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X_____X: Local Boys Make Good

X___X's record, "X Sticky Fingers X."

album art and design by John Morton

photo by Betsy Voinovich

X_____X (pronounced “ex blank ex”) returns to its Cleveland birthplace next Saturday, August 23, at the Beachland Tavern. If you’ve heard the stories and know the debate surrounding the question of where punk began, you know that the city of Lakewood, Ohio is in the running for having produced more than its share of musicians who created the form. Lakewood High graduate John Morton is among the first having founded the electric eels in 1973 with fellow LHS classmates Dave E. McManus and Brian McMahon.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 10:53 AM, 08.19.2014

Latest News Releases

LHS' Toner Named to All-National Honor Orchestra
- Board of Education, August 28, 2014 Read More
Lakewood Fire - EMS to Train With MetroHealth Experts
- City Hall, August 25, 2014 Read More
Gay Games Hosting Two Events in Lakewood on Aug. 16
- City Hall, July 31, 2014 Read More
Lakewood Arts Festival To Be Held August 2nd
- City Hall, July 28, 2014 Read More
New LHS Band Director Named
- Board of Education, July 22, 2014 Read More

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Rangers Ready To Kick Off New Era

The Lakewood High School football team launches a new era on Friday, August 29. The Rangers will play their first game under new head coach Mike Ribar, who was hired this April. The opening game will take place at Byers Field in Parma, where Lakewood will face Parma High School. Ribar and his team have been working hard during the offseason to prepare for the new campaign.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 8:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Beck Center Opens New Season With The Heavenly Hit “Forever Plaid”

Beck Center for the Arts proudly opens its 2014-2015 theater season with the hit musical production, Forever Plaid, on the Mackey Main Stage, September 12 through October 12, 2014. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Save $5 off adult/senior tickets with Promo Code: PLAID by September 11, not valid on prior purchases or with any other offer.

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2nd Annual Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival Set for Saturday, September 6

Imagine sipping a glass of wine or sampling an ale or IPA outdoors and in the heart of Downtown Lakewood. Add live music, delicious food from local restaurants, plus the last remnants of summer’s glow and you have the Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival, to be held Saturday, September 6, from 5 to 10 p.m. on the open-air deck behind the INA and Bailey Buildings.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 8:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Sunday Concert Tradition Alive At The Library

The Brittany Reilly Band

Every season the Library hosts Sunday with the Friends. This long-standing tradition brings Northeast Ohio’s best bands and solo performers right here to Lakewood Public Library nearly every Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 8:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Taster Twins Head for the Borderline Cafe

We are breakfast people; traditional breakfast food should always be on the menu, in our humble opinion. If you share our predilection for pancakes, enthusiasm for eggs, and penchant for potatoes, you too will become a fan of Borderline Cafe! Although we crave their delightful menu any time of day, they are only open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Borderline Cafe makes these limited hours count by serving delectable meals in an intimate (some might say overly cozy) setting with a bright and colorful Southwestern-inspired decor. It seems as if people who visit this tiny establishment soon become regulars and to the uninitiated, it is a hidden gem to be discovered.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 8:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Back To School To Learn...What, Exactly? Old Days, Old Ways, And Educational Priorities...

Old Harding, seen through the rubble of old Madison School. Are all changes improvements?  (Photo by Gary Rice)

Well, it's that time again. New clothes, backpacks, shoes, pencils, paper....You know the drill. It's time to get the kids ready for school again, and another school-year filled with challenges and adventures presents itself to our young people.

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Local Children’s Author Fair
Meet local talent! Children’s authors from Lakewood and surrounding communities will take turns speaking about their writing and reading their books! Meet them, ask questions, enjoy their creations and ask them for their autographs. Books will be available for sale at the event.

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Neubert Paints For A Purpose

Employees from Lakewood-based Neubert Painting at newly-painted Scarborough Hall in Tremont.

