Civic Groups

Ho-Ho-Ho Where To Go For Breakfast With Santa

The holidays are such a busy time of the year that actually slowing down for family fun can be a hard thing to do.  Never fear, the Friends of St. James offer you and your family and friends, an opportunity for good food, crafts, stories with Mrs. Claus, visits with Santa and a photo for remembrance!

Where can such a good time be had? Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at Brennan's Party Center, 13000 Triskett Road, on the Cleveland/Lakewood border. Please come and enjoy some family or just friends time starting at 9 a.m. continuing until 11:30 a.m.

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

Draw The Lines, Make The Rules

Democrats do it. Republicans do it. Independents would do it if they could, but they seldom get the chance. In 1812, when Massachusetts Governor Gerry redrew state senate districts to benefit his party, one Boston-area district was dubbed a salamander. Since 2011, our Northwest Ohio district has been called "the snake by the lake." Either way, it's called gerrymandering.

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

Rotary Sends Layettes To New Mothers In Nicaragua

On July 25, as an international service project, members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River prepared 50 Rotary-branded layette bags filled with products commonly available to new mothers in the United States for expectant mothers in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

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

Hen Keeping Permit Applications Now Available

Greeting from the Hens in Lakewood Committee! Lakewood City Council passed an ordinance in May which allows for pilot hen keepers to re-new their permits and an additional 13 households to apply to keep hens in 2016.

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

LWV Presents Land And Water Forum On West Side

The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland will present a free forum on stormwater management on Monday May 2, 2016 at 7p.m., at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake. Ms. Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, Deputy Director of Watershed Programs, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NORSD), will speak on "Land and Water: Fixing Combined Sewers and Managing Stormwater for Clean and Abundant Fresh Water."

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

Rotary Foundation Awards Over $56,000 In Grants

Over $56,000 in grants from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries for third graders, and help fund worthy programs by community organizations.

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

Rotary To Award Four Scholarships

The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Foundation is offering grants for study in any accredited post-high school educational institution. Four grants of $2,500 will be awarded toward the cost of one year’s tuition.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 11:28 AM, 03.01.2016

Swim-a-Thon To Benefit Two Organizations

Girls with Sole and the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River will be the beneficiaries of support from the sixth annual Swim-a-Thon on March 13 at the Rocky River Recreation Center pools from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 11:28 AM, 03.01.2016

Challenging White Supremacy Is Freedom Of Speech

I recently moved to Cranford Avenue, which is a few streets past downtown Lakewood and a few streets toward the Rocky River Loop. I moved there before November, and there were political signs a-plenty regarding the upcoming local election. A friend who has lived in Lakewood for a while said that come election season, Lakewood is known for having yard signs in the same way Parma, Ohio is known for pink flamingos. Lakewood is a political town with a politically-conscious community, which isn't bad and very reassuring. One of the first signs I noticed was a sign not too far from my apartment reading "Black Lives Matter" and a reference to a website for Showing Up For Racial Justice. 

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

Christmas Sale On The Grounds

The Lakewood Historical Society's annual Christmas Sale on the Grounds has everything you need for holiday decorating, entertaining and gift-giving.      

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.24.2015

Rotary Recognizes Edward Gallagher For Speech, Music, Arts Program Leadership

Edward P. Gallagher, director of education for the Beck Center, received a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River on November 15 in recognition of his 11 years running the club's speech, music and art awards program.

The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary in 1905. The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 and is usually reserved for individuals who contribute $1000 to the Rotary Foundation.

Each year, students from all Lakewood and Rocky River high schools are eligible to compete for scholarships that recognize their talents in speech, music and art.

"This annual event is a time to showcase our local schools, the students, and the power of speech and the arts. I am proud to work closely with Rotarians each year to make this event a way to bring students together as they strive to further develop skills that will serve them for a lifetime," Gallagher remarked.

"Personally, I enjoy being part of the process which turns the local spotlight on young talented musicians, outstanding artists and individuals who deliver speeches with passion under the framework of the Four-Way Test of Rotary."

