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CHS Family Literacy Night and African American Read-In: An Engaging Experience


Collinwood teachers, Dean Bryson and Cara Colker-Eybel join in the African American Read-In.
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Frigid temperatures and snow-filled skies did not deter Collinwood students, staff, families and community members from participating in the school’s Family Literacy Night and first African American Read-In program, which culminated Black History Month activities.

Keynote speaker Margret Bernstein, Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives at WKYC, shared her lifelong passion for reading and her mission to make literacy for all a top educational priority.

Collinwood grad, Ramona Smith delivered a similar message that resonated with the critical importance of early literacy and the need to read, read, read.

 

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Mardi Gras Celebration at this Year’s Taste the Neighborhood


This years award winners.
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For all of you that missed it, Northeast Shores hosted their annual Taste the Neighborhood at the Lithuanian Hall on East 185th Street on Tuesday, February 17. Yes, that was Fat Tuesday. With a Mardi Gras theme, the party was in full force. There were over 130 party-goers and 19 restaurants in attendance serving their finest fair, still nobody went home hungry. Taste the Neighborhood was more than good food, we celebrated the accomplishments of 2014, and raffle prizes lined the walls!

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North Collinwood is Getting Street Trees

North Collinwood has been selected by the City of Cleveland to be one of the first neighborhoods to receive street trees as an effort to restore and protect the urban forest. Our community will receive 250 new trees to be planted in the fall of 2015. Street trees generally have a positive effect on communities.

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Join Us for the Exciting Programs at the Collinwood Branch Library

PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH

Growing Readers Storytime

Help Grow Your child’s early reading skills! Children 3-5 are invited for stories songs and rhymes that will help them become better readers.

Tuesdays, March 3- April 7 at 10:30 am

 For additional storytime appointments call us at the branch 216-623-6934.

 

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Councilman's Corner

My dear fellow Eskimos – OOPS! They’re warmer in Alaska than we are.  What a Winter!

I don’t have to tell you the ongoing problems which we have had with snow plowing, especially on our residential side streets and now pothole and street repair. We are all hoping that the City Administration is getting on top of the shortcomings in their Winter Snow Attack Plan, so that we don’t have to go through the ordeal we had the week after the Super Bowl and beyond. Please, if there is an issue with snow or ice on your street please call (216) 664-2510, which is the number the City wants all of us to use.  In addition, you can call the same number to report potholes and dangerous road conditions.

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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

There has been an Easter Bunny spotting and he is preparing for breakfast with the kids in North Collinwood. This year the event will be held at the Salvation Army on Grovewood. Breakfast will be donated by Gus’s Dinner 185, and the students from Villa Angela-St. Joseph will be there to help with crafts. Of course, the Easter Bunny will be there to take pictures with the kids.

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Salvation Army

17625 Grovewood Ave

Cost is $5.00 which includes breakfast and a picture with the Easter Bunny

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Waterloo Alley Cat Project 6th Annual Fundraiser



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Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7-11p.m. The Waterloo Alley Cat Project’s mission is to protect and care for the abandoned/feral cats that live in the burgeoning Waterloo Road Arts & Entertainment District, in the North Collinwood area of Cleveland.  A non-profit, volunteer, grassroots organization, WACP uses the humane trap-neuter/spay-return method to help reduce the number of cats and kittens roaming the streets of our growing neighborhood.  Since its inception in November 2009, the WACP has spayed and neutered over 250 cats and continues to feed over 50 cats on a daily basis.

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Wine, Spirits & Brew



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A Wine, Spirits & Brew Tasting Party will take place in the "Waterloo Ballroom" at the Slovenian Workmen's Home Saturday, April 11, 2015.  The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a per person cost of $30. Included will be tastes, hors d'oeuvres and continuous entertainment with Mike Sonata (a Frank Sinatra impersonator) and at the piano bar will be Ralph Turek ("Me, Myself & I") playing and singing for your enjoyment until 11:00 p.m. Also available will be a cash bar, a Chinese auction, a silent auction and a sideboard.

