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Crosstown Hoops Rivalry Returns to a Packed House

After a ten year hiatus, Lakewood and St. Edward renewed their basketball rivalry Friday night at  the Eagles’ Nest. They played their first regular season game since 2006, and the opening night event attracted a packed house. The Rangers and Eagles split the freshman and Junior Varsity games, but the Eagles dominated the varsity contest 106-51.

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 10:45 PM, 12.02.2016

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Lakewood Man Helps Bring Cleveland's Latest Championship
- Non-Profit, August 6, 2016 Read More
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

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Olympian Makorobondo Salukombo Named Grand Marshal for Light Up Lakewood 2016 Holiday Parade

Makorobondo Salukombo represented his native Democratic Republic of the Congo by running the marathon during the 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo courtesy of Makorobondo Salukombo)

Whether running a road race or carrying his native country’s flag, Makorobondo "Dee" Salukombo is no stranger to being in the lead. Now he’s poised to lead the parade at the center of Lakewood’s longtime holiday tradition.

LakewoodAlive announces that Dee has been selected to serve as Grand Marshal for the holiday parade taking place during Light Up Lakewood 2016 on Saturday, December 3, in Downtown Lakewood. A 2008 Lakewood High School graduate who starred in track and cross country, Dee represented his native Democratic Republic of the Congo by running the marathon during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dee arrived in the United States in 2004 as a refugee from Congo, where a devastating Civil War has resulted in millions of lost lives. Despite enduring immense challenges in his youth, Dee flourished at Lakewood High and also graduated from Denison University, earning All-American status. Dee has since founded Project Kirotshe, which seeks to provide better educational and athletic opportunities for children in Kirotshe, Congo, where he was born.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

90 Attendees Pack Lakewood Public Library For Community Forum Regarding Heroin Epidemic

“You never know when a miracle will happen.” The Honorable Patrick Carroll, Lakewood Municipal Judge, stated this optimistic phrase several times in reference to the eternal hope that any heroin addict can overcome this seemingly insurmountable disease.

Hope served as an overarching theme Thursday evening, Nov. 10, when 90 attendees gathered at Lakewood Public Library for a community forum entitled “The Heroin Epidemic: Understanding Impact and Options.” Presented by LakewoodAlive, this public forum sought to discuss how our collective efforts can make a significant impact on the lives of those impacted by the devastating effects of heroin use.

Moderator William Denihan, CEO for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, led a thoughtful discussion that included both panelist insight and questions submitted by members of the audience.  When Denihan asked how

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

A Beginner’s Guide To Attending Light Up Lakewood

This map illustrates the layout for Light Up Lakewood 2016 in Downtown Lakewood. (Design by Convey360)

Greetings, first-time Light Up Lakewood attendee. You’re in for a real treat. 

Don’t be surprised if your enthusiasm upon reaching Detroit Avenue nears Buddy The Elf levels.  Light Up Lakewood – a fun-filled fixture within Lakewood’s downtown district each December for the last decade – represents one of the preeminent holiday events in Northeast Ohio. If it’s not the most wonderful time of the year, it comes awfully close.

But before you join 25,000 of your closest friends at LakewoodAlive’s dazzling community festival on Dec. 3, there are some things you should know.  Consider this cheat sheet a gift to be unwrapped prior to the first Saturday in December. Here’s your beginner’s guide to attending Light Up Lakewood 2016.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Consider North Coast Health On #GivingTuesday

Joe came to North Coast Health’s flu shot clinic in early November. "Next year, I will be paying to help others receive a flu vaccine," he said. A year ago, Joe had a small stroke which resulted in him losing his job as a driver in the transportation industry. He also lost his health insurance. Joe shared how thankful he was to find North Coast Health, and how the medical care he received made a difference. Joe shared, "It has been a year; and once I get back on the road, I plan to repay you for your services. I want to give back, to help others.” Joe thanks North Coast Health for being there when he needed it most and for helping to get him back in the driver’s seat! 

