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Hidden Lakewood: The Gold Coast

courtesy of the Lakewood Historical Society

It's not quite three-quarters of a mile from Edgewater Towers at Lakewood's easternmost edge to the entrance of the 20-story Carlyle on the Lake. The hallowed strip known as Lakewood's Gold Coast contains 13 high-rise residential buildings housing 2,840 suites. This vertical neighborhood contributes in no small part to make this city Ohio's most densely populated, with approximately 9,500 people per square mile.

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Nickie J. Antonio Makes Run For State Senate District 23

My name is Nickie J. Antonio. For the past eight years I have been honored to serve as the State Representative for Ohio House District 13. I am now running in the open seat for Ohio Senate in District 23 to become your next State Senator. The seat is open due to the fact that our current Senator, Michael Skindell, is term limited. 

Those of you who are aware of my hard work and love for our communities may not know where my sense of pride and dedication for Northeast Ohio comes from. My family has lived, worked, worshipped and built the communities in the district for generations. Both the Antonio and Schwarz families emphasized hard work and service to our country to their children and descendants. They worked long hours; my Uncles and Grandfather in the steel mills, my Grandmother and Aunts on assembly lines, my Mom in a department store, my Dad in construction, and my other Grandfather driving both a bus and a cab in transportation. I got my hardworking, middle class roots from all of them. I learned the value of collective bargaining for good pay and a safe working environment, and how important equal pay for equal work truly is.

Jean and I have worked to pass these values of hard work and service down to our daughters Ariel and Stacey. And I know these are the core values we see in the communities throughout Senate District 23. Senate District 23 includes the west side of Cleveland and neighborhoods of West Park, Kamms, Gordon Square, Old Brooklyn and the cities of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Hts., Brookpark, Cuyahoga Hts., Lakewood, Linndale, Middleburg Hts., Parma, and Parma Hts.

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Celebrate Spring With Earth Day, The Great American Cleanup, And Keep Lakewood Beautiful!

Spring sunshine and warmer winds have finally arrived here in Lakewood, Ohio. The Keep Lakewood Beautiful organization is celebrating this time of year with its Annual Earth Day and Great American Cleanup on April 28th from 9am-1pm beginning at Lakewood Park. Come one or come all and help spruce up public areas in our city. Learn about recycling, learn from an arborist, and you can help:plant trees in observance of Arbor Day, plant flowers, mulch trees, or pick up litter. Meet at the Women’s Pavilion at Lakewood Park. Lunch will be provided after volunteering. For more information or optional pre-registration requested, please see:http://www.onelakewood.com/KLB or call 529-6601.

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I Support Mike Skindell For State Representative

It is my honor and pleasure to support Mike Skindell’s campaign for State Representative. Throughout his political career, as a member of Lakewood City Council and a legislator in the Ohio House and Senate, he has consistently represented my values. Governing is about making choices, and Mike makes choices that benefit all of his constituents, not just the privileged few.

Over the years, Mike’s perspective has brought much needed balance to the Ohio State Legislature. He has clearly demonstrated that often the real cost of tax cuts is cuts to much needed services…monies to address the opioid crisis, monies to support adult and child protective services, funding to schools, local governments, parks, and the environment. He has fought to prevent or reduce cuts to these important programs.

Mike understands how government works and how to navigate the legislative process. His accomplishments, while serving in the minority, is a testament to his skills as a legislator. When I receive advocacy alerts to contact my state legislator, I never need to reach out to Mike because I can rest easy that he will do the right thing.

 

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Who Stood Up For Lakewood?

Remember the kefuffle a couple of years ago about saving our hospital? While you almost certainly do, you might not remember who stood with Lakewood and who stood with Cleveland Clinic. Their candidacy for state representative may refresh your recollection.

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Waterbury Coach House Expected To Re-Open May 1st After Extensive Remodeling

When the Waterbury Coach House at 13333 Madison Avenue in Lakewood holds their grand reopening--projected for May 1 after extensive remodeling-- customers will be treated to an expanded menu of American and ethic home cooking (including the restaurant’s signature garlic soup), a wide selection of trendy cocktails, live music, and the ever-popular trivia.  

