Lakewood received its first snowfall of the 2018 Winter season Monday night. Rain turned into sleet in the evening hours. By nightfall it had completely changed to snow. The snow was heavy and wet and quickly clung to trees, signs, and leaf piles. After a couple hours it had accumulated on lawns and streets. Around 9pm traffic was light and drivers seemed to be taking it slow. Several plows were out clearing the roads. Photos by Jacob Chabowski / All photos property of The Lakewood Observer
Lakewood Park Sunrise
photo by brianfoox.com
Protest at Cuyahoga County Jail
Rib Cook Off at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Fri, May 24 – Mon, May 27 berearib.com
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Lindey's Lake House Lakewood 15625 Detroit Ave Final touches before this weeks opening... photos brianfoox.com
With all of the rain we've had this weekend, I thought now would be a great time to look back at this incredible sunset from Sunday, June 2nd. Don't let the weather get you down...the sun will shine again! Photos by Jacob Chabowski / The Lakewood Observer
While covering the sunset at Lakewood Park I saw a young couple get engaged. Congrats to Ryan & Jill! This might end up being my shot of the summer. Can't beat a moment like this. Photos by Jacob Chabowski / The Lakewood Observer
An annual tradition where Police, Fire, and Service crews from Lakewood show off their trucks and interact with the residents and visitors they serve. Smiles all around. Photos by Jacob Chabowski / All Photos property of The Lakewood Observer
North Ridgeville -- The Lakewood Rangers survived a furious comeback attempt by the Eagles and are now 5-3 (4-1) on the season. Photos by Jacob Chabowski / The Lakewood Observer
North Ridgeville -- The Eagles and Rangers face-off on a mild Monday evening Photos by Jacob Chabowski / Property of The Lakewood Observer
Photos we have gathered from over the years. We start off with photos from the emptied Lakewood Hospital. More photos added as they come in. All photos are the property of the Lakewood Observer, Inc. ©2019
Photos and documents gathered from the beginings to the end of the community owned Lakewood Hospital. Things you can see nowhere else! From 1901 to Today! All photos and documents are the property of Lakewood Observer. Inc. ©2019
Photos taken in and around Lakewood during the month of February, 2019. All photos are the property of Lakewood Observer, Inc. ©2019
The first real storm of the 2018/2019 occurred on 01/19/2019! Rain, snow big winds leaving great ice among the North Coast, Lakewood and danger on the river! ©2019 Lakewood Observer, Inc.
Photos taken in and around Lakewood in the month of January, 2019. All photos are the property of the Lakewood Observer, Inc ©2019
The Cleveland Indians take a 2-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles last Friday night under the lights at Progressive Stadium.
Since its formation by NewSong in 1995, The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular has featured many of the top names in Christian music, including TobyMac, Third Day, Newsboys, Steven Curtis Chapman, Lecrae, Skillet, and more! The tour has outpaced any other tour's attendance for the past four years (according to Pollstar, 1st Qtr.).
Winter Jam is an incredible evening of live concerts by the top artists in Christian music, plus worship and ministry, to encourage believers and share the good news with those who have yet to trust Christ.
When NewSong began Winter Jam, it was based on the idea of removing cost barriers, so more people could attend, be encouraged by the music, and hear the gospel. Years later, those are still the foundations of Winter Jam.
Run or Dye hosted a 5k color run in Cleveland, Ohio, on 4/19/14. 4500 contestants participated in the run.
Lakewood is a lively place on July 4th! Lakewood started the day with a parade and ended the evening with an awesome fireworks display!
Cuyahoga County hosted a Reappraisal Conference for homeowners to dispute their 2018 tax assessments.
Over 100 people attended within the first half hour, and Channel 8 was there to interview residents.
After an 11 year absence, basketball returned to Madison Park on a sunny Wednesday evening. The Lakewood Outdoor Basketball Committee (LOBC) and the City of Lakewood opened Lakewood's first full basketball court since 2007.
Kids, city leaders, community activists and LOBC members attended the event, which included a cookout and ribbon cutting.
