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Roosevelt Students Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Students in Mrs. Whalen's fifth grade class at Roosevelt form a heart around Martin Luther King, Jr.'s initials to share their appreciation for the life of Dr. King-- a great sentiment that led us into the holiday weekend that honored him.

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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 12:46 PM, 02.01.2023

Mayor's Corner: Focusing On Housing Affordability

We in Lakewood often refer to our community as the City of Beautiful Homes. It’s a well-earned title that we work to maintain and build upon. But another focus for our team at City Hall is to keep Lakewood’s status as a place where people can find a home they can afford, whether they are owning or renting. That focus on affordability is important for a city that takes pride in welcoming people from all backgrounds, in all stages of life, and of all incomes.

That focus on affordability takes many shapes for the team at City Hall. One key aspect is maintaining high quality housing stock while continuing to offer diverse housing options. Our planning department continues to implement our affordable housing strategy, which was recognized with a Vibrant NEO Champion Award.

The City recently established a relationship with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land that provides research, training, education, and policy solutions. The Lincoln Institute selected the City to pilot an exploratory scenario planning toolkit developed for them by Professor Arnab Chakraborty and Emma Walters of the University of Illinois.

Lakewood’s pilot use of this toolkit is helping to develop a national model for legacy cities like Lakewood that are working to address issues impacting their communities, such as market pressures pushing prices higher and raising concerns for affordability. On January 20th, our planning department hosted a workshop session with residents to gather input and insights. The session was led by the Greater Ohio Policy Center, who has been tapped by the Lincoln Institute to assist in the use of the toolkit. The meeting generated excellent dialogue that will continue to move this work forward, and our planning department will issues a report in the coming months. Thank you to both the Lincoln Institute and the Greater Ohio Policy Center for their guidance and support.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 11:49 AM, 02.01.2023

You Gotta Make Up Your Mind: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 130

V-3 - No One Speaks My Language Here - Bravecloud Records - 11 songs - LP

V-3 - Hit Dead Center With My Disease - Bravecloud Records - 10 songs - LP

V-3 - The Enemy Within - Brave- cloud Records - 11 songs - LP

I was originally going to write this as three separate reviews but once I started on that endeavor I realized this way probably made more sense (especially since I think a lot of people are probably going to pick up all three as a unit anyway— and maybe that’s how they’re supposed to be heard, who can say). These three records are made up of recordings made (mostly) from 1986 to 1991 by the Jim Shepard/Nudge Squidfish/Roxanne Newman/Rudy Smith lineup of the group. I guess for context within the overall musical career of Jim Shepard this is a somewhat transitional era between the more experimental early stuff and the less experimental later stuff? I kinda think the experimental element was always present, but this material is a middle ground of sorts.

So what’s on all of these? All sorts of stuff! There’s some Shepard classics, like a pretty cool version of “4 Ever Low Man” and a killer “Photograph Burns.” There’s bizarre stuff, like “Reflector” (where Jim tells a story about a bike reflector being mistaken for something extraterrestrial over a pretty good instrumental) and “It Was Reported” (which is hard to describe but has multiple Shepard vocals while someone snaps their fingers to provide accompaniment). The liner notes (more on those later) say that they were going for “weirdo pop” but I don’t really know if I’m necessarily picking up on the pop part of that— certainly there’s a lot of very catchy and hooky material here, but is it necessarily pop? I will say that V-3 exists within Robert Pollard’s “four P’s”: pop/prog/psych/punk. They’ve got a little bit of some of those and a lot of others. Certain songs (“Inside Out Post,” “Voices In The Woods”) I wrote down in my notes as prog-punk. Definitely not a genre combo that a lot of people can pull off, but somehow V-3 makes it work. Roxanne Newman’s songs are pretty interesting, usually pretty dreamy and semi-psychedelic. “Songs Always Linger” and “Twisted Words” were my favorites of those. I especially like the tracks where both she and Jim play guitar— Jim’s style is already pretty chaotic (“Don’t Blame Me” is a good example) and, as the insert points out, Roxanne had no training in guitar, so that makes for a pretty noisy mix (see “It’s Not Easy” and “Prime Minister Keyes”). Two of these albums contain a really good song called “Go On” that’s about as close to true pop as they get (still pretty weird, though!)— they’re different but I can’t say that one or the other is superior.

I have mixed feelings about some of the more Nudge Squidfish-centric material on here (and I say this as a Nudge fan)— some of it is great (“Metal Or Meat?” and “The Enemy Within”), but some of it feels out of place, or more like it’s just Squidfish solo material that happened to feature someone else from the band on it so it got included in here. Who knows— I have no insight into how Squidfish organizes his tapes. Charles Cicirella (who, as far as I can tell, was never in V-3) makes an appearance on one song here, “Game Of Sport,” and it’s pretty weird but also pretty entertaining. There are several tracks from a 1992 Jim Shepard solo project scattered throughout these— my favorite of those is probably “Swim Across The Ocean.” On “The Enemy Within” (record 3 if you go by catalog number) there’s a track of Jim talking about the formation of V-3 and it is a weird track— I noted this when I reviewed the “Heavy Action” compilation a few years ago, but his speaking style, at least when he’s being recorded, is so strange and self- conscious, and though he’s just talking about the origins of the band it somehow feels like it gives you an insight into his personality.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 4, Posted 1:47 PM, 02.02.2023

Operation Warm

Lakewood Community Services Center (LCSC) and the City of Lakewood Department of Human Services are pleased to invite you to the second distribution of winter jackets and tennis shoes at Cove Community Center, 12525 Lake Avenue, on Friday February 10th from 2:00pm – 4:30pm. Jackets range in size from 3T to 16 and shoes are available for toddlers and kids up to size 5.

Operation Warm, founded in 1998, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that manufactures its own winter jackets and tennis shoes for distribution to families with children who qualify for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. In 2022, Operation Warm and the Ohio Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives provided 7,160 coats and 5,000 pairs of shoes to children through 66 organizations located in 38 different counties throughout Ohio, according to a release from the Governor’s Office

To qualify for TANF, there must be a minor child or children in the household, and families need to meet the following income guidelines:

Number of Persons in the Household      Annual Household Income

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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 11:49 AM, 02.01.2023

Senator Antonio Assumes Senate Minority Leader Role & Shares Legislative Priorities

State Senator Nickie J. Antonio with her sister Laurel Keenan in her new office as Senate Minority Leader.

As we embark on the new 135th General Assembly, I look forward to the work ahead. I'm pleased to report that I have been elected to serve as the upcoming Senate Minority Leader. I will continue to represent Senate District 23 which includes Lakewood, Parma, Parma Heights, Cleveland, and Bratenahl. As I reflect on the activities of the state legislature this past year, I'm proud of the work that we have done on behalf of our communities, with so many members of our communities.

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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 11:49 AM, 02.01.2023

Dr. G's Ranger Round Up: Basketball

January 28

The BEST that American High School sports has to offer is senior night. It helps when the home team wins—the Rangers did defeat a stubborn Parma squad 58-52—but the celebration goes beyond the final score. Tonight, Osied Albadarin, Myles Harper and Brayden Volcansek were honored not for being outstanding team players—which they are—but for being Lakewood Rangers, and for logging the endless hours of practice it takes to see varsity minutes. Both Osied (8 points) and Brayden (9 points) played key roles tonight, but more to the point they both have steadily improved their games over their four years at LHS and are part of a storied tradition. They richly earned this moment.

But perhaps the "moment" of the night was the essentially "ceremonial" start by Myles Harper, a program pillar who had his season cut short by injury less than halfway through. Here's hoping that the pain of this cruel twist of fate will be southed by the memories of the scores of classmates who chanted his name tonight.

The game itself was a microcosm of the season for Brayden and Osied. Brayden hit 3 silky smooth 3-pointers—all coming at crucial times when Parma had cut into the Ranger lead. Osied also had clutch baskets, but as always was tenacious defensively and on the boards. Sophomore Luke Vannucci, who converted a critical driving "and one" three point play early in the 4th that stemmed Parma's momentum, was fabulous tonight, scoring 20 to lead Lakewood. Junior Drew Jablonowski scored 11, grabbed 10 rebounds, and hit critical free throws down the stretch. Sophomore Lucas Seguine also his four key free throws late and scored 6. Juniors Jack Gowan and Dominic Peck chipped in two and played tough defense. The win was fun and hard fought, but was a side note tonight.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 11:49 AM, 02.01.2023

Local Teacher Receives National Recognition

The National Association for the Education of Young Children featured Bonnie Sears in their Winter 2023 magazine Teaching Young Children. Bonnie is the lead teacher at Grace Preschool on Madison Avenue in Lakewood. An early childhood educator for 25 years, she has served the families of Lakewood for the past 15 years at Grace.

Bonnie wrote in the magazine, "My teaching style is relational, play-based, and focused on hands-on engagement. I believe that learning happens everywhere and that everyday moments offer opportunities for discovery and learning." And that is exactly what you find happening at Grace Preschool. Bonnie and her co-teacher, Lakewood resident Jessica Sackett, use themes to engage the interest of children while providing many learning opportunities around that theme using all their senses. One among many favorites was the study of bears. The gross motor room was set up to go on the ever-favorite "bear hunt." The children went through a tunnel representing the grass, rocked in a "boat" through the river, met up with a snowstorm where a fan literally blew "snow" around them while they put on winter hats and mittens, and eventually met up with the bear in the cave (a tent) where they took his picture and made their way back home.

