Greetings neighbors! Last month I presented the “State of the City” to the public and to the Chamber of Commerce and I want to take a minute to share the highlights with you. I framed my remarks around a quote from Peter Block, author and community building consultant, which resonates with me: “We are a community of possibilities, not a community of problems. Communities exist for the sake of belonging and takes its identity from the gifts of its citizens.”
On Tuesday, May 7, the Euclid Public Library will ask residents to renew its current 5.6 mill five-year operating levy that supports services and programming for more than 47,000 residents in the City of Euclid.
By all accounts economic development activity soared in Euclid in 2018. Based on permit data, an incredible $157 million of commercial construction took place in the City last year.
Forty years ago, a small group of visionaries saw an unmet need in the community. They marshaled their passion and their resources, and with the help of friends, they established Cancer Family Service, Inc. This was the forerunner of what would eventually become Hospice of the Western Reserve. Over time, the tiny operation grew from caring for 23 cancer patients in 1978 to a nonprofit agency caring for more than 1,100 patients a day living with a wide range of advanced illnesses. Since its inception, the organization has cared for more than 120,000 people in Northern Ohio.
2018 was an exciting year for the real estate market in Euclid as home prices continued to rise with approximately 583 single family homes being sold. The average sales price was just under $80,000 with a large portion of homes going owner occupied. From 2010 to 2015, a large portion of homes were sold to investors who are now ready to remarket into rehabbed homes. Many of these homes were purchased for $40,000 in 2011 and now boast remodeled kitchens, bathrooms, floors, paint, and etc... and have sold or are selling for approximately $90,000 to 120,000. Owner occupied homes, on average tend to take better care of the exterior and interior of their homes and help our neighborhoods in many ways. With sale prices rising, the City of Euclid will start seeing an increase in income and property taxes.
We started humbly in a 2-car garage. There was literally no overhead except the folding chairs we bought to sit on and the pizza we ordered. We were able to sell a dining set others were selling for $5,000, for $1,800. With growth and the right people, we have been able to expand that idea with two warehouses over 25,000 sq. feet and offer over 4000 products! We still use the same formula when pricing our products, and we can do that due to the volume in which we sell our products. We can also thank all the customers that understand how we do things, the word of mouth and all the repeat customers. Take a look around, we are always running specials and we do not hound you. Just let us know if you have questions or when you find something you like! Stop in today.
Over the past decade, SmithGroup crafted multiple renders – from hand drawn marker sketches to sophisticated computer models – to help the community vision our dream of lakefront development. A favorite tool in the past two years has been the virtual reality video (follow this link: https://vr.yulio.com/DudfFv2EGh). Some stakeholders had the opportunity to view the model through a special VR headset and “walk” the future trail at waterfront events.
“Roman Frayman speaks with purpose. As a Holocaust survivor, he shares his experience so others don’t forget. As a Jew, he talks to educate others.” This quote is from an interview given by Mr. Frayman in the Cleveland Jewish News in November 2018, and it serves as a wonderful introduction to an event being sponsored by Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish (SSRW) and the SSRW Catholic Relief Service Parish Ambassadors Corps to mark the second year of the Share the Journey campaign. Share the Journey was initiated by Pope Francis as a call for us to share the journey with all our neighbors, not only those who live near us, look like us, speak like us, or pray like us. Mr. Frayman’s talk is one of a series of events the CRS Parish Ambassadors have planned and undertaken since the inception of the two-year campaign in September 2017.
We are just weeks away from the third annual Euclid v. Collinwood “Big Clean” Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 9am to 1pm at Villa Angela – St. Joseph High School.
Devotion. When you hear the word, you may think of family, friends, a sense of belonging to a group or a familiarity with a geographic location. Perhaps you will think back to your teen years or time served in military service. When you hear the word, legacy, you might again think of family, friends or a group. However, in a contextual sense legacy is more. It is that essence that continues long after the originating source (person) is gone. Have you ever considered your legacy? What are you leaving behind as your essence? What will you leave for the benefit of others?
Every home should have one, does yours?
Happy March Everyone!
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Area United Methodist Churches Lenten Season Series 2019
The Waterloo Alley Cat Project is celebrating a decade of helping stray cats and kittens at their 10th Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, March 9th at the Historic Slovenian Worker’s Home, now known as Waterloo Hall, located at 15335 Waterloo Road.
