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Explore Light Up Lakewood On Saturday, December 6

LakewoodAlive and the Light Up Lakewood Committee have added several more fantastic additions to make your experience with family and friends all the better. The day will start at Quaker Steak & Lube (15312 Detroit Avenue) with Breakfast with Santa. There will be two seatings, 8:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Tickets for Breakfast with Santa are pre-sale only and can be purchased online at www.LightUpLakewood.com or at Paisley Monkey (14471 Detroit Avenue).

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Latest News Releases

Lakewood To Honor Veterans On November 11th At Lakewood Park
- City Hall, November 6, 2014 Read More
Mayor Summers Shares Concerns Over Increased Train Traffic in Lakewood
- City Hall, November 5, 2014 Read More
Lakewood Honors Fallen Firefighters in Annual Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, October 5th
- City Hall, September 30, 2014 Read More
National Merit Scholars Head List of LHS Academic Stars
- Board of Education, September 25, 2014 Read More
DNA Ties Serial Rapist to Aug. 30 Sexual Assault in Lakewood
- City Hall, September 25, 2014 Read More

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Council Talks About The Coast

Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan called the November 17, 2014 meeting to order at 7:40 P.M.

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Christmas Sale On The Grounds

Kick off your holiday shopping with the event that offers the best bargains of all—Lakewood Historical Society’s 9th annual Christmas Sale on the Grounds. The first weekend in December sees the Nicholson House, 13335 Detroit, filled to bursting with everything you need for holiday celebrations.

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Sounds Of Season Concert Features District's Top Ensembles

If you are a fan of the Lakewood City Schools' Music Department, or just a music fan in general, you don't want to miss the newest LHS holiday tradition that is the Sounds of the Season concert December 17 & 18 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. This concert will highlight all the elite performance groups at LHS from the band, orchestra and choir departments. This year, there will even be an elementary honors choir.

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Tailgate For A Cause

Throughout this last year we at Trinity Church have been made aware of serious needs in the community. Many folks come to our door asking for emergency help. There are medical bills, transportation needs, money needed for gas and auto repairs, veterinary bills, unexpected furnace, roofing or plumbing emergencies.

Financial planners suggest people put away money "for a rainy day" in some kind of emergency fund. We know, however, that many families are one month or one check away from disaster if emergencies arise. And, unfortunately there is no emergency fund to assist them through Trinity or Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach.

Trinity is offering the Lakewood community an opportunity to assist one family "on the edge." A huge need in keeping this family safe and warm this winter has arisen. Can you say 'replacement steam boiler'? Visualize $8000 while living on minimum wage.

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Events At Lakewood Public Library

November 29
Lakewood Public Cinema: A River Runs Through It (1992)       Directed by Robert Redford

Here’s a movie for fathers and sons and the women who love them. In this true story, based on the memoir by Norman Maclean, two brothers grow up in the majesty of the Montana wilderness under the stern watchful eye of their minister father, played by Tom Skerritt. While Norman, played by Craig Sheffer, learns to channel his natural rebellion into writing and a career as a newspaperman, Brad Pitt’s Paul is an irresistible daredevil that no one can say no to—whose appetites tend to lead him down a slippery path of self-destruction. The one thing that all three men have in common is a committed love of fly-fishing. No matter what conflicts may arise between them, once they wade into the river, they find peace and calm and that all-important sense of belonging. Director Robert Redford paints an inspiring portrait of the strength of the American family—even as he reminds us that its strengths are not limitless. Bring your dad.
Saturday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Twins Taste A Pickle

Upon entering the cozy confines of the Cleveland Pickle Gourmet Sub Shop on Detroit Road, we were greeted by simple, charming decor. The sandwich selection is definitely thought-provoking and it inspired our culinary curiosity.

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Lakewood Real Estate On Pace For Another Solid Year

October stats from the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) serving our 15-County area were just released.  The real estate recovery for Single Family Homes continues at a modest pace.  October sales were up over last year by 3.4%, but remain down year to date by about 1.2%.  The October Average Sales Price was down nearly 3% over last October, but remains up 2% year to date over last year.  Market time remains unchanged for the area, remaining steady at 91 days.