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BEER ENGINE Benefits Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp.

BEER ENGINE owner, Robert Wright  and GM, Peter Stancato, present check for $6,002.00 to Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp. President, Ellen Todia and Mayor Summers on behalf of families served by LCAC.

On behalf of Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation, I am honored to thank BEER ENGINE for raising $6,002 at their recent charity fundraiser for LCAC. BEER ENGINE has dedicated two years of support around their anniversary date to help Lakewood residents in need. Their combined donations have raised $14,582 for LCAC!

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Undercover Immigrant (An Introduction)

When I arrived in the United States ten years ago, the idea of not having a voice as a green card holder would have been laughable. The United States was and still is, after all, the Land of the Free though it may not have felt as much as of late. My family lived in California briefly when I was a child - my step-father on loan from the European Government - and the favourable mark of the Wild West and her people was so indelibly pressed upon my young memory that much of my later youth was spent dreaming of how I might return. It was with pure delight when in 2006 I received the first temporary visa that would lead to my permanent residency and the rights bestowed along with it. 

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Pair Earn State Honors For Reflections Pieces

Gabrielle Dever

The Lakewood Council of PTAs Reflection Committee recently announced that two of its submissions for judging at the state level earned recognition for further artistic merit. In the literature category, junior Gabrielle Dever won an Award of Excellence, which qualifies her piece to move on to national level judging. Also in the literature category, junior Sam Stone earned an Award of Merit.

Statewide submissions were judged by category and age group – primary (grades preK-2), intermediate (3-5), middle (6-8) and high school (9-12). Out of thousands of submissions, only six students were recognized in each age level/category.

The Reflections program offers students from schools with active PTAs the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works in seven arts areas: literature, dance choreography, film/video production, musical composition, photography, visual arts and special artist. All entries must follow a chosen theme, which this year was “Within Reach.”

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Martin J. Sweeney Hopes To Earn The Privilege Of Serving You In The State Senate

My name is Martin J. Sweeny and I am asking for the privilege of serving as your next State Senator.

Throughout my life, Lakewood has always been special to me. I competed in many basketball games as a teenager here, worked my first job at the Convenient Mart behind Harding, learned to play pool at Mahall’s, socialized at the old Tam O’Shanter, and spent many 4th of July nights down at Lakewood Park watching the fireworks. More importantly, it is where I met my beautiful wife Kate at her family home on Narragansett Ave.

Having had the opportunity of serving our communities for over twenty years, as both a Cleveland City Councilman and a State Representative from the 14th House District, I uniquely understand the challenges facing large, urban cities like Lakewood. From the loss of critical funding for our local schools and cities, an Opioid Crisis ravaging our communities, and a near constant Republican-led assault on the basic rights for all Ohioans, I know the issues impacting you and your neighbors in Lakewood. I promise I will always work hard for you in Columbus to ensure we have strong communities, safe neighborhoods, and are protecting the rights of working families.  


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LHS Artist To Donate 20% Of Proceeds From First Solo Art Show To H2O

Rivers On My Mind, Coffee Cup, Micah Inak 2018

Micah Inak, a senior at Lakewood High School currently has 20 pieces of art up in her first solo art show at The Root Café, 15118 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 which will run from April 9th to May 6th. She will be donating 20% of all sales from the show to H2O (Help to Others), a local community volunteer group. This show is a big deal for Micah. Not only will she have a nice selection of her work on display, but one of her award winning pieces was printed on thousands of paper coffee cups which will be distributed by 11 local coffee, tea, and ice cream shops across Lakewood. The cups first became open to the public on Sunday, April 15th at the opening reception, and will be available until they run out.

Micah and her twin sister, Chelsea Inak, have volunteered for H2O off and on since 2011. Through H2O they've gotten experience being volunteers for many organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, Vietnam Vets, and the Cleveland Food Bank as well as being caricature artists at the annual H2O Pumpkin Palooza event. They learned a lot about being a good community members from the program, got a lot of experience they were able to put down on college, job, and scholarship applications, and now want to give something back. "It seemed like a cool thing to do. H2O is an organization that does a lot for the community," said Micah.

