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A New School Rises in Westlake

As the curtain lifts on 2019, a big change is also taking place on the community and education landscape of Westlake. Significant progress is being made on the new Westlake Elementary School, now under construction on Center Ridge Road just west of Dover Center. Occupying real estate adjacent to Westlake Porter Public Library, the new building will serve Pre-K through ... Read More »

SocksPLUS Program Helps the Homeless

Community West Foundation is a local philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting organizations that provide the basic needs of food, clothing, and medical care to the most needy in and around Western Cuyahoga County. The Foundation approaches philanthropy with imagination and encourages efforts to strengthen the health and well being of our community by raising awareness of the issues that affect ... Read More »

It’s an Olde-Fashioned Christmas in Avon

The City of Avon’s annual Tree Lighting Festival was presented by the French Creek Foundation on the afternoon of Dec. 1. It was an unforgettable day for brothers Chase Andersen-Holland, 10, and Rilley Holland, 8, winners of the 2018 Golden Ticket to ride with Santa on his horse-drawn sleigh from the gazebo on Detroit Rd. and Rt. 611 to Olde ... Read More »

Ed & Barb Leszynski Named Mr. & Mrs. Westlake 2019

Ed and Barb Leszynski were named Mr. & Mrs. Westlake 2019 by Mayor Dennis Clough at the city’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies, held this year at Westlake City Hall the evening of Dec. 1. The award is presented annually to the couple selected from letters of nomination for their contributions to community. Mayor Clough touched on the  many highlights ... Read More »

“Homeless Jesus” Sculpture Finds Thanksgiving Home at Messiah Lutheran Church

A life size sculpture titled “Homeless Jesus” has traveled to Messiah Lutheran Church in Fairview Park. Created by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz, it depicts Jesus as a homeless person lying on a bench covered by a blanket with wounds in his feet. This symbolic work of art is one of a series of inspiring sculptures crafted by Schmalz. Community West ... Read More »

Ridge Cleaners: “Heroes Give Back” Toys for Tots

Ridge Cleaners of Avon Lake kicked off the holiday season with a Toys for Tots open house last week. ‘Heroes Give Back’ was the theme as local business owners stopped by with gifts to support this annual holiday drive. Local Toys for Tots Donation Locations Here is a list of area Toys for Tots drop off points: Busch Funeral and ... Read More »

Giving Thanks by Giving Back

A great way to give thanks this holiday season is by giving back – especially if the causes they benefit go to those in our communities. North Ridgeville Community Care is one of those organizations that takes care of those in the community when need arises. Operating with the help of outside support, grants and over 80 dedicated volunteers, 100 ... Read More »

Giving Back: Westlake High School Musician Honors Veterans

Last spring, Westlake High School senior Matt Eppele discovered an organization that aligned with his talents and beliefs. Matt is a volunteer with Bugles Across America (BAA), a non-profit organization based in Illinois that provides musicians to play taps at funeral services for local veterans. BAA was founded in 2000 when Congress passed legislation providing veterans a right to at ... Read More »

Westlake High School Junior Sets His Sights on the Checkered Flag

Westlake High School junior John Paul Southern recently was the youngest competitor in the Formula 3 (F3) class main support races at the Formula 1 (F1) Pirelli 2018 United State Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. The 16-year-old, who began racing at the age of 5, is one of only about 450 drivers in the world to have Federation Internationale de ... Read More »

Superheroes Come Alive to Share Kindness

Ever wonder where all the superheroes come from who appear at children’s events throughout the area? Chances are, they represent the group, ‘Superheroes to Kids in Ohio.’ It’s a nonprofit group founded in 2010 to spread good will through simple acts of kindness, the recognition of individuals who have battled through adversity and to encourage the involvement of ‘community’ to ... Read More »