Families and children around the world look forward to December 6th with eager anticipation. St. Nicholas Day is a special day at the Lakewood Division of Aging as well, as this marks the kick off to our Christmas season. The Lawther Center and Senior Center East will be decked out in all of their holiday finery, and there will be Christmas music in the air. Our St. Nicholas Day party will feature an appetizer and dessert pot luck before lunch, as well a seasonal musical performance by the students of Lakewood Community Care Center. After lunch, we will hold our annual white-elephant gift exchange. Sometimes silly, sometimes naughty, always funny, always fun.
The Lakewood Division of Aging is in the business of providing helpful services to seniors living in our community. Many people forget that there are a great many older residents in Lakewood, who love their homes, and who just need a little extra assistance to remain where they are, as members of their community. Perhaps it is coordinating transportation to medical appointments or the store. It could be getting a hot lunch to someone who might otherwise have a hard time getting something heated up on their own. Maybe it is just providing a friendly human connection to someone who has become somewhat isolated, due to the weather or a medical condition. The Division of Aging has a wide variety of services and programs that provide a helping hand for those residents that could use it.
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The sun is shining, the weather is warm, the lake breezes are fresh. That means that it is party-time for the Lakewood Division of Aging. On Friday, July 21st at 10 a.m. we will rendezvous at the lovely Kiwanis Pavilion at Lakewood Park. In addition to a scrumptious box lunch, we will be gathering for games, fellowship with friends, and some great summertime music, provided by a DJ compliments of Troy Entertainment. While there, you will have plenty of time to stretch your legs on the paved walking paths. Walk along the lake shoreline path to see a beautiful view of the fabulous Cleveland skyline. Make your way over to see one of Lakewood’s newest attractions: the Solstice Seps. You will be impressed. You can bask in the sun, or simply enjoy a cool drink while relaxing in the shade. Whatever your preferences, you will find it at the Senior Picnic.
Betty Pedace is turning 100 years young on June 7th. Even though Betty is 99 she enjoys playing poker, bowling and other group activities like Happy Hour with live entertainers like Shane Phillips and Joel Scigliano, just to mention two. Betty enjoys watching her daughter Terri and other family members and staff dance to songs like Cake By The Ocean and Uptown Funk. "Sometimes it doesn't feel like a nursing home," says Betty regarding the fun she has at Crestmont.
Barton Senior Center will hold its 11th annual spring fundraiser on Friday, May 19 from 5:00-8:00 PM. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s outdoor Courtyard and renovated indoor Rotunda, on the lower level of the Westerly Apartments. This year’s event will have a fun new theme entitled “Caribbean Cocktail Party” and includes entertainment by Island Jeff and his steel drum, heavy hors d’oeuvres and tropical drinks, along with wine and beer. A Silent Auction will include wine baskets, Indians Club seats, a Cavs autographed basketball and gift certificates to local restaurants, along with side boards. All are encouraged to wear tropical/island attire, so dig out your flip flops and your Hawaiian shirt.
Mark your calendars now to join the Lakewood Division of Aging as we enjoy a matinee performance of the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. On Friday, April 21, 2017, the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra will be offering a matinee performance of "Brigg Fair: An English Symphony," by Frederick Delius, and "Don Quixote" by Richard Strauss.
The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will examine fitness training strategies for seniors as part of its free “Learning for Life” lecture series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.
Barton Senior Center recently honored the many volunteers who assisted the organization during the past year. At a dinner show and reception, 116 individuals were recognized for volunteering a total of 10,647 hours during the previous 12 months. This outstanding level of volunteer support would be equivalent to more than 5 full-time employees. “Our volunteers are the key to our success,” stated Center Director Tania Gheen. “Without the volunteers, our small staff would never be able to provide the variety of programs, activities and services offered at Barton Center. It is really a win-win, as our volunteers socialize, make friends and have fun, at the same time that they are helping others.”
Barton Senior Center will hold its 10th Annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser on Friday, May 20 from 5-8 p.m. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s outdoor Courtyard and in the adjacent indoor Rotunda. More than 25 silent auction items will be available for bid, including wine baskets, event tickets and gift certificates to local restaurants. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a drawing for a flat screen TV. Chef Kevin, from Kevin’s Café at Barton Center, will be serving delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres and of course, there will be plenty of wine and cheese.
