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Full Court Basketball Returns To Lakewood

After an 11 year absence, basketball returned to Madison Park on July 25. The Lakewood Outdoor Basketball Committee (LOBC) and the City of Lakewood opened Lakewood's first full basketball court since 2007. Kids, city leaders, community activists and LOBC members gathered on a sunny evening for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also in attendance were LHS boys varsity basketball coach Alex Cammock and LHS girls basketball coach Mike Harper.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

A Letter From Superintendent Barnes

Dear Lakewood City Schools Students, Staff, Parents, and Lakewood Residents:

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that I am honored to serve as your Superintendent of Schools. The Lakewood City School District is one of the finest districts in the nation. During my transition to Lakewood, I have learned of its focus on educational excellence, its warm and welcoming spirit, and its unwavering commitment to the children of this community.

I would also like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about my family. I have been married to my wonderful wife Laverne for 21 incredible years. Laverne and I have two daughters - Michaela, 20, and Mia, 18. Both will be college students beginning this fall. My wife and I are so very proud of them.

I truly believe in the value of education. Education is a fundamental necessity to the survival and growth of individuals, communities, states, nations, and the world. Education is a powerful variable that can transform the conscience of mankind. An educated individual, community, state, nation, and world is one that respects and values diversity, promotes and endorses collaboration, and recognizes the self-worth and unique talents in everyone.

 

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2018 Lakewood Arts Festival Scholarship Winner - Elyza Mihalski

Elyza Mihalski, Scholarship Recipient.

Elyza Mihalski is chosen as recipient of the 2018 Lakewood Arts Festival Scholarship of $4,000.

Elyza is a 2018 graduate of Lakewood High School who will study fine art at the Cleveland Institute of Art this fall. Regarding her work, she said, "Becoming a studied and well-trained artist means that I will have the tools to not only create meaningful and visually appealing art, but to give something to be proud of and to give the world something to enjoy." Work from Elyza's portfolio of paintings and drawings will be on display in Lakewood Public Library during the festival through early August. 

The Lakewood Arts Festival awards a scholarship each year to a deserving high school graduate who resides in Lakewood and is pursuing a degree in the arts. More than 70 scholarships have been awarded since the Festival began in 1981. This year the Lakewood Arts Festival Scholarship is generously funded by supporters for the arts in our community. Proceeds from the food vendor/sponsors also goes directly to the scholarship fund.

 

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Women In History: Julia Boggs Dent Grant Visits Lakewood Public Library

Julia Dent was the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner. When she fell in love with a soldier earning a soldier’s salary in 1844, the only people happy about it were the two sweethearts. The bride’s mother and father thought the marriage was beneath her and the groom’s parents refused to attend the wedding at the home of a slave owner. It was a rocky start, but the drama was only beginning for the wife of Ulysses S. Grant.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

'Climate Action' Tour Stops In Lakewood On Sunday, Aug. 19

If you ever feel daunted by the challenge of climate change, University of California air pollution scientist Shahir Masri and educator Athina Simolaris can relate. But the two young Californians have decided to overcome feelings of powerlessness by pausing their careers this summer to take to the road to advocate for climate action, promote green energy, and identify effective strategies of climate communication.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Lookin' For It: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 75

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

Donkey Bugs - Ancient Chinese Secrets - Fish Records - 8 songs - LP

Another Cleveland group assimilated into the Spotted Race, I see. Donkey Bugs is a project of Haley Himiko and Steve Peffer, which of course might make someone go, "oh, so it's a Pleasure Leftists side project." Well, I guess, but I don't know if this will appeal to the average everyday PL fan so much as it will fans of Steve's other stuff. You might be shocked to learn that this sounds quite a bit like Factorymen but with Haley singing. All drum machine and repetitive riffs and noise and weirdness. It's a good record. I guess the quickest, most general way of calling it would be to say it's mostly post-punk, but that doesn't really mean that much. In the same way that Factorymen can, it treads a fine line between really goofy and really creepy. Steve really brings it on the guitar on "Hammer Jammer," unless that's a really distorted synth. The "stop the hammering!" bit at the end is pretty good, too. "ABC's of Lust" is what it sounds like, and could probably be a hot funk/new wave hit in some alternate universe. "F is for…no, not that!" The vocal melody of "Isosceles" is somewhat haunting whereas in another context it might not be. "Men In High Heels" is a good punker, gets pretty upbeat and all that. "The Mystic" sounds suspiciously like it's just a sample of some other record…but that could never happen. I think they really saved the best for last with "The Example." It's a real good post-punker, almost reminds me of Gang Of Four in some way. The "movie! movie!" or whatever they're yelling at the end bit comes off almost like a tribute to the Flyin' Trichecos. A fine addition to the line of Steve Peffer stuff that includes Factorymen, Deutschland Jerky Rave, and "The Brutal Birthday." 4/5

