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Councilman O'Malley Holding Town Hall Meeting This Thursday

Councilman Dan O'Malley (Ward 4) will be holding his next town hall meeting this Thursday, December 7th at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Old Rockport Firehouse, 1422 Hopkins Avenue. Residents are invited to ask questions, express concerns, or share ideas for improving Lakewood's neighborhoods.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Queen And King Selected For Light Up Lakewood 2017

Lakewood High School Juniors Erin Black and Greg Medley Honored December 2

It’s good to be queen and king of Lakewood’s signature holiday community event.  LakewoodAlive announces that Lakewood High School juniors Erin Black and Greg Medley were named Queen and King for Light Up Lakewood 2017 sponsored by First Federal Lakewood

Students chosen for this honor have demonstrated their love for Lakewood through providing outstanding service to the community. In addition to reigning over the Light Up Lakewood Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 2, Erin and Greg were both awarded $500 scholarships courtesy of Plantation Home in Downtown Lakewood. Both winners have agreed to provide at least 24 hours of service to the community during the coming year.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

A Beginner’s Guide To Attending Light Up Lakewood 2017

Greetings, first-time Light Up Lakewood attendee. You’re in for a real treat. 

Don’t be surprised if your enthusiasm upon reaching Detroit Avenue nears Buddy The Elf levels. Light Up Lakewood – a fun-filled fixture within Lakewood’s downtown district – represents one of the preeminent holiday events in Northeast Ohio. If it’s not the most wonderful time of the year, it comes awfully close.

But before you join 20,000 of your closest friends at LakewoodAlive’s dazzling community festival on December 2, there are some things you should know.  Consider this cheat sheet a gift to be unwrapped prior to the first Saturday in December. Here’s your beginner’s guide to attending Light Up Lakewood 2017 sponsored by First Federal Lakewood.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Scout Pack 68 Goes Yachting

Last week Scout Troup 68 had their annual Rain Gutter Regatta at Lakewood Methodist Church. It was a great break from the political discussions and a nice break on a cold rainy night. It was highly attended and fun was had by all.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

The Top 10 Traditions Of Light Up Lakewood 2017

Traditions abound during the holiday season and Light Up Lakewood is no exception. Both the popular community event itself, and many of the festivities comprising it, are woven into the framework of many Lakewoodites’ holiday rituals.  

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Memoirs Of 900 Seconds: Dear Lakewood – Was This ‘A Lot’?

Lakewood Lakewood – city that I love! I like to think that everyone is as impassioned as I am about civil rights.  Community Relations and Community Policing are big issues for me as I am a member of Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission (although this submission is not at all connected with that position), and we are working closely with the Mayor’s office as well as City Hall to address issues surrounding the above topics. I could deliver my victorious bio about being a survivor of the most heinous stalking and abuse- coming out the other side with a master’s degree and three scholarship-receiving college students. I could talk about the awards I received from Cleveland READS as well as Cleveland City Council for literacy efforts with minority children as well as older homeless men. I could talk about my family’s pet spider ‘Charlotte’ who pretty much owns the living room window where she resides in safety. I could talk about the children I raised in this city who were members of the National Honor Society, captains of the flag corps, and members of symphonic orchestra and my super clean apartment filled with the most delicious art– but this sort of banter is contrary to the idea of civil rights. Civil rights mandates that I be treated with the same quality of warm humanity without regard for socioeconomics, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, you know the rest. I do not feel that my civil rights were supported in a recent incident with Lakewood Police Department. Please let me explain.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

From the Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

Lakewood’s first City Hall was the private residence of the town’s fourth Mayor, Jacob Tegardine, who served from 1900 to 1901. In 1918, the estate of Robert Russell Rhodes (now Lakewood Park) was purchased, and the house was used as the second City Hall. That structure was demolished when the offices moved to the current building (pictured here), formally dedicated on October 18, 1959.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

2017 Halloween Winners Announced!

This year we had a contest for the best Halloween decorations, and while there were many great entries, two houses, side-by-side took the grand prize! The Bowen families, on the corner of Merl and Giel, win 1st and 2nd places with their front yards of over 100 different pieces mostly hand made and built. The displays featured dripping blood, zombie armies, smoke, strobes, flying ghosts, a toxic spill site, and famous faces! Thank you for the effort and thank you all for the decorations. They will win both the $50 gift certificate from Woodstock BBQ, as well as a $25 gift certificate from India Garden/Nameste.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Bullock, Nowlin And Marx Voted Against Lakewood—It’s Time For Lakewood To Vote Against Them

