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Disparity in four-year graduation rate exists within the Cleveland schools

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2016) In January, Ohio Department of Education released four-year graduation rates for students in the Class of 2014 who started ninth grade in 2011 and graduated by 2014. While the Cleveland Metropolitan School District increased its overall graduation rate there remains a big gap between the district’s top six … Continue reading

Fiesta de Reyes commemorates visit of Three Kings to Bethlehem with gifts for children

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Friday, January 8, 2016; Fiesta de Reyes (Three Kings Day Celebration), Hispanic Youth Center, 3115 Scranton Road: Mother Mary, portrayed by Tatiana Garcia, age 16, cradles the Christ child while the three kings present their gifts. Plain Press, February 2016) On January 8th, children and their families packed into the Hispanic … Continue reading

To participate in our democracy – make sure you are registered to vote

(Plain Press, February 2016) This year promises to be an important and exciting year for those voting in local, state and national elections. American citizens, age 18 and older are eligible to vote in elections, but must first register to vote. To vote in Cuyahoga County, you must be a resident of the county for … Continue reading


  A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side. ARTS AND CRAFTS 29TH ANNUAL CLIFTON ARTS & MUSICFEST APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE. Cudell Inc. is presenting the Festival on Saturday, June 18th from 10 am – 6 on Clifton Boulevard. Go to to find the 2016 artist application. Acoustic musicians … Continue reading

Cudell Improvement members celebrate at 41st annual meeting

(Plain Press, February 2016) A hundred and twenty-five people gathered at the Brennan Party Center on Triskett Road on January 16th to celebrate Cudell Improvement’s 41st Annual Meeting. The meeting featured a retirement celebration as well as a number of award presentations. Those in attendance took the opportunity to offer their best wishes to Jan … Continue reading

Practical Money Matters:   Take a Close Look at Social Security in 2016

by Nathaniel Sillin (Plain Press, February 2016) If you’re not close to retirement age, it’s easy to ignore what Social Security is doing. However, some significant announcements late last year make now a very good time to pay attention. What follows is a summary of notable changes to Social Security at the start of 2016 … Continue reading

CMSD Families can explore school choices online at new school portal

(Plain Press, February 2016) CMSD also has set up a new school choice portal. The portal will: allow new families to log in and make a choice. In the past, families who were new to the District had to register students in person. include an interactive map that shows schools and proximity to students’ homes. list … Continue reading

Cleveland native earns Senior Sailor of the Year serving at Naval Air Force Atlantic

by Mr. Rick Burke, Navy Office of Community Outreach (Plain Press, February 2016) Petty Officer 1st Class Jasmine Fletcher from Cleveland, Ohio, serving with Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic (CNAL), earned Senior Sailor of the Year for 2015. Fletcher is an alumni of Max Hayes High School on the Near West Side of Cleveland. The … Continue reading

Self Defense Corner

by D. L. White (Plain Press, February 2016) Open up a newspaper, or your search engine, and the news is laced with violence and destruction. Walking into a restaurant, school, or waking up can make anyone apprehensive about the days’ events. What can be done about your day to day safety? Guns, stun guns, mace, … Continue reading

Annual Gymnastics Winter Exhibition