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Shop Hixson’s December 20 And Recapture Christmas, In Ohio, “Mr Christmas” Works In Lakewood

Bill Hixson, "Mr. Christmas," kicks off the 2014 Light Up Lakewood Parade.

This December 20th, please take the time to immerse yourself in a real Christmas Cleveland Tradition, stopping by Hixson’s Flower Barn, at 14125 Detroit Avenue, and walk through the store, see the historic displays that go back even further than the store which has been located in this location for over 60 years. Bill Hixson has been a friend of my family, both sides, for longer than the store has been open. Actually it was a relative that helped him get the building, when the truck, horse carriage car wash was closing. Shortly after opening he was joined by his longtime friend and partner Eunice who has kept the store running strong and pure to itself for a half of a century. I swear some of the things from opening day are still on the shelves, though so many great memories for everyone that has shopped there flow over the counters at a rapid pace. It is just a perfect place to soak up the holidays, and to bring the wee ones for memories only a grandparent can lay down. “X-Box, huh, Bobby when I was your age, all we had to play with was one of these…” Bobby is not moved at the moment, but when he is dragging Bobby junior to the second power around the space mall, saying the same thing, he will remember that day and smile.


Christmas in the end is about the memories. Moments are fleeting, but memories, good, bad stay with us for a long long time. Walking through Hixson’s is just good for the soul,

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Volume 10, Issue 25, Posted 5:22 PM, 12.09.2014

Latest News Releases

Lakewood To Honor Veterans On November 11th At Lakewood Park
- City Hall, November 6, 2014 Read More
Mayor Summers Shares Concerns Over Increased Train Traffic in Lakewood
- City Hall, November 5, 2014 Read More
Lakewood Honors Fallen Firefighters in Annual Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, October 5th
- City Hall, September 30, 2014 Read More
National Merit Scholars Head List of LHS Academic Stars
- Board of Education, September 25, 2014 Read More
DNA Ties Serial Rapist to Aug. 30 Sexual Assault in Lakewood
- City Hall, September 25, 2014 Read More

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District Concerts A Great Holiday Treat

The Lakewood City Schools Music Department provides a wonderful way to enjoy some excellent holiday performances for an affordable cost for the whole family. The district’s acclaimed music program will be putting on performances throughout December as the district’s Winter Break approaches.

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Volume 10, Issue 25, Posted 5:13 PM, 12.09.2014

"Ask Roxann" Looking At The School Calendar

LO: A lot of parents have questions regarding the District's idea about extending the school day which was described as, "a committee is studying the concept of a longer school day and/or a modified school calendar to provide opportunities to reach our goal of becoming one of the Top 20 school districts in Ohio.” This idea was recently explored in a survey sent to parents & stakeholders of the Lakewood City Schools. While taking the survey it becomes clear that much of a longer school day would be devoted to preparing students to take new tests that come with the Common Core requirements.

Many residents are asking what benefits come to the students from doing better on these tests and from attending a Top 20 school? Does this improve the quality of their lives and or their education?

RR: The Lakewood Teachers Association and Administration have a mutual interest in providing the highest quality educational experience to Lakewood students. Early in 2014 both groups collaborated to find innovative ways to reach our learners outside of a traditional calendar and school day. After several days of brainstorming we felt that we needed to gather a broader array of opinions and sought to do that by involving more stakeholders in the discussion in order to make a well-informed decision; thus the survey.

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Volume 10, Issue 25, Posted 5:13 PM, 12.09.2014

Council A Step Closer To Raising Council Members Salaries

Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan called the December 1, 2014 meeting of Council to order at 7:31 P.M.

The first order of business was a report from the Committee of the Whole delivered by Councilwoman Madigan. The Committee has met four times since July to discuss the report from the Civil Service Commission recommending salary increases for Council (the report has been covered in great detail in previous articles). Council members have been making $7,000 a year, without increase, for about 30 years. The Commission has been recommending for several years that Council raise their salary, but they have failed to do so. This year the Commission recommended that the salary for Council members be increased to $13,000 and at the last Council meeting Councilwoman Madigan introduced an ordinance to do just that. The Committee of the Whole, the Committee made up of all members of Council, unanimously recommended adoption by Council once the ordinance has reached its full three readings. Council will read the Ordinance for the third time at the December 15, 2014 Council meeting.

