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Krebs Scores Five Goals as Ranger Girls Go to 2-0

Coach before the game.

The scoreboard at First Federal Lakewood Stadium broke down this afternoon before Lakewood's varsity girls soccer game against Vermilion. Ranger striker Halle Krebs didn't mind....she decided to light it up anyway.  She scored five goals in a 5-0 Lakewood victory. The win makes Lakewood 2-0 on the young season, with the first conference game against Berea-Midpark looming on Wednesday. 

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 10:10 PM, 08.22.2016

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Lakewood Catholic Academy to Serve as Grand Marshal of the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade
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- City Hall, April 1, 2015 Read More

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"Friday Night Lights" Soccer a Success; Huge Crowd Watches Ignatius Win Over Eagles

Varsity teams pregame

The local high school soccer season got off to a rousing start at St. Edward High School, where the Eagles hosted back-to-back state champion St. Ignatius on Friday Night. The Wildcats lived up to their billing, posting a 2-0 win over a stubborn St. Edward squad in front of an overflow crowd. The “Friday Night Lights” event provided a wonderful spotlight to the sport and to the programs.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 1:55 PM, 08.20.2016

LakewoodAlive Completes Volunteer Projects With Bentley Wealth Management Of Raymond James, H2O, And LNLC

LakewoodAlive recently completed volunteer projects with Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James (upper left), H2O - Help To Others (upper right) and Lakewood New Life Church (bottom).

Mary Ann Jamieson found herself in a difficult situation. No longer able to keep up with outdoor maintenance for the house she’d occupied for 60 years, the Lakewood resident watched helplessly as the yard at her childhood home became increasingly overgrown. That is, until a group of volunteers came to her rescue.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Local Artisan Celebrates Lakewood With Wearable Designs From Lakewood BLK LBL

Horace Mann teaching staff modeling the designs.

If you’ve lived in Lakewood for any length of time, you get it: “Lakewoodites” embrace a style, vibe and community spirit that’s uniquely theirs. Local artisan and businessman, Patrick Kellett, founder and creative director of Lakewood BLK LBL (Black Label), has taken his love for Lakewood to the next level by designing a line of apparel that captures the character of his adopted hometown.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 1:14 PM, 08.18.2016

Another Great School Year Ahead

Lakewood City Schools opens its doors for the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday, August 23. Students at Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt Elementary Schools will start the year in new buildings after two years at transition sites. New students will be attending orientations across the District the week of August 15. 
 
New administrators this school year include Grant Elementary Principal Kaitlyn Turner, a former Hayes Elementary teacher, and Director of Student Services Lisa Bruening, who served in that role in Berea.
 
We look forward to another great year at the Lakewood City Schools.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Lakewood Insiders Rebrand As “Lakewood Voters For Progress” Ahead Of Hospital Referendum

Lakewood insiders who orchestrated the closure of Lakewood Hospital, boldly handing over its $150M in assets to politicians and private corporatists for pennies on the dollar, have resurfaced as “Lakewood Voters for Progress” ahead of the November 8 referendum. Formerly known as the discredited dark money group “Build Lakewood,” this new group is comprised of many of the same City of Lakewood politicians and Lakewood Hospital Association trustees that opponents say acted in violation of their fiduciary responsibilities to the hospital and its citizen-owners.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 10:27 PM, 08.16.2016

City Council Initiative Stifles Transparency

At its July 18 meeting, Lakewood City Council received and filed a communication from at-large Council Member Tom Bullock that requested the Administration to provide an exact enumeration of all direct costs involved with the taxpayer lawsuit Ed Graham et al v City of Lakewood et al. The request also includes indirect costs incurred when the city fills public records requests associated with the lawsuit.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

St. Ed's Crew Team Rowing News

The past 4 years have truly been phenomenal for our program. Winning a National Championship in the Junior 8, coming in 3rd at the National championships in the Varsity 8, and qualifying more and more boats every year to Nationals is truly extraordinary. This past Fall and Spring we earned a total of 50 medals with 65 top five finishes at all of our races. The success can be attributed to the dedicated athletes that we bring on the team each year. They truly know how to work hard and push themselves to their max every single day.

