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Community Engagement News

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Light Up Lakewood Website

Darren Toms from WTAM will MC the Light Up Lakewood event so be sure to MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Friday, November 30 from 6 p.m. - 8p.m. to be in downtown Lakewood!

This exciting event, a joint venture between LakewoodAlive and Main Street Lakewood has its own website, courtesy of LakewoodAlive member, Jonathan Morgan. check it regularly for exciting updates!

Light Up Lakewood Website

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Beck Center Visioning

In an effort to plan for the next 75 years, the Beck Center has been working with a design team on some development ideas - "what could be" for this vital community resource.

LakewoodAlive members are invited to attend the Beck Center Annual Meeting on Monday, October 29, 7:30pm, Mackey Main Stage (reception at 7pm) to learn about the "State of the Beck" and a vision for its future.

The Beck Center is one of the largest employers in Lakewood, and a recent study found the organization has an economic impact of $10 million every year on Northeast Ohio. The Beck's arts education curriculum is one of the broadest and deepest in Northeast Ohio, including classes in dance, music, theater, visual arts, and music and art therapy. The current professional theater season boasts one of the most ambitious schedules in Greater Cleveland with three Cleveland premieres and one World Premiere.

Beck Center Website

LakewoodAlive members are encouraged to learn more about this valuable community asset.

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Candidates' Night

The League of Women Voters is hosting a Candidates' Night on Thursday, October 25, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Lakewood City Hall. There will be brief presentations from city and school board candidates and time for questions and answers.

LakewoodAlive members: Be informed and vote!

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Main Street Report

Four new bike hitches will soon be installed in the Main Street district over top of old parking meter posts. Two hitches will be placed in front of Phoenix Coffee, one near Rep. Kucinich's office and one near the Winking Lizard.

This approach is a cost effective means to use existing structures to encourage bicyclists to stop in our downtown district. This is a pilot program. LakewoodAlive members are encouraged to try them out and let us know what you think. Many thanks to LakewoodAlive member Tim Liston for advocating on this project.

The new Detroit Avenue striping plan is in effect. This attempt to rebalance the street with a consistent "cartpath" throughout the city is the result of the public effort put into the Main Street Lakewood Detroit Streetscape Study. Many thanks to all those who participated. The Streetscape process will be posted on the LakewoodAlive website under Development :Issues & Reports.

Contact Mary Anne Crampton at for more information about Main Street Lakewood activity.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Housing Committee

The Grow Lakewood Report identified housing as the linchpin to Lakewood's economic future. LakewoodAlive members are encouraged to become informed and engaged in this process.

There will be a Housing Committee Meeting, Monday, October 15, 2007 at 5:30 PM in the Jury Room of Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio. The following items will be discussed:

Housing Panel Report - Section II Housing as an Economic Opportunity, recommendation
A. Employee Residency
B. Impact of Grants on Housing

Nickie J. Antonio, Chair
Mary Louise Madigan, Member

Click here to view the Housing Advisory Panel Report

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CitiStat Update

LakewoodAlive introduced the CitiStat concept to residents in a forum in the fall of 2005. CitiStat activity in Lakewood can now be monitored online at the link below. Here is part of recent update on activity from Finance Director, Jennifer Pae:

•Fleet Management Inventory Recovery & Efficiency Gains The Division of Fleet Management has been cataloging and bar coding its parts on hand since January. This has resulted in over 2,000 parts cataloged and valued at approximately $125,480. The Division has also identified obsolete or duplicative parts that have been returned to vendors for over $6,800 in credits. Outfitting of new police vehicles took the Division of Fleet less than 8 weeks in 2007, as compared to over 18 months in 2006. The Division of Fleet Management has also made savings by doing jobs in-house instead of outsourcing including $11,000 saved by installing equipment on the Fire Department Air Cylinder vehicle.

CitiStat Website

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Pre-Order Certifichecks

LakewoodAlive members can pre-order Lakewood CertifiCheck gift certificates for pick up at Light Up Lakewood on November 30th.

