Monday, October 27, 2008

Waterloo Named One Of America’s Best Secret Neighborhoods!

Waterloo Arts District, Cleveland, OH, October 24, 2008 – The Waterloo Arts District was recently named one of “America’s Best Secret Neighborhoods” by Travel & Leisure Magazine, ranking alongside neighborhoods in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Miami, among others.

The article reads:

Collinwood, Cleveland, Ohio

Then: Immigrants from Croatia and Slovenia came here in the 1880’s to work in the railroad yards of this shoreside neighborhood in the far northeast corner of the city.

Now: A neighborhood development group started to stimulate growth in 2004 by buying buildings and leasing them at low cost to boho businesses such as Music Saves, an indie-rock record store selling original vinyl as well as tickets to rock shows at the next-door Beachland Ballroom.

Don’t Miss: Slovenian smoked sausage at Raddell’s Sausage Shop, supplying Clevelanders with bona fide Eastern European meats since 1979.

The article can be viewed online (with a photo of Waterloo’s Music Saves) at:

Friday, October 24, 2008

Street-wide Halloween Party on Waterloo!

Waterloo Arts District, Cleveland, OH, October 30, 2008 – The Waterloo Arts District will be having a street-wide Halloween party on Thursday, October 30th, starting at 6:00 pm.

The Low Life Gallery and Music Saves will have candy, costumes, music and booze for all, starting at 6 pm. Low Life will be featuring their “Halloween Spooktacular” show, which closes on November 2nd. Shoparooni will be hosting a street-wide scavenger hunt, also beginning at 6 pm.

Beginning at 7:30 pm, The Beachland Ballroom will feature local bands doing all-cover sets of their favorite artists! Local artists transform themselves into The White Stripes, The Flaming Lips, The J. Geils Band, The Kinks, Beck, and The Black Keys. Cover is only $5.00. Beginning at 8 pm, The Beachland Tavern will play host to the music of Jon Langford, while the Waterloo 7 Gallery will feature Langford’s artwork. Cover at The Tavern is $12.00, no cover at the Waterloo 7 Gallery.

For additional information on the Street-wide Halloween Party on Waterloo, please contact Cindy Barber (information above) or visit

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pier Study Completed

The Euclid Beach Fishing Pier Feasibility Study is now complete and available for download from our website. Check out and download the full file.

We want to thank Neighborhood Progress Inc and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Office of Coastal Management for their assistance in this project. Of course, we also want to thank URS Corporation for the great work they did completing the study.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Membership Meeting this Tuesday

Hey community!

Come on out for tomorrow night's Quarterly Membership Meeting:

General Membership Meeting OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Memorial Nottingham Library
6:30 to 8:00p

Introduction by Cindy Barber

Councilman Report by Mike Polensek

Safety Report by Commander Drummond

Announcement of open slots - 2009 Board Election by Caroline Peak

Brief Update on Waterloo Streetscape, Lakeshore Village by Brian A. Friedman

Presentation of "How to make your home more Energy Efficient by Tim Davis

Overview of Current Weatherization Programs by Stephanie Thomas

Presentation regarding expansion of program offerings by Brian A. Friedman

Please try to make this very informative meeting.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Waterloo cleans up Scene's Cleveland Confidential

The cover story for this week's Cleveland Scene Magazine is the annual "Best of Cleveland" awards for 2008. This year, the theme was Cleveland Confidential.

Well, we are proud to say that Waterloo cleaned up in this year's awards!

Waterloo is the home for ALL of these award winners:

Best Rock Club (Reader's Poll Winner) - Beachland Ballroom
Best Dude - Steve Brown (co-owner of Shoparooni). Please note the write up was written by Dave Desimone, the owner of the neighboring Low Life art gallery.
Best Studio - Exit Stencil
Best Record Store - Music Saves
Best Place to Buy a T-Shirt - Shoparooni

Yeah, that's right! Waterloo won five "best of's"! We will not even point out that the Vision Gallery had a show of work by The Sign Guy, who won Best Street Art.

How's that feel, Brecksville? Not so good? That's because you, Berea AND Solon just got served!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

VASJ Open House

Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School will be having its first open house this Sunday, October 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

The open house will be packed with important admissions and financial aid information. There will be fun, interactive activities and demonstrations. You can ask questions of teachers, students, parent and coaches. If that isn't enough, they are also boasting the open house will have poetry readings, original skits, science experiments, snacks cooked by students, band performance, smartboard lessons, PowerPoint presentations, computer displays & more! Whew! What a day!

All area 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders and their families are invited.

VASJ High School is located at 18491 Lakeshore Boulevard. For more info, call them at (216) 481-8414 or check them out on the web at


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Arabica 2.0 coming soon!

On a very sad Friday in September, the Arabica on East 185th Street served its last latte. Quoting increasing costs and rough sales in a troubled regional economy, the owner of Arabica, John Bausone, decided he could not renew his lease and decided to close the business. Northeast Shores has received countless phone calls from concerned residents about losing their corner coffee shop.

Not to fear! The Arabica on East 185th Street will reopen soon. We learned last night that corporate Arabica has issued a new franchise for that location. The business owner's name is Jim.

We understand Arabica will reopen by December 1, 2008. Until then, weep as you sip your Folger's.

Monday, October 6, 2008

St. Jerome Town Hall Meeting!

This week, St. Jerome Church will be having a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the future of the church and site.

Your presence is requested for this important neighborhood meeting. The Town Hall Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 7th, at 7:00 pm in the Church. St. Jerome Church is located at 15000 Lakeshore Boulevard.

The agenda of the meeting is to announce the Collinwood Cluster Proposal/Recommendation that is being sent to Bishop Lennon. A PowerPoint presentation will be given. Attendees will have the opportunity to respond and voice their opinion in writing. All responses will be delivered to Bishop Lennon along with the recommendation.

It is very important that the neighborhood show up for this important meeting.

If you need a ride to the meeting, please call the Rectory at (216) 481-8200.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Northeast Shores sponsors Purple Light Nights

Northeast Shores has joined the Domestic Violence Center (DVC) in recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Please join the Domestic Violence Center (DVC) and Northeast Shores as we light up the neighborhood during the month of October to raise awareness of the critical issue of domestic violence.

DVC is sponsoring Purple Light Nights™, a campaign designed to shine a light on a problem that is often associated with silence and shame. Domestic violence extends far beyond physical abuse. It is a growing problem that can be battled through awareness. Help us ensure the safety of our community’s women, children, and teens during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Individuals can shine a purple light in their window or on the front porch of their home throughout October – an easy, low-cost way to start the conversation about domestic violence prevention. Northeast Shores has a limited number of purple light bulbs to distribute to the neighborhood. Please contact Denise Lorek at if you would like to participate. Purple Light Bulbs are also available for sale at all Heinen's Grocery Stores throughout the month of October.

Purple Light Nights™ was first launched in King County, Washington in October 2007 by the Covington Domestic Violence Task Force. Residents, Local businesses, and public institutions shined a purple light in their window or on their porch from October 1st - 31st, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The color purple is specifically used because it has long been recognized as the international color symbolic of domestic violence.

For questions, more info, or to obtain bulk light bulbs, contact: Lizzie Ackerman @ or 216-688-7229.

Also, check out for more county-wide Purple Light Nights events throughout October.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Arts Collinwood Open House this Saturday!

Did you miss "Assemblage"? If you did, shame on you since you were not one of the first people to see the amazing new community center at the Arts Collinwood Building. Assemblage was one heck of shindig and YOU missed it! Shame, shame, shame!

We can forgive you! We understand! It was a busy weekend with the whole Euclid Beach event also occurring in the neighborhood. But, we expect you to make amends!

Come this Saturday, October 4th to the FREE open house of the new community center located at the corner of Waterloo Road and East 156th Street. It's free and open to all ages, with great activities, entertainment, free food!!!

The event is so big! It has its own press release:

Arts Collinwood will open its new arts center to the community with a free public open house from 4-6pm on October 4, 2008. Art exhibits, Capoeira demonstrations and samples of programs to be offered in the center this fall will provide a full plate of entertainment, along with activities for families and children and free refreshments. It is free to all ages. Anyone interested in finding out more about Arts Collinwood and its offerings should drop in.

This celebration marks the culmination of a 4-year renovation process. “We’ve worked for many years to reach this point,”: says Steve Manka, Chair of the Arts Collinwood Board. “This is the final phase of a major effort to restore a blighted building to a center of art in the community. We’re very proud of what our members and volunteers have done in helping to make this a reality.”

Thousands of volunteer hours and considerable contributions from the community and donors have furthered a project that began with a partially abandoned building and now houses a multi-use arts center. The first space opened was the Arts Collinwood Gallery, followed by a café and studios. The community arts center is the final piece of a long-range plan that has made this historic building an anchor of the emerging Waterloo arts district.

Arts Collinwood acknowledges support from Funders including the Thomas White Foundation, the Abington Foundation, the Krieger Foundation, the Northeast Shores Development Corporation’s Capital Improvements Grant and the George Gund Foundation for support that has helped to make this project possible.

See you Saturday on Waterloo!