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Neighborhood Saddened by Passing of Rev. Anthony Casses



Our dear friend, the Reverend Anthony Cassese, 66, Pastor at St. Jerome Parish in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland in Ward 8 of the City of Cleveland passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.  Father Cassese was ordained to the priesthood for the service of the Order of St Paul the Hermit on 23 April 1977 in the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA.  After serving in the Catholic Diocese at St Louis Parish in Cleveland Heights and Our Lady of Mt Carmel in Willowick, he was assigned to St Jerome Parish in Cleveland. He was appointed Administrator pro tem (in 1992) and then Administrator (in October 2005) of St Jerome’s Church. He was then named Pastor of St. Jerome, Cleveland, on 6 November 2006.  He had served at St Jerome for 27 years until his death.

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The East 185th Street Transportation for Livable Communities Public Meeting

If you are interested in the future of East 185th Street and discussing how it can be a more livable community, and designed for the future, you are invited to the public meeting to be held:

Date: Tuesday February 24, 2015

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Place:  Villa Angela St Joseph Gymnasium

Enter North West door entrance, rear parking lot off of East 185th Street.

“Everyone has a vision for what East 185 or a downtown can be,” stated Councilman Polensek, Ward 8 Councilman City of Cleveland. “I am extremely excited about the prospects for the future of the East 185th Street Corridor. The district is a priority for our community. We are counting on valued input from the public regarding the TLCI plan and our efforts to improve the area to serve the neighborhood and the region as well. East 185 is a great place to live, work and visit. Can we improve what we currently have?” “I believe we can by working together, and we look forward to the process and public input”

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Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society Meeting

If you're interested in our neighborhood history, we invite all interested parties to join us at our Annual Meeting of the Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society. Bring along family or personal neighborhood history to share, and hear about what we need to accomplish this year in the community.

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Father Bill Jerse named pastor of St. Jerome's Parish

I am happy to announce that Bishop Lennon has appointed Fr. Bill Jerse pastor of St. Jerome Parish. This appointment is effective Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Fr. Jerse is presently assigned as a parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish, Strongsville, Ohio and is serving as an Adjunct Judicial Vicar at the Diocesan Tribunal. Fr. Jerse is "from the neighborhood" having been raised in Collinwood as a parishioner of St. Mary's. Please keep Fr. Jerse in your prayers.

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Hospice Warehouse Sale



You won't believe the items that are available at the Hospice of the Western Reserve Warehouse Sale!  Whether it's sprucing up a home, changing decor, locating a "gently used sofa" for a college student, or finding a dining room table large enough for gatherings, Hospice of the Western Reserve's Warehouse Sale is the place to be!
In addition to furniture, framed artwork and lamps, the selection often includes matching sets of fine china, glassware, antiques, collectibles and one-of-a-kind treasures. The proceeds not only support seriously ill patients and their families, but veterans in need of specialized care, grief and trauma counseling in schools and other community-based programs provided by the nonprofit agency. 

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Menlo Park Academy



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Why Families and Students are Happy to "Menlo" at Menlo Park Academy (MPA).

In a time when many gifted and talented programs are shrinking, Menlo Park Academy offers Cleveland and all NE Ohio parents and students an educational option that is dedicated to gifted programming all day, every day.

Founded by a group of parents frustrated by the lack of choice for their own gifted children, MPA has created a whole-child learning environment for gifted children from kindergarten through 8th grades. Recently the Menlo Park Academy community highlighted stories, ideas, and experiences that exemplify, “Why We Menlo.” Using pen, paper, colored pencils, and lots of heart, students created original essays, poems, and drawings that share why they are happy to “Menlo.”

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Northeast Shores’ Annual Meeting


The new Board of Directors for Northeast Shores Development Corporation.
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Thanks to everyone who came out to the Northeast Shores’ Annual Meeting on January 20, 2015. At the meeting, Executive Director Brian Friedman shared with attendees all the great things that the organization has helped make happen in 2014. Including the construction of a ceramic studio on Waterloo, live/work apartments at the Glencove, and the completion of the Waterloo Streetscape. Members also got a chance to hear about projects that Northeast Shores will be undertaking in the upcoming year. Some of the projects include neighborhood wide tree planting, Renter Equity, healthy Collinwood 2015, and the Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative for East 185th Street. This will certainly be an exciting 2015 for Collinwood.

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A Life of Service: St Jerome's Father Cassese


Father Anthony Cassese

Anthony J. Cassese was born December 3, 1948 and grew up on East 123rd Street in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood.  His mother’s family, the Micatrotto’s, were from Ripalimosani, in the Province of Campobasso, Italy. He was diagnosed with the genetic disorder cystic fibrosis at an early age, requiring daily dose of antibiotics and special treatments every six weeks for the rest of his life. Though the average life expectancy of people with cystic fibrosis is between 37 and 50 years of age, he would become one of it’s oldest survivors, having the longest record of CF treatments at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

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Tales of the Past


Native American Tales

The fifth graders just finished studying different kinds of American Indians.  As we wrapped up our study on Indians, we have read several books by Paul Goble.  Paul Goble is an illustrator of children's books.  He specializes in Native American stories.  One of his books, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, won a Caldecott Medal in 1979.

