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Continuing A Relentless Focus On Growth, Safety And Service, Summers Seeks Re-Election As Mayor

During the past five years, Lakewood has become a desired destination for Millennials and empty-nesters alike — and everyone in between. Property owners have spent $10 million in each of the past two years fixing up their homes and buildings.

There’s been more than $100 million in commercial development investments since 2011 — that doesn’t even include the schools construction.

The city has significantly improved infrastructure, including parks, streets, bike infrastructure and sidewalks.

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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
City Hires Thompson Hine LLP To Advise On Hospital Issue
- City Hall, March 31, 2015 Read More
Q&A With Mayor Summers About the Future of Healthcare in Lakewood
- City Hall, March 27, 2015 Read More
Lakewood To Honor Veterans On November 11th At Lakewood Park
- City Hall, November 6, 2014 Read More

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Hats Off To LHS Class Of 2015!

The traditional graduates' hat toss celebrated the commencement of 365 members of Lakewood High's Class of 2015 following their march across the Civic Auditorium stage to receive their diplomas on June 14. Congratulations and best wishes, graduates!

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Be In The Parade With Us

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Lakewood and the Lakewood Observer’s ten years by joining us in our official spot at the very end of the parade.

Because the Lakewood Observer is community-written, and you, reading this, are part of our community--- this means you! You don't need to belong to any group, wear anything in particular or perform any special skill, just walk along with friends and neighbors who also happen to be our readers and writers. If you really want to, you can hand out papers, for those along the paper route who might not have gotten their paper yet.

If you have written for the LO, or submitted photos, or you post on the Observation Deck, come out and take a walk with us! Get a look at the people you're always talking to online and in the paper.

If you’re already going to be in the parade, after your group has finished, come around to the end and finish the parade with us.

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Let The Light Shine On Lakewood Hospital

For nearly two years City Hall kept the people of Lakewood in the dark regarding a plan to close and tear down our Lakewood Hospital.

After a series of private meetings, the Mayor delivered the deal in a black box to the Lakewood community on January 15, 2015, by way of a "Letter of Intent" crafted to serve corporate interests, not the interests of the people. The deal prohibited City Hall from negotiating with any others regarding the "future of healthcare in Lakewood." The deal sought to limit public input.

Although that Letter of Intent has expired, the Mayor continues to move forward in darkness to finalize his agreement to turn the lights off at Lakewood Hospital.

A rein of secrecy continues to surround the discussions pertaining to the Mayor's framing of the "future of healthcare in Lakewood."

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2015 Restaurant/Bar Guide

1. Vosh Lakewood, 1414 Riverside Dr. 216-767-5202, Patio
2. Georgetown, 18515 Detroit Ave. 221-3500, Patio
3. Riverwood Cafe, 18500 Detroit Ave.
4. Borderline Cafe, 18510 Detroit Ave.
5. West End Tavern, 18514 Detroit Ave., 521-7684
6. Dewey's Pizza, 18516 Detroit Ave.
7. A'Venue Wholesale Fine Pastries, 18520 Detroit Ave.
8. Harry Buffalo, 18605 Detroit, W, Porch
9. Around The Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave., 521-4413, Patio
10. Blackbird Bakery, 1391 Sloane Ave., Patio


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Community Thank You's!

The Lakewood Observer provides valuable media exposure for numerous nonprofit and community groups that they would not otherwise receive. We are proud and pleased to have had many of our senior citizens and their events at Barton Center and Westerly Apartments featured in the Observer over the past ten years. And we look forward to continuing this win-win collaboration in the future.

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Lakewood Hospital: Taking Sides

Taking sides is not easy. It is especially difficult when you respect and value people and opinions on the other side. In the case of Lakewood Hospital, it can be divisive. I have experienced this firsthand in recent weeks as I have talked and corresponded with friends and neighbors about the details and issues involved. Like me, many have taken the time to review available documents and attend or view community, council and opposition meetings. Others have taken a side based primarily on loyalty or rumors. While my quest for information is never satisfied, this has not stopped me from taking a side. Mostly in an effort to slow down the process, as it is apparent that things have run amok. The sign in my yard reads: SAVE LAKEWOOD HOSPITAL. Here’s why.

