Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp. (LCAC) provides Holiday Food Baskets for 600 needy Lakewood families and seniors each year. Currently, the annual Thanksgiving food drive to fill those baskets is underway at St. Edward High School and several Lakewood City schools.
Amidst the headlines of a government shutdown, chemical weapons in Syria, and Miley Cyrus, we can often weed out some positive news stories that are accounts of people doing some good in the world. Often we hear these good doers given accolades of being amazing, courageous heroes and heroines of our communities. But when we delve deeper, we often find that these individuals were faced with the common moral dilemma to act or be silent, and in those moments they chose to be upstanders. I often wonder what would happen if everyone made this life choice to be active rather than passive? If our communities had more upstanders, would empathy, integrity, and hope be more universal?
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“All disasters begin and end at the local level,” (FEMA). Community preparedness starts with you. The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, emergency medical considerations, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology, and more. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership.
The vision of the Westshore Regional CERT (WSC) is to make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to be both disaster resistant and disaster resilient. To further that vision and our mission, the WSC has launched a new website, www.westshorecert.org.
Originally and graciously hosted by the City of Westlake, the new site was created by and will be hosted by team member Michael Kinder and his company, M&K Kinder Design, LLC. Much of the design and content was developed by a committee of team members over the last year.
Serving Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River, and Westlake, the team’s goal is to provide an up-to-date local website that provides disaster preparedness tips, information and links, and encourages personal responsibility with regard to preparedness, prevention, and mitigation. Check it out! Bookmark it! Use it! Pass it on!
The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River has received approval for matching grants to help fund its project to outfit a Shree Chandeswory Higher Secondary School, the only high school in Nala Village, Kavrepalanchowk District, Nepal, with an updated science lab.
The project will provide over $12,600 for lab materials, physics, biology and chemistry cupboards and storage.
The Lakewood-Rocky River club will contribute $3,522 to the project. Rotary District 6630 will match the club’s contribution. Application has been made to The Rotary Foundation for the remainder of the funding.
The Lakewood Kiwanis Breakfast on May 19 will be at new location this year- Lakewood Catholic Academy.
What season is Lakewood Kiwanis season? It’s a trick question: Kiwanis offers a different fund-raising event every season. Spring, specifically the balmy but exhilarating month of May, belongs to the French Toast and Pancake Breakfast.
Although this event has been presented unchanged for many years, it will take place at a new location this year, namely, Lakewood Catholic Academy, 14808 Lake Avenue, just to the west of Lakewood park. The day is Sunday, May 19. The time is 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The meeting of Lakewood City Council was held on April 15th. It was preceded by an ad hoc meeting held for the purpose of reducing the number of committees that have continued to grow through the years, some of which no longer serve any purpose.
- A Tree Task Force has just been established. It’s purpose is to study and advise municipal officials, and the public recommending action on items involving trees on public and private and public land in Lakewood. It will be disbanded after 12 months.
- The Lakewood Youth Committee has been inactive for a long time, and is not required by the City Charter. Its function could be fulfilled by other agencies.
Many new residents of Lakewood, and a few who have been here for awhile, turned out on a cold, rainy spring evening to find out what makes their city a great place to live. They already knew it isn’t the weather. At the second annual Welcome to Lakewood event, held at Garfield Middle School, Wednesday evening, April 24th residents were able to learn from over 40 Lakewood organizations about the variety of activities that make life here vibrant, diverse, and which provide so many opportunities to be engaged in the community. Mayor Summers, City Council members, Lakewood School and Library staff were happy to talk with residents in a very casual and friendly atmosphere. Kids who attended really had fun with activities planned by Emmie Hutchinson and her wonderful volunteers from H2O. One young person said she was very disappointed to learn that she would have to wait a whole year to come back for some more fun.
Rotary Club Honors Speech, Music, Visual Arts Winners At Awards Night At The Beck Center On March 25
Winners of the Rotary annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony March 25 at the Beck Center for the Arts.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River, the competition showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of the five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.