One of Bonnie's greatest accomplishments is having had the privilege of mentoring interns (pre-service teachers). Currently Grace Preschool has two interns from Cuyahoga Community College associate degree program working with our staff. The interns receive excellent mentoring and our students benefit from having additional caring people to work with them.

Grace Lutheran Church through the Lutheran Development Ministry of Lakewood is blessed to be able to offer this opportunity for early childhood education to the families in Lakewood and beyond. We are grateful to the many families who have entrusted their children to us and have become part of our family over the last 42 years. We look forward to continuing to meet the needs of Lakewood families by caring for their children.

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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 11:49 AM, 02.01.2023

Lycamobile Gorkhali Grocery

I was recently craving Indian food and decided to check out a store called Lycamobile Gorkhali Grocery. This store is known for its variety of Indian and Nepalese food, ingredients, seasonings, and snacks, and I wanted to experience it for myself. From the moment I entered the store, I was impressed with the variety of products which got my mind wondering and wandering. Which products would be best for my favorite recipes? Which snacks would satisfy my tastebuds? My imagination was sparked.

Although I came armed with a list of things to shop for, I appreciated the help offered by the shop’s employee, who helped me make the best decisions. I was very glad to have encountered him, as he provided exceptional customer service and a lot of valuable information about my purchases. He shared authentic recipes with me and helped me to pick out key ingredients. For instance, he guided me as I selected dry yellow noodles, fried paneer, chowmein masala, paneer masala, lychee drink, and Badam drink with almond bits, a mixture of cow and buffalo milk known for its sweet taste.

In addition, he assisted me in choosing some traditional snacks. I picked up Rumpum Furandana and Bhungra (some very popular, spicy snacks in Nepal and India). The way he described them made me excited to try them. As I shopped, the employee told me all about the puja nut which is often used in traditional ceremonies and offerings in many cultures. If anyone is interested in the puja nut, you can find it here in the freezer! I was thrilled to learn and immerse myself in a new cultural experience while picking up a few essentials.

All in all, I was satisfied with the items I bought, but especially with the fantastic service I received. If you’re a fan of Indian and Nepalese food and looking for a place to buy quality, authentic ingredients from a caring grocer, I recommend visiting Gorkhali Grocery. I’d absolutely encourage you to ask questions, as they are more than happy to help you make excellent selections, introduce you to new foods, and teach you something valuable about their culture.

Lycamobile Gorkhali Grocery- 216-526-3167
13413 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 11:49 AM, 02.01.2023

LakewoodAlive Announces Award Honorees To Be Recognized At “Loving Lakewood: Out Of This World”

Team LakewoodAlive is inviting you on a Space Mission of major importance. LakewoodAlive will host Loving Lakewood: Out Of This World on Saturday, February 25, 2023, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lakewood Masonic Temple. As always, this event, eclipsing all others, will have you over the moon, enjoying force field foods, Big Bang beverages and more meteoric fun than you can fit into an entire solar system. For more information and to buy tickets visit, LakewoodAlive.org/LovingLakewood.

LakewoodAlive proudly announces Jarrell McAlister as the 2023 Founders Award recipient and fellow community members Amy Chodzin, Rob Holland, Emmie Hutchison, Carlos Ramos, Amanda Santa and Danielle Zann as the 2023 Community Leaders award honorees to be recognized during Loving Lakewood: Out Of This World. Each individual will be honored as part of the evening’s festivities in recognition of their exemplary service to LakewoodAlive and the Lakewood community.

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.

Founders Award

Jarrell McAlister - Founders Award

Jarrell and his wife Andi have been Lakewood residents for 20 years. Jarrell is an innovation consultant and facilitator at Progressive Insurance and enjoys working with non-profits like LakewoodAlive. Prior to Progressive, Jarrell worked as a TV Producer in Chicago and his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. Jarrell and Andi have two children, Ellie and Jonah, and love exploring Lakewood and traveling the world.

As LakewoodAlive’s past board president from July 2020 through July 2022, Jarrell led the organization forward through challenges and change. He showed incredible leadership throughout the pandemic and led the organization through multiple strategic plans. Jarrell is supportive in every sense of the word, including volunteering for all of LakewoodAlive’s events and board projects.
“I grew up in a small-business family, so I love that Lakewood is mostly locally owned businesses. It’s a unique community with interesting discoveries around every corner – from quirky stuff in people’s yards to wall murals and cool little shops. We feel lucky to have excellent schools nearby. We have kids at both Lakewood City Schools and Lakewood Catholic Academy and see the great education they are receiving. We also love the community events that bring people together,” reflected McAlister.

Community Leader Award Honorees:

Amy Chodzin – Community Leader Award

Amy is the Assistant Coordinator for H2O – Help to Others, Lakewood’s service-learning program for high school and middle school youth. Amy is an impactful leader who collaborates with LakewoodAlive, to bring amazing youth volunteers to housing outreach projects throughout the summer. She is always looking for creative ways to collaborate and is dedicated to the people and beautification of the community. In addition to the volunteer work she manages with H2O, she also volunteers her time for many LakewoodAlive events throughout the year.

“I love the Lakewood community for its people. There is a bottomless pool of compassion that exists in the hearts of Lakewoodites to ensure their neighbors are safe, the children can thrive and everyone has a voice,” reflected Chodzin.

Rob Holland – Community Leader Award

Rob is an amazing volunteer though LakewoodAlive’s Snow Shoveling Program. He has helped since the reboot of this snow program in the winter of 2020. He is always willing to lend a helping hand. During snowstorms, he assists elderly and disabled residents by clearing their driveways with his snow blower.

“LakewoodAlive is love; understanding, caring, helping, growing. But let’s be real too. I got roped into this business because my kid needed ‘service’ hours on his transcripts,” Holland quipped.

Emmie Hutchison – Community Leader Award

Emmie is the Coordinator for H2O – Help to Others, Lakewood’s service-learning program for high school and middle school youth. Emmie works with LakewoodAlive to find annual projects that bring together homeowners and residents in need with Lakewood youth. We are grateful to have a partnership with H2O that is truly impactful.

“Lakewood is a community that supports each other. When my kids started in Lakewood City Schools, I still didn’t know many people. Our family was thoroughly welcomed and drawn into participating in school and civic life and we’ve never looked back. Each member of my family has had wonderful opportunities to learn and grow through the schools, programs in the City of Lakewood like the Family Room and H2O, and LakewoodAlive events,” Hutchison reflected.


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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 11:49 AM, 02.01.2023

Farrell Foundation Event:"Yes, And"…Adventures In Communication With Loved Ones With Dementia Feb. 26, 2023

Clague Playhouse, in conjunction with The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation, offers an extraordinary opportunity for individuals and families experiencing communication challenges with someone with dementia in a home setting to learn about new approaches.

"Yes, And"…Adventures In Communication With Loved Ones With Dementia is a one-hour performance and conversation that takes place at Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Rd., Westlake, Ohio, on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 2:00 pm. Seats are limited, so making reservations soon is recommended by calling 440-414-0434 or emailing info@farrellfoundation.com. Clague is wheelchair accessible. Admission is free, but donations to the Farrell Foundation are welcome.

Anne McEvoy uses performers and props to show three scenarios that often result in communications conflict with people with dementia, and provides a positive approach to deal with these situations. McEvoy is a Cleveland-based writer, playwright, and a nationally known actress who has appeared on stage and on TV and in films.


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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 11:49 AM, 02.01.2023

The Lakewood Recreation Cheerleaders

Come to Emerson Elementary School and grab a snack to benefit a good cause!

The Lakewood Recreation Cheerleaders are holding their second annual fundraising event. Last year, they raised more than $450 for the Lakewood Food Pantry. This year's proceeds will benefit Tabby Tails Cat Rescue in Custar, OH.

Tabby Tails is a 501c3 organization that serves as a safety net for high-risk cats. These cats are most likely to be euthanized in the shelter system. This includes feral and disabled cats. Cats with behavioral issues, hybrids, and severely ill or injured cats. Whether these cats are adopted or have to live at Tabby Tails' sanctuary, they will be safe and loved. To give cats a second, third, or even fourth chance at life.

The cheerleaders run a concession stand at the Saturday basketball games at Emerson Elementary School on Clifton Blvd. Selling tasty snacks that are a treat for both you and the cats.

Head Coach Valentina Teles, in her fourth season coaching with the Rec Department, is in charge of the fundraiser. "Cheering goes beyond just cheering at games; it's being a leader in your community and setting an example, thus the name Cheerleader," she says. I'm very proud of all my girls for their dedication to their squad, academics, and extracurriculars. This fundraiser would not be possible without them, the parents who help out, and the Lakewood community."

Coach Valentina is joined this year by Coach Kara Nieves, who is in her second season. Together they coordinate the Rec Cheer program. 

If you have any questions, want to help, or donate, please contact:

lkwdcoachvalen@gmail.com

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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 11:49 AM, 02.01.2023

Starr Gazer

FEBRUARY

ARIES: The Ram likes it hot & spicy; they’re the adrenaline junkies; for Valentine’s Day, wear fire engine red, think of something daring the two of you can do together…be spontaneous.

TAURUS: The Bull likes to take it slow & steady; they’re more into fine wine, dark chocolates, and gourmet delicacies with a cashmere blanket laid out in front of the fireplace & a cozy night. 

GEMINI: The Twins need their minds stimulated on Valentine’s Day; plan a trip to the Science Museum, go to one of those crazy metal puzzle stores, & double it up; the more love, the better.

