• สล็อตxoเครดิตฟรี

    Rangers Top Westlake in Boys Hoops Action

    The Sparkle Effect joined the LHS cheerleaders at halftime of the Rangers win. The LHS pep band also entertained the crowd. 

    The Lakewood boys basketball team rolled to a 72-50 win over Westlake on Tuesday night at LHS. The victory lifts the Rangers’ record to 12-6 on the season. Senior Tommy Sala led Lakewood with 19 points.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 10:24 PM, 02.12.2019

    Latest News Releases

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

    Rader Proposes Campaign Finance Limits For “Wild West?Local Races

    No rules limit campaign donations to candidates for local office, in Lakewood. City Council member Tristan Rader (at-large) wants to change that.

    At the January 22 council meeting, Rader introduced proposals for local campaign finance limits, and for a new commission to police campaign finance and other government ethics issues. 

    “This is a proposal that is intended to look forward, and ensure that local government remains responsive to people, not big donors,” Rader said.

    Rader’s proposal would limit donations to local campaigns—currently subject to no limits—at the federal campaign contribution limit of $2,700. Additionally, Rader proposes an embryonic public-financing component. Based on a state tax provision, this would earn small donations a local tax credit of up to $50 per year.

    The proposal would also prohibit candidates for a local office from seeking or accepting funds from that office’s employees.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    Kidnapping Hero Is FOP Citizen Of The Year

    Left to right: Officer Scott Harner, Sgt. Steve Fioritto, Joseph Presley, Officers Michael Perhacs and Ron Bunner.

    Every year, the Fraternal Order of Police Western Cuyahoga Lodge #25 reviews incidents that may warrant a Citizen of the Year Award. The award is not always given, however this case in 2018 was certainly deserving.

    At about 4:00 a.m. on November 3, 2018, Joseph Presley was working as a driver for Kufner Towing. He called Lakewood Police to report an accident at W.117th Street and Clifton Blvd.

    Presley added that the driver of one vehicle forcibly took a female from the accident. He turned his tow truck around and began to follow the pickup truck southbound on W.117th while he continued to speak with the Lakewood Police dispatcher.

    The first officer to arrive on the scene of the accident verified that a pickup truck had intentionally struck the vehicle. Somebody then pulled the female driver out of her car and forced her into the pickup truck. Another female occupant was left in the car.

    Presley continued to follow the suspect vehicle while giving Lakewood dispatchers information on his location. Lakewood officers were able to catch up to the pickup truck as it pulled into a parking lot near I-90. Two males in the truck were subsequently arrested for kidnapping. No weapons were found. The female was rescued and had suffered minor injuries from the accident but was otherwise OK.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    Simcox Leads Swimmers With Conference Title

    100-yard freestyle conference champ Sistina Simcox.

    Congratulations to the Lakewood High swimming and diving team for a successful Southwest Conference Championship Meet that included sophomore Sistina Simcox winning a conference title. Many other Ranger swimmers and divers placed in the top 12 to earn points for their team as well.

    Sistina led the way for the Rangers with her championship swim of 56.80 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle. She was also runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle and was a member of two relay teams that finished in 5th and 7th place. Also making it on to the awards podium were senior diver Joe Toole (4th), sophomore Ethel Woodford (5th in 200-yard IM) and the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay (6th) of senior Wilson Reynolds, juniors Parker Polen, Connor Peppard-Kramer, and sophomore Mateo Bussert. The girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay finished 5th and included Sistina Simcox, Sophia Miranda, Ethel Woodford, and junior Alissa Leon.

    Other individual point earners included senior divers Justin Crislip (8th), Sophie Sanders (12th), and junior diver Tru Smith (9th), freshman Sarah Donaldson (9th in 100-yard breaststroke), seniors Nina Zanghi (10th in 100-yard backstroke), Marisa Campbell (11th in 200-yard IM & 12th in 100-yard butterfly), Sophie Sanders (12th), juniors Parker Polen (11th in 50-yard freestyle), Sophia Miranda (11th in 100-yard freestyle & 12th in 50-yard freestyle), and sophomore diver Acacia Uechi (10th), and Sam Saracina (12th in 500-yard freestyle).

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    Thank You Chas And Gordon Geiger And Lakewood Fire Department

    Lakewood Fire Department’s C-Shift came back from a medical call involving a homeless man ending up in the Emergency Room at the Lakewood Family Health Center. When the firefighters got back to the station they still felt the need to help this homeless person further. The man had no socks, gloves, or shoes which are the bare minimum a human needs to survive outside in this weather. C-Shift Lakewood Firefighters gathered up some money from around the station and headed out to buy some basic clothing items to make sure he had a chance to survive.

    They ran down to Geiger’s Lakewood at 14710 Detroit to get him some quality winter gear. It is where Lakewoodites go for clothing. Geiger’s Lakewood and Chagrin Falls have made their bones with outdoor gear for all seasons. While the firefighters were shopping, why they were shopping became known by Chas and Gordon Geiger, who immediately said, “There will be no charge for these items, we would also like to help out.” Funny, so many times over so many decades the name Geiger’s pops up in great stories about Lakewood like this.

