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            Vote Issue 28 Support Our Schools

            As a third-generation Lakewood resident and proud alumna of Lakewood Schools, I am proud to support Issue 28. I am grateful for the education I received as a student and wish for future Rangers to have that same high-quality experience. Voting for Issue 28 on March 17th will make that possible.

            Before serving on City Council and becoming Mayor of Lakewood, I started my career as an educator. I've always valued the role that education plays in setting children up for success. Issue 28 will ensure our students are ready to succeed in life – whatever paths they choose. It will allow the Lakewood City Schools to increase mental health services for all children K-12, expand STEM classes to prepare students for their futures, keep educational technology and other learning materials up-to-date, help recruit and retain excellent teachers, and preserve our community’s investment by keeping all of our school buildings and other assets in good condition. Issue 28 will accomplish all of this while still being mindful of the taxpayer at less than $2 more per month based on a property valuation of $100,000.

            I believe that strong schools mean a strong community. The basis for vibrant neighborhoods, strong housing values, and overall economic development is a strong education system. Issue 28 supports Lakewood families and our community by enabling the best possible educational outcomes for our students. Everything I do as Mayor remains focused on ensuring that Lakewood is one of the best places in the country to live. Issue 28 supports this effort.


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            Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 4:30 PM, 02.05.2020

            Latest News Releases

            Lakewood City Council Elects New Leadership
            - City Hall, January 7, 2020 Read More
            State Names Roosevelt Elementary High Progress School of Honor
            - Board of Education, January 7, 2019 Read More
            DeWine Nominates Cabinet Heads for DAS, DSA, OOD, DRC, Taxation, Appoints Numerous Senior Staff members
            - Government, January 3, 2019 Read More
            District to Renovate Taft for Curricular Expansion, Central Office Home
            - Board of Education, December 18, 2018 Read More
            Lakewood’s Roosevelt Elementary Named High Progress School of Honor
            - Board of Education, November 16, 2017 Read More

            View more news releases

            Staff Spotlight: Hvizdos & Smith

            Nancy Hvizdos

            The Lakewood City Schools each month honors colleagues chosen by their peers as shining examples of an outstanding employee. This month's Staff Spotlight honorees are Hayes Elementary teacher Nancy Hvizdos and Roosevelt Elementary teacher Renee Smith. Please read below why these two are such exemplary staff members.

            NANCY HVIZDOS

            While many people who have been at the same job for decades suffer burnout and apathy, Hayes first-grade teacher Nancy Hvizdos continues to feel energized and excited about her students and works to make school fun even in her 34th year with Lakewood City Schools.

            “Every year is different, and it keeps me interested,” says Hvizdos, who has been at Hayes for the last 24 years. “I’m always trying to think outside the box…and bring hands-on fun to the class.” One example is the lemonade stand project her student engaged in to learn to experience first-hand the principles they were learning in their economics unit.

            Hvizdos's nominator, fellow first-grade teacher Ellen Perez, is impressed with Nancy’s ability to generate new ideas.

            “Nancy is a creative and innovative teacher,” says Ellen. “She continues to intrigue her students, particularly through STEM lessons.”

            Hvizdos freely and frequently shares the wisdom she has learned as a longtime teacher and is always open to input and ideas from others. She is a true team player, say her colleagues. 

            RENEE SMITH

            When you ask Roosevelt teacher Renee Smith what one of the things is that she most loves about teaching, she’ll tell you it’s the connections she makes with her students. After 30 years – all at Roosevelt – she finds a way to make each child feel special.


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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            PTA Reflections Celebrates Creativity

            These middle schoolers were honored for their creative art pieces as part of the District level PTA Reflections ceremony on January 28.

            Congratulations to the students who entered the Lakewood Council of PTAs Reflections Program. This year’s theme, Look Within, challenged our students to actually look within. We are so proud to share the dancer, artists, writers, and photographers who participated. 

            Each of the nine PTA units could submit up to 24 original works to go on to the Council level. Of those, 70 made it to District Council level. And, from those entries, 27 outstanding pieces were selected from a panel of judges to represent Lakewood in Columbus at the State level. 

            Submissions were judged on the interpretation of the theme, merit, and creativity in areas of Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Dance Choreography, Music Composition, and Film Production. 

            View students' work and see photos from the night at http://tiny.cc/LKWDReflections.


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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            Board Of Education Now Located At Taft Center For Innovation, Open House March 11

            The Lakewood Board of Education headquarters has moved from its longtime location at 1470 Warren Road to its new home in the Taft Center for Innovation, located at 13701 Lake Ave.

            The Board's new home was formerly Taft Elementary School until it closed in 2008. The building has been completely renovated and beginning in August 2020 the center will also house the District's new all-day preschool program and its higher education partners such as University of Akron and Cuyahoga Community College.

            The community is invited to tour the building at an Open House on March 11 from 5-6 pm. 

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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            Lakewood Athletic Boosters 16th Annual Night At The Races

            The Lakewood Athletic Boosters are holding their 16th annual Night at the Races fundraiser on Saturday, February 29th. This entertaining event raises funds to support middle and high school student-athletes in the Lakewood City Schools district. Night at the Races is for adults age 21 and older. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races start at 7:30. 

            Individual tickets are $40, but come with friends and save! Groups of 8 or more can purchase tickets for $35 each (a group of 8 tickets is $280 and a group of 10 tickets is $350.) Tickets include a pizza, beverages, and dessert, but people are encouraged to bring their favorite food and drinks to share with friends. To order tickets and buy horses, visit LakewoodAthleticBoosters.com. February 19th is the last day to sponsor a horse. Only 350 tickets will be sold, so don’t delay as this event sells out every year! No tickets will be sold at the door. 

            In addition to horse races, there will be sideboard raffles, $1 and $5 raffle baskets filled with items donated by area businesses, as well as a silent auction. Auction items for past events have included beautiful jewelry from Broestl & Wallis, signed NFL jerseys, as well as Cavaliers and Indians items. KB Confections, Panera Bread, Roman Fountain, Melt, Lion & Blue, and Slife Heating & Cooling are just a few of the MANY local businesses that have supported this awesome event.


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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            100 Ways To Do Something Or Another, I Can't Remember Anymore: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 100

            I’ve been doing this for five years now. This is the 100th review column I’ve written. I’m not sure how many total reviews that adds up to (seeing as these columns range between one and four reviews, usually), but it’s a good few. So, for this one, seeing as it’s moderately special (100 is a big number! Triple digits!), I’m doing a special column. These are quick re-reviews of some of my favorite releases of the past five years that I’ve reviewed here (note: there are things I liked but never reviewed that have been excluded, as well as things older than five years that I did review, but have cut since they’re not within the timeframe I’m trying to work with. I also have reviewed some non-Ohio releases that I loved and could’ve included here, but I tried to keep this Ohio just because otherwise it would be way too long!). There were a ton of records I cut from this list, and it pained me to do so, but I could really go on and on about how much great music has come from Ohio and fill this whole paper with the one column. Thanks for reading, and thank you very much to all the bands and artists who’ve been in some way a part of this column. Here’s to 100 more, I guess. 

            Bernie & The Invisibles - All Possibilities Are Open LP (My Mind’s Eye)

            This group was one of the lost acts of the late ‘70s Cleveland punk scene, with only three tracks ever being officially released across various compilations. This record solves that problem. Sure, it’s lo-fi, but the music contained is truly some of the best punk rock ever. Bernie is smart, funny, touching–- in certain ways, it’s like a cross between the Modern Lovers and the Urinals. It’s absolutely great. 

            The Choir - I’d Rather You Leave Me 7” (Norton Records)

            Two tracks from Cleveland’s first power pop group (?), both very good. Sure, I’ve got problems with this record (the lack of liner notes, the fact that it’s on lavender vinyl…), but the music is good enough for me to look past it. Every bit as great as “It’s Cold Outside.”

            Bill Fox - Before I Went To Harvard LP (Eleventh Hour Recording Company)

            Perhaps this material isn’t as essential as what’s on “Shelter From The Smoke,” but most of it is still prime Bill Fox. Plus, three Radio Flyers songs, so you need it for that alone. 

            Great Plains - The Mark, Don, & Mel E.P. +4 LP and Born In A Barn LP (Rerun Records)

            Sure, it’s cheating to include both of these, but how could I possibly choose between them? Ron House is one of the greatest lyricists of this generation or any other generation, and the eerie, Midwestern mood these records conjure is like nothing else I’ve ever heard. Two essential records. 

            Kill The Hippies - Let’s Start A Band Nobody’s In CD (Phoenician MicroSystems)

            It’s mildly funny to me that this is in the archival section here, but it is an archival release! It’s just that this band is still active, which is great. Two unreleased albums and an unreleased single in one package. And it’s a shame these records weren’t released, because they’re pretty great. Still one of the best punk bands around. 

