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Re-Elect Ed Favre For School Board

I have had the honor of being a member of the Lakewood Board of Education for many years and have been re-elected by fellow Lakewoodites several times. My life of public service began with the military when I served in the Army National Guard. I served 37+ years on the Lakewood Police Department and have been a consistent advocate for school safety. As a police officer, I saw firsthand kids in difficult situations and developed an appreciation for how the schools are invaluable and needed in their futures. 

Lakewood is a diverse community and we have students from all backgrounds. Our kids speak over 30 languages and are literally from all over the world.  I’ve been a supporter of the LGBQT community since the early days of the gay rights movement when I was a police liaison the community could trust to report crimes and being victimized. We have very advanced and very challenged students and everything in between. We are not selective and educate and serve all.

My wife, Gladys, and I have lived in Lakewood for 46 years and raised 4 children here, all graduates of Lakewood City Schools. We have been involved in various support groups and commissions. I was President of the Athletic Boosters, during which time it was incorporated. Following levy failures, we obtained a license and ran bingo to lower the pay-to-participate rates.

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Dr. G's Ranger' Round-Up

Girls' Soccer

It wasn't senior night, but tonight's Lakewood Rangers Girls Soccer tournament game is the very last game that the class of '22 will ever play at iconic Garfield Stadium. With goals by junior Co-Captain Mallory Zvatchen and junior Annette Doren, the team came through with a 2-0 victory over a determined Barberton squad.
 
Senior Co-Captains Lucy McIntire and Alanna Cunningham, along with senior Reka Sundem, were rock solid in midfield and on the back line, as was junior Co-Captain Sam Hudak. In this all-around team effort, several freshmen provided both strong play and an optimistic outlook for the future, including Riley Forster, who had her first career varsity start, Sarah McGinley, Helen Fraunfelder and Emily Lajack. Junior Clarie Morrisey had significant playing time and played a solid, steady game. The same was true of Casey Funk, Rosie Lipka, Sophie Craciun, Grace Hildebrandt and Sylvie Ballou. Lakewood's excellent goalie Lauren Barber was steady as ever, but wasn't ever seriously tested by the Magic.

What started in sweltering summer months' practices is now winding down as the days get shorter and the nights cooler. The Rangers, 7-9-1, travel to Brecksville to take on the Bee's this coming Thursday. At some point, the season will end—hopefully not soon-but the fond memories of watching these girls—the quintessence of student athletes- compete will far outlive this season.

Football

Our undermanned (key injuries) Lakewood Rangers Football team gave Valley Forge all they could handle tonight before losing 32-25. Very proud of our Rangers! The consolation for losing, which always stings, is the knowledge that our guys gave it everything and should have the respect of anyone paying attention.

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Mayor's Corner: Addressing Affordable Housing

Lakewood has long been known as “The City of Homes,” and I am dedicated to continuing this legacy. An important part of that tradition is that Lakewood residents across all economic spectrums can find an affordable place to call home. However, the latest mass appraisal of property by the County Fiscal Officer has generated justified concerns from our homeowners, residents, and the community at-large that I also share. While Ohio’s state laws place the determination of property tax values completely in the hands of Cuyahoga County, and the City of Lakewood cannot change those valuations, I want to address these concerns here and share some important information.

The increased County assessed values follow larger market trends that show the costs of housing is going up swiftly. They also prove that Lakewood is a highly desirable place to live and own a home. But rising prices and the rise in taxes that accompany them also affect people’s bottom lines – especially those with fixed or limited incomes such as our seniors, the disabled, and those just struggling to make ends meet. Although your total property tax will not rise in proportion to the increased County assessed value of your property, this still represents an affordability issue that I am committed to addressing to ensure Lakewood’s status as a place where people from all walks of life can find a home and stay for life. 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Harding Hosts 6th Grade Math In Business Symposium

Sixth graders at Harding Middle School recently completed a six-week project-based learning experience that was capped off with an incredible Math in Business Symposium on October 14 The symposium, which included speeches from Mayor George and Superintendent Niedzwiecki, highlighted the end product of students’ work learning about how local business owners use math to help make their businesses successful.

While the focus was on math, the project was truly multidisciplinary, reaching across math and language arts as the students used many of our Vision of a Lakewood Graduate competencies including creativity, communication, collaboration, growth mindset and critical thinking. Working in teams, the students were required to reach out via email to a Lakewood business owner asking to interview them about how math is used in their business.

More than 50 Lakewood businesses welcomed the students for interviews, which the students recorded and are now included in a podcast that can be listened to on Spotify. Each team then worked on creating an infographic outlining the ways that math is a part of the success strategy of the business they profiled.  They asked about math tools, math models and math calculations, among other concepts. What they learned, they compiled into amazing infographics, designed by the students and displayed at the symposium.  

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidates' Forum - Sara Fagnilli

My legal career spans 35 years, including as the City's Law Director. Sara Fagnilli and her husband settled in Lakewood Ohio 36 years ago where they raised their three children. Sara has been engaged with the Lakewood Community through work with volunteer, charitable organizations, and schools.

1.)What is your judicial philosophy? 50 words

Judges must come to work every day recognizing they are in a position of trust that has been granted by the public they serve. Experience, deep knowledge of the law, and good temperament ensures that everyone appearing in court is treated fairly, justly, and respectfully. 

2.) The Lakewood Court established a housing court diversion program to assist residents in addressing housing code violations and bringing homes into compliance. 

Do you support this program? Please describe any other procedures you would implement to address housing code violations in Lakewood.  100 words

Housing code violations may seem like minor infractions to some but they directly impact a city in terms of value, safety, and economy. This program has had a positive impact on Lakewood by helping people avoid undue stress while trying to maintain their property. Housing must continue to be a priority for Lakewood and the court. I have successfully utilized similar diversion programs for several cities. I will continue this program and also utilize the new Eviction Toolkit recently announced by the Ohio Supreme Court to work with landlords and tenants to maintain safe housing for residents and ensuring landlords receive rental payments to be able to meet their obligations.

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidates' Forum - Tess Neff

Current:

 Juvenile Court Administrator. Manage 500 staff, $50 million budget, court operations, address complex legal issues.

 Past:

  • Performed the duties of Lakewood Municipal Court Judge for 10 years as Acting Judge and Judicial Magistrate deciding every type of case that appears before the Court.
  •  Judicial Magistrate Juvenile Court.
  •  Attorney 29 years.
  •  Police Officer.

 1)     There are really two judicial philosophies: Restraint and Activism.

In a municipal court a mixture is needed. When legal decisions are made, restraint must be used by applying the law in a fair manner. However, activism is useful to proactively link individuals and companies with resources that may be available.

 2)     Yes. Compliance is important to protect the safety and quality of our neighborhoods, and property values. Diversion is great, but resources are needed to assist the homeowners. The Court must collaborate with the Building and Planning Departments. The Heritage Loan and Home Enhancement Loan Programs are excellent means of assistance where the Building Department can serve as the resource to help the owner to work through their noncompliance. Also, the Planning Department can allocate resources to assist homeowners by seeking block grants. Fining and charging homeowners should be the last resort so that money can be used toward compliance.  

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidate Questions: Tristan Rader

I am a solar energy advocate, policy nerd, and public servant dedicated to making the world a more sustainable place, one solar panel at a time. I am currently the Ohio Program Director at Solar United Neighbors and a Lakewood City Councilman, with a Masters in Public Administration from CSU.

