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House, Building & Barn Movers – Heavy Hauling – Ohio & Western Pennsylvania – Stein House Movers

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Here’s a business that might come in handy. In our neighborhood, is demolition always the preferable alternative? What makes economic sense? What preserves value, conserves energy, and builds on the wealth bequeathed us by our forebearers? What can we do now to capitalize on land-bank lots?

Only a case-by-case working of the numbers will tell.

Shut your ears to all the macroeconomic platitudes you hear about how thriving communities will come about through wasting assets now. The promoters have no idea about values, or money, or communities, for that matter. The current demolition frenzy is covering up four decades of failure on the part of local leadership.

Work the numbers yourself. Call Stein for a price. You can’t build houses like these anymore for a reasonable cost.

 

Welcome to Stein House Movers Inc.!

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Stein House Movers Inc. is an established licensed and insured 3rd generation house moving company. Stein House Movers Inc. has been working in the heavy hauling and moving industry while proudly serving Ohio and Western Pennsylvania since 1945. We have proven to be a safe, reliable, professional house moving company with over 60 years of experience and the latest house moving equipment on the market. We can handle all jobs, big or small, residential or commercial. Call or e-mail us today to see on how we can assist you.

The following are some of services we can provide for you:

Moving or relocating of homes: We can provide the services of moving or relocating of residential homes. We have the knowledge and capability to move homes of all building styles and sizes. We have moved everything from brand new homes to century old historic homes, and everything in between. It can be “stick” built, prefabricated, steel framed, solid stone or brick, we can move it.

Moving or relocating of businesses or commercial properties: We have provided our services for moving convenience stores, town halls and school buildings.

Moving or relocating of barns, pole buildings and garages: We have had the pleasure of relocating century old barns, preserving their much appreciated craftsmanship for future generations to enjoy.

Basement replacement or repair: We also specialize in the replacing of basements or underpinning a new basement under existing homes.  We have replaced entire basements for hundreds of families, all while they continued to live upstairs with no hassle or inconvenience. We also specialize in the repair or replacement of single walls that have failed or have been damaged.

FEMA Projects: We are experienced working with FEMA in saving homes and other various structures in recognized flood zones by raising them and extending their foundations above the identified flood levels.

House, Building & Barn Movers – Heavy Hauling – Ohio & Western Pennsylvania – Stein House Movers

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September 21st, 2013 at 1:01 pm

HERE WE GO AGAIN: EPA Public Hearing to Permit Incinerator

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I just received this notice from Nathan Rutz of Ohio Citizen Action  informing me that we are again being forced to defend ourselves against this abomination that Cleveland Public Power and the City of Cleveland promote. 

Dear Gloria —
In 2012, after facing widespread public opposition to their plans for a new garbage incinerator on Ridge Road, the City of Cleveland fired project developer Peter Tien for incompetence and claimed they were going back to the drawing board.

However, the City has continued to pursue this project behind the scenes, even thoughsome new consultants (Gershman, Brickner and Bratton) just told Cleveland City Council  last week that a new “gasification” plant would be far more expensive than other options.

The city has now asked Ohio EPA to issue an air pollution permit for the proposed garbage incinerator on Ridge Road.  The draft permit, which was issued on May 10, 2013, is very similar to the one proposed last year,  and can be found on the Ohio EPA’s website at:http://wwwapp.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/permits_issued/1010783.pdf

The Ohio EPA and City of Cleveland Division of Air Quality have just announced that they will hold a public hearing on this permit on Wednesday, June 12th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Estabrook Recreation Center, 4125 Fulton Road.

Loud and clear, the citizens of Cleveland told Mayor Frank Jackson and city officials that we want a strong recycling and composting program, not a highly polluting and unnecessary garbage incinerator.  Apparently they didn’t get the message.

Please plan to come to this hearing, bring your “No Cleveland Incinerator” signs if you can, and be prepared to testify against this proposal.  We will be preparing some additional information for you to use, but wanted to get the word out about the date right away.

Also, please call Mayor Frank Jackson’s office, 216-664-3990, and tell the mayor that the city should withdraw this permit and go back to the drawing board.

With thanks,

Nathan Rutz

Cleveland Campaign Organizer

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Cleveland’s Hispanic Enclave Density & Country of Origin by Census Tract

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Cleveland's Hispanic Enclave Density & Country of Origin[1]

***The white areas on this map have fewer than 1000 Hispanic people per Square mile.***

Given the recent events of Ward Redistricting I thought it was a good time to pull it out and see where the concentration of Hispanic people lived.

Seems to me that it should be relatively easy to create a ward that has a 41% density of Hispanics without causing major disruption. Then again, maybe not.

