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It’s About To Get Hot: Lakewood Summer Meltdown Returns July 14

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Much-Anticipated Festival to Celebrate Summertime in Downtown Lakewood

 

The biggest block party in the neighborhood is right around the corner.  Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018, sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, returns to Downtown Lakewood for its ninth year on Saturday, July 14 from 4 to 10 p.m.

The Summer Meltdown represents one of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties. A summertime celebration of our city’s vibrancy, this free community event draws more than 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood each July.

This fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood between Marlowe and Mars. The Summer Meltdown is a “something for everyone” event, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

Families will love the street festival component, which features vendor tents from nearly 100 businesses and nonprofit organizations, many of which offer interactive opportunities. Activities range from the “Water Moose” sprinkler park to the Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle sponsored by Beat Cycles to a skateboard park sponsored by West Side Skates.

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Lakewood Observer Turns Thirteen

The Lakewood Observer project-- the printed newspaper and the 24 hours message board known as The Observation Deck, have been in existence for 13 years as of this July. Happy Anniversary to us. When I say "us," I mean all of us. I'm referring to myself as an editor and writer on this paper, other editors, our publishers, sales staff, delivery people, and advertisers, but most importantly, I'm talking about you, our readers, writers, and writers of the future. 

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Council To Decide Budget Priorities This Summer

Lakewood City Council is starting work on the next budget, months ahead of their traditional schedule. The extended process could mean greater involvement by residents.

Council holds formal budget hearings in November and December, in Lakewood. Last year, however, council explored adding a preliminary process to weigh priorities ahead of time.

This year the city’s finance committee began the budget-priority process on June 11, and for the next two months, council members will be developing priority lists for the next budget.

Finance committee chair Dan O’Malley (Ward 4) says, “My hope is this will be done with input from residents, hearing from them about areas we may have overlooked.”

At-large council member Tristan Rader says he is “very happy this process is taking place now, [well] before the budget is submitted back to council for passage.”

By the end of the priority-setting process, council members intend to substantiate each priority at length, with cost estimates, input from relevant city staff, and explanations of how it supports Lakewood’s Community Vision, capital investment criteria, and other existing goals.

The finance committee will hold hearings on proposed budget priorities in September. Then in early October, council hopes to vote on a final list as a resolution. “The goal is to pass this with enough time for the administration to incorporate them into the budget, which will be introduced in mid-November,” says O’Malley.

In the meantime, residents interested in what their members of council are considering or in suggesting additional priorities have until September. Council members’ contact information is listed at tinyurl.com/lkwdcouncil

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Nothing To Say, I Got Nothing To Say...: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 73

Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to pick out what you like (or dislike) 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. 

Counter Intuits - Vietnamese Lighter - Total Punk Records - 2 songs - 7"

Two new ones from the only Ohio supergroup I respect. And now they're on the massively popular and influential Total Punk label, so they've got that going for them. They're back to just the senior division with Ron and Jared on this one. "Vietnamese Lighter" is I guess a sorta post-punky one that really just runs the riff into the ground over the course of its "about two and a half minute" lo-fi shuffle. This is gonna shock a lot of regular readers of this column, and it shocks me too: I don't think it's the greatest thing ever. Obviously, I love everything Ron House does, but this one just seems a little weak, especially for him. I can't make out most of the vocals, I suppose maybe that would make a difference. The flip, "Edge," on the other hand (side), is the superior cut for sure. The semi-acoustic and weirdly-instrumented nature of it puts it fully within "the Columbus sound"– for some reason, I kinda wanna say it reminds me of Creeper Ohio, or some other Mike Rep thing. I heard one critic somewhat derisively say it sounds like Guided By Voices, which I guess I can hear, though I think that sells it a little short. Pretty good tune. I think both songs here would feel perfectly in place on a Counter Intuits LP, I just don't know how well they stand as a single. Maybe if the sides were flipped I would feel differently and I'm just thrown off by "Vietnamese Lighter" being considered A material by someone. All that said, "Edge" is pretty great and even the crummiest of Ron House songs (which "Vietnamese Lighter" isn't, I just don't think it's the band's best) is better than almost everything else. Of course, that statement suggests that Ron has any crummy songs, which he doesn't. 3.5/5

(floridasdying.com)

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This Land is Your Land: Family Storytimes About Diversity