Back in 2015 and again in early 2016, Councilmembers Tom Bullock, Ryan Nowlin and Cindy Marx voted to close Lakewood Hospital and give away for free more than $100 million in money and property that belonged to Lakewood citizens. The hospital was Lakewood’s largest employer and largest charity, providing annual taxes, rent and charitable services in excess of $9 million per year before all three voted AGAINST the interest of Lakewood taxpayers and AGAINST Lakewood’s most vulnerable citizens. 

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Foundation Planning Task Force To Host Community Conversation

The Foundation Planning Task Force has been entrusted to explore, discuss, and recommend to City Council the nature, scope, mission, and governance of a new wellness foundation for the benefit of Lakewood (for more information, please visit http://www.onelakewood.com/wellness-foundation-task-force/) to be completed within a sixteen – eighteen month time-frame. The task force is in an information gathering phase; below is a summary of their work done in pursuit of completing their task(s) in a timely manner: 

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

New, Consensus Charter Will Be Voted On In November Election

On the November ballot, voters will have a chance to approve a dramatically improved Charter to take the place of the old Charter. Three years ago, I was a member of the Charter Review Commission that suggested the vast majority of the changes. 

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

City Councilmembers Go To Bat For Citizen Priorities, Innovations In 2017 And 2018 Budgets

City Council kicked off the 2018 city budget-writing process in early September by proposing a dozen innovations to improve City operations as well as neighborhood priorities originating with Lakewood residents. Councilmembers put forward initiatives that are modest in cost but could lead to quality of life improvements. Examples include park improvement plans for Webb and Kauffman Parks, increased shade at pools, full-court outdoor basketball, curb repair, improved bicycle infrastructure, installing electric vehicle charging stations, purchasing clean power, calming traffic, recycling in parks, and opioid addiction intervention.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

Doggie Doo: Follow The Rules Of Lakewood Dog Park

The dog days of summer are still ahead, bringing more opportunities to socialize for Lakewood dogs and their owners. Many will head to Lakewood Dog Park. On any given day, many dozens of dogs scamper and sniff across 2/3 acres of park grounds.

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 6:15 PM, 08.15.2017

News Release: Theft Of Wheel And Tires

Between Tuesday August 8, 2017 and Monday August 14, 2017 the Lakewood Police Department has taken five reports of wheels and tires being stolen. In these cases all four wheels and tires were removed, leaving the vehicle propped up on a paving stone.

In all of these cases the vehicles were Honda products, four Accords and 1 Civic. Thefts were reported on August 8, 12 and 14. The time range of these thefts is from 3 p.m. to 10 a.m. With the exception of one case all of the vehicles were parked on the street. There was a dark colored SUV seen in the area of one of these thefts.

If anyone sees anyone tampering with their vehicle or their neighbors please contact your police department as soon as possible. 

The cases are currently under investigation. If anyone has any information please contact the Lakewood Police Department at 216-521-6773.

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 6:15 PM, 08.15.2017

Redevelopment Proposals Receive Mixed Reception

Two groups presented divergent plans for the former site of Lakewood Hospital at a July 25 joint meeting of the city’s Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board.

Carnegie Management and Development Corporation proposed a “transformative” project, in its team’s own words, emphasizing glass-walled buildings and a Detroit Avenue plaza. During a question-and-answer session which followed, members of the public, the Planning Commission and the Architectural Board questioned that transformative character, repeatedly.

Both of the committees expressed reservations about the proposed plaza, and a general sense that the Carnegie plan would be a self-contained anomaly in Lakewood’s landscape. The Carnegie team described the project as simultaneously “transformative” and “seamlessly integrated,” but struggled at times to explain how both could be achieved.

A noticeably different reception greeted the second proposal, by CASTO and North Pointe Realty, Inc.

Throughout its presentation, the CASTO team focused on how their plan would relate to the existing community around it, on social, commercial and architectural levels. While also including public space, their design proposed a green “courtyard,” behind buildings that would sustain the line of Detroit Avenue storefronts.

Judging by the mellower question-and-answer session which followed, the CASTO team seemed successful in its goal of harmony over transformation.

