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APRIL  

ARIES: It’s all about the Ram. The Sun has landed in your house of personality. The Solar Eclipse brings changes into your life; it will be the catalyst that paves the way for a new you.

TAURUS: The Bull's got something hidden up its sleeve; the Solar Eclipse will shine the light on that, & then you'll have to come out of hiding. No more staying in the Bull Pen for you.

GEMINI: This month, the Twins have double the pleasure or double the trouble; it's up to you to see how you roll with it. The eclipse is shaking up your world of friendships & organizations.

CANCER: The Crab is making some bold moves in the career sector. The eclipse makes you examine what stays and what has to go. You've got too many irons in the pot; scale back.

LEO: The Solar Eclipse has the Lion/Lioness looking into foreign affairs; maybe you're thinking it's time to get out of the Jungle & spend time somewhere on a sandy beach sipping a pina colada.

VIRGO: Virgo, the Solar Eclipse is shining on transformation. It's time to examine the deeper issues. The Sun may shine on the outside, but you’ll need to delve much further down.

 

                                                                                                                                             

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Volume 20, Issue 7, Posted 4:24 PM, 04.03.2024

Do The Bunny Hop And Hop On Over

Hop on over to Grace Lutheran Church, 13030 Madison Ave., on Saturday March 23 at 9:30 am for an Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza. Children ages 3-10 and their families are invited to join us for a morning of fun. Come play games like Bunny Golf and Guess the Number of Jelly Beans to win prizes. Make crafts including an Easter necklace, a magnet and a standing cross. Decorate your own cookie and enjoy eating it at the refreshment center. Have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Color a bag to collect your prizes and crafts and the eggs you find on your Easter Egg Hunt which ends at 11:00 am.

his fun-filled event is free and open to the community. Anyone interested will also be able to tour our preschool which is enrolling students now for the 2024-25 school year.  

The Easter Bunny will be looking for you.

Naomi Schiffrik was born and raised in Lakewood. LHS class of '68. She is currently the administrator for Grace Preschool. She's been happily married for over 50 years, mother of 3, grandmother of 6.

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Volume 20, Issue 6, Posted 6:47 PM, 03.20.2024

Starr Gazer

MARCH  

ARIES: The Ram, not known to be shy, is brewing up some Guinness behind the scenes; the Luck of the Irish has deposited the Pot o’ Gold in your House of Finances; share the wealth.

TAURUS: It is time for the Bull to come out of its Bullpen and trade the red cape in for a green one; the Sun is shining on your friends & associations; get thee to the Irish pub for corned beef.

GEMINI: The Luck of the Irish is gathering moss behind the scenes for the Twins, while the leprechauns are doubling your pleasure in your career sector along with the Euros at the office.

CANCER: The Sun is shining on the Crab’s foreign travel; maybe it is time to take a trip overseas; it's also blessing your house of friendships, bringing the lads & lassies to the land.

LEO: Top o’ the mornin’ to the Lion/Lioness, the Irish luck is shining in your house of other people’s resources, & the Pot of Gold is shining brightly in your career sector; early refund?

 

                                                                                                                                          

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Volume 20, Issue 5, Posted 3:51 PM, 03.06.2024

Hello There - "Returns"

This is a love letter. I write to my wife each night I am away from her. This is one of those letters …

"Returns"

Hi  Honey,

I am at the returns counter at Kohl’s doing a return that sister Ann has directed me to do here. I am second in line and patiently await my turn. There is only one man in front of me, currently at the counter. 

The returns manager is a mature woman with white hair stylishly done in the way of women’s retail clothing stores. My read on her is that she is hard-bitten from years of customer excuses for returns. I will not trifle with this woman. She is on the phone repeating back a 12 or 15 digit sequence to some unknown individual, “ .. 243 .. 300 .. 622 ..”, she bites off the numbers. I am sure the person on the other end of the line is being oh-so-precise so that this communication is accurate .. and as short as possible.

Banging the receiver down, the manager marches back to the register, punches a few keys, and takes the emitted receipt and card over to the man. 

“Okay,” she says to him, “I’m giving you this much back on your Kohl’s card and that much on store credit. I can’t give you cash. Your wife must have done the transaction in this way because this is the only way I can do the return. She’ll know when she sees the receipt.”

“Thanks, much appreciated,” he says carefully, gingerly. He slides the store credit in his wallet and goes to put the receipt in his pocket. He stops and somewhat ruefully looks at the document. He shrugs, completes the action and, turning away, half apologizes to the lady.

“Unfortunately,” he says, “I’m going to lose this receipt in 15 minutes.”

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Volume 20, Issue 3, Posted 12:29 PM, 02.07.2024

Winter Warm Up Project At Cove

Cove Community Center’s Winter Warm Up Project, led by youth volunteers from H2O (Help To Others) and senior volunteers, is ensuring our neighbors stay warm this winter. Handmade hats and scarves, along with donated items, are placed on the fence near the RTA bus stop at Cove Ave. and Clifton Blvd., outside Cove Community Center. Please take what you need to stay warm throughout the winter or for your journey home from the bus stop. Items are available for all. Donations of new and gently used items are welcome in the lobby of Cove.

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Volume 20, Issue 2, Posted 1:15 PM, 01.24.2024

Starr Gazer: January

JANUARY   

ARIES: The Ram is off & running, bringing in the New Year; the Sun is shining on your career. Jupiter has just landed in your financial house. New Year's goal: finish what you've started!

TAURUS: The Bull is looking to travel overseas in 2024. Jupiter is shining on you. Remember all things in moderation, or you'll need to build a new Bullpen before the end of the year.

GEMINI: The Twins have luck landing in the house of other people's money. Jupiter is blessing you behind the scenes. We know how you like to talk; trust me, on this one, keep your lips sealed!

CANCER: The Crab is getting some extra sunshine in the house of relationships, business & personal. Jupiter is blessing your groups & organizations. Get out of that shell & network, baby!

LEO: The Lion is starting the year looking at better ways to improve its health. How can you expect to run a jungle without being in tip-top shape? Jupiter is blessing your career; let it shine!

VIRGO: Virgo might have some romantic interests looking your way. It’s even luckier if you decide to take a trip overseas. Dust off that passport. It's getting old; come out of that stale routine.

 

                                                                                                                                     

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Volume 20, Issue 1, Posted 1:59 PM, 01.10.2024

Starr Gazer

DECEMBER  

ARIES: The Ram is going to have himself a merry little Xmas, with Jupiter (the Santa Claus of the Zodiac) in your finances; & the Sun in your house of long-distance travel; go somewhere hot.

