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Rep. Antonio Responds To Horrendous Vandalism In Lakewood Neighborhood

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today responded to hate-filled vandalism found in her neighborhood:

“There is no place for hate in Lakewood. Last night, someone vandalized a driveway on Belle Avenue by painting two swastikas on it. I made the decision not to post the photos online as I believe it gives the symbols too much attention."

“Our attention needs to be on how sad and sickening this hate crime is. I visited the family this morning and offered my Columbus office's full assistance. Moreover, Lakewood police are investigating, and Tony Gelsamino from the Health and Human Services Department in Lakewood arrived to offer city assistance. Many neighbors have offered their help and kind words. We will pull together and we will not let hate divide us. This act of hate will only serve as a catalyst to unite us within the community."

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 4:20 PM, 08.16.2017

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USA Basketball Brings Big Names to Lakewood

CBS basketball analyst Clark Kellogg, a former NBA and Ohio State player, spoke about the coach-player relationship. Kellogg was a high school phenom at Cleveland's St. Joseph High School during the late 1970s.   

USA Basketball, the governing body of basketball in this country, spent last weekend in Lakewood conducting its Coach Academy at St. Edward High School. Many big names were part of the event, including CBS analyst Clark Kellogg and new Ohio State men’s coach Chris Holtmann.  The event attracted about 200 youth and high school coaches from numerous nations and over a dozen states. Attendees came from as far away as Houston, Israel, and London, England.

Best known for running the US Olympic basketball teams, USA Basketball launched a Youth Development Division in 2013. The program is designed to promote, grow, and elevate the sport throughout the country. This includes providing standards and licensing for youth coaches, in the hope of making the game safer and more fun for the 30 million kids that currently play in the US.   

The academy, presented with Nike, provides insight and education to coaches and administrators on a wide range of both on-court and off-court issues.  Kellogg, who played in the St. Edward gym during his high school career at St. Joseph, spoke about the importance of the coach-player relationship. Kellogg has never been a coach at any level, but played major college and NBA hoops before becoming a broadcaster. He’s also a parent to kids that have played major college basketball and volleyball. He thanked all the coaches in attendance for all their hard work, and then offered advice from a player and parent perspective. Although he’s never been one, he appreciates how difficult coaching can be. “It takes time, attention, and intention” he said.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 3:31 PM, 08.13.2017

Fall School Football Preview

Coach Hannan speaks to the team at practice.  

HANNAN ERA BEGINS AT LAKEWOOD

The Lakewood Rangers football team enters the 2017 season under new Head Coach Tom Hannan, who brings an “old school” mentality to the program. He and his staff have seen an improvement in the team’s offseason conditioning and training. The players are in better shape than last year, and they are more disciplined. However, the program is still limited by a modest roster size and faces a tough Southwestern Conference schedule. After going winless last year, the players and coaches are all anxious to get into the win column. Here is an overview of the team:

OFFENSE

Hannan brings a new offensive system to the Rangers. They will use both a “Wing T” and a spread offensive system, depending on situation. Senior quarterback Austin Mahar is expected to start, and his combination of running speed and arm are well suited for the system. Mahar threw for over 1,000 yards last year, but he also suffered 19 interceptions. “His job in the Wing T is to manage the offense and make good decisions,” says Hannan. Sophomore Albert Wilhelmy, starter for last year’s JV team, will be the backup.

The offensive backfield will consist of a fullback, a halfback, and a “wingback”. Senior Jared Naida, a hard runner, will start at fullback. Backups will include junior Nate Bilski and senior Eric Byous. Junior Will Adams will start at halfback, backed by junior Dwighski Jackson and sophomore Milan Jackson. The wingback position -- which is responsible for running the jet sweep or being a receiver in the spread – will be filled by Milan Jackson and senior Basho Khawam. Other offensive “skill” positions include the “X” receiver and Tight Ends. The X receiver position, which is also the “play runner” that brings in the plays from the sideline – will be filled by senior Jay Boyd, senior Dayvon Hanible, junior Kyren Jefferson, and senior Joe Byczek. Seniors Camryn Cole and Andres Garcia will play the tight end position.

