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LakewoodAlive Seeks Event and Volunteer Coordinator

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Update: The application period for this job posting has closed.

Lakewood’s non-profit community development organization seeks an Event and Volunteer coordinator to join our team. With a dedicated staff and incredible volunteers, LakewoodAlive is a high-performing organization whose mission is the foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.

Send a cover letter and resume by 5:00 p.m. December 21, 2016 to Executive Director Ian Andrews via mail or email. No phone calls, please.

14701 Detroit Avenue #LL10
Lakewood, OH 44107

Window Display Enhances Historic Curtis Block Building

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LakewoodAlive Curtis Block

LakewoodAlive’s Design Committee worked with the City of Lakewood to activate the Curtis Block’s storefront windows.

Walk past the historic Curtis Block building at 14501 Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood and you’ll notice an attractive new window display. This vibrant addition to the urban landscape represents a culmination of a collaborative effort spanning months.

LakewoodAlive’s Design Committee worked with the City of Lakewood to activate the Curtis Block’s storefront windows.  The end result: A beautiful window display installed just in time for Light Up Lakewood on Dec. 3.

The Design Committee – consisting of Chair Robert Donaldson, Randy Doi, Bryan Evans, Chris Frohring, Bili Kribbs, Dru McKeown, Marcia Moll, Jim Pinter, Heather Rudge, Rick Sicha and LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews – sought to enhance the asethic appeal of this architectually-significant building, which was constructed during the early 20th century and has been designated as a historic structure.

LakewoodAlive Curtis Block

Shawn Warren of Erie Design works on installation of the Curtis Block window display.

LakewoodAlive commissioned Dana Anderson, owner of The Beehive Studio, to design the new window display.  Anderson created a series of 25 window display panels depicting images of various Lakewood spots and quotes from Lakewoodites regarding the city they love.  The quotes were gathered during a two-year “Why I Love Lakewood” campaign undertaken by LakewoodAlive’s Marketing Committee.

Local small business Erie Design printed the final product at its store at 16504 Detroit Avenue.  Co-owners Shawn & Julie Warren and their team completed installation of the new Curtis Block window display on Nov. 29.

Both the City of Lakewood and LakewoodAlive’s Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance (DLBA) sponsored the project, along with Citizens Bank, which provided generous financial support via a grant.

“We’re extremely pleased that the collaborative efforts of so many excellent community partners made implementation of the Curtis Block window display a reality,” Andrews said.  “This enhancement of the urban asethics within a highly-trafficed area of Downtown Lakewood go a long way towards bolstering the vibrancy of our city.”


LakewoodAlive Curtis Block

The new Curtis Block window display consists of 25 panels.

Queen and King Selected for Light Up Lakewood 2016

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Lakewood High School Juniors Sarah Bene and Abe Dalisky to be Honored Dec. 3

Lakewood High School juniors Sarah Bene and Abe Dalisky have been named Light Up Lakewood Queen and King for 2016.  Students chosen for this honor have demonstrated their love for Lakewood through providing outstanding service to the community.  In addition to reigning over the Light Up Lakewood Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3, Sarah and Abe will both be awarded $500 scholarships sponsored by Plantation Home in Downtown Lakewood.  Both winners have agreed to provide at least 24 hours of service to the community during the coming year.

Light Up Lakewood 2016 Queen and King

Queen Sarah Bene and King Abe Dalisky

This is the fifth year that David Stein, owner of Plantation Home and Cotton, and President of the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance (DLBA), has sponsored the scholarship.  Stein states, “It’s an honor for us to encourage the youth of our community, and to thank them for their commitment to volunteerism.”

Sarah and Abe will receive their checks and sashes at Plantation Home at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, and will be crowned by the 2015 Queen and King, Anna Kotansky and Nate Young, at 6:30 p.m. during the Lighting Ceremony taking place at the Main Stage at City Center Park (across from Rozi’s Wine House).

About Queen Sarah Bene

Musical excellence and social justice have become the focus of most of Sarah Bene’s volunteer activities.  Wanting to foster an atmosphere that is more tolerant and loving than the one she grew up in, Sarah took on leadership duties in Club Identity, the Lakewood High School chapter of Dare2Care, which is an organization that works to educate others about identity and to combat bullying of those in the LGBTQ community.  Sarah is helping Dare2Care to create an educational curriculum that can be used in other schools, and to encourage other schools in the region to start their own clubs.  She recently attended the Dare2Care “Spirit of Leadership” retreat to develop her skills in that area.  As a cellist for the Lakewood Orchestra and Lakewood Project, Sarah has tutored budding musicians during “Rock On” summer camp and throughout the school year, as well as encouraged her own peers in the high school orchestras.  She also assists with orchestra concerts and other events at the Civic.  Sarah states, “Teaching and passing down my passion for my instrument is my goal.  I hope to inspire the next generation of musicians the way I was inspired by my teachers.”

