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LCAC Does It Again At Thanksgiving! Food Items & Volunteers Needed For Christmas Food Drive!

Despite the weather and a malfunctioning truck lift, Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation’s (LCAC) Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution was an amazing success! In the face of plummeting temperatures and freezing rain, a record number of volunteers showed up to help the LCAC to sort and bag non-perishable food items as well as deliver turkeys, potatoes, pies and all the fixings to 300 of our Lakewood neighbors in need so that they could enjoy a full Thanksgiving meal with their families.

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Volume 12, Issue 25, Posted 7:29 PM, 12.06.2016

The Sport And Passion Of Irish Dance

Like many Lakewood kids, Meghan Walcheck spends a lot of time and energy on her favorite sport. She spends many hours each week practicing, being coached, and competing. She’s even traveled out of town to competitions. Meghan doesn’t run track or play any of the traditional “stick and ball” sports – she is an Irish dancer. 

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Don't Hesitate: Nominate!

Keep Lakewood Beautiful, a community group that supports the Adopt-A-Spot Program, Earth Day and the Spring Humus Sale, also sponsors an annual Beautiful Home Award process. The pictures accompanying this article are the 2015 Beautiful Home winners - beautiful, right? 

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Volume 12, Issue 16, Posted 6:37 PM, 08.02.2016

It's Time For The Tour, Sunday, September 11 "Come Home To Lakewood" House And Garden Tour Returns

The 2016 “Come Home to Lakewood” House and Garden Tour, presented by The Lakewood Historical Society is scheduled for Sunday, September 11th, from 1 to 6 p.m. This bi-annual tour invites you to explore some of the finest examples of Lakewood's diverse architectural styles, including a classic lakefront English Tudor, a stately brick Arts & Crafts, a two-family dwelling rich in character, a four square with hipped roof and full front porch, a home that brings together Prairie and Craftsman design plus a garden tour filled with lush perennials. Also included on the tour are one of Lakewood’s few remaining carriage houses, still serving a waterfront mansion and a fully-restored turreted Queen Anne Victorian, which was featured on the 2014 Home Tour as a renovation in progress.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 4:38 PM, 07.19.2016

RNC Hits Town: C-SPAN Bus Visits Lakewood Park

The C-SPAN Bus arrived in town last Friday for a day-long educational opportunity at Lakewood Park. The bus, an interactive multimedia learning center, offered numerous lessons in US Presidential elections and history. Lakewood was its second stop in the Cleveland area, where it will spend the week during the RNC Convention.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 4:38 PM, 07.19.2016

Lakewood Students Support LCAC's Spring Cleaning Event

If you think kids aren’t into cleaning, think again! This year, students at Garfield Middle School and Emerson Elementary School have joined forces to support Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation’s Spring Cleaning Drive. 

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Egged House To Get A Free Paint Job From Neubert Painting

An elderly Euclid man whose house was repeatedly egged  by an unknown assailant for more than a year, will have his house repainted free of charge this summer by Neubert Painting.  The house on Wilmore Avenue, which received national attention for the incident, was egged more than 100 times between May 20, 2014 and June 26, 2015, according to reports.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 4:44 PM, 03.29.2016

Bernie Volunteers Undeterred; Lakewood Office Remains Open

Ohio was in the national spotlight on March 15, as voters went to the polls in the presidential primaries. Campaign offices of many types sprung up around the state to get out the vote for the big day. After the votes were counted,  professional campaign operatives scattered to future primary states, and most of the campaign offices went back to being vacant storefronts. However, one exception remained in Lakewood.

Hillary Clinton won the Ohio Democratic primary, and widened her delegate lead over Bernie Sanders with other big wins in states like Florida. Most national pundits believe Sanders has virtually no chance to catch up to her. Despite this, the volunteers at the Lakewood Sanders office decided to fight on. They are keeping their office open and using it as a hub for phone banking to future primary and caucus states. They are also organizing trips to Pennsylvania and New York to register voters and canvass before those states' primaries.

"I don't think it's over," said Lakewood resident Eric Deamer, an avid Bernie volunteer. Deamer pointed out that after the Ohio vote, about half of the states had yet to vote. In addition, many of the remaining states are considered to be more favorable to Sanders. Deamer is pleased that the office is still busy, "It's a hub of activity, and a physical presence."