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 10:55 AM, 08.16.2017

Community Kickball Tournament & Carnival

Cheer on your neighbors as they face off, Madison vs. Detroit, at Jimmie Foxx Memorial Baseball Field on Sunday, August 27, 2017, for the first-ever Kauffman Park Kickball Tournament & Carnival. Games (best two out of three) will last 7 innings or 45 minutes, whichever comes first. Adults and children 14 and older are invited to play. Registration is $10 for an individual, $25 for a business “celebrity.” All proceeds benefit improvements to Kauffman Park.

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 6:15 PM, 08.15.2017

Cleveland Stonewall Democrats Announce First Endorsements In Election 2017

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, the membership of Cleveland Stonewall Democrats ("CSD") heard from almost thirty candidates and then spent nearly two hours discussing endorsements before voting via private ballot on races for Cleveland Mayor and Council, East Cleveland Mayor, Lakewood City Council At-Large, and North Olmsted City Council Ward 2. In order to receive the endorsement a candidate must have completed a questionnaire and was also given the option to participate in a screening committee interview and speak to the membership at the endorsement meeting. A candidate must receive the support of 60% of the membership present to be endorsed.

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 6:15 PM, 08.15.2017

Doggie Doo: Follow The Rules Of Lakewood Dog Park

Making friends at Lakewood Dog Park.

The dog days of summer are still ahead, bringing more opportunities to socialize for Lakewood dogs and their owners. Many will head to Lakewood Dog Park. On any given day, many dozens of dogs scamper and sniff across 2/3 acres of park grounds.

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Fall High School Sports Preview

LHS Volleyball Head Coach Maggi Szczepaniak speaks to team during a five set scrimmage win over Firelands.    

It’s back to school time, which also means that the local high school sports season is upon us. Here is a look at some of the teams that will compete this fall.

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Movie Review Of "Wonder Woman"

The movie, “Wonder Woman” is a 2017 one hundred forty one minute action American movie featuring a partial mythological and partial human D C Comics superhero woman and her adventures. In the current movie scene, there are two woman superhero movies, Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot as lead, and Atomic Blonde with Charlize Theron as the star. The characters of these two superheroes are an interesting contrast with both being warriors. Wonder Woman has a variety of mythological strength and mysterious powers including a magical powerful wide wrist band and a special Lasso of Hestia. Atomic Blonde is an intelligent, tough killer British spy, an expert with guns, and has amazing karate-like fighting skills.

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Cheer On Our Eagles At The Foundry

The St. Edward High School Rowing Team is entering its 6th season since being established in 2012.  The Eagle rowing program has been building a legacy of success with each season.

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District Efforts Smooth Student Transitions

Team building games are part of the Lakewood High School new student orientation, Fresh Start.

School transitions can be tough. Entering kindergarten, moving on to middle or high school. These big moments in a student’s and family’s life come with many different emotions and challenges. At Lakewood City Schools, administrators and teachers do their best to make the transitions as smooth as possible.

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Dogs Ready to Splash and Swim in Foster Pool

Got dogs? Got water? Mix the two together and you have the recipe for a splashing good time. Join Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park (FLDP) for the 2017 Dog Swim at Foster Pool in Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave., on Tuesday, September 5 from 5-7 PM.

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LHS Duo Members of All Ohio State Fair Band

Lidia Logan (left) and Kira Marjanovic were two of the more than 200 members of the All Ohio State Fair Band this year.

Two Lakewood High musicians are spent two weeks this summer in Columbus as members of the All-Ohio State Fair Band. The Fair Band and accompanying Youth Choir have been part of the Ohio State Fair since 1925 and 1963, respectively. Representing Lakewood in this year’s band were juniors Lidia Logan and Kira Marjanovic.

