The Lakewood Board of Education announced at its March 3 meeting that it has selected the key players on its design and construction team who will be responsible for finishing the third and final phase of the district’s Master Facilities Plan.
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A month ago I walked into Blackbird Bakery and ran into one of my favorite Lakewood Photographers, Billy Delfs working. Lakewood is deep in photographic talent with names like Morgan, Warren, Lanza, and Ivor! to name a few.
I asked what he was doing and he said, “Shooting a feature for ‘edible Cleveland.’”
Well “edible Cleveland” is one of my favorite non-Observer publications, featuring the great
food around Cleveland, and really good photos and production.
Noelle Celeste, Publisher, and granddaughter of our old mayor Frank Celeste said she would give me a head’s up when the article came out. It’s out this week.
In what is expected to be the final varsity basketball game ever played in the LHS East Gym, the Rangers defeated Brecksville-Broadview Heights in 61-54 overtime thriller. The first-round OHSAA tournament win extended Lakewood's memorable season, which included the team's first conference title in 40 years. The team's scrappy play and relatively small size has earned the team the nickname "Runts from Bunts."
Registration for the Lakewood City Schools 2014-2015 preschool program is currently underway. Students must be 3 or 4 years old before September 30, 2014, live in Lakewood and be potty-trained to be eligible for the program. You can download a registration packet on the district web site, www.lakewoodcityschools.org, under the Student Registration page, or pick up a packet at the Board of Education, 1470 Warren Road, in the Student Services Department on the second floor.
Every ten years Lakewood’s CityCouncil and Mayor’s office appoints nine residents to the Charter Review.
The Charter is basically Lakewood’s Constitution, and governs many of the aspects of government, laws, and how the government interacts with the rest of us.
A charter review is scheduled to meet over 6 months, as they go through every aspect of the current Charter while also looking to the future of Lakewood and what they see as needed.
In the past two Charter Reviews only a few suggestions have been approved by City Council. At that time they are placed on the ballot and voters decide if they like the idea or not.
Council President Mary Louise Madigan called the February 18, 2014 meeting of Council to order at 7:33 P.M. The first order of business was to excuse the absence of Councilman David Anderson (Ward I).
The annual NCAA tournament (and its millions of bracket-filling fans) have made the term “March Madness” part of the American lexicon. The Lakewood Rangers girls basketball team delivered an early taste of tournament excitement, with a late February run that included a big comeback win and a buzzer-beating game winning shot.
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium has a very important mission this summer, and that’s to use educational and aquatic adventures to make it FUN. Last summer, we created memories with trips to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and aboard the Nautica Queen Cruise Dining Ship. The summer camps, which sold out, were well received by parents and (most importantly) received great reviews from the camp kids.
The Hens in Lakewood Committee shares information about residents who are "hen hopefuls" so that Lakewood residents can learn about who would like to responsibly raise hens and why. In this installment we will hear from Lara Roketenetz.
Over $46,000 from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries, and fund grant requests made by Lakewood and Rocky River community organizations.
With all the great performances by teams and individual athletes this winter season, Ranger coaches were bound to reap some attention as well. Having led their teams to conference championships, boys' varsity basketball coach Phil Argento and girls' varsity basketball coach Mike Harper were both named West Shore Conference Coaches of the Year.
For the second straight year the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team has won the regular season competition for the West Shore Conference. The team was able to showcase its knowledge in history, literature, science, mathematics, astronomy, art, geography, politics, current events, and the arts.
Thanks to a mobile Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, eighth-graders at Garfield and Harding Middle Schools were able to see their government in action without ever having to leave school.
Although the local market continues to improve for sellers, now is not the time to sit back and ignore the condition of your home and think it will sell as soon as you put a For Sale sign in the yard. The old adage "You only have one chance to make a great first impression" is still true today! In order to attract the largest buyer-pool possible make sure your home is in tip-top condition and ready to shine!
Calling all Whovians who are in the 6th through 12th grade! The TARDIS is landing at the Lakewood Public Library on Saturday, March 8th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Main Branch. Yes, we know we seem to be a bit late for the 50th anniversary of the Doctor, but if you think of that wibbly wobbly, timey wimey, time space continuum thing…well, we could be right on time!
Lakewood life, a half-century ago... When "Chat Room" Chatter Was Spoken Aloud... "What's Your 20, Good Buddy?"
