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Local mom shows other parents how to navigate the college prep process

Local mom Jowan Smith has been helping families navigate the college prep process for the last two years. She went through the process with her daughter and saw a need for families to be more informed about the process. She has assited over 300 students that were not on track to pursue post secondary education. She does these workshops in four different school districts but twice a year she goes into the community to reach more families. Topics will be academics, college visits, finding scholarships, and understanding the award letter. On September 7, 2019 she will be at Memorial-Nottingham Library for noon to three facilitating a FREE workshop to families. Registration for this event can be done on the Getting Our Babies to College 101 website www.gobtc101.com.

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The Donna Walton Gospel Network

I am Donna Walton, the Radio Show Host, CEO of The Donna Walton Gospel Network and Editor of IGA E-Magazine.  I am nonprofit and service Gospel Artist for free.  I find talented Indie Gospel Artist, (local and afar) interview them and showcase their music to a worldwide platform through my radio and magazine service.  I play all genre of gospel music such as Jazz, Funk, Soul, Tradition, Church Praise, Worship, Hip Hop, Urban, Spoken Word, and Inspirational love jams.  My show is called "The Donna Walton Gospel Show" and is syndicate to 4 other radio stations throughout the nation. The schedule of all shows are listed in the IGA E-Magazine (Independent Gospel Artist).  The magazine tells detailed information about the Artists whom I play on the radio.  You can read their articles, listen to shows with their interviews. hear and purchase their music, and much more.  I invite you to check out The Donna Walton Gospel Network and IGA E-Magazine for awesome music and great shows. If you would love to be a part of Sponsorship for radio spots or magazine ads or would like to give a donation towards the ministry, contact me at dwalton39212@gmail.com for further details. If you would love to be a part of the upcoming Donna Walton Gospel Fest, TBA, message my Gmail. Thank you and God bless.  Go to www.donnawaltongospelmusic.com for more information.

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Cleveland Plogs Lakeshore Blvd!

Posing post plogging in July in front of the Collinwood Rec Center!  

Join Cleveland Plogs every last Wednesday of the month through October for a neighborhood plogging cleanup!

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Tris Speaker Statue Overdue

Since this year’s World Series is right around the corner, it is a good time to remember the first time Cleveland earned the right to play in the Fall Classic.

The happiest, most memorable and most historic Tuesday that Cleveland ever enjoyed was Tuesday October 12. 1920, ninety nine years ago.

First, it was a beautiful fall day with a high temperature of 72 and a low of 59.

Second, it was Columbus Day, celebrating the birthday of the Italian explorer who arrived in the Bahamas on behalf of Spanish royalty to find millions of people already living in this hemisphere.

Third, and most important, on that afternoon at League Park located between Linwood and Lexington on the east side of East 66th Street,  the Cleveland Indians won their first and only world series championship at home by defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers 3-0 before 27,000 spectators. I like to imagine that some Euclid residents took the Interurban train down the Boulevard or Euclid Avenue to be there that day.

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Glasbena Matica Slovenian Singing Society presents, “With a Song in our Hearts…” on Sunday, September 29th, 2019.

Glasbena Matica is a Cleveland-based,  Slovenian American chorus dating back to 1930. Through the years, audiences have enjoyed full scale operas, some translated to Slovenian, as well as popular selections. Its singing tradition continues to date with a concert by our group, energized by our love for our Slovenian heritage. We invite everyone to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of Slovenian melodies and American classics. Families are especially welcome.

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Cavotta's Tomato Festival a Tasty Triumph

From the left - Chip Kullik and his son, Al Cefaratti, and Angela Cavotta

Over 350 guests were treated to a perfect summer day and scrumptious food at Cavotta's Tomato Festival. World-class chefs from local restaurants used Angela's heirloom tomatoes to create tasty treats. A distinguished panel of judges led by Frank Longo owner of the famous Allegro club and Chip Kullik from M-105 gave the award for best dish to Osteria restaurant, owned by local Collinwood legend Al Cefaratti. His dish of a pefectly al-dente pasta salad, with green beans, tomatoes, soft italian cheese, and a special sauce was heavenly. 

