Bay High School selected as College Success Award winner: West Shore Chatter

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — Congratulations to Bay High School, which recently was recognized as a 2020 College Success Award winner by The award honors public high schools doing an extraordinary job preparing students for college and beyond.


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BHS was one of only 2,158 public high schools across the country to be recognized.

This is the third year for the College Success Award. College Success Award-winning high schools are identified based on school-level college preparation and post-secondary data which are collected and shared by their states. The data indicates whether students are prepared for college, enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework when they get there and/or continue on to their second year. is a nonprofit website that reaches more than 46 million users every year. It is supported by charitable foundations that support educational causes that seek to shine a spotlight on education excellence across the country. Remembering those who served: Veterans Day will be observed on Nov. 11, recalling the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served the United States as members of the military.

Unlike Memorial Day, which honors those who made the supreme sacrifice by giving their lives in the service of their country, Veterans Day honors all who served – living and dead. The observance began as Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month: Nov. 11, 1918. In 1954, it was renamed Veterans Day.

Many cities, including Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake have memorials or plaques dedicated to their veterans. During non-pandemic times, many communities also celebrate those who served with patriotic ceremonies.

In Bay Village, the Veterans Honor Wall is located in the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center, which unfortunately remains closed because of the coronavirus. The usual veterans’ luncheon will not take place this year, either.

But we still can take a minute to thank all veterans for their service.

Connecting for Kids: With the pandemic continuing, Connecting for Kids’ November programs will be offered on the Zoom virtual platform. Registration is required and can be completed online at; by email at [email protected]; or by calling/texting 440-570-5908; para español, 440-907-9130.

The Early Childhood Education Series: Using Social Stories to Teach Behavioral Skills will be offered at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. The program will feature early childhood intervention professionals explaining how to use short stories with simple text and pictures to reinforce accepted and proper behavior for children ages 18 months to 6 years. The program offers a safe space to connect with both professionals and other families and will not be recorded. The first 20 households who register and sign on to Zoom will get a free social story kit to make at home – one kit per household.

This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library and is supported by a grant from GPD Employees’ Foundation. The Virtual Early Childhood Education Series is sponsored by the

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College Football Power Rankings: Ohio State jumps Georgia as Oklahoma, West Virginia surge



Looks like Dabo Swinney has a quarterback for the Notre Dame game, because he sure doesn’t have Lawrence. D.J. Uiagalelei threw for 342 yards in his first start, a 34-28 win over Boston College. Now comes the hard part: repeating that performance against a conference foe (for this season). — 7-0


Jaylen who? Devonta Smith caught 11 passes for 203 yards and four touchdowns against Mississippi State. Even without Waddle, the Crimson Tide have one of the most formidable receiving corps in the country. For the first time in Mike Leach’s 234 games as a coach, he was shut out at 41-0. — 6-0

Ohio State

Ninety seconds into the second quarter of his second game, Justin Fields had one incompletion for the season. There’s your indicator of how dominant Ohio State has been. The game of the week wasn’t much of one. Penn State fell 38-25, and the Buckeyes pulled further away from the rest of the Big Ten. Fields has to be your Heisman Trophy leader at this point after now piling up all of seven incompletions after two games (48 of 55). 1 2-0


Just in time for Florida, four defensive starters were knocked out in the 14-3 win over Kentucky. “I definitely wouldn’t say we were struggling, not at all,” coach Kirby Smart said of the offense. “It depends on what your appetite and your view is.” Smart blamed the noon ET start. Yeah, right. The snooze button was hit all right. Zamir White ran for 136 yards and Stetson Bennett IV threw two interceptions. Yawn. 1 4-1

Notre Dame

So here we are, a reckoning for the Irish. They’re 6-0 with five of the wins coming by at least two touchdowns. The offense actually gave up more points (seven) than the defense (six) on Saturday in a 31-13 win over Georgia Tech. But what does all that mean heading into Clemson? The Irish get their chance at what might be two meetings in the next six weeks against the Tigers. — 6-0


