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Nine Honored At 14th Annual Lakewood Historic Preservation Awards

As part of National Preservation Month, the Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board recognized nine recipients at the annual Lakewood Historic Preservation Awards.

The Heritage Advisory Board hosted a special presentation and awards ceremony at a recent Lakewood City Council meeting

Being honored for exemplary projects that have contributed to improving the quality of life in Lakewood through the preservation of our community’s historic and architectural resources, the nine recipients and their respective awards are:

Marjorie Building, 15100-16 Detroit Avenue. Commercial Revitalization

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Q&A With Mayor Summers About the Future of Healthcare in Lakewood
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- City Hall, November 5, 2014 Read More

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Hayes DARE Basketball Team 2015 Champions

The Hayes DARE Basketball team members: 

Front Row: Billy Breninghouse, Zack Simmons, Aaron Hoegner, James Toole, Chase Holyko, Dylan Ferry, Mason Miller, Zyereion Doxley, Jacob Goings

Back Row: Coach Anwar Zahriyeh, Will Hyatt, Sophia Stringer, Alesis Stringer, Alesha Kotyla, Danny Garcia, Mollie Henrikson, Jannah Zahriyeh, Angelique Christou, Dylan Popovich, Lennah Papadorotheou, Noah Eisel, Coach Ben Toole 

Not Pictured: Dermot Healy, Molly Minadeo, Kasey Perron

The 2015 DARE Basketball Tournament was held Sat. April 18 at Garfield Middle School. This annual one day tournament is put on by the DARE Officers Rasch and Acklin and The Lakewood Police Department. This year's champions was the team from Hayes, coached by mother and son combo Stephanie and Ben Toole with the help of LHS junior Anwar Zahriyeh. After first defeating the teams from Harrison and Lincoln, the Hayes 5th graders took on the team from Emerson for a close and exciting championship game.

In the end, the team from Hayes came out victorious, bringing the 2015 DARE Basketball Championship banner to hang in the Hayes gym.

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Lakewood’s Iconic Legend Kenneth Warren Dies

Ken's retirement photo. In a library of books, Ken had chosen each one in the photo, brought some in from home. Each meant something, when you read the titles, he was just such a punk.

Kenneth Warren, age 63, father, poet, musician, author, and Lakewood Public Library’s award-winning director for over 25 years died, Thursday, May 21.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 12:15 AM, 05.27.2015

Gear Up For Beck Center’s Annual Bike For Beck And BeckFest

Graphic Design by Pat Miller

Beck Center for the Arts is hosting its fourth annual Bike for Beck, a fundraising cycling event, on Sunday, May 31. Cyclists will take to the Cleveland Metroparks between 7 to 10 a.m., beginning and ending at Beck Center, located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Riders can choose from 12-, 25-, or 60-mile rides. The community is invited to BeckFest, a free, family-friendly arts and music festival at Beck Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from Bike for Beck will benefit quality arts education programs at Beck Center. Registration is available online at beckcenter.org.

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Save Lakewood Hospital Rally At City Hall

Citizens gathered in front of Lakewood City Hall on Monday, May 18th before a regular City Council meeting to oppose the Letter of Intent (LOI) signed by Cleveland Clinic and the Lakewood Hospital Association, which outlines a proposal to close and demolish Lakewood Hospital and build an outpatient-only “Family Wellness Center” similar to one in East Cleveland in its place. Many protesters also voiced support for keeping the century-old establishment open with a new health system partner, such as MetroHealth. The LOI needs to be approved by City Council by May 31st, when it expires, in order for the Clinic’s plan to go into effect. 

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Taste Of Lakewood Returns To Madison Park On June 7

The 12th Annual Taste of Lakewood, co-presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Cleveland Magazine, will be held on Sunday, June 7th at Madison Park. Although the Taste of Lakewood is all about promoting Lakewood’s outstanding restaurants, a couple of new tasty ingredients have been added to this year’s outdoor day-long food festival.

