Archive for June, 2010

Walking in Central June 26th

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Looking for the Soul of the City–Walking as Pilgrimage is a collection of Trinity Cathedral parishioners and others who are interested in learning about our region by walking and seeing urban neighborhoods through the eyes of those who know and love them. You will enjoy these walks if you want to learn more about Cleveland’s neighborhoods, you already know and love these neighborhoods and want to share them with others, or you take pleasure in exercise and fellowship with a congenial group

The  next walk is:

Saturday June 26th

Meet at 8:45 AM

Trinity Cathedral Parking Lot E. 22nd and Prospect

On the 26th, the group will be exploring Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood, first settled in the 1800’s by German immigrants, Central is home to the nations first planned housing development (Outhwaite & Central) homes, as well as major Cleveland institutions including Cleveland State, Cuyahoga Community College and St. Vincent Charity Hospital have current or recently completed major development projects.  Walkers will see thriving community gardens (including Trinity’s own!), new single family home neighborhoods, CMHA’s new and prospering Carver Park development and Marion Sterling Elementary School.

Please RSVP to Marie Kittredge, Executive Director

Slavic Village Development (p) 216-429-1182 ext 128 (c) 216-513-4002

This will be the contact phone number on the day of the hike.  

Thumbs down to another liquor license!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Are you aware that a business in our neighborhood has applied for a new liquor permit?

There are already plenty of places to purchase liquor in our neighborhood. Do we need another store selling liquor?  The store at 3609 Community College Ave has applied for a liquor permit.

Make your voice heard! Come to City Hall to express your opinion about the liquor permit!

The hearing will be on Friday, June 25, 2010 at:

Cleveland City Hall

601 Lakeside Ave. Room 217

Cleveland, Ohio 44114

For  more information contact Councilwomen Phyllis Cleveland at

216-664-2309 or Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc., at 216-341-1455

YMCA Summer Activities camp

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Know someone who is looking for affordable summer activities for their child? Well look no further! The YMCA Summer Activities camp is here!

 Who: Open to students entering 5th-8th grades.

What: Summer Activities Camp with weekly field trips and free dinner for all youth 18 and under

When: 2 four week sessions, starts June 14th Mon-Fri., 1pm-6pm.

Where: The Downtown YMCA Youth Center, 2200 Prospect Ave.

Why: All youth need structured activities and you get all this for just $12!!! And if you still need help affording the cost, the YMCA offers scholarships for programs and membership.

 So sign up fast, space is filling up! Please pass on the word.

Please contact Shanita S. Tartt,Program Director, Community Youth Services, YMCA of Greater Cleveland, 2200 Prospect Ave. E, Suite 900, Cleveland, OH 44115

P: 216.263.6872  F: 216.263.6896

Save money and the environment with a free rain barrel

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

This summer, BBC and the City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability will again be providing free rain barrels to residents of the Central, Kinsman, and Garden Valley neighborhoods.

A rain barrel is not only a great addition to your home, but it benefits you as well as the environment.  By using water collected in a rain barrel to irrigate your lawn, you will reduce your water bills and decrease maintenance cost. Rain barrels also reduce water pollution by decreasing the amount of rain that enters our sewage treatment facilities, which if overflowed will send untreated sewage into Lake Erie.  Rainwater also contains nutrients great for plants and does not possess the chemicals of water from the tap.

The barrel itself is a large plastic container that connects to a downspout from a roof and has a spigot at the bottom to which a hose can be attached. The barrels are specially constructed to keep out mosquitoes and other pests. The collected water should not be used for drinking. During the spring and summer months, 2,100 gallons of water can be collected in a single rain barrel.

Residents who sign up for the program will work with BBC to have a downspout diverter installed on the downspout next to where they will the new rain barrel. The diverter is a device that captures water from the gutters and transfers it to the barrel for storage. Residents will coordinate with BBC to have their diverter installed before the rain barrel. Cost of entire project is free.

By enrolling in the program, residents may be able to have the storm water surcharge, which takes effect this summer, reduced or eliminated from their water bills.

