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                          KB Confections Celebrates Its 7th Anniversary With An Ice Cream Birthday Bash!

                          KB Confections Store Front.

                          KB Confections announced it’s celebrating 7 years in business with an Ice Cream Birthday Bash, Saturday, July 27th at their bakery in Lakewood, OH.

                          KB Confections began as a childhood dream of owner Karen Bosworth. After years of making wedding cakes out of her house, in 2012, Karen and family opened the doors to their bakery located inside the old Winterich’s Florists Greenhouse across from St. Edward High School.

                          “KB Confections is a young girl’s dream turned into a reality. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine going from the kitchen in my home to owning a successful full service bakery in the town I raised my family in.” said Karen.

                          Since then, KB has become known for the quality of their product and their friendly family atmosphere.

                          “We really like to focus on two things. Great tasting sweets and our customers,” said Karen. “If it doesn’t taste great, it’ll never leave the shop. We owe it to our customers. They are like family to us and they’ve invited us to be a part of their special occasions. It’s really means a lot to us.”

                          Some of their standouts include their renowned macarons, custom cakes and cookies, cassata cake (available at local landmark, Angelo’s Pizza), and their banana pudding.

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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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                          Keep Lakewood Beautiful - Beautiful Homes Awards

                          Each year Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) sponsors a Beautiful Homes award. The winning homes are chosen for well-maintained landscaping that beautifies the neighborhood for the enjoyment of all. The seven winners for 2018 were recognized with a plaque for each home at the City Council meeting in May. The homes honored are 1603 Clarence Ave., the Mohar Family; 13926 Clifton Blvd., Heather Rudge; 1245-47 Edwards Ave., Jim and Mary McCarthy; 2016 Elbur Ave., Suzanne Sauvinsky; 1365 Lakeland, The Shelgunov Family; 1577 Riverside Drive, Joe and Eileen Papplardo; and 1458 Woodward, Cat Donovan. Congratulations to the winners and thank you from all of us for helping Keep Lakewood Beautiful. The winning addresses and names will also be posted on the KLB page of the city’s web site (onelakewood.com).

                          Know a beautiful yard or garden in your neighborhood? We’re looking for nominees for 2019. The grounds can be charming, exquisite, magnificent. The landscaping can contain annuals, perennials, shrubbery, etc., in any combination. The only requirements are that the home is in Lakewood and the nomination is submitted by July 31. You can nominate a beautiful home through the Keep Lakewood Beautiful page on the city website (onelakewood.com). If you prefer, you may call the Mayor’s Office at 529-6600 with your nomination. You will need to supply the address of the nominee and your name and contact information. Thank you and we hope to have many nominations this year.

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                          In HARMONY At Good Goat Gallery

                          by Lizzie Essi

                          In HARMONY is a collaborative art exhibition by Lizzie Essi and Catherine Reitz. The show will feature works revolving around the themes of transformation, balance, growth, rebirth and coexistence. The show will include paintings, prints, multimedia and digitally produced content. This project was funded by the Cleveland Foundation through Cleveland Institute of Art’s Creativity Works “build-your-own internship” program. When generating ideas for the collaborative project with different approaches to thinking and making we wanted to embrace the common goal of creating expressive works in the spirit of fun and freedom of making and also create a space where these differences are in harmony with another. The artists works alongside each other showcase and celebrate the contrast and commonality between varied modes and results of making that emphasizes the idea of coexistence. The show seeks to offer spaces for a viewer to slow down, realize, and meditate on the world that surrounds and shapes us.  The work provides insight into the process and concept as it offers many levels of contrast and commonality emphasizing the theme of coexistence.

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                          Lakewood Arts Festival Scholarship Recipient - Lillian Horschke

                          Lillian Horschke - 2019 Lakewood Arts Festival Scholarship recipient

                          Congratulations to the 2019 Recipient: Lillian Horschke, Lakewood High School Class of 2019. Lillian will be attending Ohio University School of Art and Design in the fall. Regarding her work Lillian said, “I want to create, to inspire and most importantly, express myself.” Her portfolio will be on display at the Library during the Festival. Thank you to Lakewood Public Library for celebrating the work of young artists and thank you to the talented arts educators at Lakewood High School for nurturing and developing their students.

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                          Lakewood Arts Festival: Original Artwork, Original Music, Original Food

                          For one glistening summer day, Lakewood closes Detroit Avenue, between Belle to Arthur Avenues, and bring artists of all disciplines together along with 15,000 collectors and art lovers. The juried festival hosts over 180 regional and national artists and makers displaying paintings, prints, photography, art glass, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, fiber and more.

                          Returning to the festival this year will be Lakewood ceramic artist Yumiko Goto, “2017 Best of Show” featuring hand thrown stoneware.Yumiko participates in the festival “to share love and joy under the sun.” Phillippe Laine from Palm Beach, Florida, a festival favorite, offers one of a kind hand-painted silk fabric, and Heather Smotzer, fine jeweler, uses traditional metalsmithing techniques in modern designs. Fine art includes works by George Kocar and Brian James Jasinski of Grey Cardigan. Grey Cardigan is celebrating their ten year anniversary as one of the premier creative anddesign firms in the region.

                          The Lakewood Arts Festival was originally founded in 1978 to bring artists to the city for a street festival. In 1981 the Board of the non-profit decided to fund an annual scholarship for Lakewood seniors continuing to art school. After the Festival the Board will present $4,000 to the 2019 recipient, Lillian Horschke, who will attend the Ohio University Arts program this year. 

