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PTA Council Honors Top Educator, Students & Others

LHS senior Christin Donahoe receives her scholarship from scholarship committee member Nora Katzenberger.

The Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on May 4 at Harding Middle School including $4,000 in scholarships to students and the Educator of the Year award.

The council awarded Horace Mann Elementary School special education teacher Cristina Smith the Educator of the Year award. Smith was part of the effort to make the Horace Mann playground handicap-accessible and also worked on a collaboration with Beck Center for the Arts that brought music and art therapy to the CHAMPS unit at Horace Mann. Educator of the Year nominees from other school buildings were also recognized: Chris Johnson of Roosevelt Elementary School, Amy Miller of Lincoln Elementary School, Daniel O’Brien of Harding Middle School, Joshua Thornsberry of Garfield Middle School and Amy Garritano of Lakewood High School.

Earning $1,000 scholarships each this year were seniors Christin Donahoe, Robert Fehrenbach, Jonathon Pizzo and Claire Black, who was also awarded a scholarship from the Ohio PTA representative present.

The Helping Hand award goes to a staff member in the school buildings other than a teacher who goes above and beyond in helping students and staff. Horace Mann Parent Resource Coordinator Chris Bringman was given the Helping Hand award for all that she does for parents and students, particularly with the K-Kids Club.

The Golden Apple award is reserved for special recognitions of service. It is given to individuals for their outstanding efforts to improve or make a difference on the behalf Lakewood City Schools' students and who have been instrumental in supporting and aiding in the success of PTA. This year, Christina McCallum, assistant to Assistant Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio was awarded the Golden Apple.

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Latest News Releases

Fall Leaf Collection To Begin on Monday, November 2nd
- City Hall, October 26, 2015 Read More
Mayor, City Council Invite Citizens to Share Ideas for Lakewood’s Downtown Development
- City Hall, August 13, 2015 Read More
Lakewood Catholic Academy to Serve as Grand Marshal of the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade
- City Hall, June 11, 2015 Read More
Pedestrian-Friendly, High-Tech Crossing Device Coming to Manor Park, Detroit Avenue Intersection
- City Hall, April 1, 2015 Read More
City Hires Thompson Hine LLP To Advise On Hospital Issue
- City Hall, March 31, 2015 Read More

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Father/Daughter Dance Packs The House; Mother/Son Dance Announced For The Fall

The corsage table was a popular spot at the dance...here are some happy customers.    

The 3rd Annual Lakewood Father/Daughter Dance was a rousing success, selling out days before the event. The dance, which was held on April 30 at Garfield Middle School, hosted 850 people. Participants were lined up well before the 6pm start time, and it was worth the wait. In addition to dancing, there was food, crafts, games, and photo booths.

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Backyard Hen Keeping Approved By Council

Council President and Ward II Councilman Sam O’Leary called the May 2, 2016 Council meeting to order at 7:37 p.m. Their first order of business was to once again excuse the absence of Councilman Ryan Nowlin (At-Large) who was out due to family illness. Council did so.

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Robin Suttell Named 2016 Taste Of Lakewood Blogger

Journalist-turned-PR-professional Robin Suttell has been named the 2016 Taste of Lakewood Blogger. Suttell is writing about her visits to restaurants that are participating in the 13th Annual Taste of Lakewood, the community’s largest food event that highlights the city’s eclectic mix of award-winning restaurants and food purveyors.

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Gloria Steinem Joins Women Lawmakers For Day At The Statehouse

Members of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus stand with nationally renowned journalist Gloria Steinem, pictured fifth from the right.

Celebrated feminist, journalist discusses Ohio issues during “Real Talk” forum

The Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC) last month hosted nationally renowned American feminist, activist and journalist Gloria Steinem for a series of events at the Ohio Statehouse. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Gloria Steinem was a key figure during the women’s rights movement of the late 1960’s and has received numerous bestselling book awards for her writing on women’s issues on personal, national and global levels.

“She reminded us today that we must not think of the world in terms of a hierarchy, with rankings above one another, but as an interconnected web,” said House Democratic Whip Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood). “This hierarchical view has allowed government to slowly chip away at women’s reproductive rights and autonomy, affecting their partners, children and families as a whole. I am pleased to have been part of this important discussion today and I hope that we can come together as a society to stop these fundamentally unjust attacks against women and their reproductive freedoms.”

Steinem spent the day in Columbus with members of the OHDWC and took time to meet with staff in the morning.

“Gloria Steinem is an inspiring hero and role-model for women in Ohio and across the nation,” said Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), chair of the OHDWC. “From the gender wage gap, to restrictions on women’s access to healthcare, to outdated and incomplete laws against rape, many of the challenges women in Ohio face today are the same issues Gloria has been fighting against and raising awareness of for decades. The challenges we face in Ohio are certainly real, but they are not insurmountable if we come together, speak with one voice and make a stand.”

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District Event Celebrates Middle School Writers

Garfield Middle School sixth-grader Erin Ptacek goes over one of her writing samples with her dad, James Ptacek.

Garfield Middle School and Harding Middle School students and their families gathered together on May 3 to celebrate the great progress the students have each made this year as writers. The evening was organized to toast the hard work and great results achieved through working with Lakewood Schools' new writing curriculum, Columbia Writing Workshop or as students refer to it, “workshop.”

