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Charter Review Commission Recommends Improved Charter, Providing Innovative Training And Ethics Provisions And More Accessibility For Citizens

Every ten years, Lakewood’s charter mandates that a group of nine citizens appointed by Lakewood’s officials meet to review the charter and recommend changes to the charter. This is a provision built into the charter to see that mistakes are eliminated and to see that it can adapt with the times or otherwise improve upon itself. A city’s charter is basically its constitution. In conjunction with state law, it gives the legal format and basis for the rest of its governance; executive action, ordnances and resolutions.

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Lakewood Honors Fallen Firefighters in Annual Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, October 5th
- City Hall, September 30, 2014 Read More
National Merit Scholars Head List of LHS Academic Stars
- Board of Education, September 25, 2014 Read More
DNA Ties Serial Rapist to Aug. 30 Sexual Assault in Lakewood
- City Hall, September 25, 2014 Read More
Lakewood Community Festival Set For Saturday, September 6th At Madison Park
- City Hall, September 3, 2014 Read More
LHS' Toner Named to All-National Honor Orchestra
- Board of Education, August 28, 2014 Read More

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City Settles Law Suit For $507,500

The October 6, 2014 Council meeting was called to order at 7:32 P.M. by Council President, and Ward IV Councilwoman, Mary Louise Madigan.

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Lakewood Announces Fall Leaf Collection Schedule

The City of Lakewood will begin collecting loose leaves on Monday, November 3, 2014 and will continue until approximately Friday, December 12, 2014, weather permitting. Prior to November 3 and after December 12, leaves will be collected only when they are placed in paper yard/leaf bags and set out along with regular refuse and recycling.

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Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is Seeking Temporary Employees

Prior to every county-wide every election, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) Human Resources staff is responsible for filling several hundred temporary positions. These positions, which can last up to 12 weeks, provide a unique and fascinating perspective on the election process.

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Two Poets, Susan Grimm And Larry Smith, Share Their Craft

Two Ohio poets trade verses on Sunday, October 26, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium. Larry Smith is the founder of Bottom Dog Press and has written books of poetry Lake Winds, Each Moment All, biography, Kenneth Patchen: Rebel Poet in America, and fiction, The Free Farm. He also translated Zen poetry in Songs of the Woodcutter: Zen Poems of Wang Wei and Ryokan. Susan Grimm was named Ohio Poet of the Year in 1999. She is the author of works of poetry such as Lake Erie Blue, Almost Home, Roughed Up by the Sun’s Mothering Tongue as well as the editor of Ordering the Storm: How to Put Together a Book of Poems. Before their Sunday with the Friends appearance, Larry and Susan take the time to answer some questions about their craft:

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Superheroes Run For Youth Challenge

Thanks to all of the big and little superheroes who supported the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash.

Costumed crime fighters and masked vigilantes took over the streets of Lakewood recently when almost 350 runners and walkers joined in the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 29th Annual Race Day took place on Saturday, September 20, at Lakewood Park. The event was dedicated in memory of Dave Hardman, former President of the Youth Challenge Board of Trustees.

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Lakewood Family Collaborative Honors Service to Our Community

Jason Weiner, 2014 recipient of the Lakewood Family Collaborative's Helping Hands Award

In the spring of this year, the Lakewood Family Collaborative called on community and Collab members to recognize individuals and groups who strive to make a difference. So many meet that description, but we were drawn to the story of Jason Weiner of Beck Center for the Arts, nominated by Cindy Einhouse, President and CEO of Beck Center. 

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Sweet Southern Sundays

Mark these dates on your calendars, ladies and gentlemen! On November 2 from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m., NEO Dixie is making an appearance at Lakewood Public Library in the Auditorium. At the same time a week later, November 9, Strawberry Sunday will be taking the same stage.

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Hayes Tailgates Party

It was a great night for a football game! On Friday, October 12 over sixty Hayes families along with teachers, staff and principal Sandy Powers came out to support the Lakewood Rangers versus the Normandy Invaders from Parma.Families brought chips, veggies, sides and desserts to go along with hot dogs donated by the Blinky family and cooked up by second grade teacher Marcus Holliday.