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 4:44 PM, 03.29.2016

Reviewing The Best Picture Nominees: What's Your Favorite?

The 88th Academy Awards are approaching, and for those of us who love movies it is an opportunity to think about what makes a film compelling and sometimes unforgettable. Here are brief reviews of the eight nominees for Best Picture, ranked in order of this reviewer's favorites.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 1:37 PM, 02.16.2016

Local Photographer Lends His Voice To His Dog

After Lucky, photographer Bob Soltys' Jack Russell Terrier and man about town over the last ten years, suffered a near-death experience in the Rocky Mountains last summer, he decided to tell his life story and self-publish it with some help from his Dad.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 2:18 PM, 02.02.2016

The Thrifty Peddler - End Of An Era

December 29th marks the end of an era as the Thrifty Peddler - Lakewood Hospital’s resale shop - closes its doors. As age catches up with the volunteers who run the operation, and circumstances change, it is time to say goodbye to the Thrifty Peddler, an effort that has served its purpose to support special projects and services at Lakewood Hospital well beyond its original intent.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 6:19 PM, 01.05.2016

Election Results 2015 Incumbents Retained, Community Split On 64

At the end of a long night on November 3rd (election results were delayed across the state  due  to issues with a new technology for signing in voters at the polls in Hamilton County) it quickly became clear that for seats in which an incumbent was running, their seat was safe for another four years. This included Mayor Michael Summers, Ward 1 Councilman David Anderson, Ward 2 Councilman Sam O’Leary, Municipal Court Judge Patrick Carroll, and School Board members Linda Beebe and Tom Einhouse. The third and final seat for school board currently has the sitting President of the Board, Emma Petrie-Barcelona in the lead by one vote over Meghan George and by 75 votes over Kristine Pagsuyoin. Due to the close nature of this race (within 0.5% of the total votes cast), an automatic recount, including the review of any provisional ballots cast, will likely be triggered. Therefore, the definitive winner of the race will not be known for some time yet.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.10.2015

Local Art Galore At Girl's Best Trend Boutique

Looking for something unique, special and best of all, locally made? Look no further than Girl's Best Trend Boutique.  Located at 15725 Madison Ave., this shop has a little bit of everything. "GBT" currently boasts over 60 of the coolest, most talented artisans in Northeast Ohio. First opened in October of 2013 on the corner of Madison and Atkins, GBT was gaining a following, but needed to be in a busier, more visible area. Last November the shop was relocated to its new locale right at the Madison and Hilliard intersection. The new shop with its ornate iron door and perfect front window for displays welcomes you in to the warm and inviting space. There are always good tunes playing while you peruse all the fabulous locally made goodness. Everything from candles, glassware, bath and body, handbags, scarves, clothing, painting, photography and prints. Plenty of jewelry, tee shirts and even things for baby. Of course there is plenty of Lakewood, Cleveland and Ohio pride items. Come and visit and get your local shop on! Shop Local. Shop Small.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 2:57 PM, 10.27.2015

Michael Skindell, A Proven Leader For Lakewood

I am supporting State Senator Michael Skindell for Lakewood Mayor. During the more than 15 years I have known and worked with Michael he has been an impassioned advocate for seniors, our children, and the hardworking men and women of Northeast Ohio. He has taken up crusades to ensure dignity, fairness and justice is extended to all the people he represents.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 2:57 PM, 10.27.2015

The Return Of The Scarecrows To Madison Ave.

Express yourself and get your creativity on! Lakewood Kiwanis and Uptown Lakewood are conducting the Third Annual Lakewood Scarecrow Festival beginning Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 25, 2015. Scarecrows will line Madison Avenue from W 117th to Riverside Drive. This is a fun opportunity for individuals, families, businesses, clubs and organizations to get involved and build their own scarecrows. Last year, PTAs, Girl Scout Troops, businesses, and neighbors took advantage of this fun project making Madison Avenue a lively destination.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 1:57 PM, 09.01.2015

JT Neuffer, Just In Time For Lakewood City Council, Ward 3

I met JT during the Obama re-election campaign in 2012 when he volunteered to canvass the neighborhood. I was immediately impressed with his passion and ability to relate to people during the campaign. I am proud to support JT Neuffer for City Council Ward 3 because of his strong ability to connect with diverse people, his visionary ideas and his leadership skills.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

Mayor Summers Gains Two Key Endorsements

Both the Lakewood Democratic Club and Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council have voted to support the re-election of Mayor Michael Summers. Both endorsements highlight Summers’ commitment to the ideals of service, growth, and safety in Lakewood.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

Former Miss Ohio Wins Prestigious Award

The Heart Hope Foundation recently announced the annual Heart Hope Courage Award was presented to former Miss Ohio United States 2011, Lindsay Davis. 

