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Thank You, Lakewood

The first Lakewood Observer issue in print.

Thank you to everyone in the City of Lakewood for your participation for the last fifteen years! Fifteen!

Back in 2004, to celebrate Independence Day, we launched the print edition of the Lakewood Observer. It was our gift to the City of Lakewood.

At the time, the Lakewood Public Library, Lakewood Public Schools, City Hall, Non-Profits, the Arts and everyday residents had a hard time getting their information out to all.

A group of us got together to first address some of the hatred on social media. At the time there was only one small BBS using fake names, but the hate and the lies flew and made issues unto themselves.

We dedicated ourselves to allowing anyone in to share stories, photos, poems, illustrations, cartoons anything and everything.

Post it, send it in, put your real name on it, and we will help you get it out to the public. Of course, the other part of our deal is, we will also help anyone else that has information or knowledge on a subject to join in and potentially disagree.

At the time, no Face Book, no Twitter, no Instagram, SnapChat, or a hundred other apps and websites.

There was not the massive diffusion of conversation that arrived with Facebook, where any yahoo can declare a page, and set about running it like their magical kingdom.

We sat down and created a vehicle to keep serious discussion going over days, weeks, months, even years. It  was called the “Thought Puddle.” Today it is the Lakewood Observer Observation Deck, a place that tracks Lakewood through photos, music, and adult discussion about serious topics ranging from Development, City Hall oversight, Crime, Schools, Taxes, Sewers, Arts, National News, Sports and everything and anything. Many discussions filled with hundreds of images and videos stretching back over 15 years!

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Latest News Releases

State Names Roosevelt Elementary High Progress School of Honor
- Board of Education, January 7, 2019 Read More
DeWine Nominates Cabinet Heads for DAS, DSA, OOD, DRC, Taxation, Appoints Numerous Senior Staff members
- Government, January 3, 2019 Read More
District to Renovate Taft for Curricular Expansion, Central Office Home
- Board of Education, December 18, 2018 Read More
Lakewood’s Roosevelt Elementary Named High Progress School of Honor
- Board of Education, November 16, 2017 Read More
Lakewood Empowers Young People to Say Something and Save Lives!
- City Hall, October 17, 2017 Read More

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It’s About To Get Hot: Lakewood Summer Meltdown Returns July 13

Photo by The Lakewood Observer

The biggest block party in the neighborhood is fast approaching. Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2019, sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, returns to Downtown Lakewood for its 10th year on Saturday, July 13 from 4 to 10 p.m.

The Summer Meltdown is one of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties. This community event is a free summertime celebration of our city’s vibrancy. It draws more than 10,000 attendees from across northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood each July.

This Lakewood summer tradition takes place on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood between Arthur and Marlowe.  The Summer Meltdown offers an afternoon and evening jam-packed with seemingly endless activities for one and all, including the Meltdown 5K race, 1 Mile Family Fun Run and Walk, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

Families will love the street festival, which features more than 100 vendor tents, many of which offer interactive opportunities. Activities range from the “Water Moose” sprinkler park to the Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle sponsored by Beat Cycles to a skateboard park sponsored by West Side Skates.

 

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Former Exchange Student Gives Back To Rotary As RYE Counselor

Natasha Corrigan (left) and Patitta Kitcharoenchai.

Imagine. You’re fifteen years old; 16 days shy of your sixteenth birthday. You’re about to embark on an 11-month journey, travel 8,700 miles to a different country, attend a different school, live with families you’ve never met, speak a language everyday you’ve only studied in school.

You’ve chosen to apply for the Rotary Youth Exchange’s long-term program in Thailand, your home country. You, your parents, and school have filled out all the forms. You’ve listed your strengths, weaknesses and ambitions. Your parents have written candidly about your character and maturity. Your commitment is for an entire school year.

Patitta “Pati” Kitcharoenchai knew about Rotary. Her father, Somchart, is a member of the club in Chanthaburi. Since last August, Pati’s host club has been the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River. No stranger to Youth Exchange, the club has had at least one exchange student every year since Lisa Nestorsen (from Sweden) in 1982.

RYE’s objectives are simple, succinct and clear – “Instilling international understanding and goodwill in students, creating positive change by empowering youth, and making lasting connections for host clubs, host families, communities, and the students involved.”

 

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Meyer Campaigns For School Board With Experience, Motivation

The future of Lakewood City Schools is deeply important to Andrew A. Meyer.

As a candidate for Lakewood Board of Education, Meyer’s priorities are high standards, independence and responsiveness—qualities demonstrated in work on the city’s charter review commission and as an attorney.