Gallagher received the award at Rotary District 6630's Foundation Awards and Art Auction in Akron. Proceeds from the event support The Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund to help with local club grants and Rotary's End Polio Now campaign.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.24.2015

Club Delivers Dictionaries To Over 800 Third Grade Students

Once again this year, the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River purchased dictionaries for all third grade students in Lakewood and Rocky River.

Club members take the dictionaries into the classrooms and deliver them personally to each student. They then spend time talking to the students about how Rotary is active in their communities and internationally.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.24.2015

Kauffman Park Friends To Elect Officers

Kauffman Park Friends will meet in January to elect officer. The roles of president and vice president will be open. Other positions will be filled as necessary.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.24.2015

Big Turn Out For "Hens In Lakewood" Coop Tour

Sunday, September 20th was a brilliant, sunny, afternoon and perfect weather for the Hens in Lakewood Coop Tour. Over 150 people showed up to see first-hand how the city of Lakewood's hen pilot project is working. Nine of the eleven families who are in the hens pilot had a great time educating the visitors who came to their yards about all things hens.

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

Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club Career Tech Employer Recognition Dinner

Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club is excited to celebrate the Employers that create positions and internships for our West Shore Career Tech students from Lakewood, Rocky River, Bay Village, and Westlake High Schools. On October 20th at 5:15 p.m. at La Centre in Westlake this special event will recognize these important employers and host a panel to discuss integrating and keeping talent in the modern workplace.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 11:29 AM, 09.29.2015

Lakewood Collaborative Celebrates & Focuses On The Future

One of the original goals of the Lakewood Family Collaborative was to interconnect our community, linking social service agencies, schools, churches, mental health providers, treatment programs, citizens and any interested entities to one another. This vital connection helped increased the collaboration of participating organizations to better serve individuals and families throughout Lakewood and other western suburbs as well as parts of Cleveland.

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

Rep. Antonio To Host Legislative Update In Lakewood

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) will host a legislative update on August 24th from 3 pm to 5pm. The meeting will take place in the Multi-purpose room of the Lakewood Public Library-Main Branch.                              

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

Lakewood Democratic Club Annual Summer Supper And Fundraiser

The Lakewood Democratic Club is preparing for its Annual Summer Supper to be held at the Gardens at the Clifton Club, 17884 Lake Rd. in Lakewood. The event will be on Wednesday, July 22nd from 6-9 p.m. For over forty years, the Lakewood Democratic Club has supported the ideals of the Democratic Party by providing energizing speakers at every meeting including our elected leaders from State, Federal, County and City government, nonpartisan groups such as Policy Matters Ohio, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, AFL-CIO and Mr. PG Sittenfeld, Candidate for US Senate. The funds raised from this annual event supports the efforts for the upcoming election and club operations for 2016. 

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 3:05 PM, 07.07.2015

Rotary Awards Scholarships To Four Area High School Seniors

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River awarded four college scholarships at its June 8 meeting. Graduating seniors Alexis Mod and Anthony Mod from Rocky River High School and Molly Schmidt and Mary Chudy from Magnificat High School each received $2,500 awards from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 4:33 PM, 06.23.2015

Lakewood Family Collaborative Seeks “Helping Hands Award” Nominees

The Lakewood Family Collaborative, serving Lakewood and it's neighbors, is looking for those people in our community who serve and have made an impact. The Leadership Team of the Collab is choosing one outstanding candidate – an individual or organization – whose helping hands have made a stellar difference in the lives of the people served in our community. The honoree last year was Jason Weiner of The Beck Center of the Arts.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 6:10 PM, 04.14.2015

Rotary Foundation To Award Four Scholarships

The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Foundation is offering grants for study in any accredited post-high school educational institution. Four grants of $2,500 will be awarded toward the cost of one year’s tuition.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:41 PM, 03.17.2015

