On Thursday, January 21, 2016 Citizens for a Strong Lakewood turned in petitions for a referendum that would allow the citizens of Lakewood to decide if they want to vote for or against closing Lakewood Hospital. If they agree with City Council they would vote for Issue 24. If they disagree with City Council and want to save Lakewood Hospital they would vote against Issue 24.
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Superintendent Jeff Patterson informed the Board of Education at its January 19 meeting that estimated costs for the construction of Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools and the new wings at Lakewood High School are 6% over budget, or nearly $6 million variance. The District plans to cover the $6 million through a proposed agreement with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC).
Lakewood students’ creativity and imagination were celebrated at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held January 27 at Garfield Middle School. One hundred twenty-one works from 114 artists from preschool through high school were honored. Of those 121 pieces of art, 28 student were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging.
On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, Council President O’Leary called the Lakewood City Council to order at 7:48 P.M.
The first order of new business consisted of a communication from Council President O’Leary assigning committee responsibilities to the Council members. Committee chairs were assigned as follows, Councilman David Anderson (Ward I) for the Housing Committee, Councilman Dan O’Malley (Ward IV) for the Public Safety Committee, Councilman Tom Bullock (At-Large) for the Finance Committee, Councilman Ryan Nowlin (At Large) for the Public Works Committee, Councilman John Litten (Ward III) for the Rules and Ordinances Committee, and Councilwoman Cindy Marx (At-Large) for the Health and Human Services Committee.
Next, Councilman Anderson asked Council to consider changing the scheduled dates of Council meetings from the first and third Mondays of each month, which is the current schedule, to the second and fourth. The reason he asks Council to consider this change is due to the fact that Council currently meets the same nights that the Board of Education does. Many residents over the years have complained about not being able to be as engaged in the city as they would like to be because they are stuck with having to choose which meeting to attend.
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The Twisted Vendor Network is at it again. Valentine's Day is right around the corner so come join us for our second twisted event. If you're tired of the same old candy and flowers then you'll want to see what we have available for you. Fifteen artists under one roof with some very untraditional work. Saturday February 6th from 3-9 p.m. you'll want to stop by the 5 o'clock Lounge located at 11904 Detroit Avenue. Last year we had a marriage proposal and there's no telling what will happen this time. Shop for your non traditional Valentine's gifts, grab a drink and see what kind of shenanigans you can take part in. We'll be waiting for you!
Don’t be offended if an agent suggests that you paint before placing your home on the market. They understand “color psychology.” Since people’s reaction to color is immediate, it can have a tremendous influence on their daily choices.
Says engagement in democratic process should not be restricted by politicians
State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today sent a letter to the chair of the House Health and Aging Committee in response to a women’s healthcare access organization being prohibited from video recording during today’s committee hearing. Although the organization had properly followed the established procedure and filled out the necessary paperwork in time in order to record the hearing, the committee chair denied their credentials.
“As an integral part of the democratic process, I believe that legislative committee hearings should be open to all Ohio citizens and the organizations they support,” said Rep. Antonio. “Changing the rules in the middle of the game in order to shut out certain groups with which one may disagree restricts every citizen’s right to know how their government is working. Perhaps if the Ohio legislature opened up our committee hearings and live streamed them as we do our legislative sessions, rules to prohibit or limit video recordings would be irrelevant.”
Meet local and state primary candidates. Also invited are representatives for the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigns.
As anyone who has ever dealt with sickness in the home can tell you, some things have to be necessarily back-burnered so that even more necessary things can get done. In the year before my dear late father, Robert Rice, passed away, and during the year following his passing, there have been any number of projects that have forced me to put many other day-to-day activities on hold.
