The history of Cleveland holds an irreparable and indelible mark when referring to March 4, 1908. This is the day that almost every family in the Collinwood neighborhood tragically lost at least one child on Ash Wednesday morning at Lakeview School on E. 152nd Street. The fire started in the basement and spread quickly. Children panicked and became confused. Narrow hallways and flames forced children to run in many directions; many falling on top of one another and becoming trapped in a pile just inside the entrance. Parents fought to recover their children, but many still perished. In fact, about half did not make it out alive. In total, 172 children, 2 teachers, and a rescuer died that morning. White ribbons marked hundreds of family doors effected by the disaster. Funeral processions occurred daily for weeks. Many families lost multiple children. No one in Cleveland and around the world were immune to the heartbreak.
A packed crowd of Collinwood residents enjoyed A Night on the Red Carpet for this year’s Taste the Neighborhood held at the Lithuanian Club. The night was filled with glitz and glam from photo booth to raffle prizes. A big shout out to the 22 restaurants that participated, all those who donated to the raffle, and the many people that helped with the event, including a dynamic team of volunteers from Villa Angela- St. Joseph.
The highlight of the night was when outstanding community members were recognized. Congratulations to Collinwood Hall of Fame inductee Caroline Peak, Resident of the Year Rhonda McLean, Business of the Year Gus’s Diner, and Investment of the Year Veteran’s Park with thanks to Councilman Mike Polensek.
As we transition into Spring, there are a lot of activities and initiatives underway. Like flowers, come construction barrels. The biggest project is rebuilding of East 152 Street which has begun in earnest. This project, long overdue for the Greater Collinwood community, will run through all of this year and possibly into early 2018. Included in the project is a new road surface and the repair and replacement of gas & water lines and sewer work. Please be careful driving the roadway and watch for detours during the course of this much needed project which runs from Waterloo Road south to the East Cleveland line.
Cleveland City Council is presently holding General Fund Budget Hearings. I have a lot of questions with regard to the budget and city services and how the passage of Issue 32, the city income tax increase, will address those concerns. The Council has a lot of work to do and I look forward to being engaged over the next three weeks in this process. The budget we pass by April 1 MUST be a “real people’s” budget with an emphasis on “quality of life” issues.
The unique educational model at Ginn Academy has caught the attention of Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Kasich last month chose Ginn Academy, believed to be the only all-male public high school in the state, to receive one of seven Governor's School Innovation Awards. He also invited representatives from the school to a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse.
Ginn Academy was one of only seven Ohio schools, districts and school networks selected for the award. The other winners are Bio-Med Science Academy, Cristo Rey Network High Schools, Dayton Early College Academy, Marietta City Schools, Marysville School District and Toledo School for the Arts.
Kasich held up these schools, districts and school networks as examples for others to look to as models of success.
“I want to do this bottom-up and look at the incredible things that some of these schools are doing and get ourselves in a position where everybody can copy certain pieces of what it is that they do,” Kasich said.
Young Leaders Program is a 501c3 non profit organization who adresses the needs of our Youth & community. Our mission is to inspire a positive culture through service and a contemporary approach . We provide skills such as personal development ,critical thinking, life skills and problem solving. We would like to take the time to thank the local businesss for sponsoring our organization even if it was just for a month. It is very important for us to let the community know about the good deeds of the business owners in our community . If it was not for these businesses our 6th-12th graders would not be able to do community service, enjoy arts & crafts in our class room ,go on field trips and be able to wear nice uniforms.The businesses who supported us was Collinwood Academy Daycare , Larry's Auto Clinic ,Bari Beauty & Health Plus LLC, Millard Fillmore Presidential Library ,Chilli Peppers Fresh Mexican Grill , Precision 1st Commercial Cleaning,Calhoun Creations Automotive,Smiths Funeral home ,Seivers Security, Euclid Paninis, Always Beautiful Hair & Nail Salon , Fresh Catch Seafood, Uniquely Yours Boutique& Pour it up bartending . Its very important for us to thank these busineseses and to let the community know what businesses are supporting our kids in being a leader and growing . Our Young Leaders staff would also like to thank these businesses because without them we wouldnt be able to continue to service our community and effectively do our jobs . Everyone please take the time out to support these businesses after all they have supported our kids as they try to stay on the right path . Thank You and thank you to all our local businesses it really does take a village to raise our kids . If anyone is interested in getting involved in anyway contact Breauna Sweeney 216-622-5849 or visit our website at www.Youngleadersprograms.org.
St. Jerome Preschool Students are proof that the American School System works. The word "can't" is not a vocabulary term found in our preschool's academic mission. Instead we replace the word "can't" with the word "try."
