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


community favorite

Brennan's Catering


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


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

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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:  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

Healthy Lakewood Foundation To Host Virtual Community Meeting On September 22

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) invites the Lakewood community to a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM. This will be the organization’s third community meeting and is an opportunity to learn about HLF’s work over the past year as well as upcoming plans for grantmaking, collaboration, and community engagement.

Board members will report on the work of HLF committees and the foundation’s grantmaking over the past year. The meeting will highlight a few grantee organizations and the challenges faced in addressing community needs during the ongoing pandemic.

Khalilah Worley Billy, HLF’s Interim Board President explains, “The resilience and adaptability of our grantee partners in this second year of the pandemic is the most important story we can share right now. Despite ongoing obstacles, the staff and volunteers of these organizations have responded to the evolving needs of Lakewood residents with creativity, compassion, and resourcefulness. This meeting is an opportunity to highlight their work and commitment.”

The meeting will be held via Zoom. All attendees must register in advance. More information about the meeting and registration link are available on the HLF website.


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

St. Augustine Health Campus Volunteer Opportunity

Imagine having a medical appointment, being confined to a wheelchair with limited function and a transport company drops you off and picks you up later. You are there alone, with some  sight, hearing or cognition limitations and no family to go with you. You might not be able to understand the doctor and when your appointment is over, you are just sitting alone, hoping that they didn’t forget about you.

Resident Escorts accompany our residents from the nursing home to their appointment and back. Resident escorts are often the feet, hands, eyes, ears for the resident and make them feel safe and secure when away from their familiar surrounds. We are seeing an increase in the number of off-site medical appointments since COVID shut things down last year.

Resident appointments are usually scheduled a few weeks in advance.

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

Rock On Outdoors At Legal Aid’s “Jam for Justice” Concert On September 22

Last year, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland helped nearly 15,000 people in Northeast Ohio who were facing eviction, unemployment, educational barriers, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Legal Aid staff and volunteers continue to extend justice in our community, they need your support – and there is a rock-and-roll way to show you care.

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

Lakewood Kiwanis FREE Book Giveaway

Lakewood Kiwanis wants every kid to have a book. The club is continually collecting books from-libraries, personal donations, club members and now they  want to give them away. Every child needs to have a book to call their own and Lakewood Kiwanis wants to give them that. The books are in the range of picture books for young children up to Middle School novels. 

Please stop by The Lakewood Kiwanis Pavilion on August 31, 2021 at noon and The Community Picnic at Madison Park on September 11, 2021 to get your FREE books.

The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood is celebrating 100 years of service in 2021. This is just one project we are proud to do. 


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Volume 17, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.19.2021

Healthy Lakewood Foundation To Hold 3rd Annual Community Meeting on September 22

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation's Board of Directors warmly welcomes all members of the Lakewood community to attend its Community Meeting on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held virtually. The meeting is an opportunity to learn about HLF’s work over the past year as well as its upcoming plans for grantmaking, collaboration, and community engagement.

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Volume 17, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.19.2021

School Supply Drive Summer 2021

Thank you to the Lakewood community for supporting Supplies 4 Success’ city-wide school supply collection drive over the past 10 years. Your continued generosity makes a real difference to our students.

Believe it or not, it’s that special time of year again. Back to School shopping!  While most of you probably remember the excitement of picking out new school supplies, there is just something about the possibilities of a brand new notebook, a fresh pack of crayons, many of our local students’ families are unable to afford even the most basic of school supplies. 

That is where our amazing community comes in: Supplies4Success (a committee of the Lakewood Area Collaborative) aims to support the families and students who find themselves unable to purchase the supplies needed for a successful school year.

Fundraising has allowed us to purchase and donate graphing calculators to be part of a calculator library at Lakewood High School and to donate over 1,500 headsets – now an essential part of the academic experience. However, the majority of the supplies come from donations from the Lakewood community – one notebook, binder, or pack of pencils at a time.


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

Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Seeks 2021 Applicants

If you are passionate, committed and dedicated to taking an active role in improving your community and would like help enhancing your leadership skills, the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) is now seeking applicants to its 2021 program. NLDP is a free community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects in the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities. The program was established in 2006 by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation and is directed by former Cleveland Mayor, Michael White.

NLDP has helped emerging neighborhood leaders reach their potential by expanding their knowledge base and personal development through education, coaching and ongoing interaction with their peers and other leaders.  Participants and graduates also have ongoing access to the services of a Program Coach who will give advice and support tailored to the needs of the participant. The program covers topics such as program planning, marketing, communications, program fundraising, conflict resolution and negotiation, community engagement methods and more. After the application process, 20 committed individuals are chosen for the program year.  NLDP participants and graduates are a diverse group with many interests and are working on a wide variety of issues to improve life in their communities. 


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Volume 17, Issue 13, Posted 3:01 PM, 07.07.2021

Free Eviction Help Expands Across Cuyahoga County

The COVID-19 pandemic left millions of families across the country, including thousands in Cuyahoga County, in a state of financial hardship. Now, with the CDC’s Moratorium on Evictions ending June 30th, many fear losing their housing this summer.

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (Legal Aid) and United Way are here to help. Together, we’re expanding the reach of civil legal aid services to help families across Cuyahoga County avoid eviction with the launch of Free Eviction  

Housing is a basic human need – yet, when a person is faced with eviction, they do not have a constitutional right to an attorney (the Miranda rights you hear on television crime shows and movies - “you have the right to an attorney ….” only apply to criminal cases). Eviction can have devastating and long-lasting consequences, including homelessness, poor health outcomes, and job loss.

In July of 2020, the City of Cleveland enacted its own Right to Counsel for certain residents facing eviction. Legal Aid and United Way partnered to implement the law and are working to make sure all who qualify have access to free, high-quality legal representation. In the program’s first six months, 93% of tenants represented in Cleveland Housing Court by a Legal Aid attorney avoided an eviction or involuntary. Legal counsel is a critical and life-changing resource.


