For several years, employees from Forest City have generously donated many hours of their time and talent to complete a variety of volunteer projects at Hospice of the Western Reserve. The volunteer projects are part of the organization’s annual Community Day and provide a way to give back to the local community.
In 2016 an Arkansas woman saw a need in her community and recognized her own power to help address it. This woman began the Little Free Pantry project, which has spread to Akron and Berea, and thanks to an awesome collaboration, now Cleveland through ‘Give Box CLE’.
Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries (CNCM) is relocating the site of our ministries from 15706 St. Clair Ave. to the Five Pointe Community Center on E. 152nd St on the 1st of August, 2018.
On Thursday, May 10, 2018, HGR had the honor of presenting the 2018 HGR Industrial Surplus S.T.E.M. Scholarship to Evan Ritchey, a Euclid High School senior.
On Fri, June 29 2018, at 7:00 pm, The Collinwood Slovenian Home is having a fundraiser that will be a fun time for everyone.
A group of community members are working together to support a literacy initiative—Little Free Library Neighborhood(LFL)-- that began in Slavic Village with support for WKYC’s, Margaret Bernstein, Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives. Because of its success, it is now expanding to three additional neighborhoods, Hough, Central and Collinwood. The focus is to show the importance of reading at community events, the library and neighborhood schools and other institutions in the neighborhood. In addition, the community focuses on being a Little Free Library Neighborhood, where Little Free Library (places where people can pick up free books to read). The Collinwood Neighborhood currently has several Little Free Libraries in the community but can always use more. This initiative hopes to increase the number, provide upkeep and re-stocking existing ones and create programming to support literacy by providing books for children, families and people.
By Magnolia Peters
The Spring selling season is upon us and homes are selling quickly! If youre thinking of selling now is the perfect time.
If you haven’t been down East 152nd Street lately, you might not know that they’ve torn down Fanny’s Restaurant. Shuttered for the last 11 years, it closed due to a huge back tax debt. It was this debt and the lien on the property that also complicated any purchase from potential buyers.
Today, most companies seeking to hire new employees require job-seekers to apply for positions on-line. The person applying must navigate a website, upload a digital copy of their resume, and have an e-mail address. Imagine what going through this process means to someone who is not computer savvy or simply does not own a computer at home? Finding a job without access to a computer, Internet, and e-mail can be nearly impossible, but, with the help of the staff of the Collinwood Branch at Cleveland Public Library and access to their public computers, patrons are turning the impossible into something achievable.
Beachland Park is excited to be having their Second Night Market on Saturday, June 9th, the Night Market starts at 5:00 P.M. ending at 9:00 P.M. Join us at beautiful Beachland Park, bring a cooler, enjoy the sunset, food by Charissa, live entertainment and wonderful venors. Included in the vendors are Paparaazi Jewelry, Lake Erie Monster Gems/Out of Our Minds Furniture, Zombies by Lily, LipSense, Thirty-one, Younique and many more!! We still have room for craft/homemade vendors so if anyone is interested you can email email@example.com for more information, spaces are $20. Join us for a wonderful evening of shopping on Lake Erie!! Street parking available on Canterbury, Landseer and Windward.
Now in its seventh year, Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2018 Walk to Remember presented by Huntington Bank is the nonprofit agency’s largest fundraiser of the year. Scheduled for Sunday, June 10 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the event is open to anyone wanting to celebrate the memory of loved ones and make a difference in the lives of those living with serious illness.
County Councilman Michael J. Houser public service career has spanned from the local, state and national level. Houser served as Special Assistant to Cuyahoga County Chief of Staff where he gained extensive experience in County government.
During his time as Special Assistant, Councilman Houser who is a champion for Voting Rights led the Countywide Civic and Voter engagement initiative and created the Youth Summit entitled "Your Voice Matters" that teaches students the importance of community involvement, as well as how, when and where to vote. Houser stood up to protect our most vulnerable population by helping to led the County's faith-based infant mortality reduction initiative in partnership with First Year Cleveland. Houser also remains an advocate for those in need of a second chance at life, though his work speaking at local correctional institutes and creating an event that focuses on at-risk youth and access to jobs for the formally incarcerated called "Choices and Consequences.”
