The Gallery at Waterloo Arts has been dark since March, when it closed down due to the pandemic, right before opening the annual DayGlo exhibit. In April there was a virtual preview of the show on Zoom and on September 4th, Waterloo Arts is excited to open the doors and let the public in to view the artwork in person. Those who are familiar with the event will remember the opening reception as a crowded and lively affair and not one of social distancing. While we love the energy of that celebration, we obviously cannot do it this year so instead we are providing a safe way for everyone to experience the Magic of DayGlo. As always, the gallery will be lit with black light and the artwork will be glowing. It is a unique experience that is delightful for all ages so bring the whole family.
Originally published on WISHcleveland.com
Brittainy Quinn didn’t eat a lot of fresh veggies growing up. “My mom has always planted beautiful flower gardens and enjoys being active outside,” she says, “but growing up, it was always canned vegetables with dinner. It wasn’t until I moved out that I really started having fresh vegetables and an eventual interest in eating cleaner.”
Still, she couldn’t have imagined where her life’s path would take her: “I never thought back then that I’d be running a community garden!” says Quinn, 33. By day, she’s an arts educator at Cleveland School of the Arts, but for nearly a decade, she’s also been operating the Collinwood Friends Garden, which she co-founded in 2011 with friends.
While doing research for a Cleveland State class on community gardening, Quinn reached out to her local community development corporation to learn more–and was surprised to be invited to serve as a garden leader for a plot of vacant land on East 156th Street, in the Collinwood neighborhood where she lived.
“Even though I had no clue what I was doing, I said, ‘Sure, why not?’” she says. She reached out to two friends who also lived and worked in the area, and as the trio started brainstorming ideas for the space, Collinwood Friends Garden was born.
One of the ways Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Cheryl Stephens has always kept in touch with her constituents is by getting to know the people and organizations that serve them. Since early 2019, this has included monthly volunteer visits and an ongoing relationship with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank in Collinwood.
Navigating around the E. 185 Street area will get easier soon as major work on the Relief Sewer Project is beginning to wind down. The project is still on track to be completed by year’s end.
U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that the deadline for 2020 Census completion is now September 30th, 2020. The change moves the Census completion deadline UP from October 31st, a full thirty-one days sooner. It is now more urgent than ever to talk with your friends, neighbors and families about the importance of taking the Census.
Save the Date for Walk & Roll Caravana!
In this time of COVID, we're all having to adjust our plans, and the E.185th are making changes to Walk & Roll this year, too. We weren't able to hold our usual sidewalk event and community festival on E. 185th St - so this year, we're bringing the event to the community, instead! To keep everyone safe and healthy, we're planning a new way to celebrate with businesses and residents with our Walk & Roll Caravana event - a car parade that will tour our North Collinwood community on Sunday, August 30. We'll be decorating our cars, playing some fun music, and heading out - so step out on your porch when we go by to give us a wave and enjoy the parade. We'll also have some great free give-aways, like free masks, hand sanitizer, and even a bike raffle! Watch our Facebook page for more details - just visit us at https://www.facebook.com/WalkAndRollE185/ for updates and information.
Taking the US Census has never been easier, faster or more secure than it is today. Offered in 59 languages, 13 offered online, the US Census is an important count of every person living in all 50 states, D.C, and five US territories.
The Census helps to paint a picture of our nation and determines how government resources are allocated locally. The US Census not only impacts Ohio and Cleveland; it impacts Collinwood.
More than $675 billion in federal funding will be spent according to US Census response, for schools, roads and other public services for communities across the nation. The Census also determines where congressional districts are drawn and the number of seats Ohio will have in Congress, as well as representation in US government at all levels.
As summer approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is participating in the Summer Food Service Program figuring out how to effectively provide enough meals for the thousands of children and families in Northeast Ohio who need it most. There are approximately 81,000 food insecure children in our six-county service area that rely on school breakfast and lunches during the school year and are often left without enough to eat in the summer and that number is expected to increase during the pandemic.