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Volume 17, Issue 13, Posted 3:01 PM, 07.07.2021

With New Funding, Legal Aid Further Extends Eviction Prevention into Cuyahoga County Suburbs

Recently, Cuyahoga County committed one million dollars of federal funding to support legal assistance for tenants who lost income due to COVID-19. The County is granting this money to The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, the only civil legal service provider in Northeast Ohio. In 2020, Legal Aid prevented eviction in 91% of cases handled throughout Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties.

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Volume 17, Issue 12, Posted 2:16 PM, 07.21.2021

Friends Of Madison Park, Lakewood Vineyard Church Launch ‘Third Thursdays In Madison Park’ Event Series

Two Lakewood organizations are teaming up with local city government this summer to help activate a beloved park.

Friends of Madison Park and Lakewood Vineyard Church proudly announce the launch of Third Thursdays in Madison Park, a quartet of free community events held in partnership with the City of Lakewood featuring refreshments from local eateries, family-friendly activities and neighborly conversation.  Each event – scheduled for June 17, July 15, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16 – will take place on a Thursday evening (6 to 7:30 pm) in the grassy area next to Madison Park’s main picnic pavilion near the softball field.

Tentative Schedule for Third Thursdays in Madison Park:
June 17 - Putt-Putt Golf + EuroGyro Pizza
July 15 - Trikeable Treats Ice Cream + Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby
Aug. 19 -  Live Reggae Music by Local Band Lake Irie + Taco Tontos Baby Burritos
Sept. 16 - Yoga Hosted by Om Land CLE + TOST Baked Goods

“This free community programming is part of our ongoing emphasis on the vitality and inclusivity of this city park we value so dearly,” said Matt Bixenstine, president of Friends of Madison Park. “Third Thursdays in Madison Park would not be possible without the outstanding commitment of our partner, Lakewood Vineyard Church, and lead pastor Matt Shetler.  We are also appreciative of the City of Lakewood for its tremendous support as a partner in this effort.  We hope members of our community will join us for these four fun evenings in Madison Park.”


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Volume 17, Issue 12, Posted 1:55 PM, 06.16.2021

Three Arches Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Crampton Elected Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors

Three Arches Foundation, a community-focused grant making foundation, added three new members to the board of directors and elected Mary Anne Crampton as its new chair. Adam Bechler, Chesley Cheatham and Monica Yepes-Rios, M.D. join the 19-member volunteer board. The Foundation also recognized the leadership contributions of former chair Chas Geiger and outgoing directors Jay Foran and Jim Hekman, M.D.

Crampton will lead the Foundation as it carries out its work of investing in the advancement of solutions that impact access to care, specifically those that remove barriers and improve behavioral and physical health. She previously served as chair-elect and brings a wealth of non-profit and civic leadership to the role. An engaged resident of Lakewood for over thirty years, Crampton is principal of MACC Partners, a consulting firm that specializes in organizational planning and strategic alignment in the nonprofit sector. Previously, she co-founded and was executive director of LakewoodAlive, Lakewood’s nonprofit development corporation.


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Volume 17, Issue 12, Posted 1:55 PM, 06.16.2021

Sale On The Grounds: Worth The Wait

Members of the Lakewood Historical Society have been busy preparing for their annual sale, the 33rd Sale on the Grounds will be held on June 17, 18, 18, 20th. Thanks to everyone's (least) favorite pandemic, we were forced to take a year off. But we are back and bursting at the seams with treasures! 

The Historic Nicholson House, located across from St. Edward's High School, is filled to the brim with antiques, collectibles, decorative and personal items; tents set up in our yard offer a huge selection of kitchen and craft items, toys, games, sporting goods, tools, electronics, and lawn, garden and picnic items. Items start at just one dollar and there is something for everyone - from Tupperware to tools. This year we have a large selection of Mid-century modern items, a mini stationery store filled with boxed stationery and individual greeting cards, lots of jewelry and tons of crafting and sewing items. Set aside plenty of time to shop as not only is the Nicholson House filled, so is the 70’ tent and several smaller tents covering the grounds. 

This is the perfect place to outfit a new house or apartment or find a special vintage piece to add to your collection. Our great deals get even better on Sunday, when everything except the Antiques Room is half price. Even gamblers don’t wait till Sunday, though—they won’t risk it.

The sale will be held rain or shine at 13335 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood 44107. For questions or more information, call (216) 221-7343.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 17, 18, 19 the public sale opens at  9 a.m. and runs through 2 p.m.

Sunday, June 20th sale hours are noon to 3 p.m.

If you’ve shopped this sale before, no doubt it’s already on your calendar. If you’ve never been to this sale, make a point to come. This is one event you don’t want to miss! All proceeds fund programing and building upkeep of the Historical Society and the event is operated solely by volunteers. 

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Volume 17, Issue 12, Posted 1:55 PM, 06.16.2021

Harley-Davidson Toy Run Benefiting Fairview Hospital Pediatrics Needs Riders

Calling all riders!  Community West Foundation announced that the Harley-Davidson Toy Run benefiting Fairview Hospital Pediatrics will take place on Sunday, July 11 at 10 a.m.  After a year hiatus due to the pandemic, the ride will start at Rock-n-Roll City Harley-Davidson located at 4985 W. 150th and parade through town ending at Fairview Hospital in West Park.

Riders participating typically have toys such as stuffed animals strapped to their massive bikes during the event.  Once at the hospital, the toys are collected and donated to the hospital for placement in the pediatric playroom where the littlest patients can enjoy them. 

