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Cleveland Metroparks Open House Offered Community Members an Opportunity to see the Start of Big Plans for our Lakefront Parks

This rendering was on display at the meeting to show what the newly constructed pier and ampitheater might look like.
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On Thursday, March 6th at the Collinwood Recreation Center, community residents had an opportunity to attend a public open house where Cleveland Metroparks presented updates about management, safety, programming and infrastructure improvements of the Lakefront Parks.  The open house was one of two events coordinated by Cleveland Metroparks in partnership with Land Studio to provide residents on the near west side of Cleveland with updates about the coming year at Edgewater Park and residents in the Collinwood and Glenville neighborhoods with updates about the coming year at Euclid Beach, Villa Angela Beach, Wildwood Park and Gordon Park/East 55th St. Marina.

Cleveland Metroparks staff and administration, including Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman and COO Joseph Rozak were present at the meetings and available for questions and suggestions from community members.

The Open House Tables included tables outlining: An Overview of Park Operations, Programming, Events & Communications, Park Infrastructure, Safety & Security, Natural Resources, and Future Planning & Community Engagement. 


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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 3:14 PM, 04.07.2014

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Be a part of the 2014 Scoop on Summer

It’s time to submit your event, program or activity for the eighth annual Scoop on Summer. What’s the Scoop? Is it a flyer? A brochure? A poster?! Yes, and so much more. It’s Collinwood’s community organizing project-slash-work of art that lists—for free—all the good stuff in and around Collinwood, June thru September. The deadline for submissions is May 1st.

Where does it go?  The Scoop is printed in an edition of  10,000-15,000 copies. About half of those are distributed in partnership with 16 neighborhood schools. The balance are distributed to project partners and in stacks at public places around the neighborhood, courtesy of the Collinwood Observer. It’s also online.

Who lists in it?  More than 175 institutions, associations and individuals who stage events and programs for all ages, in the arts, athletics, faith, nature, music—you name it, are invited to contribute listings. There is no charge for submissions.

But participation isn’t limited to assets that have already been identified. If you haven't listed an event in the past, plan and submit one this month--a street sale or a front-yard concert. Proclaim your youth or church program to a wider audience. All you have to do is submit your content using the survey form at     


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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 3:12 PM, 04.07.2014

Collinwood High School Hosts Successful Father and Son Night

Assistant Principal, Fred Ray (second from left) poses with several participants in the Father and Son Nigh program.
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     A Father and Son Night was held recently at Collinwood High School, facilitated by the school administration and staff, as well as community and parent volunteers.  This was an initiative to promote family and community engagement at the school. 

     The evening began with dinner and an encouraging message by Reverend Earl Baumgarner, of the City of God Baptist Fellowship, located in the Collinwood community.   Reverend Baumgarner spoke about the importance of fatherhood and getting a good education.  Fathers were given data about student achievement and various programs that Collinwood High School has to offer to prepare students for colleges and careers. 

     The program adjourned to the gym, where father and son teams displayed their basketball skills in various competitions including, free throw shooting, a 3-point shootout, 5-on-5 and 2-on-2.  Winning teams were recognized and given trophies.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 3:14 PM, 04.07.2014

Cleveland Public Library's Tech Central Comes to Collinwood

Staff and students are intrigued by the 3-D printer and its uses.
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     In celebration of Teen Tech Week, and this year’s theme, “Do-It-Yourself @ your library,” several classes had the opportunity to learn about Cleveland Public Library’s new Tech Central – Maker Space.  Tech Central Coordinator, Sam Tripodis visited Collinwood High School and spoke with students about the many free state-of-the-art technology resources and classes available at the facility, located in the Louis Stokes Wing of CPL’s main branch. He described Tech Central – Maker Space as a place where CPL and CLEVNET member library card holders can explore, design, create and innovate.  Students were fascinated when Mr. Tripodis demonstrated the 3-D printer and some examples of its capabilities. 

     Arrangements for this program were coordinated by media specialist, Gail Greenberg, in collaboration with teachers, Christopher Kraska, Joyce Dorbish, and Teddy Mwonyonyi.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:33 PM, 04.07.2014

World Water Day 2014 Beach Cleanup Kick-Off!

The snow is still be falling and Lake Erie is still frozen over, but there are at least some signs of spring around if you look hard enough! And you know with spring comes beach cleanups!

