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Message from the Mayor

September greetings!  Thank you for wearing your masks, maintaining social distance and taking necessary precautions to stop the spread of COVID19!  Because of your diligence Ohio has moved from the red COVID warning level to the orange warning level.  This does not mean we stop taking precautions, but it does mean we are moving in the right direction!  Keep it up!

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 4:04 PM, 09.03.2020

Join Euclid resident Brittainy Quinn in creating a painted mural along Babbitt Road

A portion of the eastern retaining wall along Babbitt Road will be transformed later this month by local artist Brittainy Quinn, her artist team and you! Sign up to help paint at www.cityofeuclid.com

Earlier this summer a jury of Euclid residents, business representatives, artists and city staff selected Brittainy Quinn’s proposal for a painted mural on one of the concrete retaining walls near the CSX rail bridge along Babbitt Road nearby Amazon.

The proposal was selected through a competitive process in response to a Call for Artists hosted by Arts Cleveland and incorporates positive messaging reflective of the community and Keep Euclid Beautiful’s mission (a committee of the City of Euclid that is organizing the effort). The mural communicates sentiments of peace, unity and beauty and will transform a barren landscape into a colorful gateway into the city’s industrial and innovation corridor.

The mural will be painted by Brittainy and a team of artists, including former students at the Cleveland School of the Arts where Brittainy is an art teacher. The mural will be painted on Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th. One north-bound lane of Babbitt Road will also be closed during the weekend for the safety of the artists painting.

The community (YOU!) will have the ability to contribute to the mural by adding a hand print and participating in a paint-by-numbers-like process similar to the community-painted mural designed by Charley Frances for downtown Euclid in 2018 and also organized by Keep Euclid Beautiful.

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Why did 77 Ohio prisoners die of COVID-19, but just 10 PA inmates?

A look at how overcrowding and poor design contributed to two of the worst national outbreaks

For the first two months after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., Ohio’s response set an example. Thanks to an early shutdown order, the state’s per-capita deaths from the virus as of late April were less than half of those in neighboring Pennsylvania, a state with similar demographics.

But inside the two states’ prison systems, it was a different story. 

By late April , the death rate from COVID-19 in Ohio prisons was 22 per 100,000, a rate more than 4 ½ times the overall Ohio rate and nearly twice the national rate. 

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As of August 14, there have been 77 inmate deaths known to be caused by COVID-19, and another 10 suspected— a rate of 160 deaths per 100,000 people. 

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Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital Receives Award for Stroke Care

Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus achievement award.
The award recognizes the hospital’s continued success in using the AHA/ASA Get With The Guidelines®– Stroke program. The program promotes following established guidelines for stroke care, which has proven to improve patient outcomes.
Euclid Hospital is one of several Cleveland Clinic hospitals to receive the recognition. “Earning this recognition demonstrates that our stroke program follows national guidelines regarding quality and patient safety, which can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients in our community,” said Teresa Dews, MD, president of Euclid Hospital.

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Shore Cultural Centre Awards Window Renovation Contract

Shore Cultural Centre is delighted to announce that our window rejuvenation project is taking a huge step forward. Work will begin in late 2020 or early 2021 to replace windows on the north side of our building. The contract for the work has been awarded to Jamieson Ricca Fenestration located in Cleveland, Ohio. Jamieson Ricca provides accurate historic window replication systems for renovation projects. They have provided solutions for the Cleveland Historic Coast Guard Station, Tomlinson Hall at Case Western Reserve University, St. Luke's Hospital Rehabilitation, and other major projects around Northeast Ohio.

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Women's Right-to-Vote turns 100 - Female electoral firsts in Euclid

Frances Payne Bingham Bolton (1885–1977) served our district from 1939-1969, first taking over her late husband's seat and then being re-elected for 14 straight elections.  Image courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration

When I was catching up with one of the girls in the neighborhood who turns 18 this year, Amanda Ostroske, she remarked that she was excited that her first chance to vote in an election was going to be the year of the 100th anniversary of Women's Right to Vote.

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Deer Survey Results

The City of Euclid requested input from the citizens of Euclid regarding the deer population in our city. The survey that was on the city of Euclid’s website was originally available through August 15th, but was extended through the end of August. The Safety Committee meeting is scheduled for September 16th at 6:30 pm to discuss the full results of the survey.

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Voter Box Provides Convenient Info for the Community

Voter info box located at 885 E. 222nd Street (outside PetFix Northeast Ohio).

Do you still need to register to vote before the October 5 deadline? (Voters must be registered in Cuyahoga County in order to vote in any election.) Or, are you worried about staying healthy while standing in line to vote on November 3? You can get a voter registration application and/or a vote-by-mail (absentee ballot) application at this convenient box located at 885 E. 222nd Street (in front of PetFix Northeast Ohio).

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Pasta Dinner

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine will hold a Pasta Dinner on Thursday, September 17th from 4:30pm - 6:45pm.

