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        โปรโมชั่น แจกเครดิตฟรี ไม่ต้องฝาก ถอนได้ 2019

        No Cell Phone While Driving In Lakewood

        Drivers in Lakewood have 90 days to get used to the idea that they need to put the phone down while they are operating a moving car. At their September 3rd meeting Lakewood City Council passed an ordinance making it illegal to use your phone while driving.

        The ordinance reads: “No person shall drive a motor vehicle on any street, highway or property open to the public for vehicular traffic while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication, or to dial, talk, answer or listen for the purposes of making an audible communication.” 

        After this there is a long list of exemptions including a driver “whose motor vehicle is in a stationary position and who is outside a lane of travel.” Which means if you want to make a call, pull over.

        In a discussion on the Lakewood Observer’s Observation Deck, Ward Four Councilman Dan O’Malley clarified several issues that were confusing to residents regarding whether you are able to touch your phone at all while driving.

         

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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

        View more news releases

        Ward 1 Primary Results: Neff And Rodriguez-Carbone Look Ahead To November

        A very busy municipal election season in Lakewood saw its first set of results on Tuesday, September 10 in the Ward 1 primary. There were four candidates on the primary ballot, Matthew Fredrickson, Lindsey Grdina, Tess Neff, and Laura Rodriguez-Carbone. The top two candidates continue on to the general election in November. The results were as follows:

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        Dress Up And Run In The Superhero Dash At Lakewood Park

        All ages and all abilities are invited to run, walk or roll in the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash at Lakewood Park on September 21.

        Join hundreds of runners, walkers, and rollers (participants in wheelchairs) and dress as your favorite Superhero to help raise money for young people with physical disabilities at the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 34th Annual Race Day, in memory of former Trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, September 21, at Lakewood Park.

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        Books, Cats, And A Book About Cats

        Illustrator David Mottram

        Some extra special guests are coming to the Lakewood Public Library this month. We are thrilled to welcome illustrator Dave Mottram as well as representatives from Tails from the City cat rescue.

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        Pop Up Shop! Stationery And Salvage

        Lakewood Historical Society is holding a Pop Up Shop! at their new location, The Haber Center for Family History located at 13314 Detroit. The mid-century medical building has been renovated and holds the Society’s archives, library, offices and fundraising space. The new location has a beautiful lobby that lends itself to small sales. This Pop Up Sale will be the first of several throughout the year.

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        (First) Browns home game and the Browns lost. It was really sad. First game of the season and they lose.

        I saw that Game On and Plank Road (Tavern) were packed with people. I bet Buffalo Wild Wings would be packed in downtown Cleveland and Westgate and anywhere else Buffalo Wild Wings is (located). Also there are new Lego figure packs for the Lego brand top blox at the Dollar Tree in Lakewood. At Bee Clean Car wash express they have free vacuums if you don't already know. 

        Gabe Macdermott, age 8, loves writing and drawing. He loves Lego and reporting the news.

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        Starr Gazer

        OCTOBER

        Aries: Nature is calling The Ram to have a sense of adventure, during this fall month, what better time to take a walk on the wild side into the night, and do a Cemetery Crawl…

        Taurus: The Universe is serving Abundance Pie & the Bull is in line to grab a piece, splurge on a red cape for Halloween & show up at that party donning your finest Matador apparel.

        Gemini: Beauty is the Twins theme this month, grab that magic wand, conjure up a pumpkin carriage, go to a vintage shop for the perfect gown, your Prince Charming is waiting at the ball.

        Cancer: Keywords this month Crab, divine timing, get under that Full Moon, find a Mermaid outfit & do your best rendition of Daryl Hannah in Splashserve up your best witches’ brew.

         

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        The Rockport Miracles - Part 4: Episode 15: "The Ballad of Derecho Dan" Continues

        “I lost my dad, my mom, my dog, and the Gas & Lube...I lost my dad, my mom, my dog, and the Gas & Lube...I lost my dad, my mom, my dog, and the Gas & Lube...”

