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5th Annual "Let's Love Lakewood" Event - A Huge Success

On Saturday August 15th, Lakewood New Life Church (LNLC) gave away over 700 backpacks filled with school supplies at their 5th annual “Let’s Love Lakewood” event, which specifically targeted the students on the free and reduced lunch program at Lakewood Elementary schools. People from all over Cuyahoga county came out to enjoy the free food, bounce houses, face painting, magic show by Ricky Smith Jr, feats of strength by “the strongman” JD Anderson, and Outback Ray’s amazing animal show.

The festival was a huge success, attracting over 3,000 people. LNLC would like to thank the sponsors that made “Let’s Love Lakewood” possible: First Federal of Lakewood, Pepsi, Quaker State & Lube of Lakewood, Aladdin’s, Immortals Inc., the Lakewood Public Library, PNC, and the many other Lakewood businesses that donated raffle prizes. This event wouldn’t have been possible without your support!

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Latest News Releases

Mayor, City Council Invite Citizens to Share Ideas for Lakewood’s Downtown Development
- City Hall, August 13, 2015 Read More
Lakewood Catholic Academy to Serve as Grand Marshal of the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade
- City Hall, June 11, 2015 Read More
Pedestrian-Friendly, High-Tech Crossing Device Coming to Manor Park, Detroit Avenue Intersection
- City Hall, April 1, 2015 Read More
City Hires Thompson Hine LLP To Advise On Hospital Issue
- City Hall, March 31, 2015 Read More
Q&A With Mayor Summers About the Future of Healthcare in Lakewood
- City Hall, March 27, 2015 Read More

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Lakewood Collaborative Celebrates & Focuses On The Future

Katie Kurtz (center), recipient of the 2015 Lakewood Area Collaborative Helping Hands Award, Bruce Chamberlin (left), upcoming Chair and Todd Calaway (right), outgoing Chair of the Lakewood Area Collaborative

One of the original goals of the Lakewood Family Collaborative was to interconnect our community, linking social service agencies, schools, churches, mental health providers, treatment programs, citizens and any interested entities to one another. This vital connection helped increased the collaboration of participating organizations to better serve individuals and families throughout Lakewood and other western suburbs as well as parts of Cleveland.

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Elect Kristine Pagsuyoin To Lakewood Board Of Education

Welcome Back to School Event at Garfield Middle School. Past Ohio PTA and Lakewood BOE member Deb Sweeney, Deb Tidwell, Past Ohio PTA President and current Fairview Park BOE member and Kristine Pagsuyoin, Past Lakewood PTA Council President and Lakewood BOE Candidate.  

Kristine and I met four years ago over coffee and pastry. As a former PTA Council President and Board of Education member, I always make time for parents who are interested in child and family advocacy. We discussed parent involvement in Lakewood City Schools and education issues. It was at that time that I found out her background was in corporate training for non-profits; she is a classroom teacher and served in a number of district committees affecting kids and families. It is because of Kristine's proven leadership and experience that I know she will be an effective member of the school board.

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Calleri For School Board

Dear Neighbor

For the last 18 years my wife and I have been proud to call Lakewood our home and the place that we have chosen to raise our 3 children - ages 14, 11 and 8. In that time we have seen a remarkable improvement in what our city has to offer and how it is viewed by outsiders.

I also know that for this to continue the residents of Lakewood have to step up and get involved. To give their time, expertise and knowledge where needed to strengthen our community, improve our public institutions and increase the attractiveness of our city.

Over the past several years I have made a concerted effort to give back to the community that has provided my family with so much. My parents, like yours, taught me a set of principles to live by including believe in something bigger than yourself, serve your community, and work hard to build a neighborhood you can be proud of.

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Lakewood Municipal Court: Behind The Times

The current use of technology in the Lakewood Municipal Court is antiquated and ages behind not only the majority of Municipal Courts in Cuyahoga County, but the rest of the country too.

