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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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Latest News Releases

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
Lakewood Empowers Young People to Say Something and Save Lives!
- City Hall, October 17, 2017 Read More

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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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Keep Lakewood Beautiful Recognizes 2019 Beautiful Home Winners

2019 Beautiful Home award winners

The 2019 Beautiful Home winners were recognized by Mayor Summers and Lakewood City Council during the November 18 meeting of City Council. Keep Lakewood Beautiful (created by City Ordinance in 1982) takes nominations throughout the summer and awards one winner from each of the seven city school districts.  

This year's winners were great examples of Lakewood’s beautiful houses. While all seven offer their own unique presentation, the common theme was they all started working on their homes through a love of gardening.

Bruce Moss of Norton Avenue poignantly stated, “No matter how big or small your area, you can take the ordinary; and with a little imagination, turn it into something extraordinary.”

Each of the winners offered some sage advice and were proud to contribute to the overall beautification of their community.  

April Hoy of Grace Avenue proudly stated, “Being recognized for something I love to do, something that adds beauty to the world, is really special to me.”


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Board Hears First Reading Of Resolution To Proceed With Levy

On Monday evening, the Lakewood City Schools Board of Education had the first reading of a resolution to proceed with the consideration of placing a 3.9 mill levy and 1 mill permanent improvement (PI) levy on the March 17, 2020 ballot. Due to responsible refinancing, sound financial practices, and property value growth, some of the District’s current debt service millage will be reduced, which allows the District to pursue this much-needed levy that will keep our funding stable.

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Thank You, Volunteers! Please Come Back Dec. 13th & 14th!

A few of LCAC'S wonderful volunteers.

Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation counts on hundreds of volunteers to show up at our holiday food distribution events. The outpouring of helpers at LCAC’s Thanksgiving events did not disappoint! People of all ages helped sort, pack and deliver turkeys, stuffing, potatoes, frozen pumpkin pies, along with nonperishable food items to 300 households in Lakewood.  

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Lakewood Makes Commitment To Affordable Housing

A few weeks ago, Lakewood came under fire for its lack of solutions for low- and middle-income renters who are being pushed out due to the rising housing costs in recent years. While the article focused on the dwindling use of Housing Choice Voucher Program (aka Section 8), 289 in 2018 vs the 420 in 2013 (according to HUD data), it glossed over a lot of solutions the city offers. The city currently offers approximately 1000 affordable housing units with the assistance of all their programs combined.  

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Volume 15, Issue 24, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

Sounds Of The Season Coming

Everyone's favorite holiday concert tradition is back! Sounds of the Season will have two performances, Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14, both at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $5 in advance at the LHS Bookroom (call 216-529-4047) or $8 at the door.

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Buh Buh Buh Buh Buh: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 97

Midnight - Midnight - My Mind's Eye - 4 songs - 12"

I guess the deal with this one is that the four songs here were supposed to be released as a 12" of this sort many years ago, but it never came to pass. They've appeared on Midnight compilations before, but never in their intended form…until now! I'll be the first to admit I do not know nearly enough about metal to make any particularly good comparisons here, but I think this is pretty good. The totally ripping opener "Lord In Chains" has some great shredding, it definitely rocks, it has hooks (not pop hooks, but memorable riffs and structure and all that stuff), and it sounds enough like Motörhead that I'm pleased (again, someone who knows more about this kind of thing than me could probably tell you 'it's not Motörhead, it's [some band that was influenced by Motörhead],' but not I). It's well-balanced by the slower, heavier "Strike Of Midnight." Side B has the spooky "Take You To Hell" (the part where he hits the first "when I take you to Hell!" and the music kicks in is especially awesome) which transitions perfectly into "…On The Wings Of Satan," another total ripper. Tell me you're not waving your fist in the air by the end of this thing. Good record. 3.666/5


