Peace, goodwill and a Happy New Year from the Plain Press

(Plain Press, January 2018)                      As we enter a new year, the generosity, goodwill and welcoming nature of the Cleveland community is evident throughout this issue of the Plain Press as reflected in the photos and articles.

Some of Cleveland’s newest residents, refugees from troubled parts of the world, joined with Neighborhood Family Practice staff in a cultural festival, inviting the community to sample foods from around the world. Neighborhood Family Practice staff worked with resettlement agencies such as Catholic Charities to make this special event possible.

On a cold day, young Clevelanders from the Salvation Army Ohio City Preschool on Clark Avenue bundled up to join with adult staff members to ring the bell in front of Dave’s Supermarket on Ridge Road to raise money for victims in Puerto Rico suffering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

Children, teachers and the principal from Louisa May Alcott Elementary School gave of their time in the evening after school to entertain guests with the performance of the Louisa May Alcott Singers at a neighborhood Christmas Party hosted by the Cannon, LoPresti & Catavolos Funeral Home.

Kudos to Lindsey Cannon, Don LoPresti and George Catavolos for hosting the party and open house at their funeral home at 11210 Detroit Avenue. In addition to the singing by the students from Louisa May Alcott the party featured sandwiches, hors d’oeuvres, and homemade cookies. George Catavolos, who grew up on the neighborhood where he now is partner in the funeral home, arranged with the owners of the former St. Rose Church and School to light the church tower for the first time in over 10 years.

Those passing down Detroit Avenue at night by St. Rose will now be treated with a lighted tower, a beacon in the night sky, thanks to the generosity of Accel Schools, the owners of the former St. Rose property and administrators of the Hope Academy Northwest Charter School in the former St. Rose School building.

The Westown community raised funds to host its annual Winter Frolic providing free ice skate rentals, Santa, gifts and refreshments at Halloran Skating Rink.

The St. Wendelin’s Parish Hall was packed with children and their families at Christmas Party hosted by the Cleveland Police Foundation. City of Cleveland Police officers, Police Foundation staff and City of Cleveland Community Relations Board staff all had a hand in organizing and promoting the event. A local business, Skylight Financial, which sits atop the tower of the United Building at W. 25th and Lorain Avenue, solicited donations of many of the presents for the children through Skylight Foundation’s Annual Toy Drive.

Thanks to many generous donations, The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland will not only be able to have a new home at 6705 Detroit Avenue, but will also have a large endowment that will enable it to continue to offer support and advocacy to the LGBTQ community throughout the region.

In the spirit of being a welcoming community, Clevelanders have gathered several times this past year at Market Square Park to protest the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and urge the United States Congress to do the right thing and grant permanent resident status to Dreamers — people who came to the United States as children. In photos in this issue Clevelanders show their support for Dreamers.

People throughout Greater Cleveland came out to support the work of Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice at their annual Holiday Peace Festival and Bazaar at Pilgrim Church in the Tremont neighborhood.

The Plain Press wishes all our readers a Happy New Year, peace and goodwill to all.

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