When LakewoodAlive’s signature holiday event returns for a 12th consecutive year this December, the traditions that have made this festive occasion a crowd favorite will be complemented by a trio of new features.
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With a voice full of intensity, poetry molds the outside world to the inner. Women in Poetry Night at Lakewood Public Library explores the work of Leanne Hoppe and Sarah Marcus-Donnelly, two women whose lives are deeply invested in the poetic. They join us to discuss their books and perform some of their work on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.
There’s a new business in town that exists for one main reason: to reduce your stress. Lakewoodite Ashley Ciresi is a luxury productivity consultant, offering her services to help organize life’s “stuff” so that her customers can have more time to do what matters most to them.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Library Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving
If you're traveling down Madison Avenue you’ll find a treasure, tucked in between La La’s Custom Cakes and Holistic Lakewood, it's my new store, called Bear Soul Studio. It's a store that is truly a unique experience: A combination of a rock shop, art studio and spiritual healing arts. I wanted to create a unique place to share my gifts in the Lakewood area.
The seven week Fall session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library came to a close in November as participating second, third, and fourth graders proudly showcased their talent at an art show for family and friends. Each week students learned about the life and work of a different artist and then completed an art project in the style of that artist. Artwork created by Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Piet Mondrain, and Pablo Picasso provided the inspiration for the students’ creative efforts. Cut paper, oil pastels, watercolor paints, crayons, and markers were some of the art mediums used. After learning about Rembrandt the students completed a “half” portrait. A photo of each child’s face was cut in half down the middle and students drew the other half of their face with colored pencils. Many young artists said it was the most difficult project but also the one they liked the most. At the conclusion of the Art Show each participant took home a certificate and their creative work.
The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River is seeking grant applications from non-profit organizations that serve our youth and community within Lakewood and Rocky River.
2018 Reappraisal And House Bill 920 (HB 920) Explained - What Happens During The Reappraisal Process
The District has received questions regarding the 2018 reappraisal process and how it impacts the schools. This brief explanation is provided to help the public better understand the process.
Property value is determined by the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer. This is done through a reappraisal every 6 years, an update every 3 years and an inspection of any additions or modifications to a property on an annual basis. As the cost of groceries, automobiles, and clothing increases with inflation, so does the value of real property.
Greetings, first-time Light Up Lakewood attendee. You’re in for a real treat.
Giving Tuesday represents a global giving movement. It’s a day during which people can help others through the gifts of time, talent and resources. In that spirit, LakewoodAlive will be giving back to our community on Giving Tuesday 2018 by undertaking a volunteer project to rake leaves for 10 households in need within our city’s neighborhoods.
Special Holiday Performance Of Charpentier's Midnight Mass On December 22 At Lakewood Congregational Church
Acclaimed early music ensemble Les Délices (Debra Nagy, director) and Northeast Ohio’s premiere chamber choir Quire Cleveland (Jay White, artistic director) will bring Lakewood residents a musical alternative for the holiday with a performance of Charpentier’s Midnight Mass on Saturday, December 22 at 8pm at Lakewood Congregational Church (1375 W Clifton Blvd, Lakewood).
The child of Irish immigrants, blind and abandoned in an orphanage by an alcoholic father, Annie Sullivan did not have an auspicious start in life. However, many people know her as the Miracle Worker who taught Helen Keller to read and write. How did she achieve such success?
The earth is in charge. It’s under attack by elite sectors of humankind infected with arrogance and greed. They plunder the planet’s most precious resources with depraved indifference. They crap into the waters we drink. They poison the air that we breathe. Sooner or later a breaking point will be reached and the earth will revolt. When the earth revolts, the earth will win. Why will the earth win? The earth…is in charge.
Madison Avenue, make room for Rood Food and Pie, Lakewood’s newest addition to the west-end of Madison Avenue, located on the corner of Atkins at 17001 Madison.
The unassuming town of Lakewood Ohio boasts over fifty thousand residents.
