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Euclid Beach Blasts the Rain Away!


As soon as the pavement dried it was chalking time with artist Hector Castellanos!
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Not even gale force wind, blinding rain and two broken tents could stop the Euclid Beach Blast!  And despite the threat of rain, we jammed and danced to live music from the Pride of Glenville Marching Band, Scott Hanson and the Champagnes, Panic Steel Ensemble and Grupo Son Gitano while chowing down on some great eats from the Callaloo Cafe, Beachland Ballroom, Euclid Beach Concessions & Gifts and for our sweet fix, Real Frut drinks, Chilli Pop Shop, Savannah Kettle Corn and a scoop or two of East Coast Custard!

And if great music and tasty food weren't enough, we made fun sand art and mural paintings with Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Education, threw sand at the competition in the Waterloo Sculpture Garden Sand Castle Contest, stood awe struck in front of Sand Sculptor Greg Butauski's dragon and castle, took a beach joy ride on a Fat Bike with Bike Cleveland, struck a pose for a new Euclid Beach pier and chalked the walkway with artist Hector Castellanos!

But it wasn't just all fun and games, we also watched the amazing Upstage Players perform an original play, entitled 'No Easy Cleanup' about the importance of taking care of our beaches and our lake and had a chance to learn about all the great things individuals and organizations are doing in the community and region to improve beach and water quality and improve the quality of life in our neighborhood. And we heard from many of you through our Cleveland Metroparks surveys about the types of events, programming, improvements, hopes and dreams you have for Euclid Beach and our other Lakefront Parks, part of the Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace.  Information gathered on the survey walls will be used by Cleveland Metroparks as they develop a plan for making improvements to our Lakefront parks.  Please be sure to look out for an article announcing upcoming community meetings held by Cleveland Metroparks to discuss park improvements.

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Cleveland Job Corps Center 50th Anniversary Celebration

Save the Date!

On August 18, 2014 call all Alumni to return to the Cleveland Job Corps Center

On August 20, 2014 the Cleveland Job Corps Open House

On August 22, 2014 the Cleveland Job Corps Center Graduation Celebration

The Cleveland Job Corps, founded in 1965, was one of over 100 job-training programs created by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964; it produced the first program graduates in the country. In two decades, the Cleveland Job Corps trained over 12,000, mostly African American women from out of state. The Job Corps recruited high school dropouts ages 16-21 and sent them to a residential center to obtain a high school equivalency degree, if necessary, and work skills. Because of the national scope, applicants were often sent far from home. Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, an African American women's service organization, sponsored and operated the Cleveland program under contract from the U.S. Dept. of Labor. The group maintained a house at 1588 Ansel Rd. for nearly 400 girls until 1971, when it relocated to the Tudor Arms Hotel at E. 107th and Carnegie. Only women lived at the facility, but men were accepted into the program after 1976. Cleveland Job Corps trained participants for business, clerical, and service occupations. Through a cooperative program with the Brotherhood of Railway & Airline Clerks, the center guaranteed job placement.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:06 AM, 08.05.2014

Slovenian Workman Home More Than Just a Great Fish Fry


Patty C and the Guys
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The Slovenian Workman's Home on Waterloo has a great fish fry every Friday, but sometimes  I'm not in the mood for a fish dinner. I stopped in at the Home on a recent Friday and was very pleased to see that there were many other options on the menu. My friend had the pork chops with home fries and I had goulash and polenta. I am very picky about restaurant food. I worked in restaurants for many years, and I realize I am not easy to wait on. The food and the service was amazing. The two large pork chops were cooked perfectly, were very moist on the inside, and melted in your mouth. The home fries tasted like Sunday dinner at my mom's house. The goulash and polenta was simply magical. We also both had double coleslaw's, and I don't know how they do it, it's just the best coleslaw I've ever had.

The home is located at 15335 Waterloo Rd., there is plenty of parking. The construction on Waterloo is almost complete and should not deter you from stopping in on Fridays for dinner. Dinner is served from 3 to 8 PM. The prices are very reasonable, and the price for the beverages at the bar is even more reasonable. There is occasionally live polka music. I was lucky enough to hear Patti C and the Guys. Sometimes the Fairport Jammers are playing. Treat yourself. Stop in at the Slovenian workman home for dinner. Be sure to try a homemade strudel for dessert.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:13 AM, 08.05.2014

Neighborhood Association News

Our Neighborhood Associations have been meeting throughout the summer months and have had some very interesting discussions and visitors. In June, the E. 156th Street Association joined in the Collinwood Facilities discussion at Collinwood High School where Eric Gordon the CEO from CMSD and others spoke about the plans for our neighborhood schools. The E. 185th Street Association enjoyed a lively discussion with Councilman Polensek and the neighbors from the E. 140th Association began plans for a neighborhood picnic. In July, the E. 156th Association heard from KC Petraitis a representative from Cleveland Housing Court and also from Camille Maxwell from Northeast Shores. The E. 185 Street Association held a neighbor roundtable discussion, where residents shared ideas on what they would like to see happening in the neighborhood. The E. 140th Association heard from a representative from the Fifth District as well as Councilman Polensek. There was also a discussion about vacant houses and vacant lots and what could be done about them.

 The Neighborhood Associations will not meet individually in August instead there will be a joint meeting with Mayor Frank Jackson on Wednesday, August 20th at 5:30 at the Collinwood Rec Center. Please come and join us on that day when we will hear from our Mayor. And, as always anyone is invited to attend our Neighborhood Association meetings. The East 185th Street Neighborhood Associations meets every second Tuesday of the month at the Lithuanian Club located at 877 E. 185th Street.  The East 156th Street group meets every third Wednesday of the month at B&M Barbecue located at 358 East 152nd Street and the East 140th Street group meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at New Life Mission Baptist Church located at 13905 Diana Ave.  All the groups meet at 6:00 pm and are attended by a representative of the Fifth District Police and Councilman Polensek. We would love to have you participate. If you have any questions, please call Margaret Craig at (216) 481-7660. Let’s create the community we want to live in!

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Collinwood Vibrancy Programs for August

You don’t want to miss the remaining Collinwood Vibrancy Programs for the month of August that  take place in the Waterloo Arts District. Earlier in the month activities were held at The Waterloo Sculpture Garden, Star Pop, Zygote Press, and the Beachland Ballroom. These last few round out a  great month of activities.

Re-Grand Opening & Customer Appreciation day concert- August 16th from 3-5pm at Styles With Confidence, 15300 Waterloo Rd. This even will offer music to the hearing impaired with sign language during the performance. There will also be a raffle and refreshments.

Ceramajama- August 22nd from 6-10 pm at Brick +Design Studio, 420 East 161st Street, Brick is a co-operative studio space that allows artists and beginners to create ceramic work. The business will be a new addition to the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District. The event will kick off the grand opening of Brick’s Sculpture Garden and will feature contemporary ceramics work, along with a meet and greet with the artists. Refreshments and small bites will be served as visitors enjoy the show.

George Shuba Closing Party and Project Lightswitch Celebration- Sunday August 31st 1-5pm at Space:Rock Gallery, 15712 Waterloo Rd. This party is to celebrate the conclusion of the streetscape and to feature George Shuba’s photography work. George, the featured artist, shot the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix when they first came to Cleveland in the 1960’s. Come to the gallery and view his work and enjoy the DJ’s performance. The celebration will include a giant cake for everyone to enjoy!

As always, all Vibrancy programs are free and open to the public.  So come join in the fun on Waterloo!!!!!!

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:09 AM, 08.05.2014

ActiVacant: The American Dream

Imagine having the freedom to do what you want, when you want, all while providing for your family. Do you have a big idea, and are just waiting to implement it? Now is the time to control your destiny. You can be your own boss.

Opening up a business takes passion, determination, and the willingness to take risks. That determination has propelled this nation into greatness. It is an attitude of making up new rules that is reflected in the new program called ActiVacant that will help new businesses get their feet off the ground.

