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Collinwood Strong

We are Collinwood Strong.  I have always said that one should never underestimate the resilience and tenacity of the residents of Collinwood.  We prove that time and time again. The weekend of April 14, 2017 was no exception.  Our community was struck a devastating blow by the vicious murder of Trina Tomola and Michael Kuznik in their place of business, Mr. Cars II on East 185th Street on Good Friday, April 14.  I want to make this publicly clear that this was no random act of violence. This assassination of two long-time merchants and their pet dog was deliberate and calculated. We know this by the savagery of the shooting and what was taken from the business including cars.  You have to ask yourself as I did standing there in the middle of the night with the Homicide Unit and Janet & Randy Kuznik, Michael’s parents, along with their son, Collin, what type of human savages would commit such a horrific act, on Good Friday; my guess, only God knows. I have known this family for over thirty years and they did not deserve to leave this earth in such a manner.

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Save-the-date: Collinwood Community Potluck, Saturday July 8

Mark your calendars and start brainstorming your best summer recipes. The first Collinwood Community Potluck is scheduled for Saturday, July 8th 2017 from 4-8pm at Euclid Beach Park. All neighborhood residents, friends and family are encouraged to bring a food dish to share alongside fresh picked vegetables and fruits from Collinwood gardens and favorite local restaurant dishes.

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Vigil at Mr. Cars

Councilman Polensek addresses the large crowd of neighbors gathered for the vigil at Mr. Cars

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Good News on E. 185th

Our neighborhood has gotten some pretty negative press lately, with the tragedy at Mr. Cars causing some people to claim the whole community is “imploding.” That brutal shooting was terrible, and our hearts are broken for the family. But what that shooting was not was a sign that this community has gone adrift. On the contrary, when I saw the outpouring of love and support for the family, when I went to the vigil at the business site and saw the range of people, from every part of our neighborhood, who turned out to let that family know we cared, I saw the strength that keeps this community together and is going to help it move forward as a place where diverse, caring, engaged residents come together and make good things happen, in spite of challenges. I’m so proud of my E. 185th community, and I hope everyone here will continue to rally to show the critics just how wrong they are.

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Owners of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Facility Receives Prestigious Award

President and CEO Dr. Martina Moore and

Vice President and COO Brian T. Moore

Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. (MCMS) President and CEO Dr. Martina Moore along with Vice President and COO Brian T. Moore received the Business Person(s) of the Year award Thursday, May 4th at the Euclid Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner.

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May Bike News and Bicyclist of the Month

Big Audio Mike Miller (left) and Ryan McGrew (right).

The exciting new BikeBike Commuting+Touring Forum (https://BIKEBIKE.space), created and hosted by Bike Euclid, took place April 23, 2017. Thank you to the large outpouring of volunteers who showed up to set up and volunteer at the event. Bicyclists, neighbors and friends from Euclid, Collinwood,  and throughout the region, learned from and shared with each other their experiences pedaling a bike to work and enjoying a vacation by bike. Euclid’s own Mayor Kirsten H. Gail attended. The event will now be held annually and the website will remain available as a resource.

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Owner Of Star Pop Raises Money For Public Television As Guest Auctioneer

STAR POP vintage + modern's owner, Troy Schwartz, poses with a PBS legend, Caroll Spinney, the performer behind both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.

Troy Schwartz, the owner of STAR POP vintage + modern in Cleveland's Waterloo Arts District, was recently honored to be asked to be a guest auctioneer for WVIZ/PBS Ideastream’s annual auction.  “I grew up watching WVIZ and it meant a lot to be asked to come in and help give something back,” said Schwartz.  It was the 50th anniversary of the televised auction, running from April 20-23, 2017.  Schwartz manned the Friday and Sunday night shifts.  In the end $418,489 was pledged during the auction, which goes towards helping to keep WVIZ/PBS on air.

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Final City Music Cleveland Concert of the Season

Clarinetist Daniel Gilbert will be featured in the final City Music Concert of the season at St. Jerome on Sunday, May 21st at 4pm. 

