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LCAC Wraps Up Thanksgiving Food Drive, Prepares For Christmas Food Drive

With the help of dozens of Lakewood community members, Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation was able to deliver non-perishable and perishable bags filled with Thanksgiving fixings to 150 Lakewood residences.

This was part of LCAC’s Thanksgiving Food Drive, which took place over the weekend before Thanksgiving. In addition to the 150 residences given bags of food, LCAC also mailed 150 Giant Eagle gift cards worth $75 to other families in need.

On Nov. 18, volunteers came in the morning to sort all the non-perishable food within an hour. Later that night, more volunteers came to bag the non-perishable food into 150 bags, taking less than an hour.

On Nov. 19, volunteers came to bag all of the perishable foods like turkeys and pies and were off to deliver to residences within the hour.

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Volume 18, Issue 23, Posted 5:06 PM, 12.07.2022

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Awards Over $150,000 In Grants To Support Community-Based Projects

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation Board of Directors awarded $153,550 in grants at its November Board meeting.

The HLF Board awarded Neighborhood Opportunity Grants for a total of $103,550 in funding to local organizations for community-based projects that support community building through innovation and learning. These projects address the social determinants of health – the environmental, social, and economic conditions of our community – through local programs and initiatives.

Awarded Neighborhood Opportunity Grants include:

  • $3,150 to GardenWalk Lakewood to promote the beautification of neighborhoods, spread gardening knowledge, and inspire home gardeners in the community.
  • $5,250 to the Lakewood Black Caucus to build capacity, allyship, and support for the mental health of Black residents in Lakewood.
  • $5,000 to the Lakewood Family Room for the new Parent Support Group, providing feeding, lactation, and parenting support to families with infants and babies.
  • $10,000 to Trials for Hope for community meals, basic care items, and outreach to unsheltered people to provide vulnerable populations with basic services.
  • $10,000 to the City of Lakewood Department of Human Services to start a composting and education program at Cove Community Center.
  • $10,500 to the Lakewood Outdoor Basketball Committee for the Youth Mentor and Violence Prevention Program at the Lakewood public basketball courts.
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Volume 18, Issue 23, Posted 5:06 PM, 12.07.2022

Keep Lakewood Beautiful Announces 2022 Beautiful Home Awards Honorees

Keep Lakewood Beautiful proudly announces the winners of our 2022 Beautiful Home Awards Contest, an initiative celebrating Lakewood homes with eye-popping landscaping, well-maintained property, and that extra something that makes it “beautiful.”

Congratulations to the following seven households, representing each of Lakewood’s original school districts: Harry & Patricia Johnson (Clarence Avenue), Bertha Young (Clifton Boulevard), Tatlija & Fehim Coralic (Concord Drive), Jon & Kali Portz (Elmwood Avenue), Ronald Manner (Lewis Drive), Leahanna & Libero Puccini (Summit Avenue), and Joseph & Elizabeth Bratko (Wayne Avenue).

All seven winning households were honored during a reception as part of the Lakewood City Council meeting held on October 17. Winners received a plaque to place on their homes. Lakewood Mayor Meghan George, members of Lakewood City Council, and members of the Keep Lakewood Beautiful board partook in the festivities.

Keep Lakewood Beautiful has orchestrated the Beautiful Home Awards Contest for more than 20 years. A call for public nominations is issued each summer and Keep Lakewood Beautiful received more than 50 nominations.

“We are pleased to once again be able to recognize the very deserving winners of our Beautiful Home Awards Contest,” said Melissa Meehan, Keep Lakewood Beautiful Chairperson. “Lakewood has a reputation as a city of beautiful homes, and this year’s nominees did not disappoint. It’s an honor for our organization to be able to celebrate community members who go above and beyond when it comes to caring for their homes.”

 

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

League of Women Voters Mary Warren Impact Scholarship Winner Nawar Yared's Winning Essay

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

The federal government should establish minimum, consistent criteria and regulations for social welfare programs and should be in charge of funding programs that help people and families satisfy their fundamental requirements. State and local governments, as well as the private sector, should play a supporting role in funding food, housing, and health promotion programs. The federal government should be the primary funder of income support programs, with state governments taking on secondary responsibilities. There is some criteria for income assistance include: all low-income people should be eligible for help depending on their financial need. Eligibility should be determined using simple methods such as a declaration of need, which should be spot-checked in the same way that the legality of income tax returns is reviewed. Benefit levels should be sufficient to ensure that goods, enough food, clothes, and housing are available. Minimum income requirements should be changed to account for regional variances in cost of living and updated on a regular basis to reflect changes in the buying power of the dollar. Some states may need to augment federal contributions until a federal welfare program achieves an acceptable level of benefits. Cash support should be prioritized, but in-kind assistance like food stamps, housing subsidies, and medical assistance should be maintained to ensure that these requirements are addressed. Participants' benefits should not be diminished under a changed scheme. Participants' privacy should be safeguarded. Individuals' rights and dignity should be respected at all times during administrative proceedings. Work should be encouraged: if wages rise, members' overall income should rise as well. The linkages between work programs and income support should include counseling, practical training for genuine jobs, and financial incentives. State and local governments should help by establishing effective agencies to aid, promote, coordinate, and augment federal and private sector housing projects. Housing aid programs must be adequately funded at all levels of government. When families or individuals cannot afford good housing, the government should give financial and/or housing help. State and local governments should adopt and enforce all of the listed above to make sure that we all are doing our best helping.

Nawar plans to attend Miami University (Oxford) in Fall of 2022 to study Undeclared Business, and then narrow her study to something math related such as economics or analytics.

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

Lakewood Women's Club: "Women Honoring Women" Celebration

Art + Music was the theme for this year’s Lakewood Women’s Club's "Women Honoring Women" Celebration that took place at Vosh on September 22nd. We were so pleased with the pieces of art, photography, jewelry, arts & crafts, as well as art experiences that were donated by a number of women artists from within the Lakewood community for our auction. 

All money raised from the silent auction and raffle will go towards our 2023 scholarship program awarded annually to a female student graduating from high school and pursuing additional education.

A special shout out to the artists that contributed to our celebration: Christal Keener from Crystal Moon Designs, Barbara Balogh from Women Who Roared, Amy Sedlak, Autumn Sabin, Arline Olear from Lakewood City Schools Art Department, Kristin Cliffel Ceramics, Carla DePhillips from Carlannichole designs by babe, Ashley Callahan from Ashley in Avon Photography, Ranin Abdelrazel from Magical Designs, Liz Maugans from The Yards Project, Grace Fayen: Artist, Linda Nincheff: Art Therapist, Amy Schnupp from Beth Bags, Bonnie O App from Bonoappart, Mickey Mencin from Ideamarks Art, Mary Breiner: Photography, Jessica Hofffa from Gemi Creations, Nina Ripich: Artist & Joanne Burns from Weaving Supply & Studio.

In addition, we were pleased to have Lakewood’s own Tracy Marie as our MC and musical talent. Tracy is a singer songwriter and veteran of the Cleveland music scene.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 20, Posted 11:56 AM, 10.19.2022

Susan's Garden Dedicated At The Lakewood Family YMCA

The Lakewood Family YMCA is now an even more beautiful location. On September 18, 2022, a group of over 50 family and friends dedicated Susan’s Garden at the branch. The garden was created to honor the memory of Susan Conway Grimberg and her husband, Bill. Susan, who passed away in 2021, was an active member and steadfast volunteer at the Lakewood Y. She was instrumental in raising funds to build the new Lakewood facility in 2006 and was fondly remembered at the dedication, which was celebrated on what would have been her 73rd birthday.

