get back up to speed on where we are right now in the city.” Jones said FitzGerald has asked her to stay at her county post through the end of March. She said she appreciates the support she has received from North Olmsted residents through the years, reiterating that she will seek re-election to the president’s post later this year. Jones also indicated that when she sees the need, she will work on specific issues. “It’s nice that the president has the ability to work on legislation, and if I see something that I feel needs to be done or an issue to be worked on, I’ll certainly be talking to my colleagues,” she said. She noted that her opponents for the post also had strong qualifications. Both Glassburn and Wolf praised Jones as a good choice. “Nicole is well-qualified for the position,” Glassburn said. “I’m happy for her.” Glassburn said he intends to stay involved in the city. “Nicole brings with her not only her years of North Olmsted council experience, but here is a woman who is on a first-name basis with most of the county

government; that is a tremendous resource,” Wolf said. “Say a superstorm knocks out our power for a number of days. Say the emergency power generator to the police department fails, causing the police to lose their lights, emergency phones and radios. If we don’t have another large generator in stock, our next stop is an emergency call to Cuyahoga County. Having someone who has that pre-formed relationship, who knows the workings of that government, can get us that generator much sooner that someone searching through the various offices in the hopes of stumbling onto the right person.” Wolf said he will run for office in the city again. “It is very important to me that the North Olmsted I was born in, that I grew up in, continues to be the North Olmsted I grow old in,” he said. “When I saw the president of council position open up, I offered my service in the hopes that I could work to keep North Olmsted vibrant. “For this reason, I do intend to run for office,” he said. “Much will depend on who intends to run and the job they have done. A number of elected officials have a strong presence and are doing a great job. Others not so much. It is too early to tell, but again, I want North Olmsted to continue to be my home, and I intend to offer my service to the community to make that so.”

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WEST LIFE, January 23, 2013

Problems with the steel in the top circular ring at the partially constructed atrium of the new Westlake High School were discovered during the winter break. This photo, taken last month, shows the section of the atrium adjacent to the Performing Arts Center. The atrium will serve as the building’s main entrance and connect to the school’s academic and athletic wings. (West Life photo by Kevin Kelley / Graphic courtesy of Westlake City Schools)

Problem discovered with atrium of new high school BY KEVIN KELLEY

Westlake A problem with the partially completed atrium at the new Westlake High School has been discovered and may require that section to be rebuilt, Superintendent Dan Keenan said. The problem is with the steel in the circular ring at the top of the atrium. The

issue stems either from the design or the installation of the steel, Keenan said. According to the superintendent, the problem is not expected cause a delay in the completion of the new high school, which is scheduled to open this fall. The problem was discovered during the winter break by the site manager of Turner Construction, the project’s main construction firm, Keenan said. A thirdparty engineering firm was brought in to

review the atrium, and a preliminary report said some changes are needed. At this point, possible solutions range from a modification to the structure as it stands to a tear-down and rebuilding of the atrium, Keenan said. The district’s position is that it will not be responsible for any additional costs associated with correcting the problem, the superintendent said. “We want it to be safe,” Keenan said

New teacher contract includes salary rollback BY KEVIN KELLEY

Westlake The Westlake City Schools and its teachers union on Jan. 16 separately approved a new 18-month contract that includes a 2.5-percent decrease in educators’ base salaries during the contract’s final 12 months. For the first six months of the contract, teachers’ salaries will remain constant. The contract increases teachers’ health care contributions by 50 percent (from 10 percent to 15 percent) and their prescription copays by 33 percent. With the 2013-2014 school year, teachers have agreed to work an additional three days at professional development workshops with no additional compensation. “It’s a concessionary contract,” said Amy Butcher, president of the Westlake Teachers Association and a special education teacher at Holly Lane Elementary School. The WTA represents about 300 teachers, counselors and media specialists in Westlake’s seven school buildings. The most significant concession, Butcher said, was the 2.5-percent pay decrease, which in July will roll back base salaries to what they were for the 20112012 school year. The contract gave the union no guarantees that future layoffs will be avoided, Butcher said. While not giving the specific tally, Butcher said the new contract passed “by a lot” in the Jan. 16 balloting. Even so, many educators were not pleased with the deal, she said. “There were a lot of members who weren’t happy about it, but most of them understand why,” she said. The “why” is the persistently sluggish economy and criticism from conservatives and taxpayer advocates that public school teachers have been able to avoid the pain so many other American workers have experienced in the past five years. Teacher union contracts in other Ohio districts passed in recent months have reflected the new economic realities, observers have noted. With its concessions, the new contract will save the district more than $5 million over the next two and a half years, according to Superintendent Dan Keenan. He noted that amounts to about 10 percent of the district’s annual budget.

Board of Education members, who unanimously approved the pact, expressed gratitude to the union for the concessions. Labor contracts were a big topic for challengers during the last school board election in 2011, and incumbents pledged that future contracts would look different to reflect current economic realities. One of those incumbents, Carol Winter, said the teachers’ concessions reflected the commitment of the educators. “You really helped the district out,” she said. Tony Falcone, elected in 2011 on the same ticket with Winter and board President Tom Mays, said he had promised the community he wanted to be fair to the teachers and the taxpayers. “I think we accomplished both with this contract,” he said. Nate Cross, who had been an ardent critic of labor costs in the district, said he was impressed by the concessions the teachers agreed to. “Through this process, the teachers union has shown that they are willing to be equal partners and have been very fair to the district and the taxpayers,” he said. Cross, who had also been critical of fellow board members’ approach to financial issues, added that he was pleased with the way the board handled the negotiating process. Cross also said he hoped the Westlake contract would become a model for other public school districts in Ohio. “Salary reduction is largely unheard of (in teacher contracts),” Cross later told West Life. “And we got that.” The previous union contract, which covered a four-year period, expired Dec. 31. Negotiations on the new contract took four months, Keenan said. The new contract is for only 18 months because the district cannot legally certify a contract beyond the time period it projects balanced budgets. Deficits will appear by the end of the 2014-2015 school year unless a new operating levy is passed or cuts are made, district officials said. After approving the teachers’ contract, the school board discussed the likelihood of placing an operating levy before voters this year. The district is also in negotiations for a new contract with its classified, or nonteaching, employees union.



of the atrium, which will be called the “commons” and serve as the building’s main entrance. Hallways from the commons will lead to the school’s academic and athletic wings. The main access to the Westlake Schools Performing Arts Center will also be from the commons. Keenan said he intends to update Westlake Board of Education members on the problem at their next meeting Monday.

School operating levy likely in May BY KEVIN KELLEY

Westlake Westlake City Schools Superintendent Dan Keenan and Treasurer Mark Pepera have been urging Board of Education members to plan for a new operating levy this spring. But board members wanted to finalize a new contract with its teachers union before committing to a new levy. Now that a new 18-month contract with the Westlake Teachers Association has been approved, board members have begun discussions on the operating levy. The most recent operating levy, for 6.9 mills, was passed by voters in September 2006. District officials estimated they would not need to come before voters for more money for four years; in fact, the levy has “lasted” seven years. According to the district’s current financial forecast, the school system will begin running a deficit in the 2014-2015 school year. Keenan is recommending a levy in the range of 5.9 to 6.5 mills, which would cover the district for about four years. “There’s no question that we need a levy,” board President Tom Mays said. Most members favored going to voters in the May primary election. Going in May is seen as beneficial for two reasons: First, if it fails, the district can ask for money from voters again in November. Second, Keenan said, passage of a spring levy would give the district additional time to plan budgets and financial forecasts. The taxes will not be collected and paid to the district until 2014, regardless of whether the levy is on the ballot in May or November. Board member Nate Cross said he sees the need for a levy and will likely be supportive when it goes before voters. But Cross said it appeared as if the decision on timing has already been made. He said he wants the community to have an opportunity to make its opinion heard. The new high school and middle school, now under construction, will open in the fall. Cross said waiting until November will allow voters to decide if the district has been a good steward with the tax money spent on the new buildings. Two meetings and resolutions are necessary to place an operating levy before voters – one to certify with the county the amount of money that can be raised by a certain millage and the second to actually place the levy on the ballot. The district will further discuss the operating levy matter at meetings at 5 p.m. Monday and Feb. 4 at the Westlake City Schools administration building.

WEST LIFE, January 23, 2013




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10-screen cinema, three restaurants, new main entrance BY JEFF GALLATIN

headrests. A giant immersive screen is illuminated by high-quality digital projectors and completed with a state-of-the art sound system for North Olmsted maximum impact.” Dorsey said the Regal theaters also will feature It will be lights, cameras, action again in a few another cutting-edge feature, which is currently months at Westfield Great Northern Mall. only available on Regal cinemas: the Sony EnterMall officials Thursday formally announced tainment Access System, to assist deaf, hard-ofwhat has had many Westshore residents and busihearing, blind and low-vision moviegoers. The nesses eagerly anticipating for more than a year: an system includes specially designed lightweight agreement to put a 10-screen Regal Cinemas movie eyewear for deaf and hard-of-hearing guests to pritheater complex at the mall along with three new vately view closed-captioned text directly in their restaurants and a new main mall entrance in the line of sight for both 2-D and 3-D movies. The techsoutheast portion of the mall near the old food court. The entrance will be in the corner of the Preliminary construction seen here got underway in late 2012 at the site of nology also includes a wireless receiver for blind southeast wing where the existing building meets the new 10-screen cinema and three-restaurant complex being built at and low-vision guests that provides descriptive Westfield Great Northern Mall. (West Life photo by Jeff Gallatin) audio tracks via a pair of headsets. Sears. The latest stage in Westfield’s multimillionaters coming back to North Olmsted,” Kennedy said. Dorsey said the theaters will all open at the same time dollar business development of the mall the last few years “We’re very happy for the mall and all the businesses and are scheduled to open in time for the 2013 holiday is scheduled to open in December 2013. and people around here,” John Sobolewski, director of the season. Shortly after Westfield opened its modern dining court in chamber, said. “The movies and the restaurants should be She said one of the three restaurants planned for area, November 2012 and closed the old food court, corporate dea great draw for the city.” Mama Fu’s Asian House, has already signed on. velopment officials said they were working on a theater Dorsey said the theaters and restaurants are a logical “It’s been located in other parts of the country but is movcomplex development project. Since then, there has been next step. ing into the Ohio market, and offers Asian-inspired dishes months of speculation about the scale of the actual devel“We redid the dining court to make it more modern,” that are chef-prepared and made to order,” she said. “The opment, as well as what the actual businesses in it would be. she said. “We also put in larger children’s play areas, as restaurant will open shortly ahead of the cinema.” AddiThe new theaters will be the first in North Olmsted since well as many family areas, and we’ve been putting in many tional information can be obtained at ones in the Great Northern strip closed in 2000. family-friendly businesses,” she said. “The theaters and Dorsey said the other restaurants will be named later this “Answering the community’s request to bring movies restaurants are definitely family-friendly and go along with year. back to the Great Northern retail district is rewarding,” what we’ve been doing. Westfield has been very aware that “They’re looking to bring in ones which have styles or Mike Walsh, Great Northern’s general manager, said. “We people in the area have wanted to get movie theaters back formats which haven’t been in this area before,” she said. are dedicated to exceeding our customers’ expectations, in the area. There was a movie theater in the Great NorthIn addition to the theaters and restaurants, the new main and the new Regal Cinemas, coupled with restaurants ern area from 1966 to 2000, before the old strip complex mall entrance will be at the corner of the southeast wing that are unique to the area, will allow us to deliver the closed. So, this fills a niche in the area.” where the existing building meets Sears,” Dorsey said. best shopping, dining and entertainment experience Dorsey said the Regal Entertainment Group is putting “Shoppers will enjoy the continued convenience of a available to our shoppers.” in state-of-the art cinema screens. large parking field outside the new entrance,” she said. Area officials also were pleased with the news. When “They’re modern in every way and will include a Dorsey said alongside the cinemas and restaurants, the North Olmsted Mayor Kevin Kennedy made reference to unique auditorium equipped for the Regal Premium Exmall will open a relocated and expanded Forever 21 in the the announcement and Great Northern’s marketing diperience,” she said. “RPX presents movies the way filmfall. The clothing fashion store, currently located near the rector, Annie Dorsey, outlined the plans during the acmakers intended, with powerful, uncompressed surround dining court, will relocate to get a 20,000-square-foot locativities at Kennedy’s state of the city address to the North sound and bright, eye-popping images in 2-D and 3-D. tion adjacent to the Disney Store, which Dorsey noted is the Olmsted Chamber of Commerce, the announcement Guests will enjoy the custom-built premium environment only one in the Cleveland area. Additional information on drew loud applause. featuring elegant and luxurious seats with high-back Forever 21 can be obtained at “It’s a great thing for the city and the area to have the-

North Olmsted Mayor’s Court now open BY JEFF GALLATIN

North Olmsted Court is now in session in North Olmsted. Officials said the first official session of the new North Olmsted Mayor’s Court went well Thursday night. Several court personnel, police officers, six defendants and a few observers were on hand to usher in the new court. Mayor Kevin Kennedy initiated the new court last year, taking much of the city’s traffic offenses away from the Rocky River Municipal Court and bringing them to the new mayor’s court. The move drew fire from officials in the municipal court and mayors from the other cities involved in it. They said the old court worked fine for all the cities, and said Kennedy’s move would not raise the funds he expects it to in North Olmsted and also cause job loss and other problems in the Rocky River court. Kennedy’s projections are that it will raise about $200,000 annually for the city of North Olmsted. Chief Magistrate David Lambros, who presided over the proceedings, said he was happy with the first night of court. ‘It went well for a first night,” he said. “There are a few things to smooth out, but we’ll get that done as we have more sessions.” Lambros said he wants to smooth out the process of traffic flow in the court, meaning the process of defendants going from the clerical staff over to the magistrates and court officials hearing the matter. Fellow Magistrate Skip Lazzaro, who will hear cases when Lambros does not, also was on hand to observe how the proceedings went and sat next to Lambros. North Olmsted police Capt. Mike Kilbane, who was on hand along with several other officers to provide security and serve as bailiffs, said he was satisfied with the night’s proceedings. “From our perspective everything went smoothly,” Kilbane said. “There were no problems with any of the people who got the tickets or in the building.” Kilbane noted that there will be officers throughout the chambers and the city building for each court session to ensure that there is adequate security. North Olmsted Prosecutor Mike Gordillo noted that there were several no-shows for the court proceedings. “We’ll send them a letter first advising them of the nonappearance and that they need to appear if scheduled,” he said. “If they don’t show the next time, we’ll issue a warrant for them.” Gordillo said other people who received tickets had already pleaded out and paid their fines or made arrangements to do so. There were some innocent pleas to contest the tickets. Prior to the start of court proceedings, Lambros spoke to the defendants and audience, noting they were taking part in Westshore area and North Olmsted history. Lambros explained the different legal options available

to the defendants, both during the precourt session as well as when some defendants were before him. He explained in detail to one man who told Lambros and officers that he had insurance, but did not have it with him when stopped by officers. “It’s very important that he show us quickly that he has that proof of insurance,” he said. “Otherwise the (Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles) will go after his driver’s license. That’s something they’d do in any court if he doesn’t have insurance or show that he has it.” Kennedy, who was out of town on city business, said he was happy with the reports he received. “It sounds like it went well for the first time,” he said. “I’m sure it will continue to progress and benefit the city.”