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Sample Schubert’s Lieder At Lakewood Public Library

One of the masters of classical music, Franz Schubert is renowned for his solo piano music, symphonies, string compositions (the bubbly "Trout," the hauntingly beautiful "Death and the Maiden"), and sacred works. However, his true accomplishment may be as the greatest songwriter ever. Despite his death at the age of thirty-one, Schubert composed 615 Lieder. Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear some of these beautiful Lieder performed live by Great Lakes Light Opera on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

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LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Saturday, May 30
Lakewood Public Cinema: "The Misfits" (1961) Directed by John Huston
Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe make their final screen appearances in this melancholy masterpiece, graced with humor and humanity. Monroe plays a disillusioned young woman who has come to Reno for a divorce. After making fast friends with Thelma Ritter, an older divorcée who never left the state after her own divorce, and heartbroken mechanic Eli Wallach, she's introduced to a larger-than-life cowboy named Gay, played by Clark Gable. As the last of the real men, Gay is a little too good at masking his pain behind romantic speeches about cowboy freedom and the beauty of nature. After hitting it off at first, her innocent idealism clashes violently with his hard-edged, hard-hearted practicality.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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A New Day For Lakewood Hospital

If you’ve been following the Lakewood Hospital saga, you know that at a press conference on January 15th, citizens were told that 1.) Lakewood hospital would be closing next year, that 2.) it was losing money and that 3.) no other healthcare system was interested in running it.  

So, we should gratefully accept Cleveland Clinic’s offer to have Lakewood pay for demolishing its own hospital, so the Clinic could buy the land at a discount and put a “Family Health Center” (a specialty referral center similar to the Stephanie Tubbs Center in East Cleveland) on part of the land.

In addition, Lakewood would also have to sign an agreement indicating that we would never contract with any other health provider at that site without the Clinic's approval. The money left in hospital coffers and money that the Lakewood Hospital Foundation had raised and additional money paid yearly by the Clinic was supposed to be given to a new non-profit group, formed from the old Lakewood Hospital Association, whose responsibility would be "health and wellness activities"--the Clinic would have some control over that too. So a referral center, and a lot of money given to an “unnamed” group to be spent on “wellness" instead of a hospital.

 Here is the great news. 

1.) It has NOT been decided that the hospital is closing next year. That was a recommendation that has yet to be voted on by our City Council who represent citizens, many of whom DO NOT WANT THE HOSPITAL CLOSED.

2.) The hospital is not losing money, and could in fact become more robust and more viable under the right management. 

3.) Another healthcare system, MetroHealth, is quite interested in running the hospital and has been for a long time.

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VMCAD Art Exhibition Creates Job Opportunities

The Virginia Marti College of Art and Design (VMCAD) Student Art Exhibition is much more than an art show. It has the potential power to begin a student’s design career and to forge networking opportunities with major design firms in the area.  The Department Chairs of the College invite design professionals from preeminent firms to adjudicate the show. More importantly, these judges get a first look at up-and-coming designers who they may be interested in hiring future employees. This is clearly evident from the circumstances that surrounded last year’s VMCAD Student Art Exhibition.

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Lakewood Chamber Announces 2015 Scholarship Recipients

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 2015 Scholarship winners have been announced and will be honored at the Taste of Lakewood on June 7th at Madison Park. The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce scholarship program, established in 2000, awards scholarships each year to four high school seniors who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their studies, extra-curricular activities, and, just as importantly, a commitment to working at a part-time or full-time job during their high school years. Over sixty young men and women have received Lakewood Chamber of Commerce scholarships over the past 16 years.

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Taster Twins Are Diggin' Deagan's

When we walked in to the rustic confines of Deagan's Kitchen and Bar, located on Detroit Road near the Warren Road intersection, we were greeted by a friendly, welcoming hostess, as well as every shade and texture of brown in the color palette. The tables were inviting, with their eclectic mix of different chairs. This mismatched style was comfortable and charming. We were presented with an extensive list of adult beverages and the intriguingly creative menu and our attentive server, Sarah, enticed us with the day's specials: including gourmet burger and vegetarian options.

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About Unicycle Club

Unicycle club is a fun activity to do.Even though unicycles are very hard to ride,I still tried.

