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Say Yes to bring scholarships, services for students

Cleveland has been become the fourth chapter of Say Yes to Education, a historic development that will bring college scholarships to CMSD students while also providing services designed to keep them on track to graduation.

For a city with the nation’s second highest rate of child poverty and a low percentage of college graduates, the move promises to be a game changer. Besides opening doors for students who may have once dismissed post-secondary education as unaffordable, creating Say Yes Cleveland has the potential to attract new residents and spur economic growth.

Philanthropist George Weiss, who founded the national nonprofit Say Yes organization 31 years ago, announced Cleveland’s selection Jan. 18 at the John Marshall Campus. Students who packed the gym stood and cheered, while others saw the event live-streamed in an overflow area and high schools across the District.

"Say Yes to Education is the right thing at the right time for the Cleveland schools, for the city of Cleveland and for you," said Mayor Frank G. Jackson, who joined other community leaders in applauding the news.

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Councilman's Update

BRRRR!

Wow! What a crazy winter, so far; snow, rain and freezing temperatures. So much for NO climate change! I grew up on the Northeast side and have never seen such crazy weather. Then again, it’s Winter and it’s Cleveland! 

 So, on that note, please be careful especially for the ice; I have had calls into the office about people falling. I am also very much aware of the ice jams effecting people’s roofs and issues of frozen and broken water pipes. Unless you are experienced or a roofing contractor – DO NOT get up on your roof yourself; it is a clear path to the hospital – if you’re lucky.  If your pipes are frozen – do not use an open flame or torch to thaw the pipes – use a hair dryer or heat gun – thaw them SLOWLY – and be careful.  It you are going to be gone from your home for any length of time, ie days or weeks, shut the water off in the basement or make sure your heat is maintained at a steady temperature. The majority of the homes in the community have forced air furnaces. Keep a heater vent open in the basement to circulate warm air – if possible.  At Home Depot you can purchase foam insulating tubes to wrap your water pipes in the basement, this could greatly help.  Replace furnace filters regularly and try to stay warm.  I promise – Spring is on the way.

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CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY COLLINWOOD BRANCH IS BACK! Cleveland Public Library completes important branch repairs in time for the new year.

January 24, 2019 COLLINWOOD, OH – On Saturday, December 29, 2018, the Collinwood Branch of Cleveland Public Library reopened its doors and welcomed patrons back following a temporary closure for repair work. Coffee was served with a side of light refreshments as community members viewed the important maintenance work completed during the closure (see below for more details).

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You're invited to New Tech Collinwood's Parent Happy Hour

We are delighted to invite you to our very first "Parent Happy Hour" at New Tech Collinwood. The event will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 4:00-6:00PM in the Multi-purpose Room. At this event the first 50 parents and/or guardians will recieve a "Carry Bag Kit", filled with carefully selected resources to help parents and their scholar make a smooth transition to high school. The carry bag kit includes the following resources:

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Hiring Be a part of the solution

Young Leaders Program is hiring for different positions for our non profit organization.We are looking for individuals who have a passion for their community and really want to make a difference. We are looking for things such as service specialist, treasurers & co treasurers for more info on our positions call us at 216 6225849

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Oliver H. Perry students get with the times

CMSD NEWS BUREAU

Students from Oliver H. Perry PreK-8 School moved just across the property to a new building on Jan. 24.

But the upgrade advanced their educational environment by nearly a century. The school they left behind dated to 1927.

“That really was an old building with old problems,” media specialist Virginia Weedon said. “The media center was boiling hot. Sometimes you had to open a window in the freezing cold, and it was hard to get the window down again.”

Students had waited and watched the construction next door for months, then a weather-related closing pushed back the move-in date another 24 hours.

Jaden, an eighth-grader who has attended Oliver H. Perry since kindergarten, described coming to the new building as “a relief.” The first child through the door, a kindergartner named Makiyah, was awed by what she saw.

“It was amazing,” she said. “I love my new school.”

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Nan's Notes

THE STREET IS COLD. GALLERIES ARE WARM.

TO DO THIS Month
Monday and Tuesday, go to the Young Playwrights performances at Waterloo Arts. Eat Citizen Pie's calzones and Callaloo's grilled chicken and Bonn Rassavong's Hokkido bread sandwiches.