The final session of "This Land is Your Land: Family Storytimes about Diversity" will be coming up on July 15th, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. The series will conclude with a storytime about poverty and economic justice, an issue that effects over 16 million American children today. The issue, then, is best tackled with books about children, but in a way that humanizes the issue and creates empathy. After all, if 1 in 5 children in this country experiences hunger, then poverty is a very real issue facing young people today. Songs, videos and a craft will round out the storytime, along with a discussion on how children and families can help those experiencing poverty. "Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice." - Nelson Mandela

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Lakewood Residents Give To Feed Need, Lakewood Government Gives To Feed Greed

Over the years numerous citizens of Lakewood have given generously to help the less fortunate among us. Our time, perhaps the most valuable thing we possess, has been contributed by many individual Lakewood citizens to help others. How many of our citizens have helped to man the Lakewood Christian Service Center to feed the hungry?  How many have helped Lakewood Fish to provide transportation to those in need?  How many have helped deliver food for Meals on Wheels? How many have mowed a neighbor’s lawn when they were not able to, or taken in their mail when they are away? For most of our citizens, that’s just doing the right thing.

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Lakewood Loses One Of Our Brightest Lights, Nora “Lizzy” Swift-Kakuska In Two-Car Accident

I had the pleasure of meeting Nora Swift-Kakuska and her husband Mwale while they were working on opening what has become one of the hottest salons on the West Side of Cleveland, Tease Hair Salon at 15112 Detroit Avenue.
Nora always greeted me with a smile, and an amazing attitude. She was a true force of nature. Over the years I became friends with Mwale, and had the pleasure meeting their family.

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Rockport Miracles Part 1: Episode 3 "The Big Man In The Sky" Fiction by Scott MacGregor

The sun is rising over the east end of Rockport and I’m hunkered down inside the old coal room of my grandfather’s wrecked mansion where I sleep the deepest. 30 years ago Rags Johnson cast his vengeful Creole curse upon Rockport and very little in the way of normal has occurred since. Soon, the dark shifting clouds that stalk our town will appear on Lake Erie’s northern horizon and wait patiently to attack us. Whatever it is that has turned the fates against all who live in the path of these ruinous storms one thing seems certain, we are experiencing events beyond the control of mere mortals. 

The day after Rags Johnson was beaten up and unceremoniously run out of town, strong thunderstorms rolled in off the lake. I’m told a calm preceded the storm and the air all around was tinged with a strange reddish hue. Then, like Thor’s Hammer, a sudden, vicious tornado smashed into the middle of Rockport. 

On the western edge of town, the giant “Welcome To Rockport” sheet metal man atop of the Owego Brothers Heating and Cooling Company became unhinged. Strapped upright to the roof with steel cables, the iconic colossus was being rocked from its moorings by strong swirling winds coming from all directions. Both of the Owego brothers rushed to stabilize the cables holding onto “Donald Duct”, as he was called, when a funnel cloud passed over them and lifted the big man into the sky with the Owego brothers holding on for dear life. 

Meanwhile, a ferry boat transporting 50 Divinity students from Buffalo to Toledo capsized off  Rockport’s coast and sank. All passengers and crew made it out alive but struggled to remain afloat in the storm-tossed waters. The students screamed, “Heavenly Father-SAVE US!!” Just then, a giant metal man streaked across the sky and plummeted into the storm tossed waters with the screeching Owego brothers still holding on to him. ‘Donald Duct’ proved to be amazingly buoyant and the survivors climbed aboard his massive face until they were rescued by the crew of an ore freighter. 

 

 

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Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Seeks 2018 Applicants

In 2006, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, along with former Cleveland Mayor Michael White, established a leadership training program for engaged neighborhood leaders. The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is a free, 16 session community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities.

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Changing Political Parties: Easy-Peasy Or Complicated?!

This past election cycle, many voters felt the only choices were for the "lesser of two evils", IF they'd voted at all. Now, many wish to switch Political Party affiliation [Democrat/Republican/Libertarian/Independent, etc]. In discussions, it seems some think choosing "Independent" equates to being able to choose without political party affiliation. Now, correct me if I am wrong [it wouldn't be the first time] BUT when someone chooses "Independent", then they're bound to that Party and its candidate.

