You Are Here - Part 4

Sarah Henderson enjoys Monday Mornings at The Coffee Pot in Lakewood with her husband, Bill Henderson. Photo by Kristine Williams.
You Are Here is a photo-documentary project highlighting Lakewood residents and what they think and feel about their city. We feel that a project like this shares a great affinity with many of the community efforts happening in our city. We are witnessing the emergence of an engaged, pro-active and committed community dedicated to creating the kind of place that we want to live in. But the question remains: who are you? To that end, we would like to use this project as a forum to meet as many Lakewood residents as possible. We would like to photograph you in your favorite place in Lakewood and discuss what you feel makes Lakewood a special place. These biographical vignettes will be published regularly in the Lakewood Observer. Publishing them in the Observer means that you get to share, and other people get to learn about, who you are and what you feel makes Lakewood a special place. Ultimately, a quilt of individuals and experiences will be available to all who live here, and those who do not live here yet, strengthening the sense of community that is Lakewood, Ohio.

Are you interested in participating? Contact Jason Weiner and Kristine Williams at or by calling 216.221.5146.

A (not so) small town...

Sarah Henderson has lived in Lakewood for 20 years. She is a former grade-school teacher who now teaches Tai Chi. Her favorite places are The Coffee Pot and Lakewood Home Furnishings, both on Madison Avenue.

"One thing I love about Lakewood is that it's like living in a small town but it's not as limiting as a small town. I have lived in a small town before. We can walk places, we can walk to the Library from where we live, we can walk to the park from where we live. We have two dogs, we love the dog park and the dog swim. We walk the dogs all over the neighborhood. We'll often drive to a neighborhood just so we can enjoy the neighborhood with our dog.

And I really like that, this is like a small town, in here (The Coffee Pot) Julian, Mama and Papa know our names. Same with the shop next door, Lakewood Home there are places where you're not an anonymous person. And we always run into people we know, which is fun, and that's like a small town.

I really like the schools. I taught in the schools and my oldest daughter, Amanda, went to Lakewood schools from 4th Grade through high school, and she got a great education. She went to Hiram [College] and her English teacher asked her where she learned to write so well...

I love my house, and it's affordable. You know, I could live in Avon or Westlake, but I just couldn't have that much house elsewhere. And I feel safe. I'm a single mom, or I was single until Bill moved in, but when I was a single mom, it was still safe. You know, with trick-or-treating, you feel safe for them to go on French or Andrews. My daughter has babysitting jobs right on the street and the people are friendly."

Jason Weiner lives in Lakewood with his wife, Kristine Williams. He teaches Sociology, does research and plays drums; she teaches third grade and does painting and knitting for local galleries. Jason's favorite place in Lakewood is the Purple Martin house in Lakewood Park, while Kristine is quite happy under the oak trees in her own backyard. Both enjoy gardening and watching the birds in their backyard with their dogs Max and Gracie; they also have a cat (Emily) and several fresh-water fish.

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