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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

H2O & Earth Hour

H2O – Help to Others
Youth Volunteer Program

Earth Hour Activities

Saturday, March 28th

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Lakewood Park, Women’s Pavilion

This event is designed to show support for Earth Hour’s global effort and to encourage people to adopt green habits that will reduce the carbon footprint on our planet. From 8- 8:30 pm, attendees will be able to browse through displays provided by businesses, and organizations. High school members of H2O will demonstrate the correct way to recycle curb-side in Lakewood. At 8:30 pm when the lights go out in the Women’s Pavilion, there will be outdoor attractions to encourage movement, imagination and fun.

Scheduled activities include:

Telescopic stargazing,

Acoustic guitars

Firelight storytelling

Glow in the dark Frisbee fun

Recycling scavenger hunt

H2O student volunteers are encouraging everyone to join the Earth Hour world wide event by dedicating just one hour to darkening our city and changing the efforts of global warming. TURN OUT…TAKE ACTION and be sure to check out the awesome things that are happening around the globe on March 28th at Register your family on the Earth Hour website today!

For more information contact: Nora Steele - H2O Assistant Coordinator – 216-529-4173

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Business Back Stage Pass to the Beck

Businesses are urged not to miss this unique complimentary opportunity to learn more about our premiere arts facility and the role it plays in our community.

Tuesday, March 24
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Refreshments and entertainment will be provided along with tours of the complex and the new Beck Cafe.

RSVP by Friday, March 20: 216-521-2540 x19

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lakewood Hospital eHealth Newsletter

Lakewood Hospital eHealth Highlights
Lakewood Hospital

eHealth Highlights

March 2009

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Your Life is Our Life's Work.

In This Issue:

Diabetes Alert Day

Healthy Recipe of the Month: Rustic Fresh Blueberry Tart

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Ask a Doctor

March 30 is National Doctors' Day

Do you have a Lung Disease?

A Gift from the Heart

Health talks:

Managing Diabetes at School: For Parents
Saturday, April 4
10 - 11:30 a.m. or
Thursday, May 7
6 -7:30 p.m.

Please call 877.234.FITT (3488) for reservations

Total Joint Replacement Health Talk
Monday, April 20, 1-2 p.m.
Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton

Please call 877.234.FITT (3488) for reservations

Teenage Depression and Anxiety
Wednesday, April 22, 6-7 p.m.
Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Ave.

Please call 877.234.FITT (3488) for reservations

Flavors of Health at Pier W
Tuesday, April 28, 6 - 8 p.m.
Pier W Restaurant, 12700 Lake Avenue
Cost is $25.

Please call 216.228.2250 for reservations

Diabetes Alert DayDiabetes Alert Day
You may be one of the 5.7 million Americans with undiagnosed diabetes! Join us for a day of free tests and education about diabetes.
» Join us for Diabetes Awareness Day

Colorectal Cancer Awareness March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Are you at risk? Colorectal Cancer, commonly referred to as colon cancer, is cancer of the colon and / or rectum. It is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States and the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
»Learn More About Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Deasy Ask a Doctor
Q. I have diabetes and worry about potential vision loss. What causes diabetic retinopathy and are there ways to delay the onset or slow the progression of this condition?
»Get the answer

Doctors' Day March 30 is National Doctors' Day
A special day to recognize our doctors who provide quality medical care every day to everyone!
» Learn about this special day

Doctors' Day Do you have a Lung Disease?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Can Help You Breathe Easier

Breathing in and out sounds so simple, unless of course you suffer from lung disease. Everybody wants to get all we can out of living and to take advantage of every opportunity life has to offer; however, illness and disability can make this difficult.
» Learn about the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Doctors' Day A Gift from the Heart
Mary Lou Ferbert, artist and author, recently published some of her most private and beloved works in a new book entitled Book of Hearts. This self-published collection consists of highly personal Valentines that Mary Lou painted over a period of twenty-five years as gifts for her family.
» Learn about Mary Lou Ferbert's book

Blueberyy TratBe Healthy Recipe of the Month: Rustic Fresh Blueberry Tart
This month's healthy recipe is from Cleveland Clinic Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook. Enjoy!
» Get Blueberry Tart Recipe

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Social Security Administration to Build in Lakewood

This morning it was announced that the General Services Administration will recommit to the City of Lakewood by building a new home for the Social Security Administration Field Office at 17513 Detroit Avenue.

This announcement assures that the City of Lakewood will retain 100 jobs and the income taxes associated with the SSA's $4.4 million local payroll. It will also create in the short-term construction jobs associated with building a new office at the current site of the Lakewood Christian Church at the corner of Spring Garden and Detroit.

Congratulations to Mayor Fitzgerald, his staff and Congressman Kucinich for their persistent and ultimately successful efforts to assure this important service and the corresponding jobs remain in Lakewood.

Please see below background/details as related to Lakewood City Council from Planning and Development Director, Nathan Kelly on the subject:

On Friday, the GSA informed me they have awarded a site in Lakewood to be the new home of the west side Social Security Administration Field Office. Since 2002, SSA has planned to leave their current offices in the Lakewood Center North Building. Their search included all of the western suburbs. In fact, in a February 2008 meeting, SSA indicated that there were no sites in Lakewood that fit their requirements, and favored available sites in Westlake.

The city worked hard to find and propose multiple sites in Lakewood that in fact fit their needs. One of those proposed sites was chosen by GSA. Expected to open as early as April 2010, SSA will occupy a new building at 17513 Detroit, the current location of the Lakewood Christian Church. Earlier this year, the congregation voted to accept an offer from a private developer to purchase the property for the SSA Field Office. The congregation will benefit from new financial strength and an updated facility that is right-sized for the congregation and less expensive to operate. I believe they will be occupying a now-vacant church in Fairview.

Retaining the SSA retains $4.4 million dollars in payroll and currently 100 employees. SSA wanted to move to expand, with the ability to accommodate 160 employees. This move allows for that growth, and also converts about two acres of property tax free land to tax productive. Since the office will be owned by a private company with SSA as a tenant, the owners will pay an estimated $120K in new property tax.

Estimated retained and new benefit is listed below.

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