Gratitude and thankfulness – that is what comes to mind as I think about the coming month.
The Shade Tree/Municipal Beautification Commission strives to make a difference in Euclid and believes one of life’s richest blessings is to plant a garden and to believe in tomorrow. As we enter the final season of the year, the Commission is reflecting on this year’s achievements:
by Kris Fondran Bailey Toastmasters Vice President of Memebership
Anita’s journey started with Euclid City Hall on October 1, 1988 as Parks Department Secretary. It was obvious from the beginning, that Anita was a huge asset to the department. She had glowing reviews from her supervisors – some accolades include “her being a very effective team member, she makes reports and record keeping a priority. In her absence, records & files are easily located and understood. She keeps her supervisor apprised of upcoming meetings and activities”. “Visitors to the Clubhouse are treated well by Anita, telephone contacts for Clubhouse, Cemetery, tree maintenance and planting are handled with consistency and good judgment”. A quote from Tom Springer, former Super-intendent of Parks and Forestry, “In hiring Anita, they got an employee with ability and personality that works well with others.” One job review noted, “Her hectic personal life does not interfere with work performance”. Anita juggled the demands of being Mom to Jessica, just 9 months old, and son, John, 7, and her responsibilities with the City Parks Department very efficiently. During some big summer storms in the 1990s, Anita couldn’t make it in to work because her street was blocked with fallen trees, the Parks guys came and cleaned her street to make sure she could come to work!
Thanks to HGR Industrial Surplus’ Customer and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR)’s former Safety Manager and Current Volunteer Tony Caruso, I had the chance to tour the CVSR’s railyard and learn some important historical information about the railroad. What a treat, especially because HGR’s site has ties to the Nickel Plate Road, and so does Tony.
There have been 48 reports of stolen firearms in the City of Euclid since January 1, 2018. Of these 46% are stolen from vehicles and 54% from inside homes or garages. Criminals know that many people like to keep their guns inside their cars and if they break into enough cars it is likely they might find a firearm. Your vehicle is NOT a secure location as 17% of the vehicle firearm thefts were from the locked trunk, 11% from the console, and 9% each for the glovebox and floor. As always the Euclid Police Department encourages you to never leave anything of value in your automobile. Besides securing you firearm to prevent theft, proper storage also helps to prevent accidents. The National Rifle Association offers these tips for safe storage of guns. Trigger locks are a simple option for preventing a gun from being loaded or fired by an unauthorized user and cable locks block the action of the firearm. Gun cases protect the firearm from physical damage and can be locked. Strong boxes and security cases provide the firearm owner with a portable storage option and come with different locking and mounting options. Gun owners can also store their firearms in locking steel cabinets or a gun safe. Be a responsible gun owner by taking appropriate safety measures.
This month’s Senior Spotlight shines on a Euclid woman whose positive attitude and hard work has made a difference in her quality of life. Dorothy Ferguson, 71, has Lupus, a disease that causes fatigue, muscular pain and immunity issues. However, since Dorothy began her wellness journey at the Euclid YMCA back in 2014 and has added a regular regimen of exercise to her healthy routine, she and her doctors are pleased with the results.
Holiday Tips Holidays traditions bring an abundance of cheer and happiness, however, for many it can also bring anxiety, stress and extra pounds. Here are some tips for maintaining your weight this holiday:
We’ve broken ground on the Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation Stream Restoration Project! The project is in the City of Willoughby Hills in Lake County in the Euclid Creek Watershed at the headwaters of the East Branch of Euclid Creek. The Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District received a $156,462 grant through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Section 319 Grant Program to conduct the restoration project. The grant requires a local match of 40% which is committed by the City of Willoughby Hills through their Lake County Stormwater Management Program Funds, up to $104,000, and by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), up to $50,000. The project will remove a culvert with maintenance issues (replacing it with a riffle ford), create instream habitat, and reconnect the stream to its floodplain. Biohabitats was awarded the project on June 7th, 2018 and 60% designs were submitted and approved September 27, 2018.
What could be a better way to get in the Christmas spirit? Come and hear northeast Ohio's finest young singers, The Singing Angels, performing everything from Hallelujah Chorus to Barbershop harmony to a medley from “Frozen” that kids and adults will be sure to enjoy. The afternoon concert, to be held at Shore Cultural Centre on December 16th, also includes a "Carol-a-long" where the audience will be joined by the Angels in singing well-known holiday favorites.
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The Euclid Joint Veterans Council and Keep Euclid Beautiful are proud to bring you the Euclid Hometown Heroes Banner Program.
