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Blessing Of The Pets

O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood will be hosting their annual Blessing of the Pets on Thursday, October 4th at  6:00 p.m. Retired Byzantine Catholic priest, Father Dennis Hrubiak will be blessing all the pets. All are welcome, refreshments will be served. This is a beautiful way to show your love for our companions that mean so much to us. The event will take place in the visitor parking lot gazebo and lawn on Bunts at 13900 Detroit Avenue. Please keep your pet safe in a carrier, leashed and/or under control at all times to keep this a joyous event for all.

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Volume 14, Issue 19, Posted 10:36 AM, 09.18.2018

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Nosotros - Come Hang Out At Lakewood’s New Freestyle Rock Climbing Gym!

The main sign for the gym as seen on Detroit Ave.

A rock climbing gym in Lakewood, Ohio?! Yes, you heard correctly -- Lakewood is now home to its very own freestyle rock climbing gym -- NOSOTROS! The name is derived from the Spanish word for – TOGETHER - and is the latest creative space to take root in Lakewood. The gym is beginning to pique the interest of many in our local community and throughout NE Ohio who are looking to improve their well-being and are striving to live a more healthful life-style.  Since opening its doors in the spring of this year, NOSOTROS rock climbing gym has become an ideal place to allow patrons to tap into their more adventurous side or simply to allow them to try something unique on their next date-night.   

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

First Concert of West Side Chamber Music Group's 60th Season

Violinist James Thompson

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society will be celebrating its 60th anniversary all season long, and everyone is invited! The kickoff concert, on Monday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River, will applaud the extraordinary young talent in our region’s distinguished music schools. The Society will present an ensemble comprised of violinist James Thompson, a Cleveland native and Artist Diploma student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, along with his Cleveland Institute of Music classmates cellist Anna Hurt and pianist Sarah Ha. This ensemble will perform works by Mozart and Shostakovich.

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

Burning River Baroque’s “Destructive Desires” Inspires Thought-Provoking Dialogue About Issues Related To #MeToo

Paula Maust and Malina Rauschenfels of Burning River Baroque perform.

Burning River Baroque opens their 2018-2019 season with “Destructive Desires,” an edgy program that challenges audience members to engage with issues that have been brought to the forefront of cultural awareness by the #MeToo movement. It also touches on the profound reach of the movement and the resulting conversations about consent, the misuse of power and the fact that it has provided society with the opportunity to explore new channels of communication and redefine boundaries in all types of relationships.

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

Fall Art Programs

Fall is nearly upon us, which means there is a cornucopia of art programs at the Lakewood Public Library for students to choose from. Take a break from raking those leaves and come on down to the Lakewood Public Library for some creative inspiration.

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

September Is National Library Card Month

Clear your fines for only ten dollars!

In celebration of National Library Card Month, Lakewood Public Library is offering free replacement cards to all library patrons. Also, patrons can clear their library fines for as little as $10. (The ten dollar deal applies to fines only, not to lost or billed items).

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Cleveland History Special Event

Three authors discuss their two books about Cleveland history: "The Birth of Downtown Cleveland: A Vision Interrupted" by Dave Ford and Brad Schwartz and "LGBTQ Cleveland: Images of Modern America" by Ken Schneck. The 1903 Plan for Cleveland’s downtown laid out a vision of neoclassical splendor, but the plan suffered setbacks from all sides. Presenting previously unpublished historic photographs, authors Ford and Schwartz detail a story more than a century in the making. Schneck’s "LGBTQ Cleveland" covers nearly five decades of Cleveland history and features more than 150 photos. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Gotta Gotta: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 78

Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to pick out what you like (or dislike) about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

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State Board President Spends Day In District

Ohio Board of Education President Tess Elshoff is greeted by Lakewood High students.

Lakewood has always been proud of its public school system and on September 15, the District was able to show off just why the community has supported it so strongly over the years when Ohio Board of Education President Tess Elshoff spent the day experiencing the Lakewood Way.

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

Factual Films: Fall Documentaries At Lakewood Public Library

Burt Shavitz, the face of Burt's Bees and focus of the documentary "Burt's Buzz." 

Documentary films are known for in-depth storytelling and artful cinematography. From small businesses to ocean voyages, broaden your concept of film with these upcoming documentary screenings at the library.

