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National Merit Scholars Lead List Of LHS Academic Honorees

National Merit Semifinalists (front row from left): Renee Klann, Shawn Sovie, Sarah Matthiesen; National Merit Commended Scholars (back row from left): Kathryn Urban and Devon Chodzin. Not pictured: Semifinalist Magdalene Pizzo who is studying abroad.

Each September brings announcements of stellar academic achievements accomplished by high school students in the previous school year. Each September, Lakewood High School has a good share of these top academic performers. This year’s academic stars include four National Merit Semifinalists, two National Merit Commended Scholars and 82 AP Scholars, including four National AP Scholars.

Leading the way is LHS’ four National Merit Semifinalists: seniors Renee Klann, Sarah Matthiessen, Magdalene Pizzo and Shawn Sovie. More than 1.5 million students in over 22,000 high schools entered the National Merit Scholarship Corporation competition, with 16,000 top scorers named Semifinalists. Students enter the competition by taking the PSAT their junior year. Semifinalists represent less than 1% of U. S. high school seniors and are the highest scoring entrants in their state. Lakewood High’s four Semifinalists are now eligible to continue on in the competition in hopes of being named a Finalist and receiving one of more than 8,200 scholarships to be awarded in the spring.

In addition to LHS’ four Semifinalists, seniors Devon Chodzin and Kathryn Urban were named National Merit Commended Scholars for placing among the top 5% of PSAT participants. Although those three will not continue in the Scholarship competition, students named Commended Scholars have demonstrated outstanding academic potential by their strong performance in this highly competitive program.

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Lakewood Honors Fallen Firefighters in Annual Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, October 5th
- City Hall, September 30, 2014 Read More
National Merit Scholars Head List of LHS Academic Stars
- Board of Education, September 25, 2014 Read More
DNA Ties Serial Rapist to Aug. 30 Sexual Assault in Lakewood
- City Hall, September 25, 2014 Read More
Lakewood Community Festival Set For Saturday, September 6th At Madison Park
- City Hall, September 3, 2014 Read More
LHS' Toner Named to All-National Honor Orchestra
- Board of Education, August 28, 2014 Read More

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"CHANGE" - Fundraiser To Benefit Lakewood Community Services Center

A new name and an even better event for a great organization.

"CHANGE," the event formerly known as "Got Green?" is set for Saturday, October 11 from 7–11 p.m. at the Lake Erie Building — aka the Screw Factory — at 13000 Athens Avenue.

Lakewood Community Services Center’s annual fundraiser features all that attendees have come to expect: amazing food from a local chef, incredible live entertainment and fabulous raffle prizes donated by friends throughout Lakewood and beyond. And best of all, it’s for a good cause.

“We decided on CHANGE as a very appropriate name for our event,” says Trish Rooney, LCSC’s executive director. “Every day LCSC, with its partners, works to change the lives of children and adults in our community - this year perhaps to a greater extent than ever before as we have introduced new programs aimed to help transform the lives of the people who come to us for help.”

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Celebrating Lakewood Suffrage Legend Josephine Saxer Irwin

On October 3rd, the 100th Anniversary of the 1914 Suffrage March in Cleveland, Gloria Cipri-Kemer and the Emerald Necklace Inn will host a gala tea in celebration of this event and in remembrance of suffragist legend Josephine Saxer Irwin who was in the parade seeking the vote for women.

Sporting flaming red hair, twenty-four year old Josephine Saxer, Lakewood resident and teacher, was one of five women escorts riding horses at the head of the parade of 7000 marchers attracting 200,000 spectators. It is for this act of courage and her continued advocacy for women's rights and world peace that she is being honored.  

The celebration being held at the Fairview Gemini Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. will be educational and entertaining.  "Suffragists" will greet luncheon guests with  songs and banners. An overview of the suffrage movement will be followed by a portrayal and a detailed pictorial of Josephine's life. In conclusion a proclamation will be issued honoring this long time Fairview Park resident.

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Why Lakewood? Are You Kidding Me? Why Not?

