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I am sure you have heard the phrase, “buckle up, hang on, we are in for a bumpy ride!” Well, folks, I think we are on an interesting ride both in this country and maybe locally. We have a new President and

As the old saying goes, “the proof will be in the pudding.” Locally, we are all watching as to what federal and /or state programs could be affected by the possibility of federal departments being eliminated/ combined or the reduction in funding for economic development initiatives and capital improvements. Only time will tell. I can assure you that this year will be very interesting and one we will not soon forget.

Just when you think you are prepared for “almost anything” we get the word on Sunday, January 22, that our dear friend, the Honorable Judge Raymond L. Pianka, of the Cleveland Municipal Housing Court, died suddenly. Just as we were not prepared for the death of our neighbor the Honorable Senator George V. Voinovich last summer, Judge Pianka’s death was a real blow to our neighborhoods. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife, Karen, and their family. Besides losing a personal friend we lost an advocate for housing code enforcement, not only on the prosecution side, but for restoration, preservation, and advocacy on behalf of our neighborhoods. May he rest in Peace.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Brian Friedman to leave Northeast Shores as Many New Faces Elected to the Board

Northeast Shores Development Corporation is welcoming six new board members and one returning face, mine. I previously served on the board from 2001 until 2010 and held the office of board president for the final couple of years. I am choosing to step back onto the board now because the organization is in a rather large transition, with Executive Director Brian Friedman stepping down as of February 2 after 13 years in that position, and current board President Laura Lee Martin is also leaving that position, along with Treasurer Aaron Haberman.

I was on the search committee when Northeast Shores hired Brian Friedman as a young ambitious community-minded ED. He had worked in Lorain County and interned in Columbus and was ready to take on North Collinwood even though he was still in his twenties. In his 13 years, he leveraged the arts development that was happening on Waterloo and brought millions of dollars of grants to the area. He and his team also successfully transformed the corner of Neff and E 185th into a new Sav-a-lot and Key Bank, and more recently took on the gigantic task of rehabbing the old LaSalle movie theater. The list of accomplishments is too long to go into here, but I am sure we will be thanking Brian in public sometime soon.

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Program to Make Hannah Gibbons, Euclid Park Students Eco-conscious

Students at nine CMSD schools, including Hannah Gibbons and Euclid Park, are going to get an up-close look at their school's carbon footprint with the installation of a tool that tracks the flow of electricity in their building.    The program, called Environmental Dashboard, is being funded by Oberlin College, which received a $49,690 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Education.     CMSD is among three urban districts in the state to benefit from the grant, which will cover the costs of rolling out Environmental Dashboard at Mound, Orchard, Hannah Gibbons, George Washington Carver, Buhrer Dual Language, Garfield, Almira and Euclid Park schools and East Tech High School. 

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Leadership Changes at Northeast Shores

The NSDC annual meeting on January 17 had – for once – a large and enthusiastic attendance, who voted in seven new trustees: Christen DuVernay, John Farina, Robert Gatewood, Adam Tully, Cindy Barber, Peter Brown and Daniel Gray Kontar.

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Catholic Schools Week

St. Jerome's Kindergarten and First Grade Students are excited to kick off Catholic Schools Week!

St. Jerome School is celebrating Catholic Schools Week from January 29th to February 3rd.  The children and teachers have a wonderful week planned that includes an open house, games, and community outreach activities!  The children will also have a chance to vistit the Book Fair during Catholic Schools Week to look for new books to purchase for their own use.  

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Proud to Serve

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Dec. 30, 2016) Electronics Technician 3rd Class Tashana Lewis, from Cleveland, checks the gages of the 49 SKID cooling system aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) during her daily checks. Monterey, deployed as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Jenkins)

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Stomp on the Brakes and Learn Which Local Manufacturer Stamps Brake Components

Stamco Industries Inc., 26650 Lakeland Blvd., Euclid, Ohio, was started by William Sopko in 1983 when he bought the assets and building from another stamping company that closed in 1982. He chose to locate in Euclid, Ohio, because, “The City of Euclid is friendly towards manufacturing. In the 34 years that we have been located in Euclid, Stamco has made three or four plant expansions, and the city was very supportive of these activities.” 

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Local Students Host Multi-Cultural Event

Students model traditional clothing from Egypt, Indonesia, England, and Ghana.

The holidays are an exciting time for students and families of The Intergenerational Schools. Before dismissing for Winter Break, each campus holds a large open house event called “Celebration of Learning.” This is a time for students to share something special they have learned in their classrooms with friends, family, and community members during a themed event. At Lakeshore Intergenerational School, visitors were transported around the globe during their “It’s A Small Word” showcase. 

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

We're going to be HOW OLD?!

While it doesn’t seem possible, St. Jerome Parish is rapidly approaching it’s 100th birthday.  Planning has begun for the Centennial celebration which is tentatively scheduled to begin with the annual St. Jerome Clam/Steak Bake which is held the last Sunday of September and in 2018 happens to fall on September 30th, the feast day of our patron, St. Jerome.  Activities are being planned for a full year culminating with the Clam/Steak Bake in September of 2019. 

