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      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.

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      Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.22.2019

      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

      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.

       

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      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.


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      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.    

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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. 

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      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. 

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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

       

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      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.

       

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      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.

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      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!

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      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."

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      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.”  


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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

       

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

       

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      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)

       

       

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      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.

       

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      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

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      The Visual Glory Of Rock And Roll

      If you were a teenager in the 1970s, you remember the music. Rock and roll was blasting from cars, in living rooms and at parties. With no earbuds, nobody had a private soundtrack. Rock music was part of the culture, a communal experience. The high point of that culture was the live concert, and Cleveland knew how to put on a show.

      If you want to relive those heady days of rock and roll or see a photographer whose work spans decades of live shows in Cleveland, join Janet Macoska and Peter Chakerian in the Main Library Auditorium on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. when they present their book, “All Access Cleveland: The Rock and Roll Photography of Janet Macoska.”

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      Lakewood Medical Clinic: Is Medical Marijuana Right For You?

      As of 2018, thirty-one states have legalized medical marijuana, and Ohio is one of them.  Ohio’s medical marijuana control program is designed to help patients who suffer from 21 severe and chronic medical conditions.  Because many of the qualifying conditions are symptomatic of aging, the fastest growing demographic relying on medical marijuana nationwide is patients aged 54 and older.  If you have any of the conditions listed in the sidebar, call Lakewood Medical Clinic to start integrating medical marijuana to improve your quality of life. 

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      Lakewood Project "Night At The Movies" Concert Jan. 19

      The Lakewood Project's winter concert on Saturday, January 19 will take you back to many of your greatest film memories as the group puts on its show, "A Night at the Movies." Songs from favorite films such as "Ghostbusters" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" are on tap. The group will also be joined by some of our middle school musicians. The show kicks off at 7:30 pm at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $3 for students and $8 for adults in advance at the LHS Bookroom (216-529-4047) or by using this order form, and $5/$10 at the door. 

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      Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

      Garfield Writers Place In Power Of The Pen

      The Garfield Middle School Power of the Pen team attended the District Tournament on December 8 at Monticello Middle School in University Heights and landed two of its writers in the top 15. Congratulations to 8th graders Layla Black, who placed 3rd overall, and Ellie Clark, who placed 12th. The team is coached by teachers Maggie Bacher and Leslie Eiben. 

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      Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

      Yes, We Are Open!

      It is hard to believe that we are finally open but after serveral false starts and unforseen delays we are ready to share our art with Lakewood. Our last hurdle is waiting for the broken window to be fixed. Yes, we were the unlucky business that had a car come through the front window in October. 

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      Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

      The Rockport Miracles Part 3: Episode 4 : "Strangers In The Night"

      Part 3: Episode 4: “Strangers In The Night”

      Because I’m genetically insecure, I wasn’t confident that Wren Mathews would be happy to see me. I had ascended the bell tower stairs at St. Swithun Church with reasonable certainty of a warm greeting. And yet in the “here today, gone goose” world of teen-aged love, nothing is certain.

      As it turned out, Wren WAS happy to see me and why shouldn’t she be? We’d lived a lifetime together in less than a day and now we’d found ourselves unchaperoned and surrounded by dense fog! Good ol’ Father Marlowe was a hopeless romantic. It was he that suggested I meet Wren in the bell tower. Unfortunately, his own momentous meeting downtown had not gone well.

      During a confrontation with the Bishop (his real life younger brother), Marlowe learned that he’d lost his beloved job of 30 years as Pastor of St. Swithun. Adding insult to injury, he was informed that Father Elmo Fry, the most notorious pedophile in the growing society of disgraced Catholic clergymen, would be provided indefinite sanctuary at St. Swithun by order of the Holy See.

       

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      Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

      A Resolution: Campaign Finance Reform

      The time is ripe for campaign finance reform.

      The very wealthy funnel huge campaign contributions to dark money groups, to influence our elections and to buy government policies. Their influence comes at the expense of everyone else.