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The Famous And Infamous Women Of Millionaires’ Row

Behind every great man there is a great woman…or so they say. During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Euclid Avenue was the home to some of the country’s richest and most influential men. John D. Rockefeller, Mark Hanna and Thomas Howard White are just a few of the millionaires who lived on the avenue called “the Showplace of America.” While much is known about these men, their fortunes and the companies they started, little is known about their wives…until now. On Sunday, September 20, Dan Ruminski, Cleveland’s Storyteller, will be at Lakewood Public Library to regale us with tales of the famous and infamous women behind the men of Millionaires’ Row.

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The Return Of The Scarecrows To Madison Ave.

Express yourself and get your creativity on! Lakewood Kiwanis and Uptown Lakewood are conducting the Third Annual Lakewood Scarecrow Festival beginning Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 25, 2015. Scarecrows will line Madison Avenue from W 117th to Riverside Drive. This is a fun opportunity for individuals, families, businesses, clubs and organizations to get involved and build their own scarecrows. Last year, PTAs, Girl Scout Troops, businesses, and neighbors took advantage of this fun project making Madison Avenue a lively destination.

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Eighth Annual Celebration Of Foster And Adoptive Families

The Lakewood Area Collaborative would like to invite all foster and adoptive families in the west side and Parma area communities to our Eighth Annual Celebration of Families night. Please be our guest Friday, September 4, 2015 at Lakewood High School Rangers Stadium for the Rangers vs. Berea-Midpark football game, which begins at 7pm. Your family will be invited onto the field to be recognized by the community, throw mini footballs into the crowd, and help bring awareness of the need for foster and adoptive homes. Families who RSVP by September 3 will be provided free admission as well as tickets for concession stand treats.

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Mark A. Schneider For City Council: A Career Spent In The Service Of Others

Demographics

Mark A. Schneider

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Assistant Law Director for the City of Parma Heights

I reside on Clifton Boulevard in Ward 3.

1)  What is the primary motivation behind your decision to run for Ward 3 council? (100 words)

My decision to run for Council is an expression of the civic duty that has driven my entire career. I decided as a young man during law school at the Ohio State University to dedicate my career as an attorney to public service. For the last fifteen years since graduation, I have been fortunate to do just that. When an opening occurred in Ward 3 for Council, I realized that I offer a unique level of experience in government that is not often seen in candidates for this office. This position is yet another way to serve my community.

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LakewoodAlive Has Busy, Very Productive Weekend

Cross Point Church members working on a yard clean-up as part of their Day of Service.

On Saturday, August 15, LakewoodAlive’s staff and board members came together to paint a house for a resident on Riverside Drive who had been cited by the city for peeling paint. Twenty-five staff, board members and community members were able to get the house painted in just five hours. The participants had fun while completing this project and the homeowner is very happy with her newly painted home. Thank you to the LakewoodAlive board and community members for helping to make this project a success!

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On The Job 29 Years….And Counting!

Mike stopped by Nature’s Bin to see some old friends, including case manager, Sandy Gross.

Lakewood, Ohio has been the home to Cornucopia and Nature’s Bin for 40 years. Cornucopia is the nonprofit that operates Nature’s Bin. Nature’s Bin natural foods market is one of Cornucopia’s seven vocational training sites where people with disabilities can go to learn job skills and workplace behaviors so that they can succeed at a job in the community. Thousands of people have participated in vocational training through Cornucopia, thereby learning skills that last a lifetime.

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Mayor Summers Protests Clinic's Damaging Of Lakewood Hospital

Image of letter provided by the City, dated 7/3/2014

A letter turned up in the discovery process of the “taxpayer lawsuit” against the City of Lakewood, in which plaintiffs allege improper stewardship and oversight of the Clinic’s management of Lakewood Hospital. 

It was turned over to the plaintiffs by Lakewood Law Director Kevin Butler, Attorney of Counsel for the City, in response to a Request for Production of Documents, and is dated July 3, 2014. It is addressed Dr. Brian Donley, President of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals, and reads in its entirety as follows (bold mine):

Dear Dr. Donley:

This letter is a formal protest of the Cleveland Clinic's recent decision and subsequent announcement to move the Rehabilitation Service to a soon to be built Select Medical 60 bed facility in Avon.