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Lakewood Residents To Meet 2018 Candidates For State And Local Office

Who: The Residents of Lakewood and Candidates for State and Local Office

What: Lakewood Meets the Candidates 2018: Social and Voter Registration Drive

When: Sunday, September 16, 2018, from 2-4pm

Where: Lakewood Woman’s Club Pavilion at Lakewood Park

Event Organizers: Laura Rodriguez-Carbone, Cuyahoga County Democratic Committee Central Committee, Lakewood 1B; Teresa Schleicher, Cuyahoga County Democratic Committee Central Committee, Lakewood 1D; Kate McCarthy, Cuyahoga County Democratic Committee Central Committee, Lakewood 1I

Special Guests:

Ohio State Representative, Nickie Antonio (D), District 13, Candidate for Ohio State Senate

Ohio State Senator Mike Skindell (D), District 23, Candidate for Ohio State Representative

Deborah M. Turner, Candidate for Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Ashley Kilbane, Candidate for Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

 

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

WestShore Council of Governments Observer

West Shore Council of Governments

Meeting of July 11, 2018

Observer Minutes


This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Kennedy's office prepares official minutes.

Present: Mayors Kennedy (N. Olmsted), Bobst (Rocky River), Clough (Westlake), Patton (Fairview Park), Koomar (Bay Village), and Summers (Lakewood)

Meeting was called to order at 9:35 a.m. and adjourned at 11.

Fiscal Officer’s Report: WCOG doesn’t require audit for 1 year, so will save money this year.

Commission Reports:  
    
RTA:  Mayor Clough is president for 1 year term, agency needs to work on transition, search for replacement for Director Calabrese.  Agency needs to tighten internal control. It needs a new source of revenue; sales tax accounting for $20 million won’t be available in 2019. For time being, cutting back on positions, planning no additional capital projects, trying to determine what type of tax appropriate to replace revenue. Sales tax is best, but how much needed? Most capital funding comes from Federal Gov’t; more needed to replace old rail cars. More could come from NOACA; need to have policy conversation around this.  

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Food Not Lawns

Food not lawns is a great movement aimed at turning the world into an edible neighborhood to promote sustainability. While I am not personally affiliated with this organization I feel so strongly about this movement that I wanted to raise awareness to our wonderfully diverse city.

Having the ability to grow your own food is something we should all aim to at the very least learn. It is a gift that we can give to our future generations as an extremely practical skillset. There is something to be said for being able to do things yourself. We are seeing less of the traditional “factory farms” and more of the small organic farmers which is fantastic for sustainability and our environmental footprint we are leaving behind. 

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Connect2Compete Helps Students And Families Skip The “Summer Slide”

Ohio families can avoid the reduction in student achievement caused by summer vacation by accessing a low-cost internet service offered through Cox Communications known as Connect2Compete (C2C). In addition, Cox also announced the expansion of the Cox Digital Academy to include free Spanish-language resources designed to broaden opportunities for the Hispanic population through technology. 

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

The Rockport Miracles-Part 2: Episode 2 "Bonfire Of The Verminities" Fiction by Scott MacGregor

The Rockport Miracles 

Part 2: Episode 2: “Bonfire of the Verminities” 

I was still smarting from Wren Mathews’ slushy rebuke when I entered the noisy darkness of Lakefront Park for the annual bonfire. (circa 1970). 

Every January, the town of Rockport staged a festive evening that featured hot chocolate, winter games of chance, free donuts and unbridled teen-age drinking. The big moment of the night was the setting ablaze of a 5-story pyramid made of discarded Christmas trees. At this juncture, it’s important to note that in those days the park shared its location with an old cemetery and the city dump! It was the dump’s chronic infestation of rats that provided the actual impetus for the burning tree festival. 

In a time honored tradition, handed down and facilitated by multi-generations of proud Rockport garbage men, the tree pyramid was seasoned, bedecked and stuffed with rat finger food for the purpose of coaxing the formation of an entire rodent suburb within its tinseled branches. As Yuletide carols were sung by a choir, the trees with the rats inside them were roasted in a pyrrhic spectacle that would’ve wowed the Druids. 

 

 

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

It's Time For The Tour! “Come Home To Lakewood” House And Garden Tour Returns Sunday, September 9th

Don't miss your chance to tour this stunning Neoclassic Revival.

