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Unprecedented Turnout Kicks Off East 185th Street Planning Effort



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Residents, property and business owners met on Tuesday evening February 24, 2015 at Villa Angela St Joseph’s Gymnasium to view data maps and share goals and dreams for planning the future of East 185th Street. The planning effort utilized the Transportation of Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) funding from the Northeastern Ohio Area-wide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). The planning study is being sponsored by The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, The City of Euclid, The City of Cleveland, Northeast Shores as well as local businesses and institutions.

Tom Evans, Lead Planner and the staff from URS (AECOM) Corporation facilitated the meeting. Mr. Evans stated, “We had over 120 attendees at the E 185th Street planning study meeting.  I know the crowd vastly exceeded everyone’s expectations and the dialogue and input generated was amazing. The level of interest tonight is inspiring and energizing to everyone on the team.”

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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny was a huge success. Thanks to the Salvation Army for hosting and the VASJ students for helping.


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Teacher of the Year



Who has the Teacher of the Year for all Imagine Schools in Northeast Ohio? That would be right here at Imagine Bella Academy of Excellence. Hillary Kaput started at Imagine Bella Academy of Excellence in 2010 as a Kindergarten teacher and won teacher of the year in her current position as a second grade teacher.  Mrs. Kaput strives for academic growth for all students, a positive classroom culture through morning meeting, and works as part of the school improvement team afterschool.

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Collinwood Spring Fling

Come join us for our Collinwood Spring Fling on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  at the Collinwood Recreation Center, 16300 Lakeshore Boulevard. Sign up for Spring programs and Camp Forbes.

Food, neighborhood information, outdoor activities and meet and greet with Councilman Polensek and Commander Hill.

Vendors welcome to showcase our neighborhood services. Visit the recreation center for an application. Table cost is $10.00 (cash or money order), to benefit the recreation center’s programs

Call Tierra or Lashonn at (216) 420-8323 for more information. 

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Girl Scouts Appreciate your Support and Sweet Tooth


Brownie Girl Scouts from Troop #71092 kept warm serving customers at their drive-up cookie booth 


The Girl Scouts in Brownie Troop #71092 and Cadette Troop #71440 appreciate the support shown by the neighborhood at their recent "drive-thru" cookie booths at the LaSalle Theater. Northeast Shores was kind enough to provide the space and promotion to the troops, which together serve more than 35 girls in the Collinwood/Euclid area. Over the two Friday nights, the girls sold more than 350 boxes of cookies for a profit of almost $250 (the troop keeps about 69¢ per box sold).

The girls earned credit towards their individual and troop goals, and got important experience marketing their products, loudly! They practiced teamwork in taking turns for the various jobs at the booth, improved their people skills in serving customers driving every which way, and most important, had lots of fun despite the cold. Both troops are planning camping trips and will be making choices over the coming months on how to spend their earnings on leadership development experiences including field trips, badge programs, and community service projects.   

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Spring !?



Has Spring finally Sprung? I hope so.  What a winter. Freezing cold, snow and now potholes. On that note, please call (216) 664-2510 or the Mayor’s Action Center at (216) 664-2900, to report any hazardous road condition, whether it be your street or in the neighborhood. It goes without saying that I am not too happy with the City’s response to road conditions including the dirt and filth that litters both sides of virtually every street in our community, and in fact, the entire City.  The City Administration and the Public Works Department needs to understand that street repair and street sweeping MUST be made a priority, once again, as it once was “in the day.” 

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Your Child, Your School, Your Story

Choosing a high quality school is important for your child’s future. It is the basis for your child’s primary education. This is a decision many of you recently made, and it probably wasn’t easy as there are more options than ever before. We want to share your story to help families make an informed decision on where to send their children. Your stories will be used to create a book for Collinwood families that will be choosing a school. This book will use your story, and showcase artwork created by your child.