        Truer words had never rolled off Little Dan’s lips except for the fact that he hadn’t lost his mom. Though not well, Wilmena Newman had been slowly recovering in the hospital from injuries sustained when a house fell on her during the previous Storm 5.4. What Little Dan had truly lost was her stabilizing presence in his everyday life, her famous tuna salad, and her disciplined approach to making sure the auto shut-off valve switch was activated in case the gas pumps ruptured. The auto shut-off kept the underground tanks from exploding in the event a car or an out of control acetylene tank crashed into them and caught fire. When Rockport Storm 5.5 came calling during the wee hours of that ill-fated morning, the latter scenario became a deadly reality.

        Rockport’s beloved Gas & Lube, founded in 1916 by Old Dan Newman, who’d passed it down to his son, Big Dan Newman, who’d passed it down to his son, Little Dan Newman, had burned to the ground in less time than it took to eat one of Wilmena’s tuna salad sandwiches. Even worse, the ensuing fire and explosion had quickly spread to the surrounding neighborhoods and set dozens of houses ablaze.

         

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        Remember In November: Let’s Reject Divisive Political Games

        Whatever happened to the “Neighborhood News?”

        Four years ago, someone mailed a large eight-page brochure to Lakewood voters right before a local election. Nearly all of its content consisted of political attacks and advertising, but it was formatted like the Lakewood Observer and titled “Lakewood Neighborhood News.”

        It was also sent out anonymously, and to this day the people who produced the mailing still won’t admit it.

        Local reporters asked questions, for a week or so, but no one would give a straight answer. A quickie “Neighborhood News” website connected the mailing with money from Ed Fitzgerald, a former Lakewood mayor, county executive, and failed candidate for governor.

        But Fitzgerald claimed he was only “an investor” in a project to start local newspapers, and that the product was definitely not just disguised campaign mail.

        Four years after the “newspaper’s” single issue, that claim is exposed as a plain lie. Someone produced a campaign brochure, tried to disguise it as a newspaper, and mailed it to Lakewood voters. Then everyone involved hid from responsibility.

        Mayor Mike Summers had a large advertisement in the brochure, as did the Lakewood Hospital Association, and the “Voters Engaged to Oppose Issue 64” political action committee. Text pieces smeared the candidates opposing Summers and John Litten—but no one signed them or has ever admitted writing them. Only board of education member Tom Einhouse has ever admitted creating part of the “Neighborhood News,” a filler article about school construction which was printed under his name.

        But how did it get there? Who planned and created this mailing, and why have they refused to provide any transparency about it? Lakewood deserves better than dark-money games, so how do we get it?


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        Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary New Member And Rotary Exchange Program

        The Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary recently welcomed new member, Eric Jolly. This is Jolly’s second experience with Rotary, as he was a Rotary International Exchange Student in Australia in 1972 and 1973. Eric is retired from Prudential and Progressive Insurance Companies, where he was responsible for home and auto claims processing. He and his wife Anne live in Lakewood.

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        Ward 2 Will Get Responsive Representation With Presutto

        Over my 24 years as a Lakewood resident, I've come to recognize that responsiveness is one of the most important things to look for from our city council members. I want my council members to be quickly responsive to an email about a malfunctioning crosswalk light near one of our city schools. I want them to show that they can recognize and respect sincere public angst around a rushed, ill-explained deal to close a century-old community hospital. I want them to demonstrate that they're really hearing us, their constituents.
         
        I'm supporting Brad Presutto for Ward 2 City Council because he is one of the most responsive people I've ever met. I've worked with Brad on campaigns and community projects, and rarely does an email or text or post go out that Brad doesn't respond to within minutes, usually with a spot-on answer to a question or an offer to help in a specific way. I have no doubt that Brad will be exemplary at constituent services for the residents of Ward 2. 
         
        I have watched Brad meet with many residents of Ward 2 throughout this campaign to hear what they like and don't like about Lakewood, what that they hope for and fear. Brad has been really listening, and I am confident he will bring this listening to bear if and when he sits on council to address problems like the relentless rise in Lakewood's water and sewer rates. 
         
        This commitment to listen and respond to constituents has led Brad to already act on some specific neighborhood challenges he's heard about on the campaign trail. Commitment to listening and responsiveness is the cornerstone of trust, and Brad is demonstrating that he's worthy of our entrusting him to help shape the budget and policies to ensure Lakewood remains a great place to live and work. 

