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Garfield's Walter Named Next LHS Principal

The Lakewood Board of Education approved on June 14 in a special session the appointment of Garfield Middle School Principal Mark Walter as the next Principal of Lakewood High School effective August 1. 

Walter, who is replacing Keith Ahearn, is a 1982 graduate of Lakewood High and joined the District in 1998 as a science and language arts teacher. After teaching at the middle school level for six years, he joined the administrative ranks as Assistant Principal at the former Emerson Middle School. The following year he was named Principal at the former Horace Mann Middle School. He then landed at Garfield, where he as served as Principal for the past 11 school years. 

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LHS Principal Leaving District

Lakewood High School Principal Keith Ahearn has been named the Assistant Superintendent of North Ridgeville City Schools. He will leave his position with the District on July 31 after serving Lakewood City Schools for nine years. 

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Lakewoodite's Big Brewing Break

Local Lakewood homebrewer, Ean Fakan, has been brewing up a reputation. He started seven years ago in a kitchen on Lakeland Avenue, and has since expanded his craft to beers, wines, ciders and meads. His hobby has moved from stovetop pots to electric brew kettles and stainless-steel conical fermenters. He recently won a competition at Bad Tom Smith Brewing Company, to brew his beer professionally. 

Bad Tom Smith Brewing Company is owned by John & Sheryl Vojtush, and has two locations- Cincinnati and Ohio City.  John has said, “Being community-centric is an important part of who we are...” Each location has beers from the Cincinnati brewery and local homebrewers.

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LHS Class Of 1973 45-Year Reunion

It's time once again for Lakewood Rangers who graduated in 1973 to convene, this time to celebrate our 45-Year Anniversary! We have set aside August 24 and 25, 2018, to get together. Briefly, we'll meet (1) Friday, August 24, at the Hofbrauhaus, 1550 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, beginning at 7 pm; (2) Saturday morning, August 25, at Lakewood High for a tour beginning at 10 am; and (3) Saturday, August 25, at The Scenic Valley Room at the Emerald Necklace Marina, 1500 Cleveland Metro Park Drive, Lakewood, from 7-11 pm.

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June 29th Is Bike To Work Day!

June 29th is Bike to Work Day! Come socialize at Bike Lakewood's Hub at the Madison branch of the Lakewood Public Library with some coffee and pastries. The Hub will be running from 7am-9am.

You can either stay here in Lakewood, or head on downtown to our partner Bike Cleveland's big meetup at the Cleveland Bike Rack.

If you would like to ride downtown with a group from Lakewood, Beat Cycles will be leading a Group Commute at 7:15am from the Library location, weather permitting.

The Lakewood Public Library has been sponsoring Bike Lakewood's Bike to Work Day monthly events and we couldn't be happier to continue the relationship!

WEATHER: If it's light rain, we will still hold the event, but pouring rain or thunderstorms will cancel the event.

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Temporary Tattoo For You

Summer is a season when body art display works well with fashion. Some fun designs are not wanted year round, and that's when temporary tattoos can be a choice. The current 4th of July parade will feature Carabel's Lady Liberty passing out 500 lady liberty temporary tattoos. Should you receive one, the directions for application are on the back. I think you might want to apply them on the day you get it so I am letting you know how to be ready for application. Think about where you might want to see this lady, on an ankle , wrist or shoulder? The size is small, have your skin pre-scrubbed for the most lasting look, peel off the plastic, apply the design on skin and wet thoroughly. Lift the tattoo and look to see if it transferred. If not, place face down and make sure it is wet enough, rub a bit until it is. A bit of baby powder patted on the design will give it the most realistic look. Our beauty salon Carabel features a variety of designs .

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Fourth Of July Ranger Music Events

Come hear the dazzling, Lakewood Ranger Marching Band, as they lead the way playing patriotic tunes at the 4th of July Parade. Parade begins on Kenneth and Lake Avenues at 10:00 a.m. and concludes at Lakewood Park. Later, The Lakewood Project performs a stellar, high energy concert at the band stand. It begins at 7:00 p.m. until dusk at beautiful Lakewood Park. 

For the second consecutive year, 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 were selected for the prestigious award. 

 

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Also Known As...: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 72

Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to pick out what you like (or dislike) 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. 

