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Mapping the Future

Perry’s perspective Commentary by East Cleveland’s M. LaVora Perry

Knitting Together A group of knitters in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood have transformed into friends in recent months. Eleanor Bergholz, 69, started the knitting circle in September at the Harvey Rice branch of the Cleveland Public Library. With outside temperatures creeping upward, Bergholz polled members of the knitting circle to see if they needed a break over spring and summer. Neighbors from the Buckeye-Shaker area — which includes the Buckeye, Larchmere, Shaker Square and Woodland Hills neighborhoods — begin talking about their community by drawing important places on a map during a workshop last month sponsored by Neighborhood Connections. Read more on Page 6. Photo by Mark Silverberg.

Sterling Scouts in Need of New Leadership CENTRAL - La Queta Worley started attending Girl Scout meetings as a volunteer eight years ago. Now, Worley is leader of the troop based out of the Sterling branch of Cleveland Public Library and is looking to transfer the troop she loves into the hands of someone new. Worley attended her first meeting while taking care of her sister, who was a Brownie and wanted to become a Girl Scout. It wasn’t long before Worley’s role changed from safeguarding her sister to something more. She took on the role of assistant leader in 2005, and then became troop leader in 2007. “I just started coming because I didn’t like the way the leaders were conducting the group,” Worley said. “It didn’t seem like they really knew what they wanted or what they were doing, so that’s why I started coming on a weekly basis.” As she started to attend more often, Worley began to take steps to change how the troop was run. She made sure the girls were more of a

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presence in the community by getting them out of the library to sell cookies, candy, magazines and more.

“The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority has a grant to pay for a lot of things for us such as transportation, camp, snacks every week,” Worley said. After almost 10 years with the Girl Scouts, though, Worley is looking to pass on her role as leader to someone else.

Congrats to Trina Johnson, of Collinwood, who won two vouchers to the Cleveland International Film Festival for being the first to fill out and return the Readership Survey in last month’s paper.

“I need somebody that’s outgoing, crafty and patient,” Worley said. The dedication to the troop has to be there, too, she said.

Girl Scout troop leader La Queta Worley receives a hello hug from one of the teens in the troop. Photo by Jan Thrope.

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In honor of Mother’s Day, win a copy of “Letting Go of Yesterday’s Pain,” a book published by Carol Jones, a Fairfax resident and mother of four. Read Carol’s story on Page 5.

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Do you know Neighborhood Connections? We ignite the power of everyday people to create, together, an extraordinary world right where we live. This year we celebrate 10 years of giving small grants to Cleveland and East Cleveland residents, who work together on anything from community gardens to homegrown music festivals. I wanted to take a moment to introduce some of our staff. We are a small organization working across the city and we could not do the work we do without committed staff members. Meet Cynthia Lewis, Neighborhood Connections Grants Manager and Office Administrator. Cynthia recently celebrated 10 years with the program — meaning she has been with Neighborhood Connections since it began in 2003. She has overseen the management of more than 2000 grants. Cynthia’s role extends beyond the grants program, too. She supports much of the other community building work organized by Neighborhood Connections. Congratulations to Cynthia for her dedication, commitment and passion to grassroots leaders and groups in Cleveland and East Cleveland! Neighborhood Connections also wants to thank Sue Wolpert for all the work she did in planning and implementing the start of our 10-year anniversary. Sue, who recently moved on from her role at Neighborhood Connections, brought great energy, vision and creativity to Neighborhood Connections. She also catalyzed a strong start to our anniversary celebration year. She designed and organized many successful events and gatherings, including: the Connecting 4 Community gathering for 75 grassroots leaders in 2012; book groups throughout the city that introduced dozens of people to “Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods,” a book by Peter Block and John McKnight about building stronger communities using everyone’s gifts; a wonderful gathering with Peter Block and Olivia Saunders about building an abundant economy this past February. We thank Sue and wish her all the best!

