In 2019, I visited and toured Lakewood Community Services Center (LCSC) and afterwards I felt like I just visited with friends in their home. Recently, I spoke with Executive Director Trish Rooney who leads LCSC, a nonprofit organization in our city. Our conversation inspired me to write this article because Trish’s passion for our community’s vulnerable citizens is infectious. For 39 years LCSC has been supporting our residents during their most difficult times. Trish is supported by a dedicated staff, several of whom have been with the center for over ten years. Trish deflects all credit and accolades to her staff, volunteers, and community partners. She and her team are tireless advocates for the center’s clients. LCSC is like a one stop shop that prides itself on delivering personalized care. Think customer service at its finest.
A celebration is in order. The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood will be celebrating 100 years of service to the community and the world. Starting in 1921 with 83 of the leading business men of Lakewood, this service organization began a lengthy legacy to children and the Lakewood community.
You may have seen or participated in some of the Kiwanis projects and activities around town -- the many hot dog sales, the Kiwanis Picnic Pavilion at Lakewood Park, where many families congregate all year long, the building of the all-weather track at Lakewood Stadium, the illuminated community sign in front of the old Board of Education Building on Warren Rd., the famous Lakewood Pizza Bake-off at Lakewood High, the many pancake breakfasts, and who can forget the donut sales every fall.
Also, service to the needy throughout the world happened when the club raised thousands of dollars to complete its commitment to the IDD Project, a Kiwanis International Project in the ‘90’s that resulted in putting iodine in the water supply in areas of Africa to eliminate mental retardation in children. In recent years the club again participated in a new International Kiwanis Project – “The Eliminate Project” which led to the club financially supporting the vaccination of 20,000 mothers in Africa and Asia to protect their babies from early death from neonatal tetanus.
The cornerstone of Trinity Lutheran Church has overlooked Detroit Avenue for a century, as of 2021.
Construction of the church concluded in 1922, and the congregation held its final service on this site 96 years later in 2018, before moving to a new home on West Clifton. The City of Lakewood acquired the property including church building, classrooms, storefronts and parking.
After a search for reuse options, the city settled on Scalish Construction’s proposal in 2019. Scalish is to move into the church building as its headquarters, renovate the storefronts, and convert other portions of the property to housing.
Planning Commission member Jeff Wise calls Trinity Lutheran a “historic preservation success story.” Wise says that Scalish is pursuing preservation tax credits, and that this and COVID-19 have meant that the site is quiet for now, but he’s hopeful that redevelopment will begin this year.
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Reps. Skindell, Denson Testify On Legislation To Repeal Corrupt Price Gouging Budget Amendment Benefiting First Energy, HB 58 Puts Money Back Into Ohioans’ Pockets
State Reps. Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati) testified today on House Bill (HB) 58, previously introduced as HB 740 in the 133rd General Assembly, which would repeal a provision in state law allowing First Energy to keep excessive profits rather than returning the money to electric customers through a rate adjustment. The pricing provision was added to the state two-year budget, HB 166, which was signed into law in July 2019.
In Ohio, electric distribution utilities are entitled to earn monopoly profits from the electric services they provide to customers. Ohio's allowance for profits is larger than most other states. Prior to the HB 166 amendment, electric utilities were allowed to earn excessive profits but "significantly excessive profits" were required to be returned to customers through an adjustment in prospective rates. HB 166 changed how "significantly excessive profits" are calculated, benefiting FirstEnergy by amending Revised Code Section 4928.143.
House Democratic lawmakers Reps. Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) testified before the House Public Utilities Committee today on House Bill (HB) 57, their legislation to repeal HB 6. The Democrats urged lawmakers on the panel to act swiftly to repeal the controversial corporate bailout legislation at the center of an FBI investigation into an alleged $60 million public corruption scheme led by then-Republican Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), the largest corruption and money-laundering scheme ever in Ohio.
“Electric customers are on the hook for paying for legislation adopted because of a $60 million corruption scheme. House Bill 6 must be immediately repealed to protect Ohioans and restore confidence in state government,” Rep. Skindell said in his testimony.
The Democratic legislation would repeal HB 6, a $1 billion bailout for Ohio's two nuclear power plants, which was signed into law in July 2019. Then-Speaker Larry Householder and several associates were allegedly paid tens of millions of dollars to pass HB 6 and to prevent a referendum against the law from coming before Ohio voters. Householder was arrested on July 21, 2020 for his role in the alleged racketeering scheme.
“Often referred to as the worst energy policy legislation passed by any state, HB 6 is an example of how a corrupt system can pass legislation hurting average working families to benefit large corporations,” said Rep. O’Brien in his testimony.
Reps. Skindell And Upchurch Seek $150 Million Annually For Public Transit, Lawmakers Say Governor’s Budget Significantly Defunds Transit In Ohio
State Reps. Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland) today filed legislation to introduce the funding of public transit in Ohio at $150 million annually, using a mix of State and Federal revenues. The legislation seeks $100 million from Ohio’s General Revenue Fund and $50 million in revenue from Federal Highway dollars, known as Federal Flex dollars, annually over the two-year budget to go to transit.