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LEAF Presents: Homebrewing With Paul Benner

Join the Lakewood Earth & Food (LEAF) Community for an educational session on beer making with Paul Benner of the Cleveland Brew Shop and Platform Beer Company. The presentation will take place on Thursday, October 23rd at 6 p.m. at the main branch of the Lakewood Public Library. This educational event will be held in conjunction with LEAF's annual Harvest Festival, which will run from 5:30-8 p.m. on the porch of the library and will feature local food, vendors, and music, as well as kids' activities and our annual pie contest.

Paul, a native Northeast Ohioan and graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University, Paul helms the Cleveland Brew Shop, Cleveland's only full-service homebrew supply shop open since 2012, and is part-owner of Platform Beer Company, a production brewery and tasting room that opened in 2014. Both businesses are located in nearby Ohio City.

Paul will discuss the parallel rise of the craft beer and homebrewing movements, along with how the beermaking process works on a small scale.

As always, this LEAF educational event is free and open to the public.

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"Amy, the Mayor of Lakewood has lied to you"

"Amy the Mayor of Lakewood has lied to you."  (That was Jim O'Bryan's comment to Amy Martin under the post - "Rape Suspect Sought by Police"). 
     
Mr. O'Bryan, your sentence resonates on Grace Ave. Living on Grace we witnessed an administration that when pressed did not hesitate to mislead residents or play games with a process that should have been fair and transparent. When we asked Mr. Siley direct questions the Director of Development responded with misinformation. He consistently dumped  revised plans on us at the last minute and sat on a legal brief we explicitly asked to be passed on in advance to the Planning Commission. Although playing games with residents isn't the equivalent of lying or misleading them (Mr. Siley did mislead us), it is yet another form of dishonesty and in an honest political culture it would have been met with disapproval. Unfortunately the misleading statements, the gamesmanship, all of it, were offered up without even a hint of reproach. It's revealing about the culture at City Hall that Councilperson Madigan (who was used as a conduit for Mr. Siley's misinformation) never spoke out publicly. She never felt obliged to inform the Planning Commission that the person who guides them through their decision making process had misled her and her constituents. Evidently Mr.Siley's conduct fell within the established norm at City Hall. 
 
In Mayor Summers' administration the notion of Inform or Misinform are not polar opposites but instead interchangeable approaches with the only consideration being which will gain the desired result. Whether it's Mayor Summers' excusing his silence surrounding a rape case or Mr. Siley shoving an over- sized development down neighbors' throats, City Hall's methodology is simple. We know what's best. We will do or say what it takes to achieve it. We will do or say what it takes to push aside any obstacles (residents). The arrogance of entrenched power is a defining characteristic of this administration and it's way past time calling it out.
 

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Did You Know...

Lakewood High School Art Teacher Cesar Vargas' window at Pug Mahone's was judged 'Best in Show' in the Adult category in 2013

that over 100 Halloween-themed masterpieces will appear on the windows of Lakewood businesses on Detroit Avenue between Arthur Avenue and the Rocky River bridge between October 19th and 23rd? The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Beck Center for the Arts invite you to view the artistry during the 10th Annual West End Halloween Window Walk. Awards in 7 categories will be announced at Beck Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 25th at 2 p.m.

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Cox Business Presents Leading Authority On Global Business Trends At Annual Joint Chamber Luncheon

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce invites our member and non-member businesses to network with other local business professionals at the annual joint meeting of the Lakewood and Rocky River Chamber of Commerce. Cox Business Speaker Series presents author and Bloomberg Television speaker Patrick Schwerdtfeger, a nationally known marketing expert who will address the annual joint meeting on Thursday, October 23rd.

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Member Spotlight: Holiday Inn Cleveland-Airport

The Holiday Inn Cleveland-Airport has been a member of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce since March of 2010. Theresa Toscano, Corporate Sales Manager, is the representative from the Holiday Inn most often seen at Lakewood Chamber of Commerce meetings and is the hotel's expert source for business accommodations.

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St. Peter’s Child Care Center’s “Farm to Childcare” Program Aims To Influence, Educate Children From An Early Age

In a basket sitting on a table inside the main entrance of St. Peter’s Child Care Center, in Lakewood, Ohio, are some green beans and tomatillos. These simple vegetables enjoy the adoration of each child who is leaving St. Peter’s with their parents that afternoon. “Mom, look at our green beans!,” a giddy child says. These vegetables aren’t just any vegetables. They were planted, watered and harvested by the tiny hands of the children who attend St. Peter’s and tend to the school garden daily.

