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City Selects Developer for McKinley School Site

The city of Lakewood has chosen Liberty Development Company of Cleveland to build an expected 40 town home units at the site of the former McKinley Elementary School in one of the city’s largest land redevelopment projects of the year.

The selection comes after a comprehensive search during the request for qualifications process announced in June.

The proposed for-sale housing units will be designed for energy efficiency and will include elements such as first-floor bedrooms, bathrooms and attached garages.

“This exciting news means that Lakewood will continue to further strengthen our already diverse housing stock,” said Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers, who attended elementary school at McKinley.

 

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 4:03 PM, 10.28.2014

Latest News Releases

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

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Council Talks Bed Bugs

Council President, and Ward IV Councilwoman, Mary Louise Madigan called the October 20, 2014 Council meeting to order at 7:34 P.M.

The first order of new business was presented by Councilwoman Madigan regarding bed bugs. She began by saying “recognizing that all [Council members] have been approached by constituents requesting help on how to deal with bed bugs I am asking the Administration to convene a coordinated approach to address this issue.” Currently the City does not have bed bug issues designated to any specific City division, nor a protocol on how to handle them. In the past complaints have been filed with Building and Housing, Health & Human Services, Fire, and Council. Councilwoman Madigan closed her statement saying due to this “growing and complex challenge we need [to]...develop a multidisciplinary strategy to respond to our constituents.”

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:46 PM, 10.28.2014

Candidate For Governor Of Ohio: Ed FitzGerald (D)

1. Please provide your name, age, family status, education, current job(s) held, and any current or previous elected offices held.

Name: Ed FitzGerald  

Age: 46

Marital status: Married    

Number of children/grandchildren: 4 children, 0 grandchildren   

Education: Law degree, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law (1993), Bachelor’s of Arts, Ohio State University (1990/1991) 

Current job(s) held: Cuyahoga County, County Executive

Previous employers: Lakewood mayor, Lakewood city council, assistant county prosecutor, FBI special agent - Chicago 

2. If you were grading the current Governor and Administration in Columbus, what grade would you give them? What have they done well and what do they need to improve upon?

Governor Kasich has run this state largely for the benefit of the wealthy and well-connected at the expense of Ohio’s middle class. I’m running to make sure that Ohio works for working families again, primarily by strengthening our public education system and bringing back family-sustaining jobs through our state. 

While 9 out of the 10 jobs lost in Ohio during the Great Recession were mid-wage or high-wage jobs, nearly all the jobs that have returned pay just $7-13 per hour. As Governor, I would invest in Ohio’s small businesses rather than overseas corporations so they are able to create family-sustaining jobs that will stay in this state. I would also raise the minimum wage so that full-time adult workers are no longer living in poverty. I would also work to strengthen Ohio’s new energy economy, which was providing billions in investments and thousands of good paying jobs to our state until Governor Kasich signed into law legislation effectively ending Ohio’s wind farm industry and freezing renewable energy and efficiency standards.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 6:05 PM, 10.28.2014

Candidate For Governor of Ohio: John Kasich (R)

1. Please provide your name, age, family status, education, current job(s) held, and any current or previous elected offices held.

Name: John R. Kasich

Age: 62

Family status: Married to Karen; Two daughters (Emma & Reese) 

Education: B.A. The Ohio State University

Current job(s) held: Governor (2011 – present)

Current or revious elected offices held: Governor (2011 – present); U.S. House of Representatives (1983-2001); Ohio Senate (1979-1983)

2. If you were grading yourself and your current Administration in Columbus, what grade would you give? What has been done well and what needs to be improved upon?

