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14th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade Brings Bark To Madison Park On October 16

It won’t be long until Birdtown goes to the dogs.  LakewoodAlive’s 14th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade takes place on Saturday, October 16, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Madison Park.

Sponsored by Discount Drug Mart, the family-friendly Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a free-to-attend festival in Madison Park, a parade through Lakewood’s Birdtown neighborhood and an awards presentation. The parade takes place on the streets surrounding the park and leaves on Athens Avenue. A favorite autumn tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers, this community festival represents a one-of-a-kind event within the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.

Pre-registration for the parade is $10 per dog and day-of registration is $15 per dog. Pre-registration ends on October 15at noon. Multiple dog discounts are available with pre-registration only.  Humans are free.  This community event takes place rain or shine, and proceeds from the parade benefit LakewoodAlive, a nonprofit community development organization. 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.06.2021

Statement On October 4th School Board Meeting

October 5, 2021

Dear Families:

Lakewood City School District is open to constructive, respectful and meaningful dialogue and is appreciative of public participation.

During last night’s Board of Education meeting a group of audience members refused to comply with rules that promote civil public participation and mask-wearing. Many of the members of this group were not residents of Lakewood. Due to the disruptions, which were often uncivil, and the inability to continue the meeting with decorum, the Board voted to adjourn the meeting prior to completing the agenda.

The District is committed to a civil dialogue with community members. The Board also remains committed to the safety and well-being of our students, staff and community as our top priority. In order to best protect our students and staff from COVID-19, the universal masking policy was put in place at the beginning of the school year. Board of Education meetings are no different, and staff, visitors and Board of Education members are required to wear a facial covering. The Lakewood City School District and its Board of Education continue to welcome public comment on school issues; however, Board policies must be adhered to at all school functions, including BOE meetings.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.06.2021

Mayor's Corner:City And School District Enter Into Joint Agreement For Fields

Those of you who know me well understand that sports are a personal passion – one of my great joys has always been the camaraderie and competition I found on the field or in the gym. Like many of you, I was lucky to spend countless hours as a youth playing sports through Lakewood’s Recreation Department. I later worked for the department and volunteered as a coach. I see our city’s ability to offer high quality sports and recreation as something that sets us apart. So I was thrilled that my administration and the Lakewood Schools recently developed a joint agreement that finally clarifies each party’s responsibilities for capital expenses and maintenance of city fields used by the Recreation Department. 

The City and the Lakewood City Schools have a decades-long, highly beneficial partnership in recreation. Despite that long relationship, until last month there was never a formal, written agreement setting out whose staff would maintain the fields and where the financial resources for maintenance and capital needs would originate. As you can imagine, some challenges arose with no such written deal in place. The new joint agreement provides the clarity that was lacking for decades. 

Many in Lakewood may not realize we have a fairly unique approach to our recreation department when compared to other Ohio cities. Almost all other Ohio recreation departments are housed within city government, while Lakewood’s falls within the School District’s oversight. While uncommon, it’s clear that our model actually provides immense community benefit by ensuring that health, wellness, and physical activity are deeply engrained as part of the growth and development of Lakewood’s children. 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.06.2021

Dr. G's Rangers' Round-Up

Football   October 2
 
The Lakewood Rangers (5-2) withstood an early surge by Parma, earning a hard fought 34-14 win at Byers Field. After Parma took an early 8-0 lead, things seemed a bit bleak for the Rangers. Lakewood had seemingly scored first on a long TD pass, but a penalty erased that and forced a punt, which was blocked. Parma scored in two plays on a short field, then converted a 2 point conversion, and just like that the game "flipped." But the Rangers stayed poised, and behind the hard running of Hakeem Quran, answered on their next drive, converting their own two point conversion (Both scores courtesy of Quran's tough runs). On their next possession, QB Lucas Winters broke containment and sprinted 65 yards for a TD, and the Rangers were on their way. Quran scored once more in the 2nd quarter and the Rangers led 21-8 at half. Rain arrived at Byers Field for the second half, but Lakewood scored two more touchdowns. Sophomore Aidan Maxwell had several strong runs and bulled his way into the end zone on 4th down for his first ever varsity TD. Junior Mason Ivinskas caught a Winters pass in the end zone to round out the scoring for Lakewood.

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.06.2021

Thank You Lakewood - On To November!

I want to thank each of the voters, volunteers, and others who helped our campaign to a first-place finish in September’s lively eight-candidate primary. I am very grateful for this vote of confidence, going into the November election for three at-large seats.

Lakewood has not had this kind of crowded field of candidates for quite a few years, and the readiness to step up as well as the positive direction of the campaigning speaks very well of our community. It is genuinely an honor to exit the primary ranked first.

No one can do this alone. I’m thankful for my wife Caitlin, for her partnership and support. I’m grateful to everyone who has endorsed my re-election, from Senator Sherrod Brown, to labor unions and progressive activists, to Mayor George, our state legislators, and many others.

I also want to congratulate all the candidates who ran in this primary. All of them are compassionate people who care about Lakewood and wanted to make a positive impact. Everyone brought forward substantive issues and creative solutions that only make all of us better candidates and leaders.


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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.06.2021

Historical Society Fall Sale

Lakewood Historical Society will hold its popular Fall Sale on October 7, 8 & 9 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m at The Haber Center for Family History, 13314 Detroit Ave. Items are priced to sell and include small furniture, lamps, fall decorations, framed artwork, tools, toys and more.

We have salvage pieces including  interior/exterior doors,  glass door knobs and hardware, wood windows, light shades and more. Measure before you come and be ready to move items yourself, salvage sells quickly. Additional items include a dining room set, antique metal crib, wicker vanity, desks and rockers and many unique one-of-a-kind must see items.

Cash, check or credit accepted. Contact Lakewood Historical Society for more information 216-221-7343 or visit us online lakewoodhistory.org.

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:17 PM, 10.06.2021

District To Benefit From $34K STEM Grant

The Lakewood City Schools and the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation (LREF) are pleased to announce that Howmet Aerospace Foundation has awarded a $33,959 grant to LREF that will be dedicated to bolstering the school district’s STEM resources across all grades. The grant money will be used to purchase Sphero programmable robots packages for every building in the District.

"We are thrilled to have played a part in securing this grant to enrich STEM education in our District," said LREF Executive Director Terri Richards. "LREF’s mission is to help provide a world class public education for each and every Lakewood student and we are grateful for partners like the Howmet Aerospace Foundation, who assist us in fulfilling that commitment."

Added Assistant Superintendent Christine Palumbo: “We are so thankful to LREF and the Howmet Foundation for their amazing support of our students. The Spheros' Bolt Power Pack compiles the best of Spheros' STEM solutions all in one package enabling our students to use programmable robots to learn programming while completing educational activities.” 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

LHS Salutes National Merit & AP Scholars

From left: National Merit Commended Student Joseph Daso, National Merit Semifinalists Abigail Hirsch and Caleigh Naylon, and Commended Student Andre Hallenburg

Lakewood High School seniors Abigail Hirsch and Caleigh Naylon have been named National Merit Semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Corp. competition. This designation recognizes Abby and Caleigh as among the top students in the nation. LHS also can boast two Commended Students, seniors Andre Hallenburg and Joseph Daso.

National Merit Scholarship Corp. also recognizes Commended Students, who are among the top 5% of PSAT scorers. Seniors Andre Hallenburg and Joseph Daso were named Commended Students. Although these students do not move on in the scholarship competition, we recognize them as among the best students in the state.

