Warm Up This Winter at 5 Points Coffee & Tea

Come on in, get warm and cozy, and enjoy your time at 5 Points Coffee & Tea this winter.

There are new menu items, like savory, delicious soup options that rotate on a daily basis, and include tomato, minestrone, and fire-roasted corn chowder.

Soups are served with a piece of Irish brown or soda bread.

Pair a 12 oz soup with a toasted special sandwich for a filling meal totaling just $9. (This does not come with bread)The sandwich is similar to a panini, and is made with ham, cheese, tomato, and onion. There’s also a vegetable option, which is the same sandwich as above, but without the ham.

“Soup is all day and sandwiches start at 10 a.m.,” says 5 Points Coffee & Tea Owner Conor Boylan.

For the season, there will also be a peppermint mocha drink available.

Live music will happen during the three Thursdays before Christmas. The first holiday session will be from 7 to 9 p.m. December 6 with resident Irish musician, Andrew McManus.



Awards given at BPDC Neighborhood Summit

Bellaire Puritas Award Winners 1, Jerry

Applause filled the room when these three officers received individual Community Builder Awards at the 2018 Bellaire Puritas Development Corporation Neighborhood Summit, which took place at R.G. Jones. Officers Juan DeJesus, Kerry Adams, and Lyniece Turner were recognized for their community policing efforts.

Cleveland charter school receives nearly $500,000 in new federal funding

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In a highly competitive process, one of Cleveland’s public charter schools has been awarded nearly a half million dollars in new federal funding. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) recently notified Northeast Ohio’s only Mandarin and Spanish immersion school—the independent, public charter school known as Global Ambassadors Language Academy (GALA)—that it would receive $493,277 over a two- year period to support its unique education model and growth. GALA is the only school in Ohio awarded funding this year under the DOE’s Office of Innovation and Improvement program. With additional funding expected if GALA meets milestones during the grant period, the school could receive a total of about $1.2 million from DOE over the next five years.
The additional funding will allow GALA to continue to meet the demands of a growing student population, adding grade levels and building new classroom spaces to accommodate children from kindergarten through 8th grade. GALA is tuition-free, relying on philanthropy and grants to supplement public funding that does not typically provide the resources required for its unique educational model. In year one, 21.6% of the total cost of the program will be financed with Federal money, and approximately $200,000 (11.3%) from non-governmental sources.
The Charter Schools National Dissemination Grant Competition supports excellence in charter schools, providing funds for growth and expansion of high performing schools. In receiving the award, the tuition-free GALA, located on Cleveland’s west side, demonstrated its success in helping its diverse and fast-growing population of young students thrive academically, as well as provide a solid path to become bilingual and bi-literate in both English and in Spanish or Mandarin. These youngsters are already achieving high levels of academic success and developing cross-cultural skills that will help them succeed in years to come.
The new funding will allow GALA to expand and serve more than 500 students, kindergarten through 8th grade, by 2023. Currently, the Cleveland west side-based school draws a diverse body of students from across Northeast Ohio, most of whom are considered low-income (families qualify for free or reduced lunch). GALA’s students bring diverse experiences and cultures to the classroom, coming from Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, White and multi-racial families. They are residents of Cleveland and 25 surrounding suburbs: Avon, Bay Village, Bedford, Berea, Brooklyn, Brunswick, Cleveland Heights, Elyria, Euclid, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Lorain, Maple Heights, Middleburg Heights, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, Parma, Richmond Heights, Rocky River, Shaker Heights, Strongsville, Solon, Warrensville Heights, Westlake and Wickliffe.
The Department of Education first notified Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of the award as the school resides in her Congressional district. “The Global Ambassadors Language Academy, which is the first dual language immersion school in Northeast Ohio, is successfully bringing federal education dollars back to our region,” says Kaptur. “In our ever globalized and interconnected world, any competitive edge we can provide Ohio’s youth will open doors beyond imagination. I congratulate GALA on winning this competitive grant which will help them expand and grow to serve more students.”
“GALA is an extraordinary learning environment for our children. Every day, students are immersed for 4 or more hours, receiving instruction of math, language arts, science, and social studies, in Mandarin or Spanish; while 2 to 2.5 hours are spent learning in English. GALA’s unique model helps students build dual language proficiency, excel in academics, and expand cognitive and socio-cultural skills,” says Meran Rogers, founder and executive director of GALA. “Our mission is to ensure that our students achieve lifelong academic success, bilingualism and appreciation for diversity. We believe that GALA is a successful model for addressing the great disparity in education by bringing the kind of language and cultural immersion experiences normally only available in high income suburban districts.”
“The decision by the Department of Education is an extraordinary vote of confidence in the educational model and the immersion process at GALA,” says Kristen Laughlin, GALA Board Chair. “We believe we are educating and preparing a new generation of engaged citizens of the world, starting in our diverse community of committed parents, students, faculty and staff. This award says we are doing it right, setting new standards, and to keep building on our vision.”
GALA was the brainchild of Meran Rogers, a parent, educator, and entrepreneur who grew up near GALA, in a multilingual immigrant household. She attended and worked in Cleveland and East Cleveland public schools, and was a teacher in Taiwan at an immersion school.
In 2012, GALA established a Board of Directors and 501c3 status. In December 2015, GALA submitted a charter application (Academic, Operation, and Financial Plan) to the Ohio Council for Community Schools (OCCS) and received sponsorship in May 2016. After nearly five years of planning, on August 3, 2016, GALA opened its doors to 60 K-1 students Today, GALA has more than tripled enrollment to 186 K-3 students this 2018-2019 school year.
Lenny Schafer, Executive Director of the Ohio Council for Community Schools congratulated GALA leadership: “The recognition is well-deserved. There simply is no school like GALA. It is changing the face of public education while providing a unique educational experience for almost 200 kids in Cleveland. We are extremely proud and looking forward to continued growth and progress.”
This year, there were 32 charter schools across the country awarded funding through the DOE’s Office of Innovation and Improvement program. GALA was the only school in Ohio.

