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2022 Budget

Building our Post-Pandemic Future

Dear Residents of Lakewood and Members of Lakewood City Council

It is my privilege to present you with the City of Lakewood’s 2022 proposed balanced budget, reflecting our community vision, values, and priorities while also remaining fiscally responsible and seizing the opportunity to take on transformative projects that improve the quality of life for our residents. We look forward to a bright future as we finish landmark 2021 projects while introducing unique quality of life projects for 2022 and beyond.    

Public Safety & Human Services 

  • Community Center at Cove Church/Clean Water Act Project: By spring 2022, this historic building will serve as Lakewood’s new community center and the headquarters of the Department of Human Services. Meanwhile, planning and development continues on a portion of this property dedicated to the City’s Integrated Wet Weather Improvement Plan for stormwater management compliance with the federal Clean Water Act.    
  • Fire Station 2: Construction will be completed in the spring of 2022 on this historic century-old building that meets today’s modern standards for fire apparatus and makes exhaust improvements that keep our first responders safe from harmful diesel exhaust carcinogens. The updated facility also provides our first female firefighter hired in 2021 with new quarters to accommodate an increasingly diverse workforce.

Parks & Public Spaces 

  • Foster Pool: Efforts in 2021 to engage the community have led to a plan that will upgrade Foster Pool by addressing long-term maintenance issues, resolve severe water loss from leakage, and incorporate new features that create a useful and friendly environment for intergenerational users.
  • Parks & Fields: A momentous agreement with the Lakewood City School District provides for long overdue and necessary improvements to baseball fields, beginning with Kauffman and Foxx Parks in 2022.
  • Lakewood Pier: Planning work begins as we explore establishing a public access multi-use pier, allowing residents to fully enjoy and experience the wonders of Lakewood’s scenic location on the shores of Lake Erie.

Services and Community Priorities 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Thank You, Ed Favre

This is a thank you to Ed Favre, long time School Board member who will no longer be serving after Nora Katzenberger and incumbent Betsy Shaughnessy won the two seats in the three person race. (FYI I have great confidence in the abilities and character of Nora and Betsy).
 
I've known Ed since well before I was a teacher, through levy campaigns and other civic endeavors. In all these years, Ed always had time to talk over issues, to offer advice and critiques. Ed is a fierce advocate for public education and our schools, who was not afraid to take unpopular positions if he thought doing so was best for our students.
 
Ed keeps up on state and national tends, and always sees the bigger picture when it came to the challenges that our local district faces.

Each year, I have organized a Civil War project in my APUS History Class, held at the Lakewood Women's Pavilion (Of course, on hiatus for a couple of years). I always invite the Superintendent and the School Board, and several attend every year. But the one who came most often, who would never miss it but for family commitment, was Ed.
 
Thanks, Mr Favre.

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Volume 17, Issue 23, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Hours And Hours And Ours And Yours: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 120

Richard Hamilton - Kiss Touch 2000 - Tetryon Tapes - 9 songs - cassette, digital

This is now the second album from the ever-prolific Ricky/Richard Hamilton (stay tuned, a review of the third album will be in these pages soon). As I mentioned in my review of his previous work, "My Perfect World," I'm not sure whether you'd count this as his second, third, or fifth solo album, but I consider Richard Hamilton to be a separate project from works released as Ricky Hamilton, so I'm calling it his second. It definitely continues the general sound of "My Perfect World," although this one finds R.H. back to recording by himself without any extra musicians (supposedly– more on the credits of this thing in a minute). With these records under the Richard name, he's really gone wholeheartedly into ultra-hooky pop rock and once again he pulls it off on this tape. "My Very Own (Brooke Davis)" is a great opener (Brooke Davis is a character from One Tree Hill, I'm told, so if that grabs your attention maybe you'll know what he's talking about more than I do) and he's really elevated the already decent tune with some excellent little attention-grabbers: the synth line that sometimes seems completely dissonant (but in a good way) and sometimes sounds like a harmonica; the guitar lead towards the end that comes in with some mandolin-like tremolo picking. As bad as a song called "Kissing And Dreaming" should rightfully be, our friend Ricky somehow pulls it off and turns it into a good track. While "Playing The Fool Again" feels like it goes on forever, it's a good melancholy one and so it earns its place on here. I like the sorta backhanded lyrics of "Miss Ventura Country"; while it's undoubtedly an ode to the title character, there are a few rather snippy lines that are kinda reminiscent of "Bye Bye Love" by The Cars (a band I know Ricky is a fan of). There's a few covers on here as well: the Lee Hazlewood classic "Houston" (made famous by Dean Martin), which R.H. changes the beat of and in doing so alters it from country pop to his dreamy, jangly alternative pop sound in a way that works surprisingly well; Squeeze's classic tragedy "Up The Junction," which gets renamed "Up The Pavement" for some reason even though the lyrics remain unchanged (and we get a return of the classic Richard Hamilton faux-British accent); and "Go Ask Your Man," which I think is a Bob Lind song and finds Richard Hamilton at his most nasal, albeit in a way that kinda works for the song. Strangely enough, the credits on here say "all songs written by Richard Hamilton." I'm gonna assume this was an oversight as I certainly don't think Ricky is dishonest enough (or obtuse enough) that he would try to take credit for songs as popular as the ones he covers on here. I mean, there's not even a track list on this thing (I had to get it from Bandcamp), so I'm assuming it was just kinda hastily thrown together and that slipped through. In any case, another success for Richard Hamilton with this one. 4/5

(qualitytimerecords.bandcamp.com for digital, feralkidrecords.storenvy.com for the tape)

Suitor - Communion - Just Because Records - 10 songs - cassette, digital

I'm not entirely sure what the background is with this band (research is dead), but it's a new group and this is their debut release. Suitor's music is a very '80s-inspired mix of post-punk, new wave, and synthpop (with little hints of goth and what I believe the kids call dance punk sprinkled in). Usually I think bands that do this kind of thing are pretty dull, but I ended up liking this tape quite a bit. The

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Volume 17, Issue 23, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Mayor's Corner: Happy Thanksgiving

November in Lakewood is beautiful and busy. It’s a time to simply stop and enjoy the colors on display in our gorgeous trees during this autumn season, but it’s also a time to think about the future and our community priorities as we enter budget hearings here at City Hall.

Over the past weeks, our award-winning finance department has been working closely with each department to develop a budget that reflects our community vision, values, and priorities. Our goal is to remain fiscally responsible and maintain the quality of our city services while also seizing opportunities to take on transformative projects that improve the quality of life for all Lakewood residents. Despite the financial challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, we expect to finish the 2021 fiscal year in a strong financial position and enter 2022 again with a balanced budget.

Each November we also honor the men and women who have served our country at our annual Veterans Day ceremony. We had to pause this celebration in 2020, so I was especially excited last week to gather in person again to celebrate our veterans. I enjoyed seeing many of you at Lakewood Park for a fantastic ceremony. Lakewood is home to over 2,200 veterans who add so much to our community, and our own city workforce also is fortunate to have a number of veterans across our departments.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 23, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Blame The Chain

Beauty products are not showing up after they are ordered. Distributors of the products keep telling us "keep reordering." High gas prices, shipping from where they are made, then shipping from the beauty supply house, makes for higher prices. Things that took a week or two now take 5 weeks or more, or they are not delivered at all. 

