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Metroparks: “We can’t guarantee safe swimming at Villa Angela, because of the underwater erosion and sand loss. So no swimming.”

Councilman Polensek: “Why didn’t you say so?  Collinwood needs to swim! I’ll find the funding.”

Metroparks: “Guarded swimming begins at Villa Angela Beach on Thursday, June 25.”

Never under-estimate a determined Slovenian.

Lifeguards on duty 11-7, Thursday-Sunday, through second week of August; weekends only through Labor Day. Wildwood concession stand also open.

Light Up Collinwood   Sunday July 5, 9:30

Turn your porch light on to show neighborhood unity and to express our support for racial, social and economic justice for all in the Greater Collinwood community and beyond. Step outside and say “hello” to your neighbors. There’s something about being outside . . .

Drive Thru Food Distribution  June 26 at Neon

Hosted by NorthEast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (NEON)  on Friday, June 26, 2:30-4:30 pm. 8300 Hough Ave. Please enter the parking lot across from the main building on the corner of 82nd and Hough. Two boxes per household while supplies last. No lines before 2:30pm. And remember: Safety first. Staff cannot enter your vehicle to load food, and you are   At this time we are requiring that you clear the trunk of your vehicle prior to the distribution.  For safety reasons, we cannot enter the vehicle to load food.  First come, first served. Rain or Shine.

Fireworks Reform

Unless you have earbuds permanently installed, you’ve probably noticed there seem to be an awful lot of fireworks exploding. Residents have been pointing this out to Councilman Polensek – he had more complaints last week than in the entire previous year.

So he is unhappy that the Ohio Senate is considering legalizing fireworks year-round. If that bothers you, too, contact our State Senator Sandra Williams and urge her to vote no; (614) 466-4857; Just over the weekend a young man on East 143rd of St.Clair almost blew his face off. He is in very bad shape with severe injuries.

Police Reform

Protest marches, especially by angry maskless people shouting, have drawn criticism from those worried about COVID. But the issue of this country’s policies on maintaining public order – specifically the issue of how our police officers are trained to think of themselves – simply cannot be ignored . . . and angry marches have – finally – made authority listen.

So what to do? My best suggestion is to flood your representatives with phone calls, emails, letters – thousands and thousands of messages. I will be asking for the police to be given the training and tools they need to protect and serve, rather than outdated military equipment designed for control and dominate.

Whatever your thoughts, share them with your representatives. The email contacts take you to their sites, they don’t allow for a direct email.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D- OH)     202-224-2315           216-228-6321  

Senator Rob Portman (R- OH)         202-224-3353           216-522-7095

Representative Marcia L. Fudge (D - 11)    202-225-7032           216-225-1339

The 211 Service

Often, people in need require help getting connected to services, and the need has grown remarkably during COVID.. The 2-1-1 service is particularly important for those most vulnerable in our state who have been hit by COVID-19 the hardest. Dial 2-1-1 or, for Ohioans, 877-721-8476 to get connected to 2-1-1.


Cleveland Rocks Free On-Line Concert July 3

On Friday July 3rd, Cleveland Rocks: PPF will host a FREE ONLINE CONCERT on the CRPPF FB page at 7-9 pm, featuring The Smeltztones, with Shawn and Shelby opening.

The Smeltztones: In 1978, David Smeltz co-founded the first American Reggae band in the state of Ohio. The reggae band, I-Tal, has entertained audiences for over 40 years. David has currently released a 9 song CD entitled "Recovered" on his Smeltz Good Music label. He has most recently formed his 3 piece band the "Smeltztones" with local veteran musicians, Eva Dilcue (Vocals) and Chris DiSantis (percussion). They are originators of a new genre of music: Reggae-Recovery-Folk-Rock!

Shawn & Shelby: Shawn Brewster and Shelby Lynn Sangdahl make up the intimate duo project Shawn & Shelby with acoustic guitar, cello and vocals. Both of them are in other respective band's Oldboy and Shelby has her own project Reginleif. Combining songwriting, and arrangements on cello, the band's intent is to connect with the audience through the music and also in between songs. Original and familiar songs fill out their set list. Along with banter that is meant to lighten the mood after songs that hopefully brings you to a much needed place.

At Pop Life

Yoga Classes Resume July 1 

Yoga classes in-studio start next Wednesday, July 1st; a selection of classes will be available via live stream as well. A lot of effort has gone into safety: a limited class schedule with smaller classes in the large room; cleaning and sanitizing the rooms between classes as well as nightly; no mats for rent or studio props, so please be sure to bring your own mat. A new waiver will need to be signed the first time you come back for class. You can access the updated class schedule at for all classes is required, as capacity is limited. 

Memberships will be reinstated individually per student request. No one should feel pressured to come back until they feel ready.  If you would like to resume your membership, please email the studio prior to returning to class at hello@poplifeuniverse. 

The Pop Life Shop is open M-F from 10a-5p and weekends 10a-2p. Ritual Juicery is open M-F 9a-5p and weekends 10a-2p.