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Charter Schools--A New Form Of Colonialism

Manifest Destiny and Charter Schools—two seemingly disparate phenomena with no obvious parallels. Yet, that didn’t stop New Mexico’s Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski from extolling the virtues of both, as quintessentially American. “This is a country built over the last 250 years on things like freedom, choice, competition, options, going west, Manifest Destiny — these are the fundamental principles of this country,” he was reported as saying by the Albuquerque Journal and The Answer Sheet in the Washington Post. “That’s why charter schools make so much sense — high-quality options — in the context of where we are as a country.” Now, if you are an Arapaho or Cheyenne whose ancestors were slaughtered at Sand Creek—or, perhaps a human with empathy—you might not celebrate Manifest Destiny and all that it entailed. But maybe Ruszkowski has a point. In fact, I think he does; “Manifest Destiny” and Charter Schools do have quite a bit in common.

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Lakewood Women’s Club Hosts Second Annual Women Honoring Women

Nancy Gianni, Chief Belief Officer at GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, was the keynote speaker Thursday, May 10 at this year’s Women Honoring Women, Lakewood Women’s Club 2nd annual spring fundraiser hosted at Georgetown Vosh.

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Unjust, Anti-Environmental Fracking Law Should Be Repealed

I’m a longtime resident of the West side of our region. However, I own ancestral land in Southeastern Ohio. For years, my family has been hounded and bullied by the fracking industry. We would tell them that we will never sell or lease our land, and they would continue to pester us. Moreover, they bully us by telling us that once they get enough people who are willing to lease their land, they can “force pool” our land by utilizing O.R.C. 1509.27 to take our mineral rights without our consent. 

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On Patrol In Lakewood

A view of Lakewood from inside a police cruiser. Taken during a ride-along wih Lakewood Police on June 15, 2018. Photo by Jacob Chabowski/The Lakewood Observer 

THE LAKEWOOD OBSERVER GETS A FRONT ROW SEAT AS THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE LAKEWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT SERVE AND PROTECT

It’s just after 7:30pm on a summer Friday night and I am at Rising Star Coffee on Detroit Road. I am riding along with Officer Jakub Mejstrik for a story for The Lakewood Observer.

“Did you bring your mug?” the man behind the counter asks Mejstrik.

“Nah, I forget it today,” he replies.

Mejstrik likes to start his shift off with coffee whenever he can, but today things got busy for him. He has already taken a call at the very start of his shift before picking me up at LPD headquarters. Unlike most employees, Mejstrik does not have the luxury of putting off work until he gets his coffee. When his shift starts at 7pm Mejstrik is ready to go -- coffee or not.

As the barista hands Mejstrik the “usual” - with almond milk - Mejstrik runs into a man and a small child. Mejstrik has seen the duo before.

The child immediately runs over and greets Mejstrik. It is obvious she is full of energy and outgoingly friendly.

“Man, I don’t know how you do it. She keeps you on your toes,” Mejstrik jokes with the man.

Small town policing at its finest: a stop at the local coffee shop for “the usual,” and a friendly conversation with a couple of regulars. And with that, we hit the streets.

Just Another Shift

As we patrol Mejstrik, a 5 year veteran of the force, has stories from calls he has handled nearly all over town. There is the time he spotted people attempting to purchase alcohol without an ID ("the interaction they were having with the gas station employee just seemed off") and later learned one of them had felony warrants. Or the time a man punched the window of a bus requiring officers to apply a tourniquet to prevent him from bleeding to death. There are also more tragic stories involving death or serious injury. For Mejstrik, these stories are just another day on the job. For most of us, experiencing just one of these situations ourselves would be more than we could handle in a lifetime.

 

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Mark Twain Lives At Lakewood Public Library

How does a performer collaborate with a writer who’s been dead since 1910? Ask Mark Dawidziak, television critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, who’s been portraying Mark Twain on stage for thirty-eight years.

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Meet The Author Of "50 Must-Try Craft Beers Of Ohio"

If you ask Rick Armon, your bucket list is not complete without trying all fifty of his carefully selected Ohio-made craft beers. The hours of exhausting research might have broken any other man, but Armon has endured to bring you his latest, aptly titled book, "50 Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio." The author will be visiting Lakewood Public Library on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. 

