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                  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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                  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

                  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

                  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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                  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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                  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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                  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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                  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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                  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 or call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140.

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                  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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                  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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                  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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                  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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                  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:


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                  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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                  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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                  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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                  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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                  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

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                  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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                  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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                  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, email 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

                  $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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                  Tuesday Genealogy Programs At The Library

                  Do your New Year’s Resolutions include learning more about your family history? If so, Lakewood Public Library is the place to be.

                  On Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Edward Bolte will discuss using obituaries as a genealogical research tool in his presentation, The Changing Face and Future of Obituaries. President of the Western Reserve Historical Society Genealogical Committee, Mr. Bolte has conducted family history research for more than forty years.

                  On Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Deborah A. Abbott, PhD returns with her popular genealogy workshop. Dr. Abbott shows fifteen students how to research their ancestors and how to use the in-Library resource, Ancestry Library Edition. Registration is required. To register, call (216) 226-8275, ext. 127. But you don’t have to wait for a workshop. Ancestry Library Edition is free for everyone to use every day at the Library.

                  Other online genealogical resources can be accessed from the library or from your home via the Library’s website. African American Heritage offers a comprehensive mix of resources specifically pertaining to African Americans. Fold3® Library Edition collects historical military records, including stories, photos, and personal documents. HeritageQuest® Online collects genealogical and historical sources from more than sixty countries, with coverage dating back to the 1700s.

                  Both “Data Mining the Deceased” and The Changing Face and Future of Obituaries take place in the Main Library Auditorium. Dr. Abbott’s genealogy workshop will be held in the Main Library Second Floor Learning Lab.

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                  Lakewood Women’s Club Calling For Nominations For 2020 "Women Honoring Women" Leadership Awards

                  2019 Business Leader Ines Rehner (left) and Community Leader Heidi Murray

                  Lakewood Women’s Club (LWC) is seeking nominations for their annual Women Honoring Women Community and Business Leader Awards to showcase women who exemplify charitable service and economic enrichment within the Lakewood community. The nominees and winners of the Leadership Awards will be presented at the 4th Annual Women Honoring Women Event on Thursday, May 7, 2020, 6:00 PM at Georgetown Vosh.  

                  The Community Leader Award is presented to a woman who demonstrates excellence in leadership through deep understanding of the community and advancement of solutions to meet challenges within Lakewood. A Community Leader is someone who provides service to a charitable organization or multiple organizations that impact Lakewood. Heidi Murray was recognized as the 2019 Community Leader.   

                  The Business Leader Award recognizes a woman who reflects quality and dedication in the operation of a small business or who plays a key role in Lakewood’s economic advancement. A Business Leader uses her ideas and creativity to promote change within Lakewood, serves as a role model, and participates in community affairs and activities by contributing time, effort, and resources. Ines Rehner, owner of Sweet Designs Chocolatier, was selected as the 2019 Business Leader.

                  For more information on LWC’s Community and Business Leader Awards or to submit a nomination, visit Nominations are due by March 3, 2020.  


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                  Lakewood Hospital Demolition Goes 57% Over Budget

                  As the year ends, Lakewood City Council and the Finance Committee had to balance the books from their 2019 spending and adjust the 2020 appropriations based on updated information. At the final Finance Committee meeting of 2019, there were several substitutions and changes that were discussed. The most significant changes were all involving the demolition and remediation of the former Lakewood Hospital site. Due to unforeseen issues around finding hazardous carcinogenic material (Perchloroethylene aka PCE) and the discovery of a creek bed that was unearthed during demolition, the project will require approximately another $3.7m in funds.

                  The discovery of PCE added several complications to the process. When workers noticed the faint, sweet smell they notified superiors who immediately got EA Group, Brownfield Restoration Group, and Buckeye Environmental Network involved. They quickly contained the material that had been dormant while the hospital was above it. While there is a sense of urgency around the removal of both solid and liquid waste, the recent rain made the collection more challenging. Additionally, hazardous waste sites will only accept up to twelve, forty ton truckloads a day. The environmental experts cited above are estimating over one thousand tons of material are at this site alone.