“Skip’ Lazzaro, left, and David Lambros, right, confer Thursday during the first session of the North Olmsted Mayor’s Court. (West Life photo by Jeff Gallatin)

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Business, city outlook bright in North Olmsted, mayor says BY JEFF GALLATIN

North Olmsted Mayor Kevin Kennedy said his administration intends to remain all business during his fourth year in office. Speaking before a packed house at the North Olmsted Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon Thursday, Kennedy delivered the annual state of the city address. Like any state of the government speech, he focused on what his administration has accomplished during his first three years, with a heavy emphasis on economic development and maintaining good relations with businesses in the city. “It’s extremely important to my administration to maintain good relations with and do whatever we can to help, businesses,” he said. “They are the life blood of the city.” He made specific time during his address to laud Westfield Great Northern Mall, which also Thursday formally announced an agreement with Regal Entertain-



BY KEVIN KELLEY OPEN HOUSE: Messiah Lutheran School will hold an open house for prospective students from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tours of the school, located at 4401 W. 215th St., will be given. Early registration for new students will be available during the open house. The school educates students in preschool through grade eight. The open house kicks off National Lutheran Schools week at Messiah Lutheran. For more information, e-mail or call 440-331-6553. The school’s Web address is

ment Group to bring a 10-screen state-of-the-art cinema complex to the mall. It is scheduled to open in December 2013, with Westfield officials also saying three new restaurants and a new main entrance will be part of the continued multimillion-dollar development at the mall. Kennedy also lauded other major businesses such as the North Olmsted Auto Mile group, the GetGo expansion, St. Richard’s Senior Housing project and a Burlington Coat Factory coming to the strip behind Great Northern. He also said the annual meet and greet session his administration has with all area businesses is set for Feb. 28 in the Springvale Country Club ballroom. “The city takes its relationship with the business community seriously, and we find ways to work with them and address their concerns,” he said. Kennedy praised the city’s planning and development director, Kim Wenger, for her work throughout the year. “As I’ve touched on with the different projects, there has been $39.4 million in development and redevelopment,” he said. Kennedy said many businesses also give back to the community. He noted as one example Westfield giving $4,000 to the city’s food pantry, with many other businesses offering assistance to the pantry, citing, among others, Macy’s workers making ongoing contributions, along with other contributions from Eaton Corp., First Data Corp., Giant Eagle, Fifth Third and Key banks, and Professional Travel. “2012 was a record-setting year for the number of families served, so the donations were very much appreciated,” he said. Kennedy also cited a large number of projects in municipal facilities, noting the completion of Phase 1 and the start of Phase 2 of the more than $40 million wastewater treatment plant renovation and construction project.

“It’s one of those once-in-a-generation projects that needs to get done,” he said. The project will help the city fulfill federal Environmental Protection Agency mandates and provide better services to its customers, officials have said. Other projects singled out by Kennedy included a citywide traffic signal system upgrade on North Olmsted roadways, establishing a tax increment fund district to spur putting more money into development, new signs at gateways to the city, the Cleveland water department painting the water tower, the bio retention facilities in North Olmsted Park, several hundred thousand dollars in Americans With Disabilities Act and building improvements to the city police station, Country Club Boulevard streetscape improvements and new windows at the Community Cabin. Kennedy also lauded a new contract for garbage and recycling pickup in North Olmsted, saying it will save several hundred thousand dollars for the city. He also cited new employee contracts with the police and fire unions as well as testing for new police and firefighters, the planned retirement of fire Chief Tom Klecan and multiple new vehicles in both safety forces. North Olmsted was able to weather the fury of Superstorm Sandy, and is working on dealing with ongoing cuts in funding from the state of Ohio and lower revenue collections in other areas, the mayor noted. He said the city bond ratings remain strong and that it has set up reserve funds to deal with rainy day situations, compensated absences and the 27th pay period which arrives every few years. Other officials and departments praised by Kennedy included safety/service Director Scott Thomas, finance Director Carrie Copfer, Law Director Michael Gareau Jr., human resources Director Cheryl Farver and police Chief Jamie Gallagher.

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Collaboration is nothing new for Westshore governments BY SUE BOTOS

Rocky River State auditor Dave Yost recently presented the six Westshore community mayors with an award recognizing their collaborative efforts, and the cities will continue to search for ways in which they can pool resources and stretch budgets, just as they have for over 40 years. “This (collaboration) is a model for other communities. We’ve always known we work well together,” commented Bobst at a recent City Council meeting. She said the Auditor of State’s Taxpayer Hero Award, which was shared by the mayors of Rocky River, Fairview Park, Bay Village, Westlake, North Olmsted and Lakewood, acknowledges the efforts of local government officials who demonstrate innovative ideas to cut costs and increase efficiency. “Yes, we do collaborate a great deal, but it does not stop there. We also work with other institutions and with the private sector,” Bobst added, referring to the upcoming Linda Street

project, which will rely on merchant input for aesthetic features. She also pointed out the numerous civic organizations the city works with, such as Habitat for Humanity and the Cleveland Restoration Society. Westshore CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), made up of volunteers from the Westshore, was instrumental in emergency assistance during the October storm. “The depth and breadth of collaboration is far-reaching. Our residents have supported this and see the wisdom of this,” she stated. Bobst said that, for many years, the Westshore cities have been sharing equipment that would not be feasible for each to purchase. For example, the cities all utilize a sewer camera, owned by Bay Village, for a much lower cost than actually buying the item. Now, thanks to information provided by the state auditor’s website, an inventory of equipment and services is available online at no cost. These items are either purchased by a city and “leased” to others, or the initial cost can be shared. The posted information allows city administrators

to weigh the feasibility of different equipment purchase options. Created by Yost and his office, the website serves as a resource for state agencies and local governments to help streamline their budgets. During a presentation to the West Shore Chamber of Commerce last year, Yost described the site, stating that it makes available performance audit results that compare the expenditures of public entities. Yost noted that a state law went into effect in September 2011 allowing various government bodies to contract with one another to provide services. Lake County communities, which recently underwent a performance audit, will now be able to share resources. Bobst told West Life that Rocky River did apply for performance audits of both refuse collection and sewer work, but was turned down. “This is good news and bad news,” Bobst commented. “The bad news is that we did not receive a grant, but the good news is that other communities in greater (financial) need did get a grant.” The site does offer a template that provides an inventory of

equipment and services available throughout the area, as well as usage patterns. “We were going to do this on our own, but now we don’t have to and there is no cost,” Bobst said of the cataloging. “This formalizes what we (WCOG) have been doing for years,” she added. Bobst stressed that any equipment listed by Westshore communities is non-emergency. Collaboration of fire services for Bay Village, Rocky River, Fairview Park and Westlake are still under discussion. In December, the four cities were unsuccessful in an attempt to get a grant to further their efforts. An agreement similar to that approved by Lake County municipalities is being drawn up by County Councilman David Greenspan, according to Bobst. However, concerns about liability and collective bargaining issues have stalled the process. In the meantime, Bobst said she is encouraging all city department directors to check out the information available online. “We can always improve and can always benefit from the auditor’s knowledge,” she stated.

Lakewood joins other local cities in curbing spending, extending union contracts BY SUE BOTOS

Westshore Doing more with less is on many local communities’ New Year’s resolution lists, and the city of Lakewood kicked off its own version with LEAN Lakewood last year, a program that aims to lower costs and streamline the city budget. Recently, three employee unions did their part by agreeing to extend their existing collective bargaining agreements through Dec. 31, 2013. The current agreement was made in 2010 and was set to expire at the end of 2012. The two local chapters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Fraternal Order of Police dispatchers union have agreed to contracts that will provide for no increase in wages or health

care contributions for 2013. This is in response to projected revenue losses after Gov. John Kasich made sweeping cuts in February 2011, including slashing local government funds by 50 percent and doing away with the estate tax. Property tax has also been trimmed by 4 percent due to decreased valuations. City employees are represented by seven bargaining units whose contracts are all expiring within the next few months. Nonunion employees’ wages have already been frozen. When the city budget was presented to City Council in November, general fund revenues for 2013 were projected at $33.30 million, nearly $2.75 million less than the previous year, which city officials say is comparable to 2002 levels. Also reflected in the financial plan are nine vacated full-time positions, which will not be filled. A city planner

has been added by the combination of three other positions. The city is also keeping an eye on Columbus as it considers HB 601, a measure that would standardize income tax codes currently decided upon by individual municipalities. “We all have a weather eye toward any further cuts the governor’s administration may make to municipal budgets in 2013,” commented Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers. “A one-year extension with AFSCME and the FOP dispatchers union was appropriate in light of this uncertainty.” The AFSCME unions represent nearly half of Lakewood’s city workforce with 176 public works and administrative employees. There are 11 police dispatchers in the FOP union. Jerry Branco, president of AFSCME Local 1043, said in a statement that “AFSCME union employees have

worked with the administration at every level to cut costs and maintain services throughout the last four years, and we were happy to continue to work with the city to get to this agreement.” “I appreciate our employees’ willingness to move forward and continue to work together for another year without a wage increase to serve our citizens in a very challenging environment,” commented Summers, adding that the city is still facing a rough road when it comes to state cuts and rising health care costs. City employees are represented by seven bargaining units whose contracts are all expiring within the next few months. Wage freezes are already in store for Lakewood’s nonunion employees. “Local government has to begin a whole new way of thinking,” Summers noted.

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A 40-year-old area man is facing operating a motor vehicle under the influence charges after Bay City police said his vehicle almost struck a police cruiser on Bradley Road shortly after midnight Jan. 16. Police said the Bay officer initially tried to stop the vehicle near the intersection of Wolf and Bradley roads. However, the driver left the scene and officers were not able to stop it until it reached Viking Parkway in Westlake. After speaking with the driver, officers suspected the driver had been drinking. After he failed field sobriety tests, officers arrested the man.

More than drug issues A 19-year-old area man is facing charges for drugs, weapons and other offenses after police stopped the vehicle he was driving on Wolf Road the afternoon of Jan. 15. Police said records indicated there were several outstanding warrants for drug-related offenses. In addition to the traffic stop and warrants, police said a knife and illegal drugs were found when he and the vehicle were searched. He was arrested and will face formal charges in Rocky River Municipal Court.

Reese Park equipment issues A city service department worker Jan. 16 found several pieces of the new playground equipment at Reese Park missing or damaged. City officials did not have a cost estimate yet, but said officers are continuing the investigation.

FAIRVIEW PARK To the detention center Police took a 17-year-old Fairview Park boy to the Juvenile Detention Center Jan. 8 after his mother reported that he threw a butter knife at her. The outburst took place after he was told he could not watch TV, according to the

A man walking his dog in the Metroparks below the I-480 bridge Sunday reported finding a handgun. Metroparks Rangers were notified and took custody of the gun.

Price check A Giant Eagle employee called police Sunday to report that a man had left the store without paying for some groceries. Police located the 59-yearold Rocky River man a block away. Police determined that the man has special needs and may have misunderstood the self-checkout procedure. The man was brought back to the store and paid for the groceries, police said.

NORTH OLMSTED No whitewash job An area man is facing theft charges after Home Depot security said a man tried to steal a $180 five-gallon bucket of paint Sunday. Security told police the man had put the bucket in a cart, then headed for the store’s outdoor area and tried to return the paint for cash or a gift card. When the clerk denied the transaction, the man tried to leave but instead was taken back in the store.

Car capers Officials at Strongsville Dodge on Lorain Road told officers someone had taken several tail light lenses and a third brake light assembly from several vehicles on their lot. Workers said five passenger side taillights, four driver’s side taillights and one third brake light were taken, with Dodge Ram pickup trucks being the primary targets.

