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Cleveland Plogs WaterBOO!

Join Cleveland Plogs for our last and spookiest plogging of the year!

On Wednesday October 30th, ploggers will meet outside Waterloo Arts at the Waterloo Arts Tower (15600 Waterloo Rd) at 6pm. Ploggers will clean Waterloo Rd. and surrounding streets before wrapping up around 7pm.
After that, we'll wrap up and hit up one of the local watering holes of Waterloo and enjoy some pizza and spooky beverages.

Best part of all, come plogging dressed in your most frightening or fanciful costume! We'll award a prize at the end of the night to the best plogging costume - people's choice award!

Remember, you don't have to run marathons to go plogging! This will be slow paced run - just under 2 miles - with plenty of stops along the way - to pick up trash!

Please wear clothing and costumes you don't mind getting sweaty and a little dirty and please wear closed toed shoes - preferably shoes you don't mind running in! Water and light refreshments will be provided before we head out.

All ploggers will also receive a coupon to Chili Peppers Fresh Mexican Grill - good for 1/2 off your purchase of a meal item and drink - talk about a sweet deal!

Still don't know what the heck 'plogging' is all about?

Plogging is a fitness trend that originated in Sweden and is slowly spreading throughout the world. The term Plogging is derived from the Swedish phrase “plocka upp,” which translates to pick up. Plogging involves a combination of jogging and picking up trash along your running route using a plastic bag to collect the litter you find along your route. Plogging is great exercise and a great opportunity to make a positive impact on our environment and our neighborhood.

Still on the fence? You can learn more about plogging via the following links:

Freshwater Cleveland - Cleveland has a litter problem. Can plogging be the solution?

We Need This - We can all learn from plogging, the popular fitness craze taking over the world

City Lab - Pick Up Trash While You Exercise. It's Called Plogging

For more info, check out, email, or call 216-571-0685.

Happy Plogging!

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

Cleveland Plogs East 152nd!

Join Cleveland Plogs every last Wednesday of the month through October for a neighborhood plogging cleanup!

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

Friends of Euclid Creek Announces Environmental Studies Scholarship

South Euclid, OH, January 07, 2019 - The Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), a grass-roots, non-profit charitable organization which advocates for the health of the Euclid Creek watershed is pleased to announce its sixth annual scholarship in environmental studies.  This scholarship was created to aid at least one deserving student in his/her pursuit of a degree in environmental science, including engineering, hydrology, ecology, geology, biology or other fields related to environmental studies. 

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

Make a difference: “Big Clean” looks for volunteers in 2019

The snow has fallen, trapping wrappers, bottles and other litter until the spring melt when the trash reappears along city streets. It is not a pretty visual, but YOU can help make a difference in the appearance of a cleaner, more beautiful Collinwood.

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

Public Input Needed for Euclid Creek Watershed Plan

Public input is needed to help update a watershed plan for the Euclid Creek watershed. A watershed plan is a comprehensive plan for achieving water resource goals for a geographically defined watershed.  The Euclid Creek Watershed encompasses 23.3 square miles in northeastern Cuyahoga County and a part of Lake County.  It covers portions of 12 communities including Beachwood, Cleveland, Euclid, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Mayfield, Mayfield Heights, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, and Willoughby Hills. Euclid Creek watershed includes 40+ miles of stream, 30 miles of which is open channel and 10 miles of which is culverted or buried, as far as 8 miles away from the Creek’s confluence with Lake Erie, our source of drinking water, at Wildwood Park in Cleveland. The watershed is nearly 85 percent developed. Non-point source pollution challenges include stream sedimentation / siltation, habitat alterations, stream ditching or channelizing, and other flow regime alterations stemming from high levels of impervious cover such as roads, driveways, and rooftops. Updates to this plan are led by Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District with funding from Euclid Creek Watershed Council and Friends of Euclid Creek through a Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District grant.

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

Stream Restoration of Euclid Creek at Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation Begins

We’ve broken ground on the Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation Stream Restoration Project! The project is in the City of Willoughby Hills in Lake County in the Euclid Creek Watershed at the headwaters of the East Branch of Euclid Creek. The Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District received a $156,462 grant through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Section 319 Grant Program to conduct the restoration project. The grant requires a local match of 40% which is committed by the City of Willoughby Hills through their Lake County Stormwater Management Program Funds, up to $104,000, and by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), up to $50,000. The project will remove a culvert with maintenance issues (replacing it with a riffle ford), create instream habitat, and reconnect the stream to its floodplain. Biohabitats was awarded the project on June 7th, 2018 and 60% designs were submitted and approved September 27, 2018.

