Photos of the growth of a pair of Great Horned Owls in Rocky River Metro Parks, down in the Emerald Canyon. The great diversity of wildlife in an around Lakewood and the Emerald Necklace with it great trails, for hiking, biking, running along with some of the best fishing in the area, make Lakewood a wonderful place to call home. Many refer to it as "The Alaska of the Cleveland Inner-Ring Suburbs." I am just glad to call it home. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did taking them. All photos are the property of The Lakewood Observer, Inc.©2013
June 11, 2013, they took the Columbus Road bridge down for repairs. They cut it loose and towed it up river where it will be repaired then floated back down in about a year. Here are a couple photos of that project. All photos the property of the Lakewood Observer, Inc. ©2013
Some photos from the short stand-off on Lark Ave. 06.06.2013. It was basically a domestic quarrel over a couple dollars that escalated. ll photos are the proerty of the Lakewood Observer, Inc. ©2013
Photos taken in and around Lakewood during June, 2013. All photos are the property of the Lakewood Observer, Inc. ©2013
A couple photos from the filming of Marvel's "Avengers 2 - The Winter Soldier' in Cleveland May and June , 2013. All photos ar the property if the Lakewood Observer, Inc. ï¿½2013
A handful of photos from Bike for the Beck. All photos are property of the Lakewood Observer, Inc. ©2013
Photos by Kevin Fraley at Taste of Lakewood 2013. Please click on photos to enlarge and read comments.
June 1 2013 Lakewood Park
"PAP" Pole Aerial Photography
Birds and Nests
What a great event.
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.
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)
The City of Lakewood held a press conference today at Melt Bar & Grilled to announce the city was voted among Travel & Leisure Magazine's 'Coolest Suburb to Visit'. (David Lay/The Lakewood Observer)
Pictures and video of Amanda Berry's return home to her sister's house.
World-wide media descends on Cleveland to cover yesterday's (May 6) miraculous news!
Ohio State University's graduating class of 2013 had the opportunity to hear President Barack Obama deliver the commencement speech before receiving their diplomas. The commencement ceremony took place on May 5th, inside the OSU football stadium. Over 10,000 students graduated from OSU and approximately 60,000 visitors attended the ceremony. Barack Obama provided inspiring words to the class of 2013, focusing on the importance of citizenship. Addressing the students who all grew up during a time of economic trouble, wars, and terrorism- he said that this has tested them! But because of this, they have grown to be a strong generation. Through the love of their country, they can start to change it for the better.
The second Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama was held in Washington DC on Monday, January 21, 2013. A week of festivities included the Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Inaugural Parade and numerous inaugural balls honoring the elected President of the United States.
The Cavaliers faced their sixth loss in a row as they went up against the Indiana Pacers. Without Anderson Varejao, who sat for a second game because of a bruised knee, the Cavaliers struggled to a 99-89 loss. It didn't help either that The reigning Rookie of the Year, had six turnovers. shooting a team high of just 17 points.
Time and again in the third quarter, the Pacers found ways to feed the ball inside for easy baskets. In the same quarter the Pacers held the cavaliers to a 39 percent shooting. Some of the trouble in the third quarter came from sloppy overall play. Late in the third quarter, Tyler Zeller threw his in bounds pass intended for Daniel Gibson but was swiped by an Indiana player, George, who sank a layup and was fouled by Zeller. When George missed the free throw Zeller got the rebound… but somehow lost the ball, and again, George slammed another basket.
The Cavaliers' lack of focus allows for opponents to surge for lengthy periods of time each game, has caused the Cavaliers to fall to just 5-23 for the season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers lose to the Toronto Raptors, 113-99.
The Cleveland Cavaliers lose to The Milwaukee Bucks 90-86.
Lakewood is a community that strives to be among the best.
Stephen Eisel inspired me to pay more attention to “other communities” that have outdoor basketball courts.
So, here you go.
Thanks for looking!
July 22,2012. St.Barbara Church, 1505 Denison Avenue in Cleveland, held their reopening ceremony and Mass today celebrated under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Joseph Hilinski. The church was packed to the walls. Lakewood's St. James Church is scheduled to reopen to the public with a Mass on July 25th.
On Thursday, May 24, the youth volunteers of H20 and Harding Middle School hosted a remembrance ceremony to mark Memorial Day activities. Guests of honor included our area military veterans who were served breakfast, followed by a ceremony attended by the student body. Of particular note was the presence of three former Lakewood educators, all of whom had served in the Second World War. Maynard "Doc" Unger, former Garfield teacher, had been an Army Air Corps radio operator on a B-17, who had been shot down over Germany and spent nearly 2 years as a P.O.W.. Dr. Richard Dutro had served as a teacher and an administrator for the Lakewood Schools, and had also served with the U.S. Army in Europe. Robert Rice had been a Lakewood music teacher, as well as a band, orchestra, and choral director at Harding School. Rice served with the 336th Army Band, and with the Chemical Warfare Service in the American Theater of Operations. In a touching moment, Harding band director Brian Griebel introduced his own father, the well-known jazz musician Buddy Griebel, who was also a WWII Army veteran. Director Griebel also introduced Mr. Rice as having been his predecessor at Harding; the two men having provided 59 consecutive years of uninterrupted musical instruction at that school. Photos credit: Gary Rice
A good time was had by all concerned when the musicians who attend the monthly jam sessions at the Canalway Visitors Center played at a "coffeehouse" event held for the public at the beautiful Canalway Visitors Center, located by the Ohio and Erie Canal and Cuyahoga River near Cleveland's historic industrial flats. My dad, Robert Rice and I (in cowboy hats) always enjoy helping out with these great occasions. Thanks to Tom for snapping the action shots of Dad and me!
On July 17th, "The Flip Side", a terrific and eclectic local musical group, performed at Lakewood's own Winchester Music Hall.
Since 2002 The Winchester has been one of the Cleveland area's premier live music venues.
Here are some photos of "The Flip Side's"live performance.
For more information on The Winchester's upcoming attractions, go to www.thewinchester.net. You can learn more about "The Flip Side" at www.heartheflipside.com.
All photos property of Gary Rice.
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)
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
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.
These photos were sent by my son, Trevor. They are of Vladimir, Russia during the week before XMAS.
4th Annual Mayor's Ball To Benefit The Beck Center for the Arts, Lakewood Ohio November 2011 Copyright © Kreshnik Musmurati 2011
Albanian Community of Cleveland Celebrates 99th Anniversary of Albanian Independence
The church in Lakewood torn down after 90+ years of Prayers, Weddings and Church Services
In this Photo Pat Foye at West Park Station located at Loarin Ave Cleveland being interviewed by one of the Clevelands local stations
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.
Trick or Treaters on Homewood Dr.
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.
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
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.
Nature's Bin Annual Dog Days of Summer Dog Wash
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