                  “Each passing day we learn more about the contaminants and our ability to address them moving forward,” stated Bryce Sylvester, Lakewood’s Director of Planning & Development. “We’re confident by the middle of January we will be in a place where we can provide a ‘no-action letter’ to Carnegie and finalize the deal.”

                  “The circumstances of the discovery are unfortunate, but it could have been much worse if it had not been found while the site was wide open with the necessary tools on hand,” stated Mayor Mike Summers. “The site is a Lakewood problem because the chemicals were used by the Lakewood Hospital and by Lakewood employees.”


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                  2nd Annual End Hunger In Lakewood Day Raises Over $19,000

                  On Saturday November 16th, forty-three Lakewood restaurants and food retailers donated 10% of their food sales to Lakewood Community Services Center to aid in the organization’s work to alleviate hunger in Lakewood. The results well exceeded everyone’s expectations by raising $19,504 in one day – up from $11,800 for last year’s inaugural effort! 

                  “I cannot begin to thank the restaurateurs and food retailers who participated for the second year and the 12 new participants that chose to join the effort this year. We were thrilled by last year’s result, but to see a 65% increase in donations in just our second year is astounding,” said Matt Fish, owner and founder of Melt Bar and Grilled, who again spearheaded this initiative. “Donating 10% of food sales on a Saturday is no small gesture. This outpouring of support for needy Lakewood residents speaks to the generosity and community-mindedness of my colleagues in the food industry here in town. I am sure that hearing the staggering number of Lakewood residents living below the poverty level moved many to jump on board and join this very worthwhile effort.”

                  “This amazing donation will allow us to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables everymonth for all of 2020, which will have a huge impact on the wellbeing of our clients who rely on us for food,” according to Trish Rooney, LCSC’s Executive Director. “Our goal has always been to secure more healthy food choices to supplement the shelf-stable groceries we provide, but it is easier said than done. Fresh produce is not inexpensive and not always readily available. This incredible support will open up our options to buy product from a number of vendors in Cleveland who either offer us significantly reduced pricing or who rescue food from local farmers.” 

                  As was hoped, the event was another win-win. Many participating businesses reported a busier than ever Saturday as well as kudos from their customers for being one of the partnering establishments


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                  One Lakewood Progress: How Affordable Is Lakewood's New Affordable Housing Policy?

                  Affordable housing has been on the minds of many Lakewood residents. Over the past two years, Lakewood has seen rents and property tax rates skyrocket during the city’s real estate boom. Many have demanded solutions from city council on rising property taxes, as well as equity of access to housing for lower income Lakewoodites. 

                  In response to concerns from the community, Lakewood City Council, on December 2nd, adopted a resolution to amend an existing ordinance (Ordinance 58.04). The impetus of the policy amendment, “fostering the investment and development of affordable housing in new multi-family and mixed-use construction projects in Community Reinvestment Area #1…[and] #2,” utilizes tax abatements to encourage the development of affordable housing in both single unit residential and multi-family and multi-floor residential units.

                  In the previous version of the ordinance, tax abatements were utilized by the city for renovations to dwellings containing no more than two family units and single condominium units.

                  One big change in the ordinance is language that sets rents for 20% of the units in *new* multi-family and mixed-use developments of 100 units or more based on a percentage of Area Median Income (AMI). The updated policy states that in these new developments, “(i) 10% of units be set aside for households making up to 80% AMI at the time of the initial lease and (ii) 10% of the units be set aside for households making up to 120% AMI at the time of the initial lease.”

                  The policy states in its own interpretive guidelines, that the AMI of Lakewood should be set at the median income of the Elyria-Cleveland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).

                  The Area Median Income set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Elyria-Cleveland MSA, as of this writing, is estimated to be $73,700. That’s $25,000 more than the widely reported, and accepted, median income estimate for the city of Lakewood of $48,700.

                  Identifying this number is important: not only does it determine the relative affordability of the affordable housing units, but it also determines the rent charged and percentage of rent estimate relative to net take-home pay.



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                  The Magic Of Upcycling

                  Participants from last year's upcycling program display some of their creations.

