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Adopt-A-Pet: Surprise Bear

Meet Collar #152 Surprise Bear. This sweet girl is ready to be adopted out through the Lakewood Animal Shelter. Surprise was rescued back in September 2016 and has spent the past 5 months in foster care. When Surprise was found, she just a tiny kitten, very timid and shy. After spending time in a loving foster home, she gained confidence and is now very friendly, playful, and loves to spend time laying near her foster mom to keep her company. She gets along with other cats, has been spayed, and is approximately 7 months old. If interested in adopting Surprise Bear, please contact the Lakewood Animal Shelter at 216-529-5020 or message Citizen Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter on Facebook.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 2:16 PM, 01.24.2017

Stuff The Subaru For My Best Friend's Bowl

My Best Friend's Bowl is a non-profit pet food bank providing pet food to owners experiencing difficulty feeding their pet. We've been around since 2011, distributing food at the Lakewood Community Services Center here in Lakewood.

On February 5th, 2017, or Super Bowl Sunday to sport fans, our dedicated volunteers will once again be out front at Lakewood High School, 14100 Franklin Blvd. collecting donations from our supporters. Starting at 10 am and concluding at 2 pm you can drop off your contribution. Enter and exit on Franklin. Drive up and our helpers will unload your donation, get your information for a tax letter and you are on your way to your Super Bowl watch party.

We are looking for dry dog and cat food, canned cat food, cat litter and piddle pads (for our senior outreach program at the Westerly apartments). If you prefer to donate cash, we'll gratefully accept that as well. Checks can be made out to our fiscal agent, The Lakewood Foundation, just put MBFB in the memo section. You can also donate on our facebook page at My Best Friend's Bowl or our website http://mybestfriendsbowllakewood.com/bowl/how-can-i-help/.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017

Spring LECPTA Baby Bargain And Big Kid Bonanza Returning March 18th

The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is once again planning its popular children's resale of gently used children's clothing (sizes newborn to 10), furniture, toys and other items. The Baby Bargain Bonanza (BBB) is planned for Saturday, March 18th at Garfield Middle School, which is located at 13114 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. The sale is open to the public and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Admission is $5 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and just $1 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017

Fundraising For Autism

This February I embark on my second trip with the Global Autism Project to Nicaragua. The Project sends 5-10 volunteers several times a year to underdeveloped areas in the world where they've established partnerships with developing centers focused on teaching children with autism. The goal is to provide continuous training to native therapists while respecting the culture, so they can provide therapy to children with autism in their city. The Project is committed to sustainability. I experienced first-hand their honesty and transparency.

I have worked with children with autism for 10 years, and obtained my BCaBA license last year. Summer 2015 brought several painful shifts in my life. The kind where I’m stuck in bed in my Lakewood duplex with my two boxer pups at my side. My boss knew my pain, and suggested I apply to the Global Autism Project. I had heard about the Project through a coworker who went to India the previous year. I also knew that being accepted to the Project meant that I would need to raise $5000 for the nonprofit. But pain is beyond motivating so I sent in my information, had my 1 hour interview with the CEO and next thing I knew I was nonstop posting on Facebook explaining the nonprofit and asking for donations. Asking for help in something I had yet to experience but really believed in. Changing kids’ lives. It’s hard not to believe in that.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017

Lakewood Area Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts a monthly Job Club on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, at 15700 Detroit Ave. It is an excellent motivational support system with professional discussions on suggested topics at each meeting, while providing links to necessary resources in the local community to help members find employment in today’s job market. 

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Tis The Season To Be Thankful…

It is hard to believe that it is the middle of December already! Where did the time go? I had a long list of home maintenance to-do items that I planned to attack over the summer and fall and here we are and I think that I’ve only crossed off half of my list! While home maintenance is a never-ending task, we hope you’ve been able to tackle a few items off of your list. I was not able to tackle everything on my ever-growing “Allison-Do” list, but it was a very productive repair season at LakewoodAlive!