The Group of Five’s best team continues to roll. The awakened offense continues to be … awakened. In the last two games, the Bearcats have scored 91 points, run up 952 yards and averaged 7.7 yards per play. The latest victim was Memphis in a 49-10 win. Only Army (24-10) has been within a couple of touchdowns of the Bearcats this season. 1 5-0


When you don’t play for three weeks, there are a lot of pent-up emotions. Or maybe it’s just a prelude to Georgia week. A brawl with Missouri broke out at halftime of a 41-17 win after QB Kyle Trask was hit late. It’s not fair to say that woke up the Gators. They were already up 20-7. But it was Dan Mullen who made sure to gesture to the crowd before going in for halftime. It’s Georgia week. Now’s the time to get fired up, Dan. 1
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Community invited to offer input to West Ottawa Board of Education on superintendent search

HOLLAND, MI — The West Ottawa Board of Education is seeking community input next month as the search for the district’s next superintendent begins.

a table topped with a blue chair: The West Ottawa Board of Education is beginning the process of hiring a new superintendent. The board is soliciting community and staff input next month via Zoom meetings.

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The West Ottawa Board of Education is beginning the process of hiring a new superintendent. The board is soliciting community and staff input next month via Zoom meetings.

Superintendent Thomas Martin, who was hired in 2011, announced in August he would retire this school year, after working in education for 40 years.


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The new superintendent is expected to take the reins on Feb. 1, 2021.

The board is soliciting community and staff input on the qualities, experiences and skills they would like to see in the new superintendent. Residents of the district, all staff and administration are encouraged to participate in the process.

The district enrolled 6,656 students for the 2019-20, according to the most recent state data.

The Michigan Association of School Board (MASB), a service organization that supports the work of school boards throughout Michigan, is assisting the school board in its search.

Greg Sieszputowski, director of leadership development and executive search services for MASB, will be holding virtual Zoom meetings with stakeholders to gain input.

Parents and community members are invited to the following virtual meetings:

Monday, November 9, 2020

2 p.m. — Parents and community

6 p.m. — Parents

7 p.m. — Community

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

7 p.m. — Parents

Input may also be shared via an online survey administered by the MASB executive search team. The 10-minute survey is available at until 5 p.m. on Nov. 9.

Anonymous responses will be combined with those from the Zoom meetings to provide community input to the West Ottawa Board of Education as it seeks to identify the best candidate for the position.

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Kenny & Ziggy’s in West University has permanently closed

Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen at 5172 Buffalo Speedway, closed since March, has permanently closed.

Owner Ziggy Gruber, who opened the West University location in 2016, said the coronavirus pandemic took a toll on the restaurant’s operations.

“The West University store was doing well pre-pandemic. But the reality is, it is so narrow that by the time you figure in social distancing, we’d only have room for about six to seven tables. That’s not going to pay for the overhead,” said owner Ziggy Gruber. “Economically, it didn’t make sense to keep it open.”

Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen in the West U area, closed since March, will not reopen, owner Ziggy Gruber announced in October 2020.

Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen in the West U area, closed since March, will not reopen, owner Ziggy Gruber announced in October 2020.

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NEW ADDRESS IN 2021: Kenny & Ziggy’s to move to former Luby’s Post Oak space

Gruber said spacing is not an issue at the original Kenny & Ziggy’s location at 2327 Post Oak Blvd.

Moreover, the store is set to move in July 2021 to an even larger space at 1743 Post Oak Blvd., currently occupied by Luby’s.

“We’ll have more than enough room to have patrons at the restaurant in a safe manner,” said Gruber. 

Between curbside, dine-in and shipping, which is at around 200 orders a day, Gruber said business at the Post Oak outpost is going as well as can be expected.

Ziggy Gruber, owner of Kenny and Ziggy's, poses with a tray of white fish.

Ziggy Gruber, owner of Kenny and Ziggy’s, poses with a tray of white fish.