The Ranger Swimming and Diving team opened its season with a home meet vs. Westlake. This was the debut of new LHS Varsity Swim Coach Sophia Loferski and her assistant Adrianne Grande. The atmosphere was very lively for the swim events, as the Rangers cheered wildly for their teammates and showed great camaraderie. Ranger winners in individual swimming events included: Luke Healy, (Boys 200 Yard IM, Boys 500 Yard Freestyle) Maggie McHugh, (Girls 100 Yard Butterfly, Girls 500 Yard Freestyle) Colman McGuan (Boys 100 Yard Backstroke, Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke). Also among the leading point scorers were Parker Polen, Ethel Woodford, Sophia Miranda, Marissa Campbell, Nina Zanghi, and Burke Fortner.
LHS boys and girls cross country teams travelled to LCCC to compete for the conference crown. The defending SWC boys team finished a close fourth, not bad considering they replaced five of seven starters. Joe Burtzlaff, Cormac Kramer, and Joey Toole finished sixth, tenth, and 17th respectively. Sean O'Donnell and Patrick McCallum were both strong in the #4 and #5 spots. Junior Tyler Hannah finished first overall in the boys JV race, which earned him a spot in next week's OHSAA sectionals. The girls team finished 8th, paced by Jing Feng, Abby LaForm, and Abby Sacha. Junior Sophie Sanders and freshman Katie Spilsbury rounded out the scoring for the Rangers.
The Rangers dominated Lutheran West in a 7-0 win at Garfield Middle School. Junior Malvin Gblah led the scoring with three goals. Senior Attila Nagy set the tone early, scoring two goals in the first seven minutes of the game. Senior Spencer Rose and junior Jack Hueter each also had a goal. Goalkeeper George Hericks had a clean sheet. The Rangers improved to 3-3 on the season, and will host North Olmsted at FFL Stadium Wednesday at 7pm.
Like every other year Lakewood Parade began at Lake Avenue at Kenneth Driver and ended at Lakewood Park,
The Purple Martin House went up today! Here are some pictures. A big Thank You to Jim O'Reilly, Stephen Yusko, Lakewood Park manager Kurt Matej and his staff (Mike McCarthy, Pat Slife and Brian O'Boyle), Lakewoods Miracle Autobody, Mayor Mike Summers, and the Lakewood Foundation for the help provided. More work is needed to complete the project including pole repairs (or replacement) and more painting. The plan is to bring the house down in the Fall after the Purple Martins have left for Brazil and complete the needed work. Please see the below for more information: http://thelakewoodfoundation.org/affiliates/stephen-and-margaret-dubiel-lakewood-urban-bird-fund
On September 19th, the school board held a meeting to discuss new opportunities to expand on the construction happening at the High School, more specifically, the gym. First Federal of Lakewood, who has a history of donating money to the school, is sponsoring the addition of an elevated track around the gym. The bank is giving 692,000 dollars for the project, and is willing to match 1 dollar for every 3 fundraised, up to 150,000 dollars. The money fundraised would go towards the addition of a public fitness center. It would be open to the community, making fitness and exercise readily available for everyone. These new facilities would push back the completion of the gym until November of 2017, but would not delay the opening of the rest of the academic wing. The total price tag would round out at 2.5 million dollars for the center.
The Lakewood High school volleyball team fundraised for the upcoming season with a car wash.
Today was invigorating. The energy in Cleveland this week is unreal. I personally witnessed an attempt to burn the American flag, a man trying to instigate fighting (which I will talk more about), wonderful musicians performing around town, and the constant presence of police officers keeping us safe.
One thing I had a hard time seeing was the blatantly sexist anti-Hillary propaganda and merchandise being sold around town. She was reduced to body parts and her husbands past mistakes. T-shirts with sexual innuendos were being sold on every street corner and in between. How would a party so desperate for the support of woman tolerate such propaganda.
As a young Photographer, I haven't been in such volatile surroundings before. I felt the need to mention the fact that an adult male rammed into my shoulder with his, when passing, as I looked through some pictures I had just taken. I had moved to a less populated section of Public Square, so there was no reason for him to have slammed into me like that aside from trying to instigate a fight. I witnessed him move on and do the same to two other people.