As a new parent, Meyer says that applying this experience as a school board member includes a personal commitment to public education in Lakewood. “My wife and I both really look forward to being able to contribute to the education of our daughter Ellie Sue.”

Providing high quality schools for the next generation and beyond will be an ongoing challenge, says Meyer. “Maintaining services while being a good steward of tax dollars is and will remain the number one challenge,” he says.

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Lindsey Grdina Announces Ward 1 Bid; Endorsed by Cuyahoga County Democrats

Lindsey Grdina announces Ward 1 bid; Endorsed by Cuyahoga County Democtatic Party

On June 15, 2019, I was honored to have received the endorsement of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. The endorsement reflects my deep commitment to seeing Lakewood and its citizens continue to thrive. I understand that we are called to help those who are struggling, and our policies must ensure that we are creating a Lakewood that works for all its residents. I am also committed to seeing Lakewood continue as a haven for independent and small business, a place where entrepreneurship thrives, supported by both the community and the local government. I believe that my brand of compassionate, informed leadership can ensure that Lakewood continues to thrive and grow for this generation and beyond.

I have had the pleasure of calling Lakewood home for over a decade. After graduating from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, I knew I wanted to stay in Lakewood. In 2013 my husband, Ed, and I  bought our home on Woodward Ave., just a block away from where Ed grew up. In 2016 we welcomed our first child, Julia, and Oliver joined us in February of 2019.

 

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Senator Antonio Comments On Passage Of State Budget

Senator Antonio speaking on the Senate floor.

On June 20th, 2019, the Ohio Senate passed the state’s two-year, $69 billion budget bill, House Bill 166.

I’m pleased to say that this is the first budget I’ve voted in favor of since taking office nearly a decade ago. For years, we’ve urged our Republican colleagues to invest in public health in order to build a stronger Ohio. This budget is a commitment to the people of Ohio to do just that.

I applaud the inclusion of several public health investments I secured in the bill:

  • $1 million per year for the Cleveland Lead Safe Coalition
  • $2.5 million per year for infant safe spacing programs in high infant mortality areas
  • Public health initiatives including resources to curb the opioid epidemic through harm reduction and syringe exchange services and increased access to Naloxone

The bipartisan budget also includes longstanding Democratic priorities. HB 166 increases funding for affordable housing programs through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. It includes various measures aimed at supporting Ohio’s children and families, like a proposal to prevent the custody relinquishment of children with severe mental health issues and additional funding for home-living programs for low income and elderly Ohioans. It also funds the H2Ohio water quality initiative through the next two years.

 

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Meghan George Endorsed For Mayor Of Lakewood

The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus (CCPC) has endorsed Councilwoman Meghan F. George for Mayor of Lakewood, following a candidate forum at the Lakewood Public Library on Tuesday, June 25. Only Lakewood members of the CCPC were permitted to vote on this endorsement.

After opening remarks, Councilwoman George put her command of Lakewood’s issues on full display in a town hall style, question and answer format. She noted, “My professional experience creating solutions for some of Ohio’s largest organizations and businesses has prepared me to manage the challenges we face in Lakewood.” 

“Meghan’s private sector work, coupled with her achievements on council, made the conclusive case that she’s the candidate with the experience we need as our next mayor,” said Emily Christescu, a Lakewood resident who attended the forum.

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July 4th, 1969 Memorial Bench

The July 4, 1969 Memorial Bench looks out across the lake.

(Photo by Susan Schwartz Salontay)

The idea for the memorial bench started exactly five years ago. I was in Lakewood on business. I stopped for lunch at the downtown restaurant Souper Market and picked up a Lakewood Observer.

I was very moved by the article Lakewood resident Gary Rice had written for the 45th anniversary of the storm. He had graduated with my sister the month before the storm. He wrote that her passing had inspired him to take her declared college major in education as his own.

I finished the article and my lunch, and did something I never thought I would do again. I drove down Belle Ave and entered Lakewood Park.

The bandstand seemed to be the only structure that was remotely the same. I had been told this is where my sister was killed by falling trees. I had been there that day, but was with a girlfriend taking refuge in a home nearby. As I drew closer, I saw hundreds of memorial plaques on benches, and sidewalk bricks. I spent a good bit of time looking for one that remembered the historic storm of July 4, 1969 but found nothing.

My next stop was City Hall where I left a note for my former classmate and the current mayor, Mike Summers, asking how to purchase a memorial bench for my sister. Mike caught up with me a week later and told me that after talking to other members of the class reunion committee, the decision had been made to have the class donate the funds. In the summer of '69, our class had just graduated from the three junior highs and was entering Lakewood High in the fall. Obviously, the event was seared in everyone’s memory, although I was the only classmate who lost a sibling.

