The thought of holiday guests seems to spur major cleaning and purging. As you ready your home for family and friends keep Lakewood Historical Society in mind. The Society accepts new and gently used household items, holiday decor, furniture, art and much more. Keep your donation local and support the society.
Matt Fish, owner and founder of Melt Bar and Grilled, has again spearheaded the annual End Hunger in Lakewood event scheduled for Saturday, November 16th. “We had an exceptionally successful first event last November with 34 restaurants and food retailers participating. Donating 10% of food sales on a Saturday is not a small gesture,” said Fish. All the money raised will go to Lakewood Community Services Center’s efforts to provide emergency food to 15% of the population of Lakewood who need food support. “This year 43 establishments responded immediately to my request to participate. This outpouring of support for needy Lakewood residents speaks to the generosity of my colleagues here in town,” added Fish.
Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) and the City of Lakewood have partnered with Rust Belt Riders to provide residents with an alternative to landfills for household food waste. A collection bin has been placed in Lakewood Park, in front of the Oldest Stone House. For $5 per month, you can take your waste food items to the collection site instead of putting the waste in the trash. You can subscribe to this service on www.rustbeltriders.com. Drop-off is at your convenience; the bin is always available. Just about all non-liquid food waste can be composted; meat, dairy, citrus, coffee grounds, eggshells, etc. My family recently signed up and took our first food waste to the bins; it was easy.
Three Arches Foundation, a community-focused grant making foundation, announces the election of Lakewood resident Pat Sullivan to its board of directors.
Members of the Lakewood Women’s Club (LWC) have launched a new year by unanimously voting in the Slate of Officers presented at their annual Installation Dinner. The incoming Executive Board includes President Diana Quickel-Ketchaver, Vice President Jessica Price, Secretary Melis Uras, and Treasurer Margaret Wetzler.
Over 50 Lakewood residents attended the Healthy Lakewood Foundation’s first community meeting on Tuesday, September 24th at the Women’s Pavilion at Lakewood Park.
The HealthyLakewood Foundation (HLF) was established in September 2018 as part of the master agreement following the closing of Lakewood Hospital. HLF was formed from the Foundation Planning Task Force and through their recommendation to the City of Lakewood and the Lakewood Hospital Association.
The 17 member Board, who represent a diverse array of personal and professional experience, spent the past year creating and formalizing the organizational policies and processes. This work will aid the board in the responsible, sustainable stewardship of $32.4 million in assets that will eventually be available to support health and wellness initiatives in Lakewood.
The community meeting provided an opportunity for Lakewood citizens to hear about HLF’s first year. Board members shared short summaries of specific work, including a financial update, community engagement plans, governance initiatives, and an overview of the strategic planning process.
Please mark your calendar now and plan to participate in Transfiguration Parish’s 10th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner & Raffle to be held on Sunday, October 27th, in the parish hall at 12608 Madison Ave. in Lakewood. Dinner will be served from noon-3:30 p.m. This is Transfiguration Parish’s primary fundraiser of the year and a wonderful tradition for our parish community. Help us make it a successful one!
The dinner includes two pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, sauerkraut (optional), green beans, applesauce, dinner roll, dessert, and coffee. Dinner tickets are $18 for adults, $7 for children 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and under. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended for dine-in and for take-out dinners. A limited number of dinners will be available at the door. Any unclaimed tickets/reservations will not be held past 3 p.m.Please call Anne at 216-287-1127 or Pat at 216-269-9801 for tickets/reservations by Sunday, October 20th.
