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Three Inducted to Cleveland's Sports Legends Hall of Fame

In 1962 the Cleveland Plain Dealer ran a sports story which featured an unlikely State Championship by Collinwood High School. Theo Morrow and Mike Cavotta captured Collinwood’s first ever Championship by winning the State Track & Field event. The two of them stunned the meet and the highly favored defending champion, Dayton Dunbar, who fielded 18 qualifiers. (picture 1 here)

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 4:08 PM, 11.11.2019

Cleveland's Sports Legends Hall of Fame Three Collinwood alumni Inducted

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) held its Inaugural Sports Legends Hall of Fame Gala at Cleveland State University Glasscock Family Ballroom. The Gala, with more than 350 in attendance, kicked off with a social hour against the back drop of sports memorabilia displays presented by the various school’s Alumni Associations. Followed by dinner, key note speaker and finally the Legends Induction ceremony.

The key note speaker was John Henry Johnson Jr., son of NFL Hall of Fame running back, attended West Tech and Benedictine High Schools. John coached track & field from USC, UCLA, and most recently as the coach for the Marine Wounded Warriors. The theme of his speech was to achieve success, you must be sincere, compassionate and disciplined in your efforts. John commented, “….you do what you do best and do it to the hilt.”

To qualify as a Sports Legend, you have to have an affiliation as a CMSD high school graduate, coach, staff, athletic director or administrator and were part of a team/individual championship/runner-up at the Senate, District, Regional, State, Collegiate, Professional or International level. This criteria was used to select more than 4,000 individuals spanning the past 115 years. At the Gala 45 Legends were honored by induction which included former Olympian greats Jesse Owens, Harrison Dilliard and Stella Walsh.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 4:08 PM, 11.11.2019

City of Cleveland Unveils Renovations at Mark Tromba Park

CLEVELAND –Mayor Frank G. Jackson along with Michael Cox, Director of Public Works and Councilman Michael Polensek (Ward 8) joined city dignitaries and residents on Sept. 21 for a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the renovation of Mark Tromba Park.

“Mark Tromba Park is a neighborhood park,” said Mayor Jackson. “This community owns this park emotionally and physically. It is good for the community.”

The $1.2 million renovation of the Collinwood neighborhood park includes a new splash pad, playgrounds with swings, two basketball courts and a tennis court. Visitors can also utilize new amenities including a drinking fountain, game tables, benches and waste receptacles. Other renovations consist of expanded parking to accommodate 26 vehicles, lighting, fencing repairs and the removal of tall perimeter fences to create a more welcoming environment.

In an effort to support the sustainable development of the city, the park now provides 33 percent more green space in the overall design. The park will also feature a public art sculpture by Cleveland artist Charlotte Lees, located at the confluence of the park’s walk ways.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:23 AM, 10.06.2019

Cavotta's Tomato Festival a Tasty Triumph

Over 350 guests were treated to a perfect summer day and scrumptious food at Cavotta's Tomato Festival. World-class chefs from local restaurants used Angela's heirloom tomatoes to create tasty treats. A distinguished panel of judges led by Frank Longo owner of the famous Allegro club and Chip Kullik from M-105 gave the award for best dish to Osteria restaurant, owned by local Collinwood legend Al Cefaratti. His dish of a pefectly al-dente pasta salad, with green beans, tomatoes, soft italian cheese, and a special sauce was heavenly. 

The addition of a full liquor license to Cavotta's Garden Center greatly added to the event as quality cocktails, ice cold beer, and reasonably priced bottles of wine were available. The Blues Deville band entertained throughout the afternoon with their perfect blend of popular music.

We are blessed to have this uban farm and party venue located right in our neighborhood at 19603 Nottingham road. The Garden Center is open Tuesday- Thursday 10-6, Friday ​10-7 Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5. Stop in for some locally grown produce and eggs so fresh you can meet the chickens.

Thank you Angela Cavotta for your commitment to our neighborhood and all your hard work on The Cleveland Tomato Festival!

