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Meghan George Runs For Mayor

I am running for mayor because I feel that Lakewood deserves top-notch representation, especially at the executive level, and I believe that I am the best candidate for the job.

What I will bring to the role of mayor is a combination of council experience and work in the private sector. In my day job as a work force strategist I work with executive leadership at companies throughout Ohio, advising them on employee benefits and human resources. My experience with these responsibilities would be valuable assets for the elected manager of Lakewood's executive branch. 

The mayor leads an organization of over 400 full-time employees, including multiple collective bargaining units; it would be a privilege to bring my experience with best practices and cutting-edge techniques to managing the workforce of our city.

I also bring my love for this community. I am a Wyandotte Avenue homeowner and a lifelong third generation resident. I attended St. Luke Elementary and Lakewood High School (class of 2000). I have a B.A. from Ohio State University, and a post-baccalaureate and teaching license from Cleveland State University.

 

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Latest News Releases

State Names Roosevelt Elementary High Progress School of Honor
- Board of Education, January 7, 2019 Read More
DeWine Nominates Cabinet Heads for DAS, DSA, OOD, DRC, Taxation, Appoints Numerous Senior Staff members
- Government, January 3, 2019 Read More
District to Renovate Taft for Curricular Expansion, Central Office Home
- Board of Education, December 18, 2018 Read More
Lakewood’s Roosevelt Elementary Named High Progress School of Honor
- Board of Education, November 16, 2017 Read More
Lakewood Empowers Young People to Say Something and Save Lives!
- City Hall, October 17, 2017 Read More

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Brad Presutto Seeks To Represent Ward 2 Residents On Council

Brad Presutto, candidate for Ward 2 City Council representative

The people of Lakewood Ward 2 can rely on him completely for three things, Brad Presutto said in launching his campaign for city council: listening, helping others, and representing the community honestly.

A series of people spoke about how Presutto does all these things, already, in remarks to an event held March 13 at Deagan’s Kitchen.

Jennifer Scott, whose pit-bull “Charlie” faced banishment under Lakewood’s previous breed-specific policies, recalled listening to Presutto speak up at a city council meeting on behalf of her and Charlie. Scott said that she didn’t even know Presutto yet, but was moved by his advocacy.

More recently, Scott continued, local Coast Guard families received similar generosity when Presutto helped collect donations for unpaid federal workers during the extended government shutdown.

Several speakers joined Scott in describing him as someone who shows up for friends, neighbors and even strangers. State Representative Mike Skindell, City Councilperson Tristan Rader, and Bike Lakewood board member Amanda Wolf were among the guests speaking on Presutto’s behalf.


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Rotary Recognizes 16 Outstanding West Shore Career-Tech Students

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River honored 16 West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients at its noon luncheon on March 4 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its noon luncheon on March 4 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.

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Harding Student Qualifies For State Geo Bee

Congratulations to Harding 8th grader Jamie Holland, who has qualified for the Ohio Geographic Bee! Jamie, who is the Harding Bee champion, is one of 100 middle schoolers from across the state who will compete for the Ohio title and a chance to move on to the National Bee in Washington, D.C. 

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Lakewood Garden Club Hosts Author Amy Stewart

The Lakewood Garden Club is thrilled to announce that we will hosting “New York Times” bestselling author Amy Stewart, for a luncheon on Tuesday, May 14th, at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River. Ms. Stewart will give a spirited talk on her best-selling book, The Drunken Botanist, an entertaining look at the botanical origins of every delicious cocktail. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with a catered lunch at noon. The presentation will follow. Amy Stewart is a frequent guest on both television and radio and a sought-after speaker. She has authored numerous popular books including “Wicked Plants,” “Wicked Bugs,” “Flower Confidential’” and her latest series about the Kopp Sisters, which is based on the first female sheriff in the United States. Her presentations are entertaining, informational, memorable and “spirited"! There will be books for sale at the program, which Amy Stewart will autograph. 

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Magic With Neil And Company

Magician Neil Rozum and an audience member had fun with spoons at a past performance at the Lakewood Public Library.

Come enjoy a delightful magic show as Neil and Company perform their stage magic tricks and illusions. Magician Neil Rozum has won first place in numerous competitions, including the Columbus Magi-Fest. He has worked with David Copperfield to promote the occupational therapy program called Project Magic. His entertaining program of comedy magic will keep you laughing while amazing you with a trunk of unbelievable feats!

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Burning River Baroque Performs At Lakewood Congregational Church

Burning River Baroque continues their 7th season with a series of thought-provoking performances, beginning Tuesday, March 19. "The Other Side of the Story: Untold Perspectives on Familiar Tales" has been crafted to connect baroque music to contemporary social issues.
The March series includes a Sunday, March 23, performance at Lakewood Congregational Church (1375 West Clifton Boulevard). The performance is at 7pm with a $10 to $20 suggested donation.

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Lakewood Rec Hiring To Fill Dozens Of Summer Positions!

Photo credit: Nancy Pizir

What better job for the summer than at a swimming pool, ball field, or summer camp? Take the opportunity to work outside, with kids, making a difference. Lakewood Rec is now hiring to fill many open positions for learn-to-swim instructors, lifeguards, pool attendants, baseball scorekeepers, summer camp counselors and more. 