T'was a time, not so long ago, when "chat room" chatter took place in real time, and was a spoken event, rather than being written down. Generally too, what was said went unrecorded as well. Those were the days when CB (Citizens Band) radios ruled the roost. In those pre-Internet days, you could purchase a CB walkie-talkie, a mobile unit, or a home base station, and talk away to your heart's content. Originally, there were call signs and licenses to buy, but over time, the licenses were no longer required. People generally went by "handles", (adopted names) which is not so different from what many people in Internet chat rooms do these days. Back then, my "handle" was "Silversticks", as it happened to be the nickname that I went by as a drummer.
Over the past two millennia, Judaism has developed and spread across the globe, taking shapeas a vast and complex system. Judaism in Focus is a brief series being held at Lakewood Public Library that offers a glimpse into four distinct areas of the religion. Each session will be lead by a renowned local scholar. This unique educational opportunity is presented by Case Western Reserve University.
How Jews Read the Bible: A Literary Approach Presented by Dr. Rabbi Moshe Berger
The Bible contains laws, moral lessons and theological truths. It also contains numerous dramatic moments. In this session, we shall focus exclusively on the drama, as we read and analyze two famous seduction scenes: Samson and Delilah; and Joseph and Mrs. Potiphar. We shall consider character motivation, stage directions implied in the text, theological issues and the Bible’s demand for reader participation.
Meet the Author: "No Mopes Allowed" by David OliverPolice Chief David Oliver’s tell-it-like-it-is sense of humor and no-holds-barred opinions have made him (and the Brimfield Police Department) a Facebook sensation with 130,000 likes and counting from users across the country and around the world. Whether he’s busting mopes (old-fashioned cop slang for criminal types), comforting a teen runaway or promoting school safety, Oliver’s folksy and feisty style connects with readers. He tackles tough issues like crystal meth, drunk driving and school shootings while chastising politicians and championing personal responsibility. All proceeds from this book go to the Chief Oliver Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that distributes funds to police department charitable programs and assists juvenile survivors of sexual assault. Books will be available for sale and signing. This program is made possible by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Hospice of the Western Reserve.
A Busy Week For Authors At The Library: Baseball, The Battle Of The Bulge And A Little Bit Of Historical Mystery
Here at LPL, one thing’s for sure. We love books and we love authors. Having four authors coming to visit in only three days makes us feel that March is a very lucky month indeed. Join us March 10th through 12th for our Meet the Author series held at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium. Even luckier, all of these cold, gloomy days with blustery, howling winds are the perfect forecast for a good book and a good discussion…or three.
Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents its production of American playwright Marsha Norman’s riveting drama "‘night, Mother," in the intimate Studio Theater, March 21 – May 4, 2014. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. There are no performances April 18-20.
Tail Waggin’ Tutors
For school-age children
Bone up on your reading skills by reading to a dog. Drop in for a one-to-one session with one of our dogs and owners that have been certified through Therapy Dogs International.
Saturday, March 8, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.
For students in sixth through twelfth grade
Are you a Whovian? Join us for two hours of games, crafts, trivia, and fun. Come dressed as your favorite Doctor or companion for a photo opportunity with the TARDIS. For more information, stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.
Modern society runs on the internal combustion engine and electricity. Electricity is (mostly) generated through fossil fuel consumption. Afghanistan is working towards becoming a modern society. All the fuel that powers the cities, homes, military bases, motorcycles, jingle-trucks, and streetlights has to be imported. And nearly all of it comes by truck.
Lakewood resident, Nick Ventura, a sophomore at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, has been playing a key role during Brain Injury Awareness Month and advocating for helmet safety the last few years. March is recognized as Brain Injury Awareness month and Nick’s passionate involvement in brain injury advocacy is born out of his first-hand experience of the devastation that a traumatic brain injury can inflict. While in 7th grade, he suffered a traumatic brain injury while on a snowboarding trip with friends in Ellicottville, NY on February 19, 2011. Nick had to undergo emergency brain surgery and spent 14 days in a coma and nearly six weeks in the pediatric intensive care unit. Coming out of a coma, he had to relearn everything from talking to walking, and feeding himself. At the time of his accident, Nick was wearing a helmet and this likely saved his life.
I’ve been meaning to write something about my mostly positive first-hand experience with “Obamacare” for awhile because I think it’s important to have as many individual first-hand narratives about the Affordable Care Act out there as possible in order to counteract the deliberate disinformation campaign coming from those who oppose the law in every way no matter what.