God blessed the students of Ss. Robert and William Catholic School with a beautiful day as they took to the streets on Friday, October 5, 2018 for the fifth SRW Walk-a-Thon. The goal of the Walk-a-Thon was not only to encourage physical fitness among students, but also to encourage the spirit of working together to earn money for a specific reason. The funds from this year’s Walk-a-Thon were designated for the gym renovation project including a new floor and ceiling, the addition of a kitchen for concessions and restrooms.
The annual “Faith in the City” Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service is being celebrated on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Ss. Robert & William Parish will be hosting the event at 367 East 260th Street, Euclid.
(Courtesy of Guest Columnist Paolo Guerreri, manager, Alesci’s of Shoregate)
It seems whenever you go by the old Euclid Square Mall progress is being made. Whiting-Turner, the Project Management Company overseeing the construction of the Amazon Distribution Center has made sure work is on schedule and everything is running smoothly at the site. Earlier this year, Matthew White, Senior Project Manager at Whiting-Tuner sat down with Mayor Holzheimer Gail and City staff proposing other contributions WT could make while working at Amazon. Matt shared that when WT begins a project in a new city they seek to give back to the community they are working in and participate in their own "Community Service Day".
Hey Guys the long wait is over #MoorePetSupply Ribbon cut Friday October 5 2018
,This summer, PetFix Northeast Ohio and firefighters from Euclid, as well as other Northeast Ohio fire departments, teamed up to create the 2019 Firefighters and Furry Friends calendar. This much-anticipated calendar is now available for sale and features our local heros with owned and adoptable cats and dogs. The photographs were taken by local Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Amy Sancetta. The calendar makes a great holiday gift for animal loving friends and family. All proceeds go toward PetFix Northeast Ohio's non-profit mission of offering high-quality, affordable spay and neuter sugeries to end pet homelessness and the need for unnecessary euthanasia due to overpopulation. Show your support for our local heroes and help PetFix create a world in which every pet has a loving home, by purchasing your calendar today for only $20 plus shipping. Calendars can be bought online at petfixnortheastohio.org or stop by the PetFix clinic any weekday. PetFix Northeast Ohio is located at 885 E. 222nd Street in Euclid.
Cleveland, Ohio – Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC) welcomes Tricia Kuivinen as the new Executive Director. Kuivinen’s first day with CFACC will be Monday, October 29, 2018.
UpStage Players, an east side children's based community theater group, celebrates their 25th anniversary this year with a performance of The Lion King Junior. To help potential student actors become familiar with performing, UpStage Players is hosting a workshop and open house Saturday, December 1 at the Cleveland Public Library, 17109 Lakeshore Blvd in Cleveland. Multiple workshop activities will include dancing, audition tips, character builing and more with the workshop and open house running from 10 am - 1 pm.
Kiddie City Childcare Community is the proud recipient of a Dollar General Literacy Grant. The grant was co-authored by Jennifer Morrison Garza, Curriculum & Instruction Consultant at Kiddie City, and Greg Bartram, retired teacher with the Euclid City Schools.The $3,000 grant from Dollar General will serve up to 30 School Age students in the after-school program, ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Kiddie City anticipates purchasing reading and literacy/educational games and tools, including a classroom library.
Kiddie City Childcare Community, located at 280 East 206th St., has finally realized its dream of opening a "free" Parent Resource Room to its families at the local daycare center. "Parents used to congregate in the parking lot at pick-up and drop-off times to network, chat and share stories", states Jennifer Boger, Director of Kiddie City. Co-founder Sherrie Zagorc envisioned a place where parents could safely gather to chat and exchange information and ideas. The new resource center is located in the East Wing of Kiddie City in Room 112. The resource room is supported fully by donations from the community.
This year, you will want to take a close look at your Medicare coverage or your Medicare Advantage plan. There are a number of changes that will affect all Medicare recipients and some that apply only to Medicare Advantage plan policyholders. Here are some of the changes you can expect to see:
This #GivingTuesday, the Euclid Public Library Foundation will celebrate giving by hosting a special social media campaign to bring awareness to all the many ways the Euclid Public Library supports our community.
Dust off your spatulas! It's time for our annual cookie-baking contest on Saturday, November 10 sponsored by our Friends of the Library. Contestants can drop off their entries between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM. Judging will begin promptly at 1:00, and winners will be announced at 2:30 PM. Contestants will win two prizes for each category, the first prize of $50 and the second prize of $25. Drop off two dozen of your best cookies, an entry form, and a copy of your recipe to enter the contest. Entry forms are available at the library and on our website now. Limit one entry per person.