On January 27th, O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood hosted a new senior dance and social club called the “Movers & Shakers of Lakewood.” This event will be held on the last Wednesday of every month and is free and open to the public. There will be a rotation of live entertainment, refreshments, socializing and of course DANCING! The dances are held in the Assisted Living building at 1381 Bunts Road, 4th Floor. You can find the 2016 schedule below. See you at the next Movers & Shakers dance on February 24!
The holidays are almost upon us, and life is about to get a lot more complicated. We are all very well acquainted with the stresses and strains, as well as the moments of joy that the holidays bring. Consider the unique situation that family caregivers find themselves in at this time of year. Whether caring for those with Alzheimers Disease and related types of dementia, or for those with other serious chronic illnesses, caregiving is already a heavy load that can quickly become unbearable.
As we approach Veterans Day, we here at the Lakewood Division of Aging have been pausing to remember and appreciate the sacrifices made by the members of our armed forces. It is axiomatic that so many of us have so little idea of what has been given on our behalf. On Wednesday, November 18th, at the Lawther Senior Center, we will be saying a big "Thank You" to those who have served.
(from "Faces of Lakewood, OH" on Facebook)
Some of our older "faces" in Lakewood are secret heroes. Quiet, meek and humble, they carry within them stories that elicit awe, wonder and gratitude.
Girl Scout Troop 70505 brought their love of volunteering and drive to sell cookies to residents at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood to have a cookie social. Residents sampled a variety of girl scout cookies while staff made some delicious purchases. Lakewood's Troop 70505 consists of 9 eager young ladies in 4th grade. The girls showed off their patches proudly sharing their favorite part of being a girl scout are the fun activities, camping, volunteering and making new friends. As of March 20th, the girls were halfway to their cookie goal of selling 2,500 boxes.
Spring is coming and residents at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood celebrated the warmer weather with the sweet taste of frozen yogurt from Menchie's in Lakewood. Menchie's in Lakewood brought the party to us and provided delicious frozen yogurt cakes as well as a visit from their fun loving Ambassador, Menchie! All in attendance had a great time and are ready for the warm weather to begin!
On February 6th, Seniors in the community attended a Lunch and Learn at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood's Assisted Living to hear speaker, MetroHealth physician, Dr. Christopher Suntala discuss various facts and questions that every senior should know the answer to.
Residents and staff at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood had a blast celebrating resident Hope Reddick's 102 birthday! The secret to Hope's longevity may be in the glass... Hope loves drinking milk.
O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood had many great things happen in 2014. Lakewood Senior Health Campus and its sister facilities underwent a name change for branding purposes. Now it is O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood with the other communities changing names as well, O'Neill Healthcare North Ridgeville (Formerly Center Ridge), O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village (Formerly Bradley Bay), O'Neill Healthcare North Olmsted (Formerly Wellington Place), and O'Neill Healthcare Fairview Park. This resulted in the beautiful new signage outside the buildings. O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood also had renovations and interior design work as well. When you walk in the lobby, it has had a facelift with a warm and welcoming feel as well as the Assisted Living renovated the common areas and activities room. Another great addition this year has been the Taste of Home Kitchen, in the Care Center. It is an inviting full kitchen space where patients and residents can do cooking activities. O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood earned the 5 star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid which is the highest rating. Only 10% of healthcare facilities in the state achieve this five-star rating. The Assisted Living just received its deficiency free rating from the state of Ohio for the seventh year in a row. In 2014, O'Neill Healthcare also welcomed its new Administrator Ben Davies this Fall.
Barton Senior Center will hold its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Christmas items and crafts will be featured along with food and entertainment. Live music will be provided by the Frank Cardone Duo.
Residents and patients at O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood gathered Friday, October 3 to hear about the upcoming levy, Issue 6 for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). Marvin Richards, Executive Director of Business Continuity volunteered on his vacation time to come spread the importance of Levy 6 and the future of affordable education in Cuyahoga County. As a veteran himself, Marvin connected to many of the veterans in the audience who shared opinions with him on the GI bill for education and Marvin discussed some of the changes throughout years as well as various programs that Tri-C does to reach out to veterans for further education.
“You Make A Difference,” was the message spread to the attendees of the Pastoral and Spiritual Volunteers Luncheon hosted by O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood on Thursday August 28th.
