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Beautification Project Brings 75 Volunteers To Historic Birdtown Neighborhood

St. Edward High School volunteers complete one of three projects on Coutant Avenue as part of a day of service in the city’s Birdtown Neighborhood on Saturday, May 14.

Unseasonable weather certainly wasn’t going to stop this group. They boasted strength in numbers and an undeniable determination to make a difference in the community.

A sizable contingency of volunteers from St. Edward High School and Lakewood United Methodist Church gathered in the city’s Historic Birdtown Neighborhood on Saturday, May 14, in an effort coordinated by LakewoodAlive. Unfazed by the chilly temperature and periodic rainfall, the group – 75 strong – collectively spent an estimated 300 volunteer hours completing four simultaneous curb appeal projects within the proud, working-class neighborhood.  

“We talk all the time about service leadership, about bringing positive energy and being supportive of community members who need help.  We really want to be a good steward for our community here in Lakewood,” said Rick Kubrak, Director of Service & Outreach at St. Edward High School. “The weather actually cooperated fairly well for us. It sprinkled and misted a bit, but our volunteers were super motivated and able to power through.”

The collection of students, parents and alumni from St. Ed’s tackled three beautification projects on Coutant Avenue. They mulched flowerbeds, removed debris from a former koi pond and planted hydrangeas and other greenery. Cleaning an overgrown backyard, the volunteers filled two tree lawns with refuse for the City of Lakewood to dispose of – all while preserving existing flowering trees.

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Fall Leaf Collection To Begin on Monday, November 2nd
- City Hall, October 26, 2015 Read More
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- City Hall, August 13, 2015 Read More
Lakewood Catholic Academy to Serve as Grand Marshal of the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade
- City Hall, June 11, 2015 Read More
Pedestrian-Friendly, High-Tech Crossing Device Coming to Manor Park, Detroit Avenue Intersection
- City Hall, April 1, 2015 Read More
City Hires Thompson Hine LLP To Advise On Hospital Issue
- City Hall, March 31, 2015 Read More

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Teacher, Student & Team Honored For Roles In Special Ed

Award winners (from left): Anwar Zahriyeh, Kellyn Donahoe and Mallory Shaw. Zahriyeh and Shaw were representing the LHS girls' varsity basketball team.

The Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County’s State Support Team Region 3 recently honored Hayes Intervention Specialist, Kathy Rog, the Lakewood High girls’ varsity basketball team, and Garfield Middle School sixth-grader, Kellyn Donahoe, at its annual Excellence in Education awards ceremony, which recognizes students with disabilities, peers and educators.

Rog was honored with an Outstanding Educator Achievement award for her work with our early childhood students with disabilities. Rog was honored for her “willingness to go above and beyond so children can succeed.” It was also noted that her classroom is a “safe, and engaging place with a rigorous curriculum, and a special focus on social skills, communication, and imaginative play. It is in this environment where her students’ outcomes have shown measured improvement.”

The girls’ basketball team was nominated by one of its player's parents for the Outstanding Peer Achievement Award for its work with team manager Kellyn Donahoe. “By demonstrating patience, offering guidance and extending encouragement, the...basketball team has provided Kellyn with opportunities to grow and participate in the community.” Players Mallory Shaw and Anwar Zahriyeh accepted the award on behalf of the team, which is coached by Mike Harper.

Kellyn earned an Outstanding Student Achievement Award because her “many extracurricular activities make her a role model for others.” She maintains excellent grades while also running track and participating in community art lessons and local religious classes.

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Relay For Life Of Lakewood, Ohio: Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back

In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, wanted to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. As a marathon runner, he decided to raise money by doing something he loved. For 24 hours, he walked and ran over 83 miles on a university track, raising $27,000. Relay for Life was born. Today, Relay for Life events are held around the world, with over 4 million people in over 20 countries raising nearly $5 billion in the last 30 years. 

On June 11, 2016, teams of walkers will meet for the 5th annual Relay for Life of Lakewood, Ohio at Harding Middle School, 16601 Madison Avenue. This free event runs from noon to midnight, and features live entertainment, food, games, raffles and more. There will be activities for all ages, including a visit from Disney princesses from 1 to 2 p.m. for a “tea party” and photo opportunities.

There will special ceremonies to CELEBRATE cancer survivors, to REMEMBER those who lost the fight, and to commit to FIGHT BACK against a disease that takes too many loved ones from us too soon. Survivors and caregivers, alone or in pairs, are encouraged to register online or at the event to be honored with a meal and special activities.

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Friends Of Lakewood Public Library Summer Bag Of Books Sale

Good friends are hard to find, and we know it. That’s why we have a special place in our hearts for the Friends of Lakewood Public Library.

The Friends are having another great sale of books, magazines and movies at incredible prices. On Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m. is a special, members-only preview sale (this is not a bag sale). If you have not already joined, a yearly membership may be purchased at the door for as little as $2.

On Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Friends are hosting their Bag of Books Sale. Fill up a big paper grocery bag with items and pay only $3! Even if you don’t fill a whole bag, the deals are still great because everything at the sale is half priced, including the individually priced better books.

Featured items for this sale include Lakewood Hospital’s medical library which consists of medical, nursing and Allied Health books. Also, a friend of the Friends with ties to the Cleveland Orchestra has donated an extensive collection of classical music record albums.

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A General Look At A Specific Scene

We, as Americans, love beginnings, we love the sure-footed reach of what might become of our hope, hopes-- the general desire and the specific desire. We want our candidates to speak of some honesty of intention, some intention that will lead to fulfillment. You, dear candidate, must say you will achieve some prospect, some beginning toward the most good. But, we are not too particular about the course to such a goal. I say this in the general not the specific, many of us are proud to call ourselves wonks, policy hounds on a scent, combers of things. And, this is not to say the many that reach for broad goals are not specific or understanding-- it’s a general outlook of, “Say The Dream.”