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Documentary - "1 in 3" (2010)
Directed by Lagueria Davis
Presented by Laura Cowan of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

One in three women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. This film features Ophelia Metz, mother of two, as she escapes her own violent situation. When she leaves, the only place for her family is a shelter. Through the eyes of Ophelia and her Advocate, Sydell Thomas, the intricacies behind this largely undiscussed problem are revealed. Laura Cowan is a long-time activist for survivors of domestic violence; she launched the Laura Cowan Foundation, which raises money to help women and children escaping abusive situations.
6:30 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Xtreme Magic With David

Children and their families are invited to the Lakewood Public Library to enjoy a performance of Xtreme Magic with David. This versatile entertainer’s love for magic and the performing arts started at a young age. David Anthony received his first magic kit, given to him by his uncle, when he was just five years old. He started performing at various functions throughout the city when he was twelve. While in high school he became a member of the St. Ignatius Circus Company. This opportunity helped him hone his magic and juggling skills. David attended his first magic convention when he was fifteen years old. Since then he has entered many competitions and won several awards with his winning act. From New York to Las Vegas, David has entertained thousands. You can be one of the many who have been awed by David Anthony’s show!

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Garfield's Walter Named Next LHS Principal

The Lakewood Board of Education approved on June 14 in a special session the appointment of Garfield Middle School Principal Mark Walter as the next Principal of Lakewood High School effective August 1. 

Walter, who is replacing Keith Ahearn, is a 1982 graduate of Lakewood High and joined the District in 1998 as a science and language arts teacher. After teaching at the middle school level for six years, he joined the administrative ranks as Assistant Principal at the former Emerson Middle School. The following year he was named Principal at the former Horace Mann Middle School. He then landed at Garfield, where he as served as Principal for the past 11 school years. 

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LHS Principal Leaving District

Lakewood High School Principal Keith Ahearn has been named the Assistant Superintendent of North Ridgeville City Schools. He will leave his position with the District on July 31 after serving Lakewood City Schools for nine years. 

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Lakewoodite's Big Brewing Break

Local Lakewood homebrewer, Ean Fakan, has been brewing up a reputation. He started seven years ago in a kitchen on Lakeland Avenue, and has since expanded his craft to beers, wines, ciders and meads. His hobby has moved from stovetop pots to electric brew kettles and stainless-steel conical fermenters. He recently won a competition at Bad Tom Smith Brewing Company, to brew his beer professionally. 

Bad Tom Smith Brewing Company is owned by John & Sheryl Vojtush, and has two locations- Cincinnati and Ohio City.  John has said, “Being community-centric is an important part of who we are...” Each location has beers from the Cincinnati brewery and local homebrewers.

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LHS Class Of 1973 45-Year Reunion

It's time once again for Lakewood Rangers who graduated in 1973 to convene, this time to celebrate our 45-Year Anniversary! We have set aside August 24 and 25, 2018, to get together. Briefly, we'll meet (1) Friday, August 24, at the Hofbrauhaus, 1550 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, beginning at 7 pm; (2) Saturday morning, August 25, at Lakewood High for a tour beginning at 10 am; and (3) Saturday, August 25, at The Scenic Valley Room at the Emerald Necklace Marina, 1500 Cleveland Metro Park Drive, Lakewood, from 7-11 pm.

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June 29th Is Bike To Work Day!

June 29th is Bike to Work Day! Come socialize at Bike Lakewood's Hub at the Madison branch of the Lakewood Public Library with some coffee and pastries. The Hub will be running from 7am-9am.

You can either stay here in Lakewood, or head on downtown to our partner Bike Cleveland's big meetup at the Cleveland Bike Rack.

If you would like to ride downtown with a group from Lakewood, Beat Cycles will be leading a Group Commute at 7:15am from the Library location, weather permitting.

The Lakewood Public Library has been sponsoring Bike Lakewood's Bike to Work Day monthly events and we couldn't be happier to continue the relationship!

WEATHER: If it's light rain, we will still hold the event, but pouring rain or thunderstorms will cancel the event.

