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Highway Dedication Honors Fahey & Velez

Over the past year, a small stretch of I-90 on the south side of Lakewood has proven tragically deadly for two law enforcement officers. The ceremony took place in the parking lot of Serpentini Winterhurst Arena and included a presentation of the memorial signage to be posted on I-90 to the respective families of state Trooper Kenneth Velez and Cleveland Police Officer David Fahey. The signs will serve as not only to honor the memory of the two men who lost their lives in the line of duty, but also to raise awareness for drivers about the need to watch for law enforcement performing traffic stops on the highway shoulder.

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Fahad A. Saeed, 26 years old with: 2 Counts Aggravated Murder Murder
- Police News, May 18, 2017 Read More
Lakewood Man Helps Bring Cleveland's Latest Championship
- Non-Profit, August 6, 2016 Read More
Fall Leaf Collection To Begin on Monday, November 2nd
- City Hall, October 26, 2015 Read More
Mayor, City Council Invite Citizens to Share Ideas for Lakewood’s Downtown Development
- City Hall, August 13, 2015 Read More
Lakewood Catholic Academy to Serve as Grand Marshal of the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade
- City Hall, June 11, 2015 Read More

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District To See 1% Cut Under New State Budget

An update from Treasurer Kent Zeman: The Conference Committee (made up of members from the House of Representatives and the Senate) met June 27 and resolved the differences between the House and Senate version of House Bill 49 – the Biennial Budget. Both the House and Senate approved the Conference Committee recommended Biennial Budget without modifications. 

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Tale Of Two Lakewoods

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.

In contrast, the second Lakewood is uninspired corporate health care and luxury condominiums built on the rubble of century old homes and hospitals with what amounts to taxpayer funded corporate subsidies. It is “health and wellness foundations” with little to no oversight. The second Lakewood is the vision currently being pursued by this confluence of political and economic interests who think only their vision of Lakewood is viable; the transfer of the Hospital to the Cleveland Clinic and the rash of luxury condo building are just recent examples. It is to this nexus of power that we now turn.

According to the 2015 election campaign filings, Mayor Michael Summers received 40% of his funding from 26 donors who gave over $1,000. This is 318% above the median single donation at $239. The single largest donor, Diane L. Coury of Westlake gave $5,000. Her address listed in the campaign filing is the same address as a Thomas J. Coury who has been a Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA) General Trustee since December 2000. This means he would have been privy to information regarding the management and future plans of the hospital. Thomas J. Coury is also the founder and CEO of a software development company called Pointe Blank Solutions that develops software solutions for businesses. Clients include the Coury family business, Generations Healthcare, and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.

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Eat & Learn With LEAF Community

July is a busy month in the garden, which means it’s a busy month for LEAF Community! If you have a green thumb (or want to get a better one), like to eat green foods, or just want to spend some green with local businesses, then you’ve come to the right place. Check out the events below.

LEAF Night Farmer’s Market

Stop by the front porch of the Main Library on Thursday nights between 5:30 and 8 p.m. for our weekly LEAF Night Farmer’s Market. A new season, means lots of new exciting local vendors, including The Vegan Doughnut Company! You can also still sign up for a City Fresh CSA share - stop down at a LEAF Night to pre-pay for the following week or order online through City Fresh’s website (https://cityfresh.org) and pick-up with LEAF on Thursday.

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Starting A Business? Why A Business Plan Isn't The Right First Step

You just came up with a new groundbreaking business idea. Maybe it’s a new unique storefront you plan to open up on Detroit Avenue. Or perhaps it's a mobile app that will have much broader applicability — with users from Lakewood, Ohio to Lakewood Colorado (and everywhere in between). No matter the idea, where do you start? If your first inclination is to get started writing a 20-page business plan, you may want to reconsider.

The era of the business plan being the leaping-off point for entrepreneurs is no more. While it may have been considered a commendable first step for those getting businesses off the ground in the past, it’s no longer the case. There are a few reasons why:

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Lakewood Seniors are Walking For Fitness

This summer, why not take advantage of the weather and take some steps toward physical fitness? Beginning Thursday, August 3, 2017, the Lakewood Division of Aging, along with all the other westside senior centers will be partnering with CCF/St. John Medical Center to offer the 2017 Walking Challenge. This six-week program will challenge participants to get up and get moving. The Lakewood Division of Aging will be taking a bus on Thursday, August 3rd to the St. John campus in Westlake for an initial weigh-in, along with blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol testing, along with a pep talk. Participants will also receive a pedometer to track their progress.

