Born and raised in the Kamm’s Corners/West Park Area. Jo Ann has spent most of her life here. She attended John Marshall High School and now lives in the house in which she grew up. Her father, Bob Bohr, was on the board of Kamm’s Corners Development for many years. He always used to tell her, “all politics begins at the local level.” Something
Jo Ann never really “got” until after she retired from her career teaching history at Harding Middle School in Lakewood and began to dedicate more of her time to her community. She helped form The Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market
and has spent the past 11 years as a core volunteer there every Sunday. She also finds time to volunteer to work on political campaigns and started a women’s book club 11 years ago that is still going strong. They haven’t missed a single meeting in those 11 years!
“I love my city and my neighborhood-because it IS A neighborhood! There are people on my street who were here when I was a young girl, and my family moved into this house in 1950! People watch out for each other. I can walk anywhere to get coffee, grocery shop, dine out…The list goes on and on.”
Born in Niagara Falls, Nan grew up in three small Canadian cities, attended the University of Toronto, and lived in Montreal, London, Calcutta, Berkeley, Monterey and Boston before coming to rest in Cleveland almost 50 years ago. She moved to Collinwood with her husband Miles in 1986, something she considers the “best decision we ever made.”Miles bought and restored the Zaller Building at 16006 Waterloo and for one happy year they jointly ran an art gallery. After a journalism career, her neighborhood involvement increased after her husband died in 2011. She joined a group of neighborhood artists & residents to found Arts Collinwood, which later became Waterloo Arts
(W.A.). She has since devoted heavy volunteer hours to Waterloo Arts and its many activities, and now serves on its board. Nan also runs a chamber concert program (Music for Miles) with dedicated volunteer Bill Meyer, and sends out Neighborhood Notes several times a month to about 1000 lakeshore residents.
“I love Collinwood because it’s a genuine, old-fashioned neighborhood of multi-generational families, loyal alumni and involved residents. It was the lake that brought us here, but we found much, much more than we expected”
Tina was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Ohio in 1989. After accepting a teaching position at the Cleveland Montessori School
in Little Italy in 1996, she moved from Cuyahoga Falls to Cleveland Heights. The following year, however, she moved into Little Italy as she was compelled to join such a quaint, historic neighborhood. After 10 years of teaching, Tina became Executive Director for the Montessori School. With the support of dedicated board members, she created a partnership with Alta House that secures the future for both Little Italy institutions. Together they raised funds that allowed the restoration and renovation of the historic Alta House building. This work provided a new location for the school and supports recreation and senior programs offered to the community. Through her continued dedication in her career and her community, Tina and her family have become invaluable members of the Little Italy neighborhood.
“The path that brought us to Little Italy was not planned. Once we got a taste of it, however, we were drawn in and made it our home. It is the whole package that makes Little Italy appealing. Being able to walk to work, church, Tony Brush Park and the community garden is a plus. Having so many unique shops, galleries and fabulous food is amazing. But, the people are what make it community and we are grateful to be part of it.”
CITY LIFE: WHERE TO LIVE
3599 West Blvd in Westown
Listed by Michele Anderson, Progressive Urban Real Estate
Clean, attractive 3 unit family home on beautiful West Blvd. Situated on a 60 X 100 foot corner lot, this property features Two five room, two bedroom units with refinished hard wood floors, updated kitchens with newer range, refrigerator and dishwasher, updated baths, AND central air conditioning. Perfect for those hot summer days. It also has a spacious two room unit on the third floor with window A/C unit included. Partially furnished. New furnace for the 3rd floor unit. Extensive electrical updates. Nice property for an investor or owner occupant to join the wonderful Westown neighborhood.