Fan Fiction - I Thought You Said The Legend Wasn't Real - Just Because Records - 12 songs - cassette, download

Fan Fiction is a great name. I'm not sold on the title yet. The players here are a guy who has no Discogs page, so who knows; a guy from Prisoners (whose Discogs page won't show up for some reason and I had to go to the page for the Prisoners LP to make sure it was him– someone get on this); Joe, who put this tape out; and Drew Ritchey, who has played in a variety of good bands and is the drummer here. I can't quite come up with what genre I would call this. It's a little too power poppin' and punkin' to just be straight indie rock, but I can't call it punk or power pop or pop-punk or punk-pop either. It's somewhere in there. The songs have kind of a '90s feel to them, but differently from how, say, Cheap Clone's songs have a '90s feel. Fan Fiction might be somewhere in the continuum between Cheap Clone and Classic Sand, but also sound only mildly similar to either band. Royal Headache almost comes to mind, but also not quite. "What I'm Thinking" starts with (and comes back to later) a part that made me think these guys might sound like the Joe Jackson Band, but they do not (by the way, I mean the Joe Jackson Band of the first two albums more than "Beat Crazy," in case you were thinking I meant that Fan Fiction have some weird reggae element– they don't). There's definitely at least two people doing lead vocals here; I'm assuming Dan Whiteley and Josh Goldberg since I can't remember Joe Vecchio taking the lead when I saw them live, but maybe he did and I forgot? For some reason, I now cannot hear in my head what his voice sounds like to try and figure this out. I should've emailed him and asked him to send me a recording of him reading the newspaper or something. One of them (the one who sings lead on "Motorcycle," among several others) keeps catching me off guard because there's a certain quality to his voice that sounds almost like Adam Spektor, who is in many other bands, but not this one. I just can't figure it out. Anyway. Bright, hooky guitar pop. That's a good way to really boil it down. I think the B side is stronger (it helps that "Landlord" (the best song here, total hit) and "Bloodless Coup" are both on it), but the A side has some good material as well, particularly "Affirmation" and "Leave Guns." Overall, a listenable, hooky tape. 3.5/5

(justbecauserecords.bandcamp.com)

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The Rockport Miracles-A Fiction Fable by Bob Scrubbs

Part 1: Episode 2 of 3: “The Curse of the Jazzman

Rockport is cursed because a baby cried. I was that baby and only a few months old when Gershwin music tickled me one night until I cried. Back then I cried because that was my only way of communicating. These days I cry because I do. 

Mom took me downstairs to meet the entire cast of “Porgy and Bess.” My uncle was the show’s road manager and he conspired with Dad to use our house for a cast party after the last Cleveland performance. It was a risky move. In 1954, the only black people in Rockport were maids, man servants, and the guy that went door-to- door sharpening knives and scissors. 

The cast included Leontyne Price and the venerable Rags Johnson. I’m told that Miss Price held me in her arms and sang “Summertime” to comfort me. Her haunting soprano conjured melancholy from every dog on the street and woke up a neighbor who spotted two cast members smoking on our back porch. Within five minutes the entire police force had landed on our front lawn including Chief Hathaway who arrived in his pajamas. 

 

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P.E.O. STAR Scholarship Award To LHS Scholar Veronica Lee

The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, for the 2017-18 academic year was presented to Miss Veronica Lee, a senior at Lakewood High School.

Veronica is the daughter of Matt and Karen Lee and was recommended for this scholarship by Chapter J of Cleveland, Ohio. Miss Lee has been accepted to The New College of Florida where she has plans to study Art History beginning this fall.

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, acamedic and potential for future success. The program is open to young women who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States or Canada and who are graduating high school seniors at the time of application. A student must be recommended by a P.E.O. chapter.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant Iowa, is an international philanthropic and educational organization which promotes increased opportunities for women. There are nearly 6,000 chapters in the United States and Canada with almost 250,000 initiated members. The P.E.O. Sisterhood has provided over $304 million in financial assistance to more than 102,000 recipients. The P.E.O. Sisterhood also owns Cottey College, a fully accredited, private liberal arts and sciences college for women with two-year and selected four-year programs, located in Nevada, Missouri.

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Vintage Fashion Pop-Up In Lakewood

Find your summer outfit at Vintage Fashion Pop-Up.

