One of the best parts of summer in Euclid is the many great events and gatherings that take place across the city. I have been able to attend neighborhood block parties, parades and picnics that celebrate a holiday or just offer the chance to get together with neighbors and friends. An ice cream social at the Euclid Public Library reminded me what a wonderful resource our library is- not only for books, movies, and music, but also for community discussion with our residents. Our concerts at Sims Park offer the chance to spotlight our lakefront park (next concerts are August 10th and August 24th from 6-9pm) and community festivals, like Saints Robert and Williams community festival, offer the opportunity for their parish community to open the door to the broader community with games, music, food and fellowship. National Night Out focuses on what we can do together to improve the safety of our community and strengthen the partnership between the police department and community. Wednesdays on the Porch offer conversations among neighbors across the city. Our recreation programs brings kids and their families together in our parks, pools, courts, or fields. What makes a community is the relationships and connections we have to one another. These community gatherings and events provide the opportunity to build those bonds and strengthen our community in multiple ways. Thanks to all those who work so hard to plan them and thanks to those who participate in them. I look forward to the events scheduled in August and hope to meet you at one of them.
With your support, we have transformed the afterschool environment at the Euclid Public Library. In just a few short months, program attendance has increased by 57%, book checkouts for children and teens increased by approximately 17%, and disruptive behavior has declined. As we prepare for the start of the 2017-2018 school year, we want to remind you of our Adult Chaperone Required Guidelines.
On July 18, 2017 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Mount St. Joseph Rehab Facility with a Five-Star Quality Rating. This ranking is the federal government’s highest possible quality rating for nursing homes.
“Contract and release your muscles creating explosives pulses to the beat of a song. Create amazing shapes with techniques that make your body turn into liquid.”—10k
Eaton Family Credit Union has awarded more than $10,000 in college scholarships to three of its Youth Members starting school this Fall.
Flag Football is here!
Once again, this Fall will be busy at Shore Cultural Centre with a wide variety of classes, workshops, programs and concerts. To get the latest information, go to www.shoreculturalcentre.com where you can print a copy of the Fall 2017 schedule. The programs and classes pages of Shore’s website always have the most current information. The Fall 2017 flyer will be distributed to Euclid area schools in mid-September.
The Euclid Family YMCA will be hosting its first Taste Festival on September 29th at 5pm - 7pm. We are currently looking for restaurants, and community members to join the festival. Your vendor donation of $25 along with all other proceeds will be going towards the YMCA Annual Campaign which provides scholarships for area youth and families to have access to the YMCA programs and services.
The seventh annual International Family Festival at Ss. Robert & William Catholic Church, 367 E. 260th St., Euclid, is set for August 10-13.
Treat yourself to some retail therapy. The Euclid Family YMCA will be heading the Grove City Outlets on October 18th in Grove City, PA. This trip is open to all members of the community. Lunch is not included, but there are many places to eat within the outlet mall. Sweating while you shop counts as exercise, so please join us!
The Women in Transition program offered at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will launch both day and evening fall sessions at Eastern Campus the week of Aug. 21.
There are times in my life that have been a merry-go-round experience. Repeating the same thoughts, taking the same actions and getting almost the same results was keeping me from my joy.
Working from her dining room table was getting old. Pamela Turos’ children would say, “Remember when we used to eat lunch here?”
In chiropractic we focus on getting our patients to be active and perform as many of their daily activities as possible. Many times people come in and they are looking to make pain go away so that they can begin to do more exercise. Many times we get asked: what the best form of exercise?
The Euclid Art Association Summer Fine Art Show opened in The Gallery at Lakeland with a reception on Sunday, July 23. Ninety-one works representing 36 members will remain on exhibit at Lakeland Community College until September 8, 2017.
I heard that Medicare has moved up its timetable and will be replacing all Medicare cards beginning next year. Do you have any details on this?
Save the date for the second ‘This is Euclid’ Art Walk on Friday, September 22nd from 6-11pm. While you are adding events to your calendar – make dinner plans at two restaurants in Downtown Euclid this month where a percentage of proceeds benefit the Art Walk.
