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Holy Redeemer's Feast of the Assumption

Float with the Virgin Mary

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Celebrating their 90th Anniversary this year, Collinwood’s Holy Redeemer Church continued their tradition of the Feast of the Assumption Sunday, August 10th. The celebration of the Assumption or “the taking” of the Virgin Mary marking her being received into Heaven. Following the Mass and procession through the streets of the neighborhood in honor of The Blessed Mother, a picnic was held behind the church for all family and friends.

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Raise For The LaSalle Clam Bake

Join us September 13th for a clam bake to benefit The LaSalle Arts and Media Center! Tickets cost $50 each and include one dozen steamed middle neck clams, clam broth, New England clam chowder with oyster crackers, herb-marinated grilled chicken, fresh corn on the cob with sweet butter, candied yams, fresh baked dinner rolls, and two drink tickets. There will be live music and yard games for your entertainment. Tickets are pre-sale only and all purchases must be made prior to September 5th. Tickets can be purchased using Eventbrite (a link is available on Northeast Shores’ Facebook page) or at the Northeast Shores office located at 317 E. 156th Street. For more information contact, Carly Marginian at 216-481-7660 ext. 21 or at Can't wait to see you there!

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Community Gardening 2015

As the summer season tapers off, gardeners begin planning for the next growing season. As such, the Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) is prepping for their 2015 Summer Sprout Community Gardening Program. OSUE helps community gardeners by providing a variety of technical assistance that includes soil testing, garden design, and educational workshops and trainings.

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Mayor Jackson’s 31st Annual “Night out Against Crime”

Shine a Light on Crime, one Block at a Time

On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Cleveland residents participated in Mayor Jackson’s 31st annual “Night out Against Crime”. The “Night out Against Crime” was an opportunity for Clevelanders to come together in order to shine a light on crime, one block at a time and take a stand against violence and other types of crimes in their communities.

The Cleveland Job Corps Center Student Ambassadors volunteered at Humphrey Park working with members of the Community Relations Board, 5th Commander Dennis Hill and Department. It was night that highlight the need for curfews and stop the violence.

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Councilman's Corner

It has been an interesting month.  Finally, the Public Works Department is getting on top of the chuckhole problem. It has been a difficult time for motorists and I appreciate your patience and understanding. Obviously, I am not happy with the response from the City and the Department MUST do a better job going into next year with road repair.

My sincere thanks to MetroParks on their Friday Evening concert series at Euclid Beach Park. It was an overwhelming success with great music and great attendance.  We all look forward to these concerts taking place next summer as well.

Waterloo Road as you should know is open in both directions now.  Be careful of the construction crews still working on the street though. ODOT is telling us to drive carefully and that the project should be wrapped up sometime in October.  The streetscape is starting to take shape.  

Speaking of ODOT, I have been working closely with them over the Eddy Road overpass since it is now part of the new Ward 8. Crews have moved quickly on the construction and I am impressed by the scope of work and the design of the project especially the decorative fencing and lighting on the overpass.  These features will greatly enhance this once drab roadway.  The next project is the replacement of our pedestrian bridge that was hit by a truck.  The design for this bridge is underway and will be another unique design.  Stay tuned.

Due to the ongoing foreclosure crisis please pay special attention to any vacant and abandoned house on your street. Should you see any strange activity at the home please immediately call the Police at 9-1-1. If the home is unsecure please call the housing hotline at (216) 664-2007 or my office at (216) 664-4236. We are working very closely with our development corporations and the Cuyahoga County LandBank to address these nuisance properties.

I appreciate Mayor Jackson coming out to our last Neighborhood Meeting on August 20th at the Collinwood Recreation Center. I thank all the neighborhood leaders and residents who came out to hear the Mayor and discuss with him our community concerns, specifically housing code enforcement and public safety. The Mayor knows, as well as anyone, that our community is organized and engaged. We feel very passionately that the city needs to be a better partner with us in the concerns we raised.  Thank you once again for your participation and concern about our community.

School is in session – please drive carefully and watch out for our children. I look forward to see everyone at all of our Neighborhood Association meetings and events in the community that will be taking place throughout the months ahead.

As always you can reach me at my office at (216) 664-4236 or email at

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Crown the King of Klobase at the Polka Hall of Fame Slovenian Sausage Festival

Euclid's Bill Azman's Meats won the People's Choice Award and the juried Best of Fest at the 2013 Slovenian Sausage Festival hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum

Who will be the next King of Klobase? You decide! Taste and vote at the 11th annual Slovenian Sausage Festival, hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, on Wednesday, September 10, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio. Local sausage-makers and leading polka bands provide you with eight hours of non-stop eating and entertainment, from noon to 8:00 p.m.

Get on the dance floor with the finest Cleveland-Style polka performers, including Kathy Hlad and Ron Likovic; the Frank Moravcik Orchestra; the Summit Button Box Club; the Polka Pirates; Magic City Button Box Club; the Culkar Combo; and the Polka Hall of Fame Band of the Year, the Frank Stanger Orchestra. Sixty accordionists, musicians and bandleaders are on schedule to perform. Sample sausages from several makers and then select your winner. Prizes are presented in the People's Choice and the Best of Fest juried award. Other nationality dishes and treats are also available.

The 2014 King of Klobase is crowned at 6:00 p.m. The winning sausage-maker becomes the official sausage purveyor to the three-day Thanksgiving Polka Weekend, November 27, 28 and 29, at the Cleveland Downtown Marriott Hotel, hosted by the Polka Hall of Fame.


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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:43 PM, 09.03.2014

SNPJ Farm 75th Dinner Dance and Slovenian Grape Festival

The Slovenian Grape Festival at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland.

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, with two days of dining, dancing, tradition and entertainment. The 75th Dinner-Dance on Saturday evening, September 20, features a reverse raffle with sideboards and a Yankee auction. The Slovenian Grape Festival opens on Sunday, September 21, with the traditional parade in Slovenian costumes and a welcome and sing-along, followed by dining and dancing.

At the 75th Anniversary Dinner-Dance, mingle with your friends at 5:30 p.m. and try your luck until dinner at 7:00 p.m. After the raffle, stay for dancing with Mike Wojtila and Party of Three. Tickets are $50 each, including dinner and a chance at the major prize. Seating is limited for this September 20 event. Contact Gina at (440) 205-1618, ginamvo at, to reserve.

