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The Haber Family Center for History, 2019. Open to the public Thursday afternoons, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Have you seen the Lakewood Historical Society’s “new” permanent home? A mid-century Lakewood space now houses the Society’s collections, library, archives, offices and fundraising work space!

The “Detroit-Clarence Medical Building,” a 2400-square-foot mid-century modern building at 13314 Detroit Avenue was built in 1959. (It most recently operated as the Ehren Chiropractic Office.) This historically and architecturally significant building has received local historic designation and the Society has been awarded state historic tax credits for its renovation.


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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

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抯 Roosevelt Elementary Named燞igh 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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New Name, Mission For District Alternative Ed Program

After months of gathering input from all stakeholders, including student and parent input, the District has landed on a name for its alternative learning school. The program that currently operates as part of Lakewood City Academy and is housed at the former Franklin Elementary Building will be called the Franklin School of Opportunity beginning July 1.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Why Does The Lawsuit Matter?

I have had more than one person come up to me over the past two weeks asking, “Why is the lawsuit so important?” Or, “Why does it matter? The hospital is gone.”

To me the answer is simple. What Brian Essi and his team of lawyers proved beyond a shadow of a doubt was: 1) The Mayor, Law Director, Finance Director, Council President and some on council were knowingly lying to Lakewood residents and voters going back as far as 2010. Not just lying, but misrepresenting the facts of the single largest transaction in Lakewood’s long and wonderful history.

Why does this matter? Without transparency and accountability we cannot reasonably judge the honesty of our elected officials. Elected officials without honesty and accountability are a cancer to a city, a community and democracy. Our entire government process is based on voting, transparency, and accountability. Allowing an elected official to lie is just wrong. Allowing them to lie about the largest deal in Lakewood’s history borders on being complicit. No matter where you fall on the hospital debacle, one would hope you believe in fair, honest, accountable government.

Now as the Mayor gets ready to step off of his throne, and “will it” to Sam O’Leary, we really need to ask ourselves, can we walk Lakewood back to the days of Sunshine and free speech? Can we walk back from the edge of this civil war caused 100% by the secrecy of City Hall, and their willingness to sow the seeds of hate and divisiveness? Lakewood’s cure is easy: Transparency, Honesty and Accountability from all of Lakewood’s politicians, and elected officials.

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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 2:58 PM, 06.19.2019

Local Cyclist Completes Great Lakes Circle Tour

Split Rock Light house overlooking Lake Superior.

A 4200-mile bicycle journey around each of the Great Lakes came to an end on May 31, 2019. I, Mark Looney, a resident of Lakewood, Ohio started my first exploratory trip around Lake Erie in 2015, then adding a new Lake in each of the four years that followed.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:55 PM, 06.19.2019

Classical Dance Of India To Be Performed a At Lakewood Public Library

Bharathanatyam may be an unpronounceable word to you, but to Sujatha Srinivasan, it is her life’s work. Srinivasan is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and teacher of Bharathanatyam in North America who began Shri Kalaa Mandir (Center for Indian Performing Arts) in 1993. The dance troupe she founded will perform as part of Lakewood Public Library’s celebration of immigrant voices going on this spring and summer.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:55 PM, 06.19.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Author Event - "We Celebrate our Mother and Father"
by Joseph Meissner
Main Library Auditorium
We Celebrate our Mother and Father relates stories about Joseph Meissner’s family from the perspectives of his, brothers, sisters and himself. Stories shared include how his father went to work in the fields at seven years old, his mother’s story of immigration from Ireland, and other anecdotes like his mother pestering them on her final day with the question, “Is the kitchen floor clean?” Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Booked for Murder Book Club
Main Library Meeting Room
If you share a passion for mystery, join the group each month to discuss your favorites and selections made by group members. Tonight we will discuss "The Woman in Cabin 10: A Novel" by Ruth Ware.


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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:55 PM, 06.19.2019

Live Animals At Lakewood Public Library

Children pet a snake at a previous show.

Jungle Terry is a busy man. He has over one hundred animals requiring care, attention, and twice daily feedings. Despite his full schedule, he seems barely able to contain his energy and enthusiasm for his work as an animal trainer, naturalist, educator, and entertainer.

