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Beach Pictures that Don’t Look Like They’re from Cleveland.


Winds from the north paint a pretty picture that many people might not associate with Lake Erie.
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Earlier this summer Cleveland’s SCENE magazine put together a collection of photographs illustrating views of the city that many people (sadly) never see.

Thanks to accessible photo-altering applications like Instagram, even photographs of a mud puddle can look Caribbean-esque. Some of the entries in this particular article were most certainly doctored, while others sang the true, unfiltered beauty of our Great Lake in Cleveland’s backyard.

In North Collinwood we have an unbelievable resource at our fingertips. From public boat-slips at Wildwood Marina to rock outcroppings perfect for catching walleye or bass. From the grassy lawn of Euclid Beach Park to the sandy shores of the cleaner beaches, we have it all.

And we know it.

One of my preferred jogging paths is along the bluff through Euclid Beach Park, Villa Angela, and Wildwood. In the evening, just before sunset, this eastside stretch of Cleveland Metroparks’ property is most active - flush with people and their pets enjoying the view, the fresh air, and on Friday evenings, the music flowing from the “Euclid Beach Live” stage.

Everyone is friendly and life is all good when the brilliant sun sends a rainbow of colors through the sky to dance across the lapping waves.

I take A LOT of photographs of Lake Erie. I share a fraction of them with friends and followers of my social media accounts and print a few of the truly exceptional shots for display on my living room walls.

I love our neighborhood, Lake, and parks so much that more often than not my Facebook looks like a travel site for North Shore Collinwood. But instead of offering once-in-a-lifetime trips to far-flung corners of the globe, our vacation days are every day that we take a minute to walk to the water, sit in the grass, lay on the sand, and breathe.

Cleveland is a city chock full of gems, but none so grand as our lakefront. If it’s hard to believe anyone could take a beach photograph like mine or the ones in SCENE, you really should get out there more!

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:02 PM, 07.12.2014

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Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach July Cleanup and Bench Painting

On Saturday July 19th from 10am-12pm, join Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach volunteers for our July Adopt-a-Beach cleanup and park bench painting!

In addition to our monthly Adopt-a-Beach cleanup, volunteers will have the opportunity to help paint park benches.  The benches at Euclid Beach were painted by volunteers last summer and need some serious touching up before the Euclid Beach Blast! Shaun Jones, Cleveland Metroparks Maintenance Manager for Euclid Creek Reservation, would be very appreciative if volunteers could assist with this activity!  So, if you like sanding and painting, we will have brushes and trays for you. But feel free to bring your own and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty!

Event Details:
All volunteers will meet in the Euclid Beach Park Pavilion (16250 Lakeshore Blvd.) between 9:30 am and 10am to sign in, break up into teams and head out to the beach or to the benches. Refreshments will be available before and after the cleanup in the pavilion, but please feel free to bring a snack to share!

Gloves, trash pickers, rakes and bags will be provided for beach cleanup volunteers as well as brushes and and paint trays for the painters but feel free to bring your own if you prefer!

Please dress for the weather...whatever it may be and wear tennis shoes or boots!

For more information or to RSVP to the event on facebook, visit:

facebook.com/adopteuclidbeach

All participating volunteers will receive a gift card from Chili Peppers Fresh Mexican Grille (869 East 185th St.) good for one half off any menu item with the purchase of a fountain drink! Please be sure to thank Chili Peppers owner, Steve Newman for his support!

Hope to see you out at Euclid Beach!

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:02 PM, 07.12.2014

Euclid Beach Concessions and Gifts Is Open for Business!



On Friday evenings from 6pm-8pm during Euclid Beach Live (goo.gl/wB4R56) and all day on Saturdays and Sundays until August 3rd, stop by and try the soon to be famous Nor'easter Hawaiian shaved ice treat, nosh on a Polish Boy or get some of your very own Euclid Beach Blast gear including t-shirts, towels and beach balls!  Purchase a Euclid Beach Blast (www.euclidbeachblast.com) t-shirt or towel and get 10% off your purchase of a Nor'easter!  A percentage of the proceeds from the concession stand and Euclid Beach Blast merchandise will support future events and programming at Euclid Beach and provide seed investment for G-Wood Enterprises to operate the concession stand permanently next year.  A huge thank you to Cleveland Metroparks and Marlene Gatewood and Don Allen of G-Wood Enterprises for breathing new life into the long shuttered Euclid Beach concession stand!  Our Lakefront parks are on the up & up!

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:02 PM, 07.12.2014

Message from Councilman

It has been an interesting summer so far.  We are still having a major problem with getting the Public Works Department to address road conditions throughout the community. It is the end of June and still a large number of residential side streets have not had the road condition or chuckholes addressed. This is completely unacceptable. It is clear that the Administration has failed to understand the severity of the problem city-wide.  I continue to thank our residents and motorists for their patience; for, getting around on some of our streets is clearly a challenge. In 2014, the City needs to get its act together on how to fix and maintain public streets.

Another growing concern is the lack of street sweeping.  We still have winter debris on many roads which will ultimately wind up in our catch basins if not addressed. Street sweeping is a necessity and Public Works needs to figure out how to restore this service as it once was in the day. It helps to maintain a clean and healthy city. Residents are paying more property taxes than ever before and getting less basic city service; this must change.

Unfortunately, it seems as if there are only a small number of us in City Council who feels that quality-of-life issues are a priority. I continue to believe that basic services, street repair, garbage collection, public safety, etc., are critical to neighborhood stability and growth.  People in the City of Cleveland today talk with their feet more than ever before. We cannot continue to loose citizens and quality residents because they feel that the City seems unconcerned about their daily health and welfare.  Viable neighborhoods are entitled to quality service.

Project Updates: The Waterloo Streetscape project is on schedule and on budget to be completed in early October. The Euclid Creek Tunnel Project is on schedule and work has begun in earnest for the expansion of the Easterly Waste Water Treatment Plant at East 140th Street and Lakeshore Boulevard.  Old Grovewood Pool was removed and the site graded and seeded. It is now a city greenspace. Design and planning for the Euclid Beach, Wildwood and Villa Angela Cleveland MetroParks is well under way; you might even see some of these projects being started later this year.

I look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood this summer.  There is plenty to do just look at your copy of the Scoop on Summer!  Remember to continue to be the community’s eyes and ears – if you see something that just doesn’t seem right call the Police.  As always you may reach me at my office at (216) 664-4236 or via email at mpolensek@clevelandcitycouncil.org.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:00 PM, 07.12.2014

Collinwood High School 60th Reunion

A 60th Collinwood High School reunion has been planned for the January and June classes of 1954. This combined reunion will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 5 to 11 pm at the Radisson Hotel on Curtis Blvd. in Eastlake, Ohio. For additional information or classmate address updates contact Joanne Sharp at 440-449-4988 or Pauline Barbish at 440-944-9139.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:00 PM, 07.12.2014

Memorial Garden

The CNHS is working on a new plan for the Memorial Garden at Memorial School located at 410 East 152 Street. We hope that you remember that the Memorial Garden was created as a living memorial where the community experienced nothing but death and destruction and a severe blow to the community on March 4, 1908 when 172 precious children, two teachers and a resident rescuer of the Collinwood community were killed in what became known as the Lakeview School or Collinwood School fire.