Barton Senior Center will hold its 8th Annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser on Thursday, May 22 from 5-8 p.m. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s outdoor Courtyard and in the adjacent indoor Rotunda. More than 25 silent auction items will be available for bid, including wine baskets and gift certificates to local restaurants. Chef Kevin, from Kevin’s Café at Barton Center, will be serving delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres and of course, there will be plenty of wine and cheese.
Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, and the City of Lakewood have something in common-they're both positively senior friendly. Dorsey is a regular follower of 75 year old Natalie Yellin's tweets. In fact, Ms. Yellin is a trusted adviser to his mobile payments company, Square, Inc. Like Mr. Dorsey, Lakewood's business community knows what to do with aging parents and grandparents. Give them a job.
The moment you walk through the door you know you are Home. Fedor Manor Apartments is a 145-unit, 62 & over community, located on the corner of Ridgewood & Madison Avenue in beautiful Lakewood, Ohio. Our senior community is conveniently located next to banks, churches, grocery stores, restaurants, RTA transportation, and more.
Barton Senior Center will hold its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Christmas items and crafts will be featured along with food and entertainment. Live music will be provided by the Frank Cardone Duo. The Fair will include antiques, ceramics, arts and crafts, resale jewelry and knit/crochet. Raffle items will showcase a lottery tree and holiday gifts. The Snack Bar will serve pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, potato salad and baked beans while the Candy Shop offers home-made chocolate covered goodies. And the ever popular Bake Sale will carry delicious homemade bakery and deserts. The Hodge Podge resale store will offer a large selection of clothing, furniture and household items. Barton Center’s craft and resale shops will be open including: Book Nook, Fabric Shoppe, Greeting Cards, Greenhouse and Corner Store.
The Compeer Program at Far West Center offers a unique volunteering experience. All that is required in Compeer volunteering is four hours per month, conversation, and friendship. Among our group of valuable volunteers are college students with challenging schedules and retirees that schedule around many family and social obligations. Compeer offers individual flexibility in planning volunteer time. Compeer also offers an enriching life experience for both students and seniors alike.
Barton Senior Center will hold its 7th Annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser on Thursday, May 23 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Over 130 attended last year’s event and this one promises to be even bigger and better. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s beautifully landscaped outdoor Courtyard and in the adjacent indoor Rotunda. Festivities will include wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, grilled specialties served by Chef Kevin from Kevin’s Café and terrific silent auction items.
Josie Kothera was voted by Barton Center members as the 2013 Barton Center Sweetheart, or Volunteer of the Year. She was honored at a dinner held recently to recognize her years of volunteer service at Barton Senior Center. This was the 40th annual ceremony held to recognize Barton Center volunteers and was attended by over 100 members, including 13 previous award recipients.
The seniors at the Lakewood Division of Aging's Lawther Center have partnered with the Lakewood High School students in Mrs. Anne McQuay's Interactive Media class to produce their own version of The Harlem Shake. This internet dance craze has, until now, been the province of younger movers and shakers. Lakewood's seniors were happy to prove that they still had a few moves up their sleeves. Most importantly, for seniors and students alike, everyone had lots of fun.
View the Division of Aging's Harlem Shake at: http://youtu.be/ie5RW_4Oz4E.
State Representative Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) today voted in support of reform for Ohio’s five public pension systems. Rep. Antonio serves on the House Health and Aging Committee and applauds the work of the subcommittee, which was instrumental in bringing together interested parties and the general public to fully understand the reform implications. Affected parties were not only consulted but were involved in crafting legislative solutions to meet the unique needs of the five pension systems.
Lakewoods' H2O service oganization would be a wonderful role model for schools all across the country. The program is so diverse in its work reaching all across Cuyahoga county. "Help To Others" is exactly that and they are involved with generations from babies and children at the Cleveland Clinic's Ronald McDonald House to our elderly population living in retirement centers and many sites in between.
The Barton Senior Center will hold a Flea Market on Saturday, June 9 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Local vendors will be selling new and used household items. In addition, Barton Center’s craft and resale shops will be open. The Bake Shop will offer homemade delights and chocolate covered strawberries. The Snack Bar will serve lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. with grilled hotdogs and pizza and will feature strawberry shortcake with ice cream. Barton Center is located on the Ground Floor of the Westerly Apartments at 14300 Detroit Ave.
A program called Girls on the Run is helping girls around the district learn to build strong and healthy lives physically, socially and emotionally. The Girls on the Run program, which has been around for 15 years, made its debut in the District last school year at Emerson Elementary School and Harding Middle School (where it is called Girls on Track) and this year has expanded to Garfield Middle School (in the fall) and Grant and Lincoln elementaries.