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Who Let the Dogs Out In?

Therapy dogs are great listeners and enjoy having children read a good book to them.

Lakewood Public Library has! Why, you ask? Because these pups love, love, love when children read to them. We invite beginner readers to join us the second Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Tail Waggin’ Tutors where school-age kids can enjoy reading books to these fabulous four-legged friends. Students can bone up on their reading skills and share a book or two with therapy dogs and their owners that have been certified through Therapy Dogs International.

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The Gift of eReading: Download FREE eBooks from the Library

Tired of giving gifts that will just collect dust?  Looking for a holiday gift for the bibliophile in your life?  Give the gift that keeps on giving by purchasing a shiny, new eReader!  When you give the gift of (insert brand name here), you give your loved ones access to thousands of FREE downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and even steaming video from Lakewood Public Library, a member of the statewide consortium, the Ohio Digital Library.

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten at the Lakewood Public Library

Veronica Allie, 4 1/2 years old, is one of the first ten finishers of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Lakewood Public Library.

To begin your 1000 book journey, register online at http://www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth/ or visit the Children's and Youth Services desk at either the Main library or the Madison branch.

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Critically Acclaimed Pianist To Perform Christmas Concert

Adams with legendary Dionne Warwick backstage at the History Makers10th Anniversary Gala Celebration.
November 20th, 2010

The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. H. Leslie Adams, nationally renowned and honored composer, educator and performer, will present a special “sounds of the “Christmas Musical Reflections” concert at 5 p.m. on December 7th at Grace Presbyterian Church in Lakewood.

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Snow Way To Pay For Parking Space

I am all about the improvements made to the city. Who am I to complain about progress? I mean, as a lifelong resident I should rejoice at the single lanes of traffic backed up for blocks as you attempt to travel east and west down Detroit Avenue. I should applaud the broken up and missing bricks along the curbs instead of concrete. I should be happy that two lanes on Clifton Avenue have been taken away so that buses have a quicker and private route. And I suppose I should give in and embrace the sensory and scenic overload created by all of the new signs along our roadways that direct us and alert us to all of the progress occurring in our fair city.

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Lakewood Composer Returns To Rocky River Chamber Music Society

Lakewood native Max Mueller working on another composition

Rocky River Chamber Music Society presents its second biennial children’s concert on Sunday afternoon, December 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, Ohio. The concert features an original work, A West Side Story, written by west side Cleveland students and featuring music by Lakewood and Los Angeles composer, Max Mueller. The performance will feature Max on the piano along with local musicians Jessica Ryou, violin; Amy Tang, violin; Abby McGreehan, viola; Vicki Hamm, cello; and Kyle Kubovcik, bass.

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Art Show Ends Strokes of Genius

After learning about artist Diego Rivera, participants used markers to create a mural of a city scene with apartment buildings.

     The fall session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library came to a close in November as participating second, third, and fourth graders proudly showcased their talent at an Art Show for family and friends. Each week students learned about the life and work of a different artist and then completed an art project motivated by the style of that artist. Artwork created by Pierre Auguste Renoir, Leonardo da Vinci, Frederic Remington, Diego Rivera, Maya Lin, and Jackson Pollock provided the inspiration for the students’ creative efforts. Water colors, cut paper, oil pastels, markers, clay, and tempera paint were some of the mediums used. The Jackson Pollock project involved creating an “action painting” with marbles. The young artists placed a marble in paint and then put it on paper that was contained in a box lid. The box was held and tilted at various angles so the marble could roll and spread its paint. This resulted in beautiful works of art! Each participant took home their creative work, a certificate, and a purple ribbon.