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 5:52 PM, 06.09.2015

We Can Code IT Offers Free Tuition To Coding Bootcamp

Cleveland Organization Offers Free Coding Bootcamp to Assist Low-Moderate Income Earners in Getting Lucrative Jobs

We Can Code IT, a Cleveland-based social good organization backed by ECDI, is offering free coding bootcamp tuition to select qualified candidates. The free tuition, worth $10,000, is being offered for We Can Code IT’s all-women bootcamp for local Clevelanders in low- to moderate-income households. It begins on March 9th, 2015, and runs for 12 weeks. The first of many coding bootcamps is an on-site, full-time immersive experience. Subsequent We Can Code IT bootcamps will include co-ed and part-time cohorts. We Can Code IT’s goal is to empower low- to moderate-income earners, while diversifying tech, a lucrative field with a severe lack of diversity, but an immense number of job openings.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 11:08 AM, 03.01.2015

Citizens Question Lakewood Hospital Proposal At Community Forum

Despite being a cold, blustery night, Lakewoodites packed all 488 of the Mackey Main Stage seats (plus those of us standing in the back) at Beck Center for the Arts on January 28th. This was the first in a series of public forums regarding the announcement earlier this month that Lakewood Hospital will be converted from a full service hospital as it stands today to an outpatient community wellness center model. About the first 90 minutes of the forum included presentations by representatives from the City of Lakewood, namely Mayor Summers, the Cleveland Clinic, the Lakewood Hospital Association, the Lakewood Hospital Foundation, and the consulting firm retained by the Lakewood Hospital Association, i.e. Subsidium Healthcare.

Lisa Fry, of Subsidium Healthcare, presented a sampling of the results of the study performed over the course of the past two years. She walked the audience through the process starting from when LHA hired her firm, up through the proposed letter of intent that caused such a stir earlier in January. Her firm used analyses to vet a wide range of possible solutions to the issues facing Lakewood Hospital, from sticking with the status quo to a downsized general hospital to a specialty hospital to a hybrid outpatient hospital with some inpatient beds to a strictly outpatient campus, to removing ourselves from healthcare altogether. Fry indicated that along the way they approached a total of 9 hospital systems, 2 local and 7 national. Despite some initial interest in the Lakewood Hospital location, in the end all parties pulled out, except the Cleveland Clinic. Although Fry’s entire PowerPoint study was not yet made available to the public, the Lakewood City Council has been given a copy of 80-some slides to aide in their decision.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:37 PM, 02.03.2015

Illuminate A Memory And Light Up A Life

Now that Black Friday and the frantic frenzy of December's online shopping and mall hopping is in our rearview mirrors it's time to turn our thoughts toward that special Valentine.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:20 PM, 02.03.2015

St. Peter's Youth Participate In Homeless Awareness Sleep-Out

St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lakewood is holding its tenth annual Homeless Awareness Sleep-Out on January 17.  The Youth Group sleeps in cardboard boxes on the front lawn of the church. Once again the the teens will battle snow and temperatures that frequently dip down into the single digits to raise funds for local homeless programs.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 7:47 PM, 01.06.2015

Keeping Lakewood Alive: Busting The Myth Of Addiction In Seniors

We're regularly fed a steady diet of senior citizen stereotypes. Myths about addiction are especially tough to swallow. When Uncle Harry faceplants in the bowl of Thanksgiving stuffing, his drinking is dismissed as one of the few pleasures he has left. Granny's perceived as adorable in her terry track suit gulping down sherry on her front porch rocker. The retired CEO is defended as earning the right to slam back multiple martinis before noon. The reality is addictions destroy a senior's quality of life, strain a healthcare system already at the breaking point and wreak havoc on families burdened with their care. Substance abuse in older Americans can aggravate and even cause chronic diseases including diabetes, hypertension, dementia, osteoporosis and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. The risk and consequences of falling increases. In 2012 the National Institute of Health reported hospital admissions for seniors were mostly linked to overdoses from pain medication and withdrawal from other addictive substances.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 11:45 AM, 11.25.2014

Candidate For Governor Of Ohio: Ed FitzGerald (D)

1. Please provide your name, age, family status, education, current job(s) held, and any current or previous elected offices held.

