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"Salt" Perfectly Seasoned

Salt, 17625 Detroit Ave. Lakewood
216.221.4866
saltcleveland.com

I had been hearing about "Salt" since they opened about a year ago. Been meaning to try the place and finally got around to checking out the restaurant on the the westside of Lakewood at 17625 Detroit. Owner Jessica Parkinson turned a dive bar into one of the best restaurants in Cleveland. In 2018 head chef Jill Vedaa was a semi-finalist in the prestigous James Beard awards, as well as winning "Guy's Grocery Games" on the Food Network.

The restaurant is painted completely black. Accented with soft lighting and the warm glow of Himilayan Salt lamps, it works. We arrived around 7 p.m. on Friday night, busy and on a wait. Since we didn't have a reservation, we opted for the only table for two out on the patio. Not as bustling as inside with the bar, it was quiet and nicely decorated with succulents boxed on the tall black wood fencing blocking out the parking lot. 

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Skindell Thanks Voters

Senator Michael Skindell watching election returns at Merry Arts.  Photo by Matt Kuhns

Dear Voters,

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Best Asian Food Delivered!

Longtime cook at China Garden cooks up an order of Shrimp Lo Mein, Hot and Spicy!

With a handful of Asian restaurants delivering in Lakewood and most using the same menu, or menu with slight variations you may not think there is a big difference, but we have found there is. China Garden in Marc's Plaza by Sinagra Park seems light years ahead of the rest. Don't believe me, give it a try. Great food, delivery is quick. 216.226.3434

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 11:16 PM, 06.05.2018

Meaningful: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 71

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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Lakewood Public Works Has Long Relationship With ASCME

left to right. Bob Collins, Zach Grey, Mike Satink, Jamie Funderwhite and Nick Hudson

AFSCME which stands for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have represented the City of Lakewood public employees for 39 years. AFSCME local 1043 has recently elected a new executive board to lead us into the future. The Local includes all public works departments (Fleet, Parks, Refuse & Recycling, Streets, Water, Sewer, Waste Water) as well as the administrators (Aging, Building, Tax, Finance, Youth and Engineering) of Lakewood. Certainly, all Lakewood residents have been affected by one or more of these hard-working people.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Coast Line: Poetry Reading Series
Readings by Juliet Cook, Diane Ferri and Ryan Pearl

Juliet Cook is the author of "Red Demolition, Poisonous Beauty Skull Lollipop and Horrific Confection." Diane Vogel Ferri is the author of "Liquid Rubies," and "The Desire Path." Ryan Pearl’s work has appeared in "The City Poetry, Brandt 21" and the "GTK Creative Journal."
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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"Lost Cleveland": Memories of A City

Reporter and author Laura DeMarco.

Cleveland has been through many changes over the centuries. One notable pattern is what reporter and author Laura DeMarco calls Cleveland’s “rise-and-fall-and-recovery story.” The city was once a glimmering jewel, one of the largest in the country. In the mid to late 1900s, though, many historic Cleveland landmarks and treasures were demolished, closed, or abandoned. A number of these landmarks are highlighted in DeMarco’s book, "Lost Cleveland."

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State Representative Antonio Celebrates National Emergency Medical Services Week

The hearing on HB 486 was a family affair!

This week marks the 44th Annual National Emergency Medical Service Week, a week dedicated to honoring the brave citizens who devote themselves to providing life-saving care to Americans. Putting themselves in harm’s way, EMS providers respond to everything from active shooter situations to drownings, from behavioral health crises to vehicle collisions. Truly, emergency medical technicians and paramedics are public servants in every sense, ensuring we all have access to critically important care when we need it.

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"Bent" Touches On Timely Themes At Beck Center

Landmark drama runs June 1 -July 1, 2018 in the Studio Theater.

Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents "Bent" June 1 through July 1, 2018 in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. A Talk-Back in conjuction with the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland will be announced soon. Tickets are now on sale. Bent contains strong adult content.

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Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

This summer, the Lakewood Division of Aging will once again be participating in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. This very popular program provides selected eligible seniors with $50 in coupons, which can be used for fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at any of the local farmers markets.