I’m not going to assign a grade. However, I think our record speaks for itself. When I came in, Ohio was down more than 350,000 private sector jobs, we faced an $8 billion budget shortfall, we had just 89 cents in the state ‘rainy day’ fund, and our credit was at risk of being downgraded.  We made the tough decisions Ohio needed to get our economy back on track, and we did it without raising taxes. Today we’re up a quarter-million private sector jobs, Ohio’s unemployment rate is below the national average and Ohioans’ wages are growing faster than the national average. We’re making great strides to strengthen our education and workforce systems and we’re helping those who, for too long, have lived in the shadows. We have more work to do but things are getting better across the state, and we need to keep that progress going.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Elementary Architect Meetings Set

The next round of elementary architect meetings have been set for Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt Elementary Schools. At these meetings, GPD Group architect Rodwell King will present his revised designs based on the input he received from earlier community meetings in June.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Barton Center Holiday Fair – November 15

Barton Senior Center will hold its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Christmas items and crafts will be featured along with food and entertainment. Live music will be provided by the Frank Cardone Duo.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Tri C Speaks At O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood About Upcoming Levy

Residents and patients at O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood gathered Friday, October 3 to hear about the upcoming levy, Issue 6 for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). Marvin Richards, Executive Director of Business Continuity volunteered on his vacation time to come spread the importance of Levy 6 and the future of affordable education in Cuyahoga County. As a veteran himself, Marvin connected to many of the veterans in the audience who shared opinions with him on the GI bill for education and Marvin discussed some of the changes throughout years as well as various programs that Tri-C does to reach out to veterans for further education.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Ranger Café Back Open For Another School Year

The halls of Lakewood High School are filling with culinary aromas as the West Shore Culinary Arts students are prepping and practicing their culinary skills in anticipation of the Ranger Café’s opening on Tuesday, October 28th. The Ranger Café, located at the front of Lakewood High School, is operated by the Culinary Arts/ProStart students of West Shore Career-Tech District. Under the guidance of chef instructors Rob McGorray and Devan Corti, students learn the nuts and bolts of running a restaurant through their real-world experiences in the Ranger Café. The students are involved in every aspect of the restaurant from planning the menu, cooking the food, to serving as wait staff and cashiers. This hands-on culinary program is open to 11th and 12th grade students in Bay Village, Lakewood, Rocky River, and Westlake.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

The PTA Wellness Series: It's All About You

You’ve heard the phrase, “Make sure to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before attempting to help others”? It is a simple theory, to take good care of your loved ones you must take good care of yourself first. Yet, how many of us really listen to that advice? Well, here’s your chance.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

BGSU Professor To Take Cornucopia's Social Enterprise Story To International Audience

Grad Assistant, Emily Stamm and Dr. Jeanne Novak from BGSU visit Nature's Bin.

Jeanne Novak, Ph. D., associate professor from Bowling Green State University, and graduate assistant Emily Stamm, stopped by Cornucopia and Nature’s Bin recently to learn more about Cornucopia’s vocational training programs for people with disabilities and its unique social enterprise, Nature’s Bin. Cornucopia operates Nature’s Bin, a natural foods store in Lakewood as both a vocational training site and a means to generate approximately 70% of Cornucopia’s annual revenue.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Walkable, Bikable Dresden

Dresden's efficient trams run all over the city.

Walk-ability, and ever more fashionable bike-ability are built into the streets of Lakewood, and something we rightfully celebrate in town. The oft-cited Walkscore.com website gives the entire city a ranking of 70, “Very Walkable,” with the note that “most errands can be accomplished on foot.” Even if the score is a little lower than that for people who live north of Clifton, or south of Athens, the entire city is quite good as far as US cities go. And if you live close to Detroit, of course your score is higher.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

One World Shop Celebrating 35th Anniversary!

One World Shop is celebrating its 35th anniversary!!! One World Shop, a non-profit fair trade organization and Cleveland’s original fair trade retailer, is located at 19321 Detroit Rd. in Rocky River. Grass roots for the organization were established by the Lakewood Presbyterian Church in 1979 and the first shop location was on Madison in Lakewood where the premises of the fair trade movement were adopted and introduced into the community. In 1992, One World Shop moved to its current location, where it continues to thrive and promote fair trade.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Lakewood: It's Time For The Talk About The War On Drugs

Don't shoot! I'm just a poppy.