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LHS Academic Challenge Team Sweeps Conference Titles

The Lakewood High Academic Challenge Team continues its legacy of excellence as the varsity squad wrapped up its regular season Southwest Conference play undefeated at 9-0 and then proceeded to also win the conference tournament the weekend after wrapping up its regular season play. The team earlier this year had earned invitations to the Regional Ohio Academic Challenge Tournament and also to the National Academic Quiz Tournament to be held in Atlanta in May. The HSNCT is NAQT’s premier high school event. The tournament is held at the end of each school year and features the top quiz bowl teams from across the United States and from other countries. Over 350 schools will be attending the event.

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Starr Gazer

APRIL

Aries: Mr. Sun is in Aries & shining down on the Ram…Mercury & Lady Venus join the party later this month, you are worthy, claim it…if guilt shows up at the door, don’t let him in.

Taurus: With Uranus entering the Bull Pen last month, the Bull is riding wild, confidence is yours, strut your stuff, anything can happen, like the Bull on the cover of the Observer.

Gemini: Mars the Warrior Planet just sent some fire to the Twins' house, channel that energy into self-love, then sprinkle that love thru the neighborhood, you’re the King/Queen of wit & charm.

Cancer: The Crab has been granted a new super power, the power of forgiveness, don’t question it, take it to the limit one more time & forgive Old Man Winter, side-step your way to the beach.

Leo: If anyone can pull a rabbit out of a hat, it’s you Lion, King of the Jungle…join a fundraiser, or better yet, start one yourself, when you ROAR, everybody listens, you’ve got the Midas Touch.

Virgo: Spring is in the air, & the wind may be blowing a bit of bullying your way, just remember Virgo, it’s not about you, don’t take it personally, go for a walk along the river.

 

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Is Wright Still Relevant?

Sixty years after his death in 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright remains one of America’s most revered architects. His career spanned seven decades and included iconic public buildings, as well as modest domestic dwellings.

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The Cleveland Opera Brings "Susanna’s Secret" To The Library

"Il segreto di Susanna" ("Susanna’s Secret") is an intermezzo in one act composed by the Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. The opera had its premiere at Munich’s Hoftheater on December 4, 1909. The Cleveland Opera’s performance of "Susanna’s Secret" will be staged and costumed in art deco style to celebrate Cleveland’s Golden Era.

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LPL Calendar of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Booked for Murder Book Club

If you share a passion for mystery, join the group each month to discuss your favorites and selections made by group members. Tonight we will discuss "Nutshell: A Novel" by Ian McEwan.
Main Library Meeting Room  

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Hop To It!

Nolan and Delia Jablonski enjoying last year's event with the bunny!

Are you trying to keep those whimsical childhood dreams alive for your child as they grow up? Or maybe you just want to see how your baby will react to the Easter bunny for the first time and catch a funny snapshot! Either way, the best way to embrace those pivotal moments of childhood is to join other Lakewood families on Saturday, April 13th at this year’s Breakfast with the Bunny, hosted by H2O!

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Lakewood Montessori School's Super Fun Trivia Night

Lakewood Montessori School (LMS) is hosting its 3rd Annual Trivia Night on Saturday, April 6 at 7pm at Vosh Nightclub (1414 Riverside Drive, Lakewood). The event is a great evening of fun trivia, food, drink and great silent auction and raffle items.  The event supports the school's scholarship fund and is a great way to learn about this wonderful school and its families. 

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St. Mark Community Ready To Brave Shave Once Again

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events for the sixth year at St. Mark School in Cleveland on March 22, 2019, where over 80 students, staff, parents, and other family members will shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money to conquer childhood cancers. 

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Six Key Takeaways From LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home: Creating A Sound Investment” Workshop

LakewoodAlive's first "Knowing Your Home" workshop of 2019 drew 45 attendees to Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood.

And away we go! LakewoodAlive’s 2019 “Knowing Your Home” series got off to a strong start on March 7, as 45 attendees gathered at The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood to hear an Opening Night panel discussion addressing the process for undertaking major home improvement projects.

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LakewoodAlive Launches Lakewood Pride Fund To Assist Residents With Home Repairs

The Lakewood Pride Fund aims to help credit-challenged Lakewood families secure home repair loans. (Photo courtesy of Aerial Agents)

LakewoodAlive, a community-centered nonprofit organization, announces the launch of the Lakewood Pride Fund. This innovative program will leverage a collection of funds to secure home repair loans for Lakewood families who otherwise might not have access to conventional bank financing, helping families complete health & code compliance repairs. This program will not only help to keep a home in good repair, but it will also with each on-time payment improve the client’s credit score.

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The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 5: “The Ballad Of Derecho Dan” Continues

Little Dan sure had his work cut out for him if he was to save the Gas & Lube. Everyone said he was in over his head and doomed to fail. Little Dan’s secret weapon against such pessimism was his own youthful optimism. He didn’t yet know where failure lived and he sure as hell wasn’t roaming the town in search of it.

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LHS Pair Earn National Art Honors

Scholastic Art Silver Medal winners Lillian Horschke (left) and Inga Wilhelmy.