This family event is more than a delicious dinner. There will be a Grand Raffle, a Split-the-Pot drawing, the always-popular Basket Raffle, a special raffle for a 40” Insignia LED flat screen TV (only 200 tickets will be sold at $5 each) donated by P.C.S. Auto Body & Collision Repair, door prizes, and sideboards. The Grand Raffle has a top prize of $1,500 and five prizes of $100 each. Grand Raffle tickets are $5 per ticket or six tickets for $25. The Split-the-Pot drawing is a 60/40 split to church/three winners. Split-the-Pot tickets are $1 per ticket or six tickets for $5. Winners do not need to be present. Grand Raffle and Split-the-Pot tickets will be available for purchase at the event or can be purchased prior to the event by calling the Parish Office at 216-521-7288 on Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The Basket Raffle prizes include brunch for four at Pier W valued at $168, a $75 gift certificate to Palazzo Italian Restaurant, a $75 gift card to Luca West (downtown), a $50 gift card to Johnny’s Bar on Fulton, a $50 gift certificate to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville-Cleveland, a $50 gift certificate to Georgetown/Vosh, an Ohio Clinic Skin Care Rejuvenating Facial valued at $90, and many, many other great prizes. Tickets for the Basket Raffle are $1 each or six tickets for $5. The drawings for the Basket Raffle will begin around 3 p.m. followed by the Split-the-Pot and Grand Raffle drawings.
Cox Communications announced on October 1st that local nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply to the company’s “Tech Boost” program for a chance to receive a technology ‘boost.’ Two $15,000 boosts will be presented to two nonprofit organizations in the company’s Northeast region. The Cox Tech Boost program was created to help nonprofit organizations invest in much-needed technology assets for the betterment of their patrons and mission.
More than 80 percent of all homes in our city were built before 1935. Our aging housing stock has a lot of charm and character, but with that comes the potential for higher costs for repairs and improvements.
From showering to washing dishes to drying clothes, many of your daily activities add moisture to the air. But how can you ensure moisture doesn’t prove a menace in your home?
For 34 years, Trinity Special Olympics has been an accredited training program for Special Olympics athletes in the Greater Cleveland area. We offer ice skating instruction beginning with “how to ice skate,” all the way up to figure skating and short track speed skating. Instruction is done on a one-on-one basis by trained volunteer coaches from the community and adapted to the students' individual needs.
Join hundreds of runners, walkers, and rollers (participants in wheelchairs) and dress as your favorite Superhero to help raise money for young people with physical disabilities at the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 34th Annual Race Day, in memory of former Trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, September 21, at Lakewood Park.
You can “Change a Child’s Story” on October 24th at the annual CFACC GALA to help support children in foster care.
Lakewood Historical Society is holding a Pop Up Shop! at their new location, The Haber Center for Family History located at 13314 Detroit. The mid-century medical building has been renovated and holds the Society’s archives, library, offices and fundraising space. The new location has a beautiful lobby that lends itself to small sales. This Pop Up Sale will be the first of several throughout the year.
Footpath Foundation, a 4-year-old nonprofit dedicated to providing outdoor experiences for kids who would not otherwise have those opportunities, has found a home at LaunchHouse Lakewood.
Having the right tools can make all the difference, empowering you to tackle DIY projects around your home. But how can you be sure your tool box is up to the challenge?
The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) is pleased to invite the City of Lakewood community to a public meeting on Tuesday, September 24th. This is an opportunity to learn about activities since the foundation was formed in 2018, and engage with the HLF Board of Directors.
HLF is pursuing the vision of Lakewood as a place where all people achieve their fullest health potential and working to advance programs, policies, and practices that inspire a community in which health and wellness are reflected in all aspects of life.
The Board is eager to share progress made over the past year to advance organizational development and strategy, and formalize the processes and priorities that will guide future work on behalf of the community. The Board will provide summary reports covering their collective work and engage members of the community for their feedback and input.
Summer has come to an end and a new school year is here! Easterseals is helping children start the year off right by offering free speech-language screenings during September. The screening is designed to provide a quick assessment of a child’s speech-language abilities and to help determine if a comprehensive evaluation is necessary.
It’s estimated that people spend more waking hours in the kitchen than any other room of their home. That’s all the more reason to give your kitchen a splash of newness by transforming your aging cabinets into attractive centerpieces of this all-important room.
