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Hospital Deal Sickens City

State Senator Michael Skindell, at first press conference to look into the hospital deal.

The deal, which results in the closure of Lakewood Hospital in 2016 does not serve the residents of Lakewood and is a clear violation of the public interests. The plans were made privately and specifically preclude community involvement. The Mayor, Lakewood Hospital Association, and the Cleveland Clinic presented it as a done deal. The essential parts of that deal include:

  1. Early termination of the Lease (in 2016), which provides for the operation of Lakewood Hospital by the Cleveland Clinic through 2026. Under the terms of the lease, the Cleveland Clinic must operate our hospital through the end of 2026. Why are we helping the Cleveland Clinic close our hospital, which they promised to operate for the next eleven years?
  2. This agreement allows for the permanent closing of Lakewood Hospital, resulting in the loss of inpatient care, emergency services, surgical services, and other hospital acute care services within the city. It will mean the loss of nearly 1,100 hospital jobs. This will have a devastating effect on access to quality health care in Lakewood and it will be bad for Lakewood's economy.
  3. This deal gives away real and personal property owned by the people of the city of Lakewood and held in trust by the Lakewood Hospital Association. There were no appraisals or open bidding for the 2.5 acres that the City is planning to transfer to the Cleveland Clinic. There was no appropriate appraisal or open bidding for 850 Columbia Road in Westlake where the proposed purchase is almost $3 million less than market value.
  4. The deal removes more than 32 million Lakewood Hospital Foundation dollars from the books of Lakewood Hospital and results in the dissolution of the Foundation.

The Mayor and Lakewood Hospital Association had a responsibility to the hospital and the people of Lakewood to determine the true value of the hospital and all property, prior to going into negotiations to give away those assets. Appropriate legal and financial professionals were not retained in assembling this deal to protect these valuable community assets.

The only meaningful communication with the people of Lakewood about this has been to try to sell a deal. This agreement has been handled as if it was a private matter, but it is a public matter, about a hospital, which belongs to the people of Lakewood.

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City And Schools Consider “Mutual Benefit Of Citizens” Agreement

Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan called the March 2, 2015 Council meeting to order at 7:37 P.M.

The first order of new business was a letter from the Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, Councilwoman Cindy Marx (At-Large). She asked Council to consider scheduling a public hearing that would allow residents to share their thoughts on creating a healthy living culture in Lakewood. She is hoping the testimony, including that from health professionals in the city, will help the City, Lakewood Hospital, and any prospective new community health foundation achieve the stated desire to implement modern population health management initiatives that would make Lakewood among the healthiest communities.

She continued saying that besides wanting to make sure health care delivery is equal for all citizens, they should also be looking to empower residents to live healthier lifestyles through outreach, education, and opportunity. “In order to reach this goal, “ she said “we must allow our residents input to help guide us.” She believes that they can make Lakewood a model of how a city can be revitalized during the dramatically changing times in health care.

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LHS Artist Earns Regional Best In Show

Senior Rachael Parks' "Subway Blues" painting won Best in Show of 1,500 entries.

Lakewood High art students fared extremely well in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition regional competition, led by senior Rachael Parks whose painting “Subway Blues” won Best in Show.

Judges received 1,500 entries from high school students across Northeast Ohio and from those, 300 were selected to move on to state-level judging to determine which pieces of art will hang in the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus during the months of April and May.

In addition to Parks’ work, the artwork of 14 other LHS students was chosen to move on to state judging next week. Senior Kaitlin Stanaitis’ print “Marzipan” was selected among the Top 25 best pieces in the show. Several students had multiple pieces move on to Columbus. Senior Madeline Litkowski has four pieces advancing, Stanaitis has two and senior Cooper Robar has two moving on.

“I am thrilled with our showing,” said LHS Art Department teacher and facilitator Amy Sedlak. “We’ve never had a Best in Show before.”

From 12,000 regional entries from 15 regions, approximately 2,500 are selected to enter the state judging. State jurors then select 300 for the actual exhibition, with 25 of the 300 chosen to receive the Governor's Award of Excellence. Scholarships are offered to seniors by over 30 universities and colleges of art.

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Roosevelt Elementary Bricks Sale

Show your love for Roosevelt Elementary School. Buy bricks!