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“Every week business gets better. Curbside has been tremendous and our shipping orders have increased 150 percent,” he said. “We ship a lot of smoked fish, bagels, smoked cabbage, and goulash.” 

Gruber is not ruling out future locations, post-pandemic. “We dismantled the West University store in a nice, easy way and put it in storage. Eventually, we will probably open a location in West University or Bellaire.”

The news was first reported by Eric Sandler at CultureMap.

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Big Ten West college football season preview

More than seven weeks into the 2020 college football season, our 2020 preview series somehow rolls on. The Big Ten’s fall football season, postponed in August and reinstated in September, finally kicks off this weekend, which means you have 14 more team capsules to read.

Today, we talk about the West division. After a spirited race with Minnesota and Iowa, Wisconsin won the West last fall to secure its sixth conference-title game appearance in nine years. The Badgers will have to win an eight-game, no-byes sprint to make it seven in 10, and while they’re the favorites to do so, last year’s challengers have enough to make another run. And might we see a dark horse candidate, too?

Jump to: Illinois | Northwestern | Purdue | Iowa | Nebraska | Minnesota | Wisconsin


Head coach: Lovie Smith (15-34, fifth year)
2019: 6-7 (4-5 in Big Ten), 61st in SP+
2020 projection: 3-5, 66th
Top returning players: WR Josh Imatorbhebhe, LB Jake Hansen, LB Milo Eifler, LG Doug Kramer, CB Nate Hobbs

Three years into his Illinois tenure, Lovie Smith found himself in a quandary. When his squad had a talent advantage, or at least talent equality, it fared pretty well. Unfortunately, that was almost never the case. He was 9-27 overall and 4-24 against power-conference programs, and his first three recruiting classes had an average ESPN ranking of 60th. He needed a dramatic talent upgrade.

Smith hired a well-regarded St. Louis high school coach (Cory Patterson) to help with STL recruiting, and though his 2019 class still didn’t rank in the top 50, it did include four four-star recruits, including three St. Louisans. More importantly, he welcomed any and all transfers. Last fall, Illinois started former blue-chippers at quarterback (Michigan’s Brandon Peters), receiver (USC’s Josh Imatorbhebhe and, when healthy, USC’s Trevon Sidney), right guard (Alabama’s Richie Petitbon) and rush end (USC’s Oluwole Betiku Jr.) — Georgia’s Luke Ford would have started at tight end had he received a waiver.

The offense battled injury issues but played well up front and produced in key moments. The defense, led by Betiku’s pass rushing, linebacker Dele Harding’s run stuffing and sturdy secondary play, improved from 115th to 54th in defensive SP+. Illinois jumped from 83rd in SP+ in mid-September to 51st in early November, and after winning four total conference games in three seasons (two of which were against Rutgers), the Illini ripped off four wins in a row — including thrilling comeback victories over Wisconsin and Michigan State — to bowl for the first time since 2014.

In 2020, Illinois loses Harding and last year’s top four defensive linemen, including Betiku. Considering how important run support was to last year’s defensive improvement — Illinois was 48th in rushing success rate allowed and 19th in stuff rate, the percentage of runs stopped at or behind the line — this is worrisome. On offense, Petitbon and two 500-yard rushers have also left town. But while Peters certainly didn’t shine

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(WATCH) Kansas vs West Virginia Live:Stream college football Week 7

No. 13 Miami has emerged as one of the most high-profile success stories early in the college football season, kicking off the 2020 ACC campaign by lighting up the scoreboard in prime-time wins against Louisville and Florida State. The excitement around D’Eriq King and Year 2 of the Manny Diaz era reached a fever pitch heading into last week’s top-10 showdown with No. 1 Clemson, alas, Miami fell 42-17 to the Tigers and proved to still be in the second tier of the sport.


