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Rangers Thump Normandy in Playoff Win

Ranger Isabel Cintron inbounds the ball during Thursday's 65-43 tournament win over Normandy.

The LHS girls basketball team used an agressive defense and a balanced scoring effort to defeat Normandy 65-43 in an OHSAA tournament game Thursday night. Junior Sahar Hamden led the Rangers with 12 points, helping Lakewood to win its final game ever played at Harding Gym.  The victory sets up a Monday evening showdown with Magnificat, which defeated Garfield Heights on Thursday.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 10:17 PM, 02.23.2017

Latest News Releases

Lakewood Man Helps Bring Cleveland's Latest Championship
- Non-Profit, August 6, 2016 Read More
Fall Leaf Collection To Begin on Monday, November 2nd
- City Hall, October 26, 2015 Read More
Mayor, City Council Invite Citizens to Share Ideas for Lakewood’s Downtown Development
- City Hall, August 13, 2015 Read More
Lakewood Catholic Academy to Serve as Grand Marshal of the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade
- City Hall, June 11, 2015 Read More
Pedestrian-Friendly, High-Tech Crossing Device Coming to Manor Park, Detroit Avenue Intersection
- City Hall, April 1, 2015 Read More

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Ohio Bill Seeks Safety Limits On Number Of Patients Assigned To RNs - Proposed Law Would Also Set Whistleblower Protection For Nurses

On Feb. 14, registered nurses with National Nurses Organizing Committee-Ohio/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) and elected officials gathered at the Ohio Statehouse, in Columbus, to mark the reintroduction by Senator Michael Skindell of the Ohio Patient Protection Act—a bill which sets specific limits on how many patients nurses can care for at once, in hospitals throughout Ohio.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Harrison Earns Grant For Community Garden

Harrison Elementary has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Whole Kids Foundation, the charitable arm of Whole Foods Market, to build and maintain a community garden on school grounds. In writing the grant, English Language Learner teacher Tiffany Hickey said:

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Urban Bulk Foods Celebrating Over One Year Of Bringing Selection, Value And Country Charm To The Lakewood Community

Cage-free Eggs from Holmes County, Ohio






 

The Paszkowskis are very grateful to the residents of Lakewood for all of their support during their first year. “We’ve expanded our merchandise,” said Dennis. The refrigerated section at Urban Bulk Foods now includes meats and cheeses from Walnut Creek Foods, Troyer and Dutch Valley in addition to the cage-free eggs and the popular Amish rolled butter. For the vegan, Urban Bulk Foods now offers Butler Soy Curls, a tasty meat alternative that is sold only in five Ohio stores.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Getting Wild At The Intergenerational Tea Party

We are celebrating girl-power at this year's Intergenerational Tea Party. This year's party is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m. Our role model for the day is Lea Clark, the 2016 American Girl Doll, Girl of the Year. Lea has a taste for adventure and a love of turtles. Be amazed as the Womans Club Pavilion at Lakewood Park is transformed into a magical jungle tea party, complete with a performance by Jungle Terry.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Letter To The Editor: In Response To The "Electoral College" Article

The person that wrote about the electoral college saying that it was not democratic was absolutely correct.  A pure democracy WOULD mean the popular vote wins. Hate to tell you this but that is NOT what America is about. Technically America… stated by the founding fathers is a constitutional federal representative democracy. Um… I think you left out a few words. But that's just too complicated for you liberals so it was hacked away to justify and mean "democracy." Which is technically incorrect. The word “democracy” that America truly represents is a "representative democracy" or a "democratic republic."  This is what it means:

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Register Now for District's 5-Star Rated Preschool Program

Registration for the Lakewood City Schools 2017-2018 5-star rated preschool program is now open. Students must be 3 or 4 years old before September 30, 2017, live in Lakewood and be potty-trained to be eligible for the program. A registration packet can be found on the district's web site under the Student Registration page or a packet can be picked up at the Board of Education, 1470 Warren Road, in the Student Services Department on the second floor. For more information, call 216-529-4214.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Great Lakes Theater Presents “The Jabberwocky” At The Library