    At another fire call, another Lakewood Firefighter is telling a contractor about the homeless man and how everyone is helping out. The contractor mentions, “My brother runs a place to help homeless people, it’s called, Homeless Hookup." Hearing that a call is made and the director said, “Yes, we would love to help this man.” So the information was sent back and forth and during that exchange, the director mentioned, “Boy I would love to buy a bus, and drive around the city giving these people clean clothes, food, baths etc.” Suddenly another person at the fire call said, “Well, I have an old motor home with a working shower, kitchen, and you can have it…”

    This story does not end there, it is one of those great stories that could go on forever.

    Damn! One of those magical moments in Lakewood. Brought to you by the Lakewood Fire Department and Geiger’s of Lakewood.

    I love this city, the businesses, and of course, Lakewood Fire and Police Departments!

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    Shoot Out On Delaware

    Around 1:30 on Thursday, January 31, on a quiet Lakewood street, Delaware, something happened that you never see on Lakewood streets: a shoot out.

    It seems that a man was trying to sell four black youths guns out of a duffel bag as they drove around in a silver Chevy. The seller apparently got into the car to make the sale. One of the teens pulled a gun on him, they threw him out of the car and took off. He then got to his feet, grabbed his own gun, and chased after the car, shooting at it as it headed east.

    Two of the youths jumped out of the car, and ran east with the duffel bag of guns through backyards to Brown, then split up. One was described as wearing a red hoodie, the other in a gray hoodie with khaki pants.

    Police spent the rest of the afternoon trying to track down the teens and get the story from the man who was selling the guns.

    The man was a licensed gun-owner, and as of when we went to press, no charges had been filed.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.05.2019

    LHS Mock Trial Team Shines In Competition Debut

    The LHS Mock Trial Team with adviser Dan Shields.

    For the first time ever, Lakewood High School participated in the annual Ohio Mock Trial competition, sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law Related Education. Mock Trial is a program where students are given a case folder with facts and legal cases, and then present a trial. The participants act as lawyers and witnesses. 

    The students who participated in the January 18 competition were Lily Bacon, Laura Shields, Jason Melnick, and Cameron Levis as attorneys, and Hudson Fordu, Ivy Rook, Emma Pagsuyoin, and Jakob Hamilton as witnesses. Izzy Fallon served as the timekeeper, Max Gilliland served as the bailiff, and Emily McIntire served as the alternate lawyer/witness. Teacher Ron Lewis was the faculty advisor, while Lakewood attorney Dan Shields helped the team as legal advisor. 

    The trial was the State of Buckeye vs. Quinn Woolf. The main issue involved was the application of the Fourth Amendment to the search of Quinn’s residence. Here, the question presented was whether the state could use evidence gathered by a drone flying over Quinn’s house. It was a very detailed case, and the students worked for three months to prepare their case. 

     

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    Sharing The Dream

    These beautiful handmade cards were crafted by students attending a program at the Lakewood Public Library on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. After stories and a song celebrating King’s life and legacy, the participants had fun making a greeting card to warm the hearts of nursing home residents. The cards will be distributed to folks living in a local facility. Each child took home a booklet about the life of Dr. King to cut and color, a song sheet, and a bookmark.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    Mr. Alex's Magic Show

    Abracadebra! Hocus pocus! Alakazam! Witness an amazing display of tricks and illusions and be dazzled by this performance when Lakewood Public Library presents Mr. Alex’s Magic Show. Children and their families are invited to join in the magical fun as Mr. Alex executes fascinating tricks and amazing illusions. Classic magic fills this child friendly presentation that will be a delight for all ages. These mystical maneuvers will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room, which is located in Children’s and Youth Services. This show is free and open to the public and no registration is required. For details about other youth programs at the Lakewood Public Library, please call (216) 226-8275, ext. 140 or visit www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    LHS Academic Challenge Team Headed Back To Nationals

    Over the past couple months, the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team has competed successfully in two major tournaments. At the Solon Tournament in November, Lakewood finished fifth of 32 schools. At the Olmsted Falls Tournament four weeks ago, the team finished second of 38 schools. Because of that success, the team has qualified for the Regional Ohio Academic Challenge Tournament (OAC) in late April and the National Academic Quiz Tournament (HSNAQT) in Atlanta, Georgia.

    The HSNCT is NAQT’s premier high school event. The tournament is held at the end of each school year and features the top quiz bowl teams from across the United States and, increasingly, is now attracting teams from other countries. Over 350 schools will be attending the event in May.

    Starting in February, the team will be competing weekly in our 10-team Southwest Conference matches and will also be attending several more Saturday tournaments, in preparation for the major end-of year competitions.

    The team will not be competing in the Channel 5 Academic Challenge program this year because it won the 78-school competition in the spring of 2017, so the team is excluded from the competition for two years per the rules of the show. The team will return to the program next fall.