TAURUS: It’s all about you, Bull. This Xmas, look for money from outside sources, then take yourself & loved ones to a spa day; it’s the most wonderful time of the year for the Bull. Enjoy.

GEMINI: Something is brewing behind the scenes for our Twin; your relationships are highlighted this Season of Joy; someone may have seen mommy kissing Santa Claus…

CANCER: The Crab will not be at a loss of friends visiting your abode this Holiday Season; enjoy your home; there will be quite a bit of Rockin’ around the Xmas Tree; make some goodies.

LEO: Jupiter is bringing opportunities to your professional world, & the Sun is shining on your romantic sector. Lion/Lioness is thinking, all I want for Xmas is you, make room, Jungle.

VIRGO: Opportunities abound for higher learning & foreign affairs; while the Sun is shining on the home front, it’s time to spruce up the abode, spread some cheer & Deck the Halls, fa la la.

 

                                                                                                                                  

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Volume 19, Issue 23, Posted 12:42 PM, 12.06.2023

Bringing Fentanyl Education To Lakewood

Fentanyl is the #1 cause of death in 18–45 year-olds. Most, if not all, of these deaths are unintentional. Lakewood High School PTA is hoping to help change that.

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Volume 19, Issue 22, Posted 11:05 AM, 11.22.2023

Starr Gazer

NOVEMBER 

ARIES: Looks like the Ram’s financial stars are continuing, the Sun is shining on other people’s resources, & Jupiter has landed in your house of money/assets – be thankful for your blessings.

TAURUS: The Bull’s relationship pen is lighting up, along with your self-esteem; strut yourself out of that Bullpen & have all your significant peeps over for a slice of the pumpkin pie.

GEMINI: The Twins have double to be thankful for this Holiday season; your health is looking up, with an added ace up your sleeve in your behind-the-scenes arena, keep your eyes/ears open.

CANCER: The Crab’s house of romance is lighting up like the Sun. Your friendships have Jupiter sending generous blessings your way; carve that Turkey with joy & glee in your heart.

 

                                                                                                     

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Volume 19, Issue 21, Posted 9:45 AM, 11.08.2023

Starr Gazer

OCTOBER   

ARIES: Money is in the stars for the Ram; this Halloween, show them the dare-devil you are & go as Tom Cruise in Maverick, then turn up the heat on the Ram’s charm & get the girl.

TAURUS: Luck is with the Bull; come out of that Bullpen of yours, get your sense of beauty on & put on your best Tanya McQuoid costume from The White Lotus, & smile baby smile.

GEMINI: The Twins do everything in doubles; you’ve got the stars shining on romance this Halloween; grab a partner, search your closet for your brightest Hot Pink & bring Ken along.

CANCER: The Sun’s shining in the Crab’s home & family this Halloween season, & you are no stranger in the kitchen; put on your best Camy from The Bear & make that pumpkin bread.

LEO: Lion/Lioness, Jupiter’s bringing you fame, no stranger, you being the center of attention, show ‘em why you’re King/Queen of the jungle, strut your Queen Charlotte this Halloween.

VIRGO: Money’s your friend this month Virgo; use your analytical/architectural skills, say RIP to Twitter & figure out how to show up at Halloween with the best “X” custom in Lakewood.

 

                                                                                                      

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Volume 19, Issue 19, Posted 11:59 AM, 10.04.2023

Starr Gazer

SEPTEMBER

ARIES: Cash is rolling in for the Ram; Jupiter has landed in your money house, looking good…keep up the exercise routines; the Sun is shining on your health; cooking out Vegan?

TAURUS: The Bull is getting a bit of attention & excitement on the way, romance is on the horizon, & Uranus has gone retrograde in your sign; look back to Aug 2022-Jan 2023 for clues.

GEMINI: Twins focus on home/family; while you’re roasting hotdogs, something is brewing behind the scenes. Although you’re unaware, it could be your ace in the hole, so be patient.

CANCER: Crab, pick up the pen & microphone & get on the horn. Start getting back to your social & networking skills you’ve let fall by the wayside; you’ve got friends in high places…

LEO: The Lion should be smiling all the way to the bank, the Sun is shining on your finances & assets, also Jupiter is beaming a generous amount of blessings your way, involving your career.

VIRGO: It’s all about you this month, Virgo; the traveling bug has bitten you; get yourself on the road, or at least to a travel agent. Make hay while the Sun shines on you. 😊

 

                                                                                                     

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Volume 19, Issue 17, Posted 3:28 PM, 09.06.2023

Herb Guild Scholarship Luncheon Winners

On Wednesday, August 2, The Herb Guild Garden Club held its 37th annual scholarship luncheon. Two students received scholarships. Present at the luncheon was Lydianna Trudel, a graduate of Lakewood High School. She will be majoring in Environmental Science at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Not present was Madison Nicholson, a graduate of Wickliffe High School, who will also be majoring in Environmental Science at The Ohio State University.

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Volume 19, Issue 16, Posted 8:38 AM, 08.17.2023

Starr Gazer

JULY   

ARIES: The Ram likes it hot, the July heat is music to your horns, your finances are heating up also; spend some of that  hot cash around the home, then treat the family to some hot fun in the Sun.

TAURUS: Jupiter is making a stop in the Bull Pen, don’t overdo the cookouts & the roasted marshmallows; Jupiter expands what it touches; the Sun is shining in the community, get out  & walk.

GEMINI: The Twins have something cooking behind the scenes, & I’m not talking BBQ; it’s about blessing you, so keep your ears open; your money is also doubling, give back to others

CANCER: July is sending help your way from organizations, & the Sun is shining on the Crab’s first house of personality; I know you want to hide in your shell but shine for the world to see.

LEO: The Lion’s Jungle is getting noticed; you’re making quite the career splash…however, you’ve got something brewing behind closed doors; keep it there until it’s time, you’ll know.

VIRGO: Jupiter is sending blessings to your 9th house of foreign travel. Didn’t you want to study international cuisine, join the Peace Corps? You have an opportunity to travel with a group of people.

 

                                                                                                                                              

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Volume 19, Issue 13, Posted 6:16 PM, 07.05.2023

Hi! My Name Is Colleen Clark-Sutton And I Am Running For A Seat On Our Lakewood School Board

My name is Colleen Clark-Sutton, and I am running this fall for the open seat on the Lakewood Board of Education. I want to introduce myself and ask for your vote. I have been an active supporter of our schools for more than 20 years, and now I would like to take a leadership role in helping to maintain the excellent school system that is the backbone of our terrific community.

The Vision of a Lakewood Graduate, released a few years ago, is an initiative that articulates the goals that teachers, administrators, and parents have for our children. The image captures the experience of my children (who graduated in 2015 and 2019), long before there was a cool logo. As a member of the school board, I would work hard to protect and sustain these goals, approve policy, and support educators as they nurture and challenge students to become the best versions of themselves.

