Friday, February 29, 2008

Save-A-Lot is Now Open!

Save-A-Lot is now open at the intersection of East 185th and Neff Road. Hours are 8 am to 11 pm daily!

Please stop by and check out the new neighborhood grocery store.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Open House Tonight! 1153 East 167th Street

Open House Tonight - 1153 East 167th Street - 5pm to 7pm

You are invited to stop by and take a peek at Northeast Shores' latest home rehabilitation project. Over the past few months, we have turned a vacant house into a beautiful home. Now, this home is ready for a new owner and we would like to give the neighborhood a preview.

This fabulous three bedroom arts and crafts bungalow includes:
* First Floor Master
* Two, large, full baths
* Renovated kitchen
* Ceramic Tile and Berber Carpeting throughout
* Restored original woodwork and original built-ins
* Two car garage with new driveway
* 10' by 10' deck for backyard entertaining
* New electrical and plumbing
* New roof and windows
* New furnace with central air conditioning
* $1,500 appliance allowance
* Reduced property tax abatement

Feel free to bring along family and friends!

Do you know someone looking for a home? Send us a buyer and receive a $250 gift card to Home Depot.

This beautiful renovation was completed by Northeast Shores Development Corporation. Please call Heather Lazar at (216) 481-7660 if you would like any additional information or to schedule a private showing.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Vision Gallery opens in former True Art space

Join us this Friday, February 29th, from 6:00 to 11:00 for the first gallery exhibit of the new Vision Gallery.

The Phoenix Show will feature painting, sculpture, glass, jewelry, wood, and photography. Artists being exhibited in this show include Deby Cowdin, Chris Dixon, Patrick Hagerty, Brian Jones, Jerry Schmidt, Tyler Schmidt, James Tomko and Gadi Zamir.

The Vision Gallery is in the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District at 410 East 156th Street. For those of you familiar with the district, this is the space formerly occupied by the True Art Gallery and across the street from Cafe Marika and Arts Collinwood.

This exhibit is sponsored by National City Bank, Music Saves, Jackie Chen's, Dave's Supermarket, Northeast Shores, Arts Collinwood, Cafe Marika, Waterloo Seven, Beachland Ballroom, thINK, and Collinwood Renaissance. Please also note that Northeast Shores is the fiscal agent for the Vision Gallery.

For more information, call (216) 383-0230.

Join Our Bicycle Co-op Meeting!

Dear Collinwood friends, and Ohio City Bike Co-op Trustees:

We will meet at noon at the Ohio City Bike Co-op on Friday Feb. 29th to discuss preliminary plans for creating a Bike Co-op on Waterloo in co-operation with Northeast Shores. This will probably be housed in the "Blue Arrow Building" a ~6000 sq ft storefront, a couple of blocks east of the Beachland Ballroom.

Mike Sherman, who has kept his LCI registration current since our LCI seminar in 2004, will attend, and I have invited John Kelly, a bike mechanic who has expressed interest.

We need to resolve issues of finance, ownership, liability, staffing, and even programing, so we are looking for volunteers to help guide and work on this project.

We will make some vegan food, and have the heat on!

If you are interested in making a bicycle co-op in our neighborhood, please consider joining this early planning meeting. The Ohio City Bike Co-op is located at 1823 Columbus Road. RSVPs are appreciated! Please contact John Boksansky at and let him know you plan to attend.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Obama Campaign Office locates on Waterloo Road

Yesterday, Northeast Shores entered into a short-term lease with the Presidential Campaign for Barack Obama. The northeast Cuyahoga County offices for the campaign is now located at our Blue Arrow Building, located at 16001 Waterloo Road. They will be occupying this space until just after the primary election on March 4, 2008.

We understand that this site will be a location for voters to pick up materials about Barack Obama, such as brochures and yard signs. We also believe that campaign volunteers will use this location as a staging area to call potential voters.

This lease arrangement is not an endorsement of any candidate and is strictly a business transaction. We control vacant space in our commercial district and they need temporary space. We are willing to make similar arrangements with any other candidate for our remaining vacant space on Waterloo Road.

Also, please note that any board member or staff member of Northeast Shores working on any presidential campaign is doing so in their personal free time. The witnessing of anybody associated with Northeast Shores working on a political campaign during non-business hours is not an endorsement by Northeast Shores of the candidate and is a personal decision of that employee or board member.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Help Direct Arts Collinwood's Future!

Arts Collinwood is currently seeking feedback on their programs, services and activities. Please take five minutes out of your day and complete this on-line survey. Thanks in advance for your help in directing this important neighborhood group in its future endeavors.

Dear Friends of Arts Collinwood,

The Board and staff of Arts Collinwood have undertaken a planning process to develop a roadmap for the future of the organization. Would you please take a few minutes to complete this survey by February 22, 2008, by either clicking on the following link or copy and paste the link into your browser:

Your input will be extremely helpful as we plan for our future.

In advance, sincere thanks.

Arts Collinwood Board and Staff

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Rare Film Footage of the Collinwood School Fire of 1908 to be shown at Exhibit Opening

A major exhibit commemorating the centennial of the Collinwood School Fire of 1908 will open at a public reception at Cleveland Public Library’s Memorial-Nottingham Branch on Monday, February 25, 2008, at 6:00 p.m.

The Collinwood School Fire remains the worst school building fire in United States history. On March 4, 1908, 172 children, two teachers and one neighborhood resident were killed as they attempted to flee Lake View School (Collinwood, Ohio) after a fire started in a closet below the front stairs. In the days following the fire, school buildings across the country were inspected. In the years following the fire, stricter building codes and fire laws were put into place to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again.