Lakewood residents Teresa and Armand B. have taken pride in their Westlake Avenue home for 24 years, overcoming the various challenges associated with maintaining a beautiful century home. Recently, however, one obstacle proved to be a tall task.
Local residents made it to Sherwin-Williams Lakewood before the hot weekend to enjoy LakewoodAlive’s latest home maintenance workshop on Thursday evening, July 18.
Wednesday, August 14 offers an opportunity to enjoy fine dining and support a worthy local cause as Lakewood’s "sarita," a restaurant, will donate 20% of meal tabs to West Shore Meals on Wheels (WSMOW). As with every Wednesday at sarita, diners can also order bottles of wine at 40% off. (In case you are wondering, sarita styles its name all lower case.)
Looking to secure a specific tool for a home improvement project? Or simply seeking to refresh your current tool box at home? You are in luck.
Three Arches Foundation, a community-focused grant making foundation, announces the election of Ellen C. Ospelt, BS, RN, CDE and Allison L. Urbanek to its board of directors.
Ospelt brings extensive experience as a professional health administrator and educator. She is Regional Care Coordinator for Paladina Health working collaboratively with providers and care teams across Ohio to address the health management needs of patients. Over the past 20 years, Ospelt has devoted her professional career to improving population health and chronic disease management and prevention through various administrator roles at North Coast Health, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio and St. Vincent Charity Hospital. A resident of Bay Village, Ospelt is an active member of the Northeast Ohio American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Diabetes Association and Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.
Urbanek is Director of Housing & Internal Operations for LakewoodAlive, a community-centered nonprofit organization. Previously, she was Director of Programming for Home Repair Resource Center, a HUD-approved counseling agency. With extensive experience in the not-for-profit community, Urbanek has focused her career on developing and implementing housing outreach and home maintenance education programs to foster and sustain local neighborhoods, including securing CDBG-funded loan and grants. A Lakewood resident, Urbanek currently serves as co-chair on the Associate Board of the Beck Center for the Arts and is a member of the Anderson Center for Accessible Living Committee at Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio.
The Young Marines, a national youth organization, has named Tiffany Schwarzwalder the “Division 5 Adult Volunteer of the Year.” She is a resident of Lakewood, Ohio and the unit and battalion executive officer for the Greater Lake County Young Marines. The unit meets at 8720 Twinbrook Rd., Mentor, Ohio.
Commanded by Bill Sickles, the unit has eight active Young Marines and four registered adult volunteers. The website is: https://www.glcyoungmarines.org/
Each Young Marine unit is led and guided by adult volunteers. There are 2,500 registered adult volunteers with the organization. Annually, one adult volunteer is selected from each of six divisions for “Division Volunteer of the Year.”
LakewoodAlive is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle presented by Beat Cycles. This raffle offers contestants an opportunity to win one of two Cannondale Quick bicycles valued collectively at more than $1,300. Beat Cycles will fit the lucky pair of raffle winners to bikes of the proper size.
Bike enthusiasts are invited to visit meltdown-bike-raffle.eventbrite.com to secure raffle tickets in advance for two separate drawings (for both female and male bike models) now through July 11. Tickets are also available for purchase at Beat Cycles (15608 Detroit Avenue). Look for the bikes on display in Beat Cycles’ storefront window.
Raffle tickets are priced at 1 for $10 or 3 for $25.
Remember the joy and happiness you feel when spending time on your deck and front porch? Does your porch or deck need a little revamp? Then this workshop is for you.
LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Deck Refinishing on Thursday, July 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sherwin-Williams (14711 Madison Avenue in Lakewood). The ninth workshop of 2019 for this popular home maintenance educational series will cover best practices for refinishing your porch and deck.
Led by our friends at Sherwin-Williams, this presentation will highlight multiple ways to maintain your porch and deck, tips to help cut down on time and ways to save money on the project. This workshop will take the guess work out of the process, helping you to achieve the results you want within your budget and your timeline.
