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Court Filing And Documents Reveal 2012 Cleveland Clinic Plan To “Decant” Lakewood Hospital And Avoid Legal Agreements

Court filings made in the taxpayer lawsuit on July 31, 2015 revealed new documents verifying the Cleveland Clinic’s longstanding plans to close Lakewood Hospital and benefit Fairview Hospital. 

In the Court filings, the plaintiff taxpayers claim that “CCF (Cleveland Clinic Foundation), without the knowledge or approval of the City, engaged in a secret plan to siphon valuable medical services and equipment so as to cripple the viability of the hospital. According to CCF’s own 2012 Master Plan that was commissioned in 2011, a covert scheme was created to “Decant” Lakewood Hospital.

The “Decanting Plan” specified that medical services, equipment, and employees would gradually be transferred from Lakewood Hospital to Fairview Hospital (and other CCF wholly-owned hospitals) in preparation for the closure and razing of Lakewood Hospital as an inpatient, acute care, and medical/surgical hospital. 

What is further troubling about this conduct is that the Lakewood Hospital Foundation and CCF continued to solicit, campaign, and raise funds from the public for the support of Lakewood Hospital. These donors were never alerted or advised that their intended contributions for the support of Lakewood Hospital would never be a reality as the hospital would soon cease to exist.

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Lakewood Catholic Academy to Serve as Grand Marshal of the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade
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City Hires Thompson Hine LLP To Advise On Hospital Issue
- City Hall, March 31, 2015 Read More
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5th Annual “Let’s Love Lakewood” Event

Last year's "Let's Love Lakewood" event.

On August 15, 2015 Lakewood New Life Church (LNLC) will celebrate its 5th annual “Let’s Love Lakewood” event. "Let's Love Lakewood" is a free back-to-school outreach event for the whole community. At the event, LNLC will be giving away free backpacks filled with school supplies for children in need. The event will take place on August 15, 2015 from 12:00pm-4:00pm at 15300 Detroit Ave.

Last year over three thousand people attended the event which gave away 750 free back packs filled with school supplies within the first two hours of opening. The event will also feature 3 bounce houses for the kids, Rick Smith Jr the magician and Guinness Book of World Record holder, Outback Ray and his amazing animal show, face painting, music, food, games, and raffles throughout the afternoon.

The backpacks are given to elementary school children in the Lakewood area, specifically targeted to families who do not have the financial means to support the expense of sending their children back to school (in order to receive a backpack, the child must be present at the event). If you would like to donate towards this event you can do so at www.gofundme.com/letslovelakewood or by mailing a check, made out to LNLC, to PO BOX 770085 Lakewood, OH 44107.

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A Community Leader For Lakewood - JT Neuffer For City Council Ward 3

JT Neuffer, candidate for City Council, Ward 3 will advocate for you.

I am a committee member who has served alongside JT Neuffer, candidate for City Council, Ward 3 through the Lakewood Community Relations Commission for the past few years. This commission is chartered to advise, educate and promote community relations. We also support equity, respect and diversity in the City through various events. JT has served as the leader for this commission bringing insightful opportunities for our commission to consider and has developed efficient ways to operate as a group through ad hoc committees and strategic planning sessions.

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Mayor Summers Supports YOU

From left are Patricia Chittock, the assistant finance director for the city’s Division of Tax; YOU intern Ethan Burney, who is a junior at Lakewood High School; and Joseph Dix from the city’s Division of Tax. 

This summer, Lakewood City Hall participated in the county’s Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) program, designed to place students in meaningful work experiences around Cuyahoga County each summer.

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Red Cross Blood Drives Slated In Lakewood

Be a hero. That’s part of the American Red Cross campaign to encourage Lakewood residents to participate in one of several upcoming blood drives around the city this summer.

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Na Na Na Na NA NA NA NA!: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 9

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much.

Sh*tbox Jimmy - The Movie - Just Because Records/Peanut Butter Records - 10 songs - LP, cassette, download
This will be a hard review to write, because I can't type their name in a family paper. What did they say on the radio? Shirt Face Jimmy? That'll have to do. I thought this was a pretty good record. A nice mix of garage rock and power pop. Catchy, melodic songs. Also, it was allegedly recorded in the Franklin Castle. How cool is that? My favorite songs were "When It's All Done," the great stomp of "Damage Control," and the very catchy "Hunnie" and "Ruined." The songs are fairly short, none longer than about two-and-a-half minutes, but there's some great stuff there. I think they've added another guitarist since their last record, which helps to beef up the sound as well. Good stuff. 4.5/5

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Lakewood Hospital Association Calls For Two Special Meetings

The City of Lakewood has been notified that the Lakewood Hospital Association governing board has called for two special meetings to be held on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, and Wed., September 16, 2015,  at 4 p.m., each in Wasmer Auditorium at Lakewood Hospital, 14519 Detroit Avenue. 