Jim Shepard - Heavy Action - Ever/Never Records - 29 songs - 3xLP, digital

Jim Shepard is one of the big three of the Columbus underground music scene, at least according to that one Obnox song ("Ron and Rep and Jimmy Shep!"). However, whereas it's easy enough to find Quotas records or Great Plains or Slave Apartments or whatever, it is not easy to find Jim Shepard's. Outside of "The Room Isn't Big Enough" by Ego Summit (which has several very good Shepard originals), I don't know if there's any of Jim's music currently in print. Well, until this new set here. This really is a great summary of Jim's music. There's everything from very out-there experimental songs (both of the cuts titled "Music For Instr., Voice, Machine") to scalding noise-punk (most of the V-3 material here, like "Photograph Burns" and "Party at Fifteenth and Summit") to acoustic material somewhere in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen (both of whom get covered here, along with similar originals like "One Percent Of Nothing") to excerpts from voicemails he left for people (I assume Charles Cicirella, mainly, whose archive I believe most if not all of this is culled from). The first track is "Fuck The Clock," an Ego Summit outtake of a poem recited by Mike Rep. "Prom Is Coming," which was co-written with Robert Pollard, is a really pretty solo tune performed here live, accompanied by Mike Rep again. The 'banter' on the live tracks, as well as the voicemails, reveal something interesting about Jim Shepard's personality, I guess. I don't know, I don't feel like it's my place to say since I didn't know him or anything, but they paint an interesting picture. Just the way he very earnestly tells the audience on one of the V-3 tracks that if they could find his records anywhere, that'd be really cool seems very self-conscious but not quite self-effacing– same thing with one of the "Devil's Editor Messages," where he ponders whether someone covering his song is a good step, and then immediately decides it's probably better than the original. "Tabernacle Moneygun" is a good Dylan-esque folk tune railing against the selling of oneself to corporate interests, or something like that. Side 2 has three live V-3 performances (and a solo version of Leonard Cohen's "Seems So Long Ago, Nancy"), all of which certainly provide good examples of what "heavy action" means. They're heavy and abrasive and maybe even difficult at times, but there's something about them that puts them above lots of music like that. There's something more tuneful and, well, just more interesting about them. Jim's guitar playing on these is what everyone who plays this type of music wishes they good sound like– it just slashes through you. Even the heavy bass on "Photograph Burns" can't overpower the incendiary leads Jim plays throughout. The second record has a few dark, lo-fi, usually somewhat morose solo tunes: "Come Carry Me Down," "Star Power," and "Damage Control," for example. Not quite folk and not acoustic, but with the same raw feel as a solo acoustic performance tends to have.

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Volume 15, Issue 24, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

One Lakewood Progress, A New Column Serving The Policy Needs Of Lakewood Residents

Some who read the title might see the connection between the name of this column and the One Lakewood Place development being built on the site of the former hospital. If so, you would be correct. Cities “progress” through development and change, just as they “progress” in social and political thought over time. It is my belief that progress in our city should be arrived at together, with input, mutual cooperation, and deference to bringing our citizens full center into the policy process. This was how the idea for One Lakewood Progress was born.

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More Insects In Ohio? Let's Save The Indiana Bat!

Did you know there are many endangered species in  Ohio? 

Can you name them? 

I know that the Indiana bat is one.

I am the voice of this special Ohio mammal.

Indiana bats have been endangered since 1967. They have been rapidly dying for many reasons.

All should be stopped!

The scientific name of the Indiana bat is Myotis sodalis. Myotis means “mouse ear.” The Indiana bat has small, mouse-like ears.

Human disturbance of caves that bats use for winter hibernating is the first reason they have been dying.

During hibernation, they cluster in groups of up to 500 per square foot.

In some of the largest hibernation caves, 20,000 - 50,000 bats gather. 

If even one episode of human disturbance happens, many bats will die.



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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

Rotary Prepares Beck Center Grounds For Winter

Members of the two Rotary clubs of Lakewood and Rocky River braved the elements to complete their annual cleanup of the planting beds at the Beck Center on November 9. Members raked leaves, trimmed bushes and performed general outdoor yard work. The clubs do a similar project at the Beck Center in early May.

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Cox Communications Partners With Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp. To Deliver Thanksgiving Meals To Local Families

Cox employee volunteers help sort food for donating to local families for Thanksgiving meals. 

$1,000 grant from Cox Charities provided to help LCAC deliver more holiday meals

With the Thanksgiving holiday drawing near, Cox Communications employees chose to partner with the Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp. (LCAC) to help bring meals to local families in need. Cox employees helped sort food for 300 Lakewood families, and helped deliver meals to those in need.

The LCAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of under-privileged Lakewood residents. This has traditionally been accomplished by collecting food, raising funds, and providing volunteer services in support of our Thanksgiving and Christmas food basket events.

