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1908 Collinwood School Fire Memorialized through 100 year-old Local Church

The history of Cleveland holds an irreparable and indelible mark when referring to March 4, 1908. This is the day that almost every family in the Collinwood neighborhood tragically lost at least one child on Ash Wednesday morning at Lakeview School on E. 152nd Street. The fire started in the basement and spread quickly. Children panicked and became confused. Narrow hallways and flames forced children to run in many directions; many falling on top of one another and becoming trapped in a pile just inside the entrance. Parents fought to recover their children, but many still perished. In fact, about half did not make it out alive. In total, 172 children, 2 teachers, and a rescuer died that morning. White ribbons marked hundreds of family doors effected by the disaster. Funeral processions occurred daily for weeks. Many families lost multiple children. No one in Cleveland and around the world were immune to the heartbreak.

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

Celebrating Collinwood

A packed crowd of Collinwood residents enjoyed A Night on the Red Carpet for this year’s Taste the Neighborhood held at the Lithuanian Club. The night was filled with glitz and glam from photo booth to raffle prizes. A big shout out to the 22 restaurants that participated, all those who donated to the raffle, and the many people that helped with the event, including a dynamic team of volunteers from Villa Angela- St. Joseph.

The highlight of the night was when outstanding community members were recognized. Congratulations to Collinwood Hall of Fame inductee Caroline Peak, Resident of the Year Rhonda McLean, Business of the Year Gus’s Diner, and Investment of the Year Veteran’s Park with thanks to Councilman Mike Polensek. 

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

What is in David Bowie's Playlist?

Come to St. Jerome Church Wednesday, March 15th at 7:30 to hear City Music Cleveland Chamber Orchestra's answer.  Avner Dorman will conduct and singer Richard Kline (Diamond Dogs) will be featured.  This unforgettable program will includes:

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

Blackwater Roasters Brings Fresh Roasted Coffee To East 185th St.

On Monday, January 30th at 6 am. Blackwater Roasters opened its doors at 818 East 185th Street. Owner, Nathan Baker, is proud to be serving his house roasted coffee and homemade baked goods to the Collinwood community. Their hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 6 am to 9 pm, Friday 6 am to 11 pm, Saturday 7 am to 11 pm, and closed on Sunday.

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

Cleveland Metroparks Next Phase Of Planning For The New Euclid Beach Pier

Cleveland Metroparks is eager to provide an update on the new Euclid Beach Pier project. Following meetings with Councilman Mike Polensek and September’s public meeting at the Collinwood Recreation Center, the Park District has completed the preliminary design documents necessary for permitting the new pier and has now completed removal of the former Euclid Beach Pier. 

Cleveland Metroparks recently submitted permit applications to allow construction of the pier to several agencies, including the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

 As Cleveland Metroparks awaits feedback and subsequent approval on the permit applications, preparation work will continue for commencement of construction. “We are excited to move forward with the next steps of the Euclid Beach Pier,” said Cleveland Metroparks Chief Planning and Design Officer, Sean McDermott. “As we continue progress with this catalytic project, our highest priority and focus is on improved guest experience, accessibility and safety for park visitors.”

 Since 2013, Cleveland Metroparks has continued work on improvements to Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood Park in Euclid Creek Reservation. The Euclid Beach Pier project addresses improvements in a phased approach, which includes a focus on ADA accessibility, expanded trails along the waterfront and a new plaza at Euclid Beach Park. Construction of the pier will occur in phase one, with updates to the plaza and surrounding areas in phase two. The new pier is expected to be approximately 285 ft. long from the top of the bluff, with approximately 120 ft. extending over Lake Erie. Construction of the Euclid Beach Pier will commence upon the issuance of permits and the approval of final plans, which the Park District hopes to be in summer 2017.

 Cleveland Metroparks is looking forward to an exciting year ahead, and to the kick-off of the 2017 Euclid Beach LIVE summer concert series with Disco Inferno!

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

Bringing New Life to The LaSalle Theater!

Want to be a part of bringing back this historic and beloved East 185th Street landmark! How can you help? As a dual-purpose fundraiser/renovation project, Northeast Shores is selling brick pavers for $150/each and light bulbs for $20/each. Everyone who walks through the doors of the new theater will see the pavers, which will act as a 'red carpet' to the grand entryway.

