Green Collinwood

Come See The Swale Garden At Euclid Beach State Park!

Thanks to a Small Scale Storm Water Demonstration Grant from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), volunteers from the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team planted Ohio native plants in two grass swales along the front entrnace to Euclid Beach State Park.  The demonstration project is part of a $50,000.00 small grant initiative by the NEORSD to help raise awareness about storm water management issues in our region. More information about the NEORSD demonstration grant program can be found at: http://www.neorsd.org/watershedgrants.php. 

A swale garden works by absorbing water through extensive root systems laid down by water tolerant plants.  Water stays in the soil and out of the storm sewers and Lake Erie, reducing runoff, flooding and improving water quality.  The plants, all Ohio natives courtesy of Great Lakes Natives Plant Nursery will take root over the winter and blossom next spring and summer.  With New England Aster, Purple Cone Flower, Orange Cone Flower and many more, it is sure to be a colorful summer at the park! So next time you are driving along Lakeshore Blvd. admiring the new Collinwood Recreation Center, look across the street at the entrance to Euclid Beach State Park!  While it does not look like much more than some mulch and sprouting plants today, it is actually a storm water management project in progress! 

For more information about the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach team, future volunteer events and pictures of the swale garden, search The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team on Facebook or email stephen.love20@gmail.com.

Please consider joining us for our next beach cleanup on Saturday October 15th from 10am-12pm at Euclid Beach State Park.  Volunteers will be provided with gloves, rakes, trash bags. Refreshements will be provided courtesy of Cafe Arts Collinwood, Chilli Peppers and Giorgio's Pizza. 

 

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 10:05 PM, 10.05.2011

CAR CARE FOR CLEANER WATER

The next time it rains, look down at your driveway or the nearest parking lot. See any colorful “oil rainbows” slicked across the pavement?  It’s a sign that someone’s car is leaking fluid.

These fluid leaks are composed of highly toxic materials, such as antifreeze, motor oil, brake fluid and transmission fluid.  When the toxics enter the storm drain system or leach into the soil, surface and groundwater supplies are contaminated. And that means your drinking water supplies are put at risk.

You rely on your car for safe, convenient transportation.

Why not treat it right and protect water quality at the same time?

  • Repair auto fluid leaks right away.  Use a drip pan to catch leaks if repairs are delayed.
  • Collect and dispose of fluids from routine maintenance properly.
  • Keep your car properly tuned.
  • Clean up any spills with kitty litter or absorbent material.  Dispose of cleanup as hazardous waste.  Contact your city service department for local household hazardous waste collection information as some residents can already dispose of household hazardous waste year-round at their service department. 


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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:48 PM, 09.15.2011

Wildwood Lakefront State Park Stream and Wetland Restoration Project Public Information Session

Wildwood Lakefront State Park

Stream and Wetland Restoration Project in Euclid Creek

Public Information Session

Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 6:00pm

Euclid Hospital - Main Building, Waltz Auditorium

18901 Lakeshore Boulevard, Euclid

(please do not park in the emergency parking area, park anywhere else)

Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, our Project Partners & Consultants are hosting a public information session to discuss the planned stream and wetland restoration project along Euclid Creek in Wildwood State Park.  The $1.4 million project is funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, administered through the US Environmental Protection Agency. 

If you have questions, please contact Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator Claire Posius at 216-524-6580x16 or cposius@cuyahogaswcd.org for questions or for more details see the project website at http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/EuclidCreekFiles/EC_LacustrineRefuge.htm

 


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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 5:31 PM, 08.08.2011

Cleveland Recycling Programs

Computer Round-Up

The City of Cleveland and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District have teamed up

to  recycle  unwanted  computer  equipment from  Cleveland  residents.  All collected computer equipment will either be upgraded and distributed to schools or recycled.

