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CMSD plans buildings for 21st Century education

Hannah Gibbons STEM School is one of four schools the Cleveland Metropolitan School District has built in the Collinwood-Euclid cluster in recent years. The District also plans to build a new O.H. Perry School.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District wants to continue modernizing its buildings, a campaign that began after the gym roof at the former East High School collapsed 14 years ago. Since then, the District has built and renovated 41 schools.

Work completed so far in what CMSD calls the Collinwood-Euclid cluster includes four new schools: Memorial PreK-8 was completed in 2005, followed by Hannah Gibbons STEM in 2006, East Clark in 2009 and Euclid Park in 2010.

If voters approve Issue 4 on Nov. 4, CMSD would continue to invest in the cluster, building a new O.H. Perry School.

Collinwood High School would remain open, with the District maintaining the building and working to increase the number of high-performing programs in the school.

Collinwood’s most recent report card shows signs of academic improvement: The school’s performance index (a composite of scores on achievement tests) increased 4 points and the graduation rate jumped 10 percentage points. The school has become one of 14 in Ohio to join the nationwide New Tech Network and use the network’s project-based curriculum.

A revised master facilities plan also calls for maintaining Ginn Academy and Kenneth W. Clement Boys’ Leadership Academy.

Approval of Issue 4 would not raise taxes, and the state would contribute $2 for every $1 the District spends on new construction.

Under The Cleveland Plan, a state-approved blueprint for education reform, CMSD seeks to provide quality school options in every neighborhood. And the presence of quality schools will help with economic development and the continued population growth of this cluster.

Across the city, CMSD would build 20 to 22 schools and refurbish 20 to 23 others if Issue 4 passes.

Issue 4 includes a $200 million bond issue for construction and a half-mill levy that would generate $2.5 million a year for maintaining buildings.

The owner of a $50,000 house would pay $44.10 pear year, just as the owner is already paying.

The Board of Education has prioritized the hiring of city residents, minorities, women and small businesses on construction projects.

To view the facilities plan online, go to


Issue 4 will allow for construction of 20 to 22 new schools and the refurbishing of 20-23 schools, and it also will generate $2.5 million a year for building maintenance – all without raising taxes.

The state will provide more than $2 for every $1 the District spends on construction. That means Issue 4 will bring in an estimated $256.8 million from the state for Cleveland's schools without raising taxes.

Issue 4 authorizes $200 million in bonds for new construction and a half-mill tax for maintenance.

Issue 4 will cost the owner of a $50,000 home $44.10 per year.

CMSD has spent its construction dollars prudently while building and renovating 41 schools since 2001. The District saved taxpayers $42.2 million by refinancing and paying off debt early.

The Cleveland Board of Education has adopted the city’s Community Benefits Agreement to guide future construction. That will prioritize employment of city residents, minorities, females and small businesses on CMSD projects.

The CMSD facilities plan funded by Issue 4 is aligned with the groundbreaking Cleveland Plan. The facilities plan gives CMSD the flexibility to start new school models and provide quality school options in every neighborhood.

The independent Bond Accountability Commission, which was created in 2001, would continue to monitor the use of bond funds.

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Waterloo brew celebrates grand opening

The Waterloo Brew will celebrate its grand opening of the bar & grill located in the Slovenian Workman's Home on October 3rd.  Waterloo Brew is owned and operated by the ABC/XYZ The Tavern folks, which promises a great selection of beers....including the house brew, a craft pale ale to please the palate of our working folks.  Nothing fancy schmancy about it! You can count on a friendly place to hang out, great service and value....and the introduction of the Cleveland Cheesesteak sandwiches, along with house made sausages, all grilled right behind the bar, old-school style!  Spinning records for the celebration is Collinwood’s very own Lawrence Daniel Caswell.  

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The November 4, 2014 General Election

The November 4th General Election will include candidates for U.S. Congress, Governor, and statewide offices, the Ohio House and Senate, County Executive, County Council (in odd numbered districts), judicial seats, and issues.

To avoid lines on Election Day, and to allow extra time to study the ballot, all registered voters may Vote by Mail. Vote by Mail ballot applications are available at the Board of Elections website:, by calling the Board of Elections at 216-443-VOTE (8683), and at all public libraries.

The voter registration deadline is October 6th. New voters and those who have moved or changed their name since they last voted need to complete and return a new Voter Registration Card on, or before, October 6th. Voter registration cards are available online at: or by calling 216-443-VOTE (8683). Registration cards are also available at all public libraries. Voters have the option of updating their registration information online at:

It is important for all voters to be prepared to cast their ballots. Sample ballots are available on the Board of Elections website:

Election Day voting: The Polls Open at 6:30 a.m. and Close at 7:30 p.m.

Bring proper identification when voting: a current and valid photo identification card, driver's license or state issued identification, military identification, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address.

Voters need to know their ward, precinct, and voting location. Voters may check at: or call the Voter Information Hotline at 216-443-VOTE (8683).

Voters who are interested in serving as poll workers may call 216-443-VOTE (8683) or apply on-line at:

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It’s Eerie in Collinwood

Ready for some family friendly fright? Mark your calendars for Saturday October 18 for one wizardry day! Dress up and take your family, or go solo to the Boo at the Beach Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team beach cleanup and costume contest from 10am-noon, then head over to Halloween on WaterBoo Road from noon to 2pm, and then fancy your fright with a Halloween Party at STAR POP vintage + modern from 2-5pm. Three great events, one great day!

Here’s a breakdown of all the frightening fun!

Boo at the Beach! 10am-12pm Euclid Beach Park

If litter washing up on our shores is not a scary enough, try a beach cleanup in Halloween costumes! Join Adopt-a-Beach (TM) volunteers for our second annual Boo at the Beach cleanup and costume contest at Euclid Creek Reservation-Euclid Beach (16301 Lakeshore Boulevard).

This year’s costume contest categories include:

Most Reusable: Incorporates recycled and reused elements -no matter the theme!

Most Lake Erie Lovin' : Show us how you love Lake Erie and all the creatures that inhabit it!

Spookiest: Ahh! 

Cutest: Aww...

Cleverest: Clever...

Time to get creative!

Following the beach cleanup participants in the costume contest will be judged and awarded prizes on the the stage on the corner of Waterloo Rd. and 156th St. at 12:30pm

You do not have to wear a costume to participate in the beach cleanup but you will certainly win the Least Creative contest category!

No masks will be permitted during the beach cleanup or anything that inhibits your ability to see or walk on uneven terrain. And please, only family friendly costume attire.

Please wear closed toed shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.  Children under 10 are required to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Gloves, bags, rakes and trash pickers along with light refreshments will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own!

For more information about Boo at the Beach, please contact Stephen Love - or call 216-571-0685.

Halloween on WaterBoo Road: 12pm-2pm-Waterloo Sculpture Garden

Northeast Shores is hosting a family friendly event, Halloween on WaterBOO Road. This will be a family friendly afternoon of Halloween activities on Waterloo Road October 18, 2014 from noon till 2 p.m. The event kicks off with a costume contest at 12:30pm.  Dress up in your favorite costume and prepare to be judged for the best use of reused materials, cutest, or scariest creature in the neighborhood! The costume contest categories are listed above in the Boo at the Beach announcement The contest will be held at 12:30p, at the Waterloo Sculpture Garden located at 16010 Waterloo Road.

After the costume contest, experience Waterloo Road like never before. The kids will take over the street for Trick-or-Treat. There will be an opportunity for the kids to get crafty with some of the local artists, including a pumpkin painting and beach cleanup trash workshop with Linda Zolten Wood, in partnership with Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach Team and Waterloo Sculpture Garden.