HIAS and their affiliate, US Together, a refugee resettlement agency in Cleveland, are partnering with Airbnb’s new Open Homes program to provide temporary housing for refugees. The program is designed to help individuals and families who need temporary housing for several reasons, one of which is refugee resettlement. Temporary housing is provided while the refugees’ permanent housing is finalized. Usually, housing for refugees is secured before they arrive. However, extenuating circumstances occasionally happen, and gap housing becomes necessary. This partnership with Airbnb aims to address the need for gap housing by connecting refugee resettlement agencies to volunteer hosts.
To learn more about this exciting new program, please attend one of the Open Homes Information sessions hosted by US Together; Tuesday, July 9th at 6pm, at the Lakewood Public Library – 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood and Thursday, July 11th at 6pm, at the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma Branch – 6996 Powers Blvd., Parma.
Have you seen the Lakewood Historical Society’s “new” permanent home? A mid-century Lakewood space now houses the Society’s collections, library, archives, offices and fundraising work space!
The “Detroit-Clarence Medical Building,” a 2400-square-foot mid-century modern building at 13314 Detroit Avenue was built in 1959. (It most recently operated as the Ehren Chiropractic Office.) This historically and architecturally significant building has received local historic designation and the Society has been awarded state historic tax credits for its renovation.
Seeking to get involved in your community and have a great time while doing so? Here's your chance!
LakewoodAlive is hosting a Volunteer Mixer on Tuesday, June 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Warehouse Room at Around The Corner (18616 Detroit Avenue). Join us for a casual event to discover ways you can volunteer with our organization.
Complimentary light appetizers will be served, courtesy of Around The Corner. A cash bar will be available.
At its core LakewoodAlive is a volunteer-driven organization, and we rely heavily on the donation of time and talents by our dedicated network of volunteers in order to fulfill our mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.
Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas:
- Special Events
- Housing Outreach
- Committee Participation
Learn more by contacting Devon Chodzin, LakewoodAlive's Event & Volunteer Coordinator, at 216-521-0655 or email@example.com.
Undertaking a kitchen or bathroom remodel can be both exciting and stressful, and we’re here to help along the way. If you’re ready to explore a makeover for either of these frequently used rooms within your home, then this is the workshop for you.
The new Healthy Lakewood Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) public charity, was created pursuant to the closing of Lakewood Hospital. The mission of Healthy Lakewood Foundation is to advance programs, policies, and practices that inspire a Lakewood community in which health and wellness are reflected in all aspects of life. The vision is a place where all people achieve their fullest health potential.
It’s a celebration of all things Birdtown and you’re invited to partake in the fun.
LakewoodAlive will host the 5th Annual Birdtown Picnic and 3rd Annual “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Madison Park. Sponsored by the City of Lakewood, Citizens Bank and First Federal Lakewood, this community event is an initiative of LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program.
The fun-filled day kicks off with the “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game from 10 a.m. to noon at George Usher Field in Madison Park. This friendly game will feature Lakewood community leaders, residents and business owners – including many representing the Historic Birdtown Neighborhood – participating in a seven-inning matchup that pits Team Lark against Team Robin. Spectators are encouraged to attend this free event and cheer on their favorite players.
Festivities continue with a free community picnic from noon to 3 p.m. at the Madison Park Pavilion next to the baseball diamond. Birdtown residents and fellow community members are invited to visit with their neighbors while enjoying complimentary refreshments and games. A variety of community resources will be made available to residents in attendance.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is inviting the community to celebrate a grand opening and open house for its new program building on June 9. The day will begin with a festive celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Part of the service will include recognition of the men and women who designed and built the facility.
The $3.5 million building was a decade in the making and funded through a five year capital campaign by church members. An additional half million dollars will be spent on other building renovations and furnishings. This is a significant milestone for the 112 year old congregation, which has anchored the southeast corner of Detroit and West Clifton since 1928.
Most importantly, St. Peter’s built the new facility with the community in mind. Every design feature of the building is meant to make the space available to our neighbors and friends, particularly folks with mobility issues. The church is seeking to imagine the ways it can be used to help the community thrive, whether or not the activities be religious in nature.