CANCER: The Crab loves a stroll down memory lane; plan a recipe together, something handed down from your grandmother, put on some nostalgic music, & couple it up in the kitchen, Bam!

LEO: The Lion/Lioness is all about royalty; the Jungle does share the crown with the King, limousines, fine champagne, a night at the theater, putting on the glitz, diamonds are forever.

VIRGO: Virgos need to do something practical & organic for Valentine’s Day; check out one of the electric organic herb, tea, or coffee shops Lakewood is loaded with; you can Vegan together.

LIBRA: Libras need to find the balance between too much and too little; roses fit the bill, romantic candlelight enhances the romantic glow, add some classical music, & love is in the air.

SCORPIO: The Scorpion puts the stinger away on this day made for lovers, & we know what you’re all about; chances are no one else will find out about your secret rendezvous, Shush.

SAGITTARIUS: The Centaur likes to go overboard, they love nature & the great outdoors, rent an Airbnb cabin in the woods with a bearskin rug and a fire pit, and make it a stargazing night. 

CAPRICORN: The Goat isn’t the warm & fuzziest Valentine; if you can get them to close their MacBook, head to the gym, get Chinese Take-Out & then go home & watch Wall Street together. 

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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 11:49 AM, 02.01.2023

Lakewood Public Library Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Ukrainian Folk Tales and Craft

For Students in Kindergarten through Second Grade. Do you like stories about animals? Ukrainian folk tales and fairy tales often use animals to show us how we can succeed with the challenges life brings us and encourage us to never give up! Join us as we read The Ear of Wheat, retold and illustrated by Olha Tkachenkoa and create a piece of Ukrainian art. Registration is required.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm- Main Library Activity Room

Ukrainian Pysanky

For Students in Third through Fifth Grade. Ukrainian Pysanky is a beautiful tradition of decorating eggs, an art form that dates back centuries. Eggs are decorated using the wax-resist (batik) method and covered in stunning folk art motifs. Join Linda Hubert, a professional Ukrainia Pysanky artist, and make your own Pysanky. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023- 4:00pm - 6:30pm- Main Library Activity Room

Family Weekend Wonders

Looking for weekend entertainment for the whole family? Look no further! Drop in to the Library's special weekend story time. Your whole family will enjoy these programs full of enthusiastic stories, engaging activities, entertaining music and clever crafts. Family Weekend Wonders Drop-In Story Time is offered every weekend throughout the year and features a different theme each week to keep things engaging. No registration is required.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 11:49 AM, 02.01.2023

Upcoming Connecting for Kids Programs At Lakewood Public Library

Connecting for Kids will be hosting two, free programs during the month of February at the Lakewood Public Library.

Behavior Chat: Strategies to Ease Transition
Do you want strategies to motivate your child toward positive behavior? Join Ochanya McRoberts-Wells, MEd, who will lead a discussion guided by your questions on a variety of behavior topics. Submit your questions before or during the session and learn how to use the tools in our Behavior Toolkit to help your child. Each session will focus on a new behavior tool, but questions on any behavior concern are welcome. The content in this program is geared toward caregivers of children ages 18 months - 6 years (with or without developmental concerns). Each attendee will receive a free Behavior Toolkit. For more information, visit connectingforkids.org/behavior-chat
Thursday, February 2, 6:30 p.m.

Music Therapy & More
This program is designed for families and their children, ages 0 - 6 years, who are struggling in an area of development. Join us for a hands-on program designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child's academic, motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. This program is led by a Board-Certified Music Therapist. For more information visit connectingforkids.org/music.
Saturday, February 18, 9:30 am

Both of these programs will be held at the Lakewood Public Library, Main Branch, 15425 Detroit Rd., Registration is required at connectingforkids.org/register.

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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 11:49 AM, 02.01.2023

Outgoing And Incoming School Board Presidents' Remarks

Outgoing Board President Betsy Shaughnessy’s Comments – January 3, 2023

Thank you to my fellow Board members. They have operated in the best tradition of Lakewood Boards by demonstrating commitment to and respect for our students, staff and the Lakewood community. Each member of the Board brings unique skills, experiences and perspectives that enable the Board to operate in the very best interest of all our students and the school family that supports them. School board members must work together if they are to be effective, and individual members must work hard to understand all aspects and all implications of the actions being considered or adopted. Mutual respect has been a hallmark of successful Lakewood Boards, and the members of this Board have certainly met that standard.

Thank you to Superintendent Niedzwiecki for her leadership and for the superior team she has assembled. The Superintendent and her team have maintained a consistent focus on the goals of the organization – on academic rigor and excellence and the well-being of each individual student. They have kept the District on target while navigating the multiple issues that arise on a daily basis. They have worked every day to make each child’s life better, happier and safer.

Thank you to Treasurer Zeman and the excellent team he has assembled. His integrity and his determination to support District initiatives while maintaining fiscal stability has been invaluable. He has provided oversight of the utilization of the federal relief funds. These funds have been very helpful to us in addressing pandemic-related expenses including those programs addressing learning loss. The installation of a new payroll system by his staff has benefitted our staff and improved operational efficiencies.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 11:49 AM, 02.01.2023

A Love Letter To Lakewood, And A Plea For Real Estate

Miguel, Danny, and Caitlin

To the good people of Lakewood,

We are a family of 3 (almost 4) who are trying to sink our roots into my hometown, the great Lakewood OH. I moved away at age 18, and 3 cities later, met a New Yorker. I told him the only place to raise a family is the best location in the nation. So here we are, reminded of cross country practices at Lakewood Park, endless hotcakes from Sarah at The Place to Be, Pioneer Camp at the Old Stone House, and sewing the old Foster pool pass onto our bathing suits.  The ultimate memory, though, is cruising down Rose Lane on my purple Schwinn when the seasons would change and the air was so electric; the smell of crunchy October leaves or wet asphalt in the Spring was so comforting. 

This is the best community I have ever known, but the Zillow listings are frustrating for hard-working people whose only hopeful “return on investment” is a safe, fabulous experience for their kids. We aren’t out-of-town investors or flippers. We are a family seeking community and growth, and a yearning to contribute. So we are trying to appeal to someone who is looking to move, but might not want to put the “For Sale” sign up for somebody that won’t seize our fair city.

If you or someone you know want a family to have the Lakewood experience you know and love, we are all ears! In true northeast Ohio ethic, we will leave the place better than we found it. 

Cait Smith is a Lakewood gal who left for big city living, now boomeranged home to raise my family in the greatest community!

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Volume 19, Issue 3, Posted 11:49 AM, 02.01.2023

Mayor's Corner: Court Case Regarding Beagles Fully Resolved

Lakewood is a community with a soft spot for animals, and a recent situation with dozens of beagles being kept in unsafe and unsanitary conditions gave us all reasons to be concerned. Fortunately, many city staff and volunteers came together to get the dogs out of harm’s way and then provide care for them as our prosecutor’s office worked to resolve court proceedings that would decide the fate of 41 beagles.

Caring for the beagles demanded a lot from our Lakewood Animal Shelter, and we were lucky to benefit from the generosity of the public and the time given by local volunteers. The depth of kindness present in our Lakewood community was on full display.

I want to personally thank all of you who gave time and resources to make sure that the beagles had everything they needed while in City care. The Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter (CCLAS) continues to be a key partner for our city staff, and stepped up during this time of need. I also want to thank our internal team – from the police officers who served the search warrant and removed the dogs to our staff at the animal shelter and many others who pitched in to lend a hand in caring for the dogs.

The good news is that the court case regarding the dogs is now fully resolved, and the City is actively working with partners who will assist us in finding forever homes for all 41 animals. This is possible because our prosecutor’s office was able to efficiently resolve the criminal proceedings and get full custody of the beagles.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:41 PM, 02.01.2023

Defendant Pleads Guilty To Cruelty To Animals In Case Involving Removal Of Dozens Of Beagles From Lakewood Home

Plea agreement allows defendant to enter diversion program with court oversight for five years, with terms including surrender of all 41 beagles

 

On Friday, January 6, the owner of 41 dogs taken from a home on Waterbury Avenue pled guilty to multiple counts of cruelty to animals in Lakewood Municipal Court. The case stems from a search warrant executed by the Lakewood Police Department on December 19, 2022, which resulted in the removal of dozens of beagles that were being kept in unsanitary conditions in the house. The Lakewood Building Department has declared the house to be uninhabitable.

 

As part of the plea, the defendant surrendered ownership of the dogs to the City of Lakewood and agreed to pay full restitution for the costs the City incurred while caring for the canines. He will enter a 5-year diversion program that requires him to undergo a mental health assessment and grief counseling to address underlying causes of his behavior. The defendant is also forbidden from possessing or having physical control or custody of any dogs during the period of diversion and must attend classes on the ethical treatment of animals. If he violates the terms of the diversion program, the defendant faces up to 18 months incarceration.

 

“By resolving the case in this manner, the City was able to secure guilty pleas to serious charges, which require the defendant to pay restitution and to comply with the terms of the diversion program structured to hold the defendant accountable, to prevent future offenses by him, and to deter such crimes in the community,” said Ernie Vargo, Law Director of the City.

 

 

 

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:47 PM, 02.01.2023

Poverty Awareness Month In Lakewood

On January 3rd, Lakewood City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2022-62, introduced by Councilmembers Sarah Kepple and Tristan Rader, designating January 2023 as Poverty Awareness Month In Lakewood. The resolution recognizes that poverty is a root cause of many issues that people face, including crime and inadequate access to education, healthcare, and safe, affordable housing; and that it is important for the City of Lakewood to raise awareness about poverty and its far-reaching negative impacts in our community and to recommit to policies, protections and initiatives that can improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.

