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Euclid Schools Works to Finish The Job

New elementary schools have improved Euclid’s learning environments and helped make Euclid a more attractive city. But our high school and middle schools are old, need costly repair, and can’t provide the education that our students and our community needs to thrive.

Euclid can provide improved learning environments, upgrade all our schools and get $40 million from the state for a smart educational facilities plan that would provide:

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:28 PM, 07.10.2016

Voinovich Service Held At Our Lady Of the Lake Church

Even in death, George Voinovich managed to provide a boost to his favorite Cathoilic parish—Our Lady of the Lake, formerly known as Holy Cross.

Never before – and probably never again – will the church at East 200th St. and Lake Shore Blvd. receive as much news coverage as it did during and after his funeral on June 17.

Voinovich, a former Cleveland mayor, Ohio governor, and U.S. senator – has long supported Our Lady of the Lake (OLL) – and Holy Cross before it -- sending several of his children to school there and generously supporting numerous events sponsored by the parish, such as the annual “Life on the Lake” fund-raiser that benefits the school. His newspaper obituary recommended two options for memorial donations in lieu of flowers: the Molly Voinovich Memorial Fund, in memory of his late daughter, and OLLCatholicSchool.

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Historical Marker Dedicated to Recognize Landmark Zoning Case

Historical Marker Text: By 1922, the Ambler Realty Company of Cleveland owned this site along with 68 acres of land between Euclid Avenue and the Nickel Plate rail line. Upon learning of the company’s plans for industrial development, the Euclid Village Council enacted a zoning code based on New York City’s building restrictions. Represented by Newton D. Baker, former Cleveland mayor and U.S. Secretary of War under Woodrow Wilson, Ambler sued the village claiming a loss of property value. In 1926, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Euclid and upheld the constitutionality of zoning and land-use regulations by local governments. The federal government eventually acquired the Ambler site during World War II to build a factory to make aircraft engines and landing gear. From 1948 to 1992, the site was used as a production facility by the Fisher Body Division of General Motors.

On a gorgeous afternoon on June 9th, 2016, the City of Euclid and the Euclid Landmarks Commission dedicated an Ohio Historical Marker to formally recognize the site at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court case The Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co. (1926).   

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Gust of Fun at 2016 Euclid Wind Fest

Thousands of people from Northeast Ohio attended the 2016 Euclid Wind Festival on June 25th at beautiful Sims Park. Attendees enjoyed hot air balloon and helicopter rides, a zipline, music by Ulterior Motive band, arts and crafts, Jasmine Dragons aerial show, drone races, Dr. U.R. Awesome bubbles, inflatables, and much more.

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Message from the Mayor

What a great start to the summer!  The Euclid Wind Fest was a great success – helicopter riders raved about the views along the shoreline and participants enjoyed the hot air balloon rides, zip line, inflatables, bubbles, crafts and activities, dance performances, music and food.  What a great setting and great opportunity to appreciate the lakefront, pier and beautiful beach.  I want to especially thank Shore Cultural Centre, the Euclid Chamber of Commerce, and City of Euclid staff for helping to plan and host the event.  I also truly appreciate the generosity of many local businesses in sponsoring the event and the many volunteers for assisting in making the event a great success.   

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Great New Book About Wrestling Written By Author With Roots From Euclid

What happens when Dellinger Award winning writer Jim Kalin interviews America’s greatest wrestlers about one of the most legendary coaches in any sport, National Wrestling Hall of Fame member Mike Milkovich? The result is Mustang. Milkovich was only the third high school coach ever to be inducted in to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and his Maple Heights Mustangs captured ten Ohio State Championships and finished runner--‐up eight times.  Accomplishment brought recognition to Milkovich, but it’s his dynamic personality that makes Mustang impossible to put down. Set in Cleveland during the Milkovich wrestling dynasty, this book follows the rise of a blue--‐collar community that became a production hive for some of Ohio’s greatest wrestlers and eventual NCAA champions and All Americans. Drawing on personal accounts from former Maple Heights wrestlers, nationally known celebrities of the sport like Larry Owings and Bobby Douglas, and the four Milkovich brothers, Kalin draws a picture that’s typically triumphant, but often unsettling. Mike Milkovich changed American wrestling. In this definitive biography, Mustang chronicles a wrestling lifeand provides the reader with an accurate, honest look at Milkovich the icon, his genius and modesty, his unparalleled sense offairness, but also the contradictions,the strict discipline toward his sons, and the refusal of accepting anything but victory. Mike Milkovich was more ferocious than Patton and as unbending as the Great Santini. For any reader, how could Mustang be anything but compelling?

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Sim's Park Beach Clean Up

The Sim's Park Adopt-a-Beach Team will be hosting a beach cleanup on Sunday July 17, 2016 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at Sim's Park Beach in Euclid. Cleanups are held as part of the Alliance for the Great Lakes initiative to improve the health and water quality of the Great Lakes and beaches. Volunteers can help on the beach while enjoying the view of Lake Erie and helping aid in keeping their fresh water and community clean! Volunteers will meet in the pavillion behind Henn Mansion at 23131 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44123. We ask that you dress for the weather, and bring sunscreen and water! Gloves, garbage bags, and buckets will be provided, but your own are always welcome! Hope to see you at the beach!

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Call for industrial and manufacturing poets: We know you’re out there!

photo by Eric Boyd at www.Eric-Boyd.com and provided courtesy of Belt Magazine

In the heart of the Collinwood neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, I was sitting on a sofa in Twelve Literary and Performance Arts Incubator chatting with Poet Daniel Gray-Kontar about manufacturing and poetry. In our conversation, I brought up the poetic words of Erin O’Brien, editor of Fresh Water Cleveland, from her blog post “Tears and steel:”

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Conviction Expungements Program Returns to EPL

Are you looking for a fresh start? Is your record holding you back? Join presenters from the Cuyahoga County Courts, County Prosecutor’s Office, Cleveland Bar Association and the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland on Saturday, August 6 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Euclid Public Library for more information about Conviction Expungements. For more information, please call (216) 261-