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NEIGHBORHOOD FAITH look i ng u p A regular column by Natalie Rudd

No Place Like Home A co-worker just walked in my office and said, “It is nice to have you back!” to which I replied, “It is good to be home!” You see, I started another job this past January, but it wasn’t actually a new job, because I had worked in the same department back in 2006. I left in 2008 for a couple of years to explore other career opportunities. When my previous boss approached me about coming back to the department, I leaped at the opportunity because I believed in the work we did and I enjoyed working with the team. Even though I had been gone for a couple of years, our mission of reaching out to the community had never really left my heart and there was always a desire to go back. Sometimes in life, we venture off to new and exciting prospects; we explore opportunities that can take us far away from home. We meet new people and learn new things, hopefully growing both personally and professionally. Other times, we venture off away from home — not for happy or good reasons, but because of pain, heartache or disappointment. Perhaps we have wandered off to places that God has not intended for us to go and find ourselves in places we really don’t want to be — not sure how we got there and more importantly, unsure how to get back home.

How can we come back home when we have wandered off? First, seek God’s forgiveness. Many times we mend broken relationships just by saying the words “I am sorry” and really meaning it. When we do that with God, we are always welcomed back and He restores our broken relationship with Him. Second, nurture a forgiving heart. Many times we build walls constructed of unforgiving bitterness and anger. These walls block the path that leads us home. As we seek forgiveness, we have to also be forgiving of others, and of ourselves and our own frailties and failings. We must remain mindful that people may hurt us and disappoint us, but we have the option to choose forgiveness and mend the broken relationship. As people of faith, we are called to be the peacemakers. We are the ones called to take the first step toward forgiveness — even when the other person has wronged us. Finally, accept in your heart that no matter what you have done or how far you have wandered off, God is always waiting for you to come home. He is always waiting with open arms. He has loved you so much that He gave His only son for you to be able to come home. I love the story of the prodigal son in the Bible and how his father celebrated his homecoming. Now understand, this son was pitiful. He took his inheritance while his father was still alive and squandered it on whatever he wanted without any regard to his family. And even though he disrespected his father and his family, when he came to his senses, his heart told him to go back home — for there is no place like home. Aren’t you glad we have a God, who has loved us with an everlasting love? He is always waiting with open arms to welcome us home. I am, and that is why I love Him so.

Natalie Rudd is on the ministerial staff at Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax. Reach her at

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Resident Publishes Life Story By Lila Mills FAIRFAX – Carol Jones grew up in a house full of trouble, but she found peace. And now, she hopes her story — documented in the new book “Letting Go of Yesterday’s Pain” — encourages others to find better days ahead. Jones’ church friend Vivian Cox wrote the book, which was published in December. Jones had a book signing at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in University Circle earlier this year. She said she wanted to tell her story to inspire others who are struggling to “seek refuge.” “Don’t try and do it alone,” she said. Jones’ story includes family feuds, lies, murder and abuse. She writes, “For years, I felt the claustrophobia of being trapped in my life’s experiences.” Her father left the family when Jones was young, and she struggled with her mother. By her senior year in high school, she was pregnant. Years later, exhausted, Jones took her

son to Wade Lagoon, just in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art. As her son played, she sat down on a bench and cried. Then she heard the words, “God loves you.” The man who said those words became Jones’ pastor. At the time “church was foreign to my nature,” Jones said. But her growing faith led her on a journey from Cleveland to college and then to a commune in Michigan before leading her back home to Cleveland. Jones said she was driven by “desperation for change.” “I didn’t like yesterday,” she said. In Michigan, she married and had three more children. They lived in a trailer without electricity. ‘We had a wood stove,” Jones remembered. But, she said, even though she and her family lived without, “we lived well.” Jones plans to write more in the future. She wants to focus on healing and idea of moving ahead.