The garden needs some tender loving care and we are here to help facilitate that.  A Committee has been created out of the Historical Society to make sure that the garden is once more tended too.  A group of students from the school – who call themselves the “Garden Angels” have been working with the Committee and hopefully will become a more integral part of the care of the garden when school starts up again in August.  Thank you to the committee for what you have been able to accomplish.

During the Summer, this Committee and the CNHS will be working with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to shore up a maintenance schedule, responsibilities list and a “to do” list. We hope to identify supporters, resources and funding for some of the larger needs of this raised bed garden and its environs.

We look forward to working with the Garden Angels come September but we need to get to that point. If interested in helping out please contact us.

On October 9, 2014 we are planning on being at Memorial School for Fire Awareness Day as a part of Fire Prevention Week. Plans are in the works.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:58 PM, 07.12.2014

Euclid Beach Blast Volunteer Orientation!


Volunteers eagerly await the days instructions at Euclid Beach Blast 2013!


Believe it or not, Yarn n' Yoga and Euclid Beach Blast are less than a month away and we still need volunteers for event set up, staffing and take down for both events on Friday July 25th and Saturday August 2nd.  And did we mention that volunteering comes with plenty of perks?  All volunteers will receive a Euclid Beach Blast volunteer t-shirt, event food vouchers and a coupon good for one half off your meal purchase from Chili Peppers Restaurant (869 East 185th).  What a deal!

If you are interested in volunteering for one or both events this summer, please enter the link below into your web browser and fill out our volunteer interest form:

goo.gl/XyPgOC

Or, contact:
Stephen Love,

Euclid Beach Blast Coordinator,

euclidbeachblast@gmail.com  216-571-0685.

And be sure to mark your calendars to join us for one of two Euclid Beach Blast Volunteer Orientation Sessions at the Euclid Beach Park Picnic Pavilion (16250 Lakeshore Blvd).  
 
The orientations will take place on:

Saturday July 26th  12pm-1pm -  Lunch will be provided

Tuesday July 29th 6pm-8pm -  Dinner will be provided

Volunteering will be a Blast!

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:58 PM, 07.12.2014

Euclid Cooperative Preschool is Celebrating 65 Years of Educating Preschool Children


First students enrolled in Euclid Cooperative Preschool (photo taken in 1949) From right to left Mary Jean Wehrle, Ellen Louise Wehrle, Bobo Bass and Andy Bass

Euclid Cooperative Preschool  is celebrating their 65th Anniversary.   The school was established  in 1948 and is the oldest preschool in Euclid.  After moving to Euclid in 1945,  Audrey Bass, the founder of school,  found there were no preschools in Euclid to send her children to.  With the support of “Cleveland Day Nursery ” Mrs. Bass established Euclid Cooperative Preschool.  Her son Andrew Bass was the first student enrolled in the school.  Mrs. Hazel Beaufait Stroh was the school’s first teacher.  The school soon  became one of 40 cooperative preschools in the Cleveland area.   Cooperative Preschools are run by committed parents and qualified staff members who welcome parents in their classroom as parent participators.  Parents can participate with varied levels of commitment as board members, committee heads, committee members and classroom participators. 

Euclid  Cooperative  Preschool continues to be a non-profit preschool that welcomes all families of 3, 4 and 5 year old  children.   The school is currently rated a 4 Star Step Up to Quality preschool.  As a 4 star rated center the preschool offers a low staff to student ration,  a highly  qualified staff, a developmentally appropriate curriculum that is aligned to the new Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards and meets all of the requirements for a  4 star rated preschool.  The preschool is currently enrolling for fall of 2014.

Euclid Cooperative Preschool is are currently creating an alumni directory.  Alumni can email current contact information to euclidcoop@gmail.com  or send written information to Euclid Cooperative Preschool 21000 Lakeshore Blvd Euclid, Ohio 44123.  Any questions about enrolling your child in Euclid Cooperative Preschool call 216 731-1316 or Donna Sudar at 216 486-5987.   Please help spread the word to Euclid Cooperative Preschool Alumni about our alumni directory!

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:57 PM, 07.12.2014

June 11, 2014 The Community Relations Council of the Cleveland Job Corps to plan their 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Cleveland Job Corps is celebrating our 50th anniversary. The Community Relations Council met at 1:30pm.  Michael E. Taylor, BCL, welcomed the members and expressed his pride about the upcoming program. Lou Ortez, President CRC, gave the introduction and stated “we can only get better”. Mr. William Houston, Center Director, gave the update for the Cleveland Job Corps Center. Mr. Houston, said he values their input and would like the CRC members and CIC members to be a part of this upcoming memorable occasion, Job Corps 50th Anniversary. Ms. Greene who took a video of the meeting for the record. In addition, she recorded several members’ testimonials about their support of the Cleveland Job Corps Center. Ms. Hozina, CPP, for creating a great sideshow presentation highlighting the history of Cleveland Job Corps Center.

The Cleveland Job Corps Center is 50th Anniversary Celebration August 18th – 22nd 2014

SAVE THE DATE !

On August 18, 2014 call all Alumni to return to the Cleveland Job Corps Center

On August 20, 2014 the Cleveland Job Corps Open House

On August 22, 2014 the Cleveland Job Corps Center Graduation Celebration

Taylor.michaele2@jobcorps.org

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:36 PM, 07.12.2014

2013 Cleveland Water Quality Report



Water quality is essential to all of us – and the quality of our water affects the quality of our lives. Cleveland Division of Water is committed to providing its customers safe, high-quality drinking water.

That is why the division maintains a rigorous quality control program and continues to invest substantial financial resources to improve our water treatment facilities and distribution system. Our water is constantly monitored and tested. The water produced and delivered by Cleveland Water far exceeds the most stringent water quality standards currently mandated by federal and state water regulations, and last year was no exception.

Cleveland Water has continued to significantly enhance the quality of life by meeting the growing need for safe, clean water in the communities we serve. Therefore, we present you with the division’s Annual Water Quality Report for 2013. This report provides an overview of the division’s water quality during the past year. It shows the source of your water, how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies, and how your water is treated and tested.  

Additional copies can be requested by calling 216-664-2639 or by viewing and downloading it at www.clevelandwater.com.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:56 PM, 07.12.2014

Sewer District Accepting Grant Applications for Local GI Projects

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the funding necessary to support the “Green Infrastructure Grant Program” for 2014. This new grant program will award a maximum of $250,000 to support green infrastructure (GI) projects throughout the Sewer District’s Combined Sewer Service Area. The Sewer District actively engages in green infrastructure projects that promote smart stormwater solutions.

Green Infrastructure includes a range of stormwater control measures – using plant/soil systems, permeable pavement or other forms of stormwater harvest and reuse – to store, infiltrate, or evapotranspirate stormwater and reduce flows to the combined sewer system. The Sewer District is currently designing 12 large-scale green infrastructure projects within the combined sewer area; these first projects, to be completed by 2019 at an estimated cost of $86 million, are designed to reduce combined sewer overflows by 44 million gallons annually.

“We must consider the priorities of each neighborhood and make sure that our green infrastructure plans meet the vision of the community in which these projects will be implemented,” said Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, Manager of Watershed Programs. “The new Green Infrastructure Grant Program allows us to further engage the Collinwood community by supporting smaller, distributed projects throughout our combined sewer area.”

