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    Hannah Captures Conference, District Titles

    Tyler Hannah, photo by David A. Cleveland, dacphoto.com

    Lakewood High’s Tyler Hannah continues to bolster his case as one of the best track and field athletes in the school’s history as the senior added three conference titles and two District titles to his growing accomplishments. Hannah won the 110 and 300 meter hurdles at the Southwest Conference Championships, where he was defending champ for both, and gave a repeat performance at Districts the following weekend.

    Tyler was also the anchor on the 4x400 relay of himself, Devon Brown, Jack Hueter and Cormac Peppard-Kramer that came from behind to clinch the fourth and final qualifying spot for Regionals, which will be held May 22 and 24 in Youngstown. Junior Peppard-Kramer also advanced in the 800 meters with a third-place finish.

    On the girls’ side for Districts, junior Christina Auck set a school record on her way to finishing 5th in the shot put. Freshman Teeghan McGann placed 5th in the 800 meters, completing against a field consisting entirely of seniors.


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    Latest News Releases

    State Names Roosevelt Elementary High Progress School of Honor
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    DeWine Nominates Cabinet Heads for DAS, DSA, OOD, DRC, Taxation, Appoints Numerous Senior Staff members
    - Government, January 3, 2019 Read More
    District to Renovate Taft for Curricular Expansion, Central Office Home
    - Board of Education, December 18, 2018 Read More
    Lakewood’s Roosevelt Elementary Named High Progress School of Honor
    - Board of Education, November 16, 2017 Read More
    Lakewood Empowers Young People to Say Something and Save Lives!
    - City Hall, October 17, 2017 Read More

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    Tess Neff For Ward 1 Lakewood City Council

    Roots, tradition and experience—that is what I will bring to the Ward 1 seat of Lakewood.

    I am a 30-year resident of the city, a city where my husband and I raised three children. My family and I have thrived in Lakewood's long tradition of community values and civic involvement, and it is vital for the city this tradition continues.

    My 30-year professional career has been dedicated entirely to public service. I am a former police officer, Lakewood Municipal Court Magistrate, and Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Magistrate. From these experiences I learned first-hand the importance of public safety. For the last three and a half years I have been the Court Administrator at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, heading the delivery of services to at-risk children and families.


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    LakewoodAlive To Host Day Of Festivities In Historic Birdtown On June 15

    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 LakewoodCitizens 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. 


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    St. Peter's Episcopal Church Grand Opening

    photo by Jim O'Bryan, property of Lakewood Observer, Inc. ©2019

    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.  

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    The cast of "Annie Junior" take a bow.

    This past weekend Harding Middle School put on a production of "Annie Junior" to a standing room only crowd. 

    Many of the key players were 8th graders taking the stage for the last time after putting three years of hard work into Harding's Drama Club which took on the well-known show and did not disappoint, transforming Harding's cafetorium into Miss Hannigan's orphanage, Oliver Warbuck's mansion and the bustling streets of New York City, which came alive with Rockette-like dancers, a star-to-be right off the bus with her suitcase and a gang of New Yorkers, singing and yelling.  

    Julia Kompier, as Annie, was spot-on as the tough little girl with the heartbreaking note in her pocket and the soaring voice. Madeleine Rybak was hilarious as the harried and unscrupulous Miss Hannigan delighting the audience with her performance of "Little Girls." The orphans, led by Molly, played with much mischief by Jana Evans, made for a high-spirited Hard Knock Life, laughing and fighting and coming together for some impressive singing and dancing.


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    Whoa Oh Oh Oh?: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 88

    Redness - Killer Bees - not on label - 6 songs - 12"

    This is a reissue of a 7" that originally came out in 1980 as the sole release on Non Records, to my knowledge. I'm not sure how official this release is, but it's cool to have nonetheless. I usually seem to see Redness listed as a "punk" band, but that's really not the case. It's maybe art-punk and there are a few tracks that could definitely be called no wave, but it's more of an experimental, artsy, DIY kinda sound. The title track has a synthesizer emulating constant bee-buzzing over a jazzy track while a guy screams about killer bees. Bizarrely, it reminds me a lot of Fossil Fuel, and you can try and figure that one out. "Gran Torismo" continues the sorta art-jazz style with a story about the titular car while someone in the background does a ridiculous performance of "Dead Man's Curve." Now, as far as Cleveland "punk" bands with jazz influences covering "Dead Man's Curve" goes, it's not as good as the version by the electric eels, but it's still pretty cool. The last track on Side 1 is "Little Debbie," which is the first one you'd certainly call no wave or art punk. Continuing that theme, the first song on Side 2 is "Creme Rinse," which is punk but also bossa nova or something like that. It might be my pick for the best one on here. "Backwards, Forwards" goes back to the weird artiness and fades out halfway through one of the lines, which leaves me really wondering what it is he said. Finally, "Primitivjam," as the title implies, is a short instrumental noodling freakout song. I'm not quite sure what to make of all this, especially since the band is apparently a complete mystery. Is it serious? Is it a punxploitation kind of thing but making fun of a far more obscure genre? I really don't know. If you're into the weirder side of things, this is a good one to check out. 3.5/5

    (Due to this release's dubious officialness, I don't know where the best place to get a copy is. Try a local record store.)

    Are you a local-ish band? Do you have a record out? Email vaguelythreatening@gmail.com or send it directly to Observer headquarters: The Lakewood Observer, c/o Buzz Kompier, 14900 Detroit Avenue, Suite 205, Lakewood, OH 44107.

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    Lakewood Tool Box Progressing Toward Early June Launch

    It won’t be long until the Lakewood Tool Box is ready to offer community members an affordable and educational option for borrowing tools that are essential for completing home repairs to ensure we live in healthy and safe homes.

    LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program has been working diligently in hopes of launching this tool lending library in early June. Situated on the grounds of the Lake Erie Building in the Historic Birdtown Neighborhood, the Lakewood Tool Box is housed in a large shipping container that will be accessible to the public from the back corner of the building’s East Lot near the intersection of Athens and Halstead Avenues.


