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H2O Named Pillar In The Community

H2O's Amy Chodzin, Emmie Hutchison, and Lynn Foran with RMH Executive Director Craig Wilson, Family Services Director Alisa Powell, and Board President Matt Greene.

The City of Lakewood H2O (Help to Others) program was presented the Pillar of the House Award on April 13, 2016, at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland (RMH).

Each year the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland presents its most distinguished award to companies, groups, and individuals who have given quietly, generously, consistently, and thoughtfully to the RMH on a long-term basis. The award recognizes the commitment and constant support provided by community partners to help sustain the mission of RMH.

Throughout the school year, H2O cooks a monthly meal for the 55 families who stay at the House. The students also engage in activities with the children. During the summer, middle school-aged students participating in the H2O Summer Service Camp visit the House and help with meals, chores, and activities.

“When other volunteer groups take the summer off, H2O is here a total of 16 times,” says RMH Executive Director Craig Wilson. “We could not provide the home-like setting our families need without the tireless support of groups like H2O.”

The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland also honored Alpha Delta Pi chapters at Ashland University and University of Mount Union and Cleveland’s Suburban Press.

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Latest News Releases

Fall Leaf Collection To Begin on Monday, November 2nd
- City Hall, October 26, 2015 Read More
Mayor, City Council Invite Citizens to Share Ideas for Lakewood’s Downtown Development
- City Hall, August 13, 2015 Read More
Lakewood Catholic Academy to Serve as Grand Marshal of the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade
- City Hall, June 11, 2015 Read More
Pedestrian-Friendly, High-Tech Crossing Device Coming to Manor Park, Detroit Avenue Intersection
- City Hall, April 1, 2015 Read More
City Hires Thompson Hine LLP To Advise On Hospital Issue
- City Hall, March 31, 2015 Read More

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Celebrate Spring With Earth Day And The Great American Cleanup And Keep Lakewood Beautiful

Sunshine and spring have finally arrived here in Lakewood, Ohio and the Keep Lakewood Beautiful organization is celebrating this time of year with its Annual Earth Day and Great American Cleanup on April 30th from 9-11am beginning at City Center Park at the intersection of Cook and Detroit Aves. Come one or come all, and help spruce up the downtown Detroit Ave. commercial district. Learn from arborists, and then we will: plant a tree in observance of Arbor Day in City Center Park, plant flowers, and mulch trees and large planters. Meet at City Center Park, at the intersection of Cook & Detroit Avenues. For more information or optional pre-registration see:http://www.onelakewood.com/KLB Or call 529-6601.

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Bad Government 4: Mayor And Law Director Misrepresent Ownership Of City Assets To Continue Cover Up

Mayor Summers, as the top city executive, directs Law Director Kevin Butler as the city’s lawyer. For nearly a year now, Summers and Butler have been fighting against Lakewood citizens in a lawsuit that seeks, among other things, accountability for Summers abusing his corporate powers and his participation in a fraud upon the city while acting on behalf of Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA). Last year Butler and City Council used the lawsuit as an excuse to conduct secret executive sessions to hide the terms and reasons for the “Master Agreement” until shortly before it was approved by City Council.

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WordStage Literary Concerts presents "An Entertainment at the Court of the Sun King"

Louis XIV at Versailles

WordStage Literary Concerts Presents: An Entertainment at the Court of the Sun King on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

The Wright Chapel Series at the Lakewood Presbyterian Church – 14702 Detroit Ave. at Marlowe in Downtown Lakewood.

The early personal reign of Louis was highly successful in both internal and foreign affairs. He advanced the idea of glorifying the monarch and monarchy through the arts. Louis was a discriminating patron of the great literary and artistic figures of France’s classical age, including Jean Baptiste Poquelin, who took the “nom de plume” of Molière. He is credited with the creation of French High Comedy, and the genius of his plays lay in exposing the hypocrisies and follies of his society through satire. Under royal patronage his troupe, performing at the Palais Royal, enjoyed continuous success until his death.

