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City Hires Thompson Hine LLP To Advise On Hospital Issue
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From Lakewood, For Lakewood - John Litten For City Council

My son Brendan and I at the 2015 Meltdown.

It is an honor to be running for Lakewood City Council in Ward 3. My service in Lakewood has always stemmed from need; I applied my skills, and was able to make a difference. We bought our first and second house here, and I plan on being here with my family for a very long time. I am dedicated to this community and believe I am well qualified for this position.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

Short Agenda, Long Meeting: The People Speak To Council

The July 6, 2015 Council meeting was called to order by Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan at 7:38 P.M. The agenda for the meeting was relatively short and made up of primarily old business. Among that old business were items such as the administration's proposal to build a fiber optic network in Lakewood (deferred), an agreement with Rockport Square, LLC for its new development (deferred), construction approval of sewer corrections in the western Lakewood clean water pilot project area (passed), and accepting a grant from the Ohio EPA to help pay for the Lakewood Stream Bank Restoration and Fish Shelf project, which requires a match from the City of $81,894 (passed).

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

LHA Trustees Need To Do Their Job

The Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA) Board of Trustees has the job of overseeing the Cleveland Clinic (CCF) as managers of Lakewood Hospital for the citizens of Lakewood.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

The Distinction Between Lakewood's Hospital Charities

In the hospital debate, it is important to distinguish between the Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA) and the Lakewood Hospital Foundation (LHF). Both are charitable organizations under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service. However, LHA is also a "public" charity under 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code while LHF is a "private" charity.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

CCLAS Adopt-A-Pet

Meet Dottie (collar #107): The left side photo is Dottie a few days after being abandoned on someone's front porch - the poor girl was cowering in the corner of the cage. However, the right side photo is Dottie recently enjoying some attention from a Lakewood Animal Shelter volunteer.

Although she's shy, this sweet girl still deserves a loving home - and these pictures are proof she wants love - so come meet her today!

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

A Lesson In Lakewood Law

Being aware of the law is not only a critical part of being a responsible citizen, but can also enlighten you to avoid mistakes that, while they may not seem dangerous, are illegal for reasons of safety and protection of property. What can seem like a fun idea can turn into a minor misdemeanor charge, as I recently found out while spending time with my sister at Lakewood Park.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

Improving Lakewood’s Neighborhoods, One House At A Time

Moo Thain Da (at right), a refugee from Burma, moved to Lakewood with his family about four years ago. They recently settled into their new 1,500-square-feet bungalow on Quail Street.

The city’s effort to improve local housing stock recently continued its forward progress.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

I Don't Have An Opinion, Let's Be Friends: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 8

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much.

Cruelster - Potatoe Boys - Phobiact Records - 12 songs - LP, download
Just for clarification in terms of the above info, this is not an original pressing, but I think a German one. So it did come out on other labels as well with some other songs, but I'm going off the copy I have in front of me. As for the music itself, this was really, really good. Even though there is a lyrics sheet (at least with this pressing), I still had trouble hearing the words sometimes (and even the lyrics sheet was unhelpful at times), but other than that I liked it a lot. What do the kids say? Ripping? Do people say ripping? It was ripping! My favorites were "Boys In The Biggest City," "Dead Like Einstein," and "Inchworm," though it was all pretty solid hardcore, kind of like Chargers Street Gang taken to weird extremes. I liked the drawings that accompanied the album on the cover as well. They suited the album pretty well. I probably would have liked it more had I been able to understand what was being said, but other than that-- Cool stuff. 4/5

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Classroom Expansion This Fall At Gina DeSantis Ceramics

Student Ella Chiantis. 

