If you passed by the EHS parking lot on May 21st and 22nd, you may have seen a Euclid firetruck, ladders, hoses, and fire equipment. The Euclid High School Fire Academy and the Euclid Fire Department were running their first ever "skills days." A collaborative effort between Assistant Chief Will Anderson of the Euclid Fire Department and EHS Fire Academy Instructor John Padley to provide an opportunity for the cadets to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-life scenarios using real equipment. The Euclid Fire Department was gracious enough to provide three firefighters to help teach as well as a variety of equipment. Each of the skills days included four workstations, each with a different instructor. The first day took place in the Fire Academy Classroom at EHS and consisted of EMS skills. The workstations included assessing basic vital signs (pulse, respirations, and blood pressure), airway management, wound dressing/bleeding control, and spinal immobilization. Once complete with the four workstations, cadets were treated to lunch and were introduced to the Commander of Tri-C's Fire Academy, Ted Huffmann, who spoke to the cadets about the senior year experience in the Academy, what the expectations were for next year, and the end goal of preparing cadets to enter the workforce as a professional firefighter immediately upon graduation from high school. The second day took place outside in the staff parking lot just across the street from EFD Station number one and included SCBA donning/doffing, hydrant operations, tool and appliance recognition, and ladder operations.
Mrs. Linda Knight has dedicated her career to teaching and helping young people. We were blessed to have her with us at Euclid City School since 1993. She began her teaching career in 1981 in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools as a preschool teacher. Mrs. Knight also taught at Laurel School, a private school for girls in Shaker Heights before finding a permanent home at Euclid City Schools for the final 22 years of her career. She taught fifth and sixth grade at Forest Park for three years then two years at Glenbrook as a third grade teacher.
Saturday, May 2, 2015 was a beautiful day in downtown Euclid with more than 200 participants for the inaugural HELP Run for Awareness 5k! Organized with the support of local and regional sponsors the event featured many of the individuals HELP serves as part of their mission to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be respected and valued members of their community. Friends and supporters from across Northeast Ohio attended as the bright sunshine showed Euclid at its early-spring best!
This event is a part of HELP’s ongoing 50th Anniversary celebration along with the upcoming June 11th Open House and Annual Meeting at HELP’s newly built Administration & Training Campus at 26900 Euclid Avenue. Founded in 1965 by parents who had children with developmental disabilities, HELP grew from one group home to now serve more than 700 children and adults in three counties. Coming to Euclid in 2009 HELP has continued to find a welcoming and collaborative community that encouraged their growth and success. HELP's Euclid operations now include two group homes, the succesful and growing Adult Day & Vocational Program on Shore Center Drive, as well as the HELP Seniors Program located at the Lakefront Community Center.
For more information, employment opportunities and more please visit www.helpfoundationinc.org
The big news this month is the Second Annual Bike to the Beach - Sims Park Beach Party, June 26, 2015. Join Bike Euclid in welcoming Cleveland Critical Mass for a beach party at Sims Park. Local residents are invited to join in the ride as it passes through your neighborhood. A Euclid ‘Mini-Mass’ will gather at Cebar’s Euclid Tavern (595 East 185th Street) at 8pm. Cleveland Critical Mass will leave downtown Cleveland at 7pm, will be at the intersection of East 185th St & Lakeshore Blvd. at approximately 8:30pm, and will arrive at Sims Park in time for sunset. All times are estimates.
Last year’s event was enjoyed by approximately 800 people on bikes. Read about last year’s event at https://clevelandcm.wordpress.com/2014/06/ and stay current on this year’s event by going to www.facebook.com/groups/clecritmass/ and the Event Page for Bike Euclid at www.facebook.com/euclidbikes. And yes, just as last year, Bike Euclid T’s will be available at this event.
In my twelve years as your Mayor, I have been honored to participate and attend countless events and celebrations. All that we honor in this community help to define us and make us a great community in which to live and work. Nothing can be more moving than when we celebrate Memorial Day. Research tells us that Memorial Day began after the Civil War and eventually grew to become a day to honor those who gave their lives in the military service to this county. In our City, the celebration of the sacrifices of our soldiers and sailors starts with many volunteers who plan the Memorial Day events. In addition to our Veterans Groups, I want to acknowledge and thank our City staff who never fail to make our cemetery and parade route sparkle.
Question: Are children allowed to play ball in the street and also run through neighbors’ yards or driveways?