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As more people need help due to COVID-19, Legal Aid continues to expand

The economic impact of COVID-19 caused more people to become eligible for free legal assistance from The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. As a result, Legal Aid is taking on an increased number of cases, especially in the areas of housing law and employment law. Already, compared to the same time last year, the organization has seen a 25% increase in landlord-tenant cases and a 46% increase in work-related issues such as unemployment.

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Senior Farmers Market Coupons

Because Euclid Senior Programs is still closed, the Senior Farmers Market Coupons for zip codes 44117, 44119, 44123, and 44132 will be available on a first come first served basis beginning August 10th, through the Community Partnership on Aging.  There will be no face to face distribution.  Contact the Community Partnership on Aging at (216) 291-3902 for further details.

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Lost and Found

     Those were the days!  It was the 1950's and the Cold War was raging between the United States and the Soviet Union.  School children were issued dog tags defined as civil defense metal identification necklaces.  The threat of nuclear war was so real that these tags were to help the military identify bodies!-as if there would be anything left to identify

     The first dog tags were issued by New York City school districts in 1952.  Children were instructed to wear them at all times. "Duck and Cover" drills were conducted at school reflecting the fear and paranoia of the time.  Students hid under their desks, covering their heads much as they would now for a tornado drill.

     The memory 're-surfaced' so to speak this summer at the Utopia Beach Club when the dog tag of Carole Rossman Price was discovered this summer 63 years after it was first issued.  Name, address, birth date, and religious affiliation  still clearly visible.

     Ironically, just down the street Holy Cross Church was being built as a fortress with extra thick walls and bore the designation of Fallout Shelter.

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A Child in a Hot Car Needs Rescuing

Children should never be left unattended in an automobile. Hot and humid days make it even deadlier for children or pets left inside a closed-up vehicle. Always lock your car doors after parking at home so children outside playing cannot get into your automobile by themselves

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Grounded by the pandemic, community groups are working to save Cleveland’s census

When Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued the statewide coronavirus stay-at-home order in mid-March, Selina Pagan and other Latino leaders in Cleveland were worried. 

They’d been planning in-person events to get more people to participate in the 2020 census – historically, Hispanics have been undercounted, resulting in a loss of federal funds and voting power at the local level. But, when everything was canceled, months and years of planning were suddenly tossed out the window.

Pagan, who is president of the Young Latino Network in Cleveland, came up with a new idea when she came across a video online: “I saw a Puerto Rican pickup truck with a speaker strapped onto the back playing a loop announcing the stay-at-home order, and I thought, ‘That’s a pretty cool way to get your message across – how do we do that in our community?’” 

She pitched the idea of doing something similar locally on a phone call with other voting and census outreach organizers, and the Cleveland Caravan (or La Caravana) was born. 

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I Felt a Kindred Spirit

I went to dig out weeds that had grown so high, in one of Euclid's many Adopt-A-Gardens.  Tufts of flowers maintained by volunteers.  Volunteers who love living in this community, and want to show it off.

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Woody Allen Makes Book on a Career and Life

I just finished Woody Allen’s new autobiography, “Apropos of Nothing.” It’s just under 400 pages long and is by turns entertaining and fascinating.  It’s kind of like two books sewn together.  The first half  deals with his upbringing and early career.  Allan Koenigsberg grew up in Brooklyn, New York. At age 16 he was writing one liners for Broadway columnists of the day and making more money than his parents combined. Granted his dad was a cab driver and waiter who blew his meager earnings betting on sports. Still $40 a week was a tidy sum in those days.

His elementary school teachers recommended him for a gifted program at Hunter College but the long subway ride proved too inconvenient for his mother and aunts.

He remained in P.S. 99 which he described as “a school for backwards teachers.”

While the book is funny it is not a gag fest.  It’s more like a long conversation with a familiar friend if you have followed his films over the years.  After making 51 movies, starring in many of them, his record is hit and miss. I consider myself a fan and when looking at the list realize I haven’t seen half of them.

What’s clear from the book he is a natural-born work horse.  Dianne Keaton has been quoted as saying she’s never met anyone more disciplined.  At 85 he has the same routine: breakfast and then writing long hand on yellow legal pad for hours.  A break for lunch and then more writing. He writes into the night or until the basketball game comes on. He is season ticket holder for the Knick’s I assume. 

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Ohio Must Have A Clean Energy Future

Since our last Statehouse update, we have changed Speakers in the Ohio House because Larry Householder has been accused of engaging in what the US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio described as, “Likely the largest bribery, money laundering scheme ever” in Ohio history.

At the heart of the $60 million dollar bribery charges are an apparent dirty deal to bail out unprofitable FirstEnergy nuclear and coal plants through legislation titled House Bill 6.

Beyond this most recent Statehouse scandal, I would argue that a clean energy future is critical to Ohio.  The question Ohioans need to ask themselves is do you want clean energy to power our economic future or do you want to remain in the smog age?

