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LHS Celebrates Homecoming

The Lakewood High School Ranger Royalty were crowned at today's Homecoming Pep Rally. Congratulations to Helen Hylton and Jacob Mariani and all the Homecoming Court members!
Court members were Alex Hodson, Lilly Metzger, Maya Stewart, Lydianna Trudel, Gabe Constantine, Rocco Crino, Eli LaDue, and Mui Salti. What a fantastic Friday night for Homecoming Weekend! A super Spirit Parade ending with a big victory for our Rangers!

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Volume 18, Issue 20, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.05.2022

Two Events, One Weekend

Items from the archive

The Lakewood Historical Society has two not-to-be-missed events coming up this weekend: the final weekend for the Peek into the Past exhibit and the annual Fall Sale. Come to both, don’t miss either.

Peek into the Past is an exhibit of a wide variety of items from the Historical Society archive. In 1952, seventy years ago, Margaret Manor Butler was instrumental in establishing the Lakewood Historical Society and began the development of the archive. Since that time, the archive has continued to grow. This exhibit spotlights a small portion of the contents of the archive, including clothing items, photographs, home furnishings, books, toys, even Mrs. Ezra Nicholson’s trunk. See this ticketed exhibit on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, at the Nicholson House, 13335 Detroit Ave.

The annual Fall Sale will take place at the Haber Center, 13314 Detroit Ave. on Thursday, October 6, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Friday, October 7, 9:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday, October 8, 10:00am - 6:00pm, and Sunday, October 9, 11:00am - 3:00pm. There is a large selection of gift and decorative items, furniture (including many chairs), lamps, linens, window and door hardware, doors and other salvage items, even a fireplace mantel, and much, much more. There is something for everyone!

Don’t miss these two events and support the Lakewood Historical Society while you enjoy a look at the past and a purchase from the present. Proceeds from both events support the Lakewood Historical Society. More information about both events is available on the website:  lakewoodhistory.org.

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 5:28 PM, 10.05.2022

And Now The Rest Of The Story: The Lakewood Health Foundation Should Cover The Cost Of A Second Ambulance From Lakewood Family Health Center To An Actual Emergency Room

The September 21 issue of the Lakewood Observer contained an article entitled: “It's Past Time For Lakewood To Partially Mitigate Its Error In Tearing Down Lakewood Hospital.” Unfortunately, the article, as printed, was incomplete and ended with a notice “Read the rest of this article online at LakewoodObserver.vom” (sic).

That article concerned the deficiency of the Emergency Department of the Cleveland Clinic medical building at Belle and Detroit Avenues. The published part of the article ended with an incomplete sentence beginning with the words, “Some ambulances.”

Not all readers of the Observer are equipped to read the full article online at LakewoodObserver.vom. For the benefit of those who have not been able to read the remainder of the article, as late Paul Harvy has said many times on his radio program, “and now the rest of the story:”

“Some ambulances charge more than $1,000.00 for that second transport whether they provided any medical service on the way or not. Lakewood citizens should not have to pay for a second ambulance.

If Lakewood still had a hospital a second ambulance ride would not be necessary.

Lakewood has up to four EMS teams. Under ordinary circumstances one should be available for transporting Lakewood citizens from the inadequate “Emergency” facility on Belle Avenue to a hospital that has an actual emergency department.

The City could seek grant money from Lakewood Health Foundation to cover the expense of such hospital runs. After all, the many millions of dollars funding the Lakewood Health Foundation came from the Lakewood Hospital Foundation that existed to help keep Lakewood Hospital an excellent City asset.

Closing the hospital down knowing it could still be in operation was wrong. Tearing down property worth over one hundred million dollars was wrong. The City has a duty to mitigate its wrong prior action, at least to a small extent, by relieving its citizens from the expense of paying for a second ambulance.”

Edward Graham is a former member of Lakewood City Council.

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 5:28 PM, 10.05.2022

LHS Grad Sydney Wilhelmy Wins Obama-Chesky Scholarship

Congratulations to Sydney Wilhelmy LHS class of 2020, for being one of 100 inaugural recipients of the Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service, also known as the Voyager Scholarship.

The initiative, designed to shape the next generation of public service leaders, is a creation of the Obama Foundation and supported by Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky. The Scholarship is composed of a $50,000 in tuition assistance to cover the difference remaining after university scholarships and loans for the balance of his undergraduate degree studies; $10,000 + free Airbnb accommodation for this coming summer, for a “summer voyage” to gain exposure to new communities and experience in his field pursuant to a project or internship; $2,000 every year for the next ten years after graduation as a travel stipend as well as fully covered flights and hotels to a four-day Fall Summit conference in New York City to hear from high profile speakers, meet other recipients, and meet with President Obama and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky.   

Sydney is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Political Science, minoring in Economics, with certificates in Arabic and European Union Studies. This past summer, he won a $7500 grant from the US Department of Education to study the Syrian dialect of Arabic in a city in eastern Germany called Halle, where he was able to do intensive Arabic study and utilize German to connect with both the large refugee diaspora and the German community simultaneously.   In speaking about the honor to the Pittwire publication, Sydney said, “Receiving the Voyager Scholarship is an incredible honor, and I am still trying to wrap my head around what it means for the rest of my time at Pitt and beyond. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to lighten the burden on my parents of putting three children through college at the same time. They are the most loving, supportive and hardworking people I know, and I am endlessly proud to be their son. I would not be the person I am today without them. I am planning to return to Europe for this summer voyage where I want to explore further the political and social relationships between Europe and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region as they pertain to migration, foreign policy and human rights."  

 

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Volume 18, Issue 20, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.05.2022

2022 Firefighter Recognition Ceremony To Be Held On Sunday, October 9th

The Lakewood Fire Department will host its annual Firefighter Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 12:00 PM at Fire Station No. 1,  14601 Madison Avenue.  Join Mayor George, the Lakewood Fire Department and community leaders as they honor new firefighters who have joined n the Lakewood Fire Department as well as firefighters who have retired or have been promoted over the last year.  

All on-duty fire personnel will gather with fire apparatus at the site of the Firefighter’s Memorial in front of the station for the ceremony. Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend the event. 

This event kicks off National Fire Prevention Week (October 9-October 16). This year’s theme  “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape.™” works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires. 

Fire Prevention Week provides the Lakewood Fire Department with the opportunity to educate all the citizens of Lakewood in fire and life safety. In addition, raising community awareness in fire and life safety, can result in the reduction of our community’s risk, thusly saving lives and preventing injuries.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 20, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.05.2022

Dr. G's Ranger Round Up: Homecoming Football

FOOTBALL -  9/30/22 Lakewood vs Parma

The Lakewood Ranger Football Team placed an exclamation point on a perfect Homecoming Friday, outlasting a determined Parma squad 36-24. With the game tied at 18 at half, the Rangers finished strong, thanks in large part to the legs and arm of junior QB Alex Symons, who threw 4 TD passes and ran for 2 more. Senior Mason Ivinskas, who only started playing football in 9th grade, had two TD's and an interception, while sophomore Jaylen Chappel also caught two TD's and played strong defense. The game was still in doubt when junior Aidan Maxwell forced a fumble with 5 minutes remaining. This was a great team effort!
 
Today's magic was created by endless hours of work by our football team, our cheerleaders, the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band and staff members who manage the logistics of the pep rally, parade and game. I sat with my friends Emma and Tom Bangert, whose son Aidan is a first year player (he made a nice play on special teams). Emma grew up in England, so I asked her how she would describe "Friday Night Under the Lights" to one who had never experienced it. She said (paraphrasing) "It's a celebration of the community. So many elements—dancing, athletics, music—come together to create a beautiful picture." Emma actually summed up the whole day, from the pep rally to the parade and then of course the game.
 
Thanks to all those who help to paint the gorgeous picture that was the Friday of Homecoming weekend. This includes a fabulous, energetic purple and gold splashed student section. I was so happy to see alumni Mason Orlando, Nikki Sullenberger, Kim Banek, Camille Seiler, Joshua Mika, Joe Twardesky, among others, back home supporting their alma matter. Rangers for Life.
 

