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Westlake Chatter – May 11, 2011

SPRING CLEANUP: Westlake’s spring cleanup days continue through Friday. Residents who have yard waste and debris from cleaning up their properties should put these materials out on their normal rubbish collection day.

According to the Service Department, smaller limbs must be bundled and tied securely with a nonmetallic binder. Tree branches must be no longer than four feet with a maximum spread of two feet. Branches exceeding these dimensions will not be collected.

For more information, contact the Service Department at 440-835-6432.

ALMOST FULL: With the announcement of two new stores opening at Crocker Park, the retail center is at 98 percent capacity, developer Stark Enterprises reports.

Ann Taylor’s Loft and Bath & Body Works are scheduled to open at Crocker Park in the early fall, the developer said.

“We’re thrilled to be adding to the already long list of premier brands available at Crocker Park,” said Robert Stark, president and CEO of Stark Enterprises. Only one space remains on the market at Crocker Park, and Stark said his firm is already in negotiations with a potential tenant.

Iron Chef Michael Symon’s B Spot restaurant will open over the July 4 weekend, as will Anthropologie, a seller of women’s apparel and home furnishings.

LIVE AND LEARN: Westlake is among the top 10 cities in the Midwest in which to live and learn, according to a recent report from Forbes and GreatSchools.

Forbes and GreatSchools analyzed 17,589 towns and cities in the 40 states that administer standardized tests to reach their conclusions. GreatSchools also used results from the National Assessment for Educational Progress.

The GreatSchools.org article cited the community’s “close-knit and family-friendly feel.” Lee Burneson Middle School’s annual Civil War Ball and Westlake High School’s top-ranked music programs were mentioned. The city’s private schools, including St. Paul Lutheran School and Westside Christian Academy, also received recognition.

Parent Sue Engle watches as sixth-grader John Wittenberg empties his pennies into his classroom bucket. (Photo courtesy of Westlake City Schools)

Parent Sue Engle watches as sixth-grader John Wittenberg empties his pennies into his classroom bucket. (Photo courtesy of Westlake City Schools)

PENNY COLLECTION: Students and teachers at Parkside Intermediate School have raised $15,615 over the past eight years for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the annual Pennies for Patients program.

 

Parkside is one of more than 400 northern Ohio schools that participated in the program this year to raise awareness about blood cancers while raising funds for a cure. This year the Society raised a record-breaking $390,000, with $1,370 of that amount coming from Westlake.

Parkside teacher Dawn Dawson headed up the fundraising effort.

SUMMER MUSIC SCHOOL: The 13th annual Westlake Summer Band program will take place June 15-July 1 in the band room of Lee Burneson Middle School. Scott Rovniak and Julie Budd are directors of the summer band program.

Instruction is offered in concert band for current fifth- and sixth-graders, jazz ensemble for current sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, and blues Improvisation for current sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

The concert band class is scheduled from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., jazz ensemble from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., and blues improvisation from 11:20 to noon. The cost is $79 for one class, $98 for any two groups and $115 for all three groups.

Participants will perform at a concert at the Westlake Schools Performing Arts Center on July 1.

Registration is due May 31.

 

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