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 6:15 PM, 08.15.2017

Local Writer Of Historical, Christian Novel To Speak At Lakewood Public Library

Keena Tomko decided to be a writer at the age of twelve. This Lakewood resident has come a long way since then, with five novels and a host of nonfiction writing behind her. Life has a way of interrupting the best plans, however, and Tomko ended up not only a writer, but also a widow raising two children and an entrepreneur running a tech business from home.

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LibraryCon Celebrates All Things Comic Sunday, August 20!

 

From that physical marvel, that champion of the oppressed, the one and only Superman to “everyman” Funky Winkerbean, Cleveland is the birthplace of many famous comic characters; not to mention generations of their enthusiastic fans.  

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A Card For Every Kid Library Challenge

Local libraries team up to ensure every child in Cuyahoga County owns a library card.
A Card for Every Kid Library Challenge offers one-time fine amnesty for students in grades K-12

 For the second consecutive year, nine library systems are teaming up to help ensure every child under 18 years old in Cuyahoga County owns a library card. The initiative, called A Card for Every Kid Library Challenge, will take place during National Library Card Sign-up Month (September 1 – 30, 2017). The A Card for Every Kid Library Challenge is a cooperative effort to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership and to better understand the factors that keep some children and teens from owning a library card.

This September, every library in Cuyahoga County will actively work to encourage all students to sign up for free library cards so they can gain access to the abundance of books and learning resources available in the county’s libraries. Children under 18 years old who already own library cards, but owe fines will also be invited to take advantage of one-time fine forgiveness anytime during National Library Card Sign-up Month.

“Every library in Cuyahoga County shares the goal of getting a library card into the hands of every child,” says Euclid Public Library Director Kacie Armstrong, co-chair of the nine-library committee leading the A Card for Every Kid Library Challenge. “Through this initiative, we want to reduce the roadblocks that keep so many kids in our communities from owning and using library cards. Whether it's fines or lack of awareness or some other factor, we want to raise awareness and clear a path for every child to check out materials and access learning resources.”

Each library will invite parents to take a brief survey to gain a better understanding of parental attitudes toward library card ownership for their children. Last September, more than 9,100 library cardholders participated in the A Card for Every Kid Library Challenge fine forgiveness program, and more than 4,000 new library cards were issued by the participating libraries. Four months after the new cards were issued, 80 percent of the children who received them visited a local library.

The nine libraries participating include Cleveland Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, East Cleveland Public Library, Euclid Public Library, Heights Libraries (Cleveland Heights-University Heights), Lakewood Public Library, Rocky River Public Library, Shaker Heights Public Library and Westlake Porter Public Library.

For more information about the A Card for Every Kid Library Challenge, please call Kacie Armstrong at 216.261.5300 ext 101 or visit http://heightslibrary.org/signup_month/.

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LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, August 16
Swing Dance Party with Live Swing Band

Get started swing dancing by learning the Jitterbug! An introductory lesson will be taught by swing dance champion Valerie Salstrom, owner of Get Hep Swing. Valerie’s lesson will be followed by a dance party with the Scimitars Swing Band. Don’t worry about bringing a dance partner as we will rotate partners during the lesson. Iron your poodle skirt and shine your wingtips for this one.
6:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

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Lakewood Elementary School Boys Invited To Join Cub Scouts August 28 At Harding Middle School

Scouts from Lakewood's four Cub Scout Packs celebrate the Fourth of July by marching together in the parade.

Lakewood’s Cub Scout Packs announced an Open House Recruiting night Monday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m. The location is Harding Middle School. All boys in first through fifth grades can join Cub Scouts for camping, community service, and fun filled activities. The event is sponsored by the four Lakewood Cub Scout Packs. Prospective Scouts can race a Pinewood Derby car, sail a rain gutter regatta boat, test out camping equipment, and - weather permitting – launch a rocket made only of construction paper!

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Tag! Lakewood Is IT!

Who can it be knocking at my door? Lakewood High School musicians will be walking in your neighborhood on Saturday, September 9.  Musicians will be handing out the 2017-2018 performance schedule, Music Boosters Memberships/ Phone app, and accepting free will donations.  This year will prove to be a wonderful year.

