Lakewood Living

Keep Lakewood Beautiful's Annual Earth Day And Great American Cleanup

Keep Lakewood Beautiful invites you to the Great American Cleanup and Earth Day on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9-11 a.m. Give your spring cleaning a jumpstart by participating in the:

  • Household Recycling Roundup
  • Detroit Ave. Sidewalk Cleanup
  • Tree Planting 10:30 a.m.

All events will take place at the Detroit Ave. entrance of Kauffman Park. For more information see:  www.onelakewood.com/KLB or call 529-6601.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 04.01.2014

Peace, Sixth Graders, Essays, And Art Come Together In Lakewood Park

The dedication of the World’s Children Peace Monument Sculpture in Lakewood Park occurred on Sept. 21, 2013, also United Nations International Day of Peace. With the kind recommendation of Senator Skindell, Lakewood was suggested to receive the World’s Children Peace Monument. We are honored to have been chosen to receive this sculpture. The dedication ceremony sponsored by Keep Lakewood Beautiful was held adjacent to the sculpture and began outside as the sun finally peeked through the clouds with music performed by Marty Higgins. The World’s Children Peace Monument (WCPM) was wrapped like a large gift with a yellow bow in the sunshine. Indeed, it is a gift to the City of Lakewood from the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) and the children of Berea, Ohio who have donated the Peace Stone for the World’s Children Peace Monument to promote a sustainable global Culture of Peace and Goodwill. The International Center for Environmental Arts is dedicated to assisting in the understanding of the relationship between humans and their environment through the arts to promote a sustainable Culture of Peace.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 8:12 PM, 10.03.2013

An Evening Under The Trees In Lakewood Park And The Friday Night Flick: The Lorax, Friday, July 26

Come learn about what is happening with the City of Lakewood’s trees from some resident experts and the new City of Lakewood’s Tree Task Force. We will begin with a short family friendly tour and hands on learning of some interesting trees right in Lakewood Park. Then get settled in your lawn chair or blanket and be ready to learn about why we want and need trees in our city from our local experts: John Palmer, Certified Arborist, and Bob Rensel, Horticulturist at Cleveland Botanical Garden. Bring your tree questions! For the Friday Night Flick, the tree theme continues with the popular movie from Dr. Seuss, "The Lorax" that both children and adults can enjoy. Bring the whole family and enjoy this evening under some of our grand trees in Lakewood Park!

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 10:38 PM, 07.24.2013

Lakewoodites Flirt With 1876 Tom Sawyer Style

I have to admit, my mind was a million miles away. I had just gotten back from some meetings in Parma. The differences in the various cities around Cleveland always amaze me, but at the same time every Clevelander and Cleveland neighborhood is so much alike. Each neighborhood straining between new, and old, rich and poor, arts, life, biking, garden, golf, shopping, all starting to blend into an over-homogenized almond double mil latte, while desperately struggling to hang on to the reality we all want and need to believe. We have made the right choice, our neighborhood is...

Three guys from Lakewood living the Tom Sawyer dream.

Suddenly I cannot believe my eyes. I try to use Metro Parks when ever possible for getting around the city. There is no fast way to Parma, so why not take the most relaxing. As I look over between the branches and weeds, I swear I was seeing Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn rafting down Rocky River on hot summer day. I pull the car over stop and grab my camera and sure enough coming around the bend is a raft made of who knows what, with 4 folding chairs attached in some wacky way with 3 teenagers who were living the big adventure, building a raft and taking it to the river, and to the rapids.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 8:59 AM, 07.10.2013

Lakewood Farmers Market Kicks Off June 29

The Lakewood Farmers Market is kicking off its 4th season on Saturday, June 29. The Lakewood Farmers Market began in 2010 as a grassroots resident initiative and has demonstrated commitment, not just to community, but to collaboration since. The neighborhood market will boast a healthy mix of hand-picked produce, artisanal foods and handmade goods from over 20 area vendors. Shoppers can purchase local farm fresh produce and products such as Ohio-raised meats, eggs, cheeses, honey, baked goods, pasta, spices, oils and soaps and lotions, plus one-of-a-kind handcrafted items.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 11:03 PM, 06.26.2013

"Painting Your Home: Technique and Color" Workshop To Be Held June 15

LakewoodAlive's Housing Education Series presents "Painting Your Home: Technique and Color," a presentation by Michael Fleenor of the Cleveland Restoration Society.

This program will examine different types of paint failure, highlights what to look for when hiring a painting contractor, reviews historic color schemes and provides tips on selecting and placing appropriate colors on older homes.

