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The Art of Perseverance

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

Neighbors overcome obstacles to create community murals Learn the art of perseverance from a group of Cleveland neighbors living in the Larchmere-Buckeye-Shaker community. They planned to beautify the area and bridge long-standing divides between the neighborhoods by working together on murals, but they faced a series of setbacks that could have derailed their project. They were so determined to do “something positive in the community,” neighbor Damien Ware said, that they did not give up. After overcoming several challenges, they created this mural and more at mini-festivals they hosted at Kossuth Park last month. Find out more on Page 6.

World Languages Make Global Citizens “Je parle Français un petit peu” — I speak a little French. The French I remember from studying the language in fourth to ninth grades came in handy in August. That’s when my husband and our three teenagers spent nine days in England and France. I wanted us to take this trip because I believe the best education gives students a real shot

Photo by neighbor Jan Thrope.

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Community Gardeners Host a Beekeeping Program for Teens By Dorothy Greer and Mary Beth Cappell-Bovee This summer, we at McGregor Seed2Feed Community Garden in East Cleveland hosted a beekeeping program for teens called Urban Beekeepers. The purpose was to get local youth interested in the sustainability and agricultural thought processes behind beekeeping. Five teens took part in the program. When it started, they ran from the bees, but by summer’s end, they were natural beekeepers. They networked (at the first annual block party in the 1900 block of Hayden Avenue), learned about different types of potential careers and stepped outside of their comfort zones. The teens also were interviewed by BioCycle Magazine. We garden leaders, Mary Beth Cappell-Bovee, Nora Goldstein and Dorothy Greer, feel re-

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warded because the teens were so engaged and enthusiastic. We started with an idea of what was possible. Getting funded was the second step (we received a grant from Neighborhood Connections), and finding the youth to participate was the third step. With optimism and determination guiding us, we have been privileged to see our group really step up to the plate fearlessly yet cautiously. They have expressed everything we could have hoped for with this endeavor. Based on the feedback from our Urban Beekeepers, they enjoyed this very different summer program. We challenged the teens to find another senior citizen health campus like McGregor anywhere in the country with a beekeeping program for youth. We wanted them to understand that they, as well as this program, are unique, and continued on Page 10

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Kellen Black, Shania Beynum, Keith Pratt, Herb Smith and De’Dreeya Goldsmith at the Urban Beekeeping program. Photo courtesy of Mary Beth Cappell-Bovee.

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Hollywood Comes to Glenville

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NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTING Hollywood Comes to Glenville — Again

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By M. LaVora Perry

Movie makers who need costumes cleaned fast choose Trotters Dry Cleaners of Glenville. According to owner Victoria Trotter, hers is the only cleaners in Cleveland — and one of five in Ohio — that uses only biodegradable cleaning products, which are safe for people and the environment. You may recall the Neighborhood Voice September 2011 story about Trotters’ job cleaning approximately 8,000 costumes for Marvel Comic’s “The Avengers” movie when it filmed in Cleveland. That same summer, Trotters was also the cleaner of choice for a much smaller film shot in Cleveland Heights, “Fun Size,” a Paramount production. However, it was “The Avengers” that really taught Victoria Trotter what being the dry cleaner for a big-budget film means. “They would call you and you had to come running,” she said. Trotter said she and her staff often worked from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. in order to return fresh clothes back to the movie set by 5:30 a.m.

Glenville’s Vicky Trotter, left, who owns Trotters Dry Cleaners, 11401 St. Clair Ave., did the dry cleaning for two Hollywood movies that filmed in Cleveland this summer. Here she is on the set of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” with members of the film’s costume department including Javier Arrieta, right. Photo courtesy of Vicky Trotter.

Trotter called working on movies “challenging.” However, she added, “I had a good time.” Trotter also shared the secret of how her company became the go-to dry cleaners when Hollywood comes to town: “The movie industry is all about referrals,” she said.

“The first time I arrived at 5:45 a.m. instead of 5:30 they looked at me like…,” said Trotter. After that, if the movie makers said be there at 5:30 a.m., she always showed up at 5 a.m.

In fact, she landed “The Avengers” because of a referral from Harold Crawford, a former Hollywood costumer who now works in the Cleveland area.