Photo Credit: Naida Gazdick

The recently launched Vintage Fashion Pop-Up is taking shopping to a new level. One weekend a month, 4-5 vintage fashion sellers set up a collective shop in Lakewood. Their shop offers a curated selection of affordable vintage finds in a modern boutique environment. 

There is a growing trend towards wearing vintage clothing. It’s an affordable, eco-friendly way to express individuality and embrace new trends. There is a cool factor in having a unique vintage find. Street style bloggers incorporate vintage into their looks. Fashion designers find inspiration in vintage for their new collections. “Marc Jacobs, Cole Haan, Eugenia Kim and Zimmermann have bought pieces from my Etsy shop, Only The Best,” said Heather Sapanos, founder of Vintage Fashion Pop-Up. Costume designers buy vintage as well, even if it’s not a period piece. “Sarah Jessica Parker has worn a couple of my vintage dresses on her HBO show Divorce.”

 

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Kidzenia - A New Childcare And Learning Center In Lakewood!

Front Street Sign of the Learning Center as seen from Madison Ave.

The city of Lakewood is a wonderful and rich community that is composed of people from all walks of life. In recent years we have seen many additions and improvements to our beautiful city, helping to making Lakewood an attractive place in Northeast Ohio for people to live and small local businesses to thrive. KIDZENIA is a new childcare and learning center that aims to become an integral part of the community by helping to meet the many needs of Lakewood’s diverse families. 

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Lakewood Native Creates Software Development Career Pathways For Busy Locals!

We Can Code It students take time for a group photograph.

Computer coding skills can open doors to a challenging and lucrative career in the ever-growing software development industry. But traditional coding bootcamps are often not a viable option for people with a full-time job or family responsibilities – a demographic that often includes women and minorities. That’s why I developed an innovative solution. The new “hybrid” bootcamp, named FlexCode™, offers a mix of online and in-person classes for greater flexibility, lower expenses, and a more effective learning model.

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Becky Boyd & The Groove Train Brings Powerful Vocals To 2018 Front Porch Concert Series Opener On June 22

Becky Boyd & The Groove Train proved to be a crowd favorite during the 2017 Front Porch Concert Series.

The right vocalist can make for an exhilarating performance and such will be the case when Becky Boyd & The Groove Train kicks off LakewoodAlive’s 2018 Front Porch Concert Series at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 22.

Sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, the Front Porch Concert Series features free, live music on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue) in Downtown Lakewood from 7 to 9 p.m. for 12 consecutive Fridays. The series, which aims to foster Lakewood’s vibrancy while providing a family-friendly summer entertainment option, runs through September 7.

Week 1 brings to the stage Becky Boyd & The Groove Train, a four-member band known to captivate audiences with a dynamic set list ranging from blues and jazz to folk and classic rock. The band is fronted by renowned vocalist Becky Boyd, who has been playing the Cleveland club scene for 40+ years and has developed a reputation for singing with a tremendous amount of soul, feeling and emotion.

Becky Boyd & The Groove Train made its debut in January 2015 and has been playing regularly at music venues throughout Northeast Ohio ever since. In addition to Boyd, the band features bassist Alfredo Guerrieri, drummer Jim Wall and keyboardist Chris Hanna. Each is a seasoned musician in his own right, fully capable of complementing Boyd’s vocals.

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LakewoodAlive’s Volunteer-Driven Flower Blossoms Program Blooms In Downtown Lakewood

A volunteer from Lakewood Garden Center helps to prepare flower boxes.

Venture along Detroit Avenue through Downtown Lakewood these days and you can’t help but notice an additional splash of color and greenery enhancing the district’s vibrancy.

Now in its 12th year, LakewoodAlive’s Flower Blossoms Program has resulted in the addition of 52 flower boxes for 2018 stretching east-to-west along Detroit Avenue from the Westerly Apartments to Cerny Shoes. Geraniums and impatiens dot this urban landscape, creating a more appealing commercial district. 

The Flower Blossoms Program is designed to help Downtown Lakewood merchants make their storefronts more attractive.  LakewoodAlive partners annually with Lakewood Garden Center to provide an opportunity for merchants to purchase professionally-planted Earth Box planters with flowers appropriate for the sun/shade needs of each location.

“We’re thrilled to have the Flower Blossoms Program return for a 12th consecutive year,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director for LakewoodAlive. “This volunteer-driven beautification service offered to Downtown Lakewood merchants is one of many ways we seek to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood. And we can’t say enough about the incredible team of volunteers who make this program possible.”

