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2018 Mid-Term Election Results

During a highly contentious, expensive mid-term election cycle, here in Lakewood, our representation at the Ohio Statehouse remains full of familiar faces. In the State Senate, District 23, Nicki Antonio defeated her Republican opponent Steve Flores 65% to 35%. Similarlly, Democrat Michael Skindell dominated Republican Jay Carson 78% to 22% in their race for State Representative in District 13.

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Latest News Releases

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
Fahad A. Saeed, 26 years old with: 2 Counts Aggravated Murder Murder
- Police News, May 18, 2017 Read More
Lakewood Man Helps Bring Cleveland's Latest Championship
- Non-Profit, August 6, 2016 Read More
Fall Leaf Collection To Begin on Monday, November 2nd
- City Hall, October 26, 2015 Read More

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We've Got Our Veterans' Backs

It is no surprise that many military veterans face a variety of health issues resulting from physical, emotional and/or psychological concerns. Veterans Day provides the perfect opportunity to show those veterans the appreciation and gratitude they deserve. That’s why Lakewood’s Gold-In-Touch Massage is offering half off full body relaxation massages to veterans throughout the month of December.

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Once Upon A Time Lakewood Government Actually Did Care About Providing Health Care For The Less Fortunate Among Us

By 1986 the City of Lakewood had long owned and operated Lakewood Hospital. It was managed by an eighteen-member Board of Trustees. The Board was headed by the City’s Mayor who served as its President. The City’s Health Director and the Chairman of City Council’s Hospital Committee were also members of the Board. The other fifteen members were appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council. At least eight of those fifteen members were required to be resident electors of the City of Lakewood.

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Breakfast With Santa Returns To Downtown Lakewood On November 24

Breakfast with Santa returns to Downtown Lakewood on Saturday, November 24.

Santa Claus is indeed coming to town, and it’s sooner than you think. Breakfast with Santa returns to Downtown Lakewood on Saturday, November 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon when Jolly Saint Nick himself visits O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood (Assisted Living Building - 1381 Bunts Road).

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Veteran’s Voices
Presentation by Northeast Ohio Veterans Affairs Healthcare System

Each year thousands of individuals are stationed around the world under active military duty. The return to civilian life is not always smooth and can be greatly impacted by the effects of service-connected disabilities. From benefit claims to healthcare, veterans are eligible for a wide range of services. Join us to hear from veterans who have received services provided by the Northeast Ohio Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Focusing on treating the whole veteran through health promotion and disease prevention, the Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System provides comprehensive, seamless health care and social services for 111,901 Veterans across Northeast Ohio.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Folk-Noir Duo, Charming Disaster, Returns To the good goat gallery November 8th

Folk-noir duo Charming Disaster ("Playfully macabre"- Cleveland Scene Magazine) returns to the good goat gallery on Thursday, Nov 8 on their "Bride of Frankenstein Tour! Doors open at 6 p.m. with a few pre-show activities including a special sneak peek preview of the upcoming art show "Je Suis Amélie", an homage to the dreamer & do-gooder, (which officially opens Saturday, November 10th 6 - 10 p.m.). There will also be a tarot card reading by psychic/medium/Shaman- Joy Wedmedyk, traveling gnome photo booth with photographer Stacie Gerrity, gnome portraits by Jeff Ritchie (of Fred Paints), miniature macabre portraits by Angela Oster, and finally dark poetry by writer Nicole Hennessy. Music will begin around 8 p.m. Tickets are limited and can be purchased on the event page of thegoodgoatgallery.com $10 advance, or $12 at the door.

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LHS Juniors Participating In First Ring Leadership Academy

First Ring Leadership participants (from left): Will Holden, Christopher Brown, Aziza Mohamed, Ava Clause and Autumn Cruz.

On October 19, five Lakewood High students and teacher mentors Gray Cooper and Aimee Guzowski traveled to the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland for the first session of the First Ring Student Leadership Academy, which is part of the First Ring Schools Collaborative. Participating for Lakewood are juniors, Christopher Brown, Ava Clause, Autumn Cruz, Will Holden, and Aziza Mohamed.