My husband and I have lived in Lakewood for 33 years. We chose Lakewood for ourselves and our children because of its excellent schools, diversity, parks and pools, and city services. We have seen caring and creative teachers, a rich and rigorous curriculum, and a can-do positive approach to problem solving demonstrated by the City and School District leadership. We are staying in Lakewood because this continues to be a vibrant and supportive community.

In 2003, I became a member of the 50 Year Committee of the Lakewood City Schools charged with examining the changing building needs of our community to make recommendations to the School Board about renovating, replacing, or repurposing 15 buildings. By researching and listening, we ultimately recommended to the Board a comprehensive overhaul of our school facilities to support and enhance the academic development of our students. I stayed involved for phases 1, 2 & 3. I was part of the leadership team for multiple levy and bond issue campaigns.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 11, Posted 2:20 PM, 06.07.2023

Starr Gazer

JUNE 

ARIES: The Ram is spreading itself thin between being the social butterfly of the neighborhood and having blessings fall from above in the area of home & family, enjoy the good times… 

TAURUS: The Bull’s finances are highlighted in a good way this month, so you’re going to need to come out of that Bull Pen of yours & get yourself moving around the neighborhood.

GEMINI: The Twins, it’s all about you, it’s Gemini season, and Jupiter has landed in your house of finances; it’s Christmas in June for the Twins, double up that fun & be generous.

CANCER: The Sun is shining behind the scenes for our hide-in-its-shell Crab; that’s OK because those behind-the-scenes benefits are going to shine in your personality this month.

LEO: The Leo is shining strong in that Jungle; you’ve got all the animals in your corner cheering you on; and Lady Jupiter is dropping a few extra surprises in your hidden fortress. 

VIRGO: Virgos, the Sun is shining in your 10th house of career; if you’ve been waiting for a higher-up to notice you, now’s your time; there’s luck to be found among your associations.

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Volume 19, Issue 11, Posted 2:20 PM, 06.07.2023

Patty Ryan Left Her Mark On Lakewood

Patty Ryan was a 33-year citizen of Lakewood. She had been the CEO of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce until July of last year, having to resign due to health reasons. Patty had been diagnosed in 2016 with breast cancer, and succumbed to this disease this past Saturday. 

Patty was not a native to Lakewood. She grew up in Findlay, Ohio, went to Miami University, and in 1990 she and her husband Jamer moved to Lakewood when his job was transferred here from Indianapolis. She got her Masters in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Cleveland State in 1993, but stayed home to raise her 3 daughters, a husband, and three Golden Retrievers. That didn’t mean she wasn’t working for her community. Patty was involved in Pre-school PTA, Sunday school at St. James Parish, and was instrumental in starting the Lakewood Toy Lending Library. She volunteered at Lakewood Catholic Academy and was for years a Girl Scout leader.  There are about 20 growing trees covering Arthur Avenue from a private purchase she organized in 1995 when the older trees on the street began to fall. 

 

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Volume 19, Issue 11, Posted 3:10 PM, 05.17.2023

Lakewood: An Awesome Community That Supports Family Fun

“Awesome weather, awesome event, awesome people!” That was how one of our student volunteers described “The Grace-est Show on Earth” which was held Saturday, May 6 on the front lawn of Grace Lutheran Church across from Madison Park. This event had a Bounce House, five princesses, Wonder Woman, Super Girl, and carnival games scattered over the lawns with prizes for every player. Hot dogs grilling, popcorn popping and lemonade served up for all the hungry families in attendance. Children bouncing, princesses telling stories, cars being raced, rings being tossed, photos being taken, and balloons being turned into animals. SO MUCH FUN!

We could not have done it without you. Shout out to our neighbors Angelo’s Pizza, 13715 Madison Ave. and Donut Pantry, 14600 Madison Ave. for their generous gifts for our prize basket drawings. Three Lakewood families were super excited to see those gift cards in their baskets. Shout out to all the volunteers from Lakewood Lutheran School, Lutheran High School West and Grace Lutheran Church.

Shout out to Fairytale Foundation, a non-profit that trains and outfits high school students to dress up and assume the role they are playing. They offer multiple characters without any additional costs. One of the princesses is a Lakewood High Student who is enrolled in the Career-Tech Early Childhood program. As a non-profit, Fairytale Foundation donates the fee they charge for attending your event to a charity of your choice. We selected the Lakewood Community Service Center to be the recipient of the donation.

Shout out to all the families that came to the carnival. It was nice to meet you. If you weren’t there, you were missed. But we’ll see you next year.

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Volume 19, Issue 10, Posted 3:10 PM, 05.17.2023

Lillian Montgomery Turns 90

My name is Chris Montgomery and I am writing about my mom who turned 90 last week. My mother is first generation, born to parents who emigrated from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 1920s. She grew up in Collinwood and moved to Lakewood with my father in 1963 and has lived at the same house on Westlake Avenue ever since. She bore and raised six sons: Michael born 1955, Thom born 1956, me 1957, Robert 1960, Douglas born 1962 and baby Martin, born 1963, died 1964. She is a regular church goer of the Catholic church. On Saturday May 7th she will turn 90 years old. 

My father's name was Eddie Gene Montgomery (dob 12/25/1930) He sadly passed in 2015. My mother met him after she graduated from high school in Collinwood, Ohio in 1948 and attended Cleveland State. He was from Texas and she was forming a country dance club and recruited him because he was the only person she knew from the South who knew square dancing. They fell in love and married in 1952 (IIRC) and eventually moved to Lakewood from Collinwood, buying a home on Westlake Avenue in 1963 where they raised all of us boys. She is the second child of three daughters and the only surviving daughter as my aunt Ruthie passed away last month. She has been more than a mother, leading a women's a bowling league - which one a trophy - in the early 70's, volunteering with my Dad at the Lakewood YMCA, teaching catechism for the St. James Catholic Church, and being a professional photographer for a local corporation that gave me my scholarship to Rice University and finally being a longtime paralegal for a lawyer in Lakewood until she retired in the 80's. She has spent sixty years as a member of our community.

Her life means the world to me, my brothers and all those who know and love her. Her name is Arlene Lillian Montgomery, but we know her as Lillian.

Chris Montgomery was born and raised in Lakewood Ohio. He was an honor student at LHS and a graduate of Rice University 1980 and J.D. from CSU Marshall College of Law. He currently practices in Vermont.