I was asked to write why I would want to have a business in Lakewood. Well, I love this city. I grew up in Westlake, lived in about 15 to 20 different cities, and traveled the world. And through this I have learned what is important in life -- my wife Carole, my son Colin, my family, faith, friends, good business practices, and of course, my neighbors.  Because in Lakewood you are living really close to your neighbors. Let’s face it, in the summer there are more weird sounds in the quiet of the summer evening than we might care to hear.

But let’s talk about business because that was the question I was asked. Why open a business in Lakewood? I hate to admit that I have worked since I care to remember, but that’s ok. It has always been an adventure. I’m a Chef. I am a servant to people and I love it. From what my mother, Marian, told me, God rest her soul, I have cooked since the age of two. I don’t know about you, but if you ask me, by today’s standards, they would probably call that child abuse. Such a shame how some things are viewed these days.

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Humor And Originality Shine In “[title of show]” At Beck Center

Multi-nominated and Obie Award-winning show-about-a-show opens Oct. 10

Beck Center for the Arts presents [title of show] – yes, that is the title – October 10 through November 16, 2014 in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Tickets are now on sale. There is no show on Saturday, October 18. 

[title of show] is an Obie Award-winning musical comedy that was also nominated for two Drama League Awards and a GLADD Award. Featuring a book by Hunter Bell with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen[title of show] is a musical comedy about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. The story is a semi-factual account about Bell and Bowen, who decide to enter a new musical theater festival with the deadline only three weeks away. Having nothing to lose, the pair decides to create something new with the help of their friends. According to the Daily News, their quirky journey is “wonderfully enjoyable! Smart, funny, and tuneful.” 

[title of show] - taken from the space on the festival's application form that asks for the [title of show] - follows the group of friends as they venture through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. “[title of show] is really quite the amazing piece of theatre,” said Director Scott Spence. “It deftly manages to appeal to both musical theatre aficionados as well as anyone who may be fascinated by how a new musical ascends the ranks.” In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show while learning lessons about themselves as people, friends, and artists. “At the heart of it all, it is purely a story about four good friends who team together and overcome tremendous odds. The best musicals are about people, and [title of show] does it brilliantly.”

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Rangers Fall To Bay 17-14

After a 2-1 start in nonconference competition, the Lakewood football team traveled west for a pair of road games to begin their final West Shore Conference season. Avon beat Lakewood 35-0 on September 19, dropping the Rangers’ record to 2-2 on the season. That set up a key game at Bay on September 26, where Lakewood hoped to knock off the 3-1 Rockets and take a winning record into the second half of the season.

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Local Food Fun For The Whole Family At LEAF Harvest Festival

As the growing season comes to an end, join LEAF Community at the 8th Annual Harvest Festival to get one last taste of great local food in front of Lakewood Public Library in 2014. This year's celebration of the local fall bounty will be held on Thursday, October 23 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the front porch of the Main Library. Hope to see you there!

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Ranger Marching Band Alumni Night October 3

Lakewood Ranger Marching Band alumni are encouraged to participate in the annual Alumni Night on Friday, October 3 at the Ranger football Homecoming game. This is the 35th anniversary of the band’s trip to England and former Band Director Jim Warrick (1977-982) will be present to help conduct. There is a rehearsal on Tuesday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the LHS Choir Room. Members will meet on game night at 5:30 p.m. for pre-game instructions. For more information, email lhsarmb@yahoo.com or call Sean Derenzo at 216-570-3019.

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Come Enjoy LHS' Cardboard Arcade

Close to 180 Lakewood High freshmen will spend the next couple of weeks exploring and executing engineering design principles while using 21st century learning skills such as collaboration, communication and creativity to build an extensive Cardboard Arcade for the entire community to enjoy.

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West Shore Career-Tech Shines In State Ratings

Auto Tech is one of 14 programs offered through the West Shore Career-Technical District at Lakewood High.

The West Shore Career-Technical District continues to shine with its state ratings. West Shore received all A’s and one B across all measures for its 2013-2014 Report Card. Ohio career-technical districts are graded on Achievement, 4-Year Graduation Rate, 5-Year Graduation Rate, and Post-Program Outcomes.

