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    An Inclusive Approach To Safety, Development, Recycling

    I pledged to work toward a better Lakewood, for all, three years ago.

    Issues of inclusion and equity are very much part of that. Active work to end racial disparities has been important to me for years.

    Racism and racial disparities are real crises. This is why public health experts, who warn of the need to deal cautiously with COVID-19, have also been supportive of Black Lives Matter protests. Social equity and public health are inseparable issues.

    Being proactive is the best approach to both. On June 15 I recommended review of Lakewood's policing policies and several reforms, along with my at-large city council colleagues. These reforms reliably improve safety for communities, and for officers of departments which implement them. They can be an excellent beginning toward a safer and more just Lakewood for all.

    I am grateful for Mayor George's commitment to involve her entire administration in support of solutions. There's much more to do, with public safety policies and with broader efforts for a welcoming, inclusive community.

    Diverse housing options are critical to a diverse community, for example, and conversion of some of Lakewood's more-affordable housing to high-end apartments requires new options.

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    Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 3:27 PM, 06.17.2020

    Latest News Releases

    Lakewood City Council Elects New Leadership
    - City Hall, January 7, 2020 Read More
    State Names Roosevelt Elementary High Progress School of Honor
    - Board of Education, January 7, 2019 Read More
    DeWine Nominates Cabinet Heads for DAS, DSA, OOD, DRC, Taxation, Appoints Numerous Senior Staff members
    - Government, January 3, 2019 Read More
    District to Renovate Taft for Curricular Expansion, Central Office Home
    - Board of Education, December 18, 2018 Read More
    Lakewood’s Roosevelt Elementary Named High Progress School of Honor
    - Board of Education, November 16, 2017 Read More

    View more news releases

    LGBTQ Pride Message From Senator Antonio

    June is traditionally LGBTQ Pride month. In 1969, following constant disproportional raids of gay bars, the Stonewall Riots, led by lesbians, gay and transgender people of color who said, "No more," sparked the gay rights movement, while challenging the police's forceful and discriminatory targeting. 

    During a time when we are celebrating Pride month and protesting for Black Lives Matter, all over the world, it is important to advocate for intersectional justice. Intersectionality means understanding how a combination of a person’s identities such as race, gender, class, and sexuality creates individualized forms of discrimination. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, LGBTQ people of color are most often victims of hate violence homicides, making up for 71% of victims in 2017. Our communities must continue to support one another and stand together to protect each other, especially trans women of color. 

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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    Healthy Lakewood Foundation Announces Second Cycle Of Grants To Address COVID-19 Community Needs

    The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) board of directors awarded the following grants at its May 2020 meeting in an ongoing effort to address community needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic:

    Department of Human Services, City of Lakewood: $60,000 for resident emergency needs.

    Hebrew Free Loan Association (HFLA) of Northeast Ohio: $57,500 to establish a pool of Covid-19 emergency loans exclusively for Lakewood residents (individual loans up to $1,500).

    Asian Services in Action, Inc. (ASIA, Inc.): $15,000 to meet the emergency needs of refugee and immigrant families in Lakewood.

    “The Healthy Lakewood Foundation board believes these three organizations are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of residents experiencing some of the most acute health and safety risks as well as those undergoing financial difficulties as a result of the public health crisis,” says HLF Board President Jeanine Gergel. “We are especially concerned about how the pandemic is impacting Lakewood’s most vulnerable residents and recognize our responsibility to make the resources we have been entrusted with available to assist them.”

    The three newly announced grants are in addition to two previous grants awarded by HLF in March 2020 to Lakewood Community Services Center ($50,000) and Department of Human Services, City of Lakewood ($25,000), bringing the Foundation’s total year-to-date grantmaking to meet resident emergency needs to $207,500.

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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    Managing Your First Harvest

    s we progress towards the official start of summer, crops should be growing nicely and almost set to provide us with our first harvests. The first harvest of the year is always my favorite, the first tomatoes usually end up on the kitchen counter sliced and eaten raw. Then we do BLTs, salads of all sorts, tomatoes in our omelets, on toast, and we still have a ridiculous amount to store for later. Our basil is usually on the same trajectory. Over the years storing the food and learning different ways to do so has become a hobby itself. Canning, dehydrating, freezing however you choose proper storage allows you to extend the life of your harvest well into the next growing season.  

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    Volume 16, Issue 13, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    One Lakewood Progress: Riots Are The Cries Of The Unheard

    Picture of the writer's parents.

    My mother is light-skinned. My father was dark-skinned. I am medium skinned. My oldest brother is dark-skinned. My youngest brother is light-skinned. We have all experienced racism in some form or another throughout our lives.

    I remember my Uncle Bob telling my mother that she couldn’t move back home to Southern Ohio with us because we were “Spics” and the community would never accept us. My mother faced housing discrimination because white landlords didn’t like the “look” of her children.

    At both of my first jobs, I was wrongfully accused of stealing money from cash registers, even though I was off work during those times and would never steal a crumb from anyone. That’s why I worked two jobs, and when defending myself against these accusations, told my employers as much. I was exonerated in both instances, but knew why I was singled out over my white co-workers. 

    When walking with my mother one cold October night to the corner store, I suddenly felt a stinging sensation on my legs. When I looked down, I saw the remnants of eggs sliding down my jeans. I looked up as the perpetrators across the street screamed “Puerto Rican Bitch!” and ran off.


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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    The Rockport Miracles-Part 4: Episode 27: “The Ballad of Derecho Dan?Continues:

    River City Mayor, Bart Ridgewood, peered through his pirate telescope from atop the Widow’s Walk of Model Home “A” in the EWW Estates. He and hundreds of his constituents had gathered on the city’s eastern cliffs to watch Storm 5.6 clobber Rockport and had been mesmerized by the sight of a lone, mysterious cabin cruiser bouncing and crashing into the teeth of the storm. “AHOY CITIZENS!!”, shouted Mayor Ridgewood from his high perch, “HERE COMES THE COAST GUARD!!!”

    Sure enough, Rockport Police Chief Tom Graber and Little Dan’s Aunt Rowena Gridley had convinced the Cleveland Coast Guard to sail out onto the disturbed waters of Lake Erie and stop Little Dan from whatever the hell he was doing. It was too late, though. The weather had become so dangerous that the intrepid crew of the Cutter Darryl A. Levy gave up the chase and instead pleaded with Little Dan from a safe distance through a bullhorn.

    “DANIEL NEWMAN--BY ORDER OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD WE ORDER YOU TO SURRENDER YOUR VESSEL IMMEDIATELY!” By then, “Serpent” Storm 5.6 had finally arrived. Little Dan felt the clumsy fingers of fate tugging at the frayed laces of his Red Ball Jets. He struggled against mighty wind and wave actions as he inserted wired charges into the plastique explosives that filled the boat from stem to stern. Once he'd completed that task, it would be just a matter of applying sufficient throttle to guide the boat into the black heart of the “giant lizard.”


