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Ranger Rally Falls Short; Lakewood Falls 28-27 in Thriller

Coach Ribar speaks to the team after the heartbreaking 28-27 loss to North Olmsted.

What started out as a lopsided game turned into a nail-biter between the Lakewood and North Olmsted football teams. Lakewood stormed back from a 28-0 first half deficit to nearly pull off one of the biggest comebacks in program history. The Rangers showed tremendous heart and effort, but were unable to notch their first win of the season.

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 12:00 AM, 09.24.2016

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Lakewood Catholic Academy to Serve as Grand Marshal of the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade
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Turnovers, Tempers Lead to Ugly Night for Rangers

Avon Lake Police on the field after both teams were separated in a second-quarter fight.

After making progress in their previous two games, the Lakewood football team took a big step backward on Friday night in Avon Lake. They fell 47-14 to the Shoremen in a game that included an on-field fight late in the first half.  Players of both teams were involved in the fracas, which started when a Ranger player was hit very late out of bounds.  

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 11:31 PM, 09.16.2016

Representative Antonio Calls On Kasich To Declare Opioid Crisis A Statewide Public Health Emergency

Minority Whip Antonio joined by State Rep. Greta Johnson (center) and State Rep. Hearchel Craig (right)

State Representative Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) called on the Governor John Kasich to recognize the devastating opioid addiction epidemic for what it is: a public health emergency. At a statehouse press conference last week, the lawmakers said the state must have a strong, unified response and release emergency state funding to combat the statewide opioid crisis that is claiming lives in rural areas and urban centers alike.

“Local addiction service providers are doing everything they can to prevent the opioid addiction crisis from overtaking our communities, but they have been pushed to capacity and their resources have been drained,” said Minority Whip Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood). “The state can’t just rely on local communities to take on the opioid crisis alone. We need to call this what it is – a statewide public health emergency. The lives of Ohioans are at stake and we cannot afford to wait.”

  

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Annual Welcome To Lakewood Community Event - Save The Date!

The City of Lakewood's Community Relations Advisory Commission is pleased to announce its annual 'Welcome to Lakewood' community event on October 19, 2016, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Garfield Middle School. The event, which was developed by the Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission with full support from Lakewood's elected officials, is designed to welcome new residents and community members to our wonderful city. If you are a new/established property owner or renter or if you work and play in the community, the Welcome to Lakewood meet and greet is the place to be! This is a fun and family-friendly event where you can learn more about local civic organizations, services, and ways to get involved in Lakewood.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

A VOTE AGAINST Issue 64 Is A Vote For Accountable, Honest, Transparent Government

You will have to excuse me, but some of the latest untruths from Councilman Bullock and Finance Director Jenn Pae, have made me take to the keyboards.

Those of you who have followed the Lakewood Observer from the beginning know how rare it is that I write anything but fun pieces. Rarer still is writing about my political views, or to further any agenda, and I hope I am not perceived as furthering any agenda now, outside of one: Honest, Transparent and Accountable Government.

Lakewood, known for decades as a great place to raise a family and go to school, a place dedicated to knowledge, education and conversation, has become a place where City Hall and their minions will single you out, find you, and harass you. Which is nuts!

What is most worrisome is the secrecy and the nastiness of City Hall as their lawyers try to hide, protect and get rid of documents associated with not just the nightmare hospital deal, but the growing cover-up that is following it.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 6:14 PM, 09.13.2016

Council Returns From August Recess With Full Agenda

Upon returning from their August summer recess, Council President O’Leary called the Tuesday, September 6th meeting to order with all members of council in attendance and quickly disposed of the July 18th meeting minutes.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Cornucopia’s “Event In The Tent”

Cornucopia will hold its fourth annual “Event in the Tent” celebration on Friday, September 16 from 6:30–10 p.m. at Cornucopia’s Vocational Training Center and Catering Kitchen, 18228 Sloane Avenue in Lakewood. “We will be celebrating the achievements of Cornucopia’s vocational training graduates and job placement clients,” said Nancy Peppler, Cornucopia’s Executive Director. “We are looking forward to an evening of great food and fun all in support of Cornucopia’s vocational programs for people with disabilities.”

