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Lakewood Women’s Club First Spring Fundraiser Attracts An Influential Crowd

Laura Ponticello, award-winning author and publisher who is best know for her books “Live the Life of Your Dreams” and “The Art of Self Transformation, A Guide to Awakening,” will be the keynote speaker Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Lakewood Women’s Club inaugural spring fundraiser, “Women Honoring Women.”

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"I Want This...I Want That"...LHS Student Takes "Ownership" Of Her Thoughts

“Ownership” is a chameleon word--a word that is singular and embodies a multitude of perceptions. From a tender age, humans are notorious for having a desire of wanting and a desire of owning. The toys, the clothes, the trinkets--we want it all. As the life cycle proceeds, we become acquainted with the fact that “to own” does not only mean to have something, but to know something. We may “own” the experience of reading a life-changing book, we may “own” the art of playing the violin, we may even “own” the memory of a beautiful summer sunset. As we assume ownership over the intangible items in life, we forge identity in ourselves--grounding us deep within our roots--to create an authentic sense of self. The contrasting effect is “owning” the tangible items in life that will eventually bestow a plague of unhappiness as a result of an ephemeral validation. Taking ownership within experience, skill, and memory lays foundation for the true ability to build character. Seeking validation, fulfillment, contentment via ownership only leaves one hindered--leaves one unknowing of the true chronicle that is self identity.

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Movie Review Of "Song To Song"

This recent movie, “Song to Song,” appears at first glance to be a musical. The movie does have excerpts from some 86 songs, but is far from a musical. The 145 minute movie reflects a movie pattern of Director Terrence Malick, an award winning director, screenwriter, and producer some of whose movies sort of reflect a French word, “etourdie” or scatterbrain, of a scattering of often small, unclear plots throughout a movie. 

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Grant 3rd Graders Love Lakewood Project - Doughnut Pantry

The Doughnut Pantry by Matthew C.

On Wednesday, March 21st our projects were due. These projects were all about Lakewood. First you had to pick a location. It could be any location as long as it was located in Lakewood. Second you had to write and research your location. If you could, you had to do an interview. It could be the owner, a worker, or just a senior citizen. As long as they knew about your location. The papers had to be at least one whole page long. The max was two whole pages. Finally you had to make a model of your building. The outside like the outside, and the inside similar to the inside. You could use any material you wanted but the size had to be in the range of a shoebox. The project was started on the first of March so you had three weeks to do it. Some of these projects included GV Art + Design by Rowan L., The Root Cafe by Miles E., KB Confections by Cooper R., Lion & Blue by Cole H., Winking Lizard Tavern by Ellie H., and many others.

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Grant 3rd Graders Love Lakewood Project - The Beck Center

My class did a project on the history of Lakewood. Each student was required to choose one place in Lakewood, write a two-page history paper, and make a model of the place. Many of the places picked were well-known. There was a total of 24 projects. We did this project so that we could each learn a little bit about the different places in Lakewood. These are a few of the projects done in my class: The Doughnut Pantry by Matthew C., Lion & Blue by Cole H., The Sweet Spot by Rhea T., and Cyrano’s Place by Alessio M.

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Vinyl Records Vs. Alternatives

People often now stream music from Ipods, phones or computers. Sure they get it free, but can it really compare with vinyl records? Vinyl has a nicer sound quality and frankly it's more fun to have a record on vinyl than to stream music.

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Plant Store Revival: Lakewood Plant Company

Our new logo! Designed by Derek Maxfield.

What goes around, comes around. Back in the seventies, tropical plants were all the rage. Wandering Jews, Corn plants, and Swedish ivy were household names and everyone knew how to macrame to hang their favorites. LAKEWOOD PLANT COMPANY has revived that tradition and is enhancing it with 10 foot Birds of Paradise, 3 foot wide Monstera plants and a large succulent and cactus selection.