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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    The View From Ward 2

    Gun Violence Awareness Day

    At the June 1st City Council meeting, Councilmember Tess Neff introduced, and Council subsequently passed, a resolution that declared June 5, 2020 Gun Violence Awareness Day in Lakewood. The goal is to encourage the safe storage of firearms to create awareness of the many firearm related deaths of children that could have been prevented if the firearm was properly secured. Ways that we can further encourage gun safety will be discussed at Monday’s Public Safety Committee meeting. Here’s some important information from Mom’s Demand Action about gun safety storage: https://besmartforkids.org/.

    Applications for Expanded Outdoor Dining

    On June 4th, the Planning Commission reviewed applications for temporary conditional use permits for outdoor dining for the first time since the Temporary Outdoor Dining Resolution was passed. Acting Director of Planning, Katelyn Milius, along with the members of the Planning Commission carefully evaluated each application and worked with the restaurant and bar owners to improve their designs. The plans ranged from Melt’s and Salt+’s extension of their existing patio spaces to Cleveland Vegan’s and El Carnicero’s plan to place tables in front of their restaurants.

    The Planning Commission will be reviewing applications from O’Toole’s Pub, Side Quest, Avenue Tap House/Oscar’s Pizza, Waterbury Bistro, and Buckeye Beer Engine at their June 18th meeting. Please visit http://www.onelakewood.com/accordions/planning-commission/ for instructions on how to participate in the meeting.


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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    LakewoodAlive To Host Birdtown Picnic To-Go On June 27

    LakewoodAlive will host a Birdtown Picnic To-Go on Saturday, June 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Madison Park.

    LakewoodAlive will host a Birdtown Picnic To-Go on Saturday, June 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Madison Park (south entrance to the park off of Athens Avenue). Sponsored by the City of Lakewood and Joe’s Deli Lakewood, this free community event is an initiative of LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program.

    In an effort to ensure health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the sixth year of our Birdtown Picnic will have a different look. Community members are invited to come pick up a to-go meal consisting of complimentary hot dogs, hamburgers or veggie burgers, chips, applesauce and a drink. 

    200 meals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Drive-thru and walk-up guests will both be accepted. Masks are strongly encouraged.


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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    COVID Times: Nonprofit Comes Home To Lakewood

    Enter the sweepstakes to win a life changing experience with multi-million dollar speaker and Lakewood humanitarian, Alex Sheen, Founder of the nonprofit, because I said I would. Visit becauseisaidiwould.org/ultimateexperience

    COVID-19 forced many workers to set up home offices during the stay-at-home order for nonessential travel earlier this year. That included two-thirds of the nonprofit, because I said I would’s staff returning to Lakewood from their Rocky River headquarters to work remotely from their homes. Because I said I would was founded in 2012 by two Lakewood residents, Founder, Alex Sheen whose father’s greatest attribute was being a man of his word, and Co-Founder, Amanda Messer whose early life was fraught with the pain of broken promises. Together, they started a social movement to better humanity through promises made and kept. The organization accomplishes this through volunteer projects, individual action plans, character education programming, tools, resources and inspirational content.

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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    Photo by LakewoodAlive

    Here's another splash of sunshine for your summer: The second of two new public art murals went up on June 8 at the Warren-Madison intersection.

    For this 54-foot-long mural at The Doughnut Pantry, Lakewoodite artist Stephanie Crossen was inspired by the stunning sunsets she’s witnessed at The Solstice Steps and wanted to offer community members an eternal sunshine to bring joy on cloudy days.

    Thank you to Stephanie and our many terrific partners, including the City of Lakewood and Cuyahoga County, for making this collaborative project possible. Install was completed by Scherba Industries. LakewoodAlive looks forward to sharing more details about phase 2 of our Warren Road Beautification Project in the coming weeks.

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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    LakewoodAlive’s Volunteer-Driven Flower Blossoms Program Beckons Summer With Beautiful Blooms

    LakewoodAlive’s Flower Blossoms Program has placed 53 flower boxes with participating merchants along Detroit Avenue from Lincoln to Cordova.

    Venture along Lakewood’s Detroit Avenue these days and you can’t help but notice an additional splash of color and greenery enhancing the district’s vibrancy.

    Now in its 14th year, LakewoodAlive’s Flower Blossoms Program has placed 53 flower boxes with participating merchants along Detroit Avenue from Lincoln to Cordova. Petunias and impatiens dot this urban landscape, creating a more appealing commercial district.

    The Flower Blossoms Program is designed to help merchants keep their storefronts attractive. LakewoodAlive partners annually with a local grower to provide an opportunity for merchants to purchase professionally-planted Earth Box planters with flowers appropriate for the sun/shade needs of each location. With assistance from Lakewood Garden Center owner Paul Bilyk, the materials were dropped off at the Lakewood City Center Plaza on June 9. There, longtime LakewoodAlive volunteer Kathy Haber was joined by 10 volunteers to distribute completed flower boxes to program participants.

    “The last several months have been uniquely challenging for many members of our community, and we hope our Flower Blossoms Program serves as a simple source of joy this summer,” said Ian Andrews, LakewoodAlive Executive Director. “This volunteer-driven beautification project is one of many ways we seek to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods. And we can’t say enough about the incredible team of volunteers who make this program possible.”


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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    The Mars Bar Truly IS Out Of This World

    The Astronaut

    I moved back from Cali to Lakewood, almost four years ago, slowly getting around to trying all the gastropubs. Always hesitant on trying the Mars Bar, an icon since the 40s. To me it seemed to have a dark “I don’t want to go in there” type of look. Boy, was I ever WRONG!

    Walking down the street the other night I checked it out, after all they’ve remolded, with an open-air look, patio seating front and back. Once inside I discovered it’s the only bar in Lakewood that faces the street from East to West, which is an anomaly in itself.

    I sat at the bar, was greeted warmly by Audria, and inquired about their wine. Much to my surprise and delight was a wine list by the glass and/or bottle which would please any oenophile, the wines coming from Napa Valley. I ordered a Storypoint Pinot Noir, impressed by the hip large wine glass.

    Sitting at the bar, looking out into the street, was a welcome feeling not to have my back to the door. After Audria explained the menu, I went with George’s Original Gyro, a combination of beef & lamb, with the tzatziki sauce, a secret recipe handed down from George’s mother. By far, that was the best Gyro ever, topping the late-night Gyro stands when I worked in the flats in the 80s.


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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    Free Books For Children From Birth To Age 5 In Lakewood And Cuyahoga County

    Free books for children from birth to age 5 are available in our community from The Literacy Cooperative and the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library!

    id you know that “the single most important factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home before starting school”? (National Commission on Reading). As a parent or caregiver, snuggling up and reading daily with your child is one of the most important actions you can take to help set them up for future success.

    Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a free, brand new, age-appropriate book to enrolled children every month from birth until five years old, instilling a love of books and family reading from an early age. The Literacy Cooperative manages the program in Cuyahoga County and Wickliffe where it is available to every young child under age 5; the program is also available in other Ohio counties(check online at www.ohioimaginationlibrary.comfor availability). There are no income restrictions.


