Avon resident creates CLE board book for kids: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville

Avon, Ohio

Avon resident and father of two, David Gollinger, is celebrating his love for all things Cleveland one page at a time.

He is currently publishing the first children’s book by his Avon-based company, CLE Kids Books. The board book, “123 CLE: The Best Counting Book In The Land” is geared for children ages 0-4 and helps teach little ones numbers, colors, and a love for Cleveland.

The board book, “123 CLE: The Best Counting Book In The Land” is geared for children ages 0-4 and helps teach little ones numbers, colors, and a love for Cleveland.

“The idea for 123 CLE came from the gift of a New York City counting book from friends for our daughter,” he wrote in an email. “At the time I thought it was a very nice gift, but that a Cleveland version would be better. When I couldn’t find a Cleveland counting book online, I decided to make one myself. While I thought about the contents of 123 CLE, I also thought about a future with ABC CLE and a few other potential titles. After a few years of delay due to work, moves, another child, and a pandemic, I created an LLC, CLE Kids Books, and began working.”

Gollinger, originally from Rocky River, is an accountant by trade and currently works as a corporate accounting consultant, so writing a book has been a new process for him.

“The idea for 123 CLE has been with me for about four years, so I have had a lot of time to think about and craft the rhymes, imagery, and layout,” he said. “During this process, I selected 10 Cleveland icons, wrote rhymes for each page, digitally designed the book, and worked through the steps of making it a legitimate book by setting up an LLC (Limited Liability Company), filing for the copyright, purchasing the ISBN (International Standard Book Number, speaking with multiple manufacturers, etc.”

One final piece in the book publishing process was the illustration.

“The only part that I could not do was to draw the images, so I outsourced that to my nine-year-old niece Greta (Rocky River resident),” he said. “I think her drawings of her give a wonderful childlike feel to the book, while also giving images that are clear for everyone to understand.”

Art work for 123 CLE

Rocky River resident Greta Gollinger, 9, provided the illustrations for her uncle’s book, “123 CLE: The Best Counting Book In The Land.”

Gollinger recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for his book which runs through June 19. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website that enables participants to pre-sell items before mass production.

“My USA based manufacturer has a minimum order quantity of 1,000 books which is more than I am able to afford up front,” he said. “Kickstarter will allow me to prove that there is a market for the book before placing my order, and also fund a portion of the initial production run. With Kickstarter, funding is all or nothing. If enough people pre-order books to reach my goal of $5,000 by the June 19 deadline, their credit cards will be charged, Kickstarter will send me the money, I will pay for the book manufacturing, then I will send the books to the people that ordered them. If the $5,000 goal is not reached, the campaign will not be funded and no credit cards will be charged.”

Ordering a book is as easy as 1, 2, 3…go to bit.ly/123-CLE-Avon. The link also features a cute video of Gollinger with his children, Ava (4) and William (1). If you love the CLE, order your copy of the book today. It would also make a great baby shower gift for someone from Cleveland.

“My goal is to bring classic Cleveland kids books to market that will be enjoyed by Cleveland parents and children for generations to come,” he said.


Recreation soccer registration: The Avon Soccer League Association (ASLA) recently announced registration is now open for the fall/spring 2022-23 season under a new platform. Recreation soccer is a non-competitive division participating in the ASLA in-house league. Teams train and play games with other teams within Avon soccer. All players U4-U12 are welcome. Avon Soccer also offers soccer training and development programs with staff coaches. Parents are encouraged to register as coaches or to volunteer in league administration. To register, go to tinyurl.com/yvmfr2us. For more information, email luv2playscr@gmail.com, or go to avonsports.org/soccer.

Pool opening: Celebrate the opening of the Avon Aquatic Facility, 36265 Detroit Road, for the summer with the Opening Day Citywide Splash Party from 5:30 to 7:30 pm June 8. Pool admission is free for all Avon residents (must show proof of residence) .