When we asked our sales reps they told us that the companies are not getting the ingrediants that they need to even make their products, that explains a bit of this new  problem. So sometimes if the ingrediants are offered by another company just switch for now untill the desired products return is an option.

In the past we made sure we placed fairly large orders to keep the shipping prices per item lower and passed that on to our customers. Now that large orders come in a small box, we know the price is raised because we didn't get the products we ordered.

It is lucky that we ordered in August, we received many holiday items that we would not be seeing now. 

At our salon Carabel Beauty Salon & Store, we try to get the quality beauty products and accessories at good prices and hope that all of these problems end which, after over 50 years in business, we have never seen before.

Bonnie Fencl has owned a salon since 1969 and was licensed as a cosmetologist in 1964. 

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Volume 17, Issue 23, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Thank You Lakewood

Lakewood City Councilperson Sarah Kepple

Dear neighbors,

As we head toward our collective day of Thanksgiving, I want to express my deep and abiding gratitude to all of those who contributed their time, talent, or treasure to Keep Kepple on Council; to each voter who took the time to participate in our democracy on November 2nd; and to each of my fellow candidates for running positive campaigns focused on service to our great city.

With such a strong field and spirited race, I am honored and humbled to have earned the support of our community and to return to Lakewood City Council as your elected Councilwoman at Large. Our campaign, fueled by a broad coalition of supporters, reflects Lakewood’s diversity and our potential as a community to work together to identify and accomplish shared goals.

However you voted, or whether you voted or not, I intend to keep working hard for you and to bring us together toward a bright Lakewood future. Thank you for giving me the opportunity.

Sarah Kepple serves all residents as Lakewood City Councilmember at Large. She is the owner of Gigalearn, LLC and led Action Together Lakewood Area for many years. Reach her at sarah.kepple@lakewoodoh.net or 216.200.5050.

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Volume 17, Issue 23, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Partnership With MetroHealth

Dear Members of Council,

We are pleased to share with Council that a partnership between the City of Lakewood’s Department of Human Services, the Center for Health Resilience, and the MetroHealth System’s Institute for HOPE has been established to provide training for Human Services staff members. The goal of this no-cost, twelve-month pilot partnership is to support the staff in building a trauma-informed team rooted in the expertise and passion of an experienced staff, while enhancing opportunities to cultivate informed powerful connections as they transition to our new Community Center.

Over the next year MetroHealth will provide 5 key services:

1. Center Transition Meetings (beginning 10/21)

2. Trauma-Informed Consultation and Transformational Planning focused on Team Building, Connection, and interpersonal growth (scheduled for 10/22/21)

 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Virtual Story Time

For all ages

Join Lakewood Library staff members virtually as they read children’s picture books and share songs, rhymes and finger plays.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

Virtual Author Visits

For all ages

Join local authors and illustrators virtually as they share and read some of their own children’s books.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Never Too Late To Find Love In Lakewood

Ron and Lillie

What are the odds? Two people at opposite ends of the county made decisions that caused them to arrive at the same place, around the same time, living at opposite ends of the same building? Add to this, the chance of one catching a glimpse of the other and a few coincidental elements, and it smacks of the improbable. Maybe, because of the beliefs of the two subjects of this story, Lillie and Ron, the Almighty saw fit to make something wonderful happen. Depends on what you believe, I suppose. 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Rotary Continues Literacy Commitment

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River has continued to honor its commitment to literacy in Lakewood and Rocky River public and private schools this year by distributing dictionaries and other materials to students and classrooms. The club began the project in 2005.

This year, all third-grade students received a dictionary, and all fourth-grade students (last year’s third grade students), except for those attending Rocky River’s Kensington school, received a dictionary. For Kensington, the Rotary club provided funds for the schools to purchase chapter books for in-classroom use.

Harlan Radford, project chair, with assistance from fellow Rotarians, stamped each dictionary with the Rotary logo, Four-Way Test, and a place for the student’s name. The chapter books, once received by Kensington, will also be stamped.

The following Rotarians visited the schools for interaction with both students and teachers as the dictionaries were distributed: David Baas, John Chandler, Steve Clark, Matt Daugherty, Jon Fancher, George Frank, Thom Geist, Chuck Gustafson, Jim Harris, and John Zuercher. Former member and past project chair, Jay Rounds, also assisted with the deliveries.

Members were rewarded with smiles on the students’ faces as they receive their dictionaries and begin to explore the contents. Both students and teachers are very appreciative in receiving these dictionaries and utilize them in the curriculum.

Funding for the project was provided by the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation.

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

St. James St. Luke Community Meals Winter Update

I thought I had seen everything in my 15 years running the Community Meals at St. James and St. Luke. We have made it through economic unrest, sudden influxes of patrons, winter storms and personnel turnover. We have cared for people from all walks of life and every possible circumstance. We have opened our doors early, stayed late and adapted to the changing needs of our neighbors. This recent pandemic, however, has been a challenge no one could have anticipated.

I am proud to say that the St. James and St Luke Community Meals have been able to power through the pandemic! With the help of generous supporters and dedicated volunteers, we have continued serving the Community Meals the Second and Third Wednesdays of each month at these churches without fail.  

Early during the pandemic cooks and volunteers were hard to come by. With the support of Around The Corner, The Proper Pig and The American Legion, and several students who suddenly found themselves at home we were able to get through those first two unpredictable months with catered dinners. We were able to put new health and safety protocols in place and began safely cooking and serving our own meals in May of 2020, and haven’t missed a month yet. Laureen and her crew at St. James and Barb and her crew at St. Luke have provided fresh hot meals to everyone without hesitation.  

 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Wellness Collaborative Welcomes Lakewood Community

At 1394 Cranford Avenue you can find an inviting little storefront that is home to five woman-owned small businesses excited to be woven into the Lakewood community. The charming shared space is home to a variety of wellness practioners including a chiropractor, massage therapist, pelvic floor physcial therapist, functional movement yoga instructor, and energy healer/spirtual coach. Together they combine their skills under one roof to serve the community and offer everybody the healing they deserve. 

Dr. Allison Workman owns Posture & Poise Chiropractic which is focused on treating patients of all ages, from children to elderly with a special focus on pregnant, postpartum parents, and children. She offers well-rounded, holistic, and non-invasive chiropractic care. She started the wellness collaborative in September 2020 when consequences of COVID-19 left her searching for a new location for her office. While searching she came across a cozy space that was previsouly home to The Reiki Room. She quickly envisioned herself working side by side with other healthcare professionals in the spirit of wellness and good health. Over the next year Dr. Workman welcomed Michelle Thomas of Ever Mvnt, Alesha Lifka of Mother Nurture Massage, Dr. Nina Palombo of Horizon Physcial Therapy, and Leyla Kuran of Harmony Healing Studios. 

