The Neighborhood News

The Neighborhood News
92nd YEAR NO. 23
Summit is Sat.
PHONE: (216) 441-2141 • EMAIL: [email protected]
Slavic Village Development's annual Broadway Slavic Village Neighborhood Summit will be held this
Saturday, March 21, from 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. at Bohemian National
Hall, 4939 Broadway Ave.
Police were called to the area of East 141st St. and Broadway Ave. that
morning, around 1:30 a.m., and spoke to a man who said he was leaving
a friend's house and saw Primm sitting in his car across the street. He
reported that he approached Primm, and Primm pulled out a handgun
questioning why he had his hands in his pockets.
The man said he then ran back to his vehicle and watched Primm reverse
his car, strike another vehicle parked in the street, and flee the area.
A short time later, around 3 a.m., a neighbor in the area called police
and said Primm was back in the neighborhood. Police reportedly arrived
and saw Primm sitting in his car parked on Broadway. Police said they
watched Primm exit his vehicle, go into his residence in the 14000 block
of Broadway, which he shares with his mother and brother, and come
back out a short time later and get in his car and leave.
Prior to the summit will be
ribboncutting ceremonies for the
new Broadway Arch and a special
performance by the Cleveland Orchestra just before lunch. Summit
keynote speaker will be Fred Geis,
CEO of Geis Companies.
Contact Susan Gordon at Slavic
Village Development, 216-4291182,
[email protected] with questions.
Congratulations to the Garfield Heights High School boys varsity basketball team on winning their
district title this past weekend against East Tech, 72-60. They will now advance to the "Sweet 16"
for the entire state of Ohio. Coach Sonny Johnson's team has won the NOC conference title,
sectional title and district title. Their next game is in the regional semifinals at the CSU Wolstein
Center vs. Uniontown Lake this Wednesday, March 18, at 8 p.m. If they win Wednesday they will
play in the regional finals on Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m. with a trip to the state's "Final 4" on the
line. Go Bulldogs!
Cleveland Orchestra kicks off 3 months
Redskins lose of S.V. neighborhood performances Saturday
For the second straight season,
the Cuyahoga Heights High
School girls basketball team fell
one point short of the state final
four, losing 29-28 to Berlin Hiland
in the Massillon regional final
Saturday night at Massillon Perry.
Last year the Redskins fell, 2221, to Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans
at Perry.
The Redskins defeated Berlin
Center Western Reserve on
Wednesday, March 11, 13-28 to
advance to last Saturday's regional
Good Friday
Procession in
Garfield Hts.
The Cleveland Orchestra at Home
in Broadway Slavic Village kicks off
its 3rd annual residency program
this Saturday, March 21, at noon at
the Broadway Slavic Village Neighborhood Summit at Bohemian National Hall, 4939 Broadway Ave.,
featuring a musical ensemble performing at the opening of the event.
The Neighborhood Summit is an
annual event that brings dedicated
community stakeholders together
to celebrate the accomplishments
and hard work of neighborhood
residents and organizations.
A central highlight of the
orchestra's Slavic Village residency
will be a free community concert at
Our Lady of Lourdes Church on
Friday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m.
open bowling from noon to 2 p.m. ists creating a temporary art exhibit
After bowling there will be a perfor- using vacant homes.
mance by a Cleveland Orchestra
chamber ensemble from 2 to 3 p.m. The event also includes a neighborhood block party, hands-on art
The Cleveland Orchestra Cham- activities and local food.
ber Chorus, under the direction of
Robert Porco, Cleveland Orchestra Performances of the orchestra’s
director of choruses, combines forces popular “Musical Rainbow” prowith the Elizabeth Baptist Church grams, introducing children ages
Choir in a Choral Celebration per- 3-6 to a musical instrument, takes
formance on Sunday, April 26, at place Monday, April 20, at Warner
noon following the Sunday worship Girls Leadership Academy at 9:30
service at the church, 6114 Francis a.m., on Wednesday, May 20, at
noon and Saturday, May 23, at 11
a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes
On Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m., the Church, and at St. Stanislaus Church
orchestra will perform a free Family on Friday, May 22, at 11 a.m. These
Concert for the community at the performances last about 30 minutes
Broadway Boys & Girls Club, 6114 and are free and open to the public;
Broadway Ave. Pre-concert activi- no tickets are required.
ties begin at 6 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra is also
Free tickets for the concert will be participating in community service
distributed at the Broadway Boys & events throughout Slavic Village
Girls Club on Friday, April 17, over the course of the residency.
from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., at UniverMusicians and staff are volunteersity Settlement, 4800 Broadway Ave.,
at the John Paul II Ozanam
on April 17 during school hours,
and at Broadway School of Music & Center, located at Holy Name
the Arts, 5415 Broadway Ave., on Church. At concerts in January as
Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 part of the Orchestras Feeding
America campaign, the orchestra
collected more than 600 pounds of
On Sunday, May 3, at 11:30 a.m., food that was delivered to Ozanam
a Cleveland Orchestra ensemble and distributed to local families.
will perform at Seven Roses Restaurant as part of the Polish Constitu- In partnership with MetroHealth,
Cleveland Orchestra musicians will
tion Day Parade activities.
give a pop-up performance for paOn May 16 and 17, ensembles tients and families in the waiting
from The Cleveland Orchestra will room at the Broadway Health Cengive a pop-up performances at ter location. Members of The Cleve“Rooms to Let,” an annual neigh- land Orchestra are being featured
borhood art walk that highlights
in a benefit chamber music concert
the community investment in the
for the Broadway School of Music &
local housing market with local artthe Arts on Friday, May 1, at the
Polish-American Cultural Center.
