Sunrise Rotary Supports Trials Of Hope At Fundraiser May 1, 2020

The 2020 Annual Dinner and Auction Fund Raiser will be Friday, May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Don Umerley Center in the City of Rocky River Civic Center complex at West 210 and Hilliard Blvd. It will include a full course served dinner with cash bar and silent and live auction raffles. Trials of Hope will be a major benefactor of this year’s event. Tickets are just $30 per person.

The mission statement of Trials for Hope is to deliver dignity and hope to those who fall between the cracks, bringing wholesome food, personal care items, and warmth to the greater Cleveland area.

In 2010, Trials of Hope founder, Johnathan Gray was gifted a large donation of trial-sized toiletries and decided to bring it to a local community meal. A line quickly formed, and the expressions of gratitude were encouraging, but a greater need was also revealed. Many in the community had needs and requirements that weren't being met by assistance programs and they had fallen between the cracks. Whether it was the inability or lack of funding to provide medical, clothing, or personal care - the community was struggling, and Jon saw a way to answer the need. Through dedication, personal connections, and tireless outreach to both the giving communities and those in need he has been able to continually answer 'yes' when those who struggle reach out for help.


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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.04.2020

Popular Play & Say Program Will Now Be Offered In Lakewood

Join us for a new playgroup that is safe and welcoming for families in all communities who are seeking more connections and a supportive environment for their child (ages 0-6 years). The first Play & Say in Lakewood will take place on Thursday, March 5, 10 a.m. at Lakewood Family Room Main. It is supported by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River.

At Play & Say, you'll learn new skills, meet other families and connect to community resources. An experienced Speech-Language Pathologist from the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center will highlight a new topic each month and families will go home with an educational handout. As participants practice social and communication skills, staff members will be available to answer questions and offer tips. This program is free and open to the public of any community and is designed for children with and without developmental concerns. Registration is preferred, visit Co-sponsored by the Lakewood Family Room.

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.04.2020

Cox Communications Returns To Award $30K In Grants To Local Nonprofits

Despite the important work nonprofits and community organizations do in the communities they serve, many are lacking the modern technology tools needed to perform their missions to the fullest. To bridge this technology gap, Cox Communications today announced the 2020 recipients for its “Tech Boosts” program, which awards grants to nonprofit groups committed to investing in technology equipment for the betterment of its patrons and mission.

In Ohio, the company presented GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland with a $15,000 Tech Boost grant. GiGi’s will use its grant to purchase high-tech devices ranging from light tables and tablet devices to fitness trackers and a silhouette cutting machine. The new equipment will help GiGi’s enhance its free, purposeful programs in ways that support learners with Down syndrome who thrive under a multi-sensory approach. In addition, the new equipment will reduce reliance on a handful of devices between volunteers and employees, a change that will allow GiGi’s team to be even more hands-on with program participants and more efficient in their instruction.

This marks the third year of the Cox Communications Tech Boosts program, and the mission remains the same: to invest in technology equipment and services that support a common goal of enriching the lives of community members and fulfilling their missions to the fullest. The company recognizes community organizations across its Northeast footprint, which includes Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Ohio.


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Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 4:27 PM, 02.18.2020

LakewoodAlive, ESOP Join Forces To Offer Free Tax Preparation On March 7

LakewoodAlive has teamed with Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) to offer free tax preparation and filing to working low-income families and individuals on Saturday, March 7. “Super Saturday” takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harrison Elementary School in Lakewood’s Historic Birdtown Neighborhood (2080 Quail Street).

Call 2-1-1 or visit to schedule your appointment to have your taxes done for free by one of ESOP’s certified tax preparers.  Walk-ins are welcome but will be seen after all scheduled appointments.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program provides free tax preparation to working low-income individuals and families by trained, certified volunteers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Tax preparers will help participants receive their full income tax refund – as much as $6,557 in refund monies utilizing electronic filing and direct deposit.

Tax Credit Eligibility Guidelines for Tax Year 2019:

  • Families with three or more qualifying children who earned less than $50,162 in 2019 (or less than $55,952 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $6,557.
  • Families with two qualifying children who earned less than $46,703 in 2019 (or less than $52,493 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $5,828.
  • Families with one qualifying child who earned less than $41,094 in 2019 (or less than $46,884 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $3,526.
  • Individuals who do not have a qualifying child, but are between the ages of 25 and 64, with earned income of less than $15,570 in 2019 (or less than $21,370 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit up to $529.
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Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 4:27 PM, 02.18.2020

LakewoodAlive Honors Volunteers With Appreciation Happy Hour

As the saying goes, it takes a village. This is certainly true in the case of LakewoodAlive, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that relies heavily on community members to help fulfill our mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.

LakewoodAlive hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour on Thursday evening, January 30, at the new office of Blue Ridge Media Company, a Lakewood-based marketing agency. The event, attended by more than 50 volunteers, featured refreshments, friendships and stories of remarkable volunteerism. LakewoodAlive celebrated the nearly 750 volunteers who, in 2019, contributed their time and talents to supporting our organization and to helping improve quality of life in Lakewood.