More than 60 employees from Lakewood-based Neubert Painting worked to make over the exteriors of two worthy West Side institutions last week, the West Side Catholic Center on Lorain Rd. in Ohio City, and Scarborough Hall on W. 10th St. in Tremont. The recepients of Neubert's annual Community Service Project, the West Side Catholic Center's Moriah House is a shelter for women and children, and Scarborough Hall is a home for women in recovery. Both were chosen for the one-day project, valued at $20,000.

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Joseph Patrick Meissner, J.D. Brings Legal Warriors to Lakewood Public Library

Discover Cuyahoga County’s legal warriors when Joseph Patrick Meissner, J.D. visits Lakewood Public Library on Thursday, September 4th. Meissner will discuss his book, Legal Warriors, which was published in 2013. Who are these legal warriors? They are certainly not attorneys. As Meissner explains, legal warriors are “the poor individuals and families who daily struggle to gain their rights…. the community groups fighting for justice and improvements in society. These fighters include families struggling to save their homes from foreclosure. They are the neighborhood organizations combating the industrial polluters who poison our water and air. They are the soldiers who skirmish to keep their gas and lights on. They are newcomers who come to our region to seek a ‘fresh start in life.’”

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Rock And Roll History - 1949 To 1964: A Journey In Sounds

These days, Rock music is found wherever we turn, from the grocery store to television commercials, and everywhere in between. We have all grown up with familiar melodies that are now a vital part of our lives. It is hard to believe that at one time, this music was considered dangerous, risque and cutting-edge. Take some time to learn a little more about the early beginnings of Rock and Roll, and how it has impacted our world.

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Lakewood Collaborative Job Club

The Lakewood Collaborative is hosting a monthly Job Club at the Lakewood Public Library at 15425 Detroit Ave. The next Job Club meeting will be held on Tuesday Auigust 26th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood Library. We will provide information and resources to assist people with finding a job in today's market. The Job Club is free and open to the public.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 8:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Lakewood Presbyterian Collecting “Gift of the Heart” School Supplies

Lakewood Presbyterian Church (LPC) is again packing Gift of the Heart School Kits for the Church World Service (CWS), a partnership of multi-denominational churches that provide emergency response and disaster assistance to those in need. There is an urgent request for these school kits to help children return to normalcy.

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2nd Annual Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival Set for Saturday, September 6

Imagine sipping a glass of wine or sampling an ale or IPA outdoors and in the heart of Downtown Lakewood. Add live music, delicious food from local restaurants, plus the last remnants of summer’s glow and you have the Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival, to be held Saturday, September 6, from 5-10 p.m. on the open-air deck behind the INA and Bailey Buildings.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 8:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Birds In The City

As someone who grew up in a small town where many people kept chickens I think I know a little about the subject. The Norman Rockwellish little girl reaching into her bunched up pinafore for grain to scatter for the cute fuzzy chicks is a wonderfully warm  image but isn't quite what you normally get. 

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 8:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Local Children's Authors Event At The Lakewood Public Library

The Lakewood Public Library presents an afternoon with local authors from Lakewood and nearby communities who have recently published books for children. Meet the authors and enjoy their stories as they take turns reading their books.  They look forward to sharing their stories with young listeners and readers. Also meet a local seasoned author, Lawrence Hohman, graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, who has written and illustrated a series of “Alphabetical Books in Color”. He will share some of his drawing techniques and provide a coloring project for children! Books are available for check out with your Lakewood Library card or for sale and signing at the event. Pick up new books for yourself or as gifts and support local talent!  Our close-to-home authors who will appear are as follows:

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 8:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Commission Recommends Council Ends 30 Year Pay Freeze

At the July 7th Council meeting a report was presented from the Civil Service Commission regarding salaries and compensation for the members of Council and the Mayor. According to the City Charter the Commission is required to compile a report with recommendations for the salaries and compensation of the Mayor and Council every even-numbered year. The Commission researches what other area cities are offering their Mayor and Councils, paying particular attention to cities with similar populations or budgets.

