Northeast Shores

Northeast Shores’ Annual Meeting

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Northeast Shores’ Annual Meeting on January 20, 2015. At the meeting, Executive Director Brian Friedman shared with attendees all the great things that the organization has helped make happen in 2014. Including the construction of a ceramic studio on Waterloo, live/work apartments at the Glencove, and the completion of the Waterloo Streetscape. Members also got a chance to hear about projects that Northeast Shores will be undertaking in the upcoming year. Some of the projects include neighborhood wide tree planting, Renter Equity, healthy Collinwood 2015, and the Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative for East 185th Street. This will certainly be an exciting 2015 for Collinwood.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 10:04 PM, 02.05.2015

Annual Meeting

Mark your calendar for Northeast Shores' Annual Membership meeting on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Collinwood Rec. Center! Want to hear about all the great happenings of 2014? Or vote on who will help direct the organization's goals for 2015? Sign up for 2015 membership? Well then you better get to this meeting! We can't wait to share with you how Collinwood has improved over the last year! 

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 10:04 PM, 02.05.2015

Become a Member

Hey you! yeah you! It's a new year and membership enrollment with Northeast Shores Development Corporation is upon us! For a small membership fee, not only will you receive information about the latest events happening in the neighborhood, but you will also receive specials from local merchants that are only available to members of Northeast Shores. But wait! There's more! 

Did you know Northeast Shores competes with over 30 community development corporations in Cleveland for funding. A strong Northeast Shores membership base shows a committed neighborhood to these funders, and lessens the burden of competing for the shrinking pool of public funds.

Not only does your membership help when it comes to funding. But your presence in our community contributes to the positive character and well-being of our neighborhood. If you are interested in participating in our efforts to make North Collinwood a better community, please complete the Membership Form and mail it to the Northeast Shores office along with your membership fee, which is a tax deductible donation.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 5:16 PM, 01.26.2015

Third Time's the Charm

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, get ready to jump for joy! Northeast Shores is proud to announce that the LaSalle Theater has finally been awarded tax credits through the State of Ohio!

John Kuntz, from The Plain Dealer, writes: " In Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood, Northeast Shores Development Corp. finally won $250,000 from the state for an overhaul of the LaSalle Theatre on East 185th Street. It was the nonprofit neighborhood group's third attempt to secure credits for that project.

 'I've been pretty pregnant for over a year now,' Brian Friedman, the group's executive director, said of his repeat applications for an award. 'So now, I get to induce labor.'

The credits bring Northeast Shores close to a $3.2 million funding goal for the project, which will transform the vacant theater into a performance and productions event space with four storefronts on the street and five apartments upstairs. Construction could start next year, and the restored venue might open in early 2016."

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 5:16 PM, 01.26.2015

Ugly Sweater Party

On December 10, 2014 Northeast Shores hosted our second annual Ugly Sweater Party at The Standard. It was a blast! There were over 40 people who came out to enjoy great food, great drinks, and the company of great neighbors. There were ugly sweaters beyond where the eye could see. Northeast Shores gave away some amazing door prizes that include an old radio, an Aflac duck, and a paver from the Waterloo Street Scape.

The best think about this amazing group of neighbors is more than their desire to party, but their generosity. We collected 20 pounds of food to be donated to the Grovewood Salvation Army. A big thanks to everyone who donated food and came out to celebrate the season.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 5:16 PM, 01.26.2015

Santa was a Blast

On December 13, 2014 Santa Claus joined over 200 Collinwood residents for breakfast at Villa Angela-St. Joseph in partnership with Northeast Shores. The VASJ cafeteria was packed with the largest turnout ever for this event. Over 75 families came out for an amazing breakfast donated by Gus’ Diner 185. The children enjoyed crafts, games, story time, and of course, pictures with Santa. If you thought the morning couldn’t get any better, the Cleveland Police Foundation and 5th District Police Officer’s came out to the event and brought coloring books, badges, and Mitchell’s Ice Cream. This holiday season, Northeast Shores is thankful for having so many partners dedicated to making these family events memorable.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 5:16 PM, 01.26.2015

Get Ready to Taste the Neighborhood

Save the Date for this year’s Taste the Neighborhood, February 17, 2015 at the Lithuanian Hall. Join Northeast Shores to sample foods from our neighborhood’s many restaurants and eateries. From ribs and wings, to sausage to soup, there is something for everyone.

North Collinwood is a fantastic place to live because of the people. That is why every year we recognize the outstanding residents, neighborhood associations, businesses, and investments from the past year that have improved the quality of life for residents in North Collinwood. If you would like make a nomination for any of the above categories, please do so by January 24, 2014.

To purchase tickets, or for additional information, contact Julia DiBaggio at 216-481-7660 or

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 5:16 PM, 01.26.2015

Taste the Neighborhood Award Nomination

North Collinwood is the home of many incredible people. That’s why each year we like to show how much we appreciate everything ordinary people do to make Collinwood great, by recognizing a few individuals and businesses each year at our annual Taste the Neighborhood and Awards Ceremony. Share your nomination to honor residents, block watches and businesses for their accomplishments that make this a better community to live. Deadline: December 30, 2014

Awards Categories:

Outstanding resident: Regular folks who go that extra mile.

Amazing Block Watches: Neighborhood groups that have made great achievements throughout the year.

Best Business: Celebrate the achievements of your favorite local business and their owner.

Investment of the Year: What change this year helped make Collinwood such a great place.

