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During gas line work along Franklin Boulevard, Cogswell Hall visitors who usually park along the street will need to use our parking lot when signs like this are posted -- or, if it's full, allow time to park farther away than usual and walk.
As of May 26: no parking in front of Cogswell Hall for a while
During gas line work along Franklin Boulevard, Cogswell Hall visitors who usually park along the street will need to use our parking lot when these signs are posted. Our lot is sometimes full, so please allow time to park farther away than usual and walk. It is not yet clear whether parking will be prohibited constantly during the coming weeks or only on certain days of active work on our section of the street. Photo by Hans Holznagel / Cogswell Hall, May 26, 2017.
Boring under the north sidewalk of Franklin Boulevard began Friday, May 26, at the intersection of West 65th Street.
A boring necessity
As part of Dominion's gas line work, boring began under the north sidewalk of Franklin Boulevard on Friday, May 26, at the intersection of West 65th Street. The work was being done by DRC Enterprises, a Cleveland firm specializing in "directional boring and excavating." Photo by Hans Holznagel / Cogswell Hall, May 26, 2017.
Portions of the sidewalk immediately around the boring equipment were closed, but the roadways were open.
Portions of sidewalk closed
Portions of the sidewalk immediately around the boring equipment were closed on Friday morning but the roadways were open. Photo by Hans Holznagel, Cogswell Hall, May 26, 2017.
Boring under sidewalks instead of digging them up is one way of minimizing disruption to the neighborhood.
Working on gas lines by boring under sidewalks, instead of digging them up, is one way of minimizing disruption to the neighborhood. Similar work has already been done on side streets in the West 70s in April and May and is now beginning on Franklin Boulevard itself. Photo by Hans Holznagel / Cogswell Hall, May 26, 2017
A line is found and marked in front of Cogswell Hall.
Work in front of Cogswell Hall
A worker from USIC, a utility-locating services firm, is seen here digging by hand to find a line in front of Cogswell Hall. Photo by Hans Holznagel / Cogswell Hall, May 26, 2017.
A painted line and flags were placed on Cogswell Hall's curb, lawn and tree lawn May 26.
Flagged for attention
A painted line and three flags appeared in front of Cogswell Hall on Friday, May 26, running from the Franklin Boulevard curb, across the tree lawn and onto the lawn by our front walkway. Photo by Hans Holznagel / Cogswell Hall, Friday, May 26, 2017.
Lines have also been flagged along the south side of Franklin.
Across the street, too
Gas lines have also been flagged along the south side of Franklin Boulevard, including this location across from Cogswell Hall. Photo by Hans Holznagel / Cogswell Hall, May 26, 2017
Dominion's search for other utility lines is also closing parking and sidewalks along parts of Franklin Boulevard and requiring work on residential property.
All of our neighbors are affected
Dominion's contractors' painstaking search for exact locations of other utility lines -- especially sewer lines -- is also closing parking and sidewalks along parts of Franklin Boulevard and requiring work on residential property. Photo by Hans Holznagel / Cogswell Hall, May 26, 2017.
The directional-boring machine.
This is the business end of the directional-boring machine being used in the gas line project along Franklin Boulevard. Photo by Hans Holznagel / Cogswell Hall, May 31, 2017.
How can you live an altruistic lifestyle when negativity is on your mind? Today we've got the answers as we share six tips to help train your brain to be more positive.
There are lots of worthy nonprofits out there who need financial support, so how can you pick just one? Today, we're here to help you learn how to choose the right charity for donating.
Volunteering with elderly neighbors is an excellent way to get involved, support your community and find fulfillment. Check out these five benefits of volunteering with senior citizens.
We said goodbye today to Phoebe McIntosh, the face and voice of Cogswell Hall to many visitors and phone callers for the past year. Thanks to a placement by the AARP Foundation's Senior Community Service Employment Program, Phoebe has been our receptionist three days a week since 2016. Residents testified to the difference she made here in their farewells today.
