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The Bark Is Back: 9th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade Slated For Saturday, October 15

The 9th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade takes place at Kauffman Park on Saturday, Oct. 15. (Photo Credit: BiG Photography)

Popular Costumed Canine Event Returns to Lakewood's Kauffman Park 

Every dog has his day and that day is on Saturday, October 15. That's when costumed canines will rule the day in Downtown Lakewood from 12:30 to 4 p.m. during the 9th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade.

Sponsored by Discount Drug Mart and presented by LakewoodAlive, the Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a festival within Kauffman Park (15450 Detroit Avenue), a parade through Lakewood’s Downtown business district on Detroit Avenue and an awards presentation. A favorite Halloween tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers and their families, this popular community festival represents one of the only events of its kind within the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.

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Lakewood Man Helps Bring Cleveland's Latest Championship
- Non-Profit, August 6, 2016 Read More
Fall Leaf Collection To Begin on Monday, November 2nd
- City Hall, October 26, 2015 Read More
Mayor, City Council Invite Citizens to Share Ideas for Lakewood’s Downtown Development
- City Hall, August 13, 2015 Read More
Lakewood Catholic Academy to Serve as Grand Marshal of the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade
- City Hall, June 11, 2015 Read More
Pedestrian-Friendly, High-Tech Crossing Device Coming to Manor Park, Detroit Avenue Intersection
- City Hall, April 1, 2015 Read More

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Rep. Antonio Reacts To Denial Of Ohio’s Medicaid Waiver Application

Minority Whip Nickie J. Antonio

Ohio House Health and Aging Ranking Member and State Representative Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) released the following statement on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) denial of the state’s request to charge premiums for Ohio’s Medicaid Program, regardless of age. The federal decision cited concerns that such charges undermine access to coverage and the affordability of care, and do not support the objectives of the Medicaid program.

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Open Letter To Lakewood Residents

Lakewood Friends and Family,

There are many in Lakewood concerned about not having a full-service hospital in the city. There are others upset about the loss of Lakewood's largest employer and the millions in lost tax revenue. However, this didn’t move me to get involved. However, when I saw what was really happening behind the scenes… I quickly became an activist for this cause.

When it came to closing the Lakewood Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic saw an opportunity to save money and increase profits. For them, there are simply too many Medicare and Medicaid recipients in and near Lakewood. Too many senior citizens and single mothers. Too many people working two or even three jobs to make ends meet without any healthcare benefits. Too many under-insured young people, just starting out on their own (and I was one of them.) The Cleveland Clinic views these groups as liabilities. They'd much rather move the capacities of Lakewood Hospital to Fairview and Avon, where they are likely to increase Clinic profit margins.

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Fear's Confections Celebrates 2 Years In Lakewood

When launching my home business nearly 6.5 years ago, people would ask me, "If you could open a storefront in the area, where would it be?" I would always tell them Lakewood, because of the walkability and the tight-knit community. I honestly never thought that 4.5 years later I'd be celebrating my grand opening, and that now we are just weeks away from celebrating 2 years in our Madison Avenue storefront.

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Is The City’s Community Bulletin, Issue No. 5 Misleading?

Citizens of Lakewood have received Community Bulletins in their water bill that contain information about the new Master Agreement between the City and the Cleveland Clinic. Is that information accurate?

Let’s examine the statements made in Issue No. 5.

The following is the relevant content of Issue No. 5 followed by my comments.

CITY OF LAKEWOOD…will receive

  • $19.7 million in cash, including $7 million in rehab demo fund, $8.2 million for sale of Columbia Rd facility, $2.88 million in lease payments through June 2018 and $1.7 million in land sale to Cleveland Clinic.

My response:

The Clinic has agreed to pay $7 million in rehab/demo funds, however, the Clinic will only pay if the CITY EXPENDS 100% OF ALL OF THE HOSPITALS $84 MILLION IN CASH AND INVESTMENTS. (SOURCE?) Since the City anticipates having money left over to fund a new Foundation then the City must also anticipate that the Clinic WILL NOT pay the $7 million.