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"Custer's Last Fight" Finds A Home In Lakewood

This week one of Lakewood’s favorite restaurants and watering holes, the West End, got a special treat. Longtime bar patron Ray Dankel sent Parnell and the Shepards a package that when they opened it, they were amazed. A rather large, very colorful original movie poster from the 1925 Francis Ford film, “Custer’s Last  Fight.”  "Custer’s Last Fight" is the re-edit of “Custer’s Last Raid” with another 60 minutes of Indian fights and the now banned Sioux Ghost Dance. The film was directed by Francis Ford, older brother of legendary Western Film Director John Ford. The last one to come up for auction went for an undisclosed amount but reports were over $15,000 US. So go get a great lunch, fun dinner, one of the best Sunday brunches in town, and check out this piece of history.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, July 19
Talk - Exploring Mars Part I
Presentation by Dr. Geoffrey Landis

In this two-part series, Dr. Geoffrey Landis will discuss the history of exploring Mars with telescopes, space probes and rovers, what we have learned about the red planet (and what we have yet to learn) and the possibilities of future human missions to explore and settle Mars.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Summer Program Helps Boost English Learners' Academic Success

A group of middle schoolers collaborate on their work.

While many of their peers are sleeping in and enjoying a carefree summer, nearly 100 English Language Learner students voluntarily report to summer school each weekday so that when they officially return to school on Aug. 21, they will be well prepared for the challenge.

“Teachers tell us that students who participate in our program do better than those who don’t participate,” said program director Kitty Leung. Leung is manager of Children, Youth and Family Services for ASIA Inc., which co-sponsors the summer program with Lakewood City Schools.

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From The Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

As spring gives way to summer, the ground thaws and becomes workable again. This was especially important when basements had to be dug with teams of horses. This photo, taken in the summer of 1919, shows a new home being constructed on Mars Avenue. Do you know which home this is?

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I Can't Remember If I've Used This Title Already: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 51

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.

Bulsch - Tartington - Blow Blood Records - 4 songs - 7", download

If you're not familiar with Bulsch, they're a band featuring members of Cruelster, The Roobydocks, Real Regular, etc. That's the most mild way of describing them. Bulsch's deal is that all their songs are in their own special language. This particular record of theirs was originally released on cassette by Saucepan, here released on vinyl by your favorite local Australian/Canadian label. "Tartington" is probably the band's best song (tied only with "Cundaloovian"– when's that coming out on vinyl?), so it makes total sense that it's the main track. After somewhere between fifteen seconds and a minute and a half of super catchy punk that makes you wanna sing along (And you can! It's got lyrics!), a zero-effort guitar solo brings the track to an abrupt conclusion. My favorite part of "Bobby Poppa" is when the suspense really builds up and then everything drops out but the bass, only for the singers (plural– there are three of them, they sing in unison) to yell something (I think it's "the," but it might be "gulch") and everything comes right back in. "Pon Toeleen" is mostly worthy of note for the guitar solo, during which the band throws around their trademark "ee oo" quite a bit– Joe (or Ton, rather, as the insert finally reveals which band member is which) throws in a particularly disgusted sounding one. If for whatever reason it hasn't struck you yet, the slow "dun dun dun-dun dun dun" part in "Inee Inee Outbawl" for some reason really drives home how sublime the whole thing is. And sure, maybe this whole thing is completely incomprehensible, but there you are pogoing and yelling "Tom-Sharpman-Samminrah!" along with the rest of them by the end of the record. That said, what the world really needs is the Bulsch concert film ("Enjoy Cleveland" doesn't count). You're kinda missing out. 4/5

(blowbloodrecords.bigcartel.com for the record, bulsch.bandcamp.com to download)

 

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Ohio Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Common Sense Legislation To Protect Domestic Violence Victims

Yesterday in Columbus, State Representative Nickie J. Antonio and Janine Boyd introduced legislation to better protect victims of domestic violence from their abuser by requiring those convicted of a domestic violence crime or served a civil protection order (CPO) to temporarily turn over their firearms to law enforcement.

