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LHS Team Wins Academic Challenge Championship

From left: Evan Suttell, Ian Bell and Brian Donahoe.

The Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team captured the championship of the WEWS-NewsChannel 5 Academic Challenge TV show! The team of seniors Ian Bell and Evan Suttell and junior Brian Donahoe beat teams from St. Vincent St. Mary and Benedictine high schools for the win. Lakewood finished with 560 points, St. Vincent St. Mary 440 and Benedictine 390. Besides the trophy, the win earned the school $4,000. Congratulations to the team and to advisers Peter Petto and Bob Sedlak.

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CELEBRATE And NOMINATE !!!

WE CELEBRATE: At a recent Lakewood City Council meeting, six Lakewood Homes were acknowledged, and the homeowners were congratulated, as winners in the 2016 Beautiful Home Awards sponsored by Keep Lakewood Beautiful. The Beautiful Home Awards contest is an effort by KLB to both raise awareness of, and to appreciate, the efforts of so many Lakewood property owners who invest time, talent and resources in making their properties visually appealing. Gardening is a way that people both enjoy nature and literally show their pride in their home and community.

The six winners and their gardeners for 2016 are: Sarah Loomer and Zach Smith, 1050 Lakeland; Debbie and Ric Rada, 2033 Bunts; Ray and Joanne Heinart, 2388 Woodward Avenue; Paul and Terry Schuerger, 14216 Bayes; Jonathon Tallman and David Reichert, 1538 Elbur; and Linda White and Gail Perusek, 1287 Summit.

The winning homes were selected from over 20 nominations. All neighborhoods of the city received nominations and the winners represent North, South, East and West side areas.  Judging is based on criteria that includes eye catching landscaping and thoughtfully maintained homes.

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Tips for Designing Your Flower Garden Beds

Nothing complements Lakewood's beautiful homes more than a beautiful flower garden bed. Designing a beautiful flower garden bed may seem overwhelming but it is easier than you think! There are so many factors to consider. But there are a few rules of thumb (or should we say, green thumb!) to follow for every garden. Follow the tips below to get your flower garden blooming in no time.
 
First, pick your garden design style.  Are you going for an English or cottage-style design? A Japanese garden style? Perhaps a zen garden design or an eco-friendly garden? There are many different garden styles to choose from. Pick the one that best complements the style and feel of your home.
 
Next, it is time to select your plants, and there are a number of critical elements to consider before you rush out to the nearest home and garden center.
 
First, you'll need to think about plant height. Most gardens have a combination of taller and shorter plants, but where you place them in the garden depends on where your garden is located on your property. For example, if your garden is an island in the middle of your backyard, you'll want to install the tallest plants in the middle. If your garden is located along the front of your home, you'll want the tallest plants to go in the back. You'll also want your tallest plants in the back of any garden that is on a slope. 
 
Next, you'll need to think about each flower's shade requirements. Will your garden receive full sun all day long? Full shade? Or, partial sun or partial shade? Will some flowers receive shade from taller flowers? Different flowers have different sun and shade requirements and that information can be found on the flower tag or by conducting a quick search on the Internet. For example, if you like begonias, enter the search terms "begonias shade or sun" into your search. Choosing the plants with the sun and shade requirements to match the location of your garden is key to helping your garden thrive. 
 
Blooming times are also important considerations if you want a colorful garden during more than one season. Choose a combination of flowers with different blooming times, so that you have plants and flowers that bloom in the spring, different ones that bloom in the summer, and more that bloom in the fall. 
 
What about colors? This is where we can go back to basics - the color wheel! Flowers and plants of the same color hue always have a powerful impact. But if you want to mix things up, you can also pick flowers in colors that are immediately next to each other on the color wheel OR directly across from one another on the color wheel. Another consideration? The color of your home, or your deck, or any structure adjacent to the location of your garden. For example, if your garden lies along the front of your house, and your house is a neutral or pale color, bright reds, pinks and blues will provide a nice contrast. If your house is a painted in a bright color, perhaps you'll want to go with more toned down hues for a nice color contrast.
 
What about the edges of your garden? Another nice complement to your garden is to add a border. Pavers, stones or rocks, railroad ties, landscaping timbers, wood blocks or bricks can all be used to create a border for your garden, and will also keep your grass from encroaching your garden. Some of these border options are wallet-friendly, too.
 
Last but not least, don't forget to prep your garden before planting by weeding and cleaning out dead grass and plants, and to mulch your garden and water it regularly.
 
