Speak Out on Possible Cuts for No. 8 Cedar Bus

BusResidents are invited to share their opinions on planned cuts to the No. 8 Cedar bus schedule.

Greater Cleveland RTA added a public hearing in Cleveland Central from 5-7 p.m. Monday (April 4). It will be at the CMHA Senior High Rise, 2320 E. 30th St.

As has been shared here, RTA plans to stop evening and weekend service on the No. 8 Cedar line. Promise Ambassador LaQueta Worley told local media last month how the cuts will hurt local residents. In addition to other route service changes, the plan also calls an increase in regular fares and paratransit service.

Residents are encouraged to explain how those bus cuts will affect them. If you can’t attend the meeting but want to share your story, contact Kaela Geschke of Campus District Inc. at 216.287.4535.

The No. 8 bus takes passengers to and from the Cedar-University Rapid Station, University Hospital and Cleveland Clinic, as well as churches along the route, including Antioch, St. James AME, and Mt. Gillion.

Promise Manager Is Finalist for Vibrant City Award

JoeBlackCommunityMeetingCleveland Neighborhood Progress is recognizing what Cleveland Central residents already know – Joe Black is a civic champion.

The Promise Neighborhood engagement manager was named a finalist for the Civic Champion Award given by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. As CNP detailed, “Nominated by multiple individuals, Joe is described as a positive force, a role model, a motivator, an advocate, a mentor, a leader, and most importantly, an asset to the Central neighborhood.”

The winner will be announced at the May 2 Vibrant City Awards Lunch, which celebrates neighborhood revitalization efforts in Cleveland. For more information on the event, click here.

Congrats Joe!

Little Free Libraries Add Activity Fun

You can have fun with the new activity sheets in the Little Free Libraries.

Through a partnership with Octavofest, supported by Art Books Cleveland, the Promise Neighborhood is adding monthly activity sheets in the Little Free Libraries (near Lonnie Burton Splash Park at Outhwaite and Alfred Benesch Elementary.)

Each month, you can pick up an activity sheet for a new project. The first one is how to make an accordion-fold pocket book. Want to do it now? You can find the activity sheet here.

If you like the first project, watch for another soon at the Little Free Library or or pick up the next project (and some of the materials) at the Cleveland Public Library Sterling or Woodland branches. And watch for special events coming throughout this year, including:

Art Exhibit:

Sept. 9 – Cleveland Public Library Woodland Branch, 5806 Woodland Ave.

Oct. 14 – Cleveland Public Library Sterling Branch, 2200 E. 30th St.

Bring your projects to display to friends and family.



Oct. 15 – Cleveland Public Library Sterling Branch, 2200 E. 30th St.

See artists at work. Try out small projects. Ask questions about modifying the projects you’ve made.

Also watch for Weekend Workshops at the Sterling Library, an Art Demonstration at Marion Sterling School Carnival and much more!

Share Your Opinion With …

ThoughtBubbleCommunity Relations Board by March 31

Give your input on the use of force by Cleveland policy. Take this survey from Community Relations Board. Please complete by 4 p.m. March 31: http://bit.ly/CommRelSurvey.


Cleveland Police in Block Club Conversations

The Promise Neighborhood staff seeks to build a safer community by hosting a Block Club conversation between members of the Cleveland Police Department and Cleveland Central residents. CPD’s Community Relations Division will host the discussion from 12 to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Outhwaite Community Center 2452 E. 46th St. All are welcome to attend.


RTA on Plans to End No. 8 Route on Weekends

Clevelanders for Public Transit has been speaking out against fare hikes and route cuts since RTA announced its budget problems last year. Greater Cleveland RTA is hosting public hearings to hear input from residents through April 6. You can see the schedule here: http://www.riderta.com/publichearings.

Catholic Health World Tells Promise Story

WorldCatholicScreenCatholic Health World shared the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood story. It came out this month in this cover story.