ActiVacant will have five businesses open simultaneously within three blocks, so you're never alone. Getting the doors open is hard work. Until then, there's no enjoying the fruits of your labor. That's why the "ActiVators" will get the first three months of rent for free. From there, rent will grow incrementally to market value over the first year. This enables ActiVators to focus on what's important- the business reaching its full potential.

It takes a village. So when ActiVators work together, there will be cash bonuses over the next three years. There will even be a small documentary that shares the ActiVators' stories. There is no community greater at following the American Dream than Collinwood. By becoming an ActiVator, you will join a neighborhood rich in history, yet excited about the future. In the land of opportunity, you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Dare to dream big, and dare to put that dream into action.

If you are ready to open your business and reap the rewards of your efforts, go to www.activacant.com  to complete your application.

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Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project and Waterloo Alley Cat Project Present “TEN LIVES: A Feral Cat Odyssey”



On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project and Waterloo Alley Cat Project have teamed-up to present the new documentary “TEN LIVES: A Feral Cat Odyssey” at the Euclid Public Library, 631 East 222nd Street, Euclid, OH. The movie, supported by Friends of Animals (FoA), the Summerlee Foundation and ASPCA, reveals the lives of feral cats and the growing number of people and organizations working to not only humanely make their lives better, but reduce their numbers through the proven method known as trap, neuter and return TNR.  A question and answer session will follow after the movie. This workshop is FREE to the public. Times for the event are 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Representatives from the Cleveland Animal Protective League and Petfix of NE Ohio will also be present.

The Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project and The Waterloo Alley Cat Project are two North Collinwood neighborhood volunteer organizations in Cleveland that have implemented the trap-neuter/spay-return method to reduce the number of homeless cats and kittens. After five years, the two Projects combined have spayed and neutered over a thousand cats and have garnered the support of municipal officials, residents and local businesses. Debbie Gulyas, business owner and Waterloo Alley Cat Project volunteer remarked, “Our two organizations have saved the lives of many cats and, now through teamwork, our mission is to improve and protect the lives of even more cats as well as the quality of life in our neighborhood by sharing our knowledge with people who would also like to help their community as well as the cats."  

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Big changes with New Tech at Collinwood High School


Collinwood High School will add the New Tech curriculum this school year.

CMSD NEWS BUREAU 7/26/2014

There's a turnaround under way at Collinwood High School.

This fall will mark the arrival of the New Tech curriculum at the high school on East 152nd Street, and Principal Maria Carlson said the staff could not be more pumped up about how that should change the teaching dynamic.

“It's really exciting because it's all project-based learning and all grounded in real-world applications,” she said. “So often, students will say, 'Why am I even learning this? I'll never use it.' That's not ever going to be true anymore because they'll be applying it in real time.”

That means no more “teachers standing at the board lecturing and students taking – or not taking – notes,” Carlson said.

Collinwood joins the nationwide New Tech Network, which includes 14 schools in Ohio. Among those are three in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District: Facing History New Tech, New Tech West at Max Hayes and New Tech at East Tech. 

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YARN n YOGA brings crowd, creativity to Euclid Beach


YARN n YOGA was a free event open to the community on Friday, July 25th at Euclid Beach Park.
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What could be better than a sunny summer evening on Lake Erie?

On Friday, July 25th people from across Northeast Ohio poured into Euclid Beach Park, some for the very first time. On top of the last of the Euclid Beach Live concerts, YARN n YOGA took our neighborhood’s largest slice of lakefront by (yarn) storm.

The sun warmed the sand while a gentle breeze carried Sounds of the Soul’s lyrics to yogis reaching for the sky in tree pose. All evening the lake shimmered as community members and artists stood side by side wrapping, weaving, and knitting on to the historic Pier.

YARN n YOGA, a grass-roots, volunteer-led arts and recreation project supported by Cleveland Metroparks, Waterloo Arts, Northeast Shores, and Praxis Fiber Workshop drew families from Westlake, artists from Akron, donations from Boston, and press as far reaching as California. It quickly became Cleveland’s first large-scale yarn bomb and a bright, beautiful, temporary public arts project that EVERYONE and anyone could participate in at no cost thanks to monetary and material donations. The event was funded through a crowd-sourced Kickstarter campaign, a grant from The Cleveland Lakefront Parks Conservancy and would not have been possible without the talent of more than a dozen artists whose inspired pre-made panels catalyzed the public’s excitement and involvement.

Mike Zellers - who fondly remembers the Park as an amusement park - took home the “Best in Show” arts prize (sponsored by The Artful Yarn –Chagrin Falls) for his panel “Mermaid”. Runners up included Linda Zolten Wood’s “Accidental Neon” which incorporated plarn (plastic grocery bags turned yarn) and Leslie Edwards Humez’s “Flotsam”.

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Prosperity Festival at Living Truth Center August 16

Its that time again. Living Truth Center for Better Living are having their 3rd Annual Prosperity Festival. Bring your family and friends to a day of fun.  Our spacious parking lot welcomes you to bring family and friends to be a part of the hoola- hoop contest! There will be food, D.J, line dancing, games, prizes, give-a ways and vendors. School supplies will  also be given and much more! Call for more information. 1850 Belmore Road East Cleveland OH 44112. (216) 249-0330. www.livingtruthcenter.org. Rev. Alice J. Brown, Senior Minister.

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Collinwood Slovenian Home 95th Anniversary

The Collinwood Slovenian Home is hosting a “95th Anniversary Celebration” of the founding of the Hall and Clubroom located at 15810 Holmes Avenue.  Come help us commemorate this event by joining us on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.

The evening’s festivities include a Reverse Raffle with $2,000 in prizes, Side Boards, a Chinese Auction, and other surprises.

Tickets which include the Main Board Raffle, dinner (prepared by Julie Zalar), an open bar, and musical entertainment for your dancing and listening enjoyment performed by “Who’s Playing”, are $65.00.  Tickets for dinner without a chance on the Main Board Raffle are $25.00.

Doors open at 5:00PM, and dinner is served at 7:00PM.

Contact the Club Room at 216-681-6649 or Mary Podlogar at 216-486-6424 for more information.

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Green Isn’t Always Good Be Wise When You Fertilize


Be wise when you fertilize

If you fertilize your lawn, practice the 4 Rs of Fertilization:

1. Right Type. Have your soil tested to determine fertilizer needs and choose a slow-release fertilizer.  Best Management Practice:Use phosphate-free organic fertilizer.

2. Right RateSoil test results will supply you with the appropriate fertilizer rate.  Do not exceed the recommended rate and never apply more than 1.5 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.  Best Management Practice: Use mulching blades on your mower and leave the grass clippings on the lawn.

3. Right Time. September is the best time to fertilize lawns when cool season grasses are actively growing.  Best Management Practice: Never apply fertilizer when rain and wind are in the forecast.

4. Right Place.  Proper fertilization techniques save money and protect waterways and wildlife.  Avoid fertilizing near streams, ditches, hard surfaces, and slopes.  Best Management Practice: Incorporate native plantings near streams, ditches, and slopes to better intercept pollutants before they enter waterways.

To learn more contact: Claire Posius, Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator at 216-524-6580, ext. 16, cposius@cuyahogaswcd.org; www.EuclidCreekWatershed.org; www.cuyahogaswcd.org

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Slovenian Languages Classes

The St. Vitus Adult Slovenian School is beginning its 2014-2015 Slovenian language classes on September 13, 2014

Classes are scheduled on two Saturdays each month from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. and will continue through May 23, 2015.  Location is at St. Martin de Porres High School (formerly St. Vitus School), 6111 Lausche Avenue, Cleveland.

Three levels are taught –

BEGINNING – New material from Slovenia with emphasis on everyday conversation.  Textbook is up-to-date.