In his proposed state budget, Governor DeWine outlines a small appropriation of approximately $7.3 million annually from the General Revenue Fund for public transit. Neither the state operating budget nor the state transportation budget earmarks federal flex dollars for transit. The existing state operating budget passed in 2019 appropriated $70 million annually for public transit from the General Revenue Funds. Transit systems have received less than this amount due to budget cuts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am extremely discouraged that Gov. DeWine and his administration do not understand the importance of public transit for many working individuals in this state, said Rep. Skindell. “I was pleased that the Ohio General Assembly made a significant commitment to greater public transit funding in the last transportation bill. Our legislation today recognizes that we need to create a transportation system that addresses Ohio’s changing demographics and transportation preferences, links people to jobs and training opportunities, and provides access to businesses and healthcare.”
Aries: The Ram’s focus is behind the scenes, maybe a little flirtation with a leprechaun, keep your eyes open, all it not as it seems, there may be surprises in the finances, watch the green.
Taurus: The Bull finally ventures away from the Bull Pen, lots of social activity going on in the area of friends & associations, Uranus is front in center in the Bull’s Pen, try out a new look.
Gemini: Career is on the mind of the Twins, work your wit & charm & you’ll impress even the most caustic of bosses, plan that trip to distant lands, the Blarney stone & a Guinness…hmm.
Cancer: The Crab loves the Seashore, it’s not too late to plan, Greece, Italy & France all have seashores last time I checked, your four-leaf clover is in other’s money, lotto, IRS refund?
Leo: The Lion/Lioness may have stumbled upon the pot o’ gold, your lucky star is shining on your business/personal relationships, & surprises are in store in the career arena, do an Irish jig.
Virgo: The Luck of the Irish is sprinkling its fairy dust in the area of health & service, stay within moderation when eating all that corned beef & cabbage, quit worrying to reduce stress.
It is with great enthusiasm that I announce my candidacy for Judge of the Lakewood Municipal Court. Lakewood has been my home for over 32 years, and it is where my husband Rich and I raised our three children. I am deeply invested in our great community. Over the years, I have engaged in several civic opportunities such as the Lakewood Preschool PTA, serving on both the Lakewood YMCA Board and Beck Center for the Arts Community Engagement Committee and most recently, proudly serving on Lakewood City Council representing Ward 1.
My extensive public service makes me uniquely qualified to serve as the Lakewood Judge. As a magistrate for 10 years in the Lakewood Municipal Court and 12 years in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Juvenile Division Court I have made many difficult and important judicial decisions on criminal and civil cases that directly impact individuals’ lives. Like a judge, a magistrate must apply the law, consider community safety and victims' rights, all while ensuring equal and fair treatment to the individuals appearing in court.
In addition to my magistrate experience, I understand the operations of running a large court. This is essential in a single judge court like Lakewood. In September 2015, I was unanimously appointed by the six judges of the Juvenile Court to serve as the Court Administrator and since have held that position. I believe the appointment is reflective of my strong work ethic, integrity, reputation for treating individuals with respect and dignity, and my ability to solve complex issues. Some of my current responsibilities include overseeing court operations, a budget exceeding $50 million, and managing approximately 550 employees. I will bring all these critical skills and essential experience to the Lakewood Court if elected to the position on November 9, 2021.
Aries: The Ram has never been a shy one, this month try finding love amongst the groups and associations you belong to…Tip: accept compliments, this may lead to love on that mountain.
Taurus: The Bull knows all about love, Venus just so happens to be all lit up in your sign this month, the Goddess of love points to your career, hang out at the water cooler just little longer.
Gemini: 'I believe in magic' is the Twins theme song this month, try some log-distance flirting, maybe even hang out at the travel agency, foreign love is waiting to communicate with you.
Cancer: The Crab is in love with love, sometimes a little too much, let your natural beauty shine this month, any dealings with taxes just might leave you with more than money in your account.
Leo: The Lion/Lioness has command over his/her jungle, pay extra attention to your relationships this month, business & personal, simply “be present” it’s not all about YOU.
Virgo: If there’s anyone who has closed their mind to love, it just might be you…try putting a lid on that criticism, create some healthy culinary surprises, & invite that Yoga instructor over.
Phenix Salon Suites, a new and exciting concept in the beauty and salon industry, has been located in the heart of Lakewood at 15314 Detroit Avenue since late 2018. Phenix’s upscale salon and spa provides fully equipped, private suites for independent salon professionals to operate their own salon. Each salon owner runs their business independently, selects their hours, sets their pricing and sells beauty products of their choice.
The Lakewood Phenix includes over 40 independent local, salon owners who provide a variety of services including hair, nails, skin, lashes, barbering and teeth whitening. Each of the salons inside the Phenix location is a private suite allowing for built in social distancing and one-on-one service. Phenix found Lakewood to be a desirable location because of its creative energy, walkable neighborhoods, business friendly environment and central location in the Cleveland area.
Aries: The Ram is always the first one bolting out of the starting gate, for 2021 why don’t you take up something that allows you to channel all that fire energy like kick boxing, or racing?
Taurus: 2021 says get the heck out of the Bull Pen, come out of your comfort zone, Uranus & Mars are in your sign, experiment, take a cooking class, try painting, do something different.
Gemini: The Twins are great at communication skills, use 2021 to learn a new language, go to an international party & charm everyone with your new language skills, you’re always a hit.
Cancer: OK Crab, it’s no secret you’re super sensitive, you cry at everything, let 2021 be the year you put a lid on those emotions of yours, wean yourself from clinging to those you love.