The goal of preserving the Lakewood Hospital building in some form, however, largely eluded both developers. Carnegie proposed reusing bricks from the building, and the arches of its facade. The CASTO team proposed a faithful renovation of the nearby Curtiss Block, but admitted difficulty in repurposing any of the hospital building itself.

The CASTO proposal also offered few specifics about restoring economic activity lost by the decision to close Lakewood Hospital, which was the city’s largest employer. The Carnegie team spoke of replacing or exceeding the number of jobs lost, but later in its presentation referenced a figure well short of that goal.

The possible slip was not the only one of the evening, as many attendees questioned the words “expand the footprint” included on one of Carnegie’s slides. The group explained this as a reference to still-confidential efforts to acquire further property in the neighborhood, and suggested that it should have been left out of the presentation. The gaffe may add to questions raised by Carnegie’s hiring of former Lakewood mayor Ed Fitzgerald, who helped oppose efforts to keep the hospital open.

The City of Lakewood has announced plans to select a developer this fall, and invites citizens to direct further comments and questions to http://www.onelakewood.com/downtownrfq/.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 5:08 PM, 08.01.2017

LakewoodAlive, Citizens Bank Join Forces to Complete Yard Beautification Project on Waterbury Avenue

The elderly homeowner observed the scene unfolding before her with a look that mixed joy and amazement.  Never before had she experienced anything like this, as 15 volunteers helped restore the backyard of the Waterbury Avenue home that’s been in her family since 1930.

“I can’t begin to express my appreciation,” said Ms. Waterbury (real name withheld).  “This is the first time in my life I’ve ever had anyone help me like this.”

LakewoodAlive's Housing Outreach Program recently partnered with a superb group of volunteers from Citizens Bank to complete this yard beautification project for Ms. Waterbury, 79, a retired science teacher.  The project consisted of everything from clearing brush to planting flowers to painting fences and doors.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 12:35 PM, 07.18.2017

Lakewood Summer Meltdown Celebrates City’s Vibrancy

For one July Saturday each summer, a transformation takes place in Downtown Lakewood.  Detroit Avenue ceases to serve as a bustling main street, undergoing a conversion into an urban playground for families, friends, festival-goers, runners, beer enthusiasts and music lovers alike to celebrate a city’s vibrancy.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 12:35 PM, 07.18.2017

Lakewood City Council Candidate Meghan F. George Receives Another Important Endorsement

Meghan F. George has secured another important endorsement in her campaign for Lakewood City Council At Large.  Lakewood Firefighters Local 382, representing about 80 firefighter/emergency medical technicians has joined Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25 in supporting her campaign.
 
"I am pleased to have the support of Lakewood's hard working firefighters, and honored to have the confidence they have placed in me. The endorsement of Lakewood Police and now Lakewood Firefighters demonstrates both groups believe it is more than empty campaign rhetoric when I pledge to fight for resources, funding and training to maintain and enhance the already high level of service both provide."
 
"I intend work hard and to make it my point to renew old friendships and to get out and meet as many Lakewood residents as possible prior to this November's election." said candidate George.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 12:35 PM, 07.18.2017

Meghan F. George For Lakewood City Council At-Large

I am a candidate for Lakewood City Council At Large, and as a lifelong Lakewood resident, I know that safety is and always will be Lakewood residents’ most important concern. Therefore I am pleased to announce the endorsement of my candidacy by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25, representing Lakewood Police Officers. I believe our safety forces need to be provided the tools and training to allow them to perform their jobs to the best of their ability and I strongly support fully funding these departments.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017

CELEBRATE And NOMINATE !!!

WE CELEBRATE: At a recent Lakewood City Council meeting, six Lakewood Homes were acknowledged, and the homeowners were congratulated, as winners in the 2016 Beautiful Home Awards sponsored by Keep Lakewood Beautiful. The Beautiful Home Awards contest is an effort by KLB to both raise awareness of, and to appreciate, the efforts of so many Lakewood property owners who invest time, talent and resources in making their properties visually appealing. Gardening is a way that people both enjoy nature and literally show their pride in their home and community.

The six winners and their gardeners for 2016 are: Sarah Loomer and Zach Smith, 1050 Lakeland; Debbie and Ric Rada, 2033 Bunts; Ray and Joanne Heinart, 2388 Woodward Avenue; Paul and Terry Schuerger, 14216 Bayes; Jonathon Tallman and David Reichert, 1538 Elbur; and Linda White and Gail Perusek, 1287 Summit.

