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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Euclid Waterfront Update: Rocks are in the Water!

The view from the first breakwater of the Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan - Phase II, installed in December 2018.

After weeks of mobilization, clearing the bluff and removing impervious debris from the shoreline, construction of the first breakwater was completed in December for Phase II of the Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan. The breakwater is composed of 1 and 2-ton limestone slabs specially selected from a quarry in Ohio and carefully placed in the water with GPS coordinates. It provides necessary shoreline stabilization and forms the edge of new cobble beach to serve as nearshore wildlife habitat – as well as a place for the public to enjoy. 

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Euclid Culinary School Chef Wins Gold Medal

In the Family Career and Community Leaders of America Culinary Competition, junior Vanessa Billingsley was a Gold Medal award winner at State for her Red Velvet Cake with French Chocolate icing. Congratulations to Vanessa for winning a $3000 scholarship!

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Thank You Euclid!

"DeSigned for This" volunteers at Senior Center

A huge THANK YOU for the generosity of our residents – we have so many people who give back to our community through donations of gifts, food, money and time not only during the holidays but throughout the year.   A special thank you to the many businesses and residents who donated toys that the Euclid Police were able to give away during the holidays.  Thank you to the many who gave to our seniors- especially Simone and “DeSigned for This” who organized a hat, scarf, glove drive!  Thanks to resident Brian Scheider for organizing a Holiday Lighting Contest to help spread the holiday cheer!   Thank you to our Euclid Hunger Center and many churches/Faith Communities for providing meals, food and other assistance to our residents in need.  We are truly a community that cares and looks out for each other! 

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Home Repair Resource Center: Euclid Series

Join us at the Lakefront Community Center on Thursday, January 31st and make dripping or malfunctioning faucets a thing of the past! You'll learn how to take apart and fix a faucet, why it's better than buying a brand new one, as well as identify & repair the different types of faucets (compression, ball, cartridge, ceramic disc) that exist. You'll even get to work with a bunch of plumbing tools that are essential to do the job right, and see how to install a faucet. After this workshop, you'll feel a lot more comfortable making those plumbing repairs yourself. 

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Merchant Data Breaches, the Gift that Won’t Stop Giving

The pressure is on. You’ve grabbed the last of this holiday season’s popular toy off the shelf. You race to the checkout counter, swipe your debit card, and… “declined!” Why, you wonder? Chances are, it’s because your debit or credit card information has been compromised due to a merchant whose data protection infrastructure was penetrated by fraudsters forcing your financial institution to suspend your account.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Message from the Mayor

Happy New Year to you!  I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are ready for 2019 with re-newed energy, hope and optimism!  The start of the year always prompts me to reflect on the past year and set goals for the New Year. 

Highlights of 2018 include the adoption of our Master Plan, progress on our Waterfront Improvements –“Rocks in the Water”, the opening of Lincoln Electric’s Welding Technology Training Center, the removal of the Euclid Square Mall to make way for the construction of new Amazon Fulfillment Center, and several other business expansions.  We saw an increase of property values for both residential and commercial properties across the city.  We hosted successful community events including the Wind Festival, concerts in the Park, Art Walk, Holiday Lighting Celebration, Frank Macuga Safety Day, Faith in the City events, and many neighborhood gatherings.    There is so much more – I will share in a Year in Review in an upcoming edition.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Landlord Tenant Training Provides Best Practices

Photo Courtesy of the Fair Housing Center for Rights and Research

Residents, tenants and landlords alike gathered in mid-December for the Fair Housing Law Seminar. The Fair Housing Center for Rights and Research provided an informative and detailed presentation on how to manage and maintain housing successfully. Michael Russell, from the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, spoke to attendees about the basics of landlord-tenant law. Topics included landlord and tenant obligations, lease basics, remedies and the eviction process. There are relevant statues both parties must adhere to and also prohibited terms. Landlords in attendance were able to share scenarios from past or potential situations and walk through options of how to address issues. Mr. Russell made aware multiple resources including Cleveland Housing Court and their specialists, community clinics and workshops which are available to the public and at clevelandhousingcourt.org

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Be an Optimist

Deb is a Communication Coach. Her services focus on building, strengthening or repairing relationships for individuals, teams or groups. She uses a unique blend of empathy and insight to unravel conflict, isolate issues and enhance growth. Contact her using the form on her website at: DobbsCommunication.com

With the start of a new year, we often hear friends making New Year's resolutions. They make promises to do something, or to refrain from doing something. Some people spend a lot of their time thinking up resolutions and promises. Yet so often those promises are not kept. What about when you make promises to yourself? How do you feel when you do not live up to your own expectations? What happens when you feel you have fallen short of your goals?

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

The Peoples Perspective

As a current resident and as an American citizen, I wish to aid in making  Euclid great again.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Bari's Health & Wellness Talk

Join us for another FREE health talk on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 6-7 p.m.  We will focus this month's discussion on detoxing and cleansing the body.  All are welcome to this free event. We are located at 637 East 185th Street Euclid, Ohio 44119.  We will see you there!

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Life as a Vegan

Recently my good friend Dashaun Jones has being living
the Vegan culture life . I was so amazed by his Drive to
live and try something so different from how he came up
eating the traditional food culture, so I had to give him this
interview on how and why he did it
Q: So with the popular tradition dishes such as , pizzas,
cheese steaks, mexican grill foods , and etc . So what
made you decide to go the Vegan life?
A: I was trying something new. I wanted to experiment
with this way of dieting to see how it would effect me. I
was drinking 2 energy drinks a day and wanted to find a
much healthier way to build energy. I did research and
learned that various fruits could improve my energy and
thought i might as well go full vegan.
Q: Years of eating food you grew up on how hard was the
transitions to switch to vegan eating?
A: Tough. Real tough. The whole first week all i would
think about is hot wings with ranch. It’s always the wings.
It was a mental thing. I saw results the second day so i

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Kiddie City Hosts Annual Winter Fest 2018

"Mrs. Claus" played by Maryellen Fedel

Kiddie City Childcare Community hosted its annual WinterFest 2018, on December 14, for all its students and their families. The event was also attended by Kiddie City Staff, Board Members and volunteers from VASJ. The event is family oriented, with an opportunity for families to participate in old-fashioned games and face-painting stations.  Cookie decorating and craft stations were among the other fun hands-on activities.  Children were able to visit with "Mrs. Claus", played by Maryellen Fedel, and her elves to have a personalized picture taken.  Each child received a Scholastic book from Kiddie City, to promote literacy and family reading in the home.  In addition, all Pre-K children received a warm scarf, donated by "National School Choice". 

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Euclid YMCA at the Community Center

Wishing all our Friends at the Euclid Community Center a Happy and Healthy and New Year – Mike, June, Diane, Gigi and Patrice, Euclid YMCA Staff

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Lake Erie Folk Fest returns to Shore Cultural Centre!

Richie & Rosie will be performing in the evening concert at the Lake Erie Folk Fest at Shore on Feb. 23rd. 

The fourth Annual Lake Erie Folk Fest (LEFF) will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Shore Cultural Centre located at 291 East 222nd Street in Euclid.  This annual event celebrates a diverse array of traditional music and dance styles from a wide variety of cultures, and provides free afternoon workshops, with accomplished instructors, to encourage the preservation of and participation in the traditional arts. 

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

HELP! I Picked the Wrong Advantage Plan

You were so sure that you made the right choice when you signed up for your Medicare Advantage Plan.  But, you realize now after Open Enrollment closed that you made a poor choice. You picked the wrong plan and now fear you have to live with your decision.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Become a Board Member Today!

Euclid Public Library Friends of the Library Board Members with Director Kacie Armstrong and Women in History guest, 'Bessie Coleman'

The Boards of the Euclid Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Euclid Public Library are actively seeking new members. Board members share a common goal to stimulate interest in the library, its many services, activities, and needs.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Outreach Services at EPL

The Euclid Public Library offers monthly delivery and pickup of library materials for Euclid residents who are unable to leave their homes. This service is free and available to residents of any age or income level who are homebound. Whether a person is homebound temporarily, such as someone recovering from surgery, or a permanent shut-in, we can bring library service to his or her door. 

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Book Your Next Meeting Room with LibCal

Book your next meeting room online today!

Euclid Public Library now offers LibCal, a new online meeting room reservation platform patrons can use to schedule meeting rooms remotely. Euclid Public Library and CLEVNET cardholders can book and check the availability of meeting rooms at EPL any time of day from any computer or mobile device.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

A Jolly Visitor at HELP!

Our friends at Eaton Family Credit Union used their connections to arrange a special meet and greet for the men at HELP’s Nottingham Home.  Jolly Old St. Nick listened to each Christmas wish and brought his signature Holiday Cheer along with a bag full of goodies for the house to enjoy! 

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Guest Reader

Thank you Claire Powell for visiting with our students!

Guest readers were featured throughout the month of December in classrooms at Imagine Bella. In Kindergarten, Board Member Claire Powell visited to read to students and Mrs. Jenkins mom came by to read to her class too!

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Guest Reader

Thank you Mr. Streeter for visiting as a guest reader!

Third grade students at Imagine Bella had the pleasure of having Mr. Jake Streeter Sr. come to our classes and read his book. What an inspiration! Thank you Mr. Streeter! Shout out to Ms. and Mr. Smith for serving hot chocolate and goodies. Thank you!

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Annual Shareholders Meeting for The Slovenian Society Home

Annual Shareholders Meeting for

The Slovenian Society Home

201713 Recher Ave.

Euclid, Ohio

Will be held on Sunday February 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the upper hall. There will be refreshments in the clubroom immediately after the meeting. The Board would like to see a good turnout at the meeting.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Why Buy Instead of Rent?

Is it time for you to get out of the rent race and buy a home of your own? While buying isn’t right for every
person or for every life stage or circumstance, there are several perks of homeownership that tend to stay
stable over time. These include building long-term equity, the comfort and pride that can be associated
with owning your own home and, of course, lower overall monthly cost.

If you don’t think you can afford to buy a house right now, then you may not know all of your options.
Many loan programs offer options for low down payments and some programs offer 100% financing.
Other programs allow gift money as a down payment. Also, sometimes a seller is willing to contribute to
your purchase if they want to sell quickly.

If you plan to stay in your home for several years, buying a home could save you thousands of dollars over
renting. And you can get rid of the nosy neighbors upstairs!

BENEFITS OF HOMEOWNERSHIP:
Tax deductions:
Unlike rent, property taxes and the interest on your mortgage payment are all tax deductible.
Home equity:
Home equity is the difference between the value of your home and the amount you owe on your
mortgage. As you pay your mortgage down each month and your home value appreciates, you build
more equity to your overall net worth.
Affordable payments:
Your mortgage payments could be the same or less than what you’re paying in rent. With a long-term,
fixed-rate mortgage, your payments will also remain stable and predictable.
Express yourself:
When you own your own property, you get to control it. That means planting your favorite flowers in the garden, allowing Fido in the kitchen, and having friends over after hours.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

A Lifelong Commitment to Catholic Education

All of these teachers were once students in the very same building, and their own experience here inspired them to dedicate their careers to Catholic education. From left to right: Katy Butauski, Jenny Millett, Meghan McGarry, Pete Dautovic, Korie Rossman, Lauren Zbiegien and Rita Testa. 

All of the teachers at Our Lady of the Lake are dedicated, caring professionals. Some of them are so dedicated that they returned to the school they attended as children, so they could pass along the gift of Catholic education to the next generation. In fact, nearly a third of today’s teaching team at OLL School were once students in the very same building, a rare level of commitment and continuity that helps reinforce the school’s strong culture. What about this place is so special, it made all these teachers into “lifers”?

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Bethlehem News & Notes

JANUARY 2019

Bethlehem Community Church (LCMS)

24490 Euclid Avenue   Euclid OH 44117

216-692-1085

 Joyfully Celebrating and Passionately Sharing Life in Jesus Christ

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Races and Raffles and Fun!

Every year, Our Lady of the Lake School hosts a fundraising bash that has become a high point of the season for the hundreds who attend. Known as Life on the Lake, this annual event has raised more than $450,000 to support quality Catholic education at OLL School, supporting technology in every classroom and a whole range of enrichment programs such as languages and arts. 

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

OLL Open House

Our Lady of the Lake School invites everyone to stop in for Open House on Sunday, January 27 from 11:00am-1:00pm. Open House is a great time to learn more about Our Lady of the Lake School, the advantages of a quality Catholic education, and opportunities that could be available for your child.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

"Clean 19", Live your dream

Clean 19 is here!

One Big Healthy New Year Hug

"Clean 19" will offer tips each month on living Clean, this month I am asking you to focus on your goals

If this is your first time reading my Move that Mountain Health Hugs column then Welcome!

If you have been reading and you like what you read, don’t like it, or have a comment Welcome, and please reach out to me with those comments…We as a community need to work together and I love hearing about successes and areas you are looking for success. 

As much as I love helping people I know I can only do so much. 

My goal for “Clean 19” is to Empower people to take their own control and use resources to be successful. Successful in healthy habits, lifestyle, relationships, work… all are intertwined and must be nourished by you in order to succeed in long-term health and happiness. 

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

A Sparkling Holiday Celebration

On Sunday, December 16, a packed house was treated to a Sicilian Christmas eve celebration at Mama Catena Vino e’ Cucina located at 711 Babbitt Rd.  

A smorgasbord of delicacies such as misto fritto, roasted artichokes, pastas, savory meats and more desserts than we could eat were served. Sparkling and Red wines were served to put us in the Holiday Spirit.
Jeff May was spinning our favorite Christmas tunes.

Even Santa himself made a visit.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Euclid Culinary Bistro Holiday Buffet

Chef Daniel Esquivel and his staff once again laid out a wonderful spread for the annual Holiday Buffet.

The prime rib carving station, and crepe station were a huge hit.

The Bistro is located in Shore Cultural Center and is open for lunch, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11:00 am to 12:30 PM during school. It as always best to call first at 216.261.2073.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Merry Mischief

It was always a surprise to see where the elves were next!

Elves were busy in several classrooms during the month of December. Check out some silly photos of some of their hiding spots this month!

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Season of Service

Here are some great photos featuring our student projects!

Before winter break, classroomsshared out about Service Learning projects as part of our "Season of Service". Check out below for some images of how the students helped to spread holiday cheer or support a need in the community (recycling, animal shelters, etc). The school passed out Hot Chocolate to parents and featured a special appearance by Santa!

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Giving Tree

What a beautiful tree!

Imagine Bella featured our annual giving tree. What’s a giving tree? The giving tree gives families and staff the opportunity to give back to families that could use a little extra support during the holiday season. The tree was located on the first floor in the hallway directly across from the office. There were paper snowman ornaments on the tree that list items that students need.The process is completely anonymous and we had many helpful "elves" this season! We sincerely appreciate your support. The PTO helped out with wrapping too during their December meeting. Thank you for all you do to help the Imagine Bella community!

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