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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    Keep Lakewood Beautiful - Beautiful Home Awards

    Each year, Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) sponsors a Beautiful Home Awards program to honor exceptional gardens (annuals, perennials, shrubbery, vegetables. herbs, no limits) in our neighborhoods. We are currently accepting nominations for the 2020 awards. Do you know of an especially nice house and yard/garden in your neighborhood? Please consider nominating that home.

    The only requirements are that the home is in Lakewood and the nomination is submitted by July 31. You can nominate a home through the Keep Lakewood Beautiful webpage on the city website (onelakewood.com). You may also call the office of the mayor (216-529-6600) with your nomination. You will need to provide your name and contact information and the address of the nominated home.


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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    Dr. Barnes' Statement On Racial Injustice

    We are brokenhearted and saddened over the senseless death of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd’s death, and many like his before, is a painful reminder of the systemic racism that still persists across so many of our nation's institutions and society as a whole. We stand in solidarity with the fight against racial injustice.

    However, we do not condone violence. We are committed to promoting a culture of respect, tolerance, and inclusion for all people. Our District is composed of students of all colors and creeds who come from more than 25 countries. Each of them deserves a future free of societal injustices that may impede them from reaching their greatest potential.

    We all must be united in ensuring that justice, dignity, and respect for all are pillars of our value system. This unity is absolutely necessary. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Each of us must challenge ourselves to be part of the solution. To stand by idle is to perpetuate the problem.

    As a public school system, it is our obligation to provide equity in education to every single student. We are blessed to have a Board, administration and staff that are focused on educating the whole child, with an emphasis on empathy and compassion. However, we can do better. We promise to examine our own practices that may have implicit biases embedded within them.


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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 10:36 PM, 06.03.2020

    Community West Foundation Grants $1,000 to Meal Delivery Effort in Rocky River

    [Westlake, Ohio] ?Community West Foundation issued a $1,000 grant to support the meal delivery effort being organized by the staff and senior residents at Harbor Court in Rocky River. Earlier this month the group made headlines when they delivered home cooked meals to people in need. “People are surprised to see that our senior residents, many of whom are in their 80’s and 90’s, are stepping up to help deliver these meals,?commented Cydney Bare, Executive Director at Harbor Court.

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    Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    8 Ways To Make Easy, Simple Changes That Impact Your Health

    Many of us have goals to live healthier, move more, and eat well. However, busy lives can make it difficult to cook a nutritious meal every night, and it can be confusing to navigate through the many choices at the grocery store or restaurant. These are simple tips that help me get into a health-focused mindset and make smarter food choices.

    1. Start small by shifting to healthier foods. Swap out soda for water at lunch, choose an apple with peanut butter instead of chips for a snack, and move from cream based sauces to broth. Shifting allows us to make small modifications without changing our entire eating plan (which is much harder!). These small changes can create big wins, preventing diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

    My husband and I know that if we keep junk in the house... we will eat that junk! Instead of having lots of sweets and chips in the house, we try to minimize these. Instead, we snack on fruit, veggies, or homemade desserts (with ingredients we can control). My husband reaches for Zip Fizzes (no sugar, caffeinated mineral drink) instead of Coke during his late work nights. Another trick is taking tempting snacks (such as potato chips) and divvying out all the chips into single servings in sandwich bags. I know people that have been very successful with this!

    2. Protein - Go Lean! There's no doubt that protein is an essential nutrient. Go lean by buying skinless meat and choosing lean lunch meat (turkey, chicken, and roast beef instead of salami/bologna). Eat seafood twice a week, such as salmon, cod, or tilapia to get your Omega-3s (some studies have showed this fatty acid actually fights depression!). Meatless Mondays have become popular around the nation. Some people choose to have meat just once a day instead of at every meal. Experiment with plant proteins - use nuts, beans, eggs, soy, and veggie burgers to incorporate protein without meat.

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    Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    Lakewood Young Poets David Balshen, Sabrina Syed And Dhyani Nautiyal Published In Creative Communication Contest

    Left to right:

    Fourth Grade

    top row: Nikolas Alicea (Cleveland), David Balshen (Lakewood), Saanvi Chari (Avon), Zain Daoud (Avon Lake), Ayah Dinary (Westlake)

    second row: Aislinn Joyce (Cleveland), Shivam Mahajan (Parma Heights), Kyle Mahoney (Lodi), Mei-Li Mann (Cleveland), Julia McClenin (Cleveland)

    third row: Maliha Nadkarni (Avon), Sammy Nemr (Westlake), Zoe Payton (Cleveland), Leen Salem (Westlake), Daniel Shumway (Cleveland)

    bottom row: Melanie Statsevych (Strongsville), Joshua Thomas (Westlake), Kyle Vaziri (Westlake), Nikhil Yalavarthy (Solon)

    Birchwood would like to congratulate the many winners who wrote creative and touching poems for the Creative Communication contest. The contest accepts submissions from students in Kindergarten through ninth grade and winning entries are published in an annual anthology.

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    Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    District Earns 2020 Best Communities For Music Education Award

    For the fourth consecutive year, Lakewood City Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Lakewood is one of 754 schools from across the country and only 47 in Ohio to earn the prestigious award.

    The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs.

    This award recognizes that Lakewood City Schools is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation designates music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children. Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music.

    The Lakewood City School District offers music education from kindergarten through 12th grade. Instrumental instruction begins in 5th grade. Middle school offerings include classroom band, orchestra, and choir with extracurricular opportunities in all three such as Strolling Strings and Jazz Band.

    The high school boasts of five orchestras, four choirs, three bands, and classes in music theory, music history, pop music and keyboard. In addition, our high school extracurricular ensembles provide numerous opportunities for our students to enhance their musical experience through groups such as the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band, The Lakewood Project, Chamber Choir, and Jazz Band, just to name a few.

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    Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

    Lakewood Expands Outdoor Dining Facilities

    On May 7, Governor DeWine announced that restaurants may resume outdoor dining service on May 15, 2020 and indoor dining service on May 21, 2020. The City of Lakewood is taking active steps to support the hospitality industry in Lakewood while protecting the residential community and public health and safety for all. The City will continue to follow all recommended protocols and guidance and comply with all orders and restrictions from public health leaders at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

    Mayor Meghan George said, “My administration is working together with City Council, the Planning Commission, and the restaurant operators, to move swiftly and enable businesses to emerge from this economic crisis. These modifications are a step in the right direction. We will continue to review other avenues to support our business community throughout this pandemic.”

    The expansion of outdoor dining facilities into parking lots and the public right-of-way will enable restaurants to provide dining services in a safe and responsible manner for the community.



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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 10:36 PM, 06.03.2020

    Lakewood Responds To Outdoor Dining Announcement

    The announcement that Lakewood will allow expanded outdoor dining is receiving mixed responses from Lakewood citizens. It's good news for restaurants who can make up for having less customers because of Covid 19 restrictions and for their patrons who will have shorter waits if there are tables outside. Those who feel the opening is coming too soon, is dangerous, and will promote an increase in Covid 19 cases, feel that this expansion will make a bad situation worse. Then there are those holding their breath (literally), being careful, and waiting to see what happens.