By the time Trotter accepted this summer’s opportunity to clean costumes for Marvel’s followup flick “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” cleaning that movie’s 3,000 costumes seemed relatively easy compared to “The Avengers” job, said Trotter.

Trotters’ fast and well-done work caught the attention of movie costumer Karen Young, who is originally from Columbus. She has worked in the costume department for each of Trotters’ movie industry clients so far. In August, Young served

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World War II veteran, high school teacher, college professor, public servant, state administrator, community leader – if we listed the many ways Ward 6 2013 Senior Citizen of the Year Vince Francioli has served his students, family, neighbors, city, state and country, we’d have no room left for this article! So today we focus on his Larchmere neighborhood contributions. History is at the heart of any conversation with longtime Larchmere resident Vince Francioli. He possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of Larchmere and Cleveland and delights in sharing it — perhaps a reflection of his many years

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Speaking on the set at University Circle United Methodist Church last month, Young said, “I definitely know that Trotters is the company that I’m going to go to because they’ve been so good to me on the big shows.” Considering that right now Young is the go-to costumer for films shot in Cleveland, Trotters may find itself once again dry cleaning for Hollywood. After all, Young said that whether a film is “big or little, Trotters is who I’m going to because I know Victoria understands how the movie business operates.”

M. LaVora Perry is a writer living in East Cleveland.

Married for 65 years, Vince and Evie moved to Larchmere to be near Evie’s mom and have stayed in the neighborhood ever since. Their daughter Gail, a nurse who recently retired from Kaiser, loves the area, too. And son Mark, following in his dad’s footsteps, has been a teacher for 35 years at Benedictine High School.

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as a teacher, a career put in motion by a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. In fact, you might say Vince occupies the role of neighborhood historian — keeping and telling the story of Larchmere dating back to his own arrival with wife Evie in 1960, and even further then that to the first house built in Cleveland and the annexing of the region for Connecticut by England’s king.

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University Circle residents Lula Collins, Annette Toney, seated, and Theresa Walston with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson at the Cleveland Senior Walk this summer. The three women represented the Commodore Place apartments at the walk. Jackson, who knows Toney from her community work, stopped to talk and take photos.

as the costume supervisor for “Miss Meadows,” a small film starring Katie Holmes that was filmed in University Circle this summer.

Vince and Evie, lifelong Clevelanders, remember when Fairhill was a cinder road, the Academy was a place you went to ride horses, Fairhill Partners was a hospital for Marines that welcomed veterans from World War I onward, and the Skating Club was the home of the 107th Calvary.

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Today’s Larchmere Community Association can be directly traced to Vince’s creation of the Fairwood (Fairhill to Woodland) Neighborhood Association. It began in 1971 with “a couple of guys, a couple of beers and a walkie talkie” recalls Evie with a smile. It was this backyard discussion that led to an organization that swelled to 400 members. Until 1985, this precursor of LCA gathered neighbors for spaghetti dinners, card parties, etc. and focused on neighborhood beauty and safety, two key quality-of-life items. “Every Christmas,” notes Vince, “we gave plants and presents to homeowners with the

Photo courtesy of Annette Toney.

nicest decorations. A similar effort rewarded beautiful gardens in the spring.” The organization included an auxiliary police force, outfitted by Cleveland police with leftover World War II uniforms, and up to 40 men patrolled the neighborhood from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, setting a path followed by Securitas today. These days, when not working with former students, in politics, with his church (Our Lady of Peace), or veterans groups, Vince has found a new calling — that of an artist. Whether recreating the works of Van Gogh, Picasso or Edward Munch, he finds joy “working with” the masters — and to no one’s surprise, he’s quite good at it! In life, Vince Francioli’s brush tends to sweep a mighty, effective and wide-sweeping arc. We’re so glad he’s used it to add beauty to our corner of the world — and that he and his family came here long ago, and stayed!

Katie Montgomery and Donna Cornett are active members 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.