Based on their PSAT score from the 2020-2021 school year, Abby and Caleigh join the group of 16,000 Semifinalists across the country. These academic standouts rose to the top of more than 1.6 million students who took the PSAT. Semifinalists represent less than 1% of U. S. high school seniors and are the highest scoring entrants in their state. Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. The number of Semifinalists named in each state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors.

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Get Ready For Lakewood Kiwanis Scarecrow Festival

Neither wind nor rain will stop the scarecrows from arriving in the fall on Madison Ave. Madison Avenue will become a parade of playfulness with scarecrows lining the entire avenue: West 117th to Riverside Drive, from October 11-25, 2021 for the 9th Annual Lakewood Scarecrow Festival. Make plans to build your own scarecrow and participate in this fun opportunity for individual, families, businesses, clubs and organizations.

Business owners bring more attention to your storefront by building a scarecrow that is unique to your business. Families can bring school lessons or a family activity to life with their scarecrow. This is a great activity as we practice social distancing and get out from behind the screen and get creative.

As a community, we have supported each other through these difficult times. Madison Avenue will be the perfect route to walk from October 11-25th. Now is the time to have some fun together and visit your local merchants on Madison. It is a growing area. 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church Celebrates 75 Years!

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church Celebrates 75 Years!

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church proudly launched its 75th Jubilee Year Celebration on Sunday, September 19, 2021.  Look for banners to be posted soon on the streetlight poles in front of the Rocky River church announcing that West Shore is “Celebrating 75 Years!”

The Diamond Jubilee Celebration is a year-long event.  On November 14 at 2:00 p.m., West Shore will hold a celebratory Gala Organ Rededication Concert for our prized Holtkamp organ. Guest organist Christa Rakich will be the distinguished performer. Christa is an internationally renowned concert organist and is currently the Visiting Professor of Organ at the Oberlin Conservatory.

Founded in 1946, West Shore is Northeast Ohio’s largest “UU” church, with over 500 members. Our mission is to “help people lead lives of meaning and purpose” through a liberal faith tradition focused on the principle that we need not think alike to love alike. We are a Welcoming Congregation, open to all regardless of religious background, race, ethnicity, age, ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

H2O Summer Service Camp - "When We Feel Heard"

H2O campers used ArcGis to put their observations into a map for city planners to use.

H2O “Help to Others” hosted three sessions of in-person Summer Service Camp in 2021. Middle school participants enjoyed eight days of volunteer work, small group interactions with awesome counselors, reflection, speakers, games, and more! We adapted the program for Covid restrictions, opting to keep our service onsite or at local, outdoor sites. While we hope to return to trips to area agencies like the Greater Cleveland Foodbank and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, we found rich satisfaction in the work of this summer.

The camp theme, “When We Feel Heard” guided and unified the breadth of our experiences. Campers integrated their reflections on service, information from speakers we heard, and their own experiences to reflect on what it means to be heard. As one camper wrote, “This theme has so much depth and meaning. In service, it means listening to those in need and not only listening to their needs and helping them get what they need, but also making sure that they feel heard as people too.” (Shannon Katzenberger, 9th grade). Another camper expressed the need to hear others, but also to be heard in his own life: “If someone who hasn’t been able to express their views finally gets heard, it can change their life. Because of this, it is important as an organization or person to hear everyone in your community but also to strive to make yourself heard and not lose your voice.” (Alessio Matera, 8th grade). They demonstrated a balanced understanding of how critical it is to truly hear others and to cultivate one’s own voice to make a difference in the world.

The highlighted project this summer, which every camper contributed to, was the site we called “Parks and Rec” as a nod to the popular t.v. show. On the first day of each session, Dave Baas from the City’s Department of Planning & Development presented to campers, getting them to think about how the Lakewood community was formed and how it has changed over time. They learned how to use three key planning considerations: Big picture (how parks should grow and change), involving community (are parks safe, healthy, and accessible for all ages), and looking ahead to meet the needs of today while keeping the future in mind.  With fresh perspective and knowledge, they visited Lakewood parks big and small to document existing features and to propose new and additional features. Each small group had an iPad with a GIS app to pinpoint their observations on a map and then offered critical thinking with a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis. They documented over 700 distinct elements of the parks. They recognized the value of both open space and recreational equipment. They noted elements that needed updates, proposed additional water bottle-filling stations and recycling cans. They expressed interest in new or expanded activities, like disc golf, gaga pits, and additional skateboarding facilities. Ultimately, the information they gathered will help begin the work to update Lakewood’s Parks Strategic Plan in the near future. The campers enjoyed feeling heard, having their opinions matter, and gaining understanding how communities are built and sustained.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Car Show At Church Of The Ascension

13216 Detroit Ave., Saturday, October 16th form 10am to 2pm

Fundraiser: Kicking off 150 years in Lakewood

10-dollar Registration Fee for Collectable Cars with Trophies Awarded

Music, Fifty-Fifty Raffle, Gift Baskets and Concession Stand

Come and Join the Fun!!!!

Church of the Ascension stands proudly back off the street on Detroit Ave. It all began when Lakewood was named Rockport Township and then became the Hamlet of Lakewood. It was mostly farmland at that time with Detroit Ave the main thoroughfare through Lakewood. As more and more settlers came there was a need for churches. Hence Church of the Ascension began as Ascension Mission, organized by Trinity Parish, now Trinity Cathedral. Property for the church was purchased from the Nicholson family who lived in Lakewood’s historical Nicholson House. The church cornerstone was laid in 1875. Initially it was built as a small wood frame church. Church members included the names Fry, Hird, Beach, Hall, Nicholson, Newman, and Westlake, now names of Lakewood’s wonderful residential streets.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

A Thank You From Tess Neff

It is with heartfelt gratitude that I thank all the supporters who voted for me in the September 14 primary to be the next Lakewood Judge. Together, we put forth a tremendous amount of energy and effort that resulted in my first-place finish. Our work is not finished, and we have many more tasks to perform before the November 2 general election.

My appreciation extends to many dedicated family, friends, and neighbors who volunteered their spring and summer days to help me! Every job, whether big or small is important and it all matters.

In addition, it has been very rewarding to talk with my Lakewood neighbors, to answer their questions, articulate my vision for the court, and to tell them about my unique experience. Thank you for taking a pause in your day to listen to me. The show of support is magnificent and overwhelmingly humbling.  

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Long-Time Dream Fulfilled With Opening Of The Blue Cafe

Circumstances had to be just right for Lakewood’s newest coffee shop, The Blue Cafe (15715 Madison Ave.), to open up. It had to be “the right time.” The right space needed to become available. The right people needed to sign on. And Karen needed to give Paul her phone number. 

Jump back to West Lafayette, Indiana, 1992. Paul just had an incredible night dancing with Karen to Morrissey’s cover of “That’s Entertainment,” originally by The Jam, at a dance club not far from Purdue University’s campus. He’d love to see her again, but Karen isn’t having it. He can’t help but keep trying, ‘til finally one of her friends relents and gives up Karen’s sacred digits. She agrees to one date at a coffee shop. She orders a blackberry tea, and it’s brought out to her on a tray with a single flower, slipped to the barista in advance by Paul. 

The next day, Karen skips all her classes. She can’t help it. She just wants to keep hanging with Paul. 

This version of how the Beegans met wasn’t the most likely. By all accounts, they should have met much earlier, when Karen attended a house party that Paul’s band was performing at, or during one of Paul’s shifts at one of Karen’s favorite campus coffee spots: The Blue Cafe. 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Facing Eviction? Legal Aid Can Help!

On August 26, the Supreme Court’s decision not to extend the federal eviction moratorium has left many tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic fearful of losing their housing. Northeast Ohioans at risk of eviction can get help through the new Free Eviction Help program, a collaboration between The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and United Way’s 2-1-1 service. Free Eviction Help provides free legal representation to tenants facing eviction.