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Euclid Girl Scouts Annual World Friendship Fair

From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on February 28, 2015, the Euclid Girl Scout Troops of Service Unit 760 will celebrate World Friendship Day at Sts. Robert and William School Gymnasium. During this annual event, each troop chose a country to research and will sell food, crafts and host games from that country. The event begins with a flag ceremony at 1:05 p.m. 

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Euclid Beach Blast 2015 Is Blasting Off!

Planning for Euclid Beach Blast 2015 kicked off last week with what was hands down, our most well attended kickoff meeting yet! So many new faces and some familiar ones too, all excited to make this year's Blast an event to remember.  This year's theme is 'Celebration' of all things great about our Lake, our park and our community!

If you are interested in participating in one of the event planning committees for Euclid Beach Blast 2015 and did not attend the kickoff meeting or if you just want to find out how you can get involved, please visit facebook.com/euclidbeachblast, contact Stephen Love at euclidbeachblast@gmail.com or call 216-571-0685. 

And don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, August 1, 2015 for the 6th annual Euclid Beach Blast!

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Sunday Polka Dances

The Polka Dances at the Waterloo Ballroom of the Slovenian Workmen's Home are held every Sunday October through May from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  For $12 per person you receive a ticket for a sandwich and a fountain soft drink.  The coffee pot is always on and it is complimentary.  A different sandwich is served every Sunday.  Some of the types of sandwiches that are served are Slovenian sausage (from R & D Meats), Italian sausage, sloppy Joe's, roast pork, hamburgers, etc.  There are always a selection of pastries to purchase at reasonable prices.

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Fish Fry

The Lenten season for Fish Frys begins Friday, February 20, 2015 although the Auxiliary at the Slovenian Workmen's Home serves dinners every Friday throughout the year.  They are rated as one of the best in the Cleveland area.

On the menu is breaded (hand breaded by the auxiliary) and deep fried fish, baked fish, breaded and deep fried shrimp, breaded pork chops and goulash.  The side dishes are Slovenian home fries, French fries, polenta, cabbage & noodles and macaroni & cheese.  All dinners include their cole slaw that is mixed with their house oil & vinegar dressing.  On the children's menu is chicken fingers or hot dog served with one of the above side dishes.

Dinners are served at the Slovenian Workmen's Home, 15335 Waterloo Road, Cleveland 44110 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. every friday.   For reservations or take out orders, please call 216/481-5378. 

The Auxiliary (aka "The Kitchen Angels") hope to see you soon at the Fish Fry.

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Councilman's Corner

First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. I hope 2015 brings good health and good times to all Collinwood Observerfaithful readers.

On that note, we are very fortunate in Ward8 and in the greater Collinwood community to have the Observer.  We are one of the few wards in the city that have our own neighborhood newspaper. Please support the newspaper by reading it and contributing to it through ads and/or articles.  This is our neighborhood voice. Let’s promote our neighborhood!! My sincere thanks to the Observer staff for promoting the greater Collinwood community.

In 2014 we had many successes and 2015 looks to be an equally exciting year.  The Waterloo Streetscape Project will be completed and the Lakeshore Boulevard Relief Sewer will be completed with resurfacing of the roadway to follow. Engineering work will begin for the rebuilding of East 152 Street from Waterloo Road to the East Cleveland line and we should be seeing the design of the new pedestrian bridge to go over I-90 which will replace the one that was destroyed. Water Pollution Control is working on the engineering for the rehabilitation of Euclid Creek south of Lakeshore Boulevard to Villaview Road, which could get under way later this year.

The MetroParks will be presenting their final designs for the new Pedestrian Bridge over Euclid Creek which will link Villa Angela Beach to Wildwood Marina. Construction should begin before Summer. They will also be presenting the designs for the new Pier at Euclid Beach Park. We are still having discussions regarding our desire to have life guards stationed at Euclid Beach and Villa Angela Beach. We believe this is critical in light of the increased usage of the parks.  MetroParks needs to understand that this is an issue of safety and security for our children and the general community.

The City of Cleveland and the City of Euclid are working closely on a plan for the East 185th Street corridor called the “Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative.” This is the same type of planning we had to undertake prior to the Waterloo Streetscape project. The East 185th Street corridor is critical to both of our communities and our goal is to see a streetscape redevelopment project implemented sometime in the near future.

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Consider a Cooperative Preschool Experience at Euclid Cooperative Preschool


Children at Euclid Cooperative Preschool learning through play.