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

District Invites Senior Citizens To Holiday Breakfast

Are you curious about what's happening in our public schools? Would you like to see how our new elementary buildings look? How about hearing some fantastic music from some very talented students? If so, and you are a senior citizen, then this free event is for you! Senior citizens of the community are invited to a holiday breakfast hosted by Superintendent Jeff Patterson on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 9:30 am at Grant Elementary School, 1470 Victoria Ave. The event will feature music by Lakewood High students and an update on district activities, including school construction. Please RSVP by Nov. 29 by calling 216-529-4074 or sending an email to christine.gordillo@lakewoodcityschools.org.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Toole Takes Conference Coach Of Year Honors

As Lakewood High School varsity sports transition from fall to winter season, it’s time to salute those from the fall season who earned conference honors. The group is led by Southwestern Conference boys’ cross country Coach of the Year Stephanie Toole, who helped guide her team to the SWC championship. For the athletes, five Rangers led the way as 1st Team honorees.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

LHS Grad's Musical Hits Broadway

The Ranger Way has made it to the Great White Way! Class of 1994 graduate David Malloy wrote the book and score for the musical, “Natasha & Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812,” which opened on Nov. 15 in Broadway’s Imperial Theater. The production earned rave reviews after its Opening Night.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Comics Crash Course For Kids

The Lakewood Public Library is hosting a brief series aimed at helping young aspiring comic creators to focus their ideas and create a short comic in four simple stages. The program will encompass conceptualization, character creation, development of both written and visual narrative, as well as ideas about self-publishing and other ways to get their work out there. In four weeks we will work through each stage while creating our comic strips. Kids who are inspired by their favorite webcomic, syndicated comic strip, comic book or graphic novel are encouraged to join up and try their hand at writing and drawing their own comic.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Gone To The Dogs

A beginner reader cuddles up with a therapy dog.

Lakewood Public Library hasn’t gone to the dogs, they are coming to us on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Every second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. school-age children may enjoy reading books to a few four-legged friends at Tail Waggin’ Tutors, a literacy program for beginner readers to bone up on their reading skills by sharing a book or two with therapy dogs certified through Therapy Dogs International.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Lego® League

For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)

Use LPL’s collection of Lego® Bricks and your own imagination to create fabulous new structures and designs each month. No registration, but numbered tickets will be given out first-come, first-served.

Sunday, December 4, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

Comic Crash Course

For students in fifth through eighth grade

Join us for a four-week crash course in writing, illustrating, and publishing comic books. Registration required.

Thursday, December 8 through December 29, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

First Annual Rockin' Reverse Raffle To Benefit The Lakewood Music Boosters

Lakewood Music Boosters will be hosting the first Rockin’ Reverse Raffle on Friday November 18th at Brennan’s Party Center (13000 Triskett Rd., Cleveland, OH). Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 and include one buffet dinner and one ticket to the $2,500 grand prize raffle. Additional dinners are available for $45. With $6000 available in cash prizes, up to 400 people are expected to attend this inaugural event! Entertainment will be provided by Big & Wild Productions.

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LPL Calendar Of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, November 24
Thanksgiving Day – Library Closed

Library closed in observance of Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 26
Film - "Down Periscope" (1996)

Due to a bet by his superiors, Lt. Commander Tom Dodge (Kelsey Grammer) is finally put in command of a submarine of his own. But, it’s an old junk box of a submarine: the U.S.S. Stingray. With a ragtag bunch of sailors and a bit unconventional in his tactics, Dodge must outsmart his competitors for a chance to command a nuclear sub of his own.
6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

Sunday, November 27
Film -
"Earth, Water, Woman" (2013)
Three decades ago, Akilah Jaramogi settled on a barren, deforested hillside in Trinidad and Tobago. She and her late husband, Tacuma, started a family and reforested over 125 acres. "Earth, Water, Woman" tells the inspiring story of a sustainable agro-forestry community led by Akilah called Fondes Amandes.
2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Ho-Ho-Ho Where To Go For Breakfast With Santa

The holidays are such a busy time of the year that actually slowing down for family fun can be a hard thing to do.  Never fear, the Friends of St. James offer you and your family and friends, an opportunity for good food, crafts, stories with Mrs. Claus, visits with Santa and a photo for remembrance!