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 5:20 PM, 09.08.2019

15th Annual, Remembering the Sights and Sounds of Euclid Beach Park

September of this year will mark 50 years since Cleveland’s beloved amusement park, Euclid Beach Park closed forever. For 74 seasons it operated on the shore of Lake Erie in Cleveland’s Collinwood/Nottingham neighborhood. Although many were saddened by the amusement park’s closing, this year’s event sponsored by Euclid Beach Park Now in partnership with Cleveland Metroparks, and made possible by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, celebrates 50 Years of Fond Memories. To help rekindle memories of the grand amusement park, Euclid Beach Park Now has produced photo posters of the individual rides and attractions with descriptive narrative. These will be placed throughout the park as near as possible to where the ride and attraction once stood. One can take a self-guided tour or tag along on one of the guided tours, led by a Euclid Beach Park Historian relating more park history. There will also be displays of park memorabilia. The Rocket Ship Car and Thriller Car will be present, offering rides out to Lake Shore Boulevard, under the old arch entrance and over the bridge was once part of the Turnpike ride which remains between the two high rise apartment buildings.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 5:20 PM, 09.08.2019

Grand Opening of Goodwill Outlet store in Collinwood

Grand Opening of Goodwill Outlet Store Unites Greater Collinwood, Cleveland, OH--Greater Collinwood Development Corporation joined Councilman Anthony Hairston and Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland Thursday morning, July 25, for the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Goodwill Outlet Store, located at East 179th Street and St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 8:45 AM, 07.30.2019

Happy Birthday St. Jerome

Alumni, friends and former parishioners filled St. Jerome Church to overflowing July 21st to celebrate 100 years of faith and community.  The Most Reverend Nelson Perez presided at Mass.  Each of our six pastors were represented in some way.  Fr. Bill, Fr. Haren, and Fr. Walsh concelebrated the Mass.  Our founder, Monsignor Leo Hammer’s vestments were displayed in the back of the church, Fr. Koehl’s chalice was used, and Fr. Cassese’s rosary was on the altar in the flowers.  Representatives from the various parish organizations, the school and alumni were active participants.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 8:45 AM, 07.30.2019

Collinwood Will Be the Host Neighborhood For Cleveland Chain Reaction

The third installment of Cleveland Chain Reaction will take place in the city’s Collinwood neighborhood. The neighborhood, located at the city’s northeast boundary, will host this economic development project that matches local investors with local entrepreneurs. By the end of 2019, the Chain Reaction partners aim to have five new businesses preparing to open in the neighborhood. Collinwood was selected from a group of four neighborhood finalists, which also included Kamm’s Corners (in West Park), La Villa Hispana (in Clark Fulton) and Glenville.  Collinwood was a neighborhood finalist in each of the past two Chain Reaction seasons.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 10:48 AM, 05.05.2019

Annual Bunny Breakfast Recap

Ward 10 Councilman Anthony Hairston and Greater Collinwood Development Corporation hosted the 2nd Annual Ward 10 Bunny Breakfast on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Aspinwall Outreach Center. We welcomed youth, residents and families surrounding Ward 10 to come together for this fun occasion. Participants had breakfast, created Easter crafts, got their face painted and took photos with the Easter Bunny. The event was phenomenal. We had over 100 residents participate in the event.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 10:48 AM, 05.05.2019

Plogging is Here!

Plogging is here, get used to it! Great turnout for the first official Cleveland Plogs plogging of the season. This motley crew covered close to 2 miles and hauled in 10 huge bags of trash! We’ll be at it again every last Wednesday of the month at 6pm. Catch us (if you can!) on East 185th Street April 24th!