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Utilities Resource Fair

Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and the Home Heating and Weatherization Task Force will be hosting a Utilities Resource Fair, at West Side Community House at 9300 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44102, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Fall Real Estate News

The Northern Ohio Regional Multiple Listing Service (NORMLS) recently released the August stats for our 15-County Region. It should come as no surprise as you look up and down the streets of Lakewood that New Listings are down this year. In turn, the number of Sold Listings is down as well. Regionally, sales thru August are down 2.4% compared to the same period last year. The good news is that the average sales price remians up, by 1.8%, over the first 8 months of 2013. Average Market Time remains steady at just over 90 days.

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How Essential Oils Can Help You And Your Family In Every Way

Fever? Cold? Stressed out? Upset Stomach? Hyper Child? Pregnancy Problems? Baby teething? Wanna loose weight? Yup, there's an oil for that! In fact, there is an oil for practically EVERY and ANY ailment out there…but what exactly are these “essential oils”?

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Happy Birthday STEM Handmade Soaps

STEM Handmade Soaps is turning one! It's hard to believe we've been keeping the greater Cleveland area clean for a whole year with all natural soap and other natural bath and body products. It has been a great year and you have taught us many things to help us succeed in our little soap shop in Lakewood's Historic Birdtown neighborhood. Here are the top 5 things we learned from you in our first year  

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The Joy Of Wonder Woman And The Triumph Of Doctor Who: A Maverick Pop Culture Writer Visits The Library

Wonder Woman, as she originally appeared in 1941, rendered by Harry G. Peter.

Three years ago, when Philip Sandifer first began blogging about Doctor Who, he was merely looking for a way to pass the time between receiving his PhD and landing his first academic post. But then something remarkable happened—people started reading his work. He had the mad idea to write about fifty years of the British series, not as individual episodes from different eras created by a multitude of people, but as one giant story. (Which, of course, it is.) And he drew deeply on his knowledge of history, philosophy, literature and David Bowie to reveal the profound and unsettling things that Doctor Who has to say about the human condition—but quite admirably never took himself too seriously. Today, he keeps busy refining his original TARDIS Eruditorum posts into a series of rewarding books and branching out into new pop culture frontiers, reinventing scholarship in a way that makes him the perfect guest for two special programs at the Lakewood Public Library.

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Events at Lakewood Public Library

October 1
The Lakewood Historical Society: The Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First by Betty Weibel

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5th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner & Raffle

Transfiguration Parish will hold its 5th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner & Raffle on Sunday, October 26, from noon to 4 p.m. in the parish hall at 12608 Madison Ave. in Lakewood. Dinner tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended by Sunday, October 19. A limited number of dinners will be available at the door. Call 216-228-1134 or 216-269-9801 for tickets or reservations.

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Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week is approaching fast! October 12th through 18th has been designated Teen Read Week by the American Library Association, a week dedicated to the idea that teens should read for fun. I know, I know, you’re in school, you have tons of assigned reading and mountains of homework…but what better way to relax during your downtime than to escape into an amazing book? We know you’re out there teen readers, and that’s why all of our most popular teen titles here at Lakewood Public Library spend more time off the shelf than on it!

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League Of Women Voter's Candidate's Night At LPL

The Lakewood Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland will sponsor a candidate’s forum in the auditorium at Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Avenue, Monday, October 6 at 7 p.m. At that time, candidates for the Ohio State Senate District 23 and House District 13 will present their positions on issues and answer questions from the audience.

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First Federal Lakewood Debuts New Look

For generations, First Federal Lakewood Corporate Headquarters has called Downtown Lakewood home, and now a new era has begun with a completely revitalized Lakewood branch. As the largest independent mutual bank in Ohio, we have long been reinvesting our assets and customer deposits back into the Lakewood community in the form of small business loans, residential mortgages, and funding our neighbors’ home improvement projects. We are eager to share the results of our own renovation with the entire Lakewood community!

Our branch remodel features a whole new look as well as extensive upgrades that provide customers with an improved approach to full-service banking that is faster and easier, yet still fully focused on delivering a personalized and satisfying banking experience. We have designed the space with both our customers and the entire community in mind. With the new space, we have the flexibility to invite the community in for events throughout the year. That is important to us because we are deeply rooted here in Lakewood—from hiring local residents to supporting community events and organizations—we are focused on working with our neighbors to continually build this strong and vibrant community.

