For one glistening summer day, Lakewood closes Detroit Avenue, between Belle to Arthur Avenues, to bring artists of all disciplines together along with 15,000 collectors and art lovers. The juried festival hosts over 130 regional and national artists and makers displaying paintings, prints, photography, art glass, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, fiber and more.
This summer marks an important transition for Lakewood City Schools, one that we know will be an important step in the growth of the district and the educational success of its students. With Dr. Mike Barnes having stepped down as Superintendent of Lakewood City Schools last month, the district now looks forward to the tenure of Maggie Niedzwiecki in the role and everything she brings to it.
Summer Meltdown Hybrid 5K & Family Fun Run Next Sunday, July 25 - Register Today!
It’s time to lace up your running shoes and start training! Registration is now open for Lakewood Summer Meltdown Hybrid 5K & Family Fun Run sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled, will be orchestrated as a hybrid event with an in-person race on Sunday, July 25 and a virtual race taking place July 10 through 23 to ensure that all participants have the opportunity to continue this long-held Lakewood summer tradition. The Hybrid Meltdown 5K serves as a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive, a community centered non-profit organization.
For those Meltdown fans interested in a more relaxed exercise experience, the 1 Mile Family Fun Run & Walk is priced right at $12 per participant and intended for anyone to enjoy.
My experience as a criminal defense attorney is what separates me from my opponents. I have been in the muck with my clients, and I know the trials and tribulations they have dealt with — something my opponents have never done in their legal careers.
Throughout my legal career, I've learned that as a judge, you can be tough but fair; that throwing down the hammer and max sentencing defendants isn't always the answer. We need a different approach in Lakewood, an alternative to merely punishing people and moving on. It's clear that just punishing offenders does not work. It leads to the overcrowding of our jails, and with no rehabilitation efforts, these individuals become habitual offenders. The old brutal approach does not work; the antiquated crime and punishment approach does not work. My opponents will not change the norm — they are the norm, a product of the same broken system I am attempting to change.
Lakewood is a community that has risen to meet the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis. So many went above and beyond in their work, and our community came through the pandemic unified in our determination to help those in need. We can all be proud of how our city came through this crisis.
Our city was one of the first nationally to provide COVID funding through our Small Business Rent Relief Program, which helped keep the doors open for over 200 businesses that form the core of our economy and do so much to serve our residents. The grants were effective –our staff’s interactions with the business community indicate that the pandemic did not affect Lakewood’s overall occupancy rate, which is a tremendous feat. Our residential housing relief program was soon launched, and helped keep over 1,400 Lakewood residents in their homes.
Even as we gradually emerge from the pandemic, many residents remain vulnerable, especially those with lower incomes and those who lost employment. With the State of Ohio terminating additional unemployment funds and federal protections against evictions ending on July 31st, a risk of a housing crisis exists for Lakewood’s must vulnerable if we do not act swiftly.
Dance is back!
Ballet Legato is excited to host is first annual production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Executive Artistic Director, Jennifer Muselin. This is a holiday classic and every child remembers their first Nutcracker performance and the beauty and wonderment of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her brave Cavalier. All performers, regardless of studio, ages 5 & up are welcome to audition. Please email email@example.com to reserve your spot and arrive 30 min prior to audition time to fill out audition information.
Sunday, August 22: North Ridgeville JAM Dance Academy. 35100 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville
Saturday, August 28: Lakewood Ballet Legato 13000 Athens Ave., #203, Lakewood
Students Ages 5-7 10am-10:45am. Students Ages 8-10 11am-11:30pm. Intermediate Dancers Ages 11 and Up 11:45am-12:45pm Advanced Dancers 16 & up 1:00pm-2:00pm
Third Thursdays at Madison Park
July 15, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Friends of Madison Park and Lakewood Vineyard Church present free community events held in partnership with the City of Lakewood featuring refreshments from local eateries, family-friendly activities and neighborly conversation. Each event – scheduled for July 15, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16 – will take place on a Thursday evening (6 to 7:30 pm) in the grassy area next to Madison Park's main picnic pavilion near the softball field.
Aug. 19 - Live Reggae Music by Local Band Lake Irie + Taco Tontos Baby Burritos
Sept. 16 - Yoga Hosted by Om Land CLE + TOST Baked Goods
Attorney Marc Dann, a Lakewood resident, is suing the DeWine administration on behalf of unemployed Ohioans.
The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program provides funds for an extra $300 per week, for eligible unemployed claimants. Governor Mike DeWine terminated Ohio’s participation in the program effective June 26, although the funds remain available.
Dann, a former Ohio Attorney General, filed suit July 6 in Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court, against DeWine and Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Director Matt Damschroder.
Dann’s core argument is that Ohio law requires Damschroder to seek as much benefit as possible from programs like Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Ohio Revised Code Section ORC 4141.43(I) requires that he “…cooperate with the United States department of labor to the fullest extent…[and] take such action…as may be necessary to secure to this state and its citizens all advantages available under the provisions of the ‘Social Security Act’ that relate to unemployment compensation…”
Ohioans from across the state have detailed the harm caused by DeWine’s order, in correspondence shared with Dann’s lawfirm. One woman wrote “I am a psych nurse, my husband was a machinist for standard aero. Until planes start flying and families start placing dementia/Alzheimer’s loved ones back in facilities we won’t get our jobs back.” Many others related personal hardship, as well as ongoing problems with Ohio’s unemployment bureaucracy. Several people contacted Dann seeking help from other states where Republican governors have also turned away the additional funds.
Similar lawsuits are underway in some of those states, including Indiana where Indiana Superior Court Judge John Hanley ruled in June that the state must continue paying the benefits.