            The One Way Street - The One Way Street 2x7” (My Mind’s Eye/B-W Records)

            A killer reissue of one of the greatest, dumbest, nuttiest (no pun intended) garage rock records ever (both sides are on the first “Back From The Grave” if that tells you anything) and a second, more straight-laced but still very good single with two unreleased songs. It has to be heard to be believed. The peanuts are nice but the acid is rare! 

            Jim Shepard - Heavy Action 3xLP (Ever/Never Records)

            A really great set of all the types of music Jim Shepard made. There are heavy, ripping noise-punk tracks from the band V-3, there are sparse, melancholy, acoustic pieces, there are strange audio collages and answering machine messages. A truly fascinating, touching, tragic, and just good portrait of one of Columbus’s best. 

            The Society - You Girl 7” (My Mind’s Eye/B-W Records)

            This thing’s been getting a lot of hype lately in garage rock circles, but it absolutely lives up to that hype, without question. A total blaster on Side A (with a ripping fuzz guitar solo less than a minute into the song!) and the moody, organ-driven “Lonely” on the flip, both nearly perfect examples of the genre.

            The Styrenes - CLE 76-79 Unreleased 3x7” (My Mind’s Eye)

            This is maybe not the most essential Styrenes material, nor the best place to start with them (I did like it more than “The Essential Styrenes,” though), but well worth hearing. Alternate/early versions of some their classics (a killer version of “I Saw You” and an instrumental version of “Where The Girls Are” that lets you appreciate just how fantastic the guitar playing is on it are two highlights), plus two totally unheard tracks, “Empty Vessels” and “Murder Me,” both of which are very good, especially the latter. For the fans, perhaps, but necessary for the fans. 


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            Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 4:30 PM, 02.05.2020

            LakewoodAlive Honors Volunteers With Appreciation Happy Hour

            More than 50 volunteers attended LakewoodAlive's Appreciation Happy Hour at Blue Ridge Media Company.

            As the saying goes, it takes a village. This is certainly true in the case of LakewoodAlive, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that relies heavily on community members to help fulfill our mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.

            LakewoodAlive hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour on Thursday evening, January 30, at the new office of Blue Ridge Media Company, a Lakewood-based marketing agency. The event, attended by more than 50 volunteers, featured refreshments, friendships and stories of remarkable volunteerism. LakewoodAlive celebrated the nearly 750 volunteers who, in 2019, contributed their time and talents to supporting our organization and to helping improve quality of life in Lakewood.

            Volunteer Champion Awards were bestowed upon the following individuals for their outstanding service to LakewoodAlive:

            Outgoing LakewoodAlive Board Members

            • Steve Clark
            • Dr. James Hekman
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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            Lakewood Kiwanis K Kids Awareness Week

            February 17-21, 2020 is Kiwanis International recognition week for Kiwanis K Kids. Lakewood Kiwanis is proud to sponsor 4 K Kid Clubs in our community: Grant Elementary School, Horace Mann Elementary School, Family Life Before and After Care at Harrison and EmersonElementary Schools.

            K Kids is the youngest youth leadership club in the Kiwanis family. Each K Kids club has a school/administrator advisor and Lakewood Kiwanian advisor. Each club has their leadership team of K Kids selected through essays submitted or elected at the beginning of school. After that is in place, the voting of projects by the kids are done for the year. Our K Kids projects include food drives, community trash cleanup in the Spring and local initiatives that they have chosen to do. The kids learn that they have a voice in the club and need to make the commitment to complete their projects. As advisors, we try to have different speakers come in to connect the kids to the community service they complete. Win, win for all. Lakewood Kiwanis also sponsors Builders Club at Harding Junior High and Key Club at Lakewood High School.

            Our K Kids have been busy this school year. Grant School K Kids just completed a successful food drive for LCAC (Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp.). By making posters and having Special Days (Hat Day, Pajama Day) through the week, the K Kids drew attention to the importance of the food drive. Grant K Kids are now planning a Save Lake Erie project this Spring. Horace Mann K Kids collected toys for the Lakewood Christmas Store. Again, posters were made, and the kids promoted the collection to their classmates. Horace Mann K Kids also had an Alex’s Lemonade Stand this month for Pediatric Cancer. Family Life K Kids at both Harrison and Emerson Elementary made Snowman Soup (hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, a candy cane and a holiday poem) for a homeless ministry in the area.


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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            Sherlock Holmes On Stage At Lakewood Public Library

            Live theater provides a unique experience for both performers and audience. Great Lakes Theater has been educating young people in the magic of live theater since 1990, when they began presenting annual touring productions in venues throughout northeast Ohio.

            Lakewood Public Library is proud to present GLT’s offering for 2020, “Sherlock Holmes Meets the Bully of Baker Street,” on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium. Designed for elementary and middle school audiences, this original play by David Hansen is inspired by characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Four actors will bring humor, logic and song to the stage in this fifty-minute performance, fully staged with sets, costumes and music.

            The play begins on the eve of the coronation of King Edward in 1901. Sherlock Holmes meets an orphan and becomes involved in solving the mystery of a stolen painting and rooting out corruption in the Shaxper Asylum for Fatherless Girls. The acerbic personality and deductive reasoning skills of Sherlock Holmes are on full display, but instead of Watson, Holmes is accompanied by Vicky, the orphan who tried to pick his pocket. Hansen chose to create an original story rather than adapt an existing one in order to introduce a female narrator and make the play acceptable for a young audience.


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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            Dr. Martin Luther King Remembered at Barton Center

            On January 20 the Barton Senior Center offered several events honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The day long celebration was initiated by Cheryl Shaver, Barton Center Manager of Marketing and Development. Most of the activities were coordinated by Patricia Wellborn, a Barton member.

            Beginning at 10 a.m. in the Center's auditorium, the "Black Voices Open Mic" session began. Multi faceted aspects of the Black experience were illuminated by various speakers. Participants included Michael Knight who read two poems, "Let America Be America Again," by Langston Hughes, and "(SOS) Save Our Sons," by Benjamin Zephaniah.

            Ms. Wellborn's daughter, Melanie Swiat, accompanied by her daughter, Ashtyn, discussed activist Angela Yvonne Davis who was a prominent voice in the late 1960's. Like many who have spoken out against injustice, Davis was controversial because of her views. She believed that the struggle of Black women represented the fight for rights by all members of society. Eight-year-old Ashtyn Swiat earlier read a poem, "I'm Glad To Be Me" (author unknown).

            Helen Green praised her hero Barbara Jordan as someone who "stood out as a person I would like to be." Among her many achievements, Jordan was the first Southern African American woman elected to the US House of Representatives and a crusader for civil rights. She is quoted as saying, "what the people want is very simple -- they want an America as good as its promise."

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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            Starr Gazer


            Aries: It’s time for the Ram to get clear, & trust that intuition for this month of love & roses, Venus is at your house for most of the month, when you get a hunch about that hottie, go for it.

            Taurus: This iyour month Bullyour ruling Planet is Venus, you’re a natural Romeo, the heavens have aligned for you, you won’t have to do a thing, let divine timing take care of this.

            Gemini: Wow, Twins s-l-o-w down just a wee bit, you’ve got too much on your plate, if you don’t get clear & focus, you’ll end up with a double dose of too much love, & double-trouble.

            Cancer: Get out of that shell Crab, it’s time for you to seize what you want, & gather up the courage to do so, don’t just knock on that door of your sweetie, bust the damn door down!

            Leo: The King & Queen of the Jungle just hit the jackpot, follow your heart, you DO have the biggest heart in the forest, your romantic GPS knows the best routes, go after thee fair maiden.


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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            LHS Swimmers Shine At Conference Championship Meet

            At its final Southwest Conference Championship Meet, the Lakewood High School Swimming & Diving team turned in some great individual and relay performances that earned a number of competitors spots on the awards podium at the Westlake Rec Center on January 24 & 25, 2020.

            Junior Sistina Simcox and sophomore Sarah Donaldson were the highest placers with a 3rd in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breastroke, respectively. Simcox also earned a trip to the podium as part of the 200-yard medley relay that consisted of herself, Donaldson, freshman Charlotte Beno and senior Sophia Miranda, and also with the 400-yard freestyle relay of Simcox, Miranda, Beno, and junior Ethel Woodford. Charlotte Beno earned two individual places with a 6th in the 50-yard freestyle and a 5th in the 100-yard butterfly. Ethel Woodford reached the podium with a 4th in the 100-yard butterfly. The team overall placed 5th out of nine teams.


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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

            Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (158 minutes) 
            Lakewood Public Cinema
            Film Series—Sam Fuller: Audacious Auteur: "The Big Red One" (1980)
            Directed by Samuel Fuller 
            Presented by Terry Meehan
            Main Library Auditorium
            This film follows the World War II exploits of the US First Infantry Division in Africa and Europe, including landings in Sicily and Omaha Beach. The grunt’s-eye view screenplay written by Sam Fuller stems from his experience filming the liberation of the Falkenau concentration camp. Terry Meehan concludes his series Sam Fuller: Audacious Auteur, introducing each film with an original video followed by audience reaction and a lively discussion.

            Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
            Sunday with the Friends
            Women in History – Susan B. Anthony
            Main Library Auditorium
            Champion of temperance, abolition and the rights of labor and equal pay, Susan B. Anthony became one of the most visible leaders of the women’s suffrage movement. Anthony paved the way for the historical Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, which passed fourteen years after her death. Women In History is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the education of all people through the dramatic re-creation of the lives of notable women in US history.

            Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
            Documentary: "Somewhere to Be" (2018)
            Directed by Peter Odabashian
            Presented by Lakewood Division of Aging 
            Main Library Auditorium 
            Somewhere to Be is an eye-opening look behind the doors of a Greenwich Village senior center, where every New Yorker over sixty is welcome to come to the Center On The Square and take an Italian class, have some lunch, write a poem, paint a picture, or make a friend. Using a mix of verité and interviews, this documentary explores the human need to be with others. Joining us to discuss the film will be a representative of the Lakewood Division of Aging. 

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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            Spring Art Programs At Lakewood Public Library

            Spring inches ever closer, which means there is a bouquet of art programs at the Lakewood Public Library for students to choose from. Take a break and come on down to the Lakewood Public Library for some creative inspiration.

            Illustration Creation: a picture book art program for students in kindergarten through first grade. This six week program will feature a different children’s book illustrator each class and culminates with an art show on April 30, 2020. Thursdays, March 12, 2020; March 19, 2020; April 2, 2020; April 9, 2020; April 16, 2020 and April 23, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

            Strokes of Genius: a six-week program for students in second through fourth grade. Art activities and stories open up the world of art and culminates with an art show on April 21, 2020. Space is limited. Registration is required. Tuesdays, March 3, 2020; March 17, 2020; March 31, 2020; April 7, 2020 and April 14, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose and Activity Rooms.

            Art Explosion: for students in fifth through eighth grade. Learn about different artists in this six-week program, then experiment with and create your own style to display at the culminating art show on Monday, April 6, 2020. Mondays, March 2, 2020 to March 30, 2020 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            District Open Enrollment Begins March 1

            The Lakewood City Schools open enrollment period for the 2020-2021 school year will begin on March 1, 2020 and continue until March 31, 2020.  An online form will be available on the Lakewood City Schools’ website (www.lakewoodcityschools.org) beginning the morning of March 1, 2020. Notification of open enrollment status will be as follows: The first-round of notifications will occur the week of June 15, 2020. The second-round of of notifications will occur the week of August 10, 2020. Kindergarten notification will only be made the week of August 10, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding open enrollment, please call 216-529-4203.

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            Children/Youth Events at Lakewood Public Library

            Tail Waggin’ Tutors

            For school-age children
            Bone up on your reading skills by reading to a dog. Drop in for a one-to-one session with one of our dogs and owners that have been certified through Therapy Dogs International.
            Saturday, February 8, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

            Sew Your Own Library Tote 
            For anyone age 8 and up
            Create your own unique and stylish tote bag in this hands-on, no experience necessary craft program. Registration required.
            Saturday, February 8, 2020, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Library Homework Room.

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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            Lincoln’s Assassination: The Complete Story With Mel Maurer

            One of the darkest evenings in American history played out at Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865. The brutal plot designed to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln for ransom turned into a murder, with John Wilkes Booth at the center of the nation’s heartbreak, but not acting alone. His small group of co-conspirators believed the slaying would boost the Confederate cause in a Civil War that, for them, was not over, in spite of Lee’s official surrender five days earlier. 

            The Lakewood Historical Society welcomes Mel Maurer as he presents the complete story of Lincoln’s assassination with details of its planning, completion and aftermath at Lakewood Public Library on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Main Library Auditorium.

            The mission of the Lakewood Historical Society is to enhance the quality of life in Lakewood by offering educational programs for all ages; providing stewardship of artifacts and buildings; and advocating for our historic community. 

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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            Cuyahoga County Tree Canopy Assessment ?The Lakewood Story

            On December 1, 2019, the Cuyahoga County Planning Department released a new Tree Canopy Assessment for all of Cuyahoga County. This latest assessment takes satellite data measured in 2017 to update the countywide canopy cover percentages from the first canopy assessment from satellite data gathered in 2011; for which that report was released in December of 2012.

            What is tree canopy? Tree canopy is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. The countywide assessment shows an overall loss of tree canopy of 6% from 2011 to 2017 for all of Cuyahoga County.

            The City of Lakewood saw its canopy cover decrease 27.96% to 22.77% canopy cover from 2011 to 2017, which equates to a loss of 182 acres of tree canopy cover citywide. To further explain the canopy loss, a change from 27.96% to 22.77% canopy cover represents a 18.55% lossof canopy calculated as follows: 27.96% – 22.77% = 5.19 / 27.96 = 18.55%. Although this is only 5.19 percent difference, the percent change for actual loss of the existing tree canopy itself is higher – 18.55%

            It is worth noting as part of this assessment that Cleveland Metroparks had a loss of 5.8% of its canopy from 2011-2017, an indication that natural losses, and not development or urban sprawl, may play the largest role in the overall decline in tree canopy within our region.


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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            No More Monkeys Is Celebrating One Year And Its Great Big Grand Reopening!

            Come one come all! The Monkey Place is back open as of Tuesday February 11th.

            NMME is so very excited to announce its Great Big Grand Reopening on its One Year Anniversary of opening. Join Miss Heather and the kiddos to play on National Make a Friend Day! Miss Heather had her big surgeries and is ready to get back down to Monkey Business. No More Monkeys Enrichment opened on February 11th of last year and is so happy to be a part of the Lakewood community.

            No More Monkeys Enrichment is a drop in play zone featuring free coffee, tea, cocoa and wifi. This cozy little gem in The Northland Plaza has comfy couches and plenty of socialization for the kiddos and grownups alike. NMME is all about Manners, Kindness and Diversity! Original classes featuring music by local artists, tea parties, bubble dance parties, birthday parties, and date night childcare are just a few of the fun goodies offered. They even offer drop in childcare and some full time childcare too. Everything from Girl Scout patches to Craftint fun can be found at this amazing little Lakewood find.


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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            Rotary Foundation Offering Five Scholarships

            The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Foundation is offering grants for study in any accredited post-high school educational institution. Five grants of $3,000 will be awarded toward the cost of one year’s tuition.

            Applicants must be a member of the 2020 graduating class of any accredited high school, and be a resident of the Lakewood or Rocky River school district; show a record of academic success in his/her high school career; have applied to a specific college, university, community or junior college, or trade or professional school; and have no direct relationship to a current or honorary Rotarian.

            Applications must be received by 3 p.m. Monday, March 2. The awards will be presented on April 20.

            Required information must be submitted on the application form that can be downloaded or completed online at http://www.lakewoodrockyriverrotary.org.

            Guidelines for submitting the application, as well as other criteria, are included.

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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            The Rockport Miracles - Part 4: Episode 21: "The Ballad Of Derecho Dan" Continues

            “The Giant Lizard’s roar is your signal to take action. When you hear it, take this boat out onto the fetid waters of Lake Erie and stick it straight up the Lizard’s ass!” (Excerpt dated 7/4/75 from Maynard Gridley’s “Manifesto With Cheese.”)

            Little Dan was taken aback as he sat on the deck of Maynard’s boat named “The Friggin’ A.” He couldn’t comprehend the malice that lurked in the heart of Maynard Gridley. After all, Maynard was just a fella from Parma, Ohio. His biggest accomplishment in life was to drink 50 bottles of Stroh’s in less than one hour.

            Yes, it was true that Maynard had been banned from the Yucatan Peninsula for life. South Dakota was sure happy to see his backside. Then there was that harrowing incident outside Taos, New Mexico. Apache elders had discovered Maynard trespassing atop a sacred mesa and smoking peyote. He was lucky to crawl away from that scuffle but, not before the face of Geronimo had been branded onto one of his butt cheeks. 

            It’s all true! Maynard was hellion. Maynard was a rambunctious hooligan, a rebel, a prankster, and a glorious heathen. But, Maynard Gridley was NOT a mad bomber. That's not how he was raised, although Rowena must have known her son was up to something. There were enough explosives on that boat to take out a hundred giant lizards.


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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            LakewoodAlive’s Pride Fund Assists Lakewood Residents With Home Repairs

            Photo courtesy of Aerial Agents.

            Last year LakewoodAlive launched the Lakewood Pride Fund with support from First Federal Lakewood. This innovative program 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 & code compliance repairs.

