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Has The Lakewood Hospital Association Failed Its Mandate?

Listening to statements made by the Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA) trustees and their third-party consultant Subsidium since the January announcement that the LHA and the Cleveland Clinic are pursuing a plan that would see Lakewood Hospital effectively shuttered and demolished in favor of a Family Health Center (FHC), one gets the impression that 1) the current challenges in health care delivery were not known prior to this year, 2) that the Cleveland Clinic's designs for West Cleveland were equally unknown, 3) the City of Lakewood will retain full control of the assets, and 4) that the Board is taking every measure to be transparent.  

However, the facts tell a different story-- one that casts doubt on whether the LHA, a private not-for-profit formed in 1987 at the behest of the citizens of Lakewood, and tasked with providing the citizens of Lakewood access to high-quality, local health care, has fulfilled its mandate.

1) Health care trends today were known in 1996--  According to archives from the Lakewood Public Library, in February 1996 LHA trustees were considering a merger with Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights and the now defunct Fairview Health System (which consisted of Fairview and Lutheran Hospitals) in an effort to remain competitive in a quickly consolidating health care market.

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Latest News Releases

Lakewood To Honor Veterans On November 11th At Lakewood Park
- City Hall, November 6, 2014 Read More
Mayor Summers Shares Concerns Over Increased Train Traffic in Lakewood
- City Hall, November 5, 2014 Read More
Lakewood Honors Fallen Firefighters in Annual Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, October 5th
- City Hall, September 30, 2014 Read More
National Merit Scholars Head List of LHS Academic Stars
- Board of Education, September 25, 2014 Read More
DNA Ties Serial Rapist to Aug. 30 Sexual Assault in Lakewood
- City Hall, September 25, 2014 Read More

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March 1 Sunday Meeting To save Lakewood Hospital

Attend Save Lakewood Hospital public meeting March 1 Sunday 4:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit, first floor multi-purpose room. Call 216-221-2724 for information or to help.  We can save Lakewood Hospital by a referendum, despite Cleveland Clinic and mayor Mike Summers saying they want to close it. Lakewood owns it and leased it to Cleveland Clinic to run to 2026. Reportedly, the lease (contract) between Lakewood Hospital Association and Cleveland Clinic to run Lakewood Hospital, requires Cleveland Clinic to fund Lakewood Hospital. Only city council can close it. Cleveland Clinic and the Lakewood Hospital Association (hospital board of trustees) whose members include mayor Summers and city council members Mary Madigan and Tom Bullock, are ruining Lakewood Hospital, and claiming it is beyond hope, while evading accountability for harming it, and their violation of their fiduciary (financial) duty to maintain the finances of Lakewood Hospital. Why not fire and replace the entire LHA? Cleveland Clinic's plan is to open a hospital in Avon while closing Lakewood Hospital. Cleveland Clinic owns Fairview Hospital, which it built up lately, while eliminating services at Lakewood Hospital, reducing business there. It looks like a plot. The president of the LHA is Tom Gable. He is also on the Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees, from which he apparently takes his orders to close Lakewood Hospital. Lakewood used to run Lakewood Hospital before leasing it in 1996 to Cleveland Clinic, and can run it again. Other local hospitals are not closing. So why close Lakewood Hospital?

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 11:08 AM, 03.01.2015

We Can Code IT Offers Free Tuition To Coding Bootcamp

We Can Code IT Offers Free Tuition to Coding Bootcamp

Cleveland Organization Offers Free Coding Bootcamp to Assist Low-Moderate Income Earners in Getting Lucrative Jobs

We Can Code IT, a Cleveland-based social good organization backed by ECDI, is offering free coding bootcamp tuition to select qualified candidates. The free tuition, worth $10,000, is being offered for We Can Code IT’s all-women bootcamp for local Clevelanders in low- to moderate-income households. It begins on March 9th, 2015, and runs for 12 weeks. The first of many coding bootcamps is an on-site, full-time immersive experience. Subsequent We Can Code IT bootcamps will include co-ed and part-time cohorts. We Can Code IT’s goal is to empower low- to moderate-income earners, while diversifying tech, a lucrative field with a severe lack of diversity, but an immense number of job openings.