 

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Medical Care Is Very Important

Most of us have insurance and can pay for medical care. However, there are many residents in our community that don’t have this privilege. We don’t tend to think about those without health insurance who cannot afford the medical care they need. That’s where places like North Coast Health come in.

North Coast Health (NCH), located on Detroit Rd in Lakewood, is a charitable medical clinic. Anybody 14 years or older is welcome to schedule an appointment. The majority of patients are low income which makes it possible for them to receive care for free or at very low cost. North Coast Health also helps patients apply for Medicaid. 

When a patient arrives, they are greeted by the front desk where they get checked in for the appointment. The staff also helps connect patients with specialty services at the Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth, they provide Giant Eagle gift cards for food, and bus passes. A medical assistant takes the patient to the exam room and checks blood pressure and reviews medications. The doctor comes in next and provides a physical exam, explains what’s going on and the best treatment. Patients who have chronic conditions can meet with the nurse for education. Anyone who needs medications can see the pharmacy technician for assistance. There is also a counselor to help with behavioral health needs.

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LHS Artists Earn Top Honors In Rotary/Beck Contests

Speech winners from left, Taylor Heckel, Nicholas Cleary and Gabby Murray.

Lakewood High students were top award-winners in the 73rd annual Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contests. Lakewood students swept the speech category and took the top two spots in visual arts. 

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Tom Bullock Fights for Families

Attorney Lindsey Grdina and her young family love the traffic calming measures Bullock helped bring to Lakewood and support him for state representative.

I’ve had the privilege of calling Lakewood my home for the past 10 years. I run a business here, my husband and I own a home here, and we are raising our family here. I’m proud to be represented by Tom Bullock, and proud to support him in his campaign to be the next state representative for Ohio's 13th district. Tom believes that strong families thrive in vibrant, dynamic, diverse cities. He has worked tirelessly to create a safe multimodal city. One that works not just for our current modes of transportation, but with an eye to the future as well. Thanks to Tom’s efforts on City Council, it’s not unusual to see families like my mine riding their bikes to Lakewood Park, or strolling to the Sweet Spot for an after-dinner treat.

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Meditation Series Presented By Nadine Feighan

The Library is pleased to welcome back Nadine Feighan for another series on meditation. Building on the popularity of last year’s Heartfulness Meditation series, Feighan will return to the Lakewood Public Library Main Multipurpose Room on Tuesday May 1, 2018 and Tuesday May 8, 2018 for a two-part meditation series.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Author Event - "The Edge of Innocence: The Trial of Casper Bennett"
by David Miraldi

The Edge of Innocence is historical fiction based on the 1964 murder trial of Casper Bennett, a man accused of drowning his wife in a bathtub of scalding water in Lorain. Bennett’s sensational trial pitted an aggressive, mercurial county prosecutor against the author’s father, a civil trial attorney who had never before defended anyone for murder. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Spring Sale Weekend: April 20 & 21

The Historic Nicholson House, 13335 Detroit Ave, is filled to the brim and ready for shoppers Friday, April 20th, 1:00 – 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 21th, 10:00 am – 3:00 p.m. Tabletops & Trifles features displays of:

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Why She's Running

Mallory McMaster and her family.

Residents of Ohio Senate District 23 are lucky to have Nickie Antonio, a West Side native, stepping up as a candidate to represent our values in the May 8 primary election. Now in her fourth elected term in the Ohio House of Representatives, Nickie is ready to continue her career as a champion for democratic principles and continue fighting for her constituents as a Senator. 

A strong Democrat, Nickie lives the values she fights for every day. Her experience as a special education teacher and as a leader of a women’s drug and alcohol treatment program gave her the patience and empathy needed to represent constituents in all phases of life – even during times of crisis. She fights for access to senior services, worker’s rights, and women’s rights, and she has overseen the return of millions in capital dollars to Northeast Ohio that have gone on to support education, local infrastructure, and dozens of community projects.