If you want to celebrate this Independence Day with an altruistic twist, check out some of these ideas for how you can give back to your community near and far.
When things are busy, wellness often takes a backseat to other priorities. Luckily, today we thought of a couple ways to bring it back to the forefront of your life.
If you’re looking for a way to get in shape and get involved in the community, we’ve got you covered. Here are five reasons to run for a charity this summer.
How can we celebrate this day while remembering those among us in different situations? Today we’re going to talk about how to give Dad the gift of altruism this Father’s Day.
While every individual is unique and has his or her own preferences, there are some general guidelines to follow when interacting comfortably and respectfully with people with disabilities.
A Sunday Plain Dealer columnist lifts up Cogswell's Diana Cyganovich and neighbors for their tree-protection activism.
Insurance expert Kelly Walter packed plenty of tips into a Saturday-morning informational presentation on Medicare in Cogswell Hall's Community Room on June 3. Here are 10 things we learned.
This Memorial Day, we remember and honor the men and women who have served our country’s armed forces—specifically those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Parking is prohibited right now in front of Cogswell Hall because of gas line work along Franklin Boulevard. If you're a visitor who usually parks on the street, please allow extra time to find a spot on a side street or farther east on Franklin and walk a few blocks in case our small parking lot is full. Read all about it, and see a gallery of photos, by clicking the headline above.
No matter what your job is, it’s an chance to connect and come together. If you want to use your work for others, check out four ways you can give back at work.
For the last three years I have had the pleasure of serving as Cogswell Hall's Marketing Assistant. While I look forward to the next step in my career, it saddens me to announce that my last day working for the organization is today, Friday, May 19, 2017. Upon first impression, I knew that Cogswell Hall was led with integrity and passion. The vital impact of its approach to low-income housing, however, has revealed its many layers and nuances every day since.
Our Volunteer Spotlight interviews are a great way to introduce you to and show appreciation for the many individuals who give of their time and energy to our organization. One special volunteer, however, has done a lot of growing since he started his work study with us in the fall of 2014. In fact, we’d venture to say Stephen has grown approximately two feet since we met him his freshmen year. We sat down with him to get the full scoop on his experience at Cogswell Hall.
How can you celebrate Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week and pay homage to officers around the country? Here are some ideas to get started.
Storytelling is powerful, and it has enormous benefits in store for you and those around you. Today we're going to talk about how storytelling can impact your life.
Today can be an opportunity to plant the seed of altruism. If you want to make your May Day meaningful, check out these ideas for how to share the gift of altruism today.
Paying it forward is a way to spread goodness into the world. If you want to get involved this International Pay It Forward Day, check out these ways to pay it forward.
Thanks to signs hung by vigilant neighbors, Cogswell Hall’s big sycamore trees should be extra-safe in the coming weeks.
Whether it's a few hours or a long commitment, volunteering not only supports those around you, but positively influences you as well. Here's six ideas to get started.
Susan (not her real name) grew up in Lorain, Ohio, one of eight siblings. Her father, a machinist at BF Goodrich, belonged to the American Slovak club, where Susan enjoyed serving the weekly fish fry as a young girl. Her mother was an excellent cook and worked at home taking care of six boys and two girls. After high school, Susan received her associate’s degree from Lorain County Community College, where she majored in art and computer-assisted design.
This is the true story of a real resident. See more at the #PovertyTruths page at CogswellHall.org.
Homelessness is a significant issue which plagues our community and the world. With such a huge challenge, how can we as individuals make a difference?
Keep America Beautiful Month is about coming together to give back to our beautiful country. This month, you can try some of these activities to support your community.
Despite their age, children can have a powerful impact in the community, if only we encourage them to do so. Here are four reasons kids should start volunteering young.
If you’re looking for cool ways to donate your gently used items, check out this list of things you can and should donate, and some unique ideas of where to give them.
By going green, we create a better environment for ourselves and future generations. Check out these easy ways you can live an altruistic—and green—lifestyle.