Congratulations to Lakewood High School senior Lillian Horschke and freshman Inga Wilhelmy, who have earned national Silver Medals in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. This competition is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. More than 340,000 pieces of art were submitted for the contest and earning a national award puts Lillian and Inga in the top 1% of participants.

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Meet And Greet's New Shuttle Service Compliments Of Rotary Club Of Lakewood And Rocky River With Service Provided By Youth Challenge Of Westlake

Summer is less than three months away for most Northeast Ohio families. With a break from the daily school schedule, it is the perfect time to seek out extra help for a child that may be struggling with anxiety, attention, academic, electronic addition, social/communication or other issues. But how do you find a summer camp, program or provider that can best meet the needs of your child?

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Staff Spotlight: Groh & Smolen

Cheryl Smolen

Each month the Lakewood City School District selects two staff members to be honored for outstanding service to the District. This month, the spotlight turns to Lakewood High secretary Deb Groh and Grant Elementary School preschool teacher Cheryl Smolen.

DEB GROH

Every day Lakewood High Main Office secretary and recordkeeper Deb Groh goes above and beyond to ensure that all staff and students have what they need to be successful. Deb is always the first one in the office and although her starting time is 7 am, you will often find her there even earlier, making sure that substitutes are secured for all absent staff. Ten teachers out for professional development? No problem. A last-minute emergency call off by a staff member? No problem. No matter what is thrown at her, Deb’s response is always the same, "I'll figure it out, might take some juggling, but I'll figure it out."

Deb, who joined the District in 2001 and LHS in 2008, always goes the extra mile to make sure alumni calling for transcripts needed for a job or college application receive what they need as soon as possible. These are often frantic requests due to looming deadlines and Deb receives more than 25 of these a week! A graduate may call from over 50 years ago to request an obscure student record and Deb digs like an archaeologist to find the treasured item. 

Besides her records duties, Deb also manages the mammoth LHS payroll, purchase orders, and myriad staff and administrator requests without complaint. It seems that Deb is always there for whomever may need her.

 

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Don't Lakewood Government Officials Have A Duty To Follow The Law?

On April 22, 2018 Lakewood City Council members Anderson, Bullock, Litton, O’Leary, and O’Malley voted to pass Lakewood Ordinance Number 27-18. That ordinance, among other things, authorized Mayor Summers to execute a development agreement with Carnegie Management And Development Corporation. That agreement provides for the City to sell to Carnegie Management And Development Corporation TWENTY EIGHT (28) parcels of land owned by the City for ONE DOLLAR!! That’s right. You didn’t misread. FOR ONE DOLLAR!!!!!!! Such a deal.

Council members Anderson, Bullock, Litton, O’Leary, O’Malley and Mayor Summers chose to ignore the law in Ohio that when a city is going to sell real estate, the city is required to advertise the sale for FIVE (5) WEEKS. Lakewood government officials DID NOT advertise the sale of those valuable 28 parcels for even one week.

That same state law requires that any sale of real estate by a city be only with the HIGHEST BIDDER. There has been no advertisement. Therefore, there was no bidding. Once again, those City officials have demonstrated their preference for rigged deals, like their giveaway of our valuable hospital, rather than following state law.

 

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Hannah Wins State Title In Indoor Hurdles

Congratulations to senior Tyler Hannah, who won the Division 1 Indoor title in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.96 seconds! Tyler was seeded second going into the race and narrowly beat out the runnerup by .09 seconds. Tyler will next compete at the New Balance Nationals Indoor competition in New York City March 9.

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LakewoodAlive’s “There’s No Place Like Home” Draws Sellout Crowd for Journey to Oz

Loving Lakewood attendees pose with Oz characters in front of the photo booth.
(Judie Vegh/OyVegh Photography)

There’s simply no place like home, especially when the place you call home is Lakewood, Ohio.

LakewoodAlive hosted Loving Lakewood: There’s No Place Like Home presented by Cleveland Property Management Group on Saturday night, February 23, at the Lakewood Masonic Temple, drawing a sellout crowd of 235 Oz-enthused guests to celebrate 15 years of community vibrancy in grand fashion. Proceeds from this 15th anniversary fundraising event will support LakewoodAlive’s programming as we strive to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.

Guests entering the Lakewood Masonic Temple’s ballroom were treated to a transformation of the historic building’s interior into a collection of “not in Kansas anymore” scenes from the Wizard of Oz. A Yellow Brick Road greeted attendees and led them to the stage, which displayed a larger-than-life Wizard with an emerald green face flanked by fiery flames. Both ends of the ballroom depicted fighting apple trees, while the west-end featured a spinning tornado and a photo booth beckoning guests to sit on a broomstick while the backdrop proclaimed “Surrender Lakewood” atop an aerial view of the Solstice Steps.

As they enjoyed a variety of Oz-inspired cocktails and cuisine courtesy of Karen King Catering, There’s No Place Like Home guests grooved to music spun by DJ Byron. They were greeted by a surprise visit from the cast of characters from the classic 1939 film, including Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, Glinda and the Flying Monkey.  

