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It's Never Too Late To Thank a Veteran

Hospice nurse Amber VArner gives a hug to World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient Frank Banach.

Hospice of the Western Reserve helps veterans find peace at life’s end. Collinwood residents will join Americans across the country to observe Veterans Day on November 11t, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country. These fellow Americans have made sacrifices in defense of freedom. Honoring our local veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives.

For some veterans, however, nearing the end of life can bring anguish over past war experiences. Did you know that Hospice of the Western Reserve, our community-based hospice headquartered right here in Collinwood, is one the nation’s largest nonprofit legacy providers of care? Or that the organization has made a special commitment to those who have served in the Armed Forces?   

Over the past two years, the agency has provided care to more than 3,200 veterans throughout Northeast Ohio, including many of our friends and neighbors in the community. Its Peaceful & Proud program provides training for clinical care teams, so they can address complex issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. Each Veterans Day, a special ceremony, complete with military Color Guard, music, refreshments and the individual "pinning" and recognition of each veteran who resides at David Simpson Hospice House and who wish to be honored, takes place.

The hospice also conducts many more such recognition ceremonies across Northeast Ohio each year, ranging from intimate gatherings involving a single hospice patient and family to large public events where a hundred or more veterans are honored. This year, more than 2,000 veterans will be honored and personally thanked in public recognition ceremonies by Hospice of the Western Reserve. Many more will be recognized privately, by the bedside.

“Northeast Ohio is home to a very large veteran population, and many vets are nearing the end of life. Some of the most important work we do is helping them find peace,” explained Bill Finn, chief executive officer. Finn said to help address these needs, volunteers who have served in the military are paired with veteran patients, providing the camaraderie of shared experiences. Counseling, storytelling, art and music therapy, and legacy work are just a few of the ways the community-based hospice helps veterans achieve the peace they seek at the end of life.

Hospice of the Western Reserve is also actively involved with We Honor Veterans, an innovative program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offered in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The hospice is among an elite group that has achieved a “partner level four” designation from the national program, given only to hospices demonstrating the highest level of commitment to veterans.

If you or a veteran you love would like more information about the services provided by Hospice of the Western Reserve, visit, or call 800.707.8922.  And remember, this Veterans Day or any day at all... It's never too late to thank a veteran!

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Balina Bocce Balinca Tournament

Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15

Slovenian workman's home

15335 Waterloo Rd. 216-481-5378

entry fee $60 per team includes a sandwich and a soft drink on Saturday

teams may consist of four men, four women, or mixed teams

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:57 PM, 11.17.2014

Autumn is Here

What a great Fall, so far. With that has come the opening of the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District.  My sincere thanks and appreciation for all the patience you have shown during these past two years of great inconvenience. However, we can all see the fruits of our labors.  With the new Waterloo Brew opening up in the historic Waterloo Slovenian Home along with other venues within the district. This has been a long time dream of mine to work with Northeast Shores Development Corporation and other stakeholders to create an eastside arts and entertainment district.  We are on our way!

Work continues on the Lakeshore Boulevard Relief Sewer.  Northeast Regional Sewer District is working hard with their contractors to finish what work they can before the weather turns bad. This is a massive project as we all can see, but one that definitely needed to be done. Stay tuned for future updates.

You have all heard the old saying that – if you don’t use it you lose it.  Please support our neighborhood businesses and venues in the neighborhood. As we reinvent our greater neighborhood, we who live here must set the tone. If you look city-wide at the neighborhoods which are coming back and repositioning themselves, it is because of believers.  I have never stopped believing in our community and our ward as a whole. Many neighborhoods in Cleveland have ceased to exist as they were because people and businesses lost hope.  Please join with me in becoming a cheerleader and a champion for the expanded new Ward 8 community. We can and will make a difference. We have proven that.

On that specific point, the number one complaint I receive into my office daily is about Building & Housing as well Health issues related to private homes and properties. In 2014, I am extremely troubled by what I see as a lack of passion and commitment coming out of the City of Cleveland’s Administration related to Building & Housing Code enforcement. There are numerous inspector positions unfulfilled and the City’s follow-up and prosecution is dismal at best.  Why.  We still cannot figure this one out.

We cannot talk about rebuilding and re-growing Cleveland from the Downtown outward. The trickle-down theory doesn’t work. It must be a true partnership and balancing act.  Neighborhoods, especially the outlying neighborhoods and wards, need special attention to combat the speculators, as well as slum and absentee landlords who have descended upon us as a result of the foreclosure crisis and subsequent unloading of bank-owned properties. I am calling upon all of our neighborhood associations and institutions to take a more proactive approach on code enforcement in their respective areas or on your block.

All housing complaints can be called into (216) 664-2007 and Health related complaints may be called into (216) 664-2300. Any group wishing to write the Mayor regarding any substandard property may do so.  Please contact my office for the proper outline and forms. Become a stakeholder.

So far, we have been lucky with the weather. However, we all know that’s going to change, real soon. Once again, continue to turn in any and all chuckholes into the Mayor’s Action Center at (216) 664-2900.  Please make sure that all streetlights are working.  Report Street lights out to (216) 621-5483. As always, you may also reach me at my office at (216) 664-4236 or via email at

Wishing you all a great THANKSGIVING. We have a lot to be thankful for.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:55 PM, 11.17.2014

Empty Bowls in Collinwood

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On Thursday, December 11, 2014, Ginn Academy will hold its 2nd annual Empty Bowls fundraiser in the library media center to directly support The Cleveland Food Bank.  For a $10 donation, you can select a handmade bowl created in our art studio by a member of the Ginn Academy ceramics program—both teachers and students participate.  Your bowl will then be filled with homemade soup—this year’s offerings are broccoli & cheese, steak & potato, vegetarian minestrone, chicken tortilla, and matzo ball—you can also choose turkey chili.  Included will also be a spoon wrapped in linen, along with a slice of freshly baked bread—rustic Italian, multi-grain, or homemade cornbread.

Please come to the Ginn Academy from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to support this important event for those in need in Northeast Ohio throughout the winter months.  Last year well over $1,000 was raised from this event for The Cleveland Food Bank.  We hope to make this year’s event an even greater success.

An additional table of beautiful, handmade ceramic pieces will be hosted by Mrs. Rickel.  Anyone interested in making an additional donation to The Cleveland Food Bank can choose from a range of art pieces from $5 and up.

Helping to Feed People in Need

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.

This fundraiser has been organized by Judy Rickel, ceramics teacher at the Ginn Academy.

Photos courtesy of Claire Lucas

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:57 PM, 11.17.2014

Thanksgiving Day

We each have our own memories of THANKSGIVING DAY.  They weren’t all “over the hills and through the woods to Grandmother’s House” but I am sure they were special times with family, friends, and good food. Hopefully the traditions continue. However, do we remember to be thankful and even prayerful this day as well?

The FIRST THANKSGIVINGS were truly days of prayer and thanksgiving held by those who came to the shores of America at St Augustine (1565), Jamestown (1610), Berkley Plantation (1619) and the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1620. They were held in gratefulness for deliverance, freedoms, prosperity and bounty. The Pilgrims feasted in thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest which meant their survival.