January is National Poverty in America Awareness Month, a month dedicated to spreading awareness, understanding, and perspective on the conditions and suffering of our fellow citizens and fellow humans. The US Census Bureau reports that the official poverty rate in 2021 was 11.6%, which is 37.9 million people living in poverty. The recently completed Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) report brings to light the impact of poverty in our own community. As you read this edition of the Observer, you will see some of the economic disparities that came to light from the Lakewood CHNA surveys, focus groups, and interviews along with data from the US Census Bureau’s 2020 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates.

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

District Boasts 47 Scholastic Art Award Honors

Gold Key winner Sadie Gregg's artwrok

Congratulations to the 30 Lakewood High School and the West Shore Career-Tech Media Art & Design students whose artwork has been honored in the Regional Scholastic Art Exhibition competition. The artists earned 47 awards collectively, including six Gold Keys, the highest honor given. Gold Key winners move on to be judged at the national level of the 98-year-old competition. 

Lakewood and West Shore students were well-represented at the Silver Key and Honorable Mention levels as well. Our students won 22 Silver Keys and 19 Honorable Mentions.  

The Cleveland Institute of Art hosts the regional competition that recognizes creative achievement in 7-12 grade students in Northeast Ohio. The young artists and writers compete for cash prizes, medals, and scholarship awards. A panel of local professional artists, art educators, writers, and writing educators jury the exhibit and select the awarded pieces from nearly 3,000 entries.

All gold and silver award-winning pieces will be on display at the Cleveland Institute of Art Jan.14-Feb. 3.

Congratulations to all the winners and their teachers, Gray Cooper, Dayna Hansen, Anne McQuay and Arline Olear. 

Gold Key: (approximately 7-10% of entries)

Sophia Boyer  – Photography 
Elma Coralic – Photography 
Carolina DeJesus – Photography (West Shore)
Sadie Gregg - Photography 
Grace Hildebrandt - Printmaking 
Hadeal Mohesen - Photography (West Shore) 

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

February Events At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Public Cinema – A Special Preview of the Short. Sweet. Film Fest.

Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium
Join us at Lakewood Public Library for a Special Preview of the Short. Sweet. Film Fest, Cleveland's greatest film festival showcasing exclusively short films. From local sensations to international masterpieces, we'll be featuring 90 minutes of our sweetest selections spanning genres for all palates. Come whet your appetite and get ready for the main event with us! 

Meet the Author - "Uncultured" Co-authored by Brandi Larsen

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium
UNCULTURED tells the powerful story of trauma, identity, and the dangers of unchecked group mentality. From a childhood in the notorious Children of God cult to serving in the US Army on deliberate ground combat missions, Daniella Mestyanek Young has navigated male-dominated groups that, though worlds apart, share chilling similarities. Brandi Larsen, co-writer of the critically acclaimed UNCULTURED, will talk about the writing process, the book, and the questions readers ask about their own safety in groups. Larsen’s work at Penguin Random House helped create NYT bestsellers and her journalism pieces earned Emmy nominations. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

Booked for Murder Book Club

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

A Taste of Mexico In The Heart of Lakewood Ohio

As soon as I took a bite of the delicious meal I ordered at Cilantro Taqueria, the word “real” immediately popped into my head. If you are craving true Mexican cuisine, this is seriously the place for you!

Despite the popularity of Mexican cuisine across the United States, you might be surprised that few restaurants offer an authentic taste of this iconic fare, especially in the Midwest. That's why the owner of Cilantro Taqueria has set out on a mission to bring bold Mexican flavors to the heart of Lakewood Ohio, and the results speak for themselves.

I was incredibly pleased to see that Cilantro Taqueria focuses on creating memorable flavors by using freshly sourced ingredients that pack a powerful punch with every dish. For guacamole lovers, their homemade dip is a must-try, thanks to its notable hints of cilantro that give you a refreshing, creamy bite with each dip.

And Cilantro takes extra care to ensure that each of its protein options is seasoned to perfection, whether you choose traditional Mexican options like carnitas and barbacoa or a more modern choice like their flavorful vegan chorizo. I personally ordered three shredded chicken tacos, which were loaded with lettuce, cheese, and hot sauce. Of course, I couldn’t leave without getting a traditional Elote, Mexican street corn. One fan favorite, the grilled shrimp tacos, is known for their deliciously charred flavor that keeps guests coming back for more.

Although Cilantro Taqueria focuses on serving authentic Mexican cuisine, that doesn't mean you can't customize your own experience. Cilantro offers a broad menu, including tortas, tacos, fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, and bowls, which give you the freedom to pick your toppings from the freshly made selection. And if you're looking to end your meal on a sweet note, their classic Mexican desserts like Chocoflan and Tres Leches Cake are guaranteed to satisfy your sugary cravings.

Thankfully, you won't have to travel far to sink your teeth into the flavors of Mexico. Cilantro Taqueria is proudly serving up authentic Mexican cuisine at 5 locations across the greater Cleveland area, with each location featuring a dedicated and friendly staff who deliver lightning-fast service. If you're in a rush, you can grab your grub to go with their convenient online ordering options.

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

Ranger Alumni Happy Hour Jan. 26

Once a Ranger, always a Ranger!

Come join your fellow Lakewood High graduates for a fun happy hour event that will brighten these gray January days! All class years are invited to Immigrant Son Brewery, owned by Class of '90 graduate Andrew Revy, on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 6-8 pm. Snacks and a drink ticket will be provided.

Bring a friend and come re-connect with old friends and share your stories of your Ranger days!

The event is sponsored by the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation.

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

LHS Pair Runners Up In NY Times Contest

Congratulations to Lakewood High senior Helinor Clark and junior Grace Bratko on being selected as runners up in The New York Times Tiny Memoir Contest in which students were asked to write about a meaningful life moment in 100 words or less. Thirteen winners and 23 runners up were chosen out of 12,448 entries. Quite an accomplishment for Grace and Helinor! You can read their tiny memoirs below:

"Our Records"
by Grace Bratko

I pull out a dusty vinyl and place it on my record player. You sit in admiration while I tap my fingers on the table. You sing in a falsetto. I flip records and chat about the song. We sip tea, burning our tongues, and our knees touch together. It’s getting dark out, you think of going home early. “Just wait until the end of this side,” I say.  We both know that you weren’t going to leave, that you just wanted to hear me ask you to stay. I’m glad I said it, and the record keeps spinning.

"Going, Going, Gone"
by Helinor (Ellie) Clark 

Filled with prepubescent angst, I attempt to ignore your baseball game antics. Stretching the seventh inning’s lyrics longer than the rest of the crowd. Scarfing down a sixth “dollar dog.” Betting on Mustard to win the Hot Dog Derby (I preferred Ketchup). Still, I sulk into your shoulder in the nosebleeds, wondering why you’d waste our bonus night on baseball. And then the unbelievable happens – the deafening strike of wood on cork and cowhide! I stand, but I can’t see, even from the thirty-second row, until you put me on your shoulders as Tom Hamilton announces, “It’s going, going, gone!”

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

Superintendent Listen & Learn Jan. 24 @ Cove

Lakewood City Schools Superintendent Maggie Niedzwiecki will hold a Listen & Learn session on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2022 at 9:15 a.m. The session will be held at Cove Community Center, located at 12525 Lake Ave. There is a public parking lot off Clifton Boulevard. This is a great chance to check out the CIty of Lakewood’s wonderful new community space. The session is a one-hour informal discussion. Superintendent Niedzwiecki welcomes your thoughts, ideas and concerns about the District. Hope to see you there!

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

Lakewood of My Youth - Revisited

“I believe I will go to my grave without seeing any significant change to my old neighborhood in Lakewood.”  This was the first line in a November 2006 article I read in the Lakewood Observer titled “Lakewood of My Youth.” The author, Mike Reilley, who grew up on the corner of Edgewater and Abbieshire, wrote of life in his neighborhood in the sixties, recalling the families on the street and the memorable experiences they shared. At the time, I lived on the same corner, having similar experiences with my family, but 40 years later.  I saved the article and vowed to share the Lakewood of My Youth – Revisited, sometime down the road.

My wife Nancy and I raised our four children and assorted pets on the corner of Edgewater and Abbieshire for 28 years from 1986 until we moved in 2014. (Actually, our first home was next door on Abbieshire, and seven years later webought the corner-house because we were so fond of the neighborhood).

When the author walked down the street in the 60’s, he recalled the families that lived on the street. 40 years later, three of the families he mentioned - Mrs. Jenson, the Schubert’s, and Gerlach’s – were still there. But by 2006, most the houses had turned over to a new group of homeowners - the Velcios, Millers, Boratos, Morans, Monts, Vigliancos, Kramers, Rowells, Singletaries, and Shaikhs – whose families grew up on the street in the 90’s and 2000’s. Many are still there.

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

Kindergarten Info Night Set For Jan. 19

Lakewood City Schools' Kindergarten Parent Information Night will be held Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at 6:30 pm at Grant Elementary School. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2023 in order to be eligible to enter kindergarten in Fall 2023.The program will include a presentation by Director of Teaching & Learning Steven Ast, who will share details about the curriculum and the registration process. Registration for next school year begins on Monday, Jan. 23. Preschool registration begins Jan. 17. Call 216-529-4203 for more information.

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

Cultivate Yoga Opens In Lakewood - Nonprofit Yoga For ALL!