                  Be future-friendly and make a New Year’s resolution to upcycle. Start by bringing your children to Lakewood Public Library for some upcycling fun! We will show your kids how to repurpose old unwanted clothing and keep them busy over winter break. Students in third through eighth grade are invited to join us for Upcycling: From Rags to Riches on Monday, December 30, 2019 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room.

                  What’s upcycling? Upcycling turns old things into something new - which is basically magic! It’s taking an item that is no longer wanted or needed and giving it new life as something useful or creative. Children will learn how to transform old clothing into new treasures. Turn an old t-shirt into a strand necklace, infinity scarf or tote bag. Rework an old sweater into a slouch beanie with matching mittens to keep warm during the cold winter months. Participants learn more about the upcycling movement and then use their imagination to create unique wearable art.

                  No experience is necessary to participate in this program. Some materials are provided but registrants must bring an old t-shirt and/or sweater which will be cut up for upcycling projects.

                  Space is limited for this creative program and registration is required so sign up your children today. To register, stop by the Children’s & Youth Services desk at the Main Library, call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140 or visit, select the Youth tab and Programs for School-Age Students, then scroll down to the event and click on Read More.

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                  Meet The Author Of “Abandoned Cleveland,?Jeffrey Stroup

                  Author Jeffery Stroup

                  A battered door hanging by an overburdened hinge; hopeless stairways no longer going anywhere anyone needs to go; a hobbled desk where decisions were once made in an office reclaimed by earth and sky – these are the remains of the forsaken buildings of Cleveland.

                  Jeffrey Stroup has documented these haunts before they inevitably disappear in “Abandoned Cleveland.”  The talented photographer will visit Lakewood Public Library on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss his adventures in urban decay. 

                  Stroup and his camera have taken on the crumbling -- or non-existent – floors, the rotted ceilings and the rusting framework of disintegrating monoliths that stand like tombstones throughout our city.

                  So skip the ride on Lolly the Trolley and join us for Jeffery Stroup’s visual tour of Cleveland’s forgotten places. This special Meet The Author program will be held in the Main Lower Level Auditorium. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.


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                  Barton Center Healthy Food Tasting A Hit

                  Still believe that eating "what's good for you" could not possibly be satisfying or fun? Ask those who attended the Barton Senior Center's "A 'Healthier' Taste of Lakewood" on December 4 for their take on it.

                  Barton welcomed locally owned restaurants as they delivered select menu items for guests to savor which they received free of charge. Participants included Aladdin's Eatery, Angelo's Pizza, Cleveland Vegan, Melt Bar & Grilled, Ohio City Burrito and Two Bucks. The event included Mayor Michael Summers discussing his initiative to make Lakewood the "healthiest city." It was sponsored by Oak Street Health, a primary care center for adults on Medicare.

                  "A 'Healthier' Taste of Lakewood" encouraged seniors to consider better nutrition as part of their wellness program. It was also designed to strengthen ties between city businesses and the community. Some who tried the offerings hinted that they now might be interested in visiting those establishments after becoming more acquainted with them.

                  PK McLellan, a Barton Center member, expressed her appreciation for all the edible samples. "Many of us don't get out, so it was nice they came to us." "The food was excellent," and "we loved it" were comments from others. Raves were given to Melt's "Vegetarian 4 Bean Chili" and Two Bucks' "Cauliflower Wings." PK summed up the afternoon's feast with "I can't say enough about it!"

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                  Autographed Copy: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt 98