It is that time of year when parents begin their search for the perfect preschool.  As a parent of four, I found the best way to determine which school best meets the needs of both the parent and child is to visit.  Euclid Coopeative Preschool will hold an Open House on Saturday February 7, 2015 from 10:00 to 12:00 and Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 9:30 to 11:30. Open Houses give parents an opportunity to visit and get a sense of how the educational program fits.  

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Our Beaches Deserve Lifeguards, Too



As a resident of North Collinwood I am very thankful for the continued stewardship and vision of Cleveland Metroparks and its management of Euclid Beach, Villa Angela Beach, and Wildwood. The parks are clean, safe, and attractive recreational public spaces for the community, drawing many more residents to the Lake over the past two summers than when the parks were managed by the cash strapped State of Ohio.  
 
Yet, over the past two summers, one fundamental safety concern has been sorely overlooked, lifeguards!   Since the Cleveland Metroparks began managing Euclid Beach and Villa Angela Beach, a total of three drownings occurred, one in 2013 and two in 2014. In each of these tragic instances, the drownings occurred when an older adult entered the water to rescue a child.  These drownings happened on a weekend afternoon in the summer when families were picnicking and other children were swimming in the Lake.  
 
In statements released to local news media following each drowning, Cleveland Metroparks' officials stated that they would look into the incidents and explore how to improve water safety at Euclid Beach and Villa Angela Beach.  Last year, signage was installed warning swimmers of the dangers of rip currents around the rock breakers.  This was a good first step towards educating the public about swimming safety and employing lifeguards should have been the logical next step.
 

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Collinwood High School Student Leaders Participate in The Diversity Center of NE Ohio Event


Railroader Leaders (left to right):  Dwayne McGown; Mrs. Greenberg; Tahlia Eskridge; Aleia Beard; Da'zhah Gamble; Edashia Williams; Coreyaun Robinson; Demario Robinson; and Ms. A. Carlson.


Collinwood High School was well-represented at The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio 2015 Youth Leadership Luncheon and Program, held recently at John Carroll University.  Middle and high school students and educators from throughout Cleveland and Cuyahoga County joined in a celebration of diversity and leadership that included conversation, lunch, various presentations and awards recognition.

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UpStage Players to Perform Once On This Island Jr.



North Collinwood’s UpStage Players, one of Northeast Ohio’s hardest working children’s theatre companies, celebrates its 21st season in 2015 with the beloved musical Once On This Island, Jr. Tickets to all three performances can now be purchased online.

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A Love Letter to My City


The author proving happiness in Cleveland is real.

This is a love letter to my city, your city, our city.

#iheartCLE

The hashtag began as a promotional campaign (think Positively Cleveland!) and spawned a population that truly does love Cleveland. And why not?

Last month I had the opportunity to chat about our city with a reporter out of Atlanta, Georgia. His former post in New York City had him crossing paths with a friend of a friend who became a Facebook friend whose Newsfeed constantly reminded her of the fact that I, Ali Lukacsy, love my adopted hometown on Lake Erie.

Cleveland, recently and suddenly shoved into the spotlight as a top travel destination, popped on the reporter’s radar and two degrees of separation later I was happily chatting off his ear.

I moved to Cleveland four year ago, in January 2011. Yes, in the dead of winter.  I quickly busied myself with the lay of the land after work and on weekends, digesting Scene’s “Top 10 Lists”, taking pottery classes, volunteering at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Senior News, How to Save on Your Water / Sewer Bill!

Well, here we are, at the start of yet another "New Year", halfway thru a considerably milder winter than last year (ok, it's cold, but there's alot less snow at least!), and I'm here to kick off this new column for the Collinwood Observer, a Seniors column.

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Cardale Jones Returns to Ginn Academy to Make Announcement


Florence and Cardale Jones at Ginn Academy
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Cardale Jones is the third-string Ohio State University quarterback who found himself suddenly thrust into the brightest spotlight he'd ever seen when he was called to lead his team through the Big 10 championship game, the Sugar Bowl playoff game, and then finally the first ever College Football Championship game after his fellow QBs were injured. It's been one of the biggest stories in sports since he seized that first opportunity and everyone started asking, "Who IS this guy?"

This guy is one of our kids at The Ginn Academy. This fairy tale began years ago. Cardale started at Ginn as a freshman in Ginn Academy's inaugural year, 2007, and graduated in 2011. He played football for Coach Ginn at Glenville for all four of those years.

Cardale's story could be the story of any one of the Ginn Academy boys. He just happens to be the one who throws the football the best at this point in time. Each and every one of our students at Ginn is learning that they have a purpose in this world, that they are valuable, and that they are loved. It is our mission to teach our students that they all have the potential to do something great, whether that means that they are the very best nurse they can be, the most caring teacher, a hard working Marine, an award-winning engineer, or the most inspiring writer. Cardale is a shining example of all of the rest of his Ginn brotherhood.

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North Collinwood is Getting Street Trees

North Collinwood has been selected by the City of Cleveland to be one of the first neighborhoods to receive street trees as an effort to restore and protect the urban forest. Our community will receive 250 new trees to be planted in the fall of 2015. Street trees generally have a positive effect on communities.