Answer: from Sgt. Donna Holden
A Euclid Ordinance was passed in 1959 to prohibit game playing in the street, intending to keep children safe from vehicle injuries. Police officers discourage juveniles from playing in the street because of the possibility of a motor vehicle accident. No officer wants to notify a parent that their child has been hurt or killed from a car accident. Not all drivers abide by the traffic laws or pay full attention while driving. Although Euclid Ordinance 311.07 states that no person shall fly a kite or play any game of ball or other game on any street unless the street has been set aside for playground purposes, who of us hasn’t seen kids and even adults toss a football or play catch in the street. It’s usually a friendly game where players step aside for oncoming vehicles. If a complaint is called into EPD, the officer would most likely advise the players to move the game off the street. If any of the players do not comply and return to the street, a traffic citation could be issued which requires an appearance in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.
Lafamilia Restaurant opened up in the city of Euclid about nine months ago. It is a Soul Food Restaurant, family owned and operated by a husband, wife, and daughter team. Formerly Giovanni's pizza it is located at 491 East 260th St. in Euclid, Ohio across from Shoreview Elementary next to the Classic Custard ice cream shop. The menu includes ribs, chicken, fish, greens, mac-n-cheese, bread pudding, peach and apple cobbler and more. The restaurant is closed on Mondays, but open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. They also deliver within a 3 mile radius with a $20 minimum order and $3 delivery charge.
It’s again time to anticipate the locally renowned Euclid Pond and Garden Tour. Even now, gardeners of this lakefront community are preparing to welcome visitors to their personal sanctuaries. This annual event includes several unique yards, gardens, landscaping and landmarks around the city of Euclid.
The self-guided tour starts at twilight on Friday, July 17, then continues through the afternoons of Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 20. So mark your calendar for the third weekend in July.
Tickets/maps go on sale June 20. This 15th year of the event is presented by the city as well as the city’s Shade Tree and Beautification Commission.
For more information go to the city’s website: www.cityof Euclid.com or contact the city’s commission chairperson: Bob Evans at (216) 731-7984.
The Class of 2015 showed up in style to LaMalfa Party Center on May 28th to celebrate Senior Prom.
Nine Forest Park Middle School students and three teachers spent 14 weeks training for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 10k in May. The students began training in January through the We Run This City Youth Marathon Program (WRTC). This program is a collaboration between the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, the Cleveland Department of Public Health and Case Western Reserve University Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods. Practices were held three-four days a week until race day on May 17th. Students started off slowly alternating running and walking for only a minute. Each week runs increased in length and duration. In April, students stopped running for time and started running for miles during practice, running anywhere from 2-4.5 miles a day. This program not only increased the confidence of our student participants, but also expanded their endurance and physical fitness.
Last month at the Euclid High School Spring Sports Banquet, the Euclid Panther Boosters presented the Athletic Department with the second $20,000.00 check in less than a year. Only through the handwork of dedicated volunteers, is it possible for the student-athletes in the Euclid City Schools to experience the very best in high school athletics. We are so proud and thankful to these dedicated people. On behalf of all of our student-athletes and coaches, we would like to thank all of the Euclid Panther Boosters for their service and especially their delicious "walking tacos" and "booster dogs!"
On May 18, 2015, twenty-nine eighth grade students embarked on a journey of a lifetime. The Central Middle School 8th grade class trip took students on a three-day adventure throughout our nation’s capital. Students participated in tours of the Holocaust Museum, National Archives, the Capitol Building, American History Museum, Natural History Museum, and Air and Space Museum. Along with all of the museums, students also visited several monuments and memorials including MLK, FDR, Jefferson, WWII, Vietnam, Lincoln, Korean, and Iwo Jima Memorials.
On the second night, students took a dinner cruise aboard The Odyssey, where they enjoyed a moonlight cruise of dinner and dancing with several other schools from across the United States. The final day of the trip, students toured Arlington Cemetery, viewed the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Changing of the Guard, and the Kennedy gravesites. Over the course of three days, students enjoyed a full itinerary and returned to Central exhausted, with many fond memories.
Euclid, Ohio-- It began with a bake sale, two to be exact. Euclid High School Senior Mary-Kate Kendel and Guidance Counselor Susan Turner baked for days in preparation for the EHS Trick-Or-Treat event and parent-teacher conferences last October. Their goal was to raise money for the AJC Children’s Foundation backpack program that supplies impoverished students in Honduras with backpacks filled with school supplies. Kendel and Turner sold out of their baked goods both nights and raised $150, which supplied six Honduran children with backpacks.