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016

Consider North Coast Health On #GivingTuesday

Joe came to North Coast Health’s flu shot clinic in early November. "Next year, I will be paying to help others receive a flu vaccine," he said. A year ago, Joe had a small stroke which resulted in him losing his job as a driver in the transportation industry. He also lost his health insurance. Joe shared how thankful he was to find North Coast Health, and how the medical care he received made a difference. Joe shared, "It has been a year; and once I get back on the road, I plan to repay you for your services. I want to give back, to help others.” Joe thanks North Coast Health for being there when he needed it most and for helping to get him back in the driver’s seat! 

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Santa Paws Ready For Pet Portraits

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Paws and he is absolutely coming to town! North Pole official Ms. Dasher has confirmed he will pose for portraits with his animal friends and their humans on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Santa Paws, along with assistants Mr. Dancer and Ms. Prancer, will be at Pet's General Store, 16821 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH from 1:00 to 5:00 PM for the holiday meet and greet. The annual fundraising event is organized by Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park, Inc. (FLDP) and hosted by our friends at Pet's General Store.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Please Join The Lakewood Women’s Club 12th Annual Great Pumpkin Fun Run To Support Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach & LWC Scholarship Fund

Kick off the Fall season with some family fun and community service!  Join the The Lakewood Women’s Club (LWC) 12th Annual Great Pumpkin Fun Run 7:30 a.m., Sunday, October 30 at Lakewood Park. The Run benefits Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach and LWC Scholarship Fund.

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 5:52 PM, 10.25.2016

Lakewood Area Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts a monthly Job Club on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, at 15700 Detroit Ave. It is an excellent motivational support system with professional discussions on suggested topics at each meeting, while providing links to necessary resources in the local community to help members find employment in today’s job market. 

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 5:52 PM, 10.25.2016

Fall Sale

Lakewood Historical Society will hold its popular Fall Sale on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m.-3p.m. The Skate House at Lakewood Park, 14710 Lake Ave will open its doors for this one day, rain or shine sale. Items are priced to sell and include small furniture, lamps, fall decorations and lots of framed artwork. We have several salvage pieces including oak flooring and interior/exterior doors. Are you entertaining a crowd for holiday dinner? We have a large set of china and plenty of serving pieces to set a beautiful table. Additional items include a tea cart, baby cradle, oak high chair, bookshelves, dining chairs, 3 dining tables, oak office chair, 6 sets of golf clubs, over 20 lamps in every style and shape you can imagine!

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 4:56 PM, 10.11.2016

7th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner & Raffle

Please mark your calendar now and plan to participate in Transfiguration Parish’s 7th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner & Raffle to be held on Sunday, October 30th, in the parish hall at 12608 Madison Ave. in Lakewood.  Dinner will be served from 12:00-3:30 p.m.  This is Transfiguration Parish’s primary fundraiser of the year and a wonderful tradition for our parish community.  Help us make it a successful one!

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 4:56 PM, 10.11.2016

Lakewood Catholic Academy to be recognized at National Philanthropy Day celebration

Lakewood Catholic Academy will be presented with the Youth Group in Philanthropy Award at the National Philanthropy Day celebration on November 4, 2016 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.  If you're downtown the evening of November 4th, you'll see the Terminal Tower lit blue and gold in honor of the event, which has become a cherished annual tradition in the lives of area philanthropists and fundraisers.   Approximately 500 attendees enjoy the opportunity to hear inspiring stories of the dedication and spirit of the award recipients and the mission-driven work that they support.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.27.2016

Utilities Resource Fair

Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and the Home Heating and Weatherization Task Force will be hosting a Utilities Resource Fair, at Lakewood United Methodist Church at 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, Ohio 44107, on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.27.2016

