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Euclid Beach Park has Ribbon Cutting for Mini Mobile Library

 Saturday, May 30th “The Lakefront Literacy Project” brought literature and a love of learning to Euclid Beach Park with a custom-crafted mini mobile library, part of the renowned “Little Free Library” network. The library will be open from 11:30 AM. to 2:30 PM on Saturdays at Euclid Beach Park. Pictured from left to right are Robert Gatewood, Emily Martis, and Allison Lukacsy.

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Cooking With Kids

Do you want to learn how to cook some of your favorite foods and eat your creation? 

Come join us on Saturday, June 20th Fun begins at 10:00 and ends at 12:30 

Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries House

15706 Saint Clair Ave.

Please call Sr. Madeline at 216.408.0214 to reserve your place.

Space is limited and we need to know how much food to buy.

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Summer 2015

Summer is finally here and with it comes a whole host of neighborhood events. Starting June 12 through August 21st we will have the Friday night concerts at Euclid Beach MetroPark from 5:30 – 8:30 PM.  My heartfelt thanks to MetroParks for partnering with us and sponsoring this summer concert series. Last year we had great attendance and a lot of fun!  Put these concerts on your calendar. I look forward to seeing everyone on our beautiful lakefront this summer. For additional Summer Events look at the Collinwood Observer as well as refer to your very own copy of the “Scoop on Summer” which is now available (see

Our many thanks to MetroParks for the ongoing improvements to Euclid Beach, Villa Angela Beach and Wildwood Park. The new pedestrian bridge over Euclid Creek is nearly complete and what a great addition to the park.  I hope you can all see now why I lobbied so heavily over the past several years for MetroParks to take ownership of these vital parks in our community. More improvements are being planned for the near future.  My personal dream is to see these parks become an true destination place for our greater community.  Stay tuned for updates and more information regarding the Euclid Creek Reservation along the lakefront.

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New O.H. Perry School to be Designed with the Community

The Oliver Hazard Perry Community Advisory Committee met for the first time May 5, 2015 to begin the work of designing a new school for the Collinwood/Nottingham community.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is in the process of building 20 to 22 schools and refurbishing 20 to 23 others across the city over the next five years. O.H. Perry is one of those new schools.

The new and renovated schools were made possible when voters overwhelmingly approved Issue 4, a $200 million bond issue, in November. Issue 4 will not raise taxes, and the state will contribute more than $2 for every $1 CMSD spends on new construction.  

The District has convened a community advisory committee to help shape the O.H. Perry School and their recommendations on design. The committee will work with the architectural firm once it is selected.

At this first meeting, the District laid out the expectation and timelines for the new school which is scheduled to be built by the end of 2017.

This committee is the first of its kind in the District and others like it will convene across the city to help design other new community schools.

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The Little Red Cap Project Restoring the Collinwood School Fire Memorial Garden

Are you interested in Collinwood History? Are you a gardener? Are you interested in our Collinwood Community? How About all Three? It's time to do something for the Collinwood School Fire Memorial Garden. And we need your help! 

This Project is so new - it's literally just a few weeks old, by the time you see this - we've only just begun to talk to people. We're planning to get to more community meetings, but already we're pleased with the interest and support people are showing. And we thank you all!

As promised then, you're invited to our first Community Meeting, Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Collinwood Recreation Center to begin making plans to restore (and then maintain) the Memorial Garden. 

The Garden has been a fixture in our Collinwood neighborhood these past 20 plus years, originally built to replace the original garden that remembered the Collinwood School Fire tragedy. In 2008, with the 100th Anniversary of the Collinwood School Fire, people in the community began doing some work now and then, weeding some planting etc. In 2013, some of the students at Memorial, working with our local Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society banded together, and formed the Memorial Garden Angels, doing some weeding themselves, and planting those wonderful geraniums along the front edge of the Garden (red and white for the school's colors). 

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Bike to the Beach

Join Bike Euclid in welcoming Cleveland Critical Mass for a beach party at Sims Park for the Second Annual Bike to the Beach - Sims Park Beach Party, June 26, 2015. Local residents are invited to join in the ride as it passes through your neighborhood. A Euclid ‘Mini-Mass’ will gather at Cebar’s Euclid Tavern (595 East 185th Street) at 8pm. Cleveland Critical Mass will leave downtown Cleveland at 7pm, will be at the intersection of East 185th St & Lakeshore Blvd. at approximately 8:30pm, and will arrive at Sims Park in time for sunset. All times are estimates.

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No Swimming at Euclid Beach.....For Now

Cleveland Metroparks has been working diligently to try to identify a designated swim location for the community at Euclid Beach. In our efforts to identify the designated swim area, we encountered numerous submerged obstacles that make swimming at Euclid Beach hazardous. Euclid Beach will be closed for swimming for the time being.  The beach itself will be open and we encourage visitors to enjoy the beach area.