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Society Of St. Vincent de Paul Cleveland To Host Third Annual Friends Of The Poor® Walk Saturday, September 20 at St. Edward High School

A family-friendly event, SVDP's Friends of the Poor Walk attracts participants of all ages and activity levels.

Join other caring members of the community as they lace up their sneakers to help Northeast Ohio’s poor one step at a time at the Third Annual Society of St. Vincent de Paul Cleveland Friends of the Poor® Walk on Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Edward High School.

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City Begins Second Phase Of Automated Recycling

In an effort to streamline waste collection — and save money, while being good stewards of the environment — the city of Lakewood is rolling out the second phase of its automated recycling pick-up this summer.

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Lakewood Chamber Of Commerce Hosts 58th Annual New Teachers Luncheon

New teachers and administrators were given gift bags and door prizes at the 58th Annual New Teacher Luncheon.

Each August the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce continues the long-standing tradition that began in 1957: the Annual New Teacher Luncheon. The business community recognizes the importance of educating students for the workforce demands of the 21st century, and it demonstrates that awareness by inviting all teachers, support staff and administrators who are new to Lakewood ’s public and parochial schools to a banquet in their honor.  This year the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce invited 34 new educators, administrators, and staff members to the 58th Annual New Teacher Luncheon.

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Fame Shame Blame Game

My name is Laura Dumm. I'm a Pop art painter. My husband, comic book artist Gary Dumm, and I have spent the past year creating 9 large paintings (at least 36” square). Each work is a synergetic depiction of our rather critical views of the present wacky world in which we live.
 
Gary says: “We’re not deconstructing Pop art, we’re ‘reconstructing’ it in the face of the Post-Modernist ethic, while adding a dash of the surreal to help spice up the visual games being played.”
 
Watching the news every night before dinner earlier this year, we both remarked, “That would make a great painting,” or “We could bring that issue to light in a colorful way,” until finally we said, “How about creating a whole show with this kind of vibe?!” So our current show, “The Fame Shame Blame Game” was born. 
 
We both worked on the same canvases, contributing together our individual best. Our process is to brainstorm ideas, then Gary begins sketching (followed by critical discussion), then he refines the drawings further (more discussion) and transfers those final drawings to canvas. He then hands that canvas off to me; I do the lion’s share of the painting. If I need help tweaking something, Gary has been known to actually pick up a brush and add some color, but he quips, “If it were up to me the whole world would be done in glorious black & white!” (Usually, due to his comic book duties, he works only in black & white.)
 
Working this way has changed the way we usually do things. I have to count on Gary to have the next canvas ready for me when I finish a painting. If a problem crops up we both discuss it and come up with a solution. Two heads are definitely better than one.
 
Utilizing current issues we also took board games from the 50’s-60’s like “Candy Land” and “Chutes & Ladders” and reworked them with more than a little black humor to be more reflective of today’s problems. Our updated “Chutes & Ladders” is a moralizing version (as was the original 16th century game from India) and “Candy Land” has morphed into “Druggie Land.” Both will be available as board games that can be played at the opening. 
 
Another new painting, “More - Is Never Enough,” gave us an idea to entice viewers to come to the show: the first 100 people will get real cash at the door. The money will also have a little artistic “Clue” on it...another game???
 
Loads of fun and wild art done in tandem, will fill Breakneck Gallery on September 6th. Be there or be square!! The show will run the month of September with an opening reception September 6th from 6 to 10 p.m.  
 
 

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Networks Job Resource Center Opens at LCSC

June 17th marked the official opening of the Networks Job Resource Center, a partnership between Lakewood Community Services Center (LCSC) and Towards Employment, Inc. With support from Deaconess Foundation, the Bruening Foundation and Community Development Block Grant funds from the City of Lakewood, the Resource Center provides on-site instruction and hands-on workshops focused on job readiness for LCSC clients who are seeking employment.

