The 2013-2014 preliminary State Report Card results are in and the report for Lakewood City Schools shows that the district continues to provide a quality education, earning an overall A for Student Progress, which measures academic gains in our students’ Reading and Math over a year’s time, also known as Value-Added.
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Returning for their first meeting after their summer break, Council President, Mary Louise Madigan, called the September 9, 2014 meeting of Council to order at 7:34 P.M.
First woman to drive the Indy 500. Nationally recognized special education innovator. Cartoonist for a widely syndicated comic strip. International philanthropist and entrepreneur. What do they all have in common? They’re all superstars of the Lakewood City Schools.
As I approach every work day with a list of items to complete, it is inevitable that most of those items go unaddressed due to the unforeseen circumstances of working in a school district. I revel in the thought of checking off completed tasks, however, many days are filled with parent discussions regarding the future of education, Common Core State Standards, new buildings and facilities, specialized programming within the district, and don’t forget Common Core State Standards. There are so many good questions asked, and our community trumps any list that this “A-Type” school administrator might create to conquer, thus, the reason for this column.
After several conversations with Ms. Betsy Voinovich and Mr. Jim O’Bryan, we thought it would be beneficial to take some time to address the multitude of questions parents and community members might have regarding the Lakewood City Schools. While I might not have all the answers, I am lucky to work among an incredible group of people who collaborate to make the very best decisions to benefit all stakeholders. Not to mention, my office is ten feet from Mr. Jeffrey Patterson, Superintendent of Schools.
Get your creativity on! Lakewood Kiwanis along with Uptown Lakewood are conducting the Scarecrow Festival from October 10th through October 26th. This year the plan is to have scarecrows on Madison Avenue from Highland Avenue (W. 117th St.) all the way to Riverside Drive. This is a fun opportunity for individuals, families, businesses and clubs to get involved and build their own scarecrows.
Registration is $25 with proceeds shared by The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood and Uptown Lakewood. One-hundred percent of the proceeds received by the Lakewood Kiwanis will go to support Kiwanis International's Project Eliminate, a global campaign to end maternal and neonatal tetanus. Visit www.lakewoodkiwanis.com to download your registration application. Scarecrows need to be registered by October 4th. Corporate sponsorship is available for $100.
The Lakewood Ranger football team defeated Normandy 35-0 on Friday, September 12th lifting its record to 2-1 on the season. The Rangers played very well in every aspect of the game, getting big contributions from the offense, defense, and special teams. The 2-1 mark matches the program’s best start over the past decade, and provides momentum going into their most difficult game of the year at Avon.
Whether you sported purple and gold or green and gold, whether you lived in Lakewood or were passing through on your way downtown, you undoubtedly knew Wally. He was the man that sat outside of Lakewood Senior Health Campus, now O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood, located at the corner of Detroit and Bunts. Wally became an icon to students who attended school in Lakewood, year after year greeting them on their way to and from school. He also waved at each and every driver passing by. And what better event for Wally than the annual Lakewood 4th of July parade?!
The communication gap between men and women is more than just a mythical battle of the sexes. It’s the making of bestselling books, compelling talk radio and widely read articles chronicling research into how the two sexes relate to one another. There’s hard evidence that in relationships at work, home and play, men and women approach communication differently. Just ask Brecksville therapist and communications expert Susan Fee.
Through story and song, guitarist Ray Kamalay looks at slavery’s influence on our musical heritage on Sunday, September 21 at 2 p.m. in Lakewood Public Library’s Main Auditorium. A guitarist, singer, and jazz musician, Kamalay has recorded CDs with his group, Red Hot Peppers. He also holds a degree in political science with an emphasis in philosophy from the University of Detroit. In 1992, Kamalay’s love of history led him to present “World Slavery: the Haitian Revolution and the Rise of American Music.” Kamalay also teaches guitar with his book, The Secrets of Swing. Before his presentation at Lakewood Public Library, Kamalay takes the time to answer a few questions.
Jungle Terry is a busy man. He has over one hundred animals requiring care, attention, and twice daily feedings. Despite his full schedule, he seems barely able to contain his energy and enthusiasm for his work as an animal trainer, naturalist, educator, and entertainer.
Did you know?
