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WESTLAKE - More than 1,200 first through fourth grade students will enter a whole new world of learning when school starts in Westlake Thursday, Aug. 29. The following week, kindergarten and pre-kindergarten student will join them.

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Seven-year-old Lily Perk gripped the cone with both hands as she eyed the swirl of blueberry, vanilla and strawberry ice cream. She was about to taste for the first time the flavor she invented as the winner of a raffle at her school, Eastview Elementary in Avon Lake.

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WESTSHORE - After 10 years and 22 movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to an amazing, bombastic climax with a three-hour masterpiece directed by local-boys-made-good, Joseph and Anthony Russo.

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ROCKY RIVER - You know that uneasy, hairs-stand-up-on-the-back-of-your-neck feeling you get when you find yourself walking alone somewhere after dark? The creators of Tego, a personal safety app, have figured out a way that you, your high school and college students and even your elderly par…

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BAY VILLAGE - It’s been a school year full of planning, writing letters and fundraising, but members of the Key Club at Bay High School have achieved a pretty impressive goal: By working with the community and two other Bay Village schools, they have raised $12,000 to build a water well that…

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WESTLAKE — He began to play violin at age 3. He then added viola and trumpet. By 10, he was writing original music compositions. One earned a national award. He has performed with singer Kenny Loggins at Cleveland's Severance Hall as well as internationally, where he soloed as first violinis…

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WESTLAKE - For the past 17 years, retiree and longtime Westlake resident Deb Myers has claimed a spot at the Westlake Porter Public Library. Perched on the high stool behind the u-shaped Welcome desk at the same time each week, she helps patrons with a friendly smile and her deep knowledge o…

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Editor’s note: West Life welcomes James McCarty, renowned area bird expert whose birding column appeared for nearly two decades in The Plain Dealer. We are proud and happy (for all his faithful readers!) that he is now sharing his birding knowledge in West Life. Enjoy!

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WESTSHORE — Eight weeks of exercise, health seminars and healthy eating paid off for North Olmsted resident Andrew Tischler. Not only did he lose 25 pounds, earning him the title of the “biggest loser,” he helped push the city of North Olmsted to the top of the North Olmsted, Rocky River and…

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BAY VILLAGE — Armed and ready with months of weekly meetings where they wrote hundreds of stories with just a sentence or two as their inspiration, Bay Middle School students this month conquered a grueling battle of words. When the last “i” was dotted and period placed at the end of the con…

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WESTLAKE — It might be February, but it was just another day at the beach for 100 kids and families who spent Presidents Day doing cannonballs, working through the lilypad and just splashing around the aquatics center at Westlake Recreation Department.

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WESTLAKE — It wasn’t just Westlake High School students rejoicing last month when school was called off for two days due to the bone-chilling arrival of a Polar Vortex. Athletic Director Tony Cipollone and Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters president Gina Redinger both couldn’t believe their luck.

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WESTSHORE - Americans' continuing preference for pickup trucks and SUVs over sedans is evident at the Cleveland Auto Show, where automakers - particularly the Big Three - are placing the spotlight on their larger vehicles.

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BAY VILLAGE — A masked Mardi Gras ball is a perfect way to chase away winter’s chill — at least that is the hope of the organizers at BAYarts, the arts education and center. The education and exhibition center is holding its first-ever Mardi Gras party on March 2 as a fundraiser for the cont…