            This program has been designed to often be a last-resort option for folks who have nowhere else to turn. LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program works tirelessly to connect residents to available resources to keep their homes in good repair, and this program is now another tool in our organization’s tool box. The ideal candidate is someone who perhaps had a temporary job loss or a life change that made staying on top of their household bills difficult, but are now working to get back on track. The Lakewood Pride Fund will help these clients make essential health, safety and code compliance improvements ultimately enhancing their quality of life, one repair at a time.


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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.05.2020

            One Lakewood Progress: Judge Carroll’s Call For New Jail Policies Grounded In Defensible Rationale

            Late last year, long-time Lakewood Judge Patrick Carroll publicly called for an independent review of the policies at Lakewood City Jail after three instances of drug sharing among inmates, as well as a separate incident where an inmate was prematurely released from captivity. Judge Carroll stated his office was alerted to these incidents after the fact and was not properly informed.

            In interviews last year, Judge Carroll offered some policy solutions for consideration, like establishing a citizen oversight committee to oversee how the jail is run, as well as new internal policies that expand avenues of transparency in reporting issues at the jail by looping in elected officials and city administrators. 

            The administrative issues that have beleaguered the Cuyahoga County Jail in recent years remind us that from a policy administration standpoint, there is always room for improvement, and that regular review of administrative polices that ensure the safety and security of the community ought to be a priority on an ongoing basis.

            Given the issues of administrative liability, accreditation standards, case law, and the need to support professional behavior, comprehensive written policy and procedures are a necessity for all jails. 

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            Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 8:03 AM, 01.23.2020

            LakewoodAlive Announces Award Honorees To Be Recognized At “Loving Lakewood: All-Stars?/a>

            Clockwise from top-left: Eric Stephens, Heather Rudge, Michael Bentley, Robert Brill, Ryan Sheldon & Brittany Graham and Michael Summers.

            Championship-caliber community vibrancy doesn’t happen by accident. Rather, it’s achieved thanks to strong leaders who routinely demonstrate qualities like passion, perseverance and commitment.

            LakewoodAlive proudly announces Michael Bentley as the 2020 Founders Award recipient and fellow community leaders Robert BrillHeather RudgeRyan Sheldon & Brittany Graham, Eric Stephens and Michael Summers as award honorees to be recognized during Loving Lakewood: All-Stars taking place Saturday, February 22, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lakewood Masonic Temple. Each will be honored as part of the evening’s festivities in recognition of their exemplary service to LakewoodAlive and the Lakewood community.

            Tickets are on sale now for Loving Lakewood: All-Stars, LakewoodAlive’s winter fundraiser sponsored by Cleveland Property Management Group. Guests are invited to don their favorite jersey and bring their ‘A’ game for a sports-inspired celebration of the heart, hustle and teamwork that’s built Lakewood into a community of champions. This limited-capacity event is expected to sell out, so act faster than a sprint to the goal line to secure your tickets by visiting LakewoodAlive.org/AllStars.

            Each member of this honoree group has made an indelible impact on LakewoodAlive and our community:

            Michael Bentley – The Founders Award celebrates individuals who exemplify the vision of LakewoodAlive’s founding members through making exceptional contributions to our efforts to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods. During the last four years, Michael’s role with LakewoodAlive has been nothing short of remarkable. Michael joined the LakewoodAlive board of directors in 2017 and serves as chair of the Development Committee. Through his financial services firm, Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, Michael has served as title sponsor of our Front Porch Concert Series the last four summers. Michael regularly recruits coworkers and friends to complete volunteer housing projects on behalf of our Housing Outreach Program, and he sits on our Impact Team, a group focused on creating a social enterprise plan for LakewoodAlive. Ohio CDC Association recently honored Michael as its 2019 Community Leader of the Year based on his extensive contributions to LakewoodAlive. 


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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            H2O HOME ALONE Team Leaders.

            On Wednesday, January 15th, H2O's HOME ALONE Leadership Team unveiled their program for the first time to over 60 children from the ages of 9 to 12 years old. The program’s goals are to enrich children with skills that will be essential for their independence.

            It all started last May, when H2O "Help to Others" presented the concept of HOME ALONE to a group of high school students and invited them to get involved. In June, eleven high school students stepped up to the plate and became H2O's Research and Development (R&D) Team. I was one of them.

            H2O's R&D Team re-envisioned the program to fit the ever-changing society that today’s children live in. We met with law enforcement, firefighters, and many others. 

            In October, H2O's R&D team recruited 42 more high school leaders, ranging from sophomores to seniors, to develop the presentations that the children saw at our first event. 

            Over the time that was spent together, not only did the program develop, but a connection between the team members evolved. H2O's HOME ALONE program not only focuses on teaching younger kids to be safe, but also provides the skills to prepare its high school leaders for the real world. 

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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            Family Focused Chiropractor Opens In Lakewood

            Posture & Poise Chiropractic is a specialized care center that opened at the beginning of the new year. The practice focuses on treating patients of all ages, from children to elderly with a special focus on pregnant, postpartum parents and children. Dr. Allison Workman is the owner and Doctor of Chiropractic at Posture & Poise. She is a Webster certified chiropractor. Webster is a technique in which chiropractors analyze the joints, muscles, and ligaments of the pelvis and reduce dysfunction of the sacrum in order to allow for optimal fetal position. Correction of the pelvis may improve pregnant patient's low back and pubic symphysis pain and reduce labor and delivery discomfort. In addition, Dr. Workman also offers the following services to all of her patients: diversified chiropractic adjustments, ConnecTX soft tissue therapy, kinesiology taping, Activator method, applied kinesiology, strengthening exercises, and nutritional supplementation. The practice is located in the Rozis Wine House building on the corner of Detroit & Cook Ave. They offer well-rounded, holistic, and non-invasive care. Care consists of gentle hands on treatment as well as analyzing musculoskeletal disorders, nutritional imbalances, and thoughtful consideration of rehabilitation exercises to implement as patient self-care. Dr. Workman strives to bring the utmost patient-centered care possible.

            Dr. Allison Workman grew up in Andover, OH and graduated from Pymatuning Valley High School. She then earned her bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Kent State University. Next, she traveled to New York Chiropractic College located in the small town of Seneca Falls, NY and received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in November of 2019. While in school she took a particular interest in pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic, and even gave birth to her son in her last year of chiropractic school. After she graduated, her family packed up and moved to the land of Cleveland, Ohio where she is excited to be established and serving the community. Dr. Workman is an advocate for movement and strength training to help improve longevity and quality of life. She hopes to incorporate that into her practice to help everyone achieve the healing they deserve. 

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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            Commitment In Fitness At GiGi's Playhouse

            Michelle and Annie

            GiGiFIT Adult at GiGi's Playhouse on Detroit Rd here in Lakewood just wrapped its first session and the results are impressive!

            Every Monday for the past 12 weeks, a group of adults with Down syndrome have been meeting at the Playhouse for GiGiFIT. GiGiFIT is a FREE program designed to address common issues for people with Down syndrome, including hypotonia (low muscle tone), joint laxity and decreased balance. Each session included an hour-long workout, comprised of planks, squats, weighted ball passes, push ups, hips abductions and more.

            TOGETHER, these 8 participants have worked during the last 12 weeks to collectively:

            lose 15 pounds

            increase grip strength (measured by the dynamometer) by 21.25lbs

            increase number of chest passes thrown in 1 minute by 41 throws

            increase number of standing marches in 1 minute by 68 reps

            improve number of push-ups (using correct form) in 1 minute from 77 total to 142 total (a difference of 65 combined push-ups!)

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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            Giant Eagle Goes Green

            Many people are trying to help the environment across the world, and stores around Lakewood have joined in.

            Plastic bags release toxic chemicals into the environment and can cause a lot of harm and they cannot be recycled. Paper bags on the other hand are environmentally friendly because they are biodegradable and can be recycled. Plastic bags also harm wildlife and clog sewage systems. Researchers believe that 500 billion plastic bags are used across the globe each year. If everyone pitches in by using paper and reusable bags that number can be reduced. Stores across Lakewood are pitching in to help this issue.

            I was at Giant Eagle and realized that they are using paper bags. You can bring your own reusable bags or pay $0.10 per bag. These little things help out the environment a lot. Then I started thinking about what other stores in Lakewood have paper bags. I called several other stores in Lakewood and found out that stores including Walgreens on Madison and CVS on Detroit are also using paper bags. Stores such as Drug Mart and Rite Aid have plastic, but provide paper. Aldi’s doesn’t have bags and so you can bring your own reusable bags!

            When going to the store make sure to bring your reusable bags and help the environment! Lakewood is working hard on helping the environment one step at a time and with everyone's help we can help the environment stay clean!

            Josie Kavc is a 7th grader at Harding Middle School.