Where can such a good time be had? Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at Brennan's Party Center, 13000 Triskett Road, on the Cleveland/Lakewood border. Please come and enjoy some family or just friends time starting at 9 a.m. continuing until 11:30 a.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Unsolved Murders Author Chronicles Cold Cases

“Murders and disappearances dig holes in the hearts of those family members and friends who are left behind to sort things out,” Jane Ann Turzillo writes in the introduction to her book Unsolved Murders and Disappearances in Northeast Ohio. “As time goes on, new cases come to the forefront and the old ones get pushed aside. They become nothing more than forgotten papers in a dusty attic or basement record rooms.”

Turzillo, who will speak on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium, tells ten forgotten stories in her book—eight that involve “deceit, treachery, and murder” and two about children who “vanished without a trace.”

These include Louise Wolf and Mabel Foote, two Parma teachers, who, while walking to work one winter morning, were bludgeoned to death by a maniac, and then, there’s the Carnival Girl, whose body was “cast off like a rag doll” on an East Liverpool road in 1944.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Calling All Artists

Lakewood Council of PTA's is once again hosting the Reflections Art Program. Reflections is sponsored by National PTA and promotes creativity through the arts from preschool through graduation. Each year students from Lakewood Schools submit entries to their school where a chairperson organizes and judges the entries. Council receives 20 entries from each school and judges those entries to be submitted for state and possibly national recognition. Every student is recognized for their accomplishments and for their participation and achievement in the arts.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Letter To The Editor: The Electoral College

It has been said that people get the government they deserve. This may be true. Many Americans who are more interested in the performance of their sports teams than they are in their government. A democracy can't work unless citizens take part in it. They should take the time to learn about candidates' qualifications and evaluate issues. They should be concerned that all citizens should be able to vote and that everyone's vote should count. That is far from the case in the U.S. today. Even in presidential years voter turnout is abysmally low.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Oingo Boingo Ain't Oi: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 37

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.

Bad Noids - It's A Doggie Bag World - Feel It Records - 3 songs - 7", download

I wasn't expecting a new Bad Noids record this year, but I'm happy there was one. Side A is taken by one song only (a Bad Noids first) with the great punk tune "Into The Future." It doesn't really sound like the Bad Noids of the past, as in it's not some goofy hardcore thing, but it's really good. A nice optimistic song for our future, I guess. Also, it's got an excellent music video. Side B immediately lets us know that if we were worried that the Noid boys had left their "Everything From Soup To Dessert" stylings behind, we have nothing to fear. "Twelve Years Old" is a real nice hardcore ripper, though I'd like to point out that they already used the "I hate my job, I hate my boss" lyric on "Generic Song" from their previous 7" (except there, they followed it with "I hate my girl" and a line I won't repeat here instead of "I hate water, it gets me wet" like they do here). "My Friend Greg" brings out the cheerful inanity that you know and either love or hate from the group. This might be the most consistent Bad Noids record I've heard yet, but I should probably go back and listen to "Everything…" again just to be sure. Also, I think Feel It did a really nice job with the packaging for this one. 4.5/5

(feelitrecordshop.com to purchase, feelitrecords.bandcamp.com if you prefer your delights digitally)

 

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Ranger Boys Looking Forward To Hoops Season

Ranger Head Coach Alex Cammock during a team scrimmage at Garfield Middle School.

High school basketball season is right around the corner. Second year head coach Alex Cammock is preparing the Lakewood boys team for their upcoming season, which will begin with a road game at St. Edward on December 2nd. The Rangers will again play their home games this season at Harding Middle School due to construction at Lakewood High School. The new high school gym will be ready for the opening of the 2017-18 basketball season.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Lakewood Community Recreation & Education Department - Youth & Adult Athletic Commission Volunteer Openings

The Lakewood Community Recreation & Education Department is in the process of filling two (2) vacancies on the Youth Athletic Commission (YAC) and one (1) vacancy on the Adult Athletic Commission (AAC). The ideal candidate(s) should have expertise and/or experience in the areas of recreation, education, or general program participation. All interested candidates must reside in Lakewood. Monthly meetings, subcommittee work, as well as participation in community events, are among the time requirements. 