Following the Committee of the Whole report, Council read the ordinance for the second time.

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Volume 10, Issue 25, Posted 5:23 PM, 12.09.2014

LEAF Hosts Holiday Market December 16th

This holiday season we invite you to shop local with the Lakewood Earth & Food (LEAF) Community at our December holiday market at Garfield Middle School on Tuesday, December 16th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. This indoor farmer's market and craft fair combination can help you keep all of your holiday shopping local from food to art! Not only will you find a wide variety of local farmers and artisinal food vendors offering local produce, baked goods, and much more for all your holiday gathering needs, but you can also find fantastic gifts for anyone on your list from local artists and merchants selling items ranging from baby gifts, to photographs, to soap. For those that have pre-ordered their City Fresh holiday CSA shares, these will also be available for pick-up.

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District PreSchool Programs Top-Rated by State

All the district's Early Childhood Programs have earned a 5-Star rating from the State of Ohio for meeting the quality standards established by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education. 

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Homes For The Holidays

Once upon a time, real estate was thought to slow down as the new year approached, giving way to hot cocoa and flurries of snow. These days, we know better, and when winter comes around, it’s also time to buy or sell your house. So grab your mug, sit down by a fire and find out why now is the season of homes for the holidays!

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Volume 10, Issue 25, Posted 5:13 PM, 12.09.2014

Natural Wellness For Women: Lakewood Prenatal And Fertility Massage

Women in all stages of life have a new resource this year for their alternative health needs. As a Liscensed Massage Therapist (LMT) I recently joined the team at Norris Family Chiropractic, providing therapeutic massage for natural fertility support and for the childbearing year and beyond.

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The Blind Swordsman: Being A Good Person In A Bad Time

To decide what is right and what is wrong in our current society can be difficult to say the least. Virtue, morality and kindness often take different forms depending upon the individual manifesting or cultivating them. The same could be said, if not more so, in medieval Japan, a culture steeped in honor and respect, but also soaked in the blood of those who traversed the time of feuding lords and multiple civil wars. On Saturday, December 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium, we will be showing the critically acclaimed movie "Zatoichi."

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Youth Challenge Honors Top Teen Volunteers

The Youth Challenge Dance and Drama program will kick off the season with a Holiday Show on December 14 at Magnificat High School’s Performing Arts Center. The event will also include a Volunteer Recognition to honor the year’s top teen volunteers.

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Last Minute Market Features Lakewood's Industrious Past and Present

Templar Car

Now in it's seventh year, the Last Minute Market & Screw Factory Open Studio will once again welcome the public to visit on Saturday, December 20th from 10am to 6pm. A building made to make cars 98 years ago, it is now a thriving example of adaptive reuse. Studios for art, craft, fitness, and dance co-exist with industrial manufacturing, office space, and warehouses right on the edge of the Birdtown neighborhood.

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Lakewood Catholic Academy Welcomes Its First President

The typical elementary school is a pretty quiet place during the summer. That was certainly the case after the 630 students at Lakewood Catholic Academy spilled from the school’s doors last June to begin their summer break.

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Cox Communications Provides Low-Cost Internet For Families

LakewoodAlive is thrilled to spotlight a wonderful program offered by Cox Communications through a partnership with Connect2Compete, a nonprofit program. Connect2Compete brings affordable and fast Internet to area families.  

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C.S. Lewis Visits Lakewood Public Library

Best known for his Chronicles of Narnia children’s book series, which includes The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis was a beloved author, Christian apologist, renowned academic and medievalist.  Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” were initially published as thirty-one installments in the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Lewis was paid two pounds for each letter, and he donated the money to charity. His autobiographical work Surprised by Joy, references his conversion to Christianity, and his A Grief Observed discusses his wife’s death.  Lewis’ indomitable spirit, wry sense of humor, and heartfelt convictions are captured by Dr. Kevin Radaker when he brings A Visit with C.S. Lewis to Lakewood Public Library.

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Lakewood Chamber Announces "Why I Love Lakewood" Essay Contest Winner

Clement Bouvier, a fourth grader at Lincoln Elementary School, is the winner of the 2014 “Why I Love Lakewood” Fourth Grade Essay Contest. Clem’s essay was chosen from 123 heartfelt essays submitted by Lakewood 4th graders. In addition to winning a $100 cash prize, Clem rode in the Light Up Lakewood parade in a car provided by Steve Barry Buick and helped “flip the switch” with Santa and Mayor Summers to turn on the lights in Downtown Lakewood as part of the Light Up Lakewood festivities on December 6th. Congratulations, Clem!

