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Council Starts A New Year

The first Council meeting of the New Year, on January 5, 2015, was called to order at 7:40 P.M. by Council President and Ward IV Council Woman Mary Louise Madigan.

To start the meeting off, Councilwoman Cindy Marx (At-Large) asked Council to consider passing a resolution recognizing the Lakewood Public Library for attaining a five-star rating from America’s Star Libraries. The library rating is a composite of scores based on the library’s performance in a number of areas, including circulation, library visits, program attendance, and internet use. Lakewood Public Library is one of only six libraries in the State of Ohio to receive a five-star rating.

Council passed the resolution unanimously. Library Director James Crawford and President of the Board of Trustees Scott Kermode were present to receive the signed resolution.

Next Mayor Summers read a letter from Planning and Development Director, Dru Siley who was presenting at the School Board meeting the same night. The letter was asking Council to submit an ordinance to the Planning Commission which is seeking to change the zoning of four residential properties to commercial C4 (Public Schools). The four properties are 1600 & 1604 Robinwood Avenue, which will be where the new academic West Wing will be added to the high school, and 1207 Summit Avenue and 1206 Lakeland Avenue which are needed for the new Lincoln Elementary School.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:15 PM, 01.20.2015

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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LHS News Magazine, Yearbook Take Top Honors

The 2013-2014 Lakewood Times and the LHS Cinema each received first-place awards in the annual American Scholastic Press Association contest for high school yearbooks and magazines. The ASPA reviews hundreds of publications from across the country and offers critiques and assigns awards for first, second and third places as well as some special category and merit awards.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

LHS, West Shore Artists Earn Top Regional Awards

Nina Scavone's "Young and Old" earned the senior her Gold Key.

The Lakewood High School Art Department and the West Shore Career-Tech Interactive Media program combined have earned the most number of Gold Key awards of any area school in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Re: Lakewood Hospital

To the Editor:

Is the City of Lakewood at risk of becoming a medical desert? After more than 30 year of residency and medical practice in Lakewood, I was interested in the comments by the elected leaders of our city regarding the impending closure of the acute care hospital beds at Lakewood Hospital. This completes the process which began 15 years ago in which psychiatry, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, oncology, invasive cardiology, electrophysiology, vascular surgery, pediatrics and trauma were moved to other Cleveland Clinic (CCF) hospitals. The expansion of obstetric beds, neurologic services and the construction of rehab beds elsewhere this year means these services will also be leaving. It is no wonder that the census of our hospital has declined since we no longer offer the services our community needs. In addition, the decision by Dr. Loop more than 10 years ago to not assist the non CCF independent physicians in their attempts to find replacements has largely led to the collapse of the core medical staff.

Within 5 years, with Lakewood’s progressively aging physician population, there will be almost no specialty physicians based in the city. The primary care physicians will be almost totally controlled by the CCF and will be referring our neighbors to remote facilities which are particularly difficult for the most disadvantaged to reach. Our failure was predictable when we agreed to a lease which could by fulfilled by an “urgicenter” rather than a full service medical facility.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Moving Beyond Loss Grief Support

We are all in an ongoing process of saying “Hello” and “Good-bye” to people, to events, to places and things. We all face loss, and there are all sorts and kinds of losses that people experience in life. But most of us do not know how to “move beyond” our losses. We also all have our well-intentioned ways of trying to be a comfort to those in grief, but most often what we say does not really help and may at times even be hurtful. We have all heard or said at one time or another, “You need to let go,” but do we really know how to do that?

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

“Time Management For The Modern Parent”

Georgia Reasch

The next installment of the PTA Wellness Series: It’s All About You is entitled, “Time Management for the Modern Parent.” This workshop will take a holistic approach to examining the relationship between life balance, mental focus and personal organization systems.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Twins In The Place To Be

As our readers may already know, we Taster Twins are breakfast people. We have "morning person" personalities (much to the dismay of our long-suffering husbands) and we are fans of all things breakfast. We decided to indulge our appetites and met at the aptly named The Place to Be on Warren Road, just at the corner of Detroit Road for an early lunch.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Resident Hope Reddick Turns 102 At O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood

Happy Birthday this month to Hope Reddick, 102 years young!

Residents and staff at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood had a blast celebrating resident Hope Reddick's 102 birthday! The secret to Hope's longevity may be in the glass... Hope loves drinking milk.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Robert Rice, Retired Lakewood Schools Music Teacher Passes On

Bob Rice conducting LHS Band.

Dear Lakewood Observer family:

On January 14th, after having a nice lunch at a restaurant, and a visit with another retired band director, Dad (Robert Rice) and I came home, and I sent him upstairs for his afternoon nap. He appeared to be doing quite well at that point, but he passed away very suddenly, before even getting into bed.