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College Club West November 7 General Meeting Features Lake Erie Shipwrecks

The College Club West General Meeting is November 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Don Umerley Center. Guest speaker Kevin Magee will be discussing Lake Erie Shipwrecks. The public is welcome to attend. College Club West offers women living on the west side of Cleveland with four-year degrees and registered nurses opportunities to learn, socialize & participate in fun, meaningful activities. Check the calendar page for upcoming activities. More information at http://www.collegeclubwest.orgcollegeclubwest@gmail.com, or Facebook. 

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Chances Are You Are Recycling Incorrectly

There has been so much attention paid in the media lately to recycling. It seems that most Lakewood residents are more confused than ever on what is to be recycled and what is not. As a 20 year employee of the Lakewood Refuse and Recycling Department, I see first-hand every day that many folks are very conscientious when it comes to their recycling, but just do not know what the guidelines are.  

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30th Anniversary Of LCAC = More Than 150,000 Turkeys Delivered!

Volunteers bag donated food.

Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation has been dedicated to alleviating hunger at the holiday season for 30 years. In 1988, a small board of dedicated volunteers formalized LCAC as a nonprofit organization. Since that time, LCAC has delivered more than 150,000 frozen turkeys, along with bagloads of canned goods, perishable and non-perishable items to Lakewood families and seniors in need. LCAC is able to provide enough food for families to host traditional holiday celebrations because of the generosity of its many donors, sponsors and most importantly, an army of hundreds of volunteers.

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Staff Spotlight Honorees: Dawn Katona & Kris Kantor

Kris Kantor

DAWN KATONA

Emerson Elementary School 2nd grade teacher Dawn Katona spreads joy everywhere she goes. She infuses her classroom with it, she sparks it in her colleagues, and she shares it with every student she meets.

“Dawn’s heart walks outside of herself,” says fellow Emerson teacher and Dawn’s nominator, Mary McCool Berry. “The joy she graciously shares is contagious.”

Dawn's positive outlook on life, love of teaching, and can-do attitude helps create a joyful and nurturing environment at Emerson and affects everyone from students to co-workers to families. She serves on the PBIS committee that strives to create a positive and respectful school culture among the students and she heads up the staff social committee that brings Emerson colleagues together every month to laugh and share over breakfast and at end-of-year celebrations. She also heads up outreach efforts for families and staff during times of crisis, organizing meals, collecting cash donations and even arranging for bills to be paid.

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Downtown Lakewood To Host Small Business Weekend November 23 - 25

Lakewoodites and visitors alike are encouraged to shop small to celebrate the many wonderful small businesses in our city.

Small businesses serve as the lifeblood of our community, ensuring our neighborhoods remain vibrant and our local economy remains strong. Here’s your chance to celebrate the many wonderful small businesses in our city.

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LEGO® Family Challenge

For youth in K–5th grade and their families.

The Library has a new LEGO® challenge for you and your family! This year’s special build will be a community effort as everyone who attends will get a chance to build their own unique marble maze out of LEGO® bricks and share their mazes with each other. Feel free to keep on building in free play and add your creations to our display table. More activities await as kids can also race against other kids and the clock when trying to build the tallest tower, or race a custom-made car against other kids on our racetrack ramp. Families are encouraged to work together, but kids can work solo as well.

To join in the fun, please stop in to register, or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140. This program takes place Saturday, November 10, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Party Pals Animal Show

Bring the whole family to the Lakewood Public Library for a fun program filled with live animals! See turtles, frogs, ferrets, bunnies, chinchillas, geckos, doves and more at this educational show. Party Pals Animal Show will take place in the Multipurpose Room on the first floor of the Main Library in the Children’s and Youth Services area on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

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LHS Students Lead Diversity Workshop

While most of our students enjoyed October 12 as a welcome day off from school for the traditional NEOEA Day, more than 15 Lakewood High School students spent their day leading an anti-bullying workshop that focused on students embracing each other's diversity.

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Financial Help For Veterans Is Available

Getting old can be a challenge. For military veterans with limited income, the challenges can be overwhelming. However, a program to help with the cost of assisted living known as Aid and Attendance Benefit is available to qualifying veterans, their surviving spouses and dependent children.