After working her way through school--the first member of her family to attend and graduate from college--Nickie began her successful career fighting for democratic principles. We couldn’t ask for a more qualified candidate for Senate District 23. In addition to serving as the highest-ranking member of the Health and Joint Medicaid Oversight Committees, our neighbor Nickie is also a member of the Finance and Appropriations Committee, the Rules and Reference Committee, and the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee. As past chair of the Ohio Democratic Women’s House Caucus, her ability to work across the aisle resulted in some major legislative wins, including the historic Adoption Open Records Law as well as several critical amendments to major bills. 

 

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Joyce Dixon Retires After 40 Years

Joyce Dixon, left and Kim Murphy, Administrator, right.

O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood, a skilled nursing facility, celebrated the retirement of Joyce Dixon, who was employed at the Lakewood location as a State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) for more than 40 years! Joyce started working at 13900 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood on September 13, 1977 when she was in her twenties. Joyce touched the lives of thousands of residents and family members during her tenure there. Her commitment to one facility is remarkable and not something you often hear about – especially in the nursing field. Joyce was known to her coworkers to always be smiling, personable, and a friend to all.  She exemplified a kind and caring attitude towards her residents that she was lucky to care for. It was a tough decision for Joyce to retire, but she is looking forward to finally devoting time to take care of herself and her family. O’Neill Healthcare is proud to have had Joyce as an employee for the last 40 years. The staff and residents will surely miss her and are more than grateful for her years of service. Best wishes and Happy Retirement, Joyce!

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Spring Break In The Galapagos

The LHS Travel Club at the rim of an active volcano in the Galapagos Islands.

During Lakewood High's recent Spring Break, two different groups of students and teachers enjoyed trips abroad: one group to Germany and Austria and one group to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Junior Lalia Williams shares her impressions of her group's trip to the Galapagos (originally published in Lakewood Times):

About one week ago, I went to the mainland of Ecuador, as well as the Galapagos Islands. There is no way that I can touch on everything amazing that I saw, just because there was so much of it. But overall, it was an experience that I definitely will never forget. Here is why:

When we first got to Quito (which is the capital of Ecuador) we were all very tired from a day of flights and layovers. But stepping out of the airport and seeing that there were actual palm trees right in front of us was amazing. And although we could not see much considering it was late at night, we could tell that it was a lot different from where we came from.

Quito is a lot older than the United States. And there, (instead of old buildings being destroyed to make room for “better” ones) everything is built upon itself. We walked to the top of an ancient church to see the city, and the view was indescribable. The hills around us were covered with small colorful houses and buildings, and it was insane to think that there were people, each with their own life and stories, in all of them.

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Sunday With The Friends: The Cleveland Opera Performs April 29

Discover the joys of opera as The Cleveland Opera performs at Lakewood Public Library on Sunday, April 29, 2018 as part of our popular Sunday with the Friends program. The 2:00 p.m. show will be a free performance of Le Mariage aux Lanternes, or Marriage by Lantern-Light, by Jacques Offenbach.

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Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show

Outback Ray will bring snakes and other exotic animals.

Have you ever seen a red-footed tortoise, a dwarf caiman, a silver fox rabbit, or a 13 foot Burmese python? These are just some of the animals that Outback Ray might bring to his upcoming performance at the Lakewood Public Library. Outback Ray has had a passion for animals since he was a child and has been doing live animal shows since 1987. He has appeared on television, radio talk shows, and has trained animals for commercials. Outback Ray shares his knowledge with the audience as he tells fascinating facts about each of his beloved animals. All of Outback Ray’s animals live in his home as pets and are given the greatest care possible. The animals are trained and handled daily to ensure the safety of the audience as well as the animals. Bring your family to this educational and fun program and give them the opportunity to see these and other exotic animals.

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Phantasy Fest

 Phantasy Fest will start in the Symposium at 4 PM with Hermes and then move to the Phantasy proper with American Fingertraps (aka Shitbox Jimmy). There will be an afterparty in the Chamber with DJs Himiko Gogo and Mateo Manic. Also included in the fun are an Earth Quaker pedal giveaway, tarot readings in the Phantasy’s ship, and a Taco Bell giveaway. John Valley will do some jokes. The list of bands as is follows: Hermes, Mateo Manic, Xanny Star, Truman Freeman, Sneeze Sleeve, Cotton Ponys, American Fingertraps, Part Time Lover, Heavenly Queen, Cross Brothers, Megachurch. It should be a fun time. May 5; $10. .