The Green Infrastructure Grants Program funds projects that not only provide outstanding on-the-ground techniques for stormwater management, but increase public awareness of these stormwater control measures. Qualified applicants must represent the local member community, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization or business working in partnership with their community. In addition, all projects must be located within the Sewer District’s Combined Sewer Service Area; Collinwood, Waterloo and Northeast Shores are all in the Combined Sewer Service Area.

The Sewer District’s Watershed Programs Department administers this grant programs in-house and applications are due August 31, 2014. Individuals and organizations wishing to receive information about the program should contact Linda Mayer at 440.253.2147 or mayerl@neorsd.org.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:56 PM, 07.12.2014

What's Happening at the Collinwood Library?


Students participating in the Get A Clue READ! Summer Reading Program at the Collinwood Branch.

Summer is in full swing at the Collinwood Branch!  Please stop by for a visit or take part in one of our great programs!  

Free Lunch Daily Monday - Friday 11:30am-12:30pm for children ages 1 to 18 years old.

The Get A Clue READ! Summer Reading Club continues at the branch through Tuesday, July 29th when our finale will be held at 1:30 p.m.  Until then, join us every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. for a new mystery activity (each child will receive a prize for participating in the weekly activity).  In order to be eligible for the free tickets to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo the required 10 books and 10 activities must be entered online at http://cpl-summer-2014.bibliocommons.com by August 2nd.  Please call or stop by the branch if you have any questions.

Is your child Ready for School? This program will prepare your little ones for school by using fun, hands-on activities and awesome books to teach social skills such as sharing, making new friends, cooperation, and more! Instruction is given by a certified teacher. Registration is required and is reserved for students entering prekindergarten or kindergarten. Call 216-623-6934 to register.
Wednesdays, July 30-August 13 at 10:30 a.m.

Computer and Internet Basics (4-part series)
Learn how to use a mouse, navigate in Windows and save files. Learn how to use the World Wide Web and Plain Dealer e-Edition. Saturdays in July (starting July 5th) from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:32 PM, 07.12.2014

Cleveland Museum of Art “Community Engagement 360⁰ Initiative

Collinwood and Cleveland Museum of Art team up to increase programming for citizens of all ages.

A fledgling partnership of Collinwood and the Cleveland Museum of Art is already starting to show some results for Collinwood residents of all ages. 

Under the leadership of Caroline Peak, Manager, Cleveland Public Library Collinwood Branch, who organized a work team made up of representatives from Cleveland Public Library, Northeast Shores Development Corporation, Waterloo Arts and Collinwood High School, a number of solid results are already in progress. These include museum-library collaboration on a number of activities at the Memorial-Nottingham and Collinwood libraries.  The activities incorporate art literacy into the existing library summer reading program with the goal to increase reading skills and comprehension by making a connection between works of art and books.

Peak is continuing to convene representatives from Collinwood groups to explore additional opportunities to bring art-related programs into our neighborhoods and also to welcome people to the museum.  Ideas include art-related programming with local artists, art murals with high school students and group tours and activities that bring families together and support teachers to engage with parents.  A “Collinwood Day” at the museum is also being planned for late 2014.

More than a year ago, the museum launched what it calls “Community Engagement 360⁰, a leadership group that has facilitated conversations with residents within the Collinwood, Glenville and Hough neighborhoods. The focus of these community conversations was to explore neighborhood-identified priority areas in which the museum could partner with residents and organizations.

Through these community conversations, groups have learned more about existing programs already offered by the museum, as well as identified new opportunities to create and design programming specifically addressing the needs of our communities.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is free and open to the public and offers an abundance of programs and activities for groups, families, children, seniors and adults of all ages. Visit www.clevelandart.org or call (216) 421.7350 for more information.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:36 PM, 07.12.2014

Collinwood Library Reaching Out to Local Organizations to Bring Sevices to the Community

A member of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s benefits outreach team will be at the Collinwood Library each 4th Monday of each month at noon They will be able to connect you to your local Food Pantry, Hot meal, Summer Feeding Site for Kids, or Produce Distribution. They will also be able to screen you for public benefits such as SNAP (food stamps) or Medicaid, and if you are eligible help you apply for the programs right then. If you have never voted before, they can help you register, or if you have moved, help you updated your voter registration. All applications take only about 5 minutes to complete, so if you have ever wondered if you might qualify for one of these programs or simply have questions, please stop down at the library. If you can’t make it that day, please feel free to contact the help center at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank at 216-738-2067. Many people are eligible and just don’t know. If you are eligible for them, you deserve them!
 
 
 

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:32 PM, 07.12.2014

Auditions For Fiddler on the Roof

Silhouette Productions and Shore Cultural Centre Announces Auditions for Fiddler on the Roof a musical theatre tradition! Winner of 10 Tony Awards when it debuted in 1965, the show is the brainchild of Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, songwriters Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and bookwriter Joseph Stein. Touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty, this universal show is a staple of the musical theatre canon. 

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with tradition in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

Directed by Douglas F. Bailey II
Musical direction by Dave Coxe
Choreographed by Tara Mirabile

Auditions will be held at Shore Cultural Center 
291 East 222nd Street Euclid, Ohio Room 241

July 28th and 29th from 7-9:30 PM. No appointment necessary!

Callbacks July 30th 7-930 PM

Please prepare a short selection in the style of the show. Bring Sheet music, an accompanist will be provided.
Dress for movement.

Performance Dates:
October 17th-26th

FOR CASTING DESCRIPTIONS VISIT http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000036

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:36 PM, 07.12.2014

Summer Programs for Kids at the Memorial-Nottingham Library


Library Summer Readling Club

THE SUMMER READING CLUB 

The fun continues at all branches, including the Memorial-Nottingham Library, and runs from June 9th through August 2nd. This year’s theme is "Get a Clue," which focuses on solving mysteries, decoding messages and being a detective. Every Wednesday there will be a new activity, where you can earn prizes for completing each project.

Hidden in my 'hood on July 16th  at 3:00 pm.  Find treasures hidden all around the library and join in a scavenger hunt, to earn your own secret spy flashlight.

Mystery Maker on July 23rd  at 3:00 pm. “Create your own mystery book,” with a secret message hidden inside for all your friends to figure out, to earn a pair of secret spy sunglasses.

Case Closed on July 30th at 3:00 pm.  Wow…you did it!  Now celebrate “your great detective achievements on family fun day!”  Get an “official detective bag,” while eating popcorn and watching a great mystery movie!

Summer Reading Club Finale on July 30th at 3:00 pm. Have fun at the celebration.  And there will be cake, too!

Alfonzo Daniels, Youth Librarian, says, to "have fun over the summertime.  As soon as you "start reading and do your activities,  you can be entered into the drawing for the Mystery Grand Prize.”  When you complete all the activities, are you will receive a “voucher for 4 free tickets to the Cleveland Public Library Day, August 9th, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest."

So have fun this summer, read books, solve puzzles and earn cool prizes at the Memorial-Nottingham Library!

TEEN BOOK DISCUSSION ON BULLYING

Wednesday, July 9th at 4:00 pm.  This is a special book discussion for teens to learn about real kids who were the victims of bullying, and who told their true stories, to help others.   The book that will be discussed is:  Bullying Under Attack: True Stories Written by Teen Victims, Bullies and Bystanders.  The discussions will help you understand why bullies act the way they do, and what other teens did when they experienced bullying. 

