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Patterson Named Ohio Superintendent Of Year

Lakewood City Schools Superintendent Jeffrey W. Patterson has been selected as the 2015 Ohio Superintendent of the Year by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators for his leadership of the 5,500-student district.

“I am honored and humbled. This award speaks volumes about the accomplishments of our students, the quality of our staff and the commitment from the Lakewood community and our Board of Education,” Patterson said.

Patterson became Superintendent in 2011 after serving five years as Lakewood’s Assistant Superintendent. Prior to coming to Lakewood, he served as Superintendent of the Orrville City School District for six years.

Patterson has provided effective leadership as the district passed both a bond and an operating levy in the same year with overwhelming support; increased student achievement, particularly for the district’s most at-risk students; landed in the top 2% of public school districts for yearly academic growth; and oversaw negotiations with the district’s professional unions that have helped put the district on strong financial footing.

Patterson has continued the Lakewood Schools’ legacy of engaging the community in major decisions that affect the district. He has earned a reputation of being forthright and transparent through his many community meetings. He is a member of the Lakewood community and is involved in a number of community organizations including the economic development group LakewoodAlive, the Lakewood Council of PTAs and Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 12:53 PM, 11.11.2014

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Lakewood To Honor Veterans On November 11th At Lakewood Park
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Mayor Summers Shares Concerns Over Increased Train Traffic in Lakewood
- City Hall, November 5, 2014 Read More
Lakewood Honors Fallen Firefighters in Annual Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, October 5th
- City Hall, September 30, 2014 Read More
National Merit Scholars Head List of LHS Academic Stars
- Board of Education, September 25, 2014 Read More
DNA Ties Serial Rapist to Aug. 30 Sexual Assault in Lakewood
- City Hall, September 25, 2014 Read More

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Cleveland Vegan Opens In November

I wil be opening my locally-owned catering service, Cleveland Vegan, in a storefront and café in the west end of Lakewood by the end of this month.

The location, at 17112 Detroit Avenue near the Beck Center for the Performing Arts, will be Lakewood’s FIRST ALL-VEGAN café. It will offer daily takeaway selections such as salads, soups, smoothies, sandwiches, fresh juices, bakery sweets, and a sit down brunch service on  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

I couldn’t be more excited to bring people healthy, nurturing, and accessible meals. This storefront is the fruition of several years of hard work and we cannot wait to provide a healthy option for people.

Cleveland Vegan is a Lakewood-based business and has been in operation as an all-vegan catering company and personal chef service since August 2012. Its offerings exclude animal products such as meat, dairy and even honey, since it is produced by bees. We have catered events from weddings to corporate lunches to private parties. We also offer a specialized meal delivery service for individuals and families who need assistance in meal planning and preparation.

There is a growing demand for this kind of eating as people become more conscious of their personal health, and also the negative impacts of animal farming on the environment and of course the animals themselves.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 12:53 PM, 11.11.2014

Council Clashes Over Hens

Council President, and Ward IV Councilwoman, Mary Louise Madigan called the November 3, 2014 Council meeting to order at 7:32 P.M. For a civic meeting that tends to have little to no audience, the City Hall Auditorium was quite full of people. The topic of interest that brought them all there and was sure to be the main topic of the meeting? Chickens.

The meeting started off simply enough with a report from the Committee of the Whole presented by Councilwoman Madigan. Three topics were discussed in the meeting. First an update from the Planning and Development Department was presented by Director Dru Siley. The second item was discussion on the report from the Civil Service Commission that was received over the summer regarding mayoral and council salaries - a topic that was discussed in great length in the August 21 issue of this column. Based on the recommendation by the Commission, Councilwoman Madigan submitted a draft ordinance that would increase Council's salary for consideration. The last item discussed was the proposed third amended charter. All members of Council had reviewed the document and they discussed the next steps. There will be a number of ordinances coming forth from the process and lots of public education that will take place before it is placed on the ballot in November of 2015.

Council filed the report.