I am on the side of jobs, good paying, skilled jobs like most of the 1000+ at Lakewood Hospital. Our local economy depends on them. Despite the “exciting possibilities” the signers of a recent letter supporting Mayor Summers’ plan to demolish the hospital hope for, I prefer “a bird in the hand.” As of this writing, no known plans (past or current) hold the possibility of replacing anything like what Lakewood would lose in the way of jobs should the hospital close. Holding the Cleveland Clinic to their lease and restoring services would maintain jobs while allowing time for the development of a solid plan, one that better leverages our assets to minimize healthcare job loss and attracts new comparable wage jobs.

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Why Do Punk Rock Guys Go Out With New Wave Girls?: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 6

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.

Hiram-Maxim - Hiram-Maxim - Aqualamb Records - 4 songs - Vinyl, download
This is a pretty atmospheric record. It's full of whispers and screams and talking and noises and all sorts of other fun stuff. Except not really, because "fun" wouldn't really be the first thing I'd describe this record as. What this record really comes out as is as a very slow burn. Charles at My Mind's Eye tells me it's "doom." So, yeah, I guess it's that. On iTunes, it says that it's metal, so I guess it's that too. I'm not too up on these kinds of things. Anyways, usually I don't like stuff like this but some of the songs on it, particularly "Visceral" and "One," were actually pretty cool. Again, it's all about the atmosphere. I'd recommend the record on the whole for any fans of the genre. 3/5

Kill The Hippies - Let's Start A Band Nobody's In - Phoenician MicroSystems Records - 21 songs - CD, download
Really cool punk stuff. The album is a combination of two albums and a cassingle, mostly previously unreleased stuff, and it's pretty darn great. Very catchy, really good songs. It's kind of like "classic" punk but with a more "modern" spin, and I will leave it up to the reader to decided what that means to them. Either way, I liked it a lot. I think the dynamic of having two singers also works to their advantage in terms of the music. My favorites, to pick just a few, would probably be "Public Address," "Moral To The Story," "Jung Tuffs," and "Totally Dull." Altogether I would recommend it to any punk fan. If you are so inclined, the next Kill The Hippies show will be at Now That's Class on July 11, playing with Boy In Love; and Chachi On Acid. "Stupid style sloppy punk" is assured. 4/5

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Thank You Lakewood

We're going to start a community paper. That's what Jim stated one day over 10 years ago. Without any journalistic background I thought it an insane thought, after all I was looking for a space to open my restaurant. My dream was about to be realized and I wasn't looking for a new hobby. After many meetings with Steve Davis and Ken Warren, Jim was optimistic that Lakewood was ready for and needed a vehicle that helped citizens get their voice heard.  

We had just re-entered civic discussion during the west end debate and chose to fight for the people to save their homes over big box development in our beautiful sleepy corner of town. Riverside Drive was planned for additional lanes, and they were going to throw up a 10 ft. tall chain link fence on the cliff. I remember telling our mayor at the time that it would hurt our property value to have a fence obstructing the view. She had answered that there wasn't a view of any concern. Well, as most of you have come to realize through Jim's photos on the deck from our front porch, the view is amazing. I'm glad we can share our little piece of heaven with the community.


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Detroiter

Our newest addition to Lakewood is “THE DETROITER” Bar and Restaurant. In the heart of downtown Lakewood, The Detroiter is directly across from The Melt just east of Warren Road on Detroit at 14701 Detroit Avenue. Located in the former World of Beers space, The Detroiter has given it a complete face-lift with all new décor and furniture, creating multiple areas of seating which accommodate over 120 diners and now has a nice modern hip feel.

The entire front of the space opens to the patio. The newly designed social top which seats 16, the former band stage that now seats 5 tables as well as a front dining area seating another 20, can enjoy the open-aired front and the sounds that the city offers from outside.

The Detroiter is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and even late night kitchen hours until 2am. Lunches open at 11am and go until 4pm when the menu converts over to dinner. Sunday brunch will begin July 12th and is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. every Sunday. The Detroiter offers happy hour Monday thru Friday from 3 - 6 p.m. for the entire restaurant and features 25 Ohio local and regional Craft Drafts which are always $5, one of the best deals in town!

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CWRRC 41st Bay Day Race

The 41st running of the Bay Days 5-mile race and 1-mile kids fun run will be held at 8:30 a.m. on July 4th. With the planned construction at Bay High School this summer, the start and finish for the race will be in Cahoon Park adjacent to the Kiwanis Bay Days Festival providing a great opportunity to tie more closely with all the family activities at Bay Days. An exciting new course through central Bay Village has been set up. The first 500 registrants will receive a custom-designed free tech shirt. Awards will be given for overall, age group and team event winners. This race is hosted by Cleveland West Road Runners Club which provides charitable support to the Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund, the Girls With Sole charity, and sponsors free or subsidized entry for youth in running events and other active life events throughout the Westshore.

