LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews has been selected as a member of the 2018 Forty Under 40 class by Crain’s Cleveland Business. The honor is bestowed to community leaders who, despite being young, have made a considerable impact within Northeast Ohio through professional successes and civic contributions.
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Lakewood City Schools' Superintendent Mike Barnes will be holding a series of "Listen & Learn" sessions to listen to what the Lakewood community has to say about our schools. The one-hour sessions will be informal conversations and people are welcome to drop in any time. The first one will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 9-10 am at Blackbird Baking Company at 1391 Sloane Ave. Come and share with Dr. Barnes your thoughts, ideas and concerns for the District.
This November 6th is Election day! I can’t think of a more important election to make your voice heard than this one. We all know that women and men were imprisoned, tortured and died fighting for the right to vote. Suffrage activist Alice Paul, civil rights activists Rev. George Lee, Fannie Lou Hammer and thousands of everyday people turned activists, risked their lives to assure the right to vote for all who were denied or disenfranchised from access to the ballot box. Recent backwards policy actions have included a purge of voters from the registration rolls, voter ID laws and other barriers placed in front of people to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. On the brighter side, here in Ohio we do have early voting which extends the ability of a registered voter to cast a ballot from October 10th until Election day, November 6th to better accommodate work schedules and actually make it easier for people to vote.
The Ranger Cafe @ West Shore, housed at Lakewood High School will open its doors for business this school year on Tuesday, October 23. The restaurant is operated by the West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts program. The students in the program receive hands-on training while operating a real world business. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 216-529-4165, ext. 1. The cafe is open from 12:00-1:30 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Menu items are homemade and include soups, salads, paninis, quiche, pasta, and fish, to name a few. Prices are super reasonable so go ahead and give it a try! Ranger Cafe never disappoints! For more information, visit the Ranger Cafe website at http://www.lakewoodcityschools.org/14/content/rangercafe.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Author Event - The Torso Murders Double Feature
"The Company of Demons: A Novel" and "The Unclaimed Victim"
Books by Michael Jordan and D.M. Pulley
Meet two authors in this special double feature! Michael Jordan and D.M. Pulley present their fiction versions of the Torso Murders. "In The Company of Demons," the brutal murder of a friend leaves lawyer John Coleman stunned as the killing evokes memories of the Torso Murderer. In "The Unclaimed Victim," in 1938 a madman hunts his victims through the hobo jungles of Cleveland, terrorizing the city.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
The Ohio Fair Trade Teach-in and Expo was first held in 2005 and brings people of all ages together from across the state to learn about and become more involved in supporting fair trade – a model for socially and environmentally conscious consumerism. This year, the event will feature speakers focused on changing the banana industry to be empowering to local farmers and communities.
Please mark your calendar now and plan to participate in Transfiguration Parish’s 9th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner & Raffle to be held on Sunday, October 28th, in the parish hall at 12608 Madison Ave. in Lakewood. Dinner will be served from 12:00-3:30 p.m. This is Transfiguration Parish’s primary fundraiser of the year and a wonderful tradition for our parish community. Help us make it a successful one!
The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is hosting its annual Preschool Information Night on Monday, October 22nd from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Hayes Elementary School (16401 Delaware Avenue) in the Cafeteria. Representatives from area preschools will provide information about their programs at tables and answer individual questions from parents and caregivers. Preschool Information Night is a great opportunity for young area families to learn about the variety of preschool options in our community.
CERNY SHOES has been a fixture in downtown Lakewood for years. In fact, Don and Marlene Cerny are third generation owners of the Men’s and Women’s shoe store.
Since 1903, the Cerny family has serviced the footwear needs of customers on both the East and West side of Cleveland. Cerny Shoes is the last remaining store of Zak Brothers Shoes, an eleven store chain which was in business during the early 1900’s. William P. Cerny was the president of Zak Brothers Shoes at the time. When the Great Depression hit, one store of the eleven remained, which is Cerny Shoes today.
