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Horace Mann Families Give Books To Hospitalized Children

Big cheers to the amazing Horace Mann students, parents and grandparents who collectively gathered a treasure trove of new books to bring joy to children hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic. 

The power of giving was on full display during the Scholastic Book Fair organized by Horace Mann's PTA on Grandperson's Day as many were so generous with their book purchases to donate! Your thoughtfulness is sure to make a positive impact on the young patients.

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Volume 20, Issue 5, Posted 1:44 PM, 02.21.2024

Help Plan Merl-Bunts Park February 28

The Lakewood Planning Department will hold a meeting Feb. 28 from 4-6 PM in the Cove Community Center Family Room to discuss Merl-Bunts Park.
If you're unable to attend in-person, you may share your input here: https://ow.ly/qJZb50QAbmb The survey is open until March 6.v

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Kira Krivosh For Common Pleas Judge

Kira Krivosh

In Lakewood, the Krivosh family is known for their restaurants, but Kira Krivosh is making her own name based on her public service.

Her father- and mother-in-law, Mickey and Patty Krivosh, founded Around the Corner, a mainstay for good food, drink and entertainment in 1974. The family opened the more upscale Georgetown in 2011 and VOSH, a wedding and event space adjacent to the warehouse in 2013. Kira’s husband, Ryan and his sister Jennifer manage both restaurants.

Kira is running to be a judge on the Court of Common Pleas General Division with the endorsement of the County Democratic Party, Cleveland.com/The Plain Dealer and a
slew of unions including North-Shore AFL-CIO and the Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council.

Kira’s 14 years legal career includes civil and criminal law and experience at the federal, county and municipal court levels, as well as judicial experience as a magistrate. As a magistrate handling complex support enforcement cases for nearly three years, Kira makes high-stakes decisions that shape the course of families’ lives. She both holds wrongdoers accountable, and sets people up to succeed by connecting them to supportive services. The warrant recall program she assisted with helps people become more productive citizens and gives them a fresh start.

During her eight years as an Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Kira and her team helped secure $17.6 million for families and children in Cuyahoga County. She also
gained valuable criminal experience during her time with the Garfield Heights Law Department.

 

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Gluten In Beauty Products

A sampling of some of our gluten free products.

In our salon a client told me of her extreme sensitivity to gluten. I looked up "What is gluten?" having known it was in food, but why beauty products? Gluten is a protein, oil or extract from grains. It may cause skin reactions such as itchiness and rashes.

If your sensitivity is mild, you can use products with gluten. Just make sure to wash your hands and keep it away from your eyes.

If you are allergic or intolerant, we have some gluten free products: Paul Mitchell, All Nutrient, Hempz-- all shampoos, lotions, and hair styling products. Knowing there are gluten free products available, there are no worries if you feel you'd be better without it. I was glad the client let me know so that we could pick out the right things for her.

A small place with people with product knowledge can save a person trying to read that very small print on bottles. At our customers' request we have now added even more products to our store within our salon.

Bonnie Fencl is the owner of Carabel Beauty Salon & Store located at 15309 Madison Avenue. A full service salon for females of all ages. 216-226-8616

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Volume 20, Issue 4, Posted 1:44 PM, 02.21.2024

Sticks And Stones

Many years ago, 56 to be exact, I was in First Grade and was moved to a special education class; they said I was a slow learner. While in that class, mainstreamed sudents called us many names that were not pleasant. When I told my mother, the advice she gave was: "Sticks and Stones will break your bones, but names will never hurt you." 

Not to throw my Mom under the bus, but on this one she was wrong.

Words can tear down or build up a person or relationship and they can hurt, and in some cases be remembered for a lifetime. For example, when your boss compliments you on a job well done, you feel really good. When your significant other tells you the relationship is over, you feel bad. The list goes on and for both uplifting words and those used to put others down in a mean way.

We should make every effort to use words that create a positive result or a positive behavior change.

Gregory Norris is a 30-year Corporate Security Professional and 20-year Golf and Life Skills Coach with First Tee who enjoys writing.

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Scholarship Opportunity For Women

College Club West is offering scholarships for women over age 25 who are seeking a 4-year degree or a graduate degree in any field. The candidates must be residents of Cuyahoga County or surrounding counties. The scholarships will be offered for the academic year 2024-2025 and will be in the amount of $2000 or more.  Each candidate must complete the application process which can be found on the College Club West website at http://www.collegeclubwest.org/scholarships and submit all required documents by March 15, 2024. 

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"Captured!" A World War II Memoir

Before shipping out to European battlefields in the late summer of 1944, a 23 year old Clevelander and Cathedral Latin graduate named Hugh O’Neill had paid a visit to his mother and extended family who lived in a large 4-plex on East Blvd near University Circle. By September 1944 he was training near Cherbourg and waiting for his 3rd Army infantry unit under the command of General George S. Patton to start their march across France. O’Neill subsequently fought, and had survived many consequential battles such as the attack on Metz, the Battle of the Bulge, and the siege of Bastogne.

While on a counter-reconnaissance mission along the German Siegfried line in January 1945, Sgt. O’Neill and the men with him took shelter from the cold winter night inside what they thought was an abandoned Nazi bunker. It turned out to be a ruse. The Germans returned and attacked the bunker so savagely that 20 Americans lay dead within it. Sgt. O’Neill, himself wounded, was dragged unconscious from the bunker, but alive! This is where his story begins.

The details of O’Neill’s ordeal at the hands of the Germans were unknown and untold until a personal and unpublished manuscript he’d written his POW experience in the early 50’s was discovered after his death in 2001. Now, for the first time, his story has been preserved in a new book titled: “CapturedA World War II Memoir.” This same story has also found a permanent home in the Library of Congress-Veterans History Project.

What makes O’Neill’s POW story stand apart from other WWII POW stories is the nature of his captivity. Rather than being summarily executed or placed in a POW camp (which were overflowing by then), O’Neill and hundreds of other Allied prisoners were forced on a 4-month long “death” march across the roads of southern Germany without proper clothing, food, or shelter. Meanwhile, Germany's armies, its infrastructure, and its civilians were being destroyed all around them. 

 

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Upcoming Events

Vietnamese Art: Its History, Traditions and Modern Flourishing

Presented by Katie Kilory Blaser

Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

Join Katie Kilroy Blaser of the Cleveland Museum of Art's Asian Art Department for a discussion of the beauty of Vietnamese art from its rich traditions to modern art scene. Learn more about Vietnamese art with a particular focus on blue-and-white ceramics and modern painting.

Vietnam Program-Documentary

Bolinao 52 (2007)

Directed by Duc Nguyen

Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

A Vietnamese ship with refugees was stranded in the Pacific Ocean in 1988. During their thirty-seven days at sea, the group encountered violent storms, engine failures and abject hunger and thirst. The fifty-two out of the one-hundred-and-ten boat people who survived were rescued by Filipino fishermen who brought them to Bolinao in the Philippines.  English and Vietnamese with English subtitles.

 

Presented by Katie Kilory Blaser

Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

Join Katie Kilroy Blaser of the Cleveland Museum of Art's Asian Art Department for a discussion of the beauty of Vietnamese art from its rich traditions to modern art scene. Learn more about Vietnamese art with a particular focus on blue-and-white ceramics and modern painting.

Vietnam Program-Documentary

Bolinao 52 (2007)

Directed by Duc Nguyen

Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

A Vietnamese ship with refugees was stranded in the Pacific Ocean in 1988. During their thirty-seven days at sea, the group encountered violent storms, engine failures and abject hunger and thirst. The fifty-two out of the one-hundred-and-ten boat people who survived were rescued by Filipino fishermen who brought them to Bolinao in the Philippines.  English and Vietnamese with English subtitles.

 

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Mayor's Corner

Our team at City Hall aggressively and persistently seeks out resources from federal, state, regional, and county sources to support public projects, capital needs, and programs. By doing this, our goal is to ensure that Lakewood consistently secures our fair share of public dollars for our city. Lakewood often seems like a quiet small town because you get to know your neighbors and can walk to meet all your daily needs. Because of that, we can forget that our city is actually our state’s most densely populated, with the 16th most residents in Ohio. Given this, Lakewood is justified in seeking a meaningful share of public dollars beyond our municipal taxes.

Through the creative efforts of our Directors and their departmental staff, we have had significant success recently. That includes securing dollars for projects big and small and from all levels of government. These can be larger projects like getting the County Public Works Department to prioritize millions of federal dollars and oversee the resurfacing of Hilliard Boulevard in 2023. Or they can be smaller but still highly impactful efforts like successfully advocating to NOACA to provide $120,000 toward the cost of a new transportation van for our Division of Aging that will connect seniors in need to key services. Other recent examples are working with County Councilman Dale Miller to secure $1.5 million in ARPA funds and obtaining grants from the Ohio EPA to our combined Refuse and Recycling Center and upcoming Animal Shelter on Berea Road as well as $75,000 in combined grants from ODNR and Cuyahoga County for tree planting. This is just a sample of the millions in outside government dollars Lakewood was able to secure or implement last year.

 

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Lakewood Clock Repair

Do you have a treasured clock in need of professional attention?

Look no farther than Lakewood Clock Repair. Located in the Lakewood Uptown neighborhood you will find Lakewood Clock Repair, at 15725 Madison Avenue.  The shop was quietly opened this past January by longtime Lakewood resident, Alan Rue. Along Alan’s side you will also find Andrew Bracken, who joined Lakewood Clock Repair this past month. The duo bring 50 years of combined clock repair experience to the Lakewood/Cleveland area.

As you look in the storefront window, you will see a number of clocks on prominent display. Each clock comes with its own story.

Inside, visitors find a well-equipped workshop with various dedicated work stations. The bright yellow and orange walls not only show the owner's personality; they also brighten the shop, while showcasing the various clocks that are in for repair. The pool table green flooring provides a comfortable yet professional feel. The color was very specifically chosen to ensure any errant part that may find its way to the floor is quickly and easily found.

Beyond the visual experience, Lakewood Clock Repair is also an auditory experience. The passage of time is counted by the ticking of various clocks in the shop for repair.  Then, at regular intervals, the ticking sounds are interrupted by the announcement of the current time. The announcment is always changing with various combinations of striking, gonging, dinging, and melodies. The most imersive experience is at the top of the hour.

The shop does keep regular hours on Tue, Wed, Thur, from 9am-11:30am & 12:30pm-4pm. To accommodate patrons with a typical 9-5 work schedule, Lakewood Clock Repair will schedule after-hours appointments.


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Updating Cannabis Ordinances: Letter To Lakewood City Council

From a December 2023 Council Docket

Dear Colleagues,

On November 7th, 2023 Ohio voters passed Issue 2, a measure to insert language as Chapter 3780 into the Ohio Revised Code(ORC)to allow for the use of and regulation of marijuana like alcohol, and an overwhelming 80% of Lakewood voters who turned out supported the measure.

Chapter 3780 went into effect onDecember 7th; however, residents have expressed considerable confusion regarding the legality of adult use marijuana within the City and the State. This communication and the following ordinances are intended to alleviate this confusion and align the Lakewood codified ordinances with the spirit and intention of Issue 2.

One of the factors creating confusion for voters is that Issue 2 enacted language in the ORC (Ohio Revised Code), rather than amending the Ohio Constitution like Issue 1. This means that legislators in the Ohio Senate and Ohio House have the authority to amend the code. Currently there are two significantly different adult-use marijuana bills vying for adoption at the Statehouse, HB 354 and a revised Senate-passed measure HB 86. It is unknown if either of these bills will pass, or what will be included in the final language.

The current language of ORC Chapter 3780 includes:

--Allowing for the possession by an adult 21 or over of 2.5 ounces of adult-use cannabis in any form except extract, which is limited to 15 grams.

--Allowing for the home growth of 6 plants per adult 21 or over and not more than 12 cannabis plants at a single residence where two or more 

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Dr. G's Lakewood Ranger Round-Up: Basketball

GIRLS  

February 18: Rangers vs. Twinsburg Tigers

Today, the Lakewood Girls—many of whom were playing in their last ever game at the East Gym—showed physical and mental toughness in a hard earned 46-42 win over Twinsburg. After the Tigers had rallied from 10 points down to tie the game (40-40) in the waning minutes, senior Delaney Garcia (next stop Baldwin Wallace) scored the last two of her game high 20 points, and senior Sophia Zarbo (6 points and stifling defense) drained a put back to give the Rangers a short lived "cushion."    The Tigers eventually gained possession down 2 points with 20 seconds left, which is when junior Layla Smith (9 points) took over, fighting for a key rebound—she was strong on the boards all game—and hitting 2 free throws to clinch the win. Freshman Chalerigh Doxley (6 points) was strong at point, dishing out assists and running the offense. Senior Lucy Henrikson (5 points) played well on both ends, hitting a big 3 pointer to stake the Rangers to an early lead. Senior Ally Bookman and junior Elizabeth Doup gave valuable minutes, and contributed without scoring.   Lakewood never trailed, but a determined Twinsburg squad kept coming, and seemed to have it all going their way when they tied it on a long 3-pointer with several Ranger starters—Garcia, Doxley and Smith—in foul trouble. Without Lakewood's focus and mental toughness, the Tigers would have won. But the Rangers were determined to win their last (ever for some) home game, and Delaney, Sophia and Layla made sure of it. Congratulations to the Tigers on a strong game, and kudos to the Rangers for prevailing in the end. Long Live Lakewood.

BOYS

February 6: Rangers vs Rocky River

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Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Just Baby 'N Me 

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby 

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.  

February 19- March 14, 2024 

Main Library-  

Mondays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  

Wednesdays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  

Thursdays-10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Madison Branch-  

Thursdays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

 

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Herb Guild Offers Scholarship To Westside Seniors

The Herb Guild Garden Club is offering a $2,000 scholarship to graduating high school seniors, as well as Lorain County Community College and Cuyahoga Community College current freshmen and sophomore students. Applicants must be residents of the State of Ohio and a U.S. citizen (international or foreign exchange students are not eligible). Only students with a proposed academic study in agriculture, agriscience, botany, culinary arts, environmental science, forestry, greenhouse and nursery management, horticulture, landscaping, and natural resource management are eligible for this scholarship.  

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Save The Date: LWC's Women Honoring Women "A Fun Fashion Thrift Show"

The Lakewood Women’s Club Presents - Women Honoring Women 2024;

A FUN Fashion Thrift Show.

The Lakewood Women’s Club is once again hosting its annual Women Honoring Women Celebration (WHW) event to be held at Vosh on April 11th at 6:00 PM where we will be serving appetizers & drinks that are included with the cost of admission. 

The event showcases women who exemplify charitable service and economic enrichment in the Lakewood community and recognizes women for a variety of accomplishments ranging from both career, volunteer and philanthropic endeavors. This annual fundraiser helps fund our scholarship program that is awarded each year to a female Lakewood resident who is pursuing a higher education. 

This years scholarship will be in honor of Patty Ryan, Past President & CEO of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce who was one of the Community Leaders that helped us review our nominees every year for WHW.  

Our theme this year is a “FUN Fashion Thrift Show“ where we will be featuring & modeling local thrift store fashions currently available in their stores. We will also be featuring donated fashion items from our own LWC members collection available to purchase via silent auction. 

 

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Cuyahoga Board Of Developmental Disabilities Helps In Many Ways

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Do you know about the local board that assists county residents with DD?

The Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Cuyahoga DD) supports and empowers people with DD to live, learn, work and play in our community.

When applying for eligibility, you might talk to different people depending on your age. Services for children ages 0-3 are administrated by Bright Beginnings: call 216-698-7500. Services for people age three through adulthood should call Cuyahoga DD Eligibility at 216-736-2673. In any case, your needs will be assessed, and you will learn if you qualify for services.

Cuyahoga DD supports people in many ways, based on your age and what you need to live a full life. Sometimes, Cuyahoga DD provides the services, which can range from helping people navigate public transit or prepare for their BMV temps exam, to recommending adaptive technology for greater independence, or helping people living at home cover expenses for specific items or services. Other times, you’ll be referred or introduced to other partners or caregivers who can help you achieve your goals.

 

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Volume 20, Issue 4, Posted 1:44 PM, 02.21.2024

Community Survey: The City Of Lakewood Wants To Hear From You!

Scan the QR Code with your phone or tablet camera to access the online survey. 

Attention Lakewood Residents!

You are invited to complete and share our second biennial Lakewood Community Survey, which will help the City of Lakewood to better understand what is on the mind of our community, what our residents appreciate about our city, as well as some of the challenges that we may face. This survey is anonymous and the results will be shared with Lakewood leadership, presented to City Council, and with the broader Lakewood community!

The Lakewood Community Survey is sponsored by the  Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission (LCRAC). LCRAC is a group of volunteer residents serving in an advisory capacity for the purpose of educating, informing, and making recommendations to City officials on matters related to community relations in an effort to advance respect for diversity, equality, and bonds of mutuality. You can visit our page on the city website for more information about LCRAC. 

Please take a moment to fill out and share our community-wide survey and help our city better serve you!

You can fill out the survey digitally by scanning the QR Code. In addition, paper copies and a drop box for completed submissions are available at both the Madison and Main branch of the Lakewood Public Library. The deadline to complete the survey is March 15th, 2024.

 

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Entrepreneurship May Be Obtainable With Help From Legal Aid

Many people dream of owning a business but are unable to get it off the ground because of several barriers. The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland may be able to help with its Legal Center for Entrepreneurs with Low-Income.

The Center was started in 2019 in the hopes of creating an avenue out of poverty for those with low-income. The Center focuses on addressing the issues that make it difficult to achieve entrepreneurship including:

  • Providing legal check-ups and legal services to income-eligible business owners
  • Partnering with business development incubators to connect entrepreneurs with mentoring and other supports
  • Providing education on common legal issues for entrepreneurs and self-employed people 

“Entrepreneurship and self-employment provide powerful pathways out of poverty. Not just for the business owner, but for their communities too. Small businesses are more likely to use local vendors and contractors and reinvest in their communities,” said Catherine Donnelly, a Senior Attorney in the Community Engagement group at Legal Aid. “A successful small business can therefore have a ripple effect into their communities. Unfortunately, for those with low income, starting a business poses many challenges.”

One of the first cases that The Center handled was one involving a single mother who wanted to expand her business. 

“I worked with the business owner to create standard agreements for both the business’s customers and for independent contractors taking on deliveries and projects,” Catherine recalls. “The business was able to expand during the pandemic and provide work for others in the community, while giving the business owner the flexibility she needed to be with her kids.”

 

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Anniversary Concert By Congito Jaffe At Blue Cafe

Noted singer/songwriter Congito Jaffe will present a performance of his mellow, melodic, original folk/Americana music 6:30 pm Saturday, March 2, at the Blue Cafe, 15715 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio---this event will mark two years since the first Blue Cafe concert by Congito on March 10,2022.

Congito will present some new works featuring the poetic lyricism of Rocky River poet Lady Ives and the mesmerizing vocals and guitar innovations of Congito, songs of seasonal change, love lost and found, life in all the changes, challenges, and beauty of a complex world.

A recent commentator after a Congito performance at a Lorain, Ohio coffeehouse noted that, "Congito immerses the listener in an espresso bathed melodic rich world that transports the listener to a warm folk music inspired vibe of 1971." This event is FREE and family friendly.

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Sedated?: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 137

Butterfield 8 - Broken People - Banana Records - 10 songs - CD, digital

Back once again with their third album in as many years (or maybe fewer? Two might’ve come out in the same year— consult the Bananarchives), it’s Butterfield 8! “Broken People” continues with the band’s Beatle-y brand of power pop with some occasional other moods thrown in there. It’s maybe the darkest album of the three— I mean, besides the title, there’s a higher number of sad songs on here than I recall there being on the other two. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I hope all is well, Jim. “My Best September” kicks things off here on a nostalgic note: catchy power pop with a neat guitar riff and some cool countermelody backing vocals on the chorus. The slow sad ballad “It’s Not Fair” follows it— this one’s got a mandolin and I think an accordion and is not a bad track. I really don’t know what to make of “Instigators.” It sounds like it really wants to be a rocker but never quite hits its stride in that regard; also there’s some weird lines about people indoctrinating your children and being “programmed to prey on your minds,” but let’s not delve into that. “Point Of No Return” is another ‘sad’ one and one of my favorites here, a good jangly one. The backing vocals on the bridge sound like they were recorded through a telephone which is a nice touch; perhaps it represents the distance between the subjects of the song— can you tell I’m an English major? Nice solo at the end from Rick Christyson as well. We get an acoustic one for “Rings Of Saturn” (sad again!) and it’s very catchy but I can’t help but notice how much the melody of the chorus sounds like the “love’s such an old-fashioned word” part of “Under Pressure.” Maybe that was on purpose. “Merry-Go-Round” is a good uptempo one with a great line in the chorus about “you can bail me out from the lost and found” (two tracks later he has another lyric about getting bailed out, now that I think about it). There’s something about “Inside Your Dream” that feels both ‘60s and ‘80s at the same time— maybe Squeeze is the comparison I’m looking for here. “Epic Fail” is the other one that mentions bail; it’s not my favorite but I do enjoy that there’s a song called “Epic Fail” on here. One that is a favorite is “There Goes The Bride,” which as you’d probably imagine is about a serial runaway bride— several great lyrics in here including “perhaps she even posed a future risk of flight” and especially “something about her struck me as obsolete / like landlines, cursive, 8-track tapes, head-over-feet.” “I Think” is a good closing track and I really like the guitar solo Jim does here. Overall, there’s not a whole lot different about this album from the previous two, but that’s not  a bad thing. The production is a little less quirky which is almost a shame but it does retain the kind of homemade charm. Jim’s voice is still an odd midwestern drawl that for whatever reason works really well with the material and he still gets some good lines and catchy melodies in. This is apparently the final installment of the “Comeback Trilogy” for Butterfield 8, but I’m hoping we get more soon. 3.5/5

(butterfield81.bandcamp.com)

 

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Volume 20, Issue 4, Posted 1:44 PM, 02.21.2024

LHS Senior's Art Chosen For Climate Project

Senior Maggie Lane's artwork on climate change has been selected to be part of the National Climate Assessment's Art x Climate project. Maggie's piece was one of 92 selected from among 800 student submissions. In addition, Maggie will be interviewed about her piece on a podcast The National Weather Desk is developing about the Art x Climate project. Maggie's artwork can be viewed along with the other pieces chosen at the link below. (Maggie's piece is under Maggie L. of Cleveland).

