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Help Plan the Future of E. 185th Street

E. 185th Street TLCI planning meeting from last winter.

Join us on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Villa Angela St Joseph High School Gymnasium, 18491 Lake Shore Boulevard, for this interactive meeting with the plan's consultants and representatives of the core committee regarding the Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI). We want to you to voice your opinion and hear your ideas on the current planning concept regarding opportunities, goals and improvement recommendations for the future including:

Pedestrian and bicycle-friendly transportation improvements

Land use and zoning

Redevelopment scenarios

Design guidelines for public and private improvements that will promote mixed-use and transit-oriented development (TOD) along the corridor.

The study's planning area includes: East 185th Street from I-90 North to Lake Erie.

The East 185th Street TLCI is funded by Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and local matching funds from: City of Euclid, City of Cleveland, University Hospitals, Hospice of the Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

This project will benefit the entire Community, but only will work with your support and input.

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Back to School

The students of Euclid Beach Apartments had a Back to School event August 8, 2015 where the staff of Euclid Beach Apartments and Northeast Shores donated and distributed supplies, and had health activities available from Cleveland Clinic. The kids were thrilled with their new items and the games Cleveland Clinic offered. We wish them, and all Collinwood youth a successful school year!

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Did You Miss SHOWS?

Survivors Helping Other Women Survive (SHOWS) is a group of breast cancer survivors using plays they have written to raise awareness about breast cancer and survivorship. Their first Collinwood 2015 event was Saturday, Aug. 22 at Collinwood Rec. The women of SHOWS wrote and acted in a touching play about the breast cancer experience from diagnosis to survivorship. Afterwards, the attendees had an opportunity to discuss statistics and prevention. If you missed this production, there will be another opportunity September 22, from 2:00 -3:30 at 16001 Euclid Beach Blvd.

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Cast Your Vote

What art projects are happening next year? We don’t know yet, but you can help decide! Together, residents, artists, and city employees will create projects about health, safety, youth, small businesses, and telling Collinwood’s story. At one of five polling locations, you can cast your vote to determine which projects will make Collinwood a better place to live.

To get involved in Ballot Box, call Julia DiBaggio from Northeast Shores at 216-481-7660.

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Upcoming events for Collinwood 2015

Summer is coming to an end, but Collinwood 2015 is just getting started! Thanks to a grant from The Kresge Foundation, you can experience something new free of charge.

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Fall into Exciting Programs at Collinwood Library!

Fall into Exciting Programs at Collinwood Library!

856 East 152nd Street

Cleveland, OH  44110


By Erica Marks

Kids Café

Visit the Collinwood Branch Library after school for Kids Café!

Beginning Tuesday, September 1 * 3:30pm—4:30pm

Harvest Hoopla!

Party with the pumpkins and sit on stacks of hay, we’re starting the new season in a fun way!

Join us for an evening of fun stories, apple cider, games and more! (All Ages)

Thursday, September 24* 4:30pm

Banned Books Showdown!

We’re having a Banned Books Showdown!  What’s your favorite banned book and why?  Join us at the Collinwood round table, as we share titles and read exerts out of our favorite banned book! (Teens)

Thursday, October 1 * 4:30pm

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Fall Beach and Park Cleanup Day at Euclid Beach and Wildwood - Saturday September 19th!

No cigar tip or plastic cap is safe when Adopt-a-Beach volunteers scour the sand!

Looking to fill your morning on Saturday September 19th?  Look no further!  Join volunteers at Euclid Beach for the Ohio Coastweeks - International Coastal Cleanup Day Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup or join volunteers at Wildwood Park for the Fall Cleanup & Bioswale Garden Service Day. It's going to be so hard to just choose one!

Ohio Coastweeks Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup: 10am-12pm - Euclid Beach Park

-Description - Volunteers at Euclid Beach will take part in an Ohio Coastweeks - International Coastal Cleanup Day with a Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach cleanup.  Debris collected at Ohio's cleanups and throughout the world is recorded on data cards and submitted to the Ocean Conservancy. For information about Ohio Coastweeks visit and for more information about the Ocean Conservancy visit

-Location: Volunteers should meet at the Euclid Beach Picnic Pavilion about 10-15 minutes before the cleanup to sign in (the entrance to Euclid Beach is located at 16250 Lakeshore Blvd. directly across the street from the Collinwood Rec Center).                                                                                                             

-Refreshments provided to all volunteers before and after the beach cleanup.