INTERMEDIATE – for students who have some knowledge of the language.  Continuation from the beginning class using a newly published textbook.  Continued conversation

ADVANCED – for those who have a speaking knowledge of Slovenian and would like to have further knowledge in reading and writing.  Lessons include textbook study along with general information about customs and culture of Slovenia.

Tuition is $50.00 per semester.  Textbooks are purchased separately from the instructor.

For information call Lillian at 216.289.7253 or Majda at 440.255.1178 or email Lillian at elcenta@sbcglobal.net.

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OAA Math Skills + Sewing Skills = Quilts and Blankets


We sewed our vision

Approximately 40 students grades K-8th grade from the Collinwood CMSD Community schools and churches participated in a 2-week Project-Based learning activity from June 16th through June 27th, held at Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church at 14735 Thames Avenue pastored by Rev. Cecelia Williams. Rev. Bev Potter was the facilitator for this project, which involved grant-writing, student recruitment and a math/sewing curriculum.  Students were provided Math Measurement, Data and Geometry instruction based on Ohio State Standards students by certified math teachers each day. Math peer-tutors from Collinwood High School assisted in the learning process.  Students then transferred their knowledge into application by measuring quilt pieces, measuring seams and creating geometric designs.  Many quilters and seamstresses from the community and community churches and neighbors joined in and shared their talents and donated fabric and sewing materials.  Parents and grandparents and church parishioners joined in daily to teach sewing skills, cook and encourage. Even students home from college assisted in making this a wonderful experience.  There were 63 quilts and blankets that were created and donated to the Providence House on West 32nd Street, which is crisis nursery center for infants and children.  We are indeed grateful to Neighborhood Connections and The Arts council for providing the funding for this project which provided sewing machines and learning materials.  Additionally we express sincere thanks to Northeast Shores Community Center and Margaret Craig for their support and to Councilmen Michael Polensek for his encouragement and support.

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Friends of Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project

Another year has passed and GOOD NEWS abounds! Two litters of kittens where born in the Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park this spring, which is the home for over a 100 healthy, spayed/ neutered cats.  Two pregnant mommas where abandoned and we are caring for both mommas and their 7 precious kittens. Our round the clock care includes nutritious food, veterinary care, lots of cuddles and love….and endless litter box duty.

This year we celebrate Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project’s 5th year in action.  Over 1,500 cats/kittens have been TNR/rescued in the North and South Collinwood neighborhoods.  Our target area includes the historic Euclid Beach, Wildwood Marina, Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park, Euclid Beach Pier and the Euclid Beach Villa Apartments.  We work tirelessly rescuing abandoned, abused, and the pregnant, who will continue to breed unless we do our important work.  These unfortunate, beautiful animals would be doomed to a life of neglect, sickness, unbearable hardship, starvation, predators and never knowing the feeling of a loving hand to pet them.

2014 has been a very productive and we have had a busy seven months!

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:13 PM, 08.04.2014

Hospice of the Western Reserve Earns National Awards for "Green Med" Practices


The Gazebo and gardens overlooking Lake Erie at David Simpson Hospice House

Hospice of the Western Reserve recently became the first hospice organization in the United States to earn two national health care environmental awards from Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting environmental stewardship and best practices in the health care community. 

The awards were presented in Cleveland at CleanMed 2014, a leading national environmental conference for health care sustainability. Other award winners include Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins.

“Hospice of the Western Reserve is committed to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship - not only at our two in-patient care centers - but throughout the agency,” said Bill Finn, chief executive officer. “Environmental stewardship, economic vitality and social responsibility align with our mission of providing the best quality of life for our patients and leaving a positive legacy for future generations.”

“We have worked hard to develop programs and practices that protect the environment and the health of our patients, staff and community,” added Kathleen Gatto, director of support services, who heads up the agency’s ‘green team.’  It’s rewarding to see our efforts recognized on a national level.”

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Imagine Bella Mission Statement

“Preparing students for lifetime achievement and the global future by creating an innovative and academically excellent school. To achieve our vision, we will prepare our students to become independent learners with the desires, the skills, and the abilities necessary for lifelong learning. This will require creating a learning environment which is centered on students, directed by teachers, and supported by home and community.”

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Enrolling K-5 for the 2014-2015 School Year

Imagine Bella Kindergarten students are not the only students with an exciting new school year ahead.  Imagine Bella will be incorporating many ideas from Ron Clark Academy to boost student engagement and learning.  Imagine Bella embarks on its 6th year serving Cleveland area students and families and will refocus to serve grades K-5.  Call us at 216-481-1500 or stop in and we will walk you through our easy enrollment process!  You do not have to be a resident of Cleveland to enroll.

In addition to our daily instructional hours of 8:30-4:00, students needing after care services are invited to participate in an after school program sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of America.  For a small fee, the Boys and Girls Club will engage your child in homework help, physical and character building activities.  More information will be available on our Back to School night Monday, August 18th!

Our new school leader, Arun Dutt will lead the Imagine Bella team and is thrilled to become a member of this community.  You can read more about his background on our website (http://www.imaginebellaacademy.com). Stop in or call to make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas for the school year ahead.

Imagine Bella is excited to see the smiling faces of returning students and welcome new family members! Don’t Forget- the first day of school is Tuesday, August 19th for Kindergarten and August 20th for grades 1-5.

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New Art Program at Imagine Bella

Just some of the exciting news includes our new Art program where all students will receive weekly art instruction.  Art will join our related arts team of Music, Physical Education, and Technology using our mobile Computers on Wheels.  Our Music program puts on annual performances from Michael Jackson to Motown!  We are excited to see what artistic expressions will be added to our Imagine Bella family!

Our technology program will include STAR Reading, STAR Early Literacy, and STAR Math.  This computer based assessment aligns with the Common Core Standards and provide teachers detailed information about how to meet the needs of all students.  As part of our Physical Education (P.E.) program, our Fourth grade students attended the Get Fit Training Camp at the Football Hall of Fame in Canton.  Our students also had fun in the sun on field day.  Imagine Bella understands the importance of teaching the whole child through a rich academic and related arts program!

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Imagine Bella Academy Welcomes the Class of 2027

On August 19th, Kindergarten students will be greeted by smiling faces of teachers and new friends as they join the Imagine Bella family in Cleveland.  Kindergarten students receive individual attention on this special Kindergarten only day to help them with the transition to school. Imagine Bella values family and wants to make sure our new kindergarten scholars and families feel comfortable with this exciting first step in education.

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Learn more about Imagine Bella!

Follow us on Twitter!  @ImagineBella1

http://imaginebellaacademy.com

Summer Office Hours    Monday-Friday    8:30-3:30

19114 Bella Drive

Cleveland, Ohio 44119

216-481-1500

Upcoming Dates

August 18- Back to School Night

August 19- First Day for Kindergarten

August 20- First Day for Grades 1-5 (Welcome Back Bella Dragons!)

September 1- Labor Day- No School for Students

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Pin up Beauties offered at Beachland Hair Design


Model Jeni King Photographer Joseph Miheli Styled by Susan M. Brandt Beachland Hair Design
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Want to have the latest look off the fashion runways? Try a vintage retro look. Many of the worlds largest clothing designers, this past year, strutted vintage style clothing and hairstyle,on their runways, done current and tastfully retro.

Surprising that special someone, with your picture as a pin up doll? Need to update a modeling portfolio? Want to change your look into something maybe vintage? Vixen? Samantha Stevensish?  Beachland Hair Design has the ablility to transform you into a beautiful pin up babe, or motorcycle vixen, or just a glamourous beautiful women Hollywood or should I say, Collinwood style.  

