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Veteran’s Day

I know what Veteran’s Day means to me and I have shared this sentiment over the years in articles every year. As we commemorate the sacrifices our countrymen (and women) made during this Centennial of WWI – the war to end all wars – let us take a moment to reflect on ALL VETERANS – Living and deceased. I will be walking in the Veteran’s Day parade this year helping to remember the service and sacrifice of our Civil War veterans and all veterans – LEST WE FORGET.

 This Veteran’s Day let us make a concerted effort to remember those who served in America’s Armed Forces.  Our community dedicated a new monument just this past June to do just that every day. How many of you walk or drive by the park and acknowledge that monument and what it stands for?  Please take a moment this Veteran’s Day to walk over to the park, take a look at the monument, read it, salute the flag and take a moment to say “thank you.” Then put these sentiments to action.

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New Food Pantry to Open in Collinwood

Siggy’s Village, a community gathering place in South Collinwood, will open its Food Pantry on Wednesday November 2nd from 9:00am-12:00pm. The pantry will take place every week on Monday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and on Wednesday and Thursday  from 9:00pm-12:00pm.

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Bringing New Life to The LaSalle Theater!

Want to be a part of bringing back this historic and beloved East 185th Street landmark! How can you help? As a dual-purpose fundraiser/renovation project, Northeast Shores is selling brick pavers for $150/each and light bulbs for $20/each. Everyone who walks through the doors of the new theater will see the pavers, which will act as a 'red carpet' to the grand entryway.
 
Whether you are part of a business, a local resident, or simply an enthusiast for the community...you can help pave the way to the completion of our theater's return. Light bulbs are also available for purchase to help make this project possible. After all, what's a theater without a well-lit grand marquee luring you to the show? For more information, Carly Marginian at 216-481-7660.

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Vote !

Vote because you can. For over 200 years, people have been fighting for their right to vote. Did you know that in 1789 when George Washington was elected president, only 6% of the population could legally vote? The right to vote has been denied to women, African American's, Native American's, people from Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino decent, and people with felony convictions. Barriers such as landownership, literacy tests, a voting tax, and violence intimidation are all methods that have been used to prevent voting. When you are deciding if you will vote or not, think about the countless people who fought for the right to vote, and the 4.1 million people living in U.S colonies that are citizens but cannot vote for president and do not have representation in Congress.

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November Winds

The winds of change are upon us.  Please make sure you get your home winterized and your furnace and/or heating systems checked before the severe cold sets in.  Every year we have families being affected by carbon monoxide poisoning do to malfunctioning heaters or blocked chimneys/stacks.  Preventative maintenance goes a long way to keeping your family safe and warm this winter. 

With the change in season always comes that special day – and it’s not Halloween –even though it just may be scarier; that is ELECTION DAY! The day of fate is NOVEMBER 8th. I, like many of you, am not happy by what I see, read and hear virtually every day about this Presidential election as well as the statewide races we are confronted with as concerned citizens. As I have said repeatedly, Democracy is neither free nor pretty at times. This election, certainly, at least in my lifetime, has exceeded in every negative way possible. It has truly become ugly and as a result many citizens have become disenchanted and I hear far too often about folks not wanting to vote or plain simply will not vote. 

All I can say, from someone who has been voting since I was legally able to, and what I have told my own children on more than one occasion, I vote not just for myself and my own family but also for my community and especially for those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending this great country during all the wars and all the conflicts from the American Revolution to all the battles we still fight today, including attacks by terrorists and religious fanatics.  I am constantly reminded of that when I visit the various churches in our community and see the plaques and monuments to those who served and died in defense of this great nation. For the most part – they were just kids just out of high school or in some cases who quit school to enlist; some making the ultimate sacrifice and some coming home permanently disabled and not the same. 