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        Internationally Acclaimed Folk Duo to Appear At Lakewood Public Library

        A whispering tree evokes the peaceful harmony of nature, the subtle call of natural forces. For singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour, the imagery and symbolism contained within that name call forth the music that expresses their very essence.

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        Students Find Engineer Camp Life-Changing

        From left: Alex Schraibmen, Nicole Hudak and Miabella Doerr.

        Summer may be over for our students, but at least three of West Shore Career-Tech/Lakewood High students are still aglow from one particular summer educational experience. These three Project Lead the Way students, seniors Miabella Doerr, Nicole Hudak, and junior Alex Schraibmen, attended ASM Materials Camp, sponsored by ASM International at their world headquarters in Aurora and now at least two of the three have found their major of choice thanks to an exceptional experience at the camp.

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        Ward 1 Primary Propels Rodriguez-Carbone To November Election

        Thank you to everyone who made our primary campaign a success on Tuesday!

        My name has never appeared on a general election ballot before. But I will be on the ballot this November. That would not have happened without the support I have met from our Lakewood community.

        Voting in a September primary for city council is not something which many people even consider. A different and much larger group of voters will cast ballots in November, and now I have the opportunity to earn their votes.

        I am fully committed to working hard for those voters, and for all the residents of our Ward. I will listen, and work to address concerns about traffic, about healthcare, about open and inclusive government. I will offer over 18 years of experience working with different groups and communities to solve real problems.

        I am confident that this is what Lakewood is looking for in leadership, but I owe the opportunity in November to those who showed up in September. The people who voted for me were diverse, they were young residents, seniors, Democrats, Republicans, Independents and many new voters. This shows that as a candidate, I am a unifier, reaching across the political spectrum. I believe that the substance of my ideas and clear message that I will represent and give a voice to the people of Ward 1 on City Council resonated with voters.

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        Meyer Focusing On Outreach And Accessibility To Board Of Education Voters

        You may have received a knock at your door or come home to find a literature piece from me, Andrew Meyer. If not, hopefully you will before the end of the campaign! I’m reaching out to the City the old-fashioned way, by going door to door to introduce myself. I’d love to go to every house, but the limits and time demands of a campaign mean that I’m knocking on doors of people who have voted in the most recent municipal elections. I’ve already visited about half of those walkable houses in the City, and I should be able to reach most of the rest before November 5th. 

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        District Rolling Out New K-5 Report Cards

        This year, after two years of research and development, the Lakewood City Schools will introduce new Standards-Referenced Report Cards for our elementary students. These new report cards will describe what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science, art, music and physical education, as well as provide specific feedback on students’ work habits.

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        Birdtown Flower Boxes

        Have you seen the new flower boxes in Birdtown?

        This has been an exciting project years in the making by the dedicated members of the Birdtown Beautification Committee.

        From installing the flower boxes along Madison Ave. in Birdtown, to painting them, lining them, working with the small business owners in the area to plant and maintain beautiful flowers and foliage, to the final step of adding these fun and unique decals that represent our great city of Lakewood. They are a great addition to the neighborhood and truly beautify the city! 

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        Lakewood Medical Building Turns One Hundred Years Old

        Lakewood recognizes Century Homes, so this year take a moment to notice this "Century Office Building" too. The Lakewood Medical Building was new construction at Detroit and Westwood 100 years ago, courtesy of Dr. C. Lee Graber, who also founded the city's hospital a dozen years before. Graber practiced medicine at this building until shortly before his death in 1954. Today the former Medical Building is part of the Rosewood Place Development, owned by North Coast Capital Partners.

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        Fight The Ban On Retractable Leashes

        Dear Editor,

        My name is Fay Olsen and I am still fighting the Lakewood ban on retractable dog leashes. I was assured by Mayor Summers that this law will be reviewed (1 year anniversary of the law) in October. They will have the ability to lift the ban on retractable leashes, which I hope they do.

        The retractable leash was invented by Mary Delany in 1908 and has been successfully used for 111 years.