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Volume 10, Issue 25, Posted 5:13 PM, 12.09.2014

Stress Management For The Holidays

No, it wasn't your imagination. Christmas candy treats and decorations were already crammed on store shelves the day after Halloween! The big box retailers pushed up Black Friday to 6:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. The television commercials bombard us with images of luxury cars wrapped in giant red ribbons and children playing with the latest electronic gadgets. Don't forget the news coverage of anxious, stressed out people standing in line for those retail 'doorbusters' on Thanksgiving Day.

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LO Calendar 10_24

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Only in Clev Apparel Grand Opening 

4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

We are a new Custom T-Shirt apparel store specializing in local designs displaying things only a Clevelander would understand. We design t-shirts for some of the cool things going on in the Cleveland, Lakewood and surrounding areas. We also sell customized full size removable wall decals, posters and personalized signage.

Location:

15226 Madison Avenue

Lakewood, Ohio, 44107

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Breakfast With Santa 

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Friends of St. James, Inc. is sponsoring a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 6, from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Ticket prices are $8.50 for children and $15.00 for adults. This includes a picture with Santa, Christmas crafts for the kids, stories with Mrs. Claus and Brennan’s delicious breakfast buffet. Tickets may be purchased after Masses in November at St. James or by calling Darlene at 216-521-4061. No tickets will be sold at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Restoration Fund of St. James in Lakewood.

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6 Tips To Help Grieving Kids Survive The Holidays

Diane Snyder Cowan is Director of the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center. The center offers a wide variety of grief support resources in Lakewood and the surrounding west side suburbs.

Children are “Forgotten Grievers” 

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Twins Are A Couple Of "Jammy Buggars"

One late Thursday night, we Taster Twins, with our patient husbands in tow, visited the soon to be a Lakewood landmark, Jammy Buggars. The name brings a smile to your face, particularly when you discover that it means “lucky individual” in British slang. Patrons who eat here are indeed fortunate because the food is inspired and consistently delectable.

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One For All, Assault At The 'Frog' Park'

On Tuesday, November 12, 2014 at about 7 p.m., a child looked into the window of Cyrano’s Place, a fencing club at 15639 Madison Ave. I was the coach at the time and seeing the child, I did what I normally do, and invited the child to watch me finish the lesson with another student. The child, 11 years old, explained that he had gone to the park on Madison, the ‘Frog Park,’ after school, where he had been assaulted by a bunch of teenagers.

He ran away from the teenagers as fast as he could only to find himself at a shop. The personnel at the shop helped clean off the blood from his fat lip and bleeding nose. Then, they sent him on his way.

On hearing this child’s sad tale, I told him that I would be calling the police on his behalf, not because he was in trouble, but because he had been wronged.  Then the child started to shake and tremble. Reality started to set in. The child's mom would meet the police at Cyrano’s Place before taking the scared child home to safety.

When I was 17, someone came up behind me and tried to rape me. I went into competitive fencing mode, which saved me big time. I looked like a battered wife after the fact. There is a healing process that happens after physical/emotional trauma like this. One of the biggest hurts is not having your own pain recognized for what it is. Or, being told, it’s your own fault that you were assaulted. How is it your own fault? I don’t know. I guess you intended to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Community Says Goodbye To Old Building At LHS

"Two things stand out from all the alumni tours I’ve given over the years. First, many have a strong emotional attachment to the traditions of LHS—the winter choral concert, the spring musical, etc., and above all the broad, rich curriculum. Second, the people-former teachers, coaches, peers- and physical place of LHS also holds a dear place for many people. No one ever asks to visit their old lap top

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Library Calendar

December 13
Lakewood Public Cinema: "The Shipping News" (2001)
Directed by Lasse Hallstöm

An emotionally-beaten Kevin Spacey heads to his ancestral home of Newfoundland, with his young daughter in tow, in an attempt to start his life over after his unfaithful wife is killed in a car accident. His aunt, Judi Dench, is ready to take him under her wing, but only if he can learn to toughen up and move on with life. Settling into the cold and foreboding landscape, he finds a job as a newspaper reporter and begins to explore the unforgiving land where his grandfather died at only twelve years old. Shrouded in frozen mythological tones, his family’s dark history begins to unravel before him. Through the pain and turmoil, the beaten man finds a voice to reclaim his life. Then he meets the widow Julianne Moore…
Saturday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Mirrors Play Old Home Night At The Beachland

Mirrors' Lou Reed Tribute show. From left, Tom Fallon, Brent Ferguson, Tom Madej, Jamie Klimek and Dave Franduto with Beachland co-owner Mark Leddy looking on from the rail.

