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32nd Annual Community Festival Caps Off Summer

credit: Karen Karp

Celebrate family, community and cultural heritage at the 32nd Annual Lakewood Community Festival on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Madison Park, 13029 Madison Avenue. The day of fun and activities for the entire family will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

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

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

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

Studio Go, The Cleveland Museum of Art's mobile art studio, will be ready with a hands-on art experience for all to enjoy. The Studio Go team is making their second visit to the Festival.

 

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Latest News Releases

State Names Roosevelt Elementary High Progress School of Honor
- Board of Education, January 7, 2019 Read More
DeWine Nominates Cabinet Heads for DAS, DSA, OOD, DRC, Taxation, Appoints Numerous Senior Staff members
- Government, January 3, 2019 Read More
District to Renovate Taft for Curricular Expansion, Central Office Home
- Board of Education, December 18, 2018 Read More
Lakewood’s Roosevelt Elementary Named High Progress School of Honor
- Board of Education, November 16, 2017 Read More
Lakewood Empowers Young People to Say Something and Save Lives!
- City Hall, October 17, 2017 Read More

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Superintendent Listen & Learn Series Kicks Off Sept. 25

Lakewood City Schools' Superintendent Mike Barnes this school year will be repeating his series of "Listen & Learn" sessions he introduced last year to listen to what the Lakewood community has to say about our schools. The one-hour sessions will be informal conversations and people are welcome to drop in any time. The first one will be held on Wednesday, September 25 from 6-7 pm at the Ranger Cafe at Lakewood High School. Come and share with Dr. Barnes your thoughts, ideas and concerns for the District.

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Jason Shachner: A New, Experienced Voice For Ward 2

Michelle, Jason, and Tessie pictured in front of their home.

My name is Jason Shachner and I am running to be your next Ward 2 Councilperson. My wife, Michelle, and I own a home on Cook Avenue with our 12-year-old shepherd mix, Tessie. Lakewood is home for us because of its schools, parks, walkability, unique restaurants and businesses and, most of all, its strong sense of community. I am running for council because Lakewood should be able to support you at every stage of your life. Whether you are a new family or ready to retire, I want you to be able to call Lakewood home.

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Help! Candidate Questions Written By You

It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school and our thoughts turn, reluctantly, if you are like me, to election season. 

In Lakewood we already saw a little bit of it with the various candidates in the Fourth of July Parade and we could count up who had the most supporters or who threw out the best candy or who had the coolest T-shirts but now it’s time to get serious, we have some big elections in front of us and it’s very clear from looking around at the current state of affairs in Lakewood that who we choose will have a big effect on the quality of life in Lakewood. 

These people will make decisions that will touch your lives directly, make no mistake about it. It’s important that you know who they are, what they’ve done, and what they plan to do. It’s important that you hear from them in their own words so you can assess for yourselves what you think of them.

But how do you do that? You can read the campaign literature that gets stuck in your door. You can try to attend campaign events. Better still you can try to attend campaign forum nights or debates so that you can see the candidates assembled, if they all attend, and hear their positions on the issues and watch how they conduct themselves.  

But what if you can’t get out for those events, and what if you do attend those events, but YOU had a question that it seems the candidates never get around to answering?

This is where the Lakewood Observer, your community-written local paper comes in. 

During election season, the Lakewood Observer publishes “candidate questions”— questions that go to all the candidates who then respond in the paper. Each candidate gets the same questions, and the same number of words with which to reply.  

Where do we get the questions? From you. And from our editorial board, who will also go through the questions you send in to try to condense them into a form that allows for as many readers to be represented as possible, while making sure the paper covers the full range of issues that are out there. 

 

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Safety Requires A 360 Degree Approach

Public safety and fiscal responsibility should always be top priorities of local government. Without a city that is fundamentally safe, and responsible with its finances, we simply do not have the ability to reinvest in parks, infrastructure, or other needs, because safety is a bedrock necessity of any dynamic community. As a nearly 38-year resident of Lakewood, I am committed to supporting the top-notch personnel we have working to maintain that foundation.

