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Lakewood Beats North Ridgeville in Double OT Thriller

Lakewood Head Coach Alex Cammock drew up the right plays for a double overtime win.   

Lakewood defeated North Ridgeville 81-71 in a boys basketball "Battle of the Rangers" on Tuesday night at Harding Middle School. The "Purple Rangers" led most of the game, but needed some last second overtime heroics from junior Raekwon Whitfield to notch their second consecutive win. This win comes on the heels of another last-second victory last Friday at Midview.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 10:33 PM, 01.17.2017

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Rangers Hold Off River for Girls Hoops Win

Ranger senior Emma Ribar on Pirate guard Mary Bebie.

The Lakewood girls basketball team held off a furious second half rally to defeat Rocky River 46-44 on Monday at Harding Middle School. Ranger guard Ryann Greenfield scored 20 points to lead the Rangers; center Olivia Nagy had 14 points and five blocked shots; River senior Mary Bebie led all scorers with 21 points in the game.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 10:52 PM, 01.16.2017

Rangers Roll Past Midview to Reach 9-4

Courtney Ribar #14 led all scorers with 12 points in the 57-24 win over Midview.

The Lakewood Rangers girls basketball team defeated Midview 57-24 on Saturday afternoon at Harding Middle School. Guard Courtney Ribar had 12 points to lead all scorers, and center Olivia Nagy had 10 points. The game was a nice bounce back from a 46-43 loss to Westlake earlier in the week. The Rangers have now won seven of their last eight games, and are 9-4 on the season.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 4:35 PM, 01.14.2017

Eagles Fall To Ignatius in Overtime Thriller

Wildcat players celebrate with their fans after the 90-80 overtime win.

St. Edward and St. Ignatius renewed their basketball rivalry at Sullivan Gym on Friday night, and the overflow crowd was treated to an instant classic. The WilSenior Wildcat Matt Davet sank a three pointer at the buzzer to force an overtime period, which Ignatius dominated to win the game 90-80. The clutch three pointer was part of a career night for Davet, who finished the game with 36 points. The game featured all the intensity and passion that you expect from any "Holy War" game.....players dived to the floor for loose balls, bodies banged under the basket for every rebound, and both student sections brought a wide variety of colorful costumes and loud chants. The Wildcats came away with a thrilling come-from-behind win; the Eagles were disappointed with a heartbreaking last-second loss.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 11:03 PM, 01.13.2017

LHS' New Wing

Environment is everything. New placement is often seen as an advancement. Lakewood High School’s new academic wing is an advancement within itself, replacing modular units from across the street. The move has risen nostalgia rates among students and staff simply for the end of an era. A project lasting ten years or so resulting in student’s humor and dread. What will we complain about now? Six minutes of fresh air and psychological freedom? That was amazing.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Boodah Bash Alumni Night At Winterhurst Ice Rink

Last Saturday night, January 7th, was the 2nd annual "Boodah Bash Alumni Night" which included the 1st annual LHS Ranger Hockey Alumni game.  This event started as a memorial to Thomas "Boodah" Stark who passed away last January.  Tommy was an alumni, a lifelong hockey enthusiast and the voice of the Ranger Hockey team until being diagnosed with cancer. There were 25-30 Alumni at last nights event including Ranger Hockey players from  the years 1970-2016.  Following the Alumni game, our Lakewood Ranger Hockey team battled with Mayfield for a shut out win (2-0) giving the Rangers a 6-1 record (2nd place) in their division for this year so far.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Superintendent Chat Set for Jan. 11

The second Superintendent Chat of the school year will take place on Wednesday, January 11 in the Roosevelt Elementary LRC (14237 Athens Ave.). Superintendent Jeff Patterson will be joined by Assistant Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio and Lakewood High Principal Keith Ahearn to discuss the new Ohio graduation requirements. There will also be time for guests to ask questions or discuss other topics of concern in the District.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Have You Been Robbed?: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 40

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.

