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LHS Brave The Shave Event Raises $12K For Pediatric Cancer

LHS junor Kaylei Matello was the first brave student to have her hair shorn.

The students and staff of Lakewood High can hold their bald heads proudly as they raised more than $12,000 for pediatric cancer research and St. Baldrick's Foundation at the school's Brave the Shave event on March 16. About 30 students, teachers and other District employees and community members shaved their heads for the cause.

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Lakewood Man Helps Bring Cleveland's Latest Championship
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Fall Leaf Collection To Begin on Monday, November 2nd
- City Hall, October 26, 2015 Read More
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

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GV Art + Design: A Lakewood Institution

It’s no surprise that GV Art + Design quickly became the destination location for its "Cleve LAND that I LOVE" apparel and sports art. Founded and owned by the Vlosich family, GV’s roots run deep in the City of Lakewood. Mom and Dad, Gloria and George, raised their two sons right up the street (on Larchmont Ave.) from their retail store on Detroit.  Gloria, a teacher in Lakewood for over 40 years, and George, an advertising executive, made sure art and sports were a big part of George and Greg’s lives growing up attending the Lakewood schools.

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Lakewood student’s work exhibited in the State House

The 2017 Ohio State House Student Art Exhibition was opened on March 4 in Columbus in the Riffe Center for Government & the Arts. Each of the 99 House Districts of the State of Ohio is represented by an artistic work—painting, drawing, or photograph—made by a high school student of her district. The exhibition recognizes the talents, creativity, and innovation of students who receive high quality arts education as part of their academic experience in school. The 99 students were invited for an official awards reception where they got their diploma signed by the House Speaker and their district representative. House District 13 is represented by 11th grade Lakewood High School student, Balint Muller with his photo work. His photography educator is Dayna Hansen. The Student Art Exhibition will be open for one year. 

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Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman To Address Lakewood Chamber Of Commerce

Mr. Brian Zimmerman, CEO of Cleveland Metroparks.

Cleveland Metroparks 100 Years: 1917-2017

As Cleveland Metroparks enters its centennial year, take a look back - and a look ahead - at the park system bordering Lakewood that was recently named ‘Best In Nation,’ winning the prestigious 2016 National Gold Medal Award for excellence in Park and Recreation Management. "The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and innovative approaches to delivering superb park and recreation services with fiscally sound business practices." -- nrpa.org/goldmedal.

Cleveland Metroparks Chief Executive Officer Brian Zimmerman will speak about the park system's centennial anniversary in his address to the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber's April 7th luncheon meeting at The Clifton Club, 17884 Lake Road. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. For more information about this event and to register, visit lakewoodchamber.org.

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Beck Center Teen Theater Presents High School Horror With CARRIE

Illustration by Pat Miller

Beck Center Teen Theater continues their 2016–2017 season with "CARRIE the musical," March 24–26 and March 31–April 2, 2017 in the Mackey Theater. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. A student matinee will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 30. Tickets are on sale now at 216.521.2540 x10 or beckcenter.org. "CARRIE the musical" contains strong language and adult content.

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Merose Hwang Discusses Shamanism In South Korea

With rising health care costs and a scarcity of doctors, people are considering alternatives to traditional health care.  In neoprimitive communities, many see shamanistic rituals as providing both preventive and curative medicine. Learn more about shamanism when Merose Hwang presents Shamanism in South Korea on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

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LPL Calendar Of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, March 22
Lakewood Historical Society - Lakewood’s Templar Motors: 100 Years Since the Founding
Presented by Dave Buehler

With legendary names such as Winton, Baker, Sperry, Lang and Parrish associated with the city on the lake, Lakewood’s own transportation history is vast. The core of Lakewood’s automobile history could be based around the city’s one and only automobile manufacturer—the Templar Motors Company. Located on Athens Avenue, the Templar Motors Company operated from 1917 to 1924 and manufactured cars for a global market with over 130 dealers worldwide.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Historical Society Spring Sale

Lakewood Historical Society is excited to announce the Tabletops & Trifles Sale at the Nicholson House at 13335 Detroit Avenue, on Friday, April 7th, 1-7 p.m., and Saturday, April 8th, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. A fine selection of everything exquisite will be artfully displayed for your shopping pleasure, including crystal, china, silver, jewelry, linen and many more decorative items.

