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Once Again, The Sun Brings Us Back To Earth

Two rare amazing celestial events occuring a month apart, sparked magical human results which can give us all hope. Could it be a sign? Only if we truly understand what happened to all of us.

On May 10th Deb and I went out to view the Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights. Rarely do Lakewoodites get a glimpse of the dancing light show normally viewed in the upper latitudes. Without having to go to Alaska or Iceland, we might have the opportunity to experience a Level 5 extreme geomagnetic storm taking place. This historic show unleashed by some of the strongest solar flares ever witnessed was supposed to be at its best, 10pm - 2am May 10/11. Claims that the Aurora Borealis would be seen all over the Northern Hemisphere, if skies were clear, made it pretty exciting.

Similar to the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8th, the question of where we should go to see the view was paramount. One of the dark sky parks? East or West of the City? Wanting dark skies to the North, we left fashionably late a little after 10 pm. Deb and I packed the car and headed down to Lakewood Park, one of the local viewing areas on the lake. Unfortunately, the police had already closed the parking lot, and people were walking in from blocks around, parking spaces nearby were not available, a lot like the 4th of July.

We decided to head west, even though a long drive east would potentially net a darker sky. As we went through Rocky River, every access point to the lake was packed, with more coming. Bay Village was nuts, packed with illegal double parking everywhere near the parks. It was tempting, but not wanting to get blocked in, we continued on. We weren't seeing anything in the sky as we drove. Avon Lake, packed. Sheffield, packed! It was closing in on 11pm, and we had not found the solitude we so desperately were looking for. However from the car, there was no sign it was happening. Was this just another wild goose chase that the local meteorologists had us on? Meteor showers come to mind.

Pulling into a local convenience store to think this through, we looked up, and even in this parking lot it was obvious, it was going on all around us. Not bright...but you could make out dark burgundy stripes across the dark sky. We went back to the last park we passed in Lorain, pulled in and found a parking spot as someone was leaving. I got out my camera, and realized immediately the battery was dead! DAMN. Seriously, and without a spare. Wouldn't be the first time. So, we resolved to just enjoy the show and not get caught up in photography.

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Volume 20, Issue 11, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Upgraded Baseball Field At Lakewood Park

Check out the newly-renovated Lakefront Field at Lakewood Park! Recent improvements include regrading, added field conditioner and new "ballfield mix" to the infield, and resetting of bases.

And, pardon the bias, but we're pretty sure there's no better backdrop for baseball/softball in all of Northeast Ohio.

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Dr G's Ranger Roundup: Track, Softball And Baseball

The Lakewood Girls Track Team had one of their best district performances this century, qualifying for the Regional in 7 events.

TRACK
 
May 17
 
The Lakewood Girls Track Team had one of their best district performances this century, qualifying for the Regional in 7 events. The boys also competed well, with school record holder Charlie Payne winning the District Championship in the 1600.

Kaydence Doxley turned in a dominant performance--she is the 2024 Amherst District Champion in the 200 and the Long Jump. She also anchored two second place relays--the 4x200 (with sister Charieon, Sophia Eccher and McKenna Hunt) and the 4x200 (with Charieon, McKenna and Aniya Johnson). Charieon also had an outstanding meet, placing second and third in the 100 and 300 hurdles respectively. McKenna placed third in the 400.

It's on to the Port Clinton Regional for Kaydence, Charieon, Sophia, McKenna, Aniya and Charlie. Last year, Kaydence and Charlie qualified for the State Meet, and Rangers have high hopes to add to that this season.

Kudos to all the coaches and athletes who endure the aches and pains, the long nights, and the unpredictable and often miserable spring sport weather (Same to the parents!). We have a good thin going in 44107. Long Live Lakewood.
 
SOFTBALL

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

The Good, The Better And The What The Heck: Part Three

The Good: There is one term that you will hear at every board meeting. “Adjournment to go to Executive Session.” Sometimes the session is held before the meeting so the president will say that they are returning from Executive Session. Board Policy 0166 explains how the Board can enter into an executive session. “The Board, as well as its designees, committees, and sub-committees, may hold an executive session only after a majority of a quorum of the Board (or its designees, committees, or sub-committees as applicable) determines, by a roll call vote, to hold an executive session and only at a regular or special meeting for the sole purpose of the consideration of any of the matters set forth in R.C. 121.22(G).” "If a public body holds an executive session to consider any of the matters listed in divisions (G)(2) to (8) of this section, the motion and vote to hold that executive session shall state which one or more of the approved matters listed in those divisions are to be considered at the executive session." (https://tinyurl.com/4eknra7h) 

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

A La Cart Returns To Cove With Delicious Culinary Demonstrations

A La Cart, a program organized by Lakewood Community Services Center as part of its senior self-determination of health initiative, has made a delightful return to Cove. The program is made possible through generous funding from the Three Arches Foundation.

The event featured Kiwi Wongpeng, chef and owner of Thai Thai Lakewood, who captivated attendees with a live cooking demonstration of Mango Sticky Rice. Be sure to stay tuned for future cooking demos to enjoy more culinary delights!

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Mayor's Corner: Fun In The Sun

Summer is always a wonderful and active time in our beautiful city. This year should be no different, as we expect another summer full of activities, events, and recreation opportunities throughout Lakewood.

The season kicks off on Saturday, June 1st with our annual Meet the Trucks event at Lakewood Park. Sponsored by the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, this event always provides youngsters and their families with the chance for up-close views and interactions with Lakewood’s police, fire, construction, and maintenance vehicles. The day also features the chance to grab a bite from food vendors and other activities from local organizations.

As the heat starts to simmer, Lakewood’s two outdoor pools – Foster at Lakewood Park and Becks at Madison Park – will once again be open to help everyone stay cool and active. Last year was the first for the revitalized Foster Pool, and we saw record numbers of Lakewood residents take advantage of the upgrades to this beloved recreational asset.

The City will also continue to program and activate Lakewood Park with our popular Concerts in the Park and Friday Night Flicks events and our Summer Solstice Celebration on June 21st. Of course, the pinnacle of our events in the park will be our Fourth of July events, including the parade, and fireworks display. (Work on the parking lot at Lakewood Park is expected to wrap up soon and in time for our busiest season. The project provides more capacity for park users and other safety and environmental benefits without reducing greenspace in the park).

 

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Community Partners Collaborate To Support Seniors

On May 15th, the Department of Human Services, alongside our neighborhood paramedic and police officers, and LakewoodAlive, met with senior residents at Lake Shore Towers to share valuable information and resources. Sponsored by the Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF), this initiative aims to inform seniors in apartment buildings about available services.

Senior residents living in multi-unit dwellings who are interested in scheduling a visit can contact the Department of Human Services at 216-529-6687 to arrange a meeting.

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Upcoming Events

Meet the Author - "Broad Street Tully: A Rust Belt Tragedy" by David Higgs 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium 

As a table games dealer and pit manager in casinos across the Midwest, David Higgs discovered a sickness he never knew existed: problem gambling. The experience inspired his debut novel. Books will be available for sale and signing. 

Literary Cleveland Presents - Write Now: Nonfiction Workshop with Christopher Johnston 

Saturdays: June 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  

Main Library Multipurpose Room  

Participants will generate new writing in this free four-week practical workshop designed to kick their writing into gear. Registration is required and begins on May 1, 2024. Visit us online at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org. 