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African Children's Choir Coming to Euclid December 14

Your Christmas season will be extra special when you witness the charming smiles and delightful African tunes and ethnic instrumentation of the African Children’s Choir Wednesday, December 14 at 7 pm in the gymnasium of Kiddie City Child Care Community 280 E. 206th St. Euclid.  This free concert is a holiday gift from Kiddie City in celebration of children in Euclid and all over the world.  Overflow parking at Our Lady of the Lake Church on Lake Shore Blvd. and a shuttle bus to Kiddie City will assure your ability to this concert.

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Local bolt manufacturer has its roots in WWII war effort

Kerr Lakeside Inc., 26841 Tungsten Blvd., Euclid Ohio, was started in 1945 by Charles L. Kerr. He then organized Krafline Industries for the manufacture of a special military fastener. Once World War II ended, the company discontinued operations until 1947, when the company was renamed C.L. Kerr Industries.  It regularly bought and sold products from another Cleveland company, Lakeside Machine Products Company, which led to a merger in 1958. The new company was named Kerr Lakeside Industries.

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Don't Miss Your Opportunity In Touring And Renting Affordable Artist Live/Work Space!

Renter Equity Program
We're back again offering the Renter Equity Program for affordable live/work space for artists! This is an amazing path to "Building Wealth While Renting". In the next few sentences we will highlight the benefits of the program. This Renter Equity-based program provides a middle ground between renting and home ownership. Residents earn monthly credits by making timely rent payments, assisting in maintaining the property, and participating in community based meetings and programs. After 5 years of occupancy residents can receive an unrestricted cash payment up to $4,137. Participants will receive a monthly statement that will identify the credits they've earned along with their vested balance.
 
Right now we are offering a 1 bedroom unit. The entire building was fully renovated in 2015.
 
231 East 156th #6 (2nd floor) Cleveland, Ohio, 44110
Move right into this fully renovated and spacious apartment with a private basement studio space included with the apartment! This apartment has one bedroom and one bathroom, right off the kitchen is a perfect space for an office or dining room. This unit includes black and stainless dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, stove and in-suite washer and dryer. The unit also has beautiful laminate flooring, carpet in the bedroom, and a brick fire place.
 
DON'T MISS OUT! SCHEDULE A PRIVATE TOUR NOW!!!

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Home Remodeling Done Right

It is hard these days to get a remodeler to come out and even give you a quote. Not The Flying Scotsman. Give Peter Quinn a call and he will come flying. It is refreshing to find a company that does what they promise, on time, and with great attention to detail. Peter and his staff are true professionals.

They have worked with me on several projects in the past, and it was with complete confidence that I hired them recently to expand a closet and refinish my hardwood floors. I am not real handy, so to do what they did to the closet and make it look so....perfect .... was like magic to me.

Peter and his crew then sanded and refinished my bedroom, living room, dining room, and family room floors. The job was done on time, within budget and the floors look amazing.

Whatever type of carpenter wizardry you need from steps to a gorgeous deck, the Scotsman is up to the task. He can hang drywall, paint your bedroom , or build a whole new kitchen or bath. He lives right here in the Waterloo neighborhood and comes with my highest recommendation. Give him a call and tell him the Observer sent you.

The Flying Scotsman

Peter Quinn

440.477.0955

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Holiday Party

Come and Celebrate with us at the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries at our annual Christmas party on Sunday, December 4th from1:00 – 3:00 at the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries House, 15706 St Clair Ave. (across from the Dollar General Store). There will be a visit from Santa, food, fun and small gifts from Santa.  Come join us. All are welcome!

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Artist Spotlight

Artisans and makers along E. 185th Street welcomed their newest neighbors with the opening of Shirley's Loft in late October.

Shirley Slemc and Amy Lauria - the driving forces behind Shirley's Loft - hosted upwards of 100 members of the North Collinwood and Euclid communities on Saturday, October 22 at the unveiling of their vibrant storefront. The space (located at 631 E. 185th Street in Euclid) is a temporary home for Shirley's Loft as Slemc and Lauria awaiting the complete renovation of the LaSalle Arts and Media Center, where they will open their permanent gallery space once construction is complete in early 2017.