Halloween Party at STAR POP vintage + modern.

The Halloween party will include pizza, candy, prizes, and fun kid friendly Halloween arts and crafts with local artist and art teacher Brittainy Lee Quinn. Kids and adults will be able to keep their finished spooky project.

So don’t be mummy, come out to the party!

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:04 PM, 10.15.2014

Waterloo Streetscape Construction 2014

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On schedule and working toward completion, the 2014 edition of Waterloo Road construction started in late March with the installation of utility pole footers as well as final removal of the old road bed.  New concrete was poured, matching the pour done last year for the north lane, and currently, the second coat of asphalt is being poured and should be completed very soon. New curbs and aprons were also poured on East 156th from Waterloo to the freeway entrance at Calcutta. The detour route, portions of East 152nd, Lucknow, Trafalgar, as well as East 163rd are also receiving a new road surface.

“This project has been a labor of love for from my office for a long time. For once it is completed, this project will go a long way towards transforming the Waterloo Road area into the kind of arts and entertainment district we have long worked towards,” stated Councilman Michael D. Polensek. “We appreciated everyone’s patience and look forward to seeing everyone in the district for the monthly (first weekend of the month) Walk all over Waterloo events.”

Brian Friedman, Executive Director at Northeast Shores stated, “the Waterloo project is a $5.5 million dollar investment in the neighborhoods future. Construction includes: CPP electrical conduit placement, special bus pad and crosswalk concrete treatment and new bus shelters, replacement of sidewalks and access driveway aprons, the installation of compliant A.D.A. curb ramps at crossings, drainage improvements, underground utilities, north side street lighting, traffic and pedestrian crossing signals, pavement markings, and signage as well as streetscape amenities. The amenities include brick pavers in the area closest to the curb (amenity strip) portion of the sidewalks, bike racks, benches, trees/ landscaping pits and a special plaza style treatment at the Tower area in front of Waterloo Arts. A reconstruction project takes money and time; it’s not your average street repaving. This road has not been comprehensively addressed since the streetcar tracks were installed, previous to 1919.”


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October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Violence against partners, particularly women, has been accepted throughout modern history. Although conditions gradually improved since the 1700’s, it wasn’t until the 1960’s that shelters for battered women were opened, and men could be prosecuted for their actions. In the 1980’s a movement began to form. First came a day of Unity, then a week of Unity, a national hotline, and in 1989, Congress passed legislation making October officially National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month is used to connect battered women advocates across the nation to end violence against woman and their children, as well as men who are victims.

Domestic abuse is more than physical violence; it can be emotional as well. Domestic abuse occurs when one person in an intimate relationship tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It happens across cultures, classes, and income groups. The statistics are frightening, as 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Every day 3 women are killed by intimate violence in the U.S. alone. Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults. Children who are raised in a household with domestic violence are more vulnerable to becoming abused or abusers themselves.


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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:03 PM, 10.15.2014

The Roles of the County Executive and Council

This year, for only second time in the 200 years of Cuyahoga County, voters will elect a County Executive and half of the members of the County Council.  

Some people know that acting upon the decision of voters, we have changed our form of government to a Charter with a County Council and County Executive, while others might think we still have three County Commissioners.  Even those who are aware of the Charter may ask, “What are the roles of the County Executive and the County Council? What do they do? Why should I care?” 

As someone who has been part of the new Charter government these past four years and someone who is currently running for the position of County Executive, I will try to answer these questions.

Our new County Charter is clear that the County Executive, like the CEO of a corporation, is to be the chief executive officer of the county.  It is the responsibility of the Council to pass legislation, be the taxing authority and to provide advice and consent to the Executive on the names he or she brings forth for cabinet appointments.  


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It’s a Family Halloween on Waterloo

Get ready for a family friendly afternoon of Halloween activities on Waterloo Road October 18, 2014 from noon till 2 p.m. Dress up in your favorite costume and prepare to be judged for the best use of reused materials, cutest, or scariest creature in the neighborhood. Let the kids get crafty with some of the local artists. Then experience Waterloo Road like never before as the kids take over for Trick-or-Treat. There will be a pumpkin painting and decorating workshop by Linda Zolten Wood, in partnership with Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach and Waterloo Sculpture Garden located at 16006 Waterloo Road.  Immediately following, STAR POP vintage +modern will host a FREE Halloween Party will include pizza, candy, prizes, and fun kid friendly Halloween arts and crafts, with local artist and art teacher Brittainy Lee Quinn! Kids and adults will be able to keep their finished spooky project!

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Family Affair to Perform Music and Poetry

This talented family moved to Euclid  from Collinwood months ago and want to celebrate with new neighbors with their music and poetry. They will be performing  Oct 4 starting at 7:30pm  at the newly opened music venue “Euclid City Limits” at the Conscious Nest located at 20150 Lakeshore Blvd. $5.00 adults $2.00 under 18 includes food and drink.

Opening:  Devlinbleu Chambers:  Original poetry  from a 15 yr old student at Hawken School.  Has been writing poetry for over a year and has extensively traveled in the USA and Burma. Has performed a number of times this last year.

And Opening:  Louise Foresman singer/songwriter and mother of Devlinbleu, has been writing and singing for over 6 years presently in the band “ The Attention Deflect  Glee Club”, formally  in the “Ethel Group” and the” Danylou Project”. She has also been involved in the Lottery League band.

Main act: Danyl Chambers singer/songwriter for 40 years. Has performed mainly in NE Ohio. Whimsical humorous and political slant to his music.  Has been in a number of bands over the years” The Shuttle Fragments” in the 80’s “The Missing Children” in the 90’s and presently with his wife” The Attention Deficit Glee Club”. He will be performing solo pieces and a few songs with his wife.

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STAR POP vintage + modern's October Blowout Sale!

Friday, October 3rd STAR POP vintage + modern's October Blowout Sale!

Star Pop   15813 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44110 in the Native-Cleveland Annex!

We're making room before the holidays with our biggest sale ever!

Starting at 6 pm October 3rd during Walk All Over Waterloo.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:02 PM, 10.15.2014

Euclid Creek Tunnel work to impact traffic on Lakeshore Blvd.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's Euclid Creek Tunnel will drastically reduce the amount of raw sewage entering area waterways – including Euclid Creek and Lake Erie – during heavy rain events. This project began construction in April 2011 and is on schedule to be complete next Spring.

A portion of this project includes new sewer construction beneath Lakeshore Boulevard at the intersection of E. 156 Street; this work will begin late October.

To successfully install the necessary components of this project, the Sewer District will close the northernmost two lanes of Lakeshore Boulevard for approximately four to six months.  In addition, E. 156 Street will be closed to northbound traffic at Lakeshore Boulevard.

Signage will be posted clearly indicating the traffic pattern changes.  Traffic and RTA services will be maintained in both directions throughout this period with a clearly marked detour for E. 156th Street.

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Utilities Resource Fair

Cuyahoga Job and  Family Services and the Home Heating and Weatherization Task Force will be hosting a Utilities Resource Fair, at West Side Community House at 9300 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44102, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The free event will provide information and resources to the community, and enable customers to apply for utilities assistance programs such as Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Percentage of Income Program (PIPP Plus) and Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP).  Customers can apply for county benefits programs such as Medicaid, Child Care and Food Assistance. 

There will be a free Utilities Assistance Programs Training Workshop at noon; registration is online for the workshop at

For information, call 216-987-7010 or visit

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:00 PM, 10.15.2014

October Book Sale at Euclid Public Library

If you drive along East 222nd Street in Euclid, you'll pass a Vietnam-era tank, with a building behind it. That building is Euclid's very fine library, at 631 E. 222. 