For Martin Luther King Jr Day this year, 53 students from various schools and I spent our day serving the community and learning about Dr. King’s work. For five years the Lakewood H2O program has planned an event to make MLK Day a DAY ON instead of a day off, offering opportunities for service to high school age Lakewood residents like myself; allowing us to venture out into plenty of service sites on this day as they do all year long. But this specific day offered a variety of ways to serve such as making brunch for families staying at Ronald McDonald House, building birdhouses with the residents of Bloom Lakewood, games and socializing with new friends at Crestmont Nursing Home, crafts and games with kids from Family Life Child Care Center, prepping bikes for a learn to ride program for Cleveland 2nd graders at Ohio City Bike Co-op, preparing a presentation to raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking, picking up donations to GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center, repackaging bulk pet food for My Best Friend’s Bowl with seniors from the Westerly and sorting clothing for a clothes closet and painting an apartment in anticipation of a newly arrived refugee family at Joseph’s House.
Far West Center announces a recent grant award from Community West Foundation to expand trauma-focused mental health services for persons most in need in our community.
These beautiful handmade cards were crafted by students attending a program at the Lakewood Public Library on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. After stories and a song celebrating King’s life and legacy, the participants had fun making a greeting card to warm the hearts of nursing home residents. The cards are being distributed to folks living at O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood. Each child took home a booklet about the life of Dr. King to cut and color, a song sheet, and a bookmark.
Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present Martinez E-B’s solo exhibition So, Let Them Have Color on display in the Jean Bulicek Galleria February 5 – March 6, 2016. An Artist’s Reception will take place Friday, February 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. This exhibition will coincide with Beck Center’s production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, the Tony Award® winning musical. For gallery hours, call Customer Service at 216.521.2540 x10. Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
WordStage Literary Concerts opens its 2016 Season with “On Love and Music” A Shakespearean Valentine
The Wright Chapel Series - Friday, February 12th at 7:30 p.m.
Tears filled my eyes as I listened to Patty describe her restored vision from Wet Macular Degeneration. The reason for my crying became evident when I returned home from the local television station and saw the picture of my father with his close friend.
The registration deadline is coming up soon for the spring season of Lakewood Soccer Association's Saturday Soccer program.
The deadline is Sunday, February 28. Registration cost is $55 for the spring season. LSA still will take registrations after the Feb. 28 deadline, but they are subject to a $20 late fee.
There are a few ways to sign up. Visit the "Saturday" page of LSA's website, www.lakewood-soccer.com, and you can sign up with a credit card online. You also can print a registration form from the website and mail it to us, or you can stop at the Madison branch of the Lakewood Public Library from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 and 27 to register in person. (Payments at the in-person registration must be made by check or cash.)
LSA's eight-week season of games starts Saturday, April 9. Games are played at Memorial Field in the Metroparks on Saturday mornings at four time slots: 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Schedules are posted on the website about a week before the season begins.
Registration is open to players age 4-14. Nearly 600 kids of all ability levels played on 45 co-ed teams, coached by parent volunteers, during the fall season. LSA has run a recreational soccer program for more than 30 years.
For those who register for the spring season, team assignments will be emailed to them during the week of March 21. Team practices and league-wide footskills - U5 and U6 FUNdamentals with Coach Joe Julian, and U7-U14 footskills with Coach Attila Nagy - will begin the week of April 4th.
If you have questions, please visit www.lakewood-soccer.com.
Come and get cozy. Grab some soup, mingle with your friends, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Winterfest, a fund raising event for Providence House, Ohio's first crises nursery.
Local favorites, including Namaste India Garden, The Shore, and Pepper's Italian Restaurant will have plenty of food available, including a free soup tasting. Enjoy a glass of wine with your food, try your luck at raffle baskets or other items, and eat delicious homemade desserts (with coffee provided by The Root Cafe). We’ll have games for the kids and a variety of live musical acts, including the Forest Hill String Quartet, classical and contemporary organ compositions with Buck McDaniel, show tunes performed by Lauren Dockery and Aaron Rutz, and more. No need to buy tickets. Just show up and have some fun.
Hosted by Church on the Ascension on Detroit Road, Winterfest will take place on Saturday, February 13th from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Providence House mission is to Protect At-risk Children, Empower Families in Crisis, and Build Safer Communities.
