Lakewood's OHSAA softball tournament run ended on Tuesday afternoon in Parma, as Brecksville-Broadview Heights defeated the Rangers 5-0. The Bees, #1 seed in the district, held off a stubborn challenge from the young Rangers. Freshman Payton Rossen pitched well in a complete game game performance for Lakewood. However, Bees starter Addison Cave was dominant in the circle, keeping Lakewood off the scoreboard only allowing one runner to reach third base.
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The Lakewood Board of Education at its May 15 meeting approved a lease agreement with the University of Akron (UA) that will relocate the University’s Lakewood regional campus from its current space on Warren Road to Lakewood High School. This move will help expand post-secondary educational opportunities for Lakewood High School and other area students.
Animal Safety and Welfare Advisory Board The Council passed Ordinance 19-17, revising the Animal Safety and Welfare Advisory Board code to provide greater authority on the Board’s part to advise on animal-related issues. In the past, the code restricted the parameters of the Board to issues specifically referred to it by Council.
Cornucopia, Inc. Concessions Lease for Lakewood Park 2017 Summer Season
In the last Public Works Committee Meeting, the City worked with Cornucopia, Inc. to revise the proposed concessions lease at Lakewood Park. Ordinance 20-17, legislation introduced to contract with Cornucopia, Inc. for the 2017 summer season at Lakewood Park, provides a space for the non-profit to sell healthy concessions to the public.
Before new state economic indicators came out, the Ohio House today passed a version of the state’s two-year budget, House Bill (HB) 49, that remains hundreds of millions of dollars out of balance, if not more. The vote comes a little more than two weeks after Gov. Kasich and GOP legislative leaders announced they would need to cut close to $1 billion from the bill to maintain a stable, balanced budget. Still, the final version of House Bill 49 approved largely along party lines today fell over $400 million short of being a balanced budget bill by that standard.
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 2017 Scholarship recipients have been announced and will be honored at the Taste of Lakewood on June 11th at Madison Park. The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce scholarship program, established in 2000, awards scholarships each year to four high school seniors who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their studies, extra-curricular activities, and, just as importantly, a commitment to working at a part-time or full-time job during their high school years. Over seventy young men and women have received Lakewood Chamber of Commerce scholarships over the past 18 years.
Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much.
Fascinating - Picture This - Quality Time Records / Jurassic Pop - 8 songs - 12", download
It seems like it's been not very long at all since "Dice Game," Fascinating's previous record, was released, but hey, what can be said other than that Ricky Hamilton is a super prolific dude. The first thing I notice about the first track "Catholic Sun" is that the production of the vocals has improved since "Dice Game." That's a step in the right direction. You gotta find the balance between too noisy and too polished. "Catholic Sun" is a good catchy pop rock tune. The "do do do" backing vocals are a nice touch. Longtime Quality Time fans will remember "It's Gone" from Ricky's solo cassette that came out at the end of 2016, but I think this version trumps that one. The guitar leads are especially cool on this one. I'm gonna miss lead guitarist Alfred Hood on the next Fascinating record, though I'm sure his replacement Adam Spektor (who is somewhat inexplicably pictured on the insert, despite not playing on this record) will do an admirable job filling his shoes.
This is a special day that began in the year 2005. Our salon only found out about it this year, 2017 is our first year for Tiara Day. Our service with tiaras started when a mom called in to honor her daughter's request for an experience like the first Princess movie, where the princess gets her hair done. Of course we thought she should leave with a tiara too. The collection of Disney movies are well-known and loved by the little girls.
The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts a monthly Job Club on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, at 15700 Detroit Ave. It is an excellent motivational support system with professional discussions on suggested topics at each meeting, while providing links to necessary resources in the local community to help members find employment in today’s job market.
For youth in K–5th grade.
Last year, families throughout Lakewood came to the Library to click their favorite building block together in the 100th Birthday Building Challenge. It was a hit, and we’re back with another set of challenges!
This year’s special build will be a community effort as everyone who attends will get a chance to dive into our LEGO® bricks and create something individual and unique. While everyone’s creation will surely shine on its own, it will also become part of something much bigger when you add it to our group display. More activities await as kids can also race against other kids and the clock when trying to build the tallest tower, or attempt to build the strongest bridge before we add weights until it collapses.