Collinwood Hall of Fame: Recognition of one person’s dedication and devotion to the betterment of the neighborhood.

Contact Julia DiBaggio with your nomination and their contribution at 216-481-7660 or

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 2:59 PM, 01.24.2015

Time to Don your Gay Apparel

Dig out that ugly sweater grandma got you, or use that creativity to make your own, but make sure you don’t miss Northeast Shore’s second annual Ugly Sweater Party! Join the staff at The Standard on December 10 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. For only $10 and a can of food; you get two drink tickets and light appetizers. Tickets are available on the day of the event at the door only. What better way to kick off the holiday season than by hanging out with your friends and neighbors at the best party of the season.  For more information please call Northeast Shores at 216-481-7660. Happy Holidays!

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 3:16 PM, 01.21.2015

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Santa is coming to North Collinwood for a special breakfast with the kids.  What would Christmas be like without photos with the jolly guy in red, a chance for kids to tell him their number one wish and presents they are hoping for?  Come join us for breakfast with Santa on December 13, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School.   Photo ops and fun activities are included with a $5 dollar ticket purchase. To purchase tickets in advance, call Julia DiBaggio at 216-481-7660.

Date: December 13, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 18497 Lake Shore Blvd.

Cost: $5.00 per person

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 2:59 PM, 01.24.2015

Northeast Shores Membership

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Northeast Shores Development Corporation is the non-profit community development corporation for the North Shore Collinwood neighborhood. Our mission is to create a better place for everyone to live, work and visit - increasing home-ownership and helping entrepreneurs bring their business ideas to market. Over the last decade, our activities have resulted in over $48 million in neighborhood investment.

We currently implement programs and activities in business recruitment and development, housing rehabilitation, and neighborhood marketing. Northeast Shores is working toward finding ways to combat building deterioration and vacancies in our retail districts as well as securing additional safety measures against crime. Also, countless residents participate in programs that improve their homes.

We compete with over 20 community development corporations in Cleveland for funding. To these funding agencies, a strong Northeast Shores Membership base demonstrates a committed community and improves our ability to compete for funds.

Northeast Shores' Members and Board include residents from all segments of the neighborhood, commercial property owners and merchants from Waterloo Road, Lakeshore Boulevard, and East 185th Street, as well as the area institutions and schools.


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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 3:16 PM, 01.21.2015

Construction on Waterloo

New windows, roof, and siding OH MY! Things are jamming over at Brick Ceramic & Design Studio and Bright Coffee Bar! Exterior work is estimated to be completed before we ring in the new year and Brick should be open for business in early 2015! Yahoo!! 

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:54 PM, 11.17.2014

Picturing Collinwood

Northeast Shores wants to know what you think. What are your impressions of Collinwood? What have been our big successes, and what do we still need to address? Stop by the Northeast Shores office (317 East 156th Street) or visit our Facebook page to share your thoughts and your vision using our online survey. It won't take you long, and the feedback you provide will be a huge help to us in prioritizing our revitalization strategy! Complete the survey and you may win a $25 gift certificate! Questions? Call 216-481-7660.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:54 PM, 11.17.2014

Halloween on WaterBOO

The sky was gray and the wind was blowing, but that didn’t stop the families of Collinwood from dressing up in costumes and coming out for Halloween on WaterBOO! Originally the activities were going to be held outside, but the old bank building proved to be a great location for the event headquarters.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Waterloo if there weren’t a whole lot of arts and crafts. Down the street, artists of all ages participated in pumpkin painting and decorating with beach trash. Yes, beach trash! There were large pumpkins and small pumpkins. The small pumpkins were entered into a contest; the winners are now on display in the Phone Gallery located on Waterloo Road. The children did potato printing on their trick-or-treat bags, and then strolled down Waterloo to the many businesses that were passing out candy. There were also a variety of games, including double dutch, bean bag toss, and a scavenger hunt.

Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and resources to make this event a hit!

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:54 PM, 11.17.2014

It’s Eerie in Collinwood

Ready for some family friendly fright? Mark your calendars for Saturday October 18 for one wizardry day! Dress up and take your family, or go solo to the Boo at the Beach Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team beach cleanup and costume contest from 10am-noon, then head over to Halloween on WaterBoo Road from noon to 2pm, and then fancy your fright with a Halloween Party at STAR POP vintage + modern from 2-5pm. Three great events, one great day!

Here’s a breakdown of all the frightening fun!

Boo at the Beach! 10am-12pm Euclid Beach Park

If litter washing up on our shores is not a scary enough, try a beach cleanup in Halloween costumes! Join Adopt-a-Beach (TM) volunteers for our second annual Boo at the Beach cleanup and costume contest at Euclid Creek Reservation-Euclid Beach (16301 Lakeshore Boulevard).

This year’s costume contest categories include:

Most Reusable: Incorporates recycled and reused elements -no matter the theme!

Most Lake Erie Lovin' : Show us how you love Lake Erie and all the creatures that inhabit it!

Spookiest: Ahh! 

Cutest: Aww...

Cleverest: Clever...

Time to get creative!

Following the beach cleanup participants in the costume contest will be judged and awarded prizes on the the stage on the corner of Waterloo Rd. and 156th St. at 12:30pm

You do not have to wear a costume to participate in the beach cleanup but you will certainly win the Least Creative contest category!

No masks will be permitted during the beach cleanup or anything that inhibits your ability to see or walk on uneven terrain. And please, only family friendly costume attire.