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Perfectly Imperfect: Chloe Simone Derethik Photo Show At Root Café

Many artists and photographers do not get their own show until middle age, if at all. Many of even the most talented find putting a show together an overwhelming task, and many never even try. Not Chloe Simone Derethik. This 14-year-old photographer who currently attends Magnificat High School will roll out her show at the Root Café, August 14.

Her show called: "Photography Exhibit: Perfectly Imperfect: An exploration of life through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl," does just that, it allows the visitor to see life through her eyes. You ask, what is the big deal? Anyone can take photos. While most of us have cameras on our phones, as Ansel Adams once pointed out, “Owning a Nikon does not make a person a photographer, merely a Nikon owner." In my life in the arts, and working with many photographers at the Observer, I've learned that anyone can take a photo, but very few can take more than one that makes you stop, look, think, and come back. Check out Chole’s work, technical, and artistically spot on, a fun show to see.

“My entire education has been filled with challenges and setbacks. I must learn things my own way, visualize what I am learning. Photography is a way that I can express myself in a community of artists that don’t judge, I connect with creative people and feel most at home when I can freely express and create,” said Chloe. “Lately I have been exploring portraits, non-traditional ways to capture people’s unique beauty. I have spent the last two summers at Camp Woodward exploring new ways of expressing myself in digital media, film, and most recently photography."

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 6:15 PM, 08.15.2017

News Release: Theft Of Wheel And Tires

Between Tuesday August 8, 2017 and Monday August 14, 2017 the Lakewood Police Department has taken five reports of wheels and tires being stolen. In these cases all four wheels and tires were removed, leaving the vehicle propped up on a paving stone.

In all of these cases the vehicles were Honda products, four Accords and 1 Civic. Thefts were reported on August 8, 12 and 14. The time range of these thefts is from 3 p.m. to 10 a.m. With the exception of one case all of the vehicles were parked on the street. There was a dark colored SUV seen in the area of one of these thefts.

If anyone sees anyone tampering with their vehicle or their neighbors please contact your police department as soon as possible. 

The cases are currently under investigation. If anyone has any information please contact the Lakewood Police Department at 216-521-6773.

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Community To Celebrate LHS Dedication August 20

The Lakewood community is ready to celebrate an amazing accomplishment that is a result of the civic engagement and public-private collaboration for which our city is known. Lakewood City Schools has renovated or rebuilt all 10 of its school buildings over the last decade. Completing construction of the eastern wing at Lakewood High School is the capstone project of the District’s Facilities Master Plan.

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 6:15 PM, 08.15.2017

Redevelopment Proposals Receive Mixed Reception

Two groups presented divergent plans for the former site of Lakewood Hospital at a July 25 joint meeting of the city’s Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board.

Carnegie Management and Development Corporation proposed a “transformative” project, in its team’s own words, emphasizing glass-walled buildings and a Detroit Avenue plaza. During a question-and-answer session which followed, members of the public, the Planning Commission and the Architectural Board questioned that transformative character, repeatedly.

Both of the committees expressed reservations about the proposed plaza, and a general sense that the Carnegie plan would be a self-contained anomaly in Lakewood’s landscape. The Carnegie team described the project as simultaneously “transformative” and “seamlessly integrated,” but struggled at times to explain how both could be achieved.

A noticeably different reception greeted the second proposal, by CASTO and North Pointe Realty, Inc.

Throughout its presentation, the CASTO team focused on how their plan would relate to the existing community around it, on social, commercial and architectural levels. While also including public space, their design proposed a green “courtyard,” behind buildings that would sustain the line of Detroit Avenue storefronts.

Judging by the mellower question-and-answer session which followed, the CASTO team seemed successful in its goal of harmony over transformation.

The goal of preserving the Lakewood Hospital building in some form, however, largely eluded both developers. Carnegie proposed reusing bricks from the building, and the arches of its facade. The CASTO team proposed a faithful renovation of the nearby Curtiss Block, but admitted difficulty in repurposing any of the hospital building itself.