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Temporary Tattoo For You

Summer is a season when body art display works well with fashion. Some fun designs are not wanted year round, and that's when temporary tattoos can be a choice. The current 4th of July parade will feature Carabel's Lady Liberty passing out 500 lady liberty temporary tattoos. Should you receive one, the directions for application are on the back. I think you might want to apply them on the day you get it so I am letting you know how to be ready for application. Think about where you might want to see this lady, on an ankle , wrist or shoulder? The size is small, have your skin pre-scrubbed for the most lasting look, peel off the plastic, apply the design on skin and wet thoroughly. Lift the tattoo and look to see if it transferred. If not, place face down and make sure it is wet enough, rub a bit until it is. A bit of baby powder patted on the design will give it the most realistic look. Our beauty salon Carabel features a variety of designs .

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Fourth Of July Ranger Music Events

Come hear the dazzling, Lakewood Ranger Marching Band, as they lead the way playing patriotic tunes at the 4th of July Parade. Parade begins on Kenneth and Lake Avenues at 10:00 a.m. and concludes at Lakewood Park. Later, The Lakewood Project performs a stellar, high energy concert at the band stand. It begins at 7:00 p.m. until dusk at beautiful Lakewood Park. 

For the second consecutive year, Lakewood City Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Only 4% of districts across the nation were selected for the prestigious award. 

 

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Also Known As...: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 72

Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to pick out what you like (or dislike) 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. 

Fan Fiction - I Thought You Said The Legend Wasn't Real - Just Because Records - 12 songs - cassette, download

Fan Fiction is a great name. I'm not sold on the title yet. The players here are a guy who has no Discogs page, so who knows; a guy from Prisoners (whose Discogs page won't show up for some reason and I had to go to the page for the Prisoners LP to make sure it was him– someone get on this); Joe, who put this tape out; and Drew Ritchey, who has played in a variety of good bands and is the drummer here. I can't quite come up with what genre I would call this. It's a little too power poppin' and punkin' to just be straight indie rock, but I can't call it punk or power pop or pop-punk or punk-pop either. It's somewhere in there. The songs have kind of a '90s feel to them, but differently from how, say, Cheap Clone's songs have a '90s feel. Fan Fiction might be somewhere in the continuum between Cheap Clone and Classic Sand, but also sound only mildly similar to either band. Royal Headache almost comes to mind, but also not quite. "What I'm Thinking" starts with (and comes back to later) a part that made me think these guys might sound like the Joe Jackson Band, but they do not (by the way, I mean the Joe Jackson Band of the first two albums more than "Beat Crazy," in case you were thinking I meant that Fan Fiction have some weird reggae element– they don't). There's definitely at least two people doing lead vocals here; I'm assuming Dan Whiteley and Josh Goldberg since I can't remember Joe Vecchio taking the lead when I saw them live, but maybe he did and I forgot? For some reason, I now cannot hear in my head what his voice sounds like to try and figure this out. I should've emailed him and asked him to send me a recording of him reading the newspaper or something. One of them (the one who sings lead on "Motorcycle," among several others) keeps catching me off guard because there's a certain quality to his voice that sounds almost like Adam Spektor, who is in many other bands, but not this one. I just can't figure it out. Anyway. Bright, hooky guitar pop. That's a good way to really boil it down. I think the B side is stronger (it helps that "Landlord" (the best song here, total hit) and "Bloodless Coup" are both on it), but the A side has some good material as well, particularly "Affirmation" and "Leave Guns." Overall, a listenable, hooky tape. 3.5/5

(justbecauserecords.bandcamp.com)

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The Rockport Miracles-A Fiction Fable by Bob Scrubbs

Part 1: Episode 2 of 3: “The Curse of the Jazzman

Rockport is cursed because a baby cried. I was that baby and only a few months old when Gershwin music tickled me one night until I cried. Back then I cried because that was my only way of communicating. These days I cry because I do. 

Mom took me downstairs to meet the entire cast of “Porgy and Bess.” My uncle was the show’s road manager and he conspired with Dad to use our house for a cast party after the last Cleveland performance. It was a risky move. In 1954, the only black people in Rockport were maids, man servants, and the guy that went door-to- door sharpening knives and scissors. 

The cast included Leontyne Price and the venerable Rags Johnson. I’m told that Miss Price held me in her arms and sang “Summertime” to comfort me. Her haunting soprano conjured melancholy from every dog on the street and woke up a neighbor who spotted two cast members smoking on our back porch. Within five minutes the entire police force had landed on our front lawn including Chief Hathaway who arrived in his pajamas. 

 

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P.E.O. STAR Scholarship Award To LHS Scholar Veronica Lee

The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, for the 2017-18 academic year was presented to Miss Veronica Lee, a senior at Lakewood High School.