-Dress for the weather (this is a rain or shine event), Bring water, Wear long sleeves and pants, boots or work shoes, and work gloves are recommended. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

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Collinwood Slovenian Home “Man of the Year” - Dinner Update

The Collinwood Slovenian Home is honoring their 2015 “Man of the Year”, Ed Kocin, with a dinner on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. The date has changed from Wednesday, September 16, 2015. The event will be held at the Collinwood Slovenian Home, 15810 Holmes Avenue.  Dinner will be prepared by Julie Zalar and will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 4:00 p.m.

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

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Finding Our Way on Waterloo

New and exciting things are happening in the Waterloo Arts District - such as this mural painted in Summer 2015 - but there is plenty of room for improvement. Make your opion heard on

The construction barrels are gone, the detour signs down, new and old businesses are thriving. Yet, the Waterloo Arts District struggles to look and feel like a destination. Walking through the district one hour before the August “Walk All Over Waterloo”, one would never have guessed an event was imminent.

It fuels my fire, working as a master planner and streetscape designer for new developments around Cleveland, because unfortunately what we have in North Collinwood is a complete road, not a complete streetscape.

Yes, we have tabletops and wider sidewalks and a stage that someday soon may host regular programming thanks to the efforts of the Waterloo Merchants Association. We have a funky, sustainable parking lot at Azure and the unique steel megaphone sculpture with announcement board.

We also have ho-hum bus shelters, a palate of beige pavers and typically striped pedestrian intersections. We have loosely defined boundaries (marked only by a “Waterloo” sculpture on the west-bound side of the district and a billboard on the highway). We have utility poles left inexplicably above ground and unadorned with lights or paint or banners or anything graphic that might clue in a visitor that they have arrived at a place, not a throughway. And we have very few trees that survived planting.

While the hard elements are immovable, we do have the great opportunity to shape the street’s “softscape”, including branding an identity visible in district-wide banners projecting from buildings and utility poles, directional signage identifying business locations and informational markers that tie together the many murals in our neighborhood. 

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September Events at the Memorial-Nottingham Library


Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in September at 3:30pm.

The ‘Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee’ helps all students with tutoring if they need support to improve their reading skills.

Students in grades K-3 will get reading assistance through Braxton Education and Technology Consulting, which is offering the class.


Every Thursday in September from 3:15pm to 4:45pm.

Microsoft Excel 2010 I How to enter data
Thursday, September 03, 2015

Microsoft Excel 2010 II How to do worksheets
Thursday, September 10, 2015

Microsoft Excel 2010 III How to format and use filters
Thursday, September 17, 2015

Microsoft Excel 2010 IVHow to create charts
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Classes are for beginners. Registration starts on Monday, August 24, 2015. To register call 216.623.2980

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Volunteers Needed for Wildwood Park Fall Cleanup Day

Wildwood Park cleanup of the bioswale in 2014

Please join Euclid Creek Watershed program partners as we conduct restoration activities at the wetland and cleanup the bioswale garden.

When: September 19 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Where: Wildwood Park - Euclid Creek Reservation, Lakeshore Blvd. and East 174thStreet Cleveland, 44110, Meet at Wildwood Picnic Pavilion

Dress for weather (long sleeves, pants, work boots, gloves)

Register on Cleveland Metroparks’ Website by September 16.

All groups welcome, children under 18 must have adult supervision and fill out and bring a Cleveland Metroparks waiver signed by a parent/guardian.  

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Tri-C Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Center Reopens for Fall Semester at Metro Campus in Cleveland

The Community Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Center at the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will reopen for fall semester on Sept. 1.

The care center provides low-cost health care services to uninsured or underinsured adults while giving Tri-C health career students learning and training opportunities in a clinical setting.

The center will be open 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 1 through Nov. 19. It is located in Room 105 of the Health Careers and Sciences building at Metro Campus, 2900 Community College Ave. in Cleveland.

The center is staffed by students studying to be medical assistants, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants and dietetic technicians. The students work under the supervision of licensed health care providers.

Services offered at the center include blood pressure readings, glucose and cholesterol screenings; physical therapy and occupational therapy; physical rehabilitation for daily living; pain management; bone density screenings; nutritional coaching; stress management; and exercise and education programs. No physician referrals are needed.

To schedule a visit or to find out about special health-related workshops, call 216-987-3555.

The care center serves as a key part of Tri-C’s allied health career programs. More than 2,600 appointments have been booked since the service began in 2009.

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Bigger. Better. Awesomer.

Amelia gives Wally Waterdrop a big hug at a previous Southerly Open House.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's annual Open House is Saturday, September 19, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tour the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center, learn how scientists work to keep our Great Lake great in our lab, visit the Virtual Sewer and Touch the Trucks. The event also includes opportunities to meet Wally Waterdrop and his special friends, plus crafts, contests and prizes.