The new greenspace will be utilized for YMCA programming such as yoga, youth development classes, and family engagement. Susan’s family hopes to see an active garden that enables members to enjoy the peaceful setting and energize spirit, mind, and body. "We are grateful to the Conway and Grimberg families and all donors for their support of Susan’s Garden and the YMCA of Greater Cleveland," said Joe Cerny, VP of Branch Operations who oversees the Lakewood branch. "We are thrilled to continue Susan and Bill’s legacy through this wonderful gift."

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Volume 18, Issue 20, Posted 11:56 AM, 10.19.2022

Lakewood League Of Women Voters 100th Anniversary 100 Pillars Spotlight: Chitra Walker

Chitra Walker could consider herself an expert on prejudice and discrimination. After all, they have followed her across three continents. Yet the phrase she uses most often to describe herself and her life is “I have been blessed.”

Born into a middle-class family in Bangalore, India, Chitra got her undergraduate degree in history and economics at the University of Delhi, where she met and later married Nuruddin Farah, a Somali Muslim, against her parent’s wishes. Racial prejudice and religious discrimination played a large part in her parent’s objections to the marriage. Soon after their marriage, the young couple returned to Somalia, only to encounter similar racial animus, this time directed against her for being Indian and a Christian. “You see,” she says quietly, “there is prejudice all over the world.” Nonetheless, she settled in with her Somali family who showed her understanding and care despite themselves being subject to rejection by family and friends because of Chitra’s Christian faith and Indian ethnicity.  

Shortly after giving birth to her first son, Chitra learned that her father in India was ill. A sister living in the States sent her the funds to visit India, and she gratefully left to visit her Indian family for three weeks, fully expecting to return to her almost year-old son and life in Somalia. But, while in Bangalore, her father received a letter from her husband, Nuruddin, decreeing that he had divorced Chitra under Sharia law. Chitra was unable to go back to Somalia. To this day, she has never heard why this happened, nor why no one in Somalia responded to her pleas to return and take back her child! It would be nearly two decades before she saw her son again. Divorce in India is rare and highly stigmatizing especially for women. Chitra realized she suddenly had no future in India. Her family agreed that it would be best for her if she could immigrate to the United States and start life again anonymously in another country.  

 

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Volume 18, Issue 20, Posted 11:55 AM, 10.19.2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Friends Of Madison Park Launches Sporting Goods Library

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

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

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

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

 

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

Lakewood Historical Society Presents: A Peek Into The Past

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

HLF Invites Community To Annual Meeting On September 21

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

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

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

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

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Accepting Applications For Neighborhood Opportunity Grants Funding

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation is excited to announce that it is accepting online application requests for Neighborhood Opportunity Grants funding starting on Monday, August 15, 2022. 

Neighborhood Opportunity Grants are small, accessible, and community-based grants that support organizations’ and groups’ drive to initiate and expand meaningful projects at the hyperlocal level. The funding seeks to increase engagement, creativity, and connection by addressing any social determinants of health

Funding is for projects in Lakewood that:

  • Support community building and ways of caring for each other.
  • Address community issues through innovation and trying new ideas.
  • Advance learning and understanding by doing.

Neighborhood Opportunity Grants funding ranges from $1,000 – $10,000. Applicants can find information and resources to guide them through the steps for applying. The site also offers ways to get support from HLF’s staff in the process.

HLF’s Executive Director, Kate Ingersoll, explains, “This is the first round of these particular grants, and the HLF Board is eager to learn how community groups and residents envision opportunities to build and strengthen our community. We look forward to supporting many meaningful projects."

 

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

Community West Foundation Announces West Side Catholic Center As Award Recipient: Lakewood Councilmember John Litten Accepts Award

Community West Foundation announced West Side Catholic Center as the 2022 recipient of the David and Martha Hessler Illuminating Hope Award. Since 1977, the West Side Catholic Center has offered hot meals, hospitality, clothing and household goods, emergency services, advocacy, a family shelter, housing solutions, and workforce development training to those in need at no charge, regardless of religious affiliation. They also happen to be Community West’s longest continuously funded nonprofit organization.

The announcement was made during Community West Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration held at Market Square in Crocker Park on Thursday, July 28th. John Litten, Executive Director of West Side Catholic Center, was called to the stage to accept the award and gave moving remarks. John is one of several very effective leaders at West Side Catholic Center during the shared history with Community West; others included Aggie Hoskins and Jerry Skoch.

The award itself is a replica of the Homeless Jesus statue by Canadian artist, Timothy Schmalz, creator of the Matthew 25 Collection installed in Cleveland by the Foundation. In addition, the winner receives a $10,000 unrestricted grant. The award is named after long-time Community West supporters and philanthropists, David and Martha Hessler, and was created to recognize a local nonprofit with a deep history and commitment to our community that is truly Illuminating Hope.

About Community West Foundation:

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

Healthy Lakewood Foundation 4th Annual Community Meeting - September 21

Please save the date for the Healthy Lakewood Foundation's 4th Annual Community Meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. 

The meeting will be in person at the Woman's Pavilion at Lakewood Park. After two years of virtual meetings, the HLF Board is excited to be back in person with the community and share its recent grantmaking and work over the past year.

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation Board holds a community meeting each year to demonstrate its stewardship of the funds entrusted to it to advance the health and well-being of the community.

All community members are warmly welcomed to attend to learn and engage with the Board and its community partners. The meeting is free but pre-registration is required at www.healthylakewoodfoundation.org.  

 

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

Cupcake Wars Goes To The Dogs (And Cats) August 28th

What is sweeter than a summer afternoon of tasting cupcakes and sipping champagne? Doing it for the benefit of the animals at Lakewood’s Animal Shelter!

The Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter (CCLAS), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, will be hosting its 1st Annual Cupcake Wars on August 28th from 1-3PM at The CoLab at 17008 Madison Avenue in Lakewood.

Local bakers will be pitted against each other in a competition of their culinary skills and creativity to present delicious DOG and CAT themed cupcakes. Event guests will taste and vote for their favorites while sipping champagne, coffee and tea.

Winners will be crowned and reign as the 2022 Cupcake Wars Champion in two categories:
Lakewood’s Best Tasting Cupcakes
Best Presentation of the DOG and CAT Theme

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

HLF Awards Over $250,000 To Advance Health In Lakewood

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) Board of Directors awarded $253,455 in funding for its Community Grants program at its July Board meeting. Twelve area organizations were granted funds to advance programs that address social determinants of health and support populations historically under-resourced in the community.

HLF believes that the economic, structural, and social conditions of the Lakewood community have a profound impact on the health of its residents. HLF’s Board President Khalilah Worley Billy explains that “Through our Community Grants Program, HLF’s funding is targeted to address food insecurity, housing and neighborhood conditions, access to high-quality educational programs, and social and community connections.”

Moreover, HLF places a priority on programs that support low-income single-parent families, children and youth, older adults, and immigrants and refugees.