                           

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                          When I Look In Your Eyes, I See Your Eyes: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 90

                          Human Switchboard - Who's Landing In My Hangar? - Fat Possum Records - 10 songs - LP, digital

                          I always seem to see Human Switchboard listed as "Cleveland punk" even though their path to Cleveland was a wayward and inconsistent one (they were in Syracuse, and then Cleveland, and then Columbus, and then Kent, and then…) and they aren't really all that punk. What they are is garage/power pop/new wave, that kind of thing. It's very '60s-based (Farfisa is all over it), but with a bit of that late '70s punk energy, ya know? A good comparison would be their contemporaries Saucers, if that helps anyone. The songs Myrna Marcarian takes the lead on are especially good, like the opening "(Say No To) Saturday's Girl" and the excellent "I Can Walk Alone," but I really like Bob Pfeifer's songs too. The thing about his songs is that he's a little bit goofy. I don't mean that in a bad way, but there's something that seems a bit self-conscious about him. He also does this thing on a few songs that's particularly noticeable on the slow, Velvets-y burner "Refrigerator Door" where he almost seems like he's doing a Jonathan Richman impression (it's really, really apparent on "In My Room," which isn't on this album, but is similar in execution to "Refrigerator Door")– the question is, is he trying to sound like Jonathan Richman or did he and Jonathan just both independently copy the same elements of Lou Reed? Does "Refrigerator Door" borrow its style from "Hospital," or are both songs just inspired by "Heroin?" Hard to say. Most of the time, it doesn't sound like the Modern Lovers, it's just something in Pfeifer's vocal style. In any case, I think it's a good record. The peppy stuff is good ("(I Used To) Believe In You," the title track) as are the other things they do, like the sinister "Don't Follow Me Home" or the strange, arty closer "Where The Light Breaks." Mostly upbeat, very catchy stuff, and consistently good if you can look past the things I find funny about it that I don't even know why I find funny. You, reader, probably won't even find it that funny, so maybe just ignore my babbling. 4/5

                          (fatpossum.com)

                          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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                          2019 Artist List

                          Visit lakewoodartsfest.org for booth numbers.

                          Drawing, Illustration, Printmaking                           

                          Keith Allen, 5am Press, Olmsted Falls, Ohio
                          Sara Bicknell, Unibrow Society, Lakewood, Ohio
                          April Bleakney, Apemade, Cleveland, Ohio
                          Mark Brabant, Avon, Ohio
                          Matthew Buchholz, Alternate Histories, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
                          Jodi Burton, Jodi Lynn’s Emporium of Doodles, Hamtramck, Michigan
                          Danielle Capotosto, Dippity and Snark, Akron, Ohio
                          Nikki Castiglione, Lake Erie Design Co., Eastlake, Ohio
                          Stephanie Crossen, Lakewood, Ohio
                          Kerry Cumpstone, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
                          Christopher Deighan, Chris Deighan Art, Sagamore Hills, Ohio
                          Laura Drapac, Triple Threat Press, Lakewood, Ohio
                          Mel Fleck, Fleck Studios, Louisville, Kentucky
                          Jason Frederick, Lakewood, Ohio
                          Allison Glancey, strawberryluna, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
                          Mike Guyot, Streets, Strongsville, Ohio
                          Doc Harrill, Refresh Collective, Cleveland, Ohio
                          Beth Hess, Tart Boutique, Rocky River, Ohio
                          Sean Higgins, The Bubble Process, Lakewood, Ohio
                          Becki Hollen, everyday balloons print shop, Ashville, Pennsylvania
                          Emily Howard, The Diggingest Girl, Erlanger, Kentucky
                          Alan Jackson, Raw Sugar Art Studio, Lakewood, Ohio
                          Brian Andrew Jasinski, Grey Cardigan, Lakewood, Ohio
                          Amelia Kieras, Amelia Kieras Paper Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
                          Gil Kudrin, Premiere Screening, Cleveland, Ohio
                          Evan Laisure, Pastimes, Lakewood, Ohio
                          Valerie Lesiak, Picture Book Studio, Rocky River, Ohio
                          Jon Lund, Hudson, Ohio
                          Kelly McGreehan, Kay-Em Apparel, Lakewood, Ohio
                          John Musarra, Architectural Renderings, Lakewood, Ohio
                          Angela Oster, Angela Oster Studios, Rocky River, Ohio
                          Susan Rich, Hazelmade, Kent, Ohio
                          Paul Serrianne, Rustbelt Relics, Rocky River, Ohio
                          Andy Taray, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
                          Adam Taseff, Cuyahoga Collective, Lakewood, Ohio
                          W. Michael Winston, Marker Magic, Twinsburg, Ohio

                           

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                          An Event Not To Be Missed!

                          circa1900

                          Photo courtesy of Lakewood Historical Society

                          A committee of Lakewood Historical Society members is busy assembling the most amazing collection of wedding history ever seen in Lakewood. The oldest dress is from 1890 and the newest from 1990.

                          What is this event?

                          It’s a three-day extravaganza at the Nicholson House exploring wedding fashion from 1890 – 1990 with more than 30 wedding dresses, accompanied by accessories, and supported with pictures and stories about the weddings. The exhibit concludes with wedding cake and punch on the tented Nicholson House side yard. Truly an event not to be missed and never to be repeated.

                          Go to lakewoodhistory.org or call 216-221-7343 for more information and to purchase advance tickets to avoid waiting in line for this fabulous exhibit. Don’t delay. Coming soon: July 19, 20, 21.

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                          Mystery Writers To Speak At Lakewood Public Library

                          Murder. Intrigue. Family dynamics. Lottery winnings. Food. Mystery novels can be centered around many things. Two local authors who have successfully launched careers in writing, Vivien Chien and Annie Hogsett, will appear at Lakewood Main Library to discuss their books and their techniques for navigating the fast-paced and cutthroat mystery genre.

                          Chien started her writing life in elementary school, making up simple stories about adventures with her classmates. She attempted to write her first novel at the age of sixteen and in 2018 published her first book, “Death by Dumpling.”  This was quickly followed by “Dim Sum of All Fears.” Chien’s protagonist is Lana Lee, manager of her family’s Chinese restaurant, who enters Cleveland’s Best Noodle Contest in “Murder Lo Mein.” Part of a popular genre known as cozy mysteries, the Noodle Shop Mysteries have been praised as charming and fun. The books not only take the reader along to solve a mystery, but explore evolving relationships as well.

                          Hogsett takes a different tack with her series, "Somebody’s Bound to Wind Up Dead." “Murder to the Metal,” the second book in the series, revolves around a part-time librarian and a blind college professor living large in Bratenahl due to an infusion of cash from a winning lottery ticket. They are carrying on a steamy love affair while also taking on jobs for the T&A Detective Agency. Their first case, which starts out as a search for a missing man, leads eventually to organized crime, drug addiction, larceny and murder. Hogsett, originally from a small West Virginia town, now lives on the shore of Lake Erie in Cleveland. She spent years writing advertising copy before publishing her first novel in 2017.

                           

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                          Volume 15, Issue 14, Posted 7:18 PM, 07.17.2019

                          Friends Host Arts Festival Book Sale

                          To accompany the 2019 Lakewood Arts Festival, the Friends of Lakewood Public Library are hosting the Friends’ Arts Festival Book Sale on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Friends Book Sale area of the Main Lakewood Public Library, located at 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, Ohio.

                          The volunteer Friends of Lakewood Public Library raise funds for Library programs and services. Book Sale proceeds support Lakewood Public Library’s free lectures, concerts, films, and youth programs throughout the year.

                          In keeping with the Arts Festival theme, the Book Sale will feature special art books in the entrance area. Proceeding through the Friends Book Sale Room, you will discover bestsellers, classics, poetry, cookbooks, mysteries, gardening books, self-help and religious books, an amazing selection of Children’s books, magazines, vinyl LP records, VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs and jigsaw puzzles. As with every Arts Festival book sale, there is no preview sale.

                          Take a break from the heat and enjoy the air conditioning as you browse the Friends’ Book Sale. Although the sale runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., plan to get there as early as possible for the best selection.

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                          LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

                          Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
                          Citizenship Workshop
                          Presented by Tri-C ASPIRE
                          Main Library Multipurpose Room
                          The second session of our two-week workshop showing participants how to become a U.S. citizen through the process of naturalization. Registration is required. Register by calling (216) 226-8275, ext. 127.

                          Thursday, July 18, 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 In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II by Rhys Bowen.

                          Friday, July 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
                          Front Porch Concert Series Presented by LakewoodAlive
                          Main Library Front Porch
                          The Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core. Concerts take place on the Library’s front porch, are sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James and are presented by LakewoodAlive. Tonight we welcome Diana Chittester.

                          Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
                          Film - "The Decoy Bride" (2011)
                          Presented by Barbara Steffek-Hill Directed by Sheree Folkson

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                          LkwdGreenTeam Touts Gift-A-Tree Program

                          In April 2016, Lakewood City Schools partnered with the City of Lakewood to expand the city’s Gift-a-Tree Fund to the school district. Three years into the program, donations have been made that will benefit Lakewood students and the community for generations to come.

                          Since the program started, donations have made it possible to plant 11 trees at school buildings across the District. The trees planted have been different varieties including Patriot and American Elms, Sawtooth Oak and Red Maple. Depending on the species, the trees range from $250-300.

                          The recently formed LkwdGreenTeam has endorsed the program as one of the steps our community can take to help the District become more eco-friendly. The team hopes to also improve conservation efforts by installing rain barrels at buildings such as the one at the new pollinator garden created at Lakewood High School this summer.

                          A number of studies have shown that shade trees provide cooling benefits to people, but also reduce cooling costs of buildings and extend pavement life. Trees also have been found to reduce noise pollution, and storm-water runoff. They also generate oxygen and remove air pollution.

                          Money donated to the fund goes toward the purchasing and planting of trees on school grounds as well as for the care of trees after planting in order to give them the best chance to grow and reach maturity.

                          To donate to the Give-a-Tree Fund, go to the District website at www.lakewoodcityschools.org and click on the Give-a-Tree link under Quick Links on the homepage.

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                          New IT Leader To Join District

                          The Lakewood Board of Education has approved Brent Kallay as the District’s Associate Director of Information Technology. Kallay, currently an integration technician with Mayfield City Schools, will replace Technology & Communications Coordinator Paul Hieronymus, who is leaving the District.

                          Kallay brings extensive experience in both classroom instruction and technology integration. He started his educational career at Painesville City Schools, where he served as an elementary teacher and then moved on to teaching middle school. When he joined Mayfield City Schools in 2014, his focus turned to technology.

                          At Mayfield, Kallay led professional development of staff members throughout the school district in the areas of Infinite Campus, a student record management system, Google Apps for Education, and teacher websites. He also assisted with installation of wireless access points, printers, computers and monitors, yearly updates of desktop computers and laptops as well as installation of state testing software.

                          “I am excited for the opportunity and look forward to being part of the Lakewood Schools,” Kallay said at the July 1 Board meeting. Kallay begins his new position on August 1, 2019.

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                          A Ride Back To Luna Park With Dave Buehler

                          It was mostly demolished by 1931. Luna Park, known as “Cleveland’s fairyland of pleasure,” was a 35-acre amusement park which opened the spring of 1905 in the Woodhill Road, East 110th, Woodland and Mt. Carmel section on Cleveland’s eastside. It beckoned thrill-seekers and beer drinkers alike with roller coasters and a dance hall until Prohibition and the Great Depression took their toll, forcing the park to close its gates for good.

                          Dave Buehler, who founded the popular Templar Motors collection at the Erie Screw Factory, will serve as tour guide to the once booming Luna Park as part of our Lakewood Historical Society programming on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

                          Cleveland’s Luna Park was part of an international amusement park chain that was known for its wildly exotic architecture. The midway was an amazing spectacle illuminated by one thousand incandescent lamps. It boasted a seventy-two-horse carousel, a roller rink and a 20,000-seat stadium, nicknamed the Luna Bowl, which was home field to the Cleveland Bulldogs and Cleveland Panthers professional football teams as well as the Negro league baseball teams: the Cleveland Stars, the Cleveland Giants, and the Cleveland Red Sox.

                          From the streets where it once stood, Luna Park has gone without a trace. Join Dave Buehler as he brings back memories of this long-forgotten summertime destination. The program takes place in the Main Lower Level Auditorium.

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                          The Wonderful World Of Bubbles

                          Gaze in wonder as the Bubble Lady creates enormous bubbles using a hula hoop!

                          Bubbles are fun! Bubbles are funny! Bubbles are coming to the Lakewood Public Library! Come witness Sue Durante (aka The Bubble Lady) as she inflates tiny bubbles, long bubbles, giant bubbles, and a remarkable square bubble. Sue searches her home for everyday household items that become the tools for producing remarkable frothy creations. Will she bring a hula hoop, a rope, a mesh strawberry basket, or even a Croc shoe? Whatever she brings will be dipped into a special concoction of soap, water, and glycerin to enable her to blow marvelous, magnificent sudsy balloons. An afternoon of family fun is guaranteed!

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                          Starr Gazer

                          AUGUST

                          Aries: Fire your inner critic, whew, that’s scratched off your “to do” list, now start enjoying life, & living up to the Ram’s full potential, start hanging with people at the top of that mountain…

                          Taurus: The Bull can be lured out of his/her pen this month, you are a rare find, your potential partner is around the corner, it’s time to pair up, like a fine wine & cheese, hit some wine tastings

                          Gemini: The Twins ruling planet, Mercury, is finished with it’s Retrograde, thank the Heavens; hop on the Manifestation Mobile, you’ve got the green light, all systems go, Vacation? Hmm…

                          Cancer: The crab just inherited front row tickets to “this is your life” & it’s a thriller, laugh off the events that are maddening, & shout “encore, encore” for the Oscar winning performances

                          Leo: The Lion/Lioness is known for its generous nature, early-on this month you’ve got a star-studded lineup at your door, the Sun, Mercury, Venus & Mars, share some of the Good Juju

                          Virgo: Everyone’s a teacher in your story, even the ones you call less than desirable names, look for the lesson, after mid-month, the Sun, Mercury, Venus & Mars, join the classroom of life

                          Libra: It’s time to connect, & let go of those grudges, they’re not the trendiest look these days, besides they’re mighty heavy to carry around, lighten your load, make Peace your best friend

                           

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                          Pink Lotus Yoga, LakewoodAlive Partnering To Bring Free Yoga To Kauffman Park

                          Sunday Morning Yoga in Kauffman Park starts on August 4.

                          The “Dog Days” of summer are poised to become the “Downward Dog Days,” thanks to a unique collaboration that will soon enable residents and visitors to enjoy the benefits of yoga in the heart of our city’s downtown greenspace.

                          Pink Lotus Yoga, a West End Lakewood studio, is partnering with LakewoodAlive to showcase the beauty and central location of Kauffman Park in Downtown Lakewood through a series of free Sunday morning yoga classes this summer. 

                          Sunday Morning Yoga in Kauffman Park, taking place on Sundays from 8:15-9:30 a.m. during the month of August, is open to yoga enthusiasts ages 15 and older at all ability levels. The yoga classes will congregate in the grass near the playground at the western edge of Kauffman Park (15450 Detroit Avenue).

                          Advance enrollment is recommended. Visit LakewoodAlive.org/parkyoga to reserve your free spot at any or all of the four dates (August 4, 11, 18 and 25).

                           

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                          Thank You, Lakewood

                          The first Lakewood Observer issue in print.

                          Thank you to everyone in the City of Lakewood for your participation for the last fifteen years! Fifteen!

                          Back in 2004, to celebrate Independence Day, we launched the print edition of the Lakewood Observer. It was our gift to the City of Lakewood.

                          At the time, the Lakewood Public Library, Lakewood Public Schools, City Hall, Non-Profits, the Arts and everyday residents had a hard time getting their information out to all.

                          A group of us got together to first address some of the hatred on social media. At the time there was only one small BBS using fake names, but the hate and the lies flew and made issues unto themselves.

                          We dedicated ourselves to allowing anyone in to share stories, photos, poems, illustrations, cartoons anything and everything.

                          Post it, send it in, put your real name on it, and we will help you get it out to the public. Of course, the other part of our deal is, we will also help anyone else that has information or knowledge on a subject to join in and potentially disagree.

                          At the time, no Face Book, no Twitter, no Instagram, SnapChat, or a hundred other apps and websites.

                          There was not the massive diffusion of conversation that arrived with Facebook, where any yahoo can declare a page, and set about running it like their magical kingdom.

                          We sat down and created a vehicle to keep serious discussion going over days, weeks, months, even years. It  was called the “Thought Puddle.” Today it is the Lakewood Observer Observation Deck, a place that tracks Lakewood through photos, music, and adult discussion about serious topics ranging from Development, City Hall oversight, Crime, Schools, Taxes, Sewers, Arts, National News, Sports and everything and anything. Many discussions filled with hundreds of images and videos stretching back over 15 years!

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                          Volume 15, Issue 14, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

                          LakewoodAlive To Host Lakewood Tool Box Tool Sale On June 22

                          LakewoodAlive will host a Lakewood Tool Box Tool Sale on Saturday, June 22.

                          LakewoodAlive will host a Lakewood Tool Box Tool Sale on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Tool Box.  
                           
                          For this garage sale-style event, LakewoodAlive will be selling donated hand/power tools, lawn equipment and miscellaneous hardware to benefit the Lakewood Tool Box. Both cash and credit will be accepted.

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                          Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 7:18 PM, 07.17.2019

                          It’s About To Get Hot: Lakewood Summer Meltdown Returns July 13

                          Photo by The Lakewood Observer

                          The biggest block party in the neighborhood is fast approaching. Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2019, sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, returns to Downtown Lakewood for its 10th year on Saturday, July 13 from 4 to 10 p.m.

                          The Summer Meltdown is one of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties. This community event is a free summertime celebration of our city’s vibrancy. It draws more than 10,000 attendees from across northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood each July.

                          This Lakewood summer tradition takes place on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood between Arthur and Marlowe.  The Summer Meltdown offers an afternoon and evening jam-packed with seemingly endless activities for one and all, including the Meltdown 5K race, 1 Mile Family Fun Run and Walk, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

                          Families will love the street festival, which features more than 100 vendor tents, many of which offer interactive opportunities. Activities range from the “Water Moose” sprinkler park to the Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle sponsored by Beat Cycles to a skateboard park sponsored by West Side Skates.

                           

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                          Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

                          Former Exchange Student Gives Back To Rotary As RYE Counselor

                          Natasha Corrigan (left) and Patitta Kitcharoenchai.

                          Imagine. You’re fifteen years old; 16 days shy of your sixteenth birthday. You’re about to embark on an 11-month journey, travel 8,700 miles to a different country, attend a different school, live with families you’ve never met, speak a language everyday you’ve only studied in school.

