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Mayor's Corner: City Of Lakewood Awarded For Clean Audit And Budget Of Distinction

I’m excited to pass on some news about the impressive work our Finance Department team is doing for Lakewood. Next week, the State of Ohio Auditor’s office will attend the September 20th meeting of Lakewood City Council to present our city with the Auditor of State Award with Distinction. The Ohio Auditor is responsible for auditing more than 6,000 state and local government agencies, and they present this special award annually to government entities that have met a series of stringent criteria to earn a “clean” audit report. This is a high bar that requires the utmost professionalism in financial reporting and operational performance.

For context on just how difficult it is to achieve this award, consider that less than 5% of all Ohio governments typically achieve this elite designation annually. Just preparing Lakewood’s audit is a major undertaking for our finance department each year, and to receive this statewide award speaks to the superior quality of our team and their relentless focus on ensuring that the City of Lakewood’s finances are in excellent shape. I want to pass on my sincere congratulations and gratitude to our entire Finance Department team – they are true professionals who do an incredible job for our city. 

Having excellent audits and finance filings is critically important for our city. It shows how seriously we take stewardship of precious public funds. Our city’s bond rating benefits from this high level of performance, which in turn lowers the interest rates we pay when we need to issue bonds for capital needs, infrastructure, or other costs. Fiscal responsibility and transparency will always remain one of the key pillars for my administration, and I am fortunate to have an excellent group of professionals in City Hall to help advance this core principle.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

How I Became A Traveler

My name is Fernanda, and you may have seen me around Lakewood. I fit right in, but I wasn’t always such a world traveler. Just a few years back, I was just living my normal life in Chile.

I was 24 when I went on my second trip to Brazil, and I did not know how that first experience speaking another language was just the beginning of an awakening passion about new cultures.

The most interesting thing for me about Brazil was the favelas, I knew that to get in there you should ask somebody who lives there to get the chance to be there.

I was staying in a hostel and I meet a Brazilian guy called Yuri, he is a street artist, and he was doing a mural there, so he brought me there! I spent 2 weeks visiting them every day, playing with the children, making food with the women and painting murals with him.

I did not speak Portuguese at that time, but it's similar to Spanish and it wasn’t that hard to understand what they were saying…

It was a very important experience for opening my mind and getting curious about cultures, other places and other languages.

I was growing my career as an engineer, having a good life, good friends, and an amazing family, but something was missing for me.  

I was feeling that all I have done in my life was to make my family proud of me. I realized that was my moment to do whatever makes me happy.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Lakewood Rangers Football 2021

Nothing is more closely identified with high school sports in America than Friday Nights Under the Lights.  In Lakewood, crisp fall evenings are brought to life by our fabulous Marching Band, a raucous costumed student section, spirited cheerleaders and of course our padded up Purple and Gold Ranger Football Team. Throw in the smell of dogs and burgers on the grille and parents adorned in buttons and the pageantry is pure magic. 

But nothing is less appreciated or perhaps less visible in American high school sports than Saturday Morning Under the Weights. “Saturday Morning” is when the team comes in for treatment, to review film, and get back in the weight room. Games are won, and lost, when no one is looking. “Saturday Morning” represents every practice, lifting season and meeting that players endure in order to have the chance to play under the lights. It’s about the discipline and commitment it takes to do one's best when taking the field on 10 (or more) Fall Friday nights. 

The 2021 Lakewood Rangers, coming off a 3-4 Great Lakes Conference campaign, have been putting in the study time, the weight room time, and the grinding summer practice time. LHS Social Studies Teacher and Head Coach Coach Thomas Thome, in his 4th year at the helm, has seen progress in the win-loss column and in terms of commitment to the weight room and other aspects of success. As in past seasons under his leadership “Positivity and Togetherness” are emphasized—a culture of team first, both on Friday nights and on Saturday mornings.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Youth Reading Programs At Lakewood Public Library

Are you all Zoomed out? Then try two of these reading programs for kids.

Help your child get ready for kindergarten by trying out our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Children, age birth to starting kindergarten, can register online or in-person and will receive a folder, bookmark and their first reading log. Read together and record your progress online at home or by bringing in completed logs to the Main Library or Madison branch to receive rewards and acquire a new reading log.

Children in Kindergarten through eighth grade can join the Library Explorers Badge Quest program by registering online. Participants will read their way through the Children’s and Youth Services collection and earn badges by completing the readings and activities covering juvenile and teen fiction, nonfiction, biographies, graphic novels, and more. Complete twelve of the seventeen badges to complete the program and receive a Lakewood Public Library drawstring book bag, a new book, and a bookmark.

For more information or to register, visit lakewoodpubliclibrary.beanstack.com

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Virtual Storytime

For all ages

Join Lakewood Library staff members virtually as they read children’s picture books and share songs, rhymes and finger plays.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

 

Virtual Author Visits

For all ages

Join local authors and illustrators virtually as they share and read some of their own children’s books.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

Homework Help

For Students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
August – May
Monday-Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Main Library Homework Room and Madison Branch

Students who need a little extra help with homework or just want a cool place to work can come to the Library for Homework Help to get assistance and to use the Library’s resources. Students can use their library card to check out a Chrome Book to use in the Library and have access to a variety of school supplies including pencils, pens, crayons, markers, calculators, protractors, and more. A library staff member is on hand and available to provide homework assistance with everything from spelling words to solving math problems. No registration is required.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Senator Antonio Shares Information On Redistricting

The General Assembly reconvenes this month, and of course our important work has continued with the process of redistricting.

Every ten years after the census, the Ohio General Assembly re-draws the boundaries of its state legislative and congressional districts. Fair representation for all Ohioans is my number one priority as we work through this process. People should be the ones to pick their policymakers, not the other way around, and I am committed to doing whatever I can for fair maps for all 99 House districts and 33 Senate districts in Ohio.

The bulk of the redistricting work is done by the Ohio Redistricting Commission. Created by an amendment to the Ohio Constitution in 2015, the Commission is composed of the Governor, State Auditor, Secretary of State, Speaker of the House, Senate President, one individual appointed by the House Minority Leader, and one individual appointed by the Senate Minority Leader.