Although I don't garner much news or information from corporate controlled mainstream media sources, I am still acutely aware of the burgeoning heroin epidemic in Cuyahoga County, Northeast Ohio and elsewhere. It appears that heroin use, once relegated primarily to impoverished hapless dregs of inner city slums, has gotten a facelift, thanks in part to its cultural appeal and glamorization as being trendy and hip. Our favorite musicians, entertainers, celebrities and fashion models (Heroin chic) are using or have used smack, so it must somehow be cool and fashionable. Fanning the flames is a decrease in price, increase in purity and availability and apparent steady demand. Over 90% of non-pharmaceutical grade opiates originate from Afghanistan, where Afghan farmers cultivate and harvest poppies, from which opium is extracted and further refined into heroin. Under the watchful eyes and protection of U.S. military troops, opium production in Afghanistan has been on the rise since the U.S. occupation began in 2001. As a consequence, cultivation of poppies across the war-torn region has spiked 36% in 2013, and total opium production has ballooned to a staggering 5,500 tons, up by almost half since 2012. The U.S. military in Afghanistan, presumably under orders from our Supreme Commander Barry Soetoro, a.k.a. Barack Obama, has evidently allowed poppy cultivation to continue in efforts to assuage farmers and government officials involved in the illicit drug trade who might otherwise renounce the Karzai puppet regime in Kabul. Fueling both sides, the opium and heroin industry is both a product of the war and an essential source for ongoing conflict. Photographs, which are in the public domain, depict armed American and U.S.-trained Afghan soldiers patrolling poppy fields in Afghanistan.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

City of...

New sign about every 100 yards.

So, what will Lakewood's legacy be? We have Paris, the City of Lights. Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love. Could Lakewood be the City of Traffic Signs? Watching our new bus stops being built on Clifton Boulevard for the past two years, one may have thought that we were finally reaching the end of this project. But in the city which has a "No Turn on Red" sign on just about every corner (except around schools, where drivers can turn on red during non-school hours), we now have signs stacked three high to help us navigate our new bus stops. The right lane can now only be used to turn right before our bus stops. The new signs are stacked three high and drivers must now look up from the road in order to read them. Are the new signs telling us anything but common sense? Do other cities need to tell drivers that buses make stops and it is unwise to get in behind them as they approach a bus stop or do they presume a modicum of intelligence on the part of the average driver?

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

New Study Finds Probiotics Reduced Cholesterol

Nature's Bin, Lakewood’s own independent natural food store, reports a large new review of more than two dozen clinical studies that found a particular strain of probiotics, L. reuteri, lowered total and bad cholesterol most. Probiotics, known for digestive health, also play an important role in managing cholesterol, doctors in the study said.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Reading Tutors Needed

Do you enjoy reading? Do you have some extra time on your hands? Do you get a kick out of working with children? If so, Lakewood City Schools could use you. The district’s elementary schools participate in Project MORE, a reading mentoring program that aims to boost literacy among students with disabilities and students at risk for reading failure, and they need adult volunteers to make it work.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Events At Lakewood Public Library

November 1
Lakewood Public Cinema: "Barton Fink" (1991) Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

A New York playwright is brought to Hollywood to write for the movies. But why do they need a genius to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture? Despite the clever jabs, this isn’t one of those showbiz satires. That’s too easy for the filmmakers behind Fargo, the Big Lebowski and other gems. Their target, instead, is the folly of writers. As Barton Fink, John Turturro proclaims his allegiance to the common man, but can't relate to the loneliness of John Goodman, the smiling salesman who lives next door. This surreal comedy just might open his eyes. Literary types will also appreciate the thinly-veiled William Faulkner, boozing away his gifts as a mentor of sorts. When they cleaned out the real Faulkner’s desk at Warner Brothers, all they found was an empty bottle and a piece of foolscap on which he’d written, “Boy meets girl” over a thousand times.
Saturday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