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Join the New Summer Fun & Fitness Youth Program

The Lakewood Community Recreation & Education Department is proud to introduce its new Summer Fun & Fitness program, designed for the city’s youth in fourth through eighth grade. The department has partnered with Perfect Fit Health Club to bring our youth a sustainable, comfortable, inclusive program to get them and keep them active while having a ton of fun!

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Community Forum Explores Equality And Inclusion

Photo by Ken Brand

On Wednesday, May 13 at Lakewood Public Library, LakewoodAlive’s community forum committee hosted a conversation “Exploring the Legend: Is Equality Alive in Lakewood?” The focus was on the LGBT community and determining if Lakewood is in fact an inclusive and welcoming community.

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LHS Girls Track Team Finishes 4th In West Shore Conference Meet

3rd Place 4x400m Relay Team- Front Row- Ryann Greenfield & Aubrielle Reed. Back Row- Halle Krebs & Seta Nagby

The Rangers finished out their dual meet record 5-2 this season. A young team with just 1 senior competing post season, Captain Monica Harris, the Lakewood High School Girls Track Team finished 4th over all at the West Shore Conference Meet. The two-day meet was held Wednesday May 13th and Friday May 15th at Avon Middle School.

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Two Schools, One Big Book Club

Chomps and Rangerman helped get the students pumped up about reading.

The excitement and enthusiasm in the Garfield gym on May 15 was enough to make one think that the 800 students and staff from Hayes and Lincoln Elementaries gathered there were taking part in a huge pep rally for some giant sporting event. It had all the elements: the Rangerman, Garfield cheerleaders and band, even Browns mascot, Chompers. But the event was actually a rally for reading as the two schools celebrated the kickoff of their "Two Schools, One Book" program.

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LHS Senior's Music Piece Earns National Honor

Lakewood High senior Gregory Watson.

Lakewood High senior Gregory Watson has earned national recognition for the musical composition, "Concerto for Clarinet and Piano," that he entered in the PTA Reflections contest. Watson was given an Award of Merit by the contest's national judges. Watson's piece is only one of 10 selected for national recognition in his category of Musical Composition.

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LHS Teacher Wins Grant For Cross Cultural Project

Lakewood High School Social Studies teacher Megan Eadah has won a 2015 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grant by the organization Facing History and Ourselves and will receive $2,500 to fund a project that will support the high school’s refugee population.

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Lakewood Rallies For City Worker Michael Wilburn, Fighting Brain Cancer

Michael with Owen and Liam

Saturday June 20th, friends, family and City of Lakewood co-workers will gather at Lakewood’s East End Bistro & Pub in a fundraising effort for longtime Lakewood employee Michael Wilburn, recently diagnosed with brain cancer.  The benefit will run from 5PM – 9PM and is intended to support Michael Wilburn and his young family with co-pays, deductibles and related expenses. Tickets are available in advance ($15 at East End and via multiple sellers throughout Lakewood) and will also be available at the door ($20 day of event). The event will feature buffet-style food (6PM – 8PM firm), live music courtesy of Cats on Holiday, 50/50 raffles, donated Chinese auction items, and other fun fundraising activities.  All proceeds beyond basic event costs will go to the family. Come see Michael Wilburn on June 20th and support him during this fight! If you can’t come, donations may also be made via www.gofundme.com/wilburnfamily

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Lakewood YMCA Adventure Guides Car Wash

Photo credit: Scott Steinbrick

On Saturday, June 6th, Lakewood Adventure Guides – Lake Trail Nation will hold its annual car wash behind the Lakewood YMCA. Cruise on by from 10am-2pm to get all the spring dirt washed off by hand and help support a great cause.

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Nature’s Bin Presents “A Natural Approach To Body Care & Beauty” On June 10

Join Nature’s Bin when they host “A Natural Approach to Body Care & Beauty” with Judy Bulcroft on Wednesday, June 10 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at University of Akron/Lakewood. Ms. Bulcroft is a certified family herbalist, and owner of Meadowlake Farms Botanicals. She will be talking about the benefits of using natural skin care, techniques for using these products and how to use your natural apothecary simply and safely.  