 

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Three Arches Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Allison L. Urbanek 

Three Arches Foundation, a community-focused grant making foundation, announces the election of Ellen C. Ospelt, BS, RN, CDE and Allison L. Urbanek to its board of directors. 

Ospelt brings extensive experience as a professional health administrator and educator. She is Regional Care Coordinator for Paladina Health working collaboratively with providers and care teams across Ohio to address the health management needs of patients. Over the past 20 years, Ospelt has devoted her professional career to improving population health and chronic disease management and prevention through various administrator roles at North Coast Health, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio and St. Vincent Charity Hospital. A resident of Bay Village, Ospelt is an active member of the Northeast Ohio American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Diabetes Association and Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. 

Urbanek is Director of Housing & Internal Operations for LakewoodAlive, a community-centered nonprofit organization. Previously, she was Director of Programming for Home Repair Resource Center, a HUD-approved counseling agency. With extensive experience in the not-for-profit community, Urbanek has focused her career on developing and implementing housing outreach and home maintenance education programs to foster and sustain local neighborhoods, including securing CDBG-funded loan and grants. A Lakewood resident, Urbanek currently serves as co-chair on the Associate Board of the Beck Center for the Arts and is a member of the Anderson Center for Accessible Living Committee at Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio. 

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Renewed Focus On Community Development And Health Essential To Lakewood’s Future

It is my belief that a renewed focus on community development and health in Lakewood is integral to our future.

As a public health professional working with communities all across northeast Ohio, it is readily apparent that public health intersects all aspects of public life. The key to our resilience in Lakewood - our ability to effectively meet future challenges as a community - hinges upon community health and development. Community development, and policies and processes that support it in all its facets, is imperative in determining how we address emerging issues.

As part of the Lakewood Wellness Foundation Planning Task Force,  we discussed at length the change in Lakewood’s health landscape and the opportunities for health improvement through community development. When considering the challenges that are impacting health and information access for Lakewood’s diverse array of residents,  what is clear is that more ought to be done to identify, organize, guide and strengthen community networks. This is something that will be the central focus for me as your council person in Ward 1.

 

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1969, A Year Of Change

The replacements of Gary's original guitar and bicycle. Ready for the next ride?

Note: This is an updated re-print of my earlier Lakewood Observer column regarding 1969. 

In a great many ways, 1969 changed everything. Just about anyone alive at that time knew it too. 

If 1968 brought rain, 1969 brought the storm; literally and figuratively, locally and nationally.

Many writers allude to a time in history when innocence was lost forever. If any year filled that bill, it was 1969. It was also quite a time for this young writer, who was about to graduate from Lakewood High School. This year marks the 50th reunion for my class. 

We’ll be getting together soon in July; at least, those of us who can still make it.

Let's step back in time to those Lakewood streets in 1969; in those weeks just before our graduation, at least...for a little while. 

You would have seen a city having marked differences from today. Giant elms, sycamores, and maple trees stood along the serene tree lawns of Lakewood's side streets, lending cool green shade and a womb-like sense of security and peace to the residents. Most impressive of all were those elms, with their V-like branches reaching heavenward, and overarching the nearby homes; providing the illusion at least, that every street was cocooned in its own little world. Many of those streets back then had not yet been paved over with asphalt. Those streets still retained their red-brick luster, and while that made for slick driving during the rains, and bumpy moments for our middleweight bicycles, the overall effect was much like that of a halcyon, idealized portrait of front-porch middle America; as it was ever meant to be. Ice-cream trucks, as well as bicycle-borne knife sharpeners and fruit vendors advertised their presence by pleasant bells and plaintive calls. 

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Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op Meeting at Lakewood Library

The Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability and the non profit Solar United Neighbors of Ohio are cosponsoring a free meeting for home and business owners interested in going solar. Topics will include the history of solar power, incentives such as the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit and financing options including the low interest Cuyahoga County HELP Loan Program.

Attendees will learn how to save money and stress by joining the Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op. The Co-op will grow as meetings are conducted throughout Cuyahoga County. Once the Co-op has reached sufficient size bids will be solicited from installers. Co-op members will choose from among those bids. 

There is no obligation and members are free to quit at any time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lakewood Resident Recognized As Volunteer Of The Year By The Young Marines

The Young Marines, a national youth organization, has named Tiffany Schwarzwalder the “Division 5 Adult Volunteer of the Year.” She is a resident of Lakewood, Ohio and the unit and battalion executive officer for the Greater Lake County Young Marines. The unit meets at 8720 Twinbrook Rd., Mentor, Ohio.