What made me especially proud of Cleveland was when a man, after witnessing the incident, came up to me and apologized on behalf of the instigator. He said that actual Clevelanders are far too polite to do something like that.
Wild Kingdom at the grocery store
Republican National Convention day 3
here are some of the photos from Republican National Convention day 2 photoshoot downtown clevleand
Republican National Convention day 1 photos
Annual July 4th parade brings community together in Lakewood Ohio
4th Annual Mayor's Ball To Benefit The Beck Center for the Arts, Lakewood Ohio November 2011 Copyright © Kreshnik Musmurati 2011
1) some on our tour used to live there and added much interesting personal info 2) the little princess girl had her birthday so the group sang Happy Birthday to her
At the Wade Oval put on by Cleveland Museum of Art
St. Ed's wins
Placed 2nd and played their hearts out!
The Lakewood Democratic Club meeting 5/26/16
On Wednesday evening, March 25th, 2016, Lakewood's Mayor Michael P. Summers addressed the City at Lakewood Masonic Temple regarding the State of our City, and strategic objectives for the future- with the four primary goals being vibrant neighborhoods, economic development, safety and security, and sound governance. In attendance on this rainy evening were members of City Council, city officials and Judge Carroll, as well as Lakewood School Board members, regional officials, and a nice crowd of interested Lakewoodites.
Topics covered included quality-of-life issues, customer service issues, housing improvements, public infrastructure investment, and health, wellness, safety, and environmental stewardship concerns.
During the question and answer session that followed, there were several questions regarding why the hospital situation happened. The Mayor was engaging, polite, expansive, and forthright in his responses. He called to mind his past business experiences, particularly with respect to anticipating future trends and it was his concern that medical trends were changing as well. He stated that, (as he had done with his past business issues) he had felt the need to proactively get ahead of the medical issue in our city. Among other facts, he noted that 94% of Lakewood Hospital services were already out-patient in any case, and that around 20% of Lakewoodites had been referred to Metro as well. His thinking regarding the hospital revolved around the question of its viability before coming to the conclusion that "doing nothing was not an option". He regretted the loss of many medical jobs, but also stated that many hospital jobs were transferred to other facilities, and that Lakewood was being proactive in attracting a number of new jobs already, medical and otherwise.
The mayor also addressed the issues of rental properties, Detroit Avenue congestion, and new business development. As he concluded his remarks with a video from the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, he received a very loud and long ovation.
A group of around twenty-five Save Lakewood Hospital people picketed outside of the Temple, prior to the presentation.
Last night, after a stellar weekend commencing Friday at the Rock Hall, Lakewood High's Class of 1970 concluded their 40th anniversary celebration at Lakewood's Around the Corner restaurant, with a reunion of the famous and fabulous HAZE rock band. Current band mates included bassist Rick Wager, drummer Declan Simon, guitarist Paul Robinson, and guitarist John Brite, and they thrilled the crowd! The band had played for the class back in 1970, as well. What a night for all concerned!!! (Dig the utterly cool "LHS" spelled out on Paul's three guitar pickup covers!
(All photos by Gary Rice)
After St. James Church's Sunday Mass yesterday, I took some pictures around the church's interior. From the statue of the Blessed Virgin, to the intimate confessional, to the stool that Father John sometimes used for his homilies...memories abound in the hearts of Lakewoodites who will always remember this sacred place.
Here are six photos reflecting what Lakewood either has lost, or may lose soon. I decided to post at this time (12-23-09) because the building formerly housing Lakewood Christian Church was being demolished today, and I thought of the people and places around here... not that long ago...