Veronica is the daughter of Matt and Karen Lee and was recommended for this scholarship by Chapter J of Cleveland, Ohio. Miss Lee has been accepted to The New College of Florida where she has plans to study Art History beginning this fall.

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, acamedic and potential for future success. The program is open to young women who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States or Canada and who are graduating high school seniors at the time of application. A student must be recommended by a P.E.O. chapter.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant Iowa, is an international philanthropic and educational organization which promotes increased opportunities for women. There are nearly 6,000 chapters in the United States and Canada with almost 250,000 initiated members. The P.E.O. Sisterhood has provided over $304 million in financial assistance to more than 102,000 recipients. The P.E.O. Sisterhood also owns Cottey College, a fully accredited, private liberal arts and sciences college for women with two-year and selected four-year programs, located in Nevada, Missouri.

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Vintage Fashion Pop-Up In Lakewood

Find your summer outfit at Vintage Fashion Pop-Up.

Photo Credit: Naida Gazdick

The recently launched Vintage Fashion Pop-Up is taking shopping to a new level. One weekend a month, 4-5 vintage fashion sellers set up a collective shop in Lakewood. Their shop offers a curated selection of affordable vintage finds in a modern boutique environment. 

There is a growing trend towards wearing vintage clothing. It’s an affordable, eco-friendly way to express individuality and embrace new trends. There is a cool factor in having a unique vintage find. Street style bloggers incorporate vintage into their looks. Fashion designers find inspiration in vintage for their new collections. “Marc Jacobs, Cole Haan, Eugenia Kim and Zimmermann have bought pieces from my Etsy shop, Only The Best,” said Heather Sapanos, founder of Vintage Fashion Pop-Up. Costume designers buy vintage as well, even if it’s not a period piece. “Sarah Jessica Parker has worn a couple of my vintage dresses on her HBO show Divorce.”

 

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Kidzenia - A New Childcare And Learning Center In Lakewood!

Front Street Sign of the Learning Center as seen from Madison Ave.

The city of Lakewood is a wonderful and rich community that is composed of people from all walks of life. In recent years we have seen many additions and improvements to our beautiful city, helping to making Lakewood an attractive place in Northeast Ohio for people to live and small local businesses to thrive. KIDZENIA is a new childcare and learning center that aims to become an integral part of the community by helping to meet the many needs of Lakewood’s diverse families. 

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Lakewood Native Creates Software Development Career Pathways For Busy Locals!

We Can Code It students take time for a group photograph.

Computer coding skills can open doors to a challenging and lucrative career in the ever-growing software development industry. But traditional coding bootcamps are often not a viable option for people with a full-time job or family responsibilities – a demographic that often includes women and minorities. That’s why I developed an innovative solution. The new “hybrid” bootcamp, named FlexCode™, offers a mix of online and in-person classes for greater flexibility, lower expenses, and a more effective learning model.

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Becky Boyd & The Groove Train Brings Powerful Vocals To 2018 Front Porch Concert Series Opener On June 22

Becky Boyd & The Groove Train proved to be a crowd favorite during the 2017 Front Porch Concert Series.

The right vocalist can make for an exhilarating performance and such will be the case when Becky Boyd & The Groove Train kicks off LakewoodAlive’s 2018 Front Porch Concert Series at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 22.

Sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, the Front Porch Concert Series features free, live music on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue) in Downtown Lakewood from 7 to 9 p.m. for 12 consecutive Fridays. The series, which aims to foster Lakewood’s vibrancy while providing a family-friendly summer entertainment option, runs through September 7.

Week 1 brings to the stage Becky Boyd & The Groove Train, a four-member band known to captivate audiences with a dynamic set list ranging from blues and jazz to folk and classic rock. The band is fronted by renowned vocalist Becky Boyd, who has been playing the Cleveland club scene for 40+ years and has developed a reputation for singing with a tremendous amount of soul, feeling and emotion.

Becky Boyd & The Groove Train made its debut in January 2015 and has been playing regularly at music venues throughout Northeast Ohio ever since. In addition to Boyd, the band features bassist Alfredo Guerrieri, drummer Jim Wall and keyboardist Chris Hanna. Each is a seasoned musician in his own right, fully capable of complementing Boyd’s vocals.