This free, family-friently event is fun for everyone and is bigger, better and awesomer than ever. More than 50 exhibitors are on-site with interactive displays and activities.

Sewer District officials are also collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription and non-prescription medications at the Drug Drop-off; this includes tablets, capsules, ointments, patches, syringes and inhalers.

The Open House is at the Sewer District's Environmental Maintenance and Services Center, 4747 East 49th Street in Cuyahoga Heights. Tours are first-come, first-served and the last tour begins at 3 p.m. Free parking is available off-site and shuttle service is available. See you there!

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2015 Collinwood "Railroaders" Footaball Schedule

2015 Collinwood “Railroaders” Football Schedule

Date:          Time:           Opponent:                                Location:                                  

8/28           7:00 pm      Trinity “Trojans”                             Bedford Bearcats Stadium  

9/4             7:00 pm       Luthern East “Falcons”                    Home

9/11          7:00 pm        Leetonia “Bears”                            Leetonia

9/18          7:00 pm        John Adams “Rebels”                      Home

9/25         7:00 pm         Lincoln West “Wolverines”               James Rhodes

10/2         3:00 pm         Whitney Young  “Warriors”              Roye Kidd Field (JFK)

10/9        3:00 pm         East Tech “Scarabs”                        Home

10/23      3:00 pm         Glenville “Tarblooders”                    Home

10/30      3:00 pm         John Marshall “Lawyers”                  James Rhodes

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Look at the Collinwood School Fire Memorial Garden Now!

Before - Closeup

First LRCP Work Days: July 16th & 18th 2015, look at it now!

Thanks to the Cleveland Municipal School District's Summer Interns, & the Little Red Cap Project committee members - the Memorial Garden is looking wonderful!

This is just the start - there's still much to do! We'll be putting plans together for the Garden, once school is back in session.

As always, if you're interested in helping in any way on this - we'll definitely need all kinds of talents and abilities to do this! Do contact Elva Brodnick at either or 216-738-0626 or Charlotte Iafeliece at or 216-401-8778.

And thanks!

Elva Brodnick & Charlotte Iafeliece 

Co-Chairs Little Red Cap Project

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St. Vitus Adult Slovenian School

The St. Vitus Adult Slovenian School will begin its 2015- 2016 language classes on Saturday, September 12.  Classes are scheduled on two Saturdays a month  from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. and will continue into May 2016.  Location is at Martin de Porres High School (formerly St. Vitus School), 6111 Lausche Avenue, Cleveland.  For information, please call Lillian Centa, Director, at 216.289.7253 or email

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Happy 80th Birthday to Us!

Once upon a time, four young Cleveland women entered Ohio University to prepare for careers while having fun and making new friends.  Actually, Rita Vaitkus and I already were friends since we both graduated from Collinwood High School.  The other two are Pat Synan Strom from the west-side and Pat Golene Keehn from a southeastern suburb.  Three of us studied journalism while one majored in home economics.

Following graduation, we concentrated on our careers.  Pat S. was a home ec teacher and guidance counselor in the Cleveland school system.  Pat K. was a pharmaceutical rep.  I did public relations for Euclid General Hospital and the City of Cleveland.  Rita was in communications for Addressograph Multigraph Corp. and Blue Cross of Northeast Ohio.

Our friendships continued to flourish in Cleveland.  I was in Pat K.'s wedding.  Pat S. and I played tennis and golf together.  Rita and I frequently double-dated.  Our group even attended our 25th class reunion together at Ohio University in 1982.

A long time ago, we discovered that our birthdays are within 30 days of each other, from October 16th through November 16th.  We decided to celebrate together with dinner.  None of us can remember exactly when this custom began, but a good guess would be 50 years ago.  We dined at fine restaurants all over town and observed our 65th birthdays with a dinner cruise on the Good Time.

Since I moved to Florida in 1997, we now celebrate our birthdays in the summer when I return to Cleveland to visit friends and relatives. This year we met at the Americano Restaurant in Bratenahl Place to observe our milestone 80th birthdays.  We never imagined that we would still be having birthday dinner together at the ripe old age of 80 after 50 years!

Fairy tales always end with "and they lived happily ever after". We are happy, happy that we are still alive -- and lively -- and looking forward to celebrating more birthdays together in the furture. 

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Public meeting

Public Meeting

Help Plan the Future of E. 185th St.