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    The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 9: “The Ballad of Derecho Dan?Continues

    (An editor’s note:For the first time since the storm era had begun, River City finally suffered collateral damage from what was known as “Storm 5.4.” An errant tornado had spun off the sentinal winds and landed on the River City Yacht Club. Several rich people’s precious boats were reduced to matchsticks and floating wine bottles. The jerkwad mayor of River City is demanding that Rockport pay for the damages. Such is the sad madness of these times we live in.)

    Maynard Gridley’s face turned pale after Little Dan had innocently inquired about “Monsoon Charlie.” After all, it was Maynard who’d brought it up while bragging that the storms bedeviling Rockport weren’t a match for the monsoons that he’d experienced in Vietnam. “Your face just turned gray,” observed Little Dan, “Who the heck was Monsoon Charlie?” Maynard plopped his half-smoked Lucky Strike into a half-drunk bottle of Coke and replied, “Monsoon Charlie was neither man nor beast!" 

    Suddenly, Maynard turned white, grabbed his chest, and ran into the men’s room. Through the door Little Dan could hear him throwing up. Maynard reappeared a few minutes later complaining the lunchtime eggplant parmesan brought in by the Three Joes had made him nauseous. “That ‘Guido food’ made me sick,” he griped. Little Dan didn’t believe it and the Three Joes didn’t either. It was obvious that ‘Monsoon Charlie’ still rattled the leather-tough Maynard to his core.


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    Waste Water And The West Side: What Are The Issues?

    Learn more about changes to clean Lake Erie by upgrading local sewer systems on Wednesday June 5, 2019. This forum is free and open to the public at Lakewood Library on Detroit Avenue from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and will be moderated by Professor Howard E. Katz, Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Panelists include:

    • Frank Greenland, Director of the Watershed Project, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District 
    • Janine Rybka, Director, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District
    • Mike Summers, Mayor, City of Lakewood
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    Presutto Sponsors Neighborhood Tour In Ward 2

    City Council candidate Brad Presutto is bringing a spotlight to interesting places and events in Lakewood Ward 2—and you’re invited to take part.

    In May and June, Presutto’s campaign is making stops at business and parks, to recognize the rich diversity of life in Ward 2.

    “Ward 2 is more than just downtown,” says Presutto, “and I want to bring more attention to local business on Madison Avenue, for example.”

    The Lakewood Ward 2 Neighborhood Tour is also about better representing local residents, he adds.

    “Lives and schedules aren’t one-size-fits-all, and our approach to community leadership needs to reflect that,” says Presutto. “I have some great conversations when I’m knocking on doors, but that isn’t for everyone.”

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    NYC Based Folk-Noir Duo "Charming Disaster" Returns To The Good Goat Gallery

    Brooklyn, NY based goth-folk duo Charming Disaster will perform in Cleveland on May 23, bringing their whimsically macabre duets inspired by love, death, true crime, ancient mythology, and the occult to Lakewood's Good Goat Gallery. The playfully dark duo are touring in advance of the release of their third album, SPELLS + RITUALS. Pre-release copies of the album will be available at the show. Doors open at 6pm.

    They will share the bill with local vaudeville duo Pinch & Squeal, whose modern take on old-time comedic performance, from music to juggling to naughty jokes, has made them a longstanding Cleveland favorite in the circus and burlesque scene. Admission is $13.

    "Charming Disaster balances smart pop songs against a confident stage presence, sort of a swagger, that suggest the two people out front are destined for great things...these people are overflowing with musical ideas that simply defy categorization." –The Vinyl Anachronist

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    Immigration Legislation In The United States

    Magistrate Barbara Greenberg returns to the Main Library for another of her informative series; this time, she will be discussing immigration. Since the inception of US history, immigration has been a hotly debated issue. Discover the cases which shaped U.S. immigration legislation in a four-part series led by Magistrate Greenberg.

    During this four-week series, participants will learn about and then discuss the cases, laws, and public policy which made immigration legislation what it is today. Magistrate Greenberg, a dynamic and articulate speaker, will present the case law and legislation and will then open up the room for debate and discussion. The first class takes place on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room. Subsequent classes will be held in the Main Library Multipurpose Room at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, and Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

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    LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

    Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
    Author Event - "Cleveland Then and Now"
    by Laura DeMarco
    Main Library Auditorium

    "Cleveland Then and Now" matches rare archive images with specially-commissioned contemporary color photos of the same scenes to reveal the past and present of Cleveland. It concentrates on landmarks that have stayed intact and adapted to survive. Tradition amid change is the story of Cleveland, then and now. Laura DeMarco is an arts and culture reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

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    North Coast Health's Next Chapter

    Since announcing the news of North Coast Health (NCH) and Neighborhood Family Practice’s (NFP) plans to join in a strategic affiliation, so much has happened! During the Fall, both organizations embarked on a detailed and well-orchestrated transition plan. And, on January 1, 2019 North Coast Health started a new year, and our next chapter, as Neighborhood Family Practice North Coast Community Health Center!

    Everyone continues to be an important partner along this journey. I look forward to introducing you to the Neighborhood Family Practice community and the meaningful work that is being done across our network of community health centers.Your investment of time, talents and treasures will continue to make it possible for everyone to receive high quality, affordable health care, regardless of their ability to pay. You are an important part of our past, present and future. Working together, as a vital part of the health care safety net, we will continue to meet the needs of our community.

    Jean Polster, President and CEO of Neighborhood Family Practice and I invite you to attend a Community Update on Thursday, May 30th at 6:30 p.m. at Roundstone Insurance in Lakewood. We are excited to share updates about our transition and expansion of services, information on the newly established North Coast Health Foundation and the opportunity to answer your questions. Please reserve your seat by emailing ggavlak@nfpmedcenter.org or by calling 216.281.8945 ext. 285. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

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    Treasures In The Cuyahoga County Archives

    If you have ever wondered what kind of historical information can be found at the Cuyahoga County Archives, now is your chance to learn from Northeast Ohio’s expert on the subject. Judith G. Cetina, PhD, who has an incredible 42 years of experience at the archives, will be visiting Lakewood Public Library on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss what can be discovered in the collection.