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Southern Cafe, Damn Was That Good...

Southern Cafe, small but big flavors!

...was that the best meal I ever ate in Lakewood?

Let me digress for a moment. It was Friday evening and I was driving with Deb looking for a place to get dinner. We were driving past the Phantasy Theater, and then saw Southern Cafe, so we decided to stop.

The small restaurant was about half filled, and everyone seemed to be enjoying the night. It has a funky but comfortable feeling. One of the servers welcomed us in and handed us menus. The large menu had mainstays of Southern Cuisine, and mainstays of Soul Food. Red and Purple Kool-Aid, Chicken and Waffles, Poor Boys, Pork Chops, Greens, Grits, Catfish, and Peach Cobbler.

I said to the server, “What is the best thing on the menu?” Her answer was, “People rave about the catfish!” I mentioned I am not a fan of catfish and she said, “Neither am I but I liked it!” OK what about the sides? “Try the greens!” I did, though I’m not a fan, and cream corn. Deb wanted an appetizer and ordered up the Grits and Shrimp. Again, I am not a fan of grits. This would be interesting.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:42 PM, 09.13.2016

Bad Government 9: Jenn Pae and City Hall's $100 Million Lie

This past week, City Hall’s Director of Finance Jenn Pae made the following false statement concerning the Issue 64 referendum challenge to the Cleveland Clinic agreement: “At risk is more than $100 million of investment in healthcare currently under way.” In fact, the bad agreement pushed by City Hall and Pae results in $107 million in healthcare leaving Lakewood. This can ONLY be stopped by voting AGAINST Issue 64.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

My Mother Fell Last Week

My 87-year-old mother fell last week. They couldn't reach me right away, so she drove herself to the "ER" in what used to be Lakewood Hospital. I arrived about an hour later.  In the ensuing three hours, they managed to get her hideously abraded left leg bandaged.  As she stood up to leave she realized that her right foot was painful.  An x-ray was taken and read by a presumably off-site radiologist, and a fracture was diagnosed.  They put her in a half-cast and sent us off to an Orthopedic practice.  The first thing that the Orthopedic specialist did when he entered the room was to press on my mother's foot in the area of the supposed fracture and realized immediately that the fracture shown on the x-ray was an old one and that her foot was not fractured, but merely sprained.  No one at the Lakewood Urgent Care had bothered to verify that her area of pain matched the area of the fracture on the x-ray.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Haynes Turns 50!

Haynes Nursery School will be celebrating its 50th Birthday on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 pm at Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 West Clifton Blvd, Lakewood. The event is open to the community. Past, present, and future Haynes students, families, teachers, and directors please join in the celebration. HNS has provided an excellent educational foundation for thousands of children over the past 50 years; it remains a source of pride for Lakewood Congregational Church and the city of Lakewood.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

The Sport And Passion Of Irish Dance

Meghan Walcheck practicing at Brady Campbell School of Irish Dance in Kamms Corners. 

Like many Lakewood kids, Meghan Walcheck spends a lot of time and energy on her favorite sport. She spends many hours each week practicing, being coached, and competing. She’s even traveled out of town to competitions. Meghan doesn’t run track or play any of the traditional “stick and ball” sports – she is an Irish dancer. 

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Learn the Art Of Middle Eastern Style & Interpretive Dance

Mary Bodnar – Dance Instructor, Director, Choreographer & Founder of Vibrant Wind Dancers

In teaching Middle Eastern Style and interpretative dance, I include a wide variety of music, featuring cultures from all over the world. Types of music include traditional Middle Eastern, Celtic, New Age, South American, Classical, Baroque medieval, Spanish, folk, pop, rock, rhythm & blues, soul and children’s music. Beginner's classes are for all ages and body types. My classes include breathing, poetry meditation, gentle warm-ups, and exercises similar to Yoga while learning the basic dance steps. We wear a variety of decorative (& sound making!) beautiful hip scarves while having fun and learning about the history of dance and the meaning behind the hand, feet and hip movements.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Call To Artists: Seeking Artwork For 'Scary Stories'-Inspired Book

"It Wasn't Real" is a story about a young girl who finds that a family heirloom may hold more than just her reflection. Artists can use this depiction of Lucy for inspiration for their own artwork to submit for consideration.