Express Yourself Heroes My 17-year-old middle son was walking home from school one day when he observed a man tussling with a woman sitting in the bus stop. The man was trying to snatch the woman’s purse. No one else stepped up to assist the woman. My son sized up the man and did a quick scan to see if the man had a weapon. Then my son stepped in and intervened. He walked up and told the man to leave the lady alone or he would call the police. When the man realized that my son was willing and able to back up his words, and that the scene was causing other people to take notice, he angrily stomped off, leaving the woman alone. Buckeye-Shaker’s Elaine Siggers posted this story about her personal hero, her son, on her new blog at http://wordsthatlastalifetime.wordpress. com/2013/02/05/everyday-heroes/. Glenville’s Cozetta Ragland took to the streets with a video camera and asked folks to respond to Elaine’s post. See what people had to say at

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“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated,” Martin Luther King Jr. once said. “We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garmet of destiny.” Many in Greater University Circle are building more trusting relationships across racial, socioeconomic and institutional-community lines. They know our destinies are tied; we are stronger together than we are apart. This is one of their stories...

Where Art and Community Intersect Architect Mark Lakeman stood inside Trinity Cathedral last month and spoke like a preacher — bringing a message of hope and inspiration to a capacity crowd of about 160 Clevelanders who came to hear him speak. “Even though we are surrounded by so many disparaging stories, our hearts are still beating,” Lakeman said as he introduced the citizen-driven movement called City Repair that began in a Portland, Ore., neighborhood 17 years ago. City Repair’s mission is to educate and inspire people to “creatively transform the places where they live.” “American neighborhoods have the lowest number of public gathering spots and the highest number of violent incidents,” Lakeman told the crowd. The Sunnyside neighborhood in Portland heard this in 1996, he continued, and painted a huge sunflower on a street intersection in their neighborhood. The intersection slowed traffic, drew neighbors together for block parties and has since spawned a movement to paint intersections in neighborhoods across the country. The painted intersections are meant to create a village atmosphere where people “don’t have to talk about finding common ground because they walk on it every day,” Lakeman said. Neighborhood Connections, the grassroots grants program that publishes Neighborhood Voice, brought Lakeman and Marisha Auerbach to Cleveland for two days to talk about the movement and train groups of Cleveland neighbors to transform spaces in their communities. Residents from several Cleveland neighborhoods — including Central and BuckeyeShaker — met the day after Lakeman’s talk at Trinity Cathedral for a workshop with him and Auerbach, a Shaker Heights native who now works with City Repair. Several neighborhood groups, maybe as many as four or five, will work to transform intersec-

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tions in their neighborhoods later this year. At the workshop, resident groups began to discuss their ideas. “Many, many kinds of places define a neighborhood,” Lakeman told them. If a neighborhood has a great public space, “people actually want to come outside.” “What good is freedom of assembly without a place to assemble?” he added. In Portland, in order to do an intersection-painting project, 80 percent of the neighbors living within two blocks of the intersection must approve it. But, Lakeman noted, there has never been an approval rate lower than 96 percent. About 11 neighbors from the Buckeye-Shaker community — which includes the Buckeye, Shaker Square and Larchmere neighborhoods — had an energetic conversation about the possibilities. They used a large map to mark special places in the area. As they did, they noticed the RTA Rapid tracks running along Shaker Boulevard separate Buckeye-Shaker into two different areas.

Residents use construction paper to create what they would like to see at intersections in their communities. The group that gathered to talk about the Central neighborhood shows off its design for the East 55th Street-Woodland AvenueKinsman Road intersection. Photos by Mark Silverberg.

“There is a difference between Larchmere and Buckeye,” said Buckeye resident Damien Ware. “That is a reality we have to pay attention to.” Larchmere resident Jesse Honsky noted the train draws neighbors from both sides of the tracks. “The train is where all of our neighborhoods come together,” she said. Ware noted the bridges over the tracks are not used often and wondered if that could be a good place to paint an intersection. Dawn Arrington, also a Buckeye resident, noted the intersection of East 121st Street and Shaker Boulevard is home to Kossuth Park. The park could be a gathering place if neighbors transformed that intersection, she said. “We’re kind of talking about reclaiming this space that divides us [the tracks and bridges] and making it a connector,” Honsky said as the discussion wrapped up.