Film - "Act of Violence" (1948, 82 minutes) 

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium 

Former prisoner of war, Frank Enley (Van Heflin) is considered a hero in his California town. However, Frank aided his Nazi captors, a secret he guards closely. His past comes back to haunt him when fellow survivor Joe Parkson (Robert Ryan) emerges, intent on making him pay for his betrayal. As Joe closes in, Frank goes into hiding, abandoning his wife (Janet Leigh), who has no clue about Frank’s wartime transgressions. 

 

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Cove Garden Club Kicks Off Planting Season

The Cove Garden Club (CGC) hosted a delightful and educational afternoon this week. Members got their hands dirty with compost and began the planting season by sowing the first vegetables.

Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a novice, the CGC welcomes you to join in the fun. Volunteers are needed for watering and weeding, so if you're interested in lending a hand, come by Cove to sign up. The water is ready, and we would love to have your help!

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Open House/Celebration

Lakewood Clock Repair will host an Open House on Friday, May 31st, 5pm-8pm. Stop by and say, “Hi.” Enjoy some light refreshments.

The Open house is so we can say “Thank You!” to our existing customers, answer questions about the services we provide, and welcome potential new customers.

We also have a couple of milestones to celebrate, too: We are extending our business hours beginning May 28th, 2024. We will now be open 5 days a week Tue.-Sat. to better serve the community. 

Lakewood Clock Repair is now an Authorized Service Center for clock manufacturers Horward-Miller and Ridgeway.

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

College Club West Scholarships

College Club West would like to announce the recipients of our 2024-25 scholarships. The scholarships will be applied toward the tuition of the following students: Hillary Leonard, Stephanie Sugaski, Mary Beth Kiss, Tabitha Stallings and Monica Starks. They will be honored at a brunch on June 8 at 11:30 at the Double Tree Inn in Westlake. The brunch is open to the public and we would especially like to invite past recipients to attend. For more information, go to collegeclubwest@gmail.com. 

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

PTA Awards Include Dr. G. As Educator Of The Year

Dr. Chuck Greanoff with PTA Council member Beth McAlvey.

May in a school district is full of end-of-year awards and recognitions. On May 1, the Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards including scholarships for five deserving seniors, Helping Hands and the “T” in PTA Award for the District's educator of the year, Lakewood High's Chuck Greanoff (Dr. G).

Dr. G was nominated for the many ways he supports Lakewood Schools and Lakewood students, from his engaging classrooms where he shares his passion for history to his constant attendance at students' sports, theater and music performances, and so much more.

The PTA Council also honored the overall success of five seniors. Earning $1,000 scholarships each this year were Reagan Bratko, Turner Gilliland, Edward Horton, Amalija Marich and Evan Miller.

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

LakewoodAlive’s Front Porch Concert Series To Return For 14th Year

Ushering in the summer season with the 14th Annual Front Porch Concert Series, sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, LakewoodAlive is pleased to officially announce our talented 2024 lineup!

Comprised of 8 gifted and unique musical groups and performers, everyone is sure to find something that speaks to their musical taste. Spanning many genres, each week's concert remains family-friendly while delving into a variety of different sounds. See the schedule below, with shows taking place every Friday evening (7 p.m.) from June June 7 to Juy 12 on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue) followed by concerts at Madision Park Pavilion (13201 Madison Avenue) on July 19 and 26.

Kicking off the series on June 7, is Jacob Johnson, a versatile vocalist who works in a range of genres including R&B, Jazz, Gospel and Opera. Based out of Cleveland, he is a multi-hyphenate musical talent, as well as an accomplished jazz pianist, percussionist, music director/arranger, vocal coach, and minister of music.

Breathing new life into traditional Italian folk music, Alla Boara Quartet captivates audiences with their modern arrangements of their musical roots. On June 14, you can travel through Italy as you listen to the playful, tender, and bewitching repertoire they have in store. Each song sung exclusively in Italian will be an exciting new adventure whether the language is familiar or not.

Liz Bullock, local singer-songwriter, who is a Cleveland native as well as a Board Certified Music Therapist, will grace our front porch stage on June 21. With powerful vocals and thoughtful lyrics she is heavily influenced by folk, blues, and soul. She works both as a solo act and with multiple blues and jazz groups in the Greater Cleveland area.

 

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Rotary Honors Outstanding West Shore Career-Tech Students

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River on April 22 were joined by administrators (from left) Robert Hoon, director secondary education, Bay Village City Schools; Rob Woods, principal, Westlake High School; Ramsey Inman, assistant principal, Bay High School; Dr. Christine Palumbo, assistant superintendent, Lakewood City Schools; Maggie Niedzwiecki, assistant superintendent, Lakewood City Schools; and Mrs. Joy Morgan, principal, Lakewood High School.

On April 22, the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River hosted the 26th annual West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Awards at its weekly luncheon, at which 16 recipients were honored for their dedication, leadership, and accomplishments in their career-technical programs. 

Each award recipient is automatically nominated for the “Career-Technical Student of the Year” award, which will be announced later in the school year at the annual Career Passport Assembly.

The 2023-24 Outstanding Student Award recipients are: Katherine Anderson, community based training, O'Neill Health Center; Caroline Baas, health careers; Reagan Bratko, media art and design; Rowan Brown, Project Lead the Way; Eric Bumm, electronic engineering technology; Kaileigh Burton, culinary arts; John Chase, community based program, Gordon Food Service;

Matthew Dilellio, community based program, Wyndham Cleveland Airport; Dominic Dupay, construction trades; Jana Evans, theatre arts; Arlinda Ismaili, business management; Alexa Masten, medical office management; Rita Moran, sports and exercise science; Charlie Quinn, networking with cybersecurity; Tristen Sabo, auto technology; and Shen Da Say, early childhood education.

 

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Bike Safety For All

QUESTION:

School's letting out for the Summer, as are many bicycles, scooters and baby strollers on the sidewalks.
With a large elderly population, among others using the sidewalks, can you please print City of Lakewood's "Rules of the Road" ?

FROM CITY OF LAKEWOOD’S WEBSITE:

Lakewood Bicycle Laws 101

  • Every person riding a bicycle upon a street shall follow all laws applicable to the driver of a vehicle.
  • Every person riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall be granted all of the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian.
  • No person shall operate a bicycle on a sidewalk at a speed greater than an ordinary walk.
  • Cyclists yield the right of way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before passing.
  • Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall ride not more than two abreast in a single lane.
  • Every bicycle from sunset to sunrise shall be equipped with:
    • A white flashing or steady light mounted on the front of the bicycle.
    • A red flashing light and a red reflector on the rear of the bicycle.
    • Every bicycle shall be equipped with an adequate brake when used on a street.
  • Whenever any minor under the age of eighteen years operates a bicycle or motorized bicycle in violation, the bicycle may be seized by any member of the Police Department and impounded.
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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Lakewood Public Library Upcoming Programs-Children’s and Youth Services

Adventure Begins at Your Library 

For all children and youth from birth up to those entering twelfth grade. Read for fun and rewards. Participants will be entered into weekly drawings for prizes and gift cards. Readers can check online or in person. Finishers receive a certificate of completion and a new book to keep. Registration is required. 

