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LCAC Does It Again At Thanksgiving! Food Items & Volunteers Needed For Christmas Food Drive!

Many chilly hands make light work of LCAC's Thanksgiving Foodbasket distribution.

Despite the weather and a malfunctioning truck lift, Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation’s (LCAC) Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution was an amazing success! In the face of plummeting temperatures and freezing rain, a record number of volunteers showed up to help the LCAC to sort and bag non-perishable food items as well as deliver turkeys, potatoes, pies and all the fixings to 300 of our Lakewood neighbors in need so that they could enjoy a full Thanksgiving meal with their families.

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Latest News Releases

Lakewood Man Helps Bring Cleveland's Latest Championship
- Non-Profit, August 6, 2016 Read More
Fall Leaf Collection To Begin on Monday, November 2nd
- City Hall, October 26, 2015 Read More
Mayor, City Council Invite Citizens to Share Ideas for Lakewood’s Downtown Development
- City Hall, August 13, 2015 Read More
Lakewood Catholic Academy to Serve as Grand Marshal of the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade
- City Hall, June 11, 2015 Read More
Pedestrian-Friendly, High-Tech Crossing Device Coming to Manor Park, Detroit Avenue Intersection
- City Hall, April 1, 2015 Read More

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Indoor Track Gets Final Go-Ahead

The Board of Education at its Nov. 21 meeting approved a change order for construction at Lakewood High to include an indoor elevated track. This was the final piece of the puzzle that needed to be completed in order for construction of the track to move ahead.

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Local Food, Handcrafts At LEAF Holiday Market On December 20

Buy local for the holidays! At LEAF’s Holiday Market on Tuesday, December 20, you can find fresh, seasonal produce in addition to a variety of locally made food items and handmade crafts. The market is from5:30-8 p.m. at Garfield Middle School, 13114 Detroit Ave in Lakewood. 

Enjoy local foods for your holiday meals:Order a CSA share of seasonal produce to pick up that evening. (Order in advance by December 13 at cityfresh.org.)

Fuel up for shopping with hot, homemade soups and cookies, available to eat on site.

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Bike Repair Stand At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Public Library recently installed a stainless steel bicycle repair stand. Located in front of the Main Library at 15425 Detroit Avenue, the stand includes an air pump and other tools necessary to perform bicycle repairs and maintenance from inflating or changing flat tires to adjusting brakes and derailleurs.

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Crosstown Hoops Rivalry Returns to a Packed House

After a ten year hiatus, Lakewood and St. Edward renewed their basketball rivalry Friday night at  the Eagles’ Nest. They played their first regular season game since 2006, and the opening night event attracted a packed house. The Rangers and Eagles split the freshman and Junior Varsity games, but the Eagles dominated the varsity contest 106-51.

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Make Something Old, New Again!

Transform a moth-eaten sweater into a cool slouch beanie.

Are you wondering what to do to keep the kids busy during winter break? Bring them to Lakewood Public Library for some upcycling fun! Students in third through eighth grade are invited to join us for Upcycling: from Rags to Riches on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room.

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Poetry Comes Alive At The Library

What was born in France, has thirty-nine lines and repeats itself? A sestina, silly! This poetic form, which dates back to the twelfth century, has been used over the years by poets old and new, including Dante and Petrarch, as well as Ezra Pound, Elizabeth Bishop and John Ashbery.

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They Keep Makin' Me Change My Title!: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 38

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. 