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Volume 20, Issue 3, Posted 12:29 PM, 02.07.2024

East Palestine Observed: One Year Later

"Where you want to be."

When the big train derailment happened in East Palestine just over a year ago, we went down to see what happened. The reason being we have a railroad running through Lakewood that at times carries hazardous and/or troublesome cargos. Did Lakewood have a plan for such an accident, and what would happen to East Palestine? 

Well, with all of these types of incidents, at first the press blows it up. This causes others to come in "to help.” While some actually want to help, most are there to share in the attention. As the media slows down, in our 24 hour news cycle, the story gets pushed aside. Promises made don't roll out as expected, if at all. In the end, all but the ones promised forget about them.
In a highly Republican area, only 12 months ago, Former President Trump showed up, saying things like, “I am with the people of East Palestine.” Ex-President Trump has not been back, nor kept in contact with anyone. J.D Vance, Sherrod Brown, Gov. DeWine and others lined up with reassurances, and promises, making short stops but not breaking bread, staying for dinner. Biden and Buttigieg are  mostly silent. At the one year anniversary, it would seem that almost everyone has stayed far away. Why? Because it has been a failure, and they all know it.

There was a swirl of talk in town about dignitaries visiiting for the anniversary. This time the dignitaries it seems were medical students from San Diego taking blood, urine and hair samples of any resident willing to share as long as they were one of the few left in town after the accident. For you see, East Palestine is becoming a ghost town.

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Volume 20, Issue 3, Posted 12:29 PM, 02.07.2024

City Awarded Grant For New Bus For Seniors And Disabled

The City of Lakewood was recently awarded a grant from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to purchase a new accessible bus for seniors and individuals with disabilities. This bus will be utilized by the Division of Aging to take residents to and from grocery stores, programs and events, Cove Community Center, and elsewhere about the city. The grant allows the City to replace an older bus so that we can continue to provide reliable and consistent transportation. Lakewood is proud to be one of 18 grant recipients for 2024.

The Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals With Disabilities (Section 5310) program is a federal grant program that funds 80 percent of the cost of chosen applicants’ capital projects with a 20 percent local match.

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Volume 20, Issue 3, Posted 12:29 PM, 02.07.2024

Mayor's Corner: Help For Our Beautiful Homes

Our city is fortunate to be filled with thousands of beautiful historic homes. These houses have stood the test of time and add to Lakewood’s charm, but as we all know, century homes also demand special care to ensure they are well-maintained and meet modern needs. The people of Lakewood take great pride in the character and quality of our historic homes, and our team at City Hall often hears from homeowners who are looking for help finding ways to keep their properties in top shape.

The City of Lakewood is committed to helping residents who need access to expertise and resources to repair and improve their historic homes. With this in mind, the City will once again partner with the Cleveland Restoration Society to provide access to the Heritage Home Program. Beginning in March, owners of Lakewood homes built over 50 years ago or more will be able to access professional guidance and low-cost, below-market-rate financing through this valuable program.

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The Lakewood League Of Women Voters Mary Warren Impact Scholarship Honors Linda Beebe

The  Lakewood Chapter of the League of Women Voters is proud to recognize Linda Beebe as our 2024 honoree. The 4th Annual Mary Warren Impact Scholarship will be given in Linda’s name to recognize her 40 years of preserving public education. 

A recognized pillar of the Lakewood Chapter, former English teacher in Ireland, and Substitute teacher in Lakewood, Linda’s service is unmatched in the history of our city and state. Her commitment to protecting education accessibility for our community is unparalleled. 

To honor her value of preservation, Lakewood High School Seniors are invited to apply for the Mary Warren Impact Scholarship Honoring Linda Beebe. Applicants for the scholarship must be continuing their education, demonstrate volunteer service, and write an essay showing their understanding of democracy.  The essay for this year is, “Why is democracy important to preserve?” Applications can be found at: lwvgreatercleveland.org/Chapters/Lakewood/2024 Scholarship Contest.

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Lakewood Kiwanis K Kids Awareness Week

February 12-16, 2024 is Kiwanis International recognition week for Kiwanis K Kids. Lakewood Kiwanis is proud to sponsor three K Kids Clubs in our community: Horace Mann Elementary School and Horizon Before And After Care at Harrison and Emerson Elementary Schools.

K Kids is the youngest youth leadership club in the Kiwanis family. Every K Kids club has a school/administrator advisor and Lakewood Kiwanian advisor. Each club has their leadership team of K Kids selected through essays submitted or elected at the beginning of school. After that is in place, the voting of projects by the kids is done for the year. Our K Kids projects include food drives, community trash cleanup in the Spring and local initiatives that they have chosen to do. The kids learn that they have a voice in the club and need to make the commitment to complete their projects. As advisors, we try to have different speakers come in to connect the kids to the community service they complete. Win-win for all. Lakewood Kiwanis also sponsors Builders Club at Harding Junior High.

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Volume 20, Issue 3, Posted 12:29 PM, 02.07.2024

Lincoln Third Graders Present Web Designs

Mrs. Gleason's and Mrs. Bostwick's third-graders at Lincoln proudly presented their very own websites at the class' official website launch party on Tuesday. Students shared with family and staff their website creations, which focused on a topic of their choice that they researched. Students were so proud of the end product after working for months on creating the text, securing photos, and learning how to create the design. What a wonderful project that encompasses so many of our Vision of a Lakewood Ranger competencies!

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Dr G's Ranger Roundup: Basketball

Rangers at Buckeye

February 2: Rangers vs Valley Forge

History was made tonight in the East Gym when Lakewood junior Luke Vannucci made his 82nd 3-pointer of the season (now 85), breaking Wes Gerhardt's record of 82. The loud, large and very proud crowd gave Luke a standing ovation, and the Rangers went on to a decisive 65-36 win over Valley Forge. Actually, history was made not so much tonight but through countless hours of practice and an obvious love for the game. Talent alone—and Luke has plenty—does not make records in such a competitive sport. Tonight's magic night was years in the making.   Lakewood built a large lead early, and was able to use its bench extensively. Starters Drew Jabolowski (12) Lucas Seguine (4) Dominic Peck (2) and Jack Gowan (2) joined Vannucci (20) to take control early. From there, reserves Riley Verderber (4), Luke Bonvissuto (4), Peter Checkett (3), Steven McAuliffe (2), Aidan Smith (2), Mohammed Abuzahriyah (2) and Griffin Starr (2) kept the Patriots at a comfortable distance. A special moment was reserved, however, for senior Luke George, who was able to play for the first time this year. The Ranger student section chanted for "LG" to enter the game, and erupted in joyous applause when he scored his two baskets.   The Sparkle Cheer Squad did their routines fabulously, the Student Section was all that, and the youth basketball players in attendance got to see a display of Lakewood community athletics in all its Purple and Gold glory. The "glory" is not so much in the records and winning—awesome as they are--but in the dedication it takes for Luke and all the players to earn their spot on the stage. The "glory" comes from being all in for one team, for everyone playing and cheering together for a common purpose. The Lakewood Rangers are—and have always been—one team, from one town, that give it everything. Tradition never goes out of style, and we have a great one. Long Live Lakewood.

