Community

Progress at Northeast Shores….

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

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

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

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

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

Pet Care Resources for Ward 8 Residents

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

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

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

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

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

Local Hero Serves in National Service Program

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

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

Artist Live/Work Space Available!!!!

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

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

Historical Entryway Restored with Help from Neighborhood Connections

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

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

Sewer District’s Euclid Creek Shoaling Removal Project Underway

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

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

Editors Note

Collinwood Observer would like to extend our deepest apologies for the misprint in the October paper. The headline for Donald Boyd's answers to our questions should have been Ward 8 and not Ward 5. We have corrected our online edition and apologized to Mr. Boyd. 

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 3:43 PM, 10.08.2017

Happy Thanksgiving

How do you celebrate or observe THANKSGIVING? We all have our own memories and traditions.  For me it was a house full of people, family and friends, plenty of food, and lively conversation.  It was the parades, “Snoopy’s Thanksgiving” and football on the television.  But Thanksgiving dinner always started with prayers and the Catholic, Lutheran and other blessings over the meals depending on who was eating dinner with us. 

 Our Thanksgiving Days in our lifetimes have come to mean food, parades, shopping and football.  We need to remember what “THANKSGIVING” really means and show our gratefulness for the blessings we enjoy as a family and as a nation. In all the day’s preparations and activities - let’s not forget to be thankful for our bounty.

However, how many of us recall why we celebrate Thanksgiving in the first place?  When I was young it was all about the Pilgrims and the turkey. Then I started learning the true history and found it is quite fascinating. 

 The FIRST THANKSGIVINGS were truly days of prayer and thanksgiving held by those who came to the shores of America.  First, the Spanish came to the shores of Florida in 1565 and settled St Augustine.  Their first thanksgiving was an outdoor mass in gratitude for safe deliverance and prayers for a prosperous venture.  English settlers came once again in 1607 and settled Jamestowne finding a new life. After some years of hardship they survived to celebrate in thanksgiving as the settlement finally began to prosper.  In 1619 other English explorers came to the James River area and settled what would become Berkley Plantation. Upon landing they knelt in prayer in thanksgiving for their safe journey, new freedoms and opportunities and ate their meal together. The Pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, landed at Plymouth in 1620, the first of several waves of new immigrants of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Pilgrims feasted in thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest which meant their survival. The tradition was born.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Serve Your Community Join Our Board

It is time once again to prepare for Northeast Shores Development Corporation’s Annual Meeting Directors elections.Please save-the-date for the NSDC Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 6pm at the Collinwood Recreation Center.

After the annual report presentation and updated organizational bylaws vote, elections will be held for vacant seats and expired board terms. Northeast Shores is seeking representation from both residents and business institutions for the upcoming election.

Experience or interest in real estate, marketing, law, and/or finance is beneficial
but all community stakeholders are encouraged to apply.

Being a member of the Board of Directors requires a commitment including but not limited to: attending board meetings held monthly on the third Tuesday; active involvement in at least one of our committees, which meet monthly; active participation in neighborhood activities and events; and a personally significant financial contribution to the organization.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Seeking Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for Youth

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

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Bakers Chocolate Whips for Christmas

Bakers chocolate whips for Christmas will be available on a preorder only basis.Chocolate whips (milk and dark) with a convenient order process will include phone in, and web site ordering.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

It's OK to be a little selfish...with your time

In today's world of speed and technology we are always on the go either physically or mentally. Don't get me wrong I am all for technology and the way it has connected us in ways unthought of until recently. However it seems we are always giving our time and attention to outside sources; our jobs, our kids, parents, television, emails, social media sites, etc. It seems that alot of the time our thought processes are related to things and occurrences that exist outside of our being. We often pride ourselves on being multi-taskers when in fact we are just switching tasks at a rapid rate. How many times when you are walking are you paying attention to each step? Or are you lost in thought about a past or future event?  Do you pay attention to each breath that you take? Or are you breathing unconsciously, shallowly and neglecting the very air that you cannot live without? How many of us our involved in all of our actions at all times on a mental level? We have done some activities so many times that it's easy to amble around on auto pilot. This allows many of lifes moments to pass us by. While it may be quite hard to be conscious of every single breath when we are present in each moment we are having a richer life experience. This falls under the category of mindfulness.  Studies are showing that when we take time for ourselves and tune into our inner being we begin to lead healthier and happier lives.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Little Free Library Birthday Celebration