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, as well as other area programs, are sponsoring Summer Meals sites in Northeast Ohio to provide grab & go meals to students this summer while school is not in session. Nearly 60 sites will be operated by the Food Bank, including sites at the Cuyahoga County Public Library branches starting in July. Additionally, the Food Bank will utilize its Outreach Truck and Sprinter Van to deliver grab & go meals to underserved areas. All sites will follow safety guidelines including staff wearing masks and gloves when distributing meals as well as social distancing.
LIGHT UP COLLINWOOD FOR NEIGHBORHOOD UNITY
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Turn your porch light on to show neighborhood unity
and to express our support for racial, social and economic justice
for all in the Greater Collinwood community and beyond.
Step outside and say “hello” to your neighbors.
It’s that simple. It starts with one family.
Take photos and share them.
The only way we can achieve the betterment of the community
is by being united as one.
Any further information please feel free to contact Councilman Polensek at
(216) 664-4236 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The R & D Sausage Company, owned by Joe Zuzek, is celebrating 35 years of business. Located at 15714 Waterloo, he is open 8:00am to 5 pm. Tuesday through Saturday. If you like ethnic food and smoked meats this place is a treasure! All hand crafted and homemade, Joe uses only the freshest ingredients. I have sampled the Klobase, the double smoked bacon, and some hard Croatian sausage and each was a delicious work of art. Stop in and visit with Joe. He has some great stories and really good Klobase.
COME JOIN KOINONIA!
Driving may be a bit more tricky for some traveling around the East 185 Street/Marcella Road Relief Sewer Project. Detour signs abound, though, to help you make your way. Then there are weekly, sometimes daily, updates from Cleveland Water Pollution Control to keep you abreast of how the project is moving along.
Work on the East 185 Street/Marcella Road Relief Sewer Project is moving along as planned, even during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Wastewater construction projects and other utility work are essential services.
Work on the East 185 Street/Marcella Road Relief Sewer Project is moving along as planned, even during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Wastewater construction projects and other utility work are essential services.
The following announcements were made Monday April 27th during DeWine’s 2 p.m. coronavirus briefing:
The state is working to have an estimated 1,750 workers needed to conduct contact tracing by June 1. This will include public health, volunteers and hired workers.
Protocols for any business include: required face coverings, daily health assessments, hand washing, social distancing, clean and sanitize workplaces throughout day and between shifts. Businesses will be allowed a maximum of 50 percent of the fire code capacity and appointments if possible.
On May 1, all health procedures that can be done that do not require an overnight stay in a hospital can resume. Dentist and Veterinarians can resume normal operations.
On May 4, manufacturing, distribution, general offices and construction will be permitted to reopen. Six feet must be between each employee. If that can’t be accomplished, install barriers.
On May 12, consumer retail and services will be allowed to reopen. All employees and customers should wear facing coverings while in the businesses. This will include every retail outlet.
You may have seen the meme here going around online. We know - it's got a typo in it. But the point is still good! For years and years, our local businesses have been supporting our raffles and fundraisers and community events. They've also hosted our parties and baked our birthday cakes and cleaned our suits and cut our hair and made our wedding flowers and too many other things to even begin to list. Our small local businesses -- they're our community, just like our neighbors are. And right now, they're going through a really hard time. Imagine if all the businesses that had to close or cut back for the Coronavirus crisis never came back -- all those services gone for good, and all those jobs with them. We want to do what we can to not let that happen.
Register NOW for the fourth annual Collinwood v. Euclid “Big Clean” on Saturday, April 25th, 2020 from 9am to 1pm at Villa Angela – St. Joseph High School.
Get out your calendars and save the date for the fourth annual Collinwood v. Euclid “Big Clean” on Saturday, April 25th, 2020 from 9am to 1pm at Villa Angela – St. Joseph High School.