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidates' Forum - Sarah Kepple

Please describe your current job and past experience. 50 words

After serving as a librarian for over a decade at Lakewood Public Library and throughout the Cuyahoga County Public Library system, I launched my technology education business Gigalearn in 2014. I co-founded Action Together Lakewood Area, and I was honored to be unanimously appointed to City Council in February 2020.

1.) No one can dispute the fact that there has been an influx of businesses, mostly bars and restaurants, and a gentrification of the community. The previous two administrations had the residents carrying more than their fair share of the burden for this build-up through failed developments, taxes, property evaluation, and giveaways to both businesses and developers. 

Describe 3 programs you are looking to start that would principally benefit residents. Highlight which ones will help current Lakewoodites stay in their homes and/or improve their daily life.250 words

Serving on the Americans with Disabilities Act Task Force and on the Housing, Planning, & Development Committee, I see the potential for our new development projects to provide affordable and accessible housing, pay prevailing wage to create good local jobs, utilize women & minority-owned enterprises, and implement sustainability measures like reducing water runoff and adding to our tree canopy. Additionally, we can and should better advertise the city’s no-low interest loans for seniors and folks with disabilities for home adaptations and improvements.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidate Questions For Laura Rodriguez-Carbone

Please describe your current job and past experience. 50 words

Describe 3 programs you are looking to start that would principally benefit residents. Highlight which ones will help current Lakewoodites stay in their homes and/or improve their daily life. 250 words

  1. Expansion of health services to help working families, seniors, residents with disabilities, and others access immunizations and screenings in public facilities including the new community center. 
  2. Close loopholes that allow discrimination against renters, many of whom are seniors or those with disabilities. Additionally, ensure new development incorporates resident feedback and affordable housing.
  3. Ensure our business community is supported in both the near and short term by recommending Lakewood hire an economic development officer who can prioritize Lakewood’s small businesses, including those owned by women and people of color. A more focused approach to Lakewood’s commercial development can also help ensure our businesses thrive while protecting residential quality of life. 

2) ) What will you do to provide relief to residents whose quality of life has been impaired by the ever increasing intrusion of businesses into our residential areas? This includes outdoor dining, speeding/parking, loud behavior, accessibility to our sidewalks, crime etc. 150 words

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidates' Forum -- Tom Bullock Answers

Please describe your current job and past experience. 50 words

Most experienced member of Lakewood City Council—over 13 years. More than 25 years in public service and government, including on Capitol Hill and for top Ohio officials. Represented a national foundation and led Ohio advocacy on clean energy. Currently executive director for an Ohio utility consumer advocate and watchdog.


1.) No one can dispute the fact that there has been an influx of businesses, mostly bars and restaurants, and a gentrification of the community. The previous two administrations had the residents carrying more than their fair share of the burden for this build-up through failed developments, taxes, property evaluation, and giveaways to both businesses and developers. 
 
Describe 3 programs you are looking to start that would principally benefit residents. Highlight which ones will help current Lakewoodites stay in their homes and/or improve their daily life. 250 words

There are more than three priority issues I’ve worked on, but three top issues I’d like to work on in the years ahead include:

  1. Keeping our foundation sound: remaining disciplined in responsible budgeting, effective management, and investment in workforce training and technology so our delivery of core city services (such as refuse, police, fire, street repair, and snow plowing) is reliable, effective, and cost-effective. Lakewood has come a long way in improving in these areas, and we can’t take that progress for granted.
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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidate's Forum - Kyle Baker

Please describe your current job and past experience. 50 words

  • Cleveland Metroparks - Director of Real Estate/Legal Counsel (acquired/protected 1,000+ acres of greenspace and procurement/contracting for construction projects).
  • Thompson Hine - attorney practicing construction, real estate, and government contracts law. 
  • Lakewood - Planning Commission/Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation. 
  • Ohio - externed for Ohio Supreme Court/Ohio House of Representatives.

1.) No one can dispute the fact that there has been an influx of businesses, mostly bars and restaurants, and a gentrification of the community. The previous two administrations had the residents carrying more than their fair share of the burden for this build-up through failed developments, taxes, property evaluation, and giveaways to both businesses and developers. 

Describe 3 programs you are looking to start that would principally benefit residents. Highlight which ones will help current Lakewoodites stay in their homes and/or improve their daily life. 250 words

(1)    Property tax relief/low interest loans for home improvement. The new county property reevaluation will net $3-4 million in additional municipal revenue for Lakewood.  Those funds should be used to help seniors/those on fixed incomes with property tax relief/to provide low/no interest loans for home improvement focused on accessibility/aging in place (either directly from the City or with local non-profits like LakewoodAlive/Lakewood Community Services Center). 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidate Survey Responses - Mark Schneider

I serve as a prosecutor and assistant law director locally.  Before that, I was a State Representative and county prosecutor in the Major Trial Unit.  I am a former co-chairperson of the Lakewood Citizens Advisory Committee and have volunteered for several Lakewood organizations, including St. Luke’s Church. 




Whether Council realizes it or not, the decisions being made at City Hall are pricing residents, especially seniors, out of our community. Our senior citizens deserve the right to age in place and to afford to remain in our community.  Twenty years of public service experience at the state, county and local levels of government give me a unique perspective to work with our state and county governments to push for deferment of property tax increases for senior citizens until a point of sale.  I have been involved in innovative programs like this before, such as when I fought for funding for the Homestead Tax Exemption.  This would prevent our seniors from being taxed out of their homes.

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidates' Forum: Nora Katzenberger, School Board

Please describe your current job and past experience.

Currently I am a writer and community volunteer, much of my time spent in Lakewood Schools. I chaired the 2020 Lakewood School Levy. Previously, I worked in communications and public relations at the Bank of New York, New York University, University Hospitals of Cleveland and Progressive Insurance. 

1.) What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Lakewood City Schools? What will you do about it?

The pandemic is the most pressing issue facing the district today. Keeping students and teachers in school, safely, is the priority. With a lack of state and county guidance, our administrators and board must make the best decisions for the health and safety of our teachers and students. I support the mask mandate currently in place, and I applaud the vaccine clinics that have been scheduled. I would work with city leaders to expand these measures and provide more vaccine information and opportunities for our community. Our schools fare best when we partner with our community members for solutions. 


 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidate Questions For Betsy Shaughnessy

Work

I have been a member of the Lakewood Board of Education since 1994 serving as President 7 times. I worked for Lakewood Hospital, St John Medical Center and University Hospitals. I was a Lakewood Library Trustee and am currently a member of the Lakewood Foundation and League of Women Voters.

Challenges

Our most pressing issues are maintaining a safe in-person learning environment for our students, making up for the learning loss experienced by our children, continuing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work, and addressing the strain the pandemic has put on relationships and our community.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

James Webb Space Telescope Events At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Public Library has been selected to be a part of the NASA initiative when the Webb Space Telescope launches this fall! The James Webb Space Telescope will be a large infrared telescope with a 6.5-meter primary mirror. The telescope will be launched from French Guiana in December 18, 2021. The Webb telescope will be the premier observatory of the next decade and will study every phase in the history of our universe.

