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Eagles Thump Moeller: "Iggy Week" is Here

Head coach Tom Lombardo speaks to the team after the 31-7 win. 

St. Edward thumped Cincinnati Moeller 31-7 Saturday afternoon in a battle of state football powers at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.  The victory clinched a home playoff game for the Eagles (9-0), who will wrap up the regular season next week against archrival St. Ignatius.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 7:45 AM, 10.22.2017

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Rangers Advance in OHSAA Tournament

Senior Attila Nagy with the ball in first half action. 

The LHS boys soccer team defeated Lincoln West 6-0 Saturday night at Garfield Middle School in an OHSAA Tournament game. Malvin Gblah and Jack Hueter each had a pair of goals, and Brennan Foran had a goal and two assists. Lakewood will next play Wednesday night at North Royalton in the district semi-final. 

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 11:58 PM, 10.21.2017

Rangers Fall on Senior Night

Milan Jackson scores a fourth quarter touchdown for the Rangers. 

After enjoying their victory last week over Westlake, the Lakewood football team returned to action Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.  Unfortunately the Midview Middies returned the Rangers to the loss column, handing Lakewood a 51-10 defeat. The game, which was the final home contest of the season for LHS, was preceded by Senior Night activities. Football players, cheerleaders, band members, and athletes from numerous fall sports were introduced on field with their parents and thanked for their contributions to Lakewood Athletics.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 11:40 PM, 10.20.2017

Rangers Beat Westlake for First Win Since 2015

Rangers Jay Boyd (#28) and Joe Byczek (#3) share a hug after the 28-25 win over Westlake. 

The Lakewood football program had a memorable “Friday the 13th” in Westlake, defeating the Demons 28-25 to get its first victory of the season. The win also snapped a 17 game losing streak that dated back two years; and it was the first-ever road win for Lakewood in the Southwestern Conference.  Jubilant players doused Hannan with Gatorade as the final seconds ticked off…..then went into the Lakewood stands to celebrate with Ranger students and fans.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:43 AM, 10.14.2017

Barnstormers' "Macbeth" Running Oct. 18-21

The Lakewood High School Barnstormers' Drama Club will be staging its first production of the school year October 18-21. The high school thespians will be performing Shakespeare's classic, "Macbeth." The performances will be in the school's new Black Box Theater, which is located at the back of the school with parking behind the gymnasium in addition to the North Lot parking visitors' lot in front of the school. Performance times are 7:30 pm on October 18, 19 & 21. The October 20 show will begin at 7 pm and there will be an additional performance on Saturday, October 21 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $5.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

District To Host K-5 Literacy Night On Oct 26

The Teaching & Learning Department of the Lakewood City Schools will host a K-5 Literacy Night on Thursday, October 26 from 6:30-7:30 pm at Emerson Elementary School. The program will share what the District is doing to grow readers and writers through the The Columbia Reading & Writing Project curriculum. Parents will also learn how to support their student's work at home. The District has been using the Columbia curriculum in some capacity since the 2014-2015 school year, when it was rolled out in the K-2 grades. Since then, teachers have seen impressive strides in the literacy progress of its students. Come to the Literacy Night and find out why the District believes this is the best curriculum for our students.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

LPL’s Jazz Clinic Series Begins October 29

Have you ever wondered what makes jazz …jazz? The Jazz Clinic series, led by Chris Vance, is a four-part educational concert coming to Lakewood Public Library. The classroom is our stage where some of Northeast Ohio’s most talented artists will demonstrate the different elements of jazz in jam sessions.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Bullock, Nowlin And Marx Voted Against Lakewood—It’s Time For Lakewood To Vote Against Them

Back in 2015 and again in early 2016, Councilmembers Tom Bullock, Ryan Nowlin and Cindy Marx voted to close Lakewood Hospital and give away for free more than $100 million in money and property that belonged to Lakewood citizens. The hospital was Lakewood’s largest employer and largest charity, providing annual taxes, rent and charitable services in excess of $9 million per year before all three voted AGAINST the interest of Lakewood taxpayers and AGAINST Lakewood’s most vulnerable citizens. 

