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Lakewood Schools' Reopening Plan

Lakewood City Schools rolled out its 2020-2021 Reopening Plan to its families on July 15. The plan consists of four different learning model plans, including a full-semester eLearning LKWD plan that parents can select. There are also extensive safety protocols that will be implemented that are tailored to each plan. The District thanks their families for their support of their students during the 2019-2020 school year and asks for their similar cooperation as the District enters a most unusual school year. The four learning models are:

1. ALL IN: The All In model will be implemented when Cuyahoga County is in Level 1 (Yellow) per the State of Ohio's Public Health Advisory System Risk Levels. At this level, 100% of students will return full day, every day, with safety protocols in place, including spacing to promote 3-foot distancing. Families will be asked to provide their child(ren) with a face covering to be worn daily at school. Staff will wear face coverings as well. Parents/caregivers will be required to take their student(s) temperature before the student attends school.

2. PARTIAL: The Partial model will be implemented when Cuyahoga County is in Level 2 or 3 (Orange or Red) per the State of Ohio Risk Levels. Grades K-12 will attend full-day, every other day. Preschool students will follow their regular calendar. At this level, safety protocols in place will include spacing to promote 6-foot distancing. Families will be asked to provide their child(ren) with a face covering to be worn daily at school. Staff will wear face coverings as well. Parents/caregivers will be required to take their student(s) temperature before the student attends school.

3. REMOTE: The Remote model will be implemented when Cuyahoga County is at Level 4 (Purple) per the State of Ohio Risk Levels. All instruction will be delivered remotely with staff and students participating from home. Once the State of Ohio Risk Level has decreased, staff and students will return to their school buildings with the Partial or All In model.

4. eLEARNING LKWD: This option is for families who want to commit to a full semester of online coursework. These students will not return to the building at all during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. The first semester concludes on December 17, 2020.

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Latest News Releases

Lakewood City Council Elects New Leadership
- City Hall, January 7, 2020 Read More
State Names Roosevelt Elementary High Progress School of Honor
- Board of Education, January 7, 2019 Read More
DeWine Nominates Cabinet Heads for DAS, DSA, OOD, DRC, Taxation, Appoints Numerous Senior Staff members
- Government, January 3, 2019 Read More
District to Renovate Taft for Curricular Expansion, Central Office Home
- Board of Education, December 18, 2018 Read More
Lakewood’s Roosevelt Elementary Named High Progress School of Honor
- Board of Education, November 16, 2017 Read More

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Lakewood Public Library Reopens Buildings

Lakewood Public Library is now offering in-person services at both Main Library and Madison Branch, as of Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The Library’s Administration and Board of Trustees have closely monitored the Coronavirus crisis and are following all of the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, the Governor’s Office, as well as the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. The Library has also utilized the Cleveland Clinic’s COVID-19 consulting to establish best practices to safely resume operations.

For the time being, Lakewood Public Library Main Library and Madison Branch will be open with the reduced hours of Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The Library plans to slowly reinstate evening and weekend hours over time. 

Patrons can browse all library collections while visiting the Library. The Study Rooms, Librainium, Computer Connections and public computers in the Technology Center at the Main Library and the Fedor Center at the Madison Branch will be unavailable until further notice. These areas will eventually reopen.


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Volume 16, Issue 14, Posted 4:19 PM, 07.15.2020

Sunrise Rotary Places Little Free Food Pantry At Lakewood Methodist Church

The Little Free Food Pantry idea goes back to 1999, as a way of neighbors helping neighbors who are facing food insecurity. They empower people to make immediate change in their own neighborhood. Kim Murphy of the Sunrise Rotary Club saw information about this idea on social media. It sounded like a great idea and she got more information on line. She was surprised to find out that it was a movement that has spread across the country! The Club decided to take on the building and installation of a Little Free Food Pantry as a service project. Club member, Jim Rowe, built the pantry. It was installed at the Lakewood Methodist Church and church members, particularly from the Youth Group, decorated the Box and collected items which with to stock it. Methodist Church members, Marty Harris, of the Sunrise Rotary Club and her husband Jim, who is also a Rotary member, helped get the Pantry started at the Church. 

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Absolutely Feral: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 105

The Wild Giraffes - Live At The Cleveland Agora - Neck Records - 8 songs - LP

The Wild Giraffes - Live And Later - Neck Records - 16 songs - CD

I'm combining these because they're essentially two versions of the same release– the first seven tracks and final track are the same on both, the CD just has an additional 8 studio tracks. We'll start with the live material. Oh my god! It's fantastic! They kick off with an absolutely smoking version of "Right Now," the title track from their only LP and it blows the studio version out of the water, which is a story that's repeated with pretty much every track here. I know people think the "Right Now" album is badly produced and sorta not that great– I fully understand that, though I still enjoy it– but they oughta check this out. The songs on the LP (or the live half of the CD, if that's how you're listening) are basically the definitive versions– particularly the classic originals like "Love Me," "I Don't Know About You," and again "Right Now." There's also "Under My Skin," another great tune that's never been released before (though there is a studio version which someone should put out as a single). This is some of the greatest power pop ever recorded. No exaggeration. Immensely catchy songs, very high energy, perfectly jangly and pretty where it needs to be– but never ever wimpy or any of the other more negative traits associated with power pop, because first and foremost the Wild Giraffes are a rock band. And the group absolutely destroys on here. Dave Ivan and Alan McGinty are a powerhouse rhythm section (Dave "Animal" Ivan gets a couple good screams in, too– and I always knew Alan was a good drummer, but man, he's on fire here). The twin guitar attack of Edgar Reynolds and Bill Elliott is in full force– it's really incredible the way they work together on here. And I've always thought, but this record certainly strengthened this opinion, that Chris King is the standard that all singers in this style should be held to. He's just at the top of the game. The whole thing makes you excited just listening to it. It's powerful.

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The Need For Self-Care Amid A Pandemic

The last few months have had a crippling effect on America and its compatriots. Normal people living out their lives in peace and hope have been sidelined by political opportunist and bureaucratic tyrants. This has caused great distress in family structures and organizations that exist to serve the public good. It is all too common for these structures to be caught up in the wellness of others that they forget the concept of self-care and how important that is to the efficacy purpose of caring for humanity.

If proper self-care is neglected, it leads to irrational thinking and a push toward “doing good” despite what that good may lead to. Good intentions, in most situations, lead to bad decisions made under the guise of peace and unity.

Temperance is a key component of self-care and it undergirds the biblical understanding of how to measure oneself in the light of the Gospel; “So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:26-27 ESV).

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The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 29: “The Ballad Of Derecho Dan” Continues:

An entire generation of River Citians will forever remember where they were in 1975 when a boat known as “The Friggin’ A” exploded off the town's Lake Erie shore. Though not the loudest sound ever recorded, (Krakatoa still owns that distinction) perch fishermen hundreds of miles away on Lake Superior thought the booming sounds they heard were from the signal canon at a nearby regatta.