Adopt-a-Beach volunteers will kick off the 2014 beach cleanup season on Saturday, March 22nd from 10am-12pm in celebration of World Water Day. World Water Day is a United Nations recognized day to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and sustainable use of freshwater. This year's World Water Day highlights the important connection water and energy use. You can read more at

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:16 PM, 04.07.2014

Successful Collaboration Brings Job Opportunities to Cleveland Youth

Cleveland, Ohio, March 21, 2014 – The construction industry affords many individuals the opportunity to establish lasting careers, improve themselves and strengthen their families, while generating the financial means to stabilize their lives.  No one knows this better than APB & Associates, Inc (APB).  When APB was asked to help two of its institutional clients, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Metropolitan School District, bring opportunities in local construction to historically underutilized communities using individuals with exceptional skills and work ethic, the logical recourse was to turn to the Cleveland Job Corps. 

Cleveland Job Corps teaches eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and placing them in meaningful jobs or further education.  Their success in their mission was demonstrated in earnest at a Job Fair hosted by APB for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Max Hayes High School and the Cleveland School of the Arts construction projects.  A direct result of Cleveland Job Corps’ ability to prepare their young people for work was the hiring of Ms. Clarissa Bost by Messina Flooring, one of the sub-contractors on the construction project.  Messina was extremely impressed with Ms. Bost’s knowledge, work ethic, and enthusiasm; skills that were apparent with all the of Cleveland Job Corps candidates in attendance.

The working relationship between APB & Associates, Inc. and Cleveland Job Corps has positioned the company to serve the community in a more plausible way, and APB is excited about its ever-growing relationship with the Cleveland Job Corps. 

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 3:12 PM, 04.07.2014

“LOCKS of Love” finds new home

Custom engraved "love" padlocks from Make Love Locks. The Brooklyn, New York based company donated these locks to the LOCKS of Love, From Waterloo project.
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All press is good press. If you’ve been paying attention to the local news abuzz over the happenings in the Waterloo Arts District, you’d know that 2014 is a year of great press.

On March 7th, 2014 LOCKS of Love, from Waterloo launched with a free public event held in Mac’s Lock Shop on Waterloo Road. This event was made possible through the generous support of The Kresge Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Northeast Shores Development Corporation.

A large crowd flooded Mac’s from 5-9pm on an unusually warm late winter’s evening to hand stamp their initials, name, or other short message into the body of an outmoded, non-TSA approved luggage lock. These locks were then affixed to an expanded mesh and plaster sculpture, currently on display in Mac’s alongside an upcycled key mobile titled “Keys to the Street”.

A re-opening of LOCKS will take place during the next “Walk All Over Waterloo”, the monthly first Friday art crawl. Join neighbors and fellow artists at the new and final location: a chainlink fence down the street from Mac’s, in front of the Zaller Building and the Waterloo Sculpture Garden.


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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 3:09 PM, 04.07.2014

Fox 8 News Came to North Collinwood

Fox 8 News recently visited our neighborhood to showcase VASJ and our Waterloo Arts District. VASJ was recognized as being a “Cool School”. The students did an excellent job talking about what makes their school worthy of the distinction. They described how their education at VASJ from academics to extracurricular activities comes together to make them ready for the world.  Go Vikings!!

A few days after the VASJ story on Fox 8 was aired, Kenny Crumpton came to Collinwood and featured our Waterloo Arts District on the “Kickin it With Kenny” segment. Kenny spent some time at the Azure Stained Glass Studio which is hosting their 10th anniversary party on March 29th.  During the interview, Pete Gulyas from Blue Arrow records who will be the DJ for the event stopped by to talk about Record Store Day that will be held on April 19th. Then Kenny headed down to Mac’s Locks and learned about the Locks of Love project that is being coordinated by Alison Lukacsy.  It is exciting to see our neighborhood featured for the great things that are happening here.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 3:11 PM, 04.07.2014

Spring is Here

Even though the weather hasn’t caught up with the calendar, it is time to start thinking about getting the garden ready. We have many vibrant, beautiful and prolific gardens in the neighborhood. If you live in an apartment or are not able to have a garden in your yard, you can still participate in beautifying our neighborhood and growing some good things to eat. There are several community gardens that have space for other gardeners to have a plot. If you are interested please contact Margaret Craig at 481-7660.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 3:11 PM, 04.07.2014

There is Nothing More Valuable to Your Child’s Growth as a Learner than “Just Reading.”