Experts of the liquid refreshments will be available to answer your questions regarding the tasting beverages.  One of the experts will be winemaker, Ed Trebets of Debonne Vineyards.  Ed recently won the "Sweepstakes Award Best Dessert Winemaker" award at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition out of 6,300 entries from all across the country.

The Slovenian Workmen's Home is located in the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District at 15335 Waterloo Road, Cleveland. For additional information or tickets to this event, please call 216-789-9746 or 216-481-5378. 

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Free Half-Day Retreat Helps Grieving Teens by Uniting Them with Peers


Teens who have experienced the loss of someone they love can find comfort and support from fellow teens at the free "Bridges of Courage" retreat on April 11.


Are you aware of a young person who could use support on his or her grief journey? “Bridges of Courage,” a free half-day retreat for teens, ages 14 to 17, provides support to adolescents who have experienced the death of a loved one by uniting them with peers who are also experiencing the death of a loved one. The retreat will take place at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center, located on Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Lakeshore Campus, 300 East 185th Street, Cleveland, on Saturday, April 11, 2015 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. A dinner of pizza and salad will be provided. Space is limited, so early reservations are recommended. To register, contact Dominique Butler at 216.486.6287. (Registration cutoff date is April 6.)

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CLE Rocks Project to help Waterloo Engage the Music Industry

Northeast Shores Development Corporation has taken on a new challenge in partnership with Waterloo based non-profit Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future. Founded by Beachland Ballroom and Tavern co-owner Cindy Barber in 2012, and based at 15721 Waterloo Road, where it also operates the Space: ROCK Gallery for music photography. Fueled by grants from the Ohio Arts Council's Creative Economy Initiative and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Northeast Shores Development Corporation is the lead fiscal partner, while Cleveland Rocks does the legwork, in a project to help explore how a neighborhood can grow through clustering creative economies, and in this case music.

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Do Good, Make Art


Attend the first cleanup of 2015 on March 14th and contribute to a large scale Lake Erie plastic trash art sculpture.

Did you know that nearly 300 million pounds of plastic is produced globally each year, and less than 10 percent of that is recycled or given a second life. A large portion of the plastic is lost in the environment, primarily in Earth’s waterways, including Lake Erie. This is a huge environmental problem that threatens us all.

Join the Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach team as we kick off the 6th year of beach and street cleanups in North Collinwood and be part of the solution for a cleaner lakefront.

Need motivation? Since 2012, neighborhood artist Ali Lukacsy has been crafting with beach trash creating installations on Waterloo and Slavic Village and furniture including a piece currently on view at w.78th Street Studios. Her line, cigARTips, raises awareness about the most prolific form of plastic trash in The Great Lakes, cigarillo tips. In 2013, the Alliance for the Great Lakes reported that Lake Erie’s southern beaches collected more tips than any other region from New York to Wisconsin , that’s disgusting Ohio!

This spring, plastic trash collected from cleanups on lakes, rivers, and streams in the Greater Cleveland area will be incorporated into a large scale sculpture at North Coast Harbor part of the Great Lakes Science Center’s “Great Lakes Adventure Week” programming. In partnership with artist Loren Naji, Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach’s trash collection will also appear in an installation to debut during the Waterloo Arts Fest. Every clean-up participant’s name will appear next to the artwork downtown and in North Collinwood. Through art you can help educate the public about plastic pollution in our Lake.

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Spring Clean Your Bookshelves


Donate used books to a new mobile, mini-library at Euclid Beach this summer! Email Email us at read.euclidbeach@gmail.com to arrange a pick-up / drop off.

Imagine clear blue skies, gently lapping waves, sand shifting under your toes. But what’s missing? A BOOK!

Thanks in part to a grant from Neighborhood Connections, in summer 2015 The Lakefront Literacy Project is bringing literature and a love of learning to Cleveland’s Euclid Beach Park’s lakefront with a custom-crafted mobile library, part of the renowned “Little Free Library” network. This free library dreamed up by North Collinwood residents Ali Lukacsy, Emily Martis, and Robert Gatewood and staffed by neighborhood volunteers will appear at the beach during weekends, holidays, and special programmed events and house a rotating collection of books, magazines, and newspapers catering to both children and adults and our English and Russian speaking North Collinwood neighbors.

