St. Edward defeated Solon 84-70 Tuesday evening in a highly anticipated matchup of local powers. Solon entered the game undefeated, and was ranked the top team in the entire state of Ohio. The Eagles, who narrowly defeated Central Catholic in OT on Saturday, had risen to #8 in the state polls. An overflow crowd was in attendance on the unseasonably warm evening, causing numerous game delays due to condensation on the floor.
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Lakewood Municipal Court Judge Patrick Carroll recently dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of a local dog, “Charlie,” but sternly criticized the City of Lakewood’s role in the proceedings.
The lawsuit objected to a city order calling for Charlie’s removal from Lakewood, under local breed-specific legislation that bans pit-bull type dogs. Judge Carroll ruled that his court was not the right venue to decide the issues at hand, which are currently before the County Court of Common Pleas as well.
In the conclusion to his ruling, however, Carroll took the City of Lakewood to task for its handling of the controversy.
“In reviewing the number of court decisions involved in this case, I am awed by the staggering amount of public funds spent on attorney's fees to dispute conflicts between a state statute and a municipal ordinance that covers the same area and with the same goal of public safety,” he wrote. (Ohio removed breed-specific language from state animal control law in 2015.)
Carroll suggested that the city’s resources could be better spent on other problems. Additionally, he criticized “long term costs to the community,” as a result of “continuing to maintain divisive policies, regardless of the validity of an ordinance, which pit neighbor against neighbor and fosters greater division in this community.”
Assistant Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio has been named the next Superintendent of the North Ridgeville City Schools. She will leave her position with the District on July 31 after serving Lakewood City Schools for nine years in various administrative positions.
A dozen Grant Elementary fifth-graders won honors for their performance at the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics competition on February 10. The students are part of the school’s Math Club, which meets biweekly to practice math problems just for fun.
The LHS girls basketball team defeated Brecksville-Broadview Heights 55-20 on Saturday night to advance in the OHSAA state championship tournament. The victory was the 100th at LHS for head coach Mike Harper. The team commemorated the event by presenting a banner to Harper after the game. Athletic Director Sean Jackson was among those congratulating Harper on the milestone.
BEER ENGINE, Lakewood’s premier draft beer bar, says, “Thank You, for your business,” by giving back to the community!
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Performance – Great Lakes Theater Classics on Tour Huck Finn
Great Lakes Theater’s Classics on tour presents Huck Finn. Adapted by Eric Schmiedl and based on the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Two runaways – a boy and a slave – team-up for adventure on the mighty Mississippi! On the journey, they learn lessons of integrity, dignity, and friendship.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
The Lakewood Women’s Club annual event, Women Honoring Women, is fast approaching on May 10th, 2018. The main focus of this event is to honor women who work or live in the community and whom are making notable contributions to it. The application deadline was recently extended from January 26th to February 23rd in the hopes to receive a few more applications for the two categories; Emerging and Distinguished leaders.
All the event information and application is on our website:
https://lakewoodwomensclub.weebly.com under the Events tab.
Last years event at Georgetow/Vosh was a huge success and raised money for our then charity recipient, Trinity of Lakewood and a high school graduate who was selected from our scholarship program.
Hospice provides care for individuals and families when they need it the very most. On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7 p.m., Nancy Miller, RN at The Hospice of the Western Reserve will visit Lakewood Public Library for an informative discussion about end-of-life and palliative care services that are available and how to access them.
noun, plural heroes; for 5 also heros.
1. a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character:
2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal:
One of the hidden strengths in any community are the heroes that reside within it. Special people, often quiet and unsung and without the need for kudos or special thanks, that do extraordinary things to make the lives of those around them better, safer, and more enjoyable.
One Shovel Wide - Not Enough For Snow Blowing Man
Gary Rice years ago started a concept called “One Shovel Wide.” Simply put, if you cannot get out to clean all of the snow from your walks, people should try to at least clear one shovel wide. A low effort, take your time, do not overwork yourself, but make an effort to give people a clear walk way past your property. It was immortalized in song and video on You-Tube = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cwwxvkzasY. It would seem that it has caught on for the most part in the city. I myself try to get out early before the snow is walked on and clear the houses around me, either because they are older, sicker, or have no kids. It has also been put out through LakewoodAlive in their efforts.
BUT, another person, a hero to many, has taken it much further, Rob Spargo, aka “Snowblowing Man” hits the streets errr sidewalks.