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

Clean Water Fest Attracts Thousands

Guests from all over Ohio showed up on a beautiful fall afternoon to learn about where their water goes and what they can do to keep our Great Lake great. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District open house was a celebration of community and all things water is they opened the doors of their treatment plant and laboratory facilities for a day of education and entertainment.

The free event had more than 60 exhibitor booths including our neighborhoods own Linda Zolten Wood with the Collinwood painted rain barrel project. Congratulations to NEORSD for enhancing the quality of life in our neighborhood by protecting our water resources.

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

Perils of Plastic

Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC) welcomed Dr. Sherri Mason from State University of New York at Fredonia to present her recent research on plastic pollution in the Great Lakes and its tributaries as well as plastic in our tap water, bottled water, beer and sea salt on August 14th at Beachwood Community Center. The event also featured Dr. Cathi Lehn from Cleveland Office of Sustainability, Director Diane Bickett from Cuyahoga Solid Waste District, and Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Sunny Simon to talk about local plastic reduction efforts and the latest on changes to our county recycling program.  The night concluded with a question and answer session as well as ideas about how we can address this threat by making simple changes in our daily lives like refusing a straw or bringing re-useable bags to the grocery store. You can listen, watch, or read about several other presentations Dr. Mason made throughout Cleveland on the 14th on NPR (Sound of Ideas), City Club, and Look for a video of our program coming soon on our website:

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 12:19 PM, 09.07.2018

A Day at the Beach

From fishing and swimming to boating and birding, Northeast Ohioans enjoy spending time on the water.  And we’re not alone - Lake Erie tourism in Ohio generates nearly $13 billion in revenue annually. But a day at the beach and the nearshore habitat that fish, birds and other wildlife depend on can be easily ruined by ignorance and carelessness. 

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

This Winter...use the Right S.A.L.T.

Road salt (sodium chloride) only works above 15°F. For colder temperatures use sand for added traction, or switch to an ice melting product designed to work at colder temperatures. 

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

Street Cleanup for Lake Erie - Saturday Novmeber 4th!

Join your neighbors and community volunteers for our final street cleanup of 2017 Saturday November 4th at 10am!

Why a Street Cleanup?
Every time it rains, litter from our streets makes it way into our storm sewers and our storm sewers outflow either directly into Lake Erie or into creeks and tributaries. If it is on the ground, chances are it will make it into our water. Let's do our part to keep trash out of our waterways!

The Details:
Volunteers will meet outside the Collinwood Recreation Center (16300 Lakeshore Blvd.) in the parking lot at 10:00 a.m. for registration. Cleanup teams will pick up litter along Lakeshore Boulevard between Wildwood Park and East 156th Street. Gloves, bags, rakes and trash pickers will be provided. However, you are welcome to bring your own. We will have coffee and other refreshments

Volunteers under 18 are required to have a parent or guardian complete the sign in registration and volunteers under 13 are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Need motivation?
All volunteers will receive a coupon good for one half off the purchase of a drink and meal item from Chili Peppers Restaurant (869 East 185th Street). Please be sure to thank owner Steve Newman when you stop in!

Questions? Contact Stephen or Dan at 216-571-0685, or visit

See you out on the street!

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

International Coastal Cleanup Day at Euclid Beach Park - Saturday 9/16

Be part of a global beach cleanup in partnership with the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach program and the Ocean Conservancy. On International Coastal Cleanup Day, thousands of volunteers head to beach cleanups around the world to raise awareness about the challenges of plastic pollution in our water. Debris collected at the Euclid Beach cleanup is recorded on data cards and submitted to the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Ocean Conservancy along with data from beaches across the globe!

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

A New Community Garden is Sprouting in Collinwood

Spring has arrived and Summer is almost here. Some of your neighbors have staked out a plot in the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries Community Garden.  On May 19th they took rake, hoe and wheelbarrow in hand to prepare the garden for planting.  They had the help of some of AMERICORPS volunteers and the Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Cleveland Clean and Green truck. The truck was filled with all sorts of tools and supplies, including poison ivy solution and bad aids. A hoop house is being constructed on the property.  This structure will enable gardeners to harvest fresh produce until the end of November.