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

Trials For Hope Sock Hop Fundraiser

On Saturday September 22nd, 2018 Trials For Hope will be hosting our Sock Hop at American Legion Post 703 at 7667 York Rd in Parma to raise funds, donations and awareness for our outreach programs. The event will be a dinner (meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetables, bread, salad and dessert) along with music, raffles, door prizes, side boards and 50/50. Drink tickets will be available for purchase. Tickets are $20/adult and $10/children under 12. Doors open at 5 pm.

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Luminous Threads/Hilos de Luz

Shamanic, transitional figures: dreamlike animal/human dancers travelling between quotidian /supernatural worlds....musically playable layers: ocean/desert/forest terrains...threads revealing life structures past/present/future; worlds upper/middle/lower; dark star constellations; points of magically charged reflected light...honoring Pacha Mama: Mother Earth/Time

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

Exposing ECOT

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) robbed Lakewood schools of at least $1.8 million dollars, and some of the politicians on your November ballot took big money to look the other way. If you aren’t familiar with this scandal, here are the facts. 

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Medicare Open-Enrollment: Get Yourself Informed

The 2019 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period will run from October 15, 2018 to December 7, 2018. This is your opportunity to make changes in your Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans based on your circumstances or needs. On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, the Lakewood Division of Aging will hosting a Medicare Recertification Presentation and Workshop. Presented by the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program, (OSHIIP) they will review the changes for 2019 in the most popular Medicare plans. They will also look at some of the unique features of the various plans that would make them more or less attractive to different groups of people. Following the presentation, OSHIIP staff will remain on hand to provide individual assistance for people who are wondering if they need to make changes to their plans. 

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Trips To Cleveland Cultural Events

Great news, music lovers! The Lakewood Division of Aging will once again be providing transportation to selected fall, winter and spring cultural events. We will be attending matinee performances of the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as the highly regarded Trinity Cathedral Brownbag Concerts. 

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

Lunch And Adapted Jazzercise In The Park

The Lakewood Division of Aging and the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities are combining forces to offer an exciting new fitness opportunity. Beginning in October 2018, there will be a free adapted Jazzercise class offered at the Woman's Club Pavilion at Lakewood Park. Taught by a certified Jazzercise instructor, this program will combine a cardio workout with fun and lively music from today and yesterday. This is an adapted program, so participants can be seated or standing, depending on their needs and limitations. Push yourself as much or as little as you need; there are no judgements here. 

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

District Hosting Realtor "Lunch & Look"

Superintendent Michael J. Barnes will welcome West Shore area Realtors for a “Lunch & Look” on October 4 at 12:15 pm at the Ranger Cafe. It will be a chance to learn more about the District and tour the state-of-the-art high school. If interested, call 216-529-4074 or email christine.gordillo@lakewoodcityschools.org. Deadline to reserve a space is September 25.

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

LHS Produces 83 AP Honor Scholars

The growing number of Advanced Placement courses (16) available at Lakewood High School has translated into a growing number of AP Scholars as well. Eighty-three members of the Classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the AP Exams taken each spring. Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding achievement:

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Keeping Up With Jamie Garrett

Jamie Garrett.

Jamie Garrett is a server at Deagan’s Kitchen, an expecting mother, and an aspiring forensics student.

The fact that she’s missing most of one arm is a fact of life, but it doesn’t define her identity.

Even if you pass time at Deagan’s, you may not notice unless Garrett serves your table. From further away she’s difficult to distinguish from other staff. Bustling back and forth with plates and drinks, she keeps up with colleagues despite physical difference.

Someone else could carry more at once, all else being equal, and Garrett asks for help with things occasionally. But for practical purposes, she manages perfectly well.

Sometimes “they forget that I have one arm,” she says of her coworkers.

The reality is more apparent for Garrett. Long practice has not made carrying groceries into the house easier, for example. She drives without problems, but manual-transmission cars are out of the question.

But this is essentially a reality she has always known. A quirk of fetal positioning meant that her left arm never fully developed. She’s been learning to do things with just one hand since infancy, from tying her shoes to playing sports to playing an instrument.

Around third grade, Garrett briefly tried a prosthetic but it seemed alien to her. “I hated it,” she recalls.

