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A Beginner’s Guide To Attending Light Up Lakewood 2017

Photo by Brian Foox/The Lakewood Observer

Greetings, first-time Light Up Lakewood attendee. You’re in for a real treat. 

Don’t be surprised if your enthusiasm upon reaching Detroit Avenue nears Buddy The Elf levels. Light Up Lakewood – a fun-filled fixture within Lakewood’s downtown district – represents one of the preeminent holiday events in Northeast Ohio. If it’s not the most wonderful time of the year, it comes awfully close.

But before you join 20,000 of your closest friends at LakewoodAlive’s dazzling community festival on December 2, there are some things you should know.  Consider this cheat sheet a gift to be unwrapped prior to the first Saturday in December. Here’s your beginner’s guide to attending Light Up Lakewood 2017 sponsored by First Federal Lakewood.

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Swim With Santa On December 17

Photo credit:  Nancy Pizir

Grab your bathing suits for Lakewood Recreation’s annual Swim with Santa. This year’s event will be held Sunday, December 17, at the Lakewood High School Pool beginning at 1:00pm.

Children of all ages will participate in Santa’s “reindeer games.” These fun pool activities will get everyone ready for Santa’s appearance. Preregister and save – this event is only $5 if registered by December 15. Walk up registration at the door is $7. All children ages 6 and under must be accompanied in the pool by a swimming adult (no separate charge for the adult). Enjoy fun activities and make sure your name is on the “nice” list this year!

Other returning programs this December at the Lakewood High School Pool include daytime adult swims, early morning lap swims, and more. The up-to-date pool schedule is viewed at www.bit.ly/lhspoolschedule Our complete program guide can be found at www.lakewoodrecreation.com, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, all by searching for lkwdrec.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

From The Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

Winton Place was the first apartment building in the area to be accessible by air, land, and water. Pictured here is the first helicopter landing at Winton Place on October 7th, 1963. The helicopter was piloted by Ken Ross of Sundorph Aeronautical Corporation, and was delivering the final bucket of concrete for the “sky closing” of the building the next day. Photograph courtesy of the Special Collections at the Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Teacher, Writer, Poet And Filmmaker Brad Ricca To Speak At Lakewood Public Library

Brad Ricca is an expert in subjects many people know little about. While writing his book "Super Boys," published in 2013, Ricca uncovered new information about the creators of Superman by spending every Saturday for four years in the Cleveland Public Library. Now he’s back with a new book, "Mrs. Sherlock Holmes," about a woman who became a lawyer, a consulting detective for the New York City Police Department and the first female U.S. district attorney.

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Friends of Lakewood Public Library Winter Book Sale December 2

              

It’s in the air again!  The Friends Winter Book Bag Sale returns Saturday, December 2, 2017. From the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. you can fill up a large paper grocery bag full of books and magazines from the Bargain Book Room for only $3.00! Better Book Room and Lobby items will be half price during this huge holiday clearance sale.

If you want to get an early start, there is a member’s only preview sale on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  You can become a Friends of Lakewood Public Library member and get a sneak peek at the selections for a small fee right at the door.  The sale takes place in the Main Friends Book Sale Room.

In addition to Saturday’s extra-special pricing, a lovely collection of genealogy books will be displayed, along with the second half of a very large and generous donation of Warfare, Aviation and Seafaring books.

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Seeking Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) For Youth

CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect. 

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood LEGO® League

For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)

Use LPL’s collection of Lego® Bricks and your own imagination to create fabulous new structures and designs each month. No registration, but numbered tickets will be given out first-come, first-served.

