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Eagles Roll Past Canada Prep

Eagle defenders swarm a Canada Prep ball carrier during second half action. 

St. Edward easily defeated Canada Prep 31-7 on Saturday afternoon at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The victory pushed the Eagles record to 8-0 on the season, and likely clinched a spot in the OHSAA playoffs. It also served tune up for the Eagles, who now face state powers Moeller and St. Ignatius in the final two weeks of the season.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 6:05 PM, 10.14.2017

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Rangers Prevail in Riverwood Cup Rivalry

Ranger keeper George Hericks blocks the fifth and final penalty kick to secure the Ranger win.   

The LHS boys soccer team won the Riverwood Cup Saturday night by defeating Rocky River on penalty kicks. The teams played to a 2-2 draw in their annual season-ending game. Just like last year, they agreed to decide ownership of the Cup by having penalty kicks. The Rangers won the penalty kicks 5-4 to retain the Cup, but the game will be officially recognized by the OHSAA as a draw. The Riverwood Cup is presented annually to the winner of this rivalry game between two close-knit and enthusiastic soccer communities. Playing an intense season-ending game like this is good preparation for both squads before their OHSAA state championship tournaments begin next week.  

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 10:12 AM, 10.15.2017

Rangers Beat Westlake for First Win Since 2015

Rangers Jay Boyd (#28) and Joe Byczek (#3) share a hug after the 28-25 win over Westlake. 

The Lakewood football program had a memorable “Friday the 13th” in Westlake, defeating the Demons 28-25 to get its first victory of the season. The win also snapped a 17 game losing streak that dated back two years; and it was the first-ever road win for Lakewood in the Southwestern Conference.  Jubilant players doused Hannan with Gatorade as the final seconds ticked off…..then went into the Lakewood stands to celebrate with Ranger students and fans.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:43 AM, 10.14.2017

Soccer Updates & Tournament News

Ranger head coach Roman Hubach and the girls team host Normandy on Monday night in tournament action.   

The Lakewood girls soccer team wrapped up its regular season with a scoreless draw against North Ridgeville on Wednesday night. The game was preceded by Senior Night, as eight players were recognized for their contributions to the program. This year’s seniors include captains Grace Ladue, Maya Costanzo, and Seta Nagbe; as well as Victoria Gregg, Audra Tuleta, Sophia Parker, Maria Drummond and Olivia Nagy.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 9:32 AM, 10.12.2017

Rangers Fall to Top-Ranked Avon

Ranger Will Adams on a fourth quarter carry. 

The Lakewood football team went on the road Friday to take on the top Division II team in the state of Ohio – the Avon Eagles. To make matters worse, recent injuries caused some shuffling in the Rangers lineup, particularly on the offensive line. Lakewood was able to stay in the game early, but the Eagles eventually pulled away 54-21.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 11:26 PM, 10.06.2017

Rangers Top Midview 8-0

Ranger defenders Lay Ku Htoo and Attila Nagy in action during the 8-0 win.  

The LHS boys soccer team returned home Wednesday night to defeat Midview 8-0 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The win comes stretches the team’s winning streak to three games, and they have won six of their last seven games. Junior Malvin Gblah was the leading scorer in the game with three goals.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 1:35 PM, 10.05.2017

LREF Inaugural Purple & Gold Gala A Huge Success

Nearly 400 partygoers supported Lakewood City Schools at the first LREF Purple & Gold Gala. Photo: Jeff Paul

For the sold-out crowd of nearly 400 partygoers, the Lakewood Ranger Education Foundation's first Purple & Gold Gala proved to be an evening of festivities, friends and successful fundraising on Saturday, August 19, in Lakewood High School's newly constructed wing.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Historical Society Fall Sale

Lakewood Historical Society will hold its popular Fall Sale on Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Skate House at Lakewood Park, 14710 Lake Ave will open its doors for this one day, rain or shine sale. Items are priced to sell and include small furniture, lamps, fall decorations, framed artwork, tools, toys and more. We have a huge assortment of salvage pieces including interior/exterior doors, leaded glass windows, stained glass, cabinet doors, glass door knobs, wood shutters, register covers and cabinet hardware. Measure before you come and be ready to move items yourself, salvage sells quickly. Additional items include Hitchcock chairs, a Bernina Artista Sewing Machine, bookshelves, ceiling fixtures and chandeliers, wicker pieces, beautiful vintage window cornices and much more.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Bring Back Splat: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 56

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. 

