The 2016 “Come Home to Lakewood” House and Garden Tour, presented by The Lakewood Historical Society is scheduled for Sunday, September 11th, from 1 to 6 p.m. This bi-annual tour invites you to explore some of the finest examples of Lakewood's diverse architectural styles, including a classic lakefront English Tudor, a stately brick Arts & Crafts, a two-family dwelling rich in character, a four square with hipped roof and full front porch, a home that brings together Prairie and Craftsman design plus a garden tour filled with lush perennials. Also included on the tour are one of Lakewood’s few remaining carriage houses, still serving a waterfront mansion and a fully-restored turreted Queen Anne Victorian, which was featured on the 2014 Home Tour as a renovation in progress.
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Greeting from the Hens in Lakewood Committee! Lakewood City Council passed an ordinance in May which allows for pilot hen keepers to re-new their permits and an additional 13 households to apply to keep hens in 2016.
On August 6 the 39th Annual Lakewood Arts Festival will be held in downtown Lakewood, and the library will be joining in on these festivities by hosting our Friends of the Library Book Sale, which will take place in the basement from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present the outdoor "Red Stage Summer Music Series" this July through September. Four concerts will take place on Wednesdays, July 27, August 10 and 24, and September 7 from 6–8 p.m. The Red Stage is located on the front lawn and patio of Beck Center’s main building located at 17801 Detroit Avenue. The series is free and open to the public.
This article is prompted by the question, “Why is so much County tax money being ignored by the Lakewood School District?” Did you know, in the past year, the Board voted to reduce the music department’s staff and programs and asked the Music Boosters to raise over $324,000 to cover construction cost at the high school? This shortfall wouldn’t have existed if the School Board pursued property tax that is owed to them.
Wednesday, July 20
Gratitude and Wellness
Being thankful plays an important role in our happiness, health and well-being. While many emotions are important to wellness, there is a large body of evidence suggesting that gratitude is uniquely important. Please join Susan Marinac, licensed social worker, for this informative and experiential workshop.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Sensory Story Time
Home Ant Control Tips For Lakewood, OH
Carpenter Ants and Odorous House Ants are always a nuisance. These are two separate ant species that love our older homes in the area. If you choose to do your own home pest control, the first thing is to correctly identify what ant you are dealing with. Not many people do this. Proper pest identification is key. It provides you with many helpful control tips.
The Valley Vagabonds, a walking club affiliated with the American Volksport Association, is sponsoring a 10K walk through historic Birdtown and Detroit Ave. August 6, 2016. Participants can register between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Madison Branch Library, located at 13229 Madison Avenue. Finish time is 3 p.m. Ample parking is available nearby. This walk qualifies for the following AVA Special Programs: Walk the USA, Animal Safari, Lakes and Reservoirs.
He had to leave in order to come back and win. He had to go out there to Miami with the scrutiny and the hate in his rearview mirror and pretend he didn’t hear the volume of it all. He watched them burn his jersey and yank down his posters. He heard the former pros wreck his name and speak poorly about abandoning his hometown. He made the mistake of answering freely, when asked about how many championships he might stockpile there in the city where he “took his talents,” by joking with his ring-less digits 1, 2, 3 maybe more….. ha ha ha.
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.
The Robert Bensick Band - French Pictures In London - Smog Veil Records - 14 songs - CD, LP, download
Completing Smog Veil's initial trilogy of Platters Du Cuyahoga is "French Pictures In London." And what an ending it is. The album, a lost record from 1975, is a complete trip of weirdo art rock. There's jazz, there's prog, there's all kinds of stuff. Plus, some of these guys went on to be in Pere Ubu, for you Ubu people. Robert Bensick's voice and lyrics, both quite…strange (his voice, at times, possesses an eery resemblance to Sesame Street's Grover) really make this album what it is. Well, there's some pretty good music playing going on as well, but ya know. Side One (I have a CD, but it's marked on the cover as Side One anyway) contains more of the jazzy numbers, including the title track, ending with a suite with three songs that all kinda fade from one to the next, comprised of "8:30 PM Victoria Haze," "Silly Man," and "Drink The Memories." Side Two kicks off with "After The Ball," which melodically kinda reminds me of "Let's Spend The Night Together," as well as coming the closest to the Ubu sound purchasers of this record might be desiring. The side, and the album as a whole, end with the downright demented "Doll," which has some real whacked out synth parts, as well as something that might be a synth or might be a bass providing an underlying pulsating rhythm. And that doesn't even touch the way he sings this one.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host an open house for its English as a Second Language (ESL) program from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Corporate College West.