It didn’t stop there. Prior to the bake sale, Mary-Kate had been using her monthly allowance to support a Honduran child named Anthony Jose through the AJC Children’s Foundation. The opportunity of a lifetime came for Mary-Kate through the crowd-funding website gofundme.com. Thanks to family, friends, and Euclid City Schools’ staff members Mary-Kate raised $1,100 toward a trip to Honduras to meet her sponsor child Anthony Jose.
Four Panthers have committed to continuing their education as well as basketball careers at the collegiate level in the fall. Congratulations to Devin West - University of Northwestern of Ohio (Lima, OH), Kiran Taylor - Aurora University (Aurora, Illinois), Kyle Emory - Olivet University (Olivet, Michigan), and Kendrick Pittman - Olivet University (Olivet, Michigan).
Rachel Strongoli will join Shore Cultural Centre this month as a new visual arts teacher. She begins by instructing the popular Saturday morning Cartooning Class, a steady favorite with regional youth. Ms. Strongloli was highly recommended by Josh Usmani, who had been teaching cartooning prior at Shore and recently moved on to pursue career goals. Ms. Strongoli holds a BA from Cleveland State University, and was a Cleveland Institute of Art scholarship recipient. The cartooning class details are below. Shore Cultural Centre is located at 291 E. 222nd in Euclid. You may register at www.shoreculturalcentre.com, or call 216-289-8578 for information.
When: Saturdays - June 6 - Aug 8, 10 classes. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm $15.00 per class, or $135.00 for session. Ages 10+
This course will cover a wide range of cartooning practices including character creation/development (people, animals, fictional creatures, inanimate objects, etc.), backgrounds/scenery, narrative storytelling, caricatures, observational drawing from life and more! By the end of each session, students will leave having created at least one original work of art. By the end of the full course, students who attend regularly will complete a comic strip, comic book or piece/series of “Pop Art”. Each lesson will build towards this final project, but each lesson could also stand alone for students who cannot attend regularly.
Triumph Tower Renovation - 2014 Euclid, Ohio, Ken Ippolito bought the 8 story apartment building located at 25400 Euclid Ave., Euclid, Ohio, for the first time on November 1, 2001. He then sold it on November 19th, 2002 and the property was in pristine condition at that time. Ken, found out it was up for sale again and he personally wanted to give back to the Euclid area and clean it up, again. He again bought the building on December 15, 2014 and he did another $500,000 renovation on it in just 45 days. With the combined outstanding efforts of our Canton Renovation team as they trekked through the brutal winter from Canton to Euclid to finish the project ahead of schedule!!!. He renamed the property “Triumph Tower” and there were 32 vacant gutted and stripped apartments at the time of purchase. Three weeks after the renovations were completed, we sold out!
At Our Lady of the Lake, we are proud of the expansion of our after school programming. This spring our new offerings included the addition of a sewing club. One of our parishioners, a former home economics teacher, met with two groups of students. We purchased sewing machines and our students were off and sewing! They ended the year with several different amazing projects. We look forward to expanding with more creative, fun offerings next year.
As we come to the end of our school year, it is good to pause for a moment and take a look back. Because our schools are so important to the life of our families and our community, we would like to share some of our accomplishments, keeping in mind that they are the result of many dedicated people working together. We are truly blessed at Our Lady of the Lake and we are thankful that at the heart of all that we do and fundamental to all of the programs, discussions and activities, is the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. The kingdom of God is here and now and we pray and work very hard to make that a reality in our school.
I am delighted to announce an initiative that I think is very exciting for the people of our parish and the wider community, that involves a different kind of collaboration between Our Lady of the Lake (OLL) and Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School (VASJ). VASJ and OLL are neighbors with many interlinked relationships, commitments and challenges. It makes sense that we should make the most of our shared opportunities to strengthen and build up one another. Unfortunately, last year VASJ lost its full-time priest campus minister. The loss of the full-time priest at VASJ creates a very practical opportunity for OLL to not only pray but also to act, and to act by praying. It is also an opportunity for us to be a church that “goes forth,” as Pope Francis has encouraged us. With all of this in mind, about a month and a half ago I approached Rich Osborne, the President of VASJ, with an idea: That OLL move one of its weekly daily Masses to the chapel at VASJ. OLL parishioners would be encouraged to come to that Mass as they would at OLL to pray with VASJ students. This would create a weekly opportunity for VASJ students to participate in the Eucharist, as well as a weekly opportunity for OLL parishioners to be present and support VASJ, not just praying for them, but also praying with them.