The Brides - 2001-2003 - Black Tongue Records / 100% Zero Records - 7 songs - LP

This was recorded in 2003 but has gone unreleased until now. The Brides were from Kent, if I'm not mistaken, and play some heavy rock/metal/doom type stuff. Let me be the first to tell you that those aren't the kind of genres I spend a lot of time listening to or really know that much about. So, with that out of the way, this isn't bad. There's some good riffs in there that the band really drives into your head. I think my favorite here is probably the closing track "Dirt Nap." My biggest problem with this is that I'm not a huge fan of the vocal style. In fact, I think I would like it more with a different vocalist, or maybe if Don Brown just changed it up a bit. Aside from that, it's more listenable than I thought it would be. People who are more into this kind of thing than I am have told me that this is good stuff. I enjoyed it well enough, I guess. It's not the first band I would go to when I want to hear a band that starts with the letters "Br" and has Matt Lindsay on guitar, but it's decent. I like how closely the silver vinyl matches the text on the center labels, too. Nice one. 3.5/5

(100zerorecords.com)

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 5:20 PM, 10.03.2017

Lakewood's Unique Halloween Activity: The Pumpkin Patch In The Pool!

Pumpkin Patch in the LHS Pool on Sunday, October 29, 2017

Photo Credit: Nancy Pizir

On Sunday, October 29, the clear blue waters of the Lakewood High School pool become the coolest pumpkin patch in Lakewood. Children of all ages are invited to splash their way around the pool to find their pumpkin floating in the water.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

North Olmsted Prevails in High Scoring Homecoming Game

Ranger senior Dayvon Hannible, shown here on a fourth quarter run, had a touchdown in the game. 

Lakewood High School’s Homecoming weekend got rolling Friday with the annual parade and football game. A large crowd of Ranger fans, including lots of alumni, flowed into a windy First Federal Stadium after the parade to watch Lakewood take on North Olmsted.  Lakewood, led by junior Will Adams, played its best game of the season against the playoff-challenging Eagles.  However, North Olmsted won 49-38 behind an epic performance by junior running back Darren Anders.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:11 AM, 09.30.2017

Participate In Great Decisions In The Library

William Fickinger will lead one of the Great Decisions in the Library programs

On select Saturday mornings this fall and winter, Lakewood Public Library will be joining other libraries across the country for Great Decisions in the Library, America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The Great Decisions program highlights eight critical foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. In libraries across the country, Great Decisions discussion group participants discuss and debate each issue. Each session will focus on one of the eight challenges selected by the Foreign Policy Association, and will begin with a thirty minute video they have provided for each subject after which a discussion will be led by an expert.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, October 5
Documentary: "We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss"

Blockbuster directors team up with economics experts to explain the significant economic issues of our time in the form of short films. Each film explores a key money topic affecting Americans today and answers questions like “What is the Economy?”, “What is the Role of our Government in the Economy?” and “What Causes Inequality?”
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

New, Consensus Charter Will Be Voted On In November Election

On the November ballot, voters will have a chance to approve a dramatically improved Charter to take the place of the old Charter. Three years ago, I was a member of the Charter Review Commission that suggested the vast majority of the changes. 

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Clifton Blvd Extension: Great News!

Historical Clifton Park is having the four lanes of the Clifton Blvd Extension reduced to two lanes with bike lanes on each side of the road from West Clifton to the Rocky River bridge.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

On Issue 2, Vote Yes For Lower Prescription Drug Prices

State Issue 2 is a simple, sound measure to reduce what Ohio’s government pays for prescription drugs. It’s good for those most in need, including people on Medicaid. It’s good for taxpayers, who are currently overpaying pharmaceutical companies by hundreds of millions of dollars per year.

If Ohio votes yes on Issue 2, drug companies will no longer be able to charge state agencies higher prices than they charge the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

That’s Issue 2. It’s a simple, modest measure that won’t directly affect many of us at all. It won’t affect Medicare enrollees, or those with private insurance. Prescription drug prices are out of control, however, and even pushing back in this limited way will save the public nearly $400 million every year.