Not all is lost for a program that wants to refocus its efforts on finishing in the top two spots of the ACC standings and getting another shot at Clemson in the ACC Championship Game, but the margin for error has lessened with one conference loss just three games into a 10-game conference schedule. Pitt is also dealing with some shifting expectations after a second-straight one-point loss in ACC play.

One week after giving up a last-minute touchdown to NC State in a 30-29 home loss, the Panthers lost on a missed extra point in overtime at Boston College. Suddenly, the buzz from a 3-0 start with wins against Syracuse and Louisville has leveled off a little bit, but there are a pair of chances to change that with two ranked opponents coming up next on the schedule: at Miami this week and at home against Notre Dame on Oct. 24.


Miami: Clemson was able to hold Miami’s offense in check in a way that no other opponent has been able to in 2020 as the Hurricanes totaled just 210 yards of offense, with 56 of those yards came on one D’Eriq King run. Take that one explosive play out of the mix, and Miami averaged less than 3 yards per play on the rest of the game’s snaps. Was it that Miami’s offense had inflated numbers from its first three games or did Clemson’s defense turn in a championship-level performance. The only true test of that will be how Miami responds offensively, and while Pitt’s defense does not carry the talent or reputation of the Tigers, there are future pros (safety Paris Ford, for one) and a profile that ranks in the top five nationally (with Clemson) in yards per play allowed. One issue in particular that stood out was Miami’s wide receivers struggling to get separation against Clemson defensive backs, so keep an eye on that battle as a spot where the matchup hinges.


Pitt: When two points are the only thing separating you from a 5-0 start, there’s two ways to cut it: either the team is bfdsetter than its record or there are issues preventing it from fulfilling its potential. Right now for Pitt, the answer is almost certainly the latter, and the frustrating part is the situational nature of those issues. The Panthers have one of the best down-to-down defenses in the country, ranking No. 1 in the ACC and No. 4 in the country in yards per

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Kansas vs. West Virginia odds: 2020 college football picks, Week 7 predictions from proven model

A Big 12 battle is on tap Saturday between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Kansas Jayhawks at noon ET at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. West Virginia is 2-1 overall and 2-0 at home, while Kansas is 0-3 overall and 0-1 on the road. The Jayhawks are 4-1 against the spread in their last five October games. The Mountaineers are 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games.

The Mountaineers are favored by 23-points in the latest West Virginia vs. Kansas odds from William Hill, and the over-under is set at 50.5. Before you make any Kansas vs. West Virginia picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 23-6 on top-rated picks through six weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning almost $1,300 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Kansas vs. West Virginia. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for West Virginia vs. Kansas:

  • Kansas vs. West Virginia spread: West Virginia -23
  • Kansas vs. West Virginia over-under: 50.5 points
  • Kansas vs. West Virginia money line: West Virginia -1800, Kansas +1000

What you need to know about Kansas

Kansas’ defense is allowing a staggering 421 yards and 44 points per game during this 0-3 start, including a 47-7 blowout loss to No. 17 Oklahoma State last weekend. Quarterback Miles Kendrick, who was named starter after freshman Jalon Daniels started the last two games, has thrown for only 246 yards and two touchdowns.

Running back Velton Gardner leads Kansas with 182 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Running back Pooka Williams Jr. left the Jayhawks’ loss to Oklahoma State with an undisclosed injury. The Jayhawks rank last in the Big 12 in production (296.0) and scoring (14.7).

What you need to know about West Virginia

The Mountaineers’ offense, which is triggered by quarterback Jarret Doege, ranks 27th overall with a 440.7-yard average that effectively blends the run and pass. Doege already has thrown to 14 different receivers and has completed 66 percent of his passes.

Junior running back Leddie Brown is averaging 106.7 yards a game. West Virginia’s 166.3-yard pass defense ranks first in the Big 12 and eighth nationally. West Virginia will be looking to extend Kansas’ 50-game road losing streak.

How to make Kansas vs. West Virginia picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, predicting that both teams struggle to get past 120 rushing yards. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that hits in well over 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Kansas vs. West Virginia? And which

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