Virtual Outer Space Storytime

For the whole family

October 2021 – December 2021

Join Librarian Nic Starr as they build anticipation and excitement about the launch by reading stories about outer space.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Virtual Storytime

For all ages

Join Lakewood Library staff members virtually as they read children’s picture books and share songs, rhymes and finger plays.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

 

Virtual Author Visits

For all ages

Join local authors and illustrators virtually as they share and read some of their own children’s books.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Judicial Endorsement

I first became acquainted with Sara Fagnilli almost two decades ago when I taught her two sons. I was always impressed with how candid, courteous, fair-minded, and articulate she was, as well as how deeply committed she was to her family and to her community. It wasn't until several years later that I discovered the breadth of her municipal legal experience not only in Lakewood, but all over northern Ohio as well. Our community will be well served to have someone of Sara’s character and integrity as our next Municipal Court Judge. I urge you to consider her trusted experience when you cast your ballot.

Maureen Arbeznik has been a Lakewood resident for 40+ years and is a longtime educator and administrator in Lakewood parochial schools.

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Come Work For Lakewood Schools!

Although the 2021-2022 school year has been in full swing for a while, the District is still in need of some substitutes to support our current staff members when they have to miss work. Many of the positions we are looking to fill work directly with students. The District is currently in need of substitutes for the following positions:

Teachers - $125 per day
Paraprofessionals/educational assistants
Lunch monitors
Health aides
Building cleaners
Cafeteria workers

Interested applicants should complete a Lakewood City Schools online application by by visiting the Human Resources page on the District website (www.lakewoodcityschools.org).

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Legal Aid Partners With Local Organizations And Resident Groups To Promote Business Growth, Home Ownership

As Managing Attorney for Community Engagement at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Anne Sweeney knows how important it is for neighborhood residents’ voices to be heard.

“It’s important to build local power,” she says.

Legal Aid’s Community Engagement team represents a wide variety of groups including tenant associations, block clubs, non-profits, and citizens who want to solve problems. To qualify for representation, these groups must be comprised of people with low incomes or primarily serve people with low incomes.

The Community Engagement team is currently working on a number of outreach initiatives, including teaming up with Cleveland Owns, an incubator for co-ops that are just starting out.

“Cleveland Owns sends co-ops our way for further development and help with legal documents,” said Anne. “We work with faith organizations and non-profits on issues like commercial leases, debt, grants, money related problems, hiring, contracts for employees and interns, and help operating a nonprofit.”

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Our Lakewood Progress: "The Pit" And The Pendulum Of Community Involvement

Earlier this year, the city of Lakewood entered into an agreement with Casto to redevelop the former site of Lakewood Hospital. As of August the city, according to its website, anticipated that by the end of 2020, city council would advance legislation authorizing the negotiation of a Development Agreement with Casto and start the Planned Development zoning process. 

From the discovery of hazardous chemicals, issues with the foundation, to supply chain breakdowns, increased supply costs and delayed timelines for construction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the highest profile development project our city has seen in a hundred years has seemed to have stalled. Considering the issues found at the site, it's important that we do our due diligence to make sure we erase any trace of adverse environmental or safety hazards to keep future patrons, business owners and residents safe. This, understandably, takes time. We also have to factor in safety protocols for those who will work to rebuild the site, as many new precautionary measures have been taken by construction companies to mitigate risk and labor shortages because of the pandemic. 

But, communication with residents is also key. Questions about the site can come from long absences of direct communication from city leaders. Factors like the continuing pandemic limit public meetings and opportunities for connection, but community input and clarity on the intended changes, designs, and amenities for this site is critical to ensure everyone feels included and informed on next steps in the process, even if the next steps right now can’t yet include direct onsite construction.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

HLF Community Meeting - Video Recording Available on YouTube

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) held its third annual community meeting virtually on September 22.  The HLF Board of Directors appreciates that so many community members joined the meeting to learn about the foundation’s work over the past year. 

“We are grateful for the robust attendance and interest in our grantmaking, planning, and engagement efforts,'' said Kate Ingersoll, HLF’s Executive Director. “One goal of the meeting was to highlight not just our endeavors but to provide insight into how community organizations have responded during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

During the meeting, short videos featuring four of HLF’s grantee partners portrayed their resourceful and adaptive responses to community needs during the pandemic. 

Also shared at the meeting was the announcement that HLF will continue providing responsive funding for Covid-19 related needs for the remainder of 2021.  Furthermore, HLF will launch its comprehensive grantmaking strategy in 2022 and will provide clear communications about the grant funding timeline early in the new year.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Tess Neff Is The Ideal Choice For Lakewood Judge

We are lifetime Lakewood residents. We have over 100 years of experience as practicing attorneys. We have been prosecutors. We have been defense attorneys. We have handled countless cases in the Lakewood Municipal Court as attorneys and as Acting Judge. 

Most importantly, we know there is one ideal candidate for Lakewood Judge: Tess Neff.

Tess is a caring person with the perfect temperament for judicial office. We know this because we have seen her in action: Tess served for years as a Judicial Magistrate and Acting Judge in Lakewood. Significantly, she is the only candidate in this race with any judicial experience. Her opponent has not presided over a single court case, while Tess has presided over literally thousands of criminal and civil cases involving Lakewood residents. And she has done so with fairness, integrity, compassion and humility. 

Tess is widely respected by our colleagues and peers in the legal community, including those with substantial experience in Lakewood Court as civil attorneys, prosecutors and defense attorneys. You need not take our word for it: when the five greater Cleveland area bar associations that comprise Judge4Yourself.com thoroughly assessed and then rated the candidates for this critical position, Tess received the greatest number of “Excellent” ratings. 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Starr Gazer

OCTOBER

ARIES: The Ram’s focus this month is on relationships, luck is found with your friendships/groups, since you’re always on the run, & fast...go to a Halloween party as Man o’ War (horse)

TAURUS: Uranus is in the Bull’s house of identity, change it up a bit, come out of your comfort zone & show up at the office party as a down-n-out hobo, hitching a ride on the back of a train

GEMINI: The Twins are finding a bit of luck traveling to a foreign place this month, & romance seems to be following you, when in Rome…go to the party as a bottle of Chianti Classico

CANCER: Jupiter is lined up in your house of other people’s money, play the lotto, look for monies coming from other’s, inheritance maybe? Have a home party this year Crab, by the shore

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

WordStage Literary Concerts Presents An Evening Of Mystery Romance and Murder

On Friday, October 29th at 7:30 p.m. - just in time for the Halloween season, WordStage Literary Concerts presents a double bill of mystery, romance, and murder adapted from literary masterpieces written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe.

The program will feature dramatic treatments of Hawthorne’s romantic and tragic short story, “Rappaccini’s Daughter” by Christopher P. Nolan and Jeffrey Hatcher’s masterful mélange of many excerpts from the Poe canon in his one-act play, “Murder by Poe”, performed by ten of the talented WordStage Company Members.

These chilling tales will be accompanied by poignant and malevolent music from the pens of Erik Satie, Camille Saint-Saens, and Edvard Grieg, played on the Wright Chapel’s Steinway grand Piano by Patrick Wickliffe.

WordStage performances are in the Wright Chapel of the Lakewood Presbyterian Church – 14502 Detroit Ave. in Downtown Lakewood, OH.  The Church and Chapel are fully accessible and ADA compliant.   We request that all our audience members come with a masked unless medical reasons prevent them from doing so.  We will have free masks available at our Box Office for anyone who needs them.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Letter To The Editor

Redevelopment of the old Lakewood Hospital site may be the most important issue facing Lakewood at this time and yet, most of the candidates for council hardly mention it. The City's recent settlement with Carnegie Management brings new hope that this property can be developed wisely; washing away lingering bitterness about the hospital closure and subsequent questions regarding Carnegie's connections to former Lakewood politicians.