On October 24, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the Friends of the Library start their semiannual book sale. Those two hours are only for members, but for $5 you can join at the door. 

Or you can come on Saturday, October 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., avoiding the crowds and still finding thousands of books and AV items to browse among. 

The regular prices are 50¢ for hardbacks, 25¢ for paperbacks. AV material varies, but the most expensive things are the DVDs, at $2 per movie.

On Sunday, Bag Day, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., the remaining DVDs will go in the first half-hour, but there will still be an awful lot of stuff to look through and carry out in the paper bag that only costs $3.00.

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Art and Craft with Maria Neil

Gallery One Sixty presents an interactive art experience with Jacob Wesley Lang-that will feature a tasting of craft beers from at least four local brewers.  The event will be in partnership with Edible Cleveland Magazine and will help fundraise for a non-profit.  The event will also collaborate with Maria Neil Art Project who will be hosting a tastings in partnership with Edible Cleveland.

The event will also be in partnership with Gallery One Sixty which will be feature their own Art & Craft event down the street.  

October 11, 2014 6 to 10 pm 

Gallery One Sixty

16008 Waterloo Road

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Art and Craft

The Maria Neil Art Project presents two of Cleveland’s most well-known yet rarely shown artists Amy Casey & Cathie Bleck and will feature a tasting of craft beers from four local brewers. The event is in partnership with Edible Cleveland and will be a fundraiser for Artneo.

 October 11, 2014 6 to 10 pm

15813 Waterloo Road

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Bocce Battle on Waterloo

Battle of the Bars and Cleveland Restaurants will be hosting a competitive Bocce tournament at Waterloo Brew. The event is free and open to the public and will culminate in a celebration and music party. The event will include music, food, beer tasting, and bocce.  Don’t miss the kickoff of the bocce league on Waterloo.

October 25th, 2014 7 pm to 10 pm                           

15335 Waterloo

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:56 PM, 10.15.2014

Waterloo Alley Cat Project Celebrates National Feral Cat Day at Beachland Tavern

The Waterloo Alley Cat Project will be holding a free community awareness event celebrating National Feral Cat Day on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Beachland Tavern, 15711 Waterloo Road.  Alley Cat Allies created National Feral Cat Day in 2001 as the annual kick-off for its national educational campaign about the protection of stray and feral cats across the country. This event will provide a unique opportunity for everyone who cares about animals to get together toward a common goal — to end the euthanasia and suffering of companion and homeless animals.

This event begins at 7 pm and will include: a short informative video about the work performed by the Waterloo Alley Cat Project, audience judging of NE Ohio’s Cutest Rescued Cat Photo Contest, an art raffle, and appetizers. DJs Little Lighthouse & Ghoulbunny will be spinning music and live music by Shane Didow and Cobra Verde. Monetary donations or cat food donations will be greatly appreciated, but not mandatory for entry to the event.

For further information about how to enter your rescued feline in the Northeast Ohio Cutest Rescued Cat Photo Contest go to the group’s website for details:

This event made possible by the Collinwood Rising Grant Program through the generous support of The Kresge Foundation, Northeast Shores Development Corp. and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:59 PM, 10.15.2014

Johnny Appleseed teaches St. Jerome Students about apples.

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The Kindergarten and First grade students at St. Jerome School got to learn first hand from Johnny Appleseed himself this week how apples go from seeds to the delicous treats we eat for snacks, in sauce, pies and of course Patterson Fruit Farms famous apple fritters! The students ventured to Patterson's this week for hands-on lessons in the life cycle of an apple seed. The children were able to watch a video on the process of making apple cider. Johnny Appleseed explained to them how a tiny seed can transform into a giant tree that provides us with this scrumptous fruit. They were given a hay ride through the apple orchards and were able to explore a giant corn maze. When asked why she chose Patterson's as a field trip destination, first grade teacher Katie Coan said, "There is nothing more rewarding for the children then to learn a lesson, especially one related to science, then get to have hands-on field experience". That is just one of many great interactive field trips the students at St. Jerome School get to experience throughout the year. Making real-world connections is vital to creating life-long learners. When asked their favorite part of the field trip, every student shouted something different. There is something for every type of learner at Pattersons and the St. Jerome students just ate it up!

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:52 PM, 10.15.2014

St. Jerome Students Benefit from the Generosity of Others

During the 2013-2014 school year, the Diocese of Cleveland urged all the parishes in the city to contribute to a grant project entitled Rooted in Faith. The donations made by the parishes were then collected, and a pool of resources was created. The teachers in the diocese where then able to write and submit grant proposals from a wide variety of categories. The faculty at St. Jerome School, in North Collinwood, worked in grant writing teams to acquire many new items for the school. Grants were written for new art supplies, technology equipment and finally brand new desks and chairs for every student in grades 1-6. The faculty and staff all agreed that it gave each classroom a clean, fresh look to start out the 2014-2015 school year with. Not to mention that all the chairs are bright green, which adds to the Gladiator’s school spirit! The school, which just celebrated its 92nd year of educating young men and women in the Cleveland and surrounding areas on September 1st, is stronger then ever. With enrollment the highest it’s been in 10 years, we are so proud to be able to offer the best possible environment for our students to learn in. Each classroom boasts SmartBoard technology that equally matches the impressive new furniture displayed in the classrooms. St. Jerome School is a pillar in the community whose primary focus is to enhance the whole child through prayer, service and 21st century learning. With the help of the Rooted in Faith grant we were able to continue doing what we’ve always done, mold and shape well-rounded individuals who work hard, pray often and serve the community.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:55 PM, 10.15.2014

Remembering Euclid Beach

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On Sunday, September 28 a joyous crowd attended an event held on the former site of Euclid Beach Park. people were treated to walking tours the rocketship car and stroller car ride's. Laughing Sal was on display and laughing. Hundreds of pictures and T-shirts were for sale and actual popcorn balls and candy kisses from the Humphrey company were available.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:51 PM, 10.15.2014

Raddell’s Sausage Shop and Frank Azman Meat Market Earn Titles at Polka Hall of Fame Sausage Fest

Ed Oshaben (center) of Raddell’s Sausage Shop receives the People’s Choice award banner at the 11th annual Slovenian Sausage Festival sponsored by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum. The winner’s banner was presented by Polka Hall of Fame President Joe Valencic and Vice President Mark Habat. The event was held September 10, 2014, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio.
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Frank Azman of Cleveland’s Azman and Sons Meat Market accepted the Best of Fest Jury Award and Raddell’s Sausage Shop, from the city’s Collinwood neighborhood, scored as the People’s Choice at the 11th Slovenian Sausage Festival on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum.

Showers did not dissuade nearly 700 hungry music-lovers from enjoying eight hours of polka music and savory sausages at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio. Fifty musicians and accordionists, including the Frank Stanger Orchestra (2013 Polka Hall of Fame Band of the Year), Kathy Hlad (2013 Button Accordionist), and the Fairport Jammers (2013 Button Accordion Group), volunteered their services at the annual fund-raiser for the Hall of Fame and museum.

"I grew up in with Slovenian sausage and polka music, so I just had to be here,” said Linda Poropat Holle, a Euclid, Ohio, native, now living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “It’s a great family event. That’s why I brought my mother.”    

Raddell’s was the jury’s runner-up and Azman and Sons Meat Market was the runner-up People’s Choice. As winner of the People’s Choice, Raddell’s prize sausages will be served at the Polka Hall of Fame’s three-day polka dance festival over Thanksgiving weekend, November 27, 28 and 29, 2014, at Cleveland’s Downtown Marriott Hotel.

