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Euclid Girl Scouts host Food Drives for local Hunger Centers

Junior Troop 71033 delivers a trailer full of food to End 68 Hours of Hunger in Lake County.

Over the past weeks, several Euclid Girl Scout Troops have held various Food Drives to support two local organizations dedicated to ending hunger in our area. 

In October, Junior Troop 71033 decided to make End 68 Hours of Hunger their service project for their Agents of Change Journey. The Girl Scouts spoke in their classrooms and asked for donations of non-perishable foods from the 68 Hours grocery list. The girls spoke after mass at St. John of the Cross and raised over $1,200 that weekend which they immediately turned around and bought food to be donated to the group. 

End 68 Hours of Hunger Lake County is a local chapter of a national non-profit group that provides food and meals to children who are apart of the government lunch programs in schools. It was found that while they were getting nutritious lunch and breakfast while in school, they were going hungry on the weekends (68 hours) from the time they left school Friday until they returned Monday morning. The Lake County chapter has a Facebook page and the national website is end68hoursofhunger.org.

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Omeleggeddon Smokehouse Cafe Opens on East 185 Street

The new Omeleggeddon Cafe owners, Carl DeScott and Antonio de Leon, celebrated their grand opening with Mayor Bill Cervenik, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sheila Gibbons and City Planning Director Jonathan Holody.  The new cafe, located at 651 East 185th Street, specializes in omelets, breakfasts, sandwiches, salads and more.   

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Euclid Music Legends Johnny Pecon and Frank Yankovic Honored at Polka Music Awards

The late Euclid bandleaders Johnny Pecon and Frank Yankovic were honored at the 52nd Polka Party Weekend and Polka Music Awards Show hosted by the Euclid-based Natiobal Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum.

The the late Euclid bandleaders Johnny Pecon and Frank Yankovic, America’s Polka King, who both would have been 100 this year, were honored at the 52nd Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend, staged at the Downtown Cleveland Marriott Hotel by the Euclid-based National Cleveland-Style Polka Hal of Fame and Museum, and the 28th annual polka music awards ceremony on Saturday, November 28, 2015. The awards show theme, “A Century of Cleveland-Style Polka,” saluted the Slovenian and American influences on the music, especially by Yankovic and Pecon, and Slovenia’s late polka powerhouse Slavko Avsenik. Pecon’s sons John and Jeff and Yankovic’s son Bob performed in honor of their fathers. 

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SPECTACULAR Showing by EHS Show Choir

Members of the EHS acapella group FORTE! putting guests in the holiday spirit at the benefit concert.

Raw talent and the purest passion for performance amazed the hundreds of attendees at the 2nd Annual Varsity Chorale Benefit Concert on Friday December 18th.  Members of the junior high school show choir, Euclid Elite, kicked off the show with their awesome display of song and dance. Through out the evening the crowd was dazzled by several soloist and group performances by members of the high school show choir, as well as a showing by the acapella group FORTE! The event was topped off by a stellar show-stopping display by EHS's award-winning group Varsity Chorale (VC), with several numbers from their upcoming competition show which they will be taking on the road starting in February 2016!  All of the funds collected from this benefit will send this group to Richmond, VA for their out-of state competition, where VC hopes to make all of their countless hours of rehearsal time pay off with a coveted "Grand-Champion" title!  Understandably, most Euclidians cannot make the trek to Virginia, but there are plenty of local opportunities for you to come out and support VC at their other scheduled competitions.  Below is the competition tour schedule for VC's 2016 season. We hope you could make it out to some of them and show your hometown Euclid pride, these hard-working, amazingly talented kids would definitely appreciate your support! Hopefully with a little "Panther Pride" in the audience chanting "VC! VC! VC! VC!" before they take the stage, that "Grand-Champion" title will become a reality!

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Greeting from the Mayor

Happy New Year!  I am truly honored to have been elected to serve as the City of Euclid’s 14th Mayor.  I want to thank all of those who helped make this possible, especially the voters of Euclid for their confidence in me.  I also want to thank Mayor Bill Cervenik for his leadership and service to the City of Euclid for the past 12 years. 

It has been my honor and privilege to serve Euclid in various capacities for the last 20 years.   I began my career in Euclid at Euclid Community Concerns.  The mission of that organization was to create a model community where citizens of all races and backgrounds live together in harmony.  My work on City Council and involvement with community, neighborhood, and school organizations allowed me to continue that work.  The constant themes throughout these roles has been working to build strong neighborhoods, help engage residents and stakeholders, build on our strengths, and promote the positives found in Euclid – working to create that model community.  I will continue to make those themes cornerstones of my administration.

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Technology, Enrichment Put OLL School at Head of Class

A recent STEM open house at OLL School drew enthusiastic crowds.