    My own first reaction (posted on the LO Deck on May 25) might sound a little hysterical: 

    "I’m sure they (City Council) don’t want Lakewood to get the reputation of being party city where people come from other towns to congregate and spread disease, then go home to their quiet safe communities. They don’t want a hot spot in Lakewood with their name on it."

    The fact is Governor DeWine declared restaurants open, and our City Council has to deal with it, as do we. 

    Another poster wrote: "As I drove down Lakewood streets yesterday they were filled with happy joyous people and one in a hundred wore a mask if that. Patios, bars, restaurants with packed tables." 

    No matter how sensible the rules might be, without enforcement they are worthless.

    Facts dispel fear, we hope. It seems that everyone agrees that council must have a solid plan for enforcement. And not "that's for the police or building inspectors"--a plan for this situation. These are extraordinary times, in which people's lives are at stake, ordinary enforcement plans can't be relied upon.


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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 10:36 PM, 06.03.2020

    One important role in my job as mayor is to be the chief advocate for our community as a whole. In some cases, I approach businesses who might move to Lakewood from another county or state. Sometimes I talk to the media about the good stories we have to share of strong people in our community. I am regularly bringing our interests to our elected representatives at the county, state, and federal levels to ensure that Lakewood’s voice is heard and Lakewood’s people are getting what they need from every level of government. Recently, I have been calling on our congressional delegation to fight for you and me in Washington.

    We are entering the third month of the coronavirus pandemic. We have seen Congress pass four stimulus bills totaling over $2.4 trillion. However, with the exception of a few dollars here and there to reimburse us for disposable masks and latex gloves, city halls across the United States have been left out. We need assistance from the federal government. This is not unique to Lakewood, all municipalities are facing serious financial implications due to COVID-19.

    I’ve sent multiple letters to Congresswoman Kaptur, Senator Brown, and Senator Portman. I thanked them for all they have done on our behalf and implored them to do more. We need Congresswoman Kaptur, Senator Brown, and Senator Portman to prevail upon their colleagues and pass a bill that provides money to local governments. The City of Lakewood’s revenues are down but our responsibilities remain the same: to continue to provide the services that our community expects and deserves.


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    Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 10:38 PM, 06.03.2020

    The View From Ward 2

    Outdoor Dining Resolution Passed

    At a Special Council Meeting held on May 21st, City Council unanimously passed Resolution No. 2020-31, authorizing the Planning Commission to grant temporary conditional use permits for outdoor/seasonal dining facilities during this state of emergency to qualifying applicants.
    The intent of the resolution is to allow bars and restaurants to expand their outdoor dining areas to allow for more room for social distancing. The thought is that adding more space will allow the restaurant to serve a similar amount of people they typically serve, while providing the required 6 feet distance between seating areas.
    To understand the impact of the resolution it is important to understand the normal process for bars and restaurants to obtain conditional use permits for outdoor dining. Typically, for a restaurant to obtain a conditional use permit for outdoor dining they must apply and get approval from the Planning Commission. Additionally, the Architectural Board of Review must approve all design plans. The Planning Commission uses Lakewood Codified Ordinances 1161.03 SUPPLEMENTAL REGULATIONS FOR SPECIFIC USES and 1129.13 1129.13 SUPPLEMENTAL REGULATIONS FOR OUTDOOR/SEASONAL DINING FACILITY when determining if an applicant should receive a permit. The Planning Commission is also free to add any conditions that it deems appropriate. All applications are heard at a public meeting where residents can voice their concerns.

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    Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 10:38 PM, 06.03.2020

    Lakewood Observer's Victory Garden 4: Pruning, Feeding, and Planning

    As the calendar flips to June, most of us have planted our gardens and are now tending to them diligently. Early crops are being harvested while summer crops are setting root and reaching for the sun. Now is the time when a little extra effort can make the difference between failure and filling your pantry and freezer for winter. The month of June should be dedicated to pruning, feeding, and planning. 

    Pruning or pinching your plants encourages branching, builds stronger stems, reduces disease, and increases your harvest. Two plants that are fun to pinch to promote branching are peppers and rosemary. Pinch the top set of leaves once your pepper plant has 6 or 8 leaves. You should also pinch the first set of flowers on your peppers or at least harvest the first peppers a little early to promote much larger crops later in the season. Tomatoes should be pruned to promote air circulation and allow sunlight to the fruit. Greater air circulation in the garden helps fight blights and mildews. If you planted row crops such as radishes or carrots, your pruning now is also called thinning. Make sure you provide adequate space for your crops to reach maturity.

                Feed. Feed. Feed. Making sure your garden is well fertilized is essential to bountiful harvests. Regular feedings of an all-purpose fertilizer should be applied as recommended as well as any supplemental feeds. For the all-purpose consider Plant Tone or Happy Frog All Purpose, these organic granular fertilizers should be applied monthly for most vegetables. Additionally, for plants that bear fruit, consider a calcium supplement. Bone meal and lime are good choices for tomato gardeners looking to avoid blossom end rot. Do not spend all summer tending to your plants for little to no harvest, because you didn’t feed them. Container gardeners should consider more frequent feedings as nutrients are depleted from pots at a quicker rate than the ground.


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    Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 10:36 PM, 06.03.2020

    PTA Awards Include Teacher Of The Year, Mrs. Rudy

    The Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards in a virtual presentation that included the award for the District Educator of the Year and scholarships to four seniors.

    Teacher of the Year Award was given to Garfield Middle School art teacher Leah Roudebush. Mrs. Rudy, as she is known, began the Garfield Holiday Open House to provide holiday decor, toys, and clothes for families in the community. She is an inspiration and mentor to many and strives to help students meet their full potential.

    The other PTA Educator of the Year honorees for their respective school buildings were also recognized: Lisa Blasko, Harding Middle School; Megan Coe, Lincoln Elementary School; Cindy Vullo, Roosevelt Elementary School; Jennifer Frank, Horace Mann Elementary; and Tracy Somoles, Grant Elementary School.

    The PTA Council also honored the overall success of four seniors. Earning $1,000 scholarships each this year were Emma Hirsch, Mayfeh Mahmoud, Olivia Vuyancih, and Sydney Wilhelmy.

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    Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 10:38 PM, 06.03.2020

    Garfield To Receive $10K Cox STEAM Grant

    Garfield Middle Schoo has been awarded a Cox Charities Northeast Community Grant for $10,000 for its STEM and art programs. Principal Robin Beavers, who submitted the grant application, said the money will be used to purchase equipment such as 3D printers and supplies for creative artwork. "We are excited and motivated to utilize these funds for the growth and development of our students innovative ideas," Principal Beavers said.

    Lakewood City Schools has expanded its STEM programming across the middle school and elementary levels in the last couple of years and the recently passed levy will help with further additions to the programming at all levels.

