County Councilwoman Sunny Simon Announces Funding Approval for Three Community-Based Projects in District 11
County Councilwoman Sunny Simon Announces Funding
County Councilwoman Sunny Simon Announces Funding
On Feb. 22, Euclid Mayor Gail addressed members of the chamber, local businesses and the community over lunch at the Irish-American Club. The mayor introduced two tables of city employees in attendance then shared her commitment statement to provide Euclid residents and businesses with “the best services in a cost-effective and innovative manner.” She said there are three themes that consistently surface in her work with the city: investment, resilience and innovation.
She spoke mainly about investment, including the new Amazon fulfillment center, other new businesses, and business and school expansions. She mentioned the recently created master plan and its goals for residents, businesses and infrastructure: stay, prosper, play, connect, engage and preserve. Finally, the mayor acknowledged the investment in safety by the police and fire departments. The police department received many prestigious safety awards for its work in 2017 and responded to 43,471 calls, while the fire department answered 10,825 fire and EMS calls.
The mayor closed the luncheon by looking forward toward more investment, resilience and innovation in 2018.
Question: What is the Ohio Crime Prevention Association?
Answer: Ed Bonchak and Kate McLaughlin, EPD
Last year at this time we encouraged community members to join the OCPA. Please consider joining if you haven't already. The Ohio Crime Prevention Association (OCPA) was founded in 1977 by a core group of dedicated law enforcement officers concerned about the safety of Ohio residents. OCPA is the nation’s largest state crime prevention association, with a diverse membership representing law enforcement agencies, government offices, businesses, the faith community and resident groups. As the Professional Voice of Crime Prevention in Ohio, OCPA is a clearinghouse for state and national crime prevention and community policing training and resources. OCPA projects range from basic crime prevention schools and conferences, to training on important crime prevention topics, and timely publications.
Several members of Euclid Police Department’s Community Policing Unit are crime preventions specialist through the OCPA. We provide security checks for properties, CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) security analysis for businesses, resources, presentations to various groups, organizations and schools.
EPD highly recommends checking out the OCPA website at www.ocpa-oh.org/ for more information and to register. OCPA offers membership for individuals and organizations and includes benefits such as a resource center and lending library, training opportunities, and crime prevention specialist certification. Euclid is in OCPA District 3 which meets several times each year in different Northeast Ohio locations. The next OCPA District 3 meeting is Thursday, March 15th in Solon. Individuals, businesses, organizations and churches are all welcome to join. If you are considering this, contact the Community Policing Unit at 289-8449 and we’ll let you know the time and place.
At the February 2nd City Council Meeting, City Council unanimously adopted the City of Euclid Master Plan. While this completes the planning process, the work to make it happen is just beginning! The Master Plan Process was a year-long dynamic process led by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission. I want to thank the many residents who were involved in the process and provided input, feedback and suggestions. The result was a plan that represents our community and offers a vision for a strong and vibrant future.
Over the first two months of 2018 I have visited all five school in Ward 2 because I feel that a good education is critical to success in life. Those schools include Arbor Elementary, Chardon Hills Elementary, Euclid Preparatory, Noble Academy and Pinnacle Academy.
$15,000 in scholarship money is up for grabs and the deadline to apply is quickly approaching.
Getting a good deal on groceries is important, especially for many Americans who are living paycheck to paycheck and often have to choose between paying a bill or buying food.
The Euclid Police Department and Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. (MCMS) announces their new partnership to launch the “Safe Passages” initiative in response to the opiate epidemic in Cuyahoga County. Safe passages is also referred to as The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI).
Since 2011, The Memorial Park Community Garden (MPCG) located on Milton Ave. off East 222nd street, has worked to build a stronger, healthier city through civic engagement and organic gardening practices. Garden plots in the fenced-in space with an on site water supply are available for only $20. Please e-mail Memorialparkcommunitygarden@yahoo.com for registration or with any questions you may have.
Residents gathered at the Lakefront Community Center in late January and early February to find out how to be their own fixer-uppers. Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), based out of Cleveland Heights, held workshops at the Center for community members to learn how to repair drywall and plaster wall. These two successful events were the first of many repair workshops to be held here as Euclid is a partner city of HRRC. Due to this partnership, Euclid residents are able to borrow tools from HRRC's tool library located at their Noble Road site. Any member of a partner city, or anyone who has taken a workshop repair class is eligible to join the tool library for only $25 per year. This membership provides weekly rentals of tools needed for DIY jobs inside or outside your home. In addition to access to workshops and the tool library, HRRC also offers technical assistance to residents seeking to make improvements or to their home. For more information and to sign up for workshops, visit hrrc-ch.org or call (216) 381-6100. Stay tuned for future events here in Euclid!