Join us at the University of Akron, Lakewood Campus on Saturday, June 15 at 10:30 am. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking will also be available in the rear lot. 

Details on the full series are available at: www.tackk.com/LAHousingEducationSeries

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.13.2013

Lakewood Park Bandstand To Get Fresh New Look

A landmark of the city's most prominent park is getting a makeover, courtesy of Lakewood-based Neubert Painting. In what is sure to be an exciting display of civic pride, 60-plus volunteers from Neubert Painting will scrape, sand, and paint new life into the Bandstand at the historic and beautiful Lakewood Park. The Bandstand was selected by Neubert Painting as the recipient of its 2012 annual Charity Paint Giveaway. The event was rained out, however, and will take place this June 27.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:51 AM, 06.13.2013

Paint Lakewood Applications Now Available LakewoodAlive Program Helps Residents With The Cost Of Painting Their Homes

Applications are now available for LakewoodAlive’s 2013 “Paint Lakewood” program. With funding through the city’s Community Development Block Grant allocation, the program provides income-eligible residents up to $1,000 towards materials to paint the exterior of their homes.
 
“Our goal is to revitalize Lakewood’s neighborhoods and also educate residents on lead safety issues that are prevalent in older homes,” said LakewoodAlive Housing Outreach Coordinator Laura Krawczyk. “Tackling this home maintenance issue can cost homeowners thousands of dollars. With the Paint Lakewood Program, we hope to defray the cost.”

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 10:39 PM, 04.30.2013

Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner In New Location

The traditional Lakewood Kiwanis spaghetti dinner is moving.

The new location is the Lakewood Catholic Academy, 14808 Lake Avenue, just west of Lakewood Park. The date and time: Saturday, March 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. In addition to the always outstanding spaghetti with meat sauce, guests will enjoy garlic breadsticks, desserts, coffee, tea and milk. All-you-can-eat is still the rule. Parking will be available at the rear of the building, which is handicapped-accessible.

Tickets are $8.00 per person, available at the door or in advance from Kiwanis members. Children five and under eat free. As usual, proceeds from the dinner benefit Lakewood Kiwanis community projects.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 9:12 PM, 03.19.2013

Coffee With The Subconscious

Life is about relationships….

In my last column I mentioned that Ken Warren felt comfortable enough to give me a handwriting sample. It took Jim O’Bryan a few fidgety attempts to ease into his comfort zone. At least he didn’t run out of the Blackbird Bakery door like another Lakewood dignitary when I asked him for a sample of his handwriting.

Let’s talk about the relationship between Kenneth Warren, former Director of Lakewood Library and Jim O’Bryan, Publisher of Lakewood Observer. What does their handwriting reveal about their connection?   

Ken is relaxed and comfortable in his mind. His sensitive intellect is the type that inspires great ideals. Socially compassionate at heart, he’s quite shy and rather timid. He prefers to avoid compromises and fears confrontation. He feels stronger with greater confidence when he’s alone.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:58 PM, 02.05.2013

Cleveland Metroparks

Having recently moved back to Cleveland after 10 years of living in Berlin, Germany, one of things I enjoy doing most in my free time is visiting the amazing park system. For those of us living in Lakewood, the parks are easily accessible and offer us space for such a variety of activities (walking, jogging, fishing, sports and meeting with family and friends). And if you haven't gone recently I recommend finding the time to visit.

The creation of the Cleveland Metropark District was due to the initiative of a young, self-taught engineer who had conceived the idea of an outer chain of parks with connecting boulevards. His name? William Stinchcomb. This idea first came to light in 1905 and has developed into what we now enjoy and know as the Cleveland Metroparks.

Josh Yellon is a professional saxophonist and avid photographer. http://joshyellon.500px.com/

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:23 PM, 01.22.2013

Leave Your Lights Up

We have just enjoyed the brightest time of the year. Holidays mean good will toward everyone. They embody the basic form of the Christmas spirit. A time to rejoice in the midst of an oncoming cold and the colorless sameness of blanketing snowfalls. It is a commitment to show the neighborhood that you care enough to brighten the nights. Our city is meant for colorful lighting, a sign of hope and cheer, as a physical display of its joyful resolve to be good neighbors. The lights are a reminder of our sense of community, a community which should not end with the passing of a month or two. Every year, it has been a disappointment to see them come down.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:23 PM, 01.22.2013

Kiwanis Pizza Bake-Off, January 17

An instant tradition is in the making as Kiwanis presents its second annual Pizza Bake-Off on Thursday, January 17.

