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LFD And Emma Surprise Me Again - The Soap Box Derby

Emma Kochler gets ready to give the Lakewood Fire Deparment car a run down the track against Victor VanRoy in the car run by The Trademan Taven in Parma.

Last week Fire Chief Tim Dunphy and I were talking at the funeral for ……….. he mentioned to me that he would be busy this weekend tending to the Lakewood Fire Department’s Soap Box Derby car. I exclaimed, “What!” He went on to describe how the Lakewood Fire Department had gotten involved with Soap Box Derby cars about 5 years ago, and they love it.

I can see why Fire Chief Dunphy and crew would love it, from the Soap Box Derby website… “The Soap Box Derby is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to build knowledge, character, and create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition." It is everything being a Lakewood Fire Department member is all about.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 4:33 PM, 09.16.2020

Latest News Releases

Lakewood City Council Elects New Leadership
- City Hall, January 7, 2020 Read More
State Names Roosevelt Elementary High Progress School of Honor
- Board of Education, January 7, 2019 Read More
DeWine Nominates Cabinet Heads for DAS, DSA, OOD, DRC, Taxation, Appoints Numerous Senior Staff members
- Government, January 3, 2019 Read More
District to Renovate Taft for Curricular Expansion, Central Office Home
- Board of Education, December 18, 2018 Read More
Lakewood’s Roosevelt Elementary Named High Progress School of Honor
- Board of Education, November 16, 2017 Read More

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Hot Dog! LakewoodAlive’s 13th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade Going Virtual

Our Virtual Spooky Pooch Parade (September 8 to October 6) has arrived, and registrations are now open!

It’s been said that when times get ruff, dogs serve as the ultimate source of comfort. In that case, we want to make a safe celebration of costumed canines paw-sible for all.

In an effort to ensure health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, LakewoodAlive announces the 13th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade sponsored by Ganley Subaru will be held virtually, with 12 lucky winners having their dogs highlighted in LakewoodAlive’s 2021 calendar and one grand prize “Best In Show” winner being determined by public voting.

“We are pleased to be able to adapt our Spooky Pooch Parade into a virtual format and continue this long-held fall tradition safely during this unprecedented time,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive. “This family-friendly community event will certainly look different this year, without having 350 canines and 3,000 people filling Kauffman Park, yet its ability to offer community members joy and comfort will endure. We hope you and your family enjoy participating, and we appreciate your support of LakewoodAlive. Now get those creative costume juices flowing!”

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

A Special Senior Night For LHS Girls' Soccer

Sophie Lipka in her early days of playing soccer for Lakewood. She was a U8 in this picture, Lakewood travel team. Coached by her father, Ken. 

Senior nights are a rite of passage, an occasion to honor all of those who have typically spent four years playing for their high school team.
 
For every hour players spend in the spotlight of games, so many more are spent in practice, conditioning through hot summer months and honing their craft. As such, the game isn't so much about the score, although it's nice to win, as did the Lakewood Rangers Girls Soccer Team today in a running clock victory over Normandy.
 
It's quite fitting that senior Captain Aubree Nagel would tally the first goal on one of her signature strikes from 30 yards out. Senior Co-Captain Quinn Costanzo also scored in the first half, while Senior Co-Captain Jasmine Magda played her typically strong all around game. Every Senior started, including Willow Rosser, Paw Thaylay Say and Sophie Lipka.

Senior Night is special. Our PA guy, Mr McCollum, sings the National Anthem, every senior starts the game, parents bake and pass out cookies. There are indeed many magical senior night moments, but for me, seeing the students walk on the field with their parents tops them all. More than anything, they have provided the foundation for these young women, the work ethic and persistence it takes to play this sport. They drove them to practice, signed them up for youth leagues, endured tears, celebrated victories and comforted their kids after losses. They earned this moment

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Mayor's Corner: Fill Out Your Census Form

The United States Constitution mandates that our federal government count every person living in the United States every tenth year. The original purpose was to apportion members of the U.S. House of Representatives according to the population of each state, but now the stakes are even greater as the federal government uses the Census to apportion funding to cities like Lakewood. The more people we count in Lakewood, the more funding we will receive and influence we will have in Columbus and Washington, DC.

In an ordinary Census, August, September, and October are the times when the door-knockers we associate with the Census begin to hit the streets. Their purpose is to ensure that all people, especially those in traditionally hard-to-count areas are, in fact, counted. The federal government announced an acceleration of the deadline for the final Census count from October 31st to September 30th. This was an unexpected and unwelcome change and is problematic for Lakewood and other communities like ours.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Congratulations To Lakewood High's National Merit Semifinalists

Gina Marjanovic

Lakewood High School seniors Gina Marjanovic and Nina Seckers have been named National Merit Semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Corporation competition. This designation recognizes Gina and Nina as among the top students in the nation.

Based on their PSAT score from the 2019-2020 school year, Gina and Nina join the group of 16,000 Semifinalists who represent less than 1% of the U.S. high school seniors and the highest-scoring entrants in each state. They will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million, offered next spring. 

National Merit Scholarship Corp. also recognizes Commended Scholars, who are among the top 5% of PSAT scorers. Commended Scholars will be announced later this month.

Congratulations to Gina and Nina!

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

The Lakewood Historical Society Designates 954 Houses As 2020 Historic Lakewood: Century Homes

  1. A 1900 Victorian with a front porch and turret.

Homeowners all around Lakewood recently discovered large envelopes in their mailboxes with an illustration of a house and the words ”Century Home Recognition Project” on them. Homeowners who received this mailing are living in a house built one hundred or more years ago.

Each year, beginning in 2017, the Preservation Committee of the Lakewood Historical Society has reviewed the records of the Cuyahoga County Auditor to identify houses that were built one-hundred years ago. Because there was no formal recognition program before 2017, the committee searches not only for houses built one-hundred years ago, but also older houses built in previous years ending in the same digit as the current year. Thus these houses also receive recognition. This multiple year recognition will continue through 2026.

In 2020, houses built in 1860, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910 and 1920 have been designated.  Each of the 954 houses received a mailing announcing that it is a Historic Lakewood: Century Home.

One goal of this project is to help build appreciation for why and how Lakewood developed as it did. Lakewood is a city that appreciates and celebrates its past. Today’s Lakewood reflects that history.