School classmates didn’t always practice respect and understanding, but Garrett found good friends and refused to be left out of extracurricular activities. Growing up in Parma, she played fast-pitch softball as catcher, and learned the trumpet. By 16 she was working as hostess at an Outback Steakhouse, and she has worked in the service industry since.

Waiting tables was not a leap that she planned on, however. After graduating high school she moved to Lakewood, and went to work at Angelo’s Pizza answering the phone. In the second year at Angelo’s, though, a day came when someone had to pitch in, and “I thought I might as well try.”

“I figured it would be difficult at first,” Garrett says, but it went well enough that eventually she spent more time attending tables than phones. Based on the experience, she applied successfully to be a server at Melt Bar & Grilled, and most recently at Deagan’s.

Garrett says she works 50 or sometimes 60 hours per week, now, and feels very appreciated by coworkers and regular customers. “I love my Deagan’s family,” she says.

Higher education remains on her mind as an eventual goal. Garrett says she’s interested in criminal justice, possibly forensics. In the meantime, she’s also contemplating a move back to Lakewood—from Fairview Park where she currently lives—and impending parenthood.

Despite a lifetime finding ways to do things with only one complete arm, Garrett expects real challenges from an infant. Though she hasn’t regarded herself as part of a disabled community, generally, in this instance she is looking to others’ examples for reassurance. “I’ve seen people succeed at this,” she says.

As long as it’s possible, Jamie Garrett is up for the challenge.

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

Rangers Fall on Hall of Fame Night

A large crowd enjoyed "Friday Night Lights" on a beautiful late summer evening. 

The Lakewood Ranger football team lost 49-14 Friday night to Olmsted Falls at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The Bulldogs entered the game as one of the top ranked teams in the area, and they looked the part. The game was part of the school’s Hall of Fame Weekend celebration, which included a halftime salute to honored alumni and staff members.  Honorees included Athletic Hall of Fame members Adam Gold ’03, Julie Zickes Laub ’88, Michelle Sikes ’03, Aaron Johnston-Peck ’03, and Kelsey Moran ’09. Distinguished Alumni were Mickey Krivosh ’70, Dr. Sam Shaker ’60, David Malloy ’94, and Jennifer Griveas ’94. Staff honorees were Jan Lushbaugh Soeder ’64, Patti Komperda, and John Drotleff.  

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 11:03 PM, 09.14.2018

Rangers Find Offensive Spark, But Fall to Titans

The Ranger football team recognizes the LHS Marching Band after Friday's game at Finnie Stadium in Berea. 

The LHS football team fell 50-12 to Berea-Midpark on Friday night. The Ranger offense had its best outing of the season, highlighted by a pair of touchdown catches by sophomore wide receiver Evan Hampton. Senior wide receiver Garrett Waite had a pair of touchdown receptions for the Titans, helping them to build a big first half lead.

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 11:05 PM, 09.07.2018

So Much To Celebrate At North Coast Health!

Have you heard our news! We are excited to share that North Coast Health (NCH) and Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP) plan to join together to increase access to primary care for low income individuals.

NCH’s decision to move in this direction is the result of our recent strategic planning. A task force, comprised of NCH board and senior staff leadership, explored the opportunity to link with another organization. We set out to identify an organization whose mission and culture aligned with ours. Our goal, as it has always been, was to continue to provide care for the most vulnerable members of our community, regardless of their ability to pay. Our search led us to Neighborhood Family Practice.

Neighborhood Family Practice and North Coast Health share similar missions, culture and a history of providing high quality primary care to those in need.  Early on, both organizations agreed that moving forward we could accomplish more together than either of us could independently. A final binding agreement is expected to be approved by the end of October.

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood's 11th Annual Community Dog Show

  • They call me Dr. Indiana Bones

O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood hosted their 11th annual Community Dog Show on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

A very special “thank you” to the businesses that donated raffle prizes:
Lakewood Alive, Lakewood Animal Hospital, Pet's General, YMCA, Progressive Field, and O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood.

Thank you to the community for supporting our event and bringing your dogs!  This was the dog show’s best year yet for fundraising! 100% of the proceeds from food and raffle sales were donated to the Lakewood Animal Shelter. We hope to see everyone next year!

