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Legendary Collinwood High School Coach Bill Kronik Honored

The Legendary Collinwood High School Coach, Bill Kronik, was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Slow Pitch Hall of Fame this October.  Bill is also a member of the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame inducted in 2011.  Mr. Kronik grew up in the St. Jerome's area around E. 149th and Lakeshore Boulevard and is a proud graduate of Collinwood High School and the University of Dayton.

Coach Kronik began his 33 yr. teaching career at John Adams in 1965 before becoming a well-respected member of Collinwood High School’s Teaching and Coaching Staff in 1970, working under Principal Bill Martin.  Mr. Kronik was an assistant football coach from 1970 through 1973 and became Collinwood’s Head Baseball Coach in 1970.  Moving forward in his career, he was named Collinwood’s Athletic Director in 1980.  He worked tirelessly during his tenure for his kids and the school, often giving up his own time to help a student in need or to personally make sure the schools concession stand was stocked for home basketball games by shopping himself for refreshments. 

Bill has been a Supervisor for the Neighborhood Leadership Institute/Schools as Neighborhood Resources, for over 20 years and he worked 3 nights per week overseeing a school-community initiative partially funded by Councilman Mike Polensek, at Collinwood High School, which included recreation and enrichment programs for all ages.  Councilman Polensek, who's known Coach Kronik throughout the years stated, "Bill Kronik demonstrated time and time again that he cared for all the students as Collinwood High School.  Bill symbolizes commitment and concern, and only reinforces the old saying, ‘Once a Railroader, always a Railroader.’”

We wish Bill the best in all his future endeavors.  Congratulations from the Greater Collinwood community!

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

November Winds

We had a great October and hopefully the rest of the Autumn season will be like we enjoyed in October. 

My sincere appreciation for all those who volunteered for our two neighborhood Halloween events at the Collinwood Recreation Center and the 5th District Police Headquarters.  These are always great events for our kids. My sincere appreciation as well to the Staff at the Recreation Center and to Commander Morris and his Officers for helping to make these events fun and memorable. 

A lot has happened since my last report. Five more abandoned and derelict structures have been removed and we are up to 230 for the year with more in the pipeline. As a result of this action, plus the fact that individuals are purchasing vacant properties for rehabilitation or yard expansion, we are seeing property values not only stabilize but starting to appreciate. That is good news for our neighborhood. Let’s keep the momentum going into the next year. 

Talk about momentum, 2018 will be a critical year for both of our neighborhood development corporations (CDC’s); Collinwood Nottingham (CNVDC) and Northeast Shores (NSDC). Both have seen major changes, some good and some bad. However, I finally feel that the community is becoming more and more aware of just how important these two groups really are to our ward. Remember, the City, nor the Mayor, nor the Councilman are developers.  We look to the CDC’s, who are separate corporations, to partner with private individuals, non-profits, businesses and developers to do just that. Our two CDC’s are funded by the City, private foundations and this councilman for most of their general operations. It would be an understatement to say that the city and my office have been happy with the performance of either group over the last year. However, with recent staff changes, more neighborhood participation, and the engagement of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP), a city non-profit group whose sole purpose is to provide guidance and help to CDC’s across the city, they are both now poised to get back to business; and, that is to provide development and job creation activities.  Stay tuned for future major announcements and developments. 

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Happy Thanksgiving

How do you celebrate or observe THANKSGIVING? We all have our own memories and traditions.  For me it was a house full of people, family and friends, plenty of food, and lively conversation.  It was the parades, “Snoopy’s Thanksgiving” and football on the television.  But Thanksgiving dinner always started with prayers and the Catholic, Lutheran and other blessings over the meals depending on who was eating dinner with us. 

 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.

However, how many of us recall why we celebrate Thanksgiving in the first place?  When I was young it was all about the Pilgrims and the turkey. Then I started learning the true history and found it is quite fascinating. 