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Beau Monde Vintage Brings Nostalgia To Lakewood

Nestled in an aged building in the heart of the Detroit Avenue neighborhood of Lakewood, sits Beau Monde Vintage - a vintage shop that is rich in nostalgia. Michelle Miller, a vintage conisseur from a young age, recently opened it August 1st of this year and is absolutely thrilled in her new venture of bringing her vision of style and top quality recycled clothing to the city of Lakewood and the surrounding communties. Miller recalls having that knack for vintage since she was little, having bought several pretty vintage dresses from her local church thrift shop. Her collection has since grown and now she has the sweetest shop, full of curated and affordable one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories from the 1970s and before. The shop is divided into two large rooms, with a hall joining them. The rooms are neatly categorized (ie. swimwear, plus size, sweaters, etc) and each rack is easy to breeze through. The hall houses the dressing rooms, tastefully done with pink, girly accents and merchandise. Looking for a wedding dress? Or maybe something for the curvy gal? Or how about the gal who just LOVES color and prints? Beau Monde Vintage has it! 

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Keeping Lakewood Alive: Busting The Myth Of Addiction In Seniors

We're regularly fed a steady diet of senior citizen stereotypes. Myths about addiction are especially tough to swallow. When Uncle Harry faceplants in the bowl of Thanksgiving stuffing, his drinking is dismissed as one of the few pleasures he has left. Granny's perceived as adorable in her terry track suit gulping down sherry on her front porch rocker. The retired CEO is defended as earning the right to slam back multiple martinis before noon. The reality is addictions destroy a senior's quality of life, strain a healthcare system already at the breaking point and wreak havoc on families burdened with their care. Substance abuse in older Americans can aggravate and even cause chronic diseases including diabetes, hypertension, dementia, osteoporosis and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. The risk and consequences of falling increases. In 2012 the National Institute of Health reported hospital admissions for seniors were mostly linked to overdoses from pain medication and withdrawal from other addictive substances.

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Coffee With The Subconscious... 'Chance' Encounter...

Ella & Betty Rozakis muse outside Blackbird Bakery Company...

Ella, my Golden Doodle, and I love our outings to Blackbird Baking Company. I'm not much for routines, but this picnic ritual has sprung some soulful moments.  

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Breakfast With Santa

Break out the festive velvet dresses and handsome sweaters—it’s time to dress the kids in their holiday finery for Breakfast with Santa.

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FLDP Welcomes Santa Paws

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Paws and he is coming to town. He will pose for portraits with all his animal friends and their humans on Sunday, December 14, 2014. He and his crew will be at Pet's General Store, 16821 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for the annual holiday meet and greet. The fundraising event is organized by Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park, Inc. and hosted by our friends at Pet's General Store.
 
During an videotaped interview with Rudy R., North Pole's Director of Logistics, he cautioned that there have been several changes for 2014. It is no longer necessary to make an appointment to see Santa Paws. Rudy - who, it must be noted, has a very shiny nose - explained that pets and humans can drop in anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 pm to pose with the jolly old guy. I had hoped to include a link to the videotape, but it has inexplicably become unavailable.
 
Also new this year, photography will be provided by Portraits by Martha. Martha is an experienced pet photographer and Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park, Inc. is excited to be working with her. For a $10 donation, participants will receive a souvenir photo of their visit with Santa Paws. Additional photos and photo packages will be available from Pictures by Martha. 
 
A portion of all sales will be donated to Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park (FLDP). "Photos with Santa Paws" is a fundraiser for FLDP. 
 
FLDP is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization that partners with the City of Lakewood to care for the park. The group holds fundraisers throughout the year to pay for park amenities and to fund dog park improvements.

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Rep. Nickie J. Antonio Elected House Democratic Assistant Whip

State Representative Nickie J. Antonio elected as House Democratic Assistant Whip

State Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry (D-Austintown), the Dean of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, Tuesday announced the caucus has selected their new leadership team for the 131st General Assembly. State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) was elected as House Democratic Assistant Whip in a vote Tuesday evening. 

The other members of the Democratic leadership team will be Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) serving as House Democratic Leader; Rep. Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D-Parma), Assistant Democratic Leader; and Rep. Kevin Boyce (D-Columbus), Democratic Whip.