August 20, September 10 & September 17 from 9am to 3pm

Division of Waste Collection Service Stations Carr Center 5600 Carnegie Ave

Residential computer and peripheral equipment accepted: CPUs, Monitors, Keyboards, Computer mice, Printers, Modems, Software, Cell Phones, Ink cartridges

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Common household products found in the kitchen, basement, bath, and garage can emit toxic vapors into the air in your home. These products can also be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. Safely dispose of these products during the City of Cleveland’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 5:31 PM, 08.08.2011

"If You Build It, He Will Come!" III AKA Flowers Are Meant To Be In Flower Beds

Hello Collinwood Family,

Last month’s article focused on the rich history, tapestry as well as diversity of our Collinwood community and encouraged neighborly efforts toward recycling together with proper trash disposal for ourselves and our neighbors.  This month’s article was inspired by my wife who recently while driving towards our home mentioned how lovely the tiny white “flowers” looked on many of the lawns in our neighborhood.  I told my wife that: “those are not flowers honey, but weeds.”  Now, though I gest, many don’t realize that only flowers are meant to be in flower beds not lawns.  And, though our lawns can be arrayed in the beautiful colors of white, yellow and even lavender, these weeds by there very definition are plants that are “out of place”.  As one article states and I quote:  “Some plants are not sown. They come up anywhere in the garden or lawn. They look as if they are out of place since they are not planted with any intention. The result - they completely ruin your gardening and farming efforts and the landscape theme adopted. Qualities of such plants called weeds have not yet been established by the book, but they are categorized as pernicious, thus hampering activity of humans. They grow at pace and space that is not welcome, and hence have to be removed and discarded. They have a number of features that are not desirable at all.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 4:07 PM, 08.08.2011

Euclid Beach Blast! Saturday July 16th 11am-7pm

The Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach Team has partnered with Arts Collinwood and Project Pop-Up Galleries to bring you EUCLID BEACH BLAST! a day of free summer festivities, food, art, music, environmental awareness and fun at Euclid Beach Park on Saturday July 16th from 11am-7pm!

Help us kick off the day with a beach cleanup, then grab your shovels for a sand castle contest! Stroll an outdoor pop up art show, grab some food from one of Cleveland’s famous food trucks, enjoy some tunes from 106.5 “The Lake” and learn about how you can help Euclid Beach and our Greatest Lake! Ride your bike and we’ll even throw in a prize! Visit information tables from the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Northeast Shores Development Corporation, Euclid Beach Park Now and more! End the day with some live Latin music by Grupo Son Gitano! But if that isn't enough, join the After Blast! party at the Café Arts Collinwood at 7pm for more music, food and fun!

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:54 PM, 07.09.2011

Install a rain garden to reduce storm water pollution in your own backyard

A rain garden is an attractive, landscaped area planted with perennial native plants which don't mind getting wet. They are beautiful gardens, built in depressions, which are designed to capture and filter storm water runoff from impervious surfaces around the home, such as rooftops and driveways.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 8:35 AM, 06.05.2011

Euclid Beach Blast! Saturday July 16th 11am-7pm

The Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach Team has partnered with Arts Collinwood and Project Pop-Up Galleries to bring you EUCLID BEACH BLAST! a day of free summer festivities, food, art, music, environmental awareness and fun at Euclid Beach Park on Saturday July 16th from 11am-7pm!

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 8:35 AM, 06.05.2011

Spring Cleaning - Proper disposal of household hazardous waste

Antifreeze, household cleaners, gasoline, pesticides, oil paints, solvents, used motor oil, etc.  Improper disposal allows these items to seep into and pollute our rivers and groundwater. So the next time you’re spring cleaning or on the move, learn the proper disposal of household hazardous waste. The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District encourages you to participate in spring cleaning to rid your house and garage of household hazardous waste.  