Free Produce Distribution Returns To St. Edward

St. Edward High School brought back its free produce distribution program, as over two tons of fruit and veggies were given away last Wednesday. St. Edward students, faculty, alumni, and friends bagged and distributed the items in front of the school. Seventy-seven families were served, and the school hopes to grow that number at next month's event.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.27.2016

Cornucopia’s “Event In The Tent”

Cornucopia will hold its fourth annual “Event in the Tent” celebration on Friday, September 16 from 6:30–10 p.m. at Cornucopia’s Vocational Training Center and Catering Kitchen, 18228 Sloane Avenue in Lakewood. “We will be celebrating the achievements of Cornucopia’s vocational training graduates and job placement clients,” said Nancy Peppler, Cornucopia’s Executive Director. “We are looking forward to an evening of great food and fun all in support of Cornucopia’s vocational programs for people with disabilities.”

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

North Coast Health Shines Like A Diamond

Take a chance and give another a chance at health! This year, North Coast Health’s annual raffle features a brilliant cut 0.5 carat center diamond that rocks within a halo pendant holding 16 round full cut diamonds weighing 0.15 each. Total diamond weight of 0.74 carats strung on an 18 inch, 14 karat white gold box chain. This exclusive diamond necklace is valued at $3,500 courtesy of Broestl & Wallis Fine Jewelers. 

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

Lakewood Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts a monthly Job Club on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, at 15700 Detroit Ave. It is an excellent motivational support system with professional discussions on suggested topics at each meeting, while providing links to necessary resources in the local community to help members find employment in today’s job market. 

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

North Coast Health - 30 Years Of Caring Continues

‘Imagine struggling to get by, taking home enough in a paycheck to pay just the essentials such as food and clothes.What happens if a member of the family comes down with an illness and needs to see a doctor? How can you begin to pay the bill even for a minor illness?’

‘This is what a group of church members in Bay Village asked themselves. They also asked how that could be allowed to happen. How could they allow their neighbors to fall through the cracks of the vaunted safety net? Everyone deserves to be able to visit a physician when it’s necessary for attention to anything from a cold to a catastrophic illness. Unfortunately, there are many people who have a job that doesn’t pay any medical insurance benefits. And they make too much to qualify for coverage by government aid.”

‘Because a group of parishioners...were concerned for people in just such a situation, North Coast Health Ministry was formed.’

The Journal, Lorain Ohio – February 22, 1986

This quote was taken from one of the first articles written on behalf of North Coast Health (Ministry). As we reflect on who we are 30 years later – in many ways we remain the same. NCH’s belief remains steadfast – that health care is a basic human need and that inability to pay should never be a barrier to care for anyone. Primary medical care, health care education and prevention, behavioral health counseling, prescription assistance, specialty referral, application assistance- linking individuals to resources for which they qualify- and more are available to any one struggling with the costs of medical care services. North Coast Health remains a safety-net provider to individuals in need in our community. Including those with and without insurance, and those living in and outside of Lakewood; as we have no geographic boundaries

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 4:10 PM, 08.30.2016

Children Needing Grief Support Can Find Help At Overnight Camp

Support is available for children ages 8-14 who are coping with the death of a loved one. “Together We Can Overnight,” a children’s grief support camp hosted by Hospice of the Western Reserve, is planned from Saturday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m., to Sunday, Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m., at Red Oak Camp, 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Rd., Kirtland. The registration fee is $25 per camper; scholarships are available. Space is limited and completed registrations are due by Monday, Sept. 26. For more information and to receive a registration packet, call 216.486.6838. For the convenience of families from Lakewood and the surrounding west side communities, camp transportation will be provided from the Holiday Inn, 4181 W. 150th St. Drop-off times and additional camp details will be included in camp registration packets.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 4:10 PM, 08.30.2016

Come To Lakewood Park For The Superhero Dash!

Hundreds of runners, walkers and rollers (participants in wheelchairs) will be dressing as their favorite Superheroes and helping raise money for children with physical disabilities at the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 31st Annual Race Day, in memory of former Trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, September 17 at Lakewood Park.
 