Superintendent Michael Barnes and members of the Board of Education invite the city's senior citizens to a festive, free holiday breakfast at one of our newest elementary schools! The event is Wednesday, December 5 from 9 to 10:15 am at Lincoln Elementary School, 15615 Clifton Blvd. Hear from some of our talented elementary school groups, enjoy great food, and listen to Superintendent Barnes give an update on the District. RSVPs are required by Novenber 28. Please call 216-529-4074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
The Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club won multiple awards at the conference hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Nov. 7 & 8. Overall, the team finished 5th out of 16 teams. The club's leadership team of Co-Presidents Nick Cleary, Elizabeth Halko, and Sasha Seckers and Vice Presidents Aidan Bohac, Evan Bell and Tully Worron did a great job preparing the group.
Every Northeast Ohioan knows that the most important thing to get you through the long winters here is a warm coat (and a positive attitude!) Earlier this month, students at Harrison Elementary each won the winter lottery as Coats for Kids provided a new coat for each of the 369 students at the school.
The donation was made possible by a large donation from the Figgie Foundation. Harry E. Figgie, Jr., and his wife, Nancy Furst Figgie started the foundation to give back to the needy. The Figgies both attended Lakewood City Schools and Harry Figgie is in the District’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. The Figgies’ son, Matthew, before he died unexpectedly in September, had approached Coats for Kids about donating to a Lakewood school.
While Lakewood City Schools students enjoyed a day off of school on November 6, the entire staff was hard at work striving to improve their knowledge and skills whether they be for the classroom, the office or any other area that supports our students.
Step in from the cold for a lovely celebration of local food, art, and craft vendors. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 18th for LEAF (Lakewood Earth And Food) Community's second and final Holiday Market of the year. Conveniently located at Garfield Middle School (13114 Detroit Ave.) right here in Lakewood, be sure to stop by after work from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to help you take care of all of your holiday cooking and gift giving needs. The December 18th market will include City Fresh holiday shares, local produce, other locally grown and produced foods, a soup and bread and hot drink bar, raffle prizes and festive music.
Vendors are currently being booked. Vendor registration information is here: http://www.leafcommunity.org/.
On October 27, 2018 over 100 high school volunteers and approximately 600 community members and creatively costumed children gathered at Lakewood High School for this year’s annual Pumpkin Palooza, and it was nothing less than a sensational success.
“First do no harm.” Those are the first four words of the Hippocratic Oath. So, what is the role of physicians in providing vs. withholding opioid medications for patients with chronic pain? And what about the burgeoning opioid epidemic?
Gently used children’s books that might have been thrown out will now have a second life thanks to the Lakewood Schools’ new partnership with the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank.
Over the decades, their high energy, electrifying vocals, awe inspiring fashion and positive expression have encouraged us to be our UNDENIABLE and UNAPOLOGETIC selves. We celebrate diversity in all its forms, working hard in the LGBTQ community to create a safe haven for artists of all shades of grey. We feature artists, skilled in professional dance, drag, singing and more. Velvet Hearts were title winners in the 2017 Burlesque World Championship.
Congratulations Lakewood High School seniors Damian Barto, Hong Chen, Bryce Mitchell, and Wilson Reynolds, winners of the Hyland High School Innovation Showdown! Hyland Software sponsors the Innovation Showdown to encourage high school students interested in technology to use their creativity to come up with an innovative solution to a real-world problem and present a plan to market it.
During a highly contentious, expensive mid-term election cycle, here in Lakewood, our representation at the Ohio Statehouse remains full of familiar faces. In the State Senate, District 23, Nicki Antonio defeated her Republican opponent Steve Flores 65% to 35%. Similarlly, Democrat Michael Skindell dominated Republican Jay Carson 78% to 22% in their race for State Representative in District 13.
Centering Space, a non-profit retreat house and prayer center located on the grounds of Lakewood Catholic Academy, celebrated its 15th anniversary on November 1 with an Open House and memorial prayer service.