Connecting for Kids distributed more than 1,000 Sensory Awareness Kits last week to 5 preschools, 11 childcare centers and the Lakewood Family Room. The goal of these kits is to help area families identify sensory issues early. These kits have been generously donated by Kiwanis Division 14.
Featuring an Ollie the Octopus doll, each kit also contains a card with “sensory red flags” that describe in easy-to-understand terms how families can identify if their child might be at risk.
Anyone who suspects sensory issues is invited to register for a free, 15-minute Sensory Consult with a pediatric occupational therapist on either Monday, May 13 or Tuesday, May 14, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Rd. To sign up for a time slot, visit www.connectingforkids.org/consult. This consult is open to all children ages 18 months-12 years. At the consult, each child will be encouraged to engage in some activities while a parent or family member completes a checklist. At the consult, families will also learn strategies to help their child at home.
LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Meet & Greet With A Building Inspector” Workshop On May 16
When it comes to maintaining your home, you have questions and we have answers.
LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Meet & Greet with a Building Inspector on Thursday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Western Reserve Distillers (14221 Madison Avenue). This free workshop will serve as an informal discussion regarding your home repair and improvement projects.
Led by Chris Parmelee, Assistant Building Commissioner for the City of Lakewood Building Department, this workshop offers an excellent opportunity to get your questions answered. Think through your housing project from start to finish, then come seek advice on how to best plan your project to ensure it is completed on-time and on-budget.
To reserve your free spot for “Knowing Your Home: Meet & Greet with a Building Inspector,” visit LakewoodAlive.org/KnowingYourHome or call 216-521-0655.
Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation is once again in need of many helping hands. On Saturday, May 11th, LCAC will sort and deliver bags overflowing with cleaning supplies to 250 family households and senior residents in need. As temperatures start to climb, folks become anxious to wash off winter’s dirt and grime. Many households struggle when it comes to spring cleaning because necessary supplies are expensive, and not covered by WIC.
The community is invited to share in the joy of Easter worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 21, at Church of the Ascension, located at 13216 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. An Episcopal church, all are welcome to take Communion. Refreshments will be offered following the service, and all children are invited to join in the Easter Egg Hunt.
Lakewood Historical Society is excited to announce our annual Spring Sale at the Nicholson House at 13335 Detroit Avenue, on Friday, April 12th, 10-3 p.m., and Saturday, April 13th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. A fine selection of everything exquisite will be artfully displayed for your shopping pleasure, including crystal, china, silver, jewelry, linen and many more decorative items.
The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood wants to invite you to our weekly meetings. You can join us for lunch served at 11:30 for a nominal cost of $8. And at noon, listen to a large range of speakers about local sports, gardening, Playhouse Square...
We meet weekly at St. Clement’s in the lower hall. Our friendly club members will greet you and guide you to a seat.
So, look over our upcoming speaker list and come meet some new friends.
Girl or boy, one thing that is certain is when you open your home to a foreign exchange student, you open up your understanding of the world as well.
We’re known as the “City of Beautiful Homes,” yet as many residents have discovered, maintaining our renowned-yet-aging housing stock requires more than some basic elbow grease on the part of homeowners.
Are you looking for a way to help the environment and save money on your utility bills? The Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op, the nonprofit Solar United Neighbors of Ohio and Great Lakes Brewery are sponsoring free informational meetings for consumers interested in solar power for homes and businesses.
The next round of meetings are scheduled for:
* Tuesday April 23 at the Brook Park Community Center 17400 Holland Road from 6pm till 8pm.
* Wednesday April 24 at the Great Lakes Brewery Tasting Room 2701 Carroll Avenue from 6pm till 8pm.
* Thursday April 25 at the Mayfield Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library 500 SOM Center Road from 6pm till 8pm
This is a great opportunity to learn about the financial incentives and savings offered by this emerging green technology without having to suffer through a high pressure sales pitch.