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors

For school-age children

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

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday November 23
Library Closed
Library closed in observance of Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 25
"The Kite Runner" (2007)

In 1970s Afghanistan, two boys from conflicting ethnic groups bond over the popular pastime of kite fighting. After Amir witnesses an attack on Hassan, he is haunted by his cowardly behavior, and their lives are changed forever. Years later, an adult Amir (Khalid Abdalla) is an aspiring writer living in the United States. A phone call from Afghanistan gives Amir a second chance to come to Hassan’s rescue.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

Sunday, November 26
Jazz Clinic Series
Led by Chris Vance

How would you like to be more involved with the performances? Would you like to hear from the musicians, get background on the songs and instruments and ask the questions during performances? Chris Vance leads a series of concerts dealing with various specific topics in jazz. Each concert will consist of performances by a wide array of artists, a brief lecture dealing with the topic at hand, and a Q & A session where audience members can engage with the performers.
2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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AARP Free Tax Aide

AARP free tax aide brings you free electronic filing of your tax returns. The IRS certified volunteers are ready to help income tax payers of all ages. You do not need to be an AARP member to receive this service. A photo ID and social security number are required at time of visit. Bring last year's tax return if possible.

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The Lakewood Music Boosters Joins Global #GivingTuesday Movement Pledges To Support Lakewood Music Programs Grades K-12

The Lakewood Music Boosters has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Our goal is to raise funds to support our music programs throughout the Lakewood City Schools grades K-12. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in meaningful ways to the charities and causes they support.

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Officially Endorsed By My Friend Who Says Marty Brass Shreds: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 59

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. 

Joey Sprinkles - Bubble Guts - Mirror Universe Tapes - 10 songs - Cassette, download

I'd like to start this review off with an apology for this being reviewed so late. There were a couple delays (including the package getting lost somewhere in the Observer HQ) that might have seemed like the natural course of things if this was the negative energy music of Chomp, but this is not Chomp, so it's just bad luck. Ya know? This is, however, the guy from Chomp, also known as Joe Boyer. I wasn't quite sure what to expect of this and I guess that's appropriate as Joe hits five different styles on each of the five tracks on the first side. Yep, from the upbeat indie rock of "All Is Well" (some Jay Reatard vibes at the end there) to the acoustic indie rock (this is a different style, trust me) of "I Guess It's Now" (the backing "ooh ooh" vocals on this one give me 60s pop vibes, and that keyboard on the chorus throws this one into Reatard territory as well) to "Bugs On Lightbulbs," which I have to assume is what Green Day would sound like if they were on Lumpy Records, to "You're Part Of It," which is a far more mellow indie rocker (again, totally different style) and is the first of several songs here co-written by the guy from So Cow, if that means anything to you, to "Midnite Blue," which is pretty much a straight power popper. Now, I don't know if you know this, reader, but I like power pop. And I know that Joey Sprinkles straight up stole that chorus hook from somewhere. He has to have. Or maybe not? Maybe he wrote such a catchy melody there that I feel like I've known it forever. If so, nice work.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Strokes Of Genius Ends With Art Show

After learning about the life and work of artist Diego Rivera, Strokes of Genius participants experienced creating a mural.

The 2017 fall session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library recently came to a close as participating second, third, and fourth graders proudly showcased their talent at an art show for family and friends. Each week students learned about the life and work of a different artist and then completed an art project in the style of that artist. Artwork created by Pierre Auguste Renoir, Leonardo da Vinci, Frederic Remington, Diego Rivera, Maya Lin, and Jackson Pollock provided the inspiration for the students’ creative efforts. Watercolor paints, oil pastels, markers, clay, and tempera were some of the art mediums used. Each participant took home their creative work and a certificate. Look for information about our spring session of Strokes of Genius in the Lakewood Public Library’s Spring/Summer Program Guide.

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Little Mermaid Returns To Beck Center This Holiday Season

Join us under the sea again for Beck Center’s critically acclaimed production of "The Little Mermaid." Last year, this production was winner of Cleveland Critics Circle 2016 Theater Awards for Best Musical Direction, Best Projection Design, and the Rising Star Award, and recognized for Best Musical Production, Best Lighting Design, and Best Choreographer.