                          You’ve chosen to apply for the Rotary Youth Exchange’s long-term program in Thailand, your home country. You, your parents, and school have filled out all the forms. You’ve listed your strengths, weaknesses and ambitions. Your parents have written candidly about your character and maturity. Your commitment is for an entire school year.

                          Patitta “Pati” Kitcharoenchai knew about Rotary. Her father, Somchart, is a member of the club in Chanthaburi. Since last August, Pati’s host club has been the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River. No stranger to Youth Exchange, the club has had at least one exchange student every year since Lisa Nestorsen (from Sweden) in 1982.

                          RYE’s objectives are simple, succinct and clear – “Instilling international understanding and goodwill in students, creating positive change by empowering youth, and making lasting connections for host clubs, host families, communities, and the students involved.”

                           

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                          Volume 15, Issue 14, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

                          Meyer Campaigns For School Board With Experience, Motivation

                          The future of Lakewood City Schools is deeply important to Andrew A. Meyer.

                          As a candidate for Lakewood Board of Education, Meyer’s priorities are high standards, independence and responsiveness—qualities demonstrated in work on the city’s charter review commission and as an attorney.

                          As a new parent, Meyer says that applying this experience as a school board member includes a personal commitment to public education in Lakewood. “My wife and I both really look forward to being able to contribute to the education of our daughter Ellie Sue.”

                          Providing high quality schools for the next generation and beyond will be an ongoing challenge, says Meyer. “Maintaining services while being a good steward of tax dollars is and will remain the number one challenge,” he says.

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                          Lindsey Grdina Announces Ward 1 Bid; Endorsed by Cuyahoga County Democrats

                          Lindsey Grdina announces Ward 1 bid; Endorsed by Cuyahoga County Democtatic Party

                          On June 15, 2019, I was honored to have received the endorsement of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. The endorsement reflects my deep commitment to seeing Lakewood and its citizens continue to thrive. I understand that we are called to help those who are struggling, and our policies must ensure that we are creating a Lakewood that works for all its residents. I am also committed to seeing Lakewood continue as a haven for independent and small business, a place where entrepreneurship thrives, supported by both the community and the local government. I believe that my brand of compassionate, informed leadership can ensure that Lakewood continues to thrive and grow for this generation and beyond.

                          I have had the pleasure of calling Lakewood home for over a decade. After graduating from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, I knew I wanted to stay in Lakewood. In 2013 my husband, Ed, and I  bought our home on Woodward Ave., just a block away from where Ed grew up. In 2016 we welcomed our first child, Julia, and Oliver joined us in February of 2019.

                           

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                          Senator Antonio Comments On Passage Of State Budget

                          Senator Antonio speaking on the Senate floor.

                          On June 20th, 2019, the Ohio Senate passed the state’s two-year, $69 billion budget bill, House Bill 166.

                          I’m pleased to say that this is the first budget I’ve voted in favor of since taking office nearly a decade ago. For years, we’ve urged our Republican colleagues to invest in public health in order to build a stronger Ohio. This budget is a commitment to the people of Ohio to do just that.

                          I applaud the inclusion of several public health investments I secured in the bill:

                          • $1 million per year for the Cleveland Lead Safe Coalition
                          • $2.5 million per year for infant safe spacing programs in high infant mortality areas
                          • Public health initiatives including resources to curb the opioid epidemic through harm reduction and syringe exchange services and increased access to Naloxone

                          The bipartisan budget also includes longstanding Democratic priorities. HB 166 increases funding for affordable housing programs through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. It includes various measures aimed at supporting Ohio’s children and families, like a proposal to prevent the custody relinquishment of children with severe mental health issues and additional funding for home-living programs for low income and elderly Ohioans. It also funds the H2Ohio water quality initiative through the next two years.

                           

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                          Meghan George Endorsed For Mayor Of Lakewood

                          The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus (CCPC) has endorsed Councilwoman Meghan F. George for Mayor of Lakewood, following a candidate forum at the Lakewood Public Library on Tuesday, June 25. Only Lakewood members of the CCPC were permitted to vote on this endorsement.

                          After opening remarks, Councilwoman George put her command of Lakewood’s issues on full display in a town hall style, question and answer format. She noted, “My professional experience creating solutions for some of Ohio’s largest organizations and businesses has prepared me to manage the challenges we face in Lakewood.” 

                          “Meghan’s private sector work, coupled with her achievements on council, made the conclusive case that she’s the candidate with the experience we need as our next mayor,” said Emily Christescu, a Lakewood resident who attended the forum.

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                          July 4th, 1969 Memorial Bench

                          The July 4, 1969 Memorial Bench looks out across the lake.

                          (Photo by Susan Schwartz Salontay)

                          The idea for the memorial bench started exactly five years ago. I was in Lakewood on business. I stopped for lunch at the downtown restaurant Souper Market and picked up a Lakewood Observer.

                          I was very moved by the article Lakewood resident Gary Rice had written for the 45th anniversary of the storm. He had graduated with my sister the month before the storm. He wrote that her passing had inspired him to take her declared college major in education as his own.

                          I finished the article and my lunch, and did something I never thought I would do again. I drove down Belle Ave and entered Lakewood Park.

                          The bandstand seemed to be the only structure that was remotely the same. I had been told this is where my sister was killed by falling trees. I had been there that day, but was with a girlfriend taking refuge in a home nearby. As I drew closer, I saw hundreds of memorial plaques on benches, and sidewalk bricks. I spent a good bit of time looking for one that remembered the historic storm of July 4, 1969 but found nothing.

                          My next stop was City Hall where I left a note for my former classmate and the current mayor, Mike Summers, asking how to purchase a memorial bench for my sister. Mike caught up with me a week later and told me that after talking to other members of the class reunion committee, the decision had been made to have the class donate the funds. In the summer of '69, our class had just graduated from the three junior highs and was entering Lakewood High in the fall. Obviously, the event was seared in everyone’s memory, although I was the only classmate who lost a sibling.

                           

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                          Three Arches Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

                          Allison L. Urbanek 

                          Three Arches Foundation, a community-focused grant making foundation, announces the election of Ellen C. Ospelt, BS, RN, CDE and Allison L. Urbanek to its board of directors. 

