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Councilman’s Corner

You’ve all heard the old saying, “I’ve got some good news and some bad news.”  The good news first.  Summer is finally here and the construction of the historic Euclid Beach Pier is going strong at Euclid Beach Park.  Work will continue on this long-awaited project the remainder of the year, according to our partners, the Cleveland Metroparks.  In addition, the Friday night concert series on the lake will resume once again starting June 1st at 6:00 p.m. and continue to run throughout the summer.  Please join us for some incredible music on the lake right here in our own community.  More good news.  The Cleveland Clinic purchased the former Sodexo Laundry facility at 15300 S. Waterloo Road at East 152nd Street.  They have partnered with Evergreen Cooperative to operate the complex which will supply laundry and linen for all Cleveland Clinic hospitals and medical offices.  Evergreen and the Clinic have been working with my office and plan to invest substantially in new equipment and ramping up employment and job opportunities.  This is exciting news for our community, especially for the historic Collinwood Yard Industrial Park.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

Forest City Volunteers Dedicate Time to Helping Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hardworking Forest City employees pause for a quick photo after installing dozens of perennials on the Lakeshore Campus.

For several years, employees from Forest City have generously donated many hours of their time and talent to complete a variety of volunteer projects at Hospice of the Western Reserve. The volunteer projects are part of the organization’s annual Community Day and provide a way to give back to the local community. 

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

‘Give Box CLE’ hosts Community GIVE Day at Waterloo Arts

Donate non-perishable goods and toiletries to Give Box CLE on Saturday, July 7th from 11am-1pm at Waterloo Arts. Stay to paint a box, which will be located in the community for neighbors to give what they can and take when they need.

In 2016 an Arkansas woman saw a need in her community and recognized her own power to help address it. This woman began the Little Free Pantry project, which has spread to Akron and Berea, and thanks to an awesome collaboration, now Cleveland through ‘Give Box CLE’.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

Collinwood Author Annie Hogsett’s Second Mystery Novel, Murder to the Metal, to Hit Bookshelves June 5th

Murder to the Metal takes place in Cleveland

Cleveland author Annie Hogsett’s second mystery novel, Murder to the Metal, will be released on June 5 by Poisoned Pen Press,an independent mystery book publisher and one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world.  The book will be available at Cleveland bookstores as well as online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Poisoned Pen Press’s website.  

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

Moving On

Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries (CNCM) is relocating the site of our ministries from 15706 St. Clair Ave. to the Five Pointe Community Center on E. 152nd St on the 1st of August, 2018.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

My Grandma’s Purse

There are so many special and beautiful woman that live in Cleveland. This specific woman I am speaking of is our grandma‘s these women have paved the way for many generations to come, but only if you take time to hear their stories and understand the time and era they came from then you will also agree that our grandma‘s have paved away for us women. One in particular was my grandma Beatrice Hubbard an awesome woman of God. My grandma carried this purse that had everything thing you will need to survive even if you wasn’t lost or deserted. She had lunch meat that even stayed cold and the fruit was always so sweet.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

We Celebrate Our Students!

Students were fascinated by City Music Cleveland's new program just for children.  Performed by In2ative the program combined  instrumental music, dance and a little audience participation beat-boxing.  Students had lots of questions for the performers.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

#Collinwoodreads-Something is New In Collinwood

A group of community members are working together to support a literacy initiative—Little Free Library Neighborhood(LFL)-- that began in Slavic Village with support for WKYC’s, Margaret Bernstein, Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives. Because of its success, it is now expanding to three additional neighborhoods, Hough, Central and Collinwood. The focus is to show the importance of reading at community events, the library and neighborhood schools and other institutions in the neighborhood.  In addition, the community focuses on being a Little Free Library Neighborhood, where Little Free Library (places where people can pick up free books to read).  The Collinwood Neighborhood currently has several Little Free Libraries in the community but can always use more.  This initiative hopes to increase the number, provide upkeep and re-stocking existing ones and create programming to support literacy by providing books for children, families and people. 

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

School board to revisit building plan

Acting on an independent watchdog’s recommendation, the Cleveland Board of Education will consider revising its master plan for building and renovating schools. 

It has been four years since the plan was last amended and six years since the District began assembling the data used to modify the document. 

The Bond Accountability Commission, which was created for the specific purpose of monitoring the ongoing modernization program, has called for an “extensive re-examination” of the plan based on current neighborhood population and enrollment patterns, changes in academic programming and rising construction costs. (Read the BAC report here.)

More recently, the state drastically limited reimbursement for Cleveland’s school construction program. The policy changes could force the District to absorb millions of dollars in additional expenses. 

Before considering revisions, the District will seek direction from the public. Community meetings will begin June 5.  The meeting schedule and other information can be found at

“We support the Bond Accountability Commission’s recommendation,” District CEO Eric Gordon said. “It’s logical to re-evaluate the plan under current conditions, and keeping with past practice, we want to ask for guidance from our families and other stakeholders.” 

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

Keep Calm and Sell Your Home

The Spring selling season is upon us and homes are selling quickly! If youre thinking of selling now is the perfect time.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

Holy Redeemer celebrates 94th Feast of St. Anthony June 9th & 10th

Holy Redeemer's Feast of St. Anthony procession route.