Commanded by Bill Sickles, the unit has eight active Young Marines and four registered adult volunteers. The website is: https://www.glcyoungmarines.org/

Each Young Marine unit is led and guided by adult volunteers. There are 2,500 registered adult volunteers with the organization. Annually, one adult volunteer is selected from each of six divisions for “Division Volunteer of the Year.”

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LakewoodAlive Announces 3rd Annual Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle With Beat Cycles

Photo by Brittany Graham Photography

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled doesn’t return to Downtown Lakewood until July 13, yet it’s not too early to get ready for this highly-anticipated community event.

LakewoodAlive is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle presented by Beat Cycles. This raffle offers contestants an opportunity to win one of two Cannondale Quick bicycles valued collectively at more than $1,300.  Beat Cycles will fit the lucky pair of raffle winners to bikes of the proper size.

Bike enthusiasts are invited to visit meltdown-bike-raffle.eventbrite.com to secure raffle tickets in advance for two separate drawings (for both female and male bike models) now through July 11. Tickets are also available for purchase at Beat Cycles (15608 Detroit Avenue). Look for the bikes on display in Beat Cycles’ storefront window.

Raffle tickets are priced at 1 for $10 or 3 for $25.

 

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LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Deck Refinishing” Workshop On July 18

LakewoodAlive's "Deck Refinishing" free workshop takes place on July 18.

Remember the joy and happiness you feel when spending time on your deck and front porch? Does your porch or deck need a little revamp? Then this workshop is for you.

LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Deck Refinishing on Thursday, July 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sherwin-Williams (14711 Madison Avenue in Lakewood). The ninth workshop of 2019 for this popular home maintenance educational series will cover best practices for refinishing your porch and deck.

Led by our friends at Sherwin-Williams, this presentation will highlight multiple ways to maintain your porch and deck, tips to help cut down on time and ways to save money on the project. This workshop will take the guess work out of the process, helping you to achieve the results you want within your budget and your timeline.

 

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Community Market At Church Of The Ascension

The Church of the Ascension will present an opportunity for members of the Lakewood community to sell or discover local treasures at Ascension Market on the first Saturdays of July (6th), August (3rd) and September (7th). Ascension Market will be held on the front lawn of the church at 13216 Detroit Avenue. In the event of rain, it will be in Strom Hall in the lower level; entrance is at the east-side parking lot.

One might find antiques, collectibles, books, crafts, artwork, clothing, jewelry, one-of-a-kind items and more. It’s amazing what wonderful things need to come out of over-stuffed basements and attics that others can enjoy! Sellers may rent a table for a free-will offering. Hamburgers, hotdogs, soft drinks, etc. will be for sale by the church.

To reserve a table, please call the church office at 216-521-8727.

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Locals Called To Host Refugees

HIAS and their affiliate, US Together, a refugee resettlement agency in Cleveland, are partnering with Airbnb’s new Open Homes program to provide temporary housing for refugees. The program is designed to help individuals and families who need temporary housing for several reasons, one of which is refugee resettlement. Temporary housing is provided while the refugees’ permanent housing is finalized. Usually, housing for refugees is secured before they arrive. However, extenuating circumstances occasionally happen, and gap housing becomes necessary. This partnership with Airbnb aims to address the need for gap housing by connecting refugee resettlement agencies to volunteer hosts.  

To learn more about this exciting new program, please attend one of the Open Homes Information sessions hosted by US Together; Tuesday, July 9th at 6pm, at the Lakewood Public Library – 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood and Thursday, July 11th at 6pm, at the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma Branch – 6996 Powers Blvd., Parma.

 

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Meet The Author: The HeART Of Cleveland By Scott Kraynak

While working as a park ranger at the Grand Canyon National Park, Scott Kraynak was thinking about Cleveland; the tough, resilient town was the center of an underappreciated community of artists and both needed to be celebrated. Nearly 2000 miles away, "The HeART of Cleveland" was born.

Kraynak is taking a break from his day job to visit Lakewood Public Library on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7 p.m. to discuss "The HeART of Cleveland" and the city’s dynamic art scene. Joining book editor Scott Kraynak will be featured artists John W. Carlson, Gary Dumm, Laura Dumm, Ron Hill, Leslie Edwards Humez, George Kocar, Ray McNiece, James Quarles, William Scheele and Pam Spremulli. 

The work and personal city-reflections of our special guests are showcased in The HeART of Cleveland along with 70 artists, both past and present.

