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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Grilled Swordfish with daikon and cucumber salad ponzu.
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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.
The Friends of Collinwood Recreation
Invite you to our
ANNUAL SPORTS BANQUET FUNDRAISER
To be held on
MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015
MULDOON’S SALOON & EATERY
1020 EAST 185TH STREET
CLEVELAND, OH 44119
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.
COME & CELEBRATE COLLINWOOD RECREATION
WITH FOOD, FUN, FRIENDSHIP AND A RAFFLE or TWO!!!
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.
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 email@example.com.
Stop in and say Hi to Josh, Euclid graduate, at 20068 Lake Shore Blvd. His butcher shop is fully stocked with grillables.
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.
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.
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.
See more at: http://www.bluewaterorchestra.com/about/artistic-direction/#sthash.uwS7DNYu.dpuf
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Burning River Roller Girls kick off Walk to Remember.
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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 hospicewr.org/walk, or by calling 216.383.3715.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get your forms today!
Do you want that rain barrel to be beautiful? Check out The Collinwood Painted Rain Barrel Project!
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, http://www.marievibbert.com
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you’re happy to purge and donate!
Learn more: www.facebook.com/lakefrontliteracy
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 cyrarowing.org
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.
(Left to right) Brandone Pennicooke, Sanita Washington, and Siera Thomas check out some of the books in the Youth Services Department.
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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.
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.
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
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.
PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS AND SENIORS
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. (http://www.pulitzer.org/works/2014-Fiction).
PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH
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
PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS
FREE GED Classes
The GED class will have two sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please contact 216-371-7138 or visit www.tri-c.edu/ged for more information on registration and enrollment.
Mon. & Wed. from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Last Day of Classes on May 6th
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 www.clevelandwater.com/2014WQR.pdf
This past Saturday evening I had the esteemed privilege of attending a wonderful concert in a fantastically intimate setting. The event was in support of one of Cleveland’s greatest non-profit treasures; The Cleveland Music Settlement. For those of you who may not be aware The Cleveland Music Settlement is, “a hidden gem of University Circle. The Music Settlement offers music therapy, early childhood education, and music instruction to people of all ages and levels of experience in Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Founded by Almeda Adams in 1912 as part of the Settlement movement and featuring a campus that includes the 1910 Burke Mansion and the Bop Stop, The Music Settlement is the most beautiful place to learn music in Cleveland.”