Prior to his role with the County, Houser worked as an Educational Specialist for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cleveland, Campaign Staffer for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, in the D.C office of Congressman Tim Ryan and a Field Organizer for the We Are Ohio campaign, the coalition led by organized labor to overturn attacks on collective bargaining rights.
Councilman Houser currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland Bridge Board and E.F. Boyd & Son advisory board.
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Have you ever wonder what it takes to make clean drinking water? How does the water get from Lake Erie to your home? What chemicals are used to process water from start to finish? On May 12th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., these questions along with many others can be answered by our dedicated Cleveland Water employees, when you join us for our Drinking Water Open House at the Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant, 1245 West 45th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44102.
The Euclid Beach Snack bar AKA LAdy's Kitchen, located within the park is opening May 11th and the hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday 4pm- 8pm. The snack bar offers a variety of traditional foods like hotdogs,hamburgers,fries, polish boys plus the addition of quesadillas, fish and ribs ( on occassion). In addition, we offer free hot dogs to the kids on Wednesdays and seniors on Thursdays, "Cater your Picnic" which is just what it says, pre order your food eliminating the fuss so that you can just relax and enjoy your day, we also plan on having various events such as card parties on Saturday and Sunday with fish fry included, car and motorcycle shows, variuos gospel events and we invite the community to offer suggestions.
Shepherd received her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Akron in 2009, her master's degree in law from Champlain College in 2012, and her Ph.D. in leadership/business psychology from the Chicago Professional School of Psychology in 2016. Shepherd has a certification in cross-cultural management. Shepherd's professional experience includes owning two small businesses: Nicroix Consulting and Property Management and Gecon Supply Company LLC. She has also worked as the vice president of G.E. Construction Company. She was a student affiliate of the American Psychological Association and a committee member of the Advisory Board of the African American Community Chamber of Commerce.
Meet the Candidate: House District 10 State Representative
My name is Aanand Mehta and I am running to represent District 10. I was born in this District. I live in this District. I work in this District. I am confident that I am the most qualified candidate for this position because of my professional experience, my personal background and my community service.
My experience of 5+ years as a transactional attorney at Jones Day has prepared me to be an effective legislator. The position that I am running for is a lawmaking position and I am the only practicing lawyer in this race. I have been trained to understand the law and to interpret the law. Every day, I draft complex legal documents, which is an essential role of a legislator. Understanding the intricacies of the law will strengthen any legislation I hope to pass. Furthermore, urban interests are at a severe disadvantage in Columbus; District 10 must have a skilled negotiator to fight on its behalf. I negotiate on behalf of my clients against some of the largest financial institutions on a daily basis and I fully intend to employ those skills to get the most effective laws and increased funding for our region.
My name is Terrence Upchurch and I am a candidate for Ohio House District 10. I am a lifelong Democrat, who was born and raised in the greater Collinwood and Glenville communities. I am a proud graduate of St. Peter Chanel High School. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Cleveland State University and I am pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration Degree from Villanova University. Most recently, I served as a special assistant to Cleveland City Council and previously worked alongside Cuyahoga County Councilman Anthony Hairston. From these experiences, I have learned and developed a keen understanding of the nuances of government which I plan to take to the State House.
I understand the importance of having partnerships at the State House and will use this office as a platform to fight for working class families. In District 10 and all across Ohio, we have felt the impact of a of a state legislature that continues to cut resources. In Cuyahoga County alone, over 100 million dollars has been stripped from our local governments at the hands of the state, making it more difficult for municipalities to meet the basic needs of the people and provide simple services such as; Police and Fire.
I look forward to being a true and trusted ally in the State House and fighting for resources that District 10 so desperately needs. I am the endorsed Democrat in this race and have received support from Congresswoman Marcia Fudge. I have also received endorsements from the following members of Cleveland City Council: Kerry McCormack, Blaine A. Griffin, and Anthony T. Hairston
How do you know it's Springtime in Collinwood? Red-winged blackbirds are calling from the trees. Ladies with solo cups of wine are strolling our lakefront parks in the chilly sunshine, and we're calling out for content for the Scoop on Summer. What's the Scoop? It's a calendar that rounds up all the events, programs, arts & eateries around our community.
CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect.
On February 1, 2018, local resident and Son of Caroline J Peak and the late Gregory Peak, Jeremy A Peak was promoted to Warrant Officer for the United States Marines at Quantico, Virginia. Jeremy is a 2000 graduate of Collinwood High School and began his military career in the U. S. Marine Corp immediately after. He is scheduled to graduate from Officer's school in May of this year.
"Knowledge is Power" is the joy today, for our youth. Everything around you is information. Most parents wondered "why do the past 3 generations cling to their phones?" The cellphones today referred to as "Smartphones" are just that. Connectivity to the whole world via the web.
Registration is now open for Cleveland's Community Builders Conference—One Cleveland, Many Stories which will be held Saturday, March 24th.
Euclid Police Partners with Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. in Response to the Opiate Epidemic in Cuyahoga County
The Euclid Police Department and Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. (MCMS) announces their new partnership to launch the “Safe Passages” initiative in response to the opiate epidemic in Cuyahoga County. Safe passages is also referred to as The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI).
The 2018 GardenWalk Cleveland Tour will take place on July 7 and 8 from 10-5pm. It is a free, self guided tour of many private and community gardens in the City of Cleveland. North Collinwood will once again be a featured neighborhood. The committee is in the process of considering a few changes to the format this year. At this point there will be four areas: West Park, Detroit Shoreway, North Collinwood, and Little Italy for the first time. It is possible that rather than two days for all four, each neighhood would be assigned one of the two days. This would allow all who volunteer their gardens a day to visit some of the others.
Intrepid former Collinwood resident Devlin Chambers has been busy since reaching his Americorps NCCC assignment in Sacramento, CA last October. As you may remember, Chambers is taking a year before entering college to participate in the National Service Corps Americorps NCCC program that places young adults aged 18-24 in service projects throughout the United States.
The Pinewood Derby hosted by Cub Scout Pack #143 in Euclid drew more than one hundred cheering fans to Our Lady of the Lake Parish Hall on Saturday, January 27. The pack families and friends came together to celebrate the boys' efforts, and see which cars flew the fastest down the pack's four-lane aluminum track.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 24th and start brainstorming your best summer recipes for the second (annual?!) Collinwood Community Potluck. Better yet – join us on the planning committee.
Entreprenuership has landed in the community of Collinwood for youth! Cleveland Rise, a nonprofit 501 c 3 organization has established a Small Business collaboration of resources and funding to mentor, consult, train and advocate for Collinwood, East Cleveland, Mount Pleasant and other communities in Northeast Ohio. Lead by Executive Director Diane Coates, whose passion has organized leaders and established reentry programs like Citizen Circle and crime prevention curriculums, mentoring students and young adults into entrepreneurship.
On Saturday, February 10, 2018, The Waterloo Alley Cat Project is holding its 9th ANNUAL FUNDRAISER from 7 to 11 pm at the historic Slovenian Worker’s Home located at 15335 Waterloo Road in Cleveland. This year, we will once again hold a $1,000 Grand Prize Raffle and announce the winner during the festivities. We will also have our fabulous basket raffles and new fun activities to help cats. Music will be provided by Ace Molar featuring Todd Meany from Channel 8. Admission is $20 per person. All money raised goes to helping cats. Donations of cat food will be accepted at the door and greatly appreciated!
Business owners and officials from both Euclid and Cleveland came together during this past holiday season for an East 185th Business Block Watch and Networking event at Cebars Euclid Tavern. Representatives from both the Euclid and Cleveland Police Departments came to share tips on how we can all work together to fight crime. Euclid Ward 4 Councilman Jarosz and Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Polensek came to show their support as well. Also in attendance were Euclid Ward 6 Councilman-elect Wotilja; Sheila Gibbons, Executive Director of the Euclid Chamber of Commerce; Robert Gatewood, Owner of Gamerhaven and Northeast Shores Development Corporation Board Member; and Mary Mastalski, Community Development Manager for the City of Euclid. Our host, Paul Cvelbar - being the good Clevelander he is - provided kielbasa for the crowd. Here is some useful information for anyone who missed the meeting, much of which might be of use no matter in which neighborhood you work or live. Kate McLaughlin, Euclid Community Policing - Euclid businesses can call EPD for free security assessments. For more information call: (216) 731-1234 . For other resources available from Euclid Community Policing, see: http://www.cityofeuclid.com/community/police/CommunityPolicing . Ms. McLaughlin also informed us that, if anyone has a security camera at your business or residence, you can help fight crime by letting the Cuyahoga Prosecutor's Office know that they can contact you if your system might have caught footage they could use. See: http://prosecutor.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/2016-11-22-surveillance-camera-initiative.aspx .
