Election 2020 Process Outlined By Senator Nickie J. Antonio

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our daily lives; what we wear, where we go, and who we can visit--but it does not change your vital role in our democracy. With the 2020 General Election right around the corner, it is important to be aware of upcoming deadlines and processes to make your vote count and your voice heard.

Before heading to the polls on November 3, 2020, you must be registered to vote. The deadline to register to vote for this election is October 5, 2020. To register, you will need your Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number, name, date of birth, address, and the last four digits of your social security number. If you have recently moved, you will need to update your voting address. Last year, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office purged thousands of citizens from voter rolls. Some of these names were removed in error, so even if you have not moved and you have previously voted, you should verify your voter registration out of an abundance of caution.

The unpredictable nature of a global pandemic makes the possibility of in-person voting unclear for many. To be safe, you can vote by mail. To do so, you will need to complete and mail an absentee ballot application to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at 2925 Euclid Ave Cleveland, OH 44115. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is three days before the election, but it is highly recommended that requests are submitted as soon as possible. Once you receive your ballot in the mail, you will need to return it to the Board of Elections, which can be done by mail or in person. When mailing the completed ballot, it must be postmarked no later than the day before the election (November 2, 2020) and received no later than ten days after the election. You can also deliver your ballot in person prior to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

Election Day 2020 will look different, but you too can help the process run smoothly by signing up to be a poll worker if you are less vulnerable to the virus. Many of our older Election Day volunteers will be unable to help in November due to Covid-19 related risks, so it is a great time for young people to sign up as paid poll workers through the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

While this election will present new challenges, we must remember that our foremothers and fathers fought for our right to vote and make our voice heard. This is an important time to participate in our democracy.

Read Full Story
Volume 16, Issue 18, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.02.2020

"Lakewood Small": A Project To Celebrate And Support Small Businesses

Don't let their appearances fool you: even though the morning crowd is a lot smaller at the Place to Be, and Madison Square Lanes is a lot quieter on Saturday nights, Lakewood's small businesses are fighting to remain a part of the vibrant city we know and love -- they can use all the help they can get to win that fight.

"Lakewood Small" is an art project that serves as a charity effort and love letter for the heart and soul of Lakewood, Ohio — our small businesses. Featuring forty-eight of Lakewood’s oldest and most cherished shops and storefronts, this hand-drawn piece aims to celebrate each and every small business that makes our city special. 100% of the proceeds from this project will be either donated back to the small businesses featured on the print, or donated to the Lakewood Foundation per these business' request. If you're interested in picking up a $23 print, visit etsy.me/3gZFcEK or search for "manytinylines" on social media.

Read Full Story
Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Community Meals In Lakewood Carry On And Carry Out Through COVID 19.

St. James Catholic Church sponsors a community meal on the Second Wednesday of every month, in Andrews Hall, regardless of weather, or any other circumstances.

St. Luke Catholic Church sponsors a meal the third Wednesday of each month. St. Edward High School covers the fourth Wednesday of each month. Each has weathered the COVID storm providing fresh hot meals on a carry-out basis since the health crisis broke in March. Heavy rains and bitter cold did not stop our volunteers from serving the community in its time of need.

These three institutions each prepare and serve over 100 hot meals per month. They are committed to providing a healthy meal including salad, vegetables, a fresh main dish, drink and dessert in a dignified setting with live music. They are committed to providing fellowship and engaging in good conversation while getting to know the people. Provisions beyond a good meal include wool socks, hats and gloves and providing information regarding free clothing and health screening. 

Read Full Story
Volume 16, Issue 14, Posted 4:19 PM, 07.15.2020

Lakewood Residents Earn Medical Degrees

Two Lakewood residents were among the students who received doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degrees from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at the college’s April 18 degree conferral.

Read Full Story
Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 8:02 PM, 05.19.2020

COVID-19 And The Law


We all know that so much has changed over the last month. The impact of the Covid-19 has affected every part of our lives. This change has also affected the way our area courts are operating. As with every other business, most of the courts are closed; however there are some limited exceptions, as the courts are mandated to maintain a docket for certain cases. In Cuyahoga County and Lakewood, updated information can be found on their websites. Each court has issued its own directives, and each continues to maintain a strong online presence. An outline of some of the important directives are as follows:

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court:


By Order dated March 16, 2020, the Common Pleas Court, through its Presiding Judge Brendan Sheehan, adopted the March 9, 2020 Executive Order from Governor DeWine “Declaring a State of Emergency”. Based on the governor’s order, the Court created a set of rules by which the court would be operating.  Judge Sheehan outlined  that the court would be “Open with Restrictions,” meaning that the Court  would implement a reduced docket and only operate with essential personnel. For the time being, the focus would be on cases involving incarcerated individuals and emergency matters before the Court. 


Read Full Story
Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 1:11 PM, 05.06.2020

State Senator Nickie J. Antonio Holds Virtual Town Hall

COLUMBUS- Last week, state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) hosted a virtual town hall to provide Covid-19 updates to her constituents. She was joined by Cuyahoga County Board of Health Commissioner Terry Allan and state Representatives, including Representative Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood).

Read Full Story
Volume 16, Issue 9, Posted 8:02 PM, 05.19.2020

Primary Voting Extended By Mail

Voting in Ohio’s March primary will continue in April. To take part, voters should request a vote-by-mail ballot from the Board of Elections, then complete and return it without delay.

That’s the simple update on the Ohio primary. All ballots already at the Board of Elections or there by the end of April will count. There’s still time to vote, and no reason to wait; local polling places in Lakewood won’t be opening.