St. Jerome Church and CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra are pleased to announce that Mr. Paul Watkins will be making his conducting debut in Cleveland, Ohio, with their May concert series which can be heard at St. Jerome Church Sunday May 21st at 4pm.. Mr. Watkins is the Music Director of the acclaimed English Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Watkins is also a member of the Emerson String Quartet and plays the cello.

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May is the month of Mary

Parishioners will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, May 13th by reciting the Rosary following the 4pm Mass on Saturday and the 10am Mass on Sunday, May 14th

May is traditionally a month of devotions to Mary, the Mother of God.  St. Jerome continues the tradition of devotion to Mary with the school children holding a May Crowning service following the all school Mass on Wednesday, May 3rd.  

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St. Jerome Elementary School Stations of the Cross

At St. Jerome Elementary School students from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades performed a recreation of the Stations of the Cross.  It is extremely important that during the Easter Holiday, our students and the community of St. Jerome remember the representation of love and sacrifice that Jesus offered to all of us when he was crucified.  The crucifixion is when Jesus was nailed to the cross and died for the forgiveness of sins.   The Stations of the Cross reiterated the suffering that Jesus endured without any objection or repentance.  The resurrection, that ensued three days following the crucifixion, is an astonishing miracle, and the ultimate representation why Easter is celebrated.  The Resurrection is when Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.  The student body at St. Jerome were able to appreciate and embrace the significance of the resurrection and the true meaning of Easter.

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CHS Hall of Fame Inducts Two

Peter P. Ducosky

It is with great pleasure we announce the induction of two alumni to Collinwood High School’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame formally recognizes those alumni who have professionally distinguished themselves, thus bringing honor to the school. Peter Paul Ducosky was a true patriot and was the driving force behind the development of the Collinwood Train, the 999. John Sercel had a distinguished career with the USAF and was one of the most decorated pilots during the Vietnam War

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Beachland Park Flea

June 3rd and 4th Beachland Park will sponsor another great flea market.  The Flea will be from 10:00 to 3:00 at Beachland Park at the end of Canterbury Road.  We will have many local vendors, Paparazzi Jewelry, LulaRoe, Tupperware, Gold Canyon Candles, Lake Erie Monster Gems, Out of Our Minds Furniture, many local baked goods, local artists, homemade soaps, Tie Dye by Michelle and Food by Charissa, to name a few. We will have Yoga with Ali doing some mini sessions and entertainment for the kids by Bojangles Entertainment.  Join us for some shopping, eating and supporting local makers!

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A Free Symposium: Is it Mental? Mental Health and the Church Today!

Straight Talk Church invites you to a free symposium on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room #105 at Shore Cultural Centre, 291 E 222nd Street, Euclid, OH. The symposium will provide vital information on how to recognize and assist leaders in their churches, ministries, synagogues, etc. with identifying mental health and special education diagnoses along with other information. Presenters are Mr. Corey Beauford, LICSW of Riverdale, Maryland and Dr. Wayne Snider, pastor counselor and intervention specialist of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

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Memorial-Nottingham Library Hosts Brain Break for Students

Operation Vegetables gameboard.

Photo courtesy of the Operation Vegetables Facebook Page.

Earlier this month, Junior Cluster students at Lakeshore Intergenerational School sought opportunities to unwind after working hard on their standardized tests. Teachers guided students on a delightful walk to Memorial-Nottingham Library for an afternoon of fun and relaxation. Together they enjoyed a group lunch and were able to receive their own library cards to check out books. For many, it was the first time receiving a library card. This new responsibility was met with much excitement! Though our school has a wonderful little library of its own, it was a treat to explore the branch’s expansive selection of books. Students could not wait to return to school and begin reading.

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Learn about the history of slo-pitch softball, which started in Cleveland, at the hall of fame and museum

In 1985, The Greater Cleveland Slo-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame began inducting members into the hall at its annual banquet. This continues to be the case today. But, in 1997, Founder Buddy Langdon and his partner had an idea for a hall of fame and museum in order to share the history of softball with the public. Originally, they planned to make it a mobile exhibit that could travel around the country by bus. Later, they approached the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, then located in what is now the Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid, Ohio, to pitch the idea that both museums be housed in the historic, former Euclid City Hall building that the city had planned to condemn and demolish.