My professional experience in helping CEOs structure their businesses has taught me to look at solutions in a 360 degree manner. From the immediately apparent, by ensuring we reinvest in our shooting range so that our officers remain prepared and well-equipped, to understanding that safety includes making sure our streets are designed for children walking to school as much as for the hard working parent commuting to their job. As a part of this approach, last year I approved the purchase of additional digital speedometers to address speeding on our side streets, however there is definitely more we can do. We need to be active in responding to the changing traffic on Lakewood streets, including bike traffic.

 

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Fiscal Resiliency In Lakewood Is Inclusive, Diverse And Forward-Looking

Recently, some of the nation’s top economists, referencing a downtrend from bonds, currency, commodities and a projected growth of national debt, speculated that a recession may be on the horizon. Like most cities, Lakewood gets its revenue from local sources. 

The largest source of revenue, according to our city budget, comes from municipal income tax, which are taxes levied on all residents and part-year residents aged 18 or older, residents and non-residents who conduct business, or work, in Lakewood, residents and non-residents who own property, and non-residents who work in Lakewood but whose employer did not withhold income tax (as per the city’s website). 

When looking to the future of Lakewood it is not only important that we are fiscally responsible, but fiscally resilient. We can build resiliency by developing a comprehensive economic development plan now to safeguard our local economy from a potential recession. 

 

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Healthy Lakewood Foundation to Host Inaugural Community Meeting

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) is pleased to invite the City of Lakewood community to a public meeting on Tuesday, September 24th. This is an opportunity to learn about activities since the foundation was formed in 2018, and engage with the HLF Board of Directors. 

HLF is pursuing the vision of Lakewood as a place where all people achieve their fullest health potential and working to advance programs, policies, and practices that inspire a community in which health and wellness are reflected in all aspects of life.

The Board is eager to share progress made over the past year to advance organizational development and strategy, and formalize the processes and priorities that will guide future work on behalf of the community. The Board will provide summary reports covering their collective work and engage members of the community for their feedback and input.  

 

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LECPTA's Fall Baby & Big Kid Resale Event Is Coming Soon

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 14th 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. The first 50 people will have a chance to win a $50 Target gift card! You do not need to be present to win. 

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Use Food To Stay Healthy This Fall

Malerie Giaimo is a practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine (Dipl. OM) and a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist (L.Ac.) At her practice in Lakewood, she provides a complete system of care that integrates eastern and western practices of wellness including acupuncture, herbs, dietary therapy, mind-body guidance, and health education. 

Have you noticed that summer's heat is gradually fading? You step outside during the evening hours and experience a cooler night. When you breath in the cool air, something inside of you knows that the seasons are shifting.

Those summer moments are warm memories now. School will start soon and daylight hours slowly begin to shorten. As nature shifts from late summer to early fall, we too naturally follow the seasonal change. We ease into the change by becoming less active, going to bed earlier, and adjusting the foods we eat.

In preparation for cooler temperatures, we can no longer rely on the summer sun to warm us. Instead, we must being to rely on our own internal heat and those found in food to keep us warm. The theory of foods having temperature (cold, warm, hot, and neutral), and eating seasonally dates back thousands of years. This practice was adapted due to seasonal crop availability. Before refrigeration, canning and pickling were used to preserve foods. 

Now that most foods are available during any season, it’s even more important to choose seasonal foods. When we eat in accordance with the season, our body is able to avoid excess stress and maintain homeostasis. While we shift from late summer to early fall, it is best to enjoy meals that are baked, sautéed, or cooked over several hours. Yes, soup season is in!

 

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Ranger Marching Band Festival Sept. 21

The pageantry, precision and rousing music that goes along with high school marching bands will be on display at the 33rd annual Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band Festival set for Saturday, September 21 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.