The Lake Erie Admirals, one of two Euclid teams playing in the 18U High School Summer Series Baseball League, captured the league championship Friday, July 14. With a 12-2 regular season record the Euclid squad defeated the Cleveland Heights Tigers to earn a spot in the best of three game championship finals against the Solon Nets.
In June, I met with Alicia Booker, vice president of manufacturing, and Alethea Ganaway, program manager additive manufacturing & Ideation Station, of Cuyahoga Community College’s Workforce, Community and Economic Development division at the Metro Campus. Booker says, “We take a manufacturing systems approach and not a product approach. We don’t just focus occupationally on the need to fill a gap then three months later the need arises again due to churn.”
The "T" and Rich Dueling Piano Show is coming to the Eastside Irish American Club on Saturday, September 9th. This is the only show around where YOU get to pick the songs and these two guys play them.
Join the Friends of the Library for their annual meeting with special guest speaker, award-winning journalist and Ideastream Program Host, Rick Jackson on Thursday, September 14 at 7 PM. This evening, Jackson will talk about his career in radio and television, how technology has impacted the media, and how he imagines radio and television will evolve in the future. Enjoy a fascinating evening with one of Northeast Ohio’s most compelling reporters while supporting the Friends!
Open Mic Poetry Night
Stay cool and connected with the Euclid City Schools by joining us for the library’s quarterly Fireside Chat/Ice Cream Social. Join EPL on Tuesday, August 15 at 6:00 PM as we welcome Superintendent Dr. Charlie Smialek, for a conversation about what's going on in the district on the eve of the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, please call (216) 261-5300.
This September, the Euclid Public Library is again teaming up with eight other local library systems to encourage every child under 18, to sign up for a free library card or get rid of fines that may stop them from checking out their favorite items. The initiative, called A Card for Every Kid, will take place September 1-30 to coincide with National Library Card Sign-Up Month. It is a cooperative effort among the Cuyahoga County library systems to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership for children and teens. The initiative also seeks to gain a better understanding of the barriers that keep some children and teens from owning a library card.
When I moved into my home 20 + years ago, the neighborhood was much different then it is today. What drew us to this house were its charm and character and wonderful yard. Ya see, I love the homes of yesteryear, you know the ones that have the leaded glass, hardwood floors, a big old front porch and a story all its own! We moved in on a chilly December weekend. It would be several months before we emerged from our cocoons.
Spring came. The house next door was abandoned. It was abandoned for seven years before a rehabber came and made it a home again. A wonderful family moved in and we became fast friends and neighbors. They are still here. My neighbors on the other side have been in Euclid for many years. The wife had been a Euclid teacher all of her career and the husband loved to tend to his roses; He would sit on a bucket and carefully prune them. They were always beautiful, and very fragrant. He has been gone for the better part of 15 years.
The neighbor that most have touched my life has lived here all her life, raised 5 children and weathered many storms. She is the neighbor who reached out as new neighbors’ moved in. She waned everyone to get to know each other as the neighborhood homes turned.
One Sunday, she hosted an afternoon tea for the ladies of the neighborhood. I attended the tea and had the best time, she had tiny sandwiches, bone china teacups and wonderful little desserts.
She had a love for her neighborhood, and as the neighborhood turned and as people moved on or passed, she knew what it took to keep the fabric going. That memory of that simple afternoon tea lives in my heart today.
On her last birthday, she turned 93. She still goes to church every morning, sings in the choir for many celebrations and funerals. She is an avid gardener and is my friend. She is a pillar in this neighborhood.
I had the chance to sit down with her a few weeks back to catch up and to talk about my re-election campaign. She waned to know how it was going and what was happening in the city that she might not know. We caught up on each others lives and after sometime, she indicated that she was getting up there in age and that her children thought it best for her to move into an assisted living facility. They were worried about her, as they do not live close. I did not like that news, but felt that maybe it was time. We hugged and I went home.
Well as you can imagine, I saw a small white truck there at the house a few days ago, and after hustle and bustle, the house fell silent. A few days later, I saw her in the driveway with her family at the house and by the time I stepped out, they were gone. I plan to catch her next time.
The neighborhood is changing once again, our pillar has gone on to a place where she can be safe and can make new friends – I can only imagine her being the social butterfly of the facility – she now has a new chapter in her life, as do we.