‘Leaders & Legends’ night celebrated at West Park Academy

West Park Academy Leaders and Legends Night

By Jessie Schoonover

West Park Academy held its second annual ‘Leaders and Legends Night’ from 6 to 7 p.m. on October 30th.
A total of 60 students were honored during the ceremony.
“In order to be here tonight,” West Park Academy Principal Michael Jaissle, said, “it came down to how students performed on state achievement tests.”
“It is the result of a lot of hard work that students and staff put in day-in and day-out in West Park,” he said, adding the support and commitment of students’ families played a humongous role, also.
“I’m hoping next year we honor 70… 75… 80 (students), and just keep going from there.”
The tests students received evaluations for included ELA (English Language Arts), Math, and Science.
To be named to the 2017-18 ‘Legends and Leaders’ list, a student had to score ‘proficient’ or higher on one or more of the AIR Assessments (American Institutes for Research).

“Imaginations Creations” opens door to amazing gifts

Christmas Botique 3- Imaginations Creations Ad Run

Did you miss the Christmas Boutique?

It’s not too late!

What is “Imaginations Creations?”

It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

At “Imaginations Creations” in West Park, you can purchase a desk for your study, a large wall-clock made from lacquered wood, a small stand for books, knick-knacks, and much, much more.

Words really don’t do it justice. The work owner and craftsman Ron Bonoan does, has to be seen to be believed. So, below, take a look at some of the local items Bonoan has available for sale now.

If you are unable to make it to a showing, it’s not a problem. Call and make an appointment with Bonoan at, (216) 870-7332, to stop in at a time that is convenient for you.

