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Lakewood Hospital Public Records Case Comes To A Close

This photo ran when Brian Essi finally realized that Mayor Summers was going to make him sue the City in order to to make them turn over documents referred to by the courts as "Obviously Public Records," and "Documents that were important for residents to read and know." Kept from the public over the past 3 elections!

A three-year civil appeals case against the city of Lakewood came to an apparent end May 10 when a Cuyahoga County Appeals Court judge ordered the payment of statutory damages and attorneys' fees to resident Brian Essi, who'd urged for tens of thousands of pages of city records about the decision to close Lakewood Hospital to be released to the people. The judicial opinion brings one front of the contentious debate over what happened with the hospital to a tentative denouement.

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Latest News Releases

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
Lakewood Empowers Young People to Say Something and Save Lives!
- City Hall, October 17, 2017 Read More

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Councilmembers George And Rader Propose Improved Public Records Policy

Public records policies can work better for Lakewood. I recently introduced legislation to help achieve that goal, along with my council at-large colleague Tristan Rader.

Our goal is to de-mystify the records request process for the average resident. Members of the public have a right to transparency from their government—but the process for a record request, itself, can and should be more transparent.

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Middle School Mock Trial Teams Earn Top Honors In State Showcase

Harding's team.

Garfield and Harding middle schools each took two teams to Columbus to compete in the statewide Middle School Mock Trial Showcase sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, where 47 middle school teams went to trial against each other over a three-day period in early May at the Ohio Supreme Court Building. Each of the schools' team members earned numerous "Best" awards in the process.

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Power Of The Pen Top 10

Congratulations to Garfield Middle School 8th grader Layla Black, who placed 8th in the State Tournament of the Power of the Pen creative writing competition! Layla was one of 750 contestants that advanced to the competition held at the College of Wooster My 23-24. In the competition, writers are given prompts to jump-start a story. The writers have 40 minutes to finish their essay or short story. Power of the Pen advisers Maggie Bacher (at right) and Leslie Eiben said they couldn't be more proud!

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Academic Challenge Team Shines In National Tournament

Varsity team members (from left): Tim Daso, Michael Ferrone, Evan Bell, John Bobik, Aiden Bohac, and Sasha Seckers.

Congratulations to the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team on its excellent performance in the 2019 High School National Championship Tournament where the team joined 335 of the top high school quiz bowl teams in Atlanta May 24-26. Lakewood finished the preliminary rounds with a 6-4 record, which qualified the team for the playoffs.

The team was captained by Tim Daso and Michael Ferrone, who were joined by Evan Bell, John Bobik, Aidan Bohac, and Sasha Seckers. The team advisers are LHS teachers Peter Petto and Bob Sedlak. 

There were some tense moments for the Rangers. Lakewood defeated Caddo Magnet from Shreveport, Louisiana by the narrow margin of 225-220 during round 11; suffered a heartbreakingly narrow loss to Brophy College Prep from Phoenix, Arizona, 205-190 during round 17; and defeated Galloway from Atlanta, Georgia 225-205 during round 19.  

The team's path to the playoffs wasn't easy. The Rangers were on the brink of elimination when they defeated Galloway from Atlanta in round 19 to stay alive. Lakewood High's shot at the title ended when they lost to Homestead from Cupertino, California in round 21. Lakewood High School finished in 97th place. The tournament champion was Beavercreek High School of Beavercreek.

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Juniors Focus On Teen Relationships In Leadership Academy Project

Juniors Will Holden, Chris Brown,  Autumn Cruz, Ava Clause, and Aziza Mohamed

Earlier this month, a team of five Lakewood High School juniors and their mentors, teachers Aimee Guzowski and Gray Cooper, participated in the yearlong First Ring Student Leadership Institute. The institute is part of the First Ring Schools Collaborative, which brings together the school districts contingent to Cleveland in order to work together to solve issues that are common to all first ring districts and promote public school education.

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Jeff Wise Seeks To Work For Ward 3 On City Council

Jeff Wise

When Jeff Wise talks with people about running for city council in Ward 3, he returns often to one idea: working for Lakewood.

Wise announced his candidacy for council recently. But he has already worked to help Lakewood residents with their government, as a legislative aide in the Ohio Statehouse.

That experience working on constituent issues confirmed the value of public service, which Wise first saw during a high school internship also at the Statehouse. Even in a partisan legislature, he found that hard work and attention to detail got results for Lakewood.

Wise is eager to discuss policy, and has announced several priorities he hopes to advocate on council: reversing recent years’ heavy job losses in Ward 3, streetscape and infrastructure improvements, and sustainability initiatives including tree canopy preservation, among others.