Kyle Baker appears uniquely qualified to help Lakewood move forward. As a real estate lawyer working for Cleveland Metroparks, his knowledge about public/corporate partnerships is tailor made for this situation. Whether your ideology leans more toward strengthening safety forces, or expanding social programs, you can't accomplish much without revenue. Please vote for Kyle G. Baker for city council in November.

Thank you,

Donna Childs

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Lakewood Needs A Judge Who Can Connect To The People And Progress The Court

Tess Neff, Candidate for Lakewood Judge

Please let me tell you what type of person you will get as judge if I am elected. I am the eldest of seven siblings. My father worked at the Brookpark Ford Plant. My mother was a waitress amongst other things. When I was twelve, I bussed tables at her job and have been working ever since. I was the first person in my extended family to go to college. I put myself through undergrad and law school without a dime of help from my family. I worked as a police officer for three years after college and saved and borrowed enough to graduate from law school.

My first jobs as an attorney were working for a law firm, representing clients in municipal and state courts, and then working as a staff attorney for two Common Pleas Judges. In 1997 Nancy McDonnell, a long time Lakewoodite, was a Judicial Magistrate here in the Lakewood Court. She was elected and became a Judge downtown. Judge Carroll appointed me to take her place in Lakewood. For 10 years I wore the judicial robe and served our community as a Magistrate, and many times Acting Judge of the very court I am seeking election. I was trusted to hear important cases and make difficult legal decisions on every type of case before the court. My ability to be fair and impartial was never questioned.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Lakewood Democrats Endorse Four Women Candidates For The General Election

The members of Lakewood Democratic Club made history on September 30, 2021 when, for the first time dating back to the 1920s, they endorsed all women candidates for the 2021 General Election.

Of the 11 candidates who sought endorsement by the Club, these four women were endorsed when they received 60% or more of the vote: Sarah Kepple for City Council at-Large, Tess Neff for Municipal Court Judge, and Nora Katzenberger and Betsy Shaughnessy for School Board.

Club members reviewed extensive questionnaires from all 11 candidates and evaluated their responses to questioning at its monthly public meeting. Topics included important issues facing the city such as the affordable housing crisis, economic development, public safety, access to justice in our court, diversity and inclusion, and the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on students.

Councilperson at-Large Sarah Kepple, a small business tech entrepreneur and grassroots community organizer, was the only council candidate to receive endorsement. In her time on council, Kepple has worked to increase public participation in our local government by focusing on communication and accessibility. She has championed initiatives to help Lakewood businesses survive and thrive during the pandemic. Kepple has smart ideas to advance Lakewood’s environmental sustainability and holistically approach issues of public safety, and the collaborative style and strong work ethic to turn them into good policy for our city. We encourage Lakewood to keep Sarah Kepple on Council.

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

14th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade Brings Bark To Madison Park On October 16

It won’t be long until Birdtown goes to the dogs.  LakewoodAlive’s 14th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade takes place on Saturday, October 16, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Madison Park.

Sponsored by Discount Drug Mart, the family-friendly Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a free-to-attend festival in Madison Park, a parade through Lakewood’s Birdtown neighborhood and an awards presentation. The parade takes place on the streets surrounding the park and leaves on Athens Avenue. A favorite autumn tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers, this community festival represents a one-of-a-kind event within the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.

Pre-registration for the parade is $10 per dog and day-of registration is $15 per dog. Pre-registration ends on October 15at noon. Multiple dog discounts are available with pre-registration only.  Humans are free.  This community event takes place rain or shine, and proceeds from the parade benefit LakewoodAlive, a nonprofit community development organization. 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.06.2021

Statement On October 4th School Board Meeting

October 5, 2021

Dear Families:

Lakewood City School District is open to constructive, respectful and meaningful dialogue and is appreciative of public participation.

During last night’s Board of Education meeting a group of audience members refused to comply with rules that promote civil public participation and mask-wearing. Many of the members of this group were not residents of Lakewood. Due to the disruptions, which were often uncivil, and the inability to continue the meeting with decorum, the Board voted to adjourn the meeting prior to completing the agenda.

The District is committed to a civil dialogue with community members. The Board also remains committed to the safety and well-being of our students, staff and community as our top priority. In order to best protect our students and staff from COVID-19, the universal masking policy was put in place at the beginning of the school year. Board of Education meetings are no different, and staff, visitors and Board of Education members are required to wear a facial covering. The Lakewood City School District and its Board of Education continue to welcome public comment on school issues; however, Board policies must be adhered to at all school functions, including BOE meetings.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.06.2021

Mayor's Corner:City And School District Enter Into Joint Agreement For Fields

Those of you who know me well understand that sports are a personal passion – one of my great joys has always been the camaraderie and competition I found on the field or in the gym. Like many of you, I was lucky to spend countless hours as a youth playing sports through Lakewood’s Recreation Department. I later worked for the department and volunteered as a coach. I see our city’s ability to offer high quality sports and recreation as something that sets us apart. So I was thrilled that my administration and the Lakewood Schools recently developed a joint agreement that finally clarifies each party’s responsibilities for capital expenses and maintenance of city fields used by the Recreation Department. 

The City and the Lakewood City Schools have a decades-long, highly beneficial partnership in recreation. Despite that long relationship, until last month there was never a formal, written agreement setting out whose staff would maintain the fields and where the financial resources for maintenance and capital needs would originate. As you can imagine, some challenges arose with no such written deal in place. The new joint agreement provides the clarity that was lacking for decades. 

Many in Lakewood may not realize we have a fairly unique approach to our recreation department when compared to other Ohio cities. Almost all other Ohio recreation departments are housed within city government, while Lakewood’s falls within the School District’s oversight. While uncommon, it’s clear that our model actually provides immense community benefit by ensuring that health, wellness, and physical activity are deeply engrained as part of the growth and development of Lakewood’s children. 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.06.2021

Dr. G's Rangers' Round-Up

Football   October 2
 
The Lakewood Rangers (5-2) withstood an early surge by Parma, earning a hard fought 34-14 win at Byers Field. After Parma took an early 8-0 lead, things seemed a bit bleak for the Rangers. Lakewood had seemingly scored first on a long TD pass, but a penalty erased that and forced a punt, which was blocked. Parma scored in two plays on a short field, then converted a 2 point conversion, and just like that the game "flipped." But the Rangers stayed poised, and behind the hard running of Hakeem Quran, answered on their next drive, converting their own two point conversion (Both scores courtesy of Quran's tough runs). On their next possession, QB Lucas Winters broke containment and sprinted 65 yards for a TD, and the Rangers were on their way. Quran scored once more in the 2nd quarter and the Rangers led 21-8 at half. Rain arrived at Byers Field for the second half, but Lakewood scored two more touchdowns. Sophomore Aidan Maxwell had several strong runs and bulled his way into the end zone on 4th down for his first ever varsity TD. Junior Mason Ivinskas caught a Winters pass in the end zone to round out the scoring for Lakewood.

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.06.2021

Thank You Lakewood - On To November!

I want to thank each of the voters, volunteers, and others who helped our campaign to a first-place finish in September’s lively eight-candidate primary. I am very grateful for this vote of confidence, going into the November election for three at-large seats.