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LakewoodAlive To Host Volunteer Mixer On June 25

Volunteers assist with setup for last year's Lakewood Summer Meltdown.

Seeking to get involved in your community and have a great time while doing so? Here's your chance!

LakewoodAlive is hosting a Volunteer Mixer on Tuesday, June 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Warehouse Room at Around The Corner (18616 Detroit Avenue). Join us for a casual event to discover ways you can volunteer with our organization.

Complimentary light appetizers will be served, courtesy of Around The Corner. A cash bar will be available.

At its core LakewoodAlive is a volunteer-driven organization, and we rely heavily on the donation of time and talents by our dedicated network of volunteers in order to fulfill our mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.

Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas:
- Special Events
- Housing Outreach
- Committee Participation

Learn more by contacting Devon Chodzin, LakewoodAlive's Event & Volunteer Coordinator, at 216-521-0655 or dchodzin@lakewoodalive.org.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Frankfurter Fridays Are Back ?And Bigger!

Come and join our seventh annual summer parties on the front lawn of the Church of the Ascension, 13216 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood! All are welcome to enjoy food, fellowship, Frisbee, croquet and other lawn games from 6:30 –7:30 p.m. on the third Fridays of June (21st), July (19th), August (16th) and September (20th).

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

A Century Of Bridal Fashion, 1890-1990

Lulu Maile, 1907

Photo courtesy of Betsey Kuhlman Stepiansky and Lakewood Historical Society

The historic Nicholson House, built in 1839 and occupied for many years by the Nicholson family, stands as the oldest frame house in Lakewood, Ohio and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has served various purposes over the years, currently managed by the Lakewood Historical Society as an event venue.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Look Here, Buddy...: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 89

Rat Fucker - First Show First Blood - self-released - 6 songs - cassette

This is a new band featuring members of Basement Boys, Weed Whacker, possibly Spike Pit, and probably several others. You know how these things go. There aren't any tracks listed on here (I hope I got the count right– if there are more or less than six, you're more than welcome to send me hate mail, but only if you're a member of the band). Rat Fucker play pretty good hardcore. It took a couple songs for me to get into it, but by song three or so I was digging it. It's a lively performance (I wish I'd been there, but I'm a poser) and the recording is pretty good, things are nice and clear. There are some good guitar leads throughout, the bass is loud and crunchy in the mix. There's not quite as much live banter as I'd prefer, but what's on there isn't bad, particularly the "we'll do better next time" after the last song. A bit more Noncommercial Records than Mirror Records, just a heads up. Pretty good. 3.5/5

(listen at youtu.be/vwbDCh-me7Y– I think you'll have to see the band if you want the tape)

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

The Rockport Miracles - Part 4: Episode 11: "The Ballad of Derecho Dan" Continues

Maynard Gridley wasn’t kidding. His tale about “Monsoon Charlie” was a real corker! So much so that Little Dan decided to close down the Gas & Lube so he could hear the whole thing without interruption. He told the three Joes that they could go home but, they chose to stick around. They wanted to hear the rest of the story, too.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Birchwood Students Win National History Day Competition

Photo from left to right:

Van Weinmann, Ehren Collins, Connie Miller (teacher/coach), Sofia Boyd, Nasreen Shakur

Over 3,000 students in grades 6-12 from across the world met at the final level of National History Day June 9th-13th.  After winning local and regional levels the top two entries in each category were invited to the University of Maryland, College Park, to compete on the national stage, where local students earned well-deserved recognition. Birchwood sent ten students to the competition and four of them placed in the top three of their category.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Hannah, All-Conference Honors Highlight Spring Season

It was a thrilling spring sports season at Lakewood High as the school had its first Regional champion in track and field in years when senior Tyler Hannah captured the 300 meter hurdles crown, as well as placing 3rd in the 110 hurdles. Tyler went on to place 4th (300 meters) and 7th (110 meters) in the state. The baseball team’s first-round playoff win over North Olmsted was also a highlight.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 2:52 PM, 06.19.2019

Lakewood Hospital Public Records Case Comes To A Close

This photo ran when Brian Essi finally realized that Mayor Summers was going to make him sue the City in order to to make them turn over documents referred to by the courts as "Obviously Public Records," and "Documents that were important for residents to read and know." Kept from the public over the past 3 elections!