                  Spike Pit - Animal Of Disrespect - My Mind's Eye - 13 songs - LP, digital

                  Spike Pit (featuring members of many other bands and a newcomer on vocals) make their vinyl debut with a full-length, an unusual and interesting move in the hardcore world. So I'm told, anyway. And it's a ridiculous one. Perhaps the stupidity wouldn't have come across enough on a 7". Musically, the comparison that first came to mind was the Inmates, so somewhere in that style of hardcore. Some of the songs sound a lot like Street Gurgler (particularly "Work Sucks"), but that's almost certainly just a side effect of them sharing a guitarist. The lyrics are pretty nuts. Spike Pit, or at least their wordsmith, are in favor of murder ("Murder," "Lil Sharpshooter," "Kill Bums"), robbing people ("Licks"), and hentai ("Hentai"). They are against cops, work, high school, bums, and fruits and veggies. You oughta know what you're getting into based on all that alone, but just in case: there's also a song called "Diaper Rash/Diarrhea." Did I mention this was a stupid record? Don't get me wrong, however, that doesn't make it a bad record. In fact, it's pretty good, especially when the rage is focused ("Ops" and "White Devil" are particularly good examples) or when it's completely juvenile but not in a way that detracts from it (for example, "High School" and "Lust"). And it ends with a mysterious voiceover that could only be producer Poopy Necroponde himself (and no matter how many times I hear them, "…animal of disrespect…spect spect spect…spect…" and the fake wind noises that are obviously a person going "whoosh" continue to make me laugh), what more do you need? Undoubtedly, this is not for everyone, but hey, I like it. 3.69/5

                  ( for the record, for the digital)


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                  LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

                  Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
                  Meet the Author
                  "A Brave Face: Two Cultures, Two Families, and the Iraqi Girl Who Bound Them Together"
                  Book by Barbara Marlowe and Teeba Furat Marlowe
                  Main Library Auditorium
                  "A Brave Face" is the story of a woman who moved mountains to provide medical care for an Iraqi girl badly burned during a roadside attack. Barbara Marlowe’s determination to fight for her future daughter highlights the way love can reach across both cultures and continents. Marlowe overcame many obstacles to bring Teeba to the US for medical treatment—and to ultimately offer her a home. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

                  Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. (86 minutes) 
                  Lakewood Public Cinema
                  "Crossfire" (1947)
                  Directed by Edward Dmytryk
                  Presented by Barbara Steffek-Hill 
                  Main Library Auditorium
                  When a Jewish war veteran is found beaten to death, clues lead police captain Finlay (Robert Young) to unlikely suspects: a group of demobilized soldiers. The gang includes Monty (Robert Ryan) and Mitch (George Cooper). As the accused scrape together alibis, Finlay investigates the incident as a hate crime and is determined to find the real killer. Barbara Steffek-Hill presents a series of classic and contemporary films from her personal favorites.

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                  An Ancient Tale Retold: Discuss Circe At The Library

                  Discuss New York Times bestseller, "Circe," by Madeline Miller in a four-part course at Lakewood Public Library. 

                  A well-written and well-told story has the power to stand the test of time. In the Greek tradition, the ancient poetic epic "The Odyssey" by Homer remains the second-oldest surviving work of Western literature. Filled with tales of bravery, war, and tragedy, "The Odyssey" is a story of ancient mythology that has captivated audiences throughout the ages.

                  Homer’s epic is given a fresh perspective in Madeline Miller’s New York Times bestselling novel "Circe." The most infamous female figure in "The Odyssey" is reimagined and retold as Miller explores the life of the legendary sorceress best known for turning Odysseus’s sailors into swine.

                  Discuss "Circe" alongside selections from Emily Wilson’s translation of "The Odyssey" with Barbara Parr, an instructor with Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program. This four-week discussion will begin on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room and continue on January 15, 2020, January 22, 2020, and January 29, 2020.

                  The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program connects the academic world and Northeast Ohio's wider community through innovative and engaging programming. Adults of all ages pursue their love of learning by participating in courses and lectures with internationally renowned scholars and local experts who share their cutting-edge research and current topics of interest. Instructor Barbara Parr received a BS from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Education from Cleveland State University. After retiring from teaching English and literature at Rocky River High School, Barbara now leads discussions throughout Greater Cleveland. 


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                  Comfort Dental Providing Free Care For All December 23rd

                  All Ohio Comfort Dental locations will be hosting their 36th annual Care Day Monday, December 23, 2019, offering free dental care to those in need.

                  All fifteen Ohio Comfort Dental offices will be open on December 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cleveland area patients can visit Comfort Dental in Lakewood located at 17500 Madison Avenue.   

                  “Every year we take time out to give back to the community and encourage people to check in on their oral health,” said Dr. Dave Wise, owner of Comfort Dental in Lakewood. “There is no better time than the holidays to provide free dental care."  