There seems to be two different Lakewoods: the one that currently exists and the one that is currently being crafted by an ecosystem of political and economic interests. The first Lakewood is eclectic and doesn't shrink from different people, ideas, cultures, or music. It is neighbors who can lean over while sitting on their porch and talk with each other. It values homegrown businesses. It is this paper. It is Birdtown. It is the beautiful library. It is the bars and music scene.
A couple weekends ago the Lakewood Fire Department had to rescue a paddleboarder in distress off the shores of Lake Erie. Thankfully, this rescue had a happy ending. I’m a huge advocate of water safety. As owner of Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf, part of my job is to stress the importance of being respectful of the water, especially Lake Erie, which can grow treacherous in the blink of an eye. Springtime paddling is one of the most dangerous paddling seasons. People are escaping from winter cabin fever and are eager to hit the water when the air turns balmy, but the water is still dangerously cold. Here are some tips to keep you safe. After all, we want to see you on the water this summer.
I recently read in the Plain Dealer, that Judge John O’Donnell had been seen “engaged in some light moshing” at the House of Blues. Now, "moshing" means to deliberately jostle with other dancers. It’s a highly energetic experience, and I truly hope he enjoyed himself! But, I got to wondering when he might put some of that energy to work on his court cases. Well, actually... one court case in particular.
The Lakewood City Schools' Staff Spotlight shines in May on longtime Lincoln Elementary media assistant Sue Cernanec and Harrison Elementary 5th grade teacher Mark Mollison. These two staff members' dedication, enthusiasm and helpfulness have earned them recognition from their peers.
The Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on May 3 at Garfield Middle School including $4,000 in scholarships to students and the Educator of the Year award, to Horace Mann & Grant Elementary curriculum and technology teacher Jaime Chanter.Chanter is a technology leader in the District having founded the popular elementary Future Club, now at four elementary schools and the District’s monthly Twitter Chat. She has presented on educational technology at national and international conferences and recently became a certified Google Innovator. Educator of the Year nominees from other school buildings were also recognized: Maureen Manderfield of Roosevelt Elementary School, Ken Budic of Harding Middle School, Elizabeth Street of Garfield Middle School and Chris Lamphear of Lakewood High School.
Rules & Ordinances Committee Report
Learning new things, improving your skills, and getting ready for college or the career that you want has never been easier. Lakewood Public Library offers patrons access to LearningExpress Library and Job & Career Accelerator, which provide educational resources including tutorials, practice tests and eBooks to help patrons of all ages and skill levels to build skills in a variety of subjects, career preparation and study guides.
Wednesday, May 17
Literature Series - Class Strife: a Multi-Generational Look through Literature
The third program discussing "Hillbilly Elegy" and "The Great Gatsby." This free course is presented by Barbara Parr, an instructor with Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room
Please consider donating some of your time to the Lakewood Music Boosters. We have numerous concerts this month and we need volunteers to help with ticket sales, distributing programs, etc.
On Friday May 19th, join the Lakewood Music Boosters and your favorite music teacher for a family fun night of music, singing, food and beverages.
The life of a refugee involves tremendous difficulties, which misunderstandings and ignorance only make worse. Lakewood resident Kerissa MacKay helps address these challenges, as a local program coordinator for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). On May 25, MacKay will speak about her work, refugees’ lives, and ways that all of us can help.
MacKay will explore resettlement in the U.S. during a presentation to the Lakewood Democratic Club. She will relate some of the struggles and personal experiences of refugees, before and after resettlement. Her presentation will provide insight into
Georgetown Vosh, located in Lakewood, Ohio, hosted over 120 of the area’s most influential women, Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Lakewood Women’s Club’s inaugural spring fundraiser, “Women Honoring Women.” Laura Ponticello, award-winning author and publisher who is best known for her books “Live the Life of Your Dreams” and “The Art of Self Transformation, A Guide to Awakening,” was the keynote speaker.
On Sunday, May 28th, at 11:00 a.m., Grace Presbyterian Church (1659 Rosewood--at the corner of Hilliard and Madison Avenues) will host their 50th community veterans recognition and memorial service. Always a memorable event, this has turned into a timeless Lakewood tradition for many veterans, families, and friends. Numerous veterans organizations also make plans to attend this meaningful service. All are cordially welcome to attend; particularly veterans and their families. (Access elevator from church parking lot side.)
