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The Tea Lab - Great Experiments!

Bob Holcepl in front of his teas and herbals.

Bob Holcepl has brought his special talent back to Lakewood. Bob is a graduate of St. Edward High School and lived for a period of time in Lakewood. Life and work saw him move around and open up the now legendary coffee spot in Tremont, Civilization, ten years ago with his wife.

After that success he moved into wholesale with City Roast Coffee and Tea which led to the West Side Market with City Roast Coffee and Tea, which is the longest line at West Side Market in the morning. Then in the next stand he opened Crepes Deluxe, a walk-up french-style crepe stand which has to have the second or the third longest lines in West Side Market, and “The Tea Lab” at 530 Euclid in Downtown Cleveland.

“I always wanted to open a shop in Lakewood,” said Bob. “I went to St. Ed’s in the 60s, and met my wife when she lived on Mars Ave. I have always had a connection to Lakewood and wanted to return, the only question was when and how.” When the spot opened in what used to be GreenSmart Gifts, he jumped on the chance to bring his neu-style tea shop to Lakewood. “A modern take on what tea should be. It is not Victorian, it is not Zen Buddhism, it’s an American modern 21st Century beverage  that happens to be 5,000 years old, but relevant today. It is better for you than the junk they sell you in bottles and cans.” Lakewood seems to be a perfect spot; they have walking traffic and the new mindset on tea--a great beverage at any time hot or cold.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 8:54 AM, 04.17.2014

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Ramsey-Caserio Named Next Asst. Superintendent
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Moody’s Reaffirms Lakewood’s Strong Bond Rating
- City Hall, April 2, 2014 Read More
Curt Brosky To Receive Key To The City On February 8th
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District Names New Assistant Superintendent

At a special meeting on April 3, the Lakewood Board of Education approved current Director of Teaching & Learning Roxann Ramsey-Caserio as the district’s next assistant superintendent, effective Aug. 1, 2014. Ramsey-Caserio will replace Kevin Bright, who submitted his resignation in March.

Ramsey-Caserio has been with the district since August 2009 when she joined Lakewood City Schools as Coordinator of Teaching & Learning K-12. In 2011, she left central administration to become principal of Grant Elementary School. She returned to leading the district’s curriculum strategies in August 2013 when she became Director of Teaching & Learning, K-12.

“Roxann Ramsey-Caserio has proven herself at both the building and central office levels in our school district,” said Superintendent Jeff Patterson. “Last year, under her leadership, Grant Elementary School was given the prestigious distinction of being one of only 141 schools in the State named as a 'School of Promise' by the Ohio Department of Education for closing the achievement gap.”

Patterson also praised Ramsey-Caserio’s leadership of the district efforts to align with the new Common Core State Standards.

“As the Director of Teaching & Learning for the district, Roxann has provided tremendous leadership by implementing two major initiatives: Columbia Reading and Writing and Marilyn Burns Math Solutions. We look forward to great things for our district as Roxann advances into the role of Assistant Superintendent,” he said.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Council Weighs In On State Voting Rights

The April 7, 2014 meeting of Council was called to order at 7:39 P.M. by Council President, Mary Louise Madigan.

Councilman Sam O’Leary (Ward II) read a report from the Rules and Ordinances Committee regarding a resolution from Mayor Summers disapproving of the State’s passage of laws restricting access to the ballot. The resolution was sent to committee after concern was shown by Councilman Shawn Juris (Ward III) over the quick reaction to these laws. Councilman Juris had said that without spending the time and concentration on the topic like those who had at the State level it was impossible to completely understand the reasoning behind it.

In Councilman O’Leary’s report he mentions that during the committee meeting to discuss this topic all members of Council, including those not on the committee, were present. He said that there was extensive discussion over the topic and that the chair said he was willing to open up the resolution to amendments from any member of Council. With no amendments forthcoming, the committee unanimously recommended adoption of the resolution.

Before voting, Councilman Juris made a few comments. He started by saying that he appreciated the discussion that was had in Committee. He continued saying that he believed it was a legislature’s duty to find balance, however the question is where that balance lies. In this case, with voter access to the ballots, the question at hand is how to balance voter access to the ballots with the cost to provide that access. He posed the question: how far can they go with offering access before it is no longer sustainable? He said he did not feel as though he was equipped to answer that question on an informed basis, and therefore would not be voting to support the resolution. He did once again affirm that he thought they had a very good discussion in committee and really appreciated everyone’s input.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:42 PM, 04.15.2014

Free Film Screening, “Chasing Ice,” Hosted By Councilman Bullock On April 29

“All are invited for great nature photography and a discussion.”  -- Tom Bullock

In honor of Earth Day and greater awareness of conservation throughout the month, Lakewood Councilman Tom Bullock invites residents to join him for a discussion and screening of the documentary film, "Chasing Ice" at Lakewood Public Library (main branch auditorium) at 7 p.m. on April 29. The screening is free and open to the public, thanks to a grant by National Geographic.

