The LHS girls basketball team defeated Brecksville-Broadview Heights 55-20 on Saturday night to advance in the OHSAA state championship tournament. The victory was the 100th at LHS for head coach Mike Harper. The team commemorated the event by presenting a banner to Harper after the game. Athletic Director Sean Jackson was among those congratulating Harper on the milestone.
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The Lakewood boys hoops team defeated Westlake 57-32 on Tuesday night at LHS, retaining their spot in first place of the Southwestern Conference with only two conference games remaining. The Rangers swept the season series from the Demons, and boosted their overall record to 17-2 on the season.
The LHS girls basketball team defeated Avon 32-30 on Saturday afternoon to complete their regular season. The Rangers swept Avon in the season series, having defeated the Eagles at home in January in a 49-45 overtime game. This game was close throughout, and an intense defensive battle. Both teams forced numerous turnovers and forced the opposition into tough shots.
The end of the regular season is rapidly approaching, and there were two huge boys basketball games in Lakewood Friday night. St. Edward hosted St. Ignatius, and Lakewood hosted conference rival Avon. Both games were important for OHSAA tournament seeding, which will take place Sunday.
LakewoodAlive’s Heroic Fundraising Event Takes Flight on February 24
Agostino’s/Sushi Rock, located at 15607 Madison in Lakewood, is a unique dining experience offering classic Italian and Sushi under one roof. Restauranteur Joe Gallo, longtime owner of Agostino’s in Brooklyn, Ohio and a group of partners opened the new Agostino’s in November of 2017.
February 3, 2018–After receiving the Democratic Party endorsement and the backing of a long list of prominent Lakewood and Cleveland leaders, Lakewood Councilperson Tom Bullock this weekend kicked off his candidacy for state representative pledging to champion cities and urban development needs in Columbus. Bullock is running for Ohio’s 13th House District, which includes Lakewood, parts of Cleveland, and Linndale. Outgoing Representative Nickie Antonio is term-limited and is no longer eligible to run.
Hey gang, grab those mood rings; squeeze your feet into some platform shoes and let’s keep on truckin’ as we take a trip back into the ‘70’s.
An enthusiastic group of children and their parents enjoyed an entertaining versatile program at the Lakewood Public Library on a recent Saturday evening. “Magic by Blake” showcased a young illusionist who started the evening with several mystifying tricks. A juggling demonstration followed that had balls, rings, and pins flying through the air. Jaws dropped as Blake pulled a unicycle from behind the curtain and juggled as he rode the unicycle back and forth in front of captivated children. Balloon creations ranging from a flower to Superheroes were quickly fashioned by the able fingers of the magician to reward youngsters who had assisted with puzzling trickery.
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Team registrations for our Adult Spring/Summer Softball leagues are open beginning on February 1st. From COED and men's Sunday double header leagues to various weekday leagues, there are many opportunities to play. Players of all skill levels are welcome. New this season is a Women's Classic 45+ Monday League.
Registrations for our Youth Summer Baseball & Softball leagues are currently underway. From ages 4 to 15 in baseball and ages 9 to 12 in softball, we offer many opportunities to learn and play the game. Register by February 28th and receive $10 off your youth baseball or softball registration. These are fun and social leagues emphasizing fundamentals and sportsmanship.
The Lakewood Historical Society's biennial "Come Home to Lakewood" house tour occurs on September 9th, the first Sunday after Labor Day. While that seems far in the future, the planning process is already underway, and we need your help! We need to know the houses you want to see, those you drive by and wish you could get inside. Or perhaps you'd like to volunteer your own house. Give us the address, and we'll do the rest. We'll contact the owners to let them know they've been nominated, and ask if they'd be willing to showcase their home. If so, we'll visit, and choose from the nominees those that would make up the most unique and fascinating tour. We'll be rounding up our possibilities over the next few weeks, so don't delay, make your nominations today! You may nominate by:
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Author Event - "Too Lucky To Live: A Somebody's Bound to Wind Up Dead Mystery"
Book by Annie Hogsett
Cleveland divorce-survivor Allie Harper needs a nice, smart, hot guy and enough money to get her car fixed. The hot guy arrives first in a crosswalk, clutching a bag of groceries while a blonde in a Hummer is learning hard on her horn, sending the man's groceries and white cane flying. How has this woman missed the fact that the man is blind? Allie jumps to his rescue and the money is in the bag- literally. Thomas Bennington III, the handsome stranger, has bought a MondoMegaJackpot ticket. Allie and Tom grasp two things: one, they're hot for each other, and two, the ticket is a hot target, and now so are they. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Prepare yourself for a rousing performance by Jen Maurer and Anthony Papaleo, who play an awe-inspiring variety of music, including blues and Americana. Join us at the Main Auditorium of the Lakewood Public Library at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2018. This concert is part of the Sunday With The Friends program series.