Fishing Derby: The annual free Avon Lions Club Fishing Derby takes place from 8 to 10 am June 11 (registration begins at 7:30 am) at Northgate Park, 2155 Eaton Drive. Bait will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes for the largest catch in each category will be awarded. Thank you to the Avon Parks and Recreation Department for stocking the pond. For more information, contact Craig Witherspoon at 440-937-5815.

Dean’s list: Finn Goodwin-Bain qualified for the Spring 2022 Dean’s List at Belmont University (Nashville).


Construction update: Several area road projects continue including Moore Road which will be closed to northbound traffic, south of Walker Road to the railroad tracks. On Webber Road, resurfacing work continues. Gas line work will continue at the culvert near Avon Lake High School on Avon Belden Road. Drivers should seek alternate routes.

Community service award: The 2022 John T. Shook Community Service Award was presented to Mike Kral at the Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Service (CRS) Charity Ball last month. According to information sent from CRS, Kral was ‘unanimously chosen by the selection committee because of his many years of volunteering his talents to CRS.’ He served on CRS’ board of directors for eight years, developed the non-profit’s first website, and was the webmaster for 14 years. For over 20 years, Kral has volunteered his graphic design expertise to CRS by designing logos, invitations, flyers and programs for special events including the Charity Ball, SOUPer Bowl, Hooks for Hunger and others.

Academy induction: Charles H. Schaffner (St. Edward High School) was inducted into the Naval Academy Class of 2026 and will begin six weeks of basic midshipman training as part of Plebe Summer. Approximately 1,200 candidates are selected each year for the Academy’s “plebe” or freshman class, and each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer.

Service awards: Amy Zhai recently received the COOP Service Prize and the Hamilton College Campus Service Award. According to information supplied by the college, the COOP Service prizes are awarded to seniors who have demonstrated ‘exceptional dedication to community service at Hamilton and leadership in making a difference in the lives of people and service organizations, both in the local area and in communities’ assisted by Alternative Spring Break work trips.’


Car seat fitting station: The North Ridgeville Fire Department has partnered with University Hospitals St. John Medical Center Community Outreach to offer a monthly car seat fitting station the second Thursday of every month from 2-5 pm at Fire Station #1, 7000 Ranger Way. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the UH Community Outreach Team at (440) 827-5440. The next fitting is June 9.

Bar Association recognition: Congratulations to former city prosecutor and current Ohio Senator Nathan Manning (13th District) recipient of the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation’s Voice of Justice Award at the annual Ohio State Bar Association meeting at the Ohio Statehouse. A lifelong resident of Lorain County, Senator Manning is active in the community and involved in several organizations including the North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce, Lorain County Bar Association, and the Lorain County Historical Society. The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation’s Voice of Justice Award recognizes a person or organization who demonstrates outstanding leadership and advocacy on behalf of Ohioans who may need legal assistance to live stable, healthy and financially secure lives.

Street projects: Several asphalt paving projects will begin soon around town. City officials recently appropriated $650,000 for asphalt paving for the year. If additional funds become available, more streets may be added to the list. The streets currently on the list include: Creekside Lane, Gail Drive, Hadaway Street, Harris Drive, James Road, Mark Court, May Street, McKinley Avenue (between Center Ridge Road and Thelma Street), Orchard Lane, Root Road (between Lorain Road and Chestnut Ridge Road) and Theresa Street.

In addition to the paving project, $550,000 was appropriated for full depth concrete repairs to several streets including Albert Street (from Poplar Street to Mildred Street), Dorchester Avenue (cul-de-sac only), Lee Avenue (from Drake Street to Poplar Street ), Millwood Circle, Nicoll Drive (from approximately 6711 to 6795 Nicoll Drive); and the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Monroe Lane.

Lake Ridge Academy top scholars: Congratulations to the Lake Ridge Academy Class of 2022 co-salutatorians Tanish Makadia (Westlake resident) and Tyler Young (Grafton resident); and co-valedictorians Alex Masgras (Avon resident) and Jinglong Yang (Berea resident). Graduation is Saturday.

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