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Tree Stewards Wanted



Collinwood is getting street trees. The sites have been selected, and now we are in need of residents to care for these trees that will be planted in fall 2015. Tree stewards will provide quality tree care and increase public awareness and appreciation for sustainable urban forests. As a tree steward, you will ensure every tree planted is properly cared for. To do so, you will engage neighbors and community groups to help promote the Urban Tree Canopy. You will also attend complimentary training workshops.

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Spring Sale of Books and AV materials


Books galore at the Euclid Public Library Friends' Book Sale
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After six months of sorting and a frantic day of set-up, the  Spring Book Sale, held by the Friends of the Euclid Public Library, will be on April 25th and 26th, with a preview night for members on the 24th. There will be one table of special books with higher prices. Aside from that, hardbound books are 50¢; paperbacks (including large ones) are 25¢. DVDs are $2.00; most other audio-visual media are $1.00 or less. Materials have been collected for half a year, and include both library cancels and donations.

The books are roughly sorted by broad library number categories. You might find a book on plumbing, gardening, business, cooking, animal care, child care, or health, all in the 600s (Technology), or something about movies, opera, crafts, or football in the 700s (Arts and Recreation). If history and travel is your thing, wander over to the 900s. Computers are in the 000s (General Works), along with journalism, Bigfoot, and flying saucers. And the 300s contain all the stuff about human society and how it works–from economics to politics to true crime.

There are also a lot of novels, mysteries, science fiction and fantasy.

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Can You Believe It's Our 9th Year


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As the founder and chairperson of the E. 200th Street Stroll, I know why I love and promote this community event throughout Euclid.  I’ve expressed my devotion to our street, community organizations, and our Stroll volunteers for the past 8 years.  In our 9th year, I think you have heard enough of my words and I want you to know why others in our community believe in the power of our Stroll.  I give a big thank you to some of our Super Strollers and hope that all of our Euclid residents and guests experience this year’s Stroll on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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One Night Equals a Whole Year of Fun and Learning


Bringing the country to Kiddie City

Join us for five hours of fun for adults on Saturday, April 18th and you’ll help give 72 children and their teachers many days of fun learning for an entire year! You can be a partner in education when you join us for our adult Kiddie City Funds for Fun event at the East Side Irish American Club on Lake Shore Blvd. on Saturday, April 18th.  Tickets for our pasta buffet dinner with snacks and beverages, beer and wine are $30 per person, $55 per couple and $275 for a table of 10.  Dance with DJ Dennis from Platinum Entertainment (and Platinum Auto too) and take a chance on some wonderful auction items and raffles. Act like a kid one more time, have some great food and lots of fun for a great cause.   Contribute to our basket raffle as an individual or business and we’ll be doubly appreciative.  Call Jen Boger or Dayna White at 216-481-9044 for tickets or more information.

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BRICK Ceramics Studio Opening



BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio is almost open. They are pleased to announce that on Monday, April 6, 2015 they are launching their Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help raise $11,000 for the building of a gas kiln, which requires extensive labor and a large quantity of materials, and many other items used to furnish the studio and to start their gallery and classroom. Please consider donating to their campaign and take a moment to share their project with your friends and family. To see BRICK's campaign on April 6, 2015 go to www.kickstarter.com and search BRICK Ceramics Studio Opening. For more information about BRICK visit www.brickceramics.com and www.facebook.com/BRICKceramics.

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Donate Now to The Lakefront Literacy Project


The Lakefront Literacy Project is bringing books and a love of learning to Euclid Beach Park this summer!
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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.

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Start Your Spring Cleaning With An Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup at Euclid Beach


Nothing like a sunny spring day on the beach tallying and picking up trash!

As the ice melts away along the shores of Lake Erie, signs of spring are now around us; chirping birds, daffodils, and of course, litter...and lot's of it!  After being trapped in the ice for over two months, litter has made its way ashore and it's definitely time for some spring cleaning down on the beach!  On Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. help Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team volunteers clear and catalog hundreds of pieces of plastic trash and other debris from the beach. All plastic trash collected from this and other monthly Adopt-a-Beach and stream cleanups across Cleveland will contribute to a large-scale sculpture to be located adjacent to the Great Lakes Science Center in Downtown, Cleveland this June in an effort to raise awareness about litter and pollution in Lake Erie. Participate in Saturday's clean-up and your name will be included on the sculpture’s plaque as a "contributing artist!"

