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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

New Sandwich Shop Opens in Euclid

On May 8, 2017, The City of Euclid, Euclid Chamber of Commerce and Northeast Shores Development Corporation hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Sammich, 651 E. 185th Street, Cleveland. Mayor Holzheimer Gail opened the ceremonies with a few words about the ongoing 185th-corridor improvements followed by Camille Maxwell, executive director of Northeast Shores, and Sheila Gibbons, executive director of Euclid Chamber of Commerce. Randy Carter, Sammich’s owner and owner of Jack Flaps breakfast and luncheon bistros, says, “We are proud to support the neighborhood and help the community grow to make it a better place for everyone.”

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

Dive into Your New Home!

Beat the heat with a lovely house that gives you warmth, stability and pride of ownership.  

 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 6, Posted 6:04 PM, 06.13.2017

Job help coming to Collinwood

New help is coming for residents in and around the Collinwood area that are hoping to find jobs.  Starting on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Five Pointe Community Center and the West Side Catholic Center are partnering up to launch a new “Workforce Development Program”.  The Workforce Development Program is a two week course that runs from 10 a.m.-Noon – Monday through Friday that will assist those who are looking for jobs to gain experience and assistance in navigating their way through the maze toward employment.  Five Pointe Community Center is located at 813 E 152nd St. in the heart of Collinwood.

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

Spades and Shovels

It's June and that means it's time to start planting! Whether you lack land or just want to garden around friends, community gardens can be found throughout North Shore Collinwood. So get out there with your green thumb!

Collinwood Friends Garden, 247 E. 156th St.

Daniel Ave. Garden, 15396 Daniel Ave.

Darley Ave. Garden, 14110 Darley Ave.

Exseedingly Well, 490 E. 142nd St.

Pheuma Chapel, 251 E. 156th St.

To get connected to these gardens, contact Northeast Shores at 216-481-7660

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

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 6, Posted 6:04 PM, 06.13.2017

Water Conservation

Summer is in sight, and so are rain barrels. The City of Cleveland’s Rain Barrel Program is in full swing. This year, you need to attend a Rain Barrel Workshop that will be held at various locations throughout Cleveland. Can’t get to a workshop? No problem! Contact Julia DiBaggio at 216-481-7660 or jdibaggio@northeastshores.org for more info.

Tired of looking at that ugly barrel? Collinwood’s very own Painted Rain Barrel Project can give it a facelift! Artist, Linda Zolten Wood can custom paint your barrel. Check it out!

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

Save-the-date: Collinwood Community Potluck, Saturday July 8

Mark your calendars and start brainstorming your best summer recipes. The first Collinwood Community Potluck is scheduled for Saturday, July 8th 2017 from 4-8pm at Euclid Beach Park. All neighborhood residents, friends and family are encouraged to bring a food dish to share alongside fresh picked vegetables and fruits from Collinwood gardens and favorite local restaurant dishes.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

Good News on E. 185th

Our neighborhood has gotten some pretty negative press lately, with the tragedy at Mr. Cars causing some people to claim the whole community is “imploding.” That brutal shooting was terrible, and our hearts are broken for the family. But what that shooting was not was a sign that this community has gone adrift. On the contrary, when I saw the outpouring of love and support for the family, when I went to the vigil at the business site and saw the range of people, from every part of our neighborhood, who turned out to let that family know we cared, I saw the strength that keeps this community together and is going to help it move forward as a place where diverse, caring, engaged residents come together and make good things happen, in spite of challenges. I’m so proud of my E. 185th community, and I hope everyone here will continue to rally to show the critics just how wrong they are.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

Owner Of Star Pop Raises Money For Public Television As Guest Auctioneer

Troy Schwartz, the owner of STAR POP vintage + modern in Cleveland's Waterloo Arts District, was recently honored to be asked to be a guest auctioneer for WVIZ/PBS Ideastream’s annual auction.  “I grew up watching WVIZ and it meant a lot to be asked to come in and help give something back,” said Schwartz.  It was the 50th anniversary of the televised auction, running from April 20-23, 2017.  Schwartz manned the Friday and Sunday night shifts.  In the end $418,489 was pledged during the auction, which goes towards helping to keep WVIZ/PBS on air.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

Beachland Park Flea

June 3rd and 4th Beachland Park will sponsor another great flea market.  The Flea will be from 10:00 to 3:00 at Beachland Park at the end of Canterbury Road.  We will have many local vendors, Paparazzi Jewelry, LulaRoe, Tupperware, Gold Canyon Candles, Lake Erie Monster Gems, Out of Our Minds Furniture, many local baked goods, local artists, homemade soaps, Tie Dye by Michelle and Food by Charissa, to name a few. We will have Yoga with Ali doing some mini sessions and entertainment for the kids by Bojangles Entertainment.  Join us for some shopping, eating and supporting local makers!