Lakewood leads the Cleveland suburbs in heroin deaths?
Heroin addiction is often a doctor-prescribed epidemic?
Most heroin deaths are white suburban males?
One out of four persons has a brain that is wired for opiate addiction?
90% of rehabbed-opiate-addicted youth relapse?
What should you do to prevent and deal with heroin/opiate addiction?
"I didn't know that! What can I do?" are the typical responses I get when I talk about heroin in Lakewood.
Get the facts from a panel of experts.
On Tuesday evening, September 30th, "Lakewood: It's Time for the Talk about Heroin" will take place at the Lakewood Public Library, Main Branch, 15425 Detroit, Avenue, from 7-8:30PM.
According to ODNR Watercraft, there are 24,957 boats registered in Cuyahoga County. From 2010-2013 there have been 52 incidents state wide involving 54 fatalities with drowning listed as the cause of death in 33 of the cases. Fifteen of the incidents occurred on Lake Erie.
The Friends of St. James,Inc. are sponsoring an evening of music, great food and fun at St. James (17514 Detroit, Lakewood) on September 26.
Looking for a place to celebrate a birthday lunch, we serendipitously ended up at the newly opened Brown Sugar Fine Thai Cuisine nestled in the middle of downtown Lakewood. Occupying the space of the short-lived Somethin's Smokin' restaurant, the space has been transformed into a clean, tranquil looking dining room with simple decor which belies the intricate recipes served there. The menu is extensive, with seemingly endless choices! To compound the bounty of options, most of the dishes can be customized to your personal heat preference (or tolerance). Each member of the accommodating and gracious staff was nonplussed by having to explain the menu items and make note of the personal variations.
Highlights of this month's WCOG meeting are presented here. For the full LWV observer report, see the Observer's website or LWVGreaterCleveland.org. Official minutes are prepared by Mayor Patton's office and are available on Fairview Park's website.
Once again, our community has stepped up in a major way to help our students in need start off the school year with the supplies necessary to succeed in the classroom.
This year, for only second time in the 200 years of Cuyahoga County, voters will elect a County Executive and half of the members of the County Council.
The 2nd Annual Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival sure left its mark on Lakewood. Saturday, September 6 was a beautiful night to celebrate friends, community, and this fantastic city we call home with wine, craft beer and delicious food. 2,000 tickets sold out the event that was sponsored by Lakewood’s own BEER ENGINE.
The combined western Cuyahoga County Democratic Clubs will join forces for a Tuesday, September 30, Candidates Night and early voting kickoff at 7 p.m., at the Rocky River Don Umerley Civic Center. The sponsoring Clubs include Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Westlake and Cleveland Stonewall. The Civic Center is located at 21016 Hilliard Boulevard.
Friday, September 19
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Beck Center for the Arts are teaming up once again to present the West End Halloween Window Walk. The 10th annual community window-painting contest is open to all students in grades K-12, families, groups, and adults. Over 100 Halloween-themed masterpieces will appear on the windows of Detroit Avenue businesses from Arthur to Sloane during the week of October 19th. A “Best-In-Show” prize will be awarded to winners in each of 5 age categories: Grade K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and Adult (18+), plus the Group and Family categories, at the awards ceremony at the Beck Center at 2pm on Saturday, October 25th. Registration forms for artists and businesses are available online at www.lakewoodchamber.org.
Our mission is to sell local art and support people with mental illness. We created a street festival to bring attention to our neighborhood and help the emerging artists. Art is meant to be affordable to anyone and is a great outlet.
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 September 30th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood Library. The topic is resume/cover letter presented by a speaker from Tri-C. 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.
District middle school students spent September 4 pondering what what a wondrous place their schools would be if everyone chose kindness, one of the themes of this year’s summer reading book, “Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio.
Anyone who watches election returns knows that we Americans take our right to vote for granted. But just how fragile is that right?
Are you a white male landowner who's over 21 years old? When the United States was founded, that's what it took to vote in most states. By the Civil War, most states had removed the wealth requirement, but you still had to be male, white, and, in most states, 21.
Are you a naturalized citizen? You couldn't have voted until the 14th Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1868.
