Specializing in hair, skin waxing and natural nails since 2005. Dramatics Hair Salon is the oldest and most trusted privately owned salon in Downtown Lakewood. Our location has been a salon for over 40 years. Only changing owners three times. In our busy life styles, it's nice to go somewhere that remind us that taking time for ourselves is a necessity not a privilege. Looking good makes you feel good and it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.
I've been hearing rumors that the congressional district of our congressman, Dennis Kucinich, might be phased-out, and that he could be leaving Ohio to represent a newly-created district which may include the city of Lakewood, Washington.
Throughout spring and summer, the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District hosts rain barrel workshops around the county. During the one and one half hour session, the Cuyahoga SWCD representative explains the benefits of rain barrel use for individuals and the community, shows participants how to construct a rain barrel, and finally, offers guidance and answers questions as workshop participants work on making their rain barrels. Cuyahoga SWCD provides the materials (55-gallon food-grade plastic barrel, brass spigot, hose barb, downspout diverter and hose, PTFE tape) and the tools (drill, 15/16” drill bit, thread tap). Bringing your own battery-powered drill can speed up the construction process. Workshoppers are typically fully educated and waddling out the door with their arms wrapped around their new rain barrel before the 90 minutes are up.
Rabbits are very different from dogs and cats and do not make good pets for children. Many rabbits, chicks and ducklings bought as ‘impulse gifts’ end up unwanted or mistreated. Some are “set free” after the novelty wears off and end up dying of starvation or are killed by predators. These domesticated animals are not equipped to live in the wild. Thousands end up in shelters every year where most are euthanized. In Alabama, selling or giving away baby rabbits is illegal. The bunny law (Code of Alabama, Title 3, Section 3-1-15) also prohibits the sale of chicks and ducklings.
We Are Ohio.
Thinking about your dream home? You may want to check out this event.
On Saturday April 16, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., LakewoodAlive joins with the real estate community to showcase homes for sale in Lakewood. Only seven miles west of downtown Cleveland, Lakewood is an affordable suburb with great schools. In 2010, Lakewood was named by Business Week magazine as “Ohio’s Best Place to Raise Your Kids.” This recognition was based largely on Lakewood’s affordability and numerous community assets, including the “Excellent” rated school district, the expansive city park system and easy access to regional attractions. Additionally, in 2008, This Old House magazine named Lakewood as one of the “Best Places in the Midwest to Buy an Old House.” Over 50,000 people have found their ‘dream’ on one of Lakewood’s tree-lined streets.
His favorite was the shitake mushroom puffs on a stick and mine was the Mediterranean stick- or maybe it was the fruit, or maybe the caramel-coated apples and bacon on a stick.
Cox Communications has announced that calls placed to Japan with Cox Digital Telephone will be free of charge through March 31, 2011. This program includes Cox Digital Telephone calls to both landlines and cellular telephones dialed to country code 81. Free Cox Digital Telephone calls to Japan will be retroactive to March 11, 2011.
Fireflies out tonight
You will see the Erie light
Floating out to sea
On my back, waves crash
The orange moon behind me
Abyss before me
Calm before the storm
You will see the Erie light
Chasing me tonight
Whispering winds whip the lake,
as the graceful gulls swoop
down to fetch their fish .
The cold clouds of winter float by,
dancing in colors of misty grays and white
as the trees sleep along the shoreline.
The Sacred Sky of the Heavens
opens in Radiant Light
upon ALL Life….
On Saturday, March, 26th at 8:30 pm, the City of Lakewood will be participate in “Earth Hour.” This is one hour of the year devoted to turning off as many lights, appliances and anything else electrical as possible. Keep Lakewood Beautiful, in conjunction with the City and other groups, is promoting the event "virtually" this year. Look for this article on the LEAF and EcoLakewood Facebook pages and "like" it. Your "like" is your pledge to turn off the lights on Saturday night.
Our goal is getting 200 households to participate, but it is really about much more than that. Given the drive of Lakewood residents, it is anticipated that this goal will be rather easy to accomplish. The challenge will be looking “beyond the hour” to find ways to conserve energy going forward. The results of one hour’s energy savings are minuscule compared to what can happen if we all make a concerted effort to be more energy-conscious.