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

8th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner and Raffle

On Sunday, October 29, Transfiguration Parish will hold its 8th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner in the parish hall at 12608 Madison Avenue, Lakewood. Dinners will be served from noon until 3:30 p.m. Each dinner includes two pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, sauerkraut (optional), green beans, applesauce, dinner roll, dessert, and coffee. The cost for dinner tickets is $15 for adults, $6 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children age 4 and under. Purchasing dinner tickets in advance is strongly recommended for both dine-in and for take-out dinners. A limited number of dinners will be available at the door. Phone reservations (to be paid at the door) can be made by October 22 by calling 216-228-1134 or 216-269-9801. Please note that any unclaimed reservations will be released for sale at 3 p.m. on October 29.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Eagles Roll Past Canada Prep

Eagle defenders swarm a Canada Prep ball carrier during second half action. 

St. Edward easily defeated Canada Prep 31-7 on Saturday afternoon at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The victory pushed the Eagles record to 8-0 on the season, and likely clinched a spot in the OHSAA playoffs. It also served tune up for the Eagles, who now face state powers Moeller and St. Ignatius in the final two weeks of the season.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 6:05 PM, 10.14.2017

Time For A New City Council

The current Council's latest "accomplishment" - the Medical Marijuana Ordinance - clearly shows that each of the Council members is out of touch with us common people, that they don't "get it," and shouldn't continue in office.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Salvage Items Available At Historical Society's Fall Sale

Need to replace a door? Stop by and see if there may be an appropriate solution for your century home. The Lakewood Historical Society’s fall sale is scheduled for Saturday, October 21 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the skate house at Lakewood Park (14710 Lake Avenue). The sale will feature a variety of items recently salvaged from Lakewood homes that have undergone remodeling or are scheduled for demolition. Items include interior and exterior doors, hardware, windows (leaded and stained glass), as well as other pieces. These items, which were destined for the dump, have been reclaimed through the hard work of our volunteers.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, October 19
Author Event - "Missing: Coming to Terms with a Borderline Mother"
by Kathy Ewing

Northeast Ohio native Kathy Ewing never understood why her mother was so unhappy. It was not until Ewing herself became a mother of two that she sought to understand her mother’s cold and absent behavior. This behavior mystified her until she made the connection between her mother’s coldness and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In "Missing," Ewing presents a memoir sharing her childhood memories that showcase her mother’s troubling behavior and explain the BPD diagnosis. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Taking A Gap Year

Before I graduated from high school this year, I decided that I wouldn't go to college right away. Like many other students, I wanted to take a gap year first. In Germany, this is a very common thing to do. Here in the United States, many people have asked me about my plans and showed their approval when I told them about my personal gap year. Their interest is the reason why I'm writing this article.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

"Connecting For Kids" To Honor Kind Kid; Nominations Now Being Accepted

During the month of October, Connecting for Kids will be celebrating kindness with Facebook posts, newsletter articles and website resources that provide families with tips for teaching kindness and compassion to their children. As part of this celebration, the organization is opening up nominations for the Kind Kid Award.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Foundation Planning Task Force To Host Community Conversation

The Foundation Planning Task Force has been entrusted to explore, discuss, and recommend to City Council the nature, scope, mission, and governance of a new wellness foundation for the benefit of Lakewood (for more information, please visit http://www.onelakewood.com/wellness-foundation-task-force/) to be completed within a sixteen – eighteen month time-frame. The task force is in an information gathering phase; below is a summary of their work done in pursuit of completing their task(s) in a timely manner: 

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Senator Skindell Introduces Legislation To Create The Prescription Drug Assistance Program For Seniors, Disabled Ohioans And Veterans

This past week Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) introduced Senate Bill 215 to create the Ohio Rx Plan to help many Ohioans obtain the medications they need. The Ohio Rx Plan would benefit seniors, the disabled, veterans and Bronze Plan enrollees under the Affordable Health Care Act.
 
“Many Ohioans are struggling to pay out-of-pocket costs for insurance premiums, deductibles and co-pays to acquire needed medications,” Senator Skindell said. “Passage of this legislation will result in Ohio joining a number of states providing prescription drug assistance to seniors and others who need help obtaining their medications.”
 
According to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures, in 2016 more than a dozen states offered State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program (SPAPs) that "wrap-around" or add to the Part D benefits, including drugs bought by Medicare patients during the so-called "donut hole" spending category (http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/medicare-prescription-drug-tools.aspx).  
 