If you missed the much talked about appearance of Lakewood’s own proto-punks, Mirrors, performing their superb tribute to Lou Reed a couple months after his death, you will have one last chance to see them later this month at The Beachland’s Old Home Night, on Sunday December 21st. 

The current Mirrors line-up consists of founder Jamie Klimek on guitar and vocals, newcomer-to-the band Brent Ferguson on bass, Studio-A-Rama veterans Dave Franduto on vocals and guitar, Tom Madej, drums, and Tom Fallon, of many memorable Cleveland bands, past and present, including Satan’s Satellite’s, The New Salem Witch Hunters and The Amazing Pink Holes on vocals and yet a third guitar. If you haven’t experienced Mirrors wall of guitars— dense, in your face, and melodic all at once—you’d be doing yourself a favor to drive over the bridge from Lakewood to Collinwood, even if it is snowing.

Klimek wants everyone to know that this, Mirrors Fifth Farewell appearance, is a benefit show for Klimek himself while he is still alive and can spend the money, and says that there is a good chance that he will do the show lying down on the stage, or possibly from the audience, in a chair with a drink, as he recently realized that "the rest of band members play rings around me."

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Diversity Potluck: Change Begins With You! Get involved!

Diversity Potluck - 2014  

The City of Lakewood's Community Relations Advisory Commission is pleased to announce the annual Diversity Potluck. This year's theme is titled, 'Change Begins with You! Get Involved.' It's all happening on Thursday January 22, 2015 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Women's Pavilion in Lakewood Park. In addition to sampling delicious foods that represent the many diverse populations who live, work, and play in Lakewood, community members have an opportunity to hear about some of the great ways to participate and get involved. The opportunities are endless; and, there are many commissions, churches, and other organizations that need you! What a great way to actively contribute to our great city and connect with like-minded people. As always, city officials will be present to share an evening, a meal, and conversation with the people they serve.
 
So ready your favorite recipe (enough to feed 8-10 people), and save the date! We sincerely hope you join us for what is sure to be a fun and family-friendly evening.
 
The Community Relations Advisory Commission is, "Charged to advise, educate, and promote community relations. The mission of the Commission is to foster participation in the community; to encourage and promote respectful conversations and collaborative efforts among and between residents and city officials; and to promote equity, respect, and diversity within the city." Participation on the commission is voluntary and contingent upon appointment by the Cty mayor and the City council. There are currently seats available. The commission currently sponsors three annual events including the Diversity Potluck, the "Welcome to Lakewood" Meet and Greet, and the Community Conversation.

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Lakewood Catholic Academy Accepting Applications For Fall 2015

Lakewood Catholic Academy has begun accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year for its preschool and kindergarten programs, as well as for grades one through eight. LCA currently serves almost 600 students from 19 different zip codes across the Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio area on its lakefront campus. The school's innovative and rigorous curriculum, grounded in the Catholic faith, supports students in reaching their full potential.

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Student Immigrants Share Their Stories

Brandon (left) and Sandra were featured in the documentary "I Learn America."

While many students at Lakewood High School began their lives in another country, not many of them share their stories with their fellow students. On Wednesday, students in some World History, Human Rights & Conflict and English Language Learner classes heard the very different immigrant stories of two young adults who were part of a documentary featured at film festivals across the country.

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Explore Light Up Lakewood On Saturday, December 6

LakewoodAlive and the Light Up Lakewood Committee have added several more fantastic additions to make your experience with family and friends all the better. The day will start at Quaker Steak & Lube (15312 Detroit Avenue) with Breakfast with Santa. There will be two seatings, 8:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Tickets for Breakfast with Santa are pre-sale only and can be purchased online at www.LightUpLakewood.com or at Paisley Monkey (14471 Detroit Avenue).

