Friday, April 22, 2011
Former captain of the Lakewood Fire Department, Jim Monica, dies at 82 years old.
James L. Monica was honored Thursday by the men who stood by his side for decades fighting fires. Monica, who died April 17 at 82 years old, was a long-time captain at the Lakewood Fire Department. The Lakewood native's funeral service Thursday at St. Clement Catholic Church, following a special ceremony by Lakewood firefighters.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
More than 25 in attendance for re-enactment of Mary Ann Shadd Cary on Wednesday night.
A woman ahead of her time, Mary Ann Shadd Cary took a step forward in time to visit the Lakewood Public Library on Wednesday night. Well, her message was shared. Portrayed in a re-enactment by local actress Sherrie Tolliver, Shadd Cary was the first African American woman in North America to publish a newspaper: The Provincial Freeman. About 25 in attendance learned about her life story, and some of the great strides she took for African Americans — as well as women. The event was presented by the Lakewood Historical Society.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Patty Oleksiak, 15-year veteran, teaches her refugee students English, social skills and a better way of life as they assimilate to American society.
Patty Oleksiak is a special kind of teacher whose efforts extend well past the classroom. Oleksiak is a Garfield Middle School English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, who educates refugee students that, by good fortune, were able to relocate to the U.S. Luckily, given the district’s rich diversity and its renowned ESL program, these youngsters are able to work through past hardships, rebuild and assimilate into American society. “In the past five years, we’ve had different waves of refugees come through,” she said. “The first group was comprised of ethnic Turks who came from Russia, next were two groups that came from Thailand through Burma: one group being mostly Muslim and speaking Burmese and the other group being Christian and …
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Fears of falling live electrical wires prompts closure; pole repaired.
A crash near on Madison Avenue near the intersection of Riverside Drive closed traffic for nearly four hours Wednesday evening. A man driving a Cadillac lost control of the vehicle around 4 p.m., striking a utility pole. It splintered the police nearly in half. The man was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The Lakewood police and fire departments closed Madison Avenue, worried the pole would collapse, sending live electrical wires to the ground. However, the pole didn’t fall — and the electrical wires remained intact. When workers from the Illuminating Company arrived on the scene around 6:30 p.m., they worked until almost 8 p.m. to repair the pole, until it can be replaced.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Event also gives the startup organization an opportunity to show off its facility to the community.
Vision 21, a new virtual and shared office facility created for Lakewood and Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs, hosted a social media lab at its Warren Road location. About 10 small business owners attended the seminar to learn more about social media, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Vision 21 opened its doors earlier this year. The mission of Vision 21 is to "provide aspiring entrepreneurs a space to successfully launch and grow their business enterprise with access to business tools and support needed." Diane Helbig, one of the partners in the new venture, said Tuesday's event fit in perfectly with the organization's mission. "(We want) to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses and do better things with them, so being able to do …
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
St. Edward alum Alex Lavisky starts first season in Indians organization
Alex Lavisky cheered for the Cleveland Indians before he even understood everything that was unfolding on the diamond in front of him. He grew up in Lakewood, a child of the 1990s, a renaissance of sorts for the team. How could he not like baseball? But Lavisky carried his passion for the sport from the bleachers to the backstop. He played in elementary school, in middle school, in high school. He traveled the region to play in showcase tournaments. He helped lead St. Edward High School to a pair of state championships. And, last summer, less than a month after graduation, he was selected in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. By the Indians. Lavisky has already been cast as the hometown kid with big …
Monday, April 11, 2011
More than 250 attend organization's 100th birthday.
On Saturday night, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 100th birthday at the Beck Center for the Arts. There was music, food and cake, raffle drawings and live entertainment at the Centennial Gala event, co-sponsored by the Lakewood Historical Society. Rounding out the evening was a special presentation of the Frank Thurber Award to the Geiger Family, honored as the chamber’s Outstanding Member of the Century. And, of course, with a sold-out, special showing of "The Underpants," the evening’s entertainment last well into the night.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Lakewood Post Office would stay open, but some could expect delayed taxes and passports. And FHA loans would be on hold.
If last-ditch budget talks fail in our nation’s capital, the results could be felt in Lakewood. According to AOL News, some immediate effects, such as the closing of national parks and museums, would be easily seen, while other services may only see delays. In Lakewood, a government shutdown could affect taxes, loans and passports. Federal officials are prepared to shut down government services — in an emergency effort — for the first time in 15 years if a compromise cannot be reached by midnight. Count on the Lakewood Post Office to continue to deliver your mail — the US Postal Service operates as a self-sufficient organization. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park would close during a government shutdown, along with 393 other national parks…
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Longtime TV personality shares his experiences from the road during his 40-year career.
After traveling a million miles, Neil Zurcher has a lot of stories to tell. The longtime host of TV’s "One Tank Trips" shared a few of them at Lakewood Public Library on Wednesday night. Zurcher talked about how he met Prince Charles in a bathroom. He’s also raced an elephant. And survived a hotel fire and a tornado, and he’s avoided some close calls with some angry carp. The crowd of about 35 people found plenty of amusement in Zurcher’s stories. A crowd favorite were a few of the letters sent in to him during his 40-year career. He shared some of his favorite memories, and a few more in his new book “Tales From the Road.”
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Program geared toward putting would-be entrepreneurs in touch with area resources.
Startup Lakewood — a new non-profit organization in Lakewood geared toward helping businesses get off the ground — is now officially live. The organization launched its first Startup U event on Tuesday, hosting a panel discussion to give some advice to would-be entrepreneurs considering launching a business in Lakewood. More than 75 people attended the event, hosted by the Virginia Marti College of Art and Design. Startup Lakewood hopes to help people who have ideas for new products or businesses — yet need additional support and resources — to bring those ideas to life. The name of Tuesday’s session was appropriately titled “I Have an Idea — Now What?” Local leaders talked about connecting entrepreneurs to resources in the area. Included…