The Superhero Dash will raise funds for Youth Challenge (YC), a nonprofit that provides adapted sports and recreational opportunities to children with physical disabilities. Trained teen volunteers are paired one-on-one with participants to play adapted sports, socialize and have fun. YC serves children throughout Northeast Ohio and has offices in Westlake and Shaker Heights.
 
The 5K run kicks off at 9:15 a.m. and the 1 Mile Walk/Roll starts at 10 a.m. Awards will go to the top three men and women overall and in each age group, as well as the challenged division. Achievement ribbons will go to all 1 Mile finishers. There will be prizes for best costumes, so be sure to dress up as your favorite superhero!
 
Event participation is $20 per person for early registration, $25 on Race Day, $10 for children 18 and under (pre-registered and same day). First 300 registrants will receive T-shirts. Register online at hermescleveland.com.
 
Sponsors for the Superhero Dash are Linda & Doug Hardman, American Tank & Fabricating, First Federal Lakewood, National Associates, Inc., Oatey Foundation, and The Krueger Group, Inc.
 
Visit youthchallengesports.com or call 440-892-1001 for more details.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 4:10 PM, 08.30.2016

Foster Pool Going To The Dogs

Got dogs? Got water? Mix the two together and you have the recipe for a tail wagging good time. Join Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park (FLDP) for the 2016 Dog Swim at Foster Pool in Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave., on Tuesday, September 6 from 5-8 PM.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 4:10 PM, 08.30.2016

Celebrating A Century Of Architectural Splendor

When Allen and Kerri Rodgers moved here from Atlanta in 2010 for Kerri’s new job with Sherwin Williams, they were immediately interested in Lakewood because of its proximity to downtown Cleveland and the lake, its walkability and antique housing stock. They started their house-hunting trip already excited about a house they’d seen online, and found 12981 Lake Avenue perfect for them. Allen drove Kerri to work on her first day, leaving an hour early figuring they’d be in the thick of rush-hour traffic. To their amazement, they arrived at her door 15 minutes later, confirming they chose the right community.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 4:10 PM, 08.30.2016

Faith Lutheran Launches Lakewood Abbey

Churches have long hosted groups outside of their respective faith communities. Scout troops, Alcoholic Anonymous chapters, preschools, and others have commonly used church space for meeting. As mainline Protestant denominations continue to experience decline, different congregations are even sharing church space.

Faith Lutheran Church in Lakewood is taking the space-sharing concept even further, aiming to become a hub for our community.

“We’re a small church now, and it’s a large building,” says Pastor Mark Rollenhagen. “And we feel called to care for the community.”

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Attention Bakers & Animal Lovers! CCLAS Seeks Donations For August 6 Bake Sale

The Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter (CCLAS) is excited to host its annual Bake Sale at the 39th Annual Lakewood Arts Festival on Saturday, August 6 from 10am to 2pm.

CCLAS needs delicious donations of baked goods (both pet and human treats!) and drinks to sell. As always, 100% of the proceeds support the important work CCLAS has done for over 30 years. With your help, we can continue our spay/neuter program, providing funding for medical care and working to improve animal welfare in our community!

If you can donate, here are a few guidelines and suggestions:

  • All food treats MUST be divided into serving sizes and packaged in a plastic baggie, container or saran wrap. According to food sales guidelines, we cannot sell food that is exposed. (For example, an unwrapped cupcake on a plate is not allowed to be sold.)
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Volume 12, Issue 16, Posted 6:37 PM, 08.02.2016

Free Q&A On Healthcare And Lakewood Hospital’s Future

Local doctors will answer questions about the future of Lakewood healthcare next Tuesday evening, at a free public forum on July 26 hosted by Save Lakewood Hospital. Young and old are invited to share in a discussion of the choices offered by an autumn referendum on the controversial deal to close Lakewood Hospital, along with related issues.