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In Memorium: Ken Warren, A Founding Father Of The New Lakewood

When I heard the news of Ken Warren’s passing, my first thought was, “Oh no. It can’t be. Not someone so bright, talented, and lively – someone who gave so much, and who was essential to so many in Lakewood.” Surely, if anyone should stay with us well into his nineties to impart wisdom, to mentor, to teach, to connect today’s events in our local community to the long thread and larger story of history -- to do the work of an elder -- it’s Ken Warren.

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Make A Bright Future For Lakewood Hospital; MetroHealth Is Only A Hurdle

Just over a year ago MetroHealth Medical Center presented a solid plan for the operation of Lakewood Hospital as an inpatient medical facility well into the future. The Step Two Committee of the Lakewood Hospital Association, chaired by the Mayor, pushed that proposal aside while they negotiated with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation a deal to close and tear down our hospital.
   
This past week MetroHealth sent a letter to City Hall confirming that, since the time its proposal was submitted, MetroHealth has developed strategies for the physical transformation of their health system and an inpatient facility in Lakewood is not currently part of that strategy.
  
The MetroHealth decision, resulting from City Hall's mishandling of the future of healthcare in Lakewood, is not the sounding of a death knell for Lakewood Hospital. As noted by prior contributors to the Observer, in particular Dr. Terrence Kilroy, there is a medical need for Lakewood Hospital and should the hospital close, there will be too few inpatient medical beds to meet the needs of Cleveland's/Cuyahoga County's west side.
 
Moreover, as enacted by Lakewood Ordinance, there still exist agreements between the City, the Lakewood Hospital Association and the Cleveland Clinic to continue operating Lakewood Hospital until the end of 2026. The Lakewood Hospital Association and the Cleveland Clinic continue to be obligated to make capital improvements to the facility and to establish "Centers of Excellence" at Lakewood Hospital. The Clinic is in control of patient utilization and revenues at Lakewood Hospital. The spickets must be turned back on. The ordinance and agreements must be enforced.
 
Most importantly, as we proceed down the road to 2026, City Hall, with all due diligence, must protect our asset and begin a responsible and transparent community dialogue about the future of healthcare in Lakewood. It is imperative to conduct a comprehensive community health assessment, fairly engage all healthcare systems, independent physicians and hospital employees. With such collaboration, other communities have been successful in saving their hospitals.
 
 

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Rotary Awards Scholarships To Four Area High School Seniors

(From left) Todd Lessig, president, Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River; Molly Schmidt (Magnificat); Anthony Mod (Rocky River); Mary Chudy (Magnificat); Alexis Mod (Rocky River); and Jon Fancher, scholarship committee chair.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River awarded four college scholarships at its June 8 meeting. Graduating seniors Alexis Mod and Anthony Mod from Rocky River High School and Molly Schmidt and Mary Chudy from Magnificat High School each received $2,500 awards from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation.

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Council Talks Active Living

The City Hall Auditorium was not quite as full for the June 15, 2015 Council Meeting, but there were still substantially more people than are typically present. There were a smattering of people wearing red, the color of the Save Lakewood Hospital group, including those wearing newly made Save Lakewood Hospital shirts.

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Lakewood Public Library Board Of Trustees

The Lakewood City Schools Board of Education is accepting applications for appointment to the Lakewood Public Library Board of Trustees for an expired seven year term ending September 12, 2015. Additional information concerning the duties and responsibilities of Library Trustees is available at www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/trustee. Interested candidates should direct a letter of interest and qualifications to the Superintendent of Schools by August 14, 2015.

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Our Zoo To You Animal Show

Our Zoo to You includes audience participation.

Did you know that a coatimundi is also known as a South American raccoon? Would you like to see one? Have you ever seen a ringtail lemur, a kinkajou, or a Columbian tegu? These are just some of the exotic creatures that Bryan and Terri Wise, owners of Our Zoo to You, may bring to their upcoming family friendly program at the Lakewood Public Library. Their zoo is constantly growing and changing and they will bring a variety of animals to keep everyone interested. Meet, learn about, and even pet many of the animals on Friday, June 26 at 3 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Recycling Facts For You

Recycling facts and information for kids…

Here are some recycling facts for you. We all know it's important for our enviroment. So here are some facts to read up on. :)

Paper should not be thrown away, as it is not biodegradable (Cannot Break Down)

If you threw away paper 43 years ago, it would still be there today.