Please wear closed toed shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.  Children under 10 are required to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Gloves, bags, rakes and trash pickers along with light refreshments will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own!

For more information about Boo at the Beach, please contact Stephen Love - or call 216-571-0685.

Halloween on WaterBoo Road: 12pm-2pm-Waterloo Sculpture Garden

Northeast Shores is hosting a family friendly event, Halloween on WaterBOO Road. This will be a family friendly afternoon of Halloween activities on Waterloo Road October 18, 2014 from noon till 2 p.m. The event kicks off with a costume contest at 12:30pm.  Dress up in your favorite costume and prepare to be judged for the best use of reused materials, cutest, or scariest creature in the neighborhood! The costume contest categories are listed above in the Boo at the Beach announcement The contest will be held at 12:30p, at the Waterloo Sculpture Garden located at 16010 Waterloo Road.

After the costume contest, experience Waterloo Road like never before. The kids will take over the street for Trick-or-Treat. There will be an opportunity for the kids to get crafty with some of the local artists, including a pumpkin painting and beach cleanup trash workshop with Linda Zolten Wood, in partnership with Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach Team and Waterloo Sculpture Garden.

Halloween Party at STAR POP vintage + modern.

The Halloween party will include pizza, candy, prizes, and fun kid friendly Halloween arts and crafts with local artist and art teacher Brittainy Lee Quinn. Kids and adults will be able to keep their finished spooky project.

So don’t be mummy, come out to the party!

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:04 PM, 10.15.2014

Waterloo Streetscape Construction 2014

On schedule and working toward completion, the 2014 edition of Waterloo Road construction started in late March with the installation of utility pole footers as well as final removal of the old road bed.  New concrete was poured, matching the pour done last year for the north lane, and currently, the second coat of asphalt is being poured and should be completed very soon. New curbs and aprons were also poured on East 156th from Waterloo to the freeway entrance at Calcutta. The detour route, portions of East 152nd, Lucknow, Trafalgar, as well as East 163rd are also receiving a new road surface.

“This project has been a labor of love for from my office for a long time. For once it is completed, this project will go a long way towards transforming the Waterloo Road area into the kind of arts and entertainment district we have long worked towards,” stated Councilman Michael D. Polensek. “We appreciated everyone’s patience and look forward to seeing everyone in the district for the monthly (first weekend of the month) Walk all over Waterloo events.”

Brian Friedman, Executive Director at Northeast Shores stated, “the Waterloo project is a $5.5 million dollar investment in the neighborhoods future. Construction includes: CPP electrical conduit placement, special bus pad and crosswalk concrete treatment and new bus shelters, replacement of sidewalks and access driveway aprons, the installation of compliant A.D.A. curb ramps at crossings, drainage improvements, underground utilities, north side street lighting, traffic and pedestrian crossing signals, pavement markings, and signage as well as streetscape amenities. The amenities include brick pavers in the area closest to the curb (amenity strip) portion of the sidewalks, bike racks, benches, trees/ landscaping pits and a special plaza style treatment at the Tower area in front of Waterloo Arts. A reconstruction project takes money and time; it’s not your average street repaving. This road has not been comprehensively addressed since the streetcar tracks were installed, previous to 1919.”


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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:04 PM, 10.15.2014

October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Violence against partners, particularly women, has been accepted throughout modern history. Although conditions gradually improved since the 1700’s, it wasn’t until the 1960’s that shelters for battered women were opened, and men could be prosecuted for their actions. In the 1980’s a movement began to form. First came a day of Unity, then a week of Unity, a national hotline, and in 1989, Congress passed legislation making October officially National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month is used to connect battered women advocates across the nation to end violence against woman and their children, as well as men who are victims.

Domestic abuse is more than physical violence; it can be emotional as well. Domestic abuse occurs when one person in an intimate relationship tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It happens across cultures, classes, and income groups. The statistics are frightening, as 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Every day 3 women are killed by intimate violence in the U.S. alone. Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults. Children who are raised in a household with domestic violence are more vulnerable to becoming abused or abusers themselves.


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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:03 PM, 10.15.2014

Raise For The LaSalle Clam Bake

Join us September 13th for a clam bake to benefit The LaSalle Arts and Media Center! Tickets cost $50 each and include one dozen steamed middle neck clams, clam broth, New England clam chowder with oyster crackers, herb-marinated grilled chicken, fresh corn on the cob with sweet butter, candied yams, fresh baked dinner rolls, and two drink tickets. There will be live music and yard games for your entertainment. Tickets are pre-sale only and all purchases must be made prior to September 5th. Tickets can be purchased using Eventbrite (a link is available on Northeast Shores’ Facebook page) or at the Northeast Shores office located at 317 E. 156th Street. For more information contact, Carly Marginian at 216-481-7660 ext. 21 or at Can't wait to see you there!

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 9:11 PM, 09.03.2014

Community Gardening 2015

As the summer season tapers off, gardeners begin planning for the next growing season. As such, the Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) is prepping for their 2015 Summer Sprout Community Gardening Program. OSUE helps community gardeners by providing a variety of technical assistance that includes soil testing, garden design, and educational workshops and trainings.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 9:11 PM, 09.03.2014

Northeast Shores Welcomes Julia DiBaggio

It has truly been a pleasure to serve North shore Collinwood as the Community Organizer for Northeast Shores Development Corporation. I, Margaret Craig, have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful residents, and enjoy many wonderful events. After my year of service, I have decided to accept a position at our neighborhood Salvation Army on Grovewood.