Our Thanksgiving Days in our lifetimes have come to mean food, parades, shopping and football.  We need to remember what “THANKSGIVING” really means and show our gratefulness for the blessings we enjoy as a family and as a nation. In all the day’s preparations and activities - let’s not forget to be thankful for our bounty.

On October 3, 1789 President George Washington declared a special day of public Thanksgiving and prayer for the 26th Day of November 1789 as requested by both Houses of Congress. The Proclamation reads in part that the day shall be “…observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”  It also reads that the People of these United States should devote themselves to being thankful, “in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.” Finally, the Proclamation states that we should then “unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; … and, in general to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.”

On October 3, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln, after some of the worst battles of the Civil War then raging for over 2 years and a month or so before delivering his now famous Gettysburg Address and at the urging of Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving to be held in perpetuity on the same day in all of the United States.  Thus the last Thursday of November was set aside as a “Day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” The Proclamation states all the good things we had been blessed with despite being at war for which to be thankful for.  President Lincoln, therefore, made further Proclamation that, “… I recommend to them [the people] that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverance and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, command to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”


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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:55 PM, 11.17.2014

Therapist Opens New Office in Collinwood

Hello Collinwood Neighbors! I am Danielle Dronet, a therapist in private practice. My office is located in the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries Center, located on St. Claire, across the street from Dollar General. I accept several insurances, Medicare, and provide a sliding fee scale. My practice is available to couples, individuals, families, children, and teens. Phone calls are welcome to talk about available therapy appointments and discuss if engaging in therapy can help improve a situation. 

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:55 PM, 11.17.2014

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

NSDC staff with Santa

Santa is coming to North Collinwood for a special breakfast with the kids. What would Christmas be like without photos with the jolly guy in red, a chance for kids to tell him their number one wish and presents they are hoping for? Come join us for breakfast with Santa on December 13, 2014 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School. Photo ops and fun activities are included with a $5 dollar ticket purchase.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:54 PM, 11.17.2014

Construction on Waterloo

Construction at Brick

New windows, roof, and siding OH MY! Things are jamming over at Brick Ceramic & Design Studio and Bright Coffee Bar! Exterior work is estimated to be completed before we ring in the new year and Brick should be open for business in early 2015! Yahoo!! 

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:54 PM, 11.17.2014

Picturing Collinwood

Northeast Shores wants to know what you think. What are your impressions of Collinwood? What have been our big successes, and what do we still need to address? Stop by the Northeast Shores office (317 East 156th Street) or visit our Facebook page to share your thoughts and your vision using our online survey. It won't take you long, and the feedback you provide will be a huge help to us in prioritizing our revitalization strategy! Complete the survey and you may win a $25 gift certificate! Questions? Call 216-481-7660.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:54 PM, 11.17.2014

Halloween on WaterBOO

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The sky was gray and the wind was blowing, but that didn’t stop the families of Collinwood from dressing up in costumes and coming out for Halloween on WaterBOO! Originally the activities were going to be held outside, but the old bank building proved to be a great location for the event headquarters.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Waterloo if there weren’t a whole lot of arts and crafts. Down the street, artists of all ages participated in pumpkin painting and decorating with beach trash. Yes, beach trash! There were large pumpkins and small pumpkins. The small pumpkins were entered into a contest; the winners are now on display in the Phone Gallery located on Waterloo Road. The children did potato printing on their trick-or-treat bags, and then strolled down Waterloo to the many businesses that were passing out candy. There were also a variety of games, including double dutch, bean bag toss, and a scavenger hunt.

Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and resources to make this event a hit!

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:54 PM, 11.17.2014

Voters Invited to Utilize New Drive Through Ballot Drop Box

Pat McDonald, Director of the Board of Elections

It is now easier than ever to return your Vote by Mail ballot for the November 4th General Election if you prefer to drop it off at the Board of Elections.  There is a new drive through ballot drop box.  The drop box makes voting more accessible and convenient when returning voted ballots.  It eliminates the need to find a place to park and walk to the building in inclement weather.

“The secure drive through ballot drop box allows voters to deposit ballots at their convenience, any time, day or night.  The ballot drop box was designed specifically for ballots and is monitored 24/7 by video surveillance, as well as checked and cleared out several times a day,” said McDonald.

The box is located in the Board of Elections rear parking lot and is available to accept ballots, ballot applications, and voter registration cards. 

The Board of Elections is located at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:54 PM, 11.17.2014

Beachland Hair Design Annual Holiday Open House

Vintage Thanksgiving Autumn styling Photo by Joseph Miheli Styling Susan M. Brandt
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Beachland Hair Design will be hosting their annual Holiday Open House on November 29, 2014 from 10 am till 5pm. Please feel free to stop in for snacks and refreshments. 

Beachland Hair Design has been having the annual open house for 5 years. Every year we host a food drive benefiting The Cleveland Food Bank, along with monetary donations as well. This year, as well as past years , Beachland Hair Designs Open House coincides with the Shop Small Shop Local, which we have had much success with.

Besides supporting a local business, you can win a chance at a free haircut for a year, a vinatge photo session complete with hair, makeup and styling(see pics). numerous gift baskets, and many more surprises during the day!

Save the date November 29, 2014 10:0 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Beachland Hair Design open house benifiting The Cleveland Food Bank

18324 Lakeshore Blvd. 

Cleveland Ohio 44119

We wish all our friends and neighbors the best for a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:51 PM, 11.17.2014

Monarch Butterflies Teach St. Jerome Students about the Life Cycle

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The First grade students at St. Jerome School got to learn first-hand the life cycle of a Monarch Butterfly. The children, being as inquisitive as they are found the caterpillars while playing outside at recess. The students were so excited about their discovery we decided to make our classroom their home. The first graders put the caterpillars in a butterfly net along with some milkweed, and over the course of a two week span watched the caterpillars form into the chrysalis stage. At the chrysalis stage the caterpillar spins a silk pad onto a horizontal substrate. It will then hang from that pad by the last pair of prolegs upside down. The caterpillar will shed its skin and begin to undergo a beautiful transformation called metamorphosis. The students were able to witness this stage along with witnessing the butterfly emerge after about a two week span. Also during this period, the children documented their observations until it was time to release the butterflies into their natural habitat. The students truly had a hands on experience seeing first-hand the life cycle of a monarch butterfly.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:50 PM, 11.17.2014

Collinwood Area Pastoral Association

Aspinwall Church of God

Pastor Jon Walden - 14627 Aspinwall


Beachland Presbyterian Church

Pastor David Starke - 18100 Canterbury


Beulah Baptist Church

Pastor Dr A. E. Williams - 14918 Cardinal



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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:43 PM, 11.17.2014

Finding Faith in Collinwood

Everyone needs faith in someone or something. Finding faith again in something after my husband’s sudden death, took great courage, but once I did I have been able to accomplish things I never thought possible before and have met some quite interesting people along the way.

If you are a faith-based organization in Collinwood then meet the Collinwood Area Pastoral Association. This is a new co-operation of Collinwood neighborhood religious groups, who are coming together to work for (and with) our Collinwood community, brought together by Councilman Polensek, who saw not just a need, but another way to work for the good of Collinwood.