Many of the early settlers were farmers and fruit growers who came to the area because Lake Erie kept the climate more temperate than areas farther from the lake. The conditions were ideal for fruit orchards and vegetable fields. Detroit Avenue had been developed into a plank road by the Rockport Plank Company, providing more dependable transportation than the dirt roads that easily became impassable mud, giving ready access to markets for the crops. And land was available.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

The View From Ward 2

Cove Church Intergenerational Community Center Conversion Project

At the Housing, Planning, & Development Committee meeting held Tuesday, September 8th, we discussed the project that will convert Cove Church into an Intergenerational Community Center for Lakewood residents. The resolution that was brought before the committee would grant the Director of Public Works the authority to enter into a design-build agreements for the design, hazardous substance abatement, and construction of the new Intergenerational Community Center for an amount not to exceed $4,150,000 with Infinity Construction Co.

We were planning on granting this authority earlier this year, but the administration requested that we defer to a later date until we had a clearer picture of the impact the pandemic had on our finances. Mayor George shared that our finances are in a good enough place where we can move forward with this project.

Over the years, the Department of Human Services has been housed in multiple buildings, with the home of Senior Services in unsatisfactory condition. This project will put all of Lakewood’s Human Services under one roof thereby increasing collaboration among departments and fostering relationships between the generations. Infinity Construction shared that they are working with Human Services employees and other stakeholders to ensure that the building itself supports the health and wellness of all our residents.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, construction should begin in Spring with a possible completion date of Fall 2021. I am glad to see that this project is getting started and that our City is showing a commitment to serving our residents at all stages of life.

Council Budget Priorities

September’s Finance Committee meetings are dedicated to discussing City Council members’ budget priorities. The goal is to adopt a resolution in October that formally states City Council’s budget priorities so that the Mayor and her staff can incorporate them into their 2021 Comprehensive Budget Document.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

LO 2020 EZ Voting Guide

REGISTER TO VOTE BY OCTOBER 5, 2020


OK here's the deal:

1. Do you want to vote? Well then, these are the requirements in Ohio…
• You must be a United States Citizen.
• You must be at least 18 years old on the day of the General Election.
• You must be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days.
• You must register to vote at least 30 days before an election to be eligible to vote.
• 17-year-old residents can register and vote in a Primary Election if they will be 18 on or before the General Election. 17-year-olds
can vote for candidates only.

Got It? OK you 18-year-old, let's do this! You want a voice? Then vote!

2. OK, so you CAN vote. Wonderful. Now what…?
Are you REGISTERED to vote? Let's check:

You can start by going online to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at:
https://boe.cuyahogacounty.gov/
Right at the first line you will see 'My Voting Info'. Check your name and take it from there…
Told you it was EZ!

3. What if you are not registered?

Register to vote or update your Ohio voting address electronically on the Secretary of State Website:
• Ohiososgov.


OK, WHAT ELSE?
• IF YOU ARE NOT ONLINE, YOU CAN CALL:
• Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at 216-443-VOTE(8683) for a Voter Registration Card to be mailed to you.
• Once you have obtained the voter registration form, complete the form then mail it back to the Board of Elections.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Marty Harris Named Unsung Hero Of Sunrise Rotary Club

Rotary District 6630 Governor, John Reyes, and Sunrise Rotary Club President, Lynda Carter present Unsung Hero Award Trophy to Marty Harris.

The Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary club was pleased to honor Marty Harris with the 2020 Unsung Hero Award. Marty is a Charter member of the club which was chartered in 2007.  She is a Club Past President, and Chair of the Club’s International Service Committee. She has been the coordinator of the Rotary International Rotary Student Exchange Program for the Sunrise Club since it started. Prior to the founding of the Sunrise Club, Marty spearheaded that program for her husband Jim’s Lakewood Rocky River Rotary Club.

Marty has a passion for supporting youth. This passion drives Marty to go above and beyond expectations. During her career as a Lakewood High School Counselor, she continuously encouraged students to expand their connection to the world by signing up the Rotary Student Exchange program. Students spend nearly one year in a foreign country living with host families, going to school, and learning the culture of the country.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Growing Up Lakewood, H2O Interviews

One bathing suit per summer, ice skating at Lakewood Park and never having to remember to take your house key were a few memories shared by long time residents of Lakewood that made some Lakewood youth say “really?” This summer H2O Summer Service Experience “campers” chatted with adult residents over Zoom and collected their memories for an informal oral history of life in our community. H2O Summer Service Camp staff took our activities virtual this year, but made certain that campers had the opportunity to connect with many different people in our community by leading video conference storytimes with children in daycare centers, playing Zoom Bingo with senior citizens in partnership with the Lakewood Division of Aging, interviewing Lakewood residents, and hosting guest speakers ranging from Mayor Meghan George to H2O Alumni working in local service organizations. Interviewing Lakewood residents enriched their perspective and lens through which they understand their community.

The middle school aged campers learned that prepaid passes for admission to our local pools used to come in the form of metal tags that were sewn to the swimmer’s bathing suit. On a hot summer day if you wanted to cool off in one of the Lakewood pools, you had to wear the suit with the attached pass.The message was clear from parents: “Do not lose this tag. No tag, no pool.” Along with spending summers at the pool with friends, residents remember skating at Lakewood Park in the winter. Part of the lawn near the Oldest Stone House was flooded when temperatures dipped low to create an ice rink and everyone could skate free, so long as they brought their own skates. One camper recalled hearing his dad call a building at the park “the skate house” but assumed that was in reference to the nearby skate park for skateboarders rather than a place where ice skaters could seek shelter from the weather. Very few adults we spoke with remember having to carry a house key when they were out and about as kids and never encountered a locked door when they got home, even when no one was home. No one had memories of much, if any, crime in Lakewood but one resident did recall hearing about a kidnapping in a nearby suburb that caused a ripple of fear in the community.


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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Healthy Lakewood Foundation To Host Virtual Community Meeting On September 16th

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) is pleased to invite the community to a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. to learn about the foundation’s progress over the past 12 months and engage in conversation that will inform the foundation’s grantmaking in the coming year.

The meeting format will include reports from HLF’s officers on activities of the foundation over the past year, followed by breakout sessions in which all meeting participants will have the opportunity to engage with board members and with each other to share their perspectives on the health of the Lakewood community and future priorities.

“To say the last 12 months have been eventful would be an understatement,” says Board President Jeanine Gergel. “We are eager to share how we have responded to the needs of the community during these turbulent times. Even more important will be the chance to hear from our neighbors about how they are faring and what needs the community faces going forward.”

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 33: “The Ballad Of Derecho Dan” Continues:

Little Dan had split a storm in two and taken the proverbial cake! As it was later explained by expert psychologists and members of the Grateful Dead, the LSD Little Dan had ingested encouraged his brain to reach a higher plane of whatever. His enhanced mental state enabled him to shape-shift the storm into a Japanese monster lizard which, in turn, imbued Little Dan with the sense of purpose and duty one needs when blowing up storms. Even his detractors had to admit that Little Dan performed an Old Testament-style miracle complete with Old Testament-style consequences. 