Not a gas Police recently investigated an apparent credit card scam at one gas station and a counterfeit bill at another. Workers at a Lorain Road Speedway said two men attempted to get cash

loaded onto several gift cards early Friday, with a clerk initially placing $400 on two cards when one man, with a New Jersey driver’s license, produced an American Express card with the same name. However, when the very next customer came to her counter with two more gift cards and a Florida driver’s license, she became suspicious and said she was going to do a voice check on the card. But, when she turned to reach for a phone, both men fled the store, leaving all the cards on the counter. The transactions on the first two cards were voided by suspicious officials

ROCKY RIVER But she wasn’t going to waste the wine A female resident of Linden Road contacted police on Jan. 15, stating that she had stolen some wine and needed to go to jail. Officers responded, finding the woman heavily intoxicated and arrested her.

Courting trouble Police were notified by Rocky River Municipal Court security on Jan. 15 that a man had tried to enter the courthouse through security to go to his probation hearing, but had set off the metal detector. Upon further investigation security found a glass bowl, a corn cob bowl and two homemade foil pipes used for the smoking of marijuana. The man was arrested on probation violation and cited for drug paraphernalia.

Uninvited guest An employee of Sunrise Assisted Living on Detroit Road called police on Jan. 15 at 3:10 a.m. to report that there was an intoxicated man sleeping in the lobby. Officers arrived and awoke the man, who had a strong aroma of alcohol emanating from him. He was also unable to speak coherently, nor state what he was doing the lobby. He eventually told officers that he was in a hotel in Lakewood. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Beauty school threat An employee of the Brown Aveda Institute on Detroit Road reported to police that a student had been posting disturbing pictures online, some of which included her holding her handgun. In addition, the woman student had mentioned “popping” people at the school. A warrant was issued for menacing, and the woman turned herself in.

WESTLAKE Bar brouhaha A Detroit Road saloon was the scene of a fight around 1 a.m. Jan. 13, police said. A 26-year-old Westlake man, who police said was intoxicated, was cut off by bartenders after reportedly annoying female patrons. He punched a door window as he was escorted out, according to the incident report. The suspect ran across the street into an apartment complex, where police found him 40 minutes later. He allegedly fought with the arresting officers and later refused to give officers information about himself. The man was charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated, resisting arrest and criminal damaging.

Men stiff cabbie A cab driver reported that two men skipped out on a $36 fare the night of Jan. 13. The driver said he transported the two from Lakewood to Westchester Parkway, where they ran from his vehicle. Police said they identified two possible suspects, who are disputing the amount of the fare after contacting the driver. Police are continuing to investigate.

Condenser stolen On Jan. 15, the owner of a Detroit Road building discovered the theft of a condenser for a rooftop air conditioning unit. The condenser had been removed sometime since autumn, according to police, who have no suspects. Repairs are estimated to cost $5,000.

Police still investigating death of Channel 3 editor in single-car crash early Sunday and crashed into a tree. North Olmsted police Capt. Mike Kilbane said department investigators are still gathering evidence. “It looks like she had been there for a few hours when we received the initial report of the incident,” Kilbane said. “We found one witness who apparently had seen the vehicle there by the tree at about 7:15 a.m., but for whatever reason that person didn’t notify police.” Kilbane said the department investigators were gathering technical evidence.


North Olmsted North Olmsted city police Monday were still investigating the death of a popular Channel 3 assignment editor in a single-car accident near the North Olmsted/North Ridgeville border late Saturday or early Sunday. Danielle Fink, 48, of Cleveland, was found in her car at about 8:30 a.m. after it apparently went off Barton Road sometime late Saturday or

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“They’re going to review the information from the vehicle’s version of a black box to see what it shows, and they’ll try and reconstruct the accident to see what that tells us,” he said. Kilbane said the initial investigation indicates that it was a single-car accident. “We haven’t found anything that points to another vehicle being involved,” he said. Kilbane said the department also is waiting for a report from the Cuyahoga County coroner’s office.

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Car buffs converge on Bearden’s as local eatery is recognized by Cruisin’ Times BY SUE BOTOS

Westshore Their vintage rides may be tucked away for the winter, but that doesn’t stop “cruisers” from congregating at Bearden’s on Monday nights. At a recent “carless cruise-in,” about 20 auto buffs gathered, this time inside, as the landmark Rocky River eatery was honored with a pair of awards from Cruisin’ Times magazine. “This was a fast climb to the top. Usu-

ally no one gets this in the first year,” noted Cruisin’ Times editor John Shapiro, referring to the fact that 2012 was Bearden’s inaugural year hosting cruise-ins, events where old-time-car lovers gather to admire each other’s rides and talk about their passion. Bearden’s was recognized in the Top Ten for cruise-ins of 75 cars or fewer, and was also presented with the “Editor’s Choice” award, “my own personal choice,” Shapiro explained. The Top Ten award, continued Shapiro, is decided upon by readers, with nominations being accepted months in advance.

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and according to Mike Redinger of UBS Financial, the publicity from the awards may cause parking to be at a premium. “This is ‘the Bible,’” Redinger said of Cruisin’ Times. The owner of a “tricked-out Mustang,” Redinger sponsored Bearden’s monthly Saturday morning breakfast cruise-ins last year. Reilly added that hopefully, the restaurant can eventually go back to its roots and offer drive-in service complete with carhops. “We’re taking baby steps toward the drive-in,” she commented, stating curbside carryout is now available for call-ahead orders.

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state EPA mandates are not going away. “We’re looking at tens of millions of dollars here,” she stated. The department facing the biggest change this year both financially and personnelwise is the municipal court, which is still predicted to be self-sufficient despite the establishment of the North Olmsted Mayor’s Court. The Rocky River court will still be shared by Bay Village, Westlake, Rocky River and Fairview Park for all cases. Councilman Michael O’Donnell, who heads council’s Judicial Committee, reported that court revenues are projected to exceed expenditures by $90,000. Although the court is a separate entity from the city, its budget must still be reflected in the city financial plan. “This will be a very difficult time. The numbers don’t tell the whole story,” Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons told council. She reported that $200,000 has been trimmed from court employee wages due to retirements, reduction of hours and pay cuts.


“We don’t know what to expect, but we’re ready to do whatever it takes,” she added. Communication with lawyers will be strictly by e-mail, she said, stating that the $50,000 spent on postage last year will be greatly reduced. Clerk of Courts Deborah Comery reported that her office has trimmed 10 employees, four full-time and six part-time, due to attrition and retirements. This translates to a savings of $250,000. She said that this matches the staff level of 1997. Answering a question by Councilman Dave Furry, Fitzsimmons said that no former Rocky River Municipal Court employee had gone to North Olmsted’s mayor’s court.


Council President Jim Moran asked if any measures had been taken to ensure that other cities would not follow North Olmsted’s example and set up a mayor’s court. “We did bring in all of the mayors for a meeting, and we believe that the mayors do not have the intention to do this,” Fitzsimmons said. She added that there will continue to be meetings with representatives of the other cities sharing the court, keeping them up to date on financial issues. Fitzsimmons added that everything possible will be done to keep the court from turning to the cities for support. “We’re going to be as proactive as possible; we don’t want to go to that well,” she said.

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Pirates boys and girls get varsity sweep at Bay BY RYAN KACZMARSKI

Basketball It was a good night for Rocky River High School, as the both the boys and girls varsity basketball teams visited Bay High School Friday night, and came out with victories. In the boys game, Rocky River edged out a 44-40 victory with tough defense, timely free throws and a little luck. The win gives the Pirates a record of 7-5 overall and a West Shore Conference-leading record of 7-1, but head coach Michael Murray knew that his team could have easily lost the close-scoring game. “First of all, you have to credit (Bay’s) defense,” he said. “I thought they did a great job staying in front of us and they turned up the pressure there in the fourth quarter. For us, we didn’t handle the basketball very well. If you add those two things together – we had trips (down the court) where we didn’t even get shots up, and to shoot 8 for 11 at the line, be in the double-bonus (at the end) and have the lead – to be able to control the basketball, is something we’re going to have to work on.” With the Pirates leading 42-40, and 17.3 seconds left in the game, Bay head coach Jason Frolo took the first of four consecutive time outs trying to get a scoring play together, with only the result of sending Rocky River freshman Eric Jones to the free throw line with 0.9 seconds left on the clock. Jones sunk both shots, sticking the final nail in the Rockets’ coffin. “(Jones) is a kid mature beyond his years,” Murray said. “The other thing is, we kept playing pretty consistently on defense, we kept challenging them and I thought we were pretty physical. Even though we were having trouble offensively, we were still making them take time to score. We were still getting multiple possessions and they turned (the ball) over a couple of times.” The loss gives the Rockets an overall record of 7-6 (3-5 in the WSC), and Frolo knows his team had just as much of a chance to win the game down the stretch, as Rocky River. “In this (game), it was almost like, ‘Who is not going to mess up?’”, Frolo said. “We messed up.”

The Rockets had their chances throughout the fourth quarter, where the score stayed at 34-30 before the Rockets made a 10-point push in the final minutes of the game. “When it’s 34-30 for the longest time and we keep getting stop after stop, we need to get a basket,” Frolo said. “We were never able to do that, and finally the stalemate broke and were were down six, seven, eight, nine points, and all of a sudden, we have to scramble. “We, for sure, had our fair share of opportunities.” Rocky River’s Ryan McCrone led all scoring with 19 points in the game, followed by Bay’s duo of Scott Rapps with 11 and Terry Carras with 10. The girls contest, which was played as the opening act to the boys game, was not as close, as the Pirates won handily 36-28. The victory gave the Pirates an overall record of 5-9 (5-2 in the WSC). Having a record under .500 is something relatively new for Rocky River. “We graduated six phenomenal seniors from last year, and it wasn’t like it was one year, they’ve been playing varsity basketball for three years – and some of them all four years – of high school,” Rocky River head coach Mike Sislowski said. “It has been a major change in the program, but the one thing they left us with is that legacy of high expectations, especially on the defensive side of the ball. This year’s team has picked up right there, and plays great defense. “We’re young. We play three freshmen in our rotation,” he added. “We have seniors who have waited for this opportunity and, really, this whole year has been about growing on the offensive end and identifying ourselves with great defense. The defense has been there all year. We get victories on the nights we can score.” The Pirates have relied on more of a total team effort this season, not having that go-to star on the roster. “There’s no replacing (2012 graduate and University of Miami (OH) player) Hannah McCue,” Sislowski said. “You don’t just throw someone out there and watch 20 points and 10 rebounds every night. When we say it’s a different type of team this year, that’s the change. It has to come from everyone. “It’s really about leadership now. The person who’s stood out for us the past five ballgames is Annie Swartz.

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Rocky River senior Ryan McCrone led all scoring with 19 points in the victory at Bay High School Friday night. (West Life photo by Ryan Kaczmarski)

North Olmsted defeats Westlake; both seek Baron Cup berth BY RYAN KACZMARSKI

Ice Hockey

Both Westlake's Kent Axcell, right, and North Olmsted's Shawn Elliott, trailing, scored two goals in Saturday's matchup. (West Life photo by Ryan Kaczmarski)

There was plenty of ice hockey action over the weekend as both the West Shore Conference and Southwestern Conference tournaments played out in Rocky River and North Olmsted, respectively. In the second round of the SWC tourney on Saturday, North Olmsted battled back from a second period Westlake surge to defeat the Demons 6-3 and move on to the tournament finals. North Olmsted went up 3-0 by the first intermission on a goal by freshman Michael Ceepo (assisted by Benjamin Henley), and two more by sophomore Shawn Elliott (both power play goals, the first unassisted and the second assisted by Evan Solomon). Westlake answered right back with three quick goals to tie the game early in the second period, the first by junior Kent Axcell (assisted by Adam Sandor), the second by junior Adam Fife (assisted by Rudy Keppler and Nate Greenberg) and the third by Axcell (assisted by Keppler). The three goals came with less than three minutes coming off the clock, but the Eagles regrouped as senior Alexander Arendec put one past Westlake’s freshman goalkeeper, Joe Guay, to regain the lead (assisted by Brendon Kirk). North Olmsted would add goals by Henley (assisted by Nathan Schmitt) and Michael Shackleton (assisted by Henley) to cap the scoring at 6-3. “I thought (Westlake) came out and moved the puck well and made some plays (in the second period),” North Olmsted head coach Tim Murphy said. “They came out and stuck it to us, tightening that lead up real quick. They had all the momentum, but we

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The week in numbers Girls Basketball Jan. 18 Rocky River (5-9, 5-2) 36, Bay (5-8, 3-4) 28 Jan. 19 Avon 50, Lakewood (12-1, 4-1) 42 Olmsted Falls (8-7, 3-4) 31, North Olmsted (5-8, 2-6) 30 Amherst 49, Westlake (9-7, 4-5) 41 Fairview (13-3, 8-3) 59, Keystone 26 Lutheran West (9-5, 7-2) 48, Wellington 30

Boys Basketball Jan. 18 Rocky River (7-5, 7-1) 44, Bay (7-6, 3-5) 40 Avon 57, Lakewood (9-4, 6-2) 38 Avon Lake 73, Olmsted Falls 60 Brecksville 51, Westlake (7-4, 3-3) 45 Clearview 64, Fairview (3-9, 1-7) 53 Oberlin 77, Lutheran West (3-5, 3-3) 64 Jan. 19 Olmsted Falls (5-8, 1-3) 60, Rocky River (7-6, 7-1) 52