Villa Angela St. Joseph High School Gymnasium

Thursday, September 10, 2015

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Meet the Mayor, October 8, 2015

Mayor Frank Jackson will be at Collinwood Recreation Center, October 8, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to answer your questions and hear your concerns. If you have a question about city services, now is your chance to hear about it from Mayor Jackson. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Potluck in the Park

Vital Neighborhoods 4the Annual Potluck in the Park 
Saturday, September 19, 2015
4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

League Park
6601 Lexington Ave
Cleveland, OH 44103

Fun! Food! Friends! Festivities! Mark your calendars and spread the word for Potluck in the Park 2015! ‪#‎PitP2015
This will be a Zero Waste Event! So please bring food in containers that can be re-used or re-cycled.

Bring a dish of any size with a list of ingredients. (We would rather see you than the food, so please come even if you cannot bring a dish). Non-perishable food will also be collected for the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. See you there, Rain or Shine! 

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September Winds

Where did summer go? It seems like it just got here and already it’s September. I hope everyone enjoyed the Friday night Summer Concert Series at Euclid Beach MetroPark. The attendance was unreal and the crowds enjoyed themselves immensely! In fact, we haven’t seen crowds such as these since the days of the amusement park and no issues were reported! The only concern, I guess,  was – not enough food vendors; which we will work on collectively for next year.

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Music for Miles Returns at Waterloo Arts

Music for Miles Returns at Waterloo Arts

Percussion Ensemble Creates a Joyful Noise. Bring the Kids.

Some M4M followers will remember a performance by Duo Anime, the percussion duo that made music with everything from drums to clapping hands. The group has expanded into four as the Cleveland Percussion Project, with Andrew Pongracz, Bruce Golden, Dylan Moffitt and Luke Rinderknecht, and it plans a lively concert for M4M’s Fall opener on Sunday September 13 at 4 pm.

It also plans a generous intermission to allow for a kid-friendly musical activity designed by Soo Ji Lee, the Korean pianist and student who is working with Waterloo Arts as an intern. And there will be cupcakes. (For grownups, the adjoining Callaloo Café will be happy to provide glasses of wine and other refreshments; indeed, you might stay after the concert for some Caribbean food.)

Instruments will include marimbas, a xylophone, vibraphone and glockenspiel, plus snare drums, bass drums and some “unique instruments” still to be revealed. The playlist will be at least as interesting as the instruments:

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Hospice of the Western Reserve Warehouse Sale

You won't believe the items that are available at the Hospice of the Western Reserve Warehouse Sale!  Whether it's sprucing up a home, changing decor, locating a "gently used sofa" for a college student, or finding a dining room table large enough for holiday gatherings, Hospice of the Western Reserve's Warehouse Sale is the place to be!

In addition to furniture, framed artwork and lamps, the selection often includes matching sets of fine china, glassware, antiques, collectibles and one-of-a-kind treasures. The proceeds not only support seriously ill patients and their families, but veterans in need of specialized care,  grief and trauma  counseling in schools and other community-based programs provided by the nonprofit agency. Cash and major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, and Discover) are accepted for payment (no checks).  

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Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary School All Community Meeting

We are building a new Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary School and your input is vital to its success. This meeting is in conjunction with the East 185th Street Neighborhood Association and the Oliver Hazard Perry Community Advisory Committee. The Community Committee is on board. Our architect is on board. Are you on board?

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All Community Meeting

Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary School

All Community Meeting

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Oliver Hazard Perry School

18400 Schenely

6:00 p.m.

We are building a new Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary School and your input is vital to its success.

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The Heritage Home Program in Ward 8

As summer winds down and autumn approaches, home maintenance and weatherization projects may be on your mind.  Thanks to funding designated by Councilman Michael Polensek, the Heritage Home Program is available to houses in Ward 8 that are more than 50 years old.  For over 20 years, the Heritage Home Program has provided the owners of older homes with free advice on repair or maintenance projects and has offered a low-interest financing option to cover project costs. 

If your home is more than 50 years old, you have access to:

-  A free site visit from a Construction Specialist to discuss home repair projects

-  Help prioritizing projects

-  Assistance finding contractors

-  Impartial advice on contractor estimates

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From the Rock to the Stepping Stone

