Lakewood Celebrates The Fourth Of July
Lakewood Mayor Mike Summers has announced that Suzanne Metelko, Director of the University of Akron Lakewood, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the City’s Fourth of July parade. The parade is scheduled to step off on Wednesday, July 4 at 10:00 a.m. on Lake Avenue at Kenneth Drive and will conclude at Lakewood Park.
Ms. Metelko was named Director of the University of Akron Lakewood in October of 2011. She was instrumental in bringing the University of Akron to Lakewood. Beginning in 2004, Suzanne worked with city officials, LakewoodAlive and the University of Akron to bring a satellite campus to Lakewood. The University of Akron Lakewood opened in September of 2011 in the historic Bailey Building on the corner of Warren Road and Detroit Avenue.
Suzanne is active in many community organizations. She is a member of the Hospice of the Western Reserve Advisory Council and the Lakewood Hospital Citizens Advisory Council. She served as a trustee for the Lakewood Public Library for nineteen years, served as a trustee for the Lakewood Hospital Foundation for 6 years and also served as a trustee for the North Coast Health Ministry and the Beck Center for the Arts. She is an active member of the Lakewood United Methodist Church and served as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lakewood for 16 years. Suzanne and her husband, Bob, have owned a Lakewood business, Computer Systems Development Services, Inc., for 18 years. She was named Business Person of the Year in 2003 by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Suzanne grew up in Lakewood and has lived here with Bob since 1980.
“We are pleased to honor Suzanne Metelko for all she has given to the Lakewood community,” said Mayor Summers. “Suzanne was one of the driving forces for bringing the University of Akron to Lakewood and we are thrilled to have them here. We are grateful for the leadership she brings to so many community organizations. We are proud to have her serve as Grand Marshal of the Fourth of July Parade.”
Joining in the parade will be musical favorites, the Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band, St. Edward High School Band, the Lochaber Pipe Band and Red Hackle Pipe Band.
After the parade, festivities will continue in Lakewood Park with games, food, activities and information provided by several of Lakewood’s community organizations. At 7:00 p.m., the Lakewood Project, Lakewood High School’s Youth Rock Orchestra, will perform at the bandstand at Lakewood Park.
The Fourth of July festivities will conclude with Lakewood’s annual fireworks extravaganza at approximately 9:45-10:00 p.m.