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Collinwood Community Day!

Let's celebrate Collinwood!

Come out and celebrate Collinwood Community Day on July 18, 2015 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. This family oriented community festival will bring families, neighbors and businesses together. It will feature a variety of activities for patrons of all ages, including health screenings, arts & crafts, music, and interactive play. This event will allow organizations to give back to their community, increase their visibility in the Collinwood area and provide an opportunity for community members to gain access to all of the resources available in the Collinwood neighborhood.

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Euclid Cooperative Preschool to Host an Open House

Euclid Cooperative Preschool Pre-K Class celebrated Earth Day by making an Earth Day Cake.

Euclid Cooperative Preschool located at 21000 Lakeshore Blvd. is proud to announce that they have been recommended to receive a 5 Star Step Up to Quality Rating. Through developmentally appropriate experiences in a safe, stimulating classroom community children develop the social competence, knowledge and skills they need to succeed as lifetime learners. By working and playing together, our students develop independence, initiative, responsibility, decision-making and problem-solving skills. Through child-initiated and teacher-directed instruction, we address the needs of all children.

The preschool is currently enrolling 3, 4 and 5 year old children for the fall of 2015. Euclid Cooperative Preschool  will be holding an Open House Saturday June 27th from 10 to 12. All are welcome to attend. Anyone who would like more information about Euclid Cooperative Preschool can visit our website at or call our Membership Secretary Jess Stephens at 440 488-7013.

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Healthy, Active Collinwood!

Our commitment to community health was kicked off May 17, 2015 with Energize Euclid. There were health screenings and vendors from Euclid and Collinwood. The Euclid YMCA introduced their Fitting in Fitness program, costing only $10! This 8 week program includes educational discussions, one hour weekly boot camp, health screenings, and full access to the Euclid YMCA. Plus, a chance to win a FitBit! To sign up, call 216-731-7454.

Collinwood 2015 events are about to happen. These events blend arts with health initiatives. We had 21 amazing proposals, and some of those will be coming to fruition. In the meantime, be sure to register for VASJ’s Escape on the Lake 5K at

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Cleaning for Summer Fun!

During the beginning of May, residents across Collinwood headed to the streets and the beach to beautify the neighborhood. We removed over 100 bags of trash and yard debris. If you haven’t picked up enough trash, you are invited to join the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach team each month. Now we’re ready to celebrate!

Summer is near, and we are going to rock n roll! Euclid Beach Live runs from June 12 through August 21. This year, they’re stepping it up with the addition of food trucks. It is hard to believe the time has come to think about the Euclid Beach Blast. Vendors and volunteers are needed. If you are interested in cleaning the beach or getting involved with the Beach Blast, check out or

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Collinwood Neighborhood Ministries Receives 2 Grants

During the past several months the staff of The Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries (CNCM) has become increasingly aware of the needs of the recently incarcerated in our area. Therefore, CNCM in collaboration with WallsInside Out, Hands2Hands Inc. and Case Western Reserve University, plans to serve this population. The Sisters of the Humility of Mary have generously agreed to help fund this project in the amount of $10,000. This grant will provide CNCM with the necessary resources to help returning citizens acquire a sense of self-worth, learn coping skills and gain access to social services.

Neighborhood Connections has awarded a $2,000 grant to Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries for their Drop-in for Peace program. This grant will enable them to offer improvisational drama workshops for teens, drumming for peace classes for children and seniors, neighborhood leadership training and a staffed computer drop-in center.

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Upcoming Parish and School Events

Tuesday, June 2

8:30 a.m. – 8th Grade Mass and Baccalaureate

11:00 a.m. – Kindergarten Graduation

7:00 p.m. – 8th Grade Graduation

Friday, June 5

Last Day of School

Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7

Food Pantry Collection after Weekend Masses

Sunday, June 14

Bocce and Game Day Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser

2:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Slovenian Workman’s Home

15335 Waterloo Rd.

Sunday, June 28

Mass Mob will join us for 10:00 a.m. Mass

Mass Mob Mission - We wish to attract people to come for a Mass, a celebration of Liturgy and Eucharist, in a parish community of an historical and beautiful church.

Parish Picnic – 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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Joyous First Communion Celebration

Photos taken by Mamie Hockenberry

Sunshine and tulips in full bloom welcomed a packed church to 10 o’clock Mass on Sunday, May 3, 2015, for a blessed celebration of First Holy Communion.  After months of education and preparation, five second graders became full participants in the Eucharistic Catholic community.  Family, friends, and many parishioners were present as Malakhi Biondo, Allison Hockenberry, Myles Jackson, Sonia Juran, and Sam Uva received the sacred sacrament for the first time.  It was a holy and special morning.  To continue the beautiful and memorable occasion, family celebrations were held throughout the day.