Resident groups from Buckeye-Shaker, Central and DetroitShoreway will continue to meet and plan the intersection painting work. Interested in joining the movement to create dynamic space in these neighborhoods? Call 216-905-1199. Neighbors meet in a painted intersection in a Portland, Ore. neighborhood. Photo courtesy of City Repair.


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NEIGHBORHOOD EDUCATION A Pot O’ Gold at Friendly Inn Settlement By Andrea Levin

CENTRAL - “Are leprechauns real?” a curious second-grader asked me as I strolled around the St. Patrick’s Day themed Family Night at Friendly Inn Settlement Inc. on March 12.

“I believe it is imperative to educate children when they are young about the importance of a nutritious diet,” said Salvi, a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in nutrition.

The holiday-themed event culminated the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program taught by Mallory Salvi, an AmeriCorps member at Children’s Hunger Alliance. The curriculum combines 12 hands-on nutrition education — or Food Folks — lessons, in conjunction with 20 hourlong moderate to vigorous physical education activities lessons — called CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Childhood Health and Physical Activity) lessons.

Salvi is looking forward to teaching the curriculum again at a new site this spring, but will definitely miss the warm smiles from the staff and children that greeted her at Friendly Inn Settlement Inc.

Andrea Levin is an AmeriCorps member at the Children’s Hunger Alliance. Learn more about Children’s Hunger Alliance at

About 20 children dashed into a magical realm of fun that Tuesday afternoon. Salvi decked out what was formerly a classroom with fun activity stations. Children and volunteers visited activity stations, including a pin-the-shamrockon-the-leprechaun station, an arts and crafts table where children illustrated pictures of their favorite fruits and vegetables on a pot of gold cut out, and a Pot O’ Gold beanbag toss game. Other learning activities included holiday themed word searches — a Friendly Inn favorite. For the nutritious snack portion, a healthy and hearty taco station was erected. With help from AmeriCorps member Brittany Weisbarth, students created their own snack from a variety of fresh vegetables and truly “tasted the rainbow” with a colorful fruit platter.

Filmmaking Class in Glenville By Lonnie Bray-El GLENVILLE – Some of us share a vision of the Cleveland and East Cleveland area becoming a powerhouse for film production. We’ve traveled enough to know and to appreciate the wealth of talent and other resources we have right here in our own neighborhoods. I recently designed a five-week film course for students at the Glenville Recreation Center, 680 E. 113th St. Our course says film skills are fast, easy-to-learn, marketable skills that can be acquired in five weeks. Our program is a hands-on education in the use of camera equipment, lights, editing systems, story-writing format and key job functions within Hollywood’s production structure. Watching students’ minds grow is fun and rewarding for me. That’s why I enjoy teaching. But getting minds to grow is challenging, and that’s where I could use a little more help,

which is why I am pursuing a doctorate in psychology. I’ll utilize my psychology education in private community practice, as well as to develop complex characters and direct for cinema. At Glenville Recreation Center, we were fortunate enough to meet several respectful, would-be film students eager to get started making movies. We are all excited. We feel like whatever we do well is best done within our community and we are all eager to show our community’s polish.

Glenville resident Lonnie Bray-El is a screenwriter/filmmaker, Gongfu master, chess expert, sword-fighting expert, nutritionist and doctoral candidate in psychology. He is also managing director of the Ohio-based film company, Angel Touch Films, and a member of the Neighbor Up Network. Learn more about Neighbor Up at

Family Center Supports Youth By Lila Mills HOUGH- Lajean Ray is proud of the young people in her neighborhood and is working to make sure they get the support they need to succeed. Ray is the executive director of Catholic Charities’ Fatima Family Center, 6600 Lexington Ave. The family center offers a variety of programs for children ages 5 to 18. Programs include an afterschool teen leadership group and a summer camp.