Air Sicily - Sexy Eurobeat Vol. 1 - Tall Tee Tapes - 4 songs - Cassette, download

Here's the debut release from Cleveland's hottest new act. I put four songs as there's four actual musical songs and what I'm calling the "intro," which I don't think counted as its own song, but I'm sure I will get angry letters telling me I'm wrong. It starts off with Jack (the lead singer) rambling about…something. I can't really tell 'cause of the mega-hip echoes going on, but I know I caught mention of my favorite nonexistent bowling alley, "Mahall's 25 Lanes" in there. Definitely love it. The songs themselves are all pretty good noisy punk stuff. It's no wave though, because there's lots of feedback and woodwind instrument pieces involved. I think that's what no wave is about. The fourth (last) track is okay, but grabs me the least, so you should probably just listen to the first three. I can't tell what any of the lyrics are, but knowing the members of the band, I'm sure they are very deep and meaningful indeed. I've gotten very disparate reactions from people who have heard this tape. Some said "it would be fun to dance to," others said "it sucks, but I think it's supposed to suck." Personally, it gave me a headache. 4/5

(airsicilycoolband.bandcamp.com to download, I guess find a member of the band if you want a tape)

 

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Madak Left Lasting Lakewood Legacy

The world recently lost a fine man and one of Lakewood City Schools’ most impactful superintendents in Dr. P. Joseph Madak. The District’s financial stability and state-of-the-art school buildings can be traced directly to the exceptional leadership of Dr. Madak. 

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Family Music And More Presents The Mad Mountain Juggler

You don’t need to run away to the circus to see a crazy great juggler. Come on down to the Lakewood Public Library for our Family Music and More program where we’ll be presenting the Mad Mountain Juggler. John Flower is the zaniest showman around, and will put on a rousing interactive walk-around juggling show. Bring the whole family for a wild and wacky time.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

MTA: Leadership For Adolescents Author Dr. Carolyn Anderson

Lakewood Public Library welcomes Dr. Carolyn M. Anderson, the author of "Leadership for Adolescents," on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. for a discussion about the guide that helps teenagers develop the qualities of a leader in school and work. This Meet the Author program will be held in the Main Library Basement Auditorium.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Antonio: Complex Bridge Rehab Project Moves Forward

Ohio House Minority Whip Nickie J. Antonio

Last month State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) announced the release of $345,287 in state funding to complete construction contract plans for the rehabilitation of the State Route 176 southbound bridge over Interstate Route 71 southbound in Cuyahoga County. The Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending, approved the funding at today’s meeting.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

“#Change2017” Investment And Retirement

Happy 2017! This past year may be one the most memorable in recent generations. “Change” might be the key word heading into 2017. “Change” will apply to: The Presidency, one party controls both the Executive/Legislative branches of government, Interest Rates, countless regulations across the board, and the Affordable Care Act, to name but a few. 

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

LPL Calendar of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, January 11
Lakewood Historical Society
Extra! Extra! A History of Cleveland’s Front Pages

From 1818 to the present, Cleveland has never been without a daily newspaper. John Vacha, an associate editor of the "Encyclopedia of Cleveland History," will review the history of journalism in the Forest City. Come and hear all about it!
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

The Lakewood Recreation Winter/Spring 2017 Booklet Is Out!

The Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation Department’s Winter/Spring 2017 booklet is out! Whether you are looking to hone a skill or start a new hobby, we have a class that will fit your interests. In addition to all of the great programs, the booklet also contains the winter/spring Learn-to-Swim schedules, summer camps and our summer youth and adult athletic leagues.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

The Art And Architecture Of Lakewood Public Library

The Lakewood Public Library is a popular place for residents to visit, whether they browse for books and magazines, check out the awesome collection of DVD’s and CD’s, take the kids to story hour or attend one of the many free movies, lectures or musical performances. What’s in the library is so enchanting, many people forget the buildings themselves are architecturally significant, with impressive works of art within their walls.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Lincoln Teacher In The District Staff Spotlight

Lincoln Elementary teacher, Pam Thompson.