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

Learn about the history of slo-pitch softball, which started in Cleveland, at the hall of fame and museum

In 1985, The Greater Cleveland Slo-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame began inducting members into the hall at its annual banquet. This continues to be the case today. But, in 1997, Founder Buddy Langdon and his partner had an idea for a hall of fame and museum in order to share the history of softball with the public. Originally, they planned to make it a mobile exhibit that could travel around the country by bus. Later, they approached the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, then located in what is now the Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid, Ohio, to pitch the idea that both museums be housed in the historic, former Euclid City Hall building that the city had planned to condemn and demolish.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

2016 Water Quality Report Now Available

We are proud to announce Cleveland Water’s 2016 Water Quality Report is now available. This annual report provides an overview of our water quality during the past year, including testing results and information.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

Cleveland Neighborhood Stump Speech Series 2017

The Cleveland Neighborhood Stump Speech Series is a town hall series that aims to bring light to issues being faced by Cleveland neighborhoods. The first town hall will take place in South Collinwood on Sunday, July 9th from 12:30-2:30pm. It will be located across the street from 15416 Saranac Road, Cleveland, OH 44110. This event is being held in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Mental Health Practice and Collinwood Catholic Ministries. The series would like to invite different neighborhoods to participate in this series and have speeches take place in multiple Cleveland neighborhoods including Hough, Waterloo, Buckeye, Glenville and more.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

Boy Scouts in Collinwood

The CAMHP Foundation is forming a boy scouts program for ages 7-14, which will start at the beginning of the summer. It’s going to be a great experience for the boys that sign up for this scouts program, you don’t want to miss out. You will learn new things, try new things, make new friends and also have a great collaboration experience with boys either younger or older than your age. Help is wanted; we are also looking for troop leaders that are ages 18+. If you are interested in participating please call 216-862-3815. We are located at 15416 Saranac Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44110.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

Walk & Roll … and Stroll!

Last year, the E. 185th Merchants came together and held their first Walk & Roll E. 185 Sidewalk Sale and Festival. It was a fun day out, with a bike rodeo, a small parade, bands and bounce houses and fun activities all up and down the street. This year they’re bringing it back – and bringing in a new partner. For the first time, E. 185th St. will collaborate with the E. 200th Street Stroll to plan a full day of fun for our neighboring districts. Both events will be held on Saturday, June 3, with the E. 200th Street Stroll kicking off at 10am and running to 2:00pm, followed by Walk & Roll E. 185 from 2:00-6:00pm. Both are fun, free, community-based events where businesses, residents and community groups come out to share a day of strolling and rolling, face painting and balloons, live music and line dancing and much more. The Euclid Beach Rocket car will offer rides at both events until 4:00, and there will be lots of games and prizes for the little ones, as well as a chance to meet new neighbors and check out that local business you’ve been meaning to stop into. A simple celebration of community is just what we need right now, so we hope you’ll join us. If you have a community group or other organization that would like to participate, please contact Barbara Liddell on E. 185th St, at WalkAndRollE185@gmail.com, or for E. 200th Street contact Sherrie Zagorc at E200thStreetStroll@gmail.com

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

Dance to Highlight Lithuania's 100th Birthday

The Third Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival- Juventus 2017 sponsored by the Lithuanian Folk Dance Group Svyturys in Cleveland will take place on May 20th 2017. at the Shore Culture Centre, 291 E222nd St, Euclid, Ohio  at 1:00pm. 

The event is to highlight the celebration of Lithuania’s 100th birthday on 2018.

To properly mark this anniversary, Cleveland Youth Folk Dance Group Svyturys decided to organize the dance festival JUVENTUS - 2017, naming it "Let's Light the flame of our homeland”.

The planning and preparation of the project focuses on national dance, and to preserve Lithuanian youth communication, as well as  strengthening their Lithuanian identity. The  young people learn through dance to master the Lithuanian Culture. The culture becomes its own. Dance lovers are coming to the festival already for the third time. Participating dance friends from Chicago, Toronto, Argentina. The  event has  becomes a tradition and dance lovers come to Cleveland  for the third time.
This joint concert strengthens youth ethnicity and cultural origins. 