"Chasing Ice" is an Academy Award-Nominated documentary that captures visual evidence of climate change impacts on arctic glaciers through the use of time-lapse photography. The film features the work of a National Geographic photographer and an Ohio State University polar science researcher.

“We’re a week late, but it’s ‘Earth Day’ all month in Lakewood,” joked Councilman Bullock. “We’re lucky that the "Chasing Ice" film happens to be touring central Ohio right now and the film director agreed to share a copy for screening in Lakewood. I’ve seen it once and the photography is stunning, on top of the important conservation message the film delivers.”

The official movie website gives the following synopsis: “Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. "Chasing Ice" reveals Balog's hauntingly beautiful, multi-year time-lapse videos of vanishing glaciers across the Arctic, all while delivering fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet. The film debuts the original song by J. Ralph, performed by Scarlett Johansson.” A trailer and more information about the film can be viewed at www.chasingice.com.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:42 PM, 04.15.2014

Hixson's Annual Easter Egg Show Features Pysanky Ukrainian Eggs

Bill Hixson in front of one wall in his egg collection.

After the long wintery March it is no wonder we all welcome the spring weather of April this year. And so it surely has been for centuries. Soon the barren brown grasses and dark empty branches of trees and shrubs turn almost overnight into green. It is a time when farmers can begin their plantings and bring the earth to new life. In fact Emperor Constantine (A.D. 742 -814) decided the calendar should begin on Easter. This reckoning continued until 1565 when Charles IX changed the first of the year to January 1.

Chinese records of more than 2000 years ago tell of the custom of breaking boiled colored eggs at the time of the Spring equinox . The ancient Saxons held a great festival in honor of Eastre, goddess of Spring, deity of the soil and resurrection after the death of winter. Some legends tell of Eastre descending from the heavens on the wings of a bird, which laid the egg of Spring on the earth. Further stories tell of Eastre changing the bird into a rabbit who to the delight of young and old now brings the egg of Spring to the Earth. At the time of this festival, people exchanged colored eggs  as a symbol of Renewal of life.

In the Ukraine over 2000 years ago peasant folk believed in the great power of eggs. For example a woman desiring a child would be presented an egg decorated with a chicken, symbol of fertility, and surely her desire would come true. Decorated eggs were kept in the house so that they would keep the family healthy. They even were thought to help quench a fire. The various decorations originally done on eggs had symbolic meaning. The triangle designs represented fire, air and water. By 988A.D. with the introduction of Christianity to the Ukraine the triangle became the symbols of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Dots on eggs became meaningful as Mary’s tears at the cross. Fish designed on the egg became a symbol of Christ as the Greek alphabet, fish spells from “Jesus Christ Son of God (ICHTHYS).”

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 8:20 PM, 04.16.2014

What Does Your Home Need?

No more blindly searching through yellow page listings or scouring the overwhelming Northeast Ohio home improvement shows for the goods and services that best cater to older houses. You can spend lots of time and energy sorting through information and seeking out businesses that best serve older homes. Sometimes residents can do the work themselves. Sometimes we need to pay professionals to do it. Either way, knowledge of local resources, and the expertise and guidance of local professionals are valuable and a necessary part of giving our century homes a sound start for their next 100 years.

Whether you are putting sweat equity into your home or commissioning experts to make those repairs or improvements, there is no doubt you will get something valuable out of this one-of-a-kind Lakewood Old House Fair. It is Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harding Middle School (at Hilliard & Madison). See the ad in this issue for listings of our door prizes, exhibitors, and scheduled presentations. Admission is always free.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:42 PM, 04.15.2014

LHS Artist, Musician Tops In Rotary Contest

Liz McIlwee's award-winning painting, "Naturally Bright."

Student artists and musicians from Lakewood High school had an impressive showing once again in the 69th annual Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club Music, Speech and Visual Arts Contest, sponsored by the Beck Center. Senior Liz McIlwee captured first place for her oil painting in the Visual Arts category and senior cellist Daniel Toner won the top prize in the Music category.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:37 PM, 04.15.2014

Lakewood Public Library Plans For The Future

In an ever-evolving world, Lakewood Public Library continually evaluates services and resources to ensure that the Library maintains a vital presence in the community. After almost a year of adopting a new strategic plan, staff has made great strides toward new goals so that the Library provides the best possible service. Over the next five years, the Library will focus on the following areas:

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:37 PM, 04.15.2014

LakewoodAlive Announces Lakewood Pride Fund

LakewoodAlive, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, is happy to announce a new project titled the "Lakewood Pride Fund." The fund debuted at LakewoodAlive's 10th anniversary gala on February 8 and was well received.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:37 PM, 04.15.2014

Moving Beyond Loss

We are all in an ongoing process of saying “Hello” and “Good-bye” to people, to events, to places and things. We all face loss, and there are all sorts and kinds of losses that people experience in life. But most of us do not know how to move beyond our losses. We also all have our well-intentioned ways of trying to be a comfort to those in grief, but most often what we say does not really help and may at times even be hurtful. We have all heard or said at one time or another, “You need to let go,” but do we really know how to do that?