Leo: The Jungle will survive if you take a few days off here & there for some “me time,” you are after all King/Queen, 2021 is calling you to roar over to the beach for some much needed R & R.
Virgo: 2021 is screaming for the Virgos to CHILL OUT, yeah, put your critical voice to rest, we all know you’re perfect, no one will ever make the mark, so let up on your fellow human beings.
When the pandemic hit last March, sixty-two H2O high school leaders had just finished presenting their last HOME ALONE event to a total of 221 children and their parents/guardians.
The high school leaders spent nine months and over 1,800 hours meeting with safety experts and researching online to create interactive presentations for their 9-12-year-old peers. They covered topics including household emergencies, first aid, cooking safety, resolving sibling conflicts, internet safety, street smarts, and more.
While the high school students instructed the young participants, their parents/guardians received valuable safety information presented by experts from Lakewood’s Fire, Police and EMS departments.
HOME ALONE helps children gain confidence by acquiring life skills and knowledge from teen mentors.
HOME ALONE fosters critical conversations between parents and children surrounding safety issues that may arise as their child matures and assumes more personal responsibility.
HOME ALONE builds leadership in our high school youth.
In their own words:
“The best part of Home Alone was giving our presentations. We were able to directly help children by providing them with the tools that need to be safe and feel safe.”
I put down a book I was reading and called Steve Davis.
The book was “The Happy Islands of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific” by the travel writer Paul Theroux. I had just read a mention of canned corned beef, which in the South Pacific went by the name of “pisupo.”
I knew this already, thanks to Steve, who had spent part of his childhood in American Samoa. He relayed to us the island pidgin for several words and phrases such as “party” and “I’m gonna kick you in the mouth.” I forget the island translation for those undoubtedly helpful phrases, but I told Steve that I had just read Theroux’s account of the etymology of “pisupo,” which corresponded with Steve’s account. The first canned food to reach the happy islands was pea soup, which was not well received. The second, however, was canned corned beef, which was an immediate and lasting hit. But since it came in the same sort of can as pea soup, corned beef became known as pisupo. Actual pea soup, presumably, was forgotten.
“So. Did you think I was lying to you?” Steve asked when I called him. I admitted that the whole thing seemed improbable, but I was happy to find out that it was true.
“Improbable, but true,” is a good descriptor for Stephen M. Davis, whom we lost on [need exact date] in the already-horrible year of 2020. I met him when I worked in the publications office at Case Western Reserve in the mid-1980s. He was a print sales rep for Sherman Litho and called on us from time to time.
Aries: The Ram is always first for everything, in your rush to get there, take time to enjoy the journey, go ahead & Deck the Halls & let the festivities begin, you’re good at starting things.
Taurus: The Bull does a lot of thinking in that Bullpen of yours, since every request is granted, there’s no need for you to feel any competition, go Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
Gemini: The Twins are always the life of every office party, even if you have to Zoom the party this year, you’ll be able to come up with something lively, Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
Cancer: I’ll Be Home for Christmas at the Crab’s house, take time to rest & let someone else pitch in, you’re the nurturer of all holiday gatherings, spread the baking & cooking chores.
Leo: You are the King/Queen of the Jungle & Christmas is no different, do it up in high Leo fashion, light up that Jungle, Roar like you’ve never roared, Jingle Bell Rock that Jungle.
At the top of the ticket, Lakewood and Cuyahoga County were unsurprisingly looking strong for Biden, but at the time of publication, the next POTUS was still unknown and may remain that way for several days as mail-in ballots continue to be counted across the country. Locally, of Lakewood's 37,687 eligible voters, 74% cast ballots in the 2020 general election - the majority of which did so in advance of Tuesday's election. Major races on the ballot for Lakewoodites include U.S. District 9 Representative to Congress, in which Marcy Kaptur defeated her Republican opponent Rob Weber.
Other races include two familiar incumbents who both secured their seats for another term. First, District 13's State Representative Michael Skindell won about three-quarters of the vote in his bid for re-election. District 2 County Councilperson Dale Miller will also continue in his existing seat - Miller was unopposed.
At the time of publication, the two state-wide seats on the ballot for Ohio Supreme Court had Sharon Kennedy leading her opponent John O'Donnell and Jennifer Brunner leading opponent Judi French.
Aries: Mars is about to move direct this month, the Ram will now charge forward, set your sights on what you desire, be grateful for Ram energy, you’ll got out & nab that Turkey yourself!
Taurus: The Bull's a stubborn one, no doubt about it, holding onto your anger has kept you locked up in that Bullpen, set yourself free this Thanksgiving & let it all go, be grateful.
Gemini: The Twins get a double dose of respect regarding their finances, pay heed to Aretha, and R.E.S.P.E.C.T. your money & your money will respect you, double up on your turkey.
Cancer: The Crab’s too busy nurturing others, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, this Thanksgiving, take off that apron, & get out of the frying pan, have yourself some F.U.N.
Leo: Yes, we all know you’re King/Queen of the Jungle, but you’re going to need a little help putting on that feast for your Kingdom, call on your animal buddies, they all have special gifts.
Grace Presbyterian Church was ready to spend a year-long celebration of their one hundred year anniversary. Committees were formed; the historians were researching their history; photographs were being enhanced; the down payment for the banquet hall was paid.