Funding included awards to:

  • Lakewood Community Services Center for its Summer Lunch and Enrichment Program that addresses food insecurity during the summer months and creates socialization, education, and recreational opportunities for children.
  • Emerald Development & Economic Network, EDEN, Inc. (EDEN), to improve resources for and relationships with Lakewood landlords with the goal of increasing affordable housing options for residents experiencing housing insecurity.
  • Madison Court Community Coalition (MC3), a newly formed organization in Lakewood seeking to address gun violence, community connections, and increase youth engagement through planned community events.
  • Lakewood Public Library to reinstate Connecting for Kids programming at the Main and Madison branches.
  • Additionally, two previous grantees, Asian Services In Action (ASIA, Inc.) and the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, were awarded funding to continue their important work supporting Lakewood residents over the next two years.
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Volume 18, Issue 15, Posted 8:09 PM, 08.03.2022

What Lakewood Means To You

In celebration of the opening of Lakewood’s Cove Community Center and in partnership with SLA Video Productions the Department of Human Services invites you to create a short video message describing “What Lakewood means to you” inspired by music that bridges the generations. Help us showcase the diversity and commonality contained within our hometown!

Make your own video or stop by Cove Community Center during the month of August for one of four separate opportunities to have your experience professionally captured and your video directly entered into the contest!

Each individual video will be edited into a montage and showcased at a premiere event at Cove Community Center. 

One lucky winner will receive a $250 gift card, and a Motown record box set!

Please join us at Cove Community Center (12525 Lake Ave) to have your Lakewood Experience captured between 10AM - 2PM on any of the following days:

Thursday, August 11th

Tuesday, August 16th

Wednesday, August 24th

Monday, August 29th

Would you like to know more? Please visit the promotional website at https://digital.umusic.com/umg-lakewood-ugc-sweepstakes to learn more details and participate. The promotion will go live at 12:00 on August 3rd and run through August 30th.

Laura Jaissle has been a Lakewood resident since 2007 and is current Assistant Director of Human Services for the City of Lakewood.

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

Lakewood League Of Women Voters Mary Warren Impact Scholarship Winner Emma Hart's Winning Essay

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

The earth, the climate, the environment, the place every living creature calls their home is in peril. Our seven oceans, coral reefs, land, ozone layer, and our way of life is in jeopardy. We as humans have yet to heed the warnings that the earth has been sending us. The ozone layer has been depleting for years. The oceans have been trashed and are unrecognizable and aren’t comparable to what most of us believe them to be. They are no longer iridescent blue pools full of beautiful life and are instead aquatic landfills full of the leftovers of human consumption and waste. These landfills are full of materialistic aspects of life that are no longer housed on dry land in order to let individuals forget this unavoidable problem. The climate crisis is the single most important issue facing all young individuals on this planet today and it is still not being addressed by politicians as it should be. 

I propose that Congresspeople that receive contributions or have connections to the fossil fuel industry should be barred from voting on any issues regarding the climate crisis. Yes, this is an extreme solution. An extreme solution, however, is necessary for such a perilous situation that all young people will be facing in fifty years. American politicians are greedier than ever before and this is seen in how many representatives frivolously vote on climate-related issues. The irresponsibility and overall disregard for younger Americans are blatant when so many politicians refuse to vote for the extreme and drastic measures that are needed to save our planet. By 2070, more than 3 billion people are expected to live in extreme heat which will cost many lives. We need a drastic change. We need young people more than ever before to be able to control their future and this will be done by only allowing unbiased congresspeople to vote on climate-related legislation instead of leaving it to older representatives who will not be on this earth to face the consequences of climate change. 

 

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

Lakewood League Of Women Voters 100th Anniversary, 100 Pillars Spotlight: Cindy Marx

Cindy Marx has been a pillar of the Lakewood community since she and her husband, Jake, moved here in 1985. Born in Cleveland and raised in West Park and North Royalton, Cindy lived in a variety of area towns and suburbs. After a brief sojourn in Texas, she and Jake returned to Ohio and chose Lakewood as their permanent home. “We loved the feeling of community, the diversity, and the walkability of the city.”

A longtime supporter of the Democratic Party, in 2012 she became the Ward 4 Neighborhood Team Leader of Barack Obama for President. “I was introduced to the intricacies of running for office and met some wonderful people: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and Madeline Albright. Along the way, I realized I wanted to know more. My husband, long an advocate of women’s issues, suggested I join the League of Women Voters. Mary Louise Madigan, Mary Osborn and Pam Smith all helped me to look at the issues in new ways”

In 2013 Cindy decided to run for Lakewood City Council at Large and won her seat. Among her accomplishments she helped write and pass the Lakewood Human Rights Ordinance, expanding the city’s nondiscrimination policies for LGBTQ+ citizens, and wrote and introduced legislation that allows citizens to keep chickens in their backyards. But her four years on City Council were a contentious time for the city involving the closure of Lakewood Hospital. She lost her bid for reelection by just a few votes. “This triggered an automatic recount for which I was present. Two things stand out: every vote counts! And the Board of Elections makes sure that every vote is counted. They even used a magnifying glass to check smeary post marks on absentee ballots. And did you know that if you have mobility issues and have trouble accessing your polling place, the Board will send a Democrat and a Republican with your ballot to your car so you can vote. The same is true if you are in the hospital and want to vote.”

 

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Volume 18, Issue 14, Posted 7:00 PM, 07.20.2022

Lakewood Women's Club Awards Scholarship

The Lakewood Women’s Club is excited to share that we’ve awarded a $3,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior. Applications were reviewed by a group of Club volunteers, and the student winner was selected based upon her academic achievement, financial need, and other eligibility requirements.

“This year we saw a deep field of scholarship applicants filled with students on their way to doing great things. It was an amazing process to participate on the scholarship review team, and I am grateful to the rest of our volunteers for taking the time to learn about each applicant and make some tough decisions. Each applicant embodied the traits of a student empowered to soar. We are proud to support our winner, Teegan McGann, as she takes the next steps on her education journey.”
—Carla DePhillips, LWC Volunteer

This year’s winner, Teegan McGann, graduated from Lakewood High School with a 4.545 GPA. Teegan plans to major in business at Miami University beginning in the fall. She is leaning toward business economics or analytics, as she has a high aptitude for math and enjoys working with equations and solving problems. Teegan was very active in her four years at Lakewood High School, as a member of the National Honor Society, the all-girl Symphonic Treble Choir, the Concert Choir, and Help 2 Others. She also ran with the Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track Teams, and was a team captain for all three teams. Outside of school, Teegan found time to participate in parish life at St. Luke’s Church, Young Life, and volunteer with organizations including The Ronald McDonald House, Home Alone and the Lakewood Youth Running program. On top of all of those extra-circulars, Teegan also worked at Ennis Court, and babysat.

Teegan’s personal statement was a compelling element of her application. The volunteers who reviewed her application commented on the maturity and enthusiasm with which she wrote.

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Volume 18, Issue 14, Posted 7:00 PM, 07.20.2022

The Herb Guild Garden Club

The July meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on July 13 at Westlake Porter Library.  Guests are invited, but are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch as the speaker will start at 11:30 and talk while members are eating. The topic of the presentation is "A Living Wildlife Landscape" presented by Marne Titchenell from the OSU Extension.  Her areas of expertise are wildlife habitat management, forest wildlife ecology, and non-game species conservation. Marne has been with the OSU Extension since 2007 and has written several publications.

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

Truth And Justice: Fundraiser At Lakewood Park For The Sojourner Truth Project- Akron

Sojourner Truth is rightly celebrated for her efforts advocating votes for women as well as racial equality. In 1851 her surprise appearance at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron was memorable for her fierce insistence that women of color be included in the suffrage movement. The Sojourner Truth Project is dedicated to installing a statue of Sojourner in Akron, the site of her historic "Ain't I a Woman?" speech. It is planned as the highlight of a community plaza, standing in tribute to the 19th century activist's achievements and as a reminder of the work still needed to ensure all women are included in the fight for equity.