Ice Hockey Season Records Rocky River (18-5-1, 4-2-1) North Olmsted (9-9, 4-4) Westlake (11-9-1, 3-3) Olmsted Falls (5-19, 1-11) Lakewood (14-2-2, 8-0-1) Bay (9-12, 6-3)

WEST LIFE, January 23, 2013


Young Eagles keep breaking records, look to districts BY STEFANIE KILNAPP

Swimming/Diving The North Olmsted Eagles swim team is anxious to break records this season with a cornucopia of young talent coming in ready to work. Jacquelyn Jarachovic, specifically, has been standing out, swimming in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle events. “As a team, our relays have broken several records,” Jarachovic said. “This year we’ve broken three different records, then one of them we’ve broken a couple times each. We get behind each other really well and I think that’s what makes all the difference. We are a really big team and push each other to make sure we all are doing our best. “I’ve been working really hard in the summer,” she continued. “I trained in the off season and ever since this season started, me and my whole entire team, we all have been working really hard together and giving our best all the time.” “(Jarachovic) has been performing real well, she’s a work horse at practice,” North Olmsted head coach Patrick Burda said. “She’s got sights set on making it out to states and today was a huge swim for her. She’s getting down there and she’s going to achieve the goals she’s set for herself if she keeps working the way she is.” A lot of the swimmers on the squad are improving on a daily basis and are on the

right path to districts and states. “Overall, we got to a tough start at the beginning of the season getting unified as a team.” Burda said. “We had a lot of freshmen this year and the majority of the team, on both sides, is freshmen and inexperienced swimmers, so it’s been a little bit of a battle to get everyone in line and operating as a team. Every meet we’ve swum, we’ve gotten better as a team, cheering each other on, swimming hard on relays and racing people. “The girls have a shot at making the 200 and 400 free relays not only to districts, they have a shot at making it all the way up to states this year. A majority of the team, if they perform how they’ve been performing at practices and meets, have a shot getting out to districts.” Districts have changed venues this year, from Bowling Green to Cleveland

PIRATES, from page 16 She’s taken on that leadership role and willed us to play great defense. It’s become contagious, and for me as a coach I look and say, ‘There are good things to come if our team continues to play this way.’” Bay senior Claire Werblak led all scoring in the game with 15 points, while Carolyn Farling and Lucy Grierson each had 11 for the Pirates.

State, so a lot of the competition and fast teams aren’t moving on with the Eagles. It’s a much smaller district now and the kids have a better chance to get out there. Junior Ryan Sara, who swims 50 and 100 freestyle, said, “I’m really hoping to drop some time in the 50 hopefully make it out to states this year,” and freshman Austin Locksey, swimming 50, 100, 200 free and 100 back confidently stated, “Get pumped up and ready (for the postseason). I’ll be setting records, it’ll be me.” On Thursday’s matchup against Berea, the North Olmsted girls swim team won but the boys lost by only a pinch. “We fell a little short with the guys – we had a little bit too many disqualifications – and the girls did win,” Burda said. “That’s their second win of the season. (We had) a lot of best-times today, and we’re seeing a pretty consistent drop in time with the kids (overall).” There were more disqualifications today than they had last season and this season combined. There was a bad turn in the backstroke, and in the relays someone left early. “These are mistakes that we can fix quickly,” Burda said. “I think (the disqualifications) were stupid, and if they never would’ve happened, we would’ve won today,” Locksey said. “(We’re) disappointed with the loss today, but we’ll get them next time,” Sara concluded.

Girls Swimming: North Olmsted 100, Berea 85 200MR: (NO) Ott, Sara, Foraker, Sabino 2:01.79; 200F: Puentes (NO) 2:09.61; 200IM: Foraker (NO) 2:25.47; 50F: Jarachovic (NO) 25.44; Diving: Moroski (B) 156.25; 100 Fly: Foraker (NO) 1:04.37; 100F: Jarachovic (NO) 55.13; 500F: Sabino (NO) 5:53.42; 200FR: (NO) Puentes, Loeser, Bryner, Jarachovic 1:51.50; 100 Back: Ott (NO) 1:04.36; 100 Breast: Kranz (B) 1:13.92; 400FR: (B) Knezevich, Flanick, Thomason, Kranz 4:04.68 Boys Swimming: Berea 89, North Olmsted 86 200MR: (B) Ticherich, Karp, Cipra, Salisbury 1:52.63; 200F: Ticherich (B) 1:58.74; 200IM: Casedonte (NO) 2:19.93; 50F: Sara (NO) 22.15; Diving: Purgason (NO) 195.35; 100 Fly: Cipra (B) 58.51; 100F: Sara (NO) 49.28; 500F: Karp (B) 5:23.98; 200 FR: (NO) Jarufe, Locksey, Huynh, Sara 1:41.11; 100 Back: Salisbury (B)1:04.07; 100 Breast: Hundt (NO) 1:08.98; 400FR (B) Salisbury, D’Agostino, Ticherich, Cipra 3:33.61

Bay Athletic Boosters announce Snoball Run Bay Rocket Athletic Boosters president Steve Kowalski, left and Snoball Run chair Tim Brajdic announce the 5K race-walk and fun run that will take place Feb. 23, with the start and finish at Bay High School. The preregistration cost for the Snoball 5K Race and Walk, and one mile Fun Run is $15 for students and $20 for adults. Mail-in registrations forms are available to download on the Bay Athletic Boosters website at and must be received by Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. Online registration is open through Feb. 22, at 9 a.m. at courtesy of Anne Kerka)

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Rocky River freshman Lucy Grierson, left, is key for the future of the Pirates girls varsity basketball program. (West Life photo by Ryan Kaczmarski)

HOCKEY, from page 16 were able to get one right after that.” The victory gives the Eagles a record of 9-9 overall, 4-4 in league play, which sits them in third place of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League (GCHSHL) White West division and a possible Baron Cup berth. The loss gives the Demons an overall record of 11-9-1 (33 in the White West), but Westlake still holds on to the fourth and final spot in the division for a Baron Cup berth. “Both teams played hard, we came back and showed some life, but the puck didn’t bounce our way today and that happens,” Westlake head coach John Duke said. “We, as a program, are progressing every year and getting more and more consistent every season. “We’re competing with North Olmsted and Brecksville, and over the Christmas break with Solon. We had a good game against Hudson this year and we beat Kent, so these are all positive steps where we can compete at higher and higher levels.” This is the first year Westlake has competed in the GCHSHL, and it has been a positive experience for both the team and the coaching staff. “We’re doing all right,” Duke said. “We’re right there for a playoff spot, and we hope to close the deal and finish out with a couple more victories.”

Great White Winter Cross Country Ski Chase The North Olmsted Great White Winter Cross Country Ski Chase will be held at Springvale Country Club Saturday at 2 p.m. (weather permitting). The chase is a fun-format cross country skiing distance challenge in which individuals or teams of two or three skiers complete as many laps as they can on a short course within one hour. Every skier on a team must complete at least one lap, after which it is up to teams to decide how many laps each skier will do. This is a great event for novice skiers, families and even as a warm-up for those training for ski marathons. Team categories will be determined on the day of the chase, and include family, co-ed, youth and multigenerational teams. Any combination of one, two or three skiers will do. Registration is from 12:45-1:30 p.m. at Springvale Country Club, 5871 Canterbury Road in North Olmsted. The chase starts promptly at 2 p.m. There is no pre-

registration. For more information, e-mail Ohio North Coed Soccer League The Ohio North Coed Soccer League is the largest singledivision outdoor soccer league in the region and the only coed soccer league in Northeast Ohio sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation. They are a competitive soccer league for talented and dedicated players. They are looking for highly-skilled individuals who love to play soccer and have a lot of fun at the same time. The objective is to maintain a successful league of highly-competitive teams for each season and new players and teams are always welcome to come see what they are all about. If you have any questions concerning the league, starting times, etc. please contact them at or call 216-392-9536.

Legal Notice The City of North Olmsted in Cuyahoga City, Ohio, Resolution No. 2012-122 authorizes the Mayor of North Olmsted to advertise for the Design, Installation, and Service of the Existing Fire Alarm and Security System for Springvale Golf Course and Ballroom. Sealed bids will be received by the City of N. Olmsted at 5200 Dover Center Rd., N. Olmsted, Ohio 44070 until 11:30 a.m., EST Feb. 26, 2013. Instructions to bidders & specifications will be available Mon-Fri from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 5200 Dover Center Rd, N. Olmsted, OH 44070. Proposals/Bids will be sealed & identified as: “SPRINGVALE GOLF COURSE & BALLROOM FIRE ALARM / SECURITY SYSTEM PROJECT” The proposal opening will take place at 11:30 a.m. Tues, Feb 26, 2013 at N. Olmsted City Hall, 5200 Dover Center Rd, N. Olmsted, OH 44070 City of North Olmsted, OH. Equal Opportunity Employer

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WEST LIFE, January 23, 2013

Renowned clarinetist’s performance was pure ‘Bliss’ for students BY SUE BOTOS

Rocky River Maybe it was Julian Bliss’ energetic rendition of “The Flight of the Bumblebee” that extinguished a power failure. The British musician, 24, began his recent presentation at Rocky River Middle School in semidarkness, and ended under full power, as he demonstrated his mastery of the clarinet and answered student questions. While many performers come from musical families, Bliss, who was in town as part of a partnership with Rettig Music and Bowling Green State University, told the students this was not the case for him. “It kind of came out from nowhere,” he said of his musical abilities. But it was a recorder, a beginning wind instrument, given to him by his parents that ignited the spark. “I already decided I didn’t want to play a string instrument. I already knew what kind of sound I wanted to make,” recalled Bliss, who began playing the clarinet at age 4, long before most students can handle a woodwind. “There was never any doubt in my mind. My parents had to pry it from my hands so I could do my schoolwork,” he said in a preconcert interview. Beginning his professional career on an English TV show at about age 5, Bliss said that he is always relaxed

while performing. “No one told me I should be nervous. I didn’t even consider nerves and never thought of anxiety,” said Bliss, adding that preparation and practice does much for confidence. While nerves are not a factor, Bliss admitted that performing is an adrenaline rush. “I’m quite at home in front of an audience,” he stated. On that note, Bliss pointed to practice as the best way to overcome nerves. However, some audiences are very memorable to Bliss. He told the students that the “biggest concert he ever did” was in 2002 for the British royal family in the garden of Buckingham Palace the day before he turned 13. He also performed at Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee and for her birthday as well as for her husband, Prince Philip. Bliss has appeared as a soloist with many famous musical groups, including, recently, the Cleveland Orchestra. He prefers the freedom of expression permitted by solo work as opposed to ensembles. “I never really fancied a full-time orchestra job,” he stated. Bliss asked the student musicians how long they practiced each day. While the response, on the average was about 30 minutes to an hour, a few honest hands went up for no practice at all. “At your age I was practicing three hours a day,” he told them. Aside from practice, Bliss advised the students not to limit themselves. “You never know what is around the corner. I never thought I would design

WESTLAKE Chatter BY KEVIN KELLEY HACK NOT RUNNING: Ward 1 Councilman Ed Hack told West Life he will not seek re-election this year. “I’ve done enough,” he said, noting he has served on council for 14 years. He also said his wife, Susan, would like him available more, so family events don’t have to be scheduled around committee and regular meetings of council. As of Jan. 18, no one has pulled petitions for the Ward 1 seat, according to documents from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. CANDIDATE WATCH: On Thursday, Ward 2 Councilman Jim Connole told West Life that he has not made any decision on his plans for a future on City Council. Connole obtained ballot petitions from the Board of Elections for the council president’s seat. Longtime Council President Mike Killeen told West Life Jan. 8 that he would not seek re-election. Four days later, he said he will run again because Connole had told him he was dropping his plans. But Connole told West Life on Jan. 15 that he was still in the process of deciding. Asked on Thursday if he and Connole had gotten on the same page regarding re-election, Killeen said they were working on that. Current Westlake Board of Education member Nate Cross said he is seeking the Ward 2 council seat regardless of who else is running. Cross submitted his ballot petitions Jan. 2. Brian Thompson and former Bay Village Finance Director Steve Presley have also obtained ballot petitions. INTERNET SAFETY: The Westlake City Schools will present a public program entitled “Social Networking and Young Children” from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at Parkside Intermediate School, 24525 Hilliard Blvd. The program, which was first offered a year ago, will cover topics such as cellphone use, cyberbullying, online chatting, sexting, child predator grooming and “followme” apps. The session is geared to parents of students in kindergarten through grade six.

Randy Kimbro, an Olmsted Falls firefighter and graduate of the FBI’s Citizens’ Academy, returns as the program’s speaker. To read West Life’s account of last year’s program, point your Web browser to BOOK SALE: The Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library annual used book sale takes place Feb. 7-10 at the library, located at 27333 Center Ridge Road. Members of the Friends get first crack at the books during the preview night from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6. The general public sale hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8. The half-price sale is 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9. The sale concludes Sunday with a two-dollar bag sale from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. EMILY’S RUN: The fifth annual Emily’s Rainbow Run, a four-mile run, two-mile run/walk and kids’ run, will take place April 14, a Sunday. Named after the late Emily Lewis, a Westlake middle-school student who died in 2009 following a three-year fight against kidney cancer, the race will benefit pediatric cancer research at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit the race’s website at NEW POSITION: Life Care Center of Westlake, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, recently named Kathryn Thome as its new director of nursing. “Kathryn brings a level of clinical expertise and experience that enables us to care for the higher-acuity patients we are receiving,” said Maryann Dubyoski, the facility’s executive director. A registered nurse for 39 years, Thome most recently worked at Huntington Woods Care and Rehab Center in Westlake as director of nursing. Located at 26520 Center Ridge Road, Life Care Center of Westlake is one of four skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Ohio operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.