Here’s the realization from this one person making a difference and loving her neighbors….
The fabric of a neighborhood is its people; people like this neighbor, who has woven each of us into it – the new with the old.
Now who will be the one to continue on in her spirit for offering friendship, inviting neighbors over, meeting the new ones who move in? Looks like its up to me, and I’m up to the challenge for, and I too, love this neighborhood and my City.
Now I have to go get the vacuum – I’m expecting company!
Imagine Bella PTO is looking for new members for the upcoming school year! You can learn more about the PTO at Meet and Greet on Tuesday, August 15th from 6-7 pm. Being a part of the PTO is a great way to meet your family volunteer hours goal! Imagine Bella families have a goal to contribute 10 volunteer hours each school year.
Imagine Bella staff have been visiting local business, libraries and different events in the community. You will see us carrying flyers, bracelets, yard signs, house shirts, and enrollment packets. Connect with us on Facebook and let us know where you have seen us or our signs!
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 - Meet and Greet Night from 6-7 pm
Early Kindergarten Testing will be held on Friday, August 11th from 1-2 p.m. for students that have late birthdays. Students must turn 5 by December 31st, 2017. Please contact the school with any questions and to register for a test date. 216-481-1500.
You people be drive it me crazy. Why do you just stop your car anywhere? You pull into the Sunoco gas station right in middle of parking lot and park your car. You get out and go in the store and buy lottery tickets. Why you no be park it car in a normal spot? This is very rude. Corner of East 185th and Windward there is a phone store. You'll be park it your cars everywhere around in front of phone store. These are no parking spaces for a reason. When you be park it your car there people trying to turn on to 1 85th St. cannot see the traffic. There is a parking lot 20 feet away. You people be not only rude, but you be lazy. Please learn some manners. Can't we all just get along? You people be drive it me crazy.
August is an exciting time at Our Lady of the Lake School, as we get ready to welcome our students back! We have new technology and curriculum enhancements and other great programs that we’re eager to share. And we know it’s going to be a wonderful year for all of us.
The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary is Our Lady of the Lake’s Feast Day, and its celebration has become a treasured tradition in the parish. Each year we begin at the lakefront, celebrating this wonderful resource right here in our backyard. We then process to the church together for prayer and a celebration of community, with ice cream and good fellowship. Being present in the community, celebrating our blessings and each other, is a true reflection of the values of this parish – and a wonderful day to honor together. Please join us on September 12 and share in our tradition!
For more than a year, Our Lady of the Lake has been supporting a micro-lending initiative that helps people with good ideas but no access to funds get resources to start or grow a small business. Based on the concept of the Grameen Bank, and in line with OLL's strong commitment to social justice, this micro-lending project has brought together funding, resources, a strong cohort of community people, a network of professionals and dedicated volunteers to help people in the community help themselves. Together we provide guidance, coaching, professional advice in everything from marketing to bookkeeping and access to financial and community resources. Thanks to generous funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, corporate partners such as Huntington Bank and our own generous parishioners, we have been able to make several successful loans and are excited to already be seeing businesses launch and flourish right here in our parish.
Here at Our Lady of the Lake, I’ve made it my mission to find or create opportunities for teens to both sow and nurture “seeds” in the community, and for parishioners and families to engage with our youth. I was telling Fr. Joe about my idea for another youth opportunity --.a teen video club where students could learn from adults with professional skills to make short videos that share our story through parish events and activities. The ideas is that teens learn valuable lifelong skills and participate in service with a purpose while both youth and adults form meaningful relationships and everyone becomes more engaged in the life of our parish and shares the good news. I was excited about the possibilities, and wanted to get Fr. Joe’s feedback.
He had just lost the love of his life, and he came to the Center because he didn’t want to be alone. His feelings and emotions were raw. They went from relief that the suffering was over, to anger and a horrible feeling of emptiness. Twenty-six years together is a long time.
During that time, they had shared everything in life. Good times, and bad. Happy and sad. It has been said that everyone needs a witness to their life and his had died, just this morning.
We talked about the belief that birth and death are opposites, but there is no opposite to life. We talked about life going on, but in a different form that we cannot see. We spoke about the gift that life together had been, and how it is better that the suffering is now over.