The program has already helped many people in our region stay in their current housing or find new living accommodations. Another benefit is that children can remain in school without worrying about disruptions caused by displacement and homelessness.  

People who contact Free Eviction Help may also qualify for Cleveland’s Right to Counsel (RTC) program, which applies to households with at least one child and incomes at or below the federal poverty guideline. Through RTC, eligible tenants now have the explicit legal right to free legal representation in their eviction cases.  

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

The View From City Council

Housing, Planning, and Development Committee Meeting

Lakewood has owned nine single-family residential properties adjacent to the former Lakewood Hospital site since the 1980s. When a tenant decides not to renew their lease, the Planning and Development Department requests the authority from Council to dispose of the property. At last week’s Housing, Planning, and Development Committee meeting, the Planning and Development Department requested the authority to enter into an agreement with LakewoodAlive for the sale of 1462 Belle Avenue. This property suffered fire damage in January of this year, however, because of the quick response of the Lakewood Fire Department, the damage to the structure was limited. The City would like to transfer the property to LakewoodAlive for $2 and, in turn, LakewoodAlive would sell the property to a developer with the goal of preserving the historic nature of the property. The property would then be sold at market-rate. I asked if the City was able to use HOME funds or ARPA funds to make this property an affordable housing option and the Planning Department indicated that, because of the finite amount of funds that Lakewood receives, this property would not be a viable affordable housing option. Planning and Development Director Shawn Leininger did share that the City originally planned for three of the nine properties be affordable housing options and that they are on track to meet that goal.

We recommended for approval a $175,000 economic development loan for the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of St. James School as an office building. Oster Services Companies is planning on retaining the historic character of the building and will be moving its company into the building. This $3 million project has also secured commitments from Allied Enterprises Inc., Walk Your Plans Inc, and Lakewood Business Forum to relocate into the building. Oster also has a pending commitment from a Lakewood technology company that would otherwise have to leave Lakewood to expand its business.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Shop + Eat + Unwind LKWD Event Reloaded

We had a great turnout for our first Shop + Eat + Unwind LKWD event last month and are ready to do it again! Back by popular demand, please join us on Friday, October 8th beginning at 6pm to once again enjoy our THANK YOU for continuing to shop and dine at small businesses in Lakewood. We truly appreciate how the community has come together to support local.

We are pleased to be adding some new participating locations to the roster. This upcoming event will now be held between the 15000 – 19000 block of Detroit Avenue, but the same premise applies… a beautiful evening filled with shopping, dining and plenty of unwinding. The merchants on the western half of Detroit Avenue will be extending their store hours and have joined up with neighboring eateries to offer $5 off your purchases of $25 or more, beginning at 6pm. Simply present your receipt of purchase from one of the participating locations (see below) and enjoy a sweet reward. 

All the Joy

Burning River Coffee

CeramWorks Studio

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Municipal Court Judges Need Extensive Experience In Municipal Court

The role of a Municipal Court Judge is comparable to an emergency room doctor. The court moves quickly, can see hundreds of cases weekly, and is the only encounter many residents will have with the judicial system. Municipal Courts handle a variety of cases, civil, criminal, housing, felony arraignments/preliminary hearings, and misdemeanors. That is why it is so important to elect the person with the most relevant experience to the bench. 

Having served local communities in a variety of high-level legal positions including as a prosecutor or law director gives me the advantage of not just knowing how Lakewood Municipal Court operates, but also how courts operate all across Northern Ohio including Federal, State, and multiple Municipal Courts. Knowing in detail how a courtroom functions is critical to the fair and equitable administration of justice, 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Vote For Nora Katzenberger For Lakewood School Board

Nora Katzenberger

You may have seen a few gold-colored yard signs around town telling you to “Vote for Nora Katzenberger for Lakewood School Board.” I’m excited to tell you a bit about myself as you prepare for the election on November 2. As a parent of two students in the Lakewood schools, I want to use my professional communications background and extensive volunteer experience to bring new energy and ideas to our schools. 

I have been a very involved volunteer in our schools since 2013. I value the role our teachers and schools play in helping all of our children to realize their full potential. I am fortunate that the excellent public school education I received in Parma prepared me for the competitive challenges at the University of Pennsylvania. I want Lakewood students to continue to have the same opportunity to realize their full potential.

As Chair of the 2020 Lakewood School Levy campaign, I worked side by side with administrators, teachers, parents, students, and community members to secure our schools’ healthy financial future with the support of 77% of Lakewood voters. My involvement in the campaign, as well as my role as an active parent volunteer, allow me to have a more personal understanding of what happens in our schools, and the people and programs that make them great. 

I have worked in public relations and communications at the Bank of New York and New York University, as well as in fundraising at University Hospitals of Cleveland and web creative management at Progressive Insurance. I will use my extensive background as a communications professional to improve communication among teachers, students, administrators, the board, and community members, so that everyone feels heard. I will work to analyze the transformative educational experience of the past two years and use the knowledge we’ve gained to leverage new technologies and address learning differences so that every child receives the education they deserve. I will advocate to ensure that the values of diversity and inclusion that we value as a community are supported through our school policies and the way they are administered, so that every student and teacher can feel safe and can be their true selves.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Quilts For Cancer Research On Friday, October 8

The Quilting Bee will offer extended shopping hours – 10 am to 9 pm - during the Shop + Eat + Unwind LKWD event on Friday, October 8. During the event, several beautiful quilts will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the quilt sale will be donated to Pelotonia, whose objective is to fund innovative cancer research.

The Quilting Bee, located at 15709 Detroit Avenue, is approaching its second anniversary. When you enter through the door of The Quilting Bee, you’ll see the newest high quality cotton fabrics from many manufacturers, including Moda, RJR, Cotton+Steel, Clothworks, Robert Kaufman, and Rifle Paper Co. The shop also offers patterns and notions for quilters of all experience levels. As the shop owner and a Lakewood resident I chose the name The Quilting Bee to reflect the community aspect of quilting. Throughout history to the present day, sewers have gathered to work together to create beautiful quilts. We strive to provide an atmosphere where quilters – novice and experienced – can come to learn, share experiences, and try new techniques. 

The team at the Quilting Bee looks forward to seeing you!

Suzanne Bednarchik is the owner of the Quilting Bee and a Lakewood resident.

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Virtual Storytime

For all ages

Join Lakewood Library staff members virtually as they read children’s picture books and share songs, rhymes and finger plays.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

 

Virtual Author Visits

For all ages

Join local authors and illustrators virtually as they share and read some of their own children’s books.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Board/City OK Fields/Pools Agreement

The Lakewood Board of Education at its Sept. 22 meeting approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the Board and the City of Lakewood that outlines the responsibilities of the two entities in relation to the maintenance and capital improvements of the City-owned fields and pools. The Board and the City have shared responsibility for the recreational facilities for decades without a formal agreement in place. Lakewood City Council approved the agreement at its Sept. 22 meeting as well.

The agreement defines each party’s role in ongoing maintenance and capital expenses, as well as establishing a formal annual schedule for regular meetings between the City’s Public Works Department and the Recreation Department to ensure that communication between the two regarding field and pool conditions remain current. 

“We are pleased that our administrative team and the Board of Education were able to work together with Mayor George and city officials to resolve these longstanding issues,” said Superintendent Maggie Niedzwiecki. “We look forward to being able to provide the community more quality programming through our Rec and Athletic Departments now and in the future. Our Community Recreations and Education Commission will be engaging with the community to gather feedback on programming wants and needs.”