“I am eager to work in a collective way to move our state in the right direction,” said Rep. Antonio. “We have a lot ahead of us, but I am confident that our state’s diversity makes us stronger, and that we can turn our challenges into opportunities to add jobs and give our children a fair shot at a world-class education.”

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North Coast Health Joins The National #GivingTuesday Movement

North Coast Health, a faith-based charitable clinic, has joined #GivingTuesday, an effort to harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014, hopes to inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world.

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Chamber Spotlight: LHS Student Intern Aron Doi

Hi, my name is Aron Doi. I am a senior at Lakewood High School and I am an intern at the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Sports are a big part of my life—I love all of the Cleveland sports teams and I play baseball at the High School. I am also a member of the Ski Club. I am involved in the West Shore Career-Tech Business Management program and I plan on attending an in-state college to study in the field of Business after graduation. I am thrilled to be a part of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and very interested in learning more about what this organization is all about.

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Alex Meixner Band In Concert December 3

On Wednesday, December 3 at  7 p.m., Alex Meixner and his band will take the stage at the Civic Auditorium for a concert featuring his unique style of world fusion music. Meixner is a Grammy-nominated trumpeter, pianist, accordion player, and music producer who blends classical, jazz, pop, and polka styles and has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra. 

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LHS Musicians Participate In Honors Festival

Honors Festival participants: (front row from left) Justice Thomas, Faith Costello, Tess Marjanovic, Taylor Wohlfeil, William Solarz, Anthony DeJesus; (back row from left) Choir Director Peter Hampton, Melissa Trnkus, Nate Bour, Stephen Moncol, Emily Marek, Veronica Gordon and Band Director Clinton Steinbrunner.

Five LHS band members and six choir members participated in the Ohio Music Educators Association's Honors Festival for districts 4 and 7, which cover Northeast Ohio. The festival featured two honors band an honors choir and was held November 15 at Cleveland State.

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District Earns Spot On AP Honor Roll

Lakewood City Schools is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada and one of only 30 in Ohio being honored by the College Board with placement on its 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

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Patterson's Perspective

During this holiday season I wanted to take time and pause to give thanks for all that we have here in the Lakewood City Schools.  I am thankful for all of the stakeholders of our excellent schools beginning with our fine staff.  From our cleaning staff to our clerical workers, from our food service workers to our teaching staff, from our central office team to our maintenance workers and from our administrators to our Board of Education, I am thankful for the roles they fulfill on a daily basis and all they contribute to the education of our most precious resource, our community's children.

That said, it's all about our students.  I am proud, and yes thankful, to live in a community that not only accepts but embraces diversity.  Today, our students come from 31 different countries, with 200 identified as refugees and 450 whose families speak something other than English in their homes.  In Lakewood, we believe that our public school system represents the very fabric of our democratic society.  Our classrooms are the training grounds for our future leaders, where students learn to collaborate, cooperate and get along with others from all walks of life.  

I likewise give thanks for the parents of our students.  Our community has been identified as one of the most supportive school districts within the State of Ohio.  Parents here want something better for their children, as do we all.  I give thanks for all of the support our parents give, whether it be assisting with homework or projects, transporting students to functions, providing financial support for construction of our schools and their operations or providing a comfortable home environment to help maximize student learning and achievement.

Lakewood City Schools is a complex operation that could not succeed without our wonderful community. Were you aware that our Board of Education sponsors our own community conversion (charter) school?  The Lakewood City Academy is annually one of the higher performing community conversion schools in the State of Ohio.  Recently, this program was recognized for exceeding state standards in graduation rate and closing the achievement gap.  Over 100 students have now received a diploma from LCA and have moved onto furthering their education, joining the military or entering the workforce.

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Tips To Prevent The Spreading Of Cold And Flu From The Nurses At O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood

Unit Managers Sarah Walters and Tracey Renner with Director of Nursing Amanda Keaton, RN

With the holidays upon us there will be plenty of dinners and celebrations. These come with many greetings of handshakes, hugs and embraces. The exchange of love and friendship combined with the stress of the holiday rush can quickly spread cold and flu germs.

