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Vote Yes On Issue 28

I am voting for Issue 28 to support the Lakewood City Schools. As a parent of two current students in the district and a third future student, my family has experienced the wonderful teachers, robust curriculum, and many co-curricular opportunities the district offers. My wife and I have children in two different schools each of whom are engaged in a positive, challenging environment. The educators in our children’s lives have been very impactful and have met our children where they are academically and challenged them to move forward.  Our children have learned a great deal from their peers who represent diverse cultures.

As a member of the Lakewood Board of Education I fully support district leadership. Our leaders have demonstrated excellent community engagement as evidenced by the Vision of a Lakewood Graduate. The district has also been fiscally responsible, given that nearly seven years have elapsed since the last levy. Sound fiscal stewardship has carried the district far, however operational costs have risen. Issue 28 will relieve the district of a deficit spending situation and ensure that our schools and community stay strong.


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Latest News Releases

Lakewood City Council Elects New Leadership
- City Hall, January 7, 2020 Read More
State Names Roosevelt Elementary High Progress School of Honor
- Board of Education, January 7, 2019 Read More
DeWine Nominates Cabinet Heads for DAS, DSA, OOD, DRC, Taxation, Appoints Numerous Senior Staff members
- Government, January 3, 2019 Read More
District to Renovate Taft for Curricular Expansion, Central Office Home
- Board of Education, December 18, 2018 Read More
Lakewood’s Roosevelt Elementary Named High Progress School of Honor
- Board of Education, November 16, 2017 Read More

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Cox Communications Returns To Award $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 2020 recipients 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.

In Ohio, the company presented GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland with a $15,000 Tech Boost grant. GiGi’s will use its grant to purchase high-tech devices ranging from light tables and tablet devices to fitness trackers and a silhouette cutting machine. The new equipment will help GiGi’s enhance its free, purposeful programs in ways that support learners with Down syndrome who thrive under a multi-sensory approach. In addition, the new equipment will reduce reliance on a handful of devices between volunteers and employees, a change that will allow GiGi’s team to be even more hands-on with program participants and more efficient in their instruction.

This marks the third year of the Cox Communications Tech Boosts program, and the mission remains the same: to invest in technology equipment and services that support a common goal of enriching the lives of community members and fulfilling their missions to the fullest. The company recognizes community organizations across its Northeast footprint, which includes Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Ohio.


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Buy Nothing Lakewood Brings Small Town Feel To Big City

Buy Nothing Lakewood member Brandi Larsen performs wedding ceremony on Brooklyn Bridge for fellow members Brittany & Nick Davies.

Lakewood is known for being one of the larger cities in Cuyahoga County. In fact, it is the most dense city in the state. The over 50,000 person population of Lakewood is not preventing residents from creating the small town feel by encouraging interactions with their neighbors through sharing goods, services, and experiences. One of the ways they are able to create this environment is through their participation in the global Facebook phenomenon of the Buy Nothing Project.  

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Taft Open House Postponed

The Lakewood City Schools' Taft Center for Innovation Open House that was announced for March 11, 2020 has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. The Listen & Learn scheduled for the same night at 6 pm still will be held but will now happen at the Ranger Cafe at Lakewood High School.

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2020 Kiwanis Pizza Bake-Off

The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood is calling all pizza lovers to the 8th Annual Pizza Bake Off. Kiwanis is again hosting the party of the year at Lakewood High Cafeteria on February 27 from 5:00 to 8:00pm. 

The plan is to have 12 or more of Lakewood’s finest pizza shop’s showcasing their best pizza for your enjoyment and vote.  Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6-12, 5 and under are free. This includes all your pizza samples and one beverage. Sorry, no carry-out containers allowed. The club will also be selling ice cream.  

For the raffle this year, which is always fun, they have a 3rd Gen. 256GB IPad Air to be awarded at the close of the evening. Raffle tickets are on sale now. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.


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LHS Academic Challenge Team Returning To Nationals

Due to its very successful outcomes in recent tournaments, the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team once again has qualified for the National Academic Quiz Tournaments' National Tournament in Atlanta in late May. This will be the seventh straight year that the team has qualified for a national tournament.

In early fall, the team competed at Tiffin High School, finishing second out of 24 schools, and in November the team competed at Cloverleaf, finishing third of 24 teams. Senior Evan Bell finished second overall individually in both tournaments, which exceeded 150 competitors in both events.

Over the next several months, the team will be matched against all the Southwest Conference teams and will also compete in two more large Saturday tournaments at Solon and Copley. The Copley meet will include more than 50 schools. In March the team will be taping for the WEWS Westfield Insurance Academic Challenge television broadcast that will be aired later in the school year. The team is coached by teachers Peter Petto and Bob Sedlak.

With the upcoming National Tournament in Atlanta, the team will again be soliciting funds to help defray the cost of the trip. Any help from Lakewood Academic Challenge supporters is most welcome. Donations can be sent to: LHS Academic Challenge Team, 14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood OH 44107. Checks should me payable to Academic Challenge Team Fund – LHS.


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2020 Have A Heart Spay Program 50 Free Pet Cat Spays

Valley Save A Pet Inc. in Solon is offering free spays to the first 50 cats scheduled starting March 2, 2020. For more than thirty years, Valley Save A Pet and area veterinarians have cooperated to reduce the pet overpopulation problem in the Greater Cleveland area. Nationwide, in excess of four million cats and dogs are killed annually in shelters. To learn more, visit
To schedule call: 440-232-2287

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In Support Of Issue 28

Dear Editor,
I am writing to share why I am supporting Issue 28 in our upcoming March election.

As I reflect on the eleven years that I have been a Lakewood resident, I am struck by how the services, programs and amenities of this community have profoundly affected my family’s quality of life. The Lakewood Family Room provided me parenting skills and resources to better care for my young children, and we made many new friends there.

My children have now grown into the public school system, and I have been impressed with every teacher, specialist and staff member I’ve met. These individuals have been responsive to my family’s needs, and more importantly to the needs of all of the children they work to serve, educate and uplift every day. Our community is uniquely diverse, and so are our children. The Lakewood schools are committed to supporting the learning and growth of every child in our community.

Issue 28 will enable our schools to:
- Offer more counseling, mental health and health services for students;
- Recruit and retain high-quality teachers by paying them competitive salaries;
- Expand STEM classes to prepare students for their futures;
- Keep educational technology and other learning materials up-to-date; and
- Maintain our community’s investment by keeping all of our school buildings, athletic fields, vehicles, and other assets in good condition.

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Family Music & More – Silly Fun with Magic Bob
For the whole family
Children and their families are invited to join in the fun as Magic Bob executes dazzling illusions and clever sleight of hand tricks. Free and open to public.
Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Lakewood LEGO® League
For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)
Use Lakewood Public Library’s collection of Lego® Bricks and your own imagination to create fabulous new structures and designs each month. No registration, but numbered tickets will be given out first-come, first-served.
Sunday, February 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

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WordStage Performs Mythological Competition

In ancient Greece, tragedy competitions were a popular cultural event held in an amphitheater in front of fifteen thousand spectators. Lakewood Public Library will host its own tragedy competition when WordStage takes the stage on March 8, 2020.

As part of the Library’s Imagine Your Story series of programs, WordStage presents their very own mythological competition. In this literary concert, the judge is a formidable woman: the Muse of Tragedy, Melpomene. Melpomene will judge a mythological competition where the competitors are the greatest of the Tragedians: Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles. Their attempts at outperforming each other and the acerbic comments made by Melpomene offer a drama in and of itself designed to entertain and inform audiences of all ages.

WordStage performs literary concerts throughout Ohio. WordStage’s mythological competition performance takes place on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium. Admission is free and open to all ages.