Hosting Easter Dinner? Planning a wedding or shower? Shop this sale for the perfect party accents from serving to centerpieces we have everrything from shabby chic to Downton Abbey elegence.  We have something for all budgets and tastes.

Parking is available at St. Ed’s across the street. Tabletops and Trifles is a prelude to the annual Sale on the Grounds, which occurs on the first Saturday and Sunday in May.

All proceeds from this sale benefit the programs and properties of the Lakewood Historical Society. Come shop—you’re sure to find aspecial piece—or even many!

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Lakewood Public Library Adapted & Special Needs Programming

Sensory Storytime and Music Therapy & More are back for another season at Lakewood Public Library. In partnership with Connecting for Kids and in collaboration with other area libraries Sensory Storytime will transition to Adapted Storytime. Adapted Storytime is where children with varying learning styles and abilities learn together in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged. Similar to a traditional story time, Adapted Storytime is a perfect option for any child who has trouble sitting still, and requires more interaction to stay engaged. This program is geared towards children ages 3-7, but all ages are welcome.

Music Therapy & More is a program delivered in collaboration with Connecting for Kids and is supported by a generous grant from the Community West Foundation. Presented by a Board Certified Music Therapist for children ages 1-6, families will enjoy thirty minutes of music-making fun, dancing, and instrument playing. At the conclusion of the program, parents will receive handouts with resources for continuing the music therapy experience at home.

Adapted Storytime will be held on Sundays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Main Branch of Lakewood Public Library in the Toddler Storytime Room.

Spring and Summer dates are April 9th, Mat 7th, June 4th, July 30th, and August 27th.

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100% Cassette Tape Rock: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 45

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. 

Cereal Banter - Oatmeal Outburst - self-released - 2 songs - Cassette, download

I don't really know much about this group, but apparently they've been around for a while, so there ya go. Both tracks on this tape are long instrumental freeform experimental jams. Free jazz, maybe? I don't know these things. "Oatmeal Outburst" is my pick of the two. I like that there are different "movements," so to speak. Keeps it from getting too repetitive. It's actually sorta hypnotic in a couple places. "Porridge Parley" is decent as well. Something about certain parts of it reminds me of some of the more "freakout" Obnox moments. Good stuff if that's what you're into. Though both tunes are pretty long (over twelve minutes each, I believe), they do a good enough job of keeping your attention. I mean, I'd prefer slightly shorter, but hey. Experimental freakout avant-garde whatever. Not bad. 3.5/5

(cerealbanter.com)

Heavenly Creatures - Your Record Collection / This Summer Will Kill Us All - Peanut Butter Records - 8 songs - Cassette, download

This tape compiles two Heavenly Creatures EPs: the "Your Record Collection" 7" and the "This Summer Will Kill Us All" CD. Both are here on this cassette in their entirety for your listening convenience. If I were to get right to the point, I would tell you that a general description of this would be jangly indie pop, but I'm not gonna do that. I caught two lyrical references to R.E.M. in "Your Record Collection" alone (the song, not the EP), though I'm sure I missed a few. "Snow" has the most hesitant lead guitar playing I've heard in recent memory, but still is a catchy indie pop tune. "Water Is Rushing In" has a more ominous indie vibe that I kinda like. I definitely can hear the R.E.M. influence on that one. At this point, we move on to the second EP, "This Summer Will Kill Us All," where the band changes from a two-piece to a three-piece and the tunes are recorded at Bad Racket. Anyone who's been reading my column for a while probably already knows what I think about that. Overall, the quality of this EP is not quite as high as the previous one, though there's still some decent songs, "Blah Blah Blah Amen" and "Comforting Pain" (even though the latter goes on longer than I think it had to). I could say something about where it was recorded maybe having something to do with this drop, but I feel I've said enough. You jangly indie pop fans out there will definitely be into this one, but you probably already knew that. 3.5/5

(pbrecs.bandcamp.com)

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Views From Overlook Park

Overlook Park Neighborhood Association is proud to announce its 2016 Beautification Award Winners. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing continuous excellence in landscape design and appearance goes to Cheryl and David Jerome on Edgewater Lane. David and Cheryl lovingly and meticulously tend to the yard themselves and each garden bed offers something new and spectacular to the avid gardener and casual visitor alike.
 