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Volume 18, Issue 20, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.05.2022

LHS Has 67 AP Scholars And A Rare Perfect Score

Inga Wilhelmy

Each new school year the Lakewood City Schools celebrates its numerous Lakewood High School students who have earned the designation of AP Scholar by virtue of their scores on the college-level Advanced Placement exams taken in May. This year, we add a special congratulations to 2022 graduate Inga Wilhelmy, who was one of only 197 students in the world to earn every point possible on the 2-D Art & Design Exam!

“This outstanding accomplishment is likely a direct reflection of the top-quality education being offered at Lakewood High School,” said Trevor Packer, head of the Advanced Placement Program. “We applaud Inga's hard work and the AP teacher responsible for engaging students and enabling them to excel in a college-level course.”

Inga’s AP teacher is Dayna Hansen. She has high praise for her exceptional former student:

“Inga Wilhelmy is one of the most brilliant and humble student artists that I have come across. Her dedication is unmatched which earned her exceptional awards during her senior year, and now a perfect score on the AP 2-D exam. Everything she does from her sketchbook planning to the finished piece is done with exceptional skill and thought. She was a leader within the art community at Lakewood High School and was an active member of the National Art Honor Society,” Hansen said. Inga is currently attending The Rhode Island School of Design majoring in painting. 

2-D Art & Design is one of 20 AP courses at Lakewood High School. The District proudly congratulates the 67 current students and recent graduates who have earned AP Scholar honors thanks to their performance on their AP tests: 

 

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 5:28 PM, 10.05.2022

You Did It, Lakewood!

The scents for single moms in the projects collection drive at Grace Presbyterian Church showed an outpouring of love and giving from the community. The single moms will enjoy their items, just for them, for a while.

Thank you,

Tina Francis

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 5:28 PM, 10.05.2022

You Can't Kill Stupid Act1: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Part 125

Butterfield 8 - Luckiest Guy In The World - Banana Records - 10 songs - CD, digital

I don’t know if this counts as a reunion as I’m not sure Butterfield 8 had a stable lineup outside of Jim Butterfield himself, but here it is: their first release since 1990’s “Euclid Avenue.” I don’t know how remembered this band is in the grand scheme of ‘80s local power pop/new wave/alternative rock bands, but I know at least one person that insists that “I Just Came To Dance” is actually the best record ever from Cleveland, so there you go. There are names on this that you’d recognize from other Banana releases and beyond: Rick Christyson, Jinni Fontana, La Farrell, etc. I’ve listened to this several times and I’m slightly baffled by it. I like it and I’m baffled by that too. It’s power pop, basically, and of course I like that kind of thing a whole lot. I hear music all over the production spectrum and I am most confused by this record— it’s bizarre. The drums are super clean and way too upfront most of the time (which draws attention to missed fills in a couple places) and the vocals are also very forward and swamped in reverb. Some of the songs are way too long— the opening “How It Goes,” which despite this is kinda really good, clocks in at five whole minutes. “Let Me Out” (another highlight) has keyboards that sound like strings AND keyboards that sound like horns. I really like “Misinformation” with its ridiculous keyboard (the line about someone thinking he’s having a breakdown despite the fact that it wasn’t in the newspaper is a good one— Jim, I’m sorry, but I have now reported this information (misinformation?) in a newspaper). Lowlight “Tropical Shuffle” is way too beachy for my tastes and also features one of the worst keyboard horns I’ve ever heard. “Fine, Fine, Fine” all of a sudden takes a turn into Alice In Wonderland references (including this line: “just like Alice, I mix love with malice”). There’s a lot here that is so weird and maybe objectively speaking shouldn’t (some would say doesn’t) work at all and yet I am so charmed by this record. Jim has a really interesting voice— sometimes it sounds like old comrade Kevin McMahon, sometimes it sounds like a more normal Doc Dart, like on Doc’s solo album. There’s over the top keyboard, there are some excellent guitar parts a few times, and, I’ve gotta say, some really good songs on here. I found myself genuinely touched by “Luckiest Guy.” I don’t know what kind of audience this is gonna reach nor what kind of audience it’s looking for, but hey, give it a chance. It’s a nice little record. 3/5

(bananarecords.net)

Dollar Drafts - Tres Jabronis -  - 4 songs - 7”, digital

A source of mine told me my review of this record could just be “fat guy punk rock from Cleveland” and I cannot really dispute that. Musically, these Dollar Drafts have a pretty good thing going on: punk with notable hard rock leanings, catchy riffs and tunes, tightly performed. Where it falls apart a bit for me is in the lyrics, which, while I can appreciate the intentions of a song like “Racist Fuck” or “Too Old For The Pit…”  tends a little too close to novelty for me to fully enjoy. Those with a higher tolerance for that kind of thing should check it out because if you can ignore the words or don’t mind them, it does rock, I can’t lie. 3/5

(dollardrafts.bandcamp.com)

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

 

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 5:33 PM, 10.05.2022

The Sweetest Sloth, Marley

Fernanda and Marley.

Hello People, I'm back, and with this opportunity I want to share with you this lovely story about my favorite animal in the world, Marley.

When I was still living in Chile, one of my friends got married to a beautiful lady from Costa Rica, and she knew one of the most generous biologists and vets in Santa Ana, CR, his name is Rodolfo. He founded a sanctuary that is also a refugee and Vet clinic, called Animals Refuge of Costa Rica (Refugio de animals Costa Rica). They return more than 75% of the animals back into their wild life which is very high; not all of them can go back into the wild because one the most important promises for the animal is that they will live. They find animals that have been in accidents or some who have lost their family, so there is a whole process because if they have any injury, they should be sure that they are well enough to be back in their natural habitat, or if they lose their families and are babies the refugee staff must make sure that they will be able to survive by themselves. So it's not just a place to have animals stay and keep alive, it's more for training them in how to survive on their own, and they take as long they need to make it happen. Another important thing about this place is how active they are with the community and pre-schools, doing workshops to create a conscience with the people and children. Sometimes, when Rodolfo visits the schools, he brings some of the quiet animal to explain how important it is to protect them for our ecosystem. He also teaches how to react in case that they see any of the animals in danger and how to assist them.

When I arrived there, I was so impressed by the place, it was very clean and organized. Everyone knows what to do, and they were very kind and generous to explain what I could do. 

My first day I was mostly learning and introducing myself. When they realized that I speak English my first job was to learn the whole tour for people and do it in English, most of the the people visiting are foreigners. This part was very helpful to helm me understand all about how the refuge works, like where all the animals were, important facts about each of them, what they eat, and the most important I think, why they are still there and how they ended up in the refuge. 

 

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 5:28 PM, 10.05.2022

Children’s And Youth Services Programs

Dear Ukraine: Ukrainian Folk Tales and Craft

Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Main Library Activity Room

For Students in Kindergarten through Second Grade
Do you like stories about animals? Ukrainian folk tales and fairy tales often use animals to show us how we can succeed with the challenges life brings us and encourage us to never give up! Join us October 12 as we read "The Mitten" by Jan Brett and create our own piece of Ukrainian art. Registration is required. Register online at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

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.
Main Library- Fridays- 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. 
Saturdays- 10:30 a.m. 
Madison Branch- Fridays- 10:30 a.m. 

Homework Help

For Students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
August – May
Monday through Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 5:28 PM, 10.05.2022

Presentation: Getting Students Involved In History

How can you get intermediate and high school students interested in history?

A Case Western Reserve history professor nearly forty years ago came up with an idea: a history contest. He called it History Day, and it has since grown from a local to a state and then a national competition—National History Day.

Mary Manning, coordinator of the Ohio District 3 contest at the Western Reserve Historical Society, will visit Lakewood Public Library to explain the program at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. The event will take place in the Main Library Auditorium.

The contest is open to students of all schools, including home schools, from grades six to twelve. Students compete individually or in small groups in five categories: historical papers, websites, documentaries, performances, and exhibits. Winners in each category may go on to the state contest in Columbus and from there to the national contest in College Park, Maryland.

Besides knowledge, interest, and experience gained along the way, students are also eligible for special prizes ranging from cash awards to college scholarships. In recognition of its role as the “Birthplace of History Day,” Case Western Reserve has offered a full four-year scholarship as a prize at the national level.

“Frontiers in History” will be the theme for History Day 2023. District 3 History Day will take place at University Circle in early March 2023. After two years of virtual contests, Manning has high hopes for hosting a live event.