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Volume 19, Issue 10, Posted 3:10 PM, 05.17.2023

Starr Gazer

MAY 

ARIES: The Ram is heating up the financial area of your mountain; this means a little extra cash for you to spend on Mom; you’ll have plenty left for you to heat up your own fast lane. 

TAURUS: Bull, this is your month; get out of the Bull Pen, get yourself a new hairdo, a new outfit, & buy your Mom some flowers while you’re at it; you’ve got the confidence this month.

GEMINI: The Twins are spending time behind the scenes, which isn’t easy for you because you’re such a social butterfly. However, double up on your tasks because next month is yours.

CANCER: The Crab is making some waves in the association’s arena; time to socialize a little more; you’ve been in your shell for a while; treat yourself to lunch with some friends, & Mom.

LEO: The King/Queen of the Jungle is on top of your game this month; your Jungle is booming, it might be time for a promotion; let out that Roar & bring your Momma a generous bouquet. 

VIRGO: Virgo are you getting the traveling bug? It’s time to look at that globe of yours & start planning a trip overseas, don’t wait for everything to be PERFECT; take a chance & do it.

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Volume 19, Issue 9, Posted 12:21 PM, 05.03.2023

"T'was The Day Before Easter"

T'was the day before Easter 

And all through God's House

Not a creature was stirring

Not even a mouse.

The tables were filled with projects galore

Coloring, beading, planting and more.

Cookies, cake, fruit punch and treats 

Were ready for families to sit and eat.

The clock struck eleven and the children came

To make things, eat cookies and play a new game.

A picture with the Easter Bunny was a surprise

Excitement was seen in the children' eyes.

 

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Volume 19, Issue 8, Posted 1:06 PM, 04.19.2023

Ascension Market, Free Bike Clinic And Rodeo Now Adding A Solar Telescope For Viewing

Church of the Ascension Flea Market  

Bike Rodeo, Lakewood Bike Registration and Solar Viewing

Partnering with Bike Lakewood, The Lakewood Police Department

And the Black River Astronomical Society

Saturday May 20th, 9am to 2:30pm, 13216 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, Ohio

216-521-8727

Are your closets full?  Have your children outgrown their toys?  Are there too many purses hanging in your closet?  Are you ready to declutter or downsize? Are you a crafter? Are your children hankering to ride about town on their bikes?  Do you want to talk to Lakewood Police Officers about bike safety in our community?  Are you interested in the upcoming total solar eclipse that will pass directly through the Cleveland area in 2024?  

You need to come to Church of the Ascension from 10am until 2pm on Saturday May 20th.  Enjoy a spring day outside on our beautiful idyllic grounds with activities for all ages. 

*Bring your treasures and crafts to sell on the large front grounds at Church of the Ascension, right on Detroit Ave., with lots of Lakewood foot traffic.    Reserve your table today!  Call 216-521-8727 to make your reservation.  A free will offering is appreciated but not required.  In case of rain the sale will proceed from inside our church hall

 

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Volume 19, Issue 8, Posted 1:06 PM, 04.19.2023

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APRIL 

ARIES: All the Zodiac signs are doubly blessed this month because BOTH Jupiter & the Sun are showing up in a singular house. The Ram, no stranger to being on the go, akin to the Energizer Bunny, will be hopping from one egg to another, & winning the race. 

TAURUS: The Bull will want to stay “IN” his Bull Pen this Easter, catching up on some R&R; skip the Easter Egg Hunt & order some fine wine & glazed ham, & save room for the carrot cake.

GEMINI: The Twins are right at home with friends & groups; you’ll be hippity-hopping around town, catching up with your clan of rabbits around the neighborhood, with your ginger-beer.

CANCER: The Crab is making quite a name for itself in the career corner, put on your finest Easter Bonnet & strut your stuff; there’s plenty of time to get home & enjoy deviled eggs.

LEO: The Royal Duo is leaving the Jungle on Easter toward foreign shores; you’ll be bringing in Easter with the Cadbury Crème Eggs in Britain; get some Nyetimber, sparkling bubbly.

VIRGO: Your Luck is on a roll - remember the Gratitude Train doesn’t stop at Easter; share the Lucky Year of the Rabbit with friends & family, put a lucky charm in their Easter basket.

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Volume 19, Issue 7, Posted 4:16 PM, 04.05.2023

Do The Bunny Hop And Hop On Over

There are two opportunities for the families in Lakewood to participate in Easter Egg Hunts. On Saturday April 1, Lakewood Lutheran School, 14560 Madison Avenue will host their Easter Egg Hunt starting at 11 am. Grace Preschool will host their hunt on Saturday April 8 also starting at 11 am. Both events are open to all families for children ages 10 and under. Activities and refeshments are also on the menu at both locations. Keep a keen eye out for the Easter Bunny. You might even get a picture with the bunny! Smile!

Hope you hop on over!

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Volume 19, Issue 6, Posted 12:10 PM, 03.15.2023

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MARCH 

ARIES: The Ram is torn between being seen & taking care of business behind the scenes this St. Patty’s Day…with Jupiter in the 1st house of the physical self, take it easy on the Irish Beer.

TAURUS: The Bull will certainly feel like coming out of the Bull Pen & partying since the Sun is shining on its house of friendships, but you have Jupiter exposing the hidden pot o’ gold.

GEMINI: The Twins will probably start their Irish Jig from the office where the Shamrocks are lighting the place up; Jupiter invites all your friends & associatiates, Oh Danny Boy, lookout.

CANCER: The Crab may be sipping an Irish Coffee in a Castle in Ireland, the Sun is shining on foreign lands, & Jupiter is bringing the rainbow to your professional arena, may the road rise.

LEO: The Lion/Lioness can’t hide his Blarney from the Jungle, the Sun is shining on his house of secrets & his/her good luck has landed in a Jungle overseas, top o’ the morning to ya…

VIRGO: Virgo has the Irish Luck this month; Jupiter, the giver of blessings, has landed in your house of other people’s money & the Sun in your partnership house. Be sure to share the green.

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Volume 19, Issue 5, Posted 8:21 PM, 03.01.2023

Barbara's Bests: The Root

If you want good food in an interesting setting visit the coffee shop and restaurant, The Root. When owners Julie Hutchison and Bobby Breitenstein opened it in 2009 they had a vision for the place. It would be a family busines. It would be "a gathering place," says Julie, "where people would find comfort" and inspiration from interesting conversations and the works of local artists that would hang on the walls.

Of course, they'd have coffee and teas. 

And they'd have food. Delicious, vegetarian food."We knew we'd need a big kitchen," says Bobby. "We do everything from scratch. We make our own sauces and bakery items. We even make our own cheeses." They'd use as much locally-grown, organic produce as possible, buying from local farmers who don't use pesticides.