The event was a great success. And the best part of all? Children’s Hunger Alliance provided shoes, with funding provided by Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland. By the end of Family Night, shoeboxes filled the room and soon after, the squeaking of brand new shoes rang throughout the hallways. Children’s Hunger Alliance works to ensure all children are fed regular and nutritious meals and develop lifelong healthy eating habits. The organization does this by providing children nutritious meals, increasing easy access to nutritious food and educating children to make healthy food choices and engage in physical activity. With obesity and childhood hunger devastating our communities throughout the country, the mission of Children’s Hunger Alliance is critical.

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“If you give kids positive things to do, if you invest in them, the returns are wonderful,” Ray said. “They are proud and they invest in themselves.” On May 22, the center plans to host a celebration show highlighting young talent. Members of The Inlet Dance Theatre have been working with

Fatima youth this year so there will be a dance performance. There will also be a CD release party for children who have recorded music with Glenville Dee Jay Doc Harrill. This summer teens in Fatima’s Teen Camp will explore a variety of career paths by going on field trips. One of their first stops? Local funeral homes to learn about mortuary science. Every Friday, the teens will visit a local college. Younger children in Fatima’s Summer Camp will swim at Cleveland State University and study art at Hough’s The Rainey Institute. “You’ve got to expose children to a wide variety of things so they can figure out what they like,” Ray said. Want more information about the Fatima Family Center? Call 216-391-0505.

Boys take a break from playing to pose for the camera at a Children’s Hunger Alliance event hosted at the King Kennedy Boys and Girls Club in Central in 2011. Photo by Lila Mills.

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Children with the Fatima Family Center prepare to perform in Danceworks ‘13 at the Cleveland Public Theatre. Dance instructors from Inlet Dance Theatre have been teaching the children since January. Photo courtesy of Fatima Family Center.

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Film Festival Wraps Up By Justin Rutledge

A regular column by Lori Ingram

Freedom Seeds I was moved to tears by the issue of Shawken News that was inserted into Neighborhood Voice last month and produced by stalwart, hopeful and brave students from Shaw High School and Hawken School. I wonder how hard is the fight for equality going to get? What will be the prize? It inspired poetry that seldom comes to me now. Reading the News I remembered what started me to Write poetry in the first place… In the ’70s Hippie newspaper For Socialists I delivered and As I walked away I heard fire trucks A deafening explosion Rocked the street I wobbled away-Headquarters Annihilated So I changed my mind… And went to Kent State Where my changed mind Changed my name Learned a Black Identity From freedom Fighters And Last Poets — Harambee — And wrote until my fingers fell Off in ecstasy with the page Of fallen Heroes and how to Wear the new Hair ‘Fros — Were ghosts of KSU killings Forever gonna make us Revolutionaries? I became one, and married one, and Buried one, and gave birth to two… Many have died to sow Freedom Seeds In the dirt — but the whole damn crop Failed We All look around Still hungry… Kids in the Cafeteria having A Black/White food fight With none picking up the Crumbs… Just too much bloody dirt in it…

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The 37th Cleveland International Film Festival wrapped up last month with record-breaking attendance. There were 93,235 admissions during the 12-day festival — that’s a 9 percent increase from last year. I attended the festival and learned something new about the film industry. When the subject of great names in cinematic history comes up in conversation, people tend to think of actors first, then director and maybe the screenwriter. The documentary “Casting By” shines a spotlight on a job that might be as important as the actors and directors but gets much less notoriety — the casting director. The film pays special attention to casting heavyweights Lynn Stalmaster, Juliet Taylor and, the one who tops them all, the late Marion Dougherty. Dougherty started her first casting office in 1965. Dougherty’s tactic of casting from her gut stood in stark contrast from the typecasting