    Cox Charities Community Grants are given each year to deserving non-profit organizations dedicated to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education programming for youth in Cox footprints across Ohio, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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    The Lakewood Girls Soccer Team is a program on the rise. As a coach during the COVID 19 pandemic, I'm very concerned that the incoming freshmen may not get all of the information they need and someone may fall between the cracks. I want to make an appeal to parents and players to get in touch with me if you are an 8th Grader (rising Freshman) thinking about playing soccer in High School. The team usually has Captain's Practices soon after school lets out for the summer. I am talking to the Captains, the Athletic Director and reading OHSAA guidance for how best to do that and when we can start. In the mean time, the team is doing physical and training challenges each week to stay in shape and stay sharp.

    LHS Girls Soccer finished the season at 7-7-4 in a very tough Southwest Conference last year. We are moving (along with the rest of the school to the Great Lakes Conference (GLC) this Fall. This should make the team a little more competitive in conference play, increase friendly rivalries with our closest border cities and towns including Rocky River and Fairview and cut down on travel a bit. The GLC is still very competitive with perennial powerhouses Rocky River, Bay Village and Buckeye. We look forward to this new challenge.

    You'll also be joining the smartest team in town. The Girls Soccer Team had the highest team GPA in Fall Sports in 2019. All of our team captains were on the LHS National Honor Society last year and this year. And 2020 grad Emma Hirsch recently passed the Presidency of the LHS NHS to returning Captain Aubree Nagel. You couldn't be joining up with a better group of role models. If you have a daughter interested in trying soccer either as a player who already loves the game or as an athlete interested in trying the game for the first time, please get your information to me, Coach Ted Nagel. You can contact me at TJNagel84@gmail.com or comment on the Facebook pages for "Lakewood Girls Soccer" or "Lakewood High School Girls Soccer." We are training already! Don't miss the opportunity to keep up with the team. Official tryouts are currently scheduled for August 1st. I look forward to meeting some new, dedicated soccer players. For you younger girls, get out there and join up with the Lakewood Soccer Association or the Lakewood United Football Club. The best way to make the team in the future is to join a team now! Check them out online or at the Lakewood Recreation Department.

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    Dear Readers:

    A correction must be made to one of the song titles (70 total) woven into the body of my piece from May 20, 2020 ("Mama Mia! Here We Go Again!"). The line should have read "we won't get fooled again," not "be fooled." My apologies to all, especially to The Who and their fans!

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    Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 10:38 PM, 06.03.2020

    Legal Aid’s Response to COVID19: Full Services Available + A New Resource

    The COVID-19 pandemic has not only threatened the health of our community, but it has also magnified the needs of Northeast Ohio's most vulnerable residents. As a growing number of people struggled to secure basic needs such as shelter, income, and safety, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland mobilized its resources to continue fully serving Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, and Geauga counties. Since March 14th, Legal Aid attorneys have been working with clients remotely through emails, texts, phone calls, and video calls.

    When Governor Mark DeWine closed all nonessential businesses in response to COVID19, many low-income workers faced layoffs, furloughs, or reduced hours. Legal Aid developed new supports for those affected.

    On April 9th, Legal Aid launched the Worker Information Line, which provides clear, direct answers to questions about work or unemployment benefits. Those with questions can call at any time and leave a message clearly stating their name, phone number, and a brief description of their question. A Legal Aid staff member will return the call between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Calls are returned within 1-2 business days. Cuyahoga County residents should call 216-861-5899; Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga, and Lorain County residents should call 440-210-4532.


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    It Ain't Over Til It's Over

    Although we’re not even close to being out of the woods yet vis à vis COVID-19, some of us are acting like we already are - not keeping a safe distance, and not wearing a face mask. These risky behaviors emphasize the need to remember that we’re all interdependent. 

    Much ado has been made of the perceived ‘need’ to “Make America smart again.” What we do need to do is to start thinking again. So, let’s think about some of the myths that are being used to justify the careless behavior that has emerged since Ohio and the rest of the world started reopening. 

                “I’m young and COVID-19 won’t affect me.” While not everyone who’s infected by COVID-19 has symptoms or gets sick, if you’re infected you can still pass it to others – including your partner, children, parents, and grandparents -  if you don’t wear a face mask and don’t maintain physical distancing. 

                “Wearing a mask doesn’t help because the virus is so small.” Virus particles are small, but a mask or face covering filters out droplets of your breath that may carry the virus if you are infected. Because not everyone who’s infected gets sick, you could be infected and passing the virus along without knowing it. Wearing a mask protects others. Physical distancing protects you and others. 

                 “Making me wear a mask violates my rights.” Do you really want to exercise your right to get sick, die – or infect or kill someone else? Everything we do affects others. The opposite of careless is caring


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    Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 10:38 PM, 06.03.2020

    Lakewood Public Library Planning For A Safe Reopening

    Since closing to the public in March, Lakewood Public Library staff have been maintaining phone and online reference, as well as closely monitoring and planning for the library’s eventual reopening. While a date to reopen the Library buildings has not been determined, a number of safety measures have been established and the Library is fully prepared to serve the community safely.

    On May 4th, the Library resumed drive-up window service at Main Library, and started curbside service at Madison Branch, so that patrons could begin borrowing library materials again. In order to safely circulate items, library staff have their temperature checked daily, wear masks and gloves, and maintain a rigorous cleaning schedule. The Library asks that patrons return all items in the exterior book returns, so that the items can be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in and put back into circulation, in accordance with a study conducted by the Institute of Library and Museum Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The Library is also adhering to University Hospitals’ Healthy Restart Playbook, the Cleveland Clinic’s Getting Back to Work Safely and the State’s Responsible RestartOhio guidelines.

    When the Library reopens to the public, face coverings will be required for all patrons and staff. The Library installed cashier guards at all public service desks, reconfigured seating to allow for social distancing and also placed hand sanitizer throughout the Library. Work stations and public areas are regularly cleaned and disinfected. Public computers will not be available to patrons when the Library first reopens, and when they are made available, patrons will be limited to one hour a day.


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    Starr Gazer


    Aries: Embrace your sensitivity this month Ram, with Mars, your ruling planet still in Pisces, scale down those combative energies of yours & help out your fellow Lakewoodites.

    Taurus: The Bull has been a bit stubborn about coming out of its pen, good thing most people aren’t wearing red masks, or donning superman capes, go ahead & show some love instead.

    Gemini: The Sun & Venus are joined in the Twins backyard, spread the gratitude, & watch the ripple effect spread through your neighborhood like Mr. Rogers, double your blessings.

    Cancer: Mercury is in the Crab’s beach house, & goes Retrograde on the 18th, it’s time to accept yourself, pincers & all, then toward the latter end of June look in the self-reflection mirror.

    Leo: The Lion spread so much kindness in that Jungle last month, it’s time to reap the benefits, your creativity is sky high, manifest whatever pleases you Lion/Lioness, then roar.

    Virgo: You’re still working on that compassion muscle of yours, the peace you seek comes from the peace you create, practice finding one thing you like about everything in your day.