Lakewood Senior Health Center Hosts Council-at-large Candidate Forum On Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, all six candidates for Lakewood's Council-at-large positions were present at the Lakewood Senior Health Center. Three openings are to be filled as a result of the election in November. Present were (left to right) Brian Powers, Jared K. Shapiro, Ryan Patrick Demro, Lakewood Senior Health Care Administrator Jason Coe, Daniel E. Shields, Monique Smith, and Nickie J. Antonio. Each was warmly received by an attentive audience. Each candidate was allotted five minutes' presentation time; after which, a question and answer period was provided. Photo-Property of Gary Rice
Shannon Katzenberger of Lincoln Elementary and Euna Taddesse of Horace Mann Elementary enjoy Second Sunday, Cleveland Museum of Art monthly craft day
PTA holds Donuts with Dads at Horace Mann Elementary
Horace Mann student Euna Taddesse marveling at her delicious hot chocolate at the Root Cafe
Fairview Hospital needs to $75 Million expansion to make up for Lakewood Closing
"The Taste of Lakewood is a no-admission fee, outdoor day-long food & music festival that celebrates what Lakewood is known for: tremendously Good Food. The event features Lakewood’s eclectic mix of regionally known restaurants and food purveyors along with live music onstage, a beer & wine garden, dining tents, a VIP Experience, and more. A portion of the event’s proceeds funds the Chamber’s annual scholarship program that rewards and assists college-bound high school seniors from St. Edward and Lakewood High Schools." There were so many more participants than are photographed below, and all of them served their delicious food to a large enthusiastic crowd!
Photos: Kevin Fraley
Photos taken by Kevin Fraley
Thousands attend Meltdown on a perfect summer day in Lakewood.
Photos taken by Kevin Fraley.
Photos by Kevin Fraley at Taste of Lakewood 2013. Please click on photos to enlarge and read comments.
Photos from two locations of the spirit parade from Lakewood Park to the High School. All photos property of The Lakewood Observer Inc.©2014
Photos from within the 4th of July Parade and Celebration in Lakewood, Ohio. ©2010
President Barack Obama's meeting in Lorain, Ohio.Lakewood Observer, Inc. ©2010
Misc photos from today's parade.
taken by Mary Breiner
These are various photos of Lakewood under the reign of Mayor Michael P. Summers.
Pack/Troop 68 retire the flag at the Garfield Middle School 17th Annual Memorial Day Recognition Program.
Here are a few photos to add from the Old House Fair. It was near the end of the show when hubby, Charlie, and I finally had some time to walk around and visit the exhibitors for some of our own home needs. (We both help put this show on and keep very busy during the show). See Jim O'bryan's photoblog for some good shots.
The 3rd Annual Lakewood Old House Fair took place on Saturday, April 18th, 2011 from11 to 4pm at Harding Middle School on Madison Ave. in Lakewood. Thank you to all the local businesses and nonprofit services who took the time to connect and share with residents. The 2012 Old House Fair will be Saturday, May 5, 11 to 4 pm at Harding again. Admission is free.
Click the link to view the entire story photoblog http://www.lakewoodobserver.com/photoblogs/mel-page/come-home-to-lakewood-house-tour
Link to story photoblog here http://www.lakewoodobserver.com/photoblogs/mel-page/lakewood-community-festival-saturday-september-11
Annually ... one of my favorite "assignments."
Food, fun, friends, neighbors ... all the 26th Annual Lakewood Community Festival at Madison Park. 09-07-13
various shot from 2013 Lakewood Car Kulture Dhow
Leaders from Lakewood, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority break ground on the new Clifton Boulevard Enhancement Project, dubbed the West Shore Express. (David Lay/The Lakewood Observer)
On Thursday, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty held a Press Conference to deliver a statement of what charges he will seek against Ariel Castro. McGinty said he will seek aggravated murder charges against Mr. Castro, citing terminated pregnancies among the women he held captive in his Seymour Avenue home. (David Lay/The Lakewood Observer)
Members of the community and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland held a Candlelight Vigil Tuesday, to pray for the victims of Sunday's tragedy during the annual Dancin' in the Streets festival. (David Lay/The Lakewood Observer)
Marvel's upcoming film The Avengers, slated for a Summer 2012 release, is filming in the Cleveland area through the end of August. As one of a total of 7 movies being filmed in the area, bringing upwards of $90 Million into the area's economy, The Avengers boasts a $250 Million budget. (David Lay/The Lakewood Observer)
Thanks for looking!
I didn't get there until about 4 so some of the cars and crowd are gone but still some nice shots.