Sweeney takes office early as new State Rep

CMYK Bride Rose Sweeney
(Photo by Ohio House staff)
By Jerry Masek
Most new politicians elected in November have to wait until Jan. 1 to take office.
Not Bride Rose Sweeney. Because the Ohio House 14th District seat was vacant, she was appointed by Ohio House Democratic Caucus to fill the spot just one week after she won the Nov. 6 election.
House Speaker Ryan Smith administered the oath of office on Nov. 14, before Sweeney’s friends, family and fellow legislators.

“The first few days were a complete whirlwind,” Sweeney said. “I’ve already voted on a few bills.”

As a member of the 133rd General Assembly, Sweeney, 26, replaces her father, long-time politician Martin Sweeney. A native of West Park, it is believed that she is the first woman ever to represent District 14. She is also the youngest current state legislator.

District 14 includes Cleveland Wards 16 and 17, Parma Heights, Middleburg Heights, Brooklyn and Brook Park. Republicans hold a majority in both Houses of the General Assembly.

“This is the greatest honor of my life and I cannot thank everyone enough who led me here,” she wrote on Facebook. “I am grateful to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and to the citizens who put their trust in me. This election fulfills a lifelong dream for me.”
Sweeney said she will fight for better jobs, increased access to health care, and strong communities. In her campaign, she focused on protecting Medicaid expansion, restoring the Local Government Fund, and keeping higher education affordable.
Sweeney was named Bride after her grandmother, a first-generation American. The families lived on West 133rd Street, near Jefferson Park.
Her path to the Statehouse was clearly marked by two things — coming from a family of public servants and gaining valuable Statehouse experience right out of college.
A 2010 graduate of St. Joseph Academy, she majored in political science, and minored in business and leadership at John Carroll University.
After graduating in 2014, she was selected to be a fellow at the non-partisan Ohio Legislative Service Commission. She later worked for State Senators in the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus, including Ken Yuko. Now, she and Yuko are both members of the General Assembly.
When she declared her candidacy Feb. 3, she wrote on Facebook, “I know that a life of service dedicated to others is a life worth living. I am running because I believe government can do better, and together, we can make it work for all of us. I want to do my part to change the system and create a future we can all be proud of. My name may be familiar, but I am my own woman and have new, fresh ideas for the Statehouse.”
The Statehouse calendar usually requires legislators to be in Columbus several days each week, giving them ample time to meet with constituents in their home districts.
How to reach Representative Sweeney

Phone: 614-466-3350

Mail: 77 South High St., Columbus OH 43215

E-mail: Go to www.ohiohouse.gov/Bride-Rose-Sweeney/contact

Three outdoor ice rinks to open

West Park Where to Ice Skate

West Park residents have their pick of multiple outdoor ice rinks this winter.

On Public Square, the Cleveland Foundation will provide free ice skating tickets on Saturday, Nov. 24, as part of Downtown’s Winterfest celebration. Free tickets will be distributed starting at 7 a.m. and continue until they run out. The facility, known as the Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink, is located in the Southwest Quadrant, close to Tower City and the RTA Rapid Transit Station.

Winterfest runs from 1-7:30 p.m., and ends with the holiday lighting ceremony and fireworks.

Free ice skating lessons begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

The Rink at Wade Oval in University Circle is open Nov. 23-Feb. 18. Adults pay $2 to skate, can $3 to rent skates size 4-13. Students pay $1 to skate and $2 to rent skates size 4-13.

Hours are 3-9 p.m. Fridays, noon-7 p.m. Saturdays, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Extended hours in December are 3-9 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12, and noon-9 p.m. Dec. 19 and 26

From Dec. 24-Jan. 6, the rink is open daily. It is also open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day and Valentine’s Day. Free skating lessons are offered from noon-1 p.m every Saturday.

To reach either ice rink from West Park, ride the Red Line to Tower City, and walk out onto Public Square. You can skate there, or transfer to the HealthLine on Euclid Avenue, exit at University Circle, and walk north to Wade Oval.

Halloran Park will also have open skate Monday through Friday, from 3 to 5 p.m.; Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Park officials say they are working on conditioning the ice for public use right now. They expect work to be finished by this weekend and open shortly thereafter.