 

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Forced Sneezes: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 86

Red Devil Ryders - Red Devil Ryders - self-released - 9? songs - cassette

This is the official "debut" of Red Devil Ryders so long as you don't count the limited edition live tape or Carter Luckfield's "Crowley 666," which is kind of like the prequel to the whole thing. The sound of the group is firmly rooted in about 1975 or so, in a sort of obscure middle ground between glam rock and pub rock with added hints of country rock and power pop (at its most rock 'n' roll– think Dave Edmunds, say). There's some Brinsley Schwarz influence, a bit of Neil Young, you probably get the picture. Lyrically, the trend is towards themes of driving, women, "gotta get to the show," or, commonly, all three at once. Though I (perhaps unfairly) think of this as guitarist/vocalist Carter Luckfield's band, bassist Adam Spektor takes lead vocals on two of the A-side tracks, "Alabamarama" (a song that sounds exactly like the title makes you think it sounds– it's a "gotta get to the show" tune) and "Spicy Boys" (in which a variety of spicy foods are listed– it's kind of ridiculous, but it's done in good spirit. Come to think of it, this one could probably fall under "gotta get to the show" as well.). "Down At The Club" and "Buy Me A Drink" are very strong as opening and closing songs, respectively. I was worried that "Red Devil" might be another hot sauce song, but it isn't unless it's going for a really weird metaphor, and "The Ballad Of Texas Pete" is an outlaw story song, because what more can you say than that this band goes all in on their schtick? I have to admit I'm slightly annoyed by the flip side, which is taken up with "666 Pt. 2." I thought it might be a really long freakout jam thing, or like Blues Magoos' "Dante's Inferno" or something, but it's not even really a cohesive piece. It's basically four more songs (the last of which, appropriately closing out the tape, is the fantastic "End Of The World") interspersed with bits of recordings played backwards, sometimes jammed over/along with by the band. I don't know, maybe I just find the forced mystery of it a bit irritating. The complaint I have about the tape as a whole, and I feel bad about saying it because I genuinely like this band, is that a number of the songs are very stylistically similar and I think the fact that four more of them are lumped together on side two just adds to the impression of slight sameiness. However, when it works, it works, and there are definitely some really good songs on here and this is a solid debut. You should be able to tell if you'll like this just by looking at the artwork, which includes a van, a cowboy, and a pepper. I also like that they went for a goofy band photo. 3.5/5

(reddevilryders.bandcamp.com)

 

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New Early Care And Education Center Opening At Triskett RTA Station

Horizon Education Centers is a leader in quality early care and education, preparing children and families for life for 40 years.  Horizon is a mission-driven nonprofit making sure all families have access to high quality programs regardless of income or where they live. Our newest facility, Horizon Education Centers Triskett Station, currently under construction, is set to open April 2019 and is conveniently located at 13700 Triskett Road at the Triskett Rapid Station.

We are proud to be one of Cleveland’s top-rated programs. All nine of Horizon Education Centers are rated high quality under Ohio’s Step Up To Quality Rating System. This rating ensures that your child will experience: qualified teachers, proven curriculum, family engagement, developmental screenings and electronic access to your child’s individual learning. 

Horizon offers programming for children 18 months to 12 years of age. The Triskett Station Center will offer scholarship programs for free high-quality full day preschool for families that qualify. Along with preschool, Horizon offers high quality Kindergarten Readiness curriculum and instruction and the best early care and afterschool educational programs offered in Cleveland. 

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Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices Poetry Exhibit Workshops With Leanne Hoppe

Poetry helps us understand ourselves and others in a way nothing else can. It filters out what doesn’t matter and intensifies what does, distilling our collective life experiences into verse. With that in mind, Lakewood Public Library and the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University present "Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices," an interactive exhibit where inspiration flows in a special space that allows you to create your own poetry and enjoy the poetry of others in our community with the use of creative writing tools, activities and technology.

The display is open to visitors from March 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019 to explore independently, but on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., Leanne Hoppe, local teacher, editor and translator, will lead the first in a series of workshops to explore the different aspects of the exhibit. The display can be found on the Main Library Second Floor Gallery. The Madison branch will have a small interactive component of the exhibit as well.

Leanne Hoppe will return for another workshop specifically designed for individuals 18 and under on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

 

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Women In History Presents Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was a woman ahead of her time. Born a slave in 1862, Wells went on to become a journalist, civil rights activist, public speaker and educator. She was arrested in Tennessee in 1884 after refusing to give up her first-class train seat. She also ran for state senate in 1930, only a year before her death.

You can learn more about this civil rights pioneer on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium when Women in History presents the life of Ida B. Wells-Barnett in a portrayal by Sherrie Tolliver.

Wells began her anti-lynching campaign in 1892 when three black store owners in Memphis were lynched after defending themselves against an attack by a white mob angry over the success of the store. Wells’ outrage grew into a series of articles in black-owned newspapers, a trip around the South to gather information and the publication of an in-depth report on lynching in America for the New York Age. For her efforts, white citizens in Memphis destroyed her newspaper office and threated to kill her if she returned from New York. She became Ida B. Wells-Barnett in 1895 after marrying Ferdinand Barnett, with whom she had four children. Wells-Barnett went on to establish several civil rights organizations and was present at the meeting which founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The Library performance will feature Sherrie Tolliver, dressed in period costume, delivering a monologue as Ida B. Wells-Barnett, followed by a question and answer session. Founded in 1991, Women in History does extensive character research and uses authentic vintage clothing when possible. Even hairdos are styled by a specialist in historic hair design.