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 2:55 PM, 03.30.2019

Hospice of the Western Reserve Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Forty years ago, a small group of visionaries saw an unmet need in the community. They marshaled their passion and their resources, and with the help of friends, they established Cancer Family Service, Inc. This was the forerunner of what would eventually become Hospice of the Western Reserve. Over time, the tiny operation grew from caring for 23 cancer patients in 1978 to a nonprofit agency caring for more than 1,100 patients a day living with a wide range of advanced illnesses. Since its inception, the organization has cared for more than 120,000 people in Northern Ohio.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 2:52 PM, 03.10.2019

Updates from Greater Collinwood Development

While Greater Collinwood Development is a name that’s new, our organization is not, with roots in the Collinwood community that go back 37 years.  Founded in 1982 as Collinwood Villages Development, our name and service area have changed several times through the years, but our commitment to the communities we serve has remained steadfast.  Throughout the years we have constructed new homes and retail businesses along St. Clair Avenue, provided land assembly for large scale industrial projects along South Waterloo Rd., engaged residents at community and civic meetings and worked with community stakeholders to craft neighborhood plans that guided neighborhood development.  In July 2018 what was Collinwood and Nottingham Villages Development expanded its service area north to the lakefront, and now serves the communities of North Shore Collinwood, Collinwood Village/Five Pointes, Nottingham Village, and Euclid Green. 

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 2:52 PM, 03.10.2019

Say Yes to bring scholarships, services for students

Cleveland has been become the fourth chapter of Say Yes to Education, a historic development that will bring college scholarships to CMSD students while also providing services designed to keep them on track to graduation.

For a city with the nation’s second highest rate of child poverty and a low percentage of college graduates, the move promises to be a game changer. Besides opening doors for students who may have once dismissed post-secondary education as unaffordable, creating Say Yes Cleveland has the potential to attract new residents and spur economic growth.

Philanthropist George Weiss, who founded the national nonprofit Say Yes organization 31 years ago, announced Cleveland’s selection Jan. 18 at the John Marshall Campus. Students who packed the gym stood and cheered, while others saw the event live-streamed in an overflow area and high schools across the District.

"Say Yes to Education is the right thing at the right time for the Cleveland schools, for the city of Cleveland and for you," said Mayor Frank G. Jackson, who joined other community leaders in applauding the news.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 4:36 PM, 01.30.2019

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 11, Issue 2, Posted 4:36 PM, 01.30.2019

The Observer Wants Your Story

The Observer is an ongoing experiment in citizen journalism. We do not have reporters. You get to tell your story in your own words. It's easy to submit a story. And there are a lot of great stories. Submit a picture with a caption. Submit a story about a good neighbor. Submit your Church's schedule of worship. Go to www.CollinwoodObserver.com, become a member and click submit story. If you are having a problem, give me a call. John Copic, owner and publisher, 216.505.0185.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 5:21 PM, 01.08.2019

Modern building to welcome students from O.H. Perry

After waiting through more than a year of construction, students who attend Oliver H. Perry PreK-8 School will move to a new building in late January.

The distance between the old and new buildings is short – the structures occupy parts of the same property on Schenely Avenue near East 185th St. But the students will shift from a school built in 1927 to one filled with 21st Century technology and other features.

The modern surroundings are well suited for a new instructional model adopted by Oliver H. Perry – inquiry-based learning. In this model, students take the lead in their own learning by posing, investigating and answering questions. They present their findings.

The building features three community, or “extended,” learning areas, open spaces where students will work together in teams.

Every classroom has a 75-inch interactive touch screen equipped with apps and software. A project lab will serve as a traditional science lab, but students also will use it for computer coding and robotics and have access to “maker space” materials.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 5:21 PM, 01.08.2019

Santa is Coming to Collinwood!

It’s that time of the year again! Snow has started to fall, and Santa and his helpers are in full force spreading holiday cheer. This year’s Breakfast with Santa is going to be EXTRA special because we will be serving both north and south as ONE Collinwood.  Breakfast, holiday crafts, and photos with Santa will be on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 9am-12pm at Slovenian Home, 15810 Holmes Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110 (please note this location is NOT ADA accessible). Sponsored by Greater Collinwood Development Corporation (Formerly known as Collinwood & Nottingham Development Corporation), Councilman Polensek, and Councilman Hairston. The food will be donated by Gus’s Diner 185 and volunteers will be from local area schools. We are excited to continue to build our relationships in the neighborhood and can’t wait to come together as one community to celebrate the holidays! The event is FREE but space is limited. Registration is required, please visit: santacomestocollinwood.eventbrite.com

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 1:14 PM, 12.07.2018

Cooking with Cops Finals

 We got the camera crews in the kitchen and on the main stage, TV20 reporting, and 5 excited teams of youth, officers and Tri-C cullinary students. Teams have 45 minutes to create their creations from a host of ingredients. This is legit ... Chopped Kids Cleveland style!!