WordStage Literary Concerts has adapted Moliere’s scintillating satire on the manners and mores of his time in his one-act play “The Pretentious Young Ladies.”

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No Helen Keller Could Ask For More: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 23

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. 

ITEM - Every Fruit In The World - self-released - 8 songs - Download

I don't know much about this band, but I do know that they apparently recorded this at Mahall's, which makes it very local to Lakewood. They have a very indie rock/alternative rock sound, with elements of psychedelia and post-rock in there too. The first song, "Hispania" takes a while to get going, but is a pretty enjoyable song once it does. "I Know Your Name" was a solid indie rock song, catchy enough to be a radio hit, even. "Every Fruit In The World" works good as a closing track, with a nice psychedelic feel that's kind of 60s-sounding, except with very modern production (take that as you will), and holds your interest throughout the length of the song. That's my major issue with this, and most bands of a "psychedelic" or "experimental" nature (most, not all): the songs would be better if they weren't so long. Now, that's not to say that songs shouldn't ever go above 3 and a half minutes or anything, and as I mentioned, the title track does it well, but for 8 songs to take over 40 minutes? It's a wee bit excessive. Anyway. My favorites here were "A Fantastic Waste Of Time," because you can't go wrong with a title like that, "Nothing Is The Way," and "Muscles," which had an '80s post-punk-ish feel to it, probably because the guitar playing reminded me of The Cure, in a way. Solid indie rock with some eccentricity to it. 3.5/5

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Sweepyheads - Seriously Losing It - self-released - 4 songs - CD, download

This is the second (to the best of my knowledge) release from this band, following their previous full-length "I Don't Get It" with this 4-song EP. It starts off with "Nothing Left," which is a super catchy garage rock number. Something about it reminds me of The Replacements, or, say, a cleaner and less-messy Nirvana, though I can't place what it is. Also, it's a shame I can't tell you what the chorus (or, at least, the bit with the song title in it) is, as this is a family paper, but it's pretty good. Following that is "Superficial," which continues to prove that they have the neo-garage rock sound down pat. "Can't Help You" comes next, and it's a pounding straightforward rocker, also very catchy. After that, it's "Either Way," another great garage rocker with this chorus-y jam section closing out the song. It's probably my favorite one here, tied with "Nothing Left." And that's it! Four songs and we're out. A short and sweet rock and roll release. 4/5

sweepyheads.bandcamp.com for the download, try them on Facebook or at one of their shows for the CD

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LHS Academic Challenge Team Is Regional Runner Up

The Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team finished second to host Solon in a 17-team regional tournament held April 16. As runner-up, LHS advances to the competition's state finals May 7 in Columbus. There are six Ohio regions for this competition and the top two from each region advance to the finals. 

Representing LHS at the state tournament will be seniors, Robby Fehrenbach (captain), Jon Pizzo, Alex Grunder, Fox Milenski, Zeke Dalisky, and juniors Ian Bell and Evan Suttell. Having already been invited to the National Tournament in Washington, D.C. in early June due to the team's undefeated regular season competitions in the 10-team Southwest Conference, LHS continues to be a significant force wherever they compete, said adviser Robert Sedlak. 

To make the trip to the National Tournament, the team will need to raise approximately $2,500 in addition to the $1,000 donation it has received from the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation. If you would like to help contribute to the trip fund, please send a check to Lakewood High School Academic Challenge, c/o Robert Sedlak, 14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood, OH 44107.

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Emergency Care? With Some Exceptions

Following recent questions about the limits of Lakewood’s freestanding emergency department in the Observer and at a recent City Council meeting, the Cleveland Clinic has scrambled to attempt community reassurance.

Advocates for Lakewood Hospital have drawn attention to a statement at the Clinic’s own web site, posted barely a year ago, advising that “Some situations are clearly an emergency: A heart attack, fall off a ladder, serious kitchen burn or bone break. You know to call 9-1-1 and to get your loved one to the nearest hospital,” i.e. a full hospital and not a freestanding emergency department.