Join Tolliver on March 10, 2019 at this Sunday with the Friends performance to learn more about the remarkable life of Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Spring Book Sale Preview

Friends of Lakewood Public Library host a Members Only Preview Sale. Join at the door for as little as $3.00.
Main Library Friends’ Book Sale Area

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Author Event - "100 Things to See in the Night Sky:
 From Planets and Satellites to Meteors and Constellations, Your Guide to Stargazing"
by Dean Regas

Rocket through space and sail among billions of stars and galaxies as author Dean Regas guides you through the universe. Utilizing amazing simulation software, you’ll stop at the Moon and individual planets. Dean Regas has been the Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000 and is the co-host of Star Gazers, a backyard astronomy program airing on PBS stations around the world. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.
Main Library Auditorium 

Friday, March 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices Opening Gala
Featuring: David Hassler, Director Wick Poetry Center; Katie Daley, Teaching Artist Wick Poetry Center

We invite you to celebrate the opening of Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices. David Hassler will speak about the history and impact of the Traveling Stanzas exhibits, and Katie Daley will speak about leading workshops in our community to create poetry featured in our exhibit. The poetry created in these workshops is directly reflected in this public display. There will also be a performance by the Global Connections, and a poetry reading. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Opening remarks begin at 7:00 p.m.
Main Library Grand Reading Room

Spring Book Sale
Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friends of Lakewood Public Library host the Spring Book Sale.
Main Library Friends’ Book Sale Area 

 

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Children/Youth Events

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library
for 3/6-3/20

Stories About Kenya! Meet Local Author, Daniel J. Cleary

For students in kindergarten through fifth Grade. 

Daniel J. Cleary has traveled extensively in Kenya and will read two of his titles and compare and contrast children's lives in Kenya to children's lives in the United States. This will be followed by a craft; make your own rain stick to take home with you. Registration is required.

 

Friday, March 8, 2019, 4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Happy Chinese

For students in first through sixth Grade. 

Learn about Chinese characters, expressions and culture in this seven-week interactive program. Registration required.

Tuesdays, March 6- April 17, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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The Intergenerational Tea Party Brings STEM Fun To The Womans' Pavilion

It’s that time again for one of Lakewood’s cherished community events, the Intergenerational Tea Party. Launch your dreams of space exploration in a fun-filled afternoon at the Woman’s Pavilion, Lakewood Park. The party is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 4 to 6 P.M. Our guest of honor is Luciana Vega, the 2018 American Girl Doll, Girl of the Year. This year’s theme is Space Exploration and we are ready for a STEM afternoon. The Woman's Pavilion will be transformed into a space camp, complete with a presentation by Great Lakes Science Center on STEM.

The party will start with delicious tea-time sandwiches, tea, hot chocolate, goodies, and of course, our perennial favorite, the Parade of Dolls. Dress for a space exploration party, and bring your doll or teddy bear to join in the parade, as it winds its way through the room. Moms don’t forget your cameras! There will be tickets for sale for the raffle prizes. The highlight of the afternoon will be the drawing for our guest of honor, American Girl Doll, Luciana Vega.

Tickets are $15 each, which includes your chance to win Luciana Vega. Purchase your tickets and reserve your place now. Seating is limited, so act quickly!

 

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One Hundred And Fifty-Three People

One hundred fifty-two people, plus one, to include my mother. One hundred fifty-three people dead to heroin overdoses alone in Cuyahoga County during 2018. This is not counting the two-hundred and eighty-three men and women dead from similar drugs. Carfentanil, Fentanyl, opium, heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone. Street drugs well-known by addicts and law enforcement alike. Names like these rule the lives of those who were drawn into the power of opioids, either by the overprescribing of drugs, or the allure of the euphoria it gave, people consumed, only realizing too late that there was no escape. That there will be death, relapse, or a daily struggle for the rest of their lives to avoid the one thing that brings them happiness.

The day is January 30, 2018, and I just received the news that my mother has passed. It is a week before my 16th birthday and I realize that I cannot reconnect with my mother after years of separation.

We had stopped talking you see—I was living with her and my brother who was about three or four at the time when everything first started happening. I was 10 for part of the year and 11 for the other part, I didn’t understand what was happening, and I didn’t understand that it was bad until my mother was dragged unconscious into our living room half dead. I had no idea what to do and the people around me didn’t have the physical capabilities to perform CPR, and so it came down to me. I kneeled next to my mother's bluing body trying as hard as I could to remember every step of the CPR lessons I had been taught in an online babysitting program I had paid for months before. I remember going to a beat, listening to the people around me question whether or not I knew what I was doing. My arms ached, as I listened to the dispatcher on the phone give me directions. She said to not stop until the paramedics arrived, but shortly after she said that, my mother gurgled or coughed, and I stopped to grab her. To ask if she was OK. That was a mistake. She opened her eyes but snapped them closed, returning blue. I continued CPR for what seemed like an eternity until someone let in the paramedics. Her heart stopped but she was then revived by paramedics. Just before the last EMT left he told me how brave I was, how I had saved her life, and in that moment I knew that I had to get away. I packed my brother and myself a bag of clothes and asked if we could stay with my father for a while. A while turned into one week then two weeks and three weeks, into a month, but then my father started to get suspicious. I had never spent so much time there before. He did some investigating, asking family members if they knew anything—no one had told him of my mother's illness. And so my entire family was brought into the world that is an addiction.