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Hattie Larlham Honors Lakewood Native Bob DiBiasio

On Saturday, November 1, Hattie Larlham hosts the 14th annual Circle of Caring at the Bertram Inn & Conference Center in Aurora. Sponsored by the Alpha Group, the Circle of Caring funds programs for people with developmental disabilities Hattie Larlham serves.

This year’s honorees are Cleveland Indians Sr. Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio, and Cleveland Indians Charities (CIC). DiBiasio also serves as president of the CIC. DiBiasio has personally supported Hattie Larlham since 1999. He was introduced to the organization by a Hattie Larlham board member and his wife, parents of a resident with developmental disabilities.

DiBiasio invites friends and coworkers to Hattie Larlham’s events, including Indians players, coaches, front office staff and the broadcast team. He raises awareness for people with developmental disabilities Hattie Larlham serves.

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Over The Moon Ceramic Studio - Art And Dreams On Madison Avenue

Carolyn Turcotte, proprietor of Over The Moon Ceramic Studio on Madison Avenue in Lakewood.

Over the Moon Ceramics Studio is the enterprise of Lakewood resident Carolyn Turcotte, who is a workforce analyst by day and ceramics artist and teacher by night. Carolyn learned ceramics as a kid from a neighborhood teacher, and over the years she dabbled off and on in the art, participating with her children, and often dreaming about having a studio of her own.

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Friends Book Sale

Join the Friends of Lakewood Public Library on Saturday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for their big Fall Book Sale. Paperbacks, hard covers, movies, music and magazines will be available for pennies on the dollar. If you would like a sneak peek of all the bargains, there will be a members-only preview sale on Thursday, October 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. If you’re not a member, you can become a Friend at the door for as little as $2.

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

I know what breaking up feels like. Although I’ve been married 20 years and haven’t had the particular displeasure of breaking up in almost 25, when I read Alex Sukhoy’s book “Diary of the Dumped: 30 Days from Break Up to Breakthrough,” her vivid descriptions of the heart-wrenching and second-guessing that come with the end of a relationship brought it all back.

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Spooky Pooch Parade Finds New Home In Kauffman Park On October 18

LakewoodAlive is set to host what has become an annual tradition in Downtown Lakewood: The Spooky Pooch Parade. This year’s event will once again fill the streets with hundreds of our favorite canine friends dressed in costumes to celebrate the Halloween season. The festival is free while the parade registration cost is $10 (pre-register) or $15 day-of. Once again this year, multiple dog discounts are available for pre-registration only. Bring your dogs dressed in their scariest, funniest, or most outrageous costumes. Register today at spookypoochparade.com.

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LHS Musicians Fill Regional, State Orchestra Seats

Recent selections to the Ohio Music Educators Association’s All-State and Regional Orchestras once again reflect the strength and depth of the Lakewood High School George P. Read Music Department. Lakewood High secured the most seats of any Northeast Region school for both ensembles: 11 musicians were chosen for the Regional ensemble and five for the All-State ensemble.

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It’s Time To pARTy At Beck Center’s Spotlight On October 18

Beck Center for the Arts will celebrate while raising vital funds with its 2014 Spotlight benefit. This year’s event will take place 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, at Beck Center, 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. All proceeds benefit Beck Center’s programming and its student Financial Assistance Program. Tickets are on sale now.

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Glitz & Glamour

October usually means Vintage Varieties for the Lakewood Historical Society, a sale of small furniture and home décor. Because we depend on donations for our sales, we are subject to the vagaries of the donations, and this year we didn't receive enough pieces appropriate for that sale to make Vintage Varieties fly. However, we did receive one large and several small donations of furs—totaling 16 coats and jackets, plus a variety of fur accessories. We also have fine jewelry and upscale vintage costume jewelry to pair with the furs, so for this year Vintage Varieties bows out and Glitz & Glamour steps in.

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Enjoy The Magic Of Michael Mage

Michael Mage will be performing magic at the Lakewood Public Library.

Known as a comedian stuck in a magician’s shoes, Michael Mage incorporates comedy and endless audience participation into his hilarious shows. With years of professional experience, Michael is able to develop his show based around the people in attendance. Come to the Lakewood Public Library and enjoy a child friendly performance as the audience becomes the highlight of this comedy magic performance. National award winning magician Michael Mage will delight all who attend. Come and be amazed.

