May 19, 2015 will mark the ninety-ninth anniversary of Lakewood Public Library. To celebrate, the Library will unveil a brand new website, redesigned library cards, sharp looking nametags for the employees, free stickers and more. Stop by the Library and wish us a happy birthday. (No gifts please, just keep reading, watching and listening.) You can pick up one of the new library cards while you’re here and get a free sticker to show the world that you’re a proud patron of the Lakewood Public Library.
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Lakewood City Schools is always well-represented on the awards stand of the annual Regional Invention Convention and this year was no different. Winning awards in this year’s contest, held at Great Lakes Science Center on May 2, were Emerson Elementary fifth-grader Eva Strazek with 1st place in her grade and Lincoln Elementary third-grader Jana Evans with the Kids Choice Award.
Eva’s first-place invention is the “No Fight, No Bite Dog Food Bag,” which is designed to stop dogs from breaking into their dog food bags while no one is home. The bag is made of blue nylon with a red metal zipper. The first-place prize comes with a $500 scholarship.
In doing the research for her invention, Eva said she “left it (the bag) at home with my bad dogs while I went out to dinner and nothing happened. In the past we’ve had to lock our dog food bag in the bathroom because our dogs can get into it.” Looks like the Strazek family now has a fail-safe way to prevent the dog food mess.
Bike to School Day is Wednesday May 27th.
The Harding and Garfield Middle Schools in Lakewood will join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on Wednesday May 27th, 2015. This annual Bike to School Day is being presented by Bike Lakewood with the great assistance and support of the middle school principals and staff, along with the City of Lakewood, the PTA, Beat Cycles, the Lakewood Library, Lakewood Alive, and the Lakewood YMCA.
Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment. Please check the Bike Lakewood Facebook page for safety videos and updated information. Please be sure to review the safety guidelines for bike to school day with your children.
Last Friday was the day for Lakewood's city-wide Father/Daughter Dance. Fathers and daughters from all of the schools in Lakewood were invited, and this year there were more than 700 people in attendance at Garfield Middle School's gym.
I wore a blue party dress with green netting with a belt made of gems and tennis shoes and my dad wore a blue suit with black shined shoes.
The first thing that happened when you walked in was that you pick out your own corsage from a corsage table with a bunch of different kinds. My favorite one had lace on it with five baby roses, I also liked the bright purple carnations. The next thing that happened was that my dad and I stopped at one of the photo booths, and picked out masks and costumes to wear to have our picture taken. My dad had big glasses and I had a mustache and a hat. I saw my friend Meredith with her dad and they were getting photos too.
Remarks given on March 13, 2015.
Today we celebrate the future of Lincoln Elementary school while reflecting on the Lincoln School that is now gone. I would like to take a moment to consider Lincoln and its history.
While it may be sad to be standing on the rubble of the old Lincoln, Lakewood has a long history of forming a school and then rebuilding or expanding on the same site. While now it is more a necessity of being a built-out community, Lakewood has said goodbye and hello to school buildings for over 100 years.
On this site, Lincoln School was built as an eleven-room building in 1913, added eight rooms in 1916 and again eight more rooms in 1920, making it a twenty-seven-room building. In later years, the gym was built and there were additional modifications.
The May 4, 2015 Council meeting was called to order by Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan at 7:34 P.M. The first order of business was to dismiss the absence of Councilman Tom Bullock (At-Large), which Council did.
The Mayor then asked Council to consider resurrecting an infrastructure committee in light of the City's current Integrated Wet Weather Improvement Plan (IWWIP). The IWWIP is currently in Phase I which involves connecting with stakeholders and opening lines of communication, and identifying, evaluating and selecting alternatives for improving the plan. Because the IWWIP involves a complicated infrastructure subject matter, the administration thought it was a good time to create a Clean Water Integrated Planning Task Force.