Once the 2000 lbs. of plastique explosives finally detonated, the massive explosion cleaved the storm in two, just like in Maynard Gridley’s story about “Monsoon Charlie” in the jungles of Vietnam. Instead of colliding into Rockport, Storm 5.6 was parted, Moses-style, to the east and west. The eastbound half of the storm was sent in the direction of downtown Cleveland which forced the Coast Guard Cutter Darryl A. Levy to retreat over the angry objections of Little Dan’s Aunt Rowena. “They have to get to somewhere safe,” said Chief Tom Graber, “there’s precious little we can do for Little Dan, now.”

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Volume 16, Issue 14, Posted 4:19 PM, 07.15.2020

Guy Fieri Eat Your Heart Out At The Red Rose Café

On my never ending search to try each and every restaurant in Lakewood, I’ve always wondered about The Red Rose Café. Living on Atkins, I drive past the Red Rose quite often, but just never ventured in. It’s a true neighborhood dive bar, and I mean that in the sincerest kindest way. Guy Fieri would love it here.

No frills, no superficial razzmatazz, just ordinary good food, good service, good prices and good people. I’m not surprised when I found out who the owners are, Brian & Rose Kirschnick. I worked with Brian at the Public House, (Kamm’s Corners) in the early 90s, and Rose was a customer, two of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet.

I went with my friend, Sparky, who ordered the Chicken Philly, and I ordered the Bacon-Blue Burger, both sandwiches were filling, and hit the spot. I’m not much of a beer drinker, so I went for my old standby Dewar’s & water, and Sparky had a Bacardi & coke or two. Service was good, prices are good, and the food nailed it. They have deep-fried Oreos, topped with chocolate sauce & powdered sugar, on the menu for dessert, which I might have to try next time.


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Volume 16, Issue 14, Posted 4:19 PM, 07.15.2020

New Principal For Grant Elementary Named

The Board of Education at its July 6 meeting approved Lakewood City Schools’ Teaching and Learning Coordinator Christine Foote as the next Grant Elementary School Principal. Foote will replace Kait Turner, who moves to a new position with the District.

Foote, who has teaching and administrative experience from elementary to college level over the span of her career, joined Lakewood City Schools in 2005 as an elementary instructional coach. Prior to that she spent six years working as a middle school teacher in New Orleans and an elementary teacher for the Cleveland Municipal School District. In 2014, Foote was appointed to one of the Lakewood City Schools' teaching and learning coordinator positions.

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Volume 16, Issue 14, Posted 4:19 PM, 07.15.2020

LCAC Announces New “Drive-Thru Diaper Donation" Event

Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation, long known for its holiday food distributions in the winter and cleaning supply distributions in the spring, is once again reaching out for help from the community – this time to meet the needs of our youngest residents.

“Business as usual” is far from the current reality. Rallying lots of volunteers for an LCAC distribution violates current health practices, but basic human needs still exist. One of those needs, a rather expensive one, is providing diapers for babies and toddlers.   

Our organization partners with, and supports, Lakewood Community Services Center. When word of LCSC clients’ need for diapers came to our attention, LCAC board members developed a social distancing plan to collect disposable diapers via a drive-thru event. This collection method will allow people to drop off their donations of diapers from the safety of their vehicles. At the close of the event, LCAC board members will deliver all the donated diapers to Lakewood Community Services Center.


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The View From Ward 2

Beekeeping Ordinance

At last week’s City Council meeting, I introduced an ordinance that would permit and encourage urban beekeeping in Lakewood. Beekeeping is currently prohibited in Lakewood, however, according the Ohio Department of Agriculture, we have 23 beehives located in our City. Throughout the process of drafting this ordinance we heard from many interested residents that shared with us their beekeeping experience. We learned that honeybees are quite docile and curious creatures. One beekeeper told us that he doesn’t use any protective gear as he handles thousands of bees in his hive. Another Lakewood beekeeper shared that he is allergic to bees but is not worried about being stung, and told us that his child plays in the backyard and has never been stung. The ordinance was referred to the Planning Commission and the Housing, Planning, & Development Committee for further deliberations. The goal is to have this completed by this Fall.

Pyke Park Resolution

At last week’s City Council meeting, I joined Councilmembers Tristan Rader and Tess Neff in introducing a resolution that will designate the green space between St. Charles Ave and Belle Ave as a park. This has been a resident-driven effort, which included the hard work and advocacy of many, including my predecessor Sam O’Leary. The park will be named after Bernice Pyke. Ms. Pyke worked tirelessly for the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. She also was one of the first women in the United States elected to public office, winning her seat on the Lakewood Board of Education in 1920. Additionally, Ms. Pyke was the first woman to run for Lakewood Mayor, served as the first female member of a Cleveland Mayoral cabinet, was the first female delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and was appointed Director of Customs Collection for Ohio by President Franklin Roosevelt.


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LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Cabinet Refinishing” Virtual Workshop On July 16

LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Cabinet Refinishing on Thursday, July 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as a virtual workshop

It's estimated that people spend more waking hours in the kitchen than any other room of their home. That's all the more reason to give your kitchen a splash of newness by transforming your aging cabinets into attractive centerpieces of this all-important room.

LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Cabinet Refinishing on Thursday, July 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as a virtual workshop. The eighth workshop of 2020 for this popular home maintenance educational series seeks to equip attendees with the knowledge and confidence they need to pursue a kitchen cabinet refinishing project.

Led by Matt Clark, LakewoodAlive’s Tool Box Coordinator, this workshop will offer a step-by-step approach for refinishing your cabinets effectively by focusing on the process, products and safety measures necessary to ensure a job well done. Matt will share best practices for undertaking a cabinet remodel, covering everything from knowing which tools and materials you will need to repairing cracks and damage to maintaining hardware.

To reserve your free spot for our "Knowing Your Home: Cabinet Refinishing" virtual workshop, visit or call 216-521-0655.


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Volume 16, Issue 14, Posted 4:19 PM, 07.15.2020

7 Reasons To Run The Virtual Meltdown 5K

"Timmy Meltdown" climbs the Solstice Steps at Lakewood Park.

Believe it or not, running can be fun. This is especially true in the case of LakewoodAlive’s Virtual Meltdown 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run & Walk taking place July 15 to July 31. Here are seven reasons why you should register now and lace up your running shoes to partake in these virtual races sponsored by Cox Communications:

1. Support LakewoodAlive
The Virtual Meltdown 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run & Walk serve as a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive. When you participate, you are empowering our organization to continue our efforts to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods within the city we love. Thank you very much for your support!

2. Celebrate Summer Safely
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely altered life as we know it, and chances are many of your regular summer activities have been put on hold. Yet we as humans have an innate need for movement and exercise. The Virtual Meltdown 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run & Walk enable you to fulfill this need while enjoying this unusual summer in a safe manner. 


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Volume 16, Issue 14, Posted 4:19 PM, 07.15.2020

Another Group Of Seniors Coping With Covid-19

For several weeks a great deal of media attention was devoted to graduating seniors and how their final months of school were disrupted by Covid-19. Quietly, and without fanfare, a different group of seniors continues to ride out the pandemic in its own way. Those at the Westerly Senior Apartments, which also houses the Barton Senior Center (BSC), have had their lives altered as well.