In addition to donations from Cleveland Public Library, Half Price Books, and other local libraries, we are looking for books of all genres and all reading levels to be donated by community members like you. Email us at read.euclidbeach@gmail.com to arrange a pick-up or drop off. Save the date and join us for the library’s Kickoff Celebration on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and be one of the first to borrow a book! Learn more: www.facebook.com/lakefrontliteracy

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Have Faith - Spring IS Coming!


Are There Buds?

Well. we've survived. Here we are at the end of February (as I write this), and (believe it or not!) winter’s end is in sight! It just doesn't feel like it.

But Mother Nature knows her business. See if you think there's signs of spring here in this snap of my front yard trees - am I really seeing buds?!  I don't think it's wishful thinking, but the signs are there. Small, but there. Or will be - very shortly!

Go ahead - go look in your yard. Slow down enough, for once in our lives, to really look at God's world around us. We all need to do this, whatever your path to God is. Even if for just a few minutes, let's enjoy that crisp air and hey, maybe even make some snowpeople.

Meanwhile, our Collinwood neighborhood is beginning to stir, after this long winter's downtime, and all kinds of things are getting started for this upcoming spring and summer. That, of course, includes our own Collinwood Area Pastoral Association (or CAPA).

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Lodge 604 Utopians Hosts Bar-B-Que Pulled Pork Dinner

If you are looking for something to do to help chase the winter blahs, why not stop down at Slovenian Society Home, 20713 Recher Avenue Clubroom for a delicious bar-b-que pulled pork dinner on Monday, March 30, 2015.  Menu consists of pulled pork, baked beans, corn, cole slaw and lucious cake for dessert topped with ice wine infused whipped cream. 

We will be serviing from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the cost of the dinner is only $10.00 per person and tickets are pre-sale only. Kathy Hlad will be providing the music for your danciing and listening pleasure.  For tickets or more information, please contact Gerri Trebets at 440-951-9611 or tickets can be purchased at the Recher Hall Clubroom by either stopping down or calling at 216-531-8348.

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Lakeshore Intergenerational School Discovers Collinwood


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August 9, 2014 was a thrilling day as Lakeshore Intergenerational School (LIS) opened its doors to over 100 kindergarten, first and second grade students. As the third location of one of the top-rated charter school models in Ohio, we were new to this neighborhood and felt welcome right away.  The past six months have been full of learning, not only in the classroom, but in this new community.

The Intergenerational approach focuses on life-long learning for learners of all ages.  We are thrilled to have over 18 community members working with our students weekly as reading mentors and tutors.  We have formed partnerships with several nursing homes and long term care facilities including: Slovene Home, Gateway Family House, Governors Village, AlterCare, St. Joseph, and Manor Care.  Our students visit these facilities once a month for curriculum-based activities that the students and residents engage in together.  Our classes were excited to be a part of the Halloween celebration at VASJ.  Enjoying the fun and food with the “big kids” at the high school was quite a thrill.

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Collinwood Native featured at Autorama



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Local Native George Blade Jr. custom built a motorcycle from various metal parts that actually can run right out his own garage and will be one of the vendors at this year Auto Rama at the IX Indoor Center March 20-22.  He is a sell taught welder who can weld and create just about anything with scrap pieces. What makes this bike unique is that unlike other custom built motorcycles and bikes, he used various scrap pieces such as tractor tires, bbq grill pieces, steel bars and various steel and metal items purchased from home depot and junkyards. George Blade Jr. born and raised in the Collinwood area of 146th & St Clair. He attended East Clark Elementary, St Joseph middle School and Collinwood high School. He has always been a very talented young man. He was a excellent player on the junior varsity and varsity basketball team. Won various dunk contest and played with the Harlem road king bball squad for a few years. His love for building started at a young age with Lego (which he still have to this day).   “My name is George Blade Jr., a builder/welder/ fabricator. Father of two gorgeous children, i am devoted to family, hard work, and building a better life. Grew up in Cleveland, OH all my life. Inspired by the phrase "unbuildable" is what feeds my creativity. My goal is to push to limits of design and build the some would say unbuildable machines. My Cleveland based company Go Boy Customs is owned and operated by me and all my machines are built by me. I started this dream in my garage about 5 years ago building custom cars and bikes with my dad, who passed a couple years ago, I must continue to push the envelope of creativity and design.  I just love the "wow" factor.”   Late 2015 he plan to conducts FREE class to young men who want to learn basic welding techniques.     CONTACT INFO: Marketing Director: Stephanie Saddler at 216-798-2804   Email: goboycustomsmarketing@yahoo.com         GoBoy Customs Inc.   
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Second Annual Brotherhood Breakfast