Friday, May 10,2024 through Monday, August 12, 2024 at the Main Library and Madison Branch 

Adventure Begins at Your Library Scavenger Hunt 

For all ages. Children are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Club scavenger hunt by looking for pictures of road and traffic symbols they might find on their next adventure. The pictures are found throughout the Children’s and Youth Services area of the library. The hunt lasts all summer. When you finish, turn in your scavenger hunt sheet to be entered in a drawing for a prize. No registration is required.  

Friday, May 10, 2024 through Monday, August 12, 2024 at the Main Library and Madison Branch 

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 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Meet Me At Cove

Brenda Nakonecznyj (pronounced Nock-oh-nez-nee)

Volunteer, Lakewood Family Room / Queen of Mah Jong at Cove

Brenda is a dedicated volunteer at Lakewood Family Room and the Mah Jong Queen of Cove. Brenda’s journey with the Family Room began at St. James Church, where she started as a facilitator and now devotes her time to engaging little ones and preschoolers and their caregivers with creative curriculum and activities. When asked about her passion for volunteering, Brenda states that it brings joy and opportunities to connect with others. She particularly loves Cove for its warm and welcoming atmosphere.

In addition to her work with children, Brenda introduced Mah Jong to Cove on Wednesday afternoons, gathering a group of friends to play. What started with just four people has grown into a community of twenty, fostering friendships and even inspiring two to take a trip to Europe.

Brenda’s generosity extends beyond the walls of Cove, as she also volunteers for the Division of Aging to deliver meals to homebound residents. Her commitment to service is truly remarkable. Whether you’re a parent to little ones or simply looking to connect, stop by Cove and say hello to Brenda. Her infectious smile is sure to brighten your day.

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Legal Aid Provides Help For Clients Struggling With Mental Health

Many people suffer in silence when struggling with mental health issues. These issues can affect every area of one’s life – even how they address legal issues which impact basic needs like shelter, safety and economic security.  Client Support Specialists at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland recognize how a client’s battles with mental health issues can impact their legal cases, and work with Legal Aid attorneys to implement strategies to help them have positive case outcomes while also improving mental health outcomes. 

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Are You Part Of A Group Working To Improve Your Lives And Your Community?

Are you a member of a group of low-income people who are looking for money to help support a project that will improve your lives and your community? 

Get more information and sign up at: preswesres.org/sdop or by calling Josh at 216-273-6881. The application is online. You don’t have to be Presbyterian or affiliated with any church to qualify.  The link to the application is:  https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/sdop/for-synods-and-presbyteries/#tab-1 

An info session & action clinic to support you and your application will be held Saturday, June 15th & will begin at 10am. We’ll plan to be there from 10-12 noon. The meeting will be at the  Hough branch of the Cleveland Public Library in Community Space 1, 6530 Lexington Avenue in Cleveland OH.

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Outstanding Career-Tech Students Honored

On April 22, The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River hosted the 26th annual West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Awards at their weekly luncheon. Sixteen recipients were honored for their dedication, leadership, and accomplishments in their career-technical programs.  

Each award recipient is automatically nominated for the “Career-Technical Student of the Year” award, which will be announced later in the school year at the annual Career Passport Assembly.

West Shore Career-Technical District encompasses Bay Village, Lakewood, Rocky River, and Westlake. West Shore Career-Tech serves more than 400 students in its programs. 

The 2023-24 Outstanding Student Award recipients are: 

  • Automotive Technology: Tristen Sabo, Bay Village

  • Business Management: Arlinda Ismaili, Lakewood

  • Community-Based Program, Gordon Food Service: John Chase, Lakewood

  • Community-Based Program, Wyndham: Matthew Dilellio, Westlake

  • Community-Based Program, O'Neill Healthcare: Katherine Anderson, Bay Village

  • Construction Trades: Domenic Dupay, Lakewood
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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Lakewood Achieves Moody's Aa2 Bond Rating

The City of Lakewood recently completed our bond rating process with Moody’s Investors Service, and I am pleased to share that Lakewood was able to achieve a Moody’s Aa2 rating, which is an excellent credit opinion for our city. Maintaining this desirable bond rating is highly beneficial for our residents by allowing the City to pay lower interest when we must borrow funds for high priority capital projects.

 

My staff understands and appreciates your support of ongoing capital projects through your property taxes, and having low interest costs are a critical factor in avoiding increased tax burdens for you. This is why we champion a culture of fiscal stewardship and excellence as a top priority for our City leadership team. This extends into our bond rating, which is fundamentally important to Lakewood’s ability to continue providing the high level of service and public assets and amenities our residents expect and deserve. 

 

 

 

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.22.2024

Hooray For Hollywood, Part 10

Production trucks from Hadaad's fill the old Steve Barry lot.

Almost overnight, the old Steve Barry lot was filled with semis, various trucks, and strange housing units. Then after a quick read of the name on the trucks: “Haddad’s”-- it became clear, Hollywood was back in Lakewood, Ohio!

This time it was for a $50 million dollar feature for HULU called “Stickshift” which is just a working title. As of right now the film will be called “Eenie Meanie” when it reaches the small screens around the world. The movie has a common Hollywood story line. A person is dragged back into their criminal past to save a loved one. fThis one has Australian actress Samara Weaving (40 films, 2-time Producer, and 1 time director), actor Steve Zahn (93 films, 1-time director, 4-time producer), and Randall Park (173 films, 8-time director, 4-time writer.) This time the girl is the reforrmed get-a-way driver who comes back to help her ex-boyfriend.

They will be filming through the end of the month at various locations around the city. If you see them filming, please give them space. While we can argue about what an inconvenience it is, or how much tax deferment they get, it is hard to argue that it isn't good for a community from fees they pay, to local purchases of food and various items from daily needs to gifts, down to, in most cases, a sense of pride when the final product hits the streets. The best way to see a little part of Hollywood is to give them room. During the shooting of "White Boy Rick" with Matthew McConaughey, he wandered into a local establishment with his daughter. Someone posted it and the place became a zoo, and he left, and never went back. Meanwhile The Coffee Pot would place him at a back table where he quietly ate breakfast most mornings. No one likes being interrupted while eating or working.


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Volume 20, Issue 9, Posted 3:03 PM, 05.08.2024

Mayor's Corner: Speed Limit To Change On Lake Avenue On June 3rd

As you may have heard, the City of Lakewood announced last week that we will be reducing the speed limit on Lake Avenue from 35 miles per hour (MPH) to 30 MPH on Monday, June 3rd. The City arrived at this change only after a comprehensive process of data collection, analysis, and interaction with residents and State of Ohio. After this thorough process, we believe that reducing the speed on Lake Avenue is warranted and fits into Lakewood’s overall commitment to enhancing safety for our residents and visitors.

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Volume 20, Issue 9, Posted 2:53 PM, 05.08.2024

You Should Go To City Hall

There is a regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Monday May 20th at 7:30 PM and I can’t go. There will probably be a few other people from the community there but maybe not. There have been a few meetings this year when I was the only person in attendance who was not a member of the council or a city employee. These meetings are open to the public and streamed online but public interest seems to be very low.

The future of the Lakewood Pit, recreational marijuana laws, Lakewood Park and Madison Park upgrades, the Bunts Road overhaul, transportation safety practices, the use of tens of millions of dollars of public money and much more are all ongoing conversations at City Hall. Most of these topics are discussed with zero input from the public. Sometimes there is an eComment submitted. Most of these projects have public meetings in advance where our voices can be heard. But the public voice is almost always absent at the committee and council meetings where these issues are finalized and voted on by our elected representatives.