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The Judge's Bench: Be Safe And Ride With Pride Through Lakewood

Riding a bike is fun and good exercise, but there is inherent danger when riding that two-wheeler on the street. Sharing the street with cars can be challenging, but Lakewood has taken great strides in the last few years to make Lakewood a more bicycle friendly community. Although there are sharrows on Detroit Avenue, a sharrow is not a dedicated bike lane, but just a reminder to drivers to watch for bicyclists. When completed, a dedicated bike lane is planned on Madison Avenue for the entire length of the city.

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CCLAS Adopt-A-Pet: Yuzu, The Big-Hearted Mom

Yuzu, collar #72

Photo by CCLAS

Meet Yuzu (Collar #72). Yuzu has been at the shelter for almost 2 months, and she was in foster care for about 7 weeks before going to the shelter because she had a litter of young kittens she was nursing. She had 3 of her own babies, and accepted 2 other abandoned kittens to also nurse them. This very special Mom opened her heart to those kittens...so now is your chance to return the favor by opening your heart to her.

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Large Crowd Celebrates Medicare, Rallies For Lakewood Hospital

Lakewood Hospital supporter Charlie Deneen celebrates Medicare's 50th birthday. 

Over 200 people gathered at Lakewood Park on July 30th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare, and to rally in support of saving Lakewood Hospital. The birthday event was one of many organized around the nation by National Nurses United. There were over 40 events in 29 states. Lakewood was selected as the host for the Northern Ohio event as a way to demonstrate opposition to the planned closing of Lakewood Hospital.

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A Tale Of Peace, And The Roses Of Sharon...

Dear Lakewood Friends,

One hundred and fifty years ago this year, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published the poem "Christmas Bells," later to become the song, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day;" concerning whether there ever would be peace on Earth, in the face of such turmoil as the American Civil War. His son had been gravely wounded in that war, and he was suffering the passing of his dear wife. Through his trials, he was moved to write that famous song of hope in the midst of tragedy and despair.

Here in Lakewood, as with the West End debacle a decade ago, Lakewood citizens are once again pitted against each other in a sublime struggle over the future of our hospital. Now, as in the days of the Civil War, well-meaning people continue to rise to engage each other while laying aside the olive branches of peace. Still others in our community hope for a peaceful resolution soon for all of this.

Ordinarily, when I write these sorts of musings, they are either city or music related. This missive, on the other hand, relates to a faith-based experience that I had, just yesterday. Does a loving God continue to bring peace to us these days? I truly believe so, and yesterday brought just one more example of that for me. I was out by the garage yesterday morning, and over by the garage door, the Rose of Sharon bush was in full bloom.

The Rose of Sharon was my mom's (Betty Rice's) favorite bush, particularly because, like the dogwood, there are so many allegories connecting it with Christ. We had those bushes out by our camper in Brunswick, but one by one, over the years, they had died off after Mom's passing, back in 2004. Somehow though, and in some way, a Rose of Sharon bush decided to grow up right by my garage door here in Lakewood, and it has thrived. These come into full bloom right around the time of Mom's July 19th birthday.

Mom's passing over a decade ago was one of the hardest things I've ever gone through. For years afterwards my soul ached, although I was absorbed with caring for Dad. (Robert Rice) He lasted another ten years and they were good ones for both of us, but in January of this year, he too passed on. As an only child, it has been a challenge to keep the positive attitude and smile and willingness to help others that my parents insisted that I cultivate. I have certainly tried to do so, but there have still been moments...

Seeing that Rose of Sharon in full beautiful bloom yesterday was just too much for me. I broke down completely. When those sorts of triggers happen, I have always found prayer to be a great comfort, and such was the case then. Within a short while, I was back in the swing of things and off to lunch and groceries. Coming home, I spotted a yard sale in Cleveland. After bringing the frozen food home and putting it away, something told me to go back and peruse that sale.Yesterday being a Tuesday, yard sales are highly uncommon, and I almost did not go back.