Saturday, February 26, will be a Yogathon to help raise money to send local girl, Alexia Dudeck, to Australia as a student Ambassador as part of the People to People program created by Dwight D. Eisenhower back in 1957.
Lakewood Senor Health Campus’ Assisted Living Building, 1382 Bunts Rd, 4th floor, will be hosting the event, giving room for yoga instrutctors Aryn Youngless (Acenda Yoga/ Rock 'n Roll Yoga), Sarah Perkins (Fire Lotus Yoga), Tina Gonzales (Yoga Bhaga) and Marcia Hudgel (Yoga 101, Open Yoga) to spend 2 hours teaching you invigorating and blissful yoga! Registration begins at 12 pm and the event runs untill 5 pm. The events will include ½ hour of Hatha Yoga followed by, Vinyasa, Power, Slow/Flow Relaxation and finished up with 15 minutes of mindful meditation.
During the yoga event there will be a silent auction and raffle allowing you a chance to win something from Lakewood’s own Local Girl Gallery (16106 Detroit Ave), Dewey’s Pizza (18516 Detroit Ave), Breadsmith (18101 Detroit Ave) and local artist Sophie Nemethy (www.sophienemethy.com) to name just a few.
On January 27th 2011, the Lakewood community gathered for the annual Diversity Potluck at the Lakewood Park Women’s Club Pavilion. The Potluck is sponsored and organized by the City of Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission, a 13 member advisory board appointed by the Mayor and City Council to serve as a liaison in terms of community relation issues in Lakewood. The Potluck serves as a collaborative avenue for attendees to express their creative ways of sharing his or her favorite ethnic dish or dessert while being provided an opportunity to build fellowship with neighbors and other members of the community. A large array of dishes from many different cultures made for a delicious dinner, and made it easy to settle into interesting conversations with new neighbors and friends.
I am a professional editor/writer/journalist, with significant team-oriented management experience and familiarity with print and online communications. I have been involved in initiatives related to the parks, and have experience with businesses, including entrepreneurs and retailers. After living in Lakewood for 27 years, I am excited about the direction the City is heading in now, although I know the future holds economic, safety and infrastructure challenges. Through creativity and fostering community involvement, I look forward to helping the City meet those challenges.
As a lifelong Lakewoodite, homeowner and active community participant, I believe I would bring many positive attributes to an already well-rounded City Council.
What sets me apart from other applicants for this seat is my broad knowledge of the city’s finances. I was part of the bond finance group with outside legal counsel for the three years that the firm was bond counsel for the city. In that time I was able to study the budgets, finances and projections of the city, assist with drafting Bond Resolutions and Annual Information Statements and work with current city councilors and administration. I have an intimate understanding of municipal finance matters, which, in this time of fiscal oversight and general economic unrest, is imperative.
Nine years ago a beautiful white persian cat wandered up to our doorstep. She was most likely dumped by her owners who couldn’t keep her so we took her in. Last Thanksgiving we took in two 8 week old Turkish Angora kittens (The Turkish Angora is an ancient breed of cat originating from Turkey. It is thought to be the ancestor of all long-haired cats). We found them crying outside the apartment building next door, we thought they had been dumped and nobody claimed them. We tried to find a home for them but failed so we ended up keeping them.
1. Please tell us your name, age, where you live, and how you make your living.
Edward M. McCartney, 51, Lakewood, in between jobs.
2. Describe for us the duties of a member of the County Council.
Although I'm learning about the position, my understanding is that the council is to work with the executive to make ordinances and resolutions to do various things, such as decide how to spend money for services, and consider the advice of boards and the people.
