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Eagles Beat Padua in Coach's Homecoming

The game was part of a Coat Drive at St. Edward. Over 140 winter coats were collected to benefit Lakewood and Cleveland residents in need. 

St. Edward defeated Padua Friday night in much awaited basketball matchup.  Padua Head Coach Brian Ansberry, an alum and former assistant coach at St. Edward, faced his mentor Eric Flannery for the first time. Unfortunately for Ansberry (who still teaches math at St. Edward), the numbers were not good for the Bruins. The Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter for an 89-55 win.

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 10:15 PM, 12.15.2017

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Rangers Beat Titans with Second-Half Run

Ranger forward Noah Stadler inbounds the ball during second half action.  

The Lakewood boys basketball team overcame an 11 point halftime deficit to defeat Berea-Midpark 42-34 on Tuesday night at the new LHS gym. Ranger junior Tim Smith had 16 points to lead the comeback, which lifts Lakewood to 3-1 on the season.

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 9:50 PM, 12.12.2017

Eagles Rout Cornerstone Christian 81-52

"Cheerleader for a Day" winners enjoyed the game alongside the varsity Eagle cheer team. 

St. Edward defeated Cornerstone Christian Academy 81-52 on Saturday night in Lakewood. CCA, the top ranked Division IV school in the area, features star guard Michael Bothwell, who has committed to play Division I college basketball at Furman University next year. Bothwell led all scorers with 25 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough to hold off a three point barrage by the Eagles.  St. Edward had 15 three pointers in the game, and had eleven different players reach the scoring column.

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 9:57 PM, 12.09.2017

Lakewood Tops Amherst in Overtime

The Lakewood girls basketball team defeated Amherst Steele 61-54 Saturday afternoon in an overtime battle. The Rangers took an big lead early, but the Comets battled back in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. Lakewood regained its composure during the extra session, outscoring Amherst 9-2. Senior center Olivia Nagy led the Rangers with 24 points.

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 5:13 PM, 12.09.2017

Rangers Cruise Past Comets

The Rangers used a dominant second quarter to blow out Amherst 77-35.  

The Lakewood boys basketball team defeated Amherst Steele 77-35 Friday night at the new LHS gym. The victory lifts the Rangers record to 2-1 overall on the season, and 1-0 in Southwestern Conference play. The game was competitive in the early stages, as Lakewood led only 17-12 at the end of the first quarter. Lakewood pulled away in the second period, outscoring the Comets 25-5 to take a commanding 42-17 halftime lead. The game was never in doubt during the second half, as Amherst never got closer than 22 points. 

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 10:28 PM, 12.08.2017

Rangers Get First Win in New Gym

Jacob Sala #25 at the opening tip of Tuesday night's Ranger win over Massillon. 

The Lakewood varsity boys basketball team notched its first win at the new LHS gym on Tuesday night, defeating Massillon 60-44. The Rangers fell to St. Edward in the gym's opening game on Friday night, but bounced back to beat the Tigers behind 20 points from senior center Jacob Sala. 

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 10:39 PM, 12.05.2017

LCAC Does It Again! Holiday Help – Food Items And Volunteers - Needed For December

Scores of volunteers needed!

Thanks to hundreds of volunteers of all ages, Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation’s Thanksgiving food basket distribution was an incredible success! Turkeys and all the fixings needed to prepare a family feast were delivered to 300 Lakewood neighbors in need. According to LCAC President, Ellen Todia, this was the first time in 28 years that distribution day packing was held indoors and, with the help of an army of dedicated volunteers, it went off like clockwork.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Lakewood's New Sweet Shop

Welcome to the newest sweet shop in Lakewood...Sweet Amelia's.  Lovingly named after, and inspired by, the owners Grandmother, Amelia Dodaro. As spirited entrepreneur and business woman, she opened a grocery/meat market in Central Cleveland that also offered homemade bakery and candy.