 

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Virtual Events In October

Lakewood Public Library will premiere four exciting new virtual Meet the Author events in October. You can watch these programs on facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary and twitter.com/lakewoodlibrary on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.   

October 7

Join Hannah Shaw as she shares her story of survival in her book, "Still I Rise: My Journey to Conquer Chronic Pain."  Shaw candidly talks about her experiences of navigating the healthcare system and her inner struggles, giving fellow chronic pain sufferers hope and courage.

October 14 

Brandy Schillace tells the story of Dr. Robert White, one the country’s leading neurosurgeons who most notably performed the first brain transplant on a monkey in her book, "Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey's Head," "The Pope's Neuroscientist," and "The Quest to Transplant the Soul."  Schillace explores both the scientific and ethical issues of experiments on animals, as well as Dr. White’s own devout religious beliefs, with his conviction that the soul was part of the brain.

October 21 

Cleveland-born Hari Ziyad talks about his memoir "Black Boy Out of Time," an honest story about what it’s like growing up black and queer. Ziyad examines complex themes of race and gender, amidst a large blended family with a Hari Kishna mother and Muslim father. 

October 28

Case Western Reserve University Political Science professor and Cuba native, Dr. Laura Tartakoff, reads bilingual poems in English and Spanish, which are inspired by nature.

If you miss the premiere, the videos will also be available on the Library’s website lakewoodpubliclibrary.org

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on library news, programs and events.  

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Sara For Lakewood Judge

I am writing to tell you about Sara Fagnilli who is running for Judge. I have known Sara for a very long time. (A few decades). She has the best experience to jump into the position that Pat Carroll held for so many years. This is a very busy court and we cannot afford a learning curve. This position is the safeguard  of our community. Sara has the integrity, experience and temperament to be outstanding.

Sandy Maline grew up in her hometown of Lakewood. She is a Real Estate Broker who owns a small boutique real estate company. She has 36 years experience in sales in the greater Cleveland area.

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Fire Prevention Week October 3rd -9th

 

  • A continuous set of three loud beeps—beep, beep, beep—means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out.







  • A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.

 



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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Thanks For The Memories

Those of us that are old enough might remember Bob Hope’s theme song ‘Thanks for the Memories’ that played at the end of his television show.

Well that’s the way I feel as my recent run for city council came to an end.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone that voted for me and supported me in the September 14th primary. Thank you to all the folks that worked so hard distributing door hangers, handing out flyers and allowing me to place a sign in their yard. A special shout out to the saints at New Life Church for their amazing support and prayers!

The campaign was a great experience for me and a time that I will never forget. I met so many wonderful people and learned so much about our city. Your hospitality and kindness was overwhelming!

My congratulations to all the other council-at-large candidates that will be moving forward into the November general election. You ran great campaigns and were all very gracious to me.

 

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What Does A Yard Sign Mean?

My vote is private. So is yours. We never have to disclose to anyone else who we vote for in any given election.

My yard signs, on the other hand, are a public statement about who I am supporting in the upcoming election. Signs in my yard say I am committed to these candidates, proud of their experiences and expertise, and confident they will do a fine job once elected to their positions. Signs in my yard are one of the most visible ways I try to persuade my neighbors and friends to join me in voting for candidates. 

I ask neighbors about candidates whose signs are in their yards. It’s one of the ways I learn about candidates. “I’ve worked with him for years: he’s very thorough and professional. I recommend you think about voting for him.”  Sometimes neighbors don’t know much about the person. “He came to my door. He was pleasant. He asked to put a sign in my yard.”  I ask, “will you vote for this person?”  “I’m not sure yet. I have to do more research.”

Yard signs started appearing in August for a November General Election because we had a primary election in mid-September. It narrowed the field for Lakewood City Council and Lakewood Municipal Judge, but our job as voters is not finished for this year and so the yard signs still have work to do too.  School board seats have been added to the next ballot. If your preferred candidate made it through the primary, he and she need you to keep your yard sign up for a while longer. 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

LHS Musicians Chosen For Honors Ensembles

All-State qualifiers Jill King (left) and Madeline Oldfield. 

Congratulations to the Lakewood High musicians chosen to be part of the Ohio Music Educators Association’s Northeast Ohio Region Orchestra, including junior Madeline Oldfield (viola), who earned a chair in the All-State Orchestra as well. Joining Madeline in the regional honor ensemble are sophomore William Detmar (bass) and junior Jill King (cello). Jill also was chosen as an alternate for the All-State ensemble.

Students must qualify for the Region Orchestra to be eligible for a spot with the All-State Orchestra. The All-State ensemble performs at the OMEA annual conference. The conference will be held in Cleveland this year at the Huntington Convention Center from February 3-5.  

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Cleveland Witches Walk

Dust off your brooms and get ready for a cackling good time!

The New Moon, a Witch Store and More located at 15729 Madison is so excited to be presenting its 3rd annual Cleveland Witches Walk on Saturday, October 2, 2021. The walk begins at 12pm and continues throughout the day until 10pm with festivities bringing together the community for a good cause!

The theme this year is New Orleans, Louisiana Up North (NOLA Up North), so expect some lively Mardi Gras style partying!

The Witches Walk was started in 2019 by Dawn and Bob Bartos, the owners of The New Moon. They and their committee select a different local charity every year to be the beneficiary of their community fundraising efforts. Their initial beneficiary in 2019 was Homeless Hookup CLE which provided over 500 pairs of socks for the homeless.  In 2020, due to the pandemic, they called upon the community for raffle baskets and went online with an auction raising over $2,500 for the Women’s Recovery Center in Cleveland.

This year Cleveland Witches Walk will be raising funds to help stop human trafficking by supporting the local charity: Collaborative to End Human Trafficking.  https://collabtoendht.org/

We are passionate about this cause because we feel it is our responsibility as a community to help those that help others and this year, we are taking that stand to a higher level! We can help to end sex and labor trafficking from happening! As a community, we have the power to be a part of the change within our systemic organizations by becoming educated and aware of this horrific crime that occurs within our own neighborhoods.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 11:05 AM, 09.28.2021

Lakewood Firefighter Gets Ride Of A Lifetime With Air Force Thunderbirds

The call came in, “Can you meet Captain Peter Hempfling at Cleveland Hopkins Airport 6:30am Friday morning?” Captain Hempfling is not just a 30 year veteran of Lakewood’s Fire Department he is one of the best, in a department filled with heroes and big hearts. So I immediately said I would be there. I then asked Fire Chief Dunphy why? The Chief responded, “Pete has been chosen as the Air Force’s Hometown Hero for the 2021 Cleveland Airshow. He is getting a ride with the Thunderbirds!” My response was, “I’ll get there at 6:30, thank you.”

Most young men and women at one time or another saw the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels and said to themselves, “I would love to try that.”  That is why they are a huge part of recruitment. The real fact is that very few will every fly a jet in combat or at all, and even fewer in the Thunderbirds. But the ranks are filled with great jobs and experiences for anyone into electronics or aviation.

For Peter, a genuine good guy, to get this recognition weeks before his retirement seemed so fitting. One of Pete’s many hobbies is extreme riding. Like motorcycles through Mexican deserts, that kind of stuff. This was also on his bucket list since he was a kid.

At 6:30am exactly I rolled into Atlantic Aviation and met with Captain Hempfling, with him were Lakewood Fire Marshall Ryan Fairbanks, and Pete’s friend and extreme rider David Nolan. Pete was his usual cheerful self and said he ready was for this. Pete served in the military, and has been on the front line of firefighting for 30 years. He was calm. He looked up and smiled and said, “I have to be honest I had a little trouble sleeping last night.” “Fear?” I asked, he smiled and said, “No-- more like the night before Christmas. Filled with excitement and wonderment.”