The League of Women Voters, Cuyahoga Area Education Fund held a debate in Lakewood for the newly created District 2 County Council seat on Wednesday, September 29th. The County Council seat was created last year when voters approved reform measures to county government which created the positions of county executive and eleven county council seats. District 2 consists of the cities of Lakewood, Brook Park, and Cleveland Wards 18 and 19. The candidates for the council seat are Steve Bozsa running as an Independent, Lynn Graham running as an Independent, Edward McCarthy running as an Independent, Dale Miller running as a Democrat, and John Zappala running as a Republican. The debate featured opening remarks of two minutes, 60 minutes of questions and answers from the audience, and then closing remarks of one minute. Approximately 40 people attended the debate. The structure of the debate definitely gave voters an opportunity to get to know each candidate. From their opening remarks clear distinctions could be made between them.
VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT APPLICATIONS FOR THE HISTORIC NOVEMBER 2, 2010 GENERAL ELECTION ARE ON THE WAY
The county-wide mailing of 640,589 Vote by Mail ballot applications began on September 15th. The November 2nd General Election marks the first time in history that Cuyahoga County voters will elect a County Executive and an 11 member County Council. In the entire election there are 139 candidates and 151 issues on the November 2nd ballot. “This election makes voting by mail very attractive to voters who want extra time to study the issues and candidates,” said Jane Platten, Director of the Board of Elections.
Opportunity. The reason families boarded ships to come to America; risk takers moved west across the country; African-Americans moved north after the Civil War and even the reason Bill Gates left school before his Harvard education was complete.
It is by seizing our opportunities that we have been able to create independence, work, wealth and a future.
Cuyahoga County has the opportunity to reinvent its government. But more importantly, we have a chance to showcase the opportunities that our County holds for individuals. People who want to create, build, invest, serve and take risks need to know that Cuyahoga County can help them capitalize on this opportunity to achieve their goals.
The relationship between the public and private sectors is badly damaged and must be restored. However, the focus must be more than financial. While the influence of private dollars is paramount, the creativity and intellect of the private sector is equally necessary for a vibrant future in Cuyahoga County.
UGIVE.org is thrilled to announce its expansion from its home office in Cincinnati to the Greater Cleveland area this month! UGIVE is a free website connecting high school students with area nonprofit organizations for meaningful volunteer opportunities. After just 2 years of existence, UGIVE has already generated over 75,000 service hours from 11,000 student volunteers!
1. Please tell us your name, age, where you live, and how you make your living.
Tom Jordan, 45, Cleveland (Westpark), Community Development Director for the City of North Royalton, married to Mary Ellen Jordan (a licensed social worker and Lakewood Middle School track coach). Together we have four children, ages 4 through 9 years.
2. Describe for us the duties of a member of the County Council.
As a new entity, the most important duty is to reestablish the public trust and ensure that all of the responsibilities are executed in an open and honest manner through a new standard of ethics. The charter prescribes a wide range of responsibilities, from establishing budgets to reorganizing departments. It provides a check and balance for the new county executive to ensure that District 2 of the county is fairly represented. Most importantly, the council should try and integrate the vision of communities in collaborative efforts that reduce our tax burden.
Democratic candidates Tom Jordan and Dale Miller squared off this past Wednesday, August 4, 2010, for a debate sponsored by the Lakewood Democratic Club, the Brookpark Democratic Club, and the Democratic Clubs from Cleveland Wards 18 and 19. Jordan and Miller are vying for the Democratic nomination for the inaugural District 2 County Council seat.
Those Among Us... Noted Local Historian Weldon Carpenter, Receives Ohio State Fair Fifty-Year Club Award
Lakewood Resident Weldon Carpenter recently received the Ohio State Fair Fifty Year Club's 2010 Giant Step Award for his "substantial and significant" contributions to the fair over the years. Presently holding the office of historian for that group, Weldon has attended the Ohio State Fair for sixty consecutive years, and has exhibited numerous historic displays for the club, and for the All-Ohio State Fair Band during that time. Weldon is also an active member of the All-Ohio State Fair Alumni Band.
In 2003, Weldon was inducted into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame.
A 1954 graduate of Ashland High School, Weldon went on to Ohio State, where he served the OSU band as Drum Major, graduating in 1959.
Though he originally trained as a teacher, Weldon has also had an avid interest in the theater and in the culinary arts. Weldon reports that he has served for many years as the historian for Cleveland's Playhouse Square, and was a part of the original group that tried to save those theaters. He also tells us that he has prepared meals for many famous people over the years, having served both Judy Garland and John Kenley, among many, many others.