As part of their Classics on Tour series, Great Lakes Theater will present “The Jabberwocky” on Thursday, March 2 at 6 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beloved poem, Great Lakes Theater’s production of “The Jabberwocky” tells the tale of two students who band together after being bullied.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

LPL Calendar Of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, February 22
Literature Series - "A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story
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The Afghani culture told through the folktales and poetic voice of Omar will be the primary focus of this third installment of our free, four week course, presented by Barbara Parr, an instructor with Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

New District Position Turns Focus to School Culture

Positive Behavioral & Intervention Supports – or PBIS – has played a key role at several of our schools in developing a positive, respectful and inclusive culture conducive to learning. Now the Lakewood City Schools has dedicated a staff member to developing a more extensive PBIS network throughout the District.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Girls Group at LHS Really ROX

Counselor Nina DeChant (in pink) and her ROX girls.

Lakewood High School Guidance counselor Nina DeChant has started a girls’ empowerment group at LHS that is already working its magic on its members only a few short weeks into the program. “My self esteem has gotten higher and it’s helped me with relationships,” says one member of ROX.  “It’s a place where I’m not judged,” said another girl of her ROX group.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

It Was Only A Dream

I had a dream the other night. Generally speaking, I find it hard to remember most of the dreams that I dream, but this one was different. This dream was the kind that stays with you long after the day has come and gone again.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Love In A Time of Fear With Dr. River Smith

Power is a word that resonates with River Smith, Ph.D.  The good doctor will be hosting Love in a Time of Fear, a series of five workshops at Lakewood Public Library that focus on developing your personal power to overcome the challenges of life.  The first workshop, Power Loving, will be held on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Basement Auditorium at 15425 Detroit Avenue.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Strokes Of Genius Fun

Do you enjoy art? Do you like to use markers, paint, and glue? Are you in the second, third, or fourth grade?

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Lakewood Resident Ellen Spear Honored By Connecting For Kids

Connecting for Kids will honor Lakewood resident Ellen Spear, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist and Co-Owner, Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC. as its Professional of the Year. This award is given to individuals who have helped fulfill the organization’s mission to provide education and support to families with concerns about their child. The award will be presented at the organization's Annual Fundraiser on February 24, 2017 which will be held at Ahern Catering & Banquet Center, 726 Avon Belden Rd. in Avon Lake. The festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. 

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Lakewood Area Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts a monthly Job Club on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, at 15700 Detroit Ave. It is an excellent motivational support system with professional discussions on suggested topics at each meeting, while providing links to necessary resources in the local community to help members find employment in today’s job market. 

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

“Dearest Rob Portman You’ve Failed Us”

On February 7, 2017, a historical and hysterically heartbreaking Senate vote gave the OK to approve another unqualified billionaire, this time to be appointed as the U.S. education secretary. Betsy DeVos’ nomination was surrounded by much controversy due to her lack of experience with public schools, a terrible performance during her confirmation hearing, and a host of other disqualifications.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Enjoying Cultural Cleveland: Transportation To Hard-To-Reach Musical Venues

Great music has always been an essential part of the Cleveland experience. The level of talent, the diversity of musical styles and the amazing venues combine to make fine music one of the Greater Cleveland area's best selling points. But let's face it, downtown Cleveland and University Circle can be a pain in the neck for drivers. But wait, there is a solution.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation Senior Scholarship Applications Available Now

Applications are now available for the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation Senior scholarships. A variety of scholarships are offered to qualified Lakewood High School graduating seniors who will be attending college or other post high school education. Scholarships have been endowed through contributions and bequests from individual alumni or their families, graduating classes, and former Lakewood City Schools staff members. Applications will be reviewed and qualifying students will be interviewed by our scholarship committee. Students who are awarded scholarships will be honored during the Celebration of Excellence on May 23, 2017 at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. The scholarship deadline is March 15, 2017. For an application packet with criteria, deadlines and other information, see the LREF website, www.lakewoodrangers.com/programs/. For additional information, contact Executive Director, Terri Richards at 216-529-4033 or terri.richards@lakewoodcityschools.org

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Senator Skindell Introduces Income Tax Reform Bill to Assist Struggling Ohioans

COLUMBUS - Today, Senator Michael Skindell (D–Lakewood) introduced Senate Bill 35, which reforms Ohio's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to assist struggling Ohioans.  When passed in 2013, after years of advocacy by Senator Skindell, Ohio's EITC contained a cap and was not refundable.  Senate Bill 35 makes the tax credit stronger by removing the income restrictions and making it refundable.
 