Pictured ,are examples of the work we offer,Beachland Hair Design can custom select the clothing along with styles in a vintage vibe with a newance and make up services  We highly recommend shopping local if your inclined to pick out the clothing yourself  Just make sure that most or all of the clothing, undergarments, shoes, jewlery are age appropriate and when combined, actually make sense,  

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:06 PM, 08.04.2014

Ground-Breaking Exhibition Showcases Incredible Versatility of Handmade Paper


Artist Pam McKee works with handmade paper and natural dye techniques

Thirteen contemporary North American artists inspired by centuries-old Eastern papermaking traditions display their cutting-edge work in an inaugural exhibition celebrating the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation’s new Eastern Paper Studio.  

Revive and Renew: Contemporary Artists & Eastern Papers will be presented from August 1 through September 20 in the arts organization’s remarkable facility in Cleveland’s Midtown neighborhood. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am- 4pm, and the opening reception for the exhibition will take place Friday August 1 from 7-9pm.  

Revive and Renew brings together visionary artists from thousands of miles away and right here in Northeast Ohio, each one with a unique approach to incorporating ancient Eastern papermaking techniques into their art.   
“When I researched Korean papermaking on a Fulbright grant six years ago, it transformed my studio work. Now, I am excited to see a growing number of artists who integrate Asian paper, techniques, and materials in their art—friends, colleagues, and former students alike,” says EPS Artist-in-Residence Aimee Lee.

Lee is among the artists featured in Revive and Renew. Others include Velma Bolyard, Melissa Jay Craig, Bill Lorton, Emma Nishimura, and Tom Balbo, a 35-year veteran paper artist and Morgan Conservatory’s Artistic Director.   

As a project of its new Eastern Paper Studio, this exhibition marks a major expansion of Morgan Conservatory’s vision.  

Revive and Renew and Morgan Conservatory’s new Eastern Paper Studio are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, The George Gund Foundation, The Eaton Corporation, and by numerous individual donors.

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What's Happening at the Collinwood Branch Library?

Summer is winding down at the Collinwood Branch. Please stop by for a visit or take part in one of our great programs for kids! Our fall program information will be coming out soon so please check our branch or website at www.cpl.org for updates.  

Back-to-School Giveaway!
H.O.P.E. In Life Foundation is back again this year to give away school supplies to the kids in the community!  We are so grateful for their generosity and commitment. Student must be present to receive school supplies.
Saturday, August 16th from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

We All Scream for Ice Cream!
We’re going to beat the summer heat by making our own ice cream! We’ll show you how, step-by-step, and provide the toppings for your cool treat.
Wednesday, August 20th at 2:30 p.m.

Back-to-School Party!
We’re celebrating being back in school!  Join us for games, prizes, food, and fun!  Preschool age to teens are invited to attend.
Thursday, September 4th at 3:00 p.m.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:03 PM, 08.04.2014

The Cleveland Museum of Art Visits Collinwood


Photo Credit: Frank Lanza-www.frankjlanza.com
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The Cleveland Museum of Art visited the Collinwood Branch on July 5th.  Students from preschool to school age children were introduced to symbolism in art and then had an opportunity to explore the museum’s collection using the ArtLens application. ArtLens allows anyone to explore works in the permanent collection through their iPad, Apple or Android phone.  Representatives from the museum brought iPads for the students to discover the collection while also looking for symbolism in art. The students were fully engaged and asking questions as they virtually explored the collection. 

The museum plans another visit to the Collinwood Branch on Wednesday, August 5th at 1:30 p.m.  The students will have an opportunity to investigate a work from the museum’s collection.  This interactive lesson prompts students to answer questions about art objects, such as “What is it made of? What does the design reveal about the culture that made it? How do you think it was used?”  This program would be best suited for third graders and up.

You can visit the Cleveland Museum of Art on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00-5:00 and on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00-9:00. Closed Mondays. The museum’s collection is FREE of charge to visit. Please visit their website for more information www.clevelandart.org.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:03 PM, 08.04.2014

August Events at the Memorial-Nottingham Library

COMPUTER CLASSES 

Computers 102, Monday Aug. 11th at 5:00pm.  For adults and seniors.  Once you know the basics of using a computer and mouse, this class will teach you “how to use Windows programs and files.”

Internet Basics , Monday Aug 18th at 5:00pm.  For adults and seniors. This class will teach you how to use your computer skills to search the internet and the World Wide Web to find information online.

Digital News and SearchingMonday Aug. 25th at 5:00pm.  For adults and seniors. This class will teach you how “to use search engines to find information and how to search for news in the Plain Dealer e-Edition and Cleveland.com.”

Registration for August classes begins Monday, July 28, 2014. To register, call 216.623.2980; or call or stop in at the branch library.

Continued.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:03 PM, 08.04.2014

Beach Pictures that Don’t Look Like They’re from Cleveland.


Winds from the north paint a pretty picture that many people might not associate with Lake Erie.
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Earlier this summer Cleveland’s SCENE magazine put together a collection of photographs illustrating views of the city that many people (sadly) never see.

Thanks to accessible photo-altering applications like Instagram, even photographs of a mud puddle can look Caribbean-esque. Some of the entries in this particular article were most certainly doctored, while others sang the true, unfiltered beauty of our Great Lake in Cleveland’s backyard.

In North Collinwood we have an unbelievable resource at our fingertips. From public boat-slips at Wildwood Marina to rock outcroppings perfect for catching walleye or bass. From the grassy lawn of Euclid Beach Park to the sandy shores of the cleaner beaches, we have it all.

And we know it.

One of my preferred jogging paths is along the bluff through Euclid Beach Park, Villa Angela, and Wildwood. In the evening, just before sunset, this eastside stretch of Cleveland Metroparks’ property is most active - flush with people and their pets enjoying the view, the fresh air, and on Friday evenings, the music flowing from the “Euclid Beach Live” stage.

Everyone is friendly and life is all good when the brilliant sun sends a rainbow of colors through the sky to dance across the lapping waves.

I take A LOT of photographs of Lake Erie. I share a fraction of them with friends and followers of my social media accounts and print a few of the truly exceptional shots for display on my living room walls.

I love our neighborhood, Lake, and parks so much that more often than not my Facebook looks like a travel site for North Shore Collinwood. But instead of offering once-in-a-lifetime trips to far-flung corners of the globe, our vacation days are every day that we take a minute to walk to the water, sit in the grass, lay on the sand, and breathe.

Cleveland is a city chock full of gems, but none so grand as our lakefront. If it’s hard to believe anyone could take a beach photograph like mine or the ones in SCENE, you really should get out there more!

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:02 PM, 07.12.2014

Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach July Cleanup and Bench Painting

On Saturday July 19th from 10am-12pm, join Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach volunteers for our July Adopt-a-Beach cleanup and park bench painting!

In addition to our monthly Adopt-a-Beach cleanup, volunteers will have the opportunity to help paint park benches.  The benches at Euclid Beach were painted by volunteers last summer and need some serious touching up before the Euclid Beach Blast! Shaun Jones, Cleveland Metroparks Maintenance Manager for Euclid Creek Reservation, would be very appreciative if volunteers could assist with this activity!  So, if you like sanding and painting, we will have brushes and trays for you. But feel free to bring your own and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty!

Event Details:
All volunteers will meet in the Euclid Beach Park Pavilion (16250 Lakeshore Blvd.) between 9:30 am and 10am to sign in, break up into teams and head out to the beach or to the benches. Refreshments will be available before and after the cleanup in the pavilion, but please feel free to bring a snack to share!

Gloves, trash pickers, rakes and bags will be provided for beach cleanup volunteers as well as brushes and and paint trays for the painters but feel free to bring your own if you prefer!

Please dress for the weather...whatever it may be and wear tennis shoes or boots!

For more information or to RSVP to the event on facebook, visit:

facebook.com/adopteuclidbeach

All participating volunteers will receive a gift card from Chili Peppers Fresh Mexican Grille (869 East 185th St.) good for one half off any menu item with the purchase of a fountain drink! Please be sure to thank Chili Peppers owner, Steve Newman for his support!