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    Rotary Honors Speech, Visual Arts Student Achievement

    Winners of Rotary’s Four-Way Speech Contest and visual arts competition have been announced.

    Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River, the contest annually showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.

    Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood has been a valued partner of Rotary for this event, serving as the liaison to educators at the high schools and providing the venue and judges for various phases of the competitions.

    Typically, the speech contest finals take place during a Rotary club meeting, and both the speech and music winners are honored at an award ceremony at the Beck Center where the visual arts pieces are displayed in the Jean Bulicek Galleria. Due to Ohio’s Stay at Home restrictions, none of these events, including the annual music competition, were able to occur.

    The student winners were announced in a virtual awards ceremony video prepared by Beck Center. It was featured on Beck Center’s Facebook page and the Rotary club’s website.

    Speech contest first place winner was Katy Spillsbury who spoke about “Gerrymandering.” Also honored were Mohamed Manaa, second place, “Human Rights Violations Against Muslins in China;” and Katie Healy, third place, “Genetic Modification.” Honorable mention awards went to Sara Jarecke, “Body Image,” and Madelyn Tumbleson, “Rape Allegations.” All students are from Lakewood High School.

    Speeches must be of original content and be based on “The Four-Way Test of Rotary” which asks, “Is it the truth, Is it fair to all concerned, Will it build goodwill and better friendships, and Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

    This is the 75th year for the club’s speech competition, and the twenty-third year that the Beck Center has collaborated with the Rotary club for this student competition.

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    LakewoodAlive's Warren Road Beautification Project Brings Public Art Mural to Wall of Fifth Third Bank

    The first of two new public art murals at the intersection of Warren Road and Madison Avenue went up on May 27.

    For this mural, located behind Fifth Third Bank, local artist April Bleakney was inspired by an encounter she had with a deer while in Yosemite National Park, and came to appreciate the peacefulness and serenity this animal symbolizes.

    LakewoodAlive thanks April and its many terrific partners, including the City of Lakewood and Cuyahoga County, for making this collaborative project possible. Install for this mural was completed by Scherba Industries. LakewoodAlive looks forward to sharing more details about phase 2 of its Warren Road Beautification Project in the coming weeks.

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    Registration Now Open For Virtual Meltdown 5K, 1 Mile Family Fun Run & Walk

    Registration is now open for the inaugural Virtual Meltdown 5K and Virtual 1 Mile Family Fun Run & Walk taking place July 15 to July 31.

    Ready, set, go! Registration is now open for the inaugural Virtual Meltdown 5K and Virtual 1 Mile Family Fun Run & Walk taking place July 15 to July 31.

    In an effort to ensure health and safety for our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, these popular centerpieces of LakewoodAlive’s Lakewood Summer Meltdown sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled will be orchestrated as virtual races this year, offering participants the opportunity to continue this long-held Lakewood summer tradition.

    The Virtual Meltdown 5K serves as a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive. Lace up your running shoes and complete the race at your convenience anytime between July 15 and July 31. Participants can opt to conquer the actual Meltdown 5K course, or complete the race in another fashion of your choosing, such as by running through your neighborhood or using a treadmill.

    In addition to supporting LakewoodAlive, your participation in the Virtual Meltdown 5K comes with the following perks:

    • A special edition Virtual Meltdown 5K commemorative t-shirt
    • Prizes for top finishers in each age category
    • A voucher for a “buy one, get one free” beer token offer redeemable at the Beer Garden during the 2021 Lakewood Summer Meltdown (age 21+)

    Race participants are encouraged to share their pride by posting a race-day selfie on Facebook and Instagram using hashtag #VirtualMeltdown5K for a chance to be featured on LakewoodAlive’s social pages.


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    Lakewood Kiwanis Club Awards $100,000 In Scholarships To 10 Students.

    Lakewood Kiwanis Scholarship Foundation is proud to announce our 2020 recipients for this year’s graduating seniors. The following 10 graduates are being awarded $10,000 over the next 4 years in $2500 increments for their academic, citizenship and leadership abilities.

    This scholarship fund is funded through the efforts of The Kiwanis Club of Lakewood. The Lakewood Pizza Bake-off and Annual Scarecrow Festival are just two of our major fundraisers.

    Congratulations.. Nate A. White, Lakewood H.S., Sydney Wilhelmy, Lakewood H.S., Annie P. Gallagher, St. Joseph Academy, Olivia G. Vuyanich, Lakewood H.S., Audrey Stahl, Lakewood H.S., Emma P. Hisch, Lakewood H.S., Mollie P. Gallagher, St. Joseph Academy, Sean P. Mahoney Lakewood H.S., Cameron Levis, Lakewood H.S.,  and Emily McIntire, Lakewood H.S.


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    Cuyahoga County Coronavirus Response Update

    As we are nearing two months of isolation from the coronavirus, it seemed to be a good time to provide an update on County efforts to fight the virus. My highest priority is to help the County become more effective in saving lives, protecting health, and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the county. My second priority is helping businesses and social/recreational activities safely reopen. My third priority is dealing with the impacts of the crisis on county finances.

    County Focuses on High Risk Populations

    The county is focusing on preventing and containing the spread of coronavirus in high risk congregate settings, including primarily nursing homes, senior centers, developmental disability centers, group homes, jails and detention centers, and the homeless population. As the economy starts to reopen we will also have to focus on large manufacturing facilities.

    We are working in each of these settings to facilitate greater social distancing and to provide protective equipment and sanitizer. Through collaboration among the judges, County Prosecutor, County Defender, and County Sheriff, we have been able to reduce the population in the County jail by almost half, from about 1900 to about 1000, particularly by releasing people to remain at home while awaiting trial. This has allowed us to properly isolate inmates and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed.

    We are doing testing, contact tracing, and isolation with all of these congregate settings as cases of COVID-19 arise. The County recently found an additional source of testing materials and is purchasing $5 million worth of testing equipment which will allow us to do more testing with these high risk populations. This should particularly help with the homeless population, where we are currently doing primarily medical screening, rather than actual testing, which is a weakness in our current program.

    The average number of new cases and new fatalities per day appears to have leveled off in Cuyahoga County at this time; however, we are not yet in a clear downtrend, and as the economy starts to reopen, the risk of a return to higher coronavirus activity remains high.

    County Starts to Re-open for Business

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    Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 8:02 PM, 05.19.2020

    Sweet Designs Chocolatier In Lakewood Offers Window Shopping Option

    “We are excited to launch Sweet Designs Window Shopping with the installation of our full menu in our storefront windows, says Ines Rehner, founder and owner.“ In addition to our online shipping and curbside pickup, we can now serve customers at a safe distance, right from our front door. You simply make your selections outside, and we will prepare them and bring them right to you.”

    “While we’re aware of Ohio’s small business reopening dates per Governor DeWine, we have decided to take a more conservative approach,” adds Rehner.

    In addition to this new service, Rehner says Sweet Designs will treat customers with free (individually packaged) samples for all walk-up and curbside pick-up orders and will strive to give customers the Sweet Designs experience they have come to know and love.