Many of them you will know - and many you may not be so familiar with - but we are uniting to work together, for the betterment of our Collinwood neighborhood. All faiths are welcome to be part of this group; we very much want to not only welcome everyone, but we want to reflect the diversity of our religious beliefs, that so very much reflect Collinwood's cultural diversity and history.


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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:43 PM, 11.17.2014

A Street Cleanup for the Beach

Join Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach(TM) Team volunteers on Saturday, November 15th 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for our second annual street cleanup. Why a street cleanup and not a beach cleanup? Unfortunately, street litter accounts for the primary source of the trash that we collect after it has washed up on our beaches. Every time it rains, litter from our streets makes it way into our storm sewers and our storm sewers outflow either directly into Lake Erie or into creeks and tributaries. If it is on the ground chances are it will make it into our water. Check out some great resources about understanding storm water and watersheds and how you can make a difference at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Storm water education page: 

Volunteers will meet outside the Collinwood Recreation Center (16300 Lakeshore Blvd.) in the parking lot at 10:00 a.m. for registration. Cleanup teams will pick up litter along Lakeshore Boulevard between Wildwood Park and East 156th Street. Gloves, bags, rakes and trash pickers and refreshments will be provided. However, you are welcome to bring your own. Children under 10 are required to be accompanied by an adult. All participating volunteers will receive a coupon to Chili Peppers Restaurant, good for 1/2 off your purchase of a meal and a drink.  Following the cleanup, we will have pizza inside the rec center.

Questions about participating in the cleanup, contact Stephen Love at 216-571-0685, or on

Hope to see you out on the street!

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:39 PM, 11.17.2014

Yard Waste Polluting Our Waterways

Did you know that grass and leaves can harm our creeks and streams? Few, if any, property owners think it’s acceptable to dump tires, machine parts, plastics and other unnatural trash into our waterways. But many still believe it is okay to deposit organic material like leaves and grass onto a stream bank, in a storm drain, or into the stream itself.

Well, when it comes to stream dumping, even organic doesn’t “cut it.”

Many leaves will naturally fall into the water, but as homeowners, we should be mindful not to upset nature’s balance. Leaves, grass clippings and pet waste should never be dumped in or even next to a creek, ditch or pond.

Yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, pet droppings, etc.) is the 2nd largest category of all discarded trash. When these materials are put into the stream, they begin to decompose and use up the critical, life-giving oxygen in the water. As a result these streams can become unsightly and release a foul odor. Yard waste can also ‘super-fertilize’ streams and lakes and can lead to algae blooms and fish kills. Furthermore, this excess debris can obstruct flow and clog downstream culverts, leading to localized flooding and erosion problems. 

Yard waste should be composted, or set out with the trash according to your community’s yard waste pick-up guidelines. Pet waste should always be bagged and placed in the trash. You can further protect our local waterways by leaving an unmowed buffer strip next to any creek on your property and by planting trees and shrubs on and next to stream banks. This streamside setback helps to filter pollutants from runoff and to protect the streambank from erosion.  

You can learn more by calling Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District (216-524-6580) and requesting a free copy of Life at the Water’s Edge: Living in Harmony with Your Backyard Stream.

Remember – clean water starts with you!

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:39 PM, 11.17.2014

Waterloo Sites Featured in US EPA Tour

On Sunday, Oct. 26, more than 50 people visited the Waterloo Neighborhood to learn more about the stormwater management practices in place at two area parking lots, Azure Stained Glass and Outdoor Theatre lots.

The visitors, representing more than 30 communities across the country, were in Cleveland for the US EPA’s Second Community Summit (GI Summit) on Green Infrastructure. Waterloo was one of five tour stops showcasing best practices in green infrastructure throughout Greater Cleveland.

The Azure lot, located at East 156 St. and Waterloo Rd., has 21 parking spaces and artistically integrates bioretention features to capture and filter pollutants from the surrounding parking lot. This highly visible space includes educational signage along Waterloo Rd.

The Outdoor lot, located at the eastern end of the Waterloo Road District, has 30 parking spaces and features a bioswale, infiltration basin and meadow with native grasses. In addition, stormwater-friendly pervious concrete drains the traditional asphalt parking spaces allowing runoff to migrate to the infiltration basin where it is cleansed further before soaking into the native soils below.

“The Sewer District recognizes the importance of local initiatives to construct rain gardens, bioretention features, and other site-based stormwater management practices,” said Rachel Webb, Watershed Team Leader at NEORSD who coordinated the tour.  “We have great partners and want  to support the implementation of these projects.”

These projects were made possible with grant funding from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's Small-Scale Stormwater Demonstration Grant Program. In 2012, Northeast Shores received a total of $71,117 for several area projects; $23,453 of that was for the Azure lot and $24,097 was for the Outdoor lot.  In addition to Sewer District funding, additional financial support was provided by US EPA, Ohio EPA and Cleveland Economic Development.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:39 PM, 11.17.2014

Thanksgiving Fun for Kids

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Fun, Thursday, November 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Memorial-Nottingham Library. This special program for kids will teach all about the history and meaning of Thanksgiving. How it started in Plymouth Massachusetts, as a way for the Pilgrims to celebrate the fall harvest with the Native Americans, who had helped them plant and learn to grow crops. At the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated the feast together, ate at the same tables and played games. Today’s Thanksgiving celebration is a lot different than the way it was when it first started.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:39 PM, 11.17.2014

What's Happening At The Collinwood Branch Library

Fall is here and we have some great programs coming up! Please stop by the Collinwood Branch for a visit or to take part in one of our programs!  


Growing Readers Storytime

Help grow your child’s early reading skills!  Children ages 3-5 are invited for stories, songs and rhymes that will help them become better readers later in life. 30 minutes. Through November 4th

America Reads FREE After School Tutoring

Students in K-8 can get assistance with their homework.  College students from Cleveland State University assist with any subject and/or reseach project. Monday - Thursday from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Kids Café Snack Program

The Cleveland Foodbank in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library offers FREE after school meals for ages 18 and under.  Monday - Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Girl Rising Documentary Film Screening & Discussion

Join us for the viewing of Girl Rising by director Richard Robbins.  This documentary explores the lives of nine girls from different parts of the world and the challenges they face. This program is appropriate for 6th grade and up. Thursday, November 6 at 4:30 p.m.


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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:38 PM, 11.17.2014

The Salvation Army Christmas Assistance 2014

The Salvation Army will officially kick off the Christmas season with the start of Christmas Assistance Registration, November 10-14. For 123 years The Salvation Army in Collinwood has been providing hope to people who have found themselves in the midst of trying circumstances at Christmas time and throughout the year. As in the past, we will continue to meet these needs this Christmas.

Families with children 12 and under may sign up to receive toys, a gift card for holiday food and coats. They can register at The Salvation Army (17625 Grovewood Ave.) on from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, November 10, 2014 through Thursday, November 13, 2014 and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 14, 2014.

When you go to register, take the following information: government issued I.D. or driver's license; birth certificate or current medical benefit card for EACH child (newborn-12 years old).  For more information, call The Salvation Army at 216.692.1388

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 4:05 PM, 11.06.2014

CMSD plans buildings for 21st Century education

Hannah Gibbons STEM School is one of four schools the Cleveland Metropolitan School District has built in the Collinwood-Euclid cluster in recent years. The District also plans to build a new O.H. Perry School.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District wants to continue modernizing its buildings, a campaign that began after the gym roof at the former East High School collapsed 14 years ago. Since then, the District has built and renovated 41 schools.