This was the first Sausage Fest title for Azman and Sons, a 90-year-old, third-generation shop on Cleveland’s St. Clair Avenue. For the first time, a food truck participated at the Sausage Fest. The bold, red vehicle was operated by new entrant Sterle’s Country House, the legendary Cleveland restaurant which now makes its own Slovenian sausage.

Members of the jury were Cindy Barber, owner of the Beachland Ballroom; Walt Mahovlich, director of the Harmonia folk music ensemble; Richard Novotny, Associate Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students, Lakeland Community College; Deborah Pinter, Executive Director, Orange Art Center; Dan Postotnik, a sausage and polka music fan; and Willoughby attorney Ronald Zele. 

“The jury decides by blind tasting while each visitor receives a voting ticket to drop in the ballot box of the vendor of their favorite sausage,” explained Mark Habat, Vice President of the Polka Hall of Fame and Chairman of the Sausage Festival. “Vendors are invited to observe the judging and the ballot count. It’s all on the up-and-up."                                            

The Slovenian sausage is a regional American specialty prepared from recipes brought to the United States by immigrants from Slovenia, where it is known as Kranjska klobasa. Sausages are made with pork, often accented with garlic, and then cured and smoked. More than 1,500 sausages were purchased at the event as well as 800 slices of strudel and potica, a traditional Slovenian nut roll pastry.

The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the city's variety of dance music with audio exhibits, historic photographs and original instruments. The music style evolved in the city’s Slovenian neighborhoods a century ago and became nationally popular in the decade after World War II, especially by America’s Polka King Frank Yankovic. Each year, the Polka Hall of Fame’s nationwide membership nominates and vote for polka performers in different categories. The 27th annual awards ceremony on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the Grand Ballroom of the Downtown Cleveland Marriott Hotel, is the high point of the Polka Hall of Fame’s Thanksgiving weekend music festival.

The Polka Hall of Fame is located at 605 East 222nd Street in Euclid, Ohio, in the city’s historic former city hall. For more information, check the website at or call (216) 621- FAME.

National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum:

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Raddell’s Slovenian Sausage Shop:

Sterle’s Country House:

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:39 PM, 10.15.2014

Jerry Schmidt – Collinwood’s Man of Steel

You’ve seen his work rising up from the concrete like something from the far off reaches of your imagination. Gleaming in the sunlight, and accented with bright paint, and shiny steel. If you’ve ever wondered where all those great and wonderful “things” come from; which torch wielding genius architect gave life to them…well, let me introduce you to Jerry Schmidt.

When you first walk into Jerry’s studio, it’s as if you’ve been transported to Santa’s workshop. Only instead of Santa, there’s Jerry, and instead of toys, there is steel. Well, not just steel. There are walls covered in anything you can think of, and metal objects adorning every crevasse, waiting to take form into something beautiful. Your imagination takes you back to childhood, when anything was possible. You begin to notice the intricate ways each object is made, and the care and precision that it took to make them. Then you realize that you’re somewhere pretty special. Welcome to Waterloo 7 Studio & Gallery.

Jerry’s talent was honed by his father, Fred Schmidt, a world-renowned sculptor. Back in the 50’s and 60’s, Jerry would often spend hours watching his father work. It was then that he knew what he wanted to be.

“In the 60’s I really started to see it, at the age of eight. I’d come in and I’d watch him create. I remember the first time he had handed me a (welding) helmet, and I put that helmet on, and I saw the darkness. But then all of a sudden the light appeared, and it was like trying to find that light at the end of a tunnel. To me that’s what it reminded me of. Have I found that yet? I haven’t. I’m waiting for that. I think that’s when that light will ultimately be, when I meet my maker. Ya know? But all this in-between, all this other part, is the thrill of being a sculptor, and being able to do what I love to do, and that is art.”

Long before there was a “Waterloo Arts District”, there was Jerry Schmidt. He was one of the first artists to move into the area. His father passed away in 2001, which prompted a location change from a studio on E.51st & Superior. A friend of Jerry’s mentioned that there was a place on Waterloo Road available. He quickly took over the Zaller Building space, where he remained for 8 years, until finally ending up at his Waterloo 7 location.  If you ask Jerry how the Waterloo Arts District got it’s start, he’ll tell you it was Miles Kennedy, and that without him none of this would be happening. He’ll speak of him with such reverence, that you know every word he’s telling you is true. He’ll tell you about all the time, money, and effort Miles spent, and that the things he accomplished in the neighborhood shouldn’t be forgotten. I agree.

“ We had no idea what was going to happen here. It wasn’t even a plan. I would have underground gorilla art shows at the gallery, with over a hundred extension cords for lighting. No heat. But people came. It was really great”

Speaking with Jerry, you get a sense of someone in tune with his work. Someone that sees things in the pieces he puts together. Taking sheets of steel, scraps of colored glass, rusty springs, old bicycles (well, you get the point), and turning them into wonderful mind-bending sculptures. You want to be around them, stand beside them. You want to hear what they are saying to you.

Jerry’s recent work can be seen at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the Fabulous Food Show at the IX Center (November), as well as many locations throughout Collinwood and Cleveland. When Jerry isn’t sculpting, he is active in various community programs. He volunteers at the Euclid Adult Activity center, and also teaches a weekly class with PEP (Positive Education Program).

Waterloo 7 Studio & Gallery is located at 15315 Waterloo Road, in the Waterloo Arts District. Please call to set up a time for viewing or consultation.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:35 PM, 10.15.2014

2014 Collinwood High School Football Schedule

Date      Opponent                           Time                      Location               Score

8/29       Garfield Hts.                       7:00 pm                Garfield Hts.          L 6-26

9/6         Lutheran East                    12:00 pm              Lutheran East        L 2-19

9/13       Open Door Christian       1:00 pm                Midview               

9/20       Whitney Young                 12:00 pm              Collinwood          

9/25       Glenville                              3:00 pm                Glenville             

10/3       John Adams                       3:00 pm                Roye Kidd Field    

10/11     John Hay                              7:00 pm                Bump Taylor

10/24     John Marshall                    3:00 pm                Collinwood        

10/30     Lincoln West                      7:00 pm                Collinwood    

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:48 PM, 10.15.2014

A Parent's Perspective: The Salvation Army’s Learning Zone

The Salvation Army has been an inspiration to not only the needy, but also our children here in Collinwood. Their excellent mission is to provide meaningful afterschool activities and intervention, supporting academic, emotional, social and spiritual growth of children and their families.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:47 PM, 10.15.2014

Fall Programs at the Salvation Army

Summer is over and the fall programs at the Cleveland Temple Corps of The Salvation Army located at 17625 Grovewood Ave. are up and running.  As always our recreational programs are going full force with the gym, exercise classes, game room and computer lab. The gym is open from 4:00 pm until 8:00 each week day and the game room and computer lab open up at 5:00pm. On Saturday the facilities are open from 10:00 until 3:00.

The Learning Zone Afterschool program began last month and now has over 40 students from five neighborhood schools. If you have a child at Memorial, OH Perry, St. Johns, St. Jerome’s or Lakeshore Intergenerational School and would like to have your child participate in the program please give us a call. The children receive homework help, tutoring, recreations, and enrichment opportunities in the areas of music, art, and science with a strong emphasis on reading. There is a small  monthly fee for the program and we would love to have your child participate.