There is Nothing More Valuable to Your Child’s Growth as a Learner than “Just Reading.”

A few years ago, I was a participant on a panel with several principals about how to evaluate teachers.  The principal next to me spoke first, and among the many statements she made with which I disagreed was this one:  “I never want to walk into a classroom and see students just reading.”

At the Intergenerational Schools, it is required that teachers provide at least 30 minutes each and every day for students to just read.  This is called SSR, for Sustained Silent Reading.  In many schools and classrooms, students spend a lot of time filling out worksheets or doing reading “activities” but spend little if any time just reading. In my work as a teacher, principal and now Chief Educator, I like nothing better than to walk into a classroom and see every individual (teacher included) deeply engrossed in a book.  Each person is reading a “just right” book that he or she has chosen (independently or with teacher guidance).  We will never develop readers, if we never give students the opportunity to select and spend time reading beautiful, wonderful, engaging and mind-expanding books.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 3:06 PM, 04.07.2014

Dream it up, Plan it out: Master Plan to lay out future for neighborhood schools

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has been working steadily, if a bit quietly to draft a new facilities Master Plan. This plan, whose release has been delayed since February, will help determine how building funds from the State of Ohio and local bond campaign will be invested to build, renovate, and otherwise adjust the distribution of school options around the city.

CMSD leaders say the draft plan will be released in mid-April. It will be available online at and will likely get ample coverage in The Plain Dealer by education beat reporter Patrick O’Donnell. Once the plan is out, we will have one last opportunity to be heard about plans, especially for such aging neighborhood schools as Collinwood High School and OH Perry.


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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:31 PM, 04.07.2014

New resource to help you "choose your school"

This month the Cleveland Transformation Alliance (CTA) launched a new school choice tool for families across our city. The CTA is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring every child in Cleveland attends an excellent school and that every neighborhood has a mutlitude of quality school options from which families can choose. A new website, is now available to help Cleveland families make informed decisions about the schools their children attend – including a comprehensive, interactive and searchable “report card” on every public (district and charter) school in the city.

Cleveland Transformation Alliance is a key component of Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools, and advocates for progress outlined within that plan. The Transformation Alliance has four distinctive roles:  (1) Assess the quality of all district and charter schools in Cleveland; (2) Communicate to parents about quality school choices; (3) Ensure fidelity to the citywide education plan; and (4) Monitor charter sector quality and growth.  The Alliance’s Board of Directors stands "unified for quality schools" and includes representatives from Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland Teachers Union, charter school authorizers, the business community, foundations, parents and educators.


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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:34 PM, 04.07.2014

Events at the Boardwalk- May 2nd Walk All Over Waterloo

With warmer weather finally approaching, we are excited to invite you out of the house for a night of fun and surprises on Waterloo, Friday, May 2nd! There is a lot happening at the SS&W Boardwalk that evening. The bar has been making several improvements during the construction time, and this includes a new draft system! Gone are the days of not being able to get a nice cold draft! They will be putting the new system to work for the first time and will be serving cold ones all night to the tunes of The Madison Crawl, their favorite barrel house boogie band! Another component for the event includes an "Open House" of the second floor of the building- a massive upstairs that is divided up into twelve rooms, 2 newly remodeled bathrooms, and a common area- that once served as doctors' offices and even a place for railroaders to rest for the night. Today, they are offering several of these rooms for rent as artists studios at an affordable rate on a monthly basis. If that is not enough for you, The Boardwalk has sponsored a local artist to create a public art scavenger hunt. Life size tape replicas of Clevelanders will light up the street and various businesses- something unexpected and fun that you'll truly have to see to appreciate! Find them all and receive a special treat from the Boardwalk! If you are interested in seeing how these sculptures are made, she will be out and about on the weekends in April creating them- keep an eye out! Specifically, Saturday April 12th, 3 scultpures will be made at the Boardwalk starting at 7 pm, pizza provided if you come to watch or get involved. SO- Get excited for May people! Make sure you get out of the house and Walk All Over Waterloo on Friday, May 2nd! 