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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            Art is appreciated for all sorts of reasons. It has the power to change us and to inspire our hearts. More than just a painting on a wall, art can be the music you hear or a sculpture you feel. Students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade are invited to experience the arts at the Lakewood Public Library in this after-school program with a variety of activities. These include listening to a story, personalizing a poem, completing a coloring project and making a unique heart-filled creation. The Inspire Your Heart with Art program will take place on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room. Register online at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            Lakewood March Levy

            Every time the Lakewood School System announces a new levy to appear on an upcoming ballot, numerous articles surface supporting the position that funding is necessary to "keep Lakewood City schools strong" and "continue to provide the educational excellence that residents expect." Reference the Lakewood Observer article by Christine Gordillo, Volume 16, Issue 01, page 6.

            The article assures land owners the upcoming March levy will "have a minimum financial impact of less then $2.00 per $100,000 of fair market property value, with no increase in tax rate, due in part to responsible refinancing, sound financial practices and property value growth." Listed are many reasonable spending outcomes for the 3.9 mill operating and 1.0 mill permanent improvement levies, although most are not for emergency spending issues, but instead for "adding, expanding, providing, and protecting" programs. It's important to note that Treasurer/CFO Kent Zeman recently stated in a Sun News article dated August 15, 2019 that he anticipates a $2.7 million deficit in 2020, $4.6 million deficit in 2021 and $9.2 million deficit in 2023! 

            It's appropriate that everyone evaluate all information at hand so that they can make sound decisions at the polls. However, simply evaluating program necessity and program wishlists is only a part of this process. It is imperative we also look at tax rate mill growth, home fair market value growth, and subsequently, the growth in actual property tax dollars paid, the real out-of-pocket impact! Case in point: In my 20 years of Lakewood residency and property ownership, tax rate mills have increased 37%, home value 54%, and most importantly, annual property taxes have increased 93%. These are the true key indicators we must evaluate!


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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            Women In History Presents: Susan B. Anthony

            The lifework of Susan B. Anthony changed the world. Born in 1820, she fought furiously for the rights of African Americans and women due to her conviction that all people are created equal -- a radical thought for a culture mired in slavery and oppression. 

            Women in History is proud to present a dramatic re-creation of the famous suffragette on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. as part of our Sunday With The Friends program at Lakewood Public Library. 

            2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting American women the right to vote. Because of her impassioned activism, the legislation came to be known as the “Susan B. Anthony Amendment.” 

            Anthony is just one of sixty-four notable women currently portrayed by the actresses of Women in History. From Sojourner Truth to Joan Rivers, great care is taken to accurately depict the personality, dress and life story of each remarkable subject and has led to the program's award-winning reputation.

            Women in History’s presentation of Susan B. Anthony will be held in the Main Lower Level Auditorium at 15425 Detroit Avenue.

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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            The Sketchbook Challenge

            "The Sketchbook Challenge" is a project that involves local artists working together to help preserve Ohio’s creative spirit and energy. I own a for profit business, so it has been very difficult to get any sort of funding. All I need right now are the sketchbooks and the artists willing to fill them.

            Basically, we are creating a library of sketchbooks. It would be great to have a place where local artists can be celebrated and given a special place of recognition. There are no restrictions. Beginners, mid-career and seasoned artists can all become part of this collection. The only caveat is that whatever they submit has to fit in the sketchbook. All the books will be the same size. 

            I want to give any artists a sketchbook and have them fill it with whatever they wish and then collect them. The books will be a record of thoughts, dreams and stories that the artist wants to share. Anyone can come in and view the sketchbooks at any time. The books will become the property of Lakewood Art Studios. There will be no copying or photos allowed of the work but people are free to view the contents. The sketchbooks will contain the contact information of the artist and any social media or other ways for the public to get in touch with them. To be eligible for a free sketchbook, an artist must participate in any Lakewood Art Studios event or activity. For now, this will be free for artists to participate. The launch party for the first round of sketchbooks induction will be in August of 2020.

            Lakewood Art Studios is looking for folks that can help this campaign by spreading the word, becoming a participant, donating to purchase sketchbooks, studio supplies, furniture or shelving. I would love to partner with you to help local artists preserve and share their talent with anyone who comes to browse.


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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            Board Of Elections Hiring Thousands For March Presidential Primary At Job Fair

            The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is inviting the public to attend a job fair as part of our effort to hire over 4,000 individuals to assist voters on Election Day as Precinct Election Officials (PEOs). In addition, there are openings for Ride Along Officials, Drop-off Assistants, Rovers and over 300 openings for in-house full-time temporary Clerks.

            The Presidential Primary Election falls on St. Patrick’s Day. “Competition with the holiday is making it a challenge to find all of the people we need to administer this very important Election,” said Anthony Perlatti, Director of the Board of Elections. “Attending the job fair is a great way to learn about our work and how easy it is to join our great team. There are openings for every skill level so we will seriously consider every individual who walks through the doors,” said Perlatti.

            Precinct Election Officials earn $172.10 and clerks are paid $11.50 per hour for assignments that can last several weeks to three months dependent on the assignment. 


            On Monday, January 6, 2020


            The Cuyahoga County Garage, 2501 Harvard Avenue, Newburgh Heights, Ohio 44105


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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            Power Of Moms: 2020

            Moms Demand Action will host an event on February 16, 2020 for Greater Clevelanders to engage in the movement to protect people from gun violence. “Power of Moms: Ohio 2020” will feature guest speaker, The Honorable Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton,and will be held at the Rocky River Methodist Church Hall located at 19414 Detroit Ave. starting at 3pm.

            Two years ago, over 300 Clevelanders gathered at the same location to take action to reduce gun violence following the school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, at which 17 people were killed. In Ohio, an average of 1400 people die by gun every year; firearms are the second leading cause of death among Ohio children and teens. “In a state where 90% of residents have indicated support for background checks on all gun sales, 2020 marks a pivotal opportunity for gun safety reform in Ohio. The ‘Power of Moms’ event will align and elevate the voices of mothers and others who know that gun violence is preventable and want to do something to end the gun violence epidemic,” said Brittany Dalton, a Cleveland Heights resident and a gun violence survivor who was injured in a
            2018 drive-by shooting while picking up her 8 yr. old son from school.

            Power of Moms: Ohio 2020 will present opportunities for volunteers to learn about a variety of evidence-based strategies to reduce gun deaths, injury and trauma, including legislative advocacy and school safety measures.

            Registration is requested, but not required. For more information go to: https://tinyurl.com/PoMCLE


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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            Antonio To Deliver State Of The District

            State Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) will give her annual State of the District address to discuss issues affecting the community such as health care, education and transportation on Saturday, February 1 at 11 am in Parma, Ohio. This presentation to the public will include an update on Antonio’s work at the Statehouse since the beginning of the 133rd General Assembly, and a Q&A period.

            Immediately before the address, from 10 am to 11 am, the Senator will hold office hours to meet constituents. If you are interested in scheduling a brief one-on-one meeting, please contact Nicole Schneider in her office at 614-466-5123.

            WHO: Senator Nickie J. Antonio
            WHAT: State of the District address
            WHEN: February 1, 2020, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Office hours are by appointment from 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.)
            WHERE: Parma-Snow branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Conference Room B

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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            Windsong, Cleveland’s Feminist Chorus to Perform At Lakewood Public Library

            Not everyone wants to identify as a feminist. Some people think it’s too radical, too exclusionary or no longer necessary. But what about a singing feminist? Around the world, groups of women gather to celebrate music and feminism in choral groups belonging to the Sister Singers Network. Windsong is Cleveland’s own feminist chorus, which last year celebrated its fortieth anniversary.

            You can hear Windsong perform on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room. This intergenerational group of women and non-binary individuals will perform songs from a wide variety of cultures, songwriters and time periods.

            Started in 1979 as the Cleveland Women’s Chorus, the group officially became Windsong in 1996. There were lean years with only a handful of members, but currently the chorus has almost fifty singers. As a non-audition choir, the group embraces people of all levels of experience with music and includes both singing and non-singing participants. They have performed around the country at the Sister Singers festivals held every four years, at area churches, the State Theater, Holiday CircleFest and Cleveland Pride festivals. Dedicated to promoting feminism, social change and accessibility in the arts, Windsong seeks out ADA-compliant venues and offers an ASL interpreter at major concerts.


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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 20: “The Ballad of Derecho Dan?Continues:

            “…only a precious few ever remember and once they’re gone, no one ever remembers. WE MUST SEIZE THE DAZE!!” (Excerpt dated 6/15/75 from Maynard Gridley’s “Manifesto with Cheese.”)

            Little Dan felt dead inside. He’d slept the previous night on the deck of Maynard’s boat and awoke to the pitter splatter sounds of concrete flaking off the High Level Bridge. Clutching a pint carton of Lawson's Chocolate Milk against his heart, Little Dan wondered how his life had gone so wrong-- so fast.  “It’s all Maynard’s fault!” he cried.