You can recycle paper, plastic, aluminum, metal cans and glass.

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Citywide Street Sale!

The sixth annual Citywide Street Sale occurs Thursday, Friday & Saturday, June 25th through June 27th. Residents and merchants combine to host this three-day shopping bonanza that draws bargain-hunting shoppers from all over.

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Sports, Pets, And A Happy Ending...My Decade With The Observer

Charlie, the former Lakewood Animal Shelter resident I adopted via the Observer. He has spent the last nine years living a spoiled life of comfort. 

Ten years ago I was invited to become part of the Lakewood Observer. I was thrilled with the opportunity. Although I did not choose a journalism career, I always enjoyed writing. In my younger days, I wrote for student newspapers at both St. Edward High School and Northwestern University. I loved telling stories, and I loved the people of Lakewood. I first moved here as a teenager in 1983, and I eventually bought my own Lakewood home in 1997. Previous to joining the Observer, I had been active in numerous community activities…those experiences made me fall in love with Lakewood’s people. Although our city’s population is extremely diverse, the traits of passion, creativity, and intelligence are widespread.

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LakewoodAlive’s Free Front Porch Concert Series Kicks-off July 3

Join friends, family and your neighbors on the front porch of the Lakewood Public Library Main Branch (15425 Detroit Avenue) every Friday at 7 p.m. this summer from July 3-September 11 for FREE concerts. This 11-week line-up, developed with Chris Vance of Vance Music Studios, and in cooperation with the Lakewood Public Library and LakewoodAlive, will appeal to nearly everyone with music from a wide variety of genres.

7.03.15 – Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band
7.10.15 – Drumplay
7.17.15 – The First Five
7.24.15 – Vance Music Studios- Student Rock Bands
7.31.15 – The Admirables
8.07.15 – The Clifton Beat

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Sketchbook Club For Teens!

Are you a teen artist? Do you like to draw, paint, sculpt or do mixed media pieces? Maybe you’d like to meet some other teen artists like you, or possibly nothing like you.

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The River Was Only A Minor Hurdle For Lakewood's Fran Bibbs

The Cuyahoga River is often the “line of demarcation” between the west side and east side. But for horse lovers in the 1960s and 1970s, there were very few places to take lessons, trail ride and learn about equestrian sports—so the river was barely a deterrent for determined riders. Lakewood Stables, owned and operated in the 1940s – 1970s by Sonny Walters, was one such place. You might recognize it more readily by its current name, Rocky River Stables.

Lakewood Stables was run by two trainers, the notable dressage expert Michael Von der Nonne and the formidable Fran Bibbs. Fran, who taught a basic balanced seat riding technique on a string of lesson horses, owned and ran the riding school at Lakewood Stables from 1965-1975 before she expanded her own training barn in Olmsted Falls. After learning to teach from her mom and completing a successful amateur showing career, including a first place in hunt seat equitation at the competitive 1970 Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic, Cathy Bibbs(Cornell), Fran’s daughter, turned pro at the age of 16 to assist with training and teaching. Today, Cathy trains at Equine Differences in Oberlin.

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Cleveland Rocks With "Green Day’s American Idiot" At Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present the locally produced premiere of "Green Day’s American Idiot," July 10 through August 16, 2015 on the Mackey Main Stage. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: GREENDAY to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by July 9. Beck Center has established a PG-13 rating for this piece.

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The Judge's Bench: Lakewood Housing Court Diversion Program

The City of Lakewood is an inner ring community with an aging housing stock. Our stately homes give the city its character, but keeping them in good condition can be challenging. Maintaining the housing stock is both a public purpose and a common goal of all residents. 

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Taster Twins Reviews In Review

The Taster Twins have been sampling, enjoying, and recommending Lakewood eateries for a whole year now. We must say, it has been a delicious journey and we look forward to even more culinary delights and wonderful experiences. This city is rich with opportunities to enjoy good company, good food, and good spirits. As we think back on our year of dining and reviewing, fond memories of the people and places we have visited come to mind. We thought we would like to take our readers--and ourselves--on a trip through our restaurant reflections of the past twelve months. To that end, we have come up with a list of awards for the places we have reviewed (in no particular order, because we're capricious that way). Our Taster Twins Awards for 2014-15:

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LHS' Toner Vaults To 8th In State

Lakewood High School junior Jimmy Toner tied for 8th place in the Division 1 Pole Vault at the Ohio State Track & Field Championships held on June 6 in Columbus. He tied his school record of 14', which he set earlier this year, only his second participating in the pole vault event. Placing in the top eight earned Toner All-Ohio status.