Technically, March 17 remains the date of Ohio’s 2020 primary. Late on March 16, the Ohio Department of Health ordered polls closed, amid efforts to slow the COVID-19 pandemic. Errors and false steps by Secretary of State Frank LaRose and other state officials produced days of confusion, but legislators restored some clarity on March 25.

House Bill 197, passed unanimously by the Ohio General Assembly, allows voters to continue requesting and returning primary ballots until the end of April. The broad pandemic-response bill also instructs boards of elections to pre-pay the return postage for vote-by-mail ballots.

Limited in-person voting is to be available at the Board of Elections on April 28, only for voters with disabilities or no access to the postal service.

Read Full Story
Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

Mayor's Corner

Dear Residents:

Safety and public health are my top priorities. Since the first confirmed cases in Cuyahoga County were announced on March 9th, the City of Lakewood has adopted all recommended protocols and followed all guidance from our public health leaders at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Governor’s Office, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. 

Safety and Public Health

The City’s Fire Department and Police Department are award-winning preparedness experts and have taken necessary precautions to ensure that the safety of residents is protected without compromising the ability for the staff of each department to protect its ranks from infection or quarantine.

Taking Action

I have convened a coronavirus task force who meet daily. We have been communicating to staff, partner organizations, and the community at-large about the goals for emerging from this crisis, the steps the City is taking, and the impact those steps will have on City operations. With these partners, our goal is slowing the spread of the virus, so our health care system is not overburdened.

Slow the Spread

The City has closed public access to City facilities, canceled or postponed non-essential meetings, instituted livestream public meetings where practical and appropriate, enforced federal and state mandates for closure of bars, restaurants, and other relevant businesses, and required all non-essential staff to work remotely. All staff have been informed of coronavirus protocol and advised to notify a manager and stay home if they are sick or have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees.


Read Full Story
Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

Mayor's Corner

Coronavirus. COVID-19. Social Distancing. Flatten the Curve. Community Spread. These are phrases that weren’t part of everyday vocabulary a month ago.  Now that these terms are our everyday reality, I want you to know that my administration is doing everything possible to save lives. 

Read Full Story
Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 03.19.2020

The Ohio Question

The great state of Ohio is the unquestionable forebearer of industry in the United States. We have given unto this country efficient rubber, strong glass, reliable steel, and the dedication of our men and women only found in the mid-west. And with that, the drive that ushered in the automobile phenomenon after the second World War. But before we built our cities and towns around the dependability of Ford, Chevrolet, and the once steadfast Plymouth, we relied upon the railroad.

Cleveland, Ohio was a city dedicated to its rail service. Our streetcars and inter-urbans spanned dozens of miles in every direction except north-- less than twenty years ago Lakewood still had streetcar lines that yearned for service again, but we declined. The automobile became popular, the city was bought out by Goodyear in favor of buses, the streetcar and inter-urbans passed along our thoroughfares for the last time-- and inconsequently or not, our population quivered.

In 1827, under President John Quincy Adams, the Tom Thumb became the first passenger train in the United States on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, ushering in a new era of industry on this continent. In 1869, Ulysses S. Grant accomplished what many believed to be impossible: connect the East and West coasts by rail. William H. Taft laid the groundwork for the greatest expansion of the railroad in history. And in 1970, President Richard Nixon saved national rail by signing into law the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. If these four presidents who believed so much in our railroad infrastructure had one thing in common, it would be their party, their Republican ideals. However, the modern party of these presidents has disbanded and abandoned their allegiance to this most critical of needs.


Read Full Story
Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 4:27 PM, 02.18.2020

Jennifer O’Donnell For Judge: Experienced Public Defender Advocates Reform

Public defenders are entirely unrepresented in Cuyahoga County’s court of common pleas, general division, right now. Of 34 current judges, not one has a public defense background.

Jennifer O’Donnell is running for judge to change this, and improve a local justice system in need of reforms.

Conditions in Cuyahoga County’s jail have made headlines and prompted formal investigations, and O’Donnell says that real solutions remain incomplete. “We are still in a situation where it is incredibly overcrowded, we have inmates that are sleeping on the floor,” she notes.

O’Donnell advocates greater transparency and more efficient courts, along with bail reform and lasting solutions to the county jail’s problems.

Read Full Story
Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 4:27 PM, 02.18.2020

Vote Issue 28 Support Our Schools

As a third-generation Lakewood resident and proud alumna of Lakewood Schools, I am proud to support Issue 28. I am grateful for the education I received as a student and wish for future Rangers to have that same high-quality experience. Voting for Issue 28 on March 17th will make that possible.

Before serving on City Council and becoming Mayor of Lakewood, I started my career as an educator. I've always valued the role that education plays in setting children up for success. Issue 28 will ensure our students are ready to succeed in life – whatever paths they choose. It will allow the Lakewood City Schools to increase mental health services for all children K-12, expand STEM classes to prepare students for their futures, keep educational technology and other learning materials up-to-date, help recruit and retain excellent teachers, and preserve our community’s investment by keeping all of our school buildings and other assets in good condition. Issue 28 will accomplish all of this while still being mindful of the taxpayer at less than $2 more per month based on a property valuation of $100,000.

I believe that strong schools mean a strong community. The basis for vibrant neighborhoods, strong housing values, and overall economic development is a strong education system. Issue 28 supports Lakewood families and our community by enabling the best possible educational outcomes for our students. Everything I do as Mayor remains focused on ensuring that Lakewood is one of the best places in the country to live. Issue 28 supports this effort.