Hope to see you out at Euclid Beach!

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:02 PM, 07.12.2014

Euclid Beach Concessions and Gifts Is Open for Business!



On Friday evenings from 6pm-8pm during Euclid Beach Live (goo.gl/wB4R56) and all day on Saturdays and Sundays until August 3rd, stop by and try the soon to be famous Nor'easter Hawaiian shaved ice treat, nosh on a Polish Boy or get some of your very own Euclid Beach Blast gear including t-shirts, towels and beach balls!  Purchase a Euclid Beach Blast (www.euclidbeachblast.com) t-shirt or towel and get 10% off your purchase of a Nor'easter!  A percentage of the proceeds from the concession stand and Euclid Beach Blast merchandise will support future events and programming at Euclid Beach and provide seed investment for G-Wood Enterprises to operate the concession stand permanently next year.  A huge thank you to Cleveland Metroparks and Marlene Gatewood and Don Allen of G-Wood Enterprises for breathing new life into the long shuttered Euclid Beach concession stand!  Our Lakefront parks are on the up & up!

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:02 PM, 07.12.2014

Message from Councilman

It has been an interesting summer so far.  We are still having a major problem with getting the Public Works Department to address road conditions throughout the community. It is the end of June and still a large number of residential side streets have not had the road condition or chuckholes addressed. This is completely unacceptable. It is clear that the Administration has failed to understand the severity of the problem city-wide.  I continue to thank our residents and motorists for their patience; for, getting around on some of our streets is clearly a challenge. In 2014, the City needs to get its act together on how to fix and maintain public streets.

Another growing concern is the lack of street sweeping.  We still have winter debris on many roads which will ultimately wind up in our catch basins if not addressed. Street sweeping is a necessity and Public Works needs to figure out how to restore this service as it once was in the day. It helps to maintain a clean and healthy city. Residents are paying more property taxes than ever before and getting less basic city service; this must change.

Unfortunately, it seems as if there are only a small number of us in City Council who feels that quality-of-life issues are a priority. I continue to believe that basic services, street repair, garbage collection, public safety, etc., are critical to neighborhood stability and growth.  People in the City of Cleveland today talk with their feet more than ever before. We cannot continue to loose citizens and quality residents because they feel that the City seems unconcerned about their daily health and welfare.  Viable neighborhoods are entitled to quality service.

Project Updates: The Waterloo Streetscape project is on schedule and on budget to be completed in early October. The Euclid Creek Tunnel Project is on schedule and work has begun in earnest for the expansion of the Easterly Waste Water Treatment Plant at East 140th Street and Lakeshore Boulevard.  Old Grovewood Pool was removed and the site graded and seeded. It is now a city greenspace. Design and planning for the Euclid Beach, Wildwood and Villa Angela Cleveland MetroParks is well under way; you might even see some of these projects being started later this year.

I look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood this summer.  There is plenty to do just look at your copy of the Scoop on Summer!  Remember to continue to be the community’s eyes and ears – if you see something that just doesn’t seem right call the Police.  As always you may reach me at my office at (216) 664-4236 or via email at mpolensek@clevelandcitycouncil.org.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:00 PM, 07.12.2014

Collinwood High School 60th Reunion

A 60th Collinwood High School reunion has been planned for the January and June classes of 1954. This combined reunion will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 5 to 11 pm at the Radisson Hotel on Curtis Blvd. in Eastlake, Ohio. For additional information or classmate address updates contact Joanne Sharp at 440-449-4988 or Pauline Barbish at 440-944-9139.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:00 PM, 07.12.2014

Memorial Garden

The CNHS is working on a new plan for the Memorial Garden at Memorial School located at 410 East 152 Street. We hope that you remember that the Memorial Garden was created as a living memorial where the community experienced nothing but death and destruction and a severe blow to the community on March 4, 1908 when 172 precious children, two teachers and a resident rescuer of the Collinwood community were killed in what became known as the Lakeview School or Collinwood School fire.

The garden needs some tender loving care and we are here to help facilitate that.  A Committee has been created out of the Historical Society to make sure that the garden is once more tended too.  A group of students from the school – who call themselves the “Garden Angels” have been working with the Committee and hopefully will become a more integral part of the care of the garden when school starts up again in August.  Thank you to the committee for what you have been able to accomplish.

During the Summer, this Committee and the CNHS will be working with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to shore up a maintenance schedule, responsibilities list and a “to do” list. We hope to identify supporters, resources and funding for some of the larger needs of this raised bed garden and its environs.

We look forward to working with the Garden Angels come September but we need to get to that point. If interested in helping out please contact us.

On October 9, 2014 we are planning on being at Memorial School for Fire Awareness Day as a part of Fire Prevention Week. Plans are in the works.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:58 PM, 07.12.2014

Euclid Beach Blast Volunteer Orientation!


Volunteers eagerly await the days instructions at Euclid Beach Blast 2013!


Believe it or not, Yarn n' Yoga and Euclid Beach Blast are less than a month away and we still need volunteers for event set up, staffing and take down for both events on Friday July 25th and Saturday August 2nd.  And did we mention that volunteering comes with plenty of perks?  All volunteers will receive a Euclid Beach Blast volunteer t-shirt, event food vouchers and a coupon good for one half off your meal purchase from Chili Peppers Restaurant (869 East 185th).  What a deal!

If you are interested in volunteering for one or both events this summer, please enter the link below into your web browser and fill out our volunteer interest form:

goo.gl/XyPgOC

Or, contact:
Stephen Love,

Euclid Beach Blast Coordinator,

euclidbeachblast@gmail.com  216-571-0685.

And be sure to mark your calendars to join us for one of two Euclid Beach Blast Volunteer Orientation Sessions at the Euclid Beach Park Picnic Pavilion (16250 Lakeshore Blvd).  
 
The orientations will take place on:

Saturday July 26th  12pm-1pm -  Lunch will be provided

Tuesday July 29th 6pm-8pm -  Dinner will be provided

Volunteering will be a Blast!

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:58 PM, 07.12.2014

Euclid Cooperative Preschool is Celebrating 65 Years of Educating Preschool Children


First students enrolled in Euclid Cooperative Preschool (photo taken in 1949) From right to left Mary Jean Wehrle, Ellen Louise Wehrle, Bobo Bass and Andy Bass

Euclid Cooperative Preschool  is celebrating their 65th Anniversary.   The school was established  in 1948 and is the oldest preschool in Euclid.  After moving to Euclid in 1945,  Audrey Bass, the founder of school,  found there were no preschools in Euclid to send her children to.  With the support of “Cleveland Day Nursery ” Mrs. Bass established Euclid Cooperative Preschool.  Her son Andrew Bass was the first student enrolled in the school.  Mrs. Hazel Beaufait Stroh was the school’s first teacher.  The school soon  became one of 40 cooperative preschools in the Cleveland area.   Cooperative Preschools are run by committed parents and qualified staff members who welcome parents in their classroom as parent participators.  Parents can participate with varied levels of commitment as board members, committee heads, committee members and classroom participators. 

Euclid  Cooperative  Preschool continues to be a non-profit preschool that welcomes all families of 3, 4 and 5 year old  children.   The school is currently rated a 4 Star Step Up to Quality preschool.  As a 4 star rated center the preschool offers a low staff to student ration,  a highly  qualified staff, a developmentally appropriate curriculum that is aligned to the new Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards and meets all of the requirements for a  4 star rated preschool.  The preschool is currently enrolling for fall of 2014.

Euclid Cooperative Preschool is are currently creating an alumni directory.  Alumni can email current contact information to euclidcoop@gmail.com  or send written information to Euclid Cooperative Preschool 21000 Lakeshore Blvd Euclid, Ohio 44123.  Any questions about enrolling your child in Euclid Cooperative Preschool call 216 731-1316 or Donna Sudar at 216 486-5987.   Please help spread the word to Euclid Cooperative Preschool Alumni about our alumni directory!