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New LHS Spaces Earn Design Honor

Lakewood High's new cafeteria.

Lakewood High School was recently selected as an Outstanding Design by the American School & University magazine and will be included in the magazine’s Interiors Showcase awards issue in August. This is the premiere competition honoring educational interior excellence. The high school was honored in the category of Common Spaces, such as the cafeteria, media center and gym. It is one of only 70 educational institutions to be included in the issue.

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Rotary Awards Scholarships To Four Area High School Seniors

Four graduating seniors were awarded college scholarships by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its weekly meetings on June 4 and 11.

Brian Donahoe and Bihieshta Jabarkhil from Lakewood High School, Jacquelyn Pappadakes from Rocky River High School, and Kiara Hoefsmit from Saint Joseph Academy, received $3,000 awards from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation. This $12,000 program is part of over $60,000 that the local Rotary club donates to the community each year.

In addition to demonstrating academic achievement and potential, these four Rotary scholarship winners were chosen for extracurricular and community involvement.

Brian Donahoe was active in Student Council and the Barnstormers theatre troupe. For four years he was on the school’s Academic Challenge and boys’ soccer teams. Last year, Brian garnered the highest GPA of the school’s fall athletes. He wants to explore the fields of civil and aerospace engineering at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend.

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Cozy Mystery Author Loves Her Genre

The word “cozy” means warm, comfortable or beneficial, not traits usually attributed to murder. However, in the genre of literature known as cozy mysteries, a character is murdered and an amateur sleuth follows clues to solve the crime. One author of these cozies, as the books are affectionately called, is local writer and librarian Amanda Flower.

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Armstrong Air & Space Programs At The Library

Armstrong Air & Space programs at the Library

The Lakewood Public Library has partnered with The Armstrong Air & Space Museum to put on two exciting, informative, and hands-on programs this summer. These programs are the perfect combination of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – and our summer reading club theme, “Libraries Rock!” And as always, they’re free! To register, stop by the Children’s and Youth Services desk or call us at (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

Gemini Jams

For youth entering kindergarten through fifth grade

Monday, July 9, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.  

Do you play an instrument? Did you know that astronauts like Chris Hadfield play instruments while in space? It’s a match made in the celestial heavens, and now you can join in the fun! Participants in this program will learn about the instruments played on the Gemini VI mission and built a harmonica out of household items. Kids will then be challenged to create their very own song with it!

 

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LHS Fresh Start New Student Orientation Aug. 15

Fresh Start 2018 orientation will take place on August 15 from 9-11a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. for all incoming 9th graders and students new to Lakewood High School for the 2018-2019 school year. The Fresh Start program is designed for students by students. Student mentors will lead the new high-schoolers through a variety of activities that will help orient them to their new school as well as help build class camaraderie and school spirit. Students will tour the school, receive their locker location and ID badges as well as have a chance to sign up for clubs and other activities. Visit the LHS website at www.lakewoodcityschools.org/LHS to fill out the online registration form, which must be completed by July 31. There will be a parent orientation on August 14 at 6:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium.

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Concert By Three Strands

Sean Cox founded Three Strands to explore the strands that unite us all.

Lakewood Public Library is pleased to welcome Three Strands to our Main Library Auditorium concert stage on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Literature Series - "Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement"
Presented by Cheryl Wires

The second in our three-week literature series discussing "The Gentle Subversive," Mark Hamilton Lytle’s account of Rachel Carson’s life and legacy. Previous registration required.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

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"Salt" Perfectly Seasoned

Salt, 17625 Detroit Ave. Lakewood
216.221.4866
saltcleveland.com

I had been hearing about "Salt" since they opened about a year ago. Been meaning to try the place and finally got around to checking out the restaurant on the the westside of Lakewood at 17625 Detroit. Owner Jessica Parkinson turned a dive bar into one of the best restaurants in Cleveland. In 2018 head chef Jill Vedaa was a semi-finalist in the prestigous James Beard awards, as well as winning "Guy's Grocery Games" on the Food Network.

The restaurant is painted completely black. Accented with soft lighting and the warm glow of Himilayan Salt lamps, it works. We arrived around 7 p.m. on Friday night, busy and on a wait. Since we didn't have a reservation, we opted for the only table for two out on the patio. Not as bustling as inside with the bar, it was quiet and nicely decorated with succulents boxed on the tall black wood fencing blocking out the parking lot. 