"Stinchcomb Concert Series" feat Brigid's Cross Thur, July 25 @ 6-8 p.m. Stinchcomb Memorial, Off Hogsback Lane
Low level aerial photography of the 4th of July Parade
Eaters of Lakewood and Pillars of Lakewood watermelon eating contest, and the Meltdown 5K.
I was wondering about on a Sunday afternoon walk, when I found this baby deer hidden among some trees by the railroad tracks.
These photos were taken over two sessions. The first when I was able to get in with the Lakewood Historical Society and the second during a day where seats, movie posters and other items in the theater where for sale. On the second day we removed some of the burlap wall coverings and found some nice plaster decorations on the wall.
June 1st, Lakewood Park.
Tree planted, Lakewood Park
I went back to Edgewater today after yesterdays clean up. A man was swimming. His Name is Joe. (former Bull Fighter and Boxer) He met his wife at that beach in '51 after he returned from the Korean War and has raised four children. He will only swim when the water is the 50's,60'sor70's and advises not to go in when the water temp reaches the mid to upper 70's or higher. He has been swimming there for over 40 years and has been named and known as the "mayor of edge water".
He explained much more to me, but for now let's try to keep the beach clean.
I am not a very good skateboarder. I can move on one however, that is about all. These represent my admiration for skateboarding. Photographed at the Lakewood park.
Pictures and video of Amanda Berry's return home to her sister's house.
These photos were sent by my son, Trevor. They are of Vladimir, Russia during the week before XMAS.
A photo of a large lake ship from my backyard
A violent rain and wind storm came through Lakewood. It blew down a pine tree right next to my building.
I was looking at my backyard today and was taken by the frozen lake. I thought it would be cool to take some photos of it. These are the result.
A tenant meeting was held January 4, 2011 at Lakeshore Towers. It was attended by two Lakewood Councilwoman and a representative from Clevelands Tenant's Organization. The meeting was to introduce new tenant candidates, as well as having the current tenant members present.
Taylor Swift brought her "Speak Now World Tour" to Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night, and 15,000 screaming fans joined her for a night filled with surprises.
The 21-year-old superstar was backed by a eight-piece band, eight dancers trained to perform anything from hip-hop to ballet, and three trapeze artists that made fans hold their breath. Yet it was Taylor's show, and she had command of the stage from the moment the Victorian theatre-style courtains opened.
Opening with two songs from her new album, Speak Now, Taylor sent the crowd into a singing and screaming frenzy. Pyro wowed younger fans, while parents snapped photos. The 8:30 p.m. start time is a bit early for most headliners, but the parents had to appreciate getting their kids home before midnight. "Story of Us" had the band, dancers, and crowd fully engaged, while "Mean" turned into a ballad for anyone who's ever been picked on. A quick costume and set change, and Taylor showed her piano playing abilities with a moving randition of "Back to December".
Quick set and costume changes were a common thing Saturday night. There were nine costume changes in total, and sets included everything from a church setting during "Speak Now", three large church bells that rung during "Haunted", and a floating balcony in which Taylor soared over the crowd and around the arena during "Love Story". A seperate stage in the back of the arena provided a great view for fans who were further away from the main stage. Taylor navigated through the crowd, giving hugs and bracelets to fans of all ages along the way to and from the main stage.
It was on the second stage that Taylor showed her musical talents and ability to connect with fans through her music.
"Songwriting is something I need to do", Swift explained as she held a ukelele. "It's much more than what I love to do now."
She didn't chat too much with the crowd, but the interaction and energy from the fans was definitely there. Swift let her music do most of the talking for her, only adding anecdotal facts, song inspirations and the occasional compliment to the rowdy fans.
Short covers of Macy Gray's "I Try", as well as "My Wish" by Columbus natives Rascal Flatts led into her hit "You Belong With Me". Thanks to Taylor's Ukelele-playing, it was refreshingly light and uplifting. It was also the fourth instrument she skillfully played up to that point. Pyrotechnics, fog machines and Taylor's vocals were spot-on for the moodier portion of the show, which featured "Dear John", "Enchanted" and "Haunted".
