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

Lakewood Social Worker Recipient Of "Caring More" Award

Award recognizes a social worker who goes above and beyond for patients and the community and provides a donation to a charity of their choice.

Lakewood social worker Emily Marvin has been chosen as the recipient of the Crossroads Hospice “Caring More” award. Social workers provide daily support to their patients, but few receive special recognition for their tireless efforts. In a move to honor social workers and their advocacy for those in need, Crossroads Hospice launched the “Caring More” award for a social worker who goes above and beyond for his/her patients and community.

At a breakfast held in her honor, Emily received $500 to present to her non-profit of choice, the Abbey Rose Foundation.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 11:03 PM, 06.26.2013

Fulbright Award Will Send Lakewood Family To Ghana

Baldwin Wallace University political science professor and Lakewood resident Thomas Sutton has been selected to receive a Fulbright Scholar award that will fund a semester of scholarly work in Ghana.

As a Fulbright grantee, Sutton will spend the January – May 2014 semester teaching three political history courses at Ghana’s University of the Cape Coast. He will also conduct research into the parallels between recent presidential elections in the West African nation and the United States.

“I’ve been told the people in Ghana closely followed the two election cycles here involving President Obama and that they were influenced by his campaign themes, particularly in 2008,” Sutton said.

In his research, Sutton also plans to examine how Ghana deployed a high tech “biometric verification system” to match voter fingerprints at polling stations in the December 2012 national election. “They really leapfrogged over us in the use of technology,” Sutton said.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.13.2013

H2O Hosts Bikes And Bands To Collect Bicycles For Lakewood Kids

In January of last year, Lakewood City Council adopted a plan to become one of the most bicycle friendly communities in the country by 2015. The Bike Master Plan establishes three main objectives that include (1) expanding our supply of bike racks, (2) establishing the primary bikeway system – Share the Road, and (3) educating & reaching out. Lakewood’s youth are a vital piece of this plan. A bicycle friendly community must include children who use bicycles for transportation, as well as exercise, and know how to do so safely and responsibly.

However, not all youth in Lakewood have equal access to participating in Lakewood’s cycling community. Due to any number of circumstances, children may have a bike that is unsafe to ride, a bike that is too small, or no bike at all. That is why H2O “Help to Others” is embarking on a project with the goal of providing 50 Lakewood youth with safe, working bicycles, along with helmets and locks, and bicycle safety education.

To realize this vision, H2O is putting out a call for gently used bicycles to be donated during their upcoming event “Bikes and Bands” on Saturday April 13th, 4-8 p.m. at Mahall’s 20 Lanes. Bicycle donations can be dropped off across the street from Mahall’s at Madison Park, where volunteer mechanics and H2O student volunteers will be on hand to provide basic maintenance and repairs. Bicycle donations can only be accepted if they have all parts intact and no bent frames, wheels or handlebars. Wheel size must be 20 inches or larger. 

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:25 PM, 04.02.2013

Panel Discussion: Lessons from Newtown

On Sunday, March 3rd, Cove United Methodist Church (Cove) and Lakewood Christian Church (LCC) held the first in a series of public discussions on important community issues. These discussions are part of the Church in the Community program. The two Churches share the sanctuary at 12501 Lake Avenue in Lakewood. The purpose of the series is to hold periodic events on topics of importance for our community. The first Church in the Community session focused on what we as a community can learn from the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut.

The session on Lessons from Newtown opened with a prayer by Pastor Chris Stark of LCC and closed with a prayer by Pastor Darlene Robinson of Cove. Following the Program Introduction, a panel of experts discussed the numerous issues. The first presenter was William Denihan, Executive Director of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County. Mr. Denihan emphasized that our community, like all communities, does not deal effectively with mental health issues. Yet one in four persons will have a significant mental health issue in their lives. The lack of effectiveness stems from a reluctance to face mental health issues generally. One of the consequences of not facing the matter is that funding for coping with mental health issues is quite small. In fact, Ohio distributes the inadequate funds equally among the 88 counties resulting in Cuyahoga County, the largest county with the most mental health issues, obtaining twenty cents ($.20) per person. In conclusion, Mr. Denihan stated we must be more serious about dealing with mental health issues and see that sufficient funding is made available.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 9:12 PM, 03.19.2013

Lakewood Rec Dance Program Still Strong After 35 Years

Lakewood has many beloved institutions. Some are obvious – churches, libraries, public schools – but some are quieter. One of these is the Lakewood Recreation dance program. For 35 years, two sisters have been consistently building a tradition that brings the art of dance to Lakewood children and adults.

Patty Hays began teaching ballet and jazz dance in 1978 through the Lakewood City Schools Recreation and Education Department. Her sister, Peggy Stockdale, began offering tap dance classes in 1980. Since then, without a break, they’ve been offering two sessions of dance classes per year, with a group recital in the Lakewood Civic Auditorium at the end of each session.

