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George Floyd.

For eight minutes and forty-six seconds, bodies of protesters lay face down in the grass with their hands behind their backs. It was silent except for the cries of a small child calling “mommy, mommy,” not understanding why his momma, attentive just moments before, was now lying on the ground in front of Euclid Library, seemingly unresponsive.

The knee of police officer Derek Chauvin pressed upon the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes and forty-six seconds, slowly suffocating him as George called out for his own momma.

Breonna Taylor.

The crowd of protesters chanted the name of Breonna Taylor twenty-seven times to recognize the twenty-seventh birthday that she was not alive to celebrate. As she slept, officers entered her home unannounced, using a “no-knock” warrant. Despite the fact that the actual suspects for whom they were searching were already in custody, they shot Breonna eight times.

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. For them, and for countless others, Faith in the City, an organization commissioned to unite churches from all denominations, joined global protests this past Thursday, June 11, orchestrating the Rally for Change for the City of Euclid. Religious and community leaders began the rally by guiding protestors down 222nd Street. With lifted fists and raised signs, protestors shouted “Black Lives Matter!”

The vivid juxtaposition of Euclid police officers blocking traffic to protect the lives of demonstrators was clear to everyone present.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

Message from the Mayor

Creating and maintaining strong communities involve many factors – at the very core is the way we treat one another.  It is essential that all residents are respected, valued and included.  I joined Euclid City Council in declaring racism a public health crisis at the June 15th City Council meeting.   As a community, it is vital that we all take a stand against racism, work every day to gain greater understanding of each other, and work for equity and inclusion for all.  Please join us!

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Help Close the Gap of Ignorance to Support BLM

Not long into this pandemic, my eyes were opened to my ignorance about racial injustice. It started as I watched people scramble for face coverings across the nation. Disturbed, I saw a man in California use ‘required face coverings’ to push his prejudiced agenda. In broad daylight, leaning on his grocery cart, he donned a Klu Klux Klan hood like a baseball cap. “The nerve”. I was in disbelief. Sometime later, I would run two miles. Not because I’m a runner or knew Ahmaud, but because it was a worthy cause. About a month later, appalled, I watched ‘Walk in the park Karen’. That wicked witch of the east. “What gave her the idea or right to put herself above anyone due to her skin color (or anyone else’s)?” Then…I saw the same straw that broke the pandemic-tired nation’s (and the repeatedly and historically abused black community’s) back. Despicable, shameful, horrific, senseless, undeserved acts. I don’t need to tell you, there’s indeed a crisis in our nation, and that’s why BLM exists.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

EPD Summer Activities

The Euclid Police Department continues to provide the community with crime prevention activities even though we’ve had to cancel and postpone most programs due to Covid-19.  Usually, Euclid Police Officers will gather at a local business to hold a Coffee with a Cop event, but we’ve taken it on-line by holding Coffee with a Cop LIVE inside the department while presenting it on our EPD Facebook page.  Look for upcoming episodes on the EPD Facebook page which can be found at: facebook.com/Euclidpolice/. 

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

Pandemic Blues

“Well we’re big rock singers

We’ve got golden fingers

And we love everywhere we go”

 “The Cover of the Rolling Stone”-Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show

Apparently even rockstars are not immune to the stress and strife brought on by the Covid 19 Pandemic.  David Crosby of Crosby Stills Nash & Young was recently interviewed by Patrick Doyle of Rolling Stone magazine and things are not going well.

The band has not toured since 2006 and there were plans for a nation-wide series of sell-out shows this summer.  That was before the Covid 19 Pandemic changed everyone’s schedules.

Crosby Stills Nash and Young were one of the super groups of the 1970’s and sold millions of albums full of music that defined a generation.  Some critics called the band the American Beatles for their songwriting, musicianship and ethereal vocal harmonies. They played Woodstock and hundreds of other iconic venues over the years.

In classic rockstar fashion, Crosby flamed out with a massive cocaine addiction that put him out of action and in jail for a few years.  At his worst Crosby kept coke, a glass pipe and a Bunsen burner just offstage during shows so he could hit the rock between songs.

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Notes from Kent Smith

Sometimes legislation is about the past.  Sometimes, it’s about the future.  But on June 12, 2020, it was about both.

On February 13, 1861, President – elect Abraham Lincoln spoke to a joint session of the Ohio General Assembly at a celebration of the recently completed Ohio Statehouse.  Less than five years later, our nation’s 16th President would lay in the rotunda of the Statehouse following his assassination.

Following several days of nationwide protests and debates about the relevance and meaning of Civil War symbols, the U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy and NASCAR all announced bans on Confederate memorabilia.  In the early morning hours on June 12th, it was time to see if Ohio would do the same.