In 2016, 1,030,738 Ohioans were enrolled in a Medicare Stand Alone Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) and 661,324 were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) with prescription drug coverage, according to Healthpocket, a consumer health information company. Using data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HealthPocket also found that:

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Heavy: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 57

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like 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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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Grace Lutheran To Celebrate The 500th Anniversary Of Reformation

Grace Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Madison and Grace Avenues in Lakewood across from Madison Park, will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22ND, AT 4 PM. The service will feature a processional by Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) clergy, a procession of banners made by congregations from Ohio and Pennsylvania, special music by The Lutheran Wind Ensemble an adult mass choir, and the bell choir of Grace Lutheran Church. The entire Greater Lakewood Community is cordially invited to attend this once in a lifetime celebration.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Preschool Information Night Is On October 23rd - Open To All

The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is hosting its annual Preschool Information Night on Monday, October 23rd from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Hayes Elementary School (16401 Delaware Avenue) in the Cafeteria. Representatives from area preschools will provide information about their programs at tables and answer individual questions from parents and caregivers. Preschool Information Night is a great opportunity for young area families to learn about the variety of preschool options in our community.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Shop Early, Or Late, But Always Local At A LEAF Holiday Market

The weather might finally be turning cooler and it’s time to put the gardens to bed for the winter, but Lakewood Earth And Food (LEAF) Community is still going strong! Once again, LEAF will be hosting two Holiday Markets, one on Tuesday, November 14th (for those that like to get their shopping done early) and one on Tuesday, December 19th (for those last minute types). Both Holiday Markets will take place at Garfield Middle School from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Give Lakewood A Chance

I have a friend who just moved to Lakewood; she thinks it's a great place and it is, but this being an election year I had to tell her, it's not as great as it once was. It was once a lot safer. We once had a city government that we could rely on to represent us and be truthful. We don't have that now.  

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Fall Tree Event

Fall is a great time to plant and care for trees! Come and learn from our local tree experts about how to plant, properly mulch and care for young trees at this hands-on event where we will help care for some young trees. Pumpkins for our volunteers while supplies last!

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Documentary Examines Pit Bull Ban In Lakewood As Push For Repeal Continues

Guilty Til Proven Innocent, a documentary by River Fire Films of Lakewood.

River Fire Films is presenting a free screening of the documentary "Guilty 'Til Proven Innocent" on October 20 at the main library, to be followed by a community forum. Both film and forum will examine breed specific legislation (BSL) which restricts or prohibits ownership of certain types of dogs, primarily pit bulls.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

District Tree Program Blooming: Gift-a-Tree Fund, New Construction Has Number Of Trees Growing

One of the three Gift-a-Tree Fund trees planted at Garfield Middle School.

In April 2016, Lakewood City Schools partnered with the City of Lakewood to expand the city’s Gift-a-Tree Fund to the school district. Eighteen months into the program, donations have been made that will benefit Lakewood students and the community for generations to come.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Grant 5th Grader New Junior Fire Chief

Grant Elementary 5th grader Valerie Morris is flanked by the Lakewood firefighters who brought her to school in their truck as part of the reward of being named Junior Fire Chief. Valerie won the honor on the merits of the essay she wrote for Fire Prevention Week.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

"She Collective" Launches Lakewood's First Community Space Dedicated To Body Empowerment And Education For Women And Girls

She Collective is Lakewood's First Community Empowerment Space for Women and Girls

"She Collective" is now open at 16511 Hilliard Rd, part of Lakewood Abbey, a community hub at Faith Lutheran Church. Offering yoga, body education, and community support for women and girls, She Collective challenges the culture of silence surrounding women’s bodies and gives women and girls the space and opportunities to learn about themselves and their bodies in new ways.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Come Learn With Us! Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. In honor of this occasion, the Lakewood Division of Aging and the Cleveland Clinic are teaming up to sponsor a series of informative events. The "Come Learn With Us!" Diabetes Awareness Month Series will be taking a good look at a variety of topics related to Diabetes self-care. Our discussions will be helpful for the family and friends of diabetics, as well as for people living with diabetes, themselves. 

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Is The Franklin Castle Haunted?

About 100 years ago, rumors of ghosts and unexplained occurrences began circling around the "castle" that stands at 4308 Franklin Boulevard in Cleveland. This imposing Victorian structure has been lived in, torched, renovated and used as a tourist destination throughout its long life. Now it's the subject of a new book, "Haunted Franklin Castle," which details the house's many owners and the rumors of spirits, secret passages and human bones found behind a wall.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Rangers Prevail in Riverwood Cup Rivalry

Ranger keeper George Hericks blocks the fifth and final penalty kick to secure the Ranger win.   

