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LHS Students Shine In Solo Porch Performances

Lila Wright performs a solo show on her front porch.

Last week numerous Lakewood High School musicians stepped out of their cozy houses and onto their front porches in the middle of an frigid arctic blast and delivered musical therapy to friends and neighbors. To all the musicians and teachers that organized and prepared for these concerts—thank you! You represent the essence of public education and a core mission of the Lakewood City Schools. As we help students develop individual talents and skills, we recognize that the ultimate purpose of education is engaged, productive citizenship-- to make our nation and communities all the better. With these concerts, you succeeded on both counts, and then some. I attended a violin concert by Senior Emma Carson, who will be continuing her education at Case Western Reserve University, majoring in music education. (Her freshman sister Audrey was assisting her.) In these bleak times, today was great day. 

This is quintessential Lakewood—we take care of each other in good times, and bad. Thank you LHS Students and Music teachers, and of course all the parents and citizens of Lakewood. Long live Lakewood.

More info from Lakewood City Schools:

Porch concerts began on Thursday, March 9 when LHS performing arts students stepped out between 5 and 5:30pm and played the LHS Alma Mater and then music of their choice. 

This week, April 16th the students from Harding and Garfield will also step out on their porches in conjunction with LHS students. They will play the Alma Mater between 5:00 and 5:30 and then music of their choice. 


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Volume 16, Issue 9, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

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

The coronavirus crisis continues and I recently recorded a video address for the City’s website to provide my perspective on how your city government and your community are adjusting. In case you missed it, I’d like to summarize that video address for you here. 

First, and this can’t be said enough, my top priorities are safety and public health. Our goal with this crisis is to slow the spread of the virus. Every action we are taking is in service of those priorities and that goal.  

I watch Governor DeWine’s press conferences daily with my team and I am encouraged by the progress we are making in Ohio. I also want you to know that Lakewood is managing this crisis well. We continue to deliver thousands of meals to our seniors. We continue to pick up your trash. We are making adjustments or total changes to our way of doing things--to our way of life. Governor DeWine said yesterday that we have reason to be optimistic and I agree with him. We’re making necessary changes. We’re physically distancing. But we’re doing it together.

As we’ve heard, the peak is still ahead of us. No one is certain when it’s going to hit Ohio or Lakewood, but we do know that we have confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lakewood and there will be more. By sticking to the plan, we are protecting ourselves and giving anyone who catches this disease in the coming weeks access to the world-class health care we have in Northeast Ohio.   

We know that we’re #InThisTogether. I challenge you, Lakewood-- Let’s DO this together. Let’s tackle this once-in-a-century challenge. Dr. Acton called on us to “double down on our commitment” and “fight this together.”  Lakewood is the most densely populated community in Ohio. Nowhere else--not in Cleveland, not in Columbus or Cincinnati--is a community as tightly packed as we are here. This means we know how to live close to each other with respect.  

We’ve got this, Lakewood. We’re ready. Let’s show the rest of Ohio how to win this fight. 

Thank you and be well.

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

One Lakewood Progress: We Must Stand Against Xenophobia During Coronavirus

The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is new to the world, but the knee-jerk paranoia and misinformation fueling fear, racism, and hate targeting Asian and Pacific Islanders in the wake of the outbreak is not. Like Islamophobia that swept the country after September 11th, an exaggerated fear and hostility toward Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities is being perpetuated by negative stereotypes rooted in bigotry and historical bias and is in danger of leading to the marginalization of Asian communities in civic, business, social, and political life. 

Medically, viruses and bacteria (including COVID-19) do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or immigration status. But the language and actions of people fueling misinformation and fear absolutely do. Over the past month, hate groups and public officials, some at high levels of government, have used racist language to deflect, scapegoat and ascribe blame rooted in bigotry to Asian communities for the spread of Coronavirus. 

This rhetoric has emboldened an increase of hate crimes, assaults, abuse and harassment of the AAPI community across the nation. It was deeply troubling for me, also a person of color, to learn that some Asian owned businesses right here in Lakewood have been on the receiving end of racially-charged verbal abuse in response to this pandemic. What we know by looking to history is that if left unaddressed, hate, like any virus, will continue to spread and will leave vulnerable communities open to dire consequences. 


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Volume 16, Issue 9, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

Lakewood Resident Makes Ventilator Parts

Lakewood resident John Kocinski doesn’t have time to listen to Governor Mike DeWine’s daily updates, he's busy working on ventilator parts. “I’m usually here working at that time,” he says. The name of his company is Precision Productions which is a machine shop located in Strongsville. 

According to Kocinski they have "switched a ton of our stuff over to making ventilator parts.”  With a clear understanding of how great a demand the country had for ventilator, Precision Productions went to work: “We got the plans, we programmed the first part in a day. It took us three days to get up and running, it usually takes a a month.” 

Right now the shop is making four parts on the supply chain including 20,000 shafts a week and pressure plates. The parts will be used for ventilators being assembled by Ford Motor company for the Federal government.   

"We’re shipping every single day,” he said. “We put the first shipment on a corporate jet and flew them there was such a need."

"I think when you’re talking about essential businesses," he said,  "this is about as essential as it gets."

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

LCCC Grad And Lakewood Nurse Looks For The Simple Joys To Deal With COVID-19 Pandemic

Michelle Thimke

Cleveland Clinic registered nurse and Lorain County Community College graduate Michelle Thimke finds joy in the simple things while dealing with the uncertainty of treating patients in the hospital’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit – uncertainties that are now compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Catching up and checking in on my family and friends brings me the most joy,” said Thimke, who is an intensive care nurse in the surgical ICU. She and her husband, Corey, are Elyria natives who now live in Lakewood.

“I also find a lot of peace from exercise, so I have been keeping up with my weekly routine of jogs, long walks, yoga, and now at-home workout videos,” she said.

Thimke, who earned an associate of science degree from LCCC in 2014 and an associate degree in nursing from LCCC in 2016, starts her morning off from work with an online service or daily devotional from her Lakewood church. “This helps me have the right mindset for the day. I try to limit time spent on social media so that I am not influenced by the hysteria some are causing,” she added.

Facing this current public health crisis is not easy for any healthcare professional, but Thimke believes her education and training from LCCC prepared her for the challenges she now faces.

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

Barnes Addresses Lakewood Families Re: State Of The Schools

Lakewood teachers with a message for their kids.

I trust that you are safe, healthy and well during this Covid 19 Quarantine. I want to share some district news. 

Before doing that I would like to celebrate two weeks of remote learning. I would like to congratulate everyone for the hard work an the efforts put into engaging in this different kind of learning. I know it's uncomfortable and it's new but you're doing a fantastic job.    

To our students, keep in mind that the focus should be on learning. The intent here is not to overwhelm you. I know our teachers are working hard to plan lessons that will enhance learning experiences for you. We're trying to scale it appropriately, so this is a pleasant learning experience for you. We want you to not be overwhelmed, not to worry, just do your best, and everything will be fine, okay? Everything will be fine.  

To our parents: Thank you very much for your support through this. I know that many of you have several students at home, they're sharing computers and your wifi capabilities can be cluttered with multiple people working at the same time, but all of your support and generosity and the positive feedback you have been giving has been tremendously helpful and reassuring to our faculty, our staff, our administrative team, and our board of education, so know that your participation and support is greatly appreciated.  


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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

Sixty Day Remote Learning Plan From Lakewood City Schools

Lakewood Families,

What an unprecedented situation we are in. The uncertainty is challenging for all of us. In the midst of it though, we feel certain about Lakewood City Schools’ commitment to our students, our families, and our willingness to be flexible. 

