Villager Beat – 1/12/17


11217-BeardensAnniversaryBURGER BONANZA: A 69-Cent Hamburger!! You must be kidding. No, Bearden’s is celebrating its 69th birthday next Wednesday, so the Rocky River landmark restaurant will be selling burgers for just 69 cents each all day on Jan. 18. See details inside today’s Villager, and see you there!!

CALLING DR. PHIL: Westlake Police ran into a love triangle last week that found a gal with two boyfriends wearing both engagement rings at once. “Of interest to all were the TWO engagement rings she was wearing at the time of her arrest,” report Westlake Police after they broke up confusing squabble that probably no one will ever figure out. Read all about it in today’s Police Beats.

11217-PatCatansALL-NEW PAT CATAN’S: Good news for all you creative folks out there: Pat Catan’s in Westlake is moving to a new home at 1499 Columbia Road (in the former Finast building). We’ve been in it. It’s huge. And it will now also offer fabric. Opening day is Jan. 27.

CITY FATHERS: Remember the good old days when community leaders were known as ‘City Fathers?’ The term came to mind last week while attending the Bay Village Council Planning meeting held last Saturday at LaCentre. City Fathers are those folks who lend their professional expertise to the community as part and parcel of just being a good citizen and wanting to make a difference. Bay had plenty of them there: Mark Barbour and Jeff Foster of the Planning Commission, Terrence Burke of Zoning Appeals, Leo Mahoney of the Tree Commission, Greg Ernst of the Architectural Board of Review and (even though she’s a lady) Cathy Flament of Rose Hill Museum. They all deserve thanks.

BAY’S BUILDING DEPT.: The half-day long Bay Village Planning session was a great way for one and all to hit the re-set button now that the Koomar administration is getting started in Bay Village. “We used to have these meetings every year under (former Council President) Dick Martin,” said Law Director Gary Ebert. It was a great way for everyone from City Council members to department heads to citizen activists to know where things stand overall in the community as 2017 begins. One shared concern by many there: Bay needs a better way to handle its Building Dept. needs. SafeBuilt, contracted to handle Bay’s Building Dept. business several years ago, does a good job generally. But there needs to be a City liaison also in the mix who understands the particulars of Bay’s code and history.

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