At Sweet Amelia's, you will find a warm and charming atmosphere filled with homemade pastries, handmade chocolates, nostalgic candy and specialty gifts. Solstice Roasters, a premium coffee roaster based out of Downtown Cleveland, provides the shops delicious coffee. Hot tea and homemade cocoa are also served. As such, the mornings will be a great time to stop in for a hot beverage and breakfast pastry as will the afternoons with a selection of unique bakery treats.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Councilman O'Malley Holding Town Hall Meeting This Thursday

Dan O'Malley answers questions at a May town hall meeting in Birdtown.

Councilman Dan O'Malley (Ward 4) will be holding his next town hall meeting this Thursday, December 7th at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Old Rockport Firehouse, 1422 Hopkins Avenue. Residents are invited to ask questions, express concerns, or share ideas for improving Lakewood's neighborhoods.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Pop-Up Boutique Features Unique Gifts From Local Makers

The front windows are filled with holiday cheer!

In an age of mass-produced goods, a handmade gift means more than ever. Maybe this season finds you up to your ears in sawdust or knitting up cozy surprises for loved ones. Not a maker yourself, but still want to give handmade? Home for the Holidays pop-up boutique has got your back.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Great Presents For Lakewoodites, Or For Anyone

This past year saw the delivery of two fabulous art books/graphic novels just in time for holiday gift giving. “Tunnel To Hell - The Lake Erie Tunnel Disasters," by Lakewoodite Scott MacGregor, and “Sandwich Anarchy” by former Lakewoodite John Greiner, dealing with Lakewood’s spectacular restaurant “Melt.” Both are treats for the eyes and the head.
 
Scott MacGregor teamed up with legendary underground cartoon artist Gary Dumm, known for his work with Harvey Pekar, to give us an easy-to-read and graphically pleasing look at the 1916 digging of the tunnels 200 feet under Lake Erie stretching for miles, which bring clean water to the City of Cleveland. While this might not seem like a fascinating story, between Scott’s words, sense of history and sense of humanity, and Gary Dumm's amazing graphics, it is a quick and very good read, and a great edition to anyone’s books and/or coffee table.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:26 PM, 12.05.2017

Sounds Of Season Highlights Winter Concerts At Civic

The popular Lakewood High School Sounds of the Season concert, now in its fifth year, will be performed on December 14 & 15 this year at 7:30 pm at the Civic Auditorium. Come and celebrate the holidays with the LHS Performing Arts Department as students perform holiday song, tell holiday stories, and come together for a final carol sing-along with the audience. The following groups will be performing: Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Barnstormers.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Queen And King Selected For Light Up Lakewood 2017

Congratulations to Greg Medley and Erin Black for being named Light Up Lakewood 2017 King and Queen!

Lakewood High School Juniors Erin Black and Greg Medley Honored December 2

It’s good to be queen and king of Lakewood’s signature holiday community event.  LakewoodAlive announces that Lakewood High School juniors Erin Black and Greg Medley were named Queen and King for Light Up Lakewood 2017 sponsored by First Federal Lakewood

Students chosen for this honor have demonstrated their love for Lakewood through providing outstanding service to the community. In addition to reigning over the Light Up Lakewood Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 2, Erin and Greg were both awarded $500 scholarships courtesy of Plantation Home in Downtown Lakewood. Both winners have agreed to provide at least 24 hours of service to the community during the coming year.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Local Last Minute Shopping At LEAF Holiday Market

All you last minute shoppers need to mark your calendars today for Tuesday, December 19th for LEAF (Lakewood Earth And Food) Community's second and final Holiday Market of the year. Conveniently located at Garfield Middle School right here in Lakewood, be sure to stop by after work from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to grab a few veggies to make dinner and get those last minute gifts checked off your holiday shopping list - all at the same time. The December 19th market will include various local farmers, producers, artisans and craftspeople that will help you take care of all of your holiday cooking and gift giving needs. A full list of the confirmed December 19th vendors to date includes:

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

District Staff Spotlight Honorees: Krumroy & Shirley

LISA KRUMROY, LHS

Everyone knows keeping kids engaged is the key to learning. These days, that often involves incorporating technology into the classroom. However, for Lakewood High science teacher Lisa Krumroy, good old-fashioned creativity does the trick for her students. Her self-described “weird projects” keep her kids motivated and interested, which is one of the reasons Krumroy has been named one of Lakewood City Schools' December Staff Spotlight honorees.