A master of acoustic fingerstyle guitar and a lifelong Ohio resident, Joe Rollin Porter injects new life and energy into the folk tradition. Joe brings a Celtic theme with him when he takes the stage at 2 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium on Sunday, March 16. Before his concert, he takes a few minutes to discuss his art:
YMCA Summer Day Camp registration is going on now!
Note: The following are the comments of Board of Education President Linda Beebe, made after her swearing in at the Jan. 6, 2014 Board meeting:
Just like back in the day when most of the leagues were sponsored by George J. Usher, Insurance (for those of you who remember like myself) and for the first time since 2006, the Lakewood Recreation Department is offering Slow Pitch Summer Softball for girls. The games will be played twice a week on Mondays through Thursdays and/or Saturdays at the Harding Softball field.
Vincente Chinor is opening a new fashion boutique in Lakewood called 'CHINOR' located at 14404 Detroit Avenue, next to Cotton. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 12 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and is open to the public.
Emma and Owen Murray had some help from friends Molly Burke and Leo Horvath on there snow day from school February 18. The friends with help of their mom Heidi created these chilly Olympians.
Staff and trainees at Cornucopia/Nature’s Bin recently celebrated the graduation of Patricia G. from the vocational training program at the Cornucopia Vocational Training Center (VTC)! Patricia first started with Cornucopia in the vocational training program at Eliza Jennings Senior Care Home in Cleveland. There Patricia excelled, working side-by-side with Cornucopia staff in the housekeeping, laundry and dietary departments. Through that program, Patricia discovered she had a strong desire to learn culinary skills and seek employment in the culinary field. In September, 2013 Patricia transferred to (and became the first official trainee in) the brand-new Cornucopia Vocational Training Center and Commissary Kitchen on Sloane Avenue in Lakewood.
Lakewood is partnering with municipalities and community development organizations across Northeast Ohio to promote the bank’s free First Time Homebuyer seminars that are slated for early spring. The first seminar will take place on Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the University of Akron in Lakewood, located at 14725 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, 44017. The seminar is being held in partnership with the LakewoodAlive community development corporation and the City of Lakewood.
Lakewood Catholic Academy will host a special presentation for individuals who are interested in learning about the school’s kindergarten program. The program will be held on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the school library.
Yes, it’s cold outside, and summer may be far from your mind. Yet, it’s March already and parents are talking about the summer camps and classes that are available locally because they often fill up quickly.
Over the past couple weeks one of the hotest topics on our Observation Deck was snow storm related. It covered every- thing from clearing walks to who hasn’t. From complaining about the removal, to complaining about ticketing kids.
Did we have salt? Would it work? What were we told? What was promised? What was expected?
As neighboring communities, Lakewood and Rocky River have gotten very familiar with each other over the past century. The same is true for their girls high school basketball teams, which will meet each other for the third time this season. The Rangers beat River on February 12 in an emotional Senior Night game at LHS. The teams will meet again at Lakewood High on February 20 in the Rangers’ OHSAA tournament opener.
Spring is coming, which means it's time for LEAF Community's annual Open House. On Sunday, March 9th from 4-6 p.m. come to the Main Library Multi-Purpose room to learn about LEAF educational programs, sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture program or Community Garden Plot, swap some seeds, and find out how you might like to volunteer with LEAF this upcoming year.
Council President Mary Louise Madigan called the February 3, 2014 Council meeting to order at 7:38 P.M.
Life is about relationships… the resolved and unresolved.
I was saddened to learn of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s fatal overdose. What lingered in this gifted actor's subconscious that sprung such a massive yearning? Was there a secret that haunted his sensitive being? I was unable to find a sample of his handwriting to glean an answer that may help his children and others. My hope is that my Column will find someone who has his autograph... a note...a card...a letter.
Hoffman's affliction reminds me of a recent Oscar nominated movie, ‘August Osage County.’ This movie is a vivid depiction of what can happen to people caught in a web of unresolved early relationships and secrets.
Feb. 7, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America. British music and cultural influence would become a major force in America over the coming years.
The History Channel says, “The Beatles first American tour left a major imprint in the nation’s cultural memory. With American youth poised to break away from the culturally rigid landscape of the 1950s, the Beatles, with their exuberant music and good-natured rebellion, were the perfect catalyst for the shift.”
LakewoodAlive will kick off the 2014 educational series on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Jammy Buggars Restaurant and Pub, 15625 Detroit Avenue. “Knowing Your Home” is a series focused on best sustainability and home maintenance practices empowering homeowners to tackle necessary repairs and improvements.