Anyway, the seller and I got to talking about our hobbies, and the topic soon turned to music. They indeed had a banjo to sell, although it was in the house. Would I like to see it? He brought it out and told me that it needed a great deal of work and had been refused as a trade-in at the guitar store for that very reason. We opened the case. It was a no-name banjo, but was otherwise very nice; having multiple inlays.

I asked his price, paid it, and we quickly shook hands on a deal. It was only a half hour later, while in the process of repairing and setting up the instrument, that I had occasion to more closely inspect the floral inlays.

They were Roses of Sharon.

The banjo turned out fine, and more to the point, (and thanks be to God) so have I.

Peace on Earth? Truly it will eventually come to us on an individual level, and if history is any indicator of the future, eventually it will return here to Lakewood.

Especially if we all try and help to make it happen.

Back to the peace-making banjo...

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Lakewood Celebrity Softball Game & Festival

Cheer on your favorite local businesses as they face off at Kauffman Park’s Jimmie Foxx Memorial Baseball Field, Sunday, August 30, 2-6 p.m. This free event will also include food, children's activities, a bike polo demonstration, and a promise wall provided by “Because I Said I Would.”

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Don Dancing from Burmese Refugees at Lakewood Public Library

Readers, you are cordially invited to join the Friends of the Lakewood Public Library at 2 p.m. on August 9 in a magnificent embrace of culture. Some of the newest residents of our city – hailing from the country of Burma (renamed Myanmar by the ruling military junta in 1989) – will treat us to a presentation of Don Dancing.

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Local West Nile Virus Case A Reminder To Use Precaution

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) has been made aware of the state’s first probable case of West Nile Virus. The affected person is a resident of Lakewood who has been under medical care and has resumed normal daily activity.

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LHS Groundbreaking Ceremony August 27

The Board of Education and Superintendent Jeff Patterson invites the community to join them and Mayor Michael Summers at the official groundbreaking ceremony for Lakewood High School's new academic wing and athletic and performing arts wing. The brief event will take place on Thursday, August 27 at 4 p.m. Come celebrate this exciting moment in Lakewood City Schools' history, made possible by the generosity of Lakewood citizens.

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Register Your Child For School Now

Do you have a student that you want to enroll in the Lakewood City Schools? Now is the time! School begins on Aug. 18. Walk-in registration is ongoing at the Board of Education, 1470 Warren Road. No appointments are necessary! Registration hours through Aug. 21 are 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The hours are extended to 6 pm on Aug. 4, 5, 6, 11 & 12. For more information, call 216-529-4279. Registration after Aug. 21 is by appointment only. Don’t delay, sign your child up today.

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Camps Boost Summer Literacy Learning

The calendar may indicate summer break, but for a group of about 125 second- through fifth-graders, part of their summer was spent in a classroom brushing up on their literacy skills. This new six-week reading camp was designed to give at-risk readers and those seeking to improve their literacy, small group instruction that will help carry them into the new school year with greater confidence in their reading.

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Dr. G To Speak On Lincoln/Grant Relationship

The Lakewood High School History Department invites you to the latest installment of its Civil War anniversary series: “Lincoln and Grant - the Relationship that Saved the Union,” will be presented by Dr. Chuck Greanoff on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7 pm in the Lakewood Public Library Main Auditorium.  

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LPL Calendar Of Events

Thursday, August 6
"Love is a Verb" (2014) Directed by Terry Spencer Hesser, Narrated by Ashley Judd
"Love is a Verb" is an examination of a social movement of Sufi-inspired Muslims that began in Turkey in the 1960s and now spans the globe. The group is called Hizmet (the Turkish word for service) or The Gulen Movement after leader and beloved teacher Fethullah Gulen. Marcia Hermansen explains: "This movement is not about individual enlightenment, this is about making the world a better place. But while making the world a better place, at the same time, this altruism is also transformative." This screening is made possible by the generosity of the Turkish American Society of Ohio—Cleveland and The Niagara Foundation.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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City Council To Consider Impact Of Hospital Closing On The Less Fortunate

During the public comment portion of the July 20 meeting of Lakewood City Council questions were raised concerning the impact of closing Lakewood Hospital on people who have few financial resources. The Phase One draft report of Huron Business Advisory (the consultant engaged by the City to study the hospital closing) notes that the Lakewood service area has a high percentage of people who live below the poverty line. It is that group that has the most at risk if a full service hospital moves further away.