The CASTO proposal also offered few specifics about restoring economic activity lost by the decision to close Lakewood Hospital, which was the city’s largest employer. The Carnegie team spoke of replacing or exceeding the number of jobs lost, but later in its presentation referenced a figure well short of that goal.

The possible slip was not the only one of the evening, as many attendees questioned the words “expand the footprint” included on one of Carnegie’s slides. The group explained this as a reference to still-confidential efforts to acquire further property in the neighborhood, and suggested that it should have been left out of the presentation. The gaffe may add to questions raised by Carnegie’s hiring of former Lakewood mayor Ed Fitzgerald, who helped oppose efforts to keep the hospital open.

The City of Lakewood has announced plans to select a developer this fall, and invites citizens to direct further comments and questions to http://www.onelakewood.com/downtownrfq/.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 5:08 PM, 08.01.2017

Summer Reading “We Are Family” Party At Madison Park

Calling all summer readers! Get ready to celebrate the end of another great summer with games and goodies galore. The Lakewood Public Library Summer Reading Club, which celebrates all families this year, is drawing to a close. That means it’s time for a party! Our summer readers have done a fabulous job, and now it all pays off. All children ages birth through fifth grade can participate in a variety of fun games and activities, and might even win a prize. Those who completed their reading records can participate in our “dunk a librarian” contest. Bring your completed reading record for your chance to soak the staff! The party will be held on Wednesday, August 9th, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Madison Park Pavilion behind the Madison Branch Library at 13229 Madison Ave. This family event is free and open to the public. No registration necessary. Call (216) 226-8275 ext. 140 for more information.

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"You Hate Our Veterans, Your Label Is Garbage": Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 52

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.

Brainwashed California - Demo - Blow Blood Records - 7 songs - Cassette, download

For those unfamiliar, Brainwashed California is a spinoff group of Brainwashed Youth that features Mr. California. You probably figured that out from the name. The first four tunes are modern updates on Brainwashed Youth songs, including classic hits "I Don't Really Like You" and "Blow Up This Place," which prove to be just as timeless now as they were whenever. Terry "Mr. Terrible" California adds exactly what you'd expect to the mix with thrilling results. Once we get to the new stuff, "Have You Seen My Gnashers?" is mostly a Mr. California song heavy on keyboard and drum machine, given that the only guitar was his two or three note guitar solo. Great call-and-response vocals from Paul E. Wog and newcomer Meggie Mohawk on this one. If you're as sick of Christmas music as I am, let "Brainwashed Xmas" speak to you. Aside from the group's wishes for you to have a "dodgy New Year," there's also a barely-related interlude from Terrence "The California" that's a must-hear for fans of his work. On the closing track, "Civilized People," Jayson from Magic City provides some synth noise over what's arguably the most punk of the new songs. The whole thing is stupid, vulgar, and in several places not even in tune. What I'm getting at is that it's pretty good. I will say that nothing could ever live up to the first time I saw this group live (also their first performance with Meggie Mohawk), mostly because of their stage show. As one member of the audience put it, "my god, these lights!" So go see them live. 4/5

(blowbloodrecords.bigcartel.com for the tape, blowbloodrecords.bandcamp.com to download)

 

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SAX To The MAX

Lakewood Music Boosters supports all the Lakewood music programs from K-12. We reimburse teachers for classroom needs and supply volunteers for concerts and events. Currently, we provided $4,000 to help Garfield Middle School purchase a new baritone saxophone. The school provides instruments for student use but the instruments do age and eventually need to be replaced. It is especially difficult for the elementary and middle school teachers to get the necessary funding to replace these instruments, so Lakewood Music Boosters helps when we can. We also helped facilitate the donation of used instruments that are much needed for our beginning instrument programs. Recently a drum set and a flute were donated and added to the band instrument inventory. See the picture of the new saxophone with GMS students Sullivan Stois and Joe Twardesky.