Krumroy, who joined the District in 2010 after a career in cancer genetics research, said teaching was always a goal of hers. She taught a year at Garfield Middle School before moving to the high school, which is a level she likes teaching because of her students’ sense of humor and openness to new ideas.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Like Crime, But With A Less Coherent Schtick: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 60

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Key To The Mint - A Godless Line - self-released - 11 songs - download

This is the second release from Key To The Mint, following up on their cassette from either early last year or late 2015 (I can't keep that kind of thing straight anymore, I'm too old), "Polynesian Dreams." I think this was download only, but who knows. I'll get all the name-drop comparisons out of the way real quick so that those who don't like the cut of this jib can just skip the rest of this review: New Order/Joy Division/The Smiths/Depeche Mode/The Cure. For real, the singer here (Bandcamp tells me his name is Joel Anger) is really going for a mix of Morrissey and Ian Curtis. It's very synth-heavy, though there is guitar scattered about (sometimes in some interesting places). It's very derivative. I don't mean that in a bad way, they just very plainly wear their influences on their sleeve. The album kinda started alright, started to drag for a couple songs, got interesting again, a couple more, uh, filler tracks, and then fortunately enough ended good. Up and down, ya see. I think the main thing dragging this down is the length: it's real long. Oh well, what do I know? My favorite tracks here were "Make Me Suffer" (I might even describe this one as 'intense'), "Live Yr Lie" (which is a nice peppy one after "Maudlin" lives up to its name), "Hypochondriac" (the fact that it has two parts saves it, even though it is the longest song on here– I also like when the guitar goes a bit "Marquee Moon"), "Fraud" (decent melody), and "Stand In Confidant" (which does a good job as a closing track). I don't know, man. This isn't exactly my all-time favorite genre, but I liked a decent amount of things about this. People who own every Factory release might think it's stupendous. Or maybe they'll feel the same way as me. Or maybe some other, third option. 3.5/5

(keytothemint.bandcamp.com)

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 10:14 PM, 12.05.2017

Where Is The Bird Feeder?

My name is Shawn Payne. I own Lakewood Exterminating. Let me tell you that mice went crazy this past summer (2017). My business went from a hand full of mouse jobs in summer of 2016 to servicing several homes per week in Lakewood alone. Although mouse calls have slowed down recently, I expect them to start up again once the weather turns. I titled this article "Where is the Bird-Feeder?", so you might see mice in a different light.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

A Superfine New Year's Eve

To celebrate the anniversary of the building of the Templar Motors Factory in 1917 and the cars that were assembled there, from 1918 to 1924, the Lakewood Historical Society is hosting a New Year’s Eve birthday party in the original Templar Motors factory building. Live music, dancing, entertainment, an authentic speakeasy, food stations and more, promise a fun-filled evening. For more information and tickets, contact the Lakewood Historical Society at 216-221-7343 or www.lakewoodhistory.org. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken behind the wheel of a 100-year-old Templar Motors car!

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Diverse Housing?

The November 24 web page of the Lakewood patch proclaims, “Lakewood Diversifying Housing Stock, Building ADA-Friendly Homes.” From the article it should read “home” in the singular. Let me start by stating that Lakewood, being an inner ring suburb, is pretty easy to get around if you are in a wheelchair or have any other mobility issues. I do appreciate the city leveling off the sidewalks, as I am sure  parents with strollers and kids on bikes do. We do have some good services here and the newer architecture and venues can be navigated with relative ease in places like Lakewood and Madison Parks, city buildings and supermarkets.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

LHS Interact Club Disaster Relief Fundraiser Nets $1,700

Rocks that were painted to help Interact Club raise money for shelter boxes.

The Lakewood High Interact Club wasted no time in fulfilling its mission to put service first, by raising money this fall for disaster relief. The club, which is the high school affiliate of the Lakewood River Rotary Club, encourages students to think globally and act locally by participating in service and social activities together with the school’s foreign-exchange students.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Beck Center For The Arts Warms Winter Hearts

The holiday season can be stressful for many, but it’s a time that should be filled with family and fun. Beck Center has created a great lineup of events to warm winter hearts with the arts! From magical theater and dance performances on tour, to an exhibition tradition and original youth theater, there’s sure to be something memorable for people of all ages this holiday season.