The lawsuit brought by the City of Rocky River and four residents of the High Parkway neighborhood against the City of Lakewood and the users of Lakewood Dog Park on a complaint of excessive barking finally had its day in court. Actually, eight days, concluding on July 21. The Honorable Carolyn Friedland of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court will make her decision in the case following the recent bench trial – heard without a jury – after thorough review of the court transcript, statements filed by legal counsel in lieu of closing arguments and evidence presented. The court gave no indication how long the decision would take.
Judge Friedland previously dismissed the case, filed in 2007, on the grounds that Rocky River and its residents could not interfere with legitimate municipal functions of their neighbor, Lakewood. The appellate court disagreed with the application of law to this case and returned it to Judge Friedland for a determination on the facts. In the interim, the parties made multiple attempts to negotiate a settlement but were unsuccessful. By agreement of the parties, the trial proceeded solely on the issue of barking, omitting the plaintiffs’ other allegations that the park was a source of foul odors and dog biting.
At trial, Rocky River and its residents maintained that barking from the park, that is tucked away in the valley adjacent to the MetroParks, has been excessive and; therefore, constitutes a public nuisance (“an invasion of, or an unreasonable interference with, public rights which are common to all members of the general public”) and a private nuisance (“it affects the private personal property rights” of the neighboring Rocky River residents). Legal practitioners generally agree that nuisance law is not black and white; there is no bright line separating actionable behavior from benign annoyances of everyday life.
On Wednesday, August 4th, the Lakewood Democratic Club, the Brook Park Democratic Club and the Democratic clubs for Cleveland Wards 18 and 19 will host a debate between State Senator Dale Miller and Tom Jordan, candidates for County Council District 2. The debate will be held at the hall of St. Mary’s Romanian Church at 3256 Warren Road in Cleveland from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Moderated by Rosemary Palmer, the night will offer residents the rare opportunity to hear both candidates address questions from the attendees before the crucial primary in September. Stuart Garson, the new County Democratic Party Chair will make introductory remarks. The hall has a substantial amount of parking and is handicap accessible.
On Thursday, July 8th, the Beck Center hosted one of many events intended to aid in the transition to and understanding of the new County Government structure to be implemented in 2011. Over the course of the evening, a small audience of about 25 attendees listened to presentations by and discussed the work of two “County Transition Workgroups.”
Some people are bothered by the bugs that congregate from time to time on their window screens, but I have found a way to have fun with these insects. The method involves a garden spray-bottle filled with water and a little marksmanship skill.
English Nanny & Governess School of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is pleased to announce the graduation of Joshua Lavelle of Lakewood, Ohio.
(Tahlequah, OK)--Dante Sutera of Lakewood, Ohio, was awarded a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Northeastern State University ROTC Spring 2010 Commissioning Ceremony on May 14 in the University Center Morgan Room.
Sutera received the oath from Lt. Col. David Madden. His mother, Karen Sutera, pinned the gold bars to his uniform and Sgt. 1st Class James Grimes rendered the first salute.
Sutera will attend Officer Basic at Fort Rucker, Ala., and enter the Army's aviation branch. He graduates from NSU with a bachelor's degree in Homeland Security.
Katzbach's goal is to collect 2000 pairs of new flip-flops in a variety of sizes to provide for the men, women and children in the mountains of Haiti, many of whom have only hand-me-down shoes or are barefoot.
Lakewood, like so many other communities in the Greater Cleveland area, has been hard hit by job loss and the difficulties that arise during extended unemployment for individuals and especially for our families.
The City of Cleveland Division of Water will observe National Drinking Water Week, May 3- 8, and will host an Open House at two of its water works facilities, including free public tours and other family friendly activities. The Open Houses will be held Saturday, May 8th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the following locations:
The Lakewood Observer Advisory Board is currently looking for persons interested in serving on an ad hoc Citizens’ Advisory Committee. We are interested in input from all walks of the community to assist with issues concerning policy, content, and direction of the paper.