Residents routinely enjoyed music in the Atrium, Bingo and Saturday Night Karaoke. There were also writing and performing groups, card games and crafts. Now, due to the Governor's shut down order, few gatherings of any kind are permitted. The in house library where some also went to use computers is off limits. On site shops including Hodge Podge, the Corner Store and Book Nook are closed. All have been part of an effort to promote social distancing and to keep everyone safe.

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Senator Antonio Looks Ahead

We are still a long way from normalcy as we grapple with the ever-changing tides of Covid-19, it is important to continue looking and moving forward. I am happy to report that Senate bills I introduced this General Assembly have moved forward, passing out of the Ohio Senate last month as amendments. Senate Bill 18, which would prohibit the shackling and solitary confinement of pregnant inmates, was amended into S.B. 3, important legislation to reform drug sentencing laws. The passage of this legislation is especially important as we identify ways to reform our criminal justice system and lower our infant and maternal mortality rate. Another piece of legislation to increase access to life saving naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote, S.B. 59 was amended into House Bill 341. Together, these Bills will help save lives and provide much needed criminal justice reforms to get those who need it into treatment and offer pregnant inmates safer conditions to maintain their health and that of their newborn babies. 

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Volume 16, Issue 14, Posted 4:19 PM, 07.15.2020

New Realtor Team Helping Lakewoodites

Gary and Garrett Brezina are husbands who are also a Realtor team that are focusing on helping families buy or sell as they believe strongly in the Lakewood community!

We treat all of our customers as if they are friends or family, and take pride in what we do as we both genuinely love homes and real estate. We are truly excited to be focusing on a city we love and have had much success in the Lakewood market!

Call us today at 440-915-6816 for a free market analysis or for any questions you may have!

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Volume 16, Issue 14, Posted 4:19 PM, 07.15.2020

Community Meals In Lakewood Carry On And Carry Out Through COVID 19.

St. James Catholic Church sponsors a community meal on the Second Wednesday of every month, in Andrews Hall, regardless of weather, or any other circumstances.

St. Luke Catholic Church sponsors a meal the third Wednesday of each month. St. Edward High School covers the fourth Wednesday of each month. Each has weathered the COVID storm providing fresh hot meals on a carry-out basis since the health crisis broke in March. Heavy rains and bitter cold did not stop our volunteers from serving the community in its time of need.

These three institutions each prepare and serve over 100 hot meals per month. They are committed to providing a healthy meal including salad, vegetables, a fresh main dish, drink and dessert in a dignified setting with live music. They are committed to providing fellowship and engaging in good conversation while getting to know the people. Provisions beyond a good meal include wool socks, hats and gloves and providing information regarding free clothing and health screening. 

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Mayor's Corner

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact every aspect of our daily lives. COVID-19 persists in Lakewood, Cuyahoga County and Ohio.There continues to be an increase in cases and my administration is working constantly to meet and address this rapidly evolving public health crisis. I have advocated for mask requirements at the state and county levels as a regional approach to masks would be most effective. Prior to the Cuyahoga County mask requirement issued by the Governor, I had prepared legislation for a Lakewood requirement. Even with the state mandate this work continues and I, along with members of Lakewood City Council will introduce Lakewood specific legislation on the July 20th docket.

Our business community are our partners in enforcing these new requirements. I have communicated through letters, the Small Business Task Force and have sent our community police officers out to proactively remind businesses of the social distancing and now mask requirements. I also continue to work closely with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to enforce existing social distancing requirements. We have received complaints about specific restaurants and we have responded with phone calls, warnings and visits from police to remind restaurant operators of their responsibilities if they are to continue operating during the pandemic. We have established guidelines for enforcement between our police and law departments.

As we navigate this once in a century pandemic we need to work together. Wear your mask, practice social distancing and be part of the solution.

Be safe, stay healthy.

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Volume 16, Issue 15, Posted 4:19 PM, 07.15.2020

Kantor Wins National Custodian Contest

Hayes Custodian Kris Kantor.

Hayes Elementary School head custodian Kris Kantor has been selected from among more than two thousand nominations from around the United States to receive the first Custodians Are Key grand prize for his dedication to his job and his school community. Kantor was awarded a $5,000 prize package while the school received $10,000. The Custodians Are Key contest is an 8-month recognition program that rewards the great work K-12 custodians are doing in schools around the country. It is sponsored by Tennant Company, which designs and manufactures cleaning solutions.

“We had so many amazing nominees for this contest, which made it challenging to whittle down to 12 finalists, much less identify a single person to win the grand prize. Kris Kantor’s clear devotion to students and staff is what gave him the edge,” said Lisa Hrpcek, Channel Marketing Manager for Tennant Company. “There’s never been a more important time to herald the important work these heroes like Kris and the other nominees undertake for our schools.”

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Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

Mayor's Corner

As we head into summer, I am reflecting on the big picture issues and the countless details we have addressed together so far.

We are managing the COVID-19 pandemic and are taking steps to ensure Lakewood remains as safe as possible while settling into our new normal. We are pursuing grants for our Fire Department and Police Department to keep us fully staffed and fully stocked with necessary supplies. I have been advocating to our state and federal elected officials for more resources and they are coming. Lakewood will receive over $2.3 million in newly distributed CARES Act funding through a change in Ohio law. We have expanded outdoor dining, suspended some parking enforcement, and provided rent relief in support of our small businesses.

Demonstrators in Lakewood have drawn attention to the national dialogue on racial violence and caused my administration to ask ourselves what more we can do here. Our Police Department and Human Resources Department are examining our policies and procedures and, at my request, implementing additional training to ensure Lakewood is a place where Black Lives Matter.

Many other issues that have been overshadowed in recent weeks and months are still very important to our community. Lakewood’s stormwater issue persists. I am advocating to the Ohio EPA and the U.S. EPA for a fair and affordable path forward. The food truck legislation I sponsored last year has resulted in more than a dozen food trucks inspected by our Fire Department this spring and a new business featuring food trucks in Lakewood. With a continued focus on responsible finances, we saved 40% of the costs on the base and pavement patching, resurfacing, and restriping at Lakewood Park and Winterhurst Ice Rink by bringing some of the work in-house. In the process, we were able to add 30 new parking spaces at Lakewood Park by reconfiguring the layout with no loss of greenspace.


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In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the City of Lakewood - Division of Housing and Building has implemented the following TEMPORARY POLICIES to help protect the public health and safety until the state of emergency expires:
City Hall remains closed to the public. In-person meetings are discouraged, however should an in-person meeting be required, you are asked to take your temperature before arriving, wear a face covering, and always observe strict social distancing while at City Hall. You will be asked to sign a log for contact tracing purposes upon arrival.

If your temperature is elevated, or you feel sick you are asked to postpone your meeting. An appointment can be scheduled with adequate advance notice by calling 216-529-6270.
PERMIT APPLICATIONS can be mailed, emailed, faxed or dropped in the Building Department drop box at the main entrance of City Hall:
City of Lakewood
Division of Housing & Building
12650 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
building.permits@lakewoodoh.netFax: 216-529-5930

CONSTRUCTION PLANS with the correct (commercial or residential) plan review application, if less than 25 MB, can be emailed to Plans must be flattened and submitted as full sets; individual pages are NOT acceptable. Larger plan sets with the appropriate application can be placed in the drop box at the main entrance to City Hall. (Note: all information on the application is REQUIRED, if not complete your application can be rejected)
PAYMENT can be made by check (call to verify cost) or credit card over the phone.