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Ekklésia Reed Quintet Performs Free Concert

The idea of music performed by a reed quintet is relatively new. In 1985, five Dutch high school musicians formed Calafax, launching the first reed quintet and pioneering a new genre in classical music. Initially, Calafax had to arrange all of their own music, but once the reed quintet gained popularity, musicians began composing and arranging music for them.

Now, Cleveland has its own reed quintet: Ekklésia Reed Quintet (ERQ). A chamber music ensemble comprised of oboist Stefanie Cohn, clarinetist Emilio Rosario, saxophonist Thomas Lempner, bass clarinetist Travis Hogue-Smith, and bassoonist Philip Kish, ERQ offers a unique musical sound. Though strongly influenced by classical music, ERQ also explores world music, jazz, and improvisation.

As part of its mission, ERQ seeks to inspire young wind players and to encourage the commissioning of new works for reed quintet by Northeast Ohio composers.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Meet the Author
"Conditioning Your Mind To Fuel Creativity"
Book by Jennifer Yaros
Main Library Auditorium 
Jennifer Yaros shatters preconceived notions about what creativity is and means. She explains it is not a talent only some people are born with and instead is an innate skill everyone possesses. Practice is the only way to nurture and grow it. Through a series of unique and divergent learning activities, you’ll learn how to prepare your body, thinking and ego to be more creative. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Booked for Murder Book Club
Main Library Meeting Room 
If you share a passion for mystery, join the group each month to discuss your favorites and selections made by group members. Tonight we will discuss "Blood on Snow" by Jo Nesbo and "The Thief" by Fuminori Nakamura. 

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (116 minutes) 
Lakewood Public Cinema
"Arrival" (2016)
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Main Library Auditorium
Aliens have landed on Earth in twelve different locations. Language professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) joins a US Army team at one of the locations in Montana. Her job is to try to learn the aliens’ language and enable communication with them. The important question: are the aliens friend or foe? Other nations begin to view them as a threat, making it a race against time for Banks and her team, as war with the aliens could erupt at any moment.

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Swim-A-Thon To Benefit Lakewood, Rocky River Firefighters

Firefighters in Lakewood and Rocky River will be the beneficiaries of support raised at the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River’s Swim-a-Thon on March 1 at the Rocky River Recreation Center indoor pools from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Nearly $15,000 in funding is needed to purchase an infrared cycle sauna decontamination unit for the Rocky River Fire Department and a commercial grade Stairmaster for the Lakewood Fire Department. 

The initiative’s goal is to help firefighters and first-responders remove toxins from their bodies after fighting fires. After completing a five-year study of nearly 30,000 firefighters, researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) concluded that firefighters in the study had a greater number of cancer diagnoses and cancer-related deaths.

The infrared sauna, with moderate exertion from riding the bicycle, promotes sweating, which is believed to be an effective way to remove toxins (particularly metals) from the body. While located at the fire station, the sauna is expected to be available to fire and safety personnel within the community.

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The Ohio Question

The great state of Ohio is the unquestionable forebearer of industry in the United States. We have given unto this country efficient rubber, strong glass, reliable steel, and the dedication of our men and women only found in the mid-west. And with that, the drive that ushered in the automobile phenomenon after the second World War. But before we built our cities and towns around the dependability of Ford, Chevrolet, and the once steadfast Plymouth, we relied upon the railroad.

Cleveland, Ohio was a city dedicated to its rail service. Our streetcars and inter-urbans spanned dozens of miles in every direction except north-- less than twenty years ago Lakewood still had streetcar lines that yearned for service again, but we declined. The automobile became popular, the city was bought out by Goodyear in favor of buses, the streetcar and inter-urbans passed along our thoroughfares for the last time-- and inconsequently or not, our population quivered.

In 1827, under President John Quincy Adams, the Tom Thumb became the first passenger train in the United States on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, ushering in a new era of industry on this continent. In 1869, Ulysses S. Grant accomplished what many believed to be impossible: connect the East and West coasts by rail. William H. Taft laid the groundwork for the greatest expansion of the railroad in history. And in 1970, President Richard Nixon saved national rail by signing into law the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. If these four presidents who believed so much in our railroad infrastructure had one thing in common, it would be their party, their Republican ideals. However, the modern party of these presidents has disbanded and abandoned their allegiance to this most critical of needs.


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Laurel Student Jane Jusko '21 Receives National Speech & Debate Association's Academic All American Award

Laurel Student Jane Jusko '21

Laurel Junior and Lakewood resident Jane Jusko was recently awarded the National Speech and Debate Association's Academic All American Award.

This coveted award is earned by less than 1% of the 141,000 student members of the Association and recognizes academic rigor, competitive speech and debate success, and personal excellence.

Jane's accomplishment places her at the top one percent of all student members across the country. 

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Lakewood High School Girls Soccer Well Represented In The National Honor Society

Photo l-r: Isabelle Cooper, Emily McIntire, Jasmine Magda, Aubree Nagel, Quinn Costanzo, Ava Clause, Emily Hirsch

Lakewood High School held its annual National Honor Society induction ceremony 6 February 2020. The Lakewood High School Girls Soccer Team was very well represented. The current Society President, Emma Hirsch opened the ceremony and delivered a very moving speech to the audience summing up the four pillars of the National Honor Society: Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character. Her speech was the summary event after each of the other Society Officers covered one of the four pillars each. One could have been confused that they were not at a Toast Masters event given the eloquence and obvious preparation each speaker delivered. Lakewood Boys Soccer was also well represented by Team Captain Cameron Levis who delivered a terrifically entertaining talk with humor and poise.

But I'm not sure that there was another school organization as well represented as the Lakewood Girls Soccer Team. Team Captains Emma Hirsch (President of this year's National Honor Society), Ava Clause and Emily McIntire were joined by team member Isabelle Cooper as four members of the current National Honor Society. These great leaders welcomed new members and next year's Team Captains Aubree Nagel, Quinn Costanzo and Jasmine Magda. In addition, senior player Nikena Norris was also inducted this year. Three Senior Captains welcomed next year's three senior captains. This team also had the highest team GPA at the Lakewood High Fall Awards Ceremony. Ranger Nation is very proud of these great leaders. Work hard and you too can join the ranks of these terrific young women.

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One Lakewood Progress: Vote for Schools. Vote FOR Issue 28

I always support school levies.

On the March 17, 2020, primary ballot, Lakewood voters will decide whether or not to pass Issue 28, a 3.9 mill operating and 1 mill improvement levy to fund Lakewood City Schools. It has been nearly 7 years since a school levy was last placed on the ballot. The 2013 levy - a $3.9 mill operating levy - was the lowest millage request made since the 1970’s. 

Monies collected by this levy would be used to provide mental health services for elementary students, add STEM offerings to prepare students for the economy of the future, retain and recruit high quality teachers, expand career and technical education opportunities for middle and high school students, update and maintain technology and learning materials, maintain buildings, vehicles and athletic fields, and expand early childhood education programs.

Funds generated from school tax levies compose a significant part of financing for Ohio schools, which are financed with a combination of federal, state and local funds. Ohio school districts receive funding from the Ohio Department of Education’s general revenue funds and Ohio Lottery profits, which can be inconsistent. At the local level, school districts receive funding from locally levied property taxes. 


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Jennifer O’Donnell For Judge: Experienced Public Defender Advocates Reform

Jennifer O’Donnell for Judge.

Public defenders are entirely unrepresented in Cuyahoga County’s court of common pleas, general division, right now. Of 34 current judges, not one has a public defense background.

Jennifer O’Donnell is running for judge to change this, and improve a local justice system in need of reforms.