This service at Lakewood Hospital recently received in excess of $3.7 million of Lakewood Hospital Association and Lakewood Hospital Foundation monies. These investments were made in good faith that CCF intended to honor the spirit and letter of our definitive agreement of services to be offered by CCF at Lakewood Hospital.

This particular service delivers approximately three million dollars of contribution to the financial performance of Lakewood Hospital. Consequently, the absence of these monies will have a devastating impact on the financial viability of our hospital.

This decision, and others similar to it, is a continuation of Cleveland Clinic's unilateral strategic approach to seemingly disregarding the impact on Lakewood Hospital to the benefit of the Clinic system as a whole. I recognize the market and regulatory pressures that might compel these decisions, but I must protest their detrimental impact on Lakewood Hospital. I believe the service losses are in violation of the letter and spirit of the definitive agreement between the Lakewood Hospital board of trustees and The Cleveland Clinic foundation.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Summers

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Blue Ribbon Fun At The County Fair

Front: Lena Strazek, Jake Hirsch

Middle: Aubree Nagel, Sydney Hudock, Emma Hirsch, Dashuanna Carter

Back: Abby Hirsch, Emma Murray, Lucy McIntire, Veruca Jouriles, Eva Strazek, Ale McKissick, Molly Burke and Owen Murray

Not Pictured: Gabby Murray, Amy and Molly Pilgrim, Amelia Moore and Ava Molinski 

Lakewood Girl Scout Troop 70109 had a great experience at the Cuyahoga County Fair. The troop, comprised of 16 girls from sixth to ninth grade, prepared over 200 entries for the junior fair. The girls created papercrafts, recycled art, photography, sculptures, jewelry and many more items. The entries were on display at the fair all week.

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New Grief Support Groups

We are all in an ongoing process of saying “Hello” and “Good-bye” to people, to events, to places and things. We all face loss, and there are all sorts and kinds of losses that people experience in life. But most of us do not know how to “move beyond” our losses. We also all have our well-intentioned ways of trying to be a comfort to those in grief, but most often what we say does not really help and may at times even be hurtful. We have all heard or said at one time or another, “You need to let go,” but do we really know how to do that?

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My Choice Is Mike Summers

I support Mike Summers for Mayor because I love Lakewood. Like many others, I was born in Lakewood, attended Lakewood Schools and am passionate about our community. I do not consider myself a political person and avoid affiliations with any one party. I am compelled to speak out today because I feel strongly about this candidate and how important his leadership is to the future of Lakewood.

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The Judge’s Bench: Recognizing Veterans In The Lakewood Court

The men and women who enlist in our armed forces make sacrifices for our safety. I am reminded of this every time I talk with retired Lakewood school teacher Doc Unger, a World War II POW. Unlike most other professions, members of the military may be transferred without notice, making it difficult to respond to lawsuits. As a result, laws have been enacted for additional protections for our military service members.

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Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program In Lakewood

Councilman Sam O’Leary, at the left, was joined by David Goodman, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency; Parker Kimes, a 2015 graduate of Lakewood High and West Shore Career-Technical District, who was the program’s intern at Marrell Music; Sharon Marrell of Marrell Music; William DiMascio, Educational Coordinator, West Shore Career-Technical District; State Rep. Nan Baker, who sponsored legislation for the program; Nancy Ralls, Career Development Coordinator, West Shore CTD; and Patty Ryan, the executive director of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.

Councilman Sam O'Leary attended the kick off of the second round of Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program, a state initiative that helps high school juniors and seniors identify a career path and gain work experience. The event took place at Marrell Music on Madison Avenue.

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3rd Annual Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival – Saturday, September 12

Imagine sipping a glass of wine or sampling an ale or a new session IPA outdoors in the heart of Downtown Lakewood. Add live music, delicious food from local restaurants, plus the last remnants of summer’s glow and you have the Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival, to be held Saturday, September 12 from 5-10 p.m. on the open-air deck behind the INA and Bailey Buildings.

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Introducing Beck Center's 2015-2016 Youth Theater Season!