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Retirement Of Cleveland Metroparks Veteran

Cleveland Metroparks Procurement Director and veteran Ronald Drew Ciancutti was in the employee of Cleveland Metroparks for more than 35 years, serving 4 appointing judges, 12 members of the board and 3 executive directors. He will retire December 1, 2018 at the age of 57.

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A Special Veteran’s Day Performance By The Singing Angels

The Singing Angels is a Cleveland institution that has been bringing together some of the most beautiful young voices in Ohio since 1964. The group will be performing at Lakewood Public Library in celebration of Veteran’s Day and the millions of men and women who have served our nation. The concert takes place on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Lower Level Auditorium.

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The Christmas Spider

Hixson's ornament, new for 2018.

Yes, that's correct. The Christmas Spider. Who knew? Mr. Christmas aka Bill Hixson, that's who. Every year I learn from Bill some new lore of Christmas and how it's celebrated throughout the world. Bill has just printed a new book describing just that. He documents how traditions started and their meaning from St. Nicholas to candles, wreaths, and even spiders and their glorious webs.

Apparently long ago on Christmas Eve in Poland, a poor woodcutter and his family had a Christmas tree, but not the means to decorate it. With heavy hearts, they retired to bed to dream of the day ahead. When they awoke the family was delighted to see that Angels had sent Spiders to cover the tree with shiny silver webs! Throughout the Ukraine and Poland it is still celebrated by placing a silver spider web on the tree.

I, for one am going to start the tradition in my house. The web ornaments at Hixson's are gorgeous, and the silver and glass beaded spider can also be worn as a pin throughout the year. Great gift idea. 


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Rangers Wrap Up Season on Senior Night

Lakewood fell 56-13 to North Ridgeville on a cold, damp night at FFL Stadium. 

The LHS football season ended Friday night with a 56-13 home loss to North Ridgeville. Lakewood running back DJ Jackson, who was honored along with all the senior players before the game,  had 194 yards and two touchdowns in the contest.  The senior class persevered a turbulent era at LHS, having three different head coaches over the past three seasons.

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Volume 14, Issue 21, Posted 9:55 AM, 10.27.2018

Middies Sink Rangers 49-14

Rangers fell 49-14 to Midview on a chilly night in Grafton. 

The LHS football team suffered a disappointing loss on  Friday night, falling 49-14 to Midview. Turnovers and mistakes doomed the Rangers, who were coming off their first win of the year against Westlake. Lakewood senior Kyren Jefferson provided the highlight of the evening, setting the new school record for pass receptions in a season. The previous record (48 catches) was set in 1988 by Chip Chambers.

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Volume 14, Issue 21, Posted 11:16 PM, 10.19.2018

LakewoodAlive’s Ian Andrews Honored As Member Of Crain’s 2018 Forty Under 40 Class

LakewoodAlive's Ian Andrews

LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews has been selected as a member of the 2018 Forty Under 40 class by Crain’s Cleveland Business. The honor is bestowed to community leaders who, despite being young, have made a considerable impact within Northeast Ohio through professional successes and civic contributions.      

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 2:25 PM, 10.16.2018

Superintendent To Hold First "Listen & Learn" Session Oct. 25

Lakewood City Schools' Superintendent Mike Barnes will be holding a series of "Listen & Learn" sessions 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 Thursday, October 25 from 9-10 am at Blackbird Baking Company at 1391 Sloane Ave. Come and share with Dr. Barnes your thoughts, ideas and concerns for the District.

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Make Your Vote Count And Your Voice Heard

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio is a candidate for State Senate 23

This November 6th is Election day! I can’t think of a more important election to make your voice heard than this one. We all know that women and men were imprisoned, tortured and died fighting for the right to vote. Suffrage activist Alice Paul, civil rights activists Rev. George Lee, Fannie Lou Hammer and thousands of everyday people turned activists, risked their lives to assure the right to vote for all who were denied or disenfranchised from access to the ballot box. Recent backwards policy actions have included a purge of voters from the registration rolls, voter ID laws and other barriers placed in front of people to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. On the brighter side, here in Ohio we do have early voting which extends the ability of a registered voter to cast a ballot from October 10th until Election day, November 6th to better accommodate work schedules and actually make it easier for people to vote.