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Donald Trump's Campaign

The discussion of Donald Trump should begin with the large irony surrounding his campaign thus far in that he is the exact embodiment of the idea of the corrupt insider politician that he claims to be running against. He says whatever he needs to say, masking it as if he is speaking his mind. He ignores large segments of the country in favor of his own self-interests and those who align tangentially with his own self-interests. He is at his very core, a dishonest individual, which we have seen repeatedly in his business dealings and his short time in political life.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, August 18
Author Event: "And Then There Were Nuns"
By Kylie Logan (aka Casey Daniels) A Booked for Murder Special Event

Bea Cartwright is delivering meals to a group of nuns on retreat. But the peace is shattered when one of the sisters is found at the water’s edge—murdered. When a second nun is killed, Bea starts to wonder about the eerie parallels with Agatha Christie’s classic, "And Then There Were None." This special Meet the Author evening is brought to you by Booked for Murder, Lakewood Public Library’s long-running book club for lovers of murder, mystery and mayhem. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Rotary Sends Layettes To New Mothers In Nicaragua

Members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River fill layette bags with items for new mothers in Chinendega, Nicaragua.

On July 25, as an international service project, members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River prepared 50 Rotary-branded layette bags filled with products commonly available to new mothers in the United States for expectant mothers in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Haynes Nursery School Turns 50!

For generations, Lakewood children have been building firm foundations at Haynes Nursery School of Lakewood Congregational Church. Haynes will celebrate its 50th birthday on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 pm. The party is open to the public!

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Back to School: Tools For Learning Outside The Library

For more than 100 years, Lakewood Public Library has been the destination for students of all ages to find books on a variety of subjects and also to provide a quiet space for study. That hasn’t changed in the last century, however we offer even more to help students of all ages succeed in school through various online tools and databases. Visit lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/research for a complete list of the valuable online resources available for all Lakewood Public Library patrons.

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Soccer Season To Start With A Bang: “Holy War On The Pitch”

The local high school soccer season will launch on Friday, August 19 at 8pm at St. Edward High School. The Eagles will take on St. Ignatius, back-to-back defending state champs and one of the top five teams in the nation. As with any sport, the “Holy War” will bring out the best in both squads. “No matter when you play Iggy's it is a big game even if it was in hackey-sack or corn hole,” says St. Edward Head Coach James Duffy, “it is a big game filled with emotion and pride.”  

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Get Inspired At The 2016 “Come Home To Lakewood” House And Garden Tour

This lush perennial garden is a House Tour highlight.

Ready to begin a home renovation project but lack vision and a master plan? Then don’t miss the 2016 “Come Home to Lakewood” House and Garden Tour, Sunday, September 11, from 1 to 6pm and discover all the inspiration and idea generation you could possibly need to ignite your creativity.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

New LHS Volleyball Coach Looks To Expand Program

Lakewood High School chose local resident Maggie Szczepaniak to become the new head coach of its varsity volleyball program this offseason. Despite 13 years of coaching experience, this is Coach Maggie’s first high school level coaching position. Her previous experience has been at schools such as St. Christopher, Lakewood Catholic Academy, and Garfield Middle School. This background has made her very familiar with many of the girls on the current Ranger roster.   

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

New Era Underway For LHS Girls Soccer

New LHS Girls Soccer Coaches (left to right): Roman Hubach (Varsity) and Ted Nagel (JV).

Lakewood resident Roman Hubach has been a soccer coach for 40 years, and has played the game since he was 8 years old. For years he made the trip from Lakewood to coach the boys soccer team at Padua High School. He never intended to leave Padua, but decided to apply for the Lakewood girls soccer job when it came open. Hubach was hired, and players and parents are pleased with the results. The program has had a lot of coaching turnover in recent years, so Hubach’s experience is a welcome tonic to the Rangers.

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The Turbulent Decade Of The 60's

Consider joining us as the Lakewood Division of Aging and Lakewood Public Library take an in depth look at the people and events that made the decade of the 1960's so formative in our nation's history. Our class, "The Turbulent Decade of the 60's," will do a year by year study of the music, art and fashion, the important people, events and trends that caused these years to stay a part of our imaginations, even now. Using music from the time period as well as newsreel footage and other original source materials, our presenter, Dr. Joel Keller, will look at the long-term significance of Vietnam and the civil rights movement, the race to the moon, as well as such cultural milestones as the British Invasion and Woodstock. 