The Commission will hold three public hearings on separate days in different cities for Ohioans to provide feedback once they decide on a map. Follow the Ohio Senate Democrats on Twitter for news and updates. For more information on upcoming opportunities for public input, resources, or to watch past meetings, visit redistricting.ohio.gov.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

WordStage Literary Concerts Announces The Opening Of 2021-22 Season

WordStage Literary Concerts announces the opening of its 2021-22 Season with the riotous Victorian farce "BOX and COX" by John Maddison Morton on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

"Box and Cox" was first produced at the Lyceum Theatre, London, on 1 November 1847, billed as a "romance of real life." The play became very popular and was revived frequently through the end of the nineteenth century, with occasional productions in the twentieth century. It was adapted as a one-act comic opera in 1866 by the dramatist F. C. Burnand and the composer Arthur Sullivan, prior to his association with W.S. Gilbert.

Featuring Agnes Herrman, Paul Slimak and Tim Tavcar with musical interludes from the Burnand and Sullivan Operetta "Cox and Box" performed by violinist Mary Beth Ions and pianist Patrick Wickliffe, this effervescent entertainment is sure to provide our audience with a laugh-filled evening of merry mayhem and melodious music.

WordStage performances are in the Wright Chapel of the Lakewood Presbyterian Church – 14502 Detroit Ave. in Downtown Lakewood, OH. The Church and Chapel are fully accessible and ADA compliant. We request that all our audience members come with a mask unless medical reasons prevent them from doing so. We will have free masks available at our Box Office for anyone who needs them.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

League Of Women Voters Mary Warren Impact Scholarship Winning Essay On Why Voting Is Important (2 of 5)

A vote, however, is far more than just a mere drop in the ocean; it is the lifeblood of our nation. Even with philosophy and practical interpretation notwithstanding, it is a facet of the representative democracy this government was designed to fulfill. It is the fundamental ability of every citizen to not only wrangle themselves from the wire of injustice but to elevate, educate, and empower their communities.

Every minority has faced one --or perhaps many-- judgements of their worth by those who had never known the world as they had experienced it. If these citizens were never allowed to cast their vote, they would be relegated to forever remain on the menu, with no seat at the table. That is to say, when the right of even one citizen to vote, no matter how vulnerable, is revoked or limited, they are prevented from safeguarding their access to the freedoms guaranteed to American citizens who do sit at the nation’s helm.

The act of voting can mean the difference between life and death, poverty and health, equity and inequality. If those who are subjugated are given no opportunity with which to make themselves known, then the fundamental ideal of our democracy must be called into question; and engaging in this process of review is what voting allows the general public to begin, to participate in, and to grow from. Without this open referendum and the ability to influence how the government will treat you, there is hardly a weight to any claims of freedom for all when a portion of us “all” still remain without.

 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Superintendent Listen & Learn Is Sept. 22

Join Superintendent Maggie Niedzwiecki for her first Listen & Learn session on Wednesday, September 22 at the Madison Park Pavilion. As this is Superintendent Niedzwiecki's first ever Listen & Learn, she would like to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend and therefore there will be both a 9 am sesssion and a 6 pm session at the park.

Our superintendent wants to listen and learn from our parents and our community members! Drop in anytime during the hour and share your thoughts and ideas about our district.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Candidate Forum Sept. 28 At City Hall

Please join the Lakewood Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, September 28 from 7-9P for the Candidates Forum in the Lakewood City Hall Auditorium. Candidates for Lakewood City Council At Large, Municipal Judge, and School Board will be asked questions from the moderator and citizens in attendance, about issues of concern for our city, court, and schools. This is your opportunity to ask the people that will respresent you the questions that are most important to you. Please plan to attend, listen, and understand what our candidates believe is important for Lakewood and then vote on or before November 2, 2021. 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

There's Still Time To Register For The HLF Annual Community Meeting

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation's Third Annual Community Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, September 22nd at 7:00 PM.  The HLF Board will share updates on its grantmaking and highlight a few of its grantee partners.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the Foundation's upcoming plans for community engagement, collaboration, and grantmaking.

Please register to attend at the HLF website: https://healthylakewoodfoundation.org/.  We hope you will join us!

Kate Ingersoll is the Executive Director of the Healthy Lakewood Foundation.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Volunteer Nurse Joins Hospice Of The Western Reserve Foundation Board

Lakewood resident Peggi Seelbach Mizen, RN, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Hospice of the Western Reserve Foundation. As a separate 501(c)(3) charity, the foundation was launched to foster community support for services provided by Hospice of the Western Reserve that rely on philanthropic support. A few examples include music, art and pet therapies, non-hospice palliative care for those living with advanced illness, pediatric hospice and community grief support programs.  

Following a professional nursing career spanning more than three decades - including 12 years as a hospice nurse in the Chicago area - Seelbach Mizen returned to her hometown of Lakewood. Since 2012, she has dedicated her time to serving as a hands-on care volunteer at HWR’s Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake.

“Since moving back, my focus has been on volunteer work,” Seelbach Mizen said. “When I became aware of the program at Hospice of the Western Reserve, I knew that was my fit. Ames Family Hospice House is something I am very passionate about.”

As a hands-on care volunteer, Seelbach Mizen works a four-hour shift at Ames. She checks in with administrators to see where help is most needed. “I like to stop in each room to introduce myself and ask if there is anything a patient or family member needs. One of my favorite things to do is offer a warm blanket or to do little things that make it a little nicer like fluffing up the bedding on the rollaway bed when a family member is spending the night.” Sometimes, she also assists with bathing, feeding and repositioning patients in bed so they remain comfortable.

Seelbach Mizen said one of the attributes she brings to the foundation board is that she has been on “both sides of the fence,” as a volunteer clinician assisting with care, and as the recipient of care in her own family. Four years ago, her mother spent her final days at Ames Family Hospice House.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

The Auryn String Quartet Comes To Lakewood

The Auryn String Quartet, from Cologne, Germany

 With a Live Audience and a Live Streamed Concert

 The four players of the Auryn Quartet have been performing together since the founding of the Quartet in 1981. Amazingly this ensemble has not changed its personnel since 1981. During this season the Quartet from Germany will be celebrating its fortieth and final season. Rocky River Chamber Music Society is honored to have the Auryn String Quartet as part of its roster this season. The members of the Quartet are Matthias Lingenfelder, violin; Jens Oppermann, violin; Stewart Eaton, viola; and Andreas Arndt, cello. They will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn.

The Quartet has won many prizes, received numerous invitations to international music festivals, and encouraged fruitful musical partnerships. The Auryn Quartet has also led an active recording life including Franz Joseph Haydn’s complete sixty-eight string quartets. Their vast catalog of CDs also includes Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, and the complete Mozart viola quintets with Nobuko Imal. Recent tours taken by the Quartet comprise visits to Lincoln Center in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, to Wigmore Hall in London, the Beethoven Fest in Bonn, and the Philharmonie in Cologne.     