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NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE

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What Do You Do When Everything Goes Wrong? Neighbors share lessons learned from a community project What does it take to persevere when things look gloomy? How can several wrong turns become a fun journey to the right place? A group of folks from the Larchmere-Buckeye-Shaker community learned a lot about perseverance when they ran into problem after problem trying to create murals they designed as part of City Repair Cleveland Style. City Repair Cleveland Style is an innovative placemaking process that empowers neighbors to take ownership of their neighborhoods by designing, implementing and maintaining neighborhood beautification projects. It is an initiative of Neighborhood Connections, the grassroots grants program that publishes Neighborhood Voice. In Larchmere-Buckeye-Shaker, neighbors first planned to paint a mural on the street at East 121st Street and Shaker Boulevard, but found out a law prevented that. They decided instead to paint murals on large boards with the hope of having the murals displayed in various storefronts at Shaker Square. But on the days they planned to get started, rainstorms, a dead car battery and a paint store without the right paint got in their way. Their story shows that everything does not always go well when neighbors work together on community projects, but all can turn out just right in the end — with a little determination, improvisation and hard work.

“It was a comedy of errors,” Thrope said, “but we had a blast!”

Neighbor Jan Thrope shared what happened the day neighbors gathered to start painting: When we drove to pick up our paint supplies, we found out the paint store had run out of paint. All the City Repair projects required so many gallons of paint that used a certain type of base and tint that they usually don’t stock in large quantities. So we had to improvise with a different kind.

“Simplicity is key,” neighbor Susan Rozman said. Neighbors wanted to include everyone’s ideas in the mural and paint it on the street at a major intersection, a plan that proved too complicated and ambitious. A simpler plan makes it easier to work with a larger group of people.

The next day we planned to do a mural painting festival at Kossuth Park, but it poured. All of our group showed up at the park anyway. We loaded up in neighbor Dawn Arrington’s car to strategize our next move. While we were talking, a few of us needed to go to the bathroom. The Porta Potty was initially delivered to the wrong place. We were glad to see it made it to the park, but we found out there was a lock on it and no one had a key (later we realized it wasn’t actually locked). We all decided to just go out to breakfast. Dawn was going to drive all of us, but her car wouldn’t start — the battery was dead. My car was closest to hers so I was going to jump it. Only to find out that you can’t jump a battery with a Toyota Prius.

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That day ended with breakfast, but neighbors didn’t give up. They went back to the park later that week and hosted about 50 of their neighbors, including lots of children, for food, music and painting. Look for the finished murals on display soon. Lessons learned? Keeping a sense of humor and helping others in the group have fun is important, Thrope said.

When plans started to change, it seemed like everything unraveled at once, neighbors Damien Ware and Kirby Broadnax said. An email list helped neighbors stay in touch and work through complications. “There were a couple of times when it got overwhelming,” Rozman said. Ware said it was neighbors’ shared desire to “do something positive” in the neighborhood that helped them stay the course when things got rough. “The project has been stressful sometimes, but I’ve gotten to know my neighbors better and faster than I would otherwise,” Broadnax said. “Now I’m looking forward to just hanging out with them with no agenda, just fun.”

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“It was neighbors’ shared desire to “do something positive” in the neighborhood that helped them stay the course when things got rough.”


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School of the Month: Cleveland Montessori

A regular column by Tim Goler

Address: 12009 Mayfield Rd. • Contact: 216-421-0700; info@clevelandmontessori.org Cleveland Montessori, formerly the Montessori School at Holy Rosary, has been a staple in Little Italy for 19 years.

Urban Education: The New Civil Rights Movement The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington has allowed us to pause and reflect upon the progress made or not made by the civil rights movement throughout the years. In my opinion, it is clear that education remains the root of all positive change for the urban community. It is also clear the only way to really build up or tear down a community is to strengthen or weaken its educational delivery system. Education is a science of the mind. The whole purpose of education is to shape students’ thinking and sense of identity. I believe the greatest travesty of the civil rights movement was its failure to galvanize its agenda around the educational imperative that was expressed in the desegregation efforts of the NAACP. Most people today, particularly those we have deemed our leaders, have either forgotten or become complacent when it comes to the topic of education. They may shy away from education because they feel it is too big of a nut to crack. But steady is the turtle that takes its time to finish the race. Social change is not about the hare’s sprint to the finish line, but about those who commit to going the distance — as long as it takes.