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Family Hour With Uncle Wiggily

Howard Roger Garis (1873-1962) was a reporter for the Newark Evening News when he first started writing stories for children about a gentleman rabbit named Uncle Wiggily. He created a widely syndicated series that eventually totaled hundreds of tales. The Uncle Wiggily board game was first introduced by Milton Bradley in 1916; players pick up cards with funny rhyming verses to find out how far to move their Uncle Wiggily tokens along the game path. Join us for a fun afternoon celebrating 100 years of the Uncle Wiggily game in the Main Library Activity Room on Sunday, August 21st, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. with Uncle Wiggily stories and a craft. You will even have the opportunity to play the current version of the board game!

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Havana Nights Orchestra In Concert At The Library

Celebrate the dog days of summer and the music of Cuba with The Havana Nights Orchestra at Lakewood Public Library. Performing traditional Latin, Afro-Cuban and salsa music, the group consists of pianist Leo Coach, Tom First on tenor sax, percussionists Rey Cintron and John Stebal, and bassist Chris Vance.

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Congratulations To 692 Lakewood Summer Readers!

Congratulations to 692 Summer Readers from birth through twelfth grade who finished the Lakewood Public Library summer reading club by reading either 30 books, 30 chapters or 30 hours from May 9th, 2016 through August 1st, 2016. A total of 2,873 children and students were registered for the Summer Reading Club this summer; 14,456 books, 8,640 chapters, and 3,005 hours of reading were completed. WOW! Readers recorded their reading and checked in at the Main Library and/or the Madison Branch throughout the summer and received support and encouragement from library staff, parents, caregivers, and community supporters as we all joined together to prevent the "summer slide."

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Over $1M To Push Lakewood Schools Renovation To Final Construction Phase

In light of the new school year, State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) recently announced the release of $1,392,709 in state funds for the Lakewood City School District Master Facility Plan Amendment. This funding will help push the Master Facility Plan towards completion, with the dedication celebrations of three elementary schools quickly approaching in mid-August.

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A Lot to Enjoy at Romanian Festival This Weekend

Only a few days remain before the delicious Romanian foods are ready to be enjoyed by those attending the annual St. Mary Romanian Festival in the Kamms Corners/Westpark neighborhood.  Who can resist the stuffed cabbage known as "sarmale?"  5,000 of them to be exact.... Romanian "mighty burgers"  called mititei will be ready hot off the grill to be enjoyed with the world-famous Romanian beers and wines.  Also on the menu are the traditional chicken paprikash and hit of the show called "mamaliga cu branza," which is polenta baked with sour cream and cheese.  Nowhere else in town will you find a bigger and more varied selection of home-baked pastries and our now-famous elephant ears.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Faith Lutheran Launches Lakewood Abbey

Churches have long hosted groups outside of their respective faith communities. Scout troops, Alcoholic Anonymous chapters, preschools, and others have commonly used church space for meeting. As mainline Protestant denominations continue to experience decline, different congregations are even sharing church space.

Faith Lutheran Church in Lakewood is taking the space-sharing concept even further, aiming to become a hub for our community.

“We’re a small church now, and it’s a large building,” says Pastor Mark Rollenhagen. “And we feel called to care for the community.”

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LEAF Pay It Forward Tuesday At Jammy Buggars

On August 23rd from 11:30 a.m. through midnight, Jammy Buggars will give 15% of every sale (bar, food, take-out, gift cards, t-shirts...) to LEAF (Lakewood Earth And Food) Community if you mention us to your server!

Jammy Buggars is located at 15625 Detroit Avenue, just two blocks west of the Main Library.

Money donated will help the all-volunteer-run LEAF Community continue to host our weekly farmer's markets, monthly educational events, offer educational grants to teachers, and a variety of other local-food-related projects.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Tom Hanks Back Home In Lakewood

In 1977, I was an intern at The Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Lakewood, Ohio (my hometown). I was 20 years old. I had been at college (Hiram College), but quit school to work at the festival and pursue my dream of becoming an actress. For that summer, I was part of that company of actors. I had one line in "Taming of the Shrew" and assisted with props on that show, and I ran sound for "Hamlet" (big mistake for that production). It was, however, an amazing time.