Dad would want you all to remember him for his smile and encouragement to others, for his music, (he actually played his trumpet on the morning of his passing) and for his great love for all of you, and for Lakewood. With my help, Dad wrote band marches for Lakewood's schools, as well as a band march for America's veterans. He was a Lakewood Schools music educator from 1958-1983, and a member of the Lakewood Schools Staff Hall of Fame. Dad was 94 years young.

Arrangements are private. No visitations or memorials are scheduled. I know that Dad would only wish that each of you smile and reach out and help each other, all the days of your lives.

Gary Rice

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Swim Into The New Year

2015 brings with it changes for the Lakewood YMCA Aquatic Department. We are now pleased to offer Goldfish Mondays. Goldfish Mondays began January 5th and offer a new style of swimming lessons at the YMCA. These "adaptive swimming lessons" will now be offered at 4 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Lakewood Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Collaborative is hosting a monthly Job Club at the Lakewood Public Library at 15425 Detroit Ave. The next Job Club meeting will be held on Tuesday January 27th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood Library. The speaker will give a presentation on "Interviewing Skills." Also, we will provide information and resources to assist people with finding a job in today's market. The Job Club is free and open to the public.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Cuyahoga County And The Earned Income Tax Coalition Offer Free Tax Preparation Services

Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition will be hosting free tax preparation services as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Last year in Cuyahoga County, the VITA Program served 11,950 people and brought back more than $14.8 million to the community. County VITA sites are at the County’s Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC) and at the Southgate NFSC. Westshore NFSC is located at 9830 Lorain Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44102; the tax site will be open Monday evenings and Saturdays. Southgate NFSC is located at 5398 ½ Northfield Rd, Maple Heights Ohio 44137; the tax site will be open Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. To schedule an appointment go online to www.211oh.org or call 211/United Way First Call for Help.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Lakewood Collaborative Meeting Features Dr. Ned Hill

The January Lakewood Collaborative Meeting's speaker is Dr. Ned Hill, Dean of the College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Dr. Hill will speak on "The Economy, the Region, Work and Opportunity." The meeting is on Thursday, January 22nd at 12:30 pm, at the Lakewood Park Women's Club Pavilion, at 14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood Ohio 44107.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Lakewood Chamber Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 17
Fat Tuesday Business After Hours with Rocky River Chamber of Commerce
Sponsored by Cox Business
Burntwood Tavern
19304 Detroit Road, Rocky River
5:30 - 7 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Student Services' Parent Council Meeting January 27

The Lakewood City Schools Student Services Department invites parents of students with disabilities to join its Parent Council for quarterly meetings throughout the year. The meetings are held at Harding Middle School, 16601 Madison Ave., and last approximately one hour.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

"Yoga Basics" Followed By “Drum Circle: Healing With The Power Of Music and Drums” With Tommy Melarago & Friends

Darlene Kelbach

The Lakewood Council of PTAs is hosting a wellness series focused on taking care of yourself first. The series will feature workshops specifically designed for busy people looking to create balance and wellness in their lives. Participants will leave each workshop with the know-how to incorporate techniques into their day to day routine to help reduce stress and better manage a hectic schedule. Each instructor is a highly knowledgeable experienced professional certified in their field of expertise.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

A Golden Opportunity

LHS musicians Taylor Wohlfeil (from left), Stephen Moncol and Tess Marjanovic were part of a music ensemble that played for the inauguration of Governor John Kasich on January 12. The trio were part of the All Ohio State Fair Band's Gold Band, an elite group of the larger AOSFB. Last summer, the three were part of AOSFB, which performs throughout the run of the State Fair.

LHS musicians Taylor Wohlfeil, Stephen Moncol and Tess Marjanovic were part of a music ensemble that played for the inauguration of Governor John Kasich on January 12. The trio were part of the All Ohio State Fair Band's Gold Band, an elite group of the larger AOSFB. Last summer, the three were part of AOSFB, which performs throughout the run of the State Fair.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

District's Kindergarten Parent Info Night February 11

The Lakewood City Schools will be hosting a Kindergarten Parent Information Night for parents of preschoolers interested in learning about the district’s kindergarten program. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Emerson Elementary Cafetorium. Emerson is located at 13439 Clifton Blvd.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Why Is There A Porch Off The Bathroom? Interesting Facets Of Lakewood Homes

Like most who choose to live in Lakewood, I adore my old home with its beautiful character and unique architectural attributes. These features, which may seem unusual now, are a glimpse into the daily lives of our homes Stewards from the past century. As a Realtor, when I am showing homes in Lakewood, Buyer’s often ask me the purpose of some of these features. While I am certainly not a member of “This Old House,” I have learned a thing or two over the years. Here are a few of the most common questions.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Elements Hair Studio Is On The Move

The familiar three-foot diameter "e" now hangs in the window at 15020 Madison and signals the move of Elements Hair Studio to its new location. Although the space has been updated, the Elements experience has not changed. Customers relax with hot or cold beverages in the store's refurbished interior. Music plays in the background and original art surrounds customers as they relax into quiet conversation.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Come One, Come All To Parade The Circle Workshops At Beck Center!