Together with civic organizations such as Akron's United Way, Akron Community Foundation, Summit Metro Parks and others, including local artist Woodrow Nash, the committee is raising funds to realize this dream. As the project evolved, a target of $1.5 million was set; the effort is halfway to that goal.


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

Lakewood League Of Women Voters Mary Warren Impact Scholarship Winner: Sophia Gutierrez's Winning Essay

A large problem with the U.S government is that it tends to be reactionary. Its decision-making process is slow, it often doesn’t choose until it absolutely has to. In order for the government to be more effective it needs to learn to prepare for the future, and what better way to prepare for the future then by providing our children--our future--their basic human needs. The best way to provide for our country is to provide children with proper education and nutrition.

In terms of basic human needs, food/nutrition is probably the most important. Not only is it something that people need to live, it’s also something that affects every other aspect of your life. It’s especially important for kids while they are still growing and developing their own eating habits. Sadly, one in six kids in America worry about when they will get their next meal. So many families in this country are struggling to keep up financially and their kids end up having to pay the price. It’s important that our state and federal government put more funds into providing proper nutrition for impoverished families in the U.S. Although there have been systems put in place for problems like this, it is clear that it is not a priority for them despite the continuing issues. As the economy gets worse and more people begin to struggle financially, it’s important that the government takes action now before this issue gets out of hand.

One way the government is already doing more to provide food for kids is through our school system. Most people don’t see school or education as a “basic human need” but the fact is that it is vital for this country’s future. Not only does school teach important life skills that kids will use as they grow up, it also provides a safe place for children. For many states, it is clear that school funding is not a priority and public education spending in the U.S overall falls short of global benchmarks. This means that many kids are stuck with cheap, unhealthy lunches, substandard school supplies and limited opportunities. All while the government continues to prioritize military and security even during times of peace.This only makes it harder for children to go on to find good paying jobs to sustain themselves. In order for our country's economic conditions to improve for everyone in the long term it’s important that the state and federal government begin to view education as a higher priority. 

 

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

Three Arches Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Three Arches Foundation, a community-focused grant making foundation, added two new members to the board of directors and elected current member Becky Starck, M.D. as its new secretary. Gina Gavlak and Seona Goerndt join the 19-member volunteer board. The Foundation also recognized the contributions of outgoing director Jean Polster for her service on the board since the organization’s inception in 2017.

Galvak is vice president of business and fund development for Neighborhood Family Practice, a Federally Qualified Health Center with locations in Cleveland’s west side and Lakewood neighborhoods. She also serves as president of the North Coast Health Foundation, a supporting organization of Neighborhood Family Practice established in 2019 when the two organizations joined together to advance their shared mission of providing high quality health care to anyone in need, regardless of ability to pay. With 30 years of experience in leadership, program and fund development, advocacy, and direct patient care, Gavlak has focused her career on increasing access to adequate, affordable, and equitable health care and working to reduce health disparities.

Goerndt is the executive director of Recovery Resources, a non-profit behavioral health agency that helps people triumph over mental illness, alcoholism, and drug addiction. With a keen understanding of the unique challenges and impact social determinants of health have on a community, she helps provide strategic direction and thought leadership centered on the need for accessible care and services. Prior to joining the organization, Goerndt served on the Recovery Resources board of directors where she chaired the Development, Marketing and Community Engagement Committee. She currently serves on the board of the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and co-chairs the Experience and Engagement Committee of the MetroHealth Direct Contacting Entity, dba Collaborative Care Partners.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 12, Posted 12:51 PM, 06.15.2022

Lakewood League of Women Voters 100th Anniversary, 100 Pillars Spotlight: Kathy Kosiorek

As the Lakewood chapter of the League of Women Voters celebrates its 100th anniversary, we take this opportunity to consider the women who have supported and made the organization strong. One such pillar is Kathy Kosiorek, long time and active member of the Lakewood community.

Born in Cleveland, Kathy was brought into the League by her mother, Margarita Madson. While living in Cincinnati, Kathy’s mother came to believe that Ohio needed a better juvenile justice system.  She joined the League of Women Voters and began to study the issue of juvenile detention. When she graduated from high school at the age of 15, she was unable to attend college, but she loved to study and research. She became an expert in Ohio’s constitution and in city charters. She considered the League of Women Voters her university. When the Madson family moved to Lakewood, she brought Kathy, then a high school student, into the League to help with her studies. Kathy found herself a member of the League before she could vote.

Kathy attended library school and joined the Lakewood chapter of the League of Women Voters. She met her husband Andrew at the Lakewood Little Theater and became a librarian at the Fairview Park Branch of the Cuyahoga Public Library system. After the birth of her two children, Kathy remained in the League until 1982 when she returned to work. Kathy maintains that her studies with her mother on behalf of the League influenced the way that she worked. In the League she learned to study all sides of an issue without bias. Results were then presented to the chapter membership and needed consensus before final presentation. This unbiased and disciplined technique was adopted and used by other organizations.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 12, Posted 12:51 PM, 06.15.2022

Juneteenth Celebration At The Barton Center!

Join the members of the Barton Center and the Lakewood Community to celebrate Juneteenth! This event will take place on June 16th in the front lawn area of the Westerly Apartments. Come for food, games, and guest speakers at 12:00 pm, followed by a video presentation and discussion at 6:00 pm in the Barton Center auditoroium.

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Volume 18, Issue 12, Posted 12:40 PM, 06.01.2022

Trials For Hope The Big Winner At Sunrise Rotary Derby Fundraiser

A record of over $36,000 was raised at the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise’s Derby Fundraiser on Friday, May 6.  At the featured race/live auction, $6,700 was donated for the many services to the homeless and needy met by Trials for Hope.  Johnathon Gray, founder of Trials for Hope was a track side guest and told the attendees about T4H and its need for a large refrigerator.  The cost of $2,100 was covered by one lone donor and many more donors followed suit.  Over 160 attendees wandered around the Track to look over the entries, which included a Top Hat Raffle and attractive silent auction items.  They took time to go to the “Club House” for a delicious dinner served by Karen King Catering of Lakewood.

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

2022 Lakewood Kiwanis College Scholarship Recipients

Drum roll please.....
Lakewood Kiwanis Scholarship Foundation is proud to announce our 2022 recipients for this year’s graduating high school seniors. The following 15 graduates are being awarded 14 $10,000 and 1 $5000 for vocational, for their academic, citizenship and leadership abilities.
This scholarship fund is funded thru the efforts of The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood. The Lakewood Kiwanis Golf Outing and Annual Scarecrow Festival were just two of our major fundraisers. New this year is our Swing Dance on May 27.
The winners of the 2022Lakewood Kiwanis Scholarships are:
CONGRATULATIONS TO
Clemens, Cale M Lakewood HS
Condosta, Mia. Lakewood HS
Elhachdani Amal A Lakewood HS
Henrikson Mollie Lakewood HS
Hirsch Abigail M Lakewood HS
Hunt Collin A Lakewood HS
McGann Teeghan Lakewood HS
McIntire Lucy A Lakewood HS
Pilgrim Amy M Lakewood HS
Russell Alexandria M Lakewood HS
Schmidt Sophie I St Joseph Academy
Shields Julia A Lakewood HS
Sinagra Nate A Holy Name HS
Twardesy Joseph M Lakewood HS
Wilhelmy Inga J Lakewood HS

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

Walk To Remember June 12 Supports Lakewood Hospice Care

Lakewood residents are invited to participate in the 11th annual Walk to Remember sponsored by Medical Mutual and Oswald Companies on Sunday, June 12 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. As Hospice of the Western Reserve’s largest fundraiser of the year, the event brings the community together to celebrate the lives of loved ones. Registration is open at hospicewr.org/WTR and includes all-day admission to the Zoo and Rainforest and a commemorative Walk to Remember bottle holder. Those who are unable to attend in person may still support the event through online donations. 