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Starr Gazer: February

FEBRUARY   

ARIES: The Ram’s got Jupiter in his financial house; take some of that cold cash & spice it up for Valentine's Day. The hotter the better. Wear something red & think of something daring.

TAURUS: The Bulls got the Sun shining on your career for Valentine’s. Get away from the water cooler & take that hottie home: wine, dark chocolate & a cozy fire with a bear rug.

GEMINI: The Twins have double the luck this Valentine’s Day - behind the scenes. You’re the intellectual romantic. Shut down that computer, close the doors & play some double jeopardy.

CANCER: Crab, get out of the house this Valentine’s Day. You’ve got some extra resources coming in. Get out & mingle with friends & spread that love around; the more, the merrier.

                                                                                                                                  

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H2O's HOME ALONE Program

What do kids need to know to stay safe when they are not directly supervised by adults? What do parents and guardians need to consider when making decisions about their child’s independence? These questions are the foundation of H2O’s HOME ALONE program. This innovative class teaches kids ages 9-12 critical safety skills, including how to make healthy choices. High school volunteers create engaging presentations using demonstrations, videos, visual aids, and handouts. Parents confirm after attending HOME ALONE that the youth leaders act as role models to which children are more likely to attentively listen. At the same time, parents hear from community safety experts about current best practices for safety. They discuss ways to assess child readiness for being home alone and how to build toward and prepare for that independence.

The next HOME ALONE is Wednesday, March 6th from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Cove Community Center, 12525 Lake Ave. Registration is required and will open on February 14th. The link to register through Eventbrite will be available at h2olakewood.org on the City of Lakewood website. There is a requested fee to attend but can be waived upon request. The goal in designing this program is to make it accessible to the community, regardless of ability to pay.

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Seniors' Leap Year Dance Party At Cove

Get ready to groove because the Senior Dance Party is back in Lakewood! Save the date for Thursday, February 29th, as we celebrate “A Time to Dance” at the splendidly decorated Cove Community Center.

This year, we’re teaming up with the Division of Aging and H2O (Help to Others) high school students to create an unforgettable evening that bridges generations. Thanks to our sponsors—O’Neill Healthcare, Eliza Jennings, and Haven at Lakewood Senior Living—we’re bringing you a night of dancing in style. Enjoy dinner catered by Karen King Catering, dance to the beats of DJ Michael, and savor sweet treats donated by Despina’s Bakery, Giant Eagle, Gray House Pies, KB Confections, and Sweet Designs Chocolatier.

If you’re 60 years and above, don’t miss out on the fun! Limited seating is available, so buy your tickets now by calling 216-529-5061. Let’s dance the night away together!

Nancy Feighan is Project Specialist II, Department of Human Services, City of Lakewood.

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LHS Inducts New National Honor Society Members

The Lakewood High National Honor Society welcomed 44 new members to its chapter in an induction ceremony at the Civic Auditorium on Jan. 25, 2024. To be inducted into the National Honor Society, students must possess a GPA of at least 3.5. Students are also evaluated based on their character, which means the nominating committee looks at community involvement, extracurriculars, leadership skills, and other intangibles. 

Prior to the induction of new members, NHS President Arabella Spear offered a President's Message, followed by the four remaining NHS officers each speaking on one of the four tenets of the organization: scholarship, leadership, service and character. Vice President Fiona Gjermeni spoke on the topic of service; Treasurer Evie Abderrazza spoke on leadership; Secretary Gift Anya spoke on character; and Sergeant at Arms Jana Evans spoke on scholarship. The guest speaker of the evening was Lakewood High English social studies teacher Austin Sparks. 

Congratulations to all our our new NHS inductees and thank you to the current members for welcoming the newest members!

Inductees:

Fallon Austin
Caroline Bass

Ronan Barley
Maggie Barmann
Beckett Broadwater

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District 24-25 PreK & Kindergarten Registration Open

Lakewood City Schools' preschool and kindergarten registration for the 2024-2025 school year is now open! The registration process begins online. Visit the district website and www.lakewoodcityschools.org and click on Enroll at the top of the page. Children must be 5 years old before Sept. 30, 2024 to be eligible for kindergarten. Preschool classes are available for 4- and 5-year-olds at Grant, Harrison, Hayes, Horace Mann and Lincoln elementaries. For more information on our early childhood education program, visit our website and click on Preschool under the Departments tab at the top of the page. Questions? Call 216-529-4267.

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Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Just Baby 'N Me 

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby 

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.  

January 8- February 29, 2024 

Main Library-  

Mondays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  

Wednesdays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  

Thursdays-10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Madison Branch-  

Thursdays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Pre-school Story Time

For You and Your 2 to 5-Year-Old Pre-schooler.

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Ohio’s Senate Democratic Caucus Shares Priorities For 2024

Leader Antonio providing sponsor testimony in the South Hearing Room of the Ohio Statehouse.

With 2024 underway, the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus has set our priorities for the upcoming year. Our focus is to continue to support hard-working families in the state and make Ohio a great place to live, work, and raise a family. In order to achieve this goal, we are committed to prioritizing healthy and safe Ohio communities. Some of the key priorities that we will focus on are: access to healthcare, community safety through strategies to reduce gun violence, increasing access to affordable housing and advancing policies that promote job growth and job creation.

Improving access to affordable, quality child care:

We are also focused on improving access to quality child care that is affordable and convenient, extending financial aid to early childhood education programs for children with special needs, and supporting the future of generations to come by setting them up for success. This will alleviate the financial burden currently placed on working families through a lack of child care programs.

Increasing access to affordable housing:

 

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LakewoodAlive To Honor Community Leaders With Awards At Loving Lakewood: Greatest Hits

The 2024 Founders and Community Leader Award winners. 

The event will take place at The Lakewood Masonic Temple on Saturday, February 24

LakewoodAlive is excited to announce Julie Warren as the 2024 Founders Award recipient, and fellow community members Sandy & Dave Feicht, Galadriel Olsen, Tony Parker, Chuck & Terri Postel, and Despina Sarantopoulou as the 2024 Community Leader Award honorees to be recognized during Loving Lakewood: Greatest Hits on Saturday, February 24.

Each member of this honoree group has made a long-lasting impact on LakewoodAlive and our community. The Founders Award, recognizing one honoree annually, celebrates individuals who exemplify the vision of LakewoodAlive’s founding members to foster and sustain vibrant and welcoming neighborhoods. Community Leader Award recipients represent LakewoodAlive’s most dedicated volunteers and partners who have supported the organization’s work in the community. 

Julie Warren, co-owner of Erie Design, has been supporting Lakewood Alive for more than 15 years. Volunteering with numerous organizations in Lakewood, Julie has set aside a tremendous amount of time and talent to help further elevate LakewoodAlive’s programming in the community. Initially a volunteer, Julie joined LakewoodAlive’s board as a Chamber of Commerce designee in 2015. Since then, she has served as Development Chair and Vice President, and will be assuming the role of Board President in July of 2024. Julie has served as Chairperson of Loving Lakewood from its inception in 2014 when Lakewood Alive celebrated its 10-year anniversary. We are thrilled to recognize her at our 20th anniversary Loving Lakewood this year!

