Children begin to categorize people based on race, gender and social status at a very young age to make sense of the world around them. Parents may not feel comfortable talking to their child about social justice in public situations or know where to start. Reading books about tolerance and diversity is a perfect way to start this conversation. Social Justice Storytime is a 45 minute program that features age-appropriate books with a social justice theme and includes a discussion time and related craft. This program will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose room. This a drop-ion program for all ages, so no registration is required.
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Spring inches ever closer, which means there is a bouquet of art programs at the Lakewood Public Library for students to choose from. Take a break and come on down to the Lakewood Public Library for some creative inspiration.
Looking for summer employment where you will be outside?
Please consider joining the Lakewood Art League! Now is our membership drive for 2019. We meet the third Thursday of the month. Come to our first meeting to kick off 2019 on Thurs Feb 21st from 7 to 8:30pm at our beautiful new space in the Café of Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Ave!
The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Foundation is offering grants for study in any accredited post-high school educational institution. Four grants of $3,000 will be awarded toward the cost of one year’s tuition.
Lakewood Public Library will be hosting the exhibit "Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices," in partnership with the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Lakewood Public Library. Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices acknowledges the unique experiences of immigrants in our community using an interactive exhibit that includes creative writing tools and activities, and engages a dialogue through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry. The exhibit is open to visitors from March 1 through April 30, 2019 in the Main Library Second Floor Gallery, with supporting programs throughout the spring and summer. Madison Branch will have a smaller scale interactive component as well.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Presentation: Person-first Language and Disability Legislation
Presentation by Disability Rights Ohio
Since the landmark signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, certain rights for people with disabilities have been protected by law. Three decades later, the struggle for equality is ongoing. A representative from Disability Rights Ohio will share the latest developments in legislation and its impact on everyday living for people with disabilities.
Main Library Auditorium
Explore Chinese poetry and culture in a four-week course led by Professor Shunqin Li. Concentrating on poetry from the Tang Dynasty, this poetry series will open a window to Chinese culture through song, language and artistic expression.
All winter long, the Friends of Lakewood Library have been moving, sorting, stacking and organizing thousands of donations to prepare for the Friends of Lakewood Library Spring Book Sale on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood is proud to be offering its 2019 scholarship program to graduating high school seniors. The club’s foundation will award eight $10,000 scholarships, $2500 per year for 4 years each. Edward Hadaway, Kiwanis scholarship committee chairman said “ eligible applicants can be students at any high school, but must be a resident of Lakewood. They must demonstrate academic success in high school and must have applied to one or more specific college or university. Winners will be chosen based on need for financial assistance; community involvement and service; the qualities of leadership, honesty, loyalty,diligence and participation in extracurricular activities.” Applications and contact information is online at Lakewood Kiwanis. Please submit by April 1, 2019. Kiwanis serving Lakewood youth.
Tickets are now on sale for the highly anticipated Lakewood event, Women Honoring Women. It will take place on May 16, 2019 at Georgetown/Vosh beginning at 6pm.
The “Inspire Your Heart with Art” program, recently held at the Lakewood Public Library, brought a group of children together to listen to a story, write a poem, and complete two different heart art projects. Here they are shown proudly displaying an art project where flowers were created from paper cupcake liners.
Lakewood LEGO® League
Immigrant Voices Story Time: What is an immigrant? An Immigrant is a person who moves to a country from somewhere else. The great thing about our country is that it is made up mostly of immigrants. Some came here from a few generations ago, while others are just arriving. Because reading books about immigration is a perfect way to learn about new Americans, we’re going to read stories about different types of immigrant experiences. This forty five minute story time features age-appropriate books with an immigration theme and includes a related craft. This drop-in program for all ages will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose room. No registration is required.
Have You Heard About That Monkey Place? No More Monkeys Enrichment Is A Family Fun Zone Now Open In Lakewood
What is No More Monkeys?
Mr. California & The State Police - The State Police Featuring Members Of Mr. California - self-released? - 21 songs - cassette
Congratulations to Lakewood High senior and soccer All-American Malvin Gblah on winning the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards' Male High School Athlete of the Year honor! Malvin was one of three finalists for the award, which was given at a ceremony hosted by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission on February 7. Malvin's accolades, in addition to his All-America award earned earlier this year, include:
The Lakewood City Schools Open Enrollment period for the 2019-2020 school year will begin on March 1, 2019 and continue until March 31, 2019. An online form will be available on this District website (www.lakewoodcityschools.org) beginning the morning of March 1, 2019. Notification of Open Enrollment status will be as follows: The first round of decisions will occur in June. Second-round decisions will occur in August. Kindergarten decisions will not be made until August. If you have any questions regarding Open Enrollment, please call 216-529-4203.