Aries: Mars is still in the Ram’s sign & retrograde, be careful with sharp objects, I wouldn’t advise dressing up as Edward Scissorhands this year for Halloween, also don’t play with fire.
Taurus: Forgiveness is still hanging around the Bull Pen, we know the Bull can be stubborn, let go, maybe dressing up as Ghandi or Mother Teresa this year might help get the ball rolling.
Gemini: It’s time for the Twins to do some deep breathing, give those lungs a workout, get outside & away from your computer, definitely don’t dress as a Mummy this year, breathe.
Cancer: The Crab is infamous for holding on with those pincer claws of yours, the past is over, time to let go of what was, to make room for what can be, dress up like a rooster, it a new dawn.
Leo: The Lion’s heart is as big as your roar these days, & the animals in your Jungle have come from far & wide to partake of the blessings, I’m thinking Snow White for your costume, hmmn?
Homeowners all around Lakewood recently discovered large envelopes in their mailboxes with an illustration of a house and the words ”Century Home Recognition Project” on them. Homeowners who received this mailing are living in a house built one hundred or more years ago.
Each year, beginning in 2017, the Preservation Committee of the Lakewood Historical Society has reviewed the records of the Cuyahoga County Auditor to identify houses that were built one-hundred years ago. Because there was no formal recognition program before 2017, the committee searches not only for houses built one-hundred years ago, but also older houses built in previous years ending in the same digit as the current year. Thus these houses also receive recognition. This multiple year recognition will continue through 2026.
In 2020, houses built in 1860, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910 and 1920 have been designated. Each of the 954 houses received a mailing announcing that it is a Historic Lakewood: Century Home.
One goal of this project is to help build appreciation for why and how Lakewood developed as it did. Lakewood is a city that appreciates and celebrates its past. Today’s Lakewood reflects that history.
Many of the early settlers were farmers and fruit growers who came to the area because Lake Erie kept the climate more temperate than areas farther from the lake. The conditions were ideal for fruit orchards and vegetable fields. Detroit Avenue had been developed into a plank road by the Rockport Plank Company, providing more dependable transportation than the dirt roads that easily became impassable mud, giving ready access to markets for the crops. And land was available.
There are a lot of fun masks out there for kids. What was missing, Color Me A Mask founders Gerry Engelhart and Rachel Gordon realized…was the kids! “Give kids markers, and they tend to excel at personalizing,” laughs Gordon.
Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation, long known for its holiday food distributions in the winter and cleaning supply distributions in the spring, is once again reaching out for help from the community – this time to meet the needs of our youngest residents.
“Business as usual” is far from the current reality. Rallying lots of volunteers for an LCAC distribution violates current health practices, but basic human needs still exist. One of those needs, a rather expensive one, is providing diapers for babies and toddlers.
Our organization partners with, and supports, Lakewood Community Services Center. When word of LCSC clients’ need for diapers came to our attention, LCAC board members developed a social distancing plan to collect disposable diapers via a drive-thru event. This collection method will allow people to drop off their donations of diapers from the safety of their vehicles. At the close of the event, LCAC board members will deliver all the donated diapers to Lakewood Community Services Center.
Aries: Mars is staying for a visit Ram, for 6 months, let go of what was in order to make room for what is to be; action is your key word this month, you’ll have plenty of energy…
Taurus: Make like a rabbit Bull & jump for JOY, yes, that is your purpose for being here, get out & circulate, rabbits are fertile, plant those seeds of thought & watch them multiply.
Gemini: Now that Venus has ended its Retrograde, pack them bags, adventure awaits the Twins, love is around every corner, & for you, it’s double the pleasure, get your game on .
Cancer: Grab yourself a seeded dandelion Crab, & make a wish, the Sun is shining blessings upon you, Mercury goes direct July 12th, & the Universe is saying “ask & you shall receive.”
Leo: Raise those vibrations Lion, the Jungle follows your lead, only you can spread the positive vibe far & wide, because when you ROAR, everyone within the planetary scope listens.
Virgo: It’s time to curtail the complaining, if you need help with something, just ASK! It’s not that daunting of a task, once you open mouth & engage your tongue, Voila! Words come out.
Aries: Embrace your sensitivity this month Ram, with Mars, your ruling planet still in Pisces, scale down those combative energies of yours & help out your fellow Lakewoodites.
Taurus: The Bull has been a bit stubborn about coming out of its pen, good thing most people aren’t wearing red masks, or donning superman capes, go ahead & show some love instead.
Gemini: The Sun & Venus are joined in the Twins backyard, spread the gratitude, & watch the ripple effect spread through your neighborhood like Mr. Rogers, double your blessings.
Cancer: Mercury is in the Crab’s beach house, & goes Retrograde on the 18th, it’s time to accept yourself, pincers & all, then toward the latter end of June look in the self-reflection mirror.
Leo: The Lion spread so much kindness in that Jungle last month, it’s time to reap the benefits, your creativity is sky high, manifest whatever pleases you Lion/Lioness, then roar.
Virgo: You’re still working on that compassion muscle of yours, the peace you seek comes from the peace you create, practice finding one thing you like about everything in your day.
Lakewood resident Bob Votruba and his dog Bogart are on a mission to spread joy throughout the area through their organization, One Million Acts of Kindness. Recently, they visited David Simpson Hospice House and Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters to thank staff for providing compassionate care during the COVID-19 crisis in our community.