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Midnight Madness Event Kicked Off LHS Basketball Seasons

Lakewood High School held a “Midnight Madness” event on November 14 to launch its boys and girls basketball seasons. The event, held at Harding Middle School, gave Ranger fans got their first look at this year’s teams. It also provided a “soft launch” for the Rangers new home court, giving both players and fans an opportunity to get familiar with the programs’ temporary home. Both teams will play at Harding this season due to construction at Lakewood High School.

There was a three point shooting contest, which was won by Justin McDonald (boys) and Madison Clause (girls).  Both teams received their 2014 West Shore Conference Championship trophies, which were presented to their respective head coaches. When asked about the home court advantage at the Harding venue, boys coach Phil Argento said, “I have no idea because I’ve never seen it when it’s filled.” He asked the fans in attendance to continue supporting the team. “To make it to where it a true home court,” he said, “we need you to be here and be loud.”

The boys team earned the nickname “Runts on Bunts” last season due to its scrappy play and modest height. When asked about this year’s team, Argento said they will be, “The Runts on Bunts II.”  Their first home game at Harding will be on Saturday, December 6 against Glenville. Conference play will begin early this year, with Rocky River coming to Lakewood on December 12, followed by a visit from Avon on December 16. Argento expects the conference race to be tight. “A lot of close games went our way last year,” he said. This year is expected to be just as competitive.

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Believe In The Magic of Mary Poppins This Holiday Season At Beck Center

Featuring Rebecca Pitcher as Mary Poppins. Pitcher previously starred as Christine Daaé on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera.

Beck Center for the Arts presents Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, December 5, 2014 through January 4, 2015 on the Mackey Main Stage. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Please note early curtain times. A special performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 18. Two performances (2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) will be held on Saturdays, December 13, 27 and January 3. A matinee-only will be held on Saturday, December 20. Tickets are on sale now.

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A Pastor's Thoughts On Light Up Lakewood

Lakewood Anglican Christmas caroling at Melt Bar and Grilled in 2013

Lakewood is a wonderful place to live year-round, but there is something special about the Fall and Christmas time. Whether walking in the Metroparks or down the multi-colored canopy of one of our charming streets, this is a special time in our city. I moved to Lakewood in 2010 but it has taken me some time to find all that Lakewood has to offer, despite my periodic reading of The Lakewood Observer. For the last several years friends and I went on the Chocolate Walk put on by Lakewood Alive and last year a group of us went Christmas Caroling through the Downtown Detroit Avenue business district.

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The Friends Holiday Bag of Books Sale

Just like that jolly old elf, the Friends of Lakewood Public Library Holiday Bag of Books Sale is on its way, celebrating with Light up Lakewood on Saturday, December 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Lakewood's New Hen Pilot Project

On November 3, Lakewood City Council passed a resolution supporting a pilot project which will test-drive responsible backyard hen ownership in Lakewood. The pilot project will last 18 months and grant up to 12 permits with a maximum of 6 hens per family. Mayor Summers signed the resolution the following day on November 4. The pilot project will begin 45 days from that date.

The organization Hens in Lakewood has been working on changing the law to allow backyard hen ownership for over three years. We have held two public forums at the Lakewood Library and have conducted a number of field trips into Cleveland so neighbors and policy makers alike can experience what urban/suburban hen-raising actually looks like.  Micro flocks  (4 to 6 hens) in small predator-free runs with coops are very different from what some of us have experienced in rural farm situations. The desire to raise hens is about having our own fresh, nutritionally superior eggs and the added benefit of useable manure for the garden. Hens can also be fed our table scraps, which keeps scraps out of the garbage and landfill. An added benefit (as we have learned from other communities in Cuyahoga County where backyard hen raising is allowed) is how it creates community as previously unknown neighbors connect with hen-owners to bring their children and grand children to see the birds.