BBC has a very limited number of free rain barrels and diverters, and will accept participants on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications will be available for pick-up at BBC at 7201 Kinsman Road during business hours.

For more information, please call (216) 341-1455 or email


Tuesday, June 8th, 2010




SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010

1:00 p.m.:   Woodland Cemetery Self-Guided Living History Tour

 From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., visitors can enjoy a Self-Guided Living History Tour to visit graves and learn the history of some of Woodland’s famous and not-so-famous people. 

Those spotlighted represent all walks of life, various ethnic and racial backgrounds, social activists, war veterans, early entrepreneurs, lawyers, judges, politicians, and some of Cleveland’s early “power couples.”  All influenced and shaped Cleveland and, in many cases, national policies.  Actors or family descendants will be portraying/representing some of Woodland’s residents.

 Cemeteries were originally built as parks and gardens for people to enjoy quiet strolls and picnics.  Visitors are invited to do the same on June 27.  Pamphlets giving brief histories and locations of graves will be available to learn who and why these people are important to Cleveland. 

This is a fundraiser to benefit the Woodland Cemetery Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio.  A donation of $10 per adult or $25 for a family pass which includes two adults and three children; each additional child under the age of 18 is $5.

Meet local Cleveland author Casey Daniels who once applied for a job as a tour guide in a cemetery. She didn’t get it, but she did get the idea for Pepper Martin, the star of her mystery series, who investigates cases for the ghosts in the Cleveland cemetery where she works. Casey is a history lover who enjoys walking through cemeteries and finds inspiration in the stones, art and architecture. All five of her Pepper Martin books are available: Don of the Dead, The Chick and the Dead, Tombs of Endearment, Night of the Loving.  Casey Daniels will be at Woodland Cemetery on June 27th to sign her books.

You may also download the flier from the Woodland Cemetary foundation website at

2010 Census: Help Cleveland Get a Complete Count!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Census Takers are currently out knocking on doors of households that did not mail back their forms.  

There are some areas where Census workers have been having trouble getting the cooperation of residents.  Encourage your neighbors to cooperate with the Census Takers.  Many of the Census Takers are residents of the neighborhoods in which they are working.  They are in our communities to make sure that Clevelanders are fully counted in the Census.  Opening the door to a Census Taker is opening the door to opportunity for our community.  

Many people, especially the elderly, may have concerns with opening their door to strangers.  The Census Takers can be identified by:

  • their picture ID that reads Census and has the Census seal
  • their census bag
  • and binder

 If the resident is still uncomfortable with opening the door to answer the questions, they are able to call and make an appointment to have the Census Taker come back.  This information will be found on a double-sided “NOTICE of VISIT” that will be in English and Spanish.  The Census Taker will make up to three visits and will try to reach residents by phone up to three times if no one answers the door.  Privacy and confidentiality is a priority to the Census.

Please let your neighbors know that the Census is safe and confidential.  The Census Takers are sworn for life to protect your data under Federal Law Title 13.  The law states that the penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 5 years.  Please continue encouraging the residents of Cleveland to “stand up and be counted”.

Building Community Through the Arts

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

You Are Invited!

Building Community Through the Arts:

Two Free Workshops with Artist and Advocate Lily Yeh

Wednesday, June 9th

10 am to 11:30 am


12:30 pm to 2 pm

Senior Outreach Services

2390 East 79th Street

(Corner of East 79th and Quincy)

Using a model proven in her 20 years at the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia, Yeh will discuss how you can use arts to create a sense of community in your neighborhood. Learn more about Yeh and her work worldwide at

Workshops are free, but you must register. Lunch is provided


General Workshop

Learn the methodology behind the model 10 am to 11:30 am (You must attend this workshop with others from your group, organization, or neighborhood if you plan on attending the second workshop.)

Project Workshop

Learn how to launch a project in your community 12:30 pm to 2 pm (You must attend the morning workshop in order to attend this workshop. Please attend with others from your group, organization, or neighborhood.)

Please RSVP to Cynthia Lewis at 216.393.4642 or via email at