The Keep Euclid Beautiful committee is hard at work planning environmentally friendly beautification programs to engage residents, business owners, and other stakeholders around the city.
Job stress took Kerianne Sidoti to the mat, the yoga mat. The slang "go to the mat"points to fighting, struggle. The surprise for Kerianne was that the yoga mat gave her the opposite. It gave her: relaxing, opening, strength and discovery - discovering how her body works, how her mind works. That discovery translated into the A-word, Awareness.
HELP Foundation, Inc. will be hosting their 2nd Annual Casino Night fundraiser on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Crowne Plaza in Independence. Guests will be treated to a fun-filled evening while raising awareness and critical funding to keep our mission of empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities thriving. Attendees will be invited to participate in casino-style games like Black Jack, Roulette, Texas Hold’em and Craps while enjoying hors d’oeuvre stations and full bar. Players’ winnings can be exchanged for tickets to win a wide array of prizes ranging from coveted sporting tickets to relaxing spa experiences and everything in between!
Tragic events such as the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school are difficult for anyone to comprehend and process. Locally and across the country, we collectively mourn the loss of life every time such a senseless tragedy occurs. In addition, our own sorrow, fear and despair can be heightened as we watch and hear about the plight of grieving students, teachers and the affected community on the nightly news.
(An interview with Doug Paulson, general manager, BWX Technologies, Euclid, Ohio)
Seniors covered by Medicare need to be aware of their hospital status for any hospitalization. You need to ask, ”am I an Inpatient or Outpatient?”
On Saturday, April 14, 2018, approximately 300 guests will gather to celebrate unity and diversity within the SRW School and Parish Communities. As a body which advocates peace, the evening will have a ‘Peace’ theme with decorations which reflect harmony and students wearing tie-dyed apparel.
Our February meeting featured the artistic talents of Victoria Wagner, demonstrating “Portraiture Techniques in Oil”. Victoria has been teaching art for 25 years, but she’s been painting for 50! She currently teaches workshops in oil, acrylic and watercolor at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls....Thursday though Saturday. Then, on Mondays Victoria teaches art therapy at a Memory Care Center. She saves Tuesdays, as a day that she can just paint for herself. Even though Victoria uses every kind of medium in her artwork, her favorite is definitely oil. She enjoys painting anywhere, outdoors or inside, and quickly. She did a lovely little oil painting of a vineyard, plein air, in Tuscany, Italy. She can’t wait to return to Tuscany....“I love sipping wine and painting!”
Greetings Ward 5 residents! It's my pleasure to invite you to our upcoming Ward 5 Community meeting on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at the Lakefront Community Center located at 1 Bliss Lane from 10-11:30 am. Speakers include Mayor Gail, Council President Mancuso, Planning & Development director Jonathan Holody and Keep Euclid Beautiful chairperson Linda Beck. I look forward to meeting many of you on April 7th!
Enjoy accordions all day long at the 36th annual Super Button Box Bash on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Join the Button Box Band of the Year, Patty C and the Guys, and Ron Likovic, the Button Box Artist of the Year, plus Polka Hall of Famer Kathy Hlad and ten of your favorite bands for a non-stop polka-thon in two halls. The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame once again teams with the Slovenian Society Home on Recher Avenue in Euclid, Ohio, to host Cleveland’s biggest squeezebox event with fifty accordions from 1:00 to 9:00.
It's hard to imagine school being out, and warm summer days, but it's not that far away. If you are looking for something for your child to do this summer, why not send them to the Beat the Streets (BTS) Fun Day Summer Camp This is the sixth year for this camp located right here in Euclid. Summer Camp is held at the ELC (Early Learning Center). Campers will be dropped off and picked up from the ELC.
We’ve been asked to stand for a variety of causes in the past several years. In 2018 I propose that we SIT for our children. Adult lives are so busy – running from place to place – that sitting down with the children in our lives has literally taken a back seat to our daily schedules. Consider sitting with children – face to face – in close proximity – to eat a meal, play a game, help with homework and talk about the day. Imagine how this simple, inexpensive habit of sitting down with a child could improve our valuable adult/child relationships! Moms and dads, grandparents, friends and mentors – this act can work wonders. By sitting down and concentrating on the child before you, you are validating children and mentoring behaviors that will go a long way to teach important life skills to last a lifetime.
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Our Lady of the Lake has been named Organization of the Year by the Euclid Chamber of Commerce, in its annual business awards. “We are excited to celebrate Our Lady of the Lake Parish as a 2017 Award Winner,” said Chamber Director Sheila Gibbons. “Our Lady of the Lake created a new path for small business owners to grow and prosper in our community and we are proud to partner with them.”