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LHS Sports Notes

Group shot of LHS track seniors and families at Senior Night. Photo by Alex Belisle

RANGER TENNIS CONTINUES STRONG SEASON WITH SENIOR NIGHT WIN OVER ST. EDWARD

The LHS boys tennis team got off to a strong start this season, winning seven of its first nine league matches and reaching an overall record of 9-3. They carried that momentum into their Senior Night contest against crosstown rival St. Edward. The Rangers knocked off the Eagles 3-2, by virtue of winning both tightly contested doubles points.

The program has benefited from experience, as six of their seven starters are seniors. Head Coach Chris Johnson also likes his team’s collective tennis IQ. “We have an extremely smart team,” he said. The Rangers’ #1 doubles pair (Robby Fehrenbach and Jarod Malaluso) has spearheaded their effort this year, winning its first ten matches of the season. Fehrenbach and Malaluso bring athleticism to the team, as they both also play on the Rangers’ soccer team. Johnson thinks their soccer experience also gives them an edge. “They are used to being competitive,” he said.

Senior Frank Figueiredo won nine of his first 12 matches as the team’s #1 singles player. He has been in that #1 slot for three seasons, giving him plenty of experience. “He’s got a lot of power,” says Johnson, “and he’s left-handed.”

In addition to the win over St. Edward, the team knocked off quality opponents such as Strongsville, North Olmsted,  and Avon. Johnson, who has led the program to three league titles in his 15 years as coach, is hoping to add another conference trophy to the collection. OHSAA tennis tournament play will begin on May 12th for the Rangers, beginning with the sectionals at the Oberlin College Tennis Courts.

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Eagles Go Back To The Future; Beat Midview At Historic League Park, Original Home Of The Indians

Junior Quinn Lavelle, a Northwestern recruit, pitched a complete game win over Midview.

Unlike their crosstown neighbors at Lakewood High, the St. Edward baseball team does not have a home field. Their transient status usually creates headaches….over the years they have played “home” games everywhere from Strongsville to Avon to Lorain. All those extra miles can be a grind during a long season. However, once in a while, the Eagles’ nomadic program is able to play in a unique setting. One such opportunity happened on April 30th in the Hough neighborhood of Cleveland.

St. Edward hosted Midview at League Park, which was recently renovated by the City of Cleveland. The field, located at East 66th and Lexington, began hosting professional baseball’s Cleveland Spiders in 1891. It was the first home of the Cleveland Indians, hosting games from 1901 until 1946. It hosted games in the 1920 World Series, where the Indians defeated Brooklyn 5 games to 2 (the World Series was “best of nine” from 1919 to 1921). The Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro American League won the 1945 Negro League World Series at League Park in 1945. Even the NFL’s Cleveland Rams played at League Park in 1937 and during the early 1940s. Yes, that is the same team that became the Los Angeles/St. Louis/back to Los Angeles Rams.

The Indians moved full-time to downtown’s Municipal Stadium in 1947, two years after the Rams left for California. After the 1950 season the Buckeyes folded, leaving League Park with no tenants. The stadium decayed over the years, reflecting the decline of the Hough neighborhood where it sat. By 2011 all that was left was the original ticket house and one grandstand wall. In that year, the City decided to restore the ball field and turn the ticket house into a baseball museum. The project was completed in August 2014.

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Espousing Bombast: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 24

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Archie & The Bunkers Meet The Cleveland Steamers - Hung Up On You - Smog Veil Records - 1 song - 7"

This one's only a one-sided 7", with only one song, so this review is gonna be pretty short. Everyone's favorite band, Archie & The Bunkers, team up with Cheese Borger's ClePunk veterans The Cleveland Steamers for this single song. It's a pretty rockin' number, augmenting Cleveland Steamers Nick Summa's snarling guitar, Meredith Rutledge-Borger's lead vocals, and Cheese's stomping bassline with Archie & The Bunkers' Cullen O'Connor's swirling organ and Emmett O'Connor's pounding drums. I'm not sure if regular Steamers drummer Steve-O appears on this, though I would think so, as the drum sound is pretty darn heavy. Maybe it's just a loud mix. Anyways, I think the only criticisms I would have are that I'd like to hear more from this collaboration, rather than just the one song. Hopefully there's something coming from that end in the future. Also, just to add to the Archie-ness of it, perhaps Emmett should have thrown on some backing vocals. Just a suggestion. I also like the Dome! label (that's a reference to legendary Cleveland label Drome, if you don't get it). Oh, right, I said this would be a short review. So, yeah, it's a good song. It seems to be only available through the Smog Veil website as part of a bonus if you pre-order the Mr. Stress or Robert Bensick records, so you can do that or try and track one down at an area record store, if you can. I don't rate things unless they have 3 songs or more, but it's a good record. Even if, for some reason, you like neither of the bands here, you should still buy one for its collector's item value. Not that I'm encouraging that sort of thing.

(smogveil.com if you want to order some of those other records, or hunt one down for yourself at…you know…around…) 

Heavenly Queen - Heavenly Queen - Phoenician MicroSystems - 10 songs - Cassette, download