The next topic on the agenda was the reason everyone was there. Councilman David Anderson (Ward I) delivered a report from the Housing Committee on a resolution that would create a pilot program for domestic hen-keeping in Lakewood. He began his report by summarizing the process. The Housing Committee met four times to discuss this topic. All members of the Committee attended all the meetings and all the members of Council attended most of them. Several members of the community attended the meetings and offered their thoughts on the topic in both verbal and written statements, all of which have all been placed into the public record.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 12:53 PM, 11.11.2014

District Survey Seeks Input On School Calendar

During this school year, a Lakewood City Schools committee is studying the concept of a longer school day and/or a modified school calendar to provide opportunities to reach the goal of becoming one of the Top 20 school districts in Ohio. The committee's charge is to gather input from all stakeholders in the community. Please take the following survey to help the committee focus its work and gauge reactions to a variety of calendar ideas:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7R56SCS

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Improving The Tree Canopy In Lakewood

The Lakewood Tree Task Force is putting its roots down in Lakewood.

As the city’s aging trees begin to die — many of them planted around the same time, 100 years ago — many of the warm and inviting canopies have disappeared.

The city’s forestry department and Lakewood Tree Task Force have developed a comprehensive strategy to improve the tree canopy and add diversity to the variety of species around the city.

In just two years, the organization has already helped plant dozens of trees at Madison and Lakewood parks, presented 19 recommendations to Lakewood City Council supporting tree legislation and worked with the city’s forestry department to plant nearly 600 trees around Lakewood.

The city’s strategy also includes an effort to prepare the city for climate change, add diversity to the urban forest, withstand pest infestations and storms, and add in trees with more fall colors. More trees also means less storm water runoff.

The current Lakewood tree canopy has been assessed by satellite at 28.5 percent.

“It’s good for a high-density, urban area,” said Chris Perry, the city’s public works unit manager, who oversees the forestry department. “But we can do better.”

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Sticking Together

Hey teens! Do you find yourself gazing longingly at the many unique prints and patterns of duct tape on display at every store you walk into, wondering how you can work some of that delightful sticky stuff into your life?

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Rare Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Museum Of Divine Statues

What happens to statues and other religious artifacts when a church closes its doors? Luckily, many formerly unwanted statues have found a new home with Lou McClung at the Museum of Divine Statues, located at 12905 Madison Avenue. On Wednesday, November 19 at 7 p.m., Lou McClung offers a rare look behind the scenes at the Museum as he gives a step-by-step tour of the restoration process.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Fall Sports Participants Honored At Football Senior Night; Rangers Fall To Midview

Senior members of Lakewood High School’s fall sports teams were honored on October 24 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium in a ceremony held before the final home football game of the season. Seniors from the golf, soccer (boys and girls), volleyball, girls tennis, cross country (boys and girls), and football teams were introduced and took the field with family members. Senior cheerleaders and marching band members were also recognized for their years of commitment to the program.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Teaching Wildflowers

If you have ever found yourself contemplating the effects of our education system on today’s upcoming generation, and furthermore considered the role that empathy and compassion play in our school systems and those that run them, don’t miss the Libraries next meet the author program. Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium Author Judy Fitch will be presenting our program featuring her celebrated book, WildFlowers: a memoir of an inner city high school teacher. 

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Should Middle School Students Be Drug Tested?

If it comes to life or death, every little thing counts. In a study, Newsworks reports they found that only about 1 percent of 8th graders say they have ever used drugs, and only about 14 percent said that they have ever drunk alcohol, other than in religious ceremonies. Among students who were tested for drugs and alcohol, 6 percent said they had ever consumed alcohol. These are middle school kids, kids who have a wonderful life ahead of them. One of these 6 percent could be the next world known actor/actress, one could be the first female president, one could even be the first to solve the unsolvable.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Holding Multiple Realities

As I reflect on people’s attitudes regarding the event in Ferguson I am struck by how challenging it is for people to see more than one side of a situation. This event reminded me of one of the most crucial concepts introduced in the CSU Masters in Diversity Program, the importance of being able to hold multiple realities. It’s the idea that conflicting realities can simultaneously exist and both can be valid. Very rarely in life can you synthesize events to simply one polarity or the other; in this case black or white when there is so much in the gray area. There is ALWAYS more to the story.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

How Thankful Are You?