Whether you are part of a business, a local resident, or simply an enthusiast for the community...you can help pave the way to the completion of our theater's return. Light bulbs are also available for purchase to help make this project possible. After all, what's a theater without a well-lit grand marquee luring you to the show? For more information call Carly Marginian at 216-481-7660.

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

Shop at Cavotta's for Christmas Trees and Candy

If you are in the market for a high quality, fresh Christmas tree stop by Cavotta's at 19603 Nottingham, right by the railroad tracks. Angela has a beautiful selection of Frazier, Scots Pine, and White Pine trees. If you are looking for that perfect Christmas gift, her homemade chocolates, and caramel dipped pretzels are out of this world. Cavotta's is open 10 AM to 8 PM Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 7 PM on Sunday.

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

Picturing Collinwood Survey

Tell us what YOU think! We are very interested in hearing what you have to say. What are your impressions of the neighborhood? What have been our big successes, and what do we still need to address? Take a few minutes to share your thoughts and your vision with our online survey. It won't take you long, and the feedback you provide will be a huge help to us in prioritizing our revitalization strategy! 

Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey by visiting www.citizenmetrics.com/collinwood and possibly win a $25 gift certificate to a neighborhood eatery. 

Please use codeNE9961

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

Picturing Collinwood Survey

Tell us what YOU think! We are very interested in hearing what you have to say. What are your impressions of the neighborhood? What have been our big successes, and what do we still need to address? Take a few minutes to share your thoughts and your vision with our online survey. It won't take you long, and the feedback you provide will be a huge help to us in prioritizing our revitalization strategy! 

Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey by visiting www.citizenmetrics.com/collinwood and possibly win a $25 gift certificate to a neighborhood eatery. 

Please use codeNE9961

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

President Clinton Spoke in Collinwood September 27th

Former President Bill Clinton gave a rousing speech of empowerment to the student body and others at the Ginn Academy gym at East 162nd Street near Saranac Road while campaigning for wife Hillary Clinton.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 7:55 PM, 10.03.2016

Cleveland Metroparks Evolves Plans for Euclid Beach Upgrades

Cleveland Metroparks concept for a new Euclid Beach Pier is coming to shape following a public meeting held September 22, 2016 at the Collinwood Recreation Center.  The evolving design concept was developed following a study of wave patterns, lake conditions and the desire to capture views of downtown Cleveland to the west.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 7:55 PM, 10.03.2016

Veteran's Park Dedication

On Sunday, June 12th 2016, Northeast Ohio was uncharacteristically sunny as Collinwood dedicated its first veteran's memorial at Veterans Park at the intersection of Lakeshore Blvd and Nottingham Rd to honor those who have fought for our freedoms. The marble monument, donated by Nagy Monuments on Waterloo Road, captures the emblems of the five divisions of the Armed Forces with stunning detail.

Since the founding of Collinwood, many men and women from this neighborhood responded to the call of duty to serve in the Armed Forces in both times of war and peace. Many of them came out for the ceremony. Councilman Polensek chose to commemorate those who served on this particular Sunday as it was leading up to Flag Day, June 14th commemorating the adoption of the flag in 1777.

The Collinwood-Nottingham Historical Society is collecting the stories of all those from the neighborhood who served. If you served, your history is important. The group would like to preserve those stories. Submit your story to Mary Louise Jesek Daley at mdaley@clevelandcitycouncil.org  or 216-664-4236.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 PM, 07.10.2016

Book release celebrates youth voices July 10

The public is invited to join more than a two dozen young leaders as they celebrate the release of their book, “Out of the Mouths of Babes Volume III”, at a reception on Sunday, July 10 at 2 pm at the Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 PM, 07.10.2016

Sewer District Hosting Community Meetings

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will host a series of meetings, called “Your Sewer District… the next five years,” to help customers understand more about the agency’s work and what customers can expect during 2017-2021.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:37 AM, 06.11.2016

Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Seeks 2016 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 (NLDP) is a free, 15 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 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:37 AM, 06.11.2016

Replacement of Pedestrian Bridge on Cleveland’s East Side Begins

Three years ago, the pedestrian bridge over Interstate 90 connecting two east side Cleveland neighborhoods was struck and so severely damaged that it had to be removed. This week crews on behalf of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) have started a project to replace the pedestrian bridge.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.05.2016

Veteran’s Park Dedication Sunday, June 12

You are most cordially invited to the Dedication of Veteran’s Park. To be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016 in the Collinwood Nottingham communities.

