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LAKEWOOD VOTERS

YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE.  USE IT!

VOTE! There are THREE ways:

Early In Person : Registered voters can vote RIGHT NOW through November 2nd at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections downtown at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.

There are 3 free parking lots and police everywhere directing traffic. You are asked 2 medical questions, your temperature is taken, then you're allowed in at 6 foot distances, with plastic barriers and a well-ventilated room. The BOE asks that you wear a mask.

By Mail: Request an absentee ballot here: https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/absentee-ballot/ or call  216-443-VOTE (8683). Fill it out, print it and mail it back to receive your absentee ballot or call the Board of Elections and request one. You may request one up to three days before the election (by October 31st this year). Once received, VOTE and mail your ballot in. It must be post-marked by November 2nd (the day before the election) or can be dropped off at the Board of Elections where you can hand deliver it from your car to a dropbox.

In Person: NOV 3RD AT YOUR POLLING LOCATION

 

2020 EARLY VOTING SCHEDULE:

October 6 - 16

(Weekdays Only - Mon thru Fri)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

October 19 – 23
(Weekdays Only - Mon thru Fri)
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

City Of Lakewood To Follow Ohio Department Of Health Guidance For Halloween

Use caution and plan ahead for celebrating Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic

 

The City of Lakewood will adhere to the Ohio Department of Health’s “Celebrating Halloween” guidance released on Friday, September 18th. Trick-or-treat activities will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 31st in Lakewood.

 

To protect the safety and health of all members of our community while celebrating Halloween, the City of Lakewood encourages caution for Halloween and other fall festivities. While broad in nature to cover the situations experienced by most Ohioans, the Ohio Department of Health’s “Celebrating Halloween” guidance provides the following good advice for Lakewoodites:

 

For Parents/Guardians of Trick-or-Treaters

 

  • If taking your children trick-or-treating, limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far from treat-givers as possible. For small children, consider holding the bag for them.
  • Wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes when you arrive home. (NOTE: Never wipe unpackaged food with wipes.)
  • Allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.
  • If your child is at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, contact your doctor before allowing participation in Halloween activities.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

Junior Fire Chief Winning Essay 2020

Junior Fire Chief Aeron Jones holds his trophy! From left to right:  Fire Marshall Ryan Fairbanks, Junior Fire Marshall Aeron Jones and Fire Inspector Scott Thomas, behind the wheel is Fire Inspector Mike Madwijiw.

When you think about fire safety in your home the first thing that typically comes to mind is being safe in the kitchen, the reason why is because cooking involves oil and open flame. The NFPA reports that cooking related accidents are the number one cause for house fires. In this essay I will be explaining how to avoid a fire, what's recommended to do if there is a fire and how they spread.

Cooking specific meals may require some sort of oil like vegetable oil or peanut oil in a pan above a flame, and since accidents happen sometimes the oil may come into contact with the flame directly and cause it to become dangerous for anyone close to the stove. Any oil or grease SHOULD be kept away from coming into direct contact with fire. Another thing is to keep any fabric, wood or plastics a reasonable distance away from the stove top whether it's on or not because metals trap heat and could burn it.

There's also more to fire safety in the kitchen than just being wary of stoves. Make sure to have an escape plan and practice it twice a year. Always have a smoke detector near the entrance of the kitchen and not inside of it, the reason being is that cooking can release smoke even when it's not dangerous and set the alarm off. NEVER leave a pan unattended when cooking. Always make sure to replace your smoke detectors every ten years and test the smoke detectors often and replace their batteries often. Make sure to also keep any electronics away from the sink. Always have a multipurpose fire extinguisher nearby to put out any grease, combustible or electric fires. (Combustible means objects like wood and paper.) NEVER put water on a grease or electrical fire.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 20, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

Mayor's Corner

The City of Lakewood has begun its annual budget process in preparation for 2021. There is a tremendous amount of work and contemplation that goes into our municipal budget. We are reviewing department budgets and preparing to roll them into one cohesive vision for the City's next year of operations and capital investment which we will present to City Council and the community in the coming months. 

Although the pandemic has made 2020 challenging from a budgetary perspective, many projects have moved forward. We are nearing completion of Wagar Park and have included parks improvements in the budget for next year. We have resumed plans for a community facility at the former Cove Church site. We have continued investments in public art, our tree canopy, and water/sewer infrastructure upgrades. The western gateway to our community is slated for a major overhaul starting at the intersection of Detroit Avenue and Sloane Avenue. 

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Volume 16, Issue 20, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

Grace Presbyterian Church Celebrates 100th Anniversary...Kinda

Grace Presbyterian Church was ready to spend a year-long celebration of their one hundred year anniversary. Committees were formed; the historians were researching their history; photographs were being enhanced; the down payment for the banquet hall was paid.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

The View From Ward 2

Outdoor Dining Extension

At last week’s City Council meeting, Council unanimously passed Mayor George’s proposed resolution to extend conditional use permits until the end of the state of emergency. Typically, outdoor dining permits expire on October 31.

Restaurants can continue serving patrons outdoors and restaurants that have yet to apply for an outdoor dining conditional use permit may do so at any time throughout this state of emergency. I anticipate that we will see the use of outdoor heaters and potentially the proliferation of outdoor dining igloos.

I am looking forward to seeing and supporting our restaurants that take advantage of this opportunity as the weather becomes cooler.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

Lakewood High Girls' Soccer: You Are Known By The Company You Keep

If you look up those words, there will be a version in almost every culture: English Proverb. Japanese Proverb. Presidents. Statesmen. Clergy. The Lakewood Girls High School Soccer Team is pretty darn good company. With a 3.85 TEAM GPA, the Lakewood Girls' Soccer Team led all Fall sports in 2019 for Team GPA. The three Senior Captains for 2019 were all in the National Honor Society, including the Lakewood NHS President, Emma Hirsch. The three Senior Captains from this 2020 team are also members and Aubree Nagel is the current Lakewood NHS President. She is also the current Lakewood Class President for 2020. But the statistic I am most proud of (as coach) is that team GPA. I don't take any credit for it, but this is an amazing group of young women.