Gleeful children and satisfied adults snacking on pizza and cookies and choosing prizes and books lent an air of festivity to a warm, sunny mid-September afternoon.  Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries commemorated Right to Read Month by hosting a party marking the fourth year that their little free library has served the area families.
The Little Free Library is situated in front of the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries House located at 15706 St. Clair Ave., on the corner of Royal and St. Clair.  Those from 1 to 101 years of age and beyond are guaranteed to find a book that will bring them enjoyment.  Books are available in the Little Free Library “house” 24/7. Over 1000 books per year are put in Collinwood residents’ hands.  If you not visited our Little Free Library, please come over to find something that will engage and delight you.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

A Victory for Environmental Justice

Today, September 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM– after three years- the third and final defendant in the illegal demolition of the National Acme complex located at 131 East 131 Street  was sentenced in Judge Donald Nugent’s Federal Courtroom.  Mr. William Jackson, Jr., age 47, plead guilty to two counts of violating the Clean Air Act including failing to remove asbestos related materials prior to demolition and failing to dispose of that asbestos properly.  His sentence was 33 months in Federal Prison plus restitution.

His sentencing comes on the heal of the sentencing of Mr. Christopher L. Gattarello, who received 57 months in Federal Prison and Mr. Robert Shaw, who received 12 months in Federal Prison.  Both of them have already been incarcerated and the city is seeking financial restitution from them as well.  I testified in Federal Court against them as well.

The City is seeking restitution of a total of $5.9 million from all three of them, which is the estimated cost to clean up the site and demolish the rest of the factory. As I testified in Federal Court today, this is about environmental justice for the residents of the East Glenville neighborhood. National Acme was once the largest employer in the Glenville community and what these individuals did was absolutely outrageous. When I became Councilman of this area in January 2012, due to redistricting, I made a commitment to the residents and businesses in the area, that I would not rest until the perpetrators who committed this environmental abomination would be brought to justice.  Today was a culmination of that effort.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Seeking Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for Youth

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

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

The Flying Scotsman, Peter Quinn, Comes to the Rescue Again.

I needed gutters. I needed gutters bad. I know Peter Quinn the Flying Scotsman is a wizard at kitchen and bath remodels. I have seen firsthand the amazing decks he has built. He and his crew did a 5 star job resurfacing my hard wood floors. But I needed gutters, so I called Peter. He said, "Aaaa Laddie, it's no a problem."

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 4:22 PM, 09.14.2017

St. Vitus Adult Slovenian School Teaches Slovenian

September 9th marks the beginning of another year for the St. Vitus Adult Slovenian School  The language classes meet on two Saturday mornings a month from 9:15 to 11:45.  Classes are held at St. Martin de Porres High School,  6111 Lausche Avenue, Cleveland.   Tuition is $50.00 per semester or $100.00 for the whole year.  Textbooks are from Slovenia and are purchased separately from each instructor.

For more information, please call Lillian at 216.350.6889 or email at elcenta@sbcglobal.net.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 4:22 PM, 09.14.2017

Free Art Therapy Workshops Offer Hope and Healing

Are you grieving the loss of a love one?  Healing Arts Workshops use art therapy to provide grieving people with a creative outlet for their feelings. The free workshops are offered by Hospice of the Western Reserve to any adult in the community who is grieving a loss.  Anyone can enroll, whether or not they had a loved one cared for hospice. No art experience is necessary. The workshops are made possible through funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 4:22 PM, 09.14.2017

Paladar Latin Kitchen Brings Nuevo Latino Vibe to David Simpson Hospice House

Hospice of the Western Reserve welcomed the culinary staff from Paladar Latin Kitchen, 28601 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, to David Simpson Hospice House recently for its Meal to Remember program.  Chef Charles Sackman and his culinary staff prepared a festive gourmet dinner for patients and their families featuring specialties of the house, including mojo chicken, rice, seasoned black beans, homemade plantain chips with pico de gallo and homemade margarita donuts with frosting. A selection of fine wines was donated by Scoperta Importing, Inc.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 4:22 PM, 09.14.2017

Change of Plans

The city of Cleveland has been through ups and downs over so many years. Living the simple life in the city of Cleveland wasn't boring at all. But as I grew up their was a change of plans in my city. Why is their so much senseless murders in Cleveland? It's in my opinion that when Cleveland won the NBA championship it made the city stand together with over 1.4 million people believing that dreams do come true. But it is in that same opinion that once again their was a change of plans. Spiritually you could see the spirits of the people whose lives came to a sudden or tragic end. A few of those spirits were my family and friends. So I speak from experience of what I've seen happened to my beautiful city. I raised all three of my son's in Cleveland. It's been a hard task keeping all three alive by myself. Now I truly thank God for the gifts that he stored in me to help keep my son's safe and off drugs with no guns in their hands. 