When a car crashed headlong into Six Shooter Coffee in late November, owner Peter Brown had no idea that he’d soon be undergoing a crash course in opening a restaurant.
On Feb. 1, Six Shooter Coffee will open in a new space on Waterloo Road (less than a mile from its current location in Collinwood). The coffee shop’s move has been in the works since 2019, but the accompanying Tex-Mex restaurant concept is freshly brewed—having come to fruition just a few weeks ago.
“We realized that there was another 1,000 square feet [of vacant space] connected to the café,” explains Brown. “A new food option is one of the main things people want to see on Waterloo, so we decided it would be pretty sweet to build a kitchen and get something going over there.”
The Tex-Mex concept dovetails nicely with Six Shooter’s Western-inspired branding. The initial idea to pay homage to the Wild West stemmed from Brown’s family heritage—his great-grandfather Fred Brown was a cowboy in the Dakotas, and Brown’s mom’s family hails from Texas originally. And the name of the business follows suit: “When people visited Lyndon B. Johnson's ranch in Texas, it was said that the coffee was so strong, it could float a revolver," Brown says. "That’s how we came up with the name Six Shooter Coffee."
Cleveland Public Library honored 150 Unsung Heroes in our community at the 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Ceremony held on Monday, January 20 at John Hay Campus High School. Architect and entrepreneur Robert Madison received the 2020 Cleveland Public Library Drum Major for Change award.
CLEVELAND, OH, December 11, 2019– The Cleveland Chain Reaction partners have delivered on their promise to bring major investment to the city’s Collinwood neighborhood. The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s small business division COSE, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, JumpStart, and Fox 8 have worked to usher the third season of this economic development project into the city of Cleveland.
In this process, the Cleveland Chain Reaction partners coordinated a neighborhood competition, seeded an investment fund for the winning 2019 Chain Reaction businesses, attracted interest from more than 60 local businesses looking to grow, hosted a business pitch showcase for 19 semi-finalist businesses and named ten business finalists.
“Collinwood was an ideal location for Chain Reaction, as it has two very unique and active commercial corridors, E. 185th Street and Waterloo Road, both flanked by vibrant residential areas. This project has successfully introduced new companies and seeded the growth and expansion of existing companies in a city neighborhood full of amenities. We’re looking forward to watching these businesses thrive in Collinwood,” states Kandis Williams, Vice President of Economic Opportunity for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.
Collinwood Connects, a community engagement campaign coordinated by Greater Collinwood Development Corporation, hosted Neighborhood Family Feud Grand Finale Friday, November 15 at the historic LaSalle Theater. Six teams competed for the grand prize of $4,000 towards their community projects, with East 185th Market Park winning the final round. The team plans to establish a market park that will include a manicured green space with center performance deck, tents along the perimeter for makers and merchants, and two shipping containers placed on-site for storage and administrative purposes.
Ten total teams competed over the course of two Neighborhood Family Feud events with Collinwood Connects. Eight teams will receive $500 funding towards their community projects, and Haldane Road Block Party will receive the $2000 runner-up prize for their beautification and civic engagement project.
Each of the ten teams pitched their ideas to Collinwood Connects over the 2019 summer season. The Neighborhood Family Feud competition also includes a short workshop series to facilitate the development of team projects, partnership between the teams, and avenues for identifying matching funds.
Collinwood Connects also gave away gift cards to The Standard, Dave’s Supermarket and Winter Wonder Cleveland at the Grand Finale event with a total value of $250+. Neighborhood Family Feud Grand Finale, catered by The Standard fine dining restaurant on East 185th, was well attended by the community as well as City Council and Greater Cleveland placemakers.