Assuming the role of your new Community Organizer will be Julia DiBaggio. Julia is no stranger to the neighborhood. She previously served as the Business Development Specialist for the East 185th Street District. Julia jumped right into the position and helped to plan the neighborhood meeting with the Mayor. Julia is also working on several new and exciting initiatives that you will be hearing about soon. Please take the time to call or drop by to see Julia at Northeast Shores.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:05 PM, 09.03.2014

Neighborhood Association News

Our Neighborhood Associations have been meeting throughout the summer months and have had some very interesting discussions and visitors. In June, the E. 156th Street Association joined in the Collinwood Facilities discussion at Collinwood High School where Eric Gordon the CEO from CMSD and others spoke about the plans for our neighborhood schools. The E. 185th Street Association enjoyed a lively discussion with Councilman Polensek and the neighbors from the E. 140th Association began plans for a neighborhood picnic. In July, the E. 156th Association heard from KC Petraitis a representative from Cleveland Housing Court and also from Camille Maxwell from Northeast Shores. The E. 185 Street Association held a neighbor roundtable discussion, where residents shared ideas on what they would like to see happening in the neighborhood. The E. 140th Association heard from a representative from the Fifth District as well as Councilman Polensek. There was also a discussion about vacant houses and vacant lots and what could be done about them.

 The Neighborhood Associations will not meet individually in August instead there will be a joint meeting with Mayor Frank Jackson on Wednesday, August 20th at 5:30 at the Collinwood Rec Center. Please come and join us on that day when we will hear from our Mayor. And, as always anyone is invited to attend our Neighborhood Association meetings. The East 185th Street Neighborhood Associations meets every second Tuesday of the month at the Lithuanian Club located at 877 E. 185th Street.  The East 156th Street group meets every third Wednesday of the month at B&M Barbecue located at 358 East 152nd Street and the East 140th Street group meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at New Life Mission Baptist Church located at 13905 Diana Ave.  All the groups meet at 6:00 pm and are attended by a representative of the Fifth District Police and Councilman Polensek. We would love to have you participate. If you have any questions, please call Margaret Craig at (216) 481-7660. Let’s create the community we want to live in!

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:13 AM, 08.05.2014

Collinwood Vibrancy Programs for August

You don’t want to miss the remaining Collinwood Vibrancy Programs for the month of August that  take place in the Waterloo Arts District. Earlier in the month activities were held at The Waterloo Sculpture Garden, Star Pop, Zygote Press, and the Beachland Ballroom. These last few round out a  great month of activities.

Re-Grand Opening & Customer Appreciation day concert- August 16th from 3-5pm at Styles With Confidence, 15300 Waterloo Rd. This even will offer music to the hearing impaired with sign language during the performance. There will also be a raffle and refreshments.

Ceramajama- August 22nd from 6-10 pm at Brick +Design Studio, 420 East 161st Street, Brick is a co-operative studio space that allows artists and beginners to create ceramic work. The business will be a new addition to the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District. The event will kick off the grand opening of Brick’s Sculpture Garden and will feature contemporary ceramics work, along with a meet and greet with the artists. Refreshments and small bites will be served as visitors enjoy the show.

George Shuba Closing Party and Project Lightswitch Celebration- Sunday August 31st 1-5pm at Space:Rock Gallery, 15712 Waterloo Rd. This party is to celebrate the conclusion of the streetscape and to feature George Shuba’s photography work. George, the featured artist, shot the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix when they first came to Cleveland in the 1960’s. Come to the gallery and view his work and enjoy the DJ’s performance. The celebration will include a giant cake for everyone to enjoy!

As always, all Vibrancy programs are free and open to the public.  So come join in the fun on Waterloo!!!!!!

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:09 AM, 08.05.2014

ActiVacant: The American Dream

Imagine having the freedom to do what you want, when you want, all while providing for your family. Do you have a big idea, and are just waiting to implement it? Now is the time to control your destiny. You can be your own boss.

Opening up a business takes passion, determination, and the willingness to take risks. That determination has propelled this nation into greatness. It is an attitude of making up new rules that is reflected in the new program called ActiVacant that will help new businesses get their feet off the ground.

ActiVacant will have five businesses open simultaneously within three blocks, so you're never alone. Getting the doors open is hard work. Until then, there's no enjoying the fruits of your labor. That's why the "ActiVators" will get the first three months of rent for free. From there, rent will grow incrementally to market value over the first year. This enables ActiVators to focus on what's important- the business reaching its full potential.

It takes a village. So when ActiVators work together, there will be cash bonuses over the next three years. There will even be a small documentary that shares the ActiVators' stories. There is no community greater at following the American Dream than Collinwood. By becoming an ActiVator, you will join a neighborhood rich in history, yet excited about the future. In the land of opportunity, you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Dare to dream big, and dare to put that dream into action.