We often overlook the greatest gift we have everyday... to be born in the United States of America in this time in history. We could have been born in the Depression, or during the Civil War, but we need to be thankful for being here now. I was guilty of taking so much for granted when, in March 2011, my good friend Angie sent me an email that changed my life. I don't know the author of the email, but the thoughts really put my life into perspective. I wish to share these facts with you:

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Annual Lakewood Holiday Lighting Contest

Want to get into the Holiday spirit? Join Lakewood Council of PTAs in the 2nd Annual Lakewood Holiday Lighting Contest sponsored by KB Confections! Dust off your wreaths and start checking those light bulbs because we want to literally light up our city with all your festive light displays!

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Enhance Your Thanksgiving Season With These Two Free Wellness Workshops

The holiday season is supposed to be full of joy, giving, and merry attitudes. Instead, the stress levels are reaching an all-time high!  With all the shopping, cooking, baking, traveling, decorating, and shoveling through tons of stores (and snow!), it can be very easy to forget to stay healthy and take care of yourself. As a result, many are left with decreased immune systems, increased stress levels, and a few overcooked cookies! Don't lose your sanity this season! 

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Dancing In Lakewood

Dancing in Lakewood.

Have you noticed that after months of construction there’s new life and light in the old Teen Health Center on the corner of Westwood and Madison? Silhouette School of Dance recently reopened there as Dance Lakewood. The fresh new logo, look, and completely renovated location represent the studio’s updated curriculum and offerings.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Pink Out Pay Out

Lakewood High Student Council recently presented the Favre Family a check for $2,000 made out to the Bright Pink Foundation in Chicago, where the Favres' daughter Stephany is battling breast cancer. Pictured are Gladys Favre, Leslie Favre Krogman (in pink shirts) and Leslie's son James. They are joined by Student Council officers (from left) Caroline Jarrous, Elliot Jarrous, Tess Jones, Samia Shaheen and Abe Fattah.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

LHS' Dr. G. Authors Chapter In Book On Teaching

Lakewood High School Social Studies teacher Chuck Greanoff has written a chapter that is included in the recently published book, “Why We Teach Now.” The book is edited by Sonia Nieto, published by Teachers College Press of Columbia University and features 22 teachers from across the nation that “dare to challenge current notions of what it means to be a highly qualified teacher a la No Child Left behind, and demonstrates the depth of commitment and care teachers bring to their work with students, families and communities.”

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

LEAF Grant To Help Emerson Students Dig Into Composting

Lakewood Earth and Food Community (LEAF) has awarded Emerson Elementary teacher Christine Karabinus a $500 grant that will allow Karabinus and her fourth grade classroom to learn about sustainable agriculture through composting. The grant will enable Karabinus to purchase a composting tumbler, a worm composter, worms, trowels and other supplies needed for the year-long project.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

LHS Model UN Club Claims Top Awards

The Lakewood High Model United Nations Club did outstanding at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference Fall Conference held October 30 & 31, finishing third out of 12 teams participating. Leading the way were seniors Charlotte Hisel and Laert Fezjullari who each won the Gavel — the highest possible award —  in their respective committees.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Dance Alliance Of Beck Center To Host Afternoon Reception And Acoustic Concert

The Dance Alliance of Beck Center invites you to Afternoon Reception & Acoustic Concert with Dolinar Spahija on Sunday, November 23. This social event will take place at 3 p.m. in the intimate Studio Theater at Beck Center. Tickets, which include one drink ticket, are $25. Appetizers and beverages will be served as a concert featuring the internationally and classically trained Spahija takes place. All proceeds benefit the Dance Alliance of Beck Center.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Festive Opportunities With Beck Center Dance Education This Season

Beck Center Dance Education brings in the holiday season as they present "A Journey with Clara to the Land of Sweets" and their popular bi-annual Holiday Tea Party. With several dates and times to choose from, you can find what is right for you and your family below.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Special Thanks To The Corporate Sponsors Of The Scarecrow Festival

Lakewood Kiwanis and Uptown Lakewood would like to give a special shout out of thanks to First Federal of Lakewood, Slife Heating and Cooling, LakewoodAlive, Broestl & Wallis and Geigers for their Corporate Sponsorship of the Scarecrow Festival, as well as the 83 businesses, community organizations and individuals that joined forces for the Second Annual Scarecrow Festival 2014. “We always want to be part of any Madison Avenue project, and we like to support Lakewood Kiwanis,“ said Jeff Broestl, owner of Broestl & Wallis Fine Jewelry.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Final Tour Of 1917 LHS Building

The 1917 Lakewood High School Building will be open for one last tour and Open House on Saturday, December 6. Tours begin at 10am outside the L Room. The Open House will conclude at 3 p.m. The Ranger Shop will be open.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Lakewood High School Grad Honored For Soccer Play At Tri-C

Lakewood High School graduate, Andrei Plop was recently recognized for his performance during his second season with Tri-C.