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Meet The Author Of "We Celebrate Our Mother And Father"

There is a lot to be learned from an ordinary life, particularly one that has survived more than a century of the stuff. In "We Celebrate our Mother and Father," author Joseph Meissner describes the ordinary lives of his parents, which turn out to have had an extraordinary effect on the lives of their children. Meissner will visit Lakewood Public Library on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. to share.

Co-authored with his four siblings, this collection of letters, emails, photos and “I Remembers” feels like pulling up a chair to the Meissners’ kitchen table. The stories of their seven-year-old father having to drop out of school to work in the fields or their mother’s immigration from Ireland are realistic pictures of our collective past, making "We Celebrate our Mother and Father" both a personal record and a history of Ohio, describing life in the Buckeye State during the last century.

Most of all, the book is a labor of love, a parting gift to beloved parents, reminding us on every page how an ordinary life can affect generations. This Meet the Author event takes place in the Main Lower Level Auditorium. Books will be available for sale and signing.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Forum – Wastewater and the West Side: What are the Issues?
Main Library Auditorium
Tens of billions of gallons of wastewater are processed every year through Cleveland’s three water treatment plants. Northeast Ohio’s geographical proximity to Lake Erie keeps conservation at the forefront of community concern and planning initiatives. Join the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland to hear from area experts on the process and issues surrounding wastewater treatment on the West Side. Panelists will be Frank Greenland, NEORSD Director of Watershed Programs, Janine Rybka, Director of Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, and Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers. Professor Howard E. Katz will moderate the discussion.

 

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Citizenship Workshops At Lakewood Public Library

The United States naturalization process can be overwhelming. Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Do you need help navigating the paperwork involved? Would you like more information on how to study for the English and civics tests? Learn how to get started in the naturalization process with the assistance of Tri-C Aspire.

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Gentleman Joe Variety Show

Come one, come all! Bring your family to the Lakewood Public Library to enjoy the Gentleman Joe Variety Show. This versatile performer is a veteran of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Get ready for eye-popping balancing stunts, juggling, musical entertainment and more. All ages will be delighted with this captivating show that combines humor, clowning and magic. Prepare to laugh and get ready to be amazed! It will be an afternoon to remember—one that will live in your child’s memory for years to come. This event will take place on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room, which is located in Children’s and Youth Services. The show is free and open to the public and no registration is required.

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Alternative Ed Program Takes On New Look

After months of gathering input from all stakeholders, including student and parent input, the District has landed on a name for its alternative learning school. The program that currently operates as part of Lakewood City Academy and is housed at the former Franklin Elementary Building will be called the Franklin School of Opportunity beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

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Healthy Lakewood Foundation Seeks To Hire An Executive Assistant

The new Healthy Lakewood Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) public charity, was created pursuant to the closing of Lakewood Hospital. The mission of Healthy Lakewood Foundation is to advance programs, policies, and practices that inspire a Lakewood community in which health and wellness are reflected in all aspects of life. The vision is a place where all people achieve their fullest health potential.

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Hannah Captures Conference, District Titles

Tyler Hannah, photo by David A. Cleveland, dacphoto.com

Lakewood High’s Tyler Hannah continues to bolster his case as one of the best track and field athletes in the school’s history as the senior added three conference titles and two District titles to his growing accomplishments. Hannah won the 110 and 300 meter hurdles at the Southwest Conference Championships, where he was defending champ for both, and gave a repeat performance at Districts the following weekend.

Tyler was also the anchor on the 4x400 relay of himself, Devon Brown, Jack Hueter and Cormac Peppard-Kramer that came from behind to clinch the fourth and final qualifying spot for Regionals, which will be held May 22 and 24 in Youngstown. Junior Peppard-Kramer also advanced in the 800 meters with a third-place finish.

On the girls’ side for Districts, junior Christina Auck set a school record on her way to finishing 5th in the shot put. Freshman Teeghan McGann placed 5th in the 800 meters, completing against a field consisting entirely of seniors.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.22.2019

Thank You Lakewood Renters

To the tens of thousands of other renters in our city of Lakewood, I would like to say: thank you.

Thank you, renters, for being literally the greater part of Lakewood. More than half of this community lives in rental housing, including me.

I have heard renters maligned, treated with suspicion, and referred to like we are a “foreign” presence here. Yet renters are actually the majority of the people around us, at the park or doing the grocery shopping, for example.

Additionally, many of the absolute hands-down best people I have known during 11 years in Lakewood have rented their homes. People who improve this community as volunteers, leaders, activists, entrepreneurs. It would be a sadder and poorer city without these involved citizens here, demonstrating how much they care about their home: Lakewood.