The First Federal Lakewood branch was recently featured on the Lakewood Historic Home Tour and we have restored the branch with a nod to our rich history, but with a fresh, modern approach. As an example, we discovered an unexpected treasure during construction. Our recently restored floor is made from quality Tennessee Marble, a material prized by architects and builders for its pinkish-grey color and ease of polishing. Widely used in several of Cleveland’s historic buildings constructed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it can also be found in some of the most notable buildings across the U.S., including the National Gallery of Art, The National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., Grand Central Terminal in New York, and sections of the United States Capitol building. Our Tennessee Marble floor was believed to have been covered over in the 1950s and nearly forgotten. We’re thrilled to have restored it to its former luster.

Now that the renovation is complete we will continue the seamless service we provided throughout our renovation – just with a lot less dust! Please come over and see what we’ve done with the place - and how together we are helping our hometown thrive. Join us on Saturday, October 11 for our Customer Appreciation festivities!

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An Evening All About Chocolate

Humble Wine Bar's 2013 mouthwatering treat.

Rich, smooth, satisfying, ahhhh. Decadent and delectable chocolate. On Thursday, October 23, from 6-9 p.m., throngs of people will fill the sidewalks along Detroit Avenue from Olivewood to Arthur in search of chocolate when the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance presents the 6th annual Chocolate Walk.

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Clinical Trial For Alzheimer’s Disease Underway At Lakewood Hospital

New technology aims to improve brain function for Alzheimer’s patients

People aged 60 to 90 who are diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease may benefit from something as simple as sitting in a chair – a state-of-the-art chair, that is.

Clinical trials for the new chair therapy began last fall at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. This non-invasive therapeutic system uses cognitive training and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to targeted areas of the brain. The trial was expanded to Lakewood Hospital in early 2014.

“While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, we are always looking for treatments to improve cognitive function for patients,” says Babak Tousi, MD, a geriatrician with special interest in neurodegenerative diseases. He is the principal investigator of the clinical trial at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at Lakewood Hospital (formerly the SeniorCare Assessment Center). “Until the introduction of this device, medication was the only approved option for treatment,” Dr. Tousi says. “The pilot trials suggest that this treatment may help provide patients with nine months of better brain function even after the treatment.”

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North Coast Health’s Celebration Of Caring Gala Raises Over $145,000

NCH Board Chair John Griffiths, Angel Award Winner Mary Warren, NCH Executive Director Lee Elmore

More than 300 people turned out for North Coast Health’s annual Celebration of Caring gala on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at LaCentre in Westlake. Over $145,000 was raised through the event, which represents ten percent of the organization’s operating budget and will be used to continue the life-saving care that North Coast Health provides to the medically underserved.

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Quilts! Quilts! Quilts!

A feast for the eyes and shopping, too, can be found at the Quilter’s Legacy of Lakewood Quilt Show at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River, on October 18th and 19th. Quilter’s Legacy is a non-profit group that makes quilts for veterans, and the NICU unit at Fairview Hospital as well as for friends and family. Come and be amazed at what modern quilts look like, take a chance on a beautiful queen-sized raffle quilt (only $1 per ticket), and shop at vendors’ booths. Baskets of quilting goodies will be raffled every half hour for only 25 cents per chance. Show hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 12 and under. We’ll see you there!

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Reiki And Its Benefits

What Is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese word which means Universal life force energy; Rei - meaning life force or universal and Ki-meaning energy. Reiki is considered to be a complementary therapy that goes hand-in-hand with Western medicine. It is a safe, holistic and non-invasive approach to wellness. It is a practice used in many hospitals, clinics and wellness centers. Reiki is recognized by the Cleveland Clinic.

What Happens In a Reiki Session?