Lakewood has not had this kind of crowded field of candidates for quite a few years, and the readiness to step up as well as the positive direction of the campaigning speaks very well of our community. It is genuinely an honor to exit the primary ranked first.

No one can do this alone. I’m thankful for my wife Caitlin, for her partnership and support. I’m grateful to everyone who has endorsed my re-election, from Senator Sherrod Brown, to labor unions and progressive activists, to Mayor George, our state legislators, and many others.

I also want to congratulate all the candidates who ran in this primary. All of them are compassionate people who care about Lakewood and wanted to make a positive impact. Everyone brought forward substantive issues and creative solutions that only make all of us better candidates and leaders.


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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.06.2021

Historical Society Fall Sale

Lakewood Historical Society will hold its popular Fall Sale on October 7, 8 & 9 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m at The Haber Center for Family History, 13314 Detroit Ave. Items are priced to sell and include small furniture, lamps, fall decorations, framed artwork, tools, toys and more.

We have salvage pieces including  interior/exterior doors,  glass door knobs and hardware, wood windows, light shades and more. Measure before you come and be ready to move items yourself, salvage sells quickly. Additional items include a dining room set, antique metal crib, wicker vanity, desks and rockers and many unique one-of-a-kind must see items.

Cash, check or credit accepted. Contact Lakewood Historical Society for more information 216-221-7343 or visit us online lakewoodhistory.org.

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:17 PM, 10.06.2021

District To Benefit From $34K STEM Grant

The Lakewood City Schools and the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation (LREF) are pleased to announce that Howmet Aerospace Foundation has awarded a $33,959 grant to LREF that will be dedicated to bolstering the school district’s STEM resources across all grades. The grant money will be used to purchase Sphero programmable robots packages for every building in the District.

"We are thrilled to have played a part in securing this grant to enrich STEM education in our District," said LREF Executive Director Terri Richards. "LREF’s mission is to help provide a world class public education for each and every Lakewood student and we are grateful for partners like the Howmet Aerospace Foundation, who assist us in fulfilling that commitment."

Added Assistant Superintendent Christine Palumbo: “We are so thankful to LREF and the Howmet Foundation for their amazing support of our students. The Spheros' Bolt Power Pack compiles the best of Spheros' STEM solutions all in one package enabling our students to use programmable robots to learn programming while completing educational activities.” 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

LHS Salutes National Merit & AP Scholars

From left: National Merit Commended Student Joseph Daso, National Merit Semifinalists Abigail Hirsch and Caleigh Naylon, and Commended Student Andre Hallenburg

Lakewood High School seniors Abigail Hirsch and Caleigh Naylon have been named National Merit Semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Corp. competition. This designation recognizes Abby and Caleigh as among the top students in the nation. LHS also can boast two Commended Students, seniors Andre Hallenburg and Joseph Daso.

National Merit Scholarship Corp. also recognizes Commended Students, who are among the top 5% of PSAT scorers. Seniors Andre Hallenburg and Joseph Daso were named Commended Students. Although these students do not move on in the scholarship competition, we recognize them as among the best students in the state.

Based on their PSAT score from the 2020-2021 school year, Abby and Caleigh join the group of 16,000 Semifinalists across the country. These academic standouts rose to the top of more than 1.6 million students who took the PSAT. Semifinalists represent less than 1% of U. S. high school seniors and are the highest scoring entrants in their state. Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. The number of Semifinalists named in each state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors.

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Get Ready For Lakewood Kiwanis Scarecrow Festival

Neither wind nor rain will stop the scarecrows from arriving in the fall on Madison Ave. Madison Avenue will become a parade of playfulness with scarecrows lining the entire avenue: West 117th to Riverside Drive, from October 11-25, 2021 for the 9th Annual Lakewood Scarecrow Festival. Make plans to build your own scarecrow and participate in this fun opportunity for individual, families, businesses, clubs and organizations.

Business owners bring more attention to your storefront by building a scarecrow that is unique to your business. Families can bring school lessons or a family activity to life with their scarecrow. This is a great activity as we practice social distancing and get out from behind the screen and get creative.

As a community, we have supported each other through these difficult times. Madison Avenue will be the perfect route to walk from October 11-25th. Now is the time to have some fun together and visit your local merchants on Madison. It is a growing area. 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church Celebrates 75 Years!

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church Celebrates 75 Years!

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church proudly launched its 75th Jubilee Year Celebration on Sunday, September 19, 2021.  Look for banners to be posted soon on the streetlight poles in front of the Rocky River church announcing that West Shore is “Celebrating 75 Years!”

The Diamond Jubilee Celebration is a year-long event.  On November 14 at 2:00 p.m., West Shore will hold a celebratory Gala Organ Rededication Concert for our prized Holtkamp organ. Guest organist Christa Rakich will be the distinguished performer. Christa is an internationally renowned concert organist and is currently the Visiting Professor of Organ at the Oberlin Conservatory.

Founded in 1946, West Shore is Northeast Ohio’s largest “UU” church, with over 500 members. Our mission is to “help people lead lives of meaning and purpose” through a liberal faith tradition focused on the principle that we need not think alike to love alike. We are a Welcoming Congregation, open to all regardless of religious background, race, ethnicity, age, ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

H2O Summer Service Camp - "When We Feel Heard"

H2O campers used ArcGis to put their observations into a map for city planners to use.

H2O “Help to Others” hosted three sessions of in-person Summer Service Camp in 2021. Middle school participants enjoyed eight days of volunteer work, small group interactions with awesome counselors, reflection, speakers, games, and more! We adapted the program for Covid restrictions, opting to keep our service onsite or at local, outdoor sites. While we hope to return to trips to area agencies like the Greater Cleveland Foodbank and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, we found rich satisfaction in the work of this summer.

The camp theme, “When We Feel Heard” guided and unified the breadth of our experiences. Campers integrated their reflections on service, information from speakers we heard, and their own experiences to reflect on what it means to be heard. As one camper wrote, “This theme has so much depth and meaning. In service, it means listening to those in need and not only listening to their needs and helping them get what they need, but also making sure that they feel heard as people too.” (Shannon Katzenberger, 9th grade). Another camper expressed the need to hear others, but also to be heard in his own life: “If someone who hasn’t been able to express their views finally gets heard, it can change their life. Because of this, it is important as an organization or person to hear everyone in your community but also to strive to make yourself heard and not lose your voice.” (Alessio Matera, 8th grade). They demonstrated a balanced understanding of how critical it is to truly hear others and to cultivate one’s own voice to make a difference in the world.

The highlighted project this summer, which every camper contributed to, was the site we called “Parks and Rec” as a nod to the popular t.v. show. On the first day of each session, Dave Baas from the City’s Department of Planning & Development presented to campers, getting them to think about how the Lakewood community was formed and how it has changed over time. They learned how to use three key planning considerations: Big picture (how parks should grow and change), involving community (are parks safe, healthy, and accessible for all ages), and looking ahead to meet the needs of today while keeping the future in mind.  With fresh perspective and knowledge, they visited Lakewood parks big and small to document existing features and to propose new and additional features. Each small group had an iPad with a GIS app to pinpoint their observations on a map and then offered critical thinking with a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis. They documented over 700 distinct elements of the parks. They recognized the value of both open space and recreational equipment. They noted elements that needed updates, proposed additional water bottle-filling stations and recycling cans. They expressed interest in new or expanded activities, like disc golf, gaga pits, and additional skateboarding facilities. Ultimately, the information they gathered will help begin the work to update Lakewood’s Parks Strategic Plan in the near future. The campers enjoyed feeling heard, having their opinions matter, and gaining understanding how communities are built and sustained.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Car Show At Church Of The Ascension

13216 Detroit Ave., Saturday, October 16th form 10am to 2pm

Fundraiser: Kicking off 150 years in Lakewood

10-dollar Registration Fee for Collectable Cars with Trophies Awarded

Music, Fifty-Fifty Raffle, Gift Baskets and Concession Stand

Come and Join the Fun!!!!