Normally our venue is the outstanding acoustical environment of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. Due to difficulties related to the ongoing pandemic, the first concert of the season will be held at the lovely Lakewood Congregational Church in Lakewood, 1375 West Clifton Boulevard. MASKS ARE REQUIRED REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS. As always, the Rocky River Chamber Music Society has no admission charge. If you’re listening and watching from home, here are two ways to access the concert:

Streaming will be available at RRCMS.org and at YouTube.RRCMS

Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 West Clifton Boulevard

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Announcing The Exhibition Of Our Founder Tom Balbo; In Search Of A Second Moon

The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory is showcasing the works of founder Tom Balbo this fall in this newly announced exhibition, In Search of A Second Moon. Substituting the annual benefit this year, this exhibition will be a culmination of the works Tom has created during the past 18 months. Drawing on the pandemic, isolation, quarantine, as well as nature, wildlife, shape, and color, this exhibition will leave guests awed by the sheer magnitude of works. There will be a celebration on October 2, where Tom will be showcasing his process and giving demonstrations of the pieces being exhibited in the show. Most importantly, every item in the show will be available for sale, with a percentage being donated back to the Morgan. With Tom working closely with our artists in residence, the proceeds will be going towards further developing and continuing that program.  If you have been a proprietor of Tom’s work for years or just starting your collection, this exhibition will be the perfect opportunity for you to pay it forward while also joining in celebrating Tom’s outstanding work.

Tom Balbo has spent most of his life in and around Cleveland, Ohio. Born December 19, 1954, he attended public and private schools in the Cleveland area. In 1977 he graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio with a B.A. in Studio Arts. Tom then went on to receive his Master's Degree from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts in Syracuse, New York in 1980 in Studio Arts. Tom was awarded a Syracuse University Fellowship Grant in 1979 and a Ford Foundation Grant in 1980.

Tom's earliest work was primarily in ceramics and printmaking. As his interest in papermaking grew, his work turned increasingly towards expressing his artistic creativity in this area. Over the past 40 years, Tom's work has been exhibited and shown in a large number of shows and galleries and he has garnered numerous awards and critical attention for his work.

 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

2021 Community Survey Results Now Publicly Available

In March of 2021, the Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission (LCRAC) distributed a survey to residents, the results of which are now available to the public. LCRAC is a voluntary group of residents serving as a liaison between Lakewood residents and city leadership on matters related to community relations. The commission's mission is to ensure that Lakewood remains a fantastic place for everyone to live and work. LCRAC crafted and distributed the survey to help guide future efforts of the group, as well as to understand key areas of improvement city leadership should be aware of. Nearly 650 residents provided input on various topics including accessibility, community culture, housing & affordability, safety, and community engagement. Survey results can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/2bxpfst3 as well as on LCRAC's Facebook page.

Members of LCRAC encourage residents to view the results and follow up with their council members with any additional input or concerns. Any questions about the survey can be directed to CommRel@Lakewoodoh.net.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

“Tech Boosts” Program From Cox Communications Seeks Nominations For $30K In Grants To Local Nonprofits

Despite the important work nonprofits and community organizations do in the communities they serve, many are lacking the modern technology tools needed to perform their missions to the fullest. To bridge this technology gap, Cox Communications today announced the call for nominations for its “Tech Boosts” program, which awards grants to nonprofit groups committed to investing in technology equipment for the betterment of its patrons and mission. The nomination period closes October 13, 2021.  

This marks the fifth year of the Cox Communications Tech Boosts program, and the goal remains the same: to help nonprofits invest in technology equipment and services that enrich the lives of community members while fulfilling their missions to the fullest. Last year’s recipient in Ohio was the Olmsted Community Center. Three $10,000 grants will be awarded in the company’s northeast region.

This technology grant is awarded to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate how they will positively impact the community in one of the following categories: Environment and Conservation; Health; Early Childhood Education; and Empowering Families and Individuals for Success. Organizations interested in applying should visit the link to apply.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Rangers Beat River in a Thriller

The Lakewood Ranger football team earned their biggest win in a decade on Friday night, defeating Rocky River 21-14 at Rocky River Stadium.  The victory makes the Rangers 4-0 on the season, and legitimizes the team’s playoff hopes. The game was played on a beautiful evening in River before an enthusiastic crowd. A large contingent of Ranger fans filled the eastern bleachers of the stadium, and they did not go home disappointed.   

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 10:51 PM, 09.10.2021

Rangers Thump Fairview, Stay Undefeated

Head Coach Tom Thome congratulated his team after the game, but added "It's going to get harder." 

The Lakewood football team defeated Fairview 55-3 on Friday night to remain undefeated this season. This is the program’s first 3-0 start since the mid-1990s, a fact that delighted the festive crowd at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.  The win was a  strong team effort, and senior running back Hakeem Quran had another career night.  He scored seven touchdowns, running for over 320 yards and making an interception on defense.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 10:42 PM, 09.03.2021

Lakewood Community Festival Set For Madison Park

The iconic green and white tent at the Lakewood Community Festival.

Celebrate family, community and cultural heritage at the 33rd annual Lakewood Community Festival on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Madison Park, 13029 Madison Avenue. The day of fun and activities for the entire family will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

The festival is known for a delicious array of nationality foods including stuffed cabbage, pierogis, potato pancakes, kielbasa with kraut and more. There will be pizza, of course, and alternative selections as well. Save room for kolaches, baklava and other traditional ethnic pastries, plus ice cream and other desserts.

For the kiddos, the festivities will include an inflatable obstacle course, balloons, crafts, games and hands-on giant bubbles.

Keep a look out for the team from the Rocky River Nature Center. They will provide the opportunity to discover and learn about the wild animals who make Ohio their home.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Re-Elect Tristan Rader - Public Service With Passion And Purpose

I launched my first campaign for Lakewood City Council four years ago at St. Charles Green, an informal greenspace across from my house. And I was honored when Lakewood voters selected me to be their representative. This year, I decided to run for re-election for the same reason I’ve made a lot of decisions in my life—because I want to help the best I can to create the most good for the most people.

