BEST Community Resource Center is searching for public involvement in the enhancement of the E. 185th St community. The Adopt-a-Flowerbed program is a volunteer-based activity where area volunteer groups "adopt" and maintain designated flowerbeds on E. 185th St. Kick off for Adopt-A-Flower-Bed is on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Calling all Soloist, Rappers, Groups, Instrumentalists, Spoken Word Artists to present the opportunity to win studio time to record your very own original Single to be played on several nationwide radio stations, be on several radio interviews and shows, featured in various magazine and newsletter articles, perform in the IRC Concert Tours, Conferences, Events, and much more. Registration is available through April 18th. Go to the Indie Radio Coalition webpage, dwgntv.info to register or contact Donna Walton at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cleveland, OH – The Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is hosting a poster contest for Cuyahoga County students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Awards will be given for 1st and 2nd place in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.
Beginning in March, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will begin construction of the Aeration Tanks Rehabilitation project (ATR-4) at the Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant. The prime contractor for this $10.4 million project is Shook Construction Co.; entire project is expected to last two years.
BEST Community Resource Center/Applebee's Lyndhurst presents Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
At this time when we remember, and even revel in, the freedoms we have as women (including the right to vote) let us remember the price many women before us paid as they sacrificed and worked to see this day finally come true! And as we celebrate, let us not forget the women we interact who are pained with the loss of a child due to death, a court order, or a miscarriage....Those who are barren and desire to have a child....Those who are dealing with the loss of a marriage, a home, a business, a dream, or even, the desire to live.
As we console others, let us look to Jesus to fortify us. He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 Holy Bible NIV.)
This great Advocate, Champion and Liberator of women, Jesus, lived some 2,000 years ago. He deterred the stoning of a woman to death who was caught in the act of adultery and whose accusers were guilty of the same. He spoke to a woman whose ethnicity and lifestyle were regarded with contempt. This was considered taboo, yet, he took the time to speak to and listen to her. He rebuked a woman for being too busy to spend time sitting and listening to him as he taught his 12 disciples, and he used another woman that was sitting with his disciples as an example for her to follow. Before his death he instructed one of his disciples to care for his mother. Then He hung his head and died for us.
You are of more worth than you can even begin to fathom; so is every woman you interact with, whether here or on the other side of the globe. Value her and value you. Remind yourself daily that Jesus Christ, the greatest Advocate, Champion, and Liberator of women loves you so much that he willingly died for you! Women! Celebrate and revel in that too!
“Energetic. Smart. Hard-working. Loyal.” These are a few words used by Cheryl Stephens’ supporters to describe the Cuyahoga County Council representative who is eager to continue a second term serving the residents of Collinwood, East Cleveland, Glenville and the nearby Heights communities.
Manufacturing Works, formally Wire-Net, recently launched a transportation pilot that connects individuals to jobs in the manufacturing sector. Utilizing idle church vans in partnership with Cleveland Clergy Coalition and the American Association of Clergy and Employers, the organization seeks to address the “no car, no job; no job, no car” paradox and has identified Collinwood as a transportation hub.
Work is progressing on theEast 185 Street and Marcella Road Relief Sewer Project that will help reduce street and basement flooding during heavy rains. The project will continue through summer and it is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
Micro-tunneling will continue for several more weeks. Micro-tunneling is not loud, but causes vibrations felt above ground. Traffic on East 185 Street will remain limited to a single northbound lane while the southbound lane is closed between East Park and Pawnee avenues. For the next few weeks, the northbound traffic lane will shift slightly while a water main is being relocated.
As impressive as the food distribution is at the CCC3 Hunger Center on the East Side of Cleveland, there is more to this seemingly small ministry than just food. Area residents who qualify to access the Center are also given the opportunity to rummage through the extensive clothing offering as well.
On February 17th, demolition started on the LaSalle Tavern and adjoining house and garage. Demo of these buildings will allow the LaSalle to more than double it's parking lot capacity. Stay tuned throughout the next few months for more updates!
The beauty of nature provides the healing backdrop for two unique summer camps for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. Both are led by trained grief support specialists from Western Reserve Grief Services.
Kimberly Smith completed a hair replacement certification in December. She is certified as a hair replacement specialist which allows her to work with dermatologists and oncologists.
CASA of Cuyahoga County recruits, trains and supports citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children in courtrooms and communities. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), appointed directly by the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, provide the Court with information it needs to make critical decisions in the child’s life. CASAs advocate for each child’s best interests in Court. To be effective, CASAs get to know the child, work with family members and other significant individuals in the child’s life, doctors, therapists, teachers, social workers, and attorney Guardians ad Litem (GALs). CASAs review records, attend court hearings and make recommendations to the Court in the child’s best interests. These special community volunteers advocate for the child throughout the life of the case.