Follow these tips and you'll have a beautiful garden in no time. Happy gardening!
 

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Fishy Fun

Smiling students display unique artwork created at the Lakewood Public Library during a recent Art Connection program. A paper tube dipped in paint was used to create bubbles and colorful strips of construction paper were woven into textured fish. Registration for the next Art Connection program for students entering kindergarten through fifth grade opens on July 1st.  This fun, inventive class will take place on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a new engaging project.

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Revisit The 2016 Cavaliers With Terry Pluto

Last year, Cavs fans rejoiced. As of this writing, the Cavaliers are working their way toward another NBA Championship and it seems like a good time to revisit the spectacular events of 2016. Join Terry Pluto, columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium as he presents his book, “The Comeback: LeBron, The Cavs & Cleveland.”

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Police Brutality Should Have No Place In Lakewood

In November of last year, Sabrina Robinson's daughter was visiting the Madison Branch of the Lakewood library to hang out after school and probably get some studying done. However, that did not end up happening as she eventually left the library with a broken jaw that a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic had to reset. Between her entrance and leaving the library for the hospital, she was assaulted by Officer Kevin Jones whose excessive use of force led to her injury. The Robinson family has filed a lawsuit against the Lakewood Police Department for civil rights violation and abusive excessive use of force tactics against their daughter.

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Dr. Jane Li-Conrad Discusses Homeopathic Medicine At LPL

“There is always hope,” says Dr. Jane Li-Conrad. As an osteopathic family physician who practices family medicine without pharmaceuticals, Dr. Jane believes homeopathic medicine can offer hope for any medical condition.

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Knits, Knots, Stripes And Dots

If you’ve driven by 17409 Detroit Avenue across from St. James Church recently, you may have noticed a new shop, Knits Knots Stripes & Dots and wondered what it's all about. Owner Beth Kiraly-Bratko spent many years working at Closets consignment shop, and finally decided it was time to follow her dream and open her own children’s resale boutique. Beth says, “I love kids, I love clothes, and I love Lakewood.” Beth is a Lakewood High graduate who lives in Lakewood with her husband, Brad Bratko. They have three children, so Beth is naturally up-to-date on current trends and styles in kid’s clothes. Putting the shop together was a labor of love for Beth, her husband, mom and step-dad.  The four worked in concert to renovate the space, making it the appealing store it is today.

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One-On-One Computer And Job Help At The Library

Are you new to computers and aren’t sure where to start? Are you looking for a new job and need help with your resume? Do you want to learn how to use Microsoft Excel or brush up on Microsoft Word? Do you want to learn how to use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family? We can help! To best serve you, Lakewood Public Library offers personal one-on-one appointments for computer and job help.

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Little Free Libraries In Lakewood: Nine And Counting

Cliffdale Little Free Library, with children's books on the "first floor" and adults' books on the "second"

Little Free Libraries have spread to at least nine locations in Lakewood, and tens of thousands more, worldwide. It seems that awareness of these micro-libraries is still catching up, though.

When a friend of Dr. John Mumma mentioned seeing him outside by his postbox one day, while passing Mumma’s home on Hilliard, the doctor immediately recognized the error. “I said ‘that’s not a postbox,’” he recalls as an example of the ongoing task of explaining a Little Free Library. “Some people are incredulous” at the concept, he adds.

The concept of the Little Free Library (LFL) is ultimately simple: a small public shelter, where people borrow or donate books, for free. Yet it’s a surprisingly recent idea. Todd Bol built the original Little Free Library in Wisconsin just eight years ago. Noelle Champagne and her husband installed the first in Lakewood, outside their home on Parkway, a few years later. But a majority of the local LFLs have arrived within the past 18 months.

Little Free Libraries can be easy to overlook, perhaps especially in Lakewood. The Kenny family installed theirs on Elbur more than three years ago, but like most LFLs it’s a modest wood structure with a shingled roof. In a city like ours, with substantial variety among the housing stock, the typical Little Free Library blends in well even without trying.

Despite this, not one of Lakewood’s Little Free Libraries is neglected, according to owners. Even the new library on Cliffdale—brought to Lakewood from its old home in Seattle about one month ago—has local patrons. “Our best customer is John next door who is four,” says one of its owners. “He comes just about every day.”

Many of the local Little Free Libraries appear to be popular with children. Garfield Middle School has one of its own, and Garfield students also take great interest in Tony Neuhoff’s library, south of the school on Grace. Dr. Mumma says that students at Harding are a significant audience for his library.