There is magic happening on Franklin Boulevard and that magic is occuring within Lakewood High School's Barnstormer Drama Club, headed by Domenic Farinelli and Autumn Sabin, both who belong to the school's faculty. As of late, the club has been without an actual space to perform their Fall and Winter productions, but that did not stop their venturing out in the Fall of 2014 just after their last production in the beloved try-out theatre. As many of us who are Lakewood alumni have lost iconic Lakewood High spots such as the lovely L-Room Cafeteria, the Barnstormers have lost the ever so gracious theatre. Their new production location has revolutionized the way many of us might view traditional play production.
In an expert study released this week, scientists found that the last two decades of record-breaking hot temperatures are almost certainly the result of man-made climate change.
Earlier this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA announced that 2015 was the hottest year on record,underscoring the need for urgent climate action. Ohio has good reason to be concerned about this alarming trend: driven by carbon and methane pollution, climate change is fueling costly and deadly extreme weather events, including droughts, heat waves, hurricanes, and record winter storms. Luckily, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized the Clean Power Plan, which sets the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants.
The heat is on and there's no time to wait. I urge Govener Kasich to serve Ohio's best interest by implementing the Clean Power Plan and reducing the pollution that drives climate change while creating new clean energy jobs. The future of our children and the planet depends on it.
Love. It’s the word of the day on Valentine’s and the word Vicki Chew uses to describe how she feels about writing and performing a song. The talented singer, songwriter and guitarist will be sharing the love at a special Sunday With The Friends Valentine’s Day concert on none other than February 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Lakewood Public Library.
When America’s founders crafted the Bill of Rights, they appended to the Constitution a set of ten amendments which were revolutionary in their guarantees of individual freedom. No amendment to the Constitution is more important -- or has created more controversy -- than the First Amendment, which includes protections for free speech, the free exercise of religion, the right to peaceably assemble and freedom of the press. What is speech? Who has the right to speak? What types of speech are prohibited? Is the law different if you’re famous? How does the freedom of the press apply in the age of social media? What types of assemblies are allowed? Should any assemblies be curtailed? Does separation of church and state still exist? What is religion? And who gets to decide?
Thursday, February 4
The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech with Barbara Greenberg, JD
This four-week series will focus on the First Amendment, which outlines our most important freedoms: speech, religion, press and assembly. Participants will consider a range of ethical and legal questions related to the First Amendment and review what the U.S. Supreme Court has said about them. Freedom of Speech. Is it all about the words? Who has this right? When/where/at what cost? Does being famous matter? What about kids?
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Harding Middle School eighth-grader Kitty Crino was honored at a ceremony on January 16 with the Regional Prize for Best Poetry in the Scholastic Art & Writing Contest. Her work was chosen from among hundreds of middle and high school writers who entered the contest. She was also one of only five students chosen to receive the Visionary Voice Award, which honors the best pieces in the regional judging.
Cuyahoga for Hillary campaign is excited to announce the official opening of the Lakewood office to support electing the first woman to the presidency, Hillary Clinton. Come celebrate and show your love for Hillary on Sunday, February 14th from 1:30pm-4:30pm at 15729 Madison Ave (Goddess Blessed). Join Hillary supporters and learn more about the campaign and how to get involved. State Representative Nickie Antonio and Special Guests will officially kick-off the opening with remarks at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
8th Annual Big Chili Cookoff
The pink building on Madison Ave used the XOXO theme for this month. We have been asked, "What does that mean?"
The presidential election cycle is in full swing, as the national media has been focusing on Iowa and New Hampshire in recent weeks. Ohio will not host its primary election until March 15, but one group of local volunteers has been campaigning for Bernie Sanders since last summer. They even managed to open a volunteer-staffed and funded campaign office here in Lakewood….it was the first of its kind in Ohio for any candidate.
Mary Kahelin dims the lights after Act 1, then slowly fades the sound of the siren as the darkness sets. Unseen in the tech booth at the Clague Playhouse, she listens for the cue that the actors performing the play "Proof" are ready to proceed. The stage manager in a distant part of the theater, lets her know through a headset that the actors are ready. The theater brightens, this time looking like morning sunlight rather than the late evening illumination from the first act. Mary now follows along in the script because her cues will come from the actors dialogue rather than the stage manager. Her clothing is dark and the color melts into the walls of the room behind the window where she sits. The only illumination is from the computer screens and a pair of tiny flexible desk lights that shine on the pages she watches. The dialogue from the actors on stage comes through a tiny speaker mounted over the window that allows a view of the stage.