“This forum is a chance to hear from independent doctors about our options, at this point, for securing our community’s long-term access to healthcare,” said Save Lakewood Hospital spokesman Kevin Young.

“Our panelists aren’t on a private payroll,” Young said, “and they’re free to answer audience questions about these challenges honestly. This will be a spin-free, straight talk discussion tethered to the real needs of our citizens rather than to big-money interest groups.”

The planned panel includes Dr. Terry Kilroy, a Lakewood pulmonologist with nearly four decades’ experience in critical medicine, and Dr. Ashoka Nautiyal, another local independent practitioner. The doctors will be joined by professionals in law and finance, including CPA Marguerite Harkness, chair of the Save Lakewood Hospital committee. Co-chair Tom Monahan will appear also.

The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m., July 26 in the lower-level meeting room (Mr. Winton’s Den) at Winton Place, 12700 Lake Avenue. Advance registration is required as seating is limited, but all are encouraged to sign up while spaces last by calling (216) 586-2401. There is no cost to register.

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

The Meal That Heals To Benefit North Coast Health

Back for its eighth year, The Meal that Heals, a dining benefit for the patients of North Coast Health, a faith-based charitable clinic, will be held on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Sarita from 5 to 9 p.m. North Coast Health is grateful to Chef/Owner Anthony Romano for his enthusiastic support of this annual dining event.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 4:11 PM, 07.06.2016

Some Thoughts On A St. James Reunion Weekend

First of all, it was nice to hear the Irish Brogue coming from the pulpit on Sunday. That took us back to the days of Monsignor Gallagher. Those were the days when our class was full of Marty, Dennis, Danny, Pat, Mary, Mary Ann, Mary Jean, Eileen, Nora and Ellens. And we all came from families of between 5 and 15 siblings.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 4:11 PM, 07.06.2016

CCLAS Dog Wash Set For July 23rd

Calling all dirty dogs! Nature's Bin and CCLAS are hosting our annual Dog Wash fundraiser to benefit the Lakewood Animal Shelter on Saturday, July 23rd. The dog wash will take place in the parking lot of the Cornucopia Vocational Center (next door to Nature's Bin). Small dogs (20 lbs. and under) are $10, medium to large dogs (over 20 lbs.) are $15. Nail trimming services are available for an additional cost courtesy of Home Alone Petsitting.

All proceeds benefit the homeless animals at the Lakewood Animal Shelter.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 4:11 PM, 07.06.2016

LHS Students Organize 5K To Celebrate Lakewood's Olympian

Olympic Fever is rising here in Lakewood, as LHS alum Makorobondo "Dee" Salukombo has qualified to compete for his native Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dee finished ninth in the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon on May 29 in Canada, thereby earning a spot in the Men’s Marathon at the Olympic Games in Brazil.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 4:11 PM, 07.06.2016

Far West Center's Denise Ayres Recognized for Outstanding Mental Health Care

Longtime employee Denise Ayres, LSW of Far West Center was awarded the prestigious Mental Health Provider Award at NAMI Greater Cleveland’s May 22 Annual Meeting. In her 20+-year career at Far West Center, Denise, a licensed social worker, has always stayed true in her dedication to the well-being of the most severely ill clients. Denise’s tireless work for the Compeer friendship program, and the AHH! art therapy program, are now are recognized broadly in the Greater Cleveland community.  

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 8:13 PM, 06.21.2016

Lakewood Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Job Club is celebrating its 2 year anniversary this month. The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts the monthly Job Club on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, at 15700 Detroit Ave. It is an excellent motivational support system with professional discussions on suggested topics at each meeting, while providing links to necessary resources in the local community to help members find employment in today’s job market. 

