Free home-repair workshop online

LakewoodAlive is holding “Knowing Your Home: How to Contract a Repair” virtual workshop from 7-8:30 p.m. May 14. The workshop will focus on the process of working with a home repair/improvement contractor.

Led by Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing & Internal Operations director, the free workshop will cover the basics of understanding your repair, including navigating the process of obtaining estimates, scheduling the job and ensuring the project is completed properly in a timely manner.

To reserve your free spot for the virtual workshop, call 216-521-0655.

In lieu of paying a fee for these events, participants are asked to consider making a donation to LakewoodAlive or Lakewood Community Services Center.

Memorial Day parades canceled

Avon and Avon Lake have canceled their annual Memorial Day parades due to the current public health emergency.

Avon Lake to light up for class of 2020

Avon Lake High School seniors are being saluted by the school district, which will light up the high school football stadium starting today at 8:20 p.m., or military time 20:20, for 20 minutes. The lights will go on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights for 20 days, with June 5 the final night.

School grounds, including the stadium, are currently closed, but people can drive by to look at the lights. Community members are urged to show support for the graduating class by turning on their porch lights during the scheduled times.

Sheffield Village road work continues

Road resurfacing and repairs are underway on several major thoroughfares in Sheffield Village.

Work is done weekdays from 4 a.m.-4 p.m. on Abbe Road from Colorado Avenue north to the Sheffield Lake line and on Colorado Avenue from Abbe Road east to the Avon line.

Work was slated to start Monday on Abbe Road from Detroit Road south to the Elyria line and on Detroit Road from Abbe Road west to the I-90 ramp eastbound. That work has been scheduled for 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays.

Traffic will be maintained in those areas, according to Mayor John Hunter's office.

Completion of the four projects is scheduled for June, weather permitting.

Lake Ridge uses 3D printers to produce face masks and shields

North Ridgeville’s Lake Ridge Academy robotics club members and their parents teamed to produce face shields and N-95-type face masks on 3D printers.

The school reported that 300 face shields were produced and delivered to Hospice of the Western Reserve for its nursing team. Students also delivered 25 face shields to Woodbine Product Co., a Medina-based manufacturer of hand sanitizer.

Students use 3D printers for engineering classes, and robotics club members use them for various club activities.

The robotics team is looking to help more local essential service organizations in need of shields or N-95-style masks. Contact Todd Morrison, director, Institute for Engineering and Innovation, at

Lakewood Meltdown rescheduled

LakewoodAlive has rescheduled the Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2020 for 4-10 p.m. Aug. 8 in downtown Lakewood.

Sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled, the Summer Meltdown is in its 11th year. This year’s event will include family-friendly recreation and celebration opportunities. However, this free community event will likely look significantly different from past Summer Meltdowns as LakewoodAlive takes special precautions to ensure health and safety in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.

LakewoodAlive will follow all directives from the Ohio Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to prepare for the Summer Meltdown.

More details regarding Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2020 – including vendor opportunities and the schedule of events – will be unveiled in the coming weeks. For ongoing updates, visit

Avon High School Colorguard

Applications are being accepted for those interested in participating in the Avon High School Colorguard auditions next fall, as well as the virtual clinics for those interested in learning the skills needed for team participation. The virtual season begins May 11.

Anyone interested in the workouts and the team should email

The opportunity is open to students in grades eight through 11.

Polaris students inducted into Honor Society

Nine students from Fairview and North Olmsted high schools who attend the Polaris Career Center were among 90 students inducted this month into the National Technical Honor Society.

The honor society is America's highest award for excellence in career and technical education, said Polaris spokesman Doug Miller. The society’s mission is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence, and enhance career opportunities for the organization’s members, Miller said.

The Fairview students are: Gabriella Biggs, Sarah Eifel, Joshue Sanchez, John Jewitt, Spencer Scanlon and Sarah Verburg. North Olmsted students are: Jordan Giraldo, Miski Hassan and Madalyn Rigo.