History of Jazz
Let Euclid Public Library help you access the world beyond our four walls. Mobile hotspots are easy to use and allow devices such as phones, tablets or laptops to connect to the internet through Sprint’s 4G network. Use our mobile hotspots to do homework, check email, and search for a job or anything else you might do on the internet. Great at home or on the road, mobile hotspots allow you to stay connected without using your data plan. Patrons can check out mobile hotspots the same way you would a movie, book or CD on adult cards in good standing only, for a seven-day loan. Visit our website or stop by the library for more information. Some restrictions apply.
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. Be sure to join us in March for our final One Community Read book club programs of the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.
On Monday, March 19, Euclid Public Library will unveil its new computer sign-on system for library patrons. In alignment with the other CLEVNET libraries, users will now have the ability to login to any computer at the library using their library card – no computer access card necessary, and bypass daily time limits when no one else is waiting. Cardholders will also have the ability to print up to $1.00 worth of color and black & white copies for free each day and pay only $0.25/color and $0.10/black & white for additional copies. Please note, current EPL computer access cards will no longer work beginning Monday, March 19; please visit the Check Out Desk to get a free Library Card today.
In preparation for the new computer sign-on system, the computers at EPL will be unavailable on Sunday, March 18, 2018. Patrons will still have access to the library’s wireless internet inside the building and in the parking lot using a personal mobile device or laptop. Patrons can also check out available mobile hotspots for internet access.
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right” ~Rosa Parks
Intrepid Euclid resident Devlin Chambers has been busy since reaching his Americorps NCCC assignment in Sacramento, CA last October. As you may remember, Chambers is taking a year before entering college to participate in the National Service Corps Americorps NCCC program that places young adults, aged 18-24, in service projects throughout the United States.
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The Euclid Recreation Department is very proud to announce that the Memorial Park Tennis Court Reconstruction Project is underway! GPD Group developed the project plans, and Nerone and Sons Inc. broke ground in the beginning of February. The United States Tennis Association provided technical assistance, and a $20,000 grant opportunity that was awarded to the Euclid Recreation Department on February 23, 2018. A special thanks goes out to City Council for their input and approval, as well as Service Director Dan Knecht for all his assistance in taking the project from conception to reality. The complex is schedule to be finished by June 2018, and will include five tennis courts and two pickleball courts! Be on the lookout for the 2018 recreation program guide, as we are excited to offer an expanded tennis section for the summer.
The Friends of the Henn Mansion celebrated another successful wine tasting Saturday, February 10 for the benefit of the continued restoration and upkeep of the historic mansion. With 120 people on hand to enjoy an evening of wine tastings chosen by Gary Twining, and paired with appetizers created by Chefs for Hire, the event had the mansion packed with longtime supporters and first-time visitors to the Henn Mansion.
Two area teens recently advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout, and the Euclid Hunger Center was honored to be a part of that process. Both boys chose the Hunger Center to be the recipient of their Eagle projects, which are a crucial part of the advancement process. Tom Franczyk, a long-time volunteer at EHC, and a member of Troop 143 out of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, designed and constructed under-the-table storage carts, as well as permanent signage for the food distribution room. Ian O’Donnell, a member of Troop 161, Euclid’s Pioneer Troop out of East Shore United Methodist Church, designed and constructed eight shelving units, as well as 20 replacement shelves for EHC’s stock room.
In an open session at Euclid Public Library over 30 interested citizens came together to debate and discuss issues raised by the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. The gathering, hosted by Euclid Public Library February 22, was part of its participation in the One Community Reads initiative and one of several events surrounding the book.
In this winter season have you had moments of reflection that are illuminating to the heart and mind? A question such as "how has my life become so complicated and difficult to manage?" may have popped up once or twice during a cold and snowy day. Having the tools to digest the events, or life choices that led you to your current experiences becomes so helpful to discovering what if anything needs to change if you are feeling out of balance.. Author and teacher Don Freeman, a recent speaker at the Rishis Institute of Metaphysics, calls upon us to liberate ourselves from egoism, materialism and hedonism. Living free from the attachments to each of these subtle but powerful influences can save us not only money, but time and energy available for positive and healthy choices that give lasting joy. Be open to examine where you are mis-spending soul energy that keeps your spirit depleted and less than whole. It is up to you to be empowered to change your life. Join us at this school of Metaphysics to learn universal laws of harmony and balance. You will be glad you made the call...perhaps in response to some inner urging that has long been ignored. Call 216 786 7240 to start on your higher path to wholeness.
On Wednesday, February 21, I was happy to chair my first Community and Neighborhood Engagement Committee Meeting of City Council. The other members of this group include Councilwoman Taneika Hill, Councilwoman Charlene Mancuso and Councilwoman Christine MacIntosh. Councilwoman Stephana Caviness and Councilman John Wojtila also attended the meeting.