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Something special: Downtown Euclid set to become region's next Special Improvement District

Picture a bustling strip packed with bars, restaurants, galleries, and boutiques. People can stroll down the street, grab a cocktail in one place, eat dinner in another, and then walk over to see a movie or the sunset over the lake. This isn’t Ohio City or Gordon Square, though—it’s downtown Euclid.

It’s a dream that business owners there hope will come to fruition eventually, and with downtown Euclid’s upcoming designation as a Special Improvement District, it just might.

Established as a private, not-for-profit organization under state law, a Special Improvement District, known as an SID, serves as a way for property owners within the district’s boundaries to band together to make a roadmap for improvements that they pay for with a pool of money collected through taxes. The end goal is to increase economic development through a cohesive plan and collaboration among local business owners.

Euclid’s SID will span Lakeshore Boulevard from the Mary Mavec Opportunity School to East 228th Street and south along East 222nd Street to encompass Shore Cultural Centre. Only commercial properties are included; no residential or church properties are part of the SID. Though Euclid has other commercial corridors, like Euclid Avenue and East 185th Street, downtown was chosen not only for its growing concentration of businesses, including Great Scott TavernBeach Club BistroLake Shore Coffee HouseParagon Wine Bar and Atlas Cinemas, but its proximity to what might be Euclid’s best asset: the lake.

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Thank You Euclid Holiday Celebration Sponsors!

photo courtesy of Jen Hearn Photography

The Shore Cultural Centre and the City of Euclid extends a grateful thank you to the sponsors of the 2019 Euclid Holiday Celebration. They were instrumental in making this event another success for thousands of Euclid residents!

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5th Annual Lake Erie Folk Fest a Great Event for Music Lovers

Musicians jam throughout the day at the Lake Erie Folk Fest.

The 5th annual Lake Erie Folk Fest will warm the halls of the Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid on Feb. 21 and 22.  Since its successful launch in 2016, the traditional music and dance festival has brought stellar performers from near and far to teach and entertain attendees of all ages and backgrounds. Some of the range of offerings have included folk fusion from Winnipeg, Canada, with The Duhks; Appalachian fiddle and banjo originals from Richie and Rosie of Trumansburg, NY; the bilingual trio Ten Strings and a Goat Skin from Prince Edward Island; and awe-inspiring throat singing from Tuva by a band called Alash.

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Through open dialogue, Simonís Supermarket turns its Euclid shoppers into stakeholders

It’s not exactly common for grocery store owners to be on a first-name basis with their customers, but Simon Hussain isn’t just any store owner.

In 2017, Hussain opened Simon’s Supermarket on Euclid Avenue near East 260th Street—the third location in his growing chain that now also includes locations in Buckeye and (as of 2020) Bedford for a total of five stores. The vision behind the concept is to bring healthier food options into lower-income neighborhoods and known food deserts. To that end, the Euclid project received $650,000 in grants and loans from the Healthy Food for Ohio program, along with active collaboration with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s “Creating Healthy Communities” program.

“[We believe] access to healthier food options should be an inherent right,” explains Michelle Benko, program manager for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

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Message from the Mayor

Happy New Year to all!  2020 starts a new decade, brings the US Census, a Presidential election, a leap year and hopefully continued growth and progress for the City of Euclid!

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'One Community Reads' Kicks Off January 20!

One Community Reads is a collaboration amongst the City Club of Cleveland, Playhouse Square, and all nine local public library systems to create a shared reading experience for the Greater Cleveland community. This year’s selection, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg, will change how we view our public spaces, from parks and churches to libraries and museums. One Community Reads programming will include book discussions, film screenings, and guest speakers.

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Fat Cats Brings a Holiday Meal to Remember to Hospice Families

Once each month, Meal to Remember brings a different Cleveland-area restaurant to Hospice of the Western Reserve’s in-patient care center, David Simpson Hospice House on E. 185th St. Residents of the hospice house and their families are treated to a restaurant dining experience, complete with fine china and linens, wine and live musical entertainment. All of the food, time and talent are donated by the restaurant. Photography, centerpieces and live musical entertainment for the dinners are provided by Hospice of the Western Reserve volunteers, who also assist the culinary teams with serving.