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LHS Academic Challenge Team 3rd At Nationals

The "A" Team (from left): Ian Bell, Laert Fezjullari, Robbie Fehrenbach and Ben McKinsey. 

The Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team, consisting of both an “A” and “B” squad, competed in a National Academic Challenge Tournament held in Chicago June 5-8 and the “A” Team came away in third place overall.

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LHS Junior Wins State Piano Contest

Lakewood High junior Makito Otsuka has won the Ohio Music Teachers Association’s Buckeye Auditions competition in the piano category. After winning one of the competition's five regional contests, Otsuka moved on to state finals at Malone University on June 6, where he finished first in the state. Otsuka, who also plays trumpet, was featured in the Orchestra Carnival of the Animals concert with Angelin Chang earlier this year. 

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LHS Pair Selected For National Honor Orchestra

LHS musicians Ryan Detwiler (left) and Jimmy Toner will represent Lakewood High in the All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra in Nashville in October.

For the fourth year in a row, Lakewood High school will be represented at the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra as sophomore violinist Ryan Detwiler and junior cellist Jimmy Toner have been selected to perform with the ensemble. 

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LPL Calendar Of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Saturday, June 27
"Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) Directed by Mike Nichols
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor draw on the turmoil of their own storied romance as George and Martha—a miserable couple who play hateful mind games in between bouts of hard drinking. Based on the play by Edward Albee, the film includes gorgeous cinematography by Haskell Wexler. Nominated for thirteen Academy Awards, the film walked away with five Oscars, including a Best Actress Award for Elizabeth Taylor.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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State Senator Michael J. Skindell To Run For Mayor Of Lakewood; Pledges To End Backroom Deals, Save Lakewood Hospital

State Senator Michael J. Skindell, now a candidate for Mayor of Lakewood.

Pledging to put an end to backroom deals like the one which engineered the proposed closing of Lakewood Hospital, State Senator Michael J. Skindell filed petitions to run for Mayor of Lakewood. Skindell's entry marks the Lakewood contest as one of the top local races for 2015. Skindell has proven to be a powerful vote-getter in the city which sent him to Columbus with big margins in the past twelve years. Previous to that he was a Lakewood Councilman at Large for five years.
 
"Public office is a public trust. The present Mayor has repeatedly violated that trust by attempting to close Lakewood Hospital, which is viable and which I pledge to keep open. The Mayor has the obligation to protect the people's interests. He or she must insist that those who choose to do business with the city will not be allowed to dodge their obligations and waste public assets for corporate gains," Senator Skindell said.
 
"One of the most sacred responsibilities of a public official is to be honest and above board. Anyone who looks at the deal to close Lakewood Hospital knows that the Mayor has been anything but that. While honest people can have honest disagreements over public policy, the debate must be in the open. The attempt to close Lakewood Hospital was done behind closed doors and the mayor continues to shield relevant discussions and documents from public view. It is an outrage that the people of Lakewood have to sue the city to get information about their community hospital," Skindell said.
 
"I am pleased to join with our citizens who are fighting for Lakewood by fighting against the closure of Lakewood Hospital. As Mayor, I will work to put Lakewood Hospital on a path to serve the healthcare needs of our community long into the future and keep the hospital as an economic engine of our city. Lakewood Hospital is a critical link to the cherished public services, such as police, fire, senior and youth services, that make our community strong."
 

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 5:52 PM, 06.09.2015

Lakewood Hospital Association Allows Letter of Intent to Expire

On May 28th, Attorney DeVito filed a taxpayer lawsuit including claims of fraud and conspiracy. The Letter of Intent (LOI) to demolish Lakewood Hospital expired on May 31st. At the first pretrial held on June 4, 2015, Judge John P. O’Donnell signaled that the complaint is being taken very seriously. Unless the $400 million liability claimed against Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA) and the Clinic is resolved, the hospital must remain open and its assets cannot be sold, transferred or demolished. 