The Lakewood High School Boys and Girls Track and Field Teams have teamed up with H2O to offer Zumba class for our community. The one hour classe will be held eight consecutive Sundays beginning Febburary 9 through March 30.
North Coast Health Ministry has changed its name to North Coast Health, in response to patient and consumer feedback on how to communicate our services to the community more effectively.
February 9th, 1964. Just a few minutes after 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time... Anyone living in America at that time would not need to be reminded of an event that happened on Sunday night television.
Seems that a British "guitar group" had arrived on our shores, and had a spot on The Ed Sullivan Show, a popular variety show reminiscent of America's vaudeville theater productions that were popular prior to the advent of movies and television. In that type of show, you might have singers, dancers, plate spinners, and animal acts, in addition to a few live musical acts on occasion.
When I first read the article about Livable Lakewood's new postcard campaign in the February 5th issue of the Lakewood Observer, I thought it was a cute idea! I even picked up one of each of the three designs so I could send them to relatives who live out of state.
Once I got home and got a better look at the postcards, however, I was extremely disappointed. I continue to get more offended the more I think about the campaign. One of the three designs heralds Lakewood as, "Just far enough away from Cleveland to enjoy life!" That is a HORRIBLY UGLY and OFFENSIVE sentiment to use to advertise Lakewood.
As they say, "No good deed goes unpunished," but I suppose this time I brought it on myself…
The Liveable Lakewood series of postcards are a product of looking at various ways to market Lakewood Ohio, to both the residents, and those outside. When we sat down and looked at what Lakewood could use, and what we need, and good ways to market Lakewood, some thought postcards would be good. Being a postcard collector myself, I knew that many things make postcards work, interesting images, fun, satire, and many of the classics, like names, exaggerations, events. The first three cards in this project represented exaggerations, nice images, satire and Lakewood spelled out in block letters. They are also numbered and series named. We have already been contacted by some of the members of the National Postcard show, which will be held later this year in North Olmsted about "Liveable Lakewood" being the featured cards.
We eagerly started to get the cards out to local businesses only, that had requested them, at no charge. And they flew off the shelves. Over 2,000 postcards out the first week. Then the complaints started to come in. Not about the project, people love the project, but the Sunrise over Cleveland, which we all thought was one of the best photos of Cleveland we had ever seen. It reads: "Lakewood, Ohio, Just far enough from Cleveland to enjoy life."
Michele Tarsitano-Amato, Director of Creative Arts Therapy at Kendal at Oberlin, was recently accepted into the LeadingAge Ohio Leadership Academy, an innovative collaborative program beginning in February and running through August. The program is designed to develop the next generation of leaders in the senior services profession.
Come enjoy delicious chili with the Pillars of Lakewood at the 6th Annual Big Chili Cook-off on Saturday, February 22, 5 pm, at Around the Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. All proceeds from this fun event benefit the Lakewood Alumni Foundation and the Lakewood City Schools.
Bill Miller or Mr. Stress as he has come to be known to blues lovers around Cleveland has been a legend among blues music fans since he began playing harmonica back in the mid 1960s. Since then he and his bandmates have shared the stage with the likes of Cream, Three Dog Night, The MC5 and Golden Earring. Stress and company have worked at the fabled Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan and have also held long term residencies at the Brick Cottage and the Euclid Tavern. They have also worked every two-bit dive in between.
The City of Lakewood has always been a pedestrian friendly community. Lakewood residents have the ability to either walk or use public transportation to perform most of their daily activities. The city’s infrastructure allows everyone from children to senior citizens to commute without the necessity of an automobile. The city takes great care to make sure that the roadways are cleared of snow and salted and clears the sidewalks of city owned properties. The problem is that many in the business community and other institutions do not seem to share this view of the importance of clearing their sidewalks for their customers and the general public.
The Westshore Young Leaders along with Lakewood High School celebrated at a Pre-New Year’s Skate Bash on Sunday, December 29, 2013. The skating event is becoming a winter break tradition of our leadership program. This year’s theme involved celebrating a safe; drug and alcohol free Pre-New Year’s Eve. Our Lakewood Young Leaders came out in full fashion furnishing students with party hats, beads, noise makers and prizes for the “Most Glamorous Outfits.” A highlight of the evening was the delicious cake that everyone was able to enjoy!