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Happy New Year from State Rep Kent Smith

Happy New Year Euclid Observer readers.  I wish you all a safe and healthy new year.  For my first column in 2020, I wanted to raise an issue that could become a major debate during the final 12 months of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly – Guns.

In the early morning hours of August 4, 2019, a gunman, using an AR-15 style weapon, opened fire on a Dayton street and 26 people were shot in 32 seconds.  Nine of those twenty-six would die that night.

That tragedy jarred a weary nation (again) and sparked renewed debate in Columbus if firearms should be less regulated or new gun safety measures should be enacted.  As of this date (12-10-2019), no fewer than 36 pieces of legislation on gun rights / gun safety have been introduced in both chambers.

An explanation of all 36 bills would stretch far beyond 36 Euclid Observer pages, so let me focus on what I believe should be the best, first step – background checks.

While 90 percent of Americans support background checks for all gun sales, a dangerous loophole in federal law still exempts unlicensed sellers from having to perform a background check before selling a firearm.  We should close this loophole in Ohio.

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Connecting for Kids Expands Programming to Euclid in 2020

Music Therapy & More

Connecting for Kids, a local nonprofit that provides education and support to families with concerns about their child, will be expanding to Euclid in 2020 offering its popular Music Therapy & MoreSM and Coffee and Chat programs in partnership with Euclid Public Library starting in January.

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#WeGiveCatholic

The 2019 #WeGiveCatholic campaign was a huge success. Together we raised over $80,000 with all proceeds going to our newly opened Guardian Angels Early Learning Center. It is a huge help financially and a testament to the generosity of our parishioners, community, and family. We were also recognized for our yearly participation in Giving Tuesday and were invited to have lunch with the bishop. We had some tasty pizza, arts, and crafts, and even a visit from Santa. Here are some pictures from the event!

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Advent Acts Link Us Together

The school theme this Advent was “Advent Acts Link Us Together.” Each day the students were challenged to complete a different random act of kindness. Each time a faculty or staff member witnessed them succeed in an act of kindness, the students earned a “link” to add to the chain. The students also earned links for making a monetary donation to the SRW Giving Tree Project. The students were encouraged to do extra chores at home to earn money or to sacrifice their snack/ice cream money from lunchtime to donate. After the first two weeks of Advent, the chain circled the entire Upper Hall more than two times around and over $775 was collected! Our SRW students are clearly “linked” to each other and to our parish family!

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10 Years Together

It was 10 years ago on the Feast of the Epiphany that Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish was founded.  At that opening Mass, the late Bishop Pevec presided and blessed us as we began the awesome adventure and journey of creating a new parish community on the solid foundation of the former St. William and St. Robert parishes.  I was only 35 years old and the youngest pastor in the Diocese.  I had NO idea how awesome the next 10 years would be and all the awesome people that would come into my life as I am so privileged to be the pastor of such a great parish community.  I challenged us to help all find a home under our star as they sought Christ. 

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Community Meal

Our Community Meal is held on the last Tuesday of each month.  With food purchased from the Cleveland Food Bank, we serve a complete meal (salad, bread, an entrée, 2 vegetables, and a homemade dessert). In December we served nearly 100 people. The meal is open to all – parishioners and neighbors.  The gathering provides the opportunity to meet people and socialize with others.  Paid through the donations of parishioners, the meal is prepared by a core group of 10 volunteers.  Students from our parish school assist with the serving.    We recently expanded our menu and now also provide a take-home bag of produce and other staples for all who attend.  The added take-home bag program needs new volunteers to pack and distribute bags. Our Community Meal for the month of January will be Tuesday, the 28th at 5:15 pm in the Upper Hall. Please join us!

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Winter Driving Tips

Snow and ice can make driving extremely dangerous during the winter months, so making safer choices before and during driving can help prevent an emergency situation.

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Season of Service

Kindergarten slideshow of their project cleaning up our park!