Join Beck Center for hands-on workshops to create a fun and family-friendly group entry for the 26th annual Parade the Circle on Saturday, June 13! Parade the Circle is organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art and is the largest art parade in the region. Beck Center has been a proud participant since 2007.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

2014 Posts Another Solid Year For Real Estate

2014 posted another solid year for Lakewood real estate! Despite historically low levels of inventory, Lakewood still managed to surpass sales of 2013 by nearly 3%, with 449 Single Family Homes transferring ownership! Not only were sales up again, but the Median Sales Price jumped another 7%, finishing at an even $131,000. In 2013 the median was $122,300 and in 2012 it was only $108,000. Not a bad little recovery run for Lakewood!

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

H.R.37

I have to agree with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s opposition on H.R.37. Kaptur states, “The American people, some who have lost their life savings, their jobs and dignity during the 2008 financial disaster deserves better than a rubber stamp for Wall Street.” Kaptur goes on to say, “Instead of joining House Democrats and supporting bills that lift up all Americans, House Republicans would rather go back to the days of sub-prime mortgages, risky Wall Street schemes and giveaways for their most loyal campaign contributors.” In addition, H.R. 37 would allow for a two year delay in implementation of the Volker Rule and also limit regulatory authority to police financial markets.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

2015 Lakewood Kiwanis Pizza Bake Off

The Fifth Annual Lakewood Pizza Bake-Off will take place again at Lakewood High School on Thursday, January 22, 2015. This is a chance for all Lakewood residents to try all the pizza shops in Lakewood in one place. After having the chance to sample the different purveyors from around town, Lakewood Kiwanis is asking you to vote for the best pizza. There will be several different categories including: People's Choice, Best Pepperoini Pizza, Best Specialty Pizza, Best Franchise Pizza and Best Franchise Pepperioini Pizza.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

LakewoodAlive Announces New Housing Program

Lakewood Alive-- through the generous support of Charter One Bank, the City of Lakewood, Enterprise Community Partners, First Federal Lakewood, Ohio Savings Bank and individuals through the CrowdRise Challenge-- is excited to unveil a new program. The Community Engagement Program will develop outreach to homeowners and residents in two low-moderate income neighborhoods to support affordable housing, stabilize and establish a sense of pride, ownership, and leverage the power of neighborhood relationships. Housing is Lakewood's economic lynchpin and we must ensure these neighborhoods (Birdtown and Scenic Park) sustain their aging housing stock. These neighborhoods are primarily occupied by senior and low income families, groups who often struggle most to maintain sustainable housing.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Be Your Own Hero!

Photo courtesy of WSC Member James MacMillan

Whether everyday emergencies like injuries, fires, and outages or large scale disasters, community preparedness starts with you. If you were there, would you be part of the problem or solution? The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, emergency medical considerations, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology, and more. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Teens welcome. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership. Team membership is not required to participate in the free training. Visit www.westshorecert.org for more program and team information. 

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Ask Roxann - "Can Lakewood Take On The State Of Ohio?"

LO: If the state of Ohio requires something from our school district, like using the CORE, or like trying to meet the State Report Card requirements, even the ones that seem absurd, like asking students who are already getting the equivalent of an A+ to do better each year or risk getting an F in the Value Added category, does Lakewood HAVE TO COMPLY? We have heard of other Districts, and other school systems who have rejected following the CORE. The State Report Cards seem not well thought-out, confusing, and unfair. The requirements are so new that it's clear that the schools are guinea pigs having these new formulas tested out on them.

Do we have to follow these guidelines or is there a way to appeal to our representatives on the State School Board and let them know that we find these things harmful to a good and reasonable education? We know that we can act independently, or as a group, as parents, the corollary to the "Do we have to comply?" question is, "Can Lakewood, as a District, appeal some of these requirements, rather than blindly accepting and following them, even if they know that some of them make very little sense?"