“Separating deadly weapons from a domestic abuser weakens their power over the victim. By stopping gun violence before it starts, we can stop burying innocent people who should have been legally protected under a CPO,” said Antonio. “It’s common sense: domestic abusers should not have access to guns.”

According to Center for American Progress, the most dangerous time period for victims in abusive relationships is immediately after they file a civil protection order. Additionally, the risk of homicide at the hands of an intimate partner increases eight times when a gun is in the home.

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Servant Leader Edsmen Rally For Local Community Center

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One St. Edward High School student wanted to serve his community well, but in a way that did not involve another canned food drive. With his brother and a neighbor, he decided to collect baby clothing and cash donations for the Lakewood chapter of a crisis pregnancy organization called Birthright International.

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nCamp Launches Compact Wood-Burning Camp Stove

Weighing under 1½ pounds (.68 kilograms), the nCamp stove is about the size of a paperback book when collapsed, reducing backpack bulk. Because it burns readily available twigs and other forest combustible materials, the eco-friendly nCamp stove eliminates packaging and trash associated with propane or canned fuel.

Collapsible, eco-friendly design allows backpackers to leave canned fuel at home

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Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Seeks 2017 Applicants

NLDP Session in Progress

In 2006, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, along with former Cleveland Mayor Michael White, established a leadership training program for engaged neighborhood leaders.  The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is a free, 16 session community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities.

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A Continued Discussion On Police Brutality In Lakewood

I am glad that after years of being around national, state, and local police violence that posting a story about how it appears in Lakewood has created a discussion in our city. I am glad that Bob Stoltys and John Mazzei have continued the discussion in the past print and online posts. They each mention points that I would like to respond to because if Lakewood wants to strive to be unique among Cleveland's inner ring suburbs and be exceptional to them, then continuing this discussion where white suburbanites in this area dare not touch might add to the city's sense of pride in their city. Now is the time to discuss matters of racism and race in America and that makes Lakewood a part of the discussion. 

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O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood Awards Nursing Scholarship

(Left) Kim Murphy, Administrator, awards this years O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood's scholarship to (Right) Chloe Holcker, Lakewood High School 2017 Graduate.

Every spring, O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood awards a scholarship to outstanding local graduating high school seniors. Each candidate is required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0, submit one academic letter of recommendation, and write a 300-word essay detailing reasons to pursue a nursing or therapy career.

This year, the scholarship recipient is Chloe Holcker. Chloe was a student in the Health Careers program through West Shore Career Technical School. Their classroom is located on the 2nd floor of O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood's Assisted Living. Through this program, Chloe received proper training to become a State Tested Nurse Aide and completed clinicals at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood as well as Fairview Hospital.

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Three Students Attend RYLA

Three students from Lakewood and Rocky River high schools attended the District 6630 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) conference at Baldwin Wallace University June 11-15.

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Rotary Awards Scholarships To Four High School Seniors

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River recently awarded four college scholarships to graduating seniors Martina Blazevic, Ali Brugh and Aleksandra Dunjic from Rocky River High School and Joshua January from Lakewood High School.

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Lakewood Public Library Presents: Magic And Fun With Nicholas

Lakewood Public Library Presents:

Magic and Fun with Nicholas: a Special Friday Performance for the Whole Family. Join us for an afternoon of magic, juggling, balloon bending and origami, all performed by a graduate of the St. Ignatius Circus Club on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Main Library. 15425 Detroit Avenue Lakewood, Ohio

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Lakewood Soccer Association: Saturday Soccer Registration

The registration deadline is coming up soon for the fall season of Lakewood Soccer Association's Saturday Soccer program.

The deadline is Monday, July 31st. Registration cost is $50 for the fall season. LSA still will take registrations after the July 31st deadline, but they are subject to a $20 late fee.

There are a few ways to sign up. Visit the "Saturday" page of LSA's website, www.lakewood-soccer.com, and you can sign up with a credit card online. You also can print a registration form from the website and mail it to us, or you can stop at the Madison branch of the Lakewood Public Library from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 15th and July 22nd to register in person. (Payments at the in-person registration must be made by check or cash.)

LSA's eight-week season of games starts Saturday, August 26. Games are played at Memorial Field in the Metroparks on Saturday mornings at four time slots: 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Schedules are posted on the website about a week before the season begins.