“Pennie the Pickle” Holiday Coloring Contest

Pennie the Christmas Pickle Coloring Contest

Local children’s author Tony Marini and The West Park Times will have a local coloring contest for children of all ages.
Look for Marini’s character, “Pennie the Christmas Pickle,” to appear in print during the months of October and November. The winner will be announced in December’s issue.
Marini says he came up with the idea for the story after being a long-time fan of the famous prose, “Twas the night before Christmas…” featured in the novel A Visit from St. Nicholas, by Clement C. Moore.
“I wanted to bring a new tradition to life,” says Marini. “I also wanted something that encouraged families to get together and to do activities together with their children— and of course— to read.”
Pennie the Christmas Pickle comes with her own book, which can be found at Barnes and Noble and PenniePickle.com. Pennie also has her own smile-inspiring, sing-a-long song, which can be found here at Amazon. The book also includes activities in the back, such as recipes, song lyrics, and a way to make your own Christmas ornament.

How election affects West Park

Cleveland, OH, West Park Voting News 2018 November
Most attention in the November 6 election focused on national and statewide races, but local races also impacted West Park. This area is generally considered Cleveland Wards 16 and 17, and zip codes 44111 and 44135.
Cuyahoga County Council: No change. Most of West Park is represented by District 2 Councilman Dale Miller, whose seat was not on the ballot. A small area in Ward 16 continues to be represented by District 3 Councilman Dan Brady, who is Council President.
Ohio Senate, District 23: Nickie J. Antonio of Lakewood was elected to serve West Park and nearby areas. Because of term limits, she can serve a maximum of two four-year terms. She takes office on Jan. 1.
Ohio House, District 14: Bride Rose Sweeney, 26, was elected to replace her father, long-time politician Martin Sweeney. She is a native of West Park.  Because of term limits, she can serve a maximum of four four-year consecutive terms. She takes office on Jan. 1. District 14 includes Cleveland Ward 17, and most of Cleveland Ward 16, and nearby suburbs.

Ceremony and Parade Planned to Honor Veterans Nov. 9

City Hall lights up in green to show support for Veterans



Mayor Frank G. Jackson and other city officials will participate in the 2018 Veterans Day ceremony and parade on Nov. 9 to honor those who bravely served in the armed forces. Cleveland City Hall will also shine in green to show recognition and support for Cleveland-area veterans.

Greenlight A Vet

City Hall will shine in green as part of the Greenlight A Vet initiative. The Greenlight A Vet initiative is a national campaign to establish visible, national support for veterans by changing building lights to the color green. For more information on Greenlight A Vet, visit http://www.greenlightavet.com/.

Veterans Day Ceremony

The 2018 Veterans Day theme is “100th Anniversary of the World War I Armistice.” On Friday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m., a special Veterans Day recognition ceremony will be held inside Cleveland City Hall rotunda. Speakers at the ceremony are Mayor Frank G. Jackson; President, Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County Tom Jenks,; Chaplain, U.S. Army (Ret.) Father Joe Piskura,; Mistress of Ceremonies Monica Robins; and Guest Speaker Judge David Matia.

Veteran Awardees

During the ceremony, three individuals will be recognized for their service to the nation: Allen Bray, “Outstanding Student Veteran of the Year”; Taras Terry Zacharyj, “Veteran of the Year”; and Judge Charles Patton, Cleveland Municipal Court, Veterans Treatment Court, “Civilian of the Year.”


This year marks the fifth annual Cleveland Veterans Day Parade. The parade immediately follows the ceremony and will step-off in front of City Hall, 601 Lakeside Ave., at 12:30 p.m. The parade route will proceed east on Lakeside Avenue to East 9th Street, south towards Superior Avenue, west towards Roadway Drive, north toward Rockwell Avenue, west to Ontario Street, north to Lakeside Avenue traveling east and ending at City Hall. Find a copy of the route map here.