ONE DAY ONLY! Bricks from the original Roosevelt Elementary School will be for sale in the Roosevelt parking lot, Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bricks are $10 each. All proceeds benefit programs in the Lakewood City Schools. No special orders or holds. Credit cards and cash will be accepted. This is your last opportunity to step on the old Roosevelt site before construction begins.

Brick sales for Grant Elementary School will take place Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Visit the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation website for updates: www.lakewoodrangers.org.

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Ask Roxann: How Long Will High School Students Have To Cross The Street?

LO: Parents of high school kids and middle school kids on their way to high school next Fall want to know how much longer the kids will be having to walk back and forth across Franklin Ave between classes to get to the modular units and back.

This has been especially difficult this year because, while other Lakewood school district kids are safe in their warm schools on sub-zero days, high school kids continue to be out in the weather all day long, some crossing more than 5 times a day, and with 6 minutes between classes, no matter where your class is, or what building it's in, they don't have time to put hats and gloves on.

RR: We are confident that by the Fall of 2017, the modular units will no longer be necessary at Lakewood High School. There is a very small chance that we could open the new academic until by January of 2017, but the target is set for August of 2017 to begin the school year.

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Save Our Hospital: Degrading Our City

With all the money that Lakewood gets, with the pride that Lakewood claims to have in this city, with all the desired growth in our neighborhoods; and, of course, with all the higher taxes, the community should never lose its main touchstone of progress: its full-service hospital!

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The Squirrel Hillbillies: Down Home And Heart-felt

One thing for sure that we are proud of here at The Lakewood Public Library is that we can offer such a wide range of music presentations via our Sunday with the Friends series. If ours is to add and enhance to our community’s cultural experience through literature and the arts, then we are pleased that so many musicians choose to perform here.

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Rotary Foundation To Award Four Scholarships

The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Foundation is offering grants for study in any accredited post-high school educational institution. Four grants of $2,500 will be awarded toward the cost of one year’s tuition.

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Rotary Foundation Awards Nearly $51,000 In Grants

Nearly $51,000 in grants from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries for third graders, and help fund worthy programs by community organizations.

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Lakewood Cardiologist Recounts Global Journey At The Library

This painting was commissioned by Dr. Richard Watts while he was stationed in Japan from 1948 to 1950.

It is always inspiring to see someone from your hometown lead a long, successful, and interesting life. Lakewood’s rich and diverse community has, no doubt, served as home for many great personages. One notable figure is cardiologist Dr. Richard W. Watts, M.D. born in Lakewood in 1921. He has detailed his remarkable life and career in his autobiography, Odyssey of a Cardiologist, and will be speaking about it at Lakewood Public Library.

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LPL Calendar Of Events

March 18
Word Processing Basics
Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Main Library Learning Lab
March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 22 and August 19

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Outback Ray

The Lakewood Public Library is pleased to announce the upcoming performance of Outback Ray. Have your children ever seen a fennec fox, blue-tongued skink, or 13-foot python? Bring them to this educational and fun program and give them the opportunity to see these and other exotic animals.

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Calling All Home Childcare Providers

The preschool years are critical for social emotional development. Children need pre-academic skills, particularly early literacy, in order to be ready for kindergarten.

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Cleveland Pickle Celebrates Anniversaries Of Both Locations With Half Off Sandwiches


To commemorate the 1st and 3rd anniversaries of their hugely popular Downtown and Lakewood
locations, Cleveland Pickle will be offering half off sandwiches on Friday March 13th from open until
close. “Our customers are the true reason we have enjoyed so much success at both our locations, we
opened both of them around the same time of year so what better way to show our appreciation than
to celebrate the anniversary on the same day!!” says owner Josh Kabat. “We’ve done this at our
downtown location the last 2 years with a line wrapping around the block!” Kabat continues. “We
anticipate the same thing this year, so get there early to avoid the rush!!” Cleveland Pickle is located in
Downtown Cleveland at 850 Euclid Ave and in Lakewood at 17100 Detroit Ave.

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Wallace Coleman: The Best Friend Blues Could Have

The blues have been around for over a century or more. That’s a long time. We tend to forget things that existed but a year ago much less anything from a century past. That is unless there is someone who becomes a spokesperson, an ambassador if you will for one of our most beloved forms of music. Someone who through sheer grit and determination insists on keeping something alive for others to reap its benefits.