The concert, under the direction
of James Feddeck, includes musical selections by Wagner and
Tchaikovsky, Smetana’s "The
Moldau," and Rossini’s "Introduction and Variations for Clarinet and
Orchestra" featuring Cleveland OrJoin members of area churches, chestra assistant principal clarinet
businesses and faith institutions for Daniel McKelway as soloist.
the 15th annual Procession of the
Free tickets for the Our Lady of
Cross in Garfield Heights on Good Lourdes concert will be available
Friday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to starting this Saturday at the Summit
noon, sponsored by the Garfield as well as the following locations in
Heights Christian Unity Council. Slavic Village: Becker's Donuts,
The walk will begin and conclude Supermarket Bi-Rite, R&K Sausage,
at the Garfield Heights Civic Cen- Red Chimney and Seven Roses Deli.
ter, 5407 Turney Rd., where ample
On Sunday, April 19, the orchesparking will be available.
tra will join the “Sunday Funday” at
As in past years, the walk will be on The Nash – The Slovenian Nalevel terrain and will have a police tional Hall, 3563 E. 80 St., for a day
escort to ensure public safety from of family activities and bowling.
traffic when crossing the street. Families are welcome to join the
Those who are unable to walk the
route may also use the shuttle service provided by Jennings Center
for Older Adults, or may follow The Cleveland Division of Police is currently investigating an officeralong in their car.
involved shooting which occurred Tuesday, March 10, around 11:45
Light refreshments will be served p.m., according to Cleveland Public Information Officer Sgt. Ali Pillow.
in the Civic Center following the Pillow said a woman came to the police station around 11:30 p.m. that
evening and told police her husband was in their upstairs apartment at
6902 Ottawa Rd., Cleveland, threatening her and the downstairs resident. The woman stated that the man was armed.
Police kill suspect on Ottawa Ave.
Talk on Slovakia
Cleveland-Bratislava Sister Cities,
Inc. (CBSC), an American-Slovak
cultural organization, will present
former CBSC president Joe Klucho
speaking on "My Experiences Visiting and Teaching in Slovakia" on
Monday, April 13, after a short
meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Garfield
Heights Branch Library, 5409
Turney Rd.
Police were dispatched and entered the home, then proceeded up the
rear stairs and into a hallway to find the male reported to be threatening.
According to Pillow, the suspect came out of the upstairs unit and went
into the hallway where officers were standing and fired two rounds from
a .45 caliber handgun at the officers. One of the rounds struck an officer
in the chest area of his bulletproof vest, according to Pillow.
The officers then retreated to the downstairs unit. The suspect also
walked down the steps with the weapon in his hand yelling at officers to
shoot him, according to Pillow. Officers pleaded with the suspect to put
the weapon down, and after ignoring several commands and pleas from
Klucho has made 11 trips to officers to drop his weapon, Pillow said the suspect again raised the
Slovakia and spent a year teaching weapon in the direction of the officers.
English at the Akademia At that time, Pillow said four officers fired their weapons at the suspect.
Vzdelavania in Puchov, Slovakia. A total of five rounds were fired by police officers. The suspect was struck
He will speak about his experiences by the gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene, Pillow said. The man
and adventures during his trips to was identified as Theodore Johnson, 64, according to published reports.
Slovakia, where his parents are from.
There is no charge for attendance The officer who was struck by gunfire was conveyed to MetroHealth
Medical Center where he was treated and released.
and all are welcome.
For more information about the "The Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation
meeting or Cleveland-Bratislava Team responded to the scene as they do for all police officer involved
Sister Cities and its programs, call shootings," said Pillow.
Cleveland man shot to death;
Garfield police arrest suspect
Tony Primm, 30, of Garfield Heights, was arrested in the murder of
Clifford Cunnard, 58, of Cleveland, on Broadway Avenue last Saturday
in the early morning hours, according to Garfield Heights police reports.
The theme this year is “Historic
Foundations: Building Blocks for
the Future.” Summit speakers and
topics will highlight the great developments, current and historic,
that make Slavic Village a dynamic,
active and vibrant community.
In addition to the keynote speaker,
world-class entertainment and a free
lunch, neighborhood residents who
go above and beyond for their community on a regular basis will receive awards.
A loaded .45 caliber handgun was recovered at the scene. An assistant
Cuyahoga County prosecutor and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's
Office also responded to the scene.
"The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on a three-day
administrative leave, which is protocol for officers involved in use of
deadly force incidents," concluded Pillow.
Officers said they followed Primm and attempted to stop his car on
Broadway near McCracken, when he fled eastbound into Maple Heights.
After a short pursuit, police decided to call off the chase due to increasing
Police learned Primm had crashed his car into a house in the 13600
block of Granger Road in Garfield Heights a short time later, according
to the report. As police arrived, Primm exited his vehicle and fired several
rounds from a 9mm rifle towards officers, according to the report. Police
returned fire and Primm surrendered. No one was injured during the
While being arrested, police said Primm continuously said he was sorry
for having shot the man in his house on Broadway. Police went back to
the home and found Cunnard in a first floor bedroom with apparent
gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Garfield
Heights Fire Department paramedics.
Police took Primm's mother and brother who were inside the house in
for questioning.
Primm is being held for the investigation of aggravated murder and two
counts of attempted murder of a police officer.