                          Ospelt brings extensive experience as a professional health administrator and educator. She is Regional Care Coordinator for Paladina Health working collaboratively with providers and care teams across Ohio to address the health management needs of patients. Over the past 20 years, Ospelt has devoted her professional career to improving population health and chronic disease management and prevention through various administrator roles at North Coast Health, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio and St. Vincent Charity Hospital. A resident of Bay Village, Ospelt is an active member of the Northeast Ohio American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Diabetes Association and Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. 

                          Urbanek is Director of Housing & Internal Operations for LakewoodAlive, a community-centered nonprofit organization. Previously, she was Director of Programming for Home Repair Resource Center, a HUD-approved counseling agency. With extensive experience in the not-for-profit community, Urbanek has focused her career on developing and implementing housing outreach and home maintenance education programs to foster and sustain local neighborhoods, including securing CDBG-funded loan and grants. A Lakewood resident, Urbanek currently serves as co-chair on the Associate Board of the Beck Center for the Arts and is a member of the Anderson Center for Accessible Living Committee at Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio. 

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                          Renewed Focus On Community Development And Health Essential To Lakewood’s Future

                          It is my belief that a renewed focus on community development and health in Lakewood is integral to our future.

                          As a public health professional working with communities all across northeast Ohio, it is readily apparent that public health intersects all aspects of public life. The key to our resilience in Lakewood - our ability to effectively meet future challenges as a community - hinges upon community health and development. Community development, and policies and processes that support it in all its facets, is imperative in determining how we address emerging issues.

                          As part of the Lakewood Wellness Foundation Planning Task Force,  we discussed at length the change in Lakewood’s health landscape and the opportunities for health improvement through community development. When considering the challenges that are impacting health and information access for Lakewood’s diverse array of residents,  what is clear is that more ought to be done to identify, organize, guide and strengthen community networks. This is something that will be the central focus for me as your council person in Ward 1.

                           

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                          1969, A Year Of Change

                          The replacements of Gary's original guitar and bicycle. Ready for the next ride?

                          Note: This is an updated re-print of my earlier Lakewood Observer column regarding 1969. 

                          In a great many ways, 1969 changed everything. Just about anyone alive at that time knew it too. 

                          If 1968 brought rain, 1969 brought the storm; literally and figuratively, locally and nationally.

                          Many writers allude to a time in history when innocence was lost forever. If any year filled that bill, it was 1969. It was also quite a time for this young writer, who was about to graduate from Lakewood High School. This year marks the 50th reunion for my class. 

                          We’ll be getting together soon in July; at least, those of us who can still make it.

                          Let's step back in time to those Lakewood streets in 1969; in those weeks just before our graduation, at least...for a little while. 

                          You would have seen a city having marked differences from today. Giant elms, sycamores, and maple trees stood along the serene tree lawns of Lakewood's side streets, lending cool green shade and a womb-like sense of security and peace to the residents. Most impressive of all were those elms, with their V-like branches reaching heavenward, and overarching the nearby homes; providing the illusion at least, that every street was cocooned in its own little world. Many of those streets back then had not yet been paved over with asphalt. Those streets still retained their red-brick luster, and while that made for slick driving during the rains, and bumpy moments for our middleweight bicycles, the overall effect was much like that of a halcyon, idealized portrait of front-porch middle America; as it was ever meant to be. Ice-cream trucks, as well as bicycle-borne knife sharpeners and fruit vendors advertised their presence by pleasant bells and plaintive calls. 

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                          Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op Meeting at Lakewood Library

                          The Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability and the non profit Solar United Neighbors of Ohio are cosponsoring a free meeting for home and business owners interested in going solar. Topics will include the history of solar power, incentives such as the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit and financing options including the low interest Cuyahoga County HELP Loan Program.

                          Attendees will learn how to save money and stress by joining the Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op. The Co-op will grow as meetings are conducted throughout Cuyahoga County. Once the Co-op has reached sufficient size bids will be solicited from installers. Co-op members will choose from among those bids. 

                          There is no obligation and members are free to quit at any time.

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

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                          Lakewood Resident Recognized As Volunteer Of The Year By The Young Marines

                          The Young Marines, a national youth organization, has named Tiffany Schwarzwalder the “Division 5 Adult Volunteer of the Year.” She is a resident of Lakewood, Ohio and the unit and battalion executive officer for the Greater Lake County Young Marines. The unit meets at 8720 Twinbrook Rd., Mentor, Ohio.

                          Commanded by Bill Sickles, the unit has eight active Young Marines and four registered adult volunteers. The website is: https://www.glcyoungmarines.org/

                          Each Young Marine unit is led and guided by adult volunteers. There are 2,500 registered adult volunteers with the organization. Annually, one adult volunteer is selected from each of six divisions for “Division Volunteer of the Year.”

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                          LakewoodAlive Announces 3rd Annual Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle With Beat Cycles

                          Photo by Brittany Graham Photography

                          The Lakewood Summer Meltdown sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled doesn’t return to Downtown Lakewood until July 13, yet it’s not too early to get ready for this highly-anticipated community event.

                          LakewoodAlive is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle presented by Beat Cycles. This raffle offers contestants an opportunity to win one of two Cannondale Quick bicycles valued collectively at more than $1,300.  Beat Cycles will fit the lucky pair of raffle winners to bikes of the proper size.

                          Bike enthusiasts are invited to visit meltdown-bike-raffle.eventbrite.com to secure raffle tickets in advance for two separate drawings (for both female and male bike models) now through July 11. Tickets are also available for purchase at Beat Cycles (15608 Detroit Avenue). Look for the bikes on display in Beat Cycles’ storefront window.

                          Raffle tickets are priced at 1 for $10 or 3 for $25.

                           

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                          LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Deck Refinishing?Workshop On July 18

                          LakewoodAlive's "Deck Refinishing" free workshop takes place on July 18.

                          Remember the joy and happiness you feel when spending time on your deck and front porch? Does your porch or deck need a little revamp? Then this workshop is for you.

                          LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Deck Refinishing on Thursday, July 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sherwin-Williams (14711 Madison Avenue in Lakewood). The ninth workshop of 2019 for this popular home maintenance educational series will cover best practices for refinishing your porch and deck.

                          Led by our friends at Sherwin-Williams, this presentation will highlight multiple ways to maintain your porch and deck, tips to help cut down on time and ways to save money on the project. This workshop will take the guess work out of the process, helping you to achieve the results you want within your budget and your timeline.