Are you a teen artist? Do you like to draw, paint, sculpt or do mixed media pieces? Maybe you’d like to meet some other teen artists like you, or possibly nothing like you. Sketchbook Club at Lakewood Public Library is a group for artists of all skill levels in the 9th-12th grades. This is a relaxed meetup group where every week there will be a group exercise available; exploring different types of drawing and other artmaking, or, you can come with your own sketchbook to work on your own drawings. Bring any art project you are working on to the club and get some perspective or critique from your peers and the club leader. You can even start something new at Sketchbook Club-- all kinds of supplies and materials will be available for you to use. You can do what you choose! We are looking for all kinds of teen artists to join us for this fun and open group so register now and let’s make some art together!
At Gordon Tower Insurance Agency, we make sure you have the proper auto insurance coverage to take care of you if you are ever involved in an accident. The number of uninsured motorists on the road these days is huge. When we provide you with uninsured and under-insured motorist coverage, it is designed to help you pay for bills associated with a crash that was not caused by you, but was caused by another person. It doesn't seem fair but when that person either doesn't have an auto insurance policy or has a policy with liability limits that are too low to cover costs associated with a covered loss, then you need the coverage from your own policy. Here are the alarming facts: Ohio’s uninsured-driver rate is among the top third in the nation, hovering around 15 percent. This means that of Ohio’s roughly 7.7 million drivers, 1.1 million people are evading Ohio’s financial responsibility laws. This puts responsible, law-abiding Ohioans at risk.
I've been thinking lately about how Cleveland will be hosting the Republican National Convention for four days starting July 18 and that we Clevelanders should really roll out the welcome mat to make them feel more at home!
The registration deadline is coming up soon for the fall season of Lakewood Soccer Association's Saturday Soccer program.
The deadline is Sunday, July 31st. Registration cost is $55 for the fall season. LSA still will take registrations after the July 31st deadline, but they are subject to a $20 late fee.
There are a few ways to sign up. Visit the "Saturday" page of LSA's website, www.lakewood-soccer.com, and you can sign up with a credit card online. You also can print a registration form from the website and mail it to us, or you can stop at the Madison branch of the Lakewood Public Library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16th and 30th to register in person. (Payments at the in-person registration must be made by check or cash.)
LSA's eight-week season of games starts Saturday, August 27. Games are played at Memorial Field in the Metroparks on Saturday mornings at four time slots: 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Schedules are posted on the website about a week before the season begins.
Registration is open to players age 4-14. Nearly 600 kids of all ability levels played on 45 co-ed teams, coached by parent volunteers, during the fall season. LSA has run a recreational soccer program for more than 30 years.
For those who register for the fall season, team assignments will be emailed to them during the week of August 15th. Team practices and league-wide footskills - U5 and U6 FUNdamentals with Coach Joe Julian, and U7-U14 footskills with Coach Attila Nagy - will begin the week of August 22nd.
If you have questions, please visit www.lakewood-soccer.com.
As a veil of smoke from the annual July 4 fireworks show mingled with the mist and expanded outward from Lakewood Park the night of Monday, July 4, some of those leaving the display cast a pall on tree lawns, sidewalks, and streets as they vamoosed from the show.
Lakewood’s Religious Institutions Can Make A Significant Impact On Reducing The Effects Of Domestic Violence On Our Children
In my opinion, any grants allocated to a faith-based outreach program that enhances knowledge on human developmental psychology and family law to the general public would help prevent the scourge of domestic violence in our communities.
Council President Sam O’Leary called the July 5, 2016 Council meeting to order at 7:32 P.M. The first item discussed was the proposal for the revetment on the lake shore of The Meridian Condominiums. If the proposal were to pass it would help the owners of the Meridian pay for the project by assessing the total to their property taxes to be paid out over 20 years, rather than up front. A number of people were present to speak on the matter, as they have been for the several weeks this has been a topic with Council. Lively comments were made on both sides of the issue from the four people who spoke, one of which was the project engineer.
The city of Lakewood is taking another big step in its goal to be among the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country.
The C-SPAN Bus arrived in town last Friday for a day-long educational opportunity at Lakewood Park. The bus, an interactive multimedia learning center, offered numerous lessons in US Presidential elections and history. Lakewood was its second stop in the Cleveland area, where it will spend the week during the RNC Convention.
It’s back to school time! Not only is it time for supplies, it’s time for a health and safety check. For this reason, Madison Eye Care is hosting its first annual Back to School Health and Safety Carnival. Madison Eye Care will be providing free vision screenings to all children under the age of 18.
