Letters to the Editor

Resident reveals problems with “Club Envy”

(Plain Press, March 2007) To the editor: To all residents in the Ward 14 area, especially around W.26 and Chatham, W.25 and Lorain, who struggle to provide safety for their homes, lives, grandchildren, children, automobile, and personal property -- the actions of Club Envy’s owners have resulted in your being prisoners in your own surroundings and upbringing, who will ask what they can do to make it safer for residents. This has resulted because of their patrons’ actions in our poor neighborhood (quote "after all this is not Willoughby you live in").

You give the owners of Envy your honest answer, being raised as fifth generation in the same neighborhood. You ask them to hire Cleveland city police in full uniform, especially around closing time, to walk their loud, overly drunk customers around the corner of W.26 St and Chatham Ave. You ask them to have the policemen make sure the patrons get in their cars and leave immediately, instead of doing drugs, blasting music, drinking alcohol, having sex, shooting guns, screaming out of car windows, dancing in the street, throwing out their garbage in front of your house, and urinating on your property (men and women).

You tell the owners of Club Envy  (2132 W.25 Street, 1 block west of W.26 Street and Chatham) that it’s scary, you don’t know when another fistfight will break out. They even bring a clothes change with them (are they prepared for these problems?).

Last year I had to go into Club Envy to introduce myself to two big guys who said they were the owners of Club Envy. They said they were brothers. I told them what four of their customers did to my property the night before at around 2:10 a.m.

Two guys and two girls were parked behind my daughter’s car. The one guy and girl then stepped on the bumper, climbed on the hood, stepped on the windshield, climbed on the roof, then to the trunk before finally falling off! I was shining a flash light and yelling for them to get away from the car but they were so intoxicated they would not listen. By the time I got dressed and went outside they went through the stop sign and I couldn’t get their plate number.

One week later the one brother and a man he said was another owner (he was short and intimidating, very muscular with short black balding hair) came to my home. The short one stood behind the tall one and he said to me,  “here’s a pizza for your home”. I refused to take the pizza because that would be like me looking the other way and having to apologize for going into Club Envy. The short man pushed himself past the tall owner, and said to “take this in good faith because we want to work with the community and if you ever had anymore problems with our customers to please let us know to work together to stop them.”

It seemed honest enough to me, I’ve had four restaurants (no alcohol) over 42 years in Ohio City -- all successful (working long hours and serving excellent food.) They told me they had plans of serving food to the public. I told them I would stop in with customers to eat and drink to help spread the word it is good food and drinks. Although I don’t drink we shook on it and they promised to let me know when the food would be available.

Well, here I am asking neighbors to hear my side of the problems that happen with Club Envy’s false statements and unkept promises for safety of our neighbors and community. I told the owners of another incident with a break-in with my daughter’s car. Again I had to go into Club Envy to tell them that this time someone broke my daughter’s car window and stole her radio. When I mentioned that to the same tall owner (he drives a red Navigator that’s how I know he’s there) he turned and said something to a guy behind the bar. The guy went in the owner’s cash register and handed him two $50 dollar bills, which is $100 cash -- the owner then wants to hand me the hundred dollars. I told him, “no.” I wanted to know why after six weeks he didn’t have a police security on duty, especially to make sure their patrons get right in their cars and drive the hell out of here.

Why does their party have to continue in front of my house when they walk in there drunk and they serve them booze and they’re drunker when they walk out?

The owner seemed like he was down in the dumps about hearing this about a second car. All he did was put the $100 in my shirt pocket and say he’s terribly sorry and if it costs more to come back and let him know. I took the $100 out of my pocket and reminded him that I was not there for money but to find out why no police had been hired.

I asked the owner if he lived in the neighborhood, and he said no, he lives in Willoughby. I told him I’ve lived here my whole life and if this problem continues I’ll sell him my house and he can have his bar problems and customer problems around the clock.

The statement was made to let him know that my family and I live in constant fear. Apparently, his ignorance, or is it cunningness, made him look and sound in February’s Plain Press as if he is better than people who fought and died building our great city of Cleveland. The $100 was taken to replace the stolen CD player. I am hurt and upset in what they said in February’s issue.

Thank you for your time in hearing me out.
Gary Horvath

Clark Metro EHEAP staff continues service to neighborhood

(Plain Press, March 2007) To the editor: Regarding the article on Clark Metro in your February 2007 issue, it was noted that Clark Metro Development Corporation (CMDC) was down to a staff of two. That is incorrect. CMDC has a staff of four. The other two employees are full time workers in the Emergency Home Assistance Program (EHEAP), located in the basement of the U.S. Bank Building. The EHEAP intake workers are Karen Crocheron and Lothario Marchmon.

Entrance to CMDC is located on the Clark Avenue side of the building. However, entrance to the EHEAP office is located on the 25th Street side of the building at 3104 W. 25th.

EHEAP at Clark Metro sees approximately 4,000 clients per year during the Winter Crises Program and the Summer Cooling Program. The heavy flow of applicants made it necessary at the onset for the offices to have separate facilities. This season marks its sixth year at Clark Metro. Area residents favor the site due to its handicap accessibility and accommodations made for Spanish-speaking persons, senior citizens, and households with utility services that are off.

Hours of operation for Clark-Metro EHEAP are from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for the winter season. Residents will have until March 31, 2007 to make an appointment for emergency utility assistance. The appointment line number is 518-4014.

Funding for the state-run program at Clark Metro comes under the auspices of the Cleveland Housing Network. During the spring and fall, CMDC’s EHEAP staff remains available to address utility billing issues, and assist with making payment arrangements for customers as per state guidelines. It is one of the few EHEAP offices in the area that remains open all year long for this purpose.

Karen Crocheron

Causes cited for Cleveland’s boarded up houses

(Plain Press, March 2007) To the editor: What a letter Carol Eskra writes (Why all the boarded up houses?  -- February 2007 Plain Press). “I find no boarded-up houses in San Diego,” she says.

Perhaps because San Diego is the recipient of massive multi-billion dollar government hand outs for its huge military, naval and air force bases.

Then she asks, “What causes a house to be boarded up?”

How about plant closings, outsourcing, stagnant wages, old housing stock, expensive repairs, property taxes, inflation, and heating costs?

B. Fox
Memphis Avenue


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