Conditions in Cuyahoga County’s jail have made headlines and prompted formal investigations, and O’Donnell says that real solutions remain incomplete. “We are still in a situation where it is incredibly overcrowded, we have inmates that are sleeping on the floor,” she notes.

O’Donnell advocates greater transparency and more efficient courts, along with bail reform and lasting solutions to the county jail’s problems.

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Language Learning At Lakewood Public Library

Are you interested in learning another language but aren’t sure where to start? Perhaps you’ve been working on learning a language and need some additional practice and resources. Looking to refresh a language you learned but haven’t used in a while? Lakewood Public Library offers a number of language-learning resources to assist with any language-learning journey.

Accessible anywhere with an Internet-enabled smartphone, tablet or computer, Lakewood Public Library offers three language-learning resources: Rosetta Stone Library Solution, Mango Languages and Transparent Language Online. Each resource offers a robust learning experience that includes the ability to listen and speak, allowing learners to evaluate their pronunciation. Further information about these resources will be available at information sessions taking place on Sundays, March 8, 2020, May 3, 2020 and July 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  in the Main Library Learning Lab.


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The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 22: “The Ballad Of Derecho Dan” Continues:

“The lizard’s roar will come from the north. When you hear it, destroy the manifesto! Say your prayers! Take the sunshine pill, and fire up the engine! It is time to put that treasonous lizard into a watery grave!" (Excerpt dated 8/30/75 from Maynard Gridley’s “Manifesto With Cheese.”)

Police Chief Tom Graber wasted no time rushing to the Rockport Animal Hospital at Fire Chief Nicholson’s request. Graber had been on a fruitless search for Little Dan ever since he’d escaped from the hospital days earlier. The Chief had a hunch, however, that his luck was about to change.

Fire Chief Ned Nicholson had already entered the exam room with the veterinarian by the time Chief Graber had arrived. Graber immediately noticed a car tire outside the door. Entering the room he saw a pile of empty potato chip bags, Hostess Twinkie wrappers, and a plastic sandwich bag labeled “TUNA SALAD SANDWICH – 59¢.”

The veterinarian and Chief Nicholson were standing over a small, somewhat disheveled object, wrapped in a blanket. “Hey Tom--check it out!” said the Fire Chief, motioning him over to the table. Tom Graber gently pulled the blanket away so he could see what all the fuss was about. His eyes nearly bugged out of his head. The police chief raised his arms towards the heavens and screamed, “Hallelujah!!”


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LakewoodAlive, ESOP Join Forces To Offer Free Tax Preparation On March 7

LakewoodAlive has teamed with Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) to offer free tax preparation and filing to working low-income families and individuals on Saturday, March 7.

LakewoodAlive has teamed with Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) to offer free tax preparation and filing to working low-income families and individuals on Saturday, March 7. “Super Saturday” takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harrison Elementary School in Lakewood’s Historic Birdtown Neighborhood (2080 Quail Street).

Call 2-1-1 or visit to schedule your appointment to have your taxes done for free by one of ESOP’s certified tax preparers.  Walk-ins are welcome but will be seen after all scheduled appointments.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program provides free tax preparation to working low-income individuals and families by trained, certified volunteers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Tax preparers will help participants receive their full income tax refund – as much as $6,557 in refund monies utilizing electronic filing and direct deposit.

Tax Credit Eligibility Guidelines for Tax Year 2019:

  • Families with three or more qualifying children who earned less than $50,162 in 2019 (or less than $55,952 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $6,557.
  • Families with two qualifying children who earned less than $46,703 in 2019 (or less than $52,493 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $5,828.
  • Families with one qualifying child who earned less than $41,094 in 2019 (or less than $46,884 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $3,526.
  • Individuals who do not have a qualifying child, but are between the ages of 25 and 64, with earned income of less than $15,570 in 2019 (or less than $21,370 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit up to $529.
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LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Creating A Sound Investment” Workshop On March 12

The seventh year of LakewoodAlive's "Knowing Your Home" series kicks off on March 12.

Ready to think spring and tackle your home improvement projects? LakewoodAlive is here to help.

LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Creating A Sound Investment on Thursday, March 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Sauced Taproom & Kitchen (14701-4 Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood). This kickoff workshop features of a panel discussion addressing the process for completing major home improvement projects.

Our homes are 80+ years old, well-built, and just plain amazing structures. Sometimes the layout, design or aesthetics simply don't fit with the needs of the house and family. Larger projects can be daunting and oftentimes people don't know where to start or they get stuck. 



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National Contest Honors Hayes Custodian Kantor

The staff and students at Hayes Elementary School know what a gem they have in head custodian Kris Kantor. Now, the people across the country know it. Kantor was recently chosen as one of three nationwide quarterly winners in the Custodians are Key contest sponsored by Tennant Co., a provider of cleaning products and solutions.

Each quarter, Tennant selects three custodians based on nominations they receive. Those three are then eligible to win the grand prize as the top finalist at the end of the school year. Kantor will receive $500 for being a quarterly winner. The grand prize winner selects from prizes valued at $5,000 and the winner’s building wins $10,000.

Hayes staff member Maureen Yantek nominated Kantor for his incredible organization, attention to detail, and the respect and kindness he shows to everyone. His genuine interest in knowing and helping Hayes students is evidenced by his popular Kids with Kantor program, where he and a few parent volunteers help students learn about building and creating with hand tools and donated project kits from Home Depot and Lakewood Hardware.


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Rotary Recognizes Ian Andrews With Paul Harris Fellowship

Ian Andrews

Ian Andrews, executive director, LakewoodAlive, has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River in recognition of his leadership in the Lakewood community.

Called “the engine behind LakewoodAlive,” Andrews organizes many Lakewood community events throughout the year including Light Up Lakewood, Summer Meltdown, and Chocolate Walk. He also helps coordinate home improvement projects for elderly and/or low-income homeowners.

Paul Harris Fellowships are given to recognize exceptional contributions made by individuals who further Rotary's mission of encouraging the ideals of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, high ethical standards, community service, and the advancement of international understanding and goodwill.

Named for Paul Harris who founded Rotary in 1905, the award was established in his honor in 1957 and is usually reserved for individuals who contribute $1000 US to the Rotary Foundation.


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Silly Fun With Magic Bob

Witness a fascinating display of tricks and illusions and be dazzled by this versatile performer when Lakewood Public Library presents Silly Fun with Magic Bob. Children and their families are invited to join in the fun as Magic Bob executes dazzling illusions and clever sleight of hand tricks. Classic magic fills this child-friendly presentation that will be a delight for all ages.

These mystical maneuvers will take place at the Lakewood Public Library on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room, which is located in Children’s and Youth Services. This show is free and open to the public and no registration is required. Enjoy an entertaining program of comedy magic that will keep you laughing while amazing you with a trunk of unbelievable feats. You might even see a rabbit pulled out of a hat!

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LHS Mock Trial Team Competes In District Competition

The students are, front row, from left: Hudson Fordu, Max Gilliland, Lilly Bacon, Laura Shields, and Bella Segreto. Back row, from left: Trin Ritchie, Jakob Hamilton, Ivy Rook, and Jack Wynn.

On January 17th, The Lakewood High School Mock Trial team competed in the district Ohio High School Mock Trial competition sponsored by the OCLRE (Ohio Center for Law Related Education) and held at the Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Cleveland. The LHS team came away with a trial victory and individual awards for three team members.

Each fall, high school teams from around the state prepare a trial based on a case prepared by OCLRE. They prepare as plaintiff and defense, with two witnesses each. This year's case, Moldanado v. Vega, involved a student suing a teacher and school district for violating her right to free speech. The issue was whether the principal was able to suspend the student over a rally she organized promoting gun rights.