Michelle's mission at Ever Mvmt is to work hand-in-hand to remedy injuries, pain, and daily challenges with mindful movement, a holistic approach to stress, and a plan that fits seamlessly into your daily life. She offers private one-on-one sessions and small group sessions. When Michelle isn't in the office in Lakewood you can find her at Hope Yoga Studio in Fairview Park offering studio classes. 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Coincidences-- An Interview With Dr. Stephen Sroka

Looking up, a memory floods my mind, and I exclaim. “Stephen, wanna hear something funny?”

Not giving him the chance to answer, I tell him what my mind remembered way back some fifty years earlier. My Mother was so creative, when she wanted us to do a good job dusting, she would hide pennies and dimes at the bottom of the furniture or tops of lights. I was her tallest daughter, and those crystals on the chandelier, well she paid me to clean them. Stephen laughed and responded, “That was probably the last time they were cleaned.” We both chuckled. We were sitting in Stephen’s house during our talk, and Stephen and his wife had purchased their home from my mother, some 35 years earlier. Here I was sitting across from Stephen Sroka in the home that I grew up in, now and for some time, his home. Coincidence?

Who is Stephen Sroka? To me he is a legend. Long before I began my journey into Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning, Stephen was forging a trail pebbled in love, laced with wisdom, forged with clarity of focus on a theme he coined “The Power of One,” the concept that one person alone could have everlasting impact on an individual and our entire world.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Hayes Projects Do Double The Good

Two recent projects for Hayes Elementary fourth grade students in Mrs. Karabinus and Mrs. Staskus’ classes were wonderful displays of incorporating our Vision of a Lakewood graduate competencies of empathy, global awareness/citizenship, creative thinking and communication skills. Students prepared a care package of math games complete with decks of cards and game instruction booklets for students impacted by Hurricane Ida in New Orleans. They also created video book reviews of their favorite children’s story to share with Mayor Meghan George for her newborn daughter, Maggie.

The idea for the math games came about when the students viewed a video about Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005, and learned that children from across the country sent care packages to the students in the Big Easy after the hurricane. Ironically, Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans around the same time they watched the video and the idea of sending a games care package was born!

 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Lakewood League Of Women Voters Mary Warren Impact Scholarship Winner, Jack Ryan

Why is voting important to a democracy? Why is water important to fish or why is air important humans? The answer is the latter of each scenario does not function without the first part. Voting is the life blood of a democracy. Without voting pluralist and elite democracies start forming then they lead to oligarchies and authoritarian rule. The significance of voting is lost on most people because when everyone is participating a single vote has extraordinarily little power. This is the truth of the matter, only when a majority of votes form can people make the system of democracy move. This naturally creates political minorities. However, when the lines of reasoning like “My vote doesn’t matter” start to form then singular votes do start to really matter. Singular votes start to have more power when people remove themselves from the voting pool. A good analogy would be a lottery. When a lot of people enter you have a lower chance of winning but when the number of attendees drops your chances of winning increases. As stated earlier when fewer people vote a democracy becomes pluralist or elitist. Pluralist democracies occur when only powerful groups vote, and elitist when only the elite vote. These two descriptions sound awfully like the current state of American democracy and political efficacy. Higher political efficacy leads to better elected officials and more reflective election results. 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Senator Antonio Presents Testimony On Bill Prohibiting Mandatory Nurse Overtime

Last week, I had the opportunity to join Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) as we presented sponsor testimony to the Senate Health Committee on Senate Bill 129, which would make Ohio the 19th state in the country to prohibit mandatory overtime for nurses as a condition of employment.

According to various studies done by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, excessive work and overtime can result in negative outcomes for both patients and nurses. A 2016 Johns Hopkins report found that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer.

It's important to note that, under this bill, nurses would still be permitted to work voluntary overtime. Hospitals will simply be prohibited from terminating employment or taking disciplinary action because a nurse chooses not to work overtime. There is also a clause in SB 129 that allows hospitals to be exempt from the requirements of the bill if there is a health care disaster, emergency declaration, influx of patients with specified criteria, or an ongoing procedure the nurse is actively engaged in.

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

District Winter Concerts On Tap

December is just around the corner and that means some fabulous winter concerts are in store from the Lakewood High School George P. Read Performing Arts Department, including the return of the popular Sounds of the Season! The concerts listed below will be held in the Civic Auditorium. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. You can buy your tickets online at www.payschoolscentral.com

December 1: Gold and Silver Band Concert

December 9 & 10: Sounds of the Season

December 13: Choral Concert

Middle School Concerts:

December 2: 7th Grade

December 14: 8th Grade

December 15: 6th Grade

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Rangers Earn All-Conference Honors

Congratulations to our varsity fall sports Rangers who were named to their respective sport’s Great Lakes Conference All-Conference teams! The Rangers were led by 10 First Team honorees, including three from the boys' soccer team.

All-Conference Selections

Cross Country: James O'Donnell (First Team); Charlie Payne and James Toole (Second Team); Sadie Gregg, Josie Kavc, Ben Jablonowski, and Ryan Smith (Honorable Mention); Eric Barber and Caleigh Naylon (Sportsmanship)

Golf: Jack Derethik and Logan Ellis (Honorable Mention); Justin Lacquement (Sportsmanship)

Football: Hakeem Quran and Lucas Winters (First Team); Manny Award, Brandyn Bates, and Alex Symons (Second Team); Eddie Gillick and Dylan Bennett (Honorable Mention); Eddie Gillick (Sportsmanship); Tico Jones (Lineman of the Year)

Soccer: Matthew Hueter, Sam Hudak, Eli LaDue, Dipesh Magar, and Lucy McIntire (First Team); Mosawar Ali, Alanna Cunningham, Annette Doren, William Harvey, Andy Shoaff, and Mallory Zavatchen (Second Team); Alex Baguma, Lauren Barber, Clare McKay, Reka Sundem, and Quincy Zvomuya (Honorable Mention); Clare McKay and Sam Stallbaum (Sportsmanship)

Tennis: Elma Coralic, Skylar Smith, Ava Molinski, and Lay Lay Htoo (Honorable Mention); Sophia Stringer and Alexis Stringer (Sportsmanship)

Volleyball: Helen Hylton and Molly Pilgrim (First Team); Sophia Boyer, Lexa Bunevich, and Amy Pilgrim (Second Team); Alexandria Russell and Elliot Snyder (Honorable Mention); Maren Jacobs (Sportsmanship)

Cheerleading: Anaula Simpson and Imani Griffin (Honorable Mention); Ella Munn (Sportsmanship)

Congratulations to all our Rangers and their dedicated coaches!

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Lakewood Kiwanis Scarecrow Festival 2021

Did you see all the scarecrows on Madison? Lakewood Kiwanis had a  great turnout this year from 117th to Riverside. The community joined in with scarecrows that were witches, gardeners and even Superman. Lakewood Kiwanis  wants  to recognize our winners and participants. 