The City will receive $8.2 million for the Columbia Road property over a number of years. However, the property was appraised at nearly $15 million and the City had an offer from another interested party for a lot more than $8.2 million. The Columbia Road facility was also home to a business that once generated substantial profits for the Hospital. Why did the City give the Clinic such a sweet deal?

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Food Songs About Buildings And More: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 33

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. 

Matteo Mannequin - Matteo Mannequin - Nervous Room Records - 6 songs - Cassette

Matteo Mannequin is the side-project (or main project? I don't know how these things work) of Tonawandas frontman Matt Hallaran. It's very different from The Tons O' Wandas, however. "Up All Night" is a Devo-esque tune, though I don't know any Devo song where the guitar is that distorted. "Space Geek" is a weird electropunk new waver, with a guitar lead alternating between menacing and maniacal. Most of the songs here fall somewhere in the realm of those two. The tape really got good for me on the last two tracks, "Inside The Nervous Room" and "Paranoid Coupling," the latter of which seems to end too soon, but then repeats slowed down twice. I think that's what I was hearing, anyway. It's pretty retro-sounding, but in a good way. I believe it was recorded in 4-track analog, so maybe that's part of it. Sorta Devo, sorta Gary Numan, very new wave, sometimes punk, usually sorta strange. 4/5

(from what I hear, Nervous Room is working on getting a site up and running– for now, you can just message them through their Facebook page)

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WCOG Mayors Host Metroplex Project Discussion

Satellite navigation is coming to Cleveland-Detroit airspace as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NextGen Metroplex project. Most airplanes already navigate with GPS, but their routes are defined by land-based "navigation aids." Satellite navigation will free routes from these physical constraints and enable the FAA to draw new, more efficient highways in the sky. Benefits include fuel, personnel, and time savings; increased safety, flexibility, capacity, and reliability; and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

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WordStage Literary Concerts Opens its 2016-17 Season With A One Act Comedy By George Bernard Shaw

Shaw stated that, “Nothing in the theatre is staler than the situation of husband, wife and lover, or the fun of knockabout farce. I have taken both, and got an original play out of them, as anybody else can if only he will look about him for his material instead of plagiarizing Othello and the thousand plays that have proceeded on Othello’s romantic assumptions and false point of honor.”

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Vote Against Issue 64: The Loss Of Our Hospital & Our Most Charitable Foundation

Lakewood Hospital, Over A Century of Touching Lives and Partnership in Education

Friends ask me why I am still involved in Save Lakewood Hospital. As a mother of two teenage boys, I am involved because I know the importance of healthcare. Not only am I concerned about the well-being of my children, I am also concerned about the well-being of my community. Lakewood Hospital touched countless lives. There was great care and love to millions for over a century. How many babies do you know who were born in our hospital? How many lives were touched by the Grace Unit? Our hospital was an icon of hope for all that is good in medicine and all that is good for a community. A sign still hanging in one of the middle schools states “Lakewood Hospital, Over A Century of Touching Lives and Partnership in Education.”  The impact of this loss is catastrophic, to both our economy and our social welfare. It didn’t have to happen. The closing of the hospital was built upon fabrication, greed and guile.

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Issue 64 Is Not Progress

On the November 8th General Election ballot, Lakewood voters will have their first and only opportunity for a direct vote on the deal that closed Lakewood Hospital. It will appear as Issue 64 with options for or AGAINST Ordinance #49-15.

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Grace Lutheran Church Celebrates Rally Day

Grace Lutheran Children and members gather for Rally Day Messages to God balloon release.

Grace Lutheran Church, located at 13030 Madison Avenue across from Madison Park, kicked off Children's and Youth Bible studies with their annual Rally Day. Rally Day is a tradition started from the early 1900's to welcome back families from summer and to kick off a new year of Bible study.