The Special Recognition Award recognizes excellence in either exterior historical preservation or major landscape renovation, or significant projects which result in improved curb appeal which is beneficial to the entire neighborhood. Lori and Mike Petti of Wilbert Rd. are the recipients this year for the addition of this beautiful and inviting back porch and the landscaping surrounding it. It complements the house architecturally and is thoroughly enjoyed by the family. Both landscaping (a work in progress) and porch were designed by another resident of Overlook Park, Julia Artbauer.
 

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Lakewood Division of Aging Is Going To The Cleveland Orchestra

Mark your calendars now to join the Lakewood Division of Aging as we enjoy a matinee performance of the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. On Friday, April 21, 2017, the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra will be offering a matinee performance of "Brigg Fair: An English Symphony," by Frederick Delius, and "Don Quixote" by Richard Strauss. 

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Wear Purple On March 26th, Global Epilepsy Awareness Day

On March 26th the world celebrates purple day, a grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about the neurological disease called epilepsy. People all over the globe will wear purple and host events to support epilepsy awareness.

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Cleveland International Film Festival: The Gem In Your Backyard

After 16 years living in the Cleveland area, mostly in Lakewood, I left last summer to return to the east coast. I had come to love Cleveland, and for what it’s worth I am now a champion, defender and an ambassador. One of the things I talk up, whenever I talk about Cleveland, is the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), returning for its 41st year between March 29 and April 9, at Tower City Cinemas and five neighborhood theaters. I’ll be back for just a weekend, but I know a few people who plan their vacations around the festival, and plot out the movies they want to see the way other people fill out March Madness brackets.

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End The Medical Marijuana Moratorium

At the previous city council meeting, Councilmember O’Malley addressed the potential of allowing state licensure for the sale of medical marijuana in the city of Lakewood. He and the Public Safety Committee expressed the concern that opening a dispensary in Lakewood in the middle of an opioid crisis would promote drug usage, rather than reduce it.

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Lakewood Project Ready For Road Tour

The Lakewood Project, Lakewood High’s electric rock orchestra, will be taking its show on the road! The group, the first of its kind in the country when it was formed in 2002, will be traveling to Delaware City Schools, Indian Hill Schools, and Ashland City Schools from March 22-24.

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Scotts PITCH HIT & RUN Comes to Lakewood

The Lakewood Recreation Department is hosting the Scotts Major League Baseball® PITCH HIT & RUN™ Competition at the First Federal Lakewood Stadium on Sunday, May 7th, beginning at 8 a.m

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Rotary Honors West Shore's Outstanding Students

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at a luncheon on March 13 at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River.

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Lakewood Area Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts a monthly Job Club on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, at 15700 Detroit Ave. It is an excellent motivational support system with professional discussions on suggested topics at each meeting, while providing links to necessary resources in the local community to help members find employment in today’s job market. 

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Two LHS Students' Artwork Chosen For Governor's Exhibit

Elyza Mihalksi's work "Essence of Frank" was chosen to hang in the Governor's Youth Art Exhibition.

Lakewood High art students fared well in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition regional competition, with two pieces of students’ work selected to be part of the exhibition at the Statehouse next month.

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District Students Shine In NE Ohio Science Fair

Lakewood City Schools' eighth- and ninth-graders excelled at the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held March 6-9 at Cleveland State, led by five second-place winners for the District and several special award winners.

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Rangers Reel In All-Conference Honors

Junior Olivia Nagy (left) was one of several Rangers named to their SWC First Team.

Winter sports All-Conference teams for the Southwest Conference have been announced and there are plenty of Rangers represented! These honors are nice icing on the cake of a great winter sports season.

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LHS Model UN Excels At Conference

The Lakewood High School Model United Nations club recently completed their “season” with an outstanding showing at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference at Case Western Reserve University March 7-8. Senior co-president Evan Suttell won the "Gavel" as the best delegate in his committee (the highest award), representing Ethiopia in the General Assembly.

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Inaugural Adult Kickball Tournament

The Inaugural Commissioners Adult COED Kickball tournament will be taking place on Saturday, June 3rd. Games will be played on the Metropark soccer field beginning at 9 a.m. We are looking for 16 teams (4 pools) on a running/rolling schedule. Winners of each pool go to the playoffs. Three games are guaranteed. Team cost is $50, which includes umpire fees.