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Luca Mundaca Performs At Lakewood Public Library

With a voice clear and warm, the music of Luca Mundaca refreshes like an ocean breeze off her native Brazilian coast. The talented singer and songwriter brings her sophisticated sound to Lakewood Public Library on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. as part of our Sunday With The Friends programming.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Double Author Event: "Mama, Mama, Only Mama" and "Mrs. Morhard and the Boys"
Books by Lara Lillibridge and Ruth Hanford Morhard
Main Library Auditorium

These books are about the lengths to which single mothers will go to create a memorable childhood. In "Mama, Mama, Only Mama," Lara Lillibridge offers advice she’s gained while raising children in a non-nuclear family. In "Mrs. Morhard and the Boys," Ruth Hanford Morhard shares how her mother-in-law, out of love for her son, founded the first ever Little League with support from the Cleveland Indians. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

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Rotary Joins With LakewoodAlive To Help Resident

Members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River recently responded to LakewoodAlive's request to help a Lakewood resident who has been unable to maintain their property. (From left) Marjorie Corrigan, president; Doug Cooper; Mark Bacon; Este Orpheu Pinheiro de Castro, youth exchange student from Brazil; and Jim Lechko.

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Whatever Happened To Vegetables?

"VEGGIES"

When I was a kid we were told to eat our vegetables. They were supposed to make us grow up to be big and strong, but that wasn't enough to get us to eat them. Parents had to bribe us by threatening to withhold dessert if we didn't consume our peas and carrots. The only vegetables we liked were greasy french fries and buttered popcorn.

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

International Day of Peace- Origami Paper Crane Folding Tutorial

For All Ages

Celebrate the International Day of Peace by making origami cranes. Come learn how to contribute paper cranes to the display by learning and practicing how to fold your own origami paper cranes.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Girls Who Code 

For students in sixth through twelfth grade.

Join our club and use computer science to solve a problem that you care about in our community by working on a Computer Science Impact Project where you'll learn to use computer science to create a mobile app, design a website or program a robot. This program is designed for all levels of computer science experience.

Mondays, September 9, 2019 – November 25, 2019 and Mondays, January 6, 2020 – March 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Main Library Learning Lab.

 

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Famous In The Neighborhood

Photo courtesy of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Lakewood Native Recognized for Exceptional Leukemia Fundraising

There are few things more enjoyable than a good old fashioned September Lakewood saloon reunion, a hops homecoming, bringing together generations of tavernites and neighbors, especially when the occasion is for a great cause.

Lakewood native, stalwart, and impressario Billy Blatt - recently recognized for his fundraising work by and on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northestern Ohio - hosts his annual Music and Tailgaiting Festival, Saturday, September 14th from 1:00-8:00 p.m. in the carnival parking lot space beside the Avenue Tap House, 18206 Detroit Avenue.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northestern Ohio
Inspirational | A community of heroes for a common cause.
https://www.lls.org/northern-ohio

"I've had people very close to me pass on from leukemia," says Billy, who grew up on Edwards and Detroit and still lives with his family in town. Moreover, Billy's longtime friend - see Team Hout - has been battling - and continues winning - the battle against leukemia and lymphoma. "So the quest to find a cure has been a real personal purpose in my own life for a number of years and I've seen how it can help in saving lives."


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International Dot Day Fun

Students enjoyed playing the ultimate dot game, Twister at a past International Dot Day program.

International Dot Day was created to encourage students to explore their creativity. The inspiration behind the event is the children’s book "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds. It tells the story of a teacher who motivates a doubting student to trust in her own abilities and from a dot on a page the child goes on to make her mark. The book "The Dot" has been translated into over 25 languages, including Braille. Since the first Dot Day in 2009, the number of involved students in both schools and libraries around the globe has skyrocketed. It has grown to a world-wide celebration with children from 181 countries expected to participate in 2019.

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Join The Discussion On World Affairs At The Library

Discuss world affairs with friends, neighbors and experts during Great Decisions, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Every year the Foreign Policy Association highlights eight critical foreign policy challenges facing the United States. Each discussion will focus on one of the policy challenges, featuring a thirty minute video and an expert-led discussion.