After Lucky, photographer Bob Soltys' Jack Russell Terrier and man about town over the last ten years, suffered a near-death experience in the Rocky Mountains last summer, he decided to tell his life story and self-publish it with some help from his Dad.
Nick Oberg has been promoted to Operations Manage and Natale Neubert has been promoted to marketing/analyst by Neubert Painting. They are both Lakewood residents.
On Wednesday, February 17, Lakewood City Schools Superintendent Jeff Patterson will hold his third Superintendent Chat of the school year. The chat will take place at 6 p.m. in the Garfield Middle School cafetorium. At this chat, Superintendent Patterson would like to begin the discussion of what the future use of Taft, Franklin and the Board of Education building should be. No reservations are needed, just show up with your questions and comments!
Friday, February 5, 2016
The 2016 Great Big Home + Garden Show
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
The 2016 Great Big Home + Garden Show presented by 84 Lumber will bring exhibitors, celebrities and special events to Northeast Ohio when it comes to Cleveland’s I-X Center February 5-14. A Celebration!-themed Garden Showcase, cooking stage, fully-constructed Idea and Hi-Tech Entertainment homes, and Urban Farmhouse are among the many highlights sure to excite and surprise show attendees. Home and garden celebrities making appearances include HGTV’s Two Chicks and a Hammer presenting their new show Good Bones, the Cooking Channel’s Beekman Boys and Jason Cameron of DIY’s Desperate Landscapes, Man Caves and Sledgehammer. At The Great Big Home + Garden Show, visitors can find innovative products, new ideas, practical advice and great deals in remodeling, home improvement and gardening with hundreds of experts under one roof.
Location: Cleveland I-X Center, One I-X Center Drive, Cleveland, OH 44135
The first Council meeting of 2016 was called to order by the longest serving Councilperson, Tom Bullock (At-Large), on the night of January 4 at 7:30 p.m. With no current Council President, the duty of chairing the meeting until one can be elected falls to the longest serving Council member, or in the case of this meeting, his designee. Immediately after calling the meeting to order, Councilman Bullock turned the gavel over to Councilman Sam O’Leary (Ward II).
Lakewood High will certainly have left its mark on the orchestra ensemble at Ohio University’s annual Honor Choir & Orchestra Festival January 15-17 as nearly half of the musicians were from LHS, including all the principal chairs of the 54-person ensemble.
The City of Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission is hosting its annual Diversity Potluck. Join your neighbors and friends at this family-friendly event which celebrates the diversity we know and enjoy in Lakewood. This exciting and fun event will take place Thursday January 21st, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Women's Pavilion at Lakewood Park. Please bring a dish to share with 6-8 people which represents your family, cultural, or ethnic background. We are also collecting socks for our new refugee/immigrant friends and neighbors on behalf of Community West Foundation - so bring some!
Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present "In the Heights," the fifth annual collaboration with the esteemed Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre program. The limited engagement runs February 12 through 28, 2016 on the Mackey Main Stage. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Two Thursday performances will take place at 8 p.m. on February 18 and 25. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: BECKBW to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by February 11.
The Lakewood High School boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams are enjoying their best season in years as three-quarters of the way through the season both have suffered only a single loss with 8-1 records. Both teams have seen a big turnaround from last season, when the boys went 4-5 and the girls 5-4.
Students from Lakewood High School, West Shore Career-Tech and Harding Middle School earned a significant number of honors in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition, including six Gold Key winners.
On January 22nd, 2016, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon with Mr. Joseph Roman, CEO & President of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Vice Chair of the 2016 Republican National Convention Host Committee. Mr. Roman’s presentation is titled “Your Business, Your Community and the 2016 RNC.”
The Review Column Comes Of Age This Week/Multiple References To Buddy Akita: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 18
Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much.