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Some Lakewood Photoart

A stunning frost design on my attic window

As a recent addition to Lakewood from NYC where I was a member of their press corps (WSJournal, NYPost, BXTimes), NYFW photographer, and sports photographer for NIKE Basketball, I bought a beautiful Victorian home on Grace Ave. Needless to say, my wife who was raised here, is thrilled! So I decided to keep a Facebook photoblog/journal entitled "Catching the light in Lakewood". (https://www.facebook.com/alexbelisleinlakewood).

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Lovin' The Lake House Cafe

A "Sauce on the Side" reader recommended an original, comfortable place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner with an amazing view of Lake Erie. This out-of-the-way gem: The Lake House Cafe, is tucked quietly in the back of the Lake House Condominiums on Edgewater Drive. We Taster Twins stopped in for lunch on one of the coldest days of the year and found ourselves warmly welcomed and remarkably well-fed in a bright, clean dining room.

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Tower Garden - The Farmers Market On Your Porch

Changing the world one seed at a time

Living in the Northeast is challenging for finding fresh healthy organic produce year round. Are choices for fresh food, and fresh produce limited based on the season we are in? Trying to find fresh tomatoes, basil or watermelon outside in your garden is pretty much a hopeless thought for us hibernating Ohioans in the middle of winter.

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Tenebrae - The Service Of Shadows

Photo credit Suzanne Krumenauer

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…”

When I first joined the Anglican Church, I felt a bit like a schoolchild who showed up for a vocabulary test and hadn’t been privy to the study materials. As someone who had attended church her entire life and felt well-educated, there was an element of unexpected culture shock. Thankfully I was not being graded, and I had teachers not only willing but excited to help me learn these new terms. I began to understand the foreign traditions, their roots in both scripture and the traditions of the ancient church, and they enriched my faith in new ways.

One of these learning experiences was the service of Tenebrae, which I attended for the first time last year.  The word “tenebrae” is Latin for “darkness” or “shadows,” and it describes the service well. A tradition established during medieval times, Tenebrae takes place during Holy Week, occurring on different days of the week depending on the Christian denomination. Holy Week is full of traditions that are sensory – the washing of feet on Maundy Thursday, partaking in remembrance of the last supper, the songs of joy on Easter Sunday. Tenebrae is a very visual service, gradually plunging the congregation into darkness as it progresses.

Tenebrae, at its core, is a funeral ceremony. A dark sanctuary is lit only by candles, and passages of scripture are read that address the suffering of Christ during the last days before his death.

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Who, What & Why – Key Players In A Real Estate Transaction

Ever wonder how many people are involved in a real estate transaction? Believe it or not, a typical sale today involves more than 20 steps and can require over a 100 different people. Less than 20 years ago, a property could be bought with a simple two-page contract. Today, there are better laws to protect the consumer, which include mandated disclosures; environmental and structural reports; and other legal documents that make a transaction more complex. Several professionals with different skills and expertise are needed to ensure that the buying and selling transaction goes smoothly, on schedule and conforming to the legal requirements. Whether your contemplating buying your first property or hundredth, it’s a good idea to be familiar with some of the key players who may work directly with you or behind the scenes.

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Lakewood Menchie's Brings The Taste Of Spring To Residents At O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood

Friends enjoy Frozen Yogurt together

Spring is coming and residents at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood celebrated the warmer weather with the sweet taste of frozen yogurt from Menchie's in Lakewood. Menchie's in Lakewood brought the party to us and provided delicious frozen yogurt cakes as well as a visit from their fun loving Ambassador, Menchie! All in attendance had a great time and are ready for the warm weather to begin!

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Girls Hoops Eliminated By Westlake

After winning their first two OHSAA tournament games, the Lakewood girls basketball team lost the district semifinal to Westlake at Elyria Catholic High School. The Demons beat the Rangers 42-36 in a defensive struggle.

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Rangers Sweep Parma Schools To Win Sectional

The St. Edward game was a bitter end to a nice playoff run for the Rangers. They defeated both Parma and Normandy on the way to winning the sectional title. The opening game was a hard-fought 62-58 victory over Parma at Harding Middle School. The game started slowly for the Rangers, who trailed 14-8 after the first quarter. However, their outside shooting heated up in the second quarter, giving the Rangers a nine point halftime lead. Parma made a run in the second half, but Lakewood held on to get the victory. Wes Gerhardt led the Rangers scoring with 17 points, with Joe Malone and Malik Leisenger contributing 13 and 12 points, respectively.