LakewoodAlive and Main Street Lakewood are joining forces to launch this "buy local" campaign. Lakewood CertifiChecks are the ideal gift for teachers, coaches, service help, and of course, friends and family.

Businesses can order Lakewood CertifiChecks with their company logo for employee appreciation gifts.

For more information, and an order form, go to the LakewoodAlive link below.


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Simply Wonderful!

Three LakewoodAlive members were a part of the inaugural class of five women recognized by Fairview, Lakewood and Lutheran Hospitals as "Simply Wondefrul Women of Accomplishment 2007".

Maureen Arbeznik, principal at Lakewood Catholic Academy, Mary Holland, UBS Financial Services vice president of investments and Lakewood Catholic Academy board member, and Mary Anne Crampton, executive director of Lakewood Community Progress Inc and Lakewood Hospital Foundation board member, were honored on September 29th at the Simply Women, Simply Wonderful event at LaCentre in Westlake. The awards were given "In appreciation of your contribution in making our community the best place to live".

The Community West Foundation made an honorary contribution of $500 on behalf of each of the women. Maureen and Mary donated their award to Lakewood Catholic Academy. Mary Anne's award went to the Fund for Public Art at Lakewood Public Library. The other honorees were Rocky River mayor, Pamela Bobst and Dr. Debra Pratt, medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center Breast Health Center.

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Friday, October 5, 2007

Lakewood Art Walk.

Don't forget to participate in the MAMA LIA Art Walk on Madison Avenue from 6pm - 10pm, Friday, October 5th.

What is an Art Walk?

An art walk is an event enjoyed in many communities around the country. It is a designated day and time that galleries and art studios, shops and restaurants, all join forces to create a extraordinary time for visitors to go from place to place feasting both their eyes and their taste buds as they stroll through town enjoying the best of what is offered by its artists. Local restaurants may offer Art Walk specials. Street corners and shops feature entertainment treats such as musicians and singers, jugglers and poets. It is also a splendid occasion to purchase interesting pieces of art at very affordable prices.The Art Walk process is simple - proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries and businesses that capture your fancy, stroll around a delightful area punctuated by , historic architecture, restaurants, quaint businesses and more.

How do I do the Art Walk?

Come to Madison Avenue and pick up a Art Walk Guide, available at all participating shops and restaurants. The guide has a map locating all the featured art exhibits. And off you go! Begin anywhere, go in any order you like, visit as many as you like. All exhibits and entertainment are free of charge. Signage at the entrance to each exhibit will indicate audience age appropriateness. For event details, see the Lakewood is Art website.

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City Council Meetings on Cox Cable

The October 1st City Council session will be aired on Cox Cable channel 45 at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 7 and 14.

This community service is provided through the generosity of LakewoodAlive members.

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Greater Cleveland Partnership

With 16,000 members, Greater Cleveland Partnership is working to showcase Cleveland and promote development. View the video link below to get an update on GCP development activity.

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Main Street Report

As part of the Main Street Lakewood beautification effort, we are delighted to report that the building housing the Party Station and Cerny Shoes will soon be sporting new awnings! Also, with our encouragement, the owners of the INA Building are now turning on building lights to illuminate the sidewalk on Detroit in the evening.

Detroit Avenue striping per the streetscape design plan will be complete within the next 2 weeks. We expect that a consistent traffic pattern throughout the city (parallel parking on both sides, one lane of traffic in each direction and a center turn lane) will smooth traffic flow and create a more pedestrian friendly environment in our commercial districts. We ask for the patience and understand of LakewoodAlive members as residents and vistors adjust to our new way of moving through the city.

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Rockport Open House

"Let's Promote Lakewood Together" is the name of the event to be held on Tuesday, October 9, from noon-2 p.m. at Rockport Square.

All residents are invited to see the finished new floor plan and excavations for Rockport's next new phase.

Lakewood businesses and nonprofit organizations are welcome to bring coupons or special customer incentives that could be used in Roclport's New Homeowner Move-In Packet.
Meet at the firehouse at 1422 Hopkins.

For more information call Cathy at 226-5919

Rockport Square

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