Don’s parents, Robert and LaVerne, bought the store from Bill Cerny when Don was a child. They supported a family of six children for many years and retired in the mid 80’s. Don and Marlene have owned the store since then.
Art on Madison presents "By Land and By Air"
Glass Sculptures and Mobiles
by Cleveland artist Michael Zelenka
Join us for an evening of lively entertainment
Artists' reception Friday, October 19 6 - 9PM
Closing reception Friday, December 14 6 - 9PM
Live music by Tom Holland & Wyatt Howland
Light hors d'oeuvres & beverages will be served.
Free and open to the public!
Art on Madison
14302 Madison Avenue
Wed – Sat 12 – 6 PM, and by appointment
Do you know a child who goes above and beyond to help others? If so, nominate him or her for the Connecting for Kids Kind Kid Award.
The Kind Kid Award is given to a child under 13 years of age who demonstrates kindness and compassion to peers. The nomination should include specific examples of acts of kindness performed by the nominee.
The nomination deadline is Thursday, November 1, 2018. To nominate a child, please fill out the online form found on the organization’s website at https://connectingforkids.org/Board-Awards. Every child nominated will receive a certificate to reinforce his or her actions.
Judge Denise Nancy Rini is on a mission to tell you about Juvenile Court. Since taking the bench, Judge Rini has worked to improve the efficiency and spotlight some of the challenges facing our youth. “I believe that Juvenile Court touches everyone in Cuyahoga County, whether it is the neighbor who mows your lawn, the teenager driving down your street, or the youth who bags your groceries. Everyone is affected by the commitment of Juvenile Court,” states Judge Rini.
Join Uptown Lakewood on Tuesday, October 23rd between 5:00pm and 6:30pm on Madison Avenue for a Halloween "treat walk" between Hilliard and Warren Roads. Here's the scoop:
University Hospitals St. John Medical Center presents the Medical Speaker Series in Lakewood Public Library’s Main Library Auditorium. As part of this series, you can join medical professionals and community members to learn how to improve your physical and mental well-being.
Get Your Dog Spayed Or Neutered For Free*!
What: Free spay & neuter program for Lakewood dogs.
When & Where: Transport Day Event (limited space available):
October 25, 2018
Drop off: 7:30 a.m.
Pick up: 3:30 p.m.
Foster Pool, Lakewood Park
14532 Lake Avenue, Lakewood Ohio 44107
Additional Program Appointments:
Dog owners who are unable to take part on transport day – due to limited space on the transport van or scheduling conflicts – are welcome to schedule an additional appointment with PetFix until availability runs out. Appointments outside of the transport day event can be made now for appointment dates beginning on October 26th. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to transport the dog to and from PetFix for additional program appointments.
1. You can choose Ohio’s drug treatment and sentencing policy. Voting yes on Issue 1 will bring immediate, real change to how Ohio deals with drug addiction. If this amendment passes, we will spend less on housing low-level nonviolent offenders in overcrowded prisons—then fund treatment and recovery services with the savings.
2. Close races and very different options. Suspense? Check. The vote margin between two futures is likely to be very narrow. Richard Cordray has committed to defending hard-won rights if elected governor: healthcare fairness for pre-existing conditions, union workers’ rights, access to abortion, equal protection for LGBTQ communities. Mike DeWine would abandon all of these to corporate lobbyists and religious extremists.
3. What’s at stake for Lakewood. Will cities be a partner for Ohio government, or just a piggy bank? Streets, senior services, transit, schools, etc., have all been shortchanged as recent state budgets withheld local government funding, and kept it in Columbus. Local elected officials from both parties have said it’s unfair. Cordray is committed to fixing this, but DeWine won’t.
4. Voting takes about 14-minutes, and affects four years or more. The 2012 nationwide average for voting was barely 14 minutes. In Ohio there’s early voting every day through Election Day, either by mail or at the County Board of Elections. Most of Lakewood lives a short walk from their local polling place. In about 14 minutes you can have a real say on national government, state government, courts, and the direct initiative of Issue 1.