                           

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                          Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

                          Community Market At Church Of The Ascension

                          The Church of the Ascension will present an opportunity for members of the Lakewood community to sell or discover local treasures at Ascension Market on the first Saturdays of July (6th), August (3rd) and September (7th). Ascension Market will be held on the front lawn of the church at 13216 Detroit Avenue. In the event of rain, it will be in Strom Hall in the lower level; entrance is at the east-side parking lot.

                          One might find antiques, collectibles, books, crafts, artwork, clothing, jewelry, one-of-a-kind items and more. It’s amazing what wonderful things need to come out of over-stuffed basements and attics that others can enjoy! Sellers may rent a table for a free-will offering. Hamburgers, hotdogs, soft drinks, etc. will be for sale by the church.

                          To reserve a table, please call the church office at 216-521-8727.

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                          Locals Called To Host Refugees

                          HIAS and their affiliate, US Together, a refugee resettlement agency in Cleveland, are partnering with Airbnb’s new Open Homes program to provide temporary housing for refugees. The program is designed to help individuals and families who need temporary housing for several reasons, one of which is refugee resettlement. Temporary housing is provided while the refugees’ permanent housing is finalized. Usually, housing for refugees is secured before they arrive. However, extenuating circumstances occasionally happen, and gap housing becomes necessary. This partnership with Airbnb aims to address the need for gap housing by connecting refugee resettlement agencies to volunteer hosts.  

                          To learn more about this exciting new program, please attend one of the Open Homes Information sessions hosted by US Together; Tuesday, July 9th at 6pm, at the Lakewood Public Library – 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood and Thursday, July 11th at 6pm, at the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma Branch – 6996 Powers Blvd., Parma.

                           

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                          Meet The Author: The HeART Of Cleveland By Scott Kraynak

                          While working as a park ranger at the Grand Canyon National Park, Scott Kraynak was thinking about Cleveland; the tough, resilient town was the center of an underappreciated community of artists and both needed to be celebrated. Nearly 2000 miles away, "The HeART of Cleveland" was born.

                          Kraynak is taking a break from his day job to visit Lakewood Public Library on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7 p.m. to discuss "The HeART of Cleveland" and the city’s dynamic art scene. Joining book editor Scott Kraynak will be featured artists John W. Carlson, Gary Dumm, Laura Dumm, Ron Hill, Leslie Edwards Humez, George Kocar, Ray McNiece, James Quarles, William Scheele and Pam Spremulli. 

                          The work and personal city-reflections of our special guests are showcased in The HeART of Cleveland along with 70 artists, both past and present.

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                          Registration Underway For Lakewood Schools' Kindergarten

                          Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now taking place at the Lakewood Board of Education at 1470 Warren Road, by appointment only. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2019 in order to register. To begin the process, go to www.lakewoodcityschools.org and click on the Student Registration link under Quick Links on the left side of the page.

                          To learn more about this exciting new program, please attend one of the Open Homes Information sessions hosted by US Together; Tuesday, July 9th at 6pm, at the Lakewood Public Library – 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood and Thursday, July 11th at 6pm, at the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma Branch – 6996 Powers Blvd., Parma.

                           

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                          LHS 1st Day For New Students Only

                          Lakewood High School is excited to introduce a new Fresh Start orientation for the 2019-2020 school year! The first day of school on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 will be dedicated to freshmen and other new students to Lakewood High. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will report for their first day on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

                          The LHS team is looking forward to introducing this new format of Fresh Start by dedicating an entire school day for our freshman and new students to begin their LHS experience. The day will start with check-in promptly at 7:45 a.m.  Students will enter through Door 32, which is located next to the Ranger Shop off Franklin Boulevard. Check-in will conclude by 8:15 a.m. at which time the students will move to the Civic Auditorium to begin our day’s activities.

                          Over the course of Fresh Start, students will be introduced to topics such as student code of conduct, dress code, student expectations, safety, and extracurricular activities. Additionally, students will be given the opportunity to walk through their individual schedule in order to meet LHS teachers and be prepared for the first day of school with all students. Time will also be allotted for students to access their lockers and practice their locker combinations.

                           

                           

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                          Banking Made Simple Food Truck Day

                          Many factors are reshaping how customers think about banking. Citizens Bank is moving at the speed of change by putting the customer at the heart of everything they do.

                          “Customers want convenience, transparency and flexibility,” says Chris Powell of Citizens Bank. They are paving the way in innovation & technology, leading with their mobile banking app. The app makes it easy to stay in control of your finances, whether you're checking your balances, paying a bill or even making deposits on the go! It also gives you the ability to you to do your banking wherever you are.

                          The Citizens Bank in Lakewood on Belle & Madison is hosting a fun event on Friday, July 12th from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., to demonstrate just how easy it is to do banking while on lunch with the Mobile Banking app. “We want our customers to know all of their options when it comes to how they can do their banking,” said Licensed Banker Ernesto Cruz II.

                          They will have the Barrio food truck and Dang Good Foods food truck in their parking lot to add in the fun and provide a couple selections for purchase, as well as free ice cream (while supplies last)! All are welcome.

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                          Doan Brook Trio Performs “My Family Immigration Story?Concert

                          Doan Brook Trio is a woodwind ensemble featuring oboist Martin Neubert, clarinetist Alix Reinhardt, and bassoonist Ian Hoy. Taking its name from Doan Brook, one of the five greater bluestone brooks found in Cuyahoga County, the trio was founded in 2018 by Ian Hoy. The trio’s mission is to raise awareness of social justice issues through enriching programs which are fact-based and which have a personal connection.

                          The Doan Brook Trio brings a special concert entitled “My Family Immigration Story” to the Lakewood Main Library on Sunday, July 14, 2019. The inspiration for Sunday’s performance stems from Hoy’s own family immigration story. A family letter was sent to France from New York on the occasion of the inauguration of the Statue of Liberty in 1886.

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                          LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

                          Thursday, July 4, 2019
                          Library Closed
                          Library closed in observance of Independence Day.

