Latest News

Winter is Really Here!

Wow, that cold spell we experienced was rough. I hope you all have been surviving the frigid cold.  Stay Warm!  Watch for ice especially when walking and driving.

We had more than our usual share of households who experienced frozen pipes or cold and ice-related issues.  Remember, if your pipes are frozen, NEVER use an open flame, ie a torch, to unthaw any pipe; instead, use a hair dryer or heat gun. If you have an exceptionally cold basement, look for drafts and leave a faucet in your washtubs dripping very slow during extended very cold snaps to prevent the pipes from freezing. This will work in most cases.  Make sure chimneys are clear of debris and are inspected once every five years, unless you have a newer model furnace. It goes without saying, get a carbon monoxide detector in your home and check to make sure your smoke detectors are working. Take extra precautions to keep your family safe and warm during these winter months.

As I reported last month, our community, along with the rest of the city, has been greatly challenged and concerned about the lack of basic police patrols in our neighborhoods. I have had no response back from the Administration with regard to my request of them seeking additional State support through the Ohio Highway Patrol to augment the Cleveland Police Department. It should be clear to all that somebody really missed the boat as to how many police officers are actually needed on the streets of the City of Cleveland.  For your information, 104 officers “left” the Department in 2016 due to retirement, attrition, etc and in 2017, there were 91 officers who left the Force. Yet, when the Administration submitted their annual budget they called for the hiring of only 65 patrol officers for 2017.  Go figure that one out!  The one thing they taught me at Collinwood High School was how to count.  Old or new math – this doesn’t add up. It’s no wonder that District Commanders are having to hold over shifts and platoons to staff the basic patrol car plan city-wide. We need more police officers on the street and the numbers speak for themselves.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

Pinewood Derby Draws a Crowd

The cubs got help from the Boy Scouts in Troop #143, who are old Pinewood pros, know how fragile the track assembly is, and are actually tall enough to put the cars in the starting gate.

The Pinewood Derby hosted by Cub Scout Pack #143 in Euclid drew more than one hundred cheering fans to Our Lady of the Lake Parish Hall on Saturday, January 27. The pack families and friends came together to celebrate the boys' efforts, and see which cars flew the fastest down the pack's four-lane aluminum track.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

Get Involved! Help Plan the Collinwood Community Potluck

If you are interested in being on the Collinwood Community Potluck planning committee, please join us for our next meeting at Chili Peppers (on E.185th Street) at 6pm on Tuesday, February 13th.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 24th and start brainstorming your best summer recipes for the second (annual?!) Collinwood Community Potluck. Better yet – join us on the planning committee.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

Keys To Building a Fluent Reader

Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression.  In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read with fluency whether that is aloud or silent reading.  Here are some tips that parents can do at home to build reading fluency.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

In Search of a Namesake: Charles Collins and the Ashtabula River Railway Disaster

Charles Collins

Though I’ve known for a while that Collinwood was named after Charles Collins, chief engineer of the Lakeshore & Michigan Southern Railway Company, now CSX, which bisects the neighborhood and whose railyard was an integral part. I even found some early maps that had it listed as Collinsville at one time. What I hadn’t known were the details regarding his tragic end.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

Collinwood Bicyclist of the Month

Stephen Love, Collinwood resident and February Bicyclist of the Month.

This month we recognize Stephen Love, Collinwood resident. To nominate yourself or someone you know for Bicyclist of the Month, contact us at bikeEuclid@gmail.com.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

Bike News

Bike Euclid, as the newest chapter of Bike Cleveland, had the honor of presenting what we’ve been up to, at the Bike Cleveland Annual Meeting and Social, January 21st. A simply outstanding evenine and what a terrific way to kick off the new year. We took the stage, presenting to an audience of hundreds from throughout the region, along with Executive Director of Bike Cleveland Jacob VanSickle, Director of Cleveland City Planning Commission Freddy Collier, Matt Gray the Manager of Sustainable Cleveland 2019, and our friends at Bike Brecksville and Bike Lakewood. Thank you everyone for your support! And a shout out to the intrepid Bike Euclid members who pedaled across town for the meeting, including Dennis Rymarczyk, Tom Cavan, James Sonnhalter, and David Rozell.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

Friday Fish Fry

Goulash and Polenta

More than just the best Fish Fry

The Kitchen Angels at the Slovenian Workmen's Home, 15335 Waterloo Road, Cleveland 44110, hold the best Fish Fry in town every Friday. (Just ask John Copic.)  Dinners are served from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM for dine in or tak out.  Just call 216/481-5378 to place a take out order and it will be ready when you arrive.  Dinner reservations of 8 or more are taken by callin the same number.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

Hear For The Homeless - A NEOCH Benefit Concert a Great Success

Chris Knestrick, Executive Director of Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

 "Hear For The Homeless - A NEOCH Benefit Concert" was such a great success!!  Together we were able to attract over 150 guests, raise $1100 at the door, and an additional $800 in donations the night of the event (with band contributions and donations in the tin can that went around). It was the diverse bill that helped to attract such a large and diverse crowd, coupled with an overall well produced program with intentional elements that allowed our guests to leave different than how they came.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

This Winter...use the Right S.A.L.T.