So thank you Lakewood renters. Thank you for voting, paying taxes, raising families, supporting local businesses. Thank you for sharing and shaping the community we are all part of.

Thank you, renters, for being here.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Does Lakewood Really Need More Apartments?

This letter is about the proposed development at the former Barry Buick car lots and former Spitzer car lots. Solove Developers are proposing plans for both locations.

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Let It Shine!

All 4 You Cleaning Services relocated to 14050 Madison Ave in Lakewood in August of 2018. A motivating factor in this decision was the city of Lakewood’s support of foster youth. By the city designating May as Foster Care Month it reflects the support it has of foster care youth.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 12:14 PM, 04.17.2019

Tess Neff For Ward 1 Lakewood City Council

Roots, tradition and experience—that is what I will bring to the Ward 1 seat of Lakewood.

I am a 30-year resident of the city, a city where my husband and I raised three children. My family and I have thrived in Lakewood's long tradition of community values and civic involvement, and it is vital for the city this tradition continues.

My 30-year professional career has been dedicated entirely to public service. I am a former police officer, Lakewood Municipal Court Magistrate, and Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Magistrate. From these experiences I learned first-hand the importance of public safety. For the last three and a half years I have been the Court Administrator at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, heading the delivery of services to at-risk children and families.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

LakewoodAlive To Host Day Of Festivities In Historic Birdtown On June 15

It’s a celebration of all things Birdtown and you’re invited to partake in the fun.

LakewoodAlive will host the 5th Annual Birdtown Picnic and 3rd Annual “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Madison Park. Sponsored by the City of LakewoodCitizens Bank and First Federal Lakewood, this community event is an initiative of LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program.

The fun-filled day kicks off with the “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game from 10 a.m. to noon at George Usher Field in Madison Park. This friendly game will feature Lakewood community leaders, residents and business owners – including many representing the Historic Birdtown Neighborhood – participating in a seven-inning matchup that pits Team Lark against Team Robin. Spectators are encouraged to attend this free event and cheer on their favorite players.

Festivities continue with a free community picnic from noon to 3 p.m. at the Madison Park Pavilion next to the baseball diamond. Birdtown residents and fellow community members are invited to visit with their neighbors while enjoying complimentary refreshments and games. A variety of community resources will be made available to residents in attendance. 

 

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St. Peter's Episcopal Church Grand Opening

photo by Jim O'Bryan, property of Lakewood Observer, Inc. ©2019

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is inviting the community to celebrate a grand opening and open house for its new program building on June 9. The day will begin with a festive celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Part of the service will include recognition of the men and women who designed and built the facility.
 
The $3.5 million building was a decade in the making and funded through a five year capital campaign by church members. An additional half million dollars will be spent on other building renovations and furnishings. This is a significant milestone for the 112 year old congregation, which has anchored the southeast corner of Detroit and West Clifton since 1928.
 
Most importantly, St. Peter’s built the new facility with the community in mind. Every design feature of the building is meant to make the space available to our neighbors and friends, particularly folks with mobility issues. The church is seeking to imagine the ways it can be used to help the community thrive, whether or not the activities be religious in nature.  

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"Annie Junior" Shines On The Harding Stage

The cast of "Annie Junior" take a bow.

This past weekend Harding Middle School put on a production of "Annie Junior" to a standing room only crowd. 

Many of the key players were 8th graders taking the stage for the last time after putting three years of hard work into Harding's Drama Club which took on the well-known show and did not disappoint, transforming Harding's cafetorium into Miss Hannigan's orphanage, Oliver Warbuck's mansion and the bustling streets of New York City, which came alive with Rockette-like dancers, a star-to-be right off the bus with her suitcase and a gang of New Yorkers, singing and yelling.  

Julia Kompier, as Annie, was spot-on as the tough little girl with the heartbreaking note in her pocket and the soaring voice. Madeleine Rybak was hilarious as the harried and unscrupulous Miss Hannigan delighting the audience with her performance of "Little Girls." The orphans, led by Molly, played with much mischief by Jana Evans, made for a high-spirited Hard Knock Life, laughing and fighting and coming together for some impressive singing and dancing.