While at City Jail, detectives told Primm they needed to collect his
clothing and belongings as evidence, and said they noticed blood on his
shirt and pants. The items were forwarded to the Detective Bureau for
further investigation.
Cutbacks continue in Maple Hts.
as director reports on 2015 budget
By Judith Goldsworth
Maple Heights Finance Director
Irene Crowell gave city officials an
overview of the proposed 2015 budget, which includes continuing cutbacks in city departments and services, at a special council meeting
held last Wednesday, March 11.
She said that according to estimated figures this year, total dollars
available to the city would be about
$19 million, and total appropriations about $17.5 million, with a
$1.5 million fund balance to include special funds.
"The goal is to stay out of deficit,"
The budget ordinance, the first to
be prepared since Maple Heights
However, she added, "It is a budwas declared to be in a state of fiscal get and it is a plan, and we won't
emergency by State Auditor Dave know until the year is over if all of
Yost last month, is on first reading. these dollars came in."
It will be on the agenda again at the
Crowell said that once the city
regular council meeting to be held
joined the Southeast Emergency
tonight, March 18, at 7 p.m., CounCommunications Center, which will
cil President Jackie Albers stated.
serve Maple Heights in addition to
If not passed tonight, council will other southeast area communities,
have to hold additional meetings it is hoped money will be saved on
later this month in order to pass the dispatcher salaries for the second
ordinance in time for the Tuesday, half of 2015.
March 31 filing deadline with
There are no appropriations for
Cuyahoga County.
the Recreation Department in the
Albers said city officials were still budget, she noted. If no changes
reviewing the proposed budget, with are made before the legislation
expenditures of about $17.5 mil- passes, this could mean no municilion. "I think council will need a pal pool, athletic fields or pavilions
little bit of time to look this over will be open this year.
and we will come back and base our
Crowell encouraged council memdeterminations on all these facts
bers to review the budget and conThe Cleveland Orchestra intro- and figures," she said.
tact her with any questions they
duced its “At Home” neighborCrowell
might have.
hood residencies in May 2013 in
the Gordon Square community of prepared for this year amounted to Salary reduction on
Cleveland. The 2nd annual resi- an overall view of where the city is
financially and what funds are avail- second reading
dency was held in Lakewood.
able. For example, she said, the
Placed on second reading at last
The goals of the neighborhood revenue from traffic cameras, which
residencies are to bring increased were in operation for a few months week's meeting was an ordinance,
visibility and vibrancy to greater last year before voters shut them sponsored by Councilman Bill
Cleveland’s neighborhoods, build down, totaled a little over $1 mil- Brownlee, to reduce the salaries of
the mayor, council president and
community through arts and cul- lion in 2014.
ture in tandem with local partners
all seven council members, effective
However, there are still outstand- with the new terms of January 1,
and offer more people the opportunity to engage with the music and ing fines estimated to be about 2016.
the musicians of The Cleveland $112,000 which could be collected
The ordinance proposes to cut the
in 2015, Crowell said.
mayor's annual salary from $80,000
to $75,000, the council president's
from $15,000 to $9,000, and all
council members from $12,000 to
The Cleveland Public Library's Fleet branch, 7224 Broadway Ave. in $9,000 each.
Slavic Village, will host "Read Across Broadway-Slavic Village Day" on
If passed at a future meeting, the
Thursday, March 19, from 3 to 5 p.m., with a magical mashup of reductions could save the city about
amusement and books!
$37,000 annually, which would help
The event will feature Daoud Puppeteering and puppeteering history; to further reduce the city's deficit,
"Twista Girl" with balloon twisting; story time by Donna Willingham, Brownlee has stated.
manager of the Hough Branch Library; arts and crafts by Lan Gao,
Zoning changes approved
Children's Librarian at the Fleet Branch; a #Selfie booth; and a limited
At last week's meeting, council
quantity of after school healthy snacks for parents and children.
approved an ordinance to amend
The event is a collaboration between the library and the Reach Out and
the city's zoning map, to change the
Read Plus program at MetroHealth Broadway Health Center.
zoning districts in the city, upon
As a bonus activity, staff will be on hand to register children for the recommendation of the PlanCleveland Metropolitan School District's pre-kindergarten and kinder- ning and Zoning Commission. This
will increase the potential for stores
garten classes for next school year.
and services in the city, officials
For information or to reserve a spot at this free event, call the library stated.
at 216-623-6962.
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'Read Across Broadway-Slavic Village'
Wednesday, March 18
Ward 12 Dems Meet
The Ward 12 Democratic Club
will meet Wednesday, March 18,
at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Post 13 on
Fleet Ave. Refreshments will be
Friday, March 20
Mobile Food Pantry
THS Night At The Races
Trinity High School, 12425
Granger Rd., Garfield Hts., will
host its 2nd annual Night at the
Races this Friday, March 20, at
6:30 p.m. Cost, $25, includes
Lenten dinner, beer, wine and soft
drinks. Horses available for $20
each; cash prizes for race winners.
Also enjoy sideboards, raffles and
other activities. Proceeds to benefit the school's retreat program.
Tickets, 216-581-1644, ext. 3018.
The monthly Mobile Food Pantry will be open to the public in the
Saturday, March 21
parking lot of the former Broadway United Methodist Church,
St. Monica Family Expo
5246 Broadway Ave., on Friday,
March 20, from 3-5 p.m. Proof of
The St. Monica Parish Family
address and ID are required.
Expo will be held Saturday, March
21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St.