And it's not only the food that's home-made. Bobby, a carpenter, made a large concrete table that sits in the back, and all of the small tables customers also sit at.The bench seating at the concrete table, which Bobby also built, was fashioned from a church pew. Wood for shelving came from a local home built in 1857
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And The Root is truly a family business. Julie and Bobby's 18-year-old daughter Hazel works behind the counter when she's not busy with college studies. Son Gabriel, 16, works on carpentry with his dad.

Two objects in the seating area of The Root indicate the family's dedication to the people of Lakewood: a refrigerator and wooden pantry. Both hold food, but the food's not for sale. Instead, it's been donated, and is there for anyone who needs it. "There's always enough," says Bobby. He and Julie began this practice during the early part of the pandemic, when so many people, including those in the food industry, were out of work.

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Volume 19, Issue 4, Posted 12:20 PM, 02.15.2023

Local Teacher Receives National Recognition

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

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

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

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

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

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FEBRUARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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JANUARY 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barbara's Bests (Part Two) Lion And Blue

When friends visit from out of town I always take them to Lion and Blue, a Lakewood landmark that has something for everyone, and a lot of heart. “It was our first baby,” co-owner Tina Dolatowski says.

She and her husband Michael opened it in 1996, less than one year after they married. (They went on to have two human children, Calvin and Esther). “When we married each other we married our talents. I previously had a shop in the Arcade, and was good at managing. Michael had worked for a jeweler, and was a jeweler himself.”

The result? A store that sells (obviously) jewelry, but also clothing, Birkenstocks, candles, books, essential oils, decorative mirrors, incense, beautiful Turkish lamps, cards, journals, musical instruments and more: “a world of treasures,” says Tina. Michael crafts jewelry, including wedding rings, to order, and also repairs and re-designs pieces.

Most of the other items sold in Lion and Blue are certified fair trade and crafted by indigenous people from all over the world. I’ve given many of these objects as gifts. And my granddaughters love choosing from the assortment of tiny hand-carved “spirit animals,” each of which is said to represent certain talents and traits.

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Volume 18, Issue 22, Posted 1:51 PM, 11.16.2022

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NOVEMBER 

ARIES: Your luck is coming from behind the scenes Ram, be careful it doesn’t expand into something too big to handle; on a positive note, money comes to you from others, hmmm.

TAURUS: The Sun is shining in the Bull Pen’s relationship sector, and luck appears when you come out from under that rock & make the rounds with your friendships & organizations. 

GEMINI: The Twins are getting a double dose of pleasure this month; your health seems to benefit from the golden beams of the Sun highlighting your 6th house & Jupiter on your Career. 

CANCER: The Crab needs to dig itself out of the sand & come out of its shell; romance is waiting, luck & love could come to you from a faraway land or a foreigner, l’amore e`qui.

LEO: The Lion/Lioness is right at home this month in the Jungle; good fortune comes to you from others, all that generosity has paid off; be grateful, share the wealth & it shall multiply. 

VIRGO: It’s time to do a little networking around the neighborhood. Are there turkeys that need to be given away? Spending time in the community might bring a significant other your way.

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Volume 18, Issue 21, Posted 1:41 PM, 11.02.2022

Two Events, One Weekend

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

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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

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

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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

Mayor George Recognizes Lakewood Alive With $10,000 “Tech Boost” Award From Cox Communications

Despite the important work nonprofits and community organizations do in the communities they serve, many are lacking the modern technology tools needed to perform their missions to the fullest. To bridge this technology gap, Lakewood Mayor Meghan George today announced that Cox Communications has awarded grants to nonprofit groups committed to investing in technology equipment for the betterment of its patrons and mission. In Ohio, the company awarded a $10,000 “boost” to LakewoodAlive.

This marks the fifth year of the Cox Communications Tech Boosts program, and the goal remains the same: to help nonprofits invest in technology equipment and services that enrich the lives of community members while fulfilling their missions to the fullest.  Last year’s recipient in Ohio was the Olmsted Community Center.

“I am excited to share that LakewoodAlive, an organization committed to building more vibrant and connected communities, is going to drive even more impact in the near future with the Tech Boost grant from Cox Communications,” said Mayor George. “If you live here, you know how much good LakewoodAlive does every day, from its housing outreach and small business support programs to public beautification efforts and hosting large scale events. We are grateful for partnerships with companies like Cox that help organizations like LakewoodAlive fulfill its mission.”

 

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 3:16 PM, 08.17.2022

LaLa Custom Cake Celebrates 6 Years In Lakewood!

LaLa Custom Cake has been creating scratch made cakes and cupcakes for 6 years in Lakewood!  Since opening our doors in August of 2016, we have been known for creating unique custom flavors and, of course, as our name suggests, custom cakes. LaLa Custom Cake is a made from scratch shop, meaning just about everything including batters, buttercream, compotes and fillings are all made in-house under my guidance. I am the owner and cake chef, Leah Gourlie.

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Volume 18, Issue 15, Posted 8:09 PM, 08.03.2022

LaLa Custom Cake Celebrates 6 years in Lakewood!

I am excited that Lala Custom Cake has been creating scratch-made cakes and cupcakes in Lakewood for 6 years! We opened our doors in August of 2016 as a local cake shop known for creating custom flavors and of course as our name suggests, custom cakes. We at LaLa Custom Cake are a scratch shop, meaning just about everything including, batters, buttercream, compotes and fillings are all made in house using some of the techniques I learned in culinary school long ago.

I graduated from Johnson and Wales University in 2003 where I studied Culinary Arts, and specialized in fine dining savory foods. After working in several fine dining restaurants in Cleveland, OH and Santa Barbara, CA, I wanted to leave the fast paced restaurant life for a slower pace but still with a food focus. In an unexpected twist, my career brought me to The Sisters of Saint Joseph convent in Cleveland where I cooked and baked for the sisters there for several years. I used this time to hone bak- ing skills that I didn’t use as much in the savory food industry and develop a passion for cakes and desserts. Fast forward a few years, I started LaLa Custom Cake in my home kitchen. During those first months, I would bake and create decadent cupcakes for local farmers markets and elegant cakes for local wedding clients.

After taking a leap of faith, I opened our first brick and mortar shop, LaLa Custom Cake in 2016. Six years later the shop is going strong with a full staff of dedicated, passionate cake lovers who aim to make not only the most delicious cake but to celebrate our clients along the way. way. Our mission is to celebrate indi- viduals through service, high quality desserts and artistic designs as they celebrate all of life’s ordinary and extraordinary events. We have the privilege of partnering with our cli- ents for their most important life events and we couldn't have picked a better city to start our shop in! LaLa Custom Cake is located on Madison Avenue in a deliciously sweet stretch of Lakewood that includes; Fear's Confections, Malley's Chocolate, Tommy's Pastries and Elmwood Bakery.