Hospice of the Western Reserve (HWR), headquartered in Collinwood, has been named a Level 5 Partner with We Honor Veterans (WHV), a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Level 5 is the highest level WHV partners can attain and includes several required activities and yearly recertification. We Honor Veterans was launched in 2010 to address the growing need for veteran-centered care, especially as veterans are aging and need access to palliative and hospice care.
The LaSalle Theatre has officially been reopened for private event rentals for just over a year. It’s been a year of learning, beautiful events, relationship building, and yes, challenges. But we’ve entered into 2020 with momentum and lots to look forward to.
The LaSalle is rooted in history. Some of the coolest moments in the last year have been hearing from folks with fond memories of the last movie they saw there, talking with a married couple who shared their first kiss under the marquee, and meeting a man who ran the films up to the projection room when he was only fourteen. LaSalle Theatre has been a staple in the Collinwood area for close to a century and with any luck it will not only make it into its second century, but long beyond.
The Collinwood Slovenian Home has had a great year full of fun and comraderie!
Reminding all members to renew memberships by Feb 9. (One year only $15.00)
New members of Slovenian descent are welcome. Former members of Waterloo Home---please join us!
We are your Slovenian Home, celebrating one hundred years in the Collinwood community at our historically designated landmark building.
We now have Ohio Lottery! Keno, Pick 3, 4, Classic Lotto, MegaMillions, pull tab tickets, EZ play games--we have it all! Also featuring a Queen of Hearts game for members, every Monday at 7 pm.
We had a fun bowling season culminating in a celebretory banquet with many awards and prizes given out. New bowling league starts the week of Feb 10.
If you see Cheryl Stephens or members of “Team Cheryl” knocking on your neighbor’s door in the coming weeks, it is probably to deliver reusable bags. Thanks to an initiative from the County Solid Waste District, Stephens has committed to giving out sturdy reusable plastic tote bags to anyone in her district who makes a request via the link teamcheryl.org/bags. The colorful, eco-friendly bags, which are made of recycled plastic, are estimated to replace 700 disposable bags each and will be distributed as long as the supply lasts.
Healing Arts Workshops offered by Western Reserve Grief Services help those who have lost loved ones to work through their grief. Anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one can participate. Most of the workshops are either free or suggest a very small donation to help cover the cost of art supplies. The program is funded by a generous grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
#GivingTuesdayCLE is Cleveland’s grassroots, hyper-local response to a global movement that started in New York in 2012. Now celebrated around the world annually, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the driving belief of Giving Tuesday is that one small act of kindness can inspire another, collectively making our neighborhoods, cities, and the world a better place to live. And thanks to WISH Cleveland’s second-annual #GivingTuesdayCLE city-wide giving campaign, local nonprofits are feeling the love.
Fresh off of their special Thanksgiving and Christmas meal ministry, providing hundreds of roast chickens and even turkeys to needy families, the Hunger Center focused on its Annual Toy Give-Away hosted by St. John Nottingham Church. The church’s Fellowship Hall was filled with toys, games, projects, hats, scarves, mittens and more.. hundreds and hundreds of gifts to help bring a little more Christmas joy to parents who may not have been able to give a gift to their children.
Once each month, Meal to Remember brings a different Cleveland-area restaurant to Hospice of the Western Reserve’s in-patient care center, David Simpson Hospice House on E. 185th St. Residents of the hospice house and their families are treated to a restaurant dining experience, complete with fine china and linens, wine and live musical entertainment. All of the food, time and talent are donated by the restaurant. Photography, centerpieces and live musical entertainment for the dinners are provided by Hospice of the Western Reserve volunteers, who also assist the culinary teams with serving.
Pastor Will Robinson: "I believe that God has called men to be the Head of the household. To be the foundation for the family. I pray that this coming year men would assume the position that God intended them [to have] and to be responsible for raising their children--and those that are married being good husbands--faithful men to their families and most importantly to Go! That 2020 be a year of clear---laser vision. That men will see God's will for their lives and see themselves as God sees them. That they will be faithful to His call."
"I pray for men everywhere: free, incarcerated, old, young, black, white, strong, weak..May God have a blessing for them and I believe He does... and may they receive Him...in...deed."
"I've seen men rededicate themselves to the Lord...lost...and found and reconnected to God and..to their families...Repent and renew your walk with Him. Turn from sin and turn to God."
To contact Pastor Will Robinson: Believer's Bible Church, American Legion Post 343, 20750 Arbor Ave, Euclid, OH 44123, Phone: (216) 285 - 0122, james122.org.