British clarinetist Julian Bliss warms up at Rocky River Middle School. (West Life photo by Sue Botos)

a musical instrument,” he noted. Aside from performing, Bliss recently designed the Bliss clarinet for manufacturer Leblanc. Although classical music is Bliss’ first love, he said he has been playing more jazz during the past few years. “Both styles bring something. Both complement each other well,” said

Bliss, who demonstrated his point to the students by performing a classical piece both traditionally and in a jazz style. Above all, Bliss told the students that to be a musician, they have to love what they do. “Enjoy yourself. Music is so much about feeling. If your heart is not in it, people can tell.”

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‘Django Unchained’ leads critic’s top films of 2012 BY JOE OSTRICA After catching up with some of the late releases of 2012 being released in Northeast Ohio, I’ve finally compiled my top 10 favorite movies of 2012. 1. “Django Unchained” – Exhilarating, violent, epic, hilarious and controversial – everything one would expect from a Quentin Tarantino movie, “Django Unchained” is the spaghetti Western the filmmaker extraordinaire has been teasing his fans with since hinting at the genre in “Kill Bill” and “Inglourious Basterds.” Set in the antebellum South two years prior to the Civil War, Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a slave freed and mentored by bounty hunter King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), who agrees to help Django find and rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from an evil plantation owner named Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Samuel L. Jackson nearly steals the film as Candie’s faithful and evil house servant Stephen. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of Westerns, it’s hard to ignore a film that boasts some of the year’s best acting (Waltz, DiCaprio and Jackson all deliver Oscarworthy performances), writing, cinematography (by three-time Oscar winner Robert Richardson), songs (which includes Ennio Morricone tracks, songs from other spaghetti Westerns, even some hip-hop) and a surprise comeback (Don Johnson gets the Tarantino actor-revival honor this time around). 2. “Argo” – Following “Gone Baby Gone” (2007) and “The Town” (2010), Ben Affleck continues his amazing streak as a director with this shockingly true story based on the spectacular 1979 rescue mission of six American embassy employees in Iran by CIA agent Tony Mendez (played by Affleck). While Iranians are taking Americans hostage, the six escapees are camping out at the home of the Canadian ambassador. Desperate for a rescue plan, Mendez comes up with what seems like either an insane or brilliant solution: develop a fake Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as part of the film’s production crew. Backed by a terrific cast, which also includes Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall and Rory Cochrane, an amazing, heroic true story of American bravery and a great directorial effort by Affleck, who combines suspense, drama and comedy like a master, “Argo” is a modern American classic. 3. “Life of Pi” – Hope. Faith. Courage. Survival. These are some of the various themes director Ang Lee explores in this gloriously beautiful film based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel. This PG-rated adventure is becoming a global sensation, and deservingly so. The movie focuses on Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma), who loses nearly everything, including his entire family, in a breathtaking 10-minute shipwreck sequence that will leave you gripping your armrest for dear life and in tears by the time the ship has sunk. The majority of the two-hour-plus film takes place on a 26-foot lifeboat that Pi shares with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a menacing Bengal tiger. The five of them don’t have just the vast ocean, conditions and low food supply to battle, but one another, too. Pi must use everything in his power, especially mentally, to survive this extreme circumstance. Lee stirs up several reactions from viewers during this ordeal, including laughter, sadness and fear, that is worth the extra price of admission in its intended 3-D presentation. Be sure to see this grand epic on the big screen while you can. 4. “Skyfall” – It’s rare for blockbuster franchises to land so high on my year-end list, but the creative minds behind the James Bond franchise got it right this time around, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the storied spy franchise, which includes 23 movies, dating back to 1962’s “Dr. No” starring Sean Connery as 007. Starring Daniel Craig in his third and best performance as Bond, the superspy is back with a vengeance in this brilliant action masterpiece that ranks among the greatest James Bond films ever made. Not only is it another Bond installment we expect with great action, beautiful women, exotic locales and colorful bad guys (Javier Bardem), but “Skyfall” brings back some of the fun things we love from the classic Bond films, including the Aston Martin, the gadget whiz Q (who jokes about exploding pens), Miss Moneypenny and a nice sense of humor that has been missing in recent installments. 5. “The Dark Knight Rises” – Another blockbuster franchise, but one that can be ignored after a talented filmmaker like Christopher Nolan stepped up to the challenge to wrap up his stellar trilogy with a strong finale, especially after following a masterpiece like “The Dark Knight.” Showcasing terrific actors (Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard) with returning beloved one (Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman), Nolan ends the series with a clever and extremely satisfying ending, proving he is one of the smartest filmmakers in Hollywood. 6. “Killing Them Softly” – This brutally violent crime caper reteams Brad Pitt with director Andrew Dominik after their grossly underappreciated “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (2007). Fans of mob and crime films will be thrilled to see heavyweights like Ray Liotta (“GoodFellas”) and Ben Mendelsohn (“Animal Kingdom”), not to mention three cast members from HBO’s beloved gangster series “The Sopranos” (James Gandalfini, Vincent Curatola and Max Casella) all on display in this film. Pitt is terrific as Jackie, a smart hit man who is just as deadly with a gun

as he is with his words. Fans of gangster fare should love this movie, but if you’re not one who appreciates the artistry of violence in cinema, you may want to stay away from this one. 7. “The Master” – Challenging and often perplexing, Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” is mesmerizing. The director of “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “There Will Be Blood” is back with yet another character study with a story thin on plot (a Navy veteran returns from World War II lost and confused about the direction his life is taking until he meets a charming cult leader), but rich in its visual details, and features fantastic performances by Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. As Freddie Quell, a veteran who is suffering great internal pain from his familial and war history, Phoenix gives the performance of his career. 8. “Zero Dark Thirty” – Following the 2009 Best Picture winner “The Hurt Locker,” which landed Kathryn Bigelow the first Best Director Oscar for a woman in the history of the Academy Awards, Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are back with this story about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Jessica Chastain is terrific as a CIA operative who for 10 years is single-minded in her search for leads to track down the al Qaeda leader. Controversial for its depiction of torture applied to the detainees and the information Boal and Bigelow received in their research, “Zero Dark Thirty” is a mesmerizing procedural full of intense moments. 9. “Moonrise Kingdom” – Filmmaker Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox”) returns, boasting his biggest star ensemble yet, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Harvey Keitel, in this sweet,

funny tale of young love. Set in the 1960s on an island off the coast of New England, “Moonrise Kingdom” focuses on the budding romance between two rebellious preteens, Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward). Anderson crafts the film carefully with his painstaking attention to detail in everything, from the books Suzy reads to Sam’s wardrobe, the songs on the soundtrack and the composition of shots. 10. (tie) “Flight”/“End of Watch” – I cheated here by including two movies that featured spectacular performances that also told moving stories. In “Flight,” Denzel Washington plays hotshot airline pilot Whip Whitaker, whom we meet in a shocking opening scene, showing Whitaker waking up at an airport hotel after a hard night of partying. Although he becomes a media sensation and national hero for saving several lives in an intense plane crash sequence, Whip’s life is turned upside down when traces of booze and drugs are found in his system. Washington is mesmerizing to watch as his character struggles with his alcoholism, “End of Watch” is a fresh, intense and engaging story about two police officer partners, Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena). The film is a close look at the day-to-day life on the job between two partners, and the close brotherhood bond they have. Shot with a documentary-style look, this film is full of great characters, performances, suspense, drama and heart. It stands out from the rest of the police dramas of recent years and is not to be missed. Honorable Mentions (listed alphabetically): “21 Jump Street,” “Cabin in the Woods,” “Chronicle,” “Lawless,” “Looper,” “ParaNorman,” “Savages,” “Silver Linings Playbook.”

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AROUND Town BAY VILLAGE Dwyer Memorial Senior Center Dwyer Memorial Senior Center, 300 Bryson Lane, will host a variety of programs. The fifth annual soup cook-off will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. All tickets must be purchased in advance. A $5 donation includes soup, rolls and beverages, and a chance at a drawing for door prizes. All proceeds will benefit the Dwyer Center. “Food for Films” will be shown at 1 p.m. Tuesday. This week’s feature is “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding.” The foot doctor will be in the Dwyer clinic at 9 a.m. Tuesday. To make an appointment, call Kate at 216-529-1800. The Western Reserve Historical Society presents “Fab 50s Cleveland Style: Glorious Sports, Gory Murder, Glamour Girls and Gas Guzzlers” at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30. An RSVP is required. The AARP Tax Assistance Program begins Feb. 1 and continues every Friday through mid-April. Make an appointment for this free service. For more information, call the center at 440835-6565.

Bay Village Garden Club The Bay Village Garden Club will meet Monday at the Bay Village Community House, 303 Cahoon Road. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The speaker will be Kathy Habib, master gardener. Her topic is “Herbs: Spice Up Your Life.” Herbs have so many uses, including ornamental, culinary, fragrance, dyes and medicinal. Learn how they can be grown and preserved. All interested gardeners are welcome. The guest fee is $5. For more information, call 440-8718578 or visit

‘Catholics Coming Home’ For the eighth year, St. Raphael Church will conduct a series called “Catholics Coming Home” on seven Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 30 through March 13. These sessions are for nonpracticing Catholics who might be interested in returning to the Church. There will be informal sharing and an update of the Catholic faith in a support-group format. The church is located at 525 Dover Center Road, between Wolf and Detroit roads. For more details and to register, call Annette DeGidio at 440-250-9028, Mrs. Dean Brennan at 440892-2877 or Deacon Larry Gregg at 440-8711100, ext. 134. For additional information, visit

Bay Village Women’s Club and Foundation The Bay Village Women’s Club and Foundation is currently accepting requests for funds to be donated for specific projects of local civic and nonprofit groups. Tax exempt organizations located and operating in Bay Village are qualified. Requests must be in writing and contain the following information: Full name and address of the organization; contact person and phone number; proposed amount of funds requested; and specific proposed use of funds. All requests must be received by Feb. 15. Mail to P.O. Box 40433, Bay Village, OH 44140.

The Village Foundation The Village Foundation is now accepting requests for funds to be granted for specific projects of local civic and nonprofit organizations. Proposals are due March 1, 2013, and awards are expected to be announced May 27, 2013, at the foundation’s Memorial Day celebration. Awards may range from $500 to $3,000. To be eligible, an organization must be located in or provide services to residents within Bay Village. Funding will only be awarded to tax-exempt organizations classified as 501 (c) (3) charities by the IRS or programs that have a tax-exempt fiscal agent. A simple application form can be found on the Village Foundation website at In addition to the completed application, applicants must submit an IRS tax exemption certification letter, a list of current board or committee members and the organization’s most recent financial statement/audit, annual report and annual operating budget. All applications should be mailed to Grants Committee, The Village Foundation, P.O. Box 40122, Bay Village, OH 44140.

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a traditional Victorian Tea at 2 p.m. April 27 at the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center, 300 Bryson Lane. Highlights of the annual tea include a drawing for an American Girl doll and a fun create-your-own hat contest. Carol Major will sell clothes for 18-inch dolls. Bring your daughters, granddaughters or little friends, age 5 and older, to experience entertainment from Victorian times. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children ages 11 and younger. Dolls are invited. Reservations are required. For more information, call Carole Roske at 440-871-4797. All proceeds from the event go toward maintenance of Rose Hill Museum and the Osborn Learning Center, and student scholarships.

FAIRVIEW PARK ‘Cookie Challenge and Swap’ The first annual “Cookie Challenge and Swap” will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gemini Center, 21225 Lorain Road. Bake a dozen cookies to share and two extra cookies for judging. The contest is free and the winner will receive a prize. Don’t forget to share your recipes. Preregistration is required by Sunday. Nonresidents are welcome. For more information, call 440-3564444, ext. 104.

Fairview Park Senior Life Fairview Park Senior Life Office, 20769 Lorain Road, offers a variety of programs. Busch Funeral Home will present “Peace of Mind” at 11 a.m. Thursday. The seminar will talk about the importance of preplanning your final wishes. Free legal consultation with Harold Hom, local attorney, will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday. Call for an appointment. “At the Movies” will be shown at 1 p.m. Tuesday, featuring “Hugo.” For more information and to register, call 440-356-4437.

‘Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance’ The Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Gemini Center, 21225 Lorain Road. Share a special night with your little girl(s), which includes an evening of dancing, light dinner and a keepsake picture. Preregistration is required by Feb. 1. The cost is $15 per couple and $3 for each additional child. Nonresidents are welcome. For more information, call 440-356-4444, ext. 104.

Fairview Park Junior Women’s Club The Fairview Park Junior Women’s Club will host is fourth annual wine tasting and silent auction event, “Love at First Sip,” Feb. 9 at the Gemini Center, 21225 Lorain Road. The doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and includes appetizers and dessert, along with three samples of wine per winery. Additional samples can be purchased that evening. However, tickets must be purchased in advance. The participating wineries are Jilbert Winery, Kelley’s Island Wine Co., Sarah’s Vineyard and Vermilion Valley Vineyards. Pay by cash or check by Feb. 2. For more information and to purchase tickets, call Nancy at 440-734-9577 or Sally at 440-779-1417.