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

Friends of Euclid Creek Announces Fourth Annual Day in the Life of Euclid Creek

Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Volunteer Program and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District are pleased to announce their fourth annual Day in the Life of Euclid Creek event on Saturday, July 15th from 9am to 2:30pm.  This family friendly event provides a snapshot of a typical day in Euclid Creek, highlighting water quality in an urban watershed through a variety of monitoring demonstrations and tours of restoration projects from the headwaters to the mouth at Lake Erie.

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

The Big Clean! A two-city clean-up extravaganza Saturday, May 6th 2017

Following the success of Green Up Cleveland’s neighborhood-wide clean up last spring, Northeast Shores Development Corporation’s Quality of Life committee is teaming up with the City of Euclid for THE BIG CLEAN – empowering neighbors in Cleveland and Euclid to take greater responsibility for improving our neighborhood and our Great Lake!

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

Community Garden at 154th Street

Do you like fresh fruits and vegetables? Do you like to garden? Here’s how it works. The garden is located at 794 E 154th St.

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

A Few Simple Resolutions

Around this time of year most of us make New Year’s Resolutions: reduce stress, lose weight, quit smoking, spend more time with family. These are all worthy goals and could take quite a bit of effort to accomplish. However, there are also some easy resolutions we can make to improve the environment. Small efforts can make our world a better place for all of us. Pick a few to try. 

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

Rain Barrel Workshop on September 15th at Euclid Senior Center

Learn how to harvest rainwater for all of your garden needs and to combat stormwater pollution in your community by constructing a rain barrel!  Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, City of Euclid and Friends of Euclid Creek are hosting a Rain Barrel Workshop on Thursday, September 15th from 6:30-8:00pm at the Euclid Senior Center (1 Bliss Lane, 44123).  The $60 fee includes a 60 gallon barrel, all materials and downspout diverter, but it is free to come and listen.  Registration is required by Thursday, September 8

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.09.2016

Upcycle Garden Night!

Ballot Box winner Michael Hudecek and Upcycle Parts Shop is joining forces with the Collinwood Friends Garden for a day of beautification! Join us for pallet bench making, sidewalk painting, and garden clean up!

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

You Can Keep Our Great Lake Great

Thanks to a grant from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), RTA bus riders, joggers, dog walkers and motorists along Lakeshore Boulevard have a reminder about what small part we can play to maintain the health of Northeast Ohio’s greatest natural asset – Lake Erie.

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

Siggy's Village Community Garden is Coming

Do you like fresh fruits and vegetables? Do you like to garden?  Join the fun!  Folks are preparing Siggy’s Vilage Community Garden for planting fruits and vegetables. The garden is located at 794 East 154th Street. We need you to help weed and water the beds. In exchange for your help, you will get first pick of the produce at harvest time. Fruits and vegetables wil be distributed to Collinwod residents free of charge.

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

Coit Road Farmers Market Growing Season Ahead

The Coit (Road Farmers’ Market was built in 1932 and originally operated by a cooperative of farmers.  The non-profit East Cleveland Farmers’ Market Preservation Society was formed in 2001.  An all-volunteer staff operates the Market.

Market Hours and Location

Shop year-round on Saturdays 8 AM to 1PM

Wednesdays 10 AM to 1PM June thru October

The Market, located at the intersection of Coit and Woodworth Roads near East 152nd  and Noble Rd, is open Saturdays all year 8:00AM to 1:00PM and Wednesdays from 10:00AM to 1:00PM June through October.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:36 AM, 06.11.2016

Friends of Euclid Creek Announces Third Environmental Studies Scholarship

The Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), a grass-roots, non-profit charitable organization which advocates for the health of the Euclid Creek watershed, is pleased to announce the availability of its third annual scholarship in environmental studies.  This scholarship was created in order to aid one deserving student in his/her pursuit of a degree or certificate in environmental studies, field biology, or any scientific field related to watershed health.

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

Siggy's Village Community Garden and Free Urban Market

Siggy's Village Community Garden and Free Urban Market will be opening in the spring of 2016. This project will be headed by a committee consisting of volunteers from the community, who will plan, organize and develop a self sustaining garden.