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Please Don't Do That To Me Again: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 68

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. 

Cross Brothers - Living On Sheepheads - Just Because Records - 10 songs - LP, download

On one hand, I wasn't sure about this because I've never been a huge Coffinberry fan (that's where the Cross brothers themselves are from, you see), but on the other hand, Scott Pickering did the cover art, so there's something immediately worthwhile about it right there. It's not bad stuff. It's indie rock, as meaningless as that genre name is. About half-and-half 2000s indie and 90s indie, with a little bit of 80s indie in there and maybe even some 70s stuff too. What am I even talking about? Writing that sentence made all other thoughts fall apart. The tunes are well-written and well-performed. There's decent harmonies throughout and some pretty good guitar playing in several places (certain George Harrison-esque parts on "Singing Machine"; the guitar interplay on the solo of "Until"). I'm not a huge fan of the vocals, but oh well. I think my general opinion here is that I'm a fan of the songs, but not so much the style. It's a bit too…I don't know. It's not at all that the songs lack energy, because they don't, it's that they don't have the type of energy I want them to have. Does that make any sense at all? I have no idea. "In Transit," "Hard Earned Trap," "Where The Water's Fine," and "Back From The Dead" come the closest to what I'd prefer, but what can ya do. Probably something I'd like more live, I'd guess. I also wish "No White Mystery" was a diss track about the band White Mystery, though I think that's highly unlikely to be the case. Oh well. Final verdict: enough good songs to make it worth your while if this sounds like your kind of thing. 3/5

(justbecauserecords.bandcamp.com)

 

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LHS Boys Win 36th Annual Kiwanis Ranger Relays

The LHS girls took third place in the distance medley. 

The LHS boys track and field team finished first in the 36th Annual Kiwanis Ranger Relays, held on April 13th at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. Lakewood finished with 80 team points, edging out Berea-Midpark with 78 points. Rocky River and North Royalton finished third and fourth with 74 and 72 points, respectively. LHS junior Tyler Hannah led the Ranger effort by winning  the 110 meter hurdles, anchoring the winning distance medley relay team, and leading the first-place high jump relay team. The LHS girls finished fifth in the event, with senior Abby LaForm taking second place in the 3200 meter run. 

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Spring Sale At Nicholson House

Mark your calendar for Friday, April 20th, 1:00 – 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 21th, 10:00 am – 3:00 p.m., because you won’t want to miss the Lakewood Historical Society’s special event, Tabletops & Trifles. This elegant sale will feature displays of:

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BEER ENGINE Benefits Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp.

BEER ENGINE owner, Robert Wright  and GM, Peter Stancato, present check for $6,002.00 to Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp. President, Ellen Todia on behalf of families served by LCAC.

On behalf of Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation, I am honored to thank BEER ENGINE for raising $6,002 at their recent charity fundraiser for LCAC. BEER ENGINE has dedicated two years of support around their anniversary date to help Lakewood residents in need. Their combined donations have raised $14,582 for LCAC!

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Dr. Michael Barnes Selected To Be Next Superintendent

Dr. Michael Barnes

The Lakewood Board of Education, at a special meeting March 28, approved Mayfield City School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Barnes as the next Superintendent of Lakewood City Schools. 

Board Vice President Linda Beebe said Barnes met many of the criteria the Board was looking for in a leader.

“A priority in the superintendent search was to find a leader who is an effective communicator with a strong vision to facilitate the goals of the District. Someone who is creative and knowledgeable. Dr. Michael Barnes is all of this,”  Beebe said. “He is service oriented and collaborative. He is committed to supporting the needs of every child and educating the entire child. He is a leader for the 21st century.”

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Students' March For Our Lives Trip A Community Effort

The crowd at the March 24 March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

Forty students and their adult chaperones traveled to Washington, D.C. on March 24 to participate in the March for Our Lives event, a trip that was made possible by the nearly $7,000 donated by the Lakewood community.

What had started out as four students wanting to buy bus tickets to D.C. bloomed into a community project.

When the founding members of the newly formed Student Committee for Activism realized the interest in students attending the march would fill a charter bus, the group raised the cash needed to reserve the bus in just a few days through a GoFundMe account and the generosity of fellow students, teachers, parents, business owners and the community in general. The giving did not stop there, a call out from chaperone and LHS teacher Autumn Sabin for snacks for the trip led to cartons of donations of water, Gatorade, chips and more being left on her porch.

“Our community really came together for our kids,” Sabin said.

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The Celeste Purple Martin House

Jim Mossbruger and Jack Craddock of Miracle Auto Body located in Lakewood. (photo Jim O'Reilly)

Last Fall with permission from Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers and help from Lakewood Park staff, project leader, long time Lakewood resident, L.H.S Graduate, and Lakewood Urban Bird Society founder, Jim O'Reilly PhD. removed the large Purple Martin House that has been at the park since February of 1989.

Jim put together a small group of volunteers to assess the condition of the Purple Martin House and put together a plan to make repairs and get the house back up in early Spring when Purple Martin return from Brazil looking for nesting sites.

After the Purple Martin House was brought down from the pole (park employees used a crane – the winch for lowering and raising the house appears to have been broken for many years and needs to be replaced or repaired) it became clear a lot of repairs were needed to the structure after nearly 30 years of not being maintained.

The 54 room Purple Martin House, which is much bigger than it appears high up on the pole, is made of aluminum and was built by Stephen Dubiel beginning in the late 1960's and took approximately three years to complete. Mr. and Mrs. Dubiel donated the Purple Martin House to the city in February of 1989 in memory of former Mayor Frank Celeste.

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Supporting Mike Skindell For State Representative

As Mike Skindell’s campaign for State Representative gains momentum, I wanted to take a minute and state my support and endorsement of his candidacy. I am endorsing Mike for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, he has clearly demonstrated his commitment and passion for our community.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Mike Skindell for a number of years. I first met Senator Skindell when he was representing the City of Lakewood as an At-Large Councilman back in the late 90s/early 2000s. As a Councilman, Mike worked hard to establish our dog park as well as to preserve the cultural and historical makeup of Lakewood. Following his tenure on Lakewood City Council, Mike continued his service to our district by representing Lakewood and other Westside communities in both the State House and State Senate. During his tenure, Mike was a strong voice and advocate for seniors and working families and has a proven track record of working hard on behalf of his constituents. Most recently, Senator Skindell introduced Senate Bill 260, which would establish an assault weapons ban throughout Ohio.

Mike is one of the most honest and trustworthy people that I have had the pleasure of working with and is dedicated to our community. He has tirelessly worked on behalf of hard working families throughout his elected career. I encourage the residents of Lakewood and surrounding communities to join me and the George family in voting for Michael J. Skindell for State Representative on May 8th.

Councilwoman – Meghan F. George

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Order Spring Flowers Now, Support PTA!

Do you like begonias?  Are you an impatiens person?  Or, are you partial to peppers and parsley?  Lakewood Council of PTAs has them and more for sale as part of its 2018 Dean’s Greenhouse Spring Flower and Plant Sale!

Dozens of varieties of quality flats, 4.5” pots, hanging baskets of flowers, herbs and vegetables are available for order just in time for Mother’s Day, or to fill in your own flower beds or vegetable garden.  A portion of sales supports Lakewood Council of PTAs. 

Lakewood Council of PTAs provides collaboration, leadership training and coordination of the efforts of its member PTAs and PTSAs within the Lakewood City School District.  It is a key communication link between these local school groups and the district, state and National PTA as well as Lakewood City School District’s Board of Education and Administration.

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The Benefits Of Maintaining Your Plaster Walls And Ceilings

Your unique, historic house was originally designed with plaster and lathe as an integral component of the structure. When those supporting structures are removed, the integrity of the structure is compromised. Wood lathe serves to strengthen the walls with additional racking resistance.