Apparently both Lakewood City Council members and the Clinic are reluctant to directly confront the limitations of care without a hospital. In a full-page ad in the April 13 Observer, the Clinic touted “full-service emergency care” in Lakewood, “always close to home.”

Unfortunately, this and the rest of the Clinic’s advertising about services in Lakewood is mostly an exercise in misdirection. Given that there is no fixed definition of “emergency department,” the claim of “full-service” emergency care is largely meaningless.

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Presidential Candidates Must Outline Clear Budget Priorities

In less than a year, a new president will be inaugurated. The voters of Ohio will have a major role to play in determining who occupies that office. 

Choosing a candidate for President should involve moving beyond rhetoric to an evaluation of concrete plans. The best clue for assessing what the President will actually do once he or she is in the White House is the kind of budget they plan to submit to Congress. What are their priorities, and how do they plan to pay for them?

One central component of any budget proposal will involve how much to spend on defending the nation. A number of candidates have called for sharp increases in the Pentagon budget, arguing that our military has “hollowed out” over the past eight years due to a lack of adequate funding.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

The United States spends more on its military than the next fourteen countries in the world combined, many of which are U.S. allies. And President Obama has allocated more to the Pentagon than President George W. Bush did in his two terms in office.

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LWV Presents Land And Water Forum On West Side

The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland will present a free forum on stormwater management on Monday May 2, 2016 at 7p.m., at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake. Ms. Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, Deputy Director of Watershed Programs, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NORSD), will speak on "Land and Water: Fixing Combined Sewers and Managing Stormwater for Clean and Abundant Fresh Water."

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Children’s Games And Crafts 100 Years Ago

Lincoln Logs were invented in 1916 but are still a popular pastime with children today.

Give your kids a break from today’s technology and come to Lakewood Public Library for some good old-fashioned fun and games. In celebration of the Library’s 100th birthday this spring the Main Library presents two back-to-basics programs for students in first through fifth grade – Games Children Played 100 Years Ago and Crafts Children Created 100 Years Ago.

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95 Lake Luxury Ecohomes Offer Modern Design And Lakefront Living In The Heart of Cleveland

A new ten-residence luxury townhome community is set to break ground on Lake Avenue, in the historic Edgewater Neighborhood. 95 Lake is a collaboration of developer, Andrew Brickman of Brickhaus Partners and architect Scott Dimit. It is the newest addition to a Brickhaus portfolio that includes other award-winning communities like 27 Coltman in Little Italy, Clifton Pointe in Lakewood, RiverSouth in Fairview Park and perhaps the most iconic community in Cleveland (where "Draft Day" was filmed), Eleven River along the banks of the Rocky River.

The official groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 28 - 5:30pm at the site of the former St. Thomas Lutheran Church on Lake Avenue. Honorable attendees will include Mayor Frank Jackson; Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone and Cudell Improvement Executive Director, Anita Brindza. Councilman Zone and Ms. Brindza Zone were both instrumental in shepherding this project through the zoning process.

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Dragon Sightings In Lakewood

Master puppeteer, Nancy Sander of Puppets with Pizazz.

Dragons are invading western Lakewood!

Nancy Sander, of Puppets With Pizazz, will be performing "The Reluctant Dragons" for families of the area. Sander, a master puppeteer from Lakewood, will present this full-length puppet presentation at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1569 Rosewood Avenue (corner of Hilliard and Madison), on Saturday, April 30th, at 2 p.m. Anyone who has seen a Pizazz production can attest to the fun-filled family-oriented show where the children help little Rory Dragon fulfill his dreams of being a fire spittin' dragon.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Anyone wearing a scout uniform, or attending as part of a scout troop, will receive $1 discount.

Sander has received an Emmy Award for her work with WKYC-TV's children's show, "Hickory Hideout," where she played Nutso P. Squirrely, Smelly Bob, and Know-It-Owl. She has been known as The Puppet Lady of Ohio for over thirty-five years and has received both the Stevens Award Of Excellence and the Latshaw Award for Writing in The Field of Puppetry from Puppeteers of America.