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Local Churches Joining Habitat For Humanity For Apostle Build Project

Members from Lakewood United Methodist Church and Lakewood Presbyterian are joining with other volunteers in a Habitat for Humanity project in the Buckeye neighborhood. They will be building three homes on May 14, August 27, and September 17. Call the church office of Lakewood United Methodist Church at 216-226-8644 or email pastorlaura@lkwdumc.org with questions or to register. 

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He Had Punk Credibility Before I Did: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 25

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. 

Dèche - Ceci n'est rien - self-released - 7 songs - Cassette, download

Deche (whose name I'm not going to remember to spell with the accent mark every time, sorry) is a band comprised of members/former members of lots of other Cleveland bands, much like most other Cleveland bands. Their band name is French, but as this is an allegedly family-friendly paper, I don't think I should print a translation here. The song "Bruce~Anika" sorta reminds me of Wetbrain's "Euthanize Me," 'cause of the slow intro, ya see. The lyrics seem to be at least somewhat autobiographical; I definitely caught "I don't really have words for this song" in there. "G12~Anthem" (not all their songs have that squiggle line that I don't know what it's called in the title, let me assure you) has a nice lounge bit as an intro, and nice doubled up (harmony? sorta!) vocals throughout. Side Boobee (ingenious label design, by the way) starts out with "Charles," which really serves to demonstrate how adept singer Diva Cockley is at sounding like a combination of Kill The Hippies' PP Envy and every Powerpuff Girl. In a good way, though! Hey, speaking of KTH, Matt/Morte/Mortician/Mortimer recorded and mixed this, just FYI. Anyway, aside from the vocal talent, the band also features Princess Vegantron, Dr. Wedge, and French Titties (if this ends up censored, it's not my fault) providing the music. Musically, speaking of music, it reminds me of '90s Cleveland hardcore of the style perpetuated by the bands on Noncommercial. I wonder if this band has a member with connections there or something. Also, if you read this and get the impression that I only listen to local music, you may not be entirely wrong. Where was I? Oh, yeah, the tape closes with "Yoko Uno," which may hint at another vocal influence. Nice backing vocals, too. Anyway, this is 7 songs of pretty darn good hardcore, if you go for that sort of thing, with a twist of pretty gosh darn unique vocals. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 4.5/5

(dechecleveland.bandcamp.com for the digital version, try emailing maude.lague@gmail.com for a physical copy)

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The Lakewood Housing Market Is On Fire!

Spring is here, the election is coming, and the market is HOT! This is the best housing market Lakewood, Cuyahoga county, and Ohio in general has seen in years.

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Church Of The Ascension To Host Pop-Up Kitchen Benefit For Providence House

EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, nationally acclaimed for its prison re-entry program, will bring its celebrated French cuisine to Lakewood to benefit Providence House, one of the nation’s longest operating crisis nurseries. A West Side Pop-up Kitchen will be held Sunday, June 12 at 5 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension, 13216 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.

Providence House is one of just 70 in operation in the U.S. and Canada today offering emergency shelter and care to children who are actively at risk for abuse and neglect due to family crisis. More than a shelter for at-risk children, the agency offers holistic services for children and their families including education, mentoring, case management and aftercare focused on family preservation. It is Ohio’s only voluntary Crisis Intervention and Family Preservation Program that offers a comprehensive, integrated model of crisis care, designed to bring positive, permanent change, filled with help and hope for a safe, stable, and self-sufficient future for parents and their children.

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What’s Your Damage? "Heathers: The Musical" Premieres At Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents the regional premiere of "Heathers: The Musical" May 27 through July 2, 2016 in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: DAMAGE to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by May 26. Please note Sunday 7 p.m. curtain. This production contains strong language and content.

Based on the iconic 1989 cult film, "Heathers: The Musical" is adapted by Tony-nominee Laurence O’Keefe and Emmy-winner Kevin Murphy. This darkly delicious comedy follows Veronica Sawyer, a teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. Just as Veronica makes her mark with the popular crowd, she falls for the sexy outsider J.D. Will Veronica risk it all for a boy, or will J.D. bite the bullet and put the Heathers in their place—six feet under? Praised by The New York Times as “a rowdy guilty pleasure,” this production is for anyone who’s ever been in love, in trouble…or in high school.

"Heathers: The Musical" is directed by Scott Spence, the man responsible for the Beck Center’s record-breaking production "Evil Dead: The Musical," "Reefer Madness," and "Eating Raoul." “Musicals born from cult movies have been perhaps my favorite projects over the years at Beck Center, especially ones that we produce in the Studio Theater,” said Spence. "I am excited to add the wickedly funny "Heathers" to that mix, a musical that manages to combine the blackest of comedy with a wonderful sense of social commentary that rings as true today as it did when the film premiered in 1989.”

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LPL Offers Free, Four-Week Course On James Joyce Novel

In 1916, the year Lakewood Public Library first opened its doors, a groundbreaking work of fiction by a now world-famous Irish author was published in New York. “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” was James Joyce’s first novel, a semi-autobiographical account of the author’s youth.

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Salt Cake, No Bake, Goodness Sake.

You might have noticed all the buzz about the Lakewood Public Library’s 100th birthday this year. Though our big bash was May 19 we’re going to keep the party rolling all summer long with birthday themed crafts, events, and activities. And a birthday is no birthday without cake! We’re looking for some creative families to join us at the library to make a special salt dough birthday cake craft. Though the cake is inedible, the fun will be sweet enough for everyone. We’ll have salt dough batches ready for you and will walk you through the steps to creating a super cute pretend cake that you can take home.

