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Near West Side Community Council members step up to the plate to get involved with investment schools

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, January 2014) Members of the Near West Side Community Council (NWSCC) have stepped up to the plate to get involved in working to assure that the effort to improve the academic performance of students in Near West Side investment schools proves to be a success. NWSCC member Esperanza, led by … Continue reading

Property tax exempt hospitals urged to “chip in” to support Cleveland Schools

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, January 2014) As part of a National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education, the Cleveland Teachers Union joined with Common Good Ohio to host a meeting on December 9th in downtown Cleveland to call for the creation of a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program … Continue reading

Input sought on proposed changes for Lorain Avenue from W. 25th to W. 85th

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, January 2014) A plan to redesign the streetscape on a 2.3-mile stretch of Lorain Avenue from W. 25th to W. 85th was presented to the public at a December 10th meeting at Franklin Circle Church. The $17.3 million remake of this section of Lorain Avenue includes a proposal for a … Continue reading

New schools open and CMSD heightens efforts to attract and maintain student population

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Wednesday, December 4, 2013; Almira K-8 Academy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 3375 W. 99th Street: Almira Principal LaVerne Hooks gives an award to retiring Ward 16 Councilman Jay Westbrook for his many years of service to the school and the community.  PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Wednesday, December 4, 2013; Almira K-8 Academy … Continue reading

Efforts underway to renovate and restore historic Brookside Stadium to playable condition

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.  Sunday, October 10, 1915, Brookside Park: White Autos beats Omaha Lexus 11 to 6 in front of an estimated crowd of 115,000. Efforts underway to renovate and restore historic Brookside Stadium to playable condition by Darren T. Hamm Plain Press Contributor Similar to many ballparks across North America, … Continue reading

Despite competitive City Council race only 14.1% of registered voters go to polls in Ward 14

Despite competitive race only 14.1% of registered voters go to polls in Ward 14 (Plain Press, January 2014) Brian Cummins squeaked out a victory over Brian Kazy by 19 votes in the Ward 14 City Council race, the City of Cleveland’s most competitive City Council race this year. Cummins managed to get 953 votes to … Continue reading

Wreaths on display at Gordon Square

PHOTO BY DEBBIE SADLON Saturday, December 14, 2013; Wrapped in Tradition, a Gordon Square Holiday Event, Gordon Square Farmers’ Market, Gordon Square Arcade, Detroit Avenue at W. 65th Street: West Clinton resident Millie Davis displays her Sparkle and Swag Holiday wreaths.

Mr. Jingeling with girls at Gordon Square Holiday Event

PHOTO BY DEBBIE SADLON Saturday, December 14, 2013; Wrapped in Tradition, a Gordon Square Holiday Event, Sweet Moses Soda Fountain and Treat Shop, 6800 Detroit Avenue: Gianna Rivera, age 9, and Madison Westwood, age 8, visit with Mr. Jingeling, the Keeper of the Keys to Santa’s Workshop.

Helping Hands

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Tuesday, December 17, 2013; Winterfest, Cudell Recreation Center, West Boulevard and Detroit Avenue: (L-R) Linda Collins, Paet Burcham, and Joanne Newbury, members of Helping Hands, prepare to join Santa and Mrs. Claus in distributing 238 sets of hand made hats and scarfs to children from Marion C. Seltzer and Madison Community … Continue reading

Sister Anna Maria Hayes displays scarfs and hats

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Saturday, December 7, 2013; Short and Sweet Holiday Shop at Art House, 3119 Denison Avenue: Sister Anna Maria Hayes, an artist from the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, displays the scarfs and hats she knitted. Gloria Ferris, Christine Stuckey and Sharon Martyn of Brooklyn Centre Naturalists recruited 25 artists to participate in this … Continue reading