Bad Noids - WBNS: Bad Noids Radio With Your Host Dion Dab - self-released - ?? songs - Cassette

Here's a fun game for you: tell me how many songs you think are on this. Depending on who counts, it could be anywhere from 2 to 22, or maybe even more. So, this tape is a fake radio program that plays only Bad Noids and related music, hosted by Dion Dab, who's played marvelously by Mr. California. There's plenty of Bad Noids, as you would guess, several tunes from a band called Good Grief, who sure do sound a lot like Bad Noids but I guess must have a different drummer or something, because that's how these things work, and one-off appearances from bands like Le Paint Chips and this one real good track called "I'm A Cult Leader" by Bill E. Goat and the something something– I couldn't quite hear what Mr. Calif- or, excuse me, Dion- said here, but it was good. I kinda wanna hear more from this group if there is more. Maybe it was a one-time-only recording or something. Anyway, there's a pleasant mix of stuff here, but it's kinda more of one for the Bad Noids fans. First-time listeners should probably get their new 7" first, or their old 7", or their other old 7", or their LP. But if you're already hip to the Bad Noids thing, you'll enjoy this. 3.9/5

(the only place I know for sure has this is feelitrecordshop.com as a distro cassette, or go see the band on Christmas at Now That's Class and beg for one)

Deutschland Jerky Rave - Deutschland Jerky Rave - The Loki Label - 9 (?) songs - Cassette

This came out a while ago, but I'm just getting around to it now. Sorry. Supposedly there's 9 tracks on this, though I counted fewer (maybe it just flowed so well that I didn't notice the changing of the tracks), and then there's also allegedly a repress with a bonus track, but it's listed online as an EP. I'm not sure how much of any of this is a joke, but considering that Steve Peffer and Mr. California are both involved with this project, there's a good chance that something's screwy. Basically, this tape sounds quite a lot like Factorymen (Mr. Peffer’s previous project), as you'd probably expect. You might want to listen to Factorymen before this to have some context, but I guess it's avant-garde or experimental music, and I don't know how to describe it besides like that. Electronic (?) and/or punk (?) music with a completely bizarre sense of humor (?). Skull Music, as they say. Something about some of these tracks just sounds threatening and I don't know why. Recommended for fans of Factorymen or anyone who wants to hear Mr. California sing "Money For Nothing." I'm looking forward to hopefully hear more from this project in the future. Maybe you just gotta listen to it. Maybe you just gotta be there, man. 4/5

(thelokilabel.storenvy.com)

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Dead Flowers: A Small Consideration On The Heroin Pandemic

“Well when you're sitting back
in your rose-pink Cadillac
Making bets on Kentucky Derby Day
I'll be in my basement room
with a needle and a spoon
And another girl to take my pain away.”

- Mick Jagger/Keith Richards – Dead Flowers

[In the following personal stories, names have been changed for the sake of discretion.]

STEVEN WAS IN THE BACK SEAT when he noticed Amir, riding shotgun, opening his backpack and beginning to assemble his gear. Andy was driving. The three, all around 22, were heading out toward Nelson’s Ledges, getting high on sour diesel, with no destination in mind. “Pull up over here,” Amir told Andy.

“Dude,” said Andy. “You’re not doing that right now.”

“Duuuuude,” mimicked Amir. “Pull up over here.”

Andy finally did so as Amir proceeded with an air of ritual, one which Steven had never seen in person. Amir did his thing—the alcohol swab, the cook, the vein reconnaissance, the tie-off, the spike, the injection—Steven and Andy watching from their respective spots, mesmerized by the flow of motion, the concentration of purpose.

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Advent: A Season of Hope

Can’t It Be December 26 Already? Exploring Hope in Hardship

For some of us, the statement “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” couldn’t be further from the truth. With all the decorations and merriment December brings, the day we’re most anxious for is the 26th.   Grief, apathy and hardship can make the Christmas season anything from annoying to unbearable. So this year, instead of focusing on Christmas day, concentrate on Advent. Advent isn’t about presents, trees, dinners and decorations. It invites you to a place of quiet and reflection. And it challenges you to both look into and past your circumstances.

“Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate,” writes G.K. Chesterton in an essay discussing virtues.1 The difficulty of this statement is obvious. Desperate circumstances seem to call for despair, not hope.

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Advent: A Season of Love

In the year and a half since having my son, I have received a wide range of parenting advice (some solicited and some not), but the most helpful advice was also the simplest: “Just love him lots.” It sounds easy but has proved to be unexpectedly challenging. From sleep training to tantrums, I find myself regularly wondering how best to “love him lots.” Is it through discipline and firm boundaries? Is it through tenderness and letting go of my plans for the day? Most often I have found the truest love to be somewhere within a difficult balance of many extremes.