Cox employees live in the communities they serve, so it was a logical step to make to help ensure those families in need were cared for and supported during the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition, with plans to provide similar support in December, Cox issued a $1,000 Cox Charities grant to help acquire more food for the upcoming holiday season, and supplied fliers on Connect2Compete, a low-cost, high-speed internet program available to families with school-aged children who are enrolled in low-income assistance programs. 


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Lakewood High School Girls Soccer Ends Successful Season

The Lakewood High School Girls Soccer Team finished its 2019 campaign against Hathaway Brown in the second round of the Ohio Division 1 playoffs. After a very competitive game which saw the Rangers down 1-0 at halftime, the very experienced Hathaway Brown team pulled away later in the game to win 3-0. The resurgent Rangers ended the season 7-7-4. The team had exciting outings including a 1-1 tie early in the season against perennial powerhouse and eventual Section Champion Avon. They also tied cross-town rival St. Joseph Academy, 0-0 in a hard, defensive battle. The Rangers had key wins against Holy Name and North Olmsted.

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LakewoodAlive’s “Transportation For A 21st Century City?Community Forum Tackles Challenges, Opportunities

LakewoodAlive’s latest community forum drew more than 50 attendees to Harrison Elementary School.

They gathered as residents, neighbors and community leaders to discuss the present and future of transportation within our ever-evolving society.

More than 50 attendees ventured to Harrison Elementary School on Thursday evening, November 14, to participate in a community forum entitled Transportation for a 21st Century. Hosted by LakewoodAlive with assistance from the Lakewood City School District and Lakewood Public Library, this community forum offered insightful dialogue regarding how we can improve our transportation system to address today’s unique challenges, capitalize on changing lifestyle preferences and enhance quality of life for individuals without adequate access to transportation.

After introductory remarks from LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews, moderator Michael P. Summers, Mayor of the City of Lakewood, oversaw a discussion covering a variety of topics, including the evolution of transportation within our society, best practices for urban mass transit, and transportation solutions ranging from expanded public access and walkable neighborhoods to biking alternatives and rideshare options.


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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

Light Up Lakewood 2019 To Illuminate Downtown Lakewood On December 7

Light Up Lakewood returns to Downtown Lakewood for a 13th year on Saturday, December 7.  Sponsored by First Federal Lakewood and presented by LakewoodAlive, Light Up Lakewood celebrates the season and the richness of our city’s vibrancy. This free, family-friendly event features a holiday parade, lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, Beer Garden, Holiday Market, Holiday Train, live music, ice carvings, hot chocolate, food trucks and children’s games. Visit LakewoodAlive.org/LightUpLakewood to learn more.

Light Up Lakewood returns to Downtown Lakewood for a 13th year on Saturday, December 7.  Sponsored by First Federal Lakewood and presented by LakewoodAlive, Light Up Lakewood celebrates the season and the richness of our city’s vibrancy. This free, family-friendly event features a holiday parade, lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, Beer Garden, Holiday Market, Holiday Train, live music, ice carvings, hot chocolate, food trucks and children’s games. Visit LakewoodAlive.org/LightUpLakewood to learn more.

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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

Lakewood Tool Box Ornament Launched Just In Time For Holiday Season

Any Lakewood resident who purchases a Tool Box membership for the 2020 season by December 19th will receive a complimentary holiday ornament.

Give the ever-festive gift of home repair this holiday season.

In celebration of a successful inaugural season of The Lakewood Tool BoxLakewoodAlive announces a limited-time, special membership offer for its tool lending library. Any Lakewood resident who purchases a Tool Box membership ($30) for the 2020 season by December 19th will receive a complimentary holiday ornament depicting a wreath-adorned version of the Lakewood Tool Box. Secure your Lakewood Tool Box membership and holiday ornament now by visiting LakewoodAlive.org/Ornament.  

This same offer also extends to Lakewood residents who opt to become a “Friend of the Tool Box” ($50), whereby they secure Tool Box membership and also make a tax-deductible donation to LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program.

Each ornament is handcrafted out of cardstock paper to replicate the Lakewood Tool Box, which is housed in a shipping container located on the grounds of the Screw Factory in Lakewood’s Historic Birdtown Neighborhood.


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A Brave Face: A Story Of Love

Barbara Marlowe is a determined woman. In 2006, a photo of an Iraqi girl in The Plain Dealer affected her so much she reached across the world, overcoming the obstacles of bureaucracy, time, distance and culture to help a severely burned child achieve a new life.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled By Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Friends’ Preview Book Sale
Main Library Friends’ Book Sale Room

There is a special members-only preview book sale on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Memberships may be purchased at the door for as little as $3.00. The preview sale is not a bag sale.