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming events and activities. On Thursday, October 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00, the Learning Zone will celebrate “Lights on for Afterschool”. This event shines a spotlight on afterschool programs around the state, to educate state legislators about the importance of this type of program for children. Please come and see our center and help send the message!  Also mark your calendars for our Annual Fall Festival.  This is our fourth year for this event and each year it gets better and better. It is a great opportunity for families to enjoy this time of year together. The Fall Festival will be held Tuesday October 28th from 5:30-7:30. Another annual event is our Christmas Assistance sign up. This year the sign up will be November 10th  –November 14th.  Please call us at (216) 692-1388 for more information.

As always you are invited to join us on Sunday for our worship service at 10:45 and Sunday School beginning at 9:30am,  Women’s Bible study on Mondays at 9:00am, and Club 3:16 for children which is every Tuesday beginning at 5:30. There are many more opportunities and activities for you to become involved with at  the Salvation Army Cleveland Temple Corps, please give us a call or stop by to learn more. 

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:45 PM, 10.15.2014

Youth from iMedia program addresses Teen Suicide

Several teens from the iMedia program, wrote and produced a skit called "Do You See Me, Can't You Hear Me?" The skit is about a teenage girl who faces various challenges in her life, and she thinks that suicide is her answer to the emptiness that she feels. A few of the teens from the iMedia program, have been affected by the act of suicide, from someone they knew or they found themselves in a trying position. The teens wanted to bring light to a dark situation, hoping it would prevent someone from taking their life.

Suicide among our youth is a very serious problem, the act of suicide has lasting effects on the families, friends, and the community as a whole. With suicide, many question are left unanswered, and family members are left with feeling shame and blame for the death of their loved one. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds, after accidents and homicide, and it is the sixth leading cause of death for 5 to 14 year olds.


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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:47 PM, 10.15.2014

St. Casimir Parish, 5 Years Old and Still Growing

It is hard for me to believe that at the end of this month, October 25th, St. Casimir Parish will be five years old.  It seems like just yesterday, that we celebrated the opening Mass here on Neff Road.  But as I walked around the campus today, I saw what we accomplished in those five years.  At 12:00 noon, our church bells rang the Angelus, as they do every day at noon and 6:00 pm.  I see temporary signs on our auditorium and our school building saying that this is the home of Lakeshore Intergenerational School.  A school again is on our campus.  A walk around to our Marcella Road parking lot, is see Cuvilly House, which is a residence and ministry center run by the Sisters of Notre Dame.  At the other end of our parking lot, I see what was once one of our rental houses, now called “Hope House”, a place for our organizations and our adult education programs to meet.  I see building renovations and improvements.  But more importantly, I see people.  I see happy people on school days coming to and going home from school.  I see members of our parish organizations meeting in the evenings.  I see people coming to Mass each day – Sunday through Friday mornings and Saturday evenings.  I see cultural programs, I see religious programs, I see educational programs.  I see a vibrant, Catholic, ethnic parish community.

We have come a long way in five years, and we have a long way to go in the future.  But this month, we stop and reflect and savor who we are and what we do.  I invite the whole community to do that with us this October.  Stop in for Mass: Monday through Friday at 7:30 am, Saturday at 5:30 pm, and Sunday at 8:00, 10:00 (Lithuanian) and 12:00.  Stop by just to say hello.  Our office is open from 10am to 6pm daily.  If you are still looking for a Catholic Church, you might like us.  If you have been away for a while and are interested in returning to Church, call me.  I’ll help you.  If you’re interested in Catholicism, ask us about it.  If you want to meet some of our members, we’re having a Clambake / Steak Roast / Fund Raiser on Saturday, October 25th, from 6-10 pm.  Look for our ad elsewhere in this edition of the Collinwood Observer.  Or, just visit our website:

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:41 PM, 10.15.2014

What's Happening at the Collinwood Branch Library

Fall is here and we have some great programs coming up! Please stop by the Collinwood Branch for a visit or to take part in one of our programs!  


Growing Readers Storytime

Help grow your child’s early reading skills!  Children ages 3-5 are invited for stories, songs and rhymes that will help them become better readers later in life. 30 minutes.

Tuesdays at 10:30 through November 4th

America Reads FREE After School Tutoring

Students in K-8 can get assistance with their homework.  College students from Cleveland State University assist with any subject and/or reseach project. 

Mondays-Thursdays from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Kids Café Snack Program

The Cleveland Foodbank in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library offers FREE after school meals for ages 18 and under. 

Mondays-Fridays from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Bomba: Dancing the Drum

Celebrate Puerto Rico’s musical expression of its African heritage.  Enjoy FREE screenings of the documentary film Bomba: Dancing the Drum featuring the legendary Cepeda family which has been keeping bomba alive in Puerto Rico for nearly a century.  After the film, step up to the bonga drums and create your own bomba beats!

Friday, October 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Guatemalan Kite

Kids will make and decorate a miniature Guatemalan-style kite from tissue paper and plastic straws or bamboo skewers.

Tuesday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m.


FREE GED Classes

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

Mon. & Wed. from 12:30-2:30pm


Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries and Collinwood Library, in partnership with Key Bank, will present sessions on the following Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm. Call 216-623-6934 or 216-481-8182 to register.

Oct. 18           Check it Out

Oct. 25           Access Your Money

Nov. 8            Take Charge of your Money

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:43 PM, 10.15.2014

October Events at the Memorial-Nottingham Library.

GED Classes

Free GED classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday, at 10:15 a.m. These classes are free, and are being taught at the library through a partnership with Tri-C. To register for orientation, call the Memorial-Nottingham Library at 216-623-7039.

Classes for Kids

Halloween at Your Library, Wednesday, October 29th, at 3:00pm.  This is a special holiday event for children, where kids can have lots of fun making a Halloween mask, and searching for candy in a candy hunt in the library.

Red Cross Pillowcase Project, Wednesday October 29th, at 3:00pm.  “Kids in grades 2 through 5 are invited to join representatives from the Red Cross for this fun, interactive session.”  You will learn how to prepare for an emergency like a flood or a storm, and “decorate your own personalized pillowcase,” for you and your family to keep emergency supplies nearby to use in an emergency.

Adult Computer Classes

Making Panoramas with Photo Stitching Maker Lab, Thursday, October 30th at 3:00pm.  This is a class for photographers to bring in their camera or digital photographs and learn how to “stitch photos together to create high-quality panoramas and other unique projects.”  This class is for beginners and experienced photographers.  To register for this class call the library at 216.623.2980.  Registration starts on Monday, September 22nd .

Saturday Microsoft Classes

Microsoft Excel I 2010, Saturday, October 4th at 11:15 am. Learn how to enter and edit data and perform simple tasks.

Microsoft Excel II 2010, Saturday, October 11th at 11:15pm.  Learn how to create calculations in your worksheet.

Microsoft Word III 2010, Saturday, October 18th, at 11:15pm.  Learn to format and change the appearance of data and your worksheets; use sorting & filtering and find & replace.

Microsoft Word IV 2010, Saturday, October, 25th at 11:15pm. Learn how to create charts based on your data.

To register for any of these classes call the library at 216.623.2980.  

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:43 PM, 10.15.2014

Meet Joe LaMarca , New Proprietor of the Former Groom Room

Joe performing a master shave

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Meet Joe LaMarca, the new owner of LaMarca's 185 Barber Shop, 501 E. 185th Street  home of the former Groom Room, Just 25 years old, he is more than likely, the youngest owner of an establishment on E. 185. He has mad talent, and awesome skills, and a desire to make his business the best Family Oriented Barber Shop around.

Joe's 6 years of experience includes, training, and education in the field of Barbering ,at Allstate Barber College, LaBarbaria, in Little Italy , a few stints on the west side ,and Vinces Barber Shop on 185th. So, he is not exactly new to the Rodeo. Currently a resident of N. Collinwood , Joe  views the area as a growing,vivacious, mecca of redevelopment, in which to grow his business from!