Public Art & Studio Open House- 6-10 pm

Madison Crawl 8-12 pm

The SS&W Boardwalk 16011 Waterloo Road

This event was made possible by the Collinwood Vibrancy Program through Northeast Shores Development Corporation, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and the Kresge Foundation.


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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:30 PM, 04.07.2014

Free Financial Checkup with Key April 8th

Please join us for your free relationship checkup.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Key Bank

911 East 185th Street

Cleveland, OH

Our bankers will be on hand to showcase solutions to your financial needs including Estate Planning, IRA Rollovers and Deferring Taxes.

Special guests:

Michael D. Polensek,City of Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman

Algis Sirvaitis, Attorney at Law from E. 185th neighborhood

Lenny Vaccaro, Realtor, Howard Hanna

Eddy Chatmon, Mortgage Loan Officer, KeyBank

Light refreshments will be served.


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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:29 PM, 04.07.2014

Hospice of the Western Reserve Partners with MOCA Cleveland

Chuck Behrens, Spiritual Care Coordinator

The Spring 2014 exhibition at MOCA Cleveland runs through June 8 and features 22 national and international artists. The spring season kicks off with a provocative exhibition that uses mortality as its subject. DIRGE features 22 selected artists, both living and deceased, who work in painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, and installation. The exhibition aims to create a substantive space in which we might better understand, even appreciate life, by reflecting on its end.


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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:51 PM, 04.07.2014

April Events at the Memorial-Nottingham Library

MICROSOFT POWERPOINT 2010 I, Monday, April, 7, at 11:15am.  This is a beginning PowerPoint class that will teach “how to create a computer-based slide presentation.”  Registration for all April classes is required and begins Monday, March 24, 2014. To register, call 216.623.2980.”

MICROSOFT POWERPOINT 2010 II, Monday, April 14, at 11:15am.  This class is a continuation of the first PowerPoint class, and will teach “how to add graphics, transitions, and animations to the slide presentations.” Registration for all April classes is required and begins Monday, March 24, 2014. To register, call 216.623.2980.” 

MICROSOFT PUBLISHER 2010 I, Monday, April 21, at 11:15am. This is a beginning Publisher class, and will teach “an overview of the tools and elements in Publisher.”  Registration for all April classes is required and begins Monday, March 24, 2014. To register, call 216.623.2980.” 


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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:26 PM, 04.07.2014

Spring Book Sale at Euclid Public Library

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For libraries, it's a matter of arithmetic. If you add the new books, music, and movies that borrowers want to the old material the library already has, you soon find you have to subtract something to have room. Libraries have to get rid of as much as they take in.

The Friends of the Euclid Public Library has been running two sales a year for a few decades, now. They sell both donated items and the library's cancelled material–everything from dictionaries to DVDs, usually including quite a number of books for children and teens.

The Spring sale will start with a night for members of the Friends of the Library. It's Friday, April 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Members show their cards to get in; others may join at the door for $5.00. You don't have to live in Euclid, or even in Ohio, to be a member of the Friends.


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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:28 PM, 04.07.2014


The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has announced their plans to continue to make bilingual ballots and all other voting materials available in Spanish and English.  The 2010 Federal agreement (Consent Decree) between the Board of Elections and the US Department of Justice will expire on March 30, 2014.  The agreement included providing bilingual ballots and other voting materials to Spanish speaking voters who were educated in Puerto Rico.

By unanimous approval, the Board of Elections has passed a resolution listing the specific actions that will be taken following the expiration of the agreement.  Pat McDonald, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections says “I am happy to say that virtually all of the services we provide to accommodate Spanish speaking voters will remain in place; this includes bilingual ballots, voting instructions, and bilingual poll workers in communities where there are high numbers of Spanish speaking voters.”


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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:52 PM, 04.07.2014

Cleveland Clinic's Minority Men's Health Fair

You can discover your risk of developing prostate or colon cancer, learn how to quit smoking and prevent strokes, and gather all kinds of other health information at the 12th annual Cleveland Clinic's Minority Men's Health Fair.

The free event is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the lobby of Glickman Tower, 2050 East 96th St., on the Cleveland Clinic's main campus.

Free parking is available in the P1 garage at East 93rd Street and Euclid Avenue.