Cleveland Clinic registered nurse and Lorain County Community College graduate Michelle Thimke finds joy in the simple things while dealing with the uncertainty of treating patients in the hospital’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit – uncertainties that are now compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Catching up and checking in on my family and friends brings me the most joy,” said Thimke, who is an intensive care nurse in the surgical ICU. She and her husband, Corey, are Elyria natives who now live in Lakewood.
“I also find a lot of peace from exercise, so I have been keeping up with my weekly routine of jogs, long walks, yoga, and now at-home workout videos,” she said.
Thimke, who earned an associate of science degree from LCCC in 2014 and an associate degree in nursing from LCCC in 2016, starts her morning off from work with an online service or daily devotional from her Lakewood church. “This helps me have the right mindset for the day. I try to limit time spent on social media so that I am not influenced by the hysteria some are causing,” she added.
Facing this current public health crisis is not easy for any healthcare professional, but Thimke believes her education and training from LCCC prepared her for the challenges she now faces.
Aries: The Ram likes things fast, however, during this time of ‘giving up things’ the Ram would benefit from letting go of its ego. Surrender to the divine timing of the Universe, be patient.
Taurus: Venus, the Planet of Love & Money is in the Bull’s Pen this month, asking you to surrender the fearful stories you are telling yourself…stay in the moment & eat pierogis.
Gemini: The Twins are usually easygoing, relaxed & the life of the party, but this month, you’ve got a bug up your butt, let go of controlling your relationships, it’s so unlike you.
Cancer: The Crab earned its wings this month, the only thing the Universe is asking you to give up is…surrender yourself to the beauty of nature, relax, take a break & revel in the ecstasy of it.
Leo: You’re not normally known for your stubbornness, however, this month listening to the others in the Jungle will give you the much needed insight into the needs & wants of others.
Virgo: OK Virgo, we all know you like to keep everything organized in your neat little corner of the world, but there’s a whole Universe out there waiting to be discovered, give up your routine!
Aries: It’s time for the Ram to get clear, & trust that intuition for this month of love & roses, Venus is at your house for most of the month, when you get a hunch about that hottie, go for it.
Taurus: This is your month Bull, your ruling Planet is Venus, you’re a natural Romeo, the heavens have aligned for you, you won’t have to do a thing, let divine timing take care of this.
Gemini: Wow, Twins s-l-o-w down just a wee bit, you’ve got too much on your plate, if you don’t get clear & focus, you’ll end up with a double dose of too much love, & double-trouble.
Cancer: Get out of that shell Crab, it’s time for you to seize what you want, & gather up the courage to do so, don’t just knock on that door of your sweetie, bust the damn door down!
Leo: The King & Queen of the Jungle just hit the jackpot, follow your heart, you DO have the biggest heart in the forest, your romantic GPS knows the best routes, go after thee fair maiden.
On Wednesday, January 15th, H2O's HOME ALONE Leadership Team unveiled their program for the first time to over 60 children from the ages of 9 to 12 years old. The program’s goals are to enrich children with skills that will be essential for their independence.
It all started last May, when H2O "Help to Others" presented the concept of HOME ALONE to a group of high school students and invited them to get involved. In June, eleven high school students stepped up to the plate and became H2O's Research and Development (R&D) Team. I was one of them.
H2O's R&D Team re-envisioned the program to fit the ever-changing society that today’s children live in. We met with law enforcement, firefighters, and many others.
In October, H2O's R&D team recruited 42 more high school leaders, ranging from sophomores to seniors, to develop the presentations that the children saw at our first event.
Over the time that was spent together, not only did the program develop, but a connection between the team members evolved. H2O's HOME ALONE program not only focuses on teaching younger kids to be safe, but also provides the skills to prepare its high school leaders for the real world.
Aries: Don’t be in such a hurry Ram for 2020, just follow your heart & enjoy the cool stuff that happens along the way, as you pave unforeseen roads on your new adventure, slow down…
Taurus: It’s time for the Bull to ignore all that chatter your Monkey Mind is throwing at you, be still, listen to the yearnings of your Soul, gain clarity, get crystal clear, then make your move.
Gemini: The Twins can have fun like nobody else, spread Joy everywhere you go this year, lather it on like butter, become the Orville Redenbacher of Joy for 2020, you’ll reap double.
Cancer: The Crab comes out of its shell this year, recognize your own beauty, own it, show it, be it…no more hiding under that shell, 2020 is your year to mingle & you’ve got what it takes.
Leo: It might be time to delegate some of those duties in that massive Jungle of yours Lion, this is the year to share some of that throne, there's no need for you to do everything, rest a little.
Virgo: Quit analyzing every detail of your life’s path & where you need to be, you’ve already arrived, no need to add any more to that way overloaded to-do list, get yourself a hammock…
Still believe that eating "what's good for you" could not possibly be satisfying or fun? Ask those who attended the Barton Senior Center's "A 'Healthier' Taste of Lakewood" on December 4 for their take on it.
Barton welcomed locally owned restaurants as they delivered select menu items for guests to savor which they received free of charge. Participants included Aladdin's Eatery, Angelo's Pizza, Cleveland Vegan, Melt Bar & Grilled, Ohio City Burrito and Two Bucks. The event included Mayor Michael Summers discussing his initiative to make Lakewood the "healthiest city." It was sponsored by Oak Street Health, a primary care center for adults on Medicare.