LakewoodAlive, a nonpartisan economic development corporation, will host a community forum, “Count Your Assets” on Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. at Horace Mann School, 1215 West Clifton Boulevard in Lakewood. The forum, hosted by Mayor Ed Fitzgerald, will highlight three areas of current economic importance to Lakewood, including the City of Lakewood Census, which is a key factor in determining Lakewood’s level of government funding. Lakewood receives a specific category of funding because of the population size. If that level dips below 50,000 residents, funding will be changed and likely decreased.
The Sierra Club announced March 15 that it is endorsing Lakewood Councilman Tom Bullock for the Ohio House of Representatives. Bullock, a Democrat, is running in the 13th House District, which includes Lakewood and parts of Cleveland’s west side. Since Ohio has term limits, it is an open-seat contest with no incumbent.
With winter weather temporarily abating, spring planting and fall harvest may not be too far from everyone’s minds. And now is the best time to be planning for fresh produce.
For those who don’t have the patience, time, or space to grow their own vegetables, a viable solution can be found at Covered Bridge Gardens and Peters Creek Farm. The Ashtabula County-based farms have been delivering fresh, wholesome, locally grown vegetables to each week’s LEAF Night at the Lakewood Public library since 2007. LEAF Night is a weekly community event hosted by the Lakewood Earth and Food Community and Lakewood Public Library where residents have the opportunity to access fresh, locally produced foods while experiencing local arts and culture.
The Covered Bridge Gardens / Peters Creek Farm Community Supported Agriculture program allows people to enjoy gourmet vegetables along with everyday garden varieties selected by their very own personal farmer. By subscribing for the 16-week growing season that runs from mid-June to early October, singles, couples, and families alike can experience the old-time favorite tastes of produce ranging from the typical green pepper to the juiciest of vine ripened tomatoes.
Early in the season, around week four, a customer’s package may include broccoli, sweet corn, green beans, and white turnips. By week seven, the customer can begin to enjoy yellow beans, green tomatoes, summer squash, beets and even garlic. At week twelve, there would be purple cauliflower, corn, zucchini, watermelon, and cucumbers.
Hungarian immigrant Theodor Kundtz came to Cleveland at age 21 to work as a cabinetmaker. He soon established his own business producing sewing machine cabinets for White Sewing Machine Co., as well as bicycle wheels, car and truck bodies and church and school interiors.
By 1910, the company employed more than 2,500 workers at its five plants in the Flats and a huge lumberyard between Clifton Boulevard and the railroad tracks, between Manor Park and Giel avenues. Many fellow Hungarian immigrants worked for Kundtz and sought inexpensive housing in Lakewood.
Sadly, tragedy struck close to midnight on May 20, 1920, when the Kundtz Lumberyard burst into flames and burned for two days, leveling an area larger than Lakewood Park. Enterprising developers jumped on the chance to create four new streets of housing on the former lumberyard site: Chase, Bunts, Hathaway and Merle.
What will happen to our Entitlement Community status if Lakewood’s population falls below 50,000? Should the final census report reveal that our population is below 50,000, Lakewood would be eligible for only one more year of full federal entitlement funding. The fund allocation would be decreased by 50% in year two and all funding would cease in year three. This change would affect Title I school funding as well as Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) used for a variety of City initiatives including park improvements, street reconstruction, commercial and vacant property revitalization, childcare scholarship assistance, services for older adults, and low interest loans. CDBG grants also support a number of important programs conducted by community organizations including the Beck Center, Lakewood Christian Service Center, Lakewood Alive, and North Coast Health Ministry.
A letter to Lakewood Board of Education members.
Everyone Counts in Lakewood: The foundation of our American democracy is dependent on fair and equitable representation in Congress. In order to achieve an accurate assessment of the number and location of the people living within the nation’s borders, the U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The census population totals determine which states gain or lose representation in Congress. It also determines the amount of state and federal funding communities receive over the course of the decade. 2010 Census data will directly affect how more than $4 trillion is allocated to local, state and tribal governments over the next 10 years. In order for this funding allocation to be accomplished fairly and accurately, the goal of the decennial census is to count everybody, count them only once, and count them in the right place. The facts gathered in the census also help shape decisions for the rest of the decade about public health, neighborhood improvements, transportation, education, senior services and much more.