Some who read the LO regularly may remember that I wrote a similar article recently and wonder why I am coming back to re-iterate these points. My main concern as the high school coach as I look at the community is that we have very few girls in our Lakewood Girls Soccer feeder programs right now. Lakewood has two long-time, quality soccer programs in the Lakewood Soccer Association (LSA) and the Lakewood United Football Club (LUFC). Each organization fills a role for soccer development in an adolescent's life. When I moved to Lakewood about 10 years ago. we had over 20 travel/ club teams in girls soccer. We are down to 4 teams this fall, with entire year groups unrepresented. As a high school coach, I look to have anywhere from 6-14 freshmen girls come into the program each season. That usually means the U14/15 cohort has about one-half to two-thirds of the travel team try out for the High School team. An example is that the travel team that moved up this season had about 20 eighth-graders on it. I had about 14 sign up to tryout. About 8 showed up and about 6 stuck with it. All of this happened in the COVID-19 atmosphere, so those numbers are off and I'm hoping some of the girls who considered it, but did not stay with it will come back.


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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

District Wins Grant to Address Families' Internet Needs

The Lakewood City Schools have received a grant for $32,000 from the Healthy Lakewood Foundation that will be used to provide Internet connectivity for families in need. The grant was announced during the foundation’s September 17 annual meeting via Zoom and was one of three community grants awarded.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

Showtime At The Barton Senior Center

Ruth Pangrace as Eleanor Roosevelt.

photo courtesy of Ruth Pangrace

Move over Studio 54! The New York theater, and once infamous, star-studded nightclub, may want to step aside and make way for Studio B! Newly renamed from what was referred to as Channel 167 on the Barton Senior Center's (BSC) in house cable system, Studio B is becoming another place to be and be seen.

The brainchild of Cheryl Shaver, BSC's Manager of Marketing and Development, Studio B personifies the old saying "necessity is the mother of invention." With the BSC on temporary lockdown and group activities halted due to COVID-19, Studio B offers Westerly Senior Apartment residents and BSC members another way to remain productive and involved. It also represents original viewing options for those exhausted by news/politics, game shows and decades old reruns. In addition, this private channel is an effective way to impart information to a large group of citizens within the complex.

One can watch Studio B on tv AND be part of the lineup. Once the channel is activated within an apartment, viewers are treated to programming that runs on a 24-hour loop. Those appearing on air include residents, former BSC associates and people from outside the facility. And, unlike Studio 54, there is no need to be scrutinized to determine if one is "cool enough" to join in.

Late mornings and early afternoons are devoted to physical activity with visiting instructors leading chair yoga, tai chi and Silver Sneakers workouts. Health related infomercials are integrated between entertainment segments and have included representatives from O'Neill Healthcare, Cleveland Hearing and Speech, and OSHIIP (Medicare topics). A new addition has been Cleveland Clinic physician Dr. Ardeshir Hashmi.

Moving beyond bodily wellness, Studio B provides a place where the mind can flourish through creative disciplines such as acting, writing and technical wizardry. In turn, residents who miss attending performances at BSC gathering spots can still enjoy them from their living rooms. Pianist Janis Zemzars was the Sunday evening fixture in the Rotunda and now appears on Studio B with masterfully played selections dominated by show tunes. Compositions from Rogers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber are routinely featured. Ron Walden, the MC for the very popular Karaoke nights, now personally sings songs from the genres of gospel, country and rock.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

Drain The Swamp #45

I saw the most amazing yard sign today on the way to work – Drain the Swamp. Of course, the designer of such a foul thing has to use our country’s proud colors. Red, white and blue – did you know white signifies purity and innocence? Red is for hardiness and valor and our blue signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice. All the great symbolism our country stands for is vulgarized in this hideous sign. The verbiage is equally horrific. I’m not going to even address what I think they want the sign to mean.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

Lakewood And Toledo City Councils Pass Resolutions Supporting Essential Workers Bill Of Rights

On September 21, Lakewood became the first city in Ohio to pass a resolution supporting an Essential Workers Bill of Rights, as part of a new national campaign to deliver better treatment and pay to all “essential workers.” Today, Toledo did the same--both with unanimous votes. See page 21 for the Lakewood resolution text and read the Toledo ordinance here.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Announces Third Cycle Of Grants To Address COVID-19 Community Needs At Annual Community Meeting

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) held its second annual community meeting virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, September 17, 2020, at which time it announced its third cycle of grants aimed at addressing community needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic:

- Lakewood Community Services Center: $35,000 for food distribution to Lakewood residents
- Lakewood City Schools: $32,000 to Lakewood City Schools for digital connectivity for families with school-age children
- LakewoodAlive: $10,000 for housing outreach for seniors and low-moderate income residents

“We are grateful to everyone who was able to join us for our annual meeting,” says HLF Board President Jeanine Gergel. “We were of course glad to be able to announce our new grants, but, more importantly, the meeting provided a forum for residents to share their thoughts about what is needed to build a healthy Lakewood. The HLF board of directors is committed to continuously learning from our neighbors about the community’s needs and how we can help meet them.”

HLF will continue to assess community needs related to the pandemic through proactive outreach and dialogue with leaders and service providers to identify future grantmaking opportunities. A fourth round of grants will be awarded later in 2020.

To contact HLF, please visit www.healthylakewoodfoundation.org or email healthylakewoodfoundation@gmail.com.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

John's Diner - Thanks For The Memories

Rosemary welcomed Ava, and Bhaktimarga Swami. 

For almost fifty years, John’s Diner has served breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, 365 days a year. It’s been a go-to spot for many regulars like Phil, who stopped by for a cup of coffee every day. A couple of years ago, noted peace activist Bhaktimarga Swami paid the diner a visit during his walk across America.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

Lakewood Public Library Homework Help Program

Main Library Homework Room and Madison Branch
Monday-Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade who need a little extra help with homework or just want a safe place to work can come to the Library for Homework Help. Get assistance and use the Library’s resources in a clean and quiet place free of distractions.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

Starr Gazer

OCTOBER

Aries: Mars is still in the Ram’s sign & retrograde, be careful with sharp objects, I wouldn’t advise dressing up as Edward Scissorhands this year for Halloween, also don’t play with fire.

Taurus: Forgiveness is still hanging around the Bull Pen, we know the Bull can be stubborn, let go, maybe dressing up as Ghandi or Mother Teresa this year might help get the ball rolling.