    “For over 25 years, we have been delighted to serve our customers and meet all of their chocolate needs, Rehner adds. “In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, our mission has not changed.”

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    Lakewood Observer's Victory Garden 3: Pests In Your Garden

    A woman approached the checkout at the garden center last week and asked if there was anything we offered that would successfully repel squirrels from her vegetable garden. Another lady, six feet away at the closest, chimed in, “You know how we got rid of them at our church?”

    “No Ma’am, how?” I inquired wondering where this was going.

    “We made them members, now they only show up on Christmas and Easter,” she answered as the room broke into laughter.

    If you have fought critters in your vegetable garden, you understand how maddening it can be getting to harvest. The suburban garden is under relentless attack by the animals and insects around it as well as the families that grow them. Properly preparing for such an invasion can save hours of frustration and countless profanities.  

    Squirrels are consistently the pest we seem to be helping customers fight off at the shop. Although we have tried numerous approaches over the years, the best defense against squirrels is always an enclosure. Some sort of frame with a chicken wire wrap is the best defense. In our own experience a combination of repellants paired with aromatic herbs around the edge of the garden has been the most effective approach. One approach we are excited to test this year is hanging Christmas ornaments on tomato plants that have yet to fruit. The idea is to use a red ornament in the shape of a tomato, the squirrel comes to claim its prize and finds out this tomato is not appetizing and avoids your plants for the duration of the season.


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    Mama Mia! Here We Go Again! Reeling In Another Election Year

    With COVID-19 dominating the news cycle, we should not forget that before it all began the 2020 presidential election was THE ongoing story. It went from the Democratic debates to now wondering how we will be able to vote. Given the gravity of what has recently transpired, here is a light-hearted reminder of the upcoming contest brought to you via song titles (and a few lyrics) from the 1970's! See how many are woven into the narrative.

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    The View From Ward 2

    Since being elected as your Ward 2 City Councilmember, I have written a weekly newsletter to keep you informed. The View from Ward 2 is delivered to subscribers’ inboxes every Monday morning. For those of you who do not want to clutter your inbox, I am now providing a version for the Lakewood Observer. Below is a combination of Issue #17 and Issue #18. They cover the weeks of April 27th and May 4th.

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    Harding Students' Work Honored

    Several sixth graders from Kevin Spooner's class at Harding Middle School earned honors recently for their outstanding work.

    Six students earned recognition for their position papers as part of the Jr. Model UN Spring Conference, which was held virtually. Conference officials said all the students' work was "really high quality...and they were full of new ideas." The following students and their work were honored with best position paper in their category:

    United Nations Environment Program:
    The Philippines: Alessio Matera & Ursula Rosen

    Human Rights Council:
    France: Maya Trempe & Rhea Tabor

    World Health Organization:
    Spain: Zachary Carnovale & Rian Fetting

    Congratulations to these students and their advisers, Kevin Spooner and Donna Tomlin.

    Students Ella Clasen and Audrey McNulty both had their poetry selected to be published by Creative Communications in a hard-bound anthology of students' poetry from across the nation. Creative Communications has helped to inspire and encourage student writers with their national writing contests for over 20 years.

    The selected poems:

    Where I'm From
    By Ella Clasen
    I am from crumbled sketchbooks and broken crayons
    I am from the crooked treehouse
    That smelled of moss and sawdust
    From skits we conducted ourselves
    I am from the spicy smell of latkes and fresh apple pie
    From Ms. O. saying "Be more specific"
    And Mrs. B. starting a quiet game,
    Just to complain about the silence
    I am from true friends
    From Amaiya being her over-enthusiastic self
    And Reese keeping her under control
    (At least, attempting to)
    From Mateo driving everyone insane
    And Amelia being...Amelia
    I am from soccer games in the yard
    And daydreaming in window sills
    From playing dreidel and betting gelt
    And from afternoons of poker
    (No chips, we used pineapple scented
    markers and strawberry taffy)
    I am from those memories

    New School
    By Audrey McNulty
    Going to a different school
    Will not make you blue
    It could make you smarter
    And make you work harder
    Although it might be your first day
    You'll still find a way
    You will get in sticky situations
    And learn new locker combinations
    You will play sports
    On all new courts
    Going to a new school is a choice that is bold
    But you never know what your future will hold

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    Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 8:02 PM, 05.19.2020

    Students Earn Top Awards In Beck/Rotary Contest

    Audrey Warren's winning art piece.

    Lakewood High students were the top award-winners in the 75th annual Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contests sponsored by Beck Center for the Arts. Lakewood students Audrey Warren (far left) was awarded first place in the Visual Arts category and Katie Spilsbury earned the top spot in the Speech contest, in which LHS students captured the top five places.

    Contest participants are students from the five Lakewood and Rocky River high schools including Lakewood High School, Lutheran High School West, Magnificat High School, Rocky River High School, and St. Edward High School. In Visual Arts, awards are given for first through third place and then Honorable Mentions are awarded at the judges' discretion for the music and visual arts categories. The speech contestants earned first through fifth places. The place winners were all awarded cash prizes of varying amounts.

    The music portion of the contest was unfortunately canceled due to the stay-at-home order. The Speech contest was based on judging from the preliminary round, which took place before the order.

    In addition to Audrey and Katie's top awards, the following students also earned recognition:

    Mohammed Manaa, 2nd place, Speech
    Kate Healy, 3rd place, Speech
    Jennifer Ngo, 3rd place, Visual Arts
    Sara Jarecke, 4th place, Speech
    Madelyn Tumbleson, 5th place, Speech
    Sara Corbin, Honorable Mention, Visual Arts

    Congratulations to all the talented students and their teachers!

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    Far West Center Mental Health Is Here To Help Lakewood With Changes

    The Covid-19 pandemic has changed daily life for everyone living in Lakewood and all over the world. Changes came so quickly and most times without warning. Concerns for our safety, health and the health of our loved ones has added emotional pressures. Stress, worry, anxiety, and depression can overwhelm any of us at any time. It is very important to keep in mind that there is help and mental health services available for residents of Lakewood at Far West Center.

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    One Million Acts Of Kindness Duo Stops By To Thank Hospice Staff

    Lakewood resident Bob Votruba and his dog Bogart are on a mission to spread joy throughout the area through their organization, One Million Acts of Kindness. Recently, they visited David Simpson Hospice House and Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters to thank staff for providing compassionate care during the COVID-19 crisis in our community.

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    COVID-19 From A Child's Viewpoint

    These times have certainly been scary, everything in most of everyone’s lives has been affected. People who get groceries are at risk, people who go to the hospital for a personal need are at risk, everything we do is a risk. Things that you may have taken for granted are now dangerous.

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    Lakewood Residents Earn Medical Degrees

    Two Lakewood residents were among the students who received doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degrees from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at the college’s April 18 degree conferral.