Chapter 91 PERI meeting Chapter 91 of Public Employee Retirees Inc. will meet at 11 a.m. Feb. 12 on the lower level of the Fairview Park Branch Library, 21255 Lorain Road. The guest speaker will be John Lonsak, whose talk is titled “Lincoln: A President for the Ages.” Public sector retirees are welcome to attend the meetings. Light refreshments are served.

NORTH OLMSTED Free community meal A free community meal will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Clague Road United Church of Christ, 3650 Clague Road. There are no carryouts. Everyone is welcome. The church is accessible to the physically challenged. Join everyone for fellowship and socialization. This meal is sponsored by churches in North Olmsted.

Rocky River Nature Center All families are invited to search for the chickadee from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Rocky River Nature Center, 24000 Valley Parkway, between Cedar Point Road and

Shepherd Lane in the Rocky River Reservation. For more information and to register, call 440-734-6660.

St. Brendan School Information Night St. Brendan School invites parents of prospective new students to an information night at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Meet the faculty, tour the school and observe sample lessons, while learning about the many opportunities offered, such as art, music, Spanish, computer classes, current technology, extracurriculars, hot lunches, after-school care, faith-based education and more. Families are also welcome to the open house, pancake breakfast, science fair and art show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 3. St. Brendan offers preschool, all-day kindergarten, and grades one through eight. For more information, contact Principal Julie Onacila at 440-777-8433. St. Brendan Parish is located at 4242 Brendan Lane.

MOPS meeting Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is about meeting the needs of every mom of a child from conception through kindergarten. At MOPS you’ll experience authentic community, mothering support, personal growth and spiritual hope, all to help you be the best mother possible. Each month a new topic is presented. Child care is provided and the first meeting is free. MOPS meets the second Friday of every month from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. September through May at Christ the King Church, 30635 Lorain Road. The next meeting is Feb. 8. For more information and to RSVP, call 440-777-3333 or visit

ROCKY RIVER ‘Tune In Thursday’ “Tune In Thursday” with the Ernie Krivda Quartet will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton Road. This award-winning tenor saxophonist performs with three other musical talents on the drums, bass and keyboard to usher in the library’s 85th anniversary with traditional jazz of the twenties. This event, sponsored by the Friends of the Rocky River Public Library, is free, and no registration is required.

St. Christopher School registration Looking for an award-winning school? Is a quality Catholic education important to you? St. Christopher School will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. Visit the classrooms after Mass; pick up a packet of information and a registration application. Come see the exciting things happening at the school. Bring a birth certificate, baptismal certificate (if not baptized at St. Christopher) and a $100 fee. Registration begins Sunday and runs through Feb. 1. For more information, call the school office at 440-331-3075. Mrs. Quinn will be able to assist. Visit St. Christopher’s website at

No-sew blanket night Are you looking for ways to help your community? Female students in grades five, six and seven can join the Magnificat High School Outreach Club and the Magnificat High School Mothers’ Club from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 for the “Tied Together – No-Sew Blanket Night.” Blanket material and instructions will be provided; however, bring a pair of scissors. Blankets will be collected and donated to various organizations throughout the area. The deadline to RSVP for this event is Jan. 30. For more information and to RSVP, call 440-331-1572, ext. 293. Magnificate High School is located at 20770 Hilliard Blvd.

ACT test-preparation course The ACT test-preparation course will be offered Mondays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. starting Feb. 11 at Lutheran West High School, 3850 Linden Road. The course fee is $162, which includes materials. The sessions promise personal study plans and homework assignments, based on individual needs. Class sizes are small and made up of fewer than 24 students. Both small group and individual instruction are available. To register or receive more information, call Laura Icardi at 330-722-7235, or e-mail at

AARP Tax-Aide Free AARP Tax-Aide help is available at Rocky River Public Library from Feb. 1 through April 16, by appointment only. Appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Taxpayers can make an appointment by calling the library at 440-333-7610 or by stopping at the greeter’s desk in the library’s lobby. TaxAide will prepare federal and state of Ohio tax returns free of charge and will also e-file returns for taxpayers who participate in the program. IRS-certified volunteers are ready to help income taxpayers of all ages. You do not need to be a member of AARP to receive this service. You must bring a photo ID and Social Security card when you come for your appointment.

WESTLAKE Embroiderers’ guild The North Coast Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will meet from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. this evening at the Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. The topic will be “Doodle Dolls,” a project decorating dolls with stitches, lace, braid and other small odds and ends, taught by Cathie Karls. Come to meet fellow stitchers and have fun. For more information, call 440-777-7085.

Clague Playhouse Clague Playhouse continues its 85th season with the production “Gulf View Drive.” This is the third play in Arlene Hutton’s Nibroc Trilogy, which began with “Last Train to Nibroc, followed by “See Rock City.” Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are highly recommended. Tickets are $16 for adults and $15 for seniors (60+) and students. For tickets, call the box office from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Clague Playhouse is located at 1371 Clague Road in Westlake. The play runs through Feb. 3.

Westlake Fifty-Plus Westlake Fifty-Plus, 29694 Center Ridge Road, will host the following programs. Hearing screenings will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Call for an appointment by today. Gina Croft, MPT, will give an interactive presentation titled “Healthy Spine” at 10 a.m. Friday. RSVP by today. Chair massages will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Friday. The cost is $13. Call for an appointment. “Thursdays at the Movies” will be shown at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 31, featuring “Trouble With the Curve.” RSVP by Thursday. For more information and to register for these programs, call 440-899-3544.

Clague Playhouse auditions Clague Playhouse will hold auditions for the production of “Black Tie” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and 5. Bring an audition photo and resume. Auditions will consist of scenes from the play and group improvisation work. Be prepared to stay for the duration of the auditions and come prepared to move. A perusal script is available at the Clague Playhouse box office for a $10 deposit through Feb. 2. Box office hours are from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, contact the box office at 440-331-0403 and/or leave a message for the director. Production dates are May 3 through May 26.

An old-fashioned Valentine’s Day The Westlake Historical Society invites the community to experience an old-fashioned Valentine’s Day party beginning at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Clague House Museum, located at 1371 Clague Road (north of Hilliard Boulevard). Complimentary tours of the Clague House and refreshments will be available, as well as free crafts for the entire family. This will also be an excellent opportunity for everyone in the family to experience how life was lived in early Dover (now known as Westlake) during the late 1800s and early 1900s. For more information, contact the Westlake Historical Society at 440-808-1961 or visit


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Westlake United Methodist Church Performing Arts presents “A Valentine for You” at 4 p.m. Feb. 10. The tremendously talented musicians of WUMC present love songs from Broadway, popular charts and standard classics to put you in the mood in this, the 10th annual Valentine Concert. WUMC is located at 27650 Center Ridge Road. For more information, call 440-871-3088 or visit

Connecting for Kids fundraiser Connecting for Kids will hold its first fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22 at Panini’s Bar & Grill, 23800 Detroit Road. The cost for the evening is $20 per person and includes unlimited appetizers, desserts, beer and wine. The evening will also feature a silent auction and raffle. All proceeds will benefit Connecting for Kids, a nonprofit organization, that hosts speakers, programs and discussion groups for parents with questions or concerts about child development. To reserve tickets, visit For more information, call Sarah Rintamaki at 440-250-5563 or e-mail

Westlake Historical Society meeting The Westlake Historical Society will hold its meeting Feb. 28 in the large meeting room at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. The guest speaker, from the Western Reserve Historical Society, will delight the group with memories of days gone by. The program is titled “Custard, Coasters and Carousels: Remembering Euclid Beach Park.” There will be a very brief time of announcements pertaining to the society just prior to the guest speaker’s presentation. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 440-8712600 or the Westlake Historical Society at 440-808-1961.

Big Kid Resale Westlake’s Holly Lane Elementary School PTA is organizing its second annual Big Kid Resale to take place from 8



a.m. to noon March 16 at Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. If interested in selling, spaces are $20, and vendors from all communities are welcome. Registration forms are available at or via (click on the “Parents” tab and then click on “Holly Lane” on the left side). For more information, contact Teri Gannon at or call 440-808-8863.

OLMSTED FALLS Heritage Days/Olmsted Community Care The 15th annual benefit for Heritage Days and Olmsted Community Care will be held March 1 at the historic Grand Pacific Hotel. Doors open at 6 p.m. Enjoy the evening with wine and beer tastings and a silent auction. Tickets are $30 per person and are available at that Olde Wine Cellar, Olmsted Community Center and Shamrock and Rose Creations, and also online at For more information, call 440-235-0613, 440235-9277 or 440-427-1599.

LAKEWOOD Community diversity potluck The Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission and Lakewood High School’s Race and Diversity (RAD) Club and Identity Club will hold a community diversity potluck from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Woman’s Club Pavilion at Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave. The theme for the potluck is “The World Lives in Lakewood.” Attendees are asked to bring a dish (vegetarian or meat) to serve six that represents your family or cultural tradition. Beverages and tableware will be provided. This is a great opportunity to meet neighbors and make new friends. There will be fun activities for all ages.

Lakewood Police Citizens’ Academy The Lakewood Division of Police is offering Lakewood residents a unique opportunity to gain some first-hand information about the role of Lakewood’s safety and law enforcement department. The Lakewood Police Citizens’ Academy is a 12-week program starting Feb. 6 and continuing each Wednesday through April 24. The academy will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lakewood Police Department, 12650 Detroit Ave. The course is for Lakewood residents or people who work in Lakewood, 21 years of age or older. There is no fee to attend. To register for more information, visit or call Officer Ortiz at 216-701-3063.

Grief recovery The Grief Recovery Method, an action program for moving beyond loss, will be offered Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m., through Feb. 21, at Lakewood Hospital Community Health Center, 1450 Belle Ave. The grief recovery workgroup is a 10-week session, which a teaches a step-by-step process that will allow participants to address the pain of loss and complete the unfinished business of the relationship, so that hope and trust can be restored, and you can feel whole again. The cost is $25. Registration is requested. For more information, call the Rev. Daniel Wenger at 440-233-8024 or the Rev. David Walker at 440-899-7113.

AROUND TOWN Red Cross Bloodmobile The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the following locations: from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Ave.; from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Brendan Church, 4242 Brendan Lane, North Olmsted;from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Lakewood Woman’s Club Pavilion, 14532 Lake Ave.; and from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

LIBRARY news Westlake Porter Public Library 27333 Center Ridge Road, 440-871-2600 The Tween Book Club, for fifth- through eighth-graders, will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. this evening. Join the group for a lively discussion about good books, audio, apps and more. Snacks will be provided.

Ventriloquist Mark Wade will entertain the entire family at 7 p.m. Saturday in the multipurpose room. The performance is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

The teen book discussion group, for ninth- through 12thgraders, will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Panera Bread, 26137 Detroit Road in Westlake. Enjoy a snack and lively discussions about books, audio, apps and more. Registration is required.

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Porter’s Fiber Fanatics will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Friday. Socialize, share and solve problems while working on a current project. An SAT practice exam, for 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The SAT practice exam will be provided by sylvan Learning Center. Please bring a calculator and two #2 pencils. Detailed results will be available one week after the exam at the youth services desk. Registration is required. Rocky River Public Library 1600 Hampton Road, 440-333-7610 Drop in for “Lunch and a Movie” at noon Friday in the Community Room. Bring your lunch and enjoy the recent release, “Hope Springs,” starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. Hot popcorn and refreshments will be provided. Be a part of the “Guild of the Brick,” for children ages 5 and older, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The library provides the Legos, you bring the imagination. No registration is required. “Teen Screen” will be held from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. This event gives students, seventh-graders and older, a chance to relax and enjoy hot popcorn with a movie chosen by the Teen Advisory Group. No registration is required. “Get in the Game,” for third- through sixth-graders, will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 30. Meet up after school to hang out with friends, play games and munch on snacks. Different games re featured each month, including Wii Just Dance, PlayStation Rock Band, party and board games. Drop in any time during the program. No registration is required. Lakewood Public Library, Main Branch 15425 Detroit Ave., 216-226-8275 Vernice Jackson, a professional career consultant, will present “20 Minute Resume Tune-Ups” from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Jan. 31. To register for this program, call 216-226-8275, ext. 127. This free event will be held in the learning lab. Lakewood Art House Cinema presents “Cache” (2005) at 6 p.m. Saturday in the main auditorium. No registration is required.

School in the Cinema presents “Mad Hot Ballroom” (2005) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the main auditorium. No registration is required.

common questions and share tips on living with menopause. Registration is required. North Olmsted Branch Library 27403 Lorain Road, 440-777-6211 “Exploration Station: Money Math,” for children ages 3 to 5 and a caregiver, will be presented from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The program includes stories and activities about money and math. Children will be able to explore and practice thinking skills through play at hands-on learning stations. Registration is required.

Bay Village Branch Library 502 Cahoon Road, 440-871-6392 The annual winter books sale sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga Public Library will be held during regular library hours Saturday through Monday and closes at 7 p.m. Tuesday. There is a wide range of adult and children’s hardback and paperback books, as well as DVDs, CDs, books on tape and magazines. Items are priced to sell and have been categorized for easy selection. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is “bag day” when patrons can buy a bagful of books for only $1. Bags are provided by the library. Volunteers are needed to help with the book sale and other library-related projects sponsored and funded by the Friends of the Bay Village Library. For information on volunteering, the book sale or becoming a member of the Friends of the Bay Village Library, visit the library or call 440-871-6392.