Do you know who your council representative is? At election time do you usually vote for whoever is already there because things are fine, or vote for the other person because you aren’t happy with something that happened? Voting is absolutely crucial and also the bare minimum you can do to influence the future of our community in the way that you would like to.

Last week I watched our elected officials debate whether or not adults should be able to smoke weed on bar patios and it seemed like they were basically guessing how you felt. More importantly, they were going off of their own personal feelings. Is that the way you would like these decisions to be made? 

 

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Volume 20, Issue 10, Posted 3:03 PM, 05.08.2024

Razzle Dazzle ’24, Where Everything Old Is New Again, Cover To Cover

Another excellent Razzle Dazzle performance at the Beck Center for the Arts

Beck Center for the Arts’ Creative Arts Therapies program participants and volunteers performed for sold-out audiences the last weekend of April.

Creative Arts Therapies at Beck Center offers music therapy, and art therapy, as well as adapted and inclusive dance, music, theater, and visual art for people with disabilities.

The 22nd annual Razzle Dazzle inclusive theater performance, “Everything Old is New Again – Cover to Cover,” featured original versions of beloved songs, with cuts to updated cover versions.

Thirty-eight cast members produced a show rich with dancing and humor. The crowd-pleasing production included audience participation in a conga line. Other audience members were also pulled from their seats to dance in the aisle during the show.

This year’s show art by Ryan Finley of @ArtbyRyanFinley was a stylized cassette tape. It was printed on every performer’s T-shirt.

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Volume 20, Issue 9, Posted 2:53 PM, 05.08.2024

Keep Lakewood Beautiful Humus And Perennial Flower Sale Returns May 11

Keep Lakewood Beautiful Humus and Perennial Flower Sale Returns May 11.

There’s no better time than now to get your garden thriving, and Keep Lakewood Beautiful is here to help turn your thumbs green.

KLB announces the return of our annual Keep Lakewood Beautiful Humus and Perennial Flower Sale taking place on Saturday, May 11, from 9 am to noon at the parking lot of Old Stone House at Lakewood Park.

Come get your bags of "black gold" for your gardens (humus = $5/bag) and shop from a fabulous selection of attractive perennials that tend to be local, native and hardy, while serving as pollinators for bees and butterflies.

Native plants will be available from Meadow City Native Plant Nursery, a Cleveland-based nursery focused on plants that can grow in nature within our region. Offerings include: Herbs, Milkweed, Coneflowers, Heuchera (Coral Bells), Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy), Monarda (Bee Balm), Peonies, and many other perennials.

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Volume 20, Issue 9, Posted 2:53 PM, 05.08.2024

Your Voice In Ohio Policy, A Series - Part 1

Fast and furious is how many of us could describe our daily lives. Between juggling work and getting kids to soccer practice, taking care of elderly parents, and barely finding time to sit down and pay bills, most of us don't have time to understand how our state legislature affects our daily lives. Most of the news we randomly catch amid our busy lives centers around what’s happening on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., obscuring how our state legislature touches our community and daily lives.

In the Ohio Legislature, where your local state rep serves as your voice in state government, many decisions are made that improve or worsen our lives. 

For many hard-working Ohioans struggling to make ends meet, laws passed by the state legislature can improve working conditions in the state, raise the minimum wage, affect your hours and shifts at work, and also impact what benefits you are entitled to, like paid leave, sick time, and unemployment.

Laws that make it easier to obtain and carry high-powered weapons used in school shootings, restrict reproductive rights even in cases of rape, put up roadblocks to the legalization of marijuana, make life difficult for LGBTQ+ communities, and impact climate change often begin in our state legislature in Columbus. 

 

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Volume 20, Issue 9, Posted 2:53 PM, 05.08.2024

Join The Ranger Golf Classic & Help Lakewood Students

Come be a part of the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation (LREF) annual Ranger Classic Golf Outing to benefit the educational experiences of Lakewood City Schools students! The Ranger Classic will be held Monday, June 10 at Valley of the Eagles Golf Course in Elyria.

LREF welcomes foursomes and individual golfers for a fun day that will include 18 holes of golf with carts, skills contests, swag bags, raffle baskets and a box lunch and early dinner on the patio. Foursomes are selling quickly, so get your registration in soon! The fee for foursomes is $640, individual fee is $160. Visit https://bit.ly/RangerClassic2024for more information and to register or make a donation.

We’re grateful to our title sponsors, Senney Enterprises and First Federal Lakewood, as well as our Gold Sponsor, Barton Communities, and the rest of our local businesses, organizations and individuals who have signed on as sponsors. Sponsorships still available include:

 

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Volume 20, Issue 9, Posted 2:53 PM, 05.08.2024

Lakewood High School's Long History Of After Prom

Alma, Ed Horton, and Griffin Starr try their hand at Karaoke

After Prom 2024, Enchantment Under the Sea was an extraordinary success, a testament to several parents' and community members' dedication and hard work to add joy and community to our schools. I could fill an entire page by naming people and businesses who donated their time and goods to help make the evening a splash.

Our senior class of over 300 found a unique and memorable haven after their Senior Prom at Windows on the River, a feat that sets us apart and one we can all be exceptionally proud of.

Lakewood High School has a long-standing tradition of offering students a fun and safe place to go from 11:30-2:30 a.m. After our seniors enjoy their fancy prom, they get to come back to the high school for a fun evening of festivities meticulously planned by the senior parents, who not only decorate the venue with the secret theme of the night but have food and various activities to enjoy, as well as a chance to win a raffled off item.

This year's secret theme was Under the Sea, with a dash of glow, and the planning started last fall. The students were treated to glowing glasses and leis to go with the beachy theme and a glow-in-the-dark henna artist, with a sizeable glowing octopus generously loaned to us by Garfield Middle Schools PTA. In the main gym, the kids were treated to a bounce house, obstacle courses, 360 photos, a simulated surfboard, enough food to feed an army, and a glow room with a glowing octopus. 

 

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Meet Me At Cove: Alexis, Frances, and Basil

This space for family and community is a lifeline for us parents. It means we're not alone, struggling to teach our kids at home. It shows that raising kids is a team effort, with support coming in many forms. When my child has been talking to me for two hours straight, we can come here for a change of scenery. On other days, I enjoy chatting with other adults and learning about parenting tips, kids' programs, and local info about Lakewood. My husband, Ben, joins us here sometimes too.

Alexis, Frances (4) and Basil (2)

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Starr Gazer

MAY 

ARIES: This month, the Sun & Jupiter are partnered together for the Zodiac. The Ram has the lucky duo in the 2nd house of finances. Buy Mom something special & then do something adventurous.

TAURUS: The Bull’s got it going on in your own Bullpen. Cook a gourmet feast, spruce up the house, and have Mom over for dinner. I shall never forget this. Then it's all you, Bull.

GEMINI:  The Twins have got their action going on behind the scenes. Why don't you make what you're doing for Mom a surprise, I'm sure it'll be double the pleasure.

CANCER: The Crab is joining the friendship arena for Mother's Day; the more, the merrier. For once, Crab, let somebody else cook for you or take you out; you deserve it.

LEO:  The Lion's Den is centered around work & career this month. Pull yourself away from the office long enough to make Mom the center of attention on her special day.

 

                                                                                                                                                 

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GardenWalk Lakewood Hosts Free Plant Swap

Looking for some new plants to brighten up your home or garden? Join GardenWalk Lakewood for a free plant swap on Sunday, May 19, 2024, from 1 to 3pm at Cove Park at 1294 Cove Ave.

Come together with your fellow gardeners to swap divided perennials, seeds, cuttings, plants, pots, tools, and tips, all while learning more about GardenWalk Lakewood and our mission. Nothing to swap? No problem! There will be plenty of items to help you on your gardening journey. The event will be held under the pavilion, rain or shine.

Volunteers are also needed before the plant swap at noon for a spring clean-up event at the Cove Park pollinator garden. Please join us!

And save the date for the third annual GardenWalk: Saturday, July 20, 2024. The list of participating gardens and a map will be posted in early July to the GardenWalk Lakewood website at www.gardenwalklakewood.org. This free event will be held rain or shine.

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In Tune And In Stride: A Lakewood Teacher-Student Duo Is Breaking Barriers In Music And Sports

Photo by Felicia Ardelean

Amid the early afternoon clamor of band rehearsals at Harding Middle School, a remarkable story is unfolding in the world of music and mentorship. Aiden Ardelean and Etienne Massicotte, a student-teacher duo, both of whom are visually impaired, are taking a unique approach to ensuring Aiden’s success in music, and beyond.

Aiden Ardelean, a young trumpet player with a keen ear and a passion for Romanian and Serbian music, faces unique challenges due to his severe visual impairment. Unable to read printed materials, Aiden’s journey into the world of music requires a modified approach. Etienne, whose visual impairment is less severe, draws from his experience having learned music in a traditional setting and tailors his teaching methods to meet Aiden’s needs.

In their one-on-one sessions, they utilize an age-old approach – learning by ear. Instead of relying on visual cues, Aiden learns to recognize notes by their names and their sound. Knowing Aiden’s passion for Eastern European culture, Etienne selects music that aligns with both Aiden’s preferences and the required band curriculum. This not only helps Aiden develop the skills on the trumpet recommended for his age-level, but also ensures that Aiden can enjoy making music that resonates with his family’s heritage.

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New Harding Middle School Principal Named

Christopher “Chip” Plush is the next principal of Harding Middle School.

The Lakewood Board of Education at its April 15 meeting approved Willoughby Middle School Principal Christopher “Chip” Plush as the next principal of Harding Middle School, beginning Aug. 1, 2024. Plush has spent the last eight years as an administrator for the Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools.

Plush began as a high school house principal and then moved into an assistant principal role at the middle school level before assuming the principal job at Willoughby Middle School in 2021. He began his educational career as a language arts teacher at Willoughby South High School.

Among many accomplishments while principal at Willoughby Middle School, Plush and his team earned the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce 2023 Momentum Award in recognition of significant improvement in growth and achievement on the Ohio School Report Cards. 

Plush earned his undergraduate degree in education from Dayton University and was awarded a master’s degree in educational administration from Cleveland State University.   

 

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The Lakewood Ranger Purple & Gold Classic: GRANT WINS!

On the corner of Bunts and Franklin, in the LHS Gym, the annual Lakewood Ranger Purple & Gold Classic took place in front of a rowdy, exuberant and supportive crowd, cheering on their respective 5th grade school squads. Fans and spectators showed up in force creating an electric atmosphere, feeding off of the energy of the Women’s Final Four. 

Tip-off began at 8:30am with Emerson and Harrison going back and forth all game. You can’t kick off a tournament any better than with a game winning shot. With 6 seconds left, a right side short jumper sent Harrison into the 2nd round earning their first ever tournament victory!

Game number 2 featured Grant and Lincoln, who slugged it out for 32 minutes, with Grant emerging victorious. The final 1st round game was a cross town rivalry with Roosevelt facing off against Horace Mann. Both teams gave it their all, playing hard, but Roosevelt managed to claim the W.

Second round action, the returning champion Hayes, faced the upstart Harrison squad.  It seemed there was a lid over the rim for the first quarter but things began to roll as the teams settled into a rhythm.  The game was frantic, neither team backing down, which resulted in another game winning shot - Harrison advances! Grant and Roosevelt had a grudge match, both teams running and gunning, taking each other's best haymakers and when it was all said and done, Grant survived and advanced.

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Lakewood’s ME/WE Family Education And Support Group – Update!

The Lakewood ME/WE Family Education and Support Group has been meeting on Saturday mornings at Lakewood’s Cove Community Center since May 13, 2023. The meeting can be accessed both virtually and in person. This unique program which provides education and support for family members who are concerned about a loved one’s abuse or addictive use of alcohol or other drugs is the only such program which is funded and supported by a municipality. Sponsorship of the program is made possible by Opioid Settlement funding. The meetings are facilitated by Jim Joyner a licensed chemical dependency counselor clinical supervisor who has over 50 years of professional experience in the field of substance use disorder treatment, prevention, education and professional training.

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Foster Pool Fill-Up

One more sign that summer is nearly here: the Lakewood Public Works team has begun the process of filling and preparing Foster Pool!

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The Good, The Better And What The Heck - Part Two

The Good: Communicating with the Board is the right of every stake holder in Lakewood. Here’s some information that may help. At every Board meeting there is a time for public communications when you step up to a microphone and address the Board publicly. Policy 0169.1 is “Public Participation at Board Meetings.” The policy starts with …”public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on school matters of community interest…” This is a longer policy but it is extremely specific. Here are examples of do’s and don’ts. “Anyone having a legitimate interest in the actions of the Board may participate…”, “Attendees must register their intention to participate…” (Sign in as you enter.) “Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to three (3) minutes duration..” and “All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer (normally the board president); no person may address or question Board members individually…” 

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Upcoming Events In May

Adele Malley

Presentation- Classic Candy of the Twentieth Century... with a special visit by Adele Malley 

Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium 

Join Kathleen Williams as she examines the best-selling candies from the turn of the century through the 1970s and stick around for a special visit with Adele Malley, from Lakewood’s very own Malley's Chocolates, as she discusses her new book, "Conversations with Adele."  

Meet The Author- "Cycling Rights" by Ken Knabe  

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium  

Protect yourself and others as you enjoy the fun of riding your bike this season. Author and Attorney Ken Knabe will discuss the newest edition of his book Cycling Rights.  

2024 Adult Summer Reading Club: Adventure Begins at Your Library 

May 10, 2024-August 12, 2024  

Enter online at lakewoodpubliclibrary.beanstack.com or in-person at the Main Library or Madison Branch. No matter what you’re reading, make sure to log each book because every book, eBook, audiobook, or graphic novel you log equals one entry to win a prize. Winners will be drawn weekly. Having trouble? Call or stop by for assistance.   

 

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On The Eclipse

Finally an event that was shared by all (who were situated near it), free of charge, and attended by every kind of human being regardless of age, gender, color, nationality, ability, religion, clothing, whatever! All were welcome.

I didn’t hear of any protests at this event, at least no anti-eclipse ones. This in itself is a cause for celebration. Apparently we often angry peoples can, when there is a cosmic event, put aside all reference to politics and divisiveness. 

Even those who think science is a conspiracy game didn’t question whether the event would happen. They accepted the science which accurately predicted the timing of the eclipse.