A three-year civil appeals case against the city of Lakewood came to an apparent end May 10 when a Cuyahoga County Appeals Court judge ordered the payment of statutory damages and attorneys' fees to resident Brian Essi, who'd urged for tens of thousands of pages of city records about the decision to close Lakewood Hospital to be released to the people. The judicial opinion brings one front of the contentious debate over what happened with the hospital to a tentative denouement.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Councilmembers George And Rader Propose Improved Public Records Policy

Public records policies can work better for Lakewood. I recently introduced legislation to help achieve that goal, along with my council at-large colleague Tristan Rader.

Our goal is to de-mystify the records request process for the average resident. Members of the public have a right to transparency from their government—but the process for a record request, itself, can and should be more transparent.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Middle School Mock Trial Teams Earn Top Honors In State Showcase

Harding's team.

Garfield and Harding middle schools each took two teams to Columbus to compete in the statewide Middle School Mock Trial Showcase sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, where 47 middle school teams went to trial against each other over a three-day period in early May at the Ohio Supreme Court Building. Each of the schools' team members earned numerous "Best" awards in the process.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Power Of The Pen Top 10

Congratulations to Garfield Middle School 8th grader Layla Black, who placed 8th in the State Tournament of the Power of the Pen creative writing competition! Layla was one of 750 contestants that advanced to the competition held at the College of Wooster My 23-24. In the competition, writers are given prompts to jump-start a story. The writers have 40 minutes to finish their essay or short story. Power of the Pen advisers Maggie Bacher (at right) and Leslie Eiben said they couldn't be more proud!

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Academic Challenge Team Shines In National Tournament

Varsity team members (from left): Tim Daso, Michael Ferrone, Evan Bell, John Bobik, Aiden Bohac, and Sasha Seckers.

Congratulations to the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team on its excellent performance in the 2019 High School National Championship Tournament where the team joined 335 of the top high school quiz bowl teams in Atlanta May 24-26. Lakewood finished the preliminary rounds with a 6-4 record, which qualified the team for the playoffs.

The team was captained by Tim Daso and Michael Ferrone, who were joined by Evan Bell, John Bobik, Aidan Bohac, and Sasha Seckers. The team advisers are LHS teachers Peter Petto and Bob Sedlak. 

There were some tense moments for the Rangers. Lakewood defeated Caddo Magnet from Shreveport, Louisiana by the narrow margin of 225-220 during round 11; suffered a heartbreakingly narrow loss to Brophy College Prep from Phoenix, Arizona, 205-190 during round 17; and defeated Galloway from Atlanta, Georgia 225-205 during round 19.  

The team's path to the playoffs wasn't easy. The Rangers were on the brink of elimination when they defeated Galloway from Atlanta in round 19 to stay alive. Lakewood High's shot at the title ended when they lost to Homestead from Cupertino, California in round 21. Lakewood High School finished in 97th place. The tournament champion was Beavercreek High School of Beavercreek.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Juniors Focus On Teen Relationships In Leadership Academy Project

Juniors Will Holden, Chris Brown,  Autumn Cruz, Ava Clause, and Aziza Mohamed

Earlier this month, a team of five Lakewood High School juniors and their mentors, teachers Aimee Guzowski and Gray Cooper, participated in the yearlong First Ring Student Leadership Institute. The institute is part of the First Ring Schools Collaborative, which brings together the school districts contingent to Cleveland in order to work together to solve issues that are common to all first ring districts and promote public school education.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Jeff Wise Seeks To Work For Ward 3 On City Council

Jeff Wise

When Jeff Wise talks with people about running for city council in Ward 3, he returns often to one idea: working for Lakewood.

Wise announced his candidacy for council recently. But he has already worked to help Lakewood residents with their government, as a legislative aide in the Ohio Statehouse.