The 2018 “Come Home to Lakewood” House and Garden Tour, presented by The Lakewood Historical Society is scheduled for Sunday, September 9th, from 1 to 6 p.m. This biennial tour invites you to explore some of the finest examples of Lakewood's diverse architectural styles dating from the early 1900's to mid-20th Century. Included are a Cohassett Avenue Shingle-style Victorian and Colonial Revival; a completely renovated lakefront Colonial; a courtyard entry Clarence Mack-designed house; a Four-Square; a Dutch Colonial perched on a lakeside cliff and a sleek Mid-century ranch. Also included on the tour are a Neoclassic Revival, which now serves as a Lakewood business and the “Garage Mahal,” a two-story garage, the likes of which you’ve never seen.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Here's One Festival You Don't Want To Miss!

St. Mary Romanian Festival, in its 13th yearriday, is one ethnic festival close to home that you don't want to miss. Mark your calendar for August 17-19. And here are the top five reasons for you to join in the fun:

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

August Art Showcase At The Root Cafe

Mata Zeigler puts final touches on her art display at The Root Cafe.

Artist and Cleveland native, Mata Zeigler, will showcase her work at The Root Cafe for the month of August. The Root Cafe, located at 15118 Detroit Ave., has been a space for local artists to share their work with the community for the past seven years and continues to open its doors to the thriving art scene of greater Cleveland.

Mata’s impressionist paintings combine her eye for color and design from years of art classes and a career as an accomplished floral designer. “I have always loved the arts and my fondest memories were those as a child working in the gardens with my mother,” Mata said. “People choose their medium by their personalities, mine being bold, bright, and permanent as oil paint.”

The vibrant display will draw you in with every detailed stroke. “Painting is my meditation and a beautiful way to escape back into the gardens,” said Mata. Don’t miss the chance to experience this energetic showcase and meet Mata Zeigler on August 11th at 6:30 p.m. at The Root Cafe.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

New Football Coach Excited To Be At LHS

Coach Thome teaching a player on the fist day of training camp. 

More than five months after his hiring by the school board, new LHS football coach Tom Thome opened his first training camp last Monday at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. Coach Thome (rhymes with “home”) and the players spent the offseason conditioning, participating in camps, and doing community service projects. They are looking forward to their opening game later this month.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Five Key Takeaways From LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home: Hands-On Window Repair” Workshop

Glenn Palmer and his team at Lakewood Hardware led LakewoodAlive's "Knowing Your Home: Hands-On Window Repair" workshop.

Repairing a window is not only energy efficient and environmentally friendly, but it also helps to keep the historic look and feel of your wonderfully old home. It’s no wonder a sellout crowd was on hand for LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home: Hands-On Window Repair” workshop on July 19.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

LakewoodAlive To Co-Host Homebuyer Education Workshop Series In August

Homebuyer educational opportunities take place August 23 and 30 at Clock Electric.

The prospect of pursuing home ownership might be a dream come true, but are you truly ready to make an offer? By preparing ahead of time, you can enter the homebuying process with more confidence.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Quartet Represents LHS At All-Ohio State Fair Band

All-Ohio State Fair Band 2018 members (from left): Gina and Kira Marjanovic, Katie Livingston and Lidia Logan.

Four Lakewood High musicians have spent the last two weeks in Columbus as members of the All-Ohio State Fair Band. The Fair Band and accompanying Youth Choir have been part of the Ohio State Fair since 1925 and 1963, respectively. Representing Lakewood in this year’s band are seniors Lidia Logan and Kira Marjanovic, junior Katie Livingston and sophomore Gina Marjanovic.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Where Does It Go? Sewer District Open House Sept. 15

Take your photo with Wally Waterdrop at the Sewer District's Open House on 9/15!

Spending so much time on our “thrones” may sometimes lead our minds to wonder: What happens after the flush? Where does it go? How does all that dirty water get clean? On September 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., find out answers to all these questions and more at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Open House and Clean Water Fest.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Sarita To Host August 15 Fundraiser For Meals On Wheels

Wednesday, August 15 offers an opportunity to enjoy fine dining and support a worthy cause as Lakewood’s Sarita A Restaurant will donate 25% of meal tabs and 40% of wine-bottle purchases to West Shore Meals on Wheels (WSMoW). Diners will also have an opportunity to win a $100 gift card donated by Sarita.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Cleveland Dance Project’s Summer Performance

Cleveland Dance Project wants dancers of all styles to dance for Cleveland.

On Sunday, August 12, 2018, the Cleveland Dance Project (CDP) will take to the Main Library Auditorium’s Stage.

CDP is a dance, choreography, and performance outlet for dancers aged eighteen and up who want to continue performing and/or choreographing. CDP's mission is “to provide a fun, yet professional, environment for dancers of ALL styles to come together as a community, to help us all find a balance between our work/home lives and following our passions, while allowing us the opportunity to showcase our creations together to our friends, family, and the greater Cleveland/Akron area.” CDP explains their mission as follows: “We believe in making dance relatable to the community, embracing the talents of our local aspiring artists, and giving everyone a chance to come together to dance for Cleveland!”