Rotary Foundation Awards Nearly $51,000 In Grants

Nearly $51,000 in grants from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries for third graders, and help fund worthy programs by community organizations.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:41 PM, 03.17.2015

2015 Lakewood Kiwanis Pizza Bake Off

The Fifth Annual Lakewood Pizza Bake-Off will take place again at Lakewood High School on Thursday, January 22, 2015. This is a chance for all Lakewood residents to try all the pizza shops in Lakewood in one place. After having the chance to sample the different purveyors from around town, Lakewood Kiwanis is asking you to vote for the best pizza. There will be several different categories including: People's Choice, Best Pepperoini Pizza, Best Specialty Pizza, Best Franchise Pizza and Best Franchise Pepperioini Pizza.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Be Your Own Hero!

Whether everyday emergencies like injuries, fires, and outages or large scale disasters, community preparedness starts with you. If you were there, would you be part of the problem or solution? 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. Teens welcome. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership. Team membership is not required to participate in the free training. Visit www.westshorecert.org for more program and team information. 

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Frank And Dean

The Friends of St. James,Inc. are sponsoring an evening of music, great food and fun at St. James (17514 Detroit, Lakewood) on September 26.

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

Western Cuyahoga County Democratic Clubs Combine Forces For Candidates Night

The combined western Cuyahoga County Democratic Clubs will join forces for a Tuesday, September 30, Candidates Night and early voting kickoff at 7 p.m., at the Rocky River Don Umerley Civic Center. The sponsoring Clubs include Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Westlake and Cleveland Stonewall. The Civic Center is located at 21016 Hilliard Boulevard.

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

Hens; Pets With Benefits

The Hens in Lakewood group is a bunch of Lakewood neighbors who want to keep backyard hens as useful pets. The information in this article comes from several reputable scientific and governmental sources, such as the United States Department of Agriculture, The Ohio State University, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and others. We are hoping to inform our fellow neighbors who may not be too sure of this idea. Many of our neighbors say "of course, this is SO Lakewood" or 'Lakewood is behind the times by not allowing residents to keep hens". But others aren't too sure yet. To these neighbors we say thanks for reading, and thanks for keeping an open mind. Here are some answers to some questions the Hens in Lakewood group has received.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:08 AM, 09.24.2014

Lakewood Adventure Guides Kicks Off Its New Year

The Lakewood YMCA Adventure Guides is also known as Lake Trail Nation (LTN). We are a group of about 60 families with over 175 members. Our members include single and married parents, grandparents, and of course, the kids we care about. We provide opportunities for adults and boys and girls age 5-12 to spend enjoyable, constructive time together, fostering companionship and an understanding for a foundation to lifelong friendship.

Some of our recent activities have included Tent Camping at different Ohio State Parks, a Halloween Party, Moon Rock Bowling, a Holiday Party, Game Night at the Y, Induction Camp out in the Metroparks, the Pinewood Derby, Marching in the Lakewood July 4th Parade, Camp Y-Noah, Pool Parties, Hiking, Biking, Community Service, Camp Fitch (Winter campout!), Model Rockets, and Skiing. Smaller groups of children the same age and gender with their parents, called Circles, also plan monthly activities such as jewelry making parties, movie nights, pumpkin carving, spa day, and other activities.

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Volume 10, Issue 18, Posted 4:37 PM, 09.02.2014

Golf Outing Fundraiser Is September 8 At Red Tail

The Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River, in conjunction with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Pillars of Lakewood, will have its annual golf outing at Red Tail Golf Club on Monday, September 8, with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 3:34 PM, 07.08.2014

League Of Women Voters Merger

The three local Leagues of Women Voters, LWV-Cuyahoga Area, with LWV-Shaker Heights and LWV-Cleveland Area have voted to merge forming one single League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland. The central League now encompasses all of Cuyahoga County, with nine chapters -- Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Rocky River, Westlake/North Olmsted, Cleveland Heights/University Heights, Hillcrest, Shaker Heights, and Cleveland Area. This merger will help the organization better meet its mission of encouraging an informed and engaged electorate.