“This annual event is a wonderful way to acknowledge the talents of our youth,” stated Ed Gallagher, Beck Center director of education, “and the quality work of the participants truly shows that the arts and creativity are alive and well in our community.” The Beck Center is a longstanding partner with the Rotary club for this competition.
For more than 40 years, Greater Cleveland Volunteers has worked to match volunteers with nonprofit and public service agencies throughout the greater Cleveland area.
The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River received an overview of the organization, its goals and services during its April 1 weekly meeting.
“It’s not a one size fits all when it comes to volunteers,” said Jan Vectirelis, GCV volunteer coordinator, who first started volunteering when she was just four years old.
Vectirelis says the “candy striper” volunteer model 40 years ago was much different than it is today. “It used to be we would send volunteers out and they would spend their time doing whatever tasks the project called for, like cooking or serving food. Nowadays, volunteers want to spend their time doing projects that match their particular skills. For example, a retired lawyer may be sent out to do legal work; a computer programmer might be sent somewhere where they need programming work.”
Save the date: Wednesday, April 24th, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Garfield Middle School, 13114 Detroit Ave.
We’ve been asking you to save the date for some time now because this will be the second annual Welcome to Lakewood event, and we wouldn’t want you to miss a chance to learn so much more about your new hometown. We want people to see and feel that Lakewood is a welcoming community, and to find ways for you to be engaged, involved, and we hope, to learn that this is the place you want to stay for a long time to come.
You will have a chance to chat with Mayor Summers, members of Lakewood City Council, Lakewood City Schools Superintendent Jeff Patterson, as well as other representatives. Many of Lakewood’s civic and service organizations will have tables and representatives to share information that you can take with you. Find out how these organizations are contributing to life in Lakewood. This will be a fun event with H2O holding activities for kids, and refreshments provided by Lakewood’s fabulous local bakeries.
Middle school students in the H2O program had a wonderful opportunity to hear a presentation by Erin Huber from "Drink Local, Drink Tap" in February which included a preview of her mid-feature length documentary, “Making Waves from Cleveland to Uganda.” (Visit www.drinklocaldrinktap.org for more information). She visited both Garfield Middle and Harding Middle School, telling kids there about her journey as an activist and environmental advocate. Erin, (named one of the Most Interesting People by Cleveland Magazine in 2012), has always been a person to passionately pursue her interests, especially when it comes to helping others. After an eye-opening visit to villages in Uganda that lacked any access to water (clean or otherwise) and no sewage, she focused her impressive energy on developing "Drink Local, Drink Tap." H2O is among its latest “wavemakers,” carrying out DLDT’s mission to “reconnect people with local water in tangible activities. These activities include educational events, beach cleanups, World Water Day celebrations, public speaking, art and film making.” Ultimately, Cleveland-area wavemakers learn to care for the enormous body of fresh water in our backyard and support other parts of the world that suffer from lack of access to water.
West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its noon luncheon on March 11 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.
The 15 students, top performers in their Career-Technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community.
Parents, employers, work supervisors and guests were among those in attendance. According to Nancy Ralls, West Shore Career-Technical District Career Development Coordinator, this is the sixteenth year the club has honored the Outstanding Student Award winners.
The Rotary club will present each student with a gift card and a plaque to honor their achievements at West Shore’s annual Career Passport and Student Recognition Assembly on May 21. Each award recipient is automatically nominated to receive the “Career-Technical Student of the Year Award” which will be announced at West Shore’s Career Passport and Student Recognition Assembly.
Our new LOKOL (Lakewood Observer Know Our Lakewood) Public Forum Series will kickoff with LakewoodAlive Executive Director, Ian Andrews, presenting a report on 2013 activity priorities. Mr. Andrews will also entertain community feedback and input during a Q&A and Discussion session.
All are welcome to this free event on Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Lakewood Public Library’s Multipurpose Room.
LOKOL (the acronym purposely sounds like “local”) forums are intended to be interactive and are designed to help The Lakewood Observer Project reach our mission and goal: to attract, articulate, and amplify civic intelligence and community good will in the city of Lakewood and beyond (mission) in order to help Lakewood residents and neighbors learn as much as possible about the city (goal).