That experience working on constituent issues confirmed the value of public service, which Wise first saw during a high school internship also at the Statehouse. Even in a partisan legislature, he found that hard work and attention to detail got results for Lakewood.

Wise is eager to discuss policy, and has announced several priorities he hopes to advocate on council: reversing recent years’ heavy job losses in Ward 3, streetscape and infrastructure improvements, and sustainability initiatives including tree canopy preservation, among others.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Meet The Author Of "We Celebrate Our Mother And Father"

There is a lot to be learned from an ordinary life, particularly one that has survived more than a century of the stuff. In "We Celebrate our Mother and Father," author Joseph Meissner describes the ordinary lives of his parents, which turn out to have had an extraordinary effect on the lives of their children. Meissner will visit Lakewood Public Library on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. to share.

Co-authored with his four siblings, this collection of letters, emails, photos and “I Remembers” feels like pulling up a chair to the Meissners’ kitchen table. The stories of their seven-year-old father having to drop out of school to work in the fields or their mother’s immigration from Ireland are realistic pictures of our collective past, making "We Celebrate our Mother and Father" both a personal record and a history of Ohio, describing life in the Buckeye State during the last century.

Most of all, the book is a labor of love, a parting gift to beloved parents, reminding us on every page how an ordinary life can affect generations. This Meet the Author event takes place in the Main Lower Level Auditorium. Books will be available for sale and signing.

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LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Forum – Wastewater and the West Side: What are the Issues?
Main Library Auditorium
Tens of billions of gallons of wastewater are processed every year through Cleveland’s three water treatment plants. Northeast Ohio’s geographical proximity to Lake Erie keeps conservation at the forefront of community concern and planning initiatives. Join the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland to hear from area experts on the process and issues surrounding wastewater treatment on the West Side. Panelists will be Frank Greenland, NEORSD Director of Watershed Programs, Janine Rybka, Director of Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, and Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers. Professor Howard E. Katz will moderate the discussion.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Citizenship Workshops At Lakewood Public Library

The United States naturalization process can be overwhelming. Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Do you need help navigating the paperwork involved? Would you like more information on how to study for the English and civics tests? Learn how to get started in the naturalization process with the assistance of Tri-C Aspire.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Gentleman Joe Variety Show

Come one, come all! Bring your family to the Lakewood Public Library to enjoy the Gentleman Joe Variety Show. This versatile performer is a veteran of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Get ready for eye-popping balancing stunts, juggling, musical entertainment and more. All ages will be delighted with this captivating show that combines humor, clowning and magic. Prepare to laugh and get ready to be amazed! It will be an afternoon to remember—one that will live in your child’s memory for years to come. This event will take place on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room, which is located in Children’s and Youth Services. The show is free and open to the public and no registration is required.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Alternative Ed Program Takes On New Look

After months of gathering input from all stakeholders, including student and parent input, the District has landed on a name for its alternative learning school. The program that currently operates as part of Lakewood City Academy and is housed at the former Franklin Elementary Building will be called the Franklin School of Opportunity beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Healthy Lakewood Foundation Seeks To Hire An Executive Assistant

The new Healthy Lakewood Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) public charity, was created pursuant to the closing of Lakewood Hospital. The mission of Healthy Lakewood Foundation is to advance programs, policies, and practices that inspire a Lakewood community in which health and wellness are reflected in all aspects of life. The vision is a place where all people achieve their fullest health potential.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Hannah Captures Conference, District Titles

Tyler Hannah, photo by David A. Cleveland, dacphoto.com

Lakewood High’s Tyler Hannah continues to bolster his case as one of the best track and field athletes in the school’s history as the senior added three conference titles and two District titles to his growing accomplishments. Hannah won the 110 and 300 meter hurdles at the Southwest Conference Championships, where he was defending champ for both, and gave a repeat performance at Districts the following weekend.

Tyler was also the anchor on the 4x400 relay of himself, Devon Brown, Jack Hueter and Cormac Peppard-Kramer that came from behind to clinch the fourth and final qualifying spot for Regionals, which will be held May 22 and 24 in Youngstown. Junior Peppard-Kramer also advanced in the 800 meters with a third-place finish.