The LHS team participated in two trials. After each trial, the best attorney and best witness were selected from the two teams. LHS won the first trial against a strong team from Orange High School and took home the Best Attorney and Best Witness awards. In the afternoon trial, LHS lost a narrow battle against the St Edward High School team, but also took home the Best Witness award.

The students worked hard on their own for over three months to prepare for the competition. They were advised by local attorneys Amelia Leonard and Dan Shields. According to the advisors, the team did a magnificent job and thoroughly impressed the judges in both competitions.


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Vote Issue 28 Support Our Schools

As a third-generation Lakewood resident and proud alumna of Lakewood Schools, I am proud to support Issue 28. I am grateful for the education I received as a student and wish for future Rangers to have that same high-quality experience. Voting for Issue 28 on March 17th will make that possible.

Before serving on City Council and becoming Mayor of Lakewood, I started my career as an educator. I've always valued the role that education plays in setting children up for success. Issue 28 will ensure our students are ready to succeed in life – whatever paths they choose. It will allow the Lakewood City Schools to increase mental health services for all children K-12, expand STEM classes to prepare students for their futures, keep educational technology and other learning materials up-to-date, help recruit and retain excellent teachers, and preserve our community’s investment by keeping all of our school buildings and other assets in good condition. Issue 28 will accomplish all of this while still being mindful of the taxpayer at less than $2 more per month based on a property valuation of $100,000.

I believe that strong schools mean a strong community. The basis for vibrant neighborhoods, strong housing values, and overall economic development is a strong education system. Issue 28 supports Lakewood families and our community by enabling the best possible educational outcomes for our students. Everything I do as Mayor remains focused on ensuring that Lakewood is one of the best places in the country to live. Issue 28 supports this effort.


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Staff Spotlight: Hvizdos & Smith

Nancy Hvizdos

The Lakewood City Schools each month honors colleagues chosen by their peers as shining examples of an outstanding employee. This month's Staff Spotlight honorees are Hayes Elementary teacher Nancy Hvizdos and Roosevelt Elementary teacher Renee Smith. Please read below why these two are such exemplary staff members.


While many people who have been at the same job for decades suffer burnout and apathy, Hayes first-grade teacher Nancy Hvizdos continues to feel energized and excited about her students and works to make school fun even in her 34th year with Lakewood City Schools.

“Every year is different, and it keeps me interested,” says Hvizdos, who has been at Hayes for the last 24 years. “I’m always trying to think outside the box…and bring hands-on fun to the class.” One example is the lemonade stand project her student engaged in to learn to experience first-hand the principles they were learning in their economics unit.

Hvizdos's nominator, fellow first-grade teacher Ellen Perez, is impressed with Nancy’s ability to generate new ideas.

“Nancy is a creative and innovative teacher,” says Ellen. “She continues to intrigue her students, particularly through STEM lessons.”

Hvizdos freely and frequently shares the wisdom she has learned as a longtime teacher and is always open to input and ideas from others. She is a true team player, say her colleagues. 


When you ask Roosevelt teacher Renee Smith what one of the things is that she most loves about teaching, she’ll tell you it’s the connections she makes with her students. After 30 years – all at Roosevelt – she finds a way to make each child feel special.


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PTA Reflections Celebrates Creativity

These middle schoolers were honored for their creative art pieces as part of the District level PTA Reflections ceremony on January 28.

Congratulations to the students who entered the Lakewood Council of PTAs Reflections Program. This year’s theme, Look Within, challenged our students to actually look within. We are so proud to share the dancer, artists, writers, and photographers who participated. 

Each of the nine PTA units could submit up to 24 original works to go on to the Council level. Of those, 70 made it to District Council level. And, from those entries, 27 outstanding pieces were selected from a panel of judges to represent Lakewood in Columbus at the State level. 

Submissions were judged on the interpretation of the theme, merit, and creativity in areas of Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Dance Choreography, Music Composition, and Film Production. 

View students' work and see photos from the night at


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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Board Of Education Now Located At Taft Center For Innovation, Open House March 11

The Lakewood Board of Education headquarters has moved from its longtime location at 1470 Warren Road to its new home in the Taft Center for Innovation, located at 13701 Lake Ave.

The Board's new home was formerly Taft Elementary School until it closed in 2008. The building has been completely renovated and beginning in August 2020 the center will also house the District's new all-day preschool program and its higher education partners such as University of Akron and Cuyahoga Community College.

The community is invited to tour the building at an Open House on March 11 from 5-6 pm. 

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Lakewood Athletic Boosters 16th Annual Night At The Races

The Lakewood Athletic Boosters are holding their 16th annual Night at the Races fundraiser on Saturday, February 29th. This entertaining event raises funds to support middle and high school student-athletes in the Lakewood City Schools district. Night at the Races is for adults age 21 and older. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races start at 7:30. 

Individual tickets are $40, but come with friends and save! Groups of 8 or more can purchase tickets for $35 each (a group of 8 tickets is $280 and a group of 10 tickets is $350.) Tickets include a pizza, beverages, and dessert, but people are encouraged to bring their favorite food and drinks to share with friends. To order tickets and buy horses, visit February 19th is the last day to sponsor a horse. Only 350 tickets will be sold, so don’t delay as this event sells out every year! No tickets will be sold at the door. 

In addition to horse races, there will be sideboard raffles, $1 and $5 raffle baskets filled with items donated by area businesses, as well as a silent auction. Auction items for past events have included beautiful jewelry from Broestl & Wallis, signed NFL jerseys, as well as Cavaliers and Indians items. KB Confections, Panera Bread, Roman Fountain, Melt, Lion & Blue, and Slife Heating & Cooling are just a few of the MANY local businesses that have supported this awesome event.


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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

100 Ways To Do Something Or Another, I Can't Remember Anymore: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 100

I’ve been doing this for five years now. This is the 100th review column I’ve written. I’m not sure how many total reviews that adds up to (seeing as these columns range between one and four reviews, usually), but it’s a good few. So, for this one, seeing as it’s moderately special (100 is a big number! Triple digits!), I’m doing a special column. These are quick re-reviews of some of my favorite releases of the past five years that I’ve reviewed here (note: there are things I liked but never reviewed that have been excluded, as well as things older than five years that I did review, but have cut since they’re not within the timeframe I’m trying to work with. I also have reviewed some non-Ohio releases that I loved and could’ve included here, but I tried to keep this Ohio just because otherwise it would be way too long!). There were a ton of records I cut from this list, and it pained me to do so, but I could really go on and on about how much great music has come from Ohio and fill this whole paper with the one column. Thanks for reading, and thank you very much to all the bands and artists who’ve been in some way a part of this column. Here’s to 100 more, I guess. 

Bernie & The Invisibles - All Possibilities Are Open LP (My Mind’s Eye)

This group was one of the lost acts of the late ‘70s Cleveland punk scene, with only three tracks ever being officially released across various compilations. This record solves that problem. Sure, it’s lo-fi, but the music contained is truly some of the best punk rock ever. Bernie is smart, funny, touching–- in certain ways, it’s like a cross between the Modern Lovers and the Urinals. It’s absolutely great. 

The Choir - I’d Rather You Leave Me 7” (Norton Records)

Two tracks from Cleveland’s first power pop group (?), both very good. Sure, I’ve got problems with this record (the lack of liner notes, the fact that it’s on lavender vinyl…), but the music is good enough for me to look past it. Every bit as great as “It’s Cold Outside.”

Bill Fox - Before I Went To Harvard LP (Eleventh Hour Recording Company)

Perhaps this material isn’t as essential as what’s on “Shelter From The Smoke,” but most of it is still prime Bill Fox. Plus, three Radio Flyers songs, so you need it for that alone. 