Last year, 1,200 men attended and underwent more than 6,000 screenings. The annual event, founded by Charles S. Modlin, Jr. M.D. of the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, aims to address the healthcare disparities experienced by minority patients in Northeast Ohio. African-Americans have a shorter life-expectancy, higher incidence of death from heart disease and die from prostate cancer twice as often as white males.

Registration is strongly encouraged. To sign up, go to 

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:47 PM, 04.07.2014

Creative Painting

Creative Painting with artists and teachers, William Denihan and Doug Rothschild.

Saturdays 10:00am - 1:30 pm

APRIL 12th & 26th

MAY 10th & 24th

JUNE 14th & 28th

No art experience necessary!

Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministry

15706 St. Clair Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio  44110

To sign up or for more information call:


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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:48 PM, 04.07.2014

Save the Date!

On Saturday, May 17th, Northeast  Shores  and the Alive on 185  Committee will be hosting our Annual Parade and Sidewalk Festival. The parade kicks off at 11:00 am and the sidewalk festival will last until 5:00 pm. This is the sixth year for this event and we are planning for this year to be bigger and better than ever!  If you have a group that would like to walk in the parade, please contact Margaret Craig at 216-481-7660. We are also looking for street performers to entertain after the parade is over during the Sidewalk Festival.  Whether you want to walk in the parade or stand on the street and catch candy, please mark your calendars and join us for a day of fun and celebrate our vibrant community!!

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:20 PM, 04.07.2014

What's Happening at the Collinwood Branch Library?

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


America Reads FREE After School Tutoring
Students in K-8 can get assistance with their homework.  College students from Cleveland State University can 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 3:00-5:00 p.m.



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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:16 PM, 04.07.2014

Youth Program: How to Write Your First Resume

This resume class is for any student who will be graduating this spring, or who is still in school, and looking for their first job. Everyone needs a resume to help them stand out from the other applicants, and to get the work experience they need.

“Summer is fast approaching, and many students will be looking for a summer job,” said librarian Alfonzo Daniels, (Library Asst. I Youth Emphasis.)

In this class “we will be putting together a first time resume for those students who are trying to enter the workforce for the first time,” Daniels said.  "Even if you think you have no experience to include on your resume, this workshop will explain how your class work, volunteering and school activities can all be included on your resume.

Please call the library for more information at: 216-623-7039.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:23 PM, 04.07.2014

Dive Bars R Us

Dive Bars R Us Bus Trip #5 is on April 26th, and starts at Becky’s Bar, located at East 18th & Chester. Lunch, party bus & new DBRU Tees are included. Tickets are on sale at Becky’s and the tour will include many of your East-Side Faves!

Drop me a note at the above email and let me know about your “Dream Dive Bar Trip" or visit our website at

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:19 PM, 04.07.2014

Taste the Neighborhood

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Taste the Neighborhood, the annual Fundraiser for Northeast Shores Development Corporation was held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. It was a wonderful opportunity for neighbors, businesses, and organizations to come together to enjoy delicious food and to celebrate the accomplishments of our awardees. We would like to thank the many restaurants that generously provided a taste for our enjoyment. Samples came from all over the neighborhood; Gus’s Diner, Chili Peppers, Scotti’s, The Beachland, Muldoon’s, Gostilna at Knezak, Grovewood Tavern, V’s Chicken, Congin’s Pizza, Georgio’s Pizza, and the Lithuanian Club which was also our host for the evening. Two of the newest additions to the list of fine restaurants our neighborhood has to offer, The Standard and Lebaron’s Cuisine were in attendance giving us a sample of their menu’s tasty offerings. Our sweet tooth was satisfied with treats from Archie’s Bakery, Cakes by Sweetwater, and Dave’s Supermarket. We tasted wine from Bari Beauty and Health and enjoyed soda provided by the East 200th Street Convenient Food Mart.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:52 PM, 03.14.2014

Cleveland Job Corps Center Government Day

One of the goals of the Cleveland Job Corps Center (CJCC) and the Community Relations Council is to have students participate on a regular basis in service projects that benefit the community.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:52 PM, 03.14.2014

Four Events to Look Forward to in March

Commito and Harnischfeger event part of the Bellwether series with the Cleveland Museum of Art

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Spring has sprung in the Collinwood neighborhood with a variety of free public events that are being offered in March. Through the generous support of The Kresge Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Collinwood’s Rising Vibrancy Program will be providing four events to celebrate the neighborhood and artists in the local community.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:47 PM, 03.14.2014

Scoop on Summer Kick-Off!