The Collinwood Brotherhood Coalition is hosting it's second annual Brotherhood Breakfast on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Salvaiton Army located at 17625 Grovewood Ave. Last year's event was enjoyed by over fifty men and young men from around the neighborhood. There was great food and fellowship. This year there will be more of the same. This is a great opportunity for the men and young men of Colllinwood to come together, bridge the gap, and make a connection. These connections will definetly make our community stronger. We are currently looking for men who are willilng and able to give a litte time to make a connection with the young men in our neighborhood. The great Frederick Douglass said" It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men", and we all know that it truly takes a village! So please join us and become a part of the village! If you would like more information about the Collinwood Brotherhood Coalition or the Brotherhood Breakfast please call Mr. Ted Carter at (216) 288-8274 or the Salvation Army (216) 692-1388 ext. 31.  

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Walleye, Perch and Flounder, oh my!

As you already know, Bob's Place at Gostilna offers mouth-watering favorites such as stuffed cabbage, pork chops, pot roast and meatloaf as well as delicious hamburgers and hearty salads.  Did you know that all through the Lenten Season you can savor a tasty fish fry?  Bob offers numerous options for your fishy needs such as Lake Perch, Flounder, Cod, Lake Erie Walleye and Pollock.  There are also several fish sandwiches available including crab meat salad and tuna salad.

Fish fry dinners are served with a generous portion of golden french fries, locally made cole slaw and a dinner roll.  The complete menu of items (including all fish fry specials) are available for carry-out.  

Drop in and see Bob to enjoy a scrumptious fish fry along with a glass of your favorite beer or wine. Don't forget to end your evening with a slice of pie, cheesecake or one of the other delectable desserts waiting for you.  You won't be dissappointed!

Bob's Place at Gostilna 768 E. 200th Street Cleveland, OH  44119 216-738-1177

Monday 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday & Wednesday 2:30 to 9:00 p.m., Thursday & Friday 12:00 to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 4:00 p.m., Sunday: closed

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Polaris Westshore Career Fair

Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services and Polaris Career Center will be hosting the 2015 Polaris/Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center Career Fair, at Polaris Career Center at 7285 Old Oak Blvd in Middleburg Hts, Ohio, 44130, on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

This free event, designed to foster the development of a competitive and productive workforce, will provide a vital link between employers, job seekers, community organizations and government agencies.  The 2015 Polaris/Westshore Career Fair will have more than 100 companies and 600 job seekers.  In addition, representatives from Polaris, and local community based organizations will be on-hand, providing access to educational resources, job search assistance and much more.

The Career Fair is a collaborative effort between Cuyahoga Job and Family Services, Polaris Career Center, Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC), Middleburg Hts Chamber of Commerce, City of Middleburg Hts, Berea City School District, North Olmsted School District, City of Strongsville, Lakewood Family Collaborative and WIRE-Net.

For information http://www.cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us/.  For additional information visit www.polaris.edu.

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Taking the Next Step: Event for Nursing Students

Cleveland Clinic’s Zielony Nursing Institute and the Cleveland Council of Black Nurses are holding, After Nursing School: Taking the Next Stepon Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at South Pointe Hospital, 20000 Harvard Road, Warrensville Heights, 44122.