Please join us at Lakewood Public Library on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. as Mary Manning discusses the benefits for participants and provides samples of local National History Day entries. This program is presented in partnership with the Lakewood Historical Society.

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 5:28 PM, 10.05.2022

League Of Women Voters Mary Warren Impact Scholarship Winner Reka Sundem's Winning Essay

Reka Sundem with Mary Warren

"How can our federal, state, and local governments better provide for basic human needs?"

Every human being should be entitled to having their basic human needs met. If they can’t provide for those needs themselves, then the government should help fill in the gaps. Basic human needs include things like food, water, shelter, and healthcare. 

You need money for all these things. And how do we get money? Jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs. Our state and federal government should be focusing on helping more people get education geared toward employment that provides a living wage. The government should help people in job searches, as well as job retention counseling. If you are constantly changing jobs you don’t get the benefits that come with staying at a job for a long period of time. 

Once you have a job, you can start to pay for food and water. But those aren’t the only things that are important for survival. You need a place to stay — a home. State and federal governments should implement better programs that provide for affordable housing. Many people's annual salary is not enough to cover a house or even an apartment. Even those who can initially afford housing, if they fall into a hard time and lose their house, it can cause a snowball effect.

Healthcare should be considered a basic human need and not a luxury item — as it once was. The government should be involved in helping make healthcare affordable for everyone. People need ways to get back on their feet after an unexpected major medical cost. Many people have to file for bankruptcy because their medical expenses are so high. This shouldn’t happen to anyone.  

 

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 5:28 PM, 10.05.2022

Rotary Seeks Grant Applications

Each year, the Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River provides grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that serve youth, adults and the community-at-large within Lakewood and Rocky River.

The Club is now accepting applications for its 2022-23 grant cycle. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 28, 2022; grants will be announced in late December. Grants generally range from $500 to $5,000.

The Rotary Club focuses its funding primarily on programs and projects that benefit residents of Lakewood and Rocky River in the following areas: hunger, health services, housing, job training, youth leadership, and community projects. Special consideration is given to applications that request seed money for new initiatives, offer hands-on opportunities for Rotarians to volunteer, or are submitted by organizations with which Rotarians are involved.

Organizations may submit more than one application (i.e., one for an ongoing program and a second for a special start-up project). Each request should be submitted separately and include all the attachments listed on the application form.

The grant application form can be accessed on the club’s website, www.lakewoodrockyriverrotary.org. The completed application form and requested attachments should be submitted via email to grants.lrrrotary@gmail.com.

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 5:28 PM, 10.05.2022

Mayor's Corner: Lakewood Gets High Marks From State Auditor

Recently, the City of Lakewood was honored to welcome the State of Ohio Auditor’s office once again to a meeting of City Council where Lakewood received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction. Less than 5% of the roughly 4,000 state and local government entities audited by the State are able to achieve this status, which demands a perfectly clean audit that is filed accurately and on time, conforming to all governmental accounting guidelines.

This is the third consecutive year that our top-notch team at City Hall has achieved this exclusive status and speaks to our deep commitment to fiscal excellence and integrity as the stewards of your public dollars. Additionally, this award provides evidence to the investment community of our financial integrity and trustworthiness, which helps maintain our bond rating and keeps borrowing costs low for Lakewood’s major capital projects when we bond out debt. 

While the State Auditor was here examining our accounting and financial reporting, they were also analyzing our transparency. Lakewood was assigned the State Auditor's highest transparency rating of 4 “StaRS” in its examination of how Lakewood responds to public records requests. This high rating confirms our deep commitment at the City of Lakewood to providing full access to information and records to members of the public.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 5:28 PM, 10.05.2022

Starr Gazer

OCTOBER 

ARIES: It’s about the Ram this month; however, the Sun is shining in your 7th house of relationships, so instead of flying solo, think about taking your sweetie with you to the races.

TAURUS: Jupiter is lurking behind the scenes in the Bull Pen; nobody does it better than the Bull when it comes to chocolates, fine wine & romance (except Libra) – remember moderation. 

GEMINI: You couldn’t have written the script better Twins. Jupiter in the house of friends, the more, the merrier, the Sun shining on romance, creativity & fun, double the party, & the LOVE. 

CANCER: Home & Career is where the Crab rides the waves this month, flip a coin, who gets dibs on the home-cooking & who gets to nurture the Crab for a change, hint, by the Lake. 😊

LEO: Lady Luck is ready to take off for foreign lands; time to leave the Jungle for warm weather & tropical shores; take care of the community, tie up loose ends; then ROAR.

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 5:28 PM, 10.05.2022

Putting Down Roots And Thriving In Lakewood: The Life Story Of Sammy The Spruce

Sammy the Spruce was born in Canada, but he’s spent most of his life here in Lakewood as a legal permanent resident. 

Years ago, when our whole family was in Canada, our daughter came home one day with a moist twig in a plastic baggie, with long skinny roots growing out of it. It was Earth Day, and she planned to get it started as her contribution toward saving the planet. He was named Sammy the Spruce. We put him into a small flowerpot full of dirt, the roots took hold and he hasn’t stopped growing since, moving into larger pots as the years went by.

There came a time when we decided to move, and start a new life in the USA. We had some family ties in the Cleveland area, and when we looked around, the peaceful tree-lined streets of Lakewood looked welcoming and wonderful. We packed most of our possessions in a gigantic rental truck. My best friend and I did our best to cram everything in efficiently, but according to my wife, the inside of the truck looked like the inside of our garage does now: tightly packed and very disorganized. 

My friend had  volunteered to drive our car, and Sammy sat in a little clay pot on the back seat. I still bless the border guard who asked me a few questions and sent me on my way.  I think I’d probably still be there in the parking lot if he had demanded that I lift up the door and unpack the truck. He also looked into the car.. and noticed Sammy, trying hard to look innocent. “That’s a houseplant, right?”  “Yeah!” I said in a squeaky voice, and we were free to go. 

 

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 8:28 PM, 10.02.2022

The Tastiest Coffee And Crepes In Lakewood

I always appreciate a good coffee shop. The strong coffee smell, tasty desserts, and the cozy atmosphere always make it an excellent place to unwind and enjoy your day. I recently found a cute little coffee shop called Brewella’s and it serves the best coffee and crepes in town. The enchanting vintage space (or should this say eclectic aesthetic space) and delicious coffee make Brewella’s the place to go!

Coffee and Snacks
There is nothing better than sipping on your coffee while enjoying a soft, authentic French crepe. At Brewella's, they serve plenty of unique coffees that fit the seasons. For instance, they have Merry Maple Latte during the winter, which is flavored with maple, cinnamon, and latte. I had iced coffee with vanilla syrup, a second one with hazelnut, and since fall is near I decided to try the pumpkin pie crepe and the iced Jack-o-latte drink with oat milk. With just one sip, you can appreciate the whimsical autumn vibes in these seasonal menu items.

Atmosphere
When it comes to coffee shops, the atmosphere is a major part of the experience. It sets the tone for how relaxed you are and how long you will stay. Brewella’s Coffee, Crepes, and Collectables has a wonderfully inviting atmosphere that makes you want to cozy up on the sofa and enjoy the day. The antique store vibes give it a sense of familiarity that can be comforting. The shop also always works diligently to remain seasonally relevant, and the decorations often reflect the upcoming holidays.

Overall Impression
All in all, Brewella’s is a great place for coffee lovers, readers, writers, and anyone with a sweet tooth. You can stop by for a quick coffee or spend a few hours getting inspiration from the décor and enjoying the atmosphere.

Brewella’s is at
16806 Madison Ave.
Monday & Tuesday ~ CLOSED
Wednesday to Sunday ~ 8a - 2p
216 - 712 - 4907

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Lakewood City Schools Honor Karen Lee, Super Volunteer

On September 7th the Board of Education gave well-deserved recognition to uber volunteer Karen Lee. Karen has spearheaded the Supplies 4 Success drive for more than a decade and in the process has collected tens of thousands of supplies from our community. She has also served on many levy committees, PTAs, the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation Board of Trustees, and much more throughout the community. Karen, We are ever grateful for your work and dedication to the Lakewood City Schools!