On Sunday, November 16th, a meeting of hopeful pilot families was convened to discuss the particulars of the passed resolution and decide our next steps. It was agreed that diversity of lot sizes, setups and geographic areas was important for the pilot to test out different situations. As we checked in it became clear that 16 families want to be part of the pilot. The families are pretty much evenly divided amongst the 4 wards. As the city works to create the proper application for submission by pilot families, we decided that our next step would be to start shopping for coops or design what we want built. We discussed getting our actual lots from the county website and starting our yard blueprints to submit when the application is available. We also agreed that it would make sense for all 16 families to apply for permits as the city will have certain criteria they will use for granting them. If all 16 families are found to be eligible, we decided that we would collaboratively determine which 4 families would step back. Those families and others who have expressed an interest in their own micro flocks in the future will team up with the pilot families and learn together. Also discussed was setting a date in January for the OSU Extension class on urban/suburban backyard hen raising. This is a requirement for all families before they receive a permit to participate in the pilot.

We are excited about the opportunity provided by the pilot to try out responsible hen ownership in our community. We will continue to connect with our Lakewood neighbors and the larger community as the pilot unfolds. We plan to offer a tour of these pilot project family coops in the summer for those who want to experience first hand what suburban micro flock-ownership looks like. More to come.

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Mayor Summers Accepts "Best Hometown" Award At Chamber Luncheon Sponsored By First Federal Lakewood

“Being unique is interesting. Being unique and BEST is a knockout punch.” – Lakewood Mayor Mike Summers, upon accepting Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometown designation at the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce November luncheon meeting at Vosh, sponsored by First Federal Lakewood.

Members of Lakewood’s business, government, and nonprofit communities gathered at Vosh on Friday, November 21st to witness Ohio Magazine’s Jim Vickers present the “Best Hometown” Award to Mayor Mike Summers. Mr. Vickers outlined the criteria used in selecting the five Ohio cities that won the award in 2014. Lakewood, a more ‘urban’ designee, stood out to Ohio Magazine editors because of the city’s sense of history, beautiful homes, focus on the importance of education, warm & welcoming nature, and sense of community pride.

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Westshore Young Leaders Hosts 5th Annual Leadership Training

A record number of middle and high school students and staff from Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted and Rocky River braved the cold and snow to participate in the Annual Westshore Young Leaders Training held at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River on Friday, November 21, 2014. Over the past five years, the training has been able to reach out to close to 400 students in the Westshore District.

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City Of Lakewood Hosting Gold Coast Landlord Training Seminar

Residents of the Gold Coast know that the neighborhood is a special place. As the most densely populated in Lakewood and a direct link to downtown Cleveland, this neighborhood is an important asset in Lakewood.

Because of the neighborhood’s unique qualities, the city is featuring the Gold Coast as the first group in the new multi-tenant Landlord Training seminar.

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), specializing in real estate management, will present this seminar. IREM’s team of experts will share best practices in managing multi-unit buildings — with topics covering marketing, leasing, budgeting and building operations. In short, the seminar will provide insight into forward thinking and investment in the Gold Coast neighborhood, specifically related to asset and property management.

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LakewoodAlive Housing Program Wins CrowdRise Challenge

On Wednesday, October 12, Enterprise Community Partners announced that LakewoodAlive was the recipient of their "Nurture an Idea" CrowdRise Challenge, earning the organization $10,000 in addition to a successful crowd sourcing campaign that raised nearly $5,200. Nurture an Idea is a program that seeks to support non-profit organizations in their pursuit of improving their community.

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Board OKs Bond Refinancing, Project Revisions

The Board of Education at its November 17 meeting made approved three measures that will prove financially beneficial to the district. The Board granted permission for the Treasurer’s Office to pursue re-financing up to $39 million of the district’s debt, which could result in a savings of $1.4 million. It also approved two amendments to the construction project agreement with the Ohio School Facilities Commission that will result in an additional $3 million being available for the district’s Master Facilities Plan third and final phase.

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Patterson Named Ohio Superintendent Of Year

Lakewood City Schools Superintendent Jeffrey W. Patterson has been selected as the 2015 Ohio Superintendent of the Year by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators for his leadership of the 5,500-student district.