Sure to get you into the holiday spirit is Beck Center’s annual Limelight Holiday Exhibition. This exhibit provides a unique opportunity to view fine art by local artists including printmakers, illustrators, painters, jewelers, and more. These original handmade pieces make wonderful holiday gifts for even the most difficult person on your shopping list and support local artists! The exhibition is free and open to the public and currently on display through Monday, January 8.

Beck Center’s award-winning holiday production of Disney’s "The Little Mermaid" returns to the Mackey Theater stage December 1 – 31. Evening performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and matinee showings will be 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Saturday, December 9 there will be both 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. performances. There will be no performance on Sunday, December 24. In the spirit of the holiday season, Beck Center is bringing some fan favorites from under-the-sea to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. Princess Ariel, played by Kathleen Rooney, and friends will be visiting on Tuesday, December 19 at 11:30 a.m. 

Beck Center Dance Education’s presents "Making Spirits Bright" – a dance performance with a mix of ballet, pointe, contemporary, tap, and jazz dance set to an eclectic mix of holiday music. "Making Spirits Bright" features original choreography by Beck Center Dance Faculty and is performed by Beck Center Dance Workshop, Jr. Dance Workshop, and Dance Education Students. After sold-out performances on December 2 and 3, two sensory-friendly performances for those with special needs will take place on Friday, December 8 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. "Making Spirits Bright" will be hitting the road for an annual holiday tour on Saturday, December 9, visiting Lutheran Home Concord Reserve, St. Mary's of the Woods, and Brookpark Retirement Community, and heading to Cleveland Clinic Friday, December 22 to spread holiday cheer far beyond the doors of Beck Center for the Arts.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

An Innovative Musical Experience: Night Terrors At LPL

Meditative singing bowls, clashing Chinese cymbals, gongs of every size and pitch, ancient drumbeats and the modern squeal of an electronic guitar pedal; these are some of the instruments Paul Stranahan and Tim Mirth use to create Night Terrors, a mystical soundscape that leaves the unsuspecting concertgoer with a collection of thrills, chills and frissons.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Giant Menorah To Light Up Crocker Park

A past Hannukah Menorah lighting at Crocker Park. This year's event will be on Dec. 13 at Market Square.

For the third year in a row, locals of Cleveland's western suburbs will enjoy Hanukkah celebrated in style with a giant Menorah lighting and grand Hanukkah party at Westlake's Crocker Park.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Library Screens Ground-Breaking Documentary: “What the Health”

"The Health Film that Health Organizations Don't Want You to See"

In their 2017 documentary, “What the Health,” award-winning filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn uncover one of the United States’ largest health secrets when they expose the collusion between government and big business that costs trillions of dollars and keeps us sick.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, December 7
Author Event - "Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation"
Book by Brad Ricca

"Mrs. Sherlock Holmes" tells the true story of Mrs. Grace Humiston, the detective and lawyer who turned her back on New York society life to become one of the nation's greatest crime fighters. Grace opened a legal clinic in the city for low-income immigrant clients and also solved several true crime cases, including the 1917 disappearance of Ruth Cruger.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Out With The Old, In With The New!

A proud student displays his upcycling creations.

Clean out the kids' closets and bring their old t-shirts and sweaters to the Library where they can upcycle them into something new! Students in third through eighth grade are invited to join us for Upcycling: from Rags to Riches on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Second Insomnia Cookies Opens In Lakewood

Lakewood just got a whole lot sweeter! Insomnia Cookies, known for its warm, delicious cookies has opened its doors to the public. We are excited to announce that we will now be open and serving warm cookies until 3 AM every day.

Insomnia’s cookies are delivered warm out of the oven and straight to the customer’s door. Popular cookie flavors include Chocolate Chunk, Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and the S’mores Deluxe. Insomnia Cookies also serves and delivers two sizes of cookie cakes and a brownie with the option to add toppings such as cookie dough and sprinkles. The requisite pint of cold milk can also be added to any order.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

New Era Begins For LHS Swim Team

New LHS swim coaches Sophia Loferski (left) and Adrianne Grand (right). 