 

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Whoa Oh Oh Oh?: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 88

Redness - Killer Bees - not on label - 6 songs - 12"

This is a reissue of a 7" that originally came out in 1980 as the sole release on Non Records, to my knowledge. I'm not sure how official this release is, but it's cool to have nonetheless. I usually seem to see Redness listed as a "punk" band, but that's really not the case. It's maybe art-punk and there are a few tracks that could definitely be called no wave, but it's more of an experimental, artsy, DIY kinda sound. The title track has a synthesizer emulating constant bee-buzzing over a jazzy track while a guy screams about killer bees. Bizarrely, it reminds me a lot of Fossil Fuel, and you can try and figure that one out. "Gran Torismo" continues the sorta art-jazz style with a story about the titular car while someone in the background does a ridiculous performance of "Dead Man's Curve." Now, as far as Cleveland "punk" bands with jazz influences covering "Dead Man's Curve" goes, it's not as good as the version by the electric eels, but it's still pretty cool. The last track on Side 1 is "Little Debbie," which is the first one you'd certainly call no wave or art punk. Continuing that theme, the first song on Side 2 is "Creme Rinse," which is punk but also bossa nova or something like that. It might be my pick for the best one on here. "Backwards, Forwards" goes back to the weird artiness and fades out halfway through one of the lines, which leaves me really wondering what it is he said. Finally, "Primitivjam," as the title implies, is a short instrumental noodling freakout song. I'm not quite sure what to make of all this, especially since the band is apparently a complete mystery. Is it serious? Is it a punxploitation kind of thing but making fun of a far more obscure genre? I really don't know. If you're into the weirder side of things, this is a good one to check out. 3.5/5

(Due to this release's dubious officialness, I don't know where the best place to get a copy is. Try a local record store.)

Are you a local-ish band? Do you have a record out? Email vaguelythreatening@gmail.com or send it directly to Observer headquarters: The Lakewood Observer, c/o Buzz Kompier, 14900 Detroit Avenue, Suite 205, Lakewood, OH 44107.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.22.2019

Lakewood Tool Box Progressing Toward Early June Launch

It won’t be long until the Lakewood Tool Box is ready to offer community members an affordable and educational option for borrowing tools that are essential for completing home repairs to ensure we live in healthy and safe homes.

LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program has been working diligently in hopes of launching this tool lending library in early June. Situated on the grounds of the Lake Erie Building in the Historic Birdtown Neighborhood, the Lakewood Tool Box is housed in a large shipping container that will be accessible to the public from the back corner of the building’s East Lot near the intersection of Athens and Halstead Avenues.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.22.2019

The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 9: “The Ballad of Derecho Dan” Continues

(An editor’s note:For the first time since the storm era had begun, River City finally suffered collateral damage from what was known as “Storm 5.4.” An errant tornado had spun off the sentinal winds and landed on the River City Yacht Club. Several rich people’s precious boats were reduced to matchsticks and floating wine bottles. The jerkwad mayor of River City is demanding that Rockport pay for the damages. Such is the sad madness of these times we live in.)

Maynard Gridley’s face turned pale after Little Dan had innocently inquired about “Monsoon Charlie.” After all, it was Maynard who’d brought it up while bragging that the storms bedeviling Rockport weren’t a match for the monsoons that he’d experienced in Vietnam. “Your face just turned gray,” observed Little Dan, “Who the heck was Monsoon Charlie?” Maynard plopped his half-smoked Lucky Strike into a half-drunk bottle of Coke and replied, “Monsoon Charlie was neither man nor beast!" 

Suddenly, Maynard turned white, grabbed his chest, and ran into the men’s room. Through the door Little Dan could hear him throwing up. Maynard reappeared a few minutes later complaining the lunchtime eggplant parmesan brought in by the Three Joes had made him nauseous. “That ‘Guido food’ made me sick,” he griped. Little Dan didn’t believe it and the Three Joes didn’t either. It was obvious that ‘Monsoon Charlie’ still rattled the leather-tough Maynard to his core.

 

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Waste Water And The West Side: What Are The Issues?

Learn more about changes to clean Lake Erie by upgrading local sewer systems on Wednesday June 5, 2019. This forum is free and open to the public at Lakewood Library on Detroit Avenue from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and will be moderated by Professor Howard E. Katz, Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Panelists include:

  • Frank Greenland, Director of the Watershed Project, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District 
  • Janine Rybka, Director, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Mike Summers, Mayor, City of Lakewood
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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

Presutto Sponsors Neighborhood Tour In Ward 2

City Council candidate Brad Presutto is bringing a spotlight to interesting places and events in Lakewood Ward 2—and you’re invited to take part.

In May and June, Presutto’s campaign is making stops at business and parks, to recognize the rich diversity of life in Ward 2.

“Ward 2 is more than just downtown,” says Presutto, “and I want to bring more attention to local business on Madison Avenue, for example.”

The Lakewood Ward 2 Neighborhood Tour is also about better representing local residents, he adds.

“Lives and schedules aren’t one-size-fits-all, and our approach to community leadership needs to reflect that,” says Presutto. “I have some great conversations when I’m knocking on doors, but that isn’t for everyone.”