Great Plains - The Mark, Don, & Mel E.P. +4 LP and Born In A Barn LP (Rerun Records)

Sure, it’s cheating to include both of these, but how could I possibly choose between them? Ron House is one of the greatest lyricists of this generation or any other generation, and the eerie, Midwestern mood these records conjure is like nothing else I’ve ever heard. Two essential records. 

Kill The Hippies - Let’s Start A Band Nobody’s In CD (Phoenician MicroSystems)

It’s mildly funny to me that this is in the archival section here, but it is an archival release! It’s just that this band is still active, which is great. Two unreleased albums and an unreleased single in one package. And it’s a shame these records weren’t released, because they’re pretty great. Still one of the best punk bands around. 

The One Way Street - The One Way Street 2x7” (My Mind’s Eye/B-W Records)

A killer reissue of one of the greatest, dumbest, nuttiest (no pun intended) garage rock records ever (both sides are on the first “Back From The Grave” if that tells you anything) and a second, more straight-laced but still very good single with two unreleased songs. It has to be heard to be believed. The peanuts are nice but the acid is rare! 

Jim Shepard - Heavy Action 3xLP (Ever/Never Records)

A really great set of all the types of music Jim Shepard made. There are heavy, ripping noise-punk tracks from the band V-3, there are sparse, melancholy, acoustic pieces, there are strange audio collages and answering machine messages. A truly fascinating, touching, tragic, and just good portrait of one of Columbus’s best. 

The Society - You Girl 7” (My Mind’s Eye/B-W Records)

This thing’s been getting a lot of hype lately in garage rock circles, but it absolutely lives up to that hype, without question. A total blaster on Side A (with a ripping fuzz guitar solo less than a minute into the song!) and the moody, organ-driven “Lonely” on the flip, both nearly perfect examples of the genre.

The Styrenes - CLE 76-79 Unreleased 3x7” (My Mind’s Eye)

This is maybe not the most essential Styrenes material, nor the best place to start with them (I did like it more than “The Essential Styrenes,” though), but well worth hearing. Alternate/early versions of some their classics (a killer version of “I Saw You” and an instrumental version of “Where The Girls Are” that lets you appreciate just how fantastic the guitar playing is on it are two highlights), plus two totally unheard tracks, “Empty Vessels” and “Murder Me,” both of which are very good, especially the latter. For the fans, perhaps, but necessary for the fans. 


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Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 4:30 PM, 02.05.2020

LakewoodAlive Honors Volunteers With Appreciation Happy Hour

More than 50 volunteers attended LakewoodAlive's Appreciation Happy Hour at Blue Ridge Media Company.

As the saying goes, it takes a village. This is certainly true in the case of LakewoodAlive, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that relies heavily on community members to help fulfill our mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.

LakewoodAlive hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour on Thursday evening, January 30, at the new office of Blue Ridge Media Company, a Lakewood-based marketing agency. The event, attended by more than 50 volunteers, featured refreshments, friendships and stories of remarkable volunteerism. LakewoodAlive celebrated the nearly 750 volunteers who, in 2019, contributed their time and talents to supporting our organization and to helping improve quality of life in Lakewood.

Volunteer Champion Awards were bestowed upon the following individuals for their outstanding service to LakewoodAlive:

Outgoing LakewoodAlive Board Members

  • Steve Clark
  • Dr. James Hekman
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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Lakewood Kiwanis K Kids Awareness Week

February 17-21, 2020 is Kiwanis International recognition week for Kiwanis K Kids. Lakewood Kiwanis is proud to sponsor 4 K Kid Clubs in our community: Grant Elementary School, Horace Mann Elementary School, Family Life Before and After Care at Harrison and EmersonElementary Schools.

K Kids is the youngest youth leadership club in the Kiwanis family. Each K Kids club has a school/administrator advisor and Lakewood Kiwanian advisor. Each club has their leadership team of K Kids selected through essays submitted or elected at the beginning of school. After that is in place, the voting of projects by the kids are done for the year. Our K Kids projects include food drives, community trash cleanup in the Spring and local initiatives that they have chosen to do. The kids learn that they have a voice in the club and need to make the commitment to complete their projects. As advisors, we try to have different speakers come in to connect the kids to the community service they complete. Win, win for all. Lakewood Kiwanis also sponsors Builders Club at Harding Junior High and Key Club at Lakewood High School.

Our K Kids have been busy this school year. Grant School K Kids just completed a successful food drive for LCAC (Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp.). By making posters and having Special Days (Hat Day, Pajama Day) through the week, the K Kids drew attention to the importance of the food drive. Grant K Kids are now planning a Save Lake Erie project this Spring. Horace Mann K Kids collected toys for the Lakewood Christmas Store. Again, posters were made, and the kids promoted the collection to their classmates. Horace Mann K Kids also had an Alex’s Lemonade Stand this month for Pediatric Cancer. Family Life K Kids at both Harrison and Emerson Elementary made Snowman Soup (hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, a candy cane and a holiday poem) for a homeless ministry in the area.


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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Sherlock Holmes On Stage At Lakewood Public Library

Live theater provides a unique experience for both performers and audience. Great Lakes Theater has been educating young people in the magic of live theater since 1990, when they began presenting annual touring productions in venues throughout northeast Ohio.

Lakewood Public Library is proud to present GLT’s offering for 2020, “Sherlock Holmes Meets the Bully of Baker Street,” on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium. Designed for elementary and middle school audiences, this original play by David Hansen is inspired by characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Four actors will bring humor, logic and song to the stage in this fifty-minute performance, fully staged with sets, costumes and music.

The play begins on the eve of the coronation of King Edward in 1901. Sherlock Holmes meets an orphan and becomes involved in solving the mystery of a stolen painting and rooting out corruption in the Shaxper Asylum for Fatherless Girls. The acerbic personality and deductive reasoning skills of Sherlock Holmes are on full display, but instead of Watson, Holmes is accompanied by Vicky, the orphan who tried to pick his pocket. Hansen chose to create an original story rather than adapt an existing one in order to introduce a female narrator and make the play acceptable for a young audience.


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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Dr. Martin Luther King Remembered at Barton Center

On January 20 the Barton Senior Center offered several events honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The day long celebration was initiated by Cheryl Shaver, Barton Center Manager of Marketing and Development. Most of the activities were coordinated by Patricia Wellborn, a Barton member.

Beginning at 10 a.m. in the Center's auditorium, the "Black Voices Open Mic" session began. Multi faceted aspects of the Black experience were illuminated by various speakers. Participants included Michael Knight who read two poems, "Let America Be America Again," by Langston Hughes, and "(SOS) Save Our Sons," by Benjamin Zephaniah.

Ms. Wellborn's daughter, Melanie Swiat, accompanied by her daughter, Ashtyn, discussed activist Angela Yvonne Davis who was a prominent voice in the late 1960's. Like many who have spoken out against injustice, Davis was controversial because of her views. She believed that the struggle of Black women represented the fight for rights by all members of society. Eight-year-old Ashtyn Swiat earlier read a poem, "I'm Glad To Be Me" (author unknown).

Helen Green praised her hero Barbara Jordan as someone who "stood out as a person I would like to be." Among her many achievements, Jordan was the first Southern African American woman elected to the US House of Representatives and a crusader for civil rights. She is quoted as saying, "what the people want is very simple -- they want an America as good as its promise."

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Starr Gazer


Aries: It’s time for the Ram to get clear, & trust that intuition for this month of love & roses, Venus is at your house for most of the month, when you get a hunch about that hottie, go for it.

Taurus: This iyour month Bullyour ruling Planet is Venus, you’re a natural Romeo, the heavens have aligned for you, you won’t have to do a thing, let divine timing take care of this.

Gemini: Wow, Twins s-l-o-w down just a wee bit, you’ve got too much on your plate, if you don’t get clear & focus, you’ll end up with a double dose of too much love, & double-trouble.

