We wish you and your families a very happy holiday season! Our offices will be closed December 26th through January 3rd, we look forward to serving you in the new year!

Warmly,
Jeremy, Michelle, Maeve & Jacinta
A Letter from Our Community Engagement Specialist

It is the holiday season, St. Clair Superior! I hope that you are spending time with your loved ones, and are enjoying our Cleveland winter! I have had such a wonderful time getting to know the neighborhood since I started my new position as the Community Engagement Specialist at St. Clair Superior Development Corporation (SCSDC) in August. I am truly inspired by all of the projects going on in the neighborhood and by all of the community members and business owners I have met thus far.

We have a couple of exciting updates this month... First off, our office has moved to the heart of the neighborhood! Our new address is 6413 St. Clair Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44103. Our phone numbers remain the same (216-881-0644), and our staff emails have not changed. Please stop by our new space and say hello!

I am happy to say that our Welcome Baskets are ready to be distributed! If you or someone you know are new to the St. Clair Superior Neighborhood, please email me so that I can deliver a Welcome Bag. The bags include St. Clair Superior t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, stickers, a St. Clair Superior “Buck” worth $10 at participating businesses, and lots of other information about our neighborhood. I cannot wait to start delivering these bags, and seeing neighbors sport our new merch!

We have also started hosting community meetings again and are looking forward to engaging the community. We had our first Business Mixer this year, a meeting about our Neighborhood Master Plan, and a meeting about Placemaking and Wayfinding in the neighborhood. Make sure you are following our social media to get the most up-to-date information about community meetings!

As we move into the winter months, I hope that you stay safe and warm. Make sure to follow city guidelines in order to keep yourself safe in the snow. Visit the city’s website to learn more about safety tips, and stay up to date with snow plowing efforts.

I want to thank you all for welcoming me into the neighborhood over the past few months. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for our community!

Happy Holidays,
Maeve Kozak, SCSDC Community Engagement Specialist
Connecting Businesses in Our Neighborhood...

Earlier this month, SCSDC hosted a Business Mixer for the businesses in our neighborhood, both big and small. We had just under 30 people come and were able to give a brief presentation about our organization’s new strategic plan and upcoming projects in the neighborhood. Our businesses went around the tables giving introductions and later spent time networking and mingling with each other. Many people expressed just how happy they were to have an event like this taking place, and were thankful for having a space for business owners and stakeholders in St. Clair Superior to get together.

We want to give a big St. Clair Superior THANK YOU to our wonderful and dedicated businesses in our neighborhood for joining us at this event. We hope to see you and many more again soon!

We shared the Business Growth Compass tool from Greater Cleveland Partnership at our event, which can be viewed here or at the QR code below!
In Our Neighborhood... Bonnie Howard

Bonnie Howard is an active community member with a deep love for her neighborhood and community. Bonnie’s family has lived in their home in St. Clair Superior for three generations.

When asked what her favorite part of living in the neighborhood was, Bonnie demonstrated great pride in her neighborhood. “St. Clair Superior raised me, it nurtured me. I love my community,” she said. Bonnie loves how the neighbors in her community show up when they are needed. She hopes to see more of this neighborly love grow throughout the entire neighborhood.

Bonnie loves the small businesses in St. Clair Superior, which she believes are all gradually growing and getting better! Change naturally happens in neighborhoods, and she is glad to see what comes in the next 5-10 years. Bonnie would like to see more thriving businesses and more community!

Whether you live in the neighborhood, or are just visiting, Bonnie has plenty of recommendations for shopping and eating local. Currently, KafeLA is Bonnie’s go-to spot. She also recommends Annie B, Earl’s Place and Anchor Ultra Lounge for good eats in the neighborhood. As far as shopping goes, Bonnie suggested heading out to Lucky’s Charms and He Loves Curves. For hair and nails, Bonnie loves Shabazz Barber Shop and Diamond Cut Barbershop.

Bonnie is excited for our neighborhood's future and is looking forward to the growing diversity in terms of different restaurants and businesses that are coming in the area. She is hoping to see more family-friendly entertainment and some things on a bigger scale, like an indoor amusement park or indoor skating rink.