Illustrations by Pat Miller

Founded in 1948, Beck Center Youth Theater is considered to be one of the longest continuously running youth theater programs in the country. This year marks the 67th anniversary of Beck Center’s Youth Theater program, and the 2015–2016 season is filled with just the right balance of titles that allow teaching opportunities along with community interest. Ranging from family favorites to a twisted take on "Macbeth" for teens, this upcoming season is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

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Lakewood Park Hosts Superhero Dash

Hundreds of runners, walkers and rollers (participants in wheelchairs) will be dressing as their favorite Superheroes and helping raise money for children with physical disabilities at the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 30th Annual Race Day, in memory of former Trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, September 19 at Lakewood Park.

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My Vision For A Strong Lakewood

Lakewood is a fantastic community in which to live, raise a family and retire. We have great schools, diverse neighborhoods, a vibrant night life, and a hospital which is the economic engine of it all. As a life-long democrat, I am running for mayor because Lakewood needs a proven leader with an unquestioned commitment to open and honest government. I am running for mayor, to make city hall work for Lakewood residents and not for special interests.  We have much work to do during the next four years.

Saving Lakewood Hospital - I am working to save Lakewood Hospital. City Council's consultant agreed that Lakewood can support an hospital with inpatient beds. I will work to ensure our hospital continues to serve our healthcare needs and keep the hospital as the economic engine of our community. I will end the backroom deals that have resulted in the plan to close our hospital.

Restoring Trust at City Hall - I am committed to open government giving public access to city hall, both online and in person. As mayor, I will empower residents by providing access to information and will work to increase citizen participation.

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First Annual LakewoodAlive Homebuyer Fair To Be Held In September

Lakewood, one of Northeast Ohio’s best communities, is a place to put down roots. Where else can you find great housing, good schools, restaurants, convenient shopping, parks and recreation all within minutes of downtown Cleveland or Hopkins airport?

Whether it is walking or biking or participating in one of the area’s most creative communities, this diverse community is welcoming to all.

Now you have an opportunity to learn how to become a homebuyer as LakewoodAlive announces its first annual Homebuyer Fair on Tuesday, September 29th from 6-9 p.m. at Lakewood Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Avenue.

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Foster Pool Going To The Dogs

Lakewood Dog Park 2015 Swim on September 8.

Got dogs? Got water? Put the two together and you have the recipe for a splashing good time. Join Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park (FLDP) for the 2015 Dog Swim at Foster Pool in Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave., on Monday, September 8 from 5-8 p.m.

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The O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood 8th Annual Community Dog Show

Diane Graham (in yellow), O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood Administrator

O’Neill Heathcare Lakewood Hosted Their 8th Annual Community Dog Show on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Contest Winners were:

Biggest Dog – “Hazel,” 3-year-old shepherd/lab mix, Owner: Mark, Lakewood
Smallest Dog – “Lil Mo,” 5-year-old Pomeranian, Owner: Donna, North Olmsted
Cutest Dog – “Levi,” 2 ½-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Owner: Sherry, Lakewood
Best Dog Trick – “Barney,” 10-year-old Beagle, Owner: Donna, Lakewood
Best Trained – “Dixie,” 7-year-old German Shepherd, Owner: Emily

A very special thank-you to all of the vendors and raffle sponsors: Lakewood Animal Hospital, Pet’s General Store, Merry Go-Hound Dog Day Care, Elite Medical Distributors, A Sweet Side, Howe Crafty, Darlene Noonan, and Jean Berlinghausen.

100% of the proceeds from food and raffle sales were donated to the Lakewood Animal Shelter.

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CCLAS Adopt-A-Pet: Opal

Opal waiting for a new home. 

Opal (Collar #81) is great with other cats and dogs, LOVES to snuggle with her foster parents, and just has a really sweet disposition. She had 4 kittens that were all adopted very quickly, so she's in the situation that we see many mom cats endure at the shelter - sitting and waiting for a very long time because everyone wants the tiny kittens instead of the adult cats. She was a fantastic mother and really deserves a loving home.

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Jonathan Hooper: Cool And Classic At Lakewood Public Library

It had to be you, Jonathan Hooper. Who else could come to Lakewood Public Library and make us feel like we are at Rhett’s Piano Bar, the New Orleans-inspired piano bar where you used to work back in sunny old St. Augustine? On Sunday, September 13 at 2 p.m., that classically trained pianist crooning at the back of the joint is waking up the grand piano in our Multipurpose Room for a Sunday With The Friends concert.