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National Merit Scholars Lead List Of LHS Academic Honorees

National Merit Semifinalists (front row from left): Renee Klann, Shawn Sovie, Sarah Matthiesen; National Merit Commended Scholars (back row from left): Kathryn Urban and Devon Chodzin. Not pictured: Semifinalist Magdalene Pizzo who is studying abroad.

Each September brings announcements of stellar academic achievements accomplished by high school students in the previous school year. Each September, Lakewood High School has a good share of these top academic performers. This year’s academic stars include four National Merit Semifinalists, two National Merit Commended Scholars and 82 AP Scholars, including four National AP Scholars.

Leading the way is LHS’ four National Merit Semifinalists: seniors Renee Klann, Sarah Matthiessen, Magdalene Pizzo and Shawn Sovie. More than 1.5 million students in over 22,000 high schools entered the National Merit Scholarship Corporation competition, with 16,000 top scorers named Semifinalists. Students enter the competition by taking the PSAT their junior year. Semifinalists represent less than 1% of U. S. high school seniors and are the highest scoring entrants in their state. Lakewood High’s four Semifinalists are now eligible to continue on in the competition in hopes of being named a Finalist and receiving one of more than 8,200 scholarships to be awarded in the spring.

In addition to LHS’ four Semifinalists, seniors Devon Chodzin and Kathryn Urban were named National Merit Commended Scholars for placing among the top 5% of PSAT participants. Although those three will not continue in the Scholarship competition, students named Commended Scholars have demonstrated outstanding academic potential by their strong performance in this highly competitive program.

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"CHANGE" - Fundraiser To Benefit Lakewood Community Services Center

A new name and an even better event for a great organization.

"CHANGE," the event formerly known as "Got Green?" is set for Saturday, October 11 from 7–11 p.m. at the Lake Erie Building — aka the Screw Factory — at 13000 Athens Avenue.

Lakewood Community Services Center’s annual fundraiser features all that attendees have come to expect: amazing food from a local chef, incredible live entertainment and fabulous raffle prizes donated by friends throughout Lakewood and beyond. And best of all, it’s for a good cause.

“We decided on CHANGE as a very appropriate name for our event,” says Trish Rooney, LCSC’s executive director. “Every day LCSC, with its partners, works to change the lives of children and adults in our community - this year perhaps to a greater extent than ever before as we have introduced new programs aimed to help transform the lives of the people who come to us for help.”

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Celebrating Lakewood Suffrage Legend Josephine Saxer Irwin

On October 3rd, the 100th Anniversary of the 1914 Suffrage March in Cleveland, Gloria Cipri-Kemer and the Emerald Necklace Inn will host a gala tea in celebration of this event and in remembrance of suffragist legend Josephine Saxer Irwin who was in the parade seeking the vote for women.

Sporting flaming red hair, twenty-four year old Josephine Saxer, Lakewood resident and teacher, was one of five women escorts riding horses at the head of the parade of 7000 marchers attracting 200,000 spectators. It is for this act of courage and her continued advocacy for women's rights and world peace that she is being honored.  

The celebration being held at the Fairview Gemini Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. will be educational and entertaining.  "Suffragists" will greet luncheon guests with  songs and banners. An overview of the suffrage movement will be followed by a portrayal and a detailed pictorial of Josephine's life. In conclusion a proclamation will be issued honoring this long time Fairview Park resident.

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Why Lakewood? Are You Kidding Me? Why Not?

I was asked to write why I would want to have a business in Lakewood. Well, I love this city. I grew up in Westlake, lived in about 15 to 20 different cities, and traveled the world. And through this I have learned what is important in life -- my wife Carole, my son Colin, my family, faith, friends, good business practices, and of course, my neighbors.  Because in Lakewood you are living really close to your neighbors. Let’s face it, in the summer there are more weird sounds in the quiet of the summer evening than we might care to hear.

But let’s talk about business because that was the question I was asked. Why open a business in Lakewood? I hate to admit that I have worked since I care to remember, but that’s ok. It has always been an adventure. I’m a Chef. I am a servant to people and I love it. From what my mother, Marian, told me, God rest her soul, I have cooked since the age of two. I don’t know about you, but if you ask me, by today’s standards, they would probably call that child abuse. Such a shame how some things are viewed these days.

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Humor And Originality Shine In “[title of show]” At Beck Center

Multi-nominated and Obie Award-winning show-about-a-show opens Oct. 10

Beck Center for the Arts presents [title of show] – yes, that is the title – October 10 through November 16, 2014 in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Tickets are now on sale. There is no show on Saturday, October 18. 