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Draw The Lines, Make The Rules

Democrats do it. Republicans do it. Independents would do it if they could, but they seldom get the chance. In 1812, when Massachusetts Governor Gerry redrew state senate districts to benefit his party, one Boston-area district was dubbed a salamander. Since 2011, our Northwest Ohio district has been called "the snake by the lake." Either way, it's called gerrymandering.

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Award-winning Young Adult Novelist To Speak At Library

Novelist, blogger, mentor and an expert on lobotomies, Mindy McGinnis is also a librarian who claims knowing the Dewey Decimal system by heart as her superpower. She should feel right at home on Thursday, October 13, when she visits the Lakewood Public Library to discuss her gothic historical thriller, "A Madness So Discreet."

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Lakewood Culture Club Powered By PechaKucha Event Set For September 29th

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce presents “The Lakewood Culture Club” powered by PechaKucha – an amazing evening of fast-paced talks on workplace culture in Lakewood. The event will be an informal and fun gathering where community and business leaders will share their ideas, thoughts & philosophies about workplace culture in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. Presenters include Lakewood High School Principal Keith Ahearn, University Tees Co-Founder Nick Dadas, Startup Business Developer Mike Belsito, and more.

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Soggy Superheroes Dash Through Lakewood

Runners, walkers and rollers get ready to compete in the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash.

Over 250 runners, walkers and rollers (participants in wheelchairs and hand cycles) braved the rain and helped raise funds for children with physical disabilities in the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 31st Annual Race Day took place on Saturday, September 17, at Lakewood Park. The event was dedicated in memory of Dave Hardman, former President of the Youth Challenge Board of Trustees.

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Holiday Tradition #4

Labor Day kicks off the fall season and New Years Eve closes it up. In between, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas unite families and friends creating long standing traditions. Growing up, our Thanksgiving table centerpiece was a large, candy filled gingerbread house. Over the next few days all the candy was picked off. Mysteriously candy would reappear the next day.

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Utilities Resource Fair

Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and the Home Heating and Weatherization Task Force will be hosting a Utilities Resource Fair, at Lakewood United Methodist Church at 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, Ohio 44107, on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Friends Fall Book Sale

Like that pillowcase full of candy you pour out on the living room rug each Halloween, a Friends of Lakewood Public Library Book Sale is full of new surprises and old favorites.  The Fall Friends Book Sale returns Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  If you want to get a jump on the sale, join the Friends and receive entrance to a special, members-only preview sale two days earlier on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  You can join Friends at the door for as little as two dollars. Both sales are located in the Main Library Basement at 15425 Detroit Avenue.

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Beck Center Presents Regional Premiere By Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright

Beck Center for the Arts continues its eclectic 2016-2017 theater season with "Body Awareness" by Annie Baker, October 7 through November 6, 2016 in the Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code BAKER to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by October 6. This production contains strong language and content.

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STEM Handmade Soap Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

STEM Handmade Soap opened its doors in Lakewood’s historic Birdtown neighborhood three years ago. A lot has changed in three years. They opened with limited hours and carried 8 different scents of all natural bath and skincare products. Today, STEM soaps is open every day except Monday, carries over 20 different scents and ensures every guest has a memorable experience.  

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LPL Calendar Of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, September 29
Author Event - "My Life, My Letters & My Loves: Exploring an Ordinary Life" by Alida Henriette Struze

Describing the life of 94-year-old Alida Henriette Struze, this book contains 65 Christmas letters. Each letter provides a peek into Alida’s life, as well as a snapshot of history, especially of Cleveland and Lakewood. She also shares a forbidden romance. Joseph Meissner, a Cleveland-based attorney, will introduce Ms. Struze. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Why You Should Vote Against 64

“The ER at Lakewood continues to be a community asset and will remain that way if it is supported by the community.”

This is a direct quote made by Fire Chief Scott Gilman on the Lakewood Observer’s Observation Deck on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

“…..if it is supported by the community.”

“….if….”

So, it is up to us, the residents, to support the ER?  

Now, how do we do that?

Gilman makes the ER sound like a local storefront that we should patronize.

Are we to drop-in at that facility on Belle Ave. for every bump and bruise we get, so as to show our support?