I like to clear my walks early, so I didn’t notice it at first, but as I slept in I heard a snowblower going by. I just lay in bed and smiled, figuring it was a neighbor, helping me as I have helped them. When I walked out later I noticed tire tracks I had never seen before, “Hmmmmmm I thought, must be a new snow blower.” I generally feel one of the nice things you can do for a neighbor is to shovel or snow blow their sidewalks. First it is great for walkers, joggers and dog walkers, but to be able to stay in your robe, enjoy coffee, and not have to get into it, is great. Also you find elderly who simply cannot, sick, people not home and on and on. One of the secrets is to get the snow cleared before the afternoon sun, which will both help melt it and dry it. If not, people walk on it and it turns into uneven ice with slippery spots.
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.
Calling all artists in kindergarten through first grade! Do you love to look at the illustrations in picture books? Create your own masterpieces in Illustration Creation, an engaging art program featuring picture book illustration at the Lakewood Public Library. This six week program will feature a different children’s book illustrator and author each week for project inspiration and will culminate in an art show for family and friends.
It was your average work day like any other when I made a last minute stop after work for some quick dinner. I remember a week earlier my husband telling me the Mr. Hero owner was so nice and the place was so clean so I figured I'd stop there.
There were a few people ahead of me in line and so I sat down. As a previous storefront owner I pay attention to the small details just out of habit sometimes. I looked up from scrolling my phone to notice that the owner was waiting on the customers.
How did I know he was the owner? I just had a feeling by the way he was thanking everyone when he handed them their meal "Thank you very much, you have a wonderful evening and I hope to see you again very soon." Aw, how nice, I thought. I looked around and also noticed how spotless everthing was, impressive, then we begain to chat. This man was so friendly, we talked about small business, and he spoke very highly of "his customers." It was refreshing and, of course when he handed me my meal, he also thanked me and invited me back real soon.
Do you enjoy art? Do you like to use markers, oil pastels and paint? Are you in the second, third or fourth grade? If you answered “yes” to these questions, sign up for the Strokes of Genius program at the Lakewood Public Library. You will have the opportunity to learn about renowned artists and then have fun creating your own masterpiece in each artist’s style. Register for this program online at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140. You can also register at the Children’s and Youth Services desk at the Main Library or the Madison Branch.
Whether you have a lot, or a little, it is never too late to make sure your personal and financial affairs are in order. Take the time to learn about which decisions need to be made to properly address your own unique life circumstances.
For all too many older adults, the fear of falling leads them to unduly limit their physical activity. Unfortunately, this tendency leads to some undesirable results. The more people restrict their activities, the weaker they become. This, in turn, leads to an increased risk of falls. There is now a better way of reducing the risk of falls, while also increasing personal activity.
Cleveland-based early-music ensemble Burning River Baroque will return to Lakewood this March with a performance of their Suppressed Voices: Music of the Banished. You can see this compelling program on Friday, March 23, in the chapel of the Lakewood Congregational Church (1375 West Clifton Boulevard; performance begins at 7:30 p.m.).
As winter (hopefully) turns to spring, many thoughts shift to warm summer days. For many in Lakewood, those warm summer thoughts include playing t-ball, learning to swim, or making new friends at summer camp. Lakewood Recreation is hiring seasonal employees to make all those summer memories continue for a new generation.
January 2018 is the 8th year the Westshore Young Leaders Network students have been serving the six-western suburbs (Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake) as communities united together for healthy living. Established in 2010 through the support of the Westshore Council of Governments and the Westshore Enforcement Bureau the group has grown its student and adult membership to foster young leaders who promote healthy, safe drug-free and addiction free lifestyle choices.
Got cabin fever? Longing for spring? Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park (FLDP) has the answer.
Songsten Gampo Buddhist Center of Cleveland has opened this past weekend in Lakewood. Here at Songsten Gampo, we provide opportunities for all, Buddhist or not, to discover the importance of wisdom and compassion in everyday life through meditation, classes, and more.
Our resident teacher, Buddhist nun, Ani Palmo Rybicki, is one of the most highly trained instructors in the country and has been teaching in the Greater Cleveland area for the past 12 years.
"While we provide a home for Buddhists, we are open to those of any faith and to those of no faith at all,” says Ani Palmo. “We offer the tools to transform the mind and heart. However people choose to use them is up to the individual."
There’s a new ministry in town: Good Soil Lutheran Ministries is one of the newest congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), created through the consolidation of Faith Lutheran Church in Lakewood and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rocky River.