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Registration Underway For Lakewood Schools' Kindergarten

Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now taking place at the Lakewood Board of Education at 1470 Warren Road, by appointment only. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2019 in order to register. To begin the process, go to www.lakewoodcityschools.org and click on the Student Registration link under Quick Links on the left side of the page.

To learn more about this exciting new program, please attend one of the Open Homes Information sessions hosted by US Together; Tuesday, July 9th at 6pm, at the Lakewood Public Library – 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood and Thursday, July 11th at 6pm, at the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma Branch – 6996 Powers Blvd., Parma.

 

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LHS 1st Day For New Students Only

Lakewood High School is excited to introduce a new Fresh Start orientation for the 2019-2020 school year! The first day of school on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 will be dedicated to freshmen and other new students to Lakewood High. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will report for their first day on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

The LHS team is looking forward to introducing this new format of Fresh Start by dedicating an entire school day for our freshman and new students to begin their LHS experience. The day will start with check-in promptly at 7:45 a.m.  Students will enter through Door 32, which is located next to the Ranger Shop off Franklin Boulevard. Check-in will conclude by 8:15 a.m. at which time the students will move to the Civic Auditorium to begin our day’s activities.

Over the course of Fresh Start, students will be introduced to topics such as student code of conduct, dress code, student expectations, safety, and extracurricular activities. Additionally, students will be given the opportunity to walk through their individual schedule in order to meet LHS teachers and be prepared for the first day of school with all students. Time will also be allotted for students to access their lockers and practice their locker combinations.

 

 

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Banking Made Simple Food Truck Day

Many factors are reshaping how customers think about banking. Citizens Bank is moving at the speed of change by putting the customer at the heart of everything they do.

“Customers want convenience, transparency and flexibility,” says Chris Powell of Citizens Bank. They are paving the way in innovation & technology, leading with their mobile banking app. The app makes it easy to stay in control of your finances, whether you're checking your balances, paying a bill or even making deposits on the go! It also gives you the ability to you to do your banking wherever you are.

The Citizens Bank in Lakewood on Belle & Madison is hosting a fun event on Friday, July 12th from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., to demonstrate just how easy it is to do banking while on lunch with the Mobile Banking app. “We want our customers to know all of their options when it comes to how they can do their banking,” said Licensed Banker Ernesto Cruz II.

They will have the Barrio food truck and Dang Good Foods food truck in their parking lot to add in the fun and provide a couple selections for purchase, as well as free ice cream (while supplies last)! All are welcome.

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Doan Brook Trio Performs “My Family Immigration Story” Concert

Doan Brook Trio is a woodwind ensemble featuring oboist Martin Neubert, clarinetist Alix Reinhardt, and bassoonist Ian Hoy. Taking its name from Doan Brook, one of the five greater bluestone brooks found in Cuyahoga County, the trio was founded in 2018 by Ian Hoy. The trio’s mission is to raise awareness of social justice issues through enriching programs which are fact-based and which have a personal connection.

The Doan Brook Trio brings a special concert entitled “My Family Immigration Story” to the Lakewood Main Library on Sunday, July 14, 2019. The inspiration for Sunday’s performance stems from Hoy’s own family immigration story. A family letter was sent to France from New York on the occasion of the inauguration of the Statue of Liberty in 1886.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Library Closed
Library closed in observance of Independence Day.

Friday, July 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. 
Front Porch Concert Series Presented by LakewoodAlive 
Main Library Front Porch 
The Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core. Concerts take place on the Library’s front porch, are sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, and are presented by LakewoodAlive. Tonight we welcome The Robin Blake Sound Experiment.

Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Film - "Gas Food Lodging" (1992)
Directed by Allison Anders
Main Library Auditorium
In the boring New Mexico town of Laramie, Nora (Brooke Adams) is a truck-stop waitress living in a trailer park where she is raising her two teenaged daughters, Trudi (Ione Skye) and Shade (Fairuza Balk). Free-spirited Trudi is the opposite of Shade, who dreams about having a normal family. The film follows all three women in their attempts at love and their struggles of living day to day. This film continues our series highlighting woman directors. 

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The Comic World Of Nicholas

Magic and fun with Nicholas.

The Lakewood Public Library invites you to an entertaining program full of mixed-up magic with Nicholas, a graduate of the St. Ignatius Circus Club. An early interest in the world of magic led Nicholas to create a one-of-a-kind show that will be fun for all ages. You’ll be in awe as Nicholas blends magic with balloons and juggling into one show. His hilarious antics will keep you laughing, making this a performance you won’t want to miss. His award-winning act is coming to the Lakewood Public Library, so bring the whole family for a magical and amazing afternoon. This program will take place on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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God Of Our Fathers

On July 4th, the United States of America will celebrate its 243rd birthday. Among the hymns that are traditionally sung on or around July 4th is our National Hymn, “God of Our Fathers.” This hymn has been a favorite of mine since I first sang it in the Children's Choir at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Richardson, Texas. As I've reflected on the words of the hymn, I've discovered some great truths that all people in general and all Americans in particular should consider and take to heart. Here they are for your consideration.

