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February 2014

Plain Press Community Board


BED BUGS? Anyone can become a victim of a bed bug infestation.  The city of Cleveland may be able to offer free assistance with treatment to people who are income qualified, are 60 years of age or older or an adult with a documented disability, and own and live in the unit to be treated.  Call Linda at Cudell at 216/664-2833 for an application/income guidelines or the Department of Aging at 216/664-2833.


A HOME AND GARDEN TOUR is being planned in the Cudell neighborhood for late Spring.  If you would like your garden/home to be on the tour, please email to express interest.


BREAKWATER DEVELOPMENT is being planned for 11 acres of industrial property along Breakwater Avenue, overlooking the West Shoreway between West 58th and West 65thstreets.  The four apartment building and 19 townhouse-style rental home proposal will be discussed during a community meeting being held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Gymnasium, 6928 Detroit Ave., at 7 pm on January 30th.  Contact John Hausman at 216-961-4242 x226 or for more information.

DETROIT SHOREWAY ANNUAL MEETING is scheduled for  Thursday, February 27th.    It will feature a look back at DSCDO’s 40 year history and a spaghetti dinner.  The meal is free to DSCDO members and $10.00 for non-members.  Held in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Pope John Hall at 6928 Detroit Ave., dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30 pm and the meeting will begin at 6:30 pm


THIRD FRIDAYS at Gordon Square Arts District will be Friday, February 21stCheck out what your favorite artists are up to while sipping wine and chatting with friends.  Check

OTHER GORDON SQUARE Arts District events are on


FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING is offered year round Monday – Friday  from 9am-3pm at 5600 Carnegie Ave.  Limited to 5 boxes or bags per person.  Residents can drop off documents or stay and watch the shredder in action.  For more information, call 216/664-3717 or visit


GUIDE TO KULCHUR BOOK DRIVE  is accepting book donations to send to prisoners in Ohio. If you would like to contribute, bring classics, history, how-to books or crime novels to Guide to Kulchur, 1386 West 65th St. If you don’t have books to donate, bring packing supplies or volunteer to help ship the books.


ACT/SAT prep days  for high school students are available at the West Side Community House.   Call Brittinie Jermon at (216) 771-7297 x 348 or email

THE 2014 SUMMER INTERNSHIP program sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation is accepting applications until February 14, 2014.  The internships–for college juniors or seniors in fall of the current year, graduate students, or  recent college graduates–are paid.  The program runs from June 2 and ends on Aug. 16, 2014 Placements are with the nonprofit and public sector agencies, including west side sites listed at their website. For more information and to apply:

CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT updates its website daily.  Check it out at

EARTH DAY COALITION CHILDREN’S ART, POETRY & ESSAY CONTEST  for students grade K-12. Students are asked to share their thoughts and feelings on “Zero Waste” through drawings, paintings, photography, essays or poetry. Entries are judged on understanding of the environmental topic, creativity and originality. Winning entries are displayed at Earth Day Coalition’s EarthFest 2014 at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds for thousands of visitors to see. For more information, visit

BECOME A FOSTER PARENT through Bellefaire JCB  for youths  up to the age of 21 who have faced challenges so severe  that they must be temporarily removed from their home and placed in foster care.  Permanent Foster Care opportunities are also available.  Call 216/320-8251 or

JOYFUL NOISE is a neighborhood music school providing music lessons, lending instruments and other resources for free through grants and donations.   For more information or to volunteer, call 216/267-1373.

NEAR WEST THEATRE Presents ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Jr. Auditions:  February 4, 5 or 6, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Ages:  9-15.  This is a group audition.  Come one of these evenings. Plan to stay for the entire time specified. Auditions will be held at  West Side United Church of Christ, 3800 Bridge Avenue.  Arrive 15 minutes early to register.  Anyone arriving after the starting time will not audition that day. For more information, e-mail the director, Kelcie Dugger, at or call the Near West Office at 216-961-9750.

SCHOLARSHIPS for young volunteers funded by Kohl’s Department Stores are available by logging onto at  Nominations for kids ages six to 18 will be accepted January 31 – March 14, and nominators must be 21 years or older.

VOICES FOR OHIO’S CHILDREN ADVOCACY DAY will be held on February 20th from 9 am to 3 pm  at the Ohio Statehouse. Meet with elected officials and learn why advocacy is so important for children. The event is free and includes lunch.  For more information, contact Aleksandra Panovska  at


GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH CLINICS are hosted at the Cleveland Public Library Main Branch, History and Geography Dept., 6th Fl, Louis Stokes Wing, 525 Superior Ave., NE monthly through June, including Saturday, February 8.  Beginners should arrive by 10:45 am, and more advanced researchers can arrive any time between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.  Clinics end at 2 pm. Free and open to all.  No registration necessary.  For more information, call 216/623-2864.


FREE FLU SHOTS are available every Friday from 8:30 am until 11:30 am at McCafferty Health Center, 4242 Lorain Ave.  Remember to bring your insurance card.  Call 216/651-5005 with questions.


THE CLEVELAND FURNITURE BANK provides basic home furnishings to 3,000 individuals each year.  Its headquarters within the Southland Shopping Center in Middleburg Heights features a referral-only area for families in need and a retail thrift store.  Additionally, its separate fund-based cause, Beds for Kids, turns monetary donations into new beds for children of families referred to the furniture bank. To learn more, visit


INFORMATION ON HEALTH CARE INSURANCE available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be found at or 800/318-2596.