The Hens in Lakewood Committee has featured several Lakewood families who support the notion of responsible hen keeping in Lakewood. Several businesses have come out to support this issue as well. The first business we interviewed was Glenn from Lakewood Hardware.
Name of Business: Lakewood Hardware.
Please describe your business: It is a hardware store of the type you remember before the hardware super stores came to town. When you go into our store and say, "How do I -----?" there is someone there who will tell you and show you exactly what you need.
Where are you located? 16608 Madison Ave.
Why did you decide to open a business in Lakewood? After 4 years of working outside the hardware trade and the huge void left by the 3 remaining hardware stores closing their doors within a very short period of time it was painfully obvious to my wife and I that this town was in need and would support a hardware store.
This is the final story in a three-part series featuring special people and organizations that have a unique relationship with Help to Others, H2O, a Lakewood institution that is celebrating its 20th year of teaching and inspiring middle- and high-school students to volunteer and do what they can to make the world a better place.
Thousands of people have been touched by H2O’s service learning program during the past two decades. Here is just one of those stories.
For close to 19 years, Celia Dorsch and H2O were synonymous. The two remain inextricably linked.
As H2O’s founding coordinator, Dorsch has often been described as the heart and soul of the nationally recognized youth volunteer program. But if you ask her, she’ll argue that she was one of many who made it successful and that H20 benefited from a little help from the universe.
The stars aligned at its inception when the City's Division of Youth proposed to create and staff a unique new program that would provide a framework for students to volunteer and make a difference in their community. The idea was embraced by Lakewood City Schools and a partnership was formed, allowing H2O staff to launch its initial program at Lakewood High School.
The second annual Welcome to Lakewood event is planned for Wednesday, April 24th, 7 – 9 p.m. at Garfield Middle School. Last year’s event was very well attended, and had such an enthusiastic response, that it was decided to make this an annual event. Lakewood is a great community, and by coming to Welcome to Lakewood, new residents (old ones are welcome, too) can find out about local civic organizations and services, and ways to get involved in the community. In a friendly, informal atmosphere, come and get great information, enjoy delicious treats, find fun activities for the kids, and leave feeling a greater connection to the people and place where you live. Save the date and watch for more information. Welcome to Lakewood is being sponsored by Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission and the Lakewood Family Collaborative.
One of the well-known quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asks: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" H2O volunteers answered that reflective question by committing their time to volunteering in their community on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In doing so, they have become part of a movement to turn the national holiday into a “day on, not a day off.” This call to action reminds us to make service part of our daily lives and to generate kindness at every opportunity. The work done by these Lakewood kids exemplifies that concept.
Student leaders played a large role in the event by brainstorming service site potentials, advertising the event to their peers, planning activities, following up with registrants, and extra responsibilities on the day of the event. There were 40 students who went to six different sites. One group went to the Westerly and helped residents there sort donated pet food with My Best Friend’s Bowl, a local organization dedicated to providing a temporary supply of food to the people in our community and their pets, with the goal of keeping pets and their owners together. Another inter-generational event took place at Crestmont North Nursing Home, where volunteers played games with elderly residents. Others had the chance to interact with small children when they went to Lakewood Child Care Center to help with flu-season disinfection of play areas. Eighteen students who participate in Asian Services in Action (ASIA)’s tutoring program joined our volunteers for a morning of enriching crafts and games (and had a great time!). Another group had the opportunity to set up an apartment for a newly-arriving refugee family, through a partnership with Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services.
That “The World Lives in Lakewood” was the idea celebrated at the third annual Diversity Potluck, held at the Lakewood Women’s Pavilion Thursday evening, January 24th. The evening was sponsored by the Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission (LCRAC) and Lakewood High School’s Race and Diversity (RAD) and Identity Clubs. With snow all around, the Pavilion was a warm and welcoming place for individuals and families of Lakewood to talk and get acquainted, and to enjoy an abundance of home-cooked food representing family and cultural traditions, along with the generous donations of food from Lakewood businesses including Italian Creations, Deagan’s, Create-a-Cake, Giant Eagle, and St. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Church.