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Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

Happily Ever Crafter

For students in sixth through twelfth grade

Beginners and pros, come create clever crafts with everyday materials! Registration required.

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Main Library Activity Room.

Space is the Place: Star Clocks

For students in third through fifth grade

Explore the world before clocks, when people determined what the time was without them. Using simple materials, participants will construct their very own star clock, also known as a nocturnal, and discover how it can be used to map the changing of time by utilizing the stars as their guide. Registration required.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.


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Book Brothers Bookshop ?A New Local Bookstore Now Open In Lakewood!

Book Brothers Logo

That is correct -- Lakewood has a new independent bookstore that is now open for business! “Book Brothers Bookshop” is nestled neatly among other favorite local destination right on Madison Ave., just west of Warren road. This unique little shop aims to be counted amid Lakewood’s growing scene of successful, independently owned businesses.

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Meet The Author: Nicole Hennessy And The Poetry Of “Gypsy Queen?/a>

Author Nicole Hennessy

Nicole Hennessy writes with a passion. As a journalist and poet, she has written for many local and national publications, co-founded the bimonthly art and literary magazine “Miser,” published the nonfiction book “Black Rabbit” and belongs to a community of poets actively creating and sharing their work in Cleveland.

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Three Arches Foundation Awards Over $1.1 Million in Grants to NE Ohio Nonprofits

Three Arches Foundation, a community-focused grant making foundation, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 grant awards recognizing sixteen organizations for their work in advancing the health and well-being of the people of Lakewood and surrounding communities.

“Throughout the strategic grant process, we were inspired as we listened and learned about the efforts of each organization to implement and maintain programs and services that reflect our priority area and geographic focus,” said Chas Geiger, board chair of the Foundation. “It’s a privilege to make these investments to support the advancement of solutions that address access to behavioral and physical health care for those who stand to benefit the most – our community.”


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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

One World Shop Partners with Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary

The Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotay Club is hosting a fundraiser on Friday November 22 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the One World Shop, 19321 Detroit Rd. in Rocky River. The One World Shop offers unique handmade gifts from over 55 developing companies, made by men and women, able and disabled, who are earning a fair wage for their work. 
A portion of the sales at the fundraiser will go the the Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Club's Community, Youth,
Vocational, and International service activities. Make your Holiday giving go even further by supporting Rotary and fair trade artisans from across the globe at the One World Shop.
While you are there learn how you can join with over 1.2 million Rotarians around the World dedicated to helping less fortunate people with food and other necessities, eradicate polio, and provide safe drinkable water in underdeveloped contries around the world, as well as support the Lakewood Sunrise Rotary's local projects. For more information contact Kathy Berkshire, sloopyohio@cox.net.

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

City Council Discusses Scooters, Roads, Bricks, And The Future Of Meghan George's At-Large Seat

City Council began on November 18 by recognizing the winners of Keep Lakewood Beautiful’s 2019 Beautiful Homes with an awards presentation. Once everyone got a chance to take a photo and congratulate the winners, Council President O’Leary started what turned into a very efficient City Council meeting where several new projects were discussed that will bring positive change to Lakewood.  

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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 4:40 PM, 11.20.2019

A Bridge From The Past To The Future

Thousands of ornaments for millions of memories!

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, New Years are all spectacular end of the year celebrations that bring family and friends together. Good, or merely interesting, it is this time of year when traditions are shared, taught, learned and passed on from generation to generation. Here in Lakewood we have an establishment that not only signals everything good about the holidays, it also provides an amazing bridge from one generation to the next. All can be made better this season with a simple visit to Mr. Christmas, aka, Mr. Holiday, Bill Hixson, at the one and only Hixson’s Barn. A northern Ohio tradition for over XXXX years!

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Ohio Species Survival! How Many Ohio Endangered Animals Can You Name? (First of a three-part series)

Norah Daisy Murtha-- Karner blue butterfly

The Northern Long Eared Bat

Cullen McQuay

Emerson Elementary

Grade 3

Mrs. Gerg’s class

How many Ohio endangered or threatened species in Ohio can you name?

Do you know that the Northern Long Eared Bat is in trouble in our very own state, Ohio?