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Cowen Pottery At The Lakewood Public Library

A piece of history originated and resides here in Lakewood. Cowan Pottery Studio was one of the leading potteries in the 1920s. Reginald Guy Cowan was born to a family of potters. His great fondness of pottery led him to establish a studio in a barn on Euclid and E. 107th Street. In 1913, he discontinued teaching to move his pottery to Nicholson Avenue in Lakewood. He closed his pottery studio to serve in the United States Armed Forces between 1917-19.

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Haircuts From The Heart At Reagle Beagle

The Reagle Beagle is hosting their 5th annual “Haircuts from the Heart” charity event on Sunday December 11th from 12 pm - 2 pm. During this event we will be doing complimentary haircuts for underprivileged men and boys of all ages. Our stylists will be dressed up as elves and we will have Santa and Mrs. Claus as well. Santa will be handing out gifts to the kids. There will be food and drinks that local businesses have donated. During the whole month of November and until the 31st of December the Reagle Beagle is collecting canned goods for our local food bank, as well as gently used or new coats, and new unwrapped toys.

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Analysis Shows Ohio Workers Will Suffer From GOP Unemployment Compensation Plan

State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) recently spoke out against proposed changes to Ohio’s unemployment compensation fund because the legislation unfairly punishes workers. A fiscal analysis of SB 374, conducted by the non-partisan Legislative Service Commission (LSC), found that the financial burden for getting the unemployment fund to solvency would fall 83% on workers and only 17% on business owners.

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Window Display Enhances Historic Curtis Block Building

Walk past the historic Curtis Block building at 14501 Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood and you’ll notice an attractive new window display. This vibrant addition to the urban landscape represents a culmination of a collaborative effort spanning months.

LakewoodAlive’s Design Committee worked with the City of Lakewood to activate the Curtis Block’s storefront windows. The end result: A beautiful window display installed just in time for Light Up Lakewood on Dec. 3.   

The Design Committee – consisting of Chair Robert Donaldson, Randy Doi, Bryan Evans, Chris Frohring, Bili Kribbs, Dru McKeown, Marcia Moll, Jim Pinter, Heather Rudge, Rick Sicha and LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews – sought to enhance the aesthetic appeal of this architecturally significant building, which was constructed during the early 20th century and has been designated as a historic structure.

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Want To Add Solar To Your Home For A Discount? Find Out More At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood residents will have the opportunity to learn about adding solar panels to their homes at discount prices at an upcoming forum at Lakewood Public Library.

Lakewood residents will have the opportunity to learn about adding solar panels to their homes at discount prices at an upcoming forum at Lakewood Public Library.

Northeast Ohio company YellowLite solar will present information about the benefits of solar and how residents can get bulk rate prices as part of the Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op at the Library main branch on Thursday, December 15th at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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Queen And King Of Light Up Lakewood 2016

Queen Sarah Bene

Lakewood High School Juniors Sarah Bene and Abe Dalisky Honored on December 3

Lakewood High School juniors Sarah Bene and Abe Dalisky have been named Light Up Lakewood Queen and King for 2016. Students chosen for this honor have demonstrated their love for Lakewood through providing outstanding service to the community. In addition to reigning over the Light Up Lakewood Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3, Sarah and Abe were both awarded $500 scholarships sponsored by Plantation Home in Downtown Lakewood. Both winners have agreed to provide at least 24 hours of service to the community during the coming year.

This is the fifth year that David Stein, owner of Plantation Home and Cotton, and President of the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance (DLBA), has sponsored the scholarship. Stein states, “It's an honor for us to encourage the youth of our community, and to thank them for their commitment to volunteerism.”

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Support Class of 2019's Easter Seals Drive

Lakewood High's Class of 2019 is hosting a fundraiser with Easter Seals for the sophomore class. An Easter Seals truck will be in the North Lot on Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations of clothing as well as housewares, personal accessories, shoes, purses, books, and toys will be collected. Furniture, stuffed animals, pillows, construction material, or food are not permitted.