Are you an artist inspired by "Scary Stores" artist Stephen Gammell, Creepypasta, and all things macabre? If so, your talents are sought for the upcoming book, "Kindergarten: Stories and Tragedies."

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Second Ambulance Cost $700!

The Cleveland Clinic is now promoting the current emergency room at Lakewood Hospital with advertisements mailed to Lakewood residents. People are being wrongly told that, “Our board-certified emergency medicine physicians skillfully treat everything from cuts and fractures to cardiac arrest and stroke.”

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Endless Possibilities At Beck Center's Spotlight Gala

After an exciting sold-out event last year, Beck Center for the Arts’ annual Spotlight gala returns to Hyland, creator of OnBase in Westlake on Saturday, October 29 at 6 p.m. This year’s Honoree is David T. Dombrowiak, President and CEO of Community West Foundation. David’s commitment to serving those in need has led him to become a tremendous advocate and supporter of Beck Center‘s Creative Arts Therapies program, bringing the arts into the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Harding Teacher Connects With Comics

One of Laura Baillett's comics from her "The Cool Rap" comic series. This one is on fossils.

Teachers are always striving to make a connection with their students and looking to teach their curriculum in a way that engages the students, which is often easier said than done. While many educators and school districts are turning to technological tools to engage kids, one Lakewood City Schools teacher has been creating curriculum content with a decidedly old-fashioned technique.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Spirit Parade Set For September 30

The annual Lakewood City Schools Spirit Parade will kick off Homecoming Weekend on Friday, September 30. The parade will step off from Lakewood Park at 5:30 p.m. and march its way through Lakewood to the high school's North Lot on Franklin Boulevard. The parade is a great showcase of the District’s sports teams, clubs and organizations from elementary, middle and high school. The Rangers football game vs. Avon will cap off the evening at First Federal of Lakewood Stadium with kickoff at 7 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Supplies Drive Super Success

Student volunteers help sort the thousands of supply items donated by the community.

The Lakewood community responded overwhelmingly to the call to provide school supplies for students in need, making the fifth year of the Supplies 4 Success school supply drive another smashing success! 

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Movie Night With Hot Dogs, Jazz Concert With Lunch And Dessert: Free Food And Fun At Church Of The Ascension

Missing Lakewood’s free Friday Night Flicks? Bring your blanket or chair to the Church of the Ascension on Friday, September 16 and enjoy DreamWork’s creation, "Home." Free hot dogs will be available from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the movie at 8 p.m. The free movie caps Ascension’s final “Frankfurter Friday” of the season; 2016 was the seventh year of sharing free hot dogs with neighbors every other Friday during the summer. The food and film screening will be on the church’s front lawn, located at 13216 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. The festivities will be inside in the event of rain.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Lakewood Through The Generations

Lakewood is known for its diversity, not simply of races or backgrounds, but also of ages. In general, “Lakewoodites” seem proud of their city and quick to get involved, but I decided to interview two women of very different ages to compare the way they see our city. I hoped to find that the reasons we love Lakewood today are truly part of the city’s identity and more than the result of a passing trend or influence. Mrs. Carolyn Seelbach, who has lived in Lakewood for ninety years, and Miss Emilia Oravetz, who has lived in Lakewood for sixteen years, both have strong opinions about the city and have been heavily involved throughout their lives. Both interviews left me proud to live in a town with strengths so clear that they are appreciated by both young and old.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Enjoy The Magic Of Michael Mage

Michael Mage performs unusual card tricks.