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6th Annual Bike For Beck Includes Super Saturday

Beck Center for the Arts is hosting its sixth annual Bike for Beck, a fundraising cycling event, on Saturday, August 19. Cyclists will take to the Cleveland Metroparks between 7 and 9:15 a.m., beginning and ending at Beck Center, located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Participants may choose from 12-, 25-, or 60-mile rides. The community is invited to a FREE, family-friendly arts and music festival at Beck Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds from Bike for Beck will benefit quality arts education programs at Beck Center. Registration is available online at beckcenter.org.

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Garfield Teacher Named New Harding Asst. Principal

Robin Beavers

The Board of Education at its July 17 meeting approved Garfield Middle School science teacher Robin Beavers as the next Assistant Principal for Harding Middle School. Beavers will replace Shane Sullivan, who has accepted a position in another school district.

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Get Involved, With Action Together Lakewood Area

Volunteer, grassroots activism is on a rebound in 2017. In big and small communities, ordinary people are taking on the challenge to "think globally, act locally." Figuring out how to do so has required a lot of improvisation.

Action Together Lakewood Area is a good example. The group has sponsored educational programs, community events and political advocacy projects; it holds meetings and has social media accounts. Despite which the structure of the group remains a bit loose, says Lakewood resident Sara Ridley.

Ridley founded Action Together Lakewood Area, essentially. Along with Sarah Kepple, she's now leading ATLA. But she didn't really plan on either role. After last November's election, members of the "Pantsuit Nation" Facebook group began forming local networks which eventually adopted the "Action Together" theme. As Ridley notes, even regional groups would have been too large "because 2,000 people couldn't meet" for an effective discussion.

So she posted a simple question: Does anyone in Lakewood want to meet? "I was expecting maybe 20 people," she recalls.

Instead more than 150 replies followed. When the group first met in December, at Lakewood's library, they talked for more than two hours.

The library's no-beverages policy made it something of an ordeal, an example Ridley cites when explaining how everything has been a learning process. "I think there was an assumption that I knew what I was doing," she says. People began asking her permission to pursue this or that idea; usually "I said yes, go!"

The loose approach has worked out, so far. Other Action Together groups describe themselves as a network of people, more than an organization, and Action Together Lakewood Area has readily played a supporting role in events and campaigns. Its members are active in collecting signatures for a redistricting reform measure promoted by the League of Women Voters, for example.

But Action Together Lakewood Area has found its own rhythm, also, balancing education and activism. Meetings tend to focus on learning, with a well-attended April event on refugees and immigration being one of ATLA's highlights so far.

Getting informed helps with outreach, Ridley says, whether calling a Senator's office or sharing information with the public. In June, the group took up stations outside of Lakewood's and other local libraries, alerting people to proposed cuts to library funding. Along with related efforts nationwide, public pressure succeeded in preventing most of the cuts.

In July, the group held a picnic to recharge. (Even there, several members were busy circulating redistricting petitions, or talking with passersby about pending healthcare legislation.) After looking back over Action Together Lakewood Area's first several months, Ridley briefly discussed possible future activities. Overall, though, she said that the group will remain flexible in trying to accommodate anyone who wants to get more involved. She had recently heard from a woman, for example, who wanted to know if Ridley had ideas for how she might remain active while recovering from recent hip surgery.

The answer was definitely "Yes." Which likely sums up the core mission of Action Together Lakewood Area: there is no fixed format or program, but if you want to help make a difference, ATLA will help you find a way.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 5:08 PM, 08.01.2017

LECPTA's Fall Baby & Big Kid Resale Event Is Quickly Approaching

The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is once again planning its popular children's resale of gently used children's clothing (sizes newborn to 10), furniture, toys and other items. The Baby Bargain Bonanza (BBB) is planned for Saturday, September 9th at Garfield Middle School, which is located at 13114 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. The sale is open to the public and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Admission is $5 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and just $1 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

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ContempOpera Cleveland Presents "Time Passages" At The Library

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear operatic arias spanning five centuries when ContempOpera Cleveland performs "Time Passages: A Musical Journey through the History of Opera." Soprano Andrea Anelli and other artists will perform works by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Mozart, Puccini, Gershwin, and Sondheim.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, August 3
Author Event - "Whiskers of the Lion: An Amish-Country Mystery" by P. L. Gaus, PhD