House Democratic lawmakers offered two amendments on the House floor to HB 665 that would have prohibited the sale, display, possession, or distribution of Confederate memorabilia at county and independent fairs.  If enacted, this policy would be the same as had been instituted for the Ohio State Fair in 2015.

Unfortunately, Republicans rejected the amendments largely along party lines, voting to protect the sale of the Confederate flag.

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"I Can't Breathe..." Honest Conversations About Institutional Racism in America...

On May 25th, 2020, an African American man named George Floyd had his life stifled out of his body as a Minneapolis, MN police officer knelt down upon his neck, his full weight upon his airways. Mr. Floyd's painful cry for help, his plea to breathe, his cries for his deceased mother were all ignored. For 8 minutes and 46 seconds he suffered in humiliation, pain, agony. Three other policemen knelt down upon his body, his hands cuffed behind his back. As a young woman courageously stood in front of the scene video taping the tragic event, the police officer looked at the cell phone camera as if to say, "So what?" 

This happened in AMERICA. Unfortunately, this was not the first time an unarmed, non-violent African American cried out for help and to breathe, due to being strangled at the hand of rogue police officers.  The WORLD saw the video footage and is crying out for systemic changes. How many more lives must be lost before we acknowledge the pandemic named RACISM? The CHURCH must not remain silent. We must emphatically declare, BLACK LIVES MATTER!!! Some might question, why the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” is so important.  While all lives do matter, it is BLACK LIVES that continue to be disproportionately terrorized, oppressed, disenfranchised and murdered figuratively and literally by police.  

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Camping With Christ Vacation Bible School

Designed as a virtual camping adventure that focuses on faith, Camping With Christ offers children and their families the chance to delve into Bible stories that focus on Jesus' love for all of us! 

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OLL Nonviolence Ministry Strives for Racial Justice

Members of the Nonviolence Ministry attend Rally for Change.

Our Lady of the Lake’s Nonviolence Ministry proudly participated in the Rally for Change on June 11th.  The group fully supports the efforts of Faith in the City to stop racism and stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

Guard your Medicare Number

Scammers have been working overtime, calling, texting, and emailing people ever since the COVID19 virus emerged. The con artists are tailoring their message to the latest headlines and often appear legitimate. Here are just a few of the latest scams to watch for:

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News from Shore Cultural Centre

Walt Neil with one of his paintings.  Photo:  Jen Hearn Photography

It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news about the passing of Walt Neil from cancer on Sunday, June 21. Walt shared his talents in many ways with the Shore community. His vibrant murals beautify the walls around our building, and his cheerful smile brightened our days. Walt volunteered his time at Shore and loved teaching kids all about art. Plans for a memorial are still pending. All the people whose lives he touched will miss him.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

Virtual Vacation Bible School

This year Vacation Bible School was a little different as you can
imagine in light of the COVID-19 situation. Mostly everything that we originally envisioned had to be changed, postponed, or canceled.
When we were faced with the idea of canceling this week-long summer event, Fr. Thom said, "The show must go on."

Although we could not gather together here on campus, we could share
the Good Word with our little ones in other ways. Fr. Thom went to
work and came up with a series called Discovering Jesus with Sherlock Holmes. This 5-episode mini-series features fun, singing, and discovery in our first ever Virtual Vacation Bible School.

We have already received many emails, phone calls, and letters on how excited
our little learners are to explore the world of Detective Sherlock
Holmes. If you have a preschool-aged child, check out the free episodes on
our website at https://srweuclid.cc/vbs. We loved creating these
episodes, and we want to share them with as many little ones as possible.

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Concerts of Hope

There's no doubt that the world has had its fill of negative news lately. It seems like bad news is around every corner, here at Ss. Robert & William Catholic Church, we felt it was time to take action and bring some positivity to our community. In a joint effort with St. John of the Cross, we have found a way to reach out to our community in these secluded times. 

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Willowick Pet Food Pantry

The Pantry started distributing dog and cat food to people in need in January 2016. To date the Pantry has distributed over 100,000 pounds of pet food. The monthly distribution is on the 4th Saturday in the morning (time may vary) and lasts two hours. On occasion, it also distributes cat litter. The distribution location is at Willow Praise Church, 32905 Vine St. in Willowick. It is open to anyone in need regardless of where the pet parents live. During this difficult time, because of Covid 19, the pantry has distributed (one-time distributions) in Madison, Painesville, and Ashtabula. In addition to pet food, the Pantry has various programs: a medical program, a Free Spay/Neuter program, a Microchipping program, and a "crossing the Rainbow Bridge" program. Visit our website, www.willowickpetfoodpantry.org or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/willowickpetfoodpantry. "Like" the Facebook page to keep up on all the Pantry does. Both Channel 5 and Channel 8 have run segments on the pantry as well as few local papers.