The annual (Not) Horrible Fest is upon us once again. Several days and nights of rock 'n' roll, mostly at Now That's Class (11213 Detroit Ave.). For those who feel like you may be interested, here’s what’s gonna be going on.
Thurs., May 25
Before the real fest even starts, there’s a pre-fest party at Now That’s Class, featuring the original lineup of local legends Brainwashed Youth making a rare appearance. Opening will be two other cool local bands, Saucepan Records’ own Real Regular and Perverts Again, for whom this show will double as a release party for their new single, “My Accident,” on Total Punk Records.
9 PM - $5 / free with weekend pass
If you are looking for a resale store that has the feel of a chic boutique, the Showcase Resale Store at 15404 Madison Avenue awaits you! With a new spring and summer inventory, the store offers clothing for men, women, and children, shoes, handbags, jewelry, housewares, books, pictures, toys and other miscellaneous items. On Tuesdays, all store merchandise (except jewelry) is 50% off for any customer 50 years of age or older. On any day other than Tuesday, if you bring in this original article and buy one item at full value, you will receive an item of lesser or equal value free.
"Yoga" means "union." It is a physical and spiritual Hindu exercise that continues to gain popularity in the West. Several researchers worldwide have proven the numerous benefits of yoga. But what draws hopeful yogis to the practice is the peace of mind and coinciding physical gains. Some yoga styles use meditation techniques, such as focusing on breathing. These techniques are excellent for relieving stress and allowing relaxation. Busy thoughts are calmed, and warm feelings dance harmoniously with physical motions. Each yoga posture -- or "asana" -- has a name. Postures work on separate parts of the body to improve health, heal aches, and keep illness away. Yoga can prevent disease and aid in recovery. It boosts the immune system, builds muscles, improves flexibility, aids in weight loss, and enhances posture.
There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive in memory of Dr. Steve Meadows on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 1-7pm at Lakewood United Methodist Chruch - 15700 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, Ohio 44107.
It's that exciting time of year and gardeners are all atwitter. Come support Keep Lakewood Beautiful and enhance your garden with the purchase of humus (a.k.a. "Black Gold"), new and different perennials, hostas, and herbs!
During the last twenty-two years, Westside Skates has become a staple of Northeast Ohio’s skateboard scene. Since opening the doors in 1995, owner Brian Jules has seen and supplied an evolution in skating trends. I had the opportunity to talk with Brian about skateboard styles, developments in the community, and what motivated him to raise a skate shop in lovely Lakewood, Ohio.
Lakewood residents are encouraged to gather family and friends and save the date for the 2017 Walk to Remember sponsored by Huntington Bank. Now in its sixth year, the event will take place on Sunday, June 11, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Funds raised help Hospice of the Western Reserve provide special services in Lakewood and surrounding communities including pediatric hospice and palliative care, the granting of patient wishes through the "Moments to Remember" program, grief support camps for children, art and music therapy and much more.
The Bowling Green State University Rugby team owned the ball for nine and a half minutes of the first ten minutes of the National Collegiate Championship match. But it was those other 30 seconds that left the Falcons on the losing end of the scoreboard to Notre Dame College. The Falcons had worked their way to the Notre Dame ten yard line only to see a pass interception returned for 90 yards and a Notre Dame try. Stealing the kickoff to Notre Dame, the Falcons again marched to within the shadow of the goalposts. But a dropped pass was booted ahead and a timely bounce into the streaking arms of Notre Dame made the score 10 – 0. The two mistakes put the Falcons in a hole they couldn’t quite pull out of and the score crawled to 34-17 by its conclusion.
Celebrating and Sharing!This year marks the 10th year Carol Lynn's Salon Plus has been in business! We are celebrating and saying thank you to our community for your loving support here in beautiful Lakewood, Ohio. Ten years and counting, we at CLSP want to say thank you! On Sunday, May 21st we will host an Open House from 1-5 p.m. Come and celebrate with us for a chance to win door prizes and raffle baskets, while you relax with a free hand and arm massage or a free chair massage. Food and beverages also provided! Please join us as we support a wonderful organization here in Lakewood - GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to GiGi's Playhouse. We love working together with another Lakewood business to support our friends. That’s keeping it local!
The familiar crack of the bat and roar of the crowd will resonate across Madison Park when LakewoodAlive hosts the inaugural “Battle of Birdtown” Celebrity Softball Game on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at George Usher Field.