"A 'Healthier' Taste of Lakewood" encouraged seniors to consider better nutrition as part of their wellness program. It was also designed to strengthen ties between city businesses and the community. Some who tried the offerings hinted that they now might be interested in visiting those establishments after becoming more acquainted with them.
PK McLellan, a Barton Center member, expressed her appreciation for all the edible samples. "Many of us don't get out, so it was nice they came to us." "The food was excellent," and "we loved it" were comments from others. Raves were given to Melt's "Vegetarian 4 Bean Chili" and Two Bucks' "Cauliflower Wings." PK summed up the afternoon's feast with "I can't say enough about it!"
Some who read the title might see the connection between the name of this column and the One Lakewood Place development being built on the site of the former hospital. If so, you would be correct. Cities “progress” through development and change, just as they “progress” in social and political thought over time. It is my belief that progress in our city should be arrived at together, with input, mutual cooperation, and deference to bringing our citizens full center into the policy process. This was how the idea for One Lakewood Progress was born.
Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation counts on hundreds of volunteers to show up at our holiday food distribution events. The outpouring of helpers at LCAC’s Thanksgiving events did not disappoint! People of all ages helped sort, pack and deliver turkeys, stuffing, potatoes, frozen pumpkin pies, along with nonperishable food items to 300 households in Lakewood.
The Edwardian Players, theatre group from St. Edward High School, will present "Urinetown" on November 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30pm and November 24 at 3:00pm at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio. "Urinetown" won the 2002 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical (Greg Kotis) as well as Best New Musical Score (Mark Hollman).
Although 2019 was considered an off-year election, locally, this year's election cycle proved to be as busy as ever in Lakewood. With mayor, four ward council races, and three board of education seats up for grabs, election night in Lakewood did not disappoint.
From the start, as the results rolled in, the margins in the most hotly contested and closely watched race of the night, that which would determine Lakewood's next mayor, were razor thin. Ultimately, Meghan George prevailed over her fellow current councilperson, Sam O'Leary.
The Ward 1 Council seat went to Tess Neff, the Ward 2 Council seat went to Jason Shachner, and the Ward 3 Council seat went to incumbent John Litten. The Ward 4 Council seat was uncontested, with Dan O'Malley retaining his seat on council.
Of the three seats up for grabs on the Lakewood Board of Education, two will stay with familiar names, Linda Beebe and Emma Petrie-Barcelona, while the third will go to a new face on the board - Michael Callahan.
In addition, there were several other races impacting Lakewood, including a charter amendment that adds a primary election contest for Lakewood's Municipal Judge seat if more than two candidates run for the post. In addition, at the county level, Issue 3, the Cuyahoga Community College tax levy renewal and increase, passed with a strong majority.
Municipal Election Results
Meghan F. George: 50.73% (5,702)
Sam O'Leary: 49.27% (5,537)
Lakewood City Council Ward 1
Tess Neff: 61.68% (1,774)
Laura Rodriguez-Carbone: 38.32% (1,102)
Lakewood City Council Ward 2
Jason Shachner: 62.14% (1,874)
Brad Presutto: 37.86% (1,142)
Lakewood City Council 3
John Litten: 66.73% (1,893)
Jeff Wise: 33.27% (944)
Lakewood City Council Ward 4
Daniel J. O'Malley: 100% (1,518)
Board of Education (vote for 3)
Linda G. Beebe: 20.25% (4,605)
Michael J. Callahan: 21.84% (4,966)
Tom Einhouse: 17.20% (3,911)
Andrew A. Meyer: 15.61% (3,549)
Emma Petrie-Barcelona: 25.11% (5,710)
Lakewood Charter Amendment Judges
Yes: 85.20% (9,067)
No: 14.80% (1,575)
Ahead of the Olympics taking place in Tokyo next summer, Lakewood resident and podcaster Jill Jaracz wants Ohio to catch Olympic Fever.
My name is Michael J. Callahan and I am a candidate for the Lakewood Board of Education. I’m running as an advocate for our schools and our community. The Lakewood City Schools are in a good place with dedicated teachers, great administrative leadership, and new or newly renovated buildings. We have a unique opportunity to make these investments continue to pay dividends in the community.
Our Board of Education can be more effective with added representation of young families and the fresh perspectives that come with it. As a parent of children in elementary school, I have routine interactions with parents, teachers, and staff and am positioned to represent the community.
My wife Kristyn and I are both lifelong Lakewood residents, and we have been proud to send our children to the Lakewood City Schools. Our oldest is a fourth grader at Grant Elementary School, our middle child is a second grader at Emerson Elementary School, and our youngest (age 3) will soon attend Lakewood schools.
Lakewood’s H2O (Help to Others) service learning program is expanding its student leadership through HOME ALONE. I am excited to be a part of the HOME ALONE Research and Development Team that is currently working to create four events to be held during the winter of this 2019-2020 school year. It will be geared towards nine to twelve year old students, as well as their parents. Those attending will have the chance to learn from both high school students and local experts, such as firefighters, police officers, and internet crime detectives, on how youth can best stay safe when home alone.