Ceremonies will start at 2:00 PM at the former Triangle Park at the corner of Lakeshore Boulevard and Nottingham Road. It will be dedicated anew to honor all those men and women of the Collinwood and Nottingham communities who have served in our Country’s Armed Forces. Our Veterans have served this community since 1796– through war & peacetime and through hardship & prosperity and deserve to be honored in this very special way. This is why we are developing this Veteran’s Park for our community and planning a noteworthy event for its dedication. We look forward to seeing you.

Any questions or comments should be directed to contact Mary Louise Jesek Daley in Councilman Polensek’s office at (216) 664-4236 or at mdaley@clevelandcitycouncil.org

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.05.2016

Little Red Cap Symbolic Remembrance of 1908 Collinwood School Fire

One hundred eight years ago this past March 4th, a horrific and inconceivable tragedy shocked the entire village of Collinwood.  On that Ash Wednesday morning, fire engulfed the seven-year-old, three-story Lakeview Elementary School, killing 172 children and 3 adults.

According to the account by local author and resident Edward (Sonny) Kern, “The flames burned through the pine wood floors so quickly that within an hour’s time since the [fire] alarm was given, the school was reduced to nothing but a burned out shell of outer brick walls that encircled and enshrined a basement full of ashes and corpses of children.”

The sadness, sorrow, grief and heartache that touched the lives of survivors’ families, the city, and country then (and for generations afterward), may have now inspired something both positive and uplifting.

A driving force behind this evolution has been Charlotte Iafeliece, long-time Collinwood resident and niece of seven-year-old Johan (John) Pazicky, who was among the fire’s victims.  Almost a year ago, Iafeliece and Elva Brodnick, another Collinwood resident, embarked on a plan to restore and maintain the current Memorial Garden, built to replace the original one that was built on the site of the old school at East 152nd Street and Lucknow Road.   

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 04.06.2016

Oliver H. Perry Wins Weather Station from WKYC

Oliver H. Perry School has won equipment that will allow students to collect weather data and learn about forces at work in the atmosphere.

Perry was one of 10 CMSD K-8 schools to win 6250 Davis Vantage Vue wireless weather stations in WKYC-TV’s Weather Warriors contest. The other schools were Almira, Campus International, Charles Dickens, Clara E. Westropp, Denison, Iowa-Maple, Luis Muñoz Marin, Riverside and Willson.

The schools were picked after submitting videos based on the theme: “We are the Weather Warriors.” To view the videos, go to http://bit.ly/1Zs6sxb

At Oliver H. Perry, homerooms will take turns each week collecting and analyzing weather data and presenting findings to the rest of the student body during the school’s Friday morning meetings. The benefits will extend beyond science, Principal Anne Priemer said.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 04.06.2016

Euclid Symphony Orchestra Presents Pops Concert Tribute to Leroy Anderson

In the final concert of their 55th year, the Euclid Symphony Orchestra will present a Pops Concert tribute to Leroy Anderson.The concert, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 at the Shore Cultural Centre at 291 E. 222nd St. in Euclid, will showcase some of Anderson’s most popular tunes.  Anderson, one of the most prominent pops composers, introduced many of his works to the American public in performances by the Boston Pops Orchestra. Anderson served as an arranger for the famous Orchestra and specialized in fun, short and catchy musical arrangements.  The tribute to Anderson is fitting for a man who is one of the most well-known and beloved contemporary composers.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 04.06.2016

Collinwood Café Grand Opening

Six Shooter Coffee will be the newest edition to the swiftly growing Collinwood Arts District.  6SC is a coffee roasting company that has been operating in a wholesale capacity for two years.  At 16021 Waterloo Road, you can soon visit their brick and mortar location.  6SC’s grand opening will be on Friday, March 4th. There will be a ribbon cutting at 6:45 p.m. with live music, coffee and espresso drinks to follow. 