“This year we changed our name from the Montessori School at Holy Rosary to Cleveland Montessori and that happened for a number of reasons,” said Tina Schneider, the school’s director. “One was looking at the evolution of the school and realizing that we’re serving a much broader area than just the parish of Holy Rosary and Little Italy anymore. We started as just a preschool 19 years ago, and have grown over the years to include kindergarten through eighth grade.”

At Cleveland Montessori, children learn in multi-age groups, where older children help younger ones. This builds a community within the school. Younger students look up to the older ones and the older students know they have a responsibility to help the younger students. Having a sense of community is very important to Schneider and everyone at Cleveland Montessori, with students going out into the community to volunteer and parents being involved, too. “We require each family to do a certain amount of service,” Schneider said. “Many do above and beyond what is required of them.”

The heavy parental involvement and having the students work in their community is all a part of the idea that everyone has a part to play in the pursuit of their goals. Schneider believes that helps students become not only strong learners, but engaged community members. “I think what the children take with them when they leave here is a sense of themselves,” Schneider said.

Written by Justin Rutledge, a Benedictine High School graduate with a journalism degree from Bowling Green State University

The school serves children from various Cleveland neighborhoods and many living outside of the city, some whose parents work in University Circle and the hospitals nearby. Schneider, who started out as the parent of student prior to moving into the classroom, said the school now serves about 120 students. The school maintains high standards. Every lead instructor is certified by the Association Montessori Interntionale. “We’re really trying to stay true to the Montessori principles,” Schneider said. “Being an AMI school kind of ensures that quality of Montessori education for the parents who are really wanting that level of Montessori education for their children.”

The community can ill-afford leaders who continuously lose focus, get off task, take on new issues outside of their expertise and finish little. In this inconsistent approach, the fundamental issue — improved educational opportunity — languishes unaddressed in a growing sea of social apathy, while each succeeding generation belts out a resounding “SOS!” The root cause of most discrimination is ignorance that can best be addressed through improved education. It is not surprising that education, the world over, is considered the only true path to freedom and lasting change. To me, the potential for our people to enjoy a better future depends upon the extent that our leaders can maintain a consistent focus on strengthening our educational system for our children. Collectively, we must be passionate about the belief that “when you learn better, you live better; and when you live better, continued on Page 10

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Students from Cleveland Montessori on the playground at Tony Brush Park in Little Italy. Photo courtesy of Cleveland Montessori.


NEIGHBORHOOD ARTS & SOCIETY Poet’s Corner Neighborhood Voice regularly features local poets. Submit your poem to submissions@ neighborhood-voice.com.

Decision

There will come a time in everyone’s life. After you’ve seen trouble and ran him away Made love on a rainy cloudy day Talked to friends at play Saw all the bills and had to pay.

Senior Citizens Get Active With Go4Life by Marilyn Burns

I started teaching Go4Life almost a year ago. Go4Life is a federally funded campaign sponsored by the National Institute on Aging to encourage senior citizens to exercise and make physical activity a part of their daily lives. It helps senior citizens manage pain and strengthen their muscles. It also helps them maintain balance and flexibility.

Now comes the big decision you must make

“Ms. Burns’ efforts are building new relationships and connections between seniors,” Gavin said.

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For questions or more information about Go4Life, call East End Neighborhood House at 216-791-9378.

Marilyn Burns is a Buckeye-Shaker resident.

Express Yourself

The big decision you may not think it’s true

FEAR. Dictionary.com defines it as: A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc. whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. Concern or anxiety. Then, there is reverential awe, especially toward God.

Lori Ingram, Neighborhood Voice Arts & Society columnist, is off this month.

There is no denying that everyone is afraid of something. Whatever the reason, good or bad, right or wrong, whether we are supposed to be or not, there is something that distresses each of us. It may be something as small as a spider, or as large as a dog; as loud as a clap of thunder, or as dark as the night. Everybody is afraid of something. If we were not afraid, we would be a lot further along than we are right now. We would give no room or credence to the enemy; we would speak nothing evil into existence. Let’s conquer fear once and for all!

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According to the National Institutes of Health, only 25 percent of people between the ages of 65 to 74 say they engage in regular physical activity. An important part of active aging is being healthy and staying fit.

The classes have grown from one to four per week, said Vedette Gavin of the St. Luke’s Foundation, and have quickly become more than an hour of physical activity.