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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

NYC Based Folk-Noir Duo "Charming Disaster" Returns To The Good Goat Gallery

Brooklyn, NY based goth-folk duo Charming Disaster will perform in Cleveland on May 23, bringing their whimsically macabre duets inspired by love, death, true crime, ancient mythology, and the occult to Lakewood's Good Goat Gallery. The playfully dark duo are touring in advance of the release of their third album, SPELLS + RITUALS. Pre-release copies of the album will be available at the show. Doors open at 6pm.

They will share the bill with local vaudeville duo Pinch & Squeal, whose modern take on old-time comedic performance, from music to juggling to naughty jokes, has made them a longstanding Cleveland favorite in the circus and burlesque scene. Admission is $13.

"Charming Disaster balances smart pop songs against a confident stage presence, sort of a swagger, that suggest the two people out front are destined for great things...these people are overflowing with musical ideas that simply defy categorization." –The Vinyl Anachronist

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Immigration Legislation In The United States

Magistrate Barbara Greenberg returns to the Main Library for another of her informative series; this time, she will be discussing immigration. Since the inception of US history, immigration has been a hotly debated issue. Discover the cases which shaped U.S. immigration legislation in a four-part series led by Magistrate Greenberg.

During this four-week series, participants will learn about and then discuss the cases, laws, and public policy which made immigration legislation what it is today. Magistrate Greenberg, a dynamic and articulate speaker, will present the case law and legislation and will then open up the room for debate and discussion. The first class takes place on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room. Subsequent classes will be held in the Main Library Multipurpose Room at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, and Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Author Event - "Cleveland Then and Now"
by Laura DeMarco
Main Library Auditorium

"Cleveland Then and Now" matches rare archive images with specially-commissioned contemporary color photos of the same scenes to reveal the past and present of Cleveland. It concentrates on landmarks that have stayed intact and adapted to survive. Tradition amid change is the story of Cleveland, then and now. Laura DeMarco is an arts and culture reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

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North Coast Health's Next Chapter

Since announcing the news of North Coast Health (NCH) and Neighborhood Family Practice’s (NFP) plans to join in a strategic affiliation, so much has happened! During the Fall, both organizations embarked on a detailed and well-orchestrated transition plan. And, on January 1, 2019 North Coast Health started a new year, and our next chapter, as Neighborhood Family Practice North Coast Community Health Center!

Everyone continues to be an important partner along this journey. I look forward to introducing you to the Neighborhood Family Practice community and the meaningful work that is being done across our network of community health centers.Your investment of time, talents and treasures will continue to make it possible for everyone to receive high quality, affordable health care, regardless of their ability to pay. You are an important part of our past, present and future. Working together, as a vital part of the health care safety net, we will continue to meet the needs of our community.

Jean Polster, President and CEO of Neighborhood Family Practice and I invite you to attend a Community Update on Thursday, May 30th at 6:30 p.m. at Roundstone Insurance in Lakewood. We are excited to share updates about our transition and expansion of services, information on the newly established North Coast Health Foundation and the opportunity to answer your questions. Please reserve your seat by emailing ggavlak@nfpmedcenter.org or by calling 216.281.8945 ext. 285. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

Treasures In The Cuyahoga County Archives

If you have ever wondered what kind of historical information can be found at the Cuyahoga County Archives, now is your chance to learn from Northeast Ohio’s expert on the subject. Judith G. Cetina, PhD, who has an incredible 42 years of experience at the archives, will be visiting Lakewood Public Library on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss what can be discovered in the collection.

The Cuyahoga County Archives was created in 1975 to save important records: estate files, birth and death certificates, naturalization records, plat books, tax records and marriage certificates. Up to that point, these valuable documents were vulnerable to decay and loss from being stored with inconsistent standards in different buildings around the Greater Cleveland area. 

In 1977, two years after its founding, Dr. Cetina began her career at the archives where she saw the scattered pieces of the collection come together and eventually find a safe place at the Rhodes House on Franklin Avenue in 1985, the same year she became the new director. Great efforts were made to organize, record, preserve and make these valuable documents available to the public. In 2018 the archives were moved once again to their new home at 3951 Perkins Ave. 

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

More Than 1,000 Sensory Awareness Kits Distributed In Lakewood

Connecting for Kids distributed more than 1,000 Sensory Awareness Kits last week to 5 preschools, 11 childcare centers and the Lakewood Family Room. The goal of these kits is to help area families identify sensory issues early. These kits have been generously donated by Kiwanis Division 14.

Featuring an Ollie the Octopus doll, each kit also contains a card with “sensory red flags” that describe in easy-to-understand terms how families can identify if their child might be at risk.