November 2               
Sunday with the Friends: NEO Dixie

What is the NEO twist in this quintet's traditional Dixieland revue? You'll just have to come listen for yourself. The story begins fifteen years ago at Fort Hood when Corporal Lempner of the U.S. Army asked himself, “Trash or treasure?” while rooting through First Cavalry Band's sheet music library. It took him ten years to find the right musicians with the likeminded curiosity to dive into that dusty old box of Dixieland jazz. Tom Lempner tries to play that shiny Kenny G thingy. Mark Russo plays trumpet…and kills it! No one is sure why, but Kris Morron still likes playing the trombone. Darren Allen is the boss on drums and Cutty Calhoun eats Tuba Flakes for breakfast.
Sunday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

A Sincere Thank You To Strangers

I am a 62 year old woman. I fell on Cook Avenue in Lakewood while walking north to my car on an uneven sidewalk on Friday, September 26th. Some young men and women came from "somewhere" as I screamed and lay bleeding profusely on the ground. My developmentally disabled son was with me and waiting to get into the car. These kind young people talked to him, offering reassurance and called 911. They stayed with me until the ambulance came, brought me warm soapy water to clean up with and cold towels for the bleeding. I don't know who they were, but I hope they see this and know how greatly appreciated their random acts of kindness were. Thank you so much.

Sincerely,
Carol Ratino
Fairview Park

Sincerely,
Carol Ratino
Fairview Park

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Join Ranger 360 For Book Discussion

Would you like a deeper connection with your teen? Have you talked to your teen about healthy relationships? Do you think your teen would speak up if someone hurt them? Read the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and join Ranger 360 for conversation and connection with Lakewood parents. The discussion will take place on Sunday, November 9 from 6-8 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Lakewood Public Library's main branch. For more information, email lkwd360@gmail.com.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Ranger Boys Win District Cross Country Title

The district champs (from left): Asst. Coach Jacob Ott, Jacob Gregory, Bely Stockman, Evan Budzar, Henry Bish, Micah Swartz, Tysaun Blevins, Gunnar Stockman, Joe Burtzlaff and Head Coach Stephanie Toole.

Congratulations to the Lakewood High School Boys' Varsity Cross Country team on capturing the Division 1 District Cross Country Championship, the team's first title since 2007. Lakewood finished first out 11 teams at Districts. Rocky River, Avon and St. Ed's will join the Rangers at Regionals as those teams finished 2nd-4th, respectively.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Lakewood To Honor Veterans On November 11th At Lakewood Park

The City of Lakewood’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Avenue. Lakewood’s annual Veterans Day observance is a tribute to the men and women who served our country in the armed forces.   

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

School Architect Meetings Continue

Architect Rodwell King of GPD Group has begun his second round of meetings with the communities of Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementaries to present his revised design plans for each of the schools that are set to be rebuilt.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Steampunk Jewelry

Steampunk is back at Lakewood Public Library! What is Steampunk? Steampunk is a style that can best be described as romantic yet edgy; industrial and artistic. It’s your favorite science fictionbook mashed up with your favorite romance novel with equal parts metal and lace. It is a type of subculture that mixes the styles of past generations (such as the Victorian era) with modern conveniences, creating inventions that look as if they could have been created generations ago.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

LHS Earns State Sportsmanship Award

Lakewood High School has been awarded all three levels of available awards from OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee, including the highest honor, the Commissioner's Award for Exceptional Sportsmanship.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Patterson's Perspective

I am now in my 41st year in the field of education. During that time I have served in a variety of capacities including teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. With this experience, I find myself asking whether a decision I make would be something I would want for my own children or grandchildren, and ultimately, whether or not it will help improve student achievement in Lakewood.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

There's Still Time! Visual Arts Session II Beginning At Beck Center

The first 8-week period of visual arts classes at Beck Center is wrapping up, but the second session is just getting started. A variety of visual arts classes and workshops are offered through Beck Center's Visual Arts Education program including drawing, painting, mixed media, and pottery. Many professionally-recognized artists are on staff to share their artistic knowledge and talents with students. Classes are designed to allow students to acquire the skills they need to fully realize their potential and create beautiful art.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Fasten Your Seatbelts For “Mr. Toad’s Mad Adventures” At Beck Center

