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Veteran's Park Dedication

On Sunday, June 12th 2016, Northeast Ohio was uncharacteristically sunny as Collinwood dedicated its first veteran's memorial at Veterans Park at the intersection of Lakeshore Blvd and Nottingham Rd to honor those who have fought for our freedoms. The marble monument, donated by Nagy Monuments on Waterloo Road, captures the emblems of the five divisions of the Armed Forces with stunning detail.

Since the founding of Collinwood, many men and women from this neighborhood responded to the call of duty to serve in the Armed Forces in both times of war and peace. Many of them came out for the ceremony. Councilman Polensek chose to commemorate those who served on this particular Sunday as it was leading up to Flag Day, June 14th commemorating the adoption of the flag in 1777.

The Collinwood-Nottingham Historical Society is collecting the stories of all those from the neighborhood who served. If you served, your history is important. The group would like to preserve those stories. Submit your story to Mary Louise Jesek Daley at mdaley@clevelandcitycouncil.org  or 216-664-4236.

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Councilman’s Corner

It has been a fast and furious summer so far.  I wish to thank everyone who joined us on Sunday, June 12 for the official dedication of Veteran’s Park at East 174th Street and Lakeshore Boulevard. It was truly a great day. I look forward to the final completion of the site and the installation of new signage. Also, congratulations to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church for their hard work for their annual Feast of St Anthony and Procession which was a great success with a large turnout. 

The Friday night attendance at the Euclid Beach MetroPark’s Concert series has been overwhelming with great entertainment. Make sure to put these concerts on your calendar; they run every Friday night through August 12 beginning at 5:30 PM. Look forward to seeing you there.

We passed legislation in Cleveland City Council authorizing additional funding for the historic LaSalle Theatre Arts & Media Project which we all hope will get started soon. This project is critical for the redevelopment of the East 185th Street corridor.  My sincere appreciation to my colleagues in City Council who supported my efforts and sponsorship of this legislation.

The Waterloo Arts Festival on Saturday, June 25 was well attended and we all look for bigger and better things taking place on Waterloo Road in the near future.  Please support the local businesses in this growing Arts & Entertainment District along with all of our other vital and unique businesses in the Greater Collinwood community. 

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Call for industrial and manufacturing poets: We know you’re out there!

photo by Eric Boyd at www.Eric-Boyd.com and provided courtesy of Belt Magazine

In the heart of the Collinwood neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, I was sitting on a sofa in Twelve Literary and Performance Arts Incubator chatting with Poet Daniel Gray-Kontar about manufacturing and poetry. In our conversation, I brought up the poetic words of Erin O’Brien, editor of Fresh Water Cleveland, from her blog post “Tears and steel:”

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Jobs , Jobs ,Jobs

Mission Statement: The Young Leaders Program is a non-profit organization that addresses the needs of our youth and community. We provide skills such as personal development, critical thinking, problem solving, community engagement, leadership and life skills. Our mission is to inspire a positive culture within the community through service and a contemporary approach.

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Upcycle Garden Night!

Collinwood Friends Garden fall clean up 2015. Come see how we've grown this year!

Ballot Box winner Michael Hudecek and Upcycle Parts Shop is joining forces with the Collinwood Friends Garden for a day of beautification! Join us for pallet bench making, sidewalk painting, and garden clean up!

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Welcome to Siggy's Village!

Siggy’s Village is a community space that offers free resources that all work together to revitalize the Collinwood neighborhood, and help the community neighbors. Siggy’s Urban Market, a farmer’s market and community gathering place, gives residents easy access to healthy and nutritious food. We sell produce that we grow in the Siggy's Village Community Garden, which is maintained by volunteers and residents. There are lavender fields where residents can come pick lavender together that we use to make products like soaps, lotion, candle, and oils. These products are sold to help us revitalize the community together! Siggy's Village started REHABNATION Furnishings, which collects donated pallets and uses them to build unique pieces of furniture. We sell our furniture online and profits go toward the community and replenishing Siggy’s Village resources. The Written Originals Writing Center provides workshops to children and adults of all ages. We help children and teens improve their writing skills so they can succeed in school. Adults can take cover letter and resume workshops so that they are prepared to enter the workforce. The Spoken Originals Poetry Slam helps teens find their voice through writing poetry and projecting it on stage and to peers. Teens have the chance to travel and compete in national and international poetry slam competitions. All of the components of Siggy’s Village share a singular purpose, which is to help rebuild and unite Collinwood.

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Seed Sowing Soldiers Making a Positive Impact In the City of Cleveland

Seed Sowing Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in the Collinwood community committed to uplifting residents in the city of Cleveland by giving back to those less fortunate.