Gemini: It’s time for the Twins to do some deep breathing, give those lungs a workout, get outside & away from your computer, definitely don’t dress as a Mummy this year, breathe.

Cancer: The Crab is infamous for holding on with those pincer claws of yours, the past is over, time to let go of what was, to make room for what can be, dress up like a rooster, it a new dawn.

Leo: The Lion’s heart is as big as your roar these days, & the animals in your Jungle have come from far & wide to partake of the blessings, I’m thinking Snow White for your costume, hmmn?

 

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

Keep Lakewood Beautiful - The Great American Cleanup

In conjunction with the Great American Cleanup, Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) is sponsoring #DoBeautifulThings in Lakewood. The Great American Cleanup, spearheaded by Keep America Beautiful, is the nation’s largest community improvement program. Last year, more than 550,000 volunteers participated in events to heighten awareness of the importance of caring for our environment. KLB is encouraging all Lakewood residents to get outside the weekend of October 16 through 18 and do beautiful things for your yard, street, block and community.

Any beautification project is fine; pick up litter, pull weeds, set up a compost pile, plant a tree; the list goes on. Starting this week, we will be sending out ideas each day through social media.

We encourage all to snap a picture of your efforts and post it at the Keep Lakewood Beautiful Facebook page or on our keeplakewoodbeautiful Instagram or tag us at #DoBeautifulThings. For more information or if you need supplies, call the mayor’s office at 529–6600 or email mayorsoffice@lakewoodoh.net. Thank you and hope to see you outside that weekend.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 34: “The Ballad Of Derecho Dan” Continues:

Once the warring suburbs of Rockport and River City had agreed to a cease-fire, the polluted waters of the Rocky River again flowed unvexed to the lake. "Shale Wars I" had been a particularly nasty clash of highly agitated suburbanites and an inevitable outcome for the two towns whose bad blood had been running deep since the first days of the Storm Era.

Both of these cities on Cleveland's west shore had legitimate reasons to be upset. More recently, the storm diverting explosion just 100 yards off the River City coast had caused millions of dollars in property damage and dropped a thick coating of fish entrails over 10 square miles of prime real estate. Even worse, 47 beloved backyard gazebos had been cruelly burnt to the ground during the ensuing civil unrest.

River City’s corrupt Mayor Bart Ridgewood, an awful man whose nose had been sheared off by the dorsal fin of a popular sporting as well as eating fish, spoke to reporters from the steps of the River City City Hall. His head had been bandaged “Invisible Man” style following the first of what would be several incremental nose replacement surgeries.

Speaking in obvious discomfort and using a cardboard toilet paper tube to amplify his words, the Mayor vowed Old Testament style vengeance in a voice replete with frothy, albeit muffled emotion. “No one can burn down that many of our goddam gazebos and get away with it,” he bleated, “Not on my watch!”

 

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

Dr. Barnes To Speak On Black History At LHS History Club Event

Superintendent Mike Barnes will be the Lakewood High History Club's first speaker in the group's series presentations for the 2020-2021 school year. The event is set for Sunday, October 18 at noon on the Lakewood High front lawn. If there is inclement weather, the event will take place in the Civic Auditorium, with maks required and social distancing enforced.

Dr. Barnes will speak on "From DuBois to Steele--The Struggle for Liberty and Equality & the Diverse History of Black Political Thought." Dr. Barnes, a former Social Studies teacher, will discuss the wide range of Black political thought, from the classic Booker T. Washington W.E.B DuBois debate, to the conservative Shelby Steele and other voices.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

LHS Boasts 64 AP Scholars

Offerings of 18 Advanced Placement courses at Lakewood High School has led to 64 current students and recent graduates being honored as AP Scholars by College Board. The Scholars included two National AP Scholars, who scored an average of at least a 4 on all AP exams taken in addition to scores of 4 or more on eight or more exams. 

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

Senator Antonio's S.B. 59 Amended Into H.B. 341

Senator Antonio provides Sponsor Testimony on S.B. 59 in the Ohio House Health Committee.

Ohioans have made substantial contributions to mitigating the effects of the Opioid crisis throughout the state. From state initiatives to community support, we have been able to save many lives. In fact, since its inception, 15,000 people have sought help from the RecoveryOhio Crisis Text Line. Despite these significant efforts, there was a disconnect in the education surrounding the life-saving antidote, naloxone.

In Ohio, a 2015 law allowed pharmacists to dispense this medication to customers without a prescription, the only problem was, many pharmacists were unaware of this change. According to a survey completed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer of 275 Northeast Ohio pharmacies, a large number of pharmacies did not know that naloxone can be dispensed without a prescription. [1] In fact, 20 percent of the pharmacies surveyed incorrectly stated that customers would need a prescription for naloxone. Consequently, many pharmacies did not even have naloxone in stock.

That is why I introduced Senate Bill 59, the Naloxone without Prescription Training Bill, to require all pharmacists, technicians and pharmacy interns be trained to become knowledgeable that naloxone can be dispensed without a prescription and would also require those professionals that dispense the drug to maintain an adequate supply of it. This legislation passed unanimously out of the Senate earlier this year. It then moved over to the House where it passed out of the House Health Committee unanimously.

I am proud to announce that in September, during National Recovery Month, Governor DeWine signed House Bill 341 into law, which contained S.B. 59 as an amendment. With this law in effect, we will be able to save more lives and work towards overcoming the opioid epidemic in Ohio. The passage of this legislation is even more significant given the increased loss of life due to opioid usage this year. In August alone, Cuyahoga County witnessed at least 47 fatal cases due to heroin/fentanyl/analogs, and at least 293 victims over the course of this year. We must continue to raise awareness and pass meaningful legislation to better help our families, friends, and neighbors who are silently battling addiction.

[1] https://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2018/04/life-saving_overdose_antidote.html

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

LFD And Emma Surprise Me Again - The Soap Box Derby

Emma Kochler gets ready to give the Lakewood Fire Deparment car a run down the track against Victor VanRoy in the car run by The Trademan Taven in Parma.

Last week Fire Chief Tim Dunphy and I were talking at the funeral for ……….. he mentioned to me that he would be busy this weekend tending to the Lakewood Fire Department’s Soap Box Derby car. I exclaimed, “What!” He went on to describe how the Lakewood Fire Department had gotten involved with Soap Box Derby cars about 5 years ago, and they love it.