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 11:45 AM, 11.25.2014

Council Talks About The Coast

Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan called the November 17, 2014 meeting to order at 7:40 P.M.

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Christmas Sale On The Grounds

Kick off your holiday shopping with the event that offers the best bargains of all—Lakewood Historical Society’s 9th annual Christmas Sale on the Grounds. The first weekend in December sees the Nicholson House, 13335 Detroit, filled to bursting with everything you need for holiday celebrations.

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Sounds Of Season Concert Features District's Top Ensembles

If you are a fan of the Lakewood City Schools' Music Department, or just a music fan in general, you don't want to miss the newest LHS holiday tradition that is the Sounds of the Season concert December 17 & 18 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. This concert will highlight all the elite performance groups at LHS from the band, orchestra and choir departments. This year, there will even be an elementary honors choir.

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Tailgate For A Cause

Throughout this last year we at Trinity Church have been made aware of serious needs in the community. Many folks come to our door asking for emergency help. There are medical bills, transportation needs, money needed for gas and auto repairs, veterinary bills, unexpected furnace, roofing or plumbing emergencies.

Financial planners suggest people put away money "for a rainy day" in some kind of emergency fund. We know, however, that many families are one month or one check away from disaster if emergencies arise. And, unfortunately there is no emergency fund to assist them through Trinity or Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach.

Trinity is offering the Lakewood community an opportunity to assist one family "on the edge." A huge need in keeping this family safe and warm this winter has arisen. Can you say 'replacement steam boiler'? Visualize $8000 while living on minimum wage.

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Events At Lakewood Public Library

November 29
Lakewood Public Cinema: A River Runs Through It (1992)       Directed by Robert Redford

Here’s a movie for fathers and sons and the women who love them. In this true story, based on the memoir by Norman Maclean, two brothers grow up in the majesty of the Montana wilderness under the stern watchful eye of their minister father, played by Tom Skerritt. While Norman, played by Craig Sheffer, learns to channel his natural rebellion into writing and a career as a newspaperman, Brad Pitt’s Paul is an irresistible daredevil that no one can say no to—whose appetites tend to lead him down a slippery path of self-destruction. The one thing that all three men have in common is a committed love of fly-fishing. No matter what conflicts may arise between them, once they wade into the river, they find peace and calm and that all-important sense of belonging. Director Robert Redford paints an inspiring portrait of the strength of the American family—even as he reminds us that its strengths are not limitless. Bring your dad.
Saturday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Twins Taste A Pickle

Upon entering the cozy confines of the Cleveland Pickle Gourmet Sub Shop on Detroit Road, we were greeted by simple, charming decor. The sandwich selection is definitely thought-provoking and it inspired our culinary curiosity.

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Lakewood Real Estate On Pace For Another Solid Year

October stats from the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) serving our 15-County area were just released.  The real estate recovery for Single Family Homes continues at a modest pace.  October sales were up over last year by 3.4%, but remain down year to date by about 1.2%.  The October Average Sales Price was down nearly 3% over last October, but remains up 2% year to date over last year.  Market time remains unchanged for the area, remaining steady at 91 days.

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Who Let the Dogs Out In?

Therapy dogs are great listeners and enjoy having children read a good book to them.

Lakewood Public Library has! Why, you ask? Because these pups love, love, love when children read to them. We invite beginner readers to join us the second Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Tail Waggin’ Tutors where school-age kids can enjoy reading books to these fabulous four-legged friends. Students can bone up on their reading skills and share a book or two with therapy dogs and their owners that have been certified through Therapy Dogs International.

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The Gift of eReading: Download FREE eBooks from the Library

Tired of giving gifts that will just collect dust?  Looking for a holiday gift for the bibliophile in your life?  Give the gift that keeps on giving by purchasing a shiny, new eReader!  When you give the gift of (insert brand name here), you give your loved ones access to thousands of FREE downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and even steaming video from Lakewood Public Library, a member of the statewide consortium, the Ohio Digital Library.

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten at the Lakewood Public Library

Veronica Allie, 4 1/2 years old, is one of the first ten finishers of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Lakewood Public Library.

To begin your 1000 book journey, register online at http://www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth/ or visit the Children's and Youth Services desk at either the Main library or the Madison branch.