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Reflections Ceremony Honors Students' Creativity

Lakewood students’ creativity and imagination were celebrated at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held February 3 at the Civic Auditorium. One hundred twenty seven from preschool through high school were honored and 24 students’ works were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging.

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Clinic Officers Given Increased Authority

The February 2, 2015 Council meeting was called to order at 7:00 P.M. by Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan. The first order of business was to excuse Councilman Tom Bullock (At-Large) who was absent.

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Gifted Program Community Meetings Set For February 25 & 26

For the past year, a committee comprised of administrators, teachers and parents has been meeting to review the Lakewood City Schools' gifted education program and make recommendations on how to improve services to the district's gifted learners. The committee has looked at all aspects of the program including how students are identified, how services are delivered and what the philosophy of the program should be.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fat Tuesday Business After Hours Networking Event

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The Lakewood and Rocky River Chambers of Commerce invite you to celebrate Fat Tuesday at our first networking event of 2015. Enjoy great food from Burntwood Tavern.

Cash bar. Bring a friend, and bring plenty of business cards!

This event is sponsored by Cox Business.

Location:

Burntwood Tavern

19304 Detroit Road, Rocky River

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Cheetah Chrome At My Mind's Eye

Cleveland punk legend Cheetah Chrome, one of the founding members of Rocket From The Tombs and Dead Boys, will be making an in-store appearance at Lakewood's My Mind's Eye Records (16010 Detroit) on Sunday February 22 before his show at the Beachland that night. He will be there at 4 PM, and will be playing songs on acoustic guitar as well as telling stories and answering questions. Copies of his CD "Solo" and his autobiography "A Dead Boy's Tale: From The Front Lines Of Punk Rock" will also be available. Don't miss it.

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Soup's On!

Yes, friends, cold and flu and more cold and snow. It is time for SOUP! 

Trinity Lutheran Church is  holding a fundraiser Sunday, March 1, from 11:30-1pm. Amazing soups from mom's recipes to that yummy, spicy Thai dom yam will be ready for you to take home! Chili, too. Pint and quart containers will be available. Some pop up shops might be in Trinity's Community Room as well. Enter through the rear/north door. 

In January the chili fundraiser brought in monies to assist a neighbor needing a new boiler. March is set for funds dedicated to the "Pastor's Discretionary Fund". This fund assists folks in need of rent, emergencies, temporary housing, and bus tickets. So many folks come to churchc doors these days. Often churches are their last resort. Referrals and resources are also provided to those whose next step might be sleeping outdoors. This winter is no time for being outdoors overnight!

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I Might Have Failed History Because I Wrote These Instead Of Studying: Reviews Of New Releases By Local Bands Pt. 2

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.

Toughskins - Rumble Stilts Skin - My Mind's Eye Records - 11 songs - Vinyl
There's a trope in comedy that I think is called "the rake gag." It takes its name from an episode of The Simpsons in which Sideshow Bob keeps stepping on two rakes and they keep hitting him in the face and it goes on and on and on. Essentially, what happens is, the joke is funny for a few seconds, then it loses its humor, then the pointlessness and the repetitiveness make it funny again, which was the whole point all along. Gosh, I hope I did a good job explaining that. Anyways, I think that could be a decent summary of this record. I think the Toughskins are a Sockeye side project. I don't think I've listened to Sockeye, but I know that their section on the CD shelves at My Mind's Eye describes them as "genius stupid," so hey, there ya go. To get back to the actual record at hand, it's basically a parody of Oi! (always with an exclamation point) bands. I certainly can't be mistaken as the song titles range from "Oi! Farm" to "Oi! Sweat Shirt" with "Oi! Yodeling Lessons" thrown in for good measure.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:38 PM, 02.17.2015

Letter To The Editor: Who Wins The Lakewood Hospital Lottery?

Just had some experience with Lakewood Hospital that was top notch, involving someone with advanced cancer (we found), including ER care, emergency neurosurgery on a Sunday night, time in the Neuro Integrated Care Unit and then Acute Rehab. Some extremely impressive comprehensive care, with a very great team of doctors, nurses, therapists and aides. Almost 2 weeks were spent at Lakewood Hospital in their various departments. I was so grateful that it was close by, because I had to walk there and home several times because of the weather we've been having.