On the evening of June 4th after the pretrial, LHA trustees were asked by the Clinic to consider changes to the LOI that might not guaranty the new foundation money. So despite the lawsuit and pretrial, the Clinic was defiantly pursuing the original plan and also trying to hold LHA accountable for self-inflicted financial losses and failures caused by the Clinic’s mismanagement and the premature announcement of the hospital closing. The Clinic was digging itself into a deeper hole with Judge O'Donnell and attempting to have LHA go along. LHA made no public announcement of its June 4th proceedings.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 6:23 PM, 06.09.2015

Council Considers Anti-Discrimination Legislation

At 7:30 P.M. on June 1, 2015, the City Hall Auditorium was fairly full of spectators awaiting the start of the Council Meeting. Missing however was the Council. Stuck in executive session in the Committee of the Whole, Council did not finish their deliberations until nearly 8 P.M. At 8:08 P.M. Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman, Mary Louise Madigan finally called the meeting to order.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 5:55 PM, 06.09.2015

Hospital Future Grows Brighter

Since the last issue of the Observer, the likelihood of Lakewood Hospital remaining open long into the future has become a brighter reality:

  1. Attorney DeVito filed a taxpayer lawsuit including claims of fraud and conspiracy. At the first pretrial Judge John P. O’Donnell signaled that the complaint is being taken very seriously. Unless the $400 million claim against Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA) and the Cleveland Clinic is resolved, the hospital assets cannot be sold, transferred or demolished. Without compromise, resolution could take years. Fortunately, Mr. DeVito is a seasoned negotiator who can now negotiate on behalf of the citizens of Lakewood if the Clinic, LHA and Mayor Summers come to terms with reality.
  2. A staunch supporter for Lakewood Hospital staying open, Senator Mike Skindell, announced his candidacy to become Lakewood Mayor.
  3. The Letter of Intent to demolish Lakewood Hospital expired on May 31st ---However, on the evening of June 4, the LHA trustees were asked to consider changes to the LOI that might not guaranty the new foundation money. So the Clinic was trying to hold the LHA accountable for self-inflicted financial losses caused by the Clinic’s mismanagement and the premature announcement of the hospital closing. At the June 8th City Council Committee of the Whole, Law Director Kevin Butler announced that the LHA had voted to not extend or modify the LOI but the City still wanted to play a role in the future of healthcare in Lakewood. Butler said that there was a possibility of a new definitive agreement by the LHA and the Clinic to be presented soon, though the January 15th closing announcement has not been withdrawn.
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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 5:55 PM, 06.09.2015

The Mock Trial Of Zeus Vs. Prometheus

Team Zeus and Team Prometheus join together to take a picture on the Lakewood Park bandstand that served as their courtroom.

Would you like to have your liver pecked out by an eagle every day just because you stole a spark of fire from Zeus’s thunderbolt?  

Mrs. Masgras’ 3rd grade GT class is doing a mock trial, based off of the Olympians. In our Mock trial there are two teams, each defending one side. My side, Team Zeus is arguing that Prometheus (the Titan) shouldn’t have stolen a spark from the KING of Gods thunderbolt just for the humans. Prometheus not only disobeyed but also committed theft.  

Our team is also trying to prove that Zeus is the king of gods, so he is allowed to punish Prometheus (that's the part where he chains him to the rock and the eagle comes in). On our team Baird B is the head council, Bode S and I are the attorneys. Ryann S is playing the eagle’s daughter and Eric B is playing Tatarus. If you are wondering who plays Zeus, that is Jake H. The students on Team Zeus are positive that they are going to win. “They better watch out for Team Zeus,” says Jake, who is playing the role of Zeus. Head councilman Baird  says, “We are gonna win this thing!”  Bode says “Heads we win, tails you lose!” From all of these enthusiastic comments you can see that Team Zeus is positive that they are going to win.

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Mock Trial: 3rd Grade Edition

Mrs. Kreps 3rd grade GT class from Lincoln celebrate Team Harry Potter's successful trial.

On June 5th, Mrs. Kreps’ 3rd grade class presented the case of Harry Potter vs Voldemort, with the plaintiff charging the defendant of attempted murder.

For about a month in class, students studied the first Harry Potter book, chose sides, and decided who would represent which characters.  

For the defense, we had Fluffy the three-headed dog, Professor Severus Snape, student Draco Malfoy, Dementors and Voldemort as lawyers and witnesses.    

