It took a major team effort and some special surprises from the Cleveland Police Department to make the birthday party of seven-year-old Joey extra special on September 11 at David Simpson Hospice House.
Ballot Box Project award winner Stephen Bivens will bring his project, This is Collinwood: History in Everyday People, to a close at the end of this month. Bivens has been photographing local businesses and families in the Collinwood community. As an entrant and awardee in the History category, Bivens hopes to capture, on film, the unique people and places that make Collinwood the neighborhood we are proud to call home.
Former President Bill Clinton gave a rousing speech of empowerment to the student body and others at the Ginn Academy gym at East 162nd Street near Saranac Road while campaigning for wife Hillary Clinton.
At Lakeshore Intergenerational School, we strive to provide our students with unique opportunities to grow their learning. While our teachers provide a dynamic and interactive learning experience inside the classroom, local volunteers have given our students a chance to extend their learning beyond this familiar setting.
Bringing Hollywood to Collinwood: the FCB Radio Network is Growing Rapidly and Changing the Face of Urban Digital Radio
Are you involved in the community? Are you the type to take action? Do you find that your neighbors always ask you for help? Most importantly, do you want to make the neighborhood a better place to live?
Most people find jobs, some find careers, and very few are fortunate enough to find their passion.
Sam Palumbo, CHS Class of 1951 and 1996 CHS Hall of Fame Inductee was inducted to the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame on September 15, 2016. Along with Sam Mike Bartley (Hockey), Brad Friedel (Soccer), Kevin Mack (Football), Mike Moran (Basketball), Jeff Radosevich (Horse Racing) and Karen Wittrock (Basketball) were also inducted. The Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1976 by the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the National Bicentennial Sports Committee to celebrate the nation’s 200th birthday. Including the Class of 2016, 508 people covering 30 different sports have been inducted.
William Sopko and Sons Co., located at 26500 Lakeland Blvd., Euclid, Ohio, was started in 1952 in the basement of current owner Bill Sopko Sr.’s parents’ home on East 267th Street. His dad, also Bill, worked in the Maintenance Department at Tapco (now TRW) after returning home from serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Prior to the war, he worked at Ohio Ball Bearing Company (now Applied Technologies) in the Spindle Repair Department.
Collinwood Recreation Center one of many fine jewels in the city of Cleveland has conquered another year of successful youth completing the opportunity to work in the summer. Our youth was presented the platform from the organization, Youth Opportunities Unlimited in Collaboration with the City of Cleveland to have job exposure. Our youth or what I like to call this group “16 Strong” was able to partake in several of events and earn income at the same time. The events consisted of working the Mayor’s Night out against Crime, the Division of Recreation Track and Field event at Collinwood Stadium, and the Collinwood Recreation Center Summer Splash vendor event. If they were not working events they were doing a great job making sure that are center was being held high on our 4 C’s of Collinwood, which consist of Communication, Collaboration, Customer Service and Cleanliness. In addition they were able to assist with feeding our children in the City of Cleveland through the summer lunch program. Lastly, they were able to enjoy each other on a “Fun Day” exploring the newly renowned East Bank of The Flats and Public Square in downtown Cleveland. They had a fun filled day running through the water, taking pictures with each other, playing tag on the green space and enjoying being youth. Class of 2016, like all the other classes are a special group. They left an exceptional mark on Collinwood Recreation Center. Through it all they was the class of “16 Strong that Finished Tall”.
The painting class, held at Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries 15706 St. Clair Ave is selling 2017 calendars depicting their paintings of various Collinwood landmarks. After the class decided which landmarks they wanted to incorporate into the calendar, a photographer took a photograph of these sites. Under the direction of Mr. William Denihan and Mr. Doug Rothschild, they drew and painted these landmarks on canvas and chose the best paintings to include in the calendar. The Calendars will be selling for $10.00 and will make a great gift for Collinwood residents and Collinwood buffs.
North Collinwood continues to be a district with where a significant number of feral cats live and need help. Cat over-population is a constant struggle and the Waterloo Alley Cat Project has worked continuously since 2009 to help maintain and control the population of feral cats in their targeted area around the Waterloo Arts and Business District by spaying and neutering over 300 cats.
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For the past three months, one North Ridgeville teacher has brought world renowned classical musicians to capacity crowds on Waterloo Road.
Jennifer Shaw - a kindergarten-5th grade music teacher at Lake Ridge Academy - is now also executive director of Underground Classical, which she started in 2016 to bring genre-bending classical music performances to unlikely spaces in North Collinwood.