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

Volunteers Needed for Wildwood Park Fall Cleanup Day

Please join Euclid Creek Watershed program partners as we conduct restoration activities at the wetland and cleanup the bioswale garden.

When: September 19 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Where: Wildwood Park - Euclid Creek Reservation, Lakeshore Blvd. and East 174thStreet Cleveland, 44110, Meet at Wildwood Picnic Pavilion

Dress for weather (long sleeves, pants, work boots, gloves)

Register on Cleveland Metroparks’ Website by September 16.

All groups welcome, children under 18 must have adult supervision and fill out and bring a Cleveland Metroparks waiver signed by a parent/guardian.  

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

October Garden Party- Seeking Volunteers!

Who: All ages

Where: The Collinwood Friends Garden, at the corner of E 156th and Corsica

When: Sunday, October 4th, 2-6pm

What: Community members are in need to help the garden clean up after the growing season; this involves pulling plants up, weeding, spreading compost, and tarping the beds to prepare for winter. We will have raffle prizes, music and food to celebrate getting together for a job well done!

Why: Doing this will repair the overused soil and prevent weeds from growing in the fall to spring, which means an earlier start to the growing season since we won’t have to spend so much time preparing the beds. You can also learn how to extend the growing season into the fall and prepare your own beds for winter.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

P.S. Don’t forget to send in your favorite recipe for the Healthy Collinwood Cookbook! Email entries to or mail them into:

Northeast Shores Development Corporation

Attn: Collinwood Friends Garden

317 e 156TH St

Cleveland, OH 44110

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

Healthy Collinwood Cookbook

The Collinwood Friends Garden, located on the corner of East 156th and Corsica, is compiling recipes for a Healthy Collinwood Cookbook! Please share with us your yummiest and freshest recipes that you love to make. If possible, include a photograph! Submit entries to by September 10th.

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

Calling All Volunteers for the Collinwood Fire Memorial Garden!

The Little Red Cap Project :

Clean-Up The Garden

Sat. July 18th  8 am - 12 noon

Memorial School on E 152nd.

Know many of you will have heard about our new Little Red Cap Project, to restore the Collinwood School Fire Memorial Garden!

We had a great meeting on June 13th, and decided that the first thing we had to do was get the Garden presentable - basically weeding and getting a good layer of mulch down to keep it weeded. (If you weren't able to be there, and want to be part of this - just email or call me or Charlotte, so we'll be able keep you informed - and thanks!)

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

The Little Red Cap Project Restoring the Collinwood School Fire Memorial Garden

Are you interested in Collinwood History? Are you a gardener? Are you interested in our Collinwood Community? How About all Three? It's time to do something for the Collinwood School Fire Memorial Garden. And we need your help! 

This Project is so new - it's literally just a few weeks old, by the time you see this - we've only just begun to talk to people. We're planning to get to more community meetings, but already we're pleased with the interest and support people are showing. And we thank you all!

As promised then, you're invited to our first Community Meeting, Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Collinwood Recreation Center to begin making plans to restore (and then maintain) the Memorial Garden. 

The Garden has been a fixture in our Collinwood neighborhood these past 20 plus years, originally built to replace the original garden that remembered the Collinwood School Fire tragedy. In 2008, with the 100th Anniversary of the Collinwood School Fire, people in the community began doing some work now and then, weeding some planting etc. In 2013, some of the students at Memorial, working with our local Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society banded together, and formed the Memorial Garden Angels, doing some weeding themselves, and planting those wonderful geraniums along the front edge of the Garden (red and white for the school's colors). 

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

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.

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

Cuyahoga SWCD and Cleveland WPC to Host Green Cleaning Workshop in Cleveland

Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Cleveland Division of Water Pollution Control (WPC) are conducting a “Green Cleaning: Inside and Out” workshop in Cleveland this summer.  The workshop will be held Thursday, July 16 at the Collinwood Recreation Center and will run from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public, however, participants will have the opportunity to make two green cleaners to take home and try for $10. 

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

Did you get your Free Rain Barrel?

That’s right, I said Free Rain Barrel! The City of Cleveland is offering residents a free rain barrel system. This reduces stormwater runoff, helps you save money, and engages Cleveland youth through employment opportunities with Youth Opportunities Unlimited and the Mayor’s Youth Summer Employment Program.