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Lakewood Board of Education Accepting Applications for Appointment to the Library Board of Trustees

Mary Louise Nixon in 1981

Lifelong resident of Lakewood, Mary Louise Nixon served the community through participation in many civic and educational groups, leaving a permanent mark on the community she called her home. As such, her passing is deeply felt not just here at the Library, but throughout all of Lakewood. Her service as a Library Trustee started in 1976, and during the 39 years that she served, she was instrumental in shaping the Library into what it is today.

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Registration Open For The 4th Annual Commissioners Youth Scholarship Softball Tournament

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Commissioners Youth Scholarship Softball Tournament. All games will be played in a flight format at Foxx and Usher fields. Teams are guaranteed three games; top four teams make the playoffs. Registration fees are $250 per team with early bird registration of $200 through June 15. Fees include umpires, scorers & game balls. Men’s tournament will be Saturday, August 8, with the Co-Ed tournament on Sunday, August 9.  Rain dates will be August 15 & 16.

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Lakewood City Schools Approve New Lengthened Calendar

The Board of Education on Thursday approved an amended calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. The new first day of school will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. The last day for students remains the same, Thursday, May 26, 2016. Conference dates have been updated as well as Graduation Day. In addition, two professional development days were added in lieu of early release days. One of those professional development days will be Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, which is Election Day.

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Did Lakewood Pay For Avon?

Did Lakewood pay for Avon?

One has to ask.

The Lakewood Hospital 2014 audit arrived in May.  The Hospital shows an Operating Profit of $5.9 million before depreciation--the fourth consecutive year of an Operating Profit before depreciation; and just a small loss of $435 thousand after depreciation.

Since 2008, the Cleveland Clinic has charged Lakewood Hospital about $25 million of Administrative Expense per year, on about $130 million of annual income.  If it weren't for this egregious charge, Lakewood could have shown a profit (even after depreciation) of $15 to $20 million in each of the most recent four years (2011 thru 2014.)

Since 2008 (when the Avon Hospital project started) Lakewood Hospital has paid Cleveland Clinic over $146 million of Admin Expense.

This Admin Expense charge is computed using Cleveland Clinic's mystery math:  adding up all their overhead expense and then deciding how much they can get away with charging Lakewood Hospital for "our share" of these expenses.  This includes Marketing, Purchasing, Executive Team, Billing, Regional Administration, Consulting Fees, Legal Fees, Cost of special projects, Travel, Dues and Licenses, and others.  Getting these expenses off the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus makes them look real good.  We KNOW they aren't doing any Marketing, Regional Admin, Legal, or Consulting on OUR behalf.  But we're paying for it anyway.  And paying . . . and paying . . .

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Ask Roxann: Can Our Teenagers Get More Sleep?

LO: Given all of the recent research regarding adolescent sleep cycles pointing to the fact that teenagers biologically need more sleep and shouldn't start school any earlier than 9am, and that this change would likely produce an increase in test scores as it has been shown that teenagers perform better with a later starting time and more sleep, is the District considering changes to the start time of the school day?

Why or why not?

Is this decision made by the Administration, Board of Ed, or does it have to do with teachers' contracts?

RR:

Will A Later Start Time For Adolescents Increase Student Achievement Scores?

The jury is presently out on this question. There are those who believe that adolescent body clocks don't allow students to be ready to sleep until 11pm, and as such, they should be permitted to begin school later. There are others who still believe that the early bird gets the worm and that early to bed and early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise. This group talks about students properly balancing their schedules to allow for sufficient rest.

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The Curtis Block

Tradition. Rituals. Community. In an increasingly utilitarian society that seems to worship all things new, these quaint concepts are often disregarded with a casual indifference. Why preserve something that simply can be replaced? Isn’t the more modern building or newer technology inherently superior? Why hold onto the past? Just be practical.

Yet, honoring our history and traditions is not merely a sentimental expression--it is often, paradoxically, one of the most practical things that we can do. This is especially true in Lakewood. In our competitive, dynamic world, we have some comparative advantages over our friends to the west, the most prominent include our housing stock, location and architecture.