Cancer: Get out of that shell Crab, it’s time for you to seize what you want, & gather up the courage to do so, don’t just knock on that door of your sweetie, bust the damn door down!

Leo: The King & Queen of the Jungle just hit the jackpot, follow your heart, you DO have the biggest heart in the forest, your romantic GPS knows the best routes, go after thee fair maiden.


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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

LHS Swimmers Shine At Conference Championship Meet

At its final Southwest Conference Championship Meet, the Lakewood High School Swimming & Diving team turned in some great individual and relay performances that earned a number of competitors spots on the awards podium at the Westlake Rec Center on January 24 & 25, 2020.

Junior Sistina Simcox and sophomore Sarah Donaldson were the highest placers with a 3rd in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breastroke, respectively. Simcox also earned a trip to the podium as part of the 200-yard medley relay that consisted of herself, Donaldson, freshman Charlotte Beno and senior Sophia Miranda, and also with the 400-yard freestyle relay of Simcox, Miranda, Beno, and junior Ethel Woodford. Charlotte Beno earned two individual places with a 6th in the 50-yard freestyle and a 5th in the 100-yard butterfly. Ethel Woodford reached the podium with a 4th in the 100-yard butterfly. The team overall placed 5th out of nine teams.


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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (158 minutes) 
Lakewood Public Cinema
Film Series—Sam Fuller: Audacious Auteur: "The Big Red One" (1980)
Directed by Samuel Fuller 
Presented by Terry Meehan
Main Library Auditorium
This film follows the World War II exploits of the US First Infantry Division in Africa and Europe, including landings in Sicily and Omaha Beach. The grunt’s-eye view screenplay written by Sam Fuller stems from his experience filming the liberation of the Falkenau concentration camp. Terry Meehan concludes his series Sam Fuller: Audacious Auteur, introducing each film with an original video followed by audience reaction and a lively discussion.

Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday with the Friends
Women in History – Susan B. Anthony
Main Library Auditorium
Champion of temperance, abolition and the rights of labor and equal pay, Susan B. Anthony became one of the most visible leaders of the women’s suffrage movement. Anthony paved the way for the historical Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, which passed fourteen years after her death. Women In History is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the education of all people through the dramatic re-creation of the lives of notable women in US history.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
Documentary: "Somewhere to Be" (2018)
Directed by Peter Odabashian
Presented by Lakewood Division of Aging 
Main Library Auditorium 
Somewhere to Be is an eye-opening look behind the doors of a Greenwich Village senior center, where every New Yorker over sixty is welcome to come to the Center On The Square and take an Italian class, have some lunch, write a poem, paint a picture, or make a friend. Using a mix of verité and interviews, this documentary explores the human need to be with others. Joining us to discuss the film will be a representative of the Lakewood Division of Aging. 

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Spring Art Programs At Lakewood Public Library

Spring inches ever closer, which means there is a bouquet of art programs at the Lakewood Public Library for students to choose from. Take a break and come on down to the Lakewood Public Library for some creative inspiration.

Illustration Creation: a picture book art program for students in kindergarten through first grade. This six week program will feature a different children’s book illustrator each class and culminates with an art show on April 30, 2020. Thursdays, March 12, 2020; March 19, 2020; April 2, 2020; April 9, 2020; April 16, 2020 and April 23, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

Strokes of Genius: a six-week program for students in second through fourth grade. Art activities and stories open up the world of art and culminates with an art show on April 21, 2020. Space is limited. Registration is required. Tuesdays, March 3, 2020; March 17, 2020; March 31, 2020; April 7, 2020 and April 14, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose and Activity Rooms.

Art Explosion: for students in fifth through eighth grade. Learn about different artists in this six-week program, then experiment with and create your own style to display at the culminating art show on Monday, April 6, 2020. Mondays, March 2, 2020 to March 30, 2020 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

District Open Enrollment Begins March 1

The Lakewood City Schools open enrollment period for the 2020-2021 school year will begin on March 1, 2020 and continue until March 31, 2020.  An online form will be available on the Lakewood City Schools’ website ( beginning the morning of March 1, 2020. Notification of open enrollment status will be as follows: The first-round of notifications will occur the week of June 15, 2020. The second-round of of notifications will occur the week of August 10, 2020. Kindergarten notification will only be made the week of August 10, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding open enrollment, please call 216-529-4203.

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Children/Youth Events at Lakewood Public Library

Tail Waggin’ Tutors

For school-age children
Bone up on your reading skills by reading to a dog. Drop in for a one-to-one session with one of our dogs and owners that have been certified through Therapy Dogs International.
Saturday, February 8, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Sew Your Own Library Tote 
For anyone age 8 and up
Create your own unique and stylish tote bag in this hands-on, no experience necessary craft program. Registration required.
Saturday, February 8, 2020, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Library Homework Room.

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Lincoln’s Assassination: The Complete Story With Mel Maurer

One of the darkest evenings in American history played out at Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865. The brutal plot designed to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln for ransom turned into a murder, with John Wilkes Booth at the center of the nation’s heartbreak, but not acting alone. His small group of co-conspirators believed the slaying would boost the Confederate cause in a Civil War that, for them, was not over, in spite of Lee’s official surrender five days earlier. 

The Lakewood Historical Society welcomes Mel Maurer as he presents the complete story of Lincoln’s assassination with details of its planning, completion and aftermath at Lakewood Public Library on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Main Library Auditorium.

The mission of the Lakewood Historical Society is to enhance the quality of life in Lakewood by offering educational programs for all ages; providing stewardship of artifacts and buildings; and advocating for our historic community. 

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Cuyahoga County Tree Canopy Assessment – The Lakewood Story

On December 1, 2019, the Cuyahoga County Planning Department released a new Tree Canopy Assessment for all of Cuyahoga County. This latest assessment takes satellite data measured in 2017 to update the countywide canopy cover percentages from the first canopy assessment from satellite data gathered in 2011; for which that report was released in December of 2012.

What is tree canopy? Tree canopy is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. The countywide assessment shows an overall loss of tree canopy of 6% from 2011 to 2017 for all of Cuyahoga County.

The City of Lakewood saw its canopy cover decrease 27.96% to 22.77% canopy cover from 2011 to 2017, which equates to a loss of 182 acres of tree canopy cover citywide. To further explain the canopy loss, a change from 27.96% to 22.77% canopy cover represents a 18.55% lossof canopy calculated as follows: 27.96% – 22.77% = 5.19 / 27.96 = 18.55%. Although this is only 5.19 percent difference, the percent change for actual loss of the existing tree canopy itself is higher – 18.55%

It is worth noting as part of this assessment that Cleveland Metroparks had a loss of 5.8% of its canopy from 2011-2017, an indication that natural losses, and not development or urban sprawl, may play the largest role in the overall decline in tree canopy within our region.


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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

No More Monkeys Is Celebrating One Year And Its Great Big Grand Reopening!

Come one come all! The Monkey Place is back open as of Tuesday February 11th.

NMME is so very excited to announce its Great Big Grand Reopening on its One Year Anniversary of opening. Join Miss Heather and the kiddos to play on National Make a Friend Day! Miss Heather had her big surgeries and is ready to get back down to Monkey Business. No More Monkeys Enrichment opened on February 11th of last year and is so happy to be a part of the Lakewood community.

No More Monkeys Enrichment is a drop in play zone featuring free coffee, tea, cocoa and wifi. This cozy little gem in The Northland Plaza has comfy couches and plenty of socialization for the kiddos and grownups alike. NMME is all about Manners, Kindness and Diversity! Original classes featuring music by local artists, tea parties, bubble dance parties, birthday parties, and date night childcare are just a few of the fun goodies offered. They even offer drop in childcare and some full time childcare too. Everything from Girl Scout patches to Craftint fun can be found at this amazing little Lakewood find.