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Successful Convention Hosted By Grace Lutheran Church

Over one hundred twenty delegates and guests from 12 states and 2 Canadian provinces gathered at Grace Lutheran Church in Lakewood April 26th-29th for the triennial District Convention of the SELC District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The Convention met under the following themes: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:5) and "Therefore honor God with your body" (1 Corinthians 6:20b). Among the guests was the Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, President of the 2.1 million member Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). The SELC District is one of 35 districts of the LCMS and is one of two that are "non-geographical." The SELC, once its own church body known as the Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Chuch and later as the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, merged with the LCMS in 1970. This year's convention marked the second time in the history of the SELC as a district of the LCMS that the convention was held in Lakewood.

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LHS Junior Earns Spot In Marine Corps Music Program

Lakewood High School junior Kira Marjanovic has accomplished a feat few women and even fewer juniors accomplish – earning entry into the U.S. Marine Corps Music Enlistment Option Program for eventual placement in a U.S. Marine Corps Band.

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LHS Students Lead Middle School Drug Education Effort

While middle school students often hear the message about the dangers of prescription drug and opioid abuse as they move through the school year, this year the message was delivered in a new way – by students themselves.

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Beck Center's 85th Theater Season Includes A Regional Premiere And Blockbuster Family Musicals

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 professional theater season filled with their signature eclectic titles that include modern classics and the eighth collaboration with Baldwin Wallace University Musical Theatre program. "Maybe one of these springs I’ll feel all calm and blasé’ about our upcoming season, but that’s not this spring!” says Scott Spence, Beck Center Artistic Director (now heading into his 29th season at Beck).”I am truly ecstatic about the 2018-19 season lineup and can’t wait to hear Northeast Ohio’s take on this parade of amazing shows.”

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Explore Lake Erie With 'She Collective' This Summer!

Last year's Summer Solstice Sunset Paddle was a hit! Don't miss out on this year's event on June 21 at 7:30pm. (Photo courtesy of Ginny Walters)

Have you always been curious about paddleboarding, but weren’t exactly sure where to turn or how to begin? Look no further than She Collective, a unique space located on the first floor of Good Soil Lutheran Ministries right here in Lakewood! She Collective provides women and girls a safe place for connection, conversation, and community through many class offerings – including paddleboarding (all genders are welcome!). Instructor Ginny Walters wants to spread the word that paddleboarding can be a great way to unwind: “People think that paddleboarding is difficult, but it’s really not. As my neighbor said her first time out, it’s so relaxing it’s like walking down the street!”

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Walk To End CMT

My lifelong neighbor and best friend, Erin Black, LHS ‘19, has been living with a rare neurological condition ever since she was diagnosed at seven years old. To most people the name Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease does not ring a bell, and might even sound made up. For Erin, it is very real. Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) causes pain and muscle weakness in her legs and wrists, making some daily tasks difficult. It is treated with countless hours of physical and occupational therapies. Last August, Erin underwent surgery on her right foot in order to reconstruct muscles. It was a long recovery period, requiring lots of rehabilitation. She will have the same procedure done this June on her left foot.

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Frankfurter Fridays Are Back!

Now in its sixth year, Frankfurter Fridays offer free 100% beef hotdogs and lemonade as well as intergenerational fun activities every other Friday from June 8 through September 14 on the front lawn of the Church of the Ascension, 13216 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.

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Five Key Takeaways From LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home: Plaster Repair & Replacement” Workshop

Linda Jancik of Wall to Wall Transformations led an insightful presentation at Sherwin-Williams Lakewood.

Plaster is a popular topic for homeowners these days, as evidenced by our latest home maintenance workshop.  A sellout crowd of more than 30 attendees participated in “Knowing Your Home: Plaster Repair & Replacement” in May.

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Cat-Lovers Plan June 10 Picnic

Greater Cleveland's cat community is gathering in Lakewood Park, on Sunday, June 10 for a picnic and party from 3 to 8 p.m.

The event is hosted by the "Weirdo Cat Lovers of Cleveland" Facebook group, and promises food, games, prizes and kitties.

Josie Triton, an administrator for the group, says "there might even be a few 'famous' cats from the group there." Mostly, though, "It's really just a party for cat people to hang out and network."

"Anyone is welcome to attend, but we recommend joining the online group first so people can see what we're about," she adds.

"Weirdo Cat Lovers" has evolved considerably since its beginning as simply a place to share cat pictures. Laura Rodriguez-Carbone, a Lakewood resident, says the group has become a support community for cats and cat-owners. Members organize work like rescue, adoption, and fundraising. She adds that "I adopted a cat last week because of the Facebook group."