Will the majesty, wonder and spirituality of the total solar eclipse soon be eclipsed by a return to our rancorous dealings with one another?

We,  just specks in the universe, should figure out how to live in peace with one another. That is why we are here.

Jean Brinich is a retired family nurse practitioner, returned to Lakewood in 2015 after a 46 year absence.

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Mayor's Corner: Lakewood Continues To Focus On Being A Pedestrian Friendly Community

I recently shared some updates on Lakewood’s holistic approach to overall safety. In this edition, I’d like to delve deeper into Lakewood’s ongoing effort to maintain and improve our city’s status as one of the most pedestrian-friendly communities in Ohio, if not the nation. Being a truly walkable community where people value the ability to safely walk and meet their daily needs is a key quality-of-life factor and priority for our residents.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in the U.S., which makes sense with so many more pedestrians out and about walking as weather improves, and because distracted driving is a major cause of injuries to people on foot. This month also will see Ohio’s new restrictions on drivers’ use of cellphones in full effect. With very few exceptions, anything that involves using, holding, or supporting a cellphone while driving is now illegal, and repeat violators will be subject to escalating penalties.

I encourage everyone to review this new cellphone law for drivers – you can obtain a helpful fact sheet by visiting the Ohio Department of Transportation website:

https://www.transportation.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odot/phonesdown/resources/fact-sheet. Here in Lakewood, our officers will be enforcing this law if they observe a violation. We also have been informed that Ohio State Highway Patrol officers will have a focus on enforcing the law on state and federal routes, a number of which traverse Lakewood.

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LHS Students Sweep Rotary Club Speech Contest

We are thrilled to share that Amy Garritano brought us some fantastic news today. Lakewood High School had yet another sweep at the speech contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River, alongside the Beck Center!

Here are the winners: 1st Place: Elizabeth Schuldt - $750, 2nd Place: Sophia Lipowski - $500, 3rd Place: Ava Cuffari - $300, 4th Place: Lana Collins - $250.  We are proud to announce that Elizabeth and Sophia will be advancing to represent Lakewood High School at the District Finals on April 6th. Huge congratulations to everyone involved!  Let's continue to shine and make Lakewood proud!

 

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City Hall Observed

The Public Safety Committee, Finance Committee and City Council met on Monday, April 15th.  

At the Public Safety meeting, Assistant Director - Planning and Development, David Baas presented the latest version of the Active Transportation Plan and accompanying Safe Streets for All (SS4A) Plan. The plan was partially developed around goals from the Community Vision such as: 

  • Build and maintain infrastructure to support active lifestyles.
  • Make transportation decisions that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote wellness.
  • Expand the dedicated bicycle network city-wide.
  • Improve and maintain the existing transportation infrastructure considering universal design, affordability, and environmental impact.
  • Adopt “vision zero” goal to reduce motor-vehicle related deaths to zero.

The committee agreed to recommend the plans to the full Council for a vote.

The Finance Committee heard a presentation from Finance Director, Peter Rancatore, regarding 3 proposed pieces of legislation relevant to the collection of taxes. They outline the need and ability to collect taxes as well as receive the funds promptly from the county so they can be invested. All three were recommended to the full council.

At the City Council meeting, all recommended legislation from Public Safety and Finance was adopted.

Public Works Director, Chris Gordon presented a plan to receive a $200,000 grant from the Ohio EPA to purchase and replace 4,630 of the city’s oldest recycling toters for residents. Council approved an additional $50,000 match to complete the transaction.

Fire Chief, Tim Dunphy, presented two grants to council to receive funds from the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary. Both were adopted.

 

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Garfield Middle School Shines At NEOSEF Science Fair

Exciting news for Garfield Middle School!

We are incredibly proud to announce that four of our talented students competed at the NEOSEF Science Fair this Spring and achieved remarkable success!

KK Saunders placed 2nd in the Physics category.

Liam Callahan placed 3rd in Health and Medicine.

Elise Moran placed 2nd in Environmental Science, also earning special awards from The American Association of Chemical Engineering, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and The National Audubon Society.

Charlaice McDonald placed 2nd in the Earth & Space category, winning special awards from Cleveland State, ASM International, and The Naval & Marine Corp. Science Center.

Not only did they excel in their categories, but Elise and Charlaice also garnered multiple special awards for their exceptional scientific thinking.

A huge congratulations to all participants for their hard work and dedication! Your achievements truly shine as a testament to your talent and passion for science.

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Dr. G's Ranger Round Up: Softball And Baseball

Mikey Klasa on April 9th.

SOFTBALL   April 13: Rangers vs Rocky River  

Senior ace Mia Carroll-Greeves struck out 14 on her way to a complete game win over Rocky River. Sister Gaby plated the first run—Madison Comer, who doubled-- for the Rangers with a sharp single to right, and Mia drove in the other with a single to center. Senior shortstop Emily Potoczak made a diving catch of a short fly ball to preserve the lead late in the game (6th inning). The Ranger are now 5-0 in the GLC and 6-3 overall.    

BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL   April 9: Rangers vs Westlake   When sophomore Cooper Russell walked off Westlake with a lightning bolt to left, he finished a dramatic comeback for the Lakewood Rangers (7-1). Cooper's heroics were only possible due to some great defense and solid pitching that kept Lakewood close until the bats came to life in the 6th. Tonight's was a deeply satisfying team win.  

Starter Logan Ellis allowed two runs (one earned) in 5 strong innings, while reliever and winning pitcher Mikey Klasa pitched two scoreless innings, including a dominating 7th. Freshman 3rd baseman Riley Verderber cut down a runner at the plate and made another fine play which held a potential run at third. Left fielder Keegan Schroeder and catcher Leo Soneson also made key defensive plays for the Rangers. Leo sparked the two run game tying rally in the 6th with a single in what was one of the best at-bats of the season, then scored the tying run on a clutch 2-strike, two run RBI single by Drew Jablonowski.  

To start the 7th, Logan Ellis blasted a long double to left center, and after Mikey and Petter Checkett reached on a walk and hit by pitch, Cooper worked the count to 3 and 2 before his full contact smash to left field.   The softball team also beat Westlake--look for that story a bit later--in what was a great night on the diamonds for the Rangers. Two community teams competed fiercely today, but happily the Purple and Gold prevailed. Kudos to Coach Graves, his staff and the entire squad. There was all kinds of lightning in the 44107 tonight. Long Live Lakewood.

April 6: 

 
SOFTBALL: Rangers vs Valley Forge
 
The diamonds were shining in Lakewood today, as players from all classes pitched the Softball and Baseball Rangers to victories. North of LHS, sophomore Ella Bower and senior Mia Carroll-Greeves pitched the Softball team to a double header sweep of Valley Forge. Mia's gem was a 5 inning perfect game.
 
BASEBALL: Rangers vs Fairview
 
South of LHS, freshman Riley Verderber and junior Peter Checkett pitched well in Lakewood Baseball's 9-3 win over Fairview. Both teams won with contributions from numerous players.

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Volume 20, Issue 8, Posted 1:24 PM, 04.17.2024

Coal Bailouts, Fracked Parks & Solar Bans: Happy Earth Month From Ohio

Image created digitally by Tristan Rader

As we observe Earth Month, a time dedicated to celebrating and nurturing our planet, it's increasingly important to scrutinize the actions and policies that impact our environmental future, especially at the state level. Recent developments in Ohio paint a concerning picture of environmental policy that prioritizes fossil fuel interests over the preservation of natural resources and public health.