Front Porch Lights - Front Porch Lights - self-released - 6 songs - CD, download
I gotta say, this isn't really my kinda thing. Kind of indie pop-ish I would say, very mainstream pop type stuff. I can see people liking this for sure, though. All the songs sound like they could be big radio hits in the current musical climate. My picks would be "Come The Light," which kicks from a slow beginning into a still slow but more upbeat end, and the closing track, "Dance With The Worst," which besides the good title also has a cool guitar line and an interesting melody. Again, this is not my particular cup of tea, but hey, if you like poppy melodies and poppy songs, it could be for you. 3/5
Bed bugs are everywhere. You not only have to worry about picking up bed bugs in hotels these days. Authorities say the biggest cause of bed bug movement currently is from the used furniture trade. Children from bed bug infested homes are hopping out of bed and coming to school with them. It's fairly common, these days. So how do you protect your family? How do you prevent these parasites from making you their host?
There's a beautiful historic region in Venango County, Pennsylvania, where Dad (the late Robert Rice) and I were born. As far as I'm concerned, it's still one of the best kept destination secrets around.
Students and parents are invited to visit the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Westshore Campus on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 9 a.m. to noon for “Your Future Continues, Transfer Options for Tri-C Students.”
Five Lincoln Elementary students were honored with medals and certificates recently for their outstanding performance in the national Noetic Learning Math Contest. The third- and fourth-graders were among the top 10% of the 3,995 and 4,732 students who competed in each respective grade.
Lakewood City Schools recently launched a pilot in-school vision exam program with Ocular Services Management and Dr. Pete Mogyordy. Last month, 13 students at Emerson Elementary School received complete eye exams, and six of were given prescriptions for eyeglasses.
Cub Scout Pack 68, sponsored by the Lakewood United Methodist Church, earned the prestigious Journey to Excellence Silver Award for 2015. The award recognizes Scout organizations that provide a high quality program for boys in the community. Pack leaders say they plan to earn the gold award in 2016.
The results are in! Despite rarely having more than 100 homes for sale any given month, Lakewood posted another solid year in real estate sales!
Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss. But most of us do not know how to “move beyond” our losses. The Grief Recovery Method® teaches that grief is emotional, not intellectual, and that unresolved grief is almost always about undelivered communication of an emotional nature.
A beloved musical duo, librettist W. S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan are renowned for their clever lyrics, haunting melodies, wicked parodies, and social satire. The Lakewood Public Library is pleased to welcome Great Lakes Light Opera (GLLO) back to the Library, where they will perform selections from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.
Thursday, January 21
Booked For Murder: Murder in Motion
Lovers of mystery take to the skies, seas and rails this season. This Thursday’s book is "Mystery in White" by J. Jefferson Farjeon.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Meeting Room
Garfield Middle School is bringing a Las Vegas quality magic show to our community! Witness a production like no other with a variety of entertainment that will blow your mind! Led by world-renowned magician Rick Smith Jr., and his team of top-notch performers, your audience will experience a high-energy production like no other all while raising money to benefit Garfield Students. With performers seen around the world and featured on programs such as The Tonight Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and America’s Got Talent (just to name a few), nowhere but the “Entertainment Capital of the World” itself will you see such entertainment all in one night! Needless to say, this is not your “typical” school assembly. This is fun filled entertainment for the whole family and is open to anyone who wants to attend the show!
The Lakewood Area Collaborative is hosting a monthly Job Club at the Lakewood Public Library at 15425 Detroit Ave. The next Job Club meeting will be held on Tuesday January 26th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood Library. We will have a guest speaker, Kris McGuigan from Professional Courage. The topic will be "Unleash your next Career Move". Also, we will provide information and resources to assist people with finding a job in today's market. The Job Club is free and open to the public.
Ray Tapajna, who had several businesses in Lakewood, is now an artist who produces Art that Heals. You can view it live yourself, and show it freely to others in need on any computer screen. When you feel like you need to take a break, come by and linger awhile and let the living waters come your way to refresh your spirits and your day. Show it to loved ones or others in need in hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers, waiting rooms etc to help wash their troubles away. You can view these images live at Ray's bio pages http://www.tapsearch.com/about-ray-tapajna. For those spiritually in need, see http://tapsearch.com/healing-prayer which include Ray's healing in blue and other healing images, the healing prayer, the second touch prayer and more.