"You have to love yourself first. Love your Mom, Dad, siblings and try to do the rigbt thing. When you mess up take responsibility for it.
Fathers should tell their daughters what boys are about.
"I learned to take responsibility when I was real young. My mother raised me but she didn't baby me. When you do something wrong own up to it...accept the consequences of your actions...My Mom told me that if I acted up and got put in jail she would bring me cookies.
Be responsible. Try to stay on the right side of the law. Be disciplined. Learn to say , "No!". Once you learn how to respect yourself, you can learn how to respect others... Giving someone their space is a way of showing respect...if you love yourself your not gonna let somebody else mistreat you, abuse you."
Leaston Chase, Martial Arts Instructor
On December 6, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Shore Cultural Centre/Triangle Park held a community and family focuse event, filled with fun and exciting activities as follows:
On Thursday, December 19th, the students at St. Jerome performed their annual Christmas Program for their families, friends, and the St. Jerome community. This year’s theme was “Walk in the Light”, and it was a great reminder to have faith and spread love during the Christmas season. The show consisted of a variety of Christmas songs and the students told the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. With the help of our music teacher, Harmon Hill, each grade was able to put together and perform a song of their own, while the 6th grade class was responsible for the narration. The students and teachers work very hard to put this show together and begin practicing well before the program date. This program is something the St. Jerome community looks forward to each year, and this year was no exception as the students spread joy and Christmas cheer before starting off their holiday break. It was a wonderful show and we are already looking forward to next year!
Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries Dedicates
Second Free Little Library at Annual Community Christmas Party
On Saturday, December 7, 2019 CNCM (Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries) hosted their Annual Community Christmas Party at the Five Pointe Community Center. This collaborative event served more than 60 residents with lunch, visits with Santa, gifts, and take-a-ways.
Many thanks to Captain Keith Sulzer from the Community Policing Unit for donating children’s toys and coats, Church of the Gesu for donating and wrapping gifts, and for decorating for us on their Annual Day of Service, NEORSD (Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District) for their contribution of bags, water bottles, and activity books, and to CNCM’s wonderful volunteers for donating winter scarves, Euclid Beach Popcorn
Balls, and their tireless efforts for pulling everything together!
CNCM would like to give a special shout out to Kenny Kulesza, Supervisor at The Home Depot on Berea Road and Chris Gibson for building the second Little Free Library (LFL), and The Home Depot for supplying the materials and transportation to get it to us! We dedicated the LFL with Councilman Polensek, Councilman Hairston, and friends of CNCM at the event. We are excited to distribute over 3,000 books to residents in the New Year from our two LFLs. CNCM receives books from the Kids Book Bank and recently held a book drive in partnership with St. Gabriel’s Church and St. Anslem School to provide books that represent the diversity of the
neighborhood we serve.
CNCM also hosts Creative Painting Classes twice a year, is a partner in the IDCC (Identity Crisis Collaborative), and our Crochet Group works all year to donate hats and scarves to children and blankets to those in need. We are pleased to announce we are partnering with The Cuyahoga EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) Coalition and are hosting a FREE
TAX SITE at the Euclid Library starting in February 2020. To schedule an appointment, call the United Way’s First
Call for Help at 2-1-1 or visit refundohio.org.
CNCM is committed to being a presence of listening, learning, and responding to unmet needs in the Collinwood neighborhood.
CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC), is a nation-wide network of 1000 programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children in courtrooms and communities. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), appointed directly by the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, provide the Court with information it needs to make critical decisions in the child’s life. CASAs advocate for each child’s best interests in Court. To be effective, CASAs get to know the child, work with family members and other significant individuals in the child’s life, doctors, therapists, teachers, social workers, and attorney Guardians ad Litem (GALs). CASAs review records, attend court hearings and make recommendations to the Court in the child’s best interests. These special community volunteers advocate for the child throughout the life of the case.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is Holding a Job Fair and Hiring Thousands for the March, 17 2020 Presidential Primary Election
(Cleveland) – The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is inviting the public to attend a job fair as part of our effort to hire over 4,000 individuals to assist voters on Election Day as Precinct Election Officials (PEOs). In addition, there are openings for Ride Along Officials, Drop-off Assistants, Rovers and over 300 openings for
Dear parents, caregivers, residents, partners, and friends-
I wanted to take this opportunity to send a brief note of thanks for your engagement in and contributions to our long-term school planning process.
The journey involved a great deal of data and information, difficult conversations and tough decisions. Your time and input were invaluable in helping me, my team, and the Board of Education arrive at a set of decisions that move our system towards greater efficiencies and effectiveness in schools and programs.