If you are ready to open your business and reap the rewards of your efforts, go to  to complete your application.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:11 AM, 08.05.2014

It Didn't Rain on Our Parade

Well, I guess it literally did rain on our parade. But the rain did not stop the sixth Annual Alive on 185 Parade. It started raining at about the same time parade participants were arriving to line up. Even though it was dreary, raining and cold everyone showed up and was willing to participate in the parade. We waited huddled underneath umbrellas and the awning of the Imagine Bella entrance for the rain to stop, but Mother Nature was not cooperating. The Collinwood Thundercats could be heard practicing their cheers, the drummers from OH Perry were getting their instruments ready, the many vehicles had their engines humming ready to move and the fifth district police were in full force ready to prepare the way. At about two minutes to eleven, the time the parade was to begin, the rain had subsided some, but it was still raining. Some wanted to call it off, but the decision was made to continue on through the rain and that only the vehicles would move down the street. It started out with the Euclid Beach Rocket Car leading the way and one by one the vehicles headed out the parking lot behind the police escort. Then the most amazing thing happened, no it didn’t stop raining. The other parade participants wanted to go as well. The children and families from Helping Hands Day Care, the cheerleaders and students from VASJ, the Team from Garden of Prayer Church, rangers and horses from the Metro Parks, the dogs and their walkers from Dog Paws,  and all the others who showed up were willing to brave the rain and the cold to march down 185th Street. It was a wonderful sight to see and after the last vehicle left the parking lot the rain stopped and as the parade traveled down 185th Street the sun began to shine.  And let’s not forget those who braved the rain and the cold and waited on the street to watch the parade. Though the numbers were few, all who came out enjoyed picking up candy and receiving frozen treats from the ice cream truck provided by Imagine Bella Academy.


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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:52 PM, 06.09.2014

June Vibrancy Events on Waterloo

Before you know it, summer will be here! To kick off the heat wave, Collinwood will be celebrating with a variety of free events in June! Made possible through generous support of The Kresge Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the month of June will feature four fun and free events that the entire family will enjoy in the artistic neighborhood of Collinwood!

The first Vibrancy Project is an Open Studio Party at Waterloo Arts on Friday, June 6th from 6p.m.-8p.m. Visitors will get the chance to mingle with artists, such as Timothy Callaghan, in their studios and see their most recent works-in-progress, all while enjoying live music and light refreshments.

The Waterloo Arts Center features a Gallery, Café, Art Center and artist Studios. The Gallery has been showcasing work of excellent Cleveland artists for over ten years and the Studios provide artists with affordable space to create, free from distractions.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:39 PM, 06.09.2014

Featured Property

Your new home on Huntmere has been completely renovated. This home offers an open floor plan, with ample space to host an indoor or outdoor summer party.  This home has been designed with efficiency in mind. That's right, this house includes an energy efficient hot water tank and furnace, EnergyStar windows, low flush toilets, energy saving light fixtures, and new insulation. Did we mention that it has  an EnergyStar microwave,  dishwasher and a beverage cooler to make it accessible for your guests to help themselves to a cool drink.


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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:16 PM, 06.09.2014

Raise Funds for The LaSalle

Brick and Light Bulb Fundraiser

Renovation of the LaSalle Theater is picking up speed and we want you to be a part of bringing back this historic and beloved 185th Street landmark! How can you help? Northeast Shores is selling brick pavers for $150.00/each. Everyone who walks through the doors of the new theater will see the pavers, which will act as a 'red carpet' to the grand entryway. Whether you are part of a business, a local resident, or simply an enthusiast for the can help pave the way to the completion of our theater's return. Light bulbs are also available for purchase for $20/each. After all, what's a theater without a well-lit grand marquee luring you to the show? If you would like to purchase a brick, a light, or both, email Carly Marginian at and she will send you an order form.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:16 PM, 06.09.2014

ActiVacant is coming ot East 185th Street

What is ActiVacant you might ask? Well, ActiVacant is an innovative business development initiative designed to launch five new businesses during the fall of 2014. ActiVacant will help small businesses free up capital so they can focus on the important stuff, like the day-to-day operations of running a business.

ActiVacant is more than your typical business incubator. These businesses are encouraged to work together, getting them over the humps. Positive promotions and P.R. are important to drive business. Because of this, ActiVators are encouraged to cross promote their businesses. They will also participate in an online documentary series that will be shown in six installments over the course of the three year program.

If you are interested in participating, additional details are available at

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:16 PM, 06.09.2014

The Easter Bunny Came to Town

The Easter Bunny hopped his way down to VASJ last month to have breakfast and pose for pictures with the children from around the neighborhood. The children and their families enjoyed a breakfast of eggs, french toast and sausage provided by Gus’s diner and there was plenty of lettuce and carrots for the bunny to munch on. The VASJ students were on hand once again, and provided fun activities for the children, and then we all headed outside for the traditional Easter Egg Hunt. The children waited to hear the word “Go” and then they scurried across the grass to gather over four hundred eggs that were scattered about.  Once back inside the children cracked open their eggs to find the treats inside. After everyone got the chance to sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap for a picture, he said it was time for him to leave and we all waved good-bye as he left to prepare for his many Easter visits. Thanks go out to Gus’s Diner for donating the food, Laura Robinson , Charlotte Iafeliece, Caroline Peak, and Jill Latkovitch and her army of students from VASJ for making this a most enjoyable event!

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 2:29 PM, 05.14.2014

Collinwood Brotherhood Coalition

Frederick Douglass said “ It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”. The Collinwood Brotherhood Coalition was formed earlier this year in order to engage, encourage, educate and support the young men in our community.  The Coalition was formed after the news of the murder of Stephen Halton Jr. During  a community meeting and later at the vigil, many spoke about the need for programming for our youth. A group of men from the neighborhood answered that call and began meeting and  set up a plan of action. The group is still in its infancy stages, but has already hosted two events for young men in the neighborhood. The first was a Brotherhood Breakfast, which was held in March at B&M’s Barbecue.  There were over fifty men and boys in attendance. The boys and mentors enjoyed conversation and a delicious breakfast prepared by our host. After breakfast, the participants were treated to a performance by the drill team from Garden of Prayer Baptist Church, learned about the Boys Scouts and heard several motivational speakers.