 The FIRST THANKSGIVINGS were truly days of prayer and thanksgiving held by those who came to the shores of America.  First, the Spanish came to the shores of Florida in 1565 and settled St Augustine.  Their first thanksgiving was an outdoor mass in gratitude for safe deliverance and prayers for a prosperous venture.  English settlers came once again in 1607 and settled Jamestowne finding a new life. After some years of hardship they survived to celebrate in thanksgiving as the settlement finally began to prosper.  In 1619 other English explorers came to the James River area and settled what would become Berkley Plantation. Upon landing they knelt in prayer in thanksgiving for their safe journey, new freedoms and opportunities and ate their meal together. The Pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, landed at Plymouth in 1620, the first of several waves of new immigrants of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Pilgrims feasted in thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest which meant their survival. The tradition was born.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Kicking it with Cops: Cooking with Cops

Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corp is still in the season of “Kicking it with Cops”. This month is time to cook some delicious food and fill our bellies. We will be Cooking with Cops on Thursday November 16, 2017 at Five Pointe Community Center 813 E. 152nd Street Cleveland, Ohio 44110 from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

The Kickoff: Kickball with Cops Recap

Ward 8 Councilman Polensek, teachers & students of Memorial School, and 5th District Police Officers group photo

“There is nothing like an old-school game of neighborhood kickball.” Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corp kicked off the “Kicking it with Cops” program with Kickball with Cops on Saturday September 30, 2017 at Humphrey Park. This year, we teamed up with Memorial School (410 E. 152 Street Cleveland, Oh 44110) to participate in Kickball with Cops. The kickball game included Memorial School students’ grades 5-8 playing against Cleveland Police 5th District.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Serve Your Community Join Our Board

It is time once again to prepare for Northeast Shores Development Corporation’s Annual Meeting Directors elections.Please save-the-date for the NSDC Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 6pm at the Collinwood Recreation Center.

After the annual report presentation and updated organizational bylaws vote, elections will be held for vacant seats and expired board terms. Northeast Shores is seeking representation from both residents and business institutions for the upcoming election.

Experience or interest in real estate, marketing, law, and/or finance is beneficial
but all community stakeholders are encouraged to apply.

Being a member of the Board of Directors requires a commitment including but not limited to: attending board meetings held monthly on the third Tuesday; active involvement in at least one of our committees, which meet monthly; active participation in neighborhood activities and events; and a personally significant financial contribution to the organization.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Empty Bowls

On Thursday, December 1, 2017, Ginn Academy will hold its fifth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to directly support the Cleveland Food bank. For a $10 donation, you will receive a handmade bowl, created by a member of the Ginn Academy ceramics program. Along with your bowl you will also receive a cup of homemade soup, a spoon and linen, a slice of freshly made bread and a cookie. Please come to the Ginn Academy from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM to support this important cause for those in need in Northeast Ohio.  

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Kathy Hlad to Be Inducted into Polka Hall of Fame

Accordionist and instructor Kathy Hlad, a Collinwood resident, will be inducted into the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame at the gala Polka Music Awards Show in the Grand Ballroom of the downtown Marriott Hotel in Cleveland on Saturday, November 25.

Collinwood's Kathy Hlad joins two other popular polka musicians to be inducted into the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame at the annual awards ceremony on November 25, 2017. Accordionists Kathy Hlad, Stan Blout and Frank Stanger were voted for their lifetime achievements in Cleveland-Style polka music by Hall of Fame members and trustees. The announcement was made at the October 12 membership meeting of the American Slovenian Polka Foundation in Euclid, Ohio.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Advent Vespers

You are invited to begin the Advent season with us for our annual Advent Vespers Service on Monday, December 4th at 7pm and to continue your journey to the hope of the nativity on Monday, December 18th with the Collinwood Cluster Communal Penance Service at 7pm at St. Jerome.  This season of preparation for the coming of Christ is always special but, more and more it is important to guard against becoming so busy creating the “perfect” holiday, that we lose touch with the meaning of Christmas.  Jesus is the reason for the season!

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

"The Red Violin"

Fr. John Sullivan came back to St. Jerome for the concert and agreed with Christa Balint and Deacon Peter Travalik that it was a wonderful evening.

City Music Cleveland Chamber Orchestra opened their 14th season at St. Jerome Church.  The opening night audience heard a masterful rendition of Corigliano’s “The Red Violin Concerto” by Tessa Lark.  Schumann’s Overture Op. 81 and Symphony No3, Rhenish rounded out the program. 

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Seeking Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for Youth

CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect. 

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Fourth and Fifth Grade Activities

Some of the students were examining the area around a big tree.