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On February 24, 2018 Lakewood New Life Church (LNLC) will be hosting a coffee night event to officially launch their new young adult ministry called HEARTBEAT. It is going to be a fun night of food, games, live music, and of course lots of coffee. This event will take place from the hours of 6 – 9 p.m. at 14224 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood.
t’s time to boogie away those winter blahs! Come see the Lakewood High Dance Group performance of “Boogie! A Showcase of Student Choreography” one Friday, February 23 or Saturday, February 24 at the Civic Auditorium and enjoy an evening youthful energy and enthusiasm as our talented students entertain you with a variety of dance styles. It’s always a fun show for all ages.
Students at Lakewood High School and middle school 8th graders are busy poring over the latest LHS Course Guide in preparation for filling out schedule requests for next school year. They are likely finding that the hardest part of the process is narrowing down the choices from a course selection that is arguably the broadest in the state with more than 200 courses.
It’s time for our spring book sale, and we are so excited to once again showcase one of our biggest highlights here at Lakewood Public Library. We have an amazingly large selection of materials for our beloved patrons. This time around, our special attraction for the Spring sale is in the Big Better Book area located in the main library's lower level lobby. They will all be half price, even including new materials. We will also have a nice selection of military history and transportation books for our patrons to peruse. This will be one of the featured areas in the Big Better Book section.
Lakewood City Council formally supports a county-wide fee on plastic shopping bags, which Cuyahoga County Council has been considering since late last year.
Council members Tristan Rader (At-large) and Sam O’Leary (Ward 2) introduced a resolution in favor of the county proposal, at the February 5 City Council meeting. Council members approved the resolution by a 6-1 vote.
The vote “strongly encourages the honorable council of Cuyahoga County to adopt the ordinance O2017-0006, a pollution-control measure which creates a 10¢ bag fee charged for disposable bags at retailers,” said Rader.
The resolution was covered by local media, and spurred a variety of questions at the meeting and in the community. One station’s coverage may have created a false impression that Lakewood plans its own plastic bag fee; in reality council’s vote was a nonbinding resolution in support of action at the county government level.
O’Leary noted that the county’s proposal itself remains up for debate, and that “it is likely that this iteration of the legislation will have to change” in some way to win a majority on County Council. Rader says that he and O’Leary introduced the resolution in part to encourage County Council, where legislation introduced by members Sunny Simon and Lakewood’s representative Dale Miller has been stalled for several weeks.
The proposal’s general outlines, however, are: a county-wide plastic shopping bag fee of 10¢, with the proceeds mostly funding retailers’ expenses for participation, environmental cleanup efforts, and a program to promote and distribute free reusable shopping bags. Smaller stores and people on public assistance would be exempt from the fee, as would plastic bags for meat and other items where food safety is a concern.
Advocates of the proposal describe it as mainly a means to promote a cultural shift toward reusable bags, through free bags and a promotional effort funded by the fee. They point toward similar efforts by other regional governments, and some entire countries, which have produced a substantial decrease in plastic bag use.
Nonetheless bag fees and bans have proved controversial, particularly in the United States. An industry-funded campaign called the “Progressive Bag Alliance” has lobbied fiercely against them.
Lakewood City Council member David Anderson (Ward 1) voted against the resolution, after questioning the county proposal on various points. Anderson suggested that the fee could create problems for cities which collect recycling using bags, instead of carts or bins.
Environmentalists themselves have had mixed reactions to bag-reduction measures, as well.
The recycling rate for plastic shopping bags is low, and discarded bags indisputably contribute to plastic contamination in waterways and the food chain. Rader pointed to this issue in his comments. “This is just something that’s very important to me and I think it’s… crucial to our environment,” he said. “Lakewood particularly has 3½ miles of coastline if I’m not mistaken, and we also have about a mile of river line. So protecting these resources is really incumbent upon us.”
But experts have warned that reducing bag waste could worsen other environmental problems, including greenhouse gas emissions, depending on what takes disposable bags’ place. Producing and distributing cotton canvass bags, in particular, appears to be much more environmentally damaging than using durable plastic bags. (Cuyahoga County’s Director of Sustainability Mike Foley says that the county has not evaluated specific options for free reusable bags, yet, but that he is aware of these issues.)
Most experts’ opinion is that durability and extended use are the keys to minimizing the shopping bag’s impact, and studies suggest that reusable bags are eventually more ecologically friendly on all counts as long as they are actually reused, over a number of years.
Meanwhile, many voices also note that shopping bags are ultimately just a small piece of the challenges of plastic waste and consumerism. Bob Lilienfeld, editor of the Use Less Stuff report, has said that the total impact of all packaging—bags, wrappers, bottles—accounts for only 10% of a typical shopping trip’s environmental impact.