Officer Williams, EPD Patrol - Euclid businesses can call EPD if they ever feel they need an escort, such as for cash drops. Officer Williams also reminded us that having our smartphones out can be an attraction to criminals, so try to keep them in bags or pockets if possible.
Commander Johnson, Cleveland Community Policing - CPD conducts free security assessments for businesses as well. For more information call: (216) 623-5080 . Commander Johnson also stressed the importance of being familiar with where the Euclid-Cleveland border is drawn and knowing (or storing in your phone) the direct lines to both the Euclid and Cleveland Police Departments. You can help reduce response time if you call the police department directly of the city where a situation is taking place. The number for Euclid is 216-731-1234 and the number for Cleveland is 216-621-1234. If in doubt, however, don't hesitate to call 9-1-1 for emergencies and they will figure out which department to dispatch. For other resources available from Cleveland Community Policing, see: http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/PublicSafety/Police/Community .
Greg Pollard, Safety Liaison for Cleveland Ward 8 - Mr. Pollard is the Safety Liaison for both the Collinwood-Nottingham and Northeast Shores Development Corporations. Retired after decades of work in Community Policing, he encouraged everyone to make it a point to meet your merchant neighbors and look out for one another. http://northeastshores.org/ .
Mike Polensek, Councilman for Cleveland Ward 8 - Councilman Polensek urged everyone to get more involved with neighborhood organizations. The subsequent speakers offered suggestions on ways to do just that. See below. http://www.clevelandcitycouncil.org/ward-8 (Euclid Council contacts: Contact for your Euclid Council rep can be found here: http://www.cityofeuclid.com/community/CityCouncil ) Charlotte Iafeliece, Organizer for E. 185th St. Monthly Neighborhood Meeting - Ms. Iafeliece hosts a Neighborhood Meeting open to both Cleveland and Euclid businesses, residents and officials in the E. 185th St. area. The meeting takes place on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 PM at the Lithuanian Club, which is located at 877 East 185th Street. Feel free to join your neighbors at the next meeting on February 13! Lauren Calevich, Owner of LCevents - Ms. Calevich encouraged the merchants and business owners on East 185th to stay in communication with one another and spoke on how working together can have positive results for the street. Anyone who is interested in being on the East 185th Community Merchant's contact list should send their name, place of business, contact info, and preferred method of contact to Lauren Calevich at LCeventsCLE@gmail.com or Alisa Boles at firstname.lastname@example.org. This list may be distributed to other merchants in the future so that all merchants on it can alert one another when issues arise or news needs to be shared. Sheila Gibbons, Executive Director of the Euclid Chamber of Commerce - Ms. Gibbons invited all E. 185th St. businesses to join the Euclid Chamber or Commerce, no matter if they are situated in Euclid or Cleveland. Because Cleveland does not have its own Chamber of Commerce, area businesses can get localized support from the Euclid Chamber of Commerce. For more information about what the Euclid Chamber of Commerce offers to support your business, visit euclidchamber.com , call (216) 731-9322 or email email@example.com .
All residents are invited to attend the Northeast Shores’ (NSDC) Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 6pm at the Collinwood Recreation Center on Lakeshore Blvd. The meeting is free to attend, but attendees are encouraged to become members of NSDC, which starts at $10 for a year membership as a Collinwood resident.
If you neighbor's tree falls on your home, who pays for the repairs? If it rains A LOT and water comes into your home from the outside via a door or window, are you covered? If you are backing out or pulling into your garage and miss the door, do you claim it on your auto or homeowners policy? Are you covered for a stone ship on your windshield? For answers to these and other insurance questions, please call me at 440-895-5200 When you call ask how you can receive a $10 gift card.