First and always, I have a passion for helping people and have dedicated myself to constituent services. I am available and responsive to all those I serve because people need a direct line to the government that they rightfully own. Those that know me well know that I often say: I have one phone number, it’s my cell, call me any time. I have the most open of open-door policies. And people know when they call me, I pick up, and I’m there for them.

Through honest dialogue, we can address small problems and large ones, and we have done so. We committed the city to 100% clean energy. We instituted the Lakewood Tree Education Advisory Board to engage the city in rebuilding our tree canopy. We developed a lead abatement education program, and we ended breed-specific legislation. We implemented a $15 minimum wage for all city employees and created an affordable housing strategy. We dedicated a brand new park for the first time in decades, invested $50 million into our wet weather infrastructure, and dedicated over $3 million to park improvements, all while balancing the budget.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Selena Colon Pleads Guilty To Four Counts In Deaths Of Max And Alejandro

Selena Colon has been charged in death of Max Close and Alejandro Mercado

In Judge Sutula’s Court today, Selena Colon, age 23, pled guilty to four of the seven counts including:

Count 1 - Aggravated Vehicular Homicide a 2nd Degree Felony - Possible sentence 2-8 years, $15,000 Fine, and License Suspension 3-5 years.

Count 2 - Aggravated Vehicular Homicide a 2nd Degree Felony - Possible sentence 2-8 years, $15,000 Fine, and License Suspension 3-5 years.

Count 5 Aggravated Assault a 3rd Degree Felony - Possible sentence 12 - 60 months, $10,000 Fine, and License Suspension.

Count 7 - Driving while under the influence. 1st degree misdemeanor - Up to 180 days in county jail, or 3 day intervention program. Fines of $250, - $1,250 1-3 year list suspension.

Judge Sutula explained that what he hands down are mandatory sentences, with no time off for good behavior, etc. and that the courts and the jails can extend the sentences if they feel it is warranted through a couple of new laws on the books, but these new laws are also headed to the Supreme Court.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Mayor's Corner: Lakewood On The Rise

It has been a joy to see children and teens walking to school this week in Lakewood. The start of the school year is always a time of hope, and it’s clear that parents keep choosing our city as the place to raise their families because of the quality of life Lakewood offers. I look forward to continuing to work with the school board to ensure the City and the School District maintain our strong partnership and provide families with the services and amenities they expect and deserve. We are the only local district that does not bus children, which speaks to our highly walkable city and our smart planning on where to locate schools. With so many children walking to school, please remember to pay extra attention as our young ones traverse Lakewood streets on their way to and from each school each day. 

With so many young families continuing to make Lakewood their home, our city is on a trajectory for future growth and continued prosperity. I hope that you have seen the data about Lakewood that was released recently by the US Census. It’s good news for our city and shows that we are headed in the right direction.

Each year the census bureau issues estimates for populations in cities across the country. And for the past five years, those forecasts have put Lakewood’s population below our true number as shown by the official 2020 Census data that was recently released. We exceeded those census estimates by over 1,500 people and once again, our population topped 50,000. That makes Lakewood the third largest city in the county and one of the top 20 in the entire state. With our efforts to add single family homes on available lots on residential streets and more dense multi-unit housing on commercial corridors, Lakewood will add hundreds of homes in the next 2 -5 years. We expect to grow, and we will do so in smart ways that ensure our community continues to provide excellent services and continues to be a great place to live.

 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Around The Corner's 47th Anniversary

Join the Krivosh's Thursday, September 16th. The tradition carries on with nickel beer and complimentary buffet with a DJ from 4 to the 7pm. Doors open at 3pm. Get a free ATC Anniversary T-shirt with purchase of food/beverage. 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Dr. G's Ranger Round-Up

Girls' Soccer

On a steamy August night at iconic Garfield Stadium, the Lakewood Girls Soccer team won a hard fought 1-0 victory over the North Olmsted Eagles. Junior Goalkeeper Lauren Barber was flawless in goal, making several difficult stops to keep the Rangers tied or in the lead. Defensively, junior co-captain Sam Hudak thwarted several Eagle chances with her usual aggressive and sure footed play. Junior Nettie Doren had several chances, as did senior Sylvie Ballou, before Doren converted several minutes into the second half. Congratulations to Coach Nagel and the entire squad on tonights win. Go Rangers!

Football: Lakewood Rangers vs. Bay Rockets

In a reprise of week one, senior tailback Hakeem Quran tore through the Bay Rockets defense, leading the Lakewood Rangers (2-0) to a decisive 29-10 win over the Bay Rockets (1-1). Although he didn't match his record-setting yard total from last week, this in my view was the best game he's every played in his stellar career for the Purple and Gold. Some yards, some runs, matter more than others—such as the first of his three touchdowns. With Lakewood trailing 10-7 early in the 3rd quarter, Hakeem ran off left tackle, found a seam, and split the Bay defenders for a 73 yard touchdown run. From then on, the Ranger workhorse chewed up the clock, getting both tough inside yards and big chunks on the outside. Two more touchdowns from number 3 and the game was sealed.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Baby Bargain Bonanza Set For September 18

Lakewood Early Childhood PTA is holding its annual re-sale event on Saturday, September 18th at Garfield Middle School. Baby and Children's clothing (sizes newborn to 10), shoes, baby gear, toys and games, books and outdoor equipment will be arranged on tables for your shopping enjoyment. Early Bird admission is between 8:30 and 9:30am for $5. 9:30am to noon admission is $1. 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Everything's Stupid Anyway: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 118

Hawkbaby - Stupid Music For Stupid People - My Mind's Eye - 8 songs - 12"