Six Shooter Coffee’s name derived from a little bit of fun with American history.  The rumor was, President LBJ ‘s Texas ranch served coffee so strong it could float a revolver. While 6SC will provide that caffeine boost we all crave it is extremely smooth and low in acidity.  In addition to coffee, 6SC will have tea, bagels, pastries, fruit, yogurt and granola. In an effort to stay innovative the café will also provide non-alcoholic, hopped coffee and kombucha on a nitro tap. All of this will be available 7 days a week. They will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Owner/Operator Peter Brown lives in Collinwood and cares deeply about the neighborhood. He wants to make sure that his business helps the area.  Brown states, “We want to make sure this endeavor is more than just coffee.  Not only do we ethically source our beans, but we also have only hired people from the Collinwood/Euclid area and we are teaming up with an organization called LEAP to provide jobs for people with disabilities.”  Six Shooter Coffee aims to be a big part of the community.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 03.06.2016

The Winter Reggae Fest

The Winter Reggae Fest takes place on Bob Marley’s 71st birthday.  Featured entertainment will be Cleveland’s I-TAL and southwest Florida’s SOWFLO.  SOWFLO is an acronym for southwest Florida.  I-Tal is credited as being one of the very first reggae bands in the United States, debuting in 1978.  They play original “roots reggae” which emphasizes the traditional reggae beat and messages of independence, unity, Rastafari and has a great party beat.  SOWFLO is a modern rock/reggae band of young white boys who are fast becoming a national band.  Their influence on reggae is from bands like Sublime. SOWFLO has a very up-tempo reggae sound with a fantastic trombone player.  Also at the Winter Reggae Fest will be Jamaican food, art & crafts and Bob Marley movies.  This event is $15 in advance with tickets sold at the bar and $20 if any are left, at the door.  Doors at 8:00.  All ages.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

Beachland Ballroom now Open for Lunch

 The Beachland Ballroom is now open for lunch, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 AM to 3 PM. They are still serving their famous and award-winning brunch on Saturday from 11 AM to 3 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM. The lunch during the week is fairly new, and you do not want to miss it.

Be sure to start off your experience with a pour over coffee from the six shooter pop-up coffee shop. I have stopped in numerous times and everything that I tried on the menu was delicious and unique. My favorite item on the menu, and the one that keeps me coming back is the North Coast sandwich made with turkey, bacon, fried egg, avocado, tomato, Gruyere sauce, and basil garlic aïoli on a toasted Westside market multigrain bread. Be sure to order the fresh-cut fries served with the basil garlic aïoli.

There are many vegan, vegetarian and healthy choices on the menu. Everything is of the highest quality, locally sourced, and an excellent value. Do yourself a favor. Change things up a bit. Go to the Beachland Ballroom for lunch on a Wednesday ,Thursday,or Friday. You'll be happy you did.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

The 999 Story

The 1890’s were the hay-day of the American railroad industry.  The aggressive spiderlike consolidations of the New York Central Railway by the industrial barons of the day, Erastus Corning and Cornelius Vanderbilt came under a cloud of negative public popularity. To change this image, the NYC embarked upon breaking the world train speed record just before the Chicago World Exposition in 1893. On May 10, 1893 on a run between Buffalo and Syracuse the specially designed train was the first vehicle to achieve over 100 miles per hour, reaching the unheard of speed of 112 miles per hour. The engine behind this record was the legendary 999 which was rebuilt and now is located at the Chicago Museum.

The Collinwood Yards are one of the principal repair facilities and freight transfer points of the New York Central railroad, originated in 1874 when it established a rail center in the village of Collinwood. A brick roundhouse was built to house and repair locomotives; nearby, a machine shop, housing an engine room, blacksmith shop, and an office was constructed with upstairs apartments for the use of the road's employees. The freight transfer yards were located on the south side of the main tracks, with extensive stock yards north of them. In 1874 at least 500 engineers, firemen, brakemen, conductors, and other employees made their headquarters near the yard to handle the 72 freight trains arriving daily. As the railroad grew, so did the village of Collinwood, with its population reaching about 3,200 by the 1890s. The yards, situated along present-day E. 152nd St. just south of the Lakeland Freeway, were expanded in 1903 and again in 1929; at that time they included 120 miles of track and could handle 2,000 cars daily. In 1933 the facilities employed about 2,000 workers. By the end of World War II, the Collinwood yards became a major switching and diesel repair facility for the NYC. 

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

The Salvation Army Breaks Ground on New Facility

On Nevember 2, 2015, The Salvation Army of Collinwood joined Councilman Michael Polensek to break ground on a new 35,000 square foot facility!  This $10 Million investment will expand emergency services and other current programs that serve Collinwood, Euclid and surrounding communities. 