[title of show] is an Obie Award-winning musical comedy that was also nominated for two Drama League Awards and a GLADD Award. Featuring a book by Hunter Bell with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen[title of show] is a musical comedy about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. The story is a semi-factual account about Bell and Bowen, who decide to enter a new musical theater festival with the deadline only three weeks away. Having nothing to lose, the pair decides to create something new with the help of their friends. According to the Daily News, their quirky journey is “wonderfully enjoyable! Smart, funny, and tuneful.” 

[title of show] - taken from the space on the festival's application form that asks for the [title of show] - follows the group of friends as they venture through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. “[title of show] is really quite the amazing piece of theatre,” said Director Scott Spence. “It deftly manages to appeal to both musical theatre aficionados as well as anyone who may be fascinated by how a new musical ascends the ranks.” In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show while learning lessons about themselves as people, friends, and artists. “At the heart of it all, it is purely a story about four good friends who team together and overcome tremendous odds. The best musicals are about people, and [title of show] does it brilliantly.”

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 2:22 PM, 09.30.2014

Rangers Fall To Bay 17-14

After a 2-1 start in nonconference competition, the Lakewood football team traveled west for a pair of road games to begin their final West Shore Conference season. Avon beat Lakewood 35-0 on September 19, dropping the Rangers’ record to 2-2 on the season. That set up a key game at Bay on September 26, where Lakewood hoped to knock off the 3-1 Rockets and take a winning record into the second half of the season.

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Local Food Fun For The Whole Family At LEAF Harvest Festival

As the growing season comes to an end, join LEAF Community at the 8th Annual Harvest Festival to get one last taste of great local food in front of Lakewood Public Library in 2014. This year's celebration of the local fall bounty will be held on Thursday, October 23 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the front porch of the Main Library. Hope to see you there!

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Ranger Marching Band Alumni Night October 3

Lakewood Ranger Marching Band alumni are encouraged to participate in the annual Alumni Night on Friday, October 3 at the Ranger football Homecoming game. This is the 35th anniversary of the band’s trip to England and former Band Director Jim Warrick (1977-982) will be present to help conduct. There is a rehearsal on Tuesday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the LHS Choir Room. Members will meet on game night at 5:30 p.m. for pre-game instructions. For more information, email lhsarmb@yahoo.com or call Sean Derenzo at 216-570-3019.

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Come Enjoy LHS' Cardboard Arcade

Close to 180 Lakewood High freshmen will spend the next couple of weeks exploring and executing engineering design principles while using 21st century learning skills such as collaboration, communication and creativity to build an extensive Cardboard Arcade for the entire community to enjoy.

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West Shore Career-Tech Shines In State Ratings

Auto Tech is one of 14 programs offered through the West Shore Career-Technical District at Lakewood High.

The West Shore Career-Technical District continues to shine with its state ratings. West Shore received all A’s and one B across all measures for its 2013-2014 Report Card. Ohio career-technical districts are graded on Achievement, 4-Year Graduation Rate, 5-Year Graduation Rate, and Post-Program Outcomes.

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Utilities Resource Fair

Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and the Home Heating and Weatherization Task Force will be hosting a Utilities Resource Fair, at West Side Community House at 9300 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44102, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Fall Real Estate News

The Northern Ohio Regional Multiple Listing Service (NORMLS) recently released the August stats for our 15-County Region. It should come as no surprise as you look up and down the streets of Lakewood that New Listings are down this year. In turn, the number of Sold Listings is down as well. Regionally, sales thru August are down 2.4% compared to the same period last year. The good news is that the average sales price remians up, by 1.8%, over the first 8 months of 2013. Average Market Time remains steady at just over 90 days.

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How Essential Oils Can Help You And Your Family In Every Way

Fever? Cold? Stressed out? Upset Stomach? Hyper Child? Pregnancy Problems? Baby teething? Wanna loose weight? Yup, there's an oil for that! In fact, there is an oil for practically EVERY and ANY ailment out there…but what exactly are these “essential oils”?