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The Giving Tree Project

On June 18th at the Around The corner Parking Lot The Giving Tree Project presented their second face mask tree, which provides free face masks (hanging from a tree) to community members who do not have access to them or cannot afford them. 

The story began with local attorney Kira Krivosh teaming up with State Senator Nickie Antonio. Both had been sewing and donating face masks when they realized there are people within our communities who either cannot afford or do not have access to masks. They teamed up with the Chief Operating Officer Kay Spatafore from Because I Said I Would and from there the Giving Tree Project was born. They have an amazing group of volunteers and sewers from different areas and are always looking for more people to support the project. The goal is to ultimately have a Giving Tree in every community. They also have the support of Lakewood Mayor Meghan George. It is truly community teamwork at its finest, as they also have had Peace by Piece Cleveland (an organization that supports and enhances the well-being of impoverished individuals with disabilities and their families) helping their sewers by cutting fabric.


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Volume 16, Issue 14, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

The View From Ward 2

Council Meeting

At the Council Meeting held on June 15th there were several items on the agenda related to racial equity and our police department’s policies. Communications from Council related to the Lakewood Police Department’s policies were referred to the Public Safety Committee. The next Public Safety Committee is Monday, June 29th at 7:00 PM. I look forward to an open and productive discussion that involves everyone, especially our local safety forces and residents, and will provide an update about the meeting in my next column. If you are interested in some of the Lakewood Police Department’s Polices and specialized training please read this communication from Mayor Meghan George.

We also learned last week that Police Chief Tim Malley will be retiring on July 4th. He has dedicated 38 years to serving Lakewood, with 18 years as Chief of Police. Please join me in thanking Chief Malley for his service and wishing him an enjoyable retirement.

All members of Council pledged to take part in the YWCA’s 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge.  As part of the challenge, participants are presented with daily activities, like a listening to a podcast or reading an article, on a given subject that covers an issue that is related to race, power, privilege, and leadership. If you would like to join us in participating the challenge, please visit

Marlowe Park Townhomes Planned Development 

City Council approved a change in the Zoning Map that will allow townhomes to be built at the location of the former St. Clements School Building and Convent. The property has been vacant for 15 years and was in bad shape with a roof collapse and significant water intrusion. The developer, Liberty Development Company, attempted to repurpose the building, but it was too far gone to be converted into a habitable space.


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Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

Review: Little Lions' Den Episodes 1 and 2

Little Lions’ Den is a new TV show from the kids who brought you Cruelster— created by (and starring) Nathan and Alex Ward, edited by Michael “Yes Yes” Gill and Perverts Again fill-in Nick Kroh, and helped along by others in the world of those bands. It’s essentially a spinoff of their radio show, ppm The Good Nite Show, and it is exactly as weird as you’d probably expect if you’re a fan of everything else these guys have done. It’s pretty excellent. 

The basic format is a talk show starring Little Diesel, a puppet who looks and sounds like Mike Trivisonno, and Landon Lammagin, who truly cannot be described better than he describes himself in the first episode: “I look like someone from Hell.” Episode #1, “Our Freakish Hideaway,” is a good introduction to what exactly this show entails. They do a bread test (which really needs to be seen to be understood, but probably isn’t what you’re thinking) and then introduce a recurring segment, Newsline Newsbits, in which they give you the news. Sorta. 

Episode #2, “The Pounding In My Head,” however, is where it gets really good. We get our first guest on the show, a rhythm expert who might be called Jonny Donnal (played with great aplomb by real life rhythm expert Noah Depew in his finest orange suit), who’s here to give Diesel the blues, since he lacks them and can’t sing a convincing duet of “Waltzing Matilda” with Lammagin. Spliced in among the episode is also a wild bird cooking segment and another installment of Newsline Newsbits. The rhythm expert part was my favorite— it is tremendously funny— but the whole thing is very good. 


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Volume 16, Issue 14, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

Senator Antonio Named Small Business Advocate Of The Year

We all know that small businesses are the foundation of economic vitality in our communities and critical to our state’s financial success. Last week, I was honored to receive the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award from the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE). Along with Lt. Governor John Husted, we received the award that honors elected officials whose initiatives have promoted the success of small businesses. This year, I was selected for the award due to my work on Senate Bill 11, the Ohio Fairness Act. 

The Fairness Act works toward leveling the playing field for all because we know that our communities are stronger when everyone has a fair shot at achieving the American Dream. Earlier this year, more than 230 people testified in support of S.B. 11. During the hearings, the Bill also received support from almost 1,000 businesses throughout the state.

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Starr Gazer


Aries: Mars is staying for a visit Ram, for 6 months, let go of what was in order to make room for what is to be; action is your key word this month, you’ll have plenty of energy…

Taurus: Make like a rabbit Bull & jump for JOY, yes, that is your purpose for being here, get out & circulate, rabbits are fertile, plant those seeds of thought & watch them multiply.

Gemini: Now that Venus has ended its Retrograde, pack them bags, adventure awaits the Twins, love is around every corner, & for you, it’s double the pleasure, get your game on . 

Cancer: Grab yourself a seeded dandelion Crab, & make a wish, the Sun is shining blessings upon you, Mercury goes direct July 12th, & the Universe is saying “ask & you shall receive.”

Leo: Raise those vibrations Lion, the Jungle follows your lead, only you can spread the positive vibe far & wide, because when you ROAR, everyone within the planetary scope listens.

VirgoIt’s time to curtail the complaining, if you need help with something, just ASK! It’s not that daunting of  a task, once you open mouth & engage your tongue, Voila! Words come out.


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Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

Antonio On Supreme Court Ruling

Today, state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that federal law protects LGBTQ employees from job discrimination.

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Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

The Elephant In The Room

Cultures across our nation have the absolute right to raise their children the way they seem fit. The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment protects this liberty, incorporating “the right to marry, establish a home, and bring up children.” However, this amendment does not give parents or caregivers the right to emotionally, physically, and sexually degrade each other in the presence of their own young, influential children.

In the United States, between 4.5 million and 15 million children are exposed to physical violence in the home. The nonprofit research organization Child Trends reported in 2018, approximately 4.5 million children had seen or heard parents or other adults use offensive language, slapping, hitting, kicking, or punching each other in the home. If this pattern of ongoing destructive behavior among adults in the home is not professionally addressed, especially during a child’s developmental years, there is a higher risk of continuing the cycle of violence within the family structure over the years.


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Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

LHS Female Athlete Of The Year Is Also The Sportsman Of The Year!