Now that she's at home and I've raised my head above water, I see on the Observation Deck that this great hospital, this great asset to Lakewood, may close?  

That some of the same few financially interested people who were stopped from forcing people out of their homes on Lakewood's west end a few years ago, using City Hall and Eminent Domain as a tool, for the sake of some dubious "development" ideas, are now the same few people that have much to gain by pushing Cleveland Clinic out of Lakewood 12 years before their contract with the City is up, and giving the people of Lakewood something far inferior, equivalent to a "wellneww clinic" instead of a real ER and hospital? 

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:42 PM, 02.17.2015

Finding Hope Amid The Heroin Epidemic In Cuyahoga County

Lakewood and surrounding suburbs are all too familiar with the devastating effects of heroin and prescription drug abuse on their families and communities.

The numbers are grim: Nearly 200 deaths from heroin overdoses in Cuyahoga County in 2013. In Lakewood alone, authorities have said they had responded to 48 overdoses over the past year, four resulting in death.

And the death rate from prescription drug overdoses in Ohio has jumped nearly 500% from 1999 to 2013, according to the Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force. These accidental deaths now outnumber traffic crash fatalities in both Ohio and across the nation.

But there is reason for hope: Awareness of the danger is rising, as is the distribution of Narcan or Naloxone to stop an opioid overdose from becoming fatal. Secure drop stations for disposing of unused pain killers are popping up in police stations.

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LakewoodAlive Announces The 2015 "Knowing Your Home" Series

Visit Lakewoodalive.com for our Knowing Your Home schedule.

We are proud to announce the lineup for our 2015 educational series. Knowing Your Home is an educational series focused on best sustainability practices empowering homeowners to tackle necessary repairs and improvements. Our workshops are designed to provide homeowners with helpful information for both do-self projects as well as contracted repairs.

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Intergenerational Project Brings History Alive For Emerson Students

Bill Thornton shares his story with student Jionni Boyd.

The past, present and future came together recently at Emerson Elementary School as second graders in Mary McCool Berry’s class embarked on an oral history project that will give the students a rich understanding of how childhood has changed – and stayed the same - over the generations.

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Local Photographer Expands Tradition Of Giving Back

The Art of Living.

My name is Bob Soltys. I'm a Lakewood fine art and wedding photographer with an exhibit called "Faces and Places" at John Rehner Fine Art and Framing at 16108 Detroit Road in Lakewood through February 21. Giving back to the community has been a habit for me for a long time. Inspired by what my friend National Geographic photographer Bill Allard said after his photo of a tearful shepherd boy motivated readers to donate over $7,000 to replace the boy's flock of sheep, I decided to  donate a third of the proceeds from my fine art image sales to charitable causes.

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Scholarship

College Club West is a non-profit group of women college graduates living in the Greater Cleveland area.

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AARP FREE TAX AIDE HELP

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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Twins Happy With Pier W's Happy Hour

Many of our fellow restaurant enthusiasts are familiar with the Cleveland landmark: the stylish and venerable Pier W, where the incomparable view, impeccable service, and inspired menu make any occasion special. We Taster Twins have dined there many times for lunch, brunch, and dinner in the elegant surroundings and enjoyed the pampering immensely. Simply stated: Pier W stands alone as a top-tier dining venue.

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Representative Nickie J. Antonio Recognized As Legislator Of The Year

William Denihan, CEO of the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County presents Legislator of the Year Award to State Representative Nickie J. Antonio.

Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities honors Rep. Antonio

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) honored State Representative Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) Tuesday with the Legislator of the Year Award. Rep. Antonio received the award at the Association’s annual awards ceremony in Columbus.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all who dedicate their lives to improving the quality of life for our communities,” said Rep. Antonio. “To the advocates and treatment providers in the room, your fingerprints are all over this award. We know that treatment works, people recover and Ohio is stronger because of this work we do together. Thank you and I look forward to working with you as we have much to do.”