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Taste the Neighborhood



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Taste the Neighborhood is the annual fundraiser for Northeast Shores Development Corporation and will be held on Tuesday February, 17, 2015 at the Lithuanian Club 877 E. 185th St.  Please join us as we sample foods from North Collinwood’s finest restaurants as well as honor individuals and organizations that have made a difference in our community over the past year.

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Free Tax Preparation Services

Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition will be hosting free tax preparation services as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.  Last year in Cuyahoga County, the VITA Program served 11,950 people and brought back more than $14.8 million to the community.  County VITA sites are at the County’s Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC) and at the Southgate NFSC.  Westshore NFSC is located at 9830 Lorain Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44102; the tax site will be open Monday evenings and Saturdays.  Southgate NFSC is located at 5398 ½ Northfield Rd, Maple Heights Ohio 44137; the tax site will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays.  To schedule an appointment go online to www.211oh.org or call 211/United Way First Call for Help.

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Join us for the exciting programs at the Collinwood Branch Library!

PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH

Black History Story Time

Learn About African American History while enjoying a story. This Program is for Children of All Ages.

Tuesdays, February  3rd,10th and the 24th  at 3pm

Collinwood Family Literacy Night & African American History Month Read-In

This program will be held at Collinwood High School in Collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library and the Ohio Center for the Book.

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 6pm  

Love is…

Let’s talk about love and make Valentine’s Day Cards for our loved ones, children of all ages can participate.

Monday, February 9th at 3pm

Cleveland School of the Arts Information Night

Information session for families who are interested in th admission process for the 2015-2016 school year.

Tuesday, February 17 at 3pm

Attitude and Communication Workshop

In Collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic the library is hosting a workshop to help our young adults to communicate better. For ages 10 and Up.

Wednesday February 18 at 3pm

The Griot

Learn the Art of Urban story telling and learn how to tell your own story in a enthusiastic and captivating way. Students 13yrs and up.

Thursday February 19 at 4pm

America Reads FREE After School Tutoring
Students in K-8 can get assistance with their homework.  College students from Cleveland State University assist with any subject and/or reseach project.  
Mondays-Thursdays from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Kids Café Snack Program
The Cleveland Foodbank in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library offers FREE after school meals for ages 18 and under.  
Mondays-Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

FREE GED Classes

The GED class will have two sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please contact 216-371-7138 or visit www.tri-c.edu/ged for more information on registration and enrollment.

Mon. & Wed. from 12:30-2:30pm 

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February Events at Memorial-Nottingham Library

Free GED Classes, Every Monday and Wednesday, all month, at 10:15 a.m. (For Adults). These GED classes are FREE.  They are offered in conjunction with  a partnership with Tri-C, but to take the classes, registration is required. Please call the Memorial-Nottingham Library at 216-623-7039 to register, and for further information.

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Finding Yourself

As I sit at my laptop and wonder what this article is going to be about, I began to think about how 2015 is going to be my year. Lets face it this has been a rocky year for some of us and were ready for a fresh start.

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Annual Meeting

Mark your calendar for Northeast Shores' Annual Membership meeting on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Collinwood Rec. Center! Want to hear about all the great happenings of 2014? Or vote on who will help direct the organization's goals for 2015? Sign up for 2015 membership? Well then you better get to this meeting! We can't wait to share with you how Collinwood has improved over the last year! 

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Cleveland Students Compete in “Stop the Hate” Songwriting Competition

Recent national headlines continue to spark protests across the country, including here in Cleveland, but CMSD students are using a different approach to send a message: music. 

Several District schools participated in “Stop the Hate, Sing it Loud,” a songwriting competition through the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Teaching artists from the nonprofit organization Roots of American Music visited the schools to help students create an original song with an anti-discrimination or anti-bullying theme.

Afi-Odelia Scruggs worked with the Collinwood High School students and made sure they took the task seriously.

“I challenge the students to do what I call a ‘call to action,’ which is the song has to tell somebody what you can do to combat hate,” Scruggs said. “I really try to make the kids aware that the words they say to their peers can be hateful and they can be very damaging, and you really want to be aware of what you say,” Scruggs said.

The songwriting process includes a visit to Maltz for inspiration, collaborating on lyrics, creating a beat, and recording the song with the help of the teaching artist. Students performed their original songs in front of judges Wednesday at the Bohemian National Hall.

“I hope it inspires young people our age to make a difference,” Collinwood High School junior Dayuanna White said.

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Speak Your Mind

 The Collinwood Observer is a completely community-written paper. If you would like to contribute, go to www.collinwoodobserver.com, click on Member Center, sign in, and start writing. We are interested in your ideas, questions, issues, projects, dreams, etcetera.  Share them with your neighbors by become a writer (or photographer or illustrator) for the Collinwood Observer.