Abbie Tuleta, a 2020 Graduate of Lakewood High School was just named the 2019/2020 season's Female Athlete of the Year as well as the Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award - Female recipient. Abbie earned Varsity Letters in Soccer, Softball and Ice Hockey this last season and was named the Softball team's Captain and MVP as a Junior. Abbie comes from a long line of great athletes in the Tuleta family and her father John was a hockey coach in the community for many years. Congratulations to Abbie and the whole Tuleta family for this great honor.

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Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

Rotary International Welcomes First President From Germany

As of July 1, Holger Knaack from the Rotary Club of Herzogtom Laureburg-Mollin, Germany took over as President of Rotary International. Shown here with his wife, Susanne, he joined Rotary in 1992. He has served as a local Club President and a District Governor and has been on the RI Board of Directors since 2013. His major Rotary Interest over his years in Rotary has been the Youth Exchange Program. The program provides opportunities for High School Students to spend about nine months in countries around the world. He understands the importance of promoting world peace and understanding through young people.  In his first letter to Rotary members as President he states, “Rotary is not just a club that you join: it is invitation to endless opportunities. We believe in creating opportunities for others and for ourselves. We believe that our acts of service, large and small, generate opportunities for people who need our help, and that Rotary opens opportunities for us to live a richer, more meaningful life with friends around the world based on our core values.”

Rotary was established in 1905 and is the oldest and largest international service organization in the world. Its stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-religious organization open to all. There are over 35,000 member clubs worldwide, with a membership of 1.2 million men and women, known as Rotarians.


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Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 28: “The Ballad Of Derecho Dan” Continues:

Little Dan had changed his mind. Plunging a 33-foot cabin cruiser loaded with dynamite into the heart of Storm 5.6 had always been “Plan A,” as defined in Maynard Gridley’s “Manifesto with Cheese.”

The manifesto also mentioned a “Plan B” wherein the goals of “Plan A” would still be met, however, Little Dan could still theoretically escape with his life. Up until zero hour, Little Dan had always intended himself to be blown up with the boat for a true warrior’s death. Then, he experienced a sudden change of heart!

After the pleadings of his Aunt Rowena Gridley from the deck of Coast Guard Cutter, Darryl A. Levy had failed to dissuade him, she’d made one last attempt. She held the bullhorn up to the mug of Little Dan’s beloved Boston bulldog and pinched the little dog until he started barking. The trick worked. Little BD started barking his little black and white head off.

Little Dan had convinced himself that Little BD perished when the Gas & Lube exploded. His father, Big Dan Newman, had died months earlier. Little Dan was sure that his mother would die from her Storm 5.4 injuries. Despairing deeply, the only thing left in the world for Little Dan to believe in was “Plan A.”


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Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

LakewoodAlive's Warren Road Beautification Project Brings New Crosswalks To Warren-Madison Intersection

Phase 2 of LakewoodAlive's Warren Road Beautification Project continued in late June with the installation of new crosswalks at the Warren-Madison intersection, making this busy intersection safer and more pedestrian-friendly.

This improvement follows the addition of 15 trees and two public art murals. LakewoodAlive thanks its many terrific partners, including the City of Lakewood and Cuyahoga County, for making this collaborative effort possible, and looks forward to sharing more details regarding this project in the coming weeks.

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Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

LakewoodAlive’s 2020 Front Porch Concert Series Going Virtual; Performers Announced

Music has the power to lift our collective spirits, reframe our perspective and bring our community together.

LakewoodAlive announces its 2020 Front Porch Concert Series sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James will feature eight live musical performances hosted virtually via LakewoodAlive’s Facebook page each Friday evening at 7 p.m. from July 3 through August 21.

Now in its 10th year, the popular music series is taking on a different format to ensure health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet LakewoodAlive remains committed to enhancing Lakewood’s sense of community by offering free weekly concerts that families and all music lovers can enjoy. 

“Over the last decade our Front Porch Concert Series has evolved into a major family entertainment option, and we are pleased to be able to continue the series this summer in a virtual format,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive. “The last several months have been uniquely difficult for many members of our community, so we are hopeful our series is able to provide a source of joy and inspiration for those who are struggling right now.”


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Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

Wonderful Neighbors

The beautiful mural painted by the Germaine girls in May.

Our next door neighbors were thinking of ways to keep their three daughters busy during the COVID quarantine. Small and large projects were proposed, one of which was painting the side of their garage.

They asked what color we wanted, and Bryan jokingly suggested something fun.

Lakewood is all about great neighbors and we hit the jackpot with the Germaine family; Russ, Laura, and daughters Ella, Lily, and Nora. Our families are partners in raising chickens and bees. Laura was approved for the second Hens in Lakewood Pilot Project and Bryan got to work building the coop in the Germaine's yard. Both our families have been tending the chickens and, of course, eating the eggs for over eight years. Soon after, we decide to start beekeeping. The hive is in our yard and benefits all of the vegetable gardens in the area. The honey has been enjoyed by both families and friends.

Bryan and I arrived home after a week away to find this wonderful mural brightening our garden.

The girls created the concept on their computer, penciled in the design on the garage wall, and painted the mural over the course of four hot days in May. What a wonderful surprise!

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Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

Lakewood Public Library Needs To Open Up Its Computer Labs

Lakewood Public Library needs to provide computer service for its patrons who have no home computer. 

People need to use the computers for emails, online banking, food shopping, job searching, unemployment applications, researh, virtual appointments, and printing. Students, with no home computer, need to have access to distance learning.

I emailed James Crawford, Director of Lakewood Public Library, asking when he will open up the computer labs and he replied:

"It may be several weeks if not months before the Library offers patrons access to public computers.

I understand that the Westlake Porter Public Library is offering public computer access. I suggest calling Westlake Porter to ask what you would need to obtain a library card and computer access there.

Also, I understand that UPS stores are offering computer access for a fee. 

Finally, you may want to call the Cleveland Public Library to learn what their plans are to offer computer access to Cleveland residents..."  

I wonder why the Westlake Porter Library is opening up their computer labs to help the public, while the Lakewood Public library is not? Their library cannot serve the needs of all Ohioans with no computer. And some people have no cars and cannot get to their library.


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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

LGBTQ Pride Message From Senator Antonio

June is traditionally LGBTQ Pride month. In 1969, following constant disproportional raids of gay bars, the Stonewall Riots, led by lesbians, gay and transgender people of color who said, "No more," sparked the gay rights movement, while challenging the police's forceful and discriminatory targeting. 

During a time when we are celebrating Pride month and protesting for Black Lives Matter, all over the world, it is important to advocate for intersectional justice. Intersectionality means understanding how a combination of a person’s identities such as race, gender, class, and sexuality creates individualized forms of discrimination. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, LGBTQ people of color are most often victims of hate violence homicides, making up for 71% of victims in 2017. Our communities must continue to support one another and stand together to protect each other, especially trans women of color. 

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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Announces Second Cycle Of Grants To Address COVID-19 Community Needs

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) board of directors awarded the following grants at its May 2020 meeting in an ongoing effort to address community needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic:

Department of Human Services, City of Lakewood: $60,000 for resident emergency needs.

Hebrew Free Loan Association (HFLA) of Northeast Ohio: $57,500 to establish a pool of Covid-19 emergency loans exclusively for Lakewood residents (individual loans up to $1,500).

