Monday, January 31, 2011

Beach Cleanup Round-up

For whatever reason, today appears to be the day that everyone is officially done with winter. Since we have received so many complaints today about the weather, we thought it would be fun to remember the final beach cleanup at Euclid Beach. Don't you remember that cool breeze off the Lake as your feed slide into the warm sand?

If you don't, here are some words from our volunteer coordinator, Stephen Love, that may remind you.

On Saturday November 13th 2010, volunteers from The Brush High School Key Club, Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Cleveland State University, Drink Local, Drink Tap and community members came together to clean Euclid Beach!

This beach cleanup was our last of the year before winter but thanks to some unseasonably warm weather, it was our largest beach cleanup to date with close to 50 volunteers! When all was said and done, we managed to collect over 70 pounds of trash and 35 pounds of recyclables! Among our most collected items, we found close to 800 cigar tips, 450 pieces of plastic and 250 caps and lids to name only a few!

We hope you join the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team when we resume our regularly scheduled beach cleanups in March 2011! Be sure to read about any updates on our facebook page and to see our spring/summer 2011 beach cleanup dates!

**For more information on the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team,
Please contact Stephen Love at

Information on Adopt-a-Beach can be found at

Visit the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team on Facebook!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Plan to Join Waterloo on Feb 12

There are so many good reasons to be on Waterloo for February 12th, it is starting to get silly!

Here are the two events that Northeast Shores is sponsoring:

A pop-up gallery featuring diverse Cleveland artists. Bringing art to empty places in Collinwood. Wine and cheese opening reception Saturday evening. Feb. 12, 6pm-12am, Feb. 13, 12pm-5pm 15619 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110, (Key Bank Building)
Contact: Ivana Medukic,

Northeast Shores Development Corporation presents: Home is Where the Heart Is!
A free Horse Drawn hayride will be available to transport you for a Sneak Peak at two Newly Renovated homes in the Waterloo Arts District!

Horserides will leave from 15619 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, OH 44110 (Key Bank Bldg) from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm to take you to 387 and 391 East 163rd, Cleveland, OH 44110 where free champagne and desserts from Angela Cavotta (Carmen & Co.) will be offered while you tour these newly renovated homes.

Contact Camille Maxwell for more details 216-481-7660 X30 or 216-543-7911 email:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Upstage Artisan Show


Cupid is coming two days early to the Waterloo Arts District! UpStage Artisan Alley, a fresh, indie, pop-up boutique and craft show, opens its doors from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Cleveland’s Slovenian Workmen's Home (15335 Waterloo Rd.).

The event will serve as a fundraiser for UpStage Players, a local, non-profit children’s theater company, as they gear-up for their spring musical, Seussical: The Musical. In addition to raising funds for this accomplished organization, UpStage Artisan Alley’s mission is to showcase the talents of Northeast Ohio artisans in an intimate, family-friendly atmosphere, while allowing patrons to shop for themselves and their loved ones.

UpStage Artisan Alley will feature a variety of talented artisans from around Northeast Ohio. Patrons can choose from handcrafted bath and body products, hand-painted keepsakes and magnets, canvas art, jewelry, crocheted items, last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts and more!

The event will also feature a rehearsal from the UpStage Players, face painting, food and refreshments, raffles, prizes…and an opportunity to socialize with the cast, crew and staff of UpStage Players and local artisans.

UpStage Artisan Alley is more than just a craft show. It is an event that will incorporate theater arts and other artistic mediums in a harmonious forum of support for one another. The event’s success will further demonstrate that the Waterloo Arts District is a unique destination for all Northeast Ohioans.

Upstage Players is a non-profit professional children's theater group run by an all-volunteer staff in Cleveland, Ohio. The organization was founded in 1995 with 30 children and a vision to create love and respect for the arts. They have evolved into a strong group that uses theater as a vehicle to teach leadership, creativity and responsibility to nearly 100 children today.

Although the UpStage family has grown tremendously over the years, their no-cut policy remains unchanged. The children of UpStage Players come from varied backgrounds, yet share the same drive to optimize their potential. They hail from a variety of communities, including: Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Bratenahl, Euclid, Eastlake, Lakewood, Mayfield, Mentor, Richmond Heights, Willoughby, Concord and Willowick. In addition, the diverse cast/crew of UpStage Players is headed by an unpaid staff and supported by an army of volunteers dedicated to transforming everyday kids into accomplished artists.