“The goal of this proposed legislation is to allow for a refundable tax-relief benefit to working families in Ohio, particularly lower-income households.  It is imperative that we provide these families who work so hard and still struggle to pay bills a fair shot in our economy,” said Senator Skindell.
 
The EITC currently exists as a credit for taxpayers whose Ohio adjusted gross income exceeds $20,000. The state credit equals 10% of the federal EITC. Ohio's EITC cannot currently exceed 50% of the tax due.  The credit is also nonrefundable, thus it can only result in a reduction or elimination of tax liability, not a refund.
 
The existing provisions make our state EITC one of the weakest in the nation. Removing the income restrictions and making the EITC refundable would boost family income and assist poor communities by stimulating local economies. When low-income families receive their refund checks with an EITC, they purchase groceries, childcare, school supplies and other goods and services. This not only helps the families, it also boosts the local economy. 
 

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

St. Mark On Track To Raise $50K For Pediatric Cancer Research

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events for the fourth year at St. Mark School in Cleveland on March 10, 2017, where nearly 100 students, staff, parents, and other family members will shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money to conquer childhood cancers.

St. Mark last year raised $49,552 and this year organizers hope to hit $50,000. The school is nearly a halfway to meeting that goal. In the past three years, St. Mark has raised $145,000 for pediatric cancer research. Besides soliciting donations from the community and local businesses, participants are also holding bake sales and restaurant fundraisers in support of St. Baldrick’s and the Shave Your Mane event. Hair salons such as Sports Clips Illusions Unlimited, Dante Lucci are donating stylists to shave the manes.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Lakewood Athletic Boosters Car Raffle

Lakewood High School Cheerleaders at Steve Barry Buick providing spirit for the Lakewood Athletic Booster's Car Raffle LakewoodAthleticBoosters.org

The Lakewood Athletic Boosters are holding a Car Raffle – a 2017 Buick Encore from Steve Barry Buick Lakewood or $10,000 cash option. Only 2000 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held at the Winter Sports Awards Ceremony on March 14 at 6:00 pm in the Civic Auditorium. (Need not be present to win) You can go to our website to purchase tickets through PayPal. The last day to purchase tickets is March 10, 2017 Go to LakewoodAthleticBoosters.org

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Sponsor The 2017 Taste Of Lakewood

Aerial photo by Airhead Media (airheadmedia.com)

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us in celebrating Lakewood’s thriving food and restaurant scene – be a part of the 14th Annual Taste of Lakewood, to be held on Sunday, June 11th 2017.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

From The Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

Lakewood's Oldest Stone House has come a long way since it was built facing Detroit Avenue in 1834. The house was first moved 16 feet west in 1901 to make way for St. Charles Avenue (photo left), then again in 1952 to its current location at Lakewood Park. Once home to the family of Lakewood settler John Honam, it now houses the offices and collection of the Lakewood Historical Society and is known as the Oldest Stone House Museum (photo right). Come visit when doors reopen for the season on March 1st. More info at LakewoodHistory.org.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Dive Into the Lakewood High School Pool!

Safe and fun learn to swim with Lakewood Recreation.   Photo Credit:  Nancy Pizir

Tucked away in the corner of Lakewood High School, overlooked by a beautiful new academic building, lies the Lakewood High School Pool.  Many do not realize that, during the evenings and on weekends, there is a full slate of community programming held at the pool for all ages. 