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 8:13 PM, 06.21.2016

Lakewood Moms March Against Gun Violence

Summer is now officially here, and the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade will soon be upon us. In recent years you might have noticed a new group marching in the parade. Moms Demand Action first participated in 2013, and have been in every parade since. The national group has a chapter here in the Cleveland area, which is led by Lakewood resident Molly Crowe.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 8:13 PM, 06.21.2016

Far West Center Grant Helps Low-Income Persons Receive Mental Health Care

Far West Center announces a recent grant award from The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation to help persons without insurance receive mental health care and recovery services. The Center is extremely grateful to the Foundation for its longstanding show of support for mental health treatment and wellness.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 5:02 PM, 06.07.2016

Free Summer Lunches For Kids At Church Of The Ascension

School-age kids from preschool through grade 12 can get a free, nutritious lunch every weekday from June 6 through August 12 at the Church of the Ascension, 13216 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Meals also are available at no charge to those with disabilities through age 21 who participate in a recognized school program for individuals with developmental or physical disabilities.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 5:02 PM, 06.07.2016

Lakewood Women’s Club Invited Distinguished Alumni To Annual Installation Dinner At The Nicholson House

On May 26th The Lakewood Women’s Club (LWC) held their Annual Installation Dinner at the The Nicholson House and was catered by Ruth Kostadinov from Gatherings Kitchen. At the dinner, the LWC elected new board members, awarded a scholarship to a Lakewood resident and also awarded our non-profit recipient for this year.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 5:02 PM, 06.07.2016

Relay For Life Of Lakewood, Ohio: Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back

In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, wanted to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. As a marathon runner, he decided to raise money by doing something he loved. For 24 hours, he walked and ran over 83 miles on a university track, raising $27,000. Relay for Life was born. Today, Relay for Life events are held around the world, with over 4 million people in over 20 countries raising nearly $5 billion in the last 30 years. 

On June 11, 2016, teams of walkers will meet for the 5th annual Relay for Life of Lakewood, Ohio at Harding Middle School, 16601 Madison Avenue. This free event runs from noon to midnight, and features live entertainment, food, games, raffles and more. There will be activities for all ages, including a visit from Disney princesses from 1 to 2 p.m. for a “tea party” and photo opportunities.

There will special ceremonies to CELEBRATE cancer survivors, to REMEMBER those who lost the fight, and to commit to FIGHT BACK against a disease that takes too many loved ones from us too soon. Survivors and caregivers, alone or in pairs, are encouraged to register online or at the event to be honored with a meal and special activities.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 4:51 PM, 05.24.2016

Church Of The Ascension To Host Pop-Up Kitchen Benefit For Providence House

EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, nationally acclaimed for its prison re-entry program, will bring its celebrated French cuisine to Lakewood to benefit Providence House, one of the nation’s longest operating crisis nurseries. A West Side Pop-up Kitchen will be held Sunday, June 12 at 5 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension, 13216 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.

Providence House is one of just 70 in operation in the U.S. and Canada today offering emergency shelter and care to children who are actively at risk for abuse and neglect due to family crisis. More than a shelter for at-risk children, the agency offers holistic services for children and their families including education, mentoring, case management and aftercare focused on family preservation. It is Ohio’s only voluntary Crisis Intervention and Family Preservation Program that offers a comprehensive, integrated model of crisis care, designed to bring positive, permanent change, filled with help and hope for a safe, stable, and self-sufficient future for parents and their children.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 4:51 PM, 05.24.2016

City-Wide Scavenger Hunt

Test your sleuthing skills as you navigate Lakewood to find unique architectural details! Join the Lakewood Historical Society on its 7th annual National Historic Preservation Month scavenger hunt.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 4:51 PM, 05.24.2016

Animal Lovers Party At "Hair Of The Dog" Event

Citizens Committee for a Lakewood Animal Shelter held its 12th annual “Hair of the Dog” Happy Hour and Silent Auction on May 19th at Around the Corner. The event was a rousing success, raising over $8,500. CCLAS will use the funds to continue finding homes for Lakewood’s homeless pets. These efforts include funding medical care for pets that otherwise would not survive; fostering abandoned and orphaned litters; and spaying and neutering Lakewood pets to prevent overpopulation.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 4:51 PM, 05.24.2016

