Local Races See Familiar Faces, Presidential Results Unknown

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.

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Volume 16, Issue 22, Posted 8:00 PM, 11.04.2020

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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.


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Volume 16, Issue 21, Posted 8:02 PM, 11.04.2020

Grace Presbyterian Church Celebrates 100th Anniversary...Kinda

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.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

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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?


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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

The Lakewood Historical Society Designates 954 Houses As 2020 Historic Lakewood: Century Homes

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.


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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

Stay Safe! Make It Yours!

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.

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

LCAC Announces New “Drive-Thru Diaper Donation" Event

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.


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Volume 16, Issue 14, Posted 4:19 PM, 07.15.2020

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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.

VirgoIt’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.


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Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 5:19 PM, 07.01.2020

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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.


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Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 10:38 PM, 06.03.2020

One Million Acts Of Kindness Duo Stops By To Thank Hospice Staff

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.

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Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 8:02 PM, 05.19.2020

LCCC Grad And Lakewood Nurse Looks For The Simple Joys To Deal With COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

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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!


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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.04.2020

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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 iyour month Bullyour 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.


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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

H2O's First HOME ALONE Event Is A Huge Success!

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. 

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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

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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…


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Volume 16, Issue 1, Posted 2:29 PM, 01.08.2020

Barton Center Healthy Food Tasting A Hit

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!"

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Volume 15, Issue 24, Posted 1:34 PM, 12.18.2019

One Lakewood Progress, A New Column Serving The Policy Needs Of Lakewood Residents

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.

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Volume 15, Issue 24, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

Thank You, Volunteers! Please Come Back Dec. 13th & 14th!

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.  

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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

St. Edward High School Edwardian Players Present "Urinetown The Musical"

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).  

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

Meghan George Is New Mayor Of Lakewood; Neff, Shachner, Litten On Council

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

Lakewood Mayor

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)

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

Callahan Seeks Seat On Board Of Education

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. 


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Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.16.2019

H2O's HOME ALONE Kicks Off With Leadership Retreat

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. 

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Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.16.2019

H2O’s R&D Team Gears Up For 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.

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Volume 15, Issue 19, Posted 5:59 PM, 10.02.2019

Famous In The Neighborhood

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."

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Volume 15, Issue 17, Posted 6:27 PM, 09.04.2019

An Event Not To Be Missed!

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.

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Volume 15, Issue 15, Posted 7:18 PM, 07.17.2019

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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


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Volume 15, Issue 14, Posted 7:18 PM, 07.17.2019

Senator Antonio Comments On Passage Of State Budget

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.


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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

Local Cyclist Completes Great Lakes Circle Tour

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.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:55 PM, 06.19.2019

What's The Buzz At AXA?

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.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:55 PM, 06.19.2019

A Century Of Bridal Fashion, 1890-1990

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.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Antonio Applauds Ohio’s Transportation Budget

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.


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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 12:14 PM, 04.17.2019

Firefly Formal Tickets On Sale Now

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! 

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 12:14 PM, 04.17.2019

Hop To It!

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!

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Volume 15, Issue 6, Posted 1:00 PM, 03.20.2019

The Intergenerational Tea Party Brings STEM Fun To The Womans' Pavilion

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!


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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 12:58 PM, 03.05.2019

LCAC Does It Again! Volunteers And Gifts Of Food Needed

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.

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Volume 14, Issue 23, Posted 2:28 PM, 12.04.2018

Bear Soul Studio: New Business On Madison Ave

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.

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Volume 14, Issue 22, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.20.2018

Denise Rini Juvenile Court:The Most Important Court You'll Never Visit

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.

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 2:25 PM, 10.16.2018

Haunts, History And Hidden Secrets Of The Lakewood Gold Coast

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.


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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 2:25 PM, 10.16.2018

Templar: The Superfine Small Car

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.

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018

Lakewood Historical Society Partners with Chef Jill Vedaa for Dinner Raffle

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. 


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Volume 14, Issue 16, Posted 7:15 PM, 08.21.2018

Here's One Festival You Don't Want To Miss!

St. Mary Romanian Festival, in its 13th yearriday, is one ethnic festival close to home that you don't want to miss. Mark your calendar for August 17-19. And here are the top five reasons for you to join in the fun:

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Rep. Antonio Comments On Final Session Before Summer Recess

With the commencement of Session Wednesday, June 27th, summer recess for the Ohio Legislature officially began Monday, July 2nd. The last Session before summer saw a flurry of bills voted on the House Floor, both good and bad legislation.

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 5:57 PM, 07.17.2018

State Representative Antonio Celebrates National Emergency Medical Services Week

This week marks the 44th Annual National Emergency Medical Service Week, a week dedicated to honoring the brave citizens who devote themselves to providing life-saving care to Americans. Putting themselves in harm’s way, EMS providers respond to everything from active shooter situations to drownings, from behavioral health crises to vehicle collisions. Truly, emergency medical technicians and paramedics are public servants in every sense, ensuring we all have access to critically important care when we need it.