        I got into this fight because in March, the dog paddy wagon was parked in front of my house. I had obviously been observed previously. As soon as I came down my driveway on Clifton Blvd., the Game Warden, Jack Crafter got out of the van and told me (a warning) I was breaking the law by using a retractable leash. These are words I never heard in all of my 80 plus years and never expected to hear.

        I have two very small dogs. 9 lbs. and 19 lbs., respectively. The handle on the retractable leash is comfortable for me in my hand. Other loop type leashes are uncomfortable around my wrist. I maintain control of my pets and don't let them wander. I hope after living for 59 years in Lakewood I will not have to go to Rocky River or any of the surrounding suburbs where it is legal to walk my dogs in this manner.

        I will be speaking September 16th at the City Council meeting at City Hall.

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        Friends Of Lakewood Library Fall Book Sale

        It sounds too good to be true, but for more than 38 years, volunteers from the Friends of Lakewood Library have been saving thousands of books from area landfills by selling them to happy new readers at super low prices.

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        Health Careers Student Success At West Shore

        Health Careers Class 2020

        These Class of 2020 Health Careers Students earned the industry credential "STNA" through their West Shore Career Tech program in April. Now in their senior year, they are ready to begin their clinical care experience in our partner facilities, O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood and Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital. Students have also planned community health education service projects for the upcoming school year, including Blood Pressure Screening and a Hand Washing Campaign for flu season.

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        Mr. Zap's Magic And Thrill Show

        Perhaps you’ve seen Mr. Zap at the Lakewood Public Library before. He is a familiar face in children’s entertainment and has been performing magic for over thirty-five years. He loves to entertain, and that shines through in all of his performances. Mr. Zap will keep you laughing with hilarious antics while amazing you with unbelievable feats of magic! He promises to deliver a show that will thrill and dazzle the audience. Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. when Mr. Zap’s Magic and Thrill Show will take place in the Main Library Multipurpose Room. You will enjoy a free program that is full of fun for the whole family.

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        LPL Calendar of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

        Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. (52 minutes)
        ReelAbilities Film Festival: Family & Hope
        Main Library Auditorium

        Join us for Family & Hope a double feature and discussion as part of ReelAbilities Cleveland 2019 film fest. The Lakewood Public Library will be featuring two short documentaries, "The Unconditional" and "Unstuck," which touch on parenting, kids and disability. ReelAbilities is the largest film festival in the US dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.

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        It’s Time To Make Kauffman Park A Priority

        Kauffman Park, named for Lakewood’s longest serving mayor, Amos Kauffman, is tucked behind Drug Mart and occupies the space between Lakeland and Andrews Avenues. The park has captured the imaginations of our neighbors and sparked the creation of Friends of Kauffman Park. For years, the organization’s membership has been working to improve the park, so that it can attain its full potential as a city-wide destination with amenities that everyone can enjoy. The time is now to make investment in Kauffman Park a priority.

        Lakewood has fewer acres of park space per person than Cleveland or Chicago, according to the Park System Strategic Plan of 2010. This means we must make the green space we have really count and carefully consider a design that serves many different constituencies.

         

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        11th Annual Zombie And Monster Walk

        The 11th Annual Zombie and Monster Walk set off from the Five O'Clock Lounge this past Saturday. Admission was five dollars and two cans of food.  Participants could get their make-up done by professional FX make-up artists for $10 if they wanted to. All proceeds go to the Cleveland Food Bank.

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        This Year In Punk: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 94

        Brat Curse - Brat Curse - Just Because Records / Anyway Records - 12 songs - LP, digital

        This is the debut full-length LP from Columbus's Brat Curse, as far as I'm aware. They were part of that OH7O comp that came out a couple years back and they covered Brainiac. They do not sound like Brainiac. This is a solid twelve songs of hooky, largely upbeat poppy punk. Some of it heads more towards punk and some more towards pop and a few songs (particularly "Modern Snakes") have just the lightest sprinkle of some emo characteristics, but please don't let my saying that put you off. It's somewhere in the middle ground between a Dirtnap Records kind of power pop/punk sound ("Sweat Pants Lawyer," "Who Do You Call") and, say, Cloud Nothings' "Life Without Sound" ("Under The Gun"). "Psycho In The Future" sounds like their Just Because labelmates Fan Fiction, actually. Pretty good record here. It's consistent throughout. I like the back cover photo that kinda apes the back cover of "Something Else By The Kinks." This doesn't sound anything like that, but I like the photo anyway. 4/5