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St.Jerome Middle School Field Trip

The Olentangy Indian Caverns

St. Jerome's 6th, and 8th graders, took a trip to Columbus.  In Columbus, we visited the Olentangy Indian Caverns.  The caverns were formed millions of years ago by an underground river cutting through solid limestone rock making a cave.  Stalagmites and stalactites were created. What a beautiful sight to see! The Students actually had the opportunity to tour the cave and learn the history of the Olentangy Cave.  The Middle school scholars also had a chance to do some gem mining.  Beautiful gems were discovered by sifting through dirt and grout.  Natural stones like Amethyst, Fluorite, Pyrite, Crystals, Agate, Goldstones, Citrine, and many other gems were discovered.  What an amazing Adventure!

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Habitat for Humanity Apostles Build 2015 Project & Fundraiser

St. Jerome parishioners and friends, along with twenty-two other faith partner churches, are participating in the rehab of two homes in this year’s Habitat for Humanity Apostles Build.  For the project, churches of various denominations in partnership with the local families who will occupy the finished homes, come together to share the cost and labor to fully rehab houses.  The Habitat organization tells us, “The idea of going out into the community to serve others, in the way that Jesus’ apostles served, has attracted individuals in many churches all over the world.  With Habitat for Humanity, churches can share God’s love by building houses or fully rehabbing them.”  Call the parish office if you are interested in joining the project or would like further information about the three work days in August and September.

St. Jerome invites the Collinwood Community to join us June 14, 2015 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Slovenian Workman’s Home, 15335 Waterloo Rd., for Bocce, other games and prizes, children’s activities, food, Scrabble Tournament and more, in support of the Habitat for Humanity Apostles Build.  Tickets are $20 Adults/$5 Children.  Contact the parish office for ticket information.

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Holy Redeemer celebrates 91st Feast of St. Anthony June 13th & 14th

Procession of statue of St. Anthony down Ivanhoe Road

Since Holy Redeemer Church’s founding in June 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 Monday, June 1, 2015 and concludes  Wednesday, June 13, 2015 coinciding with the day of St. Anthony's death in Padua Italy in 1231.

For each Mass the church will host a different visiting clergy member who will expound on St. Anthony and the virtues and relevance of his message today. Patron Saint of the poor and oppressed, St. Anthony is also well-known as that of lost articles. Father Marty Polito, a Euclid native and Pastor of Holy Redeemer since 1996, adds that it is not just for lost things but for people who may have lost either faith, hope, and/or love. That this is an occasion for prayer for things needed to be found in one’s life and a time of self-renewal.

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Euclid Creek Tunnel restoration plans

Design plans for Euclid Creek Tunnel Shaft 5, near Nottingham and St. Clair.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is nearing completion of the Euclid Creek Tunnel, a large underground tunnel designed to store combined sewage - a mixture of sanitary sewage and stormwater - during heavy rains. This project broke ground in April 2012 and, when operational, will reduce the amount of combined sewer overflows that negatively impact Euclid Creek and Lake Erie.

As Collinwood Observer readers are aware, the Euclid Creek Tunnel's shafts impacted much of our neighborhood; Shaft 4 is at Triangle Park and Shaft 5 is near the intersection of St. Clair Avenue and Nottingham Road.

As final construction of sewer infrastructure at these sites is being completed, the Sewer District is soliciting contractor bids to complete restoration at these sites.  The restored sites will still allow access to the shafts for maintenance needs, but maintenance is expected to be infrequent.

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Seniors in Collinwood Checking Out the Food Bank

It's been interesting these past few months, tracking down news and information that our Collinwood senior neighbors may find useful. Had no idea when I started this, that there's such a wealth of both in our city and county. Hopefully this column helps us connect to what we need to know! And by the way - if you come across something you think we should know about, please do feel free to let me know! And thanks!

This month is about the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

We all know where this is, over on South Waterloo Rd. of course, and we have a good idea of what they do for our community. Most of our area food pantries are helped by them, for instance, as well as many of our schools. There's a lot more to them though, that I was surprised to find out!

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Make Summer Count


856 eAST 152ND street

cleveland , OH  44110


Rhythm & Rap Recording Session for Teens!

Kick your summer off at Collinwood Branch Library!  Join us for a hip-hop music collaboration with DJ Phatty Banks of Reading RAMM Academy.  No music experience necessary!

