Thursday, August 28, 2008

VASJ is NOT Moving

Recently, we have heard several rumours that VASJ High School is moving. There is no truth to this rumour.

For further evidence of the inaccuracy of this rumour, please read the following press release from VASJ High School:

"Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School is not for sale. The aforementioned statement answers one rumor that the VASJ administration, faculty and staff have been hearing over the past week regarding the school’s future.

Margaret Lyons, Superintendent of Schools and Secretary for Education of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, addressed this by saying, “Confusion may have arisen because of a print advertisement by the real estate company concerning the nearby St. Joseph Christian Life Center property. What is for sale is only the 11 acres of the former Christian Life Center and the advertisement clearly does not include any of VA-St. Joseph High School property.”

A recent message on the school’s front marquee that alluded to a big announcement being made in the coming months may have also created some confusion. According to Jim Sukys, VASJ President, “The big announcement in the fall has nothing to do with VASJ being sold, moved, closed or merged. It is an announcement that will demonstrate our commitment to improve, expand and enhance Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School’s offerings on our current property and into the future.” Sukys continued by saying, “VASJ is actively searching for the best and brightest students in Northeast Ohio as we continue to provide the most well-rounded, ‘real world’ college-prep-plus education in Northeast Ohio.”

VASJ’s predecessor schools, Villa Angela Academy and St. Joseph High School, both epitomized what it meant to be rich educational institutions, founded in strong moral, spiritual and academic quality. Those traditions are still carried on today at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School as one cohesive, collective model of achievement.

Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational school committed to high academic achievement, and the development of student gifts. Sponsored by the Ursulines of Cleveland and the Marianists and owned by the Diocese of Cleveland, Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School strives to bring each student to a deeper commitment to Jesus Christ and Gospel values. Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School began in 1990 through the merging of all-girls school Villa Angela Academy and all-boys school St. Joseph High School."

You can read this directly from the VASJ website at:

Friday, August 22, 2008

Northeast Shores is now hiring!

Northeast Shores is seeking applicants for our open position of Community Organizer. Please review the below posting and apply (or tell people that would be a good fit).

Community Organizer

Northeast Shores Development Corporation is one of Cleveland’s leading community development corporations. The organization has greatly contributed to the physical, economic and social development of the North Shores Collinwood area of Cleveland. Northeast Shores is currently seeking a Community Organizer to manage all development project work.

In this role, you will be responsible for canvassing the neighborhood, talking with residents and other stakeholders, identifying potential leaders, and identifying issues which are in the common self-interest of community residents. The Organizer moves people to action so they can win a visible victory or measurable change in their community. In addition, the Organizer uses the process of organizing as an opportunity to develop the leadership skills of community residents. The Organizer is expected to work several block groups or neighborhood-wide issues at any one time. A current neighborhood-wide issue under this role is implementing various community safety initiatives.

Further, You will be responsible for the organization’s initiatives in marketing and branding the neighborhood. In particular, the organization is currently implementing a branding strategy for the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District. It is a core responsibility of the Organizer to coordinate this effort. The Organizer is also responsible for coordinating our efforts to create a quality, quarterly newspaper.

The successful candidate will have prior experience in non-profit community organizing, mediation, social work, or similar background. Familiarity with volunteer coordination; project management skills; record keeping; proficiency with MS Office Suite; excellent verbal and written communication skills; conflict resolution skills; and the ability to use a personal vehicle with valid driver’s license and minimum property/casualty coverage on such vehicle are also critical to your success in this position. The successful candidate must be available for neighborhood meetings and events that occur on evenings and some weekends. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in non-profit management, urban studies, public administration or a related field is a plus. Exposure to North Shores Collinwood community a plus.

We offer a competitive salary, benefits package, and a supportive and dynamic work environment. To apply, e-mail or mail your resume and salary requirements by September 19 to:

Brian A. Friedman
Executive Director
Northeast Shores Development Corporation
317 East 156th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44110

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Triangle Concert a Smash!

A couple of days ago, the neighborhood came out in force to support our first concert at "Triangle Park" located on Lakeshore Boulevard.

It was a beautiful evening with perfect August weather. We had over 40 people come out and enjoy the sounds of the Blues Sky Band. The music was absolutely amazing and we want to thank the band for volunteering to jam out for the community.

We want to thank St. John Lutheran for offering tasty refreshments. My cherry snow cone was quite yummy.

The event was a production of the Northeast Shores Outreach Committee. If you want to be involved in future community events, e-mail Barb at

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Free Concert This Sunday!

Come join your friends and neighbors for a free concert at "Triangle Park".

The Blues Sky Band (with special guest, Noah Biddle) will be performing at the Gazebo at "Triangle Park" from 5 pm to 7 pm this Sunday, August 17th.

"Triangle Park" is located at the intersection of Lakeshore Boulevard and East 174th Street.

Parking is available at St. John Lutheran Church (17403 Nottingham Road).

The event is BYOC (Bring your own CHAIR! (and a picnic, too!))

This event is free to the public thanks to the Community Outreach Committee of Northeast Shores Development Corporation.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Please Complete the East 185th Street Customer Survey!

With the assistance of Kent State University, we are embarking on a branding study for East 185th Street.

Please complete the survey below. It will just take a moment. Your feedback will help us determine the future of the street and how we tell the region about what is available on East 185th Street.

Thanks in advance!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Carrousel Plans on WKYC Channel 3

Yesterday, WKYC Channel 3 did a story on the status of the Euclid Beach Carrousel.

As you may be aware, Northeast Shores and Euclid Beach Park Now have made plans and progress on returning the Carrousel to its original location at the Euclid Beach State Park.

Please take a look at the story and add your own comments at the bottom of the WKYC story.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Waterloo Arts Fest a Growing Success!

This past Saturday, August 2nd, was the fourth annual Waterloo Arts Festival. Each year, the event gets better and better.

The day was filled with music, vendors, family and fun. There were tons of children's activities. Kid's could run through water sculptures, make drums to take home, and create their own chalk art.

We were particularly tickled to see Jerry Schmidt's write-up in the Plain Dealer Arts and Life Section on Saturday. That was a wonderful surprise and some great publicity for the event. If you missed it, you can check it out at:

It was also great to see all the merchants that got into the act. Whether it was Popsicles at Shoparooni or gyros from Fotina's, a great number of merchants and galleries showed off for the consistently strong crowd.

We want to also thank NASA and Vitamin Water for sponsoring the event. It was great to see their displays. It was also nice to get a refreshing drink from Vitamin Water or to enjoy the air conditioning on the NASA bus.

I hope you made it out to this great event. Please feel free to add a comment about your thoughts on the festival.