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

In Memory Of Jan Soeder

Dear Lakewood Community,

H2O, the “Help to Others” youth service organization recently received a very generous donation from the estate of Jan Soeder, in honor of our friend and board member, that will make a lasting impact on the program. This gift is not only emotionally significant to our entire H2O community, past and present, but it will enhance our ability to provide high quality service learning well into the future. We will continue to be reminded of what a thoughtful and kind friend Jan was to youth and to H2O. 

When Jan retired from Lakewood City Schools as Assistant Superintendent, she volunteered to help conduct a series of strategic planning sessions to guide H2O through a period of financial uncertainty and leadership transition. One of the outcomes of those sessions was the formation of the H2O Advisory Council, which she served for many years. She shared wisdom about youth development, fundraising, and connecting to stakeholders in Lakewood. Her advocacy meant a great deal to the program. She cultivated respect and admiration wherever she went, and it was an honor to experience the rewards that were realized by her deep commitment to H2O. 

Although she had countless admirable qualities, it was her sense of purpose that I recall most vividly. Certainly, she had sharp leadership skills– she was decisive, practical, insightful, and knowledgeable. Yet, when faced with any decision, above all other considerations, Jan asked, “What does this mean for children?” She was attentive to the big picture of our city and schools, but always remained focused on the fundamental question about the well-being of children as her guiding principle.

 

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

Lakewood League Of Women Voters 100th Anniversary, 100 Pillars Spotlight: Linda Beebe

Linda Beebe has been a pillar of the Lakewood community as a businesswoman, a mainstay of the Lakewood schools, and a staunch supporter of the League of Women Voters. She and her husband Bruce moved here in 1972 following a three and a half year stint in Scotland where he pursued his PhD in medieval history and the Crusades. Meanwhile, Linda taught English in the Dundee schools.  

Upon arriving in Lakewood where Bruce would teach history and social studies in the Lakewood schools for the next 30 years, Linda explains, “I didn’t know anyone. I needed to meet people. I was initially invited to join the League of Women Voters by Elaine McNamara, who later became president of the Lakewood chapter. And where better to meet intelligent, thoughtful women than the League of Women Voters?”  

With the Fairview Park League, she worked on the Urban Park Initiative, resulting in the creation of the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreational Area in 1974. “The League’s study had a significant impact. We achieved one of the first urban parks on a national scale.” Stretching just over 50 miles from Cleveland to Akron, the area was re-designated as a National Park in 2000, and remains the only national park that originated as a national recreational area.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 8, Posted 2:58 PM, 04.20.2022

Pop Up! Hobby Shop

Lakewood Historical Society will host Pop Up! Hobby Shop on April 21-23, 2022, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 13314 Detroit Avenue.

The Historical Society has quite a collection for collectors. There is something for everyone from crafters to professional photographers. We have a mini-quilting shop at prices that cannot be beat, a photography collection that could be in a museum and enough trains to span a city block.

Textiles - in every color of the rainbow from remnants to full bolts, silk to wool and everything in between. Sought-after designer prints from Windham, Dear Stella, Andover and Kaffee Fassett. Several machines and many accessories including: Pfaff feet, knitting items, books, patterns, buttons, trims and additional craft items including wreaths, ribbons and papercraft.

The photography collection showcases over 20 brands including Minolta, Kodak, Nikon, Mamiya, Olympus, Polaroid, Pentax and Argus to name a few. Many lenses, filters, film, negatives, flashbulbs, bags, tripods, several film projectors and much more. Some of the older pieces would make great display pieces on bookshelves.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 8, Posted 2:58 PM, 04.20.2022

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Elects New Officers And New Member

New Board Member

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Chalker to its Board of Directors. Laura was appointed at the Foundation’s March 2022 Annual Meeting. Laura has been a Lakewood resident for six years and was appointed through a public call for applications and a rigorous candidate review process.

Laura brings a range of expertise both as a non-profit practitioner and leader but also on issue areas related to health and wellbeing including early childhood learning, at-risk youth, and enhancing support systems for families. Laura’s financial management, program development and evaluation, board governance, and nonprofit management skills will be a great asset as the Foundation continues to build operational and programmatic capacity.

She is currently the Executive Director of the Bond Accountability Commission which monitors the expenditure of funds for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s construction projects financed through bond and tax levies. She serves as a mentor for College Now Greater Cleveland, a board member of the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, and as Membership Chair of the Lincoln Elementary School PTA.

Board President

Also at the 2022 Annual Meeting, the Board appointed Khalilah Worley Billy to serve as President of the Board for a two-year term. Khalilah is a native Clevelander and an inaugural member of the HLF Board. She has served since 2018 in a variety of roles including as a Community Engagement Committee member, Co-Vice President, and Interim President. 

 

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

Community West Foundation Awards $963,000 In Grants For First Quarter

The Community West Foundation Board of Directors approved $785,000 in first quarter grants to non-profit agencies that provide food or refugee services located in Cleveland, western Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties. An additional $178,000 was distributed through their Community Impact Fund bringing the grand total to $963,000. The Community Impact Fund was established for donors who wanted to invest alongside Community West’s mission knowing that contributions would be distributed directly to grantees quarterly.

Community West Foundation announced in December they were reorganizing their grant cycle process for 2022 focusing on specific areas of its mission. For the first quarter, the Foundation fielded applications from organizations that focus on water access and hunger elimination as well as those that aid our refugee and immigrant neighbors. Grant recipients include:

• Beyond the Walls Food Pantry
• Building Hope in the City 
• Catholic Charities Office of Migration and Refugee Services
• CHN Housing Partners (Water Champions) 
• Drink Local Drink Tap 
• Greater Cleveland Food Bank

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Volume 18, Issue 7, Posted 11:55 AM, 03.16.2022

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Announces 2022 Grants Program

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) Board of Directors is excited to announce new funding opportunities for 2022.  Since March 2020, the Foundation has focused its grantmaking on responsive funding for initiatives and programs related to the COVID pandemic. Although a response to pandemic-related recovery continues to be important, HLF recognizes that a more comprehensive approach to grantmaking is vital to advance health and wellbeing in the Lakewood community.

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Volume 18, Issue 7, Posted 11:55 AM, 03.16.2022

Lakewood League of Women Voters Diamond Anniversary, 100 Pillars Spotlight: Mary Warren, Voter Services Chair Emerita

Mary Warren has been registering voters in the Lakewood High School Cafeteria for a very long time. Her 'No nonsense’ approach brings order to the cafeteria lunch table as she quizzes the candidates for eligibility. “Who will be 18 by the next election?”  Some raise their hands, others just point. “Here.”  She hands them a registration form. “Fill this out.”  “What is it?“ “You’re going to register to vote,“  she says. “No, I’m…I don’t want…,” they stammer.  “Yes,” she replies, “we need you to participate in the decisions being made.” To their blank stare, she returns a look of concern. They understand. 