The Bake-Off will take place in Lakewood High School’s East Cafeteria from 5:00 to 8:00. Tickets available at the door are priced at $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under. Students (13-18) can buy tickets for $8.00 in advance at their schools (not at the door). As always, proceeds will go to support Kiwanis’s programs for families and children.

The Thursday date was chosen because the following day is a no-school day for the high school, and because the event will not conflict with other school activities.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 9:24 PM, 01.08.2013

Why We Love Lakewood\Madison Ave

Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio has so much to offer all within walking distance. There are a lot of choices and many options from West 117th all the way to Riverside. There is no need for a car to get your hair done, to visit an accountant, or to get your shoes repaired. Take a stroll down Madison Avenue and see that we not only have great eateries, we have all kinds of local gems that are just waiting to be discovered by you!

This is why i chose to open my business on Madison Avenue. It has afforded me the opportunity to make a good living in a great community. It's our Uptown.

Madison Avenue is the home of Carol Lynn's Salon Plus. Cutting Loose Salon and Metro on Madison have also relocated to Madison Avenue. Chris, from Cutting Loose Salon, needed a space to work while her place was being renovated, so i offered her and her staff my salon to temporarily set up shop. With the help of Robbie of Metro on Madison, I was able to update my salon.This is an example of how businesses here have come together to support each other. These business gems along with others make Madison Avenue part of the great treasure that is Lakewood. This is why I love Madison Avenue.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 1:55 PM, 11.01.2012

Saturday Lakewood Farmersí Market Returns For Itís 3rd Season

Saturday, June 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. the Lakewood Farmers Market (LFM) will open for it’s 2012 season, providing Lakewood residents a weekend downtown destination to eat, shop, enjoy free entertainment, summertime and meet their neighbors.

Awareness of fresh, locally grown produce and products has been on the rise as a way to support your personal health and local economy.  Come enjoy seasonal fruits and veggies, jelly, cheese, meat, plants, coffee, honey, eggs, baked goods, prepared foods, music, arts and crafts, chef demos and more from local vendors.

In addition to providing Lakewood’s downtown a weekend community event, Lakewood Farmers Market’s mission is to create an incubation space and outlet for local entrepreneurs, from backyard growers to budding and established small food businesses. A number of vendors from previous seasons are Lakewood residents, and LFM is adding more Lakewood-owned small businesses to its vendor list each year.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:10 PM, 06.12.2012

The Opportunity Of A Lifetime

I met my wife in Greece, on the island of Chios, while she was visiting family for the holidays. It was love at first sight. So was Lakewood, OH. I was looking for an opportunity to leave the island, while the economy in Greece was taking a turn for the worse. It couldn't get any better doing it while chasing the love of my life back to the States. Returning to NYC after four years of living on the island was a reminder of why one would want to leave the city in the first place.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:10 PM, 06.12.2012

Hand Salute!

He had just come home, having completed a tour of duty in some location that did not exist, as far as the public was concerned. Vietnam was in the newspapers, on television, the people protesting the war in 'Nam, the political situation was thick with tension.

Having been a graduate of Lakewood High School, he knew he was about to be drafted, so he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He went though basic training at Lackland AFB, to technical school, also at Lackland AFB, then home for a 30 day leave. His orders were, at the end of that 30 day leave, to report to an allied country for further training, and then more training after that.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 10:52 PM, 05.30.2012

Lakewood Making Big Changes For Cyclists

If you're a regular Detroit Road commuter (regardless of your means of travel), you probably noticed a new obstacle in the road. I am, of course, refering to the brand-spanking new yellow bike corral planted in the street on the block in front of the Root Cafe. Installed on Friday, May 18th, the corral will hold up to 12 bikes parked safely in the street, in a space that would only allow for one car. Julie Hutchinson of the Root Cafe, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony mentioned that she could not wait for a time when there will be no cars on the road whatsoever. No matter how ridiculous that may seem to you, it's doable, and in my mind Lakewood is capable of creating bike-only boulevards right in our downtown area.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 10:52 PM, 05.30.2012

Orthodontics: So Much More Than Just a Pretty Smile

Everyone knows that braces help people achieve beautiful smiles, but did you know that there are some significant health benefits to having straighter teeth as well? Crowded teeth are harder to properly keep clean,  and swollen, red and irritated gums are often the result. Research has linked the periodontal disease that develops from plaque and bacterial buildup around misaligned teeth to other systemic health issues such as heart disease, stroke and even elevated stress levels. Misaligned teeth and/or jaws are also a significant factor in other oral problems, such as increased wear on tooth enamel from grinding and clenching, as well as TMJ and jaw pain. 