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Birthday Bash

For you and your 4-7 year old child

You and your child are invited to a special story time, make a craft, then leave your stuffed animal overnight to have a “birthday sleepover party.” Come back the next day to see what crazy fun they were up to while you were gone! Participants must be able to attend both days. Registration required.

Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room & Thursday, June 2, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Lakewood Lego® League

For children in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers & family welcome)

Team up with family members or go solo using our Lego® Bricks to build something amazing out of “100 pieces for 100 years!” Tour the results and vote for a winner, then try your hand at competing against others to build the tallest tower or create your own vehicle and race it down our track. Registration required.

Saturday, June 4, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Birthday Bash! Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Stuffed animal friends cozy up on the couch for a bedtime story.

Kids love celebrating birthdays with a sleepover and so do we at Lakewood Public Library. You and your 4- to 7-year-old child are invited to join us for a Stuffed Animal Sleepover Birthday Bash in celebration of the Library’s 100th birthday this year. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1 in the Main Library Activity Room.

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LPL Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 26
Booked for Murder: Murder by Any Other Name

Join us as we discuss "Holmes on the Range" by Steve Hockensmith
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Meeting Room

Sunday, May 29
Library closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Monday, May 30
Library closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Thursday, June 2
In a Great Solemn Cathedral: 100 Years of the National Parks Service

Wallace Stegner called national parks “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” Craig Kenkel, Superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, takes a look back at the wonders that have been preserved for us by the men and women of the National Park Service.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Accessing Benefits For Older Adults

Even the best of us struggle at times with insurance issues and government assistance questions. The trick is to know where to turn to get these questions answered. The Lakewood Division of Aging is pleased to partner with the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program, and the Cuyahoga County Department of Senior and Adult Services to get all your questions answered. On the first Tuesday of the month, a volunteer from OSHIIP will be at the Lawther Senior Center. Bring your confusing Medicare paperwork, and all your questions, and the trained volunteer will help you get your concerns resolved. Call the Lakewood Division of Aging at 216-521-1515 to schedule an Appointment.

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Senator Skindell Promotes Railroad Safety With Senate Resolution 443

State Senator Michael Skindell

To promote railroad safety, State Senator Michael Skindell (D- Lakewood) recently introduced Senate Resolution 443, which calls for the passage of a proposed rule from the Federal Railroad Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation to require all railroad crews to be two-person. If approved, the rule will be a part of the Code of Federal Regulations and will mandate the two-person crew on railroads nationwide.
 
The resolution states that a freight train crew member is currently required to work 12 continuous hours of service. Because the train is constantly moving, there is no time for the crew member to rest. And while advancements in automated technology such as Positive Train Control systems improve railroad safety, they are not a substitute for additional crew members. Having a two-person crew minimizes the likelihood of train-related accidents.
 
“The proposed rule by the Federal Railroad Administration is vitally important for the safety of our communities,” said Senator Skindell. “Trains carry goods and materials all over our state and intersect with our neighborhoods on a daily basis. Requiring a two-person crew puts in place a necessary safeguard. I hope, with this resolution, Ohio will add its voice to this important issue.”

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City-Wide Scavenger Hunt

Test your sleuthing skills as you navigate Lakewood to find unique architectural details! Join the Lakewood Historical Society on its 7th annual National Historic Preservation Month scavenger hunt.

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Proposed Legislation Discourages Non-Essential State Travel To North Carolina

State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) this week introduced a resolution urging all state employees and officials to refrain from engaging in non-essential official state travel to North Carolina. The resolution comes in response to the passage of the controversial bathroom access law in North Carolina that critics, and now the U.S. Department of Justice, say allows discrimination against LGBT individuals.

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LEAF Kicks Off Another Year Of Local Food In Lakewood

The sounds of live music waft through the air, families gathered on the Library’s front porch, and baskets overflowing with colorful produce, can only mean one thing – it’s time for LEAF Night Farmers' Markets again! Join us in front of the Main Library for our very first LEAF Night of the year, our annual "Spring Fest," on June 9th and again every Thursday night through the end of the growing season in October from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Ave.

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Backyard Hens, Lakewood Style!

After five years of educating and lobbying for responsible backyard hen keeping in Lakewood, City Council voted unanimously (6-0) in support of a hen ordinance at their May 2nd meeting. The ordinance will allow up to 13 permits to be granted a year until a cap of 50 permits is reached.

In November of 2014, Council passed a resolution by a narrow margin allowing for a pilot project in backyard hen ownership. Mayor Summers signed off on the pilot the following day. Since then, 11 families evenly spread out in all four wards, have successfully raised up to six hens each in their Lakewood yards. A coop tour was offered in September 2015 so Lakewood residents could experience first hand what these pilot families have accomplished. Over 100 visitors came to our pilot family yards in just a two hour period!

This newly passed hen ordinance is very specific about how responsible backyard hen ownership will work here in Lakewood. Besides a limit on yearly permits issued, here are some other important aspects of the ordinance:

- Anyone applying for a permit must have taken a backyard hen class and include a certificate or letter proving this with their permit application. A class is being offered by Hens in Lakewood and the Metroparks. It is being held at the main branch of the Lakewood Library in the multipurpose room on June 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you want hens or just want to know more about how to raise hens, sign up and RSVP for this class at lakewoodhens@gmail.com or join the Hens in Lakewood Facebook page and RSVP there. An RSVP is required.

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LHS Sports News

Senior outfielder Katelyn Martin scores the first run of Lakewood's 15-0 tournament win over Lincoln West

LHS SOFTBALL WINS IN FINAL WEEK; LOOKS TO NEXT SEASON

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Pitching Dominates In Eagle/Ranger Tournament Runs

EAGLE PITCHER TOSSES "PERFECT" PERFECT GAME

St. Edward senior Jaret Edwards accomplished an incredibly rare feat in his team's OHSAA Second Round game on May 12 at League Park in Cleveland. He tossed a perfect game against John Marshall High School, which had scored 15 runs in a tournament game the day before. Not only did no-one reach base...but Edwards struck out every one of the 15 batters that he faced. The game made national news, being featured on outlets like USA Today and Fox Sports. The Eagles won the game 10-0, which is why it lasted only five innings (the OHSAA has a "mercy rule"). The win propelled the Eagles to a District semi-final match-up with Lakewood.

RANGERS WIN TOURNAMENT COMEBACK THRILLER AGAINST NORMANDY

While Edwards was mowing down batters at League Park, Lakewood was hosting its own second round tournament game. This match-up against Normandy was an exciting nail-biter that came down to the final play.

Normandy took an early lead in the top of the second inning, as left-handed power hitter Jarrett Dillon launched a two-run homer over the right field fence. The Invaders added an unearned run in the 3rd inning, but stranded a runner on third when Bulchik struck out back-to-back Normandy batters. The Rangers answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. It started with Creek Miller reaching base on an infield single. Blake Setta then hit a double, which brought Miller all the way home to score. Setta advanced to third base on the throw, giving the Rangers a man on third base with only one out. RJ Vendervort was then hit by a pitch, putting Ranger runners on the corners. A double steal during the next at bat brought Setta home, cutting the Invader lead to 3-2.

That score held for the next couple innings, as both pitchers kept the offenses at bay. The Rangers made their move in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs to take the lead in a crucial rally. It started with Bulchik reaching on a single. Senior speedster Michael Goolsby was put in to pinch run. After being sacrificed to second base, Goolsby scored the game-tying run on another double by Blake Setta. An exuberant Ranger dugout celebrated, but there was more to be done. The Rangers got two more doubles in the inning, taking a 5-3 lead into the final inning.

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Animal Lovers Party At "Hair Of The Dog" Event

CCLAS Board Member Kristen Kish (left) and CCLAS President Megan Baucco greeted guests at the door.

Citizens Committee for a Lakewood Animal Shelter held its 12th annual “Hair of the Dog” Happy Hour and Silent Auction on May 19th at Around the Corner. The event was a rousing success, raising over $8,500. CCLAS will use the funds to continue finding homes for Lakewood’s homeless pets. These efforts include funding medical care for pets that otherwise would not survive; fostering abandoned and orphaned litters; and spaying and neutering Lakewood pets to prevent overpopulation.

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Bad Government 6 "The Truth Does Not Matter" Says Law Director: MetroHealth's Proposal To Run Lakewood Hospital Was Real, The Bidding Process Was Not

It was a startling public admission by Law Director Kevin Butler at the May 16, 2016 city council meeting. After a citizen, Brian Essi, presented new and compelling evidence to city council showing that Mayor Summers actively misled council and the public about MetroHealth’s offers to operate Lakewood Hospital, Butler said that the truth about Summers’ potentially illegal conduct does not matter.

It was a startling public admission by Law Director Kevin Butler at the May 16, 2016 city council meeting. After a citizen, Brian Essi, presented new and compelling evidence to city council showing that Mayor Summers actively misled council and the public about MetroHealth’s offers to operate Lakewood Hospital, Butler said that the truth about Summers’ potentially illegal conduct does not matter.

Amidst the new evidence that has surfaced since the last issue of the Lakewood Observer is an internal email from Metro Health’s Director of Business Development, Julie Jocono, discussing how Metro would respond to a County Councilman inquiry about Metro’s interest in taking over Lakewood Hospital. Ms. Jocono wrote, on January 15, 2015 (the day of Summers’ public announcement of the hospital closure): “I think we should be open about the fact that we [Metro] tried and they (the [Summers] selection committee) turned us down. They would rather have an outpatient office with ccf over a hospital with metro.” Ms. Jocono was listed as a key member on Metro’s team and was directly involved in Metro’s efforts to operate Lakewood Hospital—she squarely contradicted numerous false claims by Summers that Metro’s interest “went away.” It is now clear that Metro’s offer was real but the bidding process was a sham process orchestrated by Summers in which the Cleveland Clinic was the only party allowed to bid on a family health center.

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West Shore Awards Career Passports To Graduates

Health Careers graduate Jacob Whitney receiving his Career Passport.

Congratulations to the 196 West Shore Career-Technical students who received their Career Passports at the annual assembly and recognition program on Tuesday May 17th. Career Passports are awarded to West Shore students who successfully complete their course of study. Each passport includes the student’s resume, state testing certificates along with any career-field licensing, and awards the student has earned including the Lakewood/Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Work Ethic Award and the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Outstanding Student Award. Local mayors and legislators contributed congratulatory letters as well.

Thirty-five students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society, and 22 students received a Career-Technical Honors Diploma. West Shore wishes these students ongoing success as they continue their education and/or enter the work force.

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LHS Academic Challenge Team Fifth In State

Over the past several weeks, the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team competed in the Regional and State Tournaments. Finishing runner-up to Solon at the Regionals, LHS team members, Robby Fehrenbach, Jon Pizzo, Alex Grunder, Zeke Dalisky, Ian Bell and Evan Suttell advanced to the State finals in Columbus on May 7. Lakewood placed fifth, behind Solon, Sidney (Lima), Northmont (Dayton), and Copley.  

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Lakewood’s CityWide Street Sale Set For June 23-25

Lakewood’s CityWide Street Sale draws shoppers from across the region for three days of sales.

The Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance (DLBA) – a program of LakewoodAlive – is pleased to once again host the 7th Annual CityWide Street Sale on June 23-25. Merchant sales will be going on throughout Lakewood, and residents are encouraged to join in by hosting their own garage sale that weekend.

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LHS Orchestra Director Named Grammy Award Quarterfinalist Again

Lakewood High School Orchestra Director Elizabeth Hankins is two-for-two in landing a spot on the select list of music teachers from across the country that have been named as quarterfinalists for the 2016 Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. The 290 quarterfinalists were chosen from more than 4,500 initial nominations submitted for the award.

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The 14th Annual Nature’s Bin & Friends Neighborhood Run Is Saturday, June 11

Nature’s Bin is again teaming up with "New Avenues to Independence" and "The Arc of Greater Cleveland" for what has become an annual tradition. This community event is on Saturday, June 11th, at Lakewood Park in Lakewood, Ohio. The 5K (3.1 mile) road run course and a 1-mile run/walk course is fast, flat and paved for wheelchairs and strollers. Runners will be chip-timed, and pre-registered participants will receive short-sleeved tech shirts. “This is a great collaboration among agencies that serve people with disabilities and that have similar missions,” commented Nancy Peppler, executive director of Cornucopia. “It is an easy and fun way for runners and those who just want to walk, to support all three organizations at once.”

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District Hires New Director Of Student Services

Lisa Bruening, Lakewood City Schools’ next Director of Student Services beginning August 1, 2016

The Board of Education, at its May 16 meeting, approved Lisa Bruening to replace Christine Palumbo as Lakewood City Schools’ next Director of Student Services. Bruening begins her new role August 1, when Palumbo moves into the position of Director of Teaching and Learning, K-12.

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PTA Council Honors Top Educator, Students & Others

LHS senior Christin Donahoe receives her scholarship from scholarship committee member Nora Katzenberger.

The Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on May 4 at Harding Middle School including $4,000 in scholarships to students and the Educator of the Year award.

The council awarded Horace Mann Elementary School special education teacher Cristina Smith the Educator of the Year award. Smith was part of the effort to make the Horace Mann playground handicap-accessible and also worked on a collaboration with Beck Center for the Arts that brought music and art therapy to the CHAMPS unit at Horace Mann. Educator of the Year nominees from other school buildings were also recognized: Chris Johnson of Roosevelt Elementary School, Amy Miller of Lincoln Elementary School, Daniel O’Brien of Harding Middle School, Joshua Thornsberry of Garfield Middle School and Amy Garritano of Lakewood High School.

Earning $1,000 scholarships each this year were seniors Christin Donahoe, Robert Fehrenbach, Jonathon Pizzo and Claire Black, who was also awarded a scholarship from the Ohio PTA representative present.

The Helping Hand award goes to a staff member in the school buildings other than a teacher who goes above and beyond in helping students and staff. Horace Mann Parent Resource Coordinator Chris Bringman was given the Helping Hand award for all that she does for parents and students, particularly with the K-Kids Club.

The Golden Apple award is reserved for special recognitions of service. It is given to individuals for their outstanding efforts to improve or make a difference on the behalf Lakewood City Schools' students and who have been instrumental in supporting and aiding in the success of PTA. This year, Christina McCallum, assistant to Assistant Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio was awarded the Golden Apple.

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Father/Daughter Dance Packs The House; Mother/Son Dance Announced For The Fall

The corsage table was a popular spot at the dance...here are some happy customers.    

The 3rd Annual Lakewood Father/Daughter Dance was a rousing success, selling out days before the event. The dance, which was held on April 30 at Garfield Middle School, hosted 850 people. Participants were lined up well before the 6pm start time, and it was worth the wait. In addition to dancing, there was food, crafts, games, and photo booths.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 3:42 PM, 05.10.2016

Backyard Hen Keeping Approved By Council

Council President and Ward II Councilman Sam O’Leary called the May 2, 2016 Council meeting to order at 7:37 p.m. Their first order of business was to once again excuse the absence of Councilman Ryan Nowlin (At-Large) who was out due to family illness. Council did so.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 3:42 PM, 05.10.2016

Robin Suttell Named 2016 Taste Of Lakewood Blogger

Journalist-turned-PR-professional Robin Suttell has been named the 2016 Taste of Lakewood Blogger. Suttell is writing about her visits to restaurants that are participating in the 13th Annual Taste of Lakewood, the community’s largest food event that highlights the city’s eclectic mix of award-winning restaurants and food purveyors.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 3:42 PM, 05.10.2016

Gloria Steinem Joins Women Lawmakers For Day At The Statehouse

Members of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus stand with nationally renowned journalist Gloria Steinem, pictured fifth from the right.

Celebrated feminist, journalist discusses Ohio issues during “Real Talk” forum

The Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC) last month hosted nationally renowned American feminist, activist and journalist Gloria Steinem for a series of events at the Ohio Statehouse. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Gloria Steinem was a key figure during the women’s rights movement of the late 1960’s and has received numerous bestselling book awards for her writing on women’s issues on personal, national and global levels.

“She reminded us today that we must not think of the world in terms of a hierarchy, with rankings above one another, but as an interconnected web,” said House Democratic Whip Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood). “This hierarchical view has allowed government to slowly chip away at women’s reproductive rights and autonomy, affecting their partners, children and families as a whole. I am pleased to have been part of this important discussion today and I hope that we can come together as a society to stop these fundamentally unjust attacks against women and their reproductive freedoms.”

Steinem spent the day in Columbus with members of the OHDWC and took time to meet with staff in the morning.