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Senator Skindell Celebrates National Sunshine Week, Recognizes Need For Access To Public Information

This week, State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) recognizes National Sunshine Week and the importance of access to public information. This year, Sunshine Week takes place from March 12th-18th. It brings together nonpartisan organizations to inform Americans about public records laws in government. The week’s events focus on accountability, transparency, and open dialogue to foster an environment where government works for the people.
 
“Transparency helps hold our public officials accountable. It provides valuable information for citizens to make informed decisions about their legislators,” said Senator Skindell. “Open government is the cornerstone of our democracy.”
 
Senator Skindell has taken the issue of government accountability and transparency very seriously throughout his career in public service. In 2014, he worked to pass Senate Bill 270, which requires the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to post inspection and compliance reports for service providers online. Allowing families to easily access these reports helps them make the best decisions for the care of their loved ones.
 
In 2015, Senator Skindell introduced a bill to clarify that public money paid from a charter school to an operator or management company still retains its status as public money. This bill was accepted as an amendment into another bill and signed into law. Previously, the Ohio Supreme Court had decided that Ohio law lacked language to keep these dollars public, and ruled that for-profit operators could sell property and keep the funds. With the passage of HB 2 and Senator Skindell’s provision, taxpayer dollars are safeguarded in the event of a school closure.
 
“Public trust can only be earned when the sun is allowed to shine upon government dealings. Our public officials must turn on the lights, open the shutters and raise the blinds,” Senator Skindell added. “Only sunshine will guard our public assets. Only transparent government will protect the people's interests. Only accountability will restore public trust. “

 

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LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Managing Pests” Workshop On March 25

Register Now to Attend this Free Workshop at Lakewood Public Library

The arrival of spring beckons the return of sunshine and warmth, yet also typically results in an increase in encounters with pests within your home. That’s why now is an opportune time for area homeowners to attend our latest free workshop.

LakewoodAlive will host “Knowing Your Home: Managing Pests” on Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Lakewood Public Library Auditorium (15425 Detroit Avenue). The third workshop of 2017 for this popular home maintenance educational program will delve into how to deal with common household pests including:

  • Ants
  • Bed bugs
  • Cockroaches
  • Mice
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Spiders
  • Squirrels
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West Shore Council of Governments (WCOG) Meeting March 8, 2017

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters.  Mayor Clough’s office prepares official minutes.

The meeting took place at Westlake City Hall beginning at 9:30 am.  The first half-hour was a closed session devoted to financial matters.  The meeting adjourned at 10:39 am.

Present: Mayors Clough (Westlake), Koomar (Bay Village), Patton (Fairview Park), Summers (Lakewood), Kennedy (North Olmsted), and Bobst (Rocky River).

Also present: Renee Mahoney (fiscal officer)

Renee Mahoney reported on the newly formalized internet banking policy.  The mayors have forwarded the proposal to their finance directors and the topic will be discussed at the next meeting.

2016 Financials:  There is a total of $300,000 in cash and the checking account.  All items were within budget.  The cities' contributions for 2017 will be the same as for 2016.  Most income comes from seizures.

RTA: Superior Avenue has been reopened to bus traffic.  There is talk of limiting Superior’s use to rush hour.

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Cassie Bishop, First Time Author

Cassie Bishop (right) and friend celebrate "Teddy's Journey to the Clouds."

Cassandra Leigh Bishop, LHS class of '98 and Cleveland State University Master's program graduate has published a children's book! "Teddy's Journey to the Clouds" is available on Amazon and at your local libraries. The book was written for families dealing with the terminal illness of a child.

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Grace Lutheran Celebrates Mission Festival With "Common Threads"

Grace Lutheran Church, located on the corner of Grace and Madison Avenues across from Madison Park, will host a Mission Festival on Sunday, March 26th. The Guest Speaker for the occasion will be Mr. Jeff Stredney, director and founder of Common Threads, a unique ministry of Building Hope in the City.

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National Poetry Month At The Library

Have you ever wanted to make long, boring paragraphs into something cooler? Would you rather rap than write an essay? Do you want to bend or break the rules of writing to make something uniquely you? If so, you’re probably a spoken word artist or poet. The Library is celebrating National Poetry Month in April, and we need middle and high schoolers to help.

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Lakewood High School After Prom Fund Raiser To Be Held April 1st

The Lakewood High School 2017 After Prom Committee is holding a Fund Raiser at O'Toole's Pub and Restaurant 13601 Detroit Avenue on April 1st. No Fooling! This fun event is for adults only and will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person or $27 via Pay Pal. Tickets can be ordered in advance. Tickets will also be available at the door for $30. Go to www.lakewoodafterprom.org for information about obtaining tickets.

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College Students Lose Exemption From City Income Tax

Lakewood students away at college must file city income tax returns, this year, as a result of new policies adopted in late 2015.

Prior to the revised policies, students living in Lakewood for less than 16 weeks of the year could simply file a Declaration of Exemption. Beginning with the 2016 tax year, however, this changed, and the city’s new Declaration of Exemption omits the line for students.

Lakewood’s government points to state legislation as the reason behind this change. The 2014 HB5 measure imposed a number of changes on municipal income tax. Finance Director Jennifer Pae says that Lakewood considered at length what local revisions this required.

“In response to the uniformity changes at the State level, the City of Lakewood reviewed its income tax ordinances during 2015, and using recommended language developed by the Ohio Municipal League, revised the city's ordinances… to be in compliance,” Pae said in an e-mail.

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Lakewood Residents Involved In Long-Running Passion Play

Husband and wife, Maury and Angela Petrak in costume.

Each year, thousands of people head to local venues throughout Northeast Ohio to experience the musical passion play “Tetélestai.” This year, Tetélestai celebrates its 40th Anniversary as it continues to bring the Good News of Easter to audiences in eight different Ohio cities, including a stop at Lakewood United Methodist Church
on Detroit Avenue in early April.

The all-volunteer cast includes Lakewood residents Maury and James Petrak. The father and son duo will be traveling with the troupe throughout the 2017 season. Maury and his wife Angela met as fellow cast members in 2000. As Maury says, “It has had a very positive impact on our family. We have grown in our love for the Lord as time has moved forward. We love to be able to serve God and our Brothers and Sisters by being involved.” The traveling and time commitment over the 8 weeks of performances are demanding, and Maury admits it will be really nice to perform at a venue so close to home. "It is so awesome to be able to bring this production to share with the Lakewood community. We have been blessed to live here for the past 15 years and look forward to sharing his message with the people of Lakewood."

The word Tetélestai means “It is finished,” the last words of Jesus as He died on the cross. The production has become a cherished tradition for many churches and families as they prepare for the holy season of Easter. Tetélestai’s dramatic stage production and timeless music bring the story of Jesus’ trial, execution and resurrection to life in a visual way that leaves a lasting impression. Faithful audience members see the play as a way of enhancing the services presented by their own churches.

Tetélestai is produced locally by Cleveland Performing Arts Ministries and will be performed during its 40th Anniversary Season at Lakewood United Methodist Church located at 15700 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107 on April 7, 8 and 9, 2017. Performances will be on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM, with a Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM. The play lasts approximately two hours with a short intermission. A reception follows each performance and affords an opportunity for the audience to meet and mingle with the cast and crew. Doors open approximately one hour before the performance. There is no admission charge; however free will offerings will be welcomed at the end of each performance.

To see our full 40th anniversary schedule of performances or for further information please visit: LiveThePassion.com or call Cleveland Performing Arts Ministries at 440-944-0635. Tetélestai is a registered service mark of Tetélestai, Inc. Cleveland Performing Arts Ministries produces Tetélestai in northeast Ohio and is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.


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LHS Students Win National Art Awards

Lakewood High's National Scholastic Art winners Maya Sutliff and Garrett Bodnar.

Lakewood High School senior Maya Sutliff has been named a national Gold Medal winner - the highest honor - in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and senior Garrett Bodnar a Silver Medal winner.

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Eagles Reach Final Four with Historic Win

Eagles with the Regional Championship trophy.

St. Edward defeated Garfield Heights 69-65 in overtime Saturday night at the CSU Wolstein Center to advance to the OHSAA Basketball Final Four.  It was also the 400th win of Eagle head coach Eric Flannery’s career, and it earned the program’s tenth trip to the Final Four.  The Eagles overcame a tremendous 27 point effort by the Bulldogs’ Marreon Jackson, a University of Toledo recruit.

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Eagles Beat Mentor; Now One Win From Final Four

Coach Eric Flannery and senior Tommy Schmock at post game press conference.