How do you get a rain barrel? You will need to complete three forms by June 26, 2015. Contact Julia DiBaggio at Northeast Shores at 216-481-7660 or to get your forms today!

Do you want that rain barrel to be beautiful? Check out The Collinwood Painted Rain Barrel Project!

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

Celebrate Summer with Books on the Beach

Beginning Saturday, May 30, 2015 “The Lakefront Literacy Project” will bring literature and a love of learning to Euclid Beach Park with a custom-crafted mini mobile library. Part of the renowned “Little Free Library” network.

Join us from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for a celebratory kick-off. Supported by Neighborhood Connections, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Cleveland Public Library Collinwood Branch, Northeast Shores Development Corporation, Geis Companies, Half Price Books, and generous friends, family, and neighbors like you!

Be among the first to borrow a book to read at the park or to take home and enjoy. Donate a book (or two or three) on or before May 30, 2015 and be entered to win a literacy prize pack!

We are also pleased to feature a live science fiction reading from local author Marie Vibbert. Marie is an IT professional from Cleveland Heights. She has sold work to Asimov's and Analog, among other science fiction magazines. Until recently, she was a lineman for the Cleveland Fusion women's tackle football team, and she has ridden 15% of the roller coasters in North America. You can learn more about Marie at her website,

11:40 a.m. Official ribbon cutting

11:45 a.m. Enjoy a slice of pizza while you browse the shelves

12:15 p.m.  Local author reading with Marie Vibbert

1:00 p.m. Celebrate with a slice of cake

1:15 p.m. Make your own bookmark

1:45 p.m. Raffle drawing, donate a book for a free entry into the raffle (must be present to win)

All summer long, visit the library on the promenade to borrow a book, magazine, or newspaper for free during weekends, holidays, and special events. With a rotating collection for children, teens, and adults including Russian language speakers, you’ll always find something new.

 Volunteers… Have an hour to spare? Email us at and let us know of your interest and availability for staffing the library. The position is fun and easy, and yes you can sit down and read a magazine on the job!

Books… and more books and magazines! Spring clean your bookshelves and donate the books your children outgrew, the bestseller you read once and never will again, the magazines collecting dust on your coffee table. Email us at and let us know you’re happy to purge and donate!

Learn more:

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

Coit Market Classes

March 7:  Calamari:  Learn to make perfect, non-rubbery calamari in your own kitchen!    

March 14: Smokies, that wondrous snack!

March 28:  Annual French Toast Breakfast!

The Coit Road Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, coffee, soaps and craft items.   

15000 Woodworth Road (corner of Coit and Woodworth, one block west of E 152 and Noble)

East Cleveland, OH 44110 216-249-5455

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 7:53 PM, 03.06.2015

Yard Waste Polluting Our Waterways

Did you know that grass and leaves can harm our creeks and streams? Few, if any, property owners think it’s acceptable to dump tires, machine parts, plastics and other unnatural trash into our waterways. But many still believe it is okay to deposit organic material like leaves and grass onto a stream bank, in a storm drain, or into the stream itself.

Well, when it comes to stream dumping, even organic doesn’t “cut it.”

Many leaves will naturally fall into the water, but as homeowners, we should be mindful not to upset nature’s balance. Leaves, grass clippings and pet waste should never be dumped in or even next to a creek, ditch or pond.

Yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, pet droppings, etc.) is the 2nd largest category of all discarded trash. When these materials are put into the stream, they begin to decompose and use up the critical, life-giving oxygen in the water. As a result these streams can become unsightly and release a foul odor. Yard waste can also ‘super-fertilize’ streams and lakes and can lead to algae blooms and fish kills. Furthermore, this excess debris can obstruct flow and clog downstream culverts, leading to localized flooding and erosion problems. 

Yard waste should be composted, or set out with the trash according to your community’s yard waste pick-up guidelines. Pet waste should always be bagged and placed in the trash. You can further protect our local waterways by leaving an unmowed buffer strip next to any creek on your property and by planting trees and shrubs on and next to stream banks. This streamside setback helps to filter pollutants from runoff and to protect the streambank from erosion.  