Program started with a small grant in Collinwood from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and goes citywide with support from the Cleveland Police Foundation, Tri-C, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools and others. Proud we launched this program at Collinwood Nottingham Villages Development and the Five Pointes Community Center. Congrats to everyone but rooting for Hannah Gibbons School in Nottingham and Wade Park School. 

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 1:14 PM, 12.07.2018

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson Takes His State of the City Address to the People

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson took his 2018 State of the City address directly to the people by moving the annual event to 7 p.m. and making it free and open to the public. The address traditionally was held in Public Hall during the middle of the work day and was a paid event primarily attended by Cleveland’s business and philanthropic community. This year, Cleveland residents, neighborhood organizations, business leaders and members of the general public all joined Mayor Jackson for the event. Mayor Jackson said he intends to use the same new State of the City format next year.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 12:06 PM, 11.04.2018

Hospice of the Western Reserve Kicks Off 40th Anniversary Year

For 40 years, both paid and volunteer staff members at Hospice of the Western Reserve have walked side by side with the loved ones of more than 100,000 individuals in the final phase of life. As one of the earliest nonprofit pioneers of the hospice movement in the U.S., Hospice of the Western Reserve’s mission has always focused on helping families make the most of the time they have remaining. Care is individualized for each family’s situation and needs, upholding the dignity of each person served. 

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 12:06 PM, 11.04.2018

Brunch is Not Just for Sunday's Anymore

Saturday brunch at the Beachland rocks. The Beachland ballroom, located at 15711 Waterloo is open for brunch on Saturdays from 11 to 3 and Sundays from 10 to 3. We stopped in on a recent Saturday and had a most excellent and memorable meal. My wife had the always delicious North Coast turkey sandwich which is Slovenian style locally produced bacon, smoked turkey, poached free range eggs and Gruyere cheese on a multigrain toast with tomato and avocado. Yes, it is messy. Yes it is delicious.

I tried something new and went with the chicken and pinto bean Chilaquiiles. (I am not quite sure how to say that word.) As you can see from the picture the chicken and pinto beans were simmered in a spicy roasted tomato salsa, tossed on a bed of corn tortillas and topped with two over easy free range eggs. There is a vegetarian option for this dish and there are many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options on the menu.

The food quality and the service is top-notch. The Bloody Mary's and the coffee are strong. The Beachland will take reservations for any size party. Give them a call at  216-383-1124. Prepare yourself for a marvelous brunch.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 8:10 AM, 10.14.2018

Back To School Charity Fashion And Talent Auditions

 “Got Knack?”, is a back to school community event that will showcase talent and style of the youth in the community, while supplying guests and participants with backpacks with school supplies and goodies, prizes and much more ! Founded by Donesha Jones, Collinwood Alumni, The “Got Knack?” mission is to have youth Explore their talents, discover their passions, and use them towards their purpose.” This will be a positive event for the youth to enjoy, experience and connect with their community. On August 3, 2018 at Collinwood Recreation Center from 6pm-8pm. This is a free event but donations are excepted! All proceeds will go to youth who are aging out of foster care. 

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:11 PM, 07.05.2018

CMSD CEO Gordon to Public: Demand OFCC, Legislators, Governor Restore Building Equity

A special report by The Neighborhood & Community Media Association of Greater Cleveland

“I need your help.  I know it’s my job to get this stuff done.  I can’t get this one done on my own.” This plea from Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon concluded a press conference with Cleveland’s small newspapers in early June (convened by the Neighborhood & Community Media Association of Greater Cleveland).  He’s referring to his two-year, behind-the-scenes fight with the state for equal school facilities in Cleveland.

