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As Lakewood City Schools moves forward with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the district feels it is important to outline what this means to families, students and staff. Lakewood has already implemented the Common Core in daily instruction and the district's Teaching & Learning Department would like to share how the implementation is going and how learning in the classroom is changing due to the new, more rigorous standards.
As the community meeting to discuss Common Core on Dec 5, 2013, 6:00 PM at Garfield Middle School approaches, I wanted to submit some testimony that I read that was given in New York by a friend of mine who is a school superintendent in Central New York. His Name is Dr. Robert Prichard.
Because we’ve had so many requests for it, and because we have SO much great merchandise, for the first time, Christmas Sale on the Grounds will have a Friday preview sale from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on December 6. Admission will be $10 at the door for the opportunity to shop before the public sale and enjoy steaming wassail and delectable holiday cookies as you browse.
This year at Light Up Lakewood we have made some really fantastic additions to make your experience with family and friends all the better. The day will start at Eddie Cerino’s Casual Italian (14725 Detroit Avenue) with Breakfast with Santa. There will be three seatings, 9:00am, 9:45am and 10:30am. Tickets for Breakfast with Santa are pre-sale only and can be purchases online at www.LightUpLakewood.com or at Paisley Monkey (14471 Detroit Avenue). Brunch with Buddy will be at Jammy Buggars (15625 Detroit Avenue) from 10:30am-12:00pm. Regular menu and specials will be available during this open seating Brunch. Lunch with Santa will take place at Dewey’s Pizza (18516 Detroit Avenue) from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. They will offer their regular menu with a few special holiday items to celebrate the season. For all three, we ask for you to bring your cameras to take a picture with Santa or Buddy.
Council President Brian Powers called the November 18, 2013 Council meeting to order at 7:32 P.M. The first order of business was a report to be provided from the Committee of the Whole.
Councilman Powers (At-Large) read the report from the Committee of the Whole which covered two topics, the budget hearings schedule and an open appointment to the Board of Building Standards and Architectural Board of Review. The Committee settled on the dates of November 25 and December 7 and 9 as budget hearing days while leaving December 14 and 16 open as alternate days. In regards to the ABR appointment, they decided to all take time to review the applicants before discussing it further.
Next Councilman Powers also delivered a report from the Ad-Hoc Committee on Boards and Commissions. After what Powers believed would be their last meeting, the Committee approved of the ordinance for the Animal Safety and Welfare Advisory Board with the exception of adding the name of the board in the chapter title. Council approved of the minor change and passed the substitute ordinance.
If you are in search of the perfect holiday gift, something other than the standard fare at the mall or Amazon, check out A Girl’s Best Trend at 17007 Madison Avenue in Lakewood.
Lakewood Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of valet parking services for patients and visitors at the hospital's Belle Avenue entrance which began Monday, November 18, 2013.
Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, and the City of Lakewood have something in common-they're both positively senior friendly. Dorsey is a regular follower of 75 year old Natalie Yellin's tweets. In fact, Ms. Yellin is a trusted adviser to his mobile payments company, Square, Inc. Like Mr. Dorsey, Lakewood's business community knows what to do with aging parents and grandparents. Give them a job.
The City of Lakewood, The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO), and LakewoodAlive have partnered to find owner-occupants and developers to rehabilitate two currently vacant boarding houses (1446 Mars Avenue; 1436 Grace Avenue) in an effort to further strengthen our community’s historic neighborhoods.
Sam Baker and Ann Marie Elaban, both juniors at Lakewood High School, have been named King and Queen of “Light Up Lakewood” for 2013. Baker and Elaban will be crowned by last year’s King and Queen, Tyler Krebs and Megan Barrett, and then will preside over the Festival parade and tree lighting on Saturday, December 7th at 5:00 PM in downtown Lakewood. A $500 scholarship prize accompanies the honor.
Garfield Middle School Band Director and expert button box player Julie Tabaj has written, recorded and published her own polka and has committed the proceeds of the recording’s sales to the Garfield Music Department.