Our Lady of the Lake parishioners are particularly excited about this year’s parish picnic, coming up on June 21 at the Italian American Club in Wickliffe. As a special celebration for the 5th anniversary, we’re bringing in the Joey Tomsick orchestra for a fun-filled afternoon of polkas and partying. All the usual great food, games and entertainment will be there too, of course. But this year there’s another special bonus: as a Father’s Day treat, we’ll have goodie bags for all the fathers – and father figures – in our parish community, as a way of saying thanks for all that they do. With all of that, and great company, too, this year’s parish picnic will be a memorable celebration!
Euclid Cooperative Preschool located at 21000 Lakeshore Blvd. is proud to announce that they have been recommended to receive a 5 Star Step Up to Quality Rating. Through developmentally appropriate experiences in a safe, stimulating classroom community children develop the social competence, knowledge and skills they need to succeed as lifetime learners. By working and playing together, our students develop independence, initiative, responsibility, decision-making and problem-solving skills. Through child-initiated and teacher-directed instruction, we address the needs of all children.
The preschool is currently enrolling 3, 4 and 5 year old children for the fall of 2015. Euclid Cooperative Preschool will be holding an Open House Saturday June 27th from 10 to 12. All are welcome to attend. Anyone who would like more information about Euclid Cooperative Preschool can visit our website at www.euclidcoop.org or call our Membership Secretary Jess Stephens at 440 488-7013.
Our Lady of the Lake is supporting this year’s Summer at Sims concert series, as another way to go out into the neighborhood, build community and share with our neighbors. What could be better than sharing live music with family and friends on the beautiful lakefront in Downtown Euclid? We hope to see lots of friends, new and old, at all of the concerts this summer. As a special celebration for our 5th anniversary, we’ll also be having a fun evening of prizes and give-aways on Thursday, July 30. Visit the Our Lady of the Lake table at the Sims Park Concert and spin the prize wheel to win something fun. We’ll have balloons for the kids and a warm welcome for all our neighbors!
Team Evert: Barb Cvelbar, Laureen Deveney , and senior olympic swimmer Tom Evert (as a human trophy) entertain the Euclid crowds for the 2015 MemorialDay parade.
June 3rd-June 27th Report Card and Summer Packet Pickup Begins
June 27th-Come see us at the Waterloo Art's Show (10:30-6:30)
July 7th- Summer Administration of OAA (3rd Grade)
Ss. Robert and William Catholic Parish will be hosting a variety of summer-time events in the months of June, July, and August.
In partnership with the Euclid Hunger Center, Euclid Hospitals and the Boy Scouts, SRW is offering free monthly produce distribution 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. June 29, 2015, with subsequent distributions on July 27 and August 24, in the parish parking lot.
The “Banquet” Free Community Meal will be held on June 30, July 28, and August 25, 2015. Come for fellowship, fun, and great food! All are welcome!
June 27, 2015 is the 4th Annual Warrior Open Golf Outing. All proceeds benefit Euclid Lifeteen. For registration forms, please call the Parish Office at 216.731.1515.
Don’t forget SRW’s Annual Summer Rummage Sale is the weekend of July 10 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm) & 11 (9:00 am – Noon, Fill a Bag), 2015. Dust out those closets, basements and attics! It’s time to start gathering your items for his huge, summertime community event. Donations for the rummage sale can be dropped off at the school after June 6, 2015.
Sonrise Vacation Bible School will be held the week of July 20-24, 2015. Join in the fun as we combine learning about our faith through scripture in a creative way. The cost is $25 per child with a maximum of $40 per family. Registration forms are required, pick one up at the Parish Office or call 216-731-1515.
The SRW Summer Family Festival will be held August 13-16, 2015. Save the date to hear local bands, taste a variety of festival foods, and take a chance on raffles and auctions, and so much more! If you would like to be a sponsor or donate prizes for the event, please contact Ellen Ivory at 216.731.1515 X230 or email@example.com.
Want to know more about Imagine Bella? Want to help our exciting journey to become a National Blue Ribbon School? Enrollment packets available online and in our office. Call 216-481-1500. We would be more than happy to give you a tour and answer any questions!
On Tuesday, May 19th second grade students and their amazing teachers went to the Great Lakes Science Center to tour the museum and catch an OMNIMAX Movie. The students had a blast and learned a lot. Another great field trip by Imagine Bella!
Imagine Bella Carnival Nite was a fun, games, and prizes! Read more about it on Imagine Bella's page.