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Volume 12, Issue 25, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Advent: A Season Of Light

We are fast approaching a season of light. From the twinkle of Christmas lights, to the flicker of Advent candles, to the metaphorical glow on children’s faces, we are coming upon a time filled with light. However the irony isn’t lost: the days are shorter, the nights longer, and a cloudy gloom is building over the lake. The winter darkness is settling and Advent comes during the bitterest of those times.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

“Christmas Secret”

I know a Christmas Secret,

I think all of you should know,

And being the nice guy that I am,

This secret, I’m going to show;

It’s all about “Light Up Lakewood”,

And why it shows up every year,

Plus all the work that makes it great,

That brings this Christmas cheer;

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Give The Gift Of The Arts At Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts is fully prepared for the rapidly approaching holidays this season. With plenty of opportunities to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year, Beck Center is here to help. Ranging from handmade artwork, gift cards, theater tickets, and more…there are numerous options to suit all styles and age groups!

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Bad Government 10: 54.5% Of Lakewood Voters Did Not Vote For Issue 64

It’s clear that Issue 64 passed, but by a slim margin of 702 votes (3%). That’s according to the still unofficial Cuyahoga County Board of elections results. Issue 64 was a referendum created by Lakewood voters seeking to repeal the City Hall ordinance adopting the Master Agreement that closed Lakewood Hospital. One-hundred percent of Lakewood elected officials, the Cleveland Clinic, the Lakewood Hospital Association, most of Cuyahoga County officials, nearly every media outlet and nearly every special interest group in Lakewood supported the “For 64” campaign.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Sounds Of Season Highlights Winter Concert Slate

A scene from Sounds of the Season 2015.

The popular Lakewood High School Sounds of the Season concert returns for its fourth year when the top ensembles of Lakewood High School’s George P. Read Music Department take the stage on Dec. 14 & 15. This recent holiday concert tradition features our top high school musicians in choir, band and orchestra. Joining the high school ensembles will be an elementary choir and a trio of high school drama students will perform monologues. The concert, which is the same both nights, begins at 7:30 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Santa Paws Ready For Pet Portraits

photo credit: Portraits by Martha

This pup believes in Santa Paws.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Paws and he is absolutely coming to town! North Pole official Ms. Dasher has confirmed he will pose for portraits with his animal friends and their humans on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Santa Paws, along with assistants Mr. Dancer and Ms. Prancer, will be at Pet's General Store, 16821 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH from 1:00 to 5:00 PM for the holiday meet and greet. The annual fundraising event is organized by Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park, Inc. (FLDP) and hosted by our friends at Pet's General Store.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Holiday Book Sale

It’s time for our famous bag of books sale! Saturday, December 3 is the Bag Sale starting at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Main Library Friends Book Sale Room located in the basement The price is just $3 a bag! Our sale this time around is just stuffed to the brim with amazing finds. It’s the perfect chance to get ready for the cold winter months with tons of great reading material for such a bargain!

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Eagles Fall in Playoff OT Thriller

Eagle senior running back Curtis Szelesta had 167 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the game.

St. Edward and St. Ignatius added another chapter to their epic football rivalry Friday night, as the Wildcats defeated the Eagles 38-31 in an overtime playoff thriller.  The loss ended St. Edward’s bid to win a third consecutive Division 1 state championship. The Eagles season ends with a final record of 9-3, two of the losses coming to their west side rivals. St. Ignatius advanced to play Olentangy Liberty in the state semifinal on Friday night.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 7:17 AM, 11.19.2016

Donald Trump Upsets The Establishment To Become 45th President, Issue 64 Passes

Mayor Michael P. Summers and Brian Essi working the polls at Lakewood Woman's Pavilion.

In an unprecedented election cycle both nationally and locally, in terms of excitement, election night did not disappoint. From the start, as the results rolled in, the most controversial and most closely watched races were razor thin. At the top of the ticket, Lakewood and Cuyahoga County were unsurprisingly strongly for Clinton, but around 10:30 p.m. the state of Ohio was called for Trump. Locally, Issue 64 (the Lakewood Hospital issue) remained within a 4-6 percentage point spread throughout the night with less than 1,000 votes separating the “for” and “against” camps. Another statewide race worth noting is for Ohio Supreme Court Justice. Lakewoodite John P. O’Donnell ran a strong campaign, but ended up with a 0.6% difference between himself and Pat Fischer.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 10:49 AM, 11.10.2016

LHS Model UN Team Takes Top Awards At Conference

The Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club performed very well at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference Nov, 2nd and 3rd at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Senior Zach Dudzik, representing the United Kingdom, won the “Gavel” as the most outstanding delegate in the UN World Health Organization Committee. 