Hawkbaby finally follow up their demo tape from a few years ago with their debut vinyl outing. A true supergroup here, even if you wouldn't know it from the personnel listed on the back: members of The Darvocets, Magic City, Sockeye, a Perverts Again fill-in…the list goes on! Musically, the band is somewhere between The Darvocets and Magic City– the late '70s/early '80s punk stuff, Dead Kennedys, Dangerhouse, that kind of thing, but also leaning more towards hard rock and some more out there stuff a lot of the time, especially given the keyboards. Paul (guitarist) is a big Wall Of Voodoo fan, I've been told. Some of these, I am almost completely certain, are repurposed Magic City songs. I know "Cazadores" is and something about "Hologram" sounds awfully familiar too. I won't hold it against Paul or anything, in fact I like when people steal their own riffs, but it's worth noting. Of course, it's always a delight to hear Larry Alien sing, which we've been lacking since the demise of Wetbrain and the disappearance of Drum Machine– no one does it quite like him! My favorite Larry moments here were at the coda (following a fake ending) of the opening "He Said She Said" where he's almost making dolphin sounds (Larry? Dolphins?) and on "Shovin It," which might be my favorite song on here– it's got an intro with what I am pretty sure is an acoustic guitar and some tasteful keys. I'm as shocked as you are. Lyrically, it's a continuation of the Doctor's (professor of alienology) work in the Darvocets and Wetbrain– though I think the best moment is when he drops the fake-deep classic "real eyes realize real lies." I didn't know Larry was on Tumblr. (I've looked this up and apparently it's a Tupac quote– my point stands: didn't know Larry was into Tupac!). "Pop Punk Saved My Life" is not a pop punk song, but is another highlight for being a pure dumb rock song with a nice outro where we're informed all the things the narrator is no longer, including hardcore, metal, straight edge, and a skateboarder. Paul plays some hot leads on here (the guitar solo on "Sit Back, Relax, Enjoy" is a highlight) and the rest of the band is pretty good too. Matt, or Hairy, or Rick, or whatever the drummer is called is very good at what he does. It's not my favorite work by any means of most of the people involved, but that said, it would be hard to top some of their past musical achievements. I'll also add that I didn't really like it at all at first, but it grew on me with repeated listens, so bear that in mind, I suppose. 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Native Couple Live Mohican Dream

Little Red Treehouse.featured in Treehouse Masters

Halfway between Cleveland and Columbus in the heart of Ohio’s Mohican Valley, lies a magical oasis straight out of a fairytale. The Mohicans Treehouse Resort and Wedding Venue inhabits 77 private acres of beautiful indigenous landscape overlooking rolling hills and winding roads. 

The hotel is owned by husband and wife team, Kevin and Laura Mooney whose childhood memories of spending time on the Mohican River and its surrounding woods left an indelible impression. In 2005, they took a leap of faith and purchased a portion of wooded land in the village of Glenmont. The couple has deep roots in our community. Kevin grew up in Lakewood, went to St. Edward High School, and Laura went to Lakewood High. Later on, Kevin ran a successful financial consulting business for 15 years right in our backyard on Madison Avenue. 

The couple built several cabins in their newly purchased acreage but then changed focus after seeing a book about treehouses. In 2011, they collaborated with Pete Nelson, the host of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters, on early treehouse designs. The family business has since expanded significantly to include cabins, treehouses, and a breathtaking wedding venue which quickly became the property's crown jewel and one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the Midwest. Their most recent addition -- Treehouse Provisions, is a virtual/ghost kitchen in Cleveland's West Park neighborhood that specializes in gourmet fast food and catering.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Registration Is Now Open For LakewoodAlive’s 14th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade

Attention dog lovers! Tickets are now on sale to register your dog(s) for the 2021 Spooky Pooch Parade. This popular canine celebration is back in-person in a new location. LakewoodAlive’s 14th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade takes place on Saturday, October 16, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Madison Park in Lakewood’s Birdtown neighborhood.

Sponsored by Discount Drug Mart, the family-friendly Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a free-to-attend festival at Madison Park, a parade along Madison Avenue and surrounding streets and an awards presentation. A favorite autumn tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers, this community festival represents a one-of-a-kind event within the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.

Festivities get underway with the Spooky Pooch Festival beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Madison Park, during which attendees can enjoy entertainment, children’s games and dog-related vendors.

The dog parade commences at 2 p.m. Dogs of all shapes and sizes dressed in their finest Halloween fashions will strut their stuff as judges will award prizes including Best Pooch & Child, Best Pooch & Adult, Best Pooch & Group, Spookiest Pooch and Best in Show. One lucky winner will receive one year’s worth of free dog food courtesy of Pet’s General Store. Contestants must register and participate in the parade in order to be eligible to win a prize.

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Lakewood Girl Scout Troop Builds Little Library For Lincoln Elementary

Photo Credit: Ken Blaze

Girl Scout Troop 70188 built and installed a Little Library at Lincoln Elementary. The project will help the girls earn their Bronze Award, the highest award available to Junior Girl Scouts. Stop by to take a book or leave a book and to see what these girls accomplished. 

Darcy Brosky is the Leader of Troop 70188.

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Healthy Lakewood Foundation To Host Virtual Community Meeting On September 22

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) invites the Lakewood community to a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM. This will be the organization’s third community meeting and is an opportunity to learn about HLF’s work over the past year as well as upcoming plans for grantmaking, collaboration, and community engagement.

Board members will report on the work of HLF committees and the foundation’s grantmaking over the past year. The meeting will highlight a few grantee organizations and the challenges faced in addressing community needs during the ongoing pandemic.

Khalilah Worley Billy, HLF’s Interim Board President explains, “The resilience and adaptability of our grantee partners in this second year of the pandemic is the most important story we can share right now. Despite ongoing obstacles, the staff and volunteers of these organizations have responded to the evolving needs of Lakewood residents with creativity, compassion, and resourcefulness. This meeting is an opportunity to highlight their work and commitment.”

The meeting will be held via Zoom. All attendees must register in advance. More information about the meeting and registration link are available on the HLF website.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

St. Augustine Health Campus Volunteer Opportunity

Imagine having a medical appointment, being confined to a wheelchair with limited function and a transport company drops you off and picks you up later. You are there alone, with some  sight, hearing or cognition limitations and no family to go with you. You might not be able to understand the doctor and when your appointment is over, you are just sitting alone, hoping that they didn’t forget about you.

Resident Escorts accompany our residents from the nursing home to their appointment and back. Resident escorts are often the feet, hands, eyes, ears for the resident and make them feel safe and secure when away from their familiar surrounds. We are seeing an increase in the number of off-site medical appointments since COVID shut things down last year.

Resident appointments are usually scheduled a few weeks in advance.

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Elect Laura Rodriguez-Carbone To Lakewood City Council At-Large

On Sept. 14, 2021, there is a critical primary election for the three At-Large Lakewood City Council positions. As a proud Lakewood resident, I want to see our community continue to thrive as we confront challenges that many other communities across the country share. Lakewood is unique in so many ways; our beautiful lakefront, our diversity, and our wealth of small businesses have made our city one of the best places to live in Ohio. Building a future for Lakewood that is inclusive, capable of responding to public health needs, and supportive of our business community will help ensure our city is strong for the generations to come. I believe Laura Rodriguez-Carbone is a leader for Lakewood’s future, and I hope you will join me in voting for her in this upcoming election.