“Gloria Steinem is an inspiring hero and role-model for women in Ohio and across the nation,” said Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), chair of the OHDWC. “From the gender wage gap, to restrictions on women’s access to healthcare, to outdated and incomplete laws against rape, many of the challenges women in Ohio face today are the same issues Gloria has been fighting against and raising awareness of for decades. The challenges we face in Ohio are certainly real, but they are not insurmountable if we come together, speak with one voice and make a stand.”

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 3:33 PM, 05.10.2016

District Event Celebrates Middle School Writers

Garfield Middle School sixth-grader Erin Ptacek goes over one of her writing samples with her dad, James Ptacek.

Garfield Middle School and Harding Middle School students and their families gathered together on May 3 to celebrate the great progress the students have each made this year as writers. The evening was organized to toast the hard work and great results achieved through working with Lakewood Schools' new writing curriculum, Columbia Writing Workshop or as students refer to it, “workshop.”

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Missing Millions: A Reminder That Lakewood Hospital Was Profitable

Marguerite Harkness, CPA

In the following statement Marguerite Harkness, CPA and Committee Chairperson, reaffirmed that Lakewood Hospital could easily be a profitable business if operated properly.

“The Clinic had increased administrative fees by 718% from 2002 to 2014 without providing any explanation. Last year, Lakewood Hospital handed over more than 24 million dollars in fees that the Clinic refused to account for. Any health care provider would have loved the deal the Clinic had, charging whatever it pleased without accountability.

“Free of these excessive fees, we confidently estimate hospital earnings of 18 to 20 million dollars annually before depreciation. That could add up to a 14% return on net patient revenue. The conclusion is clear. The hospital could easily operate at a profit. Otherwise why would three health care operators be so interested in running Lakewood Hospital? There was no open bidding. Serious suitors were coldly rejected. It only makes business sense to have considered these proposals. Instead, the city turned the hospital over to the Clinic for pennies on the dollar. You don’t have to be Warren Buffett to figure out that this is a horrible deal.” – Marguerite Harkness, Chairperson, Save Lakewood Hospital Committee

A referendum vote to repeal the deal that closed Lakewood Hospital will appear on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

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LHS Sports Notes

Group shot of LHS track seniors and families at Senior Night. Photo by Alex Belisle

RANGER TENNIS CONTINUES STRONG SEASON WITH SENIOR NIGHT WIN OVER ST. EDWARD

The LHS boys tennis team got off to a strong start this season, winning seven of its first nine league matches and reaching an overall record of 9-3. They carried that momentum into their Senior Night contest against crosstown rival St. Edward. The Rangers knocked off the Eagles 3-2, by virtue of winning both tightly contested doubles points.

The program has benefited from experience, as six of their seven starters are seniors. Head Coach Chris Johnson also likes his team’s collective tennis IQ. “We have an extremely smart team,” he said. The Rangers’ #1 doubles pair (Robby Fehrenbach and Jarod Malaluso) has spearheaded their effort this year, winning its first ten matches of the season. Fehrenbach and Malaluso bring athleticism to the team, as they both also play on the Rangers’ soccer team. Johnson thinks their soccer experience also gives them an edge. “They are used to being competitive,” he said.

Senior Frank Figueiredo won nine of his first 12 matches as the team’s #1 singles player. He has been in that #1 slot for three seasons, giving him plenty of experience. “He’s got a lot of power,” says Johnson, “and he’s left-handed.”

In addition to the win over St. Edward, the team knocked off quality opponents such as Strongsville, North Olmsted,  and Avon. Johnson, who has led the program to three league titles in his 15 years as coach, is hoping to add another conference trophy to the collection. OHSAA tennis tournament play will begin on May 12th for the Rangers, beginning with the sectionals at the Oberlin College Tennis Courts.

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Eagles Go Back To The Future; Beat Midview At Historic League Park, Original Home Of The Indians

Junior Quinn Lavelle, a Northwestern recruit, pitched a complete game win over Midview.

Unlike their crosstown neighbors at Lakewood High, the St. Edward baseball team does not have a home field. Their transient status usually creates headaches….over the years they have played “home” games everywhere from Strongsville to Avon to Lorain. All those extra miles can be a grind during a long season. However, once in a while, the Eagles’ nomadic program is able to play in a unique setting. One such opportunity happened on April 30th in the Hough neighborhood of Cleveland.

St. Edward hosted Midview at League Park, which was recently renovated by the City of Cleveland. The field, located at East 66th and Lexington, began hosting professional baseball’s Cleveland Spiders in 1891. It was the first home of the Cleveland Indians, hosting games from 1901 until 1946. It hosted games in the 1920 World Series, where the Indians defeated Brooklyn 5 games to 2 (the World Series was “best of nine” from 1919 to 1921). The Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro American League won the 1945 Negro League World Series at League Park in 1945. Even the NFL’s Cleveland Rams played at League Park in 1937 and during the early 1940s. Yes, that is the same team that became the Los Angeles/St. Louis/back to Los Angeles Rams.

The Indians moved full-time to downtown’s Municipal Stadium in 1947, two years after the Rams left for California. After the 1950 season the Buckeyes folded, leaving League Park with no tenants. The stadium decayed over the years, reflecting the decline of the Hough neighborhood where it sat. By 2011 all that was left was the original ticket house and one grandstand wall. In that year, the City decided to restore the ball field and turn the ticket house into a baseball museum. The project was completed in August 2014.

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Espousing Bombast: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 24

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. 