Monday, June 1, 3:30pm

 Summer Reading Club Kick-off: Into the Woods

Come sign up for the summer reading club while watching the popular disney movie “Into the Woods” in our library back yard! There will be refreshments served.

Tuesday – June 2 at 1pm 

Read to the Rhythm

Join us on Tuesdays for our summer reading club musically-themed program and activity.  For school-age children.

Tuesdays- June 9th through August 4th at 1pm

Tuesday Tucks me In

Meet New York Times best selling author, Luis Montalvan, and his tail-wagging best friend and service dog called Tuesday, as they present a fun, heart-warming and interactive story hour for the whole family.

Wednesday- June 10 at 1pm

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 -June 16 and 23 at 10:30 am  

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

Summer Lunch Program

The Cleveland Foodbank in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library offers FREE lunch for ages 18 and under.  
Mondays-Fridays from 11:30-12:30 p.m.

“USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

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June Events at the Memorial-Nottingham Library

Computer Classes for Adults and Seniors:

Classes are held on Friday's: June 12th, June 19th, and June 26th, from 11:15am to 12:45pm.  These classes are for beginners, and will teach the basics of how to use Microsoft Word. Each class will teach additional information. Class I will teach how to do basic text, and save a document.  Class II will teach how to make paragraphs and bullets.  And Class III will teach how to make tables and format data.  Call 216-623-2980 to register for any of these classes.

Summer Reading Program for Children
IV'E GOT THE MUSIC IN ME, is a program for kids in grades K-8 to enjoy music and "jumpin', jazzy summer fun!”  It will be held on Wednesday June 10th at 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

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Cleveland Clinic Names New President of Euclid Hospital

Daniel Napierkowski, M.D., has been named the new president of Cleveland Clinic’s Euclid Hospital.

Dr. Napierkowski joined Cleveland Clinic in 1997. In his most recent role, he served as chairman of regional practice anesthesiology since 2010. In this position, he has been responsible for overseeing the anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) who work throughout Cleveland Clinic’s regional hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. Brian Parker, MD, Vice Chair of Operations for the Anesthesiology Institute, will serve as Interim Chair of the Regional Practice of Anesthesiology.

In 2000, he became department head of anesthesiology at Euclid Hospital, a position he held until 2010. While serving as the new president, he plans to continue his clinical practice at Euclid Hospital.

“Dan has played an integral role at Euclid Hospital for many years and is a strong physician leader,” says J. Stephen Jones, M.D., president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers. “He is a visionary and compassionate leader who will further the impressive work of our caregivers for the benefit of our patients.”

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Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation Connector Bridge Installed Over Creek

Cleveland Metroparks installed a brand new pedestrian bridge over Euclid Creek earlier today, connecting Villa Angela and Wildwood parks in the lakefront section of the Euclid Creek Reservation. The 150-foot, ADA accessible pedestrian bridge will improve visitor access from Villa Angela to Wildwood by crossing over Euclid Creek at the existing trail rather than requiring walkers or cyclists to circle up toward the road to get to the current crossing. This $678,000 project is under construction now and should be open by May 31. The project also includes 800-feet of all purpose trail, trail lighting, and beach-front landscaping. 

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The Standard : Classy and Delicious

Grilled Swordfish with daikon and cucumber salad ponzu.

If you are looking for that perfect place to have a delicious lunch be sure to stop by The Standard. The kitchen opens at 11:00 AM seven days a week. The prices are reasonable, the food quality is very high, and the service is amazing. All this combined with daily specials in a classy enviroment is the reason The Standard has The Observer's Seal of Approval. Standard is located at 779 E. 185th St. in Cleveland. It is open 7 days a week. The kitchen is open 11-10pm weekdays and 11-11pm on weekends.

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The Friends of Collinwood Recreation

Invite you to our 


To be held on

 MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015




8:00 – 10:00 PM 

TICKETS: $20.00 per person

Make checks out to “Collinwood Recreation” 

Tickets good for Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Proceeds from Ticket sales and Raffle go for food, refreshments, trophies and certificates

for our Sports Teams who have worked and played their best this past year. 

For Ticket information please contact

Tierra Biggers at the Recreation Center at (216) 420-8323

or Mary Louise Daley in Councilman Polensek’s Office

at (216) 664-4236.  



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Eastside Greenway Plans to Connect 19 Greater Cleveland Communities with Bike and Pedestrian Paths

Imagine living close to a trail system that connects neighborhoods throughout the eastern portion of Cuyahoga County with employment centers, transit, services, parks and green spaces. Imagine walking or biking to school, work, the store, or a park. Imagine being able to bike from the Euclid Creek Reservation to the Shaker Median Trail, or from Rockefeller Park to the North Chagrin Reservation. Imagine the Eastside Greenway.The Eastside Greenway  will increase pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in and between the eastern portion of Cleveland and 18 suburbs: East Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, University Heights, Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, Highland Heights, Highland Hills, North Randall, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Euclid, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Bratenahl, Orange Village and Warrensville Heights. Leaders from these cities are working alongside planners and other regional organizations, like the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, LAND studio, the Cleveland Metroparks, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Bike Cleveland, to develop a plan for the greenway that can be used to guide the way to implementation.