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Now Hiring: Lakewood Recreation

As winter (hopefully) turns to spring, many thoughts shift to warm summer days. For many in Lakewood, those warm summer thoughts include playing t-ball, learning to swim, or making new friends at summer camp. Lakewood Recreation is hiring seasonal employees to make all those summer memories continue for a new generation. Available positions include learn-to-swim instructors, lifeguards, pool attendants, pool cashiers, baseball scorekeepers, summer camp counselors and more. There is no better summer job than a job with Lakewood Rec. Have fun this summer and make a difference. Find application details at www.lakewoodrecreation.com/summerjobs

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Rangers Win Valentines Thriller

Rangers celebrate a wild comeback win over Midview. Lakewood trailed by 14 points in the second half.

The Lakewood boys basketball team had a sweet surprise for their fans on Valentines Day. They came back from a 14 point second half deficit to defeat Midview at Harding Gym. Junior Raekwon Whitfield sank a pair of crucial free throws with 1.6 seconds left on the clock to provide the margin of victory. Junior center Jacob Sala led the Rangers with 13 points.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 2:52 PM, 02.15.2017

Rangers Win One for "Oma"

Ranger center Olivia Nagy sizes up a free throw durin the fourth quarter.

               Olivia Nagy, center on the Lakewood girls basketball team, had quite an emotional day on Saturday. She and her teammates met conference rival Westlake at 2:15pm for the final regular season game of the year. Then at 5pm she had a funeral to attend for her beloved grandmother Helene Nagy, who the family called “oma”.   The Rangers won one for ‘Oma’, defeating Westlake 46-42 and pushing their winning streak to five games.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:04 PM, 02.11.2017

Wildcats Beat Eagles in Another Overtime Battle

Eagles moments before taking the floor.

St. Edward and St. Ignatius faced each other on Friday Night at the Eagles Nest in a rematch of last month’s thrilling Wildcat win at Sullivan Gym. It was another intense contest in front of a raucus capacity crowd. As in the January game, Wildcat senior Matt Davet led all scorers, this time with 31 points. Senior Austen Yarian contributed 19 for St. Ignatius, including many key buckets in the closing minutes. The Eagles were led by Senior Thomas Schmock, who had 23 points.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 11:17 PM, 02.10.2017

Ready? Okay! Beck Center Presents "Bring It On" Regional Premiere

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present the regional premiere of "Bring It On the Musical," the sixth annual collaboration with the esteemed Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program. This limited engagement runs February 10 through 26, 2017 in the Mackey Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Two Thursday performances will take place at 8 p.m. on February 16 and 23. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: CHEER to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by February 9.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 4:35 PM, 02.07.2017

Reflections Ceremony Celebrates Student Creativity

The students honored at the District level for their PTA Reflections artwork.

The depth and diversity of  Lakewood City Schools’ students’ creativity and imagination were celebrated and on display at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held Jan. 25 at Harding Middle School. One hundred twenty works from 116 artists from preschool through high school were honored. Of those 120 pieces of art, 28 were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging, with winners to be announced in late spring.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 4:24 PM, 02.07.2017

Diversity Potluck - A Slam Dunk For Lakewood!

This year, Lakewood’s Community Relations Advisory Commission celebrated Lakewood’s diversity with its annual Diversity Potluck. The event was held at Lakewood’s Women’s Pavilion in Lakewood Park. Oh, it was a fine time! We tasted, laughed, sipped, shared; we reminisced, dreamed, listened, and planned. This may not resonate for all, so I’ll expand a bit. We tasted foods from some of Lakewood’s most esteemed restaurants, sipped delicious teas and coffees, and shared delicious recipes with friends and neighbors whose dinners may look a little different than what some are accustomed to. The menu included cultural and exotic favorites such as fried chicken, a delicious Indian Pakora and tasty chutney, Tahiri rice (very tasty!), Pizza, Gyros with tzatziki sauce, and many, many more unforgettable dishes. There was far too much food, and everyone in attendance gained 5 lbs!