Cultivate Yoga is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that exists to remove the financial barriers that can prevent people from accessing a quality yoga practice. They do this by offering what they call "GIFT-BASED YOGA" at their brick and mortar studio locations in Avon and, as of 1/2/2023, at their new location in Lakewood.

Located at 18615 Detroit Extension Suite 207 in the West End/Georgetown neighborhood, Cultivate Yoga Lakewood provides all of their offerings for free out into the community for anyone who needs them to be. What they ask in return, and the underlying premise for GIFT-BASED YOGA is that the recipient of this gift of yoga recognizes that there is a responsibility to reciprocate the gift back out into the community in any way they choose - to elevate us all towards a common place of compassion, love and acceptance for all.  

Giving back could be a financial donation to the Cultivate organization or volunteering with another organization or picking up litter on the way home from class to clean up the neighborhood - the method for giving back is at the sole discretion of the client. 

Cultivate is sustained completely by the generosity of its community members - those students that have the ability to donate to the organization financially and choose to do so.  

 

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

Legal Aid Can Help With Rental Housing Questions

There are a number of questions that may come up when you are tenant of a rental property. Renters may feel that they have very few rights because they do that own the property that they dwell in. If tenants are unaware of their rights they can be taken advantage of by their landlords. Legal Aid can help answer your questions regarding these rights.

Tenants can call Legal Aid’s Tenant Information Line at 216-861-5955. Tenants can leave a message and a housing specialist will call back during normal business hours, within 1- 2 business days. Legal Aid housing specialists can answer several tenant questions such as: 

  • Am I allowed to break my lease?
  • My landlord needs to make repairs. How can I get them to do this?
  • What can I do to get my security deposit back?
  • Do I have to keep paying rent if my landlord is not paying utilities that they are responsible for?
  • Do I need to move if I received a 3-day notice?
  • How much can my landlord charge for late fees?

Legal Aid’s Tenant Information Line is for information only. Callers will get answers to their questions and will also receive information about their

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

3-2-1 Liftoff! Tickets On Sale Now For “Loving Lakewood: Out Of This World”

Team LakewoodAlive is inviting you on a Space Mission of major importance. Creating a sense of community is the ultimate goal of our mission. If you choose to accept the challenge of creating vibrant and welcoming neighborhoods on Planet Lakewood, you will be transported to a galaxy far, far away to complete this important work.

LakewoodAlive will host Loving Lakewood: Out Of This World on Saturday, February 25, 2023, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lakewood Masonic Temple. As always, this event, eclipsing all others, will have you over the moon, enjoying force field foods, Big Bang beverages and more meteoric fun than you can fit into an entire solar system.

Tickets for Loving Lakewood: Out Of This World are on sale now, and can be secured at OutOfThisWorldLakewoodAlive.eventbrite.com. For an experience fit for a captain, guests can set their phasers to stun and submit their request to beam up for a VIP experience. A general admission ticket permits guests to cruise this intergalactic experience for the evening.

Proceeds from the evening's festivities will support LakewoodAlive's programming as we strive to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood. Much like those who have ventured into infinity and beyond, we at LakewoodAlive strive to utilize inspiration, determination and tireless drive to assist residents and small businesses of Lakewood to make our community welcoming and vibrant for all earthlings.


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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

Lakewood League Of Women Voters 100th Anniversary 100 Pillars Spotlight: Mary Osburn

Mary Osburn is a facilitator. She has spent her career helping people and programs get a new start on life, both in the League of Women Voters and in her community.  Born in Brooklyn, the family moved to North Royalton where she found school boring, especially math. But her father, a bank president, and her mother were firm believers that all three of their children needed a college education, and so she persevered and graduated from Ohio Northern University with a degree in sociology. 

Her first job was with the Lorain County department of Human Services as a social worker. Although she loved the work, in a while, through the “lucky indulgence” of her parents, Mary spent a year doing dinner theater in North Royalton. “After a while, I decided to put on my big girl pants and went to work for the Red Cross as a donor recruiter. The Powers that Be believed that if you could get 300 million people to use deodorant, you should be able to get them to give blood! Of course, having someone put a needle in your arm is a lot different, but that was the mind set.” About that time the Red Cross lowered the age for blood donors to 17, and Mary was charged with recruiting high school students. “They were a great source. They were happy to get out of math or science for an hour or two. The funny thing was, it was the big beefy guys who were most likely to faint, whereas those skinny little girls would put rocks in their pockets to make the weight requirement. The students really wanted to donate. Back in the day, Lakewood High led the county for the most blood donors. I was invited to the senior government classes to recruit and I would explain the process, how the Red Cross separated the blood, and what they did with it. They needed a lot of blood then, for liver and hip replacement surgeries, procedures that were new at the time.”

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

Foundation Awards $78,532 In Grants

Grants totaling $78,532 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.

A grant of $2,340 was used for the club’s annual literacy project, purchasing dictionaries for 624 third grade students in Lakewood and Rocky River.

A $4,572 award went to Rocky River Meals on Wheels to purchase food and cooking equipment.

Three organizations each received a $4,500 grant – Trials for Hope to establish the new Cove Center Dry Goods Pantry; LakewoodAlive for its Home Safety Repairs Volunteer Program; and Elle's Enchanted Forest Playground for new equipment for disabled children.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Sunflowers!

Help the Library grow a sunflower (paper) garden. The Library will create a garden inside of the Library as a visual tribute to Ukrainian people. Sunflowers are a Ukrainian symbol of peace. Create one sunflower for the Library’s sunflower garden and one to take home. Display your sunflower at home and brighten everyone’s days! Registration is required. 
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm- Main Library 
Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 4:00pm-5:00pm- Madison Branch

Ukrainian Folk Tales and Craft

For Students in Kindergarten through Second Grade. Do you like stories about animals? Ukrainian folk tales and fairy tales often use animals to show us how we can succeed with the challenges life brings us and encourage us to never give up! Join us as we read The Ear of Wheat, retold and illustrated by Olha Tkachenkoa and create a piece of Ukrainian art. Registration is required. 
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

Ranger Roundup: Swimming

Lakewood vs North Olmsted

LHS Boys and Girls Swimmers defeat North Olmsted. Charlotte Beno, Piper McElfresh and Ava Watts with 2 wins each, Zoe Bowers, Felix Piotrowski, JP McManamon and Logan Friend with 1 win. Stayed tuned for a full story on our resurgent swim program coming soon...

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

Lakewood Kiwanis Celebrates Returning Scholarship Recipients

Kiwanis Club of Lakewood recently welcomed back 11 scholarship recipients to the luncheon. Such an entertaining program with all the accomplishments the students have achieved and looking to do. Traveling to Bangkok, working with law enforcement agencies, interning with US Coast Guard and so much more. The club was thanked by each student for the scholarship awarded to achieve their dreams.

Lakewood Kiwanis has awarded over $ 2.6 million in scholarships since 1950 to Lakewood resident high school seniors. And looking to do more. The new scholarship application will be online December 31,2022 through the web site www.Lakewoodkiwanis.com If you have a graduating high school senior or know of a graduating high senior the lives in Lakewood who could use a little help with college financing, please share this information. Kiwanis wants to help. #KidsNeedKiwanis

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

Rotary Contributed 300 Loaves Of Bread To Thanksgiving And Christmas Food Distribution

Members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise meet at Breadsmith Bakery in Lakewood every Friday night to pick up leftover bread and rolls.  Breadsmith owner, Sabine Kretzschmar, former Club member, generously donates the day’s leftover bread and rolls. Club members then bag the bread and rolls and then take them to Rotary freezers located in churches and homes in Lakewood. Every November and December they bring the donated items to the Lakewood Masonic Hall for the Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation’s food distribution. The bread is packed for delivery to needy families in Lakewood.  Any leftover bread during the year is delivered to local food pantries such as Trials for Hope in Ohio City.

This is just one of many community, youth, vocational and international projects of area Rotary Clubs. To learn more about how you can join with men and women in your area to give back through service in your community, and internationally, contact – sloopyohio19@gmail.com

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

You Gotta Make Up Your Mind: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 130 (Part 1)

V-3 - No One Speaks My Language Here - Bravecloud Records - 11 songs - LP

V-3 - Hit Dead Center With My Disease - Bravecloud Records - 10 songs - LP

V-3 - The Enemy Within - Bravecloud Records - 11 songs - LP

I was originally going to write this as three separate reviews but once I started on that endeavor I realized this way probably made more sense (especially since I think a lot of people are probably going to pick up all three as a unit anyway— and maybe that’s how they’re supposed to be heard, who can say). These three records are made up of recordings made (mostly) from 1986 to 1991 by the Jim Shepard/Nudge Squidfish/Roxanne Newman/Rudy Smith lineup of the group. I guess for context within the overall musical career of Jim Shepard this is a somewhat transitional era between the more experimental early stuff and the less experimental later stuff? I kinda think the experimental element was always present, but this material is a middle ground of sorts.