     

     

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    Further Proof Of Something: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 84

    Stinky Monkey Finger - Slapping The Bag - DF Records - 13 songs - CD

    I tend to get a build-up of stuff to review (especially CDs, since I usually let records get priority) and so I've misplaced the envelope this was sent in but I believe this…group? project? has something to do with Dennis Baker, whose work I've reviewed here before. (I confirmed this when I looked up where to get the CD– see below). This is a weird one. Somewhere close to half of it is lo-fi acoustic sorta-indie rock, sometimes featuring synth and/or drum machine as well, which is most reminiscent to me of the lo-fi acoustic songs on a Guided By Voices record. That's the nearest comparison I can draw, I'd say. However, instead of then kicking into a full band tune like "Echos Myron" or whatever after one of these songs, Stinky Monkey Finger instead goes into full experimental weirdness. Some of these songs, like "Jazzy Jeff Becomes A Pig" and "ZLT" have a kind of quality to them that makes me want to say they're kind of like the aural equivalent of stumbling across some strange video online, the kind of video that there's nothing necessarily wrong with it in any kind of tangible sense, but you just feel like it wasn't exactly made for you to see– and yet it's there, available to be seen (or heard) by the general public, so clearly in some sense it was meant for you to see. And then there's "I Won't Ask," which is a rather melodramatic piano piece with some keyboard strings and opens with "Have you ever opened an envelope? I mean really opened it up?" Is this song a joke? If it's a parody, it's an interesting one, and if it isn't, well, it's an abrupt change of gears that doesn't really mix with anything else on here. That's kind of my question at the center of this whole thing. I genuinely can't tell how much of this is at least somewhat tongue-in-cheek and how much is entirely serious. In any case, some of the more normal songs ("Have You Met Me?" and "I Fold You," for example) are not bad, and while I still don't know what to make of certain parts of the rest of it, it makes for an intriguing listen. 3.3/5

     

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    The Rockport Miracles - Part 4: Episode 2: "The Ballad Of Derecho Dan"

    They didn’t call him “Big Dan” for nothing. Standing tall at 6’4” and weighing 280 lbs., “Big Dan” was built for power and he needed every calorie of it to do the hard work that rolled up everyday to the Gas & Lube. His wife, Wilmena, was a strong, firm and clear thinking woman. Large boned and big hearted, Wilmena Newman knew how to take care of her boys. Each day she showed up at the Gas and Lube before noon carrying the boys’ lunches and dinners which invariably consisted of her famous tuna salad sandwiches, lunch box sized bags of Dan-Dee potato chips, and ice cold 8 oz. bottles of Coca Cola. The deliciousness of her tuna salad was so well known in Rockport, the Gas and Lube began selling “Mrs. Dan Tuna Salad Sandwiches” alongside the windshield wipers and spark plugs. No one knew why her tuna salad tasted so good or dared ask for her recipe. There were rumors swirling about town that it had something to do with dill, but it was never confirmed.

    Their only child, Dan Newman III (aka “Little Dan”) worked at the Gas & Lube after school and on weekends. At 6’5” and 300 lbs. he was “little” in name only. Little Dan pumped gas, towed cars, picked up parts and ran the “Tire Corral” that Old Dan Sr. had started way back in 1920. Little Dan would organize discarded and worn tires that could still hold air and then sell them to people that needed something cheap and made of rubber. Assisting him everyday in this task was his beloved Boston Bull terrier that he called “Boston Dan” or “BD” for short.

     

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    Pop Up Shop

    We didn't forget a word, no typos here. Lakewood Historical Society is moving and some exciting things are in the works. The society is transitioning into a new home, a home of our own! The new location at 13314 Detroit will house the library, archives, offices, work spaces and a gift shop/Pop-Up Shop. Our Mid-Century Modern building was designated as a local landmark, awarded Ohio Historic Tax Credits and has been undergoing renovations which are almost complete.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    Great Lakes Theater presents "Treasure Island" At Lakewood Public Library

    Picture a pirate. Does he have a peg leg, a tricorn hat, a saber at his side and a parrot on his shoulder? You’ve just conjured Long John Silver, the pirate from Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 classic, “Treasure Island.” Stevenson gave us this indelible image, as well as an enduring adventure story. Now the Great Lakes Theater is bringing its version of “Treasure Island” to Lakewood Public Library.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    LPL Calendar Of Events Complied by Elaine Rosenberger

    Thursday, February 7, 2019
    Author Event - "The Super Ladies: A Novel"
    by Susan Petrone

    Three middle-aged Cleveland women face conventional problems: sending a child to college, dealing with a stale marriage. But changes are coming. Margie, Katherine, and Abra are feeling a new power inside of them – literally. Of all the things they thought they’d contend with as they got older, not one of them considered they'd be becoming superheroes. At once a delightful and surprising adventure and a thoughtful examination of a woman's changing role through life's passages, "The Super Ladies" is larger-than-life fiction at its very best.
    7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    Lakewood Overture: An Introduction

    Over 26 years living in Lake Shore Towers I look back on writing a book in the efficiency I lived in, now in my one bedroom apartment, my library of three books and hundreds of notebooks is a dream as far back as when I was fifteen. I'm now fifty-five. 

    Originally growing up in Cleveland, Lakewood has been a mainstay for over half my life.

    I have performed comedy clubs as well as poetry readings with the same impact: Get people to think in terms of the true reality of infinite chaos.

    It is important for me to stress hockey as a down-to-earth way amidst the chaos to understand a rough sport played by generally the finest gentlemen in the world. 

     

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    HBO Star Bryant Carroll Teaching Acting Classes In Lakewood

    Bryant Carroll on the set of "Happyish" with comedy superstar Kathryn Hahn.

    Star of stage and screen, Bryant Carroll of HBO's critically acclaimed "Boardwalk Empire" and Showtime's "Happyish" will be teaching Scene Study and Auditioning classes for both adults and teens at the newly opened West Side Actor's Studio on Madison Avenue.