On August 25th, 2009 Matthew C. Carlson, member of the LDS Lakewood Ward Boy Scout Troop 435 and resident of the City of Lakewood, received Scouting's highest rank of Eagle Scout at this Eagle Board of Review. Matt received his Eagle Award on November 29th at the Troop's Court of Awards Ceremony.
Matt is a freshman at Lakewood High School. Throughout his middle school years, Matt was in Concert, Jazz and Competition Band, and currently is a trumpet player in the Lakewood High School Marching Band- which had the honor of playing at the half time for the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas! Matt also participated in the drama club in middle school and played on local teams for soccer, basketball, football, flag-football, lacrosse and baseball. This past August, Matt tried out for and earned a place on the LHS Golf Team.
Barbara Ann (Nolan) Zubricky (47) passed away suddenly on January 13, 2010. Barbara was the wife of Scott L., the mother of Rebecca Martin (Jason), Rachel and Joseph Zubricky, daughter of William and Rose Nolan, sister of William, Jeanne Rist and Deboroah Kuzma, and friend to many. Barbara was a gentle, soft-spoken, loving woman. She had been the secretary at St. James Parish in Lakewood for 18 years. Her Liturgy was celebrated at St. James on Monday January 18, 2010 with a crowded Church and several Priests and Deacons on the Altar. Fr. John Weigand was the Principal Celebrant and he commented on Barbara's qualities, not only as the secretary but as a loving human being. Barb always made time for everyone before herself. She was very opposed to the closing of St. James so she bid her final farewell on Monday. Barb Zubricky will missed by her family and the multitude of people who knew her. We loved you Barb and continue to love you in your new home called Heaven.
In May 2009, the City of Lakewood chose the Oldest Stone House at Lakewood Park as the first property to be designated a Lakewood Landmark. This honor followed a period of extensive research into the history of the Oldest Stone House - also called the Honam/Hotchkiss House - by Lakewood Historical Society staff and volunteers. The Honam/Hotchkiss House is both historically and architecturally significant. The evolution of the house and its related property reflect the changing settlement and development patterns found throughout Lakewood (formerly Rockport Township).
If you or any of your family or friends received H1N1 vaccinations offered by the Board of Health in the last two months, you saw the Westshore Emergency Response Team in action. Volunteers from Lakewood and surrounding suburbs came out in mass to insure that the vaccination centers operated smoothly and efficiently. The vaccination center at Garfield Middle School on December 13th was a perfect example of the coordination between CERT, police, fire and Lakewood schools.
When it comes to debt, combine a strong offense (grab a mortgage or refinance) with a powerhouse defense (beat back rising credit card rates and fees). Mortgage rates are at historic lows – 5% for 30-year fixed – and home buyers will be able to capitalize on a special tax credit until July. So early 2010 will be a great time to refinance a mortgage or apply for a new home loan. But credit card issuers will continue to turn the screws on customers in 2010, raising rates and hiking or inventing fees. Because the new credit card law taking effect in February will restrict lenders from punishing riskier customers many good-citizen cardholders will be forced to pay more in interest.
Lakewood author John Tidyman hesitates when asked to describe his new book, “Gimme Rewrite, Sweetheart: Tales from the Last Glory Days of Cleveland Newspapers (Gray & Co., Publishers, 254 pp., $24.95).”
“The book is many things,” he said. “Maybe first it’s an informal, oral history of Cleveland newspapering in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. It’s both eulogy and celebration. Also, Gimme Rewrite is a collection of first-person stories from the people who reported, photographed, and edited at the Cleveland Press and the Plain Dealer.”
And what stories these men and women tell!
A chimpanzee answering the City Desk phone at the Press and then typing. A Plain Dealer chief police reporter promising to beat the tar out of a Cleveland police detective who had threatened one of his reporters. Big Jaw Jackson and Johnny Pot, two fictional characters brought to life by a bored but creative Plain Dealer police reporter. A Press columnist fired for drinking whose next job was selling toilet seat covers in the basement of May’s Department Store. A Plain Dealer sportswriter landing the first punch on Sudden Sam McDowell’s jaw.