Before dinner, Kathy Curran, President of The Goddess Temple, was asked to give a blessing. After dinner, the RAD and Identity Club students were asked to share the goals and activities of their organizations so we could all understand the issues that they face. The RAD students: Dominique Lee, Rokeishia Smith, Bilal Shah, and Darnelle Crenshaw-El said that the group has encouraged conversation and advocacy, and tries to learn from what has happened in the past in order to change the future. They have had a spoken-word night with an open mic, along with H2O participated in a Day of Service for Martin Luther King Day, and assisted in the Community Conversation on "The Other Wes Moore." They have been very involved with Facing History and Ourselves, learning how to combat discrimination and prejudice through responsible actions. All are graduating seniors, and all had a great deal of praise for the support and encouragement of their faculty advisor, Mr. Joe Lobozzo.
Were you prepared for Superstorm Sandy? Be part of the solution for yourself, your family, and your neighbors. Community preparedness starts with you, whether it’s preparing for a hurricane, an extended power outage, a pandemic, or a severe winter storm. The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, basic injury assessment and medical treatment, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology, and much more. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership.
Each year, the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River provides grants to support 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that serve our two communities. Non-profits are invited to submit applications for grants that historically have ranged from $500 to $2,500.
Each year, the club attempts to refine its selection process to focus on the changing needs of our communities. This year, the club is emphasizing activities in the areas of job training, youth leadership, and health ministries.
Other changes to the grants process include:
To engage the whole community in this year’s choice for Lakewood Reads, "The Other Wes Moore, a Community Conversation," a meeting was held on Wednesday evening, November 14th at The University of Akron Lakewood. The evening was jointly sponsored by the Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission (LCRAC), the Lakewood Family Collaborative, Lakewood Alive, and the University of Akron Lakewood. Four panelists were invited to share their personal and professional experiences relevant to the compelling story of two young men with the same name and similar backgrounds, but whose lives go in very different directions. To leave with a better understanding of the forces at work for and against the youth of Lakewood was the primary objective of the evening.
The discussion was guided by a set of questions presented by Joe Lobozzo, history teacher at Lakewood High School and a member of LCRAC, who moderated the evening. Assisting Mr. Lobozzo were two seniors from Lakewood High School, Rokeishia Smith, who hopes to attend Case Western Reserve University, and Dominique Lee, who is applying to Cleveland State University. Both Rokeishia and Dominique had been involved in the week of activities at the school centered on hearing Mr. Moore live, and interacting with him through Skype.
Once again this year, the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River personally distributed dictionaries to every third grade student in Lakewood and Rocky River. Since 2003, the club has given dictionaries to over 7,263 students.
Members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River have donated nearly $4,000 to help victims of Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island, NY, one of the areas hardest hit by the storm.
sure that the appropriate goods and services (including alternate housing arrangements) reach those affected by Sandy in the most efficient manner possible.
Earlier this month, Phil Ardussi, president-elect of the local club, contacted Professor Dong-Joon Lee, a past district governor and member of the Staten Island club, to learn how Rotarians here could help.
Here is a biography of another wonderful Lakewood family hoping to responsibly keep hens. This interview was compiled by the Hens in Lakewood committee.
What street do you live on? Robinwood (north of the high school).
How long have you lived in Lakewood? My wife and I have lived in Lakewood since 1989. We are still living in the same house that we purchased 23 years ago.
Why do you choose to live in Lakewood? Prior to settling here, my wife grew up exclusively in Elyria and I spent a few years living briefly in Strongsville, Brookpark, and Cleveland (along with stints in cities in several Mid-East and East Coast states). The decision to move into Lakewood was relatively simple: affordable housing, good schools and public utilities, and a "compact" city center that made everything from going to the grocery store, to the post office or a restaurant easy. We've lived on a street where we know our neighbors and have been able to enjoy impromptu gatherings on our front porches or the sharing of potluck dinners.