The LHS boys soccer team won the Riverwood Cup Saturday night by defeating Rocky River on penalty kicks. The teams played to a 2-2 draw in their annual season-ending game. Just like last year, they agreed to decide ownership of the Cup by having penalty kicks. The Rangers won the penalty kicks 5-4 to retain the Cup, but the game will be officially recognized by the OHSAA as a draw. The Riverwood Cup is presented annually to the winner of this rivalry game between two close-knit and enthusiastic soccer communities. Playing an intense season-ending game like this is good preparation for both squads before their OHSAA state championship tournaments begin next week.  

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 10:12 AM, 10.15.2017

Soccer Updates & Tournament News

Ranger head coach Roman Hubach and the girls team host Normandy on Monday night in tournament action.   

The Lakewood girls soccer team wrapped up its regular season with a scoreless draw against North Ridgeville on Wednesday night. The game was preceded by Senior Night, as eight players were recognized for their contributions to the program. This year’s seniors include captains Grace Ladue, Maya Costanzo, and Seta Nagbe; as well as Victoria Gregg, Audra Tuleta, Sophia Parker, Maria Drummond and Olivia Nagy.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 9:32 AM, 10.12.2017

Rangers Fall to Top-Ranked Avon

Ranger Will Adams on a fourth quarter carry. 

The Lakewood football team went on the road Friday to take on the top Division II team in the state of Ohio – the Avon Eagles. To make matters worse, recent injuries caused some shuffling in the Rangers lineup, particularly on the offensive line. Lakewood was able to stay in the game early, but the Eagles eventually pulled away 54-21.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 11:26 PM, 10.06.2017

Rangers Top Midview 8-0

Ranger defenders Lay Ku Htoo and Attila Nagy in action during the 8-0 win.  

The LHS boys soccer team returned home Wednesday night to defeat Midview 8-0 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The win comes stretches the team’s winning streak to three games, and they have won six of their last seven games. Junior Malvin Gblah was the leading scorer in the game with three goals.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 1:35 PM, 10.05.2017

LREF Inaugural Purple & Gold Gala A Huge Success

Nearly 400 partygoers supported Lakewood City Schools at the first LREF Purple & Gold Gala. Photo: Jeff Paul

For the sold-out crowd of nearly 400 partygoers, the Lakewood Ranger Education Foundation's first Purple & Gold Gala proved to be an evening of festivities, friends and successful fundraising on Saturday, August 19, in Lakewood High School's newly constructed wing.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Historical Society Fall Sale

Lakewood Historical Society will hold its popular Fall Sale on Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Skate House at Lakewood Park, 14710 Lake Ave will open its doors for this one day, rain or shine sale. Items are priced to sell and include small furniture, lamps, fall decorations, framed artwork, tools, toys and more. We have a huge assortment of salvage pieces including interior/exterior doors, leaded glass windows, stained glass, cabinet doors, glass door knobs, wood shutters, register covers and cabinet hardware. Measure before you come and be ready to move items yourself, salvage sells quickly. Additional items include Hitchcock chairs, a Bernina Artista Sewing Machine, bookshelves, ceiling fixtures and chandeliers, wicker pieces, beautiful vintage window cornices and much more.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Bring Back Splat: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 56

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like 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 Brides - 2001-2003 - Black Tongue Records / 100% Zero Records - 7 songs - LP

This was recorded in 2003 but has gone unreleased until now. The Brides were from Kent, if I'm not mistaken, and play some heavy rock/metal/doom type stuff. Let me be the first to tell you that those aren't the kind of genres I spend a lot of time listening to or really know that much about. So, with that out of the way, this isn't bad. There's some good riffs in there that the band really drives into your head. I think my favorite here is probably the closing track "Dirt Nap." My biggest problem with this is that I'm not a huge fan of the vocal style. In fact, I think I would like it more with a different vocalist, or maybe if Don Brown just changed it up a bit. Aside from that, it's more listenable than I thought it would be. People who are more into this kind of thing than I am have told me that this is good stuff. I enjoyed it well enough, I guess. It's not the first band I would go to when I want to hear a band that starts with the letters "Br" and has Matt Lindsay on guitar, but it's decent. I like how closely the silver vinyl matches the text on the center labels, too. Nice one. 3.5/5

(100zerorecords.com)

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 5:20 PM, 10.03.2017

Lakewood's Unique Halloween Activity: The Pumpkin Patch In The Pool!