Asian Services in Action, Inc. (ASIA, Inc.): $15,000 to meet the emergency needs of refugee and immigrant families in Lakewood.

“The Healthy Lakewood Foundation board believes these three organizations are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of residents experiencing some of the most acute health and safety risks as well as those undergoing financial difficulties as a result of the public health crisis,” says HLF Board President Jeanine Gergel. “We are especially concerned about how the pandemic is impacting Lakewood’s most vulnerable residents and recognize our responsibility to make the resources we have been entrusted with available to assist them.”

The three newly announced grants are in addition to two previous grants awarded by HLF in March 2020 to Lakewood Community Services Center ($50,000) and Department of Human Services, City of Lakewood ($25,000), bringing the Foundation’s total year-to-date grantmaking to meet resident emergency needs to $207,500.

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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

Managing Your First Harvest

s we progress towards the official start of summer, crops should be growing nicely and almost set to provide us with our first harvests. The first harvest of the year is always my favorite, the first tomatoes usually end up on the kitchen counter sliced and eaten raw. Then we do BLTs, salads of all sorts, tomatoes in our omelets, on toast, and we still have a ridiculous amount to store for later. Our basil is usually on the same trajectory. Over the years storing the food and learning different ways to do so has become a hobby itself. Canning, dehydrating, freezing however you choose proper storage allows you to extend the life of your harvest well into the next growing season.  

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Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

One Lakewood Progress: Riots Are The Cries Of The Unheard

Picture of the writer's parents.

My mother is light-skinned. My father was dark-skinned. I am medium skinned. My oldest brother is dark-skinned. My youngest brother is light-skinned. We have all experienced racism in some form or another throughout our lives.

I remember my Uncle Bob telling my mother that she couldn’t move back home to Southern Ohio with us because we were “Spics” and the community would never accept us. My mother faced housing discrimination because white landlords didn’t like the “look” of her children.

At both of my first jobs, I was wrongfully accused of stealing money from cash registers, even though I was off work during those times and would never steal a crumb from anyone. That’s why I worked two jobs, and when defending myself against these accusations, told my employers as much. I was exonerated in both instances, but knew why I was singled out over my white co-workers. 

When walking with my mother one cold October night to the corner store, I suddenly felt a stinging sensation on my legs. When I looked down, I saw the remnants of eggs sliding down my jeans. I looked up as the perpetrators across the street screamed “Puerto Rican Bitch!” and ran off.


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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 27: “The Ballad of Derecho Dan” Continues:

River City Mayor, Bart Ridgewood, peered through his pirate telescope from atop the Widow’s Walk of Model Home “A” in the EWW Estates. He and hundreds of his constituents had gathered on the city’s eastern cliffs to watch Storm 5.6 clobber Rockport and had been mesmerized by the sight of a lone, mysterious cabin cruiser bouncing and crashing into the teeth of the storm. “AHOY CITIZENS!!”, shouted Mayor Ridgewood from his high perch, “HERE COMES THE COAST GUARD!!!”

Sure enough, Rockport Police Chief Tom Graber and Little Dan’s Aunt Rowena Gridley had convinced the Cleveland Coast Guard to sail out onto the disturbed waters of Lake Erie and stop Little Dan from whatever the hell he was doing. It was too late, though. The weather had become so dangerous that the intrepid crew of the Cutter Darryl A. Levy gave up the chase and instead pleaded with Little Dan from a safe distance through a bullhorn.

“DANIEL NEWMAN--BY ORDER OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD WE ORDER YOU TO SURRENDER YOUR VESSEL IMMEDIATELY!” By then, “Serpent” Storm 5.6 had finally arrived. Little Dan felt the clumsy fingers of fate tugging at the frayed laces of his Red Ball Jets. He struggled against mighty wind and wave actions as he inserted wired charges into the plastique explosives that filled the boat from stem to stern. Once he'd completed that task, it would be just a matter of applying sufficient throttle to guide the boat into the black heart of the “giant lizard.”


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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

The View From Ward 2

Gun Violence Awareness Day

At the June 1st City Council meeting, Councilmember Tess Neff introduced, and Council subsequently passed, a resolution that declared June 5, 2020 Gun Violence Awareness Day in Lakewood. The goal is to encourage the safe storage of firearms to create awareness of the many firearm related deaths of children that could have been prevented if the firearm was properly secured. Ways that we can further encourage gun safety will be discussed at Monday’s Public Safety Committee meeting. Here’s some important information from Mom’s Demand Action about gun safety storage:

Applications for Expanded Outdoor Dining

On June 4th, the Planning Commission reviewed applications for temporary conditional use permits for outdoor dining for the first time since the Temporary Outdoor Dining Resolution was passed. Acting Director of Planning, Katelyn Milius, along with the members of the Planning Commission carefully evaluated each application and worked with the restaurant and bar owners to improve their designs. The plans ranged from Melt’s and Salt+’s extension of their existing patio spaces to Cleveland Vegan’s and El Carnicero’s plan to place tables in front of their restaurants.

The Planning Commission will be reviewing applications from O’Toole’s Pub, Side Quest, Avenue Tap House/Oscar’s Pizza, Waterbury Bistro, and Buckeye Beer Engine at their June 18th meeting. Please visit for instructions on how to participate in the meeting.


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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

LakewoodAlive To Host Birdtown Picnic To-Go On June 27

LakewoodAlive will host a Birdtown Picnic To-Go on Saturday, June 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Madison Park.

LakewoodAlive will host a Birdtown Picnic To-Go on Saturday, June 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Madison Park (south entrance to the park off of Athens Avenue). Sponsored by the City of Lakewood and Joe’s Deli Lakewood, this free community event is an initiative of LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program.

In an effort to ensure health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the sixth year of our Birdtown Picnic will have a different look. Community members are invited to come pick up a to-go meal consisting of complimentary hot dogs, hamburgers or veggie burgers, chips, applesauce and a drink. 

200 meals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Drive-thru and walk-up guests will both be accepted. Masks are strongly encouraged.


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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

COVID Times: Nonprofit Comes Home To Lakewood

Enter the sweepstakes to win a life changing experience with multi-million dollar speaker and Lakewood humanitarian, Alex Sheen, Founder of the nonprofit, because I said I would. Visit

COVID-19 forced many workers to set up home offices during the stay-at-home order for nonessential travel earlier this year. That included two-thirds of the nonprofit, because I said I would’s staff returning to Lakewood from their Rocky River headquarters to work remotely from their homes. Because I said I would was founded in 2012 by two Lakewood residents, Founder, Alex Sheen whose father’s greatest attribute was being a man of his word, and Co-Founder, Amanda Messer whose early life was fraught with the pain of broken promises. Together, they started a social movement to better humanity through promises made and kept. The organization accomplishes this through volunteer projects, individual action plans, character education programming, tools, resources and inspirational content.

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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

LakewoodAlive's Warren Road Beautification Project Brings Public Art Mural To The Doughnut Pantry

Photo by LakewoodAlive

Here's another splash of sunshine for your summer: The second of two new public art murals went up on June 8 at the Warren-Madison intersection.