It is no surprise that many military veterans face a variety of health issues resulting from physical, emotional and/or psychological concerns. Veterans Day provides the perfect opportunity to show those veterans the appreciation and gratitude they deserve. That’s why Lakewood’s Gold-In-Touch Massage is offering half off full body relaxation massages to veterans throughout the month of December.
Once Upon A Time Lakewood Government Actually Did Care About Providing Health Care For The Less Fortunate Among Us
By 1986 the City of Lakewood had long owned and operated Lakewood Hospital. It was managed by an eighteen-member Board of Trustees. The Board was headed by the City’s Mayor who served as its President. The City’s Health Director and the Chairman of City Council’s Hospital Committee were also members of the Board. The other fifteen members were appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council. At least eight of those fifteen members were required to be resident electors of the City of Lakewood.
Santa Claus is indeed coming to town, and it’s sooner than you think. Breakfast with Santa returns to Downtown Lakewood on Saturday, November 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon when Jolly Saint Nick himself visits O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood (Assisted Living Building - 1381 Bunts Road).
In partnership with CAPA (Community Awareness and Prevention Association) we are promoting “My Community, My Health” to help people quit tobacco.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Presentation by Northeast Ohio Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
Each year thousands of individuals are stationed around the world under active military duty. The return to civilian life is not always smooth and can be greatly impacted by the effects of service-connected disabilities. From benefit claims to healthcare, veterans are eligible for a wide range of services. Join us to hear from veterans who have received services provided by the Northeast Ohio Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Focusing on treating the whole veteran through health promotion and disease prevention, the Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System provides comprehensive, seamless health care and social services for 111,901 Veterans across Northeast Ohio.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Show Review: Cruelster / Lumpy & The Dumpers / Citric Dummies / Bad Noids at Now That’s Class, 10/26
Typically, I do not do show reviews, but I decided to make a special exception for this particular show.
“Je suis Amélie” is an homage to the dreamer & do-gooder, Amélie Poulain. Show opens Saturday November 10th. Artists’ reception will be from 6 to 11 p.m. It will only run for one week through Saturday, November 17th.
Folk-noir duo Charming Disaster ("Playfully macabre"- Cleveland Scene Magazine) returns to the good goat gallery on Thursday, Nov 8 on their "Bride of Frankenstein Tour! Doors open at 6 p.m. with a few pre-show activities including a special sneak peek preview of the upcoming art show "Je Suis Amélie", an homage to the dreamer & do-gooder, (which officially opens Saturday, November 10th 6 - 10 p.m.). There will also be a tarot card reading by psychic/medium/Shaman- Joy Wedmedyk, traveling gnome photo booth with photographer Stacie Gerrity, gnome portraits by Jeff Ritchie (of Fred Paints), miniature macabre portraits by Angela Oster, and finally dark poetry by writer Nicole Hennessy. Music will begin around 8 p.m. Tickets are limited and can be purchased on the event page of thegoodgoatgallery.com $10 advance, or $12 at the door.
On October 19, five Lakewood High students and teacher mentors Gray Cooper and Aimee Guzowski traveled to the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland for the first session of the First Ring Student Leadership Academy, which is part of the First Ring Schools Collaborative. Participating for Lakewood are juniors, Christopher Brown, Ava Clause, Autumn Cruz, Will Holden, and Aziza Mohamed.
The College Club West General Meeting is November 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Don Umerley Center. Guest speaker Kevin Magee will be discussing Lake Erie Shipwrecks. The public is welcome to attend. College Club West offers women living on the west side of Cleveland with four-year degrees and registered nurses opportunities to learn, socialize & participate in fun, meaningful activities. Check the calendar page for upcoming activities. More information at http://www.collegeclubwest.org, email@example.com, or Facebook.