“I am honored and humbled. This award speaks volumes about the accomplishments of our students, the quality of our staff and the commitment from the Lakewood community and our Board of Education,” Patterson said.

Patterson became Superintendent in 2011 after serving five years as Lakewood’s Assistant Superintendent. Prior to coming to Lakewood, he served as Superintendent of the Orrville City School District for six years.

Patterson has provided effective leadership as the district passed both a bond and an operating levy in the same year with overwhelming support; increased student achievement, particularly for the district’s most at-risk students; landed in the top 2% of public school districts for yearly academic growth; and oversaw negotiations with the district’s professional unions that have helped put the district on strong financial footing.

Patterson has continued the Lakewood Schools’ legacy of engaging the community in major decisions that affect the district. He has earned a reputation of being forthright and transparent through his many community meetings. He is a member of the Lakewood community and is involved in a number of community organizations including the economic development group LakewoodAlive, the Lakewood Council of PTAs and Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation.

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Cleveland Vegan Opens In November

I wil be opening my locally-owned catering service, Cleveland Vegan, in a storefront and café in the west end of Lakewood by the end of this month.

The location, at 17112 Detroit Avenue near the Beck Center for the Performing Arts, will be Lakewood’s FIRST ALL-VEGAN café. It will offer daily takeaway selections such as salads, soups, smoothies, sandwiches, fresh juices, bakery sweets, and a sit down brunch service on  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

I couldn’t be more excited to bring people healthy, nurturing, and accessible meals. This storefront is the fruition of several years of hard work and we cannot wait to provide a healthy option for people.

Cleveland Vegan is a Lakewood-based business and has been in operation as an all-vegan catering company and personal chef service since August 2012. Its offerings exclude animal products such as meat, dairy and even honey, since it is produced by bees. We have catered events from weddings to corporate lunches to private parties. We also offer a specialized meal delivery service for individuals and families who need assistance in meal planning and preparation.

There is a growing demand for this kind of eating as people become more conscious of their personal health, and also the negative impacts of animal farming on the environment and of course the animals themselves.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:53 PM, 11.11.2014

Council Clashes Over Hens

Council President, and Ward IV Councilwoman, Mary Louise Madigan called the November 3, 2014 Council meeting to order at 7:32 P.M. For a civic meeting that tends to have little to no audience, the City Hall Auditorium was quite full of people. The topic of interest that brought them all there and was sure to be the main topic of the meeting? Chickens.

The meeting started off simply enough with a report from the Committee of the Whole presented by Councilwoman Madigan. Three topics were discussed in the meeting. First an update from the Planning and Development Department was presented by Director Dru Siley. The second item was discussion on the report from the Civil Service Commission that was received over the summer regarding mayoral and council salaries - a topic that was discussed in great length in the August 21 issue of this column. Based on the recommendation by the Commission, Councilwoman Madigan submitted a draft ordinance that would increase Council's salary for consideration. The last item discussed was the proposed third amended charter. All members of Council had reviewed the document and they discussed the next steps. There will be a number of ordinances coming forth from the process and lots of public education that will take place before it is placed on the ballot in November of 2015.

Council filed the report.

The next topic on the agenda was the reason everyone was there. Councilman David Anderson (Ward I) delivered a report from the Housing Committee on a resolution that would create a pilot program for domestic hen-keeping in Lakewood. He began his report by summarizing the process. The Housing Committee met four times to discuss this topic. All members of the Committee attended all the meetings and all the members of Council attended most of them. Several members of the community attended the meetings and offered their thoughts on the topic in both verbal and written statements, all of which have all been placed into the public record.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:53 PM, 11.11.2014

District Survey Seeks Input On School Calendar

During this school year, a Lakewood City Schools committee is studying the concept of a longer school day and/or a modified school calendar to provide opportunities to reach the goal of becoming one of the Top 20 school districts in Ohio. The committee's charge is to gather input from all stakeholders in the community. Please take the following survey to help the committee focus its work and gauge reactions to a variety of calendar ideas:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7R56SCS

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Improving The Tree Canopy In Lakewood

The Lakewood Tree Task Force is putting its roots down in Lakewood.