The addition of a full liquor license to Cavotta's Garden Center greatly added to the event as quality cocktails, ice cold beer, and reasonably priced bottles of wine were available. The Blues Deville band entertained throughout the afternoon with their perfect blend of popular music.

We are blessed to have this uban farm and party venue located right in our neighborhood at 19603 Nottingham road. The Garden Center is open Tuesday- Thursday 10-6, Friday ​10-7 Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5. Stop in for some locally grown produce and eggs so fresh you can meet the chickens.

Thank you Angela Cavotta for your commitment to our neighborhood and all your hard work on The Cleveland Tomato Festival!

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Nan's Notes

ON WATERLOO

At Waterloo Arts

 

Music for Miles 2019 Fall Season

September: Howie Smith in Concert         September 8, 4 pm

For more than twenty-five years, one of the classes Howie Smith taught at Cleveland State University was Jazz Survey, a course designed to acquaint non-music majors with some of the major musicians associated with that style of music.  The final class of every semester was an hour-long, completely improvised solo concert that utilized any and all of the instruments and electronics he had on hand at the time.

In a number of the thirty concerts that were part of his annual Concert in Progress, he was the sole performer, again utilizing a variety of instruments and electronics.

His performance at Waterloo Arts will probably include a few of the solo pieces from the Concert In Progress series, plus some new ones.  Then again, it may be an hour or more of completely improvised music . . . or a combination of both.  Either way, the afternoon promises to be different from anything previously presented at Waterloo Arts. Or most other places.

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Councilman's Update

It has been a productive summer in many ways. However, we are still dealing with some long standing issues. I want to thank everyone, first of all, who have supported any of the community activities this summer. 

Some issues are still hampering our efforts though, and the City’s Administration, for some reason, unexplainable at best, refuses to deal issue with the illegal dirt bikes and ATV’s roaming our streets city-wide. Why the Command Staff is unwilling to enforce the basic traffic code is mindboggling. When you see packs of riders with no license plates going through red lights, stop signs, driving through yards and threatening motorists city-wide. You have to ask yourself, if the CPD brass cannot enforce the basic traffic laws then what can they enforce? Time has come to lay down the law, confiscate the illegal bikes and prosecute the riders before an individual or family is injured or killed. Excuses are not cutting it anymore.  Just enforce the law for Pete’s Sake.

Talking about traffic, I want to thank Director John Picuri, of ODOT District 12, in getting the I-90 ramps opened at East 185th Street / Neff Road.  The closure had caused a major problem for businesses and residents alike.  We understand that from time to time work has to be done on the interstate but hopefully, in the future, they will come up with a better game plan in making sure that the contractors move at a much quicker pace. For, I am told that the I-90 Bridge over East 152 Street will be coming up in the near future for replacement. Let’s hope that there is a better plan in place.

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Glenville Music Festival

Glenville Music Festival Celebrates Forty-First Year and Attracts a Crowd of All Ages--by Greater Collinwood Staff

Glenville Music Festival celebrated its forty-first year of bringing families together in the Glenville community with food, music, handmade crafts and play, Saturday August 10. The festival, situated at beautiful Sam Miller Park on E. 88th Street, boasted more than 70 craft and food and a spectacular firework show at the end of the night. The event attracted a diverse crowd of all ages thanks to its longstanding presence in the community and for Councilman Anthony Hairston’s stewardship. Parents, grandparents, children, friends and pets enjoyed live music, sticky ribs, po-boys, fresh fries, lemonade and more.

Councilman Hairston said, “We aimed for the 2019 Glenville Festival to be the biggest and best ever. I'm proud to say that, judging from the turnout and great responses we received from the community, we accomplished that feat. From Children's World to Senior Village, it was a true delight to see how many people not only came to the festival but stayed for hours as they took in the best of what Glenville has to offer.”

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Neighborhood Family Feud: Win up to $4,000 for a community project!

Do you have a project that would make a positive impact in the neighborhood? Collinwood Connects is accepting team applications and project proposals for Neighborhood Family Feud until Friday, September 6 at 12 pm.

How Does Neighborhood Family Feud Work?