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2016 Water Quality Report Now Available

We are proud to announce Cleveland Water’s 2016 Water Quality Report is now available. This annual report provides an overview of our water quality during the past year, including testing results and information.

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Cleveland Neighborhood Stump Speech Series 2017

The Cleveland Neighborhood Stump Speech Series is a town hall series that aims to bring light to issues being faced by Cleveland neighborhoods. The first town hall will take place in South Collinwood on Sunday, July 9th from 12:30-2:30pm. It will be located across the street from 15416 Saranac Road, Cleveland, OH 44110. This event is being held in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Mental Health Practice and Collinwood Catholic Ministries. The series would like to invite different neighborhoods to participate in this series and have speeches take place in multiple Cleveland neighborhoods including Hough, Waterloo, Buckeye, Glenville and more.

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Boy Scouts in Collinwood

The CAMHP Foundation is forming a boy scouts program for ages 7-14, which will start at the beginning of the summer. It’s going to be a great experience for the boys that sign up for this scouts program, you don’t want to miss out. You will learn new things, try new things, make new friends and also have a great collaboration experience with boys either younger or older than your age. Help is wanted; we are also looking for troop leaders that are ages 18+. If you are interested in participating please call 216-862-3815. We are located at 15416 Saranac Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44110.

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Walk & Roll … and Stroll!

Last year, the E. 185th Merchants came together and held their first Walk & Roll E. 185 Sidewalk Sale and Festival. It was a fun day out, with a bike rodeo, a small parade, bands and bounce houses and fun activities all up and down the street. This year they’re bringing it back – and bringing in a new partner. For the first time, E. 185th St. will collaborate with the E. 200th Street Stroll to plan a full day of fun for our neighboring districts. Both events will be held on Saturday, June 3, with the E. 200th Street Stroll kicking off at 10am and running to 2:00pm, followed by Walk & Roll E. 185 from 2:00-6:00pm. Both are fun, free, community-based events where businesses, residents and community groups come out to share a day of strolling and rolling, face painting and balloons, live music and line dancing and much more. The Euclid Beach Rocket car will offer rides at both events until 4:00, and there will be lots of games and prizes for the little ones, as well as a chance to meet new neighbors and check out that local business you’ve been meaning to stop into. A simple celebration of community is just what we need right now, so we hope you’ll join us. If you have a community group or other organization that would like to participate, please contact Barbara Liddell on E. 185th St, at WalkAndRollE185@gmail.com, or for E. 200th Street contact Sherrie Zagorc at E200thStreetStroll@gmail.com

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Rock Your World set for May 20

CMSD will hold its 18th annual Rock Your World With STEAM Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

Sponsored by the District’s Office of Family and Community Engagement and All-City Arts, the free festival will showcase the talents of more than 2,000 students in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Performances can be viewed on six stages on the lakefront near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center.

The festival is held in partnership with the Rock Hall, science museum, City of Cleveland, MC2STEM High School and Cuyahoga Community College.

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Young Leaders Clothes,Toy & shoe drive

We would like to thank all the participants in our April 30,2017 Clothing drive, because of you we were able to help the community as well as raise money for our organization . We would like to acknowledge everyone who helped us pull this fundraiser/clothing drive off . This includes Seivers Security ,Larrys Auto Clinic , New Bridge Academy, Legacy J Investments ,Private Entertainment House & ,Always Beautiful Hair Salon . We would also like to give a special thanks to individual donors Connie White, Melvin White,Melvin Drayton ,Sharee Willis , Toni Mcmath, linda Mcmath ,Jervaughn Ferguson, Ranee Fergunson ,Wykeily Philpotts , Donald Boyd Candidate for Ward 8 , Tallis ,Sarifina,Anthony Howard,Samantha Walton ,Council Woman Taneika Hill ,Ms Denise , Arthur Kemp, Adrianna Miller, Rolanda, Ms Shae and other residents of Collinwood & Euclid !!  It was nice to see our communities come together to accomplish a task . For more information on the Young Leaders Program go to www.Youngleadersprograms.org and or for volunteer or internship oppurtunities call Vice President Breauna Sweeney 216-622-5849

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Made in Collinwood – MAKERS’ MARKET

In Collinwood, the neighborhood’s 140-year legacy of making is alive and thriving. 