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Passage Of Arts And Culture Levy Critical To Cuyahoga County And Lakewood

On November 3rd, Cuyahoga County voters will have the opportunity to continue to invest in Cuyahoga County’s critical Arts & Culture community by renewing the penny-and-a-half per cigarette tax they originally approved in 2006. In the decade since voters passed the levy by a resounding 57%, our arts and culture sector has helped fuel Cuyahoga County’s revitalization.

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Real Estate Update

The Northern Ohio Regional Multiple Listing Service recently released the July Statistical Report for the 15-county area that makes up NE Ohio. Year to date, New Listings are up 4.8%. Sold Listings are up 13.4%. Sales Volume is up 17.1%! The Average Sales Price continues to improve, up 3.3% through 7 months. Market Time continues to improve, dropping 4% to an average of 90 days.

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Lakewood Adventure Guides Kicks Off New Year

The Lakewood YMCA Adventure Guides is also known as Lake Trail Nation (LTN). We are a group of about 60 families with over 175 members. Our members include single and married parents, grandparents, and of course, the kids we care about. We provide opportunities for adults and boys and girls age 5-12 to spend enjoyable, constructive time together, fostering companionship and an understanding for a foundation to lifelong friendship.

Some of our recent activities have included Tent Camping at different Ohio State Parks, Halloween Party, Moon Rock Bowling, Holiday Party, Game Night at the Y, Induction Camp out in the Metroparks, Pinewood Derby, Marching in the Lakewood July 4th Parade, Camp Y-Noah, Pool Parties, Hiking, Biking, Community Service, Camp Fitch (Winter campout!), Model Rockets, and Skiing. Smaller groups of children the same age and gender with their parents, called Circles, also plan monthly activities such as jewelry making parties, movie nights, pumpkin carving, spa day, and other activities.

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LPL Calendar Of Events

Wednesday, September 2
Internet Search Skills
Discover what’s been waiting for you online while learning search strategies. To register, stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 127.
10:00 a.m. in the Main Learning Lab

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Coming Soon! Hens In Lakewood's Coop Tour

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 20th, 1 to 4 p.m. and come to The Lakewood Coop Tour!

In November 2014, City Council voted in support of a pilot project allowing a limited number of Lakewood families to raise hens for eggs in their yards. Eleven families went through the necessary steps to apply for their city permit to do this. The intention of the Hen Pilot Project is to experience first-hand how responsible hen raising could work in Lakewood.

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Lakewood Soccer Association U12 Girls Team Division Champs

LSA U13 League Champions (first row) Jamina Cook, Georgia Popovic-Ita, Aiden Kelley, Annika Cook, Bella Segreto, Quinn Costanzo (second row) Gianna McAuliffe, Nevaeh Yarber, Cali Cook, Sydney Hudock, Charlotte Melinski, Aubree Nagel, Katie Donnelly, Ted Nagel

The LSA Girls U12 soccer team played in the American Amateur Soccer League (AASL) U13 B Division last season. After being finalists the season before in U12 A, the girls were looking for a new challenge. Despite playing up an age division, they went undefeated playing to a 7-0-1 record with their only blemish coming against a strong Amherst team at home.

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Hens In Lakewood: Ward One

Jan Dregalla's Hen Haven.

Ask long-time Lakewood resident Jan Dregalla why she wanted to be in the Hen Pilot Program and she’ll tell you: “It’s part of a sustainable lifestyle. My family raised chickens when I was growing up and I’d like to share what I know about returning to a balanced lifestyle and away from the need for a factory farm system.” That’s her practical answer for keeping backyard hens. All practicality aside, Jan will tell you she takes great pleasure in watching their charming antics around the coop yard, the way they run to her when called and the flock’s favorite game: chase the rolling blueberries.

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How's The Saying Go?: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 10

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

Cheap Clone - Cheap Clone - Peanut Butter Records - 9 songs - Cassette, download
If you want some good power pop, this is the band for you. Very catchy and melodic. Nice boy-girl harmonies as well. In a way, some of it reminds me of Cleveland's own The Mice because of a couple different things (singer's voice, lyrical style, melodies, etc.). And coming from me, that's pretty high praise, 'cause I love The Mice. But even though these comparisons can be made, it's quite different from The Mice, and they totally have their own thing going on. There were some melodic components in some of the songs that somewhat reminded me of The Replacements. Anyway, jangly guitars, major-minor stuff, harmonies, very memorable melodies and songs. My favorites on the tape were "Call," "Been Told," and "Why Would You Care," though I thought the whole thing was pretty good. Fans of good power pop, you should check these guys out. 5/5

Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments - Straight To Video - Straight To Video Records - 11 songs - LP
I already reviewed this, but I wanted to redo it 'cause I rushed it the first time. If you want all the pedantry, go track down my original review. So to the music: This a gosh-darn great record! Great hooks, melodies, and overall songs abound. Ron House's trademark vocals and sly lyrics mix perfectly with the tight rhythm section of Craig Dunson and Ted Hattemer, while Bob Petric's guitar slashes through the whole thing. I've heard his playing described as "Buzzcocks meets Van Halen," and I'd say that's pretty accurate. Good backing vocals, too. The whole record is great, but highlights include the earworm garage punk great "Lightnin' Rod," the three-chord stomp of "Outside My Scene," and the slow burn closer "When The Entertainment Ends," which almost reminds me of "Final Solution," probably due to the hypnotic rhythm. 5/5

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New Beginnings At LHS

The official groundbreaking at Lakewood High School was held Aug. 27. Joining Superintendent Jeff Patterson (far right) was Board VP Tom Einhouse, State Sen. Mike Skindell, Law Director Kevin Butler, LHS students Zach Howe, Erin Black, Board President Emma Petrie Barcelona, Principal Keith Ahearn, LHS students Jonathan Thompson and Angela Vogli, Board members Ed Favre and Linda Beebe and PTA President Karen Zingale.

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District Offers Laptops To Every Middle Schooler

A goal that has been in the sights of the administration for a number of years is now a reality as every middle schooler in the District has been given the opportunity to have a personal laptop for use during the school year.

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Winning Contest Yields Internship Opportunity

West Shore Career-Tech winners of Innovation Showdown with Hyland mentors.

When four engineering students signed up to compete in the Hyland Innovation Showdown last spring, little did they know the winning prize of an iPad was only one of many benefits in store for them. Hyland Software sponsors the Innovation Showdown each year to encourage young innovators to learn how to create a business plan, prototype, and presentation to answer the question: “How can you use technology to solve a business problem?”

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Ranger Football Team Looking Forward To Home Opener

The Lakewood High School football team starts its home schedule on Friday, September 4th. The Rangers will start their second season under head coach Mike Ribar. Ribar and his team have been working hard during the offseason to prepare for the new campaign.

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PTA & Board Of Ed To Host Ice Cream Social

The annual beginning-of-the-year Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Lakewood Council of PTAs and the Board of Education will take place Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 6:15-7 p.m. in the Garfield Middle School Gym. The Ranger Marching Band will kick things off. Following the band's entertainment, as is the long-standing tradition, Board of Education members will scoop free ice cream for community members, students and their families. There will be fixings for sundaes, too! Come enjoy the music and meet your elected officials at this family-friendly event!

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Mayor Summers Receives Advisory Opinions From The Ohio Ethics Commission

Wendy and Mike enjoying LHF's Starry Night Celebration in 2012.

On May 1, 2015, the Ohio Ethics Commission sent Law Director Kevin Butler an advisory opinion based, in part, on Butler’s hypothetical question of: "Can the Mayor participate in decisions regarding the closing of Lakewood Hospital if his wife serves on the board of the foundation?" In response to Butler's question, Ohio Ethics Commission Staff Advisory Attorney John Rawski opined that, "If the proposed agreement with the Cleveland Clinic would result in the dissolution or alteration of the foundation from its present form, the mayor cannot participate in decisions regarding the closing of Lakewood Hospital."