This spring, the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District will be opening a year-round facility to receive household hazardous waste collected by Cuyahoga County communities. Since this facility will not be open to the general public, the District is working with all Cuyahoga County communities to establish local household hazardous waste collection programs. Once the materials are collected by a community, they will deliver the materials to the District’s year-round center. This new program will make it more convenient for residents to recycle unwanted household chemicals and protect the environment.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 12:17 PM, 05.04.2011

Rainy but successful beach cleanup and recycling bin dedication ceremony

On Saturday April 16th, volunteers from Accenture Management Consulting, college and high school students and neighborhood residents came together to clean and screen the Euclid Beach! This was our second beach cleanup of 2011 and even in the rain and wind volunteers managed to collect an absolute hands down record of over 300 pounds of trash, 80 pounds of which was recycled! Thanks to these hard-working volunteers we collected over 850 cigar tips, close to 200 plastic bags bottles and cans and well over 100 plastic and paper bags!

We also celebrated the installation of 3 new trash and 3 new recycling bins at the park installed at the picnic pavilion and at the two stairwell entrances onto the beach. Joining us for the long awaited dedication was Naturalist, Carol Ward, and Park Manager, Jim, from The Cleveland Lakefront State Park along with Brian Friedman from Northeast Shores, April Mather with The Alliance For The Great Lakes and Councilman Polensek.  

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 12:18 PM, 05.04.2011

Euclid Creek Wetland Restoration Project begins in Wildwood State Park

The Lacustrine Refuge is a wetland restoration project located in Wildwood Lakefront State Park in the Euclid Creek Watershed on the Main Branch of Euclid Creek, a tributary to Lake Erie that is heavily urbanized and affected by urban runoff and habitat degradation in the City of Cleveland. The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District applied for and was awarded $1,396,050 from the US EPA through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to fund the Lacustrine Refuge project. 

An estuary, or lacustuary in freshwater systems, provides habitat for nearshore fish and typically consists of wetlands.  Today, the Euclid Creek estuarine zone has been modified for a public park and marina, but opportunity exists to restore some of the natural estuary function. 

The Lacustrine Refuge project will restore three acres of urban coastal wetlands and restore 1,100 linear feet of shoreline habitat to serve as a fish habitat refuge and nursery for the urban coastal estuary zone. In addition, eroding banks in the park will be stabilized and invasive plants replaced with native plants to attract more birds and amphibians to the area.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 12:22 PM, 05.04.2011

The Euclid Beach cleanup season is off to a great start!

On Saturday March 19th, volunteers from The Collinwood Masonic Lodge #582, a Women's Rugby Team, General Electric employees, college and high school students and neighborhood residents came together to clean and screen the Euclid Beach! This was our first beach cleanup of 2011 and we managed to collect an absolute hands down record of 234 pounds of trash, over 75 pounds of which was recycled! Thanks to these hard-working volunteers, we collected over 850 cigar tips, close to 200 plastic bags bottles and cans and well over 150 plastic and paper bags! The most "unique" items collected included a freezer door and a construction barrel! 

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 11:10 AM, 04.04.2011

A call for volunteers! The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team!

Do you care about Lake Erie....the water we drink...our beaches and our wildlife?  Do you visit and use Euclid Beach, Villa Angela or Wild Wood State Parks? Do you care about access to quality recreational parks in your community?  

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 11:10 AM, 04.04.2011

Reusing vacant land

How do you see the vacant plots in your neighborhood? As gardens? Mini parks? Playgrounds? Rain gardens and swales?

Neighborhood Connections (the Cleveland Foundation’s hugely successful small grants program), is conducting a survey. Go to www.neighborhoodgrants.org and click on Survey (second item in the News column). Share your thoughts, and also your contact information – so you can be informed about land reuse planning, volunteer events, and grant opportunities in your neighborhood.

The survey takes ess than five minutes to complete – do it now!