Name: Ed FitzGerald  

Age: 46

Marital status: Married    

Number of children/grandchildren: 4 children, 0 grandchildren   

Education: Law degree, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law (1993), Bachelor’s of Arts, Ohio State University (1990/1991) 

Current job(s) held: Cuyahoga County, County Executive

Previous employers: Lakewood mayor, Lakewood city council, assistant county prosecutor, FBI special agent - Chicago 

2. If you were grading the current Governor and Administration in Columbus, what grade would you give them? What have they done well and what do they need to improve upon?

Governor Kasich has run this state largely for the benefit of the wealthy and well-connected at the expense of Ohio’s middle class. I’m running to make sure that Ohio works for working families again, primarily by strengthening our public education system and bringing back family-sustaining jobs through our state. 

While 9 out of the 10 jobs lost in Ohio during the Great Recession were mid-wage or high-wage jobs, nearly all the jobs that have returned pay just $7-13 per hour. As Governor, I would invest in Ohio’s small businesses rather than overseas corporations so they are able to create family-sustaining jobs that will stay in this state. I would also raise the minimum wage so that full-time adult workers are no longer living in poverty. I would also work to strengthen Ohio’s new energy economy, which was providing billions in investments and thousands of good paying jobs to our state until Governor Kasich signed into law legislation effectively ending Ohio’s wind farm industry and freezing renewable energy and efficiency standards.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 6:05 PM, 10.28.2014

Candidate For Governor of Ohio: John Kasich (R)

1. Please provide your name, age, family status, education, current job(s) held, and any current or previous elected offices held.

Name: John R. Kasich

Age: 62

Family status: Married to Karen; Two daughters (Emma & Reese) 

Education: B.A. The Ohio State University

Current job(s) held: Governor (2011 – present)

Current or revious elected offices held: Governor (2011 – present); U.S. House of Representatives (1983-2001); Ohio Senate (1979-1983)

2. If you were grading yourself and your current Administration in Columbus, what grade would you give? What has been done well and what needs to be improved upon?

I’m not going to assign a grade. However, I think our record speaks for itself. When I came in, Ohio was down more than 350,000 private sector jobs, we faced an $8 billion budget shortfall, we had just 89 cents in the state ‘rainy day’ fund, and our credit was at risk of being downgraded.  We made the tough decisions Ohio needed to get our economy back on track, and we did it without raising taxes. Today we’re up a quarter-million private sector jobs, Ohio’s unemployment rate is below the national average and Ohioans’ wages are growing faster than the national average. We’re making great strides to strengthen our education and workforce systems and we’re helping those who, for too long, have lived in the shadows. We have more work to do but things are getting better across the state, and we need to keep that progress going.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Happy Birthday STEM Handmade Soaps

STEM Handmade Soaps is turning one! It's hard to believe we've been keeping the greater Cleveland area clean for a whole year with all natural soap and other natural bath and body products. It has been a great year and you have taught us many things to help us succeed in our little soap shop in Lakewood's Historic Birdtown neighborhood. Here are the top 5 things we learned from you in our first year  

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 2:16 PM, 09.30.2014

Saying Goodbye To Wally, A Lakewood Icon Who Was Known For Saying Hello

Whether you sported purple and gold or green and gold, whether you lived in Lakewood or were passing through on your way downtown, you undoubtedly knew Wally. He was the man that sat outside of Lakewood Senior Health Campus, now O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood, located at the corner of Detroit and Bunts. Wally became an icon to students who attended school in Lakewood, year after year greeting them on their way to and from school. He also waved at each and every driver passing by. And what better event for Wally than the annual Lakewood 4th of July parade?!