This larger than life event is fun for the whole family!  Crowds typically form along the route to celebrate dozens of riders as they make their way for a good cause.  Single rider participants are $30 while double riders are $50.  All pre-registered riders receive an event t-shirt, breakfast prior to the ride and more! 

Sign up today at

Sponsor inquiries should be sent to Clare Brim at


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Volume 17, Issue 11, Posted 3:01 PM, 06.02.2021

Historical Society Spring Sale is On!

Lakewood Historical Society is excited to announce our annual Spring Sale will return after a year hiatus. This year the sale will be held at The Haber Family Center for History at 13314 Detroit on May 20,21,22 from 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. each day. 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. 

If you have never been to one of our sales it's a local must see.The society operates on funds raised at our sales and we appreciate your purchase given the interesting year we have all had. Whether you are entertaining or treating yourself, we have something for all budgets. This year we have several beautiful sets of china, serving pieces, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, artwork, an Arhaus rug, and an armoir.  From 100 year old treasures to new with tags our selection spans the decades. 

This sale is a prelude to the annual Sale on the Grounds, which will take place at the Historic Nicholson House on June 17, 18, 19, and 20th. We have been storing items for two years and you won't want to miss the sale this year.

All Covid protocols will be followed and masks are required. Come shop—you’re sure to find a treasure to take home. 

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Volume 17, Issue 10, Posted 11:40 AM, 05.19.2021

Lakewood Kiwanis Awards $100,000 To Graduating Seniors

Lakewood Kiwanis Scholarship Foundation is proud to announce our 2021 recipients for this year’s graduating seniors. The following 10 graduates are being awarded $10,000 over the next 4 years in $2500 increments for their academic, citizenship and leadership abilities.

This scholarship fund is funded through the efforts of The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood. The Lakewood Kiwanis Golf Outing  and Annual Scarecrow Festival were  just two of our major fundraisers. 

The winners of the 2021 Lakewood Kiwanis Scholarships are:

Molly Becker, St Joseph Academy

Michael Butterfield, St Edward High School

Quinn Costanzo, Lakewood High School

Lillian Germaine, Lakewood High School

Mohamed Manaa, Lakewood High School

Zoltan Nagy, St Edward High School

Morgan Peura, St. Joseph Academy

Taylor Peura, Magnificat High School

Sam Saracina, Lakewood High School

Jane Sessions, St. Joseph Academy



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Volume 17, Issue 10, Posted 11:40 AM, 05.19.2021

Lakewood Kiwanis Celebrates 100 Years

On May 14th, 2021, The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood will celebrate it’s centennial anniversary at the Lakewood Country Club. 100 years of community service to Lakewood and the world.

The attendees will include 2020-2021 Kiwanis International President, Art Riley, Kiwanis International Trustee, Kip Crain, Ohio District Governor, Jamie Kauffman, Lt Governor, Division 14, Kris Cornell and Past Intl. Kiwanis President and past Lakewood Kiwanian, A. Alan Penn. Local Lakewood officials from the city and school board will also be attendance to celebrate this organization’s milestone. 

On this momentous occasion, the Club will present the Lakewood Board of Education with a monetary donation for $15,000 to build an illuminated sign at the new Lakewood Board of  Education location on Clifton. #KidsNeedKiwanis

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Volume 17, Issue 9, Posted 12:23 PM, 05.05.2021

Community Organizations To Benefit From Successful Rotary Fund Raiser

The members of The Rotary Club of Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise are pleased that they will be able to support several organizations that help needy families and seniors in Lakewood and Rocky River. Two local community organizations that will benefit from the recent Fundraising Raffle are the Rocky River Assistance Program of family food distribution of non-perishable food to over 300 families in Rocky River and the Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation program which delivers food to 300 needy families in Lakewood at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Recently, the Sunrise Club added the Trials for Hope program to the list of organizations it helps. This program provides food for the homeless and needy on the near west side of Cleveland.

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Volume 17, Issue 9, Posted 12:23 PM, 05.05.2021

Know Your Rights - Tax Credits And Free Professional Tax Preparation And Filing Opportunities

Tax season is once again in full swing, but the lasting economic impacts of COVID-19 linger. Here’s what you should know about available resources that may provide direct financial relief:

  • If you were one of millions of people who still have not received one or both of your Economic Impact Payments, more commonly known as a stimulus check, filing your taxes is an opportunity to claim that missed income. When you file your taxes, you can claim that missed payment or payments as a tax credit. For example, if you were set to owe $2,600 for this upcoming filing, but did not receive $2,600 in Economic Impact Payments, your liability drops to $0.
  • Working families and individuals may qualify for a larger refund via the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is designed to provide a tax break for workers with low-to-moderate incomes and their families. You may qualify for the EITC if you are:
    • A grandparent caregiver
    • A foster parent
    • A victim of abuse
    • Earning a low income at work and have no children
    • A family or individual with excessive debt
    • A person with disabilities earning a low income
    • Recently unemployed
    • A person with limited English proficiency earning a low income
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Volume 17, Issue 6, Posted 3:04 PM, 03.17.2021

Cleveland Kids' Book Bank

As children, many of us have fond memories of parents, grandparents, and older siblings reading our favorite books to us. Although these memories may seem insubstantial, to children who don’t have these experiences, they’re crucial. Reading shapes pathways in children’s lifestyles that impact their success in the future. Having stories to read also provides a creative outlook on the world, making their present brighter in addition to their future. 

Thousands of children don’t have access to books in their home, and according to, “Findings published in the journal Social Science Research show that raising a child in a home filled with books positively impacts her future academic growth and job attainment” (Rodriguez). This being said, children without books in their home are already at a disadvantage compared to those that do have access to books. To be successful in this world, reading and writing are common skills that every employer expects employees to have. Without these basic skills, one is likely to have trouble finding and keeping an occupation to support their family. 

The Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank of the Greater Cleveland area was founded when two brilliant minds, Judy Payne and Judi Kovach, realized this issue. Payne and Kovach were part of the Little Free Library Cleveland movement to encourage citizens to “take a book, leave a book.” Passersby could take a book home with them from the little library if they needed one; it was as simple as that. Upon gaining recognition, this movement was so successful that the  book bank founders needed to do something more. What they did was create the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank. 


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Volume 17, Issue 5, Posted 7:37 PM, 03.03.2021

Help Rotary Serve The Community - Jewelry Raffle Fundraiser

In this time of the Pandemic, many agencies and organizations that provide needed services to the Lakewood and Rocky River area need help to meet the needs of their clients. The Rotary Club of Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise is devoted to serving the community as it follows its motto of “Service Above Self.”  Club community support includes the Rocky River Assistance Program family food distribution packages of non-perishable food for over 300 families in Rocky River and the Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation program which delivers food to 300 families in Lakewood at Thanksgiving and Christmas, two of the community organizations that are helped by Rotary each year. Recently, the Sunrise Club added Trials for Hope to the list of organizations it helps. This program provides food for the homeless and needy on the near west side.

You can help by participating in a Jewelry Raffle Fund Raiser. Over the last 11 years the Sunrise Rotary has held a Dinner Auction event, with over 200 friends of members and supporters of the Club attending. Due to the pandemic, it is not possible for us to have our Dinner Auction at this time. We are replacing it with the raffle which will assist the Club’s Foundation in meeting the needs of the local organizations mentioned above and others such as Beck Center, Harrison School in Lakewood and The Rocky River Firefighters Charity. 


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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 11:16 AM, 02.03.2021

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Announces Four New Grants

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) board of directors recently approved four new grants that represent a continuation of its commitment to meeting community needs stemming from the COVID-19 crisis. They are:

  • $4,000 to the Barton Senior Center for an internet connectivity pilot for senior residents of the Westerly apartments;

  • $35,000 to Lakewood Community Services Center for food assistance for Lakewood residents for the period of February through June 2021;

  • $25,000 to the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland for services and outreach to Lakewood residents; and

  • $25,000 to the YMCA of Greater Cleveland to support capacity to provide school-day care for Lakewood’s elementary school-age children while learning is remote or hybrid for the period of January through March 2021

“Although we’ve been living with COVID-19 for almost a year, the pandemic’s devastating effects have only become more acute for many,” said HLF President Jeanine Gergel. “Many people have lost jobs or income, and we know some residents are struggling with food insecurity. Some are also worried about having their utilities shut off or being evicted.”


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Volume 17, Issue 3, Posted 11:15 AM, 02.03.2021

Hospice Of The Western Reserve’s Palliative Care Program Receives $150,000 Grant From Three Arches Foundation

Three Arches Foundation has awarded Hospice of the Western Reserve a $150,000 grant (over two years) to support its Western Reserve Navigator (WRN) in-home palliative care program in Lakewood and surrounding areas. WRN is a comprehensive non-hospice program that supports people with advanced, serious illnesses as their health declines. A dedicated team of caregivers develops and implements a customized plan of palliative care to address the physical, functional, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient and their caregivers.

The community-based program is not fully funded by Medicare or commercial insurance and is grateful for philanthropic funding.
Three Arches Foundation ( is a 501(c)(3) public charity that invests in advancing the health and well-being of the people of Lakewood and surrounding communities through grant making. The Hospice of the Western Reserve grant is part of $1.5 million awarded this year to 20 Northeast Ohio nonprofits for their work in addressing solutions that make it easier for people to navigate, understand and use information and services to take care of their behavioral and physical health.

“We are extremely grateful to the Three Arches Foundation for supporting the vital role of palliative care in improving the quality of life for seniors with advanced illnesses,” said Joan Hanson, RN, director of Western Reserve Navigator. “Our team-based approach combines home visits from advanced practice registered nurses and social workers with 24/7 phone access to nursing staff. Trained volunteers serve as a ‘second set of eyes and ears’ for the team and provide spiritual support and companionship between visits. The program fosters greater independence among seniors and prevents repeated hospitalizations.”

Patients keep their own doctors and can continue to receive curative treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. The WRN team collaborates with patient, the family caregivers and the patient’s physicians on a plan of care that provides an extra layer of support. The social worker communicates with insurance companies or the Veterans Administration about benefits, helps access community services and assists patients in identifying and documenting their longer-range healthcare wishes and advanced care plans.

More information about the Western Reserve Navigator program is available at, or by calling 216.383.3700.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 3:04 PM, 03.17.2021

Fee Reductions Available For Driver’s License Reinstatements

A new year is a good time to make a fresh start – and right now, there’s good news for Ohioans who want to reinstate their driver’s license and get back on the road. As of December 13, 2020, a new program from The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) can help people who have had their license suspended obtain a reinstatement. The program, called the Reinstatement Fee Debt Reduction and Amnesty Program, allows eligible individuals to pay reduced reinstatement fees or receive a complete fee waiver, depending on their income.

The BMV automatically screens everyone with a suspended license for the program and sends an email or letter to those who meet eligibility criteria. Thus, there is no need to apply – but you must have a working email address or current mailing address on file with the BMV in order to be notified. To activate the program and reinstatement fee payment plan, you also must provide proof of insurance.

Program requirements are as follows:


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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 3:43 PM, 01.20.2021

Win $100,000 (Or 39 Other Fabulous Prizes) In The Straight From The Heart Raffle!