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 4:35 PM, 02.07.2017

Swimmers Snag Conference Titles At Champs Meet

A trio of Lakewood High swimmers can now call themselves Southwest Conference champions! Congratulations to seniors Evan Gainous, Preston Polen and Kelley Reis. Reis set a pool and meet record en route to a win in the 100 backstroke and she also topped the field in 100 butterfly at the conference championship meet held Jan. 28 as Westlake Recreation Center. Polen defended his title in the 100 butterfly and Gainous won the 100 backstroke. The 400 free relay of Polen, Gainous junior Colman McGuan and senior Nick Ferrone were also champs.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 4:35 PM, 02.07.2017

New Ranger Football Coach Excited For the Future

Tom Hannan is looking forward to being head football coach at Lakewood High School. He takes over the program from Mike Ribar, who is remaining at LHS to coach the baseball program. Hannan recognizes that he faces significant challenges – the Rangers have had only one winning season since their last playoff appearance in 2003.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 5:30 PM, 02.04.2017

Lakewood Athletic Boosters Annual Night At The Races

The Lakewood Athletic Boosters are holding their 13th annual Night at the Races fundraiser on March 4, 2017 at St. Mary Banquet Hall 3256 Warren Road Cleveland, Ohio. This fun event helps raise funds for Lakewood High and Middle School Sports.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 4:24 PM, 02.07.2017

Rangers Name New Head Football Coach

Coach Hannan

Tom Hannan, current assistant head coach at Garrettsville’s James A. Garfield High School, has been named the next head coach for the Lakewood High School varsity football team. Hannan, who is a licensed physical education teacher, was approved by the Board of Education at its Feb. 6 meeting.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 4:35 PM, 02.07.2017

District Lunch Menus Earn USDA Award

Congratulations are due to the Lakewood City Schools' Nutrition Services Department as all school buildings recently received the Bronze Award for the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom. Each school will be recognized nationally and awarded $500 for use in the cafeterias.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 4:24 PM, 02.07.2017

Mincing Words Like Garlic: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 42

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. 

Cloud Nothings - Learn My Life - Carpark Records - 2 songs - 7"

Cloud Nothings' 7"s have always been kinda spotty for me. I was very pleased upon listening to this one, however, that both songs on it are quite good! "Learn My Life" is a great acoustic indie rock/pop tune, with just Dylan Baldi on acoustic guitar. If you've missed it with Cloud Nothings more extravagantly produced full-lengths, Dylan is quite a good songwriter, singer, and guitarist, which is on full display here with everything else stripped away. I like the part where he sings falsetto also. Nice touch. The flip side, "Sacrifice (For Love)," is another lo-fi acoustic one, though this time with bass and two guitars. I'm not sure whether fellow CN members TJ Duke and Chris Brown play on it or it's just Dylan (I'm inclined to believe the latter, but feel free to write in and tell me how stupid I am if you think otherwise), either way it's another great melancholy pop tune. I'd love to hear more Cloud Nothings/Dylan Baldi recordings like this, with just Dylan, acoustic and simple. Highly recommended, and you get to take a nice trip out of state if you want one (see below)! 4.8/5

(This is a tour exclusive, so I hear. Fortunately for you, it's not too late to catch Cloud Nothings while they're still in America. Check their Facebook page for tour dates and maybe you can travel to Chicago or something and buy a copy of this there. Or maybe they'll have copies when they're back from Europe, but you never know.)

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 4:30 PM, 02.07.2017

Kindergarten Parent Info Night, Registration Coming Up

Kindergarten registration for Lakewood City Schools will take place at the Lakewood Board of Education at 1470 Warren Road beginning Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2017 in order to be age eligible to enter kindergarten. There will be a Parent Information Night on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 pm at Grant Elementary School for interested parents to find out more about the program.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 4:24 PM, 02.07.2017

Lakewood Taxpayers Fight Back Against Lakewood City Council’s $1.8 Million Illegal Ordinances Impact On Our Pocketbooks, The Environment and Our Economy

LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL FUNDS $1.8 MILLION PROJECT FOR CLIFF EROSION THAT WILL NOT PREVENT CLIFF COLLAPSE

In the summer of 2016, the City of Lakewood passed Ordinance (25-16) with a cost above $704,000 for the Meridian Condo’s shore cliff "erosion protection." It did this without owner votes and in spite of over 54 owners' signed objections.