The libraries have plenty of adult fans, also. Champagne says that over the years a number of people have driven specifically to check out her Parkway library, one of two in Lakewood listed at littlefreelibrary.org. North Coast Health set up the other one, outside of its offices on Detroit, in hopes of stimulating curiosity about them and the services they provide. “It has actually done that” very effectively, says Mary Ludwig.

Most of Lakewood’s Little Free Libraries, though, are unlisted and operated solely as hobbies. Nearly all have some sort of family connection; someone may have been first exposed to a Little Free Library through a relative who owns or lives near one, and nearly every LFL in Lakewood was built by or with a close family member.

The library on Lincoln appears to summarize most of the movement’s themes of family, volunteerism and person-to-person networks. The owner’s daughter in Maryland owns a Little Free Library too, and her son lives on the same street as one in Lakewood. She says that he “was good enough to surprise me with one” of her own last Christmas, which he built himself.

Though very close to the Parkway library, Lincoln’s has already found its own community, too. The owner says that while she had no children’s books for her library at first, users have supplied the need by themselves; “Now I have quite a few and I don’t know where they have come from.”

Lakewood’s Little Free Libraries

13455 Parkway
Probably the city’s oldest; its owners are moving soon but the library will remain with their home’s new occupants

13114 Detroit
Designed to match Garfield School

1081 Cliffdale
Just-arrived from Seattle; online at ourlittlefreelibrary.org

1500 Grace Ave
Seasonal decorations change four times per year

16110 Detroit
North Coast Health

1767 Lincoln

16906 Hilliard

15524 Edgewater

1554 Elbur Ave

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Exquisite Corpse Project

The Exquisite Corpse Project display.

Exquisite corpse is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule (e.g. "The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun") or by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed.

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Movie Review Of "The Zookeeper's Wife"

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a complex World War II film with much tragedy, unselfish bravery, and care for war victims as well as ongoing love for zoo animals, and a persistent belief in the future. This 126 minute film occurs at one of the largest and best European zoos, Warsaw Zoo, in 1930s Poland. The movie is based on the non-fiction book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman.  The story originates from diaries of wife, Antonina Zabinski, whose 1968 book, was entitled, “People and Animals.”

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Moo-ving On Over For The Chick-Fil-A Cow At Bay Days 5 & 1-Mile Runs

Cleveland West Road Runners are holding the 43rd running of the Bay Days 5-Mile Run and 1-mile kids run at Bay Village High School on the Fourth of July at 8:30 am. Chick-Fil-A of North Olmsted has agreed to be the title sponsor of the1-mile kids run. They will be donating breakfast for up to 200 kids run participants after their race, and a free breakfast entrée coupon to all 5-mile runners. We will be keeping the Chick-Fil-A Cow busy by greeting people at race day registration, starting the kids’ race, and greeting runners at the finish line(hopefully it won’t be a 90 degree day for the cow). Additionally, Mitchell’s Ice Cream will be giving $5 gift cards to the first 3 finishers in each age group for both the 5-mile and 1-mile races.

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Lakewood Man Making Big Impact In Cleveland Sports

Joe Gilbert, center, poses with John Marshall football coach Terrance Cleggett at the June 6 football field groundbreaking.   

The world is often described in terms of the “haves” and the “have nots.” In the realm of Cleveland area high school sports, there is also a third category. The “haves”; the “have nots”; and then the Senate League. The conference is comprised entirely of Cleveland Municipal Schools. Despite the presence of a few high profile programs like Glenville football, most of these schools are in a constant struggle to overcome financial and historical hurdles to success. Small rosters, lack of facilities, outdated equipment, and meager alumni support are among the challenges they face.

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Congratulations, Class Of 2017!

Lakewood City Academy Class of 2017. 

1st Row, left to right: Nicole Collins, Taryn Prah, Victoria Kirkland, Jazz Burgess, Asia Blackshear, Elyssa Baesel, DeAnna Satullo, Brianna Massimiani, Cassidy Pfeiffer; 2nd Row keft to right: Brian Tod Miller, Charles Johnson, Kameron Bednarz, Tanner Byrd, Eddie Dennis, Austin Little

Not Pictured: Jafar Fadhel, Nathan Smith

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LakewoodAlive Announces Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle

LakewoodAlive is proud to announce the Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle presented by Beat Cycles.