Community West Foundation and Cleveland Clinic Avon, Fairview, and Lutheran Hospitals are holding their annual Straight from the Heart Raffle where participants have the chance to win a Grand Prize of $100,000! This year’s raffle boasts 40 fabulous prizes including a Mercedes Benz, Sea-Doo and trip to The Greenbrier. All proceeds provide heart healthy initiatives in the community and support cardiology services within Avon, Fairview and Lutheran Hospitals.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 3:43 PM, 01.20.2021

LCAC Gift Of Love And Food For 600 Families

On behalf of Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation, I would like to thank all the people who rallied to help LCAC fulfill our annual Holiday Food Distribution in 2020, despite the pandemic! While we were unable to hold our traditional food drives and gather in person at the Masonic Temple to pack turkeys and all the trimmings, we were still able to provide assistance to 600 Lakewood households in November and December. With your help, each household received a $50 Giant Eagle gift card. Without the donations we received from individuals, businesses, and organizations, LCAC would have struggled to meet this year’s outreach goal. Thank you, Lakewood, for continuing to be a community that cares!

Charles Ballou,

LCAC President

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 12:59 PM, 01.06.2021

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor,
On behalf of Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation, I would like to thank all the people who rallied to help LCAC fulfill our annual Holiday Food Distribution in 2020, despite the pandemic! While we were unable to hold our traditional food drives and gather in person at the Masonic Temple to pack turkeys and all the trimmings, we were still able to provide assistance to 600 Lakewood households in November and December. With your help, each household received a $50 Giant Eagle gift card. Without the donations we received from individuals, businesses, and organizations, LCAC would have struggled to meet this year’s outreach goal. Thank you, Lakewood, for continuing to be a community that cares!
Charles Ballou,
LCAC President

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Volume 17, Issue 1, Posted 12:59 PM, 01.06.2021

20 Northeast Ohio Non-Profits Awarded Over $1.5 Million In Grants

Three Arches Foundation Announces 2020 Annual Grant Awards

Three Arches Foundation, a community-focused grant making foundation, announced awards totaling more than $1.5 million to twenty Northeast Ohio nonprofits for their work in advancing the health and well-being of the people of Lakewood and surrounding communities. Each grant award reflects the Foundation’s priority area of access to care, specifically the advancement of solutions to remove barriers and improve behavioral and physical health.

Grants awarded expand existing programs, fund new initiatives and promote collaborations that integrate health care and social services, which will have a direct impact on the lives of people – both young and old. “Throughout the strategic grant process we were enlightened by the innovative ways these organizations have found to not only maintain, but implement much needed programs and services despite going through a period of immense organizational adjustment this year,” said Chas Geiger, board chair of the Foundation. “We’re proud to provide financial resources to help carry forward these impactful efforts for the benefit of our community.”

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Volume 16, Issue 23, Posted 9:59 AM, 12.02.2020

Legal Aid Helps Those Struggling With Food Insecurity During COVID

Prior to COVID-19, more than 37 million people in America struggled with hunger each year, including more than 11 million children. The economic impact of the pandemic left even more families without the means for meals.

There are a number of resources available to those who are struggling with food insecurity issues. Legal Aid regularly helps clients put food on the table by connecting them with critical benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

One person Legal Aid helped recently is Frankie Subhani (name changed to protect privacy). Frankie, who is an insulin-dependent diabetic, applied for the SNAP program in April. It is important for Frankie to eat regular meals so he can maintain a healthy blood sugar level and avoid life-threatening illness. Unfortunately, weeks passed and he never received the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card he needed to purchase groceries.


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Volume 16, Issue 23, Posted 9:59 AM, 12.02.2020

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Supports Lakewood Families With Remote Learning Needs

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) took several actions in November 2020 aimed at assisting Lakewood families with meeting their school-age children’s learning needs during the pandemic. In specific, the board approved:

  • A $25,000 grant to the YMCA of Greater Cleveland to support its expansion of capacity to provide school-day care to school-age children while learning is remote;

  • The allocation of funds previously awarded by the foundation to the City of Lakewood, Department of Human Services, to provide scholarship assistance for care during the school day for children from Lakewood families with incomes up to 400% of the federal poverty level; and

  • The use of funds previously awarded to the Lakewood City Schools for document cameras to support teaching staff in their efforts to share documents, handouts and worksheets digitally and make connectivity easier for instructional purposes for families with school-age children. 


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Volume 16, Issue 23, Posted 9:59 AM, 12.02.2020

Changing The Tide For One Non-Profit At A Time

Shark&minnow, a Cleveland-based strategy and design consultancy, today announced its sixth annual #sharkATTACK, which acts in conjunction with #GivingTuesday on December 1, 2020. The movement brings together businesses and communities across the globe to champion the worthy causes they believe in.

“Now in its sixth year, we have the unique opportunity through #sharkATTACK to give back to our community during the holiday and giving season by changing the tide for one local non-profit through partnership, empathy and invention,” said Brian Jasinski, shark&minnow’s director of design. “Amidst these challenging times, we are here to elevate and illuminate the initiatives of the organizations for which we deeply care.”

Each year, shark&minnow joins the #GivingTuesday movement and global day of giving with its annual #sharkAttack. As one of the company’s ongoing efforts and commitment to building a brighter community, the creators and innovators at shark&minnow champion a worthy cause by donating expertise in strategy and design to a deserving non-profit in Greater Cleveland, including Lakewood.

The selected organization will have the opportunity to present their unique business challenge to shark&minnow’s team and, in exchange, be provided with a strategic and actionable plan that empowers the organization to turn their presented challenge into an opportunity.

Greater Cleveland non-profit organizations should submit their application for the sixth annual #sharkATTACK at before November 26, 2020 at noon. The chosen organization will be announced the following day, on November 27.


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Volume 16, Issue 22, Posted 11:35 AM, 11.18.2020

Help LCAC "Deliver" Food For The Holidays!

Trying times are when Lakewood neighbors show up for one another, even if they can’t “show up” in person.