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Frontline Service Teams With Geiger's To Provide Toys And Coats For The Homeless

FrontLine Service, Cuyahoga County’s largest provider of services to help the homeless, has joined forces with Geiger’s to make sure families in poverty receive toys and basic need items this holiday season. The organizations are also cooperating on a parallel program to provide coats to help the homeless over a cold Cleveland winter.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Christmas Sale On The Grounds

Unique gifts and decorations fill the Historic Nicholson House.

The Lakewood Historical Society's annual Christmas Sale on the Grounds has everything you need for holiday decorating, entertaining and gift-giving.      

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Lakewood Division Of Aging Is Preparing For The Holidays

Families and children around the world look forward to December 6th with eager anticipation. St. Nicholas Day is a special day at the Lakewood Division of Aging as well, as this marks the kick off to our Christmas season. The Lawther Center and Senior Center East will be decked out in all of their holiday finery, and there will be Christmas music in the air. Our St. Nicholas Day party will feature an appetizer and dessert pot luck before lunch, as well a seasonal musical performance by the students of Lakewood Community Care Center. After lunch, we will hold our annual white-elephant gift exchange. Sometimes silly, sometimes naughty, always funny, always fun.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Ice Cream Shop With A Not So Hidden Coffee Surprise!

Exploring around Lakewood recently I'm sure most of you have noticed the uprising in small businesses with a special focus on coffee and treats. With so many chain locations to choose from, it's sometimes hard to break from a tradition or habit and try something new, but here in Lakewood it's a big part of who we are to support local business owners who just might be your neighbor. Personally, I broke a habit of using a larger chain for my morning coffee and tried out a local venue. Now I had already tried this local place for its exciting twist on flavorfully fun ice cream. I specifically tried out this place because like many others, I have food allergies and food preferences that require a place I can safely go to for those delightful treats we all like to enjoy. Now they have those option along with the always exciting traditional Ice cream and coffee options as well.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Scout Pack 68 Goes Yachting

Last week Scout Troup 68 had their annual Rain Gutter Regatta at Lakewood Methodist Church. It was a great break from the political discussions and a nice break on a cold rainy night. It was highly attended and fun was had by all.

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Santa Paws To Visit Lakewood

credit: Portraits by Martha

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Paws and he is coming to Lakewood. He will pose for portraits with his animal friends and their humans companions on Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 1 to 5 PM at Pet's General Store, 16821 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH.

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Lakewood City School Preschool Spots Available

The Lakewood City Schools preschool program has openings to enroll 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds in its five star-rated program. For more information, please call 216-529-4214. You can find more information about the District's preschool program at www.lakewoodcityschools.org.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

LHS Model UN Club Racks Up Awards At Fall Conference

The Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club turned in a fine performance at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference held Nov. 7 & 8 at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Senior Co-President Abe Dalisky and sophomore Evan Bell won the Superior Delegation award in the highly competitive Security Council.

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Roosevelt Earns State Award For Student Progress

Roosevelt Elementary is one of only nine schools in the state to be named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education for its gains in reading and math proficiency among all students during the 2016-2017 school year. Roosevelt is the only school in Cuyahoga County to have earned this significant award.

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West Shore's Corti Named Chef Educator Of Year

West Shore Career-Tech culinary instructor Devan Corti has earned the Chef Educator of the Year Award from the American Culinary Federation Cleveland Chapter. Corti was presented with the award at the chapter’s annual President’s Brunch on Nov. 5 at the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club.

The ACF Chef Educator of the Year award pays tribute to an active culinary educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have enhanced the image of the professional chef, and who, by example, has given leadership, guidance and direction to students seeking a career in the culinary profession. This person demonstrates the ability to help students define and develop their careers by using their skills and abilities to provide a strong foundation for their future success.

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The Top 10 Traditions Of Light Up Lakewood 2017

Photo by The Lakewood Observer

Traditions abound during the holiday season and Light Up Lakewood is no exception. Both the popular community event itself, and many of the festivities comprising it, are woven into the framework of many Lakewoodites’ holiday rituals.  