Church of the Ascension stands proudly back off the street on Detroit Ave. It all began when Lakewood was named Rockport Township and then became the Hamlet of Lakewood. It was mostly farmland at that time with Detroit Ave the main thoroughfare through Lakewood. As more and more settlers came there was a need for churches. Hence Church of the Ascension began as Ascension Mission, organized by Trinity Parish, now Trinity Cathedral. Property for the church was purchased from the Nicholson family who lived in Lakewood’s historical Nicholson House. The church cornerstone was laid in 1875. Initially it was built as a small wood frame church. Church members included the names Fry, Hird, Beach, Hall, Nicholson, Newman, and Westlake, now names of Lakewood’s wonderful residential streets.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

A Thank You From Tess Neff

It is with heartfelt gratitude that I thank all the supporters who voted for me in the September 14 primary to be the next Lakewood Judge. Together, we put forth a tremendous amount of energy and effort that resulted in my first-place finish. Our work is not finished, and we have many more tasks to perform before the November 2 general election.

My appreciation extends to many dedicated family, friends, and neighbors who volunteered their spring and summer days to help me! Every job, whether big or small is important and it all matters.

In addition, it has been very rewarding to talk with my Lakewood neighbors, to answer their questions, articulate my vision for the court, and to tell them about my unique experience. Thank you for taking a pause in your day to listen to me. The show of support is magnificent and overwhelmingly humbling.  

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Long-Time Dream Fulfilled With Opening Of The Blue Cafe

Circumstances had to be just right for Lakewood’s newest coffee shop, The Blue Cafe (15715 Madison Ave.), to open up. It had to be “the right time.” The right space needed to become available. The right people needed to sign on. And Karen needed to give Paul her phone number. 

Jump back to West Lafayette, Indiana, 1992. Paul just had an incredible night dancing with Karen to Morrissey’s cover of “That’s Entertainment,” originally by The Jam, at a dance club not far from Purdue University’s campus. He’d love to see her again, but Karen isn’t having it. He can’t help but keep trying, ‘til finally one of her friends relents and gives up Karen’s sacred digits. She agrees to one date at a coffee shop. She orders a blackberry tea, and it’s brought out to her on a tray with a single flower, slipped to the barista in advance by Paul. 

The next day, Karen skips all her classes. She can’t help it. She just wants to keep hanging with Paul. 

This version of how the Beegans met wasn’t the most likely. By all accounts, they should have met much earlier, when Karen attended a house party that Paul’s band was performing at, or during one of Paul’s shifts at one of Karen’s favorite campus coffee spots: The Blue Cafe. 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Facing Eviction? Legal Aid Can Help!

On August 26, the Supreme Court’s decision not to extend the federal eviction moratorium has left many tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic fearful of losing their housing. Northeast Ohioans at risk of eviction can get help through the new Free Eviction Help program, a collaboration between The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and United Way’s 2-1-1 service. Free Eviction Help provides free legal representation to tenants facing eviction.

The program has already helped many people in our region stay in their current housing or find new living accommodations. Another benefit is that children can remain in school without worrying about disruptions caused by displacement and homelessness.  

People who contact Free Eviction Help may also qualify for Cleveland’s Right to Counsel (RTC) program, which applies to households with at least one child and incomes at or below the federal poverty guideline. Through RTC, eligible tenants now have the explicit legal right to free legal representation in their eviction cases.  

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

The View From City Council

Housing, Planning, and Development Committee Meeting

Lakewood has owned nine single-family residential properties adjacent to the former Lakewood Hospital site since the 1980s. When a tenant decides not to renew their lease, the Planning and Development Department requests the authority from Council to dispose of the property. At last week’s Housing, Planning, and Development Committee meeting, the Planning and Development Department requested the authority to enter into an agreement with LakewoodAlive for the sale of 1462 Belle Avenue. This property suffered fire damage in January of this year, however, because of the quick response of the Lakewood Fire Department, the damage to the structure was limited. The City would like to transfer the property to LakewoodAlive for $2 and, in turn, LakewoodAlive would sell the property to a developer with the goal of preserving the historic nature of the property. The property would then be sold at market-rate. I asked if the City was able to use HOME funds or ARPA funds to make this property an affordable housing option and the Planning Department indicated that, because of the finite amount of funds that Lakewood receives, this property would not be a viable affordable housing option. Planning and Development Director Shawn Leininger did share that the City originally planned for three of the nine properties be affordable housing options and that they are on track to meet that goal.

We recommended for approval a $175,000 economic development loan for the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of St. James School as an office building. Oster Services Companies is planning on retaining the historic character of the building and will be moving its company into the building. This $3 million project has also secured commitments from Allied Enterprises Inc., Walk Your Plans Inc, and Lakewood Business Forum to relocate into the building. Oster also has a pending commitment from a Lakewood technology company that would otherwise have to leave Lakewood to expand its business.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Shop + Eat + Unwind LKWD Event Reloaded

We had a great turnout for our first Shop + Eat + Unwind LKWD event last month and are ready to do it again! Back by popular demand, please join us on Friday, October 8th beginning at 6pm to once again enjoy our THANK YOU for continuing to shop and dine at small businesses in Lakewood. We truly appreciate how the community has come together to support local.

We are pleased to be adding some new participating locations to the roster. This upcoming event will now be held between the 15000 – 19000 block of Detroit Avenue, but the same premise applies… a beautiful evening filled with shopping, dining and plenty of unwinding. The merchants on the western half of Detroit Avenue will be extending their store hours and have joined up with neighboring eateries to offer $5 off your purchases of $25 or more, beginning at 6pm. Simply present your receipt of purchase from one of the participating locations (see below) and enjoy a sweet reward. 

All the Joy

Burning River Coffee

CeramWorks Studio

 

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Municipal Court Judges Need Extensive Experience In Municipal Court

The role of a Municipal Court Judge is comparable to an emergency room doctor. The court moves quickly, can see hundreds of cases weekly, and is the only encounter many residents will have with the judicial system. Municipal Courts handle a variety of cases, civil, criminal, housing, felony arraignments/preliminary hearings, and misdemeanors. That is why it is so important to elect the person with the most relevant experience to the bench. 

Having served local communities in a variety of high-level legal positions including as a prosecutor or law director gives me the advantage of not just knowing how Lakewood Municipal Court operates, but also how courts operate all across Northern Ohio including Federal, State, and multiple Municipal Courts. Knowing in detail how a courtroom functions is critical to the fair and equitable administration of justice, 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Vote For Nora Katzenberger For Lakewood School Board

Nora Katzenberger

You may have seen a few gold-colored yard signs around town telling you to “Vote for Nora Katzenberger for Lakewood School Board.” I’m excited to tell you a bit about myself as you prepare for the election on November 2. As a parent of two students in the Lakewood schools, I want to use my professional communications background and extensive volunteer experience to bring new energy and ideas to our schools. 