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand Leads forth in beauty all the starry band Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies, Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise. The first settlers of what would become The United States of America were believers in God. Not just any God, but the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the God who created all things, the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. He is the God that still guards and preserves His wondrous creation. It is to this God that all honor and praise and glory and worship is to be rendered.

 

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Lady Liberty Gives Out Tattoos

On the morning of the 4th of July parade, dressed up as Lady Liberty, she will be handing out temporary tattoos with the Liberty Bell design. Pick out where you will want to wear them, clean that spot really well. Have some water ready remove the plastic off the design, place face down on skin, wet very well, press until design transfers on to your skin. Celebrate our country's freedom!

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Annual LHS Alumni Ranger Marching Band Celebration

The Lakewood High School Alumni Ranger Marching band is proud to announce the 40th Anniversary of the Trip to England Celebration. All alumni marching band and auxiliary members are welcome to join us for Homecoming game against North Olmsted on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 7 p.m. Save the date and plan on coming out for a night of marching band fun and hopefully some great surprises! “Like” us on Facebook at LHS Alumni Ranger Marching Band for event updates and other events. You may also visit the Lakewood High School Bands Alumni page for updates and to register as an alum band member. It's free to join and we won't bog you down with unnecessary emails. Email us, lhsarmb@yahoo.com with any questions you may have or contact Sean DeRenzo, Alumni Marching Band President.

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Employment Opportunities-Lakewood Recreation Department

The Community Recreation and Education Department has employment opportunities for the Event Staff position. Event Staff are the direct representative of the Lakewood Board of Education and the Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department during non-school hours. The primary duties and responsibilities are, but not limited to, the monitoring and managing of all facility events, ensuring the safety and well-being of all participants.

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"Brewella's" -- A Walk Down Memory Lane

On a road trip to New Orleans, Lakewoodite’s Chris Murphy and partner Joe Keppler toyed with the idea of creating a place similar to visiting your grandmother’s home, where you felt welcomed, comfortable and well fed. After much brainstorming with friends, their baby, Brewella, was born in late fall of 2018. 

I moved back to Lakewood from San Diego, almost three years ago now, still trying to catch up with all the new eclectic shops/restaurants Lakewood has to offer. Last Sunday morning, I awoke to another gorgeous Sunday, and walked a half block down the street to Brewella’s. 

Being a Cancer, (Zodiac sign) I love everything quaint, collectible, and vintage. Walking into Brewella’s I felt l hit the jackpot! A vintage shop, that serves coffee, and delectable crepes, savory & sweet. Was I really awake on this Sunday morning, or am I still dreaming?

Brewella is Vincent Van Gogh meets Georgia O’Keeffe and they had a bunch of artistic offspring. I was overwhelmed with all the artifacts, teacups, paintings and collectibles. First things first, I thought, let’s eat. 

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A "New" Home For The Lakewood Historical Society

The Haber Family Center for History, 2019. Open to the public Thursday afternoons, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Have you seen the Lakewood Historical Society’s “new” permanent home? A mid-century Lakewood space now houses the Society’s collections, library, archives, offices and fundraising work space!

The “Detroit-Clarence Medical Building,” a 2400-square-foot mid-century modern building at 13314 Detroit Avenue was built in 1959. (It most recently operated as the Ehren Chiropractic Office.) This historically and architecturally significant building has received local historic designation and the Society has been awarded state historic tax credits for its renovation.


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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Stop The Ban On Plastic Bags

Oppose the Cuyahoga County plastic bag ban legislation introduced by Cuyahoga County Council members Sunny Simon and Dale Miller, who are both unable to show us any major plastic bag pollution in Cuyahoga County or our part of Lake Erie - because there is none. Maybe in other parts of the world, but not here. It is a bad, not needed, harmful law, wrongly stopping stores and other retailers from giving shoppers free plastic bags to put their purchases in, which the shoppers then re-use to put garbage in at home.

Under this foolish Simon/MIller law, people will have to buy extra plastic bags for their garbage, still using plastic bags. That hurts poor people the most. Simon and Miller are not poor and evidently do not care about the poor. If illegal truck dumping in Cuyahoga County is putting plastic bags and other trash/garbage in the environment, stop the illegal dumping. Don't ban plastic bags.