        (justbecauserecords.bandcamp.com)

        The Choir - I'd Rather You Leave Me - Norton Records - 2 songs - 7"

        Here's a real two-sider for you. I think these tracks were recorded sometime after "It's Cold Outside" (and with a slightly different lineup, if I'm not mistaken), but they're every bit as great as that single. "I'd Rather You Leave Me" is very Byrds-esque– lots of twelve-string jangle and great harmonies– and is just a fantastic pop tune. It coulda (shoulda!) been a hit. The flip side, "I Only Did It 'Cause I Felt So Lonely," is equally great; maybe a little less directly influenced by the

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        LHS Showcase Night Chance To See School Offerings

        On Tuesday, October 8 from 6-8 p.m., Lakewood High School will host its second annual LHS Showcase Night. The event is designed to share with the community all the opportunities available to an LHS student, from the abundance of extracurricular activities, to the wide range of curricular options such as Advanced Placement, College Credit Plus, and career-tech classes. The evening will also include a session for parents of incoming freshmen to talk about scheduling and a session for parents of students not currently in the District interested in LHS. Visit the District website at www.lakewoodcityschools.org for more details.

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        Spirit Parade Set For September 27

        The annual Lakewood City Schools' Spirit Parade will kick off Homecoming Weekend on Friday, September 27. The parade will step off from Lakewood Park at 5:30 p.m. and march its way through Lakewood to Lakewood High School. The parade is a great showcase of the district’s sports teams, clubs and organizations from elementary, middle and high school. The Rangers football game vs. North Olmsted will cap off the evening at First Federal  Lakewood Stadium with kickoff at 7 p.m.

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        Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffet Ain’t Got Nothing On The Five O’clock Lounge

        Angelo & Debbie Lauria at The Five O'clock Lounge

        Move over Alan, it’s Five O’clock all the time at one of Lakewood’s most historic taverns. There may be a few old timers in Lakewood who may be able to spin a few stories about days gone by, and the infamous characters that sat down and had a shot of whiskey and a beer wash on the stools of the Five O’clock Lounge.

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        32nd Annual Community Festival Caps Off Summer

        credit: Karen Karp

        Celebrate family, community and cultural heritage at the 32nd Annual Lakewood Community Festival on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Madison Park, 13029 Madison Avenue. The day of fun and activities for the entire family will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

        The festival is known for a delicious array of nationality foods including stuffed cabbage, pierogis, potato pancakes kielbasa and more. There will be pizza, of course, and alternative selections as well. Save room for kolaches, baklava and other traditional ethnic pastries, plus ice cream and other desserts.

        For the kiddos, the festivities will include a bounce house, an inflatable obstacle course, balloons, crafts, games and hands-on giant bubbles.

        Keep a look out for the team from the Rocky River Nature Center. They will provide the opportunity to discover and learn about the wild animals who make Ohio their home.

        Studio Go, The Cleveland Museum of Art's mobile art studio, will be ready with a hands-on art experience for all to enjoy. The Studio Go team is making their second visit to the Festival.

         

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        Superintendent Listen & Learn Series Kicks Off Sept. 25

        Lakewood City Schools' Superintendent Mike Barnes this school year will be repeating his series of "Listen & Learn" sessions he introduced last year to listen to what the Lakewood community has to say about our schools. The one-hour sessions will be informal conversations and people are welcome to drop in any time. The first one will be held on Wednesday, September 25 from 6-7 pm at the Ranger Cafe at Lakewood High School. Come and share with Dr. Barnes your thoughts, ideas and concerns for the District.

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        Jason Shachner: A New, Experienced Voice For Ward 2

        Michelle, Jason, and Tessie pictured in front of their home.