“Indiana’s statutory language is very similar to Ohio’s,” says Dann. “We believe we are right on the law and absolutely right as it relates to public policy that protects the interests of the people of the state of Ohio.”
Do you need to complete an essential home repair and you're worried about how you're going to pay for it? Perhaps the Pride Fund is a program for you.
The Lakewood Pride Fund is an innovative program of LakewoodAlive that leverages a collection of funds to secure home repair loans for Lakewood families who otherwise might not have access to conventional bank financing, helping families complete health and code compliance repairs.
Call us at (216) 521-0655 Ext. 3
Last week I met with the Planning & Development Department to discuss their research on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). ADUs are independent dwelling units, with facilities for sleeping and a kitchen and full bath, that are on the same property as a larger, primary dwelling unit. Our discussion focused on what type of ADU would serve our community best and what changes, if any, will have to be made to facilitate the construction of ADUs in Lakewood. The Planning & Development Department made several recommendations on how we can encourage investment in ADUs, including increasing the allowable primary lot coverage in all single and two-family districts while maintaining existing setbacks. I am looking forward to further collaboration with the Planning & Development Department to ensure that we can provide this option to promote ageing in place in Lakewood.
Reporting ADA Compliance Issues
If you observe an ADA accessibility issue on any property owned and maintained by the City, you can now file a report on the Report A Problem Portal. Simply choose “ADA Accessibility Issue on Public Property” from the drop-down list and complete the form. This new feature is a result of the work of the ADA Task Force, Councilmember Sarah Kepple, Chief of Staff John Storey, and Lakewood’s IT Department. Great job, everyone.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has endorsed Tristan Rader for Lakewood City Council, praising him as “a leader who will continue to fight for affordable housing, public safety, and a cleaner environment in Lakewood.”
“Tristan understands that the Dignity of Work is not just a slogan, it's how we govern,” said Brown, “that's why I'm proud to endorse Tristan Rader for his re-election to Lakewood City Council."
Rader says that Senator Brown’s support is a moving validation of his work on council, as he completes with a large field in the approaching September 14 primary.
“Sherrod Brown has earned and kept Ohio’s trust, to a unique degree, by advocating progressive policy which people care about and understand,” says Rader. “That’s a standard I want to measure up to.”
Brown’s announcement arrived the same week as that of the Northshore AFL-CIO. On July 14, delegates of the prominent labor union endorsed Rader for a second term on Lakewood City Council, in a unanimous vote.
Having gone “virtual” last year, CSF is delighted to return to our mission of bringing FREE Shakespeare in the Park to Northeast Ohio.
We missed you. We hope you missed us. While life has not quite returned to what it was, we are beginning to take those tentative first steps into the sunlight. And what better way to catch those rays than with the Bard, a picnic, and good friends hanging in a park? In that spirit, we are presenting one of Bill’s most popular and enduring works, Romeo & Juliet - directed by Dusten Welch!
As always, all performances are FREE! Showtime is 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. We’ll be trekking all across Northeast Ohio, visiting many favorite haunts as well as some new locations.
Nearby dates for Lakewood residents: Sat July 24th, Coe Lake Park in Berea, 105 S. Rocky River Dr, Sun July 25th BAYarts, 28795 Lake Rd, Bay Village, Friday August 6, Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave. Sunday, August 8th, Lincoln Park, 1200 Starkweather Ave, Tremont.
Interested in volunteering? CSF needs volunteer ushers to hand out programs and assist audience members in finding a place to sit. Romeo & Juliet will be staged Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from July 23 to August 14 in 10 locations throughout the Cleveland area. Volunteers arrive at 6 p.m. Please signup on SignUpGenius by clicking HERE. If you have any questions about CSF ushering, please contact Clark Button at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, including cast and crew bios, please visit our website: cleveshakes.org
In recent days, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed the Ohio state budget, with a particular line item that has caused tremendous uproar from medical professionals, civil rights organizations, and the general public.
Included in the $74 billion, 2,400-page budget was a clause allowing health care workers, hospitals, and health insurance companies to refuse to provide or pay for medical services on the basis of moral, ethical, or religious objection. Critics of this language were quick to act, and rightfully so. The mere inclusion of this language allows medical professionals to deny services to LGBTQ+ patients on the basis of moral objection.
Why, then if 14 other line-items included in the budget were vetoed by DeWine, was this allowed to stay? According to the Governor, it is because healthcare in Ohio is plentiful, and anyone who is discriminated against can simply find another provider. In reality, this is not the case, as there are 159 Primary Care Provider Shortage Areas, and 120 Mental Health Provider Shortage Areas throughout the State, largely in rural areas.
This free event will be within walking distance of many Lakewood residents and we are also encouraging attendees to try RTA's upgraded 55 Cleveland State Line.
On Sunday, August 8, Edgewater Sidewalk Fest will celebrate Cleveland’s coastal summertime with leisurely fun along Clifton Boulevard. This refreshing return to revelry is produced by Northwest Neighborhoods CDC and its predecessor, Cudell Improvement, Inc., and will feature exceptional local businesses and spur explorations of the beautiful Edgewater neighborhood.
Free and open to all, Edgewater Sidewalk Fest will be centered along Clifton Boulevard between W. 115th and W. 117th Streets with outdoor activities and live musicians from 12pm to 6pm. Come unwind with volleyball, face painting, and oversized tabletop games. Take snapshots at selfie stations, bring your puppy for a stroll, or keep your hands free for treats from Cleveland Cookie Dough, Scoot! Cold Brew, and other food pop-ups. Printed passports will guide your afternoon and give you chances to win prizes.