Gordon is holding a series of public meetings to update our Cleveland communities on his School Facilities Plan (funded in 2014 by Cleveland voter support of State Issue Four) and to raise awareness of his negotiations with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC).  The OFCC owns the State of Ohio’s site-dollars that are matched with our local, Cleveland dollars to build CMSD school buildings.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:11 PM, 07.05.2018

Big Clean = Another Big Success!

Last month, Collinwood and Euclid neighbors came out in force Saturday April 21st to clean up their streets!  The second annual Big Clean is street cleanup with a competitive twist -Collinwood and Euclid compete to collect the most bags of street litter!   While the competition gets fierce, the Big Clean is also about the importance of strong collaboration between our two communities and it simply wouldn’t have been possible without so many partners and supporters!

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 4:56 PM, 05.10.2018

Collinwood Area Faith Based Groups Meet to Discuss Safety

On January 31 the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries along with Councilman Michael Polensek, 5th District Police Safety Liaison Greg Pollard and the Collinwood Pastoral Association met to discuss the recent upsurge of violent shootings and murders that have occurred in the area within the past six months.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:24 PM, 04.04.2018

School Crisis Response and Grief Support Program Available to Local Schools

Tragic events such as the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school are difficult for anyone to comprehend and process. Locally and across the country, we collectively mourn the loss of life every time such a senseless tragedy occurs. In addition, our own sorrow, fear and despair can be heightened as we watch and hear about the plight of grieving students, teachers and the affected community on the nightly news.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 11:04 AM, 03.10.2018

Collinwood Area Safety Meeting

On January 31st The Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries (CNCM) and the Collinwood Area Pastoral Association (CAPA) sponsored a meeting to ask for assistance in creating a safer neighborhood for our residents.Approximately 20 people gathered in the Saint Mary Slovenian Room. As a result of the presentations offered by Ward 8 Councilman Michael Polensek and the 5th District Safety Liaison Greg Pollard, the group decided on the following action steps:

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 11:04 AM, 03.10.2018

Hear For The Homeless - A NEOCH Benefit Concert a Great Success

 "Hear For The Homeless - A NEOCH Benefit Concert" was such a great success!!  Together we were able to attract over 150 guests, raise $1100 at the door, and an additional $800 in donations the night of the event (with band contributions and donations in the tin can that went around). It was the diverse bill that helped to attract such a large and diverse crowd, coupled with an overall well produced program with intentional elements that allowed our guests to leave different than how they came.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

We Made It!

We made it! On Friday, Dec 29 at 5 PM the Wagner Sign truck pulled away from the LaSalle Theater with the updated electronic marquee in place. Thanks to the City of Cleveland Department of Building and Housing, Councilman Mike Polensek, General Contractor TownCenter Construction, Monarch Private Capital and the folks at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress for working together with Northeast Shores Executive Director Camille Maxwell to meet our end-of-the-year deadline to get construction completed and approved on the restoration project. We will now start planning for an opening gala in the spring. And thanks for Northeast Shores board member Robert Gatewood at Full Spectrum: GamerHaven across the street from the LaSalle for monitoring this milestone in pictures.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 4:09 PM, 01.15.2018

How GamerHaven came to East 185th Street

It’s been a whirlwind of a year. If anything has become clear to me in 2017, it’s that investing in your community is always, always worth it.

In January, I decided to take my graphic design and creative skills on my own. After freelancing alone for a few months, I knew I didn’t want to do it by myself anymore; the talented people in my life all seemed to have a common string that was just out of reach that could tie us and our opportunities together. I was more drawn to figuring out how to pull that string toward us than to do great work alone.

Master Collective, the company I’m building every day, is based on two ideas: that creativity is best exercised among a group of people, and that a constant willingness to improve would benefit my teammates, clients, and community. These ideas never left me, so with 2017 feeling like a year that people in my life are taking their shots on lifelong dreams...it was time for me to as well.

Coinciding with these life choices around my work, my wife and I made a decision to invest further in our city and family by looking to purchase our first home. Why do one big life-altering thing when you can do two, right?