As a company of actors, we have stayed (somewhat) in touch, as Facebook has allowed us to do, and we all share the (absolutely extraordinary) fact that Tom Hanks was an intern with us in 1977; a thread that, over the years, has allowed each and everyone of us to say, ‘Well…I’ve worked with Tom Hanks.’ He has been our touchstone. 

This past January we found ourselves quite shaken by the passing of the leading lady of the company, the beloved Bairbre Dowling. Inspired by the depth of emotion this elicited, and the unspoken acknowledgement that time was fleeting, it was suggested that we have a reunion.

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Eagles Three-Peat Bid Includes ESPN, Browns Stadium Appearances

Last year St. Edward defied expectations by winning a second straight state football title under first year coach Tom Lombardo. The Eagles will begin their title defense at First Federal Lakewood Stadium on Saturday, August 27th. The game, which will kick off at noon, will be broadcast by ESPN to a national audience. Their opponent will be Pine-Richland High School from suburban Pittsburgh. The Rams feature junior quarterback Phil Jurkovec, widely considered one the ten best quarterbacks in the nation in his class.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

LHS Boys Soccer Looks To Reload

The Ranger boys soccer team had a memorable tournament run last season, defeating St. Edward and North Royalton before falling to eventual state champ St. Ignatius in the district final. Lakewood lost a lot of experience from that squad, but Head Coach Andrew Toth is keeping the goals high – he wants his team to compete for the Southwestern Conference title, and to make a strong tournament run.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Ranger Football To Unveil New Offensive System

From a scrimmage: Here you see five people signal a play to the offense, but only one of them is the actual call. This is designed to prevent opponents from "cracking the code."

After completing his second season has Head Football Coach at LHS, Mike Ribar knew that something had to change. The Rangers’ offense has struggled in recent years, and was limited to less than 14 points per game last year. Michael Goolsby, the team’s most consistent playmaker, was graduating. He decided it was time to move away from the program’s traditional offensive system to a “read option” look.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Hillary Campaign Office Opening With The Honorable Tom Perez

Thursday, August 11th will be remembered for the summer storm that rolled into Lakewood and the energizing visit from Secretary Tom Perez. The Honorable Perez toured Clinton offices as a friend of the campaign. Over 200 supporters, including many children, braved the heavy downpour to have an opportunity to tour the office, meet the field organizers and renew campaign friendships with volunteers from the Primary election. 

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Gain Financial Peace

As reported in a May 2016 Atlantic Monthly article 47% of American families would need to borrow or sell something to raise $400 to cover an emergency financial need. Does this describe your family and/or you, looking to be on firmer financial ground? Then consider enrolling in a 9-week Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) course being offered this fall at Lakewood United Methodist Church.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

District Moves To Strengthen Music Program

Lakewood City Schools’ Music Department and administrators used their 21st century thinking skills - creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication - to come up with a plan that will give our students more music opportunities in the middle schools and ensure that all K-12 students have access to quality music education taught by a music specialist.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Come Celebrate The New Elementary Schools!

The new Grant Elementary School nears completion.

The time has finally come! The Lakewood City School District is ready to celebrate the completion of the new Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt Elementary Schools and officials want the community to join in! The dedication celebrations will take place on the following dates:

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 6:39 PM, 08.02.2016

39th Annual Lakewood Arts Festival

If it’s the first Saturday of August, it must be the Lakewood Arts Festival! On Saturday, August 6th, Downtown Lakewood will be transformed with 165 artists and artisans from across country, local musicians and Shakespearean actors, non-profits and Lakewood community organizations, great food and sweets.

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Lakewood Arts Festival Music

Festival Music at Lakewood City Center Park (Cook & Detroit)
10-11am   CHRIS ALLEN & AUSTIN CHARANGHAT    
11-12pm   THE THREE AMIGOS                       
12-1pm    THE LONESOME BONES
1-2pm      KRISTINE JACKSON          
2-3pm      MAURA ROGERS & MEREDITH PANGRACE OF THE BELLOWS 
3-4pm      CATS ON HOLIDAY 
4-5pm      TEASEBOX W/ SHAUN KEDIR                                                  
5-6pm      SHEELA DAS   

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Hillary Office Opening August 11

We're excited to announce that the official office opening for the Lakewood/Western Cuyahoga HQ for the Clinton/Kaine and Strickland campaigns will be Thursday, August 11 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The office is located at 14600 Detroit in the Lakewood Center North building at Belle Avenue.