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Become a Member

Hey you! yeah you! It's a new year and membership enrollment with Northeast Shores Development Corporation is upon us! For a small membership fee, not only will you receive information about the latest events happening in the neighborhood, but you will also receive specials from local merchants that are only available to members of Northeast Shores. But wait! There's more! 

Did you know Northeast Shores competes with over 30 community development corporations in Cleveland for funding. A strong Northeast Shores membership base shows a committed neighborhood to these funders, and lessens the burden of competing for the shrinking pool of public funds.

Not only does your membership help when it comes to funding. But your presence in our community contributes to the positive character and well-being of our neighborhood. If you are interested in participating in our efforts to make North Collinwood a better community, please complete the Membership Form and mail it to the Northeast Shores office along with your membership fee, which is a tax deductible donation.

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Third Time's the Charm



Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, get ready to jump for joy! Northeast Shores is proud to announce that the LaSalle Theater has finally been awarded tax credits through the State of Ohio!

John Kuntz, from The Plain Dealer, writes: " In Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood, Northeast Shores Development Corp. finally won $250,000 from the state for an overhaul of the LaSalle Theatre on East 185th Street. It was the nonprofit neighborhood group's third attempt to secure credits for that project.

 'I've been pretty pregnant for over a year now,' Brian Friedman, the group's executive director, said of his repeat applications for an award. 'So now, I get to induce labor.'

The credits bring Northeast Shores close to a $3.2 million funding goal for the project, which will transform the vacant theater into a performance and productions event space with four storefronts on the street and five apartments upstairs. Construction could start next year, and the restored venue might open in early 2016."

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Ugly Sweater Party


The night's big winner!

On December 10, 2014 Northeast Shores hosted our second annual Ugly Sweater Party at The Standard. It was a blast! There were over 40 people who came out to enjoy great food, great drinks, and the company of great neighbors. There were ugly sweaters beyond where the eye could see. Northeast Shores gave away some amazing door prizes that include an old radio, an Aflac duck, and a paver from the Waterloo Street Scape.

The best think about this amazing group of neighbors is more than their desire to party, but their generosity. We collected 20 pounds of food to be donated to the Grovewood Salvation Army. A big thanks to everyone who donated food and came out to celebrate the season.

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Santa was a Blast


VASJ volunteers, NSDC staff, and Cleveland PD celebrate a successful event
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On December 13, 2014 Santa Claus joined over 200 Collinwood residents for breakfast at Villa Angela-St. Joseph in partnership with Northeast Shores. The VASJ cafeteria was packed with the largest turnout ever for this event. Over 75 families came out for an amazing breakfast donated by Gus’ Diner 185. The children enjoyed crafts, games, story time, and of course, pictures with Santa. If you thought the morning couldn’t get any better, the Cleveland Police Foundation and 5th District Police Officer’s came out to the event and brought coloring books, badges, and Mitchell’s Ice Cream. This holiday season, Northeast Shores is thankful for having so many partners dedicated to making these family events memorable.

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Get Ready to Taste the Neighborhood


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Save the Date for this year’s Taste the Neighborhood, February 17, 2015 at the Lithuanian Hall. Join Northeast Shores to sample foods from our neighborhood’s many restaurants and eateries. From ribs and wings, to sausage to soup, there is something for everyone.

North Collinwood is a fantastic place to live because of the people. That is why every year we recognize the outstanding residents, neighborhood associations, businesses, and investments from the past year that have improved the quality of life for residents in North Collinwood. If you would like make a nomination for any of the above categories, please do so by January 24, 2014.

To purchase tickets, or for additional information, contact Julia DiBaggio at 216-481-7660 or jdibaggio@northeastshores.org

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Collinwood Branch Library Programs

January Programs at the Collinwood Branch Library

Dream Big Like Me Contest Tuesday, January 20, 2015 3:30 p.m.

Teens 13-19 years old create a 1 to 2 minute video to display how they will continue to Dr. King’s dream of equality for all. 4 Winners will be chosen to receive a Kindle Fire HD tablet and given an opportunity to perform.

 America Reads FREE After School Tutoring

Students in K-8 can get assistance with their homework.  College students from Cleveland State University assist with any subject and/or research project. Mondays-Thursdays from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Resumes January 5, 2015.

Kids Café Snack Program- Resumes January 5, 2015
The Cleveland Foodbank in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library offers FREE after school meals for ages 18 and under. Monday-Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

FREE GED Classes – Resumes January 26, 2015

The GED class will have two sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please contact 216-371-7138 or visit www.tri-c.edu/ged for more information on registration and enrollment.

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Euclid Beach Blast 2015 Planning Kick Off Meeting!


Thank you to a core group of fantastic Blast! volunteers who are already brainstorming ideas to make Saturday, August 1st, 2015 the best Blast yet!

It may only be January, but the Euclid Beach Blast is ready to kick off planning this year's event in full force!  Last month, volunteers from last year's Euclid Beach Blast had an awesome brainstorm meeting, providing plenty of feedback, criticism and ideas to help make this year's Blast North Collinwood's premiere event on the Lakefront.