St. Andrew Fish Fry
Monica Campus, 13623 Rockside
Fish Fry Dinners will be served at Rd., Garfield Hts. Families and
St. Andrew Church on Maple Park older adults will receive helpful
Dr. in Maple Hts. on Friday, March information, speak with experts
20, from 4-7 p.m. Take outs avail- from community resources, find
able. 216-475-9365.
free health screenings and enjoy
calling 216-662-2277, mailbox #2. erage. Cost for adults, $6.50; chilThe Isabella Guild will also sell dren, $3.50; tickets available at
homemade bakery.
the door. Proceeds to benefit the
parish's St. Vincent DePaul SociThur. & Fri., March 26, 27 ety to assist with the needy in Slavic
snacks! Fun for kids and helpful
Italy and Lourdes
THS Spring Musical
for all ages. Open to the public.
Wed. & Thur., April 1, 2
Join Fr. Joseph Callahan, spiritual
Sponsored by Jennings Center for Trinity High School, 12425
director at Our Lady of Lourdes
Older Adults and The Learning Granger Rd., Garfield Hts., will
Senior Center Bake Sale
present its spring musical, "PipParish, in a pilgrimage to Italy and
Circle. 216-662-8685.
The Garfield Hts. Senior Center Lourdes from June 15 through June
pin," on Thursday and Friday,
Neighborhood Summit
March 26 and 27, at 7 p.m. in the will host a Bake Sale in the front 26. Visit Rome, Tuscany, Assisi,
Broadway-Slavic Village Neigh- school gymnasium. General ad- lobby of the Civic Center, 5407 Venice and Lourdes. The cost is
borhood Summit will present "His- mission, $8, purchase at the door. Turney Rd., on Wednesday and $3999, includes airfare and all-intoric Foundations: Building Blocks Contact Mrs. Jennifer Cochran, Thursday, April 1 and 2, from clusive trip. For more information
for the Future" on Saturday, March director, at 216-581-1644, ext. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Trista, 216- visit or call
21, at Bohemian National Hall, 5008 with questions.
4939 Broadway Ave. Special perFriday, March 27
formance by members of the Cleveland Orchestra; complimentary
Shroud Of Turin Program
After meeting in the Cinemark Theatre in Valley View for over eight
lunch at noon. Summit with guest
presentation on The Shroud of years, Momentum Christian Church has decided to change locations.
speaker Fred Geis, CEO, Geis
Companies, will begin at 12:30 Turin will be given by David M. This Sunday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m., it will host its first church service
p.m. The Gateway Arch Onysko, Shroud expert for over at Maple Leaf Elementary School, 5764 Turney Rd. in Garfield
ribboncutting will be held prior to 30 years, on Friday, March 27, in Heights.
the event at 11:15 a.m. at E. 49 St. the Church of St. Rita's St. Mark
“We’re crazy-excited about this move to Maple Leaf," said Dan Smith,
Chapel Hall, 32820 Baldwin Rd.,
and Broadway Ave.
Solon, from 10 a.m. to noon. Lunch Momentum's lead minister and a Garfield Heights resident. "We’re a
available after the seminar, $10; church that tries to serve people the way Jesus did. For the last decade,
Sunday, March 22
RSVP required by calling 440-248- due to the lack of residents around Cinemark, we’ve been serving a lot
Breakfast With Easter Bunny
1350. See life-size images of the of people in the Garfield community. This move just makes sense. We
The Post #627 American Legion artifact and hear evidence of its can’t wait to be more of a blessing to this city.”
Ladies Auxiliary, 3935 E. 42 St., authenticity. The presentation will
James Fruits, another resident of Garfield Heights, is Momentum’s
Newburgh Hts., will host Break- also be given in the evening, from creative arts minister and was recognized as the 2012 Distinguished
fast with the Easter Bunny on Sun- 7-9 p.m., at Faith United Method- Citizen of the Year by the Garfield Heights Chamber of Commerce.
day, March 22, serving from 9 a.m. ist Church, 2560 Post Rd.,
Smith, Fruits and the Momentum Band have been doing free nonto 1 p.m. Breakfast includes French Twinsburg. Both presentations are
public school assemblies at William Foster Elementary for
toast, eggs, sausage and beverage. free. 330-425-7481.
several years and recently started providing assemblies for Elmwood
Adults, $5; children, $3. Pictures
Saturday, March 28
Elementary and Maple Leaf Elementary.
with the Easter Bunny, $2.
Jody Saxton, Maple Leaf principal, describes one of these assemblies
Indy School Resale Event
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
in the Garfield schools by saying, “Mr. Smith volunteered his band to
The Independence Primary come and do a school-wide presentation all around literacy and
The Kiwanis Club of IndepenSchool
PTO will host a Spring Kids reading. The program was awesome! We had our entire student body
dence will hold its annual Pancake
on Saturday, March 28, at of over 550 kids in the gym totally engaged with the music and
Breakfast on Sunday, March 22, in
Middle School, entertainment. The program promoted reading and had the kids
the Independence Middle School
cafeteria, 6111 Archwood Rd., 6111 Archwood Rd., from 8 a.m. to laughing and singing.”
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets for noon. Early bird sale begins at 8
As far as Sunday services go, Momentum is not your typical traditional
adults, $7; children 12 and under, a.m. with $5 admission.; general
$4; purchase from any Kiwanis mem- sale, 9 a.m., with $1 admission. Items church. A full band leads worship, a painter sometimes paints while the
ber or at the door. Menu includes include children's clothes, baby gear, preacher is talking, and the atmosphere is very upbeat. Their “creative
regular, blueberry or chocolate chip car seats, stroller, toys, books, games, team” sometimes produces original comedy videos to set up their
pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. etc. Contact [email protected] sermons.
with questions or to reserve a table
“Jesus’ primary passion was to reach those who were disconnected
by March 19.