The 14th Annual Nature’s Bin & Friends Neighborhood Run Is Saturday, June 11

Nature’s Bin is again teaming up with "New Avenues to Independence" and "The Arc of Greater Cleveland" for what has become an annual tradition. This community event is on Saturday, June 11th, at Lakewood Park in Lakewood, Ohio. The 5K (3.1 mile) road run course and a 1-mile run/walk course is fast, flat and paved for wheelchairs and strollers. Runners will be chip-timed, and pre-registered participants will receive short-sleeved tech shirts. “This is a great collaboration among agencies that serve people with disabilities and that have similar missions,” commented Nancy Peppler, executive director of Cornucopia. “It is an easy and fun way for runners and those who just want to walk, to support all three organizations at once.”

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 4:51 PM, 05.24.2016

Abbey Rose Foundation Cleveland Indians Game

On April 8, 2011, Abbey Rose Kudrin, at 4 months old passed away, in her parents' arms. Although she was only here on Earth four short months, Abbey Rose touched so many lives and continues to do so after 5 years. Her parents, Suzi and Sam Kudrin, received a book called "Mommy Please Don't Cry...There Are No Tears in Heaven" shortly after Abbey passed away. It wasn't until about 5 months after she was gone that they were finally able to read it. It touched their lives so much that they had to share it with family and friends first but soon they were being asked to send the book to people who had lost a child. The Abbey Rose Foundation was created so Suzi and Sam could help others who knew the pain they went through. The mission of the foundation is to provide hope and comfort to families who are grieving the loss of a child. Books have been sent across the United States, Canada, England, New Zealand. A personal written letter accompanies the book so Suzi and Sam can let these families know that God is with them always and to keep their faith strong. That's the only way to get through such a tragedy.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 3:33 PM, 05.10.2016

H2O Named Pillar In The Community

The City of Lakewood H2O (Help to Others) program was presented the Pillar of the House Award on April 13, 2016, at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland (RMH).

Each year the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland presents its most distinguished award to companies, groups, and individuals who have given quietly, generously, consistently, and thoughtfully to the RMH on a long-term basis. The award recognizes the commitment and constant support provided by community partners to help sustain the mission of RMH.

Throughout the school year, H2O cooks a monthly meal for the 55 families who stay at the House. The students also engage in activities with the children. During the summer, middle school-aged students participating in the H2O Summer Service Camp visit the House and help with meals, chores, and activities.

“When other volunteer groups take the summer off, H2O is here a total of 16 times,” says RMH Executive Director Craig Wilson. “We could not provide the home-like setting our families need without the tireless support of groups like H2O.”

The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland also honored Alpha Delta Pi chapters at Ashland University and University of Mount Union and Cleveland’s Suburban Press.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 3:24 PM, 04.26.2016

Dragon Sightings In Lakewood

Dragons are invading western Lakewood!

Nancy Sander, of Puppets With Pizazz, will be performing "The Reluctant Dragons" for families of the area. Sander, a master puppeteer from Lakewood, will present this full-length puppet presentation at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1569 Rosewood Avenue (corner of Hilliard and Madison), on Saturday, April 30th, at 2 p.m. Anyone who has seen a Pizazz production can attest to the fun-filled family-oriented show where the children help little Rory Dragon fulfill his dreams of being a fire spittin' dragon.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Anyone wearing a scout uniform, or attending as part of a scout troop, will receive $1 discount.

Sander has received an Emmy Award for her work with WKYC-TV's children's show, "Hickory Hideout," where she played Nutso P. Squirrely, Smelly Bob, and Know-It-Owl. She has been known as The Puppet Lady of Ohio for over thirty-five years and has received both the Stevens Award Of Excellence and the Latshaw Award for Writing in The Field of Puppetry from Puppeteers of America.