Torn asunder by Maynard Gridley's exploding boat, the western lobe of the massive storm did an “exit stage right” directly onto the upscale neighborhoods along River City’s coastline. Hundreds of Riverites who’d gathered atop their shale cliffs to watch the derecho storm victimize Rockport had instead become the victims thanks to Little Dan’s electric kool-aid acid voyage into history.

Once, the most wanted criminal in Rockport for his derelictions that caused the Gas & Lube disaster, Little Dan had become an instant sensation once the accounts of his deeds had found their way into the lunch counters and dive bars of Rockport. Rockporters everywhere raised their glasses and toasted the local hero who’d forced the elite citizens of River City to drop their barbeque tongs and run for their very lives.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Lakewood Lutheran School Adapts, Opens Doors For 2020-21 Year

It’s business as usual for Lakewood Lutheran School.

Yes, LLS has implemented measures to protect its students and faculty from COVID-19. Rather, what’s business as usual at the corner of Madison and St. Charles is the school’s family-centric approach to education.

“It’s certainly a strange year,” principal Carolyn Potantus said. “It was a strange summer as we prepped the school for the year and figured out how to make everything work.”

LLS, which has been a staple of the Lakewood community for nearly 125 years serving students K through 8th grade, is open five days a week.

Standard COVID precautions are in place — social distancing of at least 6 feet between desks, plexiglass barriers on the desks to further protect students, mandatory masks and a teacher to greet each student at the door for a temperature check.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Warmth Is Found 365 Days A Year At The Summer House

Clothesline Bacon

What was once an iconic restaurant on Lake Rd. back in the day, has gotten a face lift. The old Swingos, and before that the Silver Quill on the ground floor of the Carlyle building is now the Summer House. Swingos closed its doors in February of 2009, staying empty until Tony George, Cleveland restaurateur decided to put his signature on it. George spent three years renovating the place, opening in March of 2020, only to be closed due to Covid-19 a week later.

Summer House Executive Chef Vinnie Cimino and sous chef Ryan Boone took a grave situation and turned it into a positive, the starting of Cleveland Family Meal. Cimino and Boone turned Summer House’s emergent kitchen into a bustling food bank for those in need, particularly restaurant workers, who often work paycheck to paycheck.

The Summer House has since reopened, after Gov. DeWine permitted restaurants to reopen in late spring. However, the giving didn’t stop there. Tony George has dedicated Summer House to the memory of his late son, Michael T. George, known as Mikey to the community. Mikey, a student at St. Ed’s, lost his battle with cancer in June of 2019. Profits from the Summer House go to a non-profit organization based in Lakewood, called Awakening Angels. Awakening Angels shares the profits with the Red Cross, the Michael T. George Center, Down Syndrome Research and others.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Local Nonprofit Launches Rec Esports League Focus On Youth Development

Burning River Esports is announcing its flagship program, Burning River REC, a recreational esports league for kids, teens, and young adults aged 10 to 35 living throughout Greater Cleveland, which is the first such program of its kind in Northeast Ohio.

Registration is now open for players, and the organization is calling on any youth development organizations in the area to sponsor a team. Both team sponsorship and registration are free of cost, and forms for each are available at burningriver.gg. Play is expected to start in Spring 2021 and will be held entirely online until the pandemic ends and in-person events are safe to attend.

Founded in the summer of 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic by friends-turned-business-partners Eliot Oreskovic and John-Paul Richard, Burning River Esports is a Cleveland-based nonprofit promoting youth development through recreational esports.

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

District Hires Assistant Treasurer

The Lakewood Board of Education approved the appointment of Olmsted Falls City Schools Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Emily Weisbarth as the District’s assistant treasurer. The new position is part of a restructuring of the Treasurer’s Office on the heels of the retirement of Accounting Manager Maria Gregg.

Weisbarth, who begins her new post on October 12, has held positions at all levels within a treasurers’ office and enjoys collaborating within a team to improve the operational and reporting processes relating to district finances. Her career spans 12 years and multiple districts.

Weisbarth, who started her career as an accountant after graduating from Walsh University, values creating financial transparency and clear communication across all levels of stakeholders. Her accomplishments include developing and leading a District Finance Committee, being a member of the Olmsted Township Economic Development team, fiscal agent for the Great Lakes Regional Health Consortium and assisting in running multiple successful levy campaigns. 

Weisb

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Lakewood Public Library Update

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than two months since Lakewood Public Library opened its doors again for in-person services. The Library is committed to offering patrons with a variety of library services, while focusing on ensuring safety for our patrons and staff.

The Library continues to quarantine returned materials for a minimum of four days. During this time, items will still show as checked out to your library account. After the quarantine period, all items are checked in as of the day they were returned, so no overdue fees are accrued.

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting learning, students who are engaged in online or distance learning can take advantage of the Library’s proctoring service. Visit lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/proctoring for more information or to request an appointment, and a Library staff member will contact you to schedule your proctored exam.

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Never Quit. Never

Sam Ciancutti, Lakewood High School Class of 2015, left for Salt Lake City Utah in early September where he will play on the "Select Developmental Squad" of the Utah Warriors Professional Rugby team. 

Sam was the team captain in his rugby years at LHS. He was granted the rugby-coveted Higgins College Scholarship that led him to Bowling Green State University, graduating in 2019. During his years at BGSU he collected numerous awards for team leadership and sports integrity and his teams won the Mid American Conference Title four times. In 2018 BGSU won the National Title as well. It was the first time in the club's 50 year history. 

After going undrafted in the 2020 Pro Selection round up, Sam declared as a free-agrent and was invited, as such, to multiple camps. Utah's offer was the one he selected and his performance with the developmental squad through the end of 2020 will determine whether a pro contract will be signed. 

Good luck Sam. The City of Lakewood hopes your tough-minded determination will find you in the Pro League by 2021!

The Ciancutti Family has lived in Lakewood since 1994 where they raised five children and enjoyed and appreciated every great thing the city has to offer. Ron recently retired as Director of Procurement after 37 years with Cleveland Metroparks.

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Message From Superintendent Barnes: Focus Forward

Dear Lakewood Families:

When we closed schools so abruptly last March, never did any of us think that we would be starting our new school year the same way we ended the last one. It is an unfortunate situation that we all must cope with and do our best to provide your children with the high quality education they deserve, despite the challenging circumstances. I know that Lakewood City Schools is up to that challenge.

Last March, our teachers were forced to abruptly switch their instruction to remote. This time around, our staff has had ample professional development in online instruction and will be much more familiar with the tech tools that were new to some staff last spring. 