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:37 PM, 04.15.2014

Lakewood Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, April 27th - The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood will hold their annual "All You Care to Eat Pancake Breakfast" at the Lakewood Catholic Academy, 14808 Lake Avenue, just West of Lakewood Park. All tickets are $7.00, children 5 years and under are FREE! Breakfast includes: Pancakes (All you care to eat Regular or Blueberry), sausages, juice & beverages. Parking is at the rear of the building and is handicap accessible. All tickets available at the door!

As always, 100% of the proceeds benefit Lakewood Kiwanis Community projects.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:36 PM, 04.15.2014

Rabbi Enid C. Lader Returns To The Lakewood Public Library For "A Lyrical Life"

April is National Poetry Month and that gives us at the Lakewood Public Library the chance to honor this special art form that examines the joys and tragedies of life. Joining us for this celebration is Rabbi Enid C. Lader who will be presenting the series, "A Lyrical Life:Reflections on Life-Journeys through Poetry and Song." "A Lyrical Life" will take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Lakewood Main Library Auditorium starting on April 24, continuing on May 1 and May 8 and concluding on May 15.

Having previously presented the popular "Taste of Judaism" series that was held at the Library last Spring, Rabbi Enid shines at engaging her audiences in lively and thoughtful discussion. For "A Lyrical Life," she will assist and encourage you to explore your own life journey through poetry in this four-week program presented by Case Western Reserve University.

“Over the four sessions, I hope to engage participants in a discussion to help them reflect in their own life journeys, what they have come to value, how they can share those values with the next generation, and at this point in their lives-- what’s next and how do our values inform where we go from here. All of this will be supported by an array of poetry and song lyrics,” says Enid.

Rabbi Enid C. Lader and her husband have made Lakewood their family’s home for the past 30 years. She has served Beth Israel --The West Temple congregation since 2012. Active in the Educational Director's Network, Enid also served in various capacities on the regional board for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now the Union for Reform Judaism) and has taught the west side Taste of Judaism and Feast of Judaism classes for the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland for over 12 years.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:34 PM, 04.15.2014

Member Spotlight: Great Lakes Publishing

The 2013-2014 Lakewood Magazine

Great Lakes Publishing produces a number of well-known area magazines including Cleveland Magazine, Inside Business, West Shore Live Well, Lake Erie Living, and many more. Great Lakes Publishing also creates custom pieces for clients from Wisconsin, Michigan, and many cities in Ohio, including Lakewood.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

The Taste Of Lakewood Wants YOU

2014 Taste of Lakewood blogger Amy Nelson

Have you sampled every popcorn flavor at Campbell’s Sweets Factory? Do you wait all year for Mahall’s Lenten Fish Fry? Do you cross your fingers and hope that yours will be the “name of the day” at KB Confections? Do you tell everyone about the great lunch buffet at India Garden? Have you had to explain “the Parmageddon”? If so, you are a true Lakewood restaurant fan and the Taste of Lakewood wants YOU to join the fun leading up to the biggest and best Lakewood food event of the year.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Meeting On LHS Construction Set

Superintendent Jeff Patterson has added another community engagement meeting to his slate of elementary meetings. A meeting to introduce the community to the architect of Lakewood High School’s eastern half and to solicit input from residents on what they would like to see in the new half of the high school is set for Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s East Cafeteria. This meeting is in addition to the three the Superintendent scheduled for the elementary schools that are going to be rebuilt. The remaining elementary meeting is April 16, 7 p.m., in the Roosevelt Elementary School Gym. Please come and find out about the construction process, timeline and have your opinion heard.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Good Day Moon Gallery: Getting Better Every Day

I am pleased to announce that the Good Day Moon Gallery, located at 1388 Cranford Avenue, has made it to the one year mark. I won’t lie; it’s been a tough year. I didn’t venture into this profession thinking I had all the answers to running a business. Even tougher was the reality that selling artwork in a still-rough economy was no easy task. I’ve always said that buying art is a want and not a need, and when people have bills to pay, purchasing local artwork might not be on the top of their list. On top of that, we had a particularly harsh winter that kept people indoors for much of it.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Baby Bargain Bonanza Set For April 26th

The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is once again planning its popular children's resale of gently used children's clothing (sizes newborn to 14/16), furniture, toys and other items. The Baby Bargain Bonanza (BBB) is planned for Saturday, April 26th at Garfield Middle School which  is located at 13114 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. The sale is open to the public and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $5 from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. and just $1 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Spring Cleaning Time!