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Dear Lakewood, Thank You

The Summer Reading Party at Madison Park on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

Dear Lakewood,

Thank you for helping our youth Read to the moon and back during the summer of 2019!

Thank you to parents, grandparents and caregivers who encouraged summer reading and registered their family members to participate at the Library. Thank you also to the 1,027 adult readers who set a stellar example for our young people by participating in the adult summer reading program. Monday, May 13, 2019 began a reading journey at the Lakewood Public Library. The annual summer reading club themed “A Universe of Stories” attracted 1,768 youth. Over a twelve week time period, 743 youth readers met the goal of 30 books, 30 chapters or 30 hours of reading by Monday, August 5, 2019! We should all be proud of our Lakewood readers. They couldn’t have done it without you!

 

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Easterseals Northern Ohio Offers Free Speech Screenings For Children

Summer has come to an end and a new school year is here! Easterseals is helping children start the year off right by offering free speech-language screenings during September. The screening is designed to provide a quick assessment of a child’s speech-language abilities and to help determine if a comprehensive evaluation is necessary. 

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Lakewood Tool Box Helps Longtime Residents Reach New Heights

This Lakewood family reached new heights for their paint project thanks to The Lakewood Tool Box. (Photo courtesy of Teresa B.)

Lakewood residents Teresa and Armand B. have taken pride in their Westlake Avenue home for 24 years, overcoming the various challenges associated with maintaining a beautiful century home. Recently, however, one obstacle proved to be a tall task.

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Better Than Deader: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 93

Peter Laughner - Peter Laughner - Smog Veil Records - 56 (or 61) songs - 5xLP box, 5xCD box (and bonus 7")

Here it is, the Peter Laughner box set, long-awaited for 15 or so years. It's a hefty thing here. On one hand, I feel like it's giving this box set more credit than I'm comfortable giving it to review it and only it this week, but at the same time, I am reviewing five records (or six, actually) and a book and an overall concept here, so…well, so be it. I'll start by going record by record, I suppose, and then onto the other stuff. You're about to see something you don't usually see in these reviews, which is paragraphs. That's right, I'm breaking my aesthetic for this thing. You're welcome, Laughner fans. 

The first record is "Fat City Jive," comprised of selections from two WMMS Coffeebreak concerts Peter did in late 1972, which represents the earliest material here. The first half is with The Original Wolverines, which was Peter along with Mike Sands and Pete Sinks, both recruited from the Mr. Stress Blues Band. The second half is just Pete and Mike. You'll find here 17 folk-blues type tunes, all very competently performed. There's some Bob Dylan (the unreleased (at the time) "Please Mrs. Henry" and a straight version of "Love Minus Zero"), some older country and blues, some Lou Reed, basically what you'd expect. There's also two tracks by Terry Hartman, who Peter recorded a LP with entitled "Notes On A Cocktail Napkin" that I'd heard was supposed to be released as a standalone LP by Smog Veil at some point– will this happen or not, who knows– "Drunkard's Lament," which is pretty solid, and what was rather arbitrarily made the title track, "Fat City Jive," which is, I don't know, fine and all. There are even two, count 'em two originals on here, and wouldn't ya know it, they're probably the most interesting tracks here. "Solomon's Mines" is a nice love ballad and "It's Saturday Night (Dance The Night Away)" is a good sad tune ("I like sad songs," Peter admits in between this one and the next, a decent cover of "These Days"). It's a perfectly acceptable set here, though there are certain things that are kinda like, ok, I get why they'd play this on a live radio performance and all that, but why release it? There are alright tunes, but I don't know if it's really peak material. 

 

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Ranger Band 40th Reunion Of England Trip Set

The Lakewood High School Alumni Ranger Marching Band is proud to announce the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Trip to England. All alumni marching band and auxiliary members are welcome to attend or peform with the band at halftime for the Rangers' Homecoming game against North Olmsted on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 7 p.m. James Warrick, former band director, will be attending the event and also will be at a reunion brunch scheduled for 10 am - noon on SUnday, September 28  at Deagan’s in Lakewood. “Like” @LHS Alumni Ranger Marching Band on Facebook for updates and to register via the Lakewood High School Bands Alumni page. It's free to join. Contact Mirian Roman at lhsarmb@yahoo.com or Sean DeRenzo, Alumni Marching Band president, at 216-570-3019 with any questions you may have. 