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 4:09 PM, 01.15.2018

Itís the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Crafting with Cops Recap

Christmas crafts bought Christmas cheer. Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corp hosted Crafting with Cops on Wednesday December 13, 2017 at Five Pointe Community Center. Participants included local residents, youth, teens and officers from Cleveland Police 5th District. We had a diverse group of participants of all ages; everyone was a part of making beautiful Christmas decorations and gifts.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 4:09 PM, 01.15.2018

Legendary Collinwood High School Coach Bill Kronik Honored

The Legendary Collinwood High School Coach, Bill Kronik, was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Slow Pitch Hall of Fame this October.  Bill is also a member of the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame inducted in 2011.  Mr. Kronik grew up in the St. Jerome's area around E. 149th and Lakeshore Boulevard and is a proud graduate of Collinwood High School and the University of Dayton.

Coach Kronik began his 33 yr. teaching career at John Adams in 1965 before becoming a well-respected member of Collinwood High School’s Teaching and Coaching Staff in 1970, working under Principal Bill Martin.  Mr. Kronik was an assistant football coach from 1970 through 1973 and became Collinwood’s Head Baseball Coach in 1970.  Moving forward in his career, he was named Collinwood’s Athletic Director in 1980.  He worked tirelessly during his tenure for his kids and the school, often giving up his own time to help a student in need or to personally make sure the schools concession stand was stocked for home basketball games by shopping himself for refreshments. 

Bill has been a Supervisor for the Neighborhood Leadership Institute/Schools as Neighborhood Resources, for over 20 years and he worked 3 nights per week overseeing a school-community initiative partially funded by Councilman Mike Polensek, at Collinwood High School, which included recreation and enrichment programs for all ages.  Councilman Polensek, who's known Coach Kronik throughout the years stated, "Bill Kronik demonstrated time and time again that he cared for all the students as Collinwood High School.  Bill symbolizes commitment and concern, and only reinforces the old saying, ‘Once a Railroader, always a Railroader.’”

We wish Bill the best in all his future endeavors.  Congratulations from the Greater Collinwood community!

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

Empty Bowls

On Thursday, December 1, 2017, Ginn Academy will hold its fifth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to directly support the Cleveland Food bank. For a $10 donation, you will receive a handmade bowl, created by a member of the Ginn Academy ceramics program. Along with your bowl you will also receive a cup of homemade soup, a spoon and linen, a slice of freshly made bread and a cookie. Please come to the Ginn Academy from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM to support this important cause for those in need in Northeast Ohio.  

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

All Eyes on the LaSalle Arts and Media Center

We know everyone has been wondering how progress is going on the renovation of the historic LaSalle Theater on E. 185th, so we want to give you an update. After finding some unexpected extra construction costs, Northeast Shores Development Corporation had to regroup and seek additional funding to close the construction gap. We are happy to report that the LaSalle restoration is back on track and scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, so you should see a lot of workers and transformation happening on the site. Next year, NE Shores and members of the board are going to have to mount a capital campaign to add the finishing touches, but we are on track to get this important anchor restored so the facility can be used and enjoyed by the broad community.

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

HGR Welcomes the Annual F*SHO

HGR Industrial Surplus hosted the ninth annual F*SHO on September 15th at its headquarters on Euclid Avenue.  This free event gives members of the public the chance to meet skilled local furniture-makers, craftspeople, and artists, all while admiring the fruits of their labors.  The F*SHO was organized by Jason and Amanda Radcliffe, the husband and wife team behind 44 Steel, who take the event to a different location every year. 

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

St. Casimir Parish Welcomes Our Newly Confirmed And Our New Bishop

On Wednesday September 20th, St. Casimir Parish was blessed in a very special way. Not only were we gathered to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation of four young ladies in the parish, but we were honored to have the new bishop of Cleveland, Nelson J. Perez, celebrate the Mass and his first Confirmation as 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland on September 5th.  Confirmation is the third and final Sacrament of Initiation in the Catholic Church.