Every time we maintain, renovate or reconstitute an old building—see Geiger’s, Donato’s, Malley’s, Players, Sweet Designs, or just drive down Clarence—we keep Lakewood special and further differentiate ourselves from the land of strip malls and subdivisions. Each step in the other direction promotes homogenization, and our identity becomes eroded. 

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Housing License Applications Moving Online

Do you own a single-family or two-family home that you lease? If so, you probably already know that you’re required under the Lakewood housing code to renew your housing license each year. Starting this year you can complete your housing license online.

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Guests Cut A Rug At LakewoodAlive's Roaring 20's Party

LakewoodAlive honored members of the community at the Roaring 20's Party on May 16. Photo by Rick Uldricks.

On Saturday, May 16, LakewoodAlive Staff, Board of Directors, volunteers and community members put on their suspenders and flapper dresses to celebrate all that is alive in Lakewood! Loving Lakewood: The Roaring 20’s saw VOSH filled with 175 supporters for a night of great food, custom cocktails, a silent auction, raffles and a few speakeasy surprises. All of the attending Big Cheeses and Bootleggers there to support LakewoodAlive’s mission reveled in days gone by with a swanky theme and tunes from the Syncopated Sin Swing Band.

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Westshore Council Of Governments

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Sutherland’s office prepares official minutes, which are posted on Bay Village’s website.

Present: Mayors Sutherland (Bay Village), Bobst (Rocky River), Clough (Westlake), Kennedy (North Olmsted), Patton (Fairview Park) and Summers (Lakewood)

Also present: Fiscal Officer Renee Mahoney; Cuyahoga County Director of Regional Collaboration Ed Kraus; Karlton Laster, staff assistant, Department of Regional Collaboration.
Duration: 9:32 a.m.-11:05 a.m.
Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB): March and April financials were received.

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Library Celebrates 99 Years With New Website, Cards And More

The new library cards await.

May 19, 2015 will mark the ninety-ninth anniversary of Lakewood Public Library. To celebrate, the Library will unveil a brand new website, redesigned library cards, sharp looking nametags for the employees, free stickers and more.  Stop by the Library and wish us a happy birthday. (No gifts please, just keep reading, watching and listening.) You can pick up one of the new library cards while you’re here and get a free sticker to show the world that you’re a proud patron of the Lakewood Public Library.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 4:47 PM, 05.12.2015

Students' Ingenuity Rewarded At Invention Convention

Emerson's Eva Strazek with her winning "No Fight, No Bite Dog Food Bag" invention.

Lakewood City Schools is always well-represented on the awards stand of the annual Regional Invention Convention and this year was no different. Winning awards in this year’s contest, held at Great Lakes Science Center on May 2, were Emerson Elementary fifth-grader Eva Strazek with 1st place in her grade and Lincoln Elementary third-grader Jana Evans with the Kids Choice Award. 

Eva’s first-place invention is the “No Fight, No Bite Dog Food Bag,” which is designed to stop dogs from breaking into their dog food bags while no one is home. The bag is made of blue nylon with a red metal zipper. The first-place prize comes with a $500 scholarship.

In doing the research for her invention, Eva said she “left it (the bag) at home with my bad dogs while I went out to dinner and nothing happened. In the past we’ve had to lock our dog food bag in the bathroom because our dogs can get into it.” Looks like the Strazek family now has a fail-safe way to prevent the dog food mess.

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Third Annual Bike To School Day

Bike to School Day is Wednesday May 27th.

The Harding and Garfield Middle Schools in Lakewood will join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on Wednesday May 27th, 2015. This annual Bike to School Day is being presented by Bike Lakewood with the great assistance and support of the middle school principals and staff, along with the City of Lakewood, the PTA, Beat Cycles, the Lakewood Library, Lakewood Alive, and the Lakewood YMCA.

Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment. Please check the Bike Lakewood Facebook page for safety videos and updated information. Please be sure to review the safety guidelines for bike to school day with your children.