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 4:22 PM, 09.14.2017

Seeking Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) For Youth

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

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 4:22 PM, 09.14.2017

South Collinwood Community Youth Workforce Leadership

Summer time is delicious Ice cream, a great breeze, fun in the sun at the beach, and summer jobs. Summer job youth employees under the collaboration of Y.O.U and the Family 4 Life Center connected with new curriculum this year. Pam Hagler CEO for Family 4 Life Center on the Southwest side of Collinwood, teamed up with a volunteer Business Consultant from the St Clair City Center to instruct the students. The Summer Job youth were taught workforce development, entrepreneurship, leadership, and given a breath of non-profit education to help them for their future. The students this year gathered into 3 groups and identified 3 different Community Projects that would ultimately bring a positive impact for Southwest Collinwood. Community Clean ups and Street Club Registration is the 1st project that occurs monthly to May of 2018, Food for Youth is the second project

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 12:12 PM, 08.04.2017

GardenWalk Cleveland 2017

A perfect summer weekend welcomed visitors to North Collinwood on July 8 and 9 for our first appearance on the 6th annual GardenWalk tour held in 4 Cleveland neighborhoods (the others were West Park, Slavic Village, and Detroit Shoreway). They were treated to a wonderful variety of garden styles and venues, including a terraced slope to a private sandy beach, a garden full of rare and prized day lillies, a "pocket farm" with bees and chickens, a sustainable unmanicured lakefront garden which had the feel of a movie set, a hidden backyard "fairy garden," several appealing "no mow" gardens, and a lovely Art Park next to NSDC on on E 156, which served as the Headquarters. David Simpson Hospice House Vista Walk and Tribute Garden was a Special Feature stop as well. Saturday visitors were invited to join the Collinwood Community Pot Luck at Euclid Beach. There were 30 stops on the tour where visitors (many first time) met and talked with the gardeners and left not only with ideas and gardening tips, but with many appealing reasons to return to North Collinwood for other amenities, such as recreation (Metroparks), dining and entertainment. Several left with a Scoop on Summer and the remaining summer concert schedule and were encouraged to pay us a return visit. The feedback from visitors, gardeners, and the GardenWalk Committee members was overwhelmingly positive and it is likely hat we will be invited to repeat in the future.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 12:12 PM, 08.04.2017

Mentors needed for Cleveland 8th graders

Apply now to help shape our community’s future leaders

Volunteer mentors are needed for True2U, the program that supports Cleveland eighth graders as they explore their true selves and prepare to transition into high school. The coming school year is the first year True2U will serve all CMSD 8th graders—about 2,500 youth, and 600 mentors are needed.  

Mentors work in teams of two or three and will spend 8 Thursday mornings helping small groups of students, in one participant’s words, “prepare for the future with what I know about myself.”

Mentor teams facilitate discussions and activities in a structured curriculum that helps youth uncover their interests and strengths, and set goals. The youth can then connect their goals to the diverse educational opportunities offered by the 37 high schools in the CMSD portfolio, setting them on a path of success in college and/or their careers.

Training and enrichment in the topics, facilitation, and cultural competency skills is provided. And mentors will have the satisfaction of helping shape—and being shaped by—the next generation of Cleveland’s leaders.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 12:12 PM, 08.04.2017

Opening this Fall - Euclid Preparatory School

We are excited to announce the opening of our brand new school, Euclid Preparatory School (EPS), located at 23001 Euclid Avenue, Euclid, OH  44117 - between E. 222nd St and Babbit Road.  EPS sits on a large, beautiful, green campus in the heart of Euclid.  We serve scholars in Kindergarten thru 8th Grade, and we are enrolling now!  Our vision is to create a culture of high expectations for behavior and academics through rigorous, research-based curricula and a focus on achieivement.  It is our goal that 100% of our scholars will continue on to a college preparatory high school, and be accepted to a four-year college or university!  We offer:

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 11:04 AM, 07.07.2017

Gone Fishing

Wildwood Marina is her for all your fishing and boat charter needs. We are Cleveland's best head boat fishing charter service. A head boat is a fishing boat that takes recreational fishermen and women out for a fee per person rather than a charter boat where people pay for the entire boat. Private charters are also available for large or small groups. Renting the entire boat for your group outing is a cost effective way to enjoy the day on Lake Erie.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 11:04 AM, 07.07.2017

Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Seeks 2017 Applicants

In 2006, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, along with former Cleveland Mayor Michael White, established a leadership training program for engaged community leaders.  The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is a free, 16 session community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:15 AM, 07.12.2017

Artist Spotlight- David Todd

You could now argue that North Collinwood is quickly becoming the epicenter of original, Cleveland playwriting and production - that's thanks to the work of Playwrights Local.

Under the leadership of artistic director David Todd, Playwrights Local launched in 2015 as a collaborative team of local dramatists seeking to produce and elevate the work of Cleveland writers. When Todd and co-founder Tom Hayes began discussing which neighborhood would be a fit for their incubator for dramatists, North Collinwood came to mind in short order.

Todd knew North Collinwood was a neighborhood that provided resources for studio artists, musicians, and creatives in a multitude of media, but he wasn't sure about performing and literary arts. He met with Cindy Barber, co-owner of the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern to get a lay of the land and was quickly connected to Amy Callahan at Waterloo Arts. The way forward made perfect sense from there.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 11:04 AM, 07.07.2017

Owing Your Own Home, The American Dream

Are you ready to own your next home? Then look no further than 1114 Villaview!  This newly renovated 1,529 sq. ft. red brick bungalow is walking distance from Cleveland's best eateries, a world class music venue, and locally owned shops located in the East 185th Retail & Business District and the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District. It's less than a mile from Euclid Beach Metropark and close proximity to the freeway with Downtown only 10 minutes away. 

Designing this rehab we took into consideration key features that you will cherish throughout the entire home. You will enjoy interior, exterior amenities and the savings that you will have with this energy efficient home.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 11:04 AM, 07.07.2017

Rock Solid Program

North Collinwood's highly successful Rock Solid program is back this season with even more performances from local bands and community roundtable discussions.

A collaboration between Cleveland Rocks: Past Present and Future, Northeast Shores Development Corporation, and Cuyahoga Community College, the Rock Solid program launched in 2015 as a program to incubate Cleveland bands, create peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and connect musical artists with up and coming talent from Tri-C's Recording Arts & Technology program. Artists ranging from Maura Rogers and the Bellows to Marcus Alan Ward participated in the inaugural programming.

This summer, Rock Solid will once again feature hyper local bands performing at neighborhood events around North Collinwood. Rock Solid bands will perform at the Waterloo Arts Fest on June 24, then again on July 22, August 26 and September 16. For participating artists and more information on venues, visit the Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future website or Facebook page.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 11:04 AM, 07.07.2017

Artist Live/Work Space Available!!!!

Have you found your art supplies are taking over the apartment? If so, you need a state of the art live/work space! Join a community of artists at this renovated residence. Invite friends over for dinner before walking down to the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District without the worries of cleaning up after spending time creating your craft. This space gets even better! Artist tenants will receive the opportunity to rent, earn equity and display their work all in the same building, thanks to the local non-profit company Northeast Shores Development Corporation, in a partnership with Cincinnati-based, Cornerstone Corporation for Shared Equity.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 11:04 AM, 07.07.2017

Made in Collinwood- Makers' Market

In Collinwood, the neighborhood's 140-year legacy of making is alive and thriving. 

Made in Collinwood unites, amplifies and centralizes the makers and artisan businesses of the greater Collinwood community in Cleveland, Ohio. The program is the newest offering of Northeast Shores Development Corporation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit working to make North Collinwood a better place for everyone to live, work and visit.

As a part of Made in Collinwood, Makers' Markets are a marketing and pop-up vending opportunity for artisan businesses - both from Collinwood and the greater Cleveland community. Our inaugural Markets last summer featured vendors of all sorts, from chic jewelry, nerdy t-shirts, and colorful watches, to organic soaps, custom gifts, and handmade ceramics. You'll find a little of everything at the Makers' Markets. Browse amongst long-time neighborhood businesses and Cleveland's next generation of creators.