In 1962 the Cleveland Plain Dealer ran a sports story which featured an unlikely State Championship by Collinwood High School. Theo Morrow and Mike Cavotta captured Collinwood’s first ever Championship by winning the State Track & Field event. The two of them stunned the meet and the highly favored defending champion, Dayton Dunbar, who fielded 18 qualifiers. (picture 1 here)
On Saturday, October 19, 2019, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) held its Inaugural Sports Legends Hall of Fame Gala at Cleveland State University Glasscock Family Ballroom. The Gala, with more than 350 in attendance, kicked off with a social hour against the back drop of sports memorabilia displays presented by the various school’s Alumni Associations. Followed by dinner, key note speaker and finally the Legends Induction ceremony.
The key note speaker was John Henry Johnson Jr., son of NFL Hall of Fame running back, attended West Tech and Benedictine High Schools. John coached track & field from USC, UCLA, and most recently as the coach for the Marine Wounded Warriors. The theme of his speech was to achieve success, you must be sincere, compassionate and disciplined in your efforts. John commented, “….you do what you do best and do it to the hilt.”
To qualify as a Sports Legend, you have to have an affiliation as a CMSD high school graduate, coach, staff, athletic director or administrator and were part of a team/individual championship/runner-up at the Senate, District, Regional, State, Collegiate, Professional or International level. This criteria was used to select more than 4,000 individuals spanning the past 115 years. At the Gala 45 Legends were honored by induction which included former Olympian greats Jesse Owens, Harrison Dilliard and Stella Walsh.
Three Collinwood High School ALumni Inducted
CLEVELAND –Mayor Frank G. Jackson along with Michael Cox, Director of Public Works and Councilman Michael Polensek (Ward 8) joined city dignitaries and residents on Sept. 21 for a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the renovation of Mark Tromba Park.
“Mark Tromba Park is a neighborhood park,” said Mayor Jackson. “This community owns this park emotionally and physically. It is good for the community.”
The $1.2 million renovation of the Collinwood neighborhood park includes a new splash pad, playgrounds with swings, two basketball courts and a tennis court. Visitors can also utilize new amenities including a drinking fountain, game tables, benches and waste receptacles. Other renovations consist of expanded parking to accommodate 26 vehicles, lighting, fencing repairs and the removal of tall perimeter fences to create a more welcoming environment.
In an effort to support the sustainable development of the city, the park now provides 33 percent more green space in the overall design. The park will also feature a public art sculpture by Cleveland artist Charlotte Lees, located at the confluence of the park’s walk ways.
Thank you to the wonderful children of St Jerome Elementary School for participating in this stone Re-dedication ceremony for Patrolman Phillip Maher #988 who died in the line of duty on May 29, 1975
Join Cleveland Plogs every last Wednesday of the month through October for a neighborhood plogging cleanup!
Over 350 guests were treated to a perfect summer day and scrumptious food at Cavotta's Tomato Festival. World-class chefs from local restaurants used Angela's heirloom tomatoes to create tasty treats. A distinguished panel of judges led by Frank Longo owner of the famous Allegro club and Chip Kullik from M-105 gave the award for best dish to Osteria restaurant, owned by local Collinwood legend Al Cefaratti. His dish of a pefectly al-dente pasta salad, with green beans, tomatoes, soft italian cheese, and a special sauce was heavenly.
The addition of a full liquor license to Cavotta's Garden Center greatly added to the event as quality cocktails, ice cold beer, and reasonably priced bottles of wine were available. The Blues Deville band entertained throughout the afternoon with their perfect blend of popular music.
We are blessed to have this uban farm and party venue located right in our neighborhood at 19603 Nottingham road. The Garden Center is open Tuesday- Thursday 10-6, Friday 10-7 Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5. Stop in for some locally grown produce and eggs so fresh you can meet the chickens.
Thank you Angela Cavotta for your commitment to our neighborhood and all your hard work on The Cleveland Tomato Festival!