The next recital is March 26 at 7:15 p.m. in the Civic. Twenty groups, five-year-olds doing ballet (or a close approximation) to adult tappers, will dance to music surrounding the theme of Money and Work. Like small-town parades and Little League baseball, these dance recitals are Americana at its best. Little girls in tutus flitting around on stage, girls and boys of all ages and sizes jazzing and tapping and leaping, and adults tap dancing in outlandish costumes make up this entertaining evening.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 9:12 PM, 03.19.2013

Church Youth Seek To Help Northeast Ohio Homeless At 9th Annual Sleep-out

While most of us enjoy the comfort of warm beds on frigid Northeast Ohio winter nights, the region’s homeless often seek nighttime warmth from steam vents on the streets and pray they don’t freeze to death before morning. 

More than 20 members of the Lakewood Congregational Church (LCC) Youth Fellowship will experience being without warm shelter on a cold winter night firsthand when they sleep in cardboard boxes in front of the church on Saturday, January 19. The church’s 9th Annual Homeless Awareness Sleep Out calls attention to the daily struggles of Northeast Ohio’s homeless community and raises funds for local homeless support agencies. 

Youth, ages 11 to 18 (grades 6-12), will gather at the church, 1375 West Clifton, on the corner of West Clifton Boulevard and Detroit Avenue, at 3 p.m. to construct their box shelters – their lodging for the night.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 9:24 PM, 01.08.2013

Eat Great Food. Support Lakewood Schools

Take a break from cooking and support the Lakewood Public Schools. Dine at The Place to Be Restaurant, 5:30-8:30 p.m., on two Thursday nights—January 17 and 24—and 20% of your bill will be donated to the LAKEWOOD ALUMNI FOUNDATION! Make sure to mention the foundation when you pay your bill. The Place to Be is located at 1391 Warren Road, just north of Detroit Avenue.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 9:24 PM, 01.08.2013

Take a Boating Course Before This Happens To You-- U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Courses

According to ODNR Watercraft, there are 24,394 boats registered in Cuyahoga County. From 2007-2011 there have been 309 accidents on Lake Erie involving 394 vessels, 150 injuries, and 25 fatalities. Total boat damages $3,833,164 and total property damages of $202,097. The State of Ohio's mandatory boating education law requires boaters born on or after January 1, 1982, to complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved course before operating a boat engine more than ten horsepower.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 7-5 is offering three boating safety courses at Garfield Middle School, 13114 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, starting on Wednesday, January 23 through March 27 from 7- 9:30 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 9:24 PM, 01.08.2013

A Labor Of Love

As I sat in my office last week, watching tiny snowflakes glide to the ground, I was reminded of the 2009 Light Up Lakewood when huge snowflakes fell from the sky so silently and created such a beautiful setting for our community event. I had such a great time walking around with friends as my family participated in activities. Unfortunately, my reminiscing was short-lived, and I was propelled back to the present where I’m constantly and frantically thinking of all those last minute things that need to be done for the 2012 Light Up Lakewood Festival. It is a state of being that I welcome, only because of what results.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 1:17 PM, 11.28.2012

Time Is Candy

Three hundred and sixty-four days of the year parents tell their children to never take candy from strangers. Then, on the last day of every October they dress those same children up in masks and weird costumes and tell them to go out on the streets at night and either beg or threaten strangers to give them candy.

Halloween is traditionally a holiday observed on the eve of the Christian feast of All Hallows, or All Saints Day. In the Middle Ages it was believed that restless souls of the recently dead wandered during the year until All Saints Day, when their fate would be decided. All Hallows Eve was their last chance to get revenge on their enemies before entering the next world. Some people, fearing the consequences, would wear masks to disguise themselves.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 1:17 PM, 11.28.2012

Lakewood Designer Chosen For Global Design Intensive

Lakewood, Ohio resident and business owner Charity D'Amato was recently selected as part of a global design intensive crafted by Iggesund, a leader in European paperboard manufacturing. D'Amato traveled to the heart of Sweden for a week of packaging and graphics immersion. 

“It was a week to remember,” said D'Amato, owner of Chartreuse, a design and marketing firm. "The experience enabled me to not only discover the design field abroad, but it also provide the opportunity to discuss design industry sustainability and materials issues with some of Europe's experts in the field. We were able to create art, experience the Swedish culture and see firsthand how the European forestry industry differs from others, especially ours here in the States."