For more information, call the church at 216-228-6060 or Nancy Sander at 216-521-7301.

www.puppetswithpizazz.com

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 3:24 PM, 04.26.2016

Lakewood Residents Invited To Honor Loved Ones While Helping Hospice Families

Lakewood residents are invited to invited to gather family and friends to walk  in memory of loved ones while raising funds for hospice patients and families. Registration is now open for Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2016 Walk to Remember, sponsored by FirstMerit Bank. Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Leon Bibb of WEWS-TV, Channel 5 is this year’s Master of Ceremonies.

Now in its fifth year, the event takes place Sunday, June 12, 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland. (Gates open at 7:30 a.m.) Registration is available online at hospicewr.org/walk or by calling 216.383.3715. Admission includes a full day at the Zoo and Rainforest, T-shirts, entertainment and much more. The cost is $25 Adult; $12 Children; Family $65 (includes two adults and three children under age 12). Ages 3 and under are free.

More than 3,000 participants are expected to honor the memory of their loved ones while raising funds for services provided by the nonprofit agency that are not fully covered by Medicare and private insurance. These include pediatric hospice and palliative care, patient “day to remember” life enrichment experiences, art and music therapy, grief and trauma support in local schools and much more.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 3:24 PM, 04.26.2016

Take A Walk With Two Long-Time Greater Cleveland Habitat Volunteers

Reverend John and his wife Mary would like to invite you to take a walk with them…

Reverend John and his wife Mary Evans would like to invite you to take a walk with them. They are ages 95 and 86; we dare you to say no. Join the Evans’ on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Edgewater Park for the HABI-Dash 5K Walk as they fundraise for Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity for the 15th year in row.

“When we are helping others is when we are the happiest,” states Mary Evans, in reference to their over twenty-one years and thousands of hours of service to Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. Even though the Evans’ have had to slow down in the past two years, they can still be found on a Wednesday eating at the construction site with the volunteer crews, attending house blessings, dedications and helping to fundraise. “What is so special to us is that Greater Cleveland Habitat’s programs give Partner Families a hand up, not a hand-out. They (the family purchasing the home) are required to put in sweat equity time and make monthly mortgage payments,” states Reverend Evans. Mary adds, “There is nothing like seeing the Partner Family receive the key for their home that so many people worked so hard on; there is not a dry eye in the place.”

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 3:24 PM, 04.26.2016

Historical Society Sale On The Grounds

Members of the Lakewood Historical Society have been busy preparing for their annual public sale.  The 29th annual Sale on the Grounds is May 6, 7, 8.   Is it an antiques and collectibles shop? A vintage clothing and jewelry store? An estate sale? An art gallery? A garage sale? Sale on the Grounds is all of the above!

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 3:24 PM, 04.26.2016

CCLAS “Hair Of The Dog” Happy Hour Set For May 19; Tickets On Sale, Silent Auction Items Needed

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a fun evening filled with appetizers, open bar, DJ music and the BEST silent auction in town – all while helping Lakewood’s sick, injured and abandoned animals!

Citizens Committee for a Lakewood Animal Shelter (CCLAS) is proudly hosting its 12th Annual Hair of the Dog Happy Hour and Silent Auction on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 at Around the Corner in Lakewood. As always, 100% of the proceeds will benefit animals in-need and allow us to continue their foster program and spay/neuter program.

WHERE: Around the Corner, 18616 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH

WHEN: Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Bidding ends around 7:30 p.m.)

ADMISSION: $25 per person in advance and $30 per person at the door (Please note: There are no paper tickets – those guests who purchase tickets online will simply check-in at the door.)

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 3:24 PM, 04.26.2016

Celebrating 15 Years Of Fun, Fitness, And Shared Community Spirit

The start of spring is a welcome reminder that it’s time once again to gather our teams for the annual “Ambulance Chase 5K/1 Mile” event. This year’s race will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Lakewood Park and celebrates fifteen years of running, walking, wellness and community spirit.

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