To illustrate that point, let me offer the theory of ‘sunrise industry vs sunset industry’.

The Japanese used this illustration to describe what is a growing economic sector versus a declining economic sector.  We all know that economies and markets change.  We want to be where the economy is growing.  It is perilous for your region to be dominated by sunset industries.   

One of the best examples of the sunrise vs sunset analogy is Fortune 500 lists.  Who is on it now – who was on it 30 years ago – who will be on it 30 years in the future?

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Viking Reflections: Basketball great Clark Kellogg ’79

Clark Kellogg ’79

In this time of COVID-19, death, disruption, economic suffering, racial turmoil, social distancing and uncertainty, I’ve spent plenty of time praying and thinking about the state of our communities and country and how might I “be” better while “doing” better for others.

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What Have You Been Thinking About Lately?

There may be one positive result of Covid19:  We have gotten a bit more reflective.  For many, those reflections have created a shift in priorities, a greater appreciation for community, and a greater awareness of caring for the needs of others.  And while we are all looking for ways to protect our physical health, many now also seek a healthier spirituality; a search for wisdom, a desire for peace. 

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The New Captains of your Health Care Team

At Dedicated Senior Medical Center, our Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) are the captains of your healthcare team. They will see you once a month and oversee all aspects of your healthcare needs, whether you are sick or well. Your PCP will monitor your health and medications, order your on-site tests and screenings, and coordinate your care with all your specialists. They will keep all your doctors informed and on the same page, so you do not have to. By coordinating all aspects of your healthcare, they can keep you in the best possible health.

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Will I Like Medicare?

While we often hear the complaints about Medicare, a recent survey showed that nearly 90% of Medicare enrollees are happy with their coverage and the care they receive. Your satisfaction will be determined in a large part by the Medicare coverage you select. Overall, I think you will find there is a lot to like about Medicare including:

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Staying Safe From Identity Theft

Identity theft is on the rise and wreaking havoc on the lives of many Americans. While everyone is at risk and there is no foolproof way to safeguard against it, learning how to protect yourself from this type of fraud can go a long way in lowering your risk of identity theft.

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September Young Adult & Children's Virtual Programs

Virtual Family Fun Storytime
Every Tuesday @ 10:30 AM & 6:30 PM
Every Thursday @ 10:30 AM
Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome to attend this storytime full of stories, songs, and rhymes.

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Take a Bleacher Break to Avoid the Ache

As sports begin to make their return, you may find yourself sitting on the bleachers for extended periods of time cheering on your favorite athlete. This often leads to lower back and upper buttock pain because you are sitting on a hard surface with your back unsupported. A lack of support, tends to pull you into a slouched position, increasing the pull on the lower back muscles, likely causing stiffness across the lower back. The best solution to this would be to avoid sitting in the middle of the stands. Consider sitting close to the top or the bottom of the bleachers. This way you can stand up without blocking someone else’s view of the game all while avoiding a future pain in the butt. Try getting out of your seat at a timeout, halftime, or at the end of a set to walk around for a few minutes. This may not fully take away the ache in your back while you are sitting, but it should help to reduce it. Sports don’t have to be in season for us to have your back, at Infield Chiropractic (216) 938-7889.

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What to Do with Yard Waste

Most yard debris can be composted!

We all know that it is not acceptable to dump tires, machine parts, plastics and other unnatural trash into our waterways. But many still believe it’s okay to put yard debris like grass and leaves onto a streambank, in a storm drain, or into a ditch.

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“Faith in the City, Seeking to Do Good in the City of Euclid and Beyond…”

On Friday, August 21st, 2020, Faith in the City, in collaboration with Euclid City Hall, MetroHealth Medical Center and Cuyahoga County Board of Health, offered free COVID-19 testing to the City of Euclid and beyond. Individuals desiring to be tested did not need to have a prescription or specific symptoms. The only requirement was that they pre-register.

The testing was offered in a “drive-thru” fashion as well as “walk-ups.” Packets containing masks, hand-sanitizers, gloves, voter registration and census information were also distributed. Many have been concerned that Cuyahoga County was without testing for months, despite the fact that the County was given the 2nd highest level alert for the virus. In an effort to address this concern in the City of Euclid, Faith in the City worked diligently to collaborate with partners to offer testing to our residents and surrounding areas. In keeping with the scriptural guidance to “do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God,” (Micah 6:8) Faith in the City strives to be a blessing, promoting the “beloved community” concept. We do so through addressing social justice matters such as food insecurity, voter suppression, education, health care disparities, and issues concerning brutality and law enforcement in communities of color.  We were honored and surprised when we received a letter of commendation from The Ohio House of Representatives, presented by Representative Kent Smith, of the 8th District! Faith in the City is a religious organization comprised of churches, clergy and faith leaders across the Greater Euclid area.

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