“We are thrilled to bring a free, all-ages event to our Edgewater community again,” said Adam Stalder, Executive Director of Northwest Neighborhoods. “You’ll be delighted as you meet our creatives and entrepreneurs who call Edgewater and the nearby Cudell neighborhood home.”
Lakewood Public Library will premiere three exciting new virtual Meet the Author events in August. You can watch these programs on facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary and twitter.com/lakewoodlibrary on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Diane Vogel Ferri will discuss her latest book, "No Life But This: a Novel of Emily Warren Roebling." Inspired by a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, this book is based on the true story of Roebling, who had to take over the construction of the bridge when her husband, the chief engineer, fell ill.
Jen Hirt discusses "Hear Me Ohio," a collection of essays about leaving Ohio. Hirt, who grew up in Ohio at her family’s business (Hirt’s Greenhouse), reflects on the places she has lived, finding beauty and fascination in nature.
Derf Backderf talks about his book, "Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio," a graphic novel retelling of the tragic story of the Kent State shootings. Backderf shares his own personal experience of when the National Guard came to Ohio, as well as what he found in his extensive research, and how he challenged himself artistically to recreate scenes from the actual historic event.
If you miss the premiere, the videos will also be available on the Library’s website: lakewoodpubliclibrary.org
Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on library news, programs and events.
May 4, 1970 started out as another ordinary day. But for Kent State University students this day would be anything but normal. It was on this day that members of the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine Kent State students.
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In a few weeks, we’ll select the person who will preside over one of the most important things guaranteed to us as American citizens: A fair and impartial trial in a court of law. Serving as a federal administrative law judge for eight years, presiding over felony preliminary hearings as a Navy judge advocate, and thirty-five years of trial and appellate experience before federal, military, and state courts as well as administrative agencies has given me an understanding of the experience, attention to detail, preparation, and seasoning needed to serve the public as a judge.
Nearly 30 members and guests attended the Charter Night and social of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise. It was hosted at the home of Club Member Bill Minnich in Lakewood. It was an evening for reflection, social gathering and recognition. Eric Jolly, the out-going President, presented the Rotary District Governor’s Certificate to Larry Faulhaber in recognition as the Club's Unsung Hero for 2021. He stated that it recognizes Larry’s unbridled passion for service, his outstanding connections for our media presence, and his advice and counsel. This was followed by the introduction of Jason Pickering as the new Club Co-President for the 2021 – 2020 Rotary year. Jason then presented a gift certificate and a commemorative desk clock to out-going Eric for his service during this more than challenging year of the pandemic, closure of our meeting space, and development of our ZOOM meeting formats.
"We don’t see funding for small classes b/c officials don't see learning as a humanizing experience- needing individualized attention, relationship building, & community. As long as that mindset exists, billions will go into the idea that learning is mechanical & transactional." I wish I had said this, but I must attribute these sentiments to their author, Selena Carrion, a teacher in the Bronx, rightfully frustrated over the NYC Mayor failure to prioritize reducing school size.
Knowso - Specialtronics / Green Vision - Drunken Sailor Records - 10 songs - LP, digital
Steve Clark has been installed as the ninety-sixth president of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River for the Rotary year July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, succeeding Gina Gavlak.
Clark’s first exposure to Rotary was his family hosting a youth exchange student from Brazil. He joined the Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise Club in July 2011 and transferred to his current club seven years later.
The installation took place at the club’s annual Past Presidents Picnic at Elmwood Park. Nine past presidents attended including 50-year Rotarian Thom Geist. Gavlak presided over the ceremonies and inducted Clark, who was joined by his children and their families.
Past President Marjorie Corrigan (2019-2020) thanked Gavlak for her year of service through the pandemic and gave her the past president pin. Past presidents Julius Skerlan, Larry Yunaska and Bill Huffman attended the grill.
The Cleveland Clinic Lakewood emergency room is partnering up with the Lakewood Fire Department to stuff the squad with school supplies as a way to give back to this great community!
Immigrant Son Brewery at 18120 Sloane Ave. is opening soon! The owner, Andrew Revy told me they are finishing the construction, they have started brewing, and canning will begin at the end of July. A fun fact Revy told me is there will be a beer named in honor of Zydrunas Ilgauskas (“Z”), a former basketball player with the Cleveland Cavaliers. All you IPA lovers can look forward to trying PerZverence, which will be available in a can or draft. Z himself is an immigrant from Lithuania and has chosen to make Lakewood his home. The full-service brew pub will have an executive chef with a food menu that consists of old world meets the new world cuisine. Need a private room for a gathering or event? Revy has you covered, and he stated the space will be great.
You may have driven by or walked past a mysterious and quaint shop located on Detroit at the West End of Lakewood called CouCou Sentiment and wondered, “what the heck is a CouCou?!”
The word coucou, pronounced koo koo, is informal French for “hello” or “hey, there.”
It started out as a lark, I was retired, and a mutual friend thought it would be fun to get Lakewood Pub- lic Library Director Kenneth Warren involved in a project.
The deep thought behind it was: “Mr. Warren is the smart- est, most open guy in town, and you are capable of anything,” was how it was described to me by Mary Hagan, Lakewood’s City Council Secretary.
We started online as the Observation Deck. A place where vetted real names were the only way in.
A safe place to discuss the good and bad of the city we love, Lakewood, Ohio.
At first Mr. Warren never thought it would last 3 issues, then 6, then nine, then 3 years, then sadly Ken passed away.
But the foundation was laid for the next 409 issues. We focused on amplifying the intellectual and artistic nature of Lakewoodites, though we would not be afraid to handle tough conversations while help- ing everyone understand what was/what is really going on.