For over 30 years, area schools have held non-perishable food drives and hundreds of volunteers have miraculously assembled at the Masonic Temple in mid-November and December to help Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation (LCAC) sort, bag and deliver holiday food baskets to neighbors in need. But then along came Covid.

Covid has presented many challenges to LCAC’s normal operations, including the cancellation of three major fundraisers for the charitable organization. At its October meeting, LCAC’s board members voted unanimously to continue to serve 600 Lakewood families and seniors in 2020. Members developed a plan to protect recipients and volunteers from Covid exposure by purchasing Giant Eagle gift cards that could be distributed safely, without personal contact.

One of the best things about LCAC’s annual food distribution is the sense of community it embodies. While LCAC regrets not being able to gather in person, its all-volunteer board still need lots of help! 

LCAC’s commitment to providing food for 600 Lakewood households in need over the holidays comes with a $30,000 price tag. Missing anticipated revenue from its 2020 fundraisers, LCAC is reaching out to its wonderful corps of volunteers and the entire community to help meet its holiday food distribution budget.

If you would like to be a part of LCAC’s 2020 Holiday Food Distribution, please make a donation  online at or go to LCAC’s website at and hit the donate button.


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

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Announces Third Cycle Of Grants To Address COVID-19 Community Needs At Annual Community Meeting

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) held its second annual community meeting virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, September 17, 2020, at which time it announced its third cycle of grants aimed at addressing community needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic:

- Lakewood Community Services Center: $35,000 for food distribution to Lakewood residents
- Lakewood City Schools: $32,000 to Lakewood City Schools for digital connectivity for families with school-age children
- LakewoodAlive: $10,000 for housing outreach for seniors and low-moderate income residents

“We are grateful to everyone who was able to join us for our annual meeting,” says HLF Board President Jeanine Gergel. “We were of course glad to be able to announce our new grants, but, more importantly, the meeting provided a forum for residents to share their thoughts about what is needed to build a healthy Lakewood. The HLF board of directors is committed to continuously learning from our neighbors about the community’s needs and how we can help meet them.”

HLF will continue to assess community needs related to the pandemic through proactive outreach and dialogue with leaders and service providers to identify future grantmaking opportunities. A fourth round of grants will be awarded later in 2020.

To contact HLF, please visit or email

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

Keep Lakewood Beautiful - The Great American Cleanup

In conjunction with the Great American Cleanup, Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) is sponsoring #DoBeautifulThings in Lakewood. The Great American Cleanup, spearheaded by Keep America Beautiful, is the nation’s largest community improvement program. Last year, more than 550,000 volunteers participated in events to heighten awareness of the importance of caring for our environment. KLB is encouraging all Lakewood residents to get outside the weekend of October 16 through 18 and do beautiful things for your yard, street, block and community.

Any beautification project is fine; pick up litter, pull weeds, set up a compost pile, plant a tree; the list goes on. Starting this week, we will be sending out ideas each day through social media.

We encourage all to snap a picture of your efforts and post it at the Keep Lakewood Beautiful Facebook page or on our keeplakewoodbeautiful Instagram or tag us at #DoBeautifulThings. For more information or if you need supplies, call the mayor’s office at 529–6600 or email Thank you and hope to see you outside that weekend.


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

Healthy Lakewood Foundation To Host Virtual Community Meeting On September 16th

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) is pleased to invite the community to a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. to learn about the foundation’s progress over the past 12 months and engage in conversation that will inform the foundation’s grantmaking in the coming year.

The meeting format will include reports from HLF’s officers on activities of the foundation over the past year, followed by breakout sessions in which all meeting participants will have the opportunity to engage with board members and with each other to share their perspectives on the health of the Lakewood community and future priorities.

“To say the last 12 months have been eventful would be an understatement,” says Board President Jeanine Gergel. “We are eager to share how we have responded to the needs of the community during these turbulent times. Even more important will be the chance to hear from our neighbors about how they are faring and what needs the community faces going forward.”


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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.16.2020

The Return Of The Annual Lakewood Kiwanis Scarecrow Festival

Wind nor rain nor COVID 19 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, 2020 for the 7th Annual Lakewood Scarecrow Festival. Make plans to build your own scarecrow and participate in this fun opportunity for individual, families, businesses, clubs and organizations.

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Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

As More People Need Help Due To COVID-19, Legal Aid Continues To Expand

The economic impact of COVID-19 caused more people to become eligible for free legal assistance from The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. As a result, Legal Aid is taking on an increased number of cases, especially in the areas of housing law and employment law. Already, compared to the same time last year, the organization has seen a 25% increase in landlord-tenant cases and a 46% increase in work-related issues such as unemployment. 

Legal Aid is open and available to both new and returning clients, offering online intake 24/7 and phone intake during certain business hours. Hundreds have already benefitted from Legal Aid’s assistance and representation during the pandemic. 

One person Legal Aid assisted recently is Melissa Benjamin (name changed to protect privacy). Melissa lives with her husband and their three children. She worked as a Lyft driver to make ends meet, but lost her income when Ohio's “stay at home” order took effect in March. Unable to make the family’s mortgage payments, Melissa contacted Legal Aid. Her attorney knew that the CARES Act prevented banks from filing new foreclosures, so she submitted a forbearance request, which was quickly approved. Thanks to Legal Aid’s intervention, the Benjamin family is safe in their home as their payments are deferred, giving them time to save.

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Three Arches Foundation COVID-19 Response Grants Highlight Increased Focus On Looking After Our Mental Health: Grants Help Nonprofit Organizations Take Care Of Their Clients And Front-Line Caregivers

Recognizing the immediate need for support at the onset of the pandemic, Three Arches Foundation (TAF), a community-focused grant making foundation, established the COVID-19 Response Fund. To date, eight nonprofit organizations serving the people of Lakewood and surrounding communities have received funding for resources towards unanticipated needs and to ensure continued focus on access to care. Prevalent in nearly all grant requests was a common thread of proactively supporting mental health initiatives for the benefit of those served, as well as caregivers and staff.