Two boys growing up in Baltimore, just blocks apart, in fatherless homes, sharing the same name; one became a success in life--a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, business leader, author, husband and father. The other was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. The question the author tries to answer is: What made the difference?
"The Other Wes Moore" was the choice for Lakewood Reads, an annual community-wide summer reading program established by Lakewood High School, now in its second year. The students are being engaged in a number of activities centered around the book. A group of 50 are going to Akron to hear Wes Moore speak in person, another group will have an opportunity to speak to Mr. Moore remotely through Skype, and the entire school is engaging in a week of activities focusing on identity, decision-making, values, peer support, and goal-setting.
Members of Chapter 39 of Veterans For Peace will again commemorate Veteran's Day with readings of battlefield letters and statements written by US service personnel fighting America's wars from 1776 through Afghanistan.
"The personal experience of warfare, told by a person actually involved and written to persons who are dear or dearest to the warrior, often reveal war's grim realities more realistically and objectively than is usually conveyed by TV and other media," said Mary Reynolds Powell, Chapter 39 spokesperson. "The truth these real warriors know is that there's no glory in killing other human beings. Or being killed by them."
Powell served as an army nurse in Vietnam.
"By recreating the personal voices of these veterans, some of whom perished in combat, we return them to current reality for some brief time, both to honor them, and to learn from them," she said.
Here is a biography of another Lakewood neighbor hoping to responsibly keep hens. This interview was compiled by the Hens in Lakewood committee.
What street do you live on? Orchard Grove
How long have you lived in Lakewood? I just bought my house in February. I rented for a year before that.
Why do you choose to live in Lakewood? I love Lakewood because I can ride my bike everywhere and there is always something to do. The library is awesome, there is always live music and I still haven't tried all the different restaurants. I love that I can get all of my needs met at the local businesses instead of big chains. Until a month ago, I didn't even own a car.
Here is another family of "hen hopefuls": the Neal Family (Gregg Sr., Angel, Gregg Jr. and Payton). Biography information compiled by the Hens in Lakewood committee.
What street do you live on? Garfield Avenue.
How long have you lived in Lakewood? We started renting in Lakewood over 14 years ago. When it was time to start a family, we knew Lakewood was the city that we wanted our children to call home, so we purchased a house on Garfield Avenue, where we reside today with our two boys and our Chihuahuas.
Why do you choose to live in Lakewood? Even though Lakewood is a city, it has the feeling of a small, tight-knit town. People who live in Lakewood actually care about keeping their community beautiful, supporting local business, funding the school system, and focusing on the wonderful meaning of diversity! We want our children to understand that these are the traits that make a person a good citizen and allow them to actually become a part of their community.
If you saw the last issue of the Lakewood Observer, you saw the first bioraphy of a "hen hopeful". The Hens in Lakewood committee is highlighting some "hen hopefuls", so that Lakewood can learn about who wants hens, and why. Here is another wonderful Lakewood family to discuss their point of view on the popular issue of responsble hen keeping in Lakewood.
What street do you live on? Hazelwood
How long have you lived in Lakewood? I lived in Lakewood from third grade through my graduation from Lakewood High. I moved back about five years ago when it came time to settle down, buy a house and start raising a family.
Why do you choose to live in Lakewood? I love the architecture. I love how diverse the population is from income, race, ethnicity and to the sheer variety of interesting people you encounter. As for being a great place to raise a family: I value walkability, affordability, great schools and police as well as the many green spaces, parks and other children to play with. Unlike many other communities; you still see children out and about, neighbors talking and people looking out for their friends and neighbors.
Chances are if you’re ready to battle zombies, you’re ready to handle any emergency or disaster. Community preparedness starts with you, whether it’s for the walking dead, and extended power outage, or a severe winter storm. The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, basic injury assessment and medical treatment, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology, and much more. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership.
The Hens in Lakewood committee is highlighting some "hen hopefuls", so that Lakewood can learn about who wants hens, and why. Frank and Jen Revy, are our featured family of this issue, with others in the coming weeks.
What street do you live on? Riverway Drive.