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Skindell Thanks Voters

Senator Michael Skindell watching election returns at Merry Arts.  Photo by Matt Kuhns

Dear Voters,

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Best Asian Food Delivered!

Longtime cook at China Garden cooks up an order of Shrimp Lo Mein, Hot and Spicy!

With a handful of Asian restaurants delivering in Lakewood and most using the same menu, or menu with slight variations you may not think there is a big difference, but we have found there is. China Garden in Marc's Plaza by Sinagra Park seems light years ahead of the rest. Don't believe me, give it a try. Great food, delivery is quick. 216.226.3434

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Meaningful: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 71

Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to pick out what you like (or dislike) 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. 

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Lakewood Public Works Has Long Relationship With ASCME

left to right. Bob Collins, Zach Grey, Mike Satink, Jamie Funderwhite and Nick Hudson

AFSCME which stands for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have represented the City of Lakewood public employees for 39 years. AFSCME local 1043 has recently elected a new executive board to lead us into the future. The Local includes all public works departments (Fleet, Parks, Refuse & Recycling, Streets, Water, Sewer, Waste Water) as well as the administrators (Aging, Building, Tax, Finance, Youth and Engineering) of Lakewood. Certainly, all Lakewood residents have been affected by one or more of these hard-working people.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Coast Line: Poetry Reading Series
Readings by Juliet Cook, Diane Ferri and Ryan Pearl

Juliet Cook is the author of "Red Demolition, Poisonous Beauty Skull Lollipop and Horrific Confection." Diane Vogel Ferri is the author of "Liquid Rubies," and "The Desire Path." Ryan Pearl’s work has appeared in "The City Poetry, Brandt 21" and the "GTK Creative Journal."
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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"Lost Cleveland": Memories of A City

Reporter and author Laura DeMarco.

Cleveland has been through many changes over the centuries. One notable pattern is what reporter and author Laura DeMarco calls Cleveland’s “rise-and-fall-and-recovery story.” The city was once a glimmering jewel, one of the largest in the country. In the mid to late 1900s, though, many historic Cleveland landmarks and treasures were demolished, closed, or abandoned. A number of these landmarks are highlighted in DeMarco’s book, "Lost Cleveland."

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State Representative Antonio Celebrates National Emergency Medical Services Week

The hearing on HB 486 was a family affair!

This week marks the 44th Annual National Emergency Medical Service Week, a week dedicated to honoring the brave citizens who devote themselves to providing life-saving care to Americans. Putting themselves in harm’s way, EMS providers respond to everything from active shooter situations to drownings, from behavioral health crises to vehicle collisions. Truly, emergency medical technicians and paramedics are public servants in every sense, ensuring we all have access to critically important care when we need it.

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"Bent" Touches On Timely Themes At Beck Center

Landmark drama runs June 1 -July 1, 2018 in the Studio Theater.

Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents "Bent" June 1 through July 1, 2018 in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. A Talk-Back in conjuction with the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland will be announced soon. Tickets are now on sale. Bent contains strong adult content.

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Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

This summer, the Lakewood Division of Aging will once again be participating in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. This very popular program provides selected eligible seniors with $50 in coupons, which can be used for fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at any of the local farmers markets.

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Successful Convention Hosted By Grace Lutheran Church

Over one hundred twenty delegates and guests from 12 states and 2 Canadian provinces gathered at Grace Lutheran Church in Lakewood April 26th-29th for the triennial District Convention of the SELC District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The Convention met under the following themes: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:5) and "Therefore honor God with your body" (1 Corinthians 6:20b). Among the guests was the Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, President of the 2.1 million member Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). The SELC District is one of 35 districts of the LCMS and is one of two that are "non-geographical." The SELC, once its own church body known as the Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Chuch and later as the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, merged with the LCMS in 1970. This year's convention marked the second time in the history of the SELC as a district of the LCMS that the convention was held in Lakewood.

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LHS Junior Earns Spot In Marine Corps Music Program

Lakewood High School junior Kira Marjanovic has accomplished a feat few women and even fewer juniors accomplish – earning entry into the U.S. Marine Corps Music Enlistment Option Program for eventual placement in a U.S. Marine Corps Band.