The Co-Grand Marshals for this year’s parade are: Allen Bray, “Outstanding Veteran Student of the Year”; Taras Terry Zacharyj, “Veteran of the Year”; and Judge Charles Patton, Cleveland Municipal Court, Veterans Treatment Court, “Civilian of the Year.”

Reminder: To enter City Hall, visitors must bring a valid photo ID.

About the City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life of its residents by strengthening neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing diversity and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, play and do business. For more information on the City of Cleveland, visit online at www.city.cleveland.oh.us, Twitter at @cityofcleveland or Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofcleveland.

Bellaire-Puritas hosts annual Neighborhood Summit Oct. 18

By Jerry Masek

The Bellaire-Puritas Development Corp. (BPDC) will host the annual Neighborhood Summit from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Robinson G. Jones Elementary School, 4550 W. 150th St. Admission is free and a light meal will be provided.

“Our community is stronger when people participate,” says Ian Heisey, Community Engagement Director at BPDC. “The strongest assets in our community are the people who live and work here. At the summit, people can meet other neighbors who care, connect to resources that are available, learn ways to get involved and stay informed about the strategic plan that BPDC is implementing.”

Residents will hear about the impact of the successful Wraparound Strategy at the R.G. Jones School, and the power of community-school partnerships.

Ward 16 City Councilman Brian Kazy will speak briefly, and community awards will be announced.

For more information, call 216-671-2710 ext. 219, or send e-mail to i.heisey@bpdc.org.

You must register to vote by Oct. 9

By Jerry Masek

If you plan on voting in the Nov. 6 general election, you must be registered to vote by Oct. 9.
You can register at all area libraries, and at the main offices of St. John’s Academy and John Marshall High School.
Questions? Call the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at 216-443-VOTE (8663), or visit boe.cuyahogacounty.us.
The Nov. 6 ballot includes races for Governor, Attorney General, State Auditor, Secretary of State, Congress, the US Senate, Ohio General Assembly, Cuyahoga County Council, judicial seats and local issues.

Inside the Zen Center of Cleveland

West Park Times CloudWater Zendo Article

A Special Report by the West Park Times

Teachings come in many different forms.
CloudWater Zendo, The Zen Center of Cleveland, is a place for all to learn and be calm.
“The interesting thing about the Buddhist tradition is that it’s flexible enough to allow people to practice it the way they want,” says the Ven. Shih Ying-Fa, instructor, and founder of CloudWater Zendo.

“It can be a way of life,” he says. “You don’t have to be Buddhist to practice Buddhism. There are non-Buddhists who come here to meditate. So, you’ve got the religious aspect, the philosophical aspect, the way of life aspect, and the system of education aspect. Our attitude is if there is something that we have that you think you can use to assist you in life and to assist you to alleviate whatever suffering you may be experiencing- please take it- no strings attached.”