This September the classroom studio at Gina DeSantis Ceramics will expand to offer new classes, workshops and independent studio options. Located in the Screw Factory, the classroom prides itself on providing college level ceramic courses coupled with the laid back environment of a working artist's studio. With the addition of the space, students will have a variety of classes to choose from.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

Mayor Summers Gains Two Key Endorsements

Both the Lakewood Democratic Club and Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council have voted to support the re-election of Mayor Michael Summers. Both endorsements highlight Summers’ commitment to the ideals of service, growth, and safety in Lakewood.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

City Of Lakewood Consultant Huron Releases Initial Draft Of Phase One Analysis Of Proposed Plan For Lakewood Hospital

Lakewood City Council President Mary Louise Madigan released the first draft report from Huron Consulting Group, an independent national consulting firm hired by the City of Lakewood to assist the city in its due diligence following a January 2015 proposal by the Cleveland Clinic and Lakewood Hospital Association over the future of Lakewood Hospital.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

Lakewood Football Updates: Offseason, Kosar Visit, "Battle of Lakewood" Revival

Rangers in 7-on-7 drills at John Carroll University. 

Photo by Kris Kantor

School is out, but summertime has been a busy time around First Federal of Lakewood Stadium. We have news about the Lakewood Rangers’ community work, their offseason training, a visit from a Browns legend and an update on the return of the “Battle of Lakewood.”

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

Beck Center Alum Rachele Alpine Hosting Book Release July 30

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome alum Rachele Alpine as she hosts the release of her middle school novel, "Operation Pucker Up," at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 beginning with a Reader’s Theater with chapters from the book in the Studio Theater. A reception, book signing, prize giveaways, and refreshments will immediately follow. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase through Barnes and Noble.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

Summer Reading Superhero Convention At Madison Park

Celebrate the end of another great summer with games and goodies galore! Lakewood Public Library’s summer reading club is drawing to a close, which means it’s time for a party! Our summer readers have done a fabulous job, and now it’s time to reap their rewards.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:37 PM, 07.21.2015

Lakewood Masonic Lodge To Host Competitive Barbeque Fest

Lakewood Masonic Lodge #601 will host its First Annual “Lakewood’s Best Day Ever” on July 25 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. inside and outside of the lodge (15300 Detroit Avenue). The event aims to celebrate food, family, and fun to support the mission of Lakewood Masonic charitable causes.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Love Is A Verb

The Gulen Movement has been described as an interfaith group begun by a beloved Muslim teacher from Turkey who inspired a world-wide social movement dedicated to education and improving the lives of people in underdeveloped and war-torn areas of the globe. It has also been called a cult.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Chance To Win A Dante | Tremont Chef’s Dinner And Support North Coast Health

The winning ticket holder of North Coast Health’s Chef’s Dinner Raffle will be immersed in flavor that will expand the palette and challenge the taste buds at an exclusive dining experience for eight guests, including fourteen unique food courses and Sommelier selected wine pairings at Dante|Tremont, 2247 Professor Avenue, Cleveland. Even better, transportation will be provided to and from the restaurant courtesy of Motorcars Mobility, Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Buddy Walk With Me

#Kellyn #BuddyWalk #ThumbsUp

Hi. This is Kellyn Donahoe and I want my friends to walk with me at the Buddy Walk. I hope you can make it. We can have a fun time together. We can walk one mile around Progressive Field and on the outfield track. We can do lots of other neat things too like crafts and face paint and tattoos and dance. You can even get a special t-shirt. The Buddy Walk is a fundraiser for the Up Side of Downs. That is a group that helps people who have Down Syndrome, like me.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Deadline For Registration For The 4th Annual Commissioner's Youth Scholarship Softball Tournament Approaching

Deadline is August 3 to register your softball team for the 4th Annual Commissioner's Youth Scholarship Softball Tournament. All games will be played in a flight format at Foxx and Usher fields. Teams are guaranteed three games; top four teams make the playoffs. Registration fees are $250 per team which include fees for umpires, scorers & game balls. One-hundred fifty dollars of the registration fee will go to the Youth Scholarship Softball Tournament. Men’s tournament will be Saturday, August 8, with the Co-Ed tournament on Sunday, August 9. Rain dates will be August 15 & 16.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Twisted Moon Productions Presents A Halloween In July Art Show

Twisted Moon Productions is bringing you another fun art show. Everyone else does Christmas in July but let’s face it, no one wants to think about snow right now, or ever for that matter. We all know your real favorite holiday which is why we’re putting on a Halloween in July themed show at the 5 o’clock Lounge in Lakewood. As always we will have several art vendors selling their creations from traditional to funky and everything in between.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Distraction And Distortion Of Facts Detract From Good Health

In the ongoing community conversation about the future of healthcare, several issues (and ugly accusations) have emerged that distort the facts and distract from the most important decisions facing our citizens and their elected officials. One example was featured on the front page of this paper, namely the allegation that there is some secret plan to build a recreation center on land currently occupied by the hospital. 