Some of the amenities in the new facility will include; Enhanced Music & Arts program space and the addition of two practice rooms, a larger Chapel, a Youth Room, a Game Room, 4 Classrooms, the after-school Learning Center program and the Summer Day Camp program will both increase capacity by 44%, a larger High school regulation gymnasium, with two cross courts, allowing greater capacity, a new Fitness Center, a new Choice Food Pantry, a Hospitality shower space, an expanded Cafeteria and a multi-purpose room and meeting space that can be separate or combined with the cafeteria.  This will allow multiple groups of people to be served meals at the same time.

The building is designed by Van Auken Akins Architects and is being constructed by Marous Brothers Construction.

 

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:18 PM, 12.06.2015

Rose-Mary Hosts a Night at the Races

On Friday, November 13, 2015 from 6:30-11:00 p.m. at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School Gymnasium, Rose-Mary Center will host a NIGHT AT THE RACES to help raise funds for the Homes for Our Future: Community Integration Project.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 11:41 AM, 11.25.2015

Packy Malley's Grand Opening Friday November 6th

A great new addition to Waterloo has their Grand Opening this Friday, November 6th.  Packy Malley's will open in the site of the former Waterloo Brew, in the Slovenian Workman's Home at 15335 Waterloo Road. Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band will be playing in the ballroom at the Home on Friday night to celebrate the occasion.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 11:41 AM, 11.25.2015

State and Local Officials Gather to Recognize HGR for its Contribution to Ohio Manufacturing

On Oct. 1, HGR Industrial Surplus celebrated Manufacturing Day with a site-dedication ceremony and customer appreciation sale that included 20 to 50 percent off most items in the showroom and resulted in more than 225 people visiting and one of the company’s top sales days.

Customers began to arrive before 7:30 a.m. to shop for used industrial surplus goods, including one whose mother built GM auto bodies at the facility. Guests continued to arrive for the 11 a.m. dedication ceremony emceed by Mark “Munch” Bishop of WKNR 850 AM, who shared a brief history of the site before turning the floor over to Brian Krueger, one of HGR’s owners who introduced many honored guests.

Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik acknowledged the $10-12 million of improvements that HGR has begun making to the fire system, roof and parking lot, saying, “I remember dodging chuckholes as big as your car in the lot when it was owned by the previous landlord.” Council President Kirsten Holzheimer-Gale said a few words and introduced Ward 1 Councilwoman Stephana C. Caviness, as well as Pearletha Taylor, president of the Heritage Park Neighborhood Association, then presented HGR with a friendship plaque from the city. Krueger acknowledged Cheryl Stephens of the Cuyahoga Land Bank who helped negotiate the site acquisition.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 5:41 PM, 10.12.2015

From Summer Estate to State of the Art Rehab

In 1942, The Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark bought the 25 acre estate on Chardon Hill from the family of Henry Pickands.  Pickands was the heir to the Pickands Mather Company, pioneers in the Great Lakes shipping and mining industries.  The order of Catholic sisters began to provide rest home services for residents of the area in the large, white, Neo-Georgian-style dwelling that was on the estate property.  Of the fifty sisters in the ministry at the time, some were sent to nursing school to be able to better provide medical care to their patients.  The rest home soon outgrew the capacity of the house, and in the 1950s, the Sisters raised money, and built a 100-bed nursing facility in increments.  This home was called Mount Saint Joseph.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 5:41 PM, 10.12.2015

Public meeting

Public Meeting

Help Plan the Future of E. 185th St.

Villa Angela St. Joseph High School Gymnasium

Thursday, September 10, 2015

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 6:40 PM, 09.08.2015

All Community Meeting

Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary School

All Community Meeting

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Oliver Hazard Perry School

18400 Schenely

6:00 p.m.

We are building a new Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary School and your input is vital to its success.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 6:40 PM, 09.08.2015

Gift from Lifelong Euclid Resident to Fund Hospice House Upgrades

Hospice of the Western Reserve Announces Long-Range Growth Plans

Twenty years ago, Hospice of the Western Reserve began admitting patients at its new hospice house – the first in Ohio and one of only a handful in the country – overlooking 1,200 feet of Lake Erie waterfront. At a recent anniversary ceremony, president and chief executive officer Bill Finn announced the agency is engaged in a master planning process with C.C. Hodgson, a firm specializing in healthcare and senior living design services.