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'Tis the Season At Beck Center For The Arts

Beck Center for the Arts is fully prepared for the rapidly approaching holidays this season. With plenty of opportunities to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year, Beck Center is here to help. Ranging from handmade artwork, gift cards, theater tickets, and more…there are numerous options to suit all styles and age groups!

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LPL Calendar of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, December 7
Art to Go: Artists of Our Region

Cleveland Museum of Art staff and trained volunteers will visit the Library with genuine art objects from the museum’s collection. Patrons will be introduced to 20th-century artists who studied and worked at local cultural institutions, schools, and production workshops such as the Cleveland Institute of Art, Karamu House, Huntington Polytechnic, and Cowan Pottery Studio. These interactive sessions offer a unique hands-on experience, engaging learners of all ages. Registration is required. Call (216) 226-8275, ext. 127 to register.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Comic Crash Course

For students in fifth through eighth grade

Join us for a four-week crash course in writing, illustrating, and publishing comic books. Registration required.

Thursday, December 8 through December 29, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors

For school-age children

Bone up on your reading skills by reading to a dog. Drop in for a one-to-one session with one of our dogs and owners that have been certified through Therapy Dogs International.

Saturday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room.

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Our "Bin" Memories

An open letter to all former employees and trainees of Nature's Bin/Cornucopia Inc.

As "The Bin" closed it's doors for good on November 12, 2016, may we take some time to recall old memories. In my heart, "it's see ya soon" from this Bin grad. For others …hearts are broken, as this is a funeral of an institution that provided work and friendship for so many. Please remember that when one door closes, another will open. New, exciting adventures await. Just like little kid's, "let's embrace this new era of uncertainty with wide-eyed eagerness, optimism, and willingness to venture into the unknown."

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Olympian Makorobondo Salukombo Named Grand Marshal for Light Up Lakewood 2016 Holiday Parade

Makorobondo Salukombo represented his native Democratic Republic of the Congo by running the marathon during the 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo courtesy of Makorobondo Salukombo)

Whether running a road race or carrying his native country’s flag, Makorobondo "Dee" Salukombo is no stranger to being in the lead. Now he’s poised to lead the parade at the center of Lakewood’s longtime holiday tradition.

LakewoodAlive announces that Dee has been selected to serve as Grand Marshal for the holiday parade taking place during Light Up Lakewood 2016 on Saturday, December 3, in Downtown Lakewood. A 2008 Lakewood High School graduate who starred in track and cross country, Dee represented his native Democratic Republic of the Congo by running the marathon during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dee arrived in the United States in 2004 as a refugee from Congo, where a devastating Civil War has resulted in millions of lost lives. Despite enduring immense challenges in his youth, Dee flourished at Lakewood High and also graduated from Denison University, earning All-American status. Dee has since founded Project Kirotshe, which seeks to provide better educational and athletic opportunities for children in Kirotshe, Congo, where he was born.

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90 Attendees Pack Lakewood Public Library For Community Forum Regarding Heroin Epidemic

“You never know when a miracle will happen.” The Honorable Patrick Carroll, Lakewood Municipal Judge, stated this optimistic phrase several times in reference to the eternal hope that any heroin addict can overcome this seemingly insurmountable disease.

Hope served as an overarching theme Thursday evening, Nov. 10, when 90 attendees gathered at Lakewood Public Library for a community forum entitled “The Heroin Epidemic: Understanding Impact and Options.” Presented by LakewoodAlive, this public forum sought to discuss how our collective efforts can make a significant impact on the lives of those impacted by the devastating effects of heroin use.

Moderator William Denihan, CEO for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, led a thoughtful discussion that included both panelist insight and questions submitted by members of the audience.  When Denihan asked how

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A Beginner’s Guide To Attending Light Up Lakewood

This map illustrates the layout for Light Up Lakewood 2016 in Downtown Lakewood. (Design by Convey360)

Greetings, first-time Light Up Lakewood attendee. You’re in for a real treat. 