Is your skin dark? The 15th Amendment, passed in 1870, provided that voting rights could not be abridged based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Are you a woman? You couldn't have voted until 1920, when the 19th Amendment was passed. Thank the brave suffragettes who marched by the thousands, suffering derision and assaults. Some even went to jail, conducted hunger strikes, and were force-fed.
Ever live in Washington, D.C.? You couldn't have voted in presidential elections until 1961, when the 23rd Amendment was passed.
In 1964, the 24th Amendment prohibited poll taxes, which had been used to disenfranchise blacks and poor people in the South, taking us back to the wealthy, white, and over-21 scenario that our country started with.
Are you between 18 and 21? You got the right to vote in 1971, when the 26th Amendment was passed because Vietnam-era draftees stood up and cried, "If we're old enough to die, we're old enough to vote."
Since the day our country was born, patriots have fought inch by precious inch to secure your right to vote -- and to win it back whenever new rules have restricted it. This fight is alive and well in Ohio, where voters' rights activists are challenging new limits on early voting.
September is Voter Registration Month, and September 23rd is National Voter Registration Day. League of Women Voters volunteers will be celebrating by registering students in four Cleveland high schools, as well as shoppers and commuters in Tower City. If only we had the resources to reach every single new voter -- and all the lapsed voters too!
The League is a nonpartisan political membership organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. We welcome men and those who cannot vote, in addition to women who can -- and do. The only requirement for membership is a passion for democracy. Please join us!
Burning River Baroque will present a re-vamped version of "Obsession & Unrequited Love" on Sunday, October 5 at 4 p.m. at Lakewood Congregational Church. "Obsession & Unrequited Love" will feature dramatic cantatas and passionate sonatas by Italian composers from the first half of the 18th century, including Domenico Scarlatti, Antonio Vivaldi, Nicola Porpora and more.
Tired of staring at that blank wall in your house? Come into Handley-Boyt Gallery and choose one of our passionate prints, canvas reproductions or spring for an original, inspiring piece of ART to focus your attention, lift your spirits or just make you think.
One unspayed dog or cat can have as many as 10 unwanted births in the first breeding season. Do you really have that many friends?
Have you ever wondered what was going on behind your walls? Maybe it is just me, but sometimes I get to thinking about how our homes are like our bodies. There are systems in place to take care of everything that we need to keep getting up out of bed every day. Your home has similar systems; your heating system pumps hot and cold air throughout your home, your soil stack removes used water away from the home and water pipes bring in clean water. As long as everything is tuned up and running as it should, your home continues on everyday pluggin’ along keeping you sheltered and safe from the outside world.
Thanks to the generosity of the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation (formerly the Alumni Foundation), every Kindergarten through 4th grade classroom in the district will be outfitted with special document cameras that will make sharing and collaborating significantly quicker and easier and promote student engagement.
Special Concert Watermelon Wine: The Poetry Of Americana Music With Anne E. DeChant And Frye Gaillard
Award-winning songwriter and Cleveland native Anne E. DeChant will return to Lakewood Public Library with author Frye Gaillard for Watermelon Wine: The Poetry of Americana Music, a unique afternoon of scholarship and song at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 27.
Lakewood Historical Society: Exterior Painting and Historic Color Schemes
Join us on Saturday, September 27 at 6 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium, as Lakewood Public Cinema presents “The Color of Paradise” a 1999 movie telling the tender story of a blind child named Mohammed, played by the actual blind actor, Mohsez Ramezani, who is returning home for summer vacation from Tehran’s Institute for the Blind. The boy is considered a burden by his widowed father due to his disability, but the innocent and sensitive child proves to have the transcendent ability to find beauty wherever he goes.
Whether you are a new home owner, or have been in your home for years, there are several ways to economically add value to your home. A recent article by the Akron/Cleveland Area Board of Realtors (AKAR) suggested 8 home improvements under $5,000 that will also provide the best return on your investment when it is time to sell.
Nature’s Bin is excited to announce the appointment of their new Executive Chef, Michael Plachy and Sous Chef, Jitra Neal Post. Chef Michael has over 10 years in kitchen operations and is experienced in menu planning, staff training, and sustaining a high level of quality and service. He comes to Nature’s Bin and Nature’s Bin Catering from Aramark where he prepared food at Foundation House located on the Cleveland Clinic Campus. Plachy executed both plated and buffet-style events, taught classes for the Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program to reverse disease through diet and lifestyle change, and developed delicious new menu items and inviting plated presentations.
