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January 24, 2014

Quilombo Poetry Night Tonight

You are invited to Quilombo Poetry Night tonight at Denison United Church of Christ, 9900 Denison Avenue for a free poetry slam featuring awesome artists competing for a $100 prize (adults) and $50 prize (youth).  Featured artist "Free" (Tina Heard) will appear.  Feel free to bring your own poem to the Open Mic!

RTA Employment Opportunities Available

Several technical positions are open at RTA.  Contact Sharee H. Jackson, HR Business Partner, Human Resources Department at 216.566.5276 for details on positions.  This opportunity was shared by Maingate Business Development Corporation.

SAT/ACT Prep Days

West Side Community House's Sisterhood Program is offering the SAT/ACT Prep Days for high school students.  Sessions will be four hours long and will consist of practice test questions, test-taking strategies and group tutoring in Science, Math and English/Reading Comprehension. Today is the registration deadline for the February 1 class.  Other sessions available on March 1 and April 5.  To register, contact Amanda Perusek at or Brittinie Jermon at 

Seed Library at Cleveland Public Library Lorain Branch

A "seed library" allows you to "check out" a packet of seeds and "return" seeds from the plants that you grew.  Seed saving allows you to save money, develop seed stock suited to our climate and participate in the cultural heritage of our food and agriculture. Gardening and seed saving workshops, taught by professionals, are held throughout the year.  Call the Lorain Branch Library at 216.623.7011 for full information.  

STEP UP or STEP DOWN a Safety Forum Success

Dozens of interested citizens interacted with safety officials and community resource reps to discuss community safety and be exhorted to become involved to make our community safer.  Thanks to Ric Scardino and Vicci Simpkins and others for organizing the event.  The event was streamed live via the internet to about 40 people watching on line.  Councilman Matt Zone, State Representative Nickie Antonio, Cudell Executive Director Anita Brindza, Federal Prosecutor Steve Dettlebach and others offered insights on community engagement, pending local and state legistation, community resources, city services and crime statistics.  Police Chief Michael McGrath and First Police District Commander Thomas McCartney participated along with representatives from many not for profit groups.

Public Meeting Tonight on West Blvd. & Clifton Residential Development

The redevelopment of a vacant plot of land on the southwest corner of West Blvd. and Clifton Blvd. will be discussed tonight at 6:30 PM at Cudell Recreation Center by Councilwoman Dona Brady and developer Mark Kearny.  Located in the Clifton Boulevard and West Boulevard Historic District, the highly desirable location has been the site of several buildings over the years.  The public is invited.  

Enhance Clifton Project Underway

Work is underway on the EnhanceClifton Transportation Enhancement Project that is a joint endeavor of RTA, ODOT and the city of Cleveland.   The project will result in improved transportation waiting environments, synchronized traffic signals, landscaped medians and a slightly widened roadway.  Go to for full details. 

"What Every Landlord Should Know" 

Whether you are a new investment property owner or someone with 100  units, you need to stay current with the Federal, State and local laws that govern residential tenancy.  On Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 9 AM - 1 PM, Cudell Improvement, Inc. will host The Honorable Raymond L. Pianka, Judge, Cleveland Municipal Court, Housing Division, for a workshop that will help investors understand what is expected of them and what is the law they must follow.  Pre-registration is necessary.  There is a $10.00 cost.  Email or call  216.664.6927 for information or registaration.  Magistrates Embry and Roberts will conduct the session.

Angels Needed to Help Bring a New Kitchen to Cudell Recreation Center

If your New Year's resolution was to help out where needed, here is your chance.  Cudell Recreation Center's kitchen is almost non-existent.  Center Manager, Ron Fields, would like to combine cooking classes with the opportunity for the kids to grow vegetables on the Rec Center grounds to promote healthy eating and widen the kids food choices.  If you have plumbing, electrical, repair skills or want to donate some money, contact Anita or Birgit at 216.228.4383 so we can help Ron coordinate the project.  

NRP Group to Share Senior Residential Housing Plans on January 29th

Cudell Improvement, Inc. will host an Open House so interested parties  may view the preliminary plans for a proposed senior housing building at the corner of West 116 and Madison Avenue on Wednesday, January 29 from 11 AM - 1 PM at 9815 Lorain Avenue.  The public is welcome.