Upstage Players provides many benefits for their artists, including building self confidence, encouraging self-esteem, providing social outlets, promoting responsibility and leadership and providing a fun, safe haven. In addition to its artistic value, UpStage Players brings communities together and gives kids something to do. The organization produces numerous shows throughout the year, including a spring musical, an improvisational troupe and the Upstage Underground summer show.

The UpStage Players spring musical Seussical: The Musical, will take place on April 15th and 16th at 7:30 p.m. and April 17th at 2:30 p.m., also at the Slovenian Workmen’s Home. Advanced tickets are $6 each and are reserved seats. Admission is $8 each if purchased during the week prior to the show or at the door (these are general admission seats). To order or inquire about advanced tickets, e-mail

For additional information about UpStage Players, or to download a printable ticket order form or purchase tickets via PayPal for Seussical: The Musical, visit

Monday, January 17, 2011

Recycling in 2010

Northeast Shores staff members are committed to efforts to keep our office more sustainable.

Recently, our recycling coordinator, John Boksansky, shared with us our totals from 2010.

Northeast Shores staff has been able to divert 280 LBS of paper, cardboard, plastic and glass to the City of Cleveland recycling containers.

45 LBS of ½ clean paper was reutilized at an elementary school which uses it for copying.

Several containers of coffee grounds and food waste we diverted to the garden compost pile via Denise.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Annual Meeting next Tuesday!

Please join us for the 2011 Northeast Shores Annual Meeting this Tuesday, January 18th.

The Annual Meeting will be held at the Golden Age Center, 16600 Lakeshore Boulevard. Please know that the meeting will start promptly at 6:30 pm.

Besides elections for Board Members, we will also be presenting our outcomes from 2010 and an update on our new three-year strategic plan. We are hoping those present can comment on this new strategic plan and let us know if we are on the right track.

This meeting is open to the public but only members can vote. To become a member, contact Denise Lorek at or (216) 481-7660.

See you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Save the Date - Taste the Neighborhood

Save the Date
Taste the Neighborhood
February 22, 2011
6:00-9:00 pm
Lithuanian Hall 877 East 185th St.

Tickets $20.00 in advance. $25.00 day of event
Call 216-481-7660 for tickets or more information

Last year, over 21 eateries were represented at this event. Awards were given out to outstanding people and groups.

Please join us for this fun, food filled event.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fresh Water reports on our Artist Housing Efforts

Today, Fresh Water reported on our efforts to add artists to our Waterloo Village area.

This was a great story and we really appreciate the time that the staff of Fresh Water took with us to make this story as phenomenal as it was.

To check out the story, go here:

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Become a Member of Northeast Shores

Why should you become a member of Northeast Shores? I am sure you may have asked yourself what the benefit of being a member of Northeast Shores will do for you. Instead of wondering what it will do for you, you should be asking what being a member of Northeast Shores will do for North Shore Collinwood.

What is Northeast Shores? It is a local Community Development Corporation.
What does Northeast Shores do? We help people and businesses in North Shore Collinwood.

How does Northeast Shores help people and businesses?
We provide access to the Weatherization program which heats houses in Collinwood and parts of Euclid.
We provide access to the Paint Program through a partnership with the City of Cleveland.
We provide technical help to businesses interested in the Storefront Renovation Program.
We help new businesses start up and succeed in North Shore Collinwood.
We help people write grants to support their volunteer activities and then help them manage their grants once they are obtained
We buy houses, rehab them and then sell them to qualified buyers.
We help start Community Gardens.
We help start Block Watches.
We are a partner in the rehab of the Lakeshore Village Apartment complex.
We just bought the LaSalle Theater.
We have parades down E.185th St.
We help promote the business districts and help them with branding projects which results in new banners in the business districts.
We have helped bring over 42 million dollars in neighborhood investment to this area in the last 5 years.

If you would like to have a say in what happens in the North Shore Collinwood area and want to get involved, please join Northeast Shores. To join, please follow this link or print out and complete the attached membership application:

If you really want your voice heard, consider running for the board of Northeast Shores. Elections are in January at the General Meeting which is open to the public.

You have to be a paid member to run or vote in this election, so please use the attached application and become a member of Northeast Shores today. Please do your part to make North Shore Collinwood a better place to live, work and play.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Christian Fellowship Church Coming Down

As mentioned in this blog before and reported in the Plain Dealer previously, the community has maintained a long, drown-out debate over the structure erected in the rear of the Christian Fellowship Church (located on Lakeshore Boulevard).

The Plain Dealer published a story today that shared plans for the demolition of this structure. While we are saddened that this story didn't end in a win-win conclusion for both the church and the community, we are very excited that this ongoing problem is nearing final resolution.

To read the Plain Dealer story, click here: