Director's Corner

Happy Summer, St. Clair Superior neighborhood!

This year, Juneteenth happens to fall on Father's Day. I hope you are able to enjoy those holidays and get a chance to spend some time at the E. 55th and E. 72nd Marina’s. There is nothing quite like watching the sunset on our eastern lakefront and spending the warm months with friends and family. I spent some time there laying on the rocks this past weekend and between families cooking out, kids playing, and birdwatching, it was an absolute delight and I’m grateful that it is in our backyard. Watching people play volleyball, jet ski, and sail boats amazes me every time at how much activity there is in our community.

I’m excited to announce that we will be embarking on the revitalization of the St. Clair Plaza! Thanks to a grant from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, we are able to make needed improvements to the space with improved landscaping, seating areas, sidewalks, and art. Stay tuned for plenty of events activating the space this summer!

We are also going to be rolling out our Welcome Basket in the next few weeks. What’s a welcome basket? Great question! Our welcome basket is for new residents and businesses that move into the neighborhood inviting them to explore our neighborhood and to get to know their neighbors. Do you have a new neighbor? Let us know now so we can put them on the list!

Jeremy Taylor, SCSDC Executive Director
Learn more about the Better Streets Committee, a pilot initiative from Bike Cleveland that will be including St. Clair Superior to improve the infrastructure in our neighborhood!
In Our Neighborhood... David Van Horn

SCSDC's Community Engagement Specialist, Kaliya Smith, met with David Van Horn this month. Here is their story:

David Van Horn is a 34-year-old local ecosystem-minded, mixed media artist that has lived his whole life in St. Clair Superior. He has worked at Upcycle Parts Shop and now is the founder and liaison of the community art cart program called Art Block. Art Block is a sustainable materials art program that takes recycled materials and turns it into art. David rides his bicycle and cart around the community to host free or low-cost programming in the community. This year, David and the art cart can be found at Rockefeller Pond right outside the cultural gardens near the Natural History Museum from 2-4pm on Saturdays until September in good weather. His fee for service programming is $200 per 2 hours of service and includes two tables, a canopy, signage and the materials to craft 2-5 crafts depending on programming needs. David is also a freelance art educator and is a graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program and the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning. David can be found on Instagram @artblockmobile and has a website:

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

If you or someone you know lives in St. Clair Superior, contact Julia Ferra at to share your story with the neighborhood!
In Our Neighborhood... CPL Addison Branch

If you need a place to cool off as the hot days of summer begin to be felt throughout the city, the Addison Branch of the Cleveland Public Library has various activities and events lined up for families and children!

Tamara Means, the Branch Manager of the Addison Branch Library, is excited to share the programs that will be taking place this summer. Tamara has worked in St. Clair Superior throughout her life. One of the things she loves to see, not only out in the community but within the library, is the diversity and drive people have to improve the community. She loves being able to serve the population and watch it continue to grow.

Various events and programs are scheduled throughout the summer and are aimed at serving everyone in the community. There are programs for children ranging from newborn to teenage, programs for adults of all ages, seniors, and even family events to include everyone. Programs include: Storytime for Preschoolers, STEM Programs, Youth Scholars Academy and Family and Community Movie Night. While some events and programs are beginning to resume in-person, you will be able to find multiple events are held through Zoom. For a complete list of the programs and events taking place this summer, visit their website.

Make sure to look for upcoming events and programs at the Addison Branch by scrolling to the bottom of our newsletter each month!
"We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea."
-C. JoyBell C.-
Upcoming Events...
In place of our Community Zoom this month, join us for a public meeting TOMORROW to discuss traffic calming, street safety and infrastructure improvements.

When: Wednesday, June 15th, 5:30pm
Where: 6321 St. Clair Ave.

Learn more about the Better Streets Committee, a pilot initiative from Bike Cleveland that is partnering with St. Clair Superior!
Join Alpha Omega Foundation, Inc. and Willson Elementary School for a Juneteenth Cookout! Covid guidelines will be observed and masks will be available.

When: Thursday, June 16, 5-8pm
Where: Willson Elementary School, 1126 Ansel Road

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tamitra Peavy at:
Ignite! Neighbor Nights are back! Ignite! Neighbor Nights are monthly community gatherings where you'll meet new people, learn from community organizations, join hands-on activities and engage in valuable conversations with neighbors. These fun, intergenerational events run from April through November and are on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Learn more here.

Learn more about Ingenuity Cleveland.
Re-discover St. Clair Superior with Ward 10 Councilman Anthony T. Hairston, Famicos Foundation and St. Clair Superior Development Corporation! Participate in a series of community conversations to help shape the neighborhood plan for St. Clair Superior.

When: Multiple dates/times throughout the summer (see photo above)
Where: Multiple locations (see photo above)

Invite a few neighbors or friends to re-discover St. Clair Superior with you! Learn more here.

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)

Project LIFT Services will be hosting the Life Skills Summit for Young Men on Saturday, June 18th. The Summit is designed to provide young men, ages 14 -24, with resources, information, and linkage to critical services promoting life stability and wellness. While the Summit prioritizes the needs of black males ages 14-24, EVERYONE is welcome to attend and participate. This event will be a combination of education, linkage, and fun!

When: Saturday, June 18th, 10am-2pm
Where: Project LIFT Services, 4415 Euclid Ave.

If you are interested in participating or sponsoring the event, please contact Corryn Freeman, Program Assistant at (216) 465-2000 or via email at
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.
ACCESS to Manufacturing Careers is a program specifically designed for ready, motivated individuals who want to get into entry-level jobs in manufacturing that start them on a path of learning, advancement, raises, and a great career! In this four-week program, students learn both job readiness skills and technical competencies that are desired by the 20+ companies involved.

When: Saturday, June 18th, 10am-2pm
Where: Project LIFT Services, 4415 Euclid Ave.

Register here for the informational session and download the flyer to learn more about the program.
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 to be included in the next Spotlight!
Introducing... Denise Polverine-Manoloff

St. Clair Superior Development Corporation onboarded five new members to our Board of Directors earlier this year. They are committed to St. Clair Superior's growth and stability and we are honored to work with them as we continue serving the neighborhood.

Welcoming Denise Polverine-Manoloff... For over 10 years, Denise Polverine-Manoloff has served as a board member throughout Cleveland. She is currently the president of the Press Club of Cleveland and serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of Cleveland and the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Ohio. Denise earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Cleveland State University with a major in communications. She is currently the Director of Digital and OTT Strategy for WKYC 3 Cleveland where she is responsible for overall content, communications, engagement, digital and social strategy. Denise is also involved in WKYC’s Women’s Leadership Task Force, Cleveland Sports Commission, and Cleveland’s Safety Task Force Minority Recruitment Initiative. She also serves as an adjunct professor of Journalism at Case Western Reserve University.

Welcome to the SCSDC Family, Denise!
DON'T FORGET: The City of Cleveland Curbside Recycling Program starts this week! Residents can still opt-in to receive curbside recycling services. To enroll, complete the online form at or call 216.664.3030.
Upcoming Food Distributions & Pantries...

Sterling Recreation Food Giveaway
Where: Sterling Recreation Center, 1380 E. 32nd St. Cleveland, OH 44114
When: First Wednesday of every month from 2:30-4:30pm

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.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank — Food Locator Tool
Details: Use this tool to enter your address and find information for food distributions near you.
Doan Brook Restoration Project at Sowinski Park

Doan Brook Watershed Partnership (DBWP) and partners will commence with restoration of the Doan’s streambanks, floodplain and in-stream habitats (riffles, runs and pools) at Sowinski Park in the center of Rockefeller Park. With funding from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, design, planning and outreach has involved wonderful community-based organizations including Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Famicos Foundation, University Circle Inc., Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, the City of Cleveland Water Pollution Control, Cleveland Parks Department and the City of Cleveland Capital Projects.