On Thursday, May 7th, Imagine Bella Teachers, Families, and Students took part in the First Annual Imagine Bella Carnival. Families paid 25 cents per game and students played many carnival games such as Penny In a Cup, Ping Pong Cup, Corn Hole, Hit the Target, Cupcake Walk, and Ring Toss. Students earned tickets for playing and then entered into a Chinese Raffle. Families had over 30 baskets to place their tickets into to win prizes such as a Gardening Basket, Browns Basket, Indians Tickets, Movie Night, KFC Basket, Book Packs, Barbies, Sports Games, and Spa Packages. We even gave away $90 in our first 50/50 Raffle. The money raised will continue to go towards helping to fund field trips and buses for our students. The event was a huge success and brought in lots of families to enjoy the festivities.
Thirty 5th grade students and four Imagine Bella teachers set off on an amazing journey to YMCA Camp Campbell Gard in Hamilton, Ohio, for their end of the year overnight field trip. The students joined Imagine Cleveland Academy students for the ride. At the camp, students took part in an Underground Railroad Live Simulation, where they played the part of runaway slaves. This annual 5th grade trip was a success and guaranteed to be a trip of a lifetime for the students. We are excited our students experienced such an important part of history. We are so glad we could provide our 5th grade students with such a rich experience.
The stage was set on the night of Wednesday, April 29th at the Shore Cultural Centre for the 6th Annual Spring Concert. The performance included a narration of the picture book The Three Questions by Jon Muth which all students heard as a read aloud at the start of the school year. Musical performances followed the plot of the story and many upper grades included components where students were involved of the creation of lyrics and dance.
A new tradition began with the Imagine Bella Art Show being featured in the lobby during the Spring Concert. Student Artwork was framed and displayed for families to view before the show, during the intermission with refreshments, and following the night of performances. Art work is currently being featured in the hallways of Imagine Bella through the summer.
What’s cookin’ at Shore Cultural Centre this summer? A lot! Take a culinary class with Chef Dan, of the Euclid Culinary Bistro, and you will be cooking with class all summer long.
Summer BBQ:Thursday, June 18
Just in time for the 4th of July and grilling season!
Menu: Southern Style BBQ Chicken and Ribs, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Chef Dan's Secret Sauces, Homemade BBQ Rub
Cost: $35/person (single/first registrant), $10 for add'l members of the same party
(Simple) Elegant Cuisine for Couples:Thursday, July 16
A four-course romantic meal to impress your special someone!
Menu: Seafood Appetizer, Field Green Salad, Chicken Entrée, Souffle Dessert
Back-to-School Family Class:Thursday, August 6
Economical, healthy lunches that kids and parents alike will love!
Cost: $40/family (up to 3 members), $5 for each additional family member
Shore Cultural Centre is located at 291 E. 222nd Street in Euclid. Visit www.shoreculturalcentre.com to register or for more info, or call 216-289-8578.
Shore Cultural Centre went all out for Memorial Day with their patriotic float! Thanks to Laura Kidder, Dolly Luskin, and Walt Neil for their time and talents in making it a success, and to the many other volunteers that helped assemble the float and join in the parade representing Shore Cultural Centre. Special thanks go out to The Twister Girl for the balloons, and Cutting Edge Auto Center in Willoughby for their truck use and pulling the float. Learn more about Shore Cultural Centre at www.shoreculturalcentre.com.
On May 2, 2015 the Euclid Public Library planted a commemorative oak tree to signify the 80th anniversary of the library. It was in 1935 that the residents of Euclid decided to form a public library. This library is the second oldest library levy in the state of Ohio!
Although the library has weathered a lot of troubles over the years, through the Great Depression and more, it still stands strong and is one of the most popularly utilized buildings in the city! The reason an 80th anniversary is symbolized by an oak tree is due to the fact that oak trees are well known for living to a great age and for being particularly robust. Those who live to celebrate an 80th anniversary are those who have triumphed against adversity over the course of that many years - certainly our library qualifies! Public libraries are totally reliant on a strong base of support from the public we serve. Without your tax support, and that of the state budget, libraries wouldn't exist.
The oak tree takes a long period of time and commitment to reach full maturity. It represents wisdom and longevity and is able to withstand the extreme pressure that comes with many years of life, similar to the way an 80-year-old library exists in a changing world. We aren't the same library we were in 1935, but it seems clear that we have kept up with the times and the needs of those we serve! Hopefully, in 2095 another oak tree might be planted to signify continued strength of our beloved library.