Our Remote Learning Mission is to connect, engage, give feedback, and celebrate. Connection with students and families is critical. Relationships are the foundation of our District. We recognize that students and families need our support now more than ever. We are asking teachers to: Engage students in meaningful, authentic experiences; focus on essential learning; explore how to offer choice and flexibility to help families build routines that work best for them; and provide specific feedback and celebrate students’ progress. 

To help us achieve this mission, we, with stakeholder input, have created a Remote Learning 60-Day Plan that we hope will help you envision remote learning in Lakewood more clearly. Our intent is to make adjustments as necessary along the way. Remember, we are in this together!


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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

Council Discusses Local Economy In Virtual Meeting

Lakewood government continues to function during enforced social distancing, but sustaining the local economy is now a priority challenge. That’s the condensed version of Lakewood City Council’s April 6 meeting.

The meeting format was a first for Lakewood, with all participants attending virtually, either online or by phone. Council last met on March 16, in a mostly traditional gathering at City Hall but without in-person public attendance. City Council moved to the completely remote format, following a statewide Stay At Home order and legislation making formal allowance for virtual public meetings.

About three dozen people joined the April 6 meeting, including elected officials, city employees, and members of the public. Technical issues slowed or interrupted the meeting at various points. But in general, the experiment proved that technology will allow meetings to continue, while avoiding in-person gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The extended closure of many Lakewood businesses will be a pressing issue for community leaders, judging from the council discussion. Patty Ryan, governance chair of LakewoodAlive, told council that the extension of Stay At Home orders through April has increased local businesses’ concern: “They thought they could make it to the sixth [of April] and now they’ve extended it to May 1.”

Mayor Meghan George said that the public health work of her administration’s Coronavirus Task Force has gone relatively well—while still meeting multiple times per week “the meetings have gotten shorter”—but big challenges for Lakewood businesses remain.

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

Lakewood Victory Gardens

Victory gardens have long been an American rallying cry during times of crisis. Since World War I whenever uncertainty hits the food market Americans respond by growing their own food to ease the burden; the COVID-19 pandemic should be no different. It is rumored that 30% of produce in WWII came from victory gardens. The benefits of gardening are exclusive to no one and the possibilities are limited only by the imagination.

Pick a spot. Find an area with ample sunlight, a minimum of 6 hours can work but 8 or more would be ideal. Don’t have a grassy area that fits the description? Consider growing in containers. Additional things to consider include access to water, the potential for pests (deer, dogs, children etc.), along with what you’ll plant.

Identify what you want to grow. Focus should be on easy to grow crops that offer a high yield along with high nutrient value. Consider succession planting to ensure a steady supply of fresh produce and so that your crops aren’t spoiling before consumption. Leafy green crops spaced 3-4 weeks apart could provide food well into 2021. Zucchini is an easy to grow crop that produces a high yield. Tomatoes can offer similar results if the growing season is cooperative. Often forgotten are the fall crops. Cool weather crops such as Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale planted in August can be harvested fresh for Thanksgiving dinner.

Take care of your plants. Plants are living, breathing organisms and need to be treated as such. They will need food. Food comes in the way of soil and fertilizers; these items are essential to healthy plants that provide healthy produce. Container grown plants pull nutrient from a finite source of nutrients and they are depleted a little every time you water. Like any other organism, your plants need water, some more than others. In general, consistently fed and watered plants are also happier.



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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

Physical Distancing Events Made To Stay Home For

Lakewood has a new Facebook group designed to share and learn about upcoming physical distancing events taking place in the city. The group www.facebook.com/groups/LakewoodPorchMusic was started on April 9th by the community members who initiated the March 31st Lakewood, OH City-Wide "Porch" Sing-Along, trying to find a way to tie future sing-alongs together and allow other pop-up porch music initiatives to get shared, created or supported as well. It is their hope to encourage the front porch music movement to become a normal staple in our town, even after social distancing has ended, and to provide something to engage in and look forward to while staying home and maintaining physical distancing and avoiding crowd gatherings.

Currently, the group features two Lakewood Porch Music related initiatives. The second round of the Q104 hosted, Lakewood "Porch" Sing-Along is a featured event of the group took place on Tuesday, April 14th. Additionally, a Porch Concert Series is listed, which encourages student musicians and vocalists to perform on their porches on April 9th, April 16th, and April 23rd, between 5 and 5:50 pm according to grade level. Please join the group to help support these movements and others to come. Thanks!

Anna Brown is starting her career fresh right now thanks to the kick in the pants to follow her dreams given to her by her covid layoff. Taking what she's learned after 13 years of working in market research and software development project management, and 3 years of event hosting and looking for opportunities to fine-tune her skills and determining how she can help others meet their life and business goals.

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

Lakewood Chalk Your Walk Inspires Residents To Express Hope

As one of Ohio’s most walkable cities, Lakewood offers 180+ miles of sidewalks. Recently, Lakewood residents chalked many of them to show we are in this together.

LakewoodAlive hosted its Lakewood Chalk Your Walk (https://www.facebook.com/events/3125194060845395/) community solidarity initiative during the weekend of April 3-5. Community members were encouraged to take advantage of beautiful spring weather to break out sidewalk chalk and head outside to add chalk art to their driveway, apartment balcony or the sidewalk in front of their residence.

Chalk messages of hope, inspiration and humor were spotted on sidewalks throughout Lakewood, offering a ray of hope as we all navigate this difficult time. LakewoodAlive featured chalk art submissions on its social media pages using hashtag “#LakewoodChalkYourWalk.”

LakewoodAlive thanks the many community members who participated in Lakewood Chalk Your Walk. For more information regarding our ongoing efforts to assist our community through this crisis, please visit LakewoodAlive.org.

Matt Bixenstine is the Marketing & Development Manager for LakewoodAlive. He enjoys all things Lakewood, especially walking his basset hound through Madison Park.

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

LakewoodAlive Announces New And Improved Pricing Model For The Lakewood Tool Box

Welcome to year two of The Lakewood Tool Box. It’s never been easier or more affordable to rent the tools you need for completing essential repairs to ensure we live in healthy and safe homes.

LakewoodAlive announces a new pricing model whereby Lakewood Tool Box members will no longer be charged fees on a per-tool basis when renting from its ever-growing tool lending library, which consists of 60+ items ranging from standard hand tools to equipment for larger projects.

Annual Tool Box membership – open to all Lakewood residents, tenants and landlords – remains priced at $30 per resident/tenant and $75 per landlord.  Special pricing is available for low-to-moderate income residents. A refundable deposit will be required for tool rental, but will be refunded to the customer upon the return of all rented items in good, clean working order.

The Lakewood Tool Box is currently open by appointment only to ensure health and safety during the COVID-19 crisis. Appointments can be made by contacting Matt Clark at 216-712-6674 or mclark@lakewoodalive.org. Both Tool Box members and non-members are also welcome to contact Matt with questions regarding their projects.


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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

Staying Home


I've been holding off boredom and keeping busy with what I usually do anyway - by being a mixed media collage artist. I also like to Zentangle and do Black-Out Poetry, which is easy to teach yourself how to do. Any kind of artwork is a great way to completely lose track of time. So, for all intents and purposes, I'm just a little old lady living in Lakewood and this is what I do all day. I'm a retired special events coordinator. My husband Jim works as a chef at the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland; as of right now - blessedly - he is still working. Enclosed is one of his chicken recipes that is so easy to prepare.

