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District Artists Shine In Scholastic Art And Writing Contest

Maya Sutliff's drawing of a young girl's self haircut won a Gold Key in the Drawing & Illustration category.

Artwork created by students from Lakewood High School, West Shore Career-Tech’s Media Art & Design program and Harding Middle School earned more than 40 honors, including 11 highest honors, in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition. In total, Lakewood and West Tech students earned 45 recognitions.

Winners of a Gold Key, the highest honor given, are Kaylee Banhidy, Garrett Bodnar, Micah Inak, Faiza Manaa, Sara McMillen, Elyza Mihalski, Balint Muller (double winner), Ava Olic, Maya O’Reilly and Maya Sutliff. Gold Key winners move on to be judged at the national level of the 93-year-old competition. Only one other high school in the region had more Gold Keys awarded.

Lakewood and West Shore students were also heavily represented at the Silver Key and Honorable Mention levels. Thirteen students won 15 Silver Keys, including two by Jessica Paul and Jueun Lee. Nineteen students earned Honorable Mention designations for their art or writing, including two mentions for Dale Bruere, Lauren Lowell and Ava Olic.

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Epic Beard Contest To Highlight LakewoodAlive’s Lumberjack Bash

The Epic Beard Contest presented by Men’s Cuts features four categories: 1. Most Unique Beard, 2. Sexiest Beard, 3. Longest Beard and 4. Best In Show. 

Secure Your Bash Ticket Now and Get Growing

This contest might sound strange at first, but chances are it will grow on you. LakewoodAlive has unveiled details regarding the Epic Beard Contest, which will serve as a centerpiece of Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash presented by Geiger's.

Lumberjacks and jills are cordially invited to attend the Lumberjack Bash – a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive – on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood (to secure tickets, visit LakewoodAlive.org). Upon arrival, however, guests may find themselves in a hairy situation.   

The Epic Beard Contest presented by Men's Cuts invites Lumberjack Bash attendees to compete for the opportunity to claim an honor in four bearded categories: 1. Most Unique Beard, 2. Sexiest Beard, 3. Longest Beard and 4. Best In Show.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017

I've Dreamt Too Superly: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 41

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. 

Comrade Question - Pepe Polo - Superdreamer Records - 10 songs - LP, download

Based on the name of the artist (decent enough), the name of the record (not great), and the cover (frankly, just bad), I really had no idea what to expect. Maybe some kind of indie psych thing? But no, this is not that. For the most part, the songs on here are very poppy indie rock. The first three songs on Side A--those being the actually very catchy pseudo-psurf of "Bastard," the garage pop of "Song About A Woman," and the garage-but-recorded-like-any-indie-band of "Old"-- I enjoyed, but the record kinda lost it for me after that. As for what's on Side B, I like "The Way That You Are," which is an uptempo number, "Wine" sounds like it could be in a commercial for some restaurant (I don't know what restaurant I'm thinking of, I don't watch much TV anymore and so I see less commercials, but I know it's reminding me of something), "Ah Ah Ah" was probably only disappointing to me because it isn't as good as Heavenly Queen's "Uh Uh Uh," but to be fair, few songs are, and the closing track "Stop Dying So Much," which had a garage stomp beat but was again just too indie for me. I think maybe this record's biggest issue is the production, because I liked it more the second listen through when I was focusing more on the songs. Maybe if I kept listening to it again and again, it would grow on me more, but to be honest, I didn't particularly feel like listening to it again. It is what it is, or is it. Is it? It is? 3.2/5

(superdreamerrecords.com for the record, comradequestion.bandcamp.com to download)

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 2:16 PM, 01.24.2017

Our Friend Dennis Petkac Has So Much To Live For!

Dennis Petkac, his wife Karen and son Olliver.

Our friend Dennis is a longtime Lakewood resident and owner of Elements Hair Studio on Madison Ave. He’s also dad, a husband, and a pretty damn good musician. Most of all Dennis is a kind, sweet, jovial, creative and generous dear friend to many who are lucky to know him and call him friend. He’s also THE best damn story-teller you'd ever want holding court at your party.

2016 was somewhat of an unpleasant year for many and it hit Dennis, his wife Karen and son Olliver especially hard. Beginning some years ago, Dennis and his family have had to overcome several misfortunes which in recent years included some serious family health issues, an abrupt lease termination to his business Elements Hair Studio and a fire to a building under renovation which was to be the new Lakewood home to Elements Hair Studio. Through all these and other hardships, I and many who know Dennis have watched him take it all on and get right back up with few complaints. More striking than each episode of adversity has been seeing Dennis face it all down with few complaints and a casual, confident attitude of just knowing that somehow things are going to be even better. We could all learn something from this.