After this long winter, your help is greatly appreciated! Supplies including trash bags, gloves and pickers will be provided. Meet at the central picnic pavilion at 10:00 a.m. for registration complimentary coffee and snacks generously donated by Collinwood neighborhood merchants.  All cleanup participants will receive a coupon from Chili Peppers Mexican Grill (869 East 185th Street) good towards 1/2 off the purchase of a meal item and a drink!  Please be sure to thank Chili Peppers Owner Steve Newman.  For more information about the cleanup, visit - goo.gl/MqFg4D

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Cleveland Metroparks Continues Significant Improvements at Clevelandís Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood Parks


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It’s hard to believe that only 21 months have passed since the historic transfer of lakefront property brought Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood parks from the State of Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources to Cleveland Metroparks.

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Faith-In-Action


3rd and 4th grade students holding collection boxes for charity.

St. Jerome is a community in its own right but also a member of the neighborhood and world communities.  The theme for Catholic Schools Week back in January was Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.  The students of St. Jerome have been busy gaining knowledge but have also been busy living their faith with two projects of service to others.

 One project they have been working on is called the Rice Bowl.  In this project, monetary donations are collected to support Catholic Relief Services’ programs around the world.  It also supports local hunger and poverty alleviation in the diocese in which it is collected.  This faith-in-action activity helped us to focus on service to help others.

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Itís Official! St. Jerome Parish Installs Sixth Pastor

Fr. Bill Jerse affirmed his commitment to the people of St. Jerome Catholic Church when he was installed as sixth pastor at 4 o’clock Mass on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Parishioners, guests, and visiting clergy filled the church for the ceremony.  Bishop Roger Gries, OSB, participated as principal celebrant and presider at the Rite of Installation.  Bishop Gries genially introduced the new pastor to an enthusiastic ovation from the assembly.  Among the visitors attending were Fr. Bill’s family and state and local dignitaries.  Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek ceremoniously welcomed Father back to the neighborhood by giving him a Collinwood baseball cap to wear with pride, presenting a Resolution of Congratulations from City Council and offering humorous and entertaining words of appreciation.  Fr. Bill, his parents, two brothers and sister lived for many years in North Collinwood, and he is very happy to return to be close to family and friends.  Following the liturgical celebration, a Welcoming Reception was held in the school social hall.  People lingered for food and fellowship with plenty of time to catch up on the good old days.  Fr. Bill is home again, and the entire Collinwood community is thrilled that he is back.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Recognize Marquitta Billingsley, Collinwood Senior


Marquitta Billingsley, joined by "Hype Man" Ahmaad Crump, Moon Dog, and the Chick-fil-A mascot, is honored as the Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kid for March.


Each month, The Cleveland Cavaliers All Star Kids program teams up with Chick-fil-A to recognize students who are setting a positive example for their peers.  Cavaliers’ mascots, “Hype Man” Ahmaad Crump, and Chick-fil-A’s “Cow” will make a surprise visit to each winning student’s school to present him/her with a super-sized ticket to a Cavaliers’ home game and a catered Chick-fil-A party for the entire class!  In addition to receiving (4) tickets to a game, the winning student will also receive (4) complimentary passes to the VIP Club and will be recognized on-court prior to the game.

Marquitta Billingsley, an outstanding 12th grade student at Collinwood High School, was nominated by her guidance counselor for the Cleveland Cavaliers All Star Kids.  As a result of Marquitta’s hard work and commitment to her education, she was selected as the winner for the month of March.   “Hype Man” Ahmaad Crump and the mascots surprised Marquitta on Monday, March 23, 2015.  It was an amazing experience for Marquitta and her classmates.  Marquitta will be attending the Cavalier’s home game on Sunday, March 29, 2015.  The staff, at Collinwood High School, are all so proud of her.