How long have you lived in Lakewood? Frank: I was born and raised here, bought my first house in Cleveland about 10 years ago, and moved back July of 2011 with Jen and the kids.
Why do you choose to live in Lakewood? Frank and Jen: great schools and a wonderful, open minded, diverse, interesting community.
On July 30, tickets go on sale for the Lakewood Historical Society's biennial "Come Home To Lakewood" house tour. Always a sell-out, the house tour lets us satisfy that voyeuristic tendency in all of us. (Admit it—you love walking at night when the lights are on so you can see in people's houses—we all do!) The tour will be on Sept. 9 from 1 to 6 p.m.
The inherent character of an antique home is enough reason to see the residences on this year's tour. Equally interesting, though, are two adjacent Madison Avenue commercial properties, as the current owners have interpreted their spaces to suit the needs of their businesses. David Krebs, of AoDK Architecture, and Charity D’Amato, of Chartreuse graphic design studio, spend long hours at work when in the midst of a project. Both need space that is not only functional for their work, but serves as a home away from home. You’ll be fascinated to see how both have even incorporated outdoor spaces into their offices. David took a mid-century Lawson’s store, more recently the Cat Clinic, and turned it into an open, contemporary space filled with the tools of his trade. Charity’s interior design is also contemporary, with chartreuse accents playing a major role. Both businesses have received awards for the exteriors of their buildings from the Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board. With offices like these, their employees must look forward to going to work every day!
Lakewood Kiwanis will once again be serving up their delicious hot dogs at the Arts Festival, Saturday August 4.
In addition to the hot dogs and trimmings, there will be candy and snacks for sale at Pete’s Table.
Pete’s Table is a Kiwanis institution, begun and managed for years by the late Pete McGrew, Kiwanis president and Life Member. He would sell a wide variety of candies as well as a few household items to Kiwanis members and guests at the weekly meetings. Once a year he would present the club with a handsome check representing the proceeds of his initiative.
Since Pete’s death, other members have carried on the tradition of Pete’s Table, branching out from the Kiwanis meetings to various fund-raising events – such as the Arts Festival.
Four graduating seniors were awarded scholarships by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its luncheon meeting on June 4. Mark Moskwa and Alaina Valkoff from Rocky River High School and Claire Bierge from Lakewood High School received $2,500 awards; Lakewood High School senior Michael Warren received a $1,000 award. In addition to outstanding academic achievement, the four were chosen for their extracurricular and community involvement. The Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation funded the scholarships.
Local youth entrepreneurs will fan across the city setting up lemonade stands on June 30, 2012 as part of Lemonade Day Northeast Ohio. Coinciding with the CityWideStreetSale, this innovative, nation-wide program helps teach youth about being an entrepreneur by starting, owning, and operating his or her own business.
Having begun in Houston, Texas in 2007, the program has spread from 2,700 to 120,000 youths in 2011 across 31 cities in America and Canada.
On Thursday, May 24, the youth volunteers of H20 and Harding Middle School hosted a remembrance ceremony to mark Memorial Day. Guests of honor included our area military veterans who were served breakfast, followed by a ceremony attended by the student body.
Of particular note was the presence of three former Lakewood educators, all of whom had served in the Second World War. Maynard "Doc" Unger, former Garfield teacher, had been an Army Air Corps radio operator on a B-17, who had been shot down over Germany and spent nearly 2 years as a P.O.W.. Dr. Richard Dutro had served as a teacher and an administrator for the Lakewood Schools, and had also served with the U.S. Army in Europe. Robert Rice had been a Lakewood music teacher, as well as a band, orchestra, and choral director at Harding School. Rice served with the 336th Army Band, and with the Chemical Warfare Service in the American Theater of Operations.
Remember the Northeast Blackout of 2003? No lights, refrigeration, gas pumps or computers, jammed cell phone lines – until the towers fail, along with weakening water pumps. In an extended power outage there would eventually be no way besides radio to communicate across town or across the region. We hope and pray this or a more serious scenario never occurs just like we hope not to be in a traffic accident. But we buy insurance for motor vehicle accidents anyway, don’t we? Should we not then establish communication insurance for our families, businesses, government assistance, and supply chains? If you are a CB radio or Ham radio operator, please consider becoming part of a civilian team of communicators that will be ready to serve the community when needed.
The Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) organization was created in September of 1982 to promote civic involvement through public interest in the general improvement of the environment of Lakewood. The volunteer board initiates, plans and coordinates programs for litter prevention, solid waste reduction, recycling and green space beautification. New programing is always being developed, and new volunteers are always welcome.
Winners of the annual Rotary Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony March 27 at the Beck Center for the Arts.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River, the competition showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of the five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.
“This annual event is a wonderful way to acknowledge the talents of our youth,” said Ed Gallagher, Beck Center director of education, “and the quality work of the participants truly shows that the arts and creativity are alive and well in our community.” The Beck Center is a longstanding partner with the Rotary club for this competition.
Over $37,000 from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries, and fund grant requests made by Lakewood and Rocky River community organizations.
The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River began presenting the awards on March 27, when student winners in the club’s annual speech, music and art competition were recognized at an awards ceremony and reception at the Beck Center.
West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its noon luncheon on March 12 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.
Are you and your family prepared for a local emergency or widespread disaster? Community preparedness starts with you! The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, basic injury assessment and medical treatment, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology, and much more. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership.
On Saturday, March 3, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., several hundred Lakewoodites will congregate at the Masonic Temple (Andrews and Detroit). All ages will be represented at this traditional gathering, from teen-age Key Club members attending tables to retirement-age Kiwanis members behind the serving pans.
The occasion is of course the Lakewood Kiwanis’s annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, prepared under the chefmanship of Tom Arnold from Don’s Pomeroy House in Strongsville. Salad, desert pastries, coffee and soft drinks will also be on the menu.
Tickets are $8.00, and can be bought at the door or from Kiwanis members. Children under five years of age can eat all they want for free.
A 50-50 raffle will be held, with proceeds going to The Eliminate Project which strives for the elimination of maternal tetanus in third-world countries.
In addition, a $30 gift certificate to Angelo’s Pizza will be raffled off.
Some 600 pizza-tasters crowding the LHS East Cafeteria at the January 27 Lakewood Kiwanis Club Pizza Bake-Off – that is a definition of success by any standards, and by some standards the most successful LKC fund-raiser ever.
The event netted $4700, all for groups and projects serving the Lakewood community, as well as providing an evening of fun and companionship for those in attendance.
The key to LKC’s success was community involvement, in this case the 14 pizzerias that furnished their wares for attendees to sample.
How would you answer these questions?
- Are you the kind of person who loves dogs?
- Do you like to smile and have a good time?
- Do you enjoy making new friends and socializing?
- Do you have the belief that giving of your time, talents and skills is the “right thing to do” to give back to your community?
- Are you the kind of person who has energy, helpful ideas and works well with other people to accomplish goals and to feel self satisfied?
If most of your answers were YES, you’re in good company!
On November 16th, a unique partnership of groups and individuals including the City of Lakewood, Lakewood Historical Society, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, citizens of Lakewood, and Lakewood Catholic Academy’s Green Team all came together to install a rain garden on the east side of the Oldest Stone House in Lakewood Park. The site was chosen in partnership with the City of Lakewood, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, and Lakewood Historical Society, who wanted to have better drainage around the Oldest Stone House to better preserve the historical structure’s foundation. After a lot of planning and leadership by Lakewood City Councilman Tom Bullock, the garden was completed with the efforts of these groups.
Again this year, the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River purchased dictionaries for all 776 third grade students in Lakewood and Rocky River.
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, leaf 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.
Stew Buchannan (left), past district governor for Rotary 6630, has presented Jim Lechko, member of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River, with the Rotarian of the Year Award for 2010-2011, in recognition of Lechko's outstanding leadership and service to the district and Rotary. There are 56 clubs in the Northeast Ohio district with over 2,300 members.