There has been so much attention paid in the media lately to recycling. It seems that most Lakewood residents are more confused than ever on what is to be recycled and what is not. As a 20 year employee of the Lakewood Refuse and Recycling Department, I see first-hand every day that many folks are very conscientious when it comes to their recycling, but just do not know what the guidelines are.
The Lakewood Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill a position on its Financial Advisory Committee (FAC), which is dedicated to the District’s finances. Applicants must be Lakewood residents.
The Chamber Bright Stars for 2018 were recognized on Thursday, October 25th at the semi-annual Chamber Leadership meeting and tenth annual Chamber Bright Star Awards presentation of the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce (NOACC) at Pinstripes in Orange Village.
Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation has been dedicated to alleviating hunger at the holiday season for 30 years. In 1988, a small board of dedicated volunteers formalized LCAC as a nonprofit organization. Since that time, LCAC has delivered more than 150,000 frozen turkeys, along with bagloads of canned goods, perishable and non-perishable items to Lakewood families and seniors in need. LCAC is able to provide enough food for families to host traditional holiday celebrations because of the generosity of its many donors, sponsors and most importantly, an army of hundreds of volunteers.
Emerson Elementary School 2nd grade teacher Dawn Katona spreads joy everywhere she goes. She infuses her classroom with it, she sparks it in her colleagues, and she shares it with every student she meets.
“Dawn’s heart walks outside of herself,” says fellow Emerson teacher and Dawn’s nominator, Mary McCool Berry. “The joy she graciously shares is contagious.”
Dawn's positive outlook on life, love of teaching, and can-do attitude helps create a joyful and nurturing environment at Emerson and affects everyone from students to co-workers to families. She serves on the PBIS committee that strives to create a positive and respectful school culture among the students and she heads up the staff social committee that brings Emerson colleagues together every month to laugh and share over breakfast and at end-of-year celebrations. She also heads up outreach efforts for families and staff during times of crisis, organizing meals, collecting cash donations and even arranging for bills to be paid.
Small businesses serve as the lifeblood of our community, ensuring our neighborhoods remain vibrant and our local economy remains strong. Here’s your chance to celebrate the many wonderful small businesses in our city.
It’s a most joyous of Lakewood traditions and it’s back in Downtown Lakewood for a 12th consecutive year. The spirit of the season will come to life with holiday cheer when Light Up Lakewood 2018 takes place on Saturday, December 1.
For youth in K–5th grade and their families.
The Library has a new LEGO® challenge for you and your family! This year’s special build will be a community effort as everyone who attends will get a chance to build their own unique marble maze out of LEGO® bricks and share their mazes with each other. Feel free to keep on building in free play and add your creations to our display table. More activities await as kids can also race against other kids and the clock when trying to build the tallest tower, or race a custom-made car against other kids on our racetrack ramp. Families are encouraged to work together, but kids can work solo as well.
To join in the fun, please stop in to register, or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140. This program takes place Saturday, November 10, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.
LEGO® Family Challenge
For children in kindergarten through fifth grade (and their families)
Bring the whole family to the Lakewood Public Library for a fun program filled with live animals! See turtles, frogs, ferrets, bunnies, chinchillas, geckos, doves and more at this educational show. Party Pals Animal Show will take place in the Multipurpose Room on the first floor of the Main Library in the Children’s and Youth Services area on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
While most of our students enjoyed October 12 as a welcome day off from school for the traditional NEOEA Day, more than 15 Lakewood High School students spent their day leading an anti-bullying workshop that focused on students embracing each other's diversity.
Getting old can be a challenge. For military veterans with limited income, the challenges can be overwhelming. However, a program to help with the cost of assisted living known as Aid and Attendance Benefit is available to qualifying veterans, their surviving spouses and dependent children.
Cleveland Metroparks Procurement Director and veteran Ronald Drew Ciancutti was in the employee of Cleveland Metroparks for more than 35 years, serving 4 appointing judges, 12 members of the board and 3 executive directors. He will retire December 1, 2018 at the age of 57.