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Local Legend Foundation And GV Arts & Design Inspire Young Minds At Legends In Training Program: Paint With The Pros

George III and Greg Vlosich of GV Arts + Design

Harrison Elementary School, January 26, 2024

In a heartwarming collaboration, the Local Legend Foundation and GV Arts & Design recently hosted an extraordinary program at Harrison Elementary School. The Legends in Training (L.I.T) program, which took place on January 26, 2024, was a remarkable day of artistic exploration, collaboration, and invaluable life lessons for over 30 enthusiastic 5th graders.

Founded with a mission to inspire the next generation of legends by connecting them with public figures through sports, mentorship programs, and community events. The Local Legend Foundation has been making a positive impact since its inception in 2023. Established by a passionate Lakewood native, the foundation's commitment to fostering creativity and personal development aligns seamlessly with its founder's roots. More information about the foundation's initiatives and projects can be found on their website:www.locallegendfoundation.org.

What made the Legends in Training program at Harrison Elementary School particularly special was the personal connection between the foundation's founder Shaun Crawford and the school. Mr. Crawford’s mother Sabrina Crawford none other than the principal of Harrison Elementary, adding a deeply personal touch to the event. This familial tie underscored the foundation's dedication to making a meaningful impact on the local community, especially in places of personal significance.

Partnering with GV Arts & Design brought the program a wealth of artistic expertise. The artists from GV Arts & Design shared their knowledge of various art forms and imparted valuable life skills. The collaboration aimed to demonstrate that art is a form of self-expression and a medium through which essential life skills such as communication, collaboration, and maintaining a growth mindset can be cultivated.

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Hello There - "Returns"

This is a love letter. I write to my wife each night I am away from her. This is one of those letters …

"Returns"

Hi  Honey,

I am at the returns counter at Kohl’s doing a return that sister Ann has directed me to do here. I am second in line and patiently await my turn. There is only one man in front of me, currently at the counter. 

The returns manager is a mature woman with white hair stylishly done in the way of women’s retail clothing stores. My read on her is that she is hard-bitten from years of customer excuses for returns. I will not trifle with this woman. She is on the phone repeating back a 12 or 15 digit sequence to some unknown individual, “ .. 243 .. 300 .. 622 ..”, she bites off the numbers. I am sure the person on the other end of the line is being oh-so-precise so that this communication is accurate .. and as short as possible.

Banging the receiver down, the manager marches back to the register, punches a few keys, and takes the emitted receipt and card over to the man. 

“Okay,” she says to him, “I’m giving you this much back on your Kohl’s card and that much on store credit. I can’t give you cash. Your wife must have done the transaction in this way because this is the only way I can do the return. She’ll know when she sees the receipt.”

“Thanks, much appreciated,” he says carefully, gingerly. He slides the store credit in his wallet and goes to put the receipt in his pocket. He stops and somewhat ruefully looks at the document. He shrugs, completes the action and, turning away, half apologizes to the lady.

“Unfortunately,” he says, “I’m going to lose this receipt in 15 minutes.”

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Mayor's Corner: Expanded Refuse And Recycling Center Open For Business

On January 16th, the City of Lakewood’s upgraded and expanded Refuse and Recycling Center opened for use by residents. Located at 12920 Berea Road, the new facility provides additional and modernized space to collect and dispose of waste and recycling materials more efficiently and cost-effectively. The project will also improve the resident experience for those making drop-offs of recyclables, hazardous materials, larger trash items, and yard waste. 

A 6,400 square feet addition was built onto a pre-existing city facility, allowing several overall improvements. The new and reconfigured space offers a more efficient flow and comfortable indoor site for resident drop-off of materials, with the ability to pull into a temperature-controlled environment that better routes traffic flow. A new resident check-in office has been created to improve customer service on site, as well as new signage to provide information to residents on how to use the facility. Other upgrades include renovations to existing truck parking facilities and the addition of an undercarriage truck wash, as well as an employee breakroom and locker room renovations.

I want to commend our Public Works team’s refuse division for successfully pursuing outside dollars to help underwrite expenses related to the new facility. That includes a grant from the Ohio EPA in excess of $25,000 to purchase two new pieces of equipment, a shredder, and a cardboard baler. This new equipment will be essential to improving our productivity and efficiency with the collection process at the facility to save dollars and improve user experience.

Lakewood’s Refuse Division does an excellent job for our residents, and this facility will build on the strength of our Public Works Department. It’s a big job for the team, with over 30,000 tons of combined waste and recycling collected by the Refuse Division in Lakewood in a single year alone. But we are proud to note that the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District has certified Lakewood for diversion of 56% of waste kept out of landfills for 10 years in row. This is a meaningful accomplishment that helps reduce our carbon footprint and also reduces costs to taxpayers. Lakewood was an early adopter of recycling, acting as a local municipal pioneer for the practice in the 1980s. We continue to push targeted education to encourage proper recycling, and the City was awarded a $6,000 grant from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District to help educate residents. Proper recycling has benefits for the environment and the City’s bottom line.

 

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Volume 20, Issue 2, Posted 1:15 PM, 01.24.2024

Mae Mohan Sets LHS Track Record

Congratulations to Mae Mohar on setting an LHS school record with her time of 12:25 in the 3200m on January 19th at a meet at Spire Institute!

Congratulations to Mae Mohar on setting an LHS school record with her time of 12:25 in the 3200m on January 19th at a meet at Spire Institute!

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Employment Opportunities - Lakewood Recreation

The Community Recreation and Education Department has employment opportunities for the Event Staff position. Event Staff are the direct representatives of the Lakewood Board of Education and the Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department during non-school hours. The primary duties and responsibilities are, but not limited to, the monitoring and managing of all facility events, ensuring the safety and well-being of all participants.

The ideal candidate for the position of Event Staff will have knowledge of school facilities, the ability to establish priorities and work independently, without direct supervision. This position is part time, approximately 15-20 hours a week, nights and weekends may be required.

Interested candidates should submit an Employment Application, which is available at www.recreation.lakewoodcityschools.org under Find It Fast-Part Time Jobs, to: The Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation and Education Department, c/o Mitchell Robida, 14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood, OH 44107.

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Rotary Provides Third Graders With Dictionaries

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River continued its distribution of dictionaries to all third graders in Lakewood and Rocky River this fall, a project that the club began in 2005. A total of 593 dictionaries were distributed to students in 26 different classrooms at 11 different schools.

Harlan Radford, project chair, with assistance from club members, stamped each dictionary with the Rotary logo, the Rotary Four-Way Test, and a place for the student’s name.

Schools receiving dictionaries were: Rocky River – Kensington Intermediate, Ruffing Montessori, and St. Christopher; Lakewood – Emerson, Grant, Harrison, Hayes, Horace Mann, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Lakewood Catholic Academy.

As always, Rotarians looked forward to volunteering and going to the schools and interacting with both students and teachers. Distributing dictionaries were David Baas, John Chandler, Matt Daugherty, Vicki Foster, Thom Geist, Chuck Gustafson, Jim Harris, George Hwang, Leslie Favre Krogman, and Jay Rounds.