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    Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 8:02 PM, 05.19.2020

    Feverish: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 104

    Glenn Schwartz Four - Glenn Schwartz Four - not on label - 8 songs - LP

    Alright, so the story with this one is that it's the late Glenn Schwartz and several of his students and kind of functions as a showcase of the styles they played. There's a lot of undeniably good guitar playing on this thing– and Glenn taught these guys well, because a lot of the time you can't even tell when it's Glenn and when it's not. Generally, all the songs are in the blues rock realm, and with the exception of "I'm So Glad," are all instrumentals. Some ("Water Street," "Fear N Doom") are in a more psychedelic style, some are more traditional ("Hound Dog"). Personally, I prefer the former. I don't really spend a lot of time listening to this kind of thing, but those who do (and, obviously, Glenn Schwartz fans in particular) will like this. And again, unquestionably good guitar all over the place here. 3/5

    (try a local record store?)

    Xanny Stars - What Next? - self-released - 8 songs - cassette, digital

    This is the debut release by Xanny Stars, who play a kind of hooky pop-punk/indie rock mix– almost in the same area as The Missed (with whom they share a member, Mickey), but slightly more towards the indie rock side than that band. It's decent stuff; they pull off both sides of their style pretty well– the power pop of "Make Up Your Mind" or the alternative stylings of "Spinning." There are good, catchy songs on here for sure. My issue is with the mix: I'm not quite sure what it is about it, but it just doesn't pop at all. Which is kinda weird, since Paul Maccarone recorded this and he definitely knows how to make things sound better than this, so maybe it was the choice of the band to have it sound this way? Maybe it was just laziness? Not sure, but since (as I understand it) this is essentially a demo anyway, there's room for improvement. The vocals at times are murmury to the point of being unintelligible, but that one I'm pretty sure is a stylistic choice– Xanny Stars would not be the first or the last to do this. Overall, a decent tape, good songs, worth checking out an up-and-coming local group and all that. 3.5/5


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    Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 8:02 PM, 05.19.2020

    A Conversation With Scott MacGregor And Gary Dumm

    (The following is a discussion with Lakewood author, Scott MacGregor and Cleveland artist, Gary Dumm, the creators of a new graphic novel, “Fire On The Water." A Cleveland story, the graphic novel is about the sacrifices and lives lost building Cleveland's water delivery infrastructure-specifically the deadly creation of man-made water tunnels underneath Lake Erie. Scott and Gary discuss what the book is about and the creative processes that went into making it. "Fire On The Water" is available everywhere. Please consider buying a copy from your nearest independent bookseller. They need the business!!) 

    Scott: The experience of writing this story began with the recollection of childhood memories. Cleveland is an Eastside/Westside kind of town and I grew up on the West side. We’d pile into the car on special occasions and drive to the Eastside to visit my grandmother or some other relation. I was always on the lookout on the way over to see certain landmarks that I loved seeing; like the Terminal Tower and the huge, animated Dairymen's Milk Bottle sign that sat on the Westinghouse curve. Going to and coming back from the East Side, I’d always looked out in the Lake and I saw this little structure out there. It was some little round thing that looked like a boat but was really a “Lake Crib” where all of our water came from. After I’d learned that my great grandfather had once worked on it, I’d felt very proud. 

    Gary: The story on Fire On the Water inspired me to take on this really huge project. I’d worked on "American Splendor" with Harvey Pekar for a number of years, but this was inspiring to me…the idea of simple ordinary men, unsung heroes, who were trying to do a job just to feed their families. 

    Scott: Cleveland is one of those Great American cities that grew up during the second industrial revolution personalized by self-made tycoons. The smoke belching industries that they created had polluted the air and water around Cleveland with impunity. By the late 1880s the mayor of Cleveland had declared the Cuyahoga River to be an “open sewer” and it was contaminated with all sorts of matter that used to clump together in the middle of the River and catch fire. Not just once, either. The river has actually caught fire over a dozen times since the 1860s.  


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    LakewoodAlive To Host “Knowing Your Home: Universal Design?Virtual Workshop On June 11

    LakewoodAlive will host its "Knowing Your Home: Universal Design" virtual workshop on June 11.

    There’s a growing movement within our society toward realizing better universal design in our homes, and now is your chance to learn more about this quality of life concept.

    LakewoodAlive will host Knowing Your Home: Universal Design on Thursday, June 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as a virtual workshop. The seventh workshop of 2020 for this popular home maintenance educational series will cover how to incorporate the seven principles of universal design into your home.

    Led by our friends at Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio, this unique workshop will offer clear examples of features you can add and improvements you can make to increase the accessibility and safety of your home so that people of all ages can enjoy it.

    Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. Because of universal design, people in all stages of life can all enjoy the same home, and that home will be there for all its inhabitants even when their needs change.

    To reserve your free spot for our “Knowing Your Home: Universal Design” virtual workshop, visit LakewoodAlive.org/UniversalDesign or call 216-521-0655. 


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    Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 8:02 PM, 05.19.2020

    Since taking office on January 1, 2020, my administration has been focused on redeveloping the former Lakewood Hospital site into an asset for our community. The prior administration entered into a Development and Use Agreement (“DUA”) with Carnegie Management and Development Corporation (“Carnegie”) to develop this site. My administration has faithfully fulfilled its obligations under the DUA, including completing the demolition and site preparation work contemplated by the DUA.

    The work was completed, and, on February 7th, the City delivered the final certification letter to Carnegie verifying completion of the City’s work at the Lakewood Hospital site. Additionally, the City obtained a No Further Action (NFA) letter from a certified environmental professional confirming abatement at the Lakewood Hospital site in accordance with standards under Ohio’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP). 

    On March 10, 2020, my administration submitted detailed deal points to Carnegie to continue negotiations. Instead, Carnegie has taken the position, articulated in letters to the City on April 3rd and April 10th, that they are terminating the DUA.

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    Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 1:11 PM, 05.06.2020

    State Senator Nickie J. Antonio Holds Virtual Town Hall

    COLUMBUS- Last week, state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) hosted a virtual town hall to provide Covid-19 updates to her constituents. She was joined by Cuyahoga County Board of Health Commissioner Terry Allan and state Representatives, including Representative Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood).

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    Volume 16, Issue 9, Posted 8:02 PM, 05.19.2020

    LHS Pair's Artwork Chosen for Governor's Exhibit

    Congratulations to Lakewood High senior Natalie Costello and junior Nola Williams-Riseng, who each had their artwork selected to be part of the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. The works are two of 275 from students across the state chosen for the exhibit, which due to the coronavirus pandemic will be a virtual exhibit this year.

    Regional judges received more than 1,000 entries from high school students across Northeast Ohio and from those, 126 (including 21 from LHS) were selected to join winners from the other Ohio regions to be judged at the state level to determine which pieces of art would be part of the exhibit. 

    The Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition, now in its 50th year, is open to all of Ohio's high schools, both public and private. Its purpose is to provide all budding young artists of the state with opportunities to advance their talent, whether that be through scholarships or simply experiencing the process of entering their work in a competition. 

    Congratulations again to Natalie and Nola as well as their teachers, Dayna Hansen and Arline Olear.

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    Volume 16, Issue 9, Posted 1:11 PM, 05.06.2020