Family Literacy Night presents “Fractions and Music” from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. This workshop will discuss how music is structured and how music rhythms are fractions of a beat. Engage in a hands-on activity with percussion instruments that allow you to understand their relationship. A light dinner of pizza, salad and pop will be served. Registration is required.

Fairview Park Branch Library 21255 Lorain Road, 440-333-4700 “Menopause: What’s Hot and What’s Not” will be presented from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the lower-level meeting room. Join a specialist from MetroHealth Medical Center, who will answer some


OBITUARY John David Schramm, Sr. John David Schramm, Sr., age 69, formerly of Bay Village. Beloved father of John D. Schramm, Jr. (AmyNee Aldridge) of McKinney, TX, Elizabeth Ann Dennis (Andrew) of Clearwater, FL, and Robert Schramm (AmyNee Flora) of Scottsdale, AZ. John David Schramm, Sr. Loving grandfather of Meredith and Mason Schramm, Christy and Jake Dennis, and Anna and Clara Schramm. Dear brother of Robert and the late Alan Schramm. There will be a Memorial Visitation for John on Saturday, January 26th, from 3:00-5:30 PM at the Daniel L. Berry & Donald Martens and Sons Funeral Home, 26691 Detroit Road, Westlake. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in his memory to either the American Heart Assn., 1689 East 115th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106 or to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106,

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Olmsted Falls Branch Library 7850 Main St., 440-235-1150 A used book sale at $2 per bag is being held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays while materials last. Help the library get ready for the move into the new building and find some bargains for yourself. Browse the meeting room for used books, DVDs and CDs.

Carolyn (Arnholdt) Fitzsimmons Carolyn (Arnholdt) Fitzsimmons died Nov. 29, 2012 at the Ames Family Hospice Center in Westlake after a short illness. She was 82. Born June 16, 1930 in Bucyrus OH, Carolyn was the daughter of Wallace and Algie (Heller) Arnholdt. She graduated from Bellevue HS in 1947, Bowling Green University in 1952, and received a Master of Education degree from Western Reserve University in 1970. She was a career teacher (K, 1-2) in Lyndhurst and Braetenahl, retiring from Lakewood City Schools in 1986. She also taught for the US Army in Japan and Germany and for the US Air Force in Spokane WA. Carolyn was married to Robert Fitzsimmons in 1972 and lived in Avon Lake until 2008 when she moved to The Gardens of Westlake. She was preceded in death by Robert in 1996 and her sister Elizabeth in 2008. Carolyn was an active member of Alpha Phi sorority since her college days, and the Avon Lake United Church of Christ, where she played in the handbell choir for 21 years. She was also an avid bridge player. She is survived by her nephews Stephen Beck and John Beck of Seattle WA, and nieces Susan Beck of LasCruces NM and Ann Beck of Portales NM. A memorial service will be held Mon. Jan. 28 at 2pm at The Gardens of Westlake, 27569 Detroit Road, Westlake OH. The Rev. James Deitz, Avon Lake UCC, will officiate. Busch Funeral Services was in charge of all other arrangements. Memorials made be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Eat, drink and be healthy this year A Resolution menu of lighter fare, available at Cleveland’s Hospitality Restaurants through the end of March, will help increase your healthy diet success rate. The restaurants are featuring an appetizer of butternut squash soup made with low-fat yogurt, roasted chestnuts and sage ($6). Entrees are grilled black tiger shrimp with ginger-miso dressing ($13 lunch, $17 dinner), and grilled chicken over wholewheat penne pasta in a light white wine and basil aglio e olio sauce ($12 lunch, $17 dinner). The Cabin Club restaurant is offering a vegetarian burger with low-fat mozzarella on whole-grain ciabatta bun ($12 lunch and dinner). Salmon Dave’s and the Blue Pointe Grill are featuring grilled Faroe Islands salmon over barley and butternut squash “risotto” ($13 lunch, $19 dinner). The chefs at the three restaurants will also Real Estate Transfers Brought To You By:

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Entire Sale Expires 3/31/13

• Furniture • Clothing • Books • Appliances • Music •Sports And Much More

364 Griswold, Elyria, Near Midway Mall

440-324-5333 Hours: Monday - Saturday 10-4

Somewhere N Time Blue Barn Shops


33060 Center Ridge Rd North Ridgeville 440-821-0058 NEW VENDORS/NEW LOOK IN THE BARN/BOTH RESALE



50% OFF Kid Friendly Room Now Open Open Wed-Sat, 11-5 Open Sunday Beginning in February

Now offering unique olive oil soaps, Swan Creek candles, Avon bath products. 940 Amchester Dr., Amherst

Both Shops Now accepting Visa & MasterCard

has merged with the

32674 Center Ridge Road 25% OFF 1 item North Ridgeville 440-327-0608 for information Wed.-Fri. 11-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-4

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•Jeans •Pants •Long-sleeved tops •Blazers •Sweaters •Dresses •Maternity •Handbags

25373 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted, OH 44070


~Clothing Your Child 1 Year At a Time!~

440-934-1005 5328 Detroit Road, Sheffield Village

10% OFF PURCHASES OVER $15.00 with this ad Tue-Wed-Sat 11-5, Thu-Fri 11-6 Closed Sun & Mon Taking spring/summer appts. in Jan.

Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 10-5. Closed Sunday & Monday


Up to 50% OFF Jewelry, large selection of Waterford, LLadro, Royal Dalton, Belleek, Wedgwood, pre-owned furs, and so much more at fantastic savings. Visit our pre-owned furniture gallery — Excellent condition at fabulous prices — 25955 Detroit Rd, Westlake, OH 44145


Always accepting quality items of consignment.


WEST LIFE, January 23, 2013







Discount Cement Contractors, Inc.


Satisfying Customers Over 15 Years

Any & All Improvements



Free Estimates/Excellent References

• • • • • • • •



Waterproofing Concrete Drainage Excavating Masonry Foundation Repairs Driveways Paver Patios & Walks

Thorough, consistent quality. Always managed by the same person. Insured and Bonded.


Jeff’s Home Improvements LLC

AL’s Landscaping



Get complimentary Spring Clean Up with Any Window Purchase Insured * Bonded Call 440-552-7403 for Free Estimate

Weekly grass cutting Located in North Olmsted – Free Estimates –

440-871-0506 440-933-2066

• Free Estimates

Done Correct “Plus” Reasonable Rates



Graham Custom Services 440-476-0125

All your ELECTRICAL needs at one number. Lights, fans, panel upgrades, phones, cable, outlets. No Job Too Small. Free Estimates. Licensed (#45267) & Insured Major Credit Cards accepted

INSIDE AND OUT “PLUS” Electric, Plumbing, Drywall, Flooring, Painting, Siding, Carpentry, Power Washing, Cabinetry, Furniture Refinish & MUCH MORE: EPA Certified Don’t pay over the top prices to have quality work done 25 Yrs Exp Ins/Licensed Free Est. DAYS/EVENINGS/WEEKENDS

PHANTASTIC CLEANING “start the new year with a clean house”

Nancy 440-213-8615




Service for All Your Lawn Maintenance Needs Including Weekly Lawn Mowing, Fall Cleanups • Landscaping • Bush Trimming • Edging • SNOWPLOWING

Call 440-892-1521


Charles Liptak Construction’s large ad under


Specializing in Brick Masonry/Brick Steps Installation • Tuck Pointing Repair & Restoration — Insured —




•Repairs from $50 •Tear-Offs •Slates •Gutter Cleaning •Snow Removal



•Drywall •Electrical •Plumbing •Kitchens •Baths •Doors •Windows •Gutter Cleaning & Repair •Painting • Insured


CALL MARK - 440-933-3011 or 440-320-4306

Insured - 440-899-9399

#1 Efficient Handyman and Remodeling

Riley Home Maintenance For ALL Your Handyman Needs Power washing, home repair inside & out “No Job TOO Small” *Insured * 20 Yrs. Exp * Free Est. Call Jerry Riley 440-570-6933

Painters Edge




Decorating • Remodeling Wallpapering • Painting Plaster Repairs • Ceramic Tile • Finish Carpentry NO JOB TOO SMALL

& Remodeling

In Business Since 1980


“Anything Under The Son”

Charles Liptak Const.

Save money & have your cabinets refaced or get all new cabinets today! Call for estimate.

Your Ad Could Be Here! Call to place your ad in the Experts! 888-346-6603




JEFF SPINELLI’S TREE SERVICE & STUMP GRINDING •Aerial Service •Crane Service •Storm Damage •Snowplowing – Fully Insured –

*Chimney *Mason

440-892-5162 or Cell 440-225-6467

Call to Advertise Your Snow Plowing Services 888-346-6603 EXCAVATING

35885 Laurel Circle N. Ridgeville 44039

You don’t need a dozen specialists to get the jobs done!


Call now before the Snow Flakes fall!

No Job Too Small

• Residential • Commercial • Interior • Exterior • Remodeling Free Estimates - Insured Timothy L. Hoff 440-653-3917

“It’s Time For A Kitchen Facelift”

Showroom in North Ridgeville. Local company serving area 25 years.

Specializing in small commercial parking lots. Also available for residential snowplowing



Over 20 Years Experience

Casey Williamson


Home Maintenance



Sportsplex Rentals

ROOFING Plaster/Drywall Repair Wallpaper Removal/Installation


USDA approved disposal of ash trees



Licensed - Bonded - Insured



17 Yrs. Exp/Bonded/Insured Call Mark

*Carpentry *Kitchens *Bathrooms * Basements * Doors & Windows * Carpeting * Painting * Drywall FREE ESTIMATES – SENIOR DISCOUNTS –

Bob & Linda Kitts 216-228-0842

Tents, Tables, Chairs, Popcorn, Smoothie, Sno-Cone, Cotton Candy Machines

Bonded & Insured


• Electrical • Remodeling • Plumbing • Kitchens • Flooring • Bathrooms • Tiling • Basement • Interior Painting • Carpentry • Drywall & Wall Repair

440-899-9067 440-653-0048




Insured - In business over 11 Years

440-327-1468 See


Cleaning out attics, basements, garages, sheds. Ask – I might do it!



“Licensed, Insured, Bonded”

Specialists in Repair Interior Painting Drywall Hanging & Finishing

Gutter Cleaning/Hauling






Fast Professional Service





216-2246-9 9936 440-3356-11887


•Additions •Decks/Patios •Remodeling •New Construction •Kitchens/Bath •Basements — Free Estimates —


Call Jeff 440-333-6208

Large Selection Of Brand Name Fabrics

Award Winners 440-748-3197




440-933-7436 * Cell 440-258-7136

Insurance Claims • Repair • Remodel • Maintain • Complete Carpentry • Gutter & Downspout Maintenance • Electrical & Plumbing • Install Appliances, Window Treatments, • Roofing & Masonry Hardware Of Any Kind • Drywall & Painting • Flooring Installation • Siding & Soffits (All Types) • Water Damage Repair • Pressure Cleaning & Seal Coating • Scheduled Maintenance Licensed & Insured




andstone Excavating, LLC Residential • Commercial

• Underground Utilities • Concrete Construction • Demolition • Foundations • Waterproofing • Site Development • Fill Dirt • Topsoil • Grading


Family Owned & Operated







FULL SERVICE: Tree Removal & Stump Grinding - Clean-up & Chips

INCLUDING: •Chip Removal All Logs & Branches Removed •Complete Cleanup • ALSO: •Tree Trimming & Weight Reduction •Tree Cabling & Bracing •Lightning Protection •Tree Cavity Treatment •Root Collar Excavation •Overall Hazardous Tree Assessment

Call Today to Learn More! 440-808-8622 855-770-TREE (8733) 24550 Sperry Dr., Westlake, OH 44145

WEST LIFE, January 23, 2013



PART TIME WORK, FULL TIME COMPENSATION Looking for a few candidates to launch a new sales department with an already established successful company. Because we had another monumental year in 2012 we are expanding our sales office. Beautifully located across from Crocker Park. All inquiries please call and leave a detailed message. Flexible hours, base pay PLUS PLUS PLUS 440.614.0535 or 440.552.0099

Seasonal Help Wanted For deliveries and/or experienced floral designer for Valentines week.

440-934-3299 Start The New Year with a Great CDL Driving Career! Experienced Drives and Recent Grads - Excellent Benefits, Weekly Hometime, Paid Training. 888-362-8608 Equal Opportunity Employer

TELEPHONE SYSTEM TECHNICIAN Business Telephone System Company looking for a Permanent Part Time Technician Installer. Must be experienced in Business Telephone System/Voice Mail Installation and Programming. Panasonic or Vertical/Comdial experience helpful but not required. Please Fax 1-877-433-8780 or email with contact information and qualifications. Western Ohio Drivers! Exceptional Pay ($60-$70K annually) and Benefit package. Run regionally, be home weekly! New Trucks! Call 888-4096033 or visit online WOOD TRUCKING, Inc./MCT. Job Guaranteed after FREE 3 week CDL-A Training. Live within 100 mile radius of Wauseon, Ohio 1-800621-4878. Also, Hiring Drivers!