    The Cuyahoga County Archives was created in 1975 to save important records: estate files, birth and death certificates, naturalization records, plat books, tax records and marriage certificates. Up to that point, these valuable documents were vulnerable to decay and loss from being stored with inconsistent standards in different buildings around the Greater Cleveland area. 

    In 1977, two years after its founding, Dr. Cetina began her career at the archives where she saw the scattered pieces of the collection come together and eventually find a safe place at the Rhodes House on Franklin Avenue in 1985, the same year she became the new director. Great efforts were made to organize, record, preserve and make these valuable documents available to the public. In 2018 the archives were moved once again to their new home at 3951 Perkins Ave. 

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    More Than 1,000 Sensory Awareness Kits Distributed In Lakewood

    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. 

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    Tradition Amid Change: The Story Of Cleveland

    As a hometown, Cleveland holds a special place in residents’ hearts. They love to talk about the city’s history and their own memories of it. Author Laura DeMarco tapped into that nostalgia with her first book, “Lost Cleveland,” in 2017. Now she’s back with “Cleveland Then and Now,” which matches historic images of Cleveland landmarks with contemporary color photos of the same scenes.

    You can meet DeMarco on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium to see and hear images and stories of historic and contemporary Cleveland.

    Located in a prime location for industrial success, Cleveland prospered in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with both great wealth and the inevitable pollution and poverty that follow industrialization. By the early 1900s, the prosperity generated from the steel mills, factories and railroads resulted in a number of substantial civic and commercial buildings, monuments, bridges and mansions. By the 1920s, Cleveland was America’s fifth largest city, with almost a million people. When the city started to falter in the 1960s, buildings were left to molder and people began to leave. Many of the city’s landmarks remained.

    “Cleveland Then and Now” explores those landmarks with 150 photos on 144 pages. DeMarco describes each scene, detailing the history and development of each landmark over time. She worked with photographer Karl Mondon, who examined the historical photographs and attempted to recreate the same scene, from the same angle and time of day. Each pair of photos reveals fascinating differences or similarities.


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    District Green Team Geared For Impact

    More than any other generation before them, children today are passionate about the environment. The recently formed LkwdGreenTeam task force hopes to tap into that passion as it comes up with strategies to reduce waste in the District and reach its ultimate goal of developing a learning environment that empowers and inspires our students to be creative, innovative, green leaders.

    The LkwdGreenTeam consists of at least one staff member from every building as well as some administrators. The group has been meeting regularly to develop short-term and long-term goals and strategies that will result in less waste for the District while also educating students about how to be good stewards of the planet.

    “We need to be good role models for our students in everything we do,” said technology teacher Jaime Chanter, who suggested forming the task force. “Taking care of our planet must be a team effort and I know our students can rise to the challenge!”


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    Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

    Kidical Mass Bike Ride and Story Time

    For the Whole Family

    The Lakewood Public Library, Bike Lakewood and Beat Cycles invites the whole family to enjoy a fun morning bicycle ride around the neighborhood. The event includes bicycle safety instruction, a story time, an art project and a refreshment to end the event. No registration is required.

    Sunday, May 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Madison Park Bike Racks.



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    Dan O'Malley has represented Ward 4 on City Council since 2016.

    Ward 4 Councilman Daniel J. O’Malley has announced that he will seek a second term on Lakewood City Council this fall. O’Malley has amassed a record of legislative accomplishments, neighborhood improvements, and community growth since first being elected in 2015 and says he wishes to continue that progress.

    O’Malley serves as chair of city council’s Finance Committee, which provides financial oversight and reviews the city’s budget on an annual basis. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done to make efficient use of Lakewood’s taxdollars,” O’Malley said. “We’ve managed to make investments in our services, infrastructure, and workforce without raising taxes.”

    Among the most evident investments are in Ward 4’s parks. “We’ve invested over $1 million in Ward 4’s parks alone,” O’Malley noted. “That includes a total renovation of Cove Park, plus major investments in Madison Park.”

    Last year, Madison Park saw the return of full-court basketball after a 10-year absence. O’Malley included funding for the court in his budget priorities in 2017.

    Councilman O’Malley is also proud of the work he’s done on behalf of Lakewood’s most vulnerable residents. In 2016, when low-income tenants at Lake Shore Towers in the Gold Coast were being charged to remedy the building’s bed bug problem in violation of Lakewood’s laws, O’Malley stepped in on behalf of the residents. “The policy you have in place is creating a crippling burden on the low-income residents of your building,” O’Malley wrote to the building’s landlord at the time. “Many of your residents are impoverished senior citizens and in no position to pay for these costly treatments.”


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    Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

    New Roosevelt Principal Named

    Allison Aber.

    The Lakewood Board of Education at its meeting on April 15 approved Allison Aber as the next principal of Roosevelt Elementary School, replacing Eileen Griffiths, who is retiring. Aber, who is currently principal at Longfellow Elementary School of Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools, begins her position on August 1, 2019.

    In her role at Longfellow, Aber provided robust professional development for her staff, implemented a new schedule with collaborative intervention and enrichment at each grade level, created a learning lab makerspace, and was successfully awarded over $20,000 in grant money from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. During her time at Longfellow, AIR testing scores improved nearly 10%.

    Before her role as principal, Aber served as assistant principal at Madison Local Schools’ middle school for four years. Prior to joining the administrative ranks, Aber was a math and language arts teacher working with students in both grades 5 and 6 in the Madison Local and Highland Local school districts.

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    Oh My! "Mamma Mia!"

    The Lakewood High Barnstormers on May 4 finished a three-show run of "Mamma Mia!" that was by all accounts a homerun production! Congratulations to director Domenic Farinelli, all the cast, production managers, stage crew, costume designers, sound and lighting crew, orchestra pit members (under the direction of Beth Hankins), and anyone else who had a hand in this uplifting show! See you next fall for the Barnstormers' version of Ken Ludwig's "Moon Over Buffalo."

