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October 17, 2017

Lakewood Empowers Young People to Say Something and Save Lives!
Lakewood Promotes National Sandy Hook Promise Say Something Week

Lakewood in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, a national, nonprofit organization led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is naming October 16 to 20, 2017 as Say Something Week.

Say Something teaches students in Middle School and High School how to look for warning signs, signals and threats, especially in social media, from individuals who may want to hurt themselves or others and to Say Something to a trusted adult to get them help. The program is based on research conducted by Dr. Dewey Cornell and Dr. Reid Meloy, two leading national experts in threat assessment and intervention.

The weeklong series of events includes Say Something training at Harding and Garfield middle schools.  When it comes to violence, suicide and threats, most are known by at least one other individual BEFORE the incident takes place. In fact, 80% of school shooters told someone of their violent plan prior to the event.  Additionally, 7 out of 10 people who complete suicide told someone of their plans or gave some type of warning or indication. Imagine how much tragedy could be averted if these individuals said something?

Say Something Week raises awareness and educates students and the community through training, media events, advertising, public proclamations, contests and awards. Say Something Week reinforces the power young people have to prevent tragedies and Say Something to a trusted adult to protect a friend from hurting them self or others.  The City of Lakewood and Sandy Hook Promise is asking schools, student clubs, parents and community leaders to visit to learn how to begin using Say Something in their schools, homes and community.

September 20, 2017

City Council is looking for residents to serve on Winterhurst Committee

City Council is forming a citizens committee to evaluate the future of the Winterhurst Ice Rink Facility.

If you are interested in volunteering on this committee call Lakewood Clerk of Council Mary Hagan at 216-529-6053 or submit an email to   Experience as a skater, hockey player, coach or involvement in ice rink related activities/general athletic facilities management is a plus.


September 7, 2017

Board of Building Standards/Architectural Board of Review Vacancy

Lakewood City Council is seeking a volunteer to fill a Board of Building Standards/Architectural Board of Review vacancy.  The unexpired term ends December 31, 2019.  Applicants must be residents of Lakewood, have a desire to serve their community in a volunteer capacity, and be able to contribute the number of hours necessary to adequately review plans coming before the Architectural Board of Review/Board of Building Standards.

This Board considers architectural proposals for commercial and residential properties, reviews applications for variances to the City’s Building Code, and reviews sign proposals.

Applicants are asked to send a cover letter and/or résumé, to Lakewood City Council, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107 or email those materials to The submission deadline is 5 p.m. September 29, 2017.

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For more information, please contact Mary Hagan, Clerk of Council, at (216) 529-6053.


Mobile Stroke Unit to “Go Live” to Help Save Lives in Lakewood
New City Council members tour unit after city finalizes contract 

LAKEWOOD, October 17, 2016: During its Committee of the Whole meeting, Lakewood City Council members had an opportunity to tour the Cleveland Clinic’s Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit and discuss how Lakewood residents will benefit from new advances in stroke care.  Council President Sam O’Leary invited the unit to City Hall following the completion of the contractual agreement to bring the unit to Lakewood.

Within the next several days, following the completion of protocols and training among Cleveland Clinic officials and Lakewood dispatchers and paramedics, the unit will help first responders save lives in Lakewood.

The unit c rew showed Council members the technology available for on-site stroke diagnosis and treatment, including a mobile CT scanner and a mobile lab that allows the crew to do lab tests on board. If appropriate, the crew will be able to administer tPA – a medication that can break up blood clots and give patients a better chance at survival and living without disabilities often associated with a stroke. Upon receiving treatment, patients are transported to the most appropriate hospital.  Before arriving at Lakewood City Hall, the unit crew had just treated a stroke patient with tPA on board the unit as they transported him from his home in Euclid to the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

“Deployment of the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit in Lakewood was negotiated as part of the master agreement between the city, Cleveland Clinic, and the Lakewood Hospital Association, endorsed by City Council late last year,” says Council President O’Leary.  “Now that the city and Cleveland Clinic have come to contractual terms on the use of this precious resource, we are proud to say that this life-saving technology reinforces the city’s status as a local leader in stroke care.”

“Stroke is the number one cause of serious long-term disability in the United States, and treating stroke patients faster both saves lives and reduces disability,” said Andrew Russman, D.O., Medical Director of the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit at Cleveland Clinic. “In the fight against stroke, the mobile stroke treatment unit is at the forefront of our emergency response capability. We have seen tremendous success for patients in the last two years with the mobile stroke treatment unit, and we look forward to bringing mobile stroke care to the doorsteps of the residents of the City of Lakewood.”   Since Cleveland Clinic began its Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit program two years ago, more than 2,500 patients have been serviced by the unit crew.  Of those, 91 have received tPA on site.

“Last year when City Council announced our approval of the master agreement, we reassured Lakewood residents that the fully-staffed emergency department would be open 24/7/365 at the old hospital site until it transitioned to the new Cleveland Clinic family health center,” said O’Leary.  “We kept that promise.  And now we can say that the most advanced emergency stroke care can actually come to your home, so life-saving treatment can be started even before you get to an emergency department.”

You can watch a video to better understand how the Mobile Stroke Unit works and who benefits most.

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