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:26 PM, 05.15.2012

The Detroit Comparison: Sam Willsey's Recent Cycling Experience

I ran into Sam Willsey just after finishing up a day of work recently, and, as always, was able to get into a great conversation about bikes. Sam is a three-year rider who cruises around on either his Schwinn Cutter SS, or his Trek 1000 road bike. You'd probably recognize him as the guy who wears his u-lock around his neck (I was dying to ask why, but decided to leave that one a mystery), topped off with a helmet (although he admits being a 99.9% of the time helmet wearer).

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:55 PM, 05.01.2012

Lakewood Is (Really) SO COOL!

Our fair city of Lakewood is so cool! And I'm not saying that tongue in cheek; it really is. It’s really time to shout it from the rooftops! Helllllooooo!

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:55 PM, 05.01.2012

Kiwanis Pancake And French-Toast Breakfast April 22

The land of milk and honey, figuratively speaking, has moved. Lakewood Kiwanis’s annual breakfast will be held on Sunday, April 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It will have the same abundant menu, featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes and French toast, but at a new location, the Grace Lutheran Church, 13030 Madison Ave., across from Madison Park.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:41 PM, 04.17.2012

Let's Go Ride Bikes!

If you've ever spotted me on my bike, it's incredibly likely it was a dual spotting, with Tati in the very near vicinity. One of my closest friends, she's also my favorite and most frequent bike buddy. If you looked at our phone's in-boxes, you'd see a long history of messages to the likes of, “wanna go ride bikes?” (among other things of course, and NO, you can't actually look at my texts).

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:41 PM, 04.17.2012

Lakewood Bike Taxi To Make It's Maiden Voyage!

You might remember reading an article around the end of last summer about Everett Query and his love for cycling. One very notable part of Everett's story was that he had taught all of his children to ride bikes via tandem cycling. The idea was to teach them the feel of a bike in a comfortable setting so that when they got on their own bike, they had a solid base of understanding.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:41 PM, 04.17.2012

Nature's Bin Turkey Loaf

Here's a favorite from the Nature's Bin Deli.

NATURE'S BIN TURKEY LOAF

2 lbs. ground turkey

1 med onion, chopped

2 bell peppers red,orange or yellow, chopped (don't use green)*

2 stalks celery, leaves and all, chopped

1 med carrot, peeled and shredded

1 cup bread crumbs

1/3 cup milk

2 eggs

1 tsp. minced garlic

salt and pepper

1 tbs. oil

 
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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:03 PM, 04.03.2012

Spring Severe Weather

Last week was Spring Severe Weather Awareness week. With the nice weather we have had, I am sure a lot of you already did a lot of the preparations that this week is all about. For those of you that did not or those who still have more to do, let me tell you why we have Spring Sever Weather Awareness Week.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 9:57 PM, 04.03.2012

Kauffman Park Friends Claims Responsibility For Record Low Snowfall

After our 2011 "Afternoon in the Park Winter Event" (which was to include a snow sculpting contest) came up short of the white stuff, Kauffman Park Friends (KPF) decided to try again this winter. Determined to beat the odds, we opted to run this year’s Snow Sculpting Contest over several weeks increasing the likelihood of snow and opportunities for interested artists.

Four families braved sub-freezing temperatures to participate in the contest during the only weekend in January with adequate snow. The results inspired many to start planning their creations with anticipation of the next “big” snow. KPF extended the deadline with expectancy. You know the rest, record low snowfall and spring-like weather throughout February. It seems the only chance of insuring snow before the end of the season is to wrap up our effort and start planning for 2013.

 

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:48 PM, 03.07.2012

Prepare For Spring

Many people believe the best time to list their homes for sale is in the spring. Historical sales records will even back that assumption up, to a point. This year Northeastern Ohio has enjoyed an unusually mild winter, and home sales have stayed pretty level. If you are one of the homeowners waiting until spring to get your house in shape for sale, wait no longer! The unseasonably warm weather has kept home buyers active in the market, and waiting until April or May to list your home for sale could eliminate a sizable number of potential buyers from seeing your home.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:48 PM, 03.07.2012

Team Lakewood 1st Annual Chili Cook-off Is A Hearty Success!

Thanks to all the neighbors, clients and guests who came to the Howard Hanna Team Lakewood’s First Annual Chili Cook-off on February 16. We had a wonderful fund-raising event for the Children’s Free Care Fund charity that provides free health care to children in need. Ten Howard Hanna agents made their BEST chili offerings for the public to enjoy. There was HOT chili and MEATY chili and NOT SO HOT chili and CHICKEN chili and Vegetarian Chili and TURKEY chili and BOILERMAKER chili and CHILI DOGS! There was French bread and corn bread and onions, cheese, sour cream and desserts….oh MY! Once the diners had finished sampling, they were able to choose their “Top Chili Chef!”  This year our winner was Jeff Curtis, for his 4-Chorizo Chili! (This author said it made your mouth say, WOW).