The health and economic effects of the ongoing pandemic are creating and intensifying significant behavioral health challenges for many individuals and local communities. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and magnified the flaws in our mental health system and the true burden of mental illness in our country,” said AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA. “Behavioral health care integration can help save lives and is a proven model that has many advantages over a more divided one.”

Local organizations that received financial resources through the TAF COVID-19 Response Fund include:

Building Hope in the City
Funding to efficiently repurpose and expand capacity of the Refugee Ambassador Program towards serving and maintaining close contact with refugees and immigrants remotely or in-home within their culture and language comfort, as well as providing health and safety education, well checks and addressing mental health needs.

Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health
Funding to implement socially distanced and virtual delivery methods to allow for the continuation of vital music and arts enrichment programs and activity-based experiences for individuals affected by dementia and other brain health issues.

Cleveland Clinic
Funding towards the ongoing health, well-being and safety of front-line medical caregivers and first responders fighting COVID-19 in Lakewood and throughout the west side communities, including considerations to ease the burden of their critical roles within the family environment.

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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Concrete Floor Refinishing” Virtual Workshop On September 10

A first-of-its-kind workshop for our organization will help you bring new life to your old concrete flooring.

LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Concrete Floor Refinishing on Thursday, September 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as a virtual workshop. The ninth workshop of 2020 for this popular home maintenance educational series aims to equip you with the knowledge and confidence you need to pursue a concrete floor refinishing project within your basement, garage or other rooms of your home.

Orchestrated by LakewoodAlive’s Matt Clark and Allison Urbanek, this free workshop will delve into best practices for refinishing your concrete flooring, as well as offer tips for repairing minor cracks and pitting. We’ll discuss when to repair versus when to replace your concrete flooring, and cover the following topics:

  • Maintenance & Prep
  • Products & Technique
  • Finishing & Aftercare
  • Trouble Shooting

To reserve your free spot for our “Knowing Your Home: Concrete Floor Refinishing” virtual workshop, visit or call 216-521-0655.  


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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Lakewood Residents Facing Financial Challenges From COVID-19 Eligible For Interest-Free Loans

Lakewood residents experiencing financial hardships stemming from COVID-19 may be eligible for interest-free loans of up to $1,500 from HFLA of Northeast Ohio.

The loans can be used for a variety of needs such as to replace wages lost due to the pandemic, pay for unexpected childcare or medical costs, or keep households afloat during these difficult financial times. HFLA's team is able to process complete applications in 2-3 business days. Individuals interested in learning more about HFLA of Northeast Ohio’s COVID-19 emergency loan program and finding out if they qualify can visit the organization’s website at or can contact HFLA lending staff directly at or at (216)-378-9042.

The pool of loan funds designated specifically for use by Lakewood residents was established through a grant from the Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF).

“Our board recognized early on in the pandemic that there would be many local families and individuals impacted by the economic downturn,” says HLF Board President Jeanine Gergel. “While we have provided other grants to nonprofit organizations to help residents meet basic needs such as food and transportation, we decided to support the HFLA COVID-19 emergency loan program because it provides access to the most flexible form of assistance of all -- cash -- on an interest-free basis.”

Gergel says the HLF board was especially compelled by HFLA COVID-19 emergency loan program’s terms, which allow individuals whose financial situations have been harmed by the pandemic to qualify without a guarantor and repayment over a generous period of time without accrual of interest.

“We wanted to ensure that financial assistance would be available to people hurt by COVID who might not otherwise be eligible for loans through traditional lending institutions,” says Gergel, “either because they do not have a guarantor or because they are limited in the size of the repayments they are able to make. We believe the HFLA COVID-19 emergency loan program is structured to meet these very precise needs for our neighbors and friends who are facing financial struggles in these challenging times.”

About the Healthy Lakewood Foundation: The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community foundation. HLF was created to ensure remaining assets from the conversion of the Lakewood Hospital will continue to benefit the health and wellness of residents in the City of Lakewood. 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.

To learn more about HLF, visit, or email the foundation at

About HFLA of Northeast Ohio: The mission of HFLA of Northeast Ohio (HFLA) is to provide interest-free loans to address the financial challenges of residents of Northeast Ohio who lack access to traditional lending sources. Founded in 1904, the organization is set up through donations as a revolving loan fund; money that is paid back monthly is then lent out to other people in the community – recycling dollars in the community, multiplying the impact of each donation tenfold in less than a generation.

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Volume 16, Issue 15, Posted 4:08 PM, 08.05.2020

Mamaliga, Here We Come--2020 Version

St Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral announces its Romanian Food Festival--drive-thru style--for August 21 and 22. Your favorite Romanian foods will be on the menu as you order from your car and enjoy your meal at home or perhaps a picnic at the lake. Stuffed cabbage, chicken paprikash, sausage/sauerkraut, mamaliga (our version of polenta baked with cheese and sour cream) and mititei, Romanian mighty burgers hot off the grill. Also enjoy freshly-made elephant ears and assorted pastries. All appropriate safety measures are in place for safe food preparation plus service.

"For 15 years our annual festival has steadily gained in popularity, so not being able to provide this opportunity this year for our neighbors and friends is particularly painful," says Father Remus Grama, parish priest. "The decision to offer this modified version of our festival in some small part hopefully will be seen as a valuable substitute for our successful yearly summer festival."

This year experience a smaller "Taste of Romania" through the good foods being cooked and offered with love by St Mary's Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, located just up the street at 3256 Warren Rd, in the Kamms Corners neighborhood. Friday, August 21: 4pm to 8pm and Saturday, August 22: 12pm to 8pm.