The Trinity Brownbag Concert Series truly is one of Cleveland’s hidden gems. The breathtaking interior of Trinity Cathedral is the setting for a series of free lunchtime concerts performed by local and national musicians. The Lakewood Division of Aging has been taking full advantage of these wonderful opportunities. Seniors have been attending monthly concerts, featuring an eclectic mix of musical genres. In addition to the safe, worry-free transportation, The Division of Aging also provides a delicious box lunch to those who request it. Trinity Cathedral also has box lunches for sale for those who prefer to pick up something there. For many seniors in Lakewood, this monthly trip has become a regular item on their ‘To Do’ list.
The Lakewood Athletic Boosters are holding their 14th annual Night at the Races fundraiser on Saturday March 10, 2018. This entertaining event raises funds to support middle and high school student-athletes in the Lakewood City Schools district. Night at the Races is for adults age 21 and older. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races start at 7:30.
Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present "HAIR," the seventh annual collaboration with the esteemed Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the musical that introduced rock and roll to Broadway, his limited engagement runs February 9 through 25, 2018 in the Mackey Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Three Wednesday and Thursday performances will take place at 8 p.m. on February 15, 21, and 22. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: TRIBE to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by February 8.
On Friday, February 16th, the Lakewood Division of Aging will be providing transportation to Severance Hall, for a concert by the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra. This matinee concert will be a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. The Division of Aging bus will be leaving Lakewood by 9 a.m., which will have everyone to Severance Hall by 9:45 a.m. Upon arrival, enjoy a continental breakfast, followed by an informative lecture on the day’s concert. At 11:00 a.m., the Cleveland Orchestra will take the stage for the morning’s concert.
Swimmers Maggie McHugh and Sistina Simcox captured conference titles at the Southwest Conference championship meet on Jan. 27 at Lakewood High School. Maggie, a senior, won both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly and Sistina, a freshman, captured the 100-yard freestyle title.
The creativity and imagination of our students were celebrated at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held Jan. 30 at Garfield Middle School. Eighty artworks from preschool through high school were honored. Of those 80 pieces of art, 16 were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging, with winners to be announced in late spring.
Foundation renamed and repurposed with new care of health mission
As the saying goes, it takes a village. This is certainly true in the case of LakewoodAlive, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that relies heavily on community members to help fulfill its mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.
Lakewood Teachers are proud to announce fund-raising efforts over the holidays have enabled us to once again give generously to Lakewood organizations that directly support our students. $300 each was given to Lakewood Community Service Center, North Coast Health, and the Lakewood Family Room. We were able to donate $500 to Supplies for Success.
On Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium Great Lakes Theater's Classics on Tour will present the play "Huck Finn." Great Lakes Theater's play has been adapted by Eric Schmiedl from the novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," by Mark Twain. It was first published in the United Kingdom and then in the United States. It was — and still is — one of the greatest American novels.
The Board of Education at its January 22, 2018 meeting introduced a proposed contract with Liberty Development Co. to purchase the Board of Education properties located at 1456 and 1470 Warren Road. The Board is scheduled to vote on approval of the contract at its February 5 meeting.
Well, it has been a fantastic 3½ years in this, our first location! I REALLY was not sure we would weather the storm of our first year. We opened with a $5,000 loan and starter stock pulled from my personal book collection, and have managed to keep rolling our sales back into making slow improvements for the shop. The surrounding neighborhood has been wonderful to us, and I hope they find us again as we shift seven blocks East down Madison. Our last day open in this location will be Saturday 1/27, and we are running a SALE until we close. EVERYTHING in the shop is 20% OFF, and while there are no guarantees, I will consider offers made on collectable titles. The shop weighs about 5 TONS, and I would really like to see some of these shelves empty out before I have to box and transfer them.