The polar vortex seems to have finally left and with the warmer weather come thoughts of spring cleaning. Spring cleaning isn’t quite the ritual it once was, but there’s still a basic human need to open up and spruce up our homes when the weather gets warmer. To help you scratch your itch to spring clean, here are some spring cleaning tips for those pieces and parts of your home that are most neglected throughout the year.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

A New Sanctuary At Lakewood United Methodist Church

Lakewood United Methodist Church will be moving into its new sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 20. After only four months of intensive work, a beautiful new worship space has emerged. It features a large stage which can be used for many different kinds of musical and drama programs and an area for the congregation with moveable chairs, in addition to traditional pews. Nearby is a fellowship area and a cafe with coffee and refreshments available.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Mike Ribar Chosen As New LHS Football Coach

New Lakewood Varsity Football Coach Mike Ribar

LHS alum Mike Ribar was hired as new varsity football coach on April 3rd. He replaces former coach Ron Lewis, who stepped down in early December. Ribar, who graduated from LHS in 1985, was a standout player in both football and baseball for Lakewood High School, earning the Lake Erie League MVP as quarterback in 1984. He also serves as LHS varsity baseball coach, and will retain that position going forward.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

H2O's Bikes And Bands Returns April 26th

Enjoy great music and support youth cycling at H2O's Bikes and Bands.

H2O wants your old bikes! On Saturday, April 26, H2O (Help to Others) will hold its second annual Bikes and Bands celebration. Drop off your bicycle donation at Madison Park between 4 and 7 p.m., then head across the street to Mahall’s 20 Lanes to enjoy music from Vance Music Studios’ rock ensembles and Tri-C High School Rock Off finalists, High Acres.  Volunteer mechanics and student assistants will repair the bikes throughout the event so they are ready to be donated to Lakewood youth.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

AYF Students At Sunrise Rotary Meeting

A group of members of the American Youth Foundation at Lakewood High School attended a meeting of the Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Club to thank its members for providing scholarships for the Camp Miniwanca Leadership Camp in Michigan each summer. The Foundation and the Camp inspires young boys and girls ages 5-18 to discover and develop their personal best, to seek balance in mental, physical, social and spiritual living and to make a positive difference in their communities and in the wider world. The Camp’s mission is to take participants beyond the traditional camp experience by challenging them to truly unlock their highest potential and realize that they have unique gifts that can affect the world around them in a positive way. At the meeting, three past participants related what they described as “Life Changing” experiences at the Camp that will help them to be leaders at the School and in the Community. There will be 20 students from Lakewood High School going to the Camp this summer and 12 will be going for the first time.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

LCC Holding Massive Rummage Sale, April 25-27, To Support Youth Mission Trip Fund

LCC Youth Mission Trip 2013 participants. This summer, 20 youth and adult chaperones will travel to the Heifer International Farm in Rutland, Mass., to assist with sustainable farming efforts and learn about solutions to ending global hunger.

What do sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty, a youth mission trip and a rummage sale have in common?  At Lakewood Congregational church – everything.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Vine & Viral Video Club For Teens!

You know what’s awesome? The internet. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent more time watching insane YouTube videos than doing, oh, I don’t know, important things. But why watch all those hilarious videos on your puny laptop or even punier smart phone when you could be watching them on our glorious big screen? That’s right! All through the month of May, Lakewood Public Library will be hosting the Vine & Viral Video Club for sixth through twelfth graders. We’ll spend Thursday afternoons seeing how many boxes Maru can fit into, learning What the Fox Says, and trying to figure out how Desmond the Moon Bear got there. Have a favorite video you want us to show? Send an email to Teens@lakewoodpubliclibrary.com with the subject: Video Suggestion and a link to the video. Family-friendly videos only will be considered.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Ranger Girls Track Begins 2014 Season

The LHS Girls Track Team kicked off their 2014 Track and Field Season with a dual meet victory against Bay High School. The Lady Rangers came out ahead with 74 points to 63 points for the Bay Rockets. Scoring for the Rangers were:

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Dance Program For Children

The Vibrant Wind Dancers have entertained audience members in the past at the Lakewood Public Library with their programs of Middle Eastern style interpretive dance. They are returning to the library on April 26th with a program designed especially for boys and girls. The performers will be wearing costumes of flowing skirts, hip scarves, and nine-foot long silk veils. Their gestures will include neck, rib, hip, and hand movements. The Vibrant Wind Dancers often perform to different types of music, including Middle Eastern, Celtic, New Age, South American, classical, folk, pop, and rock. For the upcoming show the dancers will move to popular children’s music!