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 4:31 PM, 09.16.2014

Joy Riding In Lakewood

In the spring of 2013, Barb and Larry White attended a craft and garden fair at Quailcrest Farm in Wooster Ohio. While Barb had her eyes on various metalwork crafts, it was Larry who walked away, or drove away, with the greatest metalwork craft of all. While Barb’s treasure was a custom made weathervane for the yard, Larry’s was custom made for the garage!

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Volume 10, Issue 18, Posted 4:26 PM, 09.02.2014

Your Dream Vacation Is Waiting

Make all your vacation dreams come true! Take a chance on the Starry Night Choose Your Own Adventure travel raffle while supporting a great cause ... Lakewood Hospital's Diabetes Assistance Initiative.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 10:32 PM, 07.22.2014

"Save The Schreckengosts" Midsummer Night Celebration

Help the Lakewood Schools kick start the campaign to restore and preserve two Schreckengost treasures, the Civic Auditorium’s "Early Settler" and the L Room's Great Lakes mural. Join us in the Reinberger Galleries of the Cleveland Institute of Art on Wednesday, July 9, from 6-9 p.m., for a midsummer night celebration. Both masterpieces, iconic Lakewood public art, were installed at Lakewood High School in the 1950s.

Enjoy delicious food, libations, and live entertainment by members of the LHS jazz ensemble in a gorgeous setting. Tickets start at $75. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.lakewoodalumnifoundation.org or call 216.529.4033. The Reinberger Galleries are located at 11141 East Blvd., Cleveland.

This event is generously sponsored by Deming Art LLC and Nottingham-Spirk Design Associates.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 6:22 PM, 06.10.2014

Celebrate Spring With Keep Lakewood Beautiful's Annual Earth Day And Great American Cleanup

Spring has finally sprung here in Lakewood, Ohio, and Keep Lakewood Beautiful is celebrating this time of year with its Annual Earth Day and a Great American Cleanup on May 3 from 9-11 a.m., all at the Detroit Ave. entrance to Kauffman Park. Give your spring cleaning a jump start by participating in any or all of these great events!

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:21 AM, 04.29.2014

Lakewood Congregational To Host Ranger 360 Program - "Stalking: A Misunderstood Crime" On May 7

The statistics are frightening: One in six women and one in 19 men experience stalking victimization at some point in their life. And between the ages of 11 and 17, those numbers are even more pronounced: one in five for girls and one in 14 for boys, according to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

To help parents and teens recognize the danger signs of stalking behaviors within a relationship and to direct them to available support resources, the acclaimed Ranger 360 project is presenting “Stalking: A Misunderstood Crime” on Wednesday, May 7 in the social hall of Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 W. Clifton Blvd. from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The program will feature a presentation by Lakewood resident Debbie Riddle, a freelance graphic designer who became a national speaker on stalking when her youngest sister, Peggy Klinke, was murdered by a stalker in 2003. Riddle’s activism in the wake of her sister’s murder led to a congressional briefing, and ultimately to the declaration of National Stalking Awareness month each January.

An officer from the Lakewood Police Department will also be on hand to discuss stalking as it relates to teens.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:16 AM, 04.29.2014

H2O's Bikes And Bands Returns April 26th

H2O wants your old bikes! On Saturday, April 26, H2O (Help to Others) will hold its second annual Bikes and Bands celebration. Drop off your bicycle donation at Madison Park between 4 and 7 p.m., then head across the street to Mahall’s 20 Lanes to enjoy music from Vance Music Studios’ rock ensembles and Tri-C High School Rock Off finalists, High Acres.  Volunteer mechanics and student assistants will repair the bikes throughout the event so they are ready to be donated to Lakewood youth.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

What Do I Need To Know About The Breast And Ovarian Cancer Gene?

