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Message from the Mayor

What does a typical day/ week in the life as Mayor look like?  The last couple of days have included waterfront funding meetings, Euclid Creek Watershed meeting on Algal blooms, performing a wedding for 2 residents, attending a concert in the park, conducting a town hall meeting on upcoming ballot issues, attending a groundbreaking ceremony for an expanding business, phone calls with residents, reviewing the  tax receipt and budget performance reports, meeting with the union rep and Chief, planning for upcoming events, discussions with Council members about projects in their ward, meeting with local businesses, conducting Ohio Mayor’s Alliance work, responding to emails… and much more.  There are many things I love about being the Mayor for our wonderful city.  Top on that list is being able to serve the community I love!  It’s also a privilege to be working with great, creative people and to be intellectually challenged on a regular basis.  I love that each day is different and filled with a variety of issues, topics, and people.  Some may find that multi-tasking overwhelming, but I love the diversity, variety and stimulation of the inter-woven issues and projects that make up our community.  There is never a dull day!

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Ss. Robert & William Parish Among Top Workplaces for 2018

Fr. John Betters displays the awards for being named a 2018 Top Workplace and an Organization of the Year.

In the June 17, 2018 edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ss. Robert & William Parish was named a Top Workplace for 2018.  It is one of The Diocese of Cleveland’s seven award recipients. 

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Two Euclid H.S. Students pursue their dreams in NY this Summer.

Neo gives an appreciation to the aupport he has recived while showing a glimpse of the work Terry is doing in New York. 

Last spring Terry, an incoming senior this fall, took “a break” from his job at Chipotle on Lakeshore and Neo, also an incoming senior, quit his job as a party host a SkyZone. As a responsible adult all I could think about was how foolish of a decision that was. But they kept saying the same thing over and over. “Trust the process”. 

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Top Ten Reasons To Still Drive Down East 222nd St.

1. Shore Cultural Center has so much cool stuff.

2. We have one of the greatest libraries IN AMERICA.

3. Jack at Wilke's Hardware IS THE MAN.

4. Marta's

5. Georgio's Pizza

6. Guy's Pizza

7. Wojtila's Bakery is scrumptious

8. JayDee Cleaners (so I do not have to iron)

9. Euclid Panini's has rocking service, food and TV's

10. You do not have to look both ways (for now)

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A Spiritual Journey to Oneness

BLUE SKIES AHEAD is a human desire around the world.  The essence of this desire for blue skies is a gentle, sunny day, every day.  Can natural occurrences become symbols or clues to our human nature?  I believe so.  Certainly some clouds, white and fluffy are a delight, even joyfully viewed.  Dark clouds remind us of the polarity in life, the balance.  Stormy weather, thunder and lightening can signify our not so pleasant thoughts and actions.  If we are watchful, mindful, a rainbow appears and we again remember the ancient scripture promise of heaven on earth.  As humans, we need to stay awake to the knowingness of beneath and through everything visible there is an invisible power of the "I AM" , the Divine Spirit within all creation.  We are a vital part of this universal energy.  Think and act blue skies ahead and trust in this beautiful plan for all.  Enjoy other wisdom teachings at the Rishis Institite of Metaphysics, 21933 Euclid Ave. 44117.  Call 216 486 7240

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PetFix Northeast Ohio Offers $20 Surgeries for Dogs of Low-Income Owners

PetFix helps people spay or neuter their pets at prices they can afford.

Through a generous grant from PetSmart Charities, PetFix Northeast Ohio is currently offering spay or neuter surgery for dogs of low-income owners for only $20. Dog owners may take advantage of this special price by showing proof that someone in the household is currently receiving government assistance. This limited-time, subsidized price was created in an effort to proactively prevent pet homelessness in areas of the community without access to affordable veterinary services.

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Volunteers Needed to Provide Comfort and Care to Hospice Patients

Would you like to volunteer close to home where you can make a meaningful difference to families in the community? Hospice of the Western Reserve, a nonprofit organization that helps families through one of life’s most difficult times, is seeking caring people who want to give back to others by becoming a hands-on care volunteer. New volunteers are needed to join the hospice team to provide compassionate support and comfort to patients and families at David Simpson Hospice House, the inpatient care unit on E. 185th Street in Collinwood.

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"A Day in the Life..."

Perspective is defined as, “a way of looking at something or a frame of reference”.  Recently my wife, Dr. Martina Moore, and I had the privilege of participating in a program that has drastically altered our perspective. The Euclid Police Department has a program called “A Day in the Life of a Euclid Police Officer”. At a recent Coffee Connection sponsored by the Euclid Chamber of Commerce, we were invited by Officer George Panagiotou to what we thought was a workshop or a lecture on the basics of police work. It turned out to be much more than that.