Read Full Story
Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 4:30 PM, 02.05.2020

The Lakewood Observer Digital Subscription

Don’t miss the homegrown, hyper local news, events, opinions, photos and cartoons that impact and reflect our community.

Subscribe to the digital edition by sending a request to thelakewoodobserver.digital@gmail.com with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line. There is NO COST to our readers. We simply ask that you consider our advertisers for your needs.

The Lakewood Observer remains committed to the continuation of the print edition available around town, the PDF edition online and respecting your inbox. Your email address will only be used to send the digital edition on publication dates.

Read Full Story
Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

Antonio To Deliver State Of The District

State Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) will give her annual State of the District address to discuss issues affecting the community such as health care, education and transportation on Saturday, February 1 at 11 am in Parma, Ohio. This presentation to the public will include an update on Antonio’s work at the Statehouse since the beginning of the 133rd General Assembly, and a Q&A period.

Immediately before the address, from 10 am to 11 am, the Senator will hold office hours to meet constituents. If you are interested in scheduling a brief one-on-one meeting, please contact Nicole Schneider in her office at 614-466-5123.

WHO: Senator Nickie J. Antonio
WHAT: State of the District address
WHEN: February 1, 2020, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Office hours are by appointment from 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.)
WHERE: Parma-Snow branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Conference Room B

Read Full Story
Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

Thank You Lakewood: Let’s Create A Positive Future Together

It is a profound honor to begin the work of serving our community, as Lakewood’s next mayor.

I want to thank the voters who entrusted me with this great responsibility. Accomplishing things together, as a city, depends on the trust of residents.

Earning this trust through a positive, grassroots-based campaign was important to me, and I am very grateful to those who made it possible. Anyone who has worked on a political campaign knows that it’s a team effort. Every vote mattered, so every phone call, every yard sign, every piece of literature left at a door made a difference.

Bringing this community together will be my mission over the next four years. There’s a lot of work to be done, starting with the transition planning which I have been giving much attention.

Thank you to everyone who encouraged the decision to run, and to everyone who supported this campaign. I also want to thank all candidates who put themselves out there. Running for office is not easy, but it makes representative democracy possible.

I look forward to working with new and old colleagues, and engaging input from throughout our community in a 360-degree approach to the challenges ahead.

We can work together on priorities of public safety and sustainable strong finances, on open government and an inclusive community, and on a clean environment.

The next chapter for Lakewood is starting, and I hope you will be part of it.

Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

Sam O'Leary Is Unfit To Be Mayor--Here Is Why

In December 2015, Sam O’Leary was a defendant in a lawsuit brought on behalf of the residents of Lakewood alleging that he and other members of City Council held secret meetings and agreed to enact the so-called "Master Agreement" prior to any public meetings. 

This agreement, between the City of Lakewood, the Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA) and Cleveland Clinic, would close Lakewood Hospital and give away $120 million of taxpayer money and property belonging to the residents of Lakewood.

To conceal the non-public (i.e. illegal) meetings and decisions made in secret, O’Leary gave false testimony under oath that the Master Agreement “did not exist when it was announced”--even though this testimony contradicted his own statements made at a press conference held earlier that month in front of TV cameras.

Let's pause for a moment and reflect on the absurdity of insisting to a court of law that you held a press conference to announce an agreement that did not exist. 

The people of Lakewood didn't buy it either. 

The residents’ lawsuit against O’Leary was instituted, in part, because of his comments in support of the Master Agreement at that December 7, 2015 press conference which occurred before any public meetings were held concerning the terms of ANY agreement

O'Leary described the agreement in very particular terms, making statements before the cameras like: “This new agreement funds our future…. Specifically, this agreement means the Cleveland Clinic will…. Demolishing the old parking garage is part of the agreement.” 

The clear implication of O’Leary’s statements was that an agreement existed and he was in favor of it. 

Each of the other 6 councilmembers made similar statements referencing the “agreement” and their support of it. (The complete press conference can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lChNMhrAXCk)

On December 21, 2015, O’Leary gave the following testimony in Court:

The agreement that was announced on December 7th did not exist when it was announced and, therefore, it is correct to say the council had not deliberated on the definitive agreement that wasn’t in existence yet, absolutely.” (From the Court Transcript at page 63; lines 18-22).  

Public records prove that this testimony was false, and O’Leary knew it was false.


Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.16.2019

Rotary Celebrates Eradication Of Polio With World Polio Day October 24

The members of the Rotary Clubs of Lakewood Rocky River join are joining with 1.2 million Rotary members, in nearly 34,000 Rotary Clubs around the world, to celebrate the eradication of the crippling disease of polio. It all started in 1979 by Rotary with the administration of the first dose of an oral polio vaccine in the Philippines; 6 million children in the Philippines have been vaccinated. Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for 40 years, and the goal of ridding the earth of this disease is in sight.

Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.16.2019

Candidate Questions For Meghan George

Occupation: Senior Account Manager

1.) Why should we vote for you and not the other candidate? (100 words or less)

You deserve a mayor that understands the unique needs of our community and as a third-generation resident, I have called Lakewood home for nearly 38 years. My experience goes beyond serving as your current at-large Councilwoman. I have served the community as a supervisor for the Lakewood Recreation Department and I’ve worked for our schools. Additionally, I am a workforce strategy/benefits consultant for employers throughout Ohio. I assist CEOs with creating a competitive environment, mitigating risk, and establishing budgets. This combination of community service and practical experience has provided me with the skill set necessary for the role as Mayor.

2.) What are the top 5 issues you see for Lakewood? (One sentence each)

1)            Fiscal Stability. Long term fiscal planning geared toward ensuring we provide the quality services Lakewood residents deserve without burdening lifelong homeowners with undue tax increases by not appropriately planning for the future.