A disease called white nose syndrome is killing bats!

I hope you are as concerned as I am!

Why is this bat called the Northern Long Eared Bat? 

As you might guess, this bat has long ears!

The Northern Long Eared Bat is a threatened species in Ohio.

Scientists saw this disease first in 2006, and white-nose syndrome has spread fast.

The population of northern long-eared bats have declined by up to 99 percent in the Northeast.

Other things are affecting the Northern Long Eared Bat too.

Sometimes people put up gates or other barriers to keep people from caves and mines. This keeps bats from flying and moving from the cave. These gates can change the temperature of a cave by a few degrees making their homes horrible for them to live. 


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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 4:40 PM, 11.20.2019

Lakewood Teachers Association Endorse Three Candidates For Board Of Education

After considerable deliberation, the Lakewood Teachers Association (LTA) is proud to announce its endorsement of Mrs. Linda Beebe, Mr. Tom Einhouse, and Ms. Emma Petrie-Barcelona for the three open seats on the Board of Education for the Lakewood City Schools. The LTA reached this decision only after carefully considering the significant enthusiasm and strengths brought by each of the 5 candidates in the field, which also includes Mr. Michael Callahan and Mr. Andrew Meyer.

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

Debbie Darling: Songs Of The 30s, 40s, 50s And 60s

In the 1930s, folks tapped their toes to hits from the Great American Songbook with their families gathered around the living room radio. Now we keep the beat with handheld smartphones, but favorites like Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” or George Gershwin’s, “ S’ Wonderful” have never left our playlists.

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

District Hosting Free Senior Citizen Holiday Breakfast

The District will be hosting a free holiday breakfast for Lakewood's senior citizens on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 8:45 am at Garfield Middle School. Join Superintendent Michael Barnes and members of the Board of Education for a festive, morning! Hear from some of our talented music groups, enjoy great food, and listen to Superintendent Barnes give an update on the District. RSVPs are required by Dec. 3. Please call 216-529-4074, or email christine.gordillo@lakewoodcityschools.org.

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

Rangers Earn All Conference Honors

Congratulations to Lakewood High School student athletes who have been recognized by the Southwestern Conference for their outstanding efforts during the fall 2019 season, including senior runner Cormac Peppard-Kramer, who was named Conference MVP, and seven All Conference 1st Team members!

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

Horrific Gray Windowless Buildings Of The Most Bleak Kind: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 96

Breathilizör - Emblematic Picasso Banshee Of Chaos Destructors - My Mind's Eye - 3 songs - CD

Somehow, these three songs last for almost an hour. That's the power of metal, I guess. Track 1 is "Hot Cup Of Doom," which is a pretty good heavy number set in some kind of shopping mall from hell (shopping mall of hell?). Absolutely ridiculous but at the same time kinda good, as you'd expect from Breathilizör. Hearing Food read off the names of businesses in his evil metal voice of chaos is pretty funny: "Hickory Farms…Sunglass Hut…a place that sells cellphones in the middle of the mall." This one's followed up by "Something Of Something, Part X." It's pretty impressive that they're up to Part X now. Is X the most metal roman numeral, or is V? I'm not sure. Please send in your opinions. The final track here is the big one, the almost painfully long "Future Invasion Of Robotic Mayhem." There are some pretty ripping parts, and of course it's great to hear Food's delivery (the way he says "unscrupulous" in the opening line has made me laugh every time), but it's almost more fun to read the included lyric sheet than actually sit through the whole thing. But then perhaps I just have a short attention span. In any case, if you're a Breathilizör fan like myself, you'll need this one. 666/???


The Missed - The Missed - Just Because Records - 4 songs - 7", digital

This is the first real record for The Missed, following their tape on Quality Time from (I think) over a year ago now. It's pretty good. They're definitely sliding away from the more pop-punk sound of the tape toward a more Nervosas-esque post-punk kind of thing, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. They're still both poppy and punky, rest assured, just in a slightly different way. The songs are catchy, the rhythm section is great, and there's some excellent guitar playing on here (I particularly enjoy the solo on "I Wanna Know"). The opening "Stiff" is a tough stomper and for some reason "Summer Girl" reminds me of Paul Westerberg a bit despite not sounding like Paul Westerberg. I still kinda like the tape better (I wish someone would put that out on vinyl), but this is a solid EP to be sure, and I like it more and more with repeated listens. 4/5



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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

Light-Up Lakewood Booksale

The Holiday season is upon us, and there is so much to love about this festive time of year. 