Plastic bags are needed for wet purchases especially, such as some wet produce, ice cream, popsicles, other frozen items, etc...and when purchasing little pet fish from pet stores, etc...because the wetness can leak through paper bags, but not plastic bags. Simon and Miller's bag ban legislation says it is based on a tyrannical plastic bag law of the bureaucratic oppressive government of the Communist China dictatorship. This shows that Simon and Miller are un-American extreme leftists, modeling this law on anti-democratic China's law, where there is no freedom of speech and critics of the government are jailed. Simon and Miller's bag ban law states this law is needed because some people "waste" plastic bags. How would they know who is wasting a plastic bag? And if somebody does, that does not mean plastic bags should be banned. Do we ban cigarettes because a few are on the ground by the front door of a bar? This law is over-kill.


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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

New Name, Mission For District Alternative Ed Program

After months of gathering input from all stakeholders, including student and parent input, the District has landed on a name for its alternative learning school. The program that currently operates as part of Lakewood City Academy and is housed at the former Franklin Elementary Building will be called the Franklin School of Opportunity beginning July 1.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Why Does The Lawsuit Matter?

I have had more than one person come up to me over the past two weeks asking, “Why is the lawsuit so important?” Or, “Why does it matter? The hospital is gone.”

To me the answer is simple. What Brian Essi and his team of lawyers proved beyond a shadow of a doubt was: 1) The Mayor, Law Director, Finance Director, Council President and some on council were knowingly lying to Lakewood residents and voters going back as far as 2010. Not just lying, but misrepresenting the facts of the single largest transaction in Lakewood’s long and wonderful history.

Why does this matter? Without transparency and accountability we cannot reasonably judge the honesty of our elected officials. Elected officials without honesty and accountability are a cancer to a city, a community and democracy. Our entire government process is based on voting, transparency, and accountability. Allowing an elected official to lie is just wrong. Allowing them to lie about the largest deal in Lakewood’s history borders on being complicit. No matter where you fall on the hospital debacle, one would hope you believe in fair, honest, accountable government.

Now as the Mayor gets ready to step off of his throne, and “will it” to Sam O’Leary, we really need to ask ourselves, can we walk Lakewood back to the days of Sunshine and free speech? Can we walk back from the edge of this civil war caused 100% by the secrecy of City Hall, and their willingness to sow the seeds of hate and divisiveness? Lakewood’s cure is easy: Transparency, Honesty and Accountability from all of Lakewood’s politicians, and elected officials.

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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 2:58 PM, 06.19.2019

Local Cyclist Completes Great Lakes Circle Tour

Split Rock Light house overlooking Lake Superior.

A 4200-mile bicycle journey around each of the Great Lakes came to an end on May 31, 2019. I, Mark Looney, a resident of Lakewood, Ohio started my first exploratory trip around Lake Erie in 2015, then adding a new Lake in each of the four years that followed.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:55 PM, 06.19.2019

What's The Buzz At AXA?

The day the bees arrived at AXA Advisors was a spring day like any other. As if out of nowhere, thousands upon thousands of buzzing bees roared their arrival as they swarmed around the twin oak trees in the large corner lot at Delaware and Woodward. The move-in took little more than an hour. After that, it was relatively quiet as approximately thirty worker bees busily flew in and around the trees.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:55 PM, 06.19.2019

Classical Dance Of India To Be Performed a At Lakewood Public Library

Bharathanatyam may be an unpronounceable word to you, but to Sujatha Srinivasan, it is her life’s work. Srinivasan is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and teacher of Bharathanatyam in North America who began Shri Kalaa Mandir (Center for Indian Performing Arts) in 1993. The dance troupe she founded will perform as part of Lakewood Public Library’s celebration of immigrant voices going on this spring and summer.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:55 PM, 06.19.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Author Event - "We Celebrate our Mother and Father"
by Joseph Meissner
Main Library Auditorium
We Celebrate our Mother and Father relates stories about Joseph Meissner’s family from the perspectives of his, brothers, sisters and himself. Stories shared include how his father went to work in the fields at seven years old, his mother’s story of immigration from Ireland, and other anecdotes like his mother pestering them on her final day with the question, “Is the kitchen floor clean?” Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Booked for Murder Book Club
Main Library Meeting Room
If you share a passion for mystery, join the group each month to discuss your favorites and selections made by group members. Tonight we will discuss "The Woman in Cabin 10: A Novel" by Ruth Ware.


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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:55 PM, 06.19.2019

Live Animals At Lakewood Public Library

Children pet a snake at a previous show.