Chester Lester was scheduled to do community service at Collinwood Recreation Center.  He had to complete 50 hours.  Chester started on June 19, 2015.  Once Chester and his mother came to see me, Chester demeanor was timid.  He stated that he was uncomfortable due to being in an environment that wasn’t familiar.  At the end of his shift on the 19th Chester stated that he enjoyed working here and that he wanted to stay and continue working after his hours were completed.  The staff and I hear a lot of community service workers state that they will come back and do work for the community, but only a few make that statement true.  Chester is one of those few workers.  “Chester Lester” as we sometimes call him, which is his actual, name, has not, missed a day since his community service hours were completed on June 26, 2015.   Chester stated to me, that he wanted to be a part of the team and I was going to make that happen.  Chester was an honorary YOU worker and received t-shirts as the other youth did and he also obtained a volunteer shirt so that he could blend in with the rest of the staff. I mentioned to Chester and his mother, Ms. Henderson about the Mayor’s youth program.  They both were interested and now the application is awaiting approval.  Chester states that he wants to be here because it keeps him out of trouble and he actually has fun being at the center and working.  Chester is here faithfully from 9am-8pm Monday through Friday and Saturdays 9:30-6pm.  As I stated earlier he has not missed a day.  He has participated in all of our team gatherings.  Chester Lester has shined his character and commitment on Collinwood Recreation Center.  We are grateful to have him in our presence.  Chester has gone from the rock to the stepping stone and is approaching his throne one day at a time. 

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Collinwood New Tech students pursue vision and service to community

Richaun Bunton of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District works with a New Tech @ Collinwood student during a recent workshop day at the school.

Collinwood New Tech High School freshmen have a vision. In fact, so does their entire school community.

New Tech Principal Maria Carlson and the staff at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school are challenging an incoming ninth-grade class of about 90 students to not only grasp and live out the school’s overall educational vision, but to each come up with a personal vision statement.

The idea is to expose the incoming freshman to the ever-important “So what?” question that hangs over so many high school students as they approach their upcoming four-year high school career – and beyond, Carlson said.

“Because school is not just ‘So I can get an A in physical science,’ but ‘How will this help me beyond school?’,” she said. “We thought that it was important that before we jump into content projects, we help them think about ‘Who am I?’ and ‘How do I fit into my community – at New Tech, at Collinwood High and in the community?”

To that end, Carlson and Site Coordinator Amy Carlson (no relation) of Ohio Guidestone, a Northeast Ohio social services agency, have already had the students do SWOT (Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats) analyses of themselves and their school, take the well-known Myers-Briggs personality test, meet with community leaders and plan a “Day of Service.”

In short, they are working together to provoke the ninth-graders to think big – but also think specifically.

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, that meant students meeting with public officials, community leaders, clergy and others to talk about life beyond high school and giving back to their community.

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Back to School Time—for Teachers, too!

St. Jerome faculty picnic at Wildwood

Principal Mrs. Susan Coan and Pastor Rev. Bill Jerse welcomed new and returning St. Jerome faculty and staff to another school year on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.  The morning began with Mass at church and concluded with a lunchtime picnic at Wildwood Park.

We are pleased and proud to introduce some of our teachers to the community:

Phillip Dank teaches preschool and has 17 years of teaching experience in the greater Cleveland area.  “Action” is a word which describes the learning activities which take place in our preschool.  Each “play” activity has learning objectives behind it.  Evidence of creative movement with dance plus visual art projects are observed by parents.

Lyndsey Johnson attended Cleveland State University for a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Last year, she was the first grade aide for Mrs. Coan.  This year she is teaching Kindergarten and looks forward to a fun year!  Over the summer, Miss Johnson taught summer school at St. Jerome.  She recently became engaged and is looking forward to planning a wedding.

Katie Coan is the first grade teacher at St. Jerome School.  Being born and raised in Euclid she attended Holy Cross School and Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, then went on to Cleveland State University graduating in 2007.  This is currently her seventh year at St. Jerome School and she couldn’t be happier to be a part of this community.  Katie is married to husband, Michael, and they have a six month old daughter, Mary Kate.  Some of her interests include traveling, going to the beach and just enjoying time with her family.

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St. Jerome Clambake & Steak Dinner

Everyone looks forward to the annual St. Jerome Clambake and Steak Dinner.  This year’s event will be held under the big tent on the parish grounds, Sunday, September 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Dinner is always delicious and a great value at $30 each.  The meal includes succulent clams, roasted chicken, corn on the cob, potatoes and creamy chowder.  Sizzling steak dinners are also available.  Neighborhood favorite, Joel Scigliano, will provide music and entertainment.  It’s a great place to catch up with old Collinwood friends and make some new ones.  Join us for food, Chinese auction, 50/50 raffles and lots of fun.  Call the parish office at 216-481-8200 to purchase tickets or visit our website at

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October Garden Party- Seeking Volunteers!

Pick from our pumkin patch!

Who: All ages

Where: The Collinwood Friends Garden, at the corner of E 156th and Corsica

When: Sunday, October 4th, 2-6pm

What: Community members are in need to help the garden clean up after the growing season; this involves pulling plants up, weeding, spreading compost, and tarping the beds to prepare for winter. We will have raffle prizes, music and food to celebrate getting together for a job well done!