Thank you for being this month's feature, Bonnie, and for being our neighbor in St. Clair Superior!

If you or someone you know lives in St. Clair Superior, contact Maeve Kozak at mkozak@stclairsuperior.org to share your story with the neighborhood!
"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
-Jane Goodall-
Upcoming Events...
In response to the increased rise in anti-Asian/American, xenophobic harassment, and anti-hate towards marginalized communities of color, OCA is providing educational and awareness tools to combat these types of systemic oppression. The workshops are free, 1.5-hour, interactive trainings to teach people on how to be a confident and effective bystander against racism and discrimination.

When: Monthly on third Tuesdays at 6pm CT (7pm EST)
Where: Virtual (details provided upon registration)

Join Ms. Cookie at her WEEKLY Saturday art class! Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm kids in the neighborhood are welcome to join for arts and crafts, including paint by numbers, coloring and drawing.

When: Saturdays, 1-5pm
Where: 9380 St. Clair Ave. (first floor, lobby)

Call 216-804-9262 with questions.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Asia Plaza! This year will begin the Year of the Rabbit, which represents longevity, discretion, and good luck. Festivities are from 10am to 3pm, with performances kicking off at 11am with the Kwan Family Lion Dance followed by performances from the LingYun Rising Stars dancers, the Waist Drum Team, and the AsiaTown Square Dancing Team.

Come and visit our vendor and sponsor tables and visit the shops and eateries of Asia Plaza! Sponsored by Margaret W. Wong & Associates, OCA Greater Cleveland, Asian Services in Action (ASIA), Erie Chinese Journal, and AsiaTown. Free and open to all!

When: Saturday, January 21st, 10am-3pm
Where: Asia Plaza, 2999 Payne Ave.

Click here to learn more about this event and other events for the Lunar New Year.
Are you hosting an event in the neighborhood? Do you have news or resources you would like to share with the community? Contact Julia at jferra@stclairsuperior.org to be included in the next Spotlight!
St. Clair Superior Development Corporation's Leadership Team is Growing

Our leadership at SCSDC is growing! SCSDC is committed to engaging active, knowledgeable and mission-oriented individuals on our organization's Board of Directors. Our Board supports the organization in many ways, including guiding our strategic planning processes, helping us stay aligned with our goals and keeping us focused on our mission and vision for the neighborhood.

We are excited to welcome three new individuals to our Board of Directors!
Daniel Fashimpaur is an accomplished finance/accounting professional with 15+ years of senior management experience at Fortune 200 and large, privately-held organizations. He is a problem solver and strategic leader with extensive Board interaction and interface who is currently the Global Treasurer at Momentive Quartz Technologies.
Amonica Davis has over thirty years’ experience in directing and managing educational programs and corporate initiatives that align with her own personal mission: to assist individuals, regardless of race, culture, or socio-economic status, reach their full potential via education and workforce development initiatives. Amonica currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of The Jabali Group, LLC.
Michael Niro is an experienced financial leader with extensive experience working with leaders across organizations to vastly improve performance through a management approach of people, process, and product. Michael has numerous skills in finance, leadership and technology and currently serves as the Senior Director FP&A & Treasury at Vitamix.
REMINDER: Residents can still opt-in to receive curbside recycling services through The City of Cleveland's Curbside Recycling Program. To enroll, complete the online form at clerecycles.com or call 216.664.3030.
Upcoming Food Distributions & Pantries...

St. Martin de Porres Monthly Food Pantry
Where: Saint Martin de Porres High School, 6202 St. Clair Ave
When: Every 3rd Friday, 2-3pm
Details: Call 216-881-1689 with questions. Click here for more information about St. Martin de Porres.

Food Not Bombs Produce Giveaway
Where: 6321 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland, OH 44103
When: Second and fourth Sunday of every month from 3:00-4:00pm

Asian Services in Action (ASIA) Food Pantry
Where: ASIA Cleveland, 3631 Perkins Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114
When: Fourth Friday of every month
Details: Call 216-881-0330 to register by the Thursday before each month's distribution. Click here for more information.

Where: NORA, 1400 E. 55th St. Cleveland, OH 44103
When: Third Monday of every month from 10am-12pm
Details: No residency or income requirements. Call 216-391-6672 for the emergency pantry, which is available Mon. through Fri. from 10am-3pm. Click here for more information.