Lakewood High School graduate, Andrei Plop earned second-team all-conference honors this fall while playing soccer for Cuyahoga Community College. The Ohio Community College Athletic Conference recently recognized Plop for his performance during his second season with Tri-C, where he played midfielder and defender while serving as team captain. Plop scored four goals and added two assists for the Challengers.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

An Evening With Artist David Deming

Internationally renowned sculptor David Deming is opening up his gallery and studio on Thursday, November 20 at the Lake Erie Building at Templar Industrial Park, 13000 Athens Avenue, Lakewood. Doors open at 5:30 pm. A gallery talk begins at 6 p.m. Enjoy refreshments while viewing David’s eclectic and extensive collection and learning about his accomplished life.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

For Second Year, CPT/Y-Haven To Showcase Theatre Talents Of Homeless Men In Transition At Lakewood Congregational; Free Performance On November 16

The 15-year partnership between Cleveland Public Theatre and Y-Haven introduces theatre arts to homeless men recovering from substance abuse and mental health challenges.

When Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT)’s Education Department and the homeless men served by Y-Haven collaborate on a dramatic project, the results are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Westshore Career And Technical School Students Get Hands On Experience At O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood

Two mornings a week, O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood is a sea of purple scrubs as high school students with their State Tested Nursing Assistants license visit our facility and implement the skills they have learned during the school year. About 20 high school seniors from the cities of Bay Village, Lakewood, Rocky River, and Westlake shadow and help State Tested Nursing Aides (STNAs) at O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood as part of their Health Career Technology Program. Instructor, Jacqueline Smith, RN, MSN has been bringing her students from Westshore Career and TechnicalSchool to O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood for over nine years. Her students are able to apply proficiencies learned in the classroom to practical experience in a health care setting.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Vendors Sought For New Vendor Village At Light Up Lakewood

Photo Credit: Erin Wischhusen

Would you like a place to showcase your products and services to thousands of Light Up Lakewood visitors while staying toasty and dry? If so, you are invited to become part of the 2014 Vendor Village, a one-day holiday shopping village on December 6, housed in the historic Lakewood Masonic Temple, 15300 Detroit Avenue. We welcome all vendors - from home-based businesses to retail stores, to churches, schools and community groups – to come in from the cold and participate in this newest addition to Lakewood’s highly-anticipated holiday festival.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

So You Think You’re Fast? Prove It!

If you have never seen speedskating in person, it’s time to make a jaunt over to Winterhurst Arena in Lakewood and watch adults and kids - as young as five - race around the oval, dipping deep into the corners and pushing for the finish line. But even better would be to give it a try yourself.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

New Eclectic Boutique Opening In Lakewood Featuring Erika Originals

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I started making jewelry from plastic fishing lure beads out of my grandfather's tackle box at age 5. My necklaces were very popular with the other kindergarteners. At age 15, I created "erika originals" and began showing my jewelry in galleries. My work has evolved, and over the past few years I have begun to work with resin. I create pieces with images and words from antique dictionaries, maps from vintage atlases, handmade papers and stamps from around the world, and found objects and natural elements. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind work of wearable art. I was named the best jewelry artist in Cleveland by Scene magazine in 2011. My work has also been featured in Cleveland Magazine, Gift Shop Magazine, Valley Magazine, the Plain Dealer, and several other publications.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Ask Roxann 3: Homework Is Beneficial When Reasonable, Relevant And Meaningful

Here is something that has been a hot topic amongst us Lakewood parents since it hit Facebook about two months ago.   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/26/homework-an-unnecessary-evil-surprising-findings-from-new-research/

The reason I bring it up now is that the amount of homework that EVERY grade level has is so much that it adds on average, two more hours to their day, making anything else-- music lessons, sports, time with family, having any kind of life outside schoolwork and sleeping, difficult. (And here I am paraphrasing a discussion with three 6th grade girls.)

I'm sure parents call you about this all of the time. Has the District read this report from the Washington Post? Is there a District policy on homework? Are they aware that there is no correlation between homework and good grades?  Do they know what kind of stress they are putting on kids and families?  Do they know that homework has increased a lot since the introduction of the CORE?

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Lakewood Public Library Receives Top Honor

Members of the Cleveland Orchestra perform in front of the 5 Star Library's main building last spring.

The Lakewood Public Library has once again been ranked among the best libraries in the nation with a perfect five-star rating from Library Journal. Congratulations are due to the people of Lakewood who have made the Library the center of their community by erecting beautiful facilities, participating in its public forums, attending free classes and entertainments, engaging in early literacy programs, reading scores of books, listening to thousands of songs, watching countless films and making good use of its public computers, wi-fi and online resources. The staff of the Library thank the people of Lakewood for their continued support.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Board Names O'Bryan To Media Honor Roll

Lakewood Observer Publisher Jim O'Bryan with (from left) Board President Linda Beebe, Editor-in-Chief Margaret Brinich, Associate Editor Betsy Voinovich and his wife, Debra.

The Board of Education, at its meeting on Nov. 3, named Lakewood Observer publisher and founder Jim O’Bryan to the Ohio School Boards Association 2014 Media Honor Roll, which recognizes media representatives statewide for fair and balanced reporting of news about public schools. O’Bryan is one of approximately 100 media members recognized from across the state.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Mature Massage

Among the many unique business offerings in downtown Lakewood is a studio that specializes in massage for senior citizens.

The therapists at Gold-In-Touch are licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio and specially certified in geriatric massage by the renowned Daybreak Geriatric Institute. Massage therapy is especially beneficial for seniors because more than 80 percent of persons beyond the age of 65 are experiencing some type of health issue related to aging.

Included among the more common health challenges are diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, osteoporosis, edema, coronary artery disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, along with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Special considerations and techniques are used by the therapists when working with clients exhibiting any of these concerns and conditions.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:39 PM, 11.11.2014

City Selects Developer for McKinley School Site

The city of Lakewood has chosen Liberty Development Company of Cleveland to build an expected 40 town home units at the site of the former McKinley Elementary School in one of the city’s largest land redevelopment projects of the year.

The selection comes after a comprehensive search during the request for qualifications process announced in June.

The proposed for-sale housing units will be designed for energy efficiency and will include elements such as first-floor bedrooms, bathrooms and attached garages.

“This exciting news means that Lakewood will continue to further strengthen our already diverse housing stock,” said Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers, who attended elementary school at McKinley.

 

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 4:03 PM, 10.28.2014

Council Talks Bed Bugs

Council President, and Ward IV Councilwoman, Mary Louise Madigan called the October 20, 2014 Council meeting to order at 7:34 P.M.

The first order of new business was presented by Councilwoman Madigan regarding bed bugs. She began by saying “recognizing that all [Council members] have been approached by constituents requesting help on how to deal with bed bugs I am asking the Administration to convene a coordinated approach to address this issue.” Currently the City does not have bed bug issues designated to any specific City division, nor a protocol on how to handle them. In the past complaints have been filed with Building and Housing, Health & Human Services, Fire, and Council. Councilwoman Madigan closed her statement saying due to this “growing and complex challenge we need [to]...develop a multidisciplinary strategy to respond to our constituents.”

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:46 PM, 10.28.2014

Candidate For Governor Of Ohio: Ed FitzGerald (D)

1. Please provide your name, age, family status, education, current job(s) held, and any current or previous elected offices held.

Name: Ed FitzGerald  

Age: 46

Marital status: Married    

Number of children/grandchildren: 4 children, 0 grandchildren   

Education: Law degree, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law (1993), Bachelor’s of Arts, Ohio State University (1990/1991) 

Current job(s) held: Cuyahoga County, County Executive

Previous employers: Lakewood mayor, Lakewood city council, assistant county prosecutor, FBI special agent - Chicago 

2. If you were grading the current Governor and Administration in Columbus, what grade would you give them? What have they done well and what do they need to improve upon?