Volunteer Champion Awards were bestowed upon the following individuals for their outstanding service to LakewoodAlive:

Outgoing LakewoodAlive Board Members

  • Steve Clark
  • Dr. James Hekman
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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Lakewood Kiwanis K Kids Awareness Week

February 17-21, 2020 is Kiwanis International recognition week for Kiwanis K Kids. Lakewood Kiwanis is proud to sponsor 4 K Kid Clubs in our community: Grant Elementary School, Horace Mann Elementary School, Family Life Before and After Care at Harrison and EmersonElementary Schools.

K Kids is the youngest youth leadership club in the Kiwanis family. Each K Kids club has a school/administrator advisor and Lakewood Kiwanian advisor. Each club has their leadership team of K Kids selected through essays submitted or elected at the beginning of school. After that is in place, the voting of projects by the kids are done for the year. Our K Kids projects include food drives, community trash cleanup in the Spring and local initiatives that they have chosen to do. The kids learn that they have a voice in the club and need to make the commitment to complete their projects. As advisors, we try to have different speakers come in to connect the kids to the community service they complete. Win, win for all. Lakewood Kiwanis also sponsors Builders Club at Harding Junior High and Key Club at Lakewood High School.

Our K Kids have been busy this school year. Grant School K Kids just completed a successful food drive for LCAC (Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp.). By making posters and having Special Days (Hat Day, Pajama Day) through the week, the K Kids drew attention to the importance of the food drive. Grant K Kids are now planning a Save Lake Erie project this Spring. Horace Mann K Kids collected toys for the Lakewood Christmas Store. Again, posters were made, and the kids promoted the collection to their classmates. Horace Mann K Kids also had an Alex’s Lemonade Stand this month for Pediatric Cancer. Family Life K Kids at both Harrison and Emerson Elementary made Snowman Soup (hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, a candy cane and a holiday poem) for a homeless ministry in the area.


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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Dr. Martin Luther King Remembered at Barton Center

On January 20 the Barton Senior Center offered several events honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The day long celebration was initiated by Cheryl Shaver, Barton Center Manager of Marketing and Development. Most of the activities were coordinated by Patricia Wellborn, a Barton member.

Beginning at 10 a.m. in the Center's auditorium, the "Black Voices Open Mic" session began. Multi faceted aspects of the Black experience were illuminated by various speakers. Participants included Michael Knight who read two poems, "Let America Be America Again," by Langston Hughes, and "(SOS) Save Our Sons," by Benjamin Zephaniah.

Ms. Wellborn's daughter, Melanie Swiat, accompanied by her daughter, Ashtyn, discussed activist Angela Yvonne Davis who was a prominent voice in the late 1960's. Like many who have spoken out against injustice, Davis was controversial because of her views. She believed that the struggle of Black women represented the fight for rights by all members of society. Eight-year-old Ashtyn Swiat earlier read a poem, "I'm Glad To Be Me" (author unknown).

Helen Green praised her hero Barbara Jordan as someone who "stood out as a person I would like to be." Among her many achievements, Jordan was the first Southern African American woman elected to the US House of Representatives and a crusader for civil rights. She is quoted as saying, "what the people want is very simple -- they want an America as good as its promise."

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Commitment In Fitness At GiGi's Playhouse

GiGiFIT Adult at GiGi's Playhouse on Detroit Rd here in Lakewood just wrapped its first session and the results are impressive!

Every Monday for the past 12 weeks, a group of adults with Down syndrome have been meeting at the Playhouse for GiGiFIT. GiGiFIT is a FREE program designed to address common issues for people with Down syndrome, including hypotonia (low muscle tone), joint laxity and decreased balance. Each session included an hour-long workout, comprised of planks, squats, weighted ball passes, push ups, hips abductions and more.

TOGETHER, these 8 participants have worked during the last 12 weeks to collectively:

lose 15 pounds

increase grip strength (measured by the dynamometer) by 21.25lbs

increase number of chest passes thrown in 1 minute by 41 throws

increase number of standing marches in 1 minute by 68 reps

improve number of push-ups (using correct form) in 1 minute from 77 total to 142 total (a difference of 65 combined push-ups!)

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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

Power Of Moms: 2020

Moms Demand Action will host an event on February 16, 2020 for Greater Clevelanders to engage in the movement to protect people from gun violence. “Power of Moms: Ohio 2020” will feature guest speaker, The Honorable Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton,and will be held at the Rocky River Methodist Church Hall located at 19414 Detroit Ave. starting at 3pm.