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Lakewood Hospital Misinformation

In the June 9, 2015, issue of the Lakewood Observer, Jim Kenney claimed, “…The last major building investment was in 2002 when the Emergency Rooms were expanded….” This is false.

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Lakewood Ranger Marching Band Hosts March-A-Thon On August 11th

Support the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band at the first annual "March-A-Thon" at Lakewood Park!

The Lakewood Ranger Marching Band will be marching at Lakewood Park from 4-8pm on August 11th in order to raise funds to support the growing marching band. The entire community is invited to watch the band practice and, for a donation, to request favorite Lakewood marching band songs, stand tunes and drum cadences. From pre-game to the LHS Fight Song, from Elyria to Wild Thing, the band will be performing everyone's favorites from their repertoire in order to raise much-needed funds to purchase new brass instruments, a new drumline, new music, and more. 

Lakewood Ranger Marching Band Alumni are encouraged to attend - and to participate! Break out your instruments and bring them to Lakewood Park to play your requested songs with the band.

Gather up the entire family and bring your lawn chairs - and some cash or a credit card - to the park and enjoy an evening of music while supporting the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band!

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Middle School Summer Reading Assignment Assistance

Hey, Lakewood Middle School Students, help is on the way! The library is offering help with your summer reading assignment again this year. We will be holding sessions in the Learning Lab at the Main Library several times starting Monday, August 10th through Saturday, August 15th. These sessions will be two hours long and will give the student a chance to complete the assignment and print a copy to turn in as soon as school starts.

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10th Annual St. Mary Romanian Festival

Plan to enjoy the festivities at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 3256 Warren Road. Festival hours are Friday, August 21, from 4:30-11 p.m., Saturday, August 22, from 2–11 p.m., and Sunday, August 23, from noon-10 p.m.

The women of St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral are hard at work finalizing the food preparations for the 10th annual St. Mary Romanian Festival.

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Lakewood New Life Church Teams With LakewoodAlive, Tackling Weeds And Vines For Successful Yard Clean-Ups

Volunteers loading the City of Lakewood's refuse truck. 

On Saturday, July 25, Lakewood New Life Church volunteers joined LakewoodAlive to complete two yard clean-ups on Riverside Drive. Volunteers worked tirelessly all morning tackling weeds and vines, while still having a lot of fun, to get the yards in great shape. These yard clean-ups were made possible through LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program.

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Lakewood's School Supply Drive Is Under Way

Congratulations, Lakewood, on your commitment to Lakewood’s students in need. The Lakewood community supported Supplies 4 Success’ (S4S) city-wide school supply collection drive by donating enough supplies to assist over 800 students, from kindergarten to high school, with the basic supplies needed to complete their academic work.

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Why I'm Running: A Note On My Campaign For Lakewood Municipal Court Judge

Brian Taubman, candidate for Lakewood Municipal Court Judge.

I believe that I was nine when I first realized that I wanted to be a judge.

As a child, I'd sit at dinner and listen to my father Bruce speak of his law practice, Taubman Law. He spoke of the law with great respect and lived for opportunities to make laws and use them to protect his clients.

So here I am, looking to fulfill my dream in the city I love. I realize that I'm new to the Lakewood political scene, so I thought I should introduce myself, what I believe in and why I think I can earn your vote for Lakewood Municipal Court Judge this November.

My name is Brian Taubman. I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, and I've called Lakewood home for more than five years. I love our city, its parks, the wonderful people and our view of the lake (which is the best in NEO, in my opinion). I'm an attorney with an undergraduate degree from Kenyon College and a law degree from Capital University Law School. I've spent the last seven years of my career defending the rights of my clients in courts throughout Northeast Ohio, including Lakewood.

In that role, I've realized the inequities of the court system, and I am passionate and driven about how it can be improved. Because of this, my campaign is built on three pillars:

**1. Common sense rehabilitation**
In 2014, [198 people in Cuyahoga County died of heroin overdose](http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/04/heroin_overdose_deaths_plateau.html). Let that sink it. This is up from 107 in 2011. The epidemic is here, and it's hitting cities like ours. It's time for common sense drug programs that take first-time, non-violent drug offenders and put them on a healthier path to recovery. The current court claims to be working on this front, but there are so many patterns for doing this well across the country, and it MUST be at the forefront of our efforts here in Lakewood so we can save our children, neighbors and friends from being part of that staggering overdose total.