I can see why Fire Chief Dunphy and crew would love it, from the Soap Box Derby website… “The Soap Box Derby is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to build knowledge, character, and create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition." It is everything being a Lakewood Fire Department member is all about.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 4:33 PM, 09.16.2020

Hot Dog! LakewoodAlive’s 13th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade Going Virtual

Our Virtual Spooky Pooch Parade (September 8 to October 6) has arrived, and registrations are now open!

It’s been said that when times get ruff, dogs serve as the ultimate source of comfort. In that case, we want to make a safe celebration of costumed canines paw-sible for all.

In an effort to ensure health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, LakewoodAlive announces the 13th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade sponsored by Ganley Subaru will be held virtually, with 12 lucky winners having their dogs highlighted in LakewoodAlive’s 2021 calendar and one grand prize “Best In Show” winner being determined by public voting.

“We are pleased to be able to adapt our Spooky Pooch Parade into a virtual format and continue this long-held fall tradition safely during this unprecedented time,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive. “This family-friendly community event will certainly look different this year, without having 350 canines and 3,000 people filling Kauffman Park, yet its ability to offer community members joy and comfort will endure. We hope you and your family enjoy participating, and we appreciate your support of LakewoodAlive. Now get those creative costume juices flowing!”

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

A Special Senior Night For LHS Girls' Soccer

Sophie Lipka in her early days of playing soccer for Lakewood. She was a U8 in this picture, Lakewood travel team. Coached by her father, Ken. 

Senior nights are a rite of passage, an occasion to honor all of those who have typically spent four years playing for their high school team.
 
For every hour players spend in the spotlight of games, so many more are spent in practice, conditioning through hot summer months and honing their craft. As such, the game isn't so much about the score, although it's nice to win, as did the Lakewood Rangers Girls Soccer Team today in a running clock victory over Normandy.
 
It's quite fitting that senior Captain Aubree Nagel would tally the first goal on one of her signature strikes from 30 yards out. Senior Co-Captain Quinn Costanzo also scored in the first half, while Senior Co-Captain Jasmine Magda played her typically strong all around game. Every Senior started, including Willow Rosser, Paw Thaylay Say and Sophie Lipka.

Senior Night is special. Our PA guy, Mr McCollum, sings the National Anthem, every senior starts the game, parents bake and pass out cookies. There are indeed many magical senior night moments, but for me, seeing the students walk on the field with their parents tops them all. More than anything, they have provided the foundation for these young women, the work ethic and persistence it takes to play this sport. They drove them to practice, signed them up for youth leagues, endured tears, celebrated victories and comforted their kids after losses. They earned this moment

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Mayor's Corner: Fill Out Your Census Form

The United States Constitution mandates that our federal government count every person living in the United States every tenth year. The original purpose was to apportion members of the U.S. House of Representatives according to the population of each state, but now the stakes are even greater as the federal government uses the Census to apportion funding to cities like Lakewood. The more people we count in Lakewood, the more funding we will receive and influence we will have in Columbus and Washington, DC.

In an ordinary Census, August, September, and October are the times when the door-knockers we associate with the Census begin to hit the streets. Their purpose is to ensure that all people, especially those in traditionally hard-to-count areas are, in fact, counted. The federal government announced an acceleration of the deadline for the final Census count from October 31st to September 30th. This was an unexpected and unwelcome change and is problematic for Lakewood and other communities like ours.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Congratulations To Lakewood High's National Merit Semifinalists

Gina Marjanovic

Lakewood High School seniors Gina Marjanovic and Nina Seckers have been named National Merit Semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Corporation competition. This designation recognizes Gina and Nina as among the top students in the nation.

Based on their PSAT score from the 2019-2020 school year, Gina and Nina join the group of 16,000 Semifinalists who represent less than 1% of the U.S. high school seniors and the highest-scoring entrants in each state. They will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million, offered next spring. 

National Merit Scholarship Corp. also recognizes Commended Scholars, who are among the top 5% of PSAT scorers. Commended Scholars will be announced later this month.

Congratulations to Gina and Nina!

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

The Lakewood Historical Society Designates 954 Houses As 2020 Historic Lakewood: Century Homes

  1. A 1900 Victorian with a front porch and turret.

Homeowners all around Lakewood recently discovered large envelopes in their mailboxes with an illustration of a house and the words ”Century Home Recognition Project” on them. Homeowners who received this mailing are living in a house built one hundred or more years ago.

Each year, beginning in 2017, the Preservation Committee of the Lakewood Historical Society has reviewed the records of the Cuyahoga County Auditor to identify houses that were built one-hundred years ago. Because there was no formal recognition program before 2017, the committee searches not only for houses built one-hundred years ago, but also older houses built in previous years ending in the same digit as the current year. Thus these houses also receive recognition. This multiple year recognition will continue through 2026.

In 2020, houses built in 1860, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910 and 1920 have been designated.  Each of the 954 houses received a mailing announcing that it is a Historic Lakewood: Century Home.

One goal of this project is to help build appreciation for why and how Lakewood developed as it did. Lakewood is a city that appreciates and celebrates its past. Today’s Lakewood reflects that history.

Many of the early settlers were farmers and fruit growers who came to the area because Lake Erie kept the climate more temperate than areas farther from the lake. The conditions were ideal for fruit orchards and vegetable fields. Detroit Avenue had been developed into a plank road by the Rockport Plank Company, providing more dependable transportation than the dirt roads that easily became impassable mud, giving ready access to markets for the crops. And land was available.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

The View From Ward 2

Cove Church Intergenerational Community Center Conversion Project

At the Housing, Planning, & Development Committee meeting held Tuesday, September 8th, we discussed the project that will convert Cove Church into an Intergenerational Community Center for Lakewood residents. The resolution that was brought before the committee would grant the Director of Public Works the authority to enter into a design-build agreements for the design, hazardous substance abatement, and construction of the new Intergenerational Community Center for an amount not to exceed $4,150,000 with Infinity Construction Co.

We were planning on granting this authority earlier this year, but the administration requested that we defer to a later date until we had a clearer picture of the impact the pandemic had on our finances. Mayor George shared that our finances are in a good enough place where we can move forward with this project.