A highly dedicated team of eleven H2O “Help to Others” members from Lakewood High School spent last summer meeting with experts from Lakewood Police, Fire, EMS, and an internet crime investigator to gather important safety information that will aid their younger peers. The findings of H2O’s Research and Development Team will be shared by an expanded group of high school leaders through interactive presentations at four HOME ALONE parent/child events scheduled for January and February of 2020.
Lakewood Native Recognized for Exceptional Leukemia Fundraising
There are few things more enjoyable than a good old fashioned September Lakewood saloon reunion, a hops homecoming, bringing together generations of tavernites and neighbors, especially when the occasion is for a great cause.
Lakewood native, stalwart, and impressario Billy Blatt - recently recognized for his fundraising work by and on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northestern Ohio - hosts his annual Music and Tailgaiting Festival, Saturday, September 14th from 1:00-8:00 p.m. in the carnival parking lot space beside the Avenue Tap House, 18206 Detroit Avenue.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northestern Ohio
Inspirational | A community of heroes for a common cause.
"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 battling - and continues winning - 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."
A committee of Lakewood Historical Society members is busy assembling the most amazing collection of wedding history ever seen in Lakewood. The oldest dress is from 1890 and the newest from 1990.
What is this event?
It’s a three-day extravaganza at the Nicholson House exploring wedding fashion from 1890 – 1990 with more than 30 wedding dresses, accompanied by accessories, and supported with pictures and stories about the weddings. The exhibit concludes with wedding cake and punch on the tented Nicholson House side yard. Truly an event not to be missed and never to be repeated.
Go to lakewoodhistory.org or call 216-221-7343 for more information and to purchase advance tickets to avoid waiting in line for this fabulous exhibit. Don’t delay. Coming soon: July 19, 20, 21.
Aries: Fire your inner critic, whew, that’s scratched off your “to do” list, now start enjoying life, & living up to the Ram’s full potential, start hanging with people at the top of that mountain…
Taurus: The Bull can be lured out of his/her pen this month, you are a rare find, your potential partner is around the corner, it’s time to pair up, like a fine wine & cheese, hit some wine tastings
Gemini: The Twins ruling planet, Mercury, is finished with it’s Retrograde, thank the Heavens; hop on the Manifestation Mobile, you’ve got the green light, all systems go, Vacation? Hmm…
Cancer: The crab just inherited front row tickets to “this is your life” & it’s a thriller, laugh off the events that are maddening, & shout “encore, encore” for the Oscar winning performances
Leo: The Lion/Lioness is known for its generous nature, early-on this month you’ve got a star-studded lineup at your door, the Sun, Mercury, Venus & Mars, share some of the Good Juju
Virgo: Everyone’s a teacher in your story, even the ones you call less than desirable names, look for the lesson, after mid-month, the Sun, Mercury, Venus & Mars, join the classroom of life
Libra: It’s time to connect, & let go of those grudges, they’re not the trendiest look these days, besides they’re mighty heavy to carry around, lighten your load, make Peace your best friend
On June 20th, 2019, the Ohio Senate passed the state’s two-year, $69 billion budget bill, House Bill 166.
I’m pleased to say that this is the first budget I’ve voted in favor of since taking office nearly a decade ago. For years, we’ve urged our Republican colleagues to invest in public health in order to build a stronger Ohio. This budget is a commitment to the people of Ohio to do just that.
I applaud the inclusion of several public health investments I secured in the bill:
- $1 million per year for the Cleveland Lead Safe Coalition
- $2.5 million per year for infant safe spacing programs in high infant mortality areas
- Public health initiatives including resources to curb the opioid epidemic through harm reduction and syringe exchange services and increased access to Naloxone
The bipartisan budget also includes longstanding Democratic priorities. HB 166 increases funding for affordable housing programs through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. It includes various measures aimed at supporting Ohio’s children and families, like a proposal to prevent the custody relinquishment of children with severe mental health issues and additional funding for home-living programs for low income and elderly Ohioans. It also funds the H2Ohio water quality initiative through the next two years.
A 4200-mile bicycle journey around each of the Great Lakes came to an end on May 31, 2019. I, Mark Looney, a resident of Lakewood, Ohio started my first exploratory trip around Lake Erie in 2015, then adding a new Lake in each of the four years that followed.
The day the bees arrived at AXA Advisors was a spring day like any other. As if out of nowhere, thousands upon thousands of buzzing bees roared their arrival as they swarmed around the twin oak trees in the large corner lot at Delaware and Woodward. The move-in took little more than an hour. After that, it was relatively quiet as approximately thirty worker bees busily flew in and around the trees.
The historic Nicholson House, built in 1839 and occupied for many years by the Nicholson family, stands as the oldest frame house in Lakewood, Ohio and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has served various purposes over the years, currently managed by the Lakewood Historical Society as an event venue.
Just last week, the Ohio legislature passed the state’s two-year transportation budget, House Bill 62.
I was honored to serve as the highest ranking Democrat on the Transportation, Commerce and Workforce committee where the transportation budget was deliberated. Once the budget passed the Senate, it then moved to Conference Committee, a committee made up of three House members and three Senate members. I was honored to represent as the appointed conferee, the only Senate Democrat, on the committee. The job of the committee was to sort out the differences between the Governor’s-introduced budget and the passed budgets in both the House and the Senate and come up with compromises through various amendments. In the end, we forged a compromise bill that the majority of Democrats could vote for.