And away we go! LakewoodAlive’s 2019 “Knowing Your Home” series got off to a strong start on March 7, as 45 attendees gathered at The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood to hear an Opening Night panel discussion addressing the process for undertaking major home improvement projects.
Meet And Greet's New Shuttle Service Compliments Of Rotary Club Of Lakewood And Rocky River With Service Provided By Youth Challenge Of Westlake
Summer is less than three months away for most Northeast Ohio families. With a break from the daily school schedule, it is the perfect time to seek out extra help for a child that may be struggling with anxiety, attention, academic, electronic addition, social/communication or other issues. But how do you find a summer camp, program or provider that can best meet the needs of your child?
Nominations Open Now for Women Honoring Women
Lakewood Women’s Club is seeking nominations for its third annual spring fundraiser, Women Honoring Women, to be presented on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Vosh in Lakewood, Ohio. This event will recognize outstanding women whose charitable service and economic enrichment have made an exceptional impact in Lakewood, Ohio.
The Women Honoring Women awards will recognize women for a variety of accomplishments from career to volunteer and philanthropic endeavors. In addition, a college scholarship award will be presented to an outstanding young woman who has made a significant impact in the community.
The event will “…delight in the beauty of the butterfly [and celebrate] the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty (Maya Angelou).”
Award categories include:
This award honors a woman who has demonstrated excellence in leadership through deep local understanding and outstanding initiative. She consistently advances community-driven, innovative, and sustainable solutions to the region’s most pressing challenges and provides service to either one organization or a variety of volunteer activities. The charitable activities/events or service listed on the application cannot be part of the nominee’s job description or duties.
Most everyone enjoys the warmth and ambiance associated with a working fireplace. But how can you ensure your home’s fireplace serves as a source of comfort and crackling?
LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: All About Fireplaces on Thursday, March 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Hearth Shop (27303 Center Ridge Road in Westlake). The second workshop of 2019 for this free home maintenance educational series seeks to address everything you need to know about your fireplace.
Led by our friends at The Hearth Shop, this workshop brings back a popular theme first introduced last year. The presentation will cover a wide range of topics pertaining to both gas and wood-burning fireplaces, including:
- How to ensure your fireplace is working safely
- How a fireplace system works
- Proper fireplace maintenance
- Upgrading or converting your fireplace
Additionally, this workshop will highlight options available within homes that currently do not have a fireplace system, and cover the steps and costs involved in installing a new fireplace.
To reserve your free spot for “Knowing Your Home: All About Fireplaces,” visit LakewoodAlive.org/KnowingYourHome or call 216-521-0655.
LakewoodAlive has teamed with Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) to offer free tax preparation and filing to working low-income families and individuals on Saturday, March 2. “Super Saturday” takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harrison Elementary School in Lakewood’s Historic Birdtown Neighborhood (2080 Quail Street).
We didn't forget a word, no typos here. Lakewood Historical Society is moving and some exciting things are in the works. The society is transitioning into a new home, a home of our own! The new location at 13314 Detroit will house the library, archives, offices, work spaces and a gift shop/Pop-Up Shop. Our Mid-Century Modern building was designated as a local landmark, awarded Ohio Historic Tax Credits and has been undergoing renovations which are almost complete.
As the saying goes, it takes a village. This is certainly true in the case of LakewoodAlive, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that relies heavily on community members to help fulfill its mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.
LakewoodAlive hosted its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday morning, January 18, in the Women's Pavilion at Lakewood Park. The event, attended by more than 60 volunteers from throughout the community, featured coffee, waffles and stories of remarkable volunteerism. LakewoodAlive recognized the nearly 750 volunteers who, in 2018, contributed their time and talents to supporting the community-centered nonprofit organization and to helping improve quality of life in Lakewood.
Volunteer Champion Awards were bestowed upon the following individuals for their outstanding service to LakewoodAlive:
Outgoing LakewoodAlive Board Members
- Tom Fraser
- Jeff Patterson
- Brant Smith
LakewoodAlive Announces Award Honorees To Be Recognized At “Loving Lakewood: There’s No Place Like Home”
Fifteen years of community vibrancy doesn’t happen by accident. Rather, it’s achieved thanks to strong leaders who routinely demonstrate qualities like passion, perseverance, foresight and commitment.
