Thursday, November 15, 2012
The annual event is slated to take place on Dec. 1.
Sometimes getting in the holiday spirit includes hanging holiday lights. For some families, it’s watching “A Christmas Story.” Some folks just want to get through Thanksgiving first. But for many Lakewood residents the holiday doesn’t officially begin until the annual Light Up Lakewood event, slated for Dec. 1. Sponsored by LakewoodAlive, the event stretches from Marlowe to Arthur avenues — from Lakewood Hospital to Lakewood Public Library — from 4 to 8 p.m. The sixth-annual event — turning a half-mile stretch of Detroit Avenue into a winter wonderland — features the region’s only winter parade, a ceremonial lighting of holiday lights at Lakewood Hospital, an appearance by Santa Claus and entertainment. The parade will begin at 5 p.m., …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Unseasonably warm weather brought hundreds to downtown Lakewood on Thursday for the Harvest Fest and the popular annual Chocolate Walk.
For a Thursday night, there sure were lots of people out in Lakewood. Perhaps it was the unseasonably warm weather. Or, more likely, it was the Lakewood Earth and Food Community’s annual Harvest Fest, marking its last market of the year. Or, perhaps it was the popular Chocolate Walk, sponsored by LakewoodAlive and the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance. Whatever the case, Lakewood was buzzing with activity.
Monday, October 22, 2012
The owner of a Pomeranian was walking to the Spooky Pooch Parade when two dogs attacked on St. Charles Avenue — about a block away from the annual event.
The co-organizer of the Spooky Pooch Parade pointed out that, in five years of the annual event, there haven’t been any reports of dog attacks. On Saturday, a family’s Pomeranian died after an attack by two other dogs on St. Charles Avenue on their way to the fifth-annual event — about a block away. Ian Andrews, the director of LakewoodAlive and event co-organizer, noted the incident didn't happen on festival grounds. It took place in the 1480 block of St. Charles Avenue, according to police. “Our hearts go out to these families,” Andrews said. “This is really tragic.” Capt. Gary Stone of Lakewood Police Department said that a family was walking with the Pomeranian to the parade at around 1:35 p.m. Saturday, when two leashed dogs — a …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
A couple of corporations partnered with LakewoodAlive to help fix up some old Lakewood homes on Wednesday.
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Friday, August 17, 2012
Rose Grace, 70, received a letter in the mail from the city's housing department in January, noting that she needed to fix up her aging home. The Lakewood United Methodist Church stepped in to help.
The new address numbers and the flag planted on the front porch at 1659 Elmwood Avenue were sort of a symbolic gesture. The real work to restore Rose Grace’s home has lasted several months, represented an estimated $20,000 worth of work and included countless volunteers. The project all began in May, when LakewoodAlive housing outreach supervisor Hilary Schickler put Grace in touch with the Lakewood United Methodist Church’s Faith in the Neighborhood program. On Thursday evening, they all came together to admire and reflect on the finished product. The Rev. Laura Jaissle led a brief blessing at the home, followed by a prayer. The church and LakewoodAlive presented Grace with a few gifts as well, including a bottle of sparkling grape …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
About 20 people meet at the library to help craft the park’s Master Plan.
In the future, Kauffman Park could look much different than it does today. Think carnivals, a reading garden, splash-pad, live music and winter activities. With development deals “off the table,” Lakewood residents were given the opportunity to shape a new future for the park. The discussion got started with about 20 residents at a community forum at Lakewood Public Library on Monday. They shared ideas — the good, the bad and the ugly — about the future of Kauffman Park. They also made a couple “wish-lists.” Some of the ideas included restoring the miniature-golf course Little Links, while others were more realistic such as replacing the bleachers at Jimmie Foxx Field and improving the basketball and tennis courts. At seven acres, …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Thousands attend annual downtown Lakewood event.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
The California-based company, which is looking to sell the building, hopes to overturn planning commission’s ruling.
Last month, the owners of the building that once housed the First Church of Christ, Scientist hinted that they might appeal Lakewood’s Planning Commission’s decision to make the 100-year-old building a historic landmark. California Phone — which owns the property — followed through, filing an appeal in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. The city’s planning commission, as well as LakewoodAlive, the city’s economic development organization, are named as defendants in the case. The historic designation — one of only three structures in the city with the “landmark” status — means that the nearly 100-year-old building cannot be torn down. Changes to the building’s exterior will also not be permitted. That didn’t sit well with the company, …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
As part of Vision 21 and LakewoodAlive’s young entrepreneur initiative, dozens of Lakewood students set up shop at a half-dozen lemonade stands around the city on Saturday during the CityWide Sale.
As part of Vision 21 and LakewoodAlive’s young entrepreneur initiative, dozens of Lakewood students set up shop at a half-dozen lemonade stands around the city on Saturday during the CityWide Sale. Booths were set up at Geiger's Clothing and Sports, Goddess Blessed, First Federal of Lakewood, Lakewood Hardware and Create-A-Cake.
Friday, June 8, 2012
No one injured, but the sidewalk work above the basement office came crashing down for a "scary" Thursday morning.
Thursday morning was just like any other day at the LakewoodAlive office in the INA Building. Then, the ceiling caved in. While crews were busy fixing up the sidewalk above, workers and volunteers heard the work get closer. Then, large pieces of concrete came crashing to the floor, and sunshine was streaming into the northwest corner of the otherwise dark basement office. No one was injured. Only a small portion of the office is underneath the sidewalk. Ian Andrews, the executive director, said that with dust and debris heavy in the office, he told staff and volunteers to take the day off. “It was a little scary,” he said. By Friday, there was new concrete poured and the staff at LakewoodAlive was back to work. “It was a crazy day,” …