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Ranger Cafe To Open For Lunch Starting Oct. 23

The Ranger Cafe @ West Shore, housed at Lakewood High School will open its doors for business this school year on Tuesday, October 23. The restaurant is operated by the West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts program. The students in the program receive hands-on training while operating a real world business. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 216-529-4165, ext. 1.  The cafe is open from 12:00-1:30 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Menu items are homemade and include soups, salads, paninis, quiche, pasta, and fish, to name a few. Prices are super reasonable so go ahead and give it a try! Ranger Cafe never disappoints! For more information, visit the Ranger Cafe website at http://www.lakewoodcityschools.org/14/content/rangercafe.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Author Event - The Torso Murders Double Feature
"The Company of Demons: A Novel" 
and "The Unclaimed Victim"
Books by Michael Jordan and D.M. Pulley

Meet two authors in this special double feature! Michael Jordan and D.M. Pulley present their fiction versions of the Torso Murders. "In The Company of Demons," the brutal murder of a friend leaves lawyer John Coleman stunned as the killing evokes memories of the Torso Murderer. In "The Unclaimed Victim," in 1938 a madman hunts his victims through the hobo jungles of Cleveland, terrorizing the city.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In

Katherine Nagasawa is a journalist and documentary filmmaker.

The Ohio Fair Trade Teach-in and Expo was first held in 2005 and brings people of all ages together from across the state to learn about and become more involved in supporting fair trade – a model for socially and environmentally conscious consumerism. This year, the event will feature speakers focused on changing the banana industry to be empowering to local farmers and communities.

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Transfiguration Parish's 9th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner & Raffle

Please mark your calendar now and plan to participate in Transfiguration Parish’s 9th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner & Raffle to be held on Sunday, October 28th, in the parish hall at 12608 Madison Ave. in Lakewood. Dinner will be served from 12:00-3:30 p.m. This is Transfiguration Parish’s primary fundraiser of the year and a wonderful tradition for our parish community. Help us make it a successful one!

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Preschool Information Night Is On October 22nd - Open To All

The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is hosting its annual Preschool Information Night on Monday, October 22nd from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Hayes Elementary School (16401 Delaware Avenue) in the Cafeteria. Representatives from area preschools will provide information about their programs at tables and answer individual questions from parents and caregivers. Preschool Information Night is a great opportunity for young area families to learn about the variety of preschool options in our community.

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Lakewood Is Saying Goodbye To One Of Its Oldest Merchants, Cerny Shoes

CERNY SHOES has been a fixture in downtown Lakewood for years. In fact, Don and Marlene Cerny are third generation owners of the Men’s and Women’s shoe store.

Since 1903, the Cerny family has serviced the footwear needs of customers on both the East and West side of Cleveland. Cerny Shoes is the last remaining store of Zak Brothers Shoes, an eleven store chain which was in business during the early 1900’s. William P. Cerny was the president of Zak Brothers Shoes at the time. When the Great Depression hit, one store of the eleven remained, which is Cerny Shoes today.

Don’s parents, Robert and LaVerne, bought the store from Bill Cerny when Don was a child. They supported a family of six children for many years and retired in the mid 80’s. Don and Marlene have owned the store since then.

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By Land And By Air

Art on Madison presents "By Land and By Air"

Glass Sculptures and Mobiles

by Cleveland artist  Michael Zelenka

Join us for an evening of lively entertainment 

Artists' reception Friday, October 19   6 - 9PM
Closing reception Friday, December 14   6 - 9PM 

Live music by Tom Holland & Wyatt Howland


Light hors d'oeuvres & beverages will be served.

Free and open to the public!

Location:

Art on Madison
14302 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, OH

www.artonmadison.com

Wed – Sat 12 – 6 PM, and by appointment

419.345.8980

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Connecting For Kids To Honor Kind Kid; Nominations Now Being Accepted

Picture by 2018 Kind Kid Winner Kyleigh Briggs of Olmsted Falls.