According to Tabaj, the CD single, “Hot Flash Polka,” was written “for all the women of the North, South, East & West. There are hundreds of tunes written about women but no one has ever written a tune about a life-changing occurrence all women will eventually experience. The song is an expression of that experience through music. It’s upbeat, has temperature shifts (modulations) and lyrics that will make everyone smile.”
The selection is available from CDbaby.com at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/julietabaj.
Tabaj will debut “Hot Flash Polka” with a live performance on Friday, Nov. 29, at the National Cleveland Style - Polka Hall of Fame & Museum’s 50th Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend in the Cleveland Downtown Marriott’s Superior Room.
The Museum of Divine Statues is offering guests the opportunity to visit on Sunday, December 8, for half price admission, $4, to honor the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and to celebrate the Christmas season. The museum hours are noon till 4 p.m. with the reciting of the rosary, led by Father Ron Wearsch, at 3:00 p.m. The museum is located at 12905 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio. For additional information, call (216) 228-9950. The museum is open each Sunday from noon until 4 pm. Group tours are available during the week upon request. Make a visit to the Museum a part of your holiday tradition.
Growing up in a middle-class African American family, Sakeenah Francis was college homecoming queen, married, and had a family. However, when her daughter Anika was just three years old, Sakeenah began hearing voices and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Sakeenah describes her story as “Cinderella in reverse, from riches to rags.” Her marriage broke up, she was institutionalized and wound up homeless.
The goal of the Westshore Regional CERT (WSC) is to help citizens prepare for disasters common in the area, to have the skills to capably handle a variety of emergency situations, and to be a vital extension of emergency response services when needs outweigh resources. The goal of Cuyahoga County District 1 Council Representative Dave Greenspan’s Friends for the Community Foundation is to support, promote, and enhance the quality of life, public safety initiatives, programs, and services within the Westshore communities.
Local Cleveland artists Ben Howard, Rick Sans, and Sergio Andujar II have developed a new brand to produce designer toys and clothing. They spent the majority of the last few years creating various art and customizing designer toys, so they decided to collaborate to create something bigger together. All three have spent time in Japan, so Asian themes and pop art play a significant part in their influences. Other influences derive from local culture, cartoons, comic books, street art, video games and pop culture.
She was the first woman ever to be ordained in her home presbytery in the state of Wisconsin. Now Reverend Lynn Anderson of Grace Presbyterian Church in Lakewood, Ohio, is completing her twenty-fifth year as a Presbyterian minister.
With the holiday season in full swing, people are looking for bargains for their friends and loved ones. Thank goodness for the Friends of the Lakewood Public Library and their annual Holiday $3 Bag of Books Sale on Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
...that the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Facebook page is where you can find interesting links and posts about local economic development news, community events, general business stories and Holiday Bid & Buy online auction updates? Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @lccohio.
Would you like to win a limited edition signed print of a stunning Jim O'Bryan photograph? Would you like to give the gift of Deagan’s, Angelo’s, India Garden, Barrio, Melt, Pier W, Ranger Café, Around The Corner, Georgetown, Streat Burger, Aladdin’s, or Jammy Buggars to people on your holiday shopping list? Would you like to be the lucky winning bidder to be the Principal For A Day at Lakewood High School? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then the 5th Annual Holiday Bid & Buy online auction is where you should "shop local" this holiday season.
Music seems to be a natural byproduct of living. And while the modern soundtracks we shop to at the grocery store or have piped into our ears from IPods have been approved, polished-up and promoted by massive conglomerates, that wasn’t always the story of music in America. A local ensemble, the Spyder Stompers, celebrate the songs of the early 20th century that sprouted up in the backwoods, front porches and roadhouses of this country by ordinary people expressing the drama of their lives. The acoustic trio will be taking the stage at Lakewood Public Library on Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m. as part of our Sunday With The Friends program.