                  Beginning in Colorado in 1984, Comfort Dental has offered free dental care on Christmas Eve Day. Care Day was started as a way of improving accessibility to dental care to those in most need. On Care Day, all services are free to anyone. Patients are helped on a first-come, first-served basis receiving a variety of basic dental care from cleanings to extractions. More serious dental problems are handled on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the individual dentist. Nationally, approximately 300 Comfort Dental dentists and 1,300 staff members donate their time on Care Day.



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                  Sunrise Rotary Sends Christmas Boxes To Nicaragua

                  Recently, the Lakewood Rocky River Rotary Clubs packed 75 boxes of school supplies, clothing and toys, and 10 Layettes to be delivered to Chinandega Nicaragua as part of Northern Ohio Rotary District program called “Children of the Dump.”  It all started over 15 years ago when several Rotarians followed up on an ABC TV program.  

                  The Rotary delegation noticed that children were going through a large local dump to salvage clothing and other items. A member of the delegation, Jack Young of the Rotary Club of Conneaut, came up with an idea for an International Service Project. Rotary Clubs and Rotary members from this Rotary District would collect items needed by the children and families in this area of Nicaragua and pack them in boxes about the size of a large shoe box. Now it is called the “Shoe Box” project by many clubs. Items are either purchased by Club Members or from fund-raising activities of the Club. They include school supplies, personal items like soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and tooth paste, and even an outfit of clothes, and some toys. Packing of the boxes are a Club social activity with children joining in to get experience with service work.

                  Several years ago, the purchase and packing of layettes for mothers of newborn children was added to the project. Blankets, towels, and personal items for the babies and mothers are packed in special Layette bags and are now shipped with the “Shoe Boxes,” and distributed to a maternity center near Chinandega. 

                  Boxes are eventually gathered from several areas of the country and for delivery to a port city. In a recent year there were 11 pallets weighing over 18,000 pounds gathered and shipped. To promote school attendance, only children regularly attending school receive a “Shoe Box.”


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                  Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

                  Art Connection
                  For students in kindergarten through fifth grade
                  Art activities let you express your view of the world. Create your own unique piece of art to take home and show off to family and friends. Registration is required.
                  Monday, December 23, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

                  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, December 29, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

                  Upcycling – From Rags to Riches
                  For students in third through eighth grade
                  Transform old clothing into new treasures by turning an old t-shirt into strand necklaces, infinity scarves or a tote bag. Discover more about upcycling and then use your imagination to create your own work of art. Some materials will be provided, but students are required to bring an old t-shirt and sweater to use for upcycling projects. Registration required.
                  Monday, December 30, 2019, 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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                  Light Up Lakewood 2019 Spreads Holiday Cheer In Downtown Lakewood

                  Photo by The Lakewood Observer

                  Glittering lights illuminated Detroit Avenue, fireworks sparkled in the December sky and an aura of merriment filled the city’s downtown district. The holiday season is now in full-swing in Lakewood.

                  People from across the region visited Downtown Lakewood in droves on Saturday, December 7, to partake in the holiday tradition that is Light Up Lakewood. A large, festive crowd enjoyed LakewoodAlive’s 13th annual holiday community event celebrating the spirit of the season and the richness of the city’s vibrancy.

                  Sponsored by First Federal Lakewood, Light Up Lakewood 2019 kicked off with Lunch with Santa at Dewey’s Pizza followed by joyous musical performances at Lakewood Baptist Church. The festivities then shifted to Plantation Home, where Lakewood High School juniors Savannah Monroy and Mohamed Manaa were celebrated as Royalty Honorees of Light Up Lakewood. Savannah and Mohamed were both awarded $500 scholarships from owner David Stein in recognition of their outstanding service to the community.

                  Three features kicked off the evening’s main festivities. The Light Up Lakewood Beer Garden sponsored by Roundstone Insurance opened near the intersection of Detroit and Mars Avenues, welcoming guests to enjoy local craft beer in a unique, festive setting. The Holiday Market at the historic Lakewood Masonic Temple beckoned shoppers, and the Holiday Train sponsored by Laskey Costello and Paisley Monkey began offering rides aboard this beautifully restored classic trackless train.