A very pleasant member of the Cleveland Airshow grabbed him and had him sign a waiver. Then we met the spokesperson for the Thunderbirds. She was young and smiled as she walked all of us through what would happen the rest of the day, flying a small F-16 model around the table. “OK, any questions?” We all smiled and said no. Then she had Peter sign another waiver.

Next up Peter got fitted for his flight suit, helmet and brief explanations of how things work. The two Thunderbird crew people were very attentive and it is amazing how much a pilot needs extra hands for getting dressed. Almost like a knight going into battle. Underwear, outerwear, pressure suit fitted with straps and long laces.  Boots, life collar, neck device, helmet and fitted oxygen mask, pressure checks and more. Great crew.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 7:13 PM, 09.16.2021

Mayor's Corner: City Of Lakewood Awarded For Clean Audit And Budget Of Distinction

I’m excited to pass on some news about the impressive work our Finance Department team is doing for Lakewood. Next week, the State of Ohio Auditor’s office will attend the September 20th meeting of Lakewood City Council to present our city with the Auditor of State Award with Distinction. The Ohio Auditor is responsible for auditing more than 6,000 state and local government agencies, and they present this special award annually to government entities that have met a series of stringent criteria to earn a “clean” audit report. This is a high bar that requires the utmost professionalism in financial reporting and operational performance.

For context on just how difficult it is to achieve this award, consider that less than 5% of all Ohio governments typically achieve this elite designation annually. Just preparing Lakewood’s audit is a major undertaking for our finance department each year, and to receive this statewide award speaks to the superior quality of our team and their relentless focus on ensuring that the City of Lakewood’s finances are in excellent shape. I want to pass on my sincere congratulations and gratitude to our entire Finance Department team – they are true professionals who do an incredible job for our city. 

Having excellent audits and finance filings is critically important for our city. It shows how seriously we take stewardship of precious public funds. Our city’s bond rating benefits from this high level of performance, which in turn lowers the interest rates we pay when we need to issue bonds for capital needs, infrastructure, or other costs. Fiscal responsibility and transparency will always remain one of the key pillars for my administration, and I am fortunate to have an excellent group of professionals in City Hall to help advance this core principle.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

How I Became A Traveler

My name is Fernanda, and you may have seen me around Lakewood. I fit right in, but I wasn’t always such a world traveler. Just a few years back, I was just living my normal life in Chile.

I was 24 when I went on my second trip to Brazil, and I did not know how that first experience speaking another language was just the beginning of an awakening passion about new cultures.

The most interesting thing for me about Brazil was the favelas, I knew that to get in there you should ask somebody who lives there to get the chance to be there.

I was staying in a hostel and I meet a Brazilian guy called Yuri, he is a street artist, and he was doing a mural there, so he brought me there! I spent 2 weeks visiting them every day, playing with the children, making food with the women and painting murals with him.

I did not speak Portuguese at that time, but it's similar to Spanish and it wasn’t that hard to understand what they were saying…

It was a very important experience for opening my mind and getting curious about cultures, other places and other languages.

I was growing my career as an engineer, having a good life, good friends, and an amazing family, but something was missing for me.  

I was feeling that all I have done in my life was to make my family proud of me. I realized that was my moment to do whatever makes me happy.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Lakewood Rangers Football 2021

Nothing is more closely identified with high school sports in America than Friday Nights Under the Lights.  In Lakewood, crisp fall evenings are brought to life by our fabulous Marching Band, a raucous costumed student section, spirited cheerleaders and of course our padded up Purple and Gold Ranger Football Team. Throw in the smell of dogs and burgers on the grille and parents adorned in buttons and the pageantry is pure magic. 

But nothing is less appreciated or perhaps less visible in American high school sports than Saturday Morning Under the Weights. “Saturday Morning” is when the team comes in for treatment, to review film, and get back in the weight room. Games are won, and lost, when no one is looking. “Saturday Morning” represents every practice, lifting season and meeting that players endure in order to have the chance to play under the lights. It’s about the discipline and commitment it takes to do one's best when taking the field on 10 (or more) Fall Friday nights. 

The 2021 Lakewood Rangers, coming off a 3-4 Great Lakes Conference campaign, have been putting in the study time, the weight room time, and the grinding summer practice time. LHS Social Studies Teacher and Head Coach Coach Thomas Thome, in his 4th year at the helm, has seen progress in the win-loss column and in terms of commitment to the weight room and other aspects of success. As in past seasons under his leadership “Positivity and Togetherness” are emphasized—a culture of team first, both on Friday nights and on Saturday mornings.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Youth Reading Programs At Lakewood Public Library

Are you all Zoomed out? Then try two of these reading programs for kids.

Help your child get ready for kindergarten by trying out our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Children, age birth to starting kindergarten, can register online or in-person and will receive a folder, bookmark and their first reading log. Read together and record your progress online at home or by bringing in completed logs to the Main Library or Madison branch to receive rewards and acquire a new reading log.

Children in Kindergarten through eighth grade can join the Library Explorers Badge Quest program by registering online. Participants will read their way through the Children’s and Youth Services collection and earn badges by completing the readings and activities covering juvenile and teen fiction, nonfiction, biographies, graphic novels, and more. Complete twelve of the seventeen badges to complete the program and receive a Lakewood Public Library drawstring book bag, a new book, and a bookmark.

For more information or to register, visit lakewoodpubliclibrary.beanstack.com

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Virtual Storytime

For all ages

Join Lakewood Library staff members virtually as they read children’s picture books and share songs, rhymes and finger plays.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

 

Virtual Author Visits

For all ages

Join local authors and illustrators virtually as they share and read some of their own children’s books.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

Homework Help

For Students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
August – May
Monday-Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Main Library Homework Room and Madison Branch

Students who need a little extra help with homework or just want a cool place to work can come to the Library for Homework Help to get assistance and to use the Library’s resources. Students can use their library card to check out a Chrome Book to use in the Library and have access to a variety of school supplies including pencils, pens, crayons, markers, calculators, protractors, and more. A library staff member is on hand and available to provide homework assistance with everything from spelling words to solving math problems. No registration is required.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Senator Antonio Shares Information On Redistricting

The General Assembly reconvenes this month, and of course our important work has continued with the process of redistricting.

Every ten years after the census, the Ohio General Assembly re-draws the boundaries of its state legislative and congressional districts. Fair representation for all Ohioans is my number one priority as we work through this process. People should be the ones to pick their policymakers, not the other way around, and I am committed to doing whatever I can for fair maps for all 99 House districts and 33 Senate districts in Ohio.

The bulk of the redistricting work is done by the Ohio Redistricting Commission. Created by an amendment to the Ohio Constitution in 2015, the Commission is composed of the Governor, State Auditor, Secretary of State, Speaker of the House, Senate President, one individual appointed by the House Minority Leader, and one individual appointed by the Senate Minority Leader.

The Commission will hold three public hearings on separate days in different cities for Ohioans to provide feedback once they decide on a map. Follow the Ohio Senate Democrats on Twitter for news and updates. For more information on upcoming opportunities for public input, resources, or to watch past meetings, visit redistricting.ohio.gov.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

WordStage Literary Concerts Announces The Opening Of 2021-22 Season

WordStage Literary Concerts announces the opening of its 2021-22 Season with the riotous Victorian farce "BOX and COX" by John Maddison Morton on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

"Box and Cox" was first produced at the Lyceum Theatre, London, on 1 November 1847, billed as a "romance of real life." The play became very popular and was revived frequently through the end of the nineteenth century, with occasional productions in the twentieth century. It was adapted as a one-act comic opera in 1866 by the dramatist F. C. Burnand and the composer Arthur Sullivan, prior to his association with W.S. Gilbert.