Barton Senior Center will hold its 6th Annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser on Thursday, May 24 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Over 100 attended last year’s event and this one promises to be even bigger and better. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s beautifully landscaped outdoor Courtyard and in the adjacent indoor Rotunda and Greenhouse. Festivities will include wine, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction gift baskets filled with terrific items.
Barton Senior Center recently honored the many volunteers who assisted the organization during the past year. At a dinner show and reception, 216 individuals were recognized for volunteering a total of 25,718 hours during the previous 12 months. This was an increase of 2,722 hours or 12% more than the previous year. This astounding level of volunteer support would be equivalent to 12 full-time employees. “Our volunteers are the key to our success,” stated Center Director Tania Gheen. “Without the volunteers, our small staff would never be able to provide the variety of programs, activities and services offered at Barton Center. It is really a win-win, as our volunteers socialize, make friends and have fun, at the same time that they are helping others.”
At Northwesterly Assisted Living Community, they rave about the food; and with good cause. Recently, Northwesterly announced an exceptional recognition received by its dietary department; the Crandall Corporate Dietician’s Award of Excellence presented at Crandall Corporate Dietician’s annual conference.
Mary Hardison was voted by Barton Center members as the 2012 Barton Center ‘Sweetheart’, or Volunteer of the Year. She was honored at a dinner held recently to recognize her years of volunteer service at Barton Senior Center. This was the 39th annual ceremony held to recognize Barton Center volunteers and was attended by over 100 members, including 12 previous award recipients.
Residents of Northwesterly Assisted Living celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 29 alongside Grant Elementary School’s first and second grade class. The children, accompanied by teachers and chaperons came to Northwesterly to partake in the festivities which included a “green eggs & ham breakfast,” The Cat in the Hat Video, and story time in the afternoon where our residents read Dr. Seuss stories to the children. The kids of Grant Elementary shared with residents what they were learning in school prior to being treated with a Dr. Seuss style Cat in the Hat cake! Michael Saunders, Northwesterly Assisted Living’s Life Enrichment Coordinator said, “This was such a fun event, children and adults of all ages enjoyed themselves throughout the day.”
Five Lakewood High students have had their artwork selected to be part of the prestigious Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition. Dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of our talented young people in the state of Ohio, the exhibition is open to all of Ohio's 1,112 high schools, both public and private, chartered by the State of Ohio Department of Education.
The five students whose art was chosen to be one of the 350 pieces out of 12,000 entries submitted to be on display in Columbus are Brenna Dobos (painting), Nicole Matthews (two photographs), Kelly McKee (painting), Bram Myers (drawing), and Elizabeth Taucher (video).
On March 1, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur spoke to an attentive and responsive group of Lakewood's seniors at Lakewood Senior Center West as a post-luncheon guest. The Congresswoman has represented the Toledo area in the past, but her district has now been combined with Congressman Dennis Kucinich's, and the two Congressional Representatives were forced to face each other in this week's Democratic Primary Election for the 9th District in Ohio. A third candidate for Congress, Graham Vesey was also on the same Democratic primary ballot for Ohio's 9th district.
Kaptur generally confined her remarks to government and senior service related issues. She provided ample time for questions and answers, as well as for a meet-and-greet opportunity afterwards.
Northwesterly Assisted Living residents celebrated a very special Valentine’s Day with friends and family while singing and dancing the night away. The dining room was temporarily transformed into a mini-ballroom where residents danced to their favorite tunes throughout the night. Dave Michaels was invited to perform at the event, serenading residents with classic oldies but goodies. Residents and staff of Northwesterly voted prior to the event to crown a King and Queen, and Prince and Princess. Northwesterly is home to 6 sets of couples who were in the running for King and Queen.
Northwesterly Assisted Living Gives Winter Safety Tips For Seniors Citizens And Resources For Adult Children
Falls, isolation, unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, and trouble getting around are just some issues seniors may be experiencing this holiday season. As a resource for adult children and other family members, Northwesterly Assisted Living would like to take the opportunity to share a few simple tips to help keep senior citizens safe this winter.