The snow has fallen, trapping wrappers, bottles and other litter until the spring melt when the trash reappears along city streets. It is not a pretty visual, but you can help make a difference in the appearance of a cleaner, more beautiful Collinwood.
The sun setting over Lake Erie provided the perfect backdrop to a memorable December Meal to Remember at David Simpson Hospice House. For the fourth consecutive year, Fat Cats, the popular eclectic eatery in Tremont, donated, prepared and served residents, their families and caregivers a meal featuring some of the most requested signature dishes from their menu.
Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society presents Commemorating The One Hundred and Tenth Anniversary of the Collinwood School Fire of 1908.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years, since our community remembered the 100th Anniversary of the Collinwood School Fire, of 1908.
Yet here we are, ten years later, remembering again, this tragedy that not only tore our own community apart, but truly had a far reaching impact on not just Collinwood, or our nation, but the world. It underlines the strength of this community of ours; we can never forget the tragedy of this - but we must also celebrate the strength of our Collinwood community in overcoming it. It is why the Memorial Garden stands in front of Memorial School - and why Memorial School is Memorial School.
Briefly, for those perhaps not familiar with the story, on Ash Wednesday, March 4th 1908, Lakeview School on Collamer Rd (what’s now E 152nd St), caught fire, killing 172 students, two teachers, & one “unknown” rescuer. Because of the Collinwood School Fire, doorways to public buildings were revamped, to ensure safe escape in case of fire.
That’s the very basic story, the rest of the story is complex, and fascinating.
So come February 2018, your Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society will be kicking off a series of events, commemorating this the 110th Anniversary of the Collinwood School Fire. Do look at the accompanying schedule of events; not only will there be a month long display about the Fire, at Memorial Nottingham Library, each Saturday will also have a program, then the Commemoration itself over March 4th & 5th. We’re also excited to be working with Mr James Badal, and the Kent State Press, on a book about the Fire - and are looking forward to sharing that (and more) with the community. Hope to see you there!
There’s something else too. We’ll be looking for your stories about the Collinwood School Fire. What stories have been handed down in your family? Are there photos, newspaper clippings etc you’d be willing to share? We’ve been researching this for over ten years, and we still come across things that help “tell the story” - you could very well have yet another piece of this so very complex story. So do get in touch with us! We very much appreciate it!
Looking forward to meeting all of you!
If you noticed an unusual number of cars parked on the corner of St. Clair and Royal or a steady stream of wide-eyed children and smiling adults entering and exiting the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries house on Sunday December 3rd you were not imagining this scene. Santa made his annual visit to the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries Holiday Party to hand out gifts and coats to excited children. He could not have furnished gifts and coats without the help of the police and fire departments’ Toys for Tots and Operation Warm programs.
Some of you may have noticed that the entire marquee at the LaSalle was removed. Please do not panic. It is just being refabricated, removing old parts with new parts, and will return to its spot shortly!
Special thanks to Councilman Mike Polensek for finding the project support funding we needed to include LED panel displays on the marquee. With the LED panels we will have the ability to showcase current and upcoming events on the electronic display.
The inside of the LaSalle makeover is also moving quickly and is on track to be finished by the end of 2017, which is absolutely needed so the organization can finalize the tax-credit funding we received.
Because of this big push to complete the LaSalle renovation, Northeast Shores is going to start working on a big opening party that will take place in the spring. In the future we anticipate hosting community meetings at the LaSalle. We are seeking an event coordinator, who very soon will be able to discuss booking community events, arts programming, performing acts, weddings and family reunions beginning in the spring of 2018.
