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Mayor Summers Receives Advisory Opinions From The Ohio Ethics Commission

Wendy and Mike enjoying LHF's Starry Night Celebration in 2012.

On May 1, 2015, the Ohio Ethics Commission sent Law Director Kevin Butler an advisory opinion based, in part, on Butler’s hypothetical question of: "Can the Mayor participate in decisions regarding the closing of Lakewood Hospital if his wife serves on the board of the foundation?" In response to Butler's question, Ohio Ethics Commission Staff Advisory Attorney John Rawski opined that, "If the proposed agreement with the Cleveland Clinic would result in the dissolution or alteration of the foundation from its present form, the mayor cannot participate in decisions regarding the closing of Lakewood Hospital."

A second Ohio Ethics Commission advisory opinion dated May 8, 2015, clarifies that, as long as Wendy Summers remains Mayor Summers' wife and on the Lakewood Hospital Foundation Board, Mayor Summers is forbidden from participating in any discussions regarding the closing of Lakewood Hospital.

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Latest News Releases

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
Q&A With Mayor Summers About the Future of Healthcare in Lakewood
- City Hall, March 27, 2015 Read More

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Celebrity Softball In Kauffman Park

Cheer on your favorite local businesses as they face off at Kauffman Park’s Jimmie Foxx Memorial Baseball Field, Sunday, August 30, 2-6 pm. This free event includes food for purchase and children's activities. Try your hand at bike polo with the Cleveland Bike Polo club at the tennis courts, and make a promise at the wall provided by “Because I Said I Would.”

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

JT Neuffer, Just In Time For Lakewood City Council, Ward 3

JT Neuffer, Candidate for City Council, Ward 3.  Endorsed by the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, and Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus.

I met JT during the Obama re-election campaign in 2012 when he volunteered to canvass the neighborhood. I was immediately impressed with his passion and ability to relate to people during the campaign. I am proud to support JT Neuffer for City Council Ward 3 because of his strong ability to connect with diverse people, his visionary ideas and his leadership skills.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

Lakewood Artist Featured Nationally On Blue Moon Brewing Co. Bottles

Photo: Kevin Richards, Studio KMR Photography

To celebrate their 20th Anniversary, Blue Moon Brewing Co. worked with 20 up-and-coming artists to create limited edition labels for their Belgian White. Lakewood’s own Brian Andrew Jasinski of Grey Cardigan is amongst the 20 artists that are featured in the limited edition pack, available in stores now. Jasinski was chosen via an expansive search that began in late 2014, and made it through several rounds to ultimately become one of the artists whose design was produced on bottles of Blue Moon nationwide.
 
“To be chosen to be a part of this program has been incredibly exciting, and the thrill of having people from across the country share images of finding my label has been surreal and simply fun. It is like a modern day Golden Ticket. It is truly an honor to be involved in what I consider a traveling exhibition of sorts. Every 12-pack of Blue Moon is its own curated art exhibition!”, says Jasinski.

The program and the labels were revealed to the media on July 1 in an exclusive gallery event in New York City. Each artist’s creation was on display in the gallery, along with the bottles the artwork appears on. The top 20 labels are featured on Blue Moon’s Facebook page in a gallery, and votes are cast by “liking” the artist’s image within the gallery. The 10 artists that are chosen by the public with the most votes, will then be considered for a grant of $20,000 by Blue Moon Brewing Co. to further explore their creativity. Jasinski has maintained the Top 10 since the program has launched, and looks forward to keeping the votes steadily growing, as the final days of the competition commence. Public voting for the program ends on Monday, August 31, 2015.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 11:25 AM, 08.28.2015

Mayor Summers, City Of Lakewood Host Delegation From India

Mayor Summers welcomed an international delegation from India that stopped by Lakewood City Hall to learn about our city's Lean Six Sigma initiative.

Mayor Summers welcomed an international delegation from India that stopped by Lakewood City Hall to learn about our city's Lean Six Sigma initiative (101 City of Lakewood employees have been Yellow Belt certified).

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Mayor, City Council Invite Citizens To Share Ideas For Lakewood’s Downtown Development

“What’s your vision for 5.7 acres of valuable Lakewood property in the heart of its downtown district?” That’s the question that economic development experts ask in a series of visioning workshops starting on August 19. Open to the public, the workshops will teach citizens how to think like developers and offer them opportunities to design uses for the land currently occupied by Lakewood Hospital. 