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You are invited!

The live, musical passion play, Tetélestai, will be performed at St. Jerome Church on Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th at 8pm and on Sunday, March 19th at 2pm.  This amazing, spiritually moving performance has been a Lenten tradition for 39 years.  Come prepare your heart for the joy of Christ’s Resurrection!  A free will offering will be taken up.  Youth groups may reserve seating by contacting the church office.  All other seating is first come, first served.  “Tetélestai is a registered service mark of Tetélestai, Inc.”

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A "SOUPer" Celebration

Sister Ruth Ann and Ann Hirsch enjoy the food and the fellowship of “SOUPer Sunday.”

Oxtail Barley, Sausage Tortellini, Potato Leek, these were among the nine scrumptious home-made soup varieties enjoyed at St. Jerome’s most recent “SOUPer” Sunday celebration held on January 8th.  This wonderful celebration of community has recently been revived and on a day when the thermometer seemed stuck at 13° it was very much appreciated. 

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Online Video and Storybook Teaches Small Children How to Avoid Dog Bites

 As difficult as it may be to believe, nearly four million Americans are attacked by dogs each year and the majority of those bitten are children between the ages of four and nine.  Hundreds of dog bite cases occur annually in Ohio, many of them taking place in the Cleveland area and Northeast Ohio.

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Blackwater Roasters Brings Fresh Roasted Coffee To East 185th St.

On Monday, January 30th at 6 am. Blackwater Roasters opened its doors at 818 East 185th Street. Owner, Nathan Baker, is proud to be serving his house roasted coffee and homemade baked goods to the Collinwood community. Their hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 6 am to 9 pm, Friday 6 am to 11 pm, Saturday 7 am to 11 pm, and closed on Sunday.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Lourdes Shrine Offers French Toast Breakfasts

As a  fundraiser the Euclid shrine of our Lady of Loures will be serving French toast breakfasts on two upcoming Sundays -  February 5 and March 5 at the shrine compound on Chardon Road. Serving will take place from 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM

The menu includes French toast, bacon or sausage, coffee or tea, and juice. Ticket price is five dollars. The event will also include a mini craft fair.

The Shrine which includes a replica of the grotto in Lourdes, France, where the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, is located at 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid. For further information call 216-481-8232.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Cleveland Metroparks Next Phase Of Planning For The New Euclid Beach Pier

Cleveland Metroparks is eager to provide an update on the new Euclid Beach Pier project. Following meetings with Councilman Mike Polensek and September’s public meeting at the Collinwood Recreation Center, the Park District has completed the preliminary design documents necessary for permitting the new pier and has now completed removal of the former Euclid Beach Pier. 

Cleveland Metroparks recently submitted permit applications to allow construction of the pier to several agencies, including the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

 As Cleveland Metroparks awaits feedback and subsequent approval on the permit applications, preparation work will continue for commencement of construction. “We are excited to move forward with the next steps of the Euclid Beach Pier,” said Cleveland Metroparks Chief Planning and Design Officer, Sean McDermott. “As we continue progress with this catalytic project, our highest priority and focus is on improved guest experience, accessibility and safety for park visitors.”

 Since 2013, Cleveland Metroparks has continued work on improvements to Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood Park in Euclid Creek Reservation. The Euclid Beach Pier project addresses improvements in a phased approach, which includes a focus on ADA accessibility, expanded trails along the waterfront and a new plaza at Euclid Beach Park. Construction of the pier will occur in phase one, with updates to the plaza and surrounding areas in phase two. The new pier is expected to be approximately 285 ft. long from the top of the bluff, with approximately 120 ft. extending over Lake Erie. Construction of the Euclid Beach Pier will commence upon the issuance of permits and the approval of final plans, which the Park District hopes to be in summer 2017.

 Cleveland Metroparks is looking forward to an exciting year ahead, and to the kick-off of the 2017 Euclid Beach LIVE summer concert series with Disco Inferno!

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

A View From the Stage

January 22, 2017 Over 100 people dined at danced to the music of the Joey Tomsick Orchestra at the Slovenian Workmen’s Home ballroom on Waterloo Road.

The “Kitchen Angels” continue fish fries every Friday from 3-8pm. The balina/bocce courts are active with leagues playing throughout the week. The ballroom features swing dancing on Saturday and polka dances on Sunday.

Call 216-481-5378 for reservations or additional information.