What we miss most is the Library. Especially all who work there. I miss seeing their smiling, helpful faces. We take advantage of the Rocky River Marina in our neighboring community and of course our entire Metro Park system, driving and walking there as much as possible.

Chicken Thighs---Catch-Up

Servings: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Start to Finish time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Ketchup gives this chicken the flavor of a backyard cookout without the smoke and a drunk uncle.

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

Students Earn Top State Reflections Honors

Congratulations to four Lakewood City Schools students whose artwork was honored at the state level in the PTA Reflections art recognition program! Special shout out to Grant Elementary fifth-grader Sean Miller, who won an Award of Excellence, Ohio's highest honor, in the literature category for the Intermediate level. His piece will move on to national judging. Out of thousands of pieces of artwork submitted for state judging, only six students were recognized in each age level/category.

Harding Middle School eighth-grader Edie Barcelona earned a second-place Award of Outstanding Achievement for her dance choreography at the Middle School level. Lakewood High School senior Jane Kalinowski earned a third-place Award of Merit in the High School visual arts category, and Garfield Middle School seventh-grader Anna Maurer earned an Honorable Mention in the visual arts category for the MIddle School level.

The Reflections program offers students from schools with active PTAs the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works in seven arts areas: literature, dance choreography, film/video production, musical composition, photography, visual arts and special artist. All entries must follow a chosen theme, which this year was “Look Within.”

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

Lakewood Kiwanis Says Thank You.

Thank you, thank you to all the pizza lovers in Lakewood who came to the Lakewood Kiwanis Pizza Bake-off on a snowy February night at Lakewood High School. And a big shout out to all of our vendors for keeping the pizza and ice cream smoothly flowing all night. What a great event for our community. The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood wants to thank everyone for helping with the success of this event. Our attendance for pizza lovers was over 600 and we had 10 of the best pizza shops to work with and participate. You voted for the following categories:
Georgio's Oven Fresh Pizza
Peppers Italian Restaurant
Nunzio's Pizzeria
Papa John's

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

What To Do While You're At Home

Dolly Parton is at The Root! Daily.

There's a fun free app called "Spaceteam." You do need to be in the same room to play it, but it is a cooperative game where up to 4 people pilot a spaceship by responding to commands to work individual controls. It is a huge hoot to play and usually ends up being pretty loud.

The Root has free books for little kids under 5 that you can pick up when you get your carryout food and coffee from them. The books are from Dolly Parton's literacy cooperative and recently she has begun reading those books on You Tube as bedtime stories.  (Dolly Parton is at the Root every day right now. See photo.) The "Goodnight with Dolly" episodes are streaming on Facebook and You Tube every Thursday at 7PM at Imagination Library, Dolly Parton and Dollywood channels. 

On a more serious note, animal shelters are reporting that some people are turning in their pets because of their inability to feed them because of being out of work. If you have room in your life fand can take care of a pet, check with local shelters. 

For families who love legos and have a lot of them, and if you have fond memories of building the Bat Cave or Harry Potter's Night Bus but you long ago put all your legos together in large bins, you can sort them out and build those things again, or any set you want. Lego building instructions are available online. 


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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 04.15.2020

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Responds To COVID-19

The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) has announced that it will focus its 2020 grantmaking on community needs stemming from the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis.

Funds will be awarded immediately to help support two organizations that are directly helping Lakewood residents who are in great need during this crisis. A grant of $50,000 will be awarded to the Lakewood Community Services Center (LCSC) to support increased food procurement and distribution. A grant of $25,000 will be awarded to the Department of Human Services, City of Lakewood, for resident emergency needs stemming from the public health crisis. 

The Foundation will be taking a phased approach for the remainder of the year to respond with additional grants to meet further needs as they become clearer as the crisis unfolds.

“The board places its full confidence in LCSC and the City of Lakewood Human Services Department to identify residents most at risk and provide increased services and basic needs support in this time of crisis,“ says HLF Board President Jeanine Gergel. “We trust the leadership of these two entities to be able to quickly provide help to those most in need.” 

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

School Closure Extended

Dear Families,

Today, Gov. Mike DeWine extended school closures statewide through May 1, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. He indicated that he would assess what might happen after May 1 closer to that date and will not rule out closing schools for the rest of the academic year.

This prolonged closure through April means that we will all have to settle into a remote learning routine for the next month. This is new for all of us. Our teachers are learning to teach in new ways just as our students are adjusting to a new kind of learning. We must be adaptable, flexible, and be patient with each other!

We will continue to keep you posted as District leaders begin to address what this longer closure means for students and our school building communities.

Stay safe, stay healthy!

Lakewood City Schools

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

Digital Library Open 24/7

Even though Lakewood Public Library’s brick and mortar buildings are currently closed to the public there are still many resources available. Patrons can take advantage of the Library’s digital resources from home with their library cards. The Library offers many different online resources to support student learning, and to help pass the time at home.

If you don’t already have a library card, call the Main Library at (216) 226-8275, ext. 130 or Madison Branch at (216) 228-7428 Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to sign up for a library card.

Available from home: 

  • eBooks, audiobooks and magazines using the OverDrive/Libby app.

  • eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music and graphic novels through Hoopla.

  • Free online learning at Lynda.com.

  • Online arts and crafts, including patterns and templates on the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center.

  • Genealogy resources like Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest, African American Heritage and Fold3 Military Records.

  • Language learning resources like Rosetta Stone, Mango Languages and Transparent Language Online.

For Youth

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

Primary Voting Extended By Mail

Voting in Ohio’s March primary will continue in April. To take part, voters should request a vote-by-mail ballot from the Board of Elections, then complete and return it without delay.

That’s the simple update on the Ohio primary. All ballots already at the Board of Elections or there by the end of April will count. There’s still time to vote, and no reason to wait; local polling places in Lakewood won’t be opening.

Technically, March 17 remains the date of Ohio’s 2020 primary. Late on March 16, the Ohio Department of Health ordered polls closed, amid efforts to slow the COVID-19 pandemic. Errors and false steps by Secretary of State Frank LaRose and other state officials produced days of confusion, but legislators restored some clarity on March 25.

House Bill 197, passed unanimously by the Ohio General Assembly, allows voters to continue requesting and returning primary ballots until the end of April. The broad pandemic-response bill also instructs boards of elections to pre-pay the return postage for vote-by-mail ballots.

Limited in-person voting is to be available at the Board of Elections on April 28, only for voters with disabilities or no access to the postal service.

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

Starr Gazer


Aries: The Ram likes to lead the race, except there’s nobody following you, you’re a solo act, go home, you still win

Taurus: For once, I’m not going to tell the Bull to come out of the Bull Pen, there’s nobody at the Ballpark, go home

Gemini: Wherever the Twins go you’re the life of the party, not today; take your Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde act & go home

Cancer: The Crab, known homebody, loves to cook up a storm…except they’re throwing you the groceries from the curb

Leo: Leo, you’re King of the Jungle and when you roar everyone listens, except where have all the animals gone?

Virgo: Nobody likes to clean, organize & sanitize like a Virgo, your home is so clean, but nobody to show it off too


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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

Restaurants At Your Fingertips

Lakewood resident Sara Sherepita knows restaurants, with a background as a chef and a sales manager at Haserot, she knows restaurants from the inside out. When the order came down from Governor DeWine closing all in-restaurant dining, she and fellow restaurant cheerleader Brad McLaughlin got busy putting a website together to bring restaurants and Greater Clevelanders together. 