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

54321: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 77

Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to pick out what you like (or dislike) about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

The Cleveland Steamers - Best Record Ever - Smog Veil Records - 10 songs - LP, CD

Let's just start this one off on a negative note and say that not only is this not the best record ever, I don't even think it's the best Cleveland Steamers record. I don't think any record should ever be called that because guess what? It's not in any way possible to live up to. And, to continue being a jerk, I was worried about this record specifically because the first two tracks did nothing for me. Fortunately, Cheese Borger and friends turned it around after that starting with "Never Saw You Again." It's a catchy garage rock-ish song (I don't think this band is really that punk, more like mid-late '80s alternative/garage/punk), and Cheese's everyman vocals really come across as defeated here, which definitely adds to it. "Dream Of Me" is a sort of spooky sounding ballad, with some tasteful organ from Cullen O'Connor of Archie & The Bunkers and a great sax part from Marianne Friend of the Adults/Rainy Day Saints to complement Meredith Rutledge-Borger's sultry vocals. Then I started thinking about how parts of it are really reminiscent of 2 Bobs' "Nightmare Song" and wondering whether it was in any way supposed to kind of be a counterpart to that. If it was, that's really funny and a really nice touch. I like the wild west guitar intro to "Monsanto" and then it kicks into an appropriate evil dirge. Halfway through it, my CD player experienced some kind of catastrophic failure and I had to take the disc out, put it back in, and go back to track 5. See, I usually wish Smog Veil would just send me the LPs, but somehow it felt right that that occurred during this song. Spooky. "Hung Up On You" features both of the Archie Bunkers (who, amusingly, are listed on the hype sticker like they're full-time members of the band– they're not), and Emmett really comes through with the bombastic drumming. I like "Last Love" well enough, but it shares the same problem as several of these songs in that it takes too long to get started as well as to go anywhere. "Maple Leaf Girl" finally brings the album a truly uptempo tune, and while I don't find "My Asshole Cousin" that interesting musically (though Nick Summa really does throw some good guitar bits in there), there are some pretty funny lyrics in there, like "he's the kind of guy who put the Jews in the oven." The last track is "Shut Up!," which is the most punk of the bunch, probably owing a lot not only to the tempo but also to guest vocalist Bob Sablack, who does indeed provide some punk vocals. The packaging is pretty great (though the two drummers are both credited as having played on track 7 and neither on track 9). Decent enough, if you're already a Cheese fan or an Archie completist, you'll probably enjoy it. 3.5/5

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Saucers - Third Saucer From The Sun - Rerun Records - 12 songs - LP

Man, Rerun is having a good year. I mean, very few things could possibly top those Great Plains reissues for me, from this or any other label, but a Saucers collection is pretty darn cool. Saucers were Lakewood's own Craig Bell's band after heading to Connecticut in the late '70s. Do they sound like Mirrors or Rocket From The Tombs? No. Are they good anyway? Yes. Generally, I see Saucers represented as "Craig's thing," but there's actually a lot of shared songwriting and 

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Attend The 31st Annual Lakewood Community Festival

Giant bubbles coming this way.

Celebrate family, community and cultural heritage at the 31st Annual Lakewood Community Festival on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Madison Park, 13029 Madison Avenue. The day of fun and activities for the entire family will take place from 11 AM to 5 PM, rain or shine.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:59 PM, 09.04.2018

Teddy Bear Picnic Time!

Kids loves teddy bears and picnics.

Children ages three to eight years and their parents are invited to join us for a Teddy Bear Picnic on Friday, September 7, 2018 at Lakewood Public Library. In celebration of National Teddy Bear Day, a Library staff member will present a special teddy bear story time from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the Main Library.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

LECPTA's Fall Baby & Big Kid Resale Event Is Coming Soon

The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is once again planning its popular children's resale of gently used children's clothing (sizes newborn to 10), furniture, toys and other items. The Baby Bargain Bonanza (BBB) is planned for Saturday, September 15th at Garfield Middle School, which is located at 13114 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. The sale is open to the public and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Admission is $5 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and just $1 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Feet To The Street

Lakewood Citizens: Be on the lookout Saturday, September 8th!