Shake off the snow and come out Monday night, March 10th, 5-7 pm to start thinking about the summer. The Beachland Ballroom is hosting the first-ever kickoff party for the 8th annual Scoop on Summer. What's the Scoop? It's a community organizing project/work of art that lists--FOR FREE--all the events and programs in and around Collinwood from June through September, online at and in more than 10,000 print copies each summer since 2007. 

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:52 PM, 03.14.2014

Lake Shore Coffee House Best Chili

Mocha Anyone?  I know... not exactly something you'd expect me to be asking, yet it’s something you'd hear at The Lake Shore Coffee House, Euclid's oldest Coffee House. The 21 year old establishment has been doing it right... and Greg Lawrence, the proprietor keeps on improving!

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:51 PM, 03.14.2014

Great New School Opening in Collinwood This Summer

Lakeshore Intergenerational School, the tenth school in the Breakthrough Schools network, will open in Collinwood this August.  The school replicates the highly successful Intergenerational School model, one of the highest-performing public schools in Ohio. 

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:51 PM, 03.14.2014

Annual Founders' Meeting--CNHS

Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society invites you to join our Annual Founder’s Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on March 25, 2014, at the Collinwood Recreation Center 16300 Lakeshore Boulevard. After a short yet informative meeting, we will welcome our Guest Speaker, Eric Deutsch.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:51 PM, 03.14.2014

Get to know O.H. Perry

Our Mission: To provide the highest quality education for students from a high-need, urban area, compels us to strive for academic excellence for each student through the delivery of a 21st century educational model. All costs for education are received from local tax funds that have been allocated to support our high quality school.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:45 PM, 03.14.2014

East 185th Street Revitalization Effort Awarded $88,000 Grant

Neighborhoods in Greater Cleveland are on the rise, and East 185th Street is no exception.  Straddling the Cities of Cleveland and Euclid, East 185th has a long history of providing a diverse array of neighborhood-focused retail goods and services to the Collinwood-Euclid area. Developed as an intimate, pedestrian-friendly retail district, East 185th Street is the type of street attracting new residents and investment throughout Northeast Ohio. That’s why the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, Northeast Shores Development Corporation, and the Cities of Euclid and Cleveland are very pleased to announce the receipt of an $88,000 Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) grant from Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to help continue the growing strides and development of the East 185th Street neighborhood.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:48 PM, 03.14.2014

Polka Dances

Sunday afternoon Polka Dances continue at the Slovenian Workmen's Home, 15335 Waterloo Road, Cleveland 44110, located in the Waterloo Arts District, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $12.00 per person and includes a sandwich and a soft drink.  A full bar is available.  For groups of eight or more, reserved seating can be requested by calling 216-481-5378.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:51 PM, 03.14.2014


Another Lenten season is here.  Not only during Lent, but every Friday throughout the year the Kitchen Angels of Slovenian Workmen's Home hold the best little fish fry in town.  They do take a couple of well-deserved Fridays off during the holidays.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:51 PM, 03.14.2014

Welcome to our East 140th Street Corridor Neighbors

Due to changes in the ward boundaries, Northeast Shores Development Corporation now serves the East 140th Street Corridor. We are pleased to service this part of our community and will be assisting the residents in the formation of a block club. North Shore Collinwood has many Block Clubs and Neighborhood Associations doing great things and Northeast Shores is excited about adding the E. 140 Street Corridor to the list.  Our first meeting will be held on Wednesday March 26th, at the New Life Missionary Baptist Church located at 13905 Diana Ave. at 6:00 p.m.  Please contact Margaret Craig at (216) 481-7660 to add your name to our mailing list or if you have any questions about the new block club. We look forward to meeting and working with you.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:51 PM, 03.14.2014

Upstage Players Celebrates 20th Anniversary

North Collinwood’s UpStage Players, one of Northeast Ohio’s hardest working children’s theatre companies, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014 with the beloved musical Godspell Jr.  Tickets are now on sale!