"Long Live" included a shout-out to Cleveland native Paul Sidoti, who plays guitar in Taylor's band. "[Paul] is very proud of where he comes from", Taylor said, "and you should be very proud of him for being from here." Sidoti received a very warm welcome from the sold out arena, and even wore a Browns jersey for the encore. The video screen projected scenes from her first headlining tour, the highly-grossing Fearless Tour.
The floating balcony during "Love Story" sent Taylor up in the air and over the crowd on zip lines, eye-level with the club seating in the Q. Just one of many surprises in store at a Taylor Swift concert. While her theatrical setup pushes the envelope for touring country artist, she stayed true to her Nashville roots by never losing the message of her songs. Something tells me that 15,000 singing fans, or friends, as she calls them, would remind her if she happened to get lost in the moment. Even though audio troubles towards the end had some fans baffled, her voice was spot on. Full of energy, the 21-year-old singer showed off her musical talents and proved to any doubters that she is the real deal, and is here to stay for a long time.
Setlist: Sparks Fly, Mine, Story of Us, Our Song, Mean, Back To December, Better Than Revenge, Speak Now, Fearless, Last Kiss, You Belong With Me, Dear John, Enchanted, Haunted, Long Live. Encore: Fifteen, Love Story.
Photos in and around me.
4th of July in Lakewood.
The Lakewood Project with special guest Matt Turner and the Lakewood Middle School orchestras.
Parade, Lakewood Project, and Fireworks.
Fun at the Cleveland Public Library Used Book Sale.
The course of the Cleveland Marathon didn't go through Lakewood this year. Here are some of the things you missed.
pictures of fireworks and the Lakewood High School Rock Band
just a quick sunset pic from my backyard
Work is underway at the LPL/LEAF Learning Garden behind Madison Park. The grant awarded to LPL is aimed at helping bring libraries together with local food projects so that kids (and library patrons of all ages) learn to be good stewards of the earth.
Taylor Trimarchi captures the range of emotions from the board meeting last night at LHS.
Every day I walk through the neighborhoods from West Hilliard to East Lake Ave., collecting flowers for my lovely lady. Lakewood has a such a vast array of blooms, it will take me all summer to identify them! Tulips and Daffodils came first, then Hyacinth, then the trees blossomed. Every day has been breathtaking.
This blog is dedicated to observing the natural and sometimes unnatural evolution of the Lakwood landscape. All things observed!
Here's an AT&T box I saw north of Lake on Nicholson
Saw this huge bird in one of our trees.
The Screw Factory artists of the Lake Erie Building hosted an open studio event on Saturday, November 7. The event was very well attended and everyone seemed to really enjoy looking at and buying artworks, and chatting with the artists. In this gallery are pictures of some of the artists and their works, and people checking it all out.
On Saturday, October 24, Liz Donnelly, fitness trainer from Training by Liz, held a pumpkin family exercise morning at Lakewood Congregational Church. About 25 people, parents and kids, took part in a morning of exercise and fun. After working out with their pumpkins, the kids got to decorate them and take them home!
Stuart Vokes entertained library patrons with his Spanish and Flamenco guitar pieces.
10 year anniversary of the Columbine High School tragedy. Photos of Columbine Memorial and high school.
Images from the crowd gathered to observe and celebrate an hour in the dark. Images are untweaked due to photographer being exhausted.
August 2, 2008 Lakewood Arts Festival
Pictures from the 2008 Walk & Roll, primarily of the belly dancers
Pretty scary huh?
Cell phone photos from my trip up to the Adirondacks and Vermont on my motorcycle in September. 1800 miles of solitude on my GL500 Interstate without listening to the radio or looking at the Observation Deck.
Any bikers out there? Sorry Motocyclists. Let me know!
November 3rd, 2008 Lakewood Park
somewhere out in Avon I think.
March 13, 2008
Went and took pictures?
Lakewood JV/Varsity at home against Medina
Feb. 6th, 2008.
Commissioning Ceremonies for the new Emerson and Horace Mann Elementaries in Lakewood.
Photos from Lakewood's 4th of July parade.
Just a few shots from when I was down in central Virginia for the holidays.
These are photos for the story about the two schools that are closing, McKinley and Taft.
These are some images from the Senior Class of 2008 Art Show at the LPL Main Branch on Thursday May 22.