Graphic Designer: Pat Miller

Beck Center Youth Theater presents the first production of their 2014–2015 season, Mr. Toad’s Mad Adventures, November 6–9, 2014, on the Mackey Main Stage. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 7 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9. A special student matinee performance is 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 6. Tickets are now on sale.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Market Improving For Homeowners & First Time Buyers

As we head into the last quarter, the real estate market continues to improve for First Time Buyers, as well as Homeowners (who would like to sell their current homes and "move up"). As more and more investors pull back, first time buyers are able to successfully compete for homes. In recent years all-cash investors have been capitalizing on the available inventory, making it difficult if not impossible for first time buyers and other non-cash buyers to compete. A recent National Association of Realtors survey (NAR) shows that the share of investor sales dropped from 16% in July to 12% in August. About 23% of buyers interviewed reported that their last transaction was cash, down from 29% in July.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Anglican Church Dedicated In Lakewood

Father Sean Templeton and Reverend Mike Wallace

Lakewood Anglican Church was dedicated as mission church of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) at 5 p.m. on October 5th, 2014. The Archdeacon of the Great Lakes Diocese of the ACNA, Reverend Mark Scotton, was present as a representative of the Diocese and delivered the sermon. The dedication marks a shift as Lakewood Anglican moves from holding monthly services, which began in March of 2014, to holding weekly services. Services are held Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 14560 Madison Avenue, Lakewood.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Look No Further Than Downtown Lakewood For Your Local Dermatologist

For the first time in many years, Lakewood and Cleveland’s West Side residents need look no further than downtown Lakewood to visit a Dermatologist. That’s because board certified Dermatologist, Dr. Stephanie Neider MD FAAD, has just opened an office in the INA building one floor above the Panera Bread restaurant at 14701 Detroit Avenue. Dr. Neider is located on the second floor in Suite 268 and is accepting new patients, often with same day appointment availability.  

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Drug Free Community Coalition Receives Funding To Provide Mentoring For Local Youth Leadership Organization

The Westshore Young Leaders Network (WYLN), an emerging coalition in Cuyahoga County that serves six communities in the Westshore region of Northeast Ohio received notification that they have been selected to be mentored by The Community Awareness and Prevention Association (CAPA) for the Coalition of Excellence - Mentoring Grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The Westshore communities are located west of the City of Cleveland and include the suburbs of Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Makeover Your Medicine Cabinet With Natural Remedies

It's getting to be that time of the year again where the sniffles, colds, and fevers are in high gear. Modern medicine may treat your symptoms, but most are synthetically made, carry many side effects, come with an expiration date, and can become quite costly. Interested in learning how you can find natural, efficient, and simple ways to remedy your seasonal sickness this year before the Polar Vortex strikes again?

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Why Is That Art? The Museum Of Contemporary Art Cleveland Answers

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

“My kindergartener could do that…” sums up what many people think about Contemporary Art. Others will stare at a display piece at MOCA Cleveland and ask, “Why is that art?” The answer to this seemingly simple question quickly branches out intoa discussion of technology, photography, psychology, philosophy, culture - an ever-broadening range of subjects that starts looking like a list of available courses at Cleveland State.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

LHS Art Department Finds Sweet Spot

Some the Lakewood High Art 4 students' chalk prints on display at The Sweet Spot.

Owners of the Lakewood gelato shop The Sweet Spot are partnering with Lakewood High School to help showcase local art by displaying LHS students' artwork in their store at 17806 Detroit Ave. for the month of October. The shop will also being holding a fundraiser to benefit the Lakewood High Art Department.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Are There REAL Halloween Monsters? Yes Indeed!

Well, it's that time again. Here come the ghosts, the goblins, and all the rest of those cute little wanna-be, once-a-year "monsters"; looking for those sweet treats to fill up their bags.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Who Says You Can't Go Home?