Governor Kasich has run this state largely for the benefit of the wealthy and well-connected at the expense of Ohio’s middle class. I’m running to make sure that Ohio works for working families again, primarily by strengthening our public education system and bringing back family-sustaining jobs through our state. 

While 9 out of the 10 jobs lost in Ohio during the Great Recession were mid-wage or high-wage jobs, nearly all the jobs that have returned pay just $7-13 per hour. As Governor, I would invest in Ohio’s small businesses rather than overseas corporations so they are able to create family-sustaining jobs that will stay in this state. I would also raise the minimum wage so that full-time adult workers are no longer living in poverty. I would also work to strengthen Ohio’s new energy economy, which was providing billions in investments and thousands of good paying jobs to our state until Governor Kasich signed into law legislation effectively ending Ohio’s wind farm industry and freezing renewable energy and efficiency standards.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 6:05 PM, 10.28.2014

Candidate For Governor of Ohio: John Kasich (R)

1. Please provide your name, age, family status, education, current job(s) held, and any current or previous elected offices held.

Name: John R. Kasich

Age: 62

Family status: Married to Karen; Two daughters (Emma & Reese) 

Education: B.A. The Ohio State University

Current job(s) held: Governor (2011 – present)

Current or revious elected offices held: Governor (2011 – present); U.S. House of Representatives (1983-2001); Ohio Senate (1979-1983)

2. If you were grading yourself and your current Administration in Columbus, what grade would you give? What has been done well and what needs to be improved upon?

I’m not going to assign a grade. However, I think our record speaks for itself. When I came in, Ohio was down more than 350,000 private sector jobs, we faced an $8 billion budget shortfall, we had just 89 cents in the state ‘rainy day’ fund, and our credit was at risk of being downgraded.  We made the tough decisions Ohio needed to get our economy back on track, and we did it without raising taxes. Today we’re up a quarter-million private sector jobs, Ohio’s unemployment rate is below the national average and Ohioans’ wages are growing faster than the national average. We’re making great strides to strengthen our education and workforce systems and we’re helping those who, for too long, have lived in the shadows. We have more work to do but things are getting better across the state, and we need to keep that progress going.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Elementary Architect Meetings Set

The next round of elementary architect meetings have been set for Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt Elementary Schools. At these meetings, GPD Group architect Rodwell King will present his revised designs based on the input he received from earlier community meetings in June.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Barton Center Holiday Fair – November 15

Barton Senior Center will hold its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Christmas items and crafts will be featured along with food and entertainment. Live music will be provided by the Frank Cardone Duo.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Tri C Speaks At O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood About Upcoming Levy

Residents and patients at O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood gathered Friday, October 3 to hear about the upcoming levy, Issue 6 for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). Marvin Richards, Executive Director of Business Continuity volunteered on his vacation time to come spread the importance of Levy 6 and the future of affordable education in Cuyahoga County. As a veteran himself, Marvin connected to many of the veterans in the audience who shared opinions with him on the GI bill for education and Marvin discussed some of the changes throughout years as well as various programs that Tri-C does to reach out to veterans for further education.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Ranger Café Back Open For Another School Year

The halls of Lakewood High School are filling with culinary aromas as the West Shore Culinary Arts students are prepping and practicing their culinary skills in anticipation of the Ranger Café’s opening on Tuesday, October 28th. The Ranger Café, located at the front of Lakewood High School, is operated by the Culinary Arts/ProStart students of West Shore Career-Tech District. Under the guidance of chef instructors Rob McGorray and Devan Corti, students learn the nuts and bolts of running a restaurant through their real-world experiences in the Ranger Café. The students are involved in every aspect of the restaurant from planning the menu, cooking the food, to serving as wait staff and cashiers. This hands-on culinary program is open to 11th and 12th grade students in Bay Village, Lakewood, Rocky River, and Westlake.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

The PTA Wellness Series: It's All About You

You’ve heard the phrase, “Make sure to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before attempting to help others”? It is a simple theory, to take good care of your loved ones you must take good care of yourself first. Yet, how many of us really listen to that advice? Well, here’s your chance.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

BGSU Professor To Take Cornucopia's Social Enterprise Story To International Audience

Grad Assistant, Emily Stamm and Dr. Jeanne Novak from BGSU visit Nature's Bin.