The Cleveland Restaurant Takeout Facebook Group supports restaurants and those who like to eat.

As the Facebook description makes clear: "Amidst the current crisis among the Cleveland restaurant and bar community, this is a place where any business can post what they are doing for carry-out and delivery." Posts decribing delivery deals and not to be missed specials and amazing looking food ready and waiting to be ordered is what makes this site a place to visit more than once a day. 


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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

One Mother Asks... Letting Your Kids Hang Out? WTF!

“So have been trying to figure out a way to post this and not come off like a major bitch. It just isn't possible. So, my apologies if you read this, it may not be directed at you. And this is also a vague post. But, if you take offense at this, I am ok with it because you are the offender.

I just had to have a 20 minute conversation with my very upset teenage son about why he can't go to his friend's house when all of his friends are hanging out. He listed way too many kids that have been hanging out at their friends' houses, and walking around the city. I am pissed off. What in the world is wrong with you for letting your kids hang out right now?! Now, I'm the bad guy. What is the point of all of us going through all of this, when people are letting their kids hang out right now?! This will never end if we allow this to happen.

If you are a parent of one one of these kids, and are friends with me, and are offended by this, fine. Unfriend me. I am seriously so angry right now.


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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

Dear Residents:

Safety and public health are my top priorities. Since the first confirmed cases in Cuyahoga County were announced on March 9th, the City of Lakewood has adopted all recommended protocols and followed all guidance from our public health leaders at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Governor’s Office, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. 

Safety and Public Health

The City’s Fire Department and Police Department are award-winning preparedness experts and have taken necessary precautions to ensure that the safety of residents is protected without compromising the ability for the staff of each department to protect its ranks from infection or quarantine.

Taking Action

I have convened a coronavirus task force who meet daily. We have been communicating to staff, partner organizations, and the community at-large about the goals for emerging from this crisis, the steps the City is taking, and the impact those steps will have on City operations. With these partners, our goal is slowing the spread of the virus, so our health care system is not overburdened.

Slow the Spread

The City has closed public access to City facilities, canceled or postponed non-essential meetings, instituted livestream public meetings where practical and appropriate, enforced federal and state mandates for closure of bars, restaurants, and other relevant businesses, and required all non-essential staff to work remotely. All staff have been informed of coronavirus protocol and advised to notify a manager and stay home if they are sick or have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees.


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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

Stuff For Kids: What To Do At Home

There's a free app called "House Party."  It works with Android or Apple, works with Mac Book or a chrome book. With it you can Facetime your friends, up to eight on one call, and you can all see (and hear) each other. It comes with games you can play that are on the screen, but still allow you to see the other players. There's one called "Quick Draw," which is a game like Pictionary where you get a prompt to draw and the other player try to guess what it is and it's timed. Another game is called "Chips and Guac" which is a word association game like "Apples to Apples." There's a trivia game with a bunch of different categories. It allows you to go off the call and do other things and come back to it. You can turn the microphone on and off. You can wave to people on the member screen and then they'll get a notification that you're looking for them without having to call. Its a good way for everyone to hang out together even though we're all in different places. 

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

Three Three Three: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 103

The Cowboy - Wi-Fi On The Prairie - Feel It Records - 12 songs - LP, digital

Hot on the heels of their self-titled 7", The Cowboy are back with their second album and third release total. It's a solid record, 12 tracks of good garagey punk with a strong post-punk edge-- it isn't quite the halfway point between Homostupids and Pleasure Leftists since it's still much closer to Homostupids, but it's somewhere in there between them. This record sounds like The Cowboy, and I know that's a stupid thing to say but really that's what can be said about it. There are good, driving basslines, dissonant but catchy guitar leads, and some cool drum fills (I particularly like the drums on "Papa Bear"). There aren't exactly the standout tracks that there were on the first record (and I would still start there with this band), but this is good stuff. If you've liked The Cowboy so far, you'll certainly like this record as well. My favorite tracks were "Crazy World" and "SS," and the ridiculous closer "The Chief" was pretty cool too. 3.5/5


Ted Kane - The Dream - self-released - 8 songs - digital

Ted Kane is an expatriate Columbusite and one-time Jim Shepard collaborator living in California these days. This is his latest work, eight tracks of mostly just guitar and vocals. It's definitely within the Columbus tradition: the ballad-like title track and the punker "(I'm So Ambivalent About) Living In The USA" both recall different facets of Mike Rep and/or Tommy Jay (and actually, I could've sworn I recognized the name Ted Kane from some Mike Rep record but I could find no evidence of this, so maybe I just made it up). There are a few instrumentals in here, like the aptly named "Shuffle" and the meditative "The Same Stream," as well as a noisy a capella/percussion track called "Grinnin'," which was pretty weird (though I'm now at a point where I can't tell when things are trying to be weird or just are naturally, so I can't tell you which this is) and, to close out the album, a cover of "Pale Blue Eyes," which at this point is pretty unnecessary to cover, but is always going to be a good song anyway, so I guess I understand. Some of the stuff here is decent enough, but without full rock band instrumentation (or even just something besides guitar), it doesn't really work for me. Even so, good enough that it's of interest to people who are into Columbus-related stuff. 3/5


Are you a local-ish band? Do you have a record out? Email vaguelythreatening@gmail.com

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

The Root Is Delivering, Has Free Books For Kids

The Root cafe remains open for take out as an essential business during this time of care and necessary limitations.
It’s important to keep yourself healthy with herbal teas, fresh organic vegetables & exercise.

We are following guidelines to increase sanitation and reduce risk of exposure. Please help us in our mission to practice safe public health:
Here is how you can help when picking up your food and drinks.
We are allowing up to three customers in at a time. 


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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

LakewoodAlive Launches Webpage Devoted To Resources To Help Small Businesses During COVID-19 Crisis

LakewoodAlive announces the launch of a webpage (LakewoodAlive.org/COVID19) devoted to compiling resources for assisting Lakewood small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

This webpage is part of a collaborative effort with the City of Lakewood, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and our private partners, including financial institutions, to demonstrate our commitment to helping small businesses citywide navigate this challenging situation. The page, which will be updated regularly, offers COVID-19 news, financial resources and other useful information for small businesses.

“During this time of crisis, supporting Lakewood’s vibrant small business community is more important than ever before,” said Ian Andrews, LakewoodAlive’s Executive Director. “Communication is essential in these difficult times. We are thankful to our partners for helping to make this webpage possible and hope it serves as a valuable resource for members of our small business community. We urge everyone to continue to support our small businesses in a safe manner during this difficult situation.”

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

LakewoodAlive Launches “Light The Lakewood Night?Community Solidarity Event

LakewoodAlive announces the launch of Light the Lakewood Night, a community solidarity initiative designed to convey optimism and togetherness during the COVID-19 crisis.

Lakewood residents are asked to participate by decorating their front porch or apartment balcony railing with string lights as a vibrant display of solidarity.  Residents who do not have a front porch or who do not have string lights at their disposal at home can still participate by simply turning on an exterior light at dusk.

Participants are asked to share their decorated porch photos to the Light the Lakewood Night Facebook event, while including the hashtags “#LovingLakewood” and “#LighttheLakewoodNight.”

“Light the Lakewood Night represents a simple way for community members to demonstrate that we are in this together,” said Ian Andrews, LakewoodAlive’s Executive Director. “Lakewood has always been a community of front porches, and now’s a great time for us to put these porches to good use to offer fellow community members a sign of hope during challenging times.”