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Major Houts' Story Became a Documentary Film

A film in honor of Euclid resident Arthur Samuel Houts

Regular readers of the Euclid Observer might remember the story I submitted almost three years ago (Vol 6 Issue 9 / Sept. 2015 & Vol 7 Issue 1 / Jan. 2016). I told you about Arthur Samuel Houts, whose trunk I found at my great-aunt's a few decades ago in a small French village.

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OLL Youth Council Makes Ministry Fun

Youth Ministry trips have included great activities like skiing at Peak n Peek.

Rita Testa has been the driving force and provided loving guidance to Our Lady of the Lake’s Youth Ministry Program since 2004. Over the years, she’s helped hundreds of young people find new connections with their faith through retreats, service projects, community outreach, welcoming and hospitality – and, of course, good old-fashioned fun. In return, she’s been rewarded with rich relationships that have grown as her students have grown. She’s seen many teens through high school and college, and enjoyed watching them grow into the young adults of Our Lady of the Lake Parish.

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Rain or Shine, 2018 Euclid Pond & Garden Tour a Huge Success

The 2018 City of Euclid Pond & Garden Tour has inspired visitors to create their own outdoor oasis. Several hundred tourists from all parts of Ohio visited the many gardens featured on this year’s tour. Visitors traveled from Burton, Bratenahl, Concord, Thompson, Lorain, Willoughby, Mentor, Painesville, South Euclid, Shaker Hts., and many other neighboring communities. 

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Recycle Today for a Better Tomorrow

Keep Euclid Beautiful often gets questions about recycling.  The Do's and Dont's are different in each state and sometimes vary from city to city.  This can make recycling a bit confusing.  In this column, Keep Euclid Beautiful will do our best to answer your recycling questions based on the guidelines for the City of Euclid and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.

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Y.O.U. Group Enhances Euclid

Y.O.U. participants hard at work on a Euclid home.

Over the past 5 weeks, the City of Euclid has been fortunate to have 9 participants from Youth Opportunities Unlimited working as a municipal beautification team. In addition to removing litter, overgrown shrubbery and debris from city properties, the employees have completed a project mulching all of the planters along E. 200th Street. This hard work has not gone unnoticed. Sherrie Zagorc, Chairperson of the E. 200th Street Stroll states: "Youth on the street doing such a positive thing mulching our planters - the youth see how important the street is to the many travelers, the businesses see what a difference a little mulch can do to make our street so beautiful,  the drivers see that our youth can do positive work for our community and that we care about E. 200th Street, and finally, I hope that the youth know how much we appreciate their work and will continue to take pride in the appearance of E. 200th Street and the rest of the City. " This seems to be true, as one staff member, Leiona Bussey shared, "We worked hard and could see the difference around the City." Multiple drivers honked their horns or stopped to thank the staff for their work over the few days spent along the street.

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Prescriptions Personalized

Paula became eligible for Medicare due to a disability and was enrolled on the 25th month after her benefit checks started with the help of the social security office. Candidates under the age of 65 in the state of Ohio can enroll in an independent drug plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan which limits their healthcare expenditures and offers prescription drug coverage. Medicare supplement insurance is not available to recipients who are under the age of 65 in the state of Ohio.

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Meeting with Romona Robinson

Eight-time Emmy award-winning journalist, Romona Robinson visited the Euclid Public Library on Thursday, July 20, to discuss her new book, 'A Dirt Road to Somewhere.' She spoke with elegance while discussing all her stories from growing up as a child raised by a single mother with ten siblings, raised up in poverty. She had challenges, but that didn’t stop her from overcoming them. She talked about how going to school and church were her top priorities and how it shaped her character today. Robinson emphasized that "No matter how good of a person you are, you’ll have challenges and setbacks; but if you want something just go for it no matter what people say."

What was truly interesting was how determined you have to be in the media industry. You have to be passionate about it, and you can’t just quit when things get tough. Robinson had a shocking experience where she crossed paths with the Ku Klux Klan and experienced sexual harassment while interviewing an NBA player. However, she had many good experiences in the industry such as meeting President Obama and Nelson Mandela. Romona Robinson inspires many people today including children. Robinson is known for her uplifting stories called, “Romona’s Kids” on Cleveland 19 News. Today she strives for making a difference in the community one step at a time. 'A Dirt Road to Somewhere' is available now at the Euclid Public Library.

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Ohio Bike Laws – The Basics

Author's bike decked out for GOBA 2018 (Great Ohio Bike Adventure), a 250 + mile tour that she completed with her son.

If you’re like most people I encounter, you might find that sharing the road with cyclists can be confusing at times.  As a person who loves both cars and bikes, traffic issues frustrate me on multiple levels. When I’m driving a car, I don’t ever want to HIT anyone who is riding a bike, just as much as I don’t want to GET HIT by a car when I’m the one riding a bike.  

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Farewell Summer, Hello Fall

The Recreation Department will be wrapping up its summer with a change in pool schedules in August. Indian Hills Spray Park, Roosevelt and Willow Pools’ last day is Friday, August 3. Memorial Pool is open until Friday, August 31, please note August schedule.