On the girls’ side for Districts, junior Christina Auck set a school record on her way to finishing 5th in the shot put. Freshman Teeghan McGann placed 5th in the 800 meters, completing against a field consisting entirely of seniors.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.22.2019

Thank You Lakewood Renters

To the tens of thousands of other renters in our city of Lakewood, I would like to say: thank you.

Thank you, renters, for being literally the greater part of Lakewood. More than half of this community lives in rental housing, including me.

I have heard renters maligned, treated with suspicion, and referred to like we are a “foreign” presence here. Yet renters are actually the majority of the people around us, at the park or doing the grocery shopping, for example.

Additionally, many of the absolute hands-down best people I have known during 11 years in Lakewood have rented their homes. People who improve this community as volunteers, leaders, activists, entrepreneurs. It would be a sadder and poorer city without these involved citizens here, demonstrating how much they care about their home: Lakewood.

So thank you Lakewood renters. Thank you for voting, paying taxes, raising families, supporting local businesses. Thank you for sharing and shaping the community we are all part of.

Thank you, renters, for being here.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Does Lakewood Really Need More Apartments?

This letter is about the proposed development at the former Barry Buick car lots and former Spitzer car lots. Solove Developers are proposing plans for both locations.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.05.2019

Let It Shine!

All 4 You Cleaning Services relocated to 14050 Madison Ave in Lakewood in August of 2018. A motivating factor in this decision was the city of Lakewood’s support of foster youth. By the city designating May as Foster Care Month it reflects the support it has of foster care youth.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 12:14 PM, 04.17.2019

Tess Neff For Ward 1 Lakewood City Council

Roots, tradition and experience—that is what I will bring to the Ward 1 seat of Lakewood.

I am a 30-year resident of the city, a city where my husband and I raised three children. My family and I have thrived in Lakewood's long tradition of community values and civic involvement, and it is vital for the city this tradition continues.

My 30-year professional career has been dedicated entirely to public service. I am a former police officer, Lakewood Municipal Court Magistrate, and Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Magistrate. From these experiences I learned first-hand the importance of public safety. For the last three and a half years I have been the Court Administrator at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, heading the delivery of services to at-risk children and families.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

LakewoodAlive To Host Day Of Festivities In Historic Birdtown On June 15

It’s a celebration of all things Birdtown and you’re invited to partake in the fun.

LakewoodAlive will host the 5th Annual Birdtown Picnic and 3rd Annual “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Madison Park. Sponsored by the City of LakewoodCitizens Bank and First Federal Lakewood, this community event is an initiative of LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program.

The fun-filled day kicks off with the “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game from 10 a.m. to noon at George Usher Field in Madison Park. This friendly game will feature Lakewood community leaders, residents and business owners – including many representing the Historic Birdtown Neighborhood – participating in a seven-inning matchup that pits Team Lark against Team Robin. Spectators are encouraged to attend this free event and cheer on their favorite players.

Festivities continue with a free community picnic from noon to 3 p.m. at the Madison Park Pavilion next to the baseball diamond. Birdtown residents and fellow community members are invited to visit with their neighbors while enjoying complimentary refreshments and games. A variety of community resources will be made available to residents in attendance. 

 

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.22.2019

St. Peter's Episcopal Church Grand Opening

photo by Jim O'Bryan, property of Lakewood Observer, Inc. ©2019

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is inviting the community to celebrate a grand opening and open house for its new program building on June 9. The day will begin with a festive celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Part of the service will include recognition of the men and women who designed and built the facility.
 
The $3.5 million building was a decade in the making and funded through a five year capital campaign by church members. An additional half million dollars will be spent on other building renovations and furnishings. This is a significant milestone for the 112 year old congregation, which has anchored the southeast corner of Detroit and West Clifton since 1928.
 
Most importantly, St. Peter’s built the new facility with the community in mind. Every design feature of the building is meant to make the space available to our neighbors and friends, particularly folks with mobility issues. The church is seeking to imagine the ways it can be used to help the community thrive, whether or not the activities be religious in nature.  