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The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 14: "The Ballad of Derecho Dan" Continues

Little Dan had always been a deep sleeper. Even the ominous crackling of thunder combined with Rockport’s wailing storm sirens weren’t enough to wake him. Poor Little BD had heard everything and because he was still suffering from the horrors of storm 5.4, the little canine dove even deeper into the motorcycle helmet that served as his bed for the night. Little Dan would’ve slept through the entire storm had a loosened brick from the wall built to protect the Gas & Lube not sailed through the station’s windows.

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Harding Teacher Chosen As Art Museum Fellow

Harding Middle School English Learner (EL) teacher Pam Thompson is on of 10 educators from across Northeast Ohio chosen to be Cleveland Museum of Art Teaching Innovation Fellows for the 2019-2020 school year. She follows in the footsteps of previous Lakewood Schools CMA Fellows Sean McGuan and Autumn Sabin.

Thompson kicked off her fellowship this summer with a Summer Teacher Institute in July. During the summer session, the Fellows explored a variety of object-based learning methodologies and objects in the CMA collection. As the year progresses, Fellows will hone in on a research question impacting their own teaching and look for answers as to how can art be used as a learning tool across grade levels and disciplines. Fellows will reflect on experiences and will develop an object-based experience, which they will complete before the end of the school year. Fellows will meet 3-4 times to prototype ideas with each other, provide feedback, and report on the progress of their individual action-based research question/project.

Thompson's project will involve incorporating culture and promoting language development with her EL students using art from their native countries. "Many ELs from war-torn areas have few cultural icons left. The Cleveland Art Museum is a terrific resource for students to make that personal connection with the artifacts in its collection," Thompson said.

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Lakewood Dog Park Swim Coming To Foster Pool

credit: Maureen Kane

Got dogs? Got water? Mix the two together and you have a recipe for a tail-wagging good time. Join Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park (FLDP) for the 2019 Dog Swim at Foster Pool in Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave., on Tuesday, September 3 from 5-7 PM.

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Workshop For Ranger Athletics Families Set For Aug. 23

The Lakewood City School District has partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance. PCA will work alongside District coaches, parents, and athletes to help create a positive sports culture within the Ranger program, allowing for athletes to not only get the best experience, but excel on and off the sports arena. 

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Demolition of Lakewood Hospital

After photographing the demolition of our hospital I came across the front and quickly snapped a photo. Added a little caption !!!

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Regionalizing Emergency Dispatch Not Worth The Cost Of Lakewood Lives

Laura with supporters Emily, Ruby and Max.

There is talk of regionalizing Lakewood’s emergency dispatch. Lakewood is a densely populated city with a busy dispatch line. Managing safety in Lakewood is a major function of our city government and we should be looking to support and expand our team of dispatchers, not outsource services and put Lakewood’s families at risk. In an emergency, one minute lost to transferring calls is too long.

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Lakewood Mayor Talking Our Of Both Side Of His Mouth

After lying to Lakewood citizens that Lakewood’s hospital was losing money and had to be shut down when he knew full well that the Clinic had a contractual duty to run the hospital at no loss to the City until 2026, Mayor Summers has now connived the City into another giveaway contract. 

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LakewoodAlive Partners With Cleveland Police And Fire Departments To Assist Local Hero

Members of the Cleveland Police and Fire Departments prep the house for painting.

Lakewood resident and retired Cleveland Police Officer Kenneth Gibbons sat comfortably in his armchair with a smile across his face as he took in the sounds surrounding his home. Outside, a crew of volunteers hoisted ladders and sanded off chipped paint in preparation for the weekend-long job to come.   