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Get Inspired At The 2014 “Come Home To Lakewood” House And Garden Tour

Discover breathtaking woodwork and stained glass inside this Colonial Revival, featured on the 2014 "Come Home to Lakewood" house and garden tour.

Ready to begin a home renovation project but lack vision and a master plan? Then don’t miss the 2014 “Come Home to Lakewood” House and Garden Tour, Sunday, September 7, from 1 to 6 p.m. and discover all the inspiration and idea generation you could possibly need to ignite your creativity.

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8th Grade Parents Invited To LHS Open House/College Night

Lakewood High School invites parents of Lakewood 8th graders to join them for Open House and College & Career Night on Wednesday, September 3, from 5-8:30 pm. The evening will start off in the Civic Auditorium at 5 pm where parents will hear important information about planning for college and career readiness, appropriate for all grade levels, from the LHS Guidance Department.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 8:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Board & PTA Host Ice Cream Social September 2

Join the Lakewood Council of PTAs and the Lakewood Board of Education members at the annual back-to-school Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, September 2 from 6-7 p.m. in the Harding Middle School Cafetorium. The Board members will be dishing out the scoops with plenty of sundae fixins’ as well.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 8:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Market Recovery Marches On

The Northern Ohio Regional Multiple Listing Service (NORMLS) just released their July Statistics Report. The report covers both single family homes and condos in their 15-county service area, including Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portgage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Tuscarawas.

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The Heart Of Rock And Roll Is Still Beating

Put your glad rags on and join us at the Lawther Center on Madison Avenue for this fun, free course on the rock that won’t stop, co-sponsored by the Lakewood Public Library and the Division of Aging. Dr. Joel S. Keller originally designed this course for retirees at Baldwin-Wallace University and now he’s spinning it again for Lakewood. Every session will be offered as both an afternoon and an evening course and will be jam-packed with great music, pictures, videos and the warm glow of nostalgia. To register, please call the Lakewood Division of Aging Activities Office at (216) 529-5005.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 8:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Starry Night Raises More Than $130,000 To Benefit Diabetes Patients

Recognized as one of the West Side’s biggest and best street parties, Starry Night on Friday, August 1, boasted nearly 550 guests and raised more than $130,000. Net proceeds will directly benefit patients through the Lakewood Hospital Diabetes and Endocrine Center’s Diabetes Assistance Initiative and community education efforts.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 8:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Car Kulture Show Offers Twice The Fun With Two Days, August 16th and 17th

What started off as a lemon was turned into Lemonade by Jerry Koenigsmark and crew at the Lakewood Car Kulture Show. When Lakewood took on the Gay Games, Jerry had gotten news that the Car Show would be canceled or rescheduled.

Well no one wanted that so Jerry and the City of Lakewood moved the STREET SHOW to Sunday, August 17th. But Jerry still had a problem with the bands and cars coming in on the 16th. Hooking up with the legendary party crew from Jimmy’s Hyena Club, they scheduled a party at the Phantasy featuring Rock-A-Billy stars Jane Rose and The Deadend Boys from Nashville.

With some help from NTB who have offered the use of their parking lot, we will have a scaled down preshow and a full scale PARTY on August 16th!

The following day, Sunday the 17th, the Lakewood Car Kulture Show that draws over 500 cars and thousands of visitors from all over the Midwest will take place rain or shine.

This is the 12th year for the Car Kulture Show that was started by Jerry Koenigsmark and Chris Andrews back in the heydays of Madison Village. Chris moved, and the car show has continually grown to be possibly the second largest show in Lakewood each year. “There is never a reason to step backwards in something like this, so when the news came it was never a thought to cancel, but only how to work around the problem while making it bigger and better,” Koenigsmark said. “So when the City of Lakewood needed a different day and a smaller footprint, I thought, let’s do two!”

So the Lakewood Car Kulture Show Party will be August 16th at the Phantasy Entertainment Complex and NTB. Cost $8.00 FREE if you bring an old car, or work with the Observer papers. And THE REAL SHOW Sunday August 17th on Madison Avenue between Warren Road and Hilliard.