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Rock On Outdoors At Legal Aid’s “Jam for Justice” Concert On September 22

Last year, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland helped nearly 15,000 people in Northeast Ohio who were facing eviction, unemployment, educational barriers, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Legal Aid staff and volunteers continue to extend justice in our community, they need your support – and there is a rock-and-roll way to show you care.

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Lakewood High And St. Joseph Academy Girls Soccer Help Feed Cleveland

On August 13, Lakewood High School Girls Soccer team hosted St. Joseph Academy in a charity soccer game to benefit the Greater Clevend Food Bank. After collecting over 300 food items, the storm came rolling in and the varsity game was postponed. After some hasty coordination, the game was played on the following Monday giving the teams' supporters an extra opportunity to give. The final tally for the food drive was over 450 food items weighing in at close to 500 pounds of food to help local families.

Kim Barber was the Lakewood mom who honcho'd the effort while her daughter Lauren Barber was the Lakewood player of the game in goal. St. Joe's won the game 2-0 in a closely fought contest. The ultimate winners are the families helped through the efforts of the families of our soccer community. Thank you all!

Ted Nagel is the Lakewood High School Girls Varsity Soccer Coach.

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Virtual Meet The Author Events In September

Lakewood Public Library will premiere three exciting new virtual Meet the Author events in September. You can watch these programs on facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary and twitter.com/lakewoodlibrary on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  

September 16

Veteran news reporter Paul Orlousky talks about his five decade career in his book "Punched, Kicked, Spat on and Sometimes Thanked: Memoirs of a Cleveland TV News Reporter."  Paul shares colorful and funny stories from behind the scenes.

September 23

Watch local author Marie Vibbert talk about her science fiction debut "Galactic Hellcats."  In the book, an all-female space biker gang form a bond when they travel to another planet to rescue a prince.

September 30

Teacher and football coach turned bestselling author, Dan Largent talks about his series featuring Cooper Madison, a former professional baseball player.  Cooper finds himself in Cleveland and in love in "Before We Ever Spoke and After Edgewater."  Readers will enjoy the love story, along with some suspense, and plenty of Northeast Ohio references.

If you miss the premiere, the videos will also be available on the Library’s website lakewoodpubliclibrary.org

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on library news, programs and events.  

 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Virtual Storytime

For all ages

Join Lakewood Library staff members virtually as they read children’s picture books and share songs, rhymes and finger plays.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

 

Virtual Author Visits

For all ages

Join local authors and illustrators virtually as they share and read some of their own children’s books.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

Homework Help

For Students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
August – May
Monday-Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Main Library Homework Room and Madison Branch

 

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Halloween Flea Market And Prom

Black Market Records and The Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magick present the 7th annual Halloween Flea Market, Saturday, October 16th from Noon to 6 PM.

Vendors will be set up at Now That's Class, 5 O'clock Lounge, and The Foundry Concert Club, (indoors and outdoors, dress according to the weather!), selling arts & crafts, home decor, props, toys, oddities, DVD+VHS, makeup, clothing, jewelry, snacks, and All Things Halloween!

There is a suggested donation of $1 for entry. All ages are welcome, bring the kiddos out to trick or treat at the tables. The Foundry kitchen will be open during the event, come hungry!

Confirmed vendors:

@ Five O'clock Lounge (11904 Detroit Ave):
Adri Does Tarot
Al's Arcana Cabana
Ceremony Vintage
Far Out Designs
Haus Of Sin Cosmetics
Jewelry By Jenny
Miscreant and the Muse
Ofrenda Prints
Waxing Moon Candle Shop

@ The Foundry (11729 Detroit Ave):
Balaam Boutique
Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magick
Crescent Moon Baby
Death Comes Lifting
Demonly Designs
Ghoodles Doodles
Ghoulishly Odd Shop
Goddess Elite
Matsugay
MMH Productions
mzcandles
Ramen Shaman Art
Secure Shadows
Sick, Sad Soap
Tattoos by Magda
Terror Cotta
The Cuddle Cult
The Hallowed Crumb
WickedEyeWoodworking
Woodcremation

@ Now That's Class (11213 Detroit Ave):
Adore Afterlife
As Above So Below Bakery
Bushmen of the Dark Woods
Counting Worms
Death Drip Apparel LLC
Deci Belfry Art
Eerie Cleveland Horror
Eric Kapitan - Horror Author
Funerary Fabrications
Hellbent for Lather
Lenora's Emporium
Mercutio's Ghost Productions
Michael S. Vassel - Author
Recluse.
Rock N' Rummage
Smoke & Sugar
Stuffed Hot Cocoa Bombs
Vileconsumption

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Starr Gazer

SEPTEMBER

Aries: Let up on the gas pedal this month Ram…we know you’re always driving in the fast lane, the Sun is shining on your house of Health…just want to make sure you make it to the finish line

Taurus: Some action in the Bull Pen’s romantic corner this month, throw that red cape out the window, & opt for some red roses instead, your creativity is in full force, along with children

Gemini: Lots of activity around the home front for the Twins, you may be considering a trip overseas, or some involvement with foreign affairs, career is a bit foggy, keep your eyes open

Cancer: Networking is the name of the game for our Crabs, hit the books, the PC, create a Zoom class, you’ve got the green light, buy a lotto ticket, luck with money coming from another source

Leo: Your finances are getting a boost this month, throw a huge party in that Jungle of your Lion/Lioness, Lady Luck has also landed in your house of relationships, personal & business

Virgo: Take care of your physical being this month, with the Sun shining on Virgos, you’ve got some extra energy coming your way, just because you feel like Superman though don’t try flying

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Sarah Kepple And Kyle Baker For Lakewood City Council

I am pleased to endorse current Councilperson Sarah Kepple and candidate Kyle Baker for Lakewood City Council. I have known both for several years and have observed their strong leadership in public service.

Sarah Kepple has proven to be a responsive advocate for the values I hold. We had been friendly acquaintances when we travelled together to the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, DC. That trip introduced me to the passionate progressive that Sarah is. Soon after the March, Sarah formed Action Together Lakewood Area, a group of citizens standing up for health and safety in our community. We wrote postcards, made phone calls, and organized demonstrations around issues like gun control, the Affordable Care Act, racial justice, and voting rights. 

When Mayor George’s Council seat opened up, Sarah took a leap and moved from private citizen to public servant. Since joining Council in early 2020, Sarah has been a tireless advocate for our city and its citizens. She listens and cares. But not just that…she does! 