Representative Antonio currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Health and Aging Committee and is a past member of the Prescription Drug Addiction and Healthcare Reform Study Committee. Rep. Antonio is actively involved in developing mental health and addiction services policies in Ohio.

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February Heart Healthy Tips for Seniors

Speaker Dr. Christopher Suntala, practices Internal Medicine at MetroHealth Lakewood Health Center. His clinical expertise includes: Internal Medicine, Geriatric, Diet Therapy.

On February 6th, Seniors in the community attended a Lunch and Learn at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood's Assisted Living to hear speaker, MetroHealth physician, Dr. Christopher Suntala discuss various facts and questions that every senior should know the answer to.

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration: What You Need To Know About This Common Disease

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in the United States. Commonly, people with AMD experience blurred central vision but sometimes they have distortion or a spot in their vision. In some, the disease progresses very slowly over decades, but in others it may progress rapidly and cause central vision loss. The condition by itself does not usually cause complete blindness, and a person’s peripheral vision (“side vision”) is not usually affected. Early AMD may not cause any symptoms, and some people may not realize they have the condition. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the risk of vision loss, so it is important to have your eyes examined regularly.

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Lakewood Animal Shelter Unveils Recent Expansion, Renovation

Entrance to the newly expanded cat room.

After years of fundraising and many weeks of construction, the Lakewood Animal Shelter proudly unveiled some major renovations last week. The project did not involve adding any square footage to the existing building; it was a reconfiguring and upgrading of the current structure to better utilize space. The renovation nearly doubles the shelter’s capacity for cats.

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Mystery: A Russian Doll

Lovers of murder, mystery and mayhem, take note! Booked for Murder, a long running mystery book club, is breaking the mold this season and introducing the genre challenging world of niche mysteries. The mystery genre, like a Russian nesting doll, has little niche layers within its enveloping layer. I bet you never considered a mystery could feature an animal detective, or china cup tea-sipping robots, or be thrillingly creepy. Guess what? This selection of mystery novels has just those things!

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Ernie Krivda: It's Simple

What can be written about Ernie Krivda that hasn’t already been written? This is the question I asked myself, and then I remembered one of my first exchanges with the master.

While setting up the sound for one of our Sunday concerts here at the library I asked Mr. Krivda if everything was okay and to his liking. The response I got said everything there was to know. “My needs are simple” was what Mr. Krivda said. Being accustomed to so many last minute adjustments and trouble shooting I was for once able to relax and smile.

Then it struck me. That’s what happens when Ernie Krivda blows into that sax. One just relaxes and smiles and goes for the ride. And an exciting and unexpected ride it will be. One moment bathed in a rich silky note so low your body vibrates and the next you are at speeds and heights that are dangerous and relentless, all the while watching this figure on stage weave and gyrate into each and every note, albeit mischievous at times as if he knows just ahead where he is taking us. And when he is ready to land, you can sense that too, but still where it ends is as unpredictable as where it starts.

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Westshore Council Of Governments (WCOG) Meeting, February 11, 2015

This report is not an official LWV statement. Mayor Sutherland’s office prepares official minutes, which are posted on Bay Village’s website.

Present: Mayors Sutherland (Bay Village), Bobst (Rocky River), Summers (Lakewood), Clough (Westlake), Patton (Fairview Park), Kennedy (North Olmsted)

Also present: Fiscal Officer Renee Mahoney; District 1 County Councilman Dave Greenspan; Bay Village Fire Chief Lyons; North Ridgeville Fire Chief Reese

Start: 9:40 a.m.; 10:20 a.m. Executive Session (personnel)

RTA: New buses will be in service soon.

NOACA: Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative grant applications are due in March; workshops will be held.  NOACA has hired a lobbyist to increase awareness with ODOT and the state.

Land Bank:The Land Bank has responded to property concerns of Bay Village. Rocky River has also been in contact regarding vacant properties.

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Hot Topic: History And Future Of Ohio’s Constitution

The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1801 Euclid Ave.) will present a Hot Topic discussion in the school’s Moot Court Room on Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. The one-hour lecture, “The History and the Future of the Ohio Constitution,” will be presented by Cleveland-Marshall’s Dean Emeritus, Steven Steinglass, senior policy advisor for the bipartisan Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. Steinglass will review the history of constitutional revision in Ohio from 1802 to the present. The discussion will focus on the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission’s current efforts to revise the constitution on a wide range of issues, including congressional redistricting, term limits, privacy, voting, the initiative/referendum, and education.