Each classroom completed projects to support their community during the Season of Service at Imagine Bella. See a few photos of projects classrooms were working on with their class. 

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Leaders of the Month

Congratulations to our Imagine Bella student leaders!

The following students were chosen by their peers as leaders of the month along with Journie Brandon, Niy’La Bagley, Nadya Walker, Ariyonna Davis, Raymond Bacchus, Janiyah Lash, and Javon Prescott. The character trait for the month of November was generosity. Congratulations to all of our winners!!!

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Bob's Corner

A few years ago, I wrote about visiting Downtown Disney (it’s now called Disney Springs).  During the trip, we stopped at a jewelry store because I was looking for a meaningful ring.  The girl behind the counter gave me a piece of advice I still carry.  She told me to look around and said, “Take your time.  It’s the only way to make it last.”  Wise words.  They apply not only to shopping, but also to life.

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The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is Holding a Job Fair and Hiring Thousands for the March, 17 2020 Presidential Primary Election

(Cleveland) – The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is inviting the public to attend a job fair as part of our effort to hire over 4,000 individuals to assist voters on Election Day as Precinct Election Officials (PEOs).  In addition, there are openings for Ride Along Officials, Drop-off Assistants, Rovers and over 300 openings for

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Soulcore

Join us for our next SoulCore session, to be held on Saturday, January 4, at 9:30 AM in Room 10 of the Saint John of the Cross Community Center. Karen Hostoffer will lead us through an hour of SoulCore, a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. There is no cost, but a suggested donation of $10, for those who are able. For more information, contact Anney Roach at aroach@sjceuclid.com.

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Renewal

Deb Dobbs is a Consultant and Life Coach. Reach her at DobbsCommunication.com

At this time of year, you see physical signs of natural renewal. The recent winter solstice marks a seasonal shift in the tilt of the Earth. You can witness manifestations of the Earth’s transition with earlier sunrises. Daylight time is inching longer. More sunlight and earlier sunrises can inspire you to feel invigorated, motivated. Some people claim health changes due to the shift in the physical environment. Surely, these natural adjustments give an expectation for new beginnings. Even in your cultural groups you see signs of change and the celebration of it -- religious and secular.

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Bingo

St. John of the Cross Bingo

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Giving Tree

St. John of the Cross parishioners give back to the community.  Each year a giving tree is put out with tags to help different organizations in our area. Gifts were sent to St. Aloysius, Birthright, Thea Bowman and Rosemary Center. They also provided stamps for the prison ministry. Money was also collected for Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Nicaragua. The generosity of the parishioners was overwhelming.

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Christmas Concerts

Every year our students and little learners practice some Christmas classics with their teachers and music directors leading up to the Christmas Concert. They learn dance moves, they use a variety of instruments and even have props for their well-rehearsed songs. It is the highlight of our Christmas season and always brings us so much joy. Here are some pictures to warm your hearts in the cold weather.  

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OLL Open House Sunday, January 26th Ushers in Catholic Schools Week

Students with STEM teacher.

All are welcome to tour OLL School and learn more about Quality Catholic Educatiuon at an Open House held on Sunday, January 16th from 11am to 1pm. Visitors are encouraged to tour the school, sign up for a shadow day, and inquire about scholarships that can help parents get the best education for their child.

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An Annual Tradition- Christmas Mass Selfies

This year,  at Christmas Masses, parishioners were asked to take a selfie of themselves with their families.  Willingly, folks took out their phones and snapped a couple of pictures with their famiies - everyone smiling - and enjoying what is becoming an annual tradition at OLL. 

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Euclid Holiday Celebration 2019

Euclid Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail and guests

On December 6, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Shore Cultural Centre/Triangle Park held a community and family focuse event, filled with fun and exciting activities as follows:

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Field Trips and Visitors

Kindergarten had a great time at the aquarium!

In December, more classes went to the Acquarium and we had presenters visit the school from RealEyes. Check out these photos!

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Holiday Celebrations

Ms. Shoemaker's class got a copy of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats to enjoy over break!

Check out some photos from classroom celebrations on the last day before break!

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