Registration is open to players age 4-14. Nearly 600 kids of all ability levels played on 45 co-ed teams, coached by parent volunteers, during the fall season. LSA has run a recreational soccer program for more than 30 years.

For those who register for the fall season, team assignments will be emailed during the week of August 14th. Team practices and league-wide foot-skills - U5 and U6 FUNdamentals and U7-U14 foot-skills will begin the week of August 21st.

If you have questions, please visit www.lakewood-soccer.com.

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Harrison Royals Bring International Flavor To Little League

The team poses for a group photo.

The Lakewood Rec under-8 baseball league has a new team this year, and it’s different than any in the city’s history. The Royals, a team of Harrison Elementary students, is comprised primarily of immigrant kids, many of them refugees. The roster has players from Nepal, Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Palestine, and India. All but two of the students are refugees or immigrants. Two are brand new to the US this year. Two Turkish-American players were born in the US, since their parents have been in the United States for around 8 years.

The team is the brainchild of Harrison E.L.L. teacher Tiffany Hickey. A fifth-year teacher at the school, Hickey works with students learning English as their second language. She wanted a fun way that the kids could be active and learn during the summer months. She realized that a little league baseball team could be the way to go. She reached out to Mark McNamara, her brother-in-law. McNamara has coached youth baseball teams for around 15 years, ever since his son first played. He agreed to serve as coach, and the idea took shape.

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LakewoodAlive, Citizens Bank Join Forces to Complete Yard Beautification Project on Waterbury Avenue

The elderly homeowner observed the scene unfolding before her with a look that mixed joy and amazement.  Never before had she experienced anything like this, as 15 volunteers helped restore the backyard of the Waterbury Avenue home that’s been in her family since 1930.

“I can’t begin to express my appreciation,” said Ms. Waterbury (real name withheld).  “This is the first time in my life I’ve ever had anyone help me like this.”

LakewoodAlive's Housing Outreach Program recently partnered with a superb group of volunteers from Citizens Bank to complete this yard beautification project for Ms. Waterbury, 79, a retired science teacher.  The project consisted of everything from clearing brush to planting flowers to painting fences and doors.

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Lakewood Summer Meltdown Celebrates City’s Vibrancy

Photo Credit: The Lakewood Observer

For one July Saturday each summer, a transformation takes place in Downtown Lakewood.  Detroit Avenue ceases to serve as a bustling main street, undergoing a conversion into an urban playground for families, friends, festival-goers, runners, beer enthusiasts and music lovers alike to celebrate a city’s vibrancy.

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Lakewood City Council Candidate Meghan F. George Receives Another Important Endorsement

Meghan F. George has secured another important endorsement in her campaign for Lakewood City Council At Large.  Lakewood Firefighters Local 382, representing about 80 firefighter/emergency medical technicians has joined Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25 in supporting her campaign.
 
"I am pleased to have the support of Lakewood's hard working firefighters, and honored to have the confidence they have placed in me. The endorsement of Lakewood Police and now Lakewood Firefighters demonstrates both groups believe it is more than empty campaign rhetoric when I pledge to fight for resources, funding and training to maintain and enhance the already high level of service both provide."
 
"I intend work hard and to make it my point to renew old friendships and to get out and meet as many Lakewood residents as possible prior to this November's election." said candidate George.

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Art Festival Book Sale

On August 5 the Annual Lakewood Arts Festival will be held in downtown Lakewood, and the Library will be hosting the Art Festival Book Sale. The sale will take place in the Main Library basement from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. so we invite you inside to enjoy a little air conditioning and to browse all of our bargain priced treasures waiting for you here.

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West Shore Auto Tech Students Take on Special Project

The finished chassis on display at the Goodguys PPG Nationals show.

West Shore Career-Tech students in Mike Szittai’s Automotive Technology class took on a special project during the last quarter of the 2016-2017 school year that spilled into evening and weekend work. Despite the outside-of-school hours, the students showed up eager to work each week.

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Employment Opportunities –Lakewood Recreation

The Community Recreation and Education Department has employment opportunities for the Event Staff position. Event Staff are the direct representative of the Lakewood Board of Education and the Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department during non-school hours. The primary duties and responsibilities are, but not limited to, the monitoring and managing of all facility events, ensuring the safety and well-being of all participants.