I'm also certified to handle mental health cases, and have first-hand experience helping those with mental health diseases in both my professional and personal life. When people suffering through this are put into the criminal system, they are not treated. They are instead funneled into a system that puts them on a path toward being a career criminal.

**2. Giving everyone a voice**
It is time for the court system to truly embody the equality that America promises. My goal is to give everyone a voice in my court. That means taking the harshest stances I can for domestic abuse and hate crimes. We must protect all citizens or no one is protected.

I am also a fan of animals. I own two German Shepherds, one a rescue, and will help our pets have a voice in the court as well. Animal abuse of any kind would not stand on my watch.

**3. Preventing spillover crime from Cleveland**

I'm aware of concerns of rising crimes in eastern Lakewood. I want to assure the citizens of Lakewood that I would take a tough stand on individuals that feel like they can cross into Lakewood and commit crimes. If I'm on the bench, these areas, like Birdtown and Gold Coast, will be safer.

Judge Patrick Carroll has served Lakewood since 1990 and I truly respect what he's done for our city. I do not know him well, but he seems to be a good man who is looking to close out his career in the position he's known for almost three decades.

But Lakewood has changed a lot in the last three decades - if you're reading this article online, you no doubt know this. Isn't it time for leadership in Lakewood's Municipal Court to reflect that change?

For example, when the United States Supreme Court ruled on Obergefell v. Hodges, the case in which the court held a 5-4 decision that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples, in June, I would expect the judge in a city like Lakewood to have been out in front of the city offering to put a focus on scheduling weddings for same-sex couples. Had I been on the court, I would have used this as a time to use social media and the Internet to promote this message.

It's time to bring the court into modern times. This means updating the court systems to make them more efficient. It also means using technology to get feedback from citizens and learn about other successful rehabilitation programs from across the country.

Technology should put pressure on a judge to get better and make the court better. This is a challenge I would take on. With all due respect to Judge Carroll, who would be serving his final six years in the court, I'm not sure he's up to this challenge. Although he's turned up his digital presence since I've announced my candidacy, putting together a site that looks similar to the one my team put up four months earlier, the court has been stagnant for many years, closed off to new technology. He may offer to make a push now, but since this is his final term, he wouldn't have any real accountability to the voters to make these changes.

I know I'd be new to this role, but my whole life I've looked forward to an opportunity like this. My experience is in helping injured workers fight for their rights, and I'm passionate about protecting people. I'd love to talk with you, answer your questions and prove that I am the right person for this job. Please feel free to reach out to me at my campaign email, Taubmanforjudge@gmail.com. You can also follow what we're doing on our site, Taubmanforjudge.com. Reach out and we'll work to make Lakewood even better, together!

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Why I Trust Mike Summers To Lead Lakewood For Another Four Years

Two generations of Bullocks trust Mike Summers to lead Lakewood for another four years!

I don’t always directly weigh in on elections affecting our community, but in this year’s mayor’s race, the choice is clear: Mayor Mike Summers is the best choice to lead Lakewood for another term, and I strongly support him for reelection. As a councilperson who works daily with Mayor Summers, I wanted to share why I trust him to lead our community for another four years.

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While The Seasons Change, The Arts Remain At Beck Center

As summer unwinds and autumn gets closer, Beck Center continues to provide numerous arts experiences for the whole family. It’s not too late to register for August summer camps, and now is the perfect time to enroll in the fall semester. There are also plenty of exciting events, including Bike for Beck, Super Saturday, the Red Stage Summer Music Series, and the opening of the greatly anticipated 2015-2015 Theater Season.

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From Lakewood, For Lakewood - John Litten For City Council

My son Brendan and I at the 2015 Meltdown.

It is an honor to be running for Lakewood City Council in Ward 3. My service in Lakewood has always stemmed from need; I applied my skills, and was able to make a difference. We bought our first and second house here, and I plan on being here with my family for a very long time. I am dedicated to this community and believe I am well qualified for this position.

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Short Agenda, Long Meeting: The People Speak To Council

The July 6, 2015 Council meeting was called to order by Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan at 7:38 P.M. The agenda for the meeting was relatively short and made up of primarily old business. Among that old business were items such as the administration's proposal to build a fiber optic network in Lakewood (deferred), an agreement with Rockport Square, LLC for its new development (deferred), construction approval of sewer corrections in the western Lakewood clean water pilot project area (passed), and accepting a grant from the Ohio EPA to help pay for the Lakewood Stream Bank Restoration and Fish Shelf project, which requires a match from the City of $81,894 (passed).