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So, here is the question: What are you afraid of? How has it or how does it hinder your faith walk? How can you change that? And, is there such thing as a healthy fear? Now, tell me what you think. ~ Buckeye-Shaker’s Elaine Siggers posted this on her blog http://wordsthatlastalifetime. wordpress.com. Check it out to comment or go to www.facebook.com/neighborhoodvoice

The Friends of East Cleveland Public Library, along with Healthy Day Movement, is sponsoring a “live” performance by Rapmedian Cool TLC in the Gregory L. Reese Performing Arts Center inside East Cleveland Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Friends of East Cleveland Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports special programming at East Cleveland Public Library. “Although many events have been held in the Gregory L. Reese Performing Arts Center, this is our first paid event offered to the general public” said Sheilah Moshogianes, president of the library group. “We are very pleased about the excitement this event has generated in the Greater University Circle area. This event is the first of many more to come.” Rapmedian Cool TLC, who is a Cleveland native and is well-known in the comic circuit, has comedic chops that span as far as China. He said, “This is going to be a really great show. (It) will be a night where you will be entertained and educated. There is no place better than the library to do it.”

For additional information, contact any member of the Friends of East Cleveland Public Library at 216-268-6290.

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NEIGHBORHOOD EDUCATION

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World Languages Make Global Citizens continued from Page 1 at making their dreams come true and making the world better. To me, our vacation was educational — a way to give my children a global outlook.

guage. You learn mine.” Maybe the attendant I spoke to in Gare du Nord train station in Paris has met too many people from here with that attitude, and that’s why our conversation went like this:

Our trip was the kind some students within or near Greater University Circle can easily take because their schools and/or families are wealthy. My family went to Europe because we got an unexpected chance to go. For most families, however, opportunities like the one we had are hard to come by. Although we parents want our kids to do better than us, many of us are worse off than our parents — economically speaking — and we worry our kids may wind up worse off than us. I think education is the best weapon against poverty. So one way my kids are catching up to the level of education students receive in wealthier schools is by taking college courses for free at Cleveland State University. They do (and did) this through Ohio’s Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program, which is for all qualified high school students. My oldest is a 2013 high school graduate and — because of PSEOP — in August, she entered CSU as a junior. PSEOP made her a confident college student from Day 1 and saved us two years on tuition. PSEOP is a great opportunity, but it angers me that growing up in Cleveland, I obtained a better education than my children did because, nationwide, our public education system has failed for decades. Hopefully, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s ambitious “Cleveland Plan,” which I wrote about last month for Neighborhood Voice, will help turn things around. In any case, besides me, my daughter is the only one in our family who took a language in elementary school. She studied Spanish for a

Me: Parlez vous Anglais? (Do you speak English?) Him: No. Parlez vous Français? (No. Do you speak French?) year or so before the language program ended due to budgetary issues. She picked up Spanish again in high school. The only language I know well is English, but I studied French, Spanish and Chinese (not all at once) into my second year of college. I resent the fact that my kids weren’t taught world languages in public elementary and middle schools like I was. Research shows very young children absorb new languages the easiest; so my children missed an important time to learn. Plus, the only reason my daughter and I were taught foreign languages in lower grades was because we were in “gifted” classes. But today’s world keeps shrinking. So we’re crippling our children’s futures by not requiring that world languages be taught to all students — not just so-called “gifted” ones. In Paris, I saw how important it is to know different languages. My ability to speak French un petite peu (along with gesturing) helped us get subway tickets, directions and food, and file a police report after someone stole my youngest daughter’s backpack. I also noticed that a lot more people spoke English in France than speak French in the U.S. I think this comes from a type of U.S. snobbery that says, “I’m the big shot country around here so I don’t have to learn your lan-

Me: Un petit peu (A little bit). Him: Alors parlez Français (Then speak French) — he did not say this nicely. Meanwhile, in no time, my kids were saying “bonjour” (good day) and “merci” (thank you) like Parisians. When we arrived back home to Hopkins International Airport, I saw a poster from the Ohio Foreign Language Association that read: “Every Ohio student will be proficient in a second language, which is essential to a world-class education.” Our trip to Europe showed me that when our children know foreign languages, they have keys to the world. In last month’s Neighborhood Voice, I interviewed CMSD CEO Eric Gordon about the Cleveland Plan. Gordon told me about the big changes it can bring. More than ever, I believe those changes should include mandatory pre-K to 12th grade world language instruction.