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:02 PM, 02.21.2012

Hands Off My Bike!

About a month ago, a close friend of mine had his brand new Bianchi Volpe stolen from him. This was to be his summer touring bike, for a cross-country trip he's been planning for almost a year now. Many hours of work and saving went in to the ultimate purchase of this fantastic ride, only to have it taken away a mere few weeks later.

Many of you have likely at least heard of this particular theft already. Our cavalry of friends went immediately to action, posting fliers, searching craigslist, calling local bike shops, asking everyone we knew to keep a look out. While we still haven't found the bike, and it seems the odds of that happening become slimmer by the day, it brought to light an issue that doesn't come up until it hits home. Even though the bike only belonged to one of us, it felt like a stab at our neighborhood, a violation that we all felt on some level.

 

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:02 PM, 02.21.2012

Is Lakewood A Walkable Community?

Walkable communities are described by Walkable Communities, Inc as “thriving, livable, sustainable places that give their residents safe transportation choices and improved quality of life. Walkable communities improve resource responsibility, safety, physical fitness and social interaction.”

Walkscore.com assigns a point value to communities in the US to assist families and individuals who seek a community lifestyle that benefits personal health and finances, the environment, and total community living. According to Walk Score a score of 43 is the average of 2500 cities measured in the US. Lakewood’s score is 68.4--a ranking in the 50-69 point range that is described as “somewhat walkable... Some amenities within walking distance.”  According to this source 47% of Lakewood residents have a walk score of 70 or above, 95% of Lakewood residents have a walk score of at least 50 and 5% of Lakewood residents live in car-dependent neighborhoods.

 

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:45 PM, 02.07.2012

Happy New Gear! How To Survive Cleveland At Its Best

Ahh...Cleveland winter. The snow is falling, the temperatures dropping, the lake freezing over, and all I can think about is how awesome it is going to be when this is all over!

Now, I realize not everyone shares my disdain for the winter months, but for those of us who greatly prefer those sunny and warm days we get between June and September, it is time to embrace what is inevitably upon us.

This will be more specifically “geared” (haha!) towards those of us who spend more time riding bikes or walking and need that head-to-toe cover, but even if that doesn’t sound like you, you might find at least some part of this information useful for your lifestyle.

 

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:45 PM, 02.07.2012

Tax Season And The Benefits Of Owning A Home

Well it's that time of year again. You should start receiving your 2011 W-2s from your employer, if you haven't already. Some people schedule an appointment to see their CPA as quickly as possible in anticipation of a refund, which begs the question, "What did I do with that money last year?" Well, if you're not a home owner, why not put that money to good use? You can use your refund to help with a down payment. If you qualify for an FHA loan, your down payment requirement is only 3.5% of the purchase price. Also FHA allows the seller to pay for your closing costs, up to 6%.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:45 PM, 02.07.2012

Josh Rosso: Leaving the Car in the Dust

Josh Rosso lost his car keys.

Then his license plates expired.

Not that he was using his car too much before that happened, but Josh has made his mind up to leave his car sitting exactly where it is, and use his bike to get literally everywhere he needs to go.

That bike is almost a point of contention among a few different people though. The bike itself is super slick and efficient, it’s a fixed gear Fuji Track Pro, black and red, and looks super stylie. The problem that some people (such as Josh’s mom, and a few friends of his) have is that Josh rides this bike without any brakes, and also without any toe clips. If you think this is crazy, you’re kind of right...he might be one of three people I know who ride a fixed gear without at least an emergency brake. But that’s the way he likes it, that’s how he’s comfortable, and that’s how he gets from point A to point B as fast as his very strong calves can get him. I will say though, to Josh’s sanity, I’ve never seen him ride without a helmet.

 

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 8:09 PM, 01.24.2012

The Great Pizza Bake-Off 2012!

On Friday evening, January 27, between 5:00 and 8:00, in the Lakewood High School East Cafeteria, Lakewood Kiwanis will present its Great Pizza Bake-Off. Customers will enjoy an all-you-can-eat sampling of pizzas from 16 Lakewood establishments.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 8:09 PM, 01.24.2012

Free Windshields?

I think it only fitting to discuss windshield chips and cracks in my first article after the first snow. Every one of us has had one at some point and generally they don’t seem like a big deal. However, they can be costly and troublesome.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 8:41 PM, 01.10.2012

San Francisco's Take On Safe City Riding

Happy winter to all of you cyclists and readers out there! I just got back from a quick trip out to San Francisco to soak up some warm west coast sun to hold me over through the next few months of wind, snow, sleet, and frigid cold riding Cleveland is going to offer up. Although the trip was recreational in nature, I had a significant opportunity to take notes on how a bigger city handles its growing cycling population. My discoveries were exciting and motivating, and gave me many new ideas for pushing Lakewood in that same direction.

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Volume 7, Issue 25, Posted 11:50 PM, 12.13.2011

For Two Wheels Column-- Bike Racks

After reading your article in the last LO, I remembered some pics I wanted to get to the “bicycle folks.” I had the good fortune to be in Portland, Oregon this summer. They are an arts and health-friendly location that made me feel right at home.

We hiked in the Columbia River Gorge area north of Portland for some breathtaking mountain and waterfall viewing.  I climbed 3 miles straight up, (with the help of switchbacks) and back down again. Phew! We climbed in several places and everywhere were these beautiful bike racks donated by the Portland Wheelman that I assume is a bike club in the area, although I didn’t check that out. The bike rack was in front of this beautiful view of the Columbia River Gorge.

 

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Volume 7, Issue 25, Posted 11:52 PM, 12.13.2011

Decking Your Halls For The Holidays

It's that time of the year again and you’re selling your home. The questions inevitably come up: When I am selling my home, should I decorate for the holidays or not? If you normally decorate your home then I would continue to do so. The decorations can give the home a warm, inviting feel but could distract a buyer from the great features you have to offer and could offend others. My opinion would be to tone it down a bit from what you would normally do.

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Volume 7, Issue 25, Posted 11:52 PM, 12.13.2011

Improve Lakewood Biking By...Biking In Lakewood!

Historically, it is rare for a single person to convince a large mass to change their lasting opinion or behavior. From global issues all the way to liking new foods, we are a species of experience...we don’t feel connected enough to be proactive until we’ve felt through a situation or topic first hand.

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 12:28 AM, 12.01.2011

Local Nationwide Insurance Office Moves To Lakewood

Allow me to introduce myself, I am Mark Hofelich, an Insurance Agent, born and raised on the west side of Cleveland. I am moving my Nationwide Insurance Agency to the west end of Lakewood and I am really excited to be a part of the Lakewood Observer. I plan to submit a monthly column about something that I find very important, and something that the general public does not know much about… Insurance. My inspiration for the column is all of the stories we hear in talking to our clients; from minor car accidents, damaged roofs, lost wedding rings to wet basements.

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 12:28 AM, 12.01.2011

Pressure Burst The Pipe

As a top selling Lakewood Real Estate agent, I have oftentimes come across vacant homes that have extensive damage from improper winterization. Most of these are bank-owned homes, but private sellers are just as vulnerable to the cold winter weather. I have seen otherwise perfect $300,000 homes eventually reduce price and have to be sold for less than $150,000, due to one single burst pipe. The amount of damage this can cause is staggering. Warped floors, major cracks in walls, caved in ceilings, structural damage, mold, unusable heating systems and damaged electrical panels are just a few of the dangers. Both plastic and copper pipes can burst when they freeze. An eight-inch crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day. Remember, most basic homeowner insurance policies do not cover homes when they become vacant. And if you do have adequate insurance, check to see if there is a clause requiring someone regularly checking in on your vacant home. Whether you plan to sell or return to your vacant home, protect your investment by winterizing your home with these main points:

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 12:28 AM, 12.01.2011

Being One With One's Bike

The idea for this column came about shortly after I started working at the Root. My bike was in the basement after riding to work, and Christophe, my now great and loving friend, said, “That’s YOUR bike?? I see it everywhere and never knew!” I started to love the idea of seeing bikes on their own and being able to pair them with their human companion.  I also had (and still have) my fair share of curiosity about many of the commonly seen bikes around Lakewood.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 5:52 PM, 11.01.2011

Getting Back On The Bike

As some of you may have heard, I recently had my first major cycling run-in with a motor vehicle. I say “first,” partly to be cheeky but also with a significant amount of seriousness.  While I’ve come away from that experience as a continually living and breathing human being, I have been astounded at the amount of stories, similar to mine, that have been relayed to me from other cyclists since.

Stories range from the common close calls, car doors opened quickly without consideration of cycling traffic, drivers slipping by with that all-too-familiar hint of aggression in their gestures, to a wide array of tales involving serious collisions. In fact, the vast majority of those collision stories end, unfortunately, with the driver fleeing the scene. Thankfully, all of the stories I heard in the last few weeks were being told by the cyclists themselves, who were able to heal up their injuries and move on, all still riding their bikes just as much as before.
  