 “This is a multi-year journey,” Finn said, speaking before an audience of staff members, volunteers and community supporters. “Our objective is to set long-term goals for David Simpson Hospice House and the adjacent 12-acre Christian Life Center property we acquired in 2009. As we examine the options to grow and to expand this campus, our focus is on solutions that will most benefit the Northeast Ohio region - our patients, families and the community.” 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

St. John Nottingham Church hosts Dr.Paul Maier

St. John Nottingham Lutheran Church is presenting a seminar at the church, 17403 Nottingham Road, on Saturday September 19, 2015 from 9:00 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. This seminar is being presented as part of our 125 th anniversary celebration for “Spreading the Good News” in the Collinwood area.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

Local Residents Invited to Support Villa Angela- St. Joseph’s "Escape on the Lake"

Hospice of the Western Reserve is collaborating with Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School (VASJ) to support the school's annual fundraiser, "Escape on the Lake" 5k Run and 1-Mile Walk on Saturday, July 11. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. at (VASJ), 18491 Lakeshore Blvd., with the Finish Line at the shoreline of Lake Erie, on the property adjacent to VASJ and David Simpson Hospice House. This park-like property, formerly home to the Christian Life Center, and is now part of Hospice of the Western Reserve's Lakeshore Campus. 

Members from the surrounding community are encouraged to run the 5k, walk the 1-mile, or cheer on the athletes. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase something delicious from one of the food trucks at the event. Bring your kites, lawn toys/games and a blanket and enjoy a beautiful afternoon on the Lake Erie waterfront. 

This is a 20th Anniversary celebration for the David Simpson Hospice House.hospicewr.org and a fundraising event for Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School vasj.com/escape-on-the-lake. Register for the run on the Hermes website: hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/escapeonthelake.asp.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:02 AM, 07.12.2015

Healthy, Active Collinwood!

Our commitment to community health was kicked off May 17, 2015 with Energize Euclid. There were health screenings and vendors from Euclid and Collinwood. The Euclid YMCA introduced their Fitting in Fitness program, costing only $10! This 8 week program includes educational discussions, one hour weekly boot camp, health screenings, and full access to the Euclid YMCA. Plus, a chance to win a FitBit! To sign up, call 216-731-7454.

Collinwood 2015 events are about to happen. These events blend arts with health initiatives. We had 21 amazing proposals, and some of those will be coming to fruition. In the meantime, be sure to register for VASJ’s Escape on the Lake 5K at http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/escapeonthelake.asp.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 12:53 PM, 05.31.2015

Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation Connector Bridge Installed Over Creek

Cleveland Metroparks installed a brand new pedestrian bridge over Euclid Creek earlier today, connecting Villa Angela and Wildwood parks in the lakefront section of the Euclid Creek Reservation. The 150-foot, ADA accessible pedestrian bridge will improve visitor access from Villa Angela to Wildwood by crossing over Euclid Creek at the existing trail rather than requiring walkers or cyclists to circle up toward the road to get to the current crossing. This $678,000 project is under construction now and should be open by May 31. The project also includes 800-feet of all purpose trail, trail lighting, and beach-front landscaping. 

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 4:11 PM, 05.18.2015

Teacher of the Year

Who has the Teacher of the Year for all Imagine Schools in Northeast Ohio? That would be right here at Imagine Bella Academy of Excellence. Hillary Kaput started at Imagine Bella Academy of Excellence in 2010 as a Kindergarten teacher and won teacher of the year in her current position as a second grade teacher.  Mrs. Kaput strives for academic growth for all students, a positive classroom culture through morning meeting, and works as part of the school improvement team afterschool.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 8:45 PM, 04.03.2015

Girl Scouts Appreciate your Support and Sweet Tooth

The Girl Scouts in Brownie Troop #71092 and Cadette Troop #71440 appreciate the support shown by the neighborhood at their recent "drive-thru" cookie booths at the LaSalle Theater. Northeast Shores was kind enough to provide the space and promotion to the troops, which together serve more than 35 girls in the Collinwood/Euclid area. Over the two Friday nights, the girls sold more than 350 boxes of cookies for a profit of almost $250 (the troop keeps about 69¢ per box sold).

The girls earned credit towards their individual and troop goals, and got important experience marketing their products, loudly! They practiced teamwork in taking turns for the various jobs at the booth, improved their people skills in serving customers driving every which way, and most important, had lots of fun despite the cold. Both troops are planning camping trips and will be making choices over the coming months on how to spend their earnings on leadership development experiences including field trips, badge programs, and community service projects.   

