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Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Allstate Insurance Wins First Place

Model Train Displays at Puritas Nursery

KCDC Renovates Home For Sale

Give a New Toy to a Needy Child

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December 15, 2014 
Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Take Place at Kamms Plaza -- One More Time!
 
Enjoy a ride around the plaza parking lot in a lovely horse-drawn carriage, compliments of Kamms Plaza management. One  chance remains for the free rides: Friday, December 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dress warmly and queue up under the tower corner of the plaza for this treat! Heavy rain or ice will stop the rides. Otherwise, it's fun for the entire family! Be sure to shop or dine at the plaza while you're there. Enjoy!
Allstate Insurance Wins First Place!

Each year, a friendly holiday lighting and decorating contest is held among the merchants in our "downtown," from 17407 Lorain to West 168th on Lorain Avenue. During the singing portion of Winter Wonderland on December 5, St. Joseph Academy Chorale paused for a brief presentation to the winner. This year, a newcomer won: Allstate Insurance, 17016 Lorain Avenue. Agent Mike Wrobel has been helping clients with their insurance and investments since 1982. He's married with three grown children and four grandchildren. "I have lots of fond memories of going to the Riverside Theater and to the former Tony's Restaurant as a child," he said. "I'm happy to be back in Kamm's Corners!." Starship Earth and BackStage Bar respectively, earned close second and third place scores from the judges. Big thanks to all who participated in making the street merry and bright!

Model Trains Featured at Puritas Nursery 

  

Puritas Nursery, 19201 Puritas Avenue, features its 12th Annual holiday display of model trains through New Year's Eve. Three different gauges on three distinct layouts feature 14 trains. Bring your camera for this great photo opportunity!  

 

The displays are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are closed at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. No charge! Call 216-267-5350 for more information. See photo galleries here

 
KCDC Renovates Home -- For Sale Soon!

Working with the Cuyahoga County Land Bank, we are renovating a roomy two-story Dutch Colonial home located at 16805 Sedalia Avenue, just east of Rocky River Drive. It will be sold to a qualified buyer who intends to live in the house.

The main floor features a spacious kitchen with new stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops, a full dining room, and a large living room. Upstairs are three bedrooms, a sun room, and a full bath. The basement is partially finished and includes a full bath. Through the sliding door from the kitchen is a back yard deck, perfect for family gatherings and parties. Here are some of the renovations underway:
  • Completely painting the interior
  • Renovating the kitchen; adding new appliances
  • Renovating the bathrooms
  • Rewiring much of the house
  • Updating the plumbing, including a new water heater
  • Painting the exterior wood
  • New furnace and air conditioning
  • New concrete driveway and sidewalks

For an appointment to see it or for more information, please call Steve Lorenz at 216-252-6559, ext. 1100.  

 

Give a New Toy to a Needy Child   

 

West Park Dental, 17001 Albers Avenue, is a drop-off location for the U.S. Marine Corp Toys for Tots campaign through December 16. Members of the local Star Trek fan club, The USS Challenger, are also collecting toys at Savor the Moment, 4080 Rocky River Drive. The mission of Toys for Tots is to help needy children throughout the United States experience the joys of Christmas. The Reserve Unit in Brookpark will be distributing the toys. Drop off new, unwrapped toys today or tomorrow during business hours. You may call West Park Dental at 216-941-5535 or Savor the Moment at 216-941-3014 for more information. 

In Other News...
 
Talented students from Newton D. Baker School of the Arts decorated the storefront windows in the Alber Building, 17019-25 Lorain Avenue, adding to the holiday spirit in Downtown Kamm's Corners. A big thank you goes to them!

Congratulations to the 82 people who participated in "Be Well, West Park," offered by Fairview Hospital.
Those who stuck with the program engaged in weekly physical activity such as walking around the neighborhood, spinning, cardio, kickboxing, and more. They went meatless once a week, and ate healthier meals. They met each Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Y. All saw improvements!

Get the scoop on all three small academies at the new John Marshall High School: Information Technology, Business and Civic Leadership, and Engineering. Come to the meeting on Wednesday, December 17, at 6 p.m. at Garfield School Cafeteria, 3800 West 140th Street. See the flyer.

This Friday, enjoy a free music concert for Advent and Christmas by the Padre Pio Academy choir at St. Pat's Church, 4427 Rocky River Drive. The performance is at 7:15 p.m. followed by coffee. To learn more, click here
    
The American Red Cross, with the support of KCDC and Kamms Plaza, is hosting a blood drive on Friday, January 2, from 2 to 7 p.m.
next to Peace, Love, & Little Donuts, 3786 Rocky River Drive. Start the New Year doing a good deed! Receive a holiday long-sleeve T-shirt, while supplies last, and a free donut! To schedule a donation, click here.

Are you ready for the West Park Wellness Challenge?
This 8-week challenge offered by West Park Station, 17015 Lorain Avenue, features new trainers and boot camp classes -- and over $3,000 in prizes, including $500 to each overall male and female winners. To join, call 216-287-3203.

Neighborhood Family Practice, 14037 Puritas Avenue, has Certified Application Counselors who answer questions and help individuals and families choose an affordable health insurance plan that's right for them. Walk in on Monday, January 12, from 3 to 7 p.m. or call 216-928-1950.

Looking for office or retail space in the heart of Kamm's Corners? KCDC recently acquired the Alber Building, 17019-25 Lorain Avenue. The 10,000-square-foot building will be renovated for retail and office space. Click here for more information.

Home Weatherization Assistance program applications are available to Cleveland homeowners and tenants who meet income guidelines. Call the Cleveland Housing Network at 216-664-6467 for more information. 

The St. Joseph Academy band, chorus, and ensemble performers offer a free concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, in the auditorium at 3470 Rocky River Drive. Call 216-251-4868 for more information.

The 2015 West Park calendar, presented by the West Park Historical Society, is now available for $8.50 at these locations: Gene's Place to Dine, K & K Portage Market, and Puritas Nursery.

Local restaurants offer gift certificates, perfect gifts for the holidays. They are also happy to host your holiday work parties, family get-togethers, or an evening out with friends. Simply make reservations, then relax and let them take care of all the cooking and serving!   

Save the date! Enliven your Monday night on January 26, as local pizza parlors compete in the West Park Pizza Bake-Off Pre-game Party in the St. Pat's Church gym, 4427 Rocky River Drive, from 5 to 8 p.m. All-you-can eat pizza tickets are $10 for ages 12 and older; $5 for ages 6 to 11. Kids 5 and under eat free of charge. Buy a chance to win a 50" LED 102Hz 1080p HD TV. Proceeds go to the St. Patrick Church Restoration Fund. For pre-sale tickets and more information, call Jeff Quinn at 216-402-7621 or e-mail StPatsBenefit@gmail.com.   
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