There has been much talk about the “breast cancer gene” or BRCA 1 & 2 gene mutations in the news after celebrity Angelina Jolie announced last year that she had a preventative bilateral mastectomy to significantly reduce her risk of developing cancer. Individuals who have the BRCA gene mutation are at a significantly increased risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer. The lifetime risk for developing cancer can be up to 85% for breast cancer and 40% for ovarian cancer for those who have the gene mutation (the general population’s risk is about 10%). Most breast cancers, however, are not genetic and only about 5% of all 220,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed in the US each year are related to these defective genes.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 04.01.2014

St. Ed's Celebrates 20 Years Of Community Meals

Twenty years ago, St. Edward math teacher Paul Bosley had an idea. Bosley, at the time a relatively new member of the faculty, was an experienced cook who had volunteered at community meals in Painesville. He thought it could be a great idea to have a monthly community meal at St. Edward. He took the idea to Mike Reiling, a religion teacher at the school. The two men presented the concept to the St. Edward administration, which agreed to host the monthly event at the school’s cafeteria.

The first community meal was held on April 28, 1994. Since then, the meal has grown to serve between 125-150 guests per month. In addition, about 30 meals are delivered through the Lakewood Office on Aging, and over 30 more are sent to a women’s shelter. About 50 volunteers work each month to make each meal a reality. The rotating cast of volunteers consists of St. Ed students, parents, alumni and friends. Funds to provide the meals are donated by St. Edward alumni, faculty, and friends. The school provides all the kitchen and dining facilities in its cafeteria.   

Bosley and Reiling organize each event: Bosley runs the kitchen operations, while Reiling manages the servers and hosts. The separation of duties fits each man’s personality. “This man makes a great meal,” says Reiling about Bosley. Reling’s easygoing demeanor makes him ideal to manage the dining area. “I don’t have the patience [for serving],” says Bosley, “he is compassionate.”

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 04.01.2014

Y.O.U. Summer Youth Employment Program Registration Now Open

Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) opened registration for its 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014. The program matches teenagers from Cuyahoga County, ages 14-18, to meaningful summer work experiences in the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 2:17 PM, 02.18.2014

Lakewood Pastor Completes 25 Years In The Ministry

She was the first woman ever to be ordained in her home presbytery in the state of Wisconsin. Now Reverend Lynn Anderson of Grace Presbyterian Church in Lakewood, Ohio, is completing her twenty-fifth year as a Presbyterian minister.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 5:48 PM, 11.28.2013

Cleveland's Newest Boutique: Indigo Perfumery

Indigo Perfumery, Cleveland's first and only niche perfume shop, opened in Lakewood, OH, on Tuesday, October 16th. Life-long Clevelander Ann Onusko brings her extensive knowledge of flowers and a passion for fragrances to a gallery space where the perfumes are made by smaller, artisanal companies who concentrate on the art of the scent rather than mass production.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 2:01 PM, 11.12.2013

Youth Challenge Superhero Dash A Blast

Batman, Batgirl, Superman, Wonder Woman and even a life-size hotdog were spotted on the streets of Lakewood recently when more than 260 runners and walkers joined in the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 28th Annual Race Day took place on Saturday, September 14, at Lakewood Park. The event was dedicated to the memory of Dave Hardman, former President of the Youth Challenge (YC) Board of Trustees.           

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 8:12 PM, 10.03.2013

STEM Handmade Soap Opens In Birdtown

Lakewood is about to have the cleanest residents in all of northeast Ohio with the Grand Opening of STEM Handmade Soap on Saturday, October 5 at 12405 Madison Avenue. Owner and chief formulator Steve Meka of Lakewood makes all natural soaps, lotions, lip balms and other bath essentials with skin-loving ingredients produced only by Mother Nature.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 8:12 PM, 10.03.2013

Honoring Miss Kitty: Lakewood resident fights Alzheimer's

Lakewood resident, Danielle Morris has fond memories of her “granny,” Kitty Morris. “My great uncle, and his wife, Miss Kitty, took in my mom, who was one of seven children. They raised her, and they helped to raise me,” Dani recalls. “My granny was a nurturer who cared for and did for everyone. She never said no!”

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 11:41 AM, 09.20.2013

26th Annual Lakewood Community Festival

Lakewood Community Festival Set For Saturday, September 7th At Madison Park

The 26th annual Lakewood Community Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m at Madison Park, 13029 Madison Avenue. The festival celebrates community, cultural heritage and families. It is a day of fun and activities for everyone.