The Slovenian Grape Festival on Sunday, September 21, has been a tradition on SNPJ Farm for decades. The costumed parade of singers begins at 2:45, followed by short village skit praising the vintage and an invitation to sing. The pavilion is decorated with grape arbors bearing treats – but don’t get caught stealing! You’ll risk a fine or time behind bars. The Joey Tomsick Orchestra performs for four hours of dancing, from 3:00 to 7:00. Admission is $7 with Slovenian-Style dinners and sandwiches available from 2:00 on.


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Beachland Park Flea

Beachland Park, on the lake at Canterbury, Landseer and Windward, is having its first Flea!  On September 13th and 14th Beachland Park will host many neighborhood vendors!!  Featuring beachglass jewelry, vintage Christmas decorations, Boyds bears, salad in a jar, clothing, African American items, antiques, crafts and much, much more! 

There is still room to be a vendor if you are interested in getting a spot, it's $25 for 2 days of fun and sales!  Call Karen Guder at 486-1478 if interested in getting a space. 

The Beachland Flea will be September 13th, 10:00 to 7:00 and September 14th, 10:00 to 5:00, parking available on Canterbury, Landseer and Windward. 

Come support the neighborhood and have a great time in the process!  Hope to see you all there!

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:52 PM, 09.03.2014

Collinwood Slovenian Home 2014 “Woman of the Year”

The Collinwood Slovenian Home is honoring their 2014 “Woman of the Year”, Ann Dagg, with a dinner on Wednesday, September 17th.  The event will be held at the Collinwood Slovenian Home, 15810 Holmes Avenue.  A Swiss Steak dinner prepared by Julie Zalar will be served from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Doors open at 4:00 PM.

Dinner tickets are $13.00, and a cash bar will be available.  For tickets or more information contact the Club Room (216-681-6649), or Mary Podlogar (216-486-6424).

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Waterloo Alley Cat Project - Save The Date and Save The Cats!

Waterloo Alley Cat Project will hold a free live music/ fundraising event in honor of National Feral Cat Day on October 16th at The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern located at 15711 Waterloo Road. Fun, food, new/ old friends & music, all while helping cats and improving the quality of life for us two-legged types!

Big thanks to all the people who turned out for the screening of "10 Lives: A Feral Cat Odyssey" last month. This documentary is widely availabe at no cost, in case you missed it. Highly recommended viewing based on factual footage and experinced caring individuals.

Tax Deductible DONATIONS are gratefully received anytime via

Northeast Shores Development Corporation

PO BOX 19246

Cleveland, OH 44119

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Waterloo Alley Cat Fundraiser at Gostilna

Want a great way to enjoy a wonderful meal while contribution to a worthy, local charity?

Come enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner meal at Gostilna at Knezak on Tuesday, September 23 and 20% of your food bill will be donated to the Waterloo Alley Cat Project (a local organization that cares for over 100 stray and feral cats in the North Collinwood neighborhood).  Gostilna is owned and operated by chef Bob Edwarsen.  Gostilna is a local favorite that serves up wonderful, generous portions of stick-to-your-ribs  fair.  Edwardsen is thrilled to be hosting the WACP fundraiser and looks forward to seeing familiar faces as well as meeting some new friends!  Bartender/server and WACP member, Jessica, will be on hand that evening to serve your food and drinks as well as answer any questions about how important Waterloo Alley Cat Project is to our community.  

Gostilna is located at

768 E.200th Street directly across from Drug Mart.

Lunch: noon-3:30.

Dinner: 4:30-9:30pm

Both Waterloo Alley Cat Project and Gostilna at Knezak have Facebook sites; please 'Like' both organizations.

See you on Tuesday, September 23!

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Heroin Summit

Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Sunny Simon and Euclid City Councilwoman Laura Gorshe announce Heroin Summit focusing on rising heroin epidemic in Cuyahoga County

Euclid, OH – Heroin-induced deaths in Cuyahoga County have risen drastically, going from 40 in 2007 to 194 in 2013, according to Dr. Thomas P. Gilson, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner.

To address and discuss this growing concern and how it affects Euclid residents, Sunny Simon, Cuyahoga County Council Member representing District 11 and Laura Gorshe, City of Euclid Council Member representing Ward 8, will be holding a Heroin Summit on Wednesday, September 17, at 6:30 pm at the Euclid Public Library. The meeting will be open to the public.

The summit will focus on the rising heroin epidemic in Cuyahoga County and speakers will include Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge David T. Matia, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Denise Rini, Cuyahoga County Sheriff Frank Bova, Euclid Police Captain Scott Meyer, Euclid Police Department, Narcotics and Vice Department Supervisor Detective Sergeant Tom  Arriza and Euclid Fire Department Chief Christopher Haddock. All residents are encouraged and welcome to attend.

A special thank you to Euclid Public Library for hosting this event.

WHAT: Summit Meeting on Heroin Epidemic

WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, 2014


WHERE: Shore Room

Euclid Public Library

631 East 222nd Street

Euclid, Ohio 44123

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Be apart of helping your community!

Cleveland's Young Leaders Program

The cure to a better society is coming to a recreational center near you. The Young Leaders Program is a Non Profit organization/after school program that's here to help Cleveland’s inner city youth from 6th -12th grade by teaching them life tools. For example the staff of the Young Leaders Program will talk to teens about community issues, family issues, and how to handle problems such as peer pressure, divorce, etc. Our city needs this program, The Young leaders Program will provide the youth with Guidance. Let’s face it most teens feel like their parents can’t relate to them. In this program most of our teachers are young adults who are dedicated to helping our teens and preteens stay on the right path and grow mentally. In order to make this happen The Young Leaders Program needs a Secretary and Treasurer to begin this mission. If you are interested in these positions send your resume to or call President Lavont White 216-925-6359 or Vice President Breauna Sweeney 216-219-5859.Be a part of the solution!

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First Steps Learning Enrichment Center Grand Opening!

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First Steps Learning Enrichment Center in Collinwood is excited to announce the “Grand Opening” of our doors on Saturday, September  13, 2014, from 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm at 944 East 152ndStreet. (near 5-Points, next to Subway).

The vision and mission of First Steps Learning Enrichment Center is to be a leader in the early childhood community as we enrich the lives of children in our community by providing the highest quality early childhood education and care.  Our program will promote and enhance the child’s development in all areas – physically, intellectually, socially, emotional, and creatively. We offer both full and part time programs designed to meet the special needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in a safe, nurturing, child-centered environment. Our goal is to strengthen the bridge between your work and family life by creating a special place that supports them both – and make each child’s first steps to learning enriched with fun!