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

The cast of "Annie Junior" take a bow.

This past weekend Harding Middle School put on a production of "Annie Junior" to a standing room only crowd. 

Many of the key players were 8th graders taking the stage for the last time after putting three years of hard work into Harding's Drama Club which took on the well-known show and did not disappoint, transforming Harding's cafetorium into Miss Hannigan's orphanage, Oliver Warbuck's mansion and the bustling streets of New York City, which came alive with Rockette-like dancers, a star-to-be right off the bus with her suitcase and a gang of New Yorkers, singing and yelling.  

Julia Kompier, as Annie, was spot-on as the tough little girl with the heartbreaking note in her pocket and the soaring voice. Madeleine Rybak was hilarious as the harried and unscrupulous Miss Hannigan delighting the audience with her performance of "Little Girls." The orphans, led by Molly, played with much mischief by Jana Evans, made for a high-spirited Hard Knock Life, laughing and fighting and coming together for some impressive singing and dancing.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.22.2019

Whoa Oh Oh Oh?: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 88

Redness - Killer Bees - not on label - 6 songs - 12"

This is a reissue of a 7" that originally came out in 1980 as the sole release on Non Records, to my knowledge. I'm not sure how official this release is, but it's cool to have nonetheless. I usually seem to see Redness listed as a "punk" band, but that's really not the case. It's maybe art-punk and there are a few tracks that could definitely be called no wave, but it's more of an experimental, artsy, DIY kinda sound. The title track has a synthesizer emulating constant bee-buzzing over a jazzy track while a guy screams about killer bees. Bizarrely, it reminds me a lot of Fossil Fuel, and you can try and figure that one out. "Gran Torismo" continues the sorta art-jazz style with a story about the titular car while someone in the background does a ridiculous performance of "Dead Man's Curve." Now, as far as Cleveland "punk" bands with jazz influences covering "Dead Man's Curve" goes, it's not as good as the version by the electric eels, but it's still pretty cool. The last track on Side 1 is "Little Debbie," which is the first one you'd certainly call no wave or art punk. Continuing that theme, the first song on Side 2 is "Creme Rinse," which is punk but also bossa nova or something like that. It might be my pick for the best one on here. "Backwards, Forwards" goes back to the weird artiness and fades out halfway through one of the lines, which leaves me really wondering what it is he said. Finally, "Primitivjam," as the title implies, is a short instrumental noodling freakout song. I'm not quite sure what to make of all this, especially since the band is apparently a complete mystery. Is it serious? Is it a punxploitation kind of thing but making fun of a far more obscure genre? I really don't know. If you're into the weirder side of things, this is a good one to check out. 3.5/5

(Due to this release's dubious officialness, I don't know where the best place to get a copy is. Try a local record store.)

Are you a local-ish band? Do you have a record out? Email vaguelythreatening@gmail.com or send it directly to Observer headquarters: The Lakewood Observer, c/o Buzz Kompier, 14900 Detroit Avenue, Suite 205, Lakewood, OH 44107.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.22.2019

Lakewood Tool Box Progressing Toward Early June Launch

It won’t be long until the Lakewood Tool Box is ready to offer community members an affordable and educational option for borrowing tools that are essential for completing home repairs to ensure we live in healthy and safe homes.

LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program has been working diligently in hopes of launching this tool lending library in early June. Situated on the grounds of the Lake Erie Building in the Historic Birdtown Neighborhood, the Lakewood Tool Box is housed in a large shipping container that will be accessible to the public from the back corner of the building’s East Lot near the intersection of Athens and Halstead Avenues.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.22.2019

The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 9: 揟he Ballad of Derecho Dan?Continues

(An editor’s note:For the first time since the storm era had begun, River City finally suffered collateral damage from what was known as “Storm 5.4.” An errant tornado had spun off the sentinal winds and landed on the River City Yacht Club. Several rich people’s precious boats were reduced to matchsticks and floating wine bottles. The jerkwad mayor of River City is demanding that Rockport pay for the damages. Such is the sad madness of these times we live in.)