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Father/Daughter Dance Was The Greatest

Last Friday was the day for Lakewood's city-wide Father/Daughter Dance. Fathers and daughters from all of the schools in Lakewood were invited, and this year there were more than 700 people in attendance at Garfield Middle School's gym.

I wore a blue party dress with green netting with a belt made of gems and tennis shoes and my dad wore a blue suit with black shined shoes.

The first thing that happened when you walked in was that you pick out your own corsage from a corsage table with a bunch of different kinds. My favorite one had lace on it with five baby roses, I also liked the bright purple carnations. The next thing that happened was that my dad and I stopped at one of the photo booths, and picked out masks and costumes to wear to have our picture taken. My dad had big glasses and I had a mustache and a hat. I saw my friend Meredith with her dad and they were getting photos too.

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Lincoln Groundbreaking

Remarks given on March 13, 2015.

Today we celebrate the future of Lincoln Elementary school while reflecting on the Lincoln School that is now gone. I would like to take a moment to consider Lincoln and its history.

While it may be sad to be standing on the rubble of the old Lincoln, Lakewood has a long history of forming a school and then rebuilding or expanding on the same site. While now it is more a necessity of being a built-out community, Lakewood has said goodbye and hello to school buildings for over 100 years.

On this site, Lincoln School was built as an eleven-room building in 1913, added eight rooms in 1916 and again eight more rooms in 1920, making it a twenty-seven-room building. In later years, the gym was built and there were additional modifications.

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A Breakdown Of Decorum

The May 4, 2015 Council meeting was called to order by Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan at 7:34 P.M. The first order of business was to dismiss the absence of Councilman Tom Bullock (At-Large), which Council did.

The Mayor then asked Council to consider resurrecting an infrastructure committee in light of the City's current Integrated Wet Weather Improvement Plan (IWWIP). The IWWIP is currently in Phase I which involves connecting with stakeholders and opening lines of communication, and identifying, evaluating and selecting alternatives for improving the plan. Because the IWWIP involves a complicated infrastructure subject matter, the administration thought it was a good time to create a Clean Water Integrated Planning Task Force.

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Bald Eagles Take Flight On Detroit Avenue: St. Edward "Clips For Cancer" Event

Bald eagles in the Emerald Canyon.

Photo by Jim O'Bryan

Bald eagles have become a common sight on the western end of Lakewood, where our national bird nests in the Emerald Canyon of the Metroparks. Central Lakewood became home for hundreds more “bald eagles” on May 1st, when St. Edward High School students and faculty had their heads shaved at the school. The event raised money to fight cancer, and it paid tribute to a beloved member of the Eagle community.

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The Decision

The Decision

The City Council must soon decide and vote to either reject the Letter of Intent (LOI) proposed by the Cleveland Clinic (CCF) or pass enabling legislation that absolves the CCF of its obligations under the terms of the 1996 Definitive Agreement and sell or demolish the assets of Lakewood Hospital. The Council has reviewed the Clinic’s proposal and the data provided by the Clinic/LHA consultant (Subsidium) and employed legal and real estate firms for independent input and negotiations. The Council held multiple open and closed forums and is currently offering feedback to the CCF and LHA regarding their concerns. Reportedly the LOI is being transformed into a new 2015 Definitive Agreement that has yet to be made public.  After months of deliberation, several truths are evident.

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Common Sense Right and Wrong: Metro v Cleveland Clinic

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”   “Common Sense”, Thomas Paine, 1776. 

Starting in 1996, the Cleveland Clinic and the City of Lakewood entered into an arrangement of shared power and stewardship over the City’s hospital assets and the Lakewood Hospital Association (“LHA”). The agreements allowed for City elected leaders to serve on LHA’s board and to make various appointments and the Clinic had certain rights and control over appointments as well. 

Over the years, elected leaders and trustees have come and gone. Some trustees have remained from 1996. Starting several years ago, certain LHA trustees apparently recognized some problems and began a process that culminated in a January 14, 2015 Letter of Intent between the LHA and the Clinic. We are now four months into a political process that has included numerous public forums and much time and attention being expended by City Council.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 4:58 PM, 05.12.2015

LHS Sophomore Lands Spot On National Hockey Team

Number one goalie, Adam Scheel.