Notice that Gilman makes no mention of Cleveland Clinic/EMS supporting the ER.

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Lincoln Mines Returns November 12th

Lincoln MINES provides several make and take craft stations.

Photo Credit: Rick Uldricks

Lincoln MINEs returns to Lakewood on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Lincoln MINES takes popular video games and transforms them into hands-on learning experiences. Attendees will experience 5 hours of activities for one admission price. Last year this event entertained over 600 attendees with Hands-on Gaming, Minecraft Kids Talks, Crafts, Science and so much more. 

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LEAF Community Harvest Fest Will Be October 13

Celebrate autumn and our local harvest at LEAF Community’s Annual Harvest Festival. This year, LEAF’s signature event will be held on Thursday, October 13, from 5:30-8 p.m. Join us on the porch of Lakewood Library, Detroit Avenue. 

Your whole family can enjoy this free event. The evolving details of the evening include:

Food: Bring your appetite! Cleveland Vegan will be vending dishes to eat on the spot. Or nosh on a variety of soups and stews, homemade from mainly local produce, locally made breads, and other foods, available with a nominal donation to support LEAF.

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First Federal Lakewood To Help Fund Indoor Track, Rec Facility At LHS

First Federal Lakewood Senior Vice President Dave Shaw announced the bank's commitment to helping to build new Rec facilities at LHS at the Sept. 19 Board fo Education meeting.

Lakewood City Schools Superintendent Jeff Patterson announced at the Board of Education Sept. 19 meeting that First Federal Lakewood has made a significant commitment of $692,000 to the Lakewood City Schools. The funds will go toward building an elevated indoor track for student and community use in the new Lakewood High School athletic wing, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2017. In addition, the bank committed another $150,000 in matching funds if the school district can raise $450,000 from other donors. That additional money would go toward building a Community Recreation Facility at Lakewood High School.

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Help LREF Support Lakewood Schools This Fall

Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Thursday September 29, at 7 p.m. at the Civic

The hometown heroes being inducted into the 2016 Distinguished, Athletic and Staff Halls of Fame are: Liz Maugans '85, Alicia Metcalf Miller '57 (posthumous induction), Kevin Miller '75 and Richard Teare '54 in the Distinguished Alumni category; Nils Antonio '81, Brian Karpel '99, Jon Pressnell 2000 and Coach Neil Skinner (posthumous) in the Athletic category and Carol Anderson (posthumous), Bert Fassett, Gil Fritzsche and Marty Huxtable Harris '58 in the Staff category. Dessert reception immediately following the ceremony. Free and open to the public.

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For 64 And For Lakewood's Future

Like many of you, I believe in the values of fighting for Lakewood, of fairness in regards to the proper use of taxpayer assets and providing residents with the services necessary for a healthy and active city. This is why I fought to ensure that the Cleveland Clinic provide Lakewood with 21st Century health care in the form of a state of the art Family Health Center and fully accredited 24/7 Emergency Room to serve residents long into the future.

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Track Your Mail-In Ballot Through Innovative BOE Program

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections adopted an innovative electronic program called “VoterNotify” so voters can be informed of the date their ballot is mailed and exactly when their completed ballot arrives at the Board of Elections for processing. So far, over 110,000 voters have submitted Vote by Mail ballot applications for this November’s Presidential Election.

VoterNotify will also send out reminders of election dates and deadlines and other important election related information. To enroll in VoterNotify, visit the Board’s website: www.443VOTE.com to sign-up to receive important text messages and/or email alerts. The Board will also include “I Voted By Mail!” stickers with each Vote by Mail ballot, similar to the ones that are given to voters on Election Day who vote in person.

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“Build Lakewood” Insiders’ PAC Hurt Healthcare and Costs Taxpayers Over $184 Million-Vote Against 64

In the last Lakewood Observer, Jim Kenny, a spokesman for “Build Lakewood” recently rebranded as an insiders’ fake “progress” Political Action Committee (PAC) published some seriously false claims. The Rebranded PAC is the same group of insiders who last year took $50,000 in charitable money from the hospital and spread the same kind lies to “win” by cheating. Here is a point by point rebuttal of the claims made by the PAC:  

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Outdoor Hoops Return At Lakewood Schools

These three youngsters enjoy playing basketball at Lincoln Elementary's new hoop. 