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ways of Hollywood at the time. The talent she found was often not the easiest on the eyes and didn’t quite fit the initial image of the character. But what Dougherty saw in the actors often put the actors — and subsequently the movie itself — over the edge. Some of the actors Dougherty brought to the limelight were Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta, among others. Though Dougherty and those like her placed some of the day’s greatest actors in their greatest roles, the plight of the casting director remained rough. They struggled to get recognition; casting directors fought to get listed in the credits of a film and to get an award for their work included in the Academy Awards. “Casting By” went deep into the role and effect of the casting director in the movie industry today. For more information on the film, visit the Facebook page at

Justin Rutledge is a Benedictine High School graduate with a journalism degree from Bowling Green State University.

Neighborhood Voice regularly features local poets. Submit your poem to

She Likes to Swallow Blood I hold her tightly While the darkness creeps in slowly. My arms can’t protect her From nightmares, her past, And the clouds approaching Laying restless from awaiting Revelations. The ticking clock syncs Our breath and tears. Because she cries silently, Weeping pillows wet Is a haunt that makes me hold her firm Never feeling her pain from the day before. I never see the bruise and tears through the beauty Of her smile. The strength of her forced laughter And grace, because she swallows her own blood

~ By D.L. Wouré, a poet living in Buckeye-Shaker

By Lori Ruth Ingram Copyright 2013 Ingram is an actress living in University Circle.

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Nancy Weymouth Halbrooks By Katie Montgomery Drawing inspiration from nature is a specialty of Larchmere resident and celebrated artist Nancy Weymouth Halbrooks. It starts with photos she takes in the field, which then become the basis of drawings and paintings in her studio. The subject for much of her work? Crows! “Since I was a child, I’ve been intrigued by crows,” Halbrooks said. “To me, they represent intelligence and community. For example, crows use ‘tools’ to get things done and have fun. They find sticks to get things out of small places; drop nuts in front of cars to break them open and make use of jar lids to ‘sled’ down hills.” “And from an artistic viewpoint, I’m fascinated by the dramatic silhouettes they create in natural settings,” she added. Halbrooks moved to Ohio from Seattle in 1997, and her work bridges both locations. She has curated events three times at Bumbershoot, a large multi-arts performance event every Labor Day at the Seattle Center. Her last exhibition had a definite NEO flair. “I received a grant to produce a body of work based on my first year in Northeast Ohio,” she said. “The exhibit had a grid of 108 paintings of birds and trees from this area.” Halbrooks’ work has found its way into exhibitions across the country — from Vermont to Washington. Locally, she exhibits work with the Guild of Nature Artists, most

recently at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood. And, because she is an adjunct faculty member at Cleveland State University, her work was included in the university’s Faculty Show. For a closer look at her work, visit also in Ohio where Halbrooks achieved a life goal — receiving tenure at Lorain County Community College — teaching art and running the art department for about 200 students. “I love teaching,” she said. “The biggest reward outside of doing my own work is working with young adults and their creative process. After retirement, my dream would be to simply work on my art and work with artists on creative process. “But that will have to wait a while,” she added with a smile. Halbrooks and her partner Jan Zorman, facilities director at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, moved to the Larchmere neighborhood eight years ago and fell in love with the neighborhood.

Knitting Together continued from Page 1 To get the group going, Bergholz originally asked a couple of women she knew if they would be helpers — Betty Durham, 69 and Craig McDonald, 61. Other than the start-up team of three knitters, “everybody else was a brand new knitter,” said Bergholz. Now the group has grown to the point where some members have gone from being new knitters to helpers. Attendance grows by word of mouth and with the help of a flyer available at the library’s front desk. When I visited the group recently, Merras Brown, 66, sat knitting what she described as her “very first project.” She joined the circle after seeing the flyer. She thought: “I’ve been wanting to learn to knit for years. I think I’ll come!” Vania Ewell, 24, had her own story to tell. She learned to knit at the library. “I made a hat for my dad and a scarf for a friend of mine; it was red with sparkles. Those were my first projects,” she said with pride. Meanwhile, Lynette Wright, 62, seemed to be making a statement by wearing an outfit and accessories that featured black and white. “That’s my favorite color [combination],” she explained. However, she broke out of her comfort zone to knit a purple scarf for a friend.