The inaugural performance on August 12 united textile arts and the music of Amanda Powell inside Praxis Fiber Workshop (15301 Waterloo Road) - the host venue for the 2016 season. The second performance on September 2 brought the Oblivion Project - along with an energetic cadre of tango dancers - to the neighborhood.
The final performance of the season on October 28 at 8:00 pm will introduce residents to the Carpe Diem String Quartet, a unique chamber ensemble that draws from Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock and jazz styles.
Bring the family, experience new art, stroll the street and meet the folks making North Collinwood a destination for arts and entertainment during this month's Walk All Over Waterloo on October 7th. The following are some of the great things happening this month. For more information, visit the Waterloo Arts District's Facebook page!
Do you have 14 minutes to spare? Of course you do! That's perfect because that's how long it takes the typical person to vote.
Everyone knows this year is the presidential election, but there are also a lot of other really important things to vote for. On the ballot you'll also see candidates for US and Ohio House and Senate, State Supreme Court, local courts, and more.
When you vote, you are sharing your voice; letting elected officials know what is important to you in your community. House and Senate members make the laws, and the courts enforce those laws. Education, prison reform, reproductive health, businesses, and agriculture are just a few of the topics your vote will influence. By voting, elected officials are more interested in your thoughts because when you like what they do, they keep their job.
Don't forget!If you moved, you need to change your address.
Know your voting location.
Bill Azman’s customers know his Slovenian sausages are out of this world. After all, they’re the only Slovenian sausages to have traveled into space. Folks attending the 13th Slovenian Sausage Festival in Kirtland, Ohio, agreed and Azman Quality Meats took titles as the People’s Choice and the Best of Fest judges’ award for top klobasa. More than 1,200 visitors attended the music event hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland. They sampled the products of several vendors, as did a festival jury. Raddell’s Sausage Shop, located in Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood, was voted runner-up for both categories.
On October 29th from noon to 2 p.m., monsters and witches meet at the Tower on Waterloo and E. 156th Street for Halloween on WaterBOO! Trick-or-Treat from gory galleries to spellbound stores. Make people afraid when you make scary artwork. Play ghoulish games. This fun free event is open to everyone, rain or shine.
The long awaited LaSalle Arts and Media Center project had a groundbreaking on August 9, 2016. Several dignitaries and project supporters were on hand to officially launch the commencement of the project.
The venue will be the largest venue on the east side of non-hotel associated rentable event space. Given the unique floorplan levels, capacity for table seating will be from 250 to 600 people. “The adaptable re-use of the LaSalle Arts and Media Center sets the stage for a number of creative events to be hosted. We also hope to be able to show some films once or twice a month,” stated Executive Director Brian Friedman, Executive Director of Northeast Shores Development Corporation the projects manager. Data will have the potential to travel into and out of the premises via fiber optic cable supplied by Lightower Communications. Five apartments will be rehabilitated utilizing The City of Cleveland Housing Trust Fund HOME Program, supplying 5 affordable housing units to the project. Three commercial storefronts will house: a bakery, insurance office and artists gallery space.
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Have you noticed funky new art popping up on the street? That's because Ballot Box winner Michael Hudecek from Up Cycle Parts Shop with his Craft Up Collinwood project is creating art that residents made with reused plastic materials.
This not only beautifies vacant storefronts, it draws attention to people who are interested in renting. With the Collinwood Friends Garden on 156th Street and Corisca, they built pallet benches and painted designs on the sidewalk.
Michael has also put up temporary installations in vacant storefronts that not only beautify the street but draws attention to the spaces. Less than one month after covering a store with plastic scales, a property that had long been on the market was sold. We look forward to seeing how these efforts will continue to improve the district. Take a stroll down 156th and check out all the new sights.
You voted for him, and Collinwood chef Kevin Scheuring served up tasty food classes. He introduced the neighborhood to some new and exciting flavors through his Ballot Box funded project. Kevin and his team from the Coit Road Farmer's Market brought their expertise of local food and flavors to the residents of Collinwood in cooking events at Collinwood Recreation Center, Wildwood Park, and the Market. They roasted, grilled, and pickled veggies for all to enjoy. With live music and art for the kids, it was truly a festive family event. Hopefully we'll see more of the Coit Road Farmers Market in the community.
At the Beachland Hair Design, located at 18324 Lakeshore Blvd, from November 12th to November 26th, celebrate Shop Local Shop Small.