For your reference, the final decisions approved by the Board of Education at their November 19th business meeting are available at QualitySchoolsForCLEKids.org.
We’ve reached the end of this first phase of consideration and engagement. Yet, there is much more work to do in the coming months to achieve good implementation for students, staff and our families. We may not have agreed on all of the results, yet we appeared to agree on the foundational goal --- ensuring that all students have access to the best possible education our improving system can provide, while also achieving the efficiency that taxpayers deserve.
November's topic of interest was the ongoing construction happening along E 185th St - & on surrounding streets.
November 14, 2019 was a day full of energy at The Shore Cultural Centre. Planned and organized by Chris Cipriani. "The Play On Words day was such fun. It was wonderful to see families making poetry, writing stories, making art and books together. From the storytelling, to the Graffiti selfies, everyone learned about ways to tell their own story, "said Chris Cipriani, Director of Programming for Shore Cultural Centre.
The Hunger Center, operated primarily by St. John Nottingham, is a part of the Cleveland Hunger Network. It supplies 3-days’ worth of food - 3 meals per day - to qualified, registered individuals. This service is offered once every 30 days. Nearly 300 households, consisting of more than 700 adults and children, are eligible to be serviced through the Pantry.
What is your favorite season? Is Christmas your favorite holiday? Unscramble the Christmas words below.
1919 was a boom year in Collinwood. We've noted earlier this year the centennials of St. Jerome's and the Slovenian Home on Holmes Avenue. Three generations of the Mirabile family have also operated a family business from the corner of Kipling and Ivanhoe for the last 100 years. Initially their grandfather operated a barbershop out of the corner storefront. Purchasing the building in the twenties, they would then open the tavern as prohibition was repealed in 1933. In 1990 they then opened Messina's Bakery, named for city in Sicily where the family was from, two blocks down on Ivanhoe. There you'll find everything from fresh baked breads, pizzas, prepared subs, and pastries.
Greater Collinwood Development Corporation hosted the first of two Neighborhood Family Feud Game Nights at Aspinwall Outreach Center, Friday, October 11. Ten teams competed for a chance to advance this month to the grand finale at LaSalle Theater, Friday November 15. The teams are competing to win up to $4,000 for their community projects.
GCDC kicked things off with music and food for residents from Congin’s Pizza and Original Grill and gave away over $150 in prizes from Dave’s Supermarket, MetroParks Zoo and The Standard. The event was well attended by residents of Wards 8 and 10, as well as ICONS Youth Ambassadors, Councilmen Anthony Hairston and Michael Polensek, and State Representative Terrance Upchurch.
The atmosphere was spirited and joyous as ICONS Youth Ambassadors surveyed residents for GCDC planning and engaged youth residents in basketball during the Neighborhood Family Feud rounds. Audience members shouted answers to questions such as: Best neighborhood in Cleveland, Popular attractions in Cleveland and Best pizza in Collinwood, which contributed to an overall feel of fun! GCDC also hosted a 50/50 raffle with wingspan tickets selling best.
Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Cheryl Stevens Shares Her Love of Reading with Children During Storytime at the Cleveland Public Library-Collinwood Branch
Reading is a passion for Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Cheryl Stevens. “I just want to read to children,” said Stevens during a conversation with Caroline J. Peak, manager of the Cleveland Public Library-Collinwood Branch, at a community meeting in Collinwood. Peak didn’t waste any time working to get the councilwoman to the library to participate in Storytime.
Minor and Associates, Inc. d/b/a PRYDE Mentoring Academy (PMA), a 501c3 non-profit organization is located at 17325 Euclid Ave. Suite #4006, Cleveland OH 44112. Our goals are to assist the surrounding school districts and juvenile justice system with at-risk youth from the ages of 12 to 24 years of age offering mentoring and programs during and after school. Our Program officially launched in August 2019.
Every day, mentoring programs make a critical impact on young people throughout our nation by providing them with the support and guidance they need to navigate academic and personal challenges. Unfortunately, one in three young people will grow up without a mentor of any kind. This is the mentoring gap in America.
Traditionally at-risk youths were identified living in some of the most violent and economically deprived neighborhoods in Cleveland, where guns and drugs were omnipresent and unstable upbringings were common. During those years, these youths have been predominantly male (96 percent) and, reflecting the demographics of the communities where they live, African American (54 percent) or Hispanic (37 percent).
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Annual Meeting to Celebrate Community Partnerships, Systemic Change
This year, Thanksgiving week will fittingly begin with an event full of gratitude, comradery, and hope: The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s 114th Annual Meeting and Report to the Community.