So please be sure to mark your calendars and/or RSVP on facebook for Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Collinwood Rec Center  (16300 Lakeshore Blvd. Cleveland 44110) for the Euclid Beach Blast 2015 kickoff planning meeting. We'll even throw in some delicious pizza and pop just for showing up...can't beat that right?
Whether you came to the volunteer brainstorming meeting, volunteered at the Euclid Beach Blast, came to the event last summer or  just want to get involved in your community, we would love to have you join us!
 
Let's ring in the new year with a BLAST!

For more information, contact: Stephen Love, Euclid Beach Blast Coordinator at euclidbeachblast@gmail.com or 216-571-0685

Don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, August 1, 2015 for the 6th Annual Euclid Beach Blast!

Also, if you have any pictures or videos from Euclid Beach Blast 2014, please email us or post them directly to facebook.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:50 PM, 01.26.2015

Children's Program at Memorial-Nottingham Library

Marshmallow Snow: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

Just for kids.  If you want to have a great time, and make a winter wonderland, with snowmen, then come to the library and have lots of fun by using marshmallows and pretzel sticks to build a snowy sculpture.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:47 PM, 01.26.2015

Welcome to the Collinwood Health Center

Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON) invites you to utilize the services of the Collinwood Health located at 15322 St. Clair Avenue. We offer a dedicated team of caring professionals and a wide array of health care services to meet the needs of you and your family. Our hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Monday through Friday with night and weekend hours offered at the Hough Health Center.  Please call us at 216-851-1500 to make an appointment.

Established in 1967, NEON is one of the oldest and largest Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in the country with seven locations, a dental van and multiple outreach sites including nursing homes and schools. Prevention and early detection are the cornerstones of NEON’s service delivery model.

NEON provides affordable, high-quality primary care services to the uninsured as well as to individuals and families with insurance coverage.  “Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of Northeast Ohio residents by providing comprehensive and excellent health care in a culturally sensitive and caring environment,” stated Mr. Willie F. Austin, NEON’s President and CEO.

NEON accepts a number of payment arrangements for services including Medicare and Medicaid. Managed Care Plans include CareSource, Buckeye Health Plan, UnitedHealthcare, Molina Healthcare, and Paramount. NEON also accepts Medical Mutual of Ohio, Anthem BC/BS, CIGNA and other commercial insurance plans. Services are also available on a sliding fee scale, based on income and family size.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:50 PM, 01.26.2015

Recreating Our Village

We have all heard the saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Here in Cleveland the young professionals have taken this mantra to heart. Therefore, demonstrating this by creating programs that relevantly impact our city’s youth. The contribution of the current professionals into the future generations is revamping the village that is raising our children and deserves acknowledgement.

The Cleveland Public Library recently hosted an event called Man Up, Cleveland to equip and empower young men to become our future leaders. Attendees were from schools all over the city including Shaw High School, Ginn Academy, Martin Luther King, Mary M Bethune, Franklin D Roosevelt Academy and Paul Revere, thanks to Mr. Banks of the Reading RAMM organization. These young men were able to learn financial responsibility; how to plan for goals; the importance of positively communicating; how to deal with stress and the importance of making good choices.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:47 PM, 01.26.2015

Eastside Greenway Plans to Connect 19 Greater Cleveland Communities with Bike and Pedestrian Paths



Imagine living close to a trail system that connects neighborhoods throughout the eastern portion of Cuyahoga County with employment centers, transit, services, parks and green spaces. Imagine walking or biking to school, work, the store, or a park. Imagine being able to bike from the Euclid Creek Reservation to the Shaker Median Trail, or from Rockefeller Park to the North Chagrin Reservation. Imagine the Eastside Greenway.

The Eastside Greenway  will increase pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in and between the eastern portion of Cleveland and 18 suburbs: East Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, University Heights, Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, Highland Heights, Highland Hills, North Randall, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Euclid, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Bratenahl, Orange Village and Warrensville Heights. Leaders from these cities are working alongside planners and other regional organizations, like the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, LAND studio, the Cleveland Metroparks, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Bike Cleveland, to develop a plan for the greenway that can be used to guide the way to implementation.