Do you know a child who goes above and beyond to help others? If so, nominate him or her for the Connecting for Kids Kind Kid Award.

The Kind Kid Award is given to a child under 13 years of age who demonstrates kindness and compassion to peers. The nomination should include specific examples of acts of kindness performed by the nominee.

The nomination deadline is Thursday, November 1, 2018. To nominate a child, please fill out the online form found on the organization’s website at https://connectingforkids.org/Board-Awards. Every child nominated will receive a certificate to reinforce his or her actions.

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Denise Rini Juvenile Court:The Most Important Court You'll Never Visit

Judge Denise Nancy Rini

Judge Denise Nancy Rini is on a mission to tell you about Juvenile Court. Since taking the bench, Judge Rini has worked to improve the efficiency and spotlight some of the challenges facing our youth. “I believe that Juvenile Court touches everyone in Cuyahoga County, whether it is the neighbor who mows your lawn, the teenager driving down your street, or the youth who bags your groceries.  Everyone is affected by the commitment of Juvenile Court,” states Judge Rini.

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Uptown Lakewood Trick Or Treat!

Join Uptown Lakewood on Tuesday, October 23rd between 5:00pm and 6:30pm on Madison Avenue for a Halloween "treat walk" between Hilliard and Warren Roads. Here's the scoop:

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Free* Spay & Neuter Program

Get Your Dog Spayed Or Neutered For Free*!

What: Free spay & neuter program for Lakewood dogs.

When & Where: Transport Day Event (limited space available):

October 25, 2018

Drop off: 7:30 a.m.

Pick up: 3:30 p.m.

Foster Pool, Lakewood Park

14532 Lake Avenue, Lakewood Ohio 44107

Additional Program Appointments:

Dog owners who are unable to take part on transport day – due to limited space on the transport van or scheduling conflicts – are welcome to schedule an additional appointment with PetFix until availability runs out. Appointments outside of the transport day event can be made now for appointment dates beginning on October 26th. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to transport the dog to and from PetFix for additional program appointments.

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Four Reasons To Vote This Year

1. You can choose Ohio’s drug treatment and sentencing policy. Voting yes on Issue 1 will bring immediate, real change to how Ohio deals with drug addiction. If this amendment passes, we will spend less on housing low-level nonviolent offenders in overcrowded prisons—then fund treatment and recovery services with the savings.

2. Close races and very different options. Suspense? Check. The vote margin between two futures is likely to be very narrow. Richard Cordray has committed to defending hard-won rights if elected governor: healthcare fairness for pre-existing conditions, union workers’ rights, access to abortion, equal protection for LGBTQ communities. Mike DeWine would abandon all of these to corporate lobbyists and religious extremists.

3. What’s at stake for Lakewood. Will cities be a partner for Ohio government, or just a piggy bank? Streets, senior services, transit, schools, etc., have all been shortchanged as recent state budgets withheld local government funding, and kept it in Columbus. Local elected officials from both parties have said it’s unfair. Cordray is committed to fixing this, but DeWine won’t.

4. Voting takes about 14-minutes, and affects four years or more. The 2012 nationwide average for voting was barely 14 minutes. In Ohio there’s early voting every day through Election Day, either by mail or at the County Board of Elections. Most of Lakewood lives a short walk from their local polling place. In about 14 minutes you can have a real say on national government, state government, courts, and the direct initiative of Issue 1.

Not everyone gets to have this kind of say. Please use it, vote your values, and do one thing that really matters for you and those around you.

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 2:25 PM, 10.16.2018

Lakewood Observer Halloween Throw Down, Over $300 In Prizes!

Well, it is that time of year, and the Lakewood Observer is looking for the best of the best from all Lakewood residents who decorate their homes, apartments and businesses for the holiday season of Halloween. We will be looking for homes that capture the feel of this spooky season. Awards for Best Overall, Best Homemade Decorations, Best Use of Inflatables, Scariest Neighborhood, Best Business Store Window, and two special prizes for best photos of trick or treaters, your own children or ones coming to the door.