                          Friday, July 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. 
                          Front Porch Concert Series Presented by LakewoodAlive 
                          Main Library Front Porch 
                          The Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core. Concerts take place on the Library’s front porch, are sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, and are presented by LakewoodAlive. Tonight we welcome The Robin Blake Sound Experiment.

                          Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
                          Film - "Gas Food Lodging" (1992)
                          Directed by Allison Anders
                          Main Library Auditorium
                          In the boring New Mexico town of Laramie, Nora (Brooke Adams) is a truck-stop waitress living in a trailer park where she is raising her two teenaged daughters, Trudi (Ione Skye) and Shade (Fairuza Balk). Free-spirited Trudi is the opposite of Shade, who dreams about having a normal family. The film follows all three women in their attempts at love and their struggles of living day to day. This film continues our series highlighting woman directors. 

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                          The Comic World Of Nicholas

                          Magic and fun with Nicholas.

                          The Lakewood Public Library invites you to an entertaining program full of mixed-up magic with Nicholas, a graduate of the St. Ignatius Circus Club. An early interest in the world of magic led Nicholas to create a one-of-a-kind show that will be fun for all ages. You’ll be in awe as Nicholas blends magic with balloons and juggling into one show. His hilarious antics will keep you laughing, making this a performance you won’t want to miss. His award-winning act is coming to the Lakewood Public Library, so bring the whole family for a magical and amazing afternoon. This program will take place on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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                          God Of Our Fathers

                          On July 4th, the United States of America will celebrate its 243rd birthday. Among the hymns that are traditionally sung on or around July 4th is our National Hymn, “God of Our Fathers.” This hymn has been a favorite of mine since I first sang it in the Children's Choir at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Richardson, Texas. As I've reflected on the words of the hymn, I've discovered some great truths that all people in general and all Americans in particular should consider and take to heart. Here they are for your consideration.

                          God of our fathers, whose almighty hand Leads forth in beauty all the starry band Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies, Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise. The first settlers of what would become The United States of America were believers in God. Not just any God, but the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the God who created all things, the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. He is the God that still guards and preserves His wondrous creation. It is to this God that all honor and praise and glory and worship is to be rendered.

                           

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                          Lady Liberty Gives Out Tattoos

                          On the morning of the 4th of July parade, dressed up as Lady Liberty, she will be handing out temporary tattoos with the Liberty Bell design. Pick out where you will want to wear them, clean that spot really well. Have some water ready remove the plastic off the design, place face down on skin, wet very well, press until design transfers on to your skin. Celebrate our country's freedom!

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                          Annual LHS Alumni Ranger Marching Band Celebration

                          The Lakewood High School Alumni Ranger Marching band is proud to announce the 40th Anniversary of the Trip to England Celebration. All alumni marching band and auxiliary members are welcome to join us for Homecoming game against North Olmsted on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 7 p.m. Save the date and plan on coming out for a night of marching band fun and hopefully some great surprises! “Like” us on Facebook at LHS Alumni Ranger Marching Band for event updates and other events. You may also visit the Lakewood High School Bands Alumni page for updates and to register as an alum band member. It's free to join and we won't bog you down with unnecessary emails. Email us, lhsarmb@yahoo.com with any questions you may have or contact Sean DeRenzo, Alumni Marching Band President.

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                          Employment Opportunities-Lakewood Recreation Department

                          The Community Recreation and Education Department has employment opportunities for the Event Staff position. Event Staff are the direct representative of the Lakewood Board of Education and the Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department during non-school hours. The primary duties and responsibilities are, but not limited to, the monitoring and managing of all facility events, ensuring the safety and well-being of all participants.

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                          On a road trip to New Orleans, Lakewoodite’s Chris Murphy and partner Joe Keppler toyed with the idea of creating a place similar to visiting your grandmother’s home, where you felt welcomed, comfortable and well fed. After much brainstorming with friends, their baby, Brewella, was born in late fall of 2018. 

                          I moved back to Lakewood from San Diego, almost three years ago now, still trying to catch up with all the new eclectic shops/restaurants Lakewood has to offer. Last Sunday morning, I awoke to another gorgeous Sunday, and walked a half block down the street to Brewella’s. 

                          Being a Cancer, (Zodiac sign) I love everything quaint, collectible, and vintage. Walking into Brewella’s I felt l hit the jackpot! A vintage shop, that serves coffee, and delectable crepes, savory & sweet. Was I really awake on this Sunday morning, or am I still dreaming?

                          Brewella is Vincent Van Gogh meets Georgia O’Keeffe and they had a bunch of artistic offspring. I was overwhelmed with all the artifacts, teacups, paintings and collectibles. First things first, I thought, let’s eat. 

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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

                          Stop The Ban On Plastic Bags

                          Oppose the Cuyahoga County plastic bag ban legislation introduced by Cuyahoga County Council members Sunny Simon and Dale Miller, who are both unable to show us any major plastic bag pollution in Cuyahoga County or our part of Lake Erie - because there is none. Maybe in other parts of the world, but not here. It is a bad, not needed, harmful law, wrongly stopping stores and other retailers from giving shoppers free plastic bags to put their purchases in, which the shoppers then re-use to put garbage in at home.

                          Under this foolish Simon/MIller law, people will have to buy extra plastic bags for their garbage, still using plastic bags. That hurts poor people the most. Simon and Miller are not poor and evidently do not care about the poor. If illegal truck dumping in Cuyahoga County is putting plastic bags and other trash/garbage in the environment, stop the illegal dumping. Don't ban plastic bags.

                          Plastic bags are needed for wet purchases especially, such as some wet produce, ice cream, popsicles, other frozen items, etc...and when purchasing little pet fish from pet stores, etc...because the wetness can leak through paper bags, but not plastic bags. Simon and Miller's bag ban legislation says it is based on a tyrannical plastic bag law of the bureaucratic oppressive government of the Communist China dictatorship. This shows that Simon and Miller are un-American extreme leftists, modeling this law on anti-democratic China's law, where there is no freedom of speech and critics of the government are jailed. Simon and Miller's bag ban law states this law is needed because some people "waste" plastic bags. How would they know who is wasting a plastic bag? And if somebody does, that does not mean plastic bags should be banned. Do we ban cigarettes because a few are on the ground by the front door of a bar? This law is over-kill.


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                          Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

                          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
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