The recent reconstruction at Grant, Roosevelt, and Lincoln Schools didn't just deliver shiny new buildings. Their new playgrounds included something not seen at Lakewood Schools for many years -- outdoor basketball hoops. Kids around Lakewood have welcomed the addition of a half court hoop at each of these locations. Previous to the reconstruction, Lakewood Park and Wagar Park were the only locations in town that offered public outdoor hoops.

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Trio of National Merit Semifinalists Leads LHS Academic All-Stars List

Front row, from left: National Merit Semifinalists Rachel Daso, Ian Bell and William Horschke. Back row: National Merit Commended Scholars Evan Suttell and Rhianna Zuby.

Each September brings announcements of stellar academic achievements accomplished by high school students in the previous school year. And each September, Lakewood High School has always been well represented, this year is no different. Our latest academic stars include three National Merit Semifinalists, two National Merit Commended Scholars and 67 AP Scholars, including six National AP Scholars. 

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Free Produce Distribution Returns To St. Edward

Volunteers setting up for the September produce distribution.

St. Edward High School brought back its free produce distribution program, as over two tons of fruit and veggies were given away last Wednesday. St. Edward students, faculty, alumni, and friends bagged and distributed the items in front of the school. Seventy-seven families were served, and the school hopes to grow that number at next month's event.

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Spirit Parade Set For Sept. 30

The annual Lakewood City Schools' Spirit Parade will kick off Homecoming Weekend on Friday, Sept. 30. The parade will step off from Lakewood Park at 5:30 pm and march its way through Lakewood to the North Lot at Lakewood High School. The parade is a great showcase of the district’s sports teams, clubs and organizations from elementary, middle and high school. The Rangers football game vs. Avon will cap off the evening at First Federal of Lakewood Stadium with kickoff at 7 pm.

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Supt. Chat To Focus On School Finances

Lakewood City Schools’ first Superintendent Chat of the school year will be a special presentation by Superintendent Jeff Patterson and Treasurer Kent Zeman on the District’s current financial condition and how school funding impacts our students, community, and the District. The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6 pm in the Ranger Café at Lakewood High School. This is a great opportunity to hear how your investment in the public schools is at work!

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Council Preparing For 2017 Budget Season

Council President O’Leary called the Monday, September 19th meeting to order and began the meeting with a special moment of silence in honor of State Trooper Kenneth Velez who was struck and killed in the line of duty on I-90 between the McKinley and Warren Rd exits. With all members of council in attendance, the September 6th meeting minutes were disposed of without the necessity of a reading.

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Ranger Rally Falls Short; Lakewood Falls 28-27 in Thriller

Coach Ribar speaks to the team after the heartbreaking 28-27 loss to North Olmsted.

What started out as a lopsided game turned into a nail-biter between the Lakewood and North Olmsted football teams. Lakewood stormed back from a 28-0 first half deficit to nearly pull off one of the biggest comebacks in program history. The Rangers showed tremendous heart and effort, but were unable to notch their first win of the season.

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Why The Councilwoman Who Questioned Is Standing Firm FOR Issue 64

Cindy Marx, Lakewood Council at Large

When City Council began a year of meetings in 2015 about a proposal to transform Lakewood Hospital to an outpatient medical center, I was concerned. I preferred to keep Lakewood Hospital as an inpatient facility and to retain the jobs and economic activity it provided. I work for an independent physician and I am a strong supporter of independent physician practice. However, the climate of healthcare is changing at a furious pace. I felt that my relationship to healthcare offered a great sensitivity to this important decision presented to Council.

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Turnovers, Tempers Lead to Ugly Night for Rangers

Avon Lake Police on the field after both teams were separated in a second-quarter fight.