 

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Lakewood Women’s Club To Host 3rd Annual Spring Fundraiser

Nominations Open Now for Women Honoring Women

Lakewood Women’s Club is seeking nominations for its third annual spring fundraiser, Women Honoring Women, to be presented on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Vosh in Lakewood, Ohio. This event will recognize outstanding women whose charitable service and economic enrichment have made an exceptional impact in Lakewood, Ohio.

The Women Honoring Women awards will recognize women for a variety of accomplishments from career to volunteer and philanthropic endeavors. In addition, a college scholarship award will be presented to an outstanding young woman who has made a significant impact in the community.

The event will “…delight in the beauty of the butterfly [and celebrate] the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty (Maya Angelou).”

Award categories include:

Community Leader

This award honors a woman who has demonstrated excellence in leadership through deep local understanding and outstanding initiative. She consistently advances community-driven, innovative, and sustainable solutions to the region’s most pressing challenges and provides service to either one organization or a variety of volunteer activities. The charitable activities/events or service listed on the application cannot be part of the nominee’s job description or duties.

 

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Barnes and Noble Celebrates Teachers With Ninth Annual "My Favorite Teacher" Contest

High School Students Can Nominate Their Favorite K-12 Teachers for the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year” Award

National Winner and Their School to Split $10,000 in Cash Prizes

Barnes & Noble Crocker Park announced the launch of the 2019 “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest,” which provides high school students with the opportunity to share their appreciation for their teachers with their local communities. Now in its ninth year, the contest  launched on Valentine’s Day to give students the opportunity to show love and appreciation to their teachers.

High school students can nominate K-12 teachers starting today, Valentine’s Day, through March 14, 2019, by writing essays, poems or thank-you letters detailing how much their teachers have impacted their lives and why they appreciate them.* Entries will be collected online only at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher, and will be judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s inspiring qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing. Only high school students 14 or older at the time of entry and active teachers employed by elementary, middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to win.

The “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year” will receive $5,000, and their school will receive an additional $5,000. The award recipient will also be recognized at a special community celebration at their local Barnes & Noble store. The student who writes the national winning essay, poem or thank-you letter will win a $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

 

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The Herb Guild Scholarship Information

The Herb Guild Scholarship Information

The Herb Guild Garden Club is offering a one-time scholarship available to graduating high school seniors as well as Lorain County Community College and Cuyahoga Community College current freshmen or sophomore students. Applicants must be residents of the state of Ohio and a U.S. citizen. (International or foreign exchange students are not eligible). Only students with a proposed academic study in Forestry, Botany, Horticulture, Environmental Science, Agriculture, Landscaping, or Culinary Arts are eligible for this scholarship. For further information contact Mary Kay Filipiak at 440-926-2469.

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Writing a Successful Resume

With fifteen years’ experience hiring people and reviewing resumes, I have seen countless times how the most basic items are overlooked in trying to think of some dynamic way to stand out.

Standing out from the pile is more often a matter of doing the simple things, well. Here are some basic tips and tricks that help secure a follow-up phone call. 

Whether you have one resume or multiple resumes, your last name should be in the file name (for example, “presutto.pdf.”). When a manager is considering applicants, they could be reviewing dozens of resumes.  Having your name on the file will not only make it easier for those reviewing resumes to sort, it is a way for them to get used to seeing your name over and over again. If you are submitting your resume via email, or having any correspondence via email, you should also utilize your name in the subject line.

Under the heading of “experience,” customize the transferable skills from your previous role to highlight relevance to the role for which you’re applying. If your prior position was an event coordinator, and you've applied to be an administrative assistant, focus on the skills that are useful in both roles: calendar management, organization, time management, attention to detail, and basic communication skills. 

In order to really stand out, try to keep things to a basic formula of action verb + noun + what you specifically brought to the role. Don’t list calendar management under your experience. Instead, try “Managed calendars for major events to prevent double booking.” 

 

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Burning River Baroque Performs March 23 At Lakewood Congregational Church

Malina Rauschenfels, soprano, and Paual Maust, harpsichord, artistic directors of Burning River Baroque. Photo courtesy of Alex Belisle.

Burning River Baroque continues their 7th season with a series of thought-provoking performances, beginning Tuesday, March 19. "The Other Side of the Story: Untold Perspectives on Familiar Tales" has been crafted to connect baroque music to contemporary social issues.

The March performances engage audiences around the timeless issues of toxic masculinity and consent. Historic passages and tales have been interwoven with a broad range of musical compositions and related commentary. “We frequently get to experience history through the victor’s eyes,” said co-director Malina Rauschenfels, “We’re interested in hearing the other side of the story — from those populations that are often marginalized.”

Drawing from ancient mythology, literature, and Biblical passages, the dramatic music highlights themes raised by the #MeToo movement. From the Book of Judith to the story of a Siren from her own perspective, the performers discuss the ways in which ancient tales resonate in our communities today.