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Gerrymandering: A Threat To Representative Democracy

The 19th century brought us President Abraham Lincoln, suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, philosopher Henry David Thoreau, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, and artist James Whistler - people who positively contributed to the world in which we live today.

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Meghan F. George For Lakewood City Council At-Large

I am a candidate for Lakewood City Council At Large, and as a lifelong Lakewood resident, I know that safety is and always will be Lakewood residents’ most important concern. Therefore I am pleased to announce the endorsement of my candidacy by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25, representing Lakewood Police Officers. I believe our safety forces need to be provided the tools and training to allow them to perform their jobs to the best of their ability and I strongly support fully funding these departments.

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Senator Michael Skindell Comments On State Budget Vote

Last week, State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) voted “No” on Amended Substitute House Bill 49, known as the state’s biennial operating budget. Among many concerns, Senator Skindell cited the disinvestment in people and communities and the continuation of tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy as areas where the bill fell short.
 
“The evidence is clear that there is no Ohio miracle but rather an Ohio calamity,” said Senator Skindell. “The LLC tax loophole created in 2013 and expanded in 2015 has created a massive fiscal hole. This year alone, the budget hole stands at $840 million dollars, and is apparently growing. Ohio's finances are shrinking. The current imbalance is comparable to the imbalance we faced earlier this decade, largely caused by the 2005 tax giveaway.”
 
During the budget debate, Senator Skindell advocated for greater state investment in need-based financial aid for college students, quality childcare programs, K-12 education, public transportation and senior programs like Meals-On-Wheels. Senator Skindell noted that past disinvestment in higher education has made Ohio one of the most costly places for students to go to college. He also expressed concern that many schools in the 23rd Senate District would experience a cut in state funding under the budget bill.
 
Continuing cuts and diversions from local government funding also prevented Senator Skindell from supporting House Bill 49.
 
“Recent state budgets have not provided the Local Government Fund with the stable and predictable funding source they need to be able to provide critical services to their communities,” said Senator Skindell. “State action has resulted in extraordinary cuts to the revenues collected by our counties, cities, and townships. Meanwhile, the ability of county and city officials to pay for services with locally raised taxes have been hampered.
 
“In the simplest of terms, the budget we are asked to vote on today offers short-sighted, short-term solutions for long-term problems, such as the lack of meaningful investment in working families, lack of meaningful investment in our communities, and lack of meaningful investment to increase the opportunities of all Ohioans. Once more, the wealthy and big business will fare far better than working families under this budget.”
 
The bill will now move to Conference Committee to reconcile the differences between the House and the Senate.

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Re: Police Brutality Should Have No Place In Lakewood

  Police Brutality Should Have No Place In Lakewood by Tim Collingwood, only tells part of the story. In November of last year, Sabrina Robinson's daughter was visiting the Madison Branch of the Lakewood library to hang out after school and probably get some studying done. This is a biased summary of the events that took place.

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Secretary Of State Candidate To Speak On Voting Rights: Lakewood Democrats Welcome Kathleen Clyde To July 13 Summer Supper

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) will headline the Lakewood Democratic Club’s Summer Supper, July 13 at VOSH. Clyde is a prominent voting-rights advocate, and candidate for Ohio Secretary of State.

“From gerrymandering to equal pay, Rep. Clyde is constantly fighting for ordinary people’s rights,” says club president Grant Mackay. “In both the Ohio House and in major court cases, she’s on the front line of battles for fairness and democracy. Her experiences should make for an inspiring evening.”

The Summer Supper takes place at VOSH Lakewood, 1414 Riverside Drive, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 13. Tickets for the evening begin at $50 per person, and include dinner and one drink ticket. 

The annual event helps fund the Democratic Club’s programs for the year, and is open to all. Tickets may be purchased at lakewooddemocrats.com/supper, or by mailing a check to the Lakewood Democratic Club at PO Box 771263, Lakewood, OH 44107.

For more information, contact lkwdohdemclub@gmail.com.