Two years ago, over 300 Clevelanders gathered at the same location to take action to reduce gun violence following the school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, at which 17 people were killed. In Ohio, an average of 1400 people die by gun every year; firearms are the second leading cause of death among Ohio children and teens. “In a state where 90% of residents have indicated support for background checks on all gun sales, 2020 marks a pivotal opportunity for gun safety reform in Ohio. The ‘Power of Moms’ event will align and elevate the voices of mothers and others who know that gun violence is preventable and want to do something to end the gun violence epidemic,” said Brittany Dalton, a Cleveland Heights resident and a gun violence survivor who was injured in a
2018 drive-by shooting while picking up her 8 yr. old son from school.

Power of Moms: Ohio 2020 will present opportunities for volunteers to learn about a variety of evidence-based strategies to reduce gun deaths, injury and trauma, including legislative advocacy and school safety measures.

Registration is requested, but not required. For more information go to:


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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

Lakewood Women’s Club Calling For Nominations For 2020 "Women Honoring Women" Leadership Awards

Lakewood Women’s Club (LWC) is seeking nominations for their annual Women Honoring Women Community and Business Leader Awards to showcase women who exemplify charitable service and economic enrichment within the Lakewood community. The nominees and winners of the Leadership Awards will be presented at the 4th Annual Women Honoring Women Event on Thursday, May 7, 2020, 6:00 PM at Georgetown Vosh.  

The Community Leader Award is presented to a woman who demonstrates excellence in leadership through deep understanding of the community and advancement of solutions to meet challenges within Lakewood. A Community Leader is someone who provides service to a charitable organization or multiple organizations that impact Lakewood. Heidi Murray was recognized as the 2019 Community Leader.   

The Business Leader Award recognizes a woman who reflects quality and dedication in the operation of a small business or who plays a key role in Lakewood’s economic advancement. A Business Leader uses her ideas and creativity to promote change within Lakewood, serves as a role model, and participates in community affairs and activities by contributing time, effort, and resources. Ines Rehner, owner of Sweet Designs Chocolatier, was selected as the 2019 Business Leader.

For more information on LWC’s Community and Business Leader Awards or to submit a nomination, visit Nominations are due by March 3, 2020.  


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Volume 16, Issue 1, Posted 2:29 PM, 01.08.2020

2nd Annual End Hunger In Lakewood Day Raises Over $19,000

On Saturday November 16th, forty-three Lakewood restaurants and food retailers donated 10% of their food sales to Lakewood Community Services Center to aid in the organization’s work to alleviate hunger in Lakewood. The results well exceeded everyone’s expectations by raising $19,504 in one day – up from $11,800 for last year’s inaugural effort! 

“I cannot begin to thank the restaurateurs and food retailers who participated for the second year and the 12 new participants that chose to join the effort this year. We were thrilled by last year’s result, but to see a 65% increase in donations in just our second year is astounding,” said Matt Fish, owner and founder of Melt Bar and Grilled, who again spearheaded this initiative. “Donating 10% of food sales on a Saturday is no small gesture. This outpouring of support for needy Lakewood residents speaks to the generosity and community-mindedness of my colleagues in the food industry here in town. I am sure that hearing the staggering number of Lakewood residents living below the poverty level moved many to jump on board and join this very worthwhile effort.”

“This amazing donation will allow us to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables everymonth for all of 2020, which will have a huge impact on the wellbeing of our clients who rely on us for food,” according to Trish Rooney, LCSC’s Executive Director. “Our goal has always been to secure more healthy food choices to supplement the shelf-stable groceries we provide, but it is easier said than done. Fresh produce is not inexpensive and not always readily available. This incredible support will open up our options to buy product from a number of vendors in Cleveland who either offer us significantly reduced pricing or who rescue food from local farmers.” 

As was hoped, the event was another win-win. Many participating businesses reported a busier than ever Saturday as well as kudos from their customers for being one of the partnering establishments


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Volume 15, Issue 24, Posted 1:34 PM, 12.18.2019

Sunrise Rotary Sends Christmas Boxes To Nicaragua

Recently, the Lakewood Rocky River Rotary Clubs packed 75 boxes of school supplies, clothing and toys, and 10 Layettes to be delivered to Chinandega Nicaragua as part of Northern Ohio Rotary District program called “Children of the Dump.”  It all started over 15 years ago when several Rotarians followed up on an ABC TV program.  

The Rotary delegation noticed that children were going through a large local dump to salvage clothing and other items. A member of the delegation, Jack Young of the Rotary Club of Conneaut, came up with an idea for an International Service Project. Rotary Clubs and Rotary members from this Rotary District would collect items needed by the children and families in this area of Nicaragua and pack them in boxes about the size of a large shoe box. Now it is called the “Shoe Box” project by many clubs. Items are either purchased by Club Members or from fund-raising activities of the Club. They include school supplies, personal items like soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and tooth paste, and even an outfit of clothes, and some toys. Packing of the boxes are a Club social activity with children joining in to get experience with service work.

Several years ago, the purchase and packing of layettes for mothers of newborn children was added to the project. Blankets, towels, and personal items for the babies and mothers are packed in special Layette bags and are now shipped with the “Shoe Boxes,” and distributed to a maternity center near Chinandega. 

