PhotoBlogs by David Lay

West Shore Express Groundbreaking Ceremony (1 Photos)
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)
McGinty Press Conference (2 Photos)

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)

Vigil for Victims of Dancin' in the Streets Tragedy (3 Photos)

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)

Filming of The Avengers (12 Photos)

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)

Lakewood Voted 'Coolest Suburb to Visit' by Travel & Leisure (9 Photos)

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)

LO at The Iowa State Fair (11 Photos)
In a state that boasts University of Iowa grads Ronald Reagan and Del Donahoo, Iowa is also home to one of the largest fairs in the US. The Iowa State Fair is also known for its several foods on a stick (over 36); new choices this year include Pineapple on a Stick and Salad on a Stick.
Sleight of Hand Man at the Lakewood Art Walk (7 Photos)
Ray Taylor, aka the Sleight of Hand Man, wowed crowds at the Lakewood Art Walk with his skilled artistry.
March 27th City Budget Meeting (18 Photos)
The City Hall auditorium was filled with Seniors, City Employees and Concerned Citizens for the final 2008 Budget Hearing before City Council votes on March 31st.
Bill Clinton at Lakewood High School - March 1, 2008 (12 Photos)
Former President Bill Clinton made a stop at Lakewood High School, speaking to a nearly filled-to-capacity crowd at the LHS East Gym. (© David Lay/The Lakewood Observer)
2007 Odds & Ends (20 Photos)
Photos that didn't make it in the Observer in 2007.
Light Up Lakewood (1 Photos)
Fall 2007 (5 Photos)
'The Diabetic Chef' at Lakewood Hospital (14 Photos)

Chris Smith, 'The Diabetic Chef' made an appearance at Lakewood Hospital, to commemorate the opening of the Hospital's new Diabetes Center.

One in 14 in Northeast Ohio has diabetes, and the numbers keep rising. As one of the first hospitals on Cleveland's West Side to receive recognition from the American Diabetes Association, Lakewood Hospital will be a leader in the fight against diabetes by opening its Center. 

Dr. Sanjit Bindra leads a team of endocrinologists and nutritionists in waging the war on this increasingly threatening disease. 

Sacred Arts & Healing Center (18 Photos)

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Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival (17 Photos)
Kicking the Devil in the junk at the Lakewood Car Kulture Show.
GARMONBOZIA - Peabody's - 8.11.07 (46 Photos)

Assembled in late 2003 by members of local heavy hitters Dead Even, Keratoma and Ringworm, Garmonbozia serves as a unique creative outlet for band and audience alike. Taking their name from David Lynch's Twin Peaks, Garmonbozia has become known for an irreverent sound that encompasses everything from 50's bubble gum pop, to death metal. You will have to judge for yourself. Songs play like the score to an insane film not yet written, from comedy to tragedy and back. Overtly ridiculous live shows, (read: parties) constantly change for the sake of setting the right (?) mood. This, along with a soundtrack to please everyone from classic-rock dinosaurs to elementary school students, Garmonbozia's impact, much like a scarring childhood tragedy, is not easily forgotten. With members trained in the arts of mind control, music, seduction, and the preparation of fine cuisine, you are clearly left with no choice but to submit to our every demand. So grab a glass of wine and join the feast. Cheers!

Check out their website at
Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks (71 Photos)

Larger sizes can be viewed in my Flickr: 

June 18, 2007 City Council Meeting (12 Photos)
Lakewood's City Council meeting was a packed house as many residents came to express their support for the Lakewood Dog Park, which Rocky River Mayor Pamela Bobst wants closed.

A resolution was passed commending Ennis Court for being rated one of Ohio's top 10 nursing homes by the Nursing Facility Family Satisfaction Survey of nursing homes sponsored by the Ohio Department of Aging.

The dramatic part of the evening was the discussion of Calanni Auto Service. Silvia Weber, owner of Weber Architecture, Charles Abou-Chebl, owner of My Mind's Eye, and Brian Jules, owner of West Side Skates, all made impassioned comments regarding the numerous complaints of the auto repair business bearing Charlie Calanni's name.
Saint James: A Study in Fourths (4 Photos)
This is a 4-print set that will be presented to Saint James Catholic Church, in commemoration of their 100th anniversary in 2008.

Giclee prints are available for purchase at
We Are All Photographers Now! (14 Photos)
Several of my photos were featured in the "We Are All Photographers Now!" exhibit at the Musee de l'Elysee in Switzerland.

The exhibit runs from February 8th, 2007 to May 20th, 2007.

More information is at
April Snowstorm Photos (33 Photos)
Old Man Winter paid Easter weekend a visit, dumping upwards of 10" on the Lakewood area, cancelling Indians home opener games and snarling traffic.
April 2007 Photo Blog (31 Photos)
March 2007 Blog (13 Photos)
Madison Water Main Break (6 Photos)
The north side of Madison Avenue between Lakewood and Alameda was closed off Wednesday, March 7, due to a water main break.

Ss. Cyril & Methodius was also closed because of the break.
Snow Day Photos (20 Photos)
The aftermath of the February 13, 2007 winter storm that dumped upwards of 12 to 20 inches of snow on the Cleveland area.
Brandtson @ Grog Shop - February 9, 2007 (7 Photos)
Lakewood's Brandtson played a fantastic set at the Grog Shop. Stiletto, Plasma For Guns, and Under The Influence of Giants opened.

More info at and
Fine Art Photography (3 Photos)
An ongoing collection of my Fine Art work. Prints are available for sale. Contact me at for pricing.
Engagement Photos (8 Photos)
Photos by Walter Novak
Copperfoot @ Around The Corner - 1/13/07 (28 Photos)
Warren Road Construction (8 Photos)
Taken 1/13/2007
Miscellaneous (12 Photos)
Concert Photography (15 Photos)
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