The Ranger swimming program opened a new era Tuesday night in its home meet at Lakewood High School. The meet was the first for the Rangers under new head varsity swim coach Sophia Loferski, hired this offseason by Athletic Director Sean Jackson. Loferski hopes to continue the program’s strong tradition while still bringing her own unique brand of leadership to LHS. She describes herself as “committed, competitive, and wanting what’s best for the kids.”

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Hospice 101 At The Lakewood Division Of Aging

While some of us have had experience with hospice through friends or family, for many of us, this is one of those rather mysterious topics that we know all too little about. However, as they say, Knowledge is power, so why not take some time to become informed on this extremely important subject. 

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

All Foresters Invited

The Catholic Order of Foresters will be holding their Christmas party at the Transfiguration School Hall directly behind Transfiguration Catholic Church on December 10, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Eagles Outlast Rangers at New LHS Gym

Coach Cammock giving instructions to  the team during a time out. 

The Lakewood boys basketball team opened its new gym Friday night with a home game against cross town rival St. Edward. The game capped a festive week where LHS celebrated the completion of its re-construction.   The game marked the end of Lakewood’s three-year stay at Harding Middle School, where it played during the gym construction. “We felt like a real basketball team again”, Ranger head coach Alex Cammock said when asked about playing on campus again.  The Eagles, a Final Four team last March, is expected to contend for the D1 title again this year. The upstart Rangers fought toe-to-toe with St. Edward, which pulled away in the final minutes to earn a 51-38 season-opening victory.  

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 12:11 AM, 12.02.2017

Rangers Top Demons in Conference Opener

Ranger head coach Mike Harper looks on while Christian Massey attempts a free throw. 

The Lakewood girls basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Westlake 47-38 Wednesday night in the conference opener. This was the second of a six-game road trip to begin the season. Senior guard Saher Hamdan led the Rangers with 16 points, including some key baskets down the stretch. The victory evens Lakewood’s record at 1-1 on the season.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 11:05 PM, 11.29.2017

A Beginner’s Guide To Attending Light Up Lakewood 2017

Photo by Brian Foox/The Lakewood Observer

Greetings, first-time Light Up Lakewood attendee. You’re in for a real treat. 

Don’t be surprised if your enthusiasm upon reaching Detroit Avenue nears Buddy The Elf levels. Light Up Lakewood – a fun-filled fixture within Lakewood’s downtown district – represents one of the preeminent holiday events in Northeast Ohio. If it’s not the most wonderful time of the year, it comes awfully close.

But before you join 20,000 of your closest friends at LakewoodAlive’s dazzling community festival on December 2, there are some things you should know.  Consider this cheat sheet a gift to be unwrapped prior to the first Saturday in December. Here’s your beginner’s guide to attending Light Up Lakewood 2017 sponsored by First Federal Lakewood.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Swim With Santa On December 17

Photo credit:  Nancy Pizir

Grab your bathing suits for Lakewood Recreation’s annual Swim with Santa. This year’s event will be held Sunday, December 17, at the Lakewood High School Pool beginning at 1:00pm.

Children of all ages will participate in Santa’s “reindeer games.” These fun pool activities will get everyone ready for Santa’s appearance. Preregister and save – this event is only $5 if registered by December 15. Walk up registration at the door is $7. All children ages 6 and under must be accompanied in the pool by a swimming adult (no separate charge for the adult). Enjoy fun activities and make sure your name is on the “nice” list this year!

