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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

YARN n YOGA brings crowd, creativity to Euclid Beach

What could be better than a sunny summer evening on Lake Erie?

On Friday, July 25th people from across Northeast Ohio poured into Euclid Beach Park, some for the very first time. On top of the last of the Euclid Beach Live concerts, YARN n YOGA took our neighborhood’s largest slice of lakefront by (yarn) storm.

The sun warmed the sand while a gentle breeze carried Sounds of the Soul’s lyrics to yogis reaching for the sky in tree pose. All evening the lake shimmered as community members and artists stood side by side wrapping, weaving, and knitting on to the historic Pier.

YARN n YOGA, a grass-roots, volunteer-led arts and recreation project supported by Cleveland Metroparks, Waterloo Arts, Northeast Shores, and Praxis Fiber Workshop drew families from Westlake, artists from Akron, donations from Boston, and press as far reaching as California. It quickly became Cleveland’s first large-scale yarn bomb and a bright, beautiful, temporary public arts project that EVERYONE and anyone could participate in at no cost thanks to monetary and material donations. The event was funded through a crowd-sourced Kickstarter campaign, a grant from The Cleveland Lakefront Parks Conservancy and would not have been possible without the talent of more than a dozen artists whose inspired pre-made panels catalyzed the public’s excitement and involvement.

Mike Zellers - who fondly remembers the Park as an amusement park - took home the “Best in Show” arts prize (sponsored by The Artful Yarn –Chagrin Falls) for his panel “Mermaid”. Runners up included Linda Zolten Wood’s “Accidental Neon” which incorporated plarn (plastic grocery bags turned yarn) and Leslie Edwards Humez’s “Flotsam”.

Continued.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:15 AM, 08.05.2014