Senior Rachel Daso and sophomore Elizabeth Halko, representing Russia, won an Excellent Award in the UN Economic and Social Council as did junior Kevin Cush and freshman Evan Bell, representing Mexico, in the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Committee. Seniors Ian Bell and Evan Sutell, representing the United States, won an Excellent Award in the highly competitive Security Council. Seniors Albert Foster and Erica Farr-Miralia, representing Thailand, won an Honorable Mention Award in the World Health Organization as did sophomore Mia Boland and freshman Tully Worron in the UN High Commission on Refugees.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

Five Key Takeaways From LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home: Bathroom Remodeling” Workshop

There was a packed house at Cleveland Lumber Company for LakewoodAlive's "Knowing Your Home: Bathroom Remodeling" workshop.

Longtime contractor Gary Lack glanced at the assembly of people before posing the question: “How many of you are living in a house built prior to 1940?”

When nearly every hand shot up, Lack immediately knew his audience. “This must be a Lakewood crowd.”

It was a packed house and a Lakewood group indeed when 40 attendees gathered for LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home: Bathroom Remodeling” workshop on Saturday morning, Oct. 22, at Cleveland Lumber Company. Lack led an insightful discussion regarding best practices for upgrading a residential bathroom.

Now in its third year, LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home” workshop series draws hundreds of attendees annually to learn home maintenance best practices. Our workshop series is generously supported by: Citizens Bank, City of Lakewood, Cleveland Lumber Company, Fifth Third Bank, First Federal Lakewood, PNC, Remax Beyond 2000, The University of Akron Lakewood and Third Federal Savings & Loan.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

A Decade of Dazzle: 10th Annual Downtown Light Up Lakewood Event to Spread Holiday Cheer On December 3

Photo Credit: Lakewood Observer

Festive, Family-Friendly Community Event Expected to Draw Thousands

It’s a most joyous of Lakewood traditions and it’s back in Downtown Lakewood for a 10th consecutive year. The spirit of the season will come to life with holiday cheer when Light Up Lakewood 2016 takes place on Saturday, December 3.

Presented by LakewoodAlive in conjunction with many generous businesses and organizations, Light Up Lakewood celebrates the season and the richness of the city’s vibrancy. This free, family-friendly event in Downtown Lakewood features a holiday parade, lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, live music, ice carvings, hot chocolate, food trucks, children’s games and much more.

Attendees are invited to stroll Lakewood's downtown district and visit local stores and restaurants while taking in the sights and sounds of one of Northeast Ohio's largest holiday celebrations. Light Up Lakewood serves as a marquee event for the entire region, having drawn an estimated 25,000 guests last year.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

The Library Welcomes The Gage Brothers

The Gage Brothers got their start in 2014 when brothers Ben and Zach Gage were students at the University of Akron. Their first album, Take It Back, was released in August of 2015 and was voted one of Cleveland’s top albums of the year. Ben Gage plays the harmonica and the cajón, a box-shaped drum, while Zach plays the guitar.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday November 9
Talk - Math Success: A Series for Parents with Struggling Students

Many students struggle with math. Come get advice, tips and tricks from teachers that will help your student succeed at math, school and beyond. Tonight’s topic is Finding Math Help for Your Children (Tutors, Online and More).
7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

Do Green Day Fans Find Me Attractive? A Panel Discussion In Three Parts: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 36

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. 