A second Ohio Ethics Commission advisory opinion dated May 8, 2015, clarifies that, as long as Wendy Summers remains Mayor Summers' wife and on the Lakewood Hospital Foundation Board, Mayor Summers is forbidden from participating in any discussions regarding the closing of Lakewood Hospital.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

Celebrity Softball In Kauffman Park

Cheer on your favorite local businesses as they face off at Kauffman Park’s Jimmie Foxx Memorial Baseball Field, Sunday, August 30, 2-6 pm. This free event includes food for purchase and children's activities. Try your hand at bike polo with the Cleveland Bike Polo club at the tennis courts, and make a promise at the wall provided by “Because I Said I Would.”

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JT Neuffer, Just In Time For Lakewood City Council, Ward 3

JT Neuffer, Candidate for City Council, Ward 3.  Endorsed by the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, and Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus.

I met JT during the Obama re-election campaign in 2012 when he volunteered to canvass the neighborhood. I was immediately impressed with his passion and ability to relate to people during the campaign. I am proud to support JT Neuffer for City Council Ward 3 because of his strong ability to connect with diverse people, his visionary ideas and his leadership skills.

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Lakewood Artist Featured Nationally On Blue Moon Brewing Co. Bottles

Photo: Kevin Richards, Studio KMR Photography

To celebrate their 20th Anniversary, Blue Moon Brewing Co. worked with 20 up-and-coming artists to create limited edition labels for their Belgian White. Lakewood’s own Brian Andrew Jasinski of Grey Cardigan is amongst the 20 artists that are featured in the limited edition pack, available in stores now. Jasinski was chosen via an expansive search that began in late 2014, and made it through several rounds to ultimately become one of the artists whose design was produced on bottles of Blue Moon nationwide.
 
“To be chosen to be a part of this program has been incredibly exciting, and the thrill of having people from across the country share images of finding my label has been surreal and simply fun. It is like a modern day Golden Ticket. It is truly an honor to be involved in what I consider a traveling exhibition of sorts. Every 12-pack of Blue Moon is its own curated art exhibition!”, says Jasinski.

The program and the labels were revealed to the media on July 1 in an exclusive gallery event in New York City. Each artist’s creation was on display in the gallery, along with the bottles the artwork appears on. The top 20 labels are featured on Blue Moon’s Facebook page in a gallery, and votes are cast by “liking” the artist’s image within the gallery. The 10 artists that are chosen by the public with the most votes, will then be considered for a grant of $20,000 by Blue Moon Brewing Co. to further explore their creativity. Jasinski has maintained the Top 10 since the program has launched, and looks forward to keeping the votes steadily growing, as the final days of the competition commence. Public voting for the program ends on Monday, August 31, 2015.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 11:25 AM, 08.28.2015

Mayor Summers, City Of Lakewood Host Delegation From India

Mayor Summers welcomed an international delegation from India that stopped by Lakewood City Hall to learn about our city's Lean Six Sigma initiative.

Mayor Summers welcomed an international delegation from India that stopped by Lakewood City Hall to learn about our city's Lean Six Sigma initiative (101 City of Lakewood employees have been Yellow Belt certified).

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

Mayor, City Council Invite Citizens To Share Ideas For Lakewood’s Downtown Development

“What’s your vision for 5.7 acres of valuable Lakewood property in the heart of its downtown district?” That’s the question that economic development experts ask in a series of visioning workshops starting on August 19. Open to the public, the workshops will teach citizens how to think like developers and offer them opportunities to design uses for the land currently occupied by Lakewood Hospital. 

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

Fixing our Drug Problem: Common Sense Rehabilitation Starts In Our Municipal Court

There are many reasons I'm running for Lakewood Municipal Court Judge, including a very personal relationship with the drug epidemic that is eating away at our beautiful city.

I've seen friends battle their addictions to heroin. I lost a good friend from childhood, but have seen others beat their addictions with the help of common sense rehabilitation programs.

Since I started practicing law in courtrooms across Ohio, I have worked diligently with judges and prosecutors to help clients beat their addiction, get treatment and regain control. These judges oversee courts working relentlessly to help individuals get better.


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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015