Ohio now allows fracking in state parks and wildlife areas, a decision that has sparked significant controversy and concern among environmentalists and Ohio communities. The passage of House Bill 507 in December 2021 mandates state agencies to allow fracking on Ohio public lands, fundamentally altering the stewardship of lands that include state parks, forests, wildlife areas, historical sites, and more. Late last year, drilling operations were approved at Salt Fork State Park, Valley Run Wildlife Area, and Zepernick Wildlife Area, allowing for oil and gas development underneath these precious resources. 

These actions come amidst a backdrop of legislative decisions that have not only subsidized aging coal and nuclear plants via House Bill 6 but have also imposed restrictive laws on wind and solar energy development, effectively stifling Ohio's potential for a cleaner energy future. The juxtaposition of subsidizing outdated coal energy while imposing barriers to renewable energy, coupled with opening public lands to fracking, underscores a stark contradiction in Ohio's approach to energy and environmental policy. 

The implications of allowing fracking in public parks and promoting natural gas as a "green" energy source are multifaceted. While natural gas is often touted for its lower carbon emissions compared to coal, the environmental impacts of fracking ”such as potential water contamination, air pollution, and contribution to climate change”raise significant concerns that our leaders have completely ignored. These concerns are amplified when such activities are permitted on public lands designated for conservation and recreation.

The Ohio state legislature is directly responsible for this regressive approach to energy policy. Its decisions reflect a disregard for economic opportunity, environmental protection, and community health. 

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Celebrating The Week Of The Young Child In Lakewood

Mayor George reading to LCCC Pre-K class

As many families in our community know, Lakewood Child Care Center (LCCC) has been caring for children – from newborns to school-agers – for more than 30 years at its 1450 Belle Avenue address. Many of our Center’s earliest children are now grown adults with families of their own.

From April 8-12, LCCC celebrated the Week of the Young Child® with activities, music, art and visits from local elected officials.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association. Established more than 50 years ago, the Week of the Young Child® is a week to spotlight public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

“The Center is grateful to call Lakewood home and appreciates the long-standing partnership with the local community,” said Holle Brambrick, director of the 5-Star “Step Up To Quality”-rated Lakewood Child Care Center. “On behalf of our staff, children, and families, I want to extend a thank you to Mayor Megan George, City Council President Sarah Kepple, and City Council Members Tom Bullock and Kyle Baker who visited the Center during the Week of the Young Child to celebrate and read a favorite book with our children.”

According to the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs, high-quality early childhood programs can yield a $4 – $9 dollar return per $1 invested. Everyone from children and parents to state and local government, taxpayers, and society at large benefit from early childhood programs.

 

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H2O Summer Service Camp

The years of middle school are characterized by growing independence, emerging individual identity, social exploration, and CHANGE. One critical experience that kids can have to support this time of profound growth, to help them internalize compassionate thoughts and actions, and develop positive social connections is volunteering. Research supports the notion that the opportunity to serve others, and in turn to be valued within a community, is critical to youth development.

And we have just the experience! H2O Summer Service Camp has a 30-year tradition in Lakewood of enriching the lives of middle school students, providing memories that last a lifetime. We offer four sessions, which we hope accommodates scheduling around other summer plans. Each session brings together campers from across Lakewood, regardless of where they attend school. They are placed into groups of six with a counselor, and this is the foundation of their experience. The camp staff are a team of compassionate and talented leaders who dedicate their summer to providing the most fun and enriching experiences possible.

The service sites are planned to connect kids to their interests and passions, and to demonstrate how agencies across the region work to address community needs. H2O summer service partners include the Greater Cleveland Foodbank, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services, LakewoodAlive, Cove Community Center/Department of Human Services, local daycares, Lakewood Earth and Food, the Lakewood Arts Festival, and more. Plus, we host our own massive Clothing Drive and Super Sale. In addition to amazing volunteer experiences with these agencies, we also feature speakers from groups affecting positive change in our world, and a theme (to be revealed when camp starts!)

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Legal Aid Has New Tool Iin City Of Cleveland To Protect Residents, Neighborhoods From Blight

There is a new tool to help Cleveland improve the conditions of its housing stock. 

As properties change hands frequently, there are more out-of-state buyers purchasing homes to be used as rental properties. Absentee owners can easily neglect the buildings, allowing them to fall further into disrepair. To combat this, the City of Cleveland passed a set of ordinances in February, called the Residents First Legislative Package. The new ordinances will hold owners of rental and vacant properties more accountable for the maintenance of their properties.

“It’s easy to buy properties remotely if you are an out-of-town investor,” said Barbara Reitzloff, Supervising Attorney in The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Housing Practice Group. “If the owner is in another city or country, they can buy properties sight-unseen and collect the rent by Cash App. They may never visit the property and try to manage it from a distance. This is bad for the tenants and for the neighborhood near those buildings.”

The new ordinances require owners of rental properties to register the property with the city. The owner must name a Local Agent in Charge (LAIC). If the owner is a person living in Cuyahoga or a neighboring county, the owner may be the LAIC. Otherwise, the LAIC must be a person who lives in Cuyahoga County. This agent is responsible for the maintenance and management of the property.

 

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Volunteers Needed For LCAC’s Spring Cleaning Supplies Distribution

With warmer weather approaching, people often begin to wash off winter’s dirt and grime and start the spring fresh. LCAC, also known as the “food drive people” switches gears every spring to help provide cleaning supplies and hygiene items for Lakewood families in need, to help with their own “spring cleaning.”

LCAC will be hosting a Spring Cleaning Distribution on Saturday, April 20 at 9 a.m. at the Masonic Temple, located at 15300 Detroit Road in Lakewood. 

Many households need help with spring cleaning as necessary supplies can get expensive and are not covered by WIC. This drive will provide 100 recipients with the supplies they need for cleaning. 

LCAC’s board members and volunteers will sort and deliver cleaning supplies to Lakewood residences during the event. 

Volunteers of all ages are always welcome at LCAC events and there is a job for everyone to do as these much-needed cleaning supplies are sorted and then delivered to Lakewood families. 

For more information or to make a monetary donation, visit www.LCAC.info. Make sure to follow Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation on Facebook and/or on Instagram at @lcacfooddrives for any updates on our events.

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Church Of The Ascension Flea Market, Bike Rodeo, And Lakewood Bike Registration

Church of the Ascension Flea Market  

Bike Rodeo, and Lakewood Bike Registration

Partnering with Bike Lakewood and The Lakewood Police Department

Saturday, May 18th, 11 am to 5 pm, 13216 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, Ohio

216-521-8727

Are your closets full? Have your children outgrown their toys? Are there too many purses hanging in your closet? Are you ready to declutter or downsize? Are you a crafter? Are your children hankering to ride about town on their bikes?  Do you have a bike that needs to be checked for safety or needs general repairs? Do you have kids and want to join Bike Lakewood for a bike safety course?  

You need to come to Church of the Ascension from 11 am until 5 pm on Saturday May 18th. Enjoy a spring day outside on our beautiful idyllic grounds with activities for all ages. 