As I think about the environment we are all living through, a recent article I read in School Administrator magazine comes to mind. The article talks about a concept I learned years ago at a leadership conference at the U.S. Army War College. It is a concept that reassures me that we as a school community will emerge from this pandemic stronger and more resilient. The concept is VUCA. It was developed by the military to describe the state of international affairs following the conclusion of the Cold War. It stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. We certainly are living in a VUCA world right now! There are strategies to survive and even thrive in times like today, and I believe that the foundation that our District and community is built on is one that can withstand the VUCA vortex.

 
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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Stay Safe! Make It Yours!

Wear your art...on your mask for the world to see!

There are a lot of fun masks out there for kids. What was missing, Color Me A Mask founders Gerry Engelhart and Rachel Gordon realized…was the kids! “Give kids markers, and they tend to excel at personalizing,” laughs Gordon.

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

MTO - Madison Take Out Opens!

Bright sunny days have finally arrived in Lakewood! If you’re dividing your time between hiking, Zooming and social distancing with friends, leave it to Madison Take Out, a new healthy food cafe near Madison Park, to keep you well-fed and feeling your best when you’re on the go.  

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Remember To Vote!

LAKEWOOD FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS!

As we head into the November election, The Observer would like to help you make sure your voice is heard. Here is how YOU take part:
First, register to VOTE! You have until Monday, October 5, 2020 to register in Ohio.* It takes two minutes and can be done online in Ohio at:

Olvr.ohiosos.gov

To register online you will need to provide the following:
• Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number
• Name
• Date of Birth
• Address
• Last four digits of your Social Security number
Not online or have questions? Call:
General inquiries - 216.443.VOTE (8683)
Bilingual information - 216.443.3233
Hearing Impaired - Ohio Relay Service 711

In Person: Cuyahoga County Board of Elections - 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

REMEMBER! REMEMBER! REMEMBER!

Voter Registration Deadline:
Mon Oct 5, 2020

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot:
Received by Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:00PM EDT
Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot:
In-Person, Received by Tue Nov 3, 2020 7:30PM EST

Ohio General Election
Nov 3, 2020
Early Voting: Not available
In-Person Absentee Voting: Oct 6, 2020 - Nov 2, 2020*

*Taken from usvotefoundation.org and rockethevote.org

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 4:54 PM, 09.02.2020

The Return Of The Annual Lakewood Kiwanis Scarecrow Festival

Wind nor rain nor COVID 19 will stop the scarecrows from arriving in the fall on Madison Ave. Madison Avenue will become a parade of playfulness with scarecrows lining the entire avenue: West 117th to Riverside Drive, from October 11-25, 2020 for the 7th Annual Lakewood Scarecrow Festival. Make plans to build your own scarecrow and participate in this fun opportunity for individual, families, businesses, clubs and organizations.

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Heaven On Earth At The Elmwood Bakery

Bear Claw, Lady Lock, Cheese & Fruit Danish

Being that I lived in Lakewood in the late 80s and thru the 90s I don’t know how in God’s name I missed this little slice of Heaven. Since I moved back to Lakewood in 2016, I’ve become a serious gastronome. Let’s face it, how do you live in Lakewood without become a foodie, oenophile, or a libationist?

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 4:54 PM, 09.02.2020

Update On Services From Lakewood Public Library

Returned Items Are Quarantined 

The Library continues to quarantine returned materials for a minimum of four days. During this time, items will still show as checked out to your library account. After the quarantine period, all items are checked in as of the day they were returned, so no overdue fees are accrued. 
 
Proctoring Services
Students can have written and electronic tests proctored by appointment at the Main Library. Visit the Library's proctoring page for more information or to request an appointment, and a Library staff member will contact you to schedule your proctored exam.
 
Black And White Printing Available By Request
Patrons who need to have documents printed can email their print request to the Library. A staff member will print the requested documents, maintaining patron confidentiality, and will notify the patron when the documents are ready to be picked up.
 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Mayor's Corner: The City Of Lakewood Delivers

In these unprecedented times, everyone is strained to fulfill commitments, but the City of Lakewood is delivering. My first priority is protecting the health and safety of our residents, workers, shoppers, diners, and visitors. That has meant an emphasis from my administration on ensuring that all City services have been open and available to the public every step of the way. While many cities are laying off staff, the City of Lakewood has been able to maintain services while cutting costs. By reducing overtime and instituting a voluntary furlough program, we have saved the City nearly $700,000. If you need an in-person meeting, City Hall is open for appointments.

I am taking a 360-degree approach to all City policies, services, and operations during the pandemic and beyond. We have expanded dining space for our restaurants. We have created express parking permits for carry-out/drop-off businesses. I have been working with my team to develop a set of new grant programs--the Residential Rent Relief grant program and Small Business Rent Relief grant program--to help both residential and commercial landlords and renters to get through these difficult times.

The City of Lakewood’s Small Business Rent Relief grant program provides emergency assistance to income-eligible Lakewood small businesses that have experienced a reduction in revenue as a result of the current public health emergency. Assistance is up to $7,000 per business to cover rent and eligible payroll expenses. In the early days of the quarantine, my team created the Small Business Rent Relief grant program to ensure City resources were supporting the small business community in a direct, streamlined, and useful way. In this second round of the grant program, more resources are available and we adjusted eligibility requirements to reach applicants in need who may not have qualified during our initial rollout. To learn more about the Small Business Rent Relief grant program, visit http://www.onelakewood.com/rent-relief-program/.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Parents Petition Lakewood City Schools For Ongoing Online Education

From "Today Is Gonna Be A Great Quarantine" by Sarah Bene

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkFzAau2Bwg

A petition launched by Lakewood parents is asking that Lakewood City Schools (LCS) make online learning with Lakewood teachers and classes an ongoing option for families who require it. Currently, when buildings reopen, the online option ends. 

Children from families with health issues, who can't risk going into into buildings, must switch to a generic online eLearning course, losing their chance to complete the LHS courses they've started and contact with their teachers and classmates.

The current reopening policy:  

1.) PROMOTES COMMUNITY SPREAD OF COVID-19 by requiring that children--who would stay home if there was an online option--go into buildings to continue their LCS education. This will increase class-sizes and exposure for in-building learners and staff, along with the chance that vulnerable children and their families will get sick.