Did you like the Queen Of Hell 12" from two columns ago? Well, perhaps you'll like this band as well. This is that band's alter-ego: a lighter, softer, poppier, and friendlier band who just want to have a good time, trading the heaviness for heavenliness. The liner notes feature a band bio if you'd like to know more, as well as giving more fun names to the band members– Sir Mortimer Treacle-Horne, Marquis "Madame" Spectacles, The "Candy Dandy" Archduke Dave "Davey" Molasses, and Lord Maximilian Horehound. So, onto the music here. In general, this is a great pop album. "Lollipop Dumpster," the opening cut, is a singalong number with, as my ears hear it, a strong Ohio Express influence. "Queen Of My Dreams" has got a Mod-styled power pop feel to it, kind of Who-esque, ya know? Programme A ends with a pretty good hidden track, "The Look Of Luv," and Programme B starts with a song that's definitely among my favorites here, "Banana Split Lip," with Mortimer's vocal delivery alternating between a drawl and a growl over a peppy tune. "Uh Uh Uh" was also great, continuing Morte's trend of singing in French (see Kill The Hippies' "Mustache"), and even though I didn't understand the words (I did catch "j'adore" in there somewhere), it's still a great song. Plus, it has a backwards guitar solo, so where can you go wrong with that? Another highlight is the closing number, "Root Beer Float," which alternates between a psychedelic part and a glam pop part (and then there's another hidden track). So, in conclusion, if you can't get enough of bubblegum, garage rock, glam pop, '60s pop rock, or anything along those lines, Heavenly Queen may be what's right for you. Also, the download code is on a stick of gum, so that's pretty cool too. They're really good live too, and they're playing August 3rd at the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame & Museum™ with New Planet Trampoline, and probably before then, too. Go! 4.5/5

(queenofhell.bandcamp.com for the download, catch a show or perhaps try Queen Of Hell on Facebook for the tape.)

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Lakewood Project Headlines May Concerts

May is music month in the Lakewood City Schools! End-of-year concerts fill the calendar until school lets out on May 26. Headlining the month is the annual spring Lakewood Project concert. The rock orchestra will perform on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium. The concert will include performances by several small ensembles and will put the spotlight on graduating seniors as well. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or by calling the Lakewood High Bookroom at 216-529-4047. For a schedule of the rest of the concerts, including choral, orchestra and jazz, please visit the Lakewood City School’s performing arts page at www.lakewoodcityschools.org.

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Bad Government 5: Using A Public Charity To Conceal Government Activity And Records

Mayor Summers, Councilman Tom Bullock and past Council President Mary Madigan participated in governmental planning and decision-making that was actively concealed from the public—all three have acted to hide records from the public. After over a year of public debate and pending litigation, Summers, Bullock and public officials continue to fight to keep public records and details of their secret process from the public.

Here is how they did it (much of which comes from documents now on the city website):  

  1. The city was the sole owner of Lakewood Hospital and the mission was to provide hospital services to Lakewood residents. So any planning and decision-making concerning the sale or closure of Lakewood Hospital was clearly a city government function.  
  2. Starting in 2012, Summers, Bullock and Madigan as ex-officio trustees of LHA engaged in secret government planning and decision- making on the closure of the hospital. For example, in January 2016, Summers testified under oath concerning his activities at LHA: “I believed that it was my responsibility as a Mayor…to shape...the issues facing the hospital and…make a recommendation to the citizens of Lakewood.” However, he, Madigan and Bullock “shaped” it all in secret.
  3. Beginning in 2013 and through January, 2015 when they announced their decision, Summers, Madigan and Bullock (the “ExOfficios”) repeatedly voted to go into secret executive sessions for the contrived reason that public meetings would be “detrimental to the interests of patients.” However, in those meetings, the three secretly planned and decided to eliminate the services provided to the very patients [Lakewood residents] they were sworn to provide the services to and protect.
  4. In 2013, the ExOfficios were all members of the secret “Select Committee” at LHA—Summers controlled who was on that committee and he led it—he chose Cleveland Clinic (CCF) trustees, Tom Gable and Bill Gorton, as well as CCF executives and other CCF trustees to help “shape” the ExOfficios’ “recommendation.”
  5. The goal of Summers’ “Select Committee” was “to ultimately recommend one option” and they decided that the “one option” was to close the hospital. Indeed, in November, 2013, Gable told Councilwoman Cindy Marx that CCF would build a family health center to replace the hospital.
  6.  At a “Special” LHA Board meeting on December 12, 2013, they issued a “written report” and “[t]he copies of the written report were numbered and collected at the conclusion of the executive session.”  That “written report” has never been made public.
  7. Also, on December 12, 1983, the ExOfficios voted to give Summers authority to create a smaller and more secret Step 2 Committee “to continue to define a more comprehensive model for the delivery of future healthcare and health services in Lakewood, potentially including the solicitation of letters of intent with potential partner(s) or investor(s). But this was all a sham, because the ExOfficios had already decided their “one option.” Summers again chose Gable and Gorton to be on Step 2 to influence this governmental decision-making process—Bullock and Madigan approved it.
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Teacher Appreciation Week, "Thank you"

The Lakewood Teachers Association would like to thank the PTAs of the Lakewood City Schools. Nationally, Teacher Appreciation week is observed from May 2nd through May 7th. Locally, the PTAs of all  schools at all levels went above and beyond to ensure the teachers and staff of the Lakewood City Schools felt appreciated. We were humbled by the kind words and gestures, and thoroughly enjoyed the yummy breakfasts/lunches and 'surprises' throughout the week. The members of the Lakewood Teachers Association would like to publicly thank each and every student, parent, and community member for a wonderful week. We are fortunate to work in a community that supports its public schools and for that we are ever thankful. We proudly serve the Lakewood City Schools, "our families" and the Lakewood Community. Thank you for your unwavering support! #ltaproud2teach

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Field Of Dreams Part Duex

"'The Sacking of Rome' with Monkeys" by Mark Fredrickson.

During 2014, Metro Health System presented a proposal to our civic leadership to invest $100,000,000 in Lakewood Hospital over a 10-year period. Our civic leadership made a decision to reject that proposal. How the decision was made to reject a proposal that would have kept Lakewood Hospital open still remains a mystery to many of us. In fact, the proposal from Metro Health System would have been kept a buried secret, hidden from the voters, but for the diligent efforts of local citizens who cared enough about Lakewood Hospital to start digging.