The St. Edward basketball team defeated St. Ignatius 74-62 Saturday night before a packed house at Sullivan Gymnasium on the St. Ignatius campus. The victory avenged the Wildcats’ sweep of both regular season games between the two rivals, and breaks a two-year losing streak for the Eagles at Sullivan Gym. Sophomore Montorie Foster led the Eagles with 20 points, and fellow sophomore Grant Huffman had 18. Senior Neeko Melendez led all scorers in the game with 24 points for the Wildcats.
The LHS girls basketball team earned a gutsy win on Saturday afternoon at Lakewood Gym, defeating North Ridgeville 51-48 in overtime. The Rangers played without starters Isabel Cintron and Christian Massey, both of whom were injured in an on-court collision in the previous game. Senior Olivia Nagy had 30 points to lead the Rangers, and seniors Mary Lavelle and Courtney Ribar each scored seven. Lavelle started in place of Massey, and Ribar switched to point guard in the absence of Cintron.
Deadline Looming: Lakewood Women’s Club Seeking Nominations For Exceptional Women Living Or Working In Lakewood
The Lakewood Women’s Club will be accepting nominations for exceptional women in our community only until Friday, January 26th!
These beautiful handmade cards were crafted by students attending a program at the Lakewood Public Library on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. After stories and a song celebrating King’s life and legacy, the participants had fun making a greeting card to warm the hearts of nursing home residents. The cards will be distributed to folks living in a facility in Lakewood. Each child took home a booklet about the life of Dr. King to cut and color, a song sheet, and a bookmark.
Now that the election is over, I wanted to express my heartfelt thank you to the residents of Lakewood for the great honor and responsibility of electing me to serve as a member of Lakewood City Council. This has been a very tedious election season and I am extremely grateful to family, friends and loyal supports who generously contributed their time and energy over the past year. Many thanks to everyone that came out to vote in November.
MBFB has been providing food to pet owners experiencing difficulty providing for their pets since 2011. Once again, My Best Friend's Bowl will be accepting donations of dry dog and cat food and litter for their major food drive for the year.
Wednesday, January 24
"The World in Your Backyard: Immigrants and Refugees Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"
Presentation by Kenneth J. Kovach
The purpose of the World in Your Backyard Program is to increase cultural awareness and bridge-building among neighbors in diverse communities of Northeast Ohio and introduce to these communities a wide range of "cultural ambassadors" who are available to make presentations to these communities to help residents connect with their diverse neighbors.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
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.
Choke Chains - Trace Amounts - Heel Turn Records - 8 songs - LP
Heel Turn forgot my press release for this one, so to find out the "current/past affiliations" for Choke Chains I had to turn to Discogs like some sort of commoner. So you've got Thomas Jackson Potter (Bantam Rooster), Lindsey Crappor (No Bails), Mark Millionaire (Chinese Millionaires), and bringing the Ohio connection (besides the fact that this is on Heel Turn), Chizz aka Chris Butler (no, not Chris Butler from The Waitresses, the one from Blank Schatz). I'm gonna have to admit here while these are all bands I know and have listened to at one point or another, I can't pretend that I'm that familiar with any of them. Not purposefully, I'm just not. So, if you want to hear how this compares to those current/past affiliations, I guess you can go read Termbo or something. I'll just do my best. Generally musically speaking, it's garage punk. Some tracks have a post-punk feel ("Richard Speck Lights Up The Room", "Don't Feel Feelings") and some of them almost get into 90s alt-rock territory (in a good way, though)("The Tender Type," "I Want You To Know"). "If That Ain't A Sin" could almost be a Gaunt song, but it's too slow. The title tracks a real banger as well, the vocals especially get really frenzied. A few different singers in the band (or one very versatile singer, I guess that's also possible) which I like. If we assume that the writer of the song is also the singer, that makes Thomas Jackson Potter the one with the real wild style and Chizz the lower, perhaps more ominous-sounding vocals. Lindsey Crappor takes the lead on "I Want You To Know," I believe (again, unless there's one very versatile singer). The record blows by real quick. Feels like less than 15 minutes. It very well could be, I forgot to bring my stopwatch. It somehow both feels like an appropriate length and leaves you wanting more. A decent quality. Oh, and props to the group for sticking the word "feckless" in there (I forget which song now-- "Last Time You Were Shameless," maybe?). An underused word, in my opinion. 3.8/5
Provides 24-Hour Respite to Families of Pediatric Patients
Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital boasts a 26-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) capable of caring for the most premature or critically ill babies, a 24-bed Pediatric Inpatient Unit and a 13-bed Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit. In many cases, families of these patients are simply unable to leave the hospital, often for days at a time. For the past 8 years, the Ronald McDonald Family Room has provided these individuals a place to rest and recharge just steps from their child’s treatment room. Open from 9am – 9pm, 7 days per week, the Room is equipped with a lounge area, full kitchenette stocked with snacks and beverages, children’s play area, computer with internet access, shower access and other things that bring comfort to families so they can remain strong for their children.
Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present the solo exhibition Soulstice: Intuitive works by Shelly Svonavec on display in the Jean Bulicek Galleria January 13 –March 11, 2018. An Artists’ Reception will take place Saturday, January 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cash bar and light refreshments available. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Roarin’ at Daytona
The “Roar before the 24” Sports Car racing weekend ends….a veritable smorgasbord of road racing in early January. Despite the chilly temperatures, this reporter has enjoyed every minute.
Three days of preparation for the January 27th Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona has allowed the international race teams to evaluate their cars, drivers and formulate the tactics required to be able to reach the finish line after the round-the-clock challenge coming three weeks from now,
Join us as we celebrate 25 years of Help to Others (H2O)! An unprecedented collaboration between the City of Lakewood, the Lakewood City Schools, and private and corporate donors, H2O connects students with volunteer opportunities to help them develop a strong desire to serve the community. Over the past 25 years more than 10,000 Lakewood middle and high school students have donated more than 90,000 hours of volunteer work to Lakewood and the Greater Cleveland area through H2O.
Most of us clearly recognize that internet accessibility has become a necessity of modern life. We pay our bills; we make purchases; we stay in touch with friends and family, as well as keep up with what is going on in the world. However, with the pace of change in electronic media, it can be challenging for many of us to stay up-to-date on new developments. Small wonder then, that many seniors can be left feeling out of the loop. The Lakewood Division of Aging and the Lakewood Public Library have agreed to combine forces to help seniors develop those essential computer literacy skills that we all need, in order to cope in 2018 and beyond.
The winter sports season is in high gear, so here are some updates on the LHS varsity teams. Both basketball teams are on winning streaks, the hockey team is having a strong season, and the wrestlers won a rivalry match on the road.
I have had many a great breakfast at the Coffee Pot up in Birdtown, but it had been a while since I had lunch there. I remember they had a good burger so a chance to get one for free from Foodwood, and the Lakewood Observer was all I needed to take a break from work in Rocky River and head over to the Coffee Pot.
WOW!!!! Was that a good burger!!! A Cajun Blue Burger from the menu, done medium rare. It was a big burger done perfectly, the waitress was young, and very pleasant, offering all sorts of nice additions. Onions? Red? White? Grilled? Raw? Mayonnaise? Lettuce? Tomato? One Slice? Two? Any other cheeses? Grilled Bun? Really it was almost overwhelming. When it came, it looked perfect and tasted better.
Friedmann, Kaufmann, Marx & Thomas to be Honored at Fundraising Event on Feb. 24
Not all superheroes wear capes. Some earn their hero status by wearing a smile while exuding leadership qualities like passion, kindness, commitment and courage.
LakewoodAlive proudly announces community leaders Cindy Friedmann, Alix Kaufmann, Cindy Marx and Rev. Mark Thomas will serve as award honorees during Loving Lakewood: Superheroes Unite taking place Saturday, February 24, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lakewood Masonic Temple. Each will be honored as part of the evening’s festivities in recognition of their exemplary service to LakewoodAlive and the Lakewood community.
Tickets are now on sale for Superheroes Unite, LakewoodAlive’s annual winter fundraiser. Guests are invited to assume their secret identities and defend the universe while enjoying a powerfully good time in a historic Downtown Lakewood venue. This limited-capacity event is expected to sell out, so act faster than a speeding bullet to secure your tickets by visiting LakewoodAlive.org/Superhero.
The Lakewood High School Barnstormers Drama Club will be performing a series of five, one-act plays that are written, directed and acted by students. The plays will be performed in the new black box studio theater at the high school. Performance will be held Wednesday, January 31 and Thursday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, February 2 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Februray 3 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.