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The Beloved Bard Of Kent At Lakewood Public Library

In “Clouds Pile Up in the North,” Maj Ragain describes “the enduring life of poetry, how it can link what is here with the past, how scratchings on a page can come alive, how that voice extends far beyond our brief time.” Ragain’s voice will undoubtedly extend beyond his time; it will also be heard in Lakewood on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. when this acclaimed poet visits the Lakewood Public Library.

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Jewish Lakewood Alliance Premiere Event- Havdalah

Last summer, poorly-drawn Nazi swastikas were spray painted on the driveway of a house on Belle Avenue. Born out of this hate was a community effort called “Sidewalks of Love.” Lakewood residents spread messages of love, welcome, and acceptance through sidewalk chalk art. Lakewood held a rally just as the momentum peaked, where Rabbi Enid Lader (Beth Israel-West Temple in Cleveland, Ohio) praised the “Sidewalks of Love” effort, sharing her daughter’s experience of anti-Semitism in the Lakewood City Schools when they first moved to Lakewood, 35 years ago.

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 12:07 PM, 04.03.2018

A Concert For Mike: Raising Funds For The Family Of A Lost Local Legend

You have to understand that he was being humble when he said he could play fourteen musical instruments fluently. Mike Jacobs could make beautiful music on anything—from a broken toy saxophone to an orchestral bassoon—but he never liked bragging so he only gave himself credit for the tools into which he'd really put some work. He was so unassuming and generous with the spotlight that you probably never heard of him before, but to many of your favorite local musicians he was a legend. (Mike would have hated that word, but it tells the story.) In addition to being a well-kept secret who could rock harder than Syd Barrett and John Denver put together, he was the most joyous person most people ever met, a warm and caring friend, a crazy-eyed collaborator, an inspirational teacher and a devoted father.

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Art Connection
For students in kindergarten through fifth grade

Create your own unique piece of art to take home. Registration required.

Saturday, April 4, 2018, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

 

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Saturday, April 7, 2018
Film - "Goodfellas" (1990)
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Mobster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) begins his life of crime as a gofer for local mob boss Paul “Paulie” Cicero (Paul Sorvino). Upon initiation into the crime family he is introduced to his partners Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and Jimmy Conway (Robert DeNiro).
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 12:07 PM, 04.03.2018

A Cleveland Counterculturalist: Celebrating d.a. levy

Poet, artist, and publisher d.a. levy

Do you have an interest in Cleveland’s history, in literature, in music, or in the 1960s counterculture movement? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will be excited to learn that the Lakewood Public Library is hosting a program that incorporates all of these things. On Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., the performance group WordStage will bring a production on d.a. levy to the Main Library Auditorium.

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 12:07 PM, 04.03.2018

Rotary Recognizes 15 Outstanding West Shore Career-Tech Students

Top students in the Westshore Career-Tech program were recognized by members and guests of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at the club's March 19 meeting.

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its noon luncheon on March 19 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 12:07 PM, 04.03.2018

Sew Your Own Library Tote

Sew a sturdy, but stylish, book tote at the Library.

In observance of Earth Day later this month, go green and sew your own tote at Lakewood Public Library. The Library stopped handing out plastic bags years ago out of a concern for the environment and as a way to save a little money but that doesn’t mean we want you to stop checking out more materials than you can carry.

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 12:07 PM, 04.03.2018

"My First Time" Makes Regional Premiere At Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents the regional premiere of "My First Time," March 30 through April 29, 2018 in the Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. There is no performance Sunday April 1. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: LUCKY to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by March 29. This smart and revealing comedy contains strong language and content. 

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 12:07 PM, 04.03.2018

Don't Kill The Fill Ins: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 67

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. 