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Councilman's Corner

Dear Friends: 

It is hard to believe that it is May already.  It’s still cold but we are all looking forward to all the activities for warm weather.

Thank you to all residents for turning in potholes to the Mayor’s action Line at (216) 664-2900 and to the Division of Streets to (216) 664-2510.  If there are road issues – please do not hesitate to call these in.  Don’t assume someone else has turned them in already.  Be proactive about this.

The Lakeshore Boulevard project, from Marcella Road east, is in the home stretch. I wish to thank everyone for their patience and tolerance during this period.  It was truly like root canal.  The project is definitely needed and there will be additional projects coming to address sewer, flooding and waterline breakage issues.

The construction is well under way on the new MetroParks Pedestrian Bridge, between Wildwood Marina and Villa Angela Beach, and the erection of the superstructure should be taking place during the week of April 27, weather permitting. We continue to have ongoing discussions with the MetroParks with regard to lifeguards at Euclid Beach.  These discussions are productive and I look forward to hearing some good news before the swimming season.

There is still no final agreement between the City of Cleveland and the Department of Justice (DOJ) with regard to their review of the Cleveland Police Department. I, like most citizens, are really hoping to see a strong Community Policing component in the final agreement. Citizens want more police visibility and a greater interaction with the Police Officers in our community and the whole of the City. We need to get back to basic community police where the citizens can look on the Police as protector and the police see the citizens as partners in combating criminal activity. Stay tuned for future updates.

Our neighborhood, like the City of Cleveland, is waiting to hear about the County’s demolition bond.  We have abandoned and derelict properties which need to be razed throughout our community and in the entire city.  The City’s demolition funds have been exhausted and are only being used for forthwith demolitions on severely fire damaged structures or where there is an eminent collapse condition.  The city is hoping to receive several million dollars to address these conditions.  I urge all our neighborhood activists to express their support to our County Councilman, Anthony Hairston, who’s already on board, and County Executive, Armond Budish.

I urge our neighbors to do what you can to clean up your yards and around your property.  It was a rough winter and there is a lot of debris around.  If everyone does their bit our neighborhoods can look better than they do now.

I look forward to seeing everybody at the many upcoming neighborhood events. Please feel free to call me at the office at (216) 664-4236 or email me at

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Quix Now Open on East 185th

Quix food store and Hanini Subs are now open at 870 East 185th Street. This was formelly 7/11. The store was extensively cleaned and renovated. The new shop is much more than a convenient store. The sub shop makes Made to Order sandwiches 24 hours a day.On the menu are cold subs, hot subs, clubs, Gyros and more. I personally sampled the fried chicken and it was delicious.Whether you are looking for lunch or a late night snack, be sure to stop in to Quix and tell Hamzah Najar (Ham for short) the Observer sent you.

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Catholic War Veterans Coming to St. Jerome May 16 & 17

Why poppies?  In May 1915, on the battlefield of the Western Front, blood-red poppies bloomed.  Col. John McCrae was moved to pen his famous poem, In Flanders Fields.  The same year, Mrs. Moina Michael, inspired by McCrea’s poem, replied with a poem of her own:

We cherish, too, the Poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war.  She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need.  Today, virtually all Veterans Service Organizations distribute poppies during the month of May.  Catholic War Veterans was founded in 1935 by Fr. Edward J. Higgins, a WWI army chaplain.  A local chapter, St. Vitus Post 1655 was chartered in 1949.  Fr. Bill Jerse was associate pastor of St. Vitus Church from 1987 until 1992.  During his tenure, he became involved with the St. Vitus Catholic War Veterans and was named one of their chaplains, a position that he has held ever since.  Fr. Bill has invited post members to distribute poppies at St. Jerome the weekend before the Memorial Day weekend.  They will accept free-will offerings.  Post members are easily identified by their hats and the powder blue blazers they wear.  Any Catholic who is an honorably discharged veteran of any branch of the military is eligible to join.  Please welcome the St. Vitus veterans and thank them for their service!  Know that they are very grateful for your support of the work of the post.  The donations received are used to benefit hospitalized and homeless veterans and widows and children of service members.