At Praxis   Praxis
‘A Commonplace' - Opening Feb 1, 6-9pm. Closing reception March 1st, 6-9pm
A show of fiber and paper works by Melina Bishop from Portland, Oregon, and Cleveland artists Rebekah Wilhelm and Ash Fiasco.
Tie-Dye Fun with FOEC   Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM
FOECPresident@gmail.com or call 440-605-1543 and please include your shirt size.
CityMusic Friday, February 15,  6:30 p.m.
Studios for Rent

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News You Can Use From North East Shores Development Corporation

  Here's the Update . . .

 Without a doubt, the last few years - and especially this past summer - have been a whirlwind of rumors, conjecture - and questions - about the Northeast Shores Development Corporation, and its future.

 Prior to the resignations of the former Board of Directors of NSDC, which took effect on October 31, three new Board members were elected for terms, which began on November 1, 2018, and the new Board elected one additional member. We are:

  • Caroline Peak- President
  • Elva Brodnick -Secretary
  • Rhonda McLean -Treasurer/ Vice Chair
  • Crystal Williams-Property Expert
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Make a difference: Register Today for the 3rd Annual “Big Clean”

Registration for individuals and organizations - in both Euclid and Collinwood - will be hosted on the City of Euclid’s website, cityofeuclid.com. Simply click the “Big Clean” icon to be routed to the registration page.

Register today for the third annual Collinwood v. Euclid “Big Clean” Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 9am to 1:30pm at Villa Angela – St. Joseph High School.

Let’s try to sweep the “competition” this year  – we came so close last year to beating the City of Euclid!

Registration for individuals and organizations - in both Euclid and Collinwood - will be hosted on the City of Euclid’s website, cityofeuclid.com. Simply click the “Big Clean” icon to be routed to the registration page.

For more information or questions on how to get involved in planning, contact Stephen Love at stephen.love20@gmail.com .

For information on other clean-up activities in Collinwood and the coming-soon ‘Cleveland Ploggers’, check out Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach’s Facebook page for regular updates.

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Swing Your Sweetie at the Polka Hall of Fame Ball, February 15

Accordion legend Eddie Rodick leads his orchestra at the Polka Hall of Fame Sweetheart Ball at the American Croatian Lodge, Friday, February 15.

Waltz away your winter blues with the Eddie Rodick Orchestra at the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame Sweetheart Ball, Friday, February 15th, 2019, at the American Croatian Lodge Party Center, in Eastlake, Ohio. You can swing your sweetie to the finest Cleveland-Style polka music.

Treat your date to dinner, 5:00 until 8:00, and stay for the dance, 6:00 to 11:00. Enjoy schnitzel dinners, sausages and many nationality treats catered by Dubrovnik Gardens. In appreciation of all the continuous support at all our Polka Hall of Fame events, this night we will be giving away more than sixty prizes. Your entrance ticket could be a winner.

Eddie Rodick is a Polka Hall of Fame legend, so you can expect an evening of potent polkas and elegant waltzes, sure to delight the most discriminating dancers.

The American Croatian Lodge is located on Lake Shore Boulevard at Route 91 (SOM Center Road). Save $2 with an advance ticket, $10 through the Polka Hall of Fame, 605 East 222nd Street, Euclid, next to Euclid City Hall. (Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 4:00.) $12 dollars at the door. 18 and under free. Call (216) 261-FAME. Online at Polkashop@aol.com.

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The Way We Were

Camp Christopher was always an adventure.  From zip-lines to many hands on science projects to singing around the campfire, it was a great time.

So many memories, junior high trips, Camp Christopher, pajama day and other fun during Catholic Schools Week, friends, we celebrate them all.

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Wide Horizons

The first Japanese and youngest ever to win the prestigious Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy, Sayaka Shoji will perform at St. Jerome March 13th at 7:30pm.

City Music Cleveland will present the World Premier of Avner Dorman’s Still (Violin Concerto No. 3) which will be be performed by the delightful Sayaka Shoji.  Miss Shoji thrilled audiences here in 2016 and we are very excited to welcome her back.  The concert series will open at St. Jerome on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30pm.  Free and Family friendly this concert is not to be missed. 