His team consist of two other barbers , Melissa Minnillo, who is also his fiance, works Monday, Friday ,and Saturdays, and offers haircutting for men, women and children. Also joining his team is Tony, who will be working Tuesday thru Saturday, and rounds out the three person team ,for now.

Hours of operation are 7:30 to 5:30 Monday thru Friday, 7:30 to 3:00 Saturdays. Closed Sunday.

Did I mention, they also do Shaving? Some men acturally feel that if they found a barber that can give a good shave let alone a great shave they have found the Holy Grail! That's right boys ,curb your enthusiasium! Shave with a haircut is $20.00. Shave only $15.00. Haircuts $9.00 and up. And to go with that fresh new hairstyle, try some of their products like, Layrite Pomade or,  American Crew Fiber.

If you are in the market for a new place to try, Please give this team a go, Clean, Welcoming ,Comfortable surroundings, and a family oriented business on 185! 

Did I mention shaving???

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:41 PM, 10.15.2014

South Collinwood Dog & Cat Wellness Day a Huge Success!

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On Sunday, September 14 nearly 400 animals residing in Cleveland's South Collinwood neighborhood were provided with free exams, vaccinations, microchip id's, ID tags, leashes & collars. Guests were also eligible to receive free spay/neuter services for their pets! Over 100 volunteers, 4 veterinarians and their vet teams, and Cleveland Job Corp students and staff worked hard all day to ensure that every animal received the care that it was promised. This event was hosted by Cleveland Job Corps, and made possible by PetFix NEO, Councilman Jeff Johnson and Mike Polensek, Cleveland Animal Care and Control, Friends of the Cleveland Kennel, and several other organizations. Funding was provided by Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust and Councilman Jeff Johnson.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:44 PM, 10.15.2014

Local Artists Dedicate Wheels On Waterloo Sculpture

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Waterloo Artists Louis Ross and Jerry Schmidt dedicated their public sculpture "Wheels On Waterloo" to the residents of North Waterloo. The large steel sculpture was created as an Artist In Resident Grant from Community Partnership for Arts and Culture and Northeast Shores. It was partially funded by The Kresge Foundation, Ford Foundation and other NPO sources. Lou designed the monumental sculpture to depict the past, present and future of Waterloo Road.  5 Steel wheels are balanced on a large swelling Lake Erie wave.   The recent Streetscape Project unearthed ancient trolly train tracks that once ran down the center of the street.  A large train wheel depicts that era.  Residents traveled daily across what is now I-90 to factory and foundry jobs, symbolized by an arrangement of industrial gears.   A fan blade represents the new "green" windmills which can be seen on our skyline.  A 45 RPM record with its iconic center adaptor celebrates our identity as a music, vinyl record and entertainment destination.  Finally, a bicycle wheel complete with spokes and chain is for the residents and visitors who will enjoy our newly renovated Streetscape.

The work was created at Jerry Schmidt's Waterloo 7 studio.  Local students and neighbors were enlisted to cut, shape, weld, and grind the sculpture.  Many local businesses donated their services, time and materials for shaping, cutting and powder coat painting the heavy guage steel .  

Jerry and Lou have also designed a created a Giant Light Switch for promotional use along the Street and a series of aluminum kinetic wind banners,  soon to be installed on the new Streetscape lighting poles.   Both artists have studios and galleries on Waterloo where they work, teach and help celebrate our neighborhood's unique history and future success.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:35 PM, 10.15.2014

The Gold Standard & The Silver Lining

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A triple gold star art event curated by Collinwood artist and resident "Joan of Art" at the Doubting Thomas Art & Free Verse Space  856 Jefferson Ave. in Tremont, Ohio one of several galleries openend during second Friday Art Walk. Opening night exhibit will include work of over 25 artists with several Collinwood artists involved. Artist were challenged to interpret title theme and create a small wall hanging piece.  Viewers are asked to get up close to work and converse with artists as to what the work represents. There will be a costume contest in the gold and silver theme, "Silence Is Golden" room music and refreshments served opening night only.

Gallery hours after opening, Saturdays. and Sundays  1-5pm through November 1, 2014.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:35 PM, 10.15.2014

What Do Murals Do For Neighborhoods?

Winsome photographs from Phone Gallery's #THISISWATERLOO exhibition celebrating our neighborhood turned into screen printed greeting cards.
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Art is polarizing.

Some of us view a contemporary painting and think, “I, too, could splatter paint, paint one TINY black dot, or flood a canvas with white and only white paint”. Others find subtle, monochromatic brush strokes mesmerizing.

And while each of us can recognize the immense talent needed to sculpt, paint, draw, and construct a museum masterpiece, Degas or Serra might not be your or my favorite.

It’s easy to walk through a gallery and pass up artwork that does not strike you. It’s decidedly more difficult to live in a neighborhood brimming with art that’s not your style.

Jamie Bennett, Executive Director of ArtPlace America, recently spent time in the Waterloo Arts District and spoke highly of our creative movement during a luncheon at The City Club of Cleveland. He spoke passionately of designing public art to “creatively make a place” and identified numerous examples of such interventions in Cleveland (including the “LOCKS of Love, from Waterloo” interactive, extroverted public art fence) funded by grants. NOTE: this art project is the author’s own and if you aren’t pleased with the art you see on Waterloo, come to the fence and affect it visually by adding your own lock!

Mr. Bennett emphasized the need for urban planners to “fundamentally reposition arts and culture as a core sector of community planning”. The question of the role of art in public space is a question I raised earlier this year, also at The City Club, during a discussion on the future of Public Square.  In contrast to the Cleveland project - which focuses on knitting together four squares with grassy lawns and a water feature - Millennium Park in Chicago elevates large-scale public art including an outdoor concrete pavilion, “The Bean”, and interactive digital media towers by big name artists. It is green and watery, too, but the focus is on art, thusly bringing more people into the district.

What Public Square may miss, Waterloo does not. We are a burgeoning, authentic arts district with a diverse history and bright future. Every mural, every sculpture, every gallery exhibition may not be your cup of tea but I urge you to look beyond the paint, steel, and eccentric artists and see the value the arts add to our neighborhood.

Why? Art truly does build community. Think back over the course of this year and the 50+ Collinwood Vibrancy Grant Projects funded by The Kresge Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and presided over by Northeast Shores CDC. Non-arts based merchants and artists joined arts business along Waterloo to develop free public events, permanent pieces of visual art, and more importantly relationships.

Why else? Art makes a neighborhood safer. Mr. Bennett relayed a number of scenarios and statistics demonstrating how arts-based businesses draw people to a street at all times of the day (imagine   morning coffee and a poetry reading at a café, potters arriving to a mid-morning class, a craft store open from 9-6pm, a restaurant that bustles in the evening, and a concert venue that rocks out into the wee hours of the morning). It’s a fact that more eyes on the street leads to increased safety.

The visual arts, including murals, define our geography as an arts district and allow us to articulate the change we want to see - literally and figuratively as is the case with the “I want Waterloo…” chalk board wall. Art gives those who live, work, and play here a voice, an opportunity to contribute and participate.

Art gives us identity and that’s something to celebrate.