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Critically Acclaimed Pianist To Perform Christmas Concert

Adams with legendary Dionne Warwick backstage at the History Makers10th Anniversary Gala Celebration.
November 20th, 2010

The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. H. Leslie Adams, nationally renowned and honored composer, educator and performer, will present a special “sounds of the “Christmas Musical Reflections” concert at 5 p.m. on December 7th at Grace Presbyterian Church in Lakewood.

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Snow Way To Pay For Parking Space

I am all about the improvements made to the city. Who am I to complain about progress? I mean, as a lifelong resident I should rejoice at the single lanes of traffic backed up for blocks as you attempt to travel east and west down Detroit Avenue. I should applaud the broken up and missing bricks along the curbs instead of concrete. I should be happy that two lanes on Clifton Avenue have been taken away so that buses have a quicker and private route. And I suppose I should give in and embrace the sensory and scenic overload created by all of the new signs along our roadways that direct us and alert us to all of the progress occurring in our fair city.

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Lakewood Composer Returns To Rocky River Chamber Music Society

Lakewood native Max Mueller working on another composition

Rocky River Chamber Music Society presents its second biennial children’s concert on Sunday afternoon, December 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, Ohio. The concert features an original work, A West Side Story, written by west side Cleveland students and featuring music by Lakewood and Los Angeles composer, Max Mueller. The performance will feature Max on the piano along with local musicians Jessica Ryou, violin; Amy Tang, violin; Abby McGreehan, viola; Vicki Hamm, cello; and Kyle Kubovcik, bass.

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Art Show Ends Strokes of Genius

After learning about artist Diego Rivera, participants used markers to create a mural of a city scene with apartment buildings.

     The fall session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library came to a close in November as participating second, third, and fourth graders proudly showcased their talent at an Art Show for family and friends. Each week students learned about the life and work of a different artist and then completed an art project motivated by the style of that artist. Artwork created by Pierre Auguste Renoir, Leonardo da Vinci, Frederic Remington, Diego Rivera, Maya Lin, and Jackson Pollock provided the inspiration for the students’ creative efforts. Water colors, cut paper, oil pastels, markers, clay, and tempera paint were some of the mediums used. The Jackson Pollock project involved creating an “action painting” with marbles. The young artists placed a marble in paint and then put it on paper that was contained in a box lid. The box was held and tilted at various angles so the marble could roll and spread its paint. This resulted in beautiful works of art! Each participant took home their creative work, a certificate, and a purple ribbon.

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Beau Monde Vintage Brings Nostalgia To Lakewood

Nestled in an aged building in the heart of the Detroit Avenue neighborhood of Lakewood, sits Beau Monde Vintage - a vintage shop that is rich in nostalgia. Michelle Miller, a vintage conisseur from a young age, recently opened it August 1st of this year and is absolutely thrilled in her new venture of bringing her vision of style and top quality recycled clothing to the city of Lakewood and the surrounding communties. Miller recalls having that knack for vintage since she was little, having bought several pretty vintage dresses from her local church thrift shop. Her collection has since grown and now she has the sweetest shop, full of curated and affordable one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories from the 1970s and before. The shop is divided into two large rooms, with a hall joining them. The rooms are neatly categorized (ie. swimwear, plus size, sweaters, etc) and each rack is easy to breeze through. The hall houses the dressing rooms, tastefully done with pink, girly accents and merchandise. Looking for a wedding dress? Or maybe something for the curvy gal? Or how about the gal who just LOVES color and prints? Beau Monde Vintage has it! 

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Keeping Lakewood Alive: Busting The Myth Of Addiction In Seniors

We're regularly fed a steady diet of senior citizen stereotypes. Myths about addiction are especially tough to swallow. When Uncle Harry faceplants in the bowl of Thanksgiving stuffing, his drinking is dismissed as one of the few pleasures he has left. Granny's perceived as adorable in her terry track suit gulping down sherry on her front porch rocker. The retired CEO is defended as earning the right to slam back multiple martinis before noon. The reality is addictions destroy a senior's quality of life, strain a healthcare system already at the breaking point and wreak havoc on families burdened with their care. Substance abuse in older Americans can aggravate and even cause chronic diseases including diabetes, hypertension, dementia, osteoporosis and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. The risk and consequences of falling increases. In 2012 the National Institute of Health reported hospital admissions for seniors were mostly linked to overdoses from pain medication and withdrawal from other addictive substances.