Work completed so far in what CMSD calls the Collinwood-Euclid cluster includes four new schools: Memorial PreK-8 was completed in 2005, followed by Hannah Gibbons STEM in 2006, East Clark in 2009 and Euclid Park in 2010.

If voters approve Issue 4 on Nov. 4, CMSD would continue to invest in the cluster, building a new O.H. Perry School.

Collinwood High School would remain open, with the District maintaining the building and working to increase the number of high-performing programs in the school.

Collinwood’s most recent report card shows signs of academic improvement: The school’s performance index (a composite of scores on achievement tests) increased 4 points and the graduation rate jumped 10 percentage points. The school has become one of 14 in Ohio to join the nationwide New Tech Network and use the network’s project-based curriculum.

A revised master facilities plan also calls for maintaining Ginn Academy and Kenneth W. Clement Boys’ Leadership Academy.

Approval of Issue 4 would not raise taxes, and the state would contribute $2 for every $1 the District spends on new construction.

Under The Cleveland Plan, a state-approved blueprint for education reform, CMSD seeks to provide quality school options in every neighborhood. And the presence of quality schools will help with economic development and the continued population growth of this cluster.

Across the city, CMSD would build 20 to 22 schools and refurbish 20 to 23 others if Issue 4 passes.

Issue 4 includes a $200 million bond issue for construction and a half-mill levy that would generate $2.5 million a year for maintaining buildings.

The owner of a $50,000 house would pay $44.10 pear year, just as the owner is already paying.

The Board of Education has prioritized the hiring of city residents, minorities, women and small businesses on construction projects.

To view the facilities plan online, go to


Issue 4 will allow for construction of 20 to 22 new schools and the refurbishing of 20-23 schools, and it also will generate $2.5 million a year for building maintenance – all without raising taxes.

The state will provide more than $2 for every $1 the District spends on construction. That means Issue 4 will bring in an estimated $256.8 million from the state for Cleveland's schools without raising taxes.

Issue 4 authorizes $200 million in bonds for new construction and a half-mill tax for maintenance.

Issue 4 will cost the owner of a $50,000 home $44.10 per year.

CMSD has spent its construction dollars prudently while building and renovating 41 schools since 2001. The District saved taxpayers $42.2 million by refinancing and paying off debt early.

The Cleveland Board of Education has adopted the city’s Community Benefits Agreement to guide future construction. That will prioritize employment of city residents, minorities, females and small businesses on CMSD projects.

The CMSD facilities plan funded by Issue 4 is aligned with the groundbreaking Cleveland Plan. The facilities plan gives CMSD the flexibility to start new school models and provide quality school options in every neighborhood.

The independent Bond Accountability Commission, which was created in 2001, would continue to monitor the use of bond funds.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:07 PM, 10.15.2014

Waterloo brew celebrates grand opening

The Waterloo Brew will celebrate its grand opening of the bar & grill located in the Slovenian Workman's Home on October 3rd.  Waterloo Brew is owned and operated by the ABC/XYZ The Tavern folks, which promises a great selection of beers....including the house brew, a craft pale ale to please the palate of our working folks.  Nothing fancy schmancy about it! You can count on a friendly place to hang out, great service and value....and the introduction of the Cleveland Cheesesteak sandwiches, along with house made sausages, all grilled right behind the bar, old-school style!  Spinning records for the celebration is Collinwood’s very own Lawrence Daniel Caswell.  

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:07 PM, 10.15.2014

The November 4, 2014 General Election

The November 4th General Election will include candidates for U.S. Congress, Governor, and statewide offices, the Ohio House and Senate, County Executive, County Council (in odd numbered districts), judicial seats, and issues.

To avoid lines on Election Day, and to allow extra time to study the ballot, all registered voters may Vote by Mail. Vote by Mail ballot applications are available at the Board of Elections website:, by calling the Board of Elections at 216-443-VOTE (8683), and at all public libraries.

The voter registration deadline is October 6th. New voters and those who have moved or changed their name since they last voted need to complete and return a new Voter Registration Card on, or before, October 6th. Voter registration cards are available online at: or by calling 216-443-VOTE (8683). Registration cards are also available at all public libraries. Voters have the option of updating their registration information online at:

It is important for all voters to be prepared to cast their ballots. Sample ballots are available on the Board of Elections website:

Election Day voting: The Polls Open at 6:30 a.m. and Close at 7:30 p.m.

Bring proper identification when voting: a current and valid photo identification card, driver's license or state issued identification, military identification, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address.

Voters need to know their ward, precinct, and voting location. Voters may check at: or call the Voter Information Hotline at 216-443-VOTE (8683).

Voters who are interested in serving as poll workers may call 216-443-VOTE (8683) or apply on-line at:

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:07 PM, 10.15.2014

It’s Eerie in Collinwood

Ready for some family friendly fright? Mark your calendars for Saturday October 18 for one wizardry day! Dress up and take your family, or go solo to the Boo at the Beach Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team beach cleanup and costume contest from 10am-noon, then head over to Halloween on WaterBoo Road from noon to 2pm, and then fancy your fright with a Halloween Party at STAR POP vintage + modern from 2-5pm. Three great events, one great day!

Here’s a breakdown of all the frightening fun!

Boo at the Beach! 10am-12pm Euclid Beach Park

If litter washing up on our shores is not a scary enough, try a beach cleanup in Halloween costumes! Join Adopt-a-Beach (TM) volunteers for our second annual Boo at the Beach cleanup and costume contest at Euclid Creek Reservation-Euclid Beach (16301 Lakeshore Boulevard).

This year’s costume contest categories include:

Most Reusable: Incorporates recycled and reused elements -no matter the theme!

Most Lake Erie Lovin' : Show us how you love Lake Erie and all the creatures that inhabit it!

Spookiest: Ahh! 

Cutest: Aww...

Cleverest: Clever...

Time to get creative!

Following the beach cleanup participants in the costume contest will be judged and awarded prizes on the the stage on the corner of Waterloo Rd. and 156th St. at 12:30pm

You do not have to wear a costume to participate in the beach cleanup but you will certainly win the Least Creative contest category!

No masks will be permitted during the beach cleanup or anything that inhibits your ability to see or walk on uneven terrain. And please, only family friendly costume attire.

Please wear closed toed shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.  Children under 10 are required to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Gloves, bags, rakes and trash pickers along with light refreshments will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own!

For more information about Boo at the Beach, please contact Stephen Love - or call 216-571-0685.

Halloween on WaterBoo Road: 12pm-2pm-Waterloo Sculpture Garden

Northeast Shores is hosting a family friendly event, Halloween on WaterBOO Road. This will be a family friendly afternoon of Halloween activities on Waterloo Road October 18, 2014 from noon till 2 p.m. The event kicks off with a costume contest at 12:30pm.  Dress up in your favorite costume and prepare to be judged for the best use of reused materials, cutest, or scariest creature in the neighborhood! The costume contest categories are listed above in the Boo at the Beach announcement The contest will be held at 12:30p, at the Waterloo Sculpture Garden located at 16010 Waterloo Road.