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Happy Birthday STEM Handmade Soaps

STEM Handmade Soaps is turning one! It's hard to believe we've been keeping the greater Cleveland area clean for a whole year with all natural soap and other natural bath and body products. It has been a great year and you have taught us many things to help us succeed in our little soap shop in Lakewood's Historic Birdtown neighborhood. Here are the top 5 things we learned from you in our first year  

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The Joy Of Wonder Woman And The Triumph Of Doctor Who: A Maverick Pop Culture Writer Visits The Library

Wonder Woman, as she originally appeared in 1941, rendered by Harry G. Peter.

Three years ago, when Philip Sandifer first began blogging about Doctor Who, he was merely looking for a way to pass the time between receiving his PhD and landing his first academic post. But then something remarkable happened—people started reading his work. He had the mad idea to write about fifty years of the British series, not as individual episodes from different eras created by a multitude of people, but as one giant story. (Which, of course, it is.) And he drew deeply on his knowledge of history, philosophy, literature and David Bowie to reveal the profound and unsettling things that Doctor Who has to say about the human condition—but quite admirably never took himself too seriously. Today, he keeps busy refining his original TARDIS Eruditorum posts into a series of rewarding books and branching out into new pop culture frontiers, reinventing scholarship in a way that makes him the perfect guest for two special programs at the Lakewood Public Library.

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Events at Lakewood Public Library

October 1
The Lakewood Historical Society: The Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First by Betty Weibel

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5th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner & Raffle

Transfiguration Parish will hold its 5th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner & Raffle on Sunday, October 26, from noon to 4 p.m. in the parish hall at 12608 Madison Ave. in Lakewood. Dinner tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended by Sunday, October 19. A limited number of dinners will be available at the door. Call 216-228-1134 or 216-269-9801 for tickets or reservations.

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Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week is approaching fast! October 12th through 18th has been designated Teen Read Week by the American Library Association, a week dedicated to the idea that teens should read for fun. I know, I know, you’re in school, you have tons of assigned reading and mountains of homework…but what better way to relax during your downtime than to escape into an amazing book? We know you’re out there teen readers, and that’s why all of our most popular teen titles here at Lakewood Public Library spend more time off the shelf than on it!

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League Of Women Voter's Candidate's Night At LPL

The Lakewood Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland will sponsor a candidate’s forum in the auditorium at Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Avenue, Monday, October 6 at 7 p.m. At that time, candidates for the Ohio State Senate District 23 and House District 13 will present their positions on issues and answer questions from the audience.

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First Federal Lakewood Debuts New Look

For generations, First Federal Lakewood Corporate Headquarters has called Downtown Lakewood home, and now a new era has begun with a completely revitalized Lakewood branch. As the largest independent mutual bank in Ohio, we have long been reinvesting our assets and customer deposits back into the Lakewood community in the form of small business loans, residential mortgages, and funding our neighbors’ home improvement projects. We are eager to share the results of our own renovation with the entire Lakewood community!

Our branch remodel features a whole new look as well as extensive upgrades that provide customers with an improved approach to full-service banking that is faster and easier, yet still fully focused on delivering a personalized and satisfying banking experience. We have designed the space with both our customers and the entire community in mind. With the new space, we have the flexibility to invite the community in for events throughout the year. That is important to us because we are deeply rooted here in Lakewood—from hiring local residents to supporting community events and organizations—we are focused on working with our neighbors to continually build this strong and vibrant community.

The First Federal Lakewood branch was recently featured on the Lakewood Historic Home Tour and we have restored the branch with a nod to our rich history, but with a fresh, modern approach. As an example, we discovered an unexpected treasure during construction. Our recently restored floor is made from quality Tennessee Marble, a material prized by architects and builders for its pinkish-grey color and ease of polishing. Widely used in several of Cleveland’s historic buildings constructed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it can also be found in some of the most notable buildings across the U.S., including the National Gallery of Art, The National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., Grand Central Terminal in New York, and sections of the United States Capitol building. Our Tennessee Marble floor was believed to have been covered over in the 1950s and nearly forgotten. We’re thrilled to have restored it to its former luster.

Now that the renovation is complete we will continue the seamless service we provided throughout our renovation – just with a lot less dust! Please come over and see what we’ve done with the place - and how together we are helping our hometown thrive. Join us on Saturday, October 11 for our Customer Appreciation festivities!

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 2:16 PM, 09.30.2014

An Evening All About Chocolate

Humble Wine Bar's 2013 mouthwatering treat.

