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Come Visit the Zoo on Cleveland Foundation Day, Saturday, April 26th

Come Visit Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Cleveland Foundation Day, Saturday, April 26th, and receive Free Admission for the whole Family! In honor of its Centennial, the Cleveland Foundation has sponsored …

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Spots Available to Sign up for our Computers for Everyone Program May 31st!

Revised Sign up for Refurbished Computer System Sign Up Sheet in PDF Format Old Brooklyn residents interested in purchasing a computer and laptop through our Computers for Everyone program can …

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Buy Your Ticket Online for the Third Annual Old Brooklyn Fund Raiser!!!

Tickets can be purchased for our fundraiser Snail Race coming up on March 28th  from the link below:

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Community Spotlight: Timothy Yanko

Community Spotlight:  Timothy Yanko

 By Jayme Lucas-Bukszar

Timothy Yanko

Old Brooklyn resident Timothy Yanko leads a full, fun filled life.  He is co-owner of “All Things for You” boutique on 2020 W. Schaaf Road with his partner Dwight Kaczmarek, is a nationally ranked competitive skater, and an event planner for such great venues as the Cleveland International Film Festival.


Tim has been a competitive roller skater since he was eight years old.  He competes approximately five times a year, including national championships where he won two national titles in 2013. He along with Dina Beder, his dance partner of 12 years, won national title for dancing on skates and he placed first in “figure circles” which are figure eights.  He has placed in national championships eight out of the last 12 years, making him a nationally ranked skater.


He also teaches competitive roller skating at Brookpark Skateland which according to its website is Ohio’s largest roller skating surface located at13445 Brookpark Road. Tim’s students range in age from seven years old to 81 years young.  Anyone interested in competitive roller skating lessons should call Brookpark Skateland at 216-433-7349.


Tim has been working with his coach, Judy Hild Smith, for over 46 years, “She has been like a second mother my whole life, we’re very close.  She has been teaching for 54 years and is still going strong”.   Roller skating is a passion for him, “It keeps me healthy. I’ve skated almost every day my entire life.  It’s great exercise mentally and physically”.  He adds, “Roller skating has taught me many life lessons such has discipline, you can’t always win, working hard and sticking with something pays off, and in order to achieve your goals you have to be determined and work hard. Skating helped prepare me to have a successful adult life”.  Tim grew up in Parma Heights and went to high school at Valley Forge High School.


Tim has lived with his partner Dwight in the South Hills section of Old Brooklyn for fifteen years.  Their store, All Things for You boutique, will be celebrating its two year anniversary on May 12, 2014.  Tim encourages everyone to look for anniversary specials throughout the month of May.  All Things for You also has a booth at the Cleveland Flea, where they showcase mid-century modern furniture.  The Cleveland Flea is a monthly venue located in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood; it features arts/craft items, repurposed items, etc. More information about the Cleveland Flea can be found online at  All Things for You is a “Repurpose store” and Tim and Dwight offer interior design, home staging, and estate sales services.  For information on any of these services, contact them at 216-401-9837 or


He has also been the event planner for the Cleveland International Film Festival for the past 13 years, where he plans the opening night cocktail party, parties throughout the festival, and the closing night party.  His clients also include First Merit Bank.  Tim also does personal and social event planning.


Tim is proud to be invested in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood both as a homeowner and a business owner. “We are pleased to support our neighborhood and we hope everyone will visit All Things for You”.

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