Our organization was established in 2012 by our President, Lester Graham, Jr.  We stand firmly on God's promise as written in Galatians 6:7,"...for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." We believe that we will reap good harvest, because of the seeds that we are sowing.

We have held many events over the past years such as; sponsoring FDR and East Clark families with Christmas toys, providing Thanksgiving dinner to the community, our annual school supply and book bag give-a-way, preparing breakfast for Veterans at Volunteers of America, and many more!

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Back to school event Get ready

New Generation, Tara United and Young Leaders Program will be throwing this event for kids and teens of all communities. This will be held Thursday Aug 11,2016 from 5pm-8pm at Euclid Mini  police station . We ask that the community step up and help us take care of our youth . We are in need of people to donate school uniforms and or school supplies to us so we can give them to our kids and teens at this event . If interested please call 216 622-5849 Breauna Sweeney .

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A Day in the Life of Euclid Creek 2016

Macroinvertebrate Sampling

The Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), a grass-roots, non-profit charitable organization which advocates for the health of the Euclid Creek watershed, is pleased to announce its third annual Day in the Life of Euclid Creek event on Saturday, July 16th from 9am to 2:30pm.  The event provides a snapshot of a typical day in Euclid Creek, highlighting water quality in an urban watershed through monitoring, macroinvertebrate sampling, and electrofishing. Come learn about how monitoring, restoration efforts, and green infrastructure help keep the water clean!

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Birth Certificate and ID Voucher Service Coming to Collinwood

Do you need a birth certificate or an ID to vote, obtain credit or a driver’s license? Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries is starting a program whereby persons who need a birth certificate or an ID can obtain a voucher to acquire one or both of these documents, free of charge

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You’re Invited to the Kiddie City 10th Anniversary Open House!

Kiddie City is having it's 10th year anniversary!

Ten years ago, Kiddie City began servicing the community in a small building on 200th Street in Euclid with about 20 children and 5 staff members. Four years later, Kiddie City expanded to a second building and was able to service more children and hire more teachers. Today, Kiddie City is operating with 9 classrooms, over 40 staff members, and over 100 children!

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Beachland Flea

The Beachland Flea is coming on July 16th and 17th! There will be over 50 vendors with food, direct sales and handmade items.  Congin's will be here and on Sunday we will have the Barrio Taco Truck. The Flea will start at 10:00 a.m. and close up at 3:00 p.m. Parking is on Canterbury, Landseer and Windward and the vendors will be set up near the pavilion on Canterbury. Please come on down for a bite to eat and some shopping!  For more information on The Beachland Flea you can email us at beachlandpark@att.net or check out our Facebook event page, Beachland Park Flea and Rummage Sale.

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Sewer District to Host Residential Stormwater Credit Workshops

Customers will see Stormwater Fees return to bills beginning July-September; informational workshops to provide program and credit information to Sewer District customers.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will host a series of informational meetings to help customers understand more about the Regional Stormwater Management Program and how to apply for an Individual Residential Property Credit.

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Cav’s Parade Gets Personal

Dottie Verderber in the parade protecting the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy.

St. Jerome parishioners Maura Schroeder and Dottie Verderber have close connections to the World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Maura has been with the Cavs for 20 years and fondly remembers Zydrunas Ilgauskas as they share the same rookie year. Zydrunas has a Collinwood connection and maintained close ties with Lithuanian Home on E. 185th Street while with the Cavs. Maura joined the Cavs working in sales and marketing, but her duties for the last 14 years as team operation manager include overseeing the Family Room, which serves the families of the front office and team personnel. It is a safe, private, kid-friendly environment where families can visit, relax and enjoy the game. As operations manager she works closely with the Cavalier’s coaching staff. Maura also works with the wives’ Better Halves group and the Cavs Community Relations with many of their outreach and charity events including support to Cleveland Christian Home and the Domestic Violence Child Advocacy Center. Maura loved being part of the 2016 NBA Finals which led her to Oakland where she witnessed the Cavaliers historic Game 7 win. The Golden State visitors’ locker room may never be the same after the Cavs christened it with champagne. Maura even has a cork as a keepsake. Maura was very emotional when talking about the victory and says it was “bitter sweet” being in California when the Cavaliers won as they all couldn’t wait to get back to Cleveland. The playoffs take everyone associated with the team to the next level. It was a call to action for the entire organization where everyone did whatever it took to help bring home a win. The busier, longer hours filled with excitement and celebrities were rewarded by the thrilling, amazing experience of riding on the parade float alongside the players and other members of the Cavaliers organization. Maura’s husband, Jeff, joined her for the day. No one could have been prepared for the absolutely overwhelming sight and outpouring of support from the Cleveland fans.