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

Holiday Service Project

Do you know what "food insecurity" means? The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active healthy life. What that means in our world is that some people are unable to afford healthy food- or any food at all- for a brief or extended period of time. It may mean that people have to choose between housing and needed medication over food for themselves and their families. In Cuyahoga County 233,500 (or 18.6%) experience food insecurity at one time or another.

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

A Lake Erie Shipwreck: Past, Present And Future

For most of us, Lake Erie is a broad expanse of beautiful water, a recreational highlight of life in Lakewood. But Lake Erie was once a bustling commercial water highway and below its surface lie hundreds of shipwrecks, abandoned in the murky depths of the lake. One of these wrecks is the Dundee, a wooden schooner that went down in a storm that swept over Lake Erie in September of 1900.

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Meet the Author
"Monsoon Postcards: Indian Ocean Journeys"
Book by David H. Mould
Main Library Auditorium

In the sequel to "Postcards from Stanland: Journeys in Central Asia," historian and journalist David Mould traverses the Indian Ocean—from Madagascar through India and Bangladesh to Indonesia. It’s an unpredictable journey, and along the way he meets journalists, professors, students, aid workers, cab drivers and slum-dwellers. Mould has traveled widely in Asia and southern Africa. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 18: “The Ballad Of Derecho Dan?Continues

Maynard Gridley’s funeral was a pip. Many of his neighbors in Parma, Ohio - the same people who had shunned Maynard out of fear and mistrust, were startled to witness the legions of Maynard’s friends that overwhelmed St. Christina - The Astonishing Catholic Church. Hundreds had come to pay their respects, including Maynard’s ragtag Vietnam veteran buddies, Color Guard members representing three regional V.F.W. Posts, and police officers who’d once had the pleasure of arresting Maynard. The roar and pop of Harley-Davidson engines outside the church announced the arrivals of motorcycle clubs from all over the midwest. They all came because they all loved Maynard.

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

Beatlemania At The Barton Senior Center

More than 50 years ago today, the Beatles came our way to play. On October 17th, the Barton Senior Center was the place to be to celebrate those days with a dose of Fab Four nostalgia.

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

Starr Gazer


Aries: Playfulness is the key word for the Ram this Holiday season, put those Ram horns away, let “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by your theme song, show up with a Rudolph nose.

Taurus: I know the Bull is stubborn, but there are “other” ways the world turns, everyone you meet this Holiday season has been sent to teach you something, “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Gemini: The Twins known for their intellect, are being asked to follow your heart, light up the town & the tree with “All I want for Christmas is You” love is in the air, spread it around.

Cancer: The Crab needs to come out of its shell, Divine Timing is clearly evident, & you won’t want to miss it because you’ve buried your head in the sand, “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

Leo: Change is constant in the Jungle, & this time of year is no different for the Lion, so when you find out “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” you’ll just smile & come to her rescue

Virgo: Start to listen to your intuition instead of that Monkey Mind that keeps driving you crazy with its nonsense,put that to rest with “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” & you’ll sleep better too.

Libra: Connectedness is beckoning to your Soul, look beyond your own community, there are no boundaries, pretty soon it’ll become quite obvious that “Christmas is All Around”


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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

Getting The House Ready For The Holidays?

The thought of holiday guests seems to spur major cleaning and purging. As you ready your home for family and friends keep Lakewood Historical Society in mind. The Society accepts new and gently used household items, holiday decor, furniture, art and much more. Keep your donation local and support the society. 

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

Strokes Of Genius Concludes With Art Show

Learning about famous artists and viewing their works sparked these children to produce their own masterpieces during the Strokes of Genius program.

The fall session of Strokes of Genius at the Lakewood Public Library came to a close in November as participating second, third, and fourth graders proudly showcased their talent at an Art Show for family and friends.

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

Staff Spotlight Honorees: Foote & Saksa


Teaching & Learning Coordinator Christine Foote has spent her career in education laser-focused on one mission: improving student literacy.

“My passion is to improve life through literacy outcomes,” Foote says. By improving literacy, she says, more opportunities open up in life. The passion was stoked in Foote's college years when as a student she volunteered in an inner-city program and saw how literacy challenges held students back.