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Lakewood Needs Its Hospital

In 1956 my parents realized that with four children, and the various relatives that lived with us throughout the years, that we needed a larger home than the one they had in Brooklyn, Ohio. For a variety of reasons they chose a colonial on Lincoln Ave.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Happy Day For This Former LHS Football Player

Let's start from the beginning and it was a fortuitous one at that. I was doing a photo-shoot of the July 4th festivities in Lakewood Park and as I was shooting that great LHS band, The Lakewood Projrct, I noticed two very muscular young men standing near the stage. Since I used to work out a lot when younger and was big into sports, I introduced myself to these two young men and we immediately hit it off (which by the way is a trade secret for photography = engage your subjects and you'll get good photos) . I gave them my business card and I got a request a week later asking if I could take some photos of one of the two men doing his letter signing to play college football.

Sie Doe Jr. played as a defensive end for LHS under Coach Mike Ribar in 2011 - 2012. When I asked him what was his memorable tackle, he said, "It was when we were playing Medina. It was a homecoming game and no one expected us to beat them. It was raining, going into the 2nd half with about 3 minutes left. Coach looked over at me and said, 'Sie, we need a sack' and I got it to end the quarter."

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Ranger Classic Golf Outing

The inaugural Ranger Classic Golf Outing will take place Monday, August 10 at the Westwood Country Club. All proceeds from the event benefit the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation and the Lakewood City Schools.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

My Support Of BuildLakewood.org And A Quick History Of The Lakewood Hospital Transition

I am so glad Build Lakewood launched to help counter the many misconceptions that are floating around the community in recent months regarding Lakewood Hospital. As Finance Director for the City of Lakewood since 2006, this is pivotal issue to the City's future and especially its financial strength. My job is the protection and growth of City's financial position, and to ensure taxes and fees are collected and spent as authorized by City Council.  
 
I hope to shed some light on the issues at hand, and why my biggest fear as Finance Director as it relates to the Lakewood Hospital situation is the City having to bring the properties back on its books. There is too much financial risk if that happens, and I will support anything that prevents that from happening. How that prevention happens is currently being explored by City Council in a thoughtful and deliberate manner.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Beautiful Homes? Lakewood Has Them! Nominate A Home Today!!!

You are walking or driving down a neighborhood street in Lakewood when your head turns and you are almost stopped in your tracks (tire treads) by what you see...a well maintained house, complimented by flowers, trees, shrubs, and grass...a beautiful Lakewood home!

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

The Wonderful World Of Bubbles

Gaze in wonder as the Bubble Lady creates enormous bubbles using a hula hoop!

Bubbles are fun! Bubbles are funny! Bubbles are coming to the Lakewood Public Library! Come witness Sue Durante (aka The Bubble Lady) as she inflates tiny bubbles, long bubbles, giant bubbles, and a remarkable square bubble. Sue searches her home for everyday household items that become the tools for producing remarkable frothy creations. Will she bring a hula hoop, a rope, a mesh strawberry basket, or even a Croc shoe? Whatever she brings will be dipped into a special concoction of soap, water, and glycerin to enable her to blow marvelous, magnificent sudsy balloons. An afternoon of family fun is guaranteed!

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LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Friday, July 24
LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series – Vance Music Studios – Student Rock Bands
Held on the Library's Front Porch, these concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy fantastic music with friends and neighbors in the heart of Downtown Lakewood.
7:00 p.m. on the Front Porch of the Main Library

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Lincoln Elementary PTA Uses Interest In Minecraft And Gaming To Raise Funds

Lincoln MINES, a new technology and gaming convention planned for November 14, 2015 at Harding Middle School.

