BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — On Oct. 27 — the 32nd anniversary of the abduction and murder of Amy Mihaljevic — a 1-mile honor walk will take place in her memory.
Participants should meet at 5 p.m. at the front entrance of Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road, Bay Village. Signs have been popping up around town announcing the event.
Amy, a Bay Village resident, was nearly 11 years old when she disappeared the afternoon of Oct. 27, 1989, from the Bay Square Shopping Center. She reportedly had been lured there after receiving a call from a man who claimed to work with her mother. The man said he wanted Amy’s help to purchase a gift for her mother, who recently had been promoted at work.
Amy’s body was found on Feb. 8, 1990, about 50 miles away in rural Ashland County. The cause of death was determined to be a combination of stab wounds to the neck and a blow to the head.
The case remains active as police and other law enforcement officials continue to track down and investigate leads and potential suspects.
Donations are welcome to the Amy Mihaljevic Fund, which is used to pay for resources that can help solve the case, including DNA testing, and travel expenses for a retired FBI agent who travels to Bay Village from out of state to help work the case.
Make checks payable to the Amy Mihaljevic Fund and send to Bay Village City Hall, 350 Dover Center Road, Bay Village 44140. Mark “Amy Mihaljevic Fund” in the memo line.
Donations also can be sent using PayPal to Renee Mahoney, the city finance director, at Rmahoney@cityofbayvillage.com. Cash donations also are accepted in the finance department at City Hall.
Bay Village Detective Sgt. Jay Elish is accepting information about the case. A tip sheet can be emailed to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed/dropped off at the police department, 28000 Wolf Road, Bay Village 44140.
Amy would have been 43 years old on Dec. 11 — the same age as my oldest son.
Law enforcement officials are hoping that by continuing to work the case and with the development of new technology, one day they can solve this case.
Rotary seeks grant applications: Each year, the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River provides grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that serve youth, adults and the community at large within Lakewood and Rocky River.
The club is now accepting applications for its 2021-22 grant cycle. Application deadline is Oct. 29. Grants, which generally range from $500 to $5,000, will be announced in late December.
The Rotary Club focuses its funding primarily on programs and projects that benefit residents of Lakewood and Rocky River in the areas of hunger, health services, housing, job training, youth leadership and community projects.
Special consideration is given to applications that request seed money for new initiatives, offer hands-on opportunities for Rotarians to volunteer or are submitted by organizations with which Rotarians are involved.
Organizations may submit more than one application, such as one for an ongoing program and a second for a special startup project. Each request should be submitted separately and include all the attachments listed on the application form.
The grant application form can be accessed on the club’s website, lakewoodrockyriverrotary.org. The completed application form and requested attachments should be submitted via email to email@example.com by Oct. 29.
For questions or more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call co-chairs Curt Brosky at 216-702-1075 or Chris Thoburn at 440-318-4806.
Book sale: Friends of Porter Public Library are having a big book sale Thursday through Sunday (Oct. 21-24) at the library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 20) for the preview night for Friends members only.
Memberships can be purchased at the door by cash or check. Individual memberships are $10; $15 for a family; $25 for patrons; $50 for silver patrons; and $100 for golden patrons.
Regular sale hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p .m. Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The half-price sale is 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and the sale winds down with the $2 bag sale from 1:15 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Friends will supply bags for the bag sale.
The following are accepted for book purchases: Apple Pay, Google Pay, VISA, MasterCard, AM Express and Discover.
Sale items include fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks. Three rooms are filled with sale items, including one room dedicated to children’s books.
UPS grant aids Village Project: The UPS Foundation has made a $10,000 grant to the Village Project, thanks to volunteer Christopher Burroughs-Heineman, a UPS employee.
UPS employees who contributed community service hours to nonprofit agencies during the month of October were asked to log their volunteer hours into the UPS Neighbor to Neighbor volunteer website. Ten employees nationwide were selected to receive a contribution to the nonprofit agency for which they had volunteered.
Burroughs-Heineman, a UPS driver for seven years, participated in the project and was selected. As a result, the Village Project received one of the grants and plans to use it toward volunteer initiatives and/or general program support. Chris has worked for UPS as a driver since the fall of 2014.
Burroughs-Heineman has volunteered with Village Project in the Project Shoppe since April 2019, logging more than 200 volunteer hours so far. He said he started volunteering with Village Project because his sister did, and he quickly found that he likes all the people who work and volunteer there.
“The Village Project mission really speaks to me,” he said. “It’s my way of giving back to an organization that does so much for others, and I always feel welcome and part of such a good group of people who care so much about others,” he said.
“Chris is a true depiction of what Village Project strives to portray each day,” said Meredith LaVecchia, Village Project executive director.
“He understands our mission and the importance of what we provide to our clients when they are facing a cancer diagnosis. We are honored Chris chose Village Project to be the recipient of this award and are so thankful to him and the UPS Foundation for recognizing the importance of volunteerism in the community.”
The Village Project is a multi-generational service organization that supports the entire family unit as it copes with the effects of a family member struggling with cancer. Volunteers assist cancer patient’s families in Bay Village, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon and Avon Lake by providing nourishing meals, offering notes of encouragement, flowers, gifts and other assistance that might be needed.
Global Volunteer Month (GVM) is held annually for UPS employees to come together to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and to deliver impact where it matters most — in our local communities.
At the library: Here’s a look at some of the programs being offered this week by Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. The library continues to offer hybrid programming — some in person, some virtual on the Zoom platform — and all programs are subject to change. Masks are required inside the library for all patrons, regardless of vaccination status.
Check westlakelibrary.org or follow the library on Facebook and Twitter (@WestlakePorter) for the latest updates. To register for any of the programs, visit westlakelibrary.org/events.
• Children ages 3-7 are invited to send a friend — a doll or stuffed animal — to the library for a “sleepover.” Bring your friend to the Youth Services desk during library hours Thursday (Oct. 21) and pick them up during library hours on Sunday (Oct. 24). Registration is requested.
• An in-person class — with limited attendance — will offer an introduction to Excel 1 at 10 a.m. Thursday.
• Children ages 4 and 5 are invited to a kindergarten readiness program to help them rotate through the skill sessions needed for kindergarten. The program is at 4 p.m. Thursday and registration is required.
• Science Fair Friday will explore creepy critters like bats and spiders at 4 p.m. Friday (Oct. 22). The program, which features hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project, is for children ages 4-6 (kindergarten). Registration is requested.
• An adapted story time session for children ages 3-7 who might not be successful in a typical story time will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 23). Registration is requested.
• Registration is under way for the Westlake PTA Reflections Creation Sessions, set for 6 p.m. Oct. 25 and 2 and 4 p.m. Oct. 30. Students in grades K-12 can work on their Reflections Art Competition pieces during the session. Art supplies will be available.
• The Porter Pumpkin Patch, 4 to 4:45 p.m. Oct. 26, will feature a story and pumpkin decorating for children ages 3-7 who have special needs. Registration is requested.
• Register for the Indoor Movie Night, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at the library. A family-friendly flick will be shown. Call the library for the title. Registration is required.
PERI to meet: Chapter 91 of Public Employee Retirees Inc., known as PERI, will meet at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 on the lower level of the Fairview Park Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park.
Guest speaker will be Rick Lawrence, District 10 representative on the PERI Board of Trustees. He will talk about the statewide annual meeting, followed by questions and answers.
Face masks are required at the library.
PERI, established in 1948, has more than 40,000 members throughout the state. Chapter 91 includes members from Cleveland’s northwestern suburbs. The group meets every other month to discuss topics of interest and keep updated on proposed legislation. Public sector retirees are welcome to attend the meetings.
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