Matthew Bixenstein and Friends of Madison Park & Clarence Ave Block Club

13201

community favorite

Brennan's Catering

13396

Western Reserve-Lakewood , DAR (Tommy’s Pastries)

14205

most patriotic

Lakewood Lutheran School

 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Light Up Lakewood 2021 To Spread Holiday Cheer On December 4

LakewoodAlive’s Festive Outdoor Community Event Returns to Downtown Lakewood

The most joyous of Lakewood traditions is returning to Downtown Lakewood for the 15th annual celebration. The spirit of the season will come to life with holiday cheer when Light Up Lakewood 2021 takes place on Saturday, December 4 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Sponsored by First Federal Lakewood and presented by LakewoodAlive, Light Up Lakewood celebrates the season and the richness of our city’s vibrancy.  This free, family-friendly event on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood features a holiday parade, lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, The Roundstone Beer Garden, Holiday Train, live music, ice carvings, hot chocolate, food trucks, children’s games and more.

Attendees are invited to stroll Lakewood's downtown district and visit local shops and restaurants while taking in the sights and sounds of one of Northeast Ohio's largest holiday celebrations. Light Up Lakewood serves as a marquee event for the entire region.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

A Taste Of Europe Here In Lakewood

Unable to travel abroad right now? You can at least savor the flavors of Europe by visiting a splendid shop located on the western end of Madison Avenue.  Owned by Dafina Bedini from Albania, A Taste of Europe has been operating since 2009. Relatively modest in size, the shelves are teeming with a bounty of offerings. There is something for just about everyone.

Noodles, preserves, canned herring, oh my! Quite a variety of edibles beckon from every corner. Don't be intimidated by unfamiliar alphabets or by trying to pronounce what's printed on the packaging. That's part of the fun of entering a zone of international culinary delights!

Coffee flavored candies (France), bruschetta (Italy) and muesli (Germany) are examples of how many different nations are represented. It doesn't stop there. A Taste of Europe has a worldwide selection of wine, beer and tea. Also stocked are syrups (Slovenia) that can be used for homemade sparkling soda.  Imported meats and cheese populate the deli counter. Takeout catering for ten or more people is available as well, chicken paprikash being one dish that can be ordered. Perhaps now is the time to check out that store you may have driven by often but never took the time to investigate.

Erin Radoi's husband is originally from Romania so she began shopping at this location because of him and has grown to appreciate it for herself. She feels that "Eastern European cuisine is very, very underrated." There is no shortage of items from the region here with products from Hungary, Croatia and North Macedonia to name a few.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 2:04 PM, 11.17.2021

Mayor's Corner: Safety Is Top Priority

Safety has always been a top priority for our city, and since taking office as mayor last year, I have taken numerous steps to address safety in Lakewood. That includes capital investments such as 40 additional cameras with enhanced technology that we have installed across the city. But it also includes being strategic in how we approach the work. In that vein, we developed a strategic plan for comprehensive safety at our parks, including our safety forces staffing, physical improvements, and more community involvement. 

Part of that strategic plan included physical changes as simple as trimming trees to improve visibility, but it also included working with community groups to increase programming. One key aspect of the plan I would like to highlight was increasing the presence of our city security guards at parks. Lakewood now has uniformed security guards present seven days a week at Madison Park, including evening hours. This is an increased presence and these security guards work in partnership with our police officers to patrol parks and increase safety by keeping eyes on the grounds and the activities taking place. 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

View From City Council

Housing, Planning and Development Committee Meeting

At the October 4th Housing, Planning and Development Committee meeting, we discussed the sale of 1451 St. Charles Ave. to Jim Miketo of Neighborhood Drummer. As you may remember, Lakewood has owned nine single-family residential properties adjacent to the former Lakewood Hospital site since the 1980s. Those properties were held for potential expansion of Lakewood Hospital. When a tenant decides not to renew their lease, the Planning and Development Department requests the authority from Council to dispose of the property.

This particular property became distressed several years ago and the home was slated for demolition, until the Planning Department decided to seek alternatives to try and save the home. After several rounds of Request for Proposals (RFPs) seeking a developer who would commit to preserving the exterior of the home the City selected Neighborhood Drummer.

The City requested that the Committee recommend for approval a purchase agreement that would sell the property to Neighborhood Drummer for $1 with the understanding that the developer will preserve the historic features of the home and sell the home at market rate. There is a profit-sharing clause with the agreement that any profit margin over 25% will be split with the City 50/50.

After hearing the developer express his interest in preserving the home over earning a significant profit on the project and after the City indicated that selling the property “as is” would yield a negligible amount of money for Lakewood and significantly decrease the influence the City has over the look of any future renovation, the Committee recommended the agreement for approval.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Dr. G's Rangers Round-Up

Football October 29

Tonight, as usual, the Lakewood Rangers never backed down, never quit, and made their fans very proud, even if the outcome was not what we hoped for. Traveling to Barberton, the Rangers went toe to toe with the highly ranked Magics, trailing 10-7 at half. Eventually, the Magic wore the Rangers down, and posted a 38-7 win. In a season highlighted by a Battle of the Bridge rivalry win over eventual GLC Champions Rocky River, the Rangers posted a 5-5 regular season record. Coach Tom Thome, here pictured with many of the seniors, and his staff have done a terrific job of rebuilding the program. The football experience at LHS is back where it belongs, with student enthusiasm, competitive football and of course our Cheerleaders and the always fabulous Lakewood Rangers Marching Band.   The Lakewood Rangers are one team, from one town, that gives it their all. See you next season. Long Live Lakewood.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Shred It Again: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 119

Screaming Human Scum - Metally Ill - My Mind's Eye - 3 songs - 7"

S.H.S. is the (relatively) new solo project of Shaun Filley, who you might know from Wetbrain, Midnight, Puncture Wound, or many other pretty great bands. The title track is an excellent metal-punk track with appropriately ridiculous lyrics and a great guitar solo from Graham Clise of Annihilation Time. Both "Fright Night" and "Homicidal Tendencies" are very Motörhead inspired– there's one vocal trick that he does in "Fright Night" in particular that is incredibly Lemmy-inspired. Hey, if you're gonna borrow from anyone, it might as well be Lemmy. All three tracks are excellent example of this kind of music–- Shaun knows what he's doing and he's very good at it. Nice cover, too, which consists of the actual cover and then, by my count, three different stickers layered on top of it. Good stuff. 4/5

(My Mind's Eye is at 16010 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood)

Tracy Marie - A Dark Place - self-released - 12 songs - CD, digital

I believe Tracy Marie is known more as a folk/singer-songwriter type, but on her new album here, she goes in a much heavier direction. It's very '90s influenced alternative rock, very reminiscent of the poppier side of grunge. Some songs are pretty good (the title track, "Stick For The Cure" (which has a great transition into a pretty good chorus), "Soul Lost"), others, particularly on the second half and a couple that sound like what I imagine Metallica sounded like in the '90s, are a little weaker, but it's a consistent sounding album. We also get "When It's Over," an acoustic waltz that despite standing out in the track listing doesn't feel misplaced. Ed Stephens (better known as Dead Stephens of Queen Of Hell infamy) plays bass on here, so it has some legitimate credentials as well. And it's cool to hear someone do something entirely different from what they're known for, so hey, good for Tracy Marie. 3/5

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Starr Gazer

NOVEMBER

ARIES: The Sun is shining on other people’s money this month for the Ram, & your Good Luck charm is hanging with your friends, associations & groups. Get about town, mingle & network.