For more information, call the church at 216-228-6060 or Nancy Sander at 216-521-7301.

www.puppetswithpizazz.com

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Gallery Exhibits Highlight 100 Years At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Public Library is celebrating its hundredth birthday on May 19, 2016, and in honor of this milestone, the Library currently has on exhibit photographs and architectural drawings from the Library’s one hundred year history. View Detroit Avenue when it was covered with trolley tracks. Remember when a record player and LPs were state of the art. See a portrait of Lakewood’s first librarian, Roena Ingham. These items and more are on display now in the Main Library’s Second Floor Gallery and at the Madison Branch.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Saturday, April 30
"Insignificance" (1985) directed by Nicolas Roeg

She's not Marilyn Monroe, and he's not Albert Einstein. The actress has spent all night getting her skirt blown around. The professor is holed up in a hotel room being harassed by a Joseph McCarthy-like Senator (Tony Curtis). When the actress shows up, a touching friendship is formed. Reality intrudes in the form of a jealous ballplayer (Gary Busey).
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Home Selling Tips

Staging in the Spring

Any professional home stager will tell you that the basic principals remain the same throughout the year—keep things clean, clutter-free and colorful. But springtime has its own special set of rules. There are a number of things you can do both inside and out to take advantage of the beautiful weather:

-Add splashes of color to your porch with potted flowers. Larger pots filled with tulips or daisies and accented with greenery make a nice touch. By introducing seasonal colors to the outside, your home becomes very attractive to prospective home buyers.

-Bring spring colors into a home with accessories like throw pillows, area rugs, artwork, towels and bedspreads. If you change accessories, the whole house changes.

-Use decorative knickknacks that speak of spring, such as pears, eggs, and seashells. Add leafy patterns in fabrics and wicker. Use real leather and rusted metal as contrasts.

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Lakewood Public Library Board Of Trustees

The Lakewood Board of Education is accepting applications for appointment to the Lakewood Public Library Board of Trustees for the seven year term commencing September 12, 2016. Additional information concerning the duties and responsibilities of Library Trustees is availalbe at the Library's Web site: http://lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/trustee/pdf.  Interested candidates should direct a letter of interest and qualifications to the Superintendent of Schools by May 16, 2016.

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Democratic Lawmakers Announce State Support For Key Community Projects

Capital budget bill to allocate funds for economic, cultural improvements

House Minority Whip Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) today announced several important community projects will receive state support through the recently introduced capital budget. The Variety Theatre, the Lake Link Trail and Wendy Park, and the Irish Town Bend are some of the major projects in the Lakewood area expected to receive state funds.

“We will continue the hard work of securing resources that add to the economic health and well-being of our district,” said Antonio. “It is an honor to be a part of this capital budget process, and I will continue to insist that these funds stay committed to necessary projects that ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for the region.”

The capital budget bill currently includes $1.65 million to finance hard construction and demolition costs to transform the Variety Theatre into a new town center for the Westown neighborhood in Cleveland. In addition, a new $1 million bridge will link the 1.3 mile urban multi-purpose path Lake Link Trail to Wendy Park thanks to state funds, creating lakefront access to the residents of Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas counties. The Irish Town bend is also slated to receive $2.5 million to install steel reinforcement bulkheads.

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Lakewood Residents Invited To Honor Loved Ones While Helping Hospice Families

Leon Bibb of TV 5 is this year's Master of Ceremonies at Walk to Remember.  

Lakewood residents are invited to invited to gather family and friends to walk  in memory of loved ones while raising funds for hospice patients and families. Registration is now open for Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2016 Walk to Remember, sponsored by FirstMerit Bank. Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Leon Bibb of WEWS-TV, Channel 5 is this year’s Master of Ceremonies.