Many including Rodriguez-Carbone have joined in recent months, and more than 14,000 people are now members. Over 200 have committed to attend the picnic.

The event will temporarily spotlight cat culture in what often seems to be a dog-centric community. Lakewood has a dog park, a pooch parade, a dog swim and even canine controversies. But our city hasn't entirely gone to the dogs, yet.

In addition to participation in the Weirdo Cat Lovers group and its party, Lakewood's cat subculture has several beloved shop cats to its credit. Cat-lovers and book-lovers recently welcomed the return of Hobbes, at the Bookshop in Lakewood's new home. Customer-facing cats have also been spotted at Lakewood Hardware, the Lakewood Garden Center, and My Vacuum Store, among others.

Feline equality is also the law in Lakewood, in one sense, as animals of all types "shall not be permitted to run at large anywhere within the city limits" according to city guidelines. The picnic's hosts ask that every cat be accompanied by a leash or pet carrier, as well as an ID collar and a disposable litter box.

To read more about the cat lovers picnic, visit tinyurl.com/wcl-lkwd.

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Herb Guild Garden Club

The June meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on June 13 at the Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting will start at 10 am, followed by a presentation by Mike Williams of the Great Lakes Brewing Company on the use of hops in making beer. Hops is an herb!

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Strengthening Democracy: The Lakewood Chapter Of The League Of Women Voters

Most people know that the League of Women Voters registers voters. But the League of also studies issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. As an example, the League was an active partner in Fair Districts, the group that fought against gerrymandering in Ohio (Issue 1 passed by almost 75% in the May election). And the Greater Cleveland League of Women Voters supports ethics in government, public libraries, a health care system that delivers adequate healthcare to all citizens of Cuyahoga County, and other relevant issues. 

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Movie Makers Is Back At Lakewood Public Library

Calling all Movie Makers! Our stop-motion animation class is back for a summer session. Join us on Tuesdays, June 12, 2018 through July 17, 2018 for a five week adventure in film making. We’ll spend two and a half hours from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. exploring the various formats and props used to create a short animated film with the stop motion technique. You will also learn how to use Movie Makers software to edit and produce your own cinematic wonder.  All of the materials and equipment needed to create your film will be provided. The class is open to student entering sixth through twelfth grade in the fall of 2018, however, we will consider students entering fifth grade if space allows. Please call (216) 226-8275 ext. 140 for more information and to register.

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Adam Miller: Folk Singer, Autoharpist And Storyteller

Adam Miller returns to the Main Library’s concert stage on Sunday, June 17, 2018. An accomplished autoharpist, Miller is renowned as a folk singer and as a storyteller who appeals to all age groups. He accompanies his resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking and beautiful melodies.

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Thursday Evening LEAF Farm Market Returns At LPL

Stop by the LEAF Community Farm Market on your way home from work or stop by with the kids on Thursday evenings starting June 7th.

Photo by: Lisa Hofmann

Starting on Thursday, June 7th, all are welcome to shop the LEAF Community Farm Market and enjoy a family friendly summer evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the steps of the Main Branch of Lakewood Public Library. Every Thursday evening from June through mid-October, these evening farm markets will be filled with local vendors with everything from locally grown produce to bulk goods to unique arts and crafts and are open to all! For those that prefer to plan ahead, the market also includes a pre-paid CSA share pick up for City Fresh and Front 9 Farm. There is still plenty of time to sign up for your CSA with either group at: https://cityfresh.org/ or http://www.front9farm.com/.

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Antonio, Skindell Win Primary Elections

State Representative Nickie Antonio, and State Senator Mike Skindell, following May 8 Democratic primary wins.

Nickie J. Antonio and Michael J. Skindell will be Democrats' nominees to represent Lakewood in the Ohio General Assembly, following last Tuesday's primary.

Lakewood voters' overwhelming preference for Antonio over Martin Sweeney settled a fight between two state representatives, each seeking a nomination to run for Ohio Senate District 23. In recent weeks the matchup drew repeated notice from local media.

Sweeney closed Tuesday with modest leads in most of the senate district, which includes Lakewood, Parma, and other western suburbs as well as parts of Cleveland. But an outlier result in Lakewood, which voted more than 3-to-1 for Antonio, gave her an overall victory of more than 54%.