So what’s on all of these? All sorts of stuff! There’s some Shepard classics, like a pretty cool version of “4 Ever Low Man” and a killer “Photograph Burns.” There’s bizarre stuff, like “Reflector” (where Jim tells a story about a bike reflector being mistaken for something extraterrestrial over a pretty good instrumental) and “It Was Reported” (which is hard to describe but has multiple Shepard vocals while someone snaps their fingers to provide accompaniment). The liner notes (more on those later) say that they were going for “weirdo pop” but I don’t really know if I’m necessarily picking up on the pop part of that— certainly there’s a lot of very catchy and hooky material here, but is it necessarily pop? I will say that V-3 exists within Robert Pollard’s “four P’s”: pop/prog/psych/punk. They’ve got a little bit of some of those and a lot of others. Certain songs (“Inside Out Post,” “Voices In The Woods”) I wrote down in my notes as prog-punk. Definitely not a genre combo that a lot of people can pull off, but somehow V-3 makes it work. Roxanne Newman’s songs are pretty interesting, usually pretty dreamy and semi-psychedelic. “Songs Always Linger” and “Twisted Words” were my favorites of those. I especially like the tracks where both she and Jim play guitar— Jim’s style is already pretty chaotic (“Don’t Blame Me” is a good example) and, as the insert points out, Roxanne had no training in guitar, so that makes for a pretty noisy mix (see “It’s Not Easy” and “Prime Minister Keyes”). Two of these albums contain a really good song called “Go On” that’s about as close to true pop as they get (still pretty weird, though!)— they’re different but I can’t say that one or the other is superior.

 (available at your local record store or at a variety of distros: Goner, Total Punk, etc.)

Are you a local-ish band? Do you have a record out? Email vaguelythreatening@gmail.com or send it directly to the Observer: PO Box 770203, Lakewood, OH 44107.

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Volume 19, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.18.2023

Lakewood League Of Women Voters Celebrates 100 Years In Lakewood With Afternoon Tea

 Venera Foti, Terri Frederika, Cindy Strebig, Nora Katzenberger

On Saturday, October 8, 2022 the Lakewood Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland hosted an Afternoon Tea. The event was held at the Women’s Club Pavilion at Lakewood Park in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Chapter in Lakewood, Ohio. The theme of the event was Celebrating 100 Years and Looking Ahead to the Next 100.  

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Volume 19, Issue 1, Posted 2:50 PM, 01.10.2023

The World Mourns A Legend, Bill Hixson

I write this to celebrate a legendary person, who was smart, talented, friendly, driven, joyous, and loving-- Bill Hixson, who was known as Mr. Christmas.

Bill began his life nearly 94 years ago in April, 1929. Born in Berea on the kitchen table, he would change the way many of us would view Christmas, and the past. He had that effect on the world.

Bill was a creative child and soon gravitated to art, cooking, writing and gardening. His mom would give him money to buy lunch and instead he would buy seeds, ferns and plants. He became aware of a horticulture club that awarded class credits, and entered. While he did not win, it moved him in a direction that would become his passion and job.

His parents, realizing his love of flowers and plants, moved to an 11-acre farm in Parma. After trying to raise vegetables for sale didn’t work, Bill went to work for a couple Cleveland florists before going to Knoble Flowers. At this point his old horticultural teacher would have him come back and teach students floral arrangements which he loved. Teaching was something Bill did up until a week before Christmas. That’s right, Bill was still teaching flower arranging right up until the end of his life.

As a young man, Bill was drafted for the Korean War. While he did not go overseas, he gained many life experiences. Although Bill Knoble was his mentor, coming home Bill realized he had outgrown Knoble’s. With $3,000 and help from a friend, he opened his first flower shop and school at 13615 Detroit Avenue. All he had were some tables and chairs, from the dissolution of the Knoble-Hixson School of Floral Design. That first year was tough, the saving grace was a friend who suggested selling Christmas trees, which made a small profit. Then Bill Knoble called to see if Bill Hixson could take over some of his work, especially with the hospitals and funeral homes.

During this time Bill attended the rival FTD Florist Convention, where he met Vernon Smithers who was demonstrating a product to go up against Dow’s floral Styrofoam arrangement foam. Asking Bill what he thought, Bill answered and said, “Not much, it’s not the foam that’s holding the flowers, it’s the chicken wire wrapped around it.” The man asked Bill down to his company for a visit. Bill explained how the product could be made so much better. Vernon took all of Bill’s recommendations and they came up with the green clay now used by most floral arrangers, Oasis. Revolutionizing the industry, Bill covered major cities in every state teaching florists how to use the product.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 1, Posted 7:15 PM, 01.04.2023

Winners Of The 2022 LO Holiday Lighting Contest

Happy New Year!

It was a close race this year with over 1000 votes cast. Congratulations to our top house which was overwhelmingly voted #1 in Lakewood, #004 on Lincoln Avenue.

2nd place goes to #002 on Edwards Avenue.
3rd place is #069 on Bayes Avenue.
4th place is #061 on Lake Avenue.
5th place is #010 on French Avenue.
6th place was a tie, #023 on Northland Avenue and # 067 on Hazelwood Aveue.
8th place was a tie, #014 on Mars Avenue and # 049 on Nicholson Avenue.
10th place was also a tie, #24 on Lauderdale Avenue, and #036 on Clarence Avenue.

Winning Voters who were randomly selected are: Rosemary Luby and Mika Joshua.

Winning Nominator who was selected is Anne Edouard.

If your home or name is listed here, Congratulations on winning, and thank you for taking part in our annual contest. Please email: production@lakewoodobserver.com or call/text: 216-339-2531 to schedule a time for us to drop of your prize(s). We look forward to meeting you.

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Volume 19, Issue 1, Posted 2:14 PM, 01.04.2023

Two From Lakewood Inducted Into Journalism Hall Of Fame

From left to right; Denise Polverine Manoloff, President Cleveland Press Club, Publisher at Cleveland Magazine. Rick Jackson, HOF inductee, Monica Robbins, recipient of the Chuck Heaton Award, Mary Kay Cabot HOF Inductee, Jim O’Bryan, HOF inductee for the Observer Project, Journalism, Photography and Entrepreneurship.

Deb O'Bryan:

Last month I had the pleasure of seeing two people from Lakewood inducted into the Cleveland Press Club Journalism Hall of Fame-- a place where luminaries like Dorothy Fuldheim, Nev Chandler, Chuck Heaton and Louis B. Seltzer hang out!

First up was my fellow Lakewood High School Class of 1980 graduate Mary Kay Cabot. Mary Kay grew up watching the Browns on Sundays with her dad, Joe Cabot, who was a Lakewood Fireman. Her love for Cleveland sports grew from him. Mary Kay is best known as the Cleveland Browns beat reporter. What most do not know is that it was Mary Kay that broke ground for women covering football and sports. Everyone sees that as the norm now but it was unheard of when she got her start with the Plain Dealer in 1984 after graduating from Kent State University. Diminutive in stature, Mary Kay had to work harder to be recognized in the male dominated field of sports writers, gradually earning the coaches' and players' trust to become the longest tenured NFL beat writer in the country. She is also among the 49 elite selectors of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Today, besides covering the Browns for the Cleveland Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com, she is also an analyst for WKYC-TV3,  she appears on ESPN and numerous radio stations, and she co-hosts the Orange and Brown Talk Podcast. She is married to former Lakewood resident Bill Murman, and is mother to three children.

Lakewood is so proud of you, Mary Kay!

The other Lakewood native I am proud to announce is my husband of 37 years, Lakewood Observer Founder and entrepreneur Jim O’Bryan. Always marching to a different tune, Jim has been a dynamic force in every endeavor he has pursued. From being one of the first to bring back hot dog carts to Cleveland in the 70’s, rebuilding and managing clubs and discos, to running Racing For America, a motorsports program designed to promote young American drivers around the world.  Jim was inducted into the Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame for helping to start local Citizen Journalism in Ohio.

Although Jim had no previous journalism experience, he did have knowledge of publishing. Working at B.P. America in the 80s and early 90s, Jim honed his skills as a designer and photographer earning himself six Silver Quill Awards for the production of The BP Express, an internal, global publication. After leaving British Petroleum, Jim and I started our own business, A.Graphic Solution. Happily doing graphics, signage, silkscreening and photography, we never expected to start a newspaper... but I’ll let Jim finish this story.

Jim O'Bryan:

Back in October I received a call from Carol Kovach of the Press Club of Cleveland. Carol was calling to say that I had been chosen to be inducted into the Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame for the Lakewood Observer and all of the Observer papers I had created along the way. She went on to say,“We believe you started Citizen Journalism here in Ohio, if not in the country!” While I was honored and taken aback, I thought back to the nearly 20 years that have unfolded. Instantly I said to her, “I do not go in without acknowledging the people that have helped to start the Lakewood Observer, and have taken part. Because, without an engaged community, this project would not have been possible."  She agreed.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 1, Posted 6:06 PM, 01.04.2023

Remembering Bill Hixson

I was sad to hear that Bill Hixson from Hixson’s in Lakewood died yesterday at the age of 93.

I visited the store just two weeks ago and we had a real conversation. He was half-Ukrainian just like me and we discussed the war going on now over there, sharing our personal feelings about it.

Hixson’s was a magical place and it was all because of him. He sold memories and he’s definitely given me many over the years. My son’s Christmas tree is full with just some of them.

These were some photos from that visit.

I asked him if I could take his photo which I did but when I showed it to him he didn’t like the fact that his arms were up so he asked me to take another.

Bill Hixson…ever the consummate arranger!!!

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Volume 19, Issue 1, Posted 2:14 PM, 01.04.2023

Mayor's Corner: Happy New Year, Lakewoodites

Happy New Near! The last twelve months have been another hectic but highly productive year here at City Hall. I’m proud of the exceptional work being done by all of our team – here are a few highlights of what we were able to achieve together this past year. 

Cove Community Center Opens. Cove Community Center opened and united the City’s human services work in an easily accessible facility to serve Lakewood’s seniors, families, and youngsters. Services available include senior nutrition, transportation, and activity programs; the Lakewood Family Room; Help to Others (H2O) youth program; community-based social work services; the juvenile diversion program; and flexible meeting spaces. 