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Euclid Youth Competes in Poetry Slam


Poet Devlinbleu Chambers


Devlinbleu Chambers is a 15-year-old from the Sunny Cliff Drive neighborhood. He will be competing against other Cleveland area youth reading original poetry. Four winners from her event will move on to the national Youth Poetry Slam this summer in Atlanta. The event was at Spaces Art gallery on Saturday, March 28.

The finals will be a cumulative slam. You will see all 8 poets in all 3 rounds. Their scores from each round will be added together, and that is how the team will be determined.

BNV is an international youth poetry slam convention and competition. This event features teams from all over the world, not just the United States! There are open mics, workshops, networking, fun events, town hall meetings and of course a multitude of slams!

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American Lung Association's N-O-T Program Comes to Collinwood High School


Smoking is N-O-T an option for (left to right) CHS Railroaders Tyshae Williams, Angela Cummings,Sha'lois Croom, Tyshawna Gay, and Amanda Lewis, pictured with N-O-T program facilitator Joe White, assistant principal Fred Ray, and teacher Antoinette McCall.

Joe White is definitely a man on a mission with a group of young people in four classes at Collinwood High School.  For the past ten weeks, under the auspices of The Centers for Families and Children and the Cuyahoga County District Board of Health, he has been facilitating the American Lung Association’s N-O-T (Not On Tobacco) program at both Collinwood and Glenville High Schools.

Funding for this program comes from the Ohio Department of Health/Federal Government Bureau of Child and Family Health Services’ Child and Family Health Services Program.  This is the first time that the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) has offered this program.  Upcoming, on April 14, 2015 Mr. James Cotton of the American Lung Association will visit Collinwood and deliver the keynote address to the student body.

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Free Community Resources Offered: Making Personal Healthcare Choices Known


LaBena Fleming of Hospice of the Western Reserve 


Hospice of the Western Reserve - along with other national, state and community organizations - is participating in a national campaign running now through April 16, 2015 National Healthcare Decisions Day, to highlight the importance of making personal healthcare choices known. Free downloadable web resources and community educational events are planned.

Hospice of the Western Reserve has scheduled the following free east side community educational opportunities. Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will documents will be available and a representative from Daniel P. Seink Co., Ltd., will be available to answer questions and witness the signing of documents. Both sessions are open to the community; no reservations required.

Friday, April 10, 2015 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd, Cleveland Hts.

 Thursday, April 16, 2015 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Euclid Lakefront Community Center, One Bliss Lane

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Collinwood Native takes 2nd Place in the Garage Bike Contest at the Auto Rama.



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Custom cars and bikes from all around filled the IX Center the weekend of March 20-22. Collinwood native, George Blade Jr., was one of the many to be honored and allowed to participate in this event. He brought his debut, one of kind, handcrafted bike made of all scrap metal pieces. He was a hit at the show, taking 2nd place in the garage bike contest. He made many contacts and was photographed for a upcoming issue of Thunder Roads magazine. He is also being featured at Ohio Bike Week in Sandusky, which is the Midwest largest bike rally.

He is a self-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.

He states” This week was such a great experience. I was welcomed by everyone and I wow the crowd with my custom bike. Even though I placed 2nd, I am just honored to even been part of this event. I am going to get back to work on my next creation so stay tuned!”

Late 2015 he plan to conducts FREE class to young men who want to learn basic welding techniques. 

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Fashion Week Cleveland 2015


Alexis Nunn

Cleveland has a rich history not only in Rock & Roll, but also in fashion. Fashion Week Cleveland presented a true reflection of that history on March 21, 2015 at The Hyatt Regency in the atrium of the historic arcade. Alexis Nunn, a Collinwood resident and participant of the iMedia Mentoring program, was in attendance at the black tie event as an intern-in-training of Volume Magazine, a Cleveland based digital lifestyle magazine. Darvio Morrow, editor-in-chief of Volume Magazine and a Collinwood resident, was also in attendance.