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Ranger Seniors Go Out In Style

The Lakewood girls basketball team ended the regular season with a convincing 75-19 win over Midview on Senior Night at Harding Middle School. Four Lakewood seniors – Mikayla Harper, Taylor Shaw, Madison Clause, and Savanajh Black – were honored in a pregame ceremony. Once the game tipped, it was quickly over. The Rangers jumped out to a 27-7 lead in the first quarter, and led 43-9 at the half. All four seniors contributed in the game, as Clause led all scorers with 18 points. Taylor Shaw had 12 points, Harper had 11, and Black had 8.

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Sensory Story Time At Lakewood Public Library

This past fall, Lakewood Public Library launched an exciting new program called Sensory Story Time. Since September, over 80 attendees have participated in this new story time, making it a great success for the library.

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Lakewood Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Collaborative is hosting a monthly Job Club at the Lakewood Public Library at 15425 Detroit Ave. The next Job Club meeting will be held on Tuesday February 24th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood Library. The topic will be Role Play Interviews; we will practice doing interviews. Also, we will provide information and resources to assist people with finding a job in today's market. The Job Club is free and open to the public.

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Info For Lakewood Schools' Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is now taking place at the Lakewood Board of Education, 1470 Warren Road. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2015 in order to be age-eligible to enter kindergarten.

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Lakewood Schools' Preschool Registration Open

Registration is now open for Lakewood City Schools' Early Childhood programs, all of which have earned the State of Ohio's top 5-star rating. Enrollment is open to Lakewood children who are toilet-trained and are 4 years old by September 30 or 3 years old by September 30.

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Preparing Your Home For Spring Market – Part II Maintenance Before Upgrades

Sellers often fret over what home improvements to invest in in order to get the biggest bang for their buck. The saying "beauty is only skin deep" goes a long way in Real Estate. Before thinking about an exciting kitchen remodel, take care of the mechanicals, structure and energy efficiency of your home FIRST. Without a doubt, updated kitchens and baths sell a home quickly and for a higher value. However, if the roof is leaking, your deal may fall apart despite the lovely granite counter tops. Most buyers in today’s market want what I call the big-ticket items taken care of. These items include: roof, windows, electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, and dry basements. Buyers want to take the basics for granted and spend their discretionary funds on fun remodeling projects to reflect their personality and make the home theirs. Even a hint that there could be a problem will be reflected in their purchase offer.

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CHAMPS Students Find Why Kids Love Musicals

Kids Love Musicals teacher Molly Andrews-Hinders leads students in Horace Mann's CHAMPS program through a song about the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz.

For 40 minutes on a recent Tuesday, students in Horace Mann's CHAMPS special education program were transported to the magical world of Oz. Musical educators Jodi Kirk and Molly Andrews-Hinders of The Musical Theater Project were on hand as part of the project's Kids Love Musicals workshop program that brings musical plays to life for students in K-3 across Northeast Ohio.

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Safe Boating Grant To Help Fund Safe Boating Class

Students in the safe boating class learn how to upright a sailboat in a safe environment.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft recently announced that a local safe boating class has been awarded a grant of $2155.37 as part of the Boating Safety Education Grant Program. The funds will be used to provide a boating safety education program this summer for sixth through eighth-grade students. The Division of Watercraft is awarding $364,689.27 to political subdivisions and non-profit organizations for boating education programs. The Cuyahoga Safe Boating Class is one of 34 organizations across the state to receive funding.

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Beck Teen Theater Will Razzle Dazzle In “Chicago”

Beck Center Teen Theater presents "Chicago" on the Mackey Main Stage February 20 – March 1, 2015. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. A special student matinee performance is at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 26. Tickets are on sale now. Beck Center has established a PG-13 rating for this piece.

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Citizens Question Lakewood Hospital Proposal At Community Forum

LO's Chart of Losses and Gains by the Parties.