Join us for the 7 th annual Shop Small Shop Local Saturday. Again accepting food donations which will be handed over to The Greater Cleveland Food Bank. 50/50 Raffle and Basket Raffle. 50/50 running over the 2 week period Basket Raffle as we get them in!!!
Cleveland Metroparks concept for a new Euclid Beach Pier is coming to shape following a public meeting held September 22, 2016 at the Collinwood Recreation Center. The evolving design concept was developed following a study of wave patterns, lake conditions and the desire to capture views of downtown Cleveland to the west.
Changes are coming to one of the oldest buildings at the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).
Believe it or not after years, actually decades, of trying to build a recreation center in Collinwood and then finding the funding, all the meetings to plan and create it – the Collinwood Recreation Center will celebrating its 5th YEAR ANNIVERSARY this November 12th!
Come join the party on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 2-4 PM for a special program of activities to celebrate this milestone including cake and punch.
This week we also learned that our Collinwood Recreation Center will be featured as a part of an exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. The exhibit entitled, “By the People: Designing a Better America” is highlighted below. I am also sharing the email from Mr. Paul Volpe, the architect of the Recreation Center, who entered the recreation center as a project for consideration and was awarded a slot in the exhibit for design and community collaboration.
This is how Collinwood works. So, at the Center’s 5th anniversary we have much to celebrate and we have much to be proud of for it was the push and support from Councilman Polensek on down through the community which made the project a reality in the first place.
It continues to be a great summer and as we enter Fall we look forward to the kick-off of even more developments in the community.There have been some very positive developments since my last column. First, MetroParks held its first public meeting in the community on September 22 at the Collinwood Recreation Center regarding the reconstruction of the historic Euclid Beach pier at the park. This capital project has been something I have lobbied for many years and now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (and it’s not a train) or the practically speaking the horizon. It is my personal opinion that once the pier is constructed, which will be handicapped accessible, that Euclid Beach Park will become a destination place for the greater Collinwood community and beyond. Those of us who grew up remembering the original pier – remember it as a place for fishing, site seeing and watching the sun sunset with loved ones. I cannot wait to take that walk once again for I am committed to seeing this project come to fruition.
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Creativity runs deep in this extended family. Article Gallery brings the return of two artists Steven Lewis and Craig Main, to the Cleveland art scene. Joining them is local artist and director of the Waterloo’s Article Gallery and studios, Louis Ross.
Lewis, Main and Ross are brothers-in-law, related by marriage. All three are recently retired and enjoying the renewed pursuit of their mature vision and art.
Craig Main is a graphic artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His recent work “Lake Superior Vistas” are digitally recreated recollections of his early life on the Great Lakes. “They are a vivid expression of a moment in time … I am trying to put the viewer at the place and moment of the vision, even to the point of being in the water or among the leaves.”
Join the Coit Road Farmers’ Market at the Slovenian Workman's Home on Monday, October 10 at 6:00PM for an evening of fine eating with local chefs, live music by Bert Dennis and friends, raffles and more. The Home is located at 15335 Waterloo Rd. Help Cleveland’s oldest farmers’ market with its mission to supply heathy local food to the community. Tickets for $35 per person are available at the Market or online at www.coitmarket.org
St. Jerome is delighted to welcome the sublimely talented musicians of the City Music Cleveland Chamber Orchestra back for another delightful, free performance on Sunday, October 23rd at 5pm. The orchestra’s music director, Avner Dorman, will conduct and the program will feature one of Mr. Dorman’s compositions, entitled “After Brahms – Three Intermezzi for Orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 will also be on the program.
Violin soloist, Sayaka Shoji will again perform with the orchestra. Anyone who was fortunate enough to have heard one of her performances last year with City Music can testify that we are in for a rare treat. Ms. Shoji has performed all over the world since winning the prestigious Paganini Competition in 1999. Now a resident of Paris, she so enjoyed her experience in Cleveland, the museums, the food, and the chance to perform the program over a period of consecutive nights and in doing so, more fully explore the music, that she happily agreed to return. We are glad she did and think you will be too!
St. Jerome Church, the Beacon on the Boulevard, drew neighbors, family and friends to the 2016 annual clam bake
Driving down East 185th Street you may have notice some new activity at the former Old World Meats storefront at the the northeast corner of Abby Avenue. The Democratic party has opened a campaign field office there to organize volunteers, register voters (last day is October 11th), distribute signs, and answer questions.
The Collinwood Slovenian Home, located at 15810 Holmes Avenue, is having their annual Clam Bake!
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15, at its Metropolitan Campus, located at 2900 Community College Ave. in Cleveland.