Mark your calendars now. On Sunday, December 11th, at 2:00 PM, on the Main Stage at the Beck Center (17801 Detroit Ave.) there will be a special matinee performance of "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat". The Lakewood Division of Aging has acquired a limited number of tickets, of which, sixty percent of the proceeds will be dedicated to vital senior services such as medical transportation and hot meals for the homebound. Tickets are only $30. 00 each, and are available for purchase at the Lawther Senior Center at 16024 Madison Avenue or by calling the Lakewood Division of Aging offices at 216-521-1515.
The Barton Senior Center will hold its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas items and crafts will be featured, along with live entertainment, food, popcorn and hot chocolate. New this year is the Candy Room with home-made chocolate covered goodies. Also featured will be antiques, ceramics, arts and crafts, resale jewelry and knit/crochet. Raffles will be held for Cleveland Brown’s tickets and a beautifully crafted doll house. The Snack Bar will include Sloppy Joes, hot dogs and potato salad. And the ever popular Bake Sale will carry delicious homemade bakery and deserts. The Hodge Podge resale store will offer a large selection of clothing, furniture and household items. In addition, Barton Center’s craft and resale shops will be open including: Book Nook, Fabric Shoppe, Greeting Cards, Greenhouse and Corner Store. Barton Center is located on the Ground Floor of the Westerly Apartments at 14300 Detroit Ave.
Northwesterly Assisted Living would like to introduce you to our newest team member. Chef Susan Hunter has come to Northwesterly as our Director of Dietary Services. She is responsible for overseeing the dietary department and making our delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals from scratch every day. Susan has a passion for food and it shows through her creative collection of cuisines served to the residents of Northwesterly every day. Understanding how aging can impact our taste buds and sense of smell, Susan selects ingredients and flavors that are tasty and smell delicious. In collaboration with our Registered Dietician, she incorporates resident’s personal recipes, special requests, old time favorites and specific dietary needs to our daily menu options.
In observance of National Assisted Living Week®, September 11 to 17, Northwesterly Assisted Living will host a series of events developed as a special opportunity to bring together residents, families, employees, volunteers and the surrounding community to celebrate “Forever Proud.”
Let me introduce to you a very busy lady residing at the Northwesterly Assisted Living Community. Her name is Helen Chamberjian and she has recently recieved the Shinning Star Award.
A trio of fourth-grade singers from Roosevelt Elementary will be heading to college this summer. The three – Mia Boland, Faith Hampton and Breslin McCrae– have been chosen to participate in the Ohio Choral Director’s Association’s Children’s Honor Choir, which will convene at Otterbein College near Columbus June 20-22 to rehearse and perform with 150 Ohio students in grades 4-7 as part of the select choir. A guest conductor from Cincinnati will be leading the choir.
Teachers throughout the state were encouraged to nominate their most talented young singers for the choir. Roosevelt music teacher Lisa Van Scyoc nominated Mia, Faith and Breslin not only because they are strong singers but she said, “They also demonstrate excellent citizenship at Roosevelt and are musical leaders in their general music classes.”
Van Scyoc has no doubt that the OCDA choir will be a boon all around for the young singers.
“They will be challenged with exciting music and will also gain valuable experience as they stay on a college campus and make new acquaintances. It will provide them with the opportunity to be with other students who are as musically skilled as they are and, more importantly, as motivated as they are to learn. I have no doubt that Mia, Faith, and Breslin will enjoy this opportunity and return with even greater vocal skills. I am so proud of them,” Van Sycoc said.
The trio can expect some hard work before the performance though. They are required to attend two, three-hour rehearsals in Medina with other Children’s Honor Choir selectees in the region before heading to Otterbein.
A Lakewood tradition continued this year, bigger and better than ever. Once again, high school students from the CARE Youth Group at St. Joseph Academy volunteered to host a “Senior Prom” for senior citizen residents of Lakewood, complete with music, dancing, and food. The response from last year’s event was so overwhelming that two Lakewood organizations requested that the event be held at their facility this year. Rather than disappoint either group, the young women responded by graciously giving up two consecutive weekend nights to accommodate both requests.
The Barton Senior Center will hold a Flea Market on Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Over 30 vendors will be selling new and used household items that will include Longaberger Baskets, Tastefully Simple and Reds & Threads.In addition, Barton Center’s craft and resale shops will be open. The Snack Bar will serve lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. with pulled pork and chicken breast sandwiches, and will feature chocolate covered strawberries and strawberry shortcake with ice cream. Barton Center is located on the Ground Floor of the Westerly Apartments at 14300 Detroit Ave.