Boxes are eventually gathered from several areas of the country and for delivery to a port city. In a recent year there were 11 pallets weighing over 18,000 pounds gathered and shipped. To promote school attendance, only children regularly attending school receive a “Shoe Box.”


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Volume 15, Issue 24, Posted 1:34 PM, 12.18.2019

Deck The Halls

The Lakewood Historical Society's annual Christmas Sale on the Grounds has everything you need for holiday decorating, entertaining and gift-giving. Everything to Deck your Halls and support a great community organization.

Spending the first full weekend in December shopping at the Nicholson House, Lakewood’s oldest structure, has become a holiday tradition for many savvy shoppers. If you’ve never been, you must come! Beautifully displayed new and nearly-new gift items, tree trimmings, decorations, wrapping paper and anything you need for holiday entertaining share the space with antiques, collectibles, vintage linens, glassware, silver and delicate heirloom ornaments.

Christmas Sale on the Grounds offers the opportunity to recycle treasures of the past, providing one-of-a-kind gift ideas. Donated by a legion of Historical Society supporters of all ages, the items reflect the treasures of the past 100 years and today. Relive your childhood with games, dolls and toys from days gone by, add to your Christmas village collection or find a treasured collectible. We have ruby red, snow white and patterned china to set the most festive table. Hundreds of ornaments and lights galore. If you're watching your budget, you can't afford not to shop here--don't miss this event! 


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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

Lakewood Tool Box Ornament Launched Just In Time For Holiday Season

Give the ever-festive gift of home repair this holiday season.

In celebration of a successful inaugural season of The Lakewood Tool BoxLakewoodAlive announces a limited-time, special membership offer for its tool lending library. Any Lakewood resident who purchases a Tool Box membership ($30) for the 2020 season by December 19th will receive a complimentary holiday ornament depicting a wreath-adorned version of the Lakewood Tool Box. Secure your Lakewood Tool Box membership and holiday ornament now by visiting  

This same offer also extends to Lakewood residents who opt to become a “Friend of the Tool Box” ($50), whereby they secure Tool Box membership and also make a tax-deductible donation to LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program.

Each ornament is handcrafted out of cardstock paper to replicate the Lakewood Tool Box, which is housed in a shipping container located on the grounds of the Screw Factory in Lakewood’s Historic Birdtown Neighborhood.


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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

Three Arches Foundation Awards Over $1.1 Million in Grants to NE Ohio Nonprofits

Three Arches Foundation, a community-focused grant making foundation, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 grant awards recognizing sixteen organizations for their work in advancing the health and well-being of the people of Lakewood and surrounding communities.

“Throughout the strategic grant process, we were inspired as we listened and learned about the efforts of each organization to implement and maintain programs and services that reflect our priority area and geographic focus,” said Chas Geiger, board chair of the Foundation. “It’s a privilege to make these investments to support the advancement of solutions that address access to behavioral and physical health care for those who stand to benefit the most – our community.”


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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

One World Shop Partners with Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary

The Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotay Club is hosting a fundraiser on Friday November 22 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the One World Shop, 19321 Detroit Rd. in Rocky River. The One World Shop offers unique handmade gifts from over 55 developing companies, made by men and women, able and disabled, who are earning a fair wage for their work. 
A portion of the sales at the fundraiser will go the the Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Club's Community, Youth,
Vocational, and International service activities. Make your Holiday giving go even further by supporting Rotary and fair trade artisans from across the globe at the One World Shop.
While you are there learn how you can join with over 1.2 million Rotarians around the World dedicated to helping less fortunate people with food and other necessities, eradicate polio, and provide safe drinkable water in underdeveloped contries around the world, as well as support the Lakewood Sunrise Rotary's local projects. For more information contact Kathy Berkshire,

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

Getting The House Ready For The Holidays?

The thought of holiday guests seems to spur major cleaning and purging. As you ready your home for family and friends keep Lakewood Historical Society in mind. The Society accepts new and gently used household items, holiday decor, furniture, art and much more. Keep your donation local and support the society. 

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

2nd Annual End Hunger In Lakewood Day Set For Saturday November 16th

Matt Fish, owner and founder of Melt Bar and Grilled, has again spearheaded the annual End Hunger in Lakewood event scheduled for Saturday, November 16th. “We had an exceptionally successful first event last November with 34 restaurants and food retailers participating. Donating 10% of food sales on a Saturday is not a small gesture,” said Fish. All the money raised will go to Lakewood Community Services Center’s efforts to provide emergency food to 15% of the population of Lakewood who need food support. “This year 43 establishments responded immediately to my request to participate. This outpouring of support for needy Lakewood residents speaks to the generosity of my colleagues here in town,” added Fish.