Every Saturday, the Zen Center of Cleveland, located at 4436 Puritas Ave., holds group Zen meditation with formal Zen tea from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. This does not cost anything and is open to the public. There will also be a free introduction to Zen meditation class starting at 7 p.m. every Monday throughout the month of April.
Looking for something in particular or of a different variety? A full listing of events can be found on the calendar page of the CloudWater Zendo website, at: www.cloudwater.org/cal/calender.pl.
So, what does the name, CloudWater Zendo, mean exactly?
“The name of this temple is from an old term, which started in China and got popular in Japan… in Chinese Feng Shui which means clouds and water because Zen monks were expected to float like clouds and flow like water. It’s freedom and activity but all flowing together.”
West Park is lucky not only to have the Zen Center, but Ying-Fa also, as a resident.
“I love West Park,” he says. “I’ve lived here since 1990.”
According to Ying-Fa, the original Zendo was founded in 1994 at the intersection of Triskett and Warren.
There are several Buddhist stereotypes which exist. However, despite any pervading misconceptions, CloudWater Zendo focuses on teaching the history and truth of Buddhism.
“A lot of people don’t know a lot about this tradition,” says Ying-Fa.
“I think having an understanding of the history enhances what you do but it’s not necessary going in,” he says.
“We teach an eight-week class that we’re in the middle of right now. It’s eight classes. It’s called the ‘Basics of Buddhism’ and it’s a survey class- it covers the history, the formation of the traditions, the teachings and all that other sort of thing. We do that twice a year,” he says. “Two of the eight classes are about history because there is such a misunderstanding about Buddhist history in the west… Buddhism can be very complicated. Not because it’s roots are complicated but it’s outgrowths became complicated. It’s going through so many cultures and picking up terminology and history from there.”
According to Ying-Fa there are three major divisions of Buddhism: “the original Buddhism that started in India, the Theravada (teaching of the elders); the Mahayana, a wider vehicle was an outgrowth of the original Theravada and it’s the Buddhism that prevailed in East Asia. Then the third major division didn’t come along until the eighth century of the Common Era and that was Himalayan Buddhism. Westerners call it Tibetan Buddhism because it was the most influential country. But there were more countries than that involved.”
According to Ying-Fa, his career in the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), is what led him to Cleveland. It also influenced his future involvement with the Buddhist tradition.
“The VA is what brought me here,” he says. “And the VA is what kick-started my Buddhist path because I was a very stress-laden individual. . It was very difficult working in that environment back then, I can’t speak to it now- but for me it was a little bit rough. So, I began the practice of meditation which then led me to the fellow who was my first teacher who was the priest of the

Cleveland Buddhist temple in Euclid. And, after meeting and talking with him it was like a big bell just went off in my whole being that said this is where you need to be. Thirty-two years later, here I am.”
Meditation is helpful for many to manage stress while promoting self-awareness.
How does meditation do all of this?
According to Ying-Fa, meditation is helpful because: “if a person can find five minutes a day in which to meditate-what that does, is, a a term I commonly use, it’s lamination. Lamination is thin layers built up over time. In meditation it’s layers of concentration that built up over time.
“It’s like eating a sandwich,” he says. “You eat the sandwich and all the components of the sandwich don’t go to your bloodstream, or your tissues or your bones right away. It’s a process of getting it there.”
Meditation can allow your mind to focus more on the present; manage stress while building skills to manage stress; increase imagination, tolerance, patience, and creativity, say the Mayo Clinic.
There are several different types of meditation. Some are guided, while others focus on mindfulness and mantras, or the silent repetition of a phrase or word. There is also Qi gong, tai chi, and transcendental meditation.

For approximately two decades, Ying-Fa has been providing an invaluable service to the world from his home-base in West Park.
Ying-Fa is known for his quick and helpful responses, with a typical response time of 24 hours.
Do you have a question for the Ven. Shih Ying-Fa? Visit the “Ask a Monk” form at: http://www.cloudwater.org/index.php/ask-a-monk-2/
You may even indicate how soon you would like a response.
Classes and additional event information may be found at: www.cloudwater.org.

Two Sons Tattoo Slated to Open Soon

West Park resident, Brittany Bosch, and her husband Paul, a tattoo artist, are bringing their combined talents to West Park with Two Sons Tattoo.
They are expected to open near the end of spring.
Brittany, who was born and raised in West Park, met Paul, a tattoo artist, while she was working in the fashion industry in New York City. In fact, she says she was getting a tattoo after going to a job interview when she coincidentally saw Paul for the first time. Brittany says she brings an administrative quality to the new business, while helping with the day-to-day operations, and other things, like marketing. Paul, who hails from Minnesota, has built an impressive career. Discovered while working in a skateboarding shop, Paul says he initially enjoyed drawing, when one day a man called saying he had seen Paul’s drawings and wanted to know if he would be interested in being an apprentice.
After considering the proposal and weighing it out heavily, Paul decided to take a chance and so his astounding career in tattoo artistry began. For more information, contact the west park times, at: westparktimes@gmail.com.