Now in its fifth year, the event takes place Sunday, June 12, 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland. (Gates open at 7:30 a.m.) Registration is available online at hospicewr.org/walk or by calling 216.383.3715. Admission includes a full day at the Zoo and Rainforest, T-shirts, entertainment and much more. The cost is $25 Adult; $12 Children; Family $65 (includes two adults and three children under age 12). Ages 3 and under are free.

More than 3,000 participants are expected to honor the memory of their loved ones while raising funds for services provided by the nonprofit agency that are not fully covered by Medicare and private insurance. These include pediatric hospice and palliative care, patient “day to remember” life enrichment experiences, art and music therapy, grief and trauma support in local schools and much more.

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Take A Walk With Two Long-Time Greater Cleveland Habitat Volunteers

Reverand John Evans and wife Mary at one of the early walks.

Reverend John and his wife Mary would like to invite you to take a walk with them…

Reverend John and his wife Mary Evans would like to invite you to take a walk with them. They are ages 95 and 86; we dare you to say no. Join the Evans’ on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Edgewater Park for the HABI-Dash 5K Walk as they fundraise for Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity for the 15th year in row.

“When we are helping others is when we are the happiest,” states Mary Evans, in reference to their over twenty-one years and thousands of hours of service to Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. Even though the Evans’ have had to slow down in the past two years, they can still be found on a Wednesday eating at the construction site with the volunteer crews, attending house blessings, dedications and helping to fundraise. “What is so special to us is that Greater Cleveland Habitat’s programs give Partner Families a hand up, not a hand-out. They (the family purchasing the home) are required to put in sweat equity time and make monthly mortgage payments,” states Reverend Evans. Mary adds, “There is nothing like seeing the Partner Family receive the key for their home that so many people worked so hard on; there is not a dry eye in the place.”

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Historical Society Sale On The Grounds

Members of the Lakewood Historical Society have been busy preparing for their annual public sale.  The 29th annual Sale on the Grounds is May 6, 7, 8.   Is it an antiques and collectibles shop? A vintage clothing and jewelry store? An estate sale? An art gallery? A garage sale? Sale on the Grounds is all of the above!

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Keep Lakewood Beautiful Presents Beautiful Homes To Council

Council President, and Ward II Councilman Sam O’Leary called the April 18, 2016 Council meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. The first order of business was to excuse the absence of Councilman Ryan Nowlin (At-Large) who was still absent do to family illness. Council did so.

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“To Be Healthy As A Whole, Mental Wellness Plays A Role”

We all have physical and mental health. For some of us, due to genetics, biological make up, trauma, or life triggers, our mental and emotional health can alter or develop into a mental illness. According to the World Health Organization, mental health is defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community". One in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family and can do something to help others (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

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ZOOM! Lakewood Adventure Guides Hold Pinewood Derby

The Lakewood YMCA Adventure Guides - Lake Trail Nation held their annual Pinewood Derby on April 9, 2016. It was quite exciting as the cars raced down the track, some achieving speeds of over 200 mph! The winners of the 2016 Derby were: 1st place: Eliza Bala, 2nd place: Luke George and 3rd place: Luke George. In addition, prizes were awarded for best paint job, sportiest, most artistic, most intimidating, people's choice, fastest time and safest driver.

In the Pinewood Derby, children build cars from kits that contain a block of wood with wheels. The parent and child then design and cut the shape, place weights, and paint the car. Cars are raced down a track powered only by gravity, and winners are awarded trophies. In Adventure Guides dozens of children race as a part of our Derby Day, which also features a lunch and finals for the cars with the top speeds in their age group.

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CCLAS “Hair Of The Dog” Happy Hour Set For May 19; Tickets On Sale, Silent Auction Items Needed

Charlie is one of hundreds of animals helped by CCLAS. He recently celebrated his 10th "Adoptaversary" in his loving Lakewood home. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a fun evening filled with appetizers, open bar, DJ music and the BEST silent auction in town – all while helping Lakewood’s sick, injured and abandoned animals!