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Fixing our Drug Problem: Common Sense Rehabilitation Starts In Our Municipal Court

There are many reasons I'm running for Lakewood Municipal Court Judge, including a very personal relationship with the drug epidemic that is eating away at our beautiful city.

I've seen friends battle their addictions to heroin. I lost a good friend from childhood, but have seen others beat their addictions with the help of common sense rehabilitation programs.

Since I started practicing law in courtrooms across Ohio, I have worked diligently with judges and prosecutors to help clients beat their addiction, get treatment and regain control. These judges oversee courts working relentlessly to help individuals get better.


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Get Creative With Bike For Beck And Super Saturday, August 22

Beck Center for the Arts’ fourth annual Bike for Beck was canceled in May when heavy rain flooded the Cleveland Metroparks. The ride, in which cyclists can choose between 12-, 25-, or 60-mile routes, has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 22 with registration taking place from 7 to 9 a.m. Riders who registered for the original May 31 date do not have to re-register. August 22 also marks the return of Beck Center’s popular Super Saturday event from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Mayor Summers Wins Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Endorsement

Mayor Mike Summers walking in the Lakewood July 4th parade.

The Lakewood Executive Committee of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party voted in overwhelming support to endorse the reelection of Mayor Mike Summers. The endorsement comes on the heels of other key endorsements for Mayor Summers from both the Lakewood Democratic Club and the Cleveland Building Trades & Construction Council.  

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Lori J. Allen For Ward 3 Council - An Ordinary Citizen, Not A Politician

My mother's name is Lori J. Allen and she is running for Ward 3 councilperson in the primary election on Tuesday, September 8th. She and my dad have been Lakewood residents and homeowners for over twenty-four years. When I was younger, our family utilized many of Lakewood's wonderful assets, such as the swimming pools, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, library, and playgrounds. There is nothing more beautiful than to walk or bike up to Lakewood Park and watch the sun set.

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Call For Vendors

Be a Vendor in the Lincoln MINES Exhibit Hall! 

Vendors with products or services for familes have a unique opportunity to showcase their business at the Lincoln MINES Vendor Hall presented by Lincoln Elementary's PTA. Lincoln MINES is a technology and gaming convention for students ages 5-12 featuring Minecraft-themed activities. The event will be held at Harding Middle School (16601 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107) on November 14, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Michael J. Skindell – A Proven Leader For Every Lakewoodite

Lakewood School Board President Matthew John Markling and Senator Michael J. Skindell discussing public education policy issues over breakfast in April of 2011. Photo by Jim O'Bryan.

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of spending the evening with many Republicans from Lakewood at the "Republican Presidential Primary Debate” hosted by Fox News and Facebook in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party.

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Youth Opportunities Unlimited's Summer Employment Program Creates Bright Futures For Students In Lakewood

Summer Youth Employment Program participant, Arrion Stitmon, with Burger King General Manager, John Duncan.

For over three decades Youth Opportunities Unlimited has matched thousands of Cuyahoga County youth, ages 14-18, to meaningful summer work experiences. This summer Y.O.U. placed 3,300 youth at over 500 worksites.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

RailShakers Shake Things Up At The Library

RailShakers rock the library on Sunday August 23 at 2 p.m. with a unique mix of Americana, Alt-Country, Folk-Rock, Rockabilly, and Rock-and-roll. This five piece band is fronted by Michael Harvan and includes bassist Ron Cerosky, guitarist James Bucceri, Chris Celleghin on drums, and Kristine Jares on violin and vocals. As individual musicians, they have been playing the local music scene for a long time, but they banded together in early 2013 to form RailShakers.

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LPL Calendar Of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, August 20
Booked For Murder: Genres within Genres
"Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story"
by Leonie Swann
This time around, the ladies of murder mystery and mayhem will explore niche mysteries with animal sleuths, steampunk, a caper story, robot detectives, locked room mystery and a psychological ghostly thriller.
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Meeting Room

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Attention 1st Through 5th Grade Boys - Join Cub Scout Pack 68 – “Do Your Best” And Have Fun!