2.) DISCRIMINATES AGAINST AT-RISK FAMILIES by depriving their children of access to Lakewood teachers, courses and fellow classmates. These families pay taxes, along with all Lakewood residents, to support the provision of authentic education for all Lakewood children. Some families will withdraw from the District, choosing to homeschool or enroll in more accommodating schools. They may not return.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Filling Up The Streets Is The Only Thing That Works: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 106

Knowso - Psychological Garden - self-released - 5 songs - digital

The first of two digital-only (for now?) Knowso EPs released in the past few months. They're down to a two-piece here, with Jayson Gerycz on drums and Nathan Ward on everything else. In that way, it's kinda similar to the first Knowso tape, which I think was just Nathan and Jo Coone. They actually redo a track off of that original tape, "Into A Bug," which already has pretty funny lyrics but is improved even further by Nathan's deadpan delivery. "Isn't it funny how things work out…My life is done now," or the brilliant couplet "My brain's on overdrive / I'm on news channel 5." (A quick digression here, but you know what song from that tape they should bring back out? "Chemical Drink." What a ripper.) This is a slightly more herky-jerky version than the original, as I recall, but still good. Herky-jerky is something of an essential element of the current Knowso sound, after all. The songs on this EP in particular are comprised of a clean guitar and a distorted bass playing the same thing (which actually makes for a pretty cool sound), with the same thing usually being a staccato, pretty rhythmic punk tune in a weird time signature-- not in a math rock kind of way because I don't think they're doing this for those reasons, but more in the way that that's just how Nathan writes, kinda like Spike In Vain. I mean, "Staring At The Spiral" sounds like Neo Neos and that's about as far from math rock as you can be. Certainly less aggressive than past material as well, particularly in comparison to, for example, "Look At The Chart," but again, it's a closer sound to that original demo in a lot of ways. Also, there's more of a lean towards post-punk here, while still being, I'd say, punk. The lyrics on this EP are generally kinda out there, a little bit sci-fi but not quite in a Darvocets way. Sometimes they're about completely normal things, but seen through a filter where it's just a bit off. Like a photo where the color balance is wrong but you can't quite say how. There, that's a poetic description for you. My favorite here, particularly lyrically, is probably "Turning Planet." I really like the lines about "skipping cinderblocks in a cemetery" and "stepping on the names of the dead and dying." Cool stuff. 3.5/5

(knowso.bandcamp.com)

 

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Rotary Shoe Boxes Ad Children Of The Dump

Rotary members from Lakewood and Rocky River fill shoe boxes for the Children of the Dump in Chinandega, Nicaragua, with personal care items, clothing, school supplies and age-appropriate games or toys.

On August 26, members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River joined Rotarians across the United States by participating in an international service project known as “Children of the Dump.”

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

The View from Ward 2

Lake Avenue Speed Limit

Councilmembers At-Large Tom Bullock and Tristan Rader introduced an ordinance that would reduce the speed limit on Lake Avenue to 25 MPH. They shared that the vehicle traffic volume has decreased, and pedestrian and bicycle traffic has increased. Mr. Bullock and Mr. Rader also pointed to the residential nature of the street as a reason to lower the speed limit. This issue will be further discussed at a future Public Works & Sustainability Committee meeting.

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Election 2020 Process Outlined By Senator Nickie J. Antonio

Senator Antonio at the Cuyahoga County BOE drop box at E. 30th and Euclid Ave.

Photo credit: Elizabeth Halko

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our daily lives; what we wear, where we go, and who we can visit--but it does not change your vital role in our democracy. With the 2020 General Election right around the corner, it is important to be aware of upcoming deadlines and processes to make your vote count and your voice heard.

Before heading to the polls on November 3, 2020, you must be registered to vote. The deadline to register to vote for this election is October 5, 2020. To register, you will need your Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number, name, date of birth, address, and the last four digits of your social security number. If you have recently moved, you will need to update your voting address. Last year, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office purged thousands of citizens from voter rolls. Some of these names were removed in error, so even if you have not moved and you have previously voted, you should verify your voter registration out of an abundance of caution.

The unpredictable nature of a global pandemic makes the possibility of in-person voting unclear for many. To be safe, you can vote by mail. To do so, you will need to complete and mail an absentee ballot application to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at 2925 Euclid Ave Cleveland, OH 44115. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is three days before the election, but it is highly recommended that requests are submitted as soon as possible. Once you receive your ballot in the mail, you will need to return it to the Board of Elections, which can be done by mail or in person. When mailing the completed ballot, it must be postmarked no later than the day before the election (November 2, 2020) and received no later than ten days after the election. You can also deliver your ballot in person prior to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

Election Day 2020 will look different, but you too can help the process run smoothly by signing up to be a poll worker if you are less vulnerable to the virus. Many of our older Election Day volunteers will be unable to help in November due to Covid-19 related risks, so it is a great time for young people to sign up as paid poll workers through the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

While this election will present new challenges, we must remember that our foremothers and fathers fought for our right to vote and make our voice heard. This is an important time to participate in our democracy.

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

Annual LHS Alumni Ranger Marching Band Celebration - Canceled Due To C19

The Lakewood High School Alumni Ranger Marching band forfeits the privilege of marching with the current Lakewood Ranger Marching Band at Homecoming due to Covid-19. While this decision saddens us greatly, we are most concerned with the health and well-being of the students, their famillies, the staff, and the alumni who regularly attend. We do, however, look forward to any and all future opportunities to perform with the band.

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 4:54 PM, 09.02.2020

The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 32: “The Ballad Of Derecho Dan” Continues:

Though, not exactly the Battle of the Somme, the tragi-comical skirmish between the citizens of Rockport and River City, known as “Shale Wars I”, had unfurled like a mud pie in the rain. Emanating from long simmering resentments between the two towns, the battle was later hyped in the Cleveland newspapers as the greatest clash of suburbanites since the “Beer Night” riot of 1974.

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 4:54 PM, 09.02.2020

Back To Work And School - At Home

Many of us are finding ourselves working from home including our children when school is back in session.  A shortened commute!  No trips to the gas station!  Pants optional! Those are some of the benefits…. However achy necks, shoulders and low backs are some of the consequences of setting up at home especially if using our laptops all day long.  If adults and children are sharing a workspace in the home, chances are that there are people of different sizes using the same chair and desk.  One set up does not fit all however with a few adjustments it just might be able to!

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 4:54 PM, 09.02.2020

St. Charles Green Is Now Bernice Pyke Park

Lakewood formally dedicated a new public park named for suffragist Bernice Pyke on August 18, the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Most of the park property—bordered by St. Charles and Belle Avenues, downtown, and the railroad—has been city-owned for decades. Informally known as the St. Charles Green, residents have spent years pursuing official park status. 

Councilperson Tristan Rader, who emcee’d the ribbon cutting ceremony, recalled that upon moving next door several years ago, his first visitor was a neighbor collecting signatures to protect the space as a park.

Rader and other elected officials spoke of the accomplishments of Pyke, a Lakewood resident who helped win the right to vote for Lakewood women in 1917, and to pass the 19th amendment to the Constitution, recognizing women’s suffrage nationally.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Lakewood Votes

LAKEWOOD FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS!

