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Editors Note

Collinwood Observer would like to extend our deepest apologies for the misprint in the October paper. The headline for Donald Boyd's answers to our questions should have been Ward 8 and not Ward 5. We have corrected our online edition and apologized to Mr. Boyd. 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:43 PM, 10.08.2017

Donald Boyd's answers running for Council in Ward 8

What do you believe the role of councilperson is in the City of Cleveland?

1. First and foremost, council members should devote their official time to the

problems of the ward through policy implementation and act as liaisons between the

city government and the residents of Ward 8. Council members should be

concerned, not only with conduct of daily affairs, but also attend to a strategic vision

for future developments within the ward and city.

What are the top three things you’d like to accomplish in this role?

2. Three main things that I would like to accomplish during my time serving Ward 8 are:

a. Bridge the increasingly apparent divides between residents of the ward. This

includes racial divides, socioeconomic divides and generational divides. We can

only move forward together.

b. Provide increased safety for the community by promoting Community Policing

Efforts that have been shown through research to create safe and inclusive

environments for both our safety forces and our residents.

c. Create a strong economic base through community development within the

ward.

What prior career or personal experience correlates to this position?

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Councilman Polensek's answers

What do you believe the role of councilperson is in the City of Cleveland?

The role of the Councilperson is to represent the people of the 8th Ward and all citizens of Cleveland; and, to interact with residents, businesses and individuals who impact city services, public safety, education, recreation, job creation and economic development. As a public official I will put my legislative, voting and attendance record against anyone who has ever served in City Council. I come to work every day to represent our community and the families who live here. The Charter says I am a legislator; however, my biggest role is being an advocate for our community. Remember, whoever is elected this November will once again preside over the ward redistricting in City Council which is critical to our ward 8 and the entire northeast side of the City.

What are the top three things you’d like to accomplish in this role?

As the incumbent in this upcoming term I would like to complete several projects and initiatives which are in the pipeline: first, the complete rebuilding of the Mark Tromba Pool and Playground, which legislation has passed Council already; second, the reconstruction of the historic Euclid Beach pier ; and, third, the streetscape project for East 185th Street and St Clair Avenue. In addition, I want to work more closely with CMSD on a comprehensive gameplan for both Collinwood and Glenville High Schools. Furthermore, I want to work at getting more neighborhood residents and businesses involved in both of our local development corporations, which have gone through major changes recently and need more community engagement and participation.

What prior career or personal experience correlates to this position?

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

All Eyes on the LaSalle Arts and Media Center

We know everyone has been wondering how progress is going on the renovation of the historic LaSalle Theater on E. 185th, so we want to give you an update. After finding some unexpected extra construction costs, Northeast Shores Development Corporation had to regroup and seek additional funding to close the construction gap. We are happy to report that the LaSalle restoration is back on track and scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, so you should see a lot of workers and transformation happening on the site. Next year, NE Shores and members of the board are going to have to mount a capital campaign to add the finishing touches, but we are on track to get this important anchor restored so the facility can be used and enjoyed by the broad community.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

HGR Welcomes the Annual F*SHO

HGR Industrial Surplus hosted the ninth annual F*SHO on September 15th at its headquarters on Euclid Avenue.  This free event gives members of the public the chance to meet skilled local furniture-makers, craftspeople, and artists, all while admiring the fruits of their labors.  The F*SHO was organized by Jason and Amanda Radcliffe, the husband and wife team behind 44 Steel, who take the event to a different location every year. 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Kicking it with Cops in Collinwood

As you may know, the tension between citizens and police officers has been an ongoing issue in neighborhoods across the country and in our own local communities. In consideration of our communities concerns for safety and bridging the gap between citizens and officers, Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation was awarded a Neighborhood Solutions grant from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Inc. for the Kicking it with Cops program.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