            It was then the fifth day following Storm 5.5. After Rowena and the Three Joes had orchestrated a series of daring get-a-ways, Little Dan was now cowering in the Cleveland Flats on a boat named "The Friggin' A."  Maynard had converted the vessel into a gigantic floating bomb for reasons still unclear. It was no secret that Maynard had returned from Vietnam angry and confused. The question remained, however, what did Maynard want to blow up and why? Looking for answers, Little Dan combed through the cryptic ramblings of Maynard’s “Manifesto with Cheese.”  The document was difficult to read since it was covered with wine stains and cigarette burns. Throughout the manifesto, Maynard warned repeatedly that Americans must be prepared to act swiftly, “When the Giant Lizard appears before us.” 

            To keep his spirits up, Little Dan munched on the tuna salad sandwiches that Rowena had packed for him but, not even the zingy flavor of Wilmena Newman's famous tuna salad could beguile him. Little Dan broke down and cried, “I lost my dad, my mom, my dog, and the Gas & Lube.”


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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            Pair Of District Teachers Earn Recognition

            Barb Lynch

            Two Lakewood City Schools' teachers recently earned recognition for their commitment to their profession. Horace Mann Elementary teacher Allison Martzolf was selected to serve with the Ohio Department of Education Ohio Teacher Leader Liaison program and Garfield Middle School teacher Barb Lynch earned a grant from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics that will allow her to attend the International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME) in China.

            ICME is held every four years and offers an opportunity for educators from the United States to discuss issues related to mathematics education with international leaders from developed and developing countries. Grant recipients have the opportunity to interact with mathematics educators from across countries, listen to world-renowned scholars in mathematics and mathematics education, and take part in a focused study group dealing with a wide range of topics. Lynch will be participating in the focus group, “On activities for and Research on Students with Special Needs including Giftedness and Creativity.”

            Lynch was beyond excited to receive the grant: “I am very grateful to NCTM for having faith in me and giving me this opportunity. I am most interested in meeting teachers from other countries and learning how mathematical concepts are applied and taught in classrooms across the world. Math is a universal language and discovering the unique perspectives and philosophies of how that language is practiced in different cultures will afford me the opportunity to grow as an educator and a citizen of the world.”


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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            Lakewood Schools Preschool Registration Open

            Lakewood City Schools preschool registration for Lakewood residents for the 2020-2021 school year is now open! In addition to the District's current half-day offerings for 3-5 year-olds, next year will also include a full-day option at the new Taft Center for Innovation in the former Taft Elementary building. The all-day option cost includes onsite child care provided by Lakewood Child Care. All of the District preschool programs also include music therapy sessions with Beck Center staff. Call 216-529-4214 for more information and also visit our the Preschool page on the District website at www.lakewoodcityschools.org

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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            Senior Earns Trip To Materials Camp In France

            Nicole Hudak

            When Lakewood High senior Nicole Hudak signed up as a freshman for West Shore Career-Tech’s Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program, never in her wildest dreams did she imagine it would lead to an all-expenses paid trip to France. But here she is, headed to Clermont Ferrand, France in June as one of only two United States high school students to attend a materials engineering camp. The camp is sponsored by ASM International’s Education Foundation.

            “I never thought Project Lead the Way would lead to something like this,” Nicole said. “I am super excited!”

            This is not the first materials camp Nicole will have attended. Last summer, Nicole and two other West Shore Project Lead the Way students participated in the week-long ASM camp at the group’s headquarters in Aurora. It was there that Nicole discovered that materials engineering is the path forward for her and where camp organizers noticed her natural leadership skills that led to the invitation to France.

            Nicole and the other camp attendees this summer will experience hands-on learning principles of applied math, material science, and engineering. Two adult mentors will accompany Nicole and the other student from the U.S. Nicole said she is “so thankful” for Project Lead the Way teacher Bob Sedlak for encouraging her to keep an open mind about applying to the first materials science camp and for recommending the opportunity to her.

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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

            Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
            Great Decisions in Libraries
            Decoding U.S.-China Trade
            Presentation by Paul Schroeder, PhD
            Main Library Multipurpose Room
            The United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade. This antiquated system mangles understanding of the US-China trade relationship, shrinking America’s true economic size, while swelling China’s. After a brief video, Paul Schroeder, professor at Case Western Reserve University, will lead a discussion and help to answer the complex questions surrounding US-China trade relations. Readings will be available one week in advance.

            Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (96 minutes) 
            Lakewood Public Cinema
            "Caramel" (2007)
            Directed by Nadine Labaki
            Main Library Auditorium
            A beauty salon in Beirut is a safe haven for five women in this Lebanese romantic comedy. Shop owner Layale (Nadine Labaki) consults her employees about a problematic affair, stylist Rima (Joanna Moukarzel) struggles with her attraction to a female client, and seamstress Rose (Sihame Haddad) abandons her own ambitions to care for her family. In their familiar salon, the women search for answers to questions of life, love and happiness.

            Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
            Sunday with the Friends
            Mike and Mary
            Main Library Auditorium
            Mike and Mary are a jazz and pop duo specializing in the music of the Great American Songbook. Vocalist Mary Osburn has a background in musical theater and delights in rediscovering songs from long-ago Broadway shows and sharing them with new audiences. Mike Elkins is an accomplished pianist who writes all of the duo’s arrangements and plays in a number of area bands. Together, the two perform in a delightful and interactive cabaret style.

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            Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 8:04 AM, 01.23.2020

            Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

            Lakewood LEGO® League

            For youth in kindergarten through fifth grade (caregivers welcome)
            Use Lakewood Public Library’s collection of Lego® Bricks and your own imagination to create fabulous new structures and designs each month. No registration, but numbered tickets will be given out first-come, first-served.
            Sunday, January 26, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

            Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
            For students in kindergarten through first grade
            Experience the arts in this after-school program with a variety of activities including listening to a story, personalizing a poem, completing a coloring project and making your own unique heart-filled creation. Come celebrate art and how it touches your heart! Registration required.
            Friday, January 31, 2020, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

            Music Therapy & More℠
            For you and your birth – 6-year-old child
            For families with children struggling in an area of development. This program, led by a board-certified music therapist, teaches families how to use music to improve their child's behavior and motor, communication and social skills. Siblings (age birth to six-years-old) may attend, but must register separately. Music Therapy & More℠ is supported by a grant from the Community West Foundation and is presented in partnership with Connecting for Kids. Registration is required. Register online at connectingforkids.org/register, email info@connectingforkids.org or call (440) 570-5908.
            Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. in the Main Library Toddler’s Story Room.


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            Birchwood 8th Grade Writers Win Recognition: Lakewood Student Earns Recognition For Humorous Essay

            Pictured left to right:

            Back Row: Nikhil Mahajan, Dhyani Nautiyal, James Mamone, and Rohan Kumar

            Front Row: Lorraine Tzeng, Qiwen Wu, Nasreen Shakur, Samyuktha (Samy) Iyer, Jennifer Seward

            Birchwood 8th grade students earned gold key, silver key, and honorable mention in the Regional Scholastic Writing awards. 

            Samyuktha Iyer (Highland Heights) was awarded a gold key for her personal essay and memoir, “A Pop of Color in a Grey Place.”

            Rohan Kumar (Brunswick) also earned the gold key award for his short story, “The Struggle.”

            Qiwen Wu (Cleveland) won a gold key for her short story entitled, “Because of You”

            Nikhil Mahajan (Orange Village) won a silver key in the science fiction and fantasy category for his story, “The Kidney.”

            James Mamone (Parma) was also awarded a silver key in science fiction and fantasy for his, “Fear of the Unknown.”

            Dhyani Nautiyal (Lakewood) earned honorable mention for his humor writing entitled “Vengeance.”

            Nasreen Shukar’s (Cleveland) flash fiction, “Moving Away” was also awarded honorable mention.


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            Lakewood City Council Gets Settled In To Govern

            2020 City Council Swearing In Ceremony

            As 2020 begins, Mayor Meghan George and Lakewood City Council are sworn in to start business. Mayor George was sworn in on January 1, and the four ward representatives were sworn in on January 6 (Ward 1 - Tess Neff, Ward 2 - Jason Shachner, Ward 3 - John Litten, Ward 4 - Dan O’Malley).  

            Mayor George began the swearing in of City Council by introducing Judge Patrick Carroll. Judge Carroll went in order of the wards to swear in the four councilpeople. Each new councilperson brought a loved one up when they were sworn in to share in the experience. Ward 3 Councilperson John Litten’s daughter stole the show when she realized she was helping swear in her dad.  

            President of Council & Vice President of Council

            Once the swearing in ceremony ended, there was a brief recess before the first official Lakewood City Council meeting of 2020 would begin.  When the session began, Council at Large Councilperson Tom Bullock led City Council in the selection of President of Council. Councilperson Litten nominated Councilperson O’Malley which was seconded by Councilperson Bullock. There were no other nominations, and it was a unanimous vote for now Council President O’Malley.