Rich, smooth, satisfying, ahhhh. Decadent and delectable chocolate. On Thursday, October 23, from 6-9 p.m., throngs of people will fill the sidewalks along Detroit Avenue from Olivewood to Arthur in search of chocolate when the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance presents the 6th annual Chocolate Walk.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 2:16 PM, 09.30.2014

Clinical Trial For Alzheimer’s Disease Underway At Lakewood Hospital

New technology aims to improve brain function for Alzheimer’s patients

People aged 60 to 90 who are diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease may benefit from something as simple as sitting in a chair – a state-of-the-art chair, that is.

Clinical trials for the new chair therapy began last fall at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. This non-invasive therapeutic system uses cognitive training and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to targeted areas of the brain. The trial was expanded to Lakewood Hospital in early 2014.

“While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, we are always looking for treatments to improve cognitive function for patients,” says Babak Tousi, MD, a geriatrician with special interest in neurodegenerative diseases. He is the principal investigator of the clinical trial at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at Lakewood Hospital (formerly the SeniorCare Assessment Center). “Until the introduction of this device, medication was the only approved option for treatment,” Dr. Tousi says. “The pilot trials suggest that this treatment may help provide patients with nine months of better brain function even after the treatment.”

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North Coast Health’s Celebration Of Caring Gala Raises Over $145,000

NCH Board Chair John Griffiths, Angel Award Winner Mary Warren, NCH Executive Director Lee Elmore

More than 300 people turned out for North Coast Health’s annual Celebration of Caring gala on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at LaCentre in Westlake. Over $145,000 was raised through the event, which represents ten percent of the organization’s operating budget and will be used to continue the life-saving care that North Coast Health provides to the medically underserved.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 2:16 PM, 09.30.2014

Quilts! Quilts! Quilts!

A feast for the eyes and shopping, too, can be found at the Quilter’s Legacy of Lakewood Quilt Show at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River, on October 18th and 19th. Quilter’s Legacy is a non-profit group that makes quilts for veterans, and the NICU unit at Fairview Hospital as well as for friends and family. Come and be amazed at what modern quilts look like, take a chance on a beautiful queen-sized raffle quilt (only $1 per ticket), and shop at vendors’ booths. Baskets of quilting goodies will be raffled every half hour for only 25 cents per chance. Show hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 12 and under. We’ll see you there!

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Reiki And Its Benefits

What Is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese word which means Universal life force energy; Rei - meaning life force or universal and Ki-meaning energy. Reiki is considered to be a complementary therapy that goes hand-in-hand with Western medicine. It is a safe, holistic and non-invasive approach to wellness. It is a practice used in many hospitals, clinics and wellness centers. Reiki is recognized by the Cleveland Clinic.

What Happens In a Reiki Session?

Each Reiki session is done in a calm, serene, private setting. Soft music, low lighting and aroma therapy enhances the session. Clients will be fully clothed, and asked to lie down on a comfortable massage table. During a typical session, the Reiki practitioner's hands are placed on or hover over, a specific area of the body. These areas correspond to the 7 Major Chakras. The Reiki practitioner allows the Reiki energy to channel out through their hands and onto the client. There is no physical manipulation during a Reiki session. Hand placement is usually 3 to 5 minutes per area or longer depending on the client's concerns. After each session the effects of the Reiki will continue 3-4 days.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 2:16 PM, 09.30.2014

"Shelini's Treasures" Fine Jewelry Grand Opening

Christopher and Vera

My husband Christopher and I recently established Shelini’s Treasures, a fine jewelry store, located at 17810 Detroit Avenue, directly across from Beck Center for the Arts, on the corner neighboring the parking lot where the former Eddie and Iggy's bar resided.

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Growth Lessons

When I moved back to Lakewood last summer, after living as an 'expatriate' in San Francisco for 35 years, people were incredulous. As I set about putting down new roots and contributing to Lakewood's economy during my first month back, I procured my Ohio drivers license, Lakewood Public Library card, bank, hairstylist, veterinarian, dentist, optometrist, farmers market, tree trimmer, and car mechanic. Each time I was greeted by the same question: "Whatever made you move back HERE?!"

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 2:16 PM, 09.30.2014

Ranger Soccer Soars This Season

Junio Mallory Shaw is the top scorer for the girls' team this season.

While the Ranger football team has been drawing a lot of attention with its new coach, uniforms and improved play, the Ranger varsity soccer teams have been quietly putting together standout seasons.

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