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Music for Miles

Blue Water String Octet at Waterloo Arts on May 10

Come early to the Music for Miles concert in May – the Blue Water String Octet is the largest group we’ve hosted, and it will be performing the sumptuous Octet for Double String Quartet by Felix Mendelssohn. Parents with children, especially, are invited to arrive early to watch the players warming up, and learn how musicians prepare for performance. (Also, there will be cupcakes.)

The ensemble, with four violins, two violas, and two cellos (all members of the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra) will also be playing a Divertimento for Strings by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Blue Water Chamber Orchestra is a group of local world-class musicians committed to bringing exciting and unusual music directly into the neighborhoods ofNortheast Ohio. Carlton R. Woods, founder and Artistic Director, has collaborated with such artists and composers as Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, Dave Brubeck, and the Juilliard String Quartet.

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Collinwood’s Catholic Pre-School Program Now Accepting Applications

Our Catholic Pre-School program at St. Jerome provides children with a safe, high quality learning environment that is based on discovery, guided experiences and play. Our program uses a learning center approach with daily activities in the areas of Reading Readiness, Math, Social Science, Health/Safety, Religion, Perceptual Motor skills, Art, Music, and Creative Movement. Children receive loving support in the development of personal skills and values, academic and cognitive skills, group values and relationships. The staff wants each child to know that he or she is a unique individual with a special place in the world. When children feel safe and secure in their environment, their self-concept and self-confidence increases.  Each member of our staff is committed to providing this kind of care. Call 216-481-1138 for information or to register today.

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Impacting Youth Leaders

If your looking to make a difference in the community get involved with the Young Leaders program . Young leaders program teaches 6th to 12th graders life tools consisting of problem solving,critical thinking,leadership skills ,and community responsibility. This is an afterschool program located at the Collinwood Recreational Center, who not only strives to build young leaders, but to build a better community. We actually go into communities and do service. We are looking to hire managers, teachers, secrataries, and promotion workers. Help us reach the youth! If your interested in getting involved contact Vice President Breauna Sweeney 216-622-5849 or send a resume to

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Cuyahoga SWCD and Cleveland WPC to Host Green Cleaning Workshop in Cleveland

Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Cleveland Division of Water Pollution Control (WPC) are conducting a “Green Cleaning: Inside and Out” workshop in Cleveland this summer.  The workshop will be held Thursday, July 16 at the Collinwood Recreation Center and will run from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public, however, participants will have the opportunity to make two green cleaners to take home and try for $10. 

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Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Walk to Remember Scheduled for Sunday, June 7

The Burning River Roller Girls kick off Walk to Remember.

Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2015 Walk to Remember, sponsored by FirstMerit Foundation, takes place Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.; the walk begins at 9:00 a.m. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for children and $60 for families (two adults and three children under age 12) and includes full-day admission to the Zoo and Rainforest, t-shirts, live musical entertainment from InCahootz, memorial crafts, face painting, healthy snacks and beverages and more. Registration is available online at, or by calling 216.383.3715.

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Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Bell Peppers, Oh My!

Picture it, a table full of all your favorite vegetables. Now that the snow has (hopefully) stopped falling, it is time to get into the garden. If you don’t have the yard for gardening, you’re in luck! There are community gardens all around Collinwood that are eager for people like you to join them. If you are looking for a garden plot, contact Julia DiBaggio at Northeast Shores for more information. She can be reached at 216-481-7660 or

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Collinwood 2015 is Underway

A healthy Collinwood is right around the corner. Artists and health practitioners from around Cleveland have expressed their interest in Collinwood 2015. Last month we held two information meetings and had an impressive turnout. We are thrilled that there are so many creative projects that have been proposed. If you think of a fantastic way to combine the arts and health, there is still another opportunity to take your idea and turn it to reality. The next round of applications is happening in August 2015.

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Energizing Euclid Kick-off to Health

Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik has partnered with the Cleveland Clinic to designate the City of Euclid as part of the Clinic’s Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) for 2015. The HCI is designed to positively impact our community through education and awareness, using community resources to promote optimal health and wellness. This year-long initiative will include monthly health programming such as quarterly health talks, a health and wellness fair, a signature walk/run, a wellness challenge, a community walking program, healthy cooking demonstrations, and other outreach activities. In addition, Northeast Shores Development Corporation has partnered with the Cleveland Clinic on their Healthy Collinwood 2015 initiative.  Since both programs look at keeping our residents in both communities healthy, the kickoff is a way to incorporate both programs into one.  Local businesses, with an interest in health and wellness are also partners and will be showcases their programs or services at the kickoff.

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Did you get your Free Rain Barrel?

That’s right, I said Free Rain Barrel! The City of Cleveland is offering residents a free rain barrel system. This reduces stormwater runoff, helps you save money, and engages Cleveland youth through employment opportunities with Youth Opportunities Unlimited and the Mayor’s Youth Summer Employment Program.