        My name is Jason Shachner and I am running to be your next Ward 2 Councilperson. My wife, Michelle, and I own a home on Cook Avenue with our 12-year-old shepherd mix, Tessie. Lakewood is home for us because of its schools, parks, walkability, unique restaurants and businesses and, most of all, its strong sense of community. I am running for council because Lakewood should be able to support you at every stage of your life. Whether you are a new family or ready to retire, I want you to be able to call Lakewood home.

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        Help! Candidate Questions Written By You

        It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school and our thoughts turn, reluctantly, if you are like me, to election season. 

        In Lakewood we already saw a little bit of it with the various candidates in the Fourth of July Parade and we could count up who had the most supporters or who threw out the best candy or who had the coolest T-shirts but now it’s time to get serious, we have some big elections in front of us and it’s very clear from looking around at the current state of affairs in Lakewood that who we choose will have a big effect on the quality of life in Lakewood. 

        These people will make decisions that will touch your lives directly, make no mistake about it. It’s important that you know who they are, what they’ve done, and what they plan to do. It’s important that you hear from them in their own words so you can assess for yourselves what you think of them.

        But how do you do that? You can read the campaign literature that gets stuck in your door. You can try to attend campaign events. Better still you can try to attend campaign forum nights or debates so that you can see the candidates assembled, if they all attend, and hear their positions on the issues and watch how they conduct themselves.  

        But what if you can’t get out for those events, and what if you do attend those events, but YOU had a question that it seems the candidates never get around to answering?

        This is where the Lakewood Observer, your community-written local paper comes in. 

        During election season, the Lakewood Observer publishes “candidate questions”— questions that go to all the candidates who then respond in the paper. Each candidate gets the same questions, and the same number of words with which to reply.  

        Where do we get the questions? From you. And from our editorial board, who will also go through the questions you send in to try to condense them into a form that allows for as many readers to be represented as possible, while making sure the paper covers the full range of issues that are out there. 

         

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        Safety Requires A 360 Degree Approach

        Public safety and fiscal responsibility should always be top priorities of local government. Without a city that is fundamentally safe, and responsible with its finances, we simply do not have the ability to reinvest in parks, infrastructure, or other needs, because safety is a bedrock necessity of any dynamic community. As a nearly 38-year resident of Lakewood, I am committed to supporting the top-notch personnel we have working to maintain that foundation.

        My professional experience in helping CEOs structure their businesses has taught me to look at solutions in a 360 degree manner. From the immediately apparent, by ensuring we reinvest in our shooting range so that our officers remain prepared and well-equipped, to understanding that safety includes making sure our streets are designed for children walking to school as much as for the hard working parent commuting to their job. As a part of this approach, last year I approved the purchase of additional digital speedometers to address speeding on our side streets, however there is definitely more we can do. We need to be active in responding to the changing traffic on Lakewood streets, including bike traffic.

         

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        Fiscal Resiliency In Lakewood Is Inclusive, Diverse And Forward-Looking

        Recently, some of the nation’s top economists, referencing a downtrend from bonds, currency, commodities and a projected growth of national debt, speculated that a recession may be on the horizon. Like most cities, Lakewood gets its revenue from local sources. 

        The largest source of revenue, according to our city budget, comes from municipal income tax, which are taxes levied on all residents and part-year residents aged 18 or older, residents and non-residents who conduct business, or work, in Lakewood, residents and non-residents who own property, and non-residents who work in Lakewood but whose employer did not withhold income tax (as per the city’s website). 

        When looking to the future of Lakewood it is not only important that we are fiscally responsible, but fiscally resilient. We can build resiliency by developing a comprehensive economic development plan now to safeguard our local economy from a potential recession. 

         

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        Healthy Lakewood Foundation to Host Inaugural Community Meeting

        The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) is pleased to invite the City of Lakewood community to a public meeting on Tuesday, September 24th. This is an opportunity to learn about activities since the foundation was formed in 2018, and engage with the HLF Board of Directors. 

        HLF is pursuing the vision of Lakewood as a place where all people achieve their fullest health potential and working to advance programs, policies, and practices that inspire a community in which health and wellness are reflected in all aspects of life.