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:03 PM, 04.04.2011

The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team one year later

If you did not know already, Adopt-a-Beach™ has a volunteer team at Euclid Beach State Park and during the past year, we have collected well over 700 pounds of trash. If you are not familiar, Adopt-a-Beach is a volunteer organization and partner of the Alliance for The Great Lakes, a Chicago based non-profit dedicated to sustaining and improving the health of our lakes and beaches. Each month (excluding December, January, February) our team conducts beach cleanups and monitors bacteria counts. 

The word team is used lightly because volunteering is open to anyone and everyone! Past cleanups have included volunteers from area colleges and universities, local high schools, neighborhood nonprofits, neighborhood businesses and residents. As we close this beach cleanup season and prepare for the spring/summer/fall 2011 season, it is important to recap some of our projects and partnerships formed during this past year. Since we started our beach cleanups in fall 2009, The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team has:

  • Conducted 11 beach cleanups, collecting over 700 pounds of trash and recyclables with a total volunteer hours per person count of 600 service hours!
  • Supported Councilman Polensek’s plan to begin discussion of a Cleveland Metroparks lakefront park acquisition process via a letter writing and signatures campaign.
  • Collaborated with neighborhood nonprofits like Arts Collinwood to incorporate a beach cleanup with a recreational all-day event that attracted several hundred visitors to Euclid Beach park.
  • Attended community block watch meetings and Northeast Shores quarterly meetings to encourage neighborhood participation.
  • Used City Works grant funding to purchase cleaning tools and to landscape and trim back overgrowth throughout the park.
  • Secured partnerships with local businesses to make available beach cleanup information to customers but also, to help raise donations.
  • Raised donations and secured grant funding to purchase 6 new beach side closed-lid and anchored trash and recycling bins to be installed early next spring.
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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 11:57 PM, 11.14.2010

Fifth Third Bank helps support the Euclid Beach Adopt-A-Beach Team

When he is not volunteering at an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup at Euclid Beach Park, Fifth Third Bank Financial Center Manager Michael DiRauso is always thinking of ways that he and his staff can support efforts to keep Euclid Beach clean.  

Michael, along with Tia Little, Azalea Price, Anitria Dudley and Rachael Ambrose at Fifth Third Bank on East 185th Street are sure to place Adopt-a-Beach event flyers throughout the bank and make volunteer sign-up sheets available for anyone interested in volunteering.  

A couple of weeks ago, the bank staff thought of a creative way to raise money for Euclid Beach Park. They decided to have a bake sale. On Friday October 29th, bank customers could get a little more than just money out of their paychecks!  They could have a cookie or a cupcake and know that the proceeds were going towards improving the quality of Euclid Beach and protecting Lake Erie. When all was said and done, Fifth Third managed to raise close to $50 from their bake sale! Proceeds from the bake sale will go towards the purchase of three new trash and three new recycling bins to be installed next spring at Euclid Beach Park!

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 11:49 PM, 11.14.2010

The Euclid Beach Team Is purchasing three recycling and trash units to be installed at Euclid Beach Park

The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team will be able to purchase new trash and recycling bins for Euclid Beach Park thanks to roughly $400 collected in individual donations, a $1000 grant from the Cuyahoga Solid Waste District and a $1300 Neighborhood Connections grant! 

The three trash and recycling bins will be installed next spring by park maintenance staff on the beach at the bottom of each beach stairwell and will be distinctly labeled trash and recycling (for plastic and aluminum).  Additionally, the units will be anchored and closed-lid.  

Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach volunteers will be responsible for emptying recyclables weekly. Volunteers will also be responsible for tallying estimated trash and recycling totals collected as well as reporting to park maintenance staff any evidence of damage or tampering to the units. 

If there is a noticeable decrease in trash collected during our beach cleanups because of the new trash and recycle bins, we will consider installing additional trash and recycling units throughout Euclid Beach Park. 

Thank you again to everyone who supported this project!