The campaign will be organizing voter registration, phone banks and canvasses until Election Day. We'll also be coordinating events including Moms & Daughters for Hillary, Hillary Pride, and more. Lakewood, Cleveland's West Side and all the Western suburbs will be pivotal to victory for Democrats up and down the ticket in November.

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Volume 12, Issue 16, Posted 6:37 PM, 08.02.2016

$150,000 Spent To Date On City’s Defense

Council President and Ward II Councilman Sam O’Leary called the July 18, 2016 Council meeting to order at 7:34 P.M.

The first order of business was to recognize the Grand Marshal and award winners from the Independence Day Parade. The Mayor asked Council to join him in recognizing Rear Admiral Janet Russell, a Lakewood native, on her professional accomplishments, and for honoring the City for serving as this year’s Grand Marshal of the parade. Admiral Russell Graduated from Lakewood High School in 1979. She has served as a lawyer for the Judge Advocates Generals Core her entire career, and is one of only 34 women with the rank of Admiral.

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Diamonds For Hope

Take a chance at winning a diamond and give another hope by providing the medical care they need. This year, North Coast Health’s summer raffle features a brilliant cut 0.5 carat center diamond that rocks within a halo pendant surrounded by 16 round full cut diamonds weighing 0.15 each. Total diamond weight of 0.74 carats strung on an 18 inch 14 karat white gold box chain. This exclusive diamond necklace is valued at $3,500; courtesy of Broestl & Wallis Fine Jewelers in Lakewood.  

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 6:39 PM, 08.02.2016

Healthcare Forum Attracts Capacity Crowd

Lakewood residents were invited to a free forum discussing Healthcare and Lakewood Hospital's Future on Tuesday, July 27 at the Winton Place. A panel of five residents consisting of Dr. Terence Kilroy, Dr. Ashoka Nautiyal, Marguerite Harkness, CPA,  Attorney Brian Essi, and Tom Monahan, vice chairman of Save Lakewood Hospital spoke on the subject of healthcare in Lakewood.

Tom Monahan covered the over 100 years of the history of Lakewood Hospital including the challenging years during the Depression, the 1996 Lease Agreement with the Cleveland Clinic and ending with the vote of the City Council to accept the Master Agreement that gave the hospital to the Cleveland Clinic. Mr. Monahan concluded with the comment, "Council folks keep saying that 'we had no choice.' That truly is a stunning admission from these folks that they really don't understand what or how to do their job. The Cleveland Clinic could not have gotten away with this deed without their consent."

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Volume 12, Issue 16, Posted 6:37 PM, 08.02.2016

Bad Government 8: Summers, County Leaders Limit Healthcare Options--Cover Up Deepens

Citizens generally expect a certain level of frankness and honesty from their elected representatives. Unfortunately, we are witnessing an era in which lies by elected officials are the first recourse in any public discussion. 

In 2015, Mayor Summers first said that Lakewood Hospital would not close. Days later, he announced the closure of the hospital, the loss of Lakewood’s largest employer and the loss of $7M in annual charitable services to the underserved. In his announcement, Summers made a false claim that there would be a “$120M investment” in Lakewood and claimed the closure was somehow “Good News.” That same month, when Summers was first asked about MetroHealth’s proposal concerning Lakewood Hospital, Summers lied about that, too, in an apparent cover-up of what we later discovered were two Metro proposals that he suppressed.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 6:39 PM, 08.02.2016

Festival T-Shirts

Visit the Lakewood Arts Festival booth at Warren and Detroit and pick-up a t-shirt to benefit the scholarship fund. With our big anniversary approaching (we’re 40 next year!) we decided it would be fun to clear out the closets and offer shirts from previous years at a discount price! The 2015 shirt, our new classic, will be available for a $10 donation and shirts from years prior for an amazing $5 donation! Sizes and styles are limited, of course! 