Our Lady of the Lake School has a tradition of offering quality Catholic education that has served the community for more than 80 years – but they’re not resting on their laurels. “We’re not only committed to offering a faith-based, caring environment,” says Principal Rita Kingsbury. “We’re also committed to offering the very best education for your child.” That means investing in state-of-the-art technology in everyone classroom – from preschool on up – and ensuring that students have access to a broad array of curriculum and enrichment offerings.

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Taking Physical Education to a New Level

Our Lady of the Lake School is proud and happy to introduce their new Physical Education Instructor, Stephanie Omueti. Stephanie joins the talented teaching team at Our Lady of the Lake this January, and brings with her an exciting approach to physical education that promises fun challenges ahead for students.

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Santa Visits SRW

Euclid LifeTeen/Edge hosted "Donuts with Santa," in December.  Not only is this a wonderful holiday tradition, it also serves as a fun, intergenerational event.

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Hit the Ground Running

Change. Nothing stays the same.

How many of you remember the 1980s Van Halen song “Unchained?” David Lee Roth sang, “Change. Nothing stays the same. Unchained. Yeah, you hit the ground running.” Believe it or not, that’s how HGR Industrial Surplus in Euclid, Ohio, got its name. Founder Paul Betori had left his previous employer with a vision for a new business model. As he sat in his living room listening to Van Halen, Paul decided to hit the ground running (HGR) and formed HGR Industrial Surplus in 1998 with 13 employees.

Since then, the company has grown to more than 110 employees with a showroom of 500,000 square feet and recently purchased and dedicated its Nickel Plate Station building on Euclid Avenue. The mission of the company is to serve as a conduit between customers looking for affordable used machinery and equipment and manufacturers hoping to recoup some portion of their capital investments.

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Families helping Families

Imagine Bella Families donated winter wear, uniforms, and more for other families for the holidays.

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Rock Star Teacher Spotlight

Rock Star Teacher Ms. Grimes with Kindergarten.

Two teachers were selected as Rock Star Teachers for the month of December, Third Grade Teacher Mrs. Tammy Dudley and Physical Education (PE) Teacher Ms. Brittney Grimes.

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Winter Art Walk

On December 15th, Imagine Bella hosted their annual Winter Art Walk. This winter wonderland was part of the student work on display throughout the building where families could make festive crafts and enjoy hot chocolate. 

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Kind Classrooms

Ms. Figueroa's class has filled their kindness jar and Mrs. Dudley's class has filled their too.

How kindness jars work is you have to fill a kindness jar with at least 250 pom pom balls. To fill the jar you have to be kind a lot and each kind act earns a pom for the jar. We fill the kind jar at school. Every class is trying to fill their jar by winter break. This is how kindness jars work.

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Breakfast in Bethlehem

The PSR pilgrims preparing for their Breakfast in Bethlehem feast

Our Lady of the Lake celebrated Breakfast in Bethlehem with students in the Parish School of Religion, hosting a fun feast that celebrated the true meaning behind the Christmas Season.

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Music for Miles in the New Year

More Music at Waterloo Arts

Amy Callahan and the Music for Miles committee have announced their 2016-17 dates for the chamber series named in honor of Miles Kennedy, a Waterloo Arts founder and Waterloo benefactor. As usual, the concerts will be varied, informal – and free.

March 13 – piano chamber; April 10 – string quartet; May 8 – The Trillium Trio (flute, clarinet, bassoon - and our very first M4M concert in November 2011); September 11 – brass quintet; October 9 Silver Keys Clarinet quartet; and November 13 – sitar.

The concerts always begin at 4 pm in the WaterlooArtsNan & MilesKennedyArtsCenter; families with musical children are invited to arrive early so their offspring can watch the professionals set up. They run for about 90 minutes, with an intermission, and refreshments may be found in the adjoining Callaloo Café.

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Shore Cultural Centre Welcomes 2016 with New Classes and Events!

Shore is your place to release creative energy of any kind, whether through fitness, music, theater, dance, or arts & crafts. In addition to long-standing classes such as jazzercise, pottery, and dance, the new year brings a host of fresh classes to Shore, including Ukulele Club, photography, and Senior Fun with Fitness. Classes are designed to be reasonably-priced, high-quality, and FUN! Visit our Program page at shoreculturalcentre.com/programs for an updated list of offerings.

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From Euclid to Hoboken

Stop 136 on the Lakeshore trolley line, Euclid, OH

In the September issue of the Euclid Observer, I told you about the journey Valerie and I were just about to make in the footsteps of Major Arthur Houts, who lived in Euclid with his wife Georgina (born Crichton in 1884) and their son Kenneth (1903-1985) in the 1910s.