The Lakewood Women’s Club is excited to announce that our featured speaker for this year's Women Honoring Women is Lakewood’s own Denise Dufula! Denise is an Emmy-award winning journalist who spent 30 years in the Cleveland television market in addition to receiving a B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University. Along with serving as the 6 & 11 PM news anchor at WJW-TV, Denise was the original morning anchor of "Newscenter 8 This Morning.” She served as a primary evening anchor on WOIO’s Cleveland 19 News for 22 years, before stepping down in late 2016 to spend more quality time with her young son and husband. Denise began her career as a writer for Ohio’s “Heart of It All” campaign in the late 80’s, while serving as a news-promotion producer for WTVN-TV in Columbus.
This month, Lakewood resident and founder of the non-profit "because I said I would," Alex Sheen officially released "because I said I would: The Book" and the first three episodes of "because I said I would: The Podcast."
"Because I said I would" is an international social movement at the forefront of shifting how the world views commitment and accountability. Their mission is to better humanity through promises made and kept. They do this through chapters of volunteers; character education in schools and prisons; accountability programs; and awareness campaigns with global reach. It began with a viral offer to send ten Promise Cards to anyone in the world by request only (at no cost) as a way to honor and memorialize Alex’s father, whose most admirable quality was being a person of his word. With over 10.3 million Promise Cards distributed to over 153 countries, this cause has played a unique role in changing lives around the world.
The Lakewood Women’s Club will be hosting Women Honoring Women at Vosh on May 16, 2019. Local celebrity, Denise Defalla will be this years keynote speaker. Proceeds from the event will go to this year's charity recipient, Gigi’s Playhouse and The Lakewood Scholarship program.
Tickets are now on sale for "Loving Lakewood: There’s No Place Like Home," LakewoodAlive's annual winter fundraiser taking place Saturday, February 23, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lakewood Masonic Temple. Guests are invited to don cocktail attire with Wizard of Oz flair to partake in a celebration of 15 years of LakewoodAlive and 10 years of our Housing Outreach Program in a historic Downtown Lakewood venue.
Sponsored by Cleveland Property Management Group, There’s No Place Like Home will feature Oz-themed food, drinks, décor and entertainment that will have you skipping on your way off to see the wizard. This limited-capacity event is expected to sell out, so act faster than a swirling tornado to secure your tickets by visiting LakewoodAlive.org/NoPlaceLikeHome.
Sitting on the Solstice Steps in Lakewood Park one can feel the restorative power of the Lakewood shoreline. It recharges one for dealing with the pressures of everyday life. The charge is even stronger if one can get out on the water in a small boat on a calm day.
For the residents who reap the benefits of their donated labor and expertise, this ultra-dedicated group seems too good to be true. Yet LakewoodAlive’s most experienced team of volunteers is as real and genuine as they come.
It's good to be queen and king of Lakewood's signature holiday community event. LakewoodAlive announces that Lakewood High School juniors Yusra Abdi and Tristan Rumsey were named Queen and King for Light Up Lakewood 2018 sponsored by First Federal Lakewood.
The Lakewood Historical Society's annual Christmas Sale on the Grounds has everything you need for holiday decorating, entertaining and gift-giving. Everything to Deck your Halls and support a great community organization.
The IRS sponsored AARP Tax Aide Program is looking for volunteers for the 2018 tax filing season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aides provide free personal income tax assistance and tax form preparation for low and moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 50+. During tax season, we set up tax preparation sites, many of them at public libraries and senior centers in western Cuyahoga County. Last year, about 34,600 volunteers across the country helped prepare more than 1.5 million free federal tax returns at over 5,000 sites.
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Ruby McEwen, a 4th grade student at Emerson Elementary School, is the 2018 “Why I Love Lakewood” Essay Contest winner.