*Bring your treasures and crafts to sell on the large front grounds at Church of the Ascension, right on Detroit Ave., with lots of Lakewood foot traffic. Reserve your table today! Call 216-521-8727 or email secretary@ascension-lakewood.org to make your reservation. Arrive at 10:30 am to set up. A free will offering ($20 suggested) is appreciated but not required. In case of rain the sale will proceed from inside our church hall. 

 

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Keep Lakewood Beautiful To Host 2024 Earth Day Cleanup On April 27

Keep Lakewood Beautiful's 2024 Earth Day Cleanup takes place on Saturday, April 27.

Spring has sprung and there's no better time than now to celebrate the beauty of our planet while giving back to our community. Join Keep Lakewood Beautiful for our annual Earth Day Cleanup taking place Saturday, April 27, from 9 to 11 am at City Center Park (front of the Marc's Plaza) in Downtown Lakewood.

The Keep Lakewood Beautiful Earth Day Cleanup offers a family-friendly opportunity to clean up litter and spruce up public areas along the Detroit Avenue commercial corridor. Trash bags, vests, buckets, tongs and gloves will be provided to participants.

This year’s cleanup event also features a free tree saplings giveaway while supplies last. Fifty tree saplings (25 Eastern Redbuds and 25 American Plums) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To participate in this year’s event, simply join Keep Lakewood Beautiful on April 27. No advanced registration is necessary. Check-in will be located in the public space at the front of the Marc's Plaza near the intersection of Detroit and Cook Avenues.

 

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Bocce! Bocce! At Cove Community Center

Dive into summer with Bocce! Bocce! at Cove Community Center! Whether you're a seasoned pro or first-timer, join us Wednesdays for night games or Thursdays for daytime fun. Bring friends or come solo, we'll find a team for you!

For details or to sign up, call 216-529-5061 or email nancy.feighan@lakewoodoh.gov.

Let's make this summer memorable with Bocce! Bocce! at Cove!

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LakewoodAlive Has Another Fantastic Year Of Events Ahead Of Them!

Join us in celebrating 20 years of LakewoodAlive at all our beloved events!

Exciting News: Get ready for a year of unforgettable fun in Lakewood! LakewoodAlive—which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year—reveals their lineup of 2024 community events, featuring five must-attend occasions spanning early summer to the holiday season. Join us and experience the unique vibrancy of Lakewood for yourself!

Family friendly, community building, and diverse, the events include the Front Porch Concert Series, Lakewood Summer Meltdown, Spooky Pooch Parade, Lakewood Chocolate Walk, and Light Up Lakewood. Each event promises something special for everyone, providing the perfect opportunity to connect with neighbors, support local businesses, and immerse yourself in the charm of our city.

First up, the Front Porch Concert Series, presented by Johnson Bentley Wealth Partners of Raymond James, kicks off on Friday, June 7. With a total of eight free shows taking place every Friday evening in June and July, the first six will take place on the front steps of the Lakewood Public Library, with the last two shows hosted at Madison Park Pavilion. Bring your family, friends, snacks, blankets, and chairs for a delightful summer evening in the fresh air.

Returning for its 16th year, Lakewood Summer Meltdown, sponsored by Melt Bar & Grilled, promises endless summer fun on Saturday, July 20. From a 5K Race to the 1 Mile Family Fun Run & Walk, a water moose, the Gary Bish Memorial Beer Garden, delicious food, live music, and the opportunity to explore downtown Lakewood, there is truly something for everyone. You won’t want to miss out on the biggest block party of the year.

 

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Upcoming Events At Lakewood Public Library

Meet The Author - "The Final Witness: A Kennedy Secret Service Agent Breaks His Silence After Sixty Years " by Paul Landis 

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium 

Special Agent Paul Landis was standing on the running boards of the car directly behind JFK’s Cadillac on the tragic afternoon of November 22,1963. In "The Final Witness," the author tells his story, the one he could not speak about for over sixty years. Books will be available for sale. 

Presentation - Women, Guitars and Pop Music: A Short History with Diana Chittester 

Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium 

Diana Chittester takes listeners on a musical journey through the past century to discover the styles of influential, and often overlooked, female guitarists. 

Film Matinee - "Enchanted April" (1991)  

Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. (98 minutes) in the Main Library Auditorium 

Four British women are transformed by a quiet holiday in an Italian castle.  

 

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Downtown Lakewood Celebrates The Return Of The Beloved Spring Stroll: A Unique Brunch Crawl And Arts Experience

The Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance is thrilled to announce the return of the Downtown Lakewood Spring Stroll on Sunday, May 19, 2024, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Following the overwhelming success of last year's event, the Spring Stroll is back to offer a unique blend of culinary delights and artistic exploration, all in support of the vibrant local business community in historic Downtown Lakewood. 

"We are absolutely thrilled to bring this event back for another year,” shared Nancy Hedberg, RN, MSN, of Lakewood Family Health Center and a lead organizer for the event. “The Spring Stroll is a celebration of everything that makes Downtown Lakewood such a special place - our businesses, our artists, and our wonderfully vibrant community."

This year's Spring Stroll invites attendees to embark on a brunch crawl unlike any other, featuring an expanded lineup of local businesses each offering delectable brunch items paired with engaging arts experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to explore at least 16 stops throughout Downtown Lakewood, from beloved eateries to cultural gems like the Lakewood Public Library.

"We've crafted an event that goes beyond the traditional brunch crawl. The Spring Stroll not only entertains but also fosters a strong sense of community and mutual support among businesses and artists alike,” said Stephanie Flask, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones and a lead organizer for the event.

 

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Lakewood Public Library Upcoming Programs: Children’s and Youth Services

Just Baby 'N Me 

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

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

 April 1- April 25, 2024 

Main Library-  

Mondays- 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  

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

Thursdays-10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Madison Branch-  

Thursdays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Pre-school Story Time 

 

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Hello There - The Story Of The Post Cards

Mom & Dad were children of the Depression. Being so, finances were a primary consideration in almost all of their decisions. Even though Dad had a very good job and they were economically comfortable, this never left them.

My favorite story of their parsimony was that, until the end of their lives, they saved their mealtime paper napkins – smoothing them out, folding them carefully, and sliding them under their placemats. This was too much for My Bride and me. One of the first things we would do, upon arriving at their home in Fort Myers, was make a beeline for the breakfast table in the lanai, and then to the dinner table in the nook, reach under the placemats and THROW AWAY all those used napkins. Well, actually many times it was a paper towel scrap – because paper towels were less costly than napkins and somewhat as soft. I think you have to stretch the concept of “somewhat as soft” because the paper towel brand of choice was of the cheapest sort and very rough to my sensitive (I guess) finger touch. When I mentioned this to Dad, all he did was swipe the back of his hand across his lips and say, “You don’t got to use it long, do you.”

Now I ask you: How do you answer something like that??!!
 

 


   

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Meet Me At Cove: Sean Collins

Swinging through life’s challenges for 56 years, Sean Collins is a force on the Disabled Golf Tour with the US Adaptive Golf Association since 2019. Ranked 2nd in the US Senior Seated Division, he’s teed off his passion since learning from his dad as a kid.

On May 10th, one day after his 67th birthday, watch Sean knock it out of the park throwing the first pitch at the Lake Erie Crushers game!

Mark your calendars for his moves in Cleveland at the Ohio Adaptive Open in August, after his victorious run at the Michigan Adaptive Open in 2023!

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