For the prosecution, we had Dumbledore, McGonagall, Hermione, Hagrid, Ginny Weasley and Harry Potter representing as lawyers and witnesses.  

In the end, the jury of Mrs. Masgras’ 3rd grade class found the defendant guilty on both counts of attempted murder and declared that Voldemort must live as a muggle and be fined 1,000 galleons. 

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 5:55 PM, 06.09.2015

Former Ranger Player Lands Pro Contract

New member of the Bemidji Axemen, Ayoub Hamidah, LHS, Class of 2011.

Former Ranger football player Ayoub Hamidah (Class of 2011) has made the rare leap from amateur to professional sports as he recently signed a contract to play with the Bemidji (Minnesota) Axemen of the Indoor Football League. Hamidah was signed for the team's three remaining games with a chance to earn a new contract for next season.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 5:52 PM, 06.09.2015

O'Neill Healthcare – Lakewood Celebrated The Volunteer Retirement Of Reverend George Pohlad

Pastor George Pohlad, wife Margaret with staff member Debbie Barr.

Reverend Pohlad, Pastor at Emeritus Gethsemane Lutheran Church, has been volunteering at the facility since 1973. He and his wife Margaret were longtime Lakewood residents and recall when the corner of Bunts and Detroit Rd was a beverage store and a bowling alley. Pastor Pohlad has been volunteering his pastoral services on the third Wednesday of every month for the last 42 years.
 Thank you Pastor Pohlad and enjoy your retirement!

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 5:55 PM, 06.09.2015

Ken Memories - Mrs. Carol Shakarian

So sad to read that Ken Warren has passed, and still so young.

As the former principal of SS Cyril & Methodius Catholic School, I solicited Ken for some advice on how to both improve our school library and incorporate it into a computer center - this was back in 2001. He worked closely with our computer vendor, Gary Schmitz (BGE Technologies), on Lakewood Library projects, so I was confident that I was asking the right person. Ken surprised me by offering to come to the school, look over our program, and offered advice that worked so seamlessly for our students. As a result, we had the most state-the-art computer lab in those early days of the internet. He came back to our school often to check on our progress and help our library ladies. He always said that helping a Lakewood school was helping Lakewood. We included his contributions in our application to the Department of Education for the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award in 2005. We were among only four schools in Ohio that year to win that award.

The bishop deemed that our Blue Ribbon school be closed in 2010, but Ken Warren's stamp on it will remain a wonderful memory of him.

Mrs. Carol Shakarian

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 5:55 PM, 06.09.2015

Ken Memories - John Guscott

Mr. Warren was a very remarkable individual.  

I doubt that anybody reading this who had met Mr. Warren would say otherwise; nor would they say that he had not impacted them in some way.

The first time I met Kenneth Warren, I was twenty-one and nervous. As I shook his hand, I referred to him as “Mr. Warren,” in part out of respect, and in part to better my chances of getting a job. For the next twenty years of my career, it felt weird to call him anything other than “Mr. Warren”...and it still does.

I got the job, and started working part-time at Lakewood Public Library on May 27, 1993. I had hope for more hours, and so, later, proposed some technology-related ideas to him. Those proposals, and his openness to change, ultimately led to the creation of the Library’s Technology Center, among many other things that ensured that Lakewood’s library system was well-equipped for the digital age.

Mr. Warren was a true visionary. His deep insights into demography, politics, history, psychology, philosophy, technology, anthropology, religion, music, literature and poetry were not only far-reaching, but intertwined and integrated. He was a systems thinker, and could synthesize sociological factors in multiple ways. I remember having many great discussions on these topics while dining on the Lake Erie perch special, with fries, at George’s Kitchen up on 130th (one of his favorite places to eat at in the ‘90s/’00s).

Mr. Warren was a great librarian. He knew the Library’s collection well, and had a passion for keeping the Library a traditional institution as we approached the 21st Century. I always admired his commitment to cultural programs at the library - the “Sunday with the Friends” series, and many other programming efforts, set the standard for free cultural programs for the Lakewood community, and, as we often discussed, added cultural impact to the West Side.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 5:55 PM, 06.09.2015

Ken Memories - Denny Wendell

I have two memories of Ken Warren.

The first often took place when we’d have a conversation.

During the course of our talk, I’d notice that the corners of of his mouth would slightly start to curve up, as though he was going to smile.

He wouldn’t break into a full smile though, and it was almost like he knew something I didn’t.