During the COVID lockdown, Sarah wrote an ordinance for emergency remote council meetings to quickly allocate federal dollars for local businesses, first responders, and rent relief. Committed to transparency in government, she increased public participation by initiating eComment, live-streaming with closed-captioning, and proactively sharing information. And she has committed city leaders to racial equity and social justice education and serves on the Americans with Disabilities Task Force. 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Our Lakewood Progress: The Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission (LCRAC) Survey And What It Says About The New Post-Pandemic Normal

During the height of the pandemic last year, the world seemed to transform through lockdowns, mask mandates, jarring news reports and the long separation from friends and loved ones. We learned some valuable lessons, learned to slow down, showing kindness and care for our neighbors. Parents spent more time with their kids. For those of us fortunate enough to work from home, we turned our attention to our physical and mental health and learned to appreciate the smallest blessings we used to take for granted. Front line workers, from grocery cashiers to nurses, bore greater burdens to help keep the rest of us safe. Still others lost jobs, family members, and friends, grieving without the support we so often need in hard times. 

Yet we proved to ourselves how resilient we are as a community, and treated one another with compassion. As our country continues to race back to “normal” we are faced with the reality that the continued presence of COVID-19 means that things cannot be quite the same, and there are some critical choices we can make as a community to make sure we navigate the continuing pandemic, and thrive on the other side of it.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Don't Miss Marching Band Festival Sept. 18

Weeks before most students headed back to school this year, members of The Lakewood Ranger Marching Band were hard at work preparing music and choreography for not only the fall football season, but also their highlight performance event, the 34th Annual Lakewood High School Marching Band Festival, set for Saturday, September 18 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.

This event, the band’s biggest fundraiser of the year, kicks off with the Parade of Bands at 6 pm, followed at 6:30 pm by on-field performances by 10 of the best Northeast Ohio marching bands! This year, the Ranger Marching Band, led by director Clinton Steinbrunner and assistant director John Blasko, will be joined at the festival by bands from Aurora, Beachwood, Bellevue, Brush, Eastlake North, Lake, Olmsted Falls, Strongsville, and Wickliffe. And of course, the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band will be performing joined by members from the alumni marching band!

Tickets can be purchased online at https://sites.google.com/lakewoodcityschools.org/lhsbands.

Online ticket prices are: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for older students, and free for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased with cash at the gate, for $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for older students, and free for children 12 and under.

Please come out and show your support for this community treasure! It’s a fun event for the whole family! There will be concessions and a chance to win cash in the 50/50 raffle.

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Employment Opportunities-Lakewood Recreation

The Community Recreation and Education Department has employment opportunities for the Event Staff position. Event Staff are the direct representative of the Lakewood Board of Education and the Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department during non-school hours. The primary duties and responsibilities are, but not limited to, the monitoring and managing of all facility events, ensuring the safety and well-being of all participants.

The ideal candidate for the position of Event Staff will have knowledge of school facilities, the ability to establish priorities and work independently, without direct supervision. This position is part time, approximately 15-20 hours a week, nights and weekends may be required.

Interested candidates should submit an Employment Application, which is available at www.lakewoodrecreation.com under Resources and Important Forms, to: The Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation and Education Department, c/o Mitchell Robida, 14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood, OH 44107.

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Shop + Eat + Unwind LKWD Event

We know that many in our community have been affected by the pandemic this year, including small businesses like retailers and eateries. While some were able to modify hours of service and decrease staff in order to stay open, others were forced to close temporarily. Some permanently. Despite the hardships all around, Lakewood residents have truly embodied eat local, shop local. And for that we are grateful. 

As a THANK YOU for your continued support of the local fare in our town, please join us between 16000 – 19000 block of Detroit Avenue for an evening filled with shopping, dining and plenty of unwinding. On Friday, September 10th, 2021, merchants on the western half of Detroit Avenue will be extending their store hours and have joined up with neighboring eateries to offer $5 off your purchases beginning at 6pm. Simply present your receipt of purchase from one of the participating locations (see below) and enjoy this sweet reward. 

All the Joy, Burning River Coffee, Cleveland Vape, Cleveland Vegan, CouCou Sentiment, The Designer Consignor, Eclectic Cleveland, GV Art + Design, Lakewood Antique Mall, Milo & Me, Sacred Hour Wellness Spa, Simply Sugar & Skincare … and more!

 

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Rader And Rodriguez-Carbone: Let's Vote For Progress Together

It isn’t often in politics that two candidates competing for the same office will publicly declare their support for one another. (Photo by Matt Kuhns)

Finding ways to work together is what we know will make Lakewood a better place, and as candidates for City Council, we want to express our commitment to a shared, inclusive vision.

Councilperson Tristan Rader has helped make local government more transparent through a reformed public records policy, and taken initiative on affordable housing, and renewable energy.

Laura Rodriguez-Carbone has been a community leader throughout her life, serving on the Federal Covid Response team, as co-chair of Lakewood’s Anti-Racism Task Force, and as chair of the Ohio Democratic Party’s Hispanic and Latino Caucus.

On Sept. 14, we hope you will vote to re-elect Tristan Rader, and vote for Laura Rodriguez-Carbone, who would be the first person of color elected to office in Lakewood’s history.

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Rangers Top John Marshall in Season Opener

The Rangers opened their season with a home victory over John Marshall on Friday night. 

The Lakewood Ranger football team opened its season with a decisive 38-6 victory over the  Lawyers of John Marshall High School on Friday night in FFL Stadium. Senior running back Hakeem Quran paced the Ranger offense, scoring four touchdowns and gaining over 270 rushing yards. The Ranger defense was aggressive throughout the night, disrupting the Lawyer offense and forcing numerous turnovers.

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 10:52 PM, 08.20.2021

A Busy Couple Of Weeks For Lakewood Frontline Services

This has been an especially busy and challenging week for Lakewood’s public servants. But, as usual, they have risen to the challenges. In addition to the normal flow of emergencies and calamities that our firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and Public Works employees must tend to every day, there were three particular situations I want to underscore, and call attention to the incredible work that Lakewood’s taxpayers are getting from the city’s workforce.

First, on Wednesday, a backhoe collapsed on top of a man working at a property on Thoreau Ave. Our Fire Dept. and other first responders shot into action immediately, bringing every last bit of their training and experience to bear in quite literally saving the man’s life. Our Public Works Department employees also thought creatively in dispatching heavy equipment to aid in the situation - a critically important decision.