Citizens Committee for a Lakewood Animal Shelter (CCLAS) is proudly hosting its 12th Annual Hair of the Dog Happy Hour and Silent Auction on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 at Around the Corner in Lakewood. As always, 100% of the proceeds will benefit animals in-need and allow us to continue their foster program and spay/neuter program.

WHERE: Around the Corner, 18616 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH

WHEN: Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Bidding ends around 7:30 p.m.)

ADMISSION: $25 per person in advance and $30 per person at the door (Please note: There are no paper tickets – those guests who purchase tickets online will simply check-in at the door.)

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High School Sports Round-Up

LHS Softball infielder Jackie Burdette slides home safely to score against North Olmsted.

NEW ERA FOR LHS SOFTBALL

It’s a new day for the Ranger softball team, as Head Coach Steve Moravcik has taken the reins of the team. Moravcik has extensive experience, with 40 years in the sport. He took over a young roster that included only two returning players from the 2015 season. Rain has impacted Moravcik’s debut season, causing numerous postponements in April. As a result, the team will be forced to play 18 games in 23 days during late April and early May.

Despite the challenges, the team is upbeat. Junior first baseman Courtney Moran sees “a lot of improvement” since the team started practicing weeks ago. The team has kept a good attitude, despite losing five of its first six games. Junior center fielder Hailey Owens says the team’s morale is due to friendship among the players. “Softball is a bond we all share,” she said.

There was one topic that all the players agreed on. They all hope to see more fans at their upcoming games. They have home games remaining against Midview (May 3rd; 4:30 p.m.) and North Ridgeville (Senior Night, May 4th; 7 p.m.). There is no admission charge for games, which are played at Harding Middle School.

LHS BASEBALL: UNEVEN START; LOOKING FORWARD TO MATCHUP WITH ST. EDWARD

The LHS baseball team had an up-and-down season through the first month. Like the softball team, they have been hit with many rainouts, adversely impacting their schedule. Despite this, they have stayed in the middle of the pack in the Southwest Conference, their new league.

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LEAF 7th Annual Heirloom Plant Sale

Join Lakewood Food and Earth Community on Saturday, May 7th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for the 7th Annual Heirloom Plant Sale. The event will take place at Lakewood Garden Center, 13230 Detroit Road. Vendors include:

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Morse Code And The Telegraph In Action At The Lakewood Public Library

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For school-age students in first through twelfth grade (parents/caregivers welcome).

The telegraph was one of the first technological inventions of the Industrial Age and it changed communication forever. Samuel Morse's "dot-dash" code used in the transmission of signals via electricity through long wires made instantaneous communication over long distances a reality. It put an end to the then-current methods of the pony express, carrier pigeon and more. In this hands-on program you will learn about the invention of the telegraph, Morse code, and the effect it had on communication 100 years ago. Then, you will build your own telegraph "beeper" and try your hand with communicating with each other using Morse code. Supplies are provided. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, please stop in, register online at www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

Monday, May 9 or Tuesday, May 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

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German Exchange Students Offer Rave Reviews

German exchange student Charlotte Hussing with her host student, Clara Florian.

Recently, nearly 30 German students descended on Lakewood to take part in an exchange with the Lakewood High German Department. The students were hosted by families of LHS students studying German. The group was in town for two weeks. In June, the LHS students will travel to Germany and stay for three weeks with the families of the students they hosted in Lakewood. By all accounts, the first half of the exchange was successful. The following journal entries from two of the German students attest to that:

From Lina Probst:

The longest minutes of our bus trip from Buffalo to Cleveland are the minutes right before we meet the families. Suddenly everyone is getting excited, the conversations become louder and louder. Trying to get us quiet the teachers shout ‘Calm down!’ Then the bus stops. No one wants to leave their seats. Noticing that someone has to go, Johanna Z. and I take our jackets. We jump out of the bus into cold, fresh air. Our luggage is already there and together we enter the building. Behind an automatic door made of glass many people are waiting. You can hear the sound of their conversations and laughter. I take a deep breath. Now it will start, the main part of the exchange: We will stay with different families for two weeks. We will go to the local high school. We will have many experiences. And for sure, we will have an unforgettable time. The thoughts in my mind are dancing, they are flying around like little insects. Before I stay here forever the door opens and our adventure begins…

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District Earns State Communication Awards

The Ohio School Public Relations Association (OHSPRA) recently recognized Lakewood City Schools with two Achievement Awards during its annual state Spring Conference in Columbus, Ohio, April 14-15.

