A mall and library projects rock West Park: A Place in the Sun
CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s been more than four years since Kmart moved out of the building on the corner of Lorain Avenue and West 150th Street in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood. A first class retail site redevelopment plan is underway with the first stores opening in recent weeks.
The project should create around 100 jobs.
Now that the perimeter fence is gone, passers-by can see the Burlington and Ross Dress for Less stores, which are already open. Big Lots is expected to open this week. Construction is underway on Starbucks, a freestanding building that sits on the corner of the plot. A stand-alone ALDI store is proposed east of Big Lots.
Locals are abuzz about the project. I recently stopped in for a night and found a good selection of items available at Burlington and Ross Dress for Less. And I can’t wait to hunt for bargains at Big Lots as the holiday season approaches.
The major renovation project for the West Park branch of the Cleveland Public Library is also generating some interest in the neighborhood. The distinctive brick library branch, at West 157th Street and Lorain — next to the local fire station — has been closed since April 2021. A tall fence surrounds the library, so it’s hard to get a glimpse of what’s going on happens inside.
The library opened in 1928 and is a modified Tudor design with a slate roof and leaded glass bays. TO. At 14,400 square feet, it is one of CPL’s largest branches.
The planned reopening should take place by the end of the year. Funding for the project was provided by Cleveland voters to 2 approved mills in November 2017. It is one of many library branches improved with levy funds.
Visit the CPL Library website, cpl.org/locations/west-park/, for more information and links to an overview of some of the new features in the renovated library.
Dictionaries given: The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River continued its distribution of dictionaries to all third-grade students in Lakewood and Rocky River this fall, a project the club began in 2005. A total of 622 dictionaries were distributed to students in 11 different school buildings.
Project leader Harlan Radford, with the help of club members, stamped each dictionary with the Rotary logo, the Rotary Four-Way Test, and a place for the student’s name.
Schools receiving dictionaries were: Rocky River – Kensington Intermediate, Ruffing Montessori and St. Christopher; Lakewood – Emerson, Grant, Harrison, Hayes, Horace Mann, Lincoln, Roosevelt Schools and Lakewood Catholic Academy.
Rotarians David Baas, John Chandler, Steve Clark, Vicki Foster, George Frank, Thom Geist, Chuck Gustafson, Jim Harris, George Hwang, Harlan Radford and Jay Rounds visited schools to deliver dictionaries and interact with students and teachers .
Teachers and students expressed their appreciation for the new dictionaries. Teachers use them in the school curriculum.
Letters of thanks from students expressed their gratitude for the gift of a personal dictionary. Some even mentioned students’ favorite section of the dictionary and how they started using it as a resource in their classrooms.
The given dictionaries contain over 32,000 words with simple, child-friendly definitions, plus pronunciation and parts of speech along with information on punctuation, parts of speech, weights and measures, Roman numerals and a United States map.
Another 150 pages of additional information include the US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, brief biographies of all US Presidents, world maps, information on all 50 states, countries of the world, and planets in the solar system. It ends with the longest word in the English language.
Women honor women: Art + Music was the theme of this year’s Women’s Celebration honoring the women of the Lakewood Women’s Club which took place September 22 at Vosh in Lakewood’s West End. Club members expressed satisfaction with the artwork, photography, jewelry, crafts and artistic experiences that were donated by a number of female artists in the community for the auction that was held part of the event.
Funds raised from the silent auction and raffle will be used for the club’s scholarship program. The scholarships are awarded annually to a female student graduating from high school and pursuing further studies.
Women were nominated in the Women Community Leader and Women Business Leader categories.
The community leaders named were Emily Christescu, secretary of the Lakewood Animal Safety and Advisory Board; Lizz Maxwell director of GiGi’s Playhouse site; Laura Webb founder of VeloFemme; Sara Kass owner of Cyrano’s Place; Sarah Kepple, co-founder of Action Together Lakewood; and Sarah Rintamaki, founder of Connecting for Kids.
Maxwell was chosen as this year’s community leader.
The nominees for business leaders were Casey Lewis, owner of The Willow Beauty Collective; Julie Warren, co-owner of Erie Design; Nichole Dzurko, owner of Revival Today Care; and Maureen Koopman, owner of CoLab Lakewood.
Warren was chosen as the business leader for this year.
The club expressed its gratitude to Michael Dolatowski, owner of Lion and Blue, who has created the Butterfly pins for winners over the past four years.
Additionally, artists contributing to the celebration included Christal Keener, Crystal Moon Designs; Barbara Balogh, Women Who Roared; Amy Sedlak, Autumn Sabin and Arline Olear of the Lakewood City Schools Art Department; Kristin Cliffel Ceramics; Carla DePhillips, Carlannichole designs by babe; Ashley Callahan, Ashley in Avon Photography; Ranin Abdelrazel, Magic Drawings; Liz Maugans, Yards Project; Grace Fayen, artist; Linda Nincheff, art therapist; Amy Schnupp, Beth Bags; Bonnie O App by Bonoappart; Mickey Mencin, the art of Ideamarks; Photograph by Mary Breiner; Jessica Hofffa, Gemi Creations; Nina Ripich, artist; and Joanne Burns, Weaving Supply & Studio.
Singer/songwriter Tracy Marie served as emcee and musical talent.
Lakewood Garden Center provided the flowers for the centerpieces during the celebration.
The selection committee is made up of current members, past club presidents and community leaders. Torey Worron is the founder and president of the Women Honoring Women event.
Lakewood Women’s Club was formerly known as the Junior Women’s Club of Lakewood. It is a non-profit organization made up of emerging women leaders of all ages and backgrounds who are dedicated to building a healthier community through philanthropy and volunteerism.
Get more information about the club on the group’s Facebook page, Instagram, website, Lakewoodwomensclub.com, or email inquiries to [email protected]
Frostville Fun: The Frostville Winter Farmers Market and Trash & Treasures Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in November at the Frostville Museum Complex, 24101 Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted, Rocky River Preserve in Cleveland Metroparks . The market will take place in the event barn and the trash and treasure sale will take place in the school.
Watch for more information on the Frostville holiday, which will take place November 18-19.
Contact Angie Obbish, at [email protected], or visit olmstedhistoricalsociety.org for more information.
Trials for Hope fundraiser: The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River Sunrise is soliciting donations of items for the annual Trials for Hope fall fundraiser. The event is a three-part fundraiser: a virtual raffle, Nov. 12-19, a drawing Nov. 20 at Crowne Plaza Cleveland, and an in-person lunch Nov. 13. The goal is to raise $8,000 to help those falling between the cracks by providing food, personal care items and warmth.
Suggested donations include gift baskets, sporting goods like Goalies caps, golf outings and Cavs shirts, gift cards for movies, restaurants, shopping and more, children’s toys and gourmet foods.
For more information, call Teresa Graham at 440-356-2267 or email [email protected] Learn more about the auction and its mission on trial4hope.org.
Clampake: The reservation deadline for the West Park Kiwanis Club November 13 clambake is November 8. No tickets will be sold at the door.
The cost is $37 for a clambake; $13 for extra clams; $25 for a chicken meal. There will be a cash bar. Doors open at 12:45 p.m. and lunch will be served at halftime of the football game. The event takes place at the Cretan Center, 3852 W. 168th St., West Park.
Call Cliff at 216-319-1309 for tickets or more information.
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