Sheriff Bruce Robertson is charged with finding Fannie Helmuth, a young Amish woman who is hiding from a murderous drug ring. Wrestling with a recurring childhood nightmare, Robertson finds himself torn between allegiance to the legal system he upholds and the beliefs of the Amish people he has sworn to protect. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.  
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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LHS Junior Takes A Look At Lakewood Through The Eyes Of Councilwoman Cindy Marx

Lakewood City Councilwoman Cindy Marx (left) and Elizabeth Halko (right) at Madison Library

Although I have only worked as an intern on Lakewood City Councilwoman Cindy Marx’s re-election campaign for just under a month, I have already learned a great deal about local politics, some of the complexities and details of running a campaign (even on this small scale), and how the levers and pulleys of city government work to turn the political gears in both state and nationwide public affairs. Whether or not I choose to walk down this path, I find this knowledge to be of great value as I make my way into the world as a member of Lakewood, the state of Ohio, and the United States. I believe that what I learn here will be indispensable as I carry out my responsibilities as a U.S. citizen-- to make thoughtful, and more importantly, educated choices about who I vote for and what I support.

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Take Action: Unchain The Vote

ATLA demonstration at Senator Rob Portman's downtown Cleveland office.

Take a stand against voter suppression in future elections.

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Lights, Camera, Lakewood! Local Kids' Movie Gets Red Carpet Treatment

Writer/actor Gus Priemer poses at the red carpet premiere of "Dear Diary" at the Capitol Theatre.

It’s not everyday that a movie completely written, directed, edited and starring kids gets played in front of a packed crowd out movie theater, but that’s exactly what happened on July 6 at The Capitol Theatre on Cleveland’s west side.

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Bratz Manor Breathes New Life Into Brinkman-Dress Funeral Home

As a local real estate entrepreneur and owner of CLE Turnkey Real Estate I focus primarily on offering turnkey rental properties to passive landlords and buying apartment buildings for my own investment portfolio. But my heart stopped, and I decided to stray from my typical business plan, when I saw the restorative potential in the Neoclassical century home at 13443 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. The 7,368 square foot home consists of three floors, a full basement with finished "parlor room", four bedrooms, four bathrooms, three huge porches, and a grand third floor ball room. The home is adorned with leaded glass windows, back-lit stained glass artwork, and ornate woodwork throughout. Here's some cool history about the home...

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Entertainment At The Festival

The Festival isn't complete without some great entertainment... this year we'll have three stages with music, performances and activities along Detroit Avenue.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 5:08 PM, 08.01.2017

2017 Lakewood Arts Festival Scholarship Winner

Lakewood Arts Festival Awards Scholarship to 2017 LHS GraduateSince 1981, the Lakewood Arts Festival has funded an annual scholarship for a high school senior moving on to study the arts. The 2017 recipient of the $4,000 scholarship is Lakewood High School graduate Garrett Bodnar. He will study the fine arts at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford this fall. Garrett wants to further his art education and continue to fuel his passion to create. He envisions a career as an artist and also has interests in being a curator or creative director. Garrett said, “I intend to use my art degree to create something original and hopefully positively affect the world and people around me.” Work from Garrett’s portfolio will be on display in Lakewood Public Library for a week near the circulation desk.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 5:08 PM, 08.01.2017

40th Annual Lakewood Arts Festival

For 40 years, the first Saturday of August has meant one thing… the Lakewood Arts Festival! This year the Lakewood Arts Festival will bring 165 wonderful artists and makers, dozens of non-profits and community groups, musicians and entertainment and more great food to Lakewood on Detroit Avenue. The festival celebrates the beauty of the arts, the joy of creativity – and the spirit of community.