STUFF
Road salt (sodium chloride) only works above 15°F. For colder temperatures use sand for added traction, or switch to an ice melting product designed to work at colder temperatures. 

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

Cleveland Rise in Collinwood

Entreprenuership has landed in the community of Collinwood for youth!  Cleveland Rise, a nonprofit 501 c 3 organization has established a Small Business collaboration of resources and funding to mentor, consult, train and advocate for Collinwood, East Cleveland, Mount Pleasant and other communities in Northeast Ohio.  Lead by Executive Director Diane Coates, whose passion has organized leaders and established reentry programs like Citizen Circle and crime prevention curriculums, mentoring students and young adults into entrepreneurship.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

In search of a Namesake: Charles Collins & the Ashtabula River Railway Disaster

Charles Collins

  Though I’ve known for a while that Collinwood was named after Charles Collins, chief engineer of the Lakeshore & Michigan Southern Railway Company, now CSX, which bisects the neighborhood and whose railyard was an integral part. I even found some early maps that had it listed as Collinsville at one time. What I hadn’t known were the details regarding his tragic end.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

A Very Unique Concert

Hear Merima Ključo perform with City Music Cleveland on March 15th at St. Jerome.

Seriously, when was the last time you heard a classical accordionist perform with a 40 piece chamber orchestra?  You can on March 15th at 7:30pm at St. Jerome Church when City Music Cleveland welcomes the internationally known Bosnian composer and accordionist Merima Ključo.  She will perform “Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book” from “TWO FAITHS: ONE SPIRIT” which she composed.  The work was inspired by the story of breathtakingly illustrated Jewish manuscript created in the 15th century and saved from the Nazis in Sarajevo by a Muslim Imam during WWII. 

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

Nearly 100 Years Young!

What would you like to see us do to celebrate our Centennial?

Attention St. Jerome Alumni & Friends!

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

In Search of a Namesake: Charles Collins & the Ashtabula River Railway Disaster

Charles Collins

  Though I’ve known for a while that Collinwood was named after Charles Collins, chief engineer of the Lakeshore & Michigan Southern Railway Company, now CSX, which bisects the neighborhood and whose railyard was an integral part. I even found some early maps that had it listed as Collinsville at one time. What I hadn’t known were the details regarding his tragic end.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

9th Annual Waterloo Alley Cat Project Fundraiser

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, The Waterloo Alley Cat Project is holding its 9th ANNUAL FUNDRAISER from 7 to 11 pm at the historic Slovenian Worker’s Home located at 15335 Waterloo Road in Cleveland. This year, we will once again hold a $1,000 Grand Prize Raffle and announce the winner during the festivities. We will also have our fabulous basket raffles and new fun activities to help cats. Music will be provided by Ace Molar featuring Todd Meany from Channel 8. Admission is $20 per person. All money raised goes to helping cats. Donations of cat food will be accepted at the door and greatly appreciated!

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

Takeaways from the 185th St Business Block Watch and Networking Event

EPD Officer Williams offers crime prevention tips to E. 185th St. business owners.

Business owners and officials from both Euclid and Cleveland came together during this past holiday season for an East 185th Business Block Watch and Networking event at Cebars Euclid Tavern.  Representatives from both the Euclid and Cleveland Police Departments came to share tips on how we can all work together to fight crime.  Euclid Ward 4 Councilman Jarosz and Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Polensek came to show their support as well.  Also in attendance were Euclid Ward 6 Councilman-elect Wotilja; Sheila Gibbons, Executive Director of the Euclid Chamber of Commerce; Robert Gatewood, Owner of Gamerhaven and Northeast Shores Development Corporation Board Member; and Mary Mastalski, Community Development Manager for the City of Euclid.  Our host, Paul Cvelbar - being the good Clevelander he is - provided kielbasa for the crowd.  Here is some useful information for anyone who missed the meeting, much of which might be of use no matter in which neighborhood you work or live.    Kate McLaughlin, Euclid Community Policing - Euclid businesses can call EPD for free security assessments.  For more information call:  (216) 731-1234 .     For other resources available from Euclid Community Policing, see:  http://www.cityofeuclid.com/community/police/CommunityPolicing .   Ms. McLaughlin also informed us that, if anyone has a security camera at your business or residence, you can help fight crime by letting the Cuyahoga Prosecutor's Office know that they can contact you if your system might have caught footage they could use.  See:  http://prosecutor.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/2016-11-22-surveillance-camera-initiative.aspx .  