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Local Non-Profit Medical Clinic Invites Community To Participate In National Movement

This holiday season most of us will spend time gift shopping, visiting with family and enjoying holiday parties. But what if you were a single mother with diabetes and you are struggling with the decision to either purchase insulin or the toy your son wants for Christmas? Or if you are an unemployed veteran who has to choose between putting gas in his car to get to a job interview or purchasing an inhaler to control his asthma? Or maybe you are an uninsured student who is suffering from depression and cannot afford to see a counselor?

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Mentor Defeats Eagles in Frigid Playoff Game

The Cardinals in the dreaded "Victory Formation", as they run out the clock on the final play. The Mentor win ended St. Edward's season with an 11-2 record. 

There will be no rematch with St. Ignatius. The Mentor Cardinals beat St. Edward 21-13 Friday night in OHSAA football playoff action at a frozen Byers Field in Parma.  The game was played with temperatures in the 20s, conditions best suited for Princess Elsa or the Freeze Meiser. Passing and punting was difficult for both teams, since the ball was hard and heavy.  Mentor utilized a punishing running attack and a strong defensive effort to pull the upset. Senior running back Elijah McDougall led the Cardinal running game, gaining 121 yards on 15 carries. Fellow senior Chris Edmond had 59 yards on 14 carries. McDougall and Edmond each had one touchdown run.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 10:12 AM, 11.11.2017

Meghan George, Tristan Rader, Tom Bullock Win Council Person At-Large Seats

In what many are calling a mandate for both a younger council, and a more open and transparent council, Meghan George overwhelmingly won the At-Large Council seat, with Tristan Rader close behind. Much farther back was Tom Bullock, who could still be ousted when the provisional votes are added in. Right now he sits only 44 votes ahead of Cindy Marx. The Charter Amendment also won.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 7:51 PM, 11.08.2017

Superintendent Patterson Announces Intention To Retire In July

Superintendent Jeff Patterson announced at the Board of Education meeting on November 6 that he intends to retire effective July 31, 2018 after 12 years with the District, including seven as superintendent.

“I have been fortunate to have so many exceptional factors come together to make my tenure with Lakewood City Schools a very positive one. These include a visionary Board, our deeply committed administrative staff, our talented teaching and support staff, our amazing students, and an extremely supportive community, including a city government that has always been willing to work together,” Patterson said.

“I decided to announce my intention at this time to allow our Board of Education sufficient time to search for Lakewood's next Superintendent. Our construction projects are coming to an end, our District is in fine financial shape, and our union contracts are extended until 2020. Now is a good time for leadership change,” Patterson said.

 

 

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Eagles Top Bulldogs in Playoff Opener

The playoff matchup of perennial powers attracted an army of media to Lakewood. The game was broadcast on four different outlets. 

St. Edward opened the OHSAA football playoffs with a win over Canton McKinley on Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The Eagles overcame a 14-10 halftime deficit to defeat the Bulldogs 37-21, earning a second-round matchup with Mentor. Senior Tylan Rice and junior Quintel Kent each had a pair of touchdowns in the game for St. Edward.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 10:05 AM, 11.04.2017

Rotary Seeks Grant Applications

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River is seeking grant applications from non-profit organizations that serve our youth and community within Lakewood and Rocky River.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Makerspace Making Its Way To LHS

Everyone agrees that a successful 21st century education model calls for increased opportunities for students in creative thinking and hands-on learning. Thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation, Lakewood High will soon have a dedicated space for just that.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Memoirs Of 900 Seconds: Dear Lakewood – Was This ‘A Lot’?