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    LakewoodAlive Announces Performers For 2019 Front Porch Concert Series

    Photo by Sky Media Cleveland

    There will be 10 opportunities this summer to enjoy free, live music in a welcoming Downtown Lakewood environment.

    LakewoodAlive announces the talented lineup of musical performers for the 2019 Front Porch Concert Series sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James. See the schedule below for weekly performers comprising the popular live music program, which takes place each Friday evening (7 to 9 p.m.) from June 28 through August 30 on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library.

    The 2019 edition of the Front Porch Concert Series will offer something for every musical taste. From folk to rock to jazz, each weekly concert remains family-friendly while delving into diverse musical genres. Like a crowd-pleasing encore performance, this Lakewood summer tradition is sure to delight its audience.

    The concert series kicks off June 28 with a performance by The Pocket, a fun-loving band that will get the crowd grooving with a funk-fusion sound blending elements of jazz, funk and soul. This talented group is led by Chris Vance, a Lakewoodite musician who has been instrumental in developing the Front Porch Concert Series into a marquee summer event.

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    Harding Eighth Grade Travels To D.C.

    Harding students gather in front of the reflecting pool facing the Washington Monument. That's us in the purple shirts. 

    Photo by Julia Kompier

    I am a student in 8th grade at Harding Middle School, and from May 1st through May 6th, 134 students and I got to go to Washington, DC. by bus.

    After 7 hours of driving, talking, and laughing, we looked out our windows to see monuments in the distance.

    We first arrived at Arlington Cemetery to see more than 400,000 graves perfectly aligned with each other, as if in army formation. We had the opportunity to see the changing of guards in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is constantly guarded. For the rest of the day we visited many memorials, my personal favorite being the National World War II Memorial, with its beautiful fountains and great views.   

    On the second day we got to visit the United States Capitol Building. Inside we got to see 100 statues dedicated to people who changed history. This day we also got the opportunity to remember the tragedy of the Holocaust. In the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum there were heartfelt and tragic stories of the survivors and of the lives lost in the Holocaust. In this museum there was a 200 square foot room, just filled with shoes. So many shoes. The shoes of the hopeful, desperate, and scared sitting alone in a room.   

    That night we saw a hilarious murder mystery play at the Kennedy Center. The next day we saw the White House, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and a tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield.   


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    Choosing Smart, Sustainable Development For Lakewood

    A recent article in Crain’s Cleveland Business examined development issues in Lakewood, and I want to provide a response. As part of this year’s campaign conversation I will be discussing how we pursue “smart development.”

    The closures of Barry Buick and Lakewood Hospital (among others) face us with big choices about development within the City of Lakewood. We have very few large commercial parcels available for new construction. Getting these choices right is important.

    Our infrastructure will be further stressed by the demands of one of the densest cities in the U.S. adding additional dwelling units. New residents will need additional city services. It is imperative for Lakewood to have balanced development.

    As I mentioned at a recent City Council meeting, not less than 10 or 12 years ago, it was nearly impossible to sell a condo in Lakewood without taking a loss. Times have certainly changed and we are now in a seller’s market, but we need to be thoughtful and balanced with the development along our commercial corridors.


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    Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

    Staff Spotlight Honorees: Duhr & Holton

    Tricia Duhr

    Garfield Middle School teacher Tricia Duhr and Lakewood High paraprofessional Karen Holton are the Lakewood City Schools' May Staff Spotlight honorees! Read more about each of these dedicated professionals below.


    Tricia Duhr has spent her career helping people be successful in life. Before becoming an Intervention Specialist for the BRIDGES program at Garfield Middle School six years ago, she worked in the mental health field as a counselor. She made the jump to special needs education because she felt called to work with children to help them develop social and life skills needed to live a fulfilled life. And for six years, she’s been doing just that.

    “Simply walk in her classroom and you will observe kids not only learning but also having fun and gaining independence,” says Tricia’s nominator, BRIDGES teacher Amber Rykaceski.

    Tricia feeds off her students’ growth and is always looking for ways for them to gain new skills and build self confidence. This year though, she also wanted to find a way to better integrate her students with the rest of the school. So, she and Amber came up with the idea of BRIDGES Café, where each Friday the students run a coffee shop – serving the drinks, operating the cash register, even creating the advertising.


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    Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 7:51 PM, 05.08.2019

    Presutto Advocates Fair Solutions To Sewer Upgrade Costs

    Lakewood needs to comply with the Clean Water Act, and prevent untreated wastewater from overflowing into Lake Erie. City council candidate Brad Presutto says he fully supports this goal.

    But affordability and fairness need to guide the city in achieving that goal, says Presutto, who is running to represent Lakewood Ward 2.

    “As a community, we need to work out ways to do so without putting the entire burden in residents’ water/sewer bills, or billing homeowners for the entire cost of upgrading infrastructure built before they even saw their home,” he says.

    Upgrades already made or approved could raise the average home’s water and sewer fee to nearly $205/month, according to the city’s forecasts. Because a complete upgrade may eventually cost a further $300 million, Presutto says that paying for it all with rate increases won’t work for residents.

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    Baldwin Wallace Professor Alan Kolp To Facilitate Discussion On Quaker Spirituality At Centering Space

    Dr. Alan Kolp’s career teaching religion and spirituality took an unusual turn nearly two decades ago when he joined the Baldwin Wallace faculty and struck up an unlikely alliance with colleagues in the business school. Together, they entwined business concepts such as leadership, innovation and culture, with the classical virtues of courage, justice, hope and love to pen three books, highly prized by businesses trying to build more holistic and integrity driven companies for the 21st Century.

    Born and raised in the Quaker faith, Kolp has relied on the tenets of his faith in both his teaching and writing.

    On Saturday, May 11, Kolp, a birthright Quaker, is sharing his spiritual message during a day-long retreat at Centering Space www.centeringspace.org. in Lakewood. But as with his co-authored business books, he invites participants to examine these ideas in light of their own lives.

    “I will present some of the basic Quaker spiritual perspectives and practices, but more than theology, I want to work in the area of spirituality,” Kolp said. “I am hoping whatever your tradition, you can see a way to relate to Quaker beliefs. I will focus on the basic Quaker spirituality and do some segments on silence, peace, testimony and social justice.”