Featuring Agnes Herrman, Paul Slimak and Tim Tavcar with musical interludes from the Burnand and Sullivan Operetta "Cox and Box" performed by violinist Mary Beth Ions and pianist Patrick Wickliffe, this effervescent entertainment is sure to provide our audience with a laugh-filled evening of merry mayhem and melodious music.

WordStage performances are in the Wright Chapel of the Lakewood Presbyterian Church – 14502 Detroit Ave. in Downtown Lakewood, OH. The Church and Chapel are fully accessible and ADA compliant. We request that all our audience members come with a mask unless medical reasons prevent them from doing so. We will have free masks available at our Box Office for anyone who needs them.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

League Of Women Voters Mary Warren Impact Scholarship Winning Essay On Why Voting Is Important (2 of 5)

A vote, however, is far more than just a mere drop in the ocean; it is the lifeblood of our nation. Even with philosophy and practical interpretation notwithstanding, it is a facet of the representative democracy this government was designed to fulfill. It is the fundamental ability of every citizen to not only wrangle themselves from the wire of injustice but to elevate, educate, and empower their communities.

Every minority has faced one --or perhaps many-- judgements of their worth by those who had never known the world as they had experienced it. If these citizens were never allowed to cast their vote, they would be relegated to forever remain on the menu, with no seat at the table. That is to say, when the right of even one citizen to vote, no matter how vulnerable, is revoked or limited, they are prevented from safeguarding their access to the freedoms guaranteed to American citizens who do sit at the nation’s helm.

The act of voting can mean the difference between life and death, poverty and health, equity and inequality. If those who are subjugated are given no opportunity with which to make themselves known, then the fundamental ideal of our democracy must be called into question; and engaging in this process of review is what voting allows the general public to begin, to participate in, and to grow from. Without this open referendum and the ability to influence how the government will treat you, there is hardly a weight to any claims of freedom for all when a portion of us “all” still remain without.

 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Superintendent Listen & Learn Is Sept. 22

Join Superintendent Maggie Niedzwiecki for her first Listen & Learn session on Wednesday, September 22 at the Madison Park Pavilion. As this is Superintendent Niedzwiecki's first ever Listen & Learn, she would like to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend and therefore there will be both a 9 am sesssion and a 6 pm session at the park.

Our superintendent wants to listen and learn from our parents and our community members! Drop in anytime during the hour and share your thoughts and ideas about our district.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Candidate Forum Sept. 28 At City Hall

Please join the Lakewood Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, September 28 from 7-9P for the Candidates Forum in the Lakewood City Hall Auditorium. Candidates for Lakewood City Council At Large, Municipal Judge, and School Board will be asked questions from the moderator and citizens in attendance, about issues of concern for our city, court, and schools. This is your opportunity to ask the people that will respresent you the questions that are most important to you. Please plan to attend, listen, and understand what our candidates believe is important for Lakewood and then vote on or before November 2, 2021. 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

There's Still Time To Register For The HLF Annual Community Meeting

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation's Third Annual Community Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, September 22nd at 7:00 PM.  The HLF Board will share updates on its grantmaking and highlight a few of its grantee partners.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the Foundation's upcoming plans for community engagement, collaboration, and grantmaking.

Please register to attend at the HLF website: https://healthylakewoodfoundation.org/.  We hope you will join us!

Kate Ingersoll is the Executive Director of the Healthy Lakewood Foundation.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Volunteer Nurse Joins Hospice Of The Western Reserve Foundation Board

Lakewood resident Peggi Seelbach Mizen, RN, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Hospice of the Western Reserve Foundation. As a separate 501(c)(3) charity, the foundation was launched to foster community support for services provided by Hospice of the Western Reserve that rely on philanthropic support. A few examples include music, art and pet therapies, non-hospice palliative care for those living with advanced illness, pediatric hospice and community grief support programs.  

Following a professional nursing career spanning more than three decades - including 12 years as a hospice nurse in the Chicago area - Seelbach Mizen returned to her hometown of Lakewood. Since 2012, she has dedicated her time to serving as a hands-on care volunteer at HWR’s Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake.

“Since moving back, my focus has been on volunteer work,” Seelbach Mizen said. “When I became aware of the program at Hospice of the Western Reserve, I knew that was my fit. Ames Family Hospice House is something I am very passionate about.”

As a hands-on care volunteer, Seelbach Mizen works a four-hour shift at Ames. She checks in with administrators to see where help is most needed. “I like to stop in each room to introduce myself and ask if there is anything a patient or family member needs. One of my favorite things to do is offer a warm blanket or to do little things that make it a little nicer like fluffing up the bedding on the rollaway bed when a family member is spending the night.” Sometimes, she also assists with bathing, feeding and repositioning patients in bed so they remain comfortable.

Seelbach Mizen said one of the attributes she brings to the foundation board is that she has been on “both sides of the fence,” as a volunteer clinician assisting with care, and as the recipient of care in her own family. Four years ago, her mother spent her final days at Ames Family Hospice House.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

The Auryn String Quartet Comes To Lakewood

The Auryn String Quartet, from Cologne, Germany

 With a Live Audience and a Live Streamed Concert

 The four players of the Auryn Quartet have been performing together since the founding of the Quartet in 1981. Amazingly this ensemble has not changed its personnel since 1981. During this season the Quartet from Germany will be celebrating its fortieth and final season. Rocky River Chamber Music Society is honored to have the Auryn String Quartet as part of its roster this season. The members of the Quartet are Matthias Lingenfelder, violin; Jens Oppermann, violin; Stewart Eaton, viola; and Andreas Arndt, cello. They will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn.

The Quartet has won many prizes, received numerous invitations to international music festivals, and encouraged fruitful musical partnerships. The Auryn Quartet has also led an active recording life including Franz Joseph Haydn’s complete sixty-eight string quartets. Their vast catalog of CDs also includes Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, and the complete Mozart viola quintets with Nobuko Imal. Recent tours taken by the Quartet comprise visits to Lincoln Center in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, to Wigmore Hall in London, the Beethoven Fest in Bonn, and the Philharmonie in Cologne.     

Normally our venue is the outstanding acoustical environment of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. Due to difficulties related to the ongoing pandemic, the first concert of the season will be held at the lovely Lakewood Congregational Church in Lakewood, 1375 West Clifton Boulevard. MASKS ARE REQUIRED REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS. As always, the Rocky River Chamber Music Society has no admission charge. If you’re listening and watching from home, here are two ways to access the concert:

Streaming will be available at RRCMS.org and at YouTube.RRCMS

Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 West Clifton Boulevard

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Announcing The Exhibition Of Our Founder Tom Balbo; In Search Of A Second Moon

The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory is showcasing the works of founder Tom Balbo this fall in this newly announced exhibition, In Search of A Second Moon. Substituting the annual benefit this year, this exhibition will be a culmination of the works Tom has created during the past 18 months. Drawing on the pandemic, isolation, quarantine, as well as nature, wildlife, shape, and color, this exhibition will leave guests awed by the sheer magnitude of works. There will be a celebration on October 2, where Tom will be showcasing his process and giving demonstrations of the pieces being exhibited in the show. Most importantly, every item in the show will be available for sale, with a percentage being donated back to the Morgan. With Tom working closely with our artists in residence, the proceeds will be going towards further developing and continuing that program.  If you have been a proprietor of Tom’s work for years or just starting your collection, this exhibition will be the perfect opportunity for you to pay it forward while also joining in celebrating Tom’s outstanding work.