Call 216-941-5550 for further information or visit the website

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Volume 16, Issue 15, Posted 4:08 PM, 08.05.2020

LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Cabinet Refinishing” Virtual Workshop On July 16

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.

LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Cabinet Refinishing on Thursday, July 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as a virtual workshop. The eighth workshop of 2020 for this popular home maintenance educational series seeks to equip attendees with the knowledge and confidence they need to pursue a kitchen cabinet refinishing project.

Led by Matt Clark, LakewoodAlive’s Tool Box Coordinator, this workshop will offer a step-by-step approach for refinishing your cabinets effectively by focusing on the process, products and safety measures necessary to ensure a job well done. Matt will share best practices for undertaking a cabinet remodel, covering everything from knowing which tools and materials you will need to repairing cracks and damage to maintaining hardware.

To reserve your free spot for our "Knowing Your Home: Cabinet Refinishing" virtual workshop, visit or call 216-521-0655.


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

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Announces Second Cycle Of Grants To Address COVID-19 Community Needs

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) board of directors awarded the following grants at its May 2020 meeting in an ongoing effort to address community needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic:

Department of Human Services, City of Lakewood: $60,000 for resident emergency needs.

Hebrew Free Loan Association (HFLA) of Northeast Ohio: $57,500 to establish a pool of Covid-19 emergency loans exclusively for Lakewood residents (individual loans up to $1,500).

Asian Services in Action, Inc. (ASIA, Inc.): $15,000 to meet the emergency needs of refugee and immigrant families in Lakewood.

“The Healthy Lakewood Foundation board believes these three organizations are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of residents experiencing some of the most acute health and safety risks as well as those undergoing financial difficulties as a result of the public health crisis,” says HLF Board President Jeanine Gergel. “We are especially concerned about how the pandemic is impacting Lakewood’s most vulnerable residents and recognize our responsibility to make the resources we have been entrusted with available to assist them.”

The three newly announced grants are in addition to two previous grants awarded by HLF in March 2020 to Lakewood Community Services Center ($50,000) and Department of Human Services, City of Lakewood ($25,000), bringing the Foundation’s total year-to-date grantmaking to meet resident emergency needs to $207,500.

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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

LakewoodAlive To Host Birdtown Picnic To-Go On June 27

LakewoodAlive will host a Birdtown Picnic To-Go on Saturday, June 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Madison Park (south entrance to the park off of Athens Avenue). Sponsored by the City of Lakewood and Joe’s Deli Lakewood, this free community event is an initiative of LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program.

In an effort to ensure health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the sixth year of our Birdtown Picnic will have a different look. Community members are invited to come pick up a to-go meal consisting of complimentary hot dogs, hamburgers or veggie burgers, chips, applesauce and a drink. 

200 meals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Drive-thru and walk-up guests will both be accepted. Masks are strongly encouraged.


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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

COVID Times: Nonprofit Comes Home To Lakewood

COVID-19 forced many workers to set up home offices during the stay-at-home order for nonessential travel earlier this year. That included two-thirds of the nonprofit, because I said I would’s staff returning to Lakewood from their Rocky River headquarters to work remotely from their homes. Because I said I would was founded in 2012 by two Lakewood residents, Founder, Alex Sheen whose father’s greatest attribute was being a man of his word, and Co-Founder, Amanda Messer whose early life was fraught with the pain of broken promises. Together, they started a social movement to better humanity through promises made and kept. The organization accomplishes this through volunteer projects, individual action plans, character education programming, tools, resources and inspirational content.

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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

Free Books For Children From Birth To Age 5 In Lakewood And Cuyahoga County

Free books for children from birth to age 5 are available in our community from The Literacy Cooperative and the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library!

id you know that “the single most important factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home before starting school”? (National Commission on Reading). As a parent or caregiver, snuggling up and reading daily with your child is one of the most important actions you can take to help set them up for future success.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a free, brand new, age-appropriate book to enrolled children every month from birth until five years old, instilling a love of books and family reading from an early age. The Literacy Cooperative manages the program in Cuyahoga County and Wickliffe where it is available to every young child under age 5; the program is also available in other Ohio counties(check online at www.ohioimaginationlibrary.comfor availability). There are no income restrictions.


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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

Keep Lakewood Beautiful - Beautiful Home Awards

Each year, Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) sponsors a Beautiful Home Awards program to honor exceptional gardens (annuals, perennials, shrubbery, vegetables. herbs, no limits) in our neighborhoods. We are currently accepting nominations for the 2020 awards. Do you know of an especially nice house and yard/garden in your neighborhood? Please consider nominating that home.

The only requirements are that the home is in Lakewood and the nomination is submitted by July 31. You can nominate a home through the Keep Lakewood Beautiful webpage on the city website ( You may also call the office of the mayor (216-529-6600) with your nomination. You will need to provide your name and contact information and the address of the nominated home.


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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

Legal Aid’s Response to COVID19: Full Services Available + A New Resource

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only threatened the health of our community, but it has also magnified the needs of Northeast Ohio's most vulnerable residents. As a growing number of people struggled to secure basic needs such as shelter, income, and safety, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland mobilized its resources to continue fully serving Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, and Geauga counties. Since March 14th, Legal Aid attorneys have been working with clients remotely through emails, texts, phone calls, and video calls.

When Governor Mark DeWine closed all nonessential businesses in response to COVID19, many low-income workers faced layoffs, furloughs, or reduced hours. Legal Aid developed new supports for those affected.

On April 9th, Legal Aid launched the Worker Information Line, which provides clear, direct answers to questions about work or unemployment benefits. Those with questions can call at any time and leave a message clearly stating their name, phone number, and a brief description of their question. A Legal Aid staff member will return the call between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Calls are returned within 1-2 business days. Cuyahoga County residents should call 216-861-5899; Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga, and Lorain County residents should call 440-210-4532.


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