I have been a very involved volunteer in our schools since 2013. I value the role our teachers and schools play in helping all of our children to realize their full potential. I am fortunate that the excellent public school education I received in Parma prepared me for the competitive challenges at the University of Pennsylvania. I want Lakewood students to continue to have the same opportunity to realize their full potential.

As Chair of the 2020 Lakewood School Levy campaign, I worked side by side with administrators, teachers, parents, students, and community members to secure our schools’ healthy financial future with the support of 77% of Lakewood voters. My involvement in the campaign, as well as my role as an active parent volunteer, allow me to have a more personal understanding of what happens in our schools, and the people and programs that make them great. 

I have worked in public relations and communications at the Bank of New York and New York University, as well as in fundraising at University Hospitals of Cleveland and web creative management at Progressive Insurance. I will use my extensive background as a communications professional to improve communication among teachers, students, administrators, the board, and community members, so that everyone feels heard. I will work to analyze the transformative educational experience of the past two years and use the knowledge we’ve gained to leverage new technologies and address learning differences so that every child receives the education they deserve. I will advocate to ensure that the values of diversity and inclusion that we value as a community are supported through our school policies and the way they are administered, so that every student and teacher can feel safe and can be their true selves.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Quilts For Cancer Research On Friday, October 8

The Quilting Bee will offer extended shopping hours – 10 am to 9 pm - during the Shop + Eat + Unwind LKWD event on Friday, October 8. During the event, several beautiful quilts will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the quilt sale will be donated to Pelotonia, whose objective is to fund innovative cancer research.

The Quilting Bee, located at 15709 Detroit Avenue, is approaching its second anniversary. When you enter through the door of The Quilting Bee, you’ll see the newest high quality cotton fabrics from many manufacturers, including Moda, RJR, Cotton+Steel, Clothworks, Robert Kaufman, and Rifle Paper Co. The shop also offers patterns and notions for quilters of all experience levels. As the shop owner and a Lakewood resident I chose the name The Quilting Bee to reflect the community aspect of quilting. Throughout history to the present day, sewers have gathered to work together to create beautiful quilts. We strive to provide an atmosphere where quilters – novice and experienced – can come to learn, share experiences, and try new techniques. 

The team at the Quilting Bee looks forward to seeing you!

Suzanne Bednarchik is the owner of the Quilting Bee and a Lakewood resident.

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Virtual Storytime

For all ages

Join Lakewood Library staff members virtually as they read children’s picture books and share songs, rhymes and finger plays.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

 

Virtual Author Visits

For all ages

Join local authors and illustrators virtually as they share and read some of their own children’s books.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.06.2021

Board/City OK Fields/Pools Agreement

The Lakewood Board of Education at its Sept. 22 meeting approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the Board and the City of Lakewood that outlines the responsibilities of the two entities in relation to the maintenance and capital improvements of the City-owned fields and pools. The Board and the City have shared responsibility for the recreational facilities for decades without a formal agreement in place. Lakewood City Council approved the agreement at its Sept. 22 meeting as well.

The agreement defines each party’s role in ongoing maintenance and capital expenses, as well as establishing a formal annual schedule for regular meetings between the City’s Public Works Department and the Recreation Department to ensure that communication between the two regarding field and pool conditions remain current. 

“We are pleased that our administrative team and the Board of Education were able to work together with Mayor George and city officials to resolve these longstanding issues,” said Superintendent Maggie Niedzwiecki. “We look forward to being able to provide the community more quality programming through our Rec and Athletic Departments now and in the future. Our Community Recreations and Education Commission will be engaging with the community to gather feedback on programming wants and needs.”

 

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Virtual Events In October

Lakewood Public Library will premiere four exciting new virtual Meet the Author events in October. You can watch these programs on facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary and twitter.com/lakewoodlibrary on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.   

October 7

Join Hannah Shaw as she shares her story of survival in her book, "Still I Rise: My Journey to Conquer Chronic Pain."  Shaw candidly talks about her experiences of navigating the healthcare system and her inner struggles, giving fellow chronic pain sufferers hope and courage.

October 14 

Brandy Schillace tells the story of Dr. Robert White, one the country’s leading neurosurgeons who most notably performed the first brain transplant on a monkey in her book, "Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey's Head," "The Pope's Neuroscientist," and "The Quest to Transplant the Soul."  Schillace explores both the scientific and ethical issues of experiments on animals, as well as Dr. White’s own devout religious beliefs, with his conviction that the soul was part of the brain.

October 21 

Cleveland-born Hari Ziyad talks about his memoir "Black Boy Out of Time," an honest story about what it’s like growing up black and queer. Ziyad examines complex themes of race and gender, amidst a large blended family with a Hari Kishna mother and Muslim father. 

October 28

Case Western Reserve University Political Science professor and Cuba native, Dr. Laura Tartakoff, reads bilingual poems in English and Spanish, which are inspired by nature.

If you miss the premiere, the videos will also be available on the Library’s website lakewoodpubliclibrary.org

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on library news, programs and events.  

 

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Sara For Lakewood Judge

I am writing to tell you about Sara Fagnilli who is running for Judge. I have known Sara for a very long time. (A few decades). She has the best experience to jump into the position that Pat Carroll held for so many years. This is a very busy court and we cannot afford a learning curve. This position is the safeguard  of our community. Sara has the integrity, experience and temperament to be outstanding.

Sandy Maline grew up in her hometown of Lakewood. She is a Real Estate Broker who owns a small boutique real estate company. She has 36 years experience in sales in the greater Cleveland area.

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Fire Prevention Week October 3rd -9th

 

  • A continuous set of three loud beeps—beep, beep, beep—means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out.







  • A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.

 



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Thanks For The Memories

Those of us that are old enough might remember Bob Hope’s theme song ‘Thanks for the Memories’ that played at the end of his television show.

Well that’s the way I feel as my recent run for city council came to an end.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone that voted for me and supported me in the September 14th primary. Thank you to all the folks that worked so hard distributing door hangers, handing out flyers and allowing me to place a sign in their yard. A special shout out to the saints at New Life Church for their amazing support and prayers!

The campaign was a great experience for me and a time that I will never forget. I met so many wonderful people and learned so much about our city. Your hospitality and kindness was overwhelming!

My congratulations to all the other council-at-large candidates that will be moving forward into the November general election. You ran great campaigns and were all very gracious to me.

 

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What Does A Yard Sign Mean?

My vote is private. So is yours. We never have to disclose to anyone else who we vote for in any given election.

My yard signs, on the other hand, are a public statement about who I am supporting in the upcoming election. Signs in my yard say I am committed to these candidates, proud of their experiences and expertise, and confident they will do a fine job once elected to their positions. Signs in my yard are one of the most visible ways I try to persuade my neighbors and friends to join me in voting for candidates. 

I ask neighbors about candidates whose signs are in their yards. It’s one of the ways I learn about candidates. “I’ve worked with him for years: he’s very thorough and professional. I recommend you think about voting for him.”  Sometimes neighbors don’t know much about the person. “He came to my door. He was pleasant. He asked to put a sign in my yard.”  I ask, “will you vote for this person?”  “I’m not sure yet. I have to do more research.”