Great Plains - The Mark, Don & Mel E.P.  + 4 - Rerun Records - 12 songs - LP

I don't know if this is common knowledge amongst readers of this column or just people who actually know me, but I love Great Plains. It's kinda hard to write any review other than "Ron House 5/5" but I acknowledge that to do so would be to fail my audience, who might actually want to know something more about this. This is a reissue of the very first Great Plains record from 1983, with some additional live tracks stuck on at the end (which made this into a 33 instead of a 45, which may be cause for concern for some, but we won't dwell on that). It's pretty great. I guess at its heart it would be called "garage rock," but there's a very distinct '80s indie feel to it as well. You know, if that means anything to you. There's some upbeat garage-poppers, such as "When Do You Say Hello?" and "Pretty Dictionary" along with a mix of kind of more ominous, almost haunting songs, like "The Way She Runs A Fever" or especially "It's Dying." I kinda wanna take the whole thing with me on my next spooky road trip. The keyboard part on "Confetti" is real cool, as are the weird reverb-heavy parts. I don't think there's a single iffy or even just-okay lyric in "The Night Won't Live To See The Day," and it also has 1. the greatest opening lines ever and 2. some really nice sloppy harmonies on the chorus. The all-time classic "Cave-In" sounds like it's about to fall apart from the opening seconds of the song on, and I love when we get to the bridge and Ron just misses every note. Both of those points actually illustrate another great quality about this, which is its amateurishness, which can especially be heard on some of the live bonus tracks, which really gives the band a lot of heart. I don't believe "Seven Days All Night" or "Cause Without The Rebel" were ever studio-recorded (which is a real shame about the former, given the sound quality of the live recording here doesn't quite do it justice– "Cause" sounds pretty good though). I mean, unless you want to count the Moses Carryout (or was it Twisted Shouts?) version of the latter…but was that even a studio version? I can't remember. I think the live version of "Hamburger Boy" here blows away the one from "Naked At The Buy, Sell & Trade." "I Must Have Made It All Up" provides us with some of the backstory of the mysterious bassist Hank O'Hare (actually Don Howland, who apparently was embarrassed by these recordings and didn't want his real name on them, which is ridiculous), and it's really great to hear Ron switch from being a smart-ass to singing this really sincere, sad song, and then during the bridge switch right back to "I wanna say hi to all my kids out there" and then right back into the song. The true dual-nature of Great Plains, right there. I could go on and on about this all day, but I wanna save some of my good lines for the "Born In A Barn" review. 4.5/5

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The Open Suitcase Exhibit

Commemorating Latvia's 100 years of independence, The Cleveland Latvian Welfare Association proudly presents "The Open Suitcase Exhibit." It will take place on Sunday, April 8th from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Cleveland Latvian Hall 1385 Andrews Avenue, behind the Latvian Church (the oldest church in Lakewood, originally The Church Of The Redeemer).

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 12:07 PM, 04.03.2018

Packed House For Cordray - Kucinich Q&A

Richard Cordray has served as Ohio Treasurer and Attorney General, and director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

A capacity crowd of well over 100 attended the Lakewood Democratic Club's March meeting, to hear from candidates for governor Richard Cordray and Dennis Kucinich. Both took questions from the audience after opening remarks, as did candidates for Ohio House and Senate. Topics ranged from gun safety to public schools to single-payer healthcare.

The club expects to host a third candidate for governor, Bill O'Neill, at its next meeting on April 26. State senator Joe Schiavoni, also running for governor, addressed the January meeting.

 

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Issue One Forum At O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood On April 5

Susan Murnane, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland will speak on Issue One at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood at 3:45 on April 5 in the 4th floor education room of the Assisted Living Building, 1381 Bunts Rd., Lakewood. Murnane's talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

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Foundation Planning Task Force Nearing Finish

The Foundation Planning Task Force (“FPTF”)  has been entrusted with exploring, discussing, and recommending to City Council the nature, scope, mission, and governance of a new wellness foundation for the benefit of Lakewood—for more information, please visit http://www.onelakewood.com/wellness-foundation-task-force/— to be completed within a sixteen to eighteen month time-frame. The task force completed an information-gathering phase, and has begun to work with Kohrman Jackson & Krantz to outline their recommendations for the Mayor & City Council. Below is a summary of their work done in pursuit of completing their task(s) in a timely manner: 

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 7:27 PM, 03.20.2018