Despite being a cold, blustery night, Lakewoodites packed all 488 of the Mackey Main Stage seats (plus those of us standing in the back) at Beck Center for the Arts on January 28th. This was the first in a series of public forums regarding the announcement earlier this month that Lakewood Hospital will be converted from a full service hospital as it stands today to an outpatient community wellness center model. About the first 90 minutes of the forum included presentations by representatives from the City of Lakewood, namely Mayor Summers, the Cleveland Clinic, the Lakewood Hospital Association, the Lakewood Hospital Foundation, and the consulting firm retained by the Lakewood Hospital Association, i.e. Subsidium Healthcare.

Lisa Fry, of Subsidium Healthcare, presented a sampling of the results of the study performed over the course of the past two years. She walked the audience through the process starting from when LHA hired her firm, up through the proposed letter of intent that caused such a stir earlier in January. Her firm used analyses to vet a wide range of possible solutions to the issues facing Lakewood Hospital, from sticking with the status quo to a downsized general hospital to a specialty hospital to a hybrid outpatient hospital with some inpatient beds to a strictly outpatient campus, to removing ourselves from healthcare altogether. Fry indicated that along the way they approached a total of 9 hospital systems, 2 local and 7 national. Despite some initial interest in the Lakewood Hospital location, in the end all parties pulled out, except the Cleveland Clinic. Although Fry’s entire PowerPoint study was not yet made available to the public, the Lakewood City Council has been given a copy of 80-some slides to aide in their decision.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:37 PM, 02.03.2015

Library Expands Free Computer Class Offerings

Lakewood Public Library has expanded the computer class schedule for the spring season. Beginning in March, Computer Basics will be offered twice per month on Thursday mornings along with the return of Internet Search Skills and Microsoft Word Basics offered once per month on Wednesday mornings. All morning classes start at 10 a.m.

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Extreme Magic And Juggling Show

David Anthony will amaze you!

Magician and juggler David Anthony was born in 1992 in Cleveland, Ohio. His love for magic and the performing arts started at a young age. He received his first magic kit, given to him by his uncle, when he was just five years old. David started performing at various functions throughout the city when he was twelve. While in high school he became a member of the St. Ignatius Circus Company. This opportunity helped him hone his magic and juggling skills. David attended his first magic convention when he was fifteen years old. Since then he has entered many competitions and won several awards with his winning act. From New York to Las Vegas, David has entertained thousands. You can be one of the many who have been awed by David Anthony’s show!

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Pet Photo for the Animal Shelter Renovation Story

This lovely calico named Blanche Devereaux (collar #30) is one of the cats waiting to meet you at the newly renovated Lakewood Animal Shelter. 

Please run this along with the Animal Shelter story that I submitted two weeks ago. 

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Homebuyers Need To Act Now....But How?

Local homebuyers should consider acting quickly this year unless they want to spend more money on their purchase. Locally, Lakewood has seen the Median Sales Price improve steadily over the past few years, improving from $108,000 in 2012, to $122,300 in 2013, and then jumping nearly another 8% last year to $131,000. The forecast is for another 4% gain this year. The reality-- homebuyers will pay more for their home purchase this year.

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Dance Lakewood- Good For The Body And Soul

Ava with her "big sister," Kaz, at Dance Lakewood.

My journey into the dance world started about four years ago at one of the many Lakewood festivals. My daughter, Ava, who was 3 years old at the time, was interested in taking a ballet class. I happened upon a booth for Silhouette Dance, now named Dance Lakewood. At this booth, I met four women who would nurture my daughter’s interest in dance. Up until that point, my only knowledge about dance classes was what I had seen on the show, “Dance Moms.” Despite that, we decided to jump right in and see what happened.

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Anthem Insureds Beware!

If you are an Anthem health insurance company customer, be aware that Anthem’s database of customer records was breached last week. 80 million customers may have had their name, birthdate, social security number, address, e-mail address, employment information, and even wage amounts stolen. This is the largest health care data breach in US history. Anthem will be contacting you in writing via US Mail if you are a victim.