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Bicycling News

Bike Euclid is a local advocacy group working to promote a comprehensive stress free bicycling network for transportation and pleasure, and to encourage and connect bicyclists to resources which support their safe and legal use of their bicycle. Bike Euclid is pleased to announce that we are to become the next chapter of Bike Cleveland. This closer working relationship will benefit residents of both communities as well as bicyclists throughout the region. Look for more on this next month in the March issue.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Cover The Stump!! Benefit for Greg and Beth Sonnhalter Saturday Feb 25th

On Saturday, February 25th, there will be a benefit for Greg and Beth Sonnhalter from 5 to 9pm at The Porch, 37638 Vine Street in Willoughby. There will be a Chinese Auction, Door Prizes and Side Boards. $20 for adults and $15 for children until February 15th, after that, $25 and at the door, which includes pizza, wings, potato skins and salad with a cash bar. Please contact Abby, 440-364-1480 or Kurt, 330-883-4266 for tickets or donations.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Change Ahead for Northeast Shores

More than 100 people were in attendance when new Board members were elected to the Northeast Shore Development Corporation Board of Directors in January. Thank you to everyone who participated in the process!

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach Team 2017 Cleanup Schedule!

There’s never been a better time to get outside, tidy up the neighborhood and help protect our Great Lakes environment. The Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach Team is gearing up for another year of cleanups and we’d love to have you join us! Check out our upcoming events, give us a like on Facebook, and contact us anytime at adopt.euclidbeach@gmail.com!

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Mass to Celebrate Shared Scouting Heritage

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of all ages, past and present, are invited to Saint Casimir Parish on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 12 noon for a special All Scout Mass. Uniformed scouts from local parishes will serve as readers and ministers, and attendees are invited to wear their Scout uniforms or the insignia from their time in Scouting.

The mass will celebrate the shared heritage of Scouting and mark the birthday of the founder of The Boy Scouts Association and Girl Guides, Lord Robert Baden-Powell. His success inspired his friend Juliet Gordon Low to return to her native Savannah, Georgia in 1912 and start the very first troop of Girl Scouts of the USA.

Since 1926, Scouts celebrate Baden-Powell’s birthdate, February 22—which he shared with his wife, Olave—as World Thinking Day. Scout families in more than 145 countries around the globe celebrate over 110 years of Scouting supporting the physical, mental and spiritual development of young people, so that they may play constructive roles in society. Olave wrote that, though we cannot visit with our brother and sister scouts around the globe, “you can reach out to them there in your mind. And in this unseen, spiritual way you can give them your uplifting sympathy and friendship.”

The celebration will be a full Catholic Mass, but all are welcome at St. Casimir.

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Finding The Oasis, An 18 Year Old Dream To Bring Art To Collinwood's South Side

Mentor, Professor Todd Williams and Malena

I sat down with Malena Grigoli, to discuss her art project, that she's bringing to South Collinwood. Malena, an 18 year old student, knows the value of art and having a mentor in her life. She attends Ohio Virtual Academy (But she take all of her classes at Tri-C through the College Credit Plus program)

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Oliver H Perry Eagle Eye December

3rd grade scholars performing at the winter concert on Wednesday, December 21st.

The holidays are always an exciting time for our scholars and staff at Oliver H Perry Elementary and Middle School. This past month we have had the pleasure of welcoming several new partners in educations into our building and hosting many exciting learning experiences and performances for our scholars.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Oliver H Perry Eagle Eye December - Kiwanis Club Adopts Oliver H. Perry

The local Kiwanis organization has generously adopted OHP and recently spent time in several classrooms, reading to scholars and talking with educators. We are grateful for the abundance of literature donated by them, to not only our individual scholars but classrooms as well. We also look forward to the addition of the Free Little Library they will be donating!

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Oliver H Perry Eagle Eye December -Cleveland Playhouse Performs “No Silly Season”

On Tuesday, December 13th, we had the pleasure of hosting the CPH’s, full length performance of “No Silly Season”. Scholars in grades K-4th were delighted by an interactive performance set in “Seasons Elementary” where the students are learning the importance of telling the truth. Performers then spent time in individual classrooms, interacting with scholars and leading them in hands-on learning activities.  

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

The 8th Annual Waterloo Alley Cat Project Fundraiser

On Saturday, February 18, 2017, The Waterloo Alley Cat Project is holding its 8th ANNUAL FUNDRAISER from 7 to 11 pm at the historic Slovenian Worker’s Home located at 15335 Waterloo Road in Cleveland.This year, the group has added a $1,000 Grand Prize Raffle to the festivities along with fabulous basket raffles and silent auction items. Music will be provided by Ace Molar featuring Todd Meany from Channel 8. Admission is $20 per person. All money raised goes to help Waterloo’s community cats! Donations of cat food and cat supplies will be accepted at the door and greatly appreciated! 

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Free Tax Preparation Services

Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition will be hosting free tax preparation services as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.  Last year in Cuyahoga County, the VITA Program served over 15,000 people and brought back more than $22 million to the community.  County VITA sites are at the County’s Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC) and at the Department of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) in partnership with Mt Pleasant NOW Development Corporation.  Westshore NFSC is located at 9830 Lorain Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44102; the tax site will be open Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturdays.  DSAS is located at 13815 Kinsman Rd, Cleveland Ohio 44120; the tax site will be open Fridays during the day.  To schedule an appointment go online to www.211oh.org or call 211/United Way.

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