Jungle Terry’s Traveling Zoo
For the whole family
They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and the same can be said for the First Federal Lakewood “Million Step Challenge.” More than half of the bank’s employees are hitting the streets of Lakewood in hopes of improving their health by racking up one million steps within twelve weeks. Every employee who reaches that goal will earn one extra vacation day.
Lauren Schneid, First Federal Lakewood Human Resources Administrator and member of the bank’s Fit for Life Committee says, “The program launched on June 23 and has really taken off. Employees have been really excited about the challenge to meet their goal before it ends on September 14. Around 65% of our employees are participating in the program.”
You know the old routine, “Who’s on first?” Well that is basically how the Krivosh entertainment “factory” got started. Young Mickey Krivosh nearly 23-years-old, looking for something to do grabs a little storefront over by HJ Pope Company, nothing special. Over the next couple of months he goes to various auctions and estate sales, and opens a Lakewood legend 40 years ago: “Around the Corner.” Where is it located? Around the corner. “What corner?” "You know the corner on Detroit and Detroit!” “Huh?” But there are very few other ways to describe it.
Tour Time Is Here! The 2014 "Come Home to Lakewood" House And Garden Tour This Sunday, September 7th
It's the perfect send-off to summer - touring the town to discover some of Lakewood's most outstanding architecture and vibrant gardens - and it's all during the 2014 "Come Home to Lakewood" House and Garden Tour, Sunday, September 7th, from 1-6 p.m.
ESPN brought the national spotlight to Lakewood on Sunday, August 31 by broadcasting St. Edward’s opening football game from First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The game, a matchup against perennial power Gilman Academy of Maryland, was part of the “2014 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase” on ESPNU. The “Worldwide Leader” brought the spotlight, but the Eagles brought the show, dominating Gilman in a 38-7 victory.
The Beachland Tavern was the site of the last of the four X__X reunion gigs last Saturday, August 23rd. It was quite a show.
John Morton, of the electric eels, originally formed the band in 1978. Originally consisting of Morton on guitar, fellow electric eel Dave E. McManus on vocals, and Mike Weldon (formerly of Mirrors) on drums, the lineup solidified with Morton on guitar and vocals, Jim Ellis on bass, Andrew Klimeyk on guitar and vocals, and Anton “Tony” Fier on drums.
This year, a retrospective entitled “X Sticky Fingers X” (under the name X The Rolling Stones X) was released on Ektro Records. This summer, the band reformed and went out on the road. The current line-up is Morton, Andrew Klimeyk of Ugly Beauty, Rocket From The Tombs/Mirrors/The Down Fi bassist Craig Bell, and Matthew Harris on drums. Opening at the Beachland was singer/songwriter Val Seeley and art rock band Home & Garden.
Housing Committee Of Lakewood City Council Meets On September 8th To Discuss Hen-Keeping Pilot Program
As the movement for backyard hen-keeping continues to gain momentum, Lakewood will be making a decision whether or not to allow residents to raise hens and how to efficiently regulate backyard hen-keeping for personal use. Many nearby communities have successfully permitted their residents to own a small number of hens and found that urban hens are pets with benefits – the benefit of not only farm fresh eggs but also the building of community within neighborhoods.
The Lakewood YMCA Adventure Guides is also known as Lake Trail Nation (LTN). We are a group of about 60 families with over 175 members. Our members include single and married parents, grandparents, and of course, the kids we care about. We provide opportunities for adults and boys and girls age 5-12 to spend enjoyable, constructive time together, fostering companionship and an understanding for a foundation to lifelong friendship.
Some of our recent activities have included Tent Camping at different Ohio State Parks, a Halloween Party, Moon Rock Bowling, a Holiday Party, Game Night at the Y, Induction Camp out in the Metroparks, the Pinewood Derby, Marching in the Lakewood July 4th Parade, Camp Y-Noah, Pool Parties, Hiking, Biking, Community Service, Camp Fitch (Winter campout!), Model Rockets, and Skiing. Smaller groups of children the same age and gender with their parents, called Circles, also plan monthly activities such as jewelry making parties, movie nights, pumpkin carving, spa day, and other activities.