When you have a dream, you are willing to go to great lengths to achieve it. For LHS sophomore Adam Scheel, that entails leaving your home, your family, your friends, your school and all that is comfortable to play hockey at the highest level.

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The Fundraiser To Help Save Rhinos And Pandas

Hi our names are Molly and Olivia and we are having a fundraiser to help the Rhinos and Pandas. Our fundraiser is going to be at the front gate of the zoo. The volunteers are Molly Burke, Olivia Lusardo, Ava Molinski, and Kara Lusardo, all from Emerson Elementary, and possibly Kenny Crumpton.

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LHS Academic Challenge Team Needs Your Help

Over the past few months, the Lakewood High Academic Challenge Team captured the regular season West Shore Conference title again, winning both the regular season and year-end tournament. Because of those successes, the team has qualified two squads to compete at the National Academic Championship Tournament in Chicago to be held June 6-8. The team needs financial help to make the trip happen. The estimated cost is $4,500 to cover registration, hotel rooms, food and transportation. Through fundraisers the team put on during the year, there is currently $900 to put toward the trip.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 4:47 PM, 05.12.2015

The Cleveland Clinic's Plan To Deny Healthcare To the Poor

Over ten years ago an employee of the Cleveland Clinic explained to me the Clinic's “String of Pearls Strategy.” The plan was to close facilities in Cuyahoga County and open new facilities in areas just outside Cuyahoga County. The new Avon facility and the closure of Lakewood Hospital are a natural result of that policy. If successful, the policy would decrease charity care and increase the profits of the Cleveland Clinic.

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LHS Orchestra Director A Quarterfinalist For Grammy Educator Award

Lakewood High School's Orchestra Director Elizabeth Hankins.

Lakewood High School Orchestra Director Elizabeth Hankins is one of 213 music teachers from across the country that have been named as quarterfinalists for the 2016 Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. The quarterfinalists were chosen from more than 4,500 initial nominations submitted for the award. 

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K through college) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 4:47 PM, 05.12.2015

Do You Live Loud?

Justin Bachman is a 17 year old student with Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, and dysgraphia, which is a motor skills disorder resulting in an inability to write legibly. He has learned to embrace his differences and he has inspired many across the country.

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Where's The Cheese?

One of our favorites: Taco Lunch. Still good even though we really miss the cheese.

We are the 5th grade food critics, Annie and Ava, from Emerson Elementary, talking today about our school lunches.

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Lakewood High School Class Of 1995 20 Year Reunion!

The Lakewood High School Class of 1995 will be celebrating their 20 year reunion this year. If you know of anyone that graduated from LHS in 1995, we need your help contacting them! They may need to update their contact information with the Lakewood Alumni Foundation, and can do so by emailing Missy Toms at: missy.toms@lakewoodcityschools.org or by calling 216-529-4033. They can also subscribe to the e-newsletter by going to www.lakewoodrangers.com. Finally, there is a Facebook page called: Lakewood High School Class of 95 they can join for additional details. Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

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Lakewood Should Be An Island

The new proposal to create bike lanes and reduce traffic flow on Madison Avenue down to one lane each way has caused me to take pause. At first I was absolutely and resolutely opposed to yet another attempt by the city "planners" to restrict, delay and dissuade my travel in my vehicle down Madison Avenue. They have already succeeded in forcing me to avoid Detroit Avenue with their asinine middle turning lane "improvement." As a result of this change I am forced to traverse east and west via alternate routes including Clifton (which lost a lane due to the bus lane designation) and Lakewood Heights (which is barely driveable due to pot holes). Now they want to turn Madison Avenue into a one lane with a bike route? 

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“Consider Yourself At Home” With "Oliver!" At Beck Center

Graphic Design by Pat Miller

Beck Center Youth Theater closes its 66th season with "Oliver!" May 15 – 24, 2015 on the Mackey Main Stage. Featuring 56 Beck Center students, audiences will follow the adventures of the young orphan, Oliver Twist, as he explores the streets of London. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A special student matinee performance will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 21. Tickets are on sale now.

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