Bald eagles have become a common sight on the western end of Lakewood, where our national bird nests in the Emerald Canyon of the Metroparks. Central Lakewood became home for hundreds more “bald eagles” on May 1st, when St. Edward High School students and faculty had their heads shaved at the school. The event raised money to fight cancer, and it paid tribute to a beloved member of the Eagle community.
The City Council must soon decide and vote to either reject the Letter of Intent (LOI) proposed by the Cleveland Clinic (CCF) or pass enabling legislation that absolves the CCF of its obligations under the terms of the 1996 Definitive Agreement and sell or demolish the assets of Lakewood Hospital. The Council has reviewed the Clinic’s proposal and the data provided by the Clinic/LHA consultant (Subsidium) and employed legal and real estate firms for independent input and negotiations. The Council held multiple open and closed forums and is currently offering feedback to the CCF and LHA regarding their concerns. Reportedly the LOI is being transformed into a new 2015 Definitive Agreement that has yet to be made public. After months of deliberation, several truths are evident.
“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.” “Common Sense”, Thomas Paine, 1776.
Starting in 1996, the Cleveland Clinic and the City of Lakewood entered into an arrangement of shared power and stewardship over the City’s hospital assets and the Lakewood Hospital Association (“LHA”). The agreements allowed for City elected leaders to serve on LHA’s board and to make various appointments and the Clinic had certain rights and control over appointments as well.
Over the years, elected leaders and trustees have come and gone. Some trustees have remained from 1996. Starting several years ago, certain LHA trustees apparently recognized some problems and began a process that culminated in a January 14, 2015 Letter of Intent between the LHA and the Clinic. We are now four months into a political process that has included numerous public forums and much time and attention being expended by City Council.
When you have a dream, you are willing to go to great lengths to achieve it. For LHS sophomore Adam Scheel, that entails leaving your home, your family, your friends, your school and all that is comfortable to play hockey at the highest level.
Hi our names are Molly and Olivia and we are having a fundraiser to help the Rhinos and Pandas. Our fundraiser is going to be at the front gate of the zoo. The volunteers are Molly Burke, Olivia Lusardo, Ava Molinski, and Kara Lusardo, all from Emerson Elementary, and possibly Kenny Crumpton.
Over the past few months, the Lakewood High Academic Challenge Team captured the regular season West Shore Conference title again, winning both the regular season and year-end tournament. Because of those successes, the team has qualified two squads to compete at the National Academic Championship Tournament in Chicago to be held June 6-8. The team needs financial help to make the trip happen. The estimated cost is $4,500 to cover registration, hotel rooms, food and transportation. Through fundraisers the team put on during the year, there is currently $900 to put toward the trip.
Over ten years ago an employee of the Cleveland Clinic explained to me the Clinic's “String of Pearls Strategy.” The plan was to close facilities in Cuyahoga County and open new facilities in areas just outside Cuyahoga County. The new Avon facility and the closure of Lakewood Hospital are a natural result of that policy. If successful, the policy would decrease charity care and increase the profits of the Cleveland Clinic.
Lakewood High School Orchestra Director Elizabeth Hankins is one of 213 music teachers from across the country that have been named as quarterfinalists for the 2016 Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. The quarterfinalists were chosen from more than 4,500 initial nominations submitted for the award.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K through college) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.
This year we went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the whole fourth grade from Emerson went. We were all assigned a band to do a report on and I got Simon And Garfunkel.
Justin Bachman is a 17 year old student with Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, and dysgraphia, which is a motor skills disorder resulting in an inability to write legibly. He has learned to embrace his differences and he has inspired many across the country.
We are the 5th grade food critics, Annie and Ava, from Emerson Elementary, talking today about our school lunches.
The Lakewood High School Class of 1995 will be celebrating their 20 year reunion this year. If you know of anyone that graduated from LHS in 1995, we need your help contacting them! They may need to update their contact information with the Lakewood Alumni Foundation, and can do so by emailing Missy Toms at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 216-529-4033. They can also subscribe to the e-newsletter by going to www.lakewoodrangers.com. Finally, there is a Facebook page called: Lakewood High School Class of 95 they can join for additional details. Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated!
