LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Keep Lakewood Beautiful will have its annual Earth Day celebration and spring clean-up event from 9-11 a.m. on April 30 at Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Ave., Lakewood.

Volunteers will spend the morning picking up litter and sprucing up the City Hall grounds, as well as targeting area streets,

KLB will provide litter clips, buckets, gloves and safety vests to volunteers. The group will also distribute tree seedlings.

No registration necessary. Individuals, families and groups are invited to participate. For more information, visit the KLB Facebook page, KLB website or email [email protected]

Lakewood High School principal Mark Walter, left, and teacher Amy Garritano, right, stand with LHS juniors Grace Lamparyk, Helen Roche, Alex Hodson and Lydia Kress, winners of the 77th annual competition Speech by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River sponsored by Beck Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River

Speech Contest Winners: Four Lakewood High School the juniors are the winners of the 77th edition Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River Speech competition sponsored by the Beck Center for the Arts.

In the final round on March 28, Alex Hodson placed first and won $750. Grace Lamparyk ($500), Helen Roche ($300) and Lydia Kress ($250) round out the top four spots.

The contestants were students from the five secondary schools in Lakewood and Rocky River – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River and St. Edward. Students were asked to apply the principles of Rotary International’s four-pronged test to a topical ethical issue. They were challenged to identify a topic they were passionate about and adopt a point of view from which they would seek to persuade others.

The four-way test includes the questions:

Is this the truth? Is it fair to everyone involved? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it benefit everyone involved?

As the winner, Alex represented the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River in the Rotary District 6630 Speech Finals at Kent Roosevelt High School.

All winners of the speech, music and visual arts competition were honored for their work and received their awards at the April 11 awards reception at the Beck Center.

At the library: Luca Mundaca: Live at the Library will take place at 7 p.m. on May 12 at Fairview Park Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park.

Mundaca’s music is a blend of his native Brazil with a touch of New York.

The concert is free, but registration is required. To register or for more information, visit

Chamber chatter: Joe Kerrigan from NetworksGuys Inc. will introduce a program on cybersecurity for small businesses on April 29 Lakewood Chamber of Commerce lunch-meeting at The Clifton Club, 17884 Lake Road, Lakewood.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and the program at noon. The cost is $25 for chamber members, $30 for non-members. To visit for registration and more information.

The program is sponsored by Cox Company, First Federal Lakewood and The Clifton Club.

Community meal: The next free community meal hosted by Clague Road United Church of Christ and Westlake Church of the Redeemer will take place at 4:30 p.m. on April 30 at Clague Road UCC, 3650 Clague Road, North Olmsted.

All are invited. Drive to the back door of the church and volunteers – gloved and masked – will bring the meals to your car. The event will continue until supplies run out.

Stop the hate contest: Jacqueline Hudak from Lakewood High School is the overall winner of the 2022 Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out and Youth Sing Out competition. She received a $20,000 scholarship and LHS received a $5,000 grant.

A junior at LHS, Jaqueline was named the grand prize winner of the essay contest. In her essay, she wrote about the importance of body positivity in young girls, saying, “My calling is to help young girls be grateful for all the different jobs their bodies do for them – so that girls are as nice to themselves as they are to others… Discrimination has plagued society for hundreds of years and it comes from the disease of misinformation and lack of education. let us all unite not in fear but in the hope of stopping the hate.

Read his full essay and those of all the finalists on

The 14th annual event was hosted by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and awards $100,000 in scholarships and prizes to participants from colleges and high schools in northeast Ohio who speak out against prejudice and bigotry through essay writing. and songwriting. The winners were announced on April 13 during a broadcast that was seen by nearly 1,000 people.

In the grades 6-10 category, second place went to Mattia Sturman, grade 6, of Rocky River Middle School.

Newton D. Baker School of Arts in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood was one of the 2022 Stop the Hate Schools of the Year and Vickie Orozco of Newton D. Baker School of Arts won a $1,000 cash prize in recognition of his personal commitment to anti-bias. Education as one of two Stop the Hate Teachers of the Year.

The competition has two components: Youth Speak Out, essay writing for individual students, and Youth Sing Out, songwriting for classrooms. Both celebrate northeast Ohio upstanders in grades 6-12 who are committed to creating a more tolerant and inclusive society.

Since the competition began 14 years ago, the Maltz Museum has awarded $1.4 million to students and schools in 12 northeast Ohio counties, with an estimated reach of nearly 40,000 young people. .

To visit for more information or to read the essays as well as listen to the songs written by Northeast Ohio students.

The Zumba event benefits Ukraine: Polaris Career Center and Southwest General’s LifeWorks join forces to help Ukrainian citizens with a “Rock the Pavement”.

The Zumba Outdoors fundraiser will take place from 9:30-11 a.m. on May 7 in the LifeWorks parking lot. The cost is $10 per person, which must be paid in advance.

Register in person at the LifeWorks Service Office, 7390 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Heights, or call 440-816-4202 to pay over the phone by May 6. All net proceeds will benefit relief efforts in Ukraine.

Volunteers wanted: Help is needed to install more than 2,000 free smoke alarms for families in northeast Ohio as part of the national Red Cross Sound the Alarm effort. Those interested in volunteering should register on Locally, volunteers are needed from May 12 to 14.

Events in Greater Cleveland are scheduled for:

Noon to 3 p.m. May 12 in the Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 13 at Garfield Heights

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland.

Red Cross disaster response teams have responded to more than 860 residential fires since July 1, 2021.

Sound the Alarm smoke detector installation and home fire safety events in northern Ohio are part of a nationwide Red Cross initiative in May to install 50,000 free smoke detectors with partners in more than 50 at-risk communities across the country.

“Sound the Alarm is a meaningful way to be part of a larger movement while directly helping local families,” said Tim O’Toole, Regional Disaster Officer in Northern Ohio. “In just one day, you could help save a neighbor’s life by installing smoke detectors, which can cut your risk of dying in a home fire in half.”

Volunteers who have not been vaccinated against COID-19 can participate in Red Cross events provided they wear a mask, which will be provided at each event. Masks are also required if requested by an owner.

Red Cross officials said that thanks to donations, all services are free and available to those in need. People unable to volunteer can donate to the Red Cross at to help people prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires, which account for most disasters in the United States to which the Red Cross responds every eight minutes.

Those in need of a smoke alarm should visit to book an appointment for free smoke alarm installation at Red Cross Sound the Alarm events. Along with a smoke alarm, Red Cross volunteers and partners will also share information on what causes house fires, how to prevent them, what to do if a fire starts and how to create an escape plan.

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