You can learn more by calling Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District (216-524-6580) and requesting a free copy of Life at the Water’s Edge: Living in Harmony with Your Backyard Stream.

Remember – clean water starts with you!

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:39 PM, 11.17.2014

Waterloo Sites Featured in US EPA Tour

On Sunday, Oct. 26, more than 50 people visited the Waterloo Neighborhood to learn more about the stormwater management practices in place at two area parking lots, Azure Stained Glass and Outdoor Theatre lots.

The visitors, representing more than 30 communities across the country, were in Cleveland for the US EPA’s Second Community Summit (GI Summit) on Green Infrastructure. Waterloo was one of five tour stops showcasing best practices in green infrastructure throughout Greater Cleveland.

The Azure lot, located at East 156 St. and Waterloo Rd., has 21 parking spaces and artistically integrates bioretention features to capture and filter pollutants from the surrounding parking lot. This highly visible space includes educational signage along Waterloo Rd.

The Outdoor lot, located at the eastern end of the Waterloo Road District, has 30 parking spaces and features a bioswale, infiltration basin and meadow with native grasses. In addition, stormwater-friendly pervious concrete drains the traditional asphalt parking spaces allowing runoff to migrate to the infiltration basin where it is cleansed further before soaking into the native soils below.

“The Sewer District recognizes the importance of local initiatives to construct rain gardens, bioretention features, and other site-based stormwater management practices,” said Rachel Webb, Watershed Team Leader at NEORSD who coordinated the tour.  “We have great partners and want  to support the implementation of these projects.”

These projects were made possible with grant funding from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's Small-Scale Stormwater Demonstration Grant Program. In 2012, Northeast Shores received a total of $71,117 for several area projects; $23,453 of that was for the Azure lot and $24,097 was for the Outdoor lot.  In addition to Sewer District funding, additional financial support was provided by US EPA, Ohio EPA and Cleveland Economic Development.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:39 PM, 11.17.2014

Green Isn’t Always Good Be Wise When You Fertilize

If you fertilize your lawn, practice the 4 Rs of Fertilization:

1. Right Type. Have your soil tested to determine fertilizer needs and choose a slow-release fertilizer.  Best Management Practice:Use phosphate-free organic fertilizer.

2. Right RateSoil test results will supply you with the appropriate fertilizer rate.  Do not exceed the recommended rate and never apply more than 1.5 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.  Best Management Practice: Use mulching blades on your mower and leave the grass clippings on the lawn.

3. Right Time. September is the best time to fertilize lawns when cool season grasses are actively growing.  Best Management Practice: Never apply fertilizer when rain and wind are in the forecast.

4. Right Place.  Proper fertilization techniques save money and protect waterways and wildlife.  Avoid fertilizing near streams, ditches, hard surfaces, and slopes.  Best Management Practice: Incorporate native plantings near streams, ditches, and slopes to better intercept pollutants before they enter waterways.

To learn more contact: Claire Posius, Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator at 216-524-6580, ext. 16,;;

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:11 PM, 08.04.2014

2013 Cleveland Water Quality Report

Water quality is essential to all of us – and the quality of our water affects the quality of our lives. Cleveland Division of Water is committed to providing its customers safe, high-quality drinking water.

That is why the division maintains a rigorous quality control program and continues to invest substantial financial resources to improve our water treatment facilities and distribution system. Our water is constantly monitored and tested. The water produced and delivered by Cleveland Water far exceeds the most stringent water quality standards currently mandated by federal and state water regulations, and last year was no exception.

Cleveland Water has continued to significantly enhance the quality of life by meeting the growing need for safe, clean water in the communities we serve. Therefore, we present you with the division’s Annual Water Quality Report for 2013. This report provides an overview of the division’s water quality during the past year. It shows the source of your water, how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies, and how your water is treated and tested.  

Additional copies can be requested by calling 216-664-2639 or by viewing and downloading it at

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:56 PM, 07.12.2014

Sewer District Accepting Grant Applications for Local GI Projects

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the funding necessary to support the “Green Infrastructure Grant Program” for 2014. This new grant program will award a maximum of $250,000 to support green infrastructure (GI) projects throughout the Sewer District’s Combined Sewer Service Area. The Sewer District actively engages in green infrastructure projects that promote smart stormwater solutions.