2)            Public Safety. Not only should residents feel safe in their homes, they should feel safe from speeding traffic and we need to be sure our Police Department has the resources it needs to enforce our traffic codes.

3)            EPA Mandate. The financial burden of the overhaul of our 100 year old sewer system is a massive undertaking that will impact every household for decades to come.

4)            Transparency and Ethical Governance. It is crucial we are conducting business ethically by transparently and honestly sharing information with the residents of Lakewood.



Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 6:16 PM, 10.02.2019

Candidate Questions For Linda Beebe

1.). Why do you want to be elected, or re-elected, to the Lakewood Board of Education? Why should we vote for you? (100 words or less)

I bring some distinctive contributions to board considerations. My connections to Lakewood Schools are strong. My children Aaron and Megan are Lakewood graduates. My husband Dr. Bruce Beebe taught in Lakewood for 30 years. As one whose children are now grown, I can focus the needs of all children. As a former teacher both in Lakewood and Scotland,  I bring classroom experience into policy discussions.  I love reading about learning theories and best practices. As an older person I bring a different perspective to policy discussions.  As an attorney, I can bring my knowledge to considerations with legal implications.

2.) What do you see as the three biggest issues facing the Lakewood School District? Explain how will you address one of them? (100 words or less)

I will continue to seek to lower expenses by reducing staff in line with declining enrollment and to seek out opportunities for group purchasing. I will support the district’s efforts to lobby for effective state support for the district to relieve the burden on local taxpayers. I will encourage the district leadership to look for creative ways to increase programming at reduced cost, while maintaining a talented and strong teaching staff and without cutting arts or extra-curricular education.


Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 6:17 PM, 10.02.2019

Police Union Endorses Jeff Wise for Lakewood Council

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25 has endorsed Jeff Wise for Lakewood City Council, Ward 3.

The union’s endorsement is a powerful statement of support for Wise, a first-time candidate facing an incumbent city council member in November.

Wise has emphasized a record of public service for Lakewood, demonstrated during his years working in the Ohio Statehouse. Along with this experience, his campaign has offered a positive vision of inclusive representation and practical problem-solving.

Following a committee interview and recommendation, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 25 members voted to endorse Wise’s candidacy.

“Our law enforcement officers are on the front lines each and every day working to keep Lakewood safe,” says Wise.

“Their endorsement shows my strong commitment to public safety and support for those who serve our city. I am honored to have their confidence.”

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest organization of law enforcement professionals in the United States, and Lodge 25 represents more than 500 members on the west side of Cuyahoga County.

The FOP joins a broad coalition of endorsements for Jeff Wise, including the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund PAC, State Representative Michael J. Skindell, Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, and national advocacy groups Democracy for America and Our Revolution.

Lakewood voters will elect city council representatives for the city’s four wards, along with other local offices, on November 5. Early voting begins October 8. For more information visit wiseforlakewood.com.

Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 5:57 PM, 10.02.2019

Gabe's News: First Browns Home Game, Legos And More

(First) Browns home game and the Browns lost. It was really sad. First game of the season and they lose.

I saw that Game On and Plank Road (Tavern) were packed with people. I bet Buffalo Wild Wings would be packed in downtown Cleveland and Westgate and anywhere else Buffalo Wild Wings is (located). Also there are new Lego figure packs for the Lego brand top blox at the Dollar Tree in Lakewood. At Bee Clean Car wash express they have free vacuums if you don't already know. 

Gabe Macdermott, age 8, loves writing and drawing. He loves Lego and reporting the news.

Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 18, Posted 3:47 PM, 09.18.2019

Starr Gazer


Aries: Nature is calling The Ram to have a sense of adventure, during this fall month, what better time to take a walk on the wild side into the night, and do a Cemetery Crawl…

Taurus: The Universe is serving Abundance Pie & the Bull is in line to grab a piece, splurge on a red cape for Halloween & show up at that party donning your finest Matador apparel.

Gemini: Beauty is the Twins theme this month, grab that magic wand, conjure up a pumpkin carriage, go to a vintage shop for the perfect gown, your Prince Charming is waiting at the ball.

Cancer: Keywords this month Crab, divine timing, get under that Full Moon, find a Mermaid outfit & do your best rendition of Daryl Hannah in Splashserve up your best witches’ brew.


Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 18, Posted 3:47 PM, 09.18.2019

Lakewood Medical Building Turns One Hundred Years Old

Lakewood recognizes Century Homes, so this year take a moment to notice this "Century Office Building" too. The Lakewood Medical Building was new construction at Detroit and Westwood 100 years ago, courtesy of Dr. C. Lee Graber, who also founded the city's hospital a dozen years before. Graber practiced medicine at this building until shortly before his death in 1954. Today the former Medical Building is part of the Rosewood Place Development, owned by North Coast Capital Partners.

Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 18, Posted 3:47 PM, 09.18.2019

11th Annual Zombie And Monster Walk

The 11th Annual Zombie and Monster Walk set off from the Five O'Clock Lounge this past Saturday. Admission was five dollars and two cans of food.  Participants could get their make-up done by professional FX make-up artists for $10 if they wanted to. All proceeds go to the Cleveland Food Bank.

Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 18, Posted 3:47 PM, 09.18.2019

Safety Requires A 360 Degree Approach

Public safety and fiscal responsibility should always be top priorities of local government. Without a city that is fundamentally safe, and responsible with its finances, we simply do not have the ability to reinvest in parks, infrastructure, or other needs, because safety is a bedrock necessity of any dynamic community. As a nearly 38-year resident of Lakewood, I am committed to supporting the top-notch personnel we have working to maintain that foundation.