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

Keep Lakewood Beautiful - Community Composting At Lakewood Park

Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) and the City of Lakewood have partnered with Rust Belt Riders to provide residents with an alternative to landfills for household food waste. A collection bin has been placed in Lakewood Park, in front of the Oldest Stone House. For $5 per month, you can take your waste food items to the collection site instead of putting the waste in the trash. You can subscribe to this service on Drop-off is at your convenience; the bin is always available. Just about all non-liquid food waste can be composted; meat, dairy, citrus, coffee grounds, eggshells, etc. My family recently signed up and took our first food waste to the bins; it was easy.

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

Lakewood Women’s Club Elects Officers For 2019-2020 Term

Members of the Lakewood Women’s Club (LWC) have launched a new year by unanimously voting in the Slate of Officers presented at their annual Installation Dinner. The incoming Executive Board includes President Diana Quickel-Ketchaver, Vice President Jessica Price, Secretary Melis Uras, and Treasurer Margaret Wetzler.  

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Updates Community On Their First Year

Over 50 Lakewood residents attended the Healthy Lakewood Foundation’s first community meeting on Tuesday, September 24th at the Women’s Pavilion at Lakewood Park.

The HealthyLakewood Foundation (HLF) was established in September 2018 as part of the master agreement following the closing of Lakewood Hospital. HLF was formed from the Foundation Planning Task Force and through their recommendation to the City of Lakewood and the Lakewood Hospital Association.

The 17 member Board, who represent a diverse array of personal and professional experience, spent the past year creating and formalizing the organizational policies and processes. This work will aid the board in the responsible, sustainable stewardship of $32.4 million in assets that will eventually be available to support health and wellness initiatives in Lakewood.

The community meeting provided an opportunity for Lakewood citizens to hear about HLF’s first year. Board members shared short summaries of specific work, including a financial update, community engagement plans, governance initiatives, and an overview of the strategic planning process.


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Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.16.2019

Transfiguration Parish's 10th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner & Raffle

Please mark your calendar now and plan to participate in Transfiguration Parish’s 10th Annual Harvest Pork Chop Dinner & Raffle to be held on Sunday, October 27th, in the parish hall at 12608 Madison Ave. in Lakewood. Dinner will be served from noon-3:30 p.m. This is Transfiguration Parish’s primary fundraiser of the year and a wonderful tradition for our parish community. Help us make it a successful one!

The dinner includes two pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, sauerkraut (optional), green beans, applesauce, dinner roll, dessert, and coffee. Dinner tickets are $18 for adults, $7 for children 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and under.  Advance ticket purchase is strongly recom­mended for dine-in and for take-out dinners. A limited number of dinners will be available at the door.  Any unclaimed tickets/reservations will not be held past 3 p.m.Please call Anne at 216-287-1127 or Pat at 216-269-9801 for tickets/reservations by Sunday, October 20th.

This family event is more than a delicious dinner. There will be a Grand Raffle, a Split-the-Pot drawing, the always-popular Basket Raffle, a special raffle for a 40” Insignia LED flat screen TV (only 200 tickets will be sold at $5 each) donated by P.C.S. Auto Body & Collision Repair, door prizes, and sideboards. The Grand Raffle has a top prize of $1,500 and five prizes of $100 each.  Grand Raffle tickets are $5 per ticket or six tickets for $25. The Split-the-Pot drawing is a 60/40 split to church/three winners.  Split-the-Pot tickets are $1 per ticket or six tickets for $5. Winners do not need to be present. Grand Raffle and Split-the-Pot tickets will be available for purchase at the event or can be purchased prior to the event by calling the Parish Office at 216-521-7288 on Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Basket Raffle prizes include brunch for four at Pier W valued at $168, a $75 gift certificate to Palazzo Italian Restaurant, a $75 gift card to Luca West (downtown), a $50 gift card to Johnny’s Bar on Fulton, a $50 gift certificate to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville-Cleveland, a $50 gift certificate to Georgetown/Vosh, an Ohio Clinic Skin Care Rejuvenating Facial valued at $90, and many, many other great prizes. Tickets for the Basket Raffle are $1 each or six tickets for $5.  The drawings for the Basket Raffle will begin around 3 p.m. followed by the Split-the-Pot and Grand Raffle drawings.


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Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.16.2019

Application Process Open For 2020 Cox “Tech Boost” Program

Cox Communications announced on October 1st that local nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply to the company’s “Tech Boost” program for a chance to receive a technology ‘boost.’ Two $15,000 boosts will be presented to two nonprofit organizations in the company’s Northeast region. The Cox Tech Boost program was created to help nonprofit organizations invest in much-needed technology assets for the betterment of their patrons and mission.

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Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.16.2019

Special Olympics Looking For Ice Skating Students

For 34 years, Trinity Special Olympics has been an accredited training program for Special Olympics athletes in the Greater Cleveland area. We offer ice skating instruction beginning with “how to ice skate,” all the way up to figure skating and short track speed skating. Instruction is done on a one-on-one basis by trained volunteer coaches from the community and adapted to the students' individual needs.