The second event was a Shooting Stars basketball  game held at the Salvation Army. A great time was had by all who attended and prizes were awarded to the first , second and third place winners. The next event is planned for Monday, May 19th and will be held at the Memorial Nottingham branch of the Cleveland Public Library. The event is titled “Soul Food” and will focus on African and African-American culture.  The Coalition is looking for men who would be interested in being a mentor. If you would like to participate or have any questions, please call Margaret Craig (216) 481-7660.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 2:24 PM, 05.14.2014

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

Taste the Neighborhood

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

Four Events to Look Forward to in March

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

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

It's time again for Taste the Neighborhood!

Taste the Neighborhood, the annual fundraiser for Northeast Shores Development Corporation, will be held on Tuesday February 18th at the Lithuanian Club, 877 E. 185th Street. Please join us as we sample foods from North Collinwood’s finest restaurants as well as honor individuals and organizations that have made a difference in our community over the past year.

We truly are fortunate to have some of the finest restaurants and eateries in Cleveland, and at Taste the Neighborhood there is always something for everyone. This year there will be samples from some of the most recent additions to the list of wonderful restaurants in North Collinwood.

In addition to the delicious offerings from our neighborhood restaurants, there will be a cash bar and an auction of baskets donated from neighborhood businesses and organizations.

Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and can be purchased at Northeast Shores Development Corporation 317 E. 156th Street or you can mail a check to secure your reservation. Tickets sell out fast so it is best to purchase them as soon as possible. For more information please contact Margaret Craig at (216) 481-7660.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Taste the Neighborhood!

Margaret Craig is the Community Organizer for Northeast Shores Development Corporation.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 7:29 PM, 02.07.2014

Waterloo Rd Parking Lots Placed in Service

NESDC is the recipient of funding from multiple sources for green parking lots within the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District located in the North Shore Collinwood area. Grant funding includes $17,117 from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s (NEORD) Small Scale Storm Water Demonstration Program, $58,602 from the Ohio EPA and the US EPA under the 319(h) Grant Program, $93,930 from the City of Cleveland Economic  Development Vacant Properties Initiative Fund and $15,000 from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. These funds were utilized to construct two new parking areas and a planned retrofit of one existing parking area with the goal to minimize storm water runoff into the combined sewer system, and assist with the health of our creeks, rivers and ultimately the lake.

Brian Friedman, Executive Director of Northeast Shores, stated “this parking plan will help to support the growth of the Waterloo District and continue the job and business creation plan for the area. The NEORD funds helped to leverage the City of Cleveland Economic Development Vacant Properties Initiative as well as the funding to help defray the cost of the parking infrastructure. The city funding will help to develop the parking areas ASAP to capitalize on private investments, and were completed in October 2013. The parking will come online just in time to support needed parking during the construction of the Waterloo streetscape project,” The parking area plans, developed by Katherine Holmok, Landscape Architect at URS Corporation, and her team will leverage sustainable techniques of bio-swales and infiltration basins to utilize storm-water runoff as landscape irrigation, art and place making.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 6:21 PM, 02.07.2014

Waterloo Streetscape Grants

Waterloo is currently undergoing a major transformation through the streetscape. Alongside the construction the district's commercial businesses will be hosting a variety of free public events that will be occurring monthly in partnership with the Collinwood Rising Grant Program made possible by the generous support from the Kresge Foundation.

Starting on December 2nd, Jesse Rhinehart, a Cleveland-based artist, will paint a mural on the wall of the Callaloo Cafe located at 15601 Waterloo Rd. Rhinehart has been featured on the wall of the Cafe before, with his watercolor paintings of the Caribbean. The mural will be unveiled on December 20th when the Callaloo Cafe will host "A Caribbean Christmas". This event will run from 6:00pm to 11:00pm and  will also feature traditional Caribbean food as well as the Panic Steel Ensemble, that will perform throughout the evening.

Throughout 2014 and during the Waterloo Streetscape, Northeast Shores will be giving the businesses, nonprofits, and community groups of the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District the opportunity to collaborate with artists to create transformative change in the neighborhood. Grants are awarded monthly and will incorporate a free event in the district.  For an application or for more information please contact Charlie Kamen at 216 481-7660 ext 31. Make sure to keep tuned in monthly in 2014 to join in the great events that will be taking place in the Waterloo District. In the meantime celebrate the holiday the Caribbean way at the Callaloo Cafe!

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 5:35 PM, 12.12.2013

Join Northeast Shores - Membership has its privileges

Are you a member of Northeast Shores? Would you like to be able to take advantage of neighborhood specials? Did you know that when Northeast Shores applies for grant money, we have to provide our list of members? Would you like to help increase our chances of getting grant money for North Shore Collinwood?

With the competition for funding greater than ever, our membership list could be the difference between our neighborhood getting grant money or not. In an effort to increase our membership we are offering our "Members Have Privileges" card. When you join you will receive a keytag membership card that you can present at the local merchant who is offering the monthly special. You will be able to take advantage of the special all month long.

