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Friday, October 29, 2010

City Meeting Notices (3)

The Committee of the Whole will meet Monday, November 1, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the Jury Room of Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Avenue. The agenda is outlined below:

Communication from Councilmember Powers regarding Residency Incentives for Lakewood Employees (Referred to Committee 6-21-10)

November 1, 2010 Council Meeting Agenda Procedural Review

Kevin M. Butler, Chair




There will be a Housing Committee Meeting Monday, November 1, 2010 at 5:30 PM in the Jury Room of Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio. The following items will be discussed:

I. The process of a housing complaint

II. The Role of the building Department, Court and Lakewood Alive in the City’s process of a housing complaint.

Mary Louise Madigan, Chair

Monique Smith, Michael Summers; Members





The Health & Human Services Committee will meet Monday, November 1, 2010 at 6:30 PM in the Jury Room of Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio. The agenda is as follows:

10-18-10 Communication from Human Services Director Buckon regarding Juvenile Diversion Program

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS NO. 8452-10 $40,251 Grant - Authority to Accept/Expend funds for Juvenile Diversion Program(1ST Read 10/18/10)

Nickie J. Antonio, Chair

Brian Powers, Kevin Butler; Members


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Forum News Release

“Bailey Building & Beyond – Downtown Lakewood’s Renaissance

Forum to Feature Downtown Lakewood Revitalization Progress and Potential

LAKEWOOD, OH October 21 - LakewoodAlive, a nonpartisan economic development corporation, announces its next community forum, “Bailey Building & Beyond – Downtown Lakewood’s Renaissance.” The forum will be held on Tuesday, November 9 at 7p.m. at the newly rehabilitated Bailey Building, located at 14725 Detroit Ave., Lakewood.

Marking Lakewood’s five-year milestone as a Main Street™ community, the forum panelists will note revitalization progress-to-date and present information about future development potential in the downtown business district. Input about pending development activity will be solicited from audience members. Speakers include:

• Joyce Barrett - Executive Director, Heritage Ohio

• Nathan J. Kelly – Director of Planning & Development, City of Lakewood

• Mary Anne Crampton – Executive Director, LakewoodAlive

• Trish Rooney – Executive Director, Lakewood Christian Service Center

The former site of the Bailey Department store, the Bailey Building is the beneficiary of a major rehabilitation investment by the development partnership of Kowit-Passov, which is also upgrading the attached six-story INA Building. The forum will offer attendees the first opportunity to preview the unfinished historic space at the corner of Detroit and Warren Avenues.

“As exemplified by the Bailey Building renovation, our community has much to celebrate, but there is still much work to be done, “said Jenni Baker, LakewoodAlive board president. “It is important that residents have the opportunity to be informed about and to influence redevelopment pursuits in the heart of the city.”

The forum is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.

The Main Street Four-Point Approach™ is a disciplined, volunteer-based program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in use by communities across the USA to revitalize and preserve historic downtown districts. Heritage Ohio, based in Columbus, is the oversight organization of the Ohio Main Street Program.

LakewoodAlive is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501-(c)(3) economic development corporation whose mission is to improve the quality of life of residents by creating alliances with community leaders, leveraging community assets and expanding the pool of available resources in order to facilitate economic stability and growth in the City of Lakewood. Visit


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Monday, October 18, 2010

Lakewood Voted "Best" by Scene Readers

City of Lakewood News Release

October 18, 2010


Scene Magazine’s Best Of issue hit the streets last week and Lakewood was voted Best Suburb by Scene readers. Citing Lakewood as diverse, culturally rich and unpretentious, they equated Lakewood to a charming, college town.

“Thanks to the Scene Magazine readers for voting us Best Suburb,” said Mayor Ed FitzGerald. “Those of us who live in Lakewood know how wonderful Lakewood is but it is certainly nice to get recognition throughout the region. Lakewood has recently been recognized as the Coolest Place Worth A Visit, Best Place To Raise Your Family and One of the Best Places To Buy An Old House. We now add Best Suburb to the list of honors.”

Lakewood also received the Best Public Skate Park designation. “When It comes to rails, ledges and ramps of Lakewood’s public skate park, you won’t find any treacherous rough asphalt or rickety portable ramps-these obstacles are all smooth and heavy-duty concrete build for the strong haul,” states Scene Magazine. According to the Lakewood Skaters Association, skaters come from Ashland to Sandusky to visit the Lakewood Skate Park.

Many Lakewood businesses also received top honors in the Scene issue including:
Best Restaurant: Melt Bar & Grilled
Best Restaurant for Romance: Pier W
Best Bakery: Blackbird Baking Company
Best Cheap Brunch: Buckeye Beer Engine
Best West to East Import: Melt Bar & Grilled
Best Spa: Sacred Hour Massage
Best Gym for Group Motivation: Crossfit
Best Selection of Microbrews: Buckeye Beer Engine
Best Sandwich Shop: Melt Bar & Grilled
Best Place to Buy Vinyl: My Minds Eye
Best Hair Shop/Barbershop: Crazy Mullets
Best Middle Eastern: Aladdin’s
Best Sports Bar: Winking Lizard
Best Selection of Microbrews: Buckeye Beer Engine

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

City News Release: Malley's Chocolates

October 14, 2010


Malley’s Chocolates announced that the regional chocolatier is going to locate its corporate headquarters in Lakewood, Ohio. The move will take place before the end of 2010.

In 1935, Mike Malley pursued his dream of being a business owner by opening a Chocolatier and Ice Cream Concoctioner in Lakewood. A few years later, Malley opened another store on Madison Avenue. That night, Lakewood Police were summoned to control the crowds.

As the Malley’s business grew, so did their family. Malley’s retail locations swelled and so did their operations. In 1990, nearing its third generation of leadership, Malley’s opened a new 60,000 square foot headquarters and factory. The growth continues, and Malley’s is returning home.

In late 2010, Malley’s is going to move their corporate headquarters back to where it all began: Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio.

“We continue to have tremendous growth and need to expand our operations in Brook Park. To make room for more of our customers’ favorites, we’re moving our office headquarters back to Lakewood—the city my grandfather started Malley’s Chocolates in 1935,” said Dan Malley, President of Malley’s Chocolates. “We’re proud to be part of 18 communities in Northeast Ohio.”

Malley’s will locate their corporate headquarters at 1865 Victoria Avenue, near their Lakewood store.

“Madison Avenue is the next chapter in Lakewood’s economic development story. Occupancy is up, a planning project is underway and countless new storefronts are the face of new businesses along Madison,” said Lakewood Mayor Ed FitzGerald.

“I’m happy to announce that Malley’s is moving their headquarters to Madison Avenue and is going to be part of that story. We’re proud to be part of their history and their future.”

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For more information, call Nathan Kelly, Lakewood’s Director of Planning & Development, at (216) 650-6028.

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