My professional experience in helping CEOs structure their businesses has taught me to look at solutions in a 360 degree manner. From the immediately apparent, by ensuring we reinvest in our shooting range so that our officers remain prepared and well-equipped, to understanding that safety includes making sure our streets are designed for children walking to school as much as for the hard working parent commuting to their job. As a part of this approach, last year I approved the purchase of additional digital speedometers to address speeding on our side streets, however there is definitely more we can do. We need to be active in responding to the changing traffic on Lakewood streets, including bike traffic.


Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 17, Posted 6:27 PM, 09.04.2019

Use Food To Stay Healthy This Fall

Have you noticed that summer's heat is gradually fading? You step outside during the evening hours and experience a cooler night. When you breath in the cool air, something inside of you knows that the seasons are shifting.

Those summer moments are warm memories now. School will start soon and daylight hours slowly begin to shorten. As nature shifts from late summer to early fall, we too naturally follow the seasonal change. We ease into the change by becoming less active, going to bed earlier, and adjusting the foods we eat.

In preparation for cooler temperatures, we can no longer rely on the summer sun to warm us. Instead, we must being to rely on our own internal heat and those found in food to keep us warm. The theory of foods having temperature (cold, warm, hot, and neutral), and eating seasonally dates back thousands of years. This practice was adapted due to seasonal crop availability. Before refrigeration, canning and pickling were used to preserve foods. 

Now that most foods are available during any season, it’s even more important to choose seasonal foods. When we eat in accordance with the season, our body is able to avoid excess stress and maintain homeostasis. While we shift from late summer to early fall, it is best to enjoy meals that are baked, sautéed, or cooked over several hours. Yes, soup season is in!


Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 17, Posted 6:27 PM, 09.04.2019

Lakewood Mayor Talking Our Of Both Side Of His Mouth

After lying to Lakewood citizens that Lakewood’s hospital was losing money and had to be shut down when he knew full well that the Clinic had a contractual duty to run the hospital at no loss to the City until 2026, Mayor Summers has now connived the City into another giveaway contract. 

Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 16, Posted 3:23 PM, 08.21.2019

City Workers Endorse Meghan George For Mayor

The union which represents nearly half the City of Lakewood’s employees has endorsed Meghan F. George for mayor.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) represents more than 150 public works and administrative employees in Lakewood.

Local 1043 President Mike Satink, who works for the streets department, says that, “Councilwoman George respects the hard work we do every day. All residents of the city can expect that same respect from their mayor, with her leadership.”

Satink says that straightforward, honest respect is the main object of workers he represents in Lakewood’s streets, refuse, building and other departments. “Respect for fairly bargained contracts, and respect for people,” he says.

A Lakewood employee for 12 years, Satink says that he has gotten to know George very well during her time on city council, and that she has impressed him with her interest in the details of city services and the people who keep them running.

“We have been meeting with any and all candidates” in this year’s local elections, Satink says, but George distinguished herself through months of dialogue about ways the union can help improve local services in the years ahead.

“She’s here for life and loves the city of Lakewood,” Satink says of Meghan George. “In my opinion, Meghan is the right person to lead this diverse city.”

George says she is especially grateful for the endorsement from local city workers.

"Administrations come and go, but the hard-working employees of Lakewood are the backbone our residents rely upon year in, year out, decade after decade. I am deeply appreciative of the support of these hard-working employees.”

Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 15, Posted 2:59 PM, 08.07.2019

Supporting Meghan George For Mayor

When Lakewood elects a new mayor, on November 5, Meghan George will have my vote.

I have gotten to know Meghan as a person and as a professional. In my experience, she is an inherently genuine and principled individual. I have seen her embrace tough challenges with strength, and make difficult decisions with poise.

On City Council she uses her knowledge and awareness to make a positive difference for our city. Meghan studies the issues and does what’s right for Lakewood residents.

Meghan appreciates Lakewood’s significant history. She takes a long-term view of development and other proposals, recognizing that today’s decisions need to make sense in years to come. This is the thoughtfulness and maturity we need at City Hall.

I strongly believe Lakewood’s future will be bright if we elect Meghan George as Lakewood’s next mayor.

Claire Vincent

Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 15, Posted 2:59 PM, 08.07.2019

Appreciation For Our Nurses And Teachers

A downtown Lakewood massage studio will be offering nurses and teachers half off massages in celebration of both National Nurses Week and Teacher Appreciation Week (both being celebrated May 6-12).

Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.08.2019

Little Free Indoor Libraries

Lakewood has embraced the Little Free Library concept, with at least 20 now scattered around our city. This pair, including one of the city's newest, is found indoors. The Lakewood Policy recently added a Little Free Library to their lobby inside City Hall, at 12650 Detroit Ave. It's actually the second police-themed design among Lakewood's little libraries, however, joining the "Dr. Who" police-box-shaped library inside Fear's Confections at 15208 Madison Ave.

Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.22.2019

LOooooking Back

2006 - LO_2/1- Lakewood Is Ohio’s Newest Main Street - Hospital Ribbon Cutting
Headlines were all about Downtown Lakewood, Ohio. After submitting paperwork and dues, LCPI had been told that we were a “Mainstreet City.” Also was abuzz about the ribbon-cutting at Lakewood Hospital for the new Belle Avenue entrance and waiting area. Bob Seelie was elected to a 5th term as President of Lakewood Council, and continued his updates in the paper. A look at Lakewood Police’s canine Officer Obrock. A hard look at “No Child Left Behind” by Dr. Greanoff. “Young Woman’s Vision for Lakewood Park: ‘A Place To Grow’ A 4 page color spread on one of the most innovative, and cost-effective ideas ever for Lakewood Park. It was discovered the Nicholson House was actually older than Oldest Stone House! Gordon Brumm’s amazing series “Intelligent Design: Skeptical Thoughts about the Skepticism (2)” “Beauty and the Beast” and Verb Ballet covered at Beck Center. Hot Topics On The Deck: 1) First Rockport Square resident by Thomas J. George 2)Status of CitiState Program by Rhonda loje 3) The Eminent Domain Spectator by Mark Timieski

2007 - LO_3/1- City Councilman Edward FitzGerald Announces Race for Mayor
while Mayor George was being announced as the Vice Chair of the National League of Cities. Then Councilman FitzGerald grabbed the headline with his announcement that “Lakewood needed stronger Leadership.” Hogsback Lane repair announced. With the announcement of Dollar Tree coming to Lakewood we take an in-depth look at phenomenon of what it means in Lakewood. LO Photographer Ivor Karabatkovic had just won Scholastic Awards for his photos. LHS Cheerleaders collecting to send cheer to soldiers in Iraq. Lakewood Hospital Newly Renovated Cornary Care Unit examined. Gary Rice looks at Lakewood Treasure Trove of Churches. One of the most infamous cartoons in the LO ran. “Krazy Kenny and the Wrestlin Fools” by Scott MacGregor (Rockport Mircles) and Gary Dumm. Of course people were outraged, not at FB levels but upset. Kenny’s family called from Florida. They had gotten a copy of the cartoon and cried. They couldn’t believe the city of Lakewood still remembered or cared about their brother known to all as “Crazy Kenny.”  

Read Full Story
Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 5:11 PM, 01.08.2019

Decking The Halls

Lezlee Patten likes to make people happy and see them smile. That's why she puts up an elaborate Christmas display every year at the end of the hall outside her suite at Lakewood's Westerly Apartments.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 24, Posted 3:48 PM, 12.18.2018

Lakewood's Bridget Lyons Finds The Fire To Succeed At Tri-C

As a kindergarten teacher, Bridget Lyons was quite comfortable with many sets of eyes staring at her as she began a new school year. But her first day at the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) Fire Training Academy felt different.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Food Not Lawns

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

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

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

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

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

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Unjust, Anti-Environmental Fracking Law Should Be Repealed

I’m a longtime resident of the West side of our region. However, I own ancestral land in Southeastern Ohio. For years, my family has been hounded and bullied by the fracking industry. We would tell them that we will never sell or lease our land, and they would continue to pester us. Moreover, they bully us by telling us that once they get enough people who are willing to lease their land, they can “force pool” our land by utilizing O.R.C. 1509.27 to take our mineral rights without our consent. 

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 13, Posted 6:08 PM, 07.03.2018

June 29th Is Bike To Work Day!

June 29th is Bike to Work Day! Come socialize at Bike Lakewood's Hub at the Madison branch of the Lakewood Public Library with some coffee and pastries. The Hub will be running from 7am-9am.

You can either stay here in Lakewood, or head on downtown to our partner Bike Cleveland's big meetup at the Cleveland Bike Rack.

If you would like to ride downtown with a group from Lakewood, Beat Cycles will be leading a Group Commute at 7:15am from the Library location, weather permitting.

The Lakewood Public Library has been sponsoring Bike Lakewood's Bike to Work Day monthly events and we couldn't be happier to continue the relationship!

WEATHER: If it's light rain, we will still hold the event, but pouring rain or thunderstorms will cancel the event.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 4:18 PM, 06.19.2018

Vintage Fashion Pop-Up In Lakewood

The recently launched Vintage Fashion Pop-Up is taking shopping to a new level. One weekend a month, 4-5 vintage fashion sellers set up a collective shop in Lakewood. Their shop offers a curated selection of affordable vintage finds in a modern boutique environment. 

There is a growing trend towards wearing vintage clothing. It’s an affordable, eco-friendly way to express individuality and embrace new trends. There is a cool factor in having a unique vintage find. Street style bloggers incorporate vintage into their looks. Fashion designers find inspiration in vintage for their new collections. “Marc Jacobs, Cole Haan, Eugenia Kim and Zimmermann have bought pieces from my Etsy shop, Only The Best,” said Heather Sapanos, founder of Vintage Fashion Pop-Up. Costume designers buy vintage as well, even if it’s not a period piece. “Sarah Jessica Parker has worn a couple of my vintage dresses on her HBO show Divorce.”


Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 4:18 PM, 06.19.2018

Frankfurter Fridays Are Back!

Now in its sixth year, Frankfurter Fridays offer free 100% beef hotdogs and lemonade as well as intergenerational fun activities every other Friday from June 8 through September 14 on the front lawn of the Church of the Ascension, 13216 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 10:43 PM, 06.05.2018

Cat-Lovers Plan June 10 Picnic

Greater Cleveland's cat community is gathering in Lakewood Park, on Sunday, June 10 for a picnic and party from 3 to 8 p.m.

The event is hosted by the "Weirdo Cat Lovers of Cleveland" Facebook group, and promises food, games, prizes and kitties.

Josie Triton, an administrator for the group, says "there might even be a few 'famous' cats from the group there." Mostly, though, "It's really just a party for cat people to hang out and network."

"Anyone is welcome to attend, but we recommend joining the online group first so people can see what we're about," she adds.