TAURUS: The Bull is no stranger to relationships, business/personal use that Bull charm & schmooze those relationships this month, Lakewood’s got some great eclectic places for lunch.

GEMINI: The twins focus this month is in the health arena, check out some of those new healthy vegan/vegetarian places this town is known for, & start planning a trip abroad, ahoy.

CANCER: The Crab might be cooking up an affair this month, the romance flames are lighting up, not to mention your 8th house of other’s resources is being blessed by the magic wand, lotto?

LEO: Home is where the Lion’s heart is this month, you’ll be the King/Queen of the Thanksgiving spread, your relationships, including family will bring you much gratitude.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Virtual Events In November

Lakewood Public Library will premiere five exciting new virtual events in November. You can watch these programs on facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary and twitter.com/lakewoodlibrary. 

Thursday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Watch Case Western Reserve University professor Heather McKee Hurwitz talk about her book, "Are We the 99%?": The Occupy Movement, Feminism, and Intersectionality. Hurwitz discusses how women, people of color, and genderqueer activists struggle to be heard and understood, even as we look at the Occupy movement 10 years later.

Monday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Artist Arabella Proffer talks about her new collection of portraits painted from 1999 to 2019,"Lips, Eyes and Hair." Faced with terminal cancer, Proffer created this collection to showcase twenty years of her realistic and surreal artwork

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Volume 17, Issue 22, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Virtual Storytime

For all ages

Join Lakewood Library staff members virtually as they read children’s picture books and share songs, rhymes and finger plays.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

 

Virtual Author Visits

For all ages

Join local authors and illustrators virtually as they share and read some of their own children’s books.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

Virtual Girls Who Code Club

For students in sixth through twelfth grade

Mondays, November 1, 2021 – November 29, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Using Zoom, club members will focus on the Games in Scratch Activity Set from GirlsWhoCode.org. During the five weeks of this club, members will create 2 different games in Scratch through the online lessons and then together design and create a 3rd game of their choice based on what they learned.  The online lessons provide for varying ability from beginners through advanced Scratch users. Build confidence, develop leadership skills and succeed as a team. An email with a Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the session. Please register with a personal email instead of a school email.

Registration is required. Register here (https://lakewoodpubliclibrary.libcal.com/event/8427650) or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Superintendent Listen & Learn Is Nov. 17

Superintendent Maggie Niedzwiecki will hold her second Listen & Learn session of the school year on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 6 pm in the Ranger Cafe at Lakewood High School. Listen & Learns give the parents and the greater community an opportunity to have the superintendent's ear. Bring you comments, questions, ideas. Drop in any time during the one-hour session.

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Book Review: New Deep-Cover-Cleveland Book Summons Lakewood Readers

I'm proud to add the latest book by local author/ historian Laura Peskin to my collection. This volume, "Topics in Depth," is the third in Peskin's series called "Deep Cover Cleveland" (2014-2021) Peskin explores and exposes forgotten, overlooked, significant regional developments around the Lakewood area and beyond. "Topics in Depth" features more interviews and illustrations.

As an artist and an arts supporter, I loved the series' chapters on 2,000-year old Native American jewelry and artifacts. "Topics in Depth" highlights include Cleveland favorite Victor Schreckengost (artist, sculptor, teacher and researcher). Detailed in the book are his equally deserving brothers: Paul and Don Schreckengost. Also included is Schreckengost nephew, illustrator Don Eckleberry, most noted for painting in the "Audubon Bird Guides" of 1946-57.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Lakewood Black Caucus Film Series Correction

The last film in the six film series that is being presented at the Barton Senior Center Auditorium will be showing from 4-6pm. on November 18th. The film series investigates racism against African Americans, and it will be moderated by Patricia Wellborn, President of Lakewood Black Caucus. 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

James Webb Space Telescope Events At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Public Library has been selected to be a part of the NASA initiative when the Webb Space Telescope launches this fall! The James Webb Space Telescope will be a large infrared telescope with a 6.5-meter primary mirror. The telescope will be launched from French Guiana in December 18, 2021. The Webb telescope will be the premier observatory of the next decade and will study every phase in the history of our universe.

Virtual Outer Space Storytime

For the whole family

October 2021 – December 2021

Join Librarian Nic Starr as they build anticipation and excitement about the launch by reading stories about outer space.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Grace Presbyterian Church Celebrates 100 + 1 Years

 The congregation of Grace Presbyterian Church looked eagerly forward to a year-long celebration of its one hundredth anniversary, scheduled for October 2020. Each month was to celebrate one decade of Grace’s life in the church; each month, during the worship service, a “speaker from the past” would address the congregation; each month, music of the decade would be featured by the choir. A museum of the decade was to be featured in the parlor. A history book would be published; an original play, called “The Decades Speak,” was presented during the kick-off celebration; a grand finale banquet was booked. And then, in the third month, the third decade… COVID.
     The church closed its doors and the celebration ground to a halt. But the activity inside the quarantined homes never ceased. There would be no public performances but the work of the committees continued. The research into the history of Grace Church intensified, ending in a book of nearly forty pages.
     Grace Church began in 1920 as a mission church, branched out from Lakewood Presbyterian Church on Marlowe and Detroit. The members who lived on Madison Avenue, if they had no car (few did), would have to take a streetcar down to 117th street, transfer to Detroit Avenue and transfer again to the church. In the summer it was inconvenient; in the winter it was a disaster. The Madisonites petitioned to purchase land for a mission church on the present site at 1659 Rosewood Avenue.    

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

H2O Home Alone Fall 2021

Photo Credit: John Rowell

Join our upcoming session of Home Alone!

HOME ALONE is a volunteer program designed and run by high school students to teach young Lakewoodites about how to stay safe when home alone. Our program is open to children of Lakewood between the ages of 9 and 12 and has been specifically created to address the concerns that were commonly expressed by children of the same age during our data collection period.

Based on these concerns, we found that our focus should be centered around six main topics: First Aid, Emergencies, Tricky People/Street Smarts, Routines & Siblings, Internet Safety, and especially due to the recent effects of Covid-19, Mental Health.

While children are presented with researched information from high school students, parents attend a similar presentation from safety professionals. After each Home Alone program, we ask for feedback from parents and their children on what they have just experienced. In response to being asked what the best part of HOME ALONE is, one parent said, “gaining knowledge on some serious topics through the experience of small groups and with older students allowed our student to learn and grow in a safe environment.” When asked about how the program impacted families in light of the pandemic, one parent responded “Yes - as we are coming out of the pandemic and can't always be home, it was important to use to have our son go through this course to be able to stay home alone for short spans of time.”

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

My Arrival In Mozambique, Africa

Casa das crianças de Maputo

August, 2018

Hello People! My name is Fernanda. You may have seen me around town or read my story in the previous issue of The Lakewood Observer. In that story, I left my familiar family and my comfortable life in Chile in order to experience a different culture and to learn about people by living with them the way they live. This was an idea that I got from some documentaries that I watched as a child in Chile.