    Carroll, who grew up in Cleveland, started his career dancing with Cleveland Ballet and Cleveland Opera, has worked with such Hollywood heavyweights as Steve Buscemi ("Resevoir Dogs," "Boardwalk Empire"), Kathryn Hahn ("Happyish," "Bad Moms"), the late great Michael Clarke Duncan ("Green Mile"), Tommy Chong (Cheech & Chong), Dan Lauria ("Wonder Years.") His latest movie was filmed right here in Lakewood, the dark comedy "Anhedonia," starring Breckin Meyer ("Clueless," "Road Trip") and Emily Kinney ("The Walking Dead") and Giselle Eisenberg ("The Wolf of Wall Street," "Life in Pieces.")

    "Blue Bloods" Actor Shaun O'Hagan credits Carroll for much of his success as an actor. "When I started working with Bryant my bookings increased by ninety percent," said O'Hagan.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    Children/Youth Events At Lakewood Public Library

    Sew Your Own Library Tote
    For anyone age 8 and up

    Create your own unique and stylish tote bag in this hands-on, no experience necessary craft program. Registration required.

    Saturday, February 9, 2019, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Library Homework Room.

    Family Music and More Presents: Mr. Alex’s Magic Show

    Witness an amazing display of tricks and illusions and be dazzled by this performance. No registration required.

    Saturday, February 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    PTA Reflections Ceremony Celebrates Student Creativity

    These students were honored at the District level for their PTA Reflections artwork.

    The creativity and imagination of the Lakewood City Schools' students were celebrated at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held January 29 at Garfield Middle School. Seventy-three artworks from preschool through high school were honored. Of those 73 pieces of art, 28 were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging, with winners to be announced in late spring. Overall, 150 students across the eight PTA schools entered the contest.

    The ceremony offered the young artists a chance to be recognized and congratulated by Superintendent Barmes, Board of Education members and other city leaders. Guest speaker was Lakewood High School graduate and Cleveland Print Room Executive Director Shari Wilkins.

    The Reflections program offers students from schools with active PTAs the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works in seven arts areas: literature, dance choreography, film/video production, musical composition, photography, visual arts and special artist. All entries must follow a chosen theme, which this year was “Heroes Around Me.”

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    LakewoodAlive Honors Volunteers With Annual Appreciation Breakfast

    As the saying goes, it takes a village. This is certainly true in the case of LakewoodAlive, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that relies heavily on community members to help fulfill its mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.

    LakewoodAlive hosted its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday morning, January 18, in the Women's Pavilion at Lakewood Park. The event, attended by more than 60 volunteers from throughout the community, featured coffee, waffles and stories of remarkable volunteerism. LakewoodAlive recognized the nearly 750 volunteers who, in 2018, contributed their time and talents to supporting the community-centered nonprofit organization and to helping improve quality of life in Lakewood.

    Volunteer Champion Awards were bestowed upon the following individuals for their outstanding service to LakewoodAlive:

    Outgoing LakewoodAlive Board Members

    • Tom Fraser
    • Jeff Patterson
    • Brant Smith
    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 02.05.2019

    District To Expand Alternative Ed Opportunities; Will Close LCA

    The Lakewood Board of Education has approved a plan for the District to move into a new era of alternative education programming that entails closing the existing Lakewood City Academy community charter school and opening its own program in the former Franklin Elementary School building.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.22.2019

    Message From Superintendent Barnes

    Thank you for joining me here at the Lakewood Observer! It’s been five months since I began my position as the Superintendent of Lakewood City Schools, enough time for me to reflect on my transition into the Lakewood City Schools and the Lakewood community.

    When I first started as your Superintendent, I was touched by the very warm welcome offered to not only me, but my wife and daughters as well. It has been a great pleasure to meet civic and community leaders. My engagement with those who have come to my Listen & Learn sessions had me walking away impressed with the community’s commitment to our children.

    Besides the authentic community engagement I have discovered, I also have been taken by just how talented our teaching staff is. I’ve observed it many times since my arrival in August. I’ve seen the rich learning experiences they have created for our students. The challenge of the classroom teacher in Lakewood is tough, considering the diverse needs of our students. How well our students are prepared for success is a testament to those teachers.

     

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.22.2019

    Rodriguez-Carbone Announces Ward 1 Council Campaign

    Lakewood City Council member Tristan Rader and Laura Rodriguez-Carbone (photo by Mike Deneen)

    Public service is personal for Laura Rodriguez-Carbone, who recently announced her candidacy for Lakewood City Council, Ward 1.

    Speaking before a crowd including several elected officials, Rodriguez-Carbone said that good government can be the crucial difference in everyday lives. She cited her own family’s struggle with poverty as an example.

    “If it weren’t for government and community programs and assistance, I don’t know where I, or my family, would be,” Rodriguez-Carbone said.

    Neither her mother or father completed high school, and their limited opportunities forced Rodriguez-Carbone to drop out, as well; while in her teens she worked two jobs to maintain basic shelter for her family.

    Rodriguez-Carbone credits help from others, including government assistance, for allowing her to hang on and eventually complete a high school degree, as well as a Bachelor’s and Master’s.

    “While enrolled in college, I felt called to give back, in any way I could,” she said at her January 12 campaign announcement.