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

The Ball Club Logo And The Red Feather...

Many years ago, I became involved with a Northern Ohio Native American association. The association served a number of very beneficent purposes with the Cleveland Native American community. Quite a few people with whom I spoke with at the time were unaware that there were reportedly Native Americans from well over a hundred tribes represented in the Greater Cleveland area. There were in fact, thousands of people living here then, who either claimed to have, or were actually registered with Native American ancestry; not to mention thousands more who believed that they did, but either did not know for certain, or had been admonished by their elders to keep that identity secret.

When the Indian Removal Act (passed by Congress in 1830) went into effect, many who were identified as Native Americans were pushed from their homes and farms to lands west of the Mississippi. To this day, there remains tension at times between "government-registered" Native Americans who moved to reservations, and those who are "unregistered"; whose ancestors stayed behind and quietly assimilated into the "white" culture.

 At the time I volunteered with that association, there was also a great deal of material and spiritual need among the Native peoples around Cleveland. For years, area volunteers helped to provide support for gatherings tied to spiritual and cultural awareness events, permitting quite a few good times for Native American children, while giving them a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their cultural heritage.


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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

National Service: Strengthening Northeast Ohio’s Communities

Five years ago this month – during the height of the economic downturn – Democrats and Republicans came together to invest in a bedrock of the American spirit: serving others. Five years later, Ohioans have truly exemplified what it means to serve. 10,000 Ohioans work to improve their local communities by serving at one of our state’s 1500 national service locations, made possible by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Last year, I visited John Jay High School in Cleveland where I saw firsthand how national service is helping to expand education opportunity in Ohio. I sat in on a weekly program, led by an AmeriCorps VISTA member who helped more than twenty 11th graders apply and prepare for college. Many of those students were the first in their family to attend college and AmeriCorp provided them with much needed guidance to navigate the process.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Moody’s Reaffirms Lakewood’s Strong Bond Rating

In an affirmation of the city workforce’s effort to reduce costs and improve efficiency, Lakewood has maintained its Aa2 bond rating, the third highest mark given by Moody's to measure an entity’s credit risk. As the ratings report notes, “the city's financial operations are expected to remain strong as conservatively planned budgets continue to produce operating surpluses.”

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

MS Treatment Now Available At Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute At Lakewood Hospital

It is especially important for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients to find care they can trust in a convenient location since it is a condition that people live with for many years. Lakewood Hospital is pleased to announce that specialists from Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research have expanded their services to the hospital. The goal is to better serve patients who live or work on Cleveland’s West Side.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Hen Hopefuls: The McElhatten Woodward Family

Cook Ave residents and Hen Hopefuls, Pete Woodward and Brandi McElhatten Woodward with their daughter. 

Happy Spring from the Hens in Lakewood Committee! In this installment we are highlighting another Lakewood family who are interested in responsibly raising hens in Lakewood. Meet Brandi McElhatten and Pete Woodward and learn their point of view on this popular issue.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Rotary Honors Speech, Music, Art Contest Winners

With Phil Ardussi, president, Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River, are speech contest winners (from left) Natalie El Dabh, first place, Rocky River High School; Anna Weixel, second, Rocky River; Isabella Olivio, fourth, Rocky River; and Mary Kate Campbell, third, Magnificat.

Winners of Rotary’s annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony April 7 at the Beck Center for the Arts.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Students Travel In The Name Of Service

Students shovel compost for the gardens.

How did you spend your spring break? If you said planting crops, constructing benches and guardrails, and removing invasive species, then you must be a member of the Lakewood High School Travel Club.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Lakewood Businesses Contribute Goods, Highlight Heart Of City During 2014 WVIZ/PBS Televised Auction

The WVIZ/PBS Televised Auction, a Northeast Ohio rite of spring, airs Thursday, April 24 to Sunday, April 27 (3 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, and noon until 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday). Throughout the 40+ hours of Auction action, more than 4,000 items will be up for bid, both practical and priceless. Thanks to the work and generosity of area merchants, including Lion & Blue, as well as the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, goods and services with a Lakewood flair and focus will be featured in a special Destination segment on Friday, April 25 during the 10 p.m. hour on the WVIZ/PBS Televised Auction.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Lakewood Students Join Grammy-Winning Pianist In Concert April 27

Lakewood City Schools is thrilled to present Grammy award-winning and internationally acclaimed pianist, Angelin Chang, in concert on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. This concert is being held at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Chang will be collaborating and performing with student pianists from the district as Lakewood City Schools continues to go above and beyond in its dedication to music in the district.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.15.2014

Lakewood Ranger Varsity Baseball Optimistic - Pitching And Defense Key

The Lakewood Ranger Boys Varsity Baseball Team is setting it's goals high as it enters the 2014 campaign.  They will attempt to build on the highly successful 2013 squad that finished 22-6 overall and 10-4 (runner-up) in the West Shore Conference.    Looking to leverage depth in the pitching department and strong team defense, the Rangers want to contend for the league title and more.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 10:38 AM, 04.03.2014

Wings Hobby Shop, We Loved Ya!