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:32 PM, 07.12.2014

July Events at the Memorial-Nottingham Library

GED CLASSES, every Tuesday and Thursday, at 10:15 a.m. FREE GED classes will be taught at the library through a partnership with Tri-C. To register for orientation, attend the orientation, and return for classes: call the Memorial-Nottingham Library at 216-623-7039.

CROCHET CIRCLE, Wednesday July 9th and 23rd, at 2:00 p.m. This is a crafting and community outreach program  for the Warm-Up Cleveland campaign, to distributes new donated items (with price tags attached), and donations of washable yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks to local charities. You can also drop off these items at any Cleveland Public Library location. Call 216-623-2921 for more information. Everyone is welcome.

RUSSIAN BOOK CLUB: Saturday July 19th, at 3:00p.m.  There will be a discussion, in Russian, of Vzgli͡ani Na Dom Svoĭ, Angel by Tom Wolfe.

The Memorial-Nottingham Library is located at: 17109 Lake Shore Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44110. Phone: 216-623-7039. Open: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00am - 7:00pm, and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10:00am - 6:00pm. Closed Sunday

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:32 PM, 07.12.2014

Reply to Cat Article

I am responding to William J. Sanek’s Article published in the June 2014 issue of The Collinwood Observer Page 18 Volume 6 Issue 5.

Over the past few years I have been caring for a number of feral cats that have come to my yard; I have never turned a cat away. Of the three feral cats I have cared for in the past few years, one was neutered by the APL ad adopted out due to his gentle, friendly nature; the 2nd was neutered a year ago, and the 3rd, a very illusive Tuxedo car, was finally captured and neutered after 4 attempts at trapping. This Tuxedo cat still comes to eat but otherwise is still extremely illusive after 3 years.

In my house reside 3 feral cats, which I befriended as kittens, and was able to entice into my house with food where they continue to reside. These three cats have been spayed and neutered. Most recently I have Ginger and EBFCP to thank for helping me deal with an abandoned cat which had her four kittens in a cat bed on my porch in April. Within a day and a half Ginger had me moving the mother and kittens into a room in my house where I could ‘socialize’ the kittens in preparation for adoption. Two of the four kittens have recently gone out for adoption and the mother and two remaining kittens, which are still in my care, will soon be spayed through the Cleveland APL Feral Cat Spay and Neuter Program. These three cats will remain in my care until adoption or other arrangements can be made.

I cannot thank Ginger and EBFCP enough for the bags of cat chow and cases of canned food she’s dropped at my door, as well as the vet bills and spay and neuter costs that EBFCP has paid on the kittens behalf. Since I am without an auto, Ginger has also taken me to purchase additional food and cat litter. I know EBFCP will be there to help with any additional cats that may show up on my porch and will aid me in trapping and getting these cats to the APL for spay and neutering. I will do all I can to help EBFCP in their wonderful work. Ginger can be reached at www.EBFCP.org. Come on people, have some compassion. Don’t blame the cats for the life people have forced them to live. 

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:39 PM, 07.12.2014

Response to Article: Cats Indoors: Better For Cats, Better For Birds, Better For People‏



This article is in response to an article submitted by William J. Sanek and published in The Collinwood Observer, page 16 of volume 6 issue 5 June 2014.

The Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project and Waterloo Alley Cat Project both agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Sanek that all cats would be better off living inside a home, but this is an unrealistic solution to solving the feral cat overpopulation that is occuring in every major city accross the country. Cats that are born and raised outside fear humans and are not adoptable. Just as Mr. Sanek points out “cat overpopulation is a human caused tragedy,” HUMANS are also the greatest threat to the survival of wildlife in the United States, NOT cats. Most of the world’s ecosystems are facing multiple threats caused by humans and each new threat places additional stress on our already weakened ecosystems and their wildlife, for example: global warming, habitat loss, oil spills, pesticides, and pollution. There are only a few places left on the planet where the negative affect of humans has not been felt. Humans have exploited and left their footprints on nearly every corner of the globe and are sadly leaving less and less room for wildlife.1

Our TNR groups have never seen a cat with rabies during our 5 years of performing trap-neuter-return (TNR) of over 850 cats in North Collinwood and none of us have suffered from any diseases caused by our handling of numerous cats. There has not been a case of a cat to human transmission of rabies reported in the U.S. for over 35 years and there are more cases of deaths from West Nile Virus than rabies. Wildlife is the number one source of rabies because they are not vaccinated, and rabies can only be transmitted to humans through bites. Since feral cats fear humans, they will run away rather than stay and attack. We should mention that cats are routinely vaccinated for rabies as part of trap-neuter-return programs.

Cats are a natural deterrent to rats and mice just from their scent alone, but spilled bird seed under bird feeders will attract rodents. Although we all love birds, they are disease carriers and cause more illnesses than cats. People continue to unfairly blame cats for carrying disease and killing birds even though it is just as likely to see birds of prey swoop down and kill unsuspecting birds while feeding at a bird feeder. Cats do kill birds, but studies repeatedly demonstrate that cats kill the easiest readily available prey -- most often, small rodents. As fast and cunning as cats are, they can't fly.

Our 2 volunteer groups strive to educate people about feral cats and make the world a better place. We did not create the problem of feral cat overpopulation in North Collinwood, but we are a small group of people trying to solve the problem. Part of our educating includes giving advise to people who don’t want cats their yard and how to humanely discourage their pesence because removing or killing cats doesn’t work. Intentionally killing a cat is a criminal offense in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, regardless of ownership. Anticruelty laws apply to all cats—companion, abandoned, lost, and feral.

The program is called trap-neuter-return (TNR) because we are returning the cats to what they consider their “home” and we continue to care for them which is not re-abandoning. TNR DOES work which is why programs have been implemented in almost every city across the United States and is endorsed by The U.S. Humane Society, Alley Cat Allies, and ASPCA.

1 The National Wildlife Federation, www.nwf.org 2012

Click here: Friends of Animals - 10 Lives: An Inspiring Story About Humane Feral Cat Management

Click here: Setting the Record Straight - Alley Cat Allies

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:39 PM, 07.12.2014

The 12th Annual Waterloo Arts Fest is on June 28th



Our long awaited summer is finally here and when that sun starts shining, it means the biggest summer arts bash in Collinwood is not far off. The 12th Annual Waterloo Arts Fest is on June 28th from noon until 7pm, so mark your calendars for the biggest, best Fest yet. The Waterloo Arts Fest planning team is excited to announce the expansion of the festival site across E 156th and west down Waterloo to Calcutta. This development was made possible by a record number of applications received from art and food vendors, bands, DJs, and community organizations all interested in being part of the festival in 2014.

There will be 60+ of Cleveland’s hippest art vendors, the addition of three new stages – for a total of 9! – featuring a huge variety of music from rap to indie rock, polka to Dixieland, Americana to blues, food trucks serving delectable nosh, art activities galore, gallery exhibits showing the work of some of Cleveland’s best artists, a dedicated Kids Area, and amazing performance artists strolling throughout it all. The Arts Alive program started last year will be back with a chance for you to try your hand at throwing a ceramic pot, create some fiber art, make a sun print, paint with bubbles, watch a blacksmith at work, and many more hands-on activities for kids and adults.    