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Books! Books! Books!

Christopher Lucious, next door neighbor, cuts the ribbon for the Little Free Library, in front of  the CNCM house

Over 80 children and adults from the Collinwood neighborhood gathered on the front lawn of the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries, 15706 St. Clair Ave. on Thursday, Aug 7 from 4-6 pm  for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of “A Little Free Library.[LFL]”

Next door neighbor, Christopher  Lucious,  did the honor of cutting the ribbon on the door of the little house of books.

The  mission  of the Little Library Movement is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide. “Take a book, return a book” Is the slogan!

Locally, the Cleveland  Literacy Cooperative has released its Top 10 List of Things We All Can Do to Improve Literacy in Greater Cleveland, and  the Little Free Library movement ranks at No. 8!

Executive Director of CNCM, Sr. Mary Ellen Brinovec, OSU, expressed  gratitude for everyone’s wonderful presence  and all the work that brought our LFL to life. “Everyone had a fabulous time,”  she said.  Free pizza, bottled water, and juice pouches  were available to all.  In addition, there was a gift basket with toiletry items for the adults and face masks to color for the children.

The Little Free Library was made by the Amish and is a stained, waterproof natural wood.  Thanks to the Jennifer Fund, run by Aggie Hoskins,  the CNCM was able to purchase the LFL.  Children and adult books are available and will be replenished from various donors including  the Collinwood County Libraries.

New signs welcoming the neighbors were created by the local Job Corps.

In other programming news from CNCM, the Family Carnival for Christ scheduled for fall will be rescheduled in the spring.

For further information on the classes and programs offered by the CNCM, contact Sr. Mary Ellen at 216- 481-8182.   

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Rolling Out the Red Carpet

The red carpet was perfect for parents to snap first day photos.
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Imagine Bella students were welcomed back to a new school year in style. Students were all smiles as they were welcomed with a DJ playing music and staff greeters. That was just the start to an exciting day! Students spinned for a house, learned the meaning, and met all the other students and teachers in their house. Imagine Bella houses will support a culture of unity, love, tradition, and school pride.

Imagine Bella students will not only be part of a community within our school, but also with 5 other Imagine campuses in Ohio (Imagine Akron Academy, Imagine Cleveland Academy, Imagine Harvard Avenue Community School, Imagine Leadership Academy, and Imagine on Superior).

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:34 PM, 09.03.2014

Waterloo Arts – A Fall Not To Be Missed

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Waterloo Arts is gearing up for an amazing year. Opening on September 5, 2014, 6 pm to 10 pm will be the exhibition “De Materia”, curated by local artist and Cleveland Institute of Art Painting faculty, Lane Cooper (yes that’s me). As an exhibition “De Materia” is meant to reference Alberti’s historic work on painting De Pictura and like Alberti’s seminal work, it sets forth a treatise on art, advocating for work that offers something “more than” the thin and instant, readily consumable experiences that dominate much of current culture.  Its focus is on the real material of art, an unnamable something that marries together the external and internal experience of the viewer. The works ground the viewer in a more expansive experience that requires that one linger. Included in the show will be works by: Bruce Checefsky, Gianna Commito, Sarah Kabot, Paul O’keeffe, Katy Richards, Charles Tucker, Barry Underwood and Nikki Woods.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:13 PM, 09.03.2014

Azure Stained Glass Studio, Restoring Cleveland’s Colorful Past

At the corner of Waterloo Road and E.156th Street lies Azure Stained Glass Studio. You’ve probably driven by them without even knowing it. There is a great story behind their business, as with most of the creative businesses here in the Waterloo Arts District. I first noticed Azure while living in Tremont in 2004. They popped up on Professor Avenue after being chosen for an incubator program, which gave them rent for an entire year for just one dollar. After 4 years in Tremont, it became apparent that they needed a larger space. With a little help from Northeast Shores Development Corporation, they were able to procure the space they are in now. They have been nestled here on Waterloo Road for the past 6 years, with no signs of slowing down.  

Azure Stained Glass Studio is the brainchild of Mary Zodnick and Ben Parsons. Both have been working with stained glass since the 1980’s.  They honed their craft while working for two different established studios in Cleveland, giving them both experience working on large-scale projects. Mary and Ben later formed their own home studios and, eventually in 2004, formed a collaborative business partnership as Azure Studio.

Azure is an immense space, filled with bright colorful glass, whose colors spill forth from the natural window light. It is a fitting building for the work they do; almost as if they chose one another. Some studio spaces feel like an extension of the people inside who are doing the work. This is one of those spaces. I had the chance to speak with Mary and Ben, and ask them a few question about Azure, and the work they do there.


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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:13 PM, 09.03.2014

Summer is Fading – Be Consoled by Music for Miles

The chamber concert series founded at Waterloo Arts in memory of Waterloo enthusiast Miles Kennedy are now in their fourth season, thanks to a very fruitful partnership with the Cleveland Federation of Musicians and the support of the Friends of Waterloo Arts.

As always, the Sunday afternoon series presents a variety of music against a background of the current Waterloo Arts gallery show, further enhanced by the attractions of the neighboring Callaloo Café. And all the concerts are free.

Concerts begin at 4 pm and last about 80 minutes, with a brief intermission, during which many audience members like to visit the café. This is chamber music in a real chamber, intimate and informal. Come for the whole concert, or for only part, if you’re pressed for time. Bring your children, provided they’re quiet. Enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of tea. Stay after for a West Indian Sunday lunch in the Callaloo.


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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:05 PM, 09.03.2014

Fall Cleanup Day

Adopt-a-Beach volunteers at Euclid Beahc during the Do Something Day August Beach Cleanup!

International Coastal Cleanup Day at Euclid Beach Cleanup and Wildwood Wetland and Bioswale Service Day. Join Euclid Creek Reservation partners for our first annual Fall Cleanup Day!  Saturday September 20th, 10am-12pm

Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup:
- Volunteers at Euclid Beach will take part in International Coastal Cleanup Day with a Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach cleanup.
- Meet at the Euclid Beach Picnic Pavilion (the entrance to Euclid Beach is located at 16250 Lakeshore Blvd. directly across the street from the Collinwood Rec Center).
- RSVP at or contact Stephen Love at or call 216-571-0685.