Pumpkin Patch in the LHS Pool on Sunday, October 29, 2017

Photo Credit: Nancy Pizir

On Sunday, October 29, the clear blue waters of the Lakewood High School pool become the coolest pumpkin patch in Lakewood. Children of all ages are invited to splash their way around the pool to find their pumpkin floating in the water.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

North Olmsted Prevails in High Scoring Homecoming Game

Ranger senior Dayvon Hannible, shown here on a fourth quarter run, had a touchdown in the game. 

Lakewood High School’s Homecoming weekend got rolling Friday with the annual parade and football game. A large crowd of Ranger fans, including lots of alumni, flowed into a windy First Federal Stadium after the parade to watch Lakewood take on North Olmsted.  Lakewood, led by junior Will Adams, played its best game of the season against the playoff-challenging Eagles.  However, North Olmsted won 49-38 behind an epic performance by junior running back Darren Anders.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:11 AM, 09.30.2017

Participate In Great Decisions In The Library

William Fickinger will lead one of the Great Decisions in the Library programs

On select Saturday mornings this fall and winter, Lakewood Public Library will be joining other libraries across the country for Great Decisions in the Library, America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The Great Decisions program highlights eight critical foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. In libraries across the country, Great Decisions discussion group participants discuss and debate each issue. Each session will focus on one of the eight challenges selected by the Foreign Policy Association, and will begin with a thirty minute video they have provided for each subject after which a discussion will be led by an expert.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, October 5
Documentary: "We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss"

Blockbuster directors team up with economics experts to explain the significant economic issues of our time in the form of short films. Each film explores a key money topic affecting Americans today and answers questions like “What is the Economy?”, “What is the Role of our Government in the Economy?” and “What Causes Inequality?”
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

New, Consensus Charter Will Be Voted On In November Election

On the November ballot, voters will have a chance to approve a dramatically improved Charter to take the place of the old Charter. Three years ago, I was a member of the Charter Review Commission that suggested the vast majority of the changes. 

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Clifton Blvd Extension: Great News!

Historical Clifton Park is having the four lanes of the Clifton Blvd Extension reduced to two lanes with bike lanes on each side of the road from West Clifton to the Rocky River bridge.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

On Issue 2, Vote Yes For Lower Prescription Drug Prices

State Issue 2 is a simple, sound measure to reduce what Ohio’s government pays for prescription drugs. It’s good for those most in need, including people on Medicaid. It’s good for taxpayers, who are currently overpaying pharmaceutical companies by hundreds of millions of dollars per year.

If Ohio votes yes on Issue 2, drug companies will no longer be able to charge state agencies higher prices than they charge the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

That’s Issue 2. It’s a simple, modest measure that won’t directly affect many of us at all. It won’t affect Medicare enrollees, or those with private insurance. Prescription drug prices are out of control, however, and even pushing back in this limited way will save the public nearly $400 million every year.

Supporting Issue 2 is the common sense choice. If Issue 2 were in place now, repealing it would seem perverse. Why would we insist that our public agencies pay whatever price the pharmaceutical companies demand, instead of negotiating to save money? Right now that’s exactly what we do, and it needs to change.

Issue 2 will change that, for the better. Ohio’s Medicaid program and other agencies shouldn’t have to pay more than the VA pays. If we vote yes on Issue 2, they won’t have to.

The campaign against Issue 2 is designed to make this simple solution confusing, and we shouldn’t let it work. Medicare and private insurers have price agreements in place, independently, and pharmaceutical companies can’t suddenly change that. Drug research is largely performed by universities and other public institutions funded by our taxes. Lower profits for the drug companies won’t change that; in fact, big pharmaceutical companies can easily afford to trim their profits’ growth.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

ACA Open Enrollment Highlights

ACA open enrollment November 1st – December 15th.
Cleveland Clinic is coming out with their own health plan. As a result Medical Mutual will not have them in network for this product line. Everything available will be HMO plans so people will have to choose which healthcare facility they want to be with. Cleveland Clinic = Oscar Health, University Hospital = Medical Mutual in Cuyahoga County, Medical Mutual will have Mercy Healthcare in Lorain County, not UH. Metro will be the hospital system for Caresource, AMBetter & Molina.

Carl Lishing is a licensed insurance agent with HealthMarkets Insurance Agency.
HealthMarkets Insurance Agency is the d/b/a or assumed name of Insphere Insurance Solutions, Inc. which is licensed as an insurance agency in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Not all agents are licensed to sell all products. Service and product availability may vary by state.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Medicare Highlights

Medicare Open Enrollment October 15th – December 7th
The insurance companies are really competing for Medicare business & most of them have made enhancements to their plan. Each year plan benefits can change along with the formulary drug list. People healthcare needs & prescriptions can change as well. It would be a good idea to do a review this year to make sure they have the plan that is the most appropriate fit.

Carl Lishing is a licensed insurance agent with HealthMarkets Insurance Agency.
HealthMarkets Insurance Agency is the d/b/a or assumed name of Insphere Insurance Solutions, Inc. which is licensed as an insurance agency in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Not all agents are licensed to sell all products. Service and product availability may vary by state.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Ranger Tennis Finishes 12-4; Looks Toward OHSAA Tournament

The Lakewood girls tennis team defeated Bay 4-1 win in the team’s regular season finale last Thursday, completing the season with a 12-4 record. The program made major strides in head coach Lucy Finnegan’s second year at the helm, and looks forward to competing in the OHSAA tournament this week at Oberlin College.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

A Winning Lakewood, For All

Success for Lakewood comes down to people. A city is truly flourishing if it’s working for all, and right now that isn’t happening. More people move out of Lakewood than move in.

Those of us running for City Council At-large this year agree on some things. At recent forums all of us agreed that opioid addiction is a challenge Lakewood hasn’t met so far. But I can’t agree with the claim that “we’re growing.” Because I see Lakewood as a community of people, above all. And that community isn’t growing.

U.S. Census numbers for Lakewood are in decline. That means it’s true that, as another candidate said, “people are voting with their feet.” But Lakewood is losing that vote. When the next census counts those votes, we could fall below 50,000 people and lose federal funding.


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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Pair Share Staff Spotlight Honors For District

FRAN HANRAHAN

With an office full of family photos and holiday cards from the many Lakewood City Schools employees whose lives she has touched, it was only a matter of time before Human Resources Specialist Fran Hanrahan was chosen as a District Staff Spotlight honoree.

The baby photos on her bulletin board are born of the bond she builds with the many employees she works with to facilitate a leave of absence, one of the her myriad HR responsibilities. She also aids in job recruitment, screens the many applications and resumes that the District receives, and coordinates the interview process. She does all of this with kindness, humor and positivity.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Why I’m Running For Lakewood City Council

I'm committed to Lakewood and am running for an At-Large Council seat. I'm excited for the opportunity to help my home city of Lakewood improve, grow and thrive.

My name is Brian Taubman, and I am running for an At-Large Council seat in Lakewood, Ohio. Many people ask me why I’m running for Lakewood City Council. The short answer is I’m excited for the opportunity to help my home city improve, grow, and thrive. But it’s so much more.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

From the Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

Fall is in the air and high school football season is in full swing. Lakewood students and residents alike have been finding joy in this all-American game for more than 100 years! Pictured here is Lakewood's 1910 team posing in front of the old East Rockport Central School on Warren Road. Gratitude to the Archives of the Templar Motors Factory Display for the use of this photo.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Vote Tristan Rader For Lakewood City Council At Large

When my wife and I decided to move to Greater Cleveland from outside of the area in 2012 we chose Lakewood in part because of its reputation as a "progressive" suburb. At first we found this characterization to be accurate, at least superficially. After all, every elected official, and pretty much every voter, in Lakewood identifies as a Democrat. Lakewood's Representative in the Ohio General Assembly is the first openly gay person to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives. Lakewood voted overwhelmingly for Obama in his 2012 re-election campaign, an effort I worked on as a Field Organizer.

However, a series of subsequent events, and learning a bit more about the recent history of Lakewood, led me to view the "progressive" reputation of Lakewood as largely a facade. The main event will be very familiar to Observer readers: the city's handling of the Cleveland Clinic/Lakewood Hospital issue. Without getting into the weeds of that controversy now, I was flabbergasted at the extent to which every single elected official in Lakewood simply rolled over and did whatever corporate and real estate interests wanted, not even really attempting to negotiate a better deal for the people of Lakewood. I also learned more about Lakewood's recent history, how in a nasty racially charged recent election cycle due to ostensible concern about "crime" the City's elected officials had taken steps like embracing long discredited and racist "Breed Specific (anti-Pit Bull) Legislation" and even gone so far as to puprosely dismantle every public outdoor basketball court in Lakewood for fear of attracting the "wrong element."


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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017