Let’s make this a start to a real weekend of Cars, Guys, Girls, Tattoos, Rock and Roll, Art and great times in Lakewood. Put both on your schedule, and let the good times roll!

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 11:17 AM, 08.14.2014

Council Divided By Chickens

The July 21, 2014 Council meeting was called to order by Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan at 7:33 pm.

The first order of business came from Mayor Summers who asked Council to pass a resolution recognizing the grand marshal and parade winners from the City’s Fourth of July parade. First the mayor recognized Jim Anderson and thanked him for serving as the parade's grand marshall. Mr. Anderson is the second of three generations of Lakewood firefighters, he served the Recreational Department as Commissioner of Athletic Events, and works as the Information Desk Manager at City Hall. The Mayor said, “Jim is also a custodian of knowledge of Lakewood’s past” and that “we could all benefit greatly from his long experience.”

Next the Mayor read off the winners from each category in the parade. For best color guard, the Lakewood Fire Department; for best float, the Goodwin Family; for most original entry, Beck Center for the Arts; for best bicycle, Cub Scout Pack 68; and for most spirit; H2O-- “Help to Others.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 3:05 PM, 08.05.2014

District Ramps Up For Online State Assessments

Beginning this school year, students in Ohio’s public school systems will take their required assessment tests online and our district has been working diligently over the last year to make sure Lakewood teachers and students are prepared.

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 3:05 PM, 08.05.2014

Wagner Leaves District To Head Fairview Schools

Bill Wagner, former longtime LHS Principal and Director of Human Resources, left the district on August 1 after he was named interim Superintendent by the Fairview Park City Schools. The Fairview Park Board of Education unanimously approved his hiring at a special meeting on July 31.

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2014 Lakewood Arts Festival Winners

The following 7 artists were the top award winners at this year's festival:

BEST OF SHOW - Michael Miller $350.00 (Sponsored by Geiger’s Clothing and Sports)
1st Place - Yumiko Goto $250.00 (Sponsored by Lakewood Chamber of Commerce)
2nd Place - Brian Jasinski $200.00 (Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Lakewood)
3rd Place - Earl James $150.00 (Sponsored by Victoria Warden)

BEST Creative Presentation: 1st Place - Adam Taseff $125.00 (Sponsored by Lakewood Observer)
BEST Creative Presentation: 2nd Place - Stephanie Crossen $100.00 (Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Lakewood/Rocky River Sunrise)

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Tales From The Tour: "Come Home To Lakewood" House And Garden Tour

Tour this charming Tudor cottage
on the 2014 'Come Home to Lakewood' House and Garden Tour.

Lakewood homes have stories to tell.

One grand residence, most recently a rooming house, narrowly escaped the wrecking ball through the efforts of LakewoodAlive, Detroit-Shoreway and the city of Lakewood. Renovations have just begun; tour-goers will see it in its raw state on this tour and the finished product on the 2016 tour. Also featured is the two-story garage built to match the architecture of the house by Lakewood vocational education students. Then there are the sleek Gold Coast suites with breathtaking views of Lake Erie.

These are just three examples of the aesthetically and architecturally diverse structures with stories ready to be shared at the Lakewood Historical Society’s 2014 "Come Home to Lakewood" Home and Garden Tour.

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ESPN Coming To Lakewood For St. Edward Football Opener

Lakewood will be in the national spotlight on Sunday, August 31st when St. Edward opens it football season at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. ESPN is coming to Lakewood to broadcast the game, which is against Gilman School of Baltimore, Maryland.

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Lakewood Football Team Spent Summer "The Ranger Way"

Rangers participating at July 24 7-on-7 scrimmage.

Summer is traditionally the offseason on the football calendar. However, the Lakewood High football program has been very active since Mike Ribar was hired as new Head Coach on April 3rd. The team has been engaging the community through a series of events, all intended to install Ribar’s vision of “The Ranger Way.”