      This month, the nonprofit American Promise is leading a campaign to end the flood of dark money. Citizens throughout Ohio are contacting representatives with postcards, emails, phone calls, and visits. The message is: support a bi-partisan effort for a 28th amendment to the US Constitution.

       

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      Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

      Boatbuilding And The Restorative Coast

      Two Six-Hour Canoes under construction by CABBS Workshop participants. 

      Sitting on the Solstice Steps in Lakewood Park one can feel the restorative power of the Lakewood shoreline. It recharges one for dealing with the pressures of everyday life. The charge is even stronger if one can get out on the water in a small boat on a calm day.

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      Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

      Share the Dream: A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

                For some children, being off from school on January 21, 2019, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, means sleeping late, playing video games, and watching television. The Lakewood Public Library is offering a meaningful alternate. Your child can still catch some extra shut eye, however from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. they can take part in a program that will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through stories, songs, and a craft. As part of the MLK Day of Service, participants will create cards which will be distributed to local nursing home residents. This artistic endeavor will brighten the day of a senior citizen and provide your child with a chance to serve others. The cards will be delivered to a local nursing home by a library staff member at a later date. Each child will also be given the opportunity to make a take home booklet about the life of Dr. King. There is no need to register in advance. All school-age children are invited to participate in this program which will take place in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.

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      Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

      Holiday Appreciation Contest

      Once again it is time for Christmas and the holidays. With the season comes holiday decorating of homes and businesses. The past four years we've had a contest; this year we have decided to make it an appreciation event. We are thankful for all who try to bring a little joy, fun, and mirth into Lakewood with their decorating skills.

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      Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 3:50 PM, 12.18.2018

      Pfffffffft: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 82

      Chris Butler - Got It Togehter! - Future Fossil - 16 songs - CD

      The title of this one is intentionally misspelled (it's a joke, you see), so please don't write in to say that the Lakewood Observer is a disgrace to the community or whatever. The first 12 songs on here are the album proper, plus four bonus tracks. I appreciate the sentiment of that, but if you're gonna do that, you need to also release a version that doesn't have bonus tracks, ya know? I mean, I guess I prefer that to Smog Veil leaving between 1 and 4 songs off of CDs for no reason at all other than to have "download exclusive tracks," but still. Some songs here are contemplative, some are kinda weird (I mean, Chris was in Tin Huey), and the majority of them are pretty catchy (I mean, Chris was in (and wrote the songs for) The Waitresses). I would put the overall genre down as "alternative rock" in a sort of quirky, '90s way that's not entirely mainstream but also not entirely abstract or whatever, especially given the interesting instrumentation. Some have a bit of a They Might Be Giants feel, the "I can't I can't I can't I can't" etc. part of "Late For Work" kinda reminds me of Cake…you see what I'm saying here? If you're familiar with Tin Huey– or actually, even if you just know The Waitresses– you know that Chris Butler writes with a definite sense of humor. I don't always find that sense of humor agreeing with me, (in the same way that sometimes I just can't get with The Tubes) but it's there and I'd rather have that than something that takes itself too seriously. My biggest complaint here is the length, which I touched on before with the bonus track thing, but actually just applies to the album proper as well. Mr. Butler posits on the inner cover that the problem with the CD format is that there isn't enough…space, which is a good visual joke, but I think sometimes the CD format (as in on the disc itself) has too much space. Oh well. The highlights (including "Songs For Guys," "Late For Work," and "Better Than I Ever Was" (though I actually like the bonus track demo better, funnily enough)) are pretty decent tunes. I don't know how often I'll pull this one out, but it's a perfectly okay listen and I know there are people who will love this kind of sense of humor far more than I, so there you go. One more thing: so, there should've been a version without the bonus tracks, like I said, and there also should've been a deluxe version with the bonus tracks and the cover for that should've been an actual puzzle. That would've been cool. 3.3/5

      (chrisbutler1.bandcamp.com)

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      Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 3:50 PM, 12.18.2018

      District to Renovate Taft for Curricular Expansion, Central Office Home

      The Lakewood Board of Education has approved a proposal for the use of the former Taft Elementary School building that will address a number of space needs that were not included in the District’s Ohio Facilities Construction Commission projects. The proposal will give the District space to expand programming that will result in students better prepared for academic success from preschool through college.