The story of the fire is told through spectacular period photographs, newspaper front pages, postcards, articles, period documents and a rare motion picture --to be shown publicly for the first time in a century-- of the fire scene and public funeral. (A short film of the Cleveland Fire Department in 1900 will also be shown. Cleveland Fire Department provided backup assistance to the Collinwood Fire Department during the 1908 fire.) A selection of fire safety brochures, produced by the National Fire Protection Association, will be available for library patrons to take home free of charge.

The exhibit also gives a glimpse into the history of Collinwood from its birth as the Collinsville railroad station in 1874 to its development as a leading railroad repair center, freight transfer point and manufacturing powerhouse. Its role as a place for lakeside recreation is told through a series of images of Euclid Beach Park.

The exhibit will remain on display at the Memorial-Nottingham Branch (17109 Lake Shore Boulevard) through March 31. Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs (9:30-8:00), Wed, Fri, Sat (9:30-6:00). The exhibit will then travel to the following locations: Collinwood Branch Library (April-May), Main Library (June-September), West Park Branch (October) and South Brooklyn Branch (November).

Background information on the films
The Collinwood School Fire film was shot as the fire smoldered by twenty-three-year-old William H. Bullock*, a moving picture operator at the American Amusement Company (716 Superior Avenue, N.E.), who had rushed to the scene of the fire on a streetcar with his motion picture equipment. A week later he was showing the film in the American Theatre until Cleveland Police Chief Fred Kohler, responding to public indignation, “invited” him to cease and desist. The film was discovered in the archives of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound division of the Library of Congress. It is believed that recently discovered footage represents only a portion of what was originally filmed.

The short film of the Cleveland Fire Department displaying its fire equipment was filmed in 1900 at Fire Department Headquarters (located on St. Clair Avenue on the current site of the Justice Center) by pioneering American cameraman G.W. “Billy” Bitzer (1872-1944). Best known as D. W. Griffith’s cameraman, Bitzer worked for the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company from its founding in the 1890s and later filmed Griffith’s Birth of a Nation, one of the most influential and controversial films in the history of American cinema. This film was also discovered in the archives of the Library of Congress.

*William Hubern Bullock was born September 13, 1885, in Patterson, New Jersey, the son of Edith Ayers Bullock and Sam Bullock, both immigrants from England. He died June 23, 1949, at his home at 15610 Pythias Avenue, in the Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland. He was married to Josephine Bullock (Ca. 1892 - 2 May 1974). They had no children. Bullock was involved in the motion picture business his entire life. He was a projectionist at the Palace Theatre in Cleveland at the time of his death. He was buried at Lake View Cemetery.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Brothers Restaurant opens on East 185th Street

Recently, the Northeast Shores staff enjoyed carry-out from the newest eatery on East 185th Street, Brothers Restaurant. Brothers Restaurant is located at 564 East 185th Street and specializes in smoked BBQ.

Our take-out was great! The pulled chicken wrap was quite tasty. We also enjoyed the fresh cut french fries and the macaroni & cheese. All of our orders were made to order quickly and the staff was courteous and friendly. Prices were appropriate for the size with a chicken wrap and fries costing $5.95.

It is great to finally have some good BBQ take-out in the neighborhood. We understand that Brothers Restaurant also does catering.

Please stop by and enjoy our newest restaurant or call-in your pickup order at (216) 373-2762.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Celebrate President's Day Weekend with your Neighbors.

Sunday, February 17, 2008 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm

Join your neighbors for an afternoon fund-raiser to suppor the Shore Acres Association Park Renovation Fund. Meet us at the Grovewood Tavern and Wine Bar (17105 Grovewood Avenue) for a relaxing afternoon of food, friends, and fun that will include chances to win raffle prizes. The cost is $20 for a single, $35 for you and a friend (60 and over - special price: $16, $30 for two).

Cost covers fantastic appetizers and soft drinks. Cash Bar. Food features crab cakes, chicken yakitori, spicy sesame noodles and more!

Please RSVP by February 10 (after that date - add $2 per admission). Call or E-mail Meg at 692-0216 or

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Neighborhood Home Wins Historic Preservation Award

On July 25th, at the Cleveland Restoration Society’s annual meeting and preservation awards, held at the Hanna Theater, neighborhood residents Kurt and Sarah Gyorki received a 2007 Cleveland Restoration Society Preservation Project Award for the work they have done on their Canterbury Road home.

Their home, originally built by The Realty Trust Co. around 1910, was part of the Beachland development, primarily composed of summer homes, which was accessible from the Shore Line Electric Trolley. Beachland was originally advertised as an idyllic garden community, free of smoke and other nuisances created by the manufacturing districts of the city, and an ideal place to raise children. The development consisted of what are now Canterbury Road, Cornwall Road, Landseer Road, Windward Road, Abby Avenue, and part of East 185th Street. Today, the Gyorkis still find the neighborhood an ideal one to live, work, and to raise their children.

The award winning project consisted of removing the aluminum siding, which uncovered shingle siding, original window casings, and trim details. The windows were rehabilitated instead of being replaced and many exhibit their near century old float glass, known for its wavy appearance. The older three-tab brown asphalt shingle roof was then replaced with a 40-year dimensional shingle that approximates the look of cedar. An addition with matching shingle siding was constructed, giving the home a spacious family room, laundry room, full bath, and a basement. A kitchen remodeling made the project complete.

To make their project happen, the Gyorkis utilized one of the Cleveland Restoration Society’s Heritage Home Program loans that are made available throughout Ward 11 with the support of Councilman Michael Polensek. The Heritage Home Program loan is a 3.5% APR, 10-year mortgage loan for home repair and restoration projects. To be eligible for the loan, a house must have been built prior to 1958 and retain character-defining elements such as the original cladding and wood or steel windows. To find out if your home is eligible, or to take advantage of the Cleveland Restoration Society’s free technical assistance, call them at 216-426-3116, or visit