Acoustic Tuma - Lights Down Low - Acoustic Tuma Music - 11 songs - CD

Let's see, what do we have here besides an absolutely unappealing band name--sounds like acoustic tumor. The credits list reveals only one familiar name (Mike Kearns of DePrator/Kearns), though it does clue us in that the heart of this project is named Chris Tuma, so I guess that explains the name. For the most part, this is acceptable poppy acoustic rock. The thing is, it kinda seems like a collection of unfinished demos and goofs. I think this was probably a well-intentioned move to make it sound "live and loose," but it makes it seem messy. It's perfectly competent, but not all that compelling, ya know? If it just had a bit more…something. Some people probably will like this, but probably not the same kind of people who like most of the other stuff I review here. 2.5/5

(contact them through Facebook at Acoustic Tuma Music or you can stream it at reverbnation.com/acoustictuma)

Diva Cup - Overflow - Saucepan Records / Minimal Care - 8 songs - 7", download

I guess I would describe this as hardcore of a very grind nature. There's no guitarist (it's a power trio), but 4NR (you may remember him as the squawky guy from Rubber Mate) holds down the groove on the bass aptly. I'm not the hugest fan of the vocal style, but I'm also not the hugest fan of the music style either, so what do I know? The vocals do go well with the general abrasive qualities of the record in general, though. Side 1 has its moments, but the three songs that make up Side B form a more coherent statement for me. I like the slow parts on the record (which, while slow here, are still faster than most of what I review here) when they come up. And the nice, poster-sized, double-sided insert is an especially nice touch. I can't imagine that that's a Saucepan idea, so it must be Minimal Care (who I've not taken notice of before, but apparently this is their third release– or maybe they're just ripping off My Mind's Eye's numbering scheme). Full lyrics, goofy drawings of the band members, and a map of East Cleveland? Sounds alright. 3.35/5

(saucepanrecords.bigcartel.com for the 7", divacupclevo.bandcamp.com to download)

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

Netflix Review

Netflix is a domain that features many shows that are popular on cable without having to pay lots of money for cable. I have some reviews on some of the shows that they have picked to put on Netflix.  

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

The Lakewood Animal Shelter - Another Option For Pet Adoption

One of the cats currently up for adoption at the shelter.

Let’s be honest…Lakewoodites loves their pets! The companionship, the love, the fun…more and more people are choosing to have a pet become a part of their family. If you are thinking about a new pet you are probably thinking about such things as having enough space for their needs, the time commitment, maybe adopt; the variables are endless but a necessary and important part of the decision-making process. If you have been considering bringing in a new addition to your family, hopefully this article will aid you in that process.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

Achieve Peace And Simplicity By Decluttering And Organizing

Organizing. Decluttering. For some people these words can be motivating and lead to a sense of peace and better functioning day to day, due to things being easy to find and use. But these words may also bring a feeling of being overwhelmed, not knowing where to start, not having time to do it, and not having the motivation to do it for various reasons.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

Year-End Tips for Financial Housekeeping

As we enter the end of the year, there are many things on people’s minds. Sure, there are the upcoming holidays, but there are many financial decisions that must be addressed. I’ve put together just a few for you to consider:

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

Love Trumps Fear

What’s next? Are you wandering well beyond your spiritual upbringing? Might the realities of our current violent culture and war orientation be bringing you pain, suffering, and questioning? Are you energized by efforts of healing, peacemaking and art? There are myriad ways to move into a future for yourself (and because of yourself) in cooperation, peacemaking, art, imagination, and wonder. Have faith, avoid certainty. The world has already been saved. These are days to be heroic in waging creativity and healing with the same intensity as those who seek to divide us and keep us afraid of each other.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

Go Make A Memory

I can’t remember if it was last week or a month ago -- honestly the days and weeks seem to blur and blend together lately since we have been eagerly expecting the birth of our fifth child: Whenever the exact day is inconsequential to the story.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

LEAF Holiday Market

Buy Local for the holidays with LEAF starting with our Holiday Market on Tuesday, November 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Garfield Middle School.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

Recipes: A Tale Of Two Carrots

She measured out the butter with a very solemn air,
The milk and sugar also; she took the greatest care
To count the eggs correctly and to add a little bit
Of baking power which, you know, beginners oft omit,

Then she stirred it all together and she baked it full an hour,
But she never quite forgave herself for leaving out the flour.