Friends of the Cleveland Kennel (F.O.C.K.) is a 501(c)3 organization, founded in 2003, whose mission is to provide the necessary medical and general care to the dogs and cats in need at Cleveland Animal Care & Control (CACC), while working to reduce intake numbers and save lives by providing affordable resources and education to Cleveland residents. F.O.C.K. believes that all residents of Ward 8 deserve access to affordable wellness care for their beloved cats and dogs. Residents may recall the enormously successful Canine Wellness Day events, sponsored by F.O.C.K., that were held in the Collinwood and Glenville neighborhoods in past years. We are extremely excited to announce a new program from F.O.C.K., which builds on the services provided at those events, called Neighborhood Pets Outreach & Resource Center. Neighborhood Pets’ mission is to help end animal suffering, manage pet population, and keep pets in their homes through affordable pet care, resources, and education for pet owners; thereby reducing intake at Cleveland area shelters. Visit neighborhoodpetscle.org for more information.
Businesses in both the Euclid and Cleveland sections of E. 185th have expressed a desire to come together to discuss crime prevention and to network. Crime is not limited by the Cleveland-Euclid border and neither should we be when it comes to coming together to rally for the E. 185th business district as a whole. What is good for Euclid is good for Collinwood and vice versa.
EPD & CPD have both agreed to send reps that can 1) speak to patrol issues 2) describe resources that are available to businesses from their respective cities and 3) explain the best way to communicate with them when needed. This event will also serve as an opportunity for businesses to network with one another. Members of City Council are planning on coming as well.When:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Devlinbleu Chambers, 18, of Euclid recently began a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program. Chambers, based out of the regional campus in Sacramento, is currently serving on his first project. He arrived in Sacramento in mid-October to begin training. This training emphasized teamwork, leadership development, communication, safety, and project preparation.
Dream of having a place where you can live and create art? If so, you need a state of the art live/work space! Join a community of artists at this renovated residence. Artist tenants will receive the opportunity to rent, earn equity and display their work all in the same building, thanks to the local non-profit company Northeast Shores Development Corporation, in a partnership with Cincinnati-based, Cornerstone Corporation for Shared Equity.
Driving along Lakeshore Boulevard in the early 20th century, you would have come across many hand-built stone pillars and other statuesque markers defining entrances into small residential communities and campgrounds within the North Collinwood and Euclid neighborhoods.
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District began the Euclid Creek Shoaling Removal Project in mid-November and will continue work through late January. The project is located directly south of the intersection of Lakeshore Boulevard and Marcella Road and will improve conveyance of stormwater in the channel. The project will focus on removing “shoaling”, which is another term for sand, gravel and woody material that has accumulated in the creek.
Did you know that Collinwood High School is open three nights a week for all ages recreation, fitness classes, dinner for kids and more—all for free?
Collinwood Observer would like to extend our deepest apologies for the misprint in the October paper. The headline for Donald Boyd's answers to our questions should have been Ward 8 and not Ward 5. We have corrected our online edition and apologized to Mr. Boyd.
How do you celebrate or observe THANKSGIVING? We all have our own memories and traditions. For me it was a house full of people, family and friends, plenty of food, and lively conversation. It was the parades, “Snoopy’s Thanksgiving” and football on the television. But Thanksgiving dinner always started with prayers and the Catholic, Lutheran and other blessings over the meals depending on who was eating dinner with us.
Our Thanksgiving Days in our lifetimes have come to mean food, parades, shopping and football. We need to remember what “THANKSGIVING” really means and show our gratefulness for the blessings we enjoy as a family and as a nation. In all the day’s preparations and activities - let’s not forget to be thankful for our bounty.
However, how many of us recall why we celebrate Thanksgiving in the first place? When I was young it was all about the Pilgrims and the turkey. Then I started learning the true history and found it is quite fascinating.
The FIRST THANKSGIVINGS were truly days of prayer and thanksgiving held by those who came to the shores of America. First, the Spanish came to the shores of Florida in 1565 and settled St Augustine. Their first thanksgiving was an outdoor mass in gratitude for safe deliverance and prayers for a prosperous venture. English settlers came once again in 1607 and settled Jamestowne finding a new life. After some years of hardship they survived to celebrate in thanksgiving as the settlement finally began to prosper. In 1619 other English explorers came to the James River area and settled what would become Berkley Plantation. Upon landing they knelt in prayer in thanksgiving for their safe journey, new freedoms and opportunities and ate their meal together. The Pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, landed at Plymouth in 1620, the first of several waves of new immigrants of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Pilgrims feasted in thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest which meant their survival. The tradition was born.