"Weirdo Cat Lovers" has evolved considerably since its beginning as simply a place to share cat pictures. Laura Rodriguez-Carbone, a Lakewood resident, says the group has become a support community for cats and cat-owners. Members organize work like rescue, adoption, and fundraising. She adds that "I adopted a cat last week because of the Facebook group."

Many including Rodriguez-Carbone have joined in recent months, and more than 14,000 people are now members. Over 200 have committed to attend the picnic.

The event will temporarily spotlight cat culture in what often seems to be a dog-centric community. Lakewood has a dog park, a pooch parade, a dog swim and even canine controversies. But our city hasn't entirely gone to the dogs, yet.

In addition to participation in the Weirdo Cat Lovers group and its party, Lakewood's cat subculture has several beloved shop cats to its credit. Cat-lovers and book-lovers recently welcomed the return of Hobbes, at the Bookshop in Lakewood's new home. Customer-facing cats have also been spotted at Lakewood Hardware, the Lakewood Garden Center, and My Vacuum Store, among others.

Feline equality is also the law in Lakewood, in one sense, as animals of all types "shall not be permitted to run at large anywhere within the city limits" according to city guidelines. The picnic's hosts ask that every cat be accompanied by a leash or pet carrier, as well as an ID collar and a disposable litter box.

To read more about the cat lovers picnic, visit tinyurl.com/wcl-lkwd.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 10:43 PM, 06.05.2018

Antonio, Skindell Win Primary Elections

Nickie J. Antonio and Michael J. Skindell will be Democrats' nominees to represent Lakewood in the Ohio General Assembly, following last Tuesday's primary.

Lakewood voters' overwhelming preference for Antonio over Martin Sweeney settled a fight between two state representatives, each seeking a nomination to run for Ohio Senate District 23. In recent weeks the matchup drew repeated notice from local media.

Sweeney closed Tuesday with modest leads in most of the senate district, which includes Lakewood, Parma, and other western suburbs as well as parts of Cleveland. But an outlier result in Lakewood, which voted more than 3-to-1 for Antonio, gave her an overall victory of more than 54%.

At the same time, state Senator Michael J. Skindell defeated Lakewood City Council member Tom Bullock to be Democrats' nominee for Ohio House District 13. Skindell won slightly more than 55%, both in Lakewood and the two Cleveland wards which constitute most of the district.

The result is the second such for Bullock, following a primary loss to Antonio in 2010, when both sought Democrats' nomination for the Ohio House.

Antonio as well as Skindell are now ineligible to run for their current offices, owing to term limits, and both will seek to move between the two chambers of the General Assembly in November.

Each nominee will face a Republican opponent in the November election. Democrats' sizeable voter-registration advantage in each district, however, will favor Antonio's and Skindell's campaigns.

If elected, Antonio will be the first woman to represent the 23rd Senate District, and the first openly gay member of the Ohio Senate.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 3:09 PM, 05.15.2018

Democrats Vote For Central Committee Members May 8th

Lakewood Democrats may soon be getting a knock on the door or a phone call from a fellow Democrat and neighbor vying for their vote in the upcoming elections for the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Central Committee. On May 8th, Democrats running for Lakewood Precinct Leader will be on the ballot, and this year, a record number of fresh faces are competing for these elected party positions.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 9:38 PM, 04.21.2018

I Support Mike Skindell For State Representative

It is my honor and pleasure to support Mike Skindell’s campaign for State Representative. Throughout his political career, as a member of Lakewood City Council and a legislator in the Ohio House and Senate, he has consistently represented my values. Governing is about making choices, and Mike makes choices that benefit all of his constituents, not just the privileged few.

Over the years, Mike’s perspective has brought much needed balance to the Ohio State Legislature. He has clearly demonstrated that often the real cost of tax cuts is cuts to much needed services…monies to address the opioid crisis, monies to support adult and child protective services, funding to schools, local governments, parks, and the environment. He has fought to prevent or reduce cuts to these important programs.

Mike understands how government works and how to navigate the legislative process. His accomplishments, while serving in the minority, is a testament to his skills as a legislator. When I receive advocacy alerts to contact my state legislator, I never need to reach out to Mike because I can rest easy that he will do the right thing.


Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 3:27 PM, 04.17.2018

Supporting Mike Skindell For State Representative

As Mike Skindell’s campaign for State Representative gains momentum, I wanted to take a minute and state my support and endorsement of his candidacy. I am endorsing Mike for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, he has clearly demonstrated his commitment and passion for our community.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Mike Skindell for a number of years. I first met Senator Skindell when he was representing the City of Lakewood as an At-Large Councilman back in the late 90s/early 2000s. As a Councilman, Mike worked hard to establish our dog park as well as to preserve the cultural and historical makeup of Lakewood. Following his tenure on Lakewood City Council, Mike continued his service to our district by representing Lakewood and other Westside communities in both the State House and State Senate. During his tenure, Mike was a strong voice and advocate for seniors and working families and has a proven track record of working hard on behalf of his constituents. Most recently, Senator Skindell introduced Senate Bill 260, which would establish an assault weapons ban throughout Ohio.

Mike is one of the most honest and trustworthy people that I have had the pleasure of working with and is dedicated to our community. He has tirelessly worked on behalf of hard working families throughout his elected career. I encourage the residents of Lakewood and surrounding communities to join me and the George family in voting for Michael J. Skindell for State Representative on May 8th.