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LHS Students Lead Middle School Drug Education Effort

While middle school students often hear the message about the dangers of prescription drug and opioid abuse as they move through the school year, this year the message was delivered in a new way – by students themselves.

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Beck Center's 85th Theater Season Includes A Regional Premiere And Blockbuster Family Musicals

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 professional theater season filled with their signature eclectic titles that include modern classics and the eighth collaboration with Baldwin Wallace University Musical Theatre program. "Maybe one of these springs I’ll feel all calm and blasé’ about our upcoming season, but that’s not this spring!” says Scott Spence, Beck Center Artistic Director (now heading into his 29th season at Beck).”I am truly ecstatic about the 2018-19 season lineup and can’t wait to hear Northeast Ohio’s take on this parade of amazing shows.”

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Explore Lake Erie With 'She Collective' This Summer!

Last year's Summer Solstice Sunset Paddle was a hit! Don't miss out on this year's event on June 21 at 7:30pm. (Photo courtesy of Ginny Walters)

Have you always been curious about paddleboarding, but weren’t exactly sure where to turn or how to begin? Look no further than She Collective, a unique space located on the first floor of Good Soil Lutheran Ministries right here in Lakewood! She Collective provides women and girls a safe place for connection, conversation, and community through many class offerings – including paddleboarding (all genders are welcome!). Instructor Ginny Walters wants to spread the word that paddleboarding can be a great way to unwind: “People think that paddleboarding is difficult, but it’s really not. As my neighbor said her first time out, it’s so relaxing it’s like walking down the street!”

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Walk To End CMT

My lifelong neighbor and best friend, Erin Black, LHS ‘19, has been living with a rare neurological condition ever since she was diagnosed at seven years old. To most people the name Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease does not ring a bell, and might even sound made up. For Erin, it is very real. Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) causes pain and muscle weakness in her legs and wrists, making some daily tasks difficult. It is treated with countless hours of physical and occupational therapies. Last August, Erin underwent surgery on her right foot in order to reconstruct muscles. It was a long recovery period, requiring lots of rehabilitation. She will have the same procedure done this June on her left foot.

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Frankfurter Fridays Are Back!

Now in its sixth year, Frankfurter Fridays offer free 100% beef hotdogs and lemonade as well as intergenerational fun activities every other Friday from June 8 through September 14 on the front lawn of the Church of the Ascension, 13216 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.

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Five Key Takeaways From LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home: Plaster Repair & Replacement” Workshop

Linda Jancik of Wall to Wall Transformations led an insightful presentation at Sherwin-Williams Lakewood.

Plaster is a popular topic for homeowners these days, as evidenced by our latest home maintenance workshop.  A sellout crowd of more than 30 attendees participated in “Knowing Your Home: Plaster Repair & Replacement” in May.

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Cat-Lovers Plan June 10 Picnic

Greater Cleveland's cat community is gathering in Lakewood Park, on Sunday, June 10 for a picnic and party from 3 to 8 p.m.

The event is hosted by the "Weirdo Cat Lovers of Cleveland" Facebook group, and promises food, games, prizes and kitties.

Josie Triton, an administrator for the group, says "there might even be a few 'famous' cats from the group there." Mostly, though, "It's really just a party for cat people to hang out and network."

"Anyone is welcome to attend, but we recommend joining the online group first so people can see what we're about," she adds.

"Weirdo Cat Lovers" has evolved considerably since its beginning as simply a place to share cat pictures. Laura Rodriguez-Carbone, a Lakewood resident, says the group has become a support community for cats and cat-owners. Members organize work like rescue, adoption, and fundraising. She adds that "I adopted a cat last week because of the Facebook group."

Many including Rodriguez-Carbone have joined in recent months, and more than 14,000 people are now members. Over 200 have committed to attend the picnic.

The event will temporarily spotlight cat culture in what often seems to be a dog-centric community. Lakewood has a dog park, a pooch parade, a dog swim and even canine controversies. But our city hasn't entirely gone to the dogs, yet.

In addition to participation in the Weirdo Cat Lovers group and its party, Lakewood's cat subculture has several beloved shop cats to its credit. Cat-lovers and book-lovers recently welcomed the return of Hobbes, at the Bookshop in Lakewood's new home. Customer-facing cats have also been spotted at Lakewood Hardware, the Lakewood Garden Center, and My Vacuum Store, among others.