*Prizes are from Woodstock BBQ, Melt, West End Tavern, India Garden, Namaste, Root Cafe and Beer Engine, six of the top restaurants in Lakewood and huge supporters of the Lakewood Observer project, who join with us during the holidays to make the city festive and fun.

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 2:25 PM, 10.16.2018

HELP Cornucopia Continues Legacy Of Service And Food!

HELP Foundation returned to Lakewood earlier this year when they acquired Cornucopia in February and while the name has changed the vital services provided continue to expand. HELP Cornucopia continues to provide people who have disabilities with exemplary vocational training and employment services while serving the community the delicious food that made Cornucopia a local favorite.

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 2:25 PM, 10.16.2018

West Shore Career-Tech Student Wins Billboard Contest

Madisyn Kelly with her winning design on her computer screen.

For the second year in a row, a student from the Media, Art & Design program in the West Shore Career-Tech District has won the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Design Challenge sponsored by University Hospitals, Safe Communities Coalition and State Farm Insurance. Congratulations to senior Madisyn Kelly for her winning design! The contest centers on students creating billboard designs that address the issue of distracted teen driving.

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 2:25 PM, 10.16.2018

Islamic Scholar To Speak At Lakewood Public Library

Who am I? What is the purpose of my life? Where have I come from and where am I going? The search for answers to these questions is as old as mankind itself. For Dr. Zeki Saritoprak, Islamic spirituality provides guidance on the most fundamental questions of life and can help bring harmony and tranquility to modern society.

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Don't You Know?: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 80

Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to pick out what you like (or dislike) 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. 

Ricky Hell - Blue Lips - Quality Time Records - 3 songs - download

I usually hate to review digital-only releases, because I kinda feel like it doesn't really count (I know this is not a particularly modern stance to take, but whatever), but I've made an exception here. Regular readers may note they haven't seen the name Ricky Hamilton in these pages in a while, while he used to be in here almost every issue. That's because earlier this year, Ricky took off for LA, and there's been little new stuff from him since. However, with very little fanfare (in fact, no fanfare, as far as I saw– not even an Instagram post from the guy), these three songs were put up on the Quality Time Bandcamp not too long ago. Avid readers of this column may recall that I've thought Ricky's solo work (including stuff as Ricky Hell) is somewhat hit-or-miss. I'm pleased to say that this solidly falls under "hit." The title track really brings out Ricky's '80s indie rock influence, in a very melodic, melancholy pop tune. "Nela Park" is a great Cleveland tune, and I like that it's solidly ambivalent, both in the lyrics and the context. It's neither entirely positive nor entirely negative about the city, and while Ricky sings, "Cleveland, the only city that I really love," you can't help but remember that he's no longer living here. Sorry to get all reviewer-creep on you, but I like that kind of thing. I think I'm also starting to understand Ricky talking about how he's influenced by Pulp, which I'm not sure I've ever quite gotten before. Closing out the EP here is "Finger On The Pulse," in which Ricky really brings in the Nick Lowe influence on that chorus, eh? First there was Carter Luckfield quoting Brinsley Schwarz, now there's this, next thing you know Shagg are gonna be covering Little Village. The EP merges what I think Ricky's been going for with some of the previous Ricky Hell/Voidboys releases that didn't really stick for me with the more glam/pop influence of the "Life By The Thorns" tape, which was more my cup of tea. Really, all three songs here are pretty essential in the Ricky Hamilton catalog. If someone ever makes some kind of greatest hits/anthology type thing that includes all of his many projects, I'd say that all three songs here are worthy of inclusion. What's the deal with the release, though? The art (by Noah Depew) looks like it's laid out for a cassette, and yet I've heard no word of a cassette in the works. But then I didn't even hear about this being released in any form at all, so what do I know? It really ought to come out on a physical format of some kind, it's worthy of that. I need a copy when it does, please. 4/5

(qualitytimerecords.bandcamp.com)

 

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 2:25 PM, 10.16.2018

Flower Clown Comes To The Lakewood Public Library

Bring the whole family to the Lakewood Public Library for a fun-filled program of magic and balloon sculpting preformed by Flower Clown!  Flower Clown has been captivating children in the Cleveland area for 20 years and will be performing in the Multipurpose Room on the first floor of the Main Branch in the Children's and Youth Services area on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:00pm.