Audrele Bielinis, Mary Sinead Robertson, Elizabeth Tarasevich, and Faith Thompson, after a year of education, spiritual preparation and reflection, chose to stand before the congregation and the bishop to profess their faith and be sealed in the Holy Sprit in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Bishop Perez used his homily to share two thoughts with the girls as final preparation. First, he told the girls, know that most of what your parents do and did for you, you will never know. He called on them to be humble and have gratitude for the gifts of their upbringing.  Second, he said, in a call-and-response with the congregation, “Never, never, ever underestimate the power of God to work in you and with you, through you, and in spite of you.” 

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

Celebrating our Nation and our Neighborhood!

Thanks to the glorious weather, wonderful neighbors both past and present, and the best volunteer crew out there, the 2017 Shore Acres 4th of July celebration was a huge success.  The parade stretched for almost a full block!  The 400 picnic-goers were entertained by wonderful live music and enjoyed traditional favorites off the grill along with watermelon and amazing desserts contributed by neighbors and friends.  There was face painting, a magician came and fascinated everyone with his skill.  We had an opportunity to take part in painting a rain-barrel dedicated to long time Shore Acres residents, the Biondo family.  As a special treat we were delighted to host the cast and crew of "An Americam in Paris" who had a great day.  One of the cast members commented that "We never get to do anything like this in New York!"  

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

Construction Launch at Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary

On Thursday. May 25, 2017 after two years of planning, we finally broke ground for the building of the new Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary School. Well, we held the celebration of the ground breaking and construction launch in the old school gym because it was pouring rain outside. Regardless, the event kicked off by the Perry Drum Corps was a beautiful day in Ward 8 and we were joined by school staff, CMSD Administrators, Councilman Michael D. Polensek, the Design Team, community residents and above all the students of the school.

The new school, estimated to cost $16 million, is planned as a 57,000 square foot state-of-the-art school and should be a great asset for our young scholars as well as for the community. The histiry of the old school as well as some of the appertunences of the old school building, considered a landmark, will be featured in the new building. It will be an opportunity to look forward to greater educational opportunities, a chance to speak about the history more, and invite the community to become more involved in their schools.

 It was a great day with the students and the look on their faces and the inclusion in the "groundbreaking" was quite special.

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

New Dealership Opens on 185th

They often say all things come full circle at some point and on this little corner of Euclid and Cleveland, things sure did. In 1948 on the corner of Cornwall and 185th St. a garage and car dealership was born, formerly called Zaller’s. This new business built a great reputation and sense of community in this up and coming neighborhood. The two brothers were reliable, reasonable and focused not on becoming millionaires but on simply helping their community with their automobiles. Flash forward 68 years and countless owners and North Coast Auto Sales & Service has come to revive this building back to its former purpose; to be a neighborhood shop for the people. Beginning about a year ago, NCAS completely renovated the desolating old building into a retro blue car dealership. With over 67 years of combined experience the team at NCAS has knowledge in every field of the automobile industry whether it be mechanical, appraisal, sales or financing. Joe Zawatski, the proud owner has had a lifelong passion for cars and since developing NCAS Joe’s mindset has always been placed on helping the neighborhood get exceptional car service for a fair price. Formerly, North Coast Autos was mainly a lease-to-own company, but upon this new endeavor has placed an emphasis on service work. With three technicians, no problem is too big for this crew. Even better once your car is fixed, the dealership has a detailing company available in the back of the building to finish off a great running car with that new car smell. If you’ve driven past your eyes are drawn to this bright new sight, so stop on in, have a cup of coffee or sweet treat and let this new neighborhood shop bring back a sense of ease in the car industry. 

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

Waterloo Arts Fest is June 24th

The 15th Annual Waterloo Arts Fest will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017 and will feature an exciting mix of innovative art and music experiences for all ages, the hippest local art vendors, CLE's best food trucks, and our newest and wildly successful Arts Alive program, which encourages attendees to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty and give art a try.

 This community event is produced by Waterloo Arts, a nonprofit art center whose mission is to enrich the neighborhood culturally and economically by creating a stimulating arts environment through exhibits, performances, special events, and educational programming for people of all ages. In addition to orchestrating this festival, Waterloo Arts manages an art gallery, public art projects, a community arts center and artist studios.

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