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Lakeshore Intergenerational School Is Looking for Volunteers

Lakeshore Intergenerational School is currently looking for local community members interested in serving as tutors, reading mentors and volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year. These important positions allow our students to enhance and enrich their learning with intergenerational partners who are committed to the education of the youngest members of our community.

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Photographer Offers Free Photo Shoots to Area Families

Stephen Bivens, neighborhood resident and recent Ballot Box Project winner, will be hosting a free photo session for Collinwood families this summer. Bivens will provide a 10-minute photo session. Two prints (4x6 and 5x7) will be available for pick up the following weekend. Images can also be emailed to participants.

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4H Club: The Life of the Amazing Bloomers!

The 4H Club, The Life of the Amazing Bloomers, is made up of kids living the Collinwood Neighborhood. The students plan to grow, produce, and sell products as a part of the Siggy’s Village located at 15416 Saranac Rd, which is opening in June 2016.  They’ve decided to use the abbreviation, GPS to promote their group. “We are driving the community forward”, one of the members said while we all sat together and discussed plans and a timeline.

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Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Seeks 2016 Applicants

Christen DuVernay

Photo courtesy of Maria Kaiser

In 2006, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, along with former Cleveland Mayor Michael White, established a leadership training program for engaged neighborhood leaders.  The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) is a free, 15 session community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities.

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Cooking with Kids

Do you want to learn how to cook some of your favorite foods and eat your creation?  Come join us on

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Owing Your Own Home, The American Dream

Have a piece of the American Dream through homeownership and make your dream of being a homeowner a reality!

Our do-it-yourself Own your Own (Build Your Dream) Program, allows you to have a white picket fence, design the kitchen of your dreams and create the luxurious bathroom sanctuary that you watched on HGTV. Most importantly these homes are only selling for $8,500. You're saying to yourself that this can't be true or real.... well it is! Northeast Shores' commitment is to our neighborhood and our priority is to acquire vacant, foreclosed properties and return these properties into productive use. Click HERE to learn more.

If you are looking for a more of a turnkey home, then 1114 Villaview is the property for you! This soon-to-be renovated 1,529 sq. ft. bungalow is centrally located between the East 185th Retail & Business District and the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District. It's less than a mile from Euclid Beach Metropark, and close proximity to the freeway with Downtown only 10 minutes away.

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Euclid Beach Summer Series

Looking for something to do on Friday starting June 10th through August 12th? Come enjoy the lake, music and food trucks at Euclid Beach Park 5:30pm until 8:30pm!
Check out the scheduled list of performers below:

• July 8 : The Benjaminz
• July 15: Hubb's Groove
• July 22: Grammy Award Winning Kinsman Dazz Band
• July 29: Cecil Rucker's Good Vibes
• August 5: The Williams Project
• August 12: The 147 Band

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Neighbors Turn Out to Walk & Roll on E. 185th Street

What is more American than a Parade?!

The E. 185th Street Merchants Association hosted their first annual Walk & Roll E185 on Saturday, June 18, with lots of fun, free, family activities and plenty to see up and down the street. The event kicked off with a parade at 10:00, followed by a bike rodeo and sidewalk sale that stretched the length of the district. 

The Collinwood Cycle celebration featured bike safety and riding tips, bike lock give-aways, and also two guided bike rides through the neighborhood. The sidewalk sale and festival included four different arts activity areas, provided by Waterloo Arts, that included mural painting, chalk art, wacky musical instruments, and a make-and-take craft tent. Five bands played country, blues, polka, steel drum and gospel music. And vendors lined the street with tables, selling local goods or sharing information about non-profit and community organizations. A bounce house added to the fun. And many groups also featured giveaways - the kids had fun gathering candy, stickers, and balloons, and getting their faces painted. Added to the candy they gathered while they watched the morning parade. Many kids went home with full goodie bags! And on top of it all, the merchants raffled off 11 bicycles, which now have new homes, and are helping more residents become enthusiastic cyclists. 

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Ballot Box- Upcoming Events

Nine artists are celebrating their March election win in the Ballot Box Project. Many of the projects are well under way, while others are just beginning. It's not too late to get involved!

Grow. Cook. Eat. Collinwood
A neighborhood artist Lori Kella is creating a community cook book featuring seasonal recipes from you, your neighbors, and local chefs. Get creative! Discover what masterpieces you can create with your fresh bounty! Check out her website and learn more!