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

The Fabulous Flag Line

"Hey, Dr. G, want to join the flag line?" This friendly shout out came from Senior MacKenzie Mulloy, one of the 3 tri-captains of the Lakewood Rangers Marching Band Flag Corps. It was a late Thursday evening, and the squad was practicing--something they do beginning in early summer and continuing through the duration of the football season. So, it's no accident that the Flag Line adds a crisp visual element to pre-game, halftime, marches and everything else that they do. They produce. They put in the time.

Yet, given that the LRMB features fabulous musicians and the iconic Rangerettes, it's easy to overlook the Flag Line. But as I contemplated my offer--ultimately declining because I didn't want to give anyone a concussion--I realized how hard this crew works, how skilled they are, and how much they add to the LRMB.

Along with MacKenzie, fellow Captains senior Molly Minadeo and junior Graci Yost organize and choreograph the routines, taking several hours to craft each show. What starts with summer band camps, extends through five  2-3 hour practices per week through football season, which this year will extend into November. Their splendid performances on Friday nights happen because of all they work they do when no one is watching.  

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Students Part Of Chamber Community Leadership Program

Students participating in the Chamber Leadership Academy hear from community leaders as part of the program.

A group of Lakewood High and Franklin School of Opportunity juniors and seniors are taking their learning outside the classroom and into the real world as participants in the Lakewood Chamber Leadership Academy. The program, which is administered by the Effective Leadership Academy nonprofit, aims to foster leadership skills, self awareness around skills needed to succeed in the business world, and community engagement.

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Rotary Seeks Grant Applications

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River is seeking grant applications from non-profit organizations that serve our youth, adults and community within Lakewood and Rocky River.

Each year, the Rotary club, through its foundation, gives back to the community nearly $70,000 in grants, scholarships, and financial aid.

Applications must be submitted by November 14. The application process has changed this year as completed forms and materials should not be mailed but instead be submitted via email to lrrrotary@gmail.com. Grant awards will be announced in late December.

Grants requests can be for seed money for new endeavors, or to grow, enhance or sustain existing programs. Applications should emphasize activities that focus on job training, youth leadership, and health and hunger services.

Organizations are not limited to the number of applications they may submit.

Additional information and the grant application form can be accessed on the club’s website, www.lakewoodrockyriverrotary.org.

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Re-Elect Ed Favre For School Board

I have had the honor of being a member of the Lakewood Board of Education for many years and have been re-elected by fellow Lakewoodites several times. My life of public service began with the military when I served in the Army National Guard. I served 37+ years on the Lakewood Police Department and have been a consistent advocate for school safety. As a police officer, I saw firsthand kids in difficult situations and developed an appreciation for how the schools are invaluable and needed in their futures. 

Lakewood is a diverse community and we have students from all backgrounds. Our kids speak over 30 languages and are literally from all over the world.  I’ve been a supporter of the LGBQT community since the early days of the gay rights movement when I was a police liaison the community could trust to report crimes and being victimized. We have very advanced and very challenged students and everything in between. We are not selective and educate and serve all.

My wife, Gladys, and I have lived in Lakewood for 46 years and raised 4 children here, all graduates of Lakewood City Schools. We have been involved in various support groups and commissions. I was President of the Athletic Boosters, during which time it was incorporated. Following levy failures, we obtained a license and ran bingo to lower the pay-to-participate rates.

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Lakewood Alive News

LakewoodAlive's 14th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade Brings Bark to Madison Park on October 16

Secure Your Spooky Pooch Registration Now
 
Get ready for a paws-itively great time! Tickets are now on sale to register your dog(s) for the 2021 Spooky Pooch Parade.
 
Spooky Pooch is back in-person this year in a new location. LakewoodAlive’s 14th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade takes place on Saturday, October 16, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Madison Park in Lakewood’s Birdtown neighborhood.
 
Sponsored by Discount Drug Mart, the family-friendly Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a free-to-attend festival at Madison Park, a parade along Madison Avenue and surrounding streets and an awards presentation. A favorite autumn tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers, this community festival represents a one-of-a-kind event within the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.
 
Pre-registration is $10 per dog and day-of registration is $15 per dog. Multiple dog discounts are available with pre-registration only. Humans are free. This community event takes place rain or shine, and proceeds from the parade benefit LakewoodAlive, community centered nonprofit organization.
 
More information about Spooky Pooch Parade will be unveiled in the coming weeks. To learn more and register your dog(s), please visit: LakewoodAlive.org/SpookyPooch
 
 
The 14th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade is generously supported by the following sponsors:
 
Title Sponsor:
Discount Drug Mart
 
Top Dog Sponsor:
City of Lakewood
 
Dedicated Dog Sponsors:
Addicted Coffee Bar | Cox | Inn the Doghouse | Milo & Me | Pet’s General Store | The Salem Team
 
Poochy Sponsor:
Dollar Bank | Lakewood Garden Center | Lakewood Public Library, Madison Branch | Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC


LakewoodAlive To Host "Knowing Your Home: Electrical 101" Virtual Workshop on September 30

We want to take the shock out of electricity! In this exciting workshop, participants will be learning electrical basics.
 
LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home Virtual Workshop: Electrical 101on Thursday, September 30 from 7 to 8 p.m. This workshop is designed to provide the average homeowner a understanding of electrical current, a home's electrical map and structure, the different pieces and parts that make up your electrical system as well as safety.
 
Click here to reserve your spot in this free, virtual workshop


LakewoodAlive to Host "Knowing Your Home: Home Insulation" Virtual Workshop on October

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Community West Foundation Announces Quarterly Grants

Benjamin Jurek, Education Program Manager; Erin Huber, Founder & Executive Director, Drink Local, Drink Tap & Marty Uhle, President & CEO, Community West Foundation

The Community West Foundation Board of Directors approved $627,500 in third quarter grants to nonprofit agencies that provide basic needs services to the community in Cleveland, Western Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties. The recipient organizations include:

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Volume 17, Issue 19, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.03.2021

Dr. G's Ranger' Round-Up

Girls' Soccer

It wasn't senior night, but tonight's Lakewood Rangers Girls Soccer tournament game is the very last game that the class of '22 will ever play at iconic Garfield Stadium. With goals by junior Co-Captain Mallory Zvatchen and junior Annette Doren, the team came through with a 2-0 victory over a determined Barberton squad.
 
Senior Co-Captains Lucy McIntire and Alanna Cunningham, along with senior Reka Sundem, were rock solid in midfield and on the back line, as was junior Co-Captain Sam Hudak. In this all-around team effort, several freshmen provided both strong play and an optimistic outlook for the future, including Riley Forster, who had her first career varsity start, Sarah McGinley, Helen Fraunfelder and Emily Lajack. Junior Clarie Morrisey had significant playing time and played a solid, steady game. The same was true of Casey Funk, Rosie Lipka, Sophie Craciun, Grace Hildebrandt and Sylvie Ballou. Lakewood's excellent goalie Lauren Barber was steady as ever, but wasn't ever seriously tested by the Magic.