If you drive along Belle Avenue, sadly, you will see that Lakewood Hospital is now closed. Our civic leaders tell us that it is closed for good, never to reopen as a local community hospital. We are left with an empty hospital building.

Perhaps worse, we are left with civic leadership that didn’t have the knowledge, experience or interest to maintain the most valuable asset in our community. Metro Health System would not have proposed a $100,000,000 investment in Lakewood Hospital, if it wasn’t a valuable asset. Each year Lakewood Hospital generated more than $100,000,000 in gross revenues. It was the single largest economic driver in Lakewood in terms of dollars generated and people employed.

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Harold Loves Maude At The Good Goat Gallery

Harold Loves Maude opens May, Friday the 13th 6pm-9pm. Show runs thru July 23rd.

Harold Loves Maude is a spectacular art show featuring works inspired by the cult classic film: "Harold and Maude." It stars Ruth Gordon & Bud Cort with incredible music by Cat Stevens. Even if you have not seen the film, you will love the art.

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Barton Senior Center Volunteers Contribute 10,647 Hours

Barton Senior Center recently honored the many volunteers who assisted the organization during the past year.  At a dinner show and reception, 116 individuals were recognized for volunteering a total of 10,647 hours during the previous 12 months. This outstanding level of volunteer support would be equivalent to more than 5 full-time employees. “Our volunteers are the key to our success,” stated Center Director Tania Gheen. “Without the volunteers, our small staff would never be able to provide the variety of programs, activities and services offered at Barton Center. It is really a win-win, as our volunteers socialize, make friends and have fun, at the same time that they are helping others.”

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Barton Center To Host 10th Annual Wine & Cheese Fundraiser On May 20

Barton Senior Center will hold its 10th Annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser on Friday, May 20 from 5-8 p.m. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s outdoor Courtyard and in the adjacent indoor Rotunda. More than 25 silent auction items will be available for bid, including wine baskets, event tickets and gift certificates to local restaurants. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a drawing for a flat screen TV. Chef Kevin, from Kevin’s Café at Barton Center, will be serving delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres and of course, there will be plenty of wine and cheese. 

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Change The World With Lakewood United Methodist Church

United Methodists from all over the world will participate in "Change the World" projects to make a difference by service to others on Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th. Members from Lakewood United Methodist Church may select activities with other volunteers to begin building Habitat for Humanity's three homes in the Buckeye neighborhood, or they may join forces with Lakewood Alive to paint Lakewood homes, or work in the gardens to beautify the property of the church located at the corner of Summit and Detroit. Any volunteer is welcome to join with church members to Make a Difference in the world. Call the church office at 216-226-8644 to register. 

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Our Coming Clothespin Election: Hold Your Nose And Vote For Hillary

The writer Adam Gopnik has offered up some recent French history as an object lesson for how we might approach the coming election here in the United States. In 2002, the French far right National Front, headed by Jean-Marie Le Pen, managed—through luck, circumstance and lackluster opposition—to advance to a two-man contest for Prime Minister with the conservative reigning PM Jacque Chirac.

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13th Annual Taste Of Lakewood Set For June 5th

The 13th Annual Taste of Lakewood, co-presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Cleveland Magazine, will be held on Sunday, June 5th at Madison Park from 1-7 p.m. Although the Taste of Lakewood is all about promoting and celebrating Lakewood’s outstanding restaurants, a couple of new tasty ingredients have been added to this year’s outdoor day-long food festival.

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Lakewood Soccer Association Travel Tryouts

Lakewood Soccer Association’s Travel Program will be holding tryouts for existing and prospective players for the 2016-2017 season. Tryouts will be held at the Rocky River Force Indoor Complex, located at 21220 Center Ridge Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116. 

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National Champs Seek Success With Hometown Talent

Chris Weimer speeds across the field during a match. 

Returning National Champions, St. Pat’s St. Jarlath’s Gaelic Football Club, begin their 2016 campaign in Columbus on May 13th as they compete in the first annual Ohio Cup. The tournament consists of teams from Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland battling it out to be named the top club in Ohio. St. Pat’s St. Jarlath’s aim to repeat their success in winning their third consecutive Midwest title in August with the hopes of competing in the National Championship tournament held in Seattle over Labor Day weekend.

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Gear Up For Beck Center’s 5th Annual Bike For Beck

Artwork by Pat Miller

Beck Center for the Arts is hosting its fifth annual Bike for Beck, a fundraising cycling event, on Sunday, May 22. Cyclists will take to the Cleveland Metroparks between 7 and 9:30 a.m., beginning and ending at Beck Center, located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Participants may choose from 12-, 25-, or 60-mile rides. The community is invited to a free, family-friendly arts and music festival at Beck Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from Bike for Beck will benefit quality arts education programs at Beck Center. Registration is available online at beckcenter.org.

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Sunrise Rotary Recognizes Work Ethic In West Shore Career-Tech Students

Work Ethic Award Winners with Sunrise Rotary President Dave Clements, Rotary member Carol Barrett, and West Shore Educational Coordinator William DiMascio.

West Shore students demonstrated their strong work ethic by attending an early morning recognition breakfast on Wed, May 4th. The Lakewood/Rocky River Sunrise Rotary acknowledged the students for being “dependable, hard-working, and committed to doing a good job” in the classroom and in the workplace. One student from each career-technical program was selected to receive the Outstanding Work Ethic Award. Each student was presented with a $50 gift card from the Rotary Club Rotarians, family members, and school administrators gathered to celebrate the students’ success at the Ranger Cafe.