Definition of racism 1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race 2a : a doctrine or political program based on the assumption of racism and designed to execute its principles b : a political or social system founded on racism 3 : racial prejudice or discrimination
In 1919, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution granting women the right to vote was adopted by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. We celebrate this historic event with a dramatic recreation of the life of Susan B. Anthony brought to us by Women in History. Join us for lunch and meet abolitionist, reformer and activist Anthony who was a leader in the movement for women’s suffrage. Tickets are available in the library beginning Monday, February 25 for $12/members and $15/nonmembers. Call (216) 261-5300 for more details.
Help Foundation, Inc. Helping Lives Bloom Spring Gala Welcomes Arcadia Glasshouse And Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. As Leading Sponsors
HELP Foundation, Inc. proudly announces Arcadia GlassHouse, LLC as our Presenting Sponsor and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. as our Building Community Sponsor at our inaugural Helping Lives Bloom Spring Gala to be held at Stillwater Place at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
The Waterloo Arts District is feeling the love this winter, and wants to share with the community. At the end of February, a group came together to put up a Wall of Love at Waterloo near E. 160th St, to share warm winter hats, gloves, scarves and more with anyone in the neighborhood who needs them. The owners of the Waterloo Sculpture Garden, Sarah and Kurt Gyorki, worked with resident Allison Lukacsy-Love and Walls of Love organizer Holly Jackson to make the project happen. Waterloo has a history of being an engaged community, with arts district stakeholders organizing many community-oriented events each year, including the Waterloo Arts Fest and many more, so coming together to help each other through these cold winter months seemed like a natural way for this active arts district to continue supportings its neighbors. Members of the community are invited to contribute more items, or take what they need, and the wall will stay in place for as long as the weather stays cold.
In only two months, most Ohioans who started 2019 with plans of bettering their personal finances have already fallen off track.
Living Stations of the Cross is a cherished tradition at Our Lady of the Lake. Each Easter season, youth from the parish spend weeks preparing for a living presentation of Christ's journey to the cross. Made special through the eyes of these children, this moving journey brings the faith community together to reflect on the sacrifice made for us, and its deep meaning in our own faith lives.
The National Congress of Black Women-Greater Cleveland Chapter is accepting application for their 2nd Annual Scholarship. One or more college scholarships in the amount of $500 each will be awarded to a high-school senior (female)from the Greater Cleveland area. Applications can be obtained from your high school counselors, chapter member or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. OR email@example.com Late applications will not be reviewed(Deadline: Midnight, March 8, 2019). Basic critera: students who will receive their high school diploma from a high school(2019); Students who have a minimum GPA of 2.5; Students who can demonstrate community service and involvement; and students who have applied and been accepted into a college or university.
On Friday, February 7th I had the pleasure of judging a Science Fair at Noble Academy. Participants in the science fair were students in the 5th – 8th Grade. I had the honor of judging a group of students that were interested in moving on to a statewide competition.
On Sunday, January 27th, the community came together to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and at the same time pray for our Euclid community, it’s leadership and first responders. Rev. Denise Cunningham-Doggett, pastor of Lake Shore Christian Church, planned the annual Faith in the City event that was originally planned for January 20th but postponed due to the weather.
Those who work in the world of live theater live by the saying, “The show must go on.” For UpStage Players, a children's performing arts group, the show continues as they approach their 25th annual performance.
June 1will be here in a flash and the Stroll Committee is working to bring great things to the E. 200th Street Stroll. Some of our favorites will be back – Rob White and the White House Band, Lolly the Trolley, and the Euclid Beach Boys with the Rocket Ship Car and Thriller Car. Councilman Kris Jarosz and Sherrie Zagorc will be walking E. 200th Street to personally invite our many businesses to step outside their doors to meet the Strollers. Organizations will be receiving their invitations soon in the mail and we look forward to hearing about their important missions up and down the street. We are planning another partnership with merchants on E. 185th Street to publicize the Stroll from 10 am to 2 pm and the E. 185St. Walk and Roll later in the afternoon and looking for ways to promote the Housing Task Force’s new initiative for streets located between our two streets.
March 1st marked the launch of an exciting fundraising effort by the Euclid Hunger Center. EHC’s $20,000 Pyramid is an opportunity for 20 Euclid corporations, organizations or families to show their commitment to fighting hunger in our city. Each participant will be asked to pledge $1,000 to the Euclid Hunger Center, payable by June 1st. Our partners can simply write a check, or involve their employees, vendors and customers in an event or drive to raise the funds.