13th Annual, Remembering the Sights and Sounds of Euclid Beach Park

There is the line from the movie “Field of Dreams”, “If you build it he will come”. I believe if someone would rebuild Euclid Beach Park exactly how it appeared in the 60’s people will come, especially after seeing thousands of people attending the 13th annual “Remembering the Sights and Sounds of Euclid Beach Park” on the temperature (94) record breaking Sunday, September 24. Folks came out on the hot and sunny day to walk where Cleveland’s most beloved amusement park operated for 74 seasons and possibly to rekindle a memory or two or three or more for the old park surly gave anyone who visited many good and fond memories. To help with memories of the rides, Euclid Beach Park Now has produced photo posters of the individual rides and attractions with a descriptive paragraph or two. These were set out as close as possible to where the ride or attraction once stood in Cleveland Metroparks, Euclid Beach Park, which covers what was the eastern part of the amusement park. For rides and attractions that once occupied the western part or what is now the parking lot, a cluster of photo posters were set up to lead attendees from the parking area to the picnic pavilion. There one could purchase T-shirts and sweatshirts paying homage to Euclid Beach Park. A new design offered this year had a graphic of the “Over the Falls” which began as the “Mill Chute” at Euclid Beach Park in 1921. Euclid Beach Park Now also had some products, DVD’s of the park and CD’s of the old band organs and copies of the book they published with Arcadia publishing. The two surviving authors of “Euclid Beach Park is closed for the season” were present; Lee Bush and Dick Hershey to greet people and sign copies of the book. Laughing Sal was also in the pavilion to greet attendees. Walking tours were available on the hour led by a Euclid Beach Park historian, talking about the rides and their location and presenting a history of the park.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

John Carroll University and Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. partner to address Ohio's opioid epidemic

Martina Moore, Ph.D. MCMS President & CEO

Coordinator, Substance Abuse Concentration Department of Counseling and Mental Health John Carroll University

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded John Carroll University’s Department of Counseling a $1.3 million grant.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Stress-less Program - Reiki

Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries has initiated a stress-less program which provides Reiki for clients who want to reduce the effects of stress on their lives.  Through the skilled hands of 5 Reiki practitioners our clients have reported feeling less stress and more health.  Reiki is an ancient healing practice which releases positive energy within the person to bring about calm and healing.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Great September

Can you believe this weather? Ninety degree temperatures

in late September?  We have been extremely lucky and the Midwest weather looks real good compared to Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. Let’s hope that the winter is likewise.

I want to thank everyone who attended the “Sights and Sounds of Euclid Beach” event on Sunday, September 24 at Euclid Beach Park.  What a great turnout; antique cars, food, music and memorabilia from Euclid Beach, a great day along our beautiful lakefront and above all a great day for our neighborhood.  Thanks to Euclid Beach Park NOW, the Cleveland MetroParks and all the volunteers for a job well done. 

Talking about food, St Mary’s and St Jerome’s had wonderful clambakes this past month and St Casimer’s Clambake will be coming up on Saturday, October 21.  Anyone wanting tickets should call the parish rectory at (216) 481-3157.  My sincere congratulations to both Beulah Baptist Church on Cardinal Avenue and to Memorial Spiritual Church on Pawnee who both celebrated their 100th Anniversary.  May the good Lord continue to watch over these historic congregations. 

Since the last Observer, many things have happened.  With the tremendous help of the Cuyahoga County LandBank and the City’s Bureau of Demolition we have taken down over 225 abandoned and derelict structures so far. We are not going to rest until condemned structures are removed or put back into productive use.  As I have asked before, if there is an abandoned house on your street make sure we are aware of it; for who knows better than an adjacent neighbor if a structure is abandoned, vacant or occupied.  Please be proactive and turn in any property that is creating a problem on your street.  

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Little Free Library Birthday Celebration

Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries Little Free Library 15706 St. Clair

Gleeful children and satisfied adults snacking on pizza and cookies and choosing prizes and books lent an air of festivity to a warm, sunny mid-September afternoon.  Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries commemorated Right to Read Month by hosting a party marking the fourth year that their little free library has served the area families.
The Little Free Library is situated in front of the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries House located at 15706 St. Clair Ave., on the corner of Royal and St. Clair.  Those from 1 to 101 years of age and beyond are guaranteed to find a book that will bring them enjoyment.  Books are available in the Little Free Library “house” 24/7. Over 1000 books per year are put in Collinwood residents’ hands.  If you not visited our Little Free Library, please come over to find something that will engage and delight you.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Pretty Things Opens on East 185th Street

Pretty Things is Christina Akita and Cate Patton. Combined, they have twenty plus years experience in the salon industry. After years of working in downtown Cleveland, they are bringing their talents close to their beloved home in beautiful Collinwood, Ohio. Nestled in the north east side of Cleveland in the historic E.185thstreet district. Curious about what Collinwood has to offer ( a lot! ), have Cate or Christina give you the scoop! Pretty Things offers extensive hair, skin and waxing services. Truly, STYLE FOR ALL.Pretty Things Cleveland - 863 E. 185th St. Cleveland, OH 44119 - Tel: (216) 713-2106

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

ABC, We Love to READ!