Known as a comedian stuck in a magician’s shoes, Michael Mage incorporates comedy and endless audience participation into his hilarious shows. With years of professional experience, Michael is able to develop his show based around the people in attendance. Come to the Lakewood Public Library and enjoy a child friendly presentation as the audience becomes the highlight of this comedy magic spectacle. National award winning magician Michael Mage will delight all who attend. Come and be amazed.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Lakewood Chamber Of Commerce Hosts Lakewood Culture Club Powered By PechaKucha

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce presents “The Lakewood Culture Club” powered by PechaKucha – an amazing evening of fast-paced talks on workplace culture in Lakewood. The event will be an informal and fun gathering where community and business leaders will share their ideas, thoughts & philosophies about workplace culture in the PechaKucha 20x20 format.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Living The Law: The Right To Privacy

What happens when an individual’s right to privacy conflicts with a community’s desire for public safety? Barbara Greenberg, J.D. will explore these issues in Living the Law: The Right to Privacy, a four part series held in the Main Library Auditorium. The first discussion takes place on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. and considers where the right of privacy comes from and when we have it. The second discussion, Personal Privacy, takes place on Tuesday, October 4 and will include controversial issues such as gene mapping, the right to life, the right to die, and marriage partners.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

"Moustache Yourself" Brings Jazz To The Library

Gypsy jazz, also known as jazz manouche, is a musical style made famous in the 1930s by Django Reinhardt. Akron’s jazz quartet, Moustache Yourself, which consists of clarinetist Brad Wagner, bassist Matthew DeRubertis and guitarists Brent Hamker and Jeremy Jones will bring jazz manouche to the Main Library Auditorium.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

North Coast Health Shines Like A Diamond

North Coast Health's Diamond Necklace Raffle, courtesy of Broestl & Wallis Fine Jewelers. 

Take a chance and give another a chance at health! This year, North Coast Health’s annual raffle features a brilliant cut 0.5 carat center diamond that rocks within a halo pendant holding 16 round full cut diamonds weighing 0.15 each. Total diamond weight of 0.74 carats strung on an 18 inch, 14 karat white gold box chain. This exclusive diamond necklace is valued at $3,500 courtesy of Broestl & Wallis Fine Jewelers. 

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, September 14
Film - "The Bicycle Thieves" (1948)

In post-WWII Italy, a young father, Antonio (Lamberto Maggiorani) gets a job plastering advertisements around Rome. He needs a bicycle, and his wife lets him sell their finest linens to get one. On his first day of work, the bike is stolen. As Antonio comes closer to catching the thief, he gets caught up in a test of his own morals.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

GemStreet USA Comes To Town September 23-25


Handcrafted jewelry made by Jolanta of Elka Designs with natural components from Europe and leather from USA. All of items are made with silver, copper, brass or zamak.

What do a diamond necklace, clay beads, petrified wood tables and healing crystals all have in common? Mother Earth has spent millions of years creating these exquisite items that will be on display when GemStreet USA Show & Sale comes to Northeast Ohio September 23-25 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.

“We like to tell people when they walk through the door to start exploring, get inspired, and be dazzled,” says show producer Jane Strieter Smith, a Lakewood resident. “You’ll find fine jewelers, talented artists and knowledgeable collectors who search the world over for the earth's most cherished gems, minerals and fossils. Lots of bling, along with unearthed fossils and even some cosmic dust from meteorites falling from the skies over Argentina, will be featured at the three-day show.”

Artists and collectors will feature custom-made jewelry, distinctive beads, stunning gems, and rare minerals and fossils. Plus, see the latest fall jewelry trends that incorporate gold, silver, copper, gemstones, pearls, diamonds, intricate beadwork and wire wrapping. And if you want to make your own jewelry, you will also find an array of beading supplies, tools and educational materials.  

Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $7 general admission, (free for children under 12 years old). Ticket is good all weekend. For more information on GemStreet USA, contact its organizer, Jane Strieter-Smith at 216-521-GEMS (4367) or visit www.gemstreetusa.com. The Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds is located at 164 Eastland Road, Berea, OH 44017 (show entrance is on Bagley Road).



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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Fall Art Programs

Calling all young artists! Fall is nearly upon us, which means there is a cornucopia of art programs at the Lakewood Public Library for students from kindergarten all the way through eighth grade to choose from.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

LEAF Community Garden Bicycle Tour

In 2008, with enthusiastic support from then Mayor Ed FitzGerald, the Lakewood Earth & Food (LEAF) Community broke ground at Cove, Kauffman, Madison, and Webb Parks expanding the total plots to over 150 throughout the community. The four new sites had been carefully chosen by LEAF board members, and approved by Mayor FitzGerald, in order to appeal to and give garden access to a wide array of community members. A fifth site North of The Westerly Apartments was added in 2010.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

"Help End Cancer" Music Festival

The "Help End Cancer" Fundraising Music Festival and Taligate Party for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will take place on Saturday September 17, 2016. One-hundred percent of the profits go to LLS.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Lakewood Professor Teaches Entrepreneurship By Launching Kickstarter For Self-Designed Camp Stove

Lakewood resident and Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) professor Dan Cuffaro launched a Kickstarter project for a self-designed compact wood-burning camping stove as a tool to teach entrepreneurship to his students. 

Lakewood’s thriving entrepreneurship scene gained another entrant this summer when Lakewood resident and Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) professor Dan Cuffaro launched a Kickstarter project for a self-designed compact wood-burning camping stove. Cuffaro, who teaches industrial design, initiated the project as a real-world learning example for his students.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

LHS Cheerleaders Bring Sparkle To Browns Game

The team poses after a successful performance.

The LHS Cheerleaders appeared at halftime of the September 1 Cleveland Browns game vs. the Chicago Bears. It rained during the first half of the Thursday night game, but the weather cleared before the end of the second quarter. Their performance went smoothly, much to the delight of Head Coach Amy Staib. "The kids had a great time cheering under the NFL lights and making memories they'll remember for a lifetime," she said. 

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Yes, Build Lakewood Helped Save Healthcare For Our City

I was cleaning my garage when a neighbor stopped for a visit. She saw my Build Lakewood yard sign and asked, “what’s the group about?” After sharing my response, her reply was: “Wow! You guys saved healthcare for Lakewood.”

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Lakewood Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts a monthly Job Club on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, at 15700 Detroit Ave. It is an excellent motivational support system with professional discussions on suggested topics at each meeting, while providing links to necessary resources in the local community to help members find employment in today’s job market. 

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Eagles' "Block Party" Dooms the Tarblooders

Eagle Head Coach Tom Lombardo speaks to the team after the win.

St. Edward’s Saturday game against Glenville was delayed 40 minutes by weather, as lightning moved across the Lakewood sky in the early evening.  A thunderstorm soaked the crowd at First Federal Lakewood  Stadium, but Eagle fans walked away happy after a 41-0 win.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 10:53 PM, 09.10.2016

Bulldogs Pull Away From Rangers 43-20

The student section had a "patriotic" theme...lots of red, white, and blue.  

Tonight’s football game at First Federal Lakewood Stadium was back-and-forth thriller for most of the game, but Olmsted Falls eventually pulled away from the Rangers for a 43-20 win. The game had some similarities to last week, with the Rangers showing some offensive firepower in the first half…but then unable to sustain momentum in the second half.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 10:53 PM, 09.09.2016

Ranger Offense Awakens in Loss to Titans

Coach Ribar speaks to the team after the game.

There was bad news and good news from tonight’s Ranger football game against Berea-Midpark. The bad news is that Lakewood lost the game 49-30. The good news is that they found their offense, scoring four touchdowns and a field goal. Lakewood made huge strides from their disastrous 55-0 opening night loss to Medina – but, as Head Coach Mike Ribar told the team after the game, that is “not good enough yet”.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 11:58 PM, 09.02.2016

Taps Flow At 4th Annual Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival On Sept. 10

The Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival typically draws 2,000 attendees to the heart of Downtown Lakewood.

LakewoodAlive's Popular Late-Summer Event Returns to Downtown Lakewood

It's been said that variety is the spice of life. In this case, it's also the catalyst of a tremendous community festival.

More than 180 craft beers representing nearly 50 breweries and 60 wines from 50 wineries will be on hand when the 4th Annual Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 10, from 5-10 p.m. in the heart of Downtown Lakewood. Sponsored by Sibling Revelry Brewing and presented by LakewoodAlive, the festival has emerged as a much-anticipated tradition to close the summer season, typically drawing a sellout crowd of 2,000 attendees.

The burgeoning wine and craft beer industries, both locally and across the nation, will be on full display within a two-story, open-air parking deck in the heart of Lakewood's downtown district. The festival is held behind the INA Building at 14701 Detroit Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online at WineandCraftBeerFestival.com or at Rozi's Wine House (14900 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood).