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Dr. G's Ranger Round Up: Girls' Soccer

GIRLS' SOCCER

Lakewood vs Buckeye  9/16/22

Just when you thought the Lakewood Girls had maxed out on thrilling victories, they outdid themselves with a come from behind 3-2 win over Buckeye. When Mallory Zavatchen blasted a penalty kick into the upper left corner of the net with six minutes remaining, Lakewood took their first lead, which they refused to give up. The Rangers killed the last 6 minutes with stifling defense and once again sent their faithful home happy and exhilarated. This back and forth battle saw the Bucks lead twice (1-0, 2-1), only to be answered by great individual effort goals by Helen Fraunfelder and Nettie Doren.

The game was closely contested, although the Rangers had more good chances and possessed the ball in Buckeye territory quite a bit. The strong, physical Buckeye team was not as fast as Lakewood, making for an interesting matchup. Also, Buckeye dominated Lakewood 5-0 last year, which makes this years triumph all the more impressive. In this great team effort, the three goal scorers had strong games, as did a host of other Rangers, including Sarah McGinley, Luella Darr and Riley Forster. These girls—every one-- played with great heart tonight. Long Live Lakewood.

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

History Club

LHS junior Leah Campbell delivered a well researched, highly informative presentation on anti-ERA conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly today. She also baked bread for the occasion.

Our History Club is off to a strong start! Leah did a great job exploring Schlafly's background/education and ideology, as well as the powerful influence she had on the conservative movement. Beyond that, Leah placed Schlafly's ascent and influence within the broader historical context of the 60's and 70's.

We learned a lot from Leah today. Long Live Lakewood.

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Expanding The Scooter Program

Cuyahoga County, in coordination with the City of Cleveland, NOACA, Bike Cleveland, and a number of partner cities throughout the region, is looking to expand the existing network of public bicycles and scooters to reach a broader community of users. As part of this effort, the county & partners have identified locations for bike and scooter “rebalancing hubs” (or parking locations) that are intended to host & organize scooters and e-bikes when not in use.

This month, the county is seeking public comment. Residents can use an interactive map to explore existing and proposed locations for rebalancing stations and provide feedback and comments. Residents can zoom in to find locations of interest to them, click on a location to access additional information, then click “provide feedback” to share feedback on a specific location. Residents can also provide general feedback directly on the website. Public comment will be open until Friday, September 30th. Locations and recommendations will then be reviewed by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) prior to final consideration for implementation in 2023. For more info, visit http://ow.ly/BxgR50KJaRy.

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

It's Past Time For Lakewood To Partially Mitigate Its Error In Demolishing Lakewood Hospital

In 2015 Lakewood citizens had the benefit of an excellent full-service hospital operating in the area of Lakewood often referred to by government officials as Lakewood’s downtown. In those days, if a person had a serious accident, or a heart attack, or a stroke, our excellent EMS could bring that patient to our city’s hospital for emergency medical care in a very few minutes, with no need for further transporting.

Unfortunately, in 2015, the then mayor Michael Summers and the then city council members Mary Louise Madigan, Thomas Bullock, Ryan Nowlin, Cindy Marx, David Anderson, Sam O’Leary and Shawn Juris wrongfully entered into an agreement terminating the City’s contract with the Cleveland Clinic requiring the Clinic to operate that hospital until 2026 as a full-service facility.

Part of Mayor Summers bogus claims to justify closing an excellent full-service hospital a decade before its contract with the Clinic was over was his claim that citizens would still have an emergency department at the same location.

While the medical office building the Cleveland Clinic constructed at Belle and Detroit has a sign saying Emergency, too many people seeking emergency care there are told that they can’t be taken care of at that facility and that they needed to go to a hospital that can actually provide the required care.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 10:55 AM, 09.22.2022

Events At Lakewood Public Library

Knit & Lit Book Club

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Meeting Room

Come share your passion for great literature and show off your knitting, crocheting, counted cross-stitch, embroidery and quilting works-in-progress.

October 18, 2022  "The Bee and The Fly" by Lorraine Tosiello and Jane Cavolina

 

Booked for Murder Book Club

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

Main Library Meeting Room   

If you share a passion for mystery, join the group each month to discuss your favorites and selections made by group members.

October 20, 2022  "The Company of Demons" by Michael Jordan

 

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Baby Bargain Bonanza Set For September 24

Join the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA for Baby Bargain Bonanza on Saturday September 24 at Garfield Middle School, 13114 Detroit Ave. Shop gently used clothes and toys for kids, handmade goods, coffee and a bake sale. Early Admission is at 8:30 am for $5. Regular Admission at 9:30 am is only $1! Check out our HUGE big item room.    Additional parking is available behind the school.   To learn about volunteer opportunities or to reserve a table please visit:
https://www.lecpta.com/bbb 

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Mayor's Corner: New Tools For Keeping Our Properties Maintained

Lakewood is known for how much effort we put into ensuring that the quality of our homes and buildings are maintained. Our Division of Building and Housing takes the lead on this important work, which is essential to keeping people safe and to keeping our city an attractive place to live. We think proactive action is key in this effort, and we at City Hall are in constant conversation on how to stay one step ahead on ensuring the quality of Lakewood’s buildings.

A helpful tool over time for assessing and improving the quality of housing in Lakewood has been the regular housing survey performed by our city inspectors. The success of this program and our focus on continuous improvement has led us to create a new commercial survey program that the City will pilot this fall and then roll out in full in 2023.

Our building and housing team visually inspects the exterior condition of over 12,000 homes on a three-year rotating basis, but we also have over 1,500 commercial structures within our borders. Prior to this year, there was never a formal survey process to assess the condition of those commercial buildings. In the next 30 days, our inspectors will begin this effort with a limited survey in Lakewood’s downtown district, rating the exterior conditions of buildings on a 1-to-4 point scale. A score of 1 means the building has no exterior code violations, while a 4 is “significant disrepair” with multiple major violations.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 19, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Volunteering With Love

H2O students and staff were eager to start the new school year with service. So it was with gratitude that we received a request from Lakewood volunteer and fierce advocate for the homeless, Bob Shores. His young neighbors had assembled bags of personal necessities to donate to people living unhoused. Bob has a deep care and respect for every person and wanted the donations to be delivered with personal messages. So, H2O assembled a great crew of high school volunteers!

The volunteers created the cards by putting a pre-printed message on the front and adding a hand-written sentiment on the inside. We suggested simple messages, something to convey care and compassion. What they created, however, were powerful and compassionate pieces of writing. They had really thought about the people who would receive the cards and made heartfelt connections. Here are some examples:

“I’m writing this note to express some love and positivity to you and hopefully make your day a little brighter! Please enjoy this bag and note and remember that there will always be someone out there who loves and cares for you!” 

“I hope that you find the kind of home where your heart beats happily and receive the help that you deserve. Many have struggled to feel comfort within our homes, neighborhoods, and cities…Know that you aren’t alone.”

 

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Volume 18, Issue 18, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Ten LHS Musicians Earn Regional Orchestra Spot

Regional Orchestra qualifiers, front row (l-r): Jill King (alternate for All-State), Lydia Kress (All-State qualifier), Madeline Oldfield, Margot King; back row (l-r): Willow Detmar, Jaden Mills, Jaxson Riley, Bryce Sandoval, Bode Smith. (Eileen Brady was absent.)

Congratulations to the 10 Lakewood High musicians chosen to be part of the Ohio Music Educators Association’s Northeast Ohio Regional Orchestra and an additional congrats to senior violinist Lydia Kress on being selected for the All-State Orchestra! Students must qualify for the Regional Orchestra to be eligible for a spot with the All-State Orchestra. Jill King earned alternate status for the All-State ensemble.

The 10 LHS musicians will perform with the Regional ensemble on Nov. 3 at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall in Akron. The All-State ensemble performs at the OMEA annual conference, which will be held in Columbus in early February. 

Northeast Regional Orchestra qualifiers:

Eileen Brady - violin
Willow Detmar - bass
Jill King - cello
Margot King - violin
Lydia Kress - viola
Jaden Mills - bass
Madeline Oldfield - viola
Jaxson Riley -  cello
Bryce Sandoval - cello
Bode Smith - violin

Congratulations to these talented and dedicated students!