After the costume contest, experience Waterloo Road like never before. The kids will take over the street for Trick-or-Treat. There will be an opportunity for the kids to get crafty with some of the local artists, including a pumpkin painting and beach cleanup trash workshop with Linda Zolten Wood, in partnership with Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach Team and Waterloo Sculpture Garden.

Halloween Party at STAR POP vintage + modern.

The Halloween party will include pizza, candy, prizes, and fun kid friendly Halloween arts and crafts with local artist and art teacher Brittainy Lee Quinn. Kids and adults will be able to keep their finished spooky project.

So don’t be mummy, come out to the party!

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:04 PM, 10.15.2014

Waterloo Streetscape Construction 2014

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On schedule and working toward completion, the 2014 edition of Waterloo Road construction started in late March with the installation of utility pole footers as well as final removal of the old road bed.  New concrete was poured, matching the pour done last year for the north lane, and currently, the second coat of asphalt is being poured and should be completed very soon. New curbs and aprons were also poured on East 156th from Waterloo to the freeway entrance at Calcutta. The detour route, portions of East 152nd, Lucknow, Trafalgar, as well as East 163rd are also receiving a new road surface.

“This project has been a labor of love for from my office for a long time. For once it is completed, this project will go a long way towards transforming the Waterloo Road area into the kind of arts and entertainment district we have long worked towards,” stated Councilman Michael D. Polensek. “We appreciated everyone’s patience and look forward to seeing everyone in the district for the monthly (first weekend of the month) Walk all over Waterloo events.”

Brian Friedman, Executive Director at Northeast Shores stated, “the Waterloo project is a $5.5 million dollar investment in the neighborhoods future. Construction includes: CPP electrical conduit placement, special bus pad and crosswalk concrete treatment and new bus shelters, replacement of sidewalks and access driveway aprons, the installation of compliant A.D.A. curb ramps at crossings, drainage improvements, underground utilities, north side street lighting, traffic and pedestrian crossing signals, pavement markings, and signage as well as streetscape amenities. The amenities include brick pavers in the area closest to the curb (amenity strip) portion of the sidewalks, bike racks, benches, trees/ landscaping pits and a special plaza style treatment at the Tower area in front of Waterloo Arts. A reconstruction project takes money and time; it’s not your average street repaving. This road has not been comprehensively addressed since the streetcar tracks were installed, previous to 1919.”


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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:04 PM, 10.15.2014

October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Violence against partners, particularly women, has been accepted throughout modern history. Although conditions gradually improved since the 1700’s, it wasn’t until the 1960’s that shelters for battered women were opened, and men could be prosecuted for their actions. In the 1980’s a movement began to form. First came a day of Unity, then a week of Unity, a national hotline, and in 1989, Congress passed legislation making October officially National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month is used to connect battered women advocates across the nation to end violence against woman and their children, as well as men who are victims.

Domestic abuse is more than physical violence; it can be emotional as well. Domestic abuse occurs when one person in an intimate relationship tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It happens across cultures, classes, and income groups. The statistics are frightening, as 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Every day 3 women are killed by intimate violence in the U.S. alone. Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults. Children who are raised in a household with domestic violence are more vulnerable to becoming abused or abusers themselves.


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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:03 PM, 10.15.2014

The Roles of the County Executive and Council

This year, for only second time in the 200 years of Cuyahoga County, voters will elect a County Executive and half of the members of the County Council.  

Some people know that acting upon the decision of voters, we have changed our form of government to a Charter with a County Council and County Executive, while others might think we still have three County Commissioners.  Even those who are aware of the Charter may ask, “What are the roles of the County Executive and the County Council? What do they do? Why should I care?” 

As someone who has been part of the new Charter government these past four years and someone who is currently running for the position of County Executive, I will try to answer these questions.

Our new County Charter is clear that the County Executive, like the CEO of a corporation, is to be the chief executive officer of the county.  It is the responsibility of the Council to pass legislation, be the taxing authority and to provide advice and consent to the Executive on the names he or she brings forth for cabinet appointments.  


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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:03 PM, 10.15.2014

It’s a Family Halloween on Waterloo

Get ready for a family friendly afternoon of Halloween activities on Waterloo Road October 18, 2014 from noon till 2 p.m. Dress up in your favorite costume and prepare to be judged for the best use of reused materials, cutest, or scariest creature in the neighborhood. Let the kids get crafty with some of the local artists. Then experience Waterloo Road like never before as the kids take over for Trick-or-Treat. There will be a pumpkin painting and decorating workshop by Linda Zolten Wood, in partnership with Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach and Waterloo Sculpture Garden located at 16006 Waterloo Road.  Immediately following, STAR POP vintage +modern will host a FREE Halloween Party will include pizza, candy, prizes, and fun kid friendly Halloween arts and crafts, with local artist and art teacher Brittainy Lee Quinn! Kids and adults will be able to keep their finished spooky project!

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:56 PM, 10.15.2014

Family Affair to Perform Music and Poetry

This talented family moved to Euclid  from Collinwood months ago and want to celebrate with new neighbors with their music and poetry. They will be performing  Oct 4 starting at 7:30pm  at the newly opened music venue “Euclid City Limits” at the Conscious Nest located at 20150 Lakeshore Blvd. $5.00 adults $2.00 under 18 includes food and drink.

Opening:  Devlinbleu Chambers:  Original poetry  from a 15 yr old student at Hawken School.  Has been writing poetry for over a year and has extensively traveled in the USA and Burma. Has performed a number of times this last year.

And Opening:  Louise Foresman singer/songwriter and mother of Devlinbleu, has been writing and singing for over 6 years presently in the band “ The Attention Deflect  Glee Club”, formally  in the “Ethel Group” and the” Danylou Project”. She has also been involved in the Lottery League band.

Main act: Danyl Chambers singer/songwriter for 40 years. Has performed mainly in NE Ohio. Whimsical humorous and political slant to his music.  Has been in a number of bands over the years” The Shuttle Fragments” in the 80’s “The Missing Children” in the 90’s and presently with his wife” The Attention Deficit Glee Club”. He will be performing solo pieces and a few songs with his wife.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:59 PM, 10.15.2014

STAR POP vintage + modern's October Blowout Sale!

Friday, October 3rd STAR POP vintage + modern's October Blowout Sale!

Star Pop   15813 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44110 in the Native-Cleveland Annex!

We're making room before the holidays with our biggest sale ever!

Starting at 6 pm October 3rd during Walk All Over Waterloo.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:02 PM, 10.15.2014

Euclid Creek Tunnel work to impact traffic on Lakeshore Blvd.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's Euclid Creek Tunnel will drastically reduce the amount of raw sewage entering area waterways – including Euclid Creek and Lake Erie – during heavy rain events. This project began construction in April 2011 and is on schedule to be complete next Spring.

A portion of this project includes new sewer construction beneath Lakeshore Boulevard at the intersection of E. 156 Street; this work will begin late October.

To successfully install the necessary components of this project, the Sewer District will close the northernmost two lanes of Lakeshore Boulevard for approximately four to six months.  In addition, E. 156 Street will be closed to northbound traffic at Lakeshore Boulevard.