These owners brought to City Council top international geotechnical shoreline expert, Dr. R. Young, who during open council, advised that a shoreline cliff project is not indicated at this time and its design will not prevent potential collapse of its cliff (video A, B). City Council ignored him, ignored the condo’s hired engineer (Lewin and Assoc. firm) as well as top experts' correspondence who concurred with Dr. Young (C).

In January 2017, the City of Lakewood passed another Ordinance. This, for over $1,100,000. Ordinance (57-16) for “shoreline/cliff protection” for the Winton Place condo which is next door to the Meridian (the cliff is shared by these adjoining condos).

LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL AND MERIDIAN CONDO BOARD ARE IN VIOLATION OF CITY, STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS

Owners who oppose the cliff project hired top Cleveland attorney, Majeed Makhlouf, ex-Law Director of Cuyahoga County, who put condo boards, ODNR (Ohio Department of Natural Resources) State officials  and City Council on legal notice that they were violating condo, municipal, state and federal laws and ignoring multiple experts' advice (D). Officials,  Boards and City Council ignored these.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 4:24 PM, 02.07.2017

High School Sports Roundup

LHS Girls Hoops Head Coach Mike Harper in a game huddle during the North Olmsted matchup.

LHS Girls Hoops Gears Up for State Tournament

State tournament time is quickly approaching for the LHS girls basketball team, which carried a 13-7 record late in the season. They defeated a pair of teams last week at Harding Middle School. First they beat Avon Lake 30-23 on February 1 in a tough defensive battle. Junior center Olivia Nagy led the Rangers with 11 points in the game. On Saturday they beat North Olmsted 38-28 in an all-around strong team effort. Nagy again led the scoring with 12 points, while senior Trinity Nall had ten points.

The Rangers close out the regular season with a pair of home games at Harding Middle School. They face Avon on Wednesday, February 8 at 7:15 p.m.; then they face Westlake at on Saturday, February 11 at 2:15 p.m.. Wednesday will be Senior Night, where the senior members of the team will be recognized in a pregame ceremony.

St. Edward Hoops Back on Track

The St. Ed basketball team encountered a little turbulence in recent weeks. They dropped a heartbreaking overtime to St. Ignatius in mid-January. The following weekend they took a rare home loss, falling to Toledo 57-43. They bounced back to defeat Cleveland power Villa Angela-St. Joseph, but then Mother Nature caused the postponement of a home game against East Village Prep of Detroit. 

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 4:30 PM, 02.07.2017

Middle Schools Earn Sandy Hook Award

Garfield and Harding Middle Schools have earned a runner-up award from the Sandy Hook Promise organization for their participation in Say Something Call-to-Action Week in October. The schools won in the Student Spirit, Creativity and Sustainability category. The two schools will split the $500 award to go toward sustaining Sandy Hook Promise activities in our schools. They will also receive a Say Something plaque, and a mention on SHP’s social media channels and related materials. The schools will host the Start with Hello Sandy Hook program in February. 

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 4:24 PM, 02.07.2017

Senator Skindell Earns Key Committee Assignments

On January 1st, State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) was appointed to five key standing committees by Senate leadership, including being named as Ranking Member on the important Senate Finance Committee. The Senate Finance Committee plays a central role in the adoption of the State's Biennial Operating Budget, as well as the Mid-Biennium Review and the Capital Budget.
 
"I am truly honored by this appointment and grateful for the confidence Senator Schiavoni and my Democratic colleagues have placed in me," Senator Skindell said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Operating Budget and other state funding issues.”
 
This will be the third session in which Senator Skindell will be the Ranking Member on the Senate Finance Committee. Skindell previously served as Ranking Member on the Senate Finance Committee in the 129th and 131st General Assemblies. As Ranking Member on the Finance Committee, Senator Skindell works to ensure that a fair shot is provided to allow working families to be successful in our economy, students to achieve a quality education and senior citizens to have a meaningful retirement. 
 