Councilwoman – Meghan F. George

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 12:07 PM, 04.03.2018

Packed House For Cordray - Kucinich Q&A

A capacity crowd of well over 100 attended the Lakewood Democratic Club's March meeting, to hear from candidates for governor Richard Cordray and Dennis Kucinich. Both took questions from the audience after opening remarks, as did candidates for Ohio House and Senate. Topics ranged from gun safety to public schools to single-payer healthcare.

The club expects to host a third candidate for governor, Bill O'Neill, at its next meeting on April 26. State senator Joe Schiavoni, also running for governor, addressed the January meeting.


Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 12:07 PM, 04.03.2018

Say Yes To Issue 1 And Fair Congressional Districts On May 8

After a half-century of effort, Ohio has the chance to kick gerrymandering out of our state for good—and Lakewood has played an important part.

On May 8 we can pass Issue 1 to reform the system for drawing congressional districts, and stop partisan abuse of redistricting.

Drawing biased “gerrymandered” districts, named for the early Massachussetts Governor Elbridge Gerry, dates back to the United States’ earliest days. But the impact of gerrymandering has grown extreme in the 21st century, as mapping software and big data have allowed a party in power to pack more of the minority party’s voters into ever fewer districts.

Against this backdrop, reform efforts in Ohio have found a new urgency. Following decades of attempts by the League of Women Voters and other good-government advocates, Ohio approved a ballot measure to change statehouse-district rules in 2015.

The League took encouragement from voters’ overwhelming approval of that measure, and began calling for similar reform to congressional redistricting. Yet the statehouse’s Republican leadership, which had supported the 2015 reform, argued for delaying any further action.

When a Fair Districts petition drive collected more than 200,000 signatures entirely through volunteer effort, statehouse leadership had second thoughts. A combination of grassroots pressure and persistence within the legislature then produced a genuine, bipartisan agreement on Issue 1.

In both cases Lakewood has contributed. Early in the petition drive, one Fair Districts volunteer said unofficially that “Lakewood is basically carrying Cuyahoga County on this.”

In the General Assembly, Lakewood’s state Representative Nickie Antonio and state Senator Mike Skindell lent support to the grassroots campaign. Sen Skindell sharply criticized one proposed bill, which failed to meet most of activists’ criteria for meaningful reform. Unswerving support for the Fair Districts goals by Skindell, Antonio and other Democrats eventually earned major concessions from legislative leaders.

The bipartisan agreement which resulted will end the old, anything-goes potential for partisan gerrymandering. Starting after the 2020 census, new maps will require substantial support from minority-party legislators.

Issue 1 includes additional positive reforms as well. It will add transparency to the process. It will sharply reduce the silly-string districts like our own, which extends all the way from Lakewood to Toledo. It will, ultimately, make government more accountable to voters.

Everyone in Lakewood who signed petitions or helped circulate them shares in the credit for getting this far. The long campaign for fair districts in Ohio can end in success—if Issue 1 passes.

Please help make sure it does! Vote Yes on Issue 1 in the primary election this May 8.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 7:14 PM, 03.20.2018

Swim-a-Thon To Benefit Two Organizations

Special Spaces and scholarships for the new aquatic therapy program at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Center for Autism in Rocky River will be the beneficiaries of support from the eighth annual Swim-a-Thon on March 4 at the Rocky River Recreation Center indoor pools from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 5, Posted 9:40 PM, 03.06.2018

Senators Skindell And Tavares Introduce Assault Weapons Ban

This past week, Senator Michael Skindell (D–Lakewood) and Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) introduced Senate Bill 260, which would establish an assault weapons ban throughout Ohio.  

The legislation specifically makes it a felony of the fifth degree for possessing or acquiring an assault weapon. Under the bill, an “assault weapon” is an automatic firearm or semi-automatic firearm capable of accepting a detachable magazine with the capacity of accepting ten or more cartridges and a semi-automatic firearm with a fixed magazine with the capacity of accepting ten or more cartridges. The legislation models Senate Bill 18 introduced in 2013 and co-sponsored by Senators Skindell and Tavares.

“The recent, sorrowful events in Florida and Nevada and so many more places teach us why it is important to ban weapons that are meant for waging war,” said Senator Skindell. “While we cannot stop every act of suffering inflicted upon the public, it is our responsibility to limit access to these assault weapons. Until better national standards are enacted to regulate the sale of these dangerous assault weapons, Ohio should have its own regulations to protect the public.”

“Assault weapons were designed to be used by trained members of the military to kill people. These weapons, unfortunately, are killing innocent children and adults by people who want to murder, maim and terrorize large masses of people in public spaces,” stated Senator Tavares. 

Once banned under federal law between 1994 and 2004, assault weapons are now easy to obtain. Research has demonstrated that during the national ban period the number of attacks and deaths fell significantly compared to the previous ten years. (Rampage Nation, 2016, Klevares, Louis, University of Massachusetts at Boston.) After the assault weapon ban ended in 2004, the number of attacks and deaths shot up.

The legislation will also require the Office of the Ohio Attorney General to manage a registration database, through which it shall issue permits for the purchase of firearms and track the purchase of firearms and ammunition. In addition, it will require Ohio retailers to report all sales of firearms and ammunition to the Attorney General.


Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 5, Posted 9:40 PM, 03.06.2018

Michael Rendon Campaigns For Cuyahoga County Court Of Common Pleas

My name is Michael Rendon and I am campaigning for the General Division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in the May 8th primary. With less than 90 days until Election Day, I am writing to respectfully introduce myself to the Lakewood community, explain why I am the most experienced, committed and qualified candidate to represent you on the bench, and ask for your support. I have spent my life and career focused on family, service, justice, and our community. 

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 5, Posted 9:40 PM, 03.06.2018