Don’t be surprised if your enthusiasm upon reaching Detroit Avenue nears Buddy The Elf levels.  Light Up Lakewood – a fun-filled fixture within Lakewood’s downtown district each December for the last decade – represents one of the preeminent holiday events in Northeast Ohio. If it’s not the most wonderful time of the year, it comes awfully close.

But before you join 25,000 of your closest friends at LakewoodAlive’s dazzling community festival on Dec. 3, there are some things you should know.  Consider this cheat sheet a gift to be unwrapped prior to the first Saturday in December. Here’s your beginner’s guide to attending Light Up Lakewood 2016.

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Consider North Coast Health On #GivingTuesday

Joe came to North Coast Health’s flu shot clinic in early November. "Next year, I will be paying to help others receive a flu vaccine," he said. A year ago, Joe had a small stroke which resulted in him losing his job as a driver in the transportation industry. He also lost his health insurance. Joe shared how thankful he was to find North Coast Health, and how the medical care he received made a difference. Joe shared, "It has been a year; and once I get back on the road, I plan to repay you for your services. I want to give back, to help others.” Joe thanks North Coast Health for being there when he needed it most and for helping to get him back in the driver’s seat! 

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District Invites Senior Citizens To Holiday Breakfast

Are you curious about what's happening in our public schools? Would you like to see how our new elementary buildings look? How about hearing some fantastic music from some very talented students? If so, and you are a senior citizen, then this free event is for you! Senior citizens of the community are invited to a holiday breakfast hosted by Superintendent Jeff Patterson on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 9:30 am at Grant Elementary School, 1470 Victoria Ave. The event will feature music by Lakewood High students and an update on district activities, including school construction. Please RSVP by Nov. 29 by calling 216-529-4074 or sending an email to christine.gordillo@lakewoodcityschools.org.

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Toole Takes Conference Coach Of Year Honors

As Lakewood High School varsity sports transition from fall to winter season, it’s time to salute those from the fall season who earned conference honors. The group is led by Southwestern Conference boys’ cross country Coach of the Year Stephanie Toole, who helped guide her team to the SWC championship. For the athletes, five Rangers led the way as 1st Team honorees.

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LHS Grad's Musical Hits Broadway

The Ranger Way has made it to the Great White Way! Class of 1994 graduate David Malloy wrote the book and score for the musical, “Natasha & Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812,” which opened on Nov. 15 in Broadway’s Imperial Theater. The production earned rave reviews after its Opening Night.

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Comics Crash Course For Kids

The Lakewood Public Library is hosting a brief series aimed at helping young aspiring comic creators to focus their ideas and create a short comic in four simple stages. The program will encompass conceptualization, character creation, development of both written and visual narrative, as well as ideas about self-publishing and other ways to get their work out there. In four weeks we will work through each stage while creating our comic strips. Kids who are inspired by their favorite webcomic, syndicated comic strip, comic book or graphic novel are encouraged to join up and try their hand at writing and drawing their own comic.

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Gone To The Dogs

A beginner reader cuddles up with a therapy dog.

Lakewood Public Library hasn’t gone to the dogs, they are coming to us on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Every second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. school-age children may enjoy reading books to a few four-legged friends at Tail Waggin’ Tutors, a literacy program for beginner readers to bone up on their reading skills by sharing a book or two with therapy dogs certified through Therapy Dogs International.

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Lego® League

For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)

Use LPL’s collection of Lego® Bricks and your own imagination to create fabulous new structures and designs each month. No registration, but numbered tickets will be given out first-come, first-served.

Sunday, December 4, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

Comic Crash Course

For students in fifth through eighth grade

Join us for a four-week crash course in writing, illustrating, and publishing comic books. Registration required.