Foote, who joined the District in 2005 as an instructional coach, carries out her mission by assisting our secondary-level teachers in developing curriculum and instructional strategies and facilitating professional development opportunities. Her collaborative spirit and deep knowledge gained from years spent as a teacher from elementary to college level are invaluable assets as she helps faculty write courses of study, select textbooks and develop assessments for their students.

Over her nearly 15 years with Lakewood Schools, Foote has been able to develop relationships and gain trust with teachers and administrators across all grade levels which makes the collaborative process of developing curriculum easier.

Foote says she is grateful to be able work alongside passionate educators who all have the same goal in mind of helping students succeed. “The collective energy here is amazing,” she says. “People here make the magic happen.”


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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

St. Edward High School Edwardian Players Present "Urinetown The Musical"

Pictured are (Back row) Richie Pokrywka, Grace Davis, Emma Rosberil, Colin Schilf. (Front row) Ella Sonby, Bella Issa, Zeke Schmiedl and Ali Traska.

Photo courtesy of Shiny Penny Studios.

The Edwardian Players, theatre group from St. Edward High School, will present "Urinetown" on November 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30pm and November 24 at 3:00pm at St. Edward High School in  Lakewood, Ohio. "Urinetown" won the 2002 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical (Greg Kotis) as well as Best New Musical Score (Mark Hollman).  

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 4:39 PM, 11.20.2019

Meghan George Is New Mayor Of Lakewood; Neff, Shachner, Litten On Council

Although 2019 was considered an off-year election, locally, this year's election cycle proved to be as busy as ever in Lakewood. With mayor, four ward council races, and three board of education seats up for grabs, election night in Lakewood did not disappoint.

From the start, as the results rolled in, the margins in the most hotly contested and closely watched race of the night, that which would determine Lakewood's next mayor, were razor thin. Ultimately, Meghan George prevailed over her fellow current councilperson, Sam O'Leary.

The Ward 1 Council seat went to Tess Neff, the Ward 2 Council seat went to Jason Shachner, and the Ward 3 Council seat went to incumbent John Litten. The Ward 4 Council seat was uncontested, with Dan O'Malley retaining his seat on council.

Of the three seats up for grabs on the Lakewood Board of Education, two will stay with familiar names, Linda Beebe and Emma Petrie-Barcelona, while the third will go to a new face on the board - Michael Callahan.

In addition, there were several other races impacting Lakewood, including a charter amendment that adds a primary election contest for Lakewood's Municipal Judge seat if more than two candidates run for the post. In addition, at the county level, Issue 3, the Cuyahoga Community College tax levy renewal and increase, passed with a strong majority.

Municipal Election Results

Lakewood Mayor

Meghan F. George: 50.73% (5,702)

Sam O'Leary: 49.27% (5,537)

Lakewood City Council Ward 1

Tess Neff: 61.68% (1,774)

Laura Rodriguez-Carbone: 38.32% (1,102)

Lakewood City Council Ward 2

Jason Shachner: 62.14% (1,874)

Brad Presutto: 37.86% (1,142)

Lakewood City Council 3

John Litten: 66.73% (1,893)

Jeff Wise: 33.27% (944)

Lakewood City Council Ward 4

Daniel J. O'Malley: 100% (1,518)

Board of Education (vote for 3)

Linda G. Beebe: 20.25% (4,605)

Michael J. Callahan: 21.84% (4,966)

Tom Einhouse: 17.20% (3,911)

Andrew A. Meyer: 15.61% (3,549)

Emma Petrie-Barcelona: 25.11% (5,710)

Lakewood Charter Amendment Judges

Yes: 85.20% (9,067)

No: 14.80% (1,575)

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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

Give A Gently Used Coat To The Homeless; Get A $25 Gift Card From Geiger’s

Susan Neth, Frontline; Christy Geiger

FrontLine Service and Geiger’s are asking Lakewood to donate “gently used” coats to the homeless. Coats can be dropped off at Geiger’s store, 14710 Detroit Avenue, from November 1 through November 10. Everyone donating a coat will receive a $25 Geiger’s Gift Card, good on the purchase of a new coat.

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

Breakfast With Santa Returns To Downtown Lakewood On November 30

Breakfast with Santa Returns to Downtown Lakewood on November 30.

Santa Claus is indeed coming to town, and it’s sooner than you think.  Breakfast with Santa returns to Downtown Lakewood on Small Business Saturday (November 30) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon when Jolly Saint Nick himself visits O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood (Assisted Living Building - 1381 Bunts Road).