On Thursday, February 28 from 6-7:30 pm, Lakewood High School will host the LHS Showcase. The event is designed to share with the community all the opportunities available to an LHS student, from the abundance of extracurricular activities, to the wide range of curricular options such as Advanced Placement, College Credit Plus, and career-tech classes. The evening will also include a session for parents of incoming freshmen to talk about scheduling and a session for parents of non-public students interested in LHS. Visit the District website at www.lakewoodcityschools.org for more details.
Michael Jackson, Barack Obama, Josephine Baker, Garret Morgan – these are just some of the names honored as part of Harrison Elementary School’s Black History Museum, created to celebrate Black History Month. Harrison staff members were looking to do something extra special this year for the month of February and came up with the idea of transforming the entire school into a museum.
LakewoodAlive has teamed with Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) to offer free tax preparation and filing to working low-income families and individuals on Saturday, March 2. “Super Saturday” takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harrison Elementary School in Lakewood’s Historic Birdtown Neighborhood (2080 Quail Street).
Your home is your most important investment. There’s no better time than now to take proper care of it, and LakewoodAlive is here to help you every step of the way.
A side note: I’d mentioned in one of my earlier dispatches that I hate River City and all of its orthodontured, boat-obsessed, inhabitants. When the storm-era began, you’d see groups of concerned River City folks standing on their lakeshore or sitting on one of their many boats, empathetically watching as one storm after another slammed into Rockport. Eventually, River City's mayor figured that he could make a buck out of Rockport's misfortune. He installed picnic tables, concession stands, and port-a-johns at several safe viewing points. What a jerk! (end note).
Lakewood senior Tommy Sala hit a pair of clutch free throws with 1.5 seconds left to secure a 52-51 win on Senior Night. Sala scored the final six points of the game to help the Rangers overcome a 51-46 deficit with 2:25 left in the game. The nonconference win over Bay lifts Lakewood’s record to 14-6 on the season. The game was preceded by a ceremony honoring the team’s nine seniors: Shannon Cotto, Christian Marcano, Derek Walker, Tim Smith, Zion Kolodynski-Darby, Tommy Sala, Dominic Wahba, Alex Bransteter, and Delvaun Phillips. This group has gone 36-9 over the past two seasons, and was key to last year’s conference championship.
The Lakewood boys basketball team rolled to a 72-50 win over Westlake on Tuesday night at LHS. The victory lifts the Rangers’ record to 12-6 on the season. Senior Tommy Sala led Lakewood with 19 points.
No rules limit campaign donations to candidates for local office, in Lakewood. City Council member Tristan Rader (at-large) wants to change that.
At the January 22 council meeting, Rader introduced proposals for local campaign finance limits, and for a new commission to police campaign finance and other government ethics issues.
“This is a proposal that is intended to look forward, and ensure that local government remains responsive to people, not big donors,” Rader said.
Rader’s proposal would limit donations to local campaigns—currently subject to no limits—at the federal campaign contribution limit of $2,700. Additionally, Rader proposes an embryonic public-financing component. Based on a state tax provision, this would earn small donations a local tax credit of up to $50 per year.
The proposal would also prohibit candidates for a local office from seeking or accepting funds from that office’s employees.
Every year, the Fraternal Order of Police Western Cuyahoga Lodge #25 reviews incidents that may warrant a Citizen of the Year Award. The award is not always given, however this case in 2018 was certainly deserving.
At about 4:00 a.m. on November 3, 2018, Joseph Presley was working as a driver for Kufner Towing. He called Lakewood Police to report an accident at W.117th Street and Clifton Blvd.
Presley added that the driver of one vehicle forcibly took a female from the accident. He turned his tow truck around and began to follow the pickup truck southbound on W.117th while he continued to speak with the Lakewood Police dispatcher.
The first officer to arrive on the scene of the accident verified that a pickup truck had intentionally struck the vehicle. Somebody then pulled the female driver out of her car and forced her into the pickup truck. Another female occupant was left in the car.