Pop Life Virtual Fundraiser & Yoga Class for the Cleveland Food Bank   July 11

Pop Life 11 am – 12 pm

Our neighbor the Cleveland Food Bank uplifts our community; they support food pantries, shelters, elderly programs, and other non-profit agencies around Northeast Ohio. Every dollar raised helps to provide four meals for our neighbors in need. A Zoom yoga class will be donation-based, with an option available to practice outside in person with the Pop Life presenters; more details soon. Donations can be made via this link: Feel free to drop off non-perishable food items during this campaign (6/11-7/11) during Pop Life’s hours of operation.  The Food Bank will provide a container in the lobby. 


Want to Spend Your Money on Waterloo?

Six Shooter

has an array of roasts at the ready for you to order ahead for curbside pickup - - or you can always walk in and grab a bag.

The Beachland

Has NEW MERCH to keep you chill as summer heats up. Check out their newest monster rocker, The Creature From The Beachland - he's got a cold one and is ready to rock. Also added Mermaid t's & tanks, pint glasses, shot glasses and more. Buy merch from The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern at

Blue Arrow Records

Blue Arrow is now open by appointment, with a new sneeze guard at the cash register, and sanitizer. Bring your own mask. Social distancing will be enforced. You can book appointments on the website on Instagram.

Next Blue Arrow release, "Comedown Lonesome," with Ethan Daniel Davidson, is already garnering some lovely words from American Songwriter Lee Zimmerman. "The first glimpse at this remarkable new album appears in the form of Davidson's “Someday I’ll Be Caught,” a lonesome lament & croon of a tune that finds the singer sharing both his remorse & regret....the new album is a timely return, an astute reminder of the roots of America’s folk traditions and a sturdy reminder that past precepts still serve us well in the fractured landscape of today’s troubled times.”

The Juicery

Will host a Vegan Vybez Pop Up June 28, 12 -2;  plant-based Caribbean and Latino comfort food.

Framed Gallery

You can spend money on Waterloo without leaving your house, if you go to the Framed Gallery on line. New arrivals  by Tony Griffin have been posted, and you can buy them at Framed Gallery on See them first at

Photocentric Gallery

Is holding monthly limited-access openings. For July 3, the would-be Walk All Over date, Michael will be showing “Photos from My Father” by Collinwood resident Bruce Edwards, and “Breathe” by Greg Martin. This exhibition will open to the public on July 3rd, 5-7pm, (again, eight visitors wearing masks at a time in the gallery).

Matt Shiffler Photography will soon begin taking appointments at his gallery.


At the Market

There might be sweet corn on July 4. Just a thought.

There will surely be tomatoes and strawberries, peas and lettuces, rhubarb, turnips, beets, carrots, arugula, fresh herbs (thyme, cilantro, etc...), salad mix, kale (green curly, baby Russian, Toscano,...), mushrooms (cremini, shiitake) , baby red potatoes, onions , spinach, microgreens (sunflower & corn), and plants, herb plants, flowers, etc... Plus of course eggs cheese meats jams pickles honey baked goods.

And there might be corn.

Volunteer Cleanup at the Market   July 11

The market can always do with a little housekeeping, and Food Strong's Learning Farm, across the road, needs volunteers. Volunteers in June, guided by InSoil Health, built a unique compost system there, learning in the process what types of materials and how much to use to put together a healthy compost pile. Email or contact Sara at 216-640-0342 with any questions. 

The Market Is Looking For A Few Good People

They have opportunities for volunteers interested in serving a community organization dedicated to local food access. Help is most needed with the Market site and with fundraising. Improving the site will help to gain access to additional land for a funded food forest. Fundraising will help repair the fence, upgrade utilities and buy equipment to simplify maintenance. They also need volunteers for events, promotion and community outreach. Contact Kevin or Joe by text/voice at 440-376-9448. Or message them on Facebook.

Cavotta’s under Pavillion     June 26

Great local friendly family owned Garden Center with a Pavilion and small bar in the back with food and drink. Listen to music in Cavotta's beautiful garden bar. May be canceled if bad weather.

But it’s not just the music: Cavotta's carries approximately 150 varieties of tomatoes, including many heirloom varieties, plus loads of pottery and statuary, plus beautiful annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, hanging baskets, herbs, succulents, vintage items, fresh produce & lots of other interesting things.


A Message from Twelve Literary Arts

Thursday July 2, One Mic Open is hosting our second virtual open mic using The virtual room will be open to the public but for the sake of safety we are treating this as a ticketed event. In order to get your ticket we need some information from you.

BEFORE YOU ANSWER ANYTHING here's some things you should know:


Ages: 14-24; Artists of any sort welcome (Poets, MC’s, Comedians, Physical and Visual Artists (must be able to connect video); 1 piece, 5 minute maximum

Audience members of ANY AGE are welcome.

You can connect using the Zoom App or you can call in from your home or mobile device to listen. This link will stop working on Wednesday July 1st at 11:59pm. On July 2nd by 5pm, an email will be sent to the account that you provide below including the following:

The link or phone number for the Zoom Meeting Room

Some basic instructions for Zoom operation

Some rules for being a respectful audience member

“Doors” will open at 5:30pm for some Music and Vibes as well as live help with navigating Zoom if anyone needs it. We’ll get started with the open mic at 6:00pm.

If you have any additional questions or concerns feel free to email Eric - or Meech -

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 5:01 PM, 07.06.2020