For this 54-foot-long mural at The Doughnut Pantry, Lakewoodite artist Stephanie Crossen was inspired by the stunning sunsets she’s witnessed at The Solstice Steps and wanted to offer community members an eternal sunshine to bring joy on cloudy days.

Thank you to Stephanie and our many terrific partners, including the City of Lakewood and Cuyahoga County, for making this collaborative project possible. Install was completed by Scherba Industries. LakewoodAlive looks forward to sharing more details about phase 2 of our Warren Road Beautification Project in the coming weeks.

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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

LakewoodAlive’s Volunteer-Driven Flower Blossoms Program Beckons Summer With Beautiful Blooms

LakewoodAlive’s Flower Blossoms Program has placed 53 flower boxes with participating merchants along Detroit Avenue from Lincoln to Cordova.

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

Now in its 14th year, LakewoodAlive’s Flower Blossoms Program has placed 53 flower boxes with participating merchants along Detroit Avenue from Lincoln to Cordova. Petunias and impatiens dot this urban landscape, creating a more appealing commercial district.

The Flower Blossoms Program is designed to help merchants keep their storefronts attractive. LakewoodAlive partners annually with a local grower to provide an opportunity for merchants to purchase professionally-planted Earth Box planters with flowers appropriate for the sun/shade needs of each location. With assistance from Lakewood Garden Center owner Paul Bilyk, the materials were dropped off at the Lakewood City Center Plaza on June 9. There, longtime LakewoodAlive volunteer Kathy Haber was joined by 10 volunteers to distribute completed flower boxes to program participants.

“The last several months have been uniquely challenging for many members of our community, and we hope our Flower Blossoms Program serves as a simple source of joy this summer,” said Ian Andrews, LakewoodAlive Executive Director. “This volunteer-driven beautification project is one of many ways we seek to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods. And we can’t say enough about the incredible team of volunteers who make this program possible.”


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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

The Mars Bar Truly IS Out Of This World

The Astronaut

I moved back from Cali to Lakewood, almost four years ago, slowly getting around to trying all the gastropubs. Always hesitant on trying the Mars Bar, an icon since the 40s. To me it seemed to have a dark “I don’t want to go in there” type of look. Boy, was I ever WRONG!

Walking down the street the other night I checked it out, after all they’ve remolded, with an open-air look, patio seating front and back. Once inside I discovered it’s the only bar in Lakewood that faces the street from East to West, which is an anomaly in itself.

I sat at the bar, was greeted warmly by Audria, and inquired about their wine. Much to my surprise and delight was a wine list by the glass and/or bottle which would please any oenophile, the wines coming from Napa Valley. I ordered a Storypoint Pinot Noir, impressed by the hip large wine glass.

Sitting at the bar, looking out into the street, was a welcome feeling not to have my back to the door. After Audria explained the menu, I went with George’s Original Gyro, a combination of beef & lamb, with the tzatziki sauce, a secret recipe handed down from George’s mother. By far, that was the best Gyro ever, topping the late-night Gyro stands when I worked in the flats in the 80s.


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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

Free Books For Children From Birth To Age 5 In Lakewood And Cuyahoga County

Free books for children from birth to age 5 are available in our community from The Literacy Cooperative and the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library!

id you know that “the single most important factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home before starting school”? (National Commission on Reading). As a parent or caregiver, snuggling up and reading daily with your child is one of the most important actions you can take to help set them up for future success.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a free, brand new, age-appropriate book to enrolled children every month from birth until five years old, instilling a love of books and family reading from an early age. The Literacy Cooperative manages the program in Cuyahoga County and Wickliffe where it is available to every young child under age 5; the program is also available in other Ohio counties(check online at www.ohioimaginationlibrary.comfor availability). There are no income restrictions.


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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

Keep Lakewood Beautiful - Beautiful Home Awards

Each year, Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) sponsors a Beautiful Home Awards program to honor exceptional gardens (annuals, perennials, shrubbery, vegetables. herbs, no limits) in our neighborhoods. We are currently accepting nominations for the 2020 awards. Do you know of an especially nice house and yard/garden in your neighborhood? Please consider nominating that home.

The only requirements are that the home is in Lakewood and the nomination is submitted by July 31. You can nominate a home through the Keep Lakewood Beautiful webpage on the city website ( You may also call the office of the mayor (216-529-6600) with your nomination. You will need to provide your name and contact information and the address of the nominated home.


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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

Dr. Barnes' Statement On Racial Injustice

We are brokenhearted and saddened over the senseless death of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd’s death, and many like his before, is a painful reminder of the systemic racism that still persists across so many of our nation's institutions and society as a whole. We stand in solidarity with the fight against racial injustice.

However, we do not condone violence. We are committed to promoting a culture of respect, tolerance, and inclusion for all people. Our District is composed of students of all colors and creeds who come from more than 25 countries. Each of them deserves a future free of societal injustices that may impede them from reaching their greatest potential.

We all must be united in ensuring that justice, dignity, and respect for all are pillars of our value system. This unity is absolutely necessary. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Each of us must challenge ourselves to be part of the solution. To stand by idle is to perpetuate the problem.

As a public school system, it is our obligation to provide equity in education to every single student. We are blessed to have a Board, administration and staff that are focused on educating the whole child, with an emphasis on empathy and compassion. However, we can do better. We promise to examine our own practices that may have implicit biases embedded within them.


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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 10:36 PM, 06.03.2020

Community West Foundation Grants $1,000 to Meal Delivery Effort in Rocky River

[Westlake, Ohio] – Community West Foundation issued a $1,000 grant to support the meal delivery effort being organized by the staff and senior residents at Harbor Court in Rocky River. Earlier this month the group made headlines when they delivered home cooked meals to people in need. “People are surprised to see that our senior residents, many of whom are in their 80’s and 90’s, are stepping up to help deliver these meals,” commented Cydney Bare, Executive Director at Harbor Court.

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Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

8 Ways To Make Easy, Simple Changes That Impact Your Health

Many of us have goals to live healthier, move more, and eat well. However, busy lives can make it difficult to cook a nutritious meal every night, and it can be confusing to navigate through the many choices at the grocery store or restaurant. These are simple tips that help me get into a health-focused mindset and make smarter food choices.

1. Start small by shifting to healthier foods. Swap out soda for water at lunch, choose an apple with peanut butter instead of chips for a snack, and move from cream based sauces to broth. Shifting allows us to make small modifications without changing our entire eating plan (which is much harder!). These small changes can create big wins, preventing diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

My husband and I know that if we keep junk in the house... we will eat that junk! Instead of having lots of sweets and chips in the house, we try to minimize these. Instead, we snack on fruit, veggies, or homemade desserts (with ingredients we can control). My husband reaches for Zip Fizzes (no sugar, caffeinated mineral drink) instead of Coke during his late work nights. Another trick is taking tempting snacks (such as potato chips) and divvying out all the chips into single servings in sandwich bags. I know people that have been very successful with this!