St. Edward overcame a 14 point first half deficit to defeat Mentor 62-43 in the regional semifinal of the OHSAA tournament on Wednesday night. The Eagles will meet Garfield Heights on Saturday night at 7pm at the CSU Wolstein Center, with the winner advancing to the Final Four in Columbus.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 11:17 PM, 03.15.2017

Third Time's the Charm; Eagles Beat Ignatius for District Title

Eagle coach Eric Flannery takes his turn cutting down the nets after the big win over St. Ignatius.  

The St. Edward basketball team released a year’s worth of frustration Saturday night at Strongsville High School. They defeated arch-rival St. Ignatius 69-50 in the OHSAA District Championship game, advancing to the state’s Sweet Sixteen. The Eagle win avenges a district championship loss to the Wildcats last March, as well as two regular season defeats this season.  The two regular season games were both nail-biting overtime thrillers; Saturdays game followed a different script. Unlike the earlier two contests, St. Edward held its second half lead and finally put the stubborn Wildcats away in the closing minutes.

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Eagles Defeat Normandy; Ignatius Rematch Next

Eagle guard/Ohio State football recruit Kevin Dever dribbles out the clock on St. Edward's 85-46 tournament win.  

When the St. Edward basketball team left the court after their February 10 loss to St. Ignatius, they had a single goal in mind: to face the Wildcats one more time in the OHSAA tournament. Thanks to their 85-46 win over Normandy on Thursday night, their wish will now be granted. St. Edward and St. Ignatius will meet for the district championship Saturday at 7pm at Strongsville High School. St. Ignatius swept the two regular season games, each a thrilling comeback win in overtime. The Eagles wish to avenge those losses in the sweetest way possible: by ending the Wildcats season.  

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 10:15 PM, 03.09.2017

Titans End Lakewood's Historic Tournament Run

The combined mojo of Rangerman and Lady Rangerman (aka Mary Wallace) was not enough to defeat the Titans.

The LHS girls basketball team fell  59-34 to Berea-Midpark on Tuesday night in an OHSAA Regional semifinal game. Lakewood played without junior center Olivia Nagy, who was hospitalized last weekend with a kidney infection. The game was played evenly throughout the first half, but the Titans pulled away in the third quarter to advance to the Final 8 in Ohio. The loss ends a wonderful Lakewood season in which the Rangers reached the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1995. The game was attended by a huge Lakewood crowd, which included many former LHS girls hoops players and lots of current students and staff.

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Beer Engine’s 10th Anniversary Is A Win, Win, Win!

BEER ENGINE owners, Robert and Garin Wright.

Win #1 - (2007) Robert and Garin Wright, the father/son team that established Cleveland’s Buckeye Brewing Company in 1997, chose to locate their new craft beer bar in Lakewood

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LakewoodAlive’s Lumberjack Bash Draws Sellout Crowd For Plaid-Clad Fun

Photo Credit: Alex Belisle

For one February night, The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood morphed into a sea of plaid complete with bushy beards, paper axes, pancake stacks and all the necessary elements for throwing a party fit for a true lumberjack.

LakewoodAlive hosted Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash presented by Geiger’s on Saturday night, February 25th, drawing a sellout crowd of 215 plaid-clad lumberjacks and jills. Proceeds from this fundraising event will support LakewoodAlive’s programming as we strive to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood. 

Before guests even entered The Bottlehouse, they were greeted by something you don’t see every day – a chainsaw artist on Madison Avenue carving a wooden sculpture. The final product, which featured a Lakewood-style home with tall trees and “Lakewood” carved into the front, served as a live auction item before the night was through.

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Memories Of Home And The Wisdom Of Women

March is Women’s History Month. If you want to celebrate women in an interesting, fun and thought-provoking way, visit the Beck Center to view an exhibit by three artists who have spent years working to portray their personal and political views through collage, painting and quilt-making. “Memories Evoked: Circling Back Home” is showcasing the works of Jill Milenski, Gayle Pritchard and Gail Crum in the lobby of Lakewood’s Beck Center through March 12.