Jeanne Novak, Ph. D., associate professor from Bowling Green State University, and graduate assistant Emily Stamm, stopped by Cornucopia and Nature’s Bin recently to learn more about Cornucopia’s vocational training programs for people with disabilities and its unique social enterprise, Nature’s Bin. Cornucopia operates Nature’s Bin, a natural foods store in Lakewood as both a vocational training site and a means to generate approximately 70% of Cornucopia’s annual revenue.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Walkable, Bikable Dresden

Dresden's efficient trams run all over the city.

Walk-ability, and ever more fashionable bike-ability are built into the streets of Lakewood, and something we rightfully celebrate in town. The oft-cited Walkscore.com website gives the entire city a ranking of 70, “Very Walkable,” with the note that “most errands can be accomplished on foot.” Even if the score is a little lower than that for people who live north of Clifton, or south of Athens, the entire city is quite good as far as US cities go. And if you live close to Detroit, of course your score is higher.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

One World Shop Celebrating 35th Anniversary!

One World Shop is celebrating its 35th anniversary!!! One World Shop, a non-profit fair trade organization and Cleveland’s original fair trade retailer, is located at 19321 Detroit Rd. in Rocky River. Grass roots for the organization were established by the Lakewood Presbyterian Church in 1979 and the first shop location was on Madison in Lakewood where the premises of the fair trade movement were adopted and introduced into the community. In 1992, One World Shop moved to its current location, where it continues to thrive and promote fair trade.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Lakewood: It's Time For The Talk About The War On Drugs

Don't shoot! I'm just a poppy.

Although I don't garner much news or information from corporate controlled mainstream media sources, I am still acutely aware of the burgeoning heroin epidemic in Cuyahoga County, Northeast Ohio and elsewhere. It appears that heroin use, once relegated primarily to impoverished hapless dregs of inner city slums, has gotten a facelift, thanks in part to its cultural appeal and glamorization as being trendy and hip. Our favorite musicians, entertainers, celebrities and fashion models (Heroin chic) are using or have used smack, so it must somehow be cool and fashionable. Fanning the flames is a decrease in price, increase in purity and availability and apparent steady demand. Over 90% of non-pharmaceutical grade opiates originate from Afghanistan, where Afghan farmers cultivate and harvest poppies, from which opium is extracted and further refined into heroin. Under the watchful eyes and protection of U.S. military troops, opium production in Afghanistan has been on the rise since the U.S. occupation began in 2001. As a consequence, cultivation of poppies across the war-torn region has spiked 36% in 2013, and total opium production has ballooned to a staggering 5,500 tons, up by almost half since 2012. The U.S. military in Afghanistan, presumably under orders from our Supreme Commander Barry Soetoro, a.k.a. Barack Obama, has evidently allowed poppy cultivation to continue in efforts to assuage farmers and government officials involved in the illicit drug trade who might otherwise renounce the Karzai puppet regime in Kabul. Fueling both sides, the opium and heroin industry is both a product of the war and an essential source for ongoing conflict. Photographs, which are in the public domain, depict armed American and U.S.-trained Afghan soldiers patrolling poppy fields in Afghanistan.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

City of...

New sign about every 100 yards.

So, what will Lakewood's legacy be? We have Paris, the City of Lights. Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love. Could Lakewood be the City of Traffic Signs? Watching our new bus stops being built on Clifton Boulevard for the past two years, one may have thought that we were finally reaching the end of this project. But in the city which has a "No Turn on Red" sign on just about every corner (except around schools, where drivers can turn on red during non-school hours), we now have signs stacked three high to help us navigate our new bus stops. The right lane can now only be used to turn right before our bus stops. The new signs are stacked three high and drivers must now look up from the road in order to read them. Are the new signs telling us anything but common sense? Do other cities need to tell drivers that buses make stops and it is unwise to get in behind them as they approach a bus stop or do they presume a modicum of intelligence on the part of the average driver?

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014