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                  District Expanding STEM Options

                  Lincoln students tinkering around in the school's new makerspace.

                  Lakewood City Schools is responding to the community’s desire for more STEM instruction in our District by boosting the opportunities for students in this area across all grade levels. Through community listening sessions and surveys conducted last year, this was one of our stakeholders’ top curriculum priorities.

                  While the successful Ranger Hub makerspace and Project Lead the Way engineering program of West Shore Career-Tech were serving our high school students, it was evident that more needed to be done at the elementary and middle school levels. In response, the District has developed a comprehensive STEM curriculum continuum for all grade levels that ranges from discover, to immersion, application and finally career and entrepreneurship.

                  This school year, our middle schoolers have already seen increased STEM instruction as students are required to take a STEM class one quarter each year. The District also re-aligned staff assignments to strengthen the STEM instruction and have increased funding to provide for new technology.

                  The District has also provided funding to each of our elementary schools to develop their own makerspaces – a place where students can make, learn, explore and share creative ideas using high tech tools or simple craft supplies. Makerspaces help build many of the competencies of our Vision of a Lakewood Graduate from critical and creative thinking to collaboration, communication and growth mindset.



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                  Royalty Honorees Celebrated At Light Up Lakewood 2019

                  Royalty Honorees Savannah Monroy and Mohamed Manaa were celebrated during Light Up Lakewood 2019 on December 7 in Downtown Lakewood.  (Judie Vegh/OyVegh Photography)

                  A pair of young Lakewoodites received the royal treatment at Lakewood’s signature holiday community event. LakewoodAlive and Plantation Home announced Lakewood High School juniors Savannah Monroy and Mohamed Manaa as Royalty Honorees for Light Up Lakewood 2019 sponsored by First Federal Lakewood.  

                  Students chosen for this honor have demonstrated their love for Lakewood through providing outstanding service to the community. In addition to reigning over the Light Up Lakewood Holiday Parade on December 7, Savannah and Mohamed were awarded $500 scholarships courtesy of Plantation Home in Downtown Lakewood. Both winners have agreed to provide at least 24 hours of service to the community during the coming year.

                  This is the eighth year that David Stein, owner of Plantation Home and Cotton, and president of the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance, has sponsored the scholarship. Stein states, “It’s an honor for us to encourage the youth of our community, and to thank them for their commitment to volunteerism.”

                  Savannah and Mohamed received their checks and sashes at Plantation Home and were crowned by the 2018 Royalty Honorees, Yusra Abdi and Tristan Rumsey, during the Lighting Ceremony as part of Light Up Lakewood 2019.

                  About Savannah Monroy
                  Savannah’s extensive involvement at LHS ranges from Help to Others (H2O) to athletics to participation in various student organizations.  In addition to volunteering for the American Red Cross and competing as a member of three Rangers’ sports teams (cross country, gymnastics and track & field), Savannah plays an important role in the Race and Diversity Club and in Model United Nations. Said Savannah in her application: “Being a leader of a club where people come together to discuss pressing issues of our society has been a big source of my growth...We all volunteer, talk, and take action when we feel it most necessary. That’s what Lakewood stands for – community through diversity.”

                  About Mohamed Manaa
                  Mohamed exemplifies leadership in many ways at LHS, serving as president of the History Club and vice president of the Lakewood High School Camerata Orchestra. He’s a proud participant in The Lakewood Project and volunteers his time with the May Dugan Center by helping to serve food to less fortunate members of our community. Said Mohamed in his application: “Living in Lakewood has afforded me wonderful opportunities to contribute to my community in the sense of encouraging community engagement and entertainment. I will forever retain the lessons that living in Lakewood has given me, and my only hope is that I am to continue contributing to my community.” 

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                  LHS Students Integral Part Of Youth Council Creation

                  Lakewood Youth Council Task Force members Olivia Patterson (left) and Tully Worron.

                  When Lakewood High junior Olivia Patterson was asked by one of her teachers to apply for a new City of Lakewood task force that would be in charge of developing the city’s first Youth Council, Olivia jumped at the opportunity. “I really wanted to make a difference and youth don’t usually get the chance to make a change in the city,” Olivia said.