The program for soprano, flute, cello and harpsichord includes baroque repertoire, a medieval work, and the premiere of "Honey sweet we sing for you," a cantata by Aaron Grad and Jennifer Bullis. Amid the week of performances, Burning River Baroque will perform at and host outreach workshops especially designed for the Renee Jones Empowerment Center and CMSD’s Bard High School Early College.

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The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 4: “The Ballad Of Derecho Dan” Continues

Big Dan had sweated out his last day on earth. He tried to decide whether to keep the Gas & Lube open or close it down before the relentless derecho storms tore the old building apart. He feared that a sudden storm could ignite the station’s vulnerable underground gasoline supplies. Hanging in the balance were the livelihoods of his family and the future of Little Dan.

That evening after work , Big Dan came home and sat down in his favorite chair. He turned on his Zenith Color TV using its Space Commander Remote and then quietly passed on to his next life without so much as an ‘adios’. The hobgoblins of stress and worry had finally gotten the better of Big Dan and left him standing at the pearly gates, probably with a quizzical look on his face. He'd been a hard working and honest man who internalized all the things that gnawed small chunks out of him until nothing was left but a chunkless man. 

Wilmena and Little Dan had discovered Big Dan dead from a heart attack just as Rockport’s emergency sirens signaled that the next storm was on its way. It turned out to be a false alarm. Yes, a storm had hit Rockport that morning. It rolled in and left flooding, downed trees, water spouts and power outages. Fortunately, it had been a “normal” storm. The type of storm that we'd grown up with. The kind that happen on warm summer days when moisture from the Gulf of Mexico rushes north through the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys. 

Abiding by their “storm era” policies, the police, fire and ambulances couldn’t or wouldn’t respond to Wilmena’s tearful call until the danger had passed. There was nothing they could do for Big Dan, anyway. So, Wilmena summoned her army of close friends and kind hearted neighbors who braved the storm and filled the house with love and support. Together they moved Big Dan from his chair onto a swaddle of pillows and blankets that had been laid on the floor. As the storm outside the house raged on, everyone prayed aloud and didn’t stop until they came and took Big Dan away to the medical examiner. 

 

 

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Next Steps On Our Journey Of Discovery

Picking up from where we left off in my first column, I wanted to share a recent session in our Journey of Discovery that involved the entire staff of Lakewood City Schools during our Professional Development Day in mid-February. It was powerful to have nearly 800 people talking together, all focused on determining the collective vision of what our students need from us in order to enjoy productive, fulfilling, and healthy lives.

We thought about how technology has impacted our students in ways we never predicted – both positively and negatively. This led us to talk about how we must prepare our students through nurturing flexibility, adaptability, curiosity, critical thinking, etc., to be ready for technologies that have yet to be created.

As part of the discussion, I asked our staff members to share what skills, abilities and habits of mind they thought our students needed to possess to succeed in the world that awaits them upon graduation. What was so wonderful to discover was that the qualities that our staff mentioned were the same ones that have been shared with us during our many conversations with community members at our Listen & Learn sessions and other encounters since the start of the school year. Some of the top qualities mentioned were collaboration, creativity, empathy, resilience, and flexibility, among others.

 

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Dynamic Lakewood Businesses Give Back

BEER ENGINE has been a cornerstone business in Lakewood since 2007. Partnering with Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation (LCAC), BEER ENGINE has raised more than $15,000 to help stuggling families and senior citizens in our community.

Each year, LCAC’s all volunteer board has to raise $25,000 to carry out its mission of providing food for the holidays and cleaning supplies in the spring to Lakewood residents in need. This year BEER ENGINE is celebrating its 12th anniversary by joining forces with Woodstock BBQ in hopes of raising a record donation for Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation. 

From March 1 - March 18, 2019 BEER ENGINE and Woodstock BBQ will invite patrons to purchase personalized taps, mugs, growlers, and kegs to paper the walls of each establishment. Prices vary from $1.00 to $100.00, with LCAC receiving 100% of the money raised during the campaign.

On March 18th  at 6:00pm, Mayor Summers will be at BEER ENGINE to accept a check from BE owner, Bob Wright and Woodstock BBQ’s owner, Robert Togliatti on behalf of LCAC and all the families who will benefit from the combined charity fundraiser.

 

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LakewoodAlive to Host “Knowing Your Home: All About Fireplaces” Workshop On March 21

LakewoodAlive's "All About Fireplaces" free workshop takes place March 21 at The Hearth Shop.

Most everyone enjoys the warmth and ambiance associated with a working fireplace. But how can you ensure your home’s fireplace serves as a source of comfort and crackling?

LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: All About Fireplaces on Thursday, March 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Hearth Shop (27303 Center Ridge Road in Westlake). The second workshop of 2019 for this free home maintenance educational series seeks to address everything you need to know about your fireplace.

Led by our friends at The Hearth Shop, this workshop brings back a popular theme first introduced last year. The presentation will cover a wide range of topics pertaining to both gas and wood-burning fireplaces, including:

  • How to ensure your fireplace is working safely
  • How a fireplace system works
  • Proper fireplace maintenance
  • Upgrading or converting your fireplace

Additionally, this workshop will highlight options available within homes that currently do not have a fireplace system, and cover the steps and costs involved in installing a new fireplace.

To reserve your free spot for “Knowing Your Home: All About Fireplaces,” visit LakewoodAlive.org/KnowingYourHome or call 216-521-0655.