    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.22.2019

    Lakewood City Employees Donate To Lakewood Community Service Center

    The City of Lakewood Public Works and Administration employees once again participated in the 2018 Light Up Lakewood event. Our city's employees are represented by local 1043 of AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.) For the second straight year, Lakewood's finest volunteered and braved the rains to supply the Light Up Lakewood folks free hot chocolate.

    Without soliciting donations for the steamy brew, the AFSCME members collected $200 in donations from the generous Lakewood party-goers. The AFSCME members matched the $200 and presented a check for $400 to the Lakewood Community Service Center.

    The LCSC provides basic needs assistance and personalized resource and referral services with the goal of empowering each individual to move toward greater self-sufficiency. This awesome organization offers a comprehensive menu of supportive services including community meals, homelessness prevention, mental/behavioral health services and an emergency food pantry.    

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 3:58 PM, 01.22.2019

    Rotary Recognizes Mary Fancher For Interact Club Leadership At RRMS

    Doug Cooper, Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River president, introduces Mary Fancher as the club’s 2017-18 Paul Harris Fellow award recipient.

    Mary Fancher, choral music teacher at Rocky River Middle School, has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River in recognition her leadership as advisor of the Be-the-Change Interact Club at the school.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.22.2019

    The Rockport Miracles-Part 4 Episode 1: "The Ballad of Derecho Dan"

    It’s a baffling world, but who gives a crap? The only thing I care about is Rockport. Since 1970, when our “storm era” began, learned men and women from the fields of meteorology, oceanography, electrical physiology, sociology and God-ology had arrived in droves to analyze and measure the air, the land, the water, and the moral fiber of Rockport. Conspiracy theorists have had a field day blaming the storms on the military, the Masons, the Russians, the NRA, the CIA, the AAA, and the Beatles. It’s all a bunch of crap.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.22.2019

    Author Judy McInerney Brings A Renaissance Secret To Lakewood

    Back row standing, Eleanor Detke, Roberta Hendrick. Front row seated, Colleen McMahon, Shellie Sedlak, Carolyn Bentley, author Judy McInerney, Claudia Fitzgerald and Susan Gray.

    Coming into the Blue Moon Book Club which already has as a member a published Lakewood resident, Barbara Raymond, author Judy McInerney felt a bit nervous. Her son-in-law Greg Schroeder, whose mother Eleanor Detke had arranged the event had assured her of a warm welcome and an engaged group of enthusiastic readers.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.22.2019

    Little Free Indoor Libraries

    This library is probably shaped like a Tardis, for those who want to be precise.

    Lakewood has embraced the Little Free Library concept, with at least 20 now scattered around our city. This pair, including one of the city's newest, is found indoors. The Lakewood Policy recently added a Little Free Library to their lobby inside City Hall, at 12650 Detroit Ave. It's actually the second police-themed design among Lakewood's little libraries, however, joining the "Dr. Who" police-box-shaped library inside Fear's Confections at 15208 Madison Ave.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.22.2019

    Just The One This Time: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 83

    Rubella - Gallows Humor - Eleventh Hour Recording Company - 8 songs - LP

    If we are to make assumptions based on the "r 60" that appears on the insert, I believe this is Rubella's 60th release, which is pretty impressive. It's pretty weird that this is on Eleventh Hour, making Rubella label mates with Bill Fox, since this is not in any way folky. It's more of an electronic alternative rock thing, with some songs slipping more towards punk, some with an industrial feel, and some, weirdly, towards pop. Songs like "Hungry Horses" and "Short Breaths" are almost songs I could hear playing on a different universe's version of whatever the alternative rock radio station is. I was told there was no guitar on this record and I have to agree. I also realized at some point that almost none of the lyrics rhyme, but you barely notice. The lyrics tend to be somewhat, shall I say, edgy, but not in a bad way. It works with the music. Also, in the first song, they reference the Hilliard Bridge, which makes this record solidly more local than most of what I review here. At certain times (especially on the opening track, "Trust Falls"), I'm reminded a bit of Brainiac, but with some of the manic energy replaced by a more resigned feel– especially in terms of the vocals; where Brainiac would have falsetto and yelps, Rubella have a weary almost-monotone– which, again, does work with the overall feel of the record. The songs all seem like they were pieced together very intentionally, and as a whole, the record works well as an album. There's a certain mood you have to be in to listen to this kind of thing, I think, but when you're in that mood, it's not bad. 3.5/5

    (2300records.com)

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

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.22.2019

    Lakewood Athletic Boosters Annual Night At The Races

    The Lakewood Athletic Boosters are holding their 15th annual Night at the Races fundraiser on Saturday March 2, 2018. This entertaining event raises funds to support middle and high school student-athletes in the Lakewood City Schools district. Night at the Races is for adults age 21 and older. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races start at 7:30. 

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.22.2019

    Aging Mastery Program: Join the Adventure

    As retirement approaches, and begin looking at transitioning to the next stage of things, the changes can seem both exciting and daunting. While there are a multitude of exciting opportunities that await, there are also some familiar pitfalls, that with proper planning, might be avoided. The Lakewood Division of Aging, in conjunction with the Benjamin Rose Institute, the Lakewood Family Health Center / Cleveland Clinic and the National Council on Aging, is pleased to offer the Aging Mastery Program. This class will equip participants with the tools to recognize both the opportunities and pitfalls in living longer, and to properly address them. 