     Within the past few years, Reading has become a hot topic from the thoughts of, "Will my child pass the Third Grade Reading Test?" to worrying about the "Fourth Grade Slump." Yet, the Second Graders at St. Jerome School feel Reading is NOT a hot topic, but Reading is COOL! We are experiencing that Reading is not just learning phonetics, building vocabulary, and fluency, but Reading opens the world without us ever leaving the classroom. Well, maybe we do leave the classroom...

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

What is New at Lake Shore Intergenerational School

WHERE WE’VE BEEN:

The month of September has included many family events here at LIS. We began the month with Curriculum Night, an event lead by our teachers. Parents/families get to experience what a typical day in their child’s classroom looks and feels like.

Our reading mentors officially began mentoring the week of September 11th. The students were thrilled to have another caring adult in the building to share stories with. This year we have a total of 21 mentors, 10 of which are new to LIS!

The end of the month brought two very exciting events, Donuts with Dad and the Zoo field trips! Donuts with Dad was a rounding success as over 120 father/special males walked their child to school and enjoyed a donuts and conversation with their child and others. The zoo had lots of excitement as the children got to see a variety of animals they’d read and talked about.

WHAT’S NEXT:

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

A Victory for Environmental Justice

Today, September 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM– after three years- the third and final defendant in the illegal demolition of the National Acme complex located at 131 East 131 Street  was sentenced in Judge Donald Nugent’s Federal Courtroom.  Mr. William Jackson, Jr., age 47, plead guilty to two counts of violating the Clean Air Act including failing to remove asbestos related materials prior to demolition and failing to dispose of that asbestos properly.  His sentence was 33 months in Federal Prison plus restitution.

His sentencing comes on the heal of the sentencing of Mr. Christopher L. Gattarello, who received 57 months in Federal Prison and Mr. Robert Shaw, who received 12 months in Federal Prison.  Both of them have already been incarcerated and the city is seeking financial restitution from them as well.  I testified in Federal Court against them as well.

The City is seeking restitution of a total of $5.9 million from all three of them, which is the estimated cost to clean up the site and demolish the rest of the factory. As I testified in Federal Court today, this is about environmental justice for the residents of the East Glenville neighborhood. National Acme was once the largest employer in the Glenville community and what these individuals did was absolutely outrageous. When I became Councilman of this area in January 2012, due to redistricting, I made a commitment to the residents and businesses in the area, that I would not rest until the perpetrators who committed this environmental abomination would be brought to justice.  Today was a culmination of that effort.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

St. Casimir Parish Welcomes Our Newly Confirmed And Our New Bishop

St.Casmir Confirmation with Bishop Perez, Sept. 20, 2017  

Photo by Vidas Pliodzinskas

On Wednesday September 20th, St. Casimir Parish was blessed in a very special way. Not only were we gathered to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation of four young ladies in the parish, but we were honored to have the new bishop of Cleveland, Nelson J. Perez, celebrate the Mass and his first Confirmation as 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland on September 5th.  Confirmation is the third and final Sacrament of Initiation in the Catholic Church.

Audrele Bielinis, Mary Sinead Robertson, Elizabeth Tarasevich, and Faith Thompson, after a year of education, spiritual preparation and reflection, chose to stand before the congregation and the bishop to profess their faith and be sealed in the Holy Sprit in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Bishop Perez used his homily to share two thoughts with the girls as final preparation. First, he told the girls, know that most of what your parents do and did for you, you will never know. He called on them to be humble and have gratitude for the gifts of their upbringing.  Second, he said, in a call-and-response with the congregation, “Never, never, ever underestimate the power of God to work in you and with you, through you, and in spite of you.” 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Silhouette Productions "Annie Get Your Gun" comes to Shore Cultural Centre

A musical tale about Old West legendary performer and Ohioan, Annie Oakley comes to life on Shore Cultural Centre’s stage October 13-22 in Silhouette Production’s presentation of Irving Berlin’s classic musical Annie Get Your Gun.  Annie’s (Kate Michalski) natural ability as a sharpshooter is discovered by Buffalo Bill (Clayton Minder) and she is persuaded to join his infamous Wild West Show. Complications ensue when Annie falls in love with the show’s star, Frank Butler (Allen Seely), and her skills put her on top as the show’s star attraction. Annie Get Your Gun hits the mark throughout the show with classic tunes such as “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “The Girl That I Marry” and “Anything You Can Do”. 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

The Emergence of ILF Transportation: Inspiring and Serving

ILF Transportaion specializes in stransporting disabled and disadvantaged person, veterans, and those who require transportion on professional excursions.