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Pulitzer Prize Finalist Regina Brett To Appear At Lakewood Library

Her books are bestsellers in Poland. People around the world think she’s 90, even though she was born in 1956. She’s received numerous writing awards, often focusing on her compassion and empathy for the underdogs in life. She also loves libraries. This talented writer and very determined woman is Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Regina Brett, who will visit Lakewood Public Library on May 12 to offer inspiration and discuss her latest book, “God is Always Hiring: 50 Lessons for Finding Fulfilling Work.”

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Lakewood Teacher Presenting At National Conference

Jaime Chanter, Curriculum and Technology Teacher.

The Lakewood Teachers Association would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of one of its members. Jaime Chanter, elementary Curriculum and Technology Teacher (CaTT), has been chosen to present at the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) National Summer Conference in Colorado. Mrs. Chanter was asked to present at this prestigious conference after having presented twice at the Ohio Education Technology Conference in Columbus, OH and also at the Northeast Ohio Technology Conference at Kent State University. Most recently, Mrs. Chanter was accepted into the Raspberry Picademy. She was chosen out of over 400 applicants, and will be one of 50 trained educators in the US, 500 worldwide. All of this on top of being named one of the WVIZ/ideastream’s 2016 Innovative Educators.

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Join Middle School Writing Celebration

Please join Lakewood City Schools in helping celebrate the writing progress made this year by our middle school students, who followed the Columbia Writing Workshop curriculum for the first time this year. The celebration will take place on Tuesday, May 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Garfield Middle School cafeteria. Registration for the event is requested before April 29 at the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/LWn0nRokCe.

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LHS Presents "Into the Woods" May 5-7

Lakewood High School will present its spring musical, “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim, May 5-7 at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. Performances begin at 7:30 pm.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 3:24 PM, 04.26.2016

Dedication Dates Set For New Elementary Schools!

The long wait is nearly over! Please join the Lakewood City Schools in celebrating the opening of our new elementary schools at dedication ceremonies to be held in August. The dates are as follows:

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Celebrating 15 Years Of Fun, Fitness, And Shared Community Spirit

The start of spring is a welcome reminder that it’s time once again to gather our teams for the annual “Ambulance Chase 5K/1 Mile” event. This year’s race will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Lakewood Park and celebrates fifteen years of running, walking, wellness and community spirit.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Harding Mock Trial Teams Prep For State Competition

Judges for the playoff trials included Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose, Board members and local attorneys.

After three days of intense questioning and legal arguments in the Harding Middle School Mock Trial playoffs, final 7th and 8th grade teams emerged and are ready to head to Columbus on April 22 for the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase competition.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

First Step Taken Toward The Creation Of The New Health And Wellness Foundation

Council President and Ward II Councilman Sam O’Leary called the April 4, 2016 Council meeting to order at 7:38 P.M. All the members of Council were wearing some form of maroon in support of Councilman Nowlin’s sick daughter who would be getting a bone marrow transplant the next day. Councilman Nowlin was not at the meeting due to preparations for the transplant, so the first order of Council was to excuse his absence, which they did.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Local H&R Block Offices Pitch in Harvest For Hunger Campaign

Dan Norman, district general manager for H&R Block, is pleased to announce his offices’ involvement with the Harvest for Hunger Campaign. Just as taxpayers should consider their tax situation throughout the year, H&R Block’s associates also recognize charitable organizations need support all year long.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

SLAP Performs The Beatles’ Revolver

On Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2 p.m., SLAP will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles’ "Revolver" by performing the album in its entirety as one of our Sunday with the Friends programs.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Discover Beneath Cleveland

William Krejci, 39, was born and raised in Avon Lake Ohio. He is a talented musician, bartender and park ranger at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Put-In-Bay. His curiosity and interest in history led him to investigate libraries and newspapers looking for the names of the two sailors buried somewhere in Avon Lake Shore Cemetery under the marker, “Unknown Seaman.”