FOR AN APPOINTMENT REGARDING THE  ACA  with  a Certified Application Counselor at the Neighborhood Family Practice at 3569 Ridge Road, call 216-281-0872, ext 291. 

ACA ASSISTANCE is also available at Lorain Branch Library, 8216 Lorain Avenue.  Someone from the CMS Assisters will be there to answer questions about the Affordable Health Care Act, help with enrollment and assist in navigating the web site, every Wednesday from 1 pm – 5 pm through the month of March.  

MEDICAID is available to Ohioans who can enroll through the state’s website at or   Ohioans who have already applied for Medicaid through the Federal website must re-apply through the state website. Children and pregnant women up to 200 percent of poverty and adults with income up to 138 percent of poverty are eligible.

MYCARE OHIO is a managed care plan available to Ohioans who are eligible for BOTH Medicaid and Medicare. Medicaid benefits will be available only through the My Care plan you choose, but you may choose continue to receive the Medicare benefits the way you do today.  Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 800/324-8680 Monday-Friday from 7 am to 8 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to  5 pm or visit


FREE ADVICE ON CIVIL LEGAL ISSUES for low-income individuals is available on a first come, first served based at the Fulton Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 3545 Fulton Rd. on February 8 from 9:30 am to 11 am. Bring all relevant paperwork with you.  Call 216/623-6969 for more information, or visit

THE SPANISH AMERICAN COMMITTEE is also hosting a free advice clinic on civil legal issues for low-income individuals on a first come, first served based at 4407 Lorain Ave. on February 22 from 9:30 am to 11 am. Bring all relevant paperwork with you.  Call 216/961-2100 or visit for more information.


THE NEXT NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTION grant cycle is here.  These grants are to support the grass roots efforts of neighborhood groups such as block clubs, community gardens or other clubs or groups.  Funding up to $5,000 per project is available from Neighborhood Connections and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.   Neighborhood Connections can help you with your application. Grantseeker Workshops:  Monday, February 3rd- 6-8PM @ St. Rocco School, 3205 Fulton Road. Schedule a time to receive assistance by calling 216 615 7582 or attending the help session at Woodland Library on Saturday, February 1st from 11am to 2pm. For information and an application, go to Proposals are due to the Neighborhood Connections office at Lin Omni Building Lobby, 3167 Fulton Road on February 14th before 5PM.


BRITE WINTER FEST is scheduled for February 15th from 4pm-11pm in the Market District of Ohio City. 70+ bands, 10 stages! For more information, check out or!

CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY CARNEGIE WEST BRANCH is having its first Maker Program!  Make Your Space: Floor Planning will be held on  Saturday, February 1st at 11:00 a.m:   Learn how you can reimagine spaces in homes, offices, and other areas using free online floor planning software. Discover the basics of interior design, including floor planning, color selection and room layout and use these concepts to form creative floor plans. Basic knowledge of computers, mouse use and internet use are required.  Register by calling the Carnegie West Branch at 216-623-6927  or TechCentral at the downtown library at 216-623-2980.


RECYCLING of compact fluorescent lamp (CFL)  light bulbs, cellphones, inkjet printer cartridges and other items at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.  Seal CFLs in the provided plastic bags.  Call the Recycling Coordinator about toner printer cartridges and other materials at 216/661-6500 x4508.


IN CASE OF EMERGENCY (ICE)  CELL PHONE SAFETY CAMPAIGN is sponsored by  Visiting Angels, an in-home senior care agency, to help seniors  who  might slip and fall, or who might get lost, confused or stranded. To ICE a cell phone, you load emergency contacts in seniors’ phones with the word ICE in front of the emergency contacts’ names so when someone finds a senior in trouble they know who to call ICase of Emergency.  For more information, contact Stacey Hilton at 919/459-8163 or

OHIO’S OUTSTANDING SENIOR VOLUNTEERS  ages 65 and older will be honored by Salute to Senior Service program of Home Instead Senior Care. Nominations and votes will be accepted through March 1, 2014.  The winner in each state will receive $500 and one national winner will receive $5,000 to donate to each winner’s charity of choice. To learn about the 2013 outstanding senior volunteer from Ohio, go to


NEIGHBOR CIRCLES: Do you know your neighbors? Do you enjoy good conversation over dinner? Contact the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, & Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office to learn about how you can engage your neighbors and begin to redefine modern day neighborhood interactions. Call 216-961-9073 ext. 229 or email


FREE TAX PREPARATION will be offered by the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-8:00 and Saturdays from 10:00-2:00.  Many families will be eligible for refunds using the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  Make an appointment at   Want to help out? Anyone can sign up to become a volunteer. There is no experience necessary, just attend a Cuyahoga EITC Coalition led training to become certified. Sign up today by visiting

FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES will also be held at the Cuyahoga County site Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC) located at 9830 Lorain Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44102; the hours of service are Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.  To schedule an appointment go online to or call 211 for United Way First Call for Help.

OTHER FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICE CENTERS can be found at or by calling 211 for United Way First Call for Help.


TREMONT ARTWALK will be held Friday, February 14th and the second Friday of every month, all year, from 6 to 10 pm.

DUCK ISLAND has new development plans. Log on to to review them and submit comments.

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