Over the years, the Department of Human Services has been housed in multiple buildings, with the home of Senior Services in unsatisfactory condition. This project will put all of Lakewood’s Human Services under one roof thereby increasing collaboration among departments and fostering relationships between the generations. Infinity Construction shared that they are working with Human Services employees and other stakeholders to ensure that the building itself supports the health and wellness of all our residents.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, construction should begin in Spring with a possible completion date of Fall 2021. I am glad to see that this project is getting started and that our City is showing a commitment to serving our residents at all stages of life.

Council Budget Priorities

September’s Finance Committee meetings are dedicated to discussing City Council members’ budget priorities. The goal is to adopt a resolution in October that formally states City Council’s budget priorities so that the Mayor and her staff can incorporate them into their 2021 Comprehensive Budget Document.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

LO 2020 EZ Voting Guide

REGISTER TO VOTE BY OCTOBER 5, 2020


OK here's the deal:

1. Do you want to vote? Well then, these are the requirements in Ohio…
• You must be a United States Citizen.
• You must be at least 18 years old on the day of the General Election.
• You must be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days.
• You must register to vote at least 30 days before an election to be eligible to vote.
• 17-year-old residents can register and vote in a Primary Election if they will be 18 on or before the General Election. 17-year-olds
can vote for candidates only.

Got It? OK you 18-year-old, let's do this! You want a voice? Then vote!

2. OK, so you CAN vote. Wonderful. Now what…?
Are you REGISTERED to vote? Let's check:

You can start by going online to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at:
https://boe.cuyahogacounty.gov/
Right at the first line you will see 'My Voting Info'. Check your name and take it from there…
Told you it was EZ!

3. What if you are not registered?

Register to vote or update your Ohio voting address electronically on the Secretary of State Website:
• Ohiososgov.


OK, WHAT ELSE?
• IF YOU ARE NOT ONLINE, YOU CAN CALL:
• Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at 216-443-VOTE(8683) for a Voter Registration Card to be mailed to you.
• Once you have obtained the voter registration form, complete the form then mail it back to the Board of Elections.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Marty Harris Named Unsung Hero Of Sunrise Rotary Club

Rotary District 6630 Governor, John Reyes, and Sunrise Rotary Club President, Lynda Carter present Unsung Hero Award Trophy to Marty Harris.

The Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary club was pleased to honor Marty Harris with the 2020 Unsung Hero Award. Marty is a Charter member of the club which was chartered in 2007.  She is a Club Past President, and Chair of the Club’s International Service Committee. She has been the coordinator of the Rotary International Rotary Student Exchange Program for the Sunrise Club since it started. Prior to the founding of the Sunrise Club, Marty spearheaded that program for her husband Jim’s Lakewood Rocky River Rotary Club.

Marty has a passion for supporting youth. This passion drives Marty to go above and beyond expectations. During her career as a Lakewood High School Counselor, she continuously encouraged students to expand their connection to the world by signing up the Rotary Student Exchange program. Students spend nearly one year in a foreign country living with host families, going to school, and learning the culture of the country.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Growing Up Lakewood, H2O Interviews

One bathing suit per summer, ice skating at Lakewood Park and never having to remember to take your house key were a few memories shared by long time residents of Lakewood that made some Lakewood youth say “really?” This summer H2O Summer Service Experience “campers” chatted with adult residents over Zoom and collected their memories for an informal oral history of life in our community. H2O Summer Service Camp staff took our activities virtual this year, but made certain that campers had the opportunity to connect with many different people in our community by leading video conference storytimes with children in daycare centers, playing Zoom Bingo with senior citizens in partnership with the Lakewood Division of Aging, interviewing Lakewood residents, and hosting guest speakers ranging from Mayor Meghan George to H2O Alumni working in local service organizations. Interviewing Lakewood residents enriched their perspective and lens through which they understand their community.

The middle school aged campers learned that prepaid passes for admission to our local pools used to come in the form of metal tags that were sewn to the swimmer’s bathing suit. On a hot summer day if you wanted to cool off in one of the Lakewood pools, you had to wear the suit with the attached pass.The message was clear from parents: “Do not lose this tag. No tag, no pool.” Along with spending summers at the pool with friends, residents remember skating at Lakewood Park in the winter. Part of the lawn near the Oldest Stone House was flooded when temperatures dipped low to create an ice rink and everyone could skate free, so long as they brought their own skates. One camper recalled hearing his dad call a building at the park “the skate house” but assumed that was in reference to the nearby skate park for skateboarders rather than a place where ice skaters could seek shelter from the weather. Very few adults we spoke with remember having to carry a house key when they were out and about as kids and never encountered a locked door when they got home, even when no one was home. No one had memories of much, if any, crime in Lakewood but one resident did recall hearing about a kidnapping in a nearby suburb that caused a ripple of fear in the community.


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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Healthy Lakewood Foundation To Host Virtual Community Meeting On September 16th

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) is pleased to invite the community to a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. to learn about the foundation’s progress over the past 12 months and engage in conversation that will inform the foundation’s grantmaking in the coming year.

The meeting format will include reports from HLF’s officers on activities of the foundation over the past year, followed by breakout sessions in which all meeting participants will have the opportunity to engage with board members and with each other to share their perspectives on the health of the Lakewood community and future priorities.

“To say the last 12 months have been eventful would be an understatement,” says Board President Jeanine Gergel. “We are eager to share how we have responded to the needs of the community during these turbulent times. Even more important will be the chance to hear from our neighbors about how they are faring and what needs the community faces going forward.”

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 33: “The Ballad Of Derecho Dan” Continues:

Little Dan had split a storm in two and taken the proverbial cake! As it was later explained by expert psychologists and members of the Grateful Dead, the LSD Little Dan had ingested encouraged his brain to reach a higher plane of whatever. His enhanced mental state enabled him to shape-shift the storm into a Japanese monster lizard which, in turn, imbued Little Dan with the sense of purpose and duty one needs when blowing up storms. Even his detractors had to admit that Little Dan performed an Old Testament-style miracle complete with Old Testament-style consequences. 

Torn asunder by Maynard Gridley's exploding boat, the western lobe of the massive storm did an “exit stage right” directly onto the upscale neighborhoods along River City’s coastline. Hundreds of Riverites who’d gathered atop their shale cliffs to watch the derecho storm victimize Rockport had instead become the victims thanks to Little Dan’s electric kool-aid acid voyage into history.