Yard signs started appearing in August for a November General Election because we had a primary election in mid-September. It narrowed the field for Lakewood City Council and Lakewood Municipal Judge, but our job as voters is not finished for this year and so the yard signs still have work to do too.  School board seats have been added to the next ballot. If your preferred candidate made it through the primary, he and she need you to keep your yard sign up for a while longer. 

 

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LHS Musicians Chosen For Honors Ensembles

All-State qualifiers Jill King (left) and Madeline Oldfield. 

Congratulations to the Lakewood High musicians chosen to be part of the Ohio Music Educators Association’s Northeast Ohio Region Orchestra, including junior Madeline Oldfield (viola), who earned a chair in the All-State Orchestra as well. Joining Madeline in the regional honor ensemble are sophomore William Detmar (bass) and junior Jill King (cello). Jill also was chosen as an alternate for the All-State ensemble.

Students must qualify for the Region Orchestra to be eligible for a spot with the All-State Orchestra. The All-State ensemble performs at the OMEA annual conference. The conference will be held in Cleveland this year at the Huntington Convention Center from February 3-5.  

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Cleveland Witches Walk

Dust off your brooms and get ready for a cackling good time!

The New Moon, a Witch Store and More located at 15729 Madison is so excited to be presenting its 3rd annual Cleveland Witches Walk on Saturday, October 2, 2021. The walk begins at 12pm and continues throughout the day until 10pm with festivities bringing together the community for a good cause!

The theme this year is New Orleans, Louisiana Up North (NOLA Up North), so expect some lively Mardi Gras style partying!

The Witches Walk was started in 2019 by Dawn and Bob Bartos, the owners of The New Moon. They and their committee select a different local charity every year to be the beneficiary of their community fundraising efforts. Their initial beneficiary in 2019 was Homeless Hookup CLE which provided over 500 pairs of socks for the homeless.  In 2020, due to the pandemic, they called upon the community for raffle baskets and went online with an auction raising over $2,500 for the Women’s Recovery Center in Cleveland.

This year Cleveland Witches Walk will be raising funds to help stop human trafficking by supporting the local charity: Collaborative to End Human Trafficking.  https://collabtoendht.org/

We are passionate about this cause because we feel it is our responsibility as a community to help those that help others and this year, we are taking that stand to a higher level! We can help to end sex and labor trafficking from happening! As a community, we have the power to be a part of the change within our systemic organizations by becoming educated and aware of this horrific crime that occurs within our own neighborhoods.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 11:05 AM, 09.28.2021

Lakewood Firefighter Gets Ride Of A Lifetime With Air Force Thunderbirds

The call came in, “Can you meet Captain Peter Hempfling at Cleveland Hopkins Airport 6:30am Friday morning?” Captain Hempfling is not just a 30 year veteran of Lakewood’s Fire Department he is one of the best, in a department filled with heroes and big hearts. So I immediately said I would be there. I then asked Fire Chief Dunphy why? The Chief responded, “Pete has been chosen as the Air Force’s Hometown Hero for the 2021 Cleveland Airshow. He is getting a ride with the Thunderbirds!” My response was, “I’ll get there at 6:30, thank you.”

Most young men and women at one time or another saw the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels and said to themselves, “I would love to try that.”  That is why they are a huge part of recruitment. The real fact is that very few will every fly a jet in combat or at all, and even fewer in the Thunderbirds. But the ranks are filled with great jobs and experiences for anyone into electronics or aviation.

For Peter, a genuine good guy, to get this recognition weeks before his retirement seemed so fitting. One of Pete’s many hobbies is extreme riding. Like motorcycles through Mexican deserts, that kind of stuff. This was also on his bucket list since he was a kid.

At 6:30am exactly I rolled into Atlantic Aviation and met with Captain Hempfling, with him were Lakewood Fire Marshall Ryan Fairbanks, and Pete’s friend and extreme rider David Nolan. Pete was his usual cheerful self and said he ready was for this. Pete served in the military, and has been on the front line of firefighting for 30 years. He was calm. He looked up and smiled and said, “I have to be honest I had a little trouble sleeping last night.” “Fear?” I asked, he smiled and said, “No-- more like the night before Christmas. Filled with excitement and wonderment.”

A very pleasant member of the Cleveland Airshow grabbed him and had him sign a waiver. Then we met the spokesperson for the Thunderbirds. She was young and smiled as she walked all of us through what would happen the rest of the day, flying a small F-16 model around the table. “OK, any questions?” We all smiled and said no. Then she had Peter sign another waiver.

Next up Peter got fitted for his flight suit, helmet and brief explanations of how things work. The two Thunderbird crew people were very attentive and it is amazing how much a pilot needs extra hands for getting dressed. Almost like a knight going into battle. Underwear, outerwear, pressure suit fitted with straps and long laces.  Boots, life collar, neck device, helmet and fitted oxygen mask, pressure checks and more. Great crew.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 7:13 PM, 09.16.2021

Mayor's Corner: City Of Lakewood Awarded For Clean Audit And Budget Of Distinction

I’m excited to pass on some news about the impressive work our Finance Department team is doing for Lakewood. Next week, the State of Ohio Auditor’s office will attend the September 20th meeting of Lakewood City Council to present our city with the Auditor of State Award with Distinction. The Ohio Auditor is responsible for auditing more than 6,000 state and local government agencies, and they present this special award annually to government entities that have met a series of stringent criteria to earn a “clean” audit report. This is a high bar that requires the utmost professionalism in financial reporting and operational performance.

For context on just how difficult it is to achieve this award, consider that less than 5% of all Ohio governments typically achieve this elite designation annually. Just preparing Lakewood’s audit is a major undertaking for our finance department each year, and to receive this statewide award speaks to the superior quality of our team and their relentless focus on ensuring that the City of Lakewood’s finances are in excellent shape. I want to pass on my sincere congratulations and gratitude to our entire Finance Department team – they are true professionals who do an incredible job for our city. 

Having excellent audits and finance filings is critically important for our city. It shows how seriously we take stewardship of precious public funds. Our city’s bond rating benefits from this high level of performance, which in turn lowers the interest rates we pay when we need to issue bonds for capital needs, infrastructure, or other costs. Fiscal responsibility and transparency will always remain one of the key pillars for my administration, and I am fortunate to have an excellent group of professionals in City Hall to help advance this core principle.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

How I Became A Traveler

My name is Fernanda, and you may have seen me around Lakewood. I fit right in, but I wasn’t always such a world traveler. Just a few years back, I was just living my normal life in Chile.

I was 24 when I went on my second trip to Brazil, and I did not know how that first experience speaking another language was just the beginning of an awakening passion about new cultures.

The most interesting thing for me about Brazil was the favelas, I knew that to get in there you should ask somebody who lives there to get the chance to be there.

I was staying in a hostel and I meet a Brazilian guy called Yuri, he is a street artist, and he was doing a mural there, so he brought me there! I spent 2 weeks visiting them every day, playing with the children, making food with the women and painting murals with him.

I did not speak Portuguese at that time, but it's similar to Spanish and it wasn’t that hard to understand what they were saying…

It was a very important experience for opening my mind and getting curious about cultures, other places and other languages.

I was growing my career as an engineer, having a good life, good friends, and an amazing family, but something was missing for me.  

I was feeling that all I have done in my life was to make my family proud of me. I realized that was my moment to do whatever makes me happy.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021