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Volume 18, Issue 18, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

District Strategic Plan Unveiled

The Lakewood City Schools in early 2022 embarked on a process to develop a three-year strategic plan that will be the District's roadmap for the years ahead. In partnership with The Impact Group, the District gathered input from approximately 1,600 stakeholders including Board of Education members, families, students, business leaders, nonprofit leaders and the greater Lakewood community. The input was gathered through virtual and in-person focus groups, one-on-one conversations and an electronic survey.

Through the process of listening to our stakeholders, themes emerged that helped the District focus its plan on seven goals and objectives as outlined below:

  • Academic Achievement and Technology
  • Climate, Culture and Wellness
  • Communications
  • Human Resources and Business Operations
  • Curriculum & Professional Development
  • Extracurriculars - Athletics, Arts and more
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
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Volume 18, Issue 18, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Spirit Parade Set For Sept. 30

The annual Lakewood High School Homecoming Weekend Spirit Parade will take place this year on Friday, September 30. The parade steps off from Lakewood Park at 5:30 pm and winds its way up to the high school via Belle, Clifton and Bunts. Come out and cheer on all our Ranger sports teams and clubs then stay and watch the Homecoming Court announcement and Ranger football game. Kickoff versus Parma is 7 pm. GO RANGERS!

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Volume 18, Issue 18, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

LHS Boasts Five National Merit Scholars

From left: Commended Student Lila Wright, Semifinalists Jamie Holland, Maddie Oldfield, Tyler DiLoreto and Commended Student Alex Peterson.

Lakewood High School seniors Tyler DiLoreto, James Holland, and Madeline Oldfield have been named Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Corp. competition. This designation recognizes Tyler, James, and Madeline as among the top students in the nation. LHS also can boast two Commended Students, seniors Alexander Peterson and Lila Wright.

Lakewood High School seniors Tyler DiLoreto, James Holland, and Madeline Oldfield have been named Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Corp. competition. This designation recognizes Tyler, James, and Madeline as among the top students in the nation. LHS also can boast two Commended Students, seniors Alexander Peterson and Lila Wright.

Based on their PSAT score from the 2022-2022 school year, Tyler, James, and Madeline 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 18, Issue 18, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Portrait Quilts On Display At The Quilting Bee

The Quilting Bee's windows are decorated with one-of-a-kind portrait quilts by fiber artist Joanna Ellis. Joanna’s quilts have been featured in numerous publications, including the most recent edition of Quilting Arts Magazine. Her creations have been displayed at several quilt shows, including the prestigious Houston International Quilt show. Two of her recent pieces – "Fascination" and "First Bite of Summer" - will be exhibited in Houston this November.

Joanna, a member of the Lakewood High School Class of ’67, currently resides in Parma. Her fiber art journey began with needle and bobbin lace, weaving, and spinning. She discovered art quilts after creating her first quilt – a tumbling block pattern – in 2015. Her art quilt subjects include people and animals.

You can meet the artist on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 10 a.m. at The Quilting Bee, 15709 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood. Joanna will discuss her creative process, share some additional art pieces, and answer your questions. Call 216-712-6579 to reserve a spot – space is limited. Please consider a donation at the door – which will be given to Turtle Survival Alliance, one of Joanna’s favorite charities.

Joanna’s quilts will be on display in The Quilting Bee's windows until September 30, 2022.

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Volume 18, Issue 18, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Civil Protection Orders Can Help Keep Domestic Violence Survivors Safe

Survivors of domestic violence may need to take extra precautions after leaving their abuser.

Filing a civil protection order (CPO) is one way that you can protect yourself. A CPO can be filed with the Domestic Relations Court or Common Pleas Court. You can do this on your own (called pro se) or with the help of an attorney.

When the CPO petition is filed by the victim of abuse (petitioner), the court will hold a hearing the same day. This first hearing is called an “ex parte,” and during this time you will discuss the most recent incidents of abuse. Only the petitioner takes part in this hearing; the abuser is not there. The court then determines if the request for a CPO will be granted.

After the first hearing, another hearing will be scheduled within seven to ten court days. This hearing is called a “full hearing.” The abuser will be notified by the court to attend the hearing. 

The petitioner (you) must bring all related documentation such as police reports and medical records documenting treatment related to the abuse. You should also bring copies of records of previous domestic violence or violent crime convictions that involve the abuser. Any witnesses to the abuse should also come to the hearing.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 18, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Children’s And Youth Services Programs

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.
Main Library- Fridays- 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. 
Saturdays- 10:30 a.m. 
Madison Branch- Fridays- 10:30 a.m.

Homework Help

For Students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
August – May
Monday through Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Main Library Homework Room and Madison Branch

 

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Volume 18, Issue 18, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Friends Of Madison Park Launches Sporting Goods Library

Friends of Madison Park's 'Little Free Locker Room' is now open for public use.

Friends of Madison Park proudly announces the opening of the Madison Park Little Free Locker Room. This community resource, inspired by our city’s numerous Little Free Libraries, is intended to offer any park visitor the opportunity to borrow or contribute sporting goods equipment while enjoying recreation within Madison Park.

The Madison Park Little Free Locker Room features a selection of sporting goods available for use by any park visitor on a first-come, first-served basis. Current items available in the Locker Room include sports balls (soccer, basketball, volleyball and football), frisbees, wiffle ball supplies, sidewalk chalk and more. An air pump for balls and bikes is also available onsite.

This sporting goods library is located in the center of our park along the eastern fence of the futsal courts near the historic skate house. It will remain open through the end of November, then resume operation next spring.

“We are excited to offer the Madison Park Little Free Locker Room as a unique amenity to improve access to recreational opportunities in our park,” said Matt Bixenstine, president of Friends of Madison Park. “Madison Park is beloved by countless members of our community and serves a population from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. It’s our hope the Locker Room will enhance opportunities for play and enjoyment for any and all park-goers. This project has been in the works since last winter, and we are grateful for support from our partners at the City of Lakewood and The Lakewood Foundation for helping us to bring this vision to fruition.”

 

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Volume 18, Issue 18, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

LHS Boasts 10 Regional Orchestra Qualifiers

Congratulations to the 10 Lakewood High musicians chosen to be part of the Ohio Music Educators Association’s Northeast Ohio Regional Orchestra and an additional congrats to senior violinist Lydia Kress on being selected for the All-State Orchestra!. Students must qualify for the Regional Orchestra to be eligible for a spot with the All-State Orchestra. Jill King earned alternate status for the All-State ensemble.

The 10 LHS musicians will perform with the Regional ensemble on Nov. 3 at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall in Akron. The All-State ensemble performs at the OMEA annual conference, which will be held in Columbus in early February. 

Northeast Regional Orchestra qualifiers:

Eileen Brady - violin
Willow Detmar - bass
Jill King - cello
Margot King - violin
Lydia Kress - viola
Jaden Mills - bass
Madeline Oldfield - viola
Jaxson Riley -  cello
Bryce Sandoval - cello
Bode Smith - violin

Congratulations to these talented and dedicated students!

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Volume 18, Issue 18, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Rangers Fall in "Battle of the Bridge"

Rocky River captured the "Battle of the Bridge" Friday Night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. 

The Lakewood football team fell 38-12 to Rocky River on Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. River senior running back Johnny Bebie had three touchdowns to lead the Pirate victory. The Pirates reclaimed the “Battle of the Bridge” trophy after losing it to the Rangers 21-14 in 2021.  

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Volume 18, Issue 18, Posted 11:16 PM, 09.09.2022

Invasion Of The Electric Scooters

I always enjoy Rob Masek's comics in The Lakewood Observer, but the recent one (Vol. 18, Issue 15) was especially apropos.

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Letter to the Editor: Every Vote Counts!

Every vote counts! In the August Observer, Jack Weigand wrote, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE. Terri Kern wisely warned in her Letter to the Editor in Chief not to rely on biased TV ads and candidate and political party websites dictating what laws are going to be. Cindy Marx in her article spoke of the integrity of the Board of Elections making sure of an honest vote and tally and the valor of the League of Women Voters who set up “imitation voting booths” at the Lakewood Arts Festival to educate non-voters how to vote.