From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., students from the Lakewood City Schools Performing Arts Department will be out and about knocking on doors to say thank you for your continued support of Lakewood City Schools.

Additionally, each household will receive a copy of the performing arts calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. The students will extend a personal invitation to these performances.

This event, called Feet to the Street, is sponsored by the Lakewood Music Boosters. For more information about the Lakewood Music Boosters and the entire Lakewood City Schools Performing Arts Department visit lakewoodcityschools.org and lakewoodmusicboosters.com.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Lakewood Attorney Dean Rooney Named To 2019 Best Lawyers® In America List

Dean M. Rooney of Lakewood, Ohio, has been named to the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. He was selected in the two practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Trusts and Estates.

Lawyers on the "Best Lawyers® in America" list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise. Recognition in Best Lawyers is widely regarded as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

Rooney has over 35 years of experience representing individuals, corporations, partnerships and other legal entities in civil litigation, including hearings, bench trials, jury trials, arbitrations, and mediations in state and federal courts in a number of locations throughout the United States. 

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Need For Community Volunteers

Lakewood Community Services Center Seeks Volunteers!

If you have a few hours to spare each week and if you want to join LCSC in the fight to end hunger in the community, these volunteer opportunities could be a perfect fit for you.

LCSC is the emergency food pantry for Lakewood, Rocky River and Westlake and we could use some dedicated help during the hours of 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. We currently provide food assistance to over 7,000 individuals each year! We could not do this important work without our volunteers.

There are two ways in with you can help us.

 

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International Dot Day Fun

The ultimate dot game Twister provided lots of fun at last year's International Dot Day program.

International Dot Day was created to encourage students to explore their creativity. The inspiration behind the event is the children’s book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. It tells the story of a teacher who motivates a doubting student to trust in her own abilities and from a dot on a page the child goes on to make her mark. The book The Dot has been translated into over 25 languages, including Braille. Since the first Dot Day in 2009, the number of involved students in both schools and libraries around the globe has skyrocketed. It has grown to a world-wide celebration with children from 172 countries expected to participate in 2018.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

There They Go Again

At first it was political junk mail. Here in Northeast Ohio, Nickie Antonio, William McGinty, and Ashley (“I was rated 3.5/5 for judge”) Kilbane led the brat pack of junk mailers in this past May’s primary.) Antonio and McGinty tied for first with nine mailings each, followed by Kilbane’s five, some of them joint mailings. 

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Adventure Guides Gear Up For New Members

2018 Camp Fitch campers.

The Lakewood YMCA Adventure Guides prepare to inaugurate another season of family fun and exploration. Known as Lake Trail Nation (LTN), we are a group of families of elementary-school aged children committed to fostering a spirit of cooperation, friendship, and of course adventure between our children and the world. We sponsor activities including tent camping, local gatherings like holiday parties, bowling, game night, and a pinewood derby. An annual winter cabin camp-out at Camp Fitch is always a highlight, as well as a summer event at Camp Y-Noah. LTN also marches in the Fourth of July Parade and participates in a variety of community service activities like food drives and a lakeshore cleanup.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Templar: The Superfine Small Car

Lakewood was a busy place 100 years ago. In the first half of 1918, 131 permits for the building of private homes were issued. Edgewater Drive was extended from W117th Street to Cove Ave. War gardens were prolific. Lakewood Baptist Church, at Lincoln and Detroit, and Lakewood Presbyterian Church, at Marlowe and Detroit, were dedicated. Three streetcar lines were running through Lakewood. Plans for a new high school were being developed. And Templar cars were being assembled in a brand new factory on Athens Ave.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Weatherization Basics” Workshop On September 22

LakewoodAlive's "Weatherization Basics" workshop takes place on September 22 at Cleveland Lumber Company.

Like it or not, the chill of winter will return in just a few short months. While not everyone looks forward to the arrival of cold temperatures and snow, we can all take measures to ensure our homes are prepared to endure winter’s wrath.   

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Dog Days: Registration Now Open For LakewoodAlive’s 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade

Photo by The Lakewood Observer

Popular Autumn Canine Event Brings Bark to Kauffman Park on October 20 

This one is for the dogs…but you’re invited, too.  Registration is now open for LakewoodAlive’s 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade, a celebration of costumed canines taking place on Saturday, October 20, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Kauffman Park in Downtown Lakewood.