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LHA Trustees Need To Do Their Job

The Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA) Board of Trustees has the job of overseeing the Cleveland Clinic (CCF) as managers of Lakewood Hospital for the citizens of Lakewood.

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The Distinction Between Lakewood's Hospital Charities

In the hospital debate, it is important to distinguish between the Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA) and the Lakewood Hospital Foundation (LHF). Both are charitable organizations under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service. However, LHA is also a "public" charity under 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code while LHF is a "private" charity.

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CCLAS Adopt-A-Pet

Meet Dottie (collar #107): The left side photo is Dottie a few days after being abandoned on someone's front porch - the poor girl was cowering in the corner of the cage. However, the right side photo is Dottie recently enjoying some attention from a Lakewood Animal Shelter volunteer.

Although she's shy, this sweet girl still deserves a loving home - and these pictures are proof she wants love - so come meet her today!

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A Lesson In Lakewood Law

Being aware of the law is not only a critical part of being a responsible citizen, but can also enlighten you to avoid mistakes that, while they may not seem dangerous, are illegal for reasons of safety and protection of property. What can seem like a fun idea can turn into a minor misdemeanor charge, as I recently found out while spending time with my sister at Lakewood Park.

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Improving Lakewood’s Neighborhoods, One House At A Time

Moo Thain Da (at right), a refugee from Burma, moved to Lakewood with his family about four years ago. They recently settled into their new 1,500-square-feet bungalow on Quail Street.

The city’s effort to improve local housing stock recently continued its forward progress.

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I Don't Have An Opinion, Let's Be Friends: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 8

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much.

Cruelster - Potatoe Boys - Phobiact Records - 12 songs - LP, download
Just for clarification in terms of the above info, this is not an original pressing, but I think a German one. So it did come out on other labels as well with some other songs, but I'm going off the copy I have in front of me. As for the music itself, this was really, really good. Even though there is a lyrics sheet (at least with this pressing), I still had trouble hearing the words sometimes (and even the lyrics sheet was unhelpful at times), but other than that I liked it a lot. What do the kids say? Ripping? Do people say ripping? It was ripping! My favorites were "Boys In The Biggest City," "Dead Like Einstein," and "Inchworm," though it was all pretty solid hardcore, kind of like Chargers Street Gang taken to weird extremes. I liked the drawings that accompanied the album on the cover as well. They suited the album pretty well. I probably would have liked it more had I been able to understand what was being said, but other than that-- Cool stuff. 4/5

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Classroom Expansion This Fall At Gina DeSantis Ceramics

Student Ella Chiantis. 

This September the classroom studio at Gina DeSantis Ceramics will expand to offer new classes, workshops and independent studio options. Located in the Screw Factory, the classroom prides itself on providing college level ceramic courses coupled with the laid back environment of a working artist's studio. With the addition of the space, students will have a variety of classes to choose from.

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Mayor Summers Gains Two Key Endorsements

Both the Lakewood Democratic Club and Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council have voted to support the re-election of Mayor Michael Summers. Both endorsements highlight Summers’ commitment to the ideals of service, growth, and safety in Lakewood.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

City Of Lakewood Consultant Huron Releases Initial Draft Of Phase One Analysis Of Proposed Plan For Lakewood Hospital

Lakewood City Council President Mary Louise Madigan released the first draft report from Huron Consulting Group, an independent national consulting firm hired by the City of Lakewood to assist the city in its due diligence following a January 2015 proposal by the Cleveland Clinic and Lakewood Hospital Association over the future of Lakewood Hospital.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

Lakewood Football Updates: Offseason, Kosar Visit, "Battle of Lakewood" Revival

Rangers in 7-on-7 drills at John Carroll University. 

Photo by Kris Kantor

School is out, but summertime has been a busy time around First Federal of Lakewood Stadium. We have news about the Lakewood Rangers’ community work, their offseason training, a visit from a Browns legend and an update on the return of the “Battle of Lakewood.”

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

Beck Center Alum Rachele Alpine Hosting Book Release July 30

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome alum Rachele Alpine as she hosts the release of her middle school novel, "Operation Pucker Up," at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 beginning with a Reader’s Theater with chapters from the book in the Studio Theater. A reception, book signing, prize giveaways, and refreshments will immediately follow. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase through Barnes and Noble.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015