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West Shore Culinary Studetns Earn Top Spots At State Competition

West Shore Culinary Arts students (front row) Shelby Hurd, Cameron Thompson, Gabriel Antos, Clara Wagh, (back row) Jessica Bohannon, Kenneth Priddy, and Stephen Watkins.

For seven West Shore Culinary Arts students the long hours of practice and preparing paid off at the State FCCLA Competition. West Shore grabbed three Gold Medals and two Silver Medals. Gabriel Antos and Stephen Watkins came in first place in Pastry Cake and Garde Manger categories respectively.

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Hayes Students Continue To Give Back

Hayes second-graders Phoenix Reavis and Rita Yost with some of the toothpaste donations.

This spring Hayes Elementary students made a commitment, once again, to reach out to families in need. Through their service projects over the years, these students continue to learn the importance of giving to and caring for people who are less fortunate. The students are dedicated and always willing to lend a helping hand. 

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Volunteer Event For Memorial Day Observance

One of H2O’s longest-running annual events is Memorial Day Grave Decorating. Youth volunteers and community members join veterans groups to place over 3,500 flags on the graves of veterans who are at rest in Lakewood Park Cemetery (22025 Detroit Rd. in Rocky River). Volunteers are placed into groups and sent out with a list of names, maps, and flags, and they make sure that each veteran is properly respected for the Memorial Day holiday. It is a great learning experience for kids to work alongside veterans on this project.

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Burying The Hospital Alive

In December 2015, Lakewood City Council rushed the vote to close Lakewood Hospital. They called extra council meetings to pass this "emergency" measure because the seven members of City Council believed that the $50 million Lakewood Hospital Foundation was about to go bankrupt.

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Strokes Of Genius Ends With Art Show

This group of happy students enjoyed working on six varied art projects.

The 2016 spring session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library recently came to a close as participating second, third, and fourth graders proudly showcased their talent at an art show for family and friends. Each week students learned about the life and work of a different artist and then completed an art project in the style of that artist. Artwork created by Paul Cezanne, Georges Seurat, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Michelangelo, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andy Warhol provided the inspiration for the students’ creative efforts. Oil pastels, tempera paints, clay, watercolor paints, and markers were some of the art mediums used.

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"Roena": One Hundred Years Of The Lakewood Public Library

100 years old is a big deal! So big that we’ve planned Centennial programming throughout the summer to continue the celebration. It all begins on the 100th anniversary of the Library doors opening on May 19th with the premiere of "Roena: One Hundred Years of the Lakewood Public Library" at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.

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LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, May 11
Meet the Author - "Dark Energy: Hitchcock's Absolute Camera and the Physics of Cinematic Spacetime" by Philip J. Skerry

Alfred Hitchcock and the cinema grew up together. Hitchcok was in the right place at the right time to utterly transform his chosen field. Philip Skerry's book applies theories of quantum physics, dark energy and neurocinematics to Hitchcock's technological genius and camera aesthetics. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Brigid's Cross Performs At The Library

On Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2 p.m. the musical duo Brigid’s Cross will be on stage at Lakewood Public Library as part of our Sunday with the Friends program.

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Lakewood Congregational Sets Rummage Sale Dates: May 13-15

Lakewood Congregational Church will hold a rummage sale to benefit its Youth Mission Trip Fund on May 13-15. 

Looking for bargains on gently used household goods, books and all sorts of other treasures? You'll find them this weekend. 

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Abbey Rose Foundation Cleveland Indians Game

On April 8, 2011, Abbey Rose Kudrin, at 4 months old passed away, in her parents' arms. Although she was only here on Earth four short months, Abbey Rose touched so many lives and continues to do so after 5 years. Her parents, Suzi and Sam Kudrin, received a book called "Mommy Please Don't Cry...There Are No Tears in Heaven" shortly after Abbey passed away. It wasn't until about 5 months after she was gone that they were finally able to read it. It touched their lives so much that they had to share it with family and friends first but soon they were being asked to send the book to people who had lost a child. The Abbey Rose Foundation was created so Suzi and Sam could help others who knew the pain they went through. The mission of the foundation is to provide hope and comfort to families who are grieving the loss of a child. Books have been sent across the United States, Canada, England, New Zealand. A personal written letter accompanies the book so Suzi and Sam can let these families know that God is with them always and to keep their faith strong. That's the only way to get through such a tragedy.

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H2O Named Pillar In The Community

H2O's Amy Chodzin, Emmie Hutchison, and Lynn Foran with RMH Executive Director Craig Wilson, Family Services Director Alisa Powell, and Board President Matt Greene.

The City of Lakewood H2O (Help to Others) program was presented the Pillar of the House Award on April 13, 2016, at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland (RMH).

Each year the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland presents its most distinguished award to companies, groups, and individuals who have given quietly, generously, consistently, and thoughtfully to the RMH on a long-term basis. The award recognizes the commitment and constant support provided by community partners to help sustain the mission of RMH.

Throughout the school year, H2O cooks a monthly meal for the 55 families who stay at the House. The students also engage in activities with the children. During the summer, middle school-aged students participating in the H2O Summer Service Camp visit the House and help with meals, chores, and activities.

“When other volunteer groups take the summer off, H2O is here a total of 16 times,” says RMH Executive Director Craig Wilson. “We could not provide the home-like setting our families need without the tireless support of groups like H2O.”