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The Lakewood Division of Aging is Throwing the Party of the Summer: The Annual Senior Picnic

The sun is shining, the weather is warm, the lake breezes are fresh. That means that it is party-time for the Lakewood Division of Aging. On Friday, July 21st at 10 a.m. we will rendezvous at the lovely Kiwanis Pavilion at Lakewood Park. In addition to a scrumptious box lunch, we will be gathering for games, fellowship with friends, and some great summertime music, provided by a DJ compliments of Troy Entertainment. While there, you will have plenty of time to stretch your legs on the paved walking paths. Walk along the lake shoreline path to see a beautiful view of the fabulous Cleveland skyline. Make your way over to see one of Lakewood’s newest attractions: the Solstice Seps. You will be impressed. You can bask in the sun, or simply enjoy a cool drink while relaxing in the shade. Whatever your preferences, you will find it at the Senior Picnic.

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Mars Adventures

Scientists have always wondered about the possibility of life on other planets. However, to consider any planet habitable, three factors are necessary: a temperature between zero and forty degrees Celsius, water, and oxygen. With the help of rovers and satellites, scientists now believe the red planet, Mars, may have the answer. Mars and Earth have approximately the same land mass. In addition, there are signs of ice on Mars. NASA is working hard to see if there is any chance of life on our red neighbor. 

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Library Fun For Minecraft Fans

Is your child a Minecraft fan? I bet they are. Minecraft is a crazy-creative cube world where adventure abounds, architecture arises, and the only limit is your own imagination. A gameworld randomized for every player and fully customizable. It looks simple but Minecraft can become fairly complex for those brave enough to plumb its depths. If the youngsters in your family are total blockheads, have explored every crevice of the Overworld, the Nether and the End, confronted the Ender Dragon and lived to tell about it, if they’re true Minecraft Explorers then come join us for six weeks of Minecraft themed crafts, games and other activities.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, July 6
Author Event - "What is a Schizophrenic Supposed to Look Like?" by Lori Rochat

Lori Rochat describes how she overcame difficult life challenges as a person with schizophrenia, and she shares her experiences with others who face similar challenges. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Bravo Zulu To Mr. Collingwood And Ms. Sikes

Tom Collingwood's letter calling for Lakewood Police officer Kevin Jones' immediate termination was right on point, highlighting the lack of leadership in Lakewood PD and in this City, which instead of doing the right thing is concerned about covering its derriere.

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The Wonderful World Of Bubbles

What do you get if you remove the Crocs from your feet, dip the shoes in a bucket of soapy water, and blow? You get bubbles! If this idea has never occurred to you, you are not alone. But it has occurred to The Bubble Lady, Sue Durante. Sue searches her home for everyday household items that become the tools for producing remarkable frothy creations. A piece of rope, a mesh strawberry basket, and the plastic holder from a 6 pack of soda are among the numerous objects that enable The Bubble Lady to construct magnificent balloons of soap. Come to the Library and be amazed as you witness her inflating tiny bubbles, long bubbles, giant bubbles, and a remarkable square bubble. The feat that is sure to draw the most enthusiastic response involves a small wading pool filled with a special concoction of soap, water, and glycerin and a hula hoop with a handle. The audience will marvel as the hoop is raised and volunteers are enveloped in a giant, glistening bubble.

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Movie Review Of "King Arthur"

The movie, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” is a 2017 adventure re-imagining tales of the legendary British King Arthur of the late 400s to early 500s AD, who defended Britain against invading Saxons. While some of the legends and folklore stories of a King Arthur, in part, originate in an 1100s AD literature, “History of the Kings of Britain” by Geoffrey of Monmouth, this film is not a documentary of true events.

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Caution: Road Work Ahead

Anyone who has driven in Northeast Ohio knows the ever-altering encounters between potholes and orange barrels. Yes, Clevelanders, sometimes we weave through both at the same time! Driving along, this was the picture that formed in my head as a woman on the radio advised me, “You can prepare the road for your child or you can prepare your child for the road.” It was a beautiful day in the Metroparks and my personal road looked smooth and clear. All I had to worry about was a few bicyclists. Even the deer were behaving. Still, I reflected on the proverbial message and thought, “Which way is the ‘right’ way to go?”

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017

From the Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

Playing in the sunshine is an important part of growing up, and this young lady's childhood was no exception. Sadly, any information about who she was has been lost with time. If you think you can identify her, please contact us at curator@lakewoodhistory.org.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017

Rep. Antonio Says "No" To State Budget That Ignores Hard-working Ohioans While Prioritizing The Wealthiest 1%

Rep. Antonio speaking out against the budget at a press conference in Columbus last week.