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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

One Lakewood Progress: COVID-19: The Truth, What We Can Do, And Leaning Into American Resilience

My job with the U.S. The Department of Health and Human Services is Community Outreach. The entirety of my time in Public Health has been working to ensure that patients, families and marginalized communities all over Northeast Ohio and the tri-state area have the information and emergency services they need to make informed healthcare decisions and can access support in times of crisis.

The goal of my column, One Lakewood Progress, has been this - that residents of Lakewood should have the information necessary to understand policies, whether local, state, or national and how they impact daily life. 

This installment of One Lakewood Progress is, perhaps, the most important one I’ve written. We are experiencing unprecedented times in our country, in the trenches of the global pandemic that is COVID-19. This disease touches the daily lives of all Americans, and it presents a very real threat to our health and safety. With talk from the White House of ending the social distancing lockdown on Easter Sunday, people are starting to question whether or not the virus is really that serious to begin with.

Let me disabuse you of that notion.

What is COVID-19? Why is it so dangerous?

CO-ronaVI-rus D-isease 2019 is a respiratory virus first discovered during an outbreak in Wuhan, China in 2019. 

COVID-19 is a brand new disease to humankind, which means that we have developed no antibodies against it through prior exposure. Because of this, the risk of infection is universal: if you come into contact with it, you are probably going to be infected. 


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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

Community West Foundation Announces COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Community West Foundation has established the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to further support their long-time grantees as additional needs arise. Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, area non-profits are feeling the financial pressure that comes with increased demand, volunteer shortage and canceled fundraising events due to social distancing requirements. In addition, Community West granted $50,000 to the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to make emergency funds available to non-profits helping those in need during this crisis.

The Community West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved $715,000 in quarterly grants to local non-profit agencies located in western Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties. Because of the timing of these grants, Community West allowed the organizations the freedom to allocate their grants as they deem necessary during this time of crisis rather than using them for specific programs outlined in their original proposals.

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

Rotary Recognizes 15 Outstanding West Shore Career-Tech Students

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its noon luncheon on March 9 at the Don Umerley Civic Center. 

The 15 students, top performers in their Career-Technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. Each student exemplifies traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative.

“We are so proud of the Career-Technical Rotary Outstanding Students--they represent the finest West Shore has to offer and we have some amazing students! When young people develop valuable skills, make connections and build a network while they are in high school--they have an inside track to a successful career. These students are prepared for the real world and have made the most of their high school/career-technical experiences,” remarked Bill DiMascio, West Shore Career-Technical District educational coordinator.

School administrators, parents, and guests were among those in attendance. According to Rotarian Nancy Ralls, West Shore Career-Technical District career development coordinator, this is the 22nd year the club has honored Outstanding Student Award winners. 


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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 24: “The Ballad of Derecho Dan?Continues:

The eerie, chaotic thunderclaps of Storm 5.6 sounded out for a full hour before the sentinel winds of the oncoming derecho were felt. Terrorized citizens fled the town in large numbers while many plucky Rockporters chose to stay and protect their properties. Over the years these brave souls morphed into a hardcore group of stalwarts who called themselves, "The Rocks of Rockport." 

Meanwhile, the jerkwad citizens of neighboring River City had begun gathering along their lake shore cliffs with lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and coolers loaded with their favorite beverages. They assembled to again witness a storm slam into Rockport. Many in River City complained when Storms 5.4 and 5.5 occurred at night while they were sleeping. At the sound of the first thunder boom, hundreds choked their favorite vantage points along the shoreline and waited for the show to begin.

Though most would question the logic of Maynard's “Manifesto with Cheese,” Little Dan had accepted his new destiny without hesitation.  The booming thunder became the "lizard's roar" signal that Little Dan’s had been waiting for. He fired up the boat, tore Maynard Gridley's manifesto in two and tossed it overboard. He took the helm and steered the boat, ‘The Friggin’ A’ out of its camouflaged position and into the river channel. 


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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

LakewoodAlive’s Paint Lakewood Program Kicks Off 2020 Season

Looking to add a splash of color to your home’s exterior? A fresh paint job may be more affordable than you think. 

LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program announces the return of its Paint Lakewood Program for the 2020 season. The Paint Lakewood Program’s primary goal involves revitalizing Lakewood’s neighborhoods, while reducing lead hazards and educating residents on lead safety issues. 

This innovative program is designed to help make it more affordable for qualified Lakewood homeowners and residents to beautify their homes through exterior whole-home painting, ultimately making their homes safe for their families and the community.

Paint Lakewood will provide a grant of up to $4,500 to qualified Lakewood homeowners and residents for exterior paint, supplies and professional labor costs to paint their home. The program has been designed to offer a grant on a sliding scale to help reduce the cost of an exterior paint job.


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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

West Shore Students Tops In Culinary Contest

West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts students were stars at the recent Family, Careers, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) regional competition in Columbus on February 29. Students who competed all won gold medals for their creations except for one student who won a silver. The students worked many additional hours after school to perfect their recipes. Below are the students honored:

Culinary Junior Team: Gold Medal

Alexis Frost
Madison Lacquement
Katie Milczewski

Pastry Tray Senior: Gold Medal

Emma Nagy

Pastry Tray Junior: Gold Medal

Paige Murrin

Pastry Cake Senior: Gold Medal

Madison Zoller

Pastry Cake Junior: Silver Medal

Destiny Ayala

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

Eagle Scout Honors For Lakewood Young Adult

John Uchaker, son of John (Eagle Scout 1988) and Beth Uchaker, and brother to Ava, Eleanor and Jude, attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2019 and will be honored by his Troop during a celebration to be held in March 2020.

John started his Scouting Career at the age of seven progressing through Cub Scouts earning the ranks of Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Arrow of Light and the Catholic Youth religious awards: Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei (Little Children of God). 

For John, the Trail to Eagle continued as he crossed over to Boy Scouts. While a Boy Scout John progressed quickly through the ranks of Scout, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life. As he enjoyed being a Scout, the path to Eagle took an additional four years. During his years of Scouting, John’s natural leadership ability was enhanced by successfully completing Troop Leadership Training (TLT) and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). He later implemented the techniques learned by serving in leadership roles within his Troop including Senior Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Den Chief, Chaplin Aide and Librarian. He also held the position of Vice Chief, Order of the Arrow, Erielhonan Lodge as well as a member of the lodge’s Ceremony Team.

John served as the Council Junior Popcorn Kernel (2012), Grand Canyon Council and as the Scout Days Scout Ambassador (2013), Grand Canyon Council. The Greater Cleveland Council (Lake Erie Council) invited John to represent the Council on a 2015 Academic Challenge episode, with an on air appearance reading the question “Today’s Boy Scouts can earn Merit Badges in a variety of areas, ranging from computers and nuclear energy to cinematography and what “G”-initialed science, that studies the physical structure of the Earth?” [Answer: Geology]

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.02.2020

City Of Lakewood Response To Coronavirus/COVID-19 Crisis:

The City of Lakewood is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic closely and is taking direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Governor’s Office and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health regarding mitigation procedures.