Once, the most wanted criminal in Rockport for his derelictions that caused the Gas & Lube disaster, Little Dan had become an instant sensation once the accounts of his deeds had found their way into the lunch counters and dive bars of Rockport. Rockporters everywhere raised their glasses and toasted the local hero who’d forced the elite citizens of River City to drop their barbeque tongs and run for their very lives.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Lakewood Lutheran School Adapts, Opens Doors For 2020-21 Year

It’s business as usual for Lakewood Lutheran School.

Yes, LLS has implemented measures to protect its students and faculty from COVID-19. Rather, what’s business as usual at the corner of Madison and St. Charles is the school’s family-centric approach to education.

“It’s certainly a strange year,” principal Carolyn Potantus said. “It was a strange summer as we prepped the school for the year and figured out how to make everything work.”

LLS, which has been a staple of the Lakewood community for nearly 125 years serving students K through 8th grade, is open five days a week.

Standard COVID precautions are in place — social distancing of at least 6 feet between desks, plexiglass barriers on the desks to further protect students, mandatory masks and a teacher to greet each student at the door for a temperature check.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Warmth Is Found 365 Days A Year At The Summer House

Clothesline Bacon

What was once an iconic restaurant on Lake Rd. back in the day, has gotten a face lift. The old Swingos, and before that the Silver Quill on the ground floor of the Carlyle building is now the Summer House. Swingos closed its doors in February of 2009, staying empty until Tony George, Cleveland restaurateur decided to put his signature on it. George spent three years renovating the place, opening in March of 2020, only to be closed due to Covid-19 a week later.

Summer House Executive Chef Vinnie Cimino and sous chef Ryan Boone took a grave situation and turned it into a positive, the starting of Cleveland Family Meal. Cimino and Boone turned Summer House’s emergent kitchen into a bustling food bank for those in need, particularly restaurant workers, who often work paycheck to paycheck.

The Summer House has since reopened, after Gov. DeWine permitted restaurants to reopen in late spring. However, the giving didn’t stop there. Tony George has dedicated Summer House to the memory of his late son, Michael T. George, known as Mikey to the community. Mikey, a student at St. Ed’s, lost his battle with cancer in June of 2019. Profits from the Summer House go to a non-profit organization based in Lakewood, called Awakening Angels. Awakening Angels shares the profits with the Red Cross, the Michael T. George Center, Down Syndrome Research and others.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Local Nonprofit Launches Rec Esports League Focus On Youth Development

Burning River Esports is announcing its flagship program, Burning River REC, a recreational esports league for kids, teens, and young adults aged 10 to 35 living throughout Greater Cleveland, which is the first such program of its kind in Northeast Ohio.

Registration is now open for players, and the organization is calling on any youth development organizations in the area to sponsor a team. Both team sponsorship and registration are free of cost, and forms for each are available at burningriver.gg. Play is expected to start in Spring 2021 and will be held entirely online until the pandemic ends and in-person events are safe to attend.

Founded in the summer of 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic by friends-turned-business-partners Eliot Oreskovic and John-Paul Richard, Burning River Esports is a Cleveland-based nonprofit promoting youth development through recreational esports.

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

District Hires Assistant Treasurer

The Lakewood Board of Education approved the appointment of Olmsted Falls City Schools Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Emily Weisbarth as the District’s assistant treasurer. The new position is part of a restructuring of the Treasurer’s Office on the heels of the retirement of Accounting Manager Maria Gregg.

Weisbarth, who begins her new post on October 12, has held positions at all levels within a treasurers’ office and enjoys collaborating within a team to improve the operational and reporting processes relating to district finances. Her career spans 12 years and multiple districts.

Weisbarth, who started her career as an accountant after graduating from Walsh University, values creating financial transparency and clear communication across all levels of stakeholders. Her accomplishments include developing and leading a District Finance Committee, being a member of the Olmsted Township Economic Development team, fiscal agent for the Great Lakes Regional Health Consortium and assisting in running multiple successful levy campaigns. 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Lakewood Public Library Update

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than two months since Lakewood Public Library opened its doors again for in-person services. The Library is committed to offering patrons with a variety of library services, while focusing on ensuring safety for our patrons and staff.

The Library continues to quarantine returned materials for a minimum of four days. During this time, items will still show as checked out to your library account. After the quarantine period, all items are checked in as of the day they were returned, so no overdue fees are accrued.

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting learning, students who are engaged in online or distance learning can take advantage of the Library’s proctoring service. Visit lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/proctoring for more information or to request an appointment, and a Library staff member will contact you to schedule your proctored exam.

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Never Quit. Never

Sam Ciancutti, Lakewood High School Class of 2015, left for Salt Lake City Utah in early September where he will play on the "Select Developmental Squad" of the Utah Warriors Professional Rugby team. 

Sam was the team captain in his rugby years at LHS. He was granted the rugby-coveted Higgins College Scholarship that led him to Bowling Green State University, graduating in 2019. During his years at BGSU he collected numerous awards for team leadership and sports integrity and his teams won the Mid American Conference Title four times. In 2018 BGSU won the National Title as well. It was the first time in the club's 50 year history. 

After going undrafted in the 2020 Pro Selection round up, Sam declared as a free-agrent and was invited, as such, to multiple camps. Utah's offer was the one he selected and his performance with the developmental squad through the end of 2020 will determine whether a pro contract will be signed. 

Good luck Sam. The City of Lakewood hopes your tough-minded determination will find you in the Pro League by 2021!

The Ciancutti Family has lived in Lakewood since 1994 where they raised five children and enjoyed and appreciated every great thing the city has to offer. Ron recently retired as Director of Procurement after 37 years with Cleveland Metroparks.

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Message From Superintendent Barnes: Focus Forward

Dear Lakewood Families:

When we closed schools so abruptly last March, never did any of us think that we would be starting our new school year the same way we ended the last one. It is an unfortunate situation that we all must cope with and do our best to provide your children with the high quality education they deserve, despite the challenging circumstances. I know that Lakewood City Schools is up to that challenge.

Last March, our teachers were forced to abruptly switch their instruction to remote. This time around, our staff has had ample professional development in online instruction and will be much more familiar with the tech tools that were new to some staff last spring. 