“Do Your Best” is the motto for Cub Scout Pack 68. This long standing Lakewood Pack meets most Tuesday’s during the school year in the Lakewood United Methodist Church at the corner of Detroit and Summit. All boys in first through fifth grades can join Pack 68 for camping, community service, and fun-filled activities. Throughout the year, Scouts participate in adventures that will prepare them to be responsible citizens and leaders guided by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law. Boys are organized by age into small groups called “Dens” where they participate in age-appropriate activities through engaged learning.

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Lincoln School Memorial Prints Travel To Illinois

Lincoln School prints

As the dust motes settled in the halls of Lincoln Elementary School last June, two more items needed to find a home. Demolition of the venerable brick school was on the calendar and students were to be housed elsewhere until a newly built school on the same site, the corner of Summit Avenue and Clifton Boulevard in Lakewood, Ohio, was completed.

During a conversation with longtime library media assistant Sue Cernanec, my counterpart at Lincoln, who knew of my keen interest in local history, I was introduced to a set of framed prints which had been in storage at the school for many years. The subject matter, a young boy and girl in Spanish garb, were vintage images from the 1940s and 50s, but did not seem to relate to Lincoln School history.  BUT, the small metal plaques on the base of each print made that a different story entirely.

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Rep. Antonio To Host Legislative Update In Lakewood

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) will host a legislative update on August 24th from 3 pm to 5pm. The meeting will take place in the Multi-purpose room of the Lakewood Public Library-Main Branch.                              

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S.T.E.M. Programs For Youth Are A Success At The Lakewood Public Library

Lego® Robotics Camp participants make adjustments on the details of programming a robotic vehicle to follow a specific path and knock over a mini figure.

Summer science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) programs make learning fun at the Lakewood Public Library! Students in grades second through eighth grade have participated in two-hour Lego® Robotic workshops, two-hour Video Game Creation workshops and four-day Robotics Camps.

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Lakewood Recycling Rates Continue to Climb

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District recently released its 2014 Residential Recycling Report, and the results highlight Lakewood’s efforts to increase recycling rates.

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Taster Twins Nosh At Nelly Belly

A hidden gem at the western border of Lakewood, cheekily named Nelly Belly, is located at the mouth of the Rocky River in the space formerly occupied by Sweetwater Cafe. If you don't know it's there, it is somewhat difficult to find and the signage doesn't help much. Do not give up! Your reward will be delicious food with matchless views nestled in the beauty of the natural world. Located at the Emerald Necklace Marina, Nelly Belly has ample outdoor seating, including a lovely gazebo. Whether enjoying a tasty treat in the cozy dining area, basking on the sunlit patio with a frosty beverage, or relaxing in the shade of majestic leafy trees watching the boats glide by, lunch at Nelly Belly is a pleasure.

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The Judge's Bench: Rent Deposit Rights And Duties

Lakewood is a city of homes, and many of those homes are apartments and doubles. Most landlords take care of their property. When a landlord does not maintain or repair the property, a tenant has a special right to deposit the rent into court instead of paying the landlord.

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Lakewood Area Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Area Collaborative is hosting a monthly Job Club at the Lakewood Public Library at 15425 Detroit Ave. The next Job Club meeting will be held on Tuesday August 25th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood Library. We will have a guest speaker from Cuyahoga community College Career Center. The topic will be "Interviewing Skills". Also, we will provide information and resources to assist people with finding a job in today's market. The Job Club is free and open to the public.

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Impact Church And LakewoodAlive Team Up To Paint Porch

Impact Church volunteers hard at work.

On August 8, Impact Church teamed with LakewoodAlive to paint a porch on Lewis Drive. Impact Church brought five of their best volunteers to get the porch in great shape in just a few hours for an elderly homeowner who needed assistance after ending up in the City of Lakewood’s Municipal Court Diversion Program.

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Judge Carroll Best Qualified For Lakewood Municipal Court Judge

Over this past year, I have had occasion to sit as acting judge at the Lakewood court when Judge Carroll attended judicial conferences and observed first hand the operations of the Lakewood Municipal Court. We can all be proud of the court’s excellent staff who, along with Judge Carroll, are knowledgeable and conscientious public servants.

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LHS Marching Band Holds First-Ever "March-a-Thon"

The Lakewood High School Marching Band held its first-ever “March-a-Thon” on August 11 at Lakewood Park. The fundraising event, which invited the community to request songs from the band in exchange for donations, raised nearly $9,000 on a beautiful summer evening. The money will be used to obtain new drumline equipment for the band.