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Ranger Season Ends At "Battle Of Lakewood"

The Lakewood boys’ basketball team won its sectional at the OHSAA basketball tournament, setting up a district semifinal game against crosstown rival St. Edward on March 11. The matchup created a lot of interest since the two schools have not played in several years. The game, which took place at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, drew a huge crowd and significant online buzz. Lakewood fans were especially enthusiastic, as LHS students packed the student section for the game.

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Buy Early & Save For Comedic "Lend Me A Tenor" At Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present the classic farce, "Lend Me a Tenor," March 27 through April 26, 2015 on the Mackey Main Stage. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. There are no performances on April 4 and 5; an 8 p.m. performance has been added on Thursday, April 23. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: TENOR to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by March 26.

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Spring Into Savings, With Our Springtime Book Sale

One of the biggest highlights of the year is having the pleasure of hosting the Friends’ book sales here at Lakewood Public Library. The large selection of materials, such as CDs, VHS tapes, fiction and nonfiction books, that come either in paperback or hard copies, as well as entertainment and literature for a younger generation, in the form of puzzles, games and a multitude of other wonderful little finds, leave no room for doubt that there is something to be found for everyone who stops by.

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Lakewood Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Collaborative is hosting a monthly Job Club at the Lakewood Public Library at 15425 Detroit Ave. The next Job Club meeting will be held on Tuesday March 31st, from 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood Library. We will have a guest speaker and the topic will be Power Networking: the Dale Carnegie Way. Also, we will provide information and resources to assist people with finding a job in today's market. The Job Club is free and open to the public.

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Polaris Westshore Career Fair

Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and Polaris Career Center will host the Eighth Annual Polaris/Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center Career Fair on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Polaris Career Center, located at 7285 Old Oak Blvd in Middleburg Hts, Ohio, 44130, will host this event.

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Making A Splash At State

Lakewood High sophomore swimmer Kelley Reis competed in the State Championship Tournament meet February 27 & 28. Reis finished 12th in the 100-yard-backstroke and set a new school record with a time of 57.77 seconds. She also swam 50-yard freestyle and finished 17th. Diver Allen VanHouten also qualified for the meet but had to withdraw due to an injury.

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West Shore Culinary Team Rounds Up Regional Awards

Months of training and preparation paid off for West Shore Culinary students at the regional Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competition on February 28. West Shore earned five Gold Awards and one Silver Award across four categories with the Senior Culinary Team of D’Nautica Davis and Katherine Renaudin also earning a spot in the State Competition this April in Columbus.

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LHS Model UN Team Earns Most Awards

The Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club finished a close second (out of 18 competing schools) at the Spring Cleveland Council on World Affairs Model United Nations Conference held March 5-6. Lakewood won more awards than any other school and was runner-up to Orange High School, which earned a few more of the highest awards.

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LHS Academic Challenge Team Headed To Nationals Again

The Lakewood High Academic Challenge team has had a stellar season, topped off by its third straight invite to the National Academic Tournament. The team earned its third straight West Shore Conference Championship, finishing the regular season 7-0 and then going undefeated at the conference tournament with another 7-0 record. Over the past three seasons, the team has earned an astounding 27-1 record. This is the last season in the West Shore Conference for the team as the district becomes a member of the Southwestern Conference beginning next school year.

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Help Save Lakewood Hospital

The punch in the gut to Lakewood residents by Mayor Mike Summers and the Cleveland Clinic has started a firestorm of concern for our oldest and dearest asset, Lakewood Hospital.

More than 1,000 employees and 52,000 residents were told on Jan. 15th that the hospital would be closed, sold and replaced with a 64,000 square foot family health center and free a standing emergency room.

This was after months of denials by both Mayor Summers and Council President Mary Louise Madigan. According to The Plain Dealer on Dec. 31st the city was alive with rumors about the possible closing and Council President Madigan said no decision had been made. She said that there would be some form of health care in Lakewood but did know what it would look like. 

At four Meet-the-Mayor sessions, my wife, Marianne, asked Mayor Summers what was the status of the hospital.  Each time he talked around the issue and gave no direct answer.

These are two of the three people who sit on the Lakewood Hospital Association Board. Both knew what was going on and refused to tell the citizens of Lakewood what the Clinic was planning. Mayor Summers has been on the LHA since being named and re-elected as Mayor. Council President Madigan has been on the LHA Board for several years. The third person is Councilman Tom Bullock.

