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Grants awarded to help food businesses in Gordon Square Arts District

(Plain Press, January 2015) Charter One Foundation, Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone and the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization announced the awarding of seven grants totaling $25,000 to food businesses in the Gordon Square Arts District. The grants, ranging from $2,200 to $4,000, were awarded to four new food businesses and to three existing neighborhood … Continue reading


Cleveland reacts to deaths of citizens as the result of police use of force by Chuck Hoven.  The tragic death of 12-year old Tamir Rice on November 22nd at Cudell Recreation Center has had a profound affect on the citizens of the City of Cleveland. The impact of this event on Cleveland’s children is of … Continue reading

Collaborative for a Fair, Safe and Just Cleveland works for inclusion of citizens in efforts to reform Cleveland Police Division of Police

by Chuck Hoven.  (Plain Press, January 2015) Over seventy people attended the December 20th meeting of the Collaborative for a Fair, Safe and Just Cleveland. The group’s agenda includes working on a set of demands to address excessive use of force by Cleveland police, and working to make sure citizens are stakeholders in a long-term … Continue reading

Project CARE


A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side. ANIMAL PROTECTIVE LEAGUE COMMUNITY ANIMAL RETENTION EFFORT (PROJECT CARE)’S mission is to provide outreach support for pet owning residents with the goal of helping owners retain their pets, as well as providing spay/neuter services to reduce pet overpopulation. If you … Continue reading

Hispanic UMADAOP Youth Center celebrates grand reopening

(Plain Press, January 2015) The Hispanic UMADAOP Youth Center (Gruss Hall) at 3115 Scranton Road, celebrated its grand re-opening on December 8th. Jonathan Rivera, the Hispanic UMADAOP Youth Center’s new director, who grew up just down the street from Gruss Hall, says he used friends and contacts from the community to help with the renovation … Continue reading

Lincoln West community reaches out with gifts for neighborhood youth

(Plain Press, January 2015) Lincoln West High School students, faculty and staff helped to make Christmas special for children in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. A weeklong toy drive, spearheaded by Lincoln West senior Jangelis Rodriguez, culminated on December 19th. Generous donations by students, faculty, staff and community partners resulted in cash donations of nearly $400. In … Continue reading

Zone Recreation Center Christmas Party

Residents and stakeholders receive updates at Ohio City meeting

by Chuck Hoven.  (Plain Press, January 2015) Residents and stakeholders, attending a December 9th Ohio City Incorporated (OCI) Community Meeting at Franklin Circle Church, received updates on the Lorain Avenue streetscape plan and a plan for mixed use development at 3219 Detroit Avenue. They also viewed a presentation on the Brite Winter Festival to be … Continue reading

H. Barbara Booker and Sherwin-Williams create a special holiday celebration for students

(Plain Press, January 2015) H. Barbara Booker School staff joined with employees of Sherwin-Williams to create a special holiday celebration for students of the school at 2121 W. 67th. The celebration began with the school choir led by director Cynthia Braun singing holiday songs while students in the audience at times sang along while awaiting … Continue reading