“Jerome Baker wanted to help his old neighborhood in Cleveland. He took part in a reading program for second-graders, serving in their school as an adult tutor.

At a community event months after he began, a little girl saw him from a distance and shouted, ‘Hey, Mr. Baker.’ It was all the encouragement he needed to continue.

‘Her happy face and waves made me understand that, even in small ways, we are making an impact,’ said Baker, 50. ‘It’s an awesome feeling.'”

The article goes on to detail the beginnings of Promise, its role in the neighborhood, and the difference the volunteers and others in the Promise Neighborhood are making. We encourage you to read the piece to remind or refresh you about the great work happening.

Book Bank Makes Deposit at Benesch

FreeBookGiveawayAlfredBenesch031016It’s reading time for Alfred E. Benesch students. Each child received a free book this week from Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank.

The new Cleveland nonprofit donated over 400 books. It was founded and is led by Judy Immerman-Payne. Thanks to Judy and the generous supporters of Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank.

The Promise Neighborhood giveaway at Alfred E. Benesch is an extension of the Little Free Libraries program in Cleveland Central.

Take a Bow, Marion-Sterling Students

LionKingMarionSterlingMarch2016cMarion-Sterling students brought The Lion King to life before a standing-room only crowd March 4 at Cuyahoga Community College main campus.

“Our students were outstanding, performing with poise, professionalism, and absolute joy,” says Cathy Kopinsky, project coordinator at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, who works with the neighborhood and school.

She also commended teacher/director Megan Kasarda, choreographer Chrissy Williams, and costume designer Raeshaunna Garner for all their time and effort to making it happen and showing their love for the students.

Some of the Marion-Sterling students also joined students from four other schools in a joint performance of the musical numbers at the Cleveland Playhouse on March 7.

A special thanks to Zelma Brown, Adrianna Chestnut, Cathy Kopinsky, and Joe Black for sharing the pictures.





Ambassador Advocates for RTA Service

Ambassador La Queta Worley is a community advocate who demonstrates the power Promise Neighborhood residents can have.

Watch her share her thoughts about the proposed fare hike and cuts in service by Greater Cleveland RTA in this WEWS ChanNEWSWolreyonRateCuts032016nel 5 story.

Among the changes proposed by RTA:

  • Increase regular fares by 25 or 50 cents (from $2.25 to $2.50 or $2.75)
  • Increase fares for Paratransit service from $2.25 to $3.50
  • Charge a ADA senior/disabled fare 50% of regular adult fare (currently free)

Service changes will likely take effect in August.

Some of the public hearing dates and locations include:

  • Monday, March 21: Noon-2 p.m. & 6-8 p.m., RTA Main Office, 1240 W. Sixth St., Cleveland 44113. Served by E-Line, B-Line and C-Line trolleys.
  • Monday, March 28: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Murtis H. Taylor Multi-Service Center, 13422 Kinsman Rd., Cleveland 44120. Served by routes 14 and 48-48A.
  • Saturday, April 2: 3-5 p.m., St. James AME Church, 8401 Cedar Ave., Cleveland 44103. Served by route 8.
  • Wednesday, April 6: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cleveland Fairfax Recreation Center, 2335 E. 82 St., Cleveland 44104. Served by routes 2 (until 7:30 p.m.), 8, and 11.

For the complete list of public hearings, click here.

Marion-Sterling Students Present The Lion King

LionKingPerformance030416You’re invited to Disney’s The Lion King (Kids) performed by Marion-Sterling students at 6 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Cuyahoga Community College Metro’s Mainstage Theatre, 2900 Community College Ave.

“The children have put in a lot of hard work and learned a lot of life lessons along the way. They have gained public speaking and performance skills,” says Ashley Williams-Gulley, community resources coordinator at Marion-Sterling. “We hope you will come and enjoy the show!”

Admission and parking are free. You can park in Lot 5 (enter on Woodland Ave.) Donations will be accepted to offset production costs.