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Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 5:57 PM, 10.02.2019

Dress Up And Run In The Superhero Dash At Lakewood Park

Join hundreds of runners, walkers, and rollers (participants in wheelchairs) and dress as your favorite Superhero to help raise money for young people with physical disabilities at the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 34th Annual Race Day, in memory of former Trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, September 21, at Lakewood Park.

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Volume 15, Issue 18, Posted 3:47 PM, 09.18.2019

Pop Up Shop! Stationery And Salvage

Lakewood Historical Society is holding a Pop Up Shop! at their new location, The Haber Center for Family History located at 13314 Detroit. The mid-century medical building has been renovated and holds the Society’s archives, library, offices and fundraising space. The new location has a beautiful lobby that lends itself to small sales. This Pop Up Sale will be the first of several throughout the year.

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Volume 15, Issue 18, Posted 3:47 PM, 09.18.2019

Healthy Lakewood Foundation to Host Inaugural Community Meeting

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) is pleased to invite the City of Lakewood community to a public meeting on Tuesday, September 24th. This is an opportunity to learn about activities since the foundation was formed in 2018, and engage with the HLF Board of Directors. 

HLF is pursuing the vision of Lakewood as a place where all people achieve their fullest health potential and working to advance programs, policies, and practices that inspire a community in which health and wellness are reflected in all aspects of life.

The Board is eager to share progress made over the past year to advance organizational development and strategy, and formalize the processes and priorities that will guide future work on behalf of the community. The Board will provide summary reports covering their collective work and engage members of the community for their feedback and input.  


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Volume 15, Issue 18, Posted 6:26 PM, 09.04.2019

Easterseals Northern Ohio Offers Free Speech Screenings For Children

Summer has come to an end and a new school year is here! Easterseals is helping children start the year off right by offering free speech-language screenings during September. The screening is designed to provide a quick assessment of a child’s speech-language abilities and to help determine if a comprehensive evaluation is necessary. 

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Volume 15, Issue 17, Posted 6:27 PM, 09.04.2019

Lakewood Tool Box Helps Longtime Residents Reach New Heights

Lakewood residents Teresa and Armand B. have taken pride in their Westlake Avenue home for 24 years, overcoming the various challenges associated with maintaining a beautiful century home. Recently, however, one obstacle proved to be a tall task.

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Volume 15, Issue 17, Posted 6:27 PM, 09.04.2019

Dining At Sarita August 14 Supports Meals On Wheels

Wednesday, August 14 offers an opportunity to enjoy fine dining and support a worthy local cause as Lakewood’s "sarita," a restaurant, will donate 20% of meal tabs to West Shore Meals on Wheels (WSMOW). As with every Wednesday at sarita, diners can also order bottles of wine at 40% off. (In case you are wondering, sarita styles its name all lower case.)

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Volume 15, Issue 15, Posted 2:59 PM, 08.07.2019

Three Arches Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Three Arches Foundation, a community-focused grant making foundation, announces the election of Ellen C. Ospelt, BS, RN, CDE and Allison L. Urbanek to its board of directors. 

Ospelt brings extensive experience as a professional health administrator and educator. She is Regional Care Coordinator for Paladina Health working collaboratively with providers and care teams across Ohio to address the health management needs of patients. Over the past 20 years, Ospelt has devoted her professional career to improving population health and chronic disease management and prevention through various administrator roles at North Coast Health, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio and St. Vincent Charity Hospital. A resident of Bay Village, Ospelt is an active member of the Northeast Ohio American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Diabetes Association and Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. 

Urbanek is Director of Housing & Internal Operations for LakewoodAlive, a community-centered nonprofit organization. Previously, she was Director of Programming for Home Repair Resource Center, a HUD-approved counseling agency. With extensive experience in the not-for-profit community, Urbanek has focused her career on developing and implementing housing outreach and home maintenance education programs to foster and sustain local neighborhoods, including securing CDBG-funded loan and grants. A Lakewood resident, Urbanek currently serves as co-chair on the Associate Board of the Beck Center for the Arts and is a member of the Anderson Center for Accessible Living Committee at Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio. 

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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

Lakewood Resident Recognized As Volunteer Of The Year By The Young Marines

The Young Marines, a national youth organization, has named Tiffany Schwarzwalder the “Division 5 Adult Volunteer of the Year.” She is a resident of Lakewood, Ohio and the unit and battalion executive officer for the Greater Lake County Young Marines. The unit meets at 8720 Twinbrook Rd., Mentor, Ohio.

Commanded by Bill Sickles, the unit has eight active Young Marines and four registered adult volunteers. The website is:

Each Young Marine unit is led and guided by adult volunteers. There are 2,500 registered adult volunteers with the organization. Annually, one adult volunteer is selected from each of six divisions for “Division Volunteer of the Year.”

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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

LakewoodAlive Announces 3rd Annual Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle With Beat Cycles

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled doesn’t return to Downtown Lakewood until July 13, yet it’s not too early to get ready for this highly-anticipated community event.