Officer Williams, EPD Patrol - Euclid businesses can call EPD if they ever feel they need an escort, such as for cash drops.  Officer Williams also reminded us that having our smartphones out can be an attraction to criminals, so try to keep them in bags or pockets if possible.
  Commander Johnson, Cleveland Community Policing - CPD conducts free security assessments for businesses as well.  For more information call:  (216) 623-5080 .     Commander Johnson also stressed the importance of being familiar with where the Euclid-Cleveland border is drawn and knowing (or storing in your phone) the direct lines to both the Euclid and Cleveland Police Departments.  You can help reduce response time if you call the police department directly of the city where a situation is taking place.  The number for Euclid is 216-731-1234 and the number for Cleveland is 216-621-1234.  If in doubt, however, don't hesitate to call 9-1-1 for emergencies and they will figure out which department to dispatch.     For other resources available from Cleveland Community Policing, see:  http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/PublicSafety/Police/Community . 

Greg Pollard, Safety Liaison for Cleveland Ward 8 - Mr. Pollard is the Safety Liaison for both the Collinwood-Nottingham and Northeast Shores Development Corporations.  Retired after decades of work in Community Policing, he encouraged everyone to make it a point to meet your merchant neighbors and look out for one another.  http://northeastshores.org/ .
  Mike Polensek, Councilman for Cleveland Ward 8 -  Councilman Polensek urged everyone to get more involved with neighborhood organizations.  The subsequent speakers offered suggestions on ways to do just that.  See below.  http://www.clevelandcitycouncil.org/ward-8 (Euclid Council contacts:  Contact for your Euclid Council rep can be found here:  http://www.cityofeuclid.com/community/CityCouncil )   Charlotte Iafeliece, Organizer for E. 185th St. Monthly Neighborhood Meeting - Ms. Iafeliece hosts a Neighborhood Meeting open to both Cleveland and Euclid businesses, residents and officials in the E. 185th St. area.  The meeting takes place on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 PM at the Lithuanian Club, which is located at 877 East 185th Street.  Feel free to join your neighbors at the next meeting on February 13!   Lauren Calevich, Owner of LCevents - Ms. Calevich encouraged the merchants and business owners on East 185th to stay in communication with one another and spoke on how working together can have positive results for the street.  Anyone who is interested in being on the East 185th Community Merchant's contact list should send their name, place of business, contact info, and preferred method of contact to Lauren Calevich at LCeventsCLE@gmail.com or Alisa Boles at alisa.boles@gmail.com.  This list may be distributed to other merchants in the future so that all merchants on it can alert one another when issues arise or news needs to be shared.    Sheila Gibbons, Executive Director of the Euclid Chamber of Commerce - Ms. Gibbons invited all E. 185th St. businesses to join the Euclid Chamber or Commerce, no matter if they are situated in Euclid or Cleveland.  Because Cleveland does not have its own Chamber of Commerce, area businesses can get localized support from the Euclid Chamber of Commerce. For more information about what the Euclid Chamber of Commerce offers to support your business, visit euclidchamber.com , call (216) 731-9322 or email info@euclidchamber.com .

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

Strudel Sale

Altar & Rosary is taking orders for those marvelous frozen strudels again! 
No matter whether your favorite is Apple, Blueberry, Cheese, Cherry, Apricot & Peach, Mushroom, or Spinach they are all delicous! Orders are due along with payment by February 26, 2018 and pick-up will be March 10th from 2-4pm. Contact Linda DeLillo 440.571.5446

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

Principle's Message

Congratulations to the former St. Jerome School students who attained Second Honors last semester at VASJ. Brandi Bates ~ Jaida Bates ~ Michele Blackshear ~ Erin Haley ~ Alyssa Hill ~ Clarke Moore ~ De'Brea Scott ~ Iyana Smith ~ Jamison Wells - KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! Mrs. Susan Coan

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

Friends of Euclid Creek Announces Environmental Studies Scholarship

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 fifth 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. 

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018