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Ranger Sports Roundup

Ranger boys' hoops coach Alex Cammock has been drawing up winning plays during the team's hot streak.

RANGER HOCKEY CONTINUES AMAZING TURNAROUND

The LHS hockey team has been one of the most improved teams in the state this season. Second-year head coach Mark Ferfolia, who has 35 years experience in local high school hockey, has led an impressive turnaround in the program. Last year they struggled to a 2-25 record. This year they are 11-11, with a very strong 7-1 record in their division.

Last season the team was very shorthanded on players. In fact, they were almost unable to field a team. However, a late infusion of players allowed the team to play...although not at a very high level. The roster had a lot of inexperienced players, and did not include an experienced goalie. Defenseman Jonah Treible bravely stepped into the goalie position, one of the most difficult in all of sports.

An infusion of experienced players during this offseason has sparked the turnaround. Twin brothers Rob and Will Holden are among the new freshmen on the team. Will, a forward, is one of the leading scorers on the team. Rob has taken over in goal, allowing Treible to return to his natural position of defensemen. These changes has tightened up the team's defense, which struggled mightily last year. Tracy Holden, the twins' mother, has enjoyed seeing her kids contribute so well. They have been playing since they were seven years old. "It's in their blood," she says with a smile. 

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Adopt-A-Pet: Surprise Bear

This little sweetie is available for adoption from the Lakewood Animal Shelter.  

Meet Collar #152 Surprise Bear. This sweet girl is ready to be adopted out through the Lakewood Animal Shelter. Surprise was rescued back in September 2016 and has spent the past 5 months in foster care. When Surprise was found, she just a tiny kitten, very timid and shy. After spending time in a loving foster home, she gained confidence and is now very friendly, playful, and loves to spend time laying near her foster mom to keep her company. She gets along with other cats, has been spayed, and is approximately 7 months old. If interested in adopting Surprise Bear, please contact the Lakewood Animal Shelter at 216-529-5020 or message Citizen Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter on Facebook.

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Renewable Energy Power-Up For Northeast Ohio

You’re purchasing a lot more renewable energy this year, most likely thanks to the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC).

Beginning this month, NOPEC member cities including Lakewood are changing their default electricity supplier, from FirstEnergy to NextEra. It’s a nearly invisible transition for the individual household; bills still arrive from The Illuminating Company, rates aren’t increasing, and there is no action to complete. Unless you opt out of it, your electric bill payments automatically go toward 50% renewable power, now.

This places NOPEC and its membership well ahead of Ohio’s current goal—which recently went back into force after a two-year “freeze”—of 12.5% electricity from renewable sources by 2027. The partnership with NextEra effectively leapfrogs that goal in replacing FirstEnergy, which supplied renewable content of only a few percent.

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LHS, Designer Warren Earn Award For Set Design

Congratulations to Lakewood City Schools parent and Erie Design co-owner Shawn Warren and the Lakewood High School Barnstormers Club for winning the prestigious Northeast Ohio Performing Arts List for Musical Scene Design for last May's Barnstormers production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods." The NEohioPAL award winners are nominated and voted on by the public and were created to bring recognition to the region's non-professionals working in theater. 

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 2:16 PM, 01.24.2017

Hit a Home Run with Lakewood Rec

Registrations for our Youth Summer Baseball & Softball leagues are currently underway. From ages 4 to 15 in baseball and  ages 9 to 12 in softball, we offer many opportunities to learn and play the game. Register by February 28th and receive $10 off your youth baseball or softball registration. These are fun and social leaguesemphasizing fundamentals and sportsmanship.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017

PUBLIC NOTICE – OH5223 - Gold Coast Lakewood

AT&T Mobility, LLC is proposing to collocate antennas on an existing 187-foot building at 12900 Lake Ave, Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, OH. Public comments regarding the potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30-days from the date of this publication to: Britta Tonn – CBRE, 4 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, New York 10604, Britta.Tonn@CBRE.com, or (802) 522-8259.

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Twilight's Last Gleaming

As I write this, we are less than 21 hours until the Trump Regime takes over in Washington. As I posted on November 9, I fear that there will be dark and troubled times.

In recent weeks it has occurred to me that Lakewood is a preview of Trump's Administration. There are many parallels between Team Trump and Team Summers. So perhaps we shouldn't be too alarmed by Trump...We have already seen many of his tactics locally. As the Bible says, "There is nothing new under the Sun."

Here are some of the parallels I've noticed.

*Both Summers and Trump are members of the "Lucky Sperm Club," comprised of heirs that inherited the family business from their parents.