The difference between need and want is something Mary knows quite well. A life long social worker, she is committed to improving the lives of people in Northeast Ohio.  At 92, her involvement with the Citizens Advisory Board to Juvenile Court is coming to an end, but three League members will be replacing her. Her new engagement?  She’s actively registering voters at her new apartment building where she is concerned about low voter turn out, of course. 

Mary has been concerned about citizen participation since joining the League of Women Voters over 60 years ago. She has registered thousands of voters; led and participated in many studies;  and educated herself and other League members on issues for over half a century. She even testified before Congress on the urgent need for affordable senior housing. She’ll tell you with a little chuckle and smile, “I’m in the Congressional Record.”

In 2021 we created the Mary Warren Impact Scholarship to honor her commitment and drive. We recognize Lakewood High School Seniors who exemplify her values of volunteerism and democracy. We are currently raising funds and will be hosting a ‘Disco Ball’ on April 30, 2022 for these scholarships. Watch this space for details on this upcoming dance, competition, and fun-fest. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact megbenko22@gmail.com.  

 

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Volume 18, Issue 6, Posted 12:03 PM, 03.16.2022

Connecting For Kids Teams With Lakewood Elks Lodge #1350 And Rotary Club Of Lakewood & Rocky River For 10th Meet And Greet

After taking two years off, the Connecting for Kids Meet and Greet is back in Rocky River offering local families resources for children struggling with academic concerns, behavior problems, depression, anxiety and other issues brought about by the pandemic. The event will take place on Thursday, April 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.

Approximately 50 vendors will be on hand representing area therapists, summer camps, adaptive sports and other programs.

For a complete list of participants, and to register for either the in-person resource fair OR to reserve a grab & go bag, visit connectingforkids.org/meetandgreet, or call/text: 440-570-5908 (para español, 440-907-9130).

Connecting for Kids is partnering with the Lakewood Elks Lodge #1350 to offer resource bags for the event while the professional networking hour is generously supported by the Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 6, Posted 12:01 PM, 03.16.2022

Lakewood Kiwanis K Kids Awareness Week

February 21-25, 2022 is Kiwanis International recognition week for Kiwanis K Kids. Lakewood Kiwanis is proud to sponsor 4 K Kid Clubs in our community: Grant Elementary School, Horace Mann Elementary School, Family Life Before and After Care at Harrison and Emerson Elementary Schools.

K Kids is the youngest youth leadership club in the Kiwanis family. Each K Kids club has a school/administrator advisor and Lakewood Kiwanian advisor. Each club has their leadership team of K Kids selected through essays submitted or elected at the beginning of school. After that is in place, the voting of projects by the kids are done for the year. Our K Kids projects include food drives, community trash cleanup in the Spring and local initiatives that they have chosen to do. The kids learn that they have a voice in the club and need to make the commitment to complete their projects. As advisors, we try to have different speakers come in to connect the kids to the community service they complete. Win, win for all. Lakewood Kiwanis also sponsors Builders Club at Harding Junior High.

Our K Kids have been busy this school year. Grant School K Kids will be working on a hygiene product drive for LCAC (Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp.). Horace Mann K Kids made centerpieces for The Haven and had a program from that center in January. Horace Mann K Kids are also planning to have an Alex’s Lemonade Stand in March for Pediatric Cancer. Family Life K Kids at both Harrison and Emerson Elementary made Snowman Soup (hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, a candy cane and a holiday poem) for a homeless ministry in the area. And In January, both Emerson and Harrison K Kids  were visited by GiGi’s Playhouse director Liz Maxwell. The KKids made thank you cards for the Playhouse. 

 

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Volume 18, Issue 4, Posted 8:36 AM, 02.16.2022

Historic Church Dedication Defies National Trend

St. Anselm Church, a growing Anglican congregation in Lakewood, will be formally dedicated as a parish church on February 20, 2022. At a time in which many churches are closing or losing members, St. Anselm is a thriving and rapidly expanding assembly of Christian believers.

The congregation began as an initiative of Christ Church Westshore and has gathered and held services in Lakewood since 2014 under the name Lakewood Anglican Mission. It was renamed St. Anselm and welcomed into the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) and the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes as a full parish church in November 2021. The patron saint of the church, St. Anselm of Canterbury, was a strong guardian of the Church in a challenging political era, a pillar of Western thought and Christian philosophy, and an advocate for education.

On Sunday February 20, the Rt. Rev. Mark A. Engel, diocesan bishop, will preside at a service celebrating the parish church’s dedication along with the institution of the Reverend Sean Stuart Templeton as St. Anselm’s first rector. The dedication and institution will begin at 2 p.m. following a parish luncheon. The congregation worships in Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 14560 Madison Avenue.

“Sadly, we live in a day and age when churches are struggling and closing when people need them most. Some are closing because – like the Church in Ephesus in Revelation 2:4 – they have ‘lost their first love’ and neglected their commission to call the world to turn from sin, seek forgiveness, and accept the ways and grace only found in Jesus Christ,” said Fr. Templeton. “We were bucking a national trend when we began Lakewood Anglican, but now it is just that much more remarkable as we dedicate St. Anselm. All glory to God!”

 

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Volume 18, Issue 4, Posted 8:36 AM, 02.16.2022

Lakewood League Of Women Voters 100th Anniversary, 100 Pillars Spotlight: Pam Smith

From the Lakewood Press November 8, 1917: 

 …”The city hall was crowded with the friends of Cook. They listened to returns until the early morning hours.”  “Councilman Palda dropped in for the news. He appeared almost unconcerned over the results, so far as it concerned him personally. He expressed regret over the defeat of the men whose election he had advocated. His chief interest seemed to be centered in the returns on the women suffrage amendment fathered by him and the returns on the street repairing bond issue, the ordinance for which was likewise proposed by him.”

Mr. George Palda “fathered” equality legislation for the women of Lakewood in 1917, three years before the Nineteenth Amendment was adopted in the United States.  Without signed suffrage petitions like they gathered in East Cleveland, or an activist wife like many had in Seneca Falls, NY, George Palda’s foresight was different. His unprecedented efforts, allowed Lakewood women to participate in community decision making before most women in our country. Lakewood’s rich history of municipal female decision makers include Bernice Pyke, Florence Allen, Nancy Roth, JoAnn Bosnia White, Trudy Wendling, Pam Smith, Madeline Cain, Nickie Antonio, Cindy Marx, Meghan George, Tess Neff, and Sarah Kepple. 

Pam Smith’s journey to elected office began with the Lakewood League of Women Voters when she joined in 1977 for voters services, studies, and consensus building. Arco Gas Station started a vehicle education program called, “Car Care: Not Just for Men,” they intended to teach women how to pump their own gas, check the oil and change a flat tire.   They looked for a local women’s organization that would handle the registration and publicity for a small fee and asked the League to help. Pam took it on and with the local media coverage, grew the program across the region and state. With new confidence, Pam could call and talk to anyone. When Arco pulled out of Ohio suddenly and the program disappeared, Pam met with a local UAW member and learned negotiating skills to bring a fair financial settlement to the Ohio League of Women Voters.

 

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Volume 18, Issue 4, Posted 8:36 AM, 02.16.2022

State Farm Celebrates 100 Years With 100 Grants

State Farm® is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022 by building State Farm Neighborhood Assist® bigger. That means more submissions, more grants and spreading good to more communities.