Jungle Terry is a busy man. He has over one hundred animals requiring care, attention, and twice daily feedings. Despite his full schedule, he seems barely able to contain his energy and enthusiasm for his work as an animal trainer, naturalist, educator, and entertainer.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:55 PM, 06.19.2019

LakewoodAlive To Host Volunteer Mixer On June 25

Volunteers assist with setup for last year's Lakewood Summer Meltdown.

Seeking to get involved in your community and have a great time while doing so? Here's your chance!

LakewoodAlive is hosting a Volunteer Mixer on Tuesday, June 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Warehouse Room at Around The Corner (18616 Detroit Avenue). Join us for a casual event to discover ways you can volunteer with our organization.

Complimentary light appetizers will be served, courtesy of Around The Corner. A cash bar will be available.

At its core LakewoodAlive is a volunteer-driven organization, and we rely heavily on the donation of time and talents by our dedicated network of volunteers in order to fulfill our mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.

Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas:
- Special Events
- Housing Outreach
- Committee Participation

Learn more by contacting Devon Chodzin, LakewoodAlive's Event & Volunteer Coordinator, at 216-521-0655 or dchodzin@lakewoodalive.org.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Frankfurter Fridays Are Back — And Bigger!

Come and join our seventh annual summer parties on the front lawn of the Church of the Ascension, 13216 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood! All are welcome to enjoy food, fellowship, Frisbee, croquet and other lawn games from 6:30 –7:30 p.m. on the third Fridays of June (21st), July (19th), August (16th) and September (20th).

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

A Century Of Bridal Fashion, 1890-1990

Lulu Maile, 1907

Photo courtesy of Betsey Kuhlman Stepiansky and Lakewood Historical Society

The historic Nicholson House, built in 1839 and occupied for many years by the Nicholson family, stands as the oldest frame house in Lakewood, Ohio and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has served various purposes over the years, currently managed by the Lakewood Historical Society as an event venue.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Look Here, Buddy...: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 89

Rat Fucker - First Show First Blood - self-released - 6 songs - cassette

This is a new band featuring members of Basement Boys, Weed Whacker, possibly Spike Pit, and probably several others. You know how these things go. There aren't any tracks listed on here (I hope I got the count right– if there are more or less than six, you're more than welcome to send me hate mail, but only if you're a member of the band). Rat Fucker play pretty good hardcore. It took a couple songs for me to get into it, but by song three or so I was digging it. It's a lively performance (I wish I'd been there, but I'm a poser) and the recording is pretty good, things are nice and clear. There are some good guitar leads throughout, the bass is loud and crunchy in the mix. There's not quite as much live banter as I'd prefer, but what's on there isn't bad, particularly the "we'll do better next time" after the last song. A bit more Noncommercial Records than Mirror Records, just a heads up. Pretty good. 3.5/5

(listen at youtu.be/vwbDCh-me7Y– I think you'll have to see the band if you want the tape)

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

The Rockport Miracles - Part 4: Episode 11: "The Ballad of Derecho Dan" Continues

Maynard Gridley wasn’t kidding. His tale about “Monsoon Charlie” was a real corker! So much so that Little Dan decided to close down the Gas & Lube so he could hear the whole thing without interruption. He told the three Joes that they could go home but, they chose to stick around. They wanted to hear the rest of the story, too.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Birchwood Students Win National History Day Competition

Photo from left to right:

Van Weinmann, Ehren Collins, Connie Miller (teacher/coach), Sofia Boyd, Nasreen Shakur

Over 3,000 students in grades 6-12 from across the world met at the final level of National History Day June 9th-13th.  After winning local and regional levels the top two entries in each category were invited to the University of Maryland, College Park, to compete on the national stage, where local students earned well-deserved recognition. Birchwood sent ten students to the competition and four of them placed in the top three of their category.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Hannah, All-Conference Honors Highlight Spring Season

It was a thrilling spring sports season at Lakewood High as the school had its first Regional champion in track and field in years when senior Tyler Hannah captured the 300 meter hurdles crown, as well as placing 3rd in the 110 hurdles. Tyler went on to place 4th (300 meters) and 7th (110 meters) in the state. The baseball team’s first-round playoff win over North Olmsted was also a highlight.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Lakewood Hospital Public Records Case Comes To A Close

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

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

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Councilmembers George And Rader Propose Improved Public Records Policy

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

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

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Middle School Mock Trial Teams Earn Top Honors In State Showcase

Harding's team.

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

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Power Of The Pen Top 10

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

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Academic Challenge Team Shines In National Tournament

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

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

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

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

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

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Juniors Focus On Teen Relationships In Leadership Academy Project

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

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

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019