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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Rotary Foundation Offering Five Scholarships

The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Foundation is offering grants for study in any accredited post-high school educational institution. Five grants of $3,000 will be awarded toward the cost of one year’s tuition.

Applicants must be a member of the 2020 graduating class of any accredited high school, and be a resident of the Lakewood or Rocky River school district; show a record of academic success in his/her high school career; have applied to a specific college, university, community or junior college, or trade or professional school; and have no direct relationship to a current or honorary Rotarian.

Applications must be received by 3 p.m. Monday, March 2. The awards will be presented on April 20.

Required information must be submitted on the application form that can be downloaded or completed online at

Guidelines for submitting the application, as well as other criteria, are included.

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

The Rockport Miracles - Part 4: Episode 21: "The Ballad Of Derecho Dan" Continues

“The Giant Lizard’s roar is your signal to take action. When you hear it, take this boat out onto the fetid waters of Lake Erie and stick it straight up the Lizard’s ass!” (Excerpt dated 7/4/75 from Maynard Gridley’s “Manifesto With Cheese.”)

Little Dan was taken aback as he sat on the deck of Maynard’s boat named “The Friggin’ A.” He couldn’t comprehend the malice that lurked in the heart of Maynard Gridley. After all, Maynard was just a fella from Parma, Ohio. His biggest accomplishment in life was to drink 50 bottles of Stroh’s in less than one hour.

Yes, it was true that Maynard had been banned from the Yucatan Peninsula for life. South Dakota was sure happy to see his backside. Then there was that harrowing incident outside Taos, New Mexico. Apache elders had discovered Maynard trespassing atop a sacred mesa and smoking peyote. He was lucky to crawl away from that scuffle but, not before the face of Geronimo had been branded onto one of his butt cheeks. 

It’s all true! Maynard was hellion. Maynard was a rambunctious hooligan, a rebel, a prankster, and a glorious heathen. But, Maynard Gridley was NOT a mad bomber. That's not how he was raised, although Rowena must have known her son was up to something. There were enough explosives on that boat to take out a hundred giant lizards.


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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

LakewoodAlive’s Pride Fund Assists Lakewood Residents With Home Repairs

Photo courtesy of Aerial Agents.

Last year LakewoodAlive launched the Lakewood Pride Fund with support from First Federal Lakewood. This innovative program leverages a collection of funds to secure home repair loans for Lakewood families who otherwise might not have access to conventional bank financing, helping families complete health & code compliance repairs.

This program has been designed to often be a last-resort option for folks who have nowhere else to turn. LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program works tirelessly to connect residents to available resources to keep their homes in good repair, and this program is now another tool in our organization’s tool box. The ideal candidate is someone who perhaps had a temporary job loss or a life change that made staying on top of their household bills difficult, but are now working to get back on track. The Lakewood Pride Fund will help these clients make essential health, safety and code compliance improvements ultimately enhancing their quality of life, one repair at a time.


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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

One Lakewood Progress: Judge Carroll’s Call For New Jail Policies Grounded In Defensible Rationale

Late last year, long-time Lakewood Judge Patrick Carroll publicly called for an independent review of the policies at Lakewood City Jail after three instances of drug sharing among inmates, as well as a separate incident where an inmate was prematurely released from captivity. Judge Carroll stated his office was alerted to these incidents after the fact and was not properly informed.

In interviews last year, Judge Carroll offered some policy solutions for consideration, like establishing a citizen oversight committee to oversee how the jail is run, as well as new internal policies that expand avenues of transparency in reporting issues at the jail by looping in elected officials and city administrators. 

The administrative issues that have beleaguered the Cuyahoga County Jail in recent years remind us that from a policy administration standpoint, there is always room for improvement, and that regular review of administrative polices that ensure the safety and security of the community ought to be a priority on an ongoing basis.

Given the issues of administrative liability, accreditation standards, case law, and the need to support professional behavior, comprehensive written policy and procedures are a necessity for all jails. 

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 8:03 AM, 01.23.2020

LakewoodAlive Announces Award Honorees To Be Recognized At “Loving Lakewood: All-Stars”

Clockwise from top-left: Eric Stephens, Heather Rudge, Michael Bentley, Robert Brill, Ryan Sheldon & Brittany Graham and Michael Summers.

Championship-caliber community vibrancy doesn’t happen by accident. Rather, it’s achieved thanks to strong leaders who routinely demonstrate qualities like passion, perseverance and commitment.

LakewoodAlive proudly announces Michael Bentley as the 2020 Founders Award recipient and fellow community leaders Robert BrillHeather RudgeRyan Sheldon & Brittany Graham, Eric Stephens and Michael Summers as award honorees to be recognized during Loving Lakewood: All-Stars taking place Saturday, February 22, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lakewood Masonic Temple. Each will be honored as part of the evening’s festivities in recognition of their exemplary service to LakewoodAlive and the Lakewood community.

Tickets are on sale now for Loving Lakewood: All-Stars, LakewoodAlive’s winter fundraiser sponsored by Cleveland Property Management Group. Guests are invited to don their favorite jersey and bring their ‘A’ game for a sports-inspired celebration of the heart, hustle and teamwork that’s built Lakewood into a community of champions. This limited-capacity event is expected to sell out, so act faster than a sprint to the goal line to secure your tickets by visiting

Each member of this honoree group has made an indelible impact on LakewoodAlive and our community:

Michael Bentley – The Founders Award celebrates individuals who exemplify the vision of LakewoodAlive’s founding members through making exceptional contributions to our efforts to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods. During the last four years, Michael’s role with LakewoodAlive has been nothing short of remarkable. Michael joined the LakewoodAlive board of directors in 2017 and serves as chair of the Development Committee. Through his financial services firm, Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, Michael has served as title sponsor of our Front Porch Concert Series the last four summers. Michael regularly recruits coworkers and friends to complete volunteer housing projects on behalf of our Housing Outreach Program, and he sits on our Impact Team, a group focused on creating a social enterprise plan for LakewoodAlive. Ohio CDC Association recently honored Michael as its 2019 Community Leader of the Year based on his extensive contributions to LakewoodAlive. 


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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

H2O's First HOME ALONE Event Is A Huge Success!

H2O HOME ALONE Team Leaders.

On Wednesday, January 15th, H2O's HOME ALONE Leadership Team unveiled their program for the first time to over 60 children from the ages of 9 to 12 years old. The program’s goals are to enrich children with skills that will be essential for their independence.

It all started last May, when H2O "Help to Others" presented the concept of HOME ALONE to a group of high school students and invited them to get involved. In June, eleven high school students stepped up to the plate and became H2O's Research and Development (R&D) Team. I was one of them.

H2O's R&D Team re-envisioned the program to fit the ever-changing society that today’s children live in. We met with law enforcement, firefighters, and many others. 

In October, H2O's R&D team recruited 42 more high school leaders, ranging from sophomores to seniors, to develop the presentations that the children saw at our first event. 

Over the time that was spent together, not only did the program develop, but a connection between the team members evolved. H2O's HOME ALONE program not only focuses on teaching younger kids to be safe, but also provides the skills to prepare its high school leaders for the real world. 