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    Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 7:51 PM, 05.08.2019

    Palms, Pussy Willows, And Puppets

    Palm Sunday: parades, processions, palms, pussy willows and… puppets? Yes, puppets! Full-sized parade puppets, including Jesus entering on a donkey, a puppet donkey of course! 

    This was the scene at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1659 Rosewood Avenue, at their Palm Sunday service. To the loud "Hosannas" from the booming organ (played by H. Leslie Adams) and the singing congregants, giant puppets waving palms processed through the sanctuary, bringing smiles to young and old alike.

    The project was the brainchild of Nancy Sander, Lakewood's resident puppet lady. "The Easter message should never become humdrum," said Sander. "We wanted to try something refreshingly joyful to go with the season. Puppets have always been joyful so it was a natural choice."

    During the month prior to Easter, volunteer members of Grace met to turn bleach bottles, masking tape, ski poles, yarn, faux fur and foam into puppets the size of children. Diane Russell wanted to build a puppet in honor of her dog "Buddy," who had recently passed away. Everyone agreed, so Buddy was lovingly crafted and marched with the others.

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    Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 7:51 PM, 05.08.2019

    Appreciation For Our Nurses And Teachers

    A downtown Lakewood massage studio will be offering nurses and teachers half off massages in celebration of both National Nurses Week and Teacher Appreciation Week (both being celebrated May 6-12).

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    Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

    District To Join Great Lakes Conference

    Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the Lakewood City Schools athletic teams will move from the Southwest Conference, where the District has been a member since 2015, to compete in the Great Lakes Conference. The move will provide more balanced competition for Lakewood teams and allow them to better develop and in some cases rekindle rivalries with schools that are in closer proximity to our District.

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    Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

    Keep Lakewood Beautiful Annual Humus Sale May 18th

    Keep Lakewood Beautiful will be kicking off their Adopt-A-Spot program again this May with our annual Humus Sale. On Saturday, May 18th, bagged humus and perennials will be for sale at the Skate House parking lot at Lakewood Park from 9-12. Each bag of humus weighs about 30 pounds and costs $4. Feel free to bring your own reusable container and save trashing a plastic bag.

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    Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

    Summer Reading Is For All Ages At Lakewood Public Library

    Explore "A Universe of Stories" at the Library this summer! 

    Dream big and explore the universe with this year’s summer reading theme, “A Universe of Stories.” Starting this year, summer reading is for all ages at Lakewood Public Library. From Monday, May 13 to Monday, August 5, children and adults can read their way through the universe at the Library. 

    For youth, it’s 3... 2... 1... Lift off! Journey to either the Main Library or Madison Branch libraries to sign up for Summer Reading Club! Participants ages birth through twelfth grade will gather stamps and prizes as they go, and a special reward awaits those who complete thirty hours, thirty books, or thirty chapters of reading by Monday, August 5. The fun doesn’t end there, either. Arts and crafts abound! Any child with a parent or caregiver can stop by Monday through Thursday, June 10 through July 25, anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and pick up a space-themed craft to do together. Our craft changes each week!

    While finishing your reading record is quite an accomplishment, we’ve got an encore you won’t want to miss! Children and their families can attend the Summer Reading Club Party at Madison Park on Wednesday, August 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fun, games, and prizes await! Teens will have their own party on Friday, August 6, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Main Library. To register for summer reading, stop by the Main Library or Madison Branch Summer Reading Club Desk starting May 13.



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    Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

    Strokes Of Genius Ends With Art Show

    The 2019 spring session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library recently came to a close as participating second, third, and fourth graders proudly showcased their talent at an art show for family and friends. Each week students learned about the life and work of a different artist and then completed an art project in the style of that artist. Artwork created by Paul Cezanne, Georges Seurat, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Michelangelo, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andy Warhol provided the inspiration for the students’ creative efforts. Oil pastels, watercolor paints, clay, tempera, and markers were some of the art mediums used. At the conclusion of the Art Show each participant took home a certificate and their creative work.

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    Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

    Art Connection

    For students in kindergarten through fifth grade

    Unleash your imagination and creativity through thoughtful art activities. Students will express their view of the world by creating their own unique piece of art to take home. Registration required.

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.


    Tail Waggin’ Tutors

    For school-age children

    Bone up on your reading skills by reading to a dog. Drop in for a one-to-one session with one of our dogs and owners that have been certified through Therapy Dogs International.

    Saturday, May 11, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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    The Nominees For The Third Annual Women Honoring Women Have Been Accepted!

    The Lakewood Women’s Club Announces the Nominees for their 3rd Annual “Women Honoring Women” fundraiser and celebration.

    Congratulations to The Community Leader nominees, Heidi Murray, Karolyn Isenhart, Kate Coghlan, Laura Jaissle, Laura Rodriguez-Carbone, Sandra Sauder and Vicki McCarthy.

    The Community Leader 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 service to either one organization or a variety of volunteer activities.

    Congratulations to The Business Leader nominees, Allison Urbanek, Brandi Larsen, Ines Rehner, Jennifer Truchon and Sharon Marrell.

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    Prelude To Summer Book Sale

    Victor Hugo once said, “A library implies an act of faith.”

    The resilience of modern Libraries and how we move forward in this technological age will discern the level of our active investment in the future.

    It promises that the responsibility and development of the collection, as well as the distribution of knowledge, will lie securely in the hands of those who would protect and cherish it.

    At Lakewood Public Library we take the future very seriously, which is why we are so proud and invested in the programming that we provide.

    Recently we have been given a fantastic opportunity to host a display in the Main Library building, up in the second-floor gallery, under the name Traveling Stanzas.

    This amazing exhibit features beautifully raw immigrant poetry and also facilitates an opportunity to create your own poems using blackout poetry with some state of the art equipment.


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    LPL Calendar of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

    Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
    Non-Fiction Book Club
    Main Library Meeting Room
    Come and join the conversation with our newest book club. There are sure to be serious and thought-provoking discussions about many subjects inspired by these non-fiction works. Tonight we will discuss "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo.

    Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
    Film - "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962) Directed by John Frankenheimer
    Presented by Terry Meehan 
    Main Library Auditorium
    During the Korean War, a U.S. platoon is captured and taken to a mysterious location in Communist China. Somehow the men make it back to U.S. lines, and the platoon leader, Captain Marco (Frank Sinatra), declares Sergeant Shaw (Laurence Harvey) a war hero, but something is not quite right. Terry Meehan continues his series Cold War Chronicles, introducing each film with an original video, followed by audience reaction and a lively discussion.

    Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
    Adam Miller Folk Music ─The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie: American Balladeer
    Main Library Auditorium
    In his short life, Woody Guthrie wrote over 1,000 American songs – and he didn’t use an original melody for any of them! Folksinger, storyteller and autoharp virtuoso, Adam Miller, will perform an outstanding tribute, The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie: American Balladeer. It is the story of the man who wrote, “This Land is Your Land,” one of the most widespread English language folksongs. Miller has performed this program across the United States.

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    Lakewood After Prom Comes Alive!

    Lakewood High seniors celebrated their prom on April 27 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Afterward, more than 300 students enjoyed food, fun, games and music into the wee hours of the morning at After Prom at Lakewood High. A dedicated committee of parent volunteers organized After Prom, which had the theme of Night At The Museum, based on the popular movies set in museums where the exhibits come alive when the sun sets.
    The parent volunteers transformed Lakewood High into a museum complete with 10-foot dinosaur, life-size Easter Island monolith, Egyptian tomb and more. Parents dressed as historic figures including Teddy Roosevelt, Sacagawea, Amelia Earhart and Egyptians, and pulled off the theme to perfection. Over 200 prizes were given out and students could "shop" in the museum gift shop that included a candy bar and photo booth. Students stayed busy until 2:30 am in bounce houses, singing in the karaoke room, playing laser tag or relaxing in the lounge after having their caricature drawn or getting a temporary tattoo. 
    The committee began planning the event in December and could not have done it without family and community support.  Countless parents donated money, time and gifts. Know that your donation was appreciated. We also would like to thank the many local businesses and organizations that generously donated food, prizes, and supplies. We are fortunate to live in such a great community that supports its youth!

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    Grace-est Show On Earth To Feature "Slider"

    Grace Lutheran Church welcomes the Greater Lakewood Community to join them on Saturday, May 11th from 11 AM to 2 PM for their annual Grace-est Show on Earth Carnival and Grace Preschool Open House. This year's event will feature the Cleveland Indian's "Slider" joining the celebration from 11 AM to 12 Noon.

    The Grace-est Show on Earth with feature carnival games and prizes, face painting, and balloons, all of which is free of charge to the public. In addition to Slider, there will also be a Nora the Explorer Animal Encounter. Hot dogs, drinks, and a bake sale will also be a part of the day's festivities.

    The Grace-est Show on Earth includes an Open House for Grace Preschool. Grace Preschool serves children ages 3 to 5 and is a ministry of Grace Lutheran Church. The public is invited to take a tour of the preschool. Enrollment is now open for all classes.

    So, come and enjoy The Grace-est Show on Earth! Grace Lutheran Church is located at 13030 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, directly across the street from Madison Park.

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    Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

    Precocious Young Men: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 87

    Guided By Voices - Zeppelin Over China - Guided By Voices Inc. - 32 songs - CD, LP, digital

    I did have the thought that it might be a little irrelevant what I think of any new Guided By Voices release. After all, most GBV fans will buy anything they put out and it's relatively rare that someone's gonna just happen to pick up one of their records to check them out. Also, by the time this review is published, there'll be a new one out. I know that sounds like "ha ha because Robert Pollard puts out a new record every week," but seriously, there's a new LP out April 26th, which is before the publishing date of this review. But I decided I'd review it anyway, because maybe someone reading this has heard of Guided By Voices but doesn't really know anything about them and this will sway them one way or another, or, like me, already appreciate some Guided By Voices stuff but are hesitant to pick up anything they put out because they're not sure if it'll be worth their time (I realize this sounds a little harsh, but you've gotta understand that Guided By Voices and any other Robert Pollard projects put out quite a lot of material– it can't all be great). So here I am to help. You know what? This isn't a bad record at all. It sounds quite a lot like "Isolation Drills"-era GBV, I'm assuming in no small part due to the presence of lead guitarist Doug Gillard, who's got some great playing scattered over the four sides here. The entire first LP is really good, with a solid array of songs (my favorite, probably of the whole record, is "Your Lights Are Out," which is upbeat but also melancholy and is just a great tune). Other highlights include the near-glam stomper "Carapace," the more subdued college rock sound of "Send In The Suicide Squad," and the driving "Wrong Turn On" (I especially like the part where the drums stutter off the beat and then back into it– that's a cool touch). "Think. Be A Man" is a cool pounder with the great closing line, "the little girls do not understand" and to finish off the first half of the record is "You Own The Night," which starts as a total pop hit (with the opening line, "What's it like being all that?," which is pretty good), disappears into a seemingly unrelated second part, and then bursts back into the song. It took a while for me to come around to it, but I kinda like it. How about the second half of the album, or record 2 if you have the LP version? Well, like a lot of double albums, it starts to drag a bit. That said, however, I think there's enough decent material that, okay, the second LP is warranted, but only because it's Guided By Voices and the "why didn't they lose some of the filler songs on here" argument is utterly irrelevant. My favorites from the second LP are "Nice About You" (which has a very familiar melody, but I can't think of why), "Where Have You Been All My Life" (which is the closest this album gets to punk and has a melody that almost sounds drunken– I bet this one's fun live), "Enough Is Never At The End" (which is all piano and strings, which is kinda weird to hear on a GBV album but is an interesting change of pace), and "My Future In Barcelona" (which is another one of the best songs on the whole thing). Once I saw that Doug Gillard was responsible for horn and string arrangements (and there are some nice ones on here– particularly on "The Rally Boys" and "Vertiginous Raft") that made me think, "Oh, so he's like Mick Ronson to, I guess, Pollard's Bowie." I don't know how far you can stretch that comparison, but I've brought it this far and that's where I'll leave it. Solidly a good album, I'd say. 4/5



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    Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

    The Rockport Miracles - Part 4: Episode 8: "The Ballad Of Derecho Dan" Continues

    Maynard Gridley came to help.