LakewoodAlive, Lakewood Historical Society To Host 2nd Annual Historic Birdtown Walk & Picnic On June 4
It’s a celebration of the rich history of Birdtown and you’re invited.
Register Now to Attend this Free Workshop at Lakewood Public Library - Madison Branch
Summer is an important part of the year for fun and exploration. Again this summer, the Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department will be offering its Kids Connection Summer Day Camp. Kids Connection offers safe, fun, and affordable opportunities for kids who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade for around $25 per day.
Over the past few months, the Lakewood High Academic Challenge team has been competing both on Channel 5’s weekly TV show, “Academic Challenge” and in Southwest Conference matches. The team's point total on WEWS was the highest of the season (78 schools competed). You can watch the team on June 17 in the Channel 5 “Academic Challenge” Championship. Recently, the team finished second of 16 teams in a regional tournament in Lancaster and competed in the tournament’s state finals in Columbus May 13.
The Lakewood Project, Lakewood High's electric rock orchestra, will perform its annual Spring Concert on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 pm in the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. The show will feature the full orchestra plus small ensembles performing pieces composed by the students. Many of the ensembles feature the group's departing seniors. Tickets for the show are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. To buy advance tickets, call the LHS Bookroom at 216-529-4047.
Congratulations to West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts student Jessica Bohannon, who won first place in the 2017 Ohio FCCLA State Creative Cake Competition. Jessica created a chocolate butter cake with raspberry jam, white chocolate mousse, vanilla buttercream and a swirled mirror glaze and gum paste flowers. Jessica's win earned her a $1,000 scholarship to Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, where she will attend in the fall.
Five months after being named one of 10 nationwide finalists for the Grammy Museum’s Music Educator Award, Lakewood High School Orchestra Director Beth Hankins on May 4 was presented with her finalist award and the accompanying check for $1,000 at a ceremony during intermission of the school’s spring musical, "Little Women."
Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents the regional premiere of "Really Really" June 2 through July 2, 2017 in the Studio Theater. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. A post–performance Talk–Back focusing on the various themes within the play will take place in partnership with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Saturday, June 17. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: REALLY to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by June 1. This production contains adult language and content.
“We are Family” Summer Reading Club Starts
For birth through those entering twelfth grade
Do your kids ever ask what happens in the Library after hours? (No, the librarians do not sleep there.) You and your 4 to 7-year-old children are invited to join us for a Stuffed Animal Sleepover storytime on Wednesday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.
The St. Edward baseball team struggled at many points this season, entering Thursday's game with an 8-14 record. Head coach Matt Rosinski and his staff hoped that a very challenging schedule would build the team's mental toughness in preparation for the OHSAA state tournament. The plan worked on Thursday afternoon in Kent, where the Eagles defeated Parma 10-0 in six innings to advance to next week's district semifinals. Senior left hand pitcher Quinn Lavelle was dominant, striking out 11 and allowing only two hits in a complete game performance.
The LHS softball team defeated North Royalton 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon in an OHSAA tournament matchup. Freshman pitcher Payton Rossen went the distance in a scrappy performance, and was aided by three RBIs from senior Maggie Soneson. The victory advances Lakewood into the next round of the tournament, where they will face either Brecksville-Broadview Heights or Valley Forge on Tuesday in Parma.
Lakewood High School has been named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools and a Bronze Medalist for 2017. The magazine awards Gold, Silver and Bronze medals according to state proficiency standards and how well schools prepare students for college.
All members of Council were present except Councilman Litten, whose absence was excused.
Public Works Committee Report
The Public Works Committee met on April 10, 2017 to discuss Ordinances 18-17 and 20-17. Present at the meeting were Councilman Nowlin (chair), Councilmembers Litten and Marx, Director Beno, Assistant Law Director Swallow, representatives from AT&T and and representatives from Cornucopia, Inc.
Registration for the Lakewood City Schools' summer school program for high school and middle school students begins May 1. Session 1 runs from June 9-29 and Session 2 from June 30-July 21. Hours are 8 am - noon for high school and 8:30 -11:30 a.m. for middle school. There will be orientation sessions on June 9 and June 30. Visit www.lakewoodcityschools.org for more information on classes and how to register.