This week in Columbus, State Representative Nickie Antonio voted “no” on House Bill 49, the state’s biennial budget. Amid a more than $1 billion financial shortfall, Ohio’s legislative Republicans passed their state budget, leaving Gov. John Kasich less than 48 hours to review it before the start of the new fiscal year.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017

District Hires Two New Admins

Liz Rogel

The Lakewood Board of Education at its May 19 meeting approved the hiring of two new administrators, who will both begin their positions on Aug. 1, 2017. Swanton (Ohio) Local School District Superintendent Jeffrey Schlade has been named the new Director of Human Resources and Oberlin City Schools Director of Pupil Services Elizabeth Rogel has been named a Coordinator of Student Services.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017

Yikes: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 50

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. 

Magic City - Magic City - Blow Blood Records - 4 songs - 7", download

Magic City, along with The Roobydocks and Heavenly Queen, was one of my favorite new bands of 2016. This is their debut vinyl offering. "Free" is a great late-'70s style punk rocker with wah-wah'd out guitar and great energy. I know that's reviewer-type garbage to say it has "great energy," but it really does. I'm just stupid and can't think of a better way to say that. "Oogha Boogha" is a somewhat slower hard rock tune– indie rock fans may listen to the drumming and go "hey, that sounds familiar." Just kidding, indie rock fans probably won't listen to this. "Kay" on the flip is another solid hard rock/punk song, followed by "Monster," which features some great saxophone squawking as a bonus to the already solid song. Though all four songs on this are pretty good, I think "Monster" and "Free" are really the essential tracks. Lyrically, it might not be quite what you expect from the members of the band– there's no aliens or babbling like you might expect when hearing that there's a Darvocet and a Bad Noid in this band– but that's because the vocalist (I assume she writes the lyrics, too, but I'm probably wrong) wasn't in either of those bands, and in fact has never been in any band before. Nevertheless, Julia does a great job at doing her own thing. I really wish they'd re-press their cassette, or put it on LP or something, but this 7" is quite a fine substitute. 4.3/5

(blowbloodrecords.bigcartel.com for the tape, blowbloodrecords.bandcamp.com to download)

Perverts Again - My Accident - Total Punk Records - 2 songs - 7"

I think the wait for the new Perverts Again record has been entirely too long. So was it worth it? I'd say so. The two songs here, "My Accident" and "My Embarrassment," are sort of thematically linked, as the titles imply, in that they're both about situations you really wouldn't wanna find yourself in. "My Accident" is about a visit to the

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017

LREF Celebrates Purple & Gold On August 19: Gala Tix On Sale

Tickets are on sale now for Lakewood Ranger Education Foundation's Purple & Gold Gala on August 19.

Get ready to honor, support and celebrate Lakewood City School's unique student programming -- and the fundraising entity behind it -- Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation -- on Saturday, August 19. 

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017

Lakewood Soccer Association: Saturday Soccer Registration

The registration deadline is coming up soon for the fall season of Lakewood Soccer Association's Saturday Soccer program.

The deadline is Monday, July 31st. Registration cost is $50 for the fall season. LSA still will take registrations after the July 31st deadline, but they are subject to a $20 late fee.

There are a few ways to sign up. Visit the "Saturday" page of LSA's website, www.lakewood-soccer.com, and you can sign up with a credit card online. You also can print a registration form from the website and mail it to us, or you can stop at the Madison branch of the Lakewood Public Library from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 15th and July 22nd to register in person. (Payments at the in-person registration must be made by check or cash.)

LSA's eight-week season of games starts Saturday, August 26. Games are played at Memorial Field in the Metroparks on Saturday mornings at four time slots: 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Schedules are posted on the website about a week before the season begins.

Registration is open to players age 4-14. Nearly 600 kids of all ability levels played on 45 co-ed teams, coached by parent volunteers, during the fall season. LSA has run a recreational soccer program for more than 30 years.

For those who register for the fall season, team assignments will be emailed during the week of August 14th. Team practices and league-wide foot-skills - U5 and U6 FUNdamentals and U7-U14 foot-skills will begin the week of August 21st.

If you have questions, please visit www.lakewood-soccer.com.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017

Beck Center Brings The "City Of Angels" To Lakewood

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present "City of Angels," winner of 6 Tony Awards³ including Best Musical and Best Original Score. This acclaimed film noir musical runs July 7 through August 13, 2017 in the Mackey Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017