Lakewood Strikers Boys U9 Capture 3rd Soccer Tournament Title This Season - Win Force Cup Premier Crown
A prodigious group of skilled eight and nine year old Lakewood soccer players won the premier division of the Force Cup in Rocky River on January 19, securing the side's third trophy of the season. The Lakewood Strikers posted a 3-0-1 record in the competition, netting wins over Solon Soccer Club (8-0), Cleveland Futbol Club (8-1), and a Westside All-star team (4-0). In the deciding match, Lakewood held east-side club power AC Premier to a 2-2 tie, which was enough for the boys to bring home the hardware.
The Force Cup crown is the latest accomplishment for the Strikers in the 2013-14 youth soccer season. This past August, the boys won the North Ridgeville Corn Fest Kick-Off tournament upper division by beating arch-rival Fairview 3-0 in the final, after gaining pool play wins over Fairview (2-1), Amherst (11-0) and Cleveland Futbol Club (7-2), a well-regarded local premier soccer team.
In October, the U9 boys wrapped its league season in the highest flight of community soccer with a solid 4-2-2 record in the American Amateur Soccer League's A Flight. The Strikers competed weekly against the top community teams from across Northern Ohio.
At the end of the league season, the Strikers vied against 15 teams throughout the state to claim the inaugural Ohio Travel Cup in Lodi, Ohio. Battling through cold rain and wind on Saturday, Lakewood emerged first in its pool with impressive wins over West Virginia Select (Parkersburg-Marietta) and Solon Soccer Club. The championship match on October 20 pitted the Strikers against a dominant, high-scoring Hudson Explorer U9 team which was unbeaten 28 times in their two years of competition and had outscored its previous eight opponents by a combined 46-7 margin.
Hudson proved a formidable foe, three times muscling its way to a one goal advantage in the first 20 minutes. Lakewood steadied itself against Hudson's might, answering each score with one of its own and finally drawing level at 3 just before half. The Strikers dictated the match's tempo in the second half, relying on possession-oriented, probing play complemented by rugged defending and vise-like control of the midfield. For the final forty minutes, Lakewood stunted Hudson's advances and contained the Explorers in their own end. With just four minutes left, Lakewood served from midfield a well-placed free kick to just above the penalty area which the boys converted into the tournament-winning goal, 4-3. Steady defending and unyielding goalkeeping repelled Hudson's desperate, last-minute rallies.
The Lakewood U9 Strikers participate through Lakewood Soccer Association's travel program. Many of the boys have played together since they were aged four and five in LSA's recreation program. The coaching staff acknowledges the meticulous preparation and fine training provided by LSA including the technical oversight of High School coach Atti Toth.
The Strikers finished the fall and winter campaigns with three trophies and a combined record of 18-4-5. Additionally, the Strikers played against older age group teams and fared well with a second-place showing in the U10 group at the Brunswick Invitational Tournament in November. The spring season kicks off in April. Team members are: Will Armsworthy, Ethan Brown, Will DeClerck, Gavin Fielder, TJ Fraser, Tommy Kilbane, Andy Shoaff, Braydn Szczepaniak, Ernie Vargo, and Lucas Waters. Coaches are Bill Fielder, Tom Fraser, and Kurt Shoaff.
Familes who wish to introduce their children to soccer recreationally can find out more at www.Lakewood-Soccer.com.
Once again this year, the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River purchased dictionaries for all 769 third grade students in Lakewood and Rocky River.
Come out March 11th and support CCLAS and the Lakewood Animal Shelter at "Pay It Forward" Tuesdays at Jammy Buggars!
Bring your appetite - Jammy's has one of the best menus in the city, including grassfed burgers, gourmet fries, fantastic soups, as well as several vegan/vegetarian options.
Jammy Buggars will donate 15% of all food sales from our supporters who stop in for lunch or dinner or appetizers on Tuesday, March 11! We hope to see you there! And don't forget to MENTION that you're a supporter of the Lakewood Animal Shelter.
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The Lakewood City Schools winter varsity sports teams have been heating up the competition as of late with many late-season accolades coming our teams’ and athletes’ way. Here are some of the highlights from a very successful season for our six winter teams:
by LWV observers Conda Boyd and Susan Murnane (Bay Village)
The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Foundation is offering grants for study in any accredited post-high school educational institution. Three grants of $2,500 and one grant of $1,000 will be awarded toward the cost of one year’s tuition.
The 6th annual Lakewood Old House Fair will be Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harding Middle School. It serves as a home-improvement informational one-stop shop geared to Lakewood residents and older housing.
Got wings? Come to Quaker State and Lube for a Dine and Donate event to benefit Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park (FLDP). On Monday, February 24th and Monday, March 24th, the Lube will be donating 10% of the day's food sales to FLDP.