The winning homes were selected from over 20 nominations. All neighborhoods of the city received nominations and the winners represent North, South, East and West side areas.  Judging is based on criteria that includes eye catching landscaping and thoughtfully maintained homes.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 2:48 PM, 06.20.2017

LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Stripping & Refinishing Woodwork Safely” Workshop On July 13

When it comes to restoring the woodwork within your home, you likely have a vision for how you want the finished product to look.  But how do you go about converting that vision into reality?

LakewoodAlive will host “Knowing Your Home: Stripping & Refinishing Woodwork Safely” on Thursday, July 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sherwin-Williams’ Lakewood location (14711 Madison Avenue)  The 10th workshop of 2017 for this popular home maintenance educational program will focus on the proper steps for stripping woodwork, as well as how to refinish wood to achieve the look you want in your home.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 2:48 PM, 06.20.2017

LakewoodAlive’s Volunteer-Driven Blossoms Program Blooms In Downtown Lakewood

Stroll along Detroit Avenue through Downtown Lakewood these days and you can’t help but notice an additional splash of color and greenery enhancing the district’s vibrancy.

Now in its 11th year, LakewoodAlive’s Blossoms Program has resulted in the addition of 54 flower boxes for 2017 – the most boxes yet – stretching east-to-west along Detroit Avenue from the Westerly Apartments to Cerny Shoes.  Geraniums and impatiens dot this urban landscape, creating a more appealing commercial district. 

The Blossoms Program is designed to help Downtown Lakewood merchants make their storefronts more inviting and attractive. LakewoodAlive partners annually with Lakewood Garden Center to provide an opportunity for merchants to purchase professionally-planted Earth Box planters with flowers appropriate for the sun/shade needs of each location.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 2:48 PM, 06.20.2017

Farmers Market Coupon Lottery At The Lawther Center

The Lakewood Division of Aging and the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging are pleased to announce that the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is once again to be offered in 2017. The SFMNP program will provide selected eligible seniors with $50 in coupons which can be used for fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at any of the local farmers markets.

There are eligibility requirements for this program. Participants must be 60 years of age or older. They must be Lakewood residents, and they must fall within the income guidelines. The guidelines are as follows: $22,311 or less for a single-person household, or $30,044 for a two-person household.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 2:48 PM, 06.20.2017

Lakewood Summer Meltdown To Heat Up City On July 8

Much-Anticipated Festival Returns to Downtown Lakewood; Schedule of Events Unveiled

Get ready to add some sizzle to your summer. Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2017, sponsored by Melt Bar & Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, is back for its eighth year on Saturday, July 8 from 4 to 10 p.m. in Downtown Lakewood.

One of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties, the Summer Meltdown drew nearly 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood last year. This “something for everyone” event and fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue between Marlowe and Elmwood, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

Families will love the street festival component, which features free programs from 70+ businesses and nonprofits organizations, including numerous interactive opportunities. Activities range from a sprinkler park to skateboarding to demonstrations of yoga and other exercises.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 12:39 PM, 06.06.2017

LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Windows 101” Workshop On June 15

Register Now to Attend this Free Workshop at The Nicholson House

You’ve likely observed the incessant advertisements on television or radio: “Replace your old, leaky windows with new energy-saving windows.” But does this actually apply to your home and how do you know whether you should repair or replace?

LakewoodAlive will host “Knowing Your Home: Windows 101” on Thursday, June 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Nicholson House (13335 Detroit Avenue). The ninth workshop of 2017 for this popular home maintenance educational program will focus on the repair and replacement of windows with a major emphasis on wooden windows.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 12:39 PM, 06.06.2017

LakewoodAlive Announces Performers For 2017 Front Porch Concert Series

Popular Live Music Program Returns for 11 Weeks Starting July 7

It won't be long before live music floods Downtown Lakewood, echoing through neighborhood streets and beckoning families and concert-goers alike to the heart of the city.

LakewoodAlive announces the diverse and talented line-up of musical performers for the 2017 Front Porch Concert Series sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James. See the schedule below for weekly performers comprising the popular live music program, which takes place each Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. from July 7 through Sept. 15 on the front porch of Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue).