*Despite acquiring their wealth via family, both have convinced voters that they are "smart businessmen."
*Both ran campaigns touting themselves as "successful businessmen" running against "career politicians."

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Kindergarten Parent Info Night, Registration Coming Up

Kindergarten registration for Lakewood City Schools will take place at the Lakewood Board of Education at 1470 Warren Road beginning Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2017 in order to be age eligible to enter kindergarten. There will be a Parent Information Night on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 pm at Grant Elementary School for interested parents to find out more about the program.

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Teen Fine Artists Paint The Classics

The Lakewood Public Library is looking for some talented teens for their new fine art program, “Paint a Masterpiece.” This is one of the first teen art programs ever offered by the Library which will focus on young artists of some experience rather than beginners, and aims to offer a little more insight and skilled instruction. For this exciting series, each young artist will be assigned a famous painting to recreate. Visual skills will be key as they dissect complex color creation, composition, brush stroke style, and other components in an attempt to mimic a masterpiece.

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Rocky River Chamber Music Society Presents "Factory Seconds Brass Trio" in Two Concerts

Factory Seconds Brass Trio (Jack Sutte, Richard Stout, and Jesse McCormick)

After presenting the Brazilian Guitar Quartet in October and Les Délices in November, Rocky River Chamber Music Society returns in February with not one, but two concerts! Both will feature The Cleveland Orchestra’s second chair brass players—an ensemble with the playful title, “Factory Seconds Brass Trio.”  Both concerts will take place in the outstanding acoustical environment of the sanctuary at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River.  

The Society's first concert in 2017 will be its biennial children's concert to be held on Saturday morning, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. This interactive children’s concert with Factory Seconds Brass Trio will highlight French composer Francis Poulenc's "Sonata for Horn, Trumpet, and Trombone," and will also include storytelling, audience participation, and artwork--perhaps by members of the audience! This concert is appropriate for both the young (3+) and the young at heart. The concert will last approximately 45 minutes.

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Sharing The Dream

These beautiful handmade cards were crafted by students attending a program at the Lakewood Public Library on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. After stories and a song celebrating King’s life and legacy, the participants had fun making a greeting card to warm the hearts of nursing home residents. The cards are being distributed to folks living at O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood. Each child took home a booklet about the life of Dr. King to cut and color, a song sheet, and a bookmark.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017

The Great Pizza Bake Off

LAKEWOOD PIZZA BAKE-OFF

Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Lakewood

Vote for your favorites! All you can eat!

(Sorry, no carry-out containers allowed.)

55” HD Smart TV Raffle at the Bake Off

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lakewood High School

5 – 8 p.m.

Adults  $10 ~ Children 6-12,  $5 ~ 5 and under FREE

                                  

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Stuff The Subaru For My Best Friend's Bowl

My Best Friend's Bowl is a non-profit pet food bank providing pet food to owners experiencing difficulty feeding their pet. We've been around since 2011, distributing food at the Lakewood Community Services Center here in Lakewood.

On February 5th, 2017, or Super Bowl Sunday to sport fans, our dedicated volunteers will once again be out front at Lakewood High School, 14100 Franklin Blvd. collecting donations from our supporters. Starting at 10 am and concluding at 2 pm you can drop off your contribution. Enter and exit on Franklin. Drive up and our helpers will unload your donation, get your information for a tax letter and you are on your way to your Super Bowl watch party.

We are looking for dry dog and cat food, canned cat food, cat litter and piddle pads (for our senior outreach program at the Westerly apartments). If you prefer to donate cash, we'll gratefully accept that as well. Checks can be made out to our fiscal agent, The Lakewood Foundation, just put MBFB in the memo section. You can also donate on our facebook page at My Best Friend's Bowl or our website http://mybestfriendsbowllakewood.com/bowl/how-can-i-help/.

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STNA Your Way: Creating Your Healthcare Future

What if you were offered a career choice that would permit you to begin working in the healthcare field in just two weeks? A jumpstart to a career that costs just $600 which will be mandatorily, 100% reimbursed, by the first Facility that hires you; it’s a State law. STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant) is that Program and there is one right here in Lakewood, OH!

Obtaining an STNA license is dependent on the successful completion of an Ohio Department of Health- approved Program and subsequent passing of the State Competency Exam. Once the program is completed an STNA Registry card will be issued and the student is on their way to enjoying a bright and shiny new career in the healthcare field. The Lakewood Learning Center offers the STNA Your Way Program monthly; running day & evening classes.

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Yin Tang Dance Performs At Lakewood Public Library

In celebration of Chinese New Year, Yin Tang Dance will perform traditional Chinese dances on Saturday, January 28 at 2 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium. Under the direction of Yin Tang, the dance company is the premier Chinese dance company in Cleveland.