(Cleveland, Ohio)  ----- NaJeebah Shareef’s world changed, for the better, through a chance encounter with a homeless veteran in the mid-winter of 2012. Ms. Shareef came to Cleveland while pursuing her Master’s degree in 2010 searching of opportunities, in a city that was already showing signs of being revitalized in several industries. On her way to a job interview a homeless veteran approached her and asked for spare change. Shareef was glad to help, and she did; however helping to her meant gaining insight into how he ended up on the streets? She asked the man, Sir, I will give you some spare change if you tell me how you ended up in this situation?” He responded, “Lady you really don’t have the time or patience to hear my story” Ms. Shareef replied, “Sir, I will make the time to hear your story”; this especially after he shared with her he was a veteran having completed four tours in the Middle East.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Season 14 Begins!

The delightfully talented violinist, Tessa Lark is returning for this concert series.  She performed at St. Jerome two years ago and truly delighted our audience both with the published program and with a bonus tribute to her southern Ohio roots.  For most of us it was the first (and possibly the only) time we will ever hear bluegrass played on a Stradivarius.  It was quite a treat. 

City Music Cleveland Chamber Orchestra's 14th concert season opens at St. Jerome Church on Wednesday, October 18th at 7:30pm.  This free, family-friendly concert will feature Avner Dorman conducting.  The performance will include

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Our Lady of Fatima 100th Anniversary

We are blessed to be able to display a lovely needlework image of Our Lady of Fatima which was lovingly made by long time parishioner and former school secretary Marie Oliver-Wagner.

We began in May to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima by gathering to recite the Rosary in Her honor on the 13th of every month.  This month on Friday, October 13th we will close the celebration at St. Jerome Church with the Rosary after 8:30am Mass and again at 7pm.  All are welcome to join us for these special Rosaries.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Happy as Clams!

The Casella Clan says the food is excellent!  And the best part, Helen didn't have to cook!

Delicious food, family, good friends, and great weather combined to make a perfect day at the St. Jerome Annual Clam / Steak Bake.  Rockway Catering provided a mouthwatering feast and DJ Joel Scigliano kept the party going all day with great music and a little Karaoke action.  The Browns lost but there were many delighted winners of Chinese auction prizes!  

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Raddell’s and Maple Heights Catering Earn Top Sausage Honors

Raddell’s Sausage Shop of Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood received the People’s Choice at the 14th annual Slovenian Sausage Festival sponsored by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum. From left: Zac Raddell, Rob Raddell, Jay Raddell and Ed Oshaben. The next event will be held Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio.

Smoked sausages and polka music attracted a crowd of more than 1,200 to SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, for the 14th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum on a warm and sunny Wednesday, September 13, 2017. The People’s Choice Award for top sausage went to Raddell’s Sausage Shop of Cleveland, Ohio, while the festival judges selected Maple Heights Catering of Maple Heights, Ohio, for their prize. Azman Quality Meats of Euclid, Ohio, was voted runner-up in both categories.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Celebrate Cleveland-Style at the Thanksgiving Polka Weekend

TV's Joey Miskulin from Riders in the Sky and Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek take center stage to lead the traditional accordion jam session at the Thanksgiving Polka Weekend at the Downtown Cleveland Marriott Hotel, hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 23, 24 and 25, 2017.

North, south, east, west, Cleveland-Style Polka’s best! Dance to the finest Cleveland-and Slovenian-Style performers at North America’s renowned three-day polka-thon. The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum presents the annual Thanksgiving Polka Weekend and the 30th Awards Show spectacular – all at the Cleveland Downtown Marriott Hotel, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 23, 24 and 25. It's the sound that made Collinwood famous.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

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 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Aging Mastery Program at Lakeshore Rose Center

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging will be running the Aging Mastery Program® at Lakeshore Rose Center for Aging Well (16600 Lakeshore Blvd.), beginning Tuesday, October 3 at 12:30pm. This ten-week health and wellness program for older adults, was developed by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017