Lakewood Lego® League
For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)
North Coast Health Ministry is partnering with First Federal Lakewood to conduct a toiletry drive this holiday season for NCHM’s low-income, medically underserved patients. Needed items include new toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, lotion, pocket size facial tissues, etc. Trial- and travel-size products as well as full-size items are welcome.
Do you have a child under the age of two? Spend a part of your family weekend time clapping your hands, tapping your feet, singing nursery rhymes and, of course, sharing books. Reading with children from the very start is a very important part of early childhood development, and at Lakewood Public Library, we make it lots of fun.
American history is filled with inspiring stories, including of course Paul Revere’s famous ride. Yet, when history is rendered through stories, movies, etc., it is often “bended” to conform to the dictates of rhyme, time constraints etc. In our freshman AP US history class at Lakewood High School, we periodically set the record straight, as we did recently with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Wadsworth wrote beautiful poetry, but he didn't tell the whole story. Here's more of it.
Paul Revere Debunked
By Lucy Kress and Cassidy Miller
You’ve heard of Paul Revere’s ride on his own
But have it be told he was not alone
There were actually three heroes that night
To warn the colonists about the impending British plight
Have records show that Samuel Prescott and William Dawes
Also broke British laws
Let superhero Revere be de-caped
Holiday Bid & Buy Online Auction
Now thru December 6th at 8pm
Thursday, December 12th
Lakewood Chamber Holiday Party
1414 Riverside Drive
Tuesday, January 14th
Business Book Club
One Piece of Paper, by Mike Figliuolo
Lakewood Public Library
Main Library Multipurpose Room
15425 Detroit Avenue
Beck Center for the Arts continues to create art experiences with the return of Super Saturdays @ Beck from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. This free arts experience is the perfect way for young aspiring artists to interact with music, dance, theater, and visual arts. While Super Saturdays @ Beck are geared toward children ages 1 to 8 years, siblings and friends up to age 10 may also take part in the fun.
Beck Center for the Arts is fully prepared for the rapidly approaching holidays this year. With plenty of opportunities to meet shopper’s needs, Beck Center is here to help. From original gifts to gift cards and theater tickets and classes, there are numerous options to suit all styles and age groups.
By popular demand, Beck Center for the Arts presents the return of "Annie," December 6, 2013 through January 5, 2014 on the Mackey Main Stage. In 2012, Northeast Ohio audiences wholeheartedly responded to the touching story of the spunky orphan determined to find her parents who abandoned her at an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Hannigan’s evil schemes and finds a new home in the mansion of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks.
“It’s a much-loved gem among seasoned theatergoers, but more importantly, it’s a fantastic introduction to kids of all ages who will become our audiences of 'tomorrow,'” commented Director Scott Spence. “It’s always amazing to revisit a project where you had a wondrous time collaborating with such talented artists,” said Spence. “You can’t beat getting a chance to do Annie for a second straight year with a terrific mix of returning veterans and superb new talent.”
The Lakewood Council of PTAs is excited to host a Holiday Lights Contest for the residents and businesses of Lakewood! Participants are invited to decorate their front yards, porches, store fronts and any other space visible from the street! The style and theme of the decorating is yours to choose. We want to see YOUR best display!
The Uptown Lakewood Business Alliance will host Candy Cane Lane.
LakewoodAlive will host a community forum, “Madison on the Move” on Wednesday, December 4 at 7pm at Harrison Elementary School, 2080 Quail Avenue.
Students from the Interactive Media program of West Shore Career-Tech had the opportunity recently to participate in a unique art program at Beck Center for the Arts that brought students from all corners of the county together.
The Lakewood Rangers basketball program will be hosting its 5th annual basketball Ohio High School Athletic Association Foundation Game vs. Lutheran West on Nov. 30. The game is part of Foundation Service Week, a leadership/service program through the OHSAA to give student-athletes service opportunities.
Fall is the season for the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) All-State and Regional Orchestra and District Band and Choir selections and, once again, Lakewood High can be proud of its high number of musicians selected to perform in these prestigious groups.