Our September 10th meeting was once more very informational!
Polkas and sausage, what a great combo. It’s not something that you easily find in the world today.
On September 11, 2019 the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame hosted their 16th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio.
Over 1,300 individuals enjoyed eight hours of non-stop polka music provided by Canadian polka king Walter Ostanek, Rob DeBlander, Joe Godina, Ron Likovic, Frank Stanger, Anthony Culkar, Patty C and the Guys, the Fairport Jammers and a special Polka Hall of Fame All-Star orchestra.
Bill Azman proprietor of Azman Quality Meats on E 200th Street in Euclid, Ohio won both the Best of Fest Jury Award and the People’s Choice Award. Bill said “I was so busy it didn’t hear the announcement that we had won. We sold out of blood and rice sausage which is typically served in the fall and winter months.”
The party continues at the Polka Hall of Fame’s three-day polka music festival, Thanksgiving weekend, November 28, 29 and 30, 2019, at Cleveland’s Downtown Marriott Hotel. As winner of the People’s Choice, Bill Azman’s prize sausages will be served.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host Fall Visit Days at Metropolitan Campus during October to introduce prospective students to academic and career opportunities.
Local mom Jowan Smith has been helping families navigate the college prep process for the last two years. She went through the process with her daughter and saw a need for families to be more informed about the process. She has assited over 300 students that were not on track to pursue post secondary education. She does these workshops in four different school districts but twice a year she goes into the community to reach more families. Topics will be academics, college visits, finding scholarships, and understanding the award letter. On September 7, 2019 she will be at Memorial-Nottingham Library for noon to three facilitating a FREE workshop to families. Registration for this event can be done on the Getting Our Babies to College 101 website www.gobtc101.com.
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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.
Since this year’s World Series is right around the corner, it is a good time to remember the first time Cleveland earned the right to play in the Fall Classic.
The happiest, most memorable and most historic Tuesday that Cleveland ever enjoyed was Tuesday October 12. 1920, ninety nine years ago.
First, it was a beautiful fall day with a high temperature of 72 and a low of 59.
Second, it was Columbus Day, celebrating the birthday of the Italian explorer who arrived in the Bahamas on behalf of Spanish royalty to find millions of people already living in this hemisphere.
Third, and most important, on that afternoon at League Park located between Linwood and Lexington on the east side of East 66th Street, the Cleveland Indians won their first and only world series championship at home by defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers 3-0 before 27,000 spectators. I like to imagine that some Euclid residents took the Interurban train down the Boulevard or Euclid Avenue to be there that day.
Glenville Music Festival Celebrates Forty-First Year and Attracts a Crowd of All Ages--by Greater Collinwood Staff
Glenville Music Festival celebrated its forty-first year of bringing families together in the Glenville community with food, music, handmade crafts and play, Saturday August 10. The festival, situated at beautiful Sam Miller Park on E. 88th Street, boasted more than 70 craft and food and a spectacular firework show at the end of the night. The event attracted a diverse crowd of all ages thanks to its longstanding presence in the community and for Councilman Anthony Hairston’s stewardship. Parents, grandparents, children, friends and pets enjoyed live music, sticky ribs, po-boys, fresh fries, lemonade and more.
Councilman Hairston said, “We aimed for the 2019 Glenville Festival to be the biggest and best ever. I'm proud to say that, judging from the turnout and great responses we received from the community, we accomplished that feat. From Children's World to Senior Village, it was a true delight to see how many people not only came to the festival but stayed for hours as they took in the best of what Glenville has to offer.”
Do you have a project that would make a positive impact in the neighborhood? Collinwood Connects is accepting team applications and project proposals for Neighborhood Family Feud until Friday, September 6 at 12 pm.
How Does Neighborhood Family Feud Work?
Eight teams will be chosen to compete on October 11 at Aspinwall Community Center and are guaranteed at minimum $500 toward their proposed project. Four teams will then advance to Round Two at the historic LaSalle Theatre, November 15. Grand prize is $4,000 and runner up prize is $2,000. Family, friends and community members are invited to attend both nights for fun, food, prizes and to cheer on their favorite team!
Who can apply?
Anyone who lives in Greater Collinwood. Please note that three out of the five team members participating in Neighborhood Family Feud must live in Collinwood, Nottingham Village, Euclid Green and/or Glenville-East.
How can you apply?
Scotti's Italian Eatery marks it's 20 year in business this year. And though there was some talk about it's possibly closing, a swell of support has hopefully helped them turn the tide. Regardless we will hope for the best and for many more Chicken Marsala dinners to come.