CDP also offers workshops and master classes, which are open to ages 16 and up. Although classes are meant to challenge the intermediate to professional adult dancer, all levels are welcome to attend and learn a new style of dance. CDP’s classes are held at various studios throughout Cleveland and Akron.

 

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Non-Fiction Book Club

Come and join the conversation during our newest book club. There are sure to be serious and thought-provoking discussions about many subjects inspired by these non-fiction works. Tonight we will discuss "Codename Tricycle: The True Story of the Second World War’s Most Extraordinary Double Agent" by Russell Miller.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Meeting Room

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Lakewood Arts Festival - Original Artwork, Original Music, Original Food - August 4

First Saturday of August, Graphics by Grey Cardigan.

For one glistening summer day, Lakewood closes Detroit Avenue, between Belle and Arthur Avenues, and brings artists of all disciplines together along with 15,000 collectors and art lovers. The juried festival hosts over 175 regional and national artists and makers displaying paintings, prints, photography, art glass, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, fiber and more. 

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 12:05 PM, 08.03.2018

2018 Non-Profit & Community Booths

For 41 years the Festival has welcomed wonderful community organizations to share the spotlight on Detroit. Visit the Kiwanis Club for a grilled hot dog, find out what’s new with LEAF or CCLAS or learn something new at the Lakewood Historical Society tent. Refresh with a bottle of water from the kids at H2O or a sweet fresh pastry from the Greek-American Hellenic Organization. Update your voter registration with the League of Women Voters or support the work of Lakewood New Life Church to provide backpacks and school supplies for children.

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2018 Lakewood Arts Festival - Artist List

Additional Media
7              Keith Allen, 5am Press
164         Jason Cappel
142         George Coghill
8              Lexi DeBaltzo, The Copper Rose
14           Shawn Dunn
109         Jon Lund
17           Court Smith, Uncharted Mapping

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 12:05 PM, 08.03.2018

Love For Sale

It is not often a person can combine education, family, housing, design and a deep love for all into one project, but that is exactly what has happened at ADDRESS  with Aref Shafik and his family. He has agreed to give the Lakewood Observer a brief look at his work, his family and share his love that will soon be on the market for the next loving family to acquire and take over.

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 6:04 PM, 07.17.2018

Nominate A Beautiful Lakewood Home Today!

(To the tune of "Summertime and the Liv’in is Easy"…)

"It's summertime, Lakewood liv'in is easy,

Pools are open,

Meltdown Fever is high ....

Adopt-a-Spots are bloom'in,  and Lakewood homes are good look'in

Beautiful home nomination time now… is nigh!"

 With deep apologies to George Gershwin, I have borrowed the tune from  “Porgy and Bess” to grab your attention to announce the opening of the Keep Lakewood Beautiful, (KLB) BEAUTIFUL HOME AWARD NOMINATION opportunity!

Yes, between this very moment when you are reading this article and Friday, August 17th, you  can nominate one or more  residential properties in Lakewood that make you turn your head in awe and admiration as you walk, bicycle, run, or drive by!

What qualifies a home for nomination? … The residence should be well-maintained with eye-popping landscaping, good use of color, a variety of plants...and that extra something that is indefinable but you know it when you see it!

 

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 5:57 PM, 07.17.2018

Tease Thanks The Community While Looking Ahead

Nora Swift was the type of person that only comes along once in a lifetime. Her presence felt warm and inviting, yet she emulated a mystery that made people gravitate towards her. She was one tough chick and had that ability to leave you fearing if you were ever foolish enough to cross her.

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 5:56 PM, 07.17.2018

Death And Taxes, Lakewood Style

Benjamin Franklin famously said that, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  In Lakewood, the certain death of our hospital is our mayor’s ambition. He rejoices in the death of our hospital, despite the fact that the City of Lakewood had iron-clad contracts assuring that our hospital would be in operation as a full-service facility providing medical and surgical services to our citizens until 2026, eight years from now. He rejoices in the death of our hospital, despite the fact that the hospital contracts provided seven million dollars for indigent medical care. He rejoices in the death of our hospital, despite the fact that Lakewood stroke victims are no longer within two minutes of emergency hospital care. 

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Arts Festival Book Sale

On August 4, 2018, the Annual Lakewood Arts Festival will be held in downtown Lakewood.

The Library will be joining in on these festivities by hosting our Friends of the Library Book Sale.

The sale will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Friends Book Sale Room, come on inside to enjoy a little air conditioning and to browse all of our bargain priced treasures waiting for you here.

The support we receive from our community, not only in proceeds but also in thoughtful donations, helps the Library bring you the spectacular entertainment and educational programming, of which we are so proud, including the famous front porch concerts and our Sunday with the Friends events.