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 7:12 PM, 10.19.2011

NEED HUMUS? Keep Lakewood Beautiful Humus Sale October 8th

Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) is hosting their Fall Humus Sale again this Saturday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Skate House at Lakewood Park. Humus is that dark, nutrient rich, organic "stuff" that is great for your weary summer plants, new fall plantings, or winter garden protection. KLB volunteers will be assisting with the sale while the Lakewood High School baseball team will be providing the "muscle" to shovel and carry the humus bags to your car. Humus will sell at 2 bags for $5.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 9:51 AM, 10.05.2011

Home Staging Tips For The Pet Owner

While there is a (very) split opinion on whether to stage a home with pets, I feel that minimizing the fact that you have a pet is best. Yet, it all depends on which statistics you read; Home Staging for Dummies claims that about half of the potential buyers that tour your home will be pet lovers. Other home stagers have said up to 60% of home buyers have an aversion to pets due to simple dislike or a health reason. In other words, your beloved pet could be turning off up to 50%-60% of the potential home buyer traffic that is filtering through your home if they don’t keep Fido out of sight during showings.  Two things will happen with pets in the house:

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 7:30 AM, 10.05.2011

Rad Times For Lakewood Bikers

Instead of featuring an individual cyclist this issue, I think it’s time to talk about how awesome all of the Lakewood cyclists are as a group, and highlight some of the great things happening in this city.

Cleveland’s first known Bike Move happened last month in Lakewood, as a group of about 15 cyclists moved almost all of Frank Lanza’s possessions from his old apartment to his new one, a distance of about three miles. Using bike racks, panniers, trailers and Extracycles, everything was taken, piece by piece, in a matter of hours. A big thanks goes out to Frank for organizing such an exciting event, and also to the cyclists for their hard, history-making work.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:27 AM, 09.21.2011

Jonathan Zagorski, Master Road Debris Dodger

Jon Zagorski will spend more than $150 on socks in the next few months. More specifically, he is going to spend that money on three pairs of socks. We’re talking high-quality, legitimately waterproof socks. Walking into this conversation, I asked, “Why wouldn’t you just buy one pair and wear them a few times between washes?”. “Because I wear them outside for at least eight hours a day all winter! Last year I destroyed a pair in two months,” Jon replied. These are socks that should last at least an entire season. So, what is going on with Jon Zagorski? He’s a bike messenger.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 10:48 AM, 09.07.2011

Coming Back To Lakewood

I’ve already called many different places “home” in my 26 years, each meaning something very distinct from the others. My diverse homes have included an apartment in upper Manhattan, a cabin in the redwood forests of California, and a dorm room in northern Michigan. I grew up in Cleveland Heights and later Middleburgh Heights and Berea, and have been fortunate enough to have visited some places outside of the United States. As can be seen, I have a sort of wandering eye when it comes to my location in the world. I’m consistently looking for where I can go next, trying to be present in the place I am, but with the regular distraction of discovering what else is out there.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:32 AM, 08.24.2011

The Query Family

The idea of cycling as a functional and sustainable way of transportation is one that is slowly growing every day in communities like Lakewood. The more people who get on a bike on any given day, the bigger the idea grows, and I can start to see a future where the cyclists dominate the road, and motor vehicle travel becomes that of only absolute necessity. So how do we get more people on bikes? I try to convert people on a daily basis, but there is another whole population of people who can be building the cycling culture up very effectively for the future, and that is families like the Querys.  

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:32 AM, 08.24.2011

Becca Ritterspach

I recently spent a beautiful Lakewood evening with a great group of people on the patio of the Beer Engine--lots of laughter, excellent beer and food, and the opportunity to meet some really interesting new people. It was already a wonderful night, but what made it extra special was the fact that it was Bike Night, meaning that anybody pulling up on their two-wheeled self-powered beauty got to eat their burger or sandwich for two dollars less than everybody else! Besides the obvious benefits of bike nights, such as the monetary discounts and another excuse to go for a ride, they also provide unique opportunities for making connections within the biking community. I got to meet some fellow bikers, and even got to have one last bike conversation as I was unlocking my bike to go home.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 1:16 PM, 08.09.2011

Around The Corner Brings You Happy Hour Yoga

Arond the Corner Saloon and Cafe has been a Lakewood staple for years. Bringing together families, community and now introducing a new way to yoga.

On August 23rd, stop by Around the corner from 6-7 pm to enjoy a fun and fast paced yoga class featuring the music of your favorite bands, like Jimmy Buffett and Dave Matthews. The hour long class will be held on site allowing you the chance to practice yoga in a different way. 