In these times when children are more and more accessed by media (especially social) parents need to be even more engaged in their children’s lives. Yes, technology is a very powerful and exceptionally useful tool, but simultaneously is a dangerous (on many levels) and distracting device for the youth of today and into the future. As parents you are urged to set boundaries and limitations with regard to all the screens that your child engages with during the course of their day.
Here at Oliver H Perry we have numerous amazing staff members that work diligently to make our school a warm, engaging and inviting environment for our scholars. During this issue of the Eagle Eye we’d like to take the time to recognize our school guidance counselor, Ms. Alison Abiecunas. Ms. Alison join our OHP team in 2015. She works with all different age scholars in the school who are interested in/in need of one-on-one emotional/social support. Ms. Alison enjoys working in this particular area because she spent much of her childhood here, with her grandparents who lived nearby. She also especially enjoys working with the scholars of our building. Their strength in the face of adversity and their ability to be resilient in even the most unfortunate situation gives her pride. Her favorite thing about Oliver H. Perry is the fact that it is a small school, where “everyone knows everyone” and there is always someone willing to lend a hand. We are so grateful to have Ms. Alison in our building and our scholars truly benefit from her contribution to their education and development.
On February 24th we held out Black History Arts Performance. Students in grades Pre-K through 5th had been working with Ms. Emma from Arts Inspired learning to create interactive art pieces, raps, dances and other speaking performances honoring historical African American figures.
The Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries (CNCM) announces two new healing initiatives to advance the health and welfare of Collinwood residents: The Healthy Mothers; Healthy Babies project and a healing center. Both are scheduled to begin this Spring and Summer. These programs will be held at the CNCM House, located at 15706 St Clair Ave. (across from the Doller General Store) and at the 154th Street Community Garden.
Our first classroom spotlight is focused on Mrs. Salomon’s kindergarten class. Friday mornings are a busy time in room 119. The students can be found interacting with various hands-on center activities. Mrs. Salomon chooses these activities for specific groups of students who are currently working towards mastery of the same skill and standard. On this particular morning, students were either working with sight words to create and write their own sentences, practicing their CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) blending abilities, working in a small writing group guided by Mrs. Salomon, or exploring educational apps on Ipads. Not only does center time give young students a chance to practice skills that are concentrated on their abilities and development, but the students are also gaining the skills and confidence to be more independent in their learning.
The Scoop on Summer is looking to hire an artist for its 11th edition, which will see 10,000+ copies printed and distributed in and around Collinwood. Selected artists will create the cover art, as well as images for the interior of the publication. Examples of previous editions are online at www.bit.ly/scoopart.
Registration is now open for the 4th annual Youth Solutions Congress, where Cuyahoga County youth are invited to share their perspective on and offer solutions to the challenges they see in their community. It will be held Saturday, March 25th at Cleveland State University's Main Classroom building.
Lakeshore Rose Center for Aging Well celebrated Black History Month with several activities throughout the month of February! Lakeshore seniors enjoyed African arts & crafts led by Robin Whitted, a Black History presentation, a beautiful display of African wooden carvings, and educational Black History posters!
Bike Euclid is a local advocacy group working to promote a comprehensive stress free bicycling network for transportation and pleasure, and to encourage and connect bicyclists to resources which support their safe and legal use of their bicycle. Bike Euclid is a chapter of Bike Cleveland. This close working relationship benefits residents of both communities as well as bicyclists throughout the region.
Are you interested in an upbeat & energetic exercise class for seniors? Paul W. Alandt Lakeshore Rose Center for Aging Well offers exercise classes on Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 10:30 – 11:30am. The class is led by Christine Lee, and features a variety of chair exercises that incorporate light weights, resistance bands, and exercise balls. Christine energizes the group with upbeat music and positive encouragement throughout the class. Please call 216-373-1915 with any questions!
Do you like fresh fruits and vegetables? Do you like to garden? Here’s how it works. The garden is located at 794 E 154th St.
Cleveland Public Library - Collinwood Branch Library
North Collinwood’s UpStage Players, one of Northeast Ohio’s hardest working children’s theatre companies, celebrates its 23rd season in 2017 with the beloved theatre show Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Tickets to all three performances of this Broadway-style musical can now be purchased online. Known for its no-cut policy, UpStage Players “works for the kids” of Greater Cleveland.
Come to St. Jerome Church Wednesday, March 15th at 7:30 to hear City Music Cleveland Chamber Orchestra's answer. Avner Dorman will conduct and singer Richard Kline (Diamond Dogs) will be featured. This unforgettable program will includes:
Three Spring concerts at Waterloo Arts
The Salvation Army is inviting community members to celebrate the opening of the new Cleveland Temple Corps at a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication service on Sunday, March 19th at 3:00pm at 17625 Grovewood Avenue. After the service, visitors will be able to tour the building and see the exciting offerings now available to area residents.