“This is her favorite color,” said Wright, “so I’m trying it. But I usually make just black and white things.” So far, Wright, who has been coming to the group since its start, has knitted cell phone cases, scarves and a hat. “I really do enjoy this class,” she said, “because our instructors are so knowledgeable and helpful. They help us with everything.” Craig McDonald and Chelsea Stone, 37, mentioned that members have talked about meeting outside of the knitting group to have coffee together. Everyone agreed that an unexpected benefit of their group is making new friends. That much was clear from the laughter and smiles that filled the room. If the possibility of new friendships doesn’t bring you to the knitting circle, as it heats up outside, maybe Bergholz’s invitation will: “Come knit at the library where it’s air conditioned!”

The knitting circle meets Mondays from 5-7 p.m. at the Cleveland Public Library, Harvey Rice branch, 11535 Shaker Boulevard. Call 216-623-7046 or send an email to for more information.

“It’s so convenient both to work and to walk for a cup of coffee,” she said. “There’s such a charm to it.”

Story and photograph by Katie Montgomery, an active member of the Larchmere neighborhood. Larchmere is located one block north of Shaker Square, bordered by Shaker Boulevard, Kemper/N. Moreland, Fairhill Road, and E. 116th/MLK.

Eleanor Bergholz, second from right, with Lynette Wright, foreground, and other members of the knitting club Bergholz started at the Rice branch of the Cleveland Public Library. Photo by M. LaVora Perry.

Nancy Weymouth Halbrooks.


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To place an event, call 216-229-8769 or go to Community Resource Fair

Healthy Cooking Classes

Come find out about all of the resources available in the community. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday May 23 at the Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center, 8611 Hough Ave.

Learn to prepare affordable, healthy and tasty meals for your family from teachers Vel Scott and Divinity Catering. Learn the basics of healthy cooking, the importance of local, fresh food, and how to prepare healthier meals, vegetarian and vegan dishes. Call Kim Foreman to register at 216-961-4646 ext. 104.

A Call for Artists Loganberry Books is holding an altered book contest called Altered Octavos opening October 3. The contest, and coinciding Annex Gallery exhibition, is in celebration of Octavofest in October. The contest is open to all artists, with a limit of one entry per person. Artwork must be identified by artist, title, and price. All entries must be available for sale with a 20% commission to Loganberry Books. Awards: Best of Show by a panel of adjudicated judges ($500), People’s Choice Award decided by the general audience (prize TBA), and several Honorable Mentions (Loganberry Books gift certificates). Voting will take place throughout the month, with awards announced during the closing of the show on Thursday, October 31st.

Job Training Towards Employment is offering training for welding, machining and medical billing training through their Work Advance program. Interested candidates should go to www. or call 216-696-7311. There are scholarships for the training.

Free Community Exercise Classes

Contact Mr. Melvin Wilson Sr. at or 216-269-4504

Open 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturdays

Tai Chi for arthritis – From 10 -11 a.m., Wednesdays at Fairhill Partners, 12200 Fairhill Road Exercise for arthritis – From 5 - 6 p.m., Monday and Wednesdays at Sunbeam School, 11731 Mt. Overlook Ave. Go-4-Life Senior Exercise – From 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at Saint Luke’s Manor, 11311 Shaker Blvd. Family Swim – From 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Ken Johnson Recreation Center, 9206 Woodland Ave.