About King Abe Dalisky

Abe first became excited about volunteerism while participating in Lakewood’s H2O (Help To Others) middle school program and Summer Service Camp.  During his freshman year, he volunteered to tutor English language-learning immigrant children through ASIA (Asian Services in Action) for extra credit, and through that experience his passion for community service was ignited.  Through Lakewood High School H2O, he has served holiday dinners, raked leaves for senior citizens and helped staff community events.  Currently he’s training to become a peer mentor for the middle school program, where he seeks to promote the positive and joyous atmosphere around giving that his counselors modeled for him.  Abe’s area of particular interest is helping refugee children to feel valued and empowered.  He regularly assists at soccer practice for Ranger F-C Soccer, a league with the mission of including immigrant and refugee players.  “My role as a volunteer and leader is a major part of my vision for the future,” says Abe.

Please see the attached headshots of Sarah and Abe.  For more information regarding Light Up Lakewood 2016, including the event brochure, map and complete schedule, please visit

Light Up Lakewood is generously supported by the following sponsors: First Federal Lakewood, City of Lakewood, Lakewood City Center, Convey360, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Discount Drug Mart, Lakewood Anglican Church, Plantation Home, Roundstone Insurance, The University of Akron Lakewood, Barton Senior Center, Dewey’s Pizza, IMCD US, Lakewood Hardware, Lakewood Masonic Temple, Lakewood Public Library, Lakewood Catholic Academy, Beck Center for the Arts, Burgers 2 Beer Lakewood, Dollar Bank, Modelo Dental Care and NEO Realty Group LLC.

4th Grade “Why I Love Lakewood” Essay Contest Winner Announced

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By the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce

Congratulations to Sophia Lipowski!  Sophia, a fourth grader at Grant Elementary School, is our 2016 “Why I Love Lakewood” essay contest winner.  In addition to winning a $100 cash prize, 2014 LUL logoSophia will ride in the Light Up Lakewood Parade and help “flip the switch” to turn on the lights in Downtown Lakewood during the Light Up Lakewood celebration on December 3rd.  Congratulations Sophia!


Why I Love Lakewood

I love Lakewood! It’s such a great city with its many cultures, amazing places, and its walkability. I can honestly say it’s the best city I’ve ever been to.

First of all, Lakewood is a great big melting pot! For example, one of my friends was born in Syria, and another was born in Albania. Many of my other friends weren’t born in Ohio either.

Another reason why Lakewood is awesome is Lakewood has amazing places! I love the library where I’m surrounded by thousands of books. I also love the Lakewood city schools. Fabulous educational places! In addition to those two places, I love going to Dewey’s Pizza, Malley’s and playing at all the parks.

My final reason is, Lakewood’s walkability. You can walk anywhere you need to go to get anything you need!

In conclusion, Lakewood is so amazing in many different ways with its different cultures, great places, and walkability, but most of all I love Lakewood because it’s the city I call home.

Sophia Lipowski
Grant Elementary School

Shoppers Take Note: Great Deals Abound in Downtown Lakewood this Weekend

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Looking to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping this weekend?  You’ve come to the right place.

There are tremendous bargains to be had all over Downtown Lakewood, and there’s no better time to #ShopSmall and #ShopLocal.  Here’s a list of some of the deals available within Lakewood’s downtown district during the weekend of Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26):

Small Business Saturday

  • Campbell’s Sweets Factory: For this weekend only, buy $50 in gift cards and get $10 in gift cards free.
  • Cerny Shoes: Mention the LakewoodAlive Small Business Listing and take 20% off your entire purchase of regular priced shoes or boots.  Not to be used in conjunction with any other promotion or clearance shoes.  Offer good from 9:30-6 on Saturday.
  • Cotton: 25% off all holiday decor both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Crazy Mullets: 20% off all EVO products Friday and Saturday.
  • The Exchange: Celebrating “Record Store Day” on Friday.
  • Geiger’s: By visiting and joining the store’s mailing list, you will automatically receive a coupon good for 20% off thousands of items within the store. This deal runs from Friday to Sunday, this weekend only.
  • Home for the Holidays Pop-Up Shop: Hosting a Small Business Saturday Soiree complete with sips, snacks and fun! 10% off everything in the shop on Saturday.  The first 14 people to make a purchase receive a SBS tote full of swag from the shop.  Chips & salsa tasting courtesy of Blaze Gourmet.  Gorgeous items offered for raffle.
  • lion & blue: All winter wear is buy one get one half-off. All jewelry and clothing is 10% off.
  • Downtown LakewoodPaisley Monkey: 20% off all hats and mittens, as well as 15% off all Books to Bed Pajamas. There will also be great deals on various items of clothing that will be marked down even further on Saturday.
  • Plantation Home: 40% off all holiday decor both Saturday and Sunday (excludes candy).
  • Rozi’s Wine House: Offering 8 “Special/Rare” beers on tap on Black Friday (Nov. 25) to help you start the holiday season.
  • Tease Hair + Body Parlor: Receive tease cash for services or retail depending on your gift card amount: $75 gift card – $10 tease cash, $100 gift card – $15 tease cash, $150 gift card – $20 tease cash. Holiday Blow Out + Express Manicure $40 when booked with Mackenzie or Emma.  Stocking Stuffers buy any 3 Kevin Murphy or Bumble and Bumble mini’s get 1 free
  • The Tea Lab: Buy a $50 gift card, and get a free $5 gift certificate. Buy any teapot or steeping mugs, and get a FREE ounce of ANY tea, up to a $5 value.  10% off our Holiday Teas: Holiday Tea & Cranberry Orange.

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