RR:

Common Core State Standards: Not the Enemy 

A short time ago, I wrote about homework and how Lakewood City Schools is striving to have students actively engaged in challenging, rigorous and relevant work that interests them, where they can persevere and complete the work in a meaningful way for their understanding and use in life. After extensive discussion as a school district, we have committed ourselves to this mission as part of the Common Core, as evaluated on the revised State Report Card, which includes value added.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur Speaks At January Chamber Luncheon

U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who represents Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District, spoke at the January 16th meeting of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce at Brennan’s Banquet Center. Congresswoman Kaptur is serving her sixteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, is the senior-most woman in the House and the longest-serving woman from Ohio in history, and ranks 17th in seniority among 435 members of the 113th Congress. Although a veteran on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Kaptur is relatively new to the eastern part of the Ninth District which encompasses the 141 miles along Lake Erie’s coastline – in the Congresswoman’s words: “a sapphire and emerald necklace” – from Toledo to Cleveland.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Miss Susie Had A Steamboat Because Of A Newborn Baby

For most of us, summer camp experiences are long gone, but their imprints remain: the long tables for meals in the mess hall, bunk beds in cabins with inch thick mattresses, bugs everywhere, and songs around the campfire. While I have carried these songs with me since childhood, it took the sleepless nights of having a newborn to really think about them. Being up late night after night, trying to soothe a crying baby, you go through a lot of nursery rhymes and songs, and after sleep deprivation really starts to kick in, you start to wonder and think about a lot of bizarre things. Mine revolved around camp songs, with the focus on Miss Susie. Miss Susie had a steamboat. Was it really a steamboat, or could it be something else? A nickname? A dreamboat? Could the bell be his phone? What if Heaven was the name of a night club? And so it went until a story based on childhood songs but meant for adults was born.   

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Police Car Lights Too Bright

Now that we're through complaining about the traffic signs, as Jerry Seinfeld might say, "And how about those lights on top of the police cars!" Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that it is almost dangerous to pass a police car that has its top lights flashing? The new light system has a white light shining at eye level directly back into approaching drivers' eyes that is more intense than any car high-beam that I've seen. The flashing colored lights also seem to be a significant level higher intensity as well.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

LHS Girls Hoops Fundraiser

The Lakewood Girls basketball team is having a very solid season, off to a 9-4 start. The team is looking to defend its West Shore Conference title, and has only one league loss so far. Local basketball fans can help out this hard working bunch of kids by attending their upcoming fundraiser on January 31. The event will raise money for uniforms, equipment and camps.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Help Local Pets On Super/Puppy Bowl Sunday

The NFL playoffs are underway (without the Browns, again), which means we are rolling toward Super Bowl Sunday. Here in Lakewood, Super Bowl Sunday signals the return of the annual “Stuff the Subaru” event to benefit “My Best Friends Bowl” (MBFB). MBFB is a local volunteer group that collects dog and cat food to help local pet owners in need. This helps Lakewood families to keep their pets, preventing more animals from being surrendered to local shelters and rescue groups.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Faith, Family And The Search For Truth: Authors At The Library

Faith, belief, religion and discipline; there are those who would say if you were looking for the meaning behind our existence you need look no farther than these four words. There are even some who would go so far as to devote their lives to the manifestation of those concepts, and the cultivation of the ideals behind each one.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

LAKEWOOD HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, LAKEWOOD HOSPITAL FOUNDATION AND CLEVELAND CLINIC ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO TRANSFORM HEALTHCARE IN LAKEWOOD

$120 Million Investment To Be Made In Lakewood; New Health & Wellness Campus to Include Family Health Center with Emergency Department

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, Lakewood: In light of the tremendous changes in healthcare today and in keeping with the City of Lakewood’s goal to become the healthiest city in America, the Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA)and the Lakewood Hospital Foundation (LHF) signed a Letter of Intent last night with Cleveland Clinic. This plan includes a $120 million investment in Lakewood to transition from the current model to a future one which will modernize healthcare and deliver a more sustainable way to meet the long-term needs of the Lakewood community.

Under the proposed plan, which will require approval by Lakewood City Council, a health and wellness campus will be created. As part of this, Cleveland Clinic will construct, own and operate an estimated $34 million, 62,000-square-foot family health center, which will include a full-service emergency department, to replace Lakewood Hospital in the future. The new facility will include primary care and specialty programs concentrated on diabetes, geriatrics and cardiac care, among others, in addition to radiology and lab services. Additional services will be determined based on the needs of the community and a public discussion that will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 11:08 AM, 01.15.2015

Hospitals? Clinic? Rec/Wellness? Who Knows?