Signage will be posted clearly indicating the traffic pattern changes.  Traffic and RTA services will be maintained in both directions throughout this period with a clearly marked detour for E. 156th Street.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:01 PM, 10.15.2014

Utilities Resource Fair

Cuyahoga Job and  Family Services and the Home Heating and Weatherization Task Force will be hosting a Utilities Resource Fair, at West Side Community House at 9300 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44102, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The free event will provide information and resources to the community, and enable customers to apply for utilities assistance programs such as Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Percentage of Income Program (PIPP Plus) and Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP).  Customers can apply for county benefits programs such as Medicaid, Child Care and Food Assistance. 

There will be a free Utilities Assistance Programs Training Workshop at noon; registration is online for the workshop at

For information, call 216-987-7010 or visit

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:00 PM, 10.15.2014

October Book Sale at Euclid Public Library

If you drive along East 222nd Street in Euclid, you'll pass a Vietnam-era tank, with a building behind it. That building is Euclid's very fine library, at 631 E. 222. 

On October 24, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the Friends of the Library start their semiannual book sale. Those two hours are only for members, but for $5 you can join at the door. 

Or you can come on Saturday, October 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., avoiding the crowds and still finding thousands of books and AV items to browse among. 

The regular prices are 50¢ for hardbacks, 25¢ for paperbacks. AV material varies, but the most expensive things are the DVDs, at $2 per movie.

On Sunday, Bag Day, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., the remaining DVDs will go in the first half-hour, but there will still be an awful lot of stuff to look through and carry out in the paper bag that only costs $3.00.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:00 PM, 10.15.2014

Art and Craft with Maria Neil

Gallery One Sixty presents an interactive art experience with Jacob Wesley Lang-that will feature a tasting of craft beers from at least four local brewers.  The event will be in partnership with Edible Cleveland Magazine and will help fundraise for a non-profit.  The event will also collaborate with Maria Neil Art Project who will be hosting a tastings in partnership with Edible Cleveland.

The event will also be in partnership with Gallery One Sixty which will be feature their own Art & Craft event down the street.  

October 11, 2014 6 to 10 pm 

Gallery One Sixty

16008 Waterloo Road

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:56 PM, 10.15.2014

Art and Craft

The Maria Neil Art Project presents two of Cleveland’s most well-known yet rarely shown artists Amy Casey & Cathie Bleck and will feature a tasting of craft beers from four local brewers. The event is in partnership with Edible Cleveland and will be a fundraiser for Artneo.

 October 11, 2014 6 to 10 pm

15813 Waterloo Road

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:56 PM, 10.15.2014

Bocce Battle on Waterloo

Battle of the Bars and Cleveland Restaurants will be hosting a competitive Bocce tournament at Waterloo Brew. The event is free and open to the public and will culminate in a celebration and music party. The event will include music, food, beer tasting, and bocce.  Don’t miss the kickoff of the bocce league on Waterloo.

October 25th, 2014 7 pm to 10 pm                           

15335 Waterloo

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:56 PM, 10.15.2014

Waterloo Alley Cat Project Celebrates National Feral Cat Day at Beachland Tavern

The Waterloo Alley Cat Project will be holding a free community awareness event celebrating National Feral Cat Day on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Beachland Tavern, 15711 Waterloo Road.  Alley Cat Allies created National Feral Cat Day in 2001 as the annual kick-off for its national educational campaign about the protection of stray and feral cats across the country. This event will provide a unique opportunity for everyone who cares about animals to get together toward a common goal — to end the euthanasia and suffering of companion and homeless animals.

This event begins at 7 pm and will include: a short informative video about the work performed by the Waterloo Alley Cat Project, audience judging of NE Ohio’s Cutest Rescued Cat Photo Contest, an art raffle, and appetizers. DJs Little Lighthouse & Ghoulbunny will be spinning music and live music by Shane Didow and Cobra Verde. Monetary donations or cat food donations will be greatly appreciated, but not mandatory for entry to the event.

For further information about how to enter your rescued feline in the Northeast Ohio Cutest Rescued Cat Photo Contest go to the group’s website for details:

This event made possible by the Collinwood Rising Grant Program through the generous support of The Kresge Foundation, Northeast Shores Development Corp. and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:59 PM, 10.15.2014

Johnny Appleseed teaches St. Jerome Students about apples.

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The Kindergarten and First grade students at St. Jerome School got to learn first hand from Johnny Appleseed himself this week how apples go from seeds to the delicous treats we eat for snacks, in sauce, pies and of course Patterson Fruit Farms famous apple fritters! The students ventured to Patterson's this week for hands-on lessons in the life cycle of an apple seed. The children were able to watch a video on the process of making apple cider. Johnny Appleseed explained to them how a tiny seed can transform into a giant tree that provides us with this scrumptous fruit. They were given a hay ride through the apple orchards and were able to explore a giant corn maze. When asked why she chose Patterson's as a field trip destination, first grade teacher Katie Coan said, "There is nothing more rewarding for the children then to learn a lesson, especially one related to science, then get to have hands-on field experience". That is just one of many great interactive field trips the students at St. Jerome School get to experience throughout the year. Making real-world connections is vital to creating life-long learners. When asked their favorite part of the field trip, every student shouted something different. There is something for every type of learner at Pattersons and the St. Jerome students just ate it up!

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:52 PM, 10.15.2014

St. Jerome Students Benefit from the Generosity of Others

During the 2013-2014 school year, the Diocese of Cleveland urged all the parishes in the city to contribute to a grant project entitled Rooted in Faith. The donations made by the parishes were then collected, and a pool of resources was created. The teachers in the diocese where then able to write and submit grant proposals from a wide variety of categories. The faculty at St. Jerome School, in North Collinwood, worked in grant writing teams to acquire many new items for the school. Grants were written for new art supplies, technology equipment and finally brand new desks and chairs for every student in grades 1-6. The faculty and staff all agreed that it gave each classroom a clean, fresh look to start out the 2014-2015 school year with. Not to mention that all the chairs are bright green, which adds to the Gladiator’s school spirit! The school, which just celebrated its 92nd year of educating young men and women in the Cleveland and surrounding areas on September 1st, is stronger then ever. With enrollment the highest it’s been in 10 years, we are so proud to be able to offer the best possible environment for our students to learn in. Each classroom boasts SmartBoard technology that equally matches the impressive new furniture displayed in the classrooms. St. Jerome School is a pillar in the community whose primary focus is to enhance the whole child through prayer, service and 21st century learning. With the help of the Rooted in Faith grant we were able to continue doing what we’ve always done, mold and shape well-rounded individuals who work hard, pray often and serve the community.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:55 PM, 10.15.2014

Remembering Euclid Beach

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On Sunday, September 28 a joyous crowd attended an event held on the former site of Euclid Beach Park. people were treated to walking tours the rocketship car and stroller car ride's. Laughing Sal was on display and laughing. Hundreds of pictures and T-shirts were for sale and actual popcorn balls and candy kisses from the Humphrey company were available.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:51 PM, 10.15.2014

Raddell’s Sausage Shop and Frank Azman Meat Market Earn Titles at Polka Hall of Fame Sausage Fest

Ed Oshaben (center) of Raddell’s Sausage Shop receives the People’s Choice award banner at the 11th annual Slovenian Sausage Festival sponsored by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum. The winner’s banner was presented by Polka Hall of Fame President Joe Valencic and Vice President Mark Habat. The event was held September 10, 2014, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio.
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Frank Azman of Cleveland’s Azman and Sons Meat Market accepted the Best of Fest Jury Award and Raddell’s Sausage Shop, from the city’s Collinwood neighborhood, scored as the People’s Choice at the 11th Slovenian Sausage Festival on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum.