At the same time, state Senator Michael J. Skindell defeated Lakewood City Council member Tom Bullock to be Democrats' nominee for Ohio House District 13. Skindell won slightly more than 55%, both in Lakewood and the two Cleveland wards which constitute most of the district.

The result is the second such for Bullock, following a primary loss to Antonio in 2010, when both sought Democrats' nomination for the Ohio House.

Antonio as well as Skindell are now ineligible to run for their current offices, owing to term limits, and both will seek to move between the two chambers of the General Assembly in November.

Each nominee will face a Republican opponent in the November election. Democrats' sizeable voter-registration advantage in each district, however, will favor Antonio's and Skindell's campaigns.

If elected, Antonio will be the first woman to represent the 23rd Senate District, and the first openly gay member of the Ohio Senate.

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Cox Business Signs On As 2018 Sponsor Of StartUp Lakewood

In what promises to be an exciting year for StartUp Lakewood, Cox Business has signed on as an official sponsor of the 2018 program. With numerous startups among its local client base and a vibrant entrepreneurial community in its backyard, supporting StartUp Lakewood was a natural fit for a company like Cox Business.

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Melt Bar And Grilled Named Title Sponsor For Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018

Melt Bar and Grilled, Title Sponsor of the Lakewood Summer Meltdown, will unveil its remodeled space at its original Downtown Lakewood location on May 4.

It’s a pairing as perfect as grilled bread and cheese. A Lakewood-born dining institution and Lakewood summer tradition are joining forces for the ninth consecutive year.

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Hey, What's That You Got There? Huh?: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 70

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. 

Cheap Clone - EP - Just Because Records / Peanut Butter Records - 4 songs - 7"

From what I gathered, there's not really an official title for this one. Is it self-titled? Is it "EP?" Is it "4 Songs?" Drew told me I could make up whatever I wanted, so make sure you visit a local record store and ask for "430 Eyes, One That Smiles." Anyway. The record kicks off in a real good way with "Barely Smile," which is a great power pop tune. Pretty harmonies, a tasteful guitar solo, a nice bridge; what more do you want? "This One/That One" has a total Replacements vibe. Does Roseanna sing the bridge or did Drew's voice get even higher? Speaking of other people singing, I believe Kevin takes the lead on "Isaac Newton's Eye," which reminds me a lot of "Isolation Drills." Jaworski has a knack for singing in a key that sounds like it's not quite in tune but still somehow works (listen to that Cripple Kid 7"). "430 Miles" closes it out with another great power pop tune. I like the stop-start bits, that's a nice touch. Maybe it's just because of the other members stepping up to the mic on certain songs here, but this one feels more like a group effort than previous efforts. Did you know I saw the phrase "cheap clone" out in the wild somewhere the other day? About a guitar or something? Huh. Nice cover art, too. The Just Because/Peanut Butter collaboration strikes again. Members of 9 Shocks Terror and Counter Intuits. 4/5

(probably available at pbrecs.bandcamp.com or justbecauserecords.bandcamp.com)

 

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An Open Letter Of Gratitude From Nickie Antonio

Nickie Antonio and Jean Kosmac (spouse) on election night at Deagan's in Lakewood.

Dear Neighbors,

I am writing to thank all of our incredible voters who showed up on May 8th and cast a vote for me in the State Senate Democratic Primary. After months of grueling work, we had to wait until the late hours of election night to view the final results as they slowly trickled in and finally declared our campaign victorious. In what has been dubbed a “nail biter” by many, in the end I received almost 55% of the vote to win the election as the Democratic party nominee. This victory is the result of the hard work and dedication of countless volunteers, supporters and a few part-time amazing staff. We truly could not have done this without the outpouring of support from people throughout SD 23, but especially in Lakewood, Cleveland, Parma, and Parma Hts. Lakewood voters produced an especially strong showing with over 5,000 of the last votes posted.

 

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Barton Center To Host Annual Fundraiser May 18

Caribbean Cocktail Party is the theme of Barton Senior Center’s 12th annual spring fundraiser, to be held Friday, May 18 from 5:00-8:00 PM. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s outdoor Courtyard and indoor Rotunda, on the lower level of the Westerly Apartments. The evening includes island music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and tropical concoctions, along with wine and beer. A Silent Auction will include two dozen terrific gift baskets donated by great local merchants along with Indians Club seats. A Wine and Dine Raffle guarantees everyone wins a bottle of wine or a restaurant gift certificate. There is also a raffle for a 40” TV and side boards. Good weather is forecast so wear your favorite island attire and flip flops.    