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LakewoodAlive’s Volunteer-Driven Flower Blossoms Program Blooms In Downtown Lakewood

A volunteer from Lakewood Garden Center helps to prepare flower boxes.

Venture along Detroit Avenue through Downtown Lakewood these days and you can’t help but notice an additional splash of color and greenery enhancing the district’s vibrancy.

Now in its 12th year, LakewoodAlive’s Flower Blossoms Program has resulted in the addition of 52 flower boxes for 2018 stretching east-to-west along Detroit Avenue from the Westerly Apartments to Cerny Shoes. Geraniums and impatiens dot this urban landscape, creating a more appealing commercial district. 

The Flower Blossoms Program is designed to help Downtown Lakewood merchants make their storefronts more attractive.  LakewoodAlive partners annually with Lakewood Garden Center to provide an opportunity for merchants to purchase professionally-planted Earth Box planters with flowers appropriate for the sun/shade needs of each location.

“We’re thrilled to have the Flower Blossoms Program return for a 12th consecutive year,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director for LakewoodAlive. “This volunteer-driven beautification service offered to Downtown Lakewood merchants is one of many ways we seek to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood. And we can’t say enough about the incredible team of volunteers who make this program possible.”

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New LHS Spaces Earn Design Honor

Lakewood High's new cafeteria.

Lakewood High School was recently selected as an Outstanding Design by the American School & University magazine and will be included in the magazine’s Interiors Showcase awards issue in August. This is the premiere competition honoring educational interior excellence. The high school was honored in the category of Common Spaces, such as the cafeteria, media center and gym. It is one of only 70 educational institutions to be included in the issue.

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Rotary Awards Scholarships To Four Area High School Seniors

Four graduating seniors were awarded college scholarships by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its weekly meetings on June 4 and 11.

Brian Donahoe and Bihieshta Jabarkhil from Lakewood High School, Jacquelyn Pappadakes from Rocky River High School, and Kiara Hoefsmit from Saint Joseph Academy, received $3,000 awards from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation. This $12,000 program is part of over $60,000 that the local Rotary club donates to the community each year.

In addition to demonstrating academic achievement and potential, these four Rotary scholarship winners were chosen for extracurricular and community involvement.

Brian Donahoe was active in Student Council and the Barnstormers theatre troupe. For four years he was on the school’s Academic Challenge and boys’ soccer teams. Last year, Brian garnered the highest GPA of the school’s fall athletes. He wants to explore the fields of civil and aerospace engineering at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend.

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Cozy Mystery Author Loves Her Genre

The word “cozy” means warm, comfortable or beneficial, not traits usually attributed to murder. However, in the genre of literature known as cozy mysteries, a character is murdered and an amateur sleuth follows clues to solve the crime. One author of these cozies, as the books are affectionately called, is local writer and librarian Amanda Flower.

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Armstrong Air & Space Programs At The Library

Armstrong Air & Space programs at the Library

The Lakewood Public Library has partnered with The Armstrong Air & Space Museum to put on two exciting, informative, and hands-on programs this summer. These programs are the perfect combination of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – and our summer reading club theme, “Libraries Rock!” And as always, they’re free! To register, stop by the Children’s and Youth Services desk or call us at (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

Gemini Jams

For youth entering kindergarten through fifth grade

Monday, July 9, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.  

Do you play an instrument? Did you know that astronauts like Chris Hadfield play instruments while in space? It’s a match made in the celestial heavens, and now you can join in the fun! Participants in this program will learn about the instruments played on the Gemini VI mission and built a harmonica out of household items. Kids will then be challenged to create their very own song with it!

 

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LHS Fresh Start New Student Orientation Aug. 15

Fresh Start 2018 orientation will take place on August 15 from 9-11a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. for all incoming 9th graders and students new to Lakewood High School for the 2018-2019 school year. The Fresh Start program is designed for students by students. Student mentors will lead the new high-schoolers through a variety of activities that will help orient them to their new school as well as help build class camaraderie and school spirit. Students will tour the school, receive their locker location and ID badges as well as have a chance to sign up for clubs and other activities. Visit the LHS website at www.lakewoodcityschools.org/LHS to fill out the online registration form, which must be completed by July 31. There will be a parent orientation on August 14 at 6:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium.

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Concert By Three Strands

Sean Cox founded Three Strands to explore the strands that unite us all.