The Waterloo Arts Fest is a chance celebrate with your neighbors, the great community we live in, and proudly show off one of Cleveland’s most exciting up and coming neighborhoods to all the visitors here for that day. You can stop in and say, hi, to the tried and true Waterloo merchants or meet the new neighbors opening shop soon, like Jessica Pinsky from Praxis Fiber Arts or Valerie Grossman from Brick Ceramics Studio or Liz Maugins from Zygote Press or Loren Naji from Satellite Gallery and sample goodies from Kimberly Homan’s soon to be Bright Coffee Bar.

To find out more details about the event, please join our Facebook event on the Waterloo Arts Fest fan page or visit www.waterlooarts.org and sign up for our enewsletter. The Waterloo Arts Fest planning team can’t wait to see you on June 28th!

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:51 PM, 06.09.2014

It Didn't Rain on Our Parade



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Well, I guess it literally did rain on our parade. But the rain did not stop the sixth Annual Alive on 185 Parade. It started raining at about the same time parade participants were arriving to line up. Even though it was dreary, raining and cold everyone showed up and was willing to participate in the parade. We waited huddled underneath umbrellas and the awning of the Imagine Bella entrance for the rain to stop, but Mother Nature was not cooperating. The Collinwood Thundercats could be heard practicing their cheers, the drummers from OH Perry were getting their instruments ready, the many vehicles had their engines humming ready to move and the fifth district police were in full force ready to prepare the way. At about two minutes to eleven, the time the parade was to begin, the rain had subsided some, but it was still raining. Some wanted to call it off, but the decision was made to continue on through the rain and that only the vehicles would move down the street. It started out with the Euclid Beach Rocket Car leading the way and one by one the vehicles headed out the parking lot behind the police escort. Then the most amazing thing happened, no it didn’t stop raining. The other parade participants wanted to go as well. The children and families from Helping Hands Day Care, the cheerleaders and students from VASJ, the Team from Garden of Prayer Church, rangers and horses from the Metro Parks, the dogs and their walkers from Dog Paws,  and all the others who showed up were willing to brave the rain and the cold to march down 185th Street. It was a wonderful sight to see and after the last vehicle left the parking lot the rain stopped and as the parade traveled down 185th Street the sun began to shine.  And let’s not forget those who braved the rain and the cold and waited on the street to watch the parade. Though the numbers were few, all who came out enjoyed picking up candy and receiving frozen treats from the ice cream truck provided by Imagine Bella Academy.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:52 PM, 06.09.2014

Counclimans Corner - Be a Concerned Citizen

Over the last month and a half a recurring theme I am hearing from neighborhood residents throughout the Northeast side, which includes the East Glenville area, is “where are the street repair crews and does the Public Works Department still have street sweepers?” Good question.

I, like you, am still searching for the mysterious “pothole killer” and at this point will take any street repair crew to address the street conditions on the northeast side of the City.  In all my years in Public office I have never seen city streets in such poor condition.  I am beginning to classify street sweepers in the “Urban Legend” category – in fact, I am expecting to have an encounter with Big Foot along Euclid Creek before I see a street sweeper on the northeast side.

If this wasn’t so serious, and in the case with chuckholes, so dangerous, it would be laughable. However, when residents and motorists tear up their cars and do major damage – it isn’t funny.  The City Department of Public Works has really let our citizens down in a big way by not having a meaningful game plan in place to deal with the road conditions in light of the severe winter we had experienced.

Residents are fed up and don’t want to hear about more tax dollars for the Cleveland Browns and million dollar chandeliers on Euclid Avenue. They, and I, expect a reasonable response to neighborhood quality of life issues. Quite frankly, it is not happening and this is becoming more and more obvious each day.

What can we do? We need to let our voice to be heard. Call the Mayor’s Action Center (216-664-2900) and let them know how you feel and let the Mayor’s Office know (216-664-2220). As Councilman, as you should know, I have no control over the day-to-day operations of City Departments and Divisions; yet, I am bombarded daily by citizens who are absolutely right in their disgust over the lack of urgency and basic City service.  If we are to stabilize and move our neighborhoods in a positive direction the City must be partner with us. Far too often we are seeing the City as an obstacle or roadblock to the delivery of basic and good city services.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:55 PM, 06.09.2014

June Vibrancy Events on Waterloo

Before you know it, summer will be here! To kick off the heat wave, Collinwood will be celebrating with a variety of free events in June! Made possible through generous support of The Kresge Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the month of June will feature four fun and free events that the entire family will enjoy in the artistic neighborhood of Collinwood!

The first Vibrancy Project is an Open Studio Party at Waterloo Arts on Friday, June 6th from 6p.m.-8p.m. Visitors will get the chance to mingle with artists, such as Timothy Callaghan, in their studios and see their most recent works-in-progress, all while enjoying live music and light refreshments.

The Waterloo Arts Center features a Gallery, Café, Art Center and artist Studios. The Gallery has been showcasing work of excellent Cleveland artists for over ten years and the Studios provide artists with affordable space to create, free from distractions.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:39 PM, 06.09.2014

Beach Blast at the Beachland Ballroom Lunch Fundraiser!

They say lunch should be your biggest meal of the day, followed by an afternoon nap.  And on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm, the Beachland Ballroom Tavern is the place to chow down and just chill out! The Beachland Ballroom has recently launched lunch to their growing food menu and hope to expand lunch hours throughout the week. You can check out their awesome lunch menu as well as their scrumptious Sunday Brunch offerings and dinner menu here - http://www.beachlandballroom.com/menu.html. 

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:49 PM, 06.09.2014

Euclid Beach Blast & Waterloo Arts Fest Volunteer Ice Cream Social!



Calling all Euclid Beach Blast and Waterloo Arts Fest volunteers!

Find out how you can volunteer for two of North Collinwood's biggest and most awesome events of the summer! Whether you have volunteered for the Beach Blast or the Waterloo Arts Fest in the past or would like to get involved for the first time, we would love to have you help us make this year’s events better than ever! And we'll even throw in some scoops of delicious ice cream!

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:49 PM, 06.09.2014

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Now Accepting Applications for Funding in 2015

Grants Available for 501c3 Nonprofits Presenting Arts and Cultural Programming in Cuyahoga County

CLEVELAND (May 20, 2014) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) encourages 501c3 nonprofit organizations offering arts and cultural programming in Cuyahoga County to apply for funding in 2015 through its General Operating Support or Project Support grant programs. 

CAC is now accepting applications to the following grant programs:

  • General Operating Support provides two years of unrestricted, core support for Cuyahoga County-based 501c3 nonprofit organizations that have a primary mission of arts or culture. Grant size is determined by formula.
  • Project Support I offers grants of up to $50,000 for 501c3 nonprofit organizations presenting arts or cultural projects in Cuyahoga County in 2015. 
  • Project Support II offers grants of up to $5,000 for 501c3 nonprofit organizations presenting arts or cultural projects in Cuyahoga County in 2015.

The Eligibility Check, the first step in the application process, is due Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by 4:30 pm. If eligible, an organization may submit an application, which is due Thursday, August 28, 2014 by 4:30 pm.  Organizations may only apply to one grant program.

“Since 2007, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has invested $112 million through nearly 1,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Cuyahoga County, and we welcome organizations offering arts and culture programs to apply now for CAC grants in 2015,” said Executive Director Karen Gahl-Mills. “Our county is fortunate to have this source of public funding for arts and culture, which strengthens our community by making it a better place to live, work and play.”