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.22.2019

    LakewoodAlive Announces Award Honorees To Be Recognized At “Loving Lakewood: There’s No Place Like Home?

    Clockwise from top left: Aaron Cooper, Rob Donaldson, Missy Toms, Mikelann Rensel, Jay Foran, Mary Anne Crampton and Jenni Baker

    Fifteen years of community vibrancy doesn’t happen by accident. Rather, it’s achieved thanks to strong leaders who routinely demonstrate qualities like passion, perseverance, foresight and commitment.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.22.2019

    Cleveland Author On Growing Up In A Lesbian Home

    Lara Lillibridge had an unusual upbringing. Raised by her lesbian mother and stepmother and periodically sent to Alaska to visit her father, an unrepentant womanizer who believed in “free love,” she was plagued by doubts and insecurities about her place in the world. So she wrote a memoir, laying bare both the positive and negative of her past.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.22.2019

    Dancing In The Chinese New Year With The Ying Tang Dance Company

    The 2019 Chinese New Year arrives Tuesday, February 5 and Lakewood Public Library is celebrating early with the Yin Tang Dance Company on Sunday, February 3, 2019. The talented group will welcome the Year of the Pig by presenting a series of traditional and fusion Chinese dances as part of our Sunday with the Friends programming. The entertainment begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Lower Level Auditorium.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.22.2019

    LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

    Thursday, January 24, 2019
    Great Decisions in the Library - U.S. Global Engagement and the Military
    Led by Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler

    The global power balance is rapidly evolving, leaving the United States at a turning point with respect to its level of engagement and the role of its military. Some argue for an “America First” paradigm, while others call for a more assertive position overseas. After a brief video, Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler will lead a discussion and help to answer some of the complex questions surrounding military intervention.
    7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.22.2019

    Diversity Celebrated At Lakewood Dinner

    Join your local and international neighbors for food, fun and conversation at the 12th Annual Community Diversity Potluck Thursday, January 24, 2019.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.22.2019

    Staff Spotlight Shines On Byrne & Francis

    Beth Byrne

    Each month the Lakewood City Schools chooses two employees to be honored as exemplary staff members. These staff members are nominated by their colleagues and honored at the first Board meeting of the month. January's honorees are speech language pathologist Beth Byrne and cleaner Erik Francis.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.22.2019

    Starr Gazer

    Aries: Mars is visiting the Rams mountain until the 15th, full speed ahead…after that you’ve been granted patience, you’ll even be able to wait in line at the Post Office

    Taurus: Mars moves into your Bull Pen after the 15th, lighting a fire under you…you’ll be seeing red this month but let it go, grudges aren’t a good look for the Bull, try chocolate instead

    Gemini: The Twins are all about using your charismatic charm on that hottie, keep it light, keep it playful, invite your latest crush to an arcade or a harmless game of bowling to close the deal

    Cancer: Wonderment is your scrabble word Crab, check out that new shop that looks like a cross between vintage & mystical, while you’re wondering who wrote the book of love

     

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.22.2019

    Lakewood Public Library Madison Branch Bike Rack Ribbon Cutting

    Photo credit: Brittany Graham

    Staff from Lakewood Public Library, members of Bike Cleveland, representatives from Knabe Law Firm, local bike shop owners, and city officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 after the instillation of a bike rack this fall. The custom bike rack, featuring the Bike Lakewood logo, was donated by Knabe Law Firm and installed at the Lakewood Public Library, Madison Branch in the historic Birdtown area of Lakewood.

    The idea for the new bike rack was initiated by Ken Knabe, and the project was coordinated by: Parker Mulholland of Knabe Law Firm; Jason Kuhn and Jacob VanSickle of Bike Cleveland; and Molly McGirr Norris, Judy Grzybowski, and Gregory Christian of Lakewood Public Library. At the ceremony Kuhn spoke about how generous community members like Knabe allow Bike Cleveland and its divisions including Bike Lakewood to work towards their goal of safer streets for all drivers. Knabe is an avid cyclist himself, and the Knabe Law Firm focuses on protecting the cyclists of the Greater Cleveland Area.

     

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

    Superintendent Listen & Learn Session Set For Jan. 24

    Lakewood City Schools' Superintendent Mike Barnes will be holding his third "Listen & Learn" session to hear what the Lakewood community has to say about our schools. The one-hour sessions are informal conversations and people are welcome to drop in any time. The third session will take place on Thursday, January 24 at noon at the Lakewood Panera. Come and share with Dr. Barnes your thoughts, ideas and concerns for the District.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

    Garfield Choirs Win Maltz Museum's "Stop The Hate" Sing Out

    The sixth grade choir performing.

    In partnership with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and Roots of American Music (ROAM), the Rock Hall hosted performances by middle school students from across Northeast Ohio who have been working with teaching artists to compose original songs for the Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out competition held on December 12, 2018. The Garfield Middle School 6th and 7th grade choirs tied for first place and earned their school $5,000!