Anyone who suspects sensory issues is invited to register for a free, 15-minute Sensory Consult with a pediatric occupational therapist on either Monday, May 13 or Tuesday, May 14, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Rd. To sign up for a time slot, visit www.connectingforkids.org/consult. This consult is open to all children ages 18 months-12 years. At the consult, each child will be encouraged to engage in some activities while a parent or family member completes a checklist. At the consult, families will also learn strategies to help their child at home. 

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

Tradition Amid Change: The Story Of Cleveland

As a hometown, Cleveland holds a special place in residents’ hearts. They love to talk about the city’s history and their own memories of it. Author Laura DeMarco tapped into that nostalgia with her first book, “Lost Cleveland,” in 2017. Now she’s back with “Cleveland Then and Now,” which matches historic images of Cleveland landmarks with contemporary color photos of the same scenes.

You can meet DeMarco on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium to see and hear images and stories of historic and contemporary Cleveland.

Located in a prime location for industrial success, Cleveland prospered in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with both great wealth and the inevitable pollution and poverty that follow industrialization. By the early 1900s, the prosperity generated from the steel mills, factories and railroads resulted in a number of substantial civic and commercial buildings, monuments, bridges and mansions. By the 1920s, Cleveland was America’s fifth largest city, with almost a million people. When the city started to falter in the 1960s, buildings were left to molder and people began to leave. Many of the city’s landmarks remained.

“Cleveland Then and Now” explores those landmarks with 150 photos on 144 pages. DeMarco describes each scene, detailing the history and development of each landmark over time. She worked with photographer Karl Mondon, who examined the historical photographs and attempted to recreate the same scene, from the same angle and time of day. Each pair of photos reveals fascinating differences or similarities.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

District Green Team Geared For Impact

More than any other generation before them, children today are passionate about the environment. The recently formed LkwdGreenTeam task force hopes to tap into that passion as it comes up with strategies to reduce waste in the District and reach its ultimate goal of developing a learning environment that empowers and inspires our students to be creative, innovative, green leaders.

The LkwdGreenTeam consists of at least one staff member from every building as well as some administrators. The group has been meeting regularly to develop short-term and long-term goals and strategies that will result in less waste for the District while also educating students about how to be good stewards of the planet.

“We need to be good role models for our students in everything we do,” said technology teacher Jaime Chanter, who suggested forming the task force. “Taking care of our planet must be a team effort and I know our students can rise to the challenge!”

 

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Kidical Mass Bike Ride and Story Time

For the Whole Family

The Lakewood Public Library, Bike Lakewood and Beat Cycles invites the whole family to enjoy a fun morning bicycle ride around the neighborhood. The event includes bicycle safety instruction, a story time, an art project and a refreshment to end the event. No registration is required.

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Madison Park Bike Racks.

 

 

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

O'Malley To Run For Re-Election In Ward 4

Dan O'Malley has represented Ward 4 on City Council since 2016.

Ward 4 Councilman Daniel J. O’Malley has announced that he will seek a second term on Lakewood City Council this fall. O’Malley has amassed a record of legislative accomplishments, neighborhood improvements, and community growth since first being elected in 2015 and says he wishes to continue that progress.

O’Malley serves as chair of city council’s Finance Committee, which provides financial oversight and reviews the city’s budget on an annual basis. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done to make efficient use of Lakewood’s taxdollars,” O’Malley said. “We’ve managed to make investments in our services, infrastructure, and workforce without raising taxes.”

Among the most evident investments are in Ward 4’s parks. “We’ve invested over $1 million in Ward 4’s parks alone,” O’Malley noted. “That includes a total renovation of Cove Park, plus major investments in Madison Park.”

Last year, Madison Park saw the return of full-court basketball after a 10-year absence. O’Malley included funding for the court in his budget priorities in 2017.

Councilman O’Malley is also proud of the work he’s done on behalf of Lakewood’s most vulnerable residents. In 2016, when low-income tenants at Lake Shore Towers in the Gold Coast were being charged to remedy the building’s bed bug problem in violation of Lakewood’s laws, O’Malley stepped in on behalf of the residents. “The policy you have in place is creating a crippling burden on the low-income residents of your building,” O’Malley wrote to the building’s landlord at the time. “Many of your residents are impoverished senior citizens and in no position to pay for these costly treatments.”

 

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

New Roosevelt Principal Named

Allison Aber.

The Lakewood Board of Education at its meeting on April 15 approved Allison Aber as the next principal of Roosevelt Elementary School, replacing Eileen Griffiths, who is retiring. Aber, who is currently principal at Longfellow Elementary School of Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools, begins her position on August 1, 2019.

