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Giving Thanks

By the time you read this, Thanksgiving will be over.  I hope you and yours had a happy thanksgiving; we, in the Greater Collinwood community have a lot to be thankful for. I wish to thank all the neighborhood groups, clubs, organizations, churches and other institutions, and above all our residents, who have worked so hard this past year in trying to make our community the best it can be, even though we have a lot of work to do yet.  I am looking forward to working with all of you on a whole host of projects and initiatives for Ward 8 in 2018.

On a personal note, I would be remiss if I did not thank the voters of Ward 8 for the overwhelming support that they gave me on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7. To receive 87% of the votes cast that day was a very humbling and moving experience. Not only did I receive the highest percentage tally in City Council but I also had the second highest vote total of any councilmember. It goes without saying how I feel about our community. I have lived my entire life on the northeast side of the city and have raised five children here. My world has not been a big one; from my great-grandparents on East 47th Street off of Superior Avenue, to my maternal grandparents on East 120th Street and Darley off East 140th Street, to growing up in the Nottingham neighborhood. I am a proud graduate of Collinwood High School to this very day, and as we all know “Once a Railroader, Always a Railroader.”

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

Progress at Northeast Shores….

Some of you may have noticed that the entire marquee at the LaSalle was removed. Please do not panic. It is just being refabricated, removing old parts with new parts, and will return to its spot shortly!

Special thanks to Councilman Mike Polensek for finding the project support funding we needed to include LED panel displays on the marquee. With the LED panels we will have the ability to showcase current and upcoming events on the electronic display.  

The inside of the LaSalle makeover is also moving quickly and is on track to be finished by the end of 2017, which is absolutely needed so the organization can finalize the tax-credit funding we received.

Because of this big push to complete the LaSalle renovation, Northeast Shores is going to start working on a big opening party that will take place in the spring. In the future we anticipate hosting community meetings at the LaSalle. We are seeking an event coordinator, who very soon will be able to discuss booking community events, arts programming, performing acts, weddings and family reunions beginning in the spring of 2018.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

Kicking it with Cops: Crafting with Cops

Tis the season to be Kicking it with Cops. Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corp will be hosting Crafting with Cops on Wednesday December 13, 2017 at Five Pointe Community Center from 5:00pm-7:00pm. This event will be the end of our fall/winter series of Kicking it with Cops, so if you haven’t made it to any of the events make sure you mark your calendars.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

What’s Cooking in Collinwood: Cooking with Cops Recap

5th District Commander Sammy Morris and 50/50 Raffle and Coloring Contest Winners

            When it comes to improving community and police relations “Cooking with Cops” was a recipe for success. Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corp hosted Cooking with Cops on Thursday November 16, 2017 at Five Pointe Community Center. Participants included local residents, students from Job Corp, volunteers from Cleveland Clinic and officers from Cleveland Police 5th District. We had a diverse group of participants of all ages; everyone was a part of making our full course meal.  

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

Celebrating Fall!

October 28th was a day of fun for the whole family as children from St. Jerome School and parish gathered with their parents for an evening of food, games, treats and prizes.  The evening was sponsored by St. Jerome Respect for Life.  

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

We Made a Difference: Cleaning with Cops Recap

Cleaning with Cops 2017 Group photo

“The leaves are falling and the trash was calling.” Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corp hosted “Cleaning with Cops” on Saturday October 28, 2017 at Five Pointe Community Center. Local residents, students, volunteers, and 5th District Lieut. Montanaro, Sergeant McCaulley and Officer Hampton worked together in teams to clean along E. 152nd Street. We even had volunteers come out from Cleveland Clinic to help us clean our neighborhood.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

SEW much fun!

Brianna enjoyed learning how to use a sewing machine.

Our students are learning to sew thanks to Kathy Payerchin and her new after school Sewing Club.  Students learn how to cut out pieces from a pattern and how to use and care for a sewing machine.  Their first project was a patchwork pillow. 

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Pet Care Resources for Ward 8 Residents

Friends of the Cleveland Kennel (F.O.C.K.) is a 501(c)3 organization, founded in 2003, whose mission is to provide the necessary medical and general care to the dogs and cats in need at Cleveland Animal Care & Control (CACC), while working to reduce intake numbers and save lives by providing affordable resources and education to Cleveland residents. F.O.C.K. believes that all residents of Ward 8 deserve access to affordable wellness care for their beloved cats and dogs. Residents may recall the enormously successful Canine Wellness Day events, sponsored by F.O.C.K., that were held in the Collinwood and Glenville neighborhoods in past years. We are extremely excited to announce a new program from F.O.C.K., which builds on the services provided at those events, called Neighborhood Pets Outreach & Resource Center. Neighborhood Pets’ mission is to help end animal suffering, manage pet population, and keep pets in their homes through affordable pet care, resources, and education for pet owners; thereby reducing intake at Cleveland area shelters. Visit neighborhoodpetscle.org for more information.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