With planning currently underway, the project team will be hosting a second round of public meetings to share project updates and solicit feedback from the community in early 2015 and you are invited. The same content will be presented at each meeting, so choose the date and location that works best for your schedule. The meeting dates are as follows:

January 28, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m: Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave, Cleveland

January 29, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m: Beachwood Public Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood

February 2, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m: Waterloo Brew, 15335 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland

February 3, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m: University Heights Public Library, 13866 Cedar Rd, University Heights

At the meetings, a brief overview of the project will be provided as well as the results of the completed inventory and analysis. Alternative routes for the greenway network will be presented and the project team will solicit feedback on route alignments as well as route priorities from community members. This feedback will be taken into account as the plan is finalized in the first half of 2015. A third round of public meetings, in which the final greenway plan will be presented to the public, will take place in May 2015. More information on the Eastside Greenway can be found on the project’s website at www.eastsidegreenway.weebly.c

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:35 PM, 01.26.2015

Polka Movie and Jam Session at Cinematheque


Joey Miskulin of Riders in the Sky, singer Cecilia Dolgan, and Canada's Polka King Walter Ostanek appear in Polka!
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Polka! The Movie, the documentary about Cleveland’s century-old love affair with Slovenian music and sausages, returns for a special screening at the Cleveland Cinematheque, Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.  Enjoy an accordion jam session at 3:30 p.m. hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum.  Joe Valencic, writer and narrator of the film, will share behind-the-scene stories. Key scenes were shot in Euclid's Polka Hall of Fame and the Collinwood and St. Clair-Superior neighborhoods.

Polka! The Movie traces how Cleveland-style polka music became a national sensation and is still enjoyed today across the country.  Joe, president of the Polka Hall of Fame, takes you through the Slovenian neighborhoods where the Cleveland-style sound was born a century ago.  The music got America dancing after World War II when Polka King Frank Yankovic (a long-time Euclid resident) scored million-selling hits. Vintage film clips and photos bring the polka past to life.

Polka! The Movie features performances and interviews ranging from legends like Joey Miskulin (Riders in the Sky), Walter Ostanek (Canada's Polka King), Euclid resident Richie Vadnal and Cecilia Dolgan, to younger musicians such as Kim Skovenski and Joey Tomsick. Cleveland personalities include Jan Jones, Tony Petkovsek, Bob Kravos, Bob Dolgan and the late Frank Yankovic Jr.  The camera captures scenes at the Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show; the Slovenian Sausage Festival; the Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend at the Cleveland Downtown Marriott; Father Frank Perkovich’s Polka Mass at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland; Colinwood's Slovenian Workmen's Home; and Mitzi Jerman's hundred-year-old tavern on St. Clair Avenue.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer calls Polka! The Movie, “a film that will have you craving smoked sausage and stomping in the aisles.”  The Cleveland International Film Festival describes it as "a valentine to polka. Don't miss a beat; Polka! The Movie's a treat."  

The 3:30 p.m. accordion jam session will be led by Patty Candela and Joe Strukel. The 90-minute documentary is presented in Slovenian and English with subtitles in both languages. The film was directed by Dušan Moravec for Slovenian television.

The film screens in the Aitken Theater at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle. Admission $10; Cinematheque members and those age 25 & under $8; free adjacent parking. For more information call the Cleveland Cinematheque at (216) 421-7450 or visit www.cia.edu/cinematheque/, or contact the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, 605 East 222nd Street in Euclid, (216) 261-FAME, www.PolkaFame.com.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:35 PM, 01.26.2015

Are You Looking for Faith in 2015?

Hope this finds you all well, after all the hustle & bustle of this past holiday season!

Churches all over this Collinwood neighborhood of ours, celebrated Christmas in so many unique ways. Hopefully, we met you somewhere. (Trees, lights, angels - and kids; how could we not enjoy? How did you set up for Santa, if you were lucky enough to have kids available to show you how?)

If you're in search of a congregation, you're invited, in this 2015, to visit and explore all our many faiths here in the community. Looking for a new path for yourself, or thinking about coming back to an old faith, somewhere in the neighborhood may well be a congregation that fits. (If you look back at our list of congregations last issue, you may have been surprised at just how varied we are.) Try something, and see where it leads you - you may be surprised! If you're looking for a church, do visit our neighborhood churches, watch here for news of what everyone's doing, and be part of "Faith in Collinwood".

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:29 PM, 01.26.2015

Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries Gives Gift of Presence


Trena Richardson Antoinette Robinson meet at the CNCM House to knit lap robes for the elderly

Every Friday afternoon, under the instruction of Kim Reynolds and Antoinette Robinson, several ladies meet at the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries (CNCM) House (corner of Royal and St. Clair) to knit and crochet lap robes for residents of area retirement homes.  According to Sr. Felicia Petruziello, CSJ, “This program not only provides anopportunity to build community among the ladies but also gives them a chance to be of service to the elderly in our community”.  

Collinwood residents meet on Saturday morning every other week for seven sessions in two cycles at the CNCM House. Under the guidance of Mr. William Denihan and Mr. Douglas Rothschild, they learn to express themselves in creative ways through painting.  Both men do this because they love to paint and want to share their joy. At the close of class Sr. Joan Gallagher, CSA hears “the sounds of joy as the finished paintings are displayed.

An expungement clinic is offered at the CNCM House in the spring and in the fall.  Persons who may have up to two misdemeanors or one minor felony can get these crimes erased or expunged from his or her criminal record. Sr. Margaret Hartman, SND and has arranged for lawyers from the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office to conduct the clinics.  Sr. Mary Ellen Brinovec, OSU, executive director, states that “there have been over 200 calls inquiring about the fall expungement clinic. Clearly there is a need for this service.”