As we head into the November election, The Observer would like to help you make sure your voice is heard. Here is how YOU take part:
First, register to VOTE! You have until Monday, October 5, 2020 to register in Ohio.* It takes two minutes and can be done online in Ohio at:

Olvr.ohiosos.gov

To register online you will need to provide the following:
• Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number
• Name
• Date of Birth
• Address
• Last four digits of your Social Security number

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Remote School-- Families Left Hanging: Re-Opening Choices Give Them No Choice

Right now families in Lakewood, like families all around the world, are getting ready for school. This pandemic year comes with some unique challenges, the first one is location: Where will my child be attending school— in a school building or sitting at the kitchen table?

In accordance with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s recommendation that school buildings remain closed and students receive online instruction for the beginning of the school year, Lakewood is starting the school year “remotely.”

What this means is that right now, all Lakewood students have the option of participating in the Lakewood City Schools remote learning program, which allows them to stay home and have their education delivered via school-provided laptops with Lakewood courses, teachers and classmates, using Zoom technology and Google classroom. This option is guaranteed for the first 9 weeks of school.

Families can also choose a second option: eLearning, with a pre-packaged online learning system which, while it has Ohio Dept of Education mandated core courses and some AP offerings, lacks LCS electives, upper level courses, and overall does not have a curriculum that matches Lakewood City Schools’. This system allows students to learn independently, without the interaction of Lakewood teachers and classmates.

Here's the problem:

The Lakewood City Schools remote learning program stops when buildings re-open.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

The View From Ward 2

Express Parking Resolution

The Express Parking Resolution, introduced by Councilmembers Sarah Kepple & Tom Bullock, was passed at August 3rd's City Council meeting. This resolution formalizes the process in which a business can request an express parking space in certain circumstances (e.g., a reserved parking spot in front of a business for customers picking up carry out orders), and also makes the distribution of these spots more equitable. Council recognized that due to Covid-19, Lakewood's restaurants and retailers have increasingly relied on pickup services. Express parking spots will facilitate these quick transactions by ensuring that a space is available nearby the business for short-term use. You can view the resolution here.

Lake Avenue Restriping

The Lake Avenue restriping project is still ongoing but is nearing completion. Please be sure to pay attention to bikers and to the new road markings, including street parking. Cars are only permitted to park on the north side of Lake Avenue in designated areas. Cars that have been parked on the south side of Lake Ave. have interfered with the completion of the lane installation. Additionally, parking on the south side of Lake Ave. effectively eliminates the new bike lane, interfering with bicycle traffic and making biking and driving more treacherous. The City has recently installed signs indicating that parking is not permitted, and vehicles will be towed. The signs are installed on the south side of Lake from Webb to Cove.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Mayor's Corner

Lakewood, like all other municipalities in Ohio, has experienced negative effects from Covid-19 and the corresponding shutdown. Unlike other governments that are primarily reliant upon property taxes, Lakewood’s major revenue source is income tax, which is economically sensitive. 

The last compiled numbers Lakewood has from July indicated that the City’s General Fund revenue is down roughly $2.6 million from last year’s actual collections. We are working hard to be back into the black before year end, but it’ll be a tough trudge. 

To combat the loss in revenue, we continuously analyze our operations, and have worked to do things differently than in the past. However, reducing General Fund costs in our case means reducing payroll for Lakewood’s outstanding and dedicated public service workforce. To help accomplish this, I have been asking employees to voluntarily furlough, and the response has been tremendous. The City will have saved roughly $320,000 including roughly $200,000 in the General Fund because of the voluntary time off, which helps plug the huge hole in this year’s income tax revenue. 

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

District Earns Marketing Awards

The Lakewood City Schools earned top honors for its marketing pieces in the Ohio School Public Relations Association's recent annual awards contest. The District was honored with the Best of the Best award in the video category for its video titled "A Place for Everyone," which showed the vibrant educational environment and rich opportunities available to the District's diverse student body. The video was produced by Second Story Productions and coordinated by Communications and PR Coordinator Christine Gordillo. The District was given the Mark of Distinction award, the second-highest honor, in the Special Purpose Publication category for its Lakewood High School marketing booklet, "Where Potential Meets Opportunity," which was designed by Lakewood graphic designer David Meeker.

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

As More People Need Help Due To COVID-19, Legal Aid Continues To Expand

The economic impact of COVID-19 caused more people to become eligible for free legal assistance from The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. As a result, Legal Aid is taking on an increased number of cases, especially in the areas of housing law and employment law. Already, compared to the same time last year, the organization has seen a 25% increase in landlord-tenant cases and a 46% increase in work-related issues such as unemployment. 

Legal Aid is open and available to both new and returning clients, offering online intake 24/7 and phone intake during certain business hours. Hundreds have already benefitted from Legal Aid’s assistance and representation during the pandemic. 

One person Legal Aid assisted recently is Melissa Benjamin (name changed to protect privacy). Melissa lives with her husband and their three children. She worked as a Lyft driver to make ends meet, but lost her income when Ohio's “stay at home” order took effect in March. Unable to make the family’s mortgage payments, Melissa contacted Legal Aid. Her attorney knew that the CARES Act prevented banks from filing new foreclosures, so she submitted a forbearance request, which was quickly approved. Thanks to Legal Aid’s intervention, the Benjamin family is safe in their home as their payments are deferred, giving them time to save.

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Academic Awards: Lakewood Students Receive Tri-C Honors Program Fellowships

Andrew Griffin and Benjamin Mitchell of Lakewood have been selected for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Honors Program Fellowships, which offer high-achieving students scholarships to cover tuition, fees and books as they work toward an associate degree.

The students signed commitment letters with the College during a recent virtual ceremony. Each scholarship — funded by donors to the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation — is valued at up to $5,120 per academic year.

The College’s seventh fellowship class features 54 students with at least a 3.5 GPA and outstanding ACT/SAT scores. By entering the scholarship program, they commit to being full-time students, maintaining a high GPA and earning a degree from Tri-C within two years.

This is the largest fellowship class since Tri-C began the program. The previous high was 46 students in 2018.

“These gifted students chose to come here because they understand the power of a Tri-C education,” said Karen Miller, the College’s provost and chief academic officer. “I look forward to celebrating their success at Spring Commencement in 2022.”

The honors fellowship places special emphasis on academic planning, mentoring and portfolio building to reflect student work. Smaller honors class sizes also ensure specialized attention for students.

The program is designed to support eventual transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s and other advanced degrees. Previous Honors Program Fellows amassed numerous academic honors on their way to earning associate degrees from the College.

For information on the Honors Program Fellowship, including eligibility requirements, contact Rebecca Stolzman at 216-987-4713 or rebecca.stolzman@tri-c.edu.

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Supplies4Success Is Back!