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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:09 PM, 09.03.2014

Fiddler on the Roof

Silhouette Productions and Shore Cultural Centre Proudly Present Fiddler on the Roof

Six show times & dates

Evening Performances: Oct. 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25th at 7:30 PM

Sunday Matinees:  Oct. 19th & 26th at 2:00 PM


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What's Happening at the Collinwood Library?

Please stop by the Collinwood Branch for a visit or to take part in one of our great programs, browse our collection or use the computers. We look forward to seeing you!


America Reads FREE After School Tutoring

Students in K-8 can get assistance with their homework. College students from Cleveland State University assist with any subject and/or reseach project.  Mondays-Thursdays from 3:00-6:00 p.m. starting Monday, September 22

Kids Café Snack Program

The Cleveland Foodbank in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library offers FREE after school meals for ages 18 and under.  Mondays-Fridays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. starting Monday, September 8

Back to School Party!

We are going to share all the wonderful resources available to you through our kids and teens website. Join us for games, snacks and door prizes! Thursday, September 4 at 3:30 p.m.

Make Your Masterpiece: Sketchbook Drawing

Everyday an artist is born, make today your day! Find out how you can turn your ideas into works of art using an iPad, a drawing pen, and the Sketchbook app. Learn the techniques and skills needed to create digital masterpieces, and share or print your works of art before you leave. No artistic ability is required, just a sense of fun!Appropriate for grade 1+ and adults. Tuesday, September 23 at 4:30 p.m.

River of Words Poetry

Calling all teen poets! Come to a fun and interactive poetry workshop and create a poem to enter into the River of Words environmental poetry and art contest. The annual international contest is open to all K-12 students and the deadline for entry is December 1, 2014. The Ohio Center for the Book @ Cleveland Public Library coordinates the contest in Ohio and will grant prizes to the top entries from the Buckeye State. Tuesday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m.


FREE GED Classes

The GED class will have two sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please contact 216-371-7138 or visit for more information on registration and enrollment. Mon. & Wed. from 10:00am-12:00pm (1st session) & 12:30-2:30pm (2nd session)

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FREE! Celebrate the one year anniversary of Phone Gallery – Cleveland's Smallest Art Space

Phone Gallery is the transformation of a utility-less, vacant pay phone box into an unique place for art displays.
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Introducing Phone Gallery - annexed to the front of Russ' Auto Care - in the Waterloo Arts District.

Originally conceived in 2013 by artist Ivana Medukic of 'Project Pop-Up Galleries' and freelance designer Ali Lukacsy, Phone Gallery demonstrates the transformation of an otherwise vacant and underutilized "space" - in this case, an abandoned phone booth - into an inventive place for art display.

Until Phone Gallery was transformed in summer 2013 by Ivana, Ali, and local handyman Doug Holmes, it was utility-less and phone-less. Now, Phone Gallery is always open thanks to an electrical source (light!) and its inherently public and highly visible location just west of E.156th Street on Waterloo Road.

On September 20th from noon-2pm join artists and neighbors to celebrate Phone Gallery’s one year anniversary. This FREE event is made possible by a Collinwood Rising Vibrancy Grant sponsored by Northeast Shores DC, The Kresge Foundation, and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, collaboratively earned by long time Waterloo business Russ’ Auto Care and neighborhood resident and artist Ali Lukacsy.


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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:09 PM, 09.03.2014

September Events at the Memorial-Nottingham Library. Free GED Classes

GED CLASSES:  Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday, at 10:15 a.m. These GED classes are free, and are being taught at the library through a partnership with Tri-C. To register for orientation, call the Memorial-Nottingham Library at 216-623-7039.

CLASSES FOR KIDS:  Back to School Extravaganza, Saturday 9/6/2014 and 9/13/2014 at 1:00pm.  This event is for families and their kids.  Parents and their children are "invited to celebrate the joy of learning and the start of the new academic year."  There will be lots of fun for everyone.  Kids will be able to "enjoy games, crafts and giveaways."

RUSSIAN BOOK CLUB:Saturday 9/27/2014 at 3:00pm.  There will be a discussion, in the Russian language, of the book Obitel by Zakhar Prilepin.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:09 PM, 09.03.2014

Northeast Shores Welcomes Julia DiBaggio

It has truly been a pleasure to serve North shore Collinwood as the Community Organizer for Northeast Shores Development Corporation. I, Margaret Craig, have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful residents, and enjoy many wonderful events. After my year of service, I have decided to accept a position at our neighborhood Salvation Army on Grovewood.

Assuming the role of your new Community Organizer will be Julia DiBaggio. Julia is no stranger to the neighborhood. She previously served as the Business Development Specialist for the East 185th Street District. Julia jumped right into the position and helped to plan the neighborhood meeting with the Mayor. Julia is also working on several new and exciting initiatives that you will be hearing about soon. Please take the time to call or drop by to see Julia at Northeast Shores.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:05 PM, 09.03.2014

Community Lifeguards, a possibility to increase lake safety

Among the many positive aspects of the Collinwood neighborhood is that we have a genuine jewel right in our own front yard: Lake Erie. A great pleasure of mine is a run (OK, a slow jog) followed by a swim in the lake.

Along with all of its beauty, though, the lake still holds many perils. It's relative shallowness makes its behavior the most unpredictable of the five Great Lakes. Riptides/ripcurrents and undertows are not uncommon.

Our local beaches have unfortunately seen tragedy in the form of drownings over the years, with the most recent being a 15 year old boy and a 34 year old woman on August 17th.


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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:03 PM, 09.03.2014

Community Support Task Force Combines Healthcare and Community Resources

Once a patient leaves the hospital their healthcare needs don’t end – whether ongoing or preventative. Mark Froimson, MD, President of Euclid Hospital, wants to make Euclid, Collinwood and the surrounding communities the “most healthy places to live and work, with citizens that are attuned to the best ways to remain healthy and prevent disease and access care when needed.”

Renee Marincic, Euclid Hospital patient care advocate, recently spoke to members of organizations in Euclid and Collinwood concerning the interest that Hospital caregivers have to partner with community services that can aid patients. “Patients who could also be your neighbor,” says Marincic.

A Community Support Task Force is formed
From that meeting, a Community Support Task Force (CSTF) was developed as a collaborative effort between Euclid Hospital and the City of Euclid. The Task Force will promote healthy living and activities, encourage health screenings and disease prevention and checking in on those in need – such as elderly neighbors.