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 4:10 PM, 08.30.2016

North Coast Health - 30 Years Of Caring Continues

North Coast Health Timeline 1986 - present- 30 years of caring continues!

‘Imagine struggling to get by, taking home enough in a paycheck to pay just the essentials such as food and clothes.What happens if a member of the family comes down with an illness and needs to see a doctor? How can you begin to pay the bill even for a minor illness?’

‘This is what a group of church members in Bay Village asked themselves. They also asked how that could be allowed to happen. How could they allow their neighbors to fall through the cracks of the vaunted safety net? Everyone deserves to be able to visit a physician when it’s necessary for attention to anything from a cold to a catastrophic illness. Unfortunately, there are many people who have a job that doesn’t pay any medical insurance benefits. And they make too much to qualify for coverage by government aid.”

‘Because a group of parishioners...were concerned for people in just such a situation, North Coast Health Ministry was formed.’

The Journal, Lorain Ohio – February 22, 1986

This quote was taken from one of the first articles written on behalf of North Coast Health (Ministry). As we reflect on who we are 30 years later – in many ways we remain the same. NCH’s belief remains steadfast – that health care is a basic human need and that inability to pay should never be a barrier to care for anyone. Primary medical care, health care education and prevention, behavioral health counseling, prescription assistance, specialty referral, application assistance- linking individuals to resources for which they qualify- and more are available to any one struggling with the costs of medical care services. North Coast Health remains a safety-net provider to individuals in need in our community. Including those with and without insurance, and those living in and outside of Lakewood; as we have no geographic boundaries

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 4:10 PM, 08.30.2016

Keep Lakewood Moving Forward

Lakewood Hospital has now been closed as an inpatient facility since the end of January. Employees have been successfully relocated. Business in Lakewood is thriving. Our housing market is experiencing a boom. People want to live here. The doom and gloom predicted by the Save Lakewood Hospital group is simply not coming to fruition.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Children Needing Grief Support Can Find Help At Overnight Camp

Children and counselors gather to get acquainted and sing camp songs.

Support is available for children ages 8-14 who are coping with the death of a loved one. “Together We Can Overnight,” a children’s grief support camp hosted by Hospice of the Western Reserve, is planned from Saturday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m., to Sunday, Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m., at Red Oak Camp, 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Rd., Kirtland. The registration fee is $25 per camper; scholarships are available. Space is limited and completed registrations are due by Monday, Sept. 26. For more information and to receive a registration packet, call 216.486.6838. For the convenience of families from Lakewood and the surrounding west side communities, camp transportation will be provided from the Holiday Inn, 4181 W. 150th St. Drop-off times and additional camp details will be included in camp registration packets.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 4:10 PM, 08.30.2016

You Know What's Funnier Than 24? Neither Do I: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 31

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Archie & The Bunkers/Powersolo - split 7" - Dirty Water Records - 2 songs - 7", download

For this one, mistakes were made and the labels on the record were flipped. So, if you put on the side purported to be Archie & The Bunkers, you may have received an unpleasant surprise in the form of a different sibling duo. However, they're not in any way local, so I shall say no more. As for A&TB's song, "The Roaring 20s," it is everything that is great about Archie & The Bunkers. It's a catchy song, it's well played, it's energetic. I like the drum sound as well, it's nice and boomy. Anyway, pick this one up for the Archie side. Remember not to get confused!

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 4:10 PM, 08.30.2016

Navigating On The Erie Canal

I’ve got an old mule and her name is Sal,

Fifteen years on the Erie Canal,

She’s a good old worker and a good old pal,

Fifteen years on the Erie Canal.

I still remember that song from elementary school. That’s how I first learned of the Erie Canal and I thought maybe someday I’d go and see it

Years go by and I developed a love for history and boating. Visiting relatives gave me an affection for upstate New York. A trifecta that spells Erie Canal.

Fortunately, Gladys was also very interested and we starting seriously thinking about boating the Erie Canal. Over the last couple years, we did some research and drives through New York towns like Lockport and Medina. We contacted the New York Barge Commission, obtained maps and charts, got the 10-day permit, and decided summer 2016 was it.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 4:10 PM, 08.30.2016

The Stage Mother Of All Musicals Opens 2016-2017 Beck Center Season

Beck Center for the Arts proudly opens its 2016-2017 theater season with the campy cult musical "Ruthless!" September 16 through October 16, 2016 in the Mackey Theater. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: PIPPI to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by September 15. This production contains strong language and content.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 4:10 PM, 08.30.2016

Great Lakes Light Opera Brings Dueling Sopranos To The Library

Get ready for dueling divas when Great Lakes Light Opera presents “Mostly Mozart: Diva Edition.” In this epic sing-off, talented singers will duke it out vocally. Great Lakes Light Opera’s concert takes place on Sunday, September 11 at 2 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium. Admission is free and open to all.

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LPL Calendar Of Events

Thursday, September 1
Author Event - "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cleveland" by Diane Stresing

With new hikes and updated text and maps, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Cleveland points hikers to the best outdoor trails and rambles within easy reach of the city. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Hospital Vote Q&A at Lakewood Library Sept. 13

The upcoming free Q&A on November's vote on Lakewood Hospital takes place at Lakewood's main library, 15425 Detroit Ave.

Lakewood’s main library is the place to get informed about the upcoming vote on Lakewood Hospital.

This November, local voters will make a choice for or against a city ordinance closing Lakewood’s publicly owned hospital. With early voting coming up even sooner, voters are invited to learn the details of this choice at a public Q&A, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13.

Everyone attending the free event can take home a voter guide with information from the Board of Elections. Along with the issue number for this vote, which the board will announce in early September, the guide will include ballot language and important voting deadlines. Panelists at the event will talk about these basics as well, along with the facts and background of this big decision.

Following the brief presentation, panelists will take audience questions on any and all aspects of the pending vote. The evening’s panel will feature experienced representatives from law and government, including leaders of Save Lakewood Hospital, a local organization that opposes the hospital closing.

Save Lakewood Hospital spokesman Kevin Young says that “This evening is local democracy at its simplest and best. Community leaders will sit down with neighbors, and discuss the issues and process of an important vote, face to face.”

The Sept. 13 event will take place at Lakewood’s main library, 15425 Detroit Avenue, in the first-floor multipurpose room. (The entrance to the multipurpose room is reached through the children’s department.) Advance registration is required as seating is limited, but all are encouraged to sign-up while spaces last by calling (216) 586-2401. There is no cost to register.

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Roald Dahl Celebration

Sadly, Roald Dahl passed away in 1990, but would have turned one hundred years old this year on September 13, 2016. We’re celebrating Mr. Dahl’s birthday at the Lakewood Public Library with phizz-whizzing crafts based on his scrumdiddlyumptious stories including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, the BFG, the Witches, James and the Giant Peach, The Twits, and the Fantastic Mr. Fox. Choose a craft based on your favorite Roald Dahl story and take it home to show off to your gloriumptious grandparents and frothbuggling friends. It’ll be more fun than a plate of snozzcumbers.

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Does Your Vote Really Count?

In Ohio, we have three safeguards to ensure accurate vote counts: VVPAT, EAP, and a "Noah's Ark" system.

VVPAT. Every Ohio ballot must have a Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). Ohioans vote on either a paper ballot or an electronic screen that produces a paper record. Either way, you can check your vote on paper, and officials can hand-count votes in audits and recounts.

EAP. Before every general election, each county Board of Elections must prepare an Election Administration Plan (EAP) detailing everything from personnel to facilities, supplies, and security. EAPs are available for public review.

Noah's Ark. Ohio requires that all election aspects be administered by teams of two whose members come from different parties, making ours one of the most secure systems in the nation. Bipartisan poll workers count votes for their polling place, sign the results, and post them for the public. A bipartisan team then delivers all the ballots and records to the Board of Elections, where they are double-locked in a room that can only be opened by both the Director and Deputy Director, who must be from different parties. Finally, a bipartisan procedure is followed when mailed-in and provisional ballots are counted ten days after Election Day, for recounts, and for audits.

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