Eight teams will be chosen to compete on October 11 at Aspinwall Community Center and are guaranteed at minimum $500 toward their proposed project. Four teams will then advance to Round Two at the historic LaSalle Theatre, November 15. Grand prize is $4,000 and runner up prize is $2,000. Family, friends and community members are invited to attend both nights for fun, food, prizes and to cheer on their favorite team!

Who can apply?

Anyone who lives in Greater Collinwood. Please note that three out of the five team members participating in Neighborhood Family Feud must live in Collinwood, Nottingham Village, Euclid Green and/or Glenville-East.

How can you apply?

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O.H. Perry media center named for Voinoviches

Members of the Voinovich family join  Councilman Michel Polensek and Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon at the dedication of the George, Janet and Molly Voinovich Media Center at Oliver H. Perry School. 

The Voinoviches have cherished and supported Oliver H. Perry PreK-8 School for years. So, it’s fitting that a portion of the school’s new home has been named in their honor.

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Pilot program supplies Memorial K-3 students with uniforms

Representatives of the French Toast school-wear company package clothing for distribution at Memorial and four other CMSD schools.

Students in kindergarten through third grade at Memorial School will receive free uniforms and other clothing as part of a pilot program designed to improve attendance and achievement.

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September 29th - Remembering the "Sounds" of Euclid Beach Park

Wurlitzer Band Organ at the 1997 Remembering the Sights and Sounds of Euclid Beach Park Band Organ Rally

During its years of operation, the music from a number of band organs wafted throughout the park creating a welcoming ambiance.  Little is known about the band organ installed with the park’s first carousel in 1896 except that it was built at a cost of approximately $2000.00. This significant investment by the first owners of the park was an indication of how much they valued the music from the band organ as an entertainment attraction in itself.   An Artizan Band Organ was located under the platform of the Rocket Ships near the lake which you could hear in the distance all the way from the parking lot.  Two identical North Tonawanda band organs also operated at Euclid Beach. One was located at the Japanese Flying Ponies Carousel which operated from 1903 until 1935.  The second delighted riders on the Carrousel (PTC #19) from 1910 until 1969.  A Gavioli Concert Organ was originally purchased by the Humphrey Family for their ice skating rink (the Elysium) in what is now University Circle. It was relocated to Euclid Beach and operated in the Roller Rink until 1962.

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Polka Legends in Tribute at the Harvest Ball

Fred Ziwich salutes the polka music legends at the Polka Hall of Fame's Harvest Ball, Friday, October 18, at the American Croatian Lodge in Eastlake, Ohio.

The Cleveland-Style Polka sound has delighted fans for a century. Enjoy the hits of every polka legend as Fred Ziwich and his International Sound Machine present a musical tribute hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame. It’s the 4th Annual Harvest Ball, Friday, October 18, 2019, at the American Croatian Lodge Ballroom, in Eastlake, Ohio. You’ll dance to the top tunes of the Vadnals, Johnny Pecon, Eddie Habat, Kenny Bass, Frank Yankovic and more.

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A Reprieve for Scotti's?

Scotti's

  Scotti's Italian Eatery marks it's 20 year in business this year. And though there was some talk about it's possibly closing, a swell of support has hopefully helped them turn the tide. Regardless we will hope for the best and for many more Chicken Marsala dinners to come.

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It's Clam Bake Time!

Our Centennial Celebration started with last' year's Clam/Steak Bake and will end on Sunday, September 29th with this year's Bake.

This time last year we opened our Centennial celebrations with our annual Clam/Steak Bake.  This year’s event will be held Sunday, September 29thand will mark the end of our Centennial festivities.  Mass will be held at 10 am.  Afterwards we will enjoy coffee and donuts.  The Clam/Steak Bake will be served from 1-4 pm on the church grounds. 

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Collinwood Slovenian Home Celebrates 100th Anniversary

On Sunday, August 11, the Collinwood Slovenian Home had a party to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The capacity crowd was treated to a delicious traditional Slovenian dinner catered to by Tavcar's. A wide variety of thoughtful and generous donations were available for raffle. Councilman Polensek gave an inspirational speech chronicling the importance of the Slovenian Home to the neigborhood. Entertainment was provided by Patty C and the Boys.