Lincoln Elementary School PTA is trying something new for its Fall Fundraiser. The PTA is hosting Lincoln MINES, a technology and gaming convention for students ages 5-12. The event will be held at Harding Middle School (16601 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107) on November 14, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds raised from the event will support programming for Lincoln Elementary School.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Those Among Us...Mark "Shane" Phillips

Mark "Shane" Phillips, performing at a Lakewood Veterans' event. (Photo by Gary Rice)

It's been said by more than a few over the years that we can count our true friends in life on the fingers of one hand. In my case, I've been blessed to have had quite a few friends over the years, but yes, truth be told, over time, some friendships have not always turned out the way I'd imagined that they would. Sure, people move away, pass away, or otherwise leave the stages of our lives, as indeed- so do we, theirs. A few so-called friends can also betray our confidences, take advantage of us, and sometimes leave us grieving in their wake of their own destructive tendencies. A very few remain true friends for a lifetime. This story is about one of those friends.

I can't remember the exact time and place that I met Mark "Shane" Phillips, but it must have had a great deal to do with the music that we both enjoy so much. We had a rock band together, and it was a really good one; to the extent that 45 years ago, our band SKIE tied for the Battle of the Bands on Lakewood Day, 1970, down in Lakewood Park. No one could sing lead like Mark could. Both Mark's dad, and my own, were highly skilled musicians, so their expectations for both of us were always very high. They continually backed us with support, and with good equipment too.

When we came of age, the Vietnam War was in full swing. While I went off to college, Mark received his post-high school lessons in the jungles over there. Even then, he often entertained the troops; sometimes while they were under sniper fire. I'll let him tell you about those days if you want to ask him. Suffice to say that they were really tough ones. I met him at the airport when he came home from the army, and we left together for Florida immediately. I learned one thing about Vietnam vets very quickly: You do not wake them up suddenly. I apparently startled him one morning and, had he not quickly realized where he was, I could have been in for an adventure.

After he came home from Vietnam, Mark had changed in many ways. Oh sure, he tried to be the same old Mark, at least for awhile, but he was experiencing an uphill battle indeed. He took on the stage name "Shane", as he and his dad had always enjoyed the movie by that name, taken from the book by former Lakewood resident and author, Jack Schaefer. Indeed, much like the character in that movie, Mark "Shane" Phillips took many years, and endured many trials of life, in order to adjust to his post-Vietnam life. On his return from that country, he had also resolved to being a professional singer/songwriter/guitarist, and he's a really good one too. With half a dozen albums to his credit and many terrific original songs under his belt, his main audiences these days can be found at nursing and extended care facilities around the Greater Cleveland area, as well as at many area entertainment night spots. Shane can also be seen working as a solo artist on Bahama cruises, whenever the spirit moves him.  

Since we were teenagers, we've been as close as two brothers could ever hope to be. I met Mark shortly after one of his older brothers had passed away suddenly. Because of our common musical interests, we grew very close. Whenever Dad and I needed help around the house; whether to insulate a room, or to remove wallpaper, or whatever... we could count on him being around, and he was here this week too, when the big downstairs A/C unit failed. Amazing how few friends you can find to help out with that job, but between Mark and my dear next-door neighbor, we made short work of that replacement project. Amazing though, how Mark and I lifted that heavy unit shoulder-high into the dining room. See, there's this inner strength, when you are with a friend- that you can draw upon when you don't think you can really do something, and then you just go and flat-out do it. Mark and I felt like we had the world on our shoulders, and we virtually lifted it up, too!

So yes, this is indeed a long overdue thank-you, as well as an expression of friendship, to a great guy, a fine entertainer, musician, and an all-round great human being. You'll often see him perform around Lakewood and he still lives close by. He was here entertaining at the Garfield School emergency shelter when Hurricane Sandy hit, and he and I still get together to play our music from time to time. We even re-formed our old band to perform at Lakewood High School's Class of 1969's 40th reunion awhile back. Mark and I have also played for Senior Center activities, veteran's events, and many other special occasions.