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St. Jerome Christmas Pageant

Preschool and Kindergarten classess

On Wednesday, December 19, the students at St. Jerome School performed a Christmas Pageant that they worked together to create throughout the month of December. This pageant told the first story of Christmas, and featured classic Christmas songs as well as original songs created by the school music teacher, Harmon Hill. The nativity cast was played by different students in the school, and included Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Angels, The Three Wise Men, King Herald and a gladiator. St. Jerome School prides itself on creating a strong community environment and the Christmas Pageant is a great way to get the community involved. Members of the parish along with family members in the day school were invited to the pageant. The production turned out beautifully and it was the perfect way to end school before a lovely Christmas break.

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Where Am I ?

This building is located somewhere in the Collinwood neighborhood.

If you detect its location, email the address to CollinwoodObserver@Gmail.com.

A selfy of you at the location will score extra points.

All correct entries will be entered into a drawing for the prize in this box, or.... you can chose the curtain where Carol Merril is now standing.

Actually, the prize is a gift card to Great Scott.

Deadline for entries is Friday, February 22nd.

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Book Reviews Wanted

The Observer is starting a new feature in the paper, a book review section. Do you love to read and are always looking for a new author or genre to read, but don’t know where to look? As an avid reader, I am always looking for something new, or old to read. For me reading is like going on a vacation without ever leaving my home. I can visit faraway places or worlds and make new friends and sometimes enemies between the pages of a book. We are encouraging our readers to submit a review of their favorite (or least favorite book) to share with our readers. It can be a new release or an older book that perhaps many of our readers have never read before. Please submit your 200 to 400-word review by becoming a member online at Collinwoodobserver.com. We will publish at least one review each month. We are starting this month with a review of A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness.

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Book Review: A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1), by Deborah Harkness is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Once I started the book, I couldn’t but it down and read the other two books in the series in two weeks. Once I finished the series, I was a little sad it was over, like when a good friend moves away, and you don’t get to see them every day. Yes, it’s another book about witches, vampires and daemons and their struggle in the human world, but it is not a copy cat of the books of this genre that have come before it. Deborah Harkness created a new way to look at these creatures, they aren’t monsters, but the same as the humans that they live around.

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Lake Erie Folk Fest returns to Shore this month!

The Chardon Polka Band will perform in the evening concert at the Lake Erie Folk Fest, and play at a Community Dance at the festival during the day. 

Once again, the halls, classrooms and auditorium of the Shore Cultural Centre will resonate with folk and traditional music on Saturday, February 23 from 1:00pm-10:00pm.  The fourth annual Lake Erie Folk Fest will take place throughout the building with 40+ FREE Community Concerts, music and dance workshops, community jams, kids’ activities, dances and more, 1pm – 6pm, including:

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Seeking Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for Youth

CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect. 

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God's Poetry

Thy name that was given unto you at birth, the strength I give no human can hurt! Thy seed that you have grown, has become beautiful the brightest ever shown! The faith that you have trusted into me, gives you survival of life traveling across the sea!! My child you are special this you must know, my blessings wdill shower over you the brightness will show!! Great is the Lord I am and those that won't follow will be damned! The food of knowledge and understanding, the choices I give are not demanding!! One road is narrow the other is wide, My child which one will you abide? Never think that for you I'm never there,My child believe and trust that I'm everywhere!! As you place your heart in my hands, you are blessed wih a miraculous walk and a miraculous dance!! As i heal all wounds that were bestowed upon you, you will begin to speak blessings to others that will be fiery and true. As you start to feel the fire going all through your bones, I have given your tongue spiritual and poetic songs! Go out and speak poetical cheers, truketh knowledge and wisdom spiristual tears. As you cry, weep ion the middle of the night, I now have given you prophestical sight!! As I speak to you giving you poetic words; Tell of my presence, my love, tell them from me what you've heard!!

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Friends of Euclid Creek Announces Environmental Studies Scholarship

South Euclid, OH, January 07, 2019 - The Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), a grass-roots, non-profit charitable organization which advocates for the health of the Euclid Creek watershed is pleased to announce its sixth annual scholarship in environmental studies.  This scholarship was created to aid at least one deserving student in his/her pursuit of a degree in environmental science, including engineering, hydrology, ecology, geology, biology or other fields related to environmental studies. 

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Clevelanders Banking on Food Bank to Hear Them

Imagine, for a moment, that you cannot afford to purchase food for yourself or your family.  With food stamps providing enough to get about $15 each month, there is often very little that people can buy with that much money, as it only provides $.50 each day if they are used evenly throughout the month.  For many Cleveland families, this is not imagination.  These hardships are equally met

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