The informational session will cover Cleveland Clinic’s Zielony Nursing Institute application process, interview preparation and what to expect in the first 90 days of employment. Speakers include Chief Nursing Officer for Cleveland Clinic’s South Pointe Hospital, Sheila A. Miller, MSN, MBA, RN and the President of Cleveland Council of Black Nurses, Peter Jones.

Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30 am. To register, visit clevelandclinic.org/AfterNursingSchool

Cleveland Clinic is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, recently honored by Minority Nurse magazine as a Top 25 Nursing Employer. 

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March Events at the Memorial-Nottingham Library

For Adults: Free GED Classes.  Monday and Wednesdays, at 10:15 a.m. These free GED classes are offered through a partnership with Tri-C.  Registration is required to take the classes. Please call the Memorial-Nottingham Library at 216-623-7039 to register, and for further information.

For Children: I Love My Mom!  Monday March 16, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.  “Mom is such a special word. It’s the loveliest ever heard!”  To celebrate Mother’s Day, this special class for kids will teach children how to make a “beautiful bouquet of roses” just for their mom on her special day. And also have fun doing a special Mother’s Day crossword puzzle.

For Children: Celebrate Maewyn! Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.  Maewyn is another name for St. Patrick’s Day, and kids of all ages are invited to learn about the beginnings of St. Patrick’s Day, and also to make beautiful clovers out of coffee filters, and do word searches.

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Cleveland Digital Public Library Opens

The Cleveland Digital Public Library, a new department at Cleveland Public Library's Main Campus opened on February 14, 2015. The space includes a digital classroom, multimedia area (with a touch wall!), and powerful scanners available to the public during Main Library's regular hours. Members of the public are invited to come visit, participate in workshops, and learn about digital culture. ClevDPL has a web-site where you can learn more about what they do at www.cpl.org/clevdpl.

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Hospice Resident Inspires Others by Sharing Legacy of Love


Hospice of the Western Reserve volunteer Jerry Pockar of Euclid spends time with Malik at his birthday celebration. Pockar, a writer, worked closely with Malik to record and publish a book about his life and values for Malik’s friends and family.


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Those of us who are privileged to provide care and support as volunteer and paid staff members at Hospice of the Western Reserve are often inspired by the wisdom, strength and incredible dignity of our patients. It’s what keeps us coming back. It’s what makes hospice a calling, and not just another job. Such is the case with Malik, a current resident of our David Simpson Hospice House on E. 185th Street.

Malik suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He is currently bedridden and on an assisted breathing machine. Members of his hospice care team have repeatedly expressed how honored they are to care for this incredible young man. Recently, they joined Malik for a very special 19th birthday celebration for Malik and his twin sister complete with cake, handmade birthday cards, photos, family, friends and lots of love. It was a day to remember. 

Malik, who was born on Feb. 15, 1996, has endured a very difficult life, including moving in and out of foster homes most of his life. He lost two brothers to the same disease, but is fortunate enough to have a healthy twin sister, Malikah, who has helped care for him.  

As part of his legacy, Malik expressed a desire to share his story with others. Hospice of the Western Reserve volunteer Jerry Pockar of Euclid, who is also a gifted writer, worked with Malik to document his life story and personal values in a book. Hospice arranged to have it professionally bound and published so Malik could provide copies for his family and friends. The following words, condensed from the book, demonstrate that despite suffering beyond his years, Malik’s spirit is one of hope, and his outlook remains positive. All those who have met Malik agree that he is a truly good and loving person. Hospice is honored to share his story here. The following account was written three years ago, when Malik was 16.

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Throw Down Cook Off


"Throw Down Cook Off"

Do you have a favorite recipe that you just can’t wait to enter into a competition? We have the answer. Enter it into the first Women’s Night Out/Family night “Cook Off” at The Salvation Army Cleveland Temple on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Categories will be,main entrée, side dish and dessert. Prizes will be awarded! But wait there’s more, judges wanted and everybody gets to do that! Bring $5 with you and you get to judge and sample all the delicious competition! Call Captain Ashley at 216-692-1388, Ext. 15 for more information or to sign up your dish. Dish sign ups are due by March 16, 2015.