As we near the final days of Summer, Lakewood students and their families are preparing to begin a new school year. Since 2011, “Supplies4Success” has been a big part of that process. Many Lakewood businesses have collected supplies generously donated by Lakewood families for distribution to neighbors in need.

Of course, the challenge of the pandemic means a different plan for Supplies4Success this year. Our goal is to provide the same support to Lakewood students while protecting the health and safety of our business community and volunteers.

Here’s how it will work:

- Cash donations preferred. Cash donations reduce the need for going into stores to purchase supplies. They cut down on the number of volunteers needed to sort supplies for donation and give us the ability to save money and purchase items in bulk. We’ve made it easy for you to donate online: http://thelakewoodfoundation.org/lakewood-area-collaborative/supplies-4-success/
- Three donation sites. If you do have items you wish to donate, you can drop them in donation boxes at Foster Pool, Madison Pool, and the Recreation Department office at Lakewood High School. We are not asking Lakewood businesses to collect supplies this year.
- New supplies for remote learning. This school year will be quite different from past years. Lakewood students will spend at least part of the school year engaged in remote learning from home. Our wish list includes typical school supplies, but cash donations will enable us to purchase remote learning items such as headphones in bulk to address the increased needs posed by video conferencing.


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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Overcoming Obstacles

On a daily basis, at Lakewood Garden Center, we help people overcome obstacles that make it tough for them to have success in the garden.  Sometimes these obstacles are easy to overcome and sometimes they are a bit more difficult.  The one issue that consistently causes needless struggle is budget, the other is availability. In today’s world with all the available technology, the endless supply of bloggers, and the groups pushing accessibility to agriculture, a beautiful and bountiful garden should not be hampered by budget constraints if you have effort and resourcefulness on your side.

Space to garden has consistently been an issue for Lakewoodites. Luckily, community gardening in Lakewood is alive and well. Community garden plots are offered by LEAF each spring, these plots are spaced about town. Other community gardens existing outside of Lakewood include Kentucky Gardens in Ohio City, Ben Franklin Community Garden in Old Brooklyn, as well as numerous others throughout town. These plots have become quite popular as interest in them has grown, but if you plan, and apply for a plot in a timely manner, one should be available. Plots usually go for $10-25 for the season. The money covers water and some equipment. Learning in a community garden is a given as gardeners love to share knowledge, just ask one. The best part of working in a community garden is that most of the infrastructure for getting started is already in place.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Victory Garden: Third Round

The third round of planting in the Victory Garden takes place in August. By this time, you should have some space opening, or you could also just be tired of green zucchini and ready for something else. Summer plantings are also called succession plantings, the idea is to maximize the growing season by replacing a harvested or failed crop with one that will flourish into the fall. If you are replacing a failed crop, try to understand why it failed and replace it with a crop that has a better chance of success. When preparing soil for fall crops, this may also be the time to consider a low tunnel or a cold frame to extend your season well into the winter. Although planting the spring garden is fun, I find succession plantings to be more enjoyable than the spring. You are not worried about soil temperature or a late frost, you can still see outside at 9:15pm, the beds have been prepped once so the real hard work is already done. Lastly, with a little luck, you can be serving these plants to family as you gather for Thanksgiving or even Christmas.

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Three Arches Foundation COVID-19 Response Grants Highlight Increased Focus On Looking After Our Mental Health: Grants Help Nonprofit Organizations Take Care Of Their Clients And Front-Line Caregivers

Recognizing the immediate need for support at the onset of the pandemic, Three Arches Foundation (TAF), a community-focused grant making foundation, established the COVID-19 Response Fund. To date, eight nonprofit organizations serving the people of Lakewood and surrounding communities have received funding for resources towards unanticipated needs and to ensure continued focus on access to care. Prevalent in nearly all grant requests was a common thread of proactively supporting mental health initiatives for the benefit of those served, as well as caregivers and staff.

The health and economic effects of the ongoing pandemic are creating and intensifying significant behavioral health challenges for many individuals and local communities. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and magnified the flaws in our mental health system and the true burden of mental illness in our country,” said AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA. “Behavioral health care integration can help save lives and is a proven model that has many advantages over a more divided one.”

Local organizations that received financial resources through the TAF COVID-19 Response Fund include:

Building Hope in the City
Funding to efficiently repurpose and expand capacity of the Refugee Ambassador Program towards serving and maintaining close contact with refugees and immigrants remotely or in-home within their culture and language comfort, as well as providing health and safety education, well checks and addressing mental health needs.

Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health
Funding to implement socially distanced and virtual delivery methods to allow for the continuation of vital music and arts enrichment programs and activity-based experiences for individuals affected by dementia and other brain health issues.

Cleveland Clinic
Funding towards the ongoing health, well-being and safety of front-line medical caregivers and first responders fighting COVID-19 in Lakewood and throughout the west side communities, including considerations to ease the burden of their critical roles within the family environment.


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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

How We Can Stop Covid 19 In Cuyahoga County

I have my opinions about the quality of leadership on COVID-19 that we’ve received at various levels of government, that but is not the subject of this article. Regardless of the leadership, much of the effort on COVID-19 rests with each of us. If everyone or most of us in our community take the right actions, we can beat back COVID-19 in Cuyahoga County. The following are the actions I believe to be most important:

 

  1. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE: I believe that keeping proper distance from others is the most important preventive action. The general rule of staying six feet apart is a good guideline, but some situations require more. If one is in an enclosed indoor space where people are talking loudly, singing, or coughing, ten to fifteen feet distancing would be required, and hopefully not much time would be spent there. If one is running outside, and you quickly pass another person a little closer than six feet, it would probably not be a problem.

One thing you hear from people who don’t want to weak masks, is that it encourages people to be complacent about physical distancing.  They’re only right so far as emphasizing that physical distancing is the most important thing. Wearing a mask always helps, but does not provide complete protection when one is too close to another person. Always remember that keeping proper distance is the primary preventive action. Everything else adds additional layers of protection.

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

"Lakewood Small": A Project To Celebrate And Support Small Businesses

Don't let their appearances fool you: even though the morning crowd is a lot smaller at the Place to Be, and Madison Square Lanes is a lot quieter on Saturday nights, Lakewood's small businesses are fighting to remain a part of the vibrant city we know and love -- they can use all the help they can get to win that fight.

"Lakewood Small" is an art project that serves as a charity effort and love letter for the heart and soul of Lakewood, Ohio — our small businesses. Featuring forty-eight of Lakewood’s oldest and most cherished shops and storefronts, this hand-drawn piece aims to celebrate each and every small business that makes our city special. 100% of the proceeds from this project will be either donated back to the small businesses featured on the print, or donated to the Lakewood Foundation per these business' request. If you're interested in picking up a $23 print, visit etsy.me/3gZFcEK or search for "manytinylines" on social media.