We have captured and cat- alogued the thoughts, words and images of more than 7,000 Lakewoodites, roughly one quarter of the commu- nity, working together on over 10,000 stories and nearly a quarter million photos and images. Here’s to the next 16!
Don’t miss this chance to help your child be more prepared and confident in situations that could arise at home or traveling to and from school.
HOME ALONE events are designed by H2O high school leaders and staff to convey critical safety information to younger students in an engaging, meaningful way. HOME ALONE also stimulates important conversations between parents and children about safety concerns.
HOME ALONE is for students 9-12 years of age who are Lakewood residents. In order to attend, children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian.
During each 2-1/2 hour training, students will rotate through six interactive safety presentations led by H2O high school leaders. HOME ALONE event topics include:
* Emergencies – How and when to Call 9-1-1
* Basic First Aid – What to do if accidents or injuries occur
* Tricky People & Street Smarts – How to avoid potentially dangerous situations
Recently, Cuyahoga County committed one million dollars of federal funding to support legal assistance for tenants who lost income due to COVID-19. The County is granting this money to The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, the only civil legal service provider in Northeast Ohio. In 2020, Legal Aid prevented eviction in 91% of cases handled throughout Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties.
The Lakewood community gathered on May 25 to honor and remember Lakewood High Class of 2020 graduates Max Close and Alejandro Mercado with a dedication of a memorial garden at Lakewood High School and the awarding of two scholarships in the names of the two young men who tragically died in a car crash in February.
Corbin Baran has been inducted as the most recent member of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River.
A resident of Lakewood, Baran is area vice president for Arthur J. Gallagher. He serves on the board of the Children's Hunger Alliance and is a member of the Western Reserve Association of Health Underwriters.
July 6, 19 - City Council Meetings
Council has resumed meeting in person. Citizens will still be able to watch the livestream and participate remotely. To review upcoming meetings, agendas, or for more information on how to watch visit the City's Calendar.
July 9, 23 - Friday Night Flick
Join us for a free movie in the park. Bring your blanket and your lawn chair. Visit here for the full schedule.
ADA Transition Plan
The City of Lakewood is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to lead an ADA self-assessment of city properties and services. The well-qualified consultant will develop a Transition Plan that prioritizes improvements.
Construction projects this summer are underway, as you may have noticed with orange barrels and signs appearing across the city once again. Here is a quick update and guide to this summer's construction work:
Projects In-Progress, to be completed in 2021:
The Leica Historical Society (LHSA) selected three photos that I took of Cathedral Notre Dame for inclusion in a book LHSA is printing to help raise funds to restore the cathe- dral. LHSA is a group of photographers who use Leica cameras and lenses.
I have been documenting the Pari- sian joie de vivre since 2007 and have worked exclusively with Leica cameras since 1989 due to the superb sharpness and contrast that Leica lenses provide.
Master Framer John Rehner of Lakewood encouraged me to print some of my pictures of Notre Dame the first time I came into the gallery, even though I thought they might be cliché. Turns out John was right in more ways than one. The LHSA selected the pho- tos for its book. Since the fire, those pictures are a way to see a part of Paris we won’t have access to for who knows how long.
I made the third photo as I walked home from dinner at the Quasimodo Café the week before Christmas. White lights in trees along each side of the rue d’Arcole framed the Cathedral’s North Tower. Since I always wear my camera, I made a photo on Ilford Delta 3200 film.
First, I am proud to announce that the City of Lakewood has moved to officially recognize the holiday of Juneteenth. I hope that Lakewoodites will use this holiday to educate themselves on Black history and culture.
On June 16th, the City held a virtual Community Conversation to discuss the next phase of the City’s sewer plan, Clean Water Lakewood, and to discuss the Impervious Surface Fee which will greatly aid in the transition to sustainable sewer infrastructure. If you were unable to attend or wish to rewatch the meeting, a full recording can be found at LakewoodOH.gov/CleanWaterLakewood.
The City has recently completed a report on COVID-19-related assistance programs that were distributed across Lakewood with the help of CARES Act funding and the City’s Economic Development fund. Lakewood was able to provide $826,351 in small business assistance grants to 202 Lakewood businesses and provided $1,362,123 in residential rent relief grants to 1,409 Lakewoodites. Supporting those in the community during crisis is paramount to Lakewood..
MADISON BRANCH RENOVATION-- ANCHORING THE PAST ....... with a vision of the future
In 1928, Library Trustees purchased the property near the corner of Madison and Clarence Avenues for $1 from the City of Lakewood and built what is now the Madison Branch Library, which opened on May 3, 1929. With only three modest renovations in its nearly 100-year existence, Library Trustees have invested in a renovation of this vital community asset.
The renovation will restore the original architectural charm of the “little library,” nestled in Lakewood’s vibrant Birdtown neighborhood, while ensuring the Branch remains responsive to community needs for generations to come.
The renovation of the Madison Branch aims to improve the efficiency and usability of an historically significant building, including improving heating and cooling efficiency, addressing safety and ADA compliance, and increasing usable square footage, all while maintaining the building’s existing footprint.
The renovation will be financed by reserve funds that the Library has accumulated from years of conservative spending. Property taxes will not increase as a result of this project nor will taxpayers be asked to approve a levy on upcoming ballots.
A message from LAKEWOOD CITY SD
June 29, 2021
Dear Lakewood Family:
As I prepare to leave the District at the end of the week, I am more aware than ever how this community has etched its mark on my heart. From Day One, Lakewood has embraced me and my family. From Day One, I have admired the commitment and investment this community has in its school system. It has been a privilege to lead the Lakewood City Schools these past three years. It has been a pleasure to work in partnership with the Board of Education, Mayor Summers, Mayor George, our dedicated parents, and our outstanding staff members. I take pride in the wonderful way our Vision of a Lakewood Graduate developed, with input from all sectors of our community, and how our teachers have woven the Vision into our classroom teaching.