Neighborhood Paramedic Program Launches. The City created a neighborhood paramedic program focused on preventing injuries and addressing medical issues before they escalate to a hospital or emergency room visit. The initial focus is fall prevention for seniors through home visits making them aware of how to avoid trip-and-fall situations. The program launch was supported by a $70,000 start-up grant from the Healthy Lakewood Foundation. 

Car Seat Fit Stop Returns. Our Fire Department’s car seat safety program returned this year post-COVID, allowing residents to have trained members of the department check and help install child safety seats in vehicles. This has been a huge hit, with high attendance at all of our monthly events. 

Using ARPA Dollars for Police Capacity. We used ARPA dollars to help increase our authorized police officers by four to a maximum of 99. This will keep staffing at key thresholds and avoid any reductions in service while we deal with attrition from retirements, industry-wide challenges with recruitment, and lengthy onboarding for new officers. We have also continued strategic investments in equipment such as cameras and radios. 

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Volume 19, Issue 1, Posted 2:14 PM, 01.04.2023

Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Ukrainian Folk Tales and Craft

For Students in Kindergarten through Second Grade. Do you like stories about animals? Ukrainian folk tales and fairy tales often use animals to show us how we can succeed with the challenges life brings us and encourage us to never give up! Join us as we read Sirko, retold and illustrated by Olha Tkachenkoa and create a piece of Ukrainian art. Registration is required. 
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm 

Sunflower Embossing

For Students in Sixth through Twelfth Grade. Sunflowers are a Ukrainian symbol of peace and a national symbol of the country of Ukraine. Tooling and embossing are types of metal art perfect for beginning to proficient artists. Creating raised and depressed surfaces is embossing. Create a sunflower by embossing a sunflower design on metal. After an image is indented onto the copper sheet, it’s painted with black paint. Once the paint dries, students rub the surface with a plastic scouring pad. This only removes paint from the higher areas of the image and gives the metal sheet a deeper and more textured look. Registration is required
Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 6:00pm - 7:00pm 
Friday, January 13, 2023 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Tissue Paper Sunflowers

 

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Volume 19, Issue 1, Posted 2:15 PM, 01.04.2023

Thanks, Madison Branch Library

Shout out of thanks to the Madison Branch Library and their staff. They saved a part of Christmas for some little people and their parents. Grace Preschool, a Lakewood institution that has served Lakewood families for 42 years, had a problem with their heat system. The service company was called but with supply issues it would take some days to get it fixed. We knew we could not continue in the building as the weather was turning cold quickly, but we did not want to disappoint the children and their families by not being able to host our family cookie exchange, our Happy Birthday Jesus party, and the program the little ones planned for their parents. As administrator of the school, I had to figure out what we were going to do. An inspiration came to me – would the library have space for us to use and would they be willing to have us there? They are across the street from us on Madison Avenue.

One call to the library and our dilemma was solved.We were able to use both their rooms downstairs and they worked perfectly – one as a classroom and the other for the parents to meet and the children to perform. The teachers were able to bring all their projects and supplies over and get set up on Monday afternoon for class to meet on Tuesday morning and then again on Thursday morning. Words cannot express how thankful we are to the staff for their willingness to help us with two days – one for the 4-year-old class and one for the 3-year-old class. 

For me it was especially nostalgic, as I spent my early years in Madison Branch Library and I got to connect with a librarian whose children I had taught many years ago.  It was certainly one of the blessings of this holiday season for myself, for our staff, for the children and their families.

Thank you everyone at Madison Branch for being there for our families in a very meaningful way.

Naomi Schiffrik is the Administrator of Grace Preschool, 13030 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107.

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Volume 19, Issue 1, Posted 2:15 PM, 01.04.2023

Dr. G's Ranger Roundup: Girls' Basketball and Swim Team

Rangers vs.Massillon: Junior Ally Bookman scored 8 points late in the 3rd quarter.

Girls' Basketball

December 30, 2022, Lakewood vs. Massilon

 A grinding, back a forth slog between Lakewood and Massillon changed when junior Ally Bookman scored 8 points late in the 3rd quarter, propelling the Rangers to a 53-43 win at the New East Gym tonight. From then on, the Rangers lead never fell below eight points (The Tigers had re-taken a lead mid way through the 3rd quarter). As usual, junior Delaney Garcia was the games' leading scorer (14) and rebounder (10). Lucy Henrikson (3) and Aya McAliffe (5) provided points and solid minutes off the bench. Senior point Guard Sam Hudak had 9 points and was a steady ball handler/distributor against strong defensive pressure. Senior Nette Doran played strong defense and made a critical three-pointer. Senior guard Sydney Hampton scored 4 points and also handled the pressure well and handled the ball well. Senior Ava Carroll grabbed 6 rebounds, scored 5 points, and had her usual strong all-around game.   Senior Jacquie Hudak and junior Sophia Zarbo did not score, but provided solid minutes of the bench. Sophia was another strong ball-handler, and Jacquie played strong defense. The Ranger defeated a tough opponent tonight, and it took the entire team to do it. They boxed out, helped each other on defense, communicated, and gave maximum effort. On another note, the JV's won a thriller (49-46) in overtime. It looked bleak, until Elizabeth Doup hit a 3 at the buzzer to tie the game in regulation. Helen Fraunfelder opening the scoring in OT and the Rangers were on their way.   Basketball is a true team sport. I'm enjoying the Cavs season (despite tonight's loss)—they are a very likable crew. That said, there is nothing quite like rooting for the real home team, the one that grew up and lives here. The Lakewood Rangers are one team, from one town, that gives it their all. Long Live Lakewood.

December 22, 2022, Lakewood vs North Royalton

On Polar Vortex Eve, the Lakewood Ranger Girls warmed the hearts of their faithful with a gritty 53-46 road win over a determined North Royalton squad. Junior Delaney Garcia (pictured) led the Rangers in scoring (18), was a force on the boards and played her usual strong all-around game,, but it took a total team effort tonight to deliver a win. Senior Sydney Hampton (pictured), who has just recently returned to play after recovering from an injury, made key baskets and helped break the Bear press in the tension filled 4th Quarter. Junior Sophia Zarbo (6 points) came off the bench and likes make key plays—and baskets-down the stretch. Likewise, Senior Sam Hudak hit two game clinching free throws that reversed a Ranger cold spell from the line. Junior Ally Bookman scored 3 points, but more importantly she played tough defense on Royalton's best player, Brooklyn Gambino, who still managed to lead all scorers with 20. Seniors Ava Carrol (9 points) and Nette Doran (6 points) played her usual strong all around games.

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Volume 19, Issue 1, Posted 7:22 PM, 01.04.2023

Congratulations All Lakewood Observers

This is an important edition of the Lakewood Observer and I wanted to take a moment to offer some words of congratulations to Jim O’Bryan and The Lakewood Observer for the recent recognition Jim received from the Press Club of Cleveland.

Last month, Jim was honored with an induction into the Press Club Hall of Fame in honor of his impressive career leading grassroots, community-focused journalism here in Lakewood. A peer in the Cleveland news world recently referred to Jim as “a local journalism pioneer” and “the soul” of Lakewood news, and those are fair descriptions.

I fondly recall how my father wrote a “Welcome Letter” for the front page of the first edition of the Observer in June 2005, and since that time, Jim and his team have served our community well. The Observer continues to provide a venue to keep our residents informed and offers them a space for them to voice a spectrum of opinions on Lakewood’s direction.

Congratulations, Jim, on a well-deserved honor, and keep up the good work!

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Volume 19, Issue 1, Posted 2:14 PM, 01.04.2023

Congratulations To You: Isn’t It Time You Joined This Historic Project?

The Lakewood Observer, the printed newspaper, and the 24 hour message board known as The Observation Deck have been in existence for XX years as of this past July. Congratulations to us. When I say "us," I mean all of us. I'm referring to myself as an editor and writer on this paper, other editors, our publishers, sales staff, delivery people, and advertisers, but most importantly, I'm talking about you, our readers, writers, and writers of the future. 

If you haven't heard, the Lakewood Observer is a community written paper. 

Every story you read was written by a member of the Lakewood community who wanted to share something with you. This person sat down at a laptop, or picked up a notebook and a pen, and wrote down something they wanted the rest of Lakewood to know about. They are not paid professional writers, they aren't usually professional writers, and many wouldn't characterize themselves as writers at all. They are just like you. 

They are your neighbors and friends, business owners, representatives of community institutions like schools, churches, City Hall, the Beck Center, Lakewood Public library, Lakewood Alive, any individual or group with something to say. 

If you've been reading this paper for a while, you know that our readers and writers have provided questions for candidates running for office and have taken on issues like the closing of Lakewood Hospital or the controversy over whether Lakewood schools should be required to provide teachers for students who chose to remain home during the pandemic. We also— you also— cover the fun side of Lakewood, from restaurant and music reviews to horoscopes, comics, and articles and photos about anything you choose to share with your neighbors and friends about what’s going on in your world. 

