Autumn Days

Dear Friends:

I hope many of you had the opportunity to read the letter that was printed in last month’s Observer that I sent to Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. Sherrod Brown and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge pertaining to the water quality and ongoing pollution issues along at our lakefront MetroParks; that being Villa Angela and Euclid Beach. I received a tremendous outpouring from readers and residents who feel that the Federal Government MUST step in to address the pollution problems from Toledo to Conneaut. 

As we all know we are full swing in the Presidential election cycle (heaven help us!).  However, all Ohioans, especially residents of northern Ohio, should be demanding that those individuals seeking the “highest office in the Land” take a position on the Great Lakes, specifically Lake Erie, since it is the shallowest of the lakes, and therefore, the most susceptible to pollution and other environmental issues. Protecting the Great Lakes should be as important in this Presidential election as the economy, healthcare and our military readiness. With over 85% of America’s fresh water lying in the Great Lakes this is an issue we cannot afford to ignore any longer. Thanks again for all your support and remember to write to our US Senators and Congresswoman, as well as Ohio Governor Kasich to demand that the issues effecting Lake Erie be addressed.

We all know what the Collinwood Recreation Center has meant to our Greater Collinwood community and especially Lakeshore Boulevard.  On Monday, November 2, 2015 at 2:30 PM the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland broke ground for another legacy project in our neighborhood; that being the new $10 million Salvation Army Temple Corps, House of Worship and Community Center.  This state-of-the-art complex will not only complement the recreation center and the Golden Age Center, but will now add a major social service component in our Ward and help transform the Grovewood Avenue corridor. The Salvation Army has been on Grovewood since 1979.  They have provided not only a spiritual safety net but have provided clothing, food, and educational classes, as well as recreational opportunities. There is much more to the Salvation Army than you might think.  I encourage you to stop by and see what services they offer and see how you too can help them carry on their mission in our neighborhood and beyond.

We all know that the weather is changing.  Please pay special attention to any issue that could impact your street such as street lights out, water leaks, potholes, and/or abandoned vehicles.  Let us all be proactive in order to have a much safer Winter season.

I wish every family in Ward 8 a HAPPY THANKSGIVING.  I am thankful for all we have in our community and everyone who participates in the ward who makes it a community to be proud of.  We have accomplished a lot with much more to come. However, we need your help and prayers. I know that is not politically correct but everyone knows neither am I.

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