Showers did not dissuade nearly 700 hungry music-lovers from enjoying eight hours of polka music and savory sausages at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio. Fifty musicians and accordionists, including the Frank Stanger Orchestra (2013 Polka Hall of Fame Band of the Year), Kathy Hlad (2013 Button Accordionist), and the Fairport Jammers (2013 Button Accordion Group), volunteered their services at the annual fund-raiser for the Hall of Fame and museum.

"I grew up in with Slovenian sausage and polka music, so I just had to be here,” said Linda Poropat Holle, a Euclid, Ohio, native, now living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “It’s a great family event. That’s why I brought my mother.”    

Raddell’s was the jury’s runner-up and Azman and Sons Meat Market was the runner-up People’s Choice. As winner of the People’s Choice, Raddell’s prize sausages will be served at the Polka Hall of Fame’s three-day polka dance festival over Thanksgiving weekend, November 27, 28 and 29, 2014, at Cleveland’s Downtown Marriott Hotel.

This was the first Sausage Fest title for Azman and Sons, a 90-year-old, third-generation shop on Cleveland’s St. Clair Avenue. For the first time, a food truck participated at the Sausage Fest. The bold, red vehicle was operated by new entrant Sterle’s Country House, the legendary Cleveland restaurant which now makes its own Slovenian sausage.

Members of the jury were Cindy Barber, owner of the Beachland Ballroom; Walt Mahovlich, director of the Harmonia folk music ensemble; Richard Novotny, Associate Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students, Lakeland Community College; Deborah Pinter, Executive Director, Orange Art Center; Dan Postotnik, a sausage and polka music fan; and Willoughby attorney Ronald Zele. 

“The jury decides by blind tasting while each visitor receives a voting ticket to drop in the ballot box of the vendor of their favorite sausage,” explained Mark Habat, Vice President of the Polka Hall of Fame and Chairman of the Sausage Festival. “Vendors are invited to observe the judging and the ballot count. It’s all on the up-and-up."                                            

The Slovenian sausage is a regional American specialty prepared from recipes brought to the United States by immigrants from Slovenia, where it is known as Kranjska klobasa. Sausages are made with pork, often accented with garlic, and then cured and smoked. More than 1,500 sausages were purchased at the event as well as 800 slices of strudel and potica, a traditional Slovenian nut roll pastry.

The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the city's variety of dance music with audio exhibits, historic photographs and original instruments. The music style evolved in the city’s Slovenian neighborhoods a century ago and became nationally popular in the decade after World War II, especially by America’s Polka King Frank Yankovic. Each year, the Polka Hall of Fame’s nationwide membership nominates and vote for polka performers in different categories. The 27th annual awards ceremony on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the Grand Ballroom of the Downtown Cleveland Marriott Hotel, is the high point of the Polka Hall of Fame’s Thanksgiving weekend music festival.

The Polka Hall of Fame is located at 605 East 222nd Street in Euclid, Ohio, in the city’s historic former city hall. For more information, check the website at or call (216) 621- FAME.

National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum:

Azman and Sons Meat Market:

Raddell’s Slovenian Sausage Shop:

Sterle’s Country House:

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:39 PM, 10.15.2014

Jerry Schmidt – Collinwood’s Man of Steel

You’ve seen his work rising up from the concrete like something from the far off reaches of your imagination. Gleaming in the sunlight, and accented with bright paint, and shiny steel. If you’ve ever wondered where all those great and wonderful “things” come from; which torch wielding genius architect gave life to them…well, let me introduce you to Jerry Schmidt.

When you first walk into Jerry’s studio, it’s as if you’ve been transported to Santa’s workshop. Only instead of Santa, there’s Jerry, and instead of toys, there is steel. Well, not just steel. There are walls covered in anything you can think of, and metal objects adorning every crevasse, waiting to take form into something beautiful. Your imagination takes you back to childhood, when anything was possible. You begin to notice the intricate ways each object is made, and the care and precision that it took to make them. Then you realize that you’re somewhere pretty special. Welcome to Waterloo 7 Studio & Gallery.

Jerry’s talent was honed by his father, Fred Schmidt, a world-renowned sculptor. Back in the 50’s and 60’s, Jerry would often spend hours watching his father work. It was then that he knew what he wanted to be.

“In the 60’s I really started to see it, at the age of eight. I’d come in and I’d watch him create. I remember the first time he had handed me a (welding) helmet, and I put that helmet on, and I saw the darkness. But then all of a sudden the light appeared, and it was like trying to find that light at the end of a tunnel. To me that’s what it reminded me of. Have I found that yet? I haven’t. I’m waiting for that. I think that’s when that light will ultimately be, when I meet my maker. Ya know? But all this in-between, all this other part, is the thrill of being a sculptor, and being able to do what I love to do, and that is art.”

Long before there was a “Waterloo Arts District”, there was Jerry Schmidt. He was one of the first artists to move into the area. His father passed away in 2001, which prompted a location change from a studio on E.51st & Superior. A friend of Jerry’s mentioned that there was a place on Waterloo Road available. He quickly took over the Zaller Building space, where he remained for 8 years, until finally ending up at his Waterloo 7 location.  If you ask Jerry how the Waterloo Arts District got it’s start, he’ll tell you it was Miles Kennedy, and that without him none of this would be happening. He’ll speak of him with such reverence, that you know every word he’s telling you is true. He’ll tell you about all the time, money, and effort Miles spent, and that the things he accomplished in the neighborhood shouldn’t be forgotten. I agree.

“ We had no idea what was going to happen here. It wasn’t even a plan. I would have underground gorilla art shows at the gallery, with over a hundred extension cords for lighting. No heat. But people came. It was really great”

Speaking with Jerry, you get a sense of someone in tune with his work. Someone that sees things in the pieces he puts together. Taking sheets of steel, scraps of colored glass, rusty springs, old bicycles (well, you get the point), and turning them into wonderful mind-bending sculptures. You want to be around them, stand beside them. You want to hear what they are saying to you.

Jerry’s recent work can be seen at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the Fabulous Food Show at the IX Center (November), as well as many locations throughout Collinwood and Cleveland. When Jerry isn’t sculpting, he is active in various community programs. He volunteers at the Euclid Adult Activity center, and also teaches a weekly class with PEP (Positive Education Program).