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

LPL Calendar Of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, April 14
Meet the Author - "The Gentlewoman" by Lisa Durkin

Three years after almost being murdered by her husband, Rory Morgan becomes a U.S. congresswoman. In DC, she is pursued by Congressman Dorn, a rich playboy with an ulterior motive. Their explosive affair endangers everything when it stirs up a threat from her past. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Police Blotter: No April Foolin'

On the night of March 31, 2016, the proverbial midnight knock on the door jolted me out of my nocturnal reverie. Since I wasn't expecting anyone, I didn't answer (See Elaine St. James' "Living the Simple Life"). 

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Greetings From Cleveland--It's Gonna Be A Riot

In the not so distinguished tradition of Donald Trump, I've capitalized on a a money-making idea that seems to simultaneously anger some and intrigue and amuse others. Based on the unwavering and instantaneous selling out of every 2016 RNC "Greetings From Cleveland--It's Gonna Be A Riot" t-shirt I am able to print, and the passionate exchange of thoughts on the subject matter--I know I have a hit! Within a few days of its release we have sold several hundred shirts and it is only the beginning of April! With two more months of hype ahead of us before the RNC rolls into town this should only get better. 

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Lakewood Students Support LCAC's Spring Cleaning Event

Garfield students get into the spirit of giving!

If you think kids aren’t into cleaning, think again! This year, students at Garfield Middle School and Emerson Elementary School have joined forces to support Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation’s Spring Cleaning Drive. 

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Rotary Honors Speech, Music, Visual Arts Contest Winners

Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River Four-Way Test Speech Contest winners were honored at the Beck Center for the Arts on March 21. From left: Steven Webber, third place; Kerrigan Hall, first place; Breanna Redden, fourth place; and Elizabeth Pearlman, second place.

Winners of Rotary’s annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony March 21 at the Beck Center for the Arts.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Swim-A-Thon Benefits Two Organizations

Girls with Sole and the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River were the beneficiaries of support from the sixth annual Swim-a-Thon held on March 13 at the Rocky River Recreation Center pools.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Our Gift To The Community

The Madison Branch of the Lakewood Library is a neighborhood branch located in Lakewood’s Birdtown area. The Madison is a warm and comfortable place to visit; our building is all one floor, making it great for people with mobility limitations. We have a small staff so there is always a familiar face to assist you.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Rotary Foundation Awards Over $56,000 In Grants

Over $56,000 in grants from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries for third graders, and help fund worthy programs by community organizations.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

From Beck Center To Professional Stage: Lakewood Actress To Star In Dobama Theater's "Marie Antoinette"

Kolis as Catherine in Clague Playhouse's production of "Proof." 

Lakewood resident Rachel Lee Kolis will play the role of Therese de Lambelle in Dobama Theatre’s upcoming production of “Marie Antoinette,” which will run from April 22 to May 22. This is the latest in a string of successful roles for Kolis. Earlier this year she received a Best Actress Award for her performance as Stella in Mamai Theatre’s “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and last year she won the Superior Achievement Award from the Cleveland Critic’s Circle for her performance as Brandy in Theatre Ninja’s production of “Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys.”

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Beck Center Presents "Shining City" And "Princess Scargo" This April

Photo Credit: Kathy Sandham

Beck Center began the month of April in the Studio Theater with the thrilling regional premiere of "Shining City." Critics agree this production is “Broadway worthy” (AXS.com) and “Director Bernadette Clemens skillfully handles this wonderful play and its superb actors” (Cleveland.com). Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays now through May 1. Save $2 off each adult/senior ticket with promo code: GHOST.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016