What started in sweltering summer months' practices is now winding down as the days get shorter and the nights cooler. The Rangers, 7-9-1, travel to Brecksville to take on the Bee's this coming Thursday. At some point, the season will end—hopefully not soon-but the fond memories of watching these girls—the quintessence of student athletes- compete will far outlive this season.

Football

Our undermanned (key injuries) Lakewood Rangers Football team gave Valley Forge all they could handle tonight before losing 32-25. Very proud of our Rangers! The consolation for losing, which always stings, is the knowledge that our guys gave it everything and should have the respect of anyone paying attention.

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Mayor's Corner: Addressing Affordable Housing

Lakewood has long been known as “The City of Homes,” and I am dedicated to continuing this legacy. An important part of that tradition is that Lakewood residents across all economic spectrums can find an affordable place to call home. However, the latest mass appraisal of property by the County Fiscal Officer has generated justified concerns from our homeowners, residents, and the community at-large that I also share. While Ohio’s state laws place the determination of property tax values completely in the hands of Cuyahoga County, and the City of Lakewood cannot change those valuations, I want to address these concerns here and share some important information.

The increased County assessed values follow larger market trends that show the costs of housing is going up swiftly. They also prove that Lakewood is a highly desirable place to live and own a home. But rising prices and the rise in taxes that accompany them also affect people’s bottom lines – especially those with fixed or limited incomes such as our seniors, the disabled, and those just struggling to make ends meet. Although your total property tax will not rise in proportion to the increased County assessed value of your property, this still represents an affordability issue that I am committed to addressing to ensure Lakewood’s status as a place where people from all walks of life can find a home and stay for life. 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Harding Hosts 6th Grade Math In Business Symposium

Sixth graders at Harding Middle School recently completed a six-week project-based learning experience that was capped off with an incredible Math in Business Symposium on October 14 The symposium, which included speeches from Mayor George and Superintendent Niedzwiecki, highlighted the end product of students’ work learning about how local business owners use math to help make their businesses successful.

While the focus was on math, the project was truly multidisciplinary, reaching across math and language arts as the students used many of our Vision of a Lakewood Graduate competencies including creativity, communication, collaboration, growth mindset and critical thinking. Working in teams, the students were required to reach out via email to a Lakewood business owner asking to interview them about how math is used in their business.

More than 50 Lakewood businesses welcomed the students for interviews, which the students recorded and are now included in a podcast that can be listened to on Spotify. Each team then worked on creating an infographic outlining the ways that math is a part of the success strategy of the business they profiled.  They asked about math tools, math models and math calculations, among other concepts. What they learned, they compiled into amazing infographics, designed by the students and displayed at the symposium.  

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidates' Forum - Sara Fagnilli

My legal career spans 35 years, including as the City's Law Director. Sara Fagnilli and her husband settled in Lakewood Ohio 36 years ago where they raised their three children. Sara has been engaged with the Lakewood Community through work with volunteer, charitable organizations, and schools.

1.)What is your judicial philosophy? 50 words

Judges must come to work every day recognizing they are in a position of trust that has been granted by the public they serve. Experience, deep knowledge of the law, and good temperament ensures that everyone appearing in court is treated fairly, justly, and respectfully. 

2.) The Lakewood Court established a housing court diversion program to assist residents in addressing housing code violations and bringing homes into compliance. 

Do you support this program? Please describe any other procedures you would implement to address housing code violations in Lakewood.  100 words

Housing code violations may seem like minor infractions to some but they directly impact a city in terms of value, safety, and economy. This program has had a positive impact on Lakewood by helping people avoid undue stress while trying to maintain their property. Housing must continue to be a priority for Lakewood and the court. I have successfully utilized similar diversion programs for several cities. I will continue this program and also utilize the new Eviction Toolkit recently announced by the Ohio Supreme Court to work with landlords and tenants to maintain safe housing for residents and ensuring landlords receive rental payments to be able to meet their obligations.

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidates' Forum - Tess Neff

Current:

 Juvenile Court Administrator. Manage 500 staff, $50 million budget, court operations, address complex legal issues.

 Past:

  • Performed the duties of Lakewood Municipal Court Judge for 10 years as Acting Judge and Judicial Magistrate deciding every type of case that appears before the Court.
  •  Judicial Magistrate Juvenile Court.
  •  Attorney 29 years.
  •  Police Officer.

 1)     There are really two judicial philosophies: Restraint and Activism.

In a municipal court a mixture is needed. When legal decisions are made, restraint must be used by applying the law in a fair manner. However, activism is useful to proactively link individuals and companies with resources that may be available.

 2)     Yes. Compliance is important to protect the safety and quality of our neighborhoods, and property values. Diversion is great, but resources are needed to assist the homeowners. The Court must collaborate with the Building and Planning Departments. The Heritage Loan and Home Enhancement Loan Programs are excellent means of assistance where the Building Department can serve as the resource to help the owner to work through their noncompliance. Also, the Planning Department can allocate resources to assist homeowners by seeking block grants. Fining and charging homeowners should be the last resort so that money can be used toward compliance.  

 

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidate Questions: Tristan Rader

I am a solar energy advocate, policy nerd, and public servant dedicated to making the world a more sustainable place, one solar panel at a time. I am currently the Ohio Program Director at Solar United Neighbors and a Lakewood City Councilman, with a Masters in Public Administration from CSU.

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidates' Forum - Sarah Kepple

Please describe your current job and past experience. 50 words

After serving as a librarian for over a decade at Lakewood Public Library and throughout the Cuyahoga County Public Library system, I launched my technology education business Gigalearn in 2014. I co-founded Action Together Lakewood Area, and I was honored to be unanimously appointed to City Council in February 2020.

1.) No one can dispute the fact that there has been an influx of businesses, mostly bars and restaurants, and a gentrification of the community. The previous two administrations had the residents carrying more than their fair share of the burden for this build-up through failed developments, taxes, property evaluation, and giveaways to both businesses and developers. 

Describe 3 programs you are looking to start that would principally benefit residents. Highlight which ones will help current Lakewoodites stay in their homes and/or improve their daily life.250 words

Serving on the Americans with Disabilities Act Task Force and on the Housing, Planning, & Development Committee, I see the potential for our new development projects to provide affordable and accessible housing, pay prevailing wage to create good local jobs, utilize women & minority-owned enterprises, and implement sustainability measures like reducing water runoff and adding to our tree canopy. Additionally, we can and should better advertise the city’s no-low interest loans for seniors and folks with disabilities for home adaptations and improvements.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidate Questions For Laura Rodriguez-Carbone

Please describe your current job and past experience. 50 words

Describe 3 programs you are looking to start that would principally benefit residents. Highlight which ones will help current Lakewoodites stay in their homes and/or improve their daily life. 250 words

  1. Expansion of health services to help working families, seniors, residents with disabilities, and others access immunizations and screenings in public facilities including the new community center. 
  2. Close loopholes that allow discrimination against renters, many of whom are seniors or those with disabilities. Additionally, ensure new development incorporates resident feedback and affordable housing.
  3. Ensure our business community is supported in both the near and short term by recommending Lakewood hire an economic development officer who can prioritize Lakewood’s small businesses, including those owned by women and people of color. A more focused approach to Lakewood’s commercial development can also help ensure our businesses thrive while protecting residential quality of life. 