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:51 PM, 03.14.2014

March Events at the Memorial-Nottingham Library

GED CLASSES, every Tuesday and Thursday, at 10:15am. FREE GED classes will be taught at the library through a partnership with Tri-C. What you need to do: Sign up for orientation. Attend the orientation. And return for the classes.  Call the Memorial-Nottingham Library at 216-623-7039 to register.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:48 PM, 03.14.2014

Why are Watersheds important?

Watershed Diagram

A watershed is the area of land that drains rain and snow to a common body of water, such as a stream, river or lake.  Our landscape is made up of interconnected watersheds.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 6:51 PM, 03.14.2014

Neighborhood Nights gain steam at Beachland

Manhattan Beach, an all-star collection of Shore Acres residents led by husband and wife team Scott Stettin and Meredith Pangrace.

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The North Collinwood neighborhood has a rich tradition of musician residents and performance spots. We have the Frank Yankovic square at E. 152nd and Waterloo in honor of the legendary polka man who took his Cleveland Slovenian-style ethnic music up the pop charts in the ‘50s, and in ‘60s era the neighborhood drew music fans to the pavilion at Euclid Beach and the dances at the Green Darby on Lakeshore. At the Beachland, we are trying to keep that tradition alive by once a month showcasing some of the musicians who currently live in North Collinwood and inviting all of our neighbors to sample this experience for free. We are celebrating the success of this monthly gathering on Sunday night February 16 in the tavern with an extra special lineup of performers.

The tradition started about a year ago but picked up steam with the help of Dan Bode, a Shore Acres resident and lead singer/harmonica player for the band Moko Bovo. Dan has been regularly offering the jazzy blues of Moko Bovo. which also includes guitarist Al Moses, bass player Rick Kodramaz and drummer John Stebal, as a centerpiece for these nights.

Other regular performers have been: bassist Albert Dennis, a longtime resident of Overlook Park street, who has retired from his day job and now spends much of his time playing with blues singer/guitarist Mary Martin and others; Maura Rogers, who moved into a house rehabbed by Northeast Shores Development Corporation not far from the Beachland a couple years ago, but is also one of Cleveland’s strongest up-and-coming singer/songwriters on the scene; and Mike Uva, another Shore Acres resident who created his own record label and performs his own beautifully penned Americana-style songs solo or with a band.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 7:39 PM, 02.07.2014

Councilman's Corner: Difficult January

Wow!! What a winter. It is hard to believe that it is February already and that our temperatures are colder than many cities in Alaska. Please watch out for the ice; EMS has reported numerous individuals who have sustained fractures and head injuries from falling on the ice. I don’t want you to be one of those statistics. Also, please watch out for the potholes; they can be extremely hazardous and in this freeze/thaw cycle it is almost impossible for crews to fill them and to have them last for any extended period of time. Street repair, chuckholes and snow plowing concerns may be called into (216) 664-2510. Drive with extreme caution! Stay warm!

A problem we continue to experience is motor vehicles which have not been moved on primary and secondary roadways which have caused a severe problem for trucks trying to plow the streets or to clear them of the snow. If there is a vehicle on your street which has not moved within 72 hours, you owe it to yourself and your neighbors to call the 5th District Police at (216) 623-5505 to report it with the make, model, color and plate number of the vehicle. More snow is on the way and we need to get these vehicles off the streets.

In addition, frozen pipes and broken water lines have become a daily occurrence. Never use an open flame on any frozen pipe – use a hair dryer, heat gun or electric heater to thaw the pipes. If you see water running in the street or from a hydrant or valve call the Division of Water at (216) 664-3060, immediately.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 6:56 PM, 02.07.2014

Music Saves in Lego Form

Mini Music Saves.

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We are celebrating our 10th year of business in 2014, and are planning a slew of special events and surprises in order to celebrate! We hope you will join us for as many of these as you can!

On Saturday, January 18th, Lego man Ben Shuber completed the building of a Lego replica of MUSIC SAVES, right here in the store! Folks hung out and watched it come together while Mike Uva played a couple live sets for us!

The Lego MUSIC SAVES is permanently housed in a clear box, and displayed in the store, for all to see!

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 6:22 PM, 02.07.2014

"Frequency"-- Propaganda-haunted realism

"Atomic Luster," Oil on Canvas, 2011.

