About Town

by Denise Gawlik

Shout out to the Brecksville Belugas Recreation Swim Team for winning first place at the Cuyahoga Valley Swim League Championship meet. Way to go Belugas!

Congrats also go out to Brecksville Police Officer John Muller and his new K9 partner, Boss. Officer Muller and Boss both graduated K9 Training Academy and can now be found on patrol.

For the second year in a row, Brecksville’s own shining star BBH Senior Leah Spacek is a top-10 finalist in Shining Star CLE 2022, a Northeast Ohio annual singing competition. Leah will compete on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Playhouse Square for the top prize. Congrats and good luck to Leah.

The Kiwanis Club of Brecksville is happy to announce the return of the Trick-or-Trot 5K and 1- Mile Family Fun Run. The 9th Annual Trick-or-Trot will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Blossom Hill on Oakes Road. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes and prizes will be awarded in several categories including best duo/group, most creative, cutest kid and more. There will also be kid-friendly activities at the finish line and, of course, candy. Proceeds from this year’s race will be donated to recently resettled refugees attending the BBH schools this fall. For more information or to sign up to participate go to https:/runsignup.com/Race/OH/BrecksvilleTrickorTrot.

As part of KeyBank’s annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day on June 7, KeyBank employees left work and performed a variety of community service projects.In Brecksville, five employees spent the afternoon repairing bicycles for the Bike Ministry of the Brecksville United Methodist Church. The church members take donated bikes, fix them and see that they get to someone in need. KeyBank has been sponsoring the program since 1990.

Brecksville resident Olivia Toman was among 23 students who participated in BW’s faculty-led study abroad program in Iceland during the spring 2022 semester. Toman, a graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School majoring in early childhood education, completed the geology seminar and course, “Discovering Iceland,” before going on the two-week experience. The program allowed students to explore Iceland through an examination of its people and natural history. Special attention was given to Iceland’s unique geological setting and commitment to sustainability. Students gained firsthand knowledge of these topics through day trips to various sites of geologic, environmental and cultural significance, including Gullfoss Waterfall.

The following Brecksville students earned dean’s list honors for the spring 2022 semester at their respective colleges and universities: Serina Murphy, University of Tampa; Kyle Geringer, Chase Hudock, Adam Mandat, Joshua Stasek and Mackenzie Stease, John Carroll University; Cayden Stopar and Anne Pannent, University of Findlay.

The following Brecksville students graduated from Miami University at the school’s spring commencement ceremony: Nathan Beaver, Benjamin Boczulak, Anthony Cameriei, Sam Graziano, Esha Kallam and Cameron Seibert.Elise Gioia, of Brecksville, graduated from the University of Utah on May 5.Robert & Stacie Bibby of Brecksville have announced the engagement of their daughter, Ryleigh Kendall-Joy, to Jacob Whittington Ritter.Jacob serves in the U.S. Marine Corps, while Ryleigh, a 2017 graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, is serving in the U.S. Air Force. The couple currently resides in Key West, Florida where Ryleigh is serving with the U.S. Air Force Joint Task Unit. An October Wedding is planned in Norton, Ohio.

Lastly this month, there are two notable comings and goings to Brecksville this fall.  After 20 years in business, Sakura Restaurant announced via a sign on its door that it will be closing at the end of October. The Sakura family thanked its loyal customers and the community for allowing them to serve them and to watch our families grow with theirs. Opening this fall is a specialty shop named 1811. 1811 will be located in the old Framer’s Gallery space in Brecksville Town Center and will sell housewares and gifts. ∞