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Volume 18, Issue 15, Posted 8:09 PM, 08.03.2022

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AUGUST

ARIES: It’s all about you Ram, with Jupiter still in Aries, & in your 1st house, strut your stuff, the Sun is in your 5th house or Romance, light up your fire at the Arts Festival…hmmm.

TAURUS: Jupiter is in the Bull’s 12th, behind the scenes, but the Sun is shining its rays on home/family…whatever you’ve got cooking, you’re keeping your lips zipped, a new recipe?

GEMINI: The Twins are living their dream, Jupiter in your 11th of social organizations, Sun in the 3rd of your community, time for you to be the social butterfly, & head to the arts festival.

CANCER: Lady Venus is in the Crab’s sign, Jupiter in the 10th of career, & the Sun in the 2nd house of money, keep climbing that ladder of success Crab, look for love on the way up, wink.

LEO: Lion you are King/Queen this birthday month, Sun/Mercury in Leo, you are shining on all fronts, intellect & personality, share some of your generosity in the area of foreign affairs, travel.

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Volume 18, Issue 15, Posted 8:09 PM, 08.03.2022

Look Inside Lakewood At The 2022 Lakewood House Tour

Too much time spent looking at your own four walls? The Lakewood Historical Society invites you to discover some of the community’s finest architecture during the Lakewood House Tour: Look Inside Lakewood, Sunday, September 11, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. The eagerly-anticipated event is back after a four-year hiatus.

Eight historic homes provide a glimpse into Lakewood’s past with a contemporary twist. These beautiful residences include a one-of-a-kind home in a converted bank building, an iconic mid-century landmark, a property with commanding views of Lake Erie, plus Tudor, Victorian, and Colonial gems. These are the homes you’ve driven past and wondered what they look like on the inside; now’s your chance to find out. 
Touring gives you a glimpse into history, where meticulous craftsmanship and quality materials were uncompromising building standards. The featured homes, all of which were chosen by community nominations, were built between1894 to 1965. While some have had recent additions and refinements, the owners have maintained their dwellings’ architectural integrity, making these residences true showcases of yesteryear.

Can’t wait to tour? You can start the House Tour weekend a day early at the Patron Party, Saturday, September 10th. The party will be hosted in a home not featured on Sunday’s tour so it’s a great opportunity to visit yet another lovely Lakewood residence. Enjoy fine food while you mingle with friends and plan your next day’s exploration.

Tickets for the Patron Party are $85 and include Sunday House Tour tickets.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 15, Posted 8:09 PM, 08.03.2022

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JULY

ARIES: Jupiter is still in the Ram’s sign & in the 1st house. It’s your show, your engines are revved up & you’re ready to go. The Sun is shining on home/family…BBQ is Smokin’ HOT.

TAURUS: Mars is moving into the Bull’s sign of Taurus, behind the scenes. However, with the energy of Mars & the Sun shining its rays in the community, get the *%#^ out of the Bull Pen.

GEMINI: Jupiter is in the Twin's 11th house of friendships/organizations, mingle with the associations you have & tend to your finances, the spotlight is on the bank, double it up…

CANCER: It’s about to get better Crab, Jupiter has landed in the Career house, & the Sun is brightening things up in the first house of self.  All eyes are on you, shine immensely like the Moon.

LEO: It’s time to try another Jungle, maybe across seas, the Lion/Lioness are geared for higher learning & foreign travel this month. Keep your plans close to that lion-heart of yours though...

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Volume 18, Issue 13, Posted 12:21 PM, 07.06.2022

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JUNE

ARIES: It’s all about you Ram, you’ve got the energy of the Energizer Bunny, with Jupiter in the 1st, watch the expansion of the waistline, however, you’ll burn it off with Mars in Aries also

TAURUS: The Bull is working behind the scenes on building its assets, that nest egg of yours is looking rather good, just keep the Bull lips tightly zipped & you’ll be celebrating your fortune

GEMINI: Keep those networking social skills of yours sharpened, that’s where the Twins find opportunities this month, the Sun is shining on you, work as a team, & soak up the rewards

CANCER: It’s about time Crab, Jupiter has landed in your house of careers, although the Sun is in your 12th house of secrets, & behind the scenes action, keep your plans close to your chest

LEO: It’s time for the Lion/Lioness to invite some of your friends from the other jungles overseas to your neck of the woods, there’s advantages to this, your associations are where it’s at

VIRGO: I might buy a lotto ticket this month, just don’t bet the ranch, Jupiter is shining on money coming from other resources, while the Sun is shining on career, time for a job…hmm

 

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Volume 18, Issue 11, Posted 12:29 PM, 06.01.2022

Lakewood Residents Lead International Concert Of Brazilian Music

Lakewood-based singer/songwriter, Luca Mundaca joins her neighbor, Kristopher Morron, Music Director and Conductor of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra for a celebration of Brazilian music on Saturday, June 4th at 7:00 pm.

A gifted artist with a stunning voice of great intimacy and emotion, Luca’s music is a glorious blend of her native Brazil with a touch of downtown New York. She mines deep melodic roots in her country’s heritage, creating musical gems that she polishes with the lightest of touches. Influenced by samba and bossa nova, themes in her songs often revolve around nature and our relationship with it. Her hit song “Ha Dias” has over 3.4million plays on Spotify alone. “CYO students will have the extraordinary opportunity to meet and rehearse with Ms. Mundaca over the five weeks before the performance,” said Kristopher Morron, CYO Music Director and Conductor. “Collaborating with professional composer/performers like Luca is just the kind of unique music-making experience we’re passionate about providing.”

 

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Volume 18, Issue 10, Posted 2:00 PM, 05.18.2022

Outdoor Animal Blessing Event To Be Held Saturday, May 21

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church is excited to announce that it will hold its second annual outdoor Animal Blessing on Saturday May 21st from 2 – 4 p.m. located at 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.  For more information, please contact the church office at 440-333-2255.