                  The new Lakewood Youth Council will officially launch in January but the hard work behind the creation of this exciting new advisory group for our city has been going on since April thanks to the dedication of Lakewood High students such as Olivia, who is the task force's chair, and senior Tully Worron, vice chair. Olivia, Tully and seven other current or recently graduated Lakewood High students worked with city officials to develop the framework of the new council including its guiding by-laws. The by-laws and council’s mission statement were approved by the city in July and City Council then appointed those students on the task force that were not graduating to become members of the Youth Council going forward.

                  Like Olivia, Tully knew right away she wanted to be involved from the ground up with the task force. “Growing up in Lakewood, the youth of the community never really had a voice, except to tandem off of our parents’ views and involvement. I am passionate in politics and have always been involved in local government through my parents, but I wanted to join the Youth Council so I could really have my own stake in the community.”

                  The task force members are now in the process of interviewing applicants for the remaining openings on the council to boost the group to 15 members. Members must be residents of Lakewood and can be in eighth grade through freshmen in college. Current members from the task force besides Olivia and Tully are Yusra Abdi, Siwita Ali Shah, Collin Hunt, and Tristan Rumsey. Class of 2019 members of the task force were Elizabeth Halko, Jack Hueter, and McKenzie Lane.


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                  Kindergarten Parent Info Night, Registration Coming In January

                  Kindergarten registration will take place at the Lakewood Board of Education’s new home at the Taft Center for Innovation, 15701 Lake Ave., by appointment only, starting on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2020 in order to be age eligible to enter kindergarten. Registration materials can be found on this website under Student Registration. Registration is by appointment only.

                  After collecting all required documents and completing all pre-registration forms online, you will be prompted to schedule an appointment to register your child. If you have any questions, please contact the registration secretary by phone at 216-529-4279 or by email at


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                  Thank You Lakewood: Let’s Create A Positive Future Together

                  It is a profound honor to begin the work of serving our community, as Lakewood’s next mayor.

                  I want to thank the voters who entrusted me with this great responsibility. Accomplishing things together, as a city, depends on the trust of residents.

                  Earning this trust through a positive, grassroots-based campaign was important to me, and I am very grateful to those who made it possible. Anyone who has worked on a political campaign knows that it’s a team effort. Every vote mattered, so every phone call, every yard sign, every piece of literature left at a door made a difference.

                  Bringing this community together will be my mission over the next four years. There’s a lot of work to be done, starting with the transition planning which I have been giving much attention.

                  Thank you to everyone who encouraged the decision to run, and to everyone who supported this campaign. I also want to thank all candidates who put themselves out there. Running for office is not easy, but it makes representative democracy possible.

                  I look forward to working with new and old colleagues, and engaging input from throughout our community in a 360-degree approach to the challenges ahead.

                  We can work together on priorities of public safety and sustainable strong finances, on open government and an inclusive community, and on a clean environment.

                  The next chapter for Lakewood is starting, and I hope you will be part of it.

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                  Deck The Halls

                  The Lakewood Historical Society's annual Christmas Sale on the Grounds has everything you need for holiday decorating, entertaining and gift-giving. Everything to Deck your Halls and support a great community organization.

                  Spending the first full weekend in December shopping at the Nicholson House, Lakewood’s oldest structure, has become a holiday tradition for many savvy shoppers. If you’ve never been, you must come! Beautifully displayed new and nearly-new gift items, tree trimmings, decorations, wrapping paper and anything you need for holiday entertaining share the space with antiques, collectibles, vintage linens, glassware, silver and delicate heirloom ornaments.

                  Christmas Sale on the Grounds offers the opportunity to recycle treasures of the past, providing one-of-a-kind gift ideas. Donated by a legion of Historical Society supporters of all ages, the items reflect the treasures of the past 100 years and today. Relive your childhood with games, dolls and toys from days gone by, add to your Christmas village collection or find a treasured collectible. We have ruby red, snow white and patterned china to set the most festive table. Hundreds of ornaments and lights galore. If you're watching your budget, you can't afford not to shop here--don't miss this event! 


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