Rotary donates and installs planters to beautify new Rocky River Police Station: West Shore Chatter


ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — The Rotary Club Sunrise of Lakewood Rocky River has purchased and installed three decorative planters at the entrance to the new Rocky River Police Station. Additionally, club members have recently planted chrysanthemums in the planters and will continue to nurture them. Project Planter is one of many community, youth, professional and international projects of Rotary clubs in the region.

Projects like this are funded through club activities like the current jewelry raffle. The winner will receive a $1,400 14k white gold and diamond bracelet weighing 10.3 grams and containing (54) full cut round diamonds weighing 0.04 carats each, for a total weight of 2 carats. The bracelet was donated by Broestl & Wallis Fine Jewelers in Lakewood.

The draw will take place on November 30. Visit and click on “raffle” to purchase tickets.

There are two Rotary clubs in Lakewood Rocky River. A midday club meets every Monday and a morning club meets every Wednesday, both at Umerley Hall at the Rocky River Civic Center on the Hilliard and Wagar Municipal Campus.

Contact Kathy Berkshire at for more information.

Connection for children: Free virtual programs focusing on a variety of topics will be offered this month by Connecting for Kids.

The first concerns holiday stress management for black American families. It will be offered at 6 p.m. on November 3.

Experts will discuss tips and techniques to help parents and caregivers of children with mental health issues or disabilities cope with stress during the holidays. The support group provides a safe place for parents and caregivers who identify as Black Americans to share concerns and find encouragement.

The second PM Gender Spectrum program will teach adults how to be an assertive caregiver if their child is exploring gender expression or gender identity. It will be offered at 7 p.m. on November 8.

The third session is a behavioral conversation that will examine visual cues to help children manage their impulses. It will take place at 6:30 p.m. on November 10.

The program will use CFK Behavior Tooklkit tools to help children manage their emotions. Each participant will receive a free toolkit containing items for carers of children aged 18 months to 6 years – with or without developmental issues.

There will be monthly themes and experts will answer questions on a variety of topics which can be asked during the program or submitted during registration. Sign up at

CFK provides education and support to families who are concerned about their children. The group serves all families, including children with and without a formal diagnosis. CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a parent matching program and many resources.

Registration is required for virtual programs. Register online at, by email at or call/text 440-570-5908.

Potluck Program: Trace the history of East Fourth Street in Cleveland with Alan Dutka, author of “East Fourth Street: The Rise, Decline and Rebirth of an Urban Cleveland Street.” The Bay Village Historical Society program will take place Nov. 17 at the Bay Lodge on Bradley Road in Bay Village. An evening begins at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. Dutka’s book will be available for purchase and signature.

East Fourth Street was once home to the Cleveland Opera, Central Markets, and Fivepenny Stores. It fell into disrepair in the second half of the 20th century, but has been revitalized and is the center of a bustling residential and entertainment district.

The main course will be provided by the historical society. Participants whose last name begins with AL must bring an appetizer or dessert for 10 to share. Those whose surname begins with MZ should bring a side dish. All participants must bring their own food and drink. There will be a $10 fee at the door for non-members of the historical society.

Reserve a spot by emailing or calling (440) 537-1581.

The Westlake Porter Public Library has a calendar filled with programs and events for people of all ages. (Carol Kovach/special at

At the library: Here are some of the programs planned for the coming week at the Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. To register for any of the programs, visit More information about the library and upcoming programs or events can be found at

A Better Business Bureau representative serving Greater Cleveland will discuss consumer education for military consumers, their families, and veterans to protect them from falling victim to predatory businesses and scams at 7 p.m. November 7. Registration is mandatory.

Children in kindergarten through 2nd grade can participate in a Veterans Day story and create greeting cards honoring local veterans for their service during a Veterans Tribute program at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. Registration is required.

The Tuesday evening book club – in person and virtual on the Zoom platform – will meet at 7 p.m. on November 8. The group will discuss “The Vanishing Forest of Stars” by Kristen Harmel. Registration is mandatory. Those who register for the virtual option (both options are offered simultaneously) will receive a Zoom invitation and instructions by email.

Pick up a cookbook from the library, prepare a dish, and bring it to share during the cookbook discussion program at 7 p.m. on November 9. This session will focus on comfort foods. Registration is requested.

Attention seniors: A Resource Fair for Seniors will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3 in Auditoriums A and B at St. John’s Medical Center Building 2, 29000 Center Ridge Road, Westlake.

The free event will provide information on the latest healthcare resources available. It is sponsored by Westside Healthcare Organization and the hospital.

There will be refreshments, giveaways and gift card raffles.

Dictionaries given: The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River continued its distribution of dictionaries to all third-grade students in Lakewood and Rocky River this fall, a project the club began in 2005. A total of 622 dictionaries were distributed to students in 11 different school buildings.

Project leader Harlan Radford, with the help of club members, stamped each dictionary with the Rotary logo, the Rotary Four-Way Test, and a place for the student’s name.

Schools receiving dictionaries were: Rocky River – Kensington Intermediate, Ruffing Montessori and St. Christopher; Lakewood – Emerson, Grant, Harrison, Hayes, Horace Mann, Lincoln, Roosevelt Schools and Lakewood Catholic Academy.

Rotarians David Baas, John Chandler, Steve Clark, Vicki Foster, George Frank, Thom Geist, Chuck Gustafson, Jim Harris, George Hwang, Harlan Radford and Jay Rounds visited schools to deliver dictionaries and interact with students and teachers .

Teachers and students expressed their appreciation for the new dictionaries. Teachers use them in the school curriculum.

Letters of thanks from students expressed their gratitude for the gift of a personal dictionary. Some even mentioned students’ favorite section of the dictionary and how they started using it as a resource in their classrooms.

The given dictionaries contain over 32,000 words with simple, child-friendly definitions, plus pronunciation and parts of speech along with information on punctuation, parts of speech, weights and measures, Roman numerals and a United States map.

Another 150 pages of additional information include the US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, brief biographies of all US Presidents, world maps, information on all 50 states, countries of the world, and planets in the solar system. It ends with the longest word in the English language.

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