This past school year was the most challenging any of us have faced, yet we came through it stronger and more agile. Under new Superintendent Maggie Niedzwiecki, the DIstrict will be ready to move forward with the knowledge from the lessons we learned. I will miss much about Lakewood and the Lakewood City Schools. Most of all, I will miss popping into the buildings and engaging with our amazing students. They never failed to lift me up.
Housing, Planning, & Development Committee Meeting
At last week’s Committee Meeting, we discussed Ordinance 20-2021, which would authorize the City to enter into an agreement with a realtor to market and sell homes located at 12311 Plover Street and 17450 Shaw Avenue.
The City used funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnership Program to build houses on these formerly vacant lots. This project is part of Lakewood’s Affordable Housing Strategy, and these homes will only be sold to buyers whose income is no more than 80% of the Area Medium Income (AMI). To avoid the home being “flipped,” there is a deed restricted mortgage that requires any profits be shared with the City if the buyer sells the home within the first 10 years of ownership.
The Plover Street house is 1,758 sq. ft. and has two bedrooms and two baths. The home also includes a first-floor workspace, which would be perfect for anyone looking to jumpstart their small business. The Shaw Avenue house is 2,170 sq. ft and features a first-floor master bedroom, two upstairs bedrooms, and a two-car garage.
Block Parties are Back!
The Reveley Block Party was held this past weekend and was the first Ward 2 block party of the year! After a year without block parties, it was great to get together again. Thank you Reveley for the hospitality and great conversation. I'm looking forward to the next one! Pride Month Happy Pride! Every June we recognize the important impact that our LGBTQIA+ community members have had in the world. Mayor George issued a proclamation to officially recognize the Month of June 2021 as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in Lakewood. As the proclamation states, although the LGBTQIA+ community has made great progress toward full equality in recent years, much work is left to be done to ensure full inclusion, safety, equality, and acceptance.
Says budget underfunds public education by nearly $1.4 billion and leaves average Ohioans behind
Rep. Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) has voted against the 2022-2023 state operating budget, House Bill 110.
“The state budget passed is a wish list for the wealthiest Ohioans and largest corporations but represents a backwards slide for low and middle-income working people struggling in the current economy,” said Rep. Skindell. “While I strongly support the adoption of the Fair School Funding formula in the budget, state leaders left it underfunded by nearly $1.4 billion. At the same time, the wealthiest Ohioans will continue to see a significant reduction in state taxes, with personal income tax revenues being reduced overall by $1.64 billion.”
Rep. Michael Skindell expressed concern that the budget fails to restore college assistance funding to pre-2009 levels, to increase family eligibility for child care assistance and to strengthen local government funds which pays for essential safety, senior and youth services in our communities. Skindell also expressed continued disappointment that the legislature has failed to give low-income families relief by making a portion of Ohio’s earned income tax credit (EITC) refundable. He has advocated for a refundable EITC for nearly two decades.
Expand your DIY, crafting and art talents with Creativebug, a free online resource available with your Lakewood Public Library card.
Creativebug offers thousands of video classes taught by design experts and artists; learn to paint a landscape with oils or with gouache, make herbal infused body oil, a swimsuit or a flying squirrel glider with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).
You can also download free patterns, templates and recipes. It’s easy!
Just visit www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org, select the Research tab, choose Creativebug and enter your library card number to discover your next project. You’ll be crafting all summer long!
On June 24, First Federal Lakewood announced the introduction of their new School Spirit Debit Cards featuring Lakewood and Olmsted Falls designs. These cards allow First Federal Lakewood and its customers to support the schools in these communities through a nominal annual fee of $10, half of which is donated back to the school district. Additionally, each time a user swipes their debit card, $0.01 will be donated to the school district featured on the card.
“Finding new and innovative ways to support the schools in our communities is an ongoing area of focus for First Federal Lakewood. It has long been a goal of ours to incorporate school spirit cards into our offerings, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to give our customers the ability to show their pride while giving back to their district every time they make a purchase!” said Kurt Raicevich, Senior Vice President, Chief Retail Officer of First Federal Lakewood.
All First Federal Lakewood checking account customers are eligible to select a School Spirit Debit Card at any time. Currently, designs are only available for Lakewood City Schools and Olmsted Falls Schools, but First Federal Lakewood is looking forward to adding more districts in the coming months. The Lakewood design, which can be purchased at the Lakewood branch, features the Lakewood City Schools logo along with a monochromatic background in shades of purple with a kaleidoscope effect. The Olmsted Falls design, which can be purchased at the Olmsted Township branch, features the Bulldog logo and the blue and yellow colors.
Last week, Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 21 into law; legislation I introduced in an effort to save precious minutes to possibly improve the lives of stroke patients and reduce the effects of stroke with regard to disability and possible death. This legislation requires the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services to develop statewide guidelines for the assessment, triage, and transport to hospitals of stroke patients in partnership with Ohio’s health leaders.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. The right treatment can mean the difference between life and death as stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, and a leading cause of disability in Ohio.
This issue is personal as we lost my mother to complications from stroke 21 years ago. At the time, we first called EMS when my mother was in some kind of distress, however, I had to insist that EMS transport her to the hospital, even as she was rejecting care. She kept saying “No, no, no” and referring to herself as “it”- as in “it doesn’t want to do this.” As a loved one who knew her very well, it was clear to me that something was not right, and subsequently, when she got to the hospital, she had a massive stroke. Regrettably, she ultimately died from those complications a few weeks later. I firmly believe that if this legislation would have been in place, my mother’s outcome might have been different. We will never know.