In addition, Senator Skindell will serve on the Senate Agriculture, Judiciary, Energy & Natural Resources, and Government Oversight committees. These committees will touch on public policy important to many aspects of the state of Ohio.
 

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 4:24 PM, 02.07.2017

New Chapel Blessing & Memorial Service

On January 30, O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood held a memorial service in their new Assisted Living chapel.  The ceremony was opened with a blessing of the new chapel by Father Dennis Hrubiak of the Byzantine Catholic Church in Parma and son of assisted living resident, Irene Hrubiak. 

Father Dennis generously donated a beautiful icon of the Virgin Mary. The blessing was followed by a memorial service led by Julie Greer of O'Neill Healthcare Hospice, and the service ended with refreshments and sharing memories of lost loved ones. Thank you to all who attended for your support!

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 4:24 PM, 02.07.2017

Thinking Of An Activity, Look To The Recreation Winter Booklet

Winter is here and we have plenty of things for you to do! There are some new and exciting class offerings this winter. Whether it is learning a new language like Spanish or the ancient art of Reiki, we have myriad choices to help meet everyone’s needs.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 4:24 PM, 02.07.2017

Freshened Dressin'

I was highly critical when the new policy for LHS dress-code was released. To me it was just another set of rules. In 2015 a relatively informal protest was conducted by students after a school-wide conversation started about the dress-code, and what it was like from our perspectives. Some people had never had a bad experience with the dress-code, so they did not feel against it. On the other hand, those who have had bad experiences with the dress-code did have opposition for it.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 4:24 PM, 02.07.2017

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 11, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor 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 11, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Library Homework Room.

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Lakewood Soccer Association: Saturday Soccer Spring 2017 Registration

LAKEWOOD SOCCER ASSOCIATION: Saturday Soccer Registration!!The registration deadline is coming up soon for the spring season of Lakewood Soccer Association's Saturday Soccer program.

The deadline is Sunday, Feb. 28. Registration cost is $50 for the spring season. LSA still will take registrations after the Feb. 28 deadline, but they are subject to a $20 late fee.

There are a few ways to sign up. Visit the "Saturday" page of LSA's website, www.lakewood-soccer.com, and you can sign up with a credit card online. You also can print a registration form from the website and mail it to us, or you can stop at the Madison branch of the Lakewood Public Library from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 and 25 to register in person. (Payments at the in-person registration must be made by check or cash.)

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Library Presents Two Part Series: Judaism and …

Rabbi Enid Lader

Lakewood Public Library presents a two-part series on Judaism and its relevance to ongoing concerns in our lives.

The first program, Judaism and the Environment, takes place on Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium. What does the ancient religion of Judaism have to say about protecting the environment? We will consider the concepts of bal tashchit  (“do not destroy”) and l’vadah ul’ shamrah (“to till and to tend”).

The second program, Judaism and Particularism and Universalism, takes place on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium and will consider the balance between particularism and universalism through the lens of the Siddur, a Jewish prayer book.

Both programs will be led by Rabbi Enid Lader, the Rabbi of Beth Israel – The West Temple. Admission is free and open to all.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, February 8
Literature Series - "A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story
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Qais Akabar Omar, a young Afghan writer, born in 1982 writes a riveting memoir of his family’s experiences in Afghanistan. The Afghani culture told through the folktales and poetic voice of Omar will be the primary focus of this free, four-week course, presented by Barbara Parr, an instructor with Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program. Please Register in advance at www.lifelonglearningcleveland.org, or by calling the Library at (216) 226-8275.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

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Mr. Alex's Magic Show

Abracadebra! Hocus pocus! Alakazam! Witness an amazing display of tricks and illusions and be dazzled by this performance when Lakewood Public Library presents Mr. Alex’s Magic Show. Children and their families are invited to join in the magical fun as Mr. Alex executes fascinating tricks and amazing illusions. Classic magic fills this child friendly presentation that will be a delight for all ages. These mystical maneuvers will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2017 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. For details about other youth programs at the Lakewood Public Library, please call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140 or visit www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth.

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