2. Protein - Go Lean! There's no doubt that protein is an essential nutrient. Go lean by buying skinless meat and choosing lean lunch meat (turkey, chicken, and roast beef instead of salami/bologna). Eat seafood twice a week, such as salmon, cod, or tilapia to get your Omega-3s (some studies have showed this fatty acid actually fights depression!). Meatless Mondays have become popular around the nation. Some people choose to have meat just once a day instead of at every meal. Experiment with plant proteins - use nuts, beans, eggs, soy, and veggie burgers to incorporate protein without meat.

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Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

Lakewood Young Poets David Balshen, Sabrina Syed And Dhyani Nautiyal Published In Creative Communication Contest

Left to right:

Fourth Grade

top row: Nikolas Alicea (Cleveland), David Balshen (Lakewood), Saanvi Chari (Avon), Zain Daoud (Avon Lake), Ayah Dinary (Westlake)

second row: Aislinn Joyce (Cleveland), Shivam Mahajan (Parma Heights), Kyle Mahoney (Lodi), Mei-Li Mann (Cleveland), Julia McClenin (Cleveland)

third row: Maliha Nadkarni (Avon), Sammy Nemr (Westlake), Zoe Payton (Cleveland), Leen Salem (Westlake), Daniel Shumway (Cleveland)

bottom row: Melanie Statsevych (Strongsville), Joshua Thomas (Westlake), Kyle Vaziri (Westlake), Nikhil Yalavarthy (Solon)

Birchwood would like to congratulate the many winners who wrote creative and touching poems for the Creative Communication contest. The contest accepts submissions from students in Kindergarten through ninth grade and winning entries are published in an annual anthology.

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Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

District Earns 2020 Best Communities For Music Education Award

For the fourth consecutive year, Lakewood City Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Lakewood is one of 754 schools from across the country and only 47 in Ohio to earn the prestigious award.

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs.

This award recognizes that Lakewood City Schools is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation designates music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children. Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music.

The Lakewood City School District offers music education from kindergarten through 12th grade. Instrumental instruction begins in 5th grade. Middle school offerings include classroom band, orchestra, and choir with extracurricular opportunities in all three such as Strolling Strings and Jazz Band.

The high school boasts of five orchestras, four choirs, three bands, and classes in music theory, music history, pop music and keyboard. In addition, our high school extracurricular ensembles provide numerous opportunities for our students to enhance their musical experience through groups such as the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band, The Lakewood Project, Chamber Choir, and Jazz Band, just to name a few.

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

Lakewood Expands Outdoor Dining Facilities

On May 7, Governor DeWine announced that restaurants may resume outdoor dining service on May 15, 2020 and indoor dining service on May 21, 2020. The City of Lakewood is taking active steps to support the hospitality industry in Lakewood while protecting the residential community and public health and safety for all. The City will continue to follow all recommended protocols and guidance and comply with all orders and restrictions from public health leaders at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

Mayor Meghan George said, “My administration is working together with City Council, the Planning Commission, and the restaurant operators, to move swiftly and enable businesses to emerge from this economic crisis. These modifications are a step in the right direction. We will continue to review other avenues to support our business community throughout this pandemic.”

The expansion of outdoor dining facilities into parking lots and the public right-of-way will enable restaurants to provide dining services in a safe and responsible manner for the community.



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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 10:36 PM, 06.03.2020

Lakewood Responds To Outdoor Dining Announcement

The announcement that Lakewood will allow expanded outdoor dining is receiving mixed responses from Lakewood citizens. It's good news for restaurants who can make up for having less customers because of Covid 19 restrictions and for their patrons who will have shorter waits if there are tables outside. Those who feel the opening is coming too soon, is dangerous, and will promote an increase in Covid 19 cases, feel that this expansion will make a bad situation worse. Then there are those holding their breath (literally), being careful, and waiting to see what happens.

My own first reaction (posted on the LO Deck on May 25) might sound a little hysterical: 

"I’m sure they (City Council) don’t want Lakewood to get the reputation of being party city where people come from other towns to congregate and spread disease, then go home to their quiet safe communities. They don’t want a hot spot in Lakewood with their name on it."

The fact is Governor DeWine declared restaurants open, and our City Council has to deal with it, as do we. 

Another poster wrote: "As I drove down Lakewood streets yesterday they were filled with happy joyous people and one in a hundred wore a mask if that. Patios, bars, restaurants with packed tables." 

No matter how sensible the rules might be, without enforcement they are worthless.

Facts dispel fear, we hope. It seems that everyone agrees that council must have a solid plan for enforcement. And not "that's for the police or building inspectors"--a plan for this situation. These are extraordinary times, in which people's lives are at stake, ordinary enforcement plans can't be relied upon.


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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 10:36 PM, 06.03.2020

Mayor's Corner

One important role in my job as mayor is to be the chief advocate for our community as a whole. In some cases, I approach businesses who might move to Lakewood from another county or state. Sometimes I talk to the media about the good stories we have to share of strong people in our community. I am regularly bringing our interests to our elected representatives at the county, state, and federal levels to ensure that Lakewood’s voice is heard and Lakewood’s people are getting what they need from every level of government. Recently, I have been calling on our congressional delegation to fight for you and me in Washington.

We are entering the third month of the coronavirus pandemic. We have seen Congress pass four stimulus bills totaling over $2.4 trillion. However, with the exception of a few dollars here and there to reimburse us for disposable masks and latex gloves, city halls across the United States have been left out. We need assistance from the federal government. This is not unique to Lakewood, all municipalities are facing serious financial implications due to COVID-19.

I’ve sent multiple letters to Congresswoman Kaptur, Senator Brown, and Senator Portman. I thanked them for all they have done on our behalf and implored them to do more. We need Congresswoman Kaptur, Senator Brown, and Senator Portman to prevail upon their colleagues and pass a bill that provides money to local governments. The City of Lakewood’s revenues are down but our responsibilities remain the same: to continue to provide the services that our community expects and deserves.


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Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 10:38 PM, 06.03.2020

The View From Ward 2

Outdoor Dining Resolution Passed

At a Special Council Meeting held on May 21st, City Council unanimously passed Resolution No. 2020-31, authorizing the Planning Commission to grant temporary conditional use permits for outdoor/seasonal dining facilities during this state of emergency to qualifying applicants.
The intent of the resolution is to allow bars and restaurants to expand their outdoor dining areas to allow for more room for social distancing. The thought is that adding more space will allow the restaurant to serve a similar amount of people they typically serve, while providing the required 6 feet distance between seating areas.
To understand the impact of the resolution it is important to understand the normal process for bars and restaurants to obtain conditional use permits for outdoor dining. Typically, for a restaurant to obtain a conditional use permit for outdoor dining they must apply and get approval from the Planning Commission. Additionally, the Architectural Board of Review must approve all design plans. The Planning Commission uses Lakewood Codified Ordinances 1161.03 SUPPLEMENTAL REGULATIONS FOR SPECIFIC USES and 1129.13 1129.13 SUPPLEMENTAL REGULATIONS FOR OUTDOOR/SEASONAL DINING FACILITY when determining if an applicant should receive a permit. The Planning Commission is also free to add any conditions that it deems appropriate. All applications are heard at a public meeting where residents can voice their concerns.

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Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 10:38 PM, 06.03.2020