Lakewood Lakewood – city that I love! I like to think that everyone is as impassioned as I am about civil rights.  Community Relations and Community Policing are big issues for me as I am a member of Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission (although this submission is not at all connected with that position), and we are working closely with the Mayor’s office as well as City Hall to address issues surrounding the above topics. I could deliver my victorious bio about being a survivor of the most heinous stalking and abuse- coming out the other side with a master’s degree and three scholarship-receiving college students. I could talk about the awards I received from Cleveland READS as well as Cleveland City Council for literacy efforts with minority children as well as older homeless men. I could talk about my family’s pet spider ‘Charlotte’ who pretty much owns the living room window where she resides in safety. I could talk about the children I raised in this city who were members of the National Honor Society, captains of the flag corps, and members of symphonic orchestra and my super clean apartment filled with the most delicious art– but this sort of banter is contrary to the idea of civil rights. Civil rights mandates that I be treated with the same quality of warm humanity without regard for socioeconomics, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, you know the rest. I do not feel that my civil rights were supported in a recent incident with Lakewood Police Department. Please let me explain.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

A Failure Since 2008

Lakewood’s pit bull ban was enacted in 2008 and over the past 9 years has failed to make Lakewood safer. It is time that we move forward with proven methods to make Lakewood a safer place to live, work and play in for residents and visitors alike. 
 
If you think the “I’m With Charlie” movement is just about Charlie and Jennifer Scott, you have missed the point entirely. It’s about a law that has miserably failed our city. It’s about all the good people and good dogs that have gone through hell because of the way they look and not they way they act. It is about ending the ban and enacting stronger ordinances that get to the root of the problem. It’s about more resources, better education, better communication, better enforcement and higher fines for irresponsible owners. It’s about making Lakewood safer than it is now. It’s about respecting bite victims by addressing real problems with proven methods. It's about creating an environment that shows to everyone that Lakewood takes companion pet ownership and safety seriously. It's about teaching our children that discrimination is not the answer.
 
The fear mongering must end. I am sick and tired of people and our leadership pointing to “pit” attacks in order to support the ban. This does not make us safe. Oftentimes these dogs are misidentified or under the 50% pit threshold, making them perfectly legal dogs if they resided in Lakewood. What about the two non-pit dogs that mauled a Sheffield Lake man on October 2nd, causing him to be life-flighted to the hospital? Not one news website reported it because pit-bulls weren’t involved. Sensationalism wins and non-pit-bulls don’t make for high traffic news stories.
 
Ordinance 506.03 is a false law and shouldn’t even be part of public policy. It fails all of us. Let’s put all the science and reputable studies that are against pit bull bans aside for the list below. There are quite a lot. REPUTABLE studies and NON-BIASED organizations that support pit bull bans? ZERO.
 
Why the ban is failing Lakewood.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Lakewood High School Girls Rugby Fall 7's

After a summer of having five veterans during a summer 7's season and finishing in 2nd and 3rd place in tournaments, Lakewood High School Girl's Rugby 7's sides has seen a dramatic growth in their program of 4.4%. Lakewood High School Girl's Rugby is now a team of 22 girls strong and still looking to grow before their spring season. This weekend they outscored their opponents a total of 88-40, moving on to 3-0-1 for this season. A team that struggled with numbers last year is headed in the right direction early this season.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Hudson Couple To Bring 'Spirited Business' To Madison Avenue In Time For Holidays

The original scale from the Fridrich warehouse will be featured in the Western Reserve Distillery tasting room.

The eclectic mix of bars, churches, homes and unique businesses on Madison Avenue helped persuade Ann and Kevin Thomas to fulfill their dream of opening the Western Reserve Distillery by renovating the former Fridrich Moving and Storage Company building. That and a promise to the former owners not to tear down the iconic structure.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

A Great Trip To See The Orchestra Without Having To Drive

As the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra celebrates its 100th anniversary this season, the Lakewood Division of Aging is pleased to continue providing transportation to Severance Hall for these historic performances. As wonderful as it is to see the orchestra perform, many people find the trip across town to be daunting. If you are a senior, 60 plus, why not allow our drivers to take the aggravation out of the equation? During this 2017/2018 season, the Lakewood Division of Aging will be providing transportation to Friday Matinee performances. We leave the Lawther Center, 16024 Madison Ave. at 9:00 AM, arriving in time for breakfast at Severance by 9:45 AM. Following an informative preconcert talk by one of the orchestra educators, the concert begins at 11:00 AM, and lasts approximately one hour. 