How do you get a rain barrel? You will need to complete three forms by June 26, 2015. Contact Julia DiBaggio at Northeast Shores at 216-481-7660 or to get your forms today!

Do you want that rain barrel to be beautiful? Check out The Collinwood Painted Rain Barrel Project!

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Celebrate Summer with Books on the Beach

Join us on Saturday, May 30th and be among the first to borrow a book from Collinwood's newest 'Little Free Library'!

Beginning Saturday, May 30, 2015 “The Lakefront Literacy Project” will bring literature and a love of learning to Euclid Beach Park with a custom-crafted mini mobile library. Part of the renowned “Little Free Library” network.

Join us from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for a celebratory kick-off. Supported by Neighborhood Connections, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Cleveland Public Library Collinwood Branch, Northeast Shores Development Corporation, Geis Companies, Half Price Books, and generous friends, family, and neighbors like you!

Be among the first to borrow a book to read at the park or to take home and enjoy. Donate a book (or two or three) on or before May 30, 2015 and be entered to win a literacy prize pack!

We are also pleased to feature a live science fiction reading from local author Marie Vibbert. Marie is an IT professional from Cleveland Heights. She has sold work to Asimov's and Analog, among other science fiction magazines. Until recently, she was a lineman for the Cleveland Fusion women's tackle football team, and she has ridden 15% of the roller coasters in North America. You can learn more about Marie at her website,

11:40 a.m. Official ribbon cutting

11:45 a.m. Enjoy a slice of pizza while you browse the shelves

12:15 p.m.  Local author reading with Marie Vibbert

1:00 p.m. Celebrate with a slice of cake

1:15 p.m. Make your own bookmark

1:45 p.m. Raffle drawing, donate a book for a free entry into the raffle (must be present to win)

All summer long, visit the library on the promenade to borrow a book, magazine, or newspaper for free during weekends, holidays, and special events. With a rotating collection for children, teens, and adults including Russian language speakers, you’ll always find something new.

 Volunteers… Have an hour to spare? Email us at and let us know of your interest and availability for staffing the library. The position is fun and easy, and yes you can sit down and read a magazine on the job!

Books… and more books and magazines! Spring clean your bookshelves and donate the books your children outgrew, the bestseller you read once and never will again, the magazines collecting dust on your coffee table. Email us at and let us know you’re happy to purge and donate!

Learn more:

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Cleveland Youth Rowing Association Summer Programs

The Cleveland Youth Rowing Association (CYRA) competitive 2014 spring team at the Hoover Regatta in Columbus.

Summer Rowing is here in Cleveland!  Cleveland Youth Rowing Association (CYRA), Cleveland’s oldest existing rowing club for high school students, is currently accepting registrations for all summer programming. Striving to be a premier competitive junior rowing program, the mission of CYRA is to provide a competitive rowing experience to positively impact the mind, body, and spirit of young athletes in the Greater Cleveland community. Our rowers are comprised of girls and boys from numerous schools and communities throughout the Cleveland Metropolitan area. This summer, CYRA will offer a high performance competitive team for high school athletes with experience with a select crew to represent the club at a regatta; a junior development team which will focus on increasing technical proficiency of fundamental rowing technique open to athletes from 6th - 12th grade with some experience; and learn-to-row options for grades 6th - 12th which will focus on the fundamentals of rowing. These programs run throughout the summer at various times and days. For more information: check out our website at 

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Collinwood National Honor Society Inducts New Members

Pictured (l to r): NHS 2015-2016 inductees Danyell Hall-Rucker; Danielle Echols; Marquitta Billingsley; Cayla Napoleon; and Rajiah Stuart.

The Collinwood High School Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed five new members at a special induction ceremony held recently at the school.  Recognized for their outstanding achievement in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character were these 2014-2015 inductees:  Marquitta Billingsley; Danielle Echols; Cayla Napoleon; Danyell Hall-Rucker; and Rajiah Stuart.

Keynote speaker for this event was Larry Gray, Chief Information Officer for the City of Cleveland Fire Department and a Collinwood alumnus.  The chapter’s faculty advisor, Cassandra Treadwell and co-advisor, Rosalyn Allen delivered opening and closing remarks.  Also participating in the ceremony were members of the JROTC Color Guard, vocalist Sanita Washington, principal Maria Carlson, and CTAG advisor Michael Russell.  NHS faculty council members Gail Greenberg, Naomi Leveck, Donese Harris and Sherrell Germany-Clark described each of the organization’s four qualities that must be continuously satisfied.   

A reception for the new inductees and their families was held in the atrium, following the ceremony.