Players on Madison is teaming up with the Lakewood Council of PTAs for the first annual "Fall Harvest Dinner" to support the Lakewood City School PTA units.
The 27th annual Lakewood Community Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Madison Park, 13029 Madison Avenue. The festival celebrates community, cultural heritage and families. It is a day of fun and activities for everyone.
Garfield Middle School will host a Cultural Heritage Festival on September 11, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. This event will serve as an exploration and celebration of the many cultures represented within the Lakewood City School District. The festivities will be open to the public and will include multiple activities/games, great food, and inspirational entertainment. Parents, students, and community members are encouraged to attend.
The Youth Challenge Superhero Dash, the 29th Annual Race Day in memory of former Trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, September 20 at Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave.
Nichole Harris, a junior at Lakewood High, has returned to school with two accomplishments under her belt. She is now a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and also she scored 100% on the Ohio OGT math test. Nichole is a member of two orchestras at Lakewood High School including the popular Lakewood Project.
Lakewood High School students are one week into the school year, but members of the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band have been hard at work since August 4th preparing for the 28th Annual Lakewood High School Marching Band Festival and the 2014 marching band season.
Cornucopia and Nature’s Bin’s second annual “Event in the Tent” celebration will be held Friday, September 19 from 6:30–10 p.m. at Cornucopia’s Vocational Training Center, 18228 Sloane Avenue in Lakewood. Last year Cornucopia celebrated the opening of its new Vocational Training Center with its first “Event in the Tent - Raise the Roof.” Join them this year as they “Inspire Possibilities!” and make this party an annual evening in support of Cornucopia’s vocational training programs.
Return to the glory days of Cleveland baseball. The days of Albert Belle, Carlos Baerga and Omar Vizquel. Everything changed in the spring of 1994 when the Indians moved into their new home on Carnegie and Ontario, the new crown jewel of Cleveland, Jacob’s Field. The team lit up the Jake with an intensity that inhilated the team’s image as the jokers of baseball. Revisit this time with the author of Jacobs Field: History and Tradition at The Jake by Vince McKee.
Lakewood Library is looking for some ambitious teen writers to participate in our brand new, super fun creative writing program, QuickLit Challenge. We're ready to help you get those creative juices flowing as you embark on a new school year with four weeks of wacky writing fun. Each week will hold a different challenge, giving you one hour to create a story in a whole new way. Write fast, write furious, and have fun with literature like never before. Are you up to the challenge? Join us!
The bestselling author of The Space Between Us and The World We Found returns to the Lakewood Public Library with a deeply provocative story of two women whose worlds collide during a time of crisis. With her trademark emotional depth and complex characters, Umrigar weaves a nuanced story of betrayal and forgiveness that challenges our notions of family, friendship and marital love.
Lakewood Historical Society: The History of Lakewood’s Beck Center for the Arts
For students in kindergarten through fifth grade
Are you a true Whovian? Fantastic! Then come join us at the Library for some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff! We have two programs that include youth of all ages. To register for one, please stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.
In the spring of 2013, Barb and Larry White attended a craft and garden fair at Quailcrest Farm in Wooster Ohio. While Barb had her eyes on various metalwork crafts, it was Larry who walked away, or drove away, with the greatest metalwork craft of all. While Barb’s treasure was a custom made weathervane for the yard, Larry’s was custom made for the garage!
This fall, Lakewood Public Library will be launching an exciting new program called Sensory Story Time. Much like a typical story time, but enhanced, it is specially designed for 3-7 year old children with special needs, autism, or those with sensory processing challenges. Libraries across the country are starting similar programs, and with the rates of autism on the rise, sensory story times are a great way to makes libraries inclusive for all families.
Join the Lakewood Earth & Food (LEAF) Community for an educational session on foraging and wild edible with Rob Shearer. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 17th at 7 p.m. in the Engine Room (downstairs) of the Buckeye Beer Engine (15315 Madison Ave.).
Fedor Manor, a cornerstone of the community on the east end of Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Oh, is a 145-unit, 62 & over apartment community, that has provided affordable housing for seniors since 1983. Our community is conveniently located next to banks, churches, grocery stores, restaurants, RTA transportation, and more.