All COVID-19 cases are being tracked and monitored by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Ohio Department of Health. Cases are tracked by the patient’s home residence. As of this afternoon, there are no known Lakewood residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. However, we know community spread of the virus is happening in Ohio and there is a strong likelihood that we will see cases here in Lakewood. We are working diligently to minimize the spread of this virus.   The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals have set-up two drive-through testing facilities for COVID-19. MetroHealth has also set-up a drive through clinic. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please contact a healthcare provider. Do not go to the emergency room.
If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, severe headache or other potentially life-threatening problems, go to the nearest emergency department or call 911.
The following is a listing of the most-recent updates:

  • All non-essential city employees have been sent home and are working remotely when possible.
  • Following the Governor’s recent guidance, essential city meetings will be limited to ten people in a room. All non-essential meetings have been cancelled.
  • Our Police and Fire Departments have protocols in place and are updating them based on CDC protocols.
  • The Lakewood Animal Shelter is closed as of 12:00 PM on March 17, 2020. If there is an animal concern, such as a dog running at large, contact the non-emergency police number at (216) 521-6773.
  • Metered parking is no longer being enforced at this time.
  • All fitness centers/gyms; bowling alleys; public recreation centers; movie theaters, indoor waterparks and trampoline parks in Ohio are now closed.
  • All bars and restaurants in the State of Ohio are closed to the public. Carry-out and delivery are still available.
  • Division of Housing and Building will be open by appointment only. Please call (216) 529-6270 or email housing.building@lakewoodoh.net to make an appointment.
  • The Department of Planning and Development will be open by appointment only. Please call (216) 529-6630 or planning@lakewoodoh.net make an appointment.
  • There will be no water shut-offs for non-payment during this pandemic. If you are behind on paying your water bill, payment plans are available.
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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 03.19.2020

A Message From Lakewood High School

Dear Ranger Families:

This is Mr. Walter with an update for March 18, 2020. 

1.  LHS is closed to students and visitors during this time.  We will be accessing our voicemail and our emails daily but response time may be delayed.  Our goal is to return messages within 24-hours.   

2.  Report Cards will be delayed but parents can access Progressbook to view grades from third quarter

3. We are aware that there are many important upcoming events that are a concern to many.  I can assure you that we are in discussion about contingency plans and our main focus is on the safety of students while providing them with the best alternatives we can.  As more information on school closings become available we will make decisions about events and communicate them to you. 

4.  Teachers are continuing to develop lessons that can be delivered online to ensure that all students continue their academics and receive the credits they earn.  I am highly impressed and proud of how quickly and professionally our staff has adapted to support our students.  Virtual learning will start on March 30th.




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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 03.19.2020

A Message From Lakewood City School District

Dear Families:

I would first like to offer praise and thanks for your understanding during these unprecedented times. I know how difficult it is at a time like this to have to worry about your children, spouse, and other loved ones, not to mention friends, neighbors, and colleagues. We know that what is being asked of you now in regards to your children learning from home will be stressful and challenging at times.

With daily guidelines and orders coming from our President, Governor, the CDC, and Ohio Department of Health, we will have to make many adjustments as each day brings new and often troubling developments. I know this feels uncomfortable and often uncertain. This is our “new normal” for a while. I ask that you be patient with us as we adapt and revise as we go along and realize what is working and what is not.

It is highly likely that our extended closure ordered by Gov. DeWine will go beyond April 3rd. We need to mentally prepare for this scenario. We know that this announcement would mean more sadness, tears, and disappointment for many of our families, especially those with seniors. We are sad for them as well!




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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 03.19.2020

Stuck At Home? Tell Us About It

We've all been running around a lot, trying to get our lives together, and get ready for keeping to ourselves for a while. In a city like ours, it will be strange not to see as much of each other as we're all used to.

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 03.19.2020

Talented Artists Shine At Barton Senior Center

photo by Adelaide Crnko

The Barton Senior Center's Talent Exhibit on February 23 demonstrated that there is no age limit when it comes to being gifted. Held in two locations within the Center (on the ground floor of the Westerly Senior Apartments), the event featured residents' paintings, photography, quilts and other unique pieces, one being a vinyl record that was molded into a ruffled bowl.

The Barton member who organized the show summed it up with "this is the epitome of patience and perseverance," acknowledging the amount of time and effort that went into much of what was on display.

Susan Lucas added, "I had no idea so much talent is housed in this complex." Her remark was echoed by many. Other praise included "awesome experience," "fantastic artwork from everybody," and "one of a kind." A crowd favorite was Anna Baker's portrait of her grandparents. It was so well done many thought it was a photograph. Another artist did use a camera to capture images of wildlife, fall foliage and travel landscapes. Needle crafts were also greatly admired by attendees.

Following the visual arts presentations, the celebration moved into the facility's Rotunda. Janis Zemzars, a classically trained pianist, played compositions by Chopin and Debussy. Vocalists sang popular tunes ranging from "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" to "The Rose." The afternoon concluded with the audience singing along to "Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night followed by Barton member "Hippie Chatty Kathy's" interpretation of "Old Time Rock & Roll" from Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band.

The Barton Center's Talent Exhibit provided a venue where creativity could be viewed in a formal setting. Some participating artists were asked if their pieces were for sale. It was also a way for the senior community to come together for an inspiring and uplifting afternoon.

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 3:12 PM, 03.19.2020

Lakewood Rangers Basketball--Thanks For The Memories

All good things must come to an end. On March 7th, at the classic Elyria Catholic Gym, the Lakewood Rangers (16-9) Basketball season did just that in the District Final at the hands of a richly talented Lorain team. After Lakewood stormed back from an early deficit to briefly take the lead in the second quarter, the Titans found their rhythm and eventually pulled away in the 3rd quarter. Never again will we see Nate Mims dominate a game with slashing drives and stifling defense, nor the hustle plays of Matt Bohurjak and Max Budzar. Dante Wahba's 3-point bombs, Antonio Crockett's clutch plays and Chris Brown's silky drives are a thing of the past. 

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 3:12 PM, 03.19.2020

In Sickness And In Health: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 102

The Cowboy - The Cowboy - Drunken Sailor Records - 3 songs - 7", digital

The Cowboy's debut LP was three years ago, as jarring as that is. This is the long-awaited follow-up EP. Side A has two pretty good post-punk leaning punk songs, the vaguely threatening sounding "The Swimmer" and "Mr. Lamppost," which was kind of reminding me of a more aggressive version of Institute or one of those kindsa bands. I probably said something to this effect three years ago, but The Cowboy, for obvious reasons, sounds like a cleaner, more straightforward Homostupids (if the reasons aren't obvious, it's because it's 2/3 the same band). The flip side here is a different kind of thing. "Way Out" is a far more mellow, almost jammy song. It's definitely more laid back than usual for the band, and kind of just meanders its way through itself, but in a weird way, it's enjoyable. The comedown after the first side, perhaps. A strong EP here. 4/5


Stinky Monkey Finger - The Earring - DF Records - 15 songs - digital

This might be the best SMF release so far. Every time I review them, I say something like the nearest comparison is Guided By Voices or rather some more out-there Bob Pollard lo-fi project, but I say it with the caveat that it isn't quite accurate. This time it's very accurate: this sounds very much like something out of the Rockathon camp. And actually, it's the better for it, as there are a good few solid songs on here evenly distributed with the weirder material. That's not to say, however, that they just sound like GBV now; they most certainly still have their own identity. There really is a good mix here of the "song" songs ("Call Me Up," "I've Been Drinking" (another Pollard connection), "Slow Burn," to just name three) and the more, perhaps, difficult material (the drum machine free jazz of "Blasting The Boom," the rather aptly titled "Skate World," which sounds ominous enough that perhaps it should've been "Skate Dystopia," and "Bad Ink," which is a melee of instruments that sounds like it's almost gonna fall apart at any second, but never quite does). Probably the best place to start with this band/project/guy (I'm still not quite sure) if you're intrigued. 3.7/5


Are you a local-ish band? Do you have a record out? Email vaguelythreatening@gmail.com

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 03.19.2020

Roberts And Wendt Animal Clinic Loses Its "Heart And Soul"

Roberts and Wendt Animal Clinic is a small, neighborhood animal clinic established in 1930 by Dr. Roberts and Dr. Wagner in the heart of Lakewood. It is Cleveland's oldest small animal clinic in the area. Dr. Wallace Wendt joined the clinic as a partner in 1945. The clinic doctors served as the Cleveland Metropark veterinarians from the late 1930s until 1988. The animal clinic has always been known for high quality care of one's animals. Dr. Victoria Wendt followed in her father's footsteps. She graduated from The Ohio State Veterinarian School in 1987 and began to practice at Roberts and Wendt in 1988. Dr. Victoria Wendt has been part owner and Chief of Staff since taking the practice from her dad.