Members were rewarded with smiles on the students’ faces as they received their dictionaries and began to explore the contents. Both students and teachers are very appreciative of receiving these dictionaries and using them in the curriculum.

 

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Upcoming Events

Vietnam Program- Film: “The Scent of Green Papaya” (1993)

Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (104 minutes)

Main Library Auditorium

Winner of the 1993 Cannes Camera d’Or award, this film captures the beauty of Vietnam and its people. Set in the 1940s and 1960s, this film follows the life of an innocent, keenly observant young child name Mui. Highly reviewed by Robert Ebert, this film “is of great visual beauty; watching it is like a poem for the eyes.”  Vietnamese with English subtitles.

Vietnam Program- Vietnamese Faith Traditions: Buddhism and Roman Catholicism

Presented by Professor Ellen Posman

Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

Cleveland’s Vietnamese Buddhist temples, including Quan Am Temple and Chua Vien Quang Temple and St. Boniface Catholic Church have served Vietnamese Americans for years. Join Professor Ellen Posman, Chair of the Department of Religion at Baldwin Wallace University, in an exploration of Vietnamese Catholicism and Vietnamese Buddhism.

Presentation- A Visit with Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sara Lucy Bagby

Presented by Women in History

Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium

Sara Lucy Bagby (1833-1906), one of the last people to suffer under the provisions of the Fugitive Slave Act and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) were born 100 years apart, but both had a significant impact on our country.  Robin Pease and Juliette Regnier from Women in History bring these historical figures back to life with individual monologues in period costumes, followed by a question and answer session from the audience.

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Volume 20, Issue 2, Posted 1:15 PM, 01.24.2024

Lakewood Community Services Center Seeks Volunteers!

If you have a few hours to spare each week and if you want to join LCSC in the fight to end hunger in the community, these volunteer opportunities could be a perfect fit for you.

LCSC is the emergency food pantry for Lakewood, Rocky River and Westlake and we could use some dedicated help during the hours of 9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. We currently provide food assistance to over 2800 individuals each month! We could not do this important work without our volunteers.Pantry volunteers are responsible for making sure that there is a consistent flow of emergency food available to make sure that clients are served quickly and efficiently.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact Colleen Timm at 216-226-6466.

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Volume 20, Issue 2, Posted 1:15 PM, 01.24.2024

LHS Academic Challenge Team Competes On Channel 5

Our stellar LHS Academic Challenge team competed last night on News 5 Cleveland's "Academic Challenge" show against Rocky River and Mayfield high schools.

Rowan Brown and Yasmin Elhachdani joined team captain Shannon Katzenberger as the on-air team while alternates Owen Rumsey and Alessio Matera, and advisers Autumn Sabin and Jason Saksa, cheered them on.

Tune in to the show on March 16 to find out the results! No matter the outcome, we are #RangerProud of our team!

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Dr. G's Ranger Round Up: Basketball - Rangers Beat John Hay Hornets And Raise Funds For The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society

Orange was the color for raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

1/19/24 Rangers vs John Hay Hornets
 
On an evening dedicated to raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Purple Palace that we call the East Gym turned Orange. The Rangers Girls won, funds were raised, and spirits ran high. Normally, I beeline for my seat across from the Lakewood bench, but last night I paused to buy some raffle tickets and visit with some of the generous hearted students that organized this effort—Luke Burke, Maggie Barmann, Ava Cuffari, Izzy Wacker. Kudos to them and all those students, local businesses and community members who pitched in. It's a team effort.

"Orange" and its vital cause was the big winner last night, but the Purple and Gold did their thing on the court—Lakewood 57, John Hay 40. Freshman Charleigh Doxley, always a strong defender and ball handler, led all scorers with 16. Junior Layla Smith scored 11 and senior Delaney Garcia had 10, both playing a dominant inside game. Senior Nora Germaine scored 7 coming off the bench, while Elizabeth Doup (6), Helen Fraunfelder (2) and Lucy Henrikson also played valuable minutes. Starters Sophia Zarbo (4) and Ally Bookman (2) rarely light up the scoreboard, but they bring hustle, assists, rebounds and stifling defense every night, and are vital to team success. Aseal Albadarin (1 point) and Halla Kutkut helped the Rangers finish strong.


 
The Rangers took the sting out of the Hornets with their strong team play. We all hope, of course, that in some small way the our community has been able to make a difference for this very worthy cause. Long Live Lakewood.

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Volume 20, Issue 2, Posted 1:15 PM, 01.24.2024

New Lakewood Group Focuses On Neighbors Helping Neighbors

In an effort to strengthen neighborly ties and better the quality of everyday life in our city, the Lakewood Neighbors Helping Neighbors group was born!

This new Facebook group serves as a quick, easy and informal way to request and provide assistance to others in our community in any capacity they wish. In the spirit of the Facebook “Buy Nothing” groups, we want to focus on the exchange of services instead of goods. Residents are encouraged to openly ask for help with tasks including (but not limited to): taking out trash, shoveling snow, house cleaning, yard work, picking up groceries, minor home repairs and any other reasonable things they can think of!

The Neighbors page seeks to bypass the red tape, scheduling constraints and other formalities of volunteering through an agency which often impedes the timeliness and quality of the service provided. Our hope is to build a strong, city-wide network of participants that feel an occasional need for assistance and those looking for an avenue to showcase their abilities whilst giving back to their community. Our aim is to facilitate connections across barriers of age and socioeconomic status by placing special emphasis on care for our elderly, disabled and financially disadvantaged neighbors.

So often, I meet others who have a strong desire to get involved in their community but simply don’t know how. We encourage any resident of Lakewood to visit the link below to join and invite others that share in our strong commitment to this city and its residents!


https://www.facebook.com/groups/lakewoodneighbors

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Volume 20, Issue 2, Posted 1:15 PM, 01.24.2024

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Seeks Applications For New Resident Board Member

Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) is currently recruiting for one open position on its Board of Directors. Younger members of the community (ages 21 – 30) are especially encouraged to apply to HLF’s Board.

At this time, only Lakewood residents can be considered for this open position in order to maintain a board composition whereby at least 2/3 of members are Lakewood residents, per the organization’s by-laws. 

HLF holds as a core value that the diversity of its members and partners is one of its greatest assets. By recruiting and supporting members with diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, skills, and areas of knowledge the Board seeks to engage a range of perspectives to address the challenges and opportunities encountered in grantmaking. The board recognizes that greater understanding is possible among those who bring diverse perspectives through which to examine issues and opportunities.

The board takes seriously its responsibility to create a culture that honors and supports each member’s inherent value, contributions, and perspectives. The HLF board and staff are responsible for ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central pillars to its governance.

 

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The View From Council

Happy New Year! In 2024, I look forward to continuing my monthly newsletter to bring you updates from City Council. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. Your input helps shape the future of our great City.

Election and Leadership Positions

Thank you, Lakewood, for re-electing me as your Ward 2 Councilmember! On January 3rd, I was sworn in for a second term at the first council meeting of the year. I appreciate your support over the last four years, and look forward to continuing to work with residents, City Council and the Administration to build off of the progress we made during my first term in office. I also want to congratulate my colleagues, Kyle Baker (Ward 1), Cindy Strebig (Ward 3), and Cindy Marx (Ward 4).