Cleveland Folk Dance Group Svyturys directors: Ausrine Sirvinskas and Egle Zukauskas

All are welcome.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

Time to Celebrate Collinwood

I’ve been brooding over Phillip Morris’ PD column last Friday (April 24) in which he (and the headline writer) referred to our neighborhood as “further distanced” and suffering from ‘the nervous insecurity that comes with a neighborhood's implosion.” I’ve only lived in Collinwood for 30 years (to speak with real authority, you have to be third generation) but I am not seeing implosion. I’m seeing a neighborhood whose residents went into shock when their factory-based way of life evaporated, some so much so that they moved “farther out.” But those who stayed in this family-friendly community of sturdy affordable homes, direct access to the lake, active churches and block clubs, pulled themselves together and began to forge a new path.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

RTA and Job Corp Join Forces

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and the Cleveland Job Corps Center have joined forces to teach and train the next generation of workers, and provide job opportunities for interns to work at the transit system in the weeks and months ahead.

Our joint agreement was finalized with the Cleveland Job Corps Center they will provide RTA with student interns. After the students complete a five-week internship RTA will assist them with possible employment opportunities in various departments, including those in the skilled mechanical and electrical trades.

“Through this agreement, individuals with a high school diploma, will have the opportunity to tap into all the benefits of the internship program. This effort allows students to transition more easily from school to work and take advantage of the invaluable opportunities afforded through work-based learning,” said RTA CEO and General Manager Joe Calabrese.

The goal of the program is to afford real life job experiences to the students and to create a pipeline of applicants for organizations such as the RTA.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

Bari Beauty and Health Plus

An encore career is when a person enters a new line of work after they retire from their original career.  Typically, the new career path offers a greater level of personal meaning and social impact than previously experienced.  This is so true of our Grameen recipient, Barbara Liddell.

As a Registered Nurse with a Master’s in Community Health, Barbara has had a successful 40-year career in the health care field.  During that time, she has cared for thousands of Cleveland Metropolitan School District students. 

Further, Barbara has provided nursing care for various members of her family because being number 11 out of 12 children there is ample opportunity!  She willingly provides care, compassion, and shares her knowledge.  This includes caring for her mother who, at 104 years old, still lives in her own home! 

Once Barbara retired from being a full-time nurse, she recalled a memory from her high school days about wanting to start a business.  Even without retail business experience, she embarked on her encore career.

Enter Bari Beauty & Health Plus!

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

Three from Hospice of the Western Reserve Earn Top National Honors

The National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses has named Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Denise DiMare of Richmond Hts. “Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse of the Year” and Bob Phillips-Plona of Westlake “Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator of the Year.” Mary Kay Tyler of Lyndhurst, vice president of quality for the nonprofit agency, was named a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing. The three honors were announced at the 2017 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Annual Assembly in Phoenix.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 5:26 PM, 04.11.2017

Great Scott Tavern Helps Build Community

I had a sit down with Bob Edwardsen, general manager of Great Scott Tavern, 21801 Lakeshore Blvd., Euclid, Ohio, to find out more about how the restaurant came into being and how it has evolved since its opening in June 2015.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 5:26 PM, 04.11.2017

The Coit Rd Farmers' Market French Toast Breakfast and Kitchen Addition

The Coit Rd Farmers' Market Annual French Toast Breakfast will be Saturday, April 8, from 10:00A to 12:00P. Ten bucks gets you three slices of French toast, maple syrup along with a choice of meat (bacon or chicken sausage) and coffee or apple cider. Plates will be provided for those who want to share with their child under 10 years of age. As always this meal is made with all locally produced ingredients.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 5:26 PM, 04.11.2017

Where can residents recycle?

This is an open letter to the city asking where residents in Collinwood can recycle.  I live in an apartment building on Lakeshore Blvd., and the green recycling containers are not provided for people who live in apartments.  They are only provided for residents of private homes. 

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 5:26 PM, 04.11.2017

Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries Announdes Two New Initiatives

The Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries (CNCM) announces two new healing initiatives to advance the health and welfare of Collinwood residents: The Healthy Mothers; Healthy Babies project and a healing center.  Both are scheduled to begin this Spring and Summer.  These programs will be held at the CNCM House, located at 15706 St Clair Ave. (across from the Doller General Store) and at the 154th Street Community Garden.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 3:59 PM, 03.09.2017

Baker's Candy Famous Chocolate Whips

For the 2017 Easter season Humphrey Popcorn Company is pleased to be able to continue the fine tradition of the Baker's Candy Famous Chocolate Whips.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 3:59 PM, 03.09.2017