Some forms of environmental impact are easier to quantify than others, however, and O’Leary suggested that a tidier environment has some value in addition to impacts on public health or climate.
“We know, as many council members do, a common complaint in Lakewood front yards is that there’s some new plastic bag adorning the azaleas that was not originally intended to be planted there. …this is an issue that a lot of people in our community feel passionate about both from the environmental standpoint, strictly speaking, and also the aesthetic impacts that these bags can generate for our neighborhoods that abut commercial districts.”
The Lakewood boys hoops team defeated Westlake 57-32 on Tuesday night at LHS, retaining their spot in first place of the Southwestern Conference with only two conference games remaining. The Rangers swept the season series from the Demons, and boosted their overall record to 17-2 on the season.
The LHS girls basketball team defeated Avon 32-30 on Saturday afternoon to complete their regular season. The Rangers swept Avon in the season series, having defeated the Eagles at home in January in a 49-45 overtime game. This game was close throughout, and an intense defensive battle. Both teams forced numerous turnovers and forced the opposition into tough shots.
The end of the regular season is rapidly approaching, and there were two huge boys basketball games in Lakewood Friday night. St. Edward hosted St. Ignatius, and Lakewood hosted conference rival Avon. Both games were important for OHSAA tournament seeding, which will take place Sunday.
Private Entertainment House will be throwing a grand opening event that is open to the public on March 10, 2018. Private Entertainment House is a Hip Hop and R&B label which also provides studio time to the general public. You do not have to be under the label to set up studio time. There will be hors d'oeuvres and refreshments from 1pm-5pm at 12736 Lorain Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44111.
I stopped in at Goodkind Coffee for the first time the other day. Located in a storefront at 15526 Madison Avenue, the place impressed me enough to write the poem below. Kudos to friendly barista Kevin who answered my questions about the store and intuitively asked if I needed some cold water after I’d finished my cup of coffee.
LakewoodAlive’s Heroic Fundraising Event Takes Flight on February 24
February 19-23, 2018 is Kiwanis International recognition week for Kiwanis K Kids. Lakewood Kiwanis is proud to sponsor 3 K Kid Clubs in our community: Grant Elementary School, Horace Mann Elementary School and Family Life Before and After Care at Harrison Elementary School.
Rocky River Chamber Music Society presents its first concert of 2018 on February 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the magnificent acoustics of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church’s beautifully refurbished sanctuary at 20401 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River. Musical guest of honor will be the Bennewitz Quartet from Prague, Czech Republic. Formed in 1998 and named after renowned Czech violinist, Antonin Bennewitz, the Quartet’s current members are Jakub Fišer (violin); Štěpán Ježek (violin); Jiří Pinkas (viola); and Štěpán Doležal (cello).
Collaboration Results in Placement of 17 Benches and 12 Waste Receptacles
Mayor Proposes Adding New Breeds To Threatening Dogs List Including Staffordshire Terriers, American Bulldogs, Canary Mastiffs, Cane Corsos Subhead: Proposes Elimination Of Pit Bull Ban
Mayor Mike Summers has proposed an elimination of the city’s pit bull ban, which City Council will consider for the first time at its meeting tonight (January 2, 2018).
Agostino’s/Sushi Rock, located at 15607 Madison in Lakewood, is a unique dining experience offering classic Italian and Sushi under one roof. Restauranteur Joe Gallo, longtime owner of Agostino’s in Brooklyn, Ohio and a group of partners opened the new Agostino’s in November of 2017.
February 3, 2018–After receiving the Democratic Party endorsement and the backing of a long list of prominent Lakewood and Cleveland leaders, Lakewood Councilperson Tom Bullock this weekend kicked off his candidacy for state representative pledging to champion cities and urban development needs in Columbus. Bullock is running for Ohio’s 13th House District, which includes Lakewood, parts of Cleveland, and Linndale. Outgoing Representative Nickie Antonio is term-limited and is no longer eligible to run.
Hey gang, grab those mood rings; squeeze your feet into some platform shoes and let’s keep on truckin’ as we take a trip back into the ‘70’s.
An enthusiastic group of children and their parents enjoyed an entertaining versatile program at the Lakewood Public Library on a recent Saturday evening. “Magic by Blake” showcased a young illusionist who started the evening with several mystifying tricks. A juggling demonstration followed that had balls, rings, and pins flying through the air. Jaws dropped as Blake pulled a unicycle from behind the curtain and juggled as he rode the unicycle back and forth in front of captivated children. Balloon creations ranging from a flower to Superheroes were quickly fashioned by the able fingers of the magician to reward youngsters who had assisted with puzzling trickery.