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15th Annual, Remembering the Sights and Sounds of Euclid Beach Park

September of this year will mark 50 years since Cleveland’s beloved amusement park, Euclid Beach Park closed forever. For 74 seasons it operated on the shore of Lake Erie in Cleveland’s Collinwood/Nottingham neighborhood. Although many were saddened by the amusement park’s closing, this year’s event sponsored by Euclid Beach Park Now in partnership with Cleveland Metroparks, and made possible by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, celebrates 50 Years of Fond Memories. To help rekindle memories of the grand amusement park, Euclid Beach Park Now has produced photo posters of the individual rides and attractions with descriptive narrative. These will be placed throughout the park as near as possible to where the ride and attraction once stood. One can take a self-guided tour or tag along on one of the guided tours, led by a Euclid Beach Park Historian relating more park history. There will also be displays of park memorabilia. The Rocket Ship Car and Thriller Car will be present, offering rides out to Lake Shore Boulevard, under the old arch entrance and over the bridge was once part of the Turnpike ride which remains between the two high rise apartment buildings.

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Welcome Back St. Jerome

Eighth Grade teacher Mr. Daniels and eighth grade scholar Tyree.

Everyone at St. Jerome is excited to welcome the community back for a great year! This past week we have been introducing the expectations of our classrooms and policies. As well as that, we have received an opportunity to meet the new faculty and students with welcoming arms. As an Instructor, this week we have given students backgrounds on ourselves and in return having students tell us dreams that they would like to see come true as they approach the school year and the real world. As a class, students’ collaborated with leadership skills and communication skills during icebreaker activities. These activities have shown teachers a glimpse of how certain students react to high pressured situations and to show students the different perspectives of success.This past summer teachers were involved in a professional development dealing with diversity, cultural engagement and social equity led by Morris Ervin. Morris Ervin has years of experience in education and has been working with schools in California and Cleveland, Ohio.  There is one new addition to the classroom, primarily with the seventh and eighth grade class. That new addition is that every morning after prayer and at the beginning of class, students’ have been meditating. This Meditation consists of statements of affirmation and mantras, “I am” statements. This meditation is to build self awareness with students and to help them create the day and future that they want. Students will be able to use this tool on and off school grounds in any situation that they shall overcome. St. Jerome scholars are excited about the school year and looking forward to it unfolding in a positive way.

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Dance All Day at the Slovenian Sausage Festival

Frank Azman of Cleveland’s Azman and Sons Meat Market competes at the 16th annual Slovenian Sausage Festival hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, Wednesday, September 11, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio.

Polka your calories away at the 16th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival, hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame. Polka bands and sausage-makers tempt you with seven hours of dining and dancing, from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. More than fifty accordionists and musicians are scheduled to appear. Bring your own squeezebox and join a jam session.

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Three Days of Dancing at the Thanksgiving Polka Weekend

Five-time Grammy nominee an frmer Clevelander LynnMarie arrives from Nashville for the Polka Hall of Fame's anuual Thanksgiving Polka Weekend at the Downtown Cleveland Marriott Hotel.

It’s a squeezebox celebration with accordion music all the time at the Polka Hall of Fame’s 56th annual Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 28, 29 and 30, 2019. Thrill to polka music’s grandest festival as the Downtown Cleveland Marriott Hotel becomes Polka Central with the Cleveland Style’s finest entertainers. The curtain rises on the 2019 Awards Show, polka music’s red-carpet event in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday, November 30, at 2:00 p.m.

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Hospice of the Western Reserve Earns National Award for Palliative Care Program

Western Reserve Navigator (WRN), a home-based palliative care program provided by Hospice of the Western Reserve, was recognized as one of three programs in the U.S. expanding the reach of palliative and end-of-life care in their community. Palliative care focuses on providing relief from symptoms and improving the quality of life for people living with advanced illness.

The Circle of Life Award®, now in its 20th year, shines a light on programs and organizations that can serve as models or inspiration for other providers. Hospice of the Western Reserve received the award Friday, July 26, at the American Hospital Association’s annual Leadership Summit in San Diego.

 “The work of this year’s honorees represents the most innovative and creative thinking in end-of-life care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “Through the use of technology, integrated systems of care and community support, these programs have raised the bar for meeting the needs of patients and their families.”  

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