Why: Doing this will repair the overused soil and prevent weeds from growing in the fall to spring, which means an earlier start to the growing season since we won’t have to spend so much time preparing the beds. You can also learn how to extend the growing season into the fall and prepare your own beds for winter.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

P.S. Don’t forget to send in your favorite recipe for the Healthy Collinwood Cookbook! Email entries to or mail them into:

Northeast Shores Development Corporation

Attn: Collinwood Friends Garden

317 e 156TH St

Cleveland, OH 44110

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Healthier Seniors Wrap up Summer

Chermoula prepared by Keving Scheuring of Coit Road Farmers Market

Linda Zolten-Wood and Michel Hodges RN continued arts/health programming at the Rose Center on Lakeshore Blvd. as part of the Collinwood 2015 initiative sponsored by Northeast Shores Development Corporation and the Kresge Foundation.  We kicked off the month with Valerie Salstrom from Get Hep Swing, a local dance studio.  Valerie is an award winning swing dancer and taught us some great moves.  She then invited us to make up our own moves by thinking about summer activities and then setting them to music.  We created The Fly Swatter, The Swimmer, and even The Corn Eater.  Great fun was had by all as can be seen from the accompanying pictures.

The next week featured great eats.  Linda made easy peasy bean dip with canned beans, fresh salsa and shredded cheese.  Kevin Scheuring, manager of The Coit Road Farmers Market expanded our culinary horizons by treating us to a North African dish called chermoula.  Ingredients included saffron, parsley, green bell peppers, onion, garlic, lemon juice and preserved lemon, cumin, sunflower sprouts and a variety of spices from Spice Hound.  All this mixed together and served over rice. Yum!!  

We also gathered recipes of a different kind, home remedies that Rose seniors remembered from their childhoods.  Does anybody remember something called mutton taler?  It is a mixture of quinine, soda, and rubbing alcohol made into a paste which you rubbed on your chest, back, top of your head and bottoms of your feet to draw out a cold.  

Great eating continued the next week with Kai Wingo of Kultured Mushrooms.  Kai started growing mushrooms after being laid off and was named this year as one of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People.  She sauteed oyster and shitaki mushrooms with a little olive oil and garlic powder.  Amazing how good these were!  She explained that  mushrooms are not only a great source of nutrition featuring anti-inflammatory properties but also can be used to break down oil in contaminated waterways.

The month ended with a potluck where everyone shared their favorite recipes featuring end of summer bounty.  There may even be a cookbook so keep your eyes open for future info!  Everyone got to take a home a hand painted flower pot filled with herbs from local herb specialist Anastasia Pantsios.  

Linda and Michel have greatly enjoyed their time with everyone at the Rose Center and hope to repeat a similar program next year.  Thank you to Northeast Shores and the Kresge Foundation for sponsoring the grant that made this program possible.  Thanks also to everyone who presented and participated.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 6:40 PM, 09.08.2015

Utilities Resource Fair

Cuyahoga Job and  Family Services and the Home Heating and Weatherization Task Force will be hosting a Utilities Resource Fair, at Collinwood Recreation Center at 16300 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio 44110, on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 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 for Providers at 1:00 p.m. registration is online for the workshop at or call 216-987-7010. 

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 6:40 PM, 09.08.2015

"Caturday" Night Vegetarian Bbq Fundraiser

The Waterloo Alley Cat Project will be holding a vegetarian BBQ fundraising event on Saturday, September 19th at 6:00 p.m. in Gallery 160, 16008 Waterloo Road. The cost to attend this “all you can eat event” is $10. The night will also include live music by Clint Holley, raffles, a cash bar, and a slideshow of the neighborhood feral cats that are being helped by the Cat Project. A truly fun evening for a good cause. A red pick-up truck will also be parked out front for dropping off cat food donations. All donations and money raised will be used to feed, shelter and provide veterinary care for Waterloo’s feral cats.

The Waterloo Alley Cat Project (WACP) is a small nonprofit group of 7 dedicated people volunteering their time to care for and protect the feral cats that live in the arts and retail district on Waterloo Road. WACP implemented the humane method of trap-neuter/spay-release in November 2009 to reduce the large population of cats roaming the streets. To date, they have spayed and neutered over 250 cats. Through teamwork, their mission is to help the community by caring for the cats and teach that all life is connected.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 6:40 PM, 09.08.2015

Radio Personality Mark Ribbins of 107.3-FM, The Wave Headlines Free Oct. 10 Community Luncheon Event

Meet Mark Ribbbins of 107.3-FM, "The Wave" 

10th Annual Voices for Hospice to Focus on “Hidden Patients, Hidden Lives”

Hospice of the Western Reserve’s African American Outreach Committee is hosting a free community luncheon event entitled, “Voices for Hospice: Hidden Patients, Hidden Lives,” on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the 700 Beta Banquet and Conference Center (adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn), 700 Beta Drive, Mayfield Village. Educational exhibits from a variety of community organizations will be available for browsing beginning at 11 a.m.; the luncheon and program follow from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging and E.F. Boyd & Son.