It is hard to put into words losing something you have known just about your whole life. It is even tougher when you know the people involved that will be lost too. All you can do is suck it up and wish them the best.

This is how I felt as I talked with “Al" Cicerchi, owner of Wings Hobby Shop, a business he took over from his father Ron, and Ron bought it 49 years ago. He was explaining how he and his brother Ron spent a summer moving it from the old location on Mars and Madison to the current location when suddenly I had to ask the question we all wondered. “How DID your dad lose him arm?”

Ron Cicerchi Sr. was a hell of a man. He knew about everything, had done everything, and as we were buying model cars, then Estte Rockets, then HO miniature cars and trains he would interject pearls of “Ron Wisdom” that I still carry today.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 04.01.2014

Assistant Superintendent Bright Moving On

The Board of Education at its March 17 meeting accepted the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Kevin Bright, effective August 1, 2014. Bright, who came to Lakewood in August 2011, has been instrumental in implementing several new educational programs and initiated new community partnerships that have significantly benefited our students.

“Kevin’s dedication to improving the educational experience for our students and his expectations for excellence will be sorely missed,” said Superintendent Jeff Patterson. “However, we wish him well as he moves on to the next chapter of his life with his wife, Nancy, and family.”

During the Board meeting, member Betsy Shaughnessy said she appreciated that Bright “came to this district (from Mason, Ohio) and gave us your full attention and heart.”

In his role as Assistant Superintendent, Bright has developed dual enrollment programs with the University of Akron for our high school students, helped create after-school and summer tutoring programs for our ELL students in partnership with ASIA Inc., and helped oversee implementation of the Columbia Reading & Writing and Math Solutions programs to help better align the district with the Common Core requirements. He also facilitated a partnership with the University of Akron that allows the district to send a Language Arts teacher to a national convention each year and with First Federal of Lakewood that resulted in a $300,000 naming rights deal for the football stadium.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 04.01.2014

Garfield 7th Grader Grabs First Place At NE Ohio Science Fair

Garfield 7th-grader Nicholas Cleary led the way of a number of recognitions for Lakewood middle school students at the 61st Annual Northeast Ohio Science & Engineering Fair (NEOSF) held March 11 at Cleveland State. Cleary won first place in his category and reeled in three other special awards.

Cleary’s project, “What Structure Style Will Best Withstand an Earthquake?” took first place in the Earth/Space category for 7th/8th grade. Besides his first-place award of $100 he earned $100 from his special interest awards and he is now eligible to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS Middle School Program, a national STEM competition.

Students from 90 schools in the seven Northeast Ohio counties submitted 495 projects to be judged in nine different categories: Biology, Health/Medicine, Environmental Science, Behavioral Science, Chemistry, Physics, Math/Computer Science, Earth/Space Science and Engineering. Each project was judged at least twice and some were judged as many as 10 times by special interest groups. Students earned $100 and a gold medal for first place, $25 and a silver medal for second place, bronze medal for third place and varying amounts for special recognition awards.

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Lakewood City Academy Students Work On Wellness

Students at Lakewood City Academy are doing more than just improving their minds at school, they are also improving their health.

A “Wellness Program” aimed at getting students to institute healthier lifestyles, kicked off in September. The program, put together by principal Terri Bornino-Elwell, staff member Renee Kolecki, and school nurses Peggy Brown and Katy Corrigan, started with an 11-week Weight Watchers program. Fourteen students and one parent participated in the weekly program and the group together lost 130 pounds with the highest weight loss of nine pounds.

The program is now continuing through the rest of the year with wellness sessions hosted by the Cleveland Clinic. Guest speakers will address topics such as sleep & wellness, nutrition, stress management and other topics relating to adolescent years.

The Wellness Program has been well received by all involved and LCA hopes to build on the first-year success.

“We are very pleased with what we have put together and hope that we can do even more next year,” said Bornino-Elwell.

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U.S. EPA, Rep. Marcy Kaptur Announce $105,000 In Great Lakes Green Infrastructure Grant For Lakewood

The U.S. EPA and Rep. Marcy Kaptur joined Mayor Michael Summers to announce that Lakewood was one of four Lake Erie shoreline cities to receive funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The Northern Ohio green infrastructure projects, one of them slated for Lakewood, are aimed at improving water quality in the Lake Erie basin.