The Barton Senior Center will hold its 5th Annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser on Thursday, May 26 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Over 100 attended last year’s event and this one promises to be even bigger and better. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s beautifully landscaped outdoor Courtyard, and in the adjacent indoor Rotunda and Greenhouse. Festivities will include wine, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction gift baskets filled with terrific items.
Barton Senior Center recently honored the many volunteers who have assisted the organization during the past year. At a dinner show and reception held on April 7, 253 individuals were recognized for having volunteered a total of 22,996 hours at the Center during the previous 12 months. This total includes 30 more volunteers and 100 more hours than the previous year. This astounding volunteer effort would be equivalent to more than 11 full-time employees. “Our volunteers are simply terrific,” stated Center Director Tania Gheen. “Without the volunteers, our small staff would never be able to provide the many programs, activities and services offered at Barton Center. It is really a win-win, as our volunteers socialize, make friends and have fun, at the same time that they are helping others.”
On November 9th 2010 Hospice of the Western Reserve helped to pay tribute to many of our veterans here at Lakewood Senior Health Campus, along with Activity Director Christine Dorsey. Through the Peaceful and Proud initiative this dedicated veteran's program strives to reach out to the veteran community with educational programs and to raise awareness about hospice services. Starting with the Pledge of Allegiance and followed by the playing of "Taps" by our resident veteran Mr. Frank Mills, a slide presentation by hospice was shown. Each veteran was called by name and received a special pin.
Irene Kinny, a resident of Lakewood Senior Health Campus Assisted Living since November 2009, will be turning 100 years old on August 29th. Irene has certainly had a full life. Born on a farm in Iowa City, Iowa, Irene learned early on how to do the chores that were required of her. Kerosene lamps helped to light the way as Irene cleaned the chimney, brought in the kindling for the wood stove, and much more. Irene worked on the farm until she was 17 years of age! After graduating from St. Mary's Catholic High School, Irene went to work at a commercial laundry because there was no money for college. Irene wasn't happy at the laundry, so she attended Brown Business College for 2 years, taking night classes. After graduation, Irene worked for 2 summers at a bank and her career took her to National City Bank for 19 years.
The Lakewood Social Security office, which is currently located at 14650 Detroit Ave, suite 200, Lakewood, OH, will be moving to a new location in late July. The new location will be 17513 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH. The Lakewood office will begin the moving process on Friday, July 16th. There may be reduced levels of service available from Monday, July 19th through Thursday, July 22nd. Members of the public will still be able to use our online services at www.socialsecurity.gov and our national toll free number at 800-772-1213. Both the current and the new office locations will be closed on Friday, July 23rd. The new office will be open for business to the public on Monday, July 26th.
Barton Senior Center recently honored the many volunteers who have assisted the organization during the past year. At a dinner show and reception held in April, 226 individuals were recognized for having volunteered a total of 22,960 hours at the Center during the previous 12 months. This astounding volunteer total is equivalent to more than 11 full-time employees. “Our volunteers are simply terrific” stated Center Director Tania Gheen. “Without the volunteers, our small staff would never be able to provide the many programs, activities and services offered at Barton Center. It is really a win-win, as our volunteers socialize, make friends and have fun, at the same time that they are helping others.”
On May 22, the Lakewood Senior Health Campus was transformed into a "Tropical Luau" as residents gathered for a Senior Citizen Prom. The event was organized by the CARE Youth Group at St. Joseph Academy, under the leadership of co-chairs Alison Roudebush and Jackie Bova. More than twenty students participated by providing decorations, music, food and fun. The residents and students enjoyed learning dance moves from each other and shared an evening of laughter.
The Barton Senior Center will hold its 4th Annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser on Thursday, May 27 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Over 100 attended last year’s event and this one promises to be even bigger and better. This indoor/outdoor event is entitled “In Bloom” and will be held in Barton Center’s beautifully landscaped outdoor Courtyard, and in the adjacent indoor Rotunda and Greenhouse. Festivities will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, top-hat raffle and silent auction gift baskets filled with terrific items.
Delores Berish was voted by Barton Center members as the 2010 Barton Center ‘Sweetheart,’ or Volunteer of the Year. She was honored at a dinner held recently to recognize her many years of volunteer service at Barton Community Center. This was the 36th annual ceremony held to recognize Barton Center volunteers and was attended by 100 members, including 12 previous award recipients.