On Monday, May 8 from 7-8 pm, Garfield and Harding Middle Schools will host a Celebration of the Arts and Open House. This event will showcase a year of learning for Lakewood Schools' middle school students in their writing workshop, art, and STEM classes. The event will take place in Garfield's cafeteria for all middle school students and parents to attend. Garfield and Harding Strolling Strings ensembles will combine to perform at the event. Come help celebrate the success and growth of our students as writers, artists, musicians, and scientific problem solvers!
The Lakewood High School Barnstormers Drama Club will be performing "Little Women" for its spring musical. The play, based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, will run May 4-6 at 7:30 pm at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $10 at the door. Presale tickets are $8 and available in the LHS Bookroom or by calling 216-529-4047.
Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation, aka “the food drive people” switches gears every May to help provide cleaning supplies and hygiene items for Lakewood families and seniors in need. This year LCAC is expanding their drive to assist 250 households. The spring cleaning donations are especially appreciated by recipients because cleaning supplies and toiletries are expensive and not covered under the WIC program.
The 2017 Spring session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library recently ended 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. These included watercolor paintings of birds in the spirit of John James Audubon, oil pastel abstract figure drawings in the style of Joan Miro, cut paper story quilts imitating the art of Faith Ringgold, 3 dimensional collages sparked by the work of Robert Swedroe, and chalk drawings inspired by pavement artist Julian Beever. The budding artists also enjoyed expressing themselves with a string art project.
One of life’s greatest questions has always been, "Why do dogs love peanut butter?" Studies have shown we don’t know the answer, but with Greg Murray’s Peanut Butter Dogs we can just enjoy that they do. Join the local author who is becoming a worldwide sensation on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room of Lakewood Public Library. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
St. Ignatius rugby hosted St. Edward Saturday afternoon in a highly anticipated matchup of top 5 teams. The Wildcats entered the game ranked #1 in the country. St. Edward, which beat Ignatius last year in the state title game, entered as the #5 team in the US. The game was played under cool, damp conditions at Wasmer Field in Ohio City. Intermittant rain fell throughout the match, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the large crowd in attendance. St. Ignatius won the game 26-17, completing a "Holy War Sweep" of the weekend (The Wildcats defeated the Eagles in baseball on Friday).
St. Edward and St. Ignatius took their "Holy War" rivalry to the diamond on this rainy Friday afternoon. They met at historic League Park in Cleveland, home to the Cleveland Indians from 1901 until 1946. Both teams entered the game with losing records, hoping for a rivalry win to help turn their season around.
Barton Senior Center will hold its 11th annual spring fundraiser on Friday, May 19 from 5:00-8:00 PM. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s outdoor Courtyard and renovated indoor Rotunda, on the lower level of the Westerly Apartments. This year’s event will have a fun new theme entitled “Caribbean Cocktail Party” and includes entertainment by Island Jeff and his steel drum, heavy hors d’oeuvres and tropical drinks, along with wine and beer. A Silent Auction will include wine baskets, Indians Club seats, a Cavs autographed basketball and gift certificates to local restaurants, along with side boards. All are encouraged to wear tropical/island attire, so dig out your flip flops and your Hawaiian shirt.
Monday, May 15, 2017 through Monday, August 7, 2017
The Lakewood Public Library Summer Reading Club is a resource for children and students of all ages to read for pleasure and is the antidote to summer learning loss. Children entering fifth grade and under may join our “We Are Family” club. Be part of the Lakewood Public Library family by reading this summer; read thirty books, thirty chapters or for thirty hours. Sixth through twelfth grade students have their own reading club, “Roots Give Us Wings”. Participants will gather stamps and prizes as they go, and a special reward awaits those who complete thirty books, chapters or hours of reading (age appropriate goals) by August 7, 2017.
The fun doesn’t end there, either. Arts and crafts abound! Any child with a parent/caregiver may stop by Monday through Thursday, June 5, 2017 through July 27, 2017 anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and pick up a family themed craft to do together. Our craft changes each week!
In addition to showing the popular Lakewood Public Cinema films on Saturday evenings at 6 p.m., Lakewood Public Library is also offering a series of weekday documentaries, which begin at 6:30 p.m. On Friday, May 5, 45365 will showcase small town American life with its portrayal of Shelby County, Ohio. American Revolutionary, screening on Monday, May 15, considers the life of Chinese American activist and philosopher, Grace Lee Boggs. On Friday, June 2, Death by Design reveals the dark underbelly of the electronics industry.