The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland also honored Alpha Delta Pi chapters at Ashland University and University of Mount Union and Cleveland’s Suburban Press.

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Americans Are Suckers

Like most Americans, I just finished handing 15% of my income over to various government entities which included three different municipalities because I work outside of Lakewood. A socialist (Democrats) would tell you that you are receiving numerous services for that money. Really? Well, if you don't have any children or send your children to private school you are essentially paying someone else's tuition. You may not have needed to dial 911 this year but it could be argued that you still benefited from the coverage.

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

Sunshine and spring have finally arrived here in Lakewood, Ohio and the Keep Lakewood Beautiful organization is celebrating this time of year with its Annual Earth Day and Great American Cleanup on April 30th from 9-11am beginning at City Center Park at the intersection of Cook and Detroit Aves. Come one or come all, and help spruce up the downtown Detroit Ave. commercial district. Learn from arborists, and then we will: plant a tree in observance of Arbor Day in City Center Park, plant flowers, and mulch trees and large planters. Meet at City Center Park, at the intersection of Cook & Detroit Avenues. For more information or optional pre-registration see:http://www.onelakewood.com/KLB Or call 529-6601.

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Bad Government 4: Mayor And Law Director Misrepresent Ownership Of City Assets To Continue Cover Up

Mayor Summers, as the top city executive, directs Law Director Kevin Butler as the city’s lawyer. For nearly a year now, Summers and Butler have been fighting against Lakewood citizens in a lawsuit that seeks, among other things, accountability for Summers abusing his corporate powers and his participation in a fraud upon the city while acting on behalf of Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA). Last year Butler and City Council used the lawsuit as an excuse to conduct secret executive sessions to hide the terms and reasons for the “Master Agreement” until shortly before it was approved by City Council.

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WordStage Literary Concerts presents "An Entertainment at the Court of the Sun King"

Louis XIV at Versailles

WordStage Literary Concerts Presents: An Entertainment at the Court of the Sun King on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

The Wright Chapel Series at the Lakewood Presbyterian Church – 14702 Detroit Ave. at Marlowe in Downtown Lakewood.

The early personal reign of Louis was highly successful in both internal and foreign affairs. He advanced the idea of glorifying the monarch and monarchy through the arts. Louis was a discriminating patron of the great literary and artistic figures of France’s classical age, including Jean Baptiste Poquelin, who took the “nom de plume” of Molière. He is credited with the creation of French High Comedy, and the genius of his plays lay in exposing the hypocrisies and follies of his society through satire. Under royal patronage his troupe, performing at the Palais Royal, enjoyed continuous success until his death.

WordStage Literary Concerts has adapted Moliere’s scintillating satire on the manners and mores of his time in his one-act play “The Pretentious Young Ladies.”

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No Helen Keller Could Ask For More: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 23

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

ITEM - Every Fruit In The World - self-released - 8 songs - Download

I don't know much about this band, but I do know that they apparently recorded this at Mahall's, which makes it very local to Lakewood. They have a very indie rock/alternative rock sound, with elements of psychedelia and post-rock in there too. The first song, "Hispania" takes a while to get going, but is a pretty enjoyable song once it does. "I Know Your Name" was a solid indie rock song, catchy enough to be a radio hit, even. "Every Fruit In The World" works good as a closing track, with a nice psychedelic feel that's kind of 60s-sounding, except with very modern production (take that as you will), and holds your interest throughout the length of the song. That's my major issue with this, and most bands of a "psychedelic" or "experimental" nature (most, not all): the songs would be better if they weren't so long. Now, that's not to say that songs shouldn't ever go above 3 and a half minutes or anything, and as I mentioned, the title track does it well, but for 8 songs to take over 40 minutes? It's a wee bit excessive. Anyway. My favorites here were "A Fantastic Waste Of Time," because you can't go wrong with a title like that, "Nothing Is The Way," and "Muscles," which had an '80s post-punk-ish feel to it, probably because the guitar playing reminded me of The Cure, in a way. Solid indie rock with some eccentricity to it. 3.5/5

banditem.bandcamp.com

Sweepyheads - Seriously Losing It - self-released - 4 songs - CD, download

This is the second (to the best of my knowledge) release from this band, following their previous full-length "I Don't Get It" with this 4-song EP. It starts off with "Nothing Left," which is a super catchy garage rock number. Something about it reminds me of The Replacements, or, say, a cleaner and less-messy Nirvana, though I can't place what it is. Also, it's a shame I can't tell you what the chorus (or, at least, the bit with the song title in it) is, as this is a family paper, but it's pretty good. Following that is "Superficial," which continues to prove that they have the neo-garage rock sound down pat. "Can't Help You" comes next, and it's a pounding straightforward rocker, also very catchy. After that, it's "Either Way," another great garage rocker with this chorus-y jam section closing out the song. It's probably my favorite one here, tied with "Nothing Left." And that's it! Four songs and we're out. A short and sweet rock and roll release. 4/5

sweepyheads.bandcamp.com for the download, try them on Facebook or at one of their shows for the CD

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LHS Academic Challenge Team Is Regional Runner Up

The Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team finished second to host Solon in a 17-team regional tournament held April 16. As runner-up, LHS advances to the competition's state finals May 7 in Columbus. There are six Ohio regions for this competition and the top two from each region advance to the finals. 

Representing LHS at the state tournament will be seniors, Robby Fehrenbach (captain), Jon Pizzo, Alex Grunder, Fox Milenski, Zeke Dalisky, and juniors Ian Bell and Evan Suttell. Having already been invited to the National Tournament in Washington, D.C. in early June due to the team's undefeated regular season competitions in the 10-team Southwest Conference, LHS continues to be a significant force wherever they compete, said adviser Robert Sedlak. 