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LakewoodAlive Roaring 20's Party Announced

Calling all Flappers and Dapper Dans! "Loving Lakewood: The Roaring20's" is LakewoodAlive’s celebration of the days when the trolley car clanged, and growth in Lakewood was the bee’s knees. Join us for this swanky, Prohibition-themed party on Saturday, May 16 at the VOSH “Speakeasy” from 7:30-11 p.m. Big Cheese tickets are $75 each; Bootlegger tickets are $40 each.

Featuring ritzy fare, plenty of hooch, hoppin’ live music, swell auction items and a few keen surprises, the event will recall one of the most notorious events in Lakewood’s history, the police raid on "The Tranquillo."

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Ask Roxann: What Is Happening To Lakewood's Gifted Program

L.O.: There are a lot of rumors flying around about the Gifted Program that range from completely restructuring it to getting rid of almost all of it.

We have seen gifted teachers moved from middle school to elementary school and not replaced, and our 2/3, and 4/5 programs eliminated without any input from the community.

We understand that a committee that includes parents and teachers as well as administrators is currently reviewing the District's Gifted Program. Can you provide an overview of what's being looked at, and the overall goals of the committee?

From the desk of Pam Griebel, Director of Teaching and Learning:

PG: The Lakewood City School District has undertaken a study of its gifted programming this year. Using the process of appreciative inquiry a large group of administrators and parents have been studying the current gifted programming to determine whether changes could be recommended to the program to enhance educational opportunities for students. Currently, the district serves gifted students in grade 3-8 with a self-contained classroom model, and through AP and advanced courses at Lakewood High School. The charge of the committee is to recommend to the superintendent a plan for a continuum of service for the school district that casts a wider net to serve more specifically identified academic students as well as those students who are currently in the self-contained program. Another need that was identified was a communication plan that would include online and paper resources for parents and teachers that more clearly define the program components.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:38 PM, 02.17.2015

Council Hears Public On Lakewood Hospital

Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman, Mary Louise Madigan called the January 20, 2014 meeting of Council to order at 7:38 P.M. Council began the meeting by making a number of appointments to boards and commissions including the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Board of Nuisance Abatement Appeals, and the Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:20 PM, 02.03.2015

Volunteer Safety Inspectors Needed

Meet Andy, he is one of many residents of Lakewood that require the use of safe sidewalks during the winter. Andy was dodging busy traffic while riding his electronic wheelchair on Detoit Ave when I met him. He said he is forced to dangerously drive in the street, because it is impossible to use the sidewalks in many parts of the city. The city has an ordinance requiring business owners to clear their sidewalks, but they are not obeying it. This ordinance is not being enforced by city officials as well as it should be.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:20 PM, 02.03.2015

Kauffman Park Friends Snow Sculpting Contest

Kauffman Park has something to offer in ALL seasons! 

With plenty of snow in the forecast, Kauffman Park Friends is launching their Snow Sculpting Contest again! We encourage individuals, teams, families, businesses and organizations to join in the fun and share their artistic talents with the community. See the Official Entry Form for details, check the Kauffman Park Friends Facebook page for updates and enjoy the park this season whether sculpting, sledding, snowshoeing or just strolling through.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:20 PM, 02.03.2015

Artists Nominated For Contest's Best In Show Award

Jacob Corder's "Icarus."

Lakewood High & West Shore Career-Technical students Jacob Corder and Alex Marek have been selected as two of only five regional student artists to be nominated for a national American Visions Award in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing contest. Corder also was awarded a $10,000 per year scholarship for the Cleveland Institute of Art based on his contest submissions.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:20 PM, 02.03.2015

Kiwanis Pizza Bake-Off Winners

Over 500 people attended the Kiwanis Pizza Bake-Off in the East Cafeteria at Lakewood High School held January 22nd. The public voted in five categories, with 15 restaurants and pizza shops participating. Congratulations to the winners. A special tip of the hat to our local independent Lakewood owned and operated businesses that excelled in the competition.