During our first meeting, we also held elections fort President and Vice President of Council. At-Large Councilmember Sarah Kepple was elected President of Council making Lakewood the largest city in Ohio where all three branches of government are led by women. I am proud and honored to announce that I was elected Vice President of Council. Thank you to my Council colleagues for entrusting me with this position.

Accessory Dwelling Unit Legislation

After four years of research and collaboration with the Department of Planning & Development and the Planning Commission, residents in Single- and Two-Family Residential Districts (R2) can now build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) on their property. ADUs are independent dwelling units, with facilities for sleeping and a kitchen and full bath, that are on the same property as a larger, primary dwelling unit.

The legislation defines accessory dwelling units, establishes maximum lot coverage, and designates ADUs as a Conditional Use in the R2 District. “Conditional Use” means that if you would like to add an ADU to your property, you would first need to get approval from the Planning Commission. Both attached and detached units are permitted, meaning residents can build an ADU over a garage. The legislation also makes it easier to build a first-floor primary bedroom addition or add a first-floor bathroom to your home by increasing the maximum lot area coverage of your home from 25% to 35% of the lot area.

I am looking forward to seeing how residents take advantage of this legislation and am hopeful that this will help folks make their homes more accessible and allow more homeowners to stay in Lakewood.

 

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February Events At Lakewood Public Library

Vietnamese Refugees: Stories of Courage, Hope and Resilience

Through exhibits and related programs involving literature, poetry, film, the study of faith traditions, art and photography, we examine the lives and important stories of Vietnamese refugees, celebrating a people's history and culture.

Film- "The Scent of Green Papaya" (1993)

Directed by Tran Anh Hung

Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (104 minutes)

Main Library Auditorium

Winner of the 1993 Cannes Camera d’Or award, this film captures the beauty of Vietnam and its people. Set in the 1940s and 1960s, the film follows the life of an innocent, keenly observant young child named Mui. Highly reviewed by Roger Ebert, this film “is of great visual beauty; watching it is like a poem for the eyes.” Vietnamese with English subtitles.

Vietnamese Faith Traditions: Buddhism and Roman Catholicism

Presented by Professor Ellen Posman

Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

 

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Tristan Rader For Ohio House District 13

As a lifelong Ohioan, living the last 38 years in Lakewood, I've seen firsthand how the tumultuous politics in Columbus have impacted our daily lives. From the unsettling attempts to undermine our reproductive rights to the blatant corruption exemplified by the First Energy scandal, it's clear we need a change. That's why I firmly believe in Tristan Rader's candidacy for the Ohio House of Representatives, District 13.

Tristan has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to progressive values. He is dedicated to social welfare and is determined to bring about substantial, positive change. His tenure as a Lakewood Council Member At-Large has been distinguished by more than mere presence; it has been characterized by significant, results-driven actions.

Tristan's commitment to reproductive rights is unwavering. He was instrumental in mobilizing voters to protect these rights in the recent referendum. His stance against the corruption of First Energy isn't limited to words. He actively protested at their headquarters, rallied support to repeal their corrupt legislation, and played a key role in the resignation of the corrupt chair of the Public Utilities Committee of Ohio.

But Tristan's influence isn't limited to single issues. As a Council Member At-Large, he was a driving force behind Lakewood's first Climate Action Plan and its commitment to 100% renewable energy. His foresight in integrating solar panels on city buildings is reducing our carbon footprint while economically benefiting our community.

Tristan is no stranger to statewide issues. Recently, his advocacy helped pass Senate Bill 61, enabling 1.6 million Ohioans in homeowner associations to access solar energy. That is a monumental step toward a sustainable future.

 

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Volume 20, Issue 2, Posted 1:15 PM, 01.24.2024

A Time To Dance: Seniors' Leap Year Dance Party At Cove

Exciting News! The Senior Dance Party is back in Lakewood! Save the date – Feb. 29th for "A Time to Dance," a Leap Year Dance Party at Cove! Join us for joy and connection as H2O students team up with the Division of Aging. Let’s leap together to bridge the generation gap! Limited seating available. Call 216-529-5061 to buy your tickets.

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Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Just Baby 'N Me

For You and Your Birth to 24-Month-Old Baby

Just Baby 'N Me is a lap-sit story time ideal for babies from birth through early walkers. The focus is on rhymes, songs, finger plays and exploring short books together. Registration is required. Register for each session separately.

January 8- February 29, 2024

Main Library-

Mondays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Wednesdays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Thursdays-10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Madison Branch-

Thursdays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Pre-school Story Time

 

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Winter Warm Up Project At Cove

Cove Community Center’s Winter Warm Up Project, led by youth volunteers from H2O (Help To Others) and senior volunteers, is ensuring our neighbors stay warm this winter. Handmade hats and scarves, along with donated items, are placed on the fence near the RTA bus stop at Cove Ave. and Clifton Blvd., outside Cove Community Center. Please take what you need to stay warm throughout the winter or for your journey home from the bus stop. Items are available for all. Donations of new and gently used items are welcome in the lobby of Cove.

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Lakewood Kiwanis Is Calling All Graduating High School Seniors

--who live in Lakewood. We have scholarships to award.

The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood is proud to be offering its 2024 scholarship program to graduating high school seniors. The club’s foundation increased the awards to FOURTEEN $10,000 scholarships, $2500 per year for 4 years each. We are approaching 3 million in scholarships awarded since 1956. 

Edward Hadaway, Kiwanis scholarship committee chairman said, “Eligible applicants can be students at any accredited high school but must be a resident of Lakewood and a citizen of the United States. They must demonstrate academic success in high school and must have applied to one or more specific college or university. Winners will be chosen based on need for financial assistance; community involvement and service; with qualities of leadership, honesty, loyalty, diligence and participation in extracurricular activities.”

Applications and contact information is online at https://www.kiwanisfoundation.com/scholarships. Please submit by April 1, 2024. 

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Team Rangers For A Cure - Leukemia And Lymphoma Society Student Visionaries Kickoff Event

In less than one week, on Thursday January 18th, a small group of Lakewood High School Sophomores and Juniors are kicking off their 7-week fundraising effort through the Leukemia Lymphoma Society at Lakewood High Schools Girls' Basketball home game at 7pm.

High school junior Luke Burke was nominated by his principal as the Student Visionary of the Year and formed a team to work with him. His team will be competing in a fundraising competition with other schools throughout Northeast Ohio.

Luke's team, Team Rangers for a Cure, has a goal of $50,000 by March 8th. The team along with Lakewood High School Coach Julie Work is asking for guests to wear Orange in honor of Leukemia. There will be raffle baskets that were generously donated by tons of local Lakewood businesses and all profits made from the raffle baskets will go directly to the teams fundrasier. A precentage of ticket sales will also be supporting the cause. 

Lakewood High School Junior, Luke Burke, is a Leukemia Lymphoma Society Student Visionary of the Year. 

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Rotary Awards $77,912 In Grants

Grants totaling $77,912 from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will provide scholarships, encourage student achievement, fight hunger, and foster programs for community health and wellness.

Each year, the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River seeks grant applications from non-profit organizations that serve our youth, adults and community within Lakewood and Rocky River. Since its creation in 1952 by then-Club President Carl Dryer, the Foundation has enabled the club to provide over $1.25 million in student scholarships and grants. This has been accomplished due to the generosity of the club’s philanthropic membership.

This year, the club will award $15,000 in scholarships to high school seniors and present $7,000 in prizes to student winners in the club’s annual speech, music, and art competition.

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