 Since Holy Redeemer Church’s founding in 1924, the honoring of St. Anthony has played an integral part in the life of the parish. The annual Tredicina, or 13 days of prayer begins Friday June 1st and concludes Wednesday June 13th coinciding with the of St. Anthony’s death in Padua Italy in 1231.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

Farewell to Fanny's

If you haven’t been down East 152nd Street lately, you might not know that they’ve torn down Fanny’s Restaurant. Shuttered for the last 11 years, it closed due to a huge back tax debt. It was this debt and the lien on the property that also complicated any purchase from potential buyers.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

A Day at the Beach

From fishing and swimming to boating and birding, Northeast Ohioans enjoy spending time on the water.  And we’re not alone - Lake Erie tourism in Ohio generates nearly $13 billion in revenue annually. But a day at the beach and the nearshore habitat that fish, birds and other wildlife depend on can be easily ruined by ignorance and carelessness. 

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

Silhouette Productions and The Shore Cultural Centre Auditions for SHREK "The Musical"

Open auditions for Shrek The Musical at Silhouette Productions!

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.

Produced by Charlotte Mirabile
Directed by Douglas F. Bailey II
Musically Directed by Dave Coxe
Choreography by Jen Justice

When: June 20th and 27th from 7:00 pm- 9:30 pm. No appointment necessary. Please arrive at 7:00 pm and be prepared to move. CALLBACKS July 7th 12-5 PM if necessary by invitation only.

Production Dates: October 12-21

Where: Shore Cultural Center Room 242

What to prepare: Please prepare two 32 bar cuts of contrasting musical theatre songs in the style of the show. Please also prepare a short joke.

SHREK will begin rehearsals August 26th and runs October 12-21. Rehearsals will generally be Sunday Afternoons, and Monday-Thursday evenings. 

There are no AEA contracts for this production. ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE.

QUESTIONS? Email the director at

A Note on Casting:
It is the director's goal to engage a large and diverse cast in this family friendly classic. All races, creeds, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, and body types are encouraged to audition and will be considered for all roles when casting.

Our story's title character. A big, green, terrifying ogre who lives alone on a swamp. He embarks on a journey to rid his land of fairytale creatures and, along the way, falls in love with Fiona. Begins as a grumpy hermit, but reveals his layers and eventually becomes the hero.
Vocal range top: G#4
Vocal range bottom: A2

The beautiful princess of Far Far Away, she transforms into an ogre every night when the sun sets. Rescued by Shrek and eventually falls in love with him. Quirky, blunt, and multitalented, she is not an ordinary princess. TAP DANCE EXPERIENCE PREFERRED
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3

A talking donkey who joins Shrek on the run from Farquaad's guards. Quite the chatterbox, he is not deterred by Shrek's looks and practically forces himself into his good graces. Easily frightened and pushy, but also an optimistic with heart.
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Lord Farquaad
The comically short, ruthless ruler of Duloc. He is in search of a princes to marry so that he can become king. Has an intensely unfair bias against fairytale creatures that stems from a resentment of his father. Self-absorbed, lonely, and cruel.
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B2

A dragon that has been charged with guarding Princess Fiona in her isolated castle. She eventually falls in love with Donkey and attempts to keep him there forever. Imposing and flirtatious, but tired of her job as the glorified baby-sitter.
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: F3

A gingerbread man initially kidnapped by Lord Farquaad. His wit and resolution help him both avoid trouble and inspire the rest of the fairytale creatures. Puppet. Can be operated by actress appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy.
Vocal range top: C#5
Vocal range bottom: B3

The leader of the fairytale creatures. He is an animated puppet whose nose grows every time he lies. Plenty of sass with a penchant for lying.
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: E3

Ensemble (also features Children's ensemble)
Fairytale Creatures (Big Bad Wolf, Three Little Pigs, White Rabbit, Fairy Godmother, Peter Pan, Wicked Witch, Ugly Duckling, Three Bears, Mad Hatter, Humpty Dumpty, Elf, Dwarf, Three Blind Mice); Angry Mob; Happy People; Guards; Knights; Rats

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

Free Summer Camp for Youths

Free Summer Camp

This year’s annual D.I.V.A.S and Boys ll Men, Free Summer Camp, will be held at Oliver H. Perry Elementary School, from June 4th through June 21st.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

Mark your calendars for the 2018 F*SHO at HGR Industrial Surplus

Back for a second time at HGR Industrial Surplus, but in a different space in the front of the building in HGR's Incoming/Receiving area, HGR Industrial Surplus will be hosting Amanda and Jason Radcliffe's, of 44 Steel, annual F*SHO, a contemporary and industrial furniture design show, for one night on Sept. 14 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s still free and put on courtesy of 44 Steel. There’s still free beer and music. But, this year we will have a variety of food trucks so that the food doesn’t run out, and we can buy more beer! Last year was such a success with more than 2,000 attendees that you won’t want to miss it. If you did, you can read about last year’s show here.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

Fourth-generation metalworking shop works to generate student interest in manufacturing careers

Before and after: raw parts on the left and after machining on the right

In 1904, George Hewlett founded Cleveland Union Engineering Company in Cleveland’s Flats area. The company handled industrial metal manufacturing, welding, fabrication and steel erection. Hewlett’s daughter married John Geiger, who is the grandfather of the current owner, also John Geiger, and great-grandfather of Jake who also works for the company. In the 1920s, it began to develop and build equipment for the distillery and brewing industries to clean and pasturize milk jugs and beer bottles, hence a name change to Beverage Engineering. In the 1940s, it moved to its current location on Lakewood Heights Boulevard and transitioned its focus from beverage machines to machining for the war effort, and in 1957 it found its current incarnation as Beverage Machine & Fabricators, Inc. What do these changes signify? Adaptability! And, Beverage Machine has found its niche.

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