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LHS Fresh Start Orientation August 20 & 21

All incoming Lakewood High School students and their parents are encouraged to attend Fresh Start orientation, which will be held in two parts over August 20 & 21. The two-day program is designed for students by students. Student mentors will lead the new high-schoolers through a variety of activities that will help orient them to their new school as well as help build class camaraderie and school spirit. Students will tour the school, receive their locker location and ID badges as well as have a chance to sign up for clubs and other activities.

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 3:05 PM, 08.05.2014

LHS Musicians Part Of Ohio State Fair Band Tradition

2014 All-Ohio State Fair Band members (from left): Hugh Campbell, Tess Marjanovic, Taylor Wohlfeil, Zak Inak and Stephen Moncol.

Four Lakewood High students and one recent graduate are wrapping up their second week as part of the All-Ohio State Fair Band. The Fair Band and accompanying Youth Choir have been part of the Ohio State Fair since 1925 and 1963, respectively. Representing Lakewood in this year’s band are Class of 2014 graduate Hugh Campbell, Zak Inak, Tess Marjanovic, Stephen Moncol, and Taylor Wohlfeil.

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Homebound Service Delivers The Library To Those In Need

Lakewood residents are lucky to have a world-class Library in their city, but many times the elderly or sick cannot make it through the doors to take advantage of all the great books, magazines, music and movies the Library offers. That is where some dedicated Library employees come in who bring the Library to their doorstep.

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Events at Lakewood Public Library

Red Light Roxy to perfrom at Lakewood Public Library

August 8
LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series

Every Friday in July and August at 7:00 p.m. in Front of the Main Library

LakewoodAlive, in collaboration with Lakewood Public Library and Vance Music Studios, is proud to announce the 5th Annual Front Porch Concert Series. Held on the Library's Front Porch, these concerts are free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy fantastic music with friends and neighbors in the heart of Downtown Lakewood. The Front Porch Concert Series is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and by the Friends of Lakewood Public Library. The full line-up of acts will be announced in late spring at www.LakewoodFrontPorchConcerts.com.

Fridays at 7:00 p.m. on the Front Porch of the Main Library
July 11 through August 29

August 9
Lakewood Public Cinema: "The Salton Sea" (2002)

Directed by D. J. Caruso

What happens to you when you lose the love of your life? After witnessing the murder of his wife, Val Kilmer searches for... something... and finds himself adrift in the senseless world of small time thugs and simple junkies. It wasn't her fault—a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But everybody's in the wrong place at the Salton Sea, the largest inland body of water in California. This godforsaken place must have been beautiful once, but now it's a post-apocalyptic wasteland of houses, trailers and boarded-up beach clubs slowly sinking into the toxic mud. But searching for her here is all he has left... Set to the lonely resonant tones of Miles Davis, this film crawls down the long road that leads beyond crippling alienation.
Saturday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 3:05 PM, 08.05.2014

A Banjo Player's Meditations, Medications, Reflections And Ruminations...Lakewood Life, In The Balance

"Gary, you have to make yourself be happy. If you wait around for someone else to do it for you, you'll be waiting a long time." -Gary's dear late mom, Betty Rice

"So Gary, why are you always so freakin' positive???"

Well...it does take a bit of practice, I'll admit.

(And now of course, my disclaimer: I'm no psychologist or philosopher, so what follows is only my personal opinion about how and why I try to stay positive in life.)

Sooner or later, if we're fortunate, we realize that we've been on this earth for more than a few years. Time has a way of passing, does it not? Of course, it seems (at least to me) that the longer we live, the faster our time goes through that hourglass, although of course, that's not really the case. This old world of ours gives us the four seasons, in more or less equal measures of about 90 days each, although it could be argued that (around here at least) weather and climate surprises are more or less the order of our days. Just about the time we get our yards the way we like them, it's time again to check the oil in the snowblower.

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