I was recently elected to the Northeast Shores Board of Directors in an election that boasted a record turn out. I’ve seen numerous stories printed and heard from folks in the neighborhood about what a disappointment or what a victory this was. Even as an individual who was voted in during that meeting, I found the election and the conversations following it quite troubling for many reasons, a few of which I hope to outline here.
For the 2017 Easter season Humphrey Popcorn Company is pleased to be able to continue the fine tradition of the Baker's Candy Famous Chocolate Whips.
William Denihan lead Instructor and Doug Rothschild Assistant
"I didn’t choose education in the beginning, it was chosen for me.", says Mrs. Boze, the teacher of the month at Lake Erie Preparatory School; a K-8 charter school located in South Collinwood. Mrs. Boze is known for her abililty to effectively manage any classroom with quiet power, high expectations, and strong systems and routines. Mrs.Boze has been teaching for over 15 years and has been at Lake Erie Prep for three years now. Mrs. Boze has achieved great success in improving student's reading comprehension and writing skills. Teacher Assistant Jassmyn Hill caught up with Mrs.Boze to learn more about the skill behind the grace.
Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services and Polaris Career Center will be hosting the 2017 Polaris/Cuyahoga County Career Fair, at Polaris Career Center at 7285 Old Oak Blvd in Middleburg Hts, Ohio, 44130, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Lakeshore Intergenerational School is excited to begin enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year! We are currently looking to enroll students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Spaces are limited! If you are interested in enrollment for your child – don’t wait! Please visit www.LakeshoreSchool.org to submit an application.
Learn how teens can earn college credit at no cost while in high school or middle school during a College Credit Plus Information Night from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).
This Lent, we invite you to join us at
Once again St. Jerome Respect Life group traveled to Washington for the annual March for Life, held Friday, January 27th. This year the weather was dry but chilly as they attended Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception before the March.
St. Jerome is delighted to welcome Cleveland Performing Arts Ministries production of Tetélestai. For 40 years audiences have been moved by this powerful, live portrayal of the “Trial, Execution and Resurrection of Jesus the Messiah.” Make this wonderfully spiritual experience part of your Lenten journey.
Today, we all lead busy lives. Even those who have retired find their spare time quickly fills up with babysitting, family gatherings, grandkids’ sporting events and concerts, or simply enjoying activities we never had enough time for until now.
With all this “busy-ness,” it may seem challenging to find time to volunteer. However, those who do say the rewards are great. Numerous studies show volunteering to help others can reduce stress, lift sprits and provide greater meaning and purpose in your life.
Choosing the right volunteer opportunity is the key. Hospice of the Western Reserve offers many options. If you have a special hobby or talent, we’ll even work with you to create a personalized volunteer experience that lets you bring it to life to help others. What could be better that volunteering to do something you love?
Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting or sewing? Many of our volunteers enjoy creating textured lap blankets for dementia patients or creating pretty customized pillows to relieve discomfort. Best of all, you can choose to work on the projects from your own home or to enjoy socializing with a group sewing circle that gets together every other month.
The mission of Lake Erie Preparatory School, part of the I CAN School network, is to prepare scholars for a college preparatory high school that will ensure success and graduation from a four year college. To send all scholars to college there must be a strong focus on academic achievement and staff must find creative ways to keep scholars motivated to perserver through challenges with learning. Millenial educators Miles Felton, Elizabeth Harrison, and Ken Amos go above and beyond the call of duty by motivating scholars to achieve both on and off the basketball court. "I use coaching to motivate students to build their leadership and social skills. It is great to see them come together, push each other and involve the rest of the school in their events. I spend extra time outside of practice getting to know them and building a strong bond." says Coach Harrison who has lead the girls basketball team in an undeafeated season. Coach Amos, the head boys basketball team coach who are also undeafeted, started mandatory study tables so that students have a clear understanding of what it means to be a student first and athlete second. "We hold them to a higher standard and expect nothing, but greatness from them", says Coach Amos.
During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.
Are you a homeowner who’s ever faced a sudden home repair? Are you looking to purchase a home but feel lost in the world of mortgages, interest rates, credit reports, appraised values / market values, and more? Are you renting your home and have concerns about your rights a tenant? Do you just feel that there’s no help for housing issues like these? If any of these questions apply to you then you cannot miss the 1st Annual Keys to Housing Resource Fair!
In March 2015 Local Native George Blade Jr. custom built a motorcycle from various metal parts that actually can run right out his own garage. He took 2nd place in the competition and once again he is BACK this year and will be one of the vendors at this year 2017 Auto Rama at the IX Indoor Center March 17-19. He will be unveiling his 2017 Go Boy Customs Trike not like no other. If you thought his custom built motorcycle was nice just wait till you see the unveiling of his new trike. All custom built from various metal parts and will be ready and regulated to be ran on city streets.