Nominees are evaluated based on scholarship, service, leadership and character. To be eligible, Polaris students must: Earn all A’s in their Polaris programs; maintain a 95% or higher attendance rate; and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Miller Foundation gives $500,000 grant

The Samuel H. & Maria Miller Foundation has given $500,000 to the Diocese of Cleveland for its Emergency Assistance Fund. The fund, managed by the Catholic Community Foundation, will assist people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing immediate basic needs such as food, rent and utilities. The fund will also provide resources to Catholic Charities, which is committed to the mission of helping people of all faiths, races and creeds who are in need, foundation officials said.

In addition to the Emergency Assistance Fund, the Catholic Community Foundation recently established an Emergency Response Fund that allows pastors to apply for grants to deliver basic assistance to community members. Since March, more than $75,000 has been donated by individuals through a crowdfunding site at These private donations have boosted the Emergency Assistance Fund to over $575,000.

Checks to benefit the Emergency Assistance Fund and/or the Emergency Response Fund can be mailed to: Catholic Community Foundation, Attn: Megan Gerome, 1404 East Ninth St., Cleveland, OH 44114.

Repeat offenders

A 35-year-old Cleveland man was arrested for theft twice in eight days from two different businesses April 14 and 22 while two different women were arrested as accomplices, police said.

In the first incident, police checked reports of suspicious people running through Savannah Parkways homes at 4:23 p.m. April 14. The reports came a few minutes after officers tried to check a car which cut off another car leaving the CVS parking lot at Detroit Roads. Police said they found the car abandoned in a Savanna Parkway drive and about $1,000 in stolen merchandise from nearby businesses as well as drug paraphernalia. Police saw a man and two women running away and caught the Cleveland man and a 41-year-old Cleveland woman, arresting them for theft. He was released at the scene, while she was checked for problems after complaining of medical issues. The second woman got away, police said.

However, on April 22, police checking a 4:48 p.m. about a theft at the Rite Aide at Dover Center and Center Ridge roads said they found the same 35-year-old Cleveland man and a 41-year-old Willoughby Hills woman hiding behind a dumpster at the Speedway Gas Station across from the drug store. Officers arrested the man again, as well as the second woman.

Duck Tape Festival canceled

The Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival, Duck Brand, the festival committee and the City of Avon jointly announced the cancellation of the 2020 Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival originally scheduled for June 25-27. It will not be rescheduled in 2021.

“We did not make this decision lightly,” according to a news release. “It was based on the ongoing recommendations of public health officials and government agencies to ensure we are doing all we can to keep our family, friends, neighbors and colleagues protected. In addition, we were not fully confident that it will be safe to celebrate in a mass gathering in June.”

St. Peter School virtual Fine Arts Program showcase

St. Peter Catholic School in North Ridgeville is looking for artists, poets, singers, and musicians! The school is hosting a virtual Fine Arts Program to showcase the talents of our Pre-K through 8th grade students this spring.

Students still have time to submit:

· Pictures of artwork (original student pieces or student’s artwork from online art class with Miss Harasym)

· Original poetry (document form or via video clip from your phone)

· Student Choir Songs (via video clip from phones)

· Beginner and Advanced Band Instrument Pieces (via video clip from your phone)

All items should be submitted to via email: by May 15.

Once students have submitted their “works of art” for the show, they will be compiled together for St. Peter families to privately view online before the end of the school year.

Avon Lake students celebrate Earth Day

There is still time for Avon Lake students to participate in a city-wide contest with an Earth Day theme.

The Environmental Affairs Agency Board (EAAB) of Avon Lake is challenging students to be creative in an effort to help the community be more environmentally friendly. The EAAB will pick the top 3 winners from each group described below. Submissions can be art work, short essays, or a video presentations. The prize levels will be $75, $50 and $25 in the form of gift cards to local restaurants within the Avon Lake community. The program deadline is Friday, May 1.

Divisions: Elementary K-4, Intermediate 5-6, Middle 7-8, and HS 9-12.

Here are a few topics to consider as you get creative about helping us become more environmentally friendly:






For questions or to submit your project email

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