Each Reiki session is done in a calm, serene, private setting. Soft music, low lighting and aroma therapy enhances the session. Clients will be fully clothed, and asked to lie down on a comfortable massage table. During a typical session, the Reiki practitioner's hands are placed on or hover over, a specific area of the body. These areas correspond to the 7 Major Chakras. The Reiki practitioner allows the Reiki energy to channel out through their hands and onto the client. There is no physical manipulation during a Reiki session. Hand placement is usually 3 to 5 minutes per area or longer depending on the client's concerns. After each session the effects of the Reiki will continue 3-4 days.

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"Shelini's Treasures" Fine Jewelry Grand Opening

Christopher and Vera

My husband Christopher and I recently established Shelini’s Treasures, a fine jewelry store, located at 17810 Detroit Avenue, directly across from Beck Center for the Arts, on the corner neighboring the parking lot where the former Eddie and Iggy's bar resided.

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Growth Lessons

When I moved back to Lakewood last summer, after living as an 'expatriate' in San Francisco for 35 years, people were incredulous. As I set about putting down new roots and contributing to Lakewood's economy during my first month back, I procured my Ohio drivers license, Lakewood Public Library card, bank, hairstylist, veterinarian, dentist, optometrist, farmers market, tree trimmer, and car mechanic. Each time I was greeted by the same question: "Whatever made you move back HERE?!"

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Ranger Soccer Soars This Season

Junio Mallory Shaw is the top scorer for the girls' team this season.

While the Ranger football team has been drawing a lot of attention with its new coach, uniforms and improved play, the Ranger varsity soccer teams have been quietly putting together standout seasons.

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Lakewood Confronting The County Heroin Epidemic

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has reported that nine Lakewood residents died of a heroin overdose in 2013. And with 170 heroin deaths across the county, there’s no debate that heroin is a prolific killer.

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A New Candidate For Ohio's 9th Congressional District

In the spring of 2012 my wife and I moved to Lakewood after having lived downtown for the last several years. At the time we moved I was awaiting my bar exam results and I was unemployed. I felt like I had no purpose. I felt unwanted. Lucky for me, I got a community organizing job with the AFL-CIO after only a couple of months of being unemployed. But, on my rides down Detroit on the RTA I met many residents of Lakewood who weren’t quite so lucky. Some folks were young recent graduates like me. Others were in their early 60’s and had worked their whole lives and dreaded the prospect of their unemployment insurance ending. All they wanted was a job but nobody would give them a chance.

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Fall Harvest Dinner: A Celebration Of Food & The Season A Benefit For Lakewood PTAs

PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is Lakewood’s professional parent organization. As a member of the PTA, parents become equal partners, along with teachers and administrators, in shaping the educational experience for students. Our members enjoy many benefits such as friendship and fun, positive relationships with the administrators and teachers as well as being “in the know” on current happenings within the school district.

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Lakewood Business Wins Ohio's Best Commercial Rehab!

David Stein receives award for Ohio's Best Commercial Rehab 2013 from Heritage Ohio Executive Director Joyce Barrett and Board President Kevin Pape.

On September 23, David Stein was honored at Heritage Ohio’s annual conference with an award for Ohio’s Best Commercial Rehabilitation Project of 2013 for his store, Cotton. This award follows the preservation award he received in May from the Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board and resolutions from Lakewood City Council and State Representative Nickie Antonio commending him for his investment in Lakewood.

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October Is Voter Education Month

If you have the right to vote, you also have the responsibility to research.  A listing of voter education resources and links compiled by LWV - Greater Cleveland is available below.

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The World Would Be A Better Place If........

The 2014/2105 Lakewood PTA Reflections Logo designed by Karina Robinson 

The Annual PTA Reflections Competition is an opportunity to celebrate the artistic talents of Lakewood’s young people, ages Pre-School to High School. The PTA Reflections competition welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, hundreds of our students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography ,visual arts and Special Artist. The Special Artist is a new category to the competition that we are all excited about seeing added this year. This is a non-graded category and limited to students with physical, cognitive or mental health challenges.

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Modernists Back From Grave

“It is a curious fact that novelists have a way of making us believe that luncheon parties are invariably memorable for something very witty that was said, or for something very wise that was done.”