To make the trip to the National Tournament, the team will need to raise approximately $2,500 in addition to the $1,000 donation it has received from the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation. If you would like to help contribute to the trip fund, please send a check to Lakewood High School Academic Challenge, c/o Robert Sedlak, 14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood, OH 44107.

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Emergency Care? With Some Exceptions

Following recent questions about the limits of Lakewood’s freestanding emergency department in the Observer and at a recent City Council meeting, the Cleveland Clinic has scrambled to attempt community reassurance.

Advocates for Lakewood Hospital have drawn attention to a statement at the Clinic’s own web site, posted barely a year ago, advising that “Some situations are clearly an emergency: A heart attack, fall off a ladder, serious kitchen burn or bone break. You know to call 9-1-1 and to get your loved one to the nearest hospital,” i.e. a full hospital and not a freestanding emergency department.

Apparently both Lakewood City Council members and the Clinic are reluctant to directly confront the limitations of care without a hospital. In a full-page ad in the April 13 Observer, the Clinic touted “full-service emergency care” in Lakewood, “always close to home.”

Unfortunately, this and the rest of the Clinic’s advertising about services in Lakewood is mostly an exercise in misdirection. Given that there is no fixed definition of “emergency department,” the claim of “full-service” emergency care is largely meaningless.

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Presidential Candidates Must Outline Clear Budget Priorities

In less than a year, a new president will be inaugurated. The voters of Ohio will have a major role to play in determining who occupies that office. 

Choosing a candidate for President should involve moving beyond rhetoric to an evaluation of concrete plans. The best clue for assessing what the President will actually do once he or she is in the White House is the kind of budget they plan to submit to Congress. What are their priorities, and how do they plan to pay for them?

One central component of any budget proposal will involve how much to spend on defending the nation. A number of candidates have called for sharp increases in the Pentagon budget, arguing that our military has “hollowed out” over the past eight years due to a lack of adequate funding.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

The United States spends more on its military than the next fourteen countries in the world combined, many of which are U.S. allies. And President Obama has allocated more to the Pentagon than President George W. Bush did in his two terms in office.

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LWV Presents Land And Water Forum On West Side

The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland will present a free forum on stormwater management on Monday May 2, 2016 at 7p.m., at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake. Ms. Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, Deputy Director of Watershed Programs, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NORSD), will speak on "Land and Water: Fixing Combined Sewers and Managing Stormwater for Clean and Abundant Fresh Water."

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Children’s Games And Crafts 100 Years Ago

Lincoln Logs were invented in 1916 but are still a popular pastime with children today.

Give your kids a break from today’s technology and come to Lakewood Public Library for some good old-fashioned fun and games. In celebration of the Library’s 100th birthday this spring the Main Library presents two back-to-basics programs for students in first through fifth grade – Games Children Played 100 Years Ago and Crafts Children Created 100 Years Ago.

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95 Lake Luxury Ecohomes Offer Modern Design And Lakefront Living In The Heart of Cleveland

A new ten-residence luxury townhome community is set to break ground on Lake Avenue, in the historic Edgewater Neighborhood. 95 Lake is a collaboration of developer, Andrew Brickman of Brickhaus Partners and architect Scott Dimit. It is the newest addition to a Brickhaus portfolio that includes other award-winning communities like 27 Coltman in Little Italy, Clifton Pointe in Lakewood, RiverSouth in Fairview Park and perhaps the most iconic community in Cleveland (where "Draft Day" was filmed), Eleven River along the banks of the Rocky River.

The official groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 28 - 5:30pm at the site of the former St. Thomas Lutheran Church on Lake Avenue. Honorable attendees will include Mayor Frank Jackson; Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone and Cudell Improvement Executive Director, Anita Brindza. Councilman Zone and Ms. Brindza Zone were both instrumental in shepherding this project through the zoning process.

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Dragon Sightings In Lakewood

Master puppeteer, Nancy Sander of Puppets with Pizazz.

Dragons are invading western Lakewood!

Nancy Sander, of Puppets With Pizazz, will be performing "The Reluctant Dragons" for families of the area. Sander, a master puppeteer from Lakewood, will present this full-length puppet presentation at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1569 Rosewood Avenue (corner of Hilliard and Madison), on Saturday, April 30th, at 2 p.m. Anyone who has seen a Pizazz production can attest to the fun-filled family-oriented show where the children help little Rory Dragon fulfill his dreams of being a fire spittin' dragon.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Anyone wearing a scout uniform, or attending as part of a scout troop, will receive $1 discount.

Sander has received an Emmy Award for her work with WKYC-TV's children's show, "Hickory Hideout," where she played Nutso P. Squirrely, Smelly Bob, and Know-It-Owl. She has been known as The Puppet Lady of Ohio for over thirty-five years and has received both the Stevens Award Of Excellence and the Latshaw Award for Writing in The Field of Puppetry from Puppeteers of America.