Mark "Shane" Phillips has always been a true friend to me, as I hope, from the bottom of my heart, that I have also been the same for him. His heart has always been close to Lakewood, and his music continues to be close to all of us; keeping good time indeed to the pulse of this city.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Buckeye Beer Engine Gets The Taster Twins Going

Whether you're a die-hard beer aficionado or a tee-totaler, Buckeye Beer Engine on Madison Avenue is a place where both types of folks can enjoy themselves and come away happy and satisfied. Come in for either some frosty suds or a tasty meal (ideally, both!). When you enter the cheerful confines of Beer Engine, it is reminiscent of an old world Bier Stube. You are greeted by friendly staff who take a team approach to serving the variety of choices presented on the menu.

Looking for a place to eat after church with a few of our family members in tow, we took the recommendation of Beer Engine's staff member Liz, whose invitation we were delighted to accept. A specialty of their Sunday brunch is the Bloody Mary Bar--featuring all the ingredients necessary to create your own personalized spirited concoction. As always, the accommodating staff is ready, willing, and able to assist you in making the perfect combination. They are also happy to suggest one or more of the more than two dozen beers on draught.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Lakewood Arts Festival Awards Scholarship To 2015 LHS Graduate

The 2015 Lakewood Arts Festival Chairman of the Board Scholarship winner is Jacob Tristan Corder. The 2015 graduate of Lakewood High School plans to pursue a career in fashion with an emphasis in jewelry design. He will to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This decision came after weeks of careful deliberation as he was accepted into numerous prestigious art schools.

“Since my childhood, art has served as an outlet for me to explore myself and the world,” says Corder. “As I have grown, I have learned that art is the universal thread that connects us as a society, and with a knowledge of it, I can have a positive effect on history. My choice to pursue art is one in which I will learn more about myself, and more importantly, the world.“

Corder hopes to continuously grow and evolve as an artist, incorporating new ideas and media into his jewelry designs.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Cuyahoga County Update, Summer, 2015

Dear Friends,

Thanks for the opportunity to serve as your representative on County Council. I hope you are enjoying the summer. Unlike almost every other legislative body, the County Council does not take a summer recess. Action is continuing on a number of fronts. Here is a summary recent events.

Economic Development Plan

The County Council is currently considering the Year 5 update to the County’s Five-Year Economic Development Plan. The County is required by Charter to have a Five-Year Economic Development Plan and update it annually. The Executive is required to submit the plan to Council by June 1 of each year and the Council has 60 days to review it.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Why I Believe In Mayor Mike Summers

I served with Mike Summers during his eight years on the Lakewood Board of Education. Throughout our years of civic interaction, I have come to respect his integrity, his diligence and his ability to see the big picture. Mike studies the issues carefully.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

The Judge's Bench: Lakewood Mental Health Court

Mental illness is not an easy topic to discuss, but it has an impact on all of our lives. Sometimes directly, through a family member, friend or co-worker. Other times, you may experience it as a victim, when a person with mental illness commits a criminal offense such as theft, trespass or criminal damage.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

The Art Festival Book Sale

The Friends of Lakewood Public Library are some of the most dedicated people around. The amount of time and work they devote to helping the Library bring you spectacular entertainment and educational programing can be explained by their selfless, kind-hearted personalities, as well as a strong devotion to our spectacular community of Lakewood.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

80 Volunteers Gather To Paint Lakewood Resident's House

From left, Lakewood Mayor Mike Summers and John Neubert, owner of Neubert Painting, take a moment away from the action during Neubert Painting's 7th Annual Charity Paint Giveaway.

Eighty volunteers of Neubert Painting gathered on July 16 to paint a century home at 1356 Lakeland Avenue, free of charge, as part of their Annual Charity Paint Giveaway. 

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 4:30 PM, 07.21.2015

Lakewood Rec Offers Adult Sports For Fall Season

The Lakewood Rec Fall 2015 Adult Athletic Program Offers Something for You!

The Adult Athletic programs are set for the 2015 Fall season. The department is pleased to offer perennial favorites softball, kickball and flag football, as well as a new offering, tennis. These sports allow for both individuals and teams to participate in programs in a well-structured, competitive manner, all while engaging in activities that promote health and fitness.