E. 185th St. Business Block Watch & Networking Event

Businesses in both the Euclid and Cleveland sections of E. 185th have expressed a desire to come together to discuss crime prevention and to network.  Crime is not limited by the Cleveland-Euclid border and neither should we be when it comes to coming together to rally for the E. 185th business district as a whole.  What is good for Euclid is good for Collinwood and vice versa.  
 
EPD & CPD have both agreed to send reps that can 1) speak to patrol issues 2) describe resources that are available to businesses from their respective cities and 3) explain the best way to communicate with them when needed.  This event will also serve as an opportunity for businesses to network with one another.  Members of City Council are planning on coming as well.When:   

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

Local Hero Serves in National Service Program

Devlin Chambers heading to Sacramento, CA as part of Americorps National Service Program.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Devlinbleu  Chambers, 18, of Euclid recently began a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program.   Chambers, based out of the regional campus in Sacramento, is currently serving on his first project. He arrived in Sacramento in mid-October to begin training. This training emphasized teamwork, leadership development, communication, safety, and project preparation.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

A Song to Remember

Classical music is the hallmark of our civilization. Its roots go back ancient Greece. The main style periods of classical music are the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic Impressionistic and 20th Century. Music composed in all of these periods is still being performed today.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

Artist Live/Work Space Available!!!!

Dream of having a place where you can live and create art? If so, you need a state of the art live/work space! Join a community of artists at this renovated residence. Artist tenants will receive the opportunity to rent, earn equity and display their work all in the same building, thanks to the local non-profit company Northeast Shores Development Corporation, in a partnership with Cincinnati-based, Cornerstone Corporation for Shared Equity.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

Historical Entryway Restored with Help from Neighborhood Connections

One of the last remaining original entryways is located at The Villa Beach Club, where residents used a grant to restore the beauty and safety of the original structure.

Driving along Lakeshore Boulevard in the early 20th century, you would have come across many hand-built stone pillars and other statuesque markers defining entrances into small residential communities and campgrounds within the North Collinwood and Euclid neighborhoods.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

Sewer District’s Euclid Creek Shoaling Removal Project Underway

Euclid Creek construction is under way and will continue through January.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District began the Euclid Creek Shoaling Removal Project in mid-November and will continue work through late January. The project is located directly south of the intersection of Lakeshore Boulevard and Marcella Road and will improve conveyance of stormwater in the channel.  The project will focus on removing “shoaling”, which is another term for sand, gravel and woody material that has accumulated in the creek.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

Cuyahoga Council ten cent fee for plastic bags is a bad idea.

Where can I recycle my plastics?

The new Ordinance introduced by Cuyahoga Council members Sunny Simon and Dale Miller to charge ten cents for every paper and plastic carry out bag at retail stores is a bad idea. The plastic bags are a convenience and service provided to the customers for their purchases. (Isn’t the cost already included in the purchase?) Will the fee make people pay twice?

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

Being single in Cleveland

It is very hard as a female in my opinion to be single in Cleveland. The locations and food is never a problem in Cleveland in fact there is always something to do in even if you’re just hanging out with your friends or walking your dog. Being single in Cleveland is complicated simply because no one ever wants to tell the truth about if they are seeing one or more people. Everybody wants their cake and eat it too. When it comes to dating in Cleveland you also have to be safe as well always let someone know who are you with and where you’re going. Being single in Cleveland does make you feel as if there is no one available for you. I’m single in Cleveland and I still believe in true love. But dating multiple people has never been my thing. But in alot of ways you have to date multiple people to truly find the one who wants a relationship as much as you. The Cleveland single life can also be smooth and calm because if it doesn’t work out then maybe you have a new friend. You can also get your heart broken being single in Cleveland if you’re not careful. I’m speaking from experience only. Commitment is not the main course in Cleveland unless you already have a tab. Let’s just face being single in Cleveland is complicated.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

Breakfast with Santa!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 9th from 10am-12pm because Santa is coming to town! This year's Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Salvation Army located 17625 Grovewood Ave, Cleveland, OH 44119. There will be fun, games, crafts and photos taken with Santa! More information will be posted on our facebook page and through our membership emails. 

This event is sponsored by the Salvation Army, Northeast Shores, Gus's diner, and VASJ. Tickets are five dollars per person at the door.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017