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

    Man Arrested In Connection With Quadruple Murder In Florida

    25-year-old Shelby Svensen was arrested on Newman Avenue during a routine vehicle check and taken into custody for driving a stolen 2013 Kia Sorrento. The vehicle was traced back to a missing vehicle report that was part of a triple murder in Tarpon Springs Florida on January 1. The three victims were found lying on the floor of their home in a 55-and-older community just outside of Tarpon Springs. Also three dogs were found dead inside. The bodies were discovered during a routine welfare check. Victims were 71-year-old Richard Louis Ivancic, 59-year-old Laura Ann Ivancic and 25-year-old Nicholas James Ivancic. Svensen's wife, who is Richard and Laura Ann Ivancic's daughter, is now missing. 21-year-old Jamie Nicole Ivancic is considered "endangered" and missing under "suspicious circumstances."

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 5:11 PM, 01.08.2019

    LOooooking Back

    2006 - LO_2/1- Lakewood Is Ohio’s Newest Main Street - Hospital Ribbon Cutting
    Headlines were all about Downtown Lakewood, Ohio. After submitting paperwork and dues, LCPI had been told that we were a “Mainstreet City.” Also was abuzz about the ribbon-cutting at Lakewood Hospital for the new Belle Avenue entrance and waiting area. Bob Seelie was elected to a 5th term as President of Lakewood Council, and continued his updates in the paper. A look at Lakewood Police’s canine Officer Obrock. A hard look at “No Child Left Behind” by Dr. Greanoff. “Young Woman’s Vision for Lakewood Park: ‘A Place To Grow’ A 4 page color spread on one of the most innovative, and cost-effective ideas ever for Lakewood Park. It was discovered the Nicholson House was actually older than Oldest Stone House! Gordon Brumm’s amazing series “Intelligent Design: Skeptical Thoughts about the Skepticism (2)” “Beauty and the Beast” and Verb Ballet covered at Beck Center. Hot Topics On The Deck: 1) First Rockport Square resident by Thomas J. George 2)Status of CitiState Program by Rhonda loje 3) The Eminent Domain Spectator by Mark Timieski

    2007 - LO_3/1- City Councilman Edward FitzGerald Announces Race for Mayor
    while Mayor George was being announced as the Vice Chair of the National League of Cities. Then Councilman FitzGerald grabbed the headline with his announcement that “Lakewood needed stronger Leadership.” Hogsback Lane repair announced. With the announcement of Dollar Tree coming to Lakewood we take an in-depth look at phenomenon of what it means in Lakewood. LO Photographer Ivor Karabatkovic had just won Scholastic Awards for his photos. LHS Cheerleaders collecting to send cheer to soldiers in Iraq. Lakewood Hospital Newly Renovated Cornary Care Unit examined. Gary Rice looks at Lakewood Treasure Trove of Churches. One of the most infamous cartoons in the LO ran. “Krazy Kenny and the Wrestlin Fools” by Scott MacGregor (Rockport Mircles) and Gary Dumm. Of course people were outraged, not at FB levels but upset. Kenny’s family called from Florida. They had gotten a copy of the cartoon and cried. They couldn’t believe the city of Lakewood still remembered or cared about their brother known to all as “Crazy Kenny.”  


    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 5:11 PM, 01.08.2019

    Lakewood's own Ean Fakan, is a homebrewer and an intervention specialist, an educator of children with special needs, for over a decade. Since starting to homebrew seven years ago in a kitchen on Lakeland Avenue, he has expanded his craft to beers, wines, ciders and meads. Once a hobby, Ean's Brews moved from stovetop pots to electric brew kettles and stainless-steel conical fermenters. That's how he won a competition at Bad Tom Smith Brewing Company, which earned Fakan the title of HomeBros Cleveland brew club, Brewer of the Year for 2018!

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

    Denise Dufala Will Be Guest At Annual "Women Honoring Women" In May

    The Lakewood Women’s Club is excited to announce that our featured speaker for this year's Women Honoring Women is Lakewood’s own Denise Dufula! Denise is an Emmy-award winning journalist who spent 30 years in the Cleveland television market in addition to receiving a B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University. Along with serving as the 6 & 11 PM news anchor at WJW-TV, Denise was the original morning anchor of "Newscenter 8 This Morning.”  She served as a primary evening anchor on WOIO’s Cleveland 19 News for 22 years, before stepping down in late 2016 to spend more quality time with her young son and husband. Denise began her career as a writer for Ohio’s “Heart of It All” campaign in the late 80’s, while serving as a news-promotion producer for WTVN-TV in Columbus.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

    The Empty Nest Is Empty

    The Empty Empty Nest.

    After eight years of selling furniture at 14423 Detroit Avenue, the Empty Nest is empty. Until someone else signs a lease it will be known as the Empty Storefront.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

    Not In Kansas Anymore! Tickets On Sale Now For “Loving Lakewood: There’s No Place Like Home?

    "Loving Lakewood: There's No Place Like Home" takes place on February 23 at the Lakewood Masonic Temple.

    It's an Oz-inspired celebration that’s 15 years in the making and you're invited!

    Tickets are now on sale for "Loving Lakewood: There’s No Place Like Home," LakewoodAlive's annual winter fundraiser taking place Saturday, February 23, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lakewood Masonic Temple. Guests are invited to don cocktail attire with Wizard of Oz flair to partake in a celebration of 15 years of LakewoodAlive and 10 years of our Housing Outreach Program in a historic Downtown Lakewood venue. 

    Sponsored by Cleveland Property Management Group, There’s No Place Like Home will feature Oz-themed food, drinks, décor and entertainment that will have you skipping on your way off to see the wizard. This limited-capacity event is expected to sell out, so act faster than a swirling tornado to secure your tickets by visiting LakewoodAlive.org/NoPlaceLikeHome.