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Spring LECPTA Baby Bargain And Big Kid Bonanza Returning March 18th

The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is once again planning its popular children's resale of gently used children's clothing (sizes newborn to 10), furniture, toys and other items. The Baby Bargain Bonanza (BBB) is planned for Saturday, March 18th at Garfield Middle School, which is located at 13114 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. The sale is open to the public and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Admission is $5 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and just $1 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

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How To Overcome Heartbreak: Recovering From Misguided Love By Nicole D. Miller

If heartbreak is a part of life, how can we survive it? Nicole D. Miller, MBA, provides many thoughtful answers to the question as she describes her journey through the pain of lost love in her new book, "How to Overcome Heartbreak: Recovering from Misguided Love." The local author and speaker will be coming to Lakewood Public Library as part of our Meet the Author series on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The talk will take place in the Main Library Basement Auditorium at 15425 Detroit Avenue.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017

Our First Stand To Save Health Care

The Lakewood section. 

Sunday, more than 400 people came to the SEIU 1199 headquarters on E. 30th St. to rally and protest together- to stand up and demand that healthcare should be a right! The first round of applause went to the first speaker Steve Holecko of the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus (CCPC), “We will not be satisfied when healthcare is merely protected; we want universal care!” Dave Pavlick of the Single Payer Action Network (SPAN) and Representative, D-District 13, Nickie Antonio also delivered remarks about moving towards a Medicare for all or single payer model and fighting back against Medicare voucher programs. 

The Northshore AFL-CIO teamed up with CCPC to sponsor the event which was called for by three of the top democrats in the country: Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Columbus and Akron also had similar events and many more were happening all over the country. At the meeting, we collected over 100 hand-written narratives regarding the importance of our healthcare that will be sent to Rob Portman this week.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, January 25
Talk - Lakewood Historical Society
The Art and Architecture of Lakewood Public Library

The Library buildings themselves are works of art. Library Director Mr. Crawford will discuss the buildings’ architects and artists including Edward R. Tilton, who designed the original Carnegie library; Abram Garfield, who renovated the Madison Branch; Reed Thomason’s mural of literary characters; David Deming’s "Lake and Wood"; the Richard Haas murals; and "Transversion" by Peter Diepenbrock.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

Thursday, January 26
Author Event - "The Cubicle Chronicles" by Lynn Brookdale

Bethany Bowers is like most recent college grads: idealistic, underemployed, and broke. After leaving her dead-end telemarketing job, she happily accepts a position at a prestigious Pittsburgh recruiting firm. She soon discovers, however, that it’s a corporate world and she’s just living in it. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017

From The Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

From 1917 to 1954, streetcars on the Madison Avenue line ran from downtown Cleveland to Spring Garden Avenue in Lakewood. Here, a Cleveland Transit System electric snow sweeper clears the way at the end of the route after a heavy storm in 1951. Photograph donated to the Lakewood Historical Society by Bruce Young.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017

Fundraising For Autism

Tara (center) with therapists from HI-5 Center in Jakarta along with volunteers from the Global Autism Project. 

This February I embark on my second trip with the Global Autism Project to Nicaragua. The Project sends 5-10 volunteers several times a year to underdeveloped areas in the world where they've established partnerships with developing centers focused on teaching children with autism. The goal is to provide continuous training to native therapists while respecting the culture, so they can provide therapy to children with autism in their city. The Project is committed to sustainability. I experienced first-hand their honesty and transparency.

I have worked with children with autism for 10 years, and obtained my BCaBA license last year. Summer 2015 brought several painful shifts in my life. The kind where I’m stuck in bed in my Lakewood duplex with my two boxer pups at my side. My boss knew my pain, and suggested I apply to the Global Autism Project. I had heard about the Project through a coworker who went to India the previous year. I also knew that being accepted to the Project meant that I would need to raise $5000 for the nonprofit. But pain is beyond motivating so I sent in my information, had my 1 hour interview with the CEO and next thing I knew I was nonstop posting on Facebook explaining the nonprofit and asking for donations. Asking for help in something I had yet to experience but really believed in. Changing kids’ lives. It’s hard not to believe in that.

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Calendar

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lakewood Area Collaborative Job Club Meeting

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Lakewood Area Collaborative Job Club meeting will be held on Tuesday January 24th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood United Methodist Church, at 15700 Detroit Ave. Our guest speaker will be Claudia Motiu from Cuyahoga Community College Career Center. The topic will be Job Hunting via the Internet.

For more information, contact Becky Carlton at Rebeccacarlton12@gmail.com or 216-221-1723.

Location:

Lakewood United Methodist Church

15700 Detroit Ave

Lakewood 44107

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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

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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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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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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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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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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