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Holistic Wellness: Your Balanced Life

If anyone reading this has never felt anxious or tired or sore or tense or overwhelmed, or out of whack in any way, PLEASE TELL ME YOUR SECRET! And for the rest of you, know that you are not alone! And know that you do not have to settle for living with these imbalances day in and day out. I practice Holistic Wellness because I have seen, felt and known dramatic & very real positive changes in my life and the lives of others through the implementation of various healing practices & techniques.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Shop Local At LEAF's First Holiday Market Of The Season On November 14

Whether you are looking to get a head start on your holiday shopping or just looking to pick up fresh produce for the week, be sure to stop by Garfield Middle School on Tuesday, November 14 between 5:30 and 8 p.m. for LEAF (Lakewood Earth And Food) Community's first Holiday Market of the 2017 holiday season. Each year LEAF hosts two indoor markets that correspond with the City Fresh winter CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) pick-up days as their Lakewood location. But the Holiday Markets are much more than just a CSA pick-up (which must be ordered in advance)! The November 14th market will include various local farmers, producers, artisans and craftspeople that will help you take care of all of your holiday cooking and gift giving needs. A full list of the confirmed November 14th vendors to date includes:

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Grant Elementary Hosts First Holiday Shop And Mingle

The first Lakewood Holiday Shop and Mingle is November 11! This Grant Elementary PTA fundraising event will take place from 9 a.m. til noon Saturday, Novebmber at Grant Elementary. There will be more than 40 vendors, arts and crafts, and snacks to help you get a head start on holiday shopping.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

WordStage Ends Its Six Year Run With A FREE program - The Real Story Of Thanksgiving

After six seasons of presenting Literary Concerts throughout many venues in Northeast Ohio, WordStage ends its run with a program which examines the troubled history of what is arguably our most popular National Holiday, told from the point of view of the Native American tribes who were affected by it. It will be presented in the Wright Chapel of the Lakewood Presbyterian Church on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. 

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Calling All Aspiring Writers

McGinnis will discuss writing and reality

Many of you have dreamed about writing your first book. The idea is there but you may be waiting for the right time. When inspiration strikes, you need to be prepared. For those of you who are eager to learn more about this, Mindy McGinnis is going to put this whole puzzle together. She will walk us through the publication process from brainstorming to bookstores. McGinnis will discuss how to find an agent, the editing process and how to promote your book.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

New LHS Athletic Facilities Celebration Set For November 30

The time has finally come! Join Lakewood City Schools in celebrating the new Lakewood High School gymnasium, weight room, wrestling gym and community fitness facility on Thursday, November 30 at 6 p.m. when the District invites holds its Purple & Gold Ranger Rally in the new gym. This athletic showcase and open house will include our winter season Ranger teams displaying their skills in a variety of exhibitions and competitions. The public is welcome to tour the athletic wing, including walking the new indoor track, during the festivities. The Boosters will be on hand with concessions as well.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

West Shore Career-Tech Student Wins Design Contest

Micah Inak's winning billboard design.

Lakewood High School and West Shore Career-Tech student Micah Inak won the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Design Challenge sponsored by University Hospitals, Safe Communities Coalition and State Farm Insurance. The contest asked for designs for a billboard on distracted teen driving. Inak's winning design was displayed on digital billboards for two weeks around the City of Cleveland and is currently displayed on print billboards around the city. She will receive $500 for her winning design. Judges commented that the amount of detail in Inak's design was impressive for someone of her age and education level. Inak is in the Media, Art & Design program of West Shore.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

From the Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

Lakewood’s first City Hall was the private residence of the town’s fourth Mayor, Jacob Tegardine, who served from 1900 to 1901. In 1918, the estate of Robert Russell Rhodes (now Lakewood Park) was purchased, and the house was used as the second City Hall. That structure was demolished when the offices moved to the current building (pictured here), formally dedicated on October 18, 1959.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Live Animals at Lakewood Public Library

Children pet a snake at a previous show.

