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Lakewood Public Library has once again been named a four-star library by Library Journal, the most trusted and respected publication for the library community. The overall score, based on circulation, library visits, public programs and computer use, was 1714--one of the best scores in the state and the highest score of all public libraries in Cuyahoga County. This is the second year Lakewood has received such a designation. Ohio was second in the nation for the most starred libraries following New York.
The Lakewood Historical Society encourages parade spectators to see the new One-Room School exhibit at The Oldest Stone House Museum.
Council President Brian Powers called the December 2, 2013 Council meeting to order at 7:31 P.M.
The first order of business was a report from the Finance Committee which was presented by its Chair, Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan (Ward IV). The report was on a proposed ordinance that would add two city positions, add a stipend for employees who are notaries and a 2% increase for every pay grade. The two positions being added are an IS Project Manager and a Budget Manager. Both have been approved by the Civil Service Commission and do not increase the size of either department as they both have vacant positions that had not been filled. After redistributing work it was decided these positions were needed. The 2% pay raise will only affect those already at the top of their pay grade and the stipend for notaries is being reinstated after a several year hiatus.
Council passed the ordinance.
While most of us are warm and happy in our homes this holiday season, there are some in our community who are not. Lakewood offers little refuge for the homeless on our streets.
Yes, we have homeless people in Lakewood. You see them and maybe choose to ignore them, but please open your heart this season. The Lakewood Christian Service Center helps with food and services and is always in need of donations, this time of year especially.
On your own, instead of looking the other way, offer much needed blankets, socks, and coats to someone who looks cold. A hot meal or a cup of coffee could save them.
Please don't forget about our furry friends as well. Do not leave your pets outside when temperatures drop below freezing, water dishes freeze and all sentient beings require more food during the cold. Keep walks shorter when the temps dip, paws freeze quickly. Look out for your neighbors and their pet's as well, we are after all a community. Show your love Lakewood.
Hayes Elementary is one of only 37 schools in the state to be named High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education for its gains in reading and math proficiency among all students during the 2102-2013 school year. Hayes is the only school in Cuyahoga County to have earned this significant award.
Former Hayes Principal Bob Curtin, who moved into a new administrative role this school year, said that Hayes’ success “is due to years of collaboration among staff, central office leadership, students, families, and the community in direct support of all learners.”
To become a High Progress School of Honor a building must first be a Title 1 or Title 1-eligible schools with at least 40 percent of its students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. In addition these schools must rank in the top 10 percent for gains in proficiency, or if high schools, in the top 10 percent in graduation rates. Finally, High Progress Schools of Honor must have an Annual Measurable Objectives grade of C or higher and have met or exceeded Ohio’s value-added measure for the last three years.
Lakewood is a diverse city which benefits from a vibrant residential community closely connected to a vibrant commercial community. For Lakewood to continue to be such a remarkable place to live and do business, the city must be willing to fully engage residents in the processes of commercial development and must be willing to hold developers accountable for the promises they make in exchange for permissions they receive. Only under those conditions will the balance between commercial and residential be appropriately maintained.
We are so lucky to have Bill Hixson in Lakewood. Entrepreneur, antique collector, story teller, greenhouse grower, professor, florist, importer, manufacturer, and designer/artist. He started Hixson's Flower Barn in 1959 and has enchanted visitors ever since. I remember being about four years old when I first got a glimpse of the colossal Raggedy Ann doll in the mid 60's that has been on view in the front window. My mother took me in to see her up close and it became one our favorite spots to visit whenever we went strolling down Detroit Avenue.
Easter with over 10,000 eggs on display, the fresh and dried flowers that make the barn smell so wonderful, along with the unique basket fillers made Hixson's a must go to every year. Summertime was a special treat with the volcanic ice cream with flaming sugar cubes, served in the once beautiful greenhouse that was covered in stained glass windows that Bill had picked up throughout the years as people were discarding them for more modern tastes. First-time visitors often remarked that Hixson's is like a museum. In a way it is, every nook of every room is packed with treasures, many from Bill's personal collections which he has accrued through the years. In this year's Christmas room there is a turn of the century sleigh from Vermont that came from a store he had up there, "It was a wonderful place, you could fish from the upper level over a river!" Bill says, "We don't sell one thing people need, it's about want and feelings." I agree, the barn always brings back warm memories and conjures good feelings. "All I ever wanted was a happy store with happy employees", says Bill.