Thursday, December 8 through December 29, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

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First Annual Rockin' Reverse Raffle To Benefit The Lakewood Music Boosters

Lakewood Music Boosters will be hosting the first Rockin’ Reverse Raffle on Friday November 18th at Brennan’s Party Center (13000 Triskett Rd., Cleveland, OH). Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 and include one buffet dinner and one ticket to the $2,500 grand prize raffle. Additional dinners are available for $45. With $6000 available in cash prizes, up to 400 people are expected to attend this inaugural event! Entertainment will be provided by Big & Wild Productions.

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LPL Calendar Of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, November 24
Thanksgiving Day – Library Closed

Library closed in observance of Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 26
Film - "Down Periscope" (1996)

Due to a bet by his superiors, Lt. Commander Tom Dodge (Kelsey Grammer) is finally put in command of a submarine of his own. But, it’s an old junk box of a submarine: the U.S.S. Stingray. With a ragtag bunch of sailors and a bit unconventional in his tactics, Dodge must outsmart his competitors for a chance to command a nuclear sub of his own.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

Sunday, November 27
Film -
"Earth, Water, Woman" (2013)
Three decades ago, Akilah Jaramogi settled on a barren, deforested hillside in Trinidad and Tobago. She and her late husband, Tacuma, started a family and reforested over 125 acres. "Earth, Water, Woman" tells the inspiring story of a sustainable agro-forestry community led by Akilah called Fondes Amandes.
2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Ho-Ho-Ho Where To Go For Breakfast With Santa

The holidays are such a busy time of the year that actually slowing down for family fun can be a hard thing to do.  Never fear, the Friends of St. James offer you and your family and friends, an opportunity for good food, crafts, stories with Mrs. Claus, visits with Santa and a photo for remembrance!

Where can such a good time be had? Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at Brennan's Party Center, 13000 Triskett Road, on the Cleveland/Lakewood border. Please come and enjoy some family or just friends time starting at 9 a.m. continuing until 11:30 a.m.

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Unsolved Murders Author Chronicles Cold Cases

“Murders and disappearances dig holes in the hearts of those family members and friends who are left behind to sort things out,” Jane Ann Turzillo writes in the introduction to her book Unsolved Murders and Disappearances in Northeast Ohio. “As time goes on, new cases come to the forefront and the old ones get pushed aside. They become nothing more than forgotten papers in a dusty attic or basement record rooms.”

Turzillo, who will speak on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium, tells ten forgotten stories in her book—eight that involve “deceit, treachery, and murder” and two about children who “vanished without a trace.”

These include Louise Wolf and Mabel Foote, two Parma teachers, who, while walking to work one winter morning, were bludgeoned to death by a maniac, and then, there’s the Carnival Girl, whose body was “cast off like a rag doll” on an East Liverpool road in 1944.

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Calling All Artists

Lakewood Council of PTA's is once again hosting the Reflections Art Program. Reflections is sponsored by National PTA and promotes creativity through the arts from preschool through graduation. Each year students from Lakewood Schools submit entries to their school where a chairperson organizes and judges the entries. Council receives 20 entries from each school and judges those entries to be submitted for state and possibly national recognition. Every student is recognized for their accomplishments and for their participation and achievement in the arts.

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Letter To The Editor: The Electoral College

It has been said that people get the government they deserve. This may be true. Many Americans who are more interested in the performance of their sports teams than they are in their government. A democracy can't work unless citizens take part in it. They should take the time to learn about candidates' qualifications and evaluate issues. They should be concerned that all citizens should be able to vote and that everyone's vote should count. That is far from the case in the U.S. today. Even in presidential years voter turnout is abysmally low.

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Oingo Boingo Ain't Oi: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 37

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.