Presley continued to follow the suspect vehicle while giving Lakewood dispatchers information on his location. Lakewood officers were able to catch up to the pickup truck as it pulled into a parking lot near I-90. Two males in the truck were subsequently arrested for kidnapping. No weapons were found. The female was rescued and had suffered minor injuries from the accident but was otherwise OK.
Congratulations to the Lakewood High swimming and diving team for a successful Southwest Conference Championship Meet that included sophomore Sistina Simcox winning a conference title. Many other Ranger swimmers and divers placed in the top 12 to earn points for their team as well.
Sistina led the way for the Rangers with her championship swim of 56.80 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle. She was also runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle and was a member of two relay teams that finished in 5th and 7th place. Also making it on to the awards podium were senior diver Joe Toole (4th), sophomore Ethel Woodford (5th in 200-yard IM) and the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay (6th) of senior Wilson Reynolds, juniors Parker Polen, Connor Peppard-Kramer, and sophomore Mateo Bussert. The girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay finished 5th and included Sistina Simcox, Sophia Miranda, Ethel Woodford, and junior Alissa Leon.
Other individual point earners included senior divers Justin Crislip (8th), Sophie Sanders (12th), and junior diver Tru Smith (9th), freshman Sarah Donaldson (9th in 100-yard breaststroke), seniors Nina Zanghi (10th in 100-yard backstroke), Marisa Campbell (11th in 200-yard IM & 12th in 100-yard butterfly), Sophie Sanders (12th), juniors Parker Polen (11th in 50-yard freestyle), Sophia Miranda (11th in 100-yard freestyle & 12th in 50-yard freestyle), and sophomore diver Acacia Uechi (10th), and Sam Saracina (12th in 500-yard freestyle).
Lakewood Fire Department’s C-Shift came back from a medical call involving a homeless man ending up in the Emergency Room at the Lakewood Family Health Center. When the firefighters got back to the station they still felt the need to help this homeless person further. The man had no socks, gloves, or shoes which are the bare minimum a human needs to survive outside in this weather. C-Shift Lakewood Firefighters gathered up some money from around the station and headed out to buy some basic clothing items to make sure he had a chance to survive.
They ran down to Geiger’s Lakewood at 14710 Detroit to get him some quality winter gear. It is where Lakewoodites go for clothing. Geiger’s Lakewood and Chagrin Falls have made their bones with outdoor gear for all seasons. While the firefighters were shopping, why they were shopping became known by Chas and Gordon Geiger, who immediately said, “There will be no charge for these items, we would also like to help out.” Funny, so many times over so many decades the name Geiger’s pops up in great stories about Lakewood like this.
At another fire call, another Lakewood Firefighter is telling a contractor about the homeless man and how everyone is helping out. The contractor mentions, “My brother runs a place to help homeless people, it’s called, Homeless Hookup." Hearing that a call is made and the director said, “Yes, we would love to help this man.” So the information was sent back and forth and during that exchange, the director mentioned, “Boy I would love to buy a bus, and drive around the city giving these people clean clothes, food, baths etc.” Suddenly another person at the fire call said, “Well, I have an old motor home with a working shower, kitchen, and you can have it…”
This story does not end there, it is one of those great stories that could go on forever.
Damn! One of those magical moments in Lakewood. Brought to you by the Lakewood Fire Department and Geiger’s of Lakewood.
I love this city, the businesses, and of course, Lakewood Fire and Police Departments!
Around 1:30 on Thursday, January 31, on a quiet Lakewood street, Delaware, something happened that you never see on Lakewood streets: a shoot out.
It seems that a man was trying to sell four black youths guns out of a duffel bag as they drove around in a silver Chevy. The seller apparently got into the car to make the sale. One of the teens pulled a gun on him, they threw him out of the car and took off. He then got to his feet, grabbed his own gun, and chased after the car, shooting at it as it headed east.
Two of the youths jumped out of the car, and ran east with the duffel bag of guns through backyards to Brown, then split up. One was described as wearing a red hoodie, the other in a gray hoodie with khaki pants.
Police spent the rest of the afternoon trying to track down the teens and get the story from the man who was selling the guns.
The man was a licensed gun-owner, and as of when we went to press, no charges had been filed.
For the first time ever, Lakewood High School participated in the annual Ohio Mock Trial competition, sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law Related Education. Mock Trial is a program where students are given a case folder with facts and legal cases, and then present a trial. The participants act as lawyers and witnesses.