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Cleveland West Road Runners Starting A New Tradition

Cleveland West Road Runners Club (CWRRC), one of Cleveland's oldest running clubs, is sponsoring the inaugural running of the "Spring in the Park Women's only 10K" on Sunday April 19th at 8 a.m. starting at South Mastick Picnic Area in Rocky River Reservation. The event celebrates the active woman, with a fast course on the newly paved road.

Race director Joanna Brell enthusiastically stated, “The CWRRC Spring in the Park Women’s 10K means spring is here, so let’s go for a run”. While that may seem hard to fathom with this winter, the snow will be gone before you know it. Joanna went on to say, “The new Spring in the Park 10K creates a middle-distance race for women who love to run in the MetroParks, and brings together women runners of all ages and speeds who enjoy those early spring days in our Parks. A run in the park with girlfriends is one of the best ways I know of to welcome a new season.”

In addition to the race, there will be a happy hour at Second Sole (19341 Detroit Ave., Rocky River, OH 44116) with packet pick-up and registration on Friday April 17th from 5-8 p.m. featuring wine and finger foods from Grady's Fine Wines of Rocky River. Entrants will also get a 20% discount on shoes and apparel at Second Sole, a chance to meet up with fellow runners, and tips from yoga and fitness instructors.

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St. Mark Shave Event Looks To Raise $50K

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 at St. Mark School in Cleveland on March 27, 2015, where more than 100 students, staff and parents will shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money to conquer childhood cancers.

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Taking Care Of Your Home: 6 Repairs To Budget For

So you've bought a new home, moved in, and are ready to be a home owner. If you are like many home owners, you will file away the report from your home inspection, never to be seen or read again. Experts suggest, however, that you prioritize needed repairs as identified in your home inspection report and set a budget and timeline to address any items. In addition, new home owners should budget and save 1-3% of their purchase price for future, yet-to-be identified repairs. Here are some common repairs that new home owners can expect in the first few years of home ownership.

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Discussion On Hospital Issues Continues In Council

Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan called the February 17, 2015 Council meeting to order at 7:35 P.M. She then went on to deliver reports from a number of Committee of the Whole meetings.

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Welcome Spring At The LEAF Community Open House

Spring is coming, which means it's time for the Lakewood Earth & Food (LEAF) Community's annual Open House. On Sunday, March 15th from 2-4 p.m., come to the Lakewood Public Library Main Branch's multi-purpose room to learn about LEAF educational programs, sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture program or Community Garden Plot, swap some seeds, and find out how you might like to volunteer with LEAF this upcoming year.

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Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week: Don’t Let March Winds And April Showers Leave You Unprepared

March 1-7 is Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, and the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to be prepared for the upcoming severe weather season: flooding, tornadoes, and super cell thunderstorms with dangerously large hail and very high winds. Here are important severe-weather safety facts and tips.

Tornadoes

Tornadoes cause an average of 62 deaths and 1,500 injuries per year in the United States.

Know your community’s warning system, and pick a ‘safe room’ if a tornado is headed: basement, storm cellar or interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.

Prepare for strong winds: remove diseased and damaged limbs from trees; secure lawn furniture, trash cans, and hanging installations that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.

Know the tornado danger signs – dark, often greenish clouds, a wall cloud, cloud of debris, large hail, a funnel cloud or a roaring noise.

Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms can occur frequently in the spring and summer and can include high winds of over 125 miles per hour.

Lightning results in an average of 55-60 deaths and 300 injuries per year in the United States. Remember, if thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

Watch for storm signs: darkening skies, flashes of lightning or increasing winds. Always take shelter in a building or a vehicle with the windows and doors closed securely.

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Anatomy of The Hospital Deal

Contrary to what City and Hospital officials would have Lakewoodites believe about the proposed course of action outlined in the Letter of Intent, sprung on the public this January detailing the closure and sale of Lakewood Hospital to the Cleveland Clinic, not only is it a) not the only solution, b) not necessarily the best, but c) one that bears a faint stench. Here's what's known (or not known):

Contrary to what City and Hospital officials would have Lakewoodites believe about the proposed course of action outlined in the Letter of Intent, sprung on the public this January detailing the closure and sale of Lakewood Hospital to the Cleveland Clinic, not only is it a) not the only solution, b) not necessarily the best, but c) one that bears a faint stench. Here's what's known (or not known):

1) According to the original 1986 agreement between the City and the private, not-for-profit Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA) that was ostensibly created to protect the taxpayers from bearing the losses in an increasingly competitive health care arena, the LHA keeps the all the proceeds generated by and all capital involved in operating the hospital.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 6:18 PM, 03.03.2015

Latest Gifted/Talented Meeting Leaves Parents With Questions

This past Thursday evening, the cafetorium at Horace Mann was standing-room-only for Lakewood City Schools' State of the Gifted and Talented program presentation. It was clear that this program is very important to families who have benefited from it in the past and are concerned about its current state, and families who are new to the school system.