The women met in 1996 at Artstown studio in Avon Lake when Pritchard taught a workshop on creating art from ordinary objects. The class and connection among the women was so intense, they mounted an exhibition the following year and commenced their regular meetings to collaborate in the process of assemblage, taking ordinary objects and creating both two-dimensional and sculptural pieces. Decades later, they’ve arrived at middle age with political opinions and life experience reflected in the collage, paintings and fiber works on display at the Beck.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, March 8
Author Event - "The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting" by Anne Trubek

Anne Trubek argues that the decline of handwriting in daily life does not signal a decline in civilization but rather the next stage in the evolution of communication. Trubek uncovers the significant impact handwriting has had on culture and humanity, from the first recorded handwriting on the clay tablets of the Sumerians, to the invention of the alphabet as we know it. Each innovation has threatened entrenched interests, yet new methods of communication have always appeared. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Extreme Survivor Roleplay At The Library: 5th-8th Grade

What would you do if your ship sunk and you found yourself in the middle of the ocean surrounded by sharks like the crew of the USS Indianapolis in 1945? How would you survive if you were separated from your team members on a mountain climbing expedition with temperatures dropping by the minute? What if you were trapped right in the middle of the… Zombie Apocalypse?

Each week, we’ll explore a different survival scenario, participate in interactive discussions of survival techniques, and then put them into practice! We’ll also try trivia, play games, and face challenges both mental and physical that relate to Extreme Survival. On our final meeting, we’ll have a costume contest, photo opportunities, games, and prizes! Extreme Survival is a six-week program for students in fifth through eighth grade. Register online, stopping by Children’s and Youth Services, or call (216)226-8275 ext. 140. Wednesdays, March 15 – April 19; 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room.

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Didn't Make Termbo's Best Of 2016: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 44

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. 

Haunted Head - Screaming - Public Square Records - 2 songs - 7"

I'm not quite sure what the deal is with this one. I think this was produced in 1998 (it was definitely recorded then, but I mean manufactured in '98 as well), but never released? Or only some were released? Or they just found copies they thought were lost? Or they finally got the covers? Or they broke up before releasing it? Or I was just straight up lied to and this isn't a new release at all? The member of the band I received this from said it was "new old," which doesn't really clear that up at all. Anyway. "Screaming" is a pretty darn decent punk tune in a '70s sorta Pagans style. Legitimately catchy, and I like that it sounds like the guitarist messes up the riff in the first five seconds of the song, but maybe that was intentional. Who can say? Side B, "98 Shutdown," isn't quite as good a song, but hey, it's a b-side, and it still isn't bad. You don't really hear much of this style of punk anymore, though based on that "Back To Cleveland" compilation (where I first heard Haunted Head), the market was once pretty over-saturated with it. Even so, I do remember Haunted Head as one of the standout bands of that style (I say that style to include the stuff that wasn't like that, like 9 Shocks or Wayne Kramer) on the Back To Cleveland record, along with The Spasms and Teenage Knockouts/TKO's, if I recall correctly. Fans of this kind of punk will dig it, people who don't like this style won't. I did. 4/5

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Zap's Wild And Wacky Balloon Show

Zap is back at Lakewood Public Library! Saturday March 18th, 2017, join us for Zap’s Wild and Wacky Balloon Show, an event that blends magic, comedy, and balloon art into one fun-filled night. If you have never seen Zap the Magician perform, now is your chance!

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Portman Is No-Show At Town Hall Meeting

A crowd of approximately 300 people filled the sanctuary of Cleveland's St. James AME Church on February 23 where a town hall meeting with United States Senator Rob Portman was convened by Indivisible CLE. Senator Portman did not attend and did not respond to the request from Indivisible CLE to hold a town hall meeting during the current Congressional recess.

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Non-Traditional String Quartet Performs In Rocky River

Carpe Diem String Quartet (Amy Galuzzo, violin; Charles Wetherbee, violin; Carol Ou, cello; & Korine Fujiwara, viola)

Carpe Diem is not your ordinary string quartet! This boundary-breaking ensemble will present the fifth concert in the Rocky River Chamber Music Society’s 58th season on Monday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the acoustically glorious sanctuary of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River. Members of the Quartet are Charles Wetherbee, violin; Amy Galluzzo, violin; Korine Fujiwara, viola; and Carol Ou, cello.   