The fifth graders are studying ecosystems in Science this quarter.  They just finished a field study on their school grounds.  They brought with them string, gloves, magnifying glasses, collecting jars, and field guides to do their study.  They collected and identified the producers and the consumers that they observed within their sample area.  They recorded their findings.  They were pretty surprised that they found many insects and worms in their area.  Now that they have completed their field study, they will be putting together their own ecosystems that they will display in the classroom.  They will be putting together terrariums.  They will get a closer look at how a very small ecosystem can develop and survive in a very small container.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Rose Center for Aging Well Newsletter

The Rose Centers for Aging Well has a newly designed newsletter! The newsletter contains information specific to each of the seven Rose Centers & Home Delivered Meals program, as well as general wellness information that is applicable to all older adults! Stop by Lakeshore Rose Center to pick up a copy, or visit: www.RoseCenters.org, and subscribe to have the newsletter emailed to you monthly. Please contact Lakeshore Rose Center at 216-373-1915, if you have any questions!

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Bakers Chocolate Whips for Christmas

Bakers chocolate whips for Christmas will be available on a preorder only basis.Chocolate whips (milk and dark) with a convenient order process will include phone in, and web site ordering.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

1 Collinwood—1 Community “Keeping On Track for All” Collinwood Community Conversation

On Wednesday, October 25th from 11:00am-1:00pm, at the Collinwood Library in collaboration with the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio hosted its first 1 Collinwood-1 Community “Keeping On Track for All” Community Conversation. Twenty three community members, including six students from Collinwood New Tech Academy, discussed three questions:

  1. What can we do to make this community and the library a “destination”?
  2. What can we do to build a community that is equitable and inclusive? 
  3. What can we do to have young people appreciate and stay in the neighborhood?

During the conversation many participants, including Councilman Polensek and County Council Member, Yvonne Conwell, Camille Maxwell, ED of NSDC and others listened and shared ideas and point of views.  How to make both neighborhoods ONE and ways to inform citizens of county and/or community resources and programs , make the library bigger,  share resources and make our community more youth friendly were just a few of the feedback given.  “This is a great start and I would like to have more of these kinds of conversations”, stated Peggy Kearsy from the 5 Points Community Center.   This event was followed by a special art exhibit from students in Mr. Dean Bryson’s science class displayed by Amy Callahan, ED of Waterloo Arts.  Manager, Caroline Peak expressed thanks and gratitude to the group for their willingness to help build better communities collectively for ALL.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

It's OK to be a little selfish...with your time

In today's world of speed and technology we are always on the go either physically or mentally. Don't get me wrong I am all for technology and the way it has connected us in ways unthought of until recently. However it seems we are always giving our time and attention to outside sources; our jobs, our kids, parents, television, emails, social media sites, etc. It seems that alot of the time our thought processes are related to things and occurrences that exist outside of our being. We often pride ourselves on being multi-taskers when in fact we are just switching tasks at a rapid rate. How many times when you are walking are you paying attention to each step? Or are you lost in thought about a past or future event?  Do you pay attention to each breath that you take? Or are you breathing unconsciously, shallowly and neglecting the very air that you cannot live without? How many of us our involved in all of our actions at all times on a mental level? We have done some activities so many times that it's easy to amble around on auto pilot. This allows many of lifes moments to pass us by. While it may be quite hard to be conscious of every single breath when we are present in each moment we are having a richer life experience. This falls under the category of mindfulness.  Studies are showing that when we take time for ourselves and tune into our inner being we begin to lead healthier and happier lives.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Street Cleanup for Lake Erie - Saturday Novmeber 4th!

It's always fun to jump up and celebrate keeping litter out of Lake Erie!

Join your neighbors and community volunteers for our final street cleanup of 2017 Saturday November 4th at 10am!

Why a Street Cleanup?
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. Let's do our part to keep trash out of our waterways!

The Details:
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 will be provided. However, you are welcome to bring your own. We will have coffee and other refreshments

Volunteers under 18 are required to have a parent or guardian complete the sign in registration and volunteers under 13 are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Need motivation?
All volunteers will receive a coupon good for one half off the purchase of a drink and meal item from Chili Peppers Restaurant (869 East 185th Street). Please be sure to thank owner Steve Newman when you stop in!

Questions? Contact Stephen or Dan at 216-571-0685, adopt.euclidbeach@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/adopteuclidbeach

See you out on the street!

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Rescued Kittens Need Furever Home

Meet Cuddles & Coco Bean. They were rescued from the North Collinwood neighborhood on Labor Day weekend. These 2 babies were approximately 4 weeks old at that time, and in pretty bad shape.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017