2) ) What will you do to provide relief to residents whose quality of life has been impaired by the ever increasing intrusion of businesses into our residential areas? This includes outdoor dining, speeding/parking, loud behavior, accessibility to our sidewalks, crime etc. 150 words

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidates' Forum -- Tom Bullock Answers

Please describe your current job and past experience. 50 words

Most experienced member of Lakewood City Council—over 13 years. More than 25 years in public service and government, including on Capitol Hill and for top Ohio officials. Represented a national foundation and led Ohio advocacy on clean energy. Currently executive director for an Ohio utility consumer advocate and watchdog.


1.) No one can dispute the fact that there has been an influx of businesses, mostly bars and restaurants, and a gentrification of the community. The previous two administrations had the residents carrying more than their fair share of the burden for this build-up through failed developments, taxes, property evaluation, and giveaways to both businesses and developers. 
 
Describe 3 programs you are looking to start that would principally benefit residents. Highlight which ones will help current Lakewoodites stay in their homes and/or improve their daily life. 250 words

There are more than three priority issues I’ve worked on, but three top issues I’d like to work on in the years ahead include:

  1. Keeping our foundation sound: remaining disciplined in responsible budgeting, effective management, and investment in workforce training and technology so our delivery of core city services (such as refuse, police, fire, street repair, and snow plowing) is reliable, effective, and cost-effective. Lakewood has come a long way in improving in these areas, and we can’t take that progress for granted.
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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidate's Forum - Kyle Baker

Please describe your current job and past experience. 50 words

  • Cleveland Metroparks - Director of Real Estate/Legal Counsel (acquired/protected 1,000+ acres of greenspace and procurement/contracting for construction projects).
  • Thompson Hine - attorney practicing construction, real estate, and government contracts law. 
  • Lakewood - Planning Commission/Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation. 
  • Ohio - externed for Ohio Supreme Court/Ohio House of Representatives.

1.) No one can dispute the fact that there has been an influx of businesses, mostly bars and restaurants, and a gentrification of the community. The previous two administrations had the residents carrying more than their fair share of the burden for this build-up through failed developments, taxes, property evaluation, and giveaways to both businesses and developers. 

Describe 3 programs you are looking to start that would principally benefit residents. Highlight which ones will help current Lakewoodites stay in their homes and/or improve their daily life. 250 words

(1)    Property tax relief/low interest loans for home improvement. The new county property reevaluation will net $3-4 million in additional municipal revenue for Lakewood.  Those funds should be used to help seniors/those on fixed incomes with property tax relief/to provide low/no interest loans for home improvement focused on accessibility/aging in place (either directly from the City or with local non-profits like LakewoodAlive/Lakewood Community Services Center). 

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidate Survey Responses - Mark Schneider

I serve as a prosecutor and assistant law director locally.  Before that, I was a State Representative and county prosecutor in the Major Trial Unit.  I am a former co-chairperson of the Lakewood Citizens Advisory Committee and have volunteered for several Lakewood organizations, including St. Luke’s Church. 




Whether Council realizes it or not, the decisions being made at City Hall are pricing residents, especially seniors, out of our community. Our senior citizens deserve the right to age in place and to afford to remain in our community.  Twenty years of public service experience at the state, county and local levels of government give me a unique perspective to work with our state and county governments to push for deferment of property tax increases for senior citizens until a point of sale.  I have been involved in innovative programs like this before, such as when I fought for funding for the Homestead Tax Exemption.  This would prevent our seniors from being taxed out of their homes.

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidates' Forum: Nora Katzenberger, School Board

Please describe your current job and past experience.

Currently I am a writer and community volunteer, much of my time spent in Lakewood Schools. I chaired the 2020 Lakewood School Levy. Previously, I worked in communications and public relations at the Bank of New York, New York University, University Hospitals of Cleveland and Progressive Insurance. 

1.) What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Lakewood City Schools? What will you do about it?

The pandemic is the most pressing issue facing the district today. Keeping students and teachers in school, safely, is the priority. With a lack of state and county guidance, our administrators and board must make the best decisions for the health and safety of our teachers and students. I support the mask mandate currently in place, and I applaud the vaccine clinics that have been scheduled. I would work with city leaders to expand these measures and provide more vaccine information and opportunities for our community. Our schools fare best when we partner with our community members for solutions. 


 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Candidate Questions For Betsy Shaughnessy

Work

I have been a member of the Lakewood Board of Education since 1994 serving as President 7 times. I worked for Lakewood Hospital, St John Medical Center and University Hospitals. I was a Lakewood Library Trustee and am currently a member of the Lakewood Foundation and League of Women Voters.

Challenges

Our most pressing issues are maintaining a safe in-person learning environment for our students, making up for the learning loss experienced by our children, continuing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work, and addressing the strain the pandemic has put on relationships and our community.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

James Webb Space Telescope Events At Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Public Library has been selected to be a part of the NASA initiative when the Webb Space Telescope launches this fall! The James Webb Space Telescope will be a large infrared telescope with a 6.5-meter primary mirror. The telescope will be launched from French Guiana in December 18, 2021. The Webb telescope will be the premier observatory of the next decade and will study every phase in the history of our universe.

Virtual Outer Space Storytime

For the whole family

October 2021 – December 2021

Join Librarian Nic Starr as they build anticipation and excitement about the launch by reading stories about outer space.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Virtual Storytime

For all ages

Join Lakewood Library staff members virtually as they read children’s picture books and share songs, rhymes and finger plays.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

 

Virtual Author Visits

For all ages

Join local authors and illustrators virtually as they share and read some of their own children’s books.

View these exclusive videos from our website at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or through our Facebook at facebook.com/lakewoodpubliclibrary.

 

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Judicial Endorsement

I first became acquainted with Sara Fagnilli almost two decades ago when I taught her two sons. I was always impressed with how candid, courteous, fair-minded, and articulate she was, as well as how deeply committed she was to her family and to her community. It wasn't until several years later that I discovered the breadth of her municipal legal experience not only in Lakewood, but all over northern Ohio as well. Our community will be well served to have someone of Sara’s character and integrity as our next Municipal Court Judge. I urge you to consider her trusted experience when you cast your ballot.

Maureen Arbeznik has been a Lakewood resident for 40+ years and is a longtime educator and administrator in Lakewood parochial schools.

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Volume 17, Issue 21, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021

Come Work For Lakewood Schools!

Although the 2021-2022 school year has been in full swing for a while, the District is still in need of some substitutes to support our current staff members when they have to miss work. Many of the positions we are looking to fill work directly with students. The District is currently in need of substitutes for the following positions:

Teachers - $125 per day
Paraprofessionals/educational assistants
Lunch monitors
Health aides
Building cleaners
Cafeteria workers

Interested applicants should complete a Lakewood City Schools online application by by visiting the Human Resources page on the District website (www.lakewoodcityschools.org).

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Volume 17, Issue 20, Posted 1:25 PM, 10.20.2021