HB 62 includes $70 million per year for public transportation, a 10.5-cent increase in the gas tax and a 19-cent increase in the diesel fuel tax as well as an increase in the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low- and moderate-income Ohioans amongst other items.
I supported this budget because it will bring more dollars to public transportation, provide an increased tax credit for low-income Ohioans, and bring needed funds to our local communities to fix our roads and bridges—core principles we fought to include.
Lakewood’s Firefly Formal (formerly known as the Father-Daughter Dance) takes place Saturday, May 11, from 6-9 p.m. at Lakewood High School. This community event welcomes all Lakewood girls (through grade 12) and their one special grown-up. Ticket price includes food, beverages, music, dancing, photo ops and fun!
Are you trying to keep those whimsical childhood dreams alive for your child as they grow up? Or maybe you just want to see how your baby will react to the Easter bunny for the first time and catch a funny snapshot! Either way, the best way to embrace those pivotal moments of childhood is to join other Lakewood families on Saturday, April 13th at this year’s Breakfast with the Bunny, hosted by H2O!
It’s that time again for one of Lakewood’s cherished community events, the Intergenerational Tea Party. Launch your dreams of space exploration in a fun-filled afternoon at the Woman’s Pavilion, Lakewood Park. The party is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 4 to 6 P.M. Our guest of honor is Luciana Vega, the 2018 American Girl Doll, Girl of the Year. This year’s theme is Space Exploration and we are ready for a STEM afternoon. The Woman's Pavilion will be transformed into a space camp, complete with a presentation by Great Lakes Science Center on STEM.
The party will start with delicious tea-time sandwiches, tea, hot chocolate, goodies, and of course, our perennial favorite, the Parade of Dolls. Dress for a space exploration party, and bring your doll or teddy bear to join in the parade, as it winds its way through the room. Moms don’t forget your cameras! There will be tickets for sale for the raffle prizes. The highlight of the afternoon will be the drawing for our guest of honor, American Girl Doll, Luciana Vega.
Tickets are $15 each, which includes your chance to win Luciana Vega. Purchase your tickets and reserve your place now. Seating is limited, so act quickly!
Fetch & Co. Announces Expansion of the Peace Project T-Shirt Line, February t-shirt sales support Dare2Care program.
Thanks to hundreds of volunteers of all ages, Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation’s 30th Annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution was another successful event! Turkeys and all the fixings needed to prepare a family feast were delivered to 320 Lakewood neighbors in need.
If you're traveling down Madison Avenue you’ll find a treasure, tucked in between La La’s Custom Cakes and Holistic Lakewood, it's my new store, called Bear Soul Studio. It's a store that is truly a unique experience: A combination of a rock shop, art studio and spiritual healing arts. I wanted to create a unique place to share my gifts in the Lakewood area.
Judge Denise Nancy Rini is on a mission to tell you about Juvenile Court. Since taking the bench, Judge Rini has worked to improve the efficiency and spotlight some of the challenges facing our youth. “I believe that Juvenile Court touches everyone in Cuyahoga County, whether it is the neighbor who mows your lawn, the teenager driving down your street, or the youth who bags your groceries. Everyone is affected by the commitment of Juvenile Court,” states Judge Rini.
Ever wonder what life on the Gold Coast was like a hundred years ago? Was crime a part of the scene? Are there any haunted buildings or spooky places on the Gold Coast? On October 27, the Lakewood Historical Society will host a walking tour, and will share information of the Edgewater Drive/Lake Avenue/ Cove Avenue neighborhood from around 1918.
The high rise apartment and condominium buildings have replaced mansions that had large lawns, beautiful gardens and long driveways. What brought about that change? Who were the families that resided on what was referred to as the “millionaires row” of the west side? Those questions will be answered, and, in keeping with the season, a few little known and mysterious facts will be shared, with reports of a murder or two thrown in for good measure.
We will meet at Vosh in Lakewood at the corner of Riverside and Detroit on Friday, September 28th, 6:00 pm to ????. This is a rendezvous for drinks, light food, and friendship.
Lakewood was a busy place 100 years ago. In the first half of 1918, 131 permits for the building of private homes were issued. Edgewater Drive was extended from W117th Street to Cove Ave. War gardens were prolific. Lakewood Baptist Church, at Lincoln and Detroit, and Lakewood Presbyterian Church, at Marlowe and Detroit, were dedicated. Three streetcar lines were running through Lakewood. Plans for a new high school were being developed. And Templar cars were being assembled in a brand new factory on Athens Ave.
On a crisp November evening in an elegant lakefront home, it’s you and seven guests experiencing a spectacular five-course dinner complemented by superbly paired wines, masterfully prepared by James Beard semi-finalist Chef Jill Vedaa from Salt + Restaurant.
Hey, a foodie can dream, can’t they?
But this is one culinary fantasy that can come true by purchasing a ticket to the Lakewood Historical Society’s Dinner Raffle. Tickets, just $20 each or three for $50, are on sale now at Beck Center, Rozi’s, Paisley Monkey or on line at www.lakewoodmuseumstore.com.
The Raffle is part of the fundraising effort of the “Come Home to Lakewood” House Tour, to be held Sunday, September 9th. You can also purchase raffle tickets on tour day at the Society’s Nicholson House from noon until 6 p.m. (house tour ticket purchase not required) when the winning ticket will be drawn.