Bad Noids - It's A Doggie Bag World - Feel It Records - 3 songs - 7", download

I wasn't expecting a new Bad Noids record this year, but I'm happy there was one. Side A is taken by one song only (a Bad Noids first) with the great punk tune "Into The Future." It doesn't really sound like the Bad Noids of the past, as in it's not some goofy hardcore thing, but it's really good. A nice optimistic song for our future, I guess. Also, it's got an excellent music video. Side B immediately lets us know that if we were worried that the Noid boys had left their "Everything From Soup To Dessert" stylings behind, we have nothing to fear. "Twelve Years Old" is a real nice hardcore ripper, though I'd like to point out that they already used the "I hate my job, I hate my boss" lyric on "Generic Song" from their previous 7" (except there, they followed it with "I hate my girl" and a line I won't repeat here instead of "I hate water, it gets me wet" like they do here). "My Friend Greg" brings out the cheerful inanity that you know and either love or hate from the group. This might be the most consistent Bad Noids record I've heard yet, but I should probably go back and listen to "Everything…" again just to be sure. Also, I think Feel It did a really nice job with the packaging for this one. 4.5/5

(feelitrecordshop.com to purchase, feelitrecords.bandcamp.com if you prefer your delights digitally)

 

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Ranger Boys Looking Forward To Hoops Season

Ranger Head Coach Alex Cammock during a team scrimmage at Garfield Middle School.

High school basketball season is right around the corner. Second year head coach Alex Cammock is preparing the Lakewood boys team for their upcoming season, which will begin with a road game at St. Edward on December 2nd. The Rangers will again play their home games this season at Harding Middle School due to construction at Lakewood High School. The new high school gym will be ready for the opening of the 2017-18 basketball season.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Lakewood Community Recreation & Education Department - Youth & Adult Athletic Commission Volunteer Openings

The Lakewood Community Recreation & Education Department is in the process of filling two (2) vacancies on the Youth Athletic Commission (YAC) and one (1) vacancy on the Adult Athletic Commission (AAC). The ideal candidate(s) should have expertise and/or experience in the areas of recreation, education, or general program participation. All interested candidates must reside in Lakewood. Monthly meetings, subcommittee work, as well as participation in community events, are among the time requirements. 

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Volume 12, Issue 25, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Advent: A Season Of Light

We are fast approaching a season of light. From the twinkle of Christmas lights, to the flicker of Advent candles, to the metaphorical glow on children’s faces, we are coming upon a time filled with light. However the irony isn’t lost: the days are shorter, the nights longer, and a cloudy gloom is building over the lake. The winter darkness is settling and Advent comes during the bitterest of those times.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

“Christmas Secret”

I know a Christmas Secret,

I think all of you should know,

And being the nice guy that I am,

This secret, I’m going to show;

It’s all about “Light Up Lakewood”,

And why it shows up every year,

Plus all the work that makes it great,

That brings this Christmas cheer;

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Give The Gift Of The Arts At Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts is fully prepared for the rapidly approaching holidays this season. With plenty of opportunities to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year, Beck Center is here to help. Ranging from handmade artwork, gift cards, theater tickets, and more…there are numerous options to suit all styles and age groups!

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Bad Government 10: 54.5% Of Lakewood Voters Did Not Vote For Issue 64

It’s clear that Issue 64 passed, but by a slim margin of 702 votes (3%). That’s according to the still unofficial Cuyahoga County Board of elections results. Issue 64 was a referendum created by Lakewood voters seeking to repeal the City Hall ordinance adopting the Master Agreement that closed Lakewood Hospital. One-hundred percent of Lakewood elected officials, the Cleveland Clinic, the Lakewood Hospital Association, most of Cuyahoga County officials, nearly every media outlet and nearly every special interest group in Lakewood supported the “For 64” campaign.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Sounds Of Season Highlights Winter Concert Slate

A scene from Sounds of the Season 2015.

The popular Lakewood High School Sounds of the Season concert returns for its fourth year when the top ensembles of Lakewood High School’s George P. Read Music Department take the stage on Dec. 14 & 15. This recent holiday concert tradition features our top high school musicians in choir, band and orchestra. Joining the high school ensembles will be an elementary choir and a trio of high school drama students will perform monologues. The concert, which is the same both nights, begins at 7:30 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Santa Paws Ready For Pet Portraits

photo credit: Portraits by Martha

This pup believes in Santa Paws.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Paws and he is absolutely coming to town! North Pole official Ms. Dasher has confirmed he will pose for portraits with his animal friends and their humans on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Santa Paws, along with assistants Mr. Dancer and Ms. Prancer, will be at Pet's General Store, 16821 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH from 1:00 to 5:00 PM for the holiday meet and greet. The annual fundraising event is organized by Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park, Inc. (FLDP) and hosted by our friends at Pet's General Store.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Holiday Book Sale