    After Wilmena’s younger sister heard what happened, she rolled her son off the couch and said, “Go help Little Dan and the Gas & Lube!” Like many in Big Dan’s and Wilmena’s extended families, Maynard was an expert mechanic. He was an expert in mayhem also. Had Wilmena known what her sister was up to, she never would've agreed to allow Maynard near Little Dan or the Gas and Lube.

    Unfortunately, Wilmena wasn’t in a position to do or know anything. She was still in Rockport Hospital, covered in tubes, bandages and doped up on morphine. It would be days before she learned that her troubled nephew had come to town. By then, it was too late. Little Dan had eagerly welcomed him into his life. Maynard's non-conforming attitudes and lifestyle were drenched in outlaw charisma. Little Dan was in awe of the gringo cousin that he’d heard bad things about all of his life.

    Maynard Gridley was born in 1949 and grew up during the seemingly inconsequential Eisenhower era. He attended his schools faithfully and always went to church on Sundays. He played sandlot baseball in the summer and intramural football in autumn. As was the way in those times, soon after his 18th birthday, he'd been drafted into the military industrial complex.

    They assigned Maynard to the 101st Airborne and he did his basic training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After basic was over, he came home for a visit. It would be the last time anyone met up with the old Maynard. Soon thereafter, he shipped off to Vietnam and arrived just in time to experience the eye-popping charms of the Tet Offensive. Maynard had fought bravely during his tour of Vietnam and took a bullet in his leg and some shrapnel in his ass.


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    Everyone Plays For Free At No More Monkeys This Saturday May 11th

    No More Monkeys Enrichment, an indoor play zone and enrichment center here in Lakewood, is now offering a Donation Only Day every second Saturday of each month. I'm owner and founder Heather McCormick and I know all too well how difficult it can be raising kiddos nowadays, let alone as a single parent or a family struggling financially. I raised my daughter as a single parent and one of the reasons NMME was created was to offer a budget-friendly space to single parents. This is precisely how Second Saturdays at No More Monkeys was born. I want everyone to be able to enjoy this happy happy place whether they can afford to or not. 

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    Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

    Quilted With Love

    Geri Memaj carefully guiding his square through the sewing machine with hand-over-hand assistance.

    The students in the B.R.I.D.G.E.S. (Beginning to Realize Individual Development and Growth for Educational Success) self-contained special education classrooms at Garfield Middle School were given the opportunity to do something truly exceptional. Miss Kate from the Lakewood Public Library has brought her passion and love for quilting into our classrooms. Each student was able to let their individuality shine through as they created their very own blocks. They chose their favorite fabrics, they created their own pattern and they even helped pin them together.

    During the next couple of visits Miss Kate brought her sewing machine into our classroom and gave every student the chance to sew their customized block and sashing with hand-over-hand assistance. The students enjoyed pushing down the peddle and holding their creations steadily as they operated the sewing machine. For most students, this was the very first time they had ever seen a sewing machine, not to mention operate one!  They were able to be involved throughout the quilting process and they could see all the hard work and effort that goes into each step. 


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    LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Meet & Greet With A Building Inspector?Workshop On May 16

    LakewoodAlive will host its "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. 


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    LakewoodAlive To Host “Civil Discourse And Mutual Respect?Community Forum On May 14

    LakewoodAlive's “Civil Discourse and Mutual Respect” Community Forum takes place May 14 at Lakewood Public Library.

    Our society was built on a foundation of civil discourse – a skill that remains vitally important to this day.  The people around us are our neighbors, and we must collectively strive to listen to and respect differing points of view in order for our society to work.  Yet how can we ensure civility prevails as a societal virtue during an era of digital insults and political division? 

    LakewoodAlive announces it will host a community forum – entitled Civil Discourse and Mutual Respect – from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue).  This community conversation will offer insightful dialogue regarding how we can feel empowered to promote a society that values open-mindedness, politeness and respectful disagreement.

    The general public is invited to attend this free forum as the community seeks to better understand the current state of civil discourse within our society and the importance of civility to our future.  The discussion will delve into the consequences associated with dwindling decorum, the art of practicing intellectual humility, the threat posed by social media and best practices for promoting a more civil, respectful society.

    Judge Michael J. Ryan, a longtime judge within the Juvenile Division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, will oversee a distinguished group of panelists for an informative discussion.  The final 30 minutes will be devoted to panelists fielding questions from the audience.



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    Rotary Awards Scholarships To Four High School Seniors

    Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River 2019 scholarship winners are (from left) Semra Dervisevic, Molly Rogers, Margaret McIlwee, and Lauren Driscoll.

    The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River awarded four college scholarships at its weekly meeting on April 1.

    Graduating seniors Semra Dervisevic and Margaret McIlwee from Lakewood High School, Lauren Driscoll from Rocky River High School, and Molly Rogers from St. Joseph Academy each received $3,000 awards from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation. The scholarship program is part of over $60,000 that the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club donates to the community each year.

    In addition to demonstrating academic achievement and potential, these four scholarship winners were chosen for their character, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.

    Semra Dervisevic is a co-editor on the management team of the Lakewood High School yearbook, in addition to working part-time in the community. She values multi-ethnic communities, and engaged in a lot of community service to refugees through involvement in “Girls Facing History and Ourselves.” Semra will study chemical engineering at Cleveland State University where she hopes to use her studies to “spark a change in a person’s lifestyle.”

    Lauren Driscoll is an advanced art student who used her summers to take additional art courses at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Lauren enjoys exploring the interaction of art and technology. She chose to tackle something new during her senior year at Rocky River, leading the design and marketing team for the school’s robotics club. Lauren will attend Baldwin Wallace University to study digital media and design.