Rising Collinwood Star

In March 2015 Local Native George Blade Jr. custom built a motorcycle from various metal parts that actually can run right out his own garage. He took 2nd place in the competition and once again he is BACK this year and will be one of the vendors at this year 2017 Auto Rama at the IX Indoor Center March 17-19. He will be unveiling his 2017 Go Boy Customs Trike not like no other. If you thought his custom built motorcycle was nice just wait till you see the unveiling of his new trike. All custom built from various metal parts and will be ready and regulated to be ran on city streets.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 3:59 PM, 03.09.2017

Leadership Changes at Northeast Shores

The NSDC annual meeting on January 17 had – for once – a large and enthusiastic attendance, who voted in seven new trustees: Christen DuVernay, John Farina, Robert Gatewood, Adam Tully, Cindy Barber, Peter Brown and Daniel Gray Kontar.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Online Video and Storybook Teaches Small Children How to Avoid Dog Bites

 As difficult as it may be to believe, nearly four million Americans are attacked by dogs each year and the majority of those bitten are children between the ages of four and nine.  Hundreds of dog bite cases occur annually in Ohio, many of them taking place in the Cleveland area and Northeast Ohio.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach Team 2017 Cleanup Schedule!

There’s never been a better time to get outside, tidy up the neighborhood and help protect our Great Lakes environment. The Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach Team is gearing up for another year of cleanups and we’d love to have you join us! Check out our upcoming events, give us a like on Facebook, and contact us anytime at adopt.euclidbeach@gmail.com!

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Free Tax Preparation Services

Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition will be hosting free tax preparation services as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.  Last year in Cuyahoga County, the VITA Program served over 15,000 people and brought back more than $22 million to the community.  County VITA sites are at the County’s Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC) and at the Department of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) in partnership with Mt Pleasant NOW Development Corporation.  Westshore NFSC is located at 9830 Lorain Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44102; the tax site will be open Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturdays.  DSAS is located at 13815 Kinsman Rd, Cleveland Ohio 44120; the tax site will be open Fridays during the day.  To schedule an appointment go online to www.211oh.org or call 211/United Way.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Millcraft Brings Home a Win at David Simpson Hospice House

Millcraft, a distributor and converter of fine commercial paper and envelopes, kicked off its 2016 holiday season by donating time and funds to non-profit organizations through its “buy & give” copy paper purchasing program. The team recently stopped by David Simpson Hospice House to present a check donation to Hospice of the Western Reserve for $15,000, along with lunch.

Millcraft employees, patients and their families, all joined together for a tailgate party, bringing a natural sense of camaraderie to the Sunday afternoon. The team brought in goodies from local bakeries, their own kitchens and a full pizza buffet to enjoy, going room to room to invite patients and their visitors to “tailgate” with them.

Al, a patient at the David Simpson House, was eager to join in on the fun and had his bed wheeled out to the main lobby so that he could watch the game on the “big TV” with Millcraft employees. Throughout the day, over 50 people gathered around, watching the game and reveling in moments of normalcy, sitting side by side watching the game together, snacking on pizza.

“Even though the Cleveland Browns lost the game, it was a huge win for the hospice patients who came out of their rooms (even while staying in their bed) and watched the game together with volunteers, jeering and cheering as each play was called,” said Genevieve Costanzo, Senior Development Officer at Hospice of the Western Reserve. “We are so privileged to help patients and families live each moment to the fullest.”

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 12:11 PM, 01.13.2017

Holiday Party at Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries

The halls at the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministry House were decked with Christmas trees and boughs of greenery for their annual Holiday Party.  On Sunday, December 4th, folks from two months to 80 years young partook of delicious mini sandwiches and homemade cookies.  As usual, Santa was a big hit.  The children then scampered to the basement and decorated picture frames to house the record of their visit with Santa. Everyone was given a Humphry popcorn ball as a memento of Collinwood’s past.

The toys were courtesy of the Bureau of Community policing. Parishioners of Gesu Church in University Heights Decorated the house and baked and frosted sugar cookies and provided gifts for teens, kiddies and adults.

Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries wishes you and your family a blessed and peaceful new year.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 12:11 PM, 01.13.2017

Siggy’s Village Ready to Serve the Community

The Center for Advanced Mental Health Practice (CAMHP) is a private practice that provides psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and drug and chemical dependency treatment for eastern Cuyahoga County and Cleveland, Ohio area. As a member of the Collinwood neighborhood, CAMHP began the CAMHP Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, to address the needs of residents.

Siggy's Village, a project created by the CAMHP Foundation, gives Collinwood community members of all ages a place to access centralized resources for daily living. Siggy’s Village is continuing to expand and grow to offer activities for community members. The CAMHP Foundation welcomes the community to come visit and take part in the activities being offered.