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:57 PM, 07.12.2014

June 11, 2014 The Community Relations Council of the Cleveland Job Corps to plan their 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Cleveland Job Corps is celebrating our 50th anniversary. The Community Relations Council met at 1:30pm.  Michael E. Taylor, BCL, welcomed the members and expressed his pride about the upcoming program. Lou Ortez, President CRC, gave the introduction and stated “we can only get better”. Mr. William Houston, Center Director, gave the update for the Cleveland Job Corps Center. Mr. Houston, said he values their input and would like the CRC members and CIC members to be a part of this upcoming memorable occasion, Job Corps 50th Anniversary. Ms. Greene who took a video of the meeting for the record. In addition, she recorded several members’ testimonials about their support of the Cleveland Job Corps Center. Ms. Hozina, CPP, for creating a great sideshow presentation highlighting the history of Cleveland Job Corps Center.

The Cleveland Job Corps Center is 50th Anniversary Celebration August 18th – 22nd 2014

SAVE THE DATE !

On August 18, 2014 call all Alumni to return to the Cleveland Job Corps Center

On August 20, 2014 the Cleveland Job Corps Open House

On August 22, 2014 the Cleveland Job Corps Center Graduation Celebration

Taylor.michaele2@jobcorps.org

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:36 PM, 07.12.2014

2013 Cleveland Water Quality Report



Water quality is essential to all of us – and the quality of our water affects the quality of our lives. Cleveland Division of Water is committed to providing its customers safe, high-quality drinking water.

That is why the division maintains a rigorous quality control program and continues to invest substantial financial resources to improve our water treatment facilities and distribution system. Our water is constantly monitored and tested. The water produced and delivered by Cleveland Water far exceeds the most stringent water quality standards currently mandated by federal and state water regulations, and last year was no exception.

Cleveland Water has continued to significantly enhance the quality of life by meeting the growing need for safe, clean water in the communities we serve. Therefore, we present you with the division’s Annual Water Quality Report for 2013. This report provides an overview of the division’s water quality during the past year. It shows the source of your water, how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies, and how your water is treated and tested.  

Additional copies can be requested by calling 216-664-2639 or by viewing and downloading it at www.clevelandwater.com.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:56 PM, 07.12.2014

Sewer District Accepting Grant Applications for Local GI Projects

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the funding necessary to support the “Green Infrastructure Grant Program” for 2014. This new grant program will award a maximum of $250,000 to support green infrastructure (GI) projects throughout the Sewer District’s Combined Sewer Service Area. The Sewer District actively engages in green infrastructure projects that promote smart stormwater solutions.

Green Infrastructure includes a range of stormwater control measures – using plant/soil systems, permeable pavement or other forms of stormwater harvest and reuse – to store, infiltrate, or evapotranspirate stormwater and reduce flows to the combined sewer system. The Sewer District is currently designing 12 large-scale green infrastructure projects within the combined sewer area; these first projects, to be completed by 2019 at an estimated cost of $86 million, are designed to reduce combined sewer overflows by 44 million gallons annually.

“We must consider the priorities of each neighborhood and make sure that our green infrastructure plans meet the vision of the community in which these projects will be implemented,” said Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, Manager of Watershed Programs. “The new Green Infrastructure Grant Program allows us to further engage the Collinwood community by supporting smaller, distributed projects throughout our combined sewer area.”

The Green Infrastructure Grants Program funds projects that not only provide outstanding on-the-ground techniques for stormwater management, but increase public awareness of these stormwater control measures. Qualified applicants must represent the local member community, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization or business working in partnership with their community. In addition, all projects must be located within the Sewer District’s Combined Sewer Service Area; Collinwood, Waterloo and Northeast Shores are all in the Combined Sewer Service Area.

The Sewer District’s Watershed Programs Department administers this grant programs in-house and applications are due August 31, 2014. Individuals and organizations wishing to receive information about the program should contact Linda Mayer at 440.253.2147 or mayerl@neorsd.org.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:56 PM, 07.12.2014

What's Happening at the Collinwood Library?


Students participating in the Get A Clue READ! Summer Reading Program at the Collinwood Branch.

Summer is in full swing at the Collinwood Branch!  Please stop by for a visit or take part in one of our great programs!  

Free Lunch Daily Monday - Friday 11:30am-12:30pm for children ages 1 to 18 years old.

The Get A Clue READ! Summer Reading Club continues at the branch through Tuesday, July 29th when our finale will be held at 1:30 p.m.  Until then, join us every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. for a new mystery activity (each child will receive a prize for participating in the weekly activity).  In order to be eligible for the free tickets to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo the required 10 books and 10 activities must be entered online at http://cpl-summer-2014.bibliocommons.com by August 2nd.  Please call or stop by the branch if you have any questions.

Is your child Ready for School? This program will prepare your little ones for school by using fun, hands-on activities and awesome books to teach social skills such as sharing, making new friends, cooperation, and more! Instruction is given by a certified teacher. Registration is required and is reserved for students entering prekindergarten or kindergarten. Call 216-623-6934 to register.
Wednesdays, July 30-August 13 at 10:30 a.m.

Computer and Internet Basics (4-part series)
Learn how to use a mouse, navigate in Windows and save files. Learn how to use the World Wide Web and Plain Dealer e-Edition. Saturdays in July (starting July 5th) from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:32 PM, 07.12.2014

Cleveland Museum of Art “Community Engagement 360⁰ Initiative

Collinwood and Cleveland Museum of Art team up to increase programming for citizens of all ages.

A fledgling partnership of Collinwood and the Cleveland Museum of Art is already starting to show some results for Collinwood residents of all ages. 

Under the leadership of Caroline Peak, Manager, Cleveland Public Library Collinwood Branch, who organized a work team made up of representatives from Cleveland Public Library, Northeast Shores Development Corporation, Waterloo Arts and Collinwood High School, a number of solid results are already in progress. These include museum-library collaboration on a number of activities at the Memorial-Nottingham and Collinwood libraries.  The activities incorporate art literacy into the existing library summer reading program with the goal to increase reading skills and comprehension by making a connection between works of art and books.

Peak is continuing to convene representatives from Collinwood groups to explore additional opportunities to bring art-related programs into our neighborhoods and also to welcome people to the museum.  Ideas include art-related programming with local artists, art murals with high school students and group tours and activities that bring families together and support teachers to engage with parents.  A “Collinwood Day” at the museum is also being planned for late 2014.

More than a year ago, the museum launched what it calls “Community Engagement 360⁰, a leadership group that has facilitated conversations with residents within the Collinwood, Glenville and Hough neighborhoods. The focus of these community conversations was to explore neighborhood-identified priority areas in which the museum could partner with residents and organizations.

Through these community conversations, groups have learned more about existing programs already offered by the museum, as well as identified new opportunities to create and design programming specifically addressing the needs of our communities.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is free and open to the public and offers an abundance of programs and activities for groups, families, children, seniors and adults of all ages. Visit www.clevelandart.org or call (216) 421.7350 for more information.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:36 PM, 07.12.2014

Collinwood Library Reaching Out to Local Organizations to Bring Sevices to the Community

A member of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s benefits outreach team will be at the Collinwood Library each 4th Monday of each month at noon They will be able to connect you to your local Food Pantry, Hot meal, Summer Feeding Site for Kids, or Produce Distribution. They will also be able to screen you for public benefits such as SNAP (food stamps) or Medicaid, and if you are eligible help you apply for the programs right then. If you have never voted before, they can help you register, or if you have moved, help you updated your voter registration. All applications take only about 5 minutes to complete, so if you have ever wondered if you might qualify for one of these programs or simply have questions, please stop down at the library. If you can’t make it that day, please feel free to contact the help center at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank at 216-738-2067. Many people are eligible and just don’t know. If you are eligible for them, you deserve them!
 