DBWP is available to answer questions about the project or present to groups or neighborhood block clubs. Not only do they want to share the goals of this restoration, they are interested in ideas from the public. Great ideas will help shape the future of the park!

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.
  • 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.
Neighborhood Leadership Development Program & Community Development Corporation Leadership Program Seek 2022 Applicants

If you are passionate, committed and dedicated to taking an active role in improving your community, you may be excited by, and ready for, one of two valuable leadership development programs. NLDP and CDCLP are programs of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. Both programs are at no cost to participants.
The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP), for 15 years, has offered community engagement leadership training for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects in the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities.
The Community Development Corporation Leadership Program (CDCLP) launched, and will soon be graduating, its first cohort. CDCLP is the Cleveland area’s only leadership program specifically designed for Community Development Corporation Executive level leadership.
The application period is now open!
The deadline for NLDP applications is August 14th. For additional information on NLDP and to view the curriculum and online application, visit or call 216-776-6170.
The CDCLP deadline is August 4th. For additional information on CDCLP and to view the curriculum and online application, visit or call 216-776-6172.

Think you have what it takes? Apply to make a difference!
Job Opportunities...
AsiaTown Community Organizer, MidTown Cleveland Inc.
Maintenance Technician, CHN Housing Partners
Office Coordinator (part-time), Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
Medical Assistant, ASIA, Inc.
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

Take-and-Make: Juneteenth Necklace/Bracelet
Juneteenth is an American federal holiday celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans and the abolition of slavery. Pick up your free take-and-make kit to learn more about Juneteenth and make your own necklace or bracelet to celebrate Juneteenth. Kits will be available from June 14–19 while supplies last.  

Young Scholars’ Academy: Beginner — Thursday, June 16 | 10:15am
The Beginner Academy is for scholars ages 3 – 4 (not entering Kindergarten in the Fall 2022) and their parent or other caring adult. The scholar must be 3 years old by the start of the academy.  Together, enjoy a literacy-based program which is engaging for scholars while providing parents with researched based tips. Then, continue to explore learning through activities including unstructured play. Take home materials and books provided to extend learning into the home! Space is limited. Register now at Young Scholars Academy-Beginner Registration-Summer 2022. Questions? Call 216-623-7114

World Sea Turtle Day — Thursday, June 16 | 1pm
Together, we'll learn about sea turtles and the ways to protect and save them, then make an upcycled turtle craft to take home with you.

Family and Community Movie Night — Thursday, June 16 | 4pm
Join us for a free, family-friendly movie and connect with your neighbors and friends. This event is presented in collaboration with St. Clair-Superior Development Corporation.

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.
Don't Miss Out: The City of Cleveland Offers Summer Camp!

Families can register youths ages 9 to 13 for a weeklong summer stay at Camp George Forbes, the City of Cleveland’s residential camp. Camp Forbes is located at 25440 Harvard Rd. Highland Hills. Children will stay on the grounds in log cabins from Monday morning to Friday afternoon. The program is free, but children must live in Cleveland.

Families can choose from among nine one-week sessions. The first session begins June 13. Campers will participate in programs such as swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, outdoor sports and games, campfires, arts and crafts, kayaking, sing-a-longs, fitness challenges, archery and team building events.

All meals are provided and transportation is provided through your local City of Cleveland Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Center. Parents and guardians can also drop off their children at the camp.

Parents must complete the application and registration process to be considered. Register at any City of Cleveland Recreation Center or directly at Camp Forbes. Bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of Cleveland residency.

For more information, call Camp Forbes at 216-263-5325.

Other Important Dates/Items to Remember:
  • Jun 3 - Last day for PreK Students at Extended Year Schools
  • Jun 9 - Last day for Students at Extended Year Schools
  • Jun 16 - Last day for Students at CSAD & CSSM
  • Jun 22 - Last day for Students at Year-Round Schools
  • Jun 27 - Summer Learning Experience Starts!