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    Who Designed The Lakewood Logo?

    The original concept by Jim Larsen.


    Mayor Sinagra has set into motion a Community Development Program that included the “Storefront Renovation Program” with the idea of improving the exterior street image of Lakewood’s commercial roads.

    As an Architect….I am asked to be a member of Lakewood’s very first Architectural Review Board….Our focus was to look at rediscovering Lakewood’s “original architecture”….removing overlaid materials from the great  building facades….and designing signage solutions in concert with that original architecture. 

    As I was considering just how to help create this “renaissance moment” for Lakewood……I observed that the “entry signs” were just rectangular white panels with words to announce events (PTA meeting, Jan 6/Food Drive/etc)….there was no actual entry sign.

    I wanted the residents and guests to our community to “feel the pride” as they entered our home.

    So…..I started sketching out some ideas that would represent both some traditional roots  (using a serif type letter) and some letter movement (the word “Lakewood” seeming to drift lazily upon the water) …. a strong “wave” comes in from the left side… then softens to 3 smaller waves  as it goes over the word “City”……and finally  spills out on the shore of the north coast of “Ohio”.


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    Nora The Explorer Animal Encounters

    Bring the whole family to the Lakewood Public Library when animal educator Nora the Explorer brings her collection of creatures. From creepy and crawly to soft and fluffy, her collection includes a parrot, rabbit, chinchilla, bugs, snakes, lizards and more. Nora the Explorer Animal Encounters will take place in the Multipurpose Room on the first floor of the Main Library in the Children’s and Youth Services area on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

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    You’ve Written A Book…Now What?

    Local author Amanda Uhl writes a blog which sometimes gives aspiring writers advice on the writing and publishing process. So what is her secret for finishing a book when faced with writer’s block? Keep writing.

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    Volunteers Needed For LCAC's Spring Cleaning Distribution

    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. 

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    Rotary Foundation Awards Over $63,500 In Grants

    Over $63,500 in grants from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries for third graders, and help fund worthy programs by community organizations.

    The awards focused on three main areas – community health and wellness, food and nutrition, and programs that encourage and foster youth leadership.

    The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River made the awards.

    The club awarded $12,000 in scholarships to four high school seniors, and presented $6,000 to student winners in the club’s annual speech, music and art competition at the Beck Center on April 2.

    The Beck Center received $2,500 for music scholarships, and $1,872 was used to continue the club’s commitment to provide a dictionary each year to every third grader in Lakewood and Rocky River.


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    Rotary Honors Speech, Music, Visual Arts Student Achievement

    Winners in the 74th annual Four-Way Speech Contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River were honored at the Beck Center on April 2. They are (from left) Grace Dill, Ella Chanter, Haley Schultz, and Ava Wahl. All students are from Lakewood High School.

    Winners of Rotary’s annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony and reception April 2 at the Beck Center for the Arts.

    Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River, the competition annually showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.

    Speech contest first place winner is Grace Dill. Also honored were Ella Chanter, second place, Haley Schultz, third place, and Ava Wahl, fourth place. All students are from Lakewood High School.

    Speech contest finals were at the Rotary club’s March 25 meeting. Speeches must be of original content and be based on “The Four-Way Test of Rotary” which asks, “Is it the truth, Is it fair to all concerned, Will it build goodwill and better friendships, and Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

    This is the 74th year for the club’s speech competition.

    Music contest first place winner is Kira Marjanovic, Lakewood, who performed “Sonata for Trumpet and Piano” by Kent Kennan on the trumpet. Nadine El Dabh, Rocky River, placed second; Zearatus Perry, Lakewood, placed third; and Breslin McCrae, Lakewood, received an honorable mention.


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    Harding Teacher Headed To Southeast Asia On Teaching Fellowship

    Harding STEM teacher Laura Baillett.

    Harding Middle School STEM teacher Laura Baillett has been chosen to be a 2019 Fund for Teaching-Jennings Foundation Teaching Fellow. This award will allow Baillett to observe three environmental education programs this summer in Bali, Indonesia and Borneo, Malaysia: the Green School, the Indo Ocean Project, and the Rainforest Discovery Center.

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    Grab A Hot Italian And Go To The Solstice Steps

    Bottom of the Solstice Steps

    Now that the last snow has dropped its last snowflake (we hope), it's time to grab the suntan lotion and head to the lake. The boss is in an all-day meeting, the kids are still in school, and the dog's taking a nap, almost heaven. You've been waiting for this moment all week; solitude, nature, and a Hot Italian. 

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    LHS Students Take Top Awards In Hiram Writing Contest

    Lakewood High students took home the top two spots in the Hiram College Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest and had several other finalists, including an honorable mention award. Earning first place was junior Halina Dreger and runner-up was junior Tyler Biddulph.

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    District Earns State Auditor Award

    The Lakewood City School District has been awarded the Auditor of the State Award for excellence in financial reporting for the fiscal year 2018 as determined by the office of Auditor Keith Faber.

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    Antonio Applauds Ohio’s Transportation Budget

    Senator Antonio testifying in committee

    Just last week, the Ohio legislature passed the state’s two-year transportation budget, House Bill 62.

    I was honored to serve as the highest ranking Democrat on the Transportation, Commerce and Workforce committee where the transportation budget was deliberated. Once the budget passed the Senate, it then moved to Conference Committee, a committee made up of three House members and three Senate members. I was honored to represent as the appointed conferee, the only Senate Democrat, on the committee. The job of the committee was to sort out the differences between the Governor’s-introduced budget and the passed budgets in both the House and the Senate and come up with compromises through various amendments. In the end, we forged a compromise bill that the majority of Democrats could vote for.

    HB 62 includes $70 million per year for public transportation, a 10.5-cent increase in the gas tax and a 19-cent increase in the diesel fuel tax as well as an increase in the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low- and moderate-income Ohioans amongst other items.

    I supported this budget because it will bring more dollars to public transportation, provide an increased tax credit for low-income Ohioans, and bring needed funds to our local communities to fix our roads and bridges—core principles we fought to include.


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