Friday, February 15, 2013
City’s architectural board of review OK’s facelift to the property at Madison Avenue and W. 117th Street.
The Burger King at the southwest entrance of Lakewood — at Madison Avenue and W. 117th Street — is getting a makeover. The floor plan will largely remain the same at the burger joint at 11790 Madison Avenue. But that’s about it. The city’s architectural board of review OK’d a revised proposal at its meeting Thursday. The renovation at the property — inside and out — is expected to begin soon. It will cost tens of thousands of dollars. Plans include changes to the entrances, interior walls and drive-thru windows. According to the proposal, the shingled roof would be replaced a metal, seamed roof. New paint, signs and graphics are also planned. There was some back-and-forth between the city and the architects for the burger chain. In the …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Councilwomen Monique Smith and Mary Louise Madigan introduced a measure on Monday that would make it illegal to smoke in the city’s 15 parks.
Smoking in Ohio’s bars, restaurants and public buildings was banned in 2006. Now, smoking in Lakewood’s parks may be a thing of the past. Councilwomen Monique Smith and Mary Louise Madigan introduced a measure on Monday that would make it illegal to smoke in the city’s 15 parks. “It’s time for Lakewood to take the next step,” Smith read from a co-authored letter penned to council. “Our parks, and people who use them, need to go smoke free.” They also addressed the issue of cigarette butts littering the parks. “It is behavior that Lakewood’s children and youth do not need to see while they are riding, running or playing,” they wrote. “And it is behavior we should not allow at the skate park, tennis courts or ball fields.” Council gave the …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Lakewood woman's initiative to dedicate benches, trees and bricks in honor of loved ones expands.
One special bench on the waterfront at Lakewood Park has special significance to Judy Frankel. It’s the place she goes to remember her daughter, Dana Sue Rolland, who at 39 years old, died of breast cancer in 2003. “There was no place for me to go, there was no cemetery,” said Frankel, who had her daughter’s remains cremated. “I wanted a placed to go that was special — a place to go where I could honor her and think of her.” So, she started an organization, Dana’s Legacy, giving others an opportunity to honor their loved ones by dedicating benches, trees and flower gardens. Frankel said her bench serves as a memorial — a place to remember her daughter’s attributes: Warm; caring; loving; a role model; and a “seeker of life’s truths.” The …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Mary Louise Madigan and Brian Powers switch places as president and vice president of Lakewood City Council.
Brian Powers and Mary Louise Madigan will switch seats on city council after Powers, who was vice president, was elected by council as its next leader and Madigan, who previously served as president, was elected to replace Powers as vice president on Monday night. The other members of city council re-elected to their posts in November were sworn in, along with Mayor Michael Summers.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Although there were a few uncontested races in Lakewood on Nov. 8, that didn’t stop some candidates from raising some cash in 2011.
Although there were a few uncontested races in Lakewood on Nov. 8, that didn’t stop some candidates from raising some cash in 2011. Three city council candidates ran unopposed. Candidates’ campaign finance reports — set to be finalized and posted online once audited — were due last Friday and released to Lakewood Patch on Wednesday. Officials from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections said the post-election campaign finance reports cover the time period between Oct. 19 and Dec. 9. The pre-election reports — tracking campaign finances before Oct. 19 — were due Oct. 27, according to the board of elections. Candidates aren’t required to file a pre-election report if they do not spend or raise more than $1,000, said election officials. …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Lakewood City Council OKs changes to the city’s charter made at the Nov. 8 ballot box.
On Nov. 8, voters OK’d eight changes to the city’s charter. But before they could take effect, three of them needed certification from Lakewood City Council. One of the three charter changes approved by council on Monday dealt with the law director’s responsibility to act as legal counsel of the Lakewood School District. Earlier this year, in an exchange of letters between law director Kevin Butler and a law firm representing the schools, it was pointed out that a statute in the Ohio Revised Code requires cities’ law directors to act as legal counsel for the school district. The letter from the law office of Walter and Haverfield suggested that Butler shouldn’t take any position that could be considered “adversarial” to the board of …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Candidates for city council took turns answering questions on housing from audience members at Tuesday's debate.
The 2010 US Census found the number of vacant houses in Lakewood nearly doubled since 2000. That certainly caught the eye of city council members. Candidates for Lakewood City Council in the Nov. 8 election met for a public debate Tuesday at the Woman’s Club Pavilion in Lakewood Park. The event was hosted by the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area. Council At-Large Ryan Nowlin said he plans to work with Mayor Michael Summers’ administration to inform homeowners of the programs and assistance available to help them take care of their homes. “We live in a neighborhood full of beautiful century homes that need a lot of tender loving care,” Nowlin said. Nowlin is being challenged by John Zappala, a small business owner. In response to an …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The changes are minor, outlining some procedural issues, but have resurfaced an emotional conversation on the 2008 legislation.
Lakewood City Council voted to clarify language in the 2008 ordinance banning pit bulls and canary dogs Monday at city hall. The new language establishes a stronger framework for the enforcement and appeal process of the ordinance, and exempts police dogs and service animals, which have been trained to aid disabled persons. The owner of a dog determined to be a pit bull can now appeal that decision to a common pleas court, where the decision must be based on “competent and credible” evidence. Law Director Kevin Butler, who proposed some of the changes, said the new language will make hearings necessary in an appeal, where before they were not. “The impetus behind the ordinance is to clarify the actual due process steps that need to be …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
As part of our election coverage, Lakewood Patch will provide profiles of each of the candidates for local office.
Editor's Note: As part of Lakewood Patch's local election coverage, we will provide profiles ofeach of the candidates running for office. These profiles will offer biographical and issue-oriented details about each of the candidates to help you, the voters, make more-informed decisions at the ballot box. Stay tuned for more coverage of the election. Name: Mary Louise Madigan Age: 51 Occupation: Program Administrator, Cuyahoga County Health & Human Services Education: Bachelors of Arts & Sciences, Cleveland State University Political affiliation: Democrat, although Lakewood races are nonpartisan Office Sought: Council Ward 4 Previous political office: Council Ward 4 Candidate Statement: Ward 4 is the most socially, economically and …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The idea is to reduce the number of feral cat colonies in the city.
To reduce the stray cat population, Lakewood City Council is eyeing a plan that would trap feral cats in a colony, neuter and release them back into their territory. After discussions with the Lakewood Animal Safety and Welfare Board — the citizen-led panel that reviews animal issues in the city — council proposed a “trap-neuter-release” program. The idea, as laid out in the proposal, would stabilize the size of the colony by eliminating new litters. The measure was proposed by Council President Mary Louise Madigan and Councilman Tom Bullock. “Proponents of TNR argue it is the only method proven to humanely and effectively control feral cat population growth, reducing nuisance behavior associated with feral cats,” Madigan said. “Some …