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      Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 11:28 AM, 12.18.2018

      Kindergarten Info Night Jan. 16; Registration Begins Jan. 17

      Lakewood City Schools' kindergarten registration will take place at the Lakewood Board of Education at 1470 Warren Road, by appointment only, starting on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2019, in order to register for the 2019-2020 school year. A parent information meeting about the district's kindergarten program will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Grant Elementary School, 1470 Victoria Ave.

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      Volume 14, Issue 24, Posted 3:48 PM, 12.18.2018

      LHS Senior Named Soccer All-American

      All-American Malvin Glbah with Coach Andrew Toth.

      Lakewood High School senior Malvin Glbah was recently selected as a member of the United Soccer Coaches All-America Team. Malvin is just one of 68 young men selected for the honor. The award is icing on a cake full of accolades for Malvin's play this year. His honors include All Lake Erie Regional Team, All Ohio First Team, Greater Cleveland Player of the Year, All Greater Cleveland First Team, and All Southwest Conference Second Team.

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      Volume 14, Issue 24, Posted 3:48 PM, 12.18.2018

      Love reading and yearn for a life on the stage? Readers’ Theater combines both! Actors perform by reading scripts adapted from beloved children’s books, play theater games, and create props and costumes to culminate in a final performance. This four week program is for students in third through fifth grade and will take place Tuesdays from January 8, 2019 to January 29, 2019. Regular sessions will be in the Main Library first floor multipurpose room from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The final performance will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in the Main Library Auditorium from 4:30-5:00 p.m. Participants must be able to attend the final performance. Registration is required. Register online at www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org or call Children’s and Youth Services at 216-226-8275x140.

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      Volume 14, Issue 24, Posted 3:48 PM, 12.18.2018

      Rotary Provides Third Graders With Dictionaries

      Lakewood Catholic Academy students receive dictionaries from Lakewood and Rocky River Rotary Club past president Lynn Donaldson.

      The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River continued its distribution of dictionaries to all third graders in Lakewood and Rocky River this fall, a project that the club began in 2005. A total of 606 dictionaries were distributed to students at 11 different school buildings.

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      Volume 14, Issue 24, Posted 3:48 PM, 12.18.2018

      Decking The Halls

      Christmas Display.

      Lezlee Patten likes to make people happy and see them smile. That's why she puts up an elaborate Christmas display every year at the end of the hall outside her suite at Lakewood's Westerly Apartments.

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      Volume 14, Issue 24, Posted 3:48 PM, 12.18.2018

      LakewoodAlive’s “A-Team?Volunteers Find Fun In Helping Fellow Community Members

      A-Team members (left to right) Carl Orban, Jim Hayes and Jeff Davis work on a porch repair on Lakewood Avenue.

      For the residents who reap the benefits of their donated labor and expertise, this ultra-dedicated group seems too good to be true. Yet LakewoodAlive’s most experienced team of volunteers is as real and genuine as they come.

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      Volume 14, Issue 24, Posted 3:48 PM, 12.18.2018

      The Magic Of Upcycling

      Children model their upcycled creations.

      Be future-friendly and make a new year’s resolution to upcycle. Start by bringing your children to Lakewood Public Library for some upcycling fun! We will show your kids how to repurpose old unwanted clothing and keep them busy over winter break. Students in third through eighth grade are invited to join us for Upcycling: From Rags to Riches on Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Main Library First Floor Multipurpose Room.

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      Volume 14, Issue 24, Posted 3:48 PM, 12.18.2018
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