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 1:17 PM, 11.28.2012

Beautiful Home Awards, 2012

Hurricane Sandy may have left its mark on our fair city, but that's not stopping Keep Lakewood Beautiful from awarding its annual "Beautiful Home Awards"

Keep Lakewood Beautiful is a City of Lakewood committee comprised of volunteers who work to promote citizen involvement and investment toward the beauty of Lakewood through green space activity, litter prevention, and recycling efforts; the committee also encourages individual environmental education. The committee's activities include an annual Clean up Day, Adopt-a-Spot program, Humus Sales, Earth Day Event and Beautiful Home Awards. 

The Beautiful Home Awards are awarded to one home in each school district in order to include a wide range of home values and styles. The nominations are accepted, in July and August, from friends, neighbors, and often even the home owners themselves. The board of directors from Keep Lakewood Beautiful then divide the school districts up among themselves and determine the winners based on 3 major criteria: landscaping, house maintenance, and overall beauty of the property.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 10:37 AM, 11.14.2012

Interfaith Peace Dancers Gathered In Lakewood

Peace Begins With/In Me, an interfaith peace weekend retreat with the Dances of Universal Peace took place Oct. 26-28 meeting the first two days at Lakewood Presbyterian Church and finishing up at the Sacred Arts Holistic Center on West Blvd. The retreat leader, Eric Narayan Waldman, came from Montana and the 28 participants came from 6 other states, including South Carolina and Idaho. The diverse community included men and women from all walks of life.  There were, among others, Presbyterian, Methodist, Unity and interfaith ministers, a Catholic sister, two former nuns, a former Jesuit, Buddhist practitioners, numerous Sufis including those practicing Christianity & Sufism and those practicing Judaism & Sufism, retired teachers, an engineering professor, a hospice nurse, therapists, and energy healers. They all came together to chant and dance joyous prayers for peace in many languages from many faith traditions. Chanting in Hebrew, Sanscrit, Latin, Arabic, English and more, the dancers celebrated many names for the Divine.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 10:37 AM, 11.14.2012

Thank You, Huntington Bank!!

Fashion merchandising student Ms. Suzanne Hall was the recipient of the 2012 Huntington Bank Scholarship given through the Virginia Marti College Foundation.

Suzanne is a student at Virginia Marti College of Art & Design and has received this award for her outstanding diligence as a student and her tireless involvement within our community. We are grateful to Huntington Bank for their ongoing support toward education and their commitment to helping our youth and rewarding them for their hard work and dedication.

Suzanne writes in her application, “Cleveland is my community. I want to live here and I chose to attend college here because I want to improve the success of the city on a national scale. To do this I am always looking for new opportunities to serve those in need; thus I’ve learned and discovered not only more about the world, but also more about myself. I have also learned never to take anything for granted, because everything is subject to change. Hopefully with this wisdom I can change my future and the future of our city for the better.”

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 1:55 PM, 11.01.2012

Fans Go Pink At Rangers Game

Lakewood High School freshman Creek Miller (.), 15, brought his best Pink Out[fit] to the Rangers varsity football game at Lakewood Stadium, October 12. Those attending the game were asked to wear pink in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Rangers (3-5) lost 24-7 to Midview in West Shore Conference play.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 1:55 PM, 11.01.2012

Heirloom Home Reopens To Benefit The Beck! Come In And See What's New

Heirloom Home is pleased to announce their reopening on October 24th. Come in and be the first to see our restocked inventory of unique jewelry, decoratiave arts and antiques--all at bargain prices.  The store is briming with wonderful selections for your personal enjoyment or for holiday gift giving. Know that your choices contribute to scholarships for children at The Beck Center for the Arts. Completing its second year in operation, Heirloom Home has provided many kids the opportunity to learn and grow with the experience of music, drama, art and dance classes.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 5:44 PM, 10.16.2012

League Of Women Voters Candidates Night Scheduled For October 16

Democracy is only as effective as the people who participate in it. And the Number One way to participate is to vote. It’s not always an easy thing to do.

Voters are challenged to learn as much as possible about candidates and issues in a 24/7 news cycle where information, which is often not true or partially true, makes it difficult to make informed decisions.

The Lakewood Chapter of the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area will host a Candidates Forum, Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the Women’s Pavilion in Lakewood Park. Dale Miller and Anna Melendez, candidates for Cuyahoga Council District 2 and Nickie Antonio and John Zappala candidates for Ohio House District 13 will present their positions on the issues and answer questions from the audience. This forum is an opportunity for citizens to become familiarized with the candidates and educated about the way they would address the challenges in our community.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 8:58 PM, 10.02.2012

Marching Band Alumni Enliven Rangers Homecoming Festivities

Alumni members of the Lakewood High School marching band were invited to join the 2012 edition during the Friday, September 28, Rangers varsity game against Rocky River at Lakewood Stadium. The game marked the final homecoming game appearance of longtime marching band director Brian Maskow, who is retiring at the close of the school year. Rocky River prevailed 21-13 in the West Shore Conference game.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 8:58 PM, 10.02.2012