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Volume 19, Issue 1, Posted 2:14 PM, 01.04.2023

Holidays In Lakewood Healthcare

Top row left to right: Destiny Pinto, Anthonia Iwenofu, Samantha McCalpine, CaShon Perry, Davion Howard

Bottom row from left to right: Shavelle McCalpine and Jacqueline Cobb

Kicking off the Holiday season with giving, O’Neill Healthcare’s 6 locations collected and donated over one thousand pounds of non-perishables and canned food items for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and other local hunger centers! O’Neill Healthcare partnered with The Greater Cleveland Food Bank and its’ 230 local food pantries and ninety mobile pantries to feed over 343,000 people across sixcounties in Northeast Ohio. “Our facilities staff, residents, and their family members here at O’Neill Healthcare joined together to make an amazing donation to the food bank to help spread the holiday spirit. As a family business, we understand the importance of support and being there in times of need.
We are grateful to help the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.” David T. O’Neill, LNHA, MBA, Director of Operations.

O’Neill Healthcare has also opened its doors to family and community members hosting warm, traditional-style gatherings. Each building was excited to be again able to host these parties as families sat with their loved ones to enjoy a holiday meal. “It is a welcome sight to have our families back in our communities to celebrate the holidays with a classic meal. For years, holiday dinners have been a tradition of our communities that staff and residents love. We look forward to hosting future events in our buildings for both family members and members of our surrounding communities.” Richard O’Neill, LNHA, Director of Business Development. All O’Neill Healthcare Assisted Living communities actively participate in their cities and look forward to hosting educational programs, dances, dinners, and more!

 

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Volume 19, Issue 1, Posted 2:14 PM, 01.04.2023

Starr Gazer

JANUARY 

ARIES: The Ram’s great at starting things; you’ve got Jupiter in your 1st house & the Sun in your career sector for your NYResoulution; resolve to follow through & finish one damn thing 

TAURUS: The Bull, on the other hand, is great at follow-thru, but dammit Bull, this year, promise the world you’ll change something; yes, take a risk, shake the dust off of Steady Eddy

GEMINI: The Twin is the Zodiac’s version of the Road Runner, always on the move; for your NYResoultion, slow the hell down, especially with Mercury Retrograde & Mars Rx in Gemini

CANCER: The Crab’s focus, career & partnerships; moving forward into 2023; you like to stay in the security of your shell, do something this year that scares the living daylights out of you

LEO: The Lion/Lioness does elegant like no other, & you’re one of the most generous of the Zodiac, this year pick a cause that is close to your Lion’s heart, and donate your time or money

VIRGO: Virgos, we love you, we do; however, for 2023, maybe take the white gloves off a few times more often, lay off the criticism, & that includes the self-criticism, don’t worry-be happy

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Volume 19, Issue 1, Posted 2:15 PM, 01.04.2023

Mayor's Corner: Proud Of Lakewood

Happy Holidays from all of us at City Hall! I have enjoyed seeing the fantastic lights and decorations that so many of you have displayed on your homes to celebrate the season. Lakewood is a place that truly embraces the holiday spirit. Once again, it was a pleasure to encounter so many out and about for Light Up Lakewood recently. This family-friendly event is another way our city comes together to build community, and Lakewood turned out again in force to bring our downtown to life this winter.

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Volume 18, Issue 24, Posted 7:26 PM, 12.21.2022

Grace Presbyterian Church And The City Honor Dr. H. Leslie Adams

photo credit:

Virginia Riitano

The year was 1997. Grace Presbyterian Church, Lakewood, was beginning to prepare for the most important season on the church calendar, Lent. Special programs were being planned; special music was being rehearsed. The choir was learning some new pieces to be sung during Holy Week. Then disaster hit: the choir director, Roland Wyatt, was told by his doctor that he could no longer remain conducting. Wyatt, much distressed (as was the choir), asked to speak to the congregation on the following Sunday, tending his resignation.

At the very same time, Dr. H. Leslie Adams, internationally renowned composer, decided to leave his larger church and seek employment at a much smaller congregation. He wanted to leave room on his schedule so that he might have more time to complete some of his compositions. He began to flip through the yellow pages and his eye landed on Grace. He decided to “check it out.” As he tells us later, he told no one of his mission; he was just a “stranger off the street.” He was struck by the warmth of the congregation’s welcome to the service. And then Mr. Wyatt announced his leaving...That was twenty-seven years ago. Now Dr. Adams has been, and still is, a cherished member of the Grace Family. “I don’t know how we ever deserved his music, and even more, the friendship of Leslie Adams,” said Elder Cindy Friedmann. “He has often said that we are his family, and we feel the same about him. We feel that it was (and this we believe) a match made in Heaven.”

This year Dr. Adams is celebrating his ninetieth birthday. His Grace Family decided to give him a birthday party of a lifetime. On December tenth, the celebration began with a public concert of a few of his works. First on the program was the Grace Church Choir singing, “The Christmas Lullaby.” This was followed by violinist, Karisa Chiu and pianist Daniel Overley (both from the Cleveland Institute of Music) performing “iii Allegro,” from “Sonata for Violin and Piano,” Reverend Lou Will then introduced Joette MacDonald, a local published poet whose poetry was often set to music by Dr. Adams. After reading one of her poems, Ms. Macdonald introduced Soprano Brandy Birdsong who sang, “Coming Back to Cleveland” and “Daybirth.”

To honor Dr. Adams and all his many achievements Grace Church presented Adams with a plaque to be hung, naming the choir room after him. In addition, a proclamation and trophy were delivered by the City of Lakewood. Many greetings from all over the country were sent to Dr. Adams over the internet and these were displayed on a large screen. The concert concluded with a piece for flute and piccolo called, “Danzo di Tre Bambolo” played by Katherine Calvey and Tamara Kagy. Nicole di Paolo was the accompanist.

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Volume 18, Issue 24, Posted 7:26 PM, 12.21.2022

Dr. G's Ranger Round Up - Basketball

The end results were different, but both the Lakewood Rangers Basketball teams put forth tremendous effort vs Holy Name this weekend, the Boys dropping a double overtime (61-59) thriller last night, and the girls decisively defeating the Green Wave (49-20) this afternoon. Senior Jacquie Hudak (pictured), in just her second game of the season, scored 13 to lead the Rangers today. Both teams are missing a key player, and the boys never backed down from the undefeated Holy Name squad. The girls bounced back from a tough 4-point loss on Thursday and controlled the game from the start.

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Volume 18, Issue 24, Posted 7:26 PM, 12.21.2022

Seasons Greetings From Kyle Baker!

I wish you all the hope, wonder, and joy that the season can bring!  It has been a tremendous privilege and honor to serve as the Ward 1 representative on Lakewood City Council.  Please accept the warmest of holiday wishes from me and my family.  

Kyle Baker, Lakewood City Council Ward 1

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Volume 18, Issue 24, Posted 7:26 PM, 12.21.2022

Holiday Greetings From Jason Shachner

Happy Holidays! Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and happy
holiday season.  

Sincerely, The Shachner Family Jason, Michelle, & Olivia    

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Volume 18, Issue 24, Posted 7:26 PM, 12.21.2022

Holiday Greetings From Tristan Rader

Dear Lakewood,

From our family to yours, we would like to wish everyone a warm and happy holiday season. May this time be filled with joy, love, family and friends. We are so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community and look forward to another year of building connections and creating lasting memories together.

Tristan and Caitlin Rader

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Volume 18, Issue 24, Posted 7:26 PM, 12.21.2022

Holiday Cheers From Judge Tess Neff And The Lakewood Municipal Court Team

We are never too old to believe in the holiday spirit! Traditions blossom and sometimes change from year to year. A few of my most cherished traditions were wrapping gifts on Christmas eve night, being awakened in the wee hours of Christmas morning by my three kids, and spending Christmas day at my mom’s house. Although they are no longer, new traditions evolve from our changing lives. May all your new and old traditions bring you joy, love and happiness. Wishing our Lakewood community, a wondrous holiday season!

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Volume 18, Issue 24, Posted 7:26 PM, 12.21.2022

Happy Holidays From Tom Bullock And Family!

To our neighbors in this wonderful community we call home—

With gratitude for the chance to serve you in 2022, we wish you a joyful holiday season, peace and good health, and a happy new year!

Love,

The Bullock Family,

L to R: (A camera shy) William, Tom, Tommy, Molly, and Bridget

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Volume 18, Issue 24, Posted 7:26 PM, 12.21.2022

Lakewood Wrestling On The Rise

Of all high school sports, wrestling offers the most intense one-on-one matchups, a competition in which mistakes are amplified and mental and physical toughness are at a premium. Wrestling is commonly regarded as the oldest sport in the world-- the famous cave paintings in Lascaux, France, dating back 15,300 years, depict wrestlers. When a Lakewood Ranger steps onto the mat, they are walking into history and into a crucible of sorts. It is high stakes winner take all with no ambiguity, and it can be painful.

Thanks to the efforts of Head Coaches Gray Cooper (Boys) and Doug Thomas (Girls), the Lakewood Rangers Wrestling program is on the rise. Kate Borkowski (Assistant Coach: Girls) and Ino Gjermeni (Assistant Coach: Boys) are also invaluable to the program. Last Thursday, the boys defeated Valley Forge while the girls program continues to grow and improve. There are great things ahead for the Rangers, and here is why. 

Guided by dedicated coaches, the student athletes that comprise our present teams are committing themselves to their techniques, conditioning and competitiveness. The girls are pioneers, laying down a standard and setting an example for those to follow (middle school girls wrestling is growing in Lakewood). Last season, Captain Jillian Coulson and Zayna Muntaser were state qualified (Zanya is currently 7-0 on the season). Also competing for the Ranger Girls are Alex Horton, Savanah Tate (notched her first win last Thursday), Olivia Demery and Danika Patera. They are getting better with every practice.

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Volume 18, Issue 24, Posted 7:26 PM, 12.21.2022