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 8:45 PM, 04.03.2015

Collinwood Native featured at Autorama

Local Native George Blade Jr. custom built a motorcycle from various metal parts that actually can run right out his own garage and will be one of the vendors at this year Auto Rama at the IX Indoor Center March 20-22.  He is a sell taught welder who can weld and create just about anything with scrap pieces. What makes this bike unique is that unlike other custom built motorcycles and bikes, he used various scrap pieces such as tractor tires, bbq grill pieces, steel bars and various steel and metal items purchased from home depot and junkyards. George Blade Jr. born and raised in the Collinwood area of 146th & St Clair. He attended East Clark Elementary, St Joseph middle School and Collinwood high School. He has always been a very talented young man. He was a excellent player on the junior varsity and varsity basketball team. Won various dunk contest and played with the Harlem road king bball squad for a few years. His love for building started at a young age with Lego (which he still have to this day).   “My name is George Blade Jr., a builder/welder/ fabricator. Father of two gorgeous children, i am devoted to family, hard work, and building a better life. Grew up in Cleveland, OH all my life. Inspired by the phrase "unbuildable" is what feeds my creativity. My goal is to push to limits of design and build the some would say unbuildable machines. My Cleveland based company Go Boy Customs is owned and operated by me and all my machines are built by me. I started this dream in my garage about 5 years ago building custom cars and bikes with my dad, who passed a couple years ago, I must continue to push the envelope of creativity and design.  I just love the "wow" factor.”   Late 2015 he plan to conducts FREE class to young men who want to learn basic welding techniques.     CONTACT INFO: Marketing Director: Stephanie Saddler at 216-798-2804   Email: goboycustomsmarketing@yahoo.com         GoBoy Customs Inc.   
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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 7:53 PM, 03.06.2015

Neighborhood Saddened by Passing of Rev. Anthony Casses

Our dear friend, the Reverend Anthony Cassese, 66, Pastor at St. Jerome Parish in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland in Ward 8 of the City of Cleveland passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.  Father Cassese was ordained to the priesthood for the service of the Order of St Paul the Hermit on 23 April 1977 in the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA.  After serving in the Catholic Diocese at St Louis Parish in Cleveland Heights and Our Lady of Mt Carmel in Willowick, he was assigned to St Jerome Parish in Cleveland. He was appointed Administrator pro tem (in 1992) and then Administrator (in October 2005) of St Jerome’s Church. He was then named Pastor of St. Jerome, Cleveland, on 6 November 2006.  He had served at St Jerome for 27 years until his death.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 10:04 PM, 02.05.2015

Cleveland Students Compete in “Stop the Hate” Songwriting Competition

Recent national headlines continue to spark protests across the country, including here in Cleveland, but CMSD students are using a different approach to send a message: music. 

Several District schools participated in “Stop the Hate, Sing it Loud,” a songwriting competition through the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Teaching artists from the nonprofit organization Roots of American Music visited the schools to help students create an original song with an anti-discrimination or anti-bullying theme.

Afi-Odelia Scruggs worked with the Collinwood High School students and made sure they took the task seriously.

“I challenge the students to do what I call a ‘call to action,’ which is the song has to tell somebody what you can do to combat hate,” Scruggs said. “I really try to make the kids aware that the words they say to their peers can be hateful and they can be very damaging, and you really want to be aware of what you say,” Scruggs said.

The songwriting process includes a visit to Maltz for inspiration, collaborating on lyrics, creating a beat, and recording the song with the help of the teaching artist. Students performed their original songs in front of judges Wednesday at the Bohemian National Hall.

“I hope it inspires young people our age to make a difference,” Collinwood High School junior Dayuanna White said.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 5:19 PM, 01.26.2015

Eastside Greenway Plans to Connect 19 Greater Cleveland Communities with Bike and Pedestrian Paths

Imagine living close to a trail system that connects neighborhoods throughout the eastern portion of Cuyahoga County with employment centers, transit, services, parks and green spaces. Imagine walking or biking to school, work, the store, or a park. Imagine being able to bike from the Euclid Creek Reservation to the Shaker Median Trail, or from Rockefeller Park to the North Chagrin Reservation. Imagine the Eastside Greenway.

The Eastside Greenway  will increase pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in and between the eastern portion of Cleveland and 18 suburbs: East Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, University Heights, Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, Highland Heights, Highland Hills, North Randall, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Euclid, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Bratenahl, Orange Village and Warrensville Heights. Leaders from these cities are working alongside planners and other regional organizations, like the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, LAND studio, the Cleveland Metroparks, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Bike Cleveland, to develop a plan for the greenway that can be used to guide the way to implementation.