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Jeff Wise Receives National Endorsement

Jeff Wise, Candidate

Councilperson, Ward 3

The nationwide grassroots organization Democracy for America has selected Jeff Wise as one of eight endorsements in 2019 city council races. Wise is running to represent Lakewood Ward 3 on City Council.

Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson, herself a former member of Cincinnati City Council, said that Wise and other endorsed candidates will genuinely improve their communities.

"The city council candidates we’re endorsing today will not only make sure the potholes are filled and budgets are balanced, they also want to take meaningful municipal action on criminal justice reform, climate change, and income inequality," said Simpson.

Founded in 2004, Democracy for America organizes for progressive issues and candidates throughout the country, following a 50-state strategy.

Wise said that the recognition by Democracy for America complements his campaign's focus on Ward 3 residents.

"I am running for city council to provide a real, ongoing dialogue with residents, and to take a stand for them when decisions are made," said Wise. "Democracy for America consistently emphasizes that public service calls for both good policies, and the courage to speak up for them."

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Dale Is Our Guru: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 92

Junkhouse Bones - Safari - self-released - 6 songs - digital

This band or project or whatever it is is one of those things that I know I've reviewed before but cannot remember anything about it. The name Junkhouse Bones made me think it was gonna be bluesy or swampy or something like that. It's not. I'd say it's alternative rock/pop punk (pop punk to me always means bands like the Undertones, but I mean the other definition of pop punk). The first three tracks are in a full band kind of mode and the remaining three are more subdued, with more sparse arrangements. I think I like this second half better. "God's Eye View" goes on a bit too long, but it's at times reminiscent of Nirvana with a drum machine. The closing "A Million Years Of Lies," which is just acoustic guitar and vocals, is probably my favorite of the bunch. This is what I assume Brand New sounds like, though I'm not familiar enough with Brand New to make a definitive statement in that regard. It's actually decent stuff, song-wise. My problem with it is the same as my problem with almost everything in this genre (the alternative rock/pop punk/emo continuum), and it's the production. The vocals are mixed too loud (at the same time, the vocals feel kinda quiet, so I guess it balances out), I just don't agree with the guitar and drum sounds (or they don't agree with me, rather). I don't know. I have a friend who absolutely loves music like this (and has no problems with the production and thinks I'm nuts), so I'm happy to have this to recommend to her. Decent stuff, but it doesn't quite grab me. 3/5

(junkhousebones.bandcamp.com)

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The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 13: "The Ballad Of Derecho Dan" Continues

Maynard Gridley was as gray as a ghost while recounting his harrowing tale from his days in Vietnam.

“Me and the wounded sapper were flushed down that ‘Poontang Valley’ with only two inflated hemorrhoid cushions between us and the Almighty. We floated a half mile until becoming snagged by the roots of a banyan tree.”

“Monsoon Charlie was directly over us and it became dark as night. I did what I could for my wounded comrade. All I had to cover up the hole in his chest was an empty pack of Lucky Strikes.”

“‘L-S-M-F-T, bro’, he said, before passing out.”

“The Lieutenant ordered the men to hunker down and hold onto their hemorrhoid cushions like they were their mothers and girlfriends. The blast hole was packed with every last bit of explosives on the firebase. We expected a pretty big bang but not at all what happened after the Lieutenant triggered the detonator.”

 

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Starr Gazer

SEPTEMBER

Aries: Patience isn’t the Ram’s strong point, however, this month you’ve been awarded the Badge of Patience! That’s right, keep practicing & you’ll even be able to wait in line at Marc’s.

Taurus: You’re being asked to come out of the Bull Pen, try something new, talk to a stranger, go wild & crazy, (yes, you) & when it’s all said & done, you will have met a new friend.

Gemini: The Twins are quite the social chatterbox, sometimes maybe a wee bit rough on those around you, Try a Little Tendernessit worked for Three Dog Night, put away Mr. Hyde…

Cancer: Turn the dial on the radio Crab, you’ve just dialed into a higher frequency, and your potential is skyrocketing, use it, or lose it, it’s time to think big, & go for the pie in the sky.