Listen to The City Club of Cleveland lecture at

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:35 PM, 10.15.2014

Holy Redeemer's Feast of the Assumption

Float with the Virgin Mary

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Celebrating their 90th Anniversary this year, Collinwood’s Holy Redeemer Church continued their tradition of the Feast of the Assumption Sunday, August 10th. The celebration of the Assumption or “the taking” of the Virgin Mary marking her being received into Heaven. Following the Mass and procession through the streets of the neighborhood in honor of The Blessed Mother, a picnic was held behind the church for all family and friends.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 9:09 PM, 09.03.2014

Raise For The LaSalle Clam Bake

Join us September 13th for a clam bake to benefit The LaSalle Arts and Media Center! Tickets cost $50 each and include one dozen steamed middle neck clams, clam broth, New England clam chowder with oyster crackers, herb-marinated grilled chicken, fresh corn on the cob with sweet butter, candied yams, fresh baked dinner rolls, and two drink tickets. There will be live music and yard games for your entertainment. Tickets are pre-sale only and all purchases must be made prior to September 5th. Tickets can be purchased using Eventbrite (a link is available on Northeast Shores’ Facebook page) or at the Northeast Shores office located at 317 E. 156th Street. For more information contact, Carly Marginian at 216-481-7660 ext. 21 or at Can't wait to see you there!

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 9:11 PM, 09.03.2014

Community Gardening 2015

As the summer season tapers off, gardeners begin planning for the next growing season. As such, the Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) is prepping for their 2015 Summer Sprout Community Gardening Program. OSUE helps community gardeners by providing a variety of technical assistance that includes soil testing, garden design, and educational workshops and trainings.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 9:11 PM, 09.03.2014

Mayor Jackson’s 31st Annual “Night out Against Crime”

Shine a Light on Crime, one Block at a Time

On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Cleveland residents participated in Mayor Jackson’s 31st annual “Night out Against Crime”. The “Night out Against Crime” was an opportunity for Clevelanders to come together in order to shine a light on crime, one block at a time and take a stand against violence and other types of crimes in their communities.

The Cleveland Job Corps Center Student Ambassadors volunteered at Humphrey Park working with members of the Community Relations Board, 5th Commander Dennis Hill and Department. It was night that highlight the need for curfews and stop the violence.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 9:09 PM, 09.03.2014

Councilman's Corner

It has been an interesting month.  Finally, the Public Works Department is getting on top of the chuckhole problem. It has been a difficult time for motorists and I appreciate your patience and understanding. Obviously, I am not happy with the response from the City and the Department MUST do a better job going into next year with road repair.

My sincere thanks to MetroParks on their Friday Evening concert series at Euclid Beach Park. It was an overwhelming success with great music and great attendance.  We all look forward to these concerts taking place next summer as well.

Waterloo Road as you should know is open in both directions now.  Be careful of the construction crews still working on the street though. ODOT is telling us to drive carefully and that the project should be wrapped up sometime in October.  The streetscape is starting to take shape.  

Speaking of ODOT, I have been working closely with them over the Eddy Road overpass since it is now part of the new Ward 8. Crews have moved quickly on the construction and I am impressed by the scope of work and the design of the project especially the decorative fencing and lighting on the overpass.  These features will greatly enhance this once drab roadway.  The next project is the replacement of our pedestrian bridge that was hit by a truck.  The design for this bridge is underway and will be another unique design.  Stay tuned.

Due to the ongoing foreclosure crisis please pay special attention to any vacant and abandoned house on your street. Should you see any strange activity at the home please immediately call the Police at 9-1-1. If the home is unsecure please call the housing hotline at (216) 664-2007 or my office at (216) 664-4236. We are working very closely with our development corporations and the Cuyahoga County LandBank to address these nuisance properties.

I appreciate Mayor Jackson coming out to our last Neighborhood Meeting on August 20th at the Collinwood Recreation Center. I thank all the neighborhood leaders and residents who came out to hear the Mayor and discuss with him our community concerns, specifically housing code enforcement and public safety. The Mayor knows, as well as anyone, that our community is organized and engaged. We feel very passionately that the city needs to be a better partner with us in the concerns we raised.  Thank you once again for your participation and concern about our community.

School is in session – please drive carefully and watch out for our children. I look forward to see everyone at all of our Neighborhood Association meetings and events in the community that will be taking place throughout the months ahead.

As always you can reach me at my office at (216) 664-4236 or email at

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 9:07 PM, 09.03.2014

Crown the King of Klobase at the Polka Hall of Fame Slovenian Sausage Festival

Euclid's Bill Azman's Meats won the People's Choice Award and the juried Best of Fest at the 2013 Slovenian Sausage Festival hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum

Who will be the next King of Klobase? You decide! Taste and vote at the 11th annual Slovenian Sausage Festival, hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, on Wednesday, September 10, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio. Local sausage-makers and leading polka bands provide you with eight hours of non-stop eating and entertainment, from noon to 8:00 p.m.

Get on the dance floor with the finest Cleveland-Style polka performers, including Kathy Hlad and Ron Likovic; the Frank Moravcik Orchestra; the Summit Button Box Club; the Polka Pirates; Magic City Button Box Club; the Culkar Combo; and the Polka Hall of Fame Band of the Year, the Frank Stanger Orchestra. Sixty accordionists, musicians and bandleaders are on schedule to perform. Sample sausages from several makers and then select your winner. Prizes are presented in the People's Choice and the Best of Fest juried award. Other nationality dishes and treats are also available.

The 2014 King of Klobase is crowned at 6:00 p.m. The winning sausage-maker becomes the official sausage purveyor to the three-day Thanksgiving Polka Weekend, November 27, 28 and 29, at the Cleveland Downtown Marriott Hotel, hosted by the Polka Hall of Fame.


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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:43 PM, 09.03.2014

SNPJ Farm 75th Dinner Dance and Slovenian Grape Festival

The Slovenian Grape Festival at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland.

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, with two days of dining, dancing, tradition and entertainment. The 75th Dinner-Dance on Saturday evening, September 20, features a reverse raffle with sideboards and a Yankee auction. The Slovenian Grape Festival opens on Sunday, September 21, with the traditional parade in Slovenian costumes and a welcome and sing-along, followed by dining and dancing.

At the 75th Anniversary Dinner-Dance, mingle with your friends at 5:30 p.m. and try your luck until dinner at 7:00 p.m. After the raffle, stay for dancing with Mike Wojtila and Party of Three. Tickets are $50 each, including dinner and a chance at the major prize. Seating is limited for this September 20 event. Contact Gina at (440) 205-1618, ginamvo at, to reserve.

The Slovenian Grape Festival on Sunday, September 21, has been a tradition on SNPJ Farm for decades. The costumed parade of singers begins at 2:45, followed by short village skit praising the vintage and an invitation to sing. The pavilion is decorated with grape arbors bearing treats – but don’t get caught stealing! You’ll risk a fine or time behind bars. The Joey Tomsick Orchestra performs for four hours of dancing, from 3:00 to 7:00. Admission is $7 with Slovenian-Style dinners and sandwiches available from 2:00 on.


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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:43 PM, 09.03.2014

Beachland Park Flea

Beachland Park, on the lake at Canterbury, Landseer and Windward, is having its first Flea!  On September 13th and 14th Beachland Park will host many neighborhood vendors!!  Featuring beachglass jewelry, vintage Christmas decorations, Boyds bears, salad in a jar, clothing, African American items, antiques, crafts and much, much more! 

There is still room to be a vendor if you are interested in getting a spot, it's $25 for 2 days of fun and sales!  Call Karen Guder at 486-1478 if interested in getting a space. 

The Beachland Flea will be September 13th, 10:00 to 7:00 and September 14th, 10:00 to 5:00, parking available on Canterbury, Landseer and Windward. 

Come support the neighborhood and have a great time in the process!  Hope to see you all there!

