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Community West Foundation Board of Directors Spotlight: Chris Harrington

Christopher Harrington joined the Community West Foundation board in 2006 when the late Dr. Ted Castele, Chair Emeritus with the Foundation, encouraged him to get involved. “I like their mission, and when Dr. Ted asked you to do something, you gladly did it,” admits Chris. He is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, and chairs the Finance Committee. ... Read More »

Normandy Senior Living: “It’s Been a Long Time…”

It’s been a long time since our residents have seen you…luckily we’ve implemented safe, socially distant ways to visit our loved ones! Breakwater Apartments: Apartment visits as well as outdoor are welcome, masks are required. Lakeside: Visits occur in a socially distant/protective area created in the sunrooms. Family members will remain outside on the patio and visit through the screen ... Read More »

Homeless Jesus Moves to West Park United Church of Christ

Last month, our traveling Homeless Jesus statue, a visual representation of Matthew 25:40, moved to the West Park United Church of Christ. The statue travels our community to raise awareness of the homeless tragedy in greater Cleveland and to remind us to show love, care and compassion to our less fortunate neighbors. West Park UCC’s food pantry and meal program ... Read More »

A Message from Chief Leasure…. Be Part of the Solution

Like everything in this world, change is necessary to successfully navigate and evolve as an organization. I acknowledge there is pain in our community due to racism and bias. Learning about these experiences from those that were affected gives us a sense of where we are as an organization. There is no place in this world for racism, bigotry, and ... Read More »

Lorain County Community College: A Brighter Future

LCCC’s Fast-Track certification program helps Simone Yalanty of Lorain turn a COVID-19 layoff into a career change When Simone Yalanty was laid off from a job as a machine operator due to COVID-19, it seemed to come from out of nowhere. “It was pretty surprising,” Yalanty says. “We hadn’t been told anything until the day of the meeting when we ... Read More »

Healthy Smile: “All of My Teeth Hurt”

by Jeffrey Gross, DDS, FAGD of The Healthy Smile My assistant called me and told me that a patient just called complaining that all of his teeth hurt. I had not seen this patient for several years. Yes, he was overdue for his regular preventative care. Despite this fact, his statement was rather startling. He complained further of general pain in ... Read More »

Westlake’s Deeks Family Orchard: Still Bearing Fruit at UH St. John

Years ago, in the early 1900’s, the City of Westlake (then Dover Township) was a rural and agricultural outpost at the western end of Cuyahoga County. Center Ridge Road (Route 20) was a US highway and there were no major thoroughfares, just deeply wooded fields and wilderness. Among the farmlands and vineyards that populated the small town called Dover was ... Read More »

Virtual Start to the Westlake School Year

Virtual Start to the 20-21 School Year Aug 2 2020 Dear Westlake Families: On Thursday, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health released a recommendation that schools in the county start the year virtually. On Friday, we participated in a conference call with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH). They shared with us that this was not a recommendation that was taken ... Read More »

Bay Village Schools Hires New Director of Communications

The Bay Village Board of Education voted unanimously in July to appoint Karen Uthe-Semancik as the district’s next Director of Communications. Uthe-Semancik assumes her new role in August. She succeeds Karen Derby-Lovell, who recently retired after serving in the role for more than two decades. A Bay Village resident, Uthe-Semancik most recently held the position of Communications Director for Menlo ... Read More »