Made in Collinwood unites, amplifies and centralizes the makers and artisan businesses of the greater Collinwood community in Cleveland, Ohio. The program is the newest offering of Northeast Shores Development Corporation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit working to make North Collinwood a better place for everyone to live, work and visit.

As a part of Made in Collinwood, Makers’ Markets are a marketing and pop-up vending opportunity for artisan businesses - both from Collinwood and the greater Cleveland community. Our inaugural Markets last summer featured vendors of all sorts, from chic jewelry, nerdy t-shirts, and colorful watches, to organic soaps, custom gifts, and handmade ceramics. You’ll find a little of everything at the Makers’ Markets. Browse amongst long-time neighborhood businesses and Cleveland’s next generation of creators.

Makers’ Markets are on select Thursdays from 5:30-8:30p.m. throughout the summer. The upcoming dates include: June 8th, June 22nd, July 6th, July 20th, August 3rd, August 17th, and August 24th. In an effort to promote greater attendance to the Markets and provide an improved marketing opportunity for our participating Makers, our NEW location is at the East Shore Park Club - 17217 Dorchester Drive Cleveland, 44119. 

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Music for Miles: Mary Beth Ions

On Mothers’ Day, May 14, Mary Beth Ions will come back with her singing violin and her infectious enthusiasm. Mary Beth has performed for Hillary Clinton and President Bush, as backup for Mannheim Steamroller and Sarah Brightman, at Blossom and on Playhouse Square. Her solo programs are virtually irresistible.

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Artist Spotlight

Robert Gatewood – Master Collective/Made in Collinwood

There’s a groundswell of artisan entrepreneurship happening in North Shore Collinwood – and a new creative services agency is at the forefront of unifying that work.

Following a year-long planning phase, Northeast Shores Development Corporation is partnering with Master Collective to develop and launch Made in Collinwood in 2017. Master Collective, led by Robert Gatewood, is taking the charge of building Made in Collinwood as a collaborative brand for artisan businesses and services providers in the greater Collinwood area. This partnership between Northeast Shores and Master Collective will provide extensive small business training, shared resources, and peer networking for makers in the community – in addition to substantial marketing services.

Made in Collinwood has already launched small business classes in the neighborhood in partnership with the Hispanic Business Center. And the platform is gearing up for an expanded year of Makers’ Markets, which will generate a surge of energy at the East Shore Park Club in tandem with their Summer Concert Series.

But what about the Made in Collinwood brand and the man behind its creation?

It probably comes as no surprise that first and foremost, Gatewood is a longtime Collinwood native. Gatewood and his family were Cleveland East-siders for years, before moving to Collinwood in 1999, where they have lived ever since.

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Dance to Highlight Lithuania's 100th Birthday

The Third Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival- Juventus 2017 sponsored by the Lithuanian Folk Dance Group Svyturys in Cleveland will take place on May 20th 2017. at the Shore Culture Centre, 291 E222nd St, Euclid, Ohio  at 1:00pm. 

The event is to highlight the celebration of Lithuania’s 100th birthday on 2018.

To properly mark this anniversary, Cleveland Youth Folk Dance Group Svyturys decided to organize the dance festival JUVENTUS - 2017, naming it "Let's Light the flame of our homeland”.

The planning and preparation of the project focuses on national dance, and to preserve Lithuanian youth communication, as well as  strengthening their Lithuanian identity. The  young people learn through dance to master the Lithuanian Culture. The culture becomes its own. Dance lovers are coming to the festival already for the third time. Participating dance friends from Chicago, Toronto, Argentina. The  event has  becomes a tradition and dance lovers come to Cleveland  for the third time.
This joint concert strengthens youth ethnicity and cultural origins. 

Cleveland Folk Dance Group Svyturys directors: Ausrine Sirvinskas and Egle Zukauskas

All are welcome.

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Help Save Trauma Patient Lives by Giving Blood

During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients with traumatic injuries and other serious medical needs by donating blood or platelets.