September of this year will mark 50 years since Cleveland’s beloved amusement park, Euclid Beach Park closed forever. For 74 seasons it operated on the shore of Lake Erie in Cleveland’s Collinwood/Nottingham neighborhood. Although many were saddened by the amusement park’s closing, this year’s event sponsored by Euclid Beach Park Now in partnership with Cleveland Metroparks, and made possible by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, celebrates 50 Years of Fond Memories. To help rekindle memories of the grand amusement park, Euclid Beach Park Now has produced photo posters of the individual rides and attractions with descriptive narrative. These will be placed throughout the park as near as possible to where the ride and attraction once stood. One can take a self-guided tour or tag along on one of the guided tours, led by a Euclid Beach Park Historian relating more park history. There will also be displays of park memorabilia. The Rocket Ship Car and Thriller Car will be present, offering rides out to Lake Shore Boulevard, under the old arch entrance and over the bridge was once part of the Turnpike ride which remains between the two high rise apartment buildings.
Grand Opening of Goodwill Outlet Store Unites Greater Collinwood, Cleveland, OH--Greater Collinwood Development Corporation joined Councilman Anthony Hairston and Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland Thursday morning, July 25, for the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Goodwill Outlet Store, located at East 179th Street and St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland.
Alumni, friends and former parishioners filled St. Jerome Church to overflowing July 21st to celebrate 100 years of faith and community. The Most Reverend Nelson Perez presided at Mass. Each of our six pastors were represented in some way. Fr. Bill, Fr. Haren, and Fr. Walsh concelebrated the Mass. Our founder, Monsignor Leo Hammer’s vestments were displayed in the back of the church, Fr. Koehl’s chalice was used, and Fr. Cassese’s rosary was on the altar in the flowers. Representatives from the various parish organizations, the school and alumni were active participants.
The third installment of Cleveland Chain Reaction will take place in the city’s Collinwood neighborhood. The neighborhood, located at the city’s northeast boundary, will host this economic development project that matches local investors with local entrepreneurs. By the end of 2019, the Chain Reaction partners aim to have five new businesses preparing to open in the neighborhood. Collinwood was selected from a group of four neighborhood finalists, which also included Kamm’s Corners (in West Park), La Villa Hispana (in Clark Fulton) and Glenville. Collinwood was a neighborhood finalist in each of the past two Chain Reaction seasons.
Ward 10 Councilman Anthony Hairston and Greater Collinwood Development Corporation hosted the 2nd Annual Ward 10 Bunny Breakfast on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Aspinwall Outreach Center. We welcomed youth, residents and families surrounding Ward 10 to come together for this fun occasion. Participants had breakfast, created Easter crafts, got their face painted and took photos with the Easter Bunny. The event was phenomenal. We had over 100 residents participate in the event.
Plogging is here, get used to it! Great turnout for the first official Cleveland Plogs plogging of the season. This motley crew covered close to 2 miles and hauled in 10 huge bags of trash! We’ll be at it again every last Wednesday of the month at 6pm. Catch us (if you can!) on East 185th Street April 24th!
Forty years ago, a small group of visionaries saw an unmet need in the community. They marshaled their passion and their resources, and with the help of friends, they established Cancer Family Service, Inc. This was the forerunner of what would eventually become Hospice of the Western Reserve. Over time, the tiny operation grew from caring for 23 cancer patients in 1978 to a nonprofit agency caring for more than 1,100 patients a day living with a wide range of advanced illnesses. Since its inception, the organization has cared for more than 120,000 people in Northern Ohio.
While Greater Collinwood Development is a name that’s new, our organization is not, with roots in the Collinwood community that go back 37 years. Founded in 1982 as Collinwood Villages Development, our name and service area have changed several times through the years, but our commitment to the communities we serve has remained steadfast. Throughout the years we have constructed new homes and retail businesses along St. Clair Avenue, provided land assembly for large scale industrial projects along South Waterloo Rd., engaged residents at community and civic meetings and worked with community stakeholders to craft neighborhood plans that guided neighborhood development. In July 2018 what was Collinwood and Nottingham Villages Development expanded its service area north to the lakefront, and now serves the communities of North Shore Collinwood, Collinwood Village/Five Pointes, Nottingham Village, and Euclid Green.