If you are a merchant in North Shore Collinwood you can become a member and be the merchant of the month special. You offer a special that will be available all month long to ONLY the members of Northeast Shores who present their membership card. We provide the marketing materials including: sending a postcard out to the members letting them know you are the merchant of the month and giving you posters and table tents to display in your business.

As you can tell, this is a win-win situation for all of North Shore Collinwood. You will be shopping local, getting a discount and helping this neighborhood get much needed grant money. So please call 216 481-7660 and ask for your membership application or stop in at the Northeast Shores Development Corporation office at 317 East 156th St. and pick one up.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 5:37 PM, 12.12.2013

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year-- Ugly Sweaters, Santa and more

The hustle and bustle has begun, lights are being hung, trees decorated and children are counting the days until Santa comes, and everyone is looking for holiday festivities to attend. Well, don't look any further because the best holiday happenings are right here in Collinwood.

On Friday December 13th from 5:30-7:30 join Northeast Shores for an old fashioned holiday celebration with a new twist. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season as you walk along the street and see all the decorated windows as well as listen to carolers and the Salvation Army band. Have a cup of hot chocolate and some sweet treats along the way. After enjoying the sights and sounds stroll over to The Standard 779 E.185 for our Annual Ugly Sweater Party. The party where we all claim that "Ugly never looked so good"! Beverages and appetizers will be provided with your donation of $5 and a nonperishable food item.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 5:38 PM, 12.12.2013

Happy Birthday, Collinwood Observer from Northeast Shores' new Community Organizer, Margaret Craig

I am pleased to wish the Observer happy fifth birthday by writing my first article. I am the new Community Organizer at Northeast Shores Development Corporation and am very excited to serve the community where I have lived for over twenty years. I have been on the job for the past month and have had the opportunity to meet many new people. I look forward to the coming months and getting to know many more of my Collinwood neighbors.

By the time this article goes to press we will have already celebrated Halloween on East 185th street with lots of candy, costumes, games, food and fun. Thanks to Chili Peppers, Helping Hands Day Care, Gus’s Diner, A Natural Way Fitness Studio, A Charmed Boutique and A Fragrance For You, for donating candy, and the students from VASJ for all of their help.

Our next event will be a School Fair on Saturday November 9th at the Salvation Army 17625 Grovewood Ave. from 10:00am-12:00pm. Come and learn about the Pre-K through High School options that are available in our neighborhood. Representatives from area Day Care centers and schools will be available to answer any questions that you may have. Refreshments and children’s activities will be provided.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 7:45 PM, 11.10.2013

A million dollars coming to Collinwood: Northeast Shores Lands $1 Million Dollar Grant for Waterloo Arts District

Exciting times are upon the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District, with a new streestcape beautification project underway, and a surge of artists moving into the area, the neighborhood is currently undergoing a transformation. But with any transformation comes construction. To keep business flowing as usual and celebrate the neighborhood’s recent growth, The Kresge Foundation has chosen Collinwood’s Northeastast Shores Development Corporation to be a recipient of a 1 million dollar grant that will keep the community flourishing during the year-long transformation.

Exciting times are upon the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District, with a new streestcape beautification project underway, and a surge of artists moving into the area, the neighborhood is currently undergoing a transformation. But with any transformation comes construction. To keep business flowing as usual and celebrate the neighborhood’s recent growth, The Kresge Foundation has chosen Collinwood’s Northeastast Shores Development Corporation to be a recipient of a 1 million dollar grant that will keep the community flourishing during the year-long transformation.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:20 AM, 10.11.2013

Welcome to Cleveland changes perceptions and wows visiting artists

Did you ever have a secret that you just couldn’t keep to yourself and wanted to tell everybody? Well, so do we! Some of you, of course, already know the secret – that our city and our neighborhood have a thriving arts scene and wonderful opportunities for artists. Now, thanks to the fun-filled Welcome to Cleveland Weekend, it’s not a secret anymore.

From August 1st through August 4th, ten attendees from Atlanta, Boston, New York and other locations around the nation had the chance to come together and celebrate what both North Shore Collinwood and Cleveland has to offer them … and all at a ridiculously low cost! Hotel accommodations, ground transportation and meals were included, along with opportunities to check out some of Cleveland’s most artist-friendly neighborhoods, including our own. To add to the experience, they were able to meet and network with a wide range of fellow creative spirits that lent their voices and insights about what makes our community such a great place.

The much anticipated event was co-hosted by Northeast Shores Development Corporation and the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture and was designed for artists considering a move to Cleveland. Visitors enjoyed a three-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Hotel inside of the historic Arcade downtown. Weekend highlights included guided tours of Cleveland’s premiere artist neighborhoods and institutions, behind-the-scenes access to some of Cleveland’s great cultural organizations, complimentary daytime and evening arts programming and tours of houses and storefronts that are being targeted for artist ownership. The annual Euclid Beach Blast also proved to be a big treat for Welcome to Cleveland attendees. The weekend concluded with a delicious brunch at the Beachland Ballroom where guests enjoyed great food, networked with local artists and shared their thoughts about their Cleveland experience.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 1:00 PM, 09.12.2013

The long awaited $5.5 million Waterloo Streetscape begins!