Softball is offered on weekdays and on Sundays in the Fall. The leagues are both fun and social, and the varying divisions, based on the skills of teams, allow for competitive games. Get your friends together, and sign up today! All levels of play are welcome, and both co-ed and men's leagues will be formed. Play begins on September 8, 2015.

Fall kickball is a great way to get your friends, co-workers, neighbors and family all together at the same time! All teams are co-ed, so be sure to recruit both men and women. There will be high and low divisions, so don't worry if you aren't all that good, this is a fun league. All games are played on Thursday evenings, beginning September 10, 2015.

Flag football - it's like playing for the Browns, but without all of the injuries! Your friends will definitely want in on the action, so start recruiting now! This fun and social league runs for ten weeks, beginning September 8, 2015. There are two leagues: co-ed 6 on 6, which plays on Tuesday nights; and new this year, men's 7 on 7, which will play on Sunday mornings, beginning September 13, 2015. What better way to gear up for each Browns game than with your very own game of football?

Open gym format volleyball will be offered in the fall, beginning in early September. Check the website, www.lakewoodrecreation.com, for further details.

And new this fall, the Adult Athletic Department will be offering a tennis league. The league will run for five weeks, and is open to any skill level. Self-scheduled singles matches will be played on Lakewood courts; call Rick Wallenhorst at 216.529.4082 for more information.

The mission of the Lakewood Community Recreation and Education Department (CREC) is to provide safe and meaningful recreational and educational opportunities for kids and adults of all ages. The CREC Commission is the governing body of all athletic programs sponsored by the Lakewood Community Recreation and Education Department of the Board of Education. The Commission works with the Director of CREC in the determining rules, regulations, schedules, and other matters necessary to program operation.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 3:05 PM, 07.07.2015

Lakewood Summer Meltdown To Rock In Downtown Lakewood On Saturday

Come out and celebrate LakewoodAlive’s 6th Annual Lakewood Summer Meltdown on Saturday, July 11, from 4-10pm in Downtown Lakewood on Detroit between Elmwood and Marlowe. This year is going to be something really special.

The Meltdown sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled kicks-off at 4pm with the expanded Meltdown Street Festival with interactive activities and local street vendors that encourage you to take advantage of summer weather. 50+ stations will be jammed into the 3 blocks to keep you entertained till 7:30pm, 90 minutes longer than in the past years.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 3:05 PM, 07.07.2015

Hospital, Recreation & Land Development Interests Conflict

Over 400 documents posted on onelakewood.com and others recently uncovered, reveal that as early as August, 2013, Mayor Summers, Council President Madigan and Councilman Bullock, [who were all part of the Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA) “Select Committee,”] considered plans for a Family Health Campus at the hospital site along Detroit Ave with other developments behind it. 

By October 2103, the lead option considered was to “take down” Lakewood Hospital in favor of a “Family Heath Campus” with “potential development of additional health and wellness facilities or other attractive economic development elements.”   

The plans were so far along that in November, 2013, Tom Gable, LHA’s chairman told one member of City Council that LHA and the Clinic would be at City Council in January, 2014 to propose an FHC to replace the hospital.

RECREATION AGENDA INTERTWINED WITH HOSPITAL DEBATE

Public records reveal that in December, 2013, Summers and Madigan supported a proposal to create a Recreation Task Force. Shortly after that, on February 18, 2014, at a Lakewood Board of Education meeting, Summers discussed a recreation center being built on the Lakewood Hospital site. By April, 2014, Summers and City Council made appointments to the Recreation Task Force. 

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 3:05 PM, 07.07.2015

State Representative, Moms Clean Air Force And Blue Green Alliance Call For Regulations On Industrial Methane Emissions

Representative Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) discusses how Ohioans would benefit from national policies that clean up industrial methane pollution for the oil and natural gas industry.

“Industrial methane pollution is a significant threat to public health and the environment,” said Rep. Nickie Antonio. “We are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue strong federal standards to cut methane and other harmful pollution to protect our citizens and create a stable environment.”

Methane pollution occurs as the result of leaks and venting from oil and natural gas wells, pipelines, tanks and other equipment. These leaks cost billions of dollars every year, and waste the amount of gas it takes to power nearly 6 million homes. In Ohio, emissions data suggests oil and natural gas produced in the state wasted over 7,500 metric tons of methane in 2013.