Popular radio personality Mark Ribbins (@JazzPreacher) of 107.3-FM, The Wave, will headline as the keynote speaker and The Wave’s Grace Roberts will emcee. The program commemorates World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. Registration for the luncheon (required) is available beginning Sept. 1 at or by calling 216.486.6645.

“By shining a light on the hidden lives of real families in our community and sharing their stories, we hope people will walk away with a better understanding of how hospice supports the medical, social, practical and spiritual needs of people living with life-limiting illnesses and their families,” said LaBena Fleming, Provider Relations Manager at Hospice of the Western Reserve and Co-chair of this year’s event. “The luncheon provides church groups, social organizations, families and friends with a great way to learn more in a relaxed setting while also learning about many other community resources available to help with a variety of services and needs.”

About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve is one of the region’s most experienced providers of hospice care. Now in its 37th year, the nonprofit agency provides end-of-life care, caregiver support and grief support services for families throughout Northern Ohio. Care is provided in private residences, nursing homes or “wherever a patient calls home,” and at two inpatient care centers: David Simpson Hospice House in E. 185th Street in Cleveland and Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake. The agency’s calling extends far beyond “typical hospice care” to serving the most vulnerable, including a pediatric program for children with life-threatening illnesses, grief support and crisis response for local schools, and specialized end-of-life care for the most complex cases. The organization’s Hospice Institute provides continuing education to the Northern Ohio medical community. For more information, visit, or call 800.707.8922.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 6:40 PM, 09.08.2015

Sun, Sand and Celebration Make Euclid Beach a BLAST!

Some Euclid Beach Blast highlights including a beach selfie with Ali, my right hand woman!  For more pictures and video, visit

We had a BLAST celebrating community and creativity on the shores of Lake Erie at the sixth annual Euclid Beach Blast!  We jammed and danced to local talent at the Beachland at the Beach stage from The Prime Directive, Maura Rogers and the Bellows, David Loy and the Ramrods and Grupo Son Gitano and if jamming and dancing to the sound and the beat of these bands wasn’t enough, we kept it moving with a kickoff from the O.H. Perry Drumline, high kicks from Unified Martial Arts and side kicks and more from a Nulife fitness bootcamp demonstration!

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:21 PM, 08.09.2015

Gift from Lifelong Euclid Resident to Fund Hospice House Upgrades

Guests stroll along the Vista Walk overlooking Lake Erie.

Hospice of the Western Reserve Announces Long-Range Growth Plans

Twenty years ago, Hospice of the Western Reserve began admitting patients at its new hospice house – the first in Ohio and one of only a handful in the country – overlooking 1,200 feet of Lake Erie waterfront. At a recent anniversary ceremony, president and chief executive officer Bill Finn announced the agency is engaged in a master planning process with C.C. Hodgson, a firm specializing in healthcare and senior living design services.

 “This is a multi-year journey,” Finn said, speaking before an audience of staff members, volunteers and community supporters. “Our objective is to set long-term goals for David Simpson Hospice House and the adjacent 12-acre Christian Life Center property we acquired in 2009. As we examine the options to grow and to expand this campus, our focus is on solutions that will most benefit the Northeast Ohio region - our patients, families and the community.” 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

East 185th Street Planning Second Public Meeting

The East 185th Street corridor is undergoing a planning process, and we want your input. The public meeting will be held the second week of September. Be on the lookout for more information. For more information, call John Boksansky at (216) 481-7660.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

Blue Breeze Sports Bar & Grill

Blue Breeze

The new Blue Breeze Sports Bar & Grill, on the corner of East 169th St., and Lakeshore Blvd., is currently open to the public, on a limited basis.  The official Blue Breeze Grand Opening celebration will be held sometime in October.

Blue Breeze customers can enjoy a full service deli, central air, a large TV, and indoor or outdoor dining.

A lot of renovation has been done on the building for Blue Breeze over the past several months, including painting, carpentry, a new cement patio, railings, and the Blue Breeze sign.
The Blue Breeze Sports Bar & Grill is located at 16826 Lakeshore Blvd.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

Did You Submit Your Roof Application?