Tom Balbo has spent most of his life in and around Cleveland, Ohio. Born December 19, 1954, he attended public and private schools in the Cleveland area. In 1977 he graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio with a B.A. in Studio Arts. Tom then went on to receive his Master's Degree from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts in Syracuse, New York in 1980 in Studio Arts. Tom was awarded a Syracuse University Fellowship Grant in 1979 and a Ford Foundation Grant in 1980.

Tom's earliest work was primarily in ceramics and printmaking. As his interest in papermaking grew, his work turned increasingly towards expressing his artistic creativity in this area. Over the past 40 years, Tom's work has been exhibited and shown in a large number of shows and galleries and he has garnered numerous awards and critical attention for his work.

 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

2021 Community Survey Results Now Publicly Available

In March of 2021, the Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission (LCRAC) distributed a survey to residents, the results of which are now available to the public. LCRAC is a voluntary group of residents serving as a liaison between Lakewood residents and city leadership on matters related to community relations. The commission's mission is to ensure that Lakewood remains a fantastic place for everyone to live and work. LCRAC crafted and distributed the survey to help guide future efforts of the group, as well as to understand key areas of improvement city leadership should be aware of. Nearly 650 residents provided input on various topics including accessibility, community culture, housing & affordability, safety, and community engagement. Survey results can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/2bxpfst3 as well as on LCRAC's Facebook page.

Members of LCRAC encourage residents to view the results and follow up with their council members with any additional input or concerns. Any questions about the survey can be directed to CommRel@Lakewoodoh.net.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

“Tech Boosts” Program From Cox Communications Seeks Nominations For $30K In Grants To Local Nonprofits

Despite the important work nonprofits and community organizations do in the communities they serve, many are lacking the modern technology tools needed to perform their missions to the fullest. To bridge this technology gap, Cox Communications today announced the call for nominations for its “Tech Boosts” program, which awards grants to nonprofit groups committed to investing in technology equipment for the betterment of its patrons and mission. The nomination period closes October 13, 2021.  

This marks the fifth year of the Cox Communications Tech Boosts program, and the goal remains the same: to help nonprofits invest in technology equipment and services that enrich the lives of community members while fulfilling their missions to the fullest. Last year’s recipient in Ohio was the Olmsted Community Center. Three $10,000 grants will be awarded in the company’s northeast region.

This technology grant is awarded to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate how they will positively impact the community in one of the following categories: Environment and Conservation; Health; Early Childhood Education; and Empowering Families and Individuals for Success. Organizations interested in applying should visit the link to apply.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Rangers Beat River in a Thriller

The Lakewood Ranger football team earned their biggest win in a decade on Friday night, defeating Rocky River 21-14 at Rocky River Stadium.  The victory makes the Rangers 4-0 on the season, and legitimizes the team’s playoff hopes. The game was played on a beautiful evening in River before an enthusiastic crowd. A large contingent of Ranger fans filled the eastern bleachers of the stadium, and they did not go home disappointed.   

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 10:51 PM, 09.10.2021

Rangers Thump Fairview, Stay Undefeated

Head Coach Tom Thome congratulated his team after the game, but added "It's going to get harder." 

The Lakewood football team defeated Fairview 55-3 on Friday night to remain undefeated this season. This is the program’s first 3-0 start since the mid-1990s, a fact that delighted the festive crowd at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.  The win was a  strong team effort, and senior running back Hakeem Quran had another career night.  He scored seven touchdowns, running for over 320 yards and making an interception on defense.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 10:42 PM, 09.03.2021

Lakewood Community Festival Set For Madison Park

The iconic green and white tent at the Lakewood Community Festival.

Celebrate family, community and cultural heritage at the 33rd annual Lakewood Community Festival on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Madison Park, 13029 Madison Avenue. The day of fun and activities for the entire family will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

The festival is known for a delicious array of nationality foods including stuffed cabbage, pierogis, potato pancakes, kielbasa with kraut and more. There will be pizza, of course, and alternative selections as well. Save room for kolaches, baklava and other traditional ethnic pastries, plus ice cream and other desserts.

For the kiddos, the festivities will include an inflatable obstacle course, balloons, crafts, games and hands-on giant bubbles.

Keep a look out for the team from the Rocky River Nature Center. They will provide the opportunity to discover and learn about the wild animals who make Ohio their home.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Re-Elect Tristan Rader - Public Service With Passion And Purpose

I launched my first campaign for Lakewood City Council four years ago at St. Charles Green, an informal greenspace across from my house. And I was honored when Lakewood voters selected me to be their representative. This year, I decided to run for re-election for the same reason I’ve made a lot of decisions in my life—because I want to help the best I can to create the most good for the most people.

First and always, I have a passion for helping people and have dedicated myself to constituent services. I am available and responsive to all those I serve because people need a direct line to the government that they rightfully own. Those that know me well know that I often say: I have one phone number, it’s my cell, call me any time. I have the most open of open-door policies. And people know when they call me, I pick up, and I’m there for them.

Through honest dialogue, we can address small problems and large ones, and we have done so. We committed the city to 100% clean energy. We instituted the Lakewood Tree Education Advisory Board to engage the city in rebuilding our tree canopy. We developed a lead abatement education program, and we ended breed-specific legislation. We implemented a $15 minimum wage for all city employees and created an affordable housing strategy. We dedicated a brand new park for the first time in decades, invested $50 million into our wet weather infrastructure, and dedicated over $3 million to park improvements, all while balancing the budget.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Selena Colon Pleads Guilty To Four Counts In Deaths Of Max And Alejandro

Selena Colon has been charged in death of Max Close and Alejandro Mercado

In Judge Sutula’s Court today, Selena Colon, age 23, pled guilty to four of the seven counts including:

Count 1 - Aggravated Vehicular Homicide a 2nd Degree Felony - Possible sentence 2-8 years, $15,000 Fine, and License Suspension 3-5 years.

Count 2 - Aggravated Vehicular Homicide a 2nd Degree Felony - Possible sentence 2-8 years, $15,000 Fine, and License Suspension 3-5 years.

Count 5 Aggravated Assault a 3rd Degree Felony - Possible sentence 12 - 60 months, $10,000 Fine, and License Suspension.

Count 7 - Driving while under the influence. 1st degree misdemeanor - Up to 180 days in county jail, or 3 day intervention program. Fines of $250, - $1,250 1-3 year list suspension.

Judge Sutula explained that what he hands down are mandatory sentences, with no time off for good behavior, etc. and that the courts and the jails can extend the sentences if they feel it is warranted through a couple of new laws on the books, but these new laws are also headed to the Supreme Court.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Mayor's Corner: Lakewood On The Rise

It has been a joy to see children and teens walking to school this week in Lakewood. The start of the school year is always a time of hope, and it’s clear that parents keep choosing our city as the place to raise their families because of the quality of life Lakewood offers. I look forward to continuing to work with the school board to ensure the City and the School District maintain our strong partnership and provide families with the services and amenities they expect and deserve. We are the only local district that does not bus children, which speaks to our highly walkable city and our smart planning on where to locate schools. With so many children walking to school, please remember to pay extra attention as our young ones traverse Lakewood streets on their way to and from each school each day. 

With so many young families continuing to make Lakewood their home, our city is on a trajectory for future growth and continued prosperity. I hope that you have seen the data about Lakewood that was released recently by the US Census. It’s good news for our city and shows that we are headed in the right direction.

Each year the census bureau issues estimates for populations in cities across the country. And for the past five years, those forecasts have put Lakewood’s population below our true number as shown by the official 2020 Census data that was recently released. We exceeded those census estimates by over 1,500 people and once again, our population topped 50,000. That makes Lakewood the third largest city in the county and one of the top 20 in the entire state. With our efforts to add single family homes on available lots on residential streets and more dense multi-unit housing on commercial corridors, Lakewood will add hundreds of homes in the next 2 -5 years. We expect to grow, and we will do so in smart ways that ensure our community continues to provide excellent services and continues to be a great place to live.