With planning currently underway, the project team will be hosting a second round of public meetings to share project updates and solicit feedback from the community in early 2015 and you are invited. The same content will be presented at each meeting, so choose the date and location that works best for your schedule. The meeting dates are as follows:

January 28, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m: Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave, Cleveland

January 29, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m: Beachwood Public Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood

February 2, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m: Waterloo Brew, 15335 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland

February 3, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m: University Heights Public Library, 13866 Cedar Rd, University Heights

At the meetings, a brief overview of the project will be provided as well as the results of the completed inventory and analysis. Alternative routes for the greenway network will be presented and the project team will solicit feedback on route alignments as well as route priorities from community members. This feedback will be taken into account as the plan is finalized in the first half of 2015. A third round of public meetings, in which the final greenway plan will be presented to the public, will take place in May 2015. More information on the Eastside Greenway can be found on the project’s website at www.eastsidegreenway.weebly.c

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:35 PM, 01.26.2015

Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Parks Public Meeting

It has been 18 months since Cleveland Metroparks assumed management of Cleveland’s lakefront parks including Euclid Beach/Villa Angela and Wildwood.  Cleveland Metroparks is marking the occasion with a public meeting on Thursday December 4th at the Collinwood Rec Center designed to share information about scheduled improvements and upcoming master plans, and solicit your feedback and suggestions! Thursday December 4th, at the Collinwood Rec Center (16300 Lakeshore Blvd.) There will also be two presentations - one at 5:15 and another at 6:00 p.m.  Tell a friend or two or three!

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 2:57 PM, 01.24.2015

It's Never Too Late To Thank a Veteran

Hospice of the Western Reserve helps veterans find peace at life’s end. Collinwood residents will join Americans across the country to observe Veterans Day on November 11t, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country. These fellow Americans have made sacrifices in defense of freedom. Honoring our local veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives.

For some veterans, however, nearing the end of life can bring anguish over past war experiences. Did you know that Hospice of the Western Reserve, our community-based hospice headquartered right here in Collinwood, is one the nation’s largest nonprofit legacy providers of care? Or that the organization has made a special commitment to those who have served in the Armed Forces?   

Over the past two years, the agency has provided care to more than 3,200 veterans throughout Northeast Ohio, including many of our friends and neighbors in the community. Its Peaceful & Proud program provides training for clinical care teams, so they can address complex issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. Each Veterans Day, a special ceremony, complete with military Color Guard, music, refreshments and the individual "pinning" and recognition of each veteran who resides at David Simpson Hospice House and who wish to be honored, takes place.

The hospice also conducts many more such recognition ceremonies across Northeast Ohio each year, ranging from intimate gatherings involving a single hospice patient and family to large public events where a hundred or more veterans are honored. This year, more than 2,000 veterans will be honored and personally thanked in public recognition ceremonies by Hospice of the Western Reserve. Many more will be recognized privately, by the bedside.

“Northeast Ohio is home to a very large veteran population, and many vets are nearing the end of life. Some of the most important work we do is helping them find peace,” explained Bill Finn, chief executive officer. Finn said to help address these needs, volunteers who have served in the military are paired with veteran patients, providing the camaraderie of shared experiences. Counseling, storytelling, art and music therapy, and legacy work are just a few of the ways the community-based hospice helps veterans achieve the peace they seek at the end of life.

Hospice of the Western Reserve is also actively involved with We Honor Veterans, an innovative program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offered in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The hospice is among an elite group that has achieved a “partner level four” designation from the national program, given only to hospices demonstrating the highest level of commitment to veterans.

If you or a veteran you love would like more information about the services provided by Hospice of the Western Reserve, visit hospicewr.org, or call 800.707.8922.  And remember, this Veterans Day or any day at all... It's never too late to thank a veteran!

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:57 PM, 11.17.2014

Balina Bocce Balinca Tournament

Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15

Slovenian workman's home

15335 Waterloo Rd. 216-481-5378

entry fee $60 per team includes a sandwich and a soft drink on Saturday

teams may consist of four men, four women, or mixed teams

cash bar will be open both days

prize money for winners of each division

games will start Friday at 7 PM and Saturday at 9 AM

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:57 PM, 11.17.2014