Supporting Issue 2 is the common sense choice. If Issue 2 were in place now, repealing it would seem perverse. Why would we insist that our public agencies pay whatever price the pharmaceutical companies demand, instead of negotiating to save money? Right now that’s exactly what we do, and it needs to change.

Issue 2 will change that, for the better. Ohio’s Medicaid program and other agencies shouldn’t have to pay more than the VA pays. If we vote yes on Issue 2, they won’t have to.

The campaign against Issue 2 is designed to make this simple solution confusing, and we shouldn’t let it work. Medicare and private insurers have price agreements in place, independently, and pharmaceutical companies can’t suddenly change that. Drug research is largely performed by universities and other public institutions funded by our taxes. Lower profits for the drug companies won’t change that; in fact, big pharmaceutical companies can easily afford to trim their profits’ growth.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

ACA Open Enrollment Highlights

ACA open enrollment November 1st – December 15th.
Cleveland Clinic is coming out with their own health plan. As a result Medical Mutual will not have them in network for this product line. Everything available will be HMO plans so people will have to choose which healthcare facility they want to be with. Cleveland Clinic = Oscar Health, University Hospital = Medical Mutual in Cuyahoga County, Medical Mutual will have Mercy Healthcare in Lorain County, not UH. Metro will be the hospital system for Caresource, AMBetter & Molina.

Carl Lishing is a licensed insurance agent with HealthMarkets Insurance Agency.
HealthMarkets Insurance Agency is the d/b/a or assumed name of Insphere Insurance Solutions, Inc. which is licensed as an insurance agency in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Not all agents are licensed to sell all products. Service and product availability may vary by state.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Medicare Highlights

Medicare Open Enrollment October 15th – December 7th
The insurance companies are really competing for Medicare business & most of them have made enhancements to their plan. Each year plan benefits can change along with the formulary drug list. People healthcare needs & prescriptions can change as well. It would be a good idea to do a review this year to make sure they have the plan that is the most appropriate fit.

Carl Lishing is a licensed insurance agent with HealthMarkets Insurance Agency.
HealthMarkets Insurance Agency is the d/b/a or assumed name of Insphere Insurance Solutions, Inc. which is licensed as an insurance agency in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Not all agents are licensed to sell all products. Service and product availability may vary by state.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Ranger Tennis Finishes 12-4; Looks Toward OHSAA Tournament

The Lakewood girls tennis team defeated Bay 4-1 win in the team’s regular season finale last Thursday, completing the season with a 12-4 record. The program made major strides in head coach Lucy Finnegan’s second year at the helm, and looks forward to competing in the OHSAA tournament this week at Oberlin College.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

A Winning Lakewood, For All

Success for Lakewood comes down to people. A city is truly flourishing if it’s working for all, and right now that isn’t happening. More people move out of Lakewood than move in.

Those of us running for City Council At-large this year agree on some things. At recent forums all of us agreed that opioid addiction is a challenge Lakewood hasn’t met so far. But I can’t agree with the claim that “we’re growing.” Because I see Lakewood as a community of people, above all. And that community isn’t growing.

U.S. Census numbers for Lakewood are in decline. That means it’s true that, as another candidate said, “people are voting with their feet.” But Lakewood is losing that vote. When the next census counts those votes, we could fall below 50,000 people and lose federal funding.


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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Pair Share Staff Spotlight Honors For District

FRAN HANRAHAN

With an office full of family photos and holiday cards from the many Lakewood City Schools employees whose lives she has touched, it was only a matter of time before Human Resources Specialist Fran Hanrahan was chosen as a District Staff Spotlight honoree.

The baby photos on her bulletin board are born of the bond she builds with the many employees she works with to facilitate a leave of absence, one of the her myriad HR responsibilities. She also aids in job recruitment, screens the many applications and resumes that the District receives, and coordinates the interview process. She does all of this with kindness, humor and positivity.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Why I’m Running For Lakewood City Council

I'm committed to Lakewood and am running for an At-Large Council seat. I'm excited for the opportunity to help my home city of Lakewood improve, grow and thrive.