During our break I posted a story on our website about major changes coming to Lakewood Hospital, possibly including either the Cleveland Clinic ending their agreement, or downsizing the size of our current hospital to that of an Emergency Care Center. Or that the hospital would become a “Wellness Center,” instead of the less popular term, “Recreation Center” being shopped around earlier in 2013 by Mayor Summers and Planning Director Dru Siley.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:24 PM, 01.06.2015

Council Eliminates Pit Bull Registration Fees

Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman, Mary Louise Madigan, called the December 15, 2014 meeting of Council to order at 7:34 P.M. She then asked the clerk to proceed with latter agenda items, as there were many people in the audience who were there in conjunction with those items.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

St. Peter's Youth Participate In Homeless Awareness Sleep-Out

St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lakewood is holding its tenth annual Homeless Awareness Sleep-Out on January 17.  The Youth Group sleeps in cardboard boxes on the front lawn of the church. Once again the the teens will battle snow and temperatures that frequently dip down into the single digits to raise funds for local homeless programs.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 7:47 PM, 01.06.2015

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur To Speak At Lakewood Chamber Luncheon

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) will speak at the January luncheon meeting of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, followed by a short Q&A session, on Friday, January 16th at Brennan's Catering & Banquet Center (13000 Triskett Road, Cleveland, 44111). The January luncheon is sponsored by COSE.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

Rhythm & Grace Hands Out Holiday Gifts!

On the 19th of December, 2014, Rhythm & Grace Ballroom Dance Studio presented the Nathan Hale K-8th Grade School with the generosity of their students and friends in the form of gift bags filled with various necessities and wants for the holidays. In all, the studio was able to present approximately 50 students with their gifts.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

Lakewood Collaborative Monthly Meeting Features Dr. Ned Hill, CSU's Dean Of College Of Urban Affairs

The January Lakewood Collaborative Meeting's speaker is Dr. Ned Hill, Dean of the College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Dr. Hill will speak on Employment/Jobs/Labor Market in Northeast Ohio. The meeting is on January 22nd at 12:30 pm, at the Lakewood Park Women's Club Pavilion, at 14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood Ohio 44107.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

AARP Free Tax Aide Help

AARP free tax aide help brings you free electronic filing of your tax returns. The IRS certified volunteers are ready to help income tax payers of all ages. You do not need to be an AARP member to receive this service. A photo ID and social security number are required at time of visit. Bring last year's tax return if possible.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

Investment In Water And Sewer Projects Spurs Rate Hikes

Increases in water and sewer rates are expected to be the norm around Northeast Ohio this year — and during the next several years — as municipalities attempt to meet the challenges of an aging water and sewer infrastructure, while complying with EPA mandates. Lakewood is no different. On December 15, 2014, the city administration and Lakewood City Council agreed to increase water and sewer rates effective January 1, 2015. Customers will begin receiving bills with the new rates starting mid-January to early February.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

City Of Lakewood Announces ‘Holiday Cardboard Amnesty’

In the spirit of the holidays — and in accordance with the overarching goal to recover more resources — the city of Lakewood proclaimed the four-week period running from December 15 through January 9 as Holiday Cardboard Amnesty.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

Citizen Academy Offers Unique Look 'Inside' Lakewood’s Police Department

The Lakewood Division of Police is offering Lakewood residents a unique opportunity to gain some first-hand information about the role of Lakewood’s safety and law enforcement department. The Lakewood Police Citizens’ Academy is a twelve-week program starting Wednesday, February 4, 2015 and continuing each Wednesday through April 22nd. The Academy will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lakewood Police Department, 12650 Detroit Avenue.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

Lakewood Chamber 2014 Bright Star Recognized

Cindy Lowrey of Convey360 has been named the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 2014 NOACC Bright Star Award recipient. The NOACC Bright Star award is given to one Chamber member each year who has “made a significant impact on the chamber through membership, retention, sponsorship, economic development, operations and/or education.”

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

Lakewood Schools Hiring Substitutes

The Lakewood City Schools needs qualified, committed, daily aides for our classrooms throughout the district. Rachel Wixey & Associates is assisting the district in recruitment and employment of these substitute positions. If you would like to make an impact in the classroom at Lakewood Schools, please apply.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

Schools, Community Join To Help Feed Families Through LCAC

Emerson students turned their canned good donations into something special, inlcuding this giant E.

Lakewood City Schools’ students and staff did their part this holiday season to help feed families right here in our own neighborhoods with their canned food drives to benefit the non-profit Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

Smiling Snowmen

Smiling students display their unique snowmen created at the Lakewood Public Library during a recent Art Connection program.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

Lakewood Project Concert January 23

If you haven't had the chance to hear Lakewood High School's amazing Lakewood Project yet, mark Friday, January 23 on your calendar to come hear the country's first high school electric rock orchestra.

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