It’s not enough for Pam Thompson to teach her students the math, science, reading and social studies they need. She wants to nurture and grow the whole child, inside and outside the classroom, and that’s why Pam, 5th grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School, has been selected as The Lakewood City Schools' January Staff Spotlight honoree.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Meditation And Everyday Life

The Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center on Madison Avenue.

The Cleveland Shambhala Mediation Center moved to its current location at 17903 Madison Avenue in Lakewood five years ago. Part of a global network of over 200 centers, its vision is to establish an enlightened society, a culture in which life’s challenges are met with kindness, generosity and courage.  Underlying the Shambhala vision is that each human being has a core nature that is basically good and worthy of a spot on this earth. This basic goodness is always with us; we just need to cultivate its natural intelligence and compassion. We do that, according to Shambhala tradition, through the practice of meditation.

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LHS Duo Nominated For Presidential Scholar Program

U.S. Presidential Scholar nominees Rachel Daso and Ian Bell.

Lakewood High seniors Ian Bell and Rachel Daso have been selected by the Ohio Department of Education as two of 20 Ohio high school students to be nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. This is the third straight year LHS has had a student nominated for the honor.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Lakewood Chamber January Luncheon: "Region On The Rise"

Join the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce for the first event in the 2017 Speaker Series. Ms. Deb Janik, VP of Real Estate & Business Development for the Greater Cleveland Partnership, presents “Region on the Rise”: a discussion about the impact that important events such as the NBA playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA World Championship, the Republican National Convention, the Cleveland Indians’ playoff run, and the MLB World Series have had on the region, and the increased visibility and economic development forecasted for the Cleveland region in the years to come.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Music And Visual Arts Collide At Beck Center

Courtesy of the Milton J. Hinton Photographic Collection.

Beck Center for the Arts and Oberlin College are pleased to present "Playing the Changes: The Life and Legacy of Milt Hinton" exhibition in the Jean Bulicek Galleria, January 13 – February 18, 2017. The exhibition is timely, as February is Black History Month, and is free and open to the public.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Scholarship For Women

College Club West is a non-profit group of women college graduates living in the Greater Cleveland area.
This club is again pleased to offer a minimum of $2,000. scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic years.
Information regarding these scholarships along with eligibility and application requirements can be found on our website www.collegeclubwest.org

Deadline for all applications is March 15, 2017
 

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Lakewood Entrepreneur Introduces “In Your Face” Women’s Rights Apparel Line In Time For Women's March On Washington

Concerned that President-elect Trump's comments have normalized disrespect and aggression toward women, entrepreneur Nancy Osgood has created "A Hat of Our Own." 

While sitting with friends enjoying dinner at Toast in Gordon Square, Nancy Osgood got a big idea that would promote women’s rights and women’s safety in an “in your face” way. 

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Antonio: Vetoes Of Two Bills Necessary

The phrase “lame-duck” describes the period of time after an election but before the end of the General Assembly – November and December of an election year. During this time, there is a rush to pass pending legislation before the end of the year

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Upcycling: From Rags To Riches

This eco-friendly program at Lakewood Public Library gave children in grades 3-8 the opportunity to learn basic sewing machine skills. Old clothing was re-purposed into tote bags, hats, scarves and aprons by these energetic students.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Share The Dream: A Celebration Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

For some children, being off from school on January 16, 2017, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, means sleeping late, playing video games, and watching television. The Lakewood Public Library is offering a meaningful alternative. Your child can still catch some extra shut-eye, however from 2 to 3 p.m. they can take part in a program that will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through stories, songs, and a craft.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Winterhurst Ice Skating Rink

“In this photograph, workers uncover the refrigeration pipes beneath Winterhurst ice rink before the skating season begins. Winterhurst, the largest outdoor refrigerated ice rink in the country for its time, was built in 1931 by the City Ice and Fuel Company. It was converted to an indoor rink in 1975. Winterhurst is located at 14740 Lakewood Heights Blvd., Lakewood, OH.” 