The city of Lakewood is doing some emergency maintenance at the east side of Lakewood Park.
The new proposal to create bike lanes and reduce traffic flow on Madison Avenue down to one lane each way has caused me to take pause. At first I was absolutely and resolutely opposed to yet another attempt by the city "planners" to restrict, delay and dissuade my travel in my vehicle down Madison Avenue. They have already succeeded in forcing me to avoid Detroit Avenue with their asinine middle turning lane "improvement." As a result of this change I am forced to traverse east and west via alternate routes including Clifton (which lost a lane due to the bus lane designation) and Lakewood Heights (which is barely driveable due to pot holes). Now they want to turn Madison Avenue into a one lane with a bike route?
Beck Center Youth Theater closes its 66th season with "Oliver!" May 15 – 24, 2015 on the Mackey Main Stage. Featuring 56 Beck Center students, audiences will follow the adventures of the young orphan, Oliver Twist, as he explores the streets of London. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A special student matinee performance will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 21. Tickets are on sale now.
Test your sleuthing skills as you navigate Lakewood to find unique architectural details! Join the Lakewood Historical Society on its 6th annual National Historic Preservation Month scavenger hunt.
On Saturday, May 30th, at 9 a.m., freemasons and friends of the Lakewood Masonic Temple will celebrate the Temple's 100th year anniversary with a centennial cornerstone ceremony. The public is also invited to attend this event. Freemasons from around the community and the state plan to gather in support of this occasion.
The historic Lakewood Masonic Temple supports a number of Masonic organizations and community events, and also serves a Lakewood church congregation.
Lakewood residents will soon be walking in memory of their loved ones while raising funds to help patients receiving hospice care in their homes, and in the community’s nursing and assisted living centers. Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2015 Walk to Remember, sponsored by FirstMerit Foundation, takes place Sunday, June 7, 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way. The event is open to anyone wishing to honor and celebrate the memory of a loved one; no hospice experience is necessary.
The Lakewood Women’s Club (LWC) supports the community through two distinct programs. The first is an annual scholarship awarded to a female high school senior. The second is a grant that supports a local nonprofit organization voted upon by LWC members through an application process.
Superhero Summer Reading Club Starts
For children birth through entering twelfth grade
Get ready for summer riding with the community Blessing of Bikes (and riders of all ages) on Saturday, May 16, at Faith Lutheran Church.
In Lakewood City Schools, we take great pride in the development of the whole student. Spring marks the time of year for new beginnings, new life and looking to the future. As such, I wanted to take some time this spring to share information on some of our recent graduates and successes they have achieved in a variety of fields, partially as a result of our comprehensive educational programs. We have hopes for this year's graduates to scale similar heights.
On the strength of another review, I made it a point to try some barbeque from The Gorilla (12102 Madison Ave.), two days in a row, yesterday and today, and there’s still some sauce on my face, as I write. Birdtown, near The Flying Rib and Shamrock Tavern.
An Art Show for family and friends recently ended the spring session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library. Over a six week period, participating second, third, and fourth graders learned about the life and work of famous artists and then completed an art project inspired by the style of that artist.
The Lakewood Public Library is proud to announce that it will be one of the free venues for the 2015 Cleveland Jewish Film Fest in October. To celebrate our selection, the Library will screen "The Jewish Cardinal" on Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.