Cleveland-based painter Mike Meier’s paintings and drawings explore a mysteriously potent visual realm, balanced between depiction and abstraction. Following in the footsteps of contemporary European painters such as Michael Borremans, Luc Tuymans, and Gerhardt Richter, Meier combines a propaganda-haunted realism with a sense of the abstract, dehumanizing force of repetition. His paintings seem in search of the vibrating, ghost-like space of the individual, all but dematerialized, haunting the machine of recent history.

Meier was born in Cleveland and teaches Foundation Drawing at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he earned his BFA.

Waterloo Arts Gallery (FKA Arts Collinwood), 15605 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110

Gallery Hours: Tue – Sun 4-10pm or by appointment. Facebook Event: Contact Information: Amy Callahan, 216-692-9500,

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 02.07.2014

Mirrors Shine At Beachland

Legendary Mirrors.

Mirrors reprised their fantastic show at the WRUW Studio A Rama in September with an equally outstanding show at the Beachland Ballroom on the very snowy night of January 25. The line-up for the show was Jamie Klimek on guitar and lead vocals, Craig Bell on bass, Jim Crook on guitar, Tom Fallon on guitar, Dave Franduto on guitar, and Tom Madej on drums. Four guitars, creating a wall of sound, each very different guitar player finding his own space in a power guitar quartet--in this line-up's second performance together. 

Mirrors opened each of their two sets with a Velvet Underground cover, first with "There She Goes Again" and second with "Venus In Furs." They also did some songs they didn't get to play at Studio A Rama, such as "How Could I," "I'm The One," "Here We Are Again," "Penthouse Legend," "Another Nail In The Coffin," and "I Saw You" (not to be confused with "I Saw You And," which they also played, or "And I Saw You" which they did not.)  The performance proved why they are frequently referred to as legendary as they moved easily from punk to pop to jamming with the Lord, with a Gospel-like appeal to Jesus followed by "God Says" (F*** You.)  They were funny, relaxed with the crowd and obviously had a great time themselves. Opening band St. Jayne did an excellent job of warming up the crowd, doing several Easter Monkeys songs.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 7:00 PM, 02.07.2014

February: Celebrating Presidents, Love and Black History

February is an extremely busy month. It is Black History month and then there is Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. February is an extremely busy month. It is Black History month and then there is Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. Take a moment to think about all this. Take time with the one you love on Valentine’s Day – forget the commercialization of the holiday and celebrate the sentimentality of it. Then remember George Washington and Abraham Lincoln on their birthdays and reflect on our government and all the Presidents who have ever served these United States. Finally, don’t forget to delve into the myriad of African Americans well-known and not so well-known who have left a mark on our history, our community and our world and celebrate achievement, tenacity and courage during Black History Month.

As for my part – when at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument we always talk about the African Americans represented in bronze and their role during the Civil War. During the month of February we take extra time to speak of their courage and tenacity in the face of the odds. Now, I have put together my Valentine’s package for my husband and I can concentrate on my history and put together my display about the Presidents at work.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 7:20 PM, 02.07.2014

Want to get hired by the City of Cleveland?

Mayor Jackson is hosting a “How to Navigate the City of Cleveland’s Hiring Process” informational session for the public to help educate and spread the word for people looking to join the City’s great workforce at Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114 on Saturday, FEBRUARY 15 from 9 am to Noon.

Find out about how you can get a job working for the City of Cleveland.


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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 6:35 PM, 02.07.2014

iMedia coaches rising stars Collinwood Rec

2014 has brought new and exciting opportunities to the digital media class that meets at the Collinwood Recreation Center on Wednesdays at 4:30pm.

First, we have a new name, our program is now known as iMedia. This program allows our youth, ages 13-18, to explore career opportunities associated with radio, media and the arts.

Devon Merritt, a rising R&B singer, who was discovered at the iMedia class by music executive and radio personality Darvio "Kingpin" Morrow of The Avenue Radio Show, on WHK 1420am performed at the Cavaliers vs. the Chicago Bulls game during Primetime on January 22nd.  

Rakim Huff, aspiring actor and director, is up for an audition at a local Westside theater.   One of our new opportunities is an online magazine called Volume Magazine, which is a Cleveland-centric entertainment & pop culture online magazine, with the following subjects: music, fashion, film/tv/radio, sports, arts and culture. We need inspiring writers, if you are interested contact us at Volume Magazine was co-funded by Neighborhood Connections and the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 6:36 PM, 02.07.2014