Electricity is back on at Cogswell Hall after a March 8 windstorm that affected more than 60,000 power customers. With computers and phones down, Cogswell's business offices were closed from Wednesday afternoon until power came back on Thursday, March 9. If you tried to reach someone on the staff during that period, please try again now. Follow the prompts at 216-961-1568 to leave a voice message. Or send an email, which staff members can retrieve whether working at home or returning to the office today. A directory is here: http://cogswellhall.org/who-we-are/staff.html.
This Women’s History Month, get involved by showing support for the women in your community. Check out these ways you can remember powerful women from history, while advocating for women today.
If you’re a college student looking for something more satisfying to do with your time, consider an alternative spring break: volunteering your time and talents for the benefit of others.
When employers are looking for someone unique, make your resume jump out by adding volunteer experience. How can volunteering boost your job search? We’re going to find out.
Sitting in Cogswell Hall’s “Smokers’ Circle” does not earn you CogsMart points, but there is no denying the cultural importance of this space to a small group of residents. Recently, a healthier idea was born in that semi-circle of chairs and benches in the northwest corner of our tiny campus, next to the butterfly bush and memorial garden.
Cogswell Hall's Diana Cyganovich appears on the "America's Work Force Radio" program Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at 4 p.m. Cogswell's leaders want to show Dr. Ben Carson -- President Trump's designee for HUD Secretary -- why federal support for affordable housing is a good thing. They have invited Dr. Carson to visit Cleveland once he is confirmed.
Whether you’re single, dating or married, you can give the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift by giving back to your community. Check out 14 altruistic ways to celebrate this special day.
You may know James Brown’s 1968 hit, Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud. Cogswell Hall’s Linda Gaffney has her own version of that phrase, delivered with a smile and a shake of her cane: “Say it loud, I’m crazy and proud!” It’s a good parallel. Brown was the “hardest working man in show business.” Linda’s hard-working life, much of it in law enforcement, has left her with plenty of stories to tell.
Give yourself and your loved ones the greatest gift this American Heart Month by focusing on making heart-healthy decisions towards a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Our words are powerful, and should be treated with respect. So how do our words impact others, and how can we choose them wisely? Today, we’re going to find out.
We practice Housing First because we know it works. As noted in last year's #EACHSTORY series (pictured at right), people come to us from many backgrounds and many challenges. People do not have to be clean and sober or stable in mental health when they arrive at Cogswell Hall. We know that when people are permanently housed in a quality affordable place they are more likely to be able to address issues of mental and physical health as well as addiction.
"Private sources alone will not be able to replicate programs that make a huge difference to our residents … For vulnerable people, stable homes are possible because government programs are in the funding mix." -- Cogswell Hall leaders to HUD Secretary-Designee Ben Carson
How can we be kind in times of darkness? Today we’re going to talk about just that, and how we can continue to live altruistically when facing heart-wrenching times.
If you’re not sure if donating blood is the right decision for you, check out all the answers to your questions here, and help give life this January.
Cogswell Hall, like many housing agencies, enjoys having residents of multiple races and cultures. We can thank activists like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for this. They proclaimed an interracial vision. And they didn't stop there.
Self-defeating thoughts can come when we least expect them and tear down our self-esteem and break our spirits. So how can we stand up to them and choose joy instead?
Positivity is key to creating an altruistic lifestyle in the New Year. If you want to start 2017 off on a high note, check out these tips for living a positive life this year.
While the gifts in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" may be a little strange by today's standards, you can still celebrate by giving gifts in your community.
Turns out, giving gifts is not only fun, but it’s good for you too! That’s right, giving benefits more than your soul; it’s good for your body.
If you’re tired of all the stuff this holiday season, fear not. Gifts can be more than material items. Check out these gifts to give that are about more than just stuff.
No matter what holidays you choose to celebrate this time of year, one thing is undeniable: it's the best time of the year to spread some cheer.