God," said Smith. "That’s our passion, too. If you aren’t regularly
GHHS Bowling Fundraiser
of another church, we’d love to have you check out Mo."
Palm Saturday Event
A fundraiser for the Garfield Hts.
High School bowling team will be The Lutheran Church of the Covheld Sunday, March 22, from 1-4 enant, 19000 Libby Rd., Maple
p.m. at Cloverleaf Lanes, 5619 Hts., will present its 5th annual
Brecksville Rd., Independence. Palm Saturday Event, for children
Cost for adults, $10; children 10 ages three years through eighth
and under, $7; includes three hours grade, on Saturday, March 28, beMarymount Place in Garfield continued. "It’s also about our resiof mixed couples bowling, shoes, ginning at 9:30 a.m. The day will
received a perfect score dents and their families. They are
snacks and pop. Raffle baskets and include storytelling, crafts and an
Ohio Department of an important part of the team.”
50/50 drawing. Call Jenn Newrones Easter egg hunt. Lunch will be
for tickets, 216-624-8802.
Matthews noted that the ODH
provided. Space is limited to the Health's annual survey in January,
first 40 children to enroll. The based on the hard work and dedi- examiner was extremely impressed
Wednesday, March 25
event is free and open to members cation of the administration, nurs- with the staff and residents and
of the community. 216-662-0370. ing staff and caregivers, dietary their comments about the facility.
K Of C Dinner
department and environmental
“She said Marymount Place is a
Sunday, March 29
Chicken paprikash and dumpservices.
lovely community," Mathews said.
lings, with vegetables, salad and
Easter Breakfast
“We’ve had perfect scores berolls will be served at the Knights
so it’s always a goal to work for
of Columbus Club 4130, 10806 St. John Nepomucene Parish,
Granger Rd., Garfield Hts., on 3785 Independence Rd., Cleve- them,” said Marymount Place AdWednesday, March 25, from 4-7 land, will hold its annual Easter ministrator Peggy Mathews.
p.m. Cost for adults, $9; children Breakfast on Sunday, March 29,
“This score reflects the true team
under 12, $7. Reservations re- from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Menu: French aspect of Marymount Place," she
quired by Sunday, March 22, by toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, bev-
Momentum Church moves to G.H.
Marymount Place receives
perfect annual survey score
Reed to give
'State of the
Ward' tomorrow
G.H. Youth
Theatre presents
Sondheim musical
Cleveland's Ward 2 Councilman
Zack Reed will give his "State of
the Ward" address on Thursday,
March 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at
Bethany Christian Church, 3940
Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., CleveThe Garfield Heights Youth The- land.
atre will perform "Into the Woods Councilman Reed will discuss
Jr." this Saturday, March 21, at 7 current safety and economic dep.m., and Sunday, March 22, at 2 velopment in Ward 2 and inform
p.m., at the Garfield Heights Per- residents of the many positive
forming Arts Center, 4900 Turney things to come. A question and
answer session will follow the adRd.
Tickets for the performances,
with music and lyrics by Stephen All residents, businesses and
Sondheim, can be purchased at churches are encouraged to attend.
the door and are $10 for adults, $5 For more information, call the
for students and $7 for seniors 65 office of Councilman Zack Reed at
and older.
Bedford Historical Society to host annual Open House
The Bedford Historical Society
will host its annual Spring Open
House on Sunday, April 12, from
2 to 5 p.m., at the Town Hall
Museum, 30 South Park St., on
Public Square in Bedford.
Attendees can view the new exhibit, "Through the Lens of the
Camera - People, Places and
Events," which features photos
from the Bedford Historical Society archives, including photos from
professional photographers, amateur photographers, early da-
Block watch
The Cranwood Ward Club will
meet Tuesday, March 24, at 7
p.m. at the Garfield Heights Civic
Center, 5407 Turney Rd.
Cutbacks continue
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guerreotypes, tin types, and its
collection of family albums. Also
on exhibit will be the museum's
extensive collection of cameras and
photographic equipment.
A group photo of those in attendance will be taken at the event.
Admission and parking is free. Refreshments will be served in the
Letters to the Editor
Religious freedom in America –
will it continue?
Holy Name
Holy Name Church, 8328 Broadway Ave., will hold its Fish Fry
dinners on Fridays only, now
through Good Friday, April 3, from
11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Haren
In recent years this basic freedom has been under attack by our Hall. Basic fish fry dinner, $8.50.
government. One leader of our government bragged in one of his Other dinners also available. For
carry-outs call 216-271-9002.
speeches that ”America is no longer a Christian nation."
One of the basic freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the
Constitution is “Freedom of Religion.” The ability to follow one’s
conscience according to one’s religious beliefs is not only an American
right, it is also guaranteed by God.
children's dinner, $4.50. Desserts in the Wednesday, April 1 issue in
and takeouts also available. No preparation for Easter Sunday.
call ahead needed. 216-702-5024. The information should include
the name and address of the church
St. Monica
and its services for Holy Thursday
St. Monica's Meal Ministry will through Easter Sunday, along with
sponsor Lenten Fish Frys on Fri- a contact phone number.
days, March 20 and 27, serving
from 4-7 p.m. in the school cafete- Church listings can be emailed
ria, 13633 Rockside Rd. in Garfield to [email protected], faxed to
Heights. Prices range from $5 to 216-441-0058, or sent by mail to
$9. All items available a la carte, The Neighborhood News, 8613
eat-in or carryout. Handicapped Garfield Blvd., Garfield Heights,
accessible. 216-662-8685.