Local doctors will answer questions about the future of Lakewood healthcare next Tuesday evening, at a free public forum on July 26 hosted by Save Lakewood Hospital. Young and old are invited to share in a discussion of the choices offered by an autumn referendum on the controversial deal to close Lakewood Hospital, along with related issues.
“This forum is a chance to hear from independent doctors about our options, at this point, for securing our community’s long-term access to healthcare,” said Save Lakewood Hospital spokesman Kevin Young.
“Our panelists aren’t on a private payroll,” Young said, “and they’re free to answer audience questions about these challenges honestly. This will be a spin-free, straight talk discussion tethered to the real needs of our citizens rather than to big-money interest groups.”
The planned panel includes Dr. Terry Kilroy, a Lakewood pulmonologist with nearly four decades’ experience in critical medicine, and Dr. Ashoka Nautiyal, another local independent practitioner. The doctors will be joined by professionals in law and finance, including CPA Marguerite Harkness, chair of the Save Lakewood Hospital committee. Co-chair Tom Monahan will appear also.
The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m., July 26 in the lower-level meeting room (Mr. Winton’s Den) at Winton Place, 12700 Lake Avenue. Advance registration is required as seating is limited, but all are encouraged to sign up while spaces last by calling (216) 586-2401. There is no cost to register.
As you already know, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently endorsed Hillary Clinton for the democratic nomination. This left many political observers wondering what will become of Bernie’s enthusiastic corps of volunteers. The NEO for Bernie operation, which has hundreds of volunteers and thousands of donors, has transitioned into the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus (CCPC), a countywide group that will be based here in Lakewood.
For a span of six hours on Saturday, July 9, Detroit Avenue was no longer simply the main street of Downtown Lakewood. Rather, this bustling avenue transformed into an urban playground for families, friends, festival-goers, runners, beer enthusiasts and music lovers alike to celebrate a vibrant city and gorgeous summer evening with members of their extended community.
LEG UP Lakewood (Let’s Erase Graffiti and UnPaint Lakewood) Aims to Help Lakewood’s Business Owners Take a Proactive Stance and Explore Graffiti Solutions
LakewoodAlive announces that tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival, taking place Saturday, September 10, from 5-10 p.m. in Downtown Lakewood. Tickets can be purchased online at www.WineandCraftBeerFestival.com.
What if you needed medical care and couldn’t afford it? What if you had to choose between buying your medications and feeding your family? For 30 years, North Coast Health- a faith based charitable clinic- has been the answer to these “what ifs”; providing these services, and many more, to thousands of people in need. What if you could help? Join us at North Coast Health’s annual fundraising gala, Celebration of Caring, on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Global Center for Health Innovation, Cleveland, Ohio.
A trip to the National Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC. with Rita Chahda-Gonzalez is a lesson in sustainability, and in medicinal and edible plants. The earth's bounty has been a passion for her since growing up on her family’s working olive and fruit tree farm in Bsarsar, Syria. (Bsarsar means, “house that sits on the mountain.”) Rita has fond memories of working with her grandfather picking figs and her grandmother helping to care for the farm animals. So, when Amy Miller, who had supervised the spot for the last seven years, since its inception, was ready to turn over the job of organizing the plot volunteers, she knew that Rita was a natural fit. This spring Rita took over supervision of the Lakewood Teachers Association's Adopt-A-Spot, located in front the of the bandstand in Lakewood Park.
Patsy Cline (Virginia Patterson Hensley) is one of the major female vocalists of all time. She was born on September 8, 1932 in Winchester, Virginia. From birth, Cline was gifted with a natural talent. She started performing for her neighbors at a very young age. She never learned how to read music, yet she taught herself piano around the age of eight. Her enchanted voice attracted millions to her music. Cline’s greatest hits made their debut between 1955 and 1963. Her albums were among the best selling in the United States.
From all over the Northern United States, 77 amateur dancers from 38 different studios took to the dance floor June 23rd to compete in the "Northcoast Ballroom Championships." The energy from Rhythm & Grace Ballroom Dance Studio students was tremendous as they took to the dance floor dancing over 270 dances!
Children and their families are invited to the Lakewood Public Library to enjoy a performance of David Anthony’s Xtreme Magic. This versatile entertainer’s love for magic and the performing arts started at a young age. David received his first magic kit, given to him by his uncle, when he was just five years old. He started performing at various functions throughout the city when he was twelve. While in high school he became a member of the St. Ignatius Circus Company. This opportunity helped him hone his magic and juggling skills. David attended his first magic convention when he was fifteen years old. Since then he has entered many competitions and won several awards with his winning act. From New York to Las Vegas, David has entertained thousands. You can be one of the many who have been awed by David Anthony’s show!