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 3:07 PM, 03.19.2020

The Cuyahoga County Board Of Elections Reminds Voters That The March, 17 2020 Presidential Primary Election Is On St. Patrick’s Day

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections wants all voters to be aware that the March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary Election falls on St. Patrick’s Day this year.

“Because of all of the wonderful, celebratory St. Patrick’s Day events and festivities scheduled on Election Day, we encourage voters to cast their ballots by voting Early In-Person at the Board of Elections or to Vote-by-Mail,” said Anthony Perlatti, Director of the Board of Elections. “By casting ballots prior to Election Day voters don’t have to worry about conflicting commitments on St. Patrick’s Day.”

Early In-Person Voting and Vote-by-Mail began on February 19th. The Board is open for Early In-Person Voting on the following dates:

Weekdays, February 19 to March 6: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 7: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Weekdays, March 9 to March 13: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.


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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.04.2020

Welcome to the Mayor’s Corner! I am excited to begin using this space to contribute short pieces from time to time to offer insight for Lakewoodites into issues currently happening at City Hall or important ideas I’d like to communicate to the community. I’m grateful for this forum and I intend it to start ongoing conversations with you. 

During my campaign for the Mayor’s Office last year and since getting elected, you have probably heard me talk about my priorities for city government: Safety, Neighborhoods, Environment, and Disciplined Finances. In this first edition of the Mayor’s Corner I want to talk a bit about Finances.

In the City’s Finance Department, we are currently hosting a team of auditors from Auditor of State Keith Faber’s office. To most people, the word “audit” suggests a hassle, at least, and maybe serious legal and financial consequences, at most. The Auditor of State and his team are the compliance officers for Ohio taxpayers and their responsibility is to ensure that local governments like ours are conducting the people’s business in an open, honest, and efficient way. 

When they are through, they will have spent weeks reviewing our finances in tremendous detail and providing me with any “findings.”  As I begin my first year as Mayor of Lakewood, my interests (and yours!) are aligned with Auditor Faber’s—We want to be sure everything is just as it should be. We will be back to you with their results.


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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.04.2020

One Lakewood Progress - Issue 28 Critical To Support Lakewood City School Students Social, Academic, And Mental Health

Lakewood City Schools Director of Student Services, Lisa Bruening, says the district is working with more children with diagnosed mental illness or who present with symptoms. “We are seeing more students with anxiety and depression, which can manifest itself in the form of school avoidance. Families find it difficult to get into outside providers, due to extensive waiting lists. If we are able to work with our students and families within the district, we can help children stay in school and bring support directly to them.”

Currently, the district offers mental health services through Bellefaire and Guidestone agencies. Many people may be surprised to learn that therapists from these agencies work out of the school buildings. 

Many districts in the United States, in an effort to address psychosocial barriers to students’ educational advancement like food and financial insecurity, lack of family support, and the presence of mental illness, have taken a 360-degree approach by providing wrap-around services that support the whole life of the child. Studies show a child’s social environment affects physical and mental wellness and their ability to function.…”[S]tudents seen are typically Medicaid eligible but dependent on funding, students, not medicaid eligible, can receive up to 6 sessions as a consult or in a group.  We also have a social worker 4 days a week at the medical clinic [operated by the Cleveland Clinic] based at Lakewood High School…[and]… a resident social worker that completes a rotation [there]. One day a week we [also] have an adolescent psychiatrist based at the…clinic.” 


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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.04.2020

Ranger Brothers Grab SWC Wrestling TItles

Brothers Jayden, left, and Milan Jackson.

The Lakewood High School wrestling team competed in its last Southwest Conference championship tournament on February 22 and left with two individual titles and a runner-up. Congratulations to senior Milan Jackson, who won the 160-lb. weight class, and Milan's brother, junior Jayden Jacskon, who won the 170-lb. weight class. Also reaching the awards podium were sophomore Brandyn Bates (220 lbs.) as runner-up, and junior Nistor Krizan (195 lbs.), who took third place. The team was scheduled to compete at the Division 1 Sectionals tournament February 29 at St. Edward High School.

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.04.2020

Staff Spotlight Honorees: Giuliano & Prindle

Each month Lakewood City Schools selects two staff members to honor. These staff members are nominated by their peers for their outstanding work. This month's nominees are assistant custodian Tony Giuliano and Emerson Elementary kitchen manager Leanne Prindle. Congratulations to both!


Moving a file cabinet from one second story location to another, with no elevator, is not easy. Imagine moving 100 of those, fully loaded. That is what Lakewood Schools assistant custodian Tony Giuliano and his fellow moving crew members did over the course of 4-6 weeks to transition the Board of Education office on Warren Road over to the new Taft Center for Innovation. Add to the heavy file cabinets, moving hundreds of boxes, computers, furniture, and random miscellaneous items as well. It was a big job and Tony proved he was up to the task!

“Tony took complete ownership to make sure move went as smooth and complete as possible.  He went over and above my expectations,” said Operations Assistant Manager Ed Deblock.

Tony’s nominators – most of his fellow moving crew members – not only praised his hard work and organization, but his positive attitude and sense of humor that made an exhausting, relentless job more enjoyable.

“Tony's crazy personality keeps his coworkers' mood up and makes tedious jobs fun,” says fellow utility custodian George Mihalek.

Tony joined the District in 2008 as a food handler and delivery driver. He became a jack of all trades when he moved into his current utility role, which includes delivering district mail. He loves the variety of the job where he never knows until he walks in the door each morning what his task will be for the day. He also loves working in the district where he went to school.

“I’ve gone from being a student to having keys to my former classroom,” Tony says. “I love how my life’s come full circle.”


When a group of Leanne Prindle’s Emerson Elementary colleagues submitted her name for Staff Spotlight, a common theme ran through the 11 nominations: kindness and caring. While this is only Leanne’s first year as the school’s kitchen manager, her impact already has been greatly felt on the school community.


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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.04.2020

LakewoodAlive Unveils “Knowing Your Home?Schedule For 2020

The Knowing Your Home schedule for 2020 consists of 14 free workshops.

When it comes to your home, you are never alone. There’s no better time than now to take proper care of this important investment, and LakewoodAlive is here to help you every step of the way.

LakewoodAlive announces the schedule for the 2020 edition of “Knowing Your Home,” a free educational series focused on sustainability and home maintenance best practices empowering homeowners to tackle necessary repairs and improvements. Orchestrated by LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program, this series is designed to benefit a wide range of residents:

  • Those considering a home DIY project
  • Those planning to hire a contractor
  • Those simply interested in better understanding how their home works

The seventh year of this popular home maintenance program features a collection of 14 workshops taking place from March through October led by experts within the industry. These workshops will cover a wide range of topics designed to educate residents regarding improvements and best practices for their homes. The best part? Each workshop is open to the public and free to attend.