Thursday, May 14
Meet the Author: "The Bible's Cutting Room Floor" by Joel Hoffman
The Bible you usually read is not the complete story. Passages were omitted accidentally, intentionally for political or theological reasons, or because they contained information everyone already knew. The Book of Genesis doesn’t tell us about Adam and Eve after they get kicked out of the Garden or the lessons they have for us about good and evil. The Bible introduces us to Abraham, but it doesn’t include the troubling story of his early life, which explains how he came to reject idolatry to become the father of monotheism. And while there are only 150 Psalms in today’s Bible, there used to be many more. The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor reveals what’s missing from your Bible, who left it out, and why it is so important. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event. Co-sponsored by Beth Israel—The West Temple.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
There is still time to enroll your child at Lakewood Catholic Academy for the 2015-16 academic year. The school has limited spaces remaining in its preschool program for three- and four-year-olds, as well as five-year-olds who may not be ready for kindergarten. Several spaces are also available in the kindergarten class and select upper grades. To qualify for kindergarten enrollment, children must be five years old by September 30th and participate in a readiness assessment. There is also financial aid available for families at the kindergarten level and above.
Have you met Bike Lakewood?
You may have noticed a lot of new bicycle signs, bike racks, and painted cycling symbols on the roadways, indicating a growing presence of bicyclists, but did you know about Lakewood’s bicycle citizen advocacy group? Bike Lakewood, with the mission statement of being a citizen-led organization committed to making Lakewood the most bike friendly city in the Ohio.
Over the past 20 years or so there have been varying incarnations of the group’s participation and a number of cycling advocates leading the way. For the past two years the group has been headed up by three individuals working with city officials, such as Bryce Sylvester and Tom Bullock, along with local organizations to improve our cycling culture. Keith Pishnery, Amanda Harland, and Ben VanLear have been paving the way with advocacy, research, education, rides, and promotional events. Over the past two years the group has covered a lot of ground.
The Good Day Moon Gallery has teamed up with one of its artists for a side project called Twisted Moon Productions. We have created a series of events that will mix traditional and non-traditional art all under one roof. Whether you like skulls, zombies, jewelry or fine art we should have something to suit your taste. Even better is that much of the work for sale is well below $50 so now you have no excuse to miss these events.
RANGERS READY FOR PLAYOFFS
The month of May is still an early point for teams in Major League Baseball. For high school teams, however, May marks the end of the regular season and the shift toward tournament action. The season quickly becomes a single-elimination version of "March Madness" on the diamond.
I would never dare to alarm or accuse, O patrons, but as the Greek philosopher Socrates said: the unexamined life is simply not worth living. To be sure, this is bold talk – and the jury he was speaking to put him to death. But do not lose heart; once again your local library has the antidote. Cuyahoga Community College’s own Professor Kerry Tobin will be leading two Socratic Dialogue Workshops, first on May 23rd, and the second on July 25th. Both sessions will fall on a Saturday, and begin at 2 p.m. in the Main Library Meeting Room; please call ahead to register (216-226-8275 ext. 127).
Mayor Michael Summers, Judge Patrick Carroll and Police Chief Timothy Malley joined principal Dr. Merritt Waters and Officer David Acklin to honor the DARE program graduates at a special ceremony at Horace Mann Elementary School. The fifth-grade students made a pledge to make good choices, and not to use drugs.
Keep Lakewood Beautiful is hosting its annual Humus and Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon May 16 — rain or shine — in the parking lot of the Old Stone House at Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Avenue.
The Planning Commission at its Thursday, May 7 meeting unanimously determined that the Curtis Block met the Lakewood preservation ordinance criteria to be nominated an Historic Property. At its next regular meeting on June 6, the Commission will consider whether to designate the Curtis Block as an Historic Property. The Curtis Block is a two-story commercial/residential building located on the southwest corner of Detroit and Marlowe Avenues.
West Shore culinary students demonstrated their excellent skills and talents against other culinary students in the State of Ohio FCCLA Competition held on April 22-24 in Columbus. Overall, four students earned Gold Medals and the three-person Culinary Team earned a Silver Medal. The Gold Medal winners were then ranked amongst themselves in their culinary category where West Shore students earned two second places and one third place across the entire state of Ohio.
Is it an antiques and collectibles shop? A vintage clothing and jewelry store? An estate sale? An art gallery? A garage sale? Lakewood Historical Society’s 28th annual Sale on the Grounds is all of the above!
Want to meet your neighbors and/or get information about your new hometown?
Council President and Ward IV Council Woman, Mary Louise Madigan, called the April 20, 2015 Council meeting to order at 7:37 P.M.
Elementary schools are not often the recipient of large monetary donations. But to Lory Chaney Doolittle and her husband, H.F. “Pete” Doolittle, Lincoln Elementary School was the perfect place to pay forward the success the two have enjoyed in life since leaving Lakewood and the Lakewood City Schools.
West Shore students Ian Bell, Zach Dudzik, Connor Kloepfer and Julia Neff won the 3rd Annual Hyland Innovation Showdown on March 28th. Hyland Software sponsored the Innovation Showdown to encourage young innovators to learn how to create a business plan, prototype, and presentation to answer the question: “How can you use technology to solve a business problem?”
Darwin Dogs Host Bandanas for Banned Breeds-Pittie Parade & Party May 9. 2nd Annual Parade Protests Breed Specific Legislation in Lakewood
Darwin Dogs LLC, a local dog training business run by Lakewood, Ohio residents Kerry Stack and Danika Migliore will host the 2nd Annual Bandanas for Banned Breeds- Pittie Parade on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10 a.m in an effort to peacefully protest Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) that continues to be in effect in the city of Lakewood.
The $2 million project to reinvent Lakewood’s access to Lake Erie is set to get underway.
Questions That Need Answers
The city of Lakewood’s Community Vision will no longer be a document that sits on a shelf, collecting dust.
The city of Lakewood has received grant funding to install a new high-tech Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon near the intersection of Detroit and Manor Park avenues.
In 2012, the city of Lakewood bought two boarding houses that had become troubled properties in the community.
In July of 2016, Cleveland and North East Ohio will be the center of the Republican Party Universe. Cleveland will play host to the RNC Convention. Besides bringing an economic boom to our region, North East Ohio will be a crowded place. An estimated 50,000 politicians, delegates, support personnel, and party faithful will descend on our beautiful “North Shore.”
The Lakewood Rangers baseball team started the season in style, winning its first nine games. The streak included a 3-2 home win over St. Ignatius on April 11. Senior Max Levisky earned the win by pitching three scoreless innings in relief. He also scored the winning on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Inviting all fathers and father-figures with girls from pre-school to high school. Treat your little lady to an exciting evening of dancing, photo-booth fun, dinner and desserts.
The Garfield Middle School Academic Challenge Team earned runner-up status in the finals of the Classroom of Champions competition held at St. Ed’s on April 22. The team, which had the highest preliminary rounds score, finished second out of 40 teams, behind winner Incarnate Word of Parma Heights. Garfield scored 450 points to Incarnate Word's 530. St. Angela's was third with 310 points.
The Lakewood City Schools has received a $10,000 grant from the GPD Group Employees’ Foundation to purchase 20 iPads for our Intervention Specialists to use with students with disabilities. Each school building in the district will receive two iPads. Money as also been allocated to purchase apps for the devices.
You know what’s awesome? The internet. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent more time watching insane YouTube videos than doing, oh, I don’t know, important things. But why watch all those hilarious videos on your puny laptop or even punier smart phone when you could be watching them on our glorious big screen?
Gather your friends and get the VIP treatment at the 12th Annual Taste of Lakewood. The VIP component of the Taste of Lakewood has been enhanced for 2015 to include highly sought after amenities and provide a unique experience for event VIPs. The 2015 Taste of Lakewood VIP Experience is a $50 ticket which includes:
Three regionally-known bands will provide the music on the First Federal Lakewood “Good Tunes” Stage at the 12th Annual Taste of Lakewood on June 7th at Madison Park.