LEGAL NOTICE Sealed Bids will be received by the Mayor of the City of Westlake, Cuyahoga County, Ohio at City Hall, 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio, 44145 until 2:00 P.M. prevailing time, Monday, February 11, 2013, for the “CONCRETE AND RELATED MATERIALS FOR USE BY THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT FOR THE CITY OF WESTLAKE, OHIO�, according to Specifications on file in the office of the Director of Purchasing. Copies of the bid package may be obtained from the Office of the Director of Purchasing, City of Westlake, Ohio 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio, 44145. Legal Notice, Bid Specifications and Bid Proposal Form must be returned as received to the City of Westlake, Ohio, in a sealed envelope labeled for “CONCRETE AND RELATED MATERIALS FOR USE BY THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT FOR THE CITY OF WESTLAKE, OHIO�. A certified check or Bid Bond in the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) shall be required. DENNIS M. CLOUGH Mayor MARY E. CALABRESE Director of Purchasing Published West Life 1/23/13, 1/30/13

LEGAL NOTICE Sealed Bids will be received by the Mayor of the City of Westlake, Cuyahoga County, Ohio at City Hall, 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio, 44145 until 2:00 P.M. prevailing time, Monday, February 11, 2013 according to Specifications on file in the Office of the Director of Purchasing, for the “STONE, SAND, DIRT AND GRAVEL� requirements for the City of Westlake, Ohio.

Do You Offer Child Care Services?

Copies of the bid package may be obtained from the Office of the Director of Purchasing, City of Westlake, Ohio 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio, 44145. Legal Notice, Bid Specifications and Bid Proposal Form must be returned as received to the City of Westlake, Ohio, in a sealed envelope labeled for “STONE, SAND, DIRT AND GRAVEL� requirements for the City of Westlake, Ohio.

Our Child Care Directory runs the 1st Wednesday of each month.

A Certified Check or Bid Bond in the sum of one thousand dollars (1,000.00) shall be required.

For information, call 888-346-6603




Structured/Fun Home Atmosphere FT/PT - Any Hours - Low Ratio Former Pre-T. Clean home, Exc. area. Large fenced play yard. Responsible, trusted. No rookie. Dedicated 28 yrs. exp. w/ref. No smoking. CPR inf/Todd *Meals/Snacks/ABCs/123s *Diapers incl. Mins. off I-90. Border of Avon N. Rdg., WL, N. Ol.440-327-1468

  Looking to buy or sell Avon?

MARY E. CALABRESE Director of Purchasing Published West Life 1/23/13, 1/30/13


Sealed Bids will be received by the Mayor of the City of Westlake, Cuyahoga County, Ohio at City Hall, 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio, 44145 until 2:00 P.M. prevailing time, Monday, February 11, 2013 for furnishing the “ASPHALT CONCRETE AND BITUMINOUS COLD MIX� requirements for the City of Westlake, Ohio, according to Specifications on file in the Office of the Director of Purchasing. Copies of the bid package may be obtained from the Office of the Director of Purchasing, City of Westlake, Ohio 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio, 44145. Legal Notice, Bid Specifications and Bid Proposal Form must be returned as received to the City of Westlake, Ohio, in a sealed envelope labeled for “ASPHALT CONCRETE AND BITUMINOUS COLD MIX�. A certified check or Bid Bond in the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) shall be required. DENNIS M. CLOUGH Mayor MARY E. CALABRESE Director of Purchasing Published West Life 1/23/13, 1/30/13


WILL THE HANDYMAN/PLUMBER who looked at replacing 2 panes of glass by my front door in Bay village and fixing some door knobs please call me. I lost your name and number. 440-871-8263



New & Used Items

Over 20 shops


Donations accepted in Support of Wounded Warriors

  APPLES (6 Varieties)







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REACH 2 MILLION NEWSPAPER READERS With 1 ad placement for only $295.00. Have your ad in Ohio's best community newspapers. Call the Classified Department at 1-888-346-6603 or email to


3 PLOTS located at Sunset Memorial Park, North Olmsted. Graves 5 & 6, lot 231, section 37. Value $4,600 plus transfer fee. Asking $4,000. Grave 1, lot 114, section 2-C. Value $3,500 plus transfer fee. Asking $3,000. Call Daryl 513-708-7981 if interested. BURIAL PLOT for 2 people in Mausoleum at Resthaven Memory Gardens. 440-934-1030



Home or Office. Thorough, Consistent. Bonded & Insured. Free Estimates 440-871-0506

Apple Cider, Potatoes, & Squash. McDowell Orchards 50603 St. Rt. 113 440-965-7762


Airlines Are Hiring - Train for hands on Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified Job Placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance. 1-877-676-3836. Attend College Online from Home. Medical, Business, Criminal Justice, Hospitality. Job Placement Assistance. Computer Available. Financial Aid if Qualified. SCHEV authorized. 1-877-295-1667.

Do you Offer an Educational Service? Our Education & Instruction Directory publishes the 4th Wednesday of each month.



For details, please call


W-Th-Fri. 11-6; Sat. 9-5; Sun. 11-4


Will tutor students grades 1-12 All subject areas.


36040 SR 82 (west of 83)



Certified Teacher





New Vendors Welcome

Sawmills - from only $3997.00Make & Save Money with your own bandmill- Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info/DVD: 1-800-578-1363 Ext. 300N

For information, call 888-346-6603 NOT MAKING ENOUGH $$$? The average professional truck driver earn $700+/wk*! Get CDL training @ Roadmaster in only 16 days! Truckers are in demand & Werner Needs Driver Trainees! CALL TODAY! 614-962-6405. Approved for Veterans Training. Roadmaster Drivers School of Ohio, Inc. 4060 Perimeter Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43228 *DOL/BLS 2012

IF YOU USED THE MIRENA IUD between 2000- present and suffered perforation or embedment in the uterus requiring surgical removal, pelvic inflammatory disease leading to hysterectomy or had a child born with birth defects you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Attorney Charles Johnson



        CABINETS GLAZED maple, solid wood, soft close, full extension, dove-tailed drawers, never installed. Cost $7,900/sell $1699. Can deliver. 216-288-1808 HOT TUB 2011. 6-person w/lounge, fully loaded. Stainless jets, stone cabinet, energy efficient, never installed. Cost $6499/sell $3199. 440-336-7184 LADIES 14k white gold solitaire with 1 .50ct round brilliant cut diamond. Clarity SI1-2, color FG set in 4 prong Tiffany setting. Ladies 14k white gold wrap holding 4 baguette sapphire and 8 round diamonds equaling .15TWT. Diamond clarity SI 2, HI color, sapphire grade AA. Size 4 3/4 Paid $1554, asking $800.



Adorable Puppies on Sale



BEDS QUEEN 13� thick, orthopedic pillow-top mattress, brand-new still in plastic w/warranty. Retail $599/sell $199. Full/$175, King/$299. 440-503-9220

A-1 MATTRESSES & BEDROOM FURNITURE Factory Direct from North Carolina

40-70% OFF RETAIL MAJOR NAME BRAND MATTRESS SALE Full Mattress Sets — $129 Queen Mattress Sets — $199 King Mattress Sets — $299 Bedroom Sets Starting at $699 3321 W. 140th Street Cleveland

CALL ALEX OR MARK 216-780-5750

Finance, Credit or Cash $189. & up on many pups. 3620 Belmont Youngstown Yorkies, Morkie, Fox-Chi, York-Chon, Yorki-Pom, Puggle, Chihuahua, Shih- Poo, Mal-Shih, Maltese, English Bulldog, Cavchon, Poms, Call for Sale Prices OPEN: Mon-Thu11-3 Fri-Sat-Sun 11-6


Pet Services Our Pet Service Directory runs the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

For information, call 888-346-6603


2001 Toyota Sienna LE. Automatic, 1 owner, good condition, 178,000 miles, $3250. Call 440-315-1116 evenings/weekends. 2004 Toyota Corolla LE, standard transmission, 167,000 highway miles, original owner, good condition, radio, CD. $4250. Call 440-315-1116 evenings/weekends.

FIREWOOD Hardwood Logs 7 Cord Load Delivered $550 plus tax Edwards Tree Service 440-988-4477 “Tree Experts Since 1964�

Firewood Seasoned, Split $225 per cord Plus delivery 440-258-3104


Call 440-308-2253


GARAGE SALE ADS DEADLINE: Monday at 3:00pm For $15 a 20 word Garage Sale Ad will be placed in The Press, West Life, North Ridgeville Press, and Vermilion Photojournal newspapers. Ads must be prepaid. We accept, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, American Express, personal check or money order.

E D U C AT I O N & I N S T RU CT I O N Ladies, Get Fit With Deb! *Personal Training *Weight Loss *Senior Fitness *Exercise Therapy

“I COME TO YOU!� Deborah L. Dominick-Dobos CPFT, CSET

Certified Piano Instruction Your Home Western Cuyahoga and Eastern Lorain County


Call Virginia 216-269-5507

North Crest Equestrian Center


Private riding lessons beginner - advanced. Horse training. Specializing in dressage. Gift Certificates. Winter Programs. Birthday Parties.


Riding Lessons



Now accepting New Students For Fall & Winter Hunt Seat Beginner to Advanced Lessons • Boarding • Gift Certificates


where nursing is a talent that’s treasured. Now Hiring Nurse Manager II for Cleveland Clinic’s Lorain Family Health Center! This position will manage the practice of professional nursing and delivery of nurse care in an ambulatory outpatient facility.

Requirements: t Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or Master’s degree in Nursing required t High degree of clinical expertise in an outpatient setting t Demonstrated leadership, management, communication, counseling, problem solving, decision making, conflict resolution and group process skills t Three years’ clinical nurse experience including one year of management experience t Current state licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Be a world class caregiver.


Call 1-888-346-6603 To Advertise Your Lessons and Programs We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Smoke-free/drug-free environment.

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2 Bed 2 Bath Ranch $118,900 Carolyn & Harry Marro (216) 215-3633

5 Bed 4 Bath Colonial $359,900 Susan Haley (440 ) 567-7261

4 Bed 2.5 Bath Colonial $299,999 Kate Myers (440) 785-8155

2 Bed 1 Bath Cape Cod $119,500 Anna Mae Stockard 440-503-8329

4 Bed 2 Bath Ranch $145,000 Paige Swidarski 440-666-6360

4 Bed 2 Bath Ranch $164,900 Paige Swidarski 440-666-6360















4 Bed 3 Bath Ranch $169,900 Susan Haley 440-567-7261

3 Bed 2 Bath Cape Cod $219,900 Kate Myers (440) 785-8155

4 Bed 2.5 Bath Ranch $219,900 Susan Hale (440) 666-0581

3 Bed 2.5 Bath Cape Cod $268,000 Kate Myers (440) 785-8155

3 Bed 3.5 Bath Townhouse $315,000 Jane Jarvi 440-829-2680

4 Bed 2.5 Bath Split Level $475,000 Kate Myers (440) 785-8155










3 Bed 1 Bath Ranch $119,900 Jamie Kozel (216) 374-7997

3 Bed 2.5 Bath Cape Cod $150,000 Carolyn & Harry Marro (216) 215-3633

2 Bed 2 Bath Cluster $96,900 Donna Martin (440) 552-2139

4 Bed 2.5 Bath Split Level $144,900 Susan Haley 440-567-7261









4 Bed 3.5 Bath Colonial $255,000 Joan Toler (216) 990-6572

2 Bed 2 Bath Condo $39,900 Patty Zaccardelli (440) 537-4508

1 Bed 1 Bath Condo $34,900 Kate Myers (440) 785-8155

1 Bed 1 Bath Condo $40,000 Kate Myers (440) 785-8155










2 Bed 1.5 Bath Condo $63,000 Kathy Taylor (440) 668-2249

2 Bed 1 Bath Condo $69,900 Susan Haley (440 ) 567-7261

4 Bed 1.5 Bath Colonial $300,000 Diane English (216) 586-9293

2 Bed 1.5 Bath Condo $69,000 Carolyn & Harry Marro (216) 215-3633















2 Bed 2 Bath Condo $89,500 Kathy Taylor (440) 668-2249

Bed Bath Contemporary $99,999 Susan Haley 440-567-7261

2 Bed 2 Bath Condo $112,250 Carolyn & Harry Marro (216) 215-3633

3 Bed 1.5 Bath Cape Cod $139,900 Carolyn & Harry Marro (216) 215-3633

2 Bed 2.5 Bath Condo $144,900 Anna Mae Stockard 440-503-8329

4 Bed 2.5 Bath Colonial $239,000 Kathy Taylor (440) 668-2249

2013 Home Values on the Rise! 2012 brought record-breaking sales activity and increased home values to the Westshore Suburbs. National and local forecasts all predict home values will continue to climb throughout 2013. In fact, the current buyer demand for housing is so popular, that it far exceeds our current inventory of homes for sale. As a result, homes in excellent condition and priced right are selling quickly. With pent up buyer demand at an all time high, we are experiencing multiple buyers bidding on properties, which in turn is resulting in top dollar for our home sellers.











3 Bed 2 Bath Colonial $259,900 Susan Haley 440-567-7261

4 Bed 3.5 Bath Colonial $364,900 Kathy Taylor (440) 668-2249

4 Bed 3.5 Bath Colonial $539,900 Susan Haley (440 ) 567-7261

4 Bed 3.5 Bath Colonial $699,900 Carolyn & Harry Marro (216) 215-3633

If you have been thinking of upsizing or downsizing to a new home, now is the time to capitalize on the increased market value and historically-low interest rates.

Call 440-835-2800 today to learn how you can take advantage of this great opportunity!


Bay Village Office The Rounds Team Listing Leader

Patty Zaccardelli Business Leader

The Rounds Team Sales Leader

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