The Herb Guild Garden Club will not hold its annual Scholarship Luncheon this year due to the Covid Pandemic. The Luncheon is normally held at the beginning of August. Instead, scholarships will be awarded, but in a private ceremony which will be announced. The club is planning some type of fundraiser for the Fall and details will be published at a later date. Club President, Shirley Swindell said, "We will come back bigger and better in 2022."
If you are passionate, committed and dedicated to taking an active role in improving your community and would like help enhancing your leadership skills, the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) is now seeking applicants to its 2021 program. NLDP is a free community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects in the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities. The program was established in 2006 by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation and is directed by former Cleveland Mayor, Michael White.
NLDP has helped emerging neighborhood leaders reach their potential by expanding their knowledge base and personal development through education, coaching and ongoing interaction with their peers and other leaders. Participants and graduates also have ongoing access to the services of a Program Coach who will give advice and support tailored to the needs of the participant. The program covers topics such as program planning, marketing, communications, program fundraising, conflict resolution and negotiation, community engagement methods and more. After the application process, 20 committed individuals are chosen for the program year. NLDP participants and graduates are a diverse group with many interests and are working on a wide variety of issues to improve life in their communities.
According to its website, Lakewood is now “seeking a consultant to develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP) for both the municipality and community at large.” Our City government wants to spend up to $100,000.00 of your hard earned tax dollars to develop an “action plan,” not only for Lakewood, but to include the “community at large.” Lakewood, itself, is part of a “community at large” known as Cuyahoga County which already has its own Climate Action Plan. I’m sure the county would share its Plan with the City at little or no cost. Does our City’s government think that the County’s plan is inferior?
May 15, 2019 Cuyahoga County published its Climate Change Action Plan: “The Cuyahoga County Climate Change Action Plan is an effort to set targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions, implement and track actions to meet targets, and adapt to climate change across the county.” Ohio University has undertaken establishing an action plan for dealing with climate change. The United States Government has for some time been engaged in efforts to deal with climate change. Why should Lakewood spend a large chunk of tax dollars for its own action plan when it would simply be an overkill? Lakewood’s area is less than 2 hundredths of one percent the area of Cuyahoga County. The Cuyahoga County community, of which Lakewood is part, already has a Climate Action Plan.
The COVID-19 pandemic left millions of families across the country, including thousands in Cuyahoga County, in a state of financial hardship. Now, with the CDC’s Moratorium on Evictions ending June 30th, many fear losing their housing this summer.
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (Legal Aid) and United Way are here to help. Together, we’re expanding the reach of civil legal aid services to help families across Cuyahoga County avoid eviction with the launch of Free Eviction Help.org.
Housing is a basic human need – yet, when a person is faced with eviction, they do not have a constitutional right to an attorney (the Miranda rights you hear on television crime shows and movies - “you have the right to an attorney ….” only apply to criminal cases). Eviction can have devastating and long-lasting consequences, including homelessness, poor health outcomes, and job loss.
In July of 2020, the City of Cleveland enacted its own Right to Counsel for certain residents facing eviction. Legal Aid and United Way partnered to implement the law and are working to make sure all who qualify have access to free, high-quality legal representation. In the program’s first six months, 93% of tenants represented in Cleveland Housing Court by a Legal Aid attorney avoided an eviction or involuntary. Legal counsel is a critical and life-changing resource.
Library Pen Pal
For children three years old through sixth grade
Do you miss the Library? We miss you too! Write a letter to a Library staff member telling us about anything from the last book you read to your favorite animal or even include a drawing. A staff member will read your letter and write you back.
Send your letter to:
Children’s and Youth Services
Lakewood Public Library
15425 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
For all ages
Join Lakewood Library staff members virtually as they read children’s picture books and share songs, rhymes and finger plays.
On June 17, 2021 Cox Communications recognized numerous non-profit organizations across the company’s Northeast footprint as part of the annual Cox Charities Day event. Cox Charities, the company’s charitable giving initiative, supports afterschool and summer learning programs focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning and social well-being programs. Over $105,000 in grants were awarded to local community partner organizations.
The 2021 Cox Charities Community Grants recipient in Ohio is the Lakewood Public Library, which will use its grant to help bridge the technology gap by providing kids ages 8-18 the opportunity to learn how to code. This program will prepare them for the jobs of the future by encouraging innovation and instilling life-skills like problem solving and creative thinking.
Recipients were selected by a group of elected officials, community partners and business leaders for providing quality after-school and summer learning programs with a focus on STEAM learning and a proven track record of creating innovative programs for Ohio’s youth.
The range of summer projects proposed from local organizations were as innovative as they were compassionate. For instance, one organization is using their grant to produce videos to increase sustainability awareness, while another will construct a completely off-the-grid tiny home built from a recycled 40’ x 8’ storage container.
“As our communities return to normalcy, it is exciting to celebrate the impact of STEAM programs by rewarding students with much-needed funding to bring their projects to life,” said Dan O’Malley, president, Lakewood City Council. “With support from Cox Charities, organizations like Lakewood Public Library will be in a position to help kids develop visions into realities that change the world for the better.”
Chef Tony Fortner started cooking when he was fourteen years old. He worked the line at a restaurant called Earth by April, located at Cedar Ave and Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. It was his first job in a professional kitchen. Fortner’s mother, Matti Adams, was the inspiration behind his interest in food.
“My mother was the inspiration behind becoming a culinarian,” he said in a phone interview. “She was an extraordinary cook, one of the best you’ve ever seen. She still does things that I can’t do.”