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:37 PM, 06.09.2014

Beach Blast at the Beachland Ballroom Lunch Fundraiser!

They say lunch should be your biggest meal of the day, followed by an afternoon nap.  And on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm, the Beachland Ballroom Tavern is the place to chow down and just chill out! The Beachland Ballroom has recently launched lunch to their growing food menu and hope to expand lunch hours throughout the week. You can check out their awesome lunch menu as well as their scrumptious Sunday Brunch offerings and dinner menu here - http://www.beachlandballroom.com/menu.html

But save your lunch appetite for Saturday June 21st when the Beachland is serving up lunch for the Euclid Beach Blast - a community organized and supported evening of live music, art, sand castles, great food and great fun at Euclid Beach Park www.euclidbeachblast.com! Between 12 pm and 3 pm, stop in for lunch at the Beachland Tavern and just mention the Euclid Beach Blast and 15% of your bill will go towards supporting this summer's awesome event!  What more could you ask for? Great food for a great cause! Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your bank teller and then tell them to come back for lunch at the Beachland every Saturday! And please be sure to thank Beachland Ballroom owner, Cindy Barber, for organizing this awesome fundraising idea.

And if you are looking for a way to work up your lunch appetite on June 21st, look no further than the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team June beach cleanup from 10am to 12pm at Euclid Beach Park (16301 Lakeshore Blvd. across from the Collinwood Rec Center)! Volunteers will meet in the park picnic shelter at 10am and sign in, break up into teams and head down to the beach. Gloves, trash pickers, rakes and bags will be provided for beach cleanup volunteers, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer!  You can RSVP to the Adopt-a-Beach beach cleanup on our facebook page: goo.gl/TNxlU7

For more information about the Beachland Lunch Fundraiser or Adopt-a-Beach cleanup, contact:

Stephen Love

Euclid Beach Blast Coordinator

euclidbeachblast@gmail

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 06.09.2014

Pack a Picnic and Enjoy Live Music at Cleveland Metroparks New Concert Series 'Euclid Beach LIVE'

Friday nights come alive this summer at Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Beach Park with a new, free outdoor concert series, Euclid Beach LIVE. Listen to cool sounds from local R&B, jazz, blues and Motown bands on Friday evenings, June 13 through July 25, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Euclid Beach Park in Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation.

Come out and have a picnic on the beach while enjoying live music. Pack a dinner with all your favorite picnic foods or enjoy barbeque from the Cleveland Metroparks Double Eagle Café! Don’t forget to bring lawn chairs or a blanket.

Find your perfect spot and get comfortable. Then sit back, relax after a long week and listen to the smooth sounds from these local bands:

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:26 PM, 06.09.2014

Polka Mass and Collinwood Reunion SNPJ Farm, Sunday, June 22

Celebrate the Polka Mass and your Collinwood roots at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Father George Balasko, the creator of the Polka Mass, comes to SNPJ Farm with the Wayne Tomsic Orchestra. After the Mass a Collinwood Reunion takes place with dining and dancing.

Did you grow up in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood? Were you a graduate of Villa Angela, St. Joe’s or Collinwood High School? Did you enjoy Euclid Beach Park? Join your friends for a day of Collinwood memories, the Polka Mass, good food and music. Share your photos and stories, and catch up with classmates and neighbors.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:34 PM, 06.09.2014

Salute SNPJ Farm’s 75th with Joey Miskulin and Jeff Pecon, Sunday, July 6

Summer Sunday dances at SNPJ Farm have been an area tradition since 1939. Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of SNPJ Farm at a special dinner and dance, Sunday, July 6, with the Jeff Pecon Orchestra and Nashville’s Joey Miskulin of Riders in the Sky. The event also pays tribute to the late record producer Steve Popovich, who was a life-long fan of Cleveland-Style Polka music.

Families have enjoyed the finest in Slovenian-style entertainment for generations, ever since America’s Polka King, Frank Yankovic, played for the first picnic in 1939. Frank’s long-time associate, Joey Miskulin, one of America’s best-known accordionists, brings back the joy of those long-ago dances with the Jeff Pecon Orchestra.

Jeff and the band play music for dancing from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Dinners are served from 2:00 to 4:00, with sandwiches and refreshments available all day. Choose from savory roast beef, Smoked Slovenian sausages and more. Homemade krof donuts, too. Admission is only $7; children 18 and under are free. SNPJ Farm is located on Heath Road in Kirtland, Ohio, off Chardon Road (Route 6), about three miles east of Route 306 and six miles west of Route 44.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:28 PM, 06.09.2014

Cleveland schools seek public input on buidling plan; Collinwood open house June 18


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CMSD NEWS BUREAU The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has embarked on a second round of community meetings to seek input on the proposed facilities master plan.  

The informational sessions will come to the Collinwood-Euclid communities from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 18 at Collinwood High School and school officials want  to hear from residents and concerned citizens in the neighborhood.    You can read about the plan and download a schedule and PDF documents at http://bit.ly/facilitiesPlan 


On Tuesday, June 3, the Lee-Miles neighborhood came out in numbers to the Harvard Community Services Center on Tuesday evening for the third of 14 open houses that District officials will use to finalize a master facilities plan.


The Lee-Miles area is among a dozen “clusters” where CMSD is holding open houses on different scenarios, or options, for construction, renovation and maintenance of buildings. The scenarios were displayed around the room, along with demographics and other facts about the area.  

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:26 PM, 06.09.2014

CMSD seeks comments on building proposals

Options that the Cleveland Metropolitan School District has proposed for District buildings would preserve schools in the Collinwood neighborhood and perhaps replace one with new construction.

CMSD is holding a series of open houses to answer questions and field comments on possible scenarios for construction, renovation and maintenance. The schedule includes a session that will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at Collinwood High School.

The proposals call for maintaining Ginn Academy and Kenneth W. Clement Boys’ Leadership Academy and possibly building a 350-seat replacement for O.H. Perry School. The document also proposes continuing to operate four schools -- East Clark, Euclid Park, Hannah Gibbons STEM and Memorial -- built since 2005.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 3:18 PM, 06.09.2014

CNCM offers Summer Programs and Classes


Art teachers Doug Rothschild and Bill Denihan with three of their students Antoinetter Robinson, Nautica Pasley, and Rashanoda Lewis

Cooking with Kids ages 8-12, painting and crocheting classes for adults, special sessions on bereavement and loss, making the changes you want in your life are among the classes on the summer schedule offered by the staff at the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries house, 15706 St. Clair Ave.

In addition,  a “Spa Day for your Face” with a Mary Kay Cosmetics representative will be scheduled and a Cancer Survivors’ Support Group will be initiated at the request of some of the neighbors. The year-round  Doula Program for pregnant women, which provides support for doctor visits, labor and delivery, continues under the direction of Sr. Mary Ellen Brinovec, OSU.

Saturdays, June 21, July 26, and August 16, 10 am to 1 pm are the scheduled cooking classes and parents of the children are welcome. The painting classes will be held on Saturday, June 14 and 28 from 10 am to noon. Doug Rothschild and Bill Denihan, instructors. Nautica Pasley’s picture was chosen “painting of the month” by the Saturday art class.

“Is Change Needed in your Life? Take the first step and come on Tuesday, June 3, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm for a FREE group session with experienced counselors.