Lakewood Public Library is pleased to welcome Three Strands to our Main Library Auditorium concert stage on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Literature Series - "Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement"
Presented by Cheryl Wires

The second in our three-week literature series discussing "The Gentle Subversive," Mark Hamilton Lytle’s account of Rachel Carson’s life and legacy. Previous registration required.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

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"Salt" Perfectly Seasoned

Salt, 17625 Detroit Ave. Lakewood
216.221.4866
saltcleveland.com

I had been hearing about "Salt" since they opened about a year ago. Been meaning to try the place and finally got around to checking out the restaurant on the the westside of Lakewood at 17625 Detroit. Owner Jessica Parkinson turned a dive bar into one of the best restaurants in Cleveland. In 2018 head chef Jill Vedaa was a semi-finalist in the prestigous James Beard awards, as well as winning "Guy's Grocery Games" on the Food Network.

The restaurant is painted completely black. Accented with soft lighting and the warm glow of Himilayan Salt lamps, it works. We arrived around 7 p.m. on Friday night, busy and on a wait. Since we didn't have a reservation, we opted for the only table for two out on the patio. Not as bustling as inside with the bar, it was quiet and nicely decorated with succulents boxed on the tall black wood fencing blocking out the parking lot. 

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Skindell Thanks Voters

Senator Michael Skindell watching election returns at Merry Arts.  Photo by Matt Kuhns

Dear Voters,

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Best Asian Food Delivered!

Longtime cook at China Garden cooks up an order of Shrimp Lo Mein, Hot and Spicy!

With a handful of Asian restaurants delivering in Lakewood and most using the same menu, or menu with slight variations you may not think there is a big difference, but we have found there is. China Garden in Marc's Plaza by Sinagra Park seems light years ahead of the rest. Don't believe me, give it a try. Great food, delivery is quick. 216.226.3434

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Meaningful: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 71

Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to pick out what you like (or dislike) 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. 

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Lakewood Public Works Has Long Relationship With ASCME

left to right. Bob Collins, Zach Grey, Mike Satink, Jamie Funderwhite and Nick Hudson

AFSCME which stands for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have represented the City of Lakewood public employees for 39 years. AFSCME local 1043 has recently elected a new executive board to lead us into the future. The Local includes all public works departments (Fleet, Parks, Refuse & Recycling, Streets, Water, Sewer, Waste Water) as well as the administrators (Aging, Building, Tax, Finance, Youth and Engineering) of Lakewood. Certainly, all Lakewood residents have been affected by one or more of these hard-working people.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Coast Line: Poetry Reading Series
Readings by Juliet Cook, Diane Ferri and Ryan Pearl

Juliet Cook is the author of "Red Demolition, Poisonous Beauty Skull Lollipop and Horrific Confection." Diane Vogel Ferri is the author of "Liquid Rubies," and "The Desire Path." Ryan Pearl’s work has appeared in "The City Poetry, Brandt 21" and the "GTK Creative Journal."
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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"Lost Cleveland": Memories of A City

Reporter and author Laura DeMarco.

Cleveland has been through many changes over the centuries. One notable pattern is what reporter and author Laura DeMarco calls Cleveland’s “rise-and-fall-and-recovery story.” The city was once a glimmering jewel, one of the largest in the country. In the mid to late 1900s, though, many historic Cleveland landmarks and treasures were demolished, closed, or abandoned. A number of these landmarks are highlighted in DeMarco’s book, "Lost Cleveland."

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State Representative Antonio Celebrates National Emergency Medical Services Week

The hearing on HB 486 was a family affair!

This week marks the 44th Annual National Emergency Medical Service Week, a week dedicated to honoring the brave citizens who devote themselves to providing life-saving care to Americans. Putting themselves in harm’s way, EMS providers respond to everything from active shooter situations to drownings, from behavioral health crises to vehicle collisions. Truly, emergency medical technicians and paramedics are public servants in every sense, ensuring we all have access to critically important care when we need it.

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"Bent" Touches On Timely Themes At Beck Center

Landmark drama runs June 1 -July 1, 2018 in the Studio Theater.

Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents "Bent" June 1 through July 1, 2018 in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. A Talk-Back in conjuction with the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland will be announced soon. Tickets are now on sale. Bent contains strong adult content.

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