 

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 5:57 PM, 07.17.2018

Supplies 4 Success Kicks Off 8th Year Of Collecting For Students In Need

Supplies 4 Success, a committee of the Lakewood Area Collaborative, has kicked off this summer's school supply collection drive. Started in 2011, S4S has been instrumental in getting needed school supplies to Lakewood students in financial need. The committee's goal is to have a supply closet in each of our schools for guidance counselors and teachers to access throughout the school year.

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Five Key Takeaways From LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home: Exterior Prep & Paint” Workshop

Sherwin-Williams Lakewood was the site of LakewoodAlive's "Knowing Your Home: Exterior Prep & Paint" workshop.

A fresh exterior paint job can extend your home’s life while improving its curb appeal. It’s no wonder that more than 30 area homeowners participated in LakewoodAlive's “Knowing Your Home: Exterior Prep & Paint” workshop during June.

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 5:57 PM, 07.17.2018

Summer Reading “Libraries Rock!” Party At Madison Park

Calling all summer readers! Get ready to celebrate the end of another great summer with games and goodies galore. The Lakewood Public Library Summer Reading Club, "Libraries Rock!," which celebrates music this year, is drawing to a close. That means it’s time for a party! Our summer readers have done a fabulous job, and now it all pays off. All children ages birth through fifth grade can participate in a variety of fun games and activities, and might even win a prize. Those who completed their reading records can participate in our “dunk a librarian” contest. Bring your completed reading record for your chance to soak the staff! The party will be held on Wednesday, August 8th, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Madison Park Pavilion behind the Madison Branch Library at 13229 Madison Ave. This family event is free and open to the public. No registration necessary. Call (216) 226-8275 ext. 140 for more information.

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In Agreement And Response To Charter Schools – A New Form of Colonialism

    Public education may not be a fundamental right under our constitution, but it is protected by The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.  However, as Dr. Greanoff stated, public schools seem to now be on the road to extinction, and it is frightening. A large component of this problem, stems from many politicians and their promotion of the charter school system. The public has been repeatedly misinformed about charter schools. Some think they are private schools, others think children will receive “safer,” or “better” education by attending such institutions. Sadly parents are being manipulated and mislead.

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 6:03 PM, 07.17.2018

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

The Magic of Michael Mage

For the whole family

Comedy and audience participation highlight a hilarious show you have to see to believe. No registration required. Free and open to public.

Friday, July 27, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Get Ready for Kindergarten

For you and your 3 ½ to 6 year old child

Four days of fun stories and acclimating to activities in preparation for kindergarten. No registration required, come any or all days.

Monday, July 30, 2018 through Thursday, August 2, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

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Witness "Gypsy": The “Mother” Of All Musicals At Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents "Gypsy" July 6 through August 12, 2018 on the Mackey Theater main stage. "Gypsy" is often regarded as “the greatest American musical” and one of Broadway’s all-time triumphs. Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the musical follows an overbearing stage mother, Mama Rose, and her two daughters who travel across the country during the 1920’s when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. Gypsy received multiple Tony Awards® for both the original production and its revivals. The show celebrates nearly 60 years of iconic performance. Its memorable score features songs that have become standards and helped launch the career of Stephen Sondheim.

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North Coast Winds Performs Summer Concert

NCW will perform “Of Mountains and Rivers” in the Main Library Auditorium.

Escape the summer heat for the tranquility of mountain streams when North Coast Winds performs “Of Mountains and Rivers” in the Main Library Auditorium on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Booked for Murder: Reader’s Choice

If you share a passion for mystery, join the group each month to discuss your favorites and selections made by group members. Tonight we will discuss: "May We Be Forgiven: A Novel" by A.M. Homes.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Meeting Room

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The Rockport Miracles Part 2 Episode 1: "Wren Mathews" Fiction by Scott MacGregor

The Rockport Miracles  

Part 2 Episode 1: A Girl Named Wren Mathews 

Wren Mathews and I were toddlers in 1954 when the “Rags to Ruins” storm, (so named after Rags Johnson’s curse upon Rockport), had destroyed half the city. Meteorologists called it a “Hundred Years Storm.” Ten years later, after another cyclone rocked the town, the weather guys recalibrated their whirligigs and called it a “Ten Years Storm.” The Flying Owego Brothers (as they were now called) were ordered by city leaders to mount their heating and cooling company mascot on its side like a recumbent Buddha after “Donald Duct’s” gigantic nose was severed by lightning and flew through the roof of the Kingdom Hall. 