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 1:18 PM, 08.09.2011

Jessie Bennett And Mary Monroe

Now that it’s mid-summer and more and more people are out on their bikes (yay!), I thought it would be a good time to include a few reminders about bike safety:

1. Helmets are cool, and all cyclists should wear them. Make it your new mantra...Helmets are cool...Helmets are cool...

2. Cyclists are legally allowed to ride in the road, but should be riding with traffic, on the shoulder side.  Keeping yourself visible to traffic and minimizing swerving are important as well.

3. If you are in the road, you must obey traffic laws. Cyclists can get tickets for running red lights just as cars can.

4. If you are riding in the dark, you must have both a front and rear light.

 

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 8:15 AM, 07.27.2011

Treetops

They came for my tree today. No, they didn't chop it down, just 'trimmed' it. Sort of like a new hair cut - it needs cleaning up, but then you want to grow it out! It's a Linden tree, the kind that spins off little brown 'airplanes'. Energy efficient, strictly wind powered, they land everywhere - on the lawn, the sidewalk, the neighbor's yard. A good gust of wind has them up and flying again, joyfully joined by a constant supply of new troops. They may be a bane to tidy yard tenders, but I like 'em.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 7:38 AM, 07.27.2011

Community Yoga At Lakewood Park

As summer rolls on and the sky remains bright blue, and dotted with with white cotton clouds, it beckons us to head out doors and stretch our wings. Beginning July 26th, join Aryn Youngless, CYT, at Lakewood park on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm for a $5 donation based Community Yoga Class.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 7:38 AM, 07.27.2011

Two Wheels

Francisco Molina, better known to his friends as Cisco, currently rides a gun-metal gray Miyata road bike that he fixed up after his uncle found it in the garbage. The salvaged bike, picked up about eight months ago, was in decent shape except for the wheels and tires, which Cisco replaced during the repair.

Cisco is a Lakewood High School student who has lived in the Cleveland/Lakewood area for his entire life. His dad first taught him to ride a bike around the age of four, and he has never looked back. As payment for helping a friend's dad re-do the roof of their house, Cisco received his first road bike, a laser-green Echo that he rode everywhere for the next few years. It met its end just after a winter season of riding and weather damage, when the down tube snapped completely off from the head tube.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 8:15 AM, 07.13.2011

Bring Your Leashed Dog To The Park(s) And Please Know The Rules

 Lakewood now allows dogs in two of its parks: Lakewood and Kauffman. However, if you just skimmed the headlines, you may not be aware of the various rules that apply when you take your leashed dog into the park. Here’s a refresher of what is in the City ordinance. Please obey these rules and help out others who demonstrate that they are not familiar with them.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 8:19 AM, 06.15.2011

Yoga At Lakewood Park And The Return Of Rock 'N Roll Yoga

After one of the longest winters we can all remember, summer is finally upon us, bringing sunshine, fresh air and outdoor fun! With so many ways to celebrate Summer, there is always room for more!

Join Aryn Youngless, a yoga instructor who teaches locally in and around Lakewood, each Friday (weather permitting) at Lakewood Park to practice yoga for FREE! Practice will be held north of the bandstand, please bring your own mat, water and the entire family if you would like to celebrate summer and yoga in Lakewood.

 

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 8:19 AM, 06.15.2011

Sun Safety For Your Skin

Maybe my family being filled with red-headed, blue-eyed children warranted my elders saying, “Get your hat on and put a shirt over your arms so you don’t burn. Watch your shadow guide. When he starts to grow shorter, you have to get in the shade or come inside.” I remember those adult instructions just before hearing the sound of a slamming screen door as we headed out for a summer day of play. 

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 2:53 PM, 06.01.2011

From The Bottom Up: One Simple Way We Can Make Lakewood Even Better

Scientists at least as early as Darwin have been discussing the idea of a “superorganism,” a group of insects or parasites that operate in such a way that their individual actions, summed up together, create a mass that can be regarded biologically as an individual. The most current biologists working on this idea are E.O.Wilson and Bert Hölldobler, who co-authored a book titled The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies. The idea of a superorganism has been troubling for biologists mainly because of its implications of evolution. Evolutionary theory, since its inception, has been strongly based around the idea of change taking place at the smallest level, that of the gene. What Wilson, Hölldobler and their colleagues are suggesting is that an extremely large group of organisms can evolve as one, as a result of behaviors of individuals within that group. Essentially, a living and breathing single organism playing the role of a gene.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 2:53 PM, 06.01.2011