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Polaris Cuyahoga County Career Fair

Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and Polaris Career Center will be hosting the 2017 Polaris/Cuyahoga County Career Fair, at Polaris Career Center at 7285 Old Oak Blvd in Middleburg Hts, Ohio, 44130, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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Illustration Creation

Calling all artists in kindergarten through first grade! Do you love to look at the illustrations in picture books? Create your own masterpieces in Illustration Creation, an engaging art program featuring picture book illustration. This six week program will feature a different children’s book illustrator and author each week for project inspiration and will culminate in an art show for family and friends. We’ll read a story, learn a little bit about the illustrator and create our own works of art for sixty fun filled minutes! This program at the main branch of the Lakewood Public Library is for students in kindergarten through first grade. Illustration Creation will be on Thursdays, March 9 through April 13 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room of Children’s and Youth Services. Space is limited and registration is required. Stop by the Children’s desk or call 216-226-8275x140 to register.

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Oleg Kruglyakov Concert

The balalaika is a Russian stringed musical instrument with a triangular body and three strings. It comes in various sizes and can produce several different pitches. 

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Tail Waggin’ Tutors

For school-age children

Bone up on your reading skills by reading to a dog. Drop in for a one-to-one session with one of our dogs and owners that have been certified through Therapy Dogs International.

Saturday, March 11, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room.

Sensory Story Time
For you and your 3-7 year old child

This story time program can be enjoyed by all children, but it is specifically designed for young children with special needs, autism or those with sensory processing challenges. Registration required.

Sunday, March 12, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Main Library Toddler Story Room.

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Senator Skindell Introduces Transportation Funding Bill

This past week State Senator Michael Skindell (D- Lakewood) introduced Senate Bill 61 to increase state funding to public transportation. The bill would increase General Revenue Fund (GRF) dollars for the remainder of this current fiscal year by $5 million. In the upcoming biennium budget, it would increase the public transportation line item to $25 million in Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019. It would also increase the use of federal flex funds in the public transportation budget to $50 million in Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019. 
 
The use of General Revenue Fund (GRF) dollars has radically decreased from $44 million in 2000 to $7.3 in both Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 in the last biennium budget. Currently, the use of federal flex dollars for public transportation is only at $10 million per year.
 
“Public transportation in this state is quite underfunded, with Ohio ranking 47 out of the 50 states. The demands of younger Ohioans, coupled with the increased needs of our low-income and senior citizens, make such low funding unsustainable," said Senator Skindell. "Many low-income workers rely exclusively on public transit to keep a stable job. But these jobs are not exclusively located in urban areas, nor are the people who most use public transit. By providing a more robust system, the state can more adequately promote self-sustainability and independence. A better investment in affordable public transportation will best serve the needs of all citizens."
 
“The proposed bill to flex $50 million in highway funds to help replace bus vehicles is welcome news to RTA and all transit systems in Ohio,” said Joe Calabrese, CEO and General Manager of Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA). “Across this state, more than $400 million is needed today to replace outdated vehicles. It’s critical that this bill obtains widespread support.”
 

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Burning River Baroque Presents "On The Brink Of Insanity: Portrayals Of Women As Mad, Crazy, And Unhinged"

Photo credit: Tom Hughey

Praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as a group that "left an indelible imprint on my psyche," Burning River Baroque will return to Lakewood Presbyterian Church for their newest cutting-edge program "On the Brink of Insanity: Portrayals of Women as Mad, Crazy, and Unhinged." Dramatic musical works often contain scenes of overwhelming emotion in which male characters are frequently portrayed as being consumed by power. When women are overcome with emotion, however, male composers often attribute madness or craziness to them.

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Connecting For Kids Expands Programming To Lakewood

Connecting for Kids, a local nonprofit that provides education and support to families with concerns about their child, has recently expanded into Lakewood offering its popular Music Therapy & More (SM) and Elementary Experiences (SM) at the Lakewood Public Library and its Speaker Series at Lakewood City Schools. All of these programs are supported by a generous grant from Community West Foundation.

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Ranger Sports Soar In Postseason

Three-time State qualifer Kelley Reis.

Ranger winter sports teams and athletes closed the season out on some fantastic high notes and and the postseason competition is not finished yet. Major accomplishments include competing in state championships, setting records and winning a District championship in girls' basketball!

Swimmer and senior Kelley Reis closed out her LHS swimming career with a 11th place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and 21st place finish in the 100-yard butterfly in the Division 1 State Championship Meet. Reis broke her own school backstroke record twice over the course of the meet and finished with a time of 56.96 seconds. Reis will continue her swimming career on the collegiate level at the University of Cincinnati.

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