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January 2017 Plain Press – PDF


Brothers Produce at the West Side Market

Proposal for new policies for police crisis intervention teams revealed

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, January 2017) The City of Cleveland proposed policies for its Crisis Intervention Teams Program were revealed at a Community Forum on December 13 at Urban Community School at 4909 Lorain Avenue. In addition to reviewing drafts of the new policy, residents and stakeholders were given the opportunity to make suggestions … Continue reading

Wintertide at Gordon Square

Clark and Newton D. Baker schools honored for academic growth

(Plain Press, January 2017) CMSD NEWS BUREAU Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Clark School, at 5550 Clark Avenue, and the Newton D. Baker School of the Arts, at 3690 W. 159th Street, have received state awards for exceeding expectations in student academic growth. The State Board of Education presents the Momentum Awards annually to schools that … Continue reading

Variety Theater rehab is key to fate of Lorain Avenue Master Plan in Jefferson neighborhood

by Nathan Purdom (Plain Press, January 2017)          The beautiful marquee of the Variety Theater, recently lit up for the first time in years, is visible evidence of a brighter future for the Lorain Avenue neighborhood at West 118th Street. Earlier generations of neighborhood residents, who visited the Variety in its heyday, saw vaudeville acts, Sunday … Continue reading


  A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side. ARTS AND CULTURE BLACK AND BLUE SIDE BY SIDE, an art show with powerful images of African-American men standing with Cleveland Police officers. This ongoing project has been working since August 2016 to build better relationships between groups. Located … Continue reading

Long time West Side Market merchant Terry Leu of Rolston Poultry heads into retirement

(Plain Press, January 2017)          Regular West Side Market shoppers and market stand workers will surely miss the smiling face, ready conversation, and quick wit of Terry Leu. After 24 years of running the Rolston Poultry stand at the West Side Market, Terry Leu has decided to retire. Leu says he has done well as a … Continue reading

Cheerio Building rehab adds retail space and apartments to Gordon Square area

by Adam Scraga (Plain Press, January 2017) The building was in disarray, layers of trash covered the floors, and homeless people came and went. It was more than 100 years old and most people would have torn the building down, but Howard Grandon is not most people. Grandon is the owner of the building at … Continue reading

25th Street Lofts rehabilitation adds 83 apartments and commercial space on Church Avenue between W. 25th and W. 28th

1951 PHOTO FROM THE CLEVELAND NEWS 1951 photo of the Odd Fellows Building on the Southwest Corner of W. 25th and Church Avenue (1504-1512 W. 25th Street.) The Odd Fellows Building, built in 1873, and designed by Cudell and Richardson. Its original address was 315-321 Pearl Road. This photo found in the Cleveland Public Library’s … Continue reading