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GOP Debate Brings Spotlight To Cleveland; Observer Is There

Observer reporter Mike Deneen with MSNBC's Willie Geist.

After much anticipation, the first 2016 Republican Presidential Debate came to Cleveland on August 6, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena. As with most things political, Lakewood residents viewed this event through a partisan lens. Local Republicans hoped it would be a first step toward capturing the White House. Lakewood Democrats saw it as a chance to see media sensation Donald Trump and the 16 other candidates, widely disparaged as “The Clown Car.” There is one point upon which both sides could agree….the event went very well for Cleveland. The city hosted thousands of visitors, and debate protests were peaceful. It was an excellent preview for what everyone hopes will be a successful GOP Convention at “The Q” in summer 2016.

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Hens In Lakewood: Ward One

Jan Dregalla's Hen Haven.

Ask long-time Lakewood resident Jan Dregalla why she wanted to be in the Hen Pilot Program and she’ll tell you: “It’s part of a sustainable lifestyle. My family raised chickens when I was growing up and I’d like to share what I know about returning to a balanced lifestyle and away from the need for a factory farm system.” That’s her practical answer for keeping backyard hens. All practicality aside, Jan will tell you she takes great pleasure in watching their charming antics around the coop yard, the way they run to her when called and the flock’s favorite game: chase the rolling blueberries.

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Congratulations To 573 Lakewood Super Readers!

Names of all the Super Readers are displayed at the Main and Madison branch of the Lakewood Public Library!

Five-hundred seventy-three readers from birth through twelfth grade finished the Lakewood Public Library summer reading club by reading either 30 books or 30 hours from May 19 through August 3.

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The Rights Act Turns 50!

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio

As your state representative, I am working to ensure that every eligible voter in Ohio is registered, every registered voter is able to vote, and that every vote is accurately counted.

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Court Filing And Documents Reveal 2012 Cleveland Clinic Plan To “Decant” Lakewood Hospital And Avoid Legal Agreements

Court filings made in the taxpayer lawsuit on July 31, 2015 revealed new documents verifying the Cleveland Clinic’s longstanding plans to close Lakewood Hospital and benefit Fairview Hospital. 

In the Court filings, the plaintiff taxpayers claim that “CCF (Cleveland Clinic Foundation), without the knowledge or approval of the City, engaged in a secret plan to siphon valuable medical services and equipment so as to cripple the viability of the hospital. According to CCF’s own 2012 Master Plan that was commissioned in 2011, a covert scheme was created to “Decant” Lakewood Hospital.

The “Decanting Plan” specified that medical services, equipment, and employees would gradually be transferred from Lakewood Hospital to Fairview Hospital (and other CCF wholly-owned hospitals) in preparation for the closure and razing of Lakewood Hospital as an inpatient, acute care, and medical/surgical hospital. 

What is further troubling about this conduct is that the Lakewood Hospital Foundation and CCF continued to solicit, campaign, and raise funds from the public for the support of Lakewood Hospital. These donors were never alerted or advised that their intended contributions for the support of Lakewood Hospital would never be a reality as the hospital would soon cease to exist.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 5:56 PM, 08.04.2015

Library Director Removes Wheels From Chairs To Increase Accessibility

At a recently held town hall meeting hosted by Lakewood’s State Representative Nickie J. Antonio, it became apparent that the wheeled chairs in the Multi-Purpose room were not optimal for many of the community’s senior citizens. The chairs were intimidating, the seniors told Antonio, as the wheels made them difficult to get in and out of. Realizing this was a safety concern, Antonio went to the Library Director to see if there was anything that could be done to remediate this issue.

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

5th Annual “Let’s Love Lakewood” Event

Last year's "Let's Love Lakewood" event.

On August 15, 2015 Lakewood New Life Church (LNLC) will celebrate its 5th annual “Let’s Love Lakewood” event. "Let's Love Lakewood" is a free back-to-school outreach event for the whole community. At the event, LNLC will be giving away free backpacks filled with school supplies for children in need. The event will take place on August 15, 2015 from 12:00pm-4:00pm at 15300 Detroit Ave.