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 10:43 PM, 06.05.2018

Familiar Faces For Lakewood's Primary Election Results

The Tuesday, May 8th Primary Election may have only seen 23.4% voter turnout county wide, but here in Lakewood the contests were as contentious as ever. Locally, the two hottest races were the Democratic Primaries for two seats in the Ohio legislature, i.e., the State Representive seat for District 13 (Tom Bullock vs. Michael Skindell) and the State Senate seat for District 23 (Nickie Antonio vs. Martin Sweeney). Three of the four candidates, all but Sweeney, are Lakewood residents, which certainly contributed to the intensity of these particular races. In addition, it should be noted that Skindell currently holds the District 23 State Senate seat and Antonio holds the District 13 State Representative seat.

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 3:06 PM, 05.15.2018

Lakewood Native Madelyn “Mattie” Liston Receives National Honor From GE

The last time I wrote about my oldest daughter Madelyn Liston ("Mattie") in these pages, she was 18 years old and had just signed a National Letter of Intent to accept an athletic scholarship at Ohio University. That was over eight years ago. She subsequently spent four years as the net-minder for the OU’s Women’s Soccer squad, then graduated and began her career.

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.01.2018

Hidden Lakewood: The Gold Coast

It's not quite three-quarters of a mile from Edgewater Towers at Lakewood's easternmost edge to the entrance of the 20-story Carlyle on the Lake. The hallowed strip known as Lakewood's Gold Coast contains 13 high-rise residential buildings housing 2,840 suites. This vertical neighborhood contributes in no small part to make this city Ohio's most densely populated, with approximately 9,500 people per square mile.

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 3:27 PM, 04.17.2018

Celebrate Spring With Earth Day, The Great American Cleanup, And Keep Lakewood Beautiful!

Spring sunshine and warmer winds have finally arrived here in Lakewood, Ohio. The Keep Lakewood Beautiful organization is celebrating this time of year with its Annual Earth Day and Great American Cleanup on April 28th from 9am-1pm beginning at Lakewood Park. Come one or come all and help spruce up public areas in our city. Learn about recycling, learn from an arborist, and you can help:plant trees in observance of Arbor Day, plant flowers, mulch trees, or pick up litter. Meet at the Women’s Pavilion at Lakewood Park. Lunch will be provided after volunteering. For more information or optional pre-registration requested, please see:http://www.onelakewood.com/KLB or call 529-6601.

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 3:27 PM, 04.17.2018

Medical Care Is Very Important

Most of us have insurance and can pay for medical care. However, there are many residents in our community that don’t have this privilege. We don’t tend to think about those without health insurance who cannot afford the medical care they need. That’s where places like North Coast Health come in.

North Coast Health (NCH), located on Detroit Rd in Lakewood, is a charitable medical clinic. Anybody 14 years or older is welcome to schedule an appointment. The majority of patients are low income which makes it possible for them to receive care for free or at very low cost. North Coast Health also helps patients apply for Medicaid. 

When a patient arrives, they are greeted by the front desk where they get checked in for the appointment. The staff also helps connect patients with specialty services at the Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth, they provide Giant Eagle gift cards for food, and bus passes. A medical assistant takes the patient to the exam room and checks blood pressure and reviews medications. The doctor comes in next and provides a physical exam, explains what’s going on and the best treatment. Patients who have chronic conditions can meet with the nurse for education. Anyone who needs medications can see the pharmacy technician for assistance. There is also a counselor to help with behavioral health needs.

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 3:27 PM, 04.17.2018

An Update From Representative Antonio On House Bill 302

I am encouraged by the developments of House Bill 302 (HB 302), a piece of legislation I introduced with Representative Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus). The bill would allow pregnant minors to consent to prenatal through delivery and follow-up health care in order to have the best health outcomes for the mother and her unborn child.

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Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 7:14 PM, 03.20.2018

LNLC Young Adult Coffee Night

On February 24, 2018 Lakewood New Life Church (LNLC) will be hosting a coffee night event to officially launch their new young adult ministry called HEARTBEAT. It is going to be a fun night of food, games, live music, and of course lots of coffee. This event will take place from the hours of 6 – 9 p.m. at 14224 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 12:12 PM, 02.20.2018

Mark Kindt Takes Posts Of The Year With His Honesty In Goverment Series

Each year we have some fun with Post of the Year, but this year one member, an Ex-Assistant Attorney General of the State of Ohio, and an ex-Department of Justice attorney,  who brought an entire series, was selected and singled out. To be honest it is something every Lakewoodite needs to read. It has little to do with the hospital, outside of  City Hall’s actions. Mark Kindt underlines what norms people should expect from their Government, based on decades of experience.

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 6:02 PM, 12.19.2017