Not everyone gets to have this kind of say. Please use it, vote your values, and do one thing that really matters for you and those around you.
Well, it is that time of year, and the Lakewood Observer is looking for the best of the best from all Lakewood residents who decorate their homes, apartments and businesses for the holiday season of Halloween. We will be looking for homes that capture the feel of this spooky season. Awards for Best Overall, Best Homemade Decorations, Best Use of Inflatables, Scariest Neighborhood, Best Business Store Window, and two special prizes for best photos of trick or treaters, your own children or ones coming to the door.
*Prizes are from Woodstock BBQ, Melt, West End Tavern, India Garden, Namaste, Root Cafe and Beer Engine, six of the top restaurants in Lakewood and huge supporters of the Lakewood Observer project, who join with us during the holidays to make the city festive and fun.
HELP Foundation returned to Lakewood earlier this year when they acquired Cornucopia in February and while the name has changed the vital services provided continue to expand. HELP Cornucopia continues to provide people who have disabilities with exemplary vocational training and employment services while serving the community the delicious food that made Cornucopia a local favorite.
For the second year in a row, a student from the Media, Art & Design program in the West Shore Career-Tech District has won the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Design Challenge sponsored by University Hospitals, Safe Communities Coalition and State Farm Insurance. Congratulations to senior Madisyn Kelly for her winning design! The contest centers on students creating billboard designs that address the issue of distracted teen driving.
Who am I? What is the purpose of my life? Where have I come from and where am I going? The search for answers to these questions is as old as mankind itself. For Dr. Zeki Saritoprak, Islamic spirituality provides guidance on the most fundamental questions of life and can help bring harmony and tranquility to modern society.
Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to pick out what you like (or dislike) 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.
Ricky Hell - Blue Lips - Quality Time Records - 3 songs - download
I usually hate to review digital-only releases, because I kinda feel like it doesn't really count (I know this is not a particularly modern stance to take, but whatever), but I've made an exception here. Regular readers may note they haven't seen the name Ricky Hamilton in these pages in a while, while he used to be in here almost every issue. That's because earlier this year, Ricky took off for LA, and there's been little new stuff from him since. However, with very little fanfare (in fact, no fanfare, as far as I saw– not even an Instagram post from the guy), these three songs were put up on the Quality Time Bandcamp not too long ago. Avid readers of this column may recall that I've thought Ricky's solo work (including stuff as Ricky Hell) is somewhat hit-or-miss. I'm pleased to say that this solidly falls under "hit." The title track really brings out Ricky's '80s indie rock influence, in a very melodic, melancholy pop tune. "Nela Park" is a great Cleveland tune, and I like that it's solidly ambivalent, both in the lyrics and the context. It's neither entirely positive nor entirely negative about the city, and while Ricky sings, "Cleveland, the only city that I really love," you can't help but remember that he's no longer living here. Sorry to get all reviewer-creep on you, but I like that kind of thing. I think I'm also starting to understand Ricky talking about how he's influenced by Pulp, which I'm not sure I've ever quite gotten before. Closing out the EP here is "Finger On The Pulse," in which Ricky really brings in the Nick Lowe influence on that chorus, eh? First there was Carter Luckfield quoting Brinsley Schwarz, now there's this, next thing you know Shagg are gonna be covering Little Village. The EP merges what I think Ricky's been going for with some of the previous Ricky Hell/Voidboys releases that didn't really stick for me with the more glam/pop influence of the "Life By The Thorns" tape, which was more my cup of tea. Really, all three songs here are pretty essential in the Ricky Hamilton catalog. If someone ever makes some kind of greatest hits/anthology type thing that includes all of his many projects, I'd say that all three songs here are worthy of inclusion. What's the deal with the release, though? The art (by Noah Depew) looks like it's laid out for a cassette, and yet I've heard no word of a cassette in the works. But then I didn't even hear about this being released in any form at all, so what do I know? It really ought to come out on a physical format of some kind, it's worthy of that. I need a copy when it does, please. 4/5
Sew Your Own Library Tote
For anyone age 8 and up
I awoke on the morning after Rockport’s night of terror to the haunting drone of a coastal foghorn. It’s a comforting, albeit melancholy sound that always reminds me of the cadence sung by the witch’s soldiers in the “Wizard of Oz.” “Bweeeee-bomp.” “Bweeeee-Bomp.”