The knitting and crocheting group meets every Friday from 2 pm to 4 pm.  “Come along  to meet new friends while you make scarves and lap quilts for those in need,” explained Sr. Felicia Petruziello, CSJ, the organizer of the group.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:21 PM, 06.09.2014

Summer Reading


Frank Brancato on trial for the Porrello murders
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As time and people pass, new publications are now coming out regarding Cleveland’s  and Collinwood’s more infamous history. I picked up two recently published biographies which both touch on the neighborhood’s most well known mobster, Danny Greene. 

The first was “Feritto, An Assassin Scorned” regarding Ray Ferritto written by his widow, Susan DeSantis-Ferritto. Though out of Erie, Pennsylvania, he made many connections with Collinwood’s transplanted criminal element while living in California , such as Jimmy “the Weasel” Fratianno, Julius Petro, Frank “Skinny” Velotta, Bob Walsh, and Phil Christopher. Ferritto and Walsh would later be contracted and kill Petro in the parking lot of the Los Angeles airport in 1969. During the power struggle for control of the Cleveland mob in 1976, there would be 37 car bombing in Cuyahoga County. After several failed attempts to eliminate Danny Greene, it would be Fratianno who would recommend Ray for the hit to the then head of the Cleveland mafia, James Licavoli.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 2:56 PM, 06.13.2014

Maxim's on the Move


Maxim's original location at E. 185th & Cornwall

Most will recall Maxim’s Pizza & Delicatessen located at the corner of East 185th & Cornwall Road from 1949 till 2004, when they relocated to 7710 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor. Well they’re on the move again, this time to 6966 Heisley Road in Mentor. The grand opening is scheduled for Wednesday, June 18th. Even though the founder and patriarch, Manny Berardinelli, Collinwood ’39, retired this January at the young age of 93, his son Gene and wife Kathy continue to man the helm. The Maxim name was taken from brother/uncle Joey Berardinelli’s fighting name of Joey Maxim, Light Heavyweight Champion of the World 1950 to 1952. Though the business has moved, you’ll usually still catch the family in the neighborhood either at Holy Redeemer for mass or Gus’s Diner on East 185th afterwards for breakfast.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:28 PM, 06.09.2014

Bringing together a divided community.

In stronger communities, individuals feel less isolated, are more active in their community and have a greater sense of pride and place in their neighborhood. They are more empowered, lead local decision making and act together to lead sustainable lifestyles.  How can we make our community one? We have already begun this process with the help of our city leaders. In 2011, the Collinwood Recreational Center was introduced to Ward 11, which has been the major start of introducing two different generations to each other. Not only are their activities for the younger adults, but the elders of the community as well. What this does is allow both generations to come together under one roof without them realizing they are doing so. Now what we have to do is find a way to introduce both generations to each other. Fact is, with a community as lovely as ours   and that provides so much opportunity and growth for families we are constantly having new younger families moving in intertwining with the elders of the communities.  I am proud of the progress my community is making, but we still have work to do. I am sure it will be done with the driving force that comes with having a Councilman Mike Polensek.  I am here to represent the new generation of our community that many of our community leaders simply don’t understand. We have to understand that times change, with that being said nothing changes if nothing changes.  I am that change that our community desperately needs.  I want to lead with understanding and not ignoring a certain generation of the community.   So please join me in my effort to connect generations.  

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 06.09.2014

The City of Euclid Announces 2014 Summer Event Series



The City of Euclid is pleased to announce an unprecedented new summer event series, Summer at Sims.  The events will be held at Sims Park, Euclid’s Waterfront Park located at 23131 Lakeshore Boulevard. 

Summer at Sims is a new, family-friendly event series presented by the City of Euclid.  The events will take place on the park’s Great Lawn and beaches adjacent to Henn Mansion and the recently expanded city fishing pier.   

The series will feature the 3rd annual Wind, Water and Waves- Wind Fest.  This year’s Wind Fest is expected to be better than ever with tethered hot air balloon rides, helicopter rides, kite making stations, wind education, and much more.  Guests can also enjoy great food, cold beverages and live music!

The events series at Sims Park also includes a new concert series- Music & Munchies in association with the Beachland Ballroom and TavernThe 2014 Music & Munchies lineup includes polka, bossa nova, R&B and a little bit of rock and roll.  Featuring live music, beach volleyball, food trucks and a beer garden we dare you not to have a good time!

For more information like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or visit www.summeratsims.com.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:29 PM, 06.09.2014

Featured Property



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Your new home on Huntmere has been completely renovated. This home offers an open floor plan, with ample space to host an indoor or outdoor summer party.  This home has been designed with efficiency in mind. That's right, this house includes an energy efficient hot water tank and furnace, EnergyStar windows, low flush toilets, energy saving light fixtures, and new insulation. Did we mention that it has  an EnergyStar microwave,  dishwasher and a beverage cooler to make it accessible for your guests to help themselves to a cool drink.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:16 PM, 06.09.2014

Raise Funds for The LaSalle

Brick and Light Bulb Fundraiser

Renovation of the LaSalle Theater is picking up speed and we want you to be a part of bringing back this historic and beloved 185th Street landmark! How can you help? Northeast Shores is selling brick pavers for $150.00/each. Everyone who walks through the doors of the new theater will see the pavers, which will act as a 'red carpet' to the grand entryway. Whether you are part of a business, a local resident, or simply an enthusiast for the community...you can help pave the way to the completion of our theater's return. Light bulbs are also available for purchase for $20/each. After all, what's a theater without a well-lit grand marquee luring you to the show? If you would like to purchase a brick, a light, or both, email Carly Marginian at cmarginian@northeashores.org and she will send you an order form.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:16 PM, 06.09.2014

ActiVacant is coming ot East 185th Street

What is ActiVacant you might ask? Well, ActiVacant is an innovative business development initiative designed to launch five new businesses during the fall of 2014. ActiVacant will help small businesses free up capital so they can focus on the important stuff, like the day-to-day operations of running a business.

ActiVacant is more than your typical business incubator. These businesses are encouraged to work together, getting them over the humps. Positive promotions and P.R. are important to drive business. Because of this, ActiVators are encouraged to cross promote their businesses. They will also participate in an online documentary series that will be shown in six installments over the course of the three year program.

If you are interested in participating, additional details are available at ActiVacant.com

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:16 PM, 06.09.2014

Honors Academy

At New Day Academy, we are dedicated to building leaders. We value teaching young men and women how to be upstanding citizens in school, home and community.

As part of our mission to help students excel academically, an Honors Academy has been launched for the 2014-2015 school year.

Honors Academy at New Day (HAND) is an honors program designed to expose, enrich, challenge and reward exceptional and gifted students.

Students will receive a more rigorous curriculum than a college-preparatory curriculum, have an opportunity to surpass a 4.0 GPA, select career-based electives, take college courses, receive a Special Honors Diploma and automatically be nominated to become members of the National Honor Society.

For more information, call 440.516.0866.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 3:28 PM, 06.09.2014

Young Adult Academy

Although the school year has ended, New Day Academy is continuing to work with Cleveland-area youth to prepare them for success.

Any students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades will have an opportunity to participate in a FREE two-week learning and character development outreach program from July 14-25. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Area students will have an opportunity to participate in learning experiences and workshops on topics, such as social media etiquette, bullying, teen violence, exercising, nutrition, health and reading. A career-exploration presentation also will be provided.