In her role at Longfellow, Aber provided robust professional development for her staff, implemented a new schedule with collaborative intervention and enrichment at each grade level, created a learning lab makerspace, and was successfully awarded over $20,000 in grant money from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. During her time at Longfellow, AIR testing scores improved nearly 10%.

Before her role as principal, Aber served as assistant principal at Madison Local Schools’ middle school for four years. Prior to joining the administrative ranks, Aber was a math and language arts teacher working with students in both grades 5 and 6 in the Madison Local and Highland Local school districts.

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

Oh My! "Mamma Mia!"

The Lakewood High Barnstormers on May 4 finished a three-show run of "Mamma Mia!" that was by all accounts a homerun production! Congratulations to director Domenic Farinelli, all the cast, production managers, stage crew, costume designers, sound and lighting crew, orchestra pit members (under the direction of Beth Hankins), and anyone else who had a hand in this uplifting show! See you next fall for the Barnstormers' version of Ken Ludwig's "Moon Over Buffalo."

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 7:51 PM, 05.08.2019

LakewoodAlive Announces Performers For 2019 Front Porch Concert Series

Photo by Sky Media Cleveland

There will be 10 opportunities this summer to enjoy free, live music in a welcoming Downtown Lakewood environment.

LakewoodAlive announces the talented lineup of musical performers for the 2019 Front Porch Concert Series sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James. See the schedule below for weekly performers comprising the popular live music program, which takes place each Friday evening (7 to 9 p.m.) from June 28 through August 30 on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library.

The 2019 edition of the Front Porch Concert Series will offer something for every musical taste. From folk to rock to jazz, each weekly concert remains family-friendly while delving into diverse musical genres. Like a crowd-pleasing encore performance, this Lakewood summer tradition is sure to delight its audience.

The concert series kicks off June 28 with a performance by The Pocket, a fun-loving band that will get the crowd grooving with a funk-fusion sound blending elements of jazz, funk and soul. This talented group is led by Chris Vance, a Lakewoodite musician who has been instrumental in developing the Front Porch Concert Series into a marquee summer event.

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 7:51 PM, 05.08.2019

Harding Eighth Grade Travels To D.C.

Harding students gather in front of the reflecting pool facing the Washington Monument. That's us in the purple shirts. 

Photo by Julia Kompier

I am a student in 8th grade at Harding Middle School, and from May 1st through May 6th, 134 students and I got to go to Washington, DC. by bus.

After 7 hours of driving, talking, and laughing, we looked out our windows to see monuments in the distance.

We first arrived at Arlington Cemetery to see more than 400,000 graves perfectly aligned with each other, as if in army formation. We had the opportunity to see the changing of guards in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is constantly guarded. For the rest of the day we visited many memorials, my personal favorite being the National World War II Memorial, with its beautiful fountains and great views.   

On the second day we got to visit the United States Capitol Building. Inside we got to see 100 statues dedicated to people who changed history. This day we also got the opportunity to remember the tragedy of the Holocaust. In the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum there were heartfelt and tragic stories of the survivors and of the lives lost in the Holocaust. In this museum there was a 200 square foot room, just filled with shoes. So many shoes. The shoes of the hopeful, desperate, and scared sitting alone in a room.   

That night we saw a hilarious murder mystery play at the Kennedy Center. The next day we saw the White House, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and a tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield.   

 

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 7:51 PM, 05.08.2019

Choosing Smart, Sustainable Development For Lakewood

A recent article in Crain’s Cleveland Business examined development issues in Lakewood, and I want to provide a response. As part of this year’s campaign conversation I will be discussing how we pursue “smart development.”

The closures of Barry Buick and Lakewood Hospital (among others) face us with big choices about development within the City of Lakewood. We have very few large commercial parcels available for new construction. Getting these choices right is important.

Our infrastructure will be further stressed by the demands of one of the densest cities in the U.S. adding additional dwelling units. New residents will need additional city services. It is imperative for Lakewood to have balanced development.

As I mentioned at a recent City Council meeting, not less than 10 or 12 years ago, it was nearly impossible to sell a condo in Lakewood without taking a loss. Times have certainly changed and we are now in a seller’s market, but we need to be thoughtful and balanced with the development along our commercial corridors.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

Staff Spotlight Honorees: Duhr & Holton

Tricia Duhr

Garfield Middle School teacher Tricia Duhr and Lakewood High paraprofessional Karen Holton are the Lakewood City Schools' May Staff Spotlight honorees! Read more about each of these dedicated professionals below.

TRICIA DUHR

Tricia Duhr has spent her career helping people be successful in life. Before becoming an Intervention Specialist for the BRIDGES program at Garfield Middle School six years ago, she worked in the mental health field as a counselor. She made the jump to special needs education because she felt called to work with children to help them develop social and life skills needed to live a fulfilled life. And for six years, she’s been doing just that.