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:52 PM, 09.03.2014

Collinwood Slovenian Home 2014 “Woman of the Year”

The Collinwood Slovenian Home is honoring their 2014 “Woman of the Year”, Ann Dagg, with a dinner on Wednesday, September 17th.  The event will be held at the Collinwood Slovenian Home, 15810 Holmes Avenue.  A Swiss Steak dinner prepared by Julie Zalar will be served from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Doors open at 4:00 PM.

Dinner tickets are $13.00, and a cash bar will be available.  For tickets or more information contact the Club Room (216-681-6649), or Mary Podlogar (216-486-6424).

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Waterloo Alley Cat Project - Save The Date and Save The Cats!

Waterloo Alley Cat Project will hold a free live music/ fundraising event in honor of National Feral Cat Day on October 16th at The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern located at 15711 Waterloo Road. Fun, food, new/ old friends & music, all while helping cats and improving the quality of life for us two-legged types!

Big thanks to all the people who turned out for the screening of "10 Lives: A Feral Cat Odyssey" last month. This documentary is widely availabe at no cost, in case you missed it. Highly recommended viewing based on factual footage and experinced caring individuals.

Tax Deductible DONATIONS are gratefully received anytime via

Northeast Shores Development Corporation

PO BOX 19246

Cleveland, OH 44119

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Waterloo Alley Cat Fundraiser at Gostilna

Want a great way to enjoy a wonderful meal while contribution to a worthy, local charity?

Come enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner meal at Gostilna at Knezak on Tuesday, September 23 and 20% of your food bill will be donated to the Waterloo Alley Cat Project (a local organization that cares for over 100 stray and feral cats in the North Collinwood neighborhood).  Gostilna is owned and operated by chef Bob Edwarsen.  Gostilna is a local favorite that serves up wonderful, generous portions of stick-to-your-ribs  fair.  Edwardsen is thrilled to be hosting the WACP fundraiser and looks forward to seeing familiar faces as well as meeting some new friends!  Bartender/server and WACP member, Jessica, will be on hand that evening to serve your food and drinks as well as answer any questions about how important Waterloo Alley Cat Project is to our community.  

Gostilna is located at

768 E.200th Street directly across from Drug Mart.

Lunch: noon-3:30.

Dinner: 4:30-9:30pm

Both Waterloo Alley Cat Project and Gostilna at Knezak have Facebook sites; please 'Like' both organizations.

See you on Tuesday, September 23!

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Heroin Summit

Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Sunny Simon and Euclid City Councilwoman Laura Gorshe announce Heroin Summit focusing on rising heroin epidemic in Cuyahoga County

Euclid, OH – Heroin-induced deaths in Cuyahoga County have risen drastically, going from 40 in 2007 to 194 in 2013, according to Dr. Thomas P. Gilson, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner.

To address and discuss this growing concern and how it affects Euclid residents, Sunny Simon, Cuyahoga County Council Member representing District 11 and Laura Gorshe, City of Euclid Council Member representing Ward 8, will be holding a Heroin Summit on Wednesday, September 17, at 6:30 pm at the Euclid Public Library. The meeting will be open to the public.

The summit will focus on the rising heroin epidemic in Cuyahoga County and speakers will include Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge David T. Matia, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Denise Rini, Cuyahoga County Sheriff Frank Bova, Euclid Police Captain Scott Meyer, Euclid Police Department, Narcotics and Vice Department Supervisor Detective Sergeant Tom  Arriza and Euclid Fire Department Chief Christopher Haddock. All residents are encouraged and welcome to attend.

A special thank you to Euclid Public Library for hosting this event.

WHAT: Summit Meeting on Heroin Epidemic

WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, 2014


WHERE: Shore Room

Euclid Public Library

631 East 222nd Street

Euclid, Ohio 44123

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Be apart of helping your community!

Cleveland's Young Leaders Program

The cure to a better society is coming to a recreational center near you. The Young Leaders Program is a Non Profit organization/after school program that's here to help Cleveland’s inner city youth from 6th -12th grade by teaching them life tools. For example the staff of the Young Leaders Program will talk to teens about community issues, family issues, and how to handle problems such as peer pressure, divorce, etc. Our city needs this program, The Young leaders Program will provide the youth with Guidance. Let’s face it most teens feel like their parents can’t relate to them. In this program most of our teachers are young adults who are dedicated to helping our teens and preteens stay on the right path and grow mentally. In order to make this happen The Young Leaders Program needs a Secretary and Treasurer to begin this mission. If you are interested in these positions send your resume to or call President Lavont White 216-925-6359 or Vice President Breauna Sweeney 216-219-5859.Be a part of the solution!

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First Steps Learning Enrichment Center Grand Opening!

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First Steps Learning Enrichment Center in Collinwood is excited to announce the “Grand Opening” of our doors on Saturday, September  13, 2014, from 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm at 944 East 152ndStreet. (near 5-Points, next to Subway).

The vision and mission of First Steps Learning Enrichment Center is to be a leader in the early childhood community as we enrich the lives of children in our community by providing the highest quality early childhood education and care.  Our program will promote and enhance the child’s development in all areas – physically, intellectually, socially, emotional, and creatively. We offer both full and part time programs designed to meet the special needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in a safe, nurturing, child-centered environment. Our goal is to strengthen the bridge between your work and family life by creating a special place that supports them both – and make each child’s first steps to learning enriched with fun!


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Books! Books! Books!

Christopher Lucious, next door neighbor, cuts the ribbon for the Little Free Library, in front of  the CNCM house

Over 80 children and adults from the Collinwood neighborhood gathered on the front lawn of the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries, 15706 St. Clair Ave. on Thursday, Aug 7 from 4-6 pm  for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of “A Little Free Library.[LFL]”

Next door neighbor, Christopher  Lucious,  did the honor of cutting the ribbon on the door of the little house of books.

The  mission  of the Little Library Movement is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide. “Take a book, return a book” Is the slogan!

Locally, the Cleveland  Literacy Cooperative has released its Top 10 List of Things We All Can Do to Improve Literacy in Greater Cleveland, and  the Little Free Library movement ranks at No. 8!

Executive Director of CNCM, Sr. Mary Ellen Brinovec, OSU, expressed  gratitude for everyone’s wonderful presence  and all the work that brought our LFL to life. “Everyone had a fabulous time,”  she said.  Free pizza, bottled water, and juice pouches  were available to all.  In addition, there was a gift basket with toiletry items for the adults and face masks to color for the children.

The Little Free Library was made by the Amish and is a stained, waterproof natural wood.  Thanks to the Jennifer Fund, run by Aggie Hoskins,  the CNCM was able to purchase the LFL.  Children and adult books are available and will be replenished from various donors including  the Collinwood County Libraries.

New signs welcoming the neighbors were created by the local Job Corps.

In other programming news from CNCM, the Family Carnival for Christ scheduled for fall will be rescheduled in the spring.

For further information on the classes and programs offered by the CNCM, contact Sr. Mary Ellen at 216- 481-8182.   

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Rolling Out the Red Carpet

The red carpet was perfect for parents to snap first day photos.
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Imagine Bella students were welcomed back to a new school year in style. Students were all smiles as they were welcomed with a DJ playing music and staff greeters. That was just the start to an exciting day! Students spinned for a house, learned the meaning, and met all the other students and teachers in their house. Imagine Bella houses will support a culture of unity, love, tradition, and school pride.

Imagine Bella students will not only be part of a community within our school, but also with 5 other Imagine campuses in Ohio (Imagine Akron Academy, Imagine Cleveland Academy, Imagine Harvard Avenue Community School, Imagine Leadership Academy, and Imagine on Superior).

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