For now the pair of artisans will showcase their unique portfolios in the temporary home amidst a backdrop of exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and natural light filtering through the storefront windows and skylights. And give the community a sneak peak of what's to come in their LaSalle storefront.

The open house in October featured Slemc and Lauria's works elegantly filling the walls and throughout the space in curated displays. Live music from Maura Rogers and The Bellows and food from Milk Glass Cakes and A Taste of Excellence - both also part of the soon-to-open LaSalle - perfectly rounded out the collaboration.
While vastly different in approach, style and - they'll even tell you - personalities, Slemc and Lauria make a dynamic pair.

At an early age, Slemc valued the importance of "space" - both in concept and reality. For her, the ability to conceptualize, take ownership and create space was incredibly valuable in and of itself, but also as a way for people to begin thinking about other facets of their lives as malleable "spaces." She never had formal training in the arts, but instead came to realize her inherent artistic gifts over time.

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Serve Your Community, Join Our Board

It is time once again to prepare for the Northeast Shores Development Corporation annual meeting and election of officers in January 2017.

At the January 17, 2017 Annual Meeting of Northeast Shores, elections will be held for current vacant seats, and expired terms. Northeast Shores is seeking representation from both residents and business/institutions for the upcoming election. Experience or interest in real estate, marketing, law, and/or finance would be beneficial.

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Picturing Collinwood Survey

Tell us what YOU think! We are very interested in hearing what you have to say. What are your impressions of the neighborhood? What have been our big successes, and what do we still need to address? Take a few minutes to share your thoughts and your vision with our online survey. It won't take you long, and the feedback you provide will be a huge help to us in prioritizing our revitalization strategy! 

Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey by visiting www.citizenmetrics.com/collinwood and possibly win a $25 gift certificate to a neighborhood eatery. 

Please use codeNE9961

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Collinwood Landmark Calendars for Sale

Euclid Beach Entrance

The painting class, held at Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries 15706 St. Clair Ave, is selling 2017 calendars depicting their paintings of Collinwood landmarks. This is a wonderful gift of memories of Collinwood for your family and friends who still hold this area dear.  The Calendars are $10.00 each and will make a great holiday gift.  To purchase a calendar, stop in at 15706 St. Clair or call at 216 481 8182 to reserve a few

Perhaps you would like to participate in the next project.  The painting classes will meet on the following Saturdays in 2016: September 17th; October 1st, 5th and 29th; November 5th and 19th; and December 3rd.  Come at 10:00am and leave about 1:00pm.  Everyone is welcome.  No art experience is necessary. For more information, please call 216-481-8182 or 216.408.0214.

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Collinwood’s Concert Capital

CityMusic Cleveland Orchestra performed to a full house on Sunday evening, October 23 at St. Jerome Church.  Guest violin soloist Sayaka Shoji wowed the concert goers with her breathtaking virtuosity.  Sayaka and St. Jerome School sixth grader Sabrina are shown here at intermission.  Sabrina presented a red rose bouquet to Sayaka after her solo on behalf of a grateful Collinwood community.  CityMusic Cleveland will return to Collinwood’s St. Jerome Church on March 9, 2017.

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The Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries Announces: The Margaret Dua Returning Citizens Fund

We are saddend by the passing on October 1, 2016 of our dear co-minister Evangelist Margaret Dua.  Her passion for our returning citizens from prison is legendary. She joined our Collinwood Ministries four years ago bringing with her a compassionate heart and ability and passion for helping folks in prison turn their lives around. We found that there was no end to her generosity and no task too daunting. Margaret helped us with our Expungement Clinics and also the ministry at our new facility, Siggy’s Village on Saranac, working with returning citizens. 

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Students Bond with Elders at Local Nursing Home

A Junior Cluster student in Mrs. Jose's class shares advice from a resident during their partner activity.