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Graphic Novels For Young Readers

Are graphic novels “real” reading? Many parents and even educators my find themselves asking this question when faced with a young reader who loves the format. Graphic novels are fighting the stigma against comics as anti-literature in a big way recently, being included in school curriculums, winning awards historically granted to traditional literature, and carving a new path in the realm of literacy. Still, some may be intimidated by the concept as it challenges the idea of what many have always thought of as quality reading.

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Women Honoring Women Book Signing Event At Lakewood Public Library

At first glance, Laura Ponticello and Traci Medford-Rosow have little in common. They’ve each written a book, but their subjects are vastly different. When these two women team up to present their books and inspirational messages to patrons of the Lakewood Public Library on Wednesday, May 3rd, at 7 p.m., the connection between the two may become clearer.

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Lakewood Welcomes Prominent Cleveland Area Pastor

Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost

On May 1, the Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost will arrive at Lakewood United Methodist Church as Interim Pastor, following the ten year pastorate of the Rev. Bruce Hartley. Dr. Yoost was Senior Pastor at Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights for seventeen years, where his sermons and “Thoughts for the Day” were broadcast on radio stations WCLV, WHKW and WDOK. He is a frequent workshop leader and guest preacher. In November, 2016, he led seminars on “Discipleship and Church Renewal” and “Pastoral Ministry – Past, Present and Future” at his Alma Mater, Boston University School of Theology.

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WordStage Literary Concerts Presents - The Literary Legacy Of The Beat Generation

Like the French Impressionist artists of Paris, the Beat writers were a small group of close friends first, and a movement later. The term “Beat Generation” gradually came to represent an entire period in time, but the entire original Beat Generation in literature was small enough to have fit into a couple of cars.

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Lakewood Area Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Area Collaborative hosts a monthly Job Club on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, at 15700 Detroit Ave. It is an excellent motivational support system with professional discussions on suggested topics at each meeting, while providing links to necessary resources in the local community to help members find employment in today’s job market. 

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Lakewood Schools Earn Best Communities For Music Education Award

Lakewood City Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Only 4% of districts across the nation are receiving the prestigious award in 2017.

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A Free, Five Week Course On Class Strife: A Multi-Generational Look Through Literature

Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program is presenting a free, non-credit five week course at Lakewood Public Library. Class Strife: a Multi-Generational Look through Literature will be presented by instructor Barbara Parr on Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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Middle Schools Earn Top Ratings At State Mock Trial

The 7th Grade Garfield Mock Trial Team with adviser Dan Smith.

Over two Fridays in late March, the Garfield and Harding Middle Schools’ mock trial teams traveled to Columbus to compete in the statewide Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education. The group of 7th and 8th graders came away with high ratings and awards for Best Lawyer and Best Witness.

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Emerson Principal Heading Back To LHS

Emerson Elementary School Principal, Brian Siftar.

The Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting held Friday, April 7, 2017 approved the appointment of Emerson Elementary School Principal Brian Siftar as Associate Principal for Lakewood High School effective with the 2017-2018 school year.

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Red Cross Blood Drive In Memory Of Dr. Steve Meadows

Dr. Steve Meadows

There will be a Red Cross Blood drive in memory of Dr. Steve Meadows on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at O'Neill HealthCare Campus - 605 Bradley Road, Bay Village, OH 44140.

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"Cincinnati Meets Cleveland" Features Players From Two Great Orchestras

Elizaabeth Freimuth, Principal Horn, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1895, and The Cleveland Orchestra, founded in 1918, have long musical traditions deeply rooted in their respective city’s histories. It was a young conductor named Nikolai Sokoloff who led a series of summer concerts in Cincinnati during the summer of 1918 and from there was engaged to come to Cleveland, eventually becoming the first music director of The Cleveland Orchestra in the fall of 1918. 

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

Spring sunshine and warmer winds 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 29th from 9-11 a.m. beginning at Madison Park. Come one or come all, and help spruce up the Madison Ave. commercial district. Learn from an arborist, and then we will plant trees in observance of Arbor Day, plant flowers, and mulch trees and large planters. Meet near the Madison Ave. entrance to Beck’s Pool in Madison Park. For more information or optional pre-registration see: http://www.onelakewood.com/KLB or call 529-6601.