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 3:28 PM, 07.08.2014

A Democratic Candidate's Night

A Democratic Candidate's Night will be held April 3, 7 p.m., at 20777 Lorain Road, in Fairview Park City Hall's Dunson Room. The event will feature invited candidates running for Cuyahoga County Executive, Armond Budish, Bob Reid and Shirley Smith, along with candidates for various judicial races, and a Democratic write-in candidate for the Cuyahoga County Council from District 1, Mark Szabo. Additionally, speakers from both sides of the Sin Tax Issue 7 have been invited. This informative evening is sponsored by West Shore Democrats, a coalition of the following groups; Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Westlake, Westside and Stonewall Democratic Clubs.

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

Foundation, District Grants to Fund Seeds of Service Project

A portable year-round greenhouse that will allow Magnificat High School students to expand on the school’s highly successful Seeds of Service project will be funded as the result of a $5,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River and Rotary District 6630. With construction of a hoop house greenhouse on Magnificat’s property, the project is slated to involve over 150 students and deliver more than 200 pounds of fresh, organically-grown produce to the Rocky River and Lakewood Food Banks. In addition to the greenhouse, funds from Rotary will be used for heavy duty gardening equipment and a commercial-grade produce scale.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 5:07 PM, 03.18.2014

Rotary Awards Over $46,000 In Grants

Over $46,000 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.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 8:46 PM, 03.04.2014

Rotary Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Foundation is offering grants for study in any accredited post-high school educational institution. Three grants of $2,500 and one grant of $1,000 will be awarded toward the cost of one year’s tuition.

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

BayComm Looking For Volunteer Members From Lakewood

BayComm is a group of residents from the westshore suburbs who volunteer their time training to provide communications to their families and other residents within a 10 mile radius. We all know that power goes out frequently, and that standard forms of communications can go down as well. That can be a scary time for residents who need assistance, but can't reach their local police or fire department. Working in coordination with CERT, another volunteer first responder organization, under FEMA, BayComm is working to develop a network of wireless communications amongst residents from all of the westshore suburbs, and beyond. Formed in 2012, we have members from Bay Village, Westlake, Rocky River, and Olmsted Falls, but we would like to expand our coverage to cities such as Lakewood, Fairview Park, and North Olmsted.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 5:55 PM, 02.04.2014

Are You Ready For The Next One?

Power outages, Superstorm Sandy, the Artic Vortex… “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. Visit www.westshorecert.org for more program and team information. 

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 4:08 PM, 01.21.2014

Rotarians Contribute To ShelterBox For Philippines Relief Effort

Since Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines Nov. 7, Rotarians and ShelterBox USA have been responding to the disaster providing funds and tangible relief to assist the thousands left homeless. Called the most powerful storm ever to make landfall, with winds of 195 mph and gusts up to 235 mph, Haiyan is reported to also be the largest storm ever recorded. The storm was over 300 miles wide, roughly equal to the distance between Boston and Philadelphia.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 4:08 PM, 01.21.2014

Thanksgiving Food Drive Underway ... Volunteers Needed!

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. 

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

Upstanders: The Power Of One

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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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 4:09 PM, 10.29.2013

FREE Disaster Preparedness Training With Special Invite To Veterans

“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.

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

Westshore CERT Launches New Website

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!

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 8:59 AM, 07.10.2013

Club Heading Effort To Provide Science Lab For School In Nepal

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 8:59 AM, 07.10.2013

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast At New Location May 19

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 10:52 PM, 05.14.2013

Council Meeting Of Monday, April 15

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.
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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:39 PM, 04.30.2013

Second Annual Welcome To Lakewood - A Very Welcoming Event!

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:39 PM, 04.30.2013

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.

 

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:37 PM, 04.16.2013

Volunteering No Longer ‘One Size Fits All’ Speaker Tells Club At April 1 Meeting

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.”

 

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:37 PM, 04.16.2013

Welcome To Lakewood

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.

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