-The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team 

*For more information on The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team or how you can volunteer to help empty recyclables visit us on facebook or email slove@mail.bw.edu*

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 11:43 PM, 11.14.2010

Coit Road Farmers' Market is just down the street

I did not realize how easy it was to get to the Coit Road Farmer's market. Drive south on East 152nd St. Do not drive north, you'll end up in the lake. Drive past Five Points, pass the football stadium, and the next street on your right is Woodworth. I did not realize that Woodworth and Noble road are the same road. Turn right on Woodworth and the market is right there on your left. The market is just minutes from your house if you live anywhere in Collinwood.

The market is open from 8 AM to 1 PM Wednesdays and Saturdays. Shop early for an excellent selection of locally-grown fruits and vegetables. Buying locally-grown food is nutritious and helps our local economy. In most cases, you can meet the grower or preparer of your food.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 1:33 PM, 07.11.2010

Worm Farm fights for its life

The Sansai Worm Farm is the dream of two brothers who started this business in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio with the hopes of making Cleveland an example of how environmental and urban renewal can be accomplished at the same time. The dream was realized in 2005 with the purchase of a 32 acre property. The 17 acre facility, located in a converted inner city bombsite manufacturing factory, is also known as the former TRW Automotive Valve Plant in Collinwood. Now known as The Richard Melvin Building, the manufacturing facility has become the home to millions of red wiggler composting earthworms, who eat material, which othewise would go to landfills, for the harvest of worm castings which are premium organic plant additives. Sansai saves our planet from adding to dangerous methane levels produced at landfills. It also had plans to employ up to 400 people, from our neighborhood, in the next four years. 

Right now Sansai has been told to move out, and the worms are in lock-down.

Though an Arizona corporation is currently in possession of the Worm Farm, their Attorney Charles A. Nemer, had promised the Melvin brothers that volunteers would be allowed into the building, to care for the livestock--the worms-- who need food and water, and do not belong to the out of state company, but to the Sansai Worm Farm. 

More than a hundred volunteers, who have been given written and legal permission by Mr. Nemer to take care of the worms, have been turned away at the door. Only three of the volunteers have been allowed in, the same volunteers, who are nearing exhaustion, and worms have begun to die.  Each day, the attorney for the Sansai Farm makes sure that the volunteers' paperwork is in order, and each day, they are turned away anyway. 

Right now the Melvin brothers and Sansai Worm Farm are in negotiations to buy the building back. If Mr. Nemer does not follow through on his promise, by the time the legal wrangling is finished, and the Melvins are back in possession of their property, the livestock may be dead. To volunteer to help, contact the Worm Farm at www.sansaitech.com.

 

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 8:47 PM, 06.09.2010

Help the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team buy new trash and recycle bins for Euclid Beach Park!

The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach team wants to buy new trash and recycling bins for Euclid Beach Park and we need your help! If you are not familiar with us, Adopt-a-Beach is a volunteer organization and subsidiary of the Alliance for The Great Lakes, a Chicago based non-profit dedicated to sustaining and improving the health of our lakes and beaches. Each month our team at Euclid Beach conducts beach clean ups. From our waste data collected, it is apparent that Euclid Beach Park faces improper waste disposal problems. On the beach currently, there are three 55-gallon open steel drum barrels that are used for trash disposal.  These units are inadequate for containing trash because:
  1. Trash overflow is problematic during the summer months.
  2. Animals like seagulls and raccoons remove and spread trash across the beach.
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 11:56 PM, 05.11.2010

Safely Dump Unwanted Meds

Operation Medicine Cabinet aims to make our bathrooms safer by properly disposing of all those outdated prescriptions. Take them to the Fifth District HQ (881 E152 St.) on May 8, 9 am – 10 pm.  If in doubt about what you want to bring, call 216-664-3717 or log on to www.cleveland-oh.gov.
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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 10:17 AM, 05.02.2010

A green way to trim the green

While many dream of acres and acres of sprawling land, I'm perfectly content with the postage stamp better known as my backyard.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 10:56 AM, 05.06.2010