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LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Friday, July 10
LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series - Drumplay

LakewoodAlive, in collaboration with Lakewood Public Library and Vance Music Studios, is proud to announce the 6th Annual Front Porch Concert Series. Held on the Library's Front Porch, these concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy fantastic music with friends and neighbors in the heart of Downtown Lakewood. For the full line-up of acts, visit www.LakewoodFrontPorchConcerts.com.
7:00 p.m. on the Front Porch of the Main Library

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 3:05 PM, 07.07.2015

The Escape Artistry Of Ron Price

Looking for a cool escape from the heat this summer? Well, there’s no better refuge than the Lakewood Public Library, where the astounding escape artist Ron Price will be performing on Friday, July 10th. Ron Price is one of Ohio’s leading escape artists, blending both comedy and magic into his shows. You will be riveted by his ability to escape from just about anything all the while laughing at his hilarious comedy. Wrap him in chains, ropes, mail bags and strait jackets, it doesn’t matter. He can escape from anything. By the end, you’ll be saying “Houdini who?”

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Give A Dog A Bone - Read To Them

Dogs, large and small, are waiting for kids to read to them at the library.

Hey kids, are you having a “ruff” time keeping up on your reading this summer? Then come to Lakewood Public Library where therapy dogs can help you bone up on your reading skills. We welcome beginner readers to join us Saturdays, July 11 and August 8 for Tail Waggin’ Tutors, a program for school-age children to enjoy reading books to our fabulous four-legged friends.

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'Dog Night' At Lakewood Park

The pet-friendly, midsummer outdoor worship series offered by the PLUM (Presbyterian, Lutheran, United Methodist) congregations of southwest Lakewood kicks off Wednesday, July 8, with “Dog Night” at the gazebo in Lakewood Park.

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Tampa Punk Bob Suren At My Mind's Eye

Bob Suren, author of "Crate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records" will be reading from the book and talking at My Mind's Eye on July 16. The reading will begin at 7 p.m. and is free. "Bob's been involved with stuff for a long time," says Charles, owner of My Mind's Eye. "Playing in bands, releasing stuff on his label, writing, all kinds of things." It promises to be an interesting time of recollections and stories all about punk.

My Mind's Eye is located at 16010 Detroit Avenue.

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Lakewood Democratic Club Annual Summer Supper And Fundraiser

Club officers Grant MacKay, Gayle Wellman, Karolyn Isenhart, JT Nueffer and Democrat of the Year, Gregory Mahoney.

The Lakewood Democratic Club is preparing for its Annual Summer Supper to be held at the Gardens at the Clifton Club, 17884 Lake Rd. in Lakewood. The event will be on Wednesday, July 22nd from 6-9 p.m. For over forty years, the Lakewood Democratic Club has supported the ideals of the Democratic Party by providing energizing speakers at every meeting including our elected leaders from State, Federal, County and City government, nonpartisan groups such as Policy Matters Ohio, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, AFL-CIO and Mr. PG Sittenfeld, Candidate for US Senate. The funds raised from this annual event supports the efforts for the upcoming election and club operations for 2016. 

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Help Make Our World A Friendlier Place!

Make a friend from another country by welcoming a high school student from France into your home to share your daily life. It's a way for you and your family to create a lifelong friendship and influence the way someone from another country thinks about America and Americans for the rest of his or her life. The group of French teenagers, 14 to 18 years old, will be visiting us for twenty days from August 1st to August 20th. One would really like to get to know you!

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Undocumented Children And Father's Day

As a minister I have always enjoyed celebrating those folks who function as caretakers and servants of our youngest generation. From naming the role of the Divine as eternal parent from the pulpit, to lifting up in liturgy the roles of the mothers and fathers in our midst, the affirmation of those who give of themselves that our youth may be raised in love and compassion is of the utmost importance. These roles take on a new depth to me this Father’s Day since in the past month I have had the joy to have new life within our household. I affirm the sanctity of those who are willing to give so much so that those whom they love and care for lack nothing.

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