LakewoodAlive is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle presented by Beat Cycles. This raffle offers contestants an opportunity to win one of two Cannondale Quick bicycles valued collectively at more than $1,300.  Beat Cycles will fit the lucky pair of raffle winners to bikes of the proper size.

Bike enthusiasts are invited to visit to secure raffle tickets in advance for two separate drawings (for both female and male bike models) now through July 11. Tickets are also available for purchase at Beat Cycles (15608 Detroit Avenue). Look for the bikes on display in Beat Cycles’ storefront window.

Raffle tickets are priced at 1 for $10 or 3 for $25.


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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Deck Refinishing” Workshop On July 18

Remember the joy and happiness you feel when spending time on your deck and front porch? Does your porch or deck need a little revamp? Then this workshop is for you.

LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Deck Refinishing on Thursday, July 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sherwin-Williams (14711 Madison Avenue in Lakewood). The ninth workshop of 2019 for this popular home maintenance educational series will cover best practices for refinishing your porch and deck.

Led by our friends at Sherwin-Williams, this presentation will highlight multiple ways to maintain your porch and deck, tips to help cut down on time and ways to save money on the project. This workshop will take the guess work out of the process, helping you to achieve the results you want within your budget and your timeline.


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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

Locals Called To Host Refugees

HIAS and their affiliate, US Together, a refugee resettlement agency in Cleveland, are partnering with Airbnb’s new Open Homes program to provide temporary housing for refugees. The program is designed to help individuals and families who need temporary housing for several reasons, one of which is refugee resettlement. Temporary housing is provided while the refugees’ permanent housing is finalized. Usually, housing for refugees is secured before they arrive. However, extenuating circumstances occasionally happen, and gap housing becomes necessary. This partnership with Airbnb aims to address the need for gap housing by connecting refugee resettlement agencies to volunteer hosts.  

To learn more about this exciting new program, please attend one of the Open Homes Information sessions hosted by US Together; Tuesday, July 9th at 6pm, at the Lakewood Public Library – 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood and Thursday, July 11th at 6pm, at the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma Branch – 6996 Powers Blvd., Parma.


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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

A "New" Home For The Lakewood Historical Society

Have you seen the Lakewood Historical Society’s “new” permanent home? A mid-century Lakewood space now houses the Society’s collections, library, archives, offices and fundraising work space!

The “Detroit-Clarence Medical Building,” a 2400-square-foot mid-century modern building at 13314 Detroit Avenue was built in 1959. (It most recently operated as the Ehren Chiropractic Office.) This historically and architecturally significant building has received local historic designation and the Society has been awarded state historic tax credits for its renovation.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

LakewoodAlive To Host Volunteer Mixer On June 25

Seeking to get involved in your community and have a great time while doing so? Here's your chance!

LakewoodAlive is hosting a Volunteer Mixer on Tuesday, June 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Warehouse Room at Around The Corner (18616 Detroit Avenue). Join us for a casual event to discover ways you can volunteer with our organization.

Complimentary light appetizers will be served, courtesy of Around The Corner. A cash bar will be available.

At its core LakewoodAlive is a volunteer-driven organization, and we rely heavily on the donation of time and talents by our dedicated network of volunteers in order to fulfill our mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.

Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas:
- Special Events
- Housing Outreach
- Committee Participation

Learn more by contacting Devon Chodzin, LakewoodAlive's Event & Volunteer Coordinator, at 216-521-0655 or

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Seeks To Hire An Executive Assistant

The new Healthy Lakewood Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) public charity, was created pursuant to the closing of Lakewood Hospital. The mission of Healthy Lakewood Foundation is to advance programs, policies, and practices that inspire a Lakewood community in which health and wellness are reflected in all aspects of life. The vision is a place where all people achieve their fullest health potential.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

LakewoodAlive To Host Day Of Festivities In Historic Birdtown On June 15

It’s a celebration of all things Birdtown and you’re invited to partake in the fun.

LakewoodAlive will host the 5th Annual Birdtown Picnic and 3rd Annual “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Madison Park. Sponsored by the City of LakewoodCitizens Bank and First Federal Lakewood, this community event is an initiative of LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program.

The fun-filled day kicks off with the “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game from 10 a.m. to noon at George Usher Field in Madison Park. This friendly game will feature Lakewood community leaders, residents and business owners – including many representing the Historic Birdtown Neighborhood – participating in a seven-inning matchup that pits Team Lark against Team Robin. Spectators are encouraged to attend this free event and cheer on their favorite players.

Festivities continue with a free community picnic from noon to 3 p.m. at the Madison Park Pavilion next to the baseball diamond. Birdtown residents and fellow community members are invited to visit with their neighbors while enjoying complimentary refreshments and games. A variety of community resources will be made available to residents in attendance. 