 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Around The Corner's 47th Anniversary

Join the Krivosh's Thursday, September 16th. The tradition carries on with nickel beer and complimentary buffet with a DJ from 4 to the 7pm. Doors open at 3pm. Get a free ATC Anniversary T-shirt with purchase of food/beverage. 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Dr. G's Ranger Round-Up

Girls' Soccer

On a steamy August night at iconic Garfield Stadium, the Lakewood Girls Soccer team won a hard fought 1-0 victory over the North Olmsted Eagles. Junior Goalkeeper Lauren Barber was flawless in goal, making several difficult stops to keep the Rangers tied or in the lead. Defensively, junior co-captain Sam Hudak thwarted several Eagle chances with her usual aggressive and sure footed play. Junior Nettie Doren had several chances, as did senior Sylvie Ballou, before Doren converted several minutes into the second half. Congratulations to Coach Nagel and the entire squad on tonights win. Go Rangers!

Football: Lakewood Rangers vs. Bay Rockets

In a reprise of week one, senior tailback Hakeem Quran tore through the Bay Rockets defense, leading the Lakewood Rangers (2-0) to a decisive 29-10 win over the Bay Rockets (1-1). Although he didn't match his record-setting yard total from last week, this in my view was the best game he's every played in his stellar career for the Purple and Gold. Some yards, some runs, matter more than others—such as the first of his three touchdowns. With Lakewood trailing 10-7 early in the 3rd quarter, Hakeem ran off left tackle, found a seam, and split the Bay defenders for a 73 yard touchdown run. From then on, the Ranger workhorse chewed up the clock, getting both tough inside yards and big chunks on the outside. Two more touchdowns from number 3 and the game was sealed.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Baby Bargain Bonanza Set For September 18

Lakewood Early Childhood PTA is holding its annual re-sale event on Saturday, September 18th at Garfield Middle School. Baby and Children's clothing (sizes newborn to 10), shoes, baby gear, toys and games, books and outdoor equipment will be arranged on tables for your shopping enjoyment. Early Bird admission is between 8:30 and 9:30am for $5. 9:30am to noon admission is $1. 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Everything's Stupid Anyway: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 118

Hawkbaby - Stupid Music For Stupid People - My Mind's Eye - 8 songs - 12"

Hawkbaby finally follow up their demo tape from a few years ago with their debut vinyl outing. A true supergroup here, even if you wouldn't know it from the personnel listed on the back: members of The Darvocets, Magic City, Sockeye, a Perverts Again fill-in…the list goes on! Musically, the band is somewhere between The Darvocets and Magic City– the late '70s/early '80s punk stuff, Dead Kennedys, Dangerhouse, that kind of thing, but also leaning more towards hard rock and some more out there stuff a lot of the time, especially given the keyboards. Paul (guitarist) is a big Wall Of Voodoo fan, I've been told. Some of these, I am almost completely certain, are repurposed Magic City songs. I know "Cazadores" is and something about "Hologram" sounds awfully familiar too. I won't hold it against Paul or anything, in fact I like when people steal their own riffs, but it's worth noting. Of course, it's always a delight to hear Larry Alien sing, which we've been lacking since the demise of Wetbrain and the disappearance of Drum Machine– no one does it quite like him! My favorite Larry moments here were at the coda (following a fake ending) of the opening "He Said She Said" where he's almost making dolphin sounds (Larry? Dolphins?) and on "Shovin It," which might be my favorite song on here– it's got an intro with what I am pretty sure is an acoustic guitar and some tasteful keys. I'm as shocked as you are. Lyrically, it's a continuation of the Doctor's (professor of alienology) work in the Darvocets and Wetbrain– though I think the best moment is when he drops the fake-deep classic "real eyes realize real lies." I didn't know Larry was on Tumblr. (I've looked this up and apparently it's a Tupac quote– my point stands: didn't know Larry was into Tupac!). "Pop Punk Saved My Life" is not a pop punk song, but is another highlight for being a pure dumb rock song with a nice outro where we're informed all the things the narrator is no longer, including hardcore, metal, straight edge, and a skateboarder. Paul plays some hot leads on here (the guitar solo on "Sit Back, Relax, Enjoy" is a highlight) and the rest of the band is pretty good too. Matt, or Hairy, or Rick, or whatever the drummer is called is very good at what he does. It's not my favorite work by any means of most of the people involved, but that said, it would be hard to top some of their past musical achievements. I'll also add that I didn't really like it at all at first, but it grew on me with repeated listens, so bear that in mind, I suppose. 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Native Couple Live Mohican Dream

Little Red Treehouse.featured in Treehouse Masters

Halfway between Cleveland and Columbus in the heart of Ohio’s Mohican Valley, lies a magical oasis straight out of a fairytale. The Mohicans Treehouse Resort and Wedding Venue inhabits 77 private acres of beautiful indigenous landscape overlooking rolling hills and winding roads. 

The hotel is owned by husband and wife team, Kevin and Laura Mooney whose childhood memories of spending time on the Mohican River and its surrounding woods left an indelible impression. In 2005, they took a leap of faith and purchased a portion of wooded land in the village of Glenmont. The couple has deep roots in our community. Kevin grew up in Lakewood, went to St. Edward High School, and Laura went to Lakewood High. Later on, Kevin ran a successful financial consulting business for 15 years right in our backyard on Madison Avenue. 

The couple built several cabins in their newly purchased acreage but then changed focus after seeing a book about treehouses. In 2011, they collaborated with Pete Nelson, the host of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters, on early treehouse designs. The family business has since expanded significantly to include cabins, treehouses, and a breathtaking wedding venue which quickly became the property's crown jewel and one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the Midwest. Their most recent addition -- Treehouse Provisions, is a virtual/ghost kitchen in Cleveland's West Park neighborhood that specializes in gourmet fast food and catering.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Registration Is Now Open For LakewoodAlive’s 14th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade

Attention dog lovers! Tickets are now on sale to register your dog(s) for the 2021 Spooky Pooch Parade. This popular canine celebration is back in-person in a new location. LakewoodAlive’s 14th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade takes place on Saturday, October 16, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Madison Park in Lakewood’s Birdtown neighborhood.

Sponsored by Discount Drug Mart, the family-friendly Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a free-to-attend festival at Madison Park, a parade along Madison Avenue and surrounding streets and an awards presentation. A favorite autumn tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers, this community festival represents a one-of-a-kind event within the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.

Festivities get underway with the Spooky Pooch Festival beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Madison Park, during which attendees can enjoy entertainment, children’s games and dog-related vendors.

The dog parade commences at 2 p.m. Dogs of all shapes and sizes dressed in their finest Halloween fashions will strut their stuff as judges will award prizes including Best Pooch & Child, Best Pooch & Adult, Best Pooch & Group, Spookiest Pooch and Best in Show. One lucky winner will receive one year’s worth of free dog food courtesy of Pet’s General Store. Contestants must register and participate in the parade in order to be eligible to win a prize.

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Lakewood Girl Scout Troop Builds Little Library For Lincoln Elementary

Photo Credit: Ken Blaze

Girl Scout Troop 70188 built and installed a Little Library at Lincoln Elementary. The project will help the girls earn their Bronze Award, the highest award available to Junior Girl Scouts. Stop by to take a book or leave a book and to see what these girls accomplished. 

Darcy Brosky is the Leader of Troop 70188.

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021