Green Infrastructure includes a range of stormwater control measures – using plant/soil systems, permeable pavement or other forms of stormwater harvest and reuse – to store, infiltrate, or evapotranspirate stormwater and reduce flows to the combined sewer system. The Sewer District is currently designing 12 large-scale green infrastructure projects within the combined sewer area; these first projects, to be completed by 2019 at an estimated cost of $86 million, are designed to reduce combined sewer overflows by 44 million gallons annually.

“We must consider the priorities of each neighborhood and make sure that our green infrastructure plans meet the vision of the community in which these projects will be implemented,” said Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, Manager of Watershed Programs. “The new Green Infrastructure Grant Program allows us to further engage the Collinwood community by supporting smaller, distributed projects throughout our combined sewer area.”

The Green Infrastructure Grants Program funds projects that not only provide outstanding on-the-ground techniques for stormwater management, but increase public awareness of these stormwater control measures. Qualified applicants must represent the local member community, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization or business working in partnership with their community. In addition, all projects must be located within the Sewer District’s Combined Sewer Service Area; Collinwood, Waterloo and Northeast Shores are all in the Combined Sewer Service Area.

The Sewer District’s Watershed Programs Department administers this grant programs in-house and applications are due August 31, 2014. Individuals and organizations wishing to receive information about the program should contact Linda Mayer at 440.253.2147 or

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:56 PM, 07.12.2014

Cats Indoors: Better For Cats, Better For Birds, Better For People

I applaud the efforts of concerned citizens working to reduce cat overpopulation, but feel that the Trap/Neuter/Re-Abandon (TNR) program does not resolve all of the problems associated with stray and feral cats.

Cat overpopulation is a human-caused tragedy that affects the health and well-being of cats, our native wildlife and the public.  Outdoor cats, even well-fed ones, kill hundreds of millions of wild birds and other animals each year in the U.S., including endangered species. Birds that nest or feed on the ground are especially vulnerable to cat attacks.  I painfully watch them ambush and kill native species in my yard, including goldfinches. I try to attract native birds and wildlife to my yard as sanctuary for them.  TNR is not humane to cats or wildlife. Free-roaming cats are in constant danger of being hit by cars, contracting diseases and parasites, or being attacked by other animals or people. Cats can transmit diseases to humans such as rabies, toxoplasmosis (an infection from cats that makes pregnant women have dead babies or birth defects - affects first tri-mester), and cat scratch fever. In the U.S., cats are the top carrier of rabies in domestic animals.  Trap/Neuter/Re-Abandon is also ineffective at reducing cat populations because not all of the cats can be trapped and spay/neutered, and food left out for them attracts more cats. Colonies develop and become dumping grounds for unwanted pets, thus continuing the inhumane cycle. In addition, the food also attracts rats, carriers of diseases such as rabies which can be transmitted to humans.  People concerned about the welfare of feral cats should work to find homes for them, and help EDUCATE pet owners about spaying and neutering their pets, KEEPING THEIR CATS INDOORS, and the ethical and wildlife issues associated with cat abandonment. Abandoning cats is illegal in many areas, and it is extremely cruel to cats, AND TO BIRDS.  All cats should wear bells to warn any of their unwary prey. 

by William J. Sanek,
sixty year resident of North Collinwood

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 11:42 AM, 06.09.2014

Volunteers Needed! Euclid Creek Watershed Day at Wildwood Reservation

Please join Euclid Creek Watershed partners for a watershed day where we have a few activities for you to participate: a wetland planting, or you can help maintain a bioswale garden or assist with a beach cleanup.


This event is a partnership with Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team in addition to the Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, Friends of Euclid Creek, City of Cleveland, Alliance fo the Great Lakes, and the Euclid Creek Watershed Council.  

When: Sat., May 17, 9:00am to noon, Wildwood Lakefront Reservation, Cleveland (at E. 174th Street and Lakeshore Blvd., meet at the Wildwood pavilion)

Registration required for wetland planting by May 15 at: 

Contact Claire Posius for details at 216-524-6580x16

Or more event details are available here:

If you are interested in harvesting nuphar/spadderdock from Singer Lake Bog in Geauga County, we will be harvesting on Friday, May 16th from 9:00am tonoon, contact Claire Posius for details and directions.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 2:20 PM, 05.14.2014