Sponsored by Discount Drug Mart, the Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a free-to-attend festival in Kauffman Park, a parade through Lakewood’s downtown business district on Detroit Avenue and an awards presentation. A favorite Halloween tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers and their families, this community festival represents one of the only events of its kind in the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.  Last year’s Spooky Pooch Parade drew nearly 350 canines and an estimated crowd of 2,500 people.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

LakewoodAlive Board, Staff Complete Massive Yard Reclamation Project For Elderly Couple

LakewoodAlive board and staff members gather following the completion of a yard reclamation project on behalf of an elderly couple on Arthur Avenue on August 25.

Lakewood resident Kenneth G. could not believe his eyes upon returning home.  The yard surrounding the Arthur Avenue residence he and his wife have called home for more than three decades bore little resemblance to the property he had left a mere two hours earlier.      

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Run With The Superheroes At Lakewood Park

All ages and all abilities are invited to run, walk or roll in the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash at Lakewood Park on September 22.

Hundreds of runners, walkers, and rollers (participants in wheelchairs) will be dressing as their favorite Superheroes and helping raise money for young people with physical disabilities at the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 33rd Annual Race Day, in memory of former Trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, September 22, at Lakewood Park.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Foundation Grants Boost Student Enrichment

For the last decade, money from the Margaret Warner Educational Grants Fund of the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation has provided Lakewood City Schools' teachers the ability to offer enrichment opportunities to their students. This year is no different as the Foundation awarded more $10,000 in grants. The awards, along with a grant from the Meinke Creative Teaching Grant Fund, were announced at the District's annual Convocation on Monday, Aug.20.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

District, Lakewood PD To Hold School Safety Parent Forum

The Lakewood Police Department and the District are hosting a school safety parent information forum on Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm in the Lakewood High School Cafeteria. The Police Department will be presenting to parents on the concepts of A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) in school crisis situations. The Police Department will also be sharing how students will be trained this school year in emergency situations. Safety tips for parents will be offered as well as a time for questions. 

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Ranger Marching Band Festival Set For September 15

The pageantry and precision that goes along with the music of a high school marching band will be on display at the 32nd annual Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band Festival set for Saturday, September 15 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.

Eight other high school bands and the Mount Union University band will join the Ranger Marching Band for this family-friendly event that is sure to get your toes tapping. The parade and introduction of bands begins at 6 p.m. and field performances begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and $5 for students. Preschoolers and younger are free. Tickets are available at the Lakewood High Book Room or at the door.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Opening The Portal To The Past: Time Travel Through Lakewood On The House And Garden Tour

Built in 1937, this completely refurbished Colonial invites you to enjoy its lake views. 

Whoa. It’s September. How did that happen? Wish you could step back in time? Every two years the Lakewood Historical Society invites you to do just that during their “Come Home to Lakewood” House and Garden Tour, Sunday, September 9th from 1 to 5pm.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Back To School With The Library

Lakewood Public Library has a large selection of online resources to help students of all ages to find information on a variety of academic subjects and interests. Visit lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/research for a complete list of the valuable online resources available for Lakewood Public Library patrons.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Join The Discussion On World Affairs At Lakewood Public Library

Staying informed on world affairs is easier than ever due to the torrent of daily news. Join together with friends, neighbors and experts for Great Decisions, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Every year the Foreign Policy Association highlights eight critical foreign policy challenges facing the United States, which serve as the topic for the Great Decisions program. Each discussion will focus on one of the policy challenges, featuring a thirty minute video and an expert-led discussion.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Friday, September 7, 2018
Front Porch Concert Series

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy fantastic music with friends and neighbors in the heart of Downtown Lakewood. Tonight we welcome The Light of Day Band.
7:00 p.m. on the Main Library Front Porch

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Amherst Dominates Rangers in Conference Opener

Memorial to Officer Kenneth Velez at Amherst Stadium

The LHS football team fell 56-0 to Amherst on Friday night in the conference opener for both schools. The game was played at Memorial Field in Amherst, where a pregame ceremony honored fallen Ohio Trooper Kenneth Velez.  Velez, a father of three Amherst student athletes over the years, died in 2016 while directing traffic on I-90 along the Lakewood/Cleveland border.  