That night, an unusually powerful storm blew through Lakewood, knocking down trees and power lines and leaving most of Lakewood without electricity. Our first responders and public works employees - who had barely caught their breath from the Thoreau incident - were seen all around the city clearing massive amounts of debris, blocking off power lines, assisting elderly residents who were without power, and attending to the most serious property damage.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.19.2021

Correction

My previous concerns about Brian Taubman's candidacy for Municipal Court Judge were based on a philosophical difference about the lighting ordinance. Brian and I have since resolved that difference. Thus, I have changed my mind and submit this correction because I no longer have concerns about his qualifications. Thank you.

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Volume 17, Issue 16, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Re-elect Sarah Kepple!

My name is Sydney Heckeler and I just turned 18. Although I don’t feel like an adult (outside of now being able to buy lotto tickets when I flash my ID at Giant Eagle), I now have the privilege and right of being able to vote. This upcoming local election I know that I will be voting to keep Sarah Kepple on Lakewood City Council.

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Volume 17, Issue 16, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Cuyahoga Democratic Women's Caucus Comes To Lakewood

The Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus (CDWC) is a caucus within the County Democratic Party dedicated to encouraging and supporting women as they engage in the political process and run for office at every level of government. 

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Volume 17, Issue 15, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

District Revises Return-to-School Plan

When the District leaders developed its plan for the 2021-2022 school year as it relates to the pandemic, they did so with the data and information that was current at that time. On July 30, when our plan was communicated to families, our county was considered to have only moderate transmission of COVID-19, according to levels determined by the Centers for Disease Control. Since that time, cases in the county have increased to the level of substantial transmission and case counts continue to rise. Of particular concern is the rise in cases among children that the delta variant spurred.

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Volume 17, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.19.2021

Beyond Juicery + Eatery Opens

Beyond Juicery + Eatery, a rising leader in the healthy fast-casual food industry, announced the opening of its seventh Ohio location in Lakewood. Set to open on August 12, the restaurant is located at 15008 Detroit Avenue.

To commemorate the opening, the Lakewood Beyond Juicery + Eatery will host a smoothie social and ribbon cutting event, which will feature free menu items for the community on Thursday, August 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. along with a grand opening event on Saturday, August 21 where free 12 oz. Total Energy (strawberry banana) smoothies will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“It has truly been incredible to see the enthusiasm and positive responses coming from communities across Ohio as we’ve strived to make Beyond Juicery + Eatery a health-focused staple throughout the Greater Cleveland area,” said Prada Masada, operations manager for the Ohio locations. “With fresh food options in such strong demand, I’m confident that Beyond’s rejuvenating vibe will align beautifully with locals in Lakewood, and that this is exactly the kind of restaurant the community has been craving. We are very much looking forward to expanding the brand’s rapidly growing footprint in Ohio even further in the months ahead.”

 

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.19.2021

Winning Essay

There are many times, and many instances, where the democratic process in our country can feel frustrating -- or even like an insurmountable obstacle to change. But, the opportunity to cast a vote and make your voice heard directly to our government is a unique and important part of being an American citizen -- and, more times than not, even one vote can make a huge difference in how our nation is led, how our laws are shaped, and how our future looks.
    In Ancient Athens, the people didn’t rely on a dictator or oligarchy. Instead, they ruled themselves through an initial form of the democracy our American experiment built and expanded on. Just like in our system, voting was the most vital part of political involvement. The  biggest difference between our form and theirs is that they used stones when they cast their votes and we use paper when we cast ours. Regardless, the ability and right to vote was one of the most important and sacred parts of their democratic system. It is equally important in our own.
    In more modern times, fights over rights and laws are some of the most contentious when it comes to encouraging (or discouraging) voting. In the early 60s, the movement for Civil Rights began to gain support from America’s society at large. But, the Jim Crow laws and segregation of black and white people conflicted with the increasingly progressive feelings many held. The answer was to vote. People across the country used their votes to select representatives who agreed with the need for civil rights. The voices of the many, using their vote to fight for what they believed in, help push America into a necessary, and better, direction.
    In any fight for justice that America has seen, voting has been an essential part of creating real change and real action. No other forms of government allow the collective individual to change the government itself. That’s why America’s democracy -- and the importance of voting -- is so incredible. It’s hard to argue that voting doesn’t have an impact on policy when it’s clear that laws are shaped and changed and born from movements that push their followers to vote for the goals they want -- and it’s even harder to argue voting doesn’t matter when there are so many that try their hardest to take that right away. As our country grows more tumulus, more bi-partisan, more divided, it has become more important than ever that the right to vote being utilized to help secure a better future.

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.19.2021

Meet The Candidates

Meet the Candidates for Lakewood Council At Large, Municipal Court, and School Board on Saturday, August 28 from 9A to 12P. The event is sponsored by the Lakewood Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Lakewood citizens are strongly encouraged to come to the Kiwanis Pavilion at Lakewood Park to ask questions, get answers, and acquaint themselves with the voting process. To join the Lakewood Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, please go to lwvgreatercleveland.org.

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Volume 17, Issue 17, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.19.2021

Mayor's Corner

As many of you know, my partner Matt and I recently were thrilled to welcome the arrival of our baby girl, Maggie. In the short time since, our growing family has been amazed at how so many of you have reached out to congratulate us with words of kindness and support. While I was humbled by this outpouring, I was not surprised. Lakewood is the kind of place people seek out to raise their families because of the incredible community found here. We are so grateful to be part of this community.

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Volume 17, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.19.2021

Keep Sarah Kepple!

My name is Sydney Heckeler and I just turned 18. Although I don’t feel like an adult (outside of now being able to buy lotto tickets when I flash my ID at Giant Eagle), I now have the privilege and right of being able to vote. This upcoming local election I know that I will be voting to keep Sarah Kepple on Lakewood City Council.

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Volume 17, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.19.2021

Another Endorsement To Keep Kepple On Council

Cuyahoga County Young Democrats recently became the latest of many local organizations and officials to endorse Sarah Kepple for an At-Large Lakewood City Council position in the upcoming elections. “[Kepple is] a fierce advocate for making government transparent and accessible and will continue to ensure health, safety, and prosperity to Lakewood residents if elected to City Council,” said The Matriots PAC.  Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, and North Shore AFL-CIO have also each endorsed Kepple, who has been serving on Council since being unanimously appointed in February 2020.

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Volume 17, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.19.2021