It’s time for our famous bag of books sale! Saturday, December 3 is the Bag Sale starting at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Main Library Friends Book Sale Room located in the basement The price is just $3 a bag! Our sale this time around is just stuffed to the brim with amazing finds. It’s the perfect chance to get ready for the cold winter months with tons of great reading material for such a bargain!

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Eagles Fall in Playoff OT Thriller

Eagle senior running back Curtis Szelesta had 167 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the game.

St. Edward and St. Ignatius added another chapter to their epic football rivalry Friday night, as the Wildcats defeated the Eagles 38-31 in an overtime playoff thriller.  The loss ended St. Edward’s bid to win a third consecutive Division 1 state championship. The Eagles season ends with a final record of 9-3, two of the losses coming to their west side rivals. St. Ignatius advanced to play Olentangy Liberty in the state semifinal on Friday night.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 7:17 AM, 11.19.2016

Donald Trump Upsets The Establishment To Become 45th President, Issue 64 Passes

Mayor Michael P. Summers and Brian Essi working the polls at Lakewood Woman's Pavilion.

In an unprecedented election cycle both nationally and locally, in terms of excitement, election night did not disappoint. From the start, as the results rolled in, the most controversial and most closely watched races were razor thin. At the top of the ticket, Lakewood and Cuyahoga County were unsurprisingly strongly for Clinton, but around 10:30 p.m. the state of Ohio was called for Trump. Locally, Issue 64 (the Lakewood Hospital issue) remained within a 4-6 percentage point spread throughout the night with less than 1,000 votes separating the “for” and “against” camps. Another statewide race worth noting is for Ohio Supreme Court Justice. Lakewoodite John P. O’Donnell ran a strong campaign, but ended up with a 0.6% difference between himself and Pat Fischer.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 10:49 AM, 11.10.2016

LHS Model UN Team Takes Top Awards At Conference

The Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club performed very well at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference Nov, 2nd and 3rd at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Senior Zach Dudzik, representing the United Kingdom, won the “Gavel” as the most outstanding delegate in the UN World Health Organization Committee. 

Senior Rachel Daso and sophomore Elizabeth Halko, representing Russia, won an Excellent Award in the UN Economic and Social Council as did junior Kevin Cush and freshman Evan Bell, representing Mexico, in the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Committee. Seniors Ian Bell and Evan Sutell, representing the United States, won an Excellent Award in the highly competitive Security Council. Seniors Albert Foster and Erica Farr-Miralia, representing Thailand, won an Honorable Mention Award in the World Health Organization as did sophomore Mia Boland and freshman Tully Worron in the UN High Commission on Refugees.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

Five Key Takeaways From LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home: Bathroom Remodeling” Workshop

There was a packed house at Cleveland Lumber Company for LakewoodAlive's "Knowing Your Home: Bathroom Remodeling" workshop.

Longtime contractor Gary Lack glanced at the assembly of people before posing the question: “How many of you are living in a house built prior to 1940?”

When nearly every hand shot up, Lack immediately knew his audience. “This must be a Lakewood crowd.”

It was a packed house and a Lakewood group indeed when 40 attendees gathered for LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home: Bathroom Remodeling” workshop on Saturday morning, Oct. 22, at Cleveland Lumber Company. Lack led an insightful discussion regarding best practices for upgrading a residential bathroom.

Now in its third year, LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home” workshop series draws hundreds of attendees annually to learn home maintenance best practices. Our workshop series is generously supported by: Citizens Bank, City of Lakewood, Cleveland Lumber Company, Fifth Third Bank, First Federal Lakewood, PNC, Remax Beyond 2000, The University of Akron Lakewood and Third Federal Savings & Loan.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016