It seems a thousand years have passed since I last saw her, but Wren Mathews is an undying memory. The first time I spotted her was in high school biology class, two frog dissection tables to my left. She was new to Rockport High having transferred from a Catholic Girls Academy known as St. Christina the Astonishing. There had been whispers about her family being involved in a scandal but that was okay with me. It just made her more intriguing. I may have been a teenager of the male idiot persuasion, but the hamster wheels of my mind were twirling fast enough to recognize Wren's unique qualities. It didn’t hurt my chances that I was a confirmed Catholic, either. Who else could better protect her from the Protestant hoards than me?  

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Enjoy The Magic Of Michael Mage

This comedy magic show will fill the room with laughter.

Known as a comedian stuck in a magician’s shoes, Michael Mage incorporates comedy and endless audience participation into his hilarious shows. With years of professional experience, Michael is able to develop his show based around the people in attendance. Come to the Lakewood Public Library and enjoy a child-friendly presentation as the audience becomes the highlight of this comedy magic spectacle. National award winning magician Michael Mage will delight all who attend. Come and be amazed. This entertaining performance will take place on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room.

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A Lakewood Gem: Szechwan Garden

Lakewood is a city of abundance when it comes to choices for dining out. And with so many options for Chinese cuisine, I have discovered Chinese restaurants are not made equally. While there are so many little gems in our beloved city there is one that I believe that deserves to be highlighted. Szechwan Garden is a long established hidden treasure that seems to be a hidden secret among local Lakewoodites. Standing in their little plaza near Bunts and Detroit Rd. for over 30 years without fail they deliver offerings consistently, fresh, and seemingly unique in their respective dishes. Szechwan Garden rises above the rest in my humble opinion.

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 5:57 PM, 07.17.2018

Rep. Antonio Comments On Final Session Before Summer Recess

With the commencement of Session Wednesday, June 27th, summer recess for the Ohio Legislature officially began Monday, July 2nd. The last Session before summer saw a flurry of bills voted on the House Floor, both good and bad legislation.

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 5:57 PM, 07.17.2018

Something In The Water: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 74

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

Cruelster - Riot Boys - Lumpy Records - 14 songs - LP

I'd like to come out and make the claim that I was more excited to hear about a new Cruelster record than almost anyone else. I like everything these guys do, but Cruelster just holds a special place in my heart. This brand new LP kicks off with a clip of someone talking at great length about Captain America, and I won't go any further to avoid spoiling it, but it's pretty funny. I wanna know whether they found this somewhere or created it themselves. The problem I have is it does go on for a pretty long time and sometimes I just wanna skip to the music. Kinda like that one Uranium Club album, ya know? Hold on, I'll say Devo right now and then stick "something in the water" in at the very end, just to make sure I cover all my bases. I would not call Cruelster a hardcore band, though I know some would, because musically I don't think they're that hardcore. Other people would probably call this "Jimmy punk" or whatever that's been renamed to this week, but I don't know about that either, because I find a lot of those bands completely boring and Cruelster is anything but boring. I'm just going to say it's punk. That satisfies me plenty. I mean, we can do a whole analysis here: on the famous Lumpy label; goofy lyrics; band photo contains lots of Rancid memorabilia. It's punk, I don't care what imaginary subgenre it is. I'm glad the first song here is "Crisis In Local Government Part III," which is mostly a remake of "Crisis In Local Government Part II." It's quite a powerhouse of a song, but I'm really going to raise a fuss that they cut the "digging up skulls at Kiddie Park, murder in the ferris wheel long after dark" bit, which is probably my favorite Cruelster lyric. Points docked for that, sorry. As that line would imply, this band can be at times pretty locally specific– I'm not sure how "Cox Triv and Rover" will fly in, say, Los Angeles, but I like it. Interspersed throughout the record are short synth-based interludes, my favorite of which is the delightfully creepy "Laminate It Later," which actually brings to mind another point. At the end of "Why Did They Do That To Me Back Then," there's a bit where Piss and Runt (or maybe just one of them doubled, but that seems like a waste of resources) say "we thought you were in China, Yes Yes…we can sound just like you." Then "American Boots For Who" starts and I started thinking "wait, this actually sounds more like Nathan than it does Mike" and then that cast doubt over the whole thing. I'm not sure who it is in the lead on "Laminate It Later." My guess would've been Alex, but now I really don't know. It's gotta be Yes Yes on "Dum Fuk," that "we!" at the end is too perfect. I'm pretty sure Yes isn't on "Coco's Secret" at all, but again, I'm completely confused. "The Pipeline Could Work" is a phenomenal tune (that "chorus" melody is perfectly obnoxious; the spoken "I think it could work!" in the middle is perfect; etc.), and along with other great songs like "Gold Studded Citizen" and the outstanding closer "Benghazi Mommy," really get into an important point. I think Lumpy included something like this in his description on his website, but this really is the perfect answer to people who said, "well, now that Trump is president, we'll get some great new punk!" Well, yes, because you got a new Cruelster record, that's very correct. I don't know if this is the political punk you were hoping for, but it's the political punk we all deserve. I really could go on about this record all day, but this review is getting really long anyway. Wonderful artwork as one would expect of Nathan and friends; I think I could spend a good hour or so just taking it all in. Huge thanks to whoever put my name on there. 4.5/5