As the city’s aging trees begin to die — many of them planted around the same time, 100 years ago — many of the warm and inviting canopies have disappeared.

The city’s forestry department and Lakewood Tree Task Force have developed a comprehensive strategy to improve the tree canopy and add diversity to the variety of species around the city.

In just two years, the organization has already helped plant dozens of trees at Madison and Lakewood parks, presented 19 recommendations to Lakewood City Council supporting tree legislation and worked with the city’s forestry department to plant nearly 600 trees around Lakewood.

The city’s strategy also includes an effort to prepare the city for climate change, add diversity to the urban forest, withstand pest infestations and storms, and add in trees with more fall colors. More trees also means less storm water runoff.

The current Lakewood tree canopy has been assessed by satellite at 28.5 percent.

“It’s good for a high-density, urban area,” said Chris Perry, the city’s public works unit manager, who oversees the forestry department. “But we can do better.”

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Sticking Together

Hey teens! Do you find yourself gazing longingly at the many unique prints and patterns of duct tape on display at every store you walk into, wondering how you can work some of that delightful sticky stuff into your life?

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Rare Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Museum Of Divine Statues

What happens to statues and other religious artifacts when a church closes its doors? Luckily, many formerly unwanted statues have found a new home with Lou McClung at the Museum of Divine Statues, located at 12905 Madison Avenue. On Wednesday, November 19 at 7 p.m., Lou McClung offers a rare look behind the scenes at the Museum as he gives a step-by-step tour of the restoration process.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Fall Sports Participants Honored At Football Senior Night; Rangers Fall To Midview

Senior members of Lakewood High School’s fall sports teams were honored on October 24 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium in a ceremony held before the final home football game of the season. Seniors from the golf, soccer (boys and girls), volleyball, girls tennis, cross country (boys and girls), and football teams were introduced and took the field with family members. Senior cheerleaders and marching band members were also recognized for their years of commitment to the program.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Teaching Wildflowers

If you have ever found yourself contemplating the effects of our education system on today’s upcoming generation, and furthermore considered the role that empathy and compassion play in our school systems and those that run them, don’t miss the Libraries next meet the author program. Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium Author Judy Fitch will be presenting our program featuring her celebrated book, WildFlowers: a memoir of an inner city high school teacher. 

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Should Middle School Students Be Drug Tested?

If it comes to life or death, every little thing counts. In a study, Newsworks reports they found that only about 1 percent of 8th graders say they have ever used drugs, and only about 14 percent said that they have ever drunk alcohol, other than in religious ceremonies. Among students who were tested for drugs and alcohol, 6 percent said they had ever consumed alcohol. These are middle school kids, kids who have a wonderful life ahead of them. One of these 6 percent could be the next world known actor/actress, one could be the first female president, one could even be the first to solve the unsolvable.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Holding Multiple Realities

As I reflect on people’s attitudes regarding the event in Ferguson I am struck by how challenging it is for people to see more than one side of a situation. This event reminded me of one of the most crucial concepts introduced in the CSU Masters in Diversity Program, the importance of being able to hold multiple realities. It’s the idea that conflicting realities can simultaneously exist and both can be valid. Very rarely in life can you synthesize events to simply one polarity or the other; in this case black or white when there is so much in the gray area. There is ALWAYS more to the story.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

How Thankful Are You?

We often overlook the greatest gift we have everyday... to be born in the United States of America in this time in history. We could have been born in the Depression, or during the Civil War, but we need to be thankful for being here now. I was guilty of taking so much for granted when, in March 2011, my good friend Angie sent me an email that changed my life. I don't know the author of the email, but the thoughts really put my life into perspective. I wish to share these facts with you:

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014

Annual Lakewood Holiday Lighting Contest

Want to get into the Holiday spirit? Join Lakewood Council of PTAs in the 2nd Annual Lakewood Holiday Lighting Contest sponsored by KB Confections! Dust off your wreaths and start checking those light bulbs because we want to literally light up our city with all your festive light displays!

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.11.2014