Famicos Food Distribution Food Pantry
Where: Hough Multipurpose Center, 8555 Hough Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106
When: The last Thursday of every month from 10am-1pm
Details: Open to all residents of Wards 7, 9, or 10. Please bring photo ID and your own bags or boxes. Fresh produce, canned goods, boxed items. Click here for more information.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank Food Locator Tool
Details: Use this tool to enter your address and find information for food distributions near you.
COVID-19 Resources...
  • This map shows a combination of COVID-19 testing sites throughout Ohio at private companies and retail sites, community health centers, libraries and other local partners. Make sure to call in advance to ensure tests are available and to determine how to access tests when you find a testing site. If testing is not available for any reason, many partners can direct you to an alternate location. Click here for more information.
Free At-home COVID-19 Tests (Still available!)
  • As of January 19, every home in the U.S. is now eligible to order four at-home COVID-19 tests at no cost. The U.S. Government is providing these tests to be shipped through the U.S. Postal Service at no cost to purchase or ship. Click here for more information and to order your at-home tests.
  • Click here to check vaccine eligibility, book your appointment and to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines. Don't forget to schedule an appointment to receive your booster shot!
  • Call the Cleveland Department of Public Health helpline: 216-664-2222. Staff are available Monday-Friday, 9 to 5 p.m.  
  • View the COVID-19 Booster Shot fact sheet.
Cleveland's North Coast Connector: Imagine a Lakefront for Everyone

The North Coast is Cleveland’s most stunning natural feature. But for years, residents have struggled to get there. Highways, railroads and a 65-foot bluff separate the city from the lakefront, making it nearly impossible to walk and bike to Lake Erie’s shore safely.

The North Coast Connector is a proposed land bridge connecting the grassy lawns of Mall C and City Hall to the lakefront. It would span over the railroad tracks and the Shoreway to restore access and repair more than a century-old divide. It would open up new land for community gatherings and future economic development.

To learn more, view their website, frequently asked questions or exhibit photos.

Take the survey here to share your experiences with Cleveland's lakefront in or around downtown.
Job Opportunities...
Assistant Shift Supervisor (2nd Shift), Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
Custodian (part-time), Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
Project Manager, City of Cleveland
Misdemeanor Investigator, City of Cleveland
Multiple Positions, SIFCO Industries, Inc.
Multiple Positions, City of Cleveland
Not sure what you're looking for? Take a look at our Business Directory to find businesses in our neighborhood that may be looking for new employees!
Upcoming Programs at the Addison Branch

Preschool Storytime (ages 3–5) — Wed., December 21 | 10:30am
Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

Holiday Movie Marathon — Fri., December 23 | 10:30am
Join us for a day of enjoyment with the Addison's Branch holiday movie collection and a opportunity to connect with your community.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3–5) — Wed., December 28 | 10:30am
Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

Noon Year’s Eve Glow Party — Sat., December 31 | 11am
Ring in 2023 at this NYE glow party with dancing, games, and a countdown to 12 o'clock.

Early Learning @ Home: Storytellers (ONLINE) — Wed., January 4
Parents and caregivers: learn simple things you can do to help your young children learn early literacy and early numeracy skills. Pick up your free learning kit available at the Addison Branch all month long (while supplies last).

Preschool Storytime (ages 3–5) — Wed., January 4 | 10:30am
Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

Childcare Provider Lunch ‘n Learn (ONLINE) — Wed., January 4 | 1pm
Join library staff and a community guest each month for a brief Zoom chat to learn about library and community resources. This month's guest is the Cleveland Transformation Alliance.

Bingo Season — Wed., January 4 | 2pm
We believe the spice of life is socialization. Join us for an all-time favorite game of bingo geared to connect participants of all ages. You might even win a small prize!

Paper Dyeing — Thurs., January 5 | 4pm
Learn how to dye paper using different types of tea.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3–5) — Wed., January 11 | 10:30am
Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

Contact the library:
6901 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
Phone: 216-623-6906

Library hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am–6pm
Sun: Closed

For more information on events and programs at the Addison branch, click here.
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