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Gentleman Joe's Juggling Show

Come one, come all! Bring your family to the Lakewood Public Library to enjoy Gentleman Joe’s Juggling Show. This versatile performer is a veteran of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Get ready for eye-popping balancing stunts, juggling, musical entertainment and more. All ages will be delighted with this entertaining show that combines humor, clowning and magic. Prepare to laugh and get ready to be amazed! This will be a night to remember - one that will live in your child’s memory for years to come.

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Gordon Tower Insurance In Lakewood Once Again to Sponsor Hunger Relief Event: All You Need Is Love (And Food!) On April 29

Gordon Tower Insurance Agency at 14701 Detroit Ave Suite # 362 is once again the Corporate Sponsor along with Auto Owners Insurance for “All You Need is Love (And Food)” Hunger Relief Benefit on Saturday April 29th, 2017 at 6 p.m. to be held this year at Vosh at 1414 Riverside Dr, in Lakewood. “All You Need is Love (And Food)” brings together the timeless music of the Beatles as area musicians perform their favorite tunes while we raise money for this worthy cause! All proceeds benefit Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach (TLCO) a dynamic and fast-growing hunger relief organizations. Please join Gordon Tower Insurance at this wonderful event.

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LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, April 19
Documentary - Prisons for Profit (2014) Presented by ACLU of Ohio

What happens when prisoners become dollar signs? Prisons for Profit, a short documentaryproduced by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU), chronicles the first eighteen months after Corrections Corporation of America purchased the Lake Erie Correctional Institution from the state of Ohio. The film reveals the disturbing events, including rampant drug use, violence, inadequate medical care, incompetence and confusion that unfolded in the aftermath of that sale.
6:30 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Easter Seals Northern Ohio Offers Summer Speech Program

Easter Seals therapists work one-on-one with clients to improve communication skills.

Easter Seals Northern Ohio is pleased to announce its plans for a summer speech therapy program in Lakewood. The program, which will be held at the Easter Seals office located at 14701 Detroit Ave. #470, and will offer services to children with speech and language disabilities or delays.

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Open Letter To Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown: Investigate Suspected Fraud In Lakewood Municipality

Cliff by Pier W Restaurant - Lakewood Ohio

Thanks for your attention to our grievance about Lakewood’s $1.8 Million ordinances obligating us to the “cliff erosion protection” project. As you know, even the ODNR doesn’t recommend this at this time. Coastal seawalls and revetments etc, harm shores, lake water and won’t assure the prevention of cliff collapse. With these type of ordinances, President Trump’s $0 funding for Great Lake Protection, and Trump's denial of climate change, the multibillion dollar industry our lakes provide is greatly threatened.

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Citizen’s Police Academy Reunion April 24

The Lakewood Police Department announces a reunion for all graduates of LPD’s Citizens’ Police Academy on April 24 at City Hall in the auditorium, beginning at 6:30pm. Anyone who has completed the 12-week course is invited to attend, hear an update from the police department, learn about new body camera technology and reconnect with classmates from the past.

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Get To Know LakewoodAlive: Housing Outreach

George standing next to his new washing machine.

Lakewood is a city of homes and we love them dearly. They might be old, the toilet in the basement might leak a little, and the porch might be a little spongy in the middle. But we can agree that one of the badges of honor we all wear on our collective sleeve is the pride we have in our homes.

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From The Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

For many years, the streetcars in Lakewood played an important role in transportation. Men commuting to work often rode shoulder to shoulder with women who were running errands or making social calls. Here, riders prepare to board at a stop on Madison Avenue during the early 1900s.

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A Tale Of Two Cities

The Cleveland Clinic recently announced the imminent closing of the birthing unit of the Medina Hospital on July 1, 2017. The Medina City Council immediately reacted with a 6-0 resolution to stop the closing of the birthing unit. The Mayor of Medina made futile overtures to the Cleveland Clinic and currently he is in discussion with another healthcare provider to continue to provide birthing center services to the citizens in the Medina area.