As I wiped the sleep from my eyes, I remembered that it was still January. Why, I wondered, would a foghorn preside over a frozen Lake Erie? Who or what was it attempting to warn? I unpeeled myself like an artichoke from multiple layers of warm and cozy bed covers and staggered to my window. The fog was so thick that I couldn’t see the next-door neighbor’s house only 20 feet away. As I got dressed in front of a mirror, I was startled by all the bruises that covered me from head to toe. That’s when memories of the previous night with Wren Mathews came rushing back in vivid Technicolor. I had to see Wren as soon as possible.
In 2011 when Katy Corrigan left her job as an RN at Fairview Hospital to become District Nurse for the Lakewood Schools, she did so because she thought she could make a bigger difference working with students. She was right. The health services available to our students that help keep them in school have expanded greatly since 2011, and Katy is a main reason why.
When Corrigan started with the District, in-school screenings consisted solely of dental screenings in the elementary schools. Today, all our students have access to not only dental screenings, but vision exams, a medical clinic at the high school, on-site mobile clinic visits at all of our schools, and new this year, in-school flu shots. She works tirelessly to make sure families are aware of these services, many of which families have difficulty accessing on their own.
“These services allow a child to feel better and stay in school and that is very rewarding,” Corrigan says.
Breast cancer kills more than 41,000 people in the US each year. That’s completely unacceptable.
Ever wonder what life on the Gold Coast was like a hundred years ago? Was crime a part of the scene? Are there any haunted buildings or spooky places on the Gold Coast? On October 27, the Lakewood Historical Society will host a walking tour, and will share information of the Edgewater Drive/Lake Avenue/ Cove Avenue neighborhood from around 1918.
The high rise apartment and condominium buildings have replaced mansions that had large lawns, beautiful gardens and long driveways. What brought about that change? Who were the families that resided on what was referred to as the “millionaires row” of the west side? Those questions will be answered, and, in keeping with the season, a few little known and mysterious facts will be shared, with reports of a murder or two thrown in for good measure.
The struggle with depression and anxiety is very real for today’s teenagers. It’s estimated that one in five adolescents from all walks of life will suffer from depression at some point during their teen years. Thankfully, we as a community have the power to support and encourage our youth by addressing this important societal issue.
Since the beginning of training camp, new Lakewood football coach Tom Thome has challenged his team to get better each week. It paid off on Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium, where the Rangers defeated Westlake 35-26 for their first win of the 2018 season. The Rangers turned in a very gutsy performance, overcoming both the Demons and cold, damp conditions. The rain- soaked crowd had a raucous celebration, as this was the first home victory for the Rangers since the 2015 season.
The LHS football team fell 56-7 to Avon on Friday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The game was part of the school’s Homecoming festivities, and was preceded by the annual Spirit Parade. The game was attended by a large number of LHS graduates, and many alums participated in the marching band at halftime.
Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission Invites New Residents to Get To Know Their City
The 7th Annual Welcome to Lakewood event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 17 at Garfield Middle School, 13114 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood to build community and awareness the city’s resources and opportunities.
Welcome to Lakewood is a fun-filled informational and interactive event where residents can learn more about local civic organizations, services and ways to get involved in their community.
The KUSAMA Experience, a proper perspective of art, art appreciation and happenings.