Calling all summer readers!
Much-Anticipated Festival Returns to Downtown Lakewood; Schedule of Events Unveiled
Summer 2016 continues to sizzle and one of the region's hottest events is right around the corner. The Lakewood Summer Meltdown – sponsored by Melt Bar & Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive – returns for its seventh year on Saturday, July 9, from 4 to 10 p.m. in Downtown Lakewood.
One of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties, the Summer Meltdown drew nearly 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood last year. This "something for everyone" event and fixture on our city's summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue between Marlowe and Elmwood, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.
Back for its eighth year, The Meal that Heals, a dining benefit for the patients of North Coast Health, a faith-based charitable clinic, will be held on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Sarita from 5 to 9 p.m. North Coast Health is grateful to Chef/Owner Anthony Romano for his enthusiastic support of this annual dining event.
Kudos to Lakewood City Council for voting 7-0 to outlaw discrimination in private employment and public accommodation based on one's sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. This legislation benefits every member of our community both socially and economically and makes Lakewood a better place for all the residents.
This week, the Ohio Development Services Agency announced awards of $27.8 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits to 26 applicants for the rehabilitation of 39 historic buildings across Ohio.
Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to 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.
Craig Bell - America Now/Annie - Violet Times - 2 songs - 7"
This is a preview kinda deal for Craig Bell's upcoming LP, "AKA Darwin Layne," to be released relatively soon by Ever/Never Records. This single is two tracks not on the LP, both from his post-Cleveland days (where you might remember him as a member of Mirrors or Rocket From The Tombs). On the A-side, The Bell System charges through "America Now," an angry, two-chord, Velvets-y rocker. For the flip, there's a solo live acoustic recording of "Annie," a reworking of Mr. Bell's Mirrors classic (or Saucers classic, if you prefer). It's cool to hear, especially in comparison to the Mirrors' version, which is psychedelic and primitive-sounding, and the Saucers' take, which is poppy and new wave. Yeah, this isn't exactly local, but as Craig is an expatriate, I think it's close enough. As usual, I don't rate singles, but it's pretty good. There ya go.
From June 8th to June 23rd, I took a trip to Germany along with Mr. Sent, the German teacher at Lakewood High School, Mr. Ahearn, the principal of LHS, and 23 of my peers. Our exchange program actually began back in April when many LHS families welcomed students from Germany into their homes for two weeks. This month, it was our turn to fly overseas to visit our German brothers and sisters.
All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming. - Helen Keller
July 4th reminds us that summer is here! It's time to gather with friends and family for cook outs and picnics; time to hit the beach and pool; time to sit back on the front porch and relax on a warm summer night!
Members of Lakewood Women’s Club joined together this past week to donate and sell their personal items to support the organization’s fundraising efforts during the City’s 7th Annual City-wide Garage Sale.
North Coast Health, a charitable medical clinic on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood is engaging the community in a new way this summer with the addition of a Little Free Library located in front of the building. The Little Free Library began as a grassroots movement in 2009 and is now a global sensation that has rapidly expanded into all fifty states and seventy countries.
Cornucopia, the Lakewood nonprofit that provides employment services for people with disabilities and operates Nature’s Bin market, recently hosted state and county officials for a visit.
July and August are filled with a variety of summer camps at Beck Center. Students ages 5 through 19 can still experience the arts, learn new skills, develop friendships, stimulate their imaginations, and─most importantly─have fun!
Jungle Safari Puppet Show
For the whole family
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In a summer filled the plans for swim lessons, day camp and trips to Grandma’s, why not make it a point to visit the library this summer? Take us up on our offer of free entertainment and fun. In our line-up of crafts, movies, and registered programs we are also providing live entertainment for the whole family. Our Special Friday Performance series continues this month with the Katie Bee and Roger Dodger Jungle Safari Show.
Kathy and Roger Divella will be performing as Katie Bee and Roger Dodger to help us use our imaginations to travel on a jungle safari. On our trip we hope to encounter animal puppets, magic, a story or two, and some balloon animals. Katie Bee does an excellent job as the puppeteer, while Roger Dodger handles the slapstick comedy and balloon animals with ease. It is a delightful show that will have the kids rolling on the floor with laughter.
Join us at 3 p.m. on July 8, 2016 in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room. There is no registration; the show is open to the public.
As an artist I am constantly looking for new ways to express my ideas. I am a glass fusing artist and have currently developed several Portfolios of "Iconic Images of Cleveland" in fused glass. My studio is in Lakewood at the Lake Erie Screw Factory and if you have attended an Artist’s Open Studio event there in the last five years you may have visited me.