Feline equality is also the law in Lakewood, in one sense, as animals of all types "shall not be permitted to run at large anywhere within the city limits" according to city guidelines. The picnic's hosts ask that every cat be accompanied by a leash or pet carrier, as well as an ID collar and a disposable litter box.

To read more about the cat lovers picnic, visit tinyurl.com/wcl-lkwd.

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 10:43 PM, 06.05.2018

Herb Guild Garden Club

The June meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on June 13 at the Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting will start at 10 am, followed by a presentation by Mike Williams of the Great Lakes Brewing Company on the use of hops in making beer. Hops is an herb!

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 10:43 PM, 06.05.2018

Strengthening Democracy: The Lakewood Chapter Of The League Of Women Voters

Most people know that the League of Women Voters registers voters. But the League of also studies issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. As an example, the League was an active partner in Fair Districts, the group that fought against gerrymandering in Ohio (Issue 1 passed by almost 75% in the May election). And the Greater Cleveland League of Women Voters supports ethics in government, public libraries, a health care system that delivers adequate healthcare to all citizens of Cuyahoga County, and other relevant issues. 

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Movie Makers Is Back At Lakewood Public Library

Calling all Movie Makers! Our stop-motion animation class is back for a summer session. Join us on Tuesdays, June 12, 2018 through July 17, 2018 for a five week adventure in film making. We’ll spend two and a half hours from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. exploring the various formats and props used to create a short animated film with the stop motion technique. You will also learn how to use Movie Makers software to edit and produce your own cinematic wonder.  All of the materials and equipment needed to create your film will be provided. The class is open to student entering sixth through twelfth grade in the fall of 2018, however, we will consider students entering fifth grade if space allows. Please call (216) 226-8275 ext. 140 for more information and to register.

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 10:43 PM, 06.05.2018

Adam Miller: Folk Singer, Autoharpist And Storyteller

Adam Miller returns to the Main Library’s concert stage on Sunday, June 17, 2018. An accomplished autoharpist, Miller is renowned as a folk singer and as a storyteller who appeals to all age groups. He accompanies his resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking and beautiful melodies.

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 10:43 PM, 06.05.2018

Thursday Evening LEAF Farm Market Returns At LPL

Stop by the LEAF Community Farm Market on your way home from work or stop by with the kids on Thursday evenings starting June 7th.

Photo by: Lisa Hofmann

Starting on Thursday, June 7th, all are welcome to shop the LEAF Community Farm Market and enjoy a family friendly summer evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the steps of the Main Branch of Lakewood Public Library. Every Thursday evening from June through mid-October, these evening farm markets will be filled with local vendors with everything from locally grown produce to bulk goods to unique arts and crafts and are open to all! For those that prefer to plan ahead, the market also includes a pre-paid CSA share pick up for City Fresh and Front 9 Farm. There is still plenty of time to sign up for your CSA with either group at: https://cityfresh.org/ or http://www.front9farm.com/.

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 10:43 PM, 06.05.2018

Antonio, Skindell Win Primary Elections

State Representative Nickie Antonio, and State Senator Mike Skindell, following May 8 Democratic primary wins.

Nickie J. Antonio and Michael J. Skindell will be Democrats' nominees to represent Lakewood in the Ohio General Assembly, following last Tuesday's primary.

Lakewood voters' overwhelming preference for Antonio over Martin Sweeney settled a fight between two state representatives, each seeking a nomination to run for Ohio Senate District 23. In recent weeks the matchup drew repeated notice from local media.

Sweeney closed Tuesday with modest leads in most of the senate district, which includes Lakewood, Parma, and other western suburbs as well as parts of Cleveland. But an outlier result in Lakewood, which voted more than 3-to-1 for Antonio, gave her an overall victory of more than 54%.

At the same time, state Senator Michael J. Skindell defeated Lakewood City Council member Tom Bullock to be Democrats' nominee for Ohio House District 13. Skindell won slightly more than 55%, both in Lakewood and the two Cleveland wards which constitute most of the district.

The result is the second such for Bullock, following a primary loss to Antonio in 2010, when both sought Democrats' nomination for the Ohio House.

Antonio as well as Skindell are now ineligible to run for their current offices, owing to term limits, and both will seek to move between the two chambers of the General Assembly in November.

