Monday, December 15, 2008


1. Abbey Road bridge opens Dec. 16

CLEVELAND – Officials of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will join City Council members and neighborhood leaders at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, in a ceremony to re-open the Abbey Road bridge.

The ceremony will be at the west end of the bridge, near Gehring Avenue.

The 151-foot long bridge, built in 1924 near the West Side Market, spans the RTA tracks at the West 25th Street Station. It was in poor condition.

The rehabbed bridge, designed by the HTNB Corp. for $280,000:

Provides a safe, aesthetically pleasing link between the Tremont and Ohio City neighborhoods.
Serves as an alternate to the Inner Belt bridge to access downtown.

On Aug. 16, 2007, the RTA Board awarded a $1.97 million contract to refurbish the bridge to the Schirmer Construction Company of North Olmsted. Construction began in October 2007.

Work included:

Replacement of exterior girders with precast concrete girders.
Replacement of the entire bridge deck and sidewalks.
Refurbishing and reuse of existing decorative railing, patching and repairing deteriorated pier and abutment elements.
Replacement of existing cribwall, wingwalls, and moving all utilities attached to the bridge.
Adding two decorative light poles, provided by Cleveland Public Power.

100 percent of the project was paid with local funds. Both the rail station and the bridge remained open during construction.

The construction caused changes to two RTA bus routes. The #807 Tremont Circulator and the #81 Tremont-Storer route will return to their normal operation on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Schmirer Construction has also worked on the expansion of the Strongsville Park-and-Ride expansion, and the East 121st Street Bridge over RTA tracks.

2. Lord of the Burgeoning Lumber now at the Liminis Theater

through Dec. 20. Tremonters admitted free on Thursday's show: December 18th.

Tremont's resident professional theatre company, convergence-continuum, presents Lord of the Burgeoning Lumber by Tom Hayes, running Thu-Sat through Dec 20, at the Liminis theatre at 2438 Scranton Rd.

When a very nearsighted forest ranger stumbles upon two rough-and-tumble cowboys having a really good time roughly tumbling in the woods while camping, all manner of surreal gender-bending, shape-shifting, psyche-shattering mayhem erupts. Can the wily Ranger counter the campy carnal craziness, or will the howling power of the eternal forest overcome them all? Lord of the Burgeoning Lumber is a magical-realism COMEDY that takes some bizarre surrealistic turns as it plays merry havoc with the malleable nature of identity.Note: this show is not suitable for children!)

Artistic Director Clyde Simon directs the world premier of Tom Hayes' winning entry in convergence-continuum's 2008 New Plays Competition. Tickets $15 gen. admission, $12 students and seniors. All shows at 8:00 pm. Thanks to a grant from the Cleveland Foundation's Neighborhood Connections Program, Tremont residents are admitted free for all Thursday shows ( Dec 4, 11, 18). Show up at the theatre at 7:45 and let us know your a Tremonter. Or better yet, call ahead at 216-687-0074 to reserve your seats.

3. Cleveland Landmark Concert

St. Theodosius Cathedral

733 Starkweather Avenue

In September 2001, the Cathedral was

re-consecrated with the placement in its altar of Holy Relics from Saints of America. Almost $750,000 in restoration work was completed and you are cordially invited to participate in our annual holiday event to experience the beauty of this national landmark and an example of Orthodox Christianity in practice.

The Cathedral Choir presents a program

of a cappella liturgical music of The

Orthodox Church followed by sing-a-long

caroling for all!

FREE TOURS of the Cathedral begin at

1:00 P.M. and continue until 2:30 P.M.


3:00 P.M.


For additional information, please call the Cathedral Office at 216-741-1310

You are welcome to attend our

regular liturgical services: Saturday evening VESPERS at 6:00 pm Sunday morning LITURGY at 9:00 am

Visit our website:

This year we present our 32nd ANNUAL CONCERT!