We who reside on the Great Lakes are a tough bunch. Tougher than we get credit for. Every last one of us have been taught respect for the natural world by the powerful lake storms we’ve lived through. Perhaps that’s why we were too slow to realize something UNnatural was happening to Rockport in January 1970.
The Singing Angels is a Cleveland institution that has been bringing together some of the most beautiful young voices in Ohio since 1964. The group will be performing at Lakewood Public Library in celebration of Veteran’s Day and the millions of men and women who have served our nation. The concert takes place on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Lower Level Auditorium.
Yes, that's correct. The Christmas Spider. Who knew? Mr. Christmas aka Bill Hixson, that's who. Every year I learn from Bill some new lore of Christmas and how it's celebrated throughout the world. Bill has just printed a new book describing just that. He documents how traditions started and their meaning from St. Nicholas to candles, wreaths, and even spiders and their glorious webs.
Apparently long ago on Christmas Eve in Poland, a poor woodcutter and his family had a Christmas tree, but not the means to decorate it. With heavy hearts, they retired to bed to dream of the day ahead. When they awoke the family was delighted to see that Angels had sent Spiders to cover the tree with shiny silver webs! Throughout the Ukraine and Poland it is still celebrated by placing a silver spider web on the tree.
I, for one am going to start the tradition in my house. The web ornaments at Hixson's are gorgeous, and the silver and glass beaded spider can also be worn as a pin throughout the year. Great gift idea.
The LHS football season ended Friday night with a 56-13 home loss to North Ridgeville. Lakewood running back DJ Jackson, who was honored along with all the senior players before the game, had 194 yards and two touchdowns in the contest. The senior class persevered a turbulent era at LHS, having three different head coaches over the past three seasons.
The LHS football team suffered a disappointing loss on Friday night, falling 49-14 to Midview. Turnovers and mistakes doomed the Rangers, who were coming off their first win of the year against Westlake. Lakewood senior Kyren Jefferson provided the highlight of the evening, setting the new school record for pass receptions in a season. The previous record (48 catches) was set in 1988 by Chip Chambers.
LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews has been selected as a member of the 2018 Forty Under 40 class by Crain’s Cleveland Business. The honor is bestowed to community leaders who, despite being young, have made a considerable impact within Northeast Ohio through professional successes and civic contributions.
Lakewood City Schools' Superintendent Mike Barnes will be holding a series of "Listen & Learn" sessions to listen to what the Lakewood community has to say about our schools. The one-hour sessions will be informal conversations and people are welcome to drop in any time. The first one will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 9-10 am at Blackbird Baking Company at 1391 Sloane Ave. Come and share with Dr. Barnes your thoughts, ideas and concerns for the District.
This November 6th is Election day! I can’t think of a more important election to make your voice heard than this one. We all know that women and men were imprisoned, tortured and died fighting for the right to vote. Suffrage activist Alice Paul, civil rights activists Rev. George Lee, Fannie Lou Hammer and thousands of everyday people turned activists, risked their lives to assure the right to vote for all who were denied or disenfranchised from access to the ballot box. Recent backwards policy actions have included a purge of voters from the registration rolls, voter ID laws and other barriers placed in front of people to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. On the brighter side, here in Ohio we do have early voting which extends the ability of a registered voter to cast a ballot from October 10th until Election day, November 6th to better accommodate work schedules and actually make it easier for people to vote.
The Ranger Cafe @ West Shore, housed at Lakewood High School will open its doors for business this school year on Tuesday, October 23. The restaurant is operated by the West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts program. The students in the program receive hands-on training while operating a real world business. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 216-529-4165, ext. 1. The cafe is open from 12:00-1:30 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Menu items are homemade and include soups, salads, paninis, quiche, pasta, and fish, to name a few. Prices are super reasonable so go ahead and give it a try! Ranger Cafe never disappoints! For more information, visit the Ranger Cafe website at http://www.lakewoodcityschools.org/14/content/rangercafe.