        The Board is eager to share progress made over the past year to advance organizational development and strategy, and formalize the processes and priorities that will guide future work on behalf of the community. The Board will provide summary reports covering their collective work and engage members of the community for their feedback and input.  

         

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        The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is once again planning its popular children's resale of gently used children's clothing (sizes newborn to 10), furniture, toys and other items. The Baby Bargain Bonanza (BBB) is planned for Saturday, September 14th at Garfield Middle School, which is located at 13114 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. The sale is open to the public and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Admission is $5 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and just $1 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The first 50 people will have a chance to win a $50 Target gift card! You do not need to be present to win. 

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        Use Food To Stay Healthy This Fall

        Malerie Giaimo is a practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine (Dipl. OM) and a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist (L.Ac.) At her practice in Lakewood, she provides a complete system of care that integrates eastern and western practices of wellness including acupuncture, herbs, dietary therapy, mind-body guidance, and health education. 

        Have you noticed that summer's heat is gradually fading? You step outside during the evening hours and experience a cooler night. When you breath in the cool air, something inside of you knows that the seasons are shifting.

        Those summer moments are warm memories now. School will start soon and daylight hours slowly begin to shorten. As nature shifts from late summer to early fall, we too naturally follow the seasonal change. We ease into the change by becoming less active, going to bed earlier, and adjusting the foods we eat.

        In preparation for cooler temperatures, we can no longer rely on the summer sun to warm us. Instead, we must being to rely on our own internal heat and those found in food to keep us warm. The theory of foods having temperature (cold, warm, hot, and neutral), and eating seasonally dates back thousands of years. This practice was adapted due to seasonal crop availability. Before refrigeration, canning and pickling were used to preserve foods. 

        Now that most foods are available during any season, it’s even more important to choose seasonal foods. When we eat in accordance with the season, our body is able to avoid excess stress and maintain homeostasis. While we shift from late summer to early fall, it is best to enjoy meals that are baked, sautéed, or cooked over several hours. Yes, soup season is in!

         

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        Ranger Marching Band Festival Sept. 21

        The pageantry, precision and rousing music that goes along with high school marching bands will be on display at the 33rd annual Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band Festival set for Saturday, September 21 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.

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        Luca Mundaca Performs At Lakewood Public Library

        With a voice clear and warm, the music of Luca Mundaca refreshes like an ocean breeze off her native Brazilian coast. The talented singer and songwriter brings her sophisticated sound to Lakewood Public Library on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. as part of our Sunday With The Friends programming.

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        LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

        Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
        Double Author Event: "Mama, Mama, Only Mama" and "Mrs. Morhard and the Boys"
        Books by Lara Lillibridge and Ruth Hanford Morhard
        Main Library Auditorium

        These books are about the lengths to which single mothers will go to create a memorable childhood. In "Mama, Mama, Only Mama," Lara Lillibridge offers advice she’s gained while raising children in a non-nuclear family. In "Mrs. Morhard and the Boys," Ruth Hanford Morhard shares how her mother-in-law, out of love for her son, founded the first ever Little League with support from the Cleveland Indians. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

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        Rotary Joins With LakewoodAlive To Help Resident

        Members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River recently responded to LakewoodAlive's request to help a Lakewood resident who has been unable to maintain their property. (From left) Marjorie Corrigan, president; Doug Cooper; Mark Bacon; Este Orpheu Pinheiro de Castro, youth exchange student from Brazil; and Jim Lechko.

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        Whatever Happened To Vegetables?

        "VEGGIES"

        When I was a kid we were told to eat our vegetables. They were supposed to make us grow up to be big and strong, but that wasn't enough to get us to eat them. Parents had to bribe us by threatening to withhold dessert if we didn't consume our peas and carrots. The only vegetables we liked were greasy french fries and buttered popcorn.

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        Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

        International Day of Peace- Origami Paper Crane Folding Tutorial

        For All Ages

        Celebrate the International Day of Peace by making origami cranes. Come learn how to contribute paper cranes to the display by learning and practicing how to fold your own origami paper cranes.

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

        Girls Who Code 

        For students in sixth through twelfth grade.