My immigrant parents instilled in me the importance of voting. I’ve voted in every election since I turned 18 including the 61 years living in Lakewood. I served as Executive Secretary of the Young Dems when John F. Kennedy ran for president and later organized the Democratic Women’s Council with activists Jane Spock and Shirley Stokes. For years, I served as precinct committee woman and continue my membership in the Lakewood Democratic Club.

VOTE, it’s your BREAD and Butter. Unfortunately our civics classes have failed to instill our youths with the truth that our freedoms depend on those we elect to office. Leadership in Columbus with restricted rights against the freedom of women to choose has made us partners with South Carolina and Alabama. Polling of Ohioans shows that the public does not agree with these restricted laws. Your VOTE will agree or disagree. It’s also an obligation to speak your voice.

Before you cast your vote, however, educate yourself by reading both the Democratic and Republican platforms on the internet. The candidate you choose represents the party principals. Then, VOTE as Jack, Terri, Cindy urge. I also urge that you CONSIDER RUNNING FOR OFFICE. Start locally as I did. Run for precinct committee person and commit yourself to responsible citizenship. Then expand to others your enthusiasm to be a voter.

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 12:38 PM, 09.21.2022

Cove Community Center Celebrates With Intergenerational Picnic

The first ever Cove Community Center Intergenerational Picnic was a huge success. We gathered together on a perfect summer day and had all ages present for bocce ball, cornhole, face painting, story time, and many other activities. Around 150 people attended this event.

The staff at Cove worked very hard the day before to prep enough homemade food to serve everyone. Our Director, Chad Berry, introduced us to his now famous Macaroni and Cheese, while Amy Chodzin from H20 made delicious Brussel Sprouts, and the secret BBQ sauce was made by our Maintenance Man James Williams.

All in all it was a great day and hopefully the first of many events like this. We thank you all for coming out to enjoy this event!

We invite you to stop by, and check out this beautiful new space. We are already offering a ton of fun and exciting activities and events... but you can expect a lot more! 

 

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 5:29 PM, 09.07.2022

Ranger Marching Band Festival Sept. 17

We are excited to announce the return of the Lakewood High School Marching Band Festival! The 35th festival will take place this year on Saturday, September 17, 2022. It will kick off with a parade of bands at 6 pm and continue with the first band performance at 6:30 pm. Gates open at 5:30 pm. 

This year, the festival, which is the LHS band's biggest fundraiser, will feature 10 Cleveland-area marching bands including:

Berkshire HS
Eastlake North HS
Fairview HS
Hudson HS
Oberlin HS
Rocky River HS
Strongsville HS
Westlake HS
Malone College
...and Lakewood's very own Ranger Marching Band!

Ticket prices are as follows: 
Adults - $9 online, $10 cash at the gate
Seniors (55+) - $7 online, $8 cash at the gate
Students (5-17) - $4 online, $5 cash at the gate
Preschoolers - Free!
Programs - $6 online, $7 cash at the gate
Tickets can be purchased at www.payschoolsevents.com/events/details/21636

Bring the the family to this fun, wholesome event full of pageantry and precision!

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 5:29 PM, 09.07.2022

Grant To Benefit District's STEM Initiatives

The Lakewood City Schools and the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation (LREF) are pleased to announce that Howmet Aerospace Foundation has awarded a $26,910 grant to LREF that will be dedicated to purchasing robot kits for students. This is the second consecutive year LREF has received a Howmet grant to benefit the District.

The District plans to buy Ozobot Evo classroom kits for all seven elementary buildings’ makerspaces, which beginning this school year have dedicated STEM teachers to provide curriculum. The two middle schools will also receive the kits for their STEM classes. Ozobot is a smart robot that can follow lines or roam around freely, detect colors, and can be programmed using visual codes. Students will learn hands-on about robotics, math and programming.

"We are appreciative and grateful for the support that Howmet Aerospace Foundation is providing for STEM education in the Lakewood Schools again this year. It is funding such as this grant which allows the Lakewood Schools to take instruction to the next level and truly provide a world class STEM foundation for its youngest students,” said LREF Executive Director Terri Richards.

The District’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Steven Ast, added:

“Our students and teachers are so fortunate to have this opportunity thanks to generosity and amazing support from the LREF and the Howmet Foundation. This technology provides teachers cutting edge technology resources to empower students as they work toward the Vision of a Lakewood Graduate. Our students’ future will require creative, critical, and design thinking skills, and our teachers are blessed to have these great tools to foster that learning thanks to this grant.”

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 5:29 PM, 09.07.2022

Registration Now Open For LakewoodAlive’s 15th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade

Get ready for a doggone good time! Registration is now open for LakewoodAlive’s 15th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade, a celebration of costumed canines taking place Saturday, October 15 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Madison Park in Lakewood’s Birdtown Neighborhood.

LakewoodAlive proudly announces Ken Ganley Subaru of Bedford as the Title Sponsor. Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a free-to-attend festival at Madison Park, a parade along Madison Avenue and surrounding streets and an awards presentation. A favorite Halloween tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers and their families, this community festival is a one-of-a-kind event in the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike. Last year’s Spooky Pooch Parade drew 350 canines and an estimated crowd of 3,000 people.

Pre-registration for the parade is $10 per dog and day-of registration is $15 per dog. 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 community-centered nonprofit organization striving to foster and sustain vibrant and welcoming neighborhoods in Lakewood. Register your dog today.

Festivities get underway with the Spooky Pooch Festival beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Madison Park. Enjoy entertainment, kids’ games and dog-related vendors, including rescue groups and other nonprofits offering canine-oriented goods and services. Kids (and all participants) are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes at this family-friendly event.

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 5:29 PM, 09.07.2022

Lakewood Historical Society Presents: A Peek Into The Past

Lakewood Historical Society is celebrating 70 years since it was founded in 1952 with an exhibition highlighting many items from its permanent collection. "A Peek into the Past" showcases treasures that have been donated, curated, catalogued and stored with the Historical Society during the last 70 years.

You'll see a variety of pieces dating from the 1800s to the 1960s. Included are Victorian dresses, children's clothing of the late 1800s, flapper dresses dating from the 1920s, woolen swimsuits from the early 1900s, men's vests made by a Cleveland tailor, and a selection of hats, umbrellas, walking sticks, jewelry and purses. Visitors will view clothing items for both women and men.

A Victorian parlor furniture set, owned by a prominent Lakewood family, is included in the exhibit. In addition, antique toys, kitchen gadgets, and quilts, created by community members over a century ago, will be be displayed.

The exhibit will be held on Saturdays and Sundays, September 24 and 25, October 1 and 2, and October 8 and 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. each day, at the Nicholson House, 13335 Detroit Ave., Lakewood.

Tickets for "A Peek into the Past" are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Go to this link to purchase tickets: https://buytickets.at/lakewoodhistoricalsociety/754712. Tickets may also be purchased at the Nicholson House on the day of the event.

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 5:29 PM, 09.07.2022

Meet The Author - "Choose To Lead: A Practical Guide For Educational Leadership"

Author and former President of St. Edward High School, James P. Kubacki.

“Education done well is transformative.” – James P. Kubacki

In over forty years devoted to the field of education, James P. Kubacki worked hard to transform the lives of the students he served. Though he no longer walks the halls of St. Edward High School, the recently retired president is still making an impact with his new book, “Choose to Lead: A Practical Guide for Educational Leadership.”

Kubacki has taken the greatest lessons of his career and assembled a guide meant to create and inspire effective leaders among the students, teachers, principals, and trustees that shape our learning institutions. The author will visit Lakewood Public Library to discuss the book on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. The event takes place in the Main Library Auditorium.

Born to hardworking parents who ran the Pink Elephant Tavern in Westlake (now the Rusty Barrel), Kubacki went on to graduate from St. Ignatius High School, Harvard University and Fordham University. His robust career has included serving as head of a secondary school, principal, college football coach, college associate dean of admissions and most recently, sixteen years as President of St. Edward High School.

In his book, Kubacki counsels the reader as if they were the new head of school walking through the front doors on day one. He offers insights and tips on what they might expect, how they may be feeling and where to begin.

“First, get to know the lay of the land,” Kubacki advises. “Get keys and wander the campus. Open every door.”