The students in Mrs. Jose’s Junior Cluster class at Lakeshore Intergenerational School have had a tremendous time visiting residents at BraeView Care and Rehabilitation Center. These monthly visits create a setting in which students and elders are able to form meaningful connections and relationships.

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Beachland Hair Designs Annual Open House and Food Drive

For the last 6 years, Beachland Hair Designs has held their annual Open House and Food Drive, benefitting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, and coincides with Small Business Saturday, a drive to encourage shoppers to forgo the usual Thanksgiving Holiday weekend shopping frenzy of Big Box shopping, for that of, Smaller Neighborhood Local Shopping. Every year , we ask our clients and friends to participate by donating canned goods and paper products and participating in a small but quaint basket raffle.

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Collinwood Community Focus Group for Adults 60 Years Old and Better

We have an exciting opportunity in our community going on.  The Rose Centers for Aging Well and Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Science, are conducting a project to map the assets of seniors, our Center, and the surrounding neighborhood. The project hopes to uncover what seniors want, what gifts and talents they have, and what the visible and invisible assets are in our community.  The goal of the project is to expand senior participation in the community and to make the community more senior-friendly.

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Rose Centers for Aging Well Lakeshore has a new Director

A group of participants welcome Ashlee to the center. 

Rose Centers for Aging Well on Lakeshore Boulevard has a new Center Director, Ashlee Williman.  Ashlee comes to the Rose Centers from the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging with a strong gerontology and marketing background; and will be a wonderful asset to our Rose Center team.  Ashlee is available to meet with you at the center Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm; come on by and introduce yourself!

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HGR unveils new offices

Euclid Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail speaks with HGR Partners Ron Tiedman and Brian Kreuger

On Oct. 20, HGR Industrial Surplus hosted an open house and luncheon for its partners, community leaders and long-time friends to unveil a more-than-$1.2-million renovation. If you’ve never been to the back of the building, now you have two reasons to drive around: to visit the NEO Sports Plant and the new operations offices for HGR.

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Free Shredding

HELP's new HELP U Shred facility in Northfield, Ohio serving consumers in Cuyahoga and Summit counties

HELP U Shred provides secure document destruction and recycling for individuals and businesses of all sizes at competitive rates and critical job skills training for adults who have developmental disabilities. Following industry standards for HIPPA compliance and chain of custody security HELP U Shred is your local, reliable resource to prevent identity theft and finally get rid of those old files and papers.

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Alumni Association Announces Grand Reunion IV for 2017

It is with great pride that the Collinwood High School Alumni Association announces Grand Reunion IV long weekend, Sept 15th thru 17th, 2017. Building on the success of the previous Grand Reunions, Grand Reunion IV promises to be the largest gathering of Railroaders ever!  According to Len Corpora, V.P. of CHSAA and Chief Marketing Officer, "Our goal is to top 800 attendees. Our early surveys of the streamlined program and multi-faceted marketing approach indicate we should actually exceed this goal".

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Around Town

October 20, 2016 Former Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik now President of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School joins students for at a right for life rally at Public Square.

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Operation: Vegetables! Giant Board Game of Yummy Health

Families picked rainbow chard and basil from the new Children’s Vegetable Garden Box painted by Ballot Box Grantee, Linda Zolten Wood, with many of the kids’ veggie superheroes. The box will have basil available for another few weeks: come by and pick some for your pizza or salad! 

About 60 people attended, from regular library attendees, staff and grant supporters; the neighborhood turned out to play! 20 children turned into teams to play throughout the afternoon: 4 games were played in about 2 hours (averaging 30 minutes each) in the dappled shade next to the garden. 

6 Player pennant vests were created in bright colors by Waterloo merchant Dru Christine Fabric and Design, 6 more are ready for the next game release at Grovewood Salvation Army’s Grand Opening in November, for permanent play. 

A beautifully painted Splice Cream Truck was in the parking lot under the trees, helmed by Ballot Box Grantee, Ben Smith, recording Collinwood Family Histories were and will be mixed and posted on his website, and possibly pressed as vinyl records.

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