Students from Lakewood High School, the West Shore Career-Tech Media Art & Design program and Harding Middle School earned an impressively high number awards in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition held in December, including 17 of the highest-honor Gold Keys and 67 honored pieces overall.
Lakewood High School sophomore cellist Grace Gill has been selected as a member of the Honor Orchestra of America, sponsored by the non-profit arts advocate Music For All. Grace will perform with the ensemble in March at Music for All’s National Festival in Indianapolis.
New Orleans evokes images of the French Quarter, Cajun cuisine, revelers partying during Mardi Gras and jazz. Local author Charles Cassady, Jr. has a different take on the Big Easy in his book “Crescent City Crimes: Old New Orleans 1718-1918.” He examines the first two centuries of the underbelly of New Orleans history - its pirates, smugglers, murderers and notorious red light district.
This Land is Your Land: Family Story Times about Diversity
For you and your birth through 8-year-old child
Story time features age-appropriate book on various social justice issues, including discussion and activities. This session’s theme is Immigrant Justice. Registration required.
Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.
Dr. Kevin Marshall has opened the new Comfort Dental office in Lakewood. America’s largest dental franchise company, Comfort Dental’s mission is to expand access to care by making it affordable and convenient.
Conveniently located at 17500 Madison Avenue, Dr. Marshall is now accepting new patients and can be reached at 216-302-2401. Walk-ins are welcomed.
“Comfort Dental has been a pioneer in supporting local, dentist-owned offices that provide affordable care to all types of patients,” said Dr. Marshall. “Like most dentists, we treat patients with private insurance. Unlike most dentists, we treat Medicaid and uninsured patients as well."
New patients are just $19 including exam and x-rays (payment due at time of service). Generally, Comfort Dental’s fees are 25% - 30% less when compared with other dentists.
People in Joselin Linder’s family have been dying from strange, agonizing symptoms for generations. Without diagnosis or cure, doctors and loved ones have had no choice but to watch helplessly as the same ruthless pattern took its deadly course time and again.
On Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7pm, Lakewood School District will hold a free presentation titled “Is It Worth the Risk?” to provide information necessary to keep children safe on the internet. The information will be presented by Lexi Giering, the Statewide Outreach Coordinator for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and member of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The LHS girls basketball team defeated Westlake 52-49 on Saturday afternoon at the Lakewood High School Gym. This was the team’s third consecutive win, and raised their record to 7-6 on the season. Lakewood senior Olivia Nagy led all scorers with 19 points. Sophomore Abby Carrington led Westlake with 14 points.
The LHS girls basketball team defeated Avon 49-45 on Wednesday night in an overtime thriller at Lakewood Gym. Senior guard Isabel Cintron hit two clutch free throws in the final second of regulation to force the game to overtime. The Rangers won the overtime session despite their two main scorers having fouled out in regulation.
Lakewood’s door is no longer barred to pit bulls. But for how long, and whether the door will actually open, remains in question.
Mayor Mike Summers announced that “The breed ban effectively ends today because I do not see the merits of enforcing a feature we are likely to eliminate in the near future,” in a January 2 e-mail to Lakewood City Council.
Four days earlier, Summers and three members of council proposed a revision to Lakewood’s animal control ordinances. The proposal would end the city’s outright ban on pit bulls—but would target pit bulls and some other dogs with significant new breed-specific restrictions.
Dealing with issues of grief and bereavement can be really challenging for anyone, at any time. We all know that these difficulties are frequently compounded during festive seasons, such as the one we have just come through. It sometimes does not seem to matter how much time has gone by; the feelings can still be very fresh. Why not resolve in this new year to address those feelings, with people who can relate to what you are dealing with?
It has been an honor for me to represent Cleveland’s Westside and Lakewood in the Ohio General Assembly. With this in mind, I have filed petitions to run for State Representative in order to continue to represent the 13th House District.
Wednesday, January 10
Discussion - Queers, Jeers, and Beers: The Relationship between Alcohol and Other Drugs and the LGBTQ Community
Presentation by Ken Schneck
Presented by B. Riley Sober House
What little research has been conducted results in one glaring fact: If straight folks are using alcohol and other drugs (AOD), LGBTQ folks are using AOD more. In fact, some studies show that the LGBTQ community is two to three times more likely to interact with substances than their straight peers.
7:00 p.m. Main Library Auditorium