Fortner was impressed by her culinary skills. His favorite foods of hers were corn bread dressing, peach cobbler, and spaghetti. Everything she made was from scratch. She did nothing out of cans, according to him, and even when she made yams she would peel them, add butter, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. Green beans were always fresh. A garden in their back yard provided cabbage and tomatoes.
“I used to dread the summer when we had to weed that garden every week. We used a pitchfork to loosen the soil to let the roots breathe. We were on our hands and knees pulling out weeds so the vegetables wouldn’t suffocate,” he said.
As early as age 7, Fortner helped his mother with cooking. He came from a large family, six siblings and two cousins, and the food was in the kitchen. Tasting food was part of cooking and by the time dinner was ready to serve, he was full. The other kids would get mad at him but they didn’t want to cook.
Aries: The Ram finds their good fortune this month behind the scenes…home & family is where you’ll shine, get creative to find romance, go find those hidden gems Lakewood is known for.
Taurus: The Bull will find the pot of gold hanging with friends & groups, you’ll be a networking bonanza this month, get out in your neighborhood, save the romance for home.
Gemini: The Twins are shining on the financial front this month, your career receives a mega-boost, higher-ups are noticing…you’ll find love & romance in networking & the neighborhood.
Cancer: The Crab is on fire to get motivated on your physical well-being, find a walking or workout buddy, love & money can be found together, maybe a foreigner is in the stars, hmm.
Leo: The Lion/Lioness is lighting up the Jungle with Venus & Mars swinging from vine-to-vine, get out & meet the animals in that forest you rule, finances are shining on his/her royal self.
Lakewood Public Library is excited to host another round of virtual Meet the Author events. You can watch these programs on facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary and twitter.com/lakewoodlibrary on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Poet Jeff Tigchelaar shares poems from his collection "Certain Streets at an Uncertain Hour." This award-winning poet shows us that poetry can be both humorous and dramatic, and we can find inspiration in the world around us.
Join us for the real life story of a mother who started America’s first boys’ baseball league. Ruth Hanford Morhard will share her mother-in-law’s life story in "Mrs. Morhard and the Boys."
Watch author Betty Weibel talk about her favorite places from "The Ohio Literary Trail: A Guide." In her book, Weibel highlights our state literary sites, and shows Ohio’s role in shaping literature and culture across the world.
If you miss the premiere, the videos will also be available on the Library’s website: lakewoodpubliclibrary.org
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My son, Steven, was walking our dog Bentley on our street when he came across Bill. Bill works with the Lakewood Public Works Department, and he was removing our street signs to replace them with new ones. Steven has always wanted our street sign. I recall one time he asked when he was in middle school if he could get in trouble if he unscrewed the sign. YES, I said! Our house on Narragansett Ave. is the only home he knows. Steven was born and raised on Narragansett. He grew up here, where he rode his bike and played on the street, he and his buddies took over lawns for their impromptu baseball games, and he met his best friends, George, and Luke. Narragansett Ave. is filled with memories that he will forever cherish. He will always consider it home. It is a special place to live and to be a kid. The neighbors are wonderful, inclusive, and caring.
Now back to Bill and Steven’s conversation. Steven asked how he may buy the street signs. Bill was kind and took the time to explain the purchase process. Steven took in every word and relayed what he learned to me with an excitement as if he were a little kid again (he is now 22). I left a voice message for Kim in the Finance Department to inquire about how we may purchase the two signs. She called me back the very next day and said she would notify the individual in charge to pull the two Narragansett signs and hold them for Steven. It was only one day later that Steven paid up the $50 ($25 per sign) and I met Kim and picked up the signs.
The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) board of directors is pleased to announce the selection of Kate Ingersoll as the inaugural executive director of the local nonprofit. Launched in September 2018, HLF is dedicated to advancing programs, policies, and practices that inspire a Lakewood community in which health and wellness are reflected in all aspects of life.
On June 16th, the City held a virtual meeting to provide an update on Clean Water Lakewood, our City’s plan to improve and update our 100-year old sewer system. The discussion also included how we plan to use American Rescue Plan Act funding to reduce rate increases and implementation of the new Impervious Surface Fee to help fund a modern sewer system that better protects our waterways from pollution. I look forward to presenting this to City Council later this month.
As of late May, Lakewood has officially entered into our energy supply contract with NOPEC, which will provide the city’s public facilities with 100 percent renewable energy. Lakewood is one of the first communities in Ohio to commit to a completely renewable energy contract. I believe that sustainability and clean energy are foundational values of Lakewood and its residents, and I hope to continue to expand on these renewable energy efforts for years to come.
The City of Lakewood has teamed up with Lakewood Vineyard Church and Friends of Madison Park to create a new community event series entitled “Third Thursdays in Madison Park.” Four free events will take place during the third Thursday this summer and will feature family-friendly activities and local restaurants at Madison Park. Events will be held on June 17th, July 15th, August 19th, and September 16th. More information can be found at LakewoodOH.gov, www. FriendsofMadisonPark.org, and LakewoodVineyard.com.
What is an impervious surface?
Impervious surfaces are the hard surfaces on a property like pavements and roofs. These surfaces cause rainwater and snowmelt to run off the property into the City’s storm drains. During large storms, this water can overwhelm the City’s combined stormwater and sewer system that makes up our wet weather infrastructure and cause pollution to run into Lake Erie.
What is an Impervious Surface Fee?
The City needs to invest about $274 million into upgrading and modernizing our 100-year-old sewer system to meet the regulatory requirements of both the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States EPA and prevent pollution from reaching the Rocky River and Lake Erie. Currently we are funding these infrastructure projects from the water and sewer rates we charge customers on their water bills, which is based entirely on the volume of drinking water a customer uses. However, water use is not connected to the demand a property puts on the City’s wet weather infrastructure.