Leo: All that good Juju carried over from last month, the Lion/Lioness is moving toward greater consciousness, old habits & negative thought patterns are slipping away, the Jungle is calling.

Virgo: The Sun/Mars are visiting & Mercury/Venus stay around till mid-month, it’s time for you to get back to Nature, get out of the house, go hug a tree, smell the flowers, go to the Metroparks.

Libra: Venus & Mercury show up Mid-month, the voice of love & communication is beckoning to you, it starts out as a whisper, then bellows through a Megaphone, be inspired O Romeo…

 

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Friday, August 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Front Porch Concert Series Presented by LakewoodAlive

Main Library Front Porch
The Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core. Concerts, which take place on the Library’s front porch, are sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James and are presented by LakewoodAlive. Tonight we welcome Drumplay.

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Volume 15, Issue 16, Posted 3:19 PM, 08.21.2019

Fall Art Programs

Fall is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to take a break from raking those leaves and come on down to the Lakewood Public Library for some creative inspiration with our fall art programs.

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Volume 15, Issue 16, Posted 3:19 PM, 08.21.2019

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Kidical Mass Bike Ride and Storytime

For the Whole Family

The Lakewood Public Library, Bike Lakewood and Beat Cycles invites the whole family to enjoy a fun morning bicycle ride around the neighborhood. The event includes bicycle safety instruction, a story time, an art project and a refreshment to end the event. No registration is required.

Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Lakewood Park Solstice Steps.

International Day of Peace - Origami Paper Crane Folding Tutorial

For All Ages

Celebrate the International Day of Peace by making origami cranes. Come learn how to contribute paper cranes to the display by learning and practicing how to fold your own origami paper cranes.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Volume 15, Issue 16, Posted 3:19 PM, 08.21.2019

LakewoodAlive, DLBA To Host Search Engine Optimization Workshop For Small Businesses On September 12

LakewoodAlive's Search Engine Optimization Workshop for small businesses takes place September 12th. 

Looking to improve traffic on your small business’ website and generate more sales? You’ve come to the right place.  Effective Search Engine Optimization will help ensure your website appears prominently on the first page of search engine results.

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Volume 15, Issue 16, Posted 3:19 PM, 08.21.2019

District Adopts New Strategic Vision

The Lakewood Board of Education, at its August 5 meeting, adopted Vision of a Lakewood Graduate as the District’s strategic vision moving forward. 

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Volume 15, Issue 15, Posted 3:19 PM, 08.21.2019

Former Local Poet Dillon Bodnar Publishes Second Volume Of Poetry, "Harmonic Emotions: A Resonating Assembly Of Reflections"

I am so proud as Dillon’s Editor and Press Agent and Publicity Chief to introduce to you, "Harmonic Emotions: A Resonating Assembly of Reflections," his second volume of poetry! Dillon moved to Lakewood at age 3 and went through Lakewood City Schools where his talent for poetry was recognized and nurtured from a very early age. After graduating from Lakewood High School, Dillon attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and earned a Physics Degree in 2017. Up until recently, he was building lasers for Spectra Physics in Silicon Valley, CA where he moved after college graduation. Dillon’s "Music of Our Spheres: A Roundabout Collection of Ruminations," his first volume of poetry, was published in 2014 when he was only 19. It consisted of poems he wrote between the ages of 10 – 18 and received wide acclaim from readers and critics alike. "Harmonic Emotions: A Resonating Assembly of Reflections" includes poems written between ages 19 – 23, plus some early childhood gems.

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Volume 15, Issue 15, Posted 2:59 PM, 08.07.2019

City Workers Endorse Meghan George For Mayor

Councilwoman Meghan George with Mike Satink, Local 1043 president and an employee in Lakewood's streets department.

The union which represents nearly half the City of Lakewood’s employees has endorsed Meghan F. George for mayor.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) represents more than 150 public works and administrative employees in Lakewood.

Local 1043 President Mike Satink, who works for the streets department, says that, “Councilwoman George respects the hard work we do every day. All residents of the city can expect that same respect from their mayor, with her leadership.”