The students who participated in the January 18 competition were Lily Bacon, Laura Shields, Jason Melnick, and Cameron Levis as attorneys, and Hudson Fordu, Ivy Rook, Emma Pagsuyoin, and Jakob Hamilton as witnesses. Izzy Fallon served as the timekeeper, Max Gilliland served as the bailiff, and Emily McIntire served as the alternate lawyer/witness. Teacher Ron Lewis was the faculty advisor, while Lakewood attorney Dan Shields helped the team as legal advisor.
The trial was the State of Buckeye vs. Quinn Woolf. The main issue involved was the application of the Fourth Amendment to the search of Quinn’s residence. Here, the question presented was whether the state could use evidence gathered by a drone flying over Quinn’s house. It was a very detailed case, and the students worked for three months to prepare their case.
These beautiful handmade cards were crafted by students attending a program at the Lakewood Public Library on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. After stories and a song celebrating King’s life and legacy, the participants had fun making a greeting card to warm the hearts of nursing home residents. The cards will be distributed to folks living in a local facility. Each child took home a booklet about the life of Dr. King to cut and color, a song sheet, and a bookmark.
Abracadebra! Hocus pocus! Alakazam! Witness an amazing display of tricks and illusions and be dazzled by this performance when Lakewood Public Library presents Mr. Alex’s Magic Show. Children and their families are invited to join in the magical fun as Mr. Alex executes fascinating tricks and amazing illusions. Classic magic fills this child friendly presentation that will be a delight for all ages. These mystical maneuvers will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room, which is located in Children’s and Youth Services. This show is free and open to the public and no registration is required. For details about other youth programs at the Lakewood Public Library, please call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140 or visit www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth.
Over the past couple months, the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team has competed successfully in two major tournaments. At the Solon Tournament in November, Lakewood finished fifth of 32 schools. At the Olmsted Falls Tournament four weeks ago, the team finished second of 38 schools. Because of that success, the team has qualified for the Regional Ohio Academic Challenge Tournament (OAC) in late April and the National Academic Quiz Tournament (HSNAQT) in Atlanta, Georgia.
The HSNCT is NAQT’s premier high school event. The tournament is held at the end of each school year and features the top quiz bowl teams from across the United States and, increasingly, is now attracting teams from other countries. Over 350 schools will be attending the event in May.
Starting in February, the team will be competing weekly in our 10-team Southwest Conference matches and will also be attending several more Saturday tournaments, in preparation for the major end-of year competitions.
The team will not be competing in the Channel 5 Academic Challenge program this year because it won the 78-school competition in the spring of 2017, so the team is excluded from the competition for two years per the rules of the show. The team will return to the program next fall.
Stinky Monkey Finger - Slapping The Bag - DF Records - 13 songs - CD
I tend to get a build-up of stuff to review (especially CDs, since I usually let records get priority) and so I've misplaced the envelope this was sent in but I believe this…group? project? has something to do with Dennis Baker, whose work I've reviewed here before. (I confirmed this when I looked up where to get the CD– see below). This is a weird one. Somewhere close to half of it is lo-fi acoustic sorta-indie rock, sometimes featuring synth and/or drum machine as well, which is most reminiscent to me of the lo-fi acoustic songs on a Guided By Voices record. That's the nearest comparison I can draw, I'd say. However, instead of then kicking into a full band tune like "Echos Myron" or whatever after one of these songs, Stinky Monkey Finger instead goes into full experimental weirdness. Some of these songs, like "Jazzy Jeff Becomes A Pig" and "ZLT" have a kind of quality to them that makes me want to say they're kind of like the aural equivalent of stumbling across some strange video online, the kind of video that there's nothing necessarily wrong with it in any kind of tangible sense, but you just feel like it wasn't exactly made for you to see– and yet it's there, available to be seen (or heard) by the general public, so clearly in some sense it was meant for you to see. And then there's "I Won't Ask," which is a rather melodramatic piano piece with some keyboard strings and opens with "Have you ever opened an envelope? I mean really opened it up?" Is this song a joke? If it's a parody, it's an interesting one, and if it isn't, well, it's an abrupt change of gears that doesn't really mix with anything else on here. That's kind of my question at the center of this whole thing. I genuinely can't tell how much of this is at least somewhat tongue-in-cheek and how much is entirely serious. In any case, some of the more normal songs ("Have You Met Me?" and "I Fold You," for example) are not bad, and while I still don't know what to make of certain parts of the rest of it, it makes for an intriguing listen. 3.3/5
They didn’t call him “Big Dan” for nothing. Standing tall at 6’4” and weighing 280 lbs., “Big Dan” was built for power and he needed every calorie of it to do the hard work that rolled up everyday to the Gas & Lube. His wife, Wilmena, was a strong, firm and clear thinking woman. Large boned and big hearted, Wilmena Newman knew how to take care of her boys. Each day she showed up at the Gas and Lube before noon carrying the boys’ lunches and dinners which invariably consisted of her famous tuna salad sandwiches, lunch box sized bags of Dan-Dee potato chips, and ice cold 8 oz. bottles of Coca Cola. The deliciousness of her tuna salad was so well known in Rockport, the Gas and Lube began selling “Mrs. Dan Tuna Salad Sandwiches” alongside the windshield wipers and spark plugs. No one knew why her tuna salad tasted so good or dared ask for her recipe. There were rumors swirling about town that it had something to do with dill, but it was never confirmed.