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The Rockport Miracles Part 2: Episode 6 "No Quarrel With Reality" Fiction by Scott MacGregor

I awoke on the morning after Rockport’s night of terror to the haunting drone of a coastal foghorn. It’s a comforting, albeit melancholy sound that always reminds me of the cadence sung by the witch’s soldiers in the “Wizard of Oz.” “Bweeeee-bomp.” “Bweeeee-Bomp.” 

As I wiped the sleep from my eyes, I remembered that it was still January. Why, I wondered, would a foghorn preside over a frozen Lake Erie? Who or what was it attempting to warn? I unpeeled myself like an artichoke from multiple layers of warm and cozy bed covers and staggered to my window. The fog was so thick that I couldn’t see the next-door neighbor’s house only 20 feet away. As I got dressed in front of a mirror, I was startled by all the bruises that covered me from head to toe. That’s when memories of the previous night with Wren Mathews came rushing back in vivid Technicolor. I had to see Wren as soon as possible.

 

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Staff Spotlight Honorees: Katy Corrigan & Mike Ribar

Lakewood City Academy Behavior Specialist, Mike Ribar.

Katy Corrigan

In 2011 when Katy Corrigan left her job as an RN at Fairview Hospital to become District Nurse for the Lakewood Schools, she did so because she thought she could make a bigger difference working with students. She was right. The health services available to our students that help keep them in school have expanded greatly since 2011, and Katy is a main reason why.

When Corrigan started with the District, in-school screenings consisted solely of dental screenings in the elementary schools. Today, all our students have access to not only dental screenings, but vision exams, a medical clinic at the high school, on-site mobile clinic visits at all of our schools, and new this year, in-school flu shots. She works tirelessly to make sure families are aware of these services, many of which families have difficulty accessing on their own.

“These services allow a child to feel better and stay in school and that is very rewarding,” Corrigan says.

 

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 2:25 PM, 10.16.2018

Haunts, History And Hidden Secrets Of The Lakewood Gold Coast

The James Paisley home, Rosewood, stood at 11834 Lake Ave., (later Edgewater Dr.) until 1952, when it was demolished to make way for the Berkshire Apartments.

Ever wonder what life on the Gold Coast was like a hundred years ago? Was crime a part of the scene? Are there any haunted buildings or spooky places on the Gold Coast? On October 27, the Lakewood Historical Society will host a walking tour, and will share information of the Edgewater Drive/Lake Avenue/ Cove Avenue neighborhood from around 1918.

The high rise apartment and condominium buildings have replaced mansions that had large lawns, beautiful gardens and long driveways. What brought about that change? Who were the families that resided on what was referred to as the “millionaires row” of the west side? Those questions will be answered, and, in keeping with the season, a few little known and mysterious facts will be shared, with reports of a murder or two thrown in for good measure.

 

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 2:25 PM, 10.16.2018

LakewoodAlive To Host “Depression, Anxiety And Teens” Community Forum On November 13

LakewoodAlive will host a "Depression, Anxiety and Teens" Community Forum on November 13. 

The struggle with depression and anxiety is very real for today’s teenagers. It’s estimated that one in five adolescents from all walks of life will suffer from depression at some point during their teen years. Thankfully, we as a community have the power to support and encourage our youth by addressing this important societal issue. 

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 2:25 PM, 10.16.2018

Rangers Beat Westlake for First Win of the Season

Rangers celebrate their 35-26 win over Westlake. 

Since the beginning of training camp, new Lakewood football coach Tom Thome has challenged his team to get better each week. It paid off on Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium, where the Rangers  defeated Westlake 35-26 for their first win of the 2018 season. The Rangers turned in a very gutsy performance, overcoming both the Demons and cold, damp conditions.  The rain- soaked crowd had a raucous celebration, as this was the first home victory for the Rangers since the 2015 season. 

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 9:59 AM, 10.13.2018