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Patterson's Point Of View

Nine years ago, I came to Lakewood with my wife and youngest son, hoping that we were making the right decision for our careers. We had mixed emotions coming here. We could be closer to our beloved Indians and Browns, but farther away from our family, with our daughter in Columbus teaching at the Ohio School for the Blind and our oldest son working in Columbus at an international company. Our trepidation soon disappeared as we were welcomed with open arms by community and staff.

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College ID Will Get You A Discount At Nature’s Bin On Tuesdays

Any college student can tell you that college can be a stressful time on the budget and on efforts to make healthier food choices. Now students can let their college ID earn discounts when they head to Nature’s Bin on Tuesdays. Beginning on October 7, students can present their own valid College ID when checking out at Nature’s Bin and receive 10% off their purchases. The discount does not apply to alcohol or catering purchases and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

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LHS Design Meeting Set For October 7

The architect team from URS Corp. will be on hand to present preliminary design ideas for the eastern end of Lakewood High School at a community meeting on Tuesday, October 7 at 6 p.m. in the LHS L Room. Please come and share your comments and give input on this important stage of the project. Community meetings have been held for the three elementary schools to be rebuilt and now it is the high school's turn. Now is the time to have your say!

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District Earns "A" For Overall Student Progress

The 2013-2014 preliminary State Report Card results are in and the report for Lakewood City Schools shows that the district continues to provide a quality education, earning an overall A for Student Progress, which measures academic gains in our students’ Reading and Math over a year’s time, also known as Value-Added.

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Kids Cove To Be Renovated

Returning for their first meeting after their summer break, Council President, Mary Louise Madigan, called the September 9, 2014 meeting of Council to order at 7:34 P.M.

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Foundation To Honor 12 Hall Of Famers At Lakewood Homecoming

First woman to drive the Indy 500. Nationally recognized special education innovator. Cartoonist for a widely syndicated comic strip. International philanthropist and entrepreneur. What do they all have in common? They’re all superstars of the Lakewood City Schools.

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"Ask Roxann" - Volume 1

As I approach every work day with a list of items to complete, it is inevitable that most of those items go unaddressed due to the unforeseen circumstances of working in a school district. I revel in the thought of checking off completed tasks, however, many days are filled with parent discussions regarding the future of education, Common Core State Standards, new buildings and facilities, specialized programming within the district, and don’t forget Common Core State Standards.  There are so many good questions asked, and our community trumps any list that this “A-Type” school administrator might create to conquer, thus, the reason for this column.

After several conversations with Ms. Betsy Voinovich and Mr. Jim O’Bryan, we thought it would be beneficial to take some time to address the multitude of questions parents and community members might have regarding the Lakewood City Schools. While I might not have all the answers, I am lucky to work among an incredible group of people who collaborate to make the very best decisions to benefit all stakeholders. Not to mention, my office is ten feet from Mr. Jeffrey Patterson, Superintendent of Schools.

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The Scarecrows Are Coming!

Get your creativity on! Lakewood Kiwanis along with Uptown Lakewood are conducting the Scarecrow Festival from October 10th through October 26th. This year the plan is to have scarecrows on Madison Avenue from Highland Avenue (W. 117th St.) all the way to Riverside Drive. This is a fun opportunity for individuals, families, businesses and clubs to get involved and build their own scarecrows.

Registration is $25 with proceeds shared by The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood and Uptown Lakewood. One-hundred percent of the proceeds received by the Lakewood Kiwanis will go to support Kiwanis International's Project Eliminate, a global campaign to end maternal and neonatal tetanus. Visit www.lakewoodkiwanis.com to download your registration application. Scarecrows need to be registered by October 4th. Corporate sponsorship is available for $100.

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Rangers Shut Out Normandy 35-0

The Lakewood Ranger football team defeated Normandy 35-0 on Friday, September 12th lifting its record to 2-1 on the season. The Rangers played very well in every aspect of the game, getting big contributions from the offense, defense, and special teams. The 2-1 mark matches the program’s best start over the past decade, and provides momentum going into their most difficult game of the year at Avon.