Maynard Gridley’s face turned pale after Little Dan had innocently inquired about “Monsoon Charlie.” After all, it was Maynard who’d brought it up while bragging that the storms bedeviling Rockport weren’t a match for the monsoons that he’d experienced in Vietnam. “Your face just turned gray,” observed Little Dan, “Who the heck was Monsoon Charlie?” Maynard plopped his half-smoked Lucky Strike into a half-drunk bottle of Coke and replied, “Monsoon Charlie was neither man nor beast!" 

Suddenly, Maynard turned white, grabbed his chest, and ran into the men’s room. Through the door Little Dan could hear him throwing up. Maynard reappeared a few minutes later complaining the lunchtime eggplant parmesan brought in by the Three Joes had made him nauseous. “That ‘Guido food’ made me sick,” he griped. Little Dan didn’t believe it and the Three Joes didn’t either. It was obvious that ‘Monsoon Charlie’ still rattled the leather-tough Maynard to his core.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.22.2019

Waste Water And The West Side: What Are The Issues?

Learn more about changes to clean Lake Erie by upgrading local sewer systems on Wednesday June 5, 2019. This forum is free and open to the public at Lakewood Library on Detroit Avenue from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and will be moderated by Professor Howard E. Katz, Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Panelists include:

  • Frank Greenland, Director of the Watershed Project, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District 
  • Janine Rybka, Director, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Mike Summers, Mayor, City of Lakewood
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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

Presutto Sponsors Neighborhood Tour In Ward 2

City Council candidate Brad Presutto is bringing a spotlight to interesting places and events in Lakewood Ward 2—and you’re invited to take part.

In May and June, Presutto’s campaign is making stops at business and parks, to recognize the rich diversity of life in Ward 2.

“Ward 2 is more than just downtown,” says Presutto, “and I want to bring more attention to local business on Madison Avenue, for example.”

The Lakewood Ward 2 Neighborhood Tour is also about better representing local residents, he adds.

“Lives and schedules aren’t one-size-fits-all, and our approach to community leadership needs to reflect that,” says Presutto. “I have some great conversations when I’m knocking on doors, but that isn’t for everyone.”


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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

NYC Based Folk-Noir Duo "Charming Disaster" Returns To The Good Goat Gallery

Brooklyn, NY based goth-folk duo Charming Disaster will perform in Cleveland on May 23, bringing their whimsically macabre duets inspired by love, death, true crime, ancient mythology, and the occult to Lakewood's Good Goat Gallery. The playfully dark duo are touring in advance of the release of their third album, SPELLS + RITUALS. Pre-release copies of the album will be available at the show. Doors open at 6pm.

They will share the bill with local vaudeville duo Pinch & Squeal, whose modern take on old-time comedic performance, from music to juggling to naughty jokes, has made them a longstanding Cleveland favorite in the circus and burlesque scene. Admission is $13.

"Charming Disaster balances smart pop songs against a confident stage presence, sort of a swagger, that suggest the two people out front are destined for great things...these people are overflowing with musical ideas that simply defy categorization." –The Vinyl Anachronist

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

Immigration Legislation In The United States

Magistrate Barbara Greenberg returns to the Main Library for another of her informative series; this time, she will be discussing immigration. Since the inception of US history, immigration has been a hotly debated issue. Discover the cases which shaped U.S. immigration legislation in a four-part series led by Magistrate Greenberg.

During this four-week series, participants will learn about and then discuss the cases, laws, and public policy which made immigration legislation what it is today. Magistrate Greenberg, a dynamic and articulate speaker, will present the case law and legislation and will then open up the room for debate and discussion. The first class takes place on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room. Subsequent classes will be held in the Main Library Multipurpose Room at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, and Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019

LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Author Event - "Cleveland Then and Now"
by Laura DeMarco
Main Library Auditorium

"Cleveland Then and Now" matches rare archive images with specially-commissioned contemporary color photos of the same scenes to reveal the past and present of Cleveland. It concentrates on landmarks that have stayed intact and adapted to survive. Tradition amid change is the story of Cleveland, then and now. Laura DeMarco is an arts and culture reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.22.2019
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