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Preparing Our Hearts

The students of Ss. Robert and William Catholic School committed themselves to preparing their hearts for the coming of Jesus throughout the season of Advent. Each week the school community gathered for an Advent Prayer Service. They made and sent Christmas cards to the homebound of our parish. A traditional service project at this time of year is to donate hats and mittens for children in need. So many were collected that they did not all fit on the Christmas tree!  The culmination of the Advent preparation was an all school Advent retreat. The students spent the day with their faith families completing a craft project for area nursing homes, making kindness bracelets, singing Christmas carols, and attending Mass. It was a beautiful day of prayer and reflection.

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Euclid Veteran Honored with Trip to Nation's Capital

Artis Smith in front of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Artis Smith, a Euclid resident, ViaQuest hospice patient and Vietnam veteran, was nominated and selected to participate in the Honor Flight Cleveland’s TLC, “Their Last Chance,” program. Through this program, the Honor Flight pays tribute to our veterans by providing them with an all-expenses-paid day trip to Washington D.C. Once there, they tour the capital and visit the various memorials that pay tribute to their service.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 5:30 PM, 01.02.2016

Friends of Euclid Creek Announces Third Environmental Studies Scholarship

The Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), a grass-roots, non-profit charitable organization which advocates for the health of the Euclid Creek watershed, is pleased to announce the availability of its third annual scholarship in environmental studies.  This scholarship was created in order to aid one deserving student in his/her pursuit of a degree or certificate in environmental studies, field biology, or any scientific field related to watershed health.

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Former Police Station and Court House Building Receives Landmark Designation

The former Euclid Police Station and Court House at 445 East 200th Street is shown in this historic photo courtesy of the Euclid Historical Society.

Euclid residents may know the building at 445 East 200th Street as the home of Decker Appliance.  But before the building was occupied by a local appliance-repair company, it housed the Euclid Police Department and Court House.

The City’s police and court operations were moved to the site in 1929 after a fire destroyed the original location at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Chardon Road.

The Euclid Landmark Commission recognized the historical significance of the Decker Appliance building by designating the property a Euclid Landmark on September 10, 2015.

Rebecca McFarland, Chair of the Landmark Commission, presented a bronze plaque manufactured by the Family Bronze Company of Cleveland, Ohio to the building owners at the Euclid City Council meeting on December 21, 2015.

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OLL Open House. Come and See!

Find out if quality Catholic education is right for your child!

Our Lady of the Lake School will host an open-house on Sunday, January 31, from 11:00am-1:30pm, at 175 E. 200th Street. Visitors are encouraged to come in and see some of the exciting things happening at OLL School, to learn about possible scholarships and discover resources that can help every parent get the best education for their child. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (216) 481-6824, or email Principal Rita Kingsbury, rkingsbury@ourladyofthelakeschooleuclid.org.

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Life on the Lake Races and Raffles

Our Lady of the Lake School celebrates its biggest fundraiser of the year with its Races and Raffles night at the Races on February 6. The event features races, raffles, games and prizes, great food and drink and company and a full evening of entertainment. It all takes place at the East Side Irish American Club, and if you'd like to be there, or be sure that your business or organization is featured as a sponsor, you can call to reserve a space, sponsor a race or place a program ad. Call (216) 486-0850 for more information, or visit www.olleuclid.org.

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Lenten Schedule

Ash Wednesday is February 10!

Join us for Lenten services

Living Stations March 18

Palm Sunday March 20

Tenebrae March 23

Holy Thursday March 24

Good Friday March 25

Holy Saturday March 26

Easter  March 27

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Thank You from Shore Cultural Centre

2015 was a joyous year at Shore Cultural Centre! Many smiles were seen throughout the halls as they hosted classes and camps for youth, including the new “Oz” themed theatre camp. Audiences enjoyed Silhouette Productions wonderful musical review of Kander and Ebbs songs, which took us merrily down memory lane. 2015 brought yet another world premiere to the Shore auditorium, the play “The Star on My Heart” about a child survivor of the Holocaust. As part of this educational production, a special free performance reached over 700 Euclid school students. Many enjoyed learning about tea etiquitte at the popular Victorian Tea, and the community enjoyed crafts and entertainment at the Euclid Holiday Celebration. These are just a few of the events and activities that took place at Shore in 2015. Shore Cultural Centre could not accomplish all that they do each year without the help of dedicated volunteers. Shore Cultural Centre wishes to thank everyone that helped throughout the year, they truly appreciate your support!

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Free Tax Preparation Services

Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition will be hosting free tax preparation services as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.  Last year in Cuyahoga County, the VITA Program served 13,000 people and brought back more than $18 million to the community.  County VITA sites are at the County’s Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC) and at the Southgate NFSC.  Westshore NFSC is located at 9830 Lorain Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44102; the tax site will be open Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.  Southgate NFSC is located at 5398 ½ Northfield Rd, Maple Heights Ohio 44137; the tax site will be open Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.  To schedule an appointment go online to www.211oh.org or call 211/United Way.

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