These are the kind of character traits that will help our youth reach their full potential. And this beekeeping program is one of the innovative things our McGregor Seed2Feed Community Garden works very hard to bring to our community. McGregor Urban Beekeepers’ last class was Aug. 10. We had a cookout, and one of the teens’ menu suggestions was biscuits with honey and butter. We worked in the garden, extracted the honey and had a wonderful time. We are looking forward to next year.

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you love better; and when you love better, our families and community benefit.” We all have the innate ability and power to become the next Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B Du Bois or Fannie Lou Hamer of our generation. Every student deserves to be inspired through reading and learning about the great achievements and opinions of past and present true leaders. As Malcolm X once said, “Of all our studies, history is best qualified to reward our research.” Let our leadership legacy be the deeds left for our future leaders to discover in their ongoing efforts to bring positive change to their communities. This is imperative, because we know this struggle will not end with this generation. The world is too sinful for this to be true. However, we do know that darkness does not rule out darkness. Only light can do that. And through education, our students — like Du Bois, King and many other legends — are holding torches to ensure the presence of light will help future generations find their way in the dark.

Tim Goler is an educator in Cleveland. Read more of his thoughts on education at http:// www.neighborhood-voice.com/category/columns/timothy-d-goler-columns/

Next stop for the Perry-Richardsons: Africa, winter 2014! (Where there’s a will...)

M. LaVora Perry is a writer, wife, mother and 20-year East Cleveland resident. Her children have attended East Cleveland and CMSD schools. Visit her website at mlavoraperry.com.

Community Gardeners Host a Beekeeping Program for Teens we saw them respond with increased commitment. When they started, they seemed bored. Some played with their cellphones. But by the end of the first day, they were commenting on how little they had known about bees before class. They asked for T-shirts and visited with one of the community gardeners, Mrs. Usher.

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Teens Share Their Thoughts on Beekeeping Our experience with McGregor this summer was amazing. When we first came and interacted with the bees, we were very shocked. The whole experience was a great opportunity to learn something new every time we went. And we were very happy to overcome our fear of bees. We were all asked by our families and friends, “Have you gotten stung?” We never did. We learned about the bees, about different types of bees and the hives and we worked with beeswax. We also worked in the garden, pulling weeds and learned the difference between weeds, grass and plants. It seems like the weeds look healthier than the other plants.

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After doing all these different things, we found out that doing different things might be uncomfortable in the beginning, but it’s interesting and exciting in the long run. ~ By Shania Beynum, Kellen Black, De’Dreeya Goldsmith, Keith Pratt and Herb Smith

October 2013

Neighbor Up! Neighbor Up is a diverse group of people strengthening our community and making long-term change here, so that everyone can be successful. More than 250 Clevelanders are members. Are you? Find out more. Call 216-229-8769 or check out www.neighborhoodgrants.org


NEIGHBORHOOD ANNOUNCEMENTS

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To place an event, call 216-229-8769 or go to www.neighborhood-voice.com/events Sowing Seeds of Hope Oct. 6 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join Seeds of Literacy at its 13th Annual Benefit Brunch & Auction and help literacy grow throughout our community. All proceeds benefit student instruction; 95% of our students live at or below federal poverty guidelines, so it’s crucial our program remain free! The event will feature a delicious brunch, silent and live auctions, raffle baskets, grab bags, inspirational student speakers and more. For more information visit www.seedsof literacy.org/index.php/events/

Self-Defense Training Class Oct. 9 5:30 - 8 p.m. Cleveland Clinic Health and Education Center at Langston Hughes, 2390 E. 79th St., second floor Cleveland Clinic Health & Education Center located in Langston Hughes Center in the Fairfax neighborhood will be offering a selfdefense class to the Cleveland community, hosted by Cleveland Clinic Police Officers. Come learn basic self-defense techniques at this free event. Participants will learn basic strikes, kicks and blocks of self defense. They also will learn what to do if an attacker grabs, chokes or holds them. The class is geared to men and women of any age, and the moves are easy to learn and execute. Space is available on a first-come first-serve basis so reserve your seat today. Comfortable clothing encouraged.