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Beauty And Truth: The 2016 You Might Have Forgotten About

A week ago we embraced a new calendar year, and the world is grabbing their life preservers, and jumping from the last one. But before we climb aboard, "Freedom! 17," let's sift through the rubble of 2016 and delve into the greatest of what last year had to offer. 

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Lakewood Adult Summer Softball Registrations

Team registrations for our Adult Spring/Summer Softball leagues are open beginning on February 1st. From COED and men's Sunday double header leagues to various weekday leagues, there are many opportunities to play. Players of all skill levels are welcome. New this season is a Women's Classic 45+ Monday League.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Lakewood Area Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts a monthly Job Club on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, at 15700 Detroit Ave. It is an excellent motivational support system with professional discussions on suggested topics at each meeting, while providing links to necessary resources in the local community to help members find employment in today’s job market. 

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

The Lark of the Clans, Ginger Ackley… Celtic with a Twist.

Come connect with the magical past and the lessons that we need to remember through Ginger Ackley’s Celtic music with a twist. Dubbed “Lark of the Clans” by her musical Renaissance Faire friends, Ackley brings her ethereal autoharp and whistles to share as part of Lakewood Public Library’s Sunday with the Friends.

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 2:29 PM, 01.06.2017

A Year Of Unknowns Lies Ahead For 2017 As Tumultuous 2016 Comes To A Close

For the first time in the decade-plus history of The Lakewood Observer, we are hitting the streets with a new publication in late December with our first ever Issue 26. Every fall our Publisher, Jim O’Bryan, makes the suggestion that we come out with a 26th issue and every year (until now) we, somewhat selfishly (who really wants to be working on a paper just a few days before Christmas?), have politely declined. But something about 2016 was different. This time when Jim proposed a second December issue, we all agreed.

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016

Senator Skindell Honored To Cast Vote To Give John Glenn Rare Statehouse Tribute

Today, I joined my colleagues on the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board in voting to allow former astronaut and U. S. Senator John Glenn to lie in state at the Ohio Statehouse. Glenn died Thursday at the age of 95. The honor is normally reserved for current and former governors, statewide office holders and members of the legislature. So, it was necessary for the Board to meet this morning to grant an exemption. 
 
The Glenn family made the request and I was honored to make a motion at the board meeting to fulfill their wishes for a Statehouse tribute to a remarkable man and a true American hero.
 
Members of the public were able to pay their respects to Senator Glenn when he lied in state on Friday, December 16 in the Statehouse rotunda. The New Concord, Ohio native and Marine Corps combat pilot became the first American to orbit the earth before he served 24 years in the United States Senate.
 

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016

LHS Academic Wing Open House January 24

Come tour the new academic wing of Lakewood High School on Tuesday, January 24 from 6-8 p.m. The wing, which is on Robinwood Avenue and connected perpendicularly to the existing west wing of the school, will be open to students and staff for classes beginning on Tuesday, January 3. If you plan to attend the Open House, please enter through the main entrance on Franklin Boulevard. 

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016

Pick Your Nose, Everyone Else Is Doing It!: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 39

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.

Ricky Hamilton - Life By The Thorns - Quality Time Records / Nervous Room Tapes - 8(+1) songs - Cassette, download