Secure Your Tickets Now for a Chance to Win a Charge Grater Commuter Bicycle Courtesy of Beat Cycles

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Wonderful Horrible Fest

Were you at Horrible Fest this year? No? Well, you probably should’ve been, since supposedly it was the last one. While I don’t believe that for a second, there’s always the possibility. Lots of Lakewood bands and personalities were featured, hence why it’s appearing here in your community newspaper. Once again, I was there, and here’s what I saw. 

Thursday night (which they supposedly weren’t gonna do this year), which wasn’t technically a part of Horrible Fest but a “pre-party.” I had thought the triumphant reunion of Brainwashed Youth (original lineup!) would probably be the main event, but they played first. Dumb punk. They were too good at playing. I wanted sloppier. Mourning A BLKstar, a band that I had heard was revelatory, played next. I did not feel that they were revelatory. After them was the band I was really there to see, Perverts Again. Maybe the best P.A. set I’ve seen yet? They played Billy Joel’s “My Life,” which was as good as seeing Shitbox Jimmy play “Fox On The Run” earlier in the month. Real Regular closed out the evening with their signature dumb punk (man, a lot of dumb punk bands at this show except for that second group). They did that terrible ‘90s song “I want to get away, I want to flyyyyyy away.” It sucked, which probably means it was what they wanted.

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Celebrate Summer At Beck Center

There’s something for everyone at Beck Center…especially during the summer. From June through August, Beck Center offers exceptional theater on two stages, exciting summer camps and classes, community events, and more. Discover what’s best for you below!

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LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Stripping & Refinishing Woodwork Safely” Workshop On July 13

When it comes to restoring the woodwork within your home, you likely have a vision for how you want the finished product to look.  But how do you go about converting that vision into reality?

LakewoodAlive will host “Knowing Your Home: Stripping & Refinishing Woodwork Safely” on Thursday, July 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sherwin-Williams’ Lakewood location (14711 Madison Avenue)  The 10th workshop of 2017 for this popular home maintenance educational program will focus on the proper steps for stripping woodwork, as well as how to refinish wood to achieve the look you want in your home.

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

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

Now in its 11th year, LakewoodAlive’s Blossoms Program has resulted in the addition of 54 flower boxes for 2017 – the most boxes yet – stretching east-to-west along Detroit Avenue from the Westerly Apartments to Cerny Shoes.  Geraniums and impatiens dot this urban landscape, creating a more appealing commercial district. 

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

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Summer Safety for Pets: Keeping Your Pets Safe On The 4th Of July (Part 2 Of A 3 Part Series)

While the Fourth of July is one of the best times of year to be a resident of Lakewood, the holiday can be a nightmare for pets. Did you know that July 5th is the busiest day for animal shelters across the country? The stress and anxiety that fireworks cause in animals can lead to pets running away from home and finding themselves scared, exhausted and in dangerous situations.  Your pet can panic and jump a fence or break away from a leash because of fireworks. Never leave your pet outside during fireworks and never take them with you to a fireworks display. If you believe they will experience anxiety when they hear the fireworks show, have someone stay with them during that time. Should the worst happen, and your pet runs away, make sure that their microchip is active and they have a collar with up-to-date tags that will make it easier to be reunited. Safety collars will release if your pet gets stuck on something unsafe. A little planning in advance can minimize the risks the holiday can bring.

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West Shore Career-Tech Program Leaves Major Impact On Grad

I first became aware of the West Shore Career-Technical District from a fellow classmate in my math class who had told me tales of the Project Lead the Way Class with such great detail and interest - I knew I had to be a part of it. At the end of sophomore year, I had to make a decision about my future education in high school. I visited West Shore and saw a construction job site, where kids close to my age were building a garage. It left me feeling wonder and excitement. So, I enrolled in West Shore Construction Trades.

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LHS Teacher Wins Prestigious Math Award

Lakewood High School math teacher Peter Petto has been selected as the winner of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation’s George B. Chapman, Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education. It is one of the highest awards the foundation bestows on an educator.

As part of the award, Petto will receive a grant of $7,500 to implement a project of his choosing. He will be using the money to develop an Essential Questions Activities project, primarily for use in math classrooms, but also useful in science and other classrooms at Lakewood High School.

An Essential Question Activity is a team project event in which groups of students collaborate and compete to research and solve important questions about the world we live in. These are questions that they have refined and researched. The focus of their activity is the construction of mathematical models that they will both defend and critique.

