Support local businesses on Small Business Saturday: West Shore Chatter –


ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – The coronavirus pandemic is creating a tough climate for many local businesses – from boutiques to beauty shops, restaurants to florists, convenience stores to repair shops and everything in between.

Dozens of small businesses are located in Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake. One pocket of local businesses can be found at the Old River Shopping Area in downtown Rocky River. There are restaurants, boutiques, a bakery, antique and home furnishings store, milliner, shoe shop and more in the shopping area.

Nov. 28 is Small Business Saturday, which offers the public a chance to make an impact and help small businesses overcome pandemic hardships. The independently owned businesses are facing unprecedented challenges because of restrictions and shutdowns due to COVID-19. Making an effort to shop local or buying gift cards for local businesses sends a message that local businesses are valued and important to the community.

Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 as a campaign by American Express to help small businesses gain exposure and to inspire consumers to shop within their own communities during the holiday season.

BHS Youngs sign letters of intent

The Young family, Jill, from left, Megan, Ethan and Tom participate in the National Letter of Intent Day at Bay High School. Twins Ethan and Megan signed to play lacrosse at Wittenberg University and Coastal Carolina University, respectively.
Photo provided by Bay Village schools. (Photo provided by Bay High School)

Double kudos: Last week we shared news of a Bay High School senior who signed a letter of intent to attend school and play college sports. This week, BHS announced that twins Ethan and Megan Young signed letters of intent for each to play college lacrosse. Ethan plans to attend Wittenberg University while Megan will attend Coastal Carolina University.

Ethan participated in cross country, football and lacrosse during his high school career.

Megan earned the Ohio Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association Division II All-Region First Team and Second Team All-Ohio as a junior. She also holds six school records including most goals in a game, most assists in a game, most assists in a season, most assists in a career, most points in a game and most points in a season.  She also is in the top 10 in the state for most goals in a game and leads the state in most points in a season.

Staying safe: Rocky River Public Library and Westlake Porter Public Library are reminding library patrons to observe the health and safety guidelines in Cuyahoga County. Officials at both libraries said they are committed to the safety of their staffs and the public.

RRPL is asking patrons to limit in-person use of the Library as much as possible. Reference by phone – 440-333-7610 – is available. Patrons can email, computer use is by appointment only and drive-thru pickup of items is available. Another self-check was added in the Circulation Area to provide additional contact-less checkouts.

The following RRPL restrictions are in place until Dec. 17:

  • The number of patrons who can be in the building at any one time is reduced from 50 to 30.
  • All seating in public areas was removed to encourage brief visits and browsing of materials as quickly as possible.
  • Computer use is by appointment only in the Public Computer Center, and available slots were reduced from five to four.
  • Staff-patron interactions will be limited as much as possible.
  • Passport and notary services are suspended.

In addition, proper wearing of a mask that covers the nose and mouth is required at all times inside the library.

The staff is working from home as appropriate and as they are able. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning air handler units were updated with UV light filtration with assistance from CARES act grant funding to further help cleaning the air. Cleaning protocols include a Clorox 360 machine, as well as two electrostatic handheld devices and routine cleaning of all high-touch services.

Westlake Porter Public Library offers drive-up window services, telephone services, online programs and limited computer access. The library building is closed for browsing, but open for limited computer access by appointment only. The new, expanded WiFi can be accessed in the parking lot for those who need the internet.

Customers can continue to request materials online by visiting or by calling the library at 440-871-2600. Materials already on hold will be available for pick-up through the drive-up window during regular open hours. Limited computer access appointments can be requested by calling the library at 440-871-2600, Ext. 2.

Community meal: A free grab ‘n go meal will be offered from 4:30 p.m. until the food runs out on Nov. 28 at Clague Road United Church of Christ, 3650 Clague Road, North Olmsted. Church of the Redeemer in Westlake is co-hosting the meal.

Those interested in a meal should drive to the rear of the church and volunteers will bring out the meal. Volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves.

The next meal will be on Dec. 19.

At WPPL: Here are some highlights of Westlake Porter Public Library’s calendar of events for the coming week. All programs are subject to change. Check or follow the library on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

Cook with WPPL at 11 a.m. Dec. 2 , Volume 1, will be a live program on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube that will help participants make smoky chipotle chicken chili.

The Teen Writers Group meets live, online at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and 16. Participants have an hour to write, with the last 15 minutes reserved for any writer in need of some group brainstorming. Registration is required with an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program.

The Horror Film Club returns at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 for another online viewing. New members are always welcome, but children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. The club will meet online using the video sharing site Watch2Gether. To participate, check the event on the library’s website as early as 6 p.m. on the day of the program. There will be a link to take you to the site. A Watch2Gether account is not needed to participate.

A take-home snowman ornament craft kit will be available for pickup Dec. 3-10 at the library. Crafters need glue to make the ornament at home.

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