On October 22nd, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., the Lakewood Historical Society hosts its second annual Vintage Varieties sale at the Skate House at Lakewood Park, just behind the Oldest Stone House, 14710 Lake Avenue. This sale was intended to feature small furniture, of which we have a nice array, but we've also received donations of some beautiful larger items Of note are a TV armoire; two corner china cabinets- one in gleaming cherry and one in lustrous oak; two dining room tables; a Victorian reproduction parlor set; wicker porch furniture and a most precious vintage child's roll-top desk and swivel chair. You'll also find architectural salvage, including two porch rail sections; 35 leaded windows (double-hung, casement & fixed) and a pair of French doors to match. There will be vintage hardware, vintage and contemporary lamps and light fixtures; artwork in all styles and sizes; home decor items and some things that are just plain fun- like boxes of rocks. Just looking at all the interesting stuff will be a treat, but at these prices, better bring a truck! Don't miss this sale!
The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood will be selling donuts on Thursday and Friday, October 27 and 28. I have already sung the praises of Kiwanis donuts, so I don’t need to tell you that they are the highlight of the autumn season. Instead, I will provide the details:
The Gold Coast Follies is a musical variety group made up of seniors from Lakewood and the Greater Cleveland Area. Members range in age from 60 to 95 and are dedicated to staying active, having fun and making others smile.
H2O, “Help to Others” has had a remarkable start to the 2011-2012 school year. The students are energized and responsive to the many volunteer opportunities that have been presented to them. This first month has included some events that are familiar to the program, such as the Lakewood Community Festival, Harrison PTA Child care for meetings, Ronald McDonald House, Trinity Lutheran Community Outreach’s Food Distribution, and the Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration in the Cleveland Metroparks.
It started as a project to celebrate “Make a Difference Day” and has become a treasured favorite event for Lakewood families: PUMPKIN PALOOZA is coming up! On Saturday, October 29, the east end of Lakewood High School will be transformed into a Halloween funland, with games, prizes, activities, food and of course…pumpkins! The best part of all is that the entire event is a fundraiser to benefit the Lakewood Community Services Center and the Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation. In addition to donating the proceeds to these local agencies, attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated as well. Pumpkin Palooza is brought to you by H2O “Help to Others,” The City of Lakewood, Lakewood City Schools, Lakewood Hospital, Lakewood Public Library, Lakewood Non-Profit & Civic Organizations, LHS Student Organizations, Lakewood Early Childhood Professionals, and the generosity of Pumpkin Palooza sponsors.
The Fifth Annual Light Up Lakewood festival will take place this year on December 3. This year, thanks to the generous sponsorship by David Stein of Plantation Home, LakewoodAlive is instituting the First Annual Light Up Lakewood Festival King and Queen Scholarship for college. This scholarship is open to any Lakewood resident that is currently a high school sophomore or junior druing this 2011–2012 school year.
A $500 scholarship will be awarded to one male and one female recipient on December 3. The deadline to submit applications is October 14, 2011. The scholarship recipients must agree to various obligations including attending the Light Up Lakewood Festival on December 3 and dedicating 20 hours of volunteer service to the community between December 4, 2011 and June 15, 2012.
Is it presumptuous to suggest that the United States government would do well to look at the way Lakewood Kiwanis chooses its president? Let’s look at the facts.
The verb of the day was “Persevere.” A collection of middle-school aged campers and other various adults sat on the floor of the Lakewood High School L-Room, reflecting on the word “persevere” and listening to a former student at LHS talk about his life story and his most recent accomplishment. The students were all part of the H2O (Help to Others) Summer Service Camp, a City of Lakewood Division of Youth summer camp that stresses the importance of community and service work by providing middle school kids chances to actually engage in volunteer work and community building every day of camp. The speaker was a man with the nickname “Dee”. He had been a Lakewood High Class of 2008 graduate, a former soccer teammate of mine, and had then gone on to Denison University. He had just run 117 miles in less than 3 days.
Members of the public are invited to join Lakewood Kiwanians on August 24 as they celebrate 90 years of service to our community at the Clifton Club, 17884 Lake Road.