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Oh, What A Night! Sing And Serve A Success

Lakewood Music Boosters held our first Sing & Serve May 19th at Around the Corner. The evening was a lot of fun while raising money for our music programs K-12. Our servers for the evening were music teachers Matt Fitz, Aaron Waryk, Lisa Richards, John Blasko, Clinton Steinbrunner, Peter Hampton and LHS principal Keith Ahearn.  Many karaoke songs were performed thanks to Mike Whitkofski and the students enjoyed hearing and singing with their teachers. The chance raffle had over 30 items to win. We also had tips jar wars with Mozart beating Beethoven and The Rolling Stones beating the Beatles. We had a buffet dinner available as well as a limited menu. The room filled up fast so next year we hope to have a larger venue. Thank you to all who attended and helped make the evening a huge success.

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Farmers Market Coupon Lottery At The Lawther Center

The Lakewood Division of Aging and the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging are pleased to announce that the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is once again to be offered in 2017. The SFMNP program will provide selected eligible seniors with $50 in coupons which can be used for fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at any of the local farmers markets.

There are eligibility requirements for this program. Participants must be 60 years of age or older. They must be Lakewood residents, and they must fall within the income guidelines. The guidelines are as follows: $22,311 or less for a single-person household, or $30,044 for a two-person household.

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Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

Enhance your child’s education by making learning fun and different with imaginative programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. These programs are funded by a $2,500 Cox Community Charity Grant awarded to the Lakewood Public Library for this purpose. Registration required. Space is limited. Register online at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, June 21
Talk - Healing Your Life with Homeopathic Medicine

Dr. Jane Li-Conrad will discuss the truth and history of homeopathic medicine, the laws of healing and how to use remedies from your garden. Dr. Li-Conrad is an osteopathic family physician who practices family medicine successfully without drugs.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Taste Of Lakewood Returns To Madison Park On June 11th

The Taste of Lakewood, presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Cleveland Magazine, will be held on Sunday, June 11th from 1-7pm at Madison Park. The Taste of Lakewood is a no-admission fee, outdoor day-long food and music festival that celebrates Lakewood’s reputation as a great food destination. Over 25 of Lakewood’s best restaurants - including Forage Public House, Angelo’s Pizza, El Carnicero, Barrio, Georgetown, Mars Bar, Salt, and Sarita - will be on hand to sell their food to a hungry audience dining al fresco and enjoying great music on the park grounds. The Taste of Lakewood has served as a coming-out party for Lakewood's newest restaurants and this year is no exception: Yuzu, Upper Crust Pizza, LBM and Distill Table will make first-time appearances at the event.

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The Friends Of LPL Book Sale Returns In June

The Friends of Lakewood Public Library are having their next big sale just in time for that beautiful summer day when it is just you and a porch swing with a warm breeze and a great book.

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Town Halls Come To Lakewood

Tristan Rader talks with supporters at the May Rally. 

All of Lakewood is invited to a series of Town Hall meetings, beginning June 10.

City Council At-large candidate Tristan Rader says the events will focus on learning what is important to Lakewood citizens. “I’m interested in an open discussion on the issues,” he explains, “I'm dedicated to not just listening to people but to getting more people involved.”

Each Town Hall will open with brief introductory remarks, with progressive activist and former state Senator Nina Turner planning to address the Ward 4 Town Hall on July 8. Rader says Turner is an inspiring advocate for the kind of citizen-led change he wants to encourage, and that he’s honored to welcome her to Lakewood.

As pleased as he is about Turner, Rader emphasizes that local community is the Town Halls’ true centerpiece. “Elected officials and candidates get many opportunities to share our ideas and concerns,” he says. “I want to give other people a platform.”

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Lakewood Summer Meltdown To Heat Up City On July 8

The Summer Meltdown returns to Downtown Lakewood on July 8.

Much-Anticipated Festival Returns to Downtown Lakewood; Schedule of Events Unveiled

Get ready to add some sizzle to your summer. Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2017, sponsored by Melt Bar & Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, is back for its eighth year on Saturday, July 8 from 4 to 10 p.m. in Downtown Lakewood.

One of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties, the Summer Meltdown drew nearly 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood last year. This “something for everyone” event and fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue between Marlowe and Elmwood, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

Families will love the street festival component, which features free programs from 70+ businesses and nonprofits organizations, including numerous interactive opportunities. Activities range from a sprinkler park to skateboarding to demonstrations of yoga and other exercises.

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Time To Add Labrador Retrievers To List Of Banned Dogs In Lakewood

I've been doing a lot of research lately on dogs. As an animal photographer, I do my best to research all breeds so that I have a full understanding of them. It's helpful to go into a session having a good feel for a dog's disposition.