The CAMHP Foundation would like to introduce Samantha Hess as the Administrative Director and Jose Vargas as the Program Director. Both individuals are looking forward to serving the community to provide needs and offer meaningful and fulfilling activities for the Collinwood neighborhood. Their goal through programming at Siggy’s Village is to provide a safe and relaxing environment to meet physical, social, and emotional needs by connecting members of the community to one another.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 12:11 PM, 01.13.2017

National Charity Donates to Collinwood

Toyz N Da Hood sponsors local community center event

Tuesday Dec. 20, 2016, Toyz N Da Hood, TNDH, was one of several sponsors of a charity giveback at Five Points Community Center. Amongst the donors was Def Jam Records and StarMusic Media.

The entire event was put together and hosted by Quincy “Big Heff” Taylor, Midwest Rep for Def Jam Records.

TNDH is a charitable organization that provides toys to children whose families are facing dire economic needs. The program started in Atlanta a few years ago. Since its origin, the program has developed into a national initiative with drives in Cleveland, Atlanta, Texas and many more. Every year Toyz N Da Hood reaches hundreds of thousands of children all over the country. The drive also has collaborated with many celebrity endorsers such as Young Jeezy, Chris Brown, Wale and many others.  

“It really feels good to help the community and shine light  on students that are willing to give the extra effort in school and to pull companies like Def Jam, StarMusic Media, JoyFay International and Nerve DJs together for the 2016 Toyz NDa Hood Campaign at Five Points Community Center that they can smile for the holiday is awesome,” Quincy Taylor.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 12:11 PM, 01.13.2017

Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa by Northeast Shores & the Quality of Life Committee. The event was held at Villa-Angela St. Joseph High School on Saturday December 17, 2016.   Many families attended the annual Breakfast with Santa.  The children enjoyed face painting, various games, arts & crafts and a hot-delicious breakfast. The children also took pictures with Santa and were able to take their photograph home with them.   Kudos to VASJ choir for singing the holiday carols.        
Pictures submitted by YoLanda Lawler.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 12:11 PM, 01.13.2017

Two Moving Experiences

To all of my Friends in the Ward 8 community and beyond -

Today, I had two moving experiences this very morning which I thought I would share with you after thinking about it.

The First, I attended the Funeral service for a dear friend and community activist and supporter, Dolores “Dee De” Grace. Father John Kumse, Pastor of St Mary’s Church, gave a moving and inspiring eulogy to a great lady. He spoke about the fact that Dee De was involved in everything from the local churches, the Collinwood Homeowner’s & Tenants Association, the Ward Club, Collinwood Slovenian Home and virtually everywhere else in the community. We all know she loved to gamble as well. Fr Marty Polito, Pastor of Holy Redeemer, and another close friend of Dee De’s, who was one of the Celebrants, said to me that after Mass, “to lose someone like Dee De is a real blow to the community. Where are the others, especially the younger ones, to step up to the plate?” Dee De was 78 years young, lived on Holmes Avenue and would never leave the neighborhood; Collinwood was her home. She lived it everyday. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 6:48 PM, 12.04.2016

Veteran’s Day

I know what Veteran’s Day means to me and I have shared this sentiment over the years in articles every year. As we commemorate the sacrifices our countrymen (and women) made during this Centennial of WWI – the war to end all wars – let us take a moment to reflect on ALL VETERANS – Living and deceased. I will be walking in the Veteran’s Day parade this year helping to remember the service and sacrifice of our Civil War veterans and all veterans – LEST WE FORGET.

 This Veteran’s Day let us make a concerted effort to remember those who served in America’s Armed Forces.  Our community dedicated a new monument just this past June to do just that every day. How many of you walk or drive by the park and acknowledge that monument and what it stands for?  Please take a moment this Veteran’s Day to walk over to the park, take a look at the monument, read it, salute the flag and take a moment to say “thank you.” Then put these sentiments to action.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 7:00 PM, 11.07.2016

New Food Pantry to Open in Collinwood

Siggy’s Village, a community gathering place in South Collinwood, will open its Food Pantry on Wednesday November 2nd from 9:00am-12:00pm. The pantry will take place every week on Monday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and on Wednesday and Thursday  from 9:00pm-12:00pm.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 7:00 PM, 11.07.2016

HGR unveils new offices

On Oct. 20, HGR Industrial Surplus hosted an open house and luncheon for its partners, community leaders and long-time friends to unveil a more-than-$1.2-million renovation. If you’ve never been to the back of the building, now you have two reasons to drive around: to visit the NEO Sports Plant and the new operations offices for HGR.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 7:00 PM, 11.07.2016