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

2nd Annual End Hunger In Lakewood Day Set For Saturday November 16th

Matt Fish, owner and founder of Melt Bar and Grilled, has again spearheaded the annual End Hunger in Lakewood event scheduled for Saturday, November 16th. “We had an exceptionally successful first event last November with 34 restaurants and food retailers participating. Donating 10% of food sales on a Saturday is not a small gesture,” said Fish. All the money raised will go to Lakewood Community Services Center’s efforts to provide emergency food to 15% of the population of Lakewood who need food support. “This year 43 establishments responded immediately to my request to participate. This outpouring of support for needy Lakewood residents speaks to the generosity of my colleagues here in town,” added Fish.

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

Runner Peppard-Kramer Finishes Top 50 In State

Highlights Super Postseason For Rangers

The postseason has been full of highlights for the Lakewood High boys' cross country team, led by a top 50 finish by senior Cormac Peppard-Kramer in the Division 1 Cross Country State Tournament in Columbus on November 2. Peppard-Kramer finished 49th out of 186 runners in a time of 16:14.9. The State Tournament was the culmination of a season where Peppard-Kramer earned the Southwest Conference individual title and conference MVP, a 2nd place finish at Districts and a 11th place finish at Regionals.

Peppard-Kramer led a strong varsity team that was runner-up at the Southwest Conference Championship Meet and a 4th place team finish at the District meet. The 4th place finished gave the Rangers an automatic team qualification Regionals.

Senior co-captain Patrick McCallum was among the leaders as well, finishing third at the conference meet and 13th at Districts. Junior Aidyn Zingale also cracked the top 20 at Districts, placing 17th. Rounding out the varsity team are Joe Kelly, James O'Donnell, Sean O'Donnell, and James Toole. The team is coached by Stephanie Toole. 


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Volume 15, Issue 22, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

Students Work To Make Home Alone Project Reality

Several members of the Home Alone Research & Development team pictured here are: (front row l-r) Lavinia Grandt and Gina Marjanovic; (back from l-r) Hayley Welsh, Sydney Wilhelmy and Sarah Donaldson.

A group of 11 Lakewood High students spent hundreds of hours this past summer and the first months of the school year devoting their time to a project that has become near and dear to their hearts. They are working together to create the Home Alone Youth Leadership Program for Help To Others (H2O). Their work on the program, which aims to educate 9-12-year-olds about how to safely be home alone or with younger siblings, has given them leadership skills that will serve them well, long after their time with Home Alone.

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

LakewoodAlive To Host “Transportation For A 21st Century City?Community Forum On November 14

LakewoodAlive's "Transportation for a 21st Century City" Community Forum takes place on November 14.

As transportation preferences continue to evolve, our society is increasingly seeking better options for getting around. But how can we ensure our region’s transportation policies keep pace with our modern-day transportation needs?

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

Jungle Bob And His Crazy Critters

Jungle Bob always brings a large snake to his program.

Come to the Lakewood Public Library and meet some of Jungle Bob’s incredible animals. Jungle Bob is a certified animal technician as well as a licensed teacher in animal care who has been educating and engaging children for nearly three decades. He is not only dedicated to entertaining audiences with his interactive animal shows, but also to teaching children about the importance of animal care, safety, and conservation. It will be a fun evening with reptiles and furry friends. “Jungle Bob and His Crazy Critters” will take place in the Main Library Multipurpose Room on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

Cuyahoga And Its Burning River

The Cuyahoga River dates back 12,000 years, but it was the fire in 1969 that made it famous. Even though it was not the first or the worst, the 1969 blaze caught the attention of the country, making Cleveland the butt of jokes and spurring the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019

Keep Lakewood Beautiful - Community Composting At Lakewood Park

Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) and the City of Lakewood have partnered with Rust Belt Riders to provide residents with an alternative to landfills for household food waste. A collection bin has been placed in Lakewood Park, in front of the Oldest Stone House. For $5 per month, you can take your waste food items to the collection site instead of putting the waste in the trash. You can subscribe to this service on www.rustbeltriders.com. Drop-off is at your convenience; the bin is always available. Just about all non-liquid food waste can be composted; meat, dairy, citrus, coffee grounds, eggshells, etc. My family recently signed up and took our first food waste to the bins; it was easy.

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Volume 15, Issue 21, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.06.2019