I grew up in Lakewood. I lived in the red house on Sloane Ave, four houses down from my grandparents’ home. I walked to McKinley and Horace Mann and graduated from LHS in 1976.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Annual Holiday Open Studio With The Screw Factory Artists

Join the Screw Factory Artists on Saturday, November 1st from noon-6 p.m. for the annual open studio event. Over 40 artists will be exhibiting and selling work. The open studio events have grown quickly over the past eight years. Joining the event is the FiveOne Experimental Orchestra. Their performance of “Furtive Movements” will be accompanied by a choreographed performance by group A dance of the Movement Factory. Their performance will be held at 4 p.m. on floor 3 in the Templar Room. Also new to the event is Sterle’s food truck.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

The Cuyahoga County Board Of Elections Invites Voters To Utilize Their New Drive Through Ballot Drop Box

Board of Elections Director Pat McDonald 

It is now easier than ever to return your Vote by Mail ballot for the November 4th General Election if you prefer to drop it off at the Board of Elections. There is a new drive through ballot drop box. The drop box makes voting more accessible and convenient when returning voted ballots. It eliminates the need to find a place to park and walk to the building in inclement weather.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Ask Roxann – Volume 2

For many people October brings fond memories of apple picking with loved ones and the aroma of freshly baked pie.  For others, October is about the perfect Halloween costume, Homecoming, and elementary school Fall Festivals. For me, October celebrates some of those committed individuals who make the Lakewood Schools truly the best place to work and learn. In 2009, October was declared National Principals’ Month by Congressional resolution, and it is my pleasure to honor Lakewood’s finest.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Announcing Important Voting Location Changes For Over 8,200 Lakewood Voters

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is informing Lakewood residents who have been voting at Lincoln, Grant and Roosevelt Elementary schools that they have been moved to new polling places for the November 4, 2014 General Election. The voting location changes were made due to the closure of the three school buildings to make way for the construction of new school facilities.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Sixth Annual Diabetes Symposium: Developing A Diabetes Game Plan

Do you or a loved one live with diabetes or prediabetes? If so, join us from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake for the Sixth Annual Diabetes Symposium. Listen to one patient’s triumphant story on how he developed a game plan, formed a strong team and successfully achieved his diabetes management goals.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

My Mind's Eye Serves "Cider"

"Out To Get Me," ready to go.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT MY MIND’S EYE RECORDS

Many cool things are happening at My Mind’s Eye, at 16010 Detroit Rd. On Saturday, October 25, local hardcore punk band Cider will be doing an in-store performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of their “Out To Get Me” E.P., of which only 300 have been pressed. Charles, owner of the store, said, “I’m extremely excited to have Cider play the store and ruin it yet again. Because I’m a marketing genius, I let them play one of the Record Store Days, which stopped all Record Store Day shopping for a couple hours while they played. Their fans were spilling beer on what’s-his name from The Church.”

Also coming up are in-stores by Lakewood's own legendary evolved-from-electric-eels X___X, with founders John Morton, and Andrew Klimeyk, joined on bass by another punk legend Craig Bell, of Mirrors and Rocket From the Tombs, and drummer Matthew Harris who will be playing November 2. They will be preceded on November 1st by Indiana punk band The Gizmos (with founding and current members, Ted Niemiec, Ken Highland, Eddie Flowers, Matt Burns, Kenny Kaiser), both bands are also playing at the WCSB Masquerade Ball on the first.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

10_22 LO Calendar

Wednesday, October 29th 

Rooted in Wellness Series: Medicine Cabinet Makeover 

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn how nature's medicine cabinet can empower you to take care of your family's health in infinite ways on a daily basis! Natural remedies and essential oils will be offered as samples to those who attend. 

This talk is part 3 of a 7-part wellness series offered by Coach Selina M. Almodovar of Well Said Living and the Root Cafe. All talks are free and open to the public.

Location: The Root Cafe, 15118 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Thursday, October 30th

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

County Executive Questions: Jack Schron

Jack Schron, candidate for Cuyahoga County Executive.

