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ODOT Meetings On Sound Barriers on I-71 Between Pearl Road and West 47th Street

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There will be two community meetings for neighborhood residents to comment.

 The first: Wednesday, July 22nd at 6:30 p.m.  at Applewood, 3518 W. 25th Street.

The second: Thursday, July 23. It will be on the Agenda of the BCCA meeting to be held at Brooklyn Memorial United Methodist Church, 2705 Archwood Ave. also at 6:30.

The Item to discuss:  Noise Barriers along I-71 in the Brooklyn Centre Neighborhood .  Here is where they would be placed.
Northside of I-71 from W. 25th Street/Pearl Road going west to Denison overpass, and
Southside of I-71 from W. 25th Street/Pearl Road going west to Fulton Road and also from Westside of Denison (other side of overpass) to the first railroad crossing overpass by the small residential section containing W. 46th and W. 47th and Denmark Avenue.

Here is the email that Councilman Brian Cummins sent out earlier about these impending meetings.

Please spread the word…
See message below regarding ODOT funding for mitigation of noise issues for I-71.  The map  can be found  here..  OBCDC and ODOT will be doing outreach and mailers to the immediate areas and we’re asking civic associations and block clubs to help spread the word.  Meetings will be forthcoming.  If you have any question please let me know. 
So far I have attended one preliminary meeting.  In discussions over the years about noise walls, most people have stated they do not want them and a few want them very much.  It was brought up in the meeting with ODOT what other alternatives could there be?  If walls are not put up, other mitigation actions could be taken nut only 15% of the total allocated funding could be used.
Another big issue is that the access roads to the freeway between Fulton and Pearl Roads were initially part of the innerbelt plan and then dropped.  ODOT confirmed that lowering the access roads, is no longer in their plans.  I think most of the comments about not wanting the barriers is that homes (other than on Smith and portions of Riverside and Mapledale) are fairly far off the freeway and that the options of barriers could impact the tree lines that are currently in place.  One suggestion was to see if ODOT could put up nicer privacy fencing or something else other than a barrier wall of 12 – 14 feet.  There will be a lot to discuss in the up coming meetings.
We’ll be getting a lot more information and will share it when it comes.

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July 19th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Lots to Do in Brooklyn Centre/Old Brooklyn July 18th—ALL FREE

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Walk+Roll Cleveland comes to our neighborhood this weekend with the All Access Fair sponsored by Old Brooklyn CDC and others.

The event kicks off at 10 am and winds down at 4 p.m.  For details, i have included two access points.  Bicycle tours, walking tours and much more will be available throughout the day.


Shortly after, an evening of musical entertainment will begin at The Brookside Reservation.  This year access off Denison Avenue will be restricted due to bridge construction.  Next year we should have pedestrian access from our side of the bridge.  Entry this year will be off Ridge Road.

And throughout the weekend, the annual West 44th Street Neighborhood Garage Sale will be taking place.  The small neighborhood nestled on a brick lined street off Denison Avenue will once again, amaze its patrons with the quality of the merchandise and the sellers’ ability to bargain with their buyers.  This sale is a garage sale browser’s dream in reality.  


July 18th and 19th, 2009

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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July 15th, 2009 at 11:41 am

One of Our Connections to Ingenuity

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Just received this email from our friend Dennis, the inventor.

Come see the speakers at Euclid side of Halle
Building during the ingenuity fest   Please forward this to all your friends.

Sent from my iPhone
Dennis All-Tronics
Builders of one of the finest  speaker systems in the world.

He has invented the most awesome speaker I have ever experienced.   Yes, it is an experience-not hearing, not listening, but experiencing.  Everyone I talk to who has head them say it is hard to  describe  to those who have not yet seen them and sat in the seat to hear them.  Kind of like being right there in the concert hall.  And a piano, the sound of a piano at its best if you can’t be there live.

Stop by when you are strolling down Euclid Avenue enjoying the Engenuity Fest!

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July 10th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

First Hurdle on a long journey of Life

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Yesterday I accompanied Tim on his “complete physical” appointment with our primary doctor at MetroHealth.  Our doctor told him that he was an example of a Greek God.  All of his tests came back showing a much younger man than his actual age.  Let me say this, we didn’t really need the boost to Tim’s ego, but I for one was greatly appreciative that his health is so good. I know the girls will be pleased as well.  Those of you who have had parents or friends who take on the role of caregiver know how stressful it can be and how often that person’s health suffers.  Tim attributes a lot of it to his ability to fall asleep any time, any where, and any how.  His doctor and I think there is a bit more to it than that, but whatever works for him.

One of the questions she always asks him is how is he coping with what is going on in my life.  Yesterday, Tim told her that he was extremely worried about me because I was extremely “flat”.  In fact, he said he thought “I was “going away again”.  She turned to me and in her direct and pointed way, she asked”are you depressed?  You know, if you are that is very common and acceptable given all you have been through”.

I paused, said”no”, then hesitated. Not depressed exactly, but discouraged.  All this time, I have treated each event—the heart attack, the stroke, the stroke rehab, the cancer as one more hurdle, and here i am at the last hurdle-the cardio rehab- and I am sore, I am weak, I am so tired.  “Last hurdle, this is not the LAST hurdle this is the first hurdle, the one that begins a long journey of life.  You are beginning training to last a lifetime.  Consider it marathon training.  You train hard, then you ease off, then you go at it again, until it becomes a way of life.  Tim asks her if she is a runner.  She smiles and says “yes”.

Perspective-how important our perspective is on how we face the hurdles of life.  The first hurdle, not the last hurdle-how interesting just a simple switch of perception gives me a whole new outlook on how I see my future-not one of an invalid, but of an athlete-an athlete of life.  Thanks, Doc!  you’ve given me one more reason to love MetroHealth.

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July 8th, 2009 at 12:15 pm