Archie & The Bunkers Meet The Cleveland Steamers - Hung Up On You - Smog Veil Records - 1 song - 7"

This one's only a one-sided 7", with only one song, so this review is gonna be pretty short. Everyone's favorite band, Archie & The Bunkers, team up with Cheese Borger's ClePunk veterans The Cleveland Steamers for this single song. It's a pretty rockin' number, augmenting Cleveland Steamers Nick Summa's snarling guitar, Meredith Rutledge-Borger's lead vocals, and Cheese's stomping bassline with Archie & The Bunkers' Cullen O'Connor's swirling organ and Emmett O'Connor's pounding drums. I'm not sure if regular Steamers drummer Steve-O appears on this, though I would think so, as the drum sound is pretty darn heavy. Maybe it's just a loud mix. Anyways, I think the only criticisms I would have are that I'd like to hear more from this collaboration, rather than just the one song. Hopefully there's something coming from that end in the future. Also, just to add to the Archie-ness of it, perhaps Emmett should have thrown on some backing vocals. Just a suggestion. I also like the Dome! label (that's a reference to legendary Cleveland label Drome, if you don't get it). Oh, right, I said this would be a short review. So, yeah, it's a good song. It seems to be only available through the Smog Veil website as part of a bonus if you pre-order the Mr. Stress or Robert Bensick records, so you can do that or try and track one down at an area record store, if you can. I don't rate things unless they have 3 songs or more, but it's a good record. Even if, for some reason, you like neither of the bands here, you should still buy one for its collector's item value. Not that I'm encouraging that sort of thing.

(smogveil.com if you want to order some of those other records, or hunt one down for yourself at…you know…around…) 

Heavenly Queen - Heavenly Queen - Phoenician MicroSystems - 10 songs - Cassette, download

Did you like the Queen Of Hell 12" from two columns ago? Well, perhaps you'll like this band as well. This is that band's alter-ego: a lighter, softer, poppier, and friendlier band who just want to have a good time, trading the heaviness for heavenliness. The liner notes feature a band bio if you'd like to know more, as well as giving more fun names to the band members– Sir Mortimer Treacle-Horne, Marquis "Madame" Spectacles, The "Candy Dandy" Archduke Dave "Davey" Molasses, and Lord Maximilian Horehound. So, onto the music here. In general, this is a great pop album. "Lollipop Dumpster," the opening cut, is a singalong number with, as my ears hear it, a strong Ohio Express influence. "Queen Of My Dreams" has got a Mod-styled power pop feel to it, kind of Who-esque, ya know? Programme A ends with a pretty good hidden track, "The Look Of Luv," and Programme B starts with a song that's definitely among my favorites here, "Banana Split Lip," with Mortimer's vocal delivery alternating between a drawl and a growl over a peppy tune. "Uh Uh Uh" was also great, continuing Morte's trend of singing in French (see Kill The Hippies' "Mustache"), and even though I didn't understand the words (I did catch "j'adore" in there somewhere), it's still a great song. Plus, it has a backwards guitar solo, so where can you go wrong with that? Another highlight is the closing number, "Root Beer Float," which alternates between a psychedelic part and a glam pop part (and then there's another hidden track). So, in conclusion, if you can't get enough of bubblegum, garage rock, glam pop, '60s pop rock, or anything along those lines, Heavenly Queen may be what's right for you. Also, the download code is on a stick of gum, so that's pretty cool too. They're really good live too, and they're playing August 3rd at the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame & Museum™ with New Planet Trampoline, and probably before then, too. Go! 4.5/5

(queenofhell.bandcamp.com for the download, catch a show or perhaps try Queen Of Hell on Facebook for the tape.)

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 3:33 PM, 05.10.2016

Lakewood Project Headlines May Concerts

May is music month in the Lakewood City Schools! End-of-year concerts fill the calendar until school lets out on May 26. Headlining the month is the annual spring Lakewood Project concert. The rock orchestra will perform on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium. The concert will include performances by several small ensembles and will put the spotlight on graduating seniors as well. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or by calling the Lakewood High Bookroom at 216-529-4047. For a schedule of the rest of the concerts, including choral, orchestra and jazz, please visit the Lakewood City School’s performing arts page at www.lakewoodcityschools.org.

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Bad Government 5: Using A Public Charity To Conceal Government Activity And Records

Mayor Summers, Councilman Tom Bullock and past Council President Mary Madigan participated in governmental planning and decision-making that was actively concealed from the public—all three have acted to hide records from the public. After over a year of public debate and pending litigation, Summers, Bullock and public officials continue to fight to keep public records and details of their secret process from the public.

Here is how they did it (much of which comes from documents now on the city website):  

  1. The city was the sole owner of Lakewood Hospital and the mission was to provide hospital services to Lakewood residents. So any planning and decision-making concerning the sale or closure of Lakewood Hospital was clearly a city government function.  
  2. Starting in 2012, Summers, Bullock and Madigan as ex-officio trustees of LHA engaged in secret government planning and decision- making on the closure of the hospital. For example, in January 2016, Summers testified under oath concerning his activities at LHA: “I believed that it was my responsibility as a Mayor…to shape...the issues facing the hospital and…make a recommendation to the citizens of Lakewood.” However, he, Madigan and Bullock “shaped” it all in secret.
  3. Beginning in 2013 and through January, 2015 when they announced their decision, Summers, Madigan and Bullock (the “ExOfficios”) repeatedly voted to go into secret executive sessions for the contrived reason that public meetings would be “detrimental to the interests of patients.” However, in those meetings, the three secretly planned and decided to eliminate the services provided to the very patients [Lakewood residents] they were sworn to provide the services to and protect.
  4. In 2013, the ExOfficios were all members of the secret “Select Committee” at LHA—Summers controlled who was on that committee and he led it—he chose Cleveland Clinic (CCF) trustees, Tom Gable and Bill Gorton, as well as CCF executives and other CCF trustees to help “shape” the ExOfficios’ “recommendation.”
  5. The goal of Summers’ “Select Committee” was “to ultimately recommend one option” and they decided that the “one option” was to close the hospital. Indeed, in November, 2013, Gable told Councilwoman Cindy Marx that CCF would build a family health center to replace the hospital.
  6.  At a “Special” LHA Board meeting on December 12, 2013, they issued a “written report” and “[t]he copies of the written report were numbered and collected at the conclusion of the executive session.”  That “written report” has never been made public.
  7. Also, on December 12, 1983, the ExOfficios voted to give Summers authority to create a smaller and more secret Step 2 Committee “to continue to define a more comprehensive model for the delivery of future healthcare and health services in Lakewood, potentially including the solicitation of letters of intent with potential partner(s) or investor(s). But this was all a sham, because the ExOfficios had already decided their “one option.” Summers again chose Gable and Gorton to be on Step 2 to influence this governmental decision-making process—Bullock and Madigan approved it.
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Teacher Appreciation Week, "Thank you"