 

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:29 PM, 01.26.2015

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes

It goes without saying that the Holiday Season is upon us and I wish to thank all of the organizations, individuals, and businesses who have been working to make our community a better place. My sincere thanks to the East 140th, East 156th and East 185th Street Neighborhood Associations for their continued involvement in Ward 8. To our local development corporations, Northeast Shores, Collinwood Nottingham and St Clair-Superior, thank you for your participation and vision. To our neighborhood churches and other groups for their outreach – not only to their congregation but to those in need in the Greater Collinwood and Glenville communities. Even though we as a community continue to deal with challenges and issues I am thankful that I live in this great ethnically, racially and spiritually diverse community that is truly cosmopolitan. 

We have many things to be thankful for this past year including improvements in our three lakefront MetroParks; with much more coming in the next two years. The Euclid Creek Tunnel project is in the homestretch with completion planned for 2015. The installation of new storm sewers to address the ongoing problems with basement flooding will also improve water quality along our entire lakefront. The acquisition and renovation of abandoned and vacant homes has been ongoing through our development corporations and will expand next year. The near completion of the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District along Waterloo Road and East 156 Street is redefining our neighborhood as the east side arts district. The recent reorganization of the Collinwood Nottingham Villages Development Corporation will refocus their mission to include prioritizing the St Clair and East 152 Street corridors. Then there is the growing partnership between our community and the City of Euclid for targeting redevelopment of the East 185th Street and East 200th Street corridors.

In 2014, we saw a more aggressive approach to public safety issue by our neighborhood groups and concerned residents. We all know that the biggest deterrent to criminal activity is an engaged citizenry. Our ward has always distinguished itself by being proactive and working with the 5th District Police Commander and his officers. I look forward to that continued partnership as we go into the new year with all of its challenges. We all know though that challenges present opportunities as well. Therefore, I am calling upon everyone who lives, works and plays in Ward 8 to become more engaged than ever before. This includes that fact that we must press the Jackson Administration and the City’s Department of Building & Housing to do a better job on enforcing the city’s basic building code specifically with regard to absentee landlords with abandoned, foreclosed and vacant properties. This is the number one complaint I hear at neighborhood meetings and there is a direct tie to criminal activity with many of these properties. Good landlords maintain their properties and tend not to rent to bad families. Be observant on your street call the Police or the B&H hotline or the animal warden etc. when there is an issue!  I like nosey neighbors who care enough to take action regarding their street and show up at the neighborhood meetings.

Bad weather is coming – make sure you and your home is ready.  Call in any street lights out, abandoned cars on the street, water leaks, etc to my office or the appropriate City departments.  I may always be reached at my office at (216) 664-4236 or my email at mpolensek@clevelandcitycouncil.org.

On that note I look forward to seeing all of you in the New Year; God willing. I wish you and your families a HAPPY, JOYOUS and SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON and a PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!  GOD BLESS YOU and the WARD 8 COMMUNITY!

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 2:57 PM, 01.24.2015

Video Game and Record Exchange Moves to New Location



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The Video Game and Record Exchange store has been located for the past 15 years in the Martin's Mens Wear retail block. They have recently moved south and reopened in the remodeled former Shore Carpet building. Co-owners Adam Harvey and Rob Winner worked very hard to redecorate the space into a pleasant shopping area.

In the new spacious showcases there are thousands of CDs, and all used CDs are now half price. Looking for an old movie? There are hundreds of DVDs on display, and all five dollar DVDs are now on sale for two dollars. But where the store truly shines is in the amazing selection of  used video games available. There are games for every gaming system, there is an wide selection, and the prices are reasonable. Also available are controllers, power supplies, and all gaming systems.

If you are looking for that perfect Christmas gift be sure to stop in at the new Video Game and Record Exchange at 854 E. 185 Street, open Monday through Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 2:59 PM, 01.24.2015

Taste the Neighborhood Award Nomination

North Collinwood is the home of many incredible people. That’s why each year we like to show how much we appreciate everything ordinary people do to make Collinwood great, by recognizing a few individuals and businesses each year at our annual Taste the Neighborhood and Awards Ceremony. Share your nomination to honor residents, block watches and businesses for their accomplishments that make this a better community to live. Deadline: December 30, 2014

Awards Categories:

Outstanding resident: Regular folks who go that extra mile.

Amazing Block Watches: Neighborhood groups that have made great achievements throughout the year.

Best Business: Celebrate the achievements of your favorite local business and their owner.

Investment of the Year: What change this year helped make Collinwood such a great place.

Collinwood Hall of Fame: Recognition of one person’s dedication and devotion to the betterment of the neighborhood.

Contact Julia DiBaggio with your nomination and their contribution at 216-481-7660 or jdibaggio@northeastshores.org

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 2:59 PM, 01.24.2015