People's Choice Overall Favorite
1. Italian Creations
2. Pepper's Italian Restaurant
3. Angelo's

Best Specialty Pizza
1. Pepper's Italian Restaurant
2. Italian Creations
3. Pizza BoGo

Best Pepperoni Pizza
1. Angelo's
2. Pepper's Italian Restaurant
3. Italian Creations

People's Choice Best Franchise
1. Dewey's
2. Hungry Howies
3. Pizza BoGo

Best Franchise Pepperoni
1. Donato's
2. Dewey's
3. Pizza BoGo

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:20 PM, 02.03.2015

Valentine's Day SweetArt Show

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and that means one thing! It’s time to show the people you love how much you really care. The Bevy in Birdtown (12112 Madison Avenue, Lakewood) and the Good Day Moon Gallery are hosting the SweetArt Show on Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14th from 1-5 p.m. For all you last minute shoppers, we are here for you. Several local artists will be on hand to help you pick out the perfect gift for the love in your life. We even have a vendor selling homemade treats for your furry little four-legged sweetheart. Roses are nice but for the same price of a dozen roses you can purchase a world class piece of art that will last forever.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:20 PM, 02.03.2015

Lakewood Hospital Can And Should Be Saved

Lakewood mayor Mike Summers, who is a Lakewood Hospital trustee, announced with Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgove on January 15, that both men plan to close Lakewood Hospital and replace it with an emergency room and out-patient medical services. Lakewood owns the hospital, used to run it, then leased it to Cleveland Clinic from 1997 to 2026. A big mistake that gave selfish, conniving Cleveland Clinic power over Lakewood Hospital. Cleveland Clinic and Lakewood hospital trustees, including Summers and Lakewood Councilmen Tom Bullock and Mary Louise Madigan escaped accountability for the hospital losing money since 2005, about nine years after it was leased to Cleveland Clinic. Many Lakewood Hospital trustees don't live in Lakewood. Summers and City Council, which can oppose Summers' plan and stop the closing by refusing to vote to close it, should stop rushing to close it, and wait ten years to consider.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:20 PM, 02.03.2015

Read And Grow: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten A Reading Program For Children From Birth To Age 5

Madelyn Nightingale is a recent finisher of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. There are currently 295 children participating in this program!

Be your child’s first and best teacher and help them enter Kindergarten ready to read when you sign up to read a thousand books together! Receive a folder, bookmark, and a log sheet for your first 50 books! Come back when you’ve read 100 books and get another reading log! Build your caterpillar circle by circle every time you read 100 books! You may also sign up online and print the reading log yourself! To get started, visit www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth/ or visit the Children’s and Youth Services desk at the Main or Madison branch for details. 

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:20 PM, 02.03.2015

RTA's 55 Ridden By Two Of RTA's Harshest Critics

Ryan Salo, checks the RTA schedule on his smart phone, as we get coffee at Blackbird Bakery.

We have seen the increase in signs on Clifton thanks to RTA and the now infamous 55 Bus Line. The increase in signage was so bad, everyone noticed, everyone thought it was terrible. Only the smallest handful of people, thought, oh, they're just being safe, or not abusive.

One of the more outspoken people against the signs was West Clifton resident and long-time Observer, Ryan Salo. And it was Ryan Salo who called shortly before Christmas asking, “Do you want to ride the 55 with me?”

I said sure, but was a little curious as to why. Usually people ask me along if they're going to a bad neighborhood, or if we will encounter “trouble” of one kind or another. After walking Slavic Village at 2 am for a story on squatters, addressing known criminals in the back of the parks, etc., riding the 55 seemed tame.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:31 PM, 02.03.2015

Illuminate A Memory And Light Up A Life

Now that Black Friday and the frantic frenzy of December's online shopping and mall hopping is in our rearview mirrors it's time to turn our thoughts toward that special Valentine.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:20 PM, 02.03.2015

Lakewood Soccer Association: Saturday Soccer Spring Registration!

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

The deadline is Monday; February 23rd. Registration cost is $55 for the spring season. LSA still will take registrations after the February 23rd deadline, but they are subject to a $10 late fee.

There are a few ways to sign up. Visit the "Saturday" page of LSA's website, www.lakewood-soccer.com, and you can sign up with a credit card online. You also can print a registration form from the website and mail it to us, or you can stop at the Madison Branch of the Lakewood Public Library from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 7th and 21st, to register in person. Payments at the in-person registration must be made by check or cash.


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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:20 PM, 02.03.2015