In mid-2017 I heard in a casual conversation that Yayoi Kusama was going to be on exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2018. I was unfamiliar with her work, so it barely passed notice in my mind, but in fact the seed for a happening had been sown. Little did I realize what it would lead to at the time. Throughout the rest of summer I really never heard the name Kusama again and so it was meant to be. When you sow a seed it often sits fallow in the ground as a season or two passes until it can break through the ground, grab the air and the light of day and grow.
The annual September announcement of the National Merit Scholarship Program recognitions included three Lakewood High students who are among the top academic students in the nation. Seniors Nicholas Cleary, Timothy Daso and Andrew Sheldon were named Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Friday night around 9:30pm two teens and one adult approached a jogger on Edgewater, produced a gun, demanded his wallet, phone and personal belongings. While that victim was at a neighbor's house talking with police, the local neighborhood watch group put out in their neighborhood, “Watch out for three teens on bikes!”
The Cleveland Museum of Art has enlisted the help of 10 educators across Northeast Ohio to serve as Teaching Innovation Fellows. Grant Elementary 5th grade Gifted teacher Sean McGuan has been selected as one of the museum’s Teaching Fellows for the 2018-2019 school year.
Getting the most out of life. It’s what we all strive for, but how does it happen? Peace by Piece Cleveland is a non-profit organization that is helping individuals with developmental disabilities discover how to get the most out of life with enriching experiences that explore the possibilities.
To further that goal, Peace by Piece Cleveland’s “1st Annual Battle of the Bars” has been waging for months to see which bar or tavern can raise the most money for the Peace by Piece Cleveland fundraiser on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Around the Corner Saloon & Cafe, 18616 Detroit Avenue. Please help the program expand throughout the greater Cleveland area and support more community members in need by joining us at 6:00 p.m. for a great night of food, drink and entertainment.
Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Then there are many in Lakewood who define insanity as taking real estate you own worth more than twenty-two million dollars ($22,000,000.00!!), i.e., Lakewood Hospital property, and spending millions more of taxpayer money to tear it down so it can be given away to an insider for one dollar ($1.00). Mayor Summers’ obsession with giving away valuable City property for nonexistent public purposes brings to mind Tammany Hall boss George Washington Plunkitt defining “dishonest graft” as actual theft from the public treasury or taking bribes for making certain public decisions while, “honest graft,” however, simply meant pursuing the public interest and one's personal interests at the same time.
All teachers strive daily to find a way to keep students engaged in the classroom. At Lakewood High, special education teacher Corey Streets has developed a pet project that has his students excited to come into class every day.
Violinist Mary Beth Ions is one of Northeast Ohio's most active musicians. She performs in the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Trinity Cathedral Chamber Orchestra and the Blossom Festival Orchestra. She will be performing a benefit concert on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Beck Center for the Arts. The show will start at 2:30 p.m. and will include wine, hors d'voeuvres and desserts. The ticket price is $25 per person with all proceeds benefitting Beck Center for the Arts.
Lakewood Public Library, as part of a partnership between all Ohio public libraries and LinkedIn Learning, is now offering cardholders free access to online educational courses from lynda.com.
Two writers slated to appear together at Lakewood Public Library this month have several things in common. Both are from Michigan; both have had long, professional careers in Cleveland; and both turned their fascination with the famed Cleveland Torso Murders into novels.
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, October 7, 2018, 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, October 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Friends’ Fall Book Sale Preview
Memberships may be purchased at the door for as little as $3.00.
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Friends’ Book Sale Area
On Sunday, October 28, the clear blue waters of the Lakewood High School pool become the coolest pumpkin patch in Lakewood. Children of all ages are invited to splash their way around the pool to find their pumpkin floating in the water.
Lakewood Historical Society will hold its popular Fall Sale on Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Skate House at Lakewood Park, 14710 Lake Ave will open its doors for this one day, rain or shine sale. Items are priced to sell and include small furniture, lamps, fall decorations, framed artwork, tools, toys and more. We have salvage pieces including interior/exterior doors, glass door knobs and hardware, wood windows and more. Measure before you come and be ready to move items yourself, salvage sells quickly. Additional items include a dining room set, fall decorations, vinyl records, sport trading cards, housewares, baskets, light fixtures, lamps and miscellaneous furniture.
Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to pick out what you like (or dislike) 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.
Drum Machine - What Is A Demo? - Saucepan Records - 7 songs - cassette
The quickest description of this band is that it's basically a continuation of Folded Shirt: Larry on vocals, Mr. Terry California on guitar, and Steve Peffer on bass, with drummer Allie replaced by Richard (from Real Regular, Rubber Mate, etc., etc.). And, again, to quickly sum it up, it is in many ways reminiscent of F/S. That is not to say, however, that Drum Machine don't have their own thing going on, because they definitely do. Genre-wise, sure, you can say it's experimental punk or whatever, but there's lots of lounge and jazz elements in here. Richard doesn't play drum machine by the way, he plays real percussion. And I don't mean just drums, either, I mean there's a glockenspiel or something on here. And he can do it live, too, I've seen proof. Maybe he's the drum machine. Or maybe that's supposed to be obvious and I'm just stupid. Or maybe the name of the band has nothing to do with Richard at all. No song titles are listed here, so I've done my best to make them up. I'm sure they're all completely incorrect. "Wander Around" really brings out the lounge-punk descriptor. "Another Boring Show" is a pretty anthemic tune, very relatable. "Shoulda stayed at home" indeed. There's some real groovy sounds going on with "Just Look Down." It's evident that these guys really know how to play with/against one another. My favorite here is perhaps "Everybody Should Die," which might be the most "punk" of the bunch. It's a sort of semi-goofy but also disturbing tune ("No God…No Narcan…No 911!") very much in the same way that F/S's "Eleven And A Bucket" is. I wonder what Larry said in the part that's backwards. I'm pretty sure "Wipe Your Third Eye" is actually called "Golden Shower," but I think that's a dumb name (not that what I've got is any better). The lyrics are conspiracy theory-oriented, who'd've guessed? "Earth is flat, so's your head." "Slow" starts off sounding like Counter Intuits, but that gets lost very quickly. They really are based in lounge/jazz, and I think I've seen them billing themselves as "Cleveland's quietest band" or something like that. The final track here is "What The Hell Is That?," which features not only some great musical call-and-response, but also vocal call-and-response between Larry and Terry. So what is a demo? I don't know. This, apparently. And it's a pretty good one at that. 4/5
Are you looking for something to do for Sweetest Day weekend?
Lakewood Rangers Volleyball is hosting a fun-filled evening at Vosh Lakewood on Friday, October 19, 2018. The event runs from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Tickets are just $25 per person and include complimentary valet parking, appetizers, one drink ticket, raffle baskets, sideboards, music, dancing and fun!
Stay after the event for the local band, SHOUT, as they perform music ranging from Big Band, R&B, Rock, Motown, 70s Disco, Funk, 80s Pop to today's current hits.
The Lakewood Women’s Club will be hosting their Fall social at Griffin Cider House and Gin Bar, October 12th, beginning at 6:30pm.
Review of Distill Table
Friday September 7, 2018
Finding lunch options that offer a wide selection of proteins and grains can be tricky on the west side, especially in finding those who prioritize sourcing those items locally. And even though the Madison Avenue corridor in Lakewood has added some wonderful dining choices, many still do not offer lunch. For those reasons, the addition of the brand-new Distill Table at the Western Reserve Distillers at 14221 Madison Ave at the reworked Fridrich Moving Company building, which offers both, is very welcome for any daytime diner.
Part 2: Episode 5 “Family Matters”
A 1969 map of Rockport revealed a city shaped like a shaggy rectangle. Only two miles deep and five miles wide, its dimensions made it an ideal sized town to maintain, serve and protect.