From developing relationships and a vision to managing operations and strategic planning, the author’s guidance extends far past the doors of academia. “Choose to Lead” applies to effective leadership in any field.

The program will begin with a special introduction of Mr. Kubacki by Sean Kearns, St. Edward High School Class of 1988.

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 5:29 PM, 09.07.2022

Rep. Skindell Opposes State Issue 2, An Attack On The Freedom To Vote

State Rep. Michael J. Skindell (D– Lakewood) issued a statement opposing State Issue 2 regarding voting qualifications. The proposed constitutional amendment would add restrictions to voter qualifications, potentially barring 17-year-olds from voting in primary elections. Rep. Skindell testified to the Ballot Board, expressing concern that the Board-approved ballot language does not accurately describe the new restrictions to voting that the constitutional amendment will impose.

“I strongly oppose State Issue 2, which will be on the ballot this November,” said Rep. Skindell. “Issue 2 would add new restrictions to voting for all Ohioans, taking our state backwards. Further, the Ballot Board approved language on a party line vote that does not accurately warn voters about what they are voting on. The people need to know the truth. This issue could take away 17-year-olds’ longstanding right to vote in primary elections. It also restricts voter registration for an entire month before elections, an unnecessary and deliberate obstacle to voter access. The voting restrictions proposed in Issue 2 are an attack on our freedom to vote. I oppose Issue 2 and encourage Ohioans to reject it by voting ‘No’.’”

The statute granting 17-year-olds the right to vote in primaries was enacted in Ohio back in 1981–over 40 years ago. Studies have shown that permitting 17-year-olds to vote in primaries increases youth engagement. In addition, once a person votes, that person is more likely to vote again.

Caitlin Robertson is the Legislative Aide to State Representative Michael J. Skindell.

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 5:29 PM, 09.07.2022

September Events At Lakewood Public Library

Booked for Murder Book Club
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
Main Library Meeting Room 
If you share a passion for mystery, join the group each month to discuss your favorites and selections made by group members.

September 15, 2022 "The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man" by David W. Maurer
Knit & Lit Book Club
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Main Library Meeting Room
Come share your passion for great literature and show off your knitting, crocheting, counted cross-stitch, embroidery and quilting works-in-progress.

September 20, 2022 "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" by Kim Michele Richardson

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 5:29 PM, 09.07.2022

Starr Gazer

SEPTEMBER

ARIES: You’ve got the energy of the energizer bunny this month, Ram. Your health is looking great, and you’re looking good to the world. Do something bold, new & courageous…

TAURUS: This is one time the Bull should stay in the Bullpen; stuff is going on behind the scenes; it just may be a bit of romance; mind your Ps & Qs, and keep a lid on it; no red capes.

GEMINI: The Twins are the social butterflies of the Zodiac, and this month is no exception. The only difference is that you’ll be doing much more entertaining at home on the range this month.

CANCER: Lady Luck is still shining on the Crab’s career; get out in that community of yours & spread the word; if you don’t do it, who will?…Come out of that shell of yours and network, baby.

LEO: Looks like the Lion’s going to be leaving the familiar jungle to travel afar on foreign land, or maybe you’re just brushing up on your Italian to take a trip overseas, no time like the present.

VIRGO: It’s time to open your arms up to the Universe and say, “show me the money.” Yep, you’ve got money coming to you from another source; make sure you’re ready for it on all fronts.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 5:29 PM, 09.07.2022

Keep Lakewood Beautiful to Host 'Pop Up, Pick Up, Pour Up' Cleanup Event On September 28

Keep Lakewood Beautiful to Host 'Pop Up, Pick Up, Pour Up' Cleanup Event on September 28.

Keep Lakewood Beautiful is pleased to announce our fourth 'Pop Up, Pick Up, Pour Up' litter cleanup event of 2022. Join our volunteer-led group on Wednesday, September 28th, at 6:30 pm at Lakewood Hardware to do good, have fun, and make friends.

Pop Up - Meet in the parking lot at Lakewood Hardware (16608 Madison Ave) at 6:30 pm. Ample street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood. Bags, vests, gloves, and litter tongs will be provided.

Pick Up - Help us to pick up litter and beautify the public spaces and commercial corridor near the west-end of Madison Avenue.

Pour Up - Afterwards, around 7:30, we'll head to Mars Bar (15314 Madison Ave) to pour up a drink (pay as you go) and receive a discount on their delicious gyros in celebration of a job well done.

Visit our Facebook event to learn more. We hope you can join us to beautify our community!

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 5:29 PM, 09.07.2022

Mayor's Corner:Using Our ARPA Dollars For Maximum Impact

Lakewood has been opportunistic and highly successful in seeking federal dollars to support city projects and initiatives. One of our biggest wins was receiving over $47 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) to help lessen the blow that COVID-19 dealt to our municipal budget. While these dollars came with strict guidelines and uses, Lakewood has been aggressive in deploying these dollars and leveraging them to benefit our residents and address the impacts of the pandemic.

The City’s first priority was to immediately deploy over $1.6 million dollars to the Lakewood Community Services Corporation (“LCSC”) to help qualifying residents pay their rent, stay in their homes or apartments, and prevent eviction, foreclosure, and ultimately homelessness. We also invested $25 million dollars to reduce the cost to Lakewood ratepayers would have paid to repair our aged citywide sewer infrastructure. The City continued its commitment to public safety by directing ARPA dollars to increase our police department’s authorized number of officers and address ongoing capacity challenges facing law enforcement nationally. Our overall goal at City Hall is to use ARPA dollars in a manner that will have the most far-reaching benefits while also ensuring compliance with ARPA’s strict eligibility requirements.

This week, I presented to City Council a plan for allocating our remaining $9,000,000 in ARPA dollars, all of which qualify under the federal guidelines for use of these funds, and all of which would have significant benefit for the people of Lakewood. The plan is to use the ARPA dollars in the following projects and priorities:

 

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Senator Antonio Shares Resources For Pet Owners

Senator Antonio (right) and President of the Cleveland Animal Protective League Sharon Harvey (left) visiting with an APL resident. Photo credit: Mike Petcher, APL Volunteer Photographer

On August 18th, I had the opportunity to attend the ribbon-cutting and tour of the Cleveland Animal Protective League’s new, fully-renovated animal care and resource center in Tremont.

During the tour, I learned how the expansion would allow more pet owners around Cuyahoga County who cannot afford regular veterinary care to receive care for their pets instead of having to surrender them, so animals can stay with the people they love.

Sadly, the Covid-19 pandemic, economic instability, lack of pet-friendly housing options and rising costs have led to an increase in animal surrenders both in our state and nationwide. For pet owners in these situations, many shelters offer diversion programs where they can receive free or subsidized pet food and veterinary care, or where pets can be boarded for short amounts of time to prevent permanent surrenders.

Many organizations across Cuyahoga County offer pet food pantries, low-cost animal wellness clinics and surrender diversion programs. If you or someone you know is in need of resources, do not hesitate to contact my office at 614-466-5123 or antonio@ohiosenate.gov, and we will help connect you. Pets are a part of our families, and families must always come first.

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Lakewood League Of Women Voters Mary Warren Impact Scholarship Winner Teegan McGann's Winning Essay

"How can our federal, state, and local governments better provide for basic human needs?"

To provide for basic human needs, our federal, state, and local governments must start by making support for these needs accessible. But first, what are these needs? Starting at the most basic system that can transform a generation: education. Education is essential to each child in every community, for it develops the young thinker today into a bright intellectual tomorrow. To have a proper, impactful education that sparks a passion or inspires you to make a difference in our world is an education filled with support—from teachers to community members. 

Good teachers, those who love teaching students with a passion, are key predictors of a student’s success. They must be committed to their work and the progress of every one of their students for the betterment of society as a whole. They must be mentors who use teaching as a vehicle to push students beyond their current knowledge. And most of all, they must do this all out of selflessness and devotion to their students. To employ good teachers, the government must value teaching as a high profession in society, starting with a salary increase. Teaching is often overlooked as a “last resort” occupation when really it is one of great privilege and reward. So many of my own teachers have left a profound impact on my life, shaping my morals and values into what they are today.