 
 

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:32 PM, 07.12.2014

Auditions For Fiddler on the Roof

Silhouette Productions and Shore Cultural Centre Announces Auditions for Fiddler on the Roof a musical theatre tradition! Winner of 10 Tony Awards when it debuted in 1965, the show is the brainchild of Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, songwriters Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and bookwriter Joseph Stein. Touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty, this universal show is a staple of the musical theatre canon. 

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with tradition in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

Directed by Douglas F. Bailey II
Musical direction by Dave Coxe
Choreographed by Tara Mirabile

Auditions will be held at Shore Cultural Center 
291 East 222nd Street Euclid, Ohio Room 241

July 28th and 29th from 7-9:30 PM. No appointment necessary!

Callbacks July 30th 7-930 PM

Please prepare a short selection in the style of the show. Bring Sheet music, an accompanist will be provided.
Dress for movement.

Performance Dates:
October 17th-26th

FOR CASTING DESCRIPTIONS VISIT http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000036

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:36 PM, 07.12.2014

Summer Programs for Kids at the Memorial-Nottingham Library


Library Summer Readling Club

THE SUMMER READING CLUB 

The fun continues at all branches, including the Memorial-Nottingham Library, and runs from June 9th through August 2nd. This year’s theme is "Get a Clue," which focuses on solving mysteries, decoding messages and being a detective. Every Wednesday there will be a new activity, where you can earn prizes for completing each project.

Hidden in my 'hood on July 16th  at 3:00 pm.  Find treasures hidden all around the library and join in a scavenger hunt, to earn your own secret spy flashlight.

Mystery Maker on July 23rd  at 3:00 pm. “Create your own mystery book,” with a secret message hidden inside for all your friends to figure out, to earn a pair of secret spy sunglasses.

Case Closed on July 30th at 3:00 pm.  Wow…you did it!  Now celebrate “your great detective achievements on family fun day!”  Get an “official detective bag,” while eating popcorn and watching a great mystery movie!

Summer Reading Club Finale on July 30th at 3:00 pm. Have fun at the celebration.  And there will be cake, too!

Alfonzo Daniels, Youth Librarian, says, to "have fun over the summertime.  As soon as you "start reading and do your activities,  you can be entered into the drawing for the Mystery Grand Prize.”  When you complete all the activities, are you will receive a “voucher for 4 free tickets to the Cleveland Public Library Day, August 9th, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest."

So have fun this summer, read books, solve puzzles and earn cool prizes at the Memorial-Nottingham Library!

TEEN BOOK DISCUSSION ON BULLYING

Wednesday, July 9th at 4:00 pm.  This is a special book discussion for teens to learn about real kids who were the victims of bullying, and who told their true stories, to help others.   The book that will be discussed is:  Bullying Under Attack: True Stories Written by Teen Victims, Bullies and Bystanders.  The discussions will help you understand why bullies act the way they do, and what other teens did when they experienced bullying. 

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:32 PM, 07.12.2014

July Events at the Memorial-Nottingham Library

GED CLASSES, every Tuesday and Thursday, at 10:15 a.m. FREE GED classes will be taught at the library through a partnership with Tri-C. To register for orientation, attend the orientation, and return for classes: call the Memorial-Nottingham Library at 216-623-7039.

CROCHET CIRCLE, Wednesday July 9th and 23rd, at 2:00 p.m. This is a crafting and community outreach program  for the Warm-Up Cleveland campaign, to distributes new donated items (with price tags attached), and donations of washable yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks to local charities. You can also drop off these items at any Cleveland Public Library location. Call 216-623-2921 for more information. Everyone is welcome.

RUSSIAN BOOK CLUB: Saturday July 19th, at 3:00p.m.  There will be a discussion, in Russian, of Vzgli͡ani Na Dom Svoĭ, Angel by Tom Wolfe.

The Memorial-Nottingham Library is located at: 17109 Lake Shore Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44110. Phone: 216-623-7039. Open: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00am - 7:00pm, and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10:00am - 6:00pm. Closed Sunday

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:32 PM, 07.12.2014

Reply to Cat Article

I am responding to William J. Sanek’s Article published in the June 2014 issue of The Collinwood Observer Page 18 Volume 6 Issue 5.

Over the past few years I have been caring for a number of feral cats that have come to my yard; I have never turned a cat away. Of the three feral cats I have cared for in the past few years, one was neutered by the APL ad adopted out due to his gentle, friendly nature; the 2nd was neutered a year ago, and the 3rd, a very illusive Tuxedo car, was finally captured and neutered after 4 attempts at trapping. This Tuxedo cat still comes to eat but otherwise is still extremely illusive after 3 years.

In my house reside 3 feral cats, which I befriended as kittens, and was able to entice into my house with food where they continue to reside. These three cats have been spayed and neutered. Most recently I have Ginger and EBFCP to thank for helping me deal with an abandoned cat which had her four kittens in a cat bed on my porch in April. Within a day and a half Ginger had me moving the mother and kittens into a room in my house where I could ‘socialize’ the kittens in preparation for adoption. Two of the four kittens have recently gone out for adoption and the mother and two remaining kittens, which are still in my care, will soon be spayed through the Cleveland APL Feral Cat Spay and Neuter Program. These three cats will remain in my care until adoption or other arrangements can be made.

I cannot thank Ginger and EBFCP enough for the bags of cat chow and cases of canned food she’s dropped at my door, as well as the vet bills and spay and neuter costs that EBFCP has paid on the kittens behalf. Since I am without an auto, Ginger has also taken me to purchase additional food and cat litter. I know EBFCP will be there to help with any additional cats that may show up on my porch and will aid me in trapping and getting these cats to the APL for spay and neutering. I will do all I can to help EBFCP in their wonderful work. Ginger can be reached at www.EBFCP.org. Come on people, have some compassion. Don’t blame the cats for the life people have forced them to live. 

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:39 PM, 07.12.2014

Response to Article: Cats Indoors: Better For Cats, Better For Birds, Better For People‏



This article is in response to an article submitted by William J. Sanek and published in The Collinwood Observer, page 16 of volume 6 issue 5 June 2014.

The Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project and Waterloo Alley Cat Project both agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Sanek that all cats would be better off living inside a home, but this is an unrealistic solution to solving the feral cat overpopulation that is occuring in every major city accross the country. Cats that are born and raised outside fear humans and are not adoptable. Just as Mr. Sanek points out “cat overpopulation is a human caused tragedy,” HUMANS are also the greatest threat to the survival of wildlife in the United States, NOT cats. Most of the world’s ecosystems are facing multiple threats caused by humans and each new threat places additional stress on our already weakened ecosystems and their wildlife, for example: global warming, habitat loss, oil spills, pesticides, and pollution. There are only a few places left on the planet where the negative affect of humans has not been felt. Humans have exploited and left their footprints on nearly every corner of the globe and are sadly leaving less and less room for wildlife.1

Our TNR groups have never seen a cat with rabies during our 5 years of performing trap-neuter-return (TNR) of over 850 cats in North Collinwood and none of us have suffered from any diseases caused by our handling of numerous cats. There has not been a case of a cat to human transmission of rabies reported in the U.S. for over 35 years and there are more cases of deaths from West Nile Virus than rabies. Wildlife is the number one source of rabies because they are not vaccinated, and rabies can only be transmitted to humans through bites. Since feral cats fear humans, they will run away rather than stay and attack. We should mention that cats are routinely vaccinated for rabies as part of trap-neuter-return programs.

Cats are a natural deterrent to rats and mice just from their scent alone, but spilled bird seed under bird feeders will attract rodents. Although we all love birds, they are disease carriers and cause more illnesses than cats. People continue to unfairly blame cats for carrying disease and killing birds even though it is just as likely to see birds of prey swoop down and kill unsuspecting birds while feeding at a bird feeder. Cats do kill birds, but studies repeatedly demonstrate that cats kill the easiest readily available prey -- most often, small rodents. As fast and cunning as cats are, they can't fly.