Written by Gloria Ferris

April 9th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Reminder: Brooklyn Centre Memorial Day Service

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I just sent this email out to many of our friends and neighbors in the Cleveland area.  Although I posted about the Memorial Day service here a few days ago.  I decided it couldn’t hurt to do it again

I hope you are having a relaxing, enjoyable weekend.  here in Brooklyn Centre we will be taking time to honor and reflect on why we celebrate this holiday.  Please join us.  For 33 years, we have been gathering at the Brooklyn Centre Burying Ground to honor the dead and buried Revolutionary War thru World War II veterans at the cemetery.  Led for many years,by neighbors and friend, Rick Nicholson, we will again have this service.

In addition, we will be using this memorial service to begin our year long celebration of Brooklyn Centre’s Bicentennial.  Through the coming months, we will be letting you know of events in and around Brooklyn Centre which will celebrate our long history in Cleveland.

But first, come join us to solemnly reflect and honor the sacrifice of so many so that we can be "the land of the free and the home of the brave:

Click here for details.

http://www.gloriaferris.net/2012/05/2012-brooklyn-centre-memorial-day-ceremony-this-coming-monday-may-28th-at-1100-am/

The ceremony begins at 11:00 am.  There will be music, the placing of flags on the graves and veterans, and time to visit with friends and neighbors.

Tim says I should mention that Rick Nicholson is a member of the Cleveland Grays, and even in the hottest weather, he dons his wool uniform and beaver hat.  Get there early if you want to see it because tomorrow is supposed to be a scorcher.

Written by Gloria Ferris

May 27th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

2012 Brooklyn Centre Memorial Day Ceremony this coming Monday, May 28th, at 11:00 AM

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Brooklyn Centre Memorial Day Photo Only

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May 25th, 2012 at 11:32 am

Since When Does An Acronym “SPA” Replace a Neighborhood?

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Since When Does an Acronym “SPA” Replace a Neighborhood?

It doesn’t. For those of you not “in the know” SPA stands for Strategic Planning Area- a government nom de plume to designate those areas of a town or city that will divvy up the federal funds allotted to that town or city.In the past, these areas reflected the neighborhoods of Cleveland. Presently, SPAS are being combined and a many neighborhoods will no longer be the designated as a SPA.  Some neighborhoods will be combined with others, essentially, wiping out that neighborhood’s name on the map.  Here in Cleveland, as we have all know by now the $$$ that we send to the federal government that come back to us by way of HUD and other entities are constantly shrinking. Let’s pause for a moment- our dollars going to the government, the government taking a cut, and then, our much leaner $$ come back to us. Of course, those “in the know” would tell you that this routing of money is “fairer” because those areas that are “poorer” benefit from the largesse of the communities that have “more”. I never have truly believed this statement, but neither have I taken the time to research it. It just seems to me that a community that can keep money recirculating within the community rather than constant side trips would prove more useful.

It is my understanding that for an SPA to work well, the area must have a certain amount of “designated poverty” neighborhoods so that the area will qualify for federal funds, hence, the necessity to gerrymander the existing SPAS into “new and improved” areas. Over the past few days, my Gmail account has overflowed with the new nomenclature suggested for these SPAS. My question to you all is “why”? Why are we caught up in a discussion on “naming rights” and not the more important question of how does this benefit each neighborhood of the city?

A strategic planning area is NOT a neighborhood and does not replace a neighborhood. It is something created around a table by a group of planners, political wonks, and elected officials for doling out federal monies. It does not define your neighborhood or you unless you allow it to do so. Kamm’s Corners, Stockyards, Brooklyn Centre, Tremont, Barbara, North Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, Glenville, Shaker Square-each and every one of these neighborhoods will survive as long as the people within that neighborhood identify with that community of people. A neighborhood dies when the last person who knows its origins stops relating memories about its past and stops striving to keep it alive and well.

For some, the problem arises when neighborhoods are split in two or those on the edge of an SPA are not given clear direction as to who, what and where their services are provided. I personally have witnessed this situation during the creation of the Ward 14 CDO (community Development Organization.  An organization created before the NEW designations, and therefore, many neighborhoods have experienced confusion, frustration, and inadequate services. This problem is something that certainly needs to be addressed with the creation of these new SPAS. I for one would hope that ward boundaries would not designate how services are dispensed because they will continue to shift throughout the years. Rather, I would suggest that neighborhood boundaries be considered when creating new SPAs so that no neighborhood is split in two and that each neighborhood knows how services will be dispensed.

Side by Side comparisons of how the existing SPAS work and how new and improved SPAs will be better should be done before any changes are made.  In the long run, when SPA boundaries shift throughout the years how can metrics be compared and how can we know that monies are used efficiently and for best practices.  If SPA areas combine how will statistical data be used to make sure that the neighborhoods encased in a given SPA area are receiving the best value for the dollars invested,  and, if they are truly receiving the dollars that should be invested there.

I think we are on a slippery slope when our identity as a neighborhood is verified or nullified by an SPA designation. I serve on the Ward 14 steering committee, and I have asked my colleagues to resist the urge to name the organization with a combination of the three neighborhoods presently associated with the CDO because it was apparent that this debate would soon be upon us. In my mind, it is better to name the “thing” and say that the neighborhoods of Stockyards, Brooklyn Centre, and Clark Fulton are served by the “thing”. Right now, Brooklyn Centre is served by two councilmen and two CDOs. Who knows what our fate will be when all the new lines are drawn?