The new Medicare rates have been released! Typically these rates are not disclosed until the end or after the annual enrollment period.
Give the gift of independence this Holiday Season and pledge to make a monthly contribution to Help Foundation this #GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018.
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This is the fourth and final article in a series intended to increase awareness about local bike laws so that travelling around town can be safe and peaceful for cyclists and motorists alike.
A much anticipated holiday tradition returns with the 7th Annual Euclid Holiday Celebration taking place on Friday, November 30th, 2018. The event will kick-off at 6:00 pm with the Tree Lighting ceremony at Triangle Park, which is located in front of the Shore Cultural Centre, 291 East 222nd St., in Downtown Euclid. This festive event features fun activities that will begin after the lighting ceremony concludes, including horse-drawn wagon rides, free entertainment, activities and crafts for children, along with visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. A Holiday Church Choir Concert will be held in the auditorium beginning at 7 p.m., and the Holiday Bistro on the lower level of Shore will be serving a wide variety of foods for dine-in or to go starting prior to the event at 5:00 p.m and will continue until 8:00 p.m. We are excited to have the Ice Sculptor return to create festive art during the event, and new this year is cookie decorating for kids. Admission to the event is free, along with crafts and the majority of the activities and entertainment. Train and Wagon Rides are $2.00. The event activities run until 9:00 p.m. The City of Euclid and Shore Cultural Centre are proud to present this very special holiday event and are pleased by the support of many community businesses and organizations. For information about how you can become a sponsor of this wonderful community festival, and for more event details, visit online at www.shoreculturalcentre.com or call (216) 289-8578.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, which at the time was hoped to be “The War to End all War.”
The Board of the Friends of the Euclid Public Library is actively seeking new members. Board members share a common goal to stimulate interest in the library, its many services, activities, and needs.
Euclid City Council President Charlene Mancuso and Councilman John Wojtila talked taxes at the October meeting of the Lakeland Civic Association. They were invited to discuss ballots questions being asked of Euclid City voters on November 6th.
Both council representatives and other Euclid officials frequently attend LCA meetings to discusses city issues. At their recent appearance Mancuso and Wojtila dicussed issues 32 and 33 and the reasons they were placed on the ballot. While taking no personal positions on the questions, they explained the needs and consequences of each issue. They answered an hour's worth of questions from LCA members.
The Lakeshore Garden Club presents "Deck the Halls" Holiday Flower Show Friday and Saturday afternoons November 2nd and 3rd at the Albert W. Henn Mansion 23131 Lakeshore Blvd. in Euclid.
The 501(c)(3) Shore Cultural Centre Corporation is seeking board members to become part of an exciting art and culture organization located in downtown Euclid. In the coming months, Shore will host the Euclid Holiday Celebration; present the Singing Angels in concert; and continue to offer compelling arts and cultural programming. Shore is seeking additional board members who are passionate about the arts and the Euclid community with specific skills to serve on their board. Please consider applying if you have a background which includes experience in the legal field, accounting, fundraising and fund development, event planning or program development.
Local blogger (https://storiesfromasoulsister.wordpress.com) and Stay-at-Home Mom Emily Holody has teamed up with Funeral Director Steve Waite of Jakubs & Son and Jakubs-Waite Funeral homes. Together they are working to provide the funeral homes Facebook pages with writings, inspirational quotes, and an online grief group (Facebook Fire and Rain Grief Group.)
How will you be remembered?
She came into the senior center a few times a week. She barely said a word to anyone. As a rule, she intentionally sat by herself. She didn't complain, she never had much to say, and she caused no trouble. She was encouraged, but she never participated in anything that required more of an investment than a hello and a half-hearted smile. Her features were average and her clothing unremarkable. She suddenly quit coming to the center, but nobody really noticed. We learned that she died, alone. Nobody knew her, and nobody missed her.
I am sure this strikes you as incredibly sad. It is, but please let it serve as more than just a gloomy story.
The truth is that no one can make you interact with others. People aren’t going to take you by the hand and force you to get involved and to have fun. No one can compel you to enjoy your life. It’s all up to you.
Have you been in a coma?
The Art Room is a busy place any time of day! Imagine Bella Art Teacher Mrs. Heston hosted a Paint Night FUNdraiser for adults the evening of October 12th. During the school day students are just as busy developing skills using a variety of mediums whether they are cutting, painting, printmaking, mask making, or much much more. Check out some photos!