Their only child, Dan Newman III (aka “Little Dan”) worked at the Gas & Lube after school and on weekends. At 6’5” and 300 lbs. he was “little” in name only. Little Dan pumped gas, towed cars, picked up parts and ran the “Tire Corral” that Old Dan Sr. had started way back in 1920. Little Dan would organize discarded and worn tires that could still hold air and then sell them to people that needed something cheap and made of rubber. Assisting him everyday in this task was his beloved Boston Bull terrier that he called “Boston Dan” or “BD” for short.
We didn't forget a word, no typos here. Lakewood Historical Society is moving and some exciting things are in the works. The society is transitioning into a new home, a home of our own! The new location at 13314 Detroit will house the library, archives, offices, work spaces and a gift shop/Pop-Up Shop. Our Mid-Century Modern building was designated as a local landmark, awarded Ohio Historic Tax Credits and has been undergoing renovations which are almost complete.
Picture a pirate. Does he have a peg leg, a tricorn hat, a saber at his side and a parrot on his shoulder? You’ve just conjured Long John Silver, the pirate from Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 classic, “Treasure Island.” Stevenson gave us this indelible image, as well as an enduring adventure story. Now the Great Lakes Theater is bringing its version of “Treasure Island” to Lakewood Public Library.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Author Event - "The Super Ladies: A Novel"
by Susan Petrone
Three middle-aged Cleveland women face conventional problems: sending a child to college, dealing with a stale marriage. But changes are coming. Margie, Katherine, and Abra are feeling a new power inside of them – literally. Of all the things they thought they’d contend with as they got older, not one of them considered they'd be becoming superheroes. At once a delightful and surprising adventure and a thoughtful examination of a woman's changing role through life's passages, "The Super Ladies" is larger-than-life fiction at its very best.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
The jazz/pop duo of Mike and Mary specializes in the music of the Great American Songbook. Mike Elkins is an accomplished pianist who performs with a number of area bands, while vocalist Mary Osburn has a background in musical theatre and jazz standards.
The registration deadline is coming up soon for the spring season of Lakewood Soccer Association's Saturday Soccer program.
Over 26 years living in Lake Shore Towers I look back on writing a book in the efficiency I lived in, now in my one bedroom apartment, my library of three books and hundreds of notebooks is a dream as far back as when I was fifteen. I'm now fifty-five.
Originally growing up in Cleveland, Lakewood has been a mainstay for over half my life.
I have performed comedy clubs as well as poetry readings with the same impact: Get people to think in terms of the true reality of infinite chaos.
It is important for me to stress hockey as a down-to-earth way amidst the chaos to understand a rough sport played by generally the finest gentlemen in the world.
Fetch & Co. Announces Expansion of the Peace Project T-Shirt Line, February t-shirt sales support Dare2Care program.
Star of stage and screen, Bryant Carroll of HBO's critically acclaimed "Boardwalk Empire" and Showtime's "Happyish" will be teaching Scene Study and Auditioning classes for both adults and teens at the newly opened West Side Actor's Studio on Madison Avenue.