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Great Fish Fry at St. Mary's on Holmes

Dinner will be served on Friday's  from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. during Lent, except Good Friday. Fried ocean perch is $9, baked cod, shrimp, scallops or combos is $10. Dinners include home fries or french fries, coleslaw, bread/ butter, dessert, coffee/tea. Homemade macaroni and cheese dinners are $6 and a weekly featured homemade soup is $2.  Takes out is available. St. Mary of the Assumption 15519 Holmes Ave. Cleveland 216-761-7740.

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Coit Market Classes

March 7:  Calamari:  Learn to make perfect, non-rubbery calamari in your own kitchen!    

March 14: Smokies, that wondrous snack!

March 28:  Annual French Toast Breakfast!

The Coit Road Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, coffee, soaps and craft items.   

15000 Woodworth Road (corner of Coit and Woodworth, one block west of E 152 and Noble)

East Cleveland, OH 44110 216-249-5455 www.coitmarket.org

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Meet Lindsay an Inspiring Poet



Hello. My name is Lindsay B born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. I am an aspiring poet, I've been writing for as long as I can remember. For a while I let my peons go to waste because of life situations. That was it. I had to learn to control my life and not let life control me. Instead of learning and fixing mistakes that have been made by me I made excuses and tried to run from them. I ran so much I got use to running, the thing about that is I ran out of places to run. I was pushing all my talents to the back of my mind. Yes I believed one day I'll be the next big poet or writer that touches people hearts and souls, but what's the point of believing if you don't have faith. I learned faith without work is dead and I have to stick to and work on what I believe in. nobody said life was going to be easy I changed that saying to nobody said life would be this hard. just another excuse not realizing life my life is what I made it. always expect the unexpected. listen and learn. Sometimes there will be hard decisions but you always have to keep claim n keep control of any situations good or bad. it took 20 years allot of heart ace confusion and ups and downs. but here I am still standing and ready to touch the world heart n soul. 

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Neighborhood Saddened by Passing of Rev. Anthony Casses



Our dear friend, the Reverend Anthony Cassese, 66, Pastor at St. Jerome Parish in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland in Ward 8 of the City of Cleveland passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.  Father Cassese was ordained to the priesthood for the service of the Order of St Paul the Hermit on 23 April 1977 in the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA.  After serving in the Catholic Diocese at St Louis Parish in Cleveland Heights and Our Lady of Mt Carmel in Willowick, he was assigned to St Jerome Parish in Cleveland. He was appointed Administrator pro tem (in 1992) and then Administrator (in October 2005) of St Jerome’s Church. He was then named Pastor of St. Jerome, Cleveland, on 6 November 2006.  He had served at St Jerome for 27 years until his death.

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The East 185th Street Transportation for Livable Communities Public Meeting

If you are interested in the future of East 185th Street and discussing how it can be a more livable community, and designed for the future, you are invited to the public meeting to be held:

Date: Tuesday February 24, 2015

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Place:  Villa Angela St Joseph Gymnasium

Enter North West door entrance, rear parking lot off of East 185th Street.

“Everyone has a vision for what East 185 or a downtown can be,” stated Councilman Polensek, Ward 8 Councilman City of Cleveland. “I am extremely excited about the prospects for the future of the East 185th Street Corridor. The district is a priority for our community. We are counting on valued input from the public regarding the TLCI plan and our efforts to improve the area to serve the neighborhood and the region as well. East 185 is a great place to live, work and visit. Can we improve what we currently have?” “I believe we can by working together, and we look forward to the process and public input”

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Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society Meeting

If you're interested in our neighborhood history, we invite all interested parties to join us at our Annual Meeting of the Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society. Bring along family or personal neighborhood history to share, and hear about what we need to accomplish this year in the community.

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Father Bill Jerse named pastor of St. Jerome's Parish

I am happy to announce that Bishop Lennon has appointed Fr. Bill Jerse pastor of St. Jerome Parish. This appointment is effective Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Fr. Jerse is presently assigned as a parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish, Strongsville, Ohio and is serving as an Adjunct Judicial Vicar at the Diocesan Tribunal. Fr. Jerse is "from the neighborhood" having been raised in Collinwood as a parishioner of St. Mary's. Please keep Fr. Jerse in your prayers.