We're coming up on holiday time and for me that means Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas cookies, the works. It's a perfect time for kids and parents to be in the kitchen together, not only making food for each other, but also to give away as gifts to friends and loved ones. With the prospect of spending extra time with kiddos in the kitchen in the next couple of months, it's a good time to revisit some of what helps keep cooking and baking lower-stress.

One of the things that adults who have been cooking for a while can forget is how frustrating recipe instructions can be sometimes. Just how big is a large onion compared to a small onion? Or carrot, or potato? What does "season to taste" mean and how do I know? When a recipe calls for a half a cup of chopped parsley does that mean I stuff a half cup full of sprigs and chop them, or do I chop as many sprigs as I need to until I have a half cup?

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Fall Fun With Teen Crafts

Craft savvy teens can come have a bit of fun at The Lakewood Public Library this month and walk away with their own handmade fall-themed tabletop display. With just a bit of pretty patterned paper and a little creativity they will create an impressive centerpiece to decorate any table. Teens will learn how to craft two styles of paper flowers and paper strip pumpkins out of tissue, crepe, and scrapbooking paper, then assemble them into centerpiece that will have everyone saying, “Wow! You made that?!”

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West Shore Health Careers

The seniors standing outside of their clinical site. 

Health Careers Students Are Active This Fall!

The Health Careers students from West Shore Career Tech at Lakewood High School had a very busy first quarter of school. The students conducted many events including a Hand Washing Campaign, a fundraiser at Cedar Point, vision screenings at many of the elementary schools, and nurse aide clinicals at O'Neill Healthcare. In September, senior students joined school district Nurse Corrigan at various elementary schools to assist with testing sight and color deficiency. Our senior State Tested Nursing Aides are getting patient care experience at the clinical site.

The junior students completed a career project and Hand Washing Campaign to observe how many students actually washed their hands at Lakewood High School. After analyzing the results, they set up displays showing the importance of good handwashing practice. Junior students are now in nurse aide training to earn the credential “STNA.”

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Eagles Defeat Euclid 42-7 in Playoff Opener

Eagles celebrate their 42-7 win over Euclid.

St. Edward eliminated Euclid High School from the OHSAA football playoffs Friday night at First Federal Stadium. A 48 yard touchdown pass from Eagle quarterback Kevin Kramer to wide receiver Damerisse Freeman broke open a close 14-7 game in the final minute of the first half.  St. Edward went on to win 42-7, and advances to play Stow-Munroe Falls next Friday.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 11:09 PM, 11.04.2016

HS Cross Country Seasons End At Regional Meet

Ranger runners Micah Swartz and Henry Bish hug after the regional race.

Photo by Valerie Swartz.

Lakewood’s successful boys cross country season ended October 29 at the OHSAA Div. 1 Regional Meet at Boardman HS. The meet, deemed “The Mini State Meet” by many coaches, included most of the best cross country teams in the state of Ohio. The Lakewood boys, who won the Southwest Conference Championship this year, finished 22nd amongst the field of 25 teams.

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Music Marathon To Raise Funds For LHS Orchestras

While their peers will be relaxing and having fun on a school-free Saturday on November 12, members of the Lakewood High School Orchestra Program will be spending 13 hours at school playing music – in their pajamas! The event is the Orchestra Program’s annual Music Marathon fundraiser that runs from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium.

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West Shore Career-Tech Book Drive

The West Shore Career-Technical District is collecting gently used or new books for children ages 6 months to 5 years to donate to Reach Out and Read, an organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care. The books will be given to doctors' offices to hand out at wellness visits. You can drop off your books through Dec. 16 at the West Shore offices, located in the front of Lakewood High School, 14100 Franklin Blvd.

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District Invites Senior Citizens To Holiday Breakfast

Are you curious about what's happening in our public schools? Would you like to see how our new elementary buildings look? How about hearing some fantastic music from some very talented students? If so, and you are a senior citizen, then this free event is for you! Senior citizens of the community are invited to a holiday breakfast hosted by Superintendent Jeff Patterson on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 9:30 am at Grant Elementary School, 1470 Victoria Ave. The event will feature music by Grant and Lakewood High ensembles and an update on district activities, including school construction. Please RSVP by Nov. 29 by calling 216-529-4074 or sending an email to christine.gordillo@lakewoodcityschools.org.

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