 

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 5:57 PM, 07.17.2018

It’s About To Get Hot: Lakewood Summer Meltdown Returns July 14

Photo by The Lakewood Observer

Much-Anticipated Festival to Celebrate Summertime in Downtown Lakewood

 

The biggest block party in the neighborhood is right around the corner.  Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018, sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, returns to Downtown Lakewood for its ninth year on Saturday, July 14 from 4 to 10 p.m.

The Summer Meltdown represents one of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties. A summertime celebration of our city’s vibrancy, this free community event draws more than 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood each July.

This fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood between Marlowe and Mars. The Summer Meltdown is a “something for everyone” event, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

Families will love the street festival component, which features vendor tents from nearly 100 businesses and nonprofit organizations, many of which offer interactive opportunities. Activities range from the “Water Moose” sprinkler park to the Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle sponsored by Beat Cycles to a skateboard park sponsored by West Side Skates.

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Volume 14, Issue 13, Posted 6:08 PM, 07.03.2018

Lakewood Observer Turns Thirteen

The Lakewood Observer project-- the printed newspaper and the 24 hours message board known as The Observation Deck, have been in existence for 13 years as of this July. Happy Anniversary to us. When I say "us," I mean all of us. I'm referring to myself as an editor and writer on this paper, other editors, our publishers, sales staff, delivery people, and advertisers, but most importantly, I'm talking about you, our readers, writers, and writers of the future. 

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.03.2018

Council To Decide Budget Priorities This Summer

Lakewood City Council is starting work on the next budget, months ahead of their traditional schedule. The extended process could mean greater involvement by residents.

Council holds formal budget hearings in November and December, in Lakewood. Last year, however, council explored adding a preliminary process to weigh priorities ahead of time.

This year the city’s finance committee began the budget-priority process on June 11, and for the next two months, council members will be developing priority lists for the next budget.

Finance committee chair Dan O’Malley (Ward 4) says, “My hope is this will be done with input from residents, hearing from them about areas we may have overlooked.”

At-large council member Tristan Rader says he is “very happy this process is taking place now, [well] before the budget is submitted back to council for passage.”

By the end of the priority-setting process, council members intend to substantiate each priority at length, with cost estimates, input from relevant city staff, and explanations of how it supports Lakewood’s Community Vision, capital investment criteria, and other existing goals.

The finance committee will hold hearings on proposed budget priorities in September. Then in early October, council hopes to vote on a final list as a resolution. “The goal is to pass this with enough time for the administration to incorporate them into the budget, which will be introduced in mid-November,” says O’Malley.

In the meantime, residents interested in what their members of council are considering or in suggesting additional priorities have until September. Council members’ contact information is listed at tinyurl.com/lkwdcouncil

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.03.2018

Nothing To Say, I Got Nothing To Say...: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 73

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

Counter Intuits - Vietnamese Lighter - Total Punk Records - 2 songs - 7"

Two new ones from the only Ohio supergroup I respect. And now they're on the massively popular and influential Total Punk label, so they've got that going for them. They're back to just the senior division with Ron and Jared on this one. "Vietnamese Lighter" is I guess a sorta post-punky one that really just runs the riff into the ground over the course of its "about two and a half minute" lo-fi shuffle. This is gonna shock a lot of regular readers of this column, and it shocks me too: I don't think it's the greatest thing ever. Obviously, I love everything Ron House does, but this one just seems a little weak, especially for him. I can't make out most of the vocals, I suppose maybe that would make a difference. The flip, "Edge," on the other hand (side), is the superior cut for sure. The semi-acoustic and weirdly-instrumented nature of it puts it fully within "the Columbus sound"– for some reason, I kinda wanna say it reminds me of Creeper Ohio, or some other Mike Rep thing. I heard one critic somewhat derisively say it sounds like Guided By Voices, which I guess I can hear, though I think that sells it a little short. Pretty good tune. I think both songs here would feel perfectly in place on a Counter Intuits LP, I just don't know how well they stand as a single. Maybe if the sides were flipped I would feel differently and I'm just thrown off by "Vietnamese Lighter" being considered A material by someone. All that said, "Edge" is pretty great and even the crummiest of Ron House songs (which "Vietnamese Lighter" isn't, I just don't think it's the band's best) is better than almost everything else. Of course, that statement suggests that Ron has any crummy songs, which he doesn't. 3.5/5