This is Collinwood: History of Everyday People
Collinwood is filled with amazing people and businesses with diverse backgrounds and interests. Residents are welcome to a complimentary 15 minute photo shoot. Get in contact with Collinwood resident Stephen Bivens to arrange your photo shoot or check out his photography here. 

Stephen has already taken shots of the business owners from the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District. His photos are not to be missed! They're on display through July at The Millard Filmore Presidential Library, 15617 Waterloo Rd.

Come out for a family phot shoot on July 16th from 1-4pm at Waterloo Arts, 15605 Waterloo Rd.

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Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Seeks 2016 Applicants

Are you a passionate, committed Clevelander dedicated to taking an active role in improving your community?  Could you use help enhancing your leadership skills?
The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is a free community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland.

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Expungement Day

Do you have a criminal record holding you back? If so, is Northeast Shores has an opportunity for you to clear your record for FREE. On Saturday, July 30th from 2 pm to 5 pm at 317 E. 156th St., a team of lawyers will conduct interviews and check eligibility for an expungement. No appointment is necessary. For more information contact Julia DiBaggio at 216-481-7660 or jdibaggio@northeastshores.org

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St. Vitus Adult Slovenian School News

Would you like to learn the Slovenian language? Would you like to ontinue what you learned as a child? Do you speak some Slovenian but would like to learn more? Would you like to visit Slovenia and be able to converse with the people?

A number of St. Vitus Adult Slvenian school students have already been to Slovenia, met relatives, and were able to use their knowledge of the language.

Classes wll start again in September with three levels -- beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Classes meet every other Saturday morning from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Textbooks are from Slovenia. There is a short coffee break and lots of community feeling. Location is at St. Martin de Porres High School, 6111 Lausche Avenue (formerly St. Vitus School).

Tuition is low -- $50.00 a semester. Textbooks are purchased separately from the instructor.

For information, call Lillian at 216.289.7253 (elcenta@sbcglobal.net) or Majda at 440.255.1178 (stajerka2@yahoo.com).

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St. Jerome in June

St. Jerome’s Andre with his gift basket he won from the raffle. Andre refused to leave the picnic until the winners were called.

On a warm Sunday afternoon on June 26th St. Jerome hosted their annual parish picnic and raffle after Mass. The event began with a coffee and donut reception under the big tent outside the rectory. Many people from the St. Jerome community attended to support the church’s event. It was great for everyone to see former members including the Kovac, Vadnal, Girod, and Nolan families. Parishioners, along with students and their families also came for a bite to eat. One student attended who is starting the second grade at St. Jerome School this fall. She was eager to see where she will be going to school and meet the kind members of St. Jerome. Many women from the church made the picnic even more enjoyable by collecting gigantic gift baskets donated from local restaurants and businesses. The baskets were raffled off to help raise money for the church; many winners were ecstatic to receive their assorted prizes. The Holy Name Society grilled a delicious dinner including hot dogs and hamburgers while guests brought homemade side dishes. The event is always a great way to meet everyone who volunteers and makes St. Jerome the amazing community it is.

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Discover local artists, new works each month at ‘Phone Gallery’

On view now through August is Michelle Janosky’s piece “Fountain Exploration”. Janosky is a ceramic artist and instructor at Brick Ceramic and Design Studio on Waterloo.

All levels of artists and visual art forms are on view at Phone Gallery - Cleveland's smallest gallery - from elementary school students to eminent professionals.

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The Collinwood Library Welcomes Graduate Of Collinwood High School, NFL Wide Receiver, Cecil Shorts lll, Back To The Neighborhood To Engage With Youth

On the heels of the victory parade by the Cavaliers, Collinwood graduate, Cecil Carlon Shorts III (who is now an American football wide receiver for the Houston Texans of the National Football League) visited the Collinwood Branch of Cleveland Public Library on Thursday, June 23rd.  He was accompanied by his lovely wife, Chanel and their three beautiful children. This program was made possible by the United Way of Cleveland and Cleveland Public Library’s Office of Programming Services.   Mr. Shorts shared his life story and professional journey to an audience of 50 + youths from the Collinwood area through collaboration with the Salvation Army, Collinwood Rec Center,  5 Points Community Services Center, Collinwood High School, Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and regular youth visiting the Collinwood Branch participating in the Summer Reading Club.

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Book release celebrates youth voices July 10

The public is invited to join more than a two dozen young leaders as they celebrate the release of their book, “Out of the Mouths of Babes Volume III”, at a reception on Sunday, July 10 at 2 pm at the Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland.

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