My name is Brian Taubman, and I am running for an At-Large Council seat in Lakewood, Ohio. Many people ask me why I’m running for Lakewood City Council. The short answer is I’m excited for the opportunity to help my home city improve, grow, and thrive. But it’s so much more.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

From the Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

Fall is in the air and high school football season is in full swing. Lakewood students and residents alike have been finding joy in this all-American game for more than 100 years! Pictured here is Lakewood's 1910 team posing in front of the old East Rockport Central School on Warren Road. Gratitude to the Archives of the Templar Motors Factory Display for the use of this photo.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Vote Tristan Rader For Lakewood City Council At Large

When my wife and I decided to move to Greater Cleveland from outside of the area in 2012 we chose Lakewood in part because of its reputation as a "progressive" suburb. At first we found this characterization to be accurate, at least superficially. After all, every elected official, and pretty much every voter, in Lakewood identifies as a Democrat. Lakewood's Representative in the Ohio General Assembly is the first openly gay person to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives. Lakewood voted overwhelmingly for Obama in his 2012 re-election campaign, an effort I worked on as a Field Organizer.

However, a series of subsequent events, and learning a bit more about the recent history of Lakewood, led me to view the "progressive" reputation of Lakewood as largely a facade. The main event will be very familiar to Observer readers: the city's handling of the Cleveland Clinic/Lakewood Hospital issue. Without getting into the weeds of that controversy now, I was flabbergasted at the extent to which every single elected official in Lakewood simply rolled over and did whatever corporate and real estate interests wanted, not even really attempting to negotiate a better deal for the people of Lakewood. I also learned more about Lakewood's recent history, how in a nasty racially charged recent election cycle due to ostensible concern about "crime" the City's elected officials had taken steps like embracing long discredited and racist "Breed Specific (anti-Pit Bull) Legislation" and even gone so far as to puprosely dismantle every public outdoor basketball court in Lakewood for fear of attracting the "wrong element."


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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

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On Sept. 22, Lakewood High staff members and students lined the streets to pay tribute and respect to Lakewood's fallen World War II hero and LHS grad, Staff Sgt. Thomas McGraw, whose remains were welcomed home after being buried in the Adriatic Sea for more than 70 years. community.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Climbing Prices For Lakewood Homes Show Housing Market And City’s Future Are Very Strong

Housing market numbers tell a story of remarkable transformation for Lakewood homes since the Great Recession, showing incredible growth in demand, rising prices, and increasing property values.

Lakewood residents can see positive developments taking place all around our community today, but nowhere more clearly than in the housing market. Lakewood is experiencing a growth period described by Crain’s Cleveland Business as a “boom” with an “insane” real estate market, while the Plain Dealer wrote that “Lakewood in recent years seems to be surging ahead.”      

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Student-Run Ranger Cafe Opens Oct. 24

Students in the Culinary Arts program at West Shore Career-Tech prepare all the food served in the Ranger Cafe.

The Ranger Café at West Shore, located at Lakewood High School, will be open for business beginning on Tuesday, October 24. Ranger Café is operated by the students and staff of the Culinary Arts program of the West Shore Career-Technical District. They cook the food, wait on the tables, manage the cash register and everything else that goes along with running a restaurant. The food is fabulous and the prices reasonable!

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Soul Nourishment

Eva Starr is an astrologer, blogger, columnist, and writer. In the course of her life, Starr’s losses of her loved ones -- recently, her mother -- gave her the strength to overcome obstacles. She created her own skills to communicate with the beyond, concentrating on the soul desires and on self-fulfillment. Starr, a former resident of Cleveland, Ohio, traveled to San Diego to follow her dreams.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Candidates Forum At O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood

On Saturday, September 23, O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood hosted a candidates’ forum and meet & greet whereby Council candidates and incumbents had the opportunity to introduce themselves and their positions on specific topics important to them. A casual meet & greet followed the program. Mary Warren (standing) from the League of Women Voters, explains Issues 1, 2, and 3. O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood thanks all the participants for taking their time to speak to our very grateful residents and the community.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Thank You Lakewood!

Lakewood Music Boosters would like to thank the community for their outstanding support of the Performing Arts Groups Feet to the Street/TAG Day on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Donations will be used to cover expenses for the school year. Please join us for this months events:
 
Fall Choral Symposium at the Civic on October 3 at 7:30 p.m.
The Orchestra Pops Concert at the Civic on October 10, 7:30 p.m.
Drama Club production of ELF Jr. at Garfield Middle School on October 20-21 at 7 p.m.
High School Drama Production of Macbeth on October 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Rangers Beat Eagles to Retake Community Cup

Rangers pose with the Community Cup in front of a very happy student section after the 2-0 win. 

The Lakewood boys soccer team registered its biggest win of the season Monday night, defeating St. Edward 2-0 before a boisterous crowd at Brother James Everett Stadium. A large crowd of Ranger fans made the short trip to the St. Edward campus, and were rewarded with the team’s best performance of the season. Senior goalkeeper George Hericks played an outstanding game, registering the clean sheet. The Lakewood defense was tough all night, and offensive playmakers Brennan Foran and Malvin Gblah provided the Ranger goals.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 11:58 PM, 09.25.2017

Eagles Defeat Akron Buchtel in Homecoming Game

Eagle Head Coach Tom Lombardo speaks to team after the win. 

St. Edward defeated Akron Buchtel 36-0 this afternoon at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The gamewas part of the school’s Homecoming Weekend, which also featured the 50th reunion of the Class of 1967.  The Griffins struggled offensively, as the Eagle Front Seven applied strong quarterback pressure all afternoon.  Both teams faced unseasonably hot temperatures on the sunny afternoon, with the thermometer reaching well into the 80s.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:40 PM, 09.23.2017

Rangers Fall on "Youth Night"

Both teams form a tunnel for Ranger Will Adams, who was taken off the field on a stretcher.   

Lakewood football’s Friday night game at First Federal Stadium was the annual “Youth Night”, attended by hundreds of local grade school students. Grade school cheerleaders and football players were recognized during the game, and the cheerleaders had a chance to perform alongside the high school squad. Eighth grade musicians from Harding and Garfield middle schools joined the Ranger Marching Band during their halftime performance. Despite the off-field fun, the Shoremen defeated Lakewood 48-6. The game also included an act of tremendous sportsmanship between the two teams.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 12:29 AM, 09.23.2017

I Have A Headache: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 55

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. 

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 9:25 PM, 09.19.2017

Book Review: "Friday Night Light" By Alex Ward

I don't really read book reviews or anything, so I don't really know how to write them. I guess I'll start by giving a quick synopsis. Friday Night Light follows the adventures of an unnamed teen narrator as he attempts to rescue his Little Brother (referred to only as Little Brother, or sometimes L.B.) from the clutches of various evils, including cruel Teen Warden Longlegger and college. Along the way he joins the football team and learns more about himself than he ever wanted to know. I think that's about the most I can say without spoiling it. 

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 10:44 PM, 09.28.2017

Eagles Pound Panthers 40-7

Eagles offense on a second half drive.

St. Edward dominated Cincinnati Elder Saturday night in a showdown between undefeated Ohio football powers. The Eagles won 40-7 in less than two hours due to the OHSAA “running clock” rule.  St. Edward dominated the Panthers on both sides of the ball, with a swarming defense and a punishing running game. St. Edward moves to 4-0 on the season, and Elder dropped to 3-1.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 11:09 PM, 09.16.2017

Arts For All At Beck Center’s Spotlight Gala On Saturday, October 7

After an exciting sold-out event last year, Beck Center for the Arts’ annual Spotlight gala moves to expand at the beautiful and unique Cleveland Grays Armory Museum. The benefit will take place on Saturday, October 7 at 6pm. This year’s Honoree is Cecilia Render, Executive Director of Nordson Corporation Foundation. For nearly 20 years, Cecilia has led the Foundation’s efforts to ensure that the arts are a critical part of what makes a community strong and what comprises a quality education for all children.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

Fourth Of July In Lakewood, Ohio

On the July 4, 2017, a dream came true. I experienced what a national holiday could be like. In Germany, my country, October 3 is not a day filled with celebration and events. It's not a day where everyone hangs up a large German flag. And it's not a day that makes us Germans feel like a proud community. To be honest, all of these things would see very strange to me, although that doesn’t mean that I would like to try some of them. However, I can't imagine having a day like this in my home country.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 9:25 PM, 09.19.2017

This Land Is Your Land: Family Story Times About Diversity

Lakewood Public Library is launching an exciting new story time series this fall, This Land is Your Land: Family Story Times about Diversity. This story time is open to families with children ages 0-8, but ALL are welcome! The goal is to promote an inclusive community by creating a safe space for children and families to learn and discuss current issues through story time. Topics for this fall and winter include differently-abled people, LGBTQ+ people, gender identity, immigrant and refugee rights, and racial equality. Research suggests biases may form at a much earlier age than previously thought, sometimes as early as three years old. Literature is a wonderful way to introduce topics of diversity to children in a way that is developmentally appropriate and fun! Each month will focus on a different social justice issue through age-appropriate books, songs and a craft or activity at the end.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 9:25 PM, 09.19.2017

I Have A Headache: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands Part 55

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. 

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 9:25 PM, 09.19.2017

A Tale Of Two Images

The photo of Councilman-at-Large Bullock that ran with Ryan Puente's story on the councilman's re-election campaign launch may not sync with the memories of those who attended Congressman Kucinich's October 2015 press conference about saving Lakewood Hospital. 

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 9:34 PM, 09.19.2017

Seeking Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) For Youth

CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect. 

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

National Merit Semifinalist Leads List Of LHS Academic All-Stars

From left: National Merit Semifinalist Veronica Lee, and Commended Students Bailey Manke, Claire Walkosak and Eva Wynn.

The annual September announcements of the National Merit Scholarship Program recognitions and Advanced Placement Scholars includes Lakewood High students who are among the top academic students in the nation. Based on tests taken in the 2016-2017 school year, the latest LHS academic stars include National Merit Semifinalist and senior Veronica Lee, three National Merit Commended Students and 85 AP Scholars, including four National AP Scholars.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

Battiato Named To Lakewood Catholic Academy Board

Partner Charles P. Battiato, CPA.CITP - Walthall CPAs was recently appointed to the Lakewood Catholic Academy board of directors to serve a four-year term.

Walthall CPAs is proud to announce that Partner Charles P. Battiato, CPA.CITP, was recently appointed to the Lakewood Catholic Academy board of directors to serve a four-year term.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

Fall Art Programs

Calling all young artists! Fall is nearly upon us, which means there are a cornucopia of art programs at the Lakewood Public Library for students from kindergarten all the way through eighth grade to choose from.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

Bigfoot Will Be Observed At The Scarecrow Festival

Walking or biking to see the displays on Madison Avenue from Oct 5th thru the 22nd --the dates for the scarecrow festival-- are the best ways to get an up-close view. We are sure you will want to get some selfies with Bigfoot and other one-of-a-kind compostions. While the supplies last inside of the Carabel Beauty Salon & Store, we will have a table with some samples to try at home for various beauty products. Also, enter a drawing for a make-over for a female.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

Trials For Hope: Harvest Happenings Fundraiser

Trials For Hope will be hosting our Harvest Happenings fundraising event on Saturday, October 14th from 5 to 9 p.m. at The American Legion Post 703 Hall 7667 York Rd. Parma, OH 44130.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

Sixth Annual Hispanic Heritage Exhibition At Beck Center

Poppy, by Terry Flores

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present the sixth annual Hispanic Heritage exhibition in the Jean Bulicek Galleria, focusing on scholarship funds with support from the Cleveland Foundation. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the work will be on display September 15 - October 8, 2017. An Artists’ Reception and Panel Discussion with live music and small bites will take place Thursday, September 28 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Panel discussion begins at 6 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

Fall Book Sale

There are precious few things that compare to having a good book to read, especially when you need something to distract you from the impending gloom of wintertime. The feeling of home that having an adventure between your fingers can bring; as you delve into the stories of the epic literary heroes of our time is one of the best feelings there is, and that is what we want to lend a hand with, here at the Lakewood Public Library.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

District's New Bond Rating Helps Save Taxpayers Millions

With its new bond rating from S&P Global Ratings freshly awarded, the Lakewood City Schools on September 14th refinanced $41 million worth of 2007 series bonds. The refinancing resulted in excess of $7 million (or 14.6%) in savings over the life of the bonds. The annual savings from the refinancing is in excess of $500,000 in bond payments each of the next 14 years.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

From The Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

On September 10, 1953, catastrophe struck a one-mile stretch of West 117th St. from Lake Ave. to Berea Rd. A series of explosions believed to have been caused by the ignition of sewer gases caused massive damage to the surrounding buildings, cars, and roadways, leading to one death and more than sixty injuries. Another casualty was the streetcar barn on Madison Ave. The photo on the left was taken shortly before the blasts. The photo on the right shows West 117th St. just south of Madison Ave. after the blasts. Thank you to the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University for the use of the photograph on the right.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017