This year, the program will award 100 $25,000 grants (vs. 40 grants in previous years) to nonprofit organizations to help fund neighborhood improvement projects. Additionally, we’re doubling the number of cause submissions to 4,000.

“State Farm Neighborhood Assist truly embodies the spirit of what our company has been about for 100 years-being a good neighbor,” said Rasheed Merritt, assistant vice president at State Farm. “We are excited about expanding the program in 2022 to help even more neighborhoods.”


Here’s how the program works:
Submission Phase: Starts February 16 and ends when 4,000 submissions are reached.
Individuals can submit a cause at www.neighborhoodassist.com starting February 16 at 1pm ET. You can prepare now by going to the website and downloading the submission guide. We will accept the first 4,000 submissions. The State Farm Review Committee will then narrow the field to the Top 200 finalists using a scoring rubric.
Voting Phase: April 27-May 6
Ultimately, voters will decide which community improvement projects win big. The public will have a chance to vote 10 times a day, every day for 10 days, from April 27-May 6, for their favorite causes from the list of finalists. Voting will take place at www.neighborhoodassist.com.
Winners Announced: June 7
The 100 causes that receive the most votes will each win a $25,000 grant. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 7, at www.neighborhoodassist.com.
Last year, 125,000 people cast more than 3 million votes in support of their favorite causes, selecting winners from small towns and big cities.

Since the program began, more than 380 causes have received a total of $10 million to enact change in their communities.


 

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Volume 18, Issue 2, Posted 1:56 PM, 01.19.2022

Lakewood League Of Women Voters Diamond Anniversary

Thank you Lakewood! You answered the call to increase our chapter membership to 100 in celebration of our Diamond Anniversary. Our membership is now 101 strong.  I’m hopeful that by the end of this year we will match the membership of 1922 with 123 members. If you haven’t joined yet and believe defending democracy is important, please visit lwvgreatercleveland.org to join. You may know that we are seeing some success in our fight for fair districts at the state level. We can use your support to meet the goal of choosing our representatives fairly. 

Another goal for this Diamond Year is to recognize the 100 Pillars that have kept our Lakewood Chapter active and engaged in our democracy. We will share the histories of some of the women and men that sacrificed to make Lakewood a more perfect place to live, raise families and retire. Some of the Pillars you’ll recognize, like Bernice Pyke, the chapter founder and first woman to run for mayor in Lakewood, and Florence Allen, the first woman elected to judicial office in the US. Other names you’ll recognize as local, living, icons of strength: Pam Smith, Kathy Kosiorek, Mary Osburn, Cindy Marx, Linda Beebe, Teresa Andreani, Chitra Walker, Janis Ford, Jacqui Davis, and Mary Warren.   

 

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Volume 18, Issue 2, Posted 1:56 PM, 01.19.2022

Community West Foundation Awards $2.6 Million In Grants, Announces New Grant Cycle For 2022

The Community West Foundation Board of Directors approved $584,300 in fourth quarter grants bringing the grand total to $2.6 million awarded in 2021 to 81 non-profit agencies located in Cleveland, western Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties. The recipient organizations for fourth quarter grants include:

  • to cope with the after-effects of the pandemic
  • Galilean Theological Institute - $5,000 – Capacity Building grant supporting the En Conjunto Community of Hispanic Houses of Worship Collaborative
  • Good Knights, Inc. - $5,000 – General operating support to build and provide beds and bedding to children in Lorain County       
  • LifeAct – $20,000 - Program Support for suicide prevention programs for Grades 6-12
  • Love, INC. - $10,000 – Program support for housing vulnerable Clevelanders
  • Rocky River Meals on Wheels - $10,000 - General operating support to provide low-cost, nutritious meals to Rocky River, Fairview Park and Lakewood residents
  • Lakewood Community Services Center -$40,000 – General operating support for emergency food programming
  • Church of the Open Door/Generations House - $20,000 - Funding transitional housing for homeless families in Lorain County
  • Lorain County Safe Harbor - $25,000 - General operating support for shelter and support to men, women and children of all ages who are victims of domestic violence
  • Seeds of Literacy - $35,000 - Continuing support of basic education programs
  • Village Project - $40,000 - General operating support to provide nourishing meals and extended care and services to people experiencing cancer
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Volume 18, Issue 1, Posted 10:15 AM, 01.05.2022

Lakewood League of Women Voters 100th Anniversary

As we prepare to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Lakewood League of Women Voters, please consider a tax deductible year end donation and the gift of membership.  One Hundred percent of the money donated to the Mary Warren Impact Scholarship goes to Lakewood High School Seniors that exemplify her qualities of community service, citizen participation, and humanitarian care.  To make a tax deductible donation to the Education Fund, please visit lwvgreatercleveland.org and add Mary Warren Impact Scholarship to the comment box.  While you’re at the site, please consider joining.  The Lakewood Chapter is at 86 Members and hoping to increase to 100 for our anniversary.  We’d love to have your help defending democracy and empowering voters. Everyone is welcome to join.  Peace.

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Volume 17, Issue 24, Posted 2:26 PM, 12.15.2021

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Accepting Applications For Board Member Position

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) is actively seeking a passionate, diverse, and committed member of the Lakewood community to serve on its Board of Directors. Interested members of the community are invited to apply to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors for a 2-year term commencing in March 2022.

At this time, only Lakewood residents can be considered for this open position in order to maintain a board composition whereby at least 2/3 of members are Lakewood residents per the organization’s by-laws. 

The HLF Board values inclusiveness in its membership and seeks diversity to ensure that a range of skills, professional backgrounds, and lived experiences are represented and actively involved in the pursuit of its mission: To advance programs, policies, and practices that inspire a Lakewood community in which health and wellness are reflected in all aspects of life.

For a link to the online application and more information about the Healthy Lakewood Foundation and its Board of Directors, please visit HLF’s website at: https://healthylakewoodfoundation.org/.

Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2022. Following an initial review of applications by HLF’s Governance Committee, a select number of potential candidates will be interviewed for consideration.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 24, Posted 2:26 PM, 12.15.2021

It's Back! Christmas Sale @ Nicholson House

The Lakewood Historical Society's annual Christmas Sale on the Grounds is back after a year hiatus. This sale has everything you need for holiday decorating, entertaining and gift-giving. Everything to Deck your Halls and support a great community organization. We are bursting at the seams with holiday treasures, plan plenty of time to see it all. 

The sale occurs the weekend of Light Up Lakewood the perfect combination to put you in a holiday mood. Shop during the day, have dinner out at a great local restaurant and take in the festivities in Downtown Lakewood in the evening.

Christmas Sale on the Grounds offers the opportunity to recycle treasures of the past, providing one-of-a-kind gift ideas. Beautifully displayed new and nearly-new gift items, tree trimmings, decorations, wrapping paper and anything you need for holiday entertaining share the space with antiques, collectibles, vintage linens, glassware, silver and delicate heirloom ornaments. We have ruby red, snow white and patterned china to set the most festive table. Hundreds of ornaments and lights galore. This year we have a huge collection of Dept. 56 Village pieces, Ruby Glassware, new jigsaw puzzles and many Hallmark, Hershey, Campbell and train themed ornaments. If you're watching your budget, you can't afford not to shop here many items are just one dollar--don't miss this event! 

 

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

Welcome, St. Anselm!