The design and engineering has been completed by the City of Cleveland Construction and Engineering Department of the Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects, City of Cleveland. All the planning and community input into the project, which began with the 2007 Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative sponsored by the Northeastern Ohio Area Coordinating Agency successfully positioned the project to compete for funding. The Perk Company, Inc., Cleveland Ohio has been selected by the City of Cleveland and Ohio Department of Transportation to be the general contractor.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:58 AM, 08.09.2013

Hey, Hey, Hey, Everyone

What a busy summer this has been! From the Waterloo Arts Fest, Euclid Beach Blast, Welcome to Collinwood Weekend, the Streetscape project, etc., the arts are definitely alive and kicking up a fuss in our neck of the woods; and everyone is bursting with pride and energy! Don’t let things slow down. Let’s continue the momentum by supporting arts organizations and our local businesses. Check out the latest installment of featured Facebook pages listed below. As always, please feel free to visit, read about their wonderful services and click on the like button.  

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:58 AM, 08.09.2013

Hey, Hey, Hey!

This summer is going to be busy! From the implementation of art projects and events to the new Streetscape work beginning on Waterloo Road, North Collinwood is alive and buzzing with excitement! Prepare to be a witness and watch the transformation take place. You can learn about some of the projects by checking out the latest installment of featured Facebook pages listed below. As always, please feel free to visit, read about their wonderful services and click on the like button. 

  1. Callaloo Café and Bar Located inside of Arts Collinwod in the historic Waterloo Arts District, this Cafe specializes in dishes from Trinidad and Tobago, along with other world cuisines
  1. Euclid Beach Blast Euclid Beach Blast will challenge artists and community members to explore, reimagine, create, share and dream Euclid Beach Park’s past, present and future
  1. Project Pop-up Galleries Hosts temporary art exhibits by utilizing vacant or underused residential and commercial properties. This project intends to increase awareness of available housing and business opportunities and to explore creative ways that vacancy can serve as an asset to the community.
  1. Waterloo Arts Fest Now in its 11th year, the Waterloo Arts Fest continues to grow into one of Cleveland’s most eclectic and vibrant street festivals with a strong emphasis on art and music. The Waterloo Arts Fest takes place every year on the last Saturday in June!
  1. Zoetic Walls The finest street artists from around the world are bringing the walls of the Waterloo District to life.

Be sure to stay tuned for next month’s exciting lineup!

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 11:42 AM, 06.07.2013

Ernie's Premium Coffee & Donuts

Driving down E. 200th street, you may have noticed a new shop has recently opened its doors just across the street from The Home Depot. That new shop is Ernie’s Premium Coffee & Donuts and is located at 858 East 200th Street.  It is now open six days a week Monday through Saturday from 6am to 1:30pm Ernie’s offers a wide selection of doughnuts, bagels, premium coffee and other assorted beverages.  Ernie’s also is spicing up the ordinary bagel with their “bagelwich”, or bagel sandwich. The menu will offer half a dozen of these tasty sandwiches as well as hotdogs and more traditional breakfast sandwiches. Featuring both indoor and outdoor seating, Ernie’s retro restaurant offers a fun atmosphere to enjoy a meal.  Also offering take out, patrons have the option of calling ahead and picking food up. The owner decided to locate the shop in the district because he wanted to make an investment in the neighborhood and help it to grow. Ernie’s Premium Coffee & Donuts, with its local ownership and homey feel make it an excellent addition to North Collinwood. 

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 11:41 AM, 06.07.2013

Hey, Hey, Hey!

Spring is finally here! Nature is waking up and the flowers are beginning to bloom. So, get outside (with your copy of the Observer), of course, and enjoy the beauty! While you’re at it, check out the latest installment of featured Facebook pages from the arts and business community. As always, please feel free to visit, read about their wonderful services, and click on the like button.  

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 2:18 PM, 05.08.2013

East 185th Street: State of the Street

On Monday, April 29th 2013, Councilman Polensek joined Northeast Shores to host the first annual East 185th Street State of the Street Address. The luncheon was held at the Lithuanian Hall located at 877 East 185th Street and sponsored by Councilman Polensek and Fifth Third Bank. 

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 2:20 PM, 05.08.2013

LaSalle Theater will be restored to its former grandeur as LaSalle Arts and Media Center

Over the past several years, Northeast Shores has been working on finding an appropriate use/user for the LaSalle Theater. Recognizing that the LaSalle Theater is a huge asset to the neighborhood and the development of this project would be the catalyst for additional investment in the neighborhood, Northeast Shores has explored and entertained every inquiry and possible candidate for the property leaving few candidates who understood the full capacity of the rehab. The State of the Street address was the official announcement that Northeast Shores is moving forward with the rehabilitation plan and community-based use. The LaSalle Arts and Media Center will be rehabilitated and restored to the grandeur it deserves as a multi-use arts facility.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 2:18 PM, 05.08.2013

Thank you

On Saturday April 27, 2013, students from John Carroll University visited North Shore Collinwood ready to work. It was a beautiful day for sprucing up the LaSalle Theater block of East 185th St. After a quick tour of the LaSalle Theater these students pushed up their sleeves and prepared to get dirty at the theater and the surrounding block. Doors and boarded windows were painted, weeds were pulled and mulch was spread. 

It’s amazing what a transformation 20+ volunteers can make in 4 hours. The students were excited to be making a difference to such an old, historic building. Katie Spring from John Carroll and John Boksansky from Northeast Shores helped coordinate the efforts of these students. I would also like to thank Lou from Gus’s Diner for passing out orange juice to the students as they were cleaning up the flower beds. Thanks again, to the student volunteers from John Carroll.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 2:21 PM, 05.08.2013