If you're a regular reader of this column, you're probably thinking the same thing I thought when I heard about this tape: Isn't Ricky in, like, 7 bands already? Well, yes, but I guess the songs here just wouldn't fit any of those 8 bands, so he had to do his own thing. Plus, each of those 9 bands already has its own thing going. The songs on this tape do cover an interesting range: there's some very '80s sounding indie rock, there's a couple quick punkers, and there's some T. Rex-esque glam rock. I'm actually not sure why songs like "Is It Enough?" or "Manic Pixie Dream" didn't make the cut as Fascinating tracks, or "Getaway" and "Die For Nothing" weren't recorded by The Nico Missile. I suppose Ricky just wanted to do his own thing, which I can respect. Though, if he really wants to impress me, he should do the full My Dad Is Dead thing and start doing solo shows with a drum machine. On the punk rocker "Getaway" and the especially Bolan-y "The Connection," he sings about cars, which is another thing that reminds me of T. Rex (fun fact: Marc Bolan never learned to drive, yet sang about cars quite a lot. I believe Ricky does know how to drive.). Ricky does this thing where he sings in a real low voice all the time, and I think that the pop appeal of some of these songs might be increased if he would occasionally sing higher (I know he can!), but as was pointed out to me the other day, Ricky is a big Leonard Cohen fan, so maybe it's his tribute. Also, I've pointed out almost every time I've reviewed one of Ricky's bands (and in person!) how repetitive some of his lyrics can be within songs, and yet he just keeps doing it. I respect that. And when they're lyrics like, "It's not what you wanted, is it?" which build with each utterance, who can complain? The lead guitar on almost every song here is just feedback which is entertaining. I liked this more than I thought I would, as I usually prefer Ricky's full-band recordings. I was weighing my thoughts after hearing the 8 songs here on what I thought of this as a whole, and then I heard the hidden track at the end and that made up my mind that it's pretty good. Quality Time has put out quite a lot of stuff this year that I had varying degrees of positivity towards, and this was a good one. 4/5

(qualitytimerecords.bandcamp.com)

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016

District Staff Spotlight Shines On LCA Aide

Lakewood City Academy's Tom Joseph.

Kind, helpful, tolerant, dedicated. These are just a few of the words colleagues used to describe Lakewood City School's first Staff Spotlight honoree: Tom Joseph, computer assistant/paraprofessional at Lakewood City Academy. Although if you ask his colleagues, his title does not do him justice. Those at LCA will tell you that Joseph is a critical link to the success of LCA’s students.

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016

Middle School Choirs Participate In "Stop The Hate: Youth Sing Out"

The Harding 6th Grade Choir performs at the "Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out" competition in early December.

Three choirs each from Harding and Garfield Middle Schools competed in the "Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out" at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday, December 6. The event was sponsored by the Maltz Museum and Roots of American Music and is a program that combines anti-bias training with the power of music. 

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016

LPL Calendar of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, December 21
Talk - R. Guy Cowan in Lakewood and Beyond

Cowan Pottery is a distinctive form of American art pottery that was produced in Lakewood from 1912 to 1917 and then in Rocky River from 1920 to 1931. It was the only art pottery in Northeast Ohio and, during its heyday, was recognized as one of the leading potteries of the nation. Lauren Hansgen, curator of the Cowan Pottery Museum at Rocky River Public Library, will speak on the history of Cowan, including its Lakewood beginnings.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016

Lakewood Public Network Thriving On Everstream Fiber

Lakewood successfully launched its Lakewood Public Network, a state-of-the-art fiber optic network that offers high-speed fiber connectivity to the city's schools, public library and 16 City of Lakewood facilities.

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016

Capital Campaign For New Performing Arts Wing At Lakewood High School

With the new high school getting completed, the music teachers have requested additional funding for vital equipment such as an electrical industrial garment conveyor and trolley system for safely moving and storing precious clothing such as marching band uniforms, concert dresses, and costumes for the Barnstormers Drama Club used throughout more than twenty performances each year. This will be utilized by the entire George P.Read Music Department.

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016

McGown & Markling Receives Tier 1 Ranking by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” In “Education Law”

McGown & Markling’s Tier 1 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Team

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the seventh consecutive year, announce the “Best Law Firms” rankings. And McGown & Markling is very proud to remain among the select few law firms to receive a Tier 1 Ranking by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in “Education Law” for every year since the ranking began – including 2017.

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