Former LHS Rugby Team Captain Sam Ciancutti returned home to Lakewood over the holiday break bringing news of his freshman year experiences playing prop for Bowling Green State University Men's Rugby Team this past fall.
Lakewood Hospital to End Inpatient Services in February; Emergency Department to Stay Open; Construction of New Facility to Begin in 4th Quarter 2016
Following Lakewood City Council’s unanimous approval last month of a new Master Agreement between the City of Lakewood, Lakewood Hospital Association and Cleveland Clinic to bring in a new era of healthcare to Lakewood, Cleveland Clinic is moving forward with changes to Lakewood’s healthcare landscape and announcing key details, including:
Inpatient services (those requiring an overnight stay) will begin transitioning out of Lakewood Hospital throughout the month of January and will end on Feb. 5, 2016.
Wednesday, January 20
Mental Health & Aging: Creating a Compassionate Community
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Mental health issues for seniors aren’t typically topics that get much coverage.
That’s one of the reasons Lakewood Senior Collaborative is hosting a panel discussion: to talk about it. Mental Health & Aging: Creating a Compassionate Community will also highlight trends and available resources.
Location: Lakewood Park Women's Pavilion, 14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107
Achieve Fitness Studio recently moved from its Rocky River location on Detroit Road to right down the street and across the bridge into Lakewood. “We offered personal training, nutritional coaching and small group training at our Rocky River studio. I wanted to expand and offer more to my clients,” explains Lisa DeSico-Boyd, owner of Achieve Fitness Studio.
“Most of our clients come for personal training and go everywhere else for classes. I wanted to expand so that my clients can take all these classes under one roof. I hired the best instructors in the area. My clients can take these classes at Achieve with the instructors they know from Lakewood and Rocky River." Achieve now will offer Barre, Pilates, Kettlebell, Zumba, Yogalates, Yoga, Boxing, TRX, Circuit City, Training Day, R.I.P.P.E.D, PiYo, Bars/Plates/Core and Killer X Training classes.
15 Pizza Vendors + 55” HD TV = Kiwanis Pizza Bake Off 2016
Yes, it’s a Leap Year, so why not leap into Lakewood High School on January 21 and enjoy all you can eat pizza at the fourth annual Pizza Bake Off? Besides a full tummy, this year, you could also go home with a 55” Samsung HD Smart TV!
Fifteen of Lakewood’s finest pizzerias will set up shop and offer slices of their products. Customers may return for as many samples as they can eat from as many stands as they wish. Coffee and a soft drink are included with your ticket.
Kiwanis will also raffle off a 55” HD TV! Raffle tickets are on sale now for $5, or a special sale price of 5 tickets for $20. The winner of the TV will be drawn at the Bake Off.
The Save Lakewood Hospital group is not doing enough to save the hospital. They should publicize their free public meetings with flyers and mailings. Their meetings are held at the Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Ave.), on Sundays at 4 p.m. All supporters should attend these meetings, and be allowed to make suggestions. The group's contact information is, Tom Monahan: 216-221-9202 or savelakewoodhospital.org.
Save Lakewood Hospital should also allow supporters to add their names to the current pending lawsuit, in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court (filed by attorney Chris DeVito, for 400 million dollars, against the Cleveland Clinic.) Save Lakewood Hospital is a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), with about five owners. I believe all supporters should be able to add their names to the lawsuit (and also be allowed to become members). Otherwise the lawsuit might be thrown out of court (this happened to a previous lawsuit). There is strength in numbers.
Save Lakewood Hospital should do more! They should hold more public meetings and press conferences, and have petitions and new candidates run for City Council. They should investigate why the Cleveland Clinic does not want another hospital group to run Lakewood Hospital (does the building have OSHA violations?) And lastly, they should request the topics of the recent City Council meetings (held behind closed doors--which might have been in violation of sunshine laws), to find the real reason why the Cleveland Clinic wants to close the Lakewood Hospital, and why Lakewood City Council is agreeing to negate the current lease, which is valid until 2026.