Our 2 volunteer groups strive to educate people about feral cats and make the world a better place. We did not create the problem of feral cat overpopulation in North Collinwood, but we are a small group of people trying to solve the problem. Part of our educating includes giving advise to people who don’t want cats their yard and how to humanely discourage their pesence because removing or killing cats doesn’t work. Intentionally killing a cat is a criminal offense in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, regardless of ownership. Anticruelty laws apply to all cats—companion, abandoned, lost, and feral.

The program is called trap-neuter-return (TNR) because we are returning the cats to what they consider their “home” and we continue to care for them which is not re-abandoning. TNR DOES work which is why programs have been implemented in almost every city across the United States and is endorsed by The U.S. Humane Society, Alley Cat Allies, and ASPCA.

1 The National Wildlife Federation, www.nwf.org 2012

Click here: Friends of Animals - 10 Lives: An Inspiring Story About Humane Feral Cat Management

Click here: Setting the Record Straight - Alley Cat Allies

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:39 PM, 07.12.2014

The 12th Annual Waterloo Arts Fest is on June 28th



Our long awaited summer is finally here and when that sun starts shining, it means the biggest summer arts bash in Collinwood is not far off. The 12th Annual Waterloo Arts Fest is on June 28th from noon until 7pm, so mark your calendars for the biggest, best Fest yet. The Waterloo Arts Fest planning team is excited to announce the expansion of the festival site across E 156th and west down Waterloo to Calcutta. This development was made possible by a record number of applications received from art and food vendors, bands, DJs, and community organizations all interested in being part of the festival in 2014.

There will be 60+ of Cleveland’s hippest art vendors, the addition of three new stages – for a total of 9! – featuring a huge variety of music from rap to indie rock, polka to Dixieland, Americana to blues, food trucks serving delectable nosh, art activities galore, gallery exhibits showing the work of some of Cleveland’s best artists, a dedicated Kids Area, and amazing performance artists strolling throughout it all. The Arts Alive program started last year will be back with a chance for you to try your hand at throwing a ceramic pot, create some fiber art, make a sun print, paint with bubbles, watch a blacksmith at work, and many more hands-on activities for kids and adults.    

The Waterloo Arts Fest is a chance celebrate with your neighbors, the great community we live in, and proudly show off one of Cleveland’s most exciting up and coming neighborhoods to all the visitors here for that day. You can stop in and say, hi, to the tried and true Waterloo merchants or meet the new neighbors opening shop soon, like Jessica Pinsky from Praxis Fiber Arts or Valerie Grossman from Brick Ceramics Studio or Liz Maugins from Zygote Press or Loren Naji from Satellite Gallery and sample goodies from Kimberly Homan’s soon to be Bright Coffee Bar.

To find out more details about the event, please join our Facebook event on the Waterloo Arts Fest fan page or visit www.waterlooarts.org and sign up for our enewsletter. The Waterloo Arts Fest planning team can’t wait to see you on June 28th!

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:51 PM, 06.09.2014

It Didn't Rain on Our Parade



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Well, I guess it literally did rain on our parade. But the rain did not stop the sixth Annual Alive on 185 Parade. It started raining at about the same time parade participants were arriving to line up. Even though it was dreary, raining and cold everyone showed up and was willing to participate in the parade. We waited huddled underneath umbrellas and the awning of the Imagine Bella entrance for the rain to stop, but Mother Nature was not cooperating. The Collinwood Thundercats could be heard practicing their cheers, the drummers from OH Perry were getting their instruments ready, the many vehicles had their engines humming ready to move and the fifth district police were in full force ready to prepare the way. At about two minutes to eleven, the time the parade was to begin, the rain had subsided some, but it was still raining. Some wanted to call it off, but the decision was made to continue on through the rain and that only the vehicles would move down the street. It started out with the Euclid Beach Rocket Car leading the way and one by one the vehicles headed out the parking lot behind the police escort. Then the most amazing thing happened, no it didn’t stop raining. The other parade participants wanted to go as well. The children and families from Helping Hands Day Care, the cheerleaders and students from VASJ, the Team from Garden of Prayer Church, rangers and horses from the Metro Parks, the dogs and their walkers from Dog Paws,  and all the others who showed up were willing to brave the rain and the cold to march down 185th Street. It was a wonderful sight to see and after the last vehicle left the parking lot the rain stopped and as the parade traveled down 185th Street the sun began to shine.  And let’s not forget those who braved the rain and the cold and waited on the street to watch the parade. Though the numbers were few, all who came out enjoyed picking up candy and receiving frozen treats from the ice cream truck provided by Imagine Bella Academy.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:52 PM, 06.09.2014

Counclimans Corner - Be a Concerned Citizen

Over the last month and a half a recurring theme I am hearing from neighborhood residents throughout the Northeast side, which includes the East Glenville area, is “where are the street repair crews and does the Public Works Department still have street sweepers?” Good question.

I, like you, am still searching for the mysterious “pothole killer” and at this point will take any street repair crew to address the street conditions on the northeast side of the City.  In all my years in Public office I have never seen city streets in such poor condition.  I am beginning to classify street sweepers in the “Urban Legend” category – in fact, I am expecting to have an encounter with Big Foot along Euclid Creek before I see a street sweeper on the northeast side.

If this wasn’t so serious, and in the case with chuckholes, so dangerous, it would be laughable. However, when residents and motorists tear up their cars and do major damage – it isn’t funny.  The City Department of Public Works has really let our citizens down in a big way by not having a meaningful game plan in place to deal with the road conditions in light of the severe winter we had experienced.

Residents are fed up and don’t want to hear about more tax dollars for the Cleveland Browns and million dollar chandeliers on Euclid Avenue. They, and I, expect a reasonable response to neighborhood quality of life issues. Quite frankly, it is not happening and this is becoming more and more obvious each day.

What can we do? We need to let our voice to be heard. Call the Mayor’s Action Center (216-664-2900) and let them know how you feel and let the Mayor’s Office know (216-664-2220). As Councilman, as you should know, I have no control over the day-to-day operations of City Departments and Divisions; yet, I am bombarded daily by citizens who are absolutely right in their disgust over the lack of urgency and basic City service.  If we are to stabilize and move our neighborhoods in a positive direction the City must be partner with us. Far too often we are seeing the City as an obstacle or roadblock to the delivery of basic and good city services.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:55 PM, 06.09.2014

June Vibrancy Events on Waterloo

Before you know it, summer will be here! To kick off the heat wave, Collinwood will be celebrating with a variety of free events in June! Made possible through generous support of The Kresge Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the month of June will feature four fun and free events that the entire family will enjoy in the artistic neighborhood of Collinwood!

The first Vibrancy Project is an Open Studio Party at Waterloo Arts on Friday, June 6th from 6p.m.-8p.m. Visitors will get the chance to mingle with artists, such as Timothy Callaghan, in their studios and see their most recent works-in-progress, all while enjoying live music and light refreshments.

The Waterloo Arts Center features a Gallery, Café, Art Center and artist Studios. The Gallery has been showcasing work of excellent Cleveland artists for over ten years and the Studios provide artists with affordable space to create, free from distractions.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:39 PM, 06.09.2014

Beach Blast at the Beachland Ballroom Lunch Fundraiser!

They say lunch should be your biggest meal of the day, followed by an afternoon nap.  And on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm, the Beachland Ballroom Tavern is the place to chow down and just chill out! The Beachland Ballroom has recently launched lunch to their growing food menu and hope to expand lunch hours throughout the week. You can check out their awesome lunch menu as well as their scrumptious Sunday Brunch offerings and dinner menu here - http://www.beachlandballroom.com/menu.html. 

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:49 PM, 06.09.2014