Fashion Week Cleveland in its 11th year, featured Dayton's own Althea Harper, designer from Project Runway, who was a runner up from the show's 6th season, designer Indashio, from the show, Catwalks Across America, which was seen on Style Network along with 16 year old designer Victoria Cohen, designers DeAndre Crenshaw, Johnathan Dembowski, Christian and Christopher Lett, Cora Mercer, Chikondi Butao Mirlemba, and Bridgette Schriner.

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Announcing Collinwood 2015

So what is Colllinwood 2015? Through this exciting new program, we’ll be giving artist and health practitioner teams an opportunity to propose creative solutions to improving health outcomes in the neighborhood. The Collinwood 2015 initiative engages stakeholders in thinking about how the arts can improve community health.  As a whole, these grassroots projects will help bend the upward trajectories of obesity and other chronic diseases in the neighborhood, while also activating neighborhood green spaces and getting stakeholders collectively engaged in what otherwise might seem to be an intractable problem.

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Checking Out the New Lakeshore Rose Center for Seniors

If you've lived in this Collinwood neighborhood long enough, you know the place. The Golden Age Center has been on Lakeshore Blvd for years, a familiar building next to the old Uncle Bill's store, now our Collinwood Recreation Center. Maybe you were even a member at some point, and just haven't been by lately. (Or, it could be you'd never been there at all?)

If you haven't been there lately, you should check it out - there's been some exciting changes, since Fall  2014. As of September 2014, the Golden Age Centers of Greater Cleveland and the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging joined forces, to form a new non-profit serving seniors, the Rose Centers for Aging Well. The original two groups had been working together for many years, so this was a natural path for both.

So what exactly is the Lakeshore Rose Center? Turns out, they offer a wide range of services for our seniors. And they're definitely worth looking into.

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Join us for the Exciting Programs at the Collinwood Branch Library

PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH

Easter Egg Hunt!

Children Ages 1-12 can search through the library for easter eggs filled with sweet prizes! We will also announce the winner of our Easter Coloring Contest! Visit branch for details. Friday, April 3, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Poetry and Art Reception

Students from the Collinwood area will be displaying their art and reciting their original poetry as a part of Ohio Library Day. Join us in celebration our youth! Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 4:30 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, April 7 to 28, 2015  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, April 24, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

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Free Tax Preparation

If you earned $60,000 or less last year, you are eligible to receive free tax preparation and e-filing assistance this tax season. This means that you could save, on average, more than $200 to file federal and state tax returns. For those who would like to have their federal and state tax returns prepared by an IRS-certified volunteer, there are still appointments available with the Enterprise-led Cuyahoga EITC Coalition VITA tax sites. Call 2-1-1 to make an appointment today.

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April Events at the Memorial-Nottingham Library

Computer Classes for Adults

MICROSOFT POWERPOINT I  (Monday 4/6/2015 at 11:15 a.m.) This class will teach you the beginning basics of making a good slide presentation in Power Point.

MICROSOFT POWERPOINT II  (Monday  4/13/2015 at 11:15 a.m.)  This class will teach more advanced techniques for adding graphics, transitions from one slide to another, and animations, to your slide presentation.

MICROSOFT PUBLISHER I (Monday  4/20/2015 at 11:15 a.m.) This class will teach the basic overview of the elements of page layout in Publisher.

MICROSOFT PUBLISHER II (Monday  4/27/2015 AT 11:15 a.m.) This class teaches more advanced techniques, in Publisher, and how to use templates to design flyers, business cards and newsletters.

Registration for April classes begins Monday, March 23, 2015. To register call 216.623.2980 or stop in at the library.

Book Club for Adults and Seniors

RUSSIAN BOOK CLUB  (Saturday  4/11/2015 at 3:00 p.m.) This book club meeting will be in Russian, and will discuss the book Vozvrashchenie v Egipet by Vladimir Sharov.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mardi Gras Celebration at this Yearís 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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