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The Educated Homeowner

The upcoming Lakewood Old House Fair at Harding Middle School on April 18th is a great opportunity for homeowners in Lakewood (or anywhere-- this is an open, free event!) to unravel the mysteries of maintaining their unique, historic homes. Other excellent educational opportunities for Lakewood homeowners are being presented by LakewoodAlive in a series of workshops, “Knowing Your Home” in which presenters address fifteen different topics surrounding the maintenance of our Lakewood homes. As a plasterer, specializing in plaster and lath repair, I’m excited to have these opportunities to help homeowners understand the composition of the original walls and ceilings in their historic houses and to help demystify the plaster repair process of those cracks, bulges and holes that inevitably develop.  On June 25th come and learn about repairing walls and ceilings in greater detail at the LakewoodAlive workshop “Plaster and/or Drywall Repair & Replacement.” Of course, being a plasterer, I will be extolling the benefits of maintaining the original plaster, teaching basic plaster repair techniques and sharing some history and the how’s and why’s of plaster…but to be fair…there will be equal time for the drywall crowd and after this workshop you will possess a better understanding of the walls and ceilings in your home and be able to make well-informed choices when tackling repairs. See you at the Lakewood Old House Fair! Come visit me at the Wall to Wall Transformations table where I will be happy to answer any plastering questions.

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Lincoln Jumps Rope For Heart Health And $6170 For The American Heart Association

Our jump rope team celebrating after a fabulous performance.

The Jump Rope Club performance was amazing to watch! This event happened on the 27th of February. 4th and 5th grade students of Lincoln Elementary were allowed to join. They create their own routines to music and showcase them in one of the biggest assemblies of the year. It was awesome and fun. Some of the tricks that were performed had very high difficulty, like “Octopus,” where your arm holding the jump rope goes under your leg and then you jump, or “Double Under,” where the jump rope goes around twice before you land.

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Creating The “Wow” Factor Preparing Your Home For Spring Market – Part III

It’s a Saturday afternoon and I’m taking a Buyer on tour to look at potential homes. The front door is opened and there is an auditory gasp from the Buyer as their eyes take in the view. The tour continues room-by-room, floor-by-floor with various expressions of amazement. The home is quite simply gorgeous. This is the reaction Seller’s should aspire for when listing their home and what Realtor’s call the “Wow” factor.  What is this element that in today’s Lakewood market can sell a home in practically days and result in multiple offers? It is a home that is show ready and has a few elements that clearly sets it apart from the competition.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 6:07 PM, 03.03.2015

Let Your Inner Artist Grow This Spring And Summer At Beck Center!

It’s finally time to think spring (and summer!) so let your creativity grow with a class or workshop at Beck Center for the Arts. Whether you are interested in one-day music or pendant-making workshops, or an 8-week visual arts class, our dedicated faculty looks forward to getting creative with you.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 6:07 PM, 03.03.2015

Polaris Westshore Career Fair

Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and Polaris Career Center will host the Eighth Annual Polaris/Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center Career Fair on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Polaris Career Center, located at 7285 Old Oak Blvd in Middleburg Hts, Ohio, 44130, will host this event.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 6:07 PM, 03.03.2015

Eclectic Entertainment; From Modern To Primordial

Honeybucket will perform at LPL on Sunday, March 8th.

At the Lakewood Public Library, we are nothing if not eclectic; each member of our staff has something different and vital to offer when it comes to the service we render to this beloved community of Lakewood.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 6:07 PM, 03.03.2015

Time Travelers United At The Lakewood Public Library

Have you ever tried to explain your favorite episode of Doctor Who to someone who is not really a fan? It’s a little like trying to explain rap music to your grandma. The other person’s eyes glaze over after 60 seconds and even though they are nodding along with the cadence of your voice, you know that they aren’t really listening.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 6:07 PM, 03.03.2015