The city’s storm water management plans include the addition of trees, bioswales and permeable pavers.

“In Lakewood, Lake Erie starts at our rooftops, our sidewalks and our streets,” Summers said.

Lakewood will receive $105,000 in grants that will be used on the city’s Green Street Project, on Madison Avenue at Madison Park, and the Green Parking Lot Project, at a municipal parking lot near Detroit Avenue. The funding was announced at a meeting at the Woman’s Pavilion at Lakewood Park on Tuesday, March 18.

“We’re grateful for the money that will support this very visible project,” said Summers. “It’s a project that will demonstrate some of the ways that we can better manage storm water, reminding our citizens what we can do — and what we are obligated to do.”

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City Takes Steps Toward Widespread Sidewalk Improvements

Council President Mary Louise Madigan (Ward IV) called the March 17, 2014 meeting of Council to order at 7:35 pm.

Finance Committee Chair, Ryan Nowlin (At-Large) reviewed ordinances approving the sale of bonds for improvements the City would like to make, stating that in two meetings his committee had agreed to recommend that Council adopt all of them. Council passed each one with further discussion sought on one item.

The ordinance in question would sell bonds to raise funds not to exceed $500,000 dollars to create a rotating fund for sidewalk repair. Although Councilman David Anderson  (Ward I) was present for the Finance Committee meeting at which this issue was discussed, there remained a few questions that he thought would be better off directed to the Public Works Director, Joe Beno. First, he wanted to know how his department arrived at the amount of $500,000 dollars.

Director Beno said that last year about 600 citations were issued for sidewalks with repair costs ranging from $100-1,500 dollars. The mean price of $500 was multiplied by the 600 citations to get to $300,000. Because Public Works failed to complete last year’s repairs due to lack of funds, they added an additional $200,000. This money would be used in a rotating fashion, the City would upfront with property owners paying the City back. Councilman Anderson asked if Director Beno could tell him how long it has taken homeowners to pay the City back in the past.  Beno deferred to Finance Director, Jennifer Pae. Director Pae said that she did not have those numbers at hand.

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Youth Trivia
For students in fourth through sixth grade

This team-based, four-week program will test your knowledge of all things important and not. Sign up as a team or let us place you in one. To register, please stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

Thursdays, April 3 – April 24, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Duct Tape Wallet
For students sixth through twelfth grade

Make your own fashion statement by creating a duct tape wallet. To register, stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

Saturday, April 5, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Origami Go
For students sixth through twelfth grade

Origami Go is for everyone! Each session begins with basic fold techniques and transitions to a group project. After that, it’s origami free-time. Supplies and project books provided. To register, please stop in or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

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What Do I Need To Know About The Breast And Ovarian Cancer Gene?

Susan Marinac, program staff member at The Gathering Place.

There has been much talk about the “breast cancer gene” or BRCA 1 & 2 gene mutations in the news after celebrity Angelina Jolie announced last year that she had a preventative bilateral mastectomy to significantly reduce her risk of developing cancer. Individuals who have the BRCA gene mutation are at a significantly increased risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer. The lifetime risk for developing cancer can be up to 85% for breast cancer and 40% for ovarian cancer for those who have the gene mutation (the general population’s risk is about 10%). Most breast cancers, however, are not genetic and only about 5% of all 220,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed in the US each year are related to these defective genes.

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Recapture The Magic Of Cleveland’s Great Lakes Exposition At Lakewood Public Library

Postcard from the author's collection

In the middle of the Great Depression, Cleveland threw a party for seven million people.  During the summers of 1936 and 1937, Cleveland, then the country’s sixth largest city, opened Cleveland’s Great Lakes Exposition along Lake Erie’s waterfront.  Built to commemorate Cleveland’s centennial, the Expo extended from Municipal Stadium to East 22nd Street, covered 135 acres, and featured a floating stage, streets of the world with international shopping and dining, and an infamous aquacade. Highlights included a presidential visit by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, a scandalous divorce, Cleveland’s first taste of orange sherbet, and a dancer with an “invisible dress.”

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Brian Henke, A Lakewood Treasure

I first met Brian here at the Lakewood Public Library about 8 years ago. Brian was performing and it was through a mutual friend’s recommendation that I checked him out. Little did I think then that there would come a day that I worked here at the Library and would have the opportunity to write an article about this incredible talent. Brian is an amazing guitarist and a Lakewood icon who graces our stage regularly. Without fail people come from all over to enjoy Brian’s work in the comfort and warmth of the library’s auditorium. It’s not a show as much as a mesmerizing journey peppered with Brian’s homespun humor and storytelling.