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Hospice Warehouse Sale



You won't believe the items that are available at the Hospice of the Western Reserve Warehouse Sale!  Whether it's sprucing up a home, changing decor, locating a "gently used sofa" for a college student, or finding a dining room table large enough for gatherings, Hospice of the Western Reserve's Warehouse Sale is the place to be!
In addition to furniture, framed artwork and lamps, the selection often includes matching sets of fine china, glassware, antiques, collectibles and one-of-a-kind treasures. The proceeds not only support seriously ill patients and their families, but veterans in need of specialized care, grief and trauma counseling in schools and other community-based programs provided by the nonprofit agency. 

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Menlo Park Academy



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Why Families and Students are Happy to "Menlo" at Menlo Park Academy (MPA).

In a time when many gifted and talented programs are shrinking, Menlo Park Academy offers Cleveland and all NE Ohio parents and students an educational option that is dedicated to gifted programming all day, every day.

Founded by a group of parents frustrated by the lack of choice for their own gifted children, MPA has created a whole-child learning environment for gifted children from kindergarten through 8th grades. Recently the Menlo Park Academy community highlighted stories, ideas, and experiences that exemplify, “Why We Menlo.” Using pen, paper, colored pencils, and lots of heart, students created original essays, poems, and drawings that share why they are happy to “Menlo.”

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

Northeast Shores’ Annual Meeting


The new Board of Directors for Northeast Shores Development Corporation.
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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

A Life of Service: St Jerome's Father Cassese


Father Anthony Cassese

Anthony J. Cassese was born December 3, 1948 and grew up on East 123rd Street in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood.  His mother’s family, the Micatrotto’s, were from Ripalimosani, in the Province of Campobasso, Italy. He was diagnosed with the genetic disorder cystic fibrosis at an early age, requiring daily dose of antibiotics and special treatments every six weeks for the rest of his life. Though the average life expectancy of people with cystic fibrosis is between 37 and 50 years of age, he would become one of it’s oldest survivors, having the longest record of CF treatments at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

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

Tales of the Past


Native American Tales

The fifth graders just finished studying different kinds of American Indians.  As we wrapped up our study on Indians, we have read several books by Paul Goble.  Paul Goble is an illustrator of children's books.  He specializes in Native American stories.  One of his books, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, won a Caldecott Medal in 1979.

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

Euclid Girl Scouts Annual World Friendship Fair

From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on February 28, 2015, the Euclid Girl Scout Troops of Service Unit 760 will celebrate World Friendship Day at Sts. Robert and William School Gymnasium. During this annual event, each troop chose a country to research and will sell food, crafts and host games from that country. The event begins with a flag ceremony at 1:05 p.m. 

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

Euclid Beach Blast 2015 Is Blasting Off!

Planning for Euclid Beach Blast 2015 kicked off last week with what was hands down, our most well attended kickoff meeting yet! So many new faces and some familiar ones too, all excited to make this year's Blast an event to remember.  This year's theme is 'Celebration' of all things great about our Lake, our park and our community!

If you are interested in participating in one of the event planning committees for Euclid Beach Blast 2015 and did not attend the kickoff meeting or if you just want to find out how you can get involved, please visit facebook.com/euclidbeachblast, contact Stephen Love at euclidbeachblast@gmail.com or call 216-571-0685. 

And don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, August 1, 2015 for the 6th annual Euclid Beach Blast!

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

Sunday Polka Dances

The Polka Dances at the Waterloo Ballroom of the Slovenian Workmen's Home are held every Sunday October through May from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  For $12 per person you receive a ticket for a sandwich and a fountain soft drink.  The coffee pot is always on and it is complimentary.  A different sandwich is served every Sunday.  Some of the types of sandwiches that are served are Slovenian sausage (from R & D Meats), Italian sausage, sloppy Joe's, roast pork, hamburgers, etc.  There are always a selection of pastries to purchase at reasonable prices.

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