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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:59 PM, 09.03.2014

Doctor’s Office or Emergency Department? Choose Wisely

Heart attack. Stroke. Severe burns. For medical cases like these, immediate care at a full service emergency department (ED) is the obvious choice. “We’re here for the community,” says Marita Volk, MD, director of the Emergency Department at the Euclid Hospital. “When in doubt, remember: we’ll see anyone, anytime for anything."

The emergency department treats conditions that require immediate care for a sudden and unexpected medical condition, or for the worsening of a condition that suddenly threatens a life limb, or vision. Call 911 or go immediately to the ED in the case of medical emergencies, including:
• Loss of consciousness
• Signs of heart attack or stroke
• Sudden, severe pain and/or chest pain
• Uncontrolled or excessive bleeding
• Coughing up or vomiting blood
• Head injury
• Eye injuries
• Bone and joint injuries
• Severe burns or pain
• Sudden or unexpected paralysis
• Difficulty breathing
• Poisoning or suspected poisoning
• Major injuries
• Accidents, including falls and car crashes
• Extreme emotional distress
• Suicidal or homicidal feelings
• Drug overdose
• Injuries caused by violence, such as gun-shot wounds

Other conditions, like earache, sore throat or muscle strain, may be better handled by an express or urgent care center or your primary care doctor.

Your primary care doctor is the person to go to for your healthcare basics, such as wellness checkups and screenings, and for specialist referrals. They should always have your medical information on file. They may not be able to see you in an urgent situation, but their main focus is on disease prevention and helping you stay healthy.

To avoid unnecessary ED trips:
• Learn the signs of true medical emergencies like stroke and heart attack. 
• Develop a relationship with a primary care physician who has your medical information on file and can see you in a pinch.

When life-threatening situations occur, call 9-1-1. For urgent medical needs, call 911 or visit:
Euclid Hospital Emergency Department
18901 Lakeshore Blvd.
Euclid, Ohio 44119

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:59 PM, 09.03.2014

Free Community Luncheon Features Real-Life Stories about Hospice Care

Channel 3's Danielle Wiggins will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Meet Danielle Wiggins of WKYC TV Channel 3 News!

Euclid residents are invited to join Hospice of the Western Reserve’s African American Outreach Committee at a free community luncheon event entitled, “Voices for Hospice: Who cares?  We do! Putting the Pieces Together,” on Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Embassy Suites, 5800 Rockside Road, Independence. The event commemorates World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.

Mistress of ceremonies is Danielle Wiggins of WKYC TV Channel 3. A panel of hospice team members including a spiritual care coordinator, an art therapist and a pediatric social worker will talk about their specialties and share real-life stories about how their work provides comfort, hope and dignity to patients and their families. The luncheon is free, but registration is required. Registration is available online at or by calling 216.486.6645.

Attendees will also enjoy a fabulous display of handcrafted art courtesy of the African American Quilt and Doll Guild. A variety of nonprofit community organizations will provide educational exhibits and complimentary health care screenings.

“This luncheon provides a great opportunity for church groups, social organizations, families and friends to learn more about the hospice philosophy in a relaxed setting,” said LaBena Fleming, Provider Relations Manager and co-chair of this year’s event.


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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:59 PM, 09.03.2014

A Natural Way

A Natural Way is located at 856 East 185th street. You would not imagine this facility small in size but big in innovation and excitement on this street. The owner Lashawn Evans has made it an Oasis for all on the Wellness Path. The studio offers a quarterly challenge,and every second Sunday a free wellness seminar.

You can find classes belly dance classes, zumba,yoga and many group fitness classes.

Natural Way offers instructional workshops on nutrition and weight loss.

This year the studio sponsored the belly dance troupe,"The sisters of Jamila Yaa at the annual Parade the  circle event at University Circle.

A Natural Way located at 656 East 185th Street,

Phone (216) 802-8284 Email

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:59 PM, 09.03.2014

Euclid Beach Blasts the Rain Away!

As soon as the pavement dried it was chalking time with artist Hector Castellanos!
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Not even gale force wind, blinding rain and two broken tents could stop the Euclid Beach Blast!  And despite the threat of rain, we jammed and danced to live music from the Pride of Glenville Marching Band, Scott Hanson and the Champagnes, Panic Steel Ensemble and Grupo Son Gitano while chowing down on some great eats from the Callaloo Cafe, Beachland Ballroom, Euclid Beach Concessions & Gifts and for our sweet fix, Real Frut drinks, Chilli Pop Shop, Savannah Kettle Corn and a scoop or two of East Coast Custard!

And if great music and tasty food weren't enough, we made fun sand art and mural paintings with Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Education, threw sand at the competition in the Waterloo Sculpture Garden Sand Castle Contest, stood awe struck in front of Sand Sculptor Greg Butauski's dragon and castle, took a beach joy ride on a Fat Bike with Bike Cleveland, struck a pose for a new Euclid Beach pier and chalked the walkway with artist Hector Castellanos!

But it wasn't just all fun and games, we also watched the amazing Upstage Players perform an original play, entitled 'No Easy Cleanup' about the importance of taking care of our beaches and our lake and had a chance to learn about all the great things individuals and organizations are doing in the community and region to improve beach and water quality and improve the quality of life in our neighborhood. And we heard from many of you through our Cleveland Metroparks surveys about the types of events, programming, improvements, hopes and dreams you have for Euclid Beach and our other Lakefront Parks, part of the Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace.  Information gathered on the survey walls will be used by Cleveland Metroparks as they develop a plan for making improvements to our Lakefront parks.  Please be sure to look out for an article announcing upcoming community meetings held by Cleveland Metroparks to discuss park improvements.


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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:15 AM, 08.05.2014

Cleveland Job Corps Center 50th Anniversary Celebration

Save the Date!

On August 18, 2014 call all Alumni to return to the Cleveland Job Corps Center

On August 20, 2014 the Cleveland Job Corps Open House

On August 22, 2014 the Cleveland Job Corps Center Graduation Celebration

The Cleveland Job Corps, founded in 1965, was one of over 100 job-training programs created by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964; it produced the first program graduates in the country. In two decades, the Cleveland Job Corps trained over 12,000, mostly African American women from out of state. The Job Corps recruited high school dropouts ages 16-21 and sent them to a residential center to obtain a high school equivalency degree, if necessary, and work skills. Because of the national scope, applicants were often sent far from home. Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, an African American women's service organization, sponsored and operated the Cleveland program under contract from the U.S. Dept. of Labor. The group maintained a house at 1588 Ansel Rd. for nearly 400 girls until 1971, when it relocated to the Tudor Arms Hotel at E. 107th and Carnegie. Only women lived at the facility, but men were accepted into the program after 1976. Cleveland Job Corps trained participants for business, clerical, and service occupations. Through a cooperative program with the Brotherhood of Railway & Airline Clerks, the center guaranteed job placement.