Other returning programs this December at the Lakewood High School Pool include daytime adult swims, early morning lap swims, and more. The up-to-date pool schedule is viewed at www.bit.ly/lhspoolschedule Our complete program guide can be found at www.lakewoodrecreation.com, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, all by searching for lkwdrec.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

From The Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

Winton Place was the first apartment building in the area to be accessible by air, land, and water. Pictured here is the first helicopter landing at Winton Place on October 7th, 1963. The helicopter was piloted by Ken Ross of Sundorph Aeronautical Corporation, and was delivering the final bucket of concrete for the “sky closing” of the building the next day. Photograph courtesy of the Special Collections at the Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Teacher, Writer, Poet And Filmmaker Brad Ricca To Speak At Lakewood Public Library

Brad Ricca is an expert in subjects many people know little about. While writing his book "Super Boys," published in 2013, Ricca uncovered new information about the creators of Superman by spending every Saturday for four years in the Cleveland Public Library. Now he’s back with a new book, "Mrs. Sherlock Holmes," about a woman who became a lawyer, a consulting detective for the New York City Police Department and the first female U.S. district attorney.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Friends of Lakewood Public Library Winter Book Sale December 2

              

It’s in the air again!  The Friends Winter Book Bag Sale returns Saturday, December 2, 2017. From the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. you can fill up a large paper grocery bag full of books and magazines from the Bargain Book Room for only $3.00! Better Book Room and Lobby items will be half price during this huge holiday clearance sale.

If you want to get an early start, there is a member’s only preview sale on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  You can become a Friends of Lakewood Public Library member and get a sneak peek at the selections for a small fee right at the door.  The sale takes place in the Main Friends Book Sale Room.

In addition to Saturday’s extra-special pricing, a lovely collection of genealogy books will be displayed, along with the second half of a very large and generous donation of Warfare, Aviation and Seafaring books.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Seeking Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) For Youth

CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect. 

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood LEGO® League

For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)

Use LPL’s collection of Lego® Bricks and your own imagination to create fabulous new structures and designs each month. No registration, but numbered tickets will be given out first-come, first-served.

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors

For school-age children

Bone up on your reading skills by reading to a dog. Drop in for a one-to-one session with one of our dogs and owners that have been certified through Therapy Dogs International.

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday November 23
Library Closed
Library closed in observance of Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 25
"The Kite Runner" (2007)

In 1970s Afghanistan, two boys from conflicting ethnic groups bond over the popular pastime of kite fighting. After Amir witnesses an attack on Hassan, he is haunted by his cowardly behavior, and their lives are changed forever. Years later, an adult Amir (Khalid Abdalla) is an aspiring writer living in the United States. A phone call from Afghanistan gives Amir a second chance to come to Hassan’s rescue.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

Sunday, November 26
Jazz Clinic Series
Led by Chris Vance

How would you like to be more involved with the performances? Would you like to hear from the musicians, get background on the songs and instruments and ask the questions during performances? Chris Vance leads a series of concerts dealing with various specific topics in jazz. Each concert will consist of performances by a wide array of artists, a brief lecture dealing with the topic at hand, and a Q & A session where audience members can engage with the performers.
2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

AARP Free Tax Aide

AARP free tax aide 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 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

The Lakewood Music Boosters Joins Global #GivingTuesday Movement Pledges To Support Lakewood Music Programs Grades K-12

The Lakewood Music Boosters has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Our goal is to raise funds to support our music programs throughout the Lakewood City Schools grades K-12. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in meaningful ways to the charities and causes they support.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Officially Endorsed By My Friend Who Says Marty Brass Shreds: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 59

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Joey Sprinkles - Bubble Guts - Mirror Universe Tapes - 10 songs - Cassette, download

I'd like to start this review off with an apology for this being reviewed so late. There were a couple delays (including the package getting lost somewhere in the Observer HQ) that might have seemed like the natural course of things if this was the negative energy music of Chomp, but this is not Chomp, so it's just bad luck. Ya know? This is, however, the guy from Chomp, also known as Joe Boyer. I wasn't quite sure what to expect of this and I guess that's appropriate as Joe hits five different styles on each of the five tracks on the first side. Yep, from the upbeat indie rock of "All Is Well" (some Jay Reatard vibes at the end there) to the acoustic indie rock (this is a different style, trust me) of "I Guess It's Now" (the backing "ooh ooh" vocals on this one give me 60s pop vibes, and that keyboard on the chorus throws this one into Reatard territory as well) to "Bugs On Lightbulbs," which I have to assume is what Green Day would sound like if they were on Lumpy Records, to "You're Part Of It," which is a far more mellow indie rocker (again, totally different style) and is the first of several songs here co-written by the guy from So Cow, if that means anything to you, to "Midnite Blue," which is pretty much a straight power popper. Now, I don't know if you know this, reader, but I like power pop. And I know that Joey Sprinkles straight up stole that chorus hook from somewhere. He has to have. Or maybe not? Maybe he wrote such a catchy melody there that I feel like I've known it forever. If so, nice work.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Strokes Of Genius Ends With Art Show

After learning about the life and work of artist Diego Rivera, Strokes of Genius participants experienced creating a mural.