Carroll, who grew up in Cleveland, started his career dancing with Cleveland Ballet and Cleveland Opera, has worked with such Hollywood heavyweights as Steve Buscemi ("Resevoir Dogs," "Boardwalk Empire"), Kathryn Hahn ("Happyish," "Bad Moms"), the late great Michael Clarke Duncan ("Green Mile"), Tommy Chong (Cheech & Chong), Dan Lauria ("Wonder Years.") His latest movie was filmed right here in Lakewood, the dark comedy "Anhedonia," starring Breckin Meyer ("Clueless," "Road Trip") and Emily Kinney ("The Walking Dead") and Giselle Eisenberg ("The Wolf of Wall Street," "Life in Pieces.")
"Blue Bloods" Actor Shaun O'Hagan credits Carroll for much of his success as an actor. "When I started working with Bryant my bookings increased by ninety percent," said O'Hagan.
Sew Your Own Library Tote
For anyone age 8 and up
Create your own unique and stylish tote bag in this hands-on, no experience necessary craft program. Registration required.
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Library Homework Room.
Family Music and More Presents: Mr. Alex’s Magic Show
Witness an amazing display of tricks and illusions and be dazzled by this performance. No registration required.
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.
The creativity and imagination of the Lakewood City Schools' students were celebrated at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held January 29 at Garfield Middle School. Seventy-three artworks from preschool through high school were honored. Of those 73 pieces of art, 28 were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging, with winners to be announced in late spring. Overall, 150 students across the eight PTA schools entered the contest.
The ceremony offered the young artists a chance to be recognized and congratulated by Superintendent Barmes, Board of Education members and other city leaders. Guest speaker was Lakewood High School graduate and Cleveland Print Room Executive Director Shari Wilkins.
The Reflections program offers students from schools with active PTAs the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works in seven arts areas: literature, dance choreography, film/video production, musical composition, photography, visual arts and special artist. All entries must follow a chosen theme, which this year was “Heroes Around Me.”
As the saying goes, it takes a village. This is certainly true in the case of LakewoodAlive, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that relies heavily on community members to help fulfill its mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.
LakewoodAlive hosted its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday morning, January 18, in the Women's Pavilion at Lakewood Park. The event, attended by more than 60 volunteers from throughout the community, featured coffee, waffles and stories of remarkable volunteerism. LakewoodAlive recognized the nearly 750 volunteers who, in 2018, contributed their time and talents to supporting the community-centered nonprofit organization and to helping improve quality of life in Lakewood.
Volunteer Champion Awards were bestowed upon the following individuals for their outstanding service to LakewoodAlive:
Outgoing LakewoodAlive Board Members
- Tom Fraser
- Jeff Patterson
- Brant Smith
The Lakewood Board of Education has approved a plan for the District to move into a new era of alternative education programming that entails closing the existing Lakewood City Academy community charter school and opening its own program in the former Franklin Elementary School building.
Thank you for joining me here at the Lakewood Observer! It’s been five months since I began my position as the Superintendent of Lakewood City Schools, enough time for me to reflect on my transition into the Lakewood City Schools and the Lakewood community.
When I first started as your Superintendent, I was touched by the very warm welcome offered to not only me, but my wife and daughters as well. It has been a great pleasure to meet civic and community leaders. My engagement with those who have come to my Listen & Learn sessions had me walking away impressed with the community’s commitment to our children.
Besides the authentic community engagement I have discovered, I also have been taken by just how talented our teaching staff is. I’ve observed it many times since my arrival in August. I’ve seen the rich learning experiences they have created for our students. The challenge of the classroom teacher in Lakewood is tough, considering the diverse needs of our students. How well our students are prepared for success is a testament to those teachers.
Public service is personal for Laura Rodriguez-Carbone, who recently announced her candidacy for Lakewood City Council, Ward 1.
Speaking before a crowd including several elected officials, Rodriguez-Carbone said that good government can be the crucial difference in everyday lives. She cited her own family’s struggle with poverty as an example.
“If it weren’t for government and community programs and assistance, I don’t know where I, or my family, would be,” Rodriguez-Carbone said.
Neither her mother or father completed high school, and their limited opportunities forced Rodriguez-Carbone to drop out, as well; while in her teens she worked two jobs to maintain basic shelter for her family.
Rodriguez-Carbone credits help from others, including government assistance, for allowing her to hang on and eventually complete a high school degree, as well as a Bachelor’s and Master’s.
“While enrolled in college, I felt called to give back, in any way I could,” she said at her January 12 campaign announcement.
The City of Lakewood Public Works and Administration employees once again participated in the 2018 Light Up Lakewood event. Our city's employees are represented by local 1043 of AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.) For the second straight year, Lakewood's finest volunteered and braved the rains to supply the Light Up Lakewood folks free hot chocolate.