In 1970, the map was revised to show a big gash up its midsection after Rockport’s annual Christmas tree bonfire festival devolved into disaster when a freak windstorm out of the north scattered flaming trees into the guts of the town and set hundreds of houses and buildings ablaze. Many died or were injured in the storm. Then, as if by design, the windstorm was immediately followed by a wave of heavy wet snowfall that subsequently extinguished all of the ravaging fires. Some called that a Rockport miracle.
Wren Mathews and I had escaped the chaos at Lakefront Park and ran eight blocks to her parents’ house. We were relieved to find her home literally untouched by the storm, another miracle when you consider that all the other houses on her street were damaged or destroyed. Relief immediately turned to shock (at least for me) when we entered her house and found Wren’s mother unconscious on the living room floor. I feared that she was dead until we discovered a half finished bottle of vodka next to her.
Having the right tools can make all the difference, empowering you to tackle DIY projects around your home. But how can you be sure your tool box is up to the challenge?
LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: How to Stock Your Tool Box on Thursday, October 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lakewood Hardware (16608 Madison Avenue). The 13th workshop of 2018 for this popular home maintenance educational series aims to take the guesswork out of determining what you need to achieve a well-stocked tool box that’s capable of addressing the home repair project at-hand.
Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? When the 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade takes place on Saturday, October 20, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Kauffman Park, chances are it will feature plenty of downward dog pose.
Lakewood is a city of beautiful old homes, but with unique charm and history comes great responsibility. As many of Lakewood’s 17,000+ housing units enter or approach their second century, it’s more important than ever to ensure our homes remains healthy and safe.
O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood will be hosting their annual Blessing of the Pets on Thursday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m. Retired Byzantine Catholic priest, Father Dennis Hrubiak will be blessing all the pets. All are welcome, refreshments will be served. This is a beautiful way to show your love for our companions that mean so much to us. The event will take place in the visitor parking lot gazebo and lawn on Bunts at 13900 Detroit Avenue. Please keep your pet safe in a carrier, leashed and/or under control at all times to keep this a joyous event for all.
A rock climbing gym in Lakewood, Ohio?! Yes, you heard correctly -- Lakewood is now home to its very own freestyle rock climbing gym -- NOSOTROS! The name is derived from the Spanish word for – TOGETHER - and is the latest creative space to take root in Lakewood. The gym is beginning to pique the interest of many in our local community and throughout NE Ohio who are looking to improve their well-being and are striving to live a more healthful life-style. Since opening its doors in the spring of this year, NOSOTROS rock climbing gym has become an ideal place to allow patrons to tap into their more adventurous side or simply to allow them to try something unique on their next date-night.
The Rocky River Chamber Music Society will be celebrating its 60th anniversary all season long, and everyone is invited! The kickoff concert, on Monday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River, will applaud the extraordinary young talent in our region’s distinguished music schools. The Society will present an ensemble comprised of violinist James Thompson, a Cleveland native and Artist Diploma student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, along with his Cleveland Institute of Music classmates cellist Anna Hurt and pianist Sarah Ha. This ensemble will perform works by Mozart and Shostakovich.
Burning River Baroque’s “Destructive Desires” Inspires Thought-Provoking Dialogue About Issues Related To #MeToo
Burning River Baroque opens their 2018-2019 season with “Destructive Desires,” an edgy program that challenges audience members to engage with issues that have been brought to the forefront of cultural awareness by the #MeToo movement. It also touches on the profound reach of the movement and the resulting conversations about consent, the misuse of power and the fact that it has provided society with the opportunity to explore new channels of communication and redefine boundaries in all types of relationships.
“A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.” Irish Proverb
Fall is nearly upon us, which means there is a cornucopia of art programs at the Lakewood Public Library for students to choose from. Take a break from raking those leaves and come on down to the Lakewood Public Library for some creative inspiration.
In celebration of National Library Card Month, Lakewood Public Library is offering free replacement cards to all library patrons. Also, patrons can clear their library fines for as little as $10. (The ten dollar deal applies to fines only, not to lost or billed items).