But, wait, that isn’t quite it. I’m sure there was plenty that he knew that I didn’t.
For he did, in fact, work at a library. A place of full of books, a place of learning, a place of knowledge.

This was in the 90’s, before the onslaught of the internet, a time when acquiring knowledge required a physical effort. It required you to put yourself in a place where knowledge was stored. You had to get to the library, and then peruse through all the shelves to find that information you sought. And Ken was the steward of such a place.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 5:55 PM, 06.09.2015

Observer Ken Warren - A Lakewood Original

Ken Warren, past director of the Lakewood Public Library, will be remembered, and rightly so, for his crowning jewel, the new Main Library Building on Detroit Avenue.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 5:55 PM, 06.09.2015

A Homily For Kenny

The following is the homily delivered at the funeral service for Ken Warren by his brother, John Warren, a deacon with the Catholic diocese of Queens, New York. John resides in Floral Park, New York on Long Island, with his wife Lisa and his daughters Marie and Grace.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 5:55 PM, 06.09.2015

This Is Not A Love Song (It's A Review Column In A Newspaper): Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands Pt. 5

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.

Terminal Lovers - Flight Out - Biological Records - 7 songs - CD, download
A very psychedelic affair. Right off you get the feel for the record with the spacey opener, "Lacuna," with its slow, syncopated feel. This record also offers up some pretty good material in a more garage rock vein as well, such as "Gone" (which was my favorite on the album, along with "The Lamp") and "Bloodstone Eyes," but it's still the same Terminal Lovers you know and love. I found it a little repetitive at some parts, but overall each track had its own unique thing going on. If I were to pick a least favorite track, it would probably be "Meaning Over," but even that 9-minute opus has its high points. Overall, it's a pretty decent psychedelic record. 3.5/5

Mr. California & The Mr. California Band - Drunk Batman - Saucepan Records - 9 songs - Vinyl, download
Short, dumb punk songs. Mr. California also adds a new element to his sound on this seven-inch with the Mr. California Band (featuring some members of Wooly Bullies). Since this is technically a family paper, I can't say most of the song titles, but some of them are pretty funny. Among the ones that can be printed, I liked "Batman" and "Machine." Also features the shortest, craziest cover of "My Generation" I've ever heard. If really goofy, profane, short, garagey punk is your thing, I'd recommend it to you. 3/5

Knifedance - Discography 1985-1990 - Smog Veil Records - 16 songs - Download
Some good punk from a band formed by Tom Dark (ex-The Dark) and Charlie Ditteaux (ex-Easter Monkeys). How can you go wrong with that? This download release is a reissue of a CD put out by Tom Dark's Red Hour Records, and compiles their Who Then Is Sane EP (1985), Wolf Hour LP (1988), and Loaded Heart single (1990). My favorites on the record are the tracks from Who Then Is Sane, personally. "Catwalk" is a great, driving hardcore song, "Atomic Apostles" is super catchy, and the manic cover of "Have Love, Will Travel," is just great. Other highlights off this download include "On Fire," "Running Out Of Time," and "Held Like A Gun," and if you like all those, chances are you'll like the rest of it too. Oh, and by the way, Smog Veil also has reissued some other stuff from Tom Dark, so look for some more of that next week. 3.5/5

Are you a local-ish band? Do you have a record out? Email vaguelythreatening@gmail.com or send it directly to Observer headquarters: John Kompier, c/o The Lakewood Observer, 14900 Detroit Avenue, Suite 205, Lakewood, OH 44107.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 5:55 PM, 06.09.2015

Lakewood Celebrates International Yoga Day

Last year, The United Nations made history by declaring Sunday, June 21, 2015, the world’s first International Yoga Day. Inspired by this decree, Lakewood business owners Marcia Camino of Pink Lotus Yoga and Ramesh and Sanjeev Sharma of Namaste India Garden, both on Detroit Avenue, have joined together to offer an event celebrating the spice of life and lifestyle: yoga, healthy food, and, perhaps most importantly, the attainment of peace and happiness through healthy living.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 5:55 PM, 06.09.2015

Lakewood’s B-29 Bombardier

Wayne Cahoon

The Lakewood Historical Society is presenting a series of articles to honor our WWII veterans showcased in the exhibit Lakewood on the Homefront, now on display at the Oldest Stone House. Here we tell the story of a veteran who served with distinction, and later became active in the preservation of his much loved hometown’s history.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 5:52 PM, 06.09.2015