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Another Egg’citing Bunny Visit

All smiles when the Easter Bunny visited Assisted Living at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood.

On April 8th, residents, families and staff gathered in our community, O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood, for our annual Easter Bunny Visit and  Egg Hunt. All enjoyed watching the children search for eggs, seeing the smiles and excitement on their faces as they revealed the surprises inside, and seeing the Easter Bunny! After the search, refreshments were served. Such a simple event never fails to warm the hearts of all involved and brings all ages together to laugh, enjoy and be a kid again!

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CCLAS Hair Of The Dog Happy Hour And Silent Auction

The Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter (CCLAS) is proudly sponsoring its annual Hair of the Dog Happy Hour and Silent Auction on Thursday, May 18th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the popular Around the Corner Saloon in Lakewood.

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Tristan Rader For City Council At-Large – Let’s Make Lakewood Better, Together

Lakewood at its best is a place that welcomes and connects new and old residents, alike, to something bigger. I’m running for city council at-large to help everyone share in this promise of an engaged vibrant community. Our city welcomed me when I needed a place to stay after returning from mission work several years ago. A friend in Lakewood took me in, and soon I truly had found a place where I wanted to stay. Although I was born in Cleveland, Lakewood has won my heart and is my home.

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From the Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

On March 1, the Oldest Stone House Museum re-opened its doors for the season and welcomed its first visitors, Keira Gardner and Jim Erickson, of Lakewood. Stop in for a free tour on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. If your class or community group can't make it to the museum, let the museum come to you! Contact 216-221-7343 for details.

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Rotary Foundation Awards Over $59,000 In Grants

Over $59,000 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.

The awards focused on three main areas – community health and wellness, food and nutrition, and programs that encourage and foster youth leadership.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River will award $12,000 in scholarships to high school seniors, and presented $6,000 to student winners in the club’s annual speech, music and art competition at the Beck Center on March 27.

The Beck Center received $2,500 for arts scholarships, and $1,860 was used to continue the club’s commitment to provide a dictionary each year to every third grader in Lakewood and Rocky River.

Seed money grants went to North Coast Health Ministry ($5,000) for a diabetic retinopathy machine, and Girls with Sole ($2,500) to fund its summer camp initiative.

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Grant 3rd Graders Love Lakewood Project - The Lakewood Public Library

The Lakewood Public Library by Alexandra A.

On March 24 at Grant Elementary School Mrs. Masgras’ class officially showed their Lakewood independent projects to lots of people including Mayor Summers and some other people from the city. The independent projects started around the beginning of March. So first what you had to do is pick a location that you know. Second whatever location you got you had to make a 1 to 2 page essay about the history, present and maybe the possible hopes for the future. Third you had to make a model of the location that you picked and make it look a lot like the real place that you picked.

The location that I picked was the Lakewood Public Library. I picked the Lakewood Public Library because it's very popular and I love the library because it has books and movies that everyone loves. And also because it's kid friendly. Some examples of some other ones that people picked and maybe you heard of are Sweet Designs, Winking Lizard, GameStop, Souper Market and my mom's favorite, GV Art Design and many more. There were many different locations.

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Grant 3rd Graders Love Lakewood Project - Kauffman Park

Mayor Summers reads over Ceci's project.

My name is Cecilia and I’m in Mrs. Masgras’ third grade class at Grant school. Our independent project for the third quarter was the history of Lakewood. At first, I freaked out because we needed to type a paper, build a model, and present it within two weeks. To add to the stress, I had a million other things to do and go along with my daily life. To top it off, VIPs (the mayor, people from the council, etc.), parents, Ms. Lynch’s class, and the second floor of the school were coming! For this project, first we each chose a place. Some of these places included Kauffman Park, Lakewood Park, Melt, Lion and Blue, KB Confections, the Lakewood and Madison libraries, The Sweet Spot, the Beck Center, and many other cherished places. After that, we gathered research to type a paper. Then we built a model. Next we turned it in on March 22. Finally we presented it on March 24. Out off all off these, I thought the model would be the easiest. Turns out I was wrong. I loved the process except the stress. Looking back though, I realize it was worth it to see the project unfold and to share it with the others. This project was amazing!