Craft and game booths, bounce houses, pony rides, children’s games will all be part of the festivities, as well as a variety of delectable foods including stuffed cabbage, pierogies, potato cakes, cabbage and noodles, kielbasa and sauerkraut, pizza, french fries, funnel cakes, Vietnamese cuisine and other dishes. An assortment of traditional ethnic baked goods and other desserts will be available.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 1:37 PM, 09.05.2013

Lakewoodites Weldon Carpenter And The Rices Honored At The Ohio State Fair

Lakewood resident and avid theater and music historian, Weldon Carpenter, was recently honored by the All-Ohio State Fair Band with a plaque commemorating his many years as the band's historian. This year marked Carpenter's 63rd straight year as a member of that time-honored organization, dedicated to annually showcasing the talents of Ohio's best high school band students. Carpenter began with the band in 1950 as a trumpet player before switching over to Drum Major that same year. He has marched with the Alumni Band every year since then as their Drum Major. Prior to this year's award, Mr. Carpenter had also received the State Fair 50 Year Club's Giant Step Award, as well as having been inducted into the Ohio State Fair's Hall of Fame in 2003.

Lakewoodites Robert and Gary Rice were also honored by having the 200 member All Ohio State Fair Band perform their "American Veterans Last Salute March", written several years ago to honor America's veterans, including Revolutionary War vet and drummer John Shepherd, who was America's longest-lived veteran, (117 years old) and is buried in North Royalton. Previously, the Rices had composed band marches for Lakewood's schools, as well as "The All Ohio State Fair Band March"; dedicated to Weldon Carpenter and to long-time Fair Band Director Donald Santa-Emma. (Among his many achievements, Santa-Emma is President Emeritus of the Cleveland Federation of Musicians, and is also the principal enthusiastic organizer of the Lakewood Home Town Band)

As a wonderful side-story here, WWII veteran and retired Lakewood teacher, Robert Rice, was also scheduled to conduct the Veterans' March, but unfortunately fell at home and injured both feet while reaching for his shoe-shine kit in order to polish his Army-brown shoes. (Rice generally conducts the march in uniform) Fortunately, Robert's hero, Ed Gallagher (of the Beck Center, and a dedicated State Fair Band staff member) telephoned Mr. Rice, so that he could hear the live concert performance of the march from his bedside!

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 1:37 PM, 09.05.2013

Lakewood Family Collaborative Meeting Kicks-Starts A New Year

In times gone by neighbor helped neighbor, and communities rallied around one another to complete a project or support one of their own in need. People knew each other, and the world was a relatively small place. It's a nostalgic notion to imagine our great grandparents surviving those tough times, and to this day it brings hope that the struggles of yesteryear enable communities to come together to unite - and to thrive. 

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 11:29 AM, 08.21.2013

Cleveland Singing Star Competition Winner, Lakewood's Own Riley Faulhammer

Over the past few weeks, approximately 285 competitors from all over the Cleveland area competed in the Cleveland Singing Star Competition, a part of the National Singing Star program. The event was sponsored by the American Performing Arts Network, an organization which sponsors events for Children’s Miracle Network, affiliated with children's hospitals nationwide. To date, their competition events have raised over $4,000,000! Here in Cleveland, the $3,500 in proceeds will benefit the music program at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

The finals were held on Monday, July 8 at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland. They were divided into an Adults Division and a Kids Division. In each division, two winners were crowned – a Judges’ Choice and a Voters’ Choice.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 10:38 PM, 07.24.2013

Sam O'Leary, Candidate For City Council At-Large, Earns Lakewood Democratic Club's Endorsement, Gains Momentum In Campaign

Supporters, friends and neighbors gathered at Mahall’s 20 Lanes in early April to hear Sam announce the launch of his campaign for Lakewood City Council At-Large from the bowling alley and bar at the top of the street he grew up on, which he sees as a symbol of the kind of economic recovery and entrepreneurial spirit that marks Lakewood’s future with promise.

Before and since the event Sam has been busy listening to residents discuss the issues that matter to their neighborhoods and talking to business owners and others about working with nearby residents to implement shared solutions to common goals.

“I believe that I have a unique perspective to bring to council,” said Sam O’Leary. “As a third generation resident, I understand the issues that Lakewood faces. But, as a member of the millennial generation who made the decision to move back here, I also understand what we can do as a city to retain Lakewood kids so that they start their own careers and families here, as well as what we can do to attract those looking to relocate here.”

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:50 PM, 07.10.2013