Bill started teaching flower arranging as a young man when he took over for a former instructor right out of high school. His passion for horticulture grew as a student at West Tech where he joined various horticulture and naturalist clubs. He went on to work for Knoble Florist, and soon opened his own shop along with the Knoble-Hixson School Of Floral Design. In 1950 he went into the service, but he continued to teach when he came home on furloughs.
In fulfillment of her dream, a young woman rebels against conventional beliefs and lives in disguise to obtain an education. After debating with her rabbi father on Jewish law and religion, she dreams to aspire to greatness. She finds a school and transforms her identity to study amongst her peers. Once enrolled, she emerges as a gifted student and the most eligible bachelor in town. The play is based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story, "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy." Singer and Leah Napolin adapt the story to create the heartwarming script for "Yentl," a progressive and inspiring story of love, determination and self-discovery. The play will run January 10 - February 2, 2014 at the Cleveland Playhouse Allen Theatre.
Henry David Thoreau is considered one of the greatest writers in American literature. His progressive abolitionist ideas, intensive studies of nature and reformist opinions on government have inspired readers for over 160 years. His essay, "Civil Disobedience" (1849), and his book, "Walden" (1854), are his most famous titles among a vast collection of essays, novels, manuscripts and journals. He considered materialism and conformity the evils of society while promoting a more simple existence based on truth, inward reflection and nature. These ideas along with Thoreau’s timeless and captivating spirit are captured by Dr. Kevin Radaker in his presentation.
Konnichiwa! How can we, at Lakewood Public Library, serve you? Some Anime? Perhaps a bit of Manga? Hmmm… We have just the thing… JAPAN! Youth and Teens from sixth through twelfth grade can make reservations for our Otaku Café Winter Season.
LEAF Community's last market of the year is scheduled for December 10th, 2013 at Garfield Middle School (13114 Detroit Ave), from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to shop at this event, which includes a wonderful collection of vendors featuring locally grown, handcrafted and homemade gifts and goodies.
The Common Core Standards were somewhat demystified for a room full of parents and other community members at a meeting led by the district’s Teaching & Learning Department on Dec. 4.
Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP), a federally qualified non-profit community health center currently serving patients from three office locations on Cleveland’s near west side, was recently awarded a federal grant that is part of the Affordable Care Act.
Thanks to a $1,000 grant from Lakewood Earth and Food (LEAF), Garfield students will participate in a yearlong Project Based Learning venture with the theme of “Farm to School.” With an emphasis in reading and mathematics, students will gain invaluable skills in communication and leadership while learning about environmentally responsible actions in the community.
Stop in and find all of your Ranger spirit wear at the Ranger Shop, located in Lakewood High School. From yard signs to sweatshirts to great gift ideas for your favorite teacher or coach, the shop has everything Ranger.
If you are looking for an affordable way to enjoy some holiday entertainment, the Lakewood City Schools Music Department provides a wonderful way to enjoy some uplifting holiday music for just a few dollars. The district’s acclaimed music program will be putting on performances throughout December as the holiday school break approaches.
Often this time of year, as I am putting my house to bed for the winter season, I think about all of the sweat, tears and sometimes blood that I have put into my home over the repair season. It makes me feel very proud to be a homeowner. The same goes for the LakewoodAlive Housing Outreach program; this year has been a phenomenal year. We had over 272 volunteers donate 1,500 hours of community service to homes throughout the city contributing to over $52,000 worth of improvements. Our Paint Program had 13 completed houses, a program record, generating $58,767 dollars of paint improvements in the city. These repairs collectively generated over $100,000 of positive improvements for our community.
Congratulations to Freddy Becker, a 4th grader at Lakewood Catholic Academy, the winner of the 7th Annual “Why I Love Lakewood” Fourth Grade essay contest sponsored by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Freddy will receive a $100 cash prize, ride in the Light Up Lakewood parade, and help "flip the switch" at the lighting ceremony at Light Up Lakewood on December 7th!