Without soliciting donations for the steamy brew, the AFSCME members collected $200 in donations from the generous Lakewood party-goers. The AFSCME members matched the $200 and presented a check for $400 to the Lakewood Community Service Center.
The LCSC provides basic needs assistance and personalized resource and referral services with the goal of empowering each individual to move toward greater self-sufficiency. This awesome organization offers a comprehensive menu of supportive services including community meals, homelessness prevention, mental/behavioral health services and an emergency food pantry.
Mary Fancher, choral music teacher at Rocky River Middle School, has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River in recognition her leadership as advisor of the Be-the-Change Interact Club at the school.
It’s a baffling world, but who gives a crap? The only thing I care about is Rockport. Since 1970, when our “storm era” began, learned men and women from the fields of meteorology, oceanography, electrical physiology, sociology and God-ology had arrived in droves to analyze and measure the air, the land, the water, and the moral fiber of Rockport. Conspiracy theorists have had a field day blaming the storms on the military, the Masons, the Russians, the NRA, the CIA, the AAA, and the Beatles. It’s all a bunch of crap.
Coming into the Blue Moon Book Club which already has as a member a published Lakewood resident, Barbara Raymond, author Judy McInerney felt a bit nervous. Her son-in-law Greg Schroeder, whose mother Eleanor Detke had arranged the event had assured her of a warm welcome and an engaged group of enthusiastic readers.
Lakewood has embraced the Little Free Library concept, with at least 20 now scattered around our city. This pair, including one of the city's newest, is found indoors. The Lakewood Policy recently added a Little Free Library to their lobby inside City Hall, at 12650 Detroit Ave. It's actually the second police-themed design among Lakewood's little libraries, however, joining the "Dr. Who" police-box-shaped library inside Fear's Confections at 15208 Madison Ave.
Rubella - Gallows Humor - Eleventh Hour Recording Company - 8 songs - LP
If we are to make assumptions based on the "r 60" that appears on the insert, I believe this is Rubella's 60th release, which is pretty impressive. It's pretty weird that this is on Eleventh Hour, making Rubella label mates with Bill Fox, since this is not in any way folky. It's more of an electronic alternative rock thing, with some songs slipping more towards punk, some with an industrial feel, and some, weirdly, towards pop. Songs like "Hungry Horses" and "Short Breaths" are almost songs I could hear playing on a different universe's version of whatever the alternative rock radio station is. I was told there was no guitar on this record and I have to agree. I also realized at some point that almost none of the lyrics rhyme, but you barely notice. The lyrics tend to be somewhat, shall I say, edgy, but not in a bad way. It works with the music. Also, in the first song, they reference the Hilliard Bridge, which makes this record solidly more local than most of what I review here. At certain times (especially on the opening track, "Trust Falls"), I'm reminded a bit of Brainiac, but with some of the manic energy replaced by a more resigned feel– especially in terms of the vocals; where Brainiac would have falsetto and yelps, Rubella have a weary almost-monotone– which, again, does work with the overall feel of the record. The songs all seem like they were pieced together very intentionally, and as a whole, the record works well as an album. There's a certain mood you have to be in to listen to this kind of thing, I think, but when you're in that mood, it's not bad. 3.5/5
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The Lakewood Athletic Boosters are holding their 15th annual Night at the Races fundraiser on Saturday March 2, 2018. This entertaining event raises funds to support middle and high school student-athletes in the Lakewood City Schools district. Night at the Races is for adults age 21 and older. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races start at 7:30.
As retirement approaches, and begin looking at transitioning to the next stage of things, the changes can seem both exciting and daunting. While there are a multitude of exciting opportunities that await, there are also some familiar pitfalls, that with proper planning, might be avoided. The Lakewood Division of Aging, in conjunction with the Benjamin Rose Institute, the Lakewood Family Health Center / Cleveland Clinic and the National Council on Aging, is pleased to offer the Aging Mastery Program. This class will equip participants with the tools to recognize both the opportunities and pitfalls in living longer, and to properly address them.
LakewoodAlive Announces Award Honorees To Be Recognized At “Loving Lakewood: There’s No Place Like Home”
Fifteen years of community vibrancy doesn’t happen by accident. Rather, it’s achieved thanks to strong leaders who routinely demonstrate qualities like passion, perseverance, foresight and commitment.