(floridasdying.com)

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.03.2018

This Land is Your Land: Family Storytimes About Diversity

The final session of "This Land is Your Land: Family Storytimes about Diversity" will be coming up on July 15th, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. The series will conclude with a storytime about poverty and economic justice, an issue that effects over 16 million American children today. The issue, then, is best tackled with books about children, but in a way that humanizes the issue and creates empathy. After all, if 1 in 5 children in this country experiences hunger, then poverty is a very real issue facing young people today. Songs, videos and a craft will round out the storytime, along with a discussion on how children and families can help those experiencing poverty. "Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice." - Nelson Mandela

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.03.2018

Lakewood Residents Give To Feed Need, Lakewood Government Gives To Feed Greed

Over the years numerous citizens of Lakewood have given generously to help the less fortunate among us. Our time, perhaps the most valuable thing we possess, has been contributed by many individual Lakewood citizens to help others. How many of our citizens have helped to man the Lakewood Christian Service Center to feed the hungry?  How many have helped Lakewood Fish to provide transportation to those in need?  How many have helped deliver food for Meals on Wheels? How many have mowed a neighbor’s lawn when they were not able to, or taken in their mail when they are away? For most of our citizens, that’s just doing the right thing.

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Volume 14, Issue 13, Posted 6:08 PM, 07.03.2018

Lakewood Loses One Of Our Brightest Lights, Nora “Lizzy” Swift-Kakuska In Two-Car Accident

I had the pleasure of meeting Nora Swift-Kakuska and her husband Mwale while they were working on opening what has become one of the hottest salons on the West Side of Cleveland, Tease Hair Salon at 15112 Detroit Avenue.
Nora always greeted me with a smile, and an amazing attitude. She was a true force of nature. Over the years I became friends with Mwale, and had the pleasure meeting their family.

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Volume 14, Issue 14, Posted 8:01 AM, 07.05.2018

Rockport Miracles Part 1: Episode 3 "The Big Man In The Sky" Fiction by Scott MacGregor

The sun is rising over the east end of Rockport and I’m hunkered down inside the old coal room of my grandfather’s wrecked mansion where I sleep the deepest. 30 years ago Rags Johnson cast his vengeful Creole curse upon Rockport and very little in the way of normal has occurred since. Soon, the dark shifting clouds that stalk our town will appear on Lake Erie’s northern horizon and wait patiently to attack us. Whatever it is that has turned the fates against all who live in the path of these ruinous storms one thing seems certain, we are experiencing events beyond the control of mere mortals. 

The day after Rags Johnson was beaten up and unceremoniously run out of town, strong thunderstorms rolled in off the lake. I’m told a calm preceded the storm and the air all around was tinged with a strange reddish hue. Then, like Thor’s Hammer, a sudden, vicious tornado smashed into the middle of Rockport. 

On the western edge of town, the giant “Welcome To Rockport” sheet metal man atop of the Owego Brothers Heating and Cooling Company became unhinged. Strapped upright to the roof with steel cables, the iconic colossus was being rocked from its moorings by strong swirling winds coming from all directions. Both of the Owego brothers rushed to stabilize the cables holding onto “Donald Duct”, as he was called, when a funnel cloud passed over them and lifted the big man into the sky with the Owego brothers holding on for dear life. 

Meanwhile, a ferry boat transporting 50 Divinity students from Buffalo to Toledo capsized off  Rockport’s coast and sank. All passengers and crew made it out alive but struggled to remain afloat in the storm-tossed waters. The students screamed, “Heavenly Father-SAVE US!!” Just then, a giant metal man streaked across the sky and plummeted into the storm tossed waters with the screeching Owego brothers still holding on to him. ‘Donald Duct’ proved to be amazingly buoyant and the survivors climbed aboard his massive face until they were rescued by the crew of an ore freighter. 

 

 

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Volume 14, Issue 13, Posted 6:08 PM, 07.03.2018

Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Seeks 2018 Applicants

In 2006, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, along with former Cleveland Mayor Michael White, established a leadership training program for engaged neighborhood leaders. The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is a free, 16 session community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities.

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Volume 14, Issue 13, Posted 6:08 PM, 07.03.2018

Changing Political Parties: Easy-Peasy Or Complicated?!

This past election cycle, many voters felt the only choices were for the "lesser of two evils", IF they'd voted at all. Now, many wish to switch Political Party affiliation [Democrat/Republican/Libertarian/Independent, etc]. In discussions, it seems some think choosing "Independent" equates to being able to choose without political party affiliation. Now, correct me if I am wrong [it wouldn't be the first time] BUT when someone chooses "Independent", then they're bound to that Party and its candidate.

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Volume 14, Issue 13, Posted 6:08 PM, 07.03.2018