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Antonio Calls Out LaRose On Move To Ban Ballot Drop Boxes

Ohio Senator Nickie Antonio has released a statement criticizing Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose for issuing a new directive which bans Boards of Elections across the state from making additional ballot drop boxes available to voters:  

"I am frankly sickened by Secretary of State LaRose's actions today. This is an attack on voting rights in Ohio, plain and simple. 

"There is nothing in the Ohio Revised Code requiring only one ballot drop box per county.

"Frank LaRose has taken it upon himself to ban additional drop boxes, actively making it harder for Ohioans to return their ballots during a pandemic. 

 

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 31: “The Ballad Of Derecho Dan” Continues:

Hope and desperation swabbed the decks of Coast Guard Cutter "Darryl A. Levy" as the splendid vessel raced through the choppy waters of Lake Erie in the aftermath of Storm 5.6. When the ship finally reached Little Dan’s last known position, the only thing they found in the water were pieces of a rubber raft and one of Little Dan’s Red Ball Jets.

Onboard the ship were Little Dan’s Aunt Rowena Gridley, Rockport Police Chief Tom Graber, and Little BD, a beloved Boston Bull terrier. When Rowena saw the pitiful remains of the raft and shoe her hope turned to despair in an instant. She began screaming, “Dammit! Dammit!.” Crestfallen, Rowena muttered quietly to herself, “What will I tell his mother?”

Just then, the ship’s radio suddenly crackled to life. “THIS IS ROCKS OF ROCKPORT SHIP, EDANOLA! ALL AVAILABLE RESCUE AND POLICE NEEDED AT THE RIVER CITY YACHT CLUB-REPEAT-ALL AVAILABLE RESCUE AND POLICE NEEDED AT RIVER CITY YACHT CLUB! OVER!”

The Skipper grabbed the microphone and demanded more information. “This is the Coast Guard Cutter, 'Darryl A. Levy,' report your circumstances!...OVER!”

 

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Concrete Floor Refinishing” Virtual Workshop On September 10

LakewoodAlive's "Knowing Your Home: Concrete Floor Refinishing" free virtual workshop takes place on September 10.

A first-of-its-kind workshop for our organization will help you bring new life to your old concrete flooring.

LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Concrete Floor Refinishing on Thursday, September 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as a virtual workshop. The ninth workshop of 2020 for this popular home maintenance educational series aims to equip you with the knowledge and confidence you need to pursue a concrete floor refinishing project within your basement, garage or other rooms of your home.

Orchestrated by LakewoodAlive’s Matt Clark and Allison Urbanek, this free workshop will delve into best practices for refinishing your concrete flooring, as well as offer tips for repairing minor cracks and pitting. We’ll discuss when to repair versus when to replace your concrete flooring, and cover the following topics:

  • Maintenance & Prep
  • Products & Technique
  • Finishing & Aftercare
  • Trouble Shooting

To reserve your free spot for our “Knowing Your Home: Concrete Floor Refinishing” virtual workshop, visit LakewoodAlive.org/ConcreteFloorRefinishing or call 216-521-0655.  

 

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

LakewoodAlive, City of Lakewood To Host “Small Business Rent Relief Program Information Session” Webinar On August 20

LakewoodAlive and the City of Lakewood will host a free webinar presentation – entitled Small Business Rent Relief Program Information Session – on Thursday, August 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. focused on offering guidance and answering questions regarding the City’s newly-released rent relief program that seeks to assist members of Lakewood’s small business community.

The City of Lakewood is utilizing approximately $450,000 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to stabilize and fortify small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Relief Program provides emergency assistance to income-eligible Lakewood businesses with five or fewer employees that have experienced a reduction in revenue as a result of the current public health emergency.

Members of Lakewood’s small business community are invited to register by visiting LakewoodAlive.org/RentReliefWebinar and participate in this webinar in order to learn about this program, gain insight into how to complete the application and interact in a Q&A session. Space for attending this webinar is limited, and those interested in participating are urged to register ahead of time.  A recording of this presentation will be shared at a later date.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

LakewoodAlive’s Warren Road Beautification Project Enhances Warren-Madison Intersection

When city leaders, civic-minded residents, local governments, small businesses and a nonprofit organization come together for the sake of community vibrancy, good things are bound to happen. Such is the case with LakewoodAlive’s Warren Road Beautification Project. Venture through the heart of Lakewood near the intersection of Warren Road and Madison Avenue and you’ll notice a transformation has taken place. Thanks to a $50,000 Community Development Supplemental Grant from Cuyahoga County and a partnership with the City of Lakewood, phase 2 of the Warren Road Beautification Project has created a rejuvenated gateway into Lakewood’s commercial districts featuring an improved pedestrian environment and significant public art components.

The prominent intersection at Warren and Madison now incorporates two public art murals, an artistic bus shelter, new crosswalks and 15 new trees. Still to come are the addition of eight bike racks and two artistically-wrapped traffic signal boxes. What started in 2018 as a conceptual vision is now a vibrant reality for Lakewoodites and visitors to enjoy.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Coloring During COVID-19

"Keep Calm and Carry On" seems to be the ubiquitous phrase these days. To deal with any challenge, some may resort to meditation or yoga. I have found my own path to tranquility from an unexpected source...adult coloring books!

They've been around for awhile, but I still find this to be a relaxing and satisfying way to pass time. It is also a creative outlet tailor made for those of us who can't draw to save our lives! The canvas may not be blank, but the final outcome is yours to decide. The possibilities are endless.

With days growing shorter and the restrictions of COVID-19 ongoing, adult coloring books can be a way to tune out the world and unleash unique artistic abilities. If you already have some tucked away in a drawer, give them another try. If not, you can dip your toe in the water without much of an investment. Closeout and "dollar" retailers offer coloring books at bargain prices. There you can also purchase inexpensive sets of colored pencils or markers (I found the need to also buy markers because the paper stock in one book did not work well with pencils). Books are usually themed and my collection (of 20!) includes topics such as nature/animals, fashion, and optical illusions. I've received some as gifts but otherwise could not resist those I've picked up spontaneously, often at art supply stores when searching for individual pencils in offbeat colors.

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Re-Imagining School: Lakewood City Schools Present A New Re-Opening Plan

At last night’s meeting at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium, the Board of Education presented their updated re-opening plan which was adjusted after last week’s recommendation from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health that at-home remote learning be offered for all districts. The CCBH's recommendation came days before the most recent breakdown of COVID 19 numbers in Ohio zipcodes which revealed that the city of Lakewood is now in the darkest, most infected zone.

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 4:08 PM, 08.05.2020