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Saying Goodbye To Wally, A Lakewood Icon Who Was Known For Saying Hello

Whether you sported purple and gold or green and gold, whether you lived in Lakewood or were passing through on your way downtown, you undoubtedly knew Wally. He was the man that sat outside of Lakewood Senior Health Campus, now O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood, located at the corner of Detroit and Bunts. Wally became an icon to students who attended school in Lakewood, year after year greeting them on their way to and from school. He also waved at each and every driver passing by. And what better event for Wally than the annual Lakewood 4th of July parade?!

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 4:31 PM, 09.16.2014

Moving Past "He Said, She Said"

The communication gap between men and women is more than just a mythical battle of the sexes. It’s the making of bestselling books, compelling talk radio and widely read articles chronicling research into how the two sexes relate to one another. There’s hard evidence that in relationships at work, home and play, men and women approach communication differently. Just ask Brecksville therapist and communications expert Susan Fee.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 4:31 PM, 09.16.2014

Guitarist Ray Kamalay Explores World Slavery And The Rise Of American Music

Through story and song, guitarist Ray Kamalay looks at slavery’s influence on our musical heritage on Sunday, September 21 at 2 p.m. in Lakewood Public Library’s Main Auditorium. A guitarist, singer, and jazz musician, Kamalay has recorded CDs with his group, Red Hot Peppers. He also holds a degree in political science with an emphasis in philosophy from the University of Detroit. In 1992, Kamalay’s love of history led him to present “World Slavery: the Haitian Revolution and the Rise of American Music.” Kamalay also teaches guitar with his book, The Secrets of Swing. Before his presentation at Lakewood Public Library, Kamalay takes the time to answer a few questions.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 4:31 PM, 09.16.2014

Jungle Terry's Traveling Zoo Visits Library

Children in the audience pet an alligator at a past performance.

Jungle Terry is a busy man. He has over one hundred animals requiring care, attention, and twice daily feedings. Despite his full schedule, he seems barely able to contain his energy and enthusiasm for his work as an animal trainer, naturalist, educator, and entertainer.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 4:31 PM, 09.16.2014

Lakewood: It's Time For The Talk About Heroin, Let's Help Keep Lakewood Alive!

Dr. Stephen Sroka talking to the students at Lakewood High School about heroin on August 28, 2014.

Did you know?

Lakewood leads the Cleveland suburbs in heroin deaths?

Heroin addiction is often a doctor-prescribed epidemic?

Most heroin deaths are white suburban males?

One out of four persons has a brain that is wired for opiate addiction?

90% of rehabbed-opiate-addicted youth relapse?

What should you do to prevent and deal with heroin/opiate addiction?

"I didn't know that! What can I do?" are the typical responses I get when I talk about heroin in Lakewood.

Get the facts from a panel of experts.

On Tuesday evening, September 30th, "Lakewood: It's Time for the Talk about Heroin" will take place at the Lakewood Public Library, Main Branch, 15425 Detroit, Avenue, from 7-8:30PM.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 4:31 PM, 09.16.2014

Take A U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Course

According to ODNR Watercraft, there are 24,957 boats registered in Cuyahoga County. From 2010-2013 there have been 52 incidents state wide involving 54 fatalities with drowning listed as the cause of death in 33 of the cases. Fifteen of the incidents occurred on Lake Erie.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 4:31 PM, 09.16.2014

Frank And Dean

The Friends of St. James,Inc. are sponsoring an evening of music, great food and fun at St. James (17514 Detroit, Lakewood) on September 26.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 4:31 PM, 09.16.2014

Taster Twins Try Thai!

Looking for a place to celebrate a birthday lunch, we serendipitously ended up at the newly opened Brown Sugar Fine Thai Cuisine nestled in the middle of downtown Lakewood. Occupying the space of the short-lived Somethin's Smokin' restaurant, the space has been transformed into a clean, tranquil looking dining room with simple decor which belies the intricate recipes served there. The menu is extensive, with seemingly endless choices! To compound the bounty of options, most of the dishes can be customized to your personal heat preference (or tolerance). Each member of the accommodating and gracious staff was nonplussed by having to explain the menu items and make note of the personal variations.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 4:31 PM, 09.16.2014