Name: Jack Schron, Jr

Age: 66

Family status: Married

Education: BS in Business, Florida Southern College; JD Ohio Northern University

Current jobs held: President Jergens, Inc.; Cuyahoga County Council 6th District

Elected offices held: Chagrin Falls Board of Education 12 years; Cuyahoga County Council elected twice

2. If you were grading Cuyahoga County's first time out of the box County Executive and Council, what grade would you give the current Administration and Council? What have they done well and what do they need to improve upon?

I am honored to have served on the County Council for the first four years of the new county government. Rather than getting involved in petty partisan politics the Council focused on good government and working together. Though there is always room to improve, if using a letter grade I would give the council a "B".  All of us came into a brand new government following 200 years under county commissioners and the corruption that brought. We reset the moral compass, passed legislation dealing with economic development/job creation, created the office of inspector general and served as watchdog of the public funds. In the area of economic development, I am proud to be the Chairman of the Economic Development Committee for the Council. We completed the convention center on time and under budget, helped support public projects throughout the county and repositioned the county offices for a long future.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

LHS Boys' Cross Country District Champions

The district champs (from left): Asst. Coach Jacob Ott, Jacob Gregory, Bely Stockman, Evan Budzar, Henry Bish, Micah Swartz, Tysaun Blevins, Gunnar Stockman, alternate Joe Burtzlaff and Coach Stephanie Toole.

Congratulations to the Lakewood High School boys' varsity cross country team on capturing the Division 1 District Championship, the team's first title since 2007. The girls' team finished 8th, with junior Mallory Shaw qualifying for Regionals. 

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Poverty In Lakewood: A Primer

I have had the privilege to serve on the Lakewood Citizens’ Advisory Committee (2010-2013), which aids in the distribution of federal block grant dollars to both the city and local non-profits that serve Lakewood residents. About 15% of the roughly $1.7 million allocated to Lakewood can go to human services. So the likes of Lakewood Human Services, Lakewood Community Services Center, North Coast Health, Lakewood Alive and others receive funds to help Lakewood’s neediest households.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Mad Mountain Juggler

You don’t need to run away to the circus to see a crazy great juggler! Come on down to the Lakewood Public Library for our Family Music and More program where we’ll be presenting the Mad Mountain Juggler. John Flower is the zaniest showman around, and will put on a rousing interactive show! John Mad Mountain Juggler is great for Walk-Around interactive Juggling, Teaching and Stage Shows. Bring the whole family for a wild and wacky time!

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood Welcomes New Administrator

Ben Davies has joined the team at O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood as the Administrator. Ben has assumed David O’Neill’s role as David oversees the completion and opening of O’Neill Healthcare Fairview Park. David, when asked about the transition said “While I am sad to leave O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood, I am excited and know Ben is a great leader not only for our residents, but for all of Lakewood.”

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Industry Professionals Help Shape Student Learning

Culinary Arts Advisory Committee

West Shore Career-Technical District hosted its Stakeholder and Advisory Committee Meeting with over 100 industry, business, and community leaders gathering to provide insight, guidance, and professional connections to the West Shore programs. Biannually, the West Shore District convenes industry specific Business Advisory Committees to discuss program curriculum, industry trends, and professional perspectives. This process ensures the West Shore programs are focusing on pertinent skill sets and technical expertise. Committee members donate their time and knowledge to make this possible.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Trials For Hope To Have 4th Annual Fundraiser

Homeless apartments in the flats

Feel the chill in the air? Are you witnessing the change that is about us as trees drop their leaves and squirrels scamper about stocking up on nuts and filling their bellies? Are you readying your home and yard for the upcoming winter, trading out summer clothing for the winter scarves, sweaters and blankets? Perhaps you are spending a few more dollars to stock the pantry in case the inevitable snow storm keeps you trapped in the house for a few days.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Lakewood Collaborative Job Club

The Lakewood Collaborative is hosting a monthly Job Club at the Lakewood Public Library at 15425 Detroit Ave. The next Job Club meeting will be held on Tuesday October 28th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood Library. The speaker will be from Cuyahoga County Library's Cuyahoga Works: Job and Career Services Program. Also, we will provide information and resources to assist people with finding a job in today's market. The Job Club is free and open to the public.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014