International Community Day Oct. 13 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard Experience Cleveland’s diversity in art and community by participating in this free all day event at the Cleveland Museum of Art that showcases local community groups. The dynamic day features performances,

talks throughout the collections, and creative activities for families and friends. Neighborhood groups share their ethnic heritages through special displays on view throughout the day. Come and celebrate Cleveland’s international communities!

Over $2.6 million in scholarships have been awarded to more than 500 African-American students since 1985.

BPACF 33rd Anniversary Scholarship and Awards Gala

Tickets for the gala are on sale at www.bpacf. org. Sponsorship opportunities are available through September 30, 2013 at http://bpacf. org/documentation/2013_Sponsorship_ Package.pdf. For additional information, please call 216-229-7110.

Oct. 19 6 - 10 p.m.

Family Open Studio

The Grand Ballroom of the Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside

Oct. 19 - 20 1 - 3 p.m.

The Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation (BPACF) has selected Dr. R. A. Vernon, Founder and Senior Pastor of “THE WORD” Church, to receive the 2013 Black Professional of the Year award. This prestigious honor recognizes distinguished African Americans who have demonstrated excellence in leadership and made significant contributions to the community.

Art House Studio, 3119 Denison

The black-tie ceremony and fundraising gala will be hosted by Honorary Chairpersons the Honorable Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of the City of Cleveland and 2012 Black Professional of the Year; Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., civic leader and pastor emeritus at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church; Ms. Pamela Marshall Holmes, Senior Director of Community Outreach for The Cleveland Clinic; Mr. Jerry Kelsheimer, Regional President of Fifth Third Bank; and Dr. Myrna Corley, Superintendent of East Cleveland Schools. This year’s theme is “Reaching Back, Paying Forward; Through Faith, Impact and Education.” Patrons of the event will be treated to an evening of fine dining and live entertainment, climaxed with a salute to Dr. Vernon for his outstanding service to Cleveland. Proceeds from this premier annual fundraising event will be used to further the mission of BPACF by providing deserving collegebound students from Northeast Ohio with scholarship and leadership development opportunities.

Third Saturday of every month from 1-3 pm Class Fee: FREE! (Unless otherwise noted) Enjoy spending time with your family as you make individual pieces or family art works.

Keep up your New Year resolution to be active!

Each month has a theme and Art House provides the materials. Make an adventure of it by exploring your imagination and using those creative images to form your art work.

Join one of more than 40 free activities offered each week in the Buckeye-Shaker area. Classes include:

For more information visit: http://www. arthouseinc.org/classes/family-open-studio/ Halloween Party for Children Oct. 28 University Circle United Methodist Church hosts a Halloween party for children at the church, 1919 E. 107th St. Call 216-421-1200 for information.

Vel Scott’s Healthy You “Real food for your best life” Oct. 29 6 – 8 p.m.

15000 Woodworth Rd. East Cleveland

Tai Chi for arthritis From 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays at Fairhill Partners, 12200 Fairhill Road MEDITATION From 1-2 p.m. Mondays at Rice Library, 11535 Shaker Blvd Go-4-Life Senior Exercise From 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Saint Luke’s Manor, 11311 Shaker Blvd.

CornUcopia Place, 7201 Kinsman Learn how to cook meals that will help decrease the symptoms of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Family Swim From 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Ken Johnson Recreation Center, 9206 Woodland Ave.

To register and see our full class listing, go to http://cornucopiaplacebbc.eventbrite.com/

Delicious Sandwiches and Pies

Open 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Wednesdays

F r e e C omm u n i t y Exercise Classes

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

Breakfast sandwiches delivered. Call Toni White at 440-479-4801 or email twhite515@gmail.com.

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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 bbcdevelopment.org

7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 103A | Cleveland, Ohio 44104 (216) 266-0140 | bridgeportcafe.com 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 www.fairfaxrenaissance.org* University Circle Inc. 216.707.5019 or www.universitycircle.org/live-here/housing 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

Greater University Circle Neighborhood Voice, October 2013  

Citizen-driven, grassroots news from Cleveland's Greater University Circle area.