As I think about the environment we are all living through, a recent article I read in School Administrator magazine comes to mind. The article talks about a concept I learned years ago at a leadership conference at the U.S. Army War College. It is a concept that reassures me that we as a school community will emerge from this pandemic stronger and more resilient. The concept is VUCA. It was developed by the military to describe the state of international affairs following the conclusion of the Cold War. It stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. We certainly are living in a VUCA world right now! There are strategies to survive and even thrive in times like today, and I believe that the foundation that our District and community is built on is one that can withstand the VUCA vortex.

 
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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Stay Safe! Make It Yours!

Wear your art...on your mask for the world to see!

There are a lot of fun masks out there for kids. What was missing, Color Me A Mask founders Gerry Engelhart and Rachel Gordon realized…was the kids! “Give kids markers, and they tend to excel at personalizing,” laughs Gordon.

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

MTO - Madison Take Out Opens!

Bright sunny days have finally arrived in Lakewood! If you’re dividing your time between hiking, Zooming and social distancing with friends, leave it to Madison Take Out, a new healthy food cafe near Madison Park, to keep you well-fed and feeling your best when you’re on the go.  

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Remember To Vote!

LAKEWOOD FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS!

As we head into the November election, The Observer would like to help you make sure your voice is heard. Here is how YOU take part:
First, register to VOTE! You have until Monday, October 5, 2020 to register in Ohio.* It takes two minutes and can be done online in Ohio at:

Olvr.ohiosos.gov

To register online you will need to provide the following:
• Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number
• Name
• Date of Birth
• Address
• Last four digits of your Social Security number
Not online or have questions? Call:
General inquiries - 216.443.VOTE (8683)
Bilingual information - 216.443.3233
Hearing Impaired - Ohio Relay Service 711

In Person: Cuyahoga County Board of Elections - 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

REMEMBER! REMEMBER! REMEMBER!

Voter Registration Deadline:
Mon Oct 5, 2020

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot:
Received by Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:00PM EDT
Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot:
In-Person, Received by Tue Nov 3, 2020 7:30PM EST

Ohio General Election
Nov 3, 2020
Early Voting: Not available
In-Person Absentee Voting: Oct 6, 2020 - Nov 2, 2020*

*Taken from usvotefoundation.org and rockethevote.org

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 4:54 PM, 09.02.2020

The Return Of The Annual Lakewood Kiwanis Scarecrow Festival

Wind nor rain nor COVID 19 will stop the scarecrows from arriving in the fall on Madison Ave. Madison Avenue will become a parade of playfulness with scarecrows lining the entire avenue: West 117th to Riverside Drive, from October 11-25, 2020 for the 7th Annual Lakewood Scarecrow Festival. Make plans to build your own scarecrow and participate in this fun opportunity for individual, families, businesses, clubs and organizations.

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Heaven On Earth At The Elmwood Bakery

Bear Claw, Lady Lock, Cheese & Fruit Danish

Being that I lived in Lakewood in the late 80s and thru the 90s I don’t know how in God’s name I missed this little slice of Heaven. Since I moved back to Lakewood in 2016, I’ve become a serious gastronome. Let’s face it, how do you live in Lakewood without become a foodie, oenophile, or a libationist?

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 4:54 PM, 09.02.2020

Update On Services From Lakewood Public Library

Returned Items Are Quarantined 

The Library continues to quarantine returned materials for a minimum of four days. During this time, items will still show as checked out to your library account. After the quarantine period, all items are checked in as of the day they were returned, so no overdue fees are accrued. 
 
Proctoring Services
Students can have written and electronic tests proctored by appointment at the Main Library. Visit the Library's proctoring page for more information or to request an appointment, and a Library staff member will contact you to schedule your proctored exam.
 
Black And White Printing Available By Request
Patrons who need to have documents printed can email their print request to the Library. A staff member will print the requested documents, maintaining patron confidentiality, and will notify the patron when the documents are ready to be picked up.
 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Mayor's Corner: The City Of Lakewood Delivers

In these unprecedented times, everyone is strained to fulfill commitments, but the City of Lakewood is delivering. My first priority is protecting the health and safety of our residents, workers, shoppers, diners, and visitors. That has meant an emphasis from my administration on ensuring that all City services have been open and available to the public every step of the way. While many cities are laying off staff, the City of Lakewood has been able to maintain services while cutting costs. By reducing overtime and instituting a voluntary furlough program, we have saved the City nearly $700,000. If you need an in-person meeting, City Hall is open for appointments.

I am taking a 360-degree approach to all City policies, services, and operations during the pandemic and beyond. We have expanded dining space for our restaurants. We have created express parking permits for carry-out/drop-off businesses. I have been working with my team to develop a set of new grant programs--the Residential Rent Relief grant program and Small Business Rent Relief grant program--to help both residential and commercial landlords and renters to get through these difficult times.

The City of Lakewood’s Small Business Rent Relief grant program provides emergency assistance to income-eligible Lakewood small businesses that have experienced a reduction in revenue as a result of the current public health emergency. Assistance is up to $7,000 per business to cover rent and eligible payroll expenses. In the early days of the quarantine, my team created the Small Business Rent Relief grant program to ensure City resources were supporting the small business community in a direct, streamlined, and useful way. In this second round of the grant program, more resources are available and we adjusted eligibility requirements to reach applicants in need who may not have qualified during our initial rollout. To learn more about the Small Business Rent Relief grant program, visit http://www.onelakewood.com/rent-relief-program/.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Parents Petition Lakewood City Schools For Ongoing Online Education

From "Today Is Gonna Be A Great Quarantine" by Sarah Bene

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkFzAau2Bwg

A petition launched by Lakewood parents is asking that Lakewood City Schools (LCS) make online learning with Lakewood teachers and classes an ongoing option for families who require it. Currently, when buildings reopen, the online option ends. 

Children from families with health issues, who can't risk going into into buildings, must switch to a generic online eLearning course, losing their chance to complete the LHS courses they've started and contact with their teachers and classmates.

The current reopening policy:  

1.) PROMOTES COMMUNITY SPREAD OF COVID-19 by requiring that children--who would stay home if there was an online option--go into buildings to continue their LCS education. This will increase class-sizes and exposure for in-building learners and staff, along with the chance that vulnerable children and their families will get sick.