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Non-Profits And Community Organizations

Lakewood Historical Society (Elmwood)
Amani Children's Foundation (Elmwood - Gladys)
Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp (Elmwood - Gladys)
Lakewood Christian Church (Elmwood - Gladys)
Cornucopia/Nature's Bin (Gladys) 
Friends of St. James (Gladys - Cook)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum (Gladys - Cook)
Boy Scout Troop 211 (Cook)  
H2O (Cook)  
Lakewood Council of PTAs (Cook - Warren)
League of Women Voters (Cook - Warren)
WomenSafe (Cook - Warren)
Esperanza Threads (Warren - St. Charles)
Lakewood Lutheran School/Gethsemane Lutheran Church (Warren - St. Charles)
Lakewood Music Boosters (St. Charles) 
American Indian Education Center (St. Charles) 
Hellenic Greek-American Organization (St. Charles) 
CAN Collective Arts Network (St. Charles) 
Kiwanis Club of Lakewood (St. Charles)  
UH St. John Medical Center (St. Charles - Belle)
West Shore Chorale (St. Charles - Belle)
Calvary United Methodist Church (St. Charles - Belle)
Barton Senior Center (St. Charles - Belle)
CCLAS (St. Charles - Belle)
Lakewood New Life Church (St. Charles - Belle)

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 6:39 PM, 08.02.2016

Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) Fall Resale Event

The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is once again planning its popular children's resale of gently used children's clothing (sizes newborn to 10), furniture, books, costumes, toys and other items. The Baby Bargain Bonanza (BBB) is planned for Saturday, September 17th at Garfield Middle School which is located at 13114 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. The sale is open to the public and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Admission is $5 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and just $1 from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

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Festival Food & Refreshments

This year the Lakewood Arts Festival welcomes the following food sponsors to the avenue; each generously donating a portion of the day’s sales to the student scholarship fund.

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An Insider's View Of The DNC Convention In Philly

A photo of the media tent sit-in protest by Sanders delegates on Day 2 of the Convention.

WWE SmackDown was coming to Cleveland, and a friend of mine and I thought it would be hilarious to get ringside tickets. I’ve never really followed the show but found the whole “sport” intriguing and hysterical. We made sure to get some wrestling t-shirts so that we would fit in and headed downtown.

Expecting to attend a sporting-type event, I was taken aback to find myself on the set of a TV show...a drama. 80%-90% of the 10,000 or so seats in the arena were roped off and blacked out. Only four or five sections on the first level were open, and maybe 1,000 or 1,500 people were in attendance. The producers moved people around for the best optics. They told us when to hold up signs, and when to cheer. They also had a few signs, shirts and hats on hand to give to people in strategic places. The whole experience was curated, managed and as fake as the “sport” itself. Yet, I still had a great time.

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Nastia Kurylyuk Chosen As 2016 Lakewood Arts Festival Scholarship

The artist and her painting, "The Mask I Wear."

Nastia Kurylyuk came to the United States from her native Ukraine when she was 10 years old. Settling in Lakewood, she eventually entered Lakewood High School where she continued to pursue and expand her interest in art. Nastia is the 2016 winner of the Lakewood Arts Festival annual scholarship. She is a 2016 graduate of Lakewood High School and plans to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art in the fall.

She describes her work “The Mask I Wear” as the most conceptual art she ever produced. Her idea was that we all, in one way or another, wear a mask to hide parts of ourselves. “In my case I use makeup to hide my physical imperfections or I use a happy smile to hide my real emotions,” says Nastia. “I can appear very happy on the outside while in reality I am very sad or nervous on the inside.” She says she grew tired of hiding, so in the painting she removes the mask to reveal her true self. Behind the mask is what she describes as her “true face” complete with “flaws and imperfections.” She uses blues and purples in her face to show her emotional side.

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Muslim Comedy Show Brings Laughs To RNC

Co-headliner Dean Obeidallah giving an interview before the show.

Thousands of visitors came to Cleveland last month to be part of the Republican National Convention. Most came for serious business – whether delegates on the floor or protesters outside. However, one group came not for business, but for comedy – albeit comedy with a message.

As you are likely aware, Republican candidate Donald Trump has generated tremendous controversy in his campaign, particularly in regards to Muslims. The Arab American Institute Foundation decided rather than doing traditional programming at this year’s RNC, it would put on a comedy show. “BANNED: Dangerously Funny Arab Americans and American Muslims” was held at the Hanna Theatre in Playhouse Square. It gave delegates and other convention attendees a chance to have a good laugh during this election cycle of rising bigotry.

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