Each nominee will face a Republican opponent in the November election. Democrats' sizeable voter-registration advantage in each district, however, will favor Antonio's and Skindell's campaigns.

If elected, Antonio will be the first woman to represent the 23rd Senate District, and the first openly gay member of the Ohio Senate.

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 3:09 PM, 05.15.2018

Cox Business Signs On As 2018 Sponsor Of StartUp Lakewood

In what promises to be an exciting year for StartUp Lakewood, Cox Business has signed on as an official sponsor of the 2018 program. With numerous startups among its local client base and a vibrant entrepreneurial community in its backyard, supporting StartUp Lakewood was a natural fit for a company like Cox Business.

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 3:06 PM, 05.15.2018

Melt Bar And Grilled Named Title Sponsor For Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018

Melt Bar and Grilled, Title Sponsor of the Lakewood Summer Meltdown, will unveil its remodeled space at its original Downtown Lakewood location on May 4.

It’s a pairing as perfect as grilled bread and cheese. A Lakewood-born dining institution and Lakewood summer tradition are joining forces for the ninth consecutive year.

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Hey, What's That You Got There? Huh?: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 70

Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to pick out what you like (or dislike) 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. 

Cheap Clone - EP - Just Because Records / Peanut Butter Records - 4 songs - 7"

From what I gathered, there's not really an official title for this one. Is it self-titled? Is it "EP?" Is it "4 Songs?" Drew told me I could make up whatever I wanted, so make sure you visit a local record store and ask for "430 Eyes, One That Smiles." Anyway. The record kicks off in a real good way with "Barely Smile," which is a great power pop tune. Pretty harmonies, a tasteful guitar solo, a nice bridge; what more do you want? "This One/That One" has a total Replacements vibe. Does Roseanna sing the bridge or did Drew's voice get even higher? Speaking of other people singing, I believe Kevin takes the lead on "Isaac Newton's Eye," which reminds me a lot of "Isolation Drills." Jaworski has a knack for singing in a key that sounds like it's not quite in tune but still somehow works (listen to that Cripple Kid 7"). "430 Miles" closes it out with another great power pop tune. I like the stop-start bits, that's a nice touch. Maybe it's just because of the other members stepping up to the mic on certain songs here, but this one feels more like a group effort than previous efforts. Did you know I saw the phrase "cheap clone" out in the wild somewhere the other day? About a guitar or something? Huh. Nice cover art, too. The Just Because/Peanut Butter collaboration strikes again. Members of 9 Shocks Terror and Counter Intuits. 4/5

(probably available at pbrecs.bandcamp.com or justbecauserecords.bandcamp.com)

 

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 3:09 PM, 05.15.2018

An Open Letter Of Gratitude From Nickie Antonio

Nickie Antonio and Jean Kosmac (spouse) on election night at Deagan's in Lakewood.

Dear Neighbors,

I am writing to thank all of our incredible voters who showed up on May 8th and cast a vote for me in the State Senate Democratic Primary. After months of grueling work, we had to wait until the late hours of election night to view the final results as they slowly trickled in and finally declared our campaign victorious. In what has been dubbed a “nail biter” by many, in the end I received almost 55% of the vote to win the election as the Democratic party nominee. This victory is the result of the hard work and dedication of countless volunteers, supporters and a few part-time amazing staff. We truly could not have done this without the outpouring of support from people throughout SD 23, but especially in Lakewood, Cleveland, Parma, and Parma Hts. Lakewood voters produced an especially strong showing with over 5,000 of the last votes posted.

 

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 3:09 PM, 05.15.2018

Barton Center To Host Annual Fundraiser May 18

Caribbean Cocktail Party is the theme of Barton Senior Center’s 12th annual spring fundraiser, to be held Friday, May 18 from 5:00-8:00 PM. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s outdoor Courtyard and indoor Rotunda, on the lower level of the Westerly Apartments. The evening includes island music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and tropical concoctions, along with wine and beer. A Silent Auction will include two dozen terrific gift baskets donated by great local merchants along with Indians Club seats. A Wine and Dine Raffle guarantees everyone wins a bottle of wine or a restaurant gift certificate. There is also a raffle for a 40” TV and side boards. Good weather is forecast so wear your favorite island attire and flip flops.    

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 3:06 PM, 05.15.2018