To effectively ensure this quality of education, teachers must be evaluated on their ability to teach and connect with students. This is tricky, as you can’t measure connection, but you can get a good idea of their commitment based on their involvement with the community. When both teachers and community members uplift and support students outside of school, a security blanket is formed. It is important for students to understand that they are accepted for themselves, whether participating in a sporting event or musical concert. To celebrate and embrace a student’s passion is the highest level of support you can have, paving the way for student success.

 

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HLF Invites Community To Annual Meeting On September 21

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation invites community members to attend its annual community meeting on Wednesday, September 21 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at the Women's Pavilion at Lakewood Park.

Each year, the HLF board and staff share with the community its progress in advancing health and wellbeing in the Lakewood community. The meeting highlights the work of HLF's grantee partners and current funding opportunities. There will also be a presentation on the City's Community Health Needs Assessment with time for questions and feedback.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Registration is required and is available on HLF's website: https://healthylakewoodfoundation.org/.

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Lakewood Community Festival Set For Madison Park

 The Lakewood Community Festival features fun and games, and prizes for kids of all ages.

Celebrate family, community and cultural heritage at the 34th annual Lakewood Community Festival on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Madison Park, 13029 Madison Avenue. The day of fun and activities for the entire family will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

The festival is known for a delicious array of nationality foods including pierogis, potato pancakes, kielbasa, stuffed cabbage and more. There will be pizza, of course, and other selections as well. Save room for traditional ethnic pastries, plus ice cream and other desserts.

For the kiddos, the festivities will include an inflatable obstacle course, crafts, games, balloons and giant bubbles.

Keep a look out for the team from the Rocky River Nature Center. They will provide the opportunity to discover and learn about the wild animals who make Ohio their home.

Throughout the day, musical entertainment will be provided by 2 Guys 12 Strings (11 a.m.), Frank Moravcik and the Band (noon), Matt & Jason (1 p.m.), The Newcomers (2 p.m.), Riley & Flanagan (3 p.m.) and The Jobs (4 p.m.).

The festival is traditionally the last event of the summer. The event is sponsored by the Lakewood Community Festival, Inc. and the City of Lakewood.

Karen Karp is a member of the Lakewood Community Festival Committee.

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Lakewood YMCA Adventure Guides Kicks Off Its New Year!

The Lakewood YMCA Adventure Guides, also known as Lake Trail Nation (LTN), is a group of families from Lakewood and the surrounding communities with kids from ages 5-14. We provide opportunities for adult caregivers and their kids to spend enjoyable, constructive time together, fostering companionship and an understanding for a foundation to lifelong friendship. Our activities also allow children and their adults to meet new friends too! Our motto is “Friends Forever!”

Some of the activities we are planning for this upcoming year are: Induction with optional tent camping in the Metroparks, tent camping twice a year at different Ohio State Parks (including a Halloween campout and trick-or-treating at East Harbor State Park), Moon Rock Bowling, a holiday party, family (board)game night, pinewood derby, cabin camping at YMCA Camp Fitch, hiking, a city scavenger hunt and community service projects. We gather at least monthly for an activity, and hope to add other activities for smaller groups, such as pumpkin carving, going to museums, biking, skiing, ice skating/sledding, kayaking/canoeing, laser tag, and other member lead activities. There are no uniforms, no badges to complete, no weekly meetings and no attendance requirements. The more you participate, the more you get out of Adventure Guides!

We are starting our 2022-23 year in September and welcome you to join us! We are hosting information and membership registration for potential and returning members at the Lakewood YMCA on September 13 & 14 from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Registration forms are available at information night, at our table at the Lakewood Community Festival on September 10, 2022 or on line at laketrailnation.com. Our first event of the year, our induction ceremony with dinner and optional overnight camping, will be held on September 24, 2022. Membership from September, 2022-August, 2023 is $75 per family. $40 of that going back to the YMCA for facility usage and insurance. If you are new to Adventure Guides, go to laketrailnation.com and register by September 10, 2022 to ENTER A RAFFLE FOR A FREE MEMBERSHIP for your family for the 2022-2023 year!

Our programs launch adults and their children on a journey of discovery, with the child as the explorer and the adult as the guide. Adventure Guides encourages adult caregivers to get to know your kids through shared experiences while your kids are still young and still want to spend time with you! The one-on-one time in a fun, special environment builds important bonds through shared experiences. Whether it is mother, father, grandparent, or guardian with sons, daughters or both, ALL are welcome to Lake Trail Nation Adventure Guides to create great memories together. It is our belief that the best thing you can spend on your child is YOUR time.

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Children’s And Youth Services Programs

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.

Main Library- Fridays- 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. 
Saturdays- 10:30a.m.

Madison Branch- Fridays- 10:30 a.m. 

Homework Help

For Students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
August – May
Monday through Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Main Library Homework Room and Madison Branch

Students who need a little extra help with homework or just want a cool place to work can come to the Library for Homework Help to get assistance and to use the Library’s resources in a quiet place free of distractions. Students can use their library card to check out a Chrome Book to use in the Library and have access to a variety of school supplies including pencils, pens, crayons, markers, calculators, protractors, and more. In addition, students with Eureka Math™ homework will find grade level Homework Helpers workbooks, companion guides to Eureka Math™. A library staff member is on hand and available to assist with everything from spelling words to solving math problems. No registration is required.

Girls Who Code Club

 

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Division Of Early Childhood And Youth Programming At Cove Community Center

Active Parenting Classes. 

The Division of Youth and Early Childhood have some ways to help and support families in Lakewood. 

* Family Room

We could not be happier with our beautiful new Lakewood Family Room at Cove Community Center. This large and inviting space is filled with all kinds of toys and activities sure to entertain your young child. We are pleased to announce our fall schedule which includes evening hours, after school drop ins, new parent support (including lactation help) for those with babies under one, a special time just for the under three crowd, our longstanding Learn Thru Play program, and a new PreK lunch bunch group on Fridays. In addition, we will have special events including Miss Emily's Storytime, family movie nights, parent education groups, and parent advocacy opportunities. If you have a special skill or talent you would like to bring to the center, please reach out to discuss. Our fall schedule begins September 6. Please contact Jessica Parker Program Manager City Of Lakewood Division of Early Childhood for more information: 216-529-5018 or check out the Lakewood  Family Room on Facebook

* The Kinship Caregiver Support Group is open to any relative caregiver (grandparent, cousin, aunt/uncle, sibling) or individuals identifying as “fictive kin” (family friends, neighbors, etc.).

Held on the Third Thursday of each month, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Next Groups: 9/15/2022, 10/20/2022

*  Active Parenting Classes provide three roadmaps: Early Childhood, School Age, and Teen. These cover every milestone a parent or caregiver may experience with their child/ren. Our group programming is free and offered with a meal and childcare.

 

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Strike Up The Band: Lakewood Light The Night Music Fest Fund Raiser For The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Following the great hiatus, lifelong Lakewood resident, stalwart and impressario, Billy Blatz, is back once again hosting his annual family-friendly autumn fundsaiser benfiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northestern Ohio.

The outdoor festivities will be held Saturday, September 10th from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the Mercury Lounge (formerly The Avenue Tap House ),18206 Detroit Avenue and will be held rain or shine. Admission is $10.

Headlining this year's celebrity bartenders is Olympic Gold Medal Pole Vaultist, Katie Nageotte, of the Lakwood Nageottes, along with perennial favorites, Jennifer Scott and Lakewood legend, Ralphie. The bands featured are Cats on Holiday and Pompous Ass.

"I've had people very close to me pass on from leukemia," says Billy, who grew up on Edwards and Detroit and still lives with his family in town. Moreover, Billy's longtime friend - see Team Hout - has been waging the battle against leukemia and lymphoma. "So the quest to find a cure has been a real personal purpose in my own life for a number of years and I've seen how it can help in saving lives."

Some two years back, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northeastern Ohio tapped Billy on the shoulder, asking him to come out to Independence. He was welcomed to cheers of recognition for the committed and tireless work he has performed and the money raised over the past years.

"The respect for Billy from the people at the foundation is impressive and heartwarming," says Jackie Ramey, who helped host the event for five years, speaking about the recognition ceremony. "If you know him, he is very humble and unassuming. And to see people reflect that appreciation and glow is really something special."

This event happens rain or shine.

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