Last year over three thousand people attended the event which gave away 750 free back packs filled with school supplies within the first two hours of opening. The event will also feature 3 bounce houses for the kids, Rick Smith Jr the magician and Guinness Book of World Record holder, Outback Ray and his amazing animal show, face painting, music, food, games, and raffles throughout the afternoon.

The backpacks are given to elementary school children in the Lakewood area, specifically targeted to families who do not have the financial means to support the expense of sending their children back to school (in order to receive a backpack, the child must be present at the event). If you would like to donate towards this event you can do so at www.gofundme.com/letslovelakewood or by mailing a check, made out to LNLC, to PO BOX 770085 Lakewood, OH 44107.

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A Community Leader For Lakewood - JT Neuffer For City Council Ward 3

JT Neuffer, candidate for City Council, Ward 3 will advocate for you.

I am a committee member who has served alongside JT Neuffer, candidate for City Council, Ward 3 through the Lakewood Community Relations Commission for the past few years. This commission is chartered to advise, educate and promote community relations. We also support equity, respect and diversity in the City through various events. JT has served as the leader for this commission bringing insightful opportunities for our commission to consider and has developed efficient ways to operate as a group through ad hoc committees and strategic planning sessions.

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Mayor Summers Supports YOU

From left are Patricia Chittock, the assistant finance director for the city’s Division of Tax; YOU intern Ethan Burney, who is a junior at Lakewood High School; and Joseph Dix from the city’s Division of Tax. 

This summer, Lakewood City Hall participated in the county’s Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) program, designed to place students in meaningful work experiences around Cuyahoga County each summer.

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Red Cross Blood Drives Slated In Lakewood

Be a hero. That’s part of the American Red Cross campaign to encourage Lakewood residents to participate in one of several upcoming blood drives around the city this summer.

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Na Na Na Na NA NA NA NA!: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 9

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.

Sh*tbox Jimmy - The Movie - Just Because Records/Peanut Butter Records - 10 songs - LP, cassette, download
This will be a hard review to write, because I can't type their name in a family paper. What did they say on the radio? Shirt Face Jimmy? That'll have to do. I thought this was a pretty good record. A nice mix of garage rock and power pop. Catchy, melodic songs. Also, it was allegedly recorded in the Franklin Castle. How cool is that? My favorite songs were "When It's All Done," the great stomp of "Damage Control," and the very catchy "Hunnie" and "Ruined." The songs are fairly short, none longer than about two-and-a-half minutes, but there's some great stuff there. I think they've added another guitarist since their last record, which helps to beef up the sound as well. Good stuff. 4.5/5

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Lakewood Hospital Association Calls For Two Special Meetings

The City of Lakewood has been notified that the Lakewood Hospital Association governing board has called for two special meetings to be held on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, and Wed., September 16, 2015,  at 4 p.m., each in Wasmer Auditorium at Lakewood Hospital, 14519 Detroit Avenue. 

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The Judge's Bench: Be Safe And Ride With Pride Through Lakewood

Riding a bike is fun and good exercise, but there is inherent danger when riding that two-wheeler on the street. Sharing the street with cars can be challenging, but Lakewood has taken great strides in the last few years to make Lakewood a more bicycle friendly community. Although there are sharrows on Detroit Avenue, a sharrow is not a dedicated bike lane, but just a reminder to drivers to watch for bicyclists. When completed, a dedicated bike lane is planned on Madison Avenue for the entire length of the city.

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CCLAS Adopt-A-Pet: Yuzu, The Big-Hearted Mom

Yuzu, collar #72

Photo by CCLAS

Meet Yuzu (Collar #72). Yuzu has been at the shelter for almost 2 months, and she was in foster care for about 7 weeks before going to the shelter because she had a litter of young kittens she was nursing. She had 3 of her own babies, and accepted 2 other abandoned kittens to also nurse them. This very special Mom opened her heart to those kittens...so now is your chance to return the favor by opening your heart to her.

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Large Crowd Celebrates Medicare, Rallies For Lakewood Hospital

Lakewood Hospital supporter Charlie Deneen celebrates Medicare's 50th birthday. 

Over 200 people gathered at Lakewood Park on July 30th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare, and to rally in support of saving Lakewood Hospital. The birthday event was one of many organized around the nation by National Nurses United. There were over 40 events in 29 states. Lakewood was selected as the host for the Northern Ohio event as a way to demonstrate opposition to the planned closing of Lakewood Hospital.