The City is considering implementing an Impervious Surface Fee to help us recover the costs of these wet weather infrastructure improvements in a way that is more directly tied to the demand customers place on this infrastructure. The Impervious Surface Fee would be a small set amount for single family residential and small multifamily properties, since these properties have very similar amounts of impervious surfaces across the entire city. For large multifamily, commercial, industrial, and institutional properties, which have more variable amounts of impervious surfaces, the fee would be based on the amount of paved and hard surfaces each property has. The Impervious Surface Fee would be placed on your water bill as a separate line item.
What is driving the need for an Impervious Surface Fee?
Lakewood native and creative, Cassie Bishop has music and art in her veins. Musically, she describes her original songs and sound as a dark ambient folk. You can decide when you hear her music while you read this article. She has released her most recent recordings under the name “Origami Moon” found on Bandcamp or Spotify.
Bishop’s creative ways have translated into her current full-time gig as a personal designer with Stitch Fix, where she helps create custom wardrobe options for individuals that she has never met. This career path took a front row seat at the start of the pandemic. She had prior been managing an art studio, which required an in-person component.
It was during the pandemic that she started working solely from home. This gave her the time and space to conceive and gestate her latest solo EP release, “My Raw Heart” out on July 2. “Writing songs is part of me,” says Bishop, “…even if no one ever listened, it is a way to release emotions and to express my truth in a tangible way.”
Cassie started writing songs and playing in bands during her time in high school at age 17, but she confesses to having taken an occasional hiatus. “I would join bands and then stop playing for periods of time,” says Bishop. During those times however, she accomplished quite a bit. She did some travelling before coming back home to earn her bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in education from Cleveland State University. Not to mention, she also wrote and published a children’s book.
Carl Lishing of HealthMarkets Insurance Agency in Lakewood has been selected for the 2021 Best of Cleveland Award in the Insurance category by the Cleveland Award Program.
Each year, the Cleveland Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Cleveland area a great place to live, work and play.
June 1965, The Rolling Stones released “I Can’t Get No”… Satisfaction. Nearly sixty years later, satisfaction eludes many.
What is satisfaction anyway? Satisfaction is the fulfillment of a need or a desire. Satisfaction is also strongly linked to happiness, which greatly affects general well-being. If you have your needs met, the first tier of human fundamentals is covered. If your desires are fulfilled, generally you have a more exciting life. Raising your joy factor promotes good health. Happy people tend to sleep better, eat healthier, move more, communicate with kindness, and have meaningful relationships. All of which lead to greater well-being and longevity.
What keeps us from being truly satisfied? For one, most people believe that true happiness, or satisfaction comes from a particular occurrence, versus being in a state of satisfaction or generally happy as a common practice and state of mind. Becoming good at anything, including being satisfied, requires patience, practice, and consistency.
How to cultivate greater life satisfaction:
Crazy Girl! This wonderful work is by the Chilean artist Carola Guerra, who a few years ago decided to venture on a trip that could help her to grow personally and professionally.
In California she found love, and the motivation to retake art in all its colors ... but the adventure did not end there because that gave way to traveling together to different places and expanding her creativity, that is how La Loca Chica was born, which represents the journey towards fantasy, the dreamlike, the simple and infinite in an image ... everything can happen when you dream, they represent imagination and fantasy on a physical plane, it makes it feel real.
For 20 years she worked in the glass trade in different disciplines: Vitrofusion, Vitreaux, Flame working and she enjoyed it but in being reunited with painting, acrylic, watercolor and means of expression in crafts, she discovered the connection with herself and its essence.
Now she is here, showing her art at The Root Cafe for all of June and she also will be showing in December.
Fernanda Quiroga is a traveler from Chile.
Our local government has something no other entity has: the unique mission of service to its residents. Our city government is responsible for ensuring our food is safe to eat, our water is drinkable, and our streets are safe, plowed, and paved. No other organization is responsible for these community missions. This is exactly why local governments must be diverse, equitable and inclusive.
Bringing diversity to our city leadership must be a deliberate act - a step on a path to build a future where residents from different backgrounds, bringing their own unique qualities, experiences, and viewpoints feel like they matter. The existence of racism, sexism, bigotry, homophobia, ageism, xenophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism and other forms of discrimination towards our residents make the need for equity critical. As a culture, city and society, we must be prepared to take that first step and place a chair at the table of opportunity.
Hi neighbors! I’m your friendly Lakewood City Councilmember at Large Sarah Kepple, and I’m running to continue to make your local government accessible and responsive to you. I was honored to be unanimously appointed to complete the term vacated by then newly elected Mayor George. I felt called to serve then as I am now because my experience and expertise as a small business owner, volunteer community organizer, and longtime public servant working for and with diverse populations make me uniquely suited to unite our community to take on the challenges facing our city together.
I began my career in public service at Lakewood Public Library where I met my husband Andrew Harant. At the Cuyahoga County Public Library, I worked in a number of communities throughout the county, and I had the opportunity to notice that children attending lower funded schools were not getting enough access to vital technology skills to help them prepare for 21st Century higher education and job markets. I began teaching technology classes for kids and eventually moved to the Library’s Administration building where I developed curriculum, trained staff, and coordinated county-wide efforts including coding camps, robotics classes, and music and video recording studios. Having experience connecting people through technology was extremely helpful in my first term on council during the global pandemic! I wrote my first ordinance less than a month after being sworn in to allow council to meet remotely to continue the people’s work, and I worked with our IT department to enable and encourage public participation through new and convenient technology such as our eComment platform. I also kept residents informed via timely video updates and social media posts.