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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:06 AM, 08.05.2014

Slovenian Workman Home More Than Just a Great Fish Fry

Patty C and the Guys
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The Slovenian Workman's Home on Waterloo has a great fish fry every Friday, but sometimes  I'm not in the mood for a fish dinner. I stopped in at the Home on a recent Friday and was very pleased to see that there were many other options on the menu. My friend had the pork chops with home fries and I had goulash and polenta. I am very picky about restaurant food. I worked in restaurants for many years, and I realize I am not easy to wait on. The food and the service was amazing. The two large pork chops were cooked perfectly, were very moist on the inside, and melted in your mouth. The home fries tasted like Sunday dinner at my mom's house. The goulash and polenta was simply magical. We also both had double coleslaw's, and I don't know how they do it, it's just the best coleslaw I've ever had.

The home is located at 15335 Waterloo Rd., there is plenty of parking. The construction on Waterloo is almost complete and should not deter you from stopping in on Fridays for dinner. Dinner is served from 3 to 8 PM. The prices are very reasonable, and the price for the beverages at the bar is even more reasonable. There is occasionally live polka music. I was lucky enough to hear Patti C and the Guys. Sometimes the Fairport Jammers are playing. Treat yourself. Stop in at the Slovenian workman home for dinner. Be sure to try a homemade strudel for dessert.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:13 AM, 08.05.2014

Neighborhood Association News

Our Neighborhood Associations have been meeting throughout the summer months and have had some very interesting discussions and visitors. In June, the E. 156th Street Association joined in the Collinwood Facilities discussion at Collinwood High School where Eric Gordon the CEO from CMSD and others spoke about the plans for our neighborhood schools. The E. 185th Street Association enjoyed a lively discussion with Councilman Polensek and the neighbors from the E. 140th Association began plans for a neighborhood picnic. In July, the E. 156th Association heard from KC Petraitis a representative from Cleveland Housing Court and also from Camille Maxwell from Northeast Shores. The E. 185 Street Association held a neighbor roundtable discussion, where residents shared ideas on what they would like to see happening in the neighborhood. The E. 140th Association heard from a representative from the Fifth District as well as Councilman Polensek. There was also a discussion about vacant houses and vacant lots and what could be done about them.

 The Neighborhood Associations will not meet individually in August instead there will be a joint meeting with Mayor Frank Jackson on Wednesday, August 20th at 5:30 at the Collinwood Rec Center. Please come and join us on that day when we will hear from our Mayor. And, as always anyone is invited to attend our Neighborhood Association meetings. The East 185th Street Neighborhood Associations meets every second Tuesday of the month at the Lithuanian Club located at 877 E. 185th Street.  The East 156th Street group meets every third Wednesday of the month at B&M Barbecue located at 358 East 152nd Street and the East 140th Street group meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at New Life Mission Baptist Church located at 13905 Diana Ave.  All the groups meet at 6:00 pm and are attended by a representative of the Fifth District Police and Councilman Polensek. We would love to have you participate. If you have any questions, please call Margaret Craig at (216) 481-7660. Let’s create the community we want to live in!

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:13 AM, 08.05.2014

Collinwood Vibrancy Programs for August

You don’t want to miss the remaining Collinwood Vibrancy Programs for the month of August that  take place in the Waterloo Arts District. Earlier in the month activities were held at The Waterloo Sculpture Garden, Star Pop, Zygote Press, and the Beachland Ballroom. These last few round out a  great month of activities.

Re-Grand Opening & Customer Appreciation day concert- August 16th from 3-5pm at Styles With Confidence, 15300 Waterloo Rd. This even will offer music to the hearing impaired with sign language during the performance. There will also be a raffle and refreshments.

Ceramajama- August 22nd from 6-10 pm at Brick +Design Studio, 420 East 161st Street, Brick is a co-operative studio space that allows artists and beginners to create ceramic work. The business will be a new addition to the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District. The event will kick off the grand opening of Brick’s Sculpture Garden and will feature contemporary ceramics work, along with a meet and greet with the artists. Refreshments and small bites will be served as visitors enjoy the show.

George Shuba Closing Party and Project Lightswitch Celebration- Sunday August 31st 1-5pm at Space:Rock Gallery, 15712 Waterloo Rd. This party is to celebrate the conclusion of the streetscape and to feature George Shuba’s photography work. George, the featured artist, shot the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix when they first came to Cleveland in the 1960’s. Come to the gallery and view his work and enjoy the DJ’s performance. The celebration will include a giant cake for everyone to enjoy!

As always, all Vibrancy programs are free and open to the public.  So come join in the fun on Waterloo!!!!!!

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:09 AM, 08.05.2014

ActiVacant: The American Dream

Imagine having the freedom to do what you want, when you want, all while providing for your family. Do you have a big idea, and are just waiting to implement it? Now is the time to control your destiny. You can be your own boss.

Opening up a business takes passion, determination, and the willingness to take risks. That determination has propelled this nation into greatness. It is an attitude of making up new rules that is reflected in the new program called ActiVacant that will help new businesses get their feet off the ground.

ActiVacant will have five businesses open simultaneously within three blocks, so you're never alone. Getting the doors open is hard work. Until then, there's no enjoying the fruits of your labor. That's why the "ActiVators" will get the first three months of rent for free. From there, rent will grow incrementally to market value over the first year. This enables ActiVators to focus on what's important- the business reaching its full potential.

It takes a village. So when ActiVators work together, there will be cash bonuses over the next three years. There will even be a small documentary that shares the ActiVators' stories. There is no community greater at following the American Dream than Collinwood. By becoming an ActiVator, you will join a neighborhood rich in history, yet excited about the future. In the land of opportunity, you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Dare to dream big, and dare to put that dream into action.

If you are ready to open your business and reap the rewards of your efforts, go to  to complete your application.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:11 AM, 08.05.2014

Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project and Waterloo Alley Cat Project Present “TEN LIVES: A Feral Cat Odyssey”

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project and Waterloo Alley Cat Project have teamed-up to present the new documentary “TEN LIVES: A Feral Cat Odyssey” at the Euclid Public Library, 631 East 222nd Street, Euclid, OH. The movie, supported by Friends of Animals (FoA), the Summerlee Foundation and ASPCA, reveals the lives of feral cats and the growing number of people and organizations working to not only humanely make their lives better, but reduce their numbers through the proven method known as trap, neuter and return TNR.  A question and answer session will follow after the movie. This workshop is FREE to the public. Times for the event are 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Representatives from the Cleveland Animal Protective League and Petfix of NE Ohio will also be present.

The Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project and The Waterloo Alley Cat Project are two North Collinwood neighborhood volunteer organizations in Cleveland that have implemented the trap-neuter/spay-return method to reduce the number of homeless cats and kittens. After five years, the two Projects combined have spayed and neutered over a thousand cats and have garnered the support of municipal officials, residents and local businesses. Debbie Gulyas, business owner and Waterloo Alley Cat Project volunteer remarked, “Our two organizations have saved the lives of many cats and, now through teamwork, our mission is to improve and protect the lives of even more cats as well as the quality of life in our neighborhood by sharing our knowledge with people who would also like to help their community as well as the cats."  


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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:13 PM, 08.04.2014

Big changes with New Tech at Collinwood High School

Collinwood High School will add the New Tech curriculum this school year.


There's a turnaround under way at Collinwood High School.

This fall will mark the arrival of the New Tech curriculum at the high school on East 152nd Street, and Principal Maria Carlson said the staff could not be more pumped up about how that should change the teaching dynamic.

“It's really exciting because it's all project-based learning and all grounded in real-world applications,” she said. “So often, students will say, 'Why am I even learning this? I'll never use it.' That's not ever going to be true anymore because they'll be applying it in real time.”

That means no more “teachers standing at the board lecturing and students taking – or not taking – notes,” Carlson said.

Collinwood joins the nationwide New Tech Network, which includes 14 schools in Ohio. Among those are three in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District: Facing History New Tech, New Tech West at Max Hayes and New Tech at East Tech. 

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:17 AM, 08.05.2014

YARN n YOGA brings crowd, creativity to Euclid Beach

YARN n YOGA was a free event open to the community on Friday, July 25th at Euclid Beach Park.
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What could be better than a sunny summer evening on Lake Erie?

On Friday, July 25th people from across Northeast Ohio poured into Euclid Beach Park, some for the very first time. On top of the last of the Euclid Beach Live concerts, YARN n YOGA took our neighborhood’s largest slice of lakefront by (yarn) storm.

The sun warmed the sand while a gentle breeze carried Sounds of the Soul’s lyrics to yogis reaching for the sky in tree pose. All evening the lake shimmered as community members and artists stood side by side wrapping, weaving, and knitting on to the historic Pier.

YARN n YOGA, a grass-roots, volunteer-led arts and recreation project supported by Cleveland Metroparks, Waterloo Arts, Northeast Shores, and Praxis Fiber Workshop drew families from Westlake, artists from Akron, donations from Boston, and press as far reaching as California. It quickly became Cleveland’s first large-scale yarn bomb and a bright, beautiful, temporary public arts project that EVERYONE and anyone could participate in at no cost thanks to monetary and material donations. The event was funded through a crowd-sourced Kickstarter campaign, a grant from The Cleveland Lakefront Parks Conservancy and would not have been possible without the talent of more than a dozen artists whose inspired pre-made panels catalyzed the public’s excitement and involvement.

Mike Zellers - who fondly remembers the Park as an amusement park - took home the “Best in Show” arts prize (sponsored by The Artful Yarn –Chagrin Falls) for his panel “Mermaid”. Runners up included Linda Zolten Wood’s “Accidental Neon” which incorporated plarn (plastic grocery bags turned yarn) and Leslie Edwards Humez’s “Flotsam”.


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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:15 AM, 08.05.2014

Prosperity Festival at Living Truth Center August 16

Its that time again. Living Truth Center for Better Living are having their 3rd Annual Prosperity Festival. Bring your family and friends to a day of fun.  Our spacious parking lot welcomes you to bring family and friends to be a part of the hoola- hoop contest! There will be food, D.J, line dancing, games, prizes, give-a ways and vendors. School supplies will  also be given and much more! Call for more information. 1850 Belmore Road East Cleveland OH 44112. (216) 249-0330. Rev. Alice J. Brown, Senior Minister.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:11 AM, 08.05.2014

Collinwood Slovenian Home 95th Anniversary

The Collinwood Slovenian Home is hosting a “95th Anniversary Celebration” of the founding of the Hall and Clubroom located at 15810 Holmes Avenue.  Come help us commemorate this event by joining us on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.

The evening’s festivities include a Reverse Raffle with $2,000 in prizes, Side Boards, a Chinese Auction, and other surprises.

Tickets which include the Main Board Raffle, dinner (prepared by Julie Zalar), an open bar, and musical entertainment for your dancing and listening enjoyment performed by “Who’s Playing”, are $65.00.  Tickets for dinner without a chance on the Main Board Raffle are $25.00.

Doors open at 5:00PM, and dinner is served at 7:00PM.

Contact the Club Room at 216-681-6649 or Mary Podlogar at 216-486-6424 for more information.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:13 AM, 08.05.2014

Green Isn’t Always Good Be Wise When You Fertilize

Be wise when you fertilize

If you fertilize your lawn, practice the 4 Rs of Fertilization:

1. Right Type. Have your soil tested to determine fertilizer needs and choose a slow-release fertilizer.  Best Management Practice:Use phosphate-free organic fertilizer.

2. Right RateSoil test results will supply you with the appropriate fertilizer rate.  Do not exceed the recommended rate and never apply more than 1.5 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.  Best Management Practice: Use mulching blades on your mower and leave the grass clippings on the lawn.

3. Right Time. September is the best time to fertilize lawns when cool season grasses are actively growing.  Best Management Practice: Never apply fertilizer when rain and wind are in the forecast.

4. Right Place.  Proper fertilization techniques save money and protect waterways and wildlife.  Avoid fertilizing near streams, ditches, hard surfaces, and slopes.  Best Management Practice: Incorporate native plantings near streams, ditches, and slopes to better intercept pollutants before they enter waterways.

To learn more contact: Claire Posius, Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator at 216-524-6580, ext. 16,;;

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:11 PM, 08.04.2014

Slovenian Languages Classes

The St. Vitus Adult Slovenian School is beginning its 2014-2015 Slovenian language classes on September 13, 2014

Classes are scheduled on two Saturdays each month from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. and will continue through May 23, 2015.  Location is at St. Martin de Porres High School (formerly St. Vitus School), 6111 Lausche Avenue, Cleveland.