In Cuyahoga County, we know that manufacturing is a ticket to the middle class. For example, Arcelor Mittal, which I’ve been proud to work with and which President Obama just visited, is the most productive integrated steel plant in the world.
Lakewood Hospital Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds exclusively for Lakewood Hospital, announces the election of Rob Elwood to the Board of Trustees.
by LWV observers Conda Boyd and Susan Murnane (Bay Village chapter) and Mary Warren (Lakewood)
H&R Block tax experts offer tax talks
You have to love this town. Our informed and thoughtful community has once again demonstrated its commitment to our youth. Unofficial results show that by a resounding 70% vote, Lakewood voters approved the bond and permanent improvement levy that will allow us to move forward and complete the rebuilding of our school district. Lakewood’s kids will benefit from teaching and learning in facilities second to none for many years to come.
As our nation continues to deal with more violence, both around the world, and in our land, I thought that it might be good to look at the potential effects of the permeation of war and violence in our culture with young people.
It seems like everywhere you look nowadays, kids have some sort of hand-held, combat-related video game in their hands. Every year, those games become more and more realistic, to the point that it might well become difficult for some kids to distinguish real life from the parallel universes offered by those games. For video game lovers, it's a great time to be alive.
Lakewood residents have once again shown their love of Lakewood Schools, and their dedication to education in the city of Lakewood. By a 2-to-1 vote count, Lakewood residents said YES to finshing the new Lakewood Schools.
The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is once again planning its popular children's resale of gently used children's clothing (sizes newborn to 14/16), furniture, toys and other items. The Baby Bargain Bonanza (BBB) is planned for Saturday, November 16th at Garfield Middle School which is located at 13114 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. The sale is open to the public and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $5 from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. and just $1 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Once again I would take this opportunity to thank Lakewood voters, and Lakewood residents for their continued support of Lakewood Public Schools and Education in Lakewood. I believe the first time I wrote a thank-you like this was for the resolution to build the new Lakewood Public Library, another brash bold statement of our collective belief that Education, and Educational Institutions not only have a place in the City of Lakewood, and more importantly, have the support of the community of Lakewood.
So what does that mean? It is simple. Not only do we benefit from smarter students and kids for a long time to come, we also get to further define and build our brand, and our brand always needs defining and building. And it is my thought that this builds the brand in the right direction, towards smart, towards youth, and towards new families, and that is where any community's future lies.
Council President Brian Powers called the November 4, 2013 Council meeting to order at 7:32 P.M. He then introduced the first order of new business on the agenda regarding the Tree Task Force.
The Affordable Care Act, or healthcare reform, is a set of health insurance reforms that started in 2010 and will continue to roll out in 2014 and beyond. The law’s goal is to ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care.
In the past year I had the opportunity to attend seminars and symposiums to help advance my knowledge and understanding as it relates to my career. This summer I spent some time listening to Charles Darrah, Ph.D. a Consulting Landscape Agronomist discuss run-off and how it may affect algae blooms in Lake Erie. I know this is an issue for a lot of lakeshore communities, and the EPA has already expressed their "concern." I was surprised at something that was said that indicated we could influence the blooms. It wasn't what I expected.
Now I may not make myself real popular with the city refuse guys, but NOT leaving your leaves piled on your tree lawn until the City leaf collection truck gets them will reduce the amount of nutrients flowing directly into the lake where they provide a food source for the algae.
Leaves and grass clippings flowing into the sewers add to algae blooms. If you bag your leaves (you could take them to the recycling center if you want to make nice with the collection guys), you cut down on nutrients the algae will feed on as the organic matter decays. Even if the wind and rain don't wash them down the storm sewers, the rain washes decaying run-off into them.
Lakewood’s holiday season will officially kick off on Saturday, Dec. 7 during Light Up Lakewood – the city’s annual holiday festival and lighting ceremony hosted by LakewoodAlive.