Makers' Markets are on select Thursdays from 5:30-8:30p.m. throughout the summer. The upcoming dates include: June 8th, June 22nd July 6th, July 20th August 3rd, August 17th, and August 24th. In an effort to promote greater attendance to the Markets and provide an improved marketing opportunity for our participating Makers, our NEW location is at the East Shore Park Club - 17217 Dorchester Drive Cleveland, 44119. 

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 11:04 AM, 07.07.2017

Made in Collinwood: Presenting free summer trainings to kick start your business

This summer kick start your new business venture with free small business trainings right here in North Collinwood!

Following our successful first round of the Neighborhood GROWS series in April (our small business partnership with the Hispanic Business Center), we're ready to keep the momentum going all through the summer.

Beginning on July 24, Northeast Shores will once again offer a four-week training series for new and existing businesses to launch, strengthen, and expand their operations. Get the tools you need to build your business plan, tighten up your finances, develop a marketing strategy, and much more.

All sessions are held at Northeast Shores' offices (317 E. 156th Street) and are free to attend, but registration is required. Please contact the Hispanic Business Center to sign up at 216-281-4422.

Made in Collinwood unites, amplifes and centralizes the makers and artisan businesses of the greater Collinwoodcommunity in Cleveland, Ohio. The program is the newest offering of Northeast Shores Development Corporation, the501(c)(3) non-proft working to make North Collinwood a better place for everyone to live, work and visit.

For more information, visit www.madeincollinwood.com or www.northeastshores.org.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 11:04 AM, 07.07.2017

Scoop on Summer

Have you gotten your copy of this year's Scoop on Summer?!

With summer in Collinwood comes the amazing, full-color print Scoop on Summer, in print and updated all Summer long at http://collinwoodscoop.org/. You can pick up your copy at local business, libraries, and other places in & around Collinwood thanks to the support of so many sponsors, and the contributors who send in event listings. Want to know about events happening ALL YEAR ROUND? Then the Scoop on Collinwood: a shareable, save-able calendar format that you, too, can submit events to all year long is the perfect place to go!

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 11:04 AM, 07.07.2017

Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Seeks 2017 Applicants

In 2006, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, along with former Cleveland Mayor Michael White, established a leadership training program for engaged neighborhood leaders.The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is a free, 16 session community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities.

 After the application process, 20 committed individuals are chosen for the program year.  NLDP participants and graduates are a diverse group with many interests and are working on a wide variety of issues to improve life in their communities.

 The program will cover topics such as program planning, marketing & communications, program fundraising, conflict resolution and negotiation, community engagement methods and more.

Every NLDP participant and NLDP graduate also has ongoing access to the services of a Program Coach. NLDP coaches give advice and support tailored to the needs of the participant.

The 16 sessions take place on Saturdays at Trinity Commons at 2230 Euclid Avenue beginning August 26.  The deadline for applications is AUGUST 4, 2017.  For additional information, the 2017-2018 curriculum and an online application, visit www.nldpcleveland.com or call 216-776-6167.

Think you have what it takes? Apply to make a difference !

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 6:04 PM, 06.13.2017

Darkest Before The Dawn

By nature, I’m an optimist. I’m realistic, but if ever possible I look to see any silver linings, any positive potential in situations I’m affected by or involved in.
Even for me, I can only describe the last few months as truly challenging. At times, heart-wrenching.

 Since I was elected for the Board of Directors at Northeast Shores, I was privileged to get to know people I’ve seen around more deeply than before. I could see their effort and devotion and care for Collinwood up-close. While I (and no one I’ve talked with) have ever questioned the passion and dedication of staff or board members current or former, getting to see it with my own eyes on a level I hadn’t previously been fortunate to warmed my heart and made me more confident than ever in our future together, as a neighborhood. I have friends for life thanks to Northeast Shores and my Collinwood, ones I am fortunate to have ever met.

And that reality was what made the recent decisions to change Northeast Shores’ staff so difficult for me, and all involved. No one affected were ineffective, uncaring people. Everyone on all sides of the recent changes care about Collinwood and I wouldn’t have stepped forward to join our Board otherwise.

The hard reality is that Northeast Shores was in an incredibly tight financial situation. This reality isn’t the fault of any one person, and hopefully no one thinks that we believe that the staffing changes reflect those people’s responsibility in our situation. The organization had to eliminate two staff positions: Community Engagement Manager and Commercial Projects Manager. In a better circumstance, we would all still be working together, in the same capacity we were before, towards a better neighborhood. Unfortunately, the situation didn’t allow for any option other than the ones chosen.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 6:04 PM, 06.13.2017