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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.22.2019

St. Peter's Episcopal Church Grand Opening

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is inviting the community to celebrate a grand opening and open house for its new program building on June 9. The day will begin with a festive celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Part of the service will include recognition of the men and women who designed and built the facility.
The $3.5 million building was a decade in the making and funded through a five year capital campaign by church members. An additional half million dollars will be spent on other building renovations and furnishings. This is a significant milestone for the 112 year old congregation, which has anchored the southeast corner of Detroit and West Clifton since 1928.
Most importantly, St. Peter’s built the new facility with the community in mind. Every design feature of the building is meant to make the space available to our neighbors and friends, particularly folks with mobility issues. The church is seeking to imagine the ways it can be used to help the community thrive, whether or not the activities be religious in nature.  

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

More Than 1,000 Sensory Awareness Kits Distributed In Lakewood

Connecting for Kids distributed more than 1,000 Sensory Awareness Kits last week to 5 preschools, 11 childcare centers and the Lakewood Family Room. The goal of these kits is to help area families identify sensory issues early. These kits have been generously donated by Kiwanis Division 14.

Featuring an Ollie the Octopus doll, each kit also contains a card with “sensory red flags” that describe in easy-to-understand terms how families can identify if their child might be at risk.

Anyone who suspects sensory issues is invited to register for a free, 15-minute Sensory Consult with a pediatric occupational therapist on either Monday, May 13 or Tuesday, May 14, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Rd. To sign up for a time slot, visit This consult is open to all children ages 18 months-12 years. At the consult, each child will be encouraged to engage in some activities while a parent or family member completes a checklist. At the consult, families will also learn strategies to help their child at home. 

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Meet & Greet With A Building Inspector” Workshop On May 16

When it comes to maintaining your home, you have questions and we have answers.

LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Meet & Greet with a Building Inspector on Thursday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Western Reserve Distillers (14221 Madison Avenue). This free workshop will serve as an informal discussion regarding your home repair and improvement projects.

Led by Chris Parmelee, Assistant Building Commissioner for the City of Lakewood Building Department, this workshop offers an excellent opportunity to get your questions answered. Think through your housing project from start to finish, then come seek advice on how to best plan your project to ensure it is completed on-time and on-budget.

To reserve your free spot for “Knowing Your Home: Meet & Greet with a Building Inspector,” visit or call 216-521-0655. 


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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

Volunteers Needed For LCAC's Spring Cleaning Distribution

Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation is once again in need of many helping hands. On Saturday, May 11th, LCAC will sort and deliver bags overflowing with cleaning supplies to 250 family households and senior residents in need. As temperatures start to climb, folks become anxious to wash off winter’s dirt and grime. Many households struggle when it comes to spring cleaning because necessary supplies are expensive, and not covered by WIC. 

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 12:14 PM, 04.17.2019

Community Invitation To Easter Service And Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

The community is invited to share in the joy of Easter worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 21, at Church of the Ascension, located at 13216 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. An Episcopal church, all are welcome to take Communion. Refreshments will be offered following the service, and all children are invited to join in the Easter Egg Hunt.

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Volume 15, Issue 7, Posted 7:53 AM, 04.03.2019

Spring Sale At Nicholson House

Lakewood Historical Society is excited to announce our annual Spring Sale at the Nicholson House at 13335 Detroit Avenue, on Friday, April 12th, 10-3 p.m., and Saturday, April 13th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. A fine selection of everything exquisite will be artfully displayed for your shopping pleasure, including crystal, china, silver, jewelry, linen and many more decorative items. 

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Volume 15, Issue 7, Posted 7:53 AM, 04.03.2019

Kiwanis Club Of Lakewood Invites You

The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood wants to invite you to our weekly meetings. You can join us for lunch served at 11:30 for a nominal cost of $8. And at noon, listen to a large range of speakers about local sports, gardening, Playhouse Square...
We meet weekly at St. Clement’s in the lower hall. Our friendly club members will greet you and guide you to a seat.
So, look over our upcoming speaker list and come meet some new friends.

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Volume 15, Issue 7, Posted 7:53 AM, 04.03.2019

Save Money On The Cost Of Going Solar With The Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op

Are you looking for a way to help the environment and save money on your utility bills? The Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op, the nonprofit Solar United Neighbors of Ohio and Great Lakes Brewery are sponsoring free informational meetings for consumers interested in solar power for homes and businesses.

The next round of meetings are scheduled for:

*  Tuesday April 23 at the Brook Park Community Center 17400 Holland Road from 6pm till 8pm.
*  Wednesday April 24 at the Great Lakes Brewery Tasting Room 2701 Carroll Avenue from 6pm till 8pm.
*  Thursday April 25 at the Mayfield Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library 500 SOM Center Road from 6pm till 8pm

This is a great opportunity to learn about the financial incentives and savings offered by this emerging green technology without having to suffer through a high pressure sales pitch.

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Volume 15, Issue 7, Posted 7:53 AM, 04.03.2019