2.) DISCRIMINATES AGAINST AT-RISK FAMILIES by depriving their children of access to Lakewood teachers, courses and fellow classmates. These families pay taxes, along with all Lakewood residents, to support the provision of authentic education for all Lakewood children. Some families will withdraw from the District, choosing to homeschool or enroll in more accommodating schools. They may not return.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Filling Up The Streets Is The Only Thing That Works: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 106

Knowso - Psychological Garden - self-released - 5 songs - digital

The first of two digital-only (for now?) Knowso EPs released in the past few months. They're down to a two-piece here, with Jayson Gerycz on drums and Nathan Ward on everything else. In that way, it's kinda similar to the first Knowso tape, which I think was just Nathan and Jo Coone. They actually redo a track off of that original tape, "Into A Bug," which already has pretty funny lyrics but is improved even further by Nathan's deadpan delivery. "Isn't it funny how things work out…My life is done now," or the brilliant couplet "My brain's on overdrive / I'm on news channel 5." (A quick digression here, but you know what song from that tape they should bring back out? "Chemical Drink." What a ripper.) This is a slightly more herky-jerky version than the original, as I recall, but still good. Herky-jerky is something of an essential element of the current Knowso sound, after all. The songs on this EP in particular are comprised of a clean guitar and a distorted bass playing the same thing (which actually makes for a pretty cool sound), with the same thing usually being a staccato, pretty rhythmic punk tune in a weird time signature-- not in a math rock kind of way because I don't think they're doing this for those reasons, but more in the way that that's just how Nathan writes, kinda like Spike In Vain. I mean, "Staring At The Spiral" sounds like Neo Neos and that's about as far from math rock as you can be. Certainly less aggressive than past material as well, particularly in comparison to, for example, "Look At The Chart," but again, it's a closer sound to that original demo in a lot of ways. Also, there's more of a lean towards post-punk here, while still being, I'd say, punk. The lyrics on this EP are generally kinda out there, a little bit sci-fi but not quite in a Darvocets way. Sometimes they're about completely normal things, but seen through a filter where it's just a bit off. Like a photo where the color balance is wrong but you can't quite say how. There, that's a poetic description for you. My favorite here, particularly lyrically, is probably "Turning Planet." I really like the lines about "skipping cinderblocks in a cemetery" and "stepping on the names of the dead and dying." Cool stuff. 3.5/5

(knowso.bandcamp.com)

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Rotary Shoe Boxes Ad Children Of The Dump

Rotary members from Lakewood and Rocky River fill shoe boxes for the Children of the Dump in Chinandega, Nicaragua, with personal care items, clothing, school supplies and age-appropriate games or toys.

On August 26, members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River joined Rotarians across the United States by participating in an international service project known as “Children of the Dump.”

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

The View from Ward 2

Lake Avenue Speed Limit

Councilmembers At-Large Tom Bullock and Tristan Rader introduced an ordinance that would reduce the speed limit on Lake Avenue to 25 MPH. They shared that the vehicle traffic volume has decreased, and pedestrian and bicycle traffic has increased. Mr. Bullock and Mr. Rader also pointed to the residential nature of the street as a reason to lower the speed limit. This issue will be further discussed at a future Public Works & Sustainability Committee meeting.

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Election 2020 Process Outlined By Senator Nickie J. Antonio

Senator Antonio at the Cuyahoga County BOE drop box at E. 30th and Euclid Ave.

Photo credit: Elizabeth Halko

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our daily lives; what we wear, where we go, and who we can visit--but it does not change your vital role in our democracy. With the 2020 General Election right around the corner, it is important to be aware of upcoming deadlines and processes to make your vote count and your voice heard.

Before heading to the polls on November 3, 2020, you must be registered to vote. The deadline to register to vote for this election is October 5, 2020. To register, you will need your Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number, name, date of birth, address, and the last four digits of your social security number. If you have recently moved, you will need to update your voting address. Last year, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office purged thousands of citizens from voter rolls. Some of these names were removed in error, so even if you have not moved and you have previously voted, you should verify your voter registration out of an abundance of caution.

The unpredictable nature of a global pandemic makes the possibility of in-person voting unclear for many. To be safe, you can vote by mail. To do so, you will need to complete and mail an absentee ballot application to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at 2925 Euclid Ave Cleveland, OH 44115. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is three days before the election, but it is highly recommended that requests are submitted as soon as possible. Once you receive your ballot in the mail, you will need to return it to the Board of Elections, which can be done by mail or in person. When mailing the completed ballot, it must be postmarked no later than the day before the election (November 2, 2020) and received no later than ten days after the election. You can also deliver your ballot in person prior to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

Election Day 2020 will look different, but you too can help the process run smoothly by signing up to be a poll worker if you are less vulnerable to the virus. Many of our older Election Day volunteers will be unable to help in November due to Covid-19 related risks, so it is a great time for young people to sign up as paid poll workers through the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

While this election will present new challenges, we must remember that our foremothers and fathers fought for our right to vote and make our voice heard. This is an important time to participate in our democracy.

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Annual LHS Alumni Ranger Marching Band Celebration - Canceled Due To C19

The Lakewood High School Alumni Ranger Marching band forfeits the privilege of marching with the current Lakewood Ranger Marching Band at Homecoming due to Covid-19. While this decision saddens us greatly, we are most concerned with the health and well-being of the students, their famillies, the staff, and the alumni who regularly attend. We do, however, look forward to any and all future opportunities to perform with the band.

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 4:54 PM, 09.02.2020

The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 32: “The Ballad Of Derecho Dan” Continues:

Though, not exactly the Battle of the Somme, the tragi-comical skirmish between the citizens of Rockport and River City, known as “Shale Wars I”, had unfurled like a mud pie in the rain. Emanating from long simmering resentments between the two towns, the battle was later hyped in the Cleveland newspapers as the greatest clash of suburbanites since the “Beer Night” riot of 1974.

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 4:54 PM, 09.02.2020

Back To Work And School - At Home

Many of us are finding ourselves working from home including our children when school is back in session.  A shortened commute!  No trips to the gas station!  Pants optional! Those are some of the benefits…. However achy necks, shoulders and low backs are some of the consequences of setting up at home especially if using our laptops all day long.  If adults and children are sharing a workspace in the home, chances are that there are people of different sizes using the same chair and desk.  One set up does not fit all however with a few adjustments it just might be able to!

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 4:54 PM, 09.02.2020