Three levels are taught –

BEGINNING – New material from Slovenia with emphasis on everyday conversation.  Textbook is up-to-date.

INTERMEDIATE – for students who have some knowledge of the language.  Continuation from the beginning class using a newly published textbook.  Continued conversation

ADVANCED – for those who have a speaking knowledge of Slovenian and would like to have further knowledge in reading and writing.  Lessons include textbook study along with general information about customs and culture of Slovenia.

Tuition is $50.00 per semester.  Textbooks are purchased separately from the instructor.

For information call Lillian at 216.289.7253 or Majda at 440.255.1178 or email Lillian at

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:09 AM, 08.05.2014

OAA Math Skills + Sewing Skills = Quilts and Blankets

We sewed our vision

Approximately 40 students grades K-8th grade from the Collinwood CMSD Community schools and churches participated in a 2-week Project-Based learning activity from June 16th through June 27th, held at Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church at 14735 Thames Avenue pastored by Rev. Cecelia Williams. Rev. Bev Potter was the facilitator for this project, which involved grant-writing, student recruitment and a math/sewing curriculum.  Students were provided Math Measurement, Data and Geometry instruction based on Ohio State Standards students by certified math teachers each day. Math peer-tutors from Collinwood High School assisted in the learning process.  Students then transferred their knowledge into application by measuring quilt pieces, measuring seams and creating geometric designs.  Many quilters and seamstresses from the community and community churches and neighbors joined in and shared their talents and donated fabric and sewing materials.  Parents and grandparents and church parishioners joined in daily to teach sewing skills, cook and encourage. Even students home from college assisted in making this a wonderful experience.  There were 63 quilts and blankets that were created and donated to the Providence House on West 32nd Street, which is crisis nursery center for infants and children.  We are indeed grateful to Neighborhood Connections and The Arts council for providing the funding for this project which provided sewing machines and learning materials.  Additionally we express sincere thanks to Northeast Shores Community Center and Margaret Craig for their support and to Councilmen Michael Polensek for his encouragement and support.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:06 AM, 08.05.2014

Friends of Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project

Another year has passed and GOOD NEWS abounds! Two litters of kittens where born in the Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park this spring, which is the home for over a 100 healthy, spayed/ neutered cats.  Two pregnant mommas where abandoned and we are caring for both mommas and their 7 precious kittens. Our round the clock care includes nutritious food, veterinary care, lots of cuddles and love….and endless litter box duty.

This year we celebrate Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project’s 5th year in action.  Over 1,500 cats/kittens have been TNR/rescued in the North and South Collinwood neighborhoods.  Our target area includes the historic Euclid Beach, Wildwood Marina, Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park, Euclid Beach Pier and the Euclid Beach Villa Apartments.  We work tirelessly rescuing abandoned, abused, and the pregnant, who will continue to breed unless we do our important work.  These unfortunate, beautiful animals would be doomed to a life of neglect, sickness, unbearable hardship, starvation, predators and never knowing the feeling of a loving hand to pet them.

2014 has been a very productive and we have had a busy seven months!


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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:13 PM, 08.04.2014

Hospice of the Western Reserve Earns National Awards for "Green Med" Practices

The Gazebo and gardens overlooking Lake Erie at David Simpson Hospice House

Hospice of the Western Reserve recently became the first hospice organization in the United States to earn two national health care environmental awards from Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting environmental stewardship and best practices in the health care community. 

The awards were presented in Cleveland at CleanMed 2014, a leading national environmental conference for health care sustainability. Other award winners include Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins.

“Hospice of the Western Reserve is committed to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship - not only at our two in-patient care centers - but throughout the agency,” said Bill Finn, chief executive officer. “Environmental stewardship, economic vitality and social responsibility align with our mission of providing the best quality of life for our patients and leaving a positive legacy for future generations.”

“We have worked hard to develop programs and practices that protect the environment and the health of our patients, staff and community,” added Kathleen Gatto, director of support services, who heads up the agency’s ‘green team.’  It’s rewarding to see our efforts recognized on a national level.”


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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:11 PM, 08.04.2014

Imagine Bella Mission Statement

“Preparing students for lifetime achievement and the global future by creating an innovative and academically excellent school. To achieve our vision, we will prepare our students to become independent learners with the desires, the skills, and the abilities necessary for lifelong learning. This will require creating a learning environment which is centered on students, directed by teachers, and supported by home and community.”

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:09 PM, 08.04.2014

Enrolling K-5 for the 2014-2015 School Year

Imagine Bella Kindergarten students are not the only students with an exciting new school year ahead.  Imagine Bella will be incorporating many ideas from Ron Clark Academy to boost student engagement and learning.  Imagine Bella embarks on its 6th year serving Cleveland area students and families and will refocus to serve grades K-5.  Call us at 216-481-1500 or stop in and we will walk you through our easy enrollment process!  You do not have to be a resident of Cleveland to enroll.

In addition to our daily instructional hours of 8:30-4:00, students needing after care services are invited to participate in an after school program sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of America.  For a small fee, the Boys and Girls Club will engage your child in homework help, physical and character building activities.  More information will be available on our Back to School night Monday, August 18th!

Our new school leader, Arun Dutt will lead the Imagine Bella team and is thrilled to become a member of this community.  You can read more about his background on our website ( Stop in or call to make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas for the school year ahead.

Imagine Bella is excited to see the smiling faces of returning students and welcome new family members! Don’t Forget- the first day of school is Tuesday, August 19th for Kindergarten and August 20th for grades 1-5.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:09 PM, 08.04.2014

New Art Program at Imagine Bella

Just some of the exciting news includes our new Art program where all students will receive weekly art instruction.  Art will join our related arts team of Music, Physical Education, and Technology using our mobile Computers on Wheels.  Our Music program puts on annual performances from Michael Jackson to Motown!  We are excited to see what artistic expressions will be added to our Imagine Bella family!

Our technology program will include STAR Reading, STAR Early Literacy, and STAR Math.  This computer based assessment aligns with the Common Core Standards and provide teachers detailed information about how to meet the needs of all students.  As part of our Physical Education (P.E.) program, our Fourth grade students attended the Get Fit Training Camp at the Football Hall of Fame in Canton.  Our students also had fun in the sun on field day.  Imagine Bella understands the importance of teaching the whole child through a rich academic and related arts program!

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:09 PM, 08.04.2014