The school buildings of Lakewood reflect the changing population of our community over more than 175 years. The demands of the changing demographics of the community led to a building boom in the 1910s and 1920s and to the current restructuring. Throughout Lakewood’s history, the community has always had the best interests of its students in mind when making construction decisions.
Everyone, from college students to senior citizens, is likely to need the purchasing power that a solid credit record conveys. And if you're married, but all credit is in your spouse's name, you definitely should establish your own credit history.
As the mother of a 6-month-old daughter and as an estate-planning attorney, this is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. It is also a topic abouth which I am questioned frequently by friends and acquaintances who also have, or are expecting, children. I have heard many bashful confessions that estate planning is something people have thought about doing or know they need to do, but haven’t gotten around to doing. Others believe that they are too young and healthy for anything to happen to them. Some say they cannot afford the expense or the time required, some think they do not have enough property to make it worthwhile, and some are just uncomfortable thinking about and planning for death. While planning for the possibility of your death, incompetence, or disability may be considered akin to getting a root canal (or worse), it is also something that, once completed, can bring peace of mind.
At-Large council candidate Monique Smith sees Lakewood as a kaleidoscope of opportunities and challenges, a community filled with thoughtful citizens and good neighbors. According to Smith, “sometimes [Lakewood’s] outstanding qualities are hidden by the physical decline that has become too large a part of the image of our city.”
The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA held their annual Baby Bargain Bonanza on Saturday, October 3rd at Emerson Elementary School. Doors opened at 9 am, but bargain shoppers started lining up 30 minutes earlier to hunt for extraordinary deals on gently used children’s clothing, accessories, furniture, and toys.
In a perfect world, people could live harmoniously with one another, the weather would be beautiful day after day, and every community would have a park dedicated to the play and exercise of man’s best friend. Fortunately, the city of Lakewood can boast that it does have such a park, which is used year-round by residents of Lakewood, Rocky River, and many other surrounding communities.
Field Commander Lakewood High School Marching Band - Lakewood High School Graduate Class of 1987 - Senior Master Sergeant Jerald Carlton, U.S. Air Force Retired July 24, 2009
On Friday evening, July 31, Lakewood Hospital will host its fourth annual Starry Night, a patron benefit presented by Signature Sponsor, Regency Construction Services, Inc. The event will be held under the starlit tents on Belle Avenue from 7 to 11 p.m. A VIP Reception will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. for those purchasing tickets at sponsorship levels and will include participative activities. Proceeds from Starry Night will benefit two worthwhile causes – Lakewood Hospital Diabetes and Endocrine Center and the Lakewood Arts Festival Scholarship Fund. Each year, Starry Night shines a little brighter with this year’s event featuring music from The Bottom Line Band with dancing under the stars, gourmet cuisine, and live and silent auctions of local artists’ interpretations of the theme, Summer Nights…Under the Stars. New this year will feature a wine cork raffle for the opportunity to win a delicious and unique bottle of wine or other fabulous packages. News Anchor and Senior Health Correspondent Monica Robins of WKYC-TV3 will emcee the event. “Once again, I am looking forward to Starry Night,” said Jack Gustin, President of Lakewood Hospital. “Having an opportunity to spend a summer evening with friends and colleagues, all while raising money for two important causes, makes Starry Night the premier event to attend this summer,” continued Gustin.
Join Puma Yoga as it celebrates its one-year anniversary on Saturday, August 8: all classes will be FREE that day to say thank-you to those who already practice at the studio and to encourage those who are interested in checking the studio out to stop by for a class or two! During the celebration, enjoy complimentary healthy snacks, enter drawings to win prizes, and much more!
My new life in America began in 1997. Walking all over Lakewood with my sister and her son became our only entertainment. We came from Tirana, the capital city of Albania, where nearly all the people walked or rode bicycles. The streets were always crowded and everyone was well dressed even for a trip to the grocery store. However, my walks in Lakewood, Ohio became a cultural shock experience.