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Westshore Young Leaders "Choose Not To Use" As Part Of The Drug Free Majority

While many high school students continue to engage in unhealthy, high risk behaviors, the fact remains that a majority of youth are choosing not to use. Over 100 high school students representing Bay Village, Rocky River, Fairview Park, Lakewood and Westlake braved the cold to attend the 4th Annual Westshore Young Leaders High School Lock In on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Westlake Recreation Center.

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Job Club In Lakewood

The Lakewood Family Collaborative is sponsoring a new Job Club in Lakewood. Its mission is to provide tools and resources for Lakewood residents and those in surrounding communities, to help them find employment. The Job Club will provide support, networking and resources. Each monthly meeting will have a topic of interest to Job Seekers.

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Report: Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) Meeting, Wednesday March 26, 2014

This month's WCOG meeting covered a wide range of important topics. For the full LWV observer report by Susan Murnane (Bay Village chapter), Sue Fink (Bay Village chapter), and Nikki Salupo (Fairview Park chapter), see the Observer's website or lwvcuyahogaarea.org. Only the highlights are given here.

WCOG's 2014 budget was approved. Cash reserves will be used to fund dues allocations in excess of the 2013 amounts.

Mayor Summers presented a letter he sent to Ohio EPA questioning the U.S. Corps of Engineers proposal to dump soil dredged from the Cuyahoga River shipping channel directly into Lake Erie. Mayor Summers expressed concern that the dredged soil could adversely impact drinking water.

NOACA has $44 million in sustainable community funds for infrastructure repairs throughout Lake, Geauga, Medina, Lorain and Cuyahoga Counties. Current estimated need is $20 billion.

Three new services were discussed. Cuyahoga County has started Ready Notify, an automated notification system similar to Nixle that is free to every community. Senior Transportation Connection, a non-profit transportation service for senior citizens, wants to expand on the west side. Simple Recycling, a for-profit company, recycles clothing, toys, and household goods, reducing landfill and returning a rebate to cities.

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St. Ed's Celebrates 20 Years Of Community Meals

Twenty years ago, St. Edward math teacher Paul Bosley had an idea. Bosley, at the time a relatively new member of the faculty, was an experienced cook who had volunteered at community meals in Painesville. He thought it could be a great idea to have a monthly community meal at St. Edward. He took the idea to Mike Reiling, a religion teacher at the school. The two men presented the concept to the St. Edward administration, which agreed to host the monthly event at the school’s cafeteria.

The first community meal was held on April 28, 1994. Since then, the meal has grown to serve between 125-150 guests per month. In addition, about 30 meals are delivered through the Lakewood Office on Aging, and over 30 more are sent to a women’s shelter. About 50 volunteers work each month to make each meal a reality. The rotating cast of volunteers consists of St. Ed students, parents, alumni and friends. Funds to provide the meals are donated by St. Edward alumni, faculty, and friends. The school provides all the kitchen and dining facilities in its cafeteria.   

Bosley and Reiling organize each event: Bosley runs the kitchen operations, while Reiling manages the servers and hosts. The separation of duties fits each man’s personality. “This man makes a great meal,” says Reiling about Bosley. Reling’s easygoing demeanor makes him ideal to manage the dining area. “I don’t have the patience [for serving],” says Bosley, “he is compassionate.”

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Breakfast With The Bunny

Make plans to visit with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 12th. H2O– Help to Others-- will be hosting “Breakfast with the Bunny” in the Woman’s Pavilion at Lakewood Park. The breakfast, in its 13th year, is sponsored by First Federal of Lakewood. Attendees are served a pancake breakfast along with an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for themed baskets while enjoying a spring morning with the Easter Bunny.

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A Democratic Candidate's Night

A Democratic Candidate's Night will be held April 3, 7 p.m., at 20777 Lorain Road, in Fairview Park City Hall's Dunson Room. The event will feature invited candidates running for Cuyahoga County Executive, Armond Budish, Bob Reid and Shirley Smith, along with candidates for various judicial races, and a Democratic write-in candidate for the Cuyahoga County Council from District 1, Mark Szabo. Additionally, speakers from both sides of the Sin Tax Issue 7 have been invited. This informative evening is sponsored by West Shore Democrats, a coalition of the following groups; Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Westlake, Westside and Stonewall Democratic Clubs.

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Classic Fairy Tale "Sleeping Beauty" Comes To Life At Beck Center

Beck Center’s Dance Workshop and Dance Education program proudly present an encore production of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet "Sleeping Beauty" Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, 2014. In honor of Beck Center’s 80th anniversary this special production will take place on the Mackey Main Stage. Show times are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are on sale now.

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