According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions in the U.S. annually.

“A single car accident victim can need as many as 100 units of blood,” said Christy Peters, external communications manager, Northern Ohio Red Cross Blood Services. “In trauma situations, when there’s no time to check a patient’s blood type, emergency personnel reach for type O negative red blood cells and type AB plasma.”

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Eastbrook Healthcare Center Completes First Phase of Renovations

Eastbrook Healthcare Center recently completed the first part of an ongoing renovation to upgrade and modernize the skilled nursing facility. With a new owner in 2015 came the mantra – out with the old and in with the new – for the aging facility.

 “The upgrades to our short-term rehabilitation unit, such as new state-of-the-art equipment and aesthetically pleasing decor, will make each patient’s stay more comfortable and pleasant,” says Shilo Dewald, administrator, Eastbrook Healthcare Center.

Eastbrook is a skilled nursing facility that provides long- and short-term care for the following needs:

  • Rehabilitation – Medical rehabilitation for issues such as wound care, stroke, cardiac, respiratory and physical, occupational and speech therapy.
  • Psychological therapy – Those who need supervised care from a routine counselor and/or psychiatrist to become independent community members.  
  • Dementia/intellectual delay – Patients who require more supervision and stability for their specialized needs.

Dewald adds that “the new look and comfort features incorporated into the renovation will enhance the care we provide for our patients every day.”

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Time to Celebrate Collinwood

I’ve been brooding over Phillip Morris’ PD column last Friday (April 24) in which he (and the headline writer) referred to our neighborhood as “further distanced” and suffering from ‘the nervous insecurity that comes with a neighborhood's implosion.” I’ve only lived in Collinwood for 30 years (to speak with real authority, you have to be third generation) but I am not seeing implosion. I’m seeing a neighborhood whose residents went into shock when their factory-based way of life evaporated, some so much so that they moved “farther out.” But those who stayed in this family-friendly community of sturdy affordable homes, direct access to the lake, active churches and block clubs, pulled themselves together and began to forge a new path.

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RTA and Job Corp Join Forces

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and the Cleveland Job Corps Center have joined forces to teach and train the next generation of workers, and provide job opportunities for interns to work at the transit system in the weeks and months ahead.

Our joint agreement was finalized with the Cleveland Job Corps Center they will provide RTA with student interns. After the students complete a five-week internship RTA will assist them with possible employment opportunities in various departments, including those in the skilled mechanical and electrical trades.

“Through this agreement, individuals with a high school diploma, will have the opportunity to tap into all the benefits of the internship program. This effort allows students to transition more easily from school to work and take advantage of the invaluable opportunities afforded through work-based learning,” said RTA CEO and General Manager Joe Calabrese.

The goal of the program is to afford real life job experiences to the students and to create a pipeline of applicants for organizations such as the RTA.

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Children’s Grief Support Camps Provide Support Amid Beauty of Nature

Children who are grieving find hope and healing at the scenic Red Oak Camp in Kirtland. 

Looking for a summer camp to support a grieving child or teen, or a meaningful way for your whole family to memorialize a loved one? One of the lesser known community services offered by Hospice of the Western Reserve’s bereavement center is a series of children’s grief support camps and family days held in beautiful natural settings throughout Northern Ohio.

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Bari Beauty and Health Plus

An encore career is when a person enters a new line of work after they retire from their original career.  Typically, the new career path offers a greater level of personal meaning and social impact than previously experienced.  This is so true of our Grameen recipient, Barbara Liddell.

As a Registered Nurse with a Master’s in Community Health, Barbara has had a successful 40-year career in the health care field.  During that time, she has cared for thousands of Cleveland Metropolitan School District students. 

Further, Barbara has provided nursing care for various members of her family because being number 11 out of 12 children there is ample opportunity!  She willingly provides care, compassion, and shares her knowledge.  This includes caring for her mother who, at 104 years old, still lives in her own home! 

Once Barbara retired from being a full-time nurse, she recalled a memory from her high school days about wanting to start a business.  Even without retail business experience, she embarked on her encore career.

Enter Bari Beauty & Health Plus!

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