After making progress in their previous two games, the Lakewood football team took a big step backward on Friday night in Avon Lake. They fell 47-14 to the Shoremen in a game that included an on-field fight late in the first half.  Players of both teams were involved in the fracas, which started when a Ranger player was hit very late out of bounds.  

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 11:31 PM, 09.16.2016

Representative Antonio Calls On Kasich To Declare Opioid Crisis A Statewide Public Health Emergency

Minority Whip Antonio joined by State Rep. Greta Johnson (center) and State Rep. Hearchel Craig (right)

State Representative Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) called on the Governor John Kasich to recognize the devastating opioid addiction epidemic for what it is: a public health emergency. At a statehouse press conference last week, the lawmakers said the state must have a strong, unified response and release emergency state funding to combat the statewide opioid crisis that is claiming lives in rural areas and urban centers alike.

“Local addiction service providers are doing everything they can to prevent the opioid addiction crisis from overtaking our communities, but they have been pushed to capacity and their resources have been drained,” said Minority Whip Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood). “The state can’t just rely on local communities to take on the opioid crisis alone. We need to call this what it is – a statewide public health emergency. The lives of Ohioans are at stake and we cannot afford to wait.”

  

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Annual Welcome To Lakewood Community Event - Save The Date!

The City of Lakewood's Community Relations Advisory Commission is pleased to announce its annual 'Welcome to Lakewood' community event on October 19, 2016, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Garfield Middle School. The event, which was developed by the Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission with full support from Lakewood's elected officials, is designed to welcome new residents and community members to our wonderful city. If you are a new/established property owner or renter or if you work and play in the community, the Welcome to Lakewood meet and greet is the place to be! This is a fun and family-friendly event where you can learn more about local civic organizations, services, and ways to get involved in Lakewood.

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A VOTE AGAINST Issue 64 Is A Vote For Accountable, Honest, Transparent Government

You will have to excuse me, but some of the latest untruths from Councilman Bullock and Finance Director Jenn Pae, have made me take to the keyboards.

Those of you who have followed the Lakewood Observer from the beginning know how rare it is that I write anything but fun pieces. Rarer still is writing about my political views, or to further any agenda, and I hope I am not perceived as furthering any agenda now, outside of one: Honest, Transparent and Accountable Government.

Lakewood, known for decades as a great place to raise a family and go to school, a place dedicated to knowledge, education and conversation, has become a place where City Hall and their minions will single you out, find you, and harass you. Which is nuts!

What is most worrisome is the secrecy and the nastiness of City Hall as their lawyers try to hide, protect and get rid of documents associated with not just the nightmare hospital deal, but the growing cover-up that is following it.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 6:14 PM, 09.13.2016

Council Returns From August Recess With Full Agenda

Upon returning from their August summer recess, Council President O’Leary called the Tuesday, September 6th meeting to order with all members of council in attendance and quickly disposed of the July 18th meeting minutes.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Cornucopia’s “Event In The Tent”

Cornucopia will hold its fourth annual “Event in the Tent” celebration on Friday, September 16 from 6:30–10 p.m. at Cornucopia’s Vocational Training Center and Catering Kitchen, 18228 Sloane Avenue in Lakewood. “We will be celebrating the achievements of Cornucopia’s vocational training graduates and job placement clients,” said Nancy Peppler, Cornucopia’s Executive Director. “We are looking forward to an evening of great food and fun all in support of Cornucopia’s vocational programs for people with disabilities.”

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Woodstock Brings Smoking Good BBQ To Lakewood

Woodstock
13362 Madison Ave
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 226-8828
Hours: 3:00PM - 2:30AM
Serving until midnight every day.
http://www.facebook.com/woodstockbbq

BBQ, Bar-B-Que, Barbecue no matter how you spell it, has been sadly missing on the westside of Cleveland, and in Lakewood. Attempts are spotty at best, with mixed results on different days. Over a decade ago, I was working with the Williams family to bring Hot Sauce Williams to Lakewood. That never materialized and a restaurant you could count on for ribs, brisket and BBQ just didn’t exist.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Southern Cafe, Damn Was That Good...