Waterloo 7 Studio & Gallery is located at 15315 Waterloo Road, in the Waterloo Arts District. Please call to set up a time for viewing or consultation.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:35 PM, 10.15.2014

2014 Collinwood High School Football Schedule

Date      Opponent                           Time                      Location               Score

8/29       Garfield Hts.                       7:00 pm                Garfield Hts.          L 6-26

9/6         Lutheran East                    12:00 pm              Lutheran East        L 2-19

9/13       Open Door Christian       1:00 pm                Midview               

9/20       Whitney Young                 12:00 pm              Collinwood          

9/25       Glenville                              3:00 pm                Glenville             

10/3       John Adams                       3:00 pm                Roye Kidd Field    

10/11     John Hay                              7:00 pm                Bump Taylor

10/24     John Marshall                    3:00 pm                Collinwood        

10/30     Lincoln West                      7:00 pm                Collinwood    

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:48 PM, 10.15.2014

A Parent's Perspective: The Salvation Army’s Learning Zone

The Salvation Army has been an inspiration to not only the needy, but also our children here in Collinwood. Their excellent mission is to provide meaningful afterschool activities and intervention, supporting academic, emotional, social and spiritual growth of children and their families.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:47 PM, 10.15.2014

Fall Programs at the Salvation Army

Summer is over and the fall programs at the Cleveland Temple Corps of The Salvation Army located at 17625 Grovewood Ave. are up and running.  As always our recreational programs are going full force with the gym, exercise classes, game room and computer lab. The gym is open from 4:00 pm until 8:00 each week day and the game room and computer lab open up at 5:00pm. On Saturday the facilities are open from 10:00 until 3:00.

The Learning Zone Afterschool program began last month and now has over 40 students from five neighborhood schools. If you have a child at Memorial, OH Perry, St. Johns, St. Jerome’s or Lakeshore Intergenerational School and would like to have your child participate in the program please give us a call. The children receive homework help, tutoring, recreations, and enrichment opportunities in the areas of music, art, and science with a strong emphasis on reading. There is a small  monthly fee for the program and we would love to have your child participate.

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming events and activities. On Thursday, October 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00, the Learning Zone will celebrate “Lights on for Afterschool”. This event shines a spotlight on afterschool programs around the state, to educate state legislators about the importance of this type of program for children. Please come and see our center and help send the message!  Also mark your calendars for our Annual Fall Festival.  This is our fourth year for this event and each year it gets better and better. It is a great opportunity for families to enjoy this time of year together. The Fall Festival will be held Tuesday October 28th from 5:30-7:30. Another annual event is our Christmas Assistance sign up. This year the sign up will be November 10th  –November 14th.  Please call us at (216) 692-1388 for more information.

As always you are invited to join us on Sunday for our worship service at 10:45 and Sunday School beginning at 9:30am,  Women’s Bible study on Mondays at 9:00am, and Club 3:16 for children which is every Tuesday beginning at 5:30. There are many more opportunities and activities for you to become involved with at  the Salvation Army Cleveland Temple Corps, please give us a call or stop by to learn more. 

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:45 PM, 10.15.2014

Youth from iMedia program addresses Teen Suicide

Several teens from the iMedia program, wrote and produced a skit called "Do You See Me, Can't You Hear Me?" The skit is about a teenage girl who faces various challenges in her life, and she thinks that suicide is her answer to the emptiness that she feels. A few of the teens from the iMedia program, have been affected by the act of suicide, from someone they knew or they found themselves in a trying position. The teens wanted to bring light to a dark situation, hoping it would prevent someone from taking their life.

Suicide among our youth is a very serious problem, the act of suicide has lasting effects on the families, friends, and the community as a whole. With suicide, many question are left unanswered, and family members are left with feeling shame and blame for the death of their loved one. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds, after accidents and homicide, and it is the sixth leading cause of death for 5 to 14 year olds.


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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:47 PM, 10.15.2014

St. Casimir Parish, 5 Years Old and Still Growing

It is hard for me to believe that at the end of this month, October 25th, St. Casimir Parish will be five years old.  It seems like just yesterday, that we celebrated the opening Mass here on Neff Road.  But as I walked around the campus today, I saw what we accomplished in those five years.  At 12:00 noon, our church bells rang the Angelus, as they do every day at noon and 6:00 pm.  I see temporary signs on our auditorium and our school building saying that this is the home of Lakeshore Intergenerational School.  A school again is on our campus.  A walk around to our Marcella Road parking lot, is see Cuvilly House, which is a residence and ministry center run by the Sisters of Notre Dame.  At the other end of our parking lot, I see what was once one of our rental houses, now called “Hope House”, a place for our organizations and our adult education programs to meet.  I see building renovations and improvements.  But more importantly, I see people.  I see happy people on school days coming to and going home from school.  I see members of our parish organizations meeting in the evenings.  I see people coming to Mass each day – Sunday through Friday mornings and Saturday evenings.  I see cultural programs, I see religious programs, I see educational programs.  I see a vibrant, Catholic, ethnic parish community.

We have come a long way in five years, and we have a long way to go in the future.  But this month, we stop and reflect and savor who we are and what we do.  I invite the whole community to do that with us this October.  Stop in for Mass: Monday through Friday at 7:30 am, Saturday at 5:30 pm, and Sunday at 8:00, 10:00 (Lithuanian) and 12:00.  Stop by just to say hello.  Our office is open from 10am to 6pm daily.  If you are still looking for a Catholic Church, you might like us.  If you have been away for a while and are interested in returning to Church, call me.  I’ll help you.  If you’re interested in Catholicism, ask us about it.  If you want to meet some of our members, we’re having a Clambake / Steak Roast / Fund Raiser on Saturday, October 25th, from 6-10 pm.  Look for our ad elsewhere in this edition of the Collinwood Observer.  Or, just visit our website:

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:41 PM, 10.15.2014

What's Happening at the Collinwood Branch Library

Fall is here and we have some great programs coming up! Please stop by the Collinwood Branch for a visit or to take part in one of our programs!  


Growing Readers Storytime

Help grow your child’s early reading skills!  Children ages 3-5 are invited for stories, songs and rhymes that will help them become better readers later in life. 30 minutes.

Tuesdays at 10:30 through November 4th

America Reads FREE After School Tutoring

Students in K-8 can get assistance with their homework.  College students from Cleveland State University assist with any subject and/or reseach project. 

Mondays-Thursdays from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Kids Café Snack Program

The Cleveland Foodbank in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library offers FREE after school meals for ages 18 and under. 

Mondays-Fridays from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Bomba: Dancing the Drum

Celebrate Puerto Rico’s musical expression of its African heritage.  Enjoy FREE screenings of the documentary film Bomba: Dancing the Drum featuring the legendary Cepeda family which has been keeping bomba alive in Puerto Rico for nearly a century.  After the film, step up to the bonga drums and create your own bomba beats!

Friday, October 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Guatemalan Kite

Kids will make and decorate a miniature Guatemalan-style kite from tissue paper and plastic straws or bamboo skewers.

Tuesday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m.


FREE GED Classes

The GED class will have two sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please contact 216-371-7138 or visit for more information on registration and enrollment.

Mon. & Wed. from 12:30-2:30pm


Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries and Collinwood Library, in partnership with Key Bank, will present sessions on the following Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm. Call 216-623-6934 or 216-481-8182 to register.

Oct. 18           Check it Out

Oct. 25           Access Your Money

Nov. 8            Take Charge of your Money

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:43 PM, 10.15.2014