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Father’s Day Historic Walking Tour honors the late Raymond Pianka

(Plain Press, July 2017)     Neighborhood residents and friends of the late Cleveland Housing Court Judge Raymond Pianka filled the atrium at the Gordon Square Arcade on Sunday, June 18th for the kickoff of a Father’s Day Walk in his honor. The Father’s Day Walk, conceived by Ray’s daughter, Kirsten Pianka, featured a historic tour of … Continue reading

Variety Theatre campaign receives This Place Matters Award

(Plain Press, July 2017)     Mike Wolfe, creator and star of the HISTORY channel’s popular TV series American Pickers, appeared at the Variety Theatre on June 7th to announce the restoration of the theatre and complex is the winner of the This Place Matters national competition. The free event, sponsored by Westown Development Corporation was open … Continue reading

May Dugan Center helps people to advance their lives and communities

by M. Yesenia Summers (Plain Press, July 2017)     “We help everyone” these words resonate after visiting Sue Marasco, the Director of Education at the May Dugan Center.  Marasco and her colleagues honor the legacy of the late May Dugan, who tirelessly helped individuals in need and showed compassion for everyone in her community. The … Continue reading

La Placita Cleveland, La Villa Hispana

Leo Jeffres, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

Cleveland Leadership Program seeks 2017 applicants

(Plain Press, July 2017)     The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) is a free, 16 session community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities. In 2006, the Jack, Joseph … Continue reading

St. Rocco School Community bids farewell to Sisters of Most Holy Trinity

(Plain Press, July 2017)     On Sunday June 4th, parishioners from St. Rocco Parish joined with members of the St. Rocco School community – staff, alumni, students and parents — to bid farewell to Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity, as the religious order ends its long tenure at St. Rocco School. Sister Judith Wulk, who … Continue reading

Community Forum on Education offers input to State of Ohio Educational Plan

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, June 2017)      At a May 22nd Community Forum on Education held at Max Hayes High School, over thirty educators, parents and community members from throughout Greater Cleveland had an opportunity to offer their input on the State of Ohio’s educational policy. The forum, hosted by Ohio State Board of Education … Continue reading

Hope for the future

by M. Yesenia Summers (Plain Press, June 2017)      Hope is defined as “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” On Cleveland’s west side, there is a place that provides hope to teenage youth; this place is called Esperanza; Spanish for Hope. Esperanza provides education, support and scholarships to Northeast … Continue reading

Stockyard Neighborhood Bike-a-thon