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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

Family Focused Chiropractor Opens In Lakewood

Posture & Poise Chiropractic is a specialized care center that opened at the beginning of the new year. The practice focuses on treating patients of all ages, from children to elderly with a special focus on pregnant, postpartum parents and children. Dr. Allison Workman is the owner and Doctor of Chiropractic at Posture & Poise. She is a Webster certified chiropractor. Webster is a technique in which chiropractors analyze the joints, muscles, and ligaments of the pelvis and reduce dysfunction of the sacrum in order to allow for optimal fetal position. Correction of the pelvis may improve pregnant patient's low back and pubic symphysis pain and reduce labor and delivery discomfort. In addition, Dr. Workman also offers the following services to all of her patients: diversified chiropractic adjustments, ConnecTX soft tissue therapy, kinesiology taping, Activator method, applied kinesiology, strengthening exercises, and nutritional supplementation. The practice is located in the Rozis Wine House building on the corner of Detroit & Cook Ave. They offer well-rounded, holistic, and non-invasive care. Care consists of gentle hands on treatment as well as analyzing musculoskeletal disorders, nutritional imbalances, and thoughtful consideration of rehabilitation exercises to implement as patient self-care. Dr. Workman strives to bring the utmost patient-centered care possible.

Dr. Allison Workman grew up in Andover, OH and graduated from Pymatuning Valley High School. She then earned her bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Kent State University. Next, she traveled to New York Chiropractic College located in the small town of Seneca Falls, NY and received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in November of 2019. While in school she took a particular interest in pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic, and even gave birth to her son in her last year of chiropractic school. After she graduated, her family packed up and moved to the land of Cleveland, Ohio where she is excited to be established and serving the community. Dr. Workman is an advocate for movement and strength training to help improve longevity and quality of life. She hopes to incorporate that into her practice to help everyone achieve the healing they deserve. 

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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

Commitment In Fitness At GiGi's Playhouse

Michelle and Annie

GiGiFIT Adult at GiGi's Playhouse on Detroit Rd here in Lakewood just wrapped its first session and the results are impressive!

Every Monday for the past 12 weeks, a group of adults with Down syndrome have been meeting at the Playhouse for GiGiFIT. GiGiFIT is a FREE program designed to address common issues for people with Down syndrome, including hypotonia (low muscle tone), joint laxity and decreased balance. Each session included an hour-long workout, comprised of planks, squats, weighted ball passes, push ups, hips abductions and more.

TOGETHER, these 8 participants have worked during the last 12 weeks to collectively:

lose 15 pounds

increase grip strength (measured by the dynamometer) by 21.25lbs

increase number of chest passes thrown in 1 minute by 41 throws

increase number of standing marches in 1 minute by 68 reps

improve number of push-ups (using correct form) in 1 minute from 77 total to 142 total (a difference of 65 combined push-ups!)

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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

Giant Eagle Goes Green

Many people are trying to help the environment across the world, and stores around Lakewood have joined in.

Plastic bags release toxic chemicals into the environment and can cause a lot of harm and they cannot be recycled. Paper bags on the other hand are environmentally friendly because they are biodegradable and can be recycled. Plastic bags also harm wildlife and clog sewage systems. Researchers believe that 500 billion plastic bags are used across the globe each year. If everyone pitches in by using paper and reusable bags that number can be reduced. Stores across Lakewood are pitching in to help this issue.

I was at Giant Eagle and realized that they are using paper bags. You can bring your own reusable bags or pay $0.10 per bag. These little things help out the environment a lot. Then I started thinking about what other stores in Lakewood have paper bags. I called several other stores in Lakewood and found out that stores including Walgreens on Madison and CVS on Detroit are also using paper bags. Stores such as Drug Mart and Rite Aid have plastic, but provide paper. Aldi’s doesn’t have bags and so you can bring your own reusable bags!

When going to the store make sure to bring your reusable bags and help the environment! Lakewood is working hard on helping the environment one step at a time and with everyone's help we can help the environment stay clean!

Josie Kavc is a 7th grader at Harding Middle School.

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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

"Inspire Your Heart With Art" Day

Art is appreciated for all sorts of reasons. It has the power to change us and to inspire our hearts. More than just a painting on a wall, art can be the music you hear or a sculpture you feel. Students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade are invited to experience the arts at the Lakewood Public Library in this after-school program with a variety of activities. These include listening to a story, personalizing a poem, completing a coloring project and making a unique heart-filled creation. The Inspire Your Heart with Art program will take place on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room. Register online at or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

Lakewood March Levy

Every time the Lakewood School System announces a new levy to appear on an upcoming ballot, numerous articles surface supporting the position that funding is necessary to "keep Lakewood City schools strong" and "continue to provide the educational excellence that residents expect." Reference the Lakewood Observer article by Christine Gordillo, Volume 16, Issue 01, page 6.

The article assures land owners the upcoming March levy will "have a minimum financial impact of less then $2.00 per $100,000 of fair market property value, with no increase in tax rate, due in part to responsible refinancing, sound financial practices and property value growth." Listed are many reasonable spending outcomes for the 3.9 mill operating and 1.0 mill permanent improvement levies, although most are not for emergency spending issues, but instead for "adding, expanding, providing, and protecting" programs. It's important to note that Treasurer/CFO Kent Zeman recently stated in a Sun News article dated August 15, 2019 that he anticipates a $2.7 million deficit in 2020, $4.6 million deficit in 2021 and $9.2 million deficit in 2023! 

It's appropriate that everyone evaluate all information at hand so that they can make sound decisions at the polls. However, simply evaluating program necessity and program wishlists is only a part of this process. It is imperative we also look at tax rate mill growth, home fair market value growth, and subsequently, the growth in actual property tax dollars paid, the real out-of-pocket impact! Case in point: In my 20 years of Lakewood residency and property ownership, tax rate mills have increased 37%, home value 54%, and most importantly, annual property taxes have increased 93%. These are the true key indicators we must evaluate!


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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

Women In History Presents: Susan B. Anthony

The lifework of Susan B. Anthony changed the world. Born in 1820, she fought furiously for the rights of African Americans and women due to her conviction that all people are created equal -- a radical thought for a culture mired in slavery and oppression. 

Women in History is proud to present a dramatic re-creation of the famous suffragette on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. as part of our Sunday With The Friends program at Lakewood Public Library. 

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting American women the right to vote. Because of her impassioned activism, the legislation came to be known as the “Susan B. Anthony Amendment.” 

Anthony is just one of sixty-four notable women currently portrayed by the actresses of Women in History. From Sojourner Truth to Joan Rivers, great care is taken to accurately depict the personality, dress and life story of each remarkable subject and has led to the program's award-winning reputation.

Women in History’s presentation of Susan B. Anthony will be held in the Main Lower Level Auditorium at 15425 Detroit Avenue.

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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

The Sketchbook Challenge

"The Sketchbook Challenge" is a project that involves local artists working together to help preserve Ohio’s creative spirit and energy. I own a for profit business, so it has been very difficult to get any sort of funding. All I need right now are the sketchbooks and the artists willing to fill them.

Basically, we are creating a library of sketchbooks. It would be great to have a place where local artists can be celebrated and given a special place of recognition. There are no restrictions. Beginners, mid-career and seasoned artists can all become part of this collection. The only caveat is that whatever they submit has to fit in the sketchbook. All the books will be the same size. 

I want to give any artists a sketchbook and have them fill it with whatever they wish and then collect them. The books will be a record of thoughts, dreams and stories that the artist wants to share. Anyone can come in and view the sketchbooks at any time. The books will become the property of Lakewood Art Studios. There will be no copying or photos allowed of the work but people are free to view the contents. The sketchbooks will contain the contact information of the artist and any social media or other ways for the public to get in touch with them. To be eligible for a free sketchbook, an artist must participate in any Lakewood Art Studios event or activity. For now, this will be free for artists to participate. The launch party for the first round of sketchbooks induction will be in August of 2020.

Lakewood Art Studios is looking for folks that can help this campaign by spreading the word, becoming a participant, donating to purchase sketchbooks, studio supplies, furniture or shelving. I would love to partner with you to help local artists preserve and share their talent with anyone who comes to browse.


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