Please submit information by MonSs. Peter & Paul
day, March 30, at 5 p.m.
Ss. Peter & Paul Church will serve
Lenten dinners on Fridays, March
20 and 27, from 5-8 p.m. in the
parish activity center, 4750 Turney
Rd. in Garfield Heights (access off A nonperishable Food Pantry will
Dorothy Ave.) Dinners cost $5 to be open every Sunday from 12:30$10. A la carte, takeout or eat in 1:30 p.m. at Community Friends
Church, 4509 Warner Rd. in Cleveavailable. 216-429-1515.
land. Each person is permitted to
come once per month. A current
photo ID is required. The pantry
will be closed when there is a fifth
Sunday of the month.
Food Pantry
Holy Week
services wanted
The U.S. Supreme Court has recently ruled many times against Hope UMC
Christian symbols being used in public. Many schools and municipaliHope United Methodist Church,
ties are afraid to mention anything of a religious manner in their
79 Center Rd. in Bedford, will
activities. Even political parties are afraid to defend the rights of
serve its last meatless Lenten dinChristians to practice their religious beliefs.
The Neighborhood News is askners on Friday, March 20, from
Not only has our government been attacking our religious freedom, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Adult dinners are ing local churches to send in their
but also corporations and individuals have been doing the same. A few $8; senior and children dinners, Holy Week services to be printed
months ago in a large shopping mall near Atlanta, Georgia, a sign was $6. Takeout orders also available.
posted forbidding people to pray in public before they ate their meals 440-232-3131.
at the Food Court.
The special council meeting last
week was preceded by a Committee of the Whole meeting at which
several representatives of State Auditor Dave Yost's office went over
the state's fiscal emergency analyWe all have experienced our shopkeepers being forbidden to say
sis for Maple Heights.
"Merry Christmas" to their customers. Even atheists have set up public
Representatives explained plans signs saying: “It’s okay not to believe in God." It seems that the only
for the state to assist the city over persons who have freedom of religion in America are those who have
the next few years and help in its no religion.
financial recovery. Yost's office staff
In about four months the U.S. Supreme Court is going to rule on two
will compile an accounting report major issues that will affect the freedom of Catholics to practice their
which will examine all accounting religious beliefs. One issue centers on the HHS mandate about birth
areas of the city and make it cor- control and abortion which could force Catholic institutions to pay for
rect any deficiencies that show up immoral drugs.
in that report.
The other issue it will rule on will be gay marriage, which could force
As required by state law, a com- Catholics to condone and participate in this immoral practice. The
mission will be set up to formulate U.S. Supreme Court has an obligation to protect freedom of conscience
a recovery plan to get the city out for persons of all religions, but will it do so?
of fiscal emergency, and as clariWhat will happen to America if the core value of religious freedom is
fied by Law Director John
Montello, the city will have 120 taken away? Please pray that our government will change its attitude
days from the date of the first towards Christianity. Also please pray that freedom of conscience will
commission meeting to submit the continue for all persons. I am sure God will answer our prayers.
recovery plan, which will include a
Fr. Thomas Haren
five-year forecast on how to elimiPastor, St. Monica Church
nate the city's deficit.
Garfield Heights
Representatives explained that
the commission members will include a designee from the Office
of Budget and Management, who
will chair the commission, as well
as a designee from the Treasurer's
Office. The commission will also
include Mayor Jeffrey Lansky,
Council President Albers, as well
as three representatives from the
community, to be approved by
Governor John Kasich, who have
business and financial backgrounds and knowledge of revenue and budgets.
Yost's representatives said state
officials were not there to "take
over the administration" of the
city, but "to help guide you back to
solvency... they want you to succeed."
These area churches continue to
serve fish dinners and other meatless meals this Lenten season.
St. Michael
St. Michael's Holy Name Society
will serve Fish Frys during the
Fridays, March 20 and 27, in the
church hall located at 6540
Brecksville Rd. in Independence,
from 4-7 p.m. Dinners cost $8-$9;
By Amber Weisbarth
Attempted Auto Theft
A 25-year-old Tonsing Dr. resident told police she heard someone attempting to break into her
house through a window on March
15, about 10:40 p.m. The woman,
a valid CCW permit holder, said
she got her handgun and went to
the side door in an attempt to see
the suspects and saw two males
dressed in black, wearing ski
masks, standing by her car parked
in her driveway. She said she
watched one of the males throw a
large rock through the rear driver's
side window and shattered it. She
said she then fired one round from
her handgun and watched them
flee on foot through a backyard.
Police and the K9 Unit searched
for suspects with negative results.
As officers processed the scene,
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of the 13-year-old's mothers had Reckless Operation
been driving around the city looking for individuals who wanted to A 31-year-old Bedford resident
fight her daughter, according to reportedly drove his vehicle from
the I-480 westbound lanes near
the report.
the Valley View bridge, off the
Chief Sackett said the mother roadway, down an embankment
was at the scene yelling and curs- and into a ravine on Monday aftering and said that, "The woman's noon, about 1:20 p.m. Police said
tirade was directed at the officers, the car also struck a fence and
the participants in the fight, and at flipped over. Police said the car
times at no one in particular." She was traveling at 75 MPH in a 60
was issued a summons for disorMPH zone. Valley View police took
derly conduct.
the man to Marymount Hospital
The 13-year-olds were arrested for treatment. He was charged with
and disorderly conduct charges reckless operation.
are pending through the Youth
Bureau for all juveniles involved. Shots Fired
•A man called police on March
Police said another female, 15,
came on scene and caused more of 11, about 12:15 p.m., and said he
a disturbance while officers were was travelling northbound on East
trying to calm the situation. Her 131st St. at Cranwood Dr., and saw
a white Jeep in front of him stop
charges are also pending.
and open the passenger side door.