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Team registrations for our Adult Spring/Summer Softball leagues are open beginning on February 1st. From COED and men's Sunday double header leagues to various weekday leagues, there are many opportunities to play. Players of all skill levels are welcome. New this season is a Women's Classic 45+ Monday League.
Registrations for our Youth Summer Baseball & Softball leagues are currently underway. From ages 4 to 15 in baseball and ages 9 to 12 in softball, we offer many opportunities to learn and play the game. Register by February 28th and receive $10 off your youth baseball or softball registration. These are fun and social leagues emphasizing fundamentals and sportsmanship.
The Lakewood Historical Society's biennial "Come Home to Lakewood" house tour occurs on September 9th, the first Sunday after Labor Day. While that seems far in the future, the planning process is already underway, and we need your help! We need to know the houses you want to see, those you drive by and wish you could get inside. Or perhaps you'd like to volunteer your own house. Give us the address, and we'll do the rest. We'll contact the owners to let them know they've been nominated, and ask if they'd be willing to showcase their home. If so, we'll visit, and choose from the nominees those that would make up the most unique and fascinating tour. We'll be rounding up our possibilities over the next few weeks, so don't delay, make your nominations today! You may nominate by:
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Author Event - "Too Lucky To Live: A Somebody's Bound to Wind Up Dead Mystery"
Book by Annie Hogsett
Cleveland divorce-survivor Allie Harper needs a nice, smart, hot guy and enough money to get her car fixed. The hot guy arrives first in a crosswalk, clutching a bag of groceries while a blonde in a Hummer is learning hard on her horn, sending the man's groceries and white cane flying. How has this woman missed the fact that the man is blind? Allie jumps to his rescue and the money is in the bag- literally. Thomas Bennington III, the handsome stranger, has bought a MondoMegaJackpot ticket. Allie and Tom grasp two things: one, they're hot for each other, and two, the ticket is a hot target, and now so are they. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Prepare yourself for a rousing performance by Jen Maurer and Anthony Papaleo, who play an awe-inspiring variety of music, including blues and Americana. Join us at the Main Auditorium of the Lakewood Public Library at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2018. This concert is part of the Sunday With The Friends program series.
Critical Overnight Respite Offered to Families of Pediatric Patients
The Trinity Brownbag Concert Series truly is one of Cleveland’s hidden gems. The breathtaking interior of Trinity Cathedral is the setting for a series of free lunchtime concerts performed by local and national musicians. The Lakewood Division of Aging has been taking full advantage of these wonderful opportunities. Seniors have been attending monthly concerts, featuring an eclectic mix of musical genres. In addition to the safe, worry-free transportation, The Division of Aging also provides a delicious box lunch to those who request it. Trinity Cathedral also has box lunches for sale for those who prefer to pick up something there. For many seniors in Lakewood, this monthly trip has become a regular item on their ‘To Do’ list.
The Lakewood Athletic Boosters are holding their 14th annual Night at the Races fundraiser on Saturday March 10, 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.
Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present "HAIR," the seventh annual collaboration with the esteemed Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the musical that introduced rock and roll to Broadway, his limited engagement runs February 9 through 25, 2018 in the Mackey Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Three Wednesday and Thursday performances will take place at 8 p.m. on February 15, 21, and 22. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: TRIBE to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by February 8.
On Friday, February 16th, the Lakewood Division of Aging will be providing transportation to Severance Hall, for a concert by the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra. This matinee concert will be a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. The Division of Aging bus will be leaving Lakewood by 9 a.m., which will have everyone to Severance Hall by 9:45 a.m. Upon arrival, enjoy a continental breakfast, followed by an informative lecture on the day’s concert. At 11:00 a.m., the Cleveland Orchestra will take the stage for the morning’s concert.
I was among the more than 3,000 people who attended the Browns "Perfect Season Parade" on Saturday.
Swimmers Maggie McHugh and Sistina Simcox captured conference titles at the Southwest Conference championship meet on Jan. 27 at Lakewood High School. Maggie, a senior, won both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly and Sistina, a freshman, captured the 100-yard freestyle title.
The creativity and imagination of our students were celebrated at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held Jan. 30 at Garfield Middle School. Eighty artworks from preschool through high school were honored. Of those 80 pieces of art, 16 were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging, with winners to be announced in late spring.
Foundation renamed and repurposed with new care of health mission