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A Tale Of Peace, And The Roses Of Sharon...

Dear Lakewood Friends,

One hundred and fifty years ago this year, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published the poem "Christmas Bells," later to become the song, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day;" concerning whether there ever would be peace on Earth, in the face of such turmoil as the American Civil War. His son had been gravely wounded in that war, and he was suffering the passing of his dear wife. Through his trials, he was moved to write that famous song of hope in the midst of tragedy and despair.

Here in Lakewood, as with the West End debacle a decade ago, Lakewood citizens are once again pitted against each other in a sublime struggle over the future of our hospital. Now, as in the days of the Civil War, well-meaning people continue to rise to engage each other while laying aside the olive branches of peace. Still others in our community hope for a peaceful resolution soon for all of this.

Ordinarily, when I write these sorts of musings, they are either city or music related. This missive, on the other hand, relates to a faith-based experience that I had, just yesterday. Does a loving God continue to bring peace to us these days? I truly believe so, and yesterday brought just one more example of that for me. I was out by the garage yesterday morning, and over by the garage door, the Rose of Sharon bush was in full bloom.

The Rose of Sharon was my mom's (Betty Rice's) favorite bush, particularly because, like the dogwood, there are so many allegories connecting it with Christ. We had those bushes out by our camper in Brunswick, but one by one, over the years, they had died off after Mom's passing, back in 2004. Somehow though, and in some way, a Rose of Sharon bush decided to grow up right by my garage door here in Lakewood, and it has thrived. These come into full bloom right around the time of Mom's July 19th birthday.

Mom's passing over a decade ago was one of the hardest things I've ever gone through. For years afterwards my soul ached, although I was absorbed with caring for Dad. (Robert Rice) He lasted another ten years and they were good ones for both of us, but in January of this year, he too passed on. As an only child, it has been a challenge to keep the positive attitude and smile and willingness to help others that my parents insisted that I cultivate. I have certainly tried to do so, but there have still been moments...

Seeing that Rose of Sharon in full beautiful bloom yesterday was just too much for me. I broke down completely. When those sorts of triggers happen, I have always found prayer to be a great comfort, and such was the case then. Within a short while, I was back in the swing of things and off to lunch and groceries. Coming home, I spotted a yard sale in Cleveland. After bringing the frozen food home and putting it away, something told me to go back and peruse that sale.Yesterday being a Tuesday, yard sales are highly uncommon, and I almost did not go back.

Anyway, the seller and I got to talking about our hobbies, and the topic soon turned to music. They indeed had a banjo to sell, although it was in the house. Would I like to see it? He brought it out and told me that it needed a great deal of work and had been refused as a trade-in at the guitar store for that very reason. We opened the case. It was a no-name banjo, but was otherwise very nice; having multiple inlays.

I asked his price, paid it, and we quickly shook hands on a deal. It was only a half hour later, while in the process of repairing and setting up the instrument, that I had occasion to more closely inspect the floral inlays.

They were Roses of Sharon.

The banjo turned out fine, and more to the point, (and thanks be to God) so have I.

Peace on Earth? Truly it will eventually come to us on an individual level, and if history is any indicator of the future, eventually it will return here to Lakewood.

Especially if we all try and help to make it happen.

Back to the peace-making banjo...

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Lakewood Celebrity Softball Game & Festival

Cheer on your favorite local businesses as they face off at Kauffman Park’s Jimmie Foxx Memorial Baseball Field, Sunday, August 30, 2-6 p.m. This free event will also include food, children's activities, a bike polo demonstration, and a promise wall provided by “Because I Said I Would.”

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Don Dancing from Burmese Refugees at Lakewood Public Library

Readers, you are cordially invited to join the Friends of the Lakewood Public Library at 2 p.m. on August 9 in a magnificent embrace of culture. Some of the newest residents of our city – hailing from the country of Burma (renamed Myanmar by the ruling military junta in 1989) – will treat us to a presentation of Don Dancing.

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Local West Nile Virus Case A Reminder To Use Precaution

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) has been made aware of the state’s first probable case of West Nile Virus. The affected person is a resident of Lakewood who has been under medical care and has resumed normal daily activity.

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