Officers said a mediation between He said a man standing at the
the two groups of girls and their corner of East 131st and Cranwood
ongoing dispute took place earlier
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3 bedroom up, $450 plus security.
Parking for one car. References required. No pets. (216) 641-9381.
Turney Rd./Cleveland. Large 2 bedroom up. Carpet, shower. Off street
parking. No pets. Verifiable income.
$450/month + security. (216) 3831441.
they found the spent shell casing Middle School and the parents were
and saw the bullet had struck the aware of the constant problems.
ground near her garage and went
Drug Activity
into the dirt.
Police received an anonymous
In the report, police said the
on March 12, about 10:15 a.m.,
woman was not issued a summons
for discharging the firearm be- about a suspicious SUV in the 9300
cause of her belief someone was block of Grand Division. Police
breaking into her home and be- arrived and found two males in the
cause she is a single mom, home SUV, and as officers approached
alone, with two small children. Po- them, the passenger got out of the
lice said the report has been for- car, saying he had a CCW permit
warded to the city prosecutor for and was carrying a firearm. As an
review and possible charges.
officer took the gun from the man's
pocket, he smelled of a strong odor
Criminal Damage
of marijuana. Another officer
A resident of East 113th St. called spoke to the driver, who also
police on March 10, about 7:10 smelled strongly of marijuana, and
p.m., when he saw a large group of both men were detained.
juveniles in the Elmwood ElemenOfficers searched the car and
tary School parking lot, and saw a
few of them jump onto a car, dam- found a plastic baggy of marijuana
aging the trunk, roof and hood. and a digital scale, commonly used
When police arrived, the juveniles to weigh the drug, in the front
fled in multiple directions. Police center console. Both men were
spoke to staff at St. John Church arrested and taken to City Jail.
nearby who said a large group of The passenger of the car, 21, of
juveniles had just been dismissed Cleveland, was held on no bond,
from the gym at their building. charged with carrying weapons
The staff said the group had been under disability, improper han"rowdy" and broke a foosball table dling of a firearm and drug paraprior to dismissal. The elemen- phernalia, and was issued a sumtary school may have security cammons for possession of marijuana.
era footage of the incident.
The driver, 19, also of Cleveland,
was issued a summons for drug
paraphernalia and possession of
Police were called to the Family
Dollar on Turney Rd. last Wednesday, about 2:50 p.m., due to a Property Found
large group of juveniles fighting
A resident of the 4600 block of
in the parking lot. Chief Robert
104th St. called police on
Sackett reported there were about
14, about 11:50 a.m., and
20 females at the scene.
said she noticed a handgun was
When police arrived they said laying in a tree lawn next door.
two of the females in the group, Police arrived, placed the loaded
both 13, were wearing dirt-cov- gun in a box and forwarded it to
ered, torn clothing, indicative of
the Detective Bureau for investibeing involved in a physical altercation. Officers learned that one gation.
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p.m., caring for your elderly family
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Helper needed: Digging, lifting,
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(216) 393-4270.
Person needed to run errands,
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Parmatown Mall area. (440) 4994151, leave message.
Plumbing, carpentry, painting, window ropes, locks and numerous home
repairs and improvements. References. Gary, (216) 441-4747.
in the 5900 block of Turney Rd.
Police arrived and made a perimeter around the home and found a
back window. Around the time of spent shell casing under the back
the incident, GHPD said a white window.
Jeep had been stolen from East 93rd Officers made numerous atSt. in Cleveland, and the Jeep had a tempts to contact someone inside
heart sticker on the back window. with negative results, and finally
Officers said they would give special made an announcement on a
attention to the area.
cruiser loudspeaker. Police said a
•A Littleton Rd. resident called teen then spoke through the front
police on March 13, about 5 p.m., door, claiming he was 17, home
and said he believed he heard a alone, and told police they could
gun shot come from a home nearby not come in. The teen gave police
Garfield Hts. police reports
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pulled out a long barrel revolver
and fired one shot into the vehicle.
He said the Jeep made a left turn
onto Beachwood Rd., and the man
with the gun fled on foot onto
South Parkway.
Police were unable to locate the
suspect or the vehicle. The witness
said the Jeep had a gray bottom
and may have had a sticker on the
his mother's cell phone number
upon request and said nothing
further. Police tried contacting the
woman with negative results. The
casing was tagged as evidence and
police were to follow up with the
Rec center news
The Garfield Heights Parks and
Recreation Department will offer
the following programs at the Dan
Kostel Recreation Center, 5411
Turney Rd.
The Spring Fitness Session will
begin Tuesday, March 31. Registrations will be taken through
March 30. Classes will be held at
Fire Station #1, located at the corner of Turney and McCracken rds.,
on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
taken through Tuesday, March 31.
The program is for any boy or girl
who will be 5-7 years old on or
before July 1, 2015. Birth certificates will be required at the time of
For information on fees, call 216T-ball registrations will also be 475-7272 and press zero.
more details or to register.