The festival kicks off at 10am and closes at 6pm. This year the festival has shifted its footprint and will run from St. Charles to Arthur along Detroit to accommodate the construction between St. Charles and Belle.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 5:08 PM, 08.01.2017

LHS New Construction Dedication Celebration Set For Aug. 20

Lakewood City Schools and the Lakewood Board of Education will celebrate the opening of the new Lakewood High School Performing Arts & Physical Education Wing on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 4 pm with a dedication ceremony in front of the school, located at 14100 Franklin Blvd. Please join Board of Education members, Superintendent Jeff Patterson, Lakewood High Principal Keith Ahearn and the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band in marking this significant milestone for our community.

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From Air Balls To District Champs: A Five Year Hoops Journey

The Nagy family (from left): Zoltan, Olivia, Attila Sr., Attila Jr., Emma, and Mary Lou.   

One Lakewood High School senior has made an unlikely five-year transition from first-time basketball player to the top scorer on the Rangers’ District Championship team. Now she’s hoping to be part of another championship in her final high school season, and then move on to play college hoops.

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The Homework Battle

Kids know, time is ticking by. The back-to-school ads are out and anticipation is in the air. This excitement is mixed with a healthy dose of dread, or at least concern. Will I like my teacher? Will I be able to find my way around a new school? Who will I sit with at lunch? Parents aren’t immune to this either. Will this year be better or worse than last year? How do I help my child be successful? Will this be another year of fighting over homework? Ugh! Homework!

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Join The Swing Dance Party At Lakewood Public Library

Get ready to jitterbug! On Wednesday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m., the Library will host a Swing Dance Party in the Main Library Multipurpose Room. Come alone, or bring a partner. Either way, be ready to have fun!

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 5:08 PM, 08.01.2017

Highway Dedication Honors Fahey & Velez

Over the past year, a small stretch of I-90 on the south side of Lakewood has proven tragically deadly for two law enforcement officers. The ceremony took place in the parking lot of Serpentini Winterhurst Arena and included a presentation of the memorial signage to be posted on I-90 to the respective families of state Trooper Kenneth Velez and Cleveland Police Officer David Fahey. The signs will serve as not only to honor the memory of the two men who lost their lives in the line of duty, but also to raise awareness for drivers about the need to watch for law enforcement performing traffic stops on the highway shoulder.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 12:35 PM, 07.18.2017

District To See 1% Cut Under New State Budget

An update from Treasurer Kent Zeman: The Conference Committee (made up of members from the House of Representatives and the Senate) met June 27 and resolved the differences between the House and Senate version of House Bill 49 – the Biennial Budget. Both the House and Senate approved the Conference Committee recommended Biennial Budget without modifications. 

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 12:35 PM, 07.18.2017

Tale Of Two Lakewoods

There seems to be two different Lakewoods: the one that currently exists and the one that is currently being crafted by an ecosystem of political and economic interests. The first Lakewood is eclectic and doesn't shrink from different people, ideas, cultures, or music. It is neighbors who can lean over while sitting on their porch and talk with each other. It values homegrown businesses. It is this paper. It is Birdtown. It is the beautiful library. It is the bars and music scene.

In contrast, the second Lakewood is uninspired corporate health care and luxury condominiums built on the rubble of century old homes and hospitals with what amounts to taxpayer funded corporate subsidies. It is “health and wellness foundations” with little to no oversight. The second Lakewood is the vision currently being pursued by this confluence of political and economic interests who think only their vision of Lakewood is viable; the transfer of the Hospital to the Cleveland Clinic and the rash of luxury condo building are just recent examples. It is to this nexus of power that we now turn.

According to the 2015 election campaign filings, Mayor Michael Summers received 40% of his funding from 26 donors who gave over $1,000. This is 318% above the median single donation at $239. The single largest donor, Diane L. Coury of Westlake gave $5,000. Her address listed in the campaign filing is the same address as a Thomas J. Coury who has been a Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA) General Trustee since December 2000. This means he would have been privy to information regarding the management and future plans of the hospital. Thomas J. Coury is also the founder and CEO of a software development company called Pointe Blank Solutions that develops software solutions for businesses. Clients include the Coury family business, Generations Healthcare, and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 9:20 AM, 07.20.2017