For more information, call the church at 216-228-6060 or Nancy Sander at 216-521-7301.

www.puppetswithpizazz.com

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Gallery Exhibits Highlight 100 Years At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Public Library is celebrating its hundredth birthday on May 19, 2016, and in honor of this milestone, the Library currently has on exhibit photographs and architectural drawings from the Library’s one hundred year history. View Detroit Avenue when it was covered with trolley tracks. Remember when a record player and LPs were state of the art. See a portrait of Lakewood’s first librarian, Roena Ingham. These items and more are on display now in the Main Library’s Second Floor Gallery and at the Madison Branch.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Saturday, April 30
"Insignificance" (1985) directed by Nicolas Roeg

She's not Marilyn Monroe, and he's not Albert Einstein. The actress has spent all night getting her skirt blown around. The professor is holed up in a hotel room being harassed by a Joseph McCarthy-like Senator (Tony Curtis). When the actress shows up, a touching friendship is formed. Reality intrudes in the form of a jealous ballplayer (Gary Busey).
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Home Selling Tips

Staging in the Spring

Any professional home stager will tell you that the basic principals remain the same throughout the year—keep things clean, clutter-free and colorful. But springtime has its own special set of rules. There are a number of things you can do both inside and out to take advantage of the beautiful weather:

-Add splashes of color to your porch with potted flowers. Larger pots filled with tulips or daisies and accented with greenery make a nice touch. By introducing seasonal colors to the outside, your home becomes very attractive to prospective home buyers.

-Bring spring colors into a home with accessories like throw pillows, area rugs, artwork, towels and bedspreads. If you change accessories, the whole house changes.

-Use decorative knickknacks that speak of spring, such as pears, eggs, and seashells. Add leafy patterns in fabrics and wicker. Use real leather and rusted metal as contrasts.

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Lakewood Public Library Board Of Trustees

The Lakewood Board of Education is accepting applications for appointment to the Lakewood Public Library Board of Trustees for the seven year term commencing September 12, 2016. Additional information concerning the duties and responsibilities of Library Trustees is availalbe at the Library's Web site: http://lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/trustee/pdf.  Interested candidates should direct a letter of interest and qualifications to the Superintendent of Schools by May 16, 2016.

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Democratic Lawmakers Announce State Support For Key Community Projects

Capital budget bill to allocate funds for economic, cultural improvements

House Minority Whip Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) today announced several important community projects will receive state support through the recently introduced capital budget. The Variety Theatre, the Lake Link Trail and Wendy Park, and the Irish Town Bend are some of the major projects in the Lakewood area expected to receive state funds.

“We will continue the hard work of securing resources that add to the economic health and well-being of our district,” said Antonio. “It is an honor to be a part of this capital budget process, and I will continue to insist that these funds stay committed to necessary projects that ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for the region.”

The capital budget bill currently includes $1.65 million to finance hard construction and demolition costs to transform the Variety Theatre into a new town center for the Westown neighborhood in Cleveland. In addition, a new $1 million bridge will link the 1.3 mile urban multi-purpose path Lake Link Trail to Wendy Park thanks to state funds, creating lakefront access to the residents of Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas counties. The Irish Town bend is also slated to receive $2.5 million to install steel reinforcement bulkheads.

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Lakewood Residents Invited To Honor Loved Ones While Helping Hospice Families

Leon Bibb of TV 5 is this year's Master of Ceremonies at Walk to Remember.  

Lakewood residents are invited to invited to gather family and friends to walk  in memory of loved ones while raising funds for hospice patients and families. Registration is now open for Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2016 Walk to Remember, sponsored by FirstMerit Bank. Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Leon Bibb of WEWS-TV, Channel 5 is this year’s Master of Ceremonies.

Now in its fifth year, the event takes place Sunday, June 12, 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland. (Gates open at 7:30 a.m.) Registration is available online at hospicewr.org/walk or by calling 216.383.3715. Admission includes a full day at the Zoo and Rainforest, T-shirts, entertainment and much more. The cost is $25 Adult; $12 Children; Family $65 (includes two adults and three children under age 12). Ages 3 and under are free.

More than 3,000 participants are expected to honor the memory of their loved ones while raising funds for services provided by the nonprofit agency that are not fully covered by Medicare and private insurance. These include pediatric hospice and palliative care, patient “day to remember” life enrichment experiences, art and music therapy, grief and trauma support in local schools and much more.

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Council Asked To Warn Residents About New Emergency Facility’s Lack Of Acute Care Services

The current "free-standing emergency room," with the old full-service Emergency Department's "big red sign that says 'Emergency,'" but does not have the capacity to treat life-threatening emergencies.

At last Monday’s City Council meeting (April 4, 2016), Lakewood resident Kevin Young urged council members to alert every citizen in Lakewood to the fact that Cleveland Clinic’s new emergency facility in Lakewood is not equipped to treat serious, life-threatening emergencies.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Take A Walk With Two Long-Time Greater Cleveland Habitat Volunteers

Reverand John Evans and wife Mary at one of the early walks.

Reverend John and his wife Mary would like to invite you to take a walk with them…

Reverend John and his wife Mary Evans would like to invite you to take a walk with them. They are ages 95 and 86; we dare you to say no. Join the Evans’ on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Edgewater Park for the HABI-Dash 5K Walk as they fundraise for Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity for the 15th year in row.

“When we are helping others is when we are the happiest,” states Mary Evans, in reference to their over twenty-one years and thousands of hours of service to Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. Even though the Evans’ have had to slow down in the past two years, they can still be found on a Wednesday eating at the construction site with the volunteer crews, attending house blessings, dedications and helping to fundraise. “What is so special to us is that Greater Cleveland Habitat’s programs give Partner Families a hand up, not a hand-out. They (the family purchasing the home) are required to put in sweat equity time and make monthly mortgage payments,” states Reverend Evans. Mary adds, “There is nothing like seeing the Partner Family receive the key for their home that so many people worked so hard on; there is not a dry eye in the place.”

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