            Council President O’Malley initiated the process for the nomination of Vice President of Council and nominated Councilperson Litten.  Councilperson Bullock seconded. Similarly to President of Council, there were no other nominations and a unanimous vote for Council Vice President Litten.

            Mayor George appointments

            Mayor George made two appointments for City Council confirmation. She appointed Brian Corrigan as Law Director and Roman Ducu for Director of Public Works. Both individuals have a long history of service to Lakewood.


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            Mayor George's Inauguration Remarks

            Mayor George adresses the packed room. (photo by Jacob Chabowski)

            Thank you. Let’s extend a round of applause for the LHS musicians and Cub Scouts that were a part of the ceremony this afternoon. Thank you for taking time out to be a part of this special day for Lakewood.

            First, I’d like to say thank you residents of Lakewood. I am honored by the faith you have shown in me and am ready for the work ahead. There are so many that deserve a thank you but I wanted to specifically thank my family. They have been my constant support system and I could not have accomplished this without them.

            I’d also like to thank Mayor Summers for his service to our community and wish you well on this next phase. I also want to thank my friend, State Rep Mike Skindell for his service to Lakewood first on City Council and State Senate and now as State Representative but also for his role today as our emcee. Also a heartfelt thank you to a mentor--Lee Fisher--for his leadership as Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General of Ohio and currently as Dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and for performing today’s swearing-in ceremony.

            This is certainly a full circle moment for me. Many know that my father was an inspiration to me, but Lee was also. I have fond memories of working on his campaigns.
            Sixteen people have served as Mayor since the City of Lakewood’s incorporation in 1910. To my knowledge, I am the first person in Lakewood’s history to have seen her parent carry the honor and burden of this office and then serve as a mayor in her own right. I would be remiss if I did not thank my father, of course for all he sacrificed so that I could get to this moment, but also for the example he set for me so that I can succeed on behalf of this community for the next four years. Thank you, Dad. 

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            Lakewood Project Joins Escape - The Journey Tribute Band - January 24th

            Lakewood High School's rock orchestra, The Lakewood Project, will join with the E5C4P3 - Escape - The Journey Tribute band for its Friday, January 24th concert. The concert will kick off at 7:30 pm in the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. The Lakewood Project and E5C4P3 will each do a set then join for a combined set as well. Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for students, in advance, and $10 and $5 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the LHS Bookroom or by calling 216-529-4047.

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            FAQs About March Levy Issue

            1. What is on the March 17, 2020 ballot for Lakewood City Schools? 

            Lakewood City Schools' Board of Education voted unanimously to place a 3.9 mill levy and 1.0 mill permanent improvement (PI) levy on the March 2020 ballot. The funds from this levy would help keep Lakewood City Schools strong and would go toward:

            • Adding STEM offerings to prepare students for their futures;
            • Expanding career and technical educational opportunities for middle and high school students; 
            • Keeping educational technology and other learning materials up-to-date; 
            • Retaining and recruiting high-quality teachers by paying them competitive salaries; 
            • Providing mental health services for elementary students;  
            • Expanding early childhood programs for our community’s youngest learners; and
            • Protecting our community’s investment by keeping all of our buildings, athletic fields, vehicles, and other assets in good condition.

            2. How much will this levy cost a Lakewood taxpayer?

            The levy would cost a Lakewood taxpayer less than $2 per month more than they currently pay, based on a property valuation of $100,000. 


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            Three More Listen & Learn Sessions With Dr. Barnes Set

            The next Listen & Learn session with Dr. Barnes will happen on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 6 pm in the back room of Taco Tonto's (13321 Madison Ave.). Listen & Learn sessions are informal, one-hour chats with Dr. Barnes. The sessions are a great way to have any of your questions regarding the March levy answered. Dr. Barnes has added an additional session in February. Also to note, there has been a date change to the March session, which was originally publicized as occuring March 18. The new dates are:

            • February 4, 2020, 6 pm at the Main Library Auditorium
            • March 11, 2020, 6 pm at the Taft Center for Innovation, 13701 Lake Ave.
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            LHS, West Shore Students Earn Scholastic Art Awards

            Gold Key winner by Natalie Costello

            Congratulations to students from Lakewood High School and the West Shore Career-Tech Media Art & Design who won highest honors among the 41 awards earned in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition held in December. LHS and West Shore students won seven Gold Keys, the highest honor given, including two each by senior Natalie Costello and junior Nola Williams-Riseng.

            Lakewood students were also well represented at the Silver Key and Honorable Mention levels. Nine students won 12 Silver Keys, including three by senior Jane Kalinowski, two by juniors Timothy Frolo and Cameron Krizman. Eighteen students earned Honorable Mention designations for their art.

            Additional Gold Key winners are: Lakewood High art senior Patrick McCallum and Media Art & Design students senior Darnasia Shields and junior Willow Rosser. Gold Key winners move on to be judged at the national level of the 95-year-old competition. Nola Williams-Riseng photograph “Erimari” was also nominated for a special American Visions Award.

            The Cleveland Institute of Art hosts the regional competition that recognizes creative achievement in 7-12 grade students in Northeast Ohio. The young artists compete for cash prizes, medals, and scholarship awards. A panel of local professional artists, art educators, writers, and writing educators jury the exhibit and select the awarded pieces from nearly 3,000 entries.

            This year’s regional winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on January 18, 2020 at the Cleveland Institute of Art and their work will be on display in the CIA’s art gallery through February 1. Congratulations to all the winners and their teachers Dayna Hansen, Anne McQuay, Arline Olear, Autumn Sabin and Amy Sedlak.


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            Batter Up! Tickets On Sale Now For “Loving Lakewood: All-Stars?/a>

            Here’s your chance to come out to the ballgame and root, root, root for the home team.

            Tickets are now on sale for Loving Lakewood: All-Stars, LakewoodAlive’s annual winter fundraiser taking place Saturday, February 22, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lakewood Masonic Temple. Guests are cordially invited to don their favorite jersey and bring their ‘A’ game as they take to the gridiron for a sports-inspired celebration of the heart, hustle and teamwork that‘s built Lakewood into a community of champions.

            Sponsored by Cleveland Property Management Group, Loving Lakewood: All-Stars features sports-themed food, drinks, décor and entertainment that will have you saying, “I don’t care if I never get back.” This limited-capacity event is expected to sell out, so act faster than a sprint to the goal line to secure your tickets by visiting LakewoodAlive.org/AllStars.

            $100 Heavy Hitter Ticket
            This grand slam opportunity includes all Big Leaguer Ticket offerings plus early entrance at 6:30 p.m., access to closer (first come, first served) free parking, open bar for the first hour, two drink tokens and a chance to claim victory in the VIP-only “Heavy Hitters Club” raffle drawing that will get you front-row access to the Lakewood big leagues.


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            For The Modern Teen: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 99

            Ricky Hell & The Voidboys - L'Appel Du Vide - Quality Time Records / Greenway Records - 10 songs - LP

            This is either the second or third Ricky Hell & The Voidboys album (depending on whether you wanna count "Satan Of Cool," which had 8 songs and was cassette only– and actually, it could be the fourth or fifth if you say "Killed By Ricky" and "Hell Is Real" are Voidboys releases, since they do have that band on them and since they were combined to make up "Welcome 2 Hell," which was then rereleased as "Ricky Hell & The Voidboys" later. This band has the most complicated discography of any Quality Time group as far as I'm concerned.)  It kicks off with some kind of blaxploitation spoof before kicking into the opening song, "Life In A Northern Town Again," a nod to Dream Academy's 1985 release. Side A is made up of mostly the kind of things you expect: decent, usually catchy punk-pop. "It's Not Really You" is pretty good, as is "Strychnine" (which has what I think is a pretty cool melancholy clarinet line during the chorus, but it's so deep in the mix I'm not certain it's clarinet). Clarinetist Adam Spektor also does some good stuff on "She Always Knows What To Do"; he's at his best here when he's providing a melodic line instead of just the noise stuff, which feels unnecessary a lot of the time. Side B is definitely the winning side here. "Alaska" starts with an electronic kind of intro that gives way to an early '80s sounding post-punk/synth thing, which then abruptly ends and then the actual song, a slow and kinda sad one starts. Noah Depew plays lead guitar here and Kevin Roche (who I think was in Pack Wolf) adds a nice glockenspiel part. It doesn't sound like anything else here, and that's good. "We're So Vain" and "Burn The House Down" are both pretty good, catchy power pop/punk/indie rock type things, and along with "Romantic Comedy" remind you that Ricky really can write good, catchy songs. "Romantic Comedy" is the one that really sticks in my head here, and since there's no backing vocal credit for it, I assume that it's Ricky doing a falsetto, which is a new move for him, I'm pretty sure. "Amnesia" closes out the album with a typical Voidboys style punker, but with Ricky's usual soft and murmury vocal stylings. He's kinda buried in the mix here and the song also feels like it's over after about 20 seconds. I'm not sure it was the best choice for a final track, but there it is. I still don't really like the sound of this band (or maybe I just don't get it)– I don't like the drum machine, I don't like the layer of noise gunk or whatever you wanna call it on them, and sometimes the performances seem less than lively. I guess the band has an actual drummer now (John from The Roobydocks) and he'll be on the next release, so I'm interested to hear how that changes things– almost certainly for the better in my book. I know it seems like I'm always very harsh with this band, but it's because I truly respect all the guys involved and I know that they can make great stuff, so when they're making stuff that's less than great, it's frustrating. That isn't to say that this record is a waste of time or anything by any means; again, most of the songs on the second side are really good and there's a couple winners on the first side as well. By and large, I am a fan of Ricky's work and if you are as well, it's worth checking out. 3.33/5