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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.04.2020

Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Dungeons & Dragons Roundtable
For students in seventh through twelfth grade.
Join us for a round of Dungeons & Dragons, a fantasy role-playing game in which you will develop your own heroic character in a collaborative story with other players to embark on various quests to slay monsters, explore dungeons, find treasure and vanquish evil. Beginners and veterans alike are welcome. Registration required.
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

Illustration Creation 
For students in kindergarten through first grade.
A six-week program featuring an art project each week based on a children’s book. Registration required.
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.

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.04.2020

Friends Of Lakewood Public Library Spring Book Sale

Whatever the season, the Friends of Lakewood Public Library are always working hard to move, sort and organize the thousands of generous donations pouring in from the community, making sure the next sale will be even greater than the last. 

The hardworking crew has done it again, with a whole new supply of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and record albums waiting for you at the Friends’ Spring Book Sale on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Would you like to get an early start on the bargains? The Members-Only Preview Sale will be on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To attend the special sale, memberships can be purchased at the door for as little as three dollars.

Proceeds support Lakewood Public Library’s acclaimed programming, including free lectures, concerts, films, youth programs and the library van, which delivers books to classrooms and homebound readers.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
College Now Greater Cleveland FAFSA Workshop
Main Library Learning Lab
Presented by College Now Greater Cleveland and Lakewood High School. College Now Greater Cleveland is the College Access program available at Lakewood High School. Pam Sandoval is a College Now Greater Cleveland Adviser available to help parents of senior students and students with the financial aid process. Join College Now for a hands-on FAFSA workshop. To register, call (216) 226-8275, ext. 127.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (98 minutes)
Imagine Your Story
Film: "The Princess Bride" (1987)
Directed by Rob Reiner
Main Library Auditorium
While home sick, a young boy listens as his grandfather reads the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate named Westley (Cary Elwes). When Westley’s true love Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) is kidnapped by a ghastly gang and forced into betrothal with the evil Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon), this classic tale takes an adventurous turn. Join us this season to Imagine Your Story with films that draw upon fairy tales, folklore, fantasy and mythology.

Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Imagine Your Story
Performance—WordStage Literary Concerts presents: A Mythological Competition
Main Library Auditorium
Before Hollywood, before Elizabethan drama, before even Roman theater, were the Ancient Greek tragedy competitions. In this literary concert, the judge is a formidable woman: the Muse of Tragedy, Melpomene. The competitors are the greatest of the Tragedians: Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles. Their attempts at outperforming each other and acerbic comments made by Melpomene offer a drama in and of itself designed to entertain and inform audiences.

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.04.2020

Life In The Rust Belt: Author Eliese Colette Goldbach To Visit The Library

At 29-years-old, Eliese Colette Goldbach never expected to be wearing a hard hat, operating a crane, or driving a forklift. In fact, working at the ArcelorMittal Cleveland mill was never part of the plan. As a high school graduate, she was destined for the convent and life in a religious order.

Her youthful faith took a blow when she was sexually assaulted in college and soon after diagnosed with bipolar disorder. With a dose of the rust belt resolve that runs deeply in Cleveland, Goldbach looked for a new career path. The promise of a high-earning paycheck brought her to the unlikely vocation as a steel worker.

Like most Cleveland natives, she had passed by the orange flame of the steelyard for years without a second thought. It wasn’t until she was inside the belly of the mill that she that realized the world it represented. What outsiders saw as a sign of pollution symbolized a booming business and a healthy economy to those inside the mill walls.

With the contentious 2016 election as a backdrop, her memoir reflects on her life inside and outside of the mill. As a young liberal female in a male-dominated industry, her ideology was vastly different from her blue-collar conservative counterparts. But according to Goldbach, “There was no division so great that it could eclipse the unity that had been forged in the light of the mill’s orange flame.”


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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.04.2020

Psychology: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 101

Cheap Clone - New Paltz/Walk To Canada - Just Because Records / Peanut Butter Records - 2 songs - cassette, digital

These are, sadly, the final recordings from my beloved Cheap Clone (hopefully just temporarily, but for now, this is it). At least they've gone out on a high note! (and that's not a joke about Drew's vocal range). "New Paltz" is a totally great power pop track with jangly/chorus-y guitars throughout and some siren-like noises at the start. It's a really catchy track, and that alternating-two-notes guitar lead throughout works really well. The "flip" (although not really, since both songs are on the same side– and actually, both repeat on the other side as well) is another good track, "Walk To Canada," parts of which remind me of The Mice. There's also part of the guitar lead that I really like and can't quite place what it's reminding me of. In any case, this is really good, much like everything else Cheap Clone has released. I will deeply miss this band and I keep my fingers crossed for their eventual return. 4/5

(cheapclone.bandcamp.com to listen, you may have to bug the band or label directly for the tape)

The Mind - Edge Of The Planet - Drunken Sailor Records - 8 songs - 12", digital

Eight solid tracks of drum machine-driven post-punk from The Mind here, although to just say drum machine post-punk is overly simple. Steve Peffer is a member of this group, which should tell you immediately that it's both better and more strange than just "drum machine post-punk." In some ways, it kinda feels to me like if Factorymen was a more accessible and less immediately weird project. Sorry if those two sentences seem a bit contradictory– these are catchy tracks in a definable genre, but there's still strange and sometimes eerie synth swells, disjointed guitar parts from Jordan Darby, and melancholy, at times almost haunting vocal melodies from Vanessa Darby. The tracks here are all at least a little hypnotic in a way, and they all live up to the tone set by the cover art: a twilight highway with weird neon lights running across it (at least that's what I'm seeing, and, I guess, hearing). A good record– I don't know if I'd necessarily say each track works on its own, but as one piece, this thing is good. My favorite songs are "Running On My Head" and "Technical Intuition," but again, you kinda gotta hear the whole thing. Steve gets a great bass tone on here. A cool project that I hope to hear more from. 4/5



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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.04.2020

Should I Vote For The Levy?

Unlike many of the people we see pushing the levy, I have no day-to-day connection with Lakewood Schools. I am not dependent upon them for teaching my children, or relatives' children. I am semi-retired and on a very fixed income. I do not rely on Lakewood Schools for my day-to-day living, or my day-to-day well-being. I really have ZERO dogs in this hunt. Or do I?

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.04.2020

Sunrise Rotary Supports Trials Of Hope At Fundraiser May 1, 2020

The 2020 Annual Dinner and Auction Fund Raiser will be Friday, May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Don Umerley Center in the City of Rocky River Civic Center complex at West 210 and Hilliard Blvd. It will include a full course served dinner with cash bar and silent and live auction raffles. Trials of Hope will be a major benefactor of this year’s event. Tickets are just $30 per person.

The mission statement of Trials for Hope is to deliver dignity and hope to those who fall between the cracks, bringing wholesome food, personal care items, and warmth to the greater Cleveland area.

In 2010, Trials of Hope founder, Johnathan Gray was gifted a large donation of trial-sized toiletries and decided to bring it to a local community meal. A line quickly formed, and the expressions of gratitude were encouraging, but a greater need was also revealed. Many in the community had needs and requirements that weren't being met by assistance programs and they had fallen between the cracks. Whether it was the inability or lack of funding to provide medical, clothing, or personal care - the community was struggling, and Jon saw a way to answer the need. Through dedication, personal connections, and tireless outreach to both the giving communities and those in need he has been able to continually answer 'yes' when those who struggle reach out for help.


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