Beck Center Youth Theater presents "Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit" in the Studio Theater December 13-15 and 20-22, 2013. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Seating in the Studio Theater is limited and tickets for youth theater’s holiday shows sell quickly.
Lakewood Hospital Foundation trustees kicked off “Giving Tuesday” by making financial donations to the foundation in support of Lakewood Hospital.
On October 14th of this year, select Lakewood streets received city-issued blue recycling bins. These new blue bins will be implemented using a three-phase process with phases two and three to occur in 2014 and 2015, respectively. This program is just another step forward with the recycling habits of Lakewood residents. Recycling and re-using items is one of the easiest and best ways to help our planet. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produced 4.4 pounds of waste per day in 2011. Out of that waste, about 1.53 pounds was recycled or composted, or just under 35%. In 2012, the city of Lakewood recycled just over 50% of the waste generated by residents. This is an impressive number and Lakewood should be proud of the success of its green initiatives.
The Lakewood Soccer Association has ended another great fall season of soccer with record numbers in their recreational Saturday Soccer program, as well as some very impressive results for many of their Travel Soccer teams. Before getting into the details of the season, here is a quick summary about Lakewood Soccer Association (LSA).
It’s the most wonderful time of the year— Lakewood Public Library’s Winter Storytime Season! Registration is simple and easy. You can stop in at the Children’s and Youth services desk anytime to sign up. You can also call us at (216) 226-8275 extension 140 or 141, or register online at http://www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth/ and click on the button at the top of the page.
Rotary International has established a partnership with Shelter Box USA to provide a way that Rotary could assist quickly to respond to major disasters around the world. With 1.2 million members in over 200 countries and territories, Rotarians and Rotary Clubs are located at or near to most disaster areas. Shelter Boxes provide temporary housing and life saving equipment and supplies to as many as ten people in one package. "Shelter Box USA" currently has teams working the Philippines responding to Typhoon Haiyan to help provide shelter, warmth and dignity to the families who have lost everything. The Rotary Clubs in Lakewood and Rocky River went into action as soon as the disaster occurred, and raised $4,300 in couple of days to pay for boxes to be sent to help in the area. As of mid November 500 shelter boxes had arrived in the Philippines and another 1,000 were on the way.
Lakewood Lego® League
For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)
The holidays are coming, and with them the purchase of new, shiny eBook readers. To get help using your new device or downloading free eBooks look no further than Lakewood Public Library.
I'm not sure if there's any more peaceful time known to humankind than the quiet walk to church on Christmas Eve that Mom and I took each year. We walked down to church to join Dad, who was already there, directing the youth choir.
As walks go, it wasn't a very long one; just down Rosewood Avenue, across Detroit Avenue, and over to the Lakewood United Methodist Church. In the span of a lifetime, those walks generally only took about fifteen or twenty minutes. More often than not, there was simply the quiet crunching of our metal-strapover gumboots on the crystalline snow that shown like shimmering diamonds in the glow of those old frost-covered streetlamps; having their light interspersed by the shadows cast from those huge tree-lawn elms, arching ever Heavenward. The elms' V-like giant branches formed a natural cathedral of wonderment. Rosewood itself took on a surreal, holy, other-worldly quality, as childhood imaginations took flight on that Sacred Night of nights.
Sometimes too, we would be joined by neighbors on our pilgrimage down that street. Sometimes, we would all sing carols together. At the intersection of Detroit, some of those neighbors would turn left, for destinations like St. James, or Trinity Lutheran. Others stayed with us, and made the trip across the street to Lakewood Methodist. Sometimes, we walked in the footprints of others. Sometimes, especially with us kids, we made new pathways of our own, and not always on the sidewalks, of course. The mounds of snow at the ends of the driveways became our own little mountain range to conquer. All too often, by the time we arrived at church, we had wet trouser legs well above the height of our 8 inch gumboots, and we could have cared less too. Sometimes, we lost our balance, and ended up fidgeting through our beautiful, but always extra-long church services, with very soggy, itchy, wet, cold behinds.
Presents bought and wrapped? Check. Holiday menu planned? Check. Travel plans and extra beds made? Check. Piano tuned?
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.