            (try a local record store)

            Street Gurgler - Primal Business - It's A Jinx Records - 13 songs - LP, digital

            Street Gurgler (with members of Spike Pit, Splat, Brainwashed California, and many other bands) make their studio debut here. They play a good very hard rock-influenced style of punk, with lots of space rock influence and just a touch of metal. It's pretty good stuff. The band is super tight and a lot of the riffs are killer ("Cat Nip" is a great example). I'm wondering if they got Mr. California a real synth to play on here or he just used his phone– either way, the synth sounds cool. The

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            The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 19: “The Ballad of Derecho Dan?Continues

            “…long before now, that river had been an open sewer. When it caught fire in 1969 the entire USA went ape. Do they think that was the first time it  caught fire? Shit, it was the 13th TIME! There is something to be said about a city that drinks from the same waters it craps in, I just haven’t got a name for it. No doubt some smart business guy will say it’s a good thing. If businessmen ever rule the earth, they’ll reduce us to serfdom within a generation and life will stink like never before.” (Excerpt dated 7/21/75 from Maynard Gridley’s “Manifesto with Cheese.”)

            Little Dan found these and other assertions in the last testament of Maynard Gridley. The document was a rambling, sometimes incoherent declaration of principles and other things Maynard just didn't like about the world. He titled it, “Manifesto with Cheese.”

            Two days earlier, Little Dan told Rowena that Maynard appeared to him in a dream and told him to use his boat for an unknown “mission.” Rowena’s faith in Maynard’s ability to come back and haunt someone was unshakeable. She directed the Three Joes to whisk Little Dan from his hiding place in Little Italy to the Cleveland Flats where Maynard’s boat was tied up. After locating it, Little Dan shook each of the Three Joes hands, said his goodbyes, and jumped onboard the vessel.

            The boat was a 1959 Christ Craft 33’ Sports Cruiser aptly christened , “The Friggin’ A.”  The boat had been cleverly hidden astride an abandoned 19th century side-wheeler that some dreamer tried to turn into a floating night club. After the project went bust the old ship sat abandoned and rotting on the river for a nearly decade. Wedged in the shadow of the older boat and camouflaged by the usual river debris, “The Friggin’ A” could hide in plain sight.


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            LPL Calendar Of Events

            Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
            Nonfiction Book Club
            Main Library Meeting Room
            Come and join the conversation with our newest book club. There are sure to be serious and thought-provoking discussions about many subjects inspired by these nonfiction works. Tonight we will discuss "This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto" by Suketu Mehta. 

            Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (91 minutes) 
            Lakewood Public Cinema
            Film Series—Sam Fuller: Audacious Auteur: "The Naked Kiss" (1964)
            Directed by Samuel Fuller 
            Presented by Terry Meehan 
            Main Library Auditorium
            Kelly (Constance Towers) is a prostitute troubled by a traumatic experience. She resolves to give up her transient lifestyle and big-city pimp. She leaves her past behind and finds solace in the small town of Grantville, but this small town proves to be just as sordid as a big city. Terry Meehan continues his series Sam Fuller: Audacious Auteur, introducing each film with an original video followed by audience reaction and a lively discussion.

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            Share the Dream - A Celebration Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

            For some children, being off from school on January 20, 2020, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, means sleeping late, playing video games, and watching television. The Lakewood Public Library is offering a meaningful alternative. Your child can still catch some extra shut-eye, however from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. they can take part in a program that will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through stories, songs, and a craft. As part of the MLK Day of Service, participants will create cards which will be distributed to local nursing home residents. This artistic endeavor will brighten the day of a senior citizen and provide your child with a chance to serve others. The cards will be delivered to a local nursing home by a library staff member at a later date. Each child will also be given the opportunity to make a take-home booklet about the life of Dr. King. There is no need to register in advance. All school-age children are invited to participate in this program which will take place in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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            The Magical World Of Bill Gang

            Do you believe in magic? The Lakewood Public Library invites children and their families to The Magical World of Bill Gang on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. With a repertoire of numerous mystical maneuvers, this program will puzzle and entertain. Try to figure out Bill Gang’s secrets as he performs fascinating tricks and enchanting illusions. Children and parents alike will watch in amazement as magical events take place. Family fun and giggles will fill the evening. This interactive magic program will make you a believer. Families will enjoy this free show in the Main Library Multipurpose Room. You might even see a rabbit pulled out of a hat!

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            Sherrod Brown Visits Lakewood

            Senator Sherrod Brown recently visited the Bookshop in Lakewood to sign copies of his book, "Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America." More than 100 people attended the event, with the line to meet the senator stretching out the door at one point.

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            Hayes Elementary Students Get Creative

            Were you one of the lucky recipients of these handmade gifts?

            The week before winter break, students from Hayes Elementary School finished up their 11th annual Holiday Craft Week. More than 300 students handmade five unique crafts. This year’s gifts included: Seasoning Salt, a Hat Ornament, Room Spray, a Necklace and a Photo Holder. 

            Each student also wrote a holiday greeting card which will be sent to recovering troops at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Virginia and veterans at the Louis Stokes VA hospital in Cleveland.

            Hayes Elementary and the Craft Week Team would like to thank all of the parent and grandparent volunteers who provided donations and their time to make this week a success. And a special thank you to Meghann McKay for her leadership for the past 5 years. Consider yourself fortunate if you received one of these handmade treasures this holiday season!

            Susan Jarecke is a Lakewood implant, mother of four and a busy volunteer.

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            Starr Gazer


            Aries: Don’t be in such a hurry Ram for 2020, just follow your heart & enjoy the cool stuff that happens along the way, as you pave unforeseen roads on your new adventure, slow down…

            Taurus: It’s time for the Bull to ignore all that chatter your Monkey Mind is throwing at you, be still, listen to the yearnings of your Soul, gain clarity, get crystal clear, then make your move.

            Gemini: The Twins can have fun like nobody else, spread Joy everywhere you go this year, lather it on like butter, become the Orville Redenbacher of Joy for 2020, you’ll reap double.

            Cancer: The Crab comes out of its shell this year, recognize your own beauty, own it, show it, be it…no more hiding under that shell, 2020 is your year to mingle & you’ve got what it takes.

            Leo: It might be time to delegate some of those duties in that massive Jungle of yours Lion, this is the year to share some of that throne, there's no need for you to do everything, rest a little.

            Virgo: Quit analyzing every detail of your life’s path & where you need to be, you’ve already arrived, no need to add any more to that way overloaded to-do list, get yourself a hammock…


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            Needy Hospice Family Receives Gift Card Donation From Local Business

            The holidays are full of celebrations, but they can be stressful for family members who are caring for loved ones with an advanced illness. One local business is doing its part to make a difference. Helder Rosa, Vice President of Operations for Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted, visited Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake recently with a gift to make the season a little warmer for one local family receiving care from Hospice of the Western Reserve's Lakewood team. The dealership donated $350 in gift cards to Giant Eagle and Target. The gift cards will go to a "sandwich generation" caregiver who is not only taking caring of her children and grandchildren but serving as the primary caregiver for a dying family member.

            Accepting the gift cards on behalf of the family was Khannah Wetmore, a social worker for Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Lakewood home care team, who is hand-delivering the gift cards to the family’s home where the hospice team is providing care and support. “She will be over the moon to receive this Christmas surprise,” Wetmore said. “This will not only help her with holiday expenses but assist with household necessities.”

            Bill Finn, President and CEO of Hospice of the Western Reserve, expressed his gratitude for the donation. “We are so thankful for your partnership and graciousness in providing this gift to make this holiday more special for one of our families,” he said. “We care for nearly 2,000 patients each day. Most of our patients receive hospice care in their own homes, but we also provide care in facilities like Ames Family Hospice House for patients who cannot be at home. Support from our community helps our families celebrate life and spend quality time with their loved ones.”

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