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Wednesdays 15000 Woodworth Rd., East Cleveland Commodore Place Apartments is now renting studios and one - and two-bedroom apartments. Contact Malinda Matlock, property manager, at 216-421-3900 or email her at Looking forward to meeting you!

One month free with signing of 12-month lease.

Ward Meetings Ward 4: At 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at 11802 Buckeye Road. Ward 5: At noon on the second Saturday of the month at Vocational Guidance Services building, 2239 E. 55th St. Ward 6: At 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. Call 216-791-6285 for more information, including location. Ward 7: At 6 p.m. on the second Friday of the month. Call 216-361-6186 or 216-664-2908 for more information, including location.

Ward 8: At 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Call 216-832-2249 for more information, including location. Ward 9: Every Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Public Library, Glenville branch, 11900 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland Stonewall Democrats: Meet at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the AIDS Task Force, 3210 Euclid Ave. www. for more information.

Delicious Sandwiches and Pies Find our sandwiches and pies at The Lancer and Whitmore’s or call us and place your personal order.

Including bedroom dressers, couch, end tables, business chairs, filing cabinet and more!

Keep up your New Year resolution to be active! Join one of more than 40 free activities offered each week in the BuckeyeShaker area. Classes include:

Get Involved: Community Meeting Schedule

Household Items for Sale

Breakfast sandwiches delivered. Call Toni White at 440-479-4801 or email

Greenetron Enterprises

“What can Greene do for you” Concierge Services to Casino, snow removal, property care, grocery store trips, junk removal Contact 216-324-6552 or or check out

Food for Thought Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?

Got an idea for a community improvement project you’d like to start? Call Jan Thrope, of Inner Visions of Cleveland, to schedule a meeting! Share your thoughts and get a free lunch at Bridgeport Café, 7201 Kinsman Road. Call 216-965-4721.

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FRESH FOOD & NUTRITION EDUCATION are cropping up in the Kinsman neighborhood NOW OPEN! A healthy, fresh restaurant for Cleveland’s East Side Neighborhoods, located in the heart of Kinsman

New state-of-the-art kitchen & multi-purpose community space Centrally located in the Kinsman neighborhood Hands-on cooking classes, nutrition education courses, and much more

Breakfast Lunch Coffee Tea Smoothies Soups Salads Fresh Produce Dairy

Sandwiches Wi-Fi

Rent CornUcopia Place today for your meeting/private event 7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 103B Cleveland, Ohio 44104 (216) 341-1455

7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 103A | Cleveland, Ohio 44104 (216) 266-0140 | Open Mon - Fri: 7:00am-6:00pm and Sat: 10:00am-6:00pm

Improving quality of life... While building Greater University Circle. An Employer Assisted Housing Program created to encourage employees of Greater University Circle nonprofit institutions to live where they work.

“I live 2.9 miles from work. I like to say I roll out of bed and into work. I’ve ridden my bike to work and I could walk to work. It’s convenient and it saves on gas, too.” Gary, Cleveland Clinic

Looking to buy a home? Receive up to $30,000 to buy a home in Greater University Circle. Own a home in the area but need repairs? Receive up to $8,000 for exterior repairs. Looking to rent an apartment? Receive up to $1,400 in rental assistance on approved units. Eligible Greater University Circle Neighborhoods: Buckeye/Shaker Fairfax University Circle Glenville Hough Little Italy

East Cleveland

To Learn More: Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation 216.361.8400 or* University Circle Inc. 216.707.5019 or You must be an employee of a non-profit institution located in a Greater University Circle neighborhood. *Visit the website for complete program guidelines, eligibility and participating employers.

“My husband Ben and I moved here from Baltimore, which is a very liveable city. We weren’t ready for the suburbs and never being able to walk anywhere again. I love being able to walk to restaurants and not be dependent on driving. I walk to work as long as the weather permits.” Meg, Case Western Reserve University

Neighborhood Voice, May 2013 issue  

Citizen-driven, grassroots news from Greater University Circle.

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