There were many awards given for the artwork.
All photos courtesy of Amanda Nugent.
Photos of the installation of the sculpture in the entry of the Children's and Youth Services Dept. in Lakewood Public Library. Sculpture is by David Deming, president/CEO of Cleveland Institute of Art and Lakewood High graduate. One side is the "lake," and the other side is the "wood."
cat family needing fostering
After spending several days in Madison I made my way to Bismark, North Dakota. The trip would have been a 10 hour drive, had I not stopped at St. Paul, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota along the way.
St. Paul is a large, intriguing metropolis. I was not in town long enough to do very much exploring. However, I was lucky enough to run into the executive of a St. Paul non-profit that is working with Mung children and other minorities, advancing a CSA program similar to City Fresh. They too are receiving funding from USDA grants.
St. Paul-Minneapolis is something of a cross between Cleveland and Chicago. I suspect that the shear density of this city with respect to an otherwise rural, sparsely populated country side accounts for the aggregation of cultural and political differentiation from the confused-sinking-rust bucket of Cleveland.
For the last forty-some days I've been traveling the country by automobile. Madison was the first and one of my favorite stops along the way.
Being the Capital of Wisconsin and site of the largest state university, Madison is characterized by an interesting cultural and political mixture tending towards progressive & ecological consciousness, professionalized government and heavy involvment of grass roots action in political and social affairs. Madison's small scale certainly plays a significant factor in it's unique character.
Madison is similar in scale to Missoula, Montana and Eugene, Oregon, both of which are generally considered similar politically and culturally.
Beyond any immediate demographic and political similarities between these places, Madison stands out as distinctly mid-western in temperment, less corporate and generally less occupied by the forces of gentrification that these other two cities.
Madison is an 8 hour drive from Lakewood, 485 miles.
Denver Air Murals a the Rockies
National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Day, 10/07/07
August 19, 2007 - the day that the community of Lakewood opened four brand new state-of-the-art school buildings! Ceremonies were held to Commission Harrison and Hayes Elementary Schools and Harding and Garfield Middle Schools.
This was a truly historical and news worthy day in the community of Lakewood!
With Class of 2007 Graduation,
Lakewood Graduation Guarantee Takes Effect. Lakewood School District: Lakewood Graduates Meet Ohio Academic Standards - We Guarantee it!
Sam O'Leary, 2007 Class President is the first to receive the Graduation Guarantee, presented by Dr. David Estrop, Superintendent, and Mrs. Linda Beebe, President, Board of Education.
Franklin Elementary School Principal Nancy Ross and school staff thanked all those who volunteered in the school this year with an afternoon tea, complete with awards, an array of food, and songs performed by the fifth grade choir and kindergarten students. The song, "Eating Guacamole" was a crowd favorite!
Emerson Middle School and H2O â€“ Help To Others, a City of Lakewood Youth Volunteer Program, hosted the 10th Annual Memorial Day Veteran Recognition Program on Friday May 18, 2007. Veterans and their families, or surviving family members were recognized for their service to our country. They wore their uniforms and brought service memorabilia to share with students during a breakfast gathering and program.
After the program, veterans visited classrooms to talk with students about their experiences.
Photos show recent progress on school construction projects - four new schools will open in the fall! Harrison and Hayes Elementary Schools, and Harding and Garfield Middle Schools.
Here are a few pictures of Ernie Krivda and his band members performing at Lakewood Park Saturday 8/18/2007 during Lakewood Hospital's 100 year celebration.
My advice: leave pyrotechnics to the experts. I'll just take photos. Next year I'll try longer exposures...
Joe took these photos to document the playground maintenance necessary to keep Kids Cove safe and fun.
A collection of recent photos from Lakewood and Cleveland's West side. If you enjoy these, you might want to check out my photo exhibit at the Lakewood Phoenix. Thanks to Jim for the printing assistance.
Photos to post on deck
Lakewood Earth And Food Community
Sighting of a white "pied" deer from the Emerald Canyon, and some shots of a Cooper's hawk in my Lakewood yard.
Pluto fans, please contribute!
The circus elephants parade up E. 9th St. to Quicken Loans Arena.
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