Lakewood Anglican Mission Is Now St. Anselm Anglican Church

An Anglican Christian congregation that has been part of the Lakewood community since 2014 was officially welcomed into the Anglican Church of North America (ANCA) Diocese of the Great Lakes on November 5 with joyful celebration. At a recent service the Rt. Rev. Mark Engel, bishop of this area, initially recognized this historic milestone and confirmed ten new members. Formerly known as Lakewood Anglican Mission, the congregation is rapidly growing and has a new name: St. Anselm Anglican Church.

St. Anselm is now an official parish (a fully functioning congregation) in the ACNA, an important milestone in the life of the church. "This is a historic day as God has brought a congregation of 100 from a small group of seven" said the Reverend Sean S. Templeton, who is the vicar at St. Anselm and has led this flock as its priest since its beginnings as a small house church in 2013. "From the beginning we have made Psalm 127 our focus, ‘Unless the Lord builds the house the laborers labor in vain.’ God has built it and we praise Him for it!" Father Sean will be installed as rector (head pastor of a parish) along with the vestry at St. Anselm’s parish dedication on February 20, 2022.

The congregation worships in Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 14560 Madison Avenue.

What is the Anglican Church?

St. Anselm is a part of the ancient Anglican tradition. Anglicanism is a worldwide body of Christians responding to God’s revelation through Jesus Christ. Anglicanism brings together the authority of the Bible, the historic faith, and the beauty of structured prayer. It is rooted in tradition, yet contemporary in practice. Globally, Anglicans form the third-largest body of Christians in the world (around 80 million members) behind the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

 

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

21 Greater Cleveland Nonprofits Receive $2 Million To Improve Access To Care - Three Arches Foundation Announces 2021 Annual Grants

Three Arches Foundation, a community-focused grant making foundation, announced $2 million in annual funding towards one-year and multi-year grants to twenty-one local nonprofit organizations for their work to improve the health and well-being of people in Lakewood and surrounding communities. Each grant award reflects the Foundation’s priority of access to care, specifically the advancement of solutions to remove barriers and improve behavioral and physical health.

This year’s recipients include a combination of new and previous grantees and reflect several common themes including youth-focused, supporting our seniors, intersection of arts and medicine, community collaboration, substance abuse and serving the health and well-being needs of specific populations. “We are grateful for the opportunity to help fund new initiatives and expand programs that will have a direct impact on the lives of people,” shared Kristin Broadbent, president and CEO of the Foundation. “These efforts vary in size and scope but together our grantee partners share a collective commitment to improving access to health care.”

For the second consecutive year, the Foundation maintained its increased funding to help meet the immense needs of the community. This includes a newly-created fund to support an unforeseen and emergent need experienced by a nonprofit organization. “We continue to be inspired and motivated by our grant partners,” said Mary Anne Crampton, board chair of the Foundation. “Throughout the year we’ve observed the flexibility and resiliency of community nonprofits as they shift program models, deliver new services, and intentionally work towards equitable access to resources.”

Highlights of 2021 grants approved by the Foundation’s board of directors include:

B. Riley Sober House - $60,000 for a trauma-informed care practice and awareness program to help adult members of the LGBTQ+ community achieve long-term sobriety.

 

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

St. James St. Luke Community Meals Winter Update

I thought I had seen everything in my 15 years running the Community Meals at St. James and St. Luke. We have made it through economic unrest, sudden influxes of patrons, winter storms and personnel turnover. We have cared for people from all walks of life and every possible circumstance. We have opened our doors early, stayed late and adapted to the changing needs of our neighbors. This recent pandemic, however, has been a challenge no one could have anticipated.

I am proud to say that the St. James and St Luke Community Meals have been able to power through the pandemic! With the help of generous supporters and dedicated volunteers, we have continued serving the Community Meals the Second and Third Wednesdays of each month at these churches without fail.  

Early during the pandemic cooks and volunteers were hard to come by. With the support of Around The Corner, The Proper Pig and The American Legion, and several students who suddenly found themselves at home we were able to get through those first two unpredictable months with catered dinners. We were able to put new health and safety protocols in place and began safely cooking and serving our own meals in May of 2020, and haven’t missed a month yet. Laureen and her crew at St. James and Barb and her crew at St. Luke have provided fresh hot meals to everyone without hesitation.  

 

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

Lakewood Kiwanis Scarecrow Festival 2021

Did you see all the scarecrows on Madison? Lakewood Kiwanis had a  great turnout this year from 117th to Riverside. The community joined in with scarecrows that were witches, gardeners and even Superman. Lakewood Kiwanis  wants  to recognize our winners and participants. 

Matthew Bixenstein and Friends of Madison Park & Clarence Ave Block Club

13201

community favorite

Brennan's Catering

13396

Western Reserve-Lakewood , DAR (Tommy’s Pastries)

14205

most patriotic

Lakewood Lutheran School

 

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

HLF Community Meeting - Video Recording Available on YouTube

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

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

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

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

 

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

Community West Foundation Announces Quarterly Grants

The Community West Foundation Board of Directors approved $627,500 in third quarter grants to nonprofit agencies that provide basic needs services to the community in Cleveland, Western Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties. The recipient organizations include:

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Historical Society Fall Sale

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

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

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

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

Get Ready For Lakewood Kiwanis Scarecrow Festival

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

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

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

 

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

Car Show At Church Of The Ascension

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

Fundraiser: Kicking off 150 years in Lakewood

10-dollar Registration Fee for Collectable Cars with Trophies Awarded

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

Come and Join the Fun!!!!

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

 

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

There's Still Time To Register For The HLF Annual Community Meeting

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation's Third Annual Community Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, September 22nd at 7:00 PM.  The HLF Board will share updates on its grantmaking and highlight a few of its grantee partners.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the Foundation's upcoming plans for community engagement, collaboration, and grantmaking.

Please register to attend at the HLF website: https://healthylakewoodfoundation.org/.  We hope you will join us!

Kate Ingersoll is the Executive Director of the Healthy Lakewood Foundation.

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021

Volunteer Nurse Joins Hospice Of The Western Reserve Foundation Board

Lakewood resident Peggi Seelbach Mizen, RN, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Hospice of the Western Reserve Foundation. As a separate 501(c)(3) charity, the foundation was launched to foster community support for services provided by Hospice of the Western Reserve that rely on philanthropic support. A few examples include music, art and pet therapies, non-hospice palliative care for those living with advanced illness, pediatric hospice and community grief support programs.  

Following a professional nursing career spanning more than three decades - including 12 years as a hospice nurse in the Chicago area - Seelbach Mizen returned to her hometown of Lakewood. Since 2012, she has dedicated her time to serving as a hands-on care volunteer at HWR’s Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake.

“Since moving back, my focus has been on volunteer work,” Seelbach Mizen said. “When I became aware of the program at Hospice of the Western Reserve, I knew that was my fit. Ames Family Hospice House is something I am very passionate about.”

As a hands-on care volunteer, Seelbach Mizen works a four-hour shift at Ames. She checks in with administrators to see where help is most needed. “I like to stop in each room to introduce myself and ask if there is anything a patient or family member needs. One of my favorite things to do is offer a warm blanket or to do little things that make it a little nicer like fluffing up the bedding on the rollaway bed when a family member is spending the night.” Sometimes, she also assists with bathing, feeding and repositioning patients in bed so they remain comfortable.

Seelbach Mizen said one of the attributes she brings to the foundation board is that she has been on “both sides of the fence,” as a volunteer clinician assisting with care, and as the recipient of care in her own family. Four years ago, her mother spent her final days at Ames Family Hospice House.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 18, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.15.2021