Acupressure is the practice of applying hand or finger pressure to specific energetic or conductive points on the body. It is based upon the same ancient principles as the art of acupuncture, except that it uses the softer form of curved finger pressure on the points.
The seven week fall session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library came to a close in November as participating second, third, and fourth graders proudly showcased their talent at an Art Show for family and friends. Each week students learned about the life and work of a different artist and then completed an art project motivated by the style of that artist.
Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp. (LCAC) provides Holiday Food Baskets for 600 needy Lakewood families and seniors each year. Currently, the annual Thanksgiving food drive to fill those baskets is underway at St. Edward High School and several Lakewood City schools.
Windsong, Cleveland’s premier feminist chorus, returns to Lakewood Public Library’s First Floor Multipurpose Room on Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. Led by Artistic Director Karen Weaver and accompanied by pianist Karin Tooley, the chorus was founded in 1979 and adopted the name Windsong in 1992. Unlike many area choirs, Windsong is a non-audition chorus, looking for members who desire “to sing, to be heard, and to have a good time doing it.”
Steampunk Jewelry Making
For teens in sixth through twelfth grade
The arduous journey to reclaiming one’s life back from addiction and homelessness is not one most people can even envision in their imaginations, let alone travel for real. For residents of Y-Haven, a branch of the Greater Cleveland YMCA, recovery has meant bringing their stories to life for the public through a special program with the Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) -- the CPT/Y-Haven Theatre Project.
Polka and punk are two words not commonly used in the same breath, unless you are familiar with the Chardon Polka Band. From traditional polka standards to Lady Gaga, this local group is anything but the average oom-pah band.
Cuyahoga County heroes who fought for our country shouldn’t have to fight for a job when they return home. Unfortunately, many do. And it’s not right.
In August, The Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary welcomed its latest Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Leonardo Borges Jacinto from Canarana, Mato-Groiso, Brazil. He is one of three cousins from the same family who have been exchange students with the Lakewood Rocky Rive Rotary Clubs. Leonardo’s cousin, Felipe Jacinto Drummond, from Goiania- Golas, Brazil, was hosted by the Sunrise Club in 2007/2008. Another cousin, Ana Diaz, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was hosted by the Monday lunch Club in 1998/1999. The three cousins came here as part of the Rotary Student Exchange Program of Rotary International which each year, provides over 8,000 students from about 80 countries, the opportunity to go to school, live in a home with a host family, and learn more about Rotary and other countries by attending Club meetings. They join with other exchange students in their school, and the area, to participate in local club service projects as well as their school.
It's the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.
It's been a full year since communities across the U.S. were devastated by this superstorm--from the coastline of New Jersey to right here in our backyard. There were thirty-foot waves on Lake Erie, downed trees, lost power, and hurt and scared neighbors. For Cleveland, it took over $17 million dollars in federal aid to fix the storm damage, and that's not even counting how much people had to shell out of their own pocket to fix windows, roofs, cars, or flooded basements. That's what the storm did to us. So what can we do to it?
We need to stop global warming.
At first glance, that sounds like a tall order. But scientists have repeatedly found a connection between our shifting climate and the increase of extreme weather events. In a global warming future, storms like Sandy won't be freak occurances--they'll be the norm. There is overwhelming scientific consensus that global warming is being caused by our actions, which is both a blessing and a curse. It's a curse because that puts the blame on our own shoulders, and a blessing because that means we can do something about it.
Lakewood resident Edward Nolan entered the gaming market with a fast playing, strategic card game that is sure to be a hit. “The game I built is in the Casino genre, where you’re basically betting against other players, not the house," says Edward. "It’s a cross between betting on horses and Roulette."
It’s true: a ranking member of the Santa Paws Public Appearance Preparedness Committee sent a tweet confirming @Santa_Paws will arrive in the nick of time for his Noon to 4:00 pm appearance at Photos with Santa Paws, scheduled for Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Pet’s General Store, 16821 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio. The fundraising event is, again this year, presented by Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park, Inc.