“Simply walk in her classroom and you will observe kids not only learning but also having fun and gaining independence,” says Tricia’s nominator, BRIDGES teacher Amber Rykaceski.

Tricia feeds off her students’ growth and is always looking for ways for them to gain new skills and build self confidence. This year though, she also wanted to find a way to better integrate her students with the rest of the school. So, she and Amber came up with the idea of BRIDGES Café, where each Friday the students run a coffee shop – serving the drinks, operating the cash register, even creating the advertising.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 7:51 PM, 05.08.2019

Presutto Advocates Fair Solutions To Sewer Upgrade Costs

Lakewood needs to comply with the Clean Water Act, and prevent untreated wastewater from overflowing into Lake Erie. City council candidate Brad Presutto says he fully supports this goal.

But affordability and fairness need to guide the city in achieving that goal, says Presutto, who is running to represent Lakewood Ward 2.

“As a community, we need to work out ways to do so without putting the entire burden in residents’ water/sewer bills, or billing homeowners for the entire cost of upgrading infrastructure built before they even saw their home,” he says.

Upgrades already made or approved could raise the average home’s water and sewer fee to nearly $205/month, according to the city’s forecasts. Because a complete upgrade may eventually cost a further $300 million, Presutto says that paying for it all with rate increases won’t work for residents.


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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 7:51 PM, 05.08.2019

Baldwin Wallace Professor Alan Kolp To Facilitate Discussion On Quaker Spirituality At Centering Space

Dr. Alan Kolp’s career teaching religion and spirituality took an unusual turn nearly two decades ago when he joined the Baldwin Wallace faculty and struck up an unlikely alliance with colleagues in the business school. Together, they entwined business concepts such as leadership, innovation and culture, with the classical virtues of courage, justice, hope and love to pen three books, highly prized by businesses trying to build more holistic and integrity driven companies for the 21st Century.

Born and raised in the Quaker faith, Kolp has relied on the tenets of his faith in both his teaching and writing.

On Saturday, May 11, Kolp, a birthright Quaker, is sharing his spiritual message during a day-long retreat at Centering Space www.centeringspace.org. in Lakewood. But as with his co-authored business books, he invites participants to examine these ideas in light of their own lives.

“I will present some of the basic Quaker spiritual perspectives and practices, but more than theology, I want to work in the area of spirituality,” Kolp said. “I am hoping whatever your tradition, you can see a way to relate to Quaker beliefs. I will focus on the basic Quaker spirituality and do some segments on silence, peace, testimony and social justice.”

 

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 7:51 PM, 05.08.2019

Palms, Pussy Willows, And Puppets

Palm Sunday: parades, processions, palms, pussy willows and… puppets? Yes, puppets! Full-sized parade puppets, including Jesus entering on a donkey, a puppet donkey of course! 

This was the scene at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1659 Rosewood Avenue, at their Palm Sunday service. To the loud "Hosannas" from the booming organ (played by H. Leslie Adams) and the singing congregants, giant puppets waving palms processed through the sanctuary, bringing smiles to young and old alike.

The project was the brainchild of Nancy Sander, Lakewood's resident puppet lady. "The Easter message should never become humdrum," said Sander. "We wanted to try something refreshingly joyful to go with the season. Puppets have always been joyful so it was a natural choice."

During the month prior to Easter, volunteer members of Grace met to turn bleach bottles, masking tape, ski poles, yarn, faux fur and foam into puppets the size of children. Diane Russell wanted to build a puppet in honor of her dog "Buddy," who had recently passed away. Everyone agreed, so Buddy was lovingly crafted and marched with the others.

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 7:51 PM, 05.08.2019

Appreciation For Our Nurses And Teachers

A downtown Lakewood massage studio will be offering nurses and teachers half off massages in celebration of both National Nurses Week and Teacher Appreciation Week (both being celebrated May 6-12).

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

District To Join Great Lakes Conference

Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the Lakewood City Schools athletic teams will move from the Southwest Conference, where the District has been a member since 2015, to compete in the Great Lakes Conference. The move will provide more balanced competition for Lakewood teams and allow them to better develop and in some cases rekindle rivalries with schools that are in closer proximity to our District.

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

Keep Lakewood Beautiful Annual Humus Sale May 18th

Keep Lakewood Beautiful will be kicking off their Adopt-A-Spot program again this May with our annual Humus Sale. On Saturday, May 18th, bagged humus and perennials will be for sale at the Skate House parking lot at Lakewood Park from 9-12. Each bag of humus weighs about 30 pounds and costs $4. Feel free to bring your own reusable container and save trashing a plastic bag.

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019