What I do know: Brooklyn Centre was settled in 1812, in 2012 it celebrates its 200th birthday, and my neighbors and I are working hard to ensure that it survives another 100 years as a strong, prosperous community. Will we use the services of our local government? Absolutely! Will we demand accountability and transparency from our elected officials? Absolutely! However, strength and prosperity will come from the residents and businesspeople within the neighborhood, and therefore, it is imperative that we all understand and acknowledge what a neighborhood is and does. A neighborhood reflects the values and aspirations of its residents and business owners, not the name given it by the people who work for it. Neighborhoods will not be destroyed by people around a table; rather, they will die of natural causes when the last neighbor is gone. An SPA on the other hand will continue to shift as the dollars shrink and the workers gather around the tale.

Written by Gloria Ferris

July 7th, 2011 at 11:13 am

Brooklyn Centre Memorial Day Ceremony

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Every Memorial Day our friend and neighbor Rick Nicholson organizes special tribute to our armed forces and the veterans who lost their lives so that you and I would have the great freedoms we enjoy because we live in America.  There are a few short speeches, music, a flag placing ceremony and conversations with friends and neighbors.  It is a great way to start a holiday that remembers the fallen and the dead who gave their lives so we would be free.  All are welcome.

JOIN US FOR A SERVICE AT THE HISTORIC BROOKLYN CENTRE BURYING GROUND, ALSO KNOWN AS DENISON CEMETERY. TO HONOR OUR MILITARY VETERANS.

11:00 AM, MONDAY

MAY 30TH 2011

MEET AT THE BURYING GROUNDS LOCATED ON GARDEN AVENUE, NORTH OF DENISON AND EAST OF PEARL ON GARDEN AVE BEHIND ALDI’S. CONSTRUCTION ON NEW GATE ONGOING.

THIS CEMETERY HAD ITS FIRST BURIAL IN 1823 AND WAS DEEDED BROOKLYN CENTRE BURING GROUNDS IN 1835. MANY WAR VETERANS, STARTING WITH THE "REVOLUTIONARY WAR", ARE BURIED IN THIS LOCAL HISTORIC CEMETERY.

ALL WELCOME TO CONTRIBUTE. PLEASE CALL RICK NICHOLSON AT 216 398 1494 TO SCHEDULE ANY COMMENTS YOU WISH TO MAKE. MUSIC WILL BE PERFORMED BY JOY AND DOC.

Day One: Reclaiming Vacant Land Conference

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Not much time to write before my ride for day two of this conference arrives.  So, right now I will only offer impressions of the first day.  If these next two days are anything like the first all us Clevelanders are going to be puffing out our chests and bursting with pride.  First comment heard from one of the organizers was How great to step off the plane, step on a train and be at your hotel in a matter of minutes.

I attended the training session on Receivership of property.  Very interesting and I will write more later.  The welcome session with the Mayors of Flint and Memphis was a very important perspective on this problem of urban sprawl.  I will write more later.  Took good notes so I should be able to call up the memories.

Off to another day of learning with I bet more compliments about our great city!

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October 14th, 2010 at 6:41 am

Thanks For Giving!

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Sherry wants to thank everybody who came to The Ugly Broad Tavern bearing turkeys, complete Thanksgiving meals, and more. Due to your efforts, Sherry dropped off an envelope with $211 in cash, three turkeys complete with all the trimmings, seventeen boxes, and more than fifteen bags of food to help fill Brookside Center’s shelves during the Thanksgiving holiday.

It was great to catch up with people we hadn’t seen in awhile and to meet a FaceBook friend face to face for the first time. As always, the tacos were scrumptious, and we enjoyed the conversation and camaraderie at our neighborhood bar, The Ugly. Stay tuned, scuttlebutt has it that there will be a redux of the event before Christmas.

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November 19th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

It’s Halloween at The Ugly Broad

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Tim and I stopped by our favorite neighborhood tavern last night for tacos.  Wednesday is Taco Night at The Ugly Broad.  They are Go-o–d. This time they were exceptional.  Homegrown tomatoes added a special taste treat.  Patrons share their bounty with Sherry’s kitchen.

Little Sherry, Sherry and the rest of the crew are getting ready for the annual Halloween Party. Sherry tells me that Little Sherry is in charge.  Each day it looks just a bit more like Halloween. Sherry let me borrow a flyer so that I could add it to my post.

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The menu sounds extremely scrumptious with toad’s eyes, eyes of newt, devil’s eyes, graveyard pizza and a sandwich that is “to die for”.

Since the flyer is a bit small.  Here are the details. 

Saturday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m.

And you will just have to attend to sample the ingredients of that sandwich and the other frightening treats.  I’m not giving away any secrets because I sure don’t need any bewitching spells on me this year.

Written by Gloria Ferris

October 16th, 2008 at 12:34 pm