The young adults will have a chance to use team-building skills and showcase what they have learned through a talent of their choice on the last day. Other rewards will be made available to students who successfully complete the program.

To enroll, call New Day Academy at 216.797.1602 or 216.849.0974. Space is limited.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 3:28 PM, 06.09.2014

Muffins For Moms



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New Day Academy celebrated mothers by hosting a Muffins for Moms event in May. The event was part of New Day Academy’s parent involvement activities and allowed students to present their mothers hand-crafted gifts and share tasty pastries in celebration of Mother’s Day. 

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 3:28 PM, 06.09.2014

A New Day in Kindergarten



An exciting initiative for Kindergarten readiness was launched in May to allow area preschoolers an opportunity to visit New Day Academy for a few hours.

About 100 preschoolers from Love-N-Care Daycare and Preschool, First Fruits Child Care Center and Adorable Angels Academy visited the Kindergarten classroom for two hours in an effort to help ease the anxiety of attending Kindergarten.

Other goals of the initiative are to expose area preschoolers to a true Kindergarten learning experience in a typical classroom setting and create excitement and enthusiasm about going to Kindergarten.

Ms. Mary Colan, New Day’s Kindergarten teacher, provided a learning experience that included touring the building, storytelling, identifying colors and counting. Colan, who has worked several years as a teacher, tutor and literacy coach, was excited to have an opportunity to welcome the preschoolers to her class. She said she treated them just like her very own students.

“I try to instill in my students a never-give-up attitude so they can have the strength, stamina and resilience that they will need, not only in school and in learning how to read, but also for the rest of their lives,” said Colan.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 3:26 PM, 06.09.2014

Job Corps Students Green it Up

On May 3rd, Job Corp students joined forces at the Green It Up event in the Central Neighborhood. Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc. and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy teamed up to co-pilot a tree planting in one of the neighborhoods that Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. has worked to develop. One of the pieces missing in the design aspect of the neighborhood were street trees. These trees not only help to beautify the area, but also help to deter crime and lower household energy bills. Keep Ohio Beautiful received a grant to plant the trees within the neighborhood to fix this issue, with the project moving forward through the approval of the Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The trees were obtained from Davey Tree Resource Group, who not only helped to plant the trees, but to also teach others the proper way to plant trees and how to care for them. To top off the newly planted trees and to beautify surrounding homes, Kurtz Bros., Inc. donated mulch and topsoil for the event. While it is great to plant trees and volunteer to do so, it is even better to know a bit about planting. Holden Arboretum spent part of the day educating the group about what trees are currently in the neighborhood and those that were just planted, as well as why different species of trees are planted instead of just one. Overall, it was a great day and we truly appreciate all of the work and partnerships that went into making the day a success. After the initial start of this project, the City of Cleveland determined that the Central neighborhood in which we worked has one of the lowest tree canopies throughout the entire city. They have committed to plant an additional 250 trees over the next few years. We are very excited that Job Corp could be a part of the event and look forward to many other partnerships in the future!

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 3:18 PM, 06.09.2014

Job Corps Assists at Pancake Breakfast

Job Corp Ambassadors assisted at the Fifth District Police Community Relations Committee Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 24, 2014.  Patrol Officer Anita Howard stated, “Our partnership with the Cleveland Job Corps is invaluable.  The ambassadors are great citizens and are always cordial and helpful young people.  The seniors at our events are always pleased to see them.  One of the goals of the Fifth District Police Community Relations Committee is to foster a positive relationship among police and the residents of the City of Cleveland.  We accomplish this through programs and events where the Fifth District Police can gain moments to interact in a positive manner with the youth and adults in our community.  These events and activities require help from our citizens and community partners The Cleveland Job Corps. “

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 3:18 PM, 06.09.2014

Sports Matter Support Youth Rowing in Cleveland



CMSD Rows, the rowing program exclusively for students of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, announced today that it has been accepted to, and is currently receiving donations as part of, the Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation's Sports Matter program.

Sports Matter is a highly competitive funding program representing a 100%, dollar-for-dollar match, based on a crowd-funding model. CMSD Rows has set the goal of $38,166, and is only able to receive any funds, matched 100%, if they meet their goal by a deadline of Friday, May 23, 2014. CMSD Rows was one of only 3 sports teams in Cleveland to be selected from hundreds of applicants for the program.

CMSD Rows is a program that has revolutionized rowing in Northeast Ohio. "There's nothing like it out there that is comparable in the state," said Brad Whitehead, chairman of the board of CMSD Rows and president of Northeast Ohio's Fund for Our Economic Future. "We bring kids down to the Cuyahoga River who have never even seen Lake Erie, and their excitement is palpable." Whitehead

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 3:18 PM, 06.09.2014

Greenberg Wins Hugh Durbin Scholarship for Library Leadership

The INFOhio Governing Advisory Board is pleased to announce that Gail Greenberg, library media specialist at Collinwood High School, is the winner of the INFOhio 2014 Hugh Durbin Scholarship. To be considered for this award, Greenberg had to be selected to participate in this year's Library Leadership Ohio Institute, a 3-day program held in July that cultivates the leaders who will guide Ohio libraries into the twenty-first century. The Hugh Durbin Scholarship pays her tuition for the program.

“I am elated and truly honored,” said Greenberg. “It’s nice to be recognized for doing something I believe in.”

A literacy advocate, Greenberg has served at-risk youth in PreK-12. Her research into the effect of collaboration between librarians and teachers on literacy in urban elementary schools led to Cleveland schools receiving a U.S. Department of Education Improving Literacy Through School Libraries grant. She has twice received the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Grant on behalf of Cleveland schools. Her interest and concern for serving multicultural students resulted in her being selected as one of 15 people in the country to travel to Mexico and Peru for a five-week long Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar. In addition, she generously shares what she’s learned with colleagues through professional development workshops and seminars.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 3:17 PM, 06.09.2014

What's Happening at the Collinwood Library



Expand your summertime reading fun with exciting weekly missions at the Collinwood Branch Library.  Earn cool super sleuth gear! Please contact the branch for more information and to register for the Summer Reading Club.

Week 1  (June 9 – 14) Roll Call 
Calling all junior detectives-in-training: report to your neighborhood library.  Create your own detective hat and earn your junior detective badge.  Your mission?  Summer fun!
Week 2 (June 16 – 21)  What Lies Beneath? 
Junior sleuths: join us for an hour of mystery fun and suspense.  Will you be the first to track down all the clues and guess what lies beneath the mystery box?  All super sleuths earn a special field notebook to use in future investigations!
Week 3 (June 23 – 28)  I Spy!
I spy with my little eye ten items in the library.  Can you spot ten items and write your own rap lyrics or poem to share your spy skills?  Complete this mission and earn your super spy magnifying glass!
Week 4 (June 30 – July 5)  Forensics Fun
Learn about the ways forensic science is used to solve crimes.  Explore the amazing science behind fingerprinting, reading tooth impressions and professional handwriting analysis and earn your super sleuth ink pad. 

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 11:47 AM, 06.09.2014

GED Classes at the Memorial Nottingham Library

GED Classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15am.  GED classes will be taught at the library every Tuesday and Thursday, through a partnership with Tri-C.  The classes are free, but registration is required.  Call the Memorial-Nottingham Library at 216-623-7039 to register.  You will need to attend an orientation before taking classes. 

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 11:48 AM, 06.09.2014