Lately I've been researching dog bite stats. I get my information from the local news and the internets. I see the pit-bull maulings. And lately, I've noticed many more Labrador Retriever bites. For some reason, these news websites differentiate between the dogs. When a pit hurts someone, it's called a mauling. When a lab or other dog hurts someone, it's typically called a bite or attack by the news.

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Victoria Price's Learning To See: Postcards From The Road

Opening Reception for Victoria Price's Learning to See: Postcards from the Road will be Saturday, June 10th 6-10pm at the good goat gallery.  You will have the opportunity to meet the brilliant daughter of the macabre king Vincent Price.  Victoria's art show will run through July 15th.  

Since childhood, Victoria Price has always loved capturing images of her travels. However, she never thought of herself as a photographer. Instead, she calls herself an amateur, in the true sense of the word -- a devotee and admirer of photography and photographers. In 2011, Victoria began what has become a seven year journey of mostly living on the road for her work. The images she captures inspire her to keep looking at the world with fresh eyes and continually to try to see anew. Through the eyes of love.

She frequently revisits photos she has taken, in order to "listen" to what they are telling her. She then incorporates what she has heard into the images themselves. In that intersection of the verbal and the visual, she finds new inspiration -- new ways of being present to what is.

Victoria Price is an inspirational speaker, writer, art historian, art consultant, designer and interspiritual/interfaith minister.

Victotia tries to live her life by credo of one of her favorite poets, Mary Oliver:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

After years of showing the work of other artists in her own gallery, creating a show of her own work at the good goat gallery is a dream come true.

Victoria's new book, This One Brave Life, will be published in February 2018. To find out more, please visit victoriaprice.com.

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One More Time! OK, Again!: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 49

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. 

Goldmines / Shitbox Jimmy - Goldmines / Shitbox Jimmy - Quality Time Records / Wax Mage Records - 7 songs (3 Goldmines, 4 Shitbox Jimmy) - 12", download

Let me start off this review by saying I have no idea what band is supposed to come first here. While the album cover lists Goldmines first, the runout etchings say that Shitbox Jimmy's side is A. For my more casual readers (i.e. the ones that have never spoken to me in person), this annoys me more than you could possibly fathom. I guess I'm going with Goldmines for now, but that could change. As someone who wasn't head over heels for Goldmines' previous 12" like it seemed like a lot of people were, Goldmines do one heck of a job here. "We Real Cool," with choruses based on the poem of the same name, has lots of guitar from Mandy Look and Jeanna Lax, which is always appreciated. Meanwhile, Roseanna Safos (you may remember her from every other band she's also in) really kills it on the drums with an especially bombastic performance while Heather Gmucs holds it all down with a darn good bassline. It's mega catchy and I would go so far as to say it's Goldmines' best song. Though the two songs that follow it don't quite live up to all that, they're both still good. "Shadow" is another catchy indie rocker, with an instrumental bit that kinda reminds me of "Psychotic Reaction" for some reason. Something about the rhythm, maybe? "Not The Lion" has got a cool ominous melody that's both sung and played by the lead guitar. I think Goldmines go three for three here. Like 'em or not, I think it's undeniable that they have some darn catchy tunes. Then ya flip the record over and Shitbox Jimmy start their side of things with an utter killer as well. "Later" is just about everything you'd want in a power pop song. It's just a crusher. On "Try Save," they get a little more garage-rockin' but it's still mega pop, and Joey Nix reminds you that just because he's playing power pop these days doesn't mean he's a wimp, he can still belt it. I like the lead guitar on the chorus– actually, I like almost everything about this song. They're really taking things in a power pop direction these days as opposed to their earlier straight garage rock sound. I suspect (actually, I don't need to suspect, I confirmed this) that Drew (that's Ritchey, the one who plays guitar and sings sometimes, not Siegel, the one who plays drums) is at least a little responsible for this. Their third tune here, "Do You Wanna" is probably the weakest song on the whole record, but for a weakest link it's still a pretty good song. I do like the little quiet part, though this tune and the last one, "Teenage Daughter" prove that even the clean, bright production that John Delzoppo did here can't render what Joey's saying comprehensible. Oh well, that's just part of his charm.

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From The Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

It is standard practice for Little League teams to be sponsored by local businesses. In this photo, the "Art's Service" team poses in front of its sponsor, Art's Service Station, which was located on Sloane Avenue. In the mood for some old-fashioned sportsmanship? Join us Sunday, June 25 for Vintage Base Ball! Find more information at www.lakewoodhistory.org.

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Summertime Anime Club

Teens and tweens can meet up with like minded peers this summer at Lakewood Public Library’s “Otaku Café,” a six week program aimed at fans of anime & manga. The word “otaku” is a Japanese term used to describe someone with an obsessive interest and has come to be synonymous with anime and manga fans in the United States. The genre has steadily grown in popularity over the past 20 years, gradually getting absorbed into the mainstream. The appeal still may baffle some, but fans of the genre can’t get enough.

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Lakewood Football Fun And Food

Attention all current 6th, 7th and 8th grade Lakewood City Schools students that want to participate in football next school year. You are invited to participate in the first annual series of fun "Football and Food" events. These will be held every Friday from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Garfield stadium from now through July 28th. There will be touch football, trivia games, raffles, prizes and music. After the games end at 7:45pm, pizza will be served. Don't be shy, come out and join the fun.   
 


 
 

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Sensory Story Time
For you and your 3-7 year old child

This story time program can be enjoyed by all children, but it is specifically designed for young children with special needs, autism or those with sensory processing challenges. Registration required.

Sunday, June 4, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Main Library Toddler Story Room.

Otaku Cafe
For students in sixth through twelfth grade

Explore the Japanese culture of manga, anime, cosplay, conventions and more!

Mondays, June 5 through July 10, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room.

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Gordon Tower Insurance Agency Is Celebrating Our Ten Year Anniversary!

Mary Bodnar, Michael Bodnar, Melanie Johnson.

Gordon Tower Insurance has been successfully operating for a decade as of June 1, 2017. The 10 year anniversary milestone is cause for even more celebration as we moved our agency to the INA building in Lakewood from Brook Park over a year and a half ago and are very happy here.

Lakewood has been Mary and Michael’s hometown for the past 18 years and where they have raised their 3 children. Michael J. Bodnar, President and Owner of Gordon Tower Insurance Agency has been successfully selling insurance as a licensed agent to a wide variety of customers for nearly 30 years. He started his insurance career with Allstate in 1988 upon graduating from college.

Michael’s family comes from a long history in the insurance industry with the startup of his grandfather, prominent Attorney Gaspar A. Corso, of Ohio Valley Insurance in 1952 in East Liverpool. Gap moved Ohio Valley Insurance to downtown Cleveland in 1953, where it operated and grew exponentially until 1971. Michael became an independent agent in 1994 with Tower Insurance; the agency side spin-off from Ohio Valley Insurance.

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Hawaiian Sounds Coming To A Music Classroom Near You!

Horace Mann 5th graders playing the newly donated ukuleles.

Starting this spring, students at all Lakewood elementary schools have begun learning to play the ukulele! The ukuleles are part of a new rotation of instruments that will be learned by fifth graders who are not participating in fifth grade band or orchestra. This rotation includes piano, guitar, classroom instruments, and now ukulele. It is the hope of the elementary music teachers that the students who learn to play these instruments in class will find one that they enjoy and choose to continue making music throughout their life.

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New Cookie Bakery In Lakewood Is Open For Business!

photos by Cait’s Photography (caits.photography00@gmail.com)

Have you been searching for that perfect little extra-special treat to complete your next event or party?! Look no further -- Stephen Watkins, rising start on the local culinary scene, has officially stepped onto the public platform by launching a new bakery, based right here in Lakewood, Ohio!

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Cindy Summer Presents Herbal Medicine Chest At The Library

Herbalist Cindy Summer will discuss herbal and dietary alternatives.

Do you suffer from frequent colds, respiratory infections, acid reflux, IBS, insomnia, joint pain, anxiety, stress or depression? If so, Cindy Summer’s Herbal Medicine Chest may be just what you need. Unlike some conventional medicines, herbs, vitamins, and minerals are designed to work with the body rather than against it.

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LHS Boys Soccer Mattress Fundraiser Set For Sat June 10th!

On Saturday, June 10, 2017, the Lakewood High School Boys Soccer Program is pleased to host a unique fundraising event. Our goal is to sell over 100 mattresses, with proceeds going to benefit the program and team-building events this summer.

We hope to provide a reminder that if you, or anyone you know might be in need of a mattress, please save the date and visit our mobile showroom at the Garfield Middle School Gymnasium.

This is the time to buy and save up to 50% off retail, all while supporting our program. There will be 20+ sets on display and a team of experts on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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Beck Center Dance Education Presents Bi-Annual Dance Concerts

Beck Center's popular bi-annual dance concerts return this spring to the Mackey Theater. All students from the Dance Education Program at Beck Center participate in two uniquely different dance concerts the first two weekends in June. Tickets are on sale now.