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Rotary Honors Speech, Music, Visual Arts Contest Winners

Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River Four-Way Test Speech Contest winners are (from left) Taylor Heckel, second place; Nicholas Cleary, first place; and Gabby Murray, third place.

Winners of Rotary’s annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony April 9 at the Beck Center for the Arts.

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New Public Art Mural Beautifies Downtown Lakewood

The installation of a public art mural took place on May 1 at the corner of Detroit Avenue and Warren Road in the heart of Downtown Lakewood. Designed by Lakewoodite artist Derek Brennan, this unique mural entitled "Imagination on the Lake" depicts a Lake Erie Loch Ness Monster through the lens of children's imagination. This mural serves as a centerpiece of the Warren Road Beautification Project that LakewoodAlive has undertaken in partnership with the City of Lakewood and Cuyahoga County.

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This Land Is Your Land: Family Storytimes About Diversity

Children playing a recycling game during April's Environmental Storytime.

Courtesy of Danielle Sulzer

Spring is finally here, and so is the next session of Lakewood Public Library's diversity and inclusion storytime- This Land Is Your Land- Body Positive edition. What is body positivity you might ask? Body positivity is recognizing that all bodies are equally valuable and worthy of acceptance and love, regardless of size, shape, gender, race or ability. It's about letting others decide what is good and healthy for their bodies, and that no one deserves bias or prejudice because of their size.

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Centennial Celebration For LHS Alum

Not many live to see their 100th birthday, but Barbara Clarke, Lakewood High Class of 1936, did so in style! A party was held on March 31 in Chicago, where she moved after graduation to be near grandparents. Barbara worked as an accountant until she retired. In her retirement, she volunteered at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, which dedicated a rosebud tree in her honor for her birthday. Barbara, who currently lives in Wilmette, IL, received letters of congratulations from Lakewood High Principal Keith Ahearn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Cheers to Barbara, and here's to many more!

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LHS Earns Bronze As One Of US News' Best High Schools

Lakewood High School has been named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools and a Bronze Medalist for 2018. The magazine awards Gold, Silver and Bronze medals according to college readiness, math and reading scores and graduation rates.  

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Nanze Happy Hour Fundraiser To Benefit Malawi Children

Nanze invites you to join us for an evening of food, fun, and festivities at its happy hour fundraiser on Saturday June 2 at Around the Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave.! The $25 ticket price includes unlimited beer, & well drinks, as well as assorted appetizers. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the bar will be open 7-9 pm. There will also be a Chinese raffle, silent auction, and 50/50 raffle.

Nanze currently operates a nursery school and in September of 2017 opened its doors to Nanze Primary in the village of Chikwasa located in Malawi. Children in grades 1-4, will no longer have to walk 7 kilometers one way to receive an education. In addition to building a primary school, Nanze constructed a borehole to provide safe drinking water and has also constructed sanitation facilities and 3 teacher housing units. While our donors were great to us last year, Nanze is still in need of funds to complete Phase Two of our education initiative. With your help, we look to construct three additional classrooms, four sanitations facilities and teacher housing units. We hope that you can continue to help improve the lives of children in one of the poorest countries in the world. See you June 2nd!

Tickets can be purchased at  https://nanze.eventbrite.com

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District Trio Earn Recognition For Impact In Special Ed

Garfield Middle School paraprofessional Neil Rupright received the Outstanding Educator Achievement Award and the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award.

The 39th Annual Excellence in Education Awards recognizing students with disabilities, peers, and educators was held May 4 and included recognition for two Lakewood Schools students and staff member Neil Rupright. The event is planned by the ESC of Northeast Ohio and the State Support Team – Region 3 to recognize the great work being done by educators, teachers, students, and community members in special education.

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PTA Year-End Awards Include Educator Of Year For Csongei

Lakewood High Intervention Specialist and PTA Educator of the Year Sarah Csongei (right) with PTA Council President Joanne Schwark.

The Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on May 2 at Harding Middle School. The ceremony included awarding four senior scholarships, honoring teachers of the year at each building, and recognizing the District’s Educator of the Year, Sarah Csongei, who also was named Ohio PTA’s District 11 Educator of the Year.

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You Are Entering The Twilight Zone: Life Lessons From A Timeless Show

Critic and author Mark Dawidziak

You may have watched an episode of "The Twilight Zone" and laughed, shaken your head, cringed, cowered (in my case,) or been amazed at its ingenuity. But did you ever think of "The Twilight Zone" as a body of work from which you could draw countless life lessons? Author and critic Mark Dawidziak was inspired to do just that, resulting in his book, "Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone: A Fifth-Dimension Guide to Life."

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Baby Thief Author Will Sign Books At Library

Author Raymond stands with Oscar Winner, Octavia Spencer, who has optioned the film rights to Raymond's book.

It sounds like a nightmare: renowned social worker accused of kidnapping and selling babies. But this is no horror story; it’s the true account of Georgia Tann, written by Lakewood author Barbara Bisantz Raymond.

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Courts Grant Restraining Order To Stop Demolition Of Hospital

As we went to press word came in that the Cuyahoga Court of Appeals has granted a restraining order on the demolition of the Lakewood Hospital and/or the clearing of the Lakewood Hospital property.
In what was called a “bold move,” members of the Lakewood Hospital Lawsuit filed the motion, feeling that they had no other choice with the City pushing ahead with plans to tear down Lakewood Hospital for plans that were announced on the Lakewood Observer website weeks ago.

What has been called by everyone, including members of City Hall, a flawed process to liquidate Lakewood Hospital was put on hold, while the court case(s) are being decided in the Court of Appeals.
It should be noted that this will not stop City Council from considering what to do with the land should it make it through the courts, but it does raise red flags, that this fight is not over. 

Please check out the Lakewood Observer Observation Deck for the actual court records, and other documents related to this story.

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.01.2018

We Sneak In The Back Door At Melt For A Peek And Talk With Cleveland Restaurant Royalty, Matt Fish

The man himself, Matt Fish, at the new back door.

Perhaps no single business or restaurant has done more for building the Lakewood brand and our name as a destination for food and entertainment than Matt Fish’s Melt Restaurant.

Not only is it the go-to place in the city with its unique menu, but Matt Fish and his team are just promotional machines. From the moment Matt put his twist on Melted Cheese in what was Bud’s White Door, it has become the darling of the Food Network, Cooking Network, Playboy Magazine, Esquire Magazine, Cleveland Magazine, TV, Radio and on and on and on.

Whenever I have a friend or client stopping in Lakewood, no matter where they are from they always have one request, “Can we go to Melt?” As I mentioned it has become a nationwide obsession, and the crown jewel in Foodwood. For decades it was Pier W and their upscale dining, (see article next page) but now Melt is the one.

Matt was just added to the very prestigious group of Cleveland Culinary Royalty this year by Noelle Celeste’s “Cleveland Eats” publication. And it is well deserved.

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LHS Barnstormers Present "1776" May 3-5

The Lakewood High School Barnstormers Drama Club will perform its spring musical, "1776", on three successive evenings from May 3-5. The show begins at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium each night. Tickets to see this story about our country's Founding Fathers are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the LHS Bookroom at 216-529-4047 or stopping by during school hours.

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Garfield & Harding Mock Trial Teams Excel In State Competition

The mock trial teams from Harding & Garfield outside the Ohio Supreme Court building in Columbus.

Congratulations to the Garfield and Harding Middle School Mock Trial teams, who on April 20 earned top ratings at the statewide Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education held in Columbus. Both Garfield 7th grade teams and the Harding 7th grade team earned the highest Superior rating and Harding’s 8th grade team narrowly missed the top rating and earned an Outstanding rating. 

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.01.2018

Lakewood Public Library Summer Reading Club Starts

Libraries Rock! Music of all kinds is the theme of summer reading this year, so dance your way to either the Main or Madison Branch libraries to sign up for Summer Reading Club! Starting Monday, May 14, children ages birth through fifth grade can sign up to be a part of “Libraries Rock!” Sixth through twelfth graders have their own reading club, “This Party Rocks!” Participants will gather stamps and prizes as they go, and a special reward awaits those who complete thirty hours, thirty books, or thirty chapters of reading by Monday, August 6. 

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.01.2018