The Lakewood Teachers Association would like to thank the PTAs of the Lakewood City Schools. Nationally, Teacher Appreciation week is observed from May 2nd through May 7th. Locally, the PTAs of all  schools at all levels went above and beyond to ensure the teachers and staff of the Lakewood City Schools felt appreciated. We were humbled by the kind words and gestures, and thoroughly enjoyed the yummy breakfasts/lunches and 'surprises' throughout the week. The members of the Lakewood Teachers Association would like to publicly thank each and every student, parent, and community member for a wonderful week. We are fortunate to work in a community that supports its public schools and for that we are ever thankful. We proudly serve the Lakewood City Schools, "our families" and the Lakewood Community. Thank you for your unwavering support! #ltaproud2teach

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 3:33 PM, 05.10.2016

Field Of Dreams Part Duex

"'The Sacking of Rome' with Monkeys" by Mark Fredrickson.

During 2014, Metro Health System presented a proposal to our civic leadership to invest $100,000,000 in Lakewood Hospital over a 10-year period. Our civic leadership made a decision to reject that proposal. How the decision was made to reject a proposal that would have kept Lakewood Hospital open still remains a mystery to many of us. In fact, the proposal from Metro Health System would have been kept a buried secret, hidden from the voters, but for the diligent efforts of local citizens who cared enough about Lakewood Hospital to start digging.

If you drive along Belle Avenue, sadly, you will see that Lakewood Hospital is now closed. Our civic leaders tell us that it is closed for good, never to reopen as a local community hospital. We are left with an empty hospital building.

Perhaps worse, we are left with civic leadership that didn’t have the knowledge, experience or interest to maintain the most valuable asset in our community. Metro Health System would not have proposed a $100,000,000 investment in Lakewood Hospital, if it wasn’t a valuable asset. Each year Lakewood Hospital generated more than $100,000,000 in gross revenues. It was the single largest economic driver in Lakewood in terms of dollars generated and people employed.

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Harold Loves Maude At The Good Goat Gallery

Harold Loves Maude opens May, Friday the 13th 6pm-9pm. Show runs thru July 23rd.

Harold Loves Maude is a spectacular art show featuring works inspired by the cult classic film: "Harold and Maude." It stars Ruth Gordon & Bud Cort with incredible music by Cat Stevens. Even if you have not seen the film, you will love the art.

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Barton Senior Center Volunteers Contribute 10,647 Hours

Barton Senior Center recently honored the many volunteers who assisted the organization during the past year.  At a dinner show and reception, 116 individuals were recognized for volunteering a total of 10,647 hours during the previous 12 months. This outstanding level of volunteer support would be equivalent to more than 5 full-time employees. “Our volunteers are the key to our success,” stated Center Director Tania Gheen. “Without the volunteers, our small staff would never be able to provide the variety of programs, activities and services offered at Barton Center. It is really a win-win, as our volunteers socialize, make friends and have fun, at the same time that they are helping others.”

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Barton Center To Host 10th Annual Wine & Cheese Fundraiser On May 20

Barton Senior Center will hold its 10th Annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser on Friday, May 20 from 5-8 p.m. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s outdoor Courtyard and in the adjacent indoor Rotunda. More than 25 silent auction items will be available for bid, including wine baskets, event tickets and gift certificates to local restaurants. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a drawing for a flat screen TV. Chef Kevin, from Kevin’s Café at Barton Center, will be serving delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres and of course, there will be plenty of wine and cheese. 

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Change The World With Lakewood United Methodist Church

United Methodists from all over the world will participate in "Change the World" projects to make a difference by service to others on Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th. Members from Lakewood United Methodist Church may select activities with other volunteers to begin building Habitat for Humanity's three homes in the Buckeye neighborhood, or they may join forces with Lakewood Alive to paint Lakewood homes, or work in the gardens to beautify the property of the church located at the corner of Summit and Detroit. Any volunteer is welcome to join with church members to Make a Difference in the world. Call the church office at 216-226-8644 to register. 

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Our Coming Clothespin Election: Hold Your Nose And Vote For Hillary

The writer Adam Gopnik has offered up some recent French history as an object lesson for how we might approach the coming election here in the United States. In 2002, the French far right National Front, headed by Jean-Marie Le Pen, managed—through luck, circumstance and lackluster opposition—to advance to a two-man contest for Prime Minister with the conservative reigning PM Jacque Chirac.

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13th Annual Taste Of Lakewood Set For June 5th

The 13th Annual Taste of Lakewood, co-presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Cleveland Magazine, will be held on Sunday, June 5th at Madison Park from 1-7 p.m. Although the Taste of Lakewood is all about promoting and celebrating Lakewood’s outstanding restaurants, a couple of new tasty ingredients have been added to this year’s outdoor day-long food festival.

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