Cleveland has been become the fourth chapter of Say Yes to Education, a historic development that will bring college scholarships to CMSD students while also providing services designed to keep them on track to graduation.
For a city with the nation’s second highest rate of child poverty and a low percentage of college graduates, the move promises to be a game changer. Besides opening doors for students who may have once dismissed post-secondary education as unaffordable, creating Say Yes Cleveland has the potential to attract new residents and spur economic growth.
Philanthropist George Weiss, who founded the national nonprofit Say Yes organization 31 years ago, announced Cleveland’s selection Jan. 18 at the John Marshall Campus. Students who packed the gym stood and cheered, while others saw the event live-streamed in an overflow area and high schools across the District.
"Say Yes to Education is the right thing at the right time for the Cleveland schools, for the city of Cleveland and for you," said Mayor Frank G. Jackson, who joined other community leaders in applauding the news.
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.
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After waiting through more than a year of construction, students who attend Oliver H. Perry PreK-8 School will move to a new building in late January.
The distance between the old and new buildings is short – the structures occupy parts of the same property on Schenely Avenue near East 185th St. But the students will shift from a school built in 1927 to one filled with 21st Century technology and other features.
The modern surroundings are well suited for a new instructional model adopted by Oliver H. Perry – inquiry-based learning. In this model, students take the lead in their own learning by posing, investigating and answering questions. They present their findings.
The building features three community, or “extended,” learning areas, open spaces where students will work together in teams.
Every classroom has a 75-inch interactive touch screen equipped with apps and software. A project lab will serve as a traditional science lab, but students also will use it for computer coding and robotics and have access to “maker space” materials.
It’s that time of the year again! Snow has started to fall, and Santa and his helpers are in full force spreading holiday cheer. This year’s Breakfast with Santa is going to be EXTRA special because we will be serving both north and south as ONE Collinwood. Breakfast, holiday crafts, and photos with Santa will be on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 9am-12pm at Slovenian Home, 15810 Holmes Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110 (please note this location is NOT ADA accessible). Sponsored by Greater Collinwood Development Corporation (Formerly known as Collinwood & Nottingham Development Corporation), Councilman Polensek, and Councilman Hairston. The food will be donated by Gus’s Diner 185 and volunteers will be from local area schools. We are excited to continue to build our relationships in the neighborhood and can’t wait to come together as one community to celebrate the holidays! The event is FREE but space is limited. Registration is required, please visit: santacomestocollinwood.eventbrite.com
We got the camera crews in the kitchen and on the main stage, TV20 reporting, and 5 excited teams of youth, officers and Tri-C cullinary students. Teams have 45 minutes to create their creations from a host of ingredients. This is legit ... Chopped Kids Cleveland style!!
Program started with a small grant in Collinwood from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and goes citywide with support from the Cleveland Police Foundation, Tri-C, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools and others. Proud we launched this program at Collinwood Nottingham Villages Development and the Five Pointes Community Center. Congrats to everyone but rooting for Hannah Gibbons School in Nottingham and Wade Park School.
Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson took his 2018 State of the City address directly to the people by moving the annual event to 7 p.m. and making it free and open to the public. The address traditionally was held in Public Hall during the middle of the work day and was a paid event primarily attended by Cleveland’s business and philanthropic community. This year, Cleveland residents, neighborhood organizations, business leaders and members of the general public all joined Mayor Jackson for the event. Mayor Jackson said he intends to use the same new State of the City format next year.
For 40 years, both paid and volunteer staff members at Hospice of the Western Reserve have walked side by side with the loved ones of more than 100,000 individuals in the final phase of life. As one of the earliest nonprofit pioneers of the hospice movement in the U.S., Hospice of the Western Reserve’s mission has always focused on helping families make the most of the time they have remaining. Care is individualized for each family’s situation and needs, upholding the dignity of each person served.
Topic: Improvements including Streetscaping for East 152nd