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 11:32 PM, 08.31.2018

LHS Volleyball Beats Valley Forge

Rangers huddle before the fourth set of Saturday's win against Valley Forge. 

The LHS volleyball team defeated Valley Forge 3-1 on Saturday afternoon to earn its first victory in the new Lakewood High School Gymnasium. The program spent the last four seasons playing at Harding Middle School while construction was being done at LHS.  Head coach Maggi Sczcepaniak, who has been impressed with the team’s focus and effort this offseason, cited seniors Eliza Richardson and Hannah Martin as keys to the victory. The win, first for the program since the 2016 season, sparked a celebration among fans and players at the new facility.    

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 9:13 AM, 08.26.2018

Bulldogs Spoil Thome Debut

Coach Thome speaks to the team after the loss. 

The LHS football team opened the 2018 season on beautiful Friday night at First Federal Stadium.  A festive crowd enjoyed the late summer weather, which was warm with a nice breeze. The student section wore a festive "beach" theme, and the marching band had a great program of Broadway songs. However, Garfield Heights spoiled the party with 42-0 win over the Rangers.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 11:39 PM, 08.24.2018

"The Final Goodbye" With Scenes Filmed In Lakewood, Premieres At The Capitol Theater

Shore Restaurant customer flirts with waitress.

"The Final Goodbye" tells the tale of an aging private detective who is drawn into a web of kidnappings, murder and Nazi treasure in 1961 Cleveland. Directors Robert Swanson (Mil-Roy Pictures) and Donn R. Nottage (Velvet Buck Productions) plus editor and special effects wizard James Neyman (WLFK Productions) have teamed up to create a nostalgic look at our city that is long gone. With painstaking detail, the streets of yesteryear are brought back to life with antique cars, wardrobe and props. "The Final Goodbye" is a "must see" thriller set to premiere at the Capitol Theater 1390 West 65th Street for a "special event" on Sunday, September 9th. It will be a night to remember.

Although our feature takes place in Cleveland, major locations in Lakewood are highlighted. Mil-Roy Pictures is a Lakewood-based film troupe with many major performers living here, people like James R. Smith, Neil Donnelly, Dennis Runkle, Dan Fox, Frank McAvinue, Mark Shane Phillips (all Lakewoodites), just to name a few. You'll see exciting scenes filmed at the Shore Restaurant (courtesy of Angelo and Tina Skantzos), several key moments occur at Westwood Dry Cleaners (courtesy of Leonard Malasi), the funeral homes of Brinkman/Dress (courtesy of the late John Brinkman) and Hanna/McGorray (courtesy of Terry Stanton) were utilized for interior settings at strategic points. Alltronics Retail Systems (Sam Kandah) made possible a rare Curtis television from the 1950's. Bellino's Barber Shop (courtesy of Sam Bellino) aided with much needed 1961 style haircuts.The NEW Waterbury Nightclub (courtesy of Hoss Ashofteh) was the mobster watering hole. The dining room of John and Karin Zimmermann's home on Cook Avenue provided means for a major gun battle. John and Karin planned to remodel and gave us free reign to riddle the area with a barrage of bullets. I could go on and on, but you'll see "every" location when viewing "The Final Goodbye". Lakewood was very important in producing this motion picture of good guys v.s. bad guys with "all" concerned learning an important lesson...don't be a do-badder!

Order tickets online now for this special showing on Sunday, September 9th at 7 p.m. in the Capitol Theater. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the night of the premier, however online purchasing guarantees you a seat and is encouraged. We don't wish anyone turned away if the movie sells out. Kindly go to: https://clevelandcinemas.com/movie/275174/The-Final-Goodbye-Trailer-and-Info/20340 

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Volume 14, Issue 16, Posted 7:15 PM, 08.21.2018

Lakewood High Class Of 1971 Celebration, September 28 And 29!!!!

LHS Class of 1971 will be having a 65th Birthday Party for all graduates and friends. There will be a clambake on Saturday night, September 29 and a Friday night get- together at a local tavern to be determined. For details please contact Sandy McClintok, 216-990-4208. Looking forward to seeing everyone then!!!

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Volume 14, Issue 16, Posted 7:15 PM, 08.21.2018