        Join our club and use computer science to solve a problem that you care about in our community by working on a Computer Science Impact Project where you'll learn to use computer science to create a mobile app, design a website or program a robot. This program is designed for all levels of computer science experience.

        Mondays, September 9, 2019 – November 25, 2019 and Mondays, January 6, 2020 – March 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Main Library Learning Lab.

         

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        Famous In The Neighborhood

        Photo courtesy of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

        Lakewood Native Recognized for Exceptional Leukemia Fundraising

        There are few things more enjoyable than a good old fashioned September Lakewood saloon reunion, a hops homecoming, bringing together generations of tavernites and neighbors, especially when the occasion is for a great cause.

        Lakewood native, stalwart, and impressario Billy Blatt - recently recognized for his fundraising work by and on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northestern Ohio - hosts his annual Music and Tailgaiting Festival, Saturday, September 14th from 1:00-8:00 p.m. in the carnival parking lot space beside the Avenue Tap House, 18206 Detroit Avenue.

        Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northestern Ohio
        Inspirational | A community of heroes for a common cause.
        https://www.lls.org/northern-ohio

        "I've had people very close to me pass on from leukemia," says Billy, who grew up on Edwards and Detroit and still lives with his family in town. Moreover, Billy's longtime friend - see Team Hout - has been battling - and continues winning - the battle against leukemia and lymphoma. "So the quest to find a cure has been a real personal purpose in my own life for a number of years and I've seen how it can help in saving lives."


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        International Dot Day Fun

        Students enjoyed playing the ultimate dot game, Twister at a past International Dot Day program.

        International Dot Day was created to encourage students to explore their creativity. The inspiration behind the event is the children’s book "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds. It tells the story of a teacher who motivates a doubting student to trust in her own abilities and from a dot on a page the child goes on to make her mark. The book "The Dot" has been translated into over 25 languages, including Braille. Since the first Dot Day in 2009, the number of involved students in both schools and libraries around the globe has skyrocketed. It has grown to a world-wide celebration with children from 181 countries expected to participate in 2019.

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        Herb Guild Garden Club 2019 Scholarship Winners

        From left to right: Kathleen McClement and Anita Marshall (2nd Vice Presidents and Co-Chairs of the Scholarship Lunch);Hannah Miu and Rachel Drobnak (both scholarship winners); Mary Kay Filipiak (Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee).

        Herb Guild Garden Club 2019 Scholarship Winners    

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        Join The Discussion On World Affairs At The Library

        Discuss world affairs with friends, neighbors and experts during Great Decisions, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Every year the Foreign Policy Association highlights eight critical foreign policy challenges facing the United States. Each discussion will focus on one of the policy challenges, featuring a thirty minute video and an expert-led discussion.

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        Dear Lakewood, Thank You

        The Summer Reading Party at Madison Park on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

        Dear Lakewood,

        Thank you for helping our youth Read to the moon and back during the summer of 2019!

        Thank you to parents, grandparents and caregivers who encouraged summer reading and registered their family members to participate at the Library. Thank you also to the 1,027 adult readers who set a stellar example for our young people by participating in the adult summer reading program. Monday, May 13, 2019 began a reading journey at the Lakewood Public Library. The annual summer reading club themed “A Universe of Stories” attracted 1,768 youth. Over a twelve week time period, 743 youth readers met the goal of 30 books, 30 chapters or 30 hours of reading by Monday, August 5, 2019! We should all be proud of our Lakewood readers. They couldn’t have done it without you!

         

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        Easterseals Northern Ohio Offers Free Speech Screenings For Children

        Summer has come to an end and a new school year is here! Easterseals is helping children start the year off right by offering free speech-language screenings during September. The screening is designed to provide a quick assessment of a child’s speech-language abilities and to help determine if a comprehensive evaluation is necessary. 

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        Lakewood Tool Box Helps Longtime Residents Reach New Heights

        This Lakewood family reached new heights for their paint project thanks to The Lakewood Tool Box. (Photo courtesy of Teresa B.)

        Lakewood residents Teresa and Armand B. have taken pride in their Westlake Avenue home for 24 years, overcoming the various challenges associated with maintaining a beautiful century home. Recently, however, one obstacle proved to be a tall task.

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