 

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One Lakewood Plaza To Be Built On Foundation Of Lies

Aerial view of Lakewood Hospital.

Since the Lakewood Observer broke the story of Lakewood Hospital closing back in 2014, Lakewood City Hall and groups that support the hospital teardown have told the public many things that we now know are, demonstrably lies. Despite this, many people took great offense when I called Mayor Summers a “liar” over the Lakewood Hospital debacle. So, from the dictionary:
LIAR noun
1. a person who tells lies
LIE noun
1. an intentionally false statement.

What follows is a chronology of confirmed and proven lies by City Hall that directly contributed to the decision to close and tear down Lakewood Hospital.

Lie #1: “Hospital Not Closing”
December 29 - January 15, 2015
While Mayor Summmers and Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan claimed the Hospital was not closing, the Lakewood Observer had obtained copies of the Letter of Intent that called for the closing of Lakewood Hospital.
Proven Fact: Mayor Summers had been working with a small group of people to close Lakewood Hospital since before 2010.
And City Hall knew this.

When caught in that lie, City Hall and supporters went to:

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Social Justice Story Time And Scavenger Hunt

Children begin to categorize people based on race, gender and social status at a very young age to make sense of the world around them. Parents may not feel comfortable talking to their child about social justice in public situations or know where to start. Reading books about tolerance and diversity is a perfect way to start this conversation. Social Justice Storytime is a 45 minute program that features age-appropriate books with a social justice theme and includes a discussion time and related craft. This program will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose room. This a drop-ion program for all ages, so no registration is required.

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Spring Art Programs

Spring inches ever closer, which means there is a bouquet of art programs at the Lakewood Public Library for students to choose from. Take a break and come on down to the Lakewood Public Library for some creative inspiration.

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Calling All Artists To Join Lakewood Art League

Lakewood's own very talented Michael Pomerantz presented for Lakewood Art League.

Please consider joining the Lakewood Art League! Now is our membership drive for 2019. We meet the third Thursday of the month. Come to our first meeting to kick off 2019 on Thurs Feb 21st from 7 to 8:30pm at our beautiful new space in the Café of Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Ave!

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Rotary Foundation Offering Four Scholarships

The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Foundation is offering grants for study in any accredited post-high school educational institution. Four grants of $3,000 will be awarded toward the cost of one year’s tuition.

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Library Partners With Wick Poetry Center To Present "Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices"

Photo credit: Ken Blaze

Lakewood Public Library will be hosting the exhibit "Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices," in partnership with the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Lakewood Public Library. Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices acknowledges the unique experiences of immigrants in our community using an interactive exhibit that includes creative writing tools and activities, and engages a dialogue through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry. The exhibit is open to visitors from March 1 through April 30, 2019 in the Main Library Second Floor Gallery, with supporting programs throughout the spring and summer. Madison Branch will have a smaller scale interactive component as well.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Presentation: Person-first Language and Disability Legislation
Presentation by Disability Rights Ohio

Since the landmark signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, certain rights for people with disabilities have been protected by law. Three decades later, the struggle for equality is ongoing. A representative from Disability Rights Ohio will share the latest developments in legislation and its impact on everyday living for people with disabilities.
Main Library Auditorium

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Legends Of China: Culture And Poetry Presented By Professor Shunqin Li

Explore Chinese poetry and culture.

Explore Chinese poetry and culture in a four-week course led by Professor Shunqin Li. Concentrating on poetry from the Tang Dynasty, this poetry series will open a window to Chinese culture through song, language and artistic expression.

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Friends Of Lakewood Library Spring Book Sale

All winter long, the Friends of Lakewood Library have been moving, sorting, stacking and organizing thousands of donations to prepare for the Friends of Lakewood Library Spring Book Sale on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Lakewood Kiwanis Offering Scholarships To Graduating Seniors

The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood is proud to be offering its 2019 scholarship program to graduating high school seniors. The club’s foundation will award eight $10,000 scholarships, $2500 per year for 4 years each. Edward Hadaway, Kiwanis scholarship committee chairman said “ eligible applicants can be students at any high school, but must be a resident of Lakewood. They must demonstrate academic success in high school and must have applied to one or more specific college or university. Winners will be chosen based on need for financial assistance; community involvement and service; the qualities of leadership, honesty, loyalty,diligence and participation in extracurricular activities.” Applications and contact information is online at Lakewood Kiwanis. Please submit by April 1, 2019. Kiwanis serving Lakewood youth. 

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Heart Art

The “Inspire Your Heart with Art” program, recently held at the Lakewood Public Library, brought a group of children together to listen to a story, write a poem, and complete two different heart art projects. Here they are shown proudly displaying an art project where flowers were created from paper cupcake liners.

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Immigrant Voices

Immigrant Voices Story Time: What is an immigrant? An Immigrant is a person who moves to a country from somewhere else. The great thing about our country is that it is made up mostly of immigrants. Some came here from a few generations ago, while others are just arriving. Because reading books about immigration is a perfect way to learn about new Americans, we’re going to read stories about different types of immigrant experiences. This forty five minute story time features age-appropriate books with an immigration theme and includes a related craft. This drop-in program for all ages will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose room. No registration is required.

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