The 2017 fall session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library recently came to a close 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 in 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. Watercolor paints, oil pastels, markers, clay, and tempera were some of the art mediums used. Each participant took home their creative work and a certificate. Look for information about our spring session of Strokes of Genius in the Lakewood Public Library’s Spring/Summer Program Guide.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Little Mermaid Returns To Beck Center This Holiday Season

Join us under the sea again for Beck Center’s critically acclaimed production of "The Little Mermaid." Last year, this production was winner of Cleveland Critics Circle 2016 Theater Awards for Best Musical Direction, Best Projection Design, and the Rising Star Award, and recognized for Best Musical Production, Best Lighting Design, and Best Choreographer.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Frontline Service Teams With Geiger's To Provide Toys And Coats For The Homeless

FrontLine Service, Cuyahoga County’s largest provider of services to help the homeless, has joined forces with Geiger’s to make sure families in poverty receive toys and basic need items this holiday season. The organizations are also cooperating on a parallel program to provide coats to help the homeless over a cold Cleveland winter.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Christmas Sale On The Grounds

Unique gifts and decorations fill the Historic Nicholson House.

The Lakewood Historical Society's annual Christmas Sale on the Grounds has everything you need for holiday decorating, entertaining and gift-giving.      

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Lakewood Division Of Aging Is Preparing For The Holidays

Families and children around the world look forward to December 6th with eager anticipation. St. Nicholas Day is a special day at the Lakewood Division of Aging as well, as this marks the kick off to our Christmas season. The Lawther Center and Senior Center East will be decked out in all of their holiday finery, and there will be Christmas music in the air. Our St. Nicholas Day party will feature an appetizer and dessert pot luck before lunch, as well a seasonal musical performance by the students of Lakewood Community Care Center. After lunch, we will hold our annual white-elephant gift exchange. Sometimes silly, sometimes naughty, always funny, always fun.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Ice Cream Shop With A Not So Hidden Coffee Surprise!

Exploring around Lakewood recently I'm sure most of you have noticed the uprising in small businesses with a special focus on coffee and treats. With so many chain locations to choose from, it's sometimes hard to break from a tradition or habit and try something new, but here in Lakewood it's a big part of who we are to support local business owners who just might be your neighbor. Personally, I broke a habit of using a larger chain for my morning coffee and tried out a local venue. Now I had already tried this local place for its exciting twist on flavorfully fun ice cream. I specifically tried out this place because like many others, I have food allergies and food preferences that require a place I can safely go to for those delightful treats we all like to enjoy. Now they have those option along with the always exciting traditional Ice cream and coffee options as well.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Scout Pack 68 Goes Yachting

Last week Scout Troup 68 had their annual Rain Gutter Regatta at Lakewood Methodist Church. It was a great break from the political discussions and a nice break on a cold rainy night. It was highly attended and fun was had by all.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Santa Paws To Visit Lakewood

credit: Portraits by Martha

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Paws and he is coming to Lakewood. He will pose for portraits with his animal friends and their humans companions on Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 1 to 5 PM at Pet's General Store, 16821 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Lakewood City School Preschool Spots Available

The Lakewood City Schools preschool program has openings to enroll 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds in its five star-rated program. For more information, please call 216-529-4214. You can find more information about the District's preschool program at www.lakewoodcityschools.org.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

LHS Model UN Club Racks Up Awards At Fall Conference

The Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club turned in a fine performance at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference held Nov. 7 & 8 at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Senior Co-President Abe Dalisky and sophomore Evan Bell won the Superior Delegation award in the highly competitive Security Council.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017