     

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

    The Lakewood Observer Digital Subscription

    Don’t miss the homegrown, hyper local news, events, opinions, photos and cartoons that impact and reflect our community.

    Subscribe to the digital edition by sending a request to thelakewoodobserver.digital@gmail.com with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line. There is NO COST to our readers. We simply ask that you consider our advertisers for your needs.

    The Lakewood Observer remains committed to the continuation of the print edition available around town, the PDF edition online and respecting your inbox. Your email address will only be used to send the digital edition on publication dates.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 5:11 PM, 01.08.2019

    Roosevelt Repeats As High Progress School Of Honor

    For the second year in a row, Roosevelt Elementary has earned the designation as a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education. The honor recognizes the school for its gains in reading and math proficiency among all students during the 2017-2018 school year. Roosevelt is the only school in Cuyahoga County to have earned this significant award.

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

    Lakewood Resident, Alex Sheen Knows A Single Promise Can Change A Life Forever

    Alex Sheen, Founder of "because I said I would"

    This month, Lakewood resident and founder of the non-profit "because I said I would," Alex Sheen officially released "because I said I would: The Book" and the first three episodes of "because I said I would: The Podcast."

    "Because I said I would" is an international social movement at the forefront of shifting how the world views commitment and accountability. Their mission is to better humanity through promises made and kept. They do this through chapters of volunteers; character education in schools and prisons; accountability programs; and awareness campaigns with global reach. It began with a viral offer to send ten Promise Cards to anyone in the world by request only (at no cost) as a way to honor and memorialize Alex’s father, whose most admirable quality was being a person of his word. With over 10.3 million Promise Cards distributed to over 153 countries, this cause has played a unique role in changing lives around the world.

     

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

    Uh--Uh-- Uh-- Uh--: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 83

    Ricky Hell & The Voidboys - Satan Of Cool - Quality Time Records / Greenway Records - 8 songs - cassette

    For those keeping score, this is Ricky Hell's second release since moving to LA, his first with the Voidboys since then, and the first to be released on a physical format since then (Ricky assures me that "Blue Lips" is gonna come out soon). In a way, it's kind of a double EP, since the first half was recorded at one studio and the second side at another. This becomes important soon. Side One is pretty good. "Living On The Edge Of The Nite" kicks off the tape with a very "He's A Whore"-influenced riff; "The Numbers" and "Perfectly Down" are both very catchy and good. Adam Spektor's clarinet adds a lot to the melody of the former, and I think The Voidboys as a whole are really starting to come into their own on this tape; Carter Luckfield has some good basslines in here as well, particularly on the final track of the first side, "Space Time." The flip is where the problem arises. The production takes a hit and the whole thing kind of gets muddled in that. I'm not sure whether it's a result of the different studio or what, but the songs are also not as good. Makes you think about how much that kind of thing has to do with it, ya know? The best of the bunch on this side is "Silver Star For Robot Girl," which doesn't really sound like Bob Pollard at all but does highlight the inherent issue, not only with itself, but also the name of the tape and the name of the band: do you really want to invite comparisons between your music and other, long appreciated music (like Guided By Voices, Nick Lowe, or Richard Hell & The Voidoids)? If you've consistently liked the previous Ricky Hell releases, you'll like this one as well; if you're more like me and not entirely sold, this one isn't bad, particularly the first side. 3.5/5

    (I assume this'll be available at qualitytimerecords.bandcamp.com as soon as RH&TVB finish up their tour)

     

     

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

    Call For Nominations For Third Annual Women Honoring Women At Vosh On May 16, 2019

    The Lakewood Women’s Club will be hosting Women Honoring Women at Vosh on May 16, 2019. Local celebrity, Denise Defalla will be this years keynote speaker. Proceeds from the event will go to this year's charity recipient, Gigi’s Playhouse and The Lakewood Scholarship program.

    Tickets are now on sale for "Loving Lakewood: There’s No Place Like Home," LakewoodAlive's annual winter fundraiser taking place Saturday, February 23, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lakewood Masonic Temple. Guests are invited to don cocktail attire with Wizard of Oz flair to partake in a celebration of 15 years of LakewoodAlive and 10 years of our Housing Outreach Program in a historic Downtown Lakewood venue. 

    Sponsored by Cleveland Property Management Group, There’s No Place Like Home will feature Oz-themed food, drinks, décor and entertainment that will have you skipping on your way off to see the wizard. This limited-capacity event is expected to sell out, so act faster than a swirling tornado to secure your tickets by visiting LakewoodAlive.org/NoPlaceLikeHome.

     

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

    LPL Calendar Of Events Compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

    Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
    Great Decisions in the Library – The Waning of Pax Americana?
    Led by Dr. Javier Morales-Ortiz

    Since 1945, Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. In championing “America First” isolationism, President Trump has shifted the political mood toward selective U.S. engagement, where foreign commitments are limited to areas of vital U.S. interest, and economic nationalism is the order of the day. What short-term and long-term implications do these isolationist policies have? After a brief video, Dr. Javier Morales-Ortiz will lead a discussion and help to answer some of the complex questions surrounding American isolationism.
    7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room

    Read Full Story
    Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019