Is your roof damaged?  Do you want the opportunity to take care of a major repair without incurring the kind of upfront, debilitating expense that a new roof generally comes with?  For a limited time and on a first come first serve basis, Neighborhood Housing Services is sponsoring a roofing program.   So what are you waiting for?  Submit your application TODAY!  

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

We Have Limited Artist Live/Work Spaces Available, Hurry to Select Your Space!!!!!!!!

Four of the six units at the newly renovated Glencove Building (located at 231 East 156th) have been swooped up by some amazing artists! Want to check out the remaining two spaces? Or our other Artist Live/Work Spaces available at 276 East 156th and 321 East 156th Street? Sure you do! The Renter Equity Program is waiting for you.  Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of a very cool community. Be the next Artist to move into this creative space and receive a $50 gift card to one of our neighborhood restaurants, retail or music venues. To schedule a tour of all Artist/Live Work Spaces please contact Camille Maxwell at (216) 481-7660 ext. 30 or send an email

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

Public Meeting for New O. H. Perry School

By now I hope you have heard that because of the Levy that passed last year for the Cleveland Municipal School District we are now working through the process to build a new Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary School.What I can tell you at this writing is that the architect is on board and the Community Advisory Committee should be meeting them at their next meeting.  Our next steps are to set up the all community meeting, work with the architect and keep pushing forward.  Our goal is to have the best possible school we can have from an architectural point of view, one that fits the needs of the community and our children, pays heed to the history of the old school and the person whose name is on it, and overall create a school whose academic record can exceed all expectations.

To accomplish our goals the Committee cannot work alone. We are comprised of representatives from all aspects of the community along with CMSD and the Councilman.  YOU ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROCESS.  AN ALL COMMUNITY MEETING is planned for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 at OLIVER HAZARD PERRY SCHOOL located at 18400 Schenely. Parking is in the parking lot and you can enter the gymnasium from the Harland.  This meeting is in conjunction with the East 185th Street Neighborhood Association meeting and the Oliver Hazard Perry Community Advisory Committee.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM at the school.  EVERYONE is most welcome to attend.  

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office of Councilman Polensek at (216) 664-4236 or email us at

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

Healthier Seniors in Collinwood 2015

Seniors in motion!

Last month in the Observer it was reported that Michel Hodges and Linda Zolten-Wood had received a grant from Collinwood 2015, an initiative blending arts and health activities to improve the health of our community.  Michel and Linda have been working with the seniors at the Paul Alandt Lakeshore Rose Center for Aging Well.  Their series of 6 programs is half way done and all involved are very happy with the results.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

St. John Nottingham Church hosts Dr.Paul Maier

St. John Nottingham Lutheran Church is presenting a seminar at the church, 17403 Nottingham Road, on Saturday September 19, 2015 from 9:00 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. This seminar is being presented as part of our 125 th anniversary celebration for “Spreading the Good News” in the Collinwood area.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

St. John Nottingham serving Collinwood for over 125 years

St. John Lutheran School is proud that it has, over the years, admitted students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies and admissions policies.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

Cleveland Mass Mob Came to St. Jerome

In One Voice.

The 'mob' is the People of God.  Jesus tells us, "For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."  This gathering is a parish. Each parish has its own personality, its own charism.  Mass Mob is a celebration of community, and sacred space, with the presence of Jesus.  Cleveland's Mass Mob was warmly welcomed at Saint Jerome's.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

Picnic Time

José and his family have been enjoying the picnic for many years.

In a month where it seemed like the rain would never stop, the sun came out and smiled on the St. Jerome annual picnic and raffle on June 28, 2015.  From the well-seasoned grill crew, to the Chinese Auction Baskets, to the setting up of tents and tables, to the raffle, Our Holy Name Society did a marvelous job of orchestrating this event, as they do every year.  And of course all the attendees who shared snacks, side dishes and yummy desserts outdid themselves this year.  Mark your calendar now and plan to join us for the annual Clam and Steak Bake this September 27th.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

Healthy Collinwood Cookbook

Peyton, 4, harvesting her radishes at the Collinwood Friends Garden this summer.

The Collinwood Friends Garden, located on the corner of East 156th and Corsica, is compiling recipes for a Healthy Collinwood Cookbook! Please share with us your yummiest and freshest recipes that you love to make. If possible, include a photograph! Submit entries to by September 10th.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

Experience Collinwood 2015 Projects!

Planting a Healthy Menu, seniors visit Cavotta's Garden Center.

It is time to check out the first three of 13 arts and wellness projects! This projects are brought to you in thanks to Kresge Foundation and Northeast Shores Develoment Corporation.

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