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LHS Pair Take Top Awards In Writing Contest

Lakewood High students took the top two spots in the Hiram College Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest and several other students earned Honorable Mention and Finalist honors. Congratulations to junior Zachary Howe, who was awarded first place and junior Isabel Ostrowski, who took second place.

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Senator Skindell Introduces The Retail And Restaurant Employee Rights Act

State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) has introduced Senate Bill 101 to provide struggling employees with predictive scheduling and fair treatment in the workplace. Ohioans are known for their hard work ethic and dedication to their jobs. The Retail and Employee Rights Act is necessary to pay Ohio workers the same respect that they put into building a stronger and greater Ohio.
 
In today's post-recession economy, many large retailers are employing part-time workers at relatively low wages, forcing many employees to work multiple jobs. At the same time, retail employers are utilizing "just in-time" scheduling practices and changing schedules the "day of" an employee's work shift. These practices make it difficult for the employees to hold that crucial second job. Employees can only work for multiple employers if they have predictability in scheduling and are treated fairly. The bill also covers workers in fast-food restaurant franchises.
 
"Predictive scheduling protects our most vulnerable workers, those who need to rely on more than one job – either part-time or full-time – to make ends meet,” said Deb Kline, Director at Cleveland Jobs With Justice. “It is impossible for a low wage earner to seek more than one place of employment unless they know the hours their employers are going to require them to work. Erratic scheduling also negatively impacts workers in need of childcare or those who have become caretakers of aging or disabled family members. Cleveland Jobs with Justice hopes that the Ohio Legislature will take action now to protect our workers by passing predictive scheduling."
 

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LHS Boys Soccer Team Gives Back!

The Lakewood High School Boys Soccer Team is a special group of young men. Besides kicking a ball around the field and cheering on teammates, the players are actively involved in giving back to the Lakewood community.

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Keeping Kids Safe In Parking Lots

Have you had a scare in a parking lot or driveway? You are juggling bags of groceries, responding to a text or maybe getting your baby out of the car seat. You are distracted for a second – the amount of time it takes your toddler or preschooler to run away from your vehicle and into a busy area. Many of us can relate to this occurrence that happens all too often. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, 96 fatalities and 2,000 injuries in children occur every year due to being backed over.

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District's IT Specialist Forkins In Staff Spotlilght

IT Specialist Ron Forkins, Lakewood City Schools' April Staff Spotlight honoree.

Lakewood City Schools IT network specialist Ron Forkins, the District's April Staff Spotlight honoree, says working for the Lakewood Schools is the best job he ever had.

“I get to save the day and be superman,” he says. “When I show up and fix things, I make people happy.”

Forkins joined Lakewood Schools 10 years ago as a computer technician. Before that, he worked in the private sector in IT. He worked at several point-of-sale companies, which came in handy as he tackled a major project for the Nutrition Services Department last spring and into the new school year installing point-of-sale systems in our school building cafeterias.

“Ron was a tremendous help and support with the implementation of the Point of Sale System,” said Nutrition Services director Nancy Early who nominated Forklin. Early had the backing of all her staff as well in nominating Ron. She and her staff were particularly impressed with Forkins helping the students input their personal IDs into the system’s pin pad. Forkins continues work with staff with any ongoing questions about the system. By all accounts, the transition to the new system went off without a hitch.

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March 20, 2017 City Council Meeting

Meeting Highlights

University Tees Economic Grant Approved

Adopted Resolution 8923-17 detailed entering into an economic grant agreement with University Tees, issued in the form of annual rebates not to exceed $100,000. Jeff Frederico, the Director of Finance for University Tees, spoke of the company's mission to Develop People and Change Lives (DPCL), explaining, "the more you invest in a person, it's a win for the person, the company, and the community." Frederico expressed University Tees love of Lakewood and their gratitude for the ability to expand through the grant. Frederico stated the company is growing so rapidly that securing more space is vital for future growth, and this grant will not only provide space but will also encourage new employees to move to the city of Lakewood. The council expressed excitement for the development and requested scheduling a tour of the Screw Factory (13000 Athens Avenue) University Tees facility.

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LakewoodAlive Unveils 2017 Schedule of Community Events

2016 Lakewood Summer Meltdown (Photo Credit: Alex Belisle)

Front Porch Concert Series, Summer Meltdown, Spooky Pooch Parade, Chocolate Walk and Light Up Lakewood drew 35,000+ attendees last year

Mark your calendars for plenty of fun in Lakewood this year. LakewoodAlive announces its schedule of community events for 2017 – a collection of five events spanning 15 dates that will afford attendees ample opportunities to celebrate Lakewood’s vibrancy. 

The Front Porch Concert Series, Lakewood Summer Meltdown, Spooky Pooch Parade, Lakewood Chocolate Walk and Light Up Lakewood encompass a diverse slate of events that truly offers something for everyone. Collectively, this quintet of LakewoodAlive events drew more than 35,000 attendees to Downtown Lakewood during 2016.

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Preventing Coyote Conflicts

Coyotes are cautious animals that are common throughout Cuyahoga County and all of Ohio. Coyotes have coexisted amongst us in Lakewood for years, rarely being noticed. Today, there are at least three alpha pairs, and their groups, living in Lakewood. An alpha pair lives in the Madison Park vicinity, another pair lives in the South West Corner, and the third pair in the Lakewood Park vicinity (see map.) Coyotes are located in dense urban populations all across the United States including Chicago, Los Angeles and even New York City.

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Lucky To Be Local

From Woodstock, while eating an incredibly yummy barbecued meal from a pie tin, I realized how fortunate I am to live in this time and place. Not in the existential sense (though that could be the premise for my next article) but in the geographic one.

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A Tale Of Two Phone Calls

While stopped at the traffic light at Clifton Boulevard and Summit Avenue on March 8, I noticed the top of a utility pole swinging an arc of twenty degrees across the sidewalk with the high wind that day. When I got home, I called the Illuminating Company to ask them nicely to do something about it.

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Lakewood Women's Club Celebrates 55 Years

From 1962 to 2017 the Lakewood Women’s Club has shaped & contributed to the Lakewood community. Past achievements include the sponsorship of the Women’s pavilion in Lakewood Park. Over $30,000 in scholarship money has been awarded on merit to high school women seniors to pursue further studies. Since 1995 over $200,000 has been awarded to support vital community organizations in Lakewood including the Beck’s Center, Live Well Lakewood, Meals on Wheels, the HUGS Foundation & Trinity Church community outreach programe to name a few.

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North Coast Needlers Quilt Show

"Red Pop" raffle quilt drawing on afternoon of Sunday April 23.

North Coast Needlers Quilt Guild presents its 15th biennial quilt show, "My Favorite Chix are Quilters!" Over 250 quilts will be featured, ranging from traditional and contemporary to modern and art quilts, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Many of our members are award-winning quilters!
 
Quilts will be exhibited in the airy rotunda of Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Boulevard, Westlake, on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. Show hours are 10-5 both days. A beautiful red and white guild-made quilt will be raffled off on Sunday afternoon. 
 
Expanding on the show's theme will be a series of challenge quilts, "Chix Run Wild" and a block contest display. The contest blocks will be crafted into a "Chix For Kids" quilt for this year's donation recipient, Northeast Ohio Adoption Services. A special show event is "Adopt a Chix," with proceeds from the "adoption" of stuffed "Chix" also donated to Northeast Ohio Adoption Services to further their work placing children with loving families. 
 
Rounding out the show will be a boutique offering handcrafted items for sale, a quilt-side cafe, and a vendor mall featuring local and regional dealers. Admission donation is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, ages 10 and under free. More information can be found on the North Coast Needlers website www.ncnquilt.com.

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What Did You Say To Me?: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 46

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. 

Archie & The Bunkers - Live At Third Man Records - Third Man Records - 2 songs - 7"

The right way to take in Archie & The Bunkers is live, so I appreciate that there is now a live Archie record. This record is recorded pretty darn well (as are most of these Third Man live records, I take it), so that's cool. "She's A Rockin' Machine" is a decent garage rock tune. It's previously unreleased as well, so there's a bonus for all you Archie collectors out there. Although I know that it is an unpopular opinion, I think it would be improved with the addition of a guitarist. That isn't a dig at Cullen's organ playing skills, which improve even more with every passing record, I'm just saying. Still an alright song. "Mystery Lover," on the flip side, is my pick here. A more menacing sounding organ riff really makes it. It might be one of their best songs, and this is a quite good performance of it (topping the one on the "Mystery Lover" 12", I'd say). Though I like this record, it really just makes me want a full Archie & The Bunkers live LP. When's that coming out? 3.9/5

(thirdmanrecords.com or if you want the exclusive limited edition blue vinyl version, it's available exclusively at My Mind's Eye or from the band)

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017

Trends We Are Seeing In Weather Related Claims And Auto Claims

2016 was a mild weather year if you take some of the extreme storms that we had in Lakewood out of the mix. However, though many insurance companies across the eastern portion of the United States experienced more claims than in 2015, 2016 was still better than 2015 and prior. Just so you can wrap your head around what “a lot” of claims really means, companies like Auto Owners Insurance, for example, had over 500,000 claims in 2016. That’s number of claims, not number of dollars! And more than 71,000 of those claims were weather related. Weather related incidents include hail, wind, tornadoes, with the worst one in neighboring Kokomo, IN. Farther away, Hurricane Matthew delivered over 6,400 claims in FL, GA , NC & SC alone. Even though wildfires are not considered weather events, Tennessee wildfires caused over 200 claims and the majority of those claims were considered “total losses.”

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017

Movie Review Of "Beauty And The Beast"

The recent movie “Beauty and the Beast,” is a classic love story about a beautiful young village maiden, Belle, and a cursed prince, who became a large, frightening, hairy beast living in a huge, cursed, cold, and forbidding castle. This 2017 Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films 129 minute film features combinations of cartoon characters mingled with live humans, extravagant background music, and excellent solos by cartoon characters and human actors. The movie’s plot is based on a 1700’s French fairy tale, “La Belle et al Bete.” The film has interwoven plots of wonderfully created digitized colors, suspenseful chases, and interactions of the various characters. Many adventures and dangerous threats to the main characters, such as the maiden’s father who gets imprisoned in the castle by the Beast after being chased by some vicious wolves, keep the audience in suspense. A very sturdy and fast white horse is one of the interesting characters, who is ridden toward and escaping from the castle. Belle (Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame) gets threatened by dangerous wolves, but gets rescued by the Beast (Dan Stevens of Secret of the Tomb and TV fame) Though injured in the battle protecting her, he gets care for his injuries by Belle..  She is also courted by a village self-centered ruffian-type of bully, Gaston, who is determined to marry her with all kinds of sly behaviors including threatening to kill her father. Gaston even ties him to a tree where he might be devoured by the wolves. She continues to rebuff Gaston throughout the movie. Earlier in the movie, she had exchanged herself in the castle prison for her father, who she greatly loves, and is determined to save him from the castle prison. When the father tries to explain the Beast to the village people, Gaston gets him imprisoned in a jail-like wagon, where he is to be sent to an insane asylum. Belle ends up in the same wagon. Meanwhile, the villain is off to the castle with the village people to try to kill the Beast. 

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017

Join The Lakewood Division Of Aging For A Tour Of Playhouse Square

Take advantage of a totally unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the "Behind the scenes" area of Playhouse Square. Get back stage, check out the orchestra pits, the set storage areas and dressing rooms. Find out what it takes to make your theater favorites come to life.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017