Satink says that straightforward, honest respect is the main object of workers he represents in Lakewood’s streets, refuse, building and other departments. “Respect for fairly bargained contracts, and respect for people,” he says.

A Lakewood employee for 12 years, Satink says that he has gotten to know George very well during her time on city council, and that she has impressed him with her interest in the details of city services and the people who keep them running.

“We have been meeting with any and all candidates” in this year’s local elections, Satink says, but George distinguished herself through months of dialogue about ways the union can help improve local services in the years ahead.

“She’s here for life and loves the city of Lakewood,” Satink says of Meghan George. “In my opinion, Meghan is the right person to lead this diverse city.”

George says she is especially grateful for the endorsement from local city workers.

"Administrations come and go, but the hard-working employees of Lakewood are the backbone our residents rely upon year in, year out, decade after decade. I am deeply appreciative of the support of these hard-working employees.”

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Volume 15, Issue 15, Posted 2:59 PM, 08.07.2019

The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 12: “The Ballad Of Derecho Dan” Continues

Maynard Gridley guzzled down another 8 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola and followed it up with a belch that could wake the dead. As Little Dan and the three Joes sat in rapt attention inside the Gas & Lube, Maynard told a story he’d brought home from Vietnam, along with his scars, his mental wounds, and a souvenir silk jacket embroidered with the words, “I’ve Served My Time In Hell-Vietnam.”

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Volume 15, Issue 14, Posted 3:19 PM, 08.21.2019

Herb Guild Garden Club

The July meeting of The Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on July 10, 2019 at Westlake Porter Public Library.  The meeting will start at 10 am. Following lunch, guest speaker, Pete Kamples will talk about solutions for senior citizens who want to remain in their home.  His business, "One Call for Seniors" is located in Bay Village and offers help finding reliable people to take care of everyday problems like household chores and other things, such as plumbing, heating, and lawn care. The service is free for those 50 and older. 

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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 3:19 PM, 08.21.2019

Statement On El Paso And Dayton Massacres

Last night, I began writing about the heartbreaking shooting in El Paso only to awaken this morning to another shooting, this time in my home state. I want to go on record as condemning, to the fullest extent possible, the premeditated cold blooded murders of 20 El Paso residents and 9 Ohioans. Both shootings clearly establish horrific and dysfunctional motives emboldened by the divisive political rhetoric that has been terrifyingly normalized by our current Presidential administration. 

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Volume 15, Issue 16, Posted 3:00 PM, 08.07.2019

Labor Lines Up For Tess Neff, Candidate For Ward 1 Lakewood City Council

I am honored to be endorsed by the dedicated and hard-working men and women in labor. The members of the Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council, AFLCIO, Laborers' Local 310, AFSCME Ohio Council 8, and Electrical Workers Local 38 have placed their trust and confidence in me to represent their values as a member of Lakewood City Council. Having some type of job since I was twelve years old I understand and appreciate the importance of maintaining a strong work ethic. As an attorney, a former police officer and magistrate in both the Lakewood Municipal Court and the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, I have always conducted myself with integrity and transparency. Open and honest conversations with the new mayor, the City's partners including police, fire, public services and community members will unite Lakewood and drive our City on its continuous progressive path. We are a successful inner ring suburb that is accepting and inclusive. It is critical we stay this course and strive to improve on our accomplishments because the alternative is unacceptable.

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Volume 15, Issue 15, Posted 2:59 PM, 08.07.2019

Voluptuous, Political And Bawdy: Burlesque In Clevelad

Photographer, Bob Perkoski

Burlesque. The word brings up images of early 20th century stages with scantily clad women dancing and telling bawdy jokes in front of raucous audiences. Photographer Bob Perkoski and writer Erin O’Brien decided to bring that image up to date with the release of their book, “Rust Belt Burlesque: The Softer Side of a Heavy Metal Town.”

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Volume 15, Issue 15, Posted 2:59 PM, 08.07.2019