Access to affordable prescription medication is often a critical component to staying healthy. Unfortunately, with the rising costs of medicines, many people cannot afford their prescription drugs. This is where Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) may be able to help.
A solid film with an outstanding performance by James McAvoy and some really interesting camera angles. Add in a strong score for good measure. Over all - a solid "B".
A favorite of the Copic family, this recipe is courtesy of Grandma Ann Copic.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. I picked this book up after seeing it on the New York Times Bestseller List. I am always looking for something new to read and am excited to find an author that already has several books published.
You do not have to be cited by the City of Euclid’s Housing Department to apply for and receive an EDCOR (Euclid Development Corporation) 3% Home Improvement Loan. This independent program is open to all Euclid homeowner’s. There are qualifications, but most Euclid residents will be eligible. You must be of low or moderate income, own and live in your home for more than a year and have equity in the home. All types of remodeling and improvements can be financed through this program. An inspection is done before hand to determine what is needed, and afterwards to make sure that work was completed properly. All contractors must be licensed by the City of Euclid.
When George Washington still lived and before Ohio became a state, real estate developers from Connecticut sent a group of surveyors to explore the Western Reserve in northeast Ohio. They were led by former Revolutionary War officer Moses Cleaveland. The surveyors named one of the townships that they laid out after Euclid, the Greek mathematician whose work they relied upon to do their jobs.
David Dille was one of the first settlers on land near Euclid Creek near the road that today carries his name. Euclid’s early growth centered on the intersection of Euclid Avenue (once known as Buffalo Road) and Chardon Road.
Townships are sections of land created to permit local governance and services to local residents. In Ohio, these large areas were generally designed to be square in shape, five miles long by five miles wide
The first organizational meeting of Euclid Township took place in 1809. Local officials were selected.
We are officially in the homestretch of this brutal winter!! Just a little reminder to keep moisturizing your skin and drinking lots of water to stay hydrated. Here are a few of my go to favs! Winter hydration facials are sometimes so refreshing and just what you need in these months. Give us a call at Bombshell Beauty for all your Spa needs! Liz Healey 216-215-1896
You may have grown up hearing very negative messages. You may have been told not to try, you won’t be successful. You may have believed these messages. You may have been physically and verbally abused and believed that you deserved that treatment. It is possible that no one ever said to you: ‘good job, I am proud of you’. You may have lived your whole life expecting the worst at all times.
Looking for a summer camp to support a grieving child or teen? Western Reserve Grief Services offers Together We Can grief support camps. The camps connect children with peers who have also experienced a loss, and incorporate art, music, play and nature exploration. They are led by trained children’s grief support specialists from Hospice of the Western Reserve. No family experience with hospice is required to attend.
One of the perks of our job running NEOFOODIES is we get heads up on any new restaurants or when a restaurant comes under new ownership. When that happens, we feel it’s our duty to check them out for our readers. This review comes from 2 diﬀerent perspectives, 1) As owner & Administrator of NEOFOODIES & 2) As an artist who works on Waterloo. The latter is just as important as the former because Waterloo is lined up & down the street with a thriving arts & culture scene all looking for where to eat.
I was informed that one of my favorite restaurants, The Standard was sold & under a new owner & chef. His name is Said Ouaddaadaa, originally from Casablanca, Morocco & formally from Bodega & Club Isabella. I had heard great things about Bodega & they were on my list of places yet to try so I was optimistic. His partner in this new venture is Michael J. Kav & he is the new GM & co-proprietor.
The sounds of accordions, banjos, fiddles and drums filled the halls of the Shore Cultural Arts Centre during a culturally diverse celebration of music and dance this past weekend.
The 4th annual Lake Erie Folk Fest began Friday, Feb. 23rd, with a rousing school program presented by the Chardon Polka Band for students from Bluestone Elementary School, Conneaut Middle School and others. The fun continued Friday night with a contra dance before the main event on Saturday, Feb. 24th when more than 50 free daytime events were enjoyed by residents of all ages from Euclid, Northeast Ohio and beyond.
The festival featured music and dance from Brazil, Ireland, Appalachia, India and Cleveland. Artists from Arkansas, New York State, Northeast Ohio and Euclid were involved. A special performance by the Euclid High School Marching Band drum line was a highlight of the day.