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CHS Students Tour Cleveland Public Library's Main Library

(Left to right) Brandone Pennicooke, Sanita Washington, and Siera Thomas check out some of the books in the Youth Services Department.

The word of the day was definitely “adventure,” when a group of Collinwood High School students recently took a unique interactive, behind-the-scenes field trip to the Cleveland Public Library’s landmark Main Library, in celebration of Ohio Library Day and National Book Week.

Participants were able to see first-hand the wealth of free resources, programming and services geared to teens and how readily-accessible they all are.  This visit also gave students the opportunity to meet library staff members informally and discuss career possibilities in library, technology and information science.

Highlights of the trip included: a scavenger hunt; job shadowing; book checkout; and tours of the newly-launched Cleveland Digital Public Library, the Youth Services Department, Special Collections, Human Resources Department and Tech Central.

Students also discovered 3-D printing and makerspace technology, the extensive chess and checkers collection, rare and miniature books, Collinwood High School yearbooks, and archival newspapers covering the tragic Lakeview (Memorial) School fire in 1908.

“The importance of this field trip is to welcome our students to all areas of the Main Library,” explained Gail Greenberg.  “For many, this trip may be their first visit to this facility. Our goal is to fill this void and help students make the connection between their future and the limitless role this library can play,” she concluded.

Erica Marks, children’s librarian at CPL’s Collinwood Branch, and Gail Greenberg, Collinwood High School library media specialist, collaborated on this project, with funding made possible by a Target Field Trip Grant.

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Free Senior Financial Workshops

Our community’s senior population is growing fast. Unfortunately, so are scams aimed at taking their money, financial security and dignity. Seniors often possess valuable assets and as they age they become increasingly vulnerable to scams, fraud and financial abuse. 

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May Events at the Memorial-Nottingham Library


Read to the Beat: Wednesday May 20th and 27th at 10:15 a.m.  This program is for preschooler’s ages 3 to 5, and will be lots of fun with “reading readiness activities set to a musical beat.”

Remembering Those Who Fought: Thursday May 21st at 4:00 p.m.  “Memorial Day, was originally called Decoration Day,” because it was a way to remember the people who fought for and died fighting for our freedom, while they were “in the service of the United States of America.”  To celebrate and to remember our brave soldiers, kids will get to make US flags in their honor.


Russian Book Club:  Saturday May 23rd at 3:00 p.m.  This will be a discussion of the novel “Shchegol” (The Goldfinch), by Donna Tartt, in Russian.  The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer, and is the third novel written by Tartt.  It is about a boy (Theo Decker) who survives an accident where his mother was killed, and then is taken in by a family, after his father abandons him. Theo struggles with memories of his mother and clings to a small painting which reminds him of her, and is eventually drawn into the world of art, where he works in an antique store as an adult.

“…It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art…”-- from the publisher. (

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Join us for the exciting programs at the Collinwood Branch Library!


Make Mother’s Day Cards!

Come make a mother’s day card to show your mom just how much you love her! This program is for students of all ages.

Friday, May 8th at 3:00 p.m.

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 and Thursdays May 4th- 28th  at 10:30 a.m.

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

Something 2 Do!

Exciting and fun STEM based activities for children and and teens!

Friday, May 22 at 3:30 p.m.

America Reads FREE After School Tutoring
Students in K-8 can get assistance with their homework.  College students from Cleveland State University assist with any subject and/or reseach project.  
Mondays-Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Last day of tutoring May 7th

Kids Café Snack Program

The Cleveland Foodbank in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library offers FREE after school meals for ages 18 and under.  
Mondays-Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Last Day of “Kid’s Café” after school Snack Program May 22nd 

Look for Summer Lunch Program Starting in June


FREE GED Classes

The GED class will have two sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please contact 216-371-7138 or visit for more information on registration and enrollment.

Mon. & Wed. from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Last Day of Classes on May 6th

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Cleveland Water's 2014 Water Quality Report Now Available

Water quality is essential to all of us, and the quality of our water affects the quality of our lives. Cleveland Division of Water is committed to providing its customers safe, high-quality drinking water.

That is why the division maintains a rigorous quality control program and continues to invest substantial financial resources to improve our water treatment facilities and distribution system. Our water is constantly monitored and tested. The water produced and delivered by Cleveland Water far exceeds the most stringent water quality standards currently mandated by federal and state water regulations, and last year was no exception.

Cleveland Water has continued to significantly enhance the quality of life by meeting the growing need for safe, clean water in the communities we serve. Therefore, we present you with the division’s Annual Water Quality Report for 2014. This report provides an overview of the division’s water quality during the past year. It shows the source of your water, how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies, and how your water is treated and tested. 

Additional copies can be requested by calling 216-664-2639 or by viewing and downloading it at

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