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Coffee With The Subconscious... 'Chance' Encounter...

Ella & Betty Rozakis muse outside Blackbird Bakery Company...

Ella, my Golden Doodle, and I love our outings to Blackbird Baking Company. I'm not much for routines, but this picnic ritual has sprung some soulful moments.  

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Breakfast With Santa

Break out the festive velvet dresses and handsome sweaters—it’s time to dress the kids in their holiday finery for Breakfast with Santa.

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FLDP Welcomes Santa Paws

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Paws and he is coming to town. He will pose for portraits with all his animal friends and their humans on Sunday, December 14, 2014. He and his crew will be at Pet's General Store, 16821 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for the annual holiday meet and greet. The fundraising event is organized by Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park, Inc. and hosted by our friends at Pet's General Store.
 
During an videotaped interview with Rudy R., North Pole's Director of Logistics, he cautioned that there have been several changes for 2014. It is no longer necessary to make an appointment to see Santa Paws. Rudy - who, it must be noted, has a very shiny nose - explained that pets and humans can drop in anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 pm to pose with the jolly old guy. I had hoped to include a link to the videotape, but it has inexplicably become unavailable.
 
Also new this year, photography will be provided by Portraits by Martha. Martha is an experienced pet photographer and Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park, Inc. is excited to be working with her. For a $10 donation, participants will receive a souvenir photo of their visit with Santa Paws. Additional photos and photo packages will be available from Pictures by Martha. 
 
A portion of all sales will be donated to Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park (FLDP). "Photos with Santa Paws" is a fundraiser for FLDP. 
 
FLDP is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization that partners with the City of Lakewood to care for the park. The group holds fundraisers throughout the year to pay for park amenities and to fund dog park improvements.

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Rep. Nickie J. Antonio Elected House Democratic Assistant Whip

State Representative Nickie J. Antonio elected as House Democratic Assistant Whip

State Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry (D-Austintown), the Dean of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, Tuesday announced the caucus has selected their new leadership team for the 131st General Assembly. State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) was elected as House Democratic Assistant Whip in a vote Tuesday evening. 

The other members of the Democratic leadership team will be Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) serving as House Democratic Leader; Rep. Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D-Parma), Assistant Democratic Leader; and Rep. Kevin Boyce (D-Columbus), Democratic Whip.

“I am eager to work in a collective way to move our state in the right direction,” said Rep. Antonio. “We have a lot ahead of us, but I am confident that our state’s diversity makes us stronger, and that we can turn our challenges into opportunities to add jobs and give our children a fair shot at a world-class education.”

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North Coast Health Joins The National #GivingTuesday Movement

North Coast Health, a faith-based charitable clinic, has joined #GivingTuesday, an effort to harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014, hopes to inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world.

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Chamber Spotlight: LHS Student Intern Aron Doi

Hi, my name is Aron Doi. I am a senior at Lakewood High School and I am an intern at the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Sports are a big part of my life—I love all of the Cleveland sports teams and I play baseball at the High School. I am also a member of the Ski Club. I am involved in the West Shore Career-Tech Business Management program and I plan on attending an in-state college to study in the field of Business after graduation. I am thrilled to be a part of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and very interested in learning more about what this organization is all about.

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Alex Meixner Band In Concert December 3

On Wednesday, December 3 at  7 p.m., Alex Meixner and his band will take the stage at the Civic Auditorium for a concert featuring his unique style of world fusion music. Meixner is a Grammy-nominated trumpeter, pianist, accordion player, and music producer who blends classical, jazz, pop, and polka styles and has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra. 

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LHS Musicians Participate In Honors Festival

Honors Festival participants: (front row from left) Justice Thomas, Faith Costello, Tess Marjanovic, Taylor Wohlfeil, William Solarz, Anthony DeJesus; (back row from left) Choir Director Peter Hampton, Melissa Trnkus, Nate Bour, Stephen Moncol, Emily Marek, Veronica Gordon and Band Director Clinton Steinbrunner.

Five LHS band members and six choir members participated in the Ohio Music Educators Association's Honors Festival for districts 4 and 7, which cover Northeast Ohio. The festival featured two honors band an honors choir and was held November 15 at Cleveland State.

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