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Pen Pal Club

What better time than Summer to make new friends? The best part? They’re mystery friends! Rediscover the lost art of letter writing with Pen Pal Club at the Lakewood Public Library. Visit the library weekly and write a letter about the theme of the week. As a bonus, you can practice your reading and writing skills at the same time! One letter per week will be mailed to your secret friend by the Library, and you will also receive one letter per week from your secret friend. Paper, envelopes and postage are provided by the Library. Celebrate your new friends at a meet and greet party at the end of the program.

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Shabbat In The Park Open To Community

jHUB, an initiative which provides interfaith couples and families new ways to comfortably explore, discover, and personalize the meaning of Jewish culture and values in our modern world, is offering Shabbat in the Park on Friday, June 23rd from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lakewood Park. For this potluck dinner jHUB will provide an entrée, drinks, and crafts for kids, and attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

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Register Now! LHS Boys Soccer Team 2017 Summmer Camp

Summer 2017 Junior Rangers Soccer Camp

Register now for the LHS Boys Soccer Team 2017 Junior Rangers Soccer Camp!

LHS Varisty Soccer Coach Andy Toth and the LHS Boys Soccer Team host boys and girls ages 8-13 for the week of June 19-23 at Lakewood High School!

Players ages 8-10 will practice from 9-11 a.m. and players 11-13 will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

You can register through the Lakewood Rec Dept or at www.lakewoodrecreation.com.

The cost is $75 per player and includes a t-shirt. 

Players should bring a soccer ball, water bottle, and lots of energy!

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Drug Collection Drive A Huge Success

The Westshore Enforcement Bureau Drug Task Force (WEBDTF) gratefully acknowledges the citizens of our six western suburbs for actively participating in the semi-annual collection event on April 29th, 2017 with 290 pounds of outdated and unwanted medications collected for safe disposal.

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LHS Mourns Loss Of Madison The Therapy Dog

Madison passed away on April 27 at the age of nine.

The Lakewood High School community suffered a tremendous loss on April 27 when Madison the Therapy Dog passed away. Madison had been a staff member at LHS for five years, working with Julie Koponiski, her owner. Koponiski is an Intervention Specialist in the school’s Reading Lab, which serves students grade 9-12 who are in Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Madison has helped hundreds of kids over the years by relieving stress, encouraging student interaction and facilitating calming in the classroom.

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Community's "Can Do" Attitude :Why I Love Teaching In Lakewood

Hello, I’m Sean McGuan. I’ve taught fourth or fifth grade in Lakewood City Schools (LCS) for 24 years. I am not a native of Lakewood but I am a native Clevelander and have lived in Lakewood for 25 years. I married my college sweetie from freshman year and we have two children at Lakewood High, a junior and a sophomore. With May being the month of Teacher Appreciation Week, I wanted to write this article to reflect and share my ideas about what continues to motivate and make me value being a Lakewood teacher.

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Spring Fest 2017 Kicks Off Another Growing Season With LEAF

Celebrate the start of the growing season with LEAF (Lakewood Earth And Food) Community on the front porch of the Main Library the evening of Thursday, June 8th! The first market of the 2017 season will include activities for kids, live music from The Sonder Bombs, and of course local produce or homemade goods from our vendors.

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Recent Grad Reflects On LHS Experience

High school is a pivotal time in many kids’ lives. It is a time when they start to think about what they want their future to hold and take the steps to make it a reality. It is a time when they start to discover who they are and what characteristics they want to define them. For me, high school has been this and more, but it is all because of where I went and those who were there to support me along the way.

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LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Tuesday, June 6
Yoga Tuesdays - Historic Hatha Yoga
Presented by Marcia Camino

Most styles of yoga in the West today are considered Hatha Yoga. Hatha’s rich history is both ancient and modern with both Eastern and Western influences. Its practices are designed to align and calm the body, mind and spirit.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

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LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Windows 101” Workshop On June 15

Register Now to Attend this Free Workshop at The Nicholson House

You’ve likely observed the incessant advertisements on television or radio: “Replace your old, leaky windows with new energy-saving windows.” But does this actually apply to your home and how do you know whether you should repair or replace?

LakewoodAlive will host “Knowing Your Home: Windows 101” on Thursday, June 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Nicholson House (13335 Detroit Avenue). The ninth workshop of 2017 for this popular home maintenance educational program will focus on the repair and replacement of windows with a major emphasis on wooden windows.

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