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Put Your Yard to Work!

Tired of watering your ornamental plants? Wishing for (just a small bit of) those spring rains? Consider joining our online Master Rain Gardener course and building a self-sufficient* rain garden. Class includes 5 weeks of online content designed to walk you step by step through planning, design, digging, and planting your very own rain garden.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

Outdoor/Parking Lot Worship Services

East Shore United Methodist Church hosting an outdoor/arking ot worship services every Sunday at 10:30 am. Parishioners and worshippers from the same household must remain in the car. Face mask must be worn when the car window is open or down. Chairs will be provided for the walkers but safe social distancing will be observed. Kindly contact the office number at 216-261-1688 for the up to date details. See you then! Be safe and be encouraged in Christ!

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It Matters

Supporters Rally for Change in Euclid, Ohio on June 11.

The following is a transcript of the speech given by Councilman Brian Moore at the rally.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

A Statement from Euclid Public Library: #LibrariesRespond

Since its adoption more than eighty years ago, Euclid Public Library has proudly defended the American Library Association’s (ALA) Library Bill of Rights. These Rights include a pledge to govern the library by basic principles, including, “A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.”

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Takahata Talk

I made up a COVID-19 game today.  Just for me.  How fun to make up all the rules for such a fine new game during social distancing, and to play it whenever I please.  It is good to be me, I tell you!

I just came in from weeding.  So tired from too much sun while bending over my new 55’ garden bed for my giant Hosta Avocado plants.  Too much squatting down like a pitiful old tutu.  Next time, I may spray the weeds.  I use the word may because the sound of a deeply rooted dandelion weed being dug out gifts me with a small endorphin rush.  Is this normal?

Recently, Mark observed that my daily routine kept me too busy working, writing or studying.  “Too much thinking, mom.  Perhaps you could profit from meditation.”

I almost giggled out loud. 

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VASJ Hall of Fame seeks nominations

The VASJ Hall of Fame was established to honor alumni, faculty and staff members, and others associated with the Viking community who embody the mission and values of Villa Angela Academy, St. Joseph High School and Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School.

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A message from VASJ interim president Richard Osborne ‘69

As a newly minted Student Council officer for the following school year, one of my duties was to update the block-letter sign in front of the school over the summer months. The idea was to promote summer activities — things like dances and athletic events.

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Euclid Rally Peaceful, Hopeful for Real Change

Rally participants reflect in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, many in a prone position as a way to reflect on the treatment of George Floyd.

In the midst of national turmoil, protests and riots over multiple deaths of African Americans throughout the country as a result of police action, Euclid’s Faith in the City group hosted a peaceful protest march in Euclid on June 11.  Faith in the City is a collection of various faith-based groups and churches committed to working together and with the City to make Euclid a place of welcome for all.  Billed as Rally for Change, this was the third peaceful event held in Euclid since the death of George Floyd at the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis, sparking a national outcry for an evaluation of policing practices and social justice reform related to Black Americans.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

Fr. Joe Fortuna Named Administrator Pro Tem for St Jerome Parish

Fr. Joe and Fr. Bill serving together at the OLL School Ecumenical Service

A friend of Fr. Joe's, Fr. Bill Jerse is the Pastor at St Jerome Parish.  Since Fr. Bill has been experiencing some health issues, effective June 16, Fr Joe has been asked to step in as Administrator Pro Tem to keep St. Jeromes vibrant while Fr. Bill regains his health.  Fr. Joe has met with the wonderful parish staff at St. Jeromes and is busy getting to know the parishioners there.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

Keep Euclid Beautiful's ‘Yard of the Year’ Contest is Back!

Submit your or your neighbor's yard now through August 5th to the 2nd annual ‘Yard of the Year’ 2020 contest sponsored by Keep Euclid Beautiful.

Do you think you have the nicest yard in Euclid? Whether you’ve created a native pollinator habitat or mow the straightest lines across a lush green lawn, we want to recognize you!

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

Feel like a Tyke Riding your Bike

Are you trying to spend more time outside now that the sun is out? Maybe you weren’t as active during the quarantine and want to return to exercise. Biking is a great way to accomplish both. Because biking is a low impact activity, it tends to be a little easier on your joints than other cardiovascular exercises like running. There are several common mistakes that are easily avoidable by simply altering your body position.

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