Like a crowd-pleasing encore performance, this summer series is sure to delight its audience, as it features a wide array of free, live music for 11 consecutive Fridays. Cleveland-based reggae sensation Carlos Jones kicks off the series with his catchy island vibes that will heat up the summer evening on Friday, July 7.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 12:39 PM, 06.06.2017

Community Forum With Councilman O'Malley

Ward 4 Councilman Dan O'Malley will be hosting a series of community forums throughout the year to give residents an opportunity to ask questions, express concerns, or share ideas with him to improve our city and neighborhoods. These town hall-style meetings will also give residents a chance to learn about what's happening at Lakewood City Hall and exciting new initiatives for our community. 
 
Here are the details for the first "Council on Your Corner" event.
 
Community Forum in Birdtown with Councilman Dan O'Malley
Thursday, May 18th at 7 p.m. 
Harrison Elementary
2080 Quail St.
Lakewood, OH 44107
 
Refreshments will be provided.
 
This event is free and open to the public. 

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 4:19 PM, 05.02.2017

Celebrate Spring With Earth Day, The Great American Cleanup, And Keep Lakewood Beautiful

Spring sunshine and warmer winds have finally arrived here in Lakewood, Ohio and the Keep Lakewood Beautiful organization is celebrating this time of year with its Annual Earth Day and Great American Cleanup on April 29th from 9-11 a.m. beginning at Madison Park. Come one or come all, and help spruce up the Madison Ave. commercial district. Learn from an arborist, and then we will plant trees in observance of Arbor Day, plant flowers, and mulch trees and large planters. Meet near the Madison Ave. entrance to Beck’s Pool in Madison Park. For more information or optional pre-registration see: http://www.onelakewood.com/KLB or call 529-6601.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 PM, 04.18.2017

Citizen’s Police Academy Reunion April 24

The Lakewood Police Department announces a reunion for all graduates of LPD’s Citizens’ Police Academy on April 24 at City Hall in the auditorium, beginning at 6:30pm. Anyone who has completed the 12-week course is invited to attend, hear an update from the police department, learn about new body camera technology and reconnect with classmates from the past.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 PM, 04.18.2017

LakewoodAlive Unveils 2017 Schedule of Community Events

Front Porch Concert Series, Summer Meltdown, Spooky Pooch Parade, Chocolate Walk and Light Up Lakewood drew 35,000+ attendees last year

Mark your calendars for plenty of fun in Lakewood this year. LakewoodAlive announces its schedule of community events for 2017 – a collection of five events spanning 15 dates that will afford attendees ample opportunities to celebrate Lakewood’s vibrancy. 

The Front Porch Concert Series, Lakewood Summer Meltdown, Spooky Pooch Parade, Lakewood Chocolate Walk and Light Up Lakewood encompass a diverse slate of events that truly offers something for everyone. Collectively, this quintet of LakewoodAlive events drew more than 35,000 attendees to Downtown Lakewood during 2016.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017

Lakewood Women's Club Celebrates 55 Years

From 1962 to 2017 the Lakewood Women’s Club has shaped & contributed to the Lakewood community. Past achievements include the sponsorship of the Women’s pavilion in Lakewood Park. Over $30,000 in scholarship money has been awarded on merit to high school women seniors to pursue further studies. Since 1995 over $200,000 has been awarded to support vital community organizations in Lakewood including the Beck’s Center, Live Well Lakewood, Meals on Wheels, the HUGS Foundation & Trinity Church community outreach programe to name a few.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017

LakewoodAlive’s Paint Lakewood Program Kicks Off 2017 Season

Calling Lakewood homeowners and residents: Now’s the perfect time to add a splash of color to your home’s exterior.

LakewoodAlive announces the return of its Paint Lakewood Program for the 2017 season.  This innovative program is designed to help make it more affordable for qualified Lakewood homeowners and residents to beautify their homes through exterior painting.

Paint Lakewood will provide a grant of up to $3,500 to Lakewood homeowners and residents for exterior paint, supplies and professional labor costs to paint their home.  The program has been designed to offer a grant on a sliding scale to help reduce the cost of a whole house paint.

The Paint Lakewood Program’s primary goal involves revitalizing Lakewood’s neighborhoods while reducing lead hazards by educating residents on lead safety issues.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017