Jungle Terry is a busy man. He has over one hundred animals requiring care, attention, and twice daily feedings. Despite his full schedule, he seems barely able to contain his energy and enthusiasm for his work as an animal trainer, naturalist, educator, and entertainer.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Senior Citizens Invited to Holiday Breakfast

Are you curious about what's happening in our public schools? Would you like to see how our new high school wing looks? How about hearing some fantastic music from some very talented students? If so, and you are a Lakewood senior citizen, then this free event is for you! Senior citizens of the community are invited to a holiday breakfast hosted by Superintendent Jeff Patterson on Friday, Dec. 8 at 8:45 am in the Lakewood High School cafeteria. The event will feature student music  and an update on District activities. Please RSVP by Nov. 30 by calling 216-529-4074 or sending an email to christine.gordillo@lakewoodcityschools.org.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

District Pair Earn Staff Spotlight

Rob McGorray.

Each month, Lakewood City Schools selects a staff member or two to be honored as that month's Staff Spotlight honoree as nominated by their peers. This month, the winners were West Shore Career-Tech culinary instructor Rob McGorray and District computer specialist Dan Smigelski. Here are their stories:

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Trinity Lutheran Church's Next Chapter

Trinity Lutheran Church has called a new pastor, the Reverend Sara Cogsil, and together they began serving alongside one another on August 15, 2017. They will officially mark the occasion with Pastor Cogsil’s installation service to be held on Sunday, November 12 at 4:30. The installation service will be led by Bishop Abraham Allende and will be held in the chapel of Lakewood Congregational Church, Trinity’s future home.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Ogni Suono Plays Free Concert At The Library

Ogni Suono will perform at the Main Library Auditorium.

Lakewood Public Library is proud to welcome esteemed saxophone duo Ogni Suono to the Main Library Auditorium on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Formed by American saxophonists Noa Even and Phil Pierick in 2009, Ogni Suono is committed to expanding and promoting repertoire for saxophone duos. Ogni Suono has performed concerts throughout the world, and recent performances have taken place in Singapore, Romania, Chicago, San Francisco, Germany, Israel, Thailand, and Canada.

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LPL Calendar of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, November 9
Author Event - Winter's Gambit
Book by Dana McSwain

Saddled with the grim inheritance of a bankrupt Russian teahouse in a Detroit slum, Alex Winters’ life is filled with more misfortune than a Tolstoy novel. But all that changes when an enigmatic stranger walks through her door. Tall, dark and grumpy, ex-Marine Frank Brennan’s daily visits to the teahouse defy any plot twist Alex can imagine. Frank’s mysterious behavior leaves her wondering who he really is.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Everyone Deserves A Good Solid Lunch

The Lakewood Division of Aging is in the business of providing helpful services to seniors living in our community. Many people forget that there are a great many older residents in Lakewood, who love their homes, and who just need a little extra assistance to remain where they are, as members of their community. Perhaps it is coordinating transportation to medical appointments or the store. It could be getting a hot lunch to someone who might otherwise have a hard time getting something heated up on their own. Maybe it is just providing a friendly human connection to someone who has become somewhat isolated, due to the weather or a medical condition. The Division of Aging has a wide variety of services and programs that provide a helping hand for those residents that could use it.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Third Grade Students Receive Dictionaries

Third grade students at Lakewood Catholic Academy display dictionaries received from the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River on October 16, which was coincidentially Noah Webster's birthday. Presenting the dictionaries was Lynn Donaldson, Rotary past president (rear right).

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River continued its distribution of dictionaries to the third graders in Lakewood and Rocky River this fall, a project that the club began in 2005. A total of 673 dictionaries were distributed to students at 11 different school buildings.

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