Southern Cafe, small but big flavors!

...was that the best meal I ever ate in Lakewood?

Let me digress for a moment. It was Friday evening and I was driving with Deb looking for a place to get dinner. We were driving past the Phantasy Theater, and then saw Southern Cafe, so we decided to stop.

The small restaurant was about half filled, and everyone seemed to be enjoying the night. It has a funky but comfortable feeling. One of the servers welcomed us in and handed us menus. The large menu had mainstays of Southern Cuisine, and mainstays of Soul Food. Red and Purple Kool-Aid, Chicken and Waffles, Poor Boys, Pork Chops, Greens, Grits, Catfish, and Peach Cobbler.

I said to the server, “What is the best thing on the menu?” Her answer was, “People rave about the catfish!” I mentioned I am not a fan of catfish and she said, “Neither am I but I liked it!” OK what about the sides? “Try the greens!” I did, though I’m not a fan, and cream corn. Deb wanted an appetizer and ordered up the Grits and Shrimp. Again, I am not a fan of grits. This would be interesting.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:42 PM, 09.13.2016

Bad Government 9: Jenn Pae and City Hall's $100 Million Lie

This past week, City Hall’s Director of Finance Jenn Pae made the following false statement concerning the Issue 64 referendum challenge to the Cleveland Clinic agreement: “At risk is more than $100 million of investment in healthcare currently under way.” In fact, the bad agreement pushed by City Hall and Pae results in $107 million in healthcare leaving Lakewood. This can ONLY be stopped by voting AGAINST Issue 64.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

My Mother Fell Last Week

My 87-year-old mother fell last week. They couldn't reach me right away, so she drove herself to the "ER" in what used to be Lakewood Hospital. I arrived about an hour later.  In the ensuing three hours, they managed to get her hideously abraded left leg bandaged.  As she stood up to leave she realized that her right foot was painful.  An x-ray was taken and read by a presumably off-site radiologist, and a fracture was diagnosed.  They put her in a half-cast and sent us off to an Orthopedic practice.  The first thing that the Orthopedic specialist did when he entered the room was to press on my mother's foot in the area of the supposed fracture and realized immediately that the fracture shown on the x-ray was an old one and that her foot was not fractured, but merely sprained.  No one at the Lakewood Urgent Care had bothered to verify that her area of pain matched the area of the fracture on the x-ray.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Haynes Turns 50!

Haynes Nursery School will be celebrating its 50th Birthday on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 pm at Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 West Clifton Blvd, Lakewood. The event is open to the community. Past, present, and future Haynes students, families, teachers, and directors please join in the celebration. HNS has provided an excellent educational foundation for thousands of children over the past 50 years; it remains a source of pride for Lakewood Congregational Church and the city of Lakewood.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

The Sport And Passion Of Irish Dance

Meghan Walcheck practicing at Brady Campbell School of Irish Dance in Kamms Corners. 

Like many Lakewood kids, Meghan Walcheck spends a lot of time and energy on her favorite sport. She spends many hours each week practicing, being coached, and competing. She’s even traveled out of town to competitions. Meghan doesn’t run track or play any of the traditional “stick and ball” sports – she is an Irish dancer. 

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Learn the Art Of Middle Eastern Style & Interpretive Dance

Mary Bodnar – Dance Instructor, Director, Choreographer & Founder of Vibrant Wind Dancers

In teaching Middle Eastern Style and interpretative dance, I include a wide variety of music, featuring cultures from all over the world. Types of music include traditional Middle Eastern, Celtic, New Age, South American, Classical, Baroque medieval, Spanish, folk, pop, rock, rhythm & blues, soul and children’s music. Beginner's classes are for all ages and body types. My classes include breathing, poetry meditation, gentle warm-ups, and exercises similar to Yoga while learning the basic dance steps. We wear a variety of decorative (& sound making!) beautiful hip scarves while having fun and learning about the history of dance and the meaning behind the hand, feet and hip movements.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016