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Volume 18, Issue 10, Posted 2:00 PM, 05.18.2022

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MAY

ARIES: The Ram’s money house is shining this month…maybe spend a little extra on Mom…your luck behind the scenes couldn’t be better…you’ve got the initiative, go for it

TAURUS: You finally come out of that Bull Pen for the whole world to see, maybe a new look, change that appearance to something out of your comfort zone, your social circle also widens

GEMINI: What the Twins are working on behind the scenes is getting you a second look from your higher-ups, take that bonus, & buy Mom flowers, double the pleasure-double the gratitude

CANCER: The Crab’s associations are where you shine…the foreign emphasis is still strong, use your intuition, opportunities abound for you, capitalize on them, you’re everyone’s mom

 

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Volume 18, Issue 9, Posted 3:09 PM, 05.04.2022

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APRIL

ARIES: It’s all about you this month Ram, strut your finest Easter bonnet & show the world who you are, you’ll definitely be the first one out of the starting gate, luck is behind the scenes

TAURUS: Come out of the Bull Pen, you’ll want to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt, networking in the community is where it’s at, keep things close to your chest until later

GEMINI: Luck is shining on the Twins career this month, we know you can be two places at once, so leave the office & help a local organization color Easter eggs, it’s a win-win for you

CANCER: The Sun is shining on the Crab’s career & Jupiter is waving its foreign magic wand, expand your horizons overseas…after all even the Easter Bunny comes out of its comfort zone

 

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Volume 18, Issue 7, Posted 9:33 AM, 04.06.2022

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MARCH

ARIES: Jupiter & the Sun are lined up this month in the Ram's behind the scenes 12th house, keep the Leprechaun in you on the down-low, that’s where you’re likely to find your pot of gold.

TAURUS: The Bull is going to want to come out of his Bullpen on St. Patty’s day, get together with a group of your cohorts, for a wee little corned beef & a Guinness or two at a local pub.

GEMINI: The Twins may have to spend a little more time at the office this Irish holiday, there’s a lot of action in your career, but there’s two of you, so send one to the party till you get there.

CANCER: The Crab just might be hopping a plane to Dublin or Limerick City this St. Pat’s Day, your action is with foreigners and overseas travel this month, feeling lucky? Do it…

 

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Volume 18, Issue 5, Posted 12:26 PM, 03.02.2022

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FEBRUARY

ARIES: The Ram likes taking risks, the way to the Ram’s heart is doing something physical, how about snowboarding together, then afterward, let your animal instincts come out by the fire.

TAURUS: The Bull doesn’t want to leave the Bullpen on Valentine’s Day, they prefer the comfort of their castle, a home-cooked gourmet meal, wearing nothing but an apron? Hmmm…

GEMINI: The Twins love their intellect stimulated, they love books, try reading a few pages from Fifty Shades of Grey, while serving up a couple of Sicilian Kiss cocktails on the rocks.

CANCER: You’ll win an Oscar with this Crab if you cook up some homemade Chocolate Salted Popcorn, paired with a bottle of Moscato & Cary Grant’s "An Affair to Remember"…

LEO: The King/Queen of the Jungle loves the Royal attention, pull out all the stops, glamour & the glitz, serve up your best bubbly, paired with a filet mignon & then let out your best ROAR.

VIRGO: This one’s a bit more challenging, make a veggie pizza together with herbs you grew on your windowsill & homemade sauce you canned, with organic wine from your basement.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 3, Posted 7:12 PM, 02.02.2022

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JANUARY

ARIES: The Sun starts the year off in your career house, the Ram’s New Year’s Resolution: “Wouldn’t it be great if you could finish just one thing?” We know how many projects you have going.

TAURUS: It's time for the Bull to get out of the Bullpen, the Sun’s focus is on foreign travel, New Year’s Resolution: make a change, come out of your comfort zone for goodness sakes.

GEMINI: Jupiter, the benefic planet is in your house of career, slow down…the Twins are like the roadrunner, have a little patience this year, take time to actually see where you're going.

CANCER: For the Crab Jupiter & the Sun have aligned themselves in your house of relationships & foreign travel, this year…do something that scares the living hell out of you.

LEO: The Lion starts the year off with the focus on health & other people's money, take your generosity this year & make this the King/Queen’s year of the cause, donate to a charity or two.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 1, Posted 10:15 AM, 01.05.2022

Lakewood Dads Celebrate 10th Episode Of "Better Off Dad" Podcast

Months into their respective stay-at-home journeys, Tim Dewald and Matt Bixenstine have reached a milestone they did not necessarily plan for: ten episodes of the Better Off Dad podcast.

The thirty-something fathers and Lakewood residents launched their production six months ago as a passion project to embrace progressive parenting while developing a platform to help others in their journey.  Better Off Dad aims to offer dad jokes, self-deprecating learning moments and a fresh take on topics ranging from parenting to childhood development to progressive family issues.

Now 10 episodes into their podcasting careers, and having garnered more than 1,000 streams, this dad duo has had time to properly reflect on their transition from cubicle to caregivers, and they’re convinced neither fatherhood nor podcast were ill-conceived.

"When we started this project, I figured I'd spend a lot of time talking without anyone actually listening to a word I said - so basically just like parenting," said Tim. "But we've gotten a great response from dads and all kinds of parents that just want to share stories and a laugh. I knew it would be cathartic recording this podcast, but I've been so excited to see a community build as well."

Tim and Matt began recording in Tim's attic last summer and have since covered everything from childbirth (episode 4) to traveling with kids (episode 5) to insufficient paternity leave policies (episode 8).  In episode 9, the duo took on the particularly taboo topic of the urologist and shared personal experiences with infertility and vasectomy.  Each episode features coverage of topical news and updates on their ever-changing children. 

 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 24, Posted 10:15 AM, 01.05.2022

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DECEMBER

Aries: If I know the Ram, you’ll whip through that Xmas list, saving time to take a trip to a foreign land, the hotter the better, Santa Claus is Coming to a Beach Town near you, get ready

Taurus: The Sun shines in the house of career & other people’s money this month, yep…buy those luxury gifts, don’t forget the chocolate shop, & go Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Gemini: The Twins are in for double the pleasure in the relationship sector, business & personal, just watch the Xmas eggnog at the office party, go on a Sleigh Ride for two, the stars are aligned

Cancer: Jupiter is lined up in other’s resources this Holiday, & the Sun is spending time in your daily routine & service to others, stay home baking Xmas cookies & Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Leo: Leo’s are King/Queen of the Jungle & Christmas is no different, that Jungle is rocking with love & romance, take a risk, shine like only you can do, you’ll be singing Under the Mistletoe

 

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Volume 17, Issue 23, Posted 12:10 PM, 12.01.2021

Never Too Old To Find Love In Lakewood Part 2

Part 2 of the love story of Ron and Lillie

“Were you looking for someone?" I said to Ron. "I mean, I think we’re always looking.” Ron stopped a minute, thoughtfully, and replied, “Well I was. I would never puff myself up or anything, but a lot of women approached me, they really did, and still did up until recently. I was just not interested in that kind of relationship. I wanted someone who was honest and she had to love the Lord, that had to be number one. And I could see that in Lillie, that she really loved the Lord. That was really the big attraction because other women I talked to, if I talked about the Lord, they seemed to shy away, or they’d say, 'My dad was a preacher, or I used to go to this church,' and all that kind of stuff. Lillie seemed to be the real deal in that respect and not only in just that respect but in everything else. She seemed to be as honest as the day was long, nothing pretentious, and was the real deal and still is that way. And one thing led to another." 