The District is in the midst of installing a new telecommunications system to replace its outdated, 17-year-old one and our students are helping to make it happen.
It is possible to have an ever better Best Day Ever? Just ask Lakewood’s own Masonic Lodge: Yes!
First of all, it was nice to hear the Irish Brogue coming from the pulpit on Sunday. That took us back to the days of Monsignor Gallagher. Those were the days when our class was full of Marty, Dennis, Danny, Pat, Mary, Mary Ann, Mary Jean, Eileen, Nora and Ellens. And we all came from families of between 5 and 15 siblings.
Part One of this series (Lakewood Observer, 6 June 2016) connected the “community health foundation” inked in the 2015 Master Agreement that dissolved Lakewood Hospital, the genesis of the Lakewood Active Living Task Force (LALTF), and the City government insiders who are using their position to bring it to fruition. In much the same way that the process of closing the hospital was kept hidden behind council chamber doors, the establishment of a community health and wellness foundation is also proceeding without any oversight. At stake is an estimated $32 million of proceeds from the sale of the public hospital's parts. Not surprisingly, some of the same individuals that occupied positions on the Lakewood Hospital Association and the City of Lakewood used their influence to ostensibly position themselves and shared interests to benefit from the demise of the hospital. Part Two will investigate the findings of the LALTF report and find that- not only did the only poll of Lakewood residents in the report find that 79% of residents were “very satisfied or satisfied” with recreation opportunities- but that it has the hallmarks of a fraudulent “economic development” scheme.
Today, Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) announced that the Ohio Housing Finance Agency has awarded $10,000,000 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits to Westerly Senior Housing for its Westerly II apartments. Senator Skindell had sent a letter of support on behalf of Westerly Apartments, applauding their desire to expand and improve affordable senior living throughout the district.
Lakewood Public Library welcomes classical guitarist Jeremy Ávalos, who will perform as part of our Sunday with the Friends series on Sunday, July 10, 2016. Born in Miami, Florida, Ávalos began playing bass guitar at the age of eleven and was initially interested in rock, heavy metal, and jazz. He turned his attention to classical guitar, which he studied with Bruce Holzman, Stephen Aron, and James Marron.
Thursday, July 7
Aesthetics and Art Theory: A Philosophical Survey - Does Art have an Essence?
Beginning with Plato, the primary goal of traditional art theory has been to uncover the essence of art. But is it possible to give an adequate definition of art, given its myriad forms and genres? Is there anything that all works of art—cubist paintings, Greek tragedies, piano sonatas, postmodern sculptures, performance pieces—have in common?
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Council President and Ward II Councilman Sam O'Leary called the June 20, 2016 meeting of Council to order with a shout out to Cleveland's newest Champions.
Join the Lakewood Earth & Food (LEAF) Community for an educational session on fermentation with Molly Murray of Wake Robin Fermented Foods. Molly Murray works with Wake Robin Fermented Foods, a Cleveland-based company that creates live cultured vegetable products such as sauerkraut and kimchi. A food enthusiast from seed to plate, she is an avid gardener and has also worked as a cook at several local restaurants. Molly will discuss the history, health value, practicality and versatility of preserving food by fermenting it and will demonstrate a simple recipe.
Professional and amateur photographers to submit artwork on July 9, 2016
Beck Center for the Arts is proud to present Beck Focus, the organization’s first annual juried photography competition July 15 – August 21, 2016 in the Jean Bulicek Galleria. Professional and amateur photographers of all ages are asked to submit their artwork and completed entry forms on Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Beck Center. Entry forms, fees, and complete rules are available online at beckcenter.org and Customer Service.
Fifty-two Meridian owners object to ordinances 25 and 26/16 for the following reasons:
The revetment project is doomed to fail according to the recommendations of both geotechnical experts who studied the cliff. To avoid cliff collapse and erosion, they recommend only to place drainage and monitors above. However, the ordinance calls only for a revetment at the base, something both experts did not feel is recommended for at least 25 to 50 years.
Ex Cuyahoga co. Law director, attorney Majeed akhlouf, hired by concerned owners listed overwhelming legal precedent that makes this project illegal. For example, he states: "Approving this ordinance and its funding by council will be the usurpation of property and thus is illegal because it fails to have 100% owner's approval. The ordinance constitutes abuse of power and misapplication of the municipal funds without just compensation through the eminent domain process as determined by the US's Fifth Amendment and Article 1 of the Ohio constitution. Should city council approve this ordinance without 100% owner's approval, Lakewood council must pay for this job. (see US constitution Loretto V Teleprompter 458 US 419 (1982)"