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Fred Myers 4TH Annual Memorial Golf Outing

Come spend the day remembering and celebrating Fred’s life and his love for golf! Briardale Golf Course, Euclid OH Saturday, September 8, 2018
Registration begins at 9:00 am
Shotgun Start at 10:00 am
18 holes of golf with a cart, Lunch, Dinner, Beer Cart, Beverages & Prizes

Please reserve your foursome by August 25, 2018
Questions: Call - Lisa Myers (216) 990-9103 or
Kathy Will (440) 476-2148

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Shore is Clearly on a Mission!

Shore windows before renovation. 

Every Pane Counts, just ask Shore artists Dean Shaffer and Bob Raack, whose studio was brightened by the restoration of five large windows by GreenHeart Companies.  Thank you to the anonymous donors who contributed over $12,000 to make this pilot project possible.  Shore Cultural Centre is on a mission to raise funds for restoring many more windows, brightening the future of Euclid’s historic building. To learn more about the campaign to restore the windows, visit Shore's website at www.shoreculturalcentre.com or call (216) 289-8578. 

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Another Another Successful Euclid Chamber Golf Outing Euclid Chamber Golf Outing

The annual Euclid Chamber of Commerce golf outing, held at Briardale Greens and presented by the HELP Foundation, was filled with a lot of chances to win cash and prizes. Numerous hole sponsors offered chances to win additional prizes at their hole, including Action CARSTAR Auto Body & Frame.  A car windshield was set up on Hole #1 and Jim Brown of Chesterfield Steel won $100 cash when his shot hit the windshield. On Hole #11, a par 3, 165 yard shot, James Hoynes of the Hoynes Insurance Agency and Nationwide Insurance, offered a $10,000 cash prize for a hole-in-one. Charlie Sims, of Sims Buick GMC, offered a brand new GM Terrain for a hole-in-one shot on Hole # 8. The winning foursome for the outing was David Lynch, Steven Joslin, Mike Powell and David Bruckman.

A big thanks to all of our sponsors for the outing who helped to make this outing a huge success:

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Running to bring awareness to developmental disabilities is fun but running to bring awareness to developmental disabilities while chasing after an ice cream truck is even better!  That’s exactly what HELP Foundation plans to do for their new and improved Run for Awareness, now dubbed The Great Ice Cream Chase.  

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Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

On July 25th, the Euclid Police Department offered Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training to a room full of area business representatives.  The event was hosted by Lincoln Electric in the beautiful new state-of-the-art Welding & Technology Center.

Training was presented by Kate McLaughlin, Community Policing Specialist for the EPD, and Officer Ed Bonchak, Community Policing Education Specialist for the EPD.  Kate has been certified in CRASE through ALERRT and is also a certified crime prevention specialist through the Ohio Crime Prevention Association as wells as an intelligence liaison officer for Ohio Homeland Security.  Ed is a retired law enforcement officer with over 40 years’ experience and is also a certified crime prevention specialist through the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.

While we hope we are never in a situation where we will need this training, statistics show that over 50% of attacks have occurred in commerce settings.  We are all wise to have plans in place for emergency situations, including active shooter events. Here are a few tips:

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All Are Welcome!

Join us for our Backpack Blessing on Sunday, August 19, at 10:00am. Students are invited to bring their school book bags.

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Get Ready for Back to School!

Our Lady of the Lake School looks forward to welcoming our students back to school on August 23. Our new leadership team has been working hard all summer planning planning to make the 2018-2019 school year a great one for all our students. To get information about Our Lady of the Lake School and its programs, please call (216) 486-0850.

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Slovenian Grape Festival: Music & Tradition, Sunday, September 23

Dancing, singing and good eating at the traditional Slovenian Grape Festival, SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, Sunday, September 23, 2018, beginning with a parade at 2:45.

It’s time to celebrate the fruit of the vine Old Country-style at SNPJ Farm’s colorful, musical Slovenian Grape Festival, Sunday, September 23, 2018, on Heath Road in Kirtland, Ohio. The polka parade with Slovenian costumes and singing starts the festivities. The Joey Tomsick Orchestra performs for four hours of dancing. Hearty harvest fare includes smoked Slovenian sausages, savory roast beef and homemade donuts.

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Dance Your Calories Away at the Polka Hall of Fame 15th Sausage Festival, Wednesday, September 12

Bill Azman of Euclid's Azman Quality Meats competes at the 15th Annual Polka Hall of Fame Sausage Festival, Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at SNPJ Farm, in Kirtland, Ohio.

Did you know it takes 40 minutes of polka-dancing to burn up the calories in one Slovenian sausage? The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame makes it easy for you at the 15th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival, with eight hours of non-stop music, Wednesday, September 12, from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. You can also vote for the sausage you like best.

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Silhouette Productions and Shore Cultural Centre Present "Shrek The Musical

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.

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