"You bike, golf, play guitar, love music, and volunteer. Do you think that part of the reason you and Lillie hit it off so well is because she’s more the stay-at-home person? She was more interested in home and family events and things she was invited to join. So there’s no conflict for you to have the hobbies you have and Lillie isn’t the jealous or possessive type. Do you think, if you had met someone who had as many hobbies as you, a relationship would not have worked?" Ron replied, “Well I think you touched on the stability aspect. She’s fine with me doing my hobbies and stuff. Even when I do them I don’t neglect my part of housekeeping and sharing responsibilities. And she is very good at what she does and likes. She does more ministry than I do, does more with prayer, she's more behind the scenes than I am. She encourages me. I’m just the person that people see. Lilie agrees that she’s better behind the scenes because she is a little on the shy side, not as outgoing initially. That’s what tied the ties for me. If I had seen some kind of conflict, I may have hesitated." 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 12:10 PM, 12.01.2021

Coincidences-- An Interview With Dr. Stephen Sroka

Looking up, a memory floods my mind, and I exclaim. “Stephen, wanna hear something funny?”

Not giving him the chance to answer, I tell him what my mind remembered way back some fifty years earlier. My Mother was so creative, when she wanted us to do a good job dusting, she would hide pennies and dimes at the bottom of the furniture or tops of lights. I was her tallest daughter, and those crystals on the chandelier, well she paid me to clean them. Stephen laughed and responded, “That was probably the last time they were cleaned.” We both chuckled. We were sitting in Stephen’s house during our talk, and Stephen and his wife had purchased their home from my mother, some 35 years earlier. Here I was sitting across from Stephen Sroka in the home that I grew up in, now and for some time, his home. Coincidence?

Who is Stephen Sroka? To me he is a legend. Long before I began my journey into Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning, Stephen was forging a trail pebbled in love, laced with wisdom, forged with clarity of focus on a theme he coined “The Power of One,” the concept that one person alone could have everlasting impact on an individual and our entire world.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

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NOVEMBER

ARIES: The Sun is shining on other people’s money this month for the Ram, & your Good Luck charm is hanging with your friends, associations & groups. Get about town, mingle & network.

TAURUS: The Bull is no stranger to relationships, business/personal use that Bull charm & schmooze those relationships this month, Lakewood’s got some great eclectic places for lunch.

GEMINI: The twins focus this month is in the health arena, check out some of those new healthy vegan/vegetarian places this town is known for, & start planning a trip abroad, ahoy.

CANCER: The Crab might be cooking up an affair this month, the romance flames are lighting up, not to mention your 8th house of other’s resources is being blessed by the magic wand, lotto?

LEO: Home is where the Lion’s heart is this month, you’ll be the King/Queen of the Thanksgiving spread, your relationships, including family will bring you much gratitude.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Starr Gazer

OCTOBER

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

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

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

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

 

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

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church Celebrates 75 Years!

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

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

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

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

Municipal Court Judges Need Extensive Experience In Municipal Court

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

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

 

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

Native Couple Live Mohican Dream

Halfway between Cleveland and Columbus in the heart of Ohio’s Mohican Valley, lies a magical oasis straight out of a fairytale. The Mohicans Treehouse Resort and Wedding Venue inhabits 77 private acres of beautiful indigenous landscape overlooking rolling hills and winding roads. 

The hotel is owned by husband and wife team, Kevin and Laura Mooney whose childhood memories of spending time on the Mohican River and its surrounding woods left an indelible impression. In 2005, they took a leap of faith and purchased a portion of wooded land in the village of Glenmont. The couple has deep roots in our community. Kevin grew up in Lakewood, went to St. Edward High School, and Laura went to Lakewood High. Later on, Kevin ran a successful financial consulting business for 15 years right in our backyard on Madison Avenue. 

The couple built several cabins in their newly purchased acreage but then changed focus after seeing a book about treehouses. In 2011, they collaborated with Pete Nelson, the host of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters, on early treehouse designs. The family business has since expanded significantly to include cabins, treehouses, and a breathtaking wedding venue which quickly became the property's crown jewel and one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the Midwest. Their most recent addition -- Treehouse Provisions, is a virtual/ghost kitchen in Cleveland's West Park neighborhood that specializes in gourmet fast food and catering.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

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SEPTEMBER

Aries: Let up on the gas pedal this month Ram…we know you’re always driving in the fast lane, the Sun is shining on your house of Health…just want to make sure you make it to the finish line

Taurus: Some action in the Bull Pen’s romantic corner this month, throw that red cape out the window, & opt for some red roses instead, your creativity is in full force, along with children

Gemini: Lots of activity around the home front for the Twins, you may be considering a trip overseas, or some involvement with foreign affairs, career is a bit foggy, keep your eyes open

Cancer: Networking is the name of the game for our Crabs, hit the books, the PC, create a Zoom class, you’ve got the green light, buy a lotto ticket, luck with money coming from another source

Leo: Your finances are getting a boost this month, throw a huge party in that Jungle of your Lion/Lioness, Lady Luck has also landed in your house of relationships, personal & business

Virgo: Take care of your physical being this month, with the Sun shining on Virgos, you’ve got some extra energy coming your way, just because you feel like Superman though don’t try flying

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

Cuyahoga Democratic Women's Caucus Comes To Lakewood

The Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus (CDWC) is a caucus within the County Democratic Party dedicated to encouraging and supporting women as they engage in the political process and run for office at every level of government. 

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Volume 17, Issue 15, Posted 2:41 PM, 09.01.2021

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AUGUST

Aries: The Ram is King of the Mountain this month, the sun is shining in your House of Romance, Manifestation is the Name of the Game…You’re first out of the gate, go get ‘em Ram.

Taurus: Let Go Bull, we know that’s not an easy assignment for you, however, you’ll be seeing red if you don’t loosen the reins a bit, luck is in the career arena for you & focus is on family.

Gemini: Communication, education & travel is in the Twins corner this month, it’s your story, write as you see fit, make yourself the STAR of your own movie, you’ve got the green light.

Cancer: Money, money, money is shining on the Sea of the Crab, your finances & other’s money…go spend some time in nature, & let the creative juices flow, you’ve got the potential.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 15, Posted 1:01 PM, 08.04.2021