•Minecraft Challenge, Tuesday,
March 24, 6:30 p.m. Compete in a
Minecraft challenge or practice
playing Minecraft! Prizes, too!
other materials provided by the
The Southeast Branch of the
Cuyahoga County Public Library
is located in Bedford at 70 Columbus Rd. To register or for more
information, call 440-439-4997 or
•Shipwrecks of Lake Erie,
Thursday, March 19, 7-8:30 p.m.
Lake Erie has a long history of
military and commercial vessels
that have been lost on her waters.
Erie Wrecks will share wreck types
and their stories in chronological
order. Registration required.
•Tragedy of Mary Todd Lincoln, Saturday, March 21, 2-3:30
p.m. Paul Goebbel will tell the
story of Mary Todd from her childhood through the tragedies that
befell her and the nation. Registration required.
•Craftivism, Saturday, March 21,
2-3 p.m. This is a beginning sewing experience and the items made
will be donated to a local cause.
Children ages 8+, teens and adults
•Digital Literacy Basics, Monday and Tuesday, March 23 and
24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This two-day
course will cover digital essentials.
Topics include: physical parts of
computers, software basics, using
and accessing the internet, and
•Teen Stop-Motion Animation,
Monday, March 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Shoot and animate your own stopmotion films using Stop Motion
for iPad. With a signed parent
release, share your masterpiece
online! Space is limited.
•Monday Night Groovers– Infants and Toddlers, March 23,
6:45-7:30 p.m. Caregivers and
their little ones are invited for a
special program of music, dance,
and learning geared towards infants and toddlers. Siblings welcome!
•Pen 2 Page Writing Club, Saturday, March 21, 3-4:30 p.m. Do
you enjoy writing stories, poems
or song lyrics? This creative writing club will provide writing activities and exercises to help you
improve your skills and have fun
•KinderCraft, Wednesday,
sharing ideas. Registration reMarch 25, 10-11 a.m. Children
ages 3-5 will enjoy stories, music
•Bones Bot Day Challenge, activities, and a craft. Each week
Thursday, March 26, 7-8:30 p.m., features a new theme. Children
for kids ages 8–14. Program your must be accompanied by an adult
Robotix 2.0 robot to help Amy and caregiver.
Dan Cahill start their search for
the 39 Clues. Retrieve the almanac, save Saladin from the man- Wednesday, March 25, 7-8 p.m.
sion fire, solve the skulls puzzle Business Advisers of Cleveland will
along with other challenges you cover essential issues when conwill encounter in the 39 Clues se- sidering a new business. Topics
ries "Maze of Bones," by Rick include: evaluating your ideas, deRiordan. Parents must complete a termining what you need to earn,
photo release for students prior to risk factors in starting a new busithe program. Space is limited. ness, identify your competition,
Registration required.
and the importance of a business
The Garfield Heights Branch
Library is located at 5409 Turney
Rd. All programs require registration unless otherwise noted. To
register or for more information,
call 216-475-8178.
•Anime Club, Wednesday,
March 25, 7-8 p.m. Join this
monthly club and get together with
other fans to talk about your favorite characters and enjoy other fun
•Imagination Builders, Thursday, March 19, 6:45-7:45 p.m.
The Independence Library, 6361
Children ages 7-11 will use their Selig Dr., will offer the following
imagination while building using programs. Call 216-447-0160 or
Legos, Lincoln Logs, blocks, and visit for
•Play, Learn and Grow Workshop, Tuesday, March 24, 6:307:30 p.m., for children ages 1-3
with caregiver. A 60-minute program will offer opportunities for
children to play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play
group atmosphere and for parents to meet and question community experts in the areas of child
development, speech, language, nutrition, play, movement and music.
•App Creation 101, Wednesday,
March 25, 7 p.m. Learn all of the
steps it takes to create your own
app including: designing your own
app avatars, building your app with
your favorite websites, and testing
the finished product. Registration
•What's Up Wednesdays! March
is required and space is limited!
3:30-4 p.m., for teens in grades
Sign up for a personal email ac6-12.
Whether it's a Minute to Win
count before the program if you
or taking a trip to
do not currently have one.
Japan, or perhaps competing in a
Jenga contest, stop by to see "what's
up" at the library.
The Maple Heights Library is
The library will also offer the
located at 5225 Library Ln. To following program off-site at
register for any of the following Marymount
programs, call 216-475-5000.
Marymount Village Dr., Garfield
•Family Literacy Night: Help- Heights. Call the Maple Heights
ing Kids Manage Stress, Thurs- branch to register. •Women in
day, March 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. History: Margaret "Molly: Tobin
Everyone experiences stress - even Brown, Tuesday, March 24, 3:30
kids! Kids worry about friends, p.m. Actress Anne McEvoy will
school, and home life. It's impor- portray Titanic survivor and a
tant that everyone in the family woman who was determined to
learn healthy ways to express and break the rules of "high society."
manage stress. Adults and kids will
receive practical tools in this fun,
interactive workshop.
•One Crazy Summer Rally,
Tuesday, March 24, 6:30-7:30
p.m., for students in grades 5-6.
Prepare for the library's April 8
Rita Williams-Garcia author visit
with a book discussion and snacks.
Help make posters to decorate for
the visit. Participants should read
"One Crazy Summer" prior to the
Grandmother's Club
The Grandmother's Club will
meet on Thursday, March 19, at
11:30 a.m. at Cuyahoga Heights
Village Hall, 4863 E. 71 St. A luncheon will be served, birthdays
honored, raffles and games played.