North Olmsted Taste of Excellence canceled

Supporters of the North Olmsted City Schools won’t get to enjoy their annual taste of top wine, beers, hors d’oeuvres and desserts this year while helping students and district organizations. The 2020 Taste of Excellence has been canceled, said school board member Brian Hall, the board’s representative to the North Olmsted Education Foundation, which sponsors the event each November. The fundraiser at Springvale Country Club and Ballroom was canceled because of concerns about COVID-19, Hall said.

Money raised from ticket sales and raffles at the event goes to the Education Foundation for student scholarships and supporting school activities.

Lakewood calls off summer events

Lakewood has canceled its Independence Day parade and fireworks because of the pandemic, Mayor Megan George announced last week.

The city has also canceled a number of other summertime events, including Meet the Trucks, normally held in early June, and the Summer Solstice event on June 21.

Pavilion rentals have been canceled through June 30, according to a news release.

Metered parking returns in Lakewood

Lakewood’s metered parking enforcement moratorium has been lifted to prevent parking areas from becoming congested. The hope is to increase turnover and bring more business to the stores affected by the pandemic, according to a city news release.

Lakewood enacted its moratorium on metered parking March 18 to support businesses struggling to attract customers.

Grant to help Harbor Court meal delivery service

The Community West Foundation of Westlake has awarded a $1,000 grant to Harbor Court in Rocky River. The money will help fund a home-cooked meal delivery service organized by the staff and residents to help those in need within the community.

Last month, the senior assisted-living and memory-care home delivered meals to about 40 people who may have had difficulty going to the store.

“People are surprised to see that our senior residents, many of whom are in their 80s and 90s, are stepping up to help deliver these meals,” said executive director Cydney Blare.

Community West Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that provide the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, and medical care in the western Cleveland area.

Bay food trucks returning

The weekly Food Truck Friday is coming back this week, Bay Village officials announced. Smokin Rock n’ Roll and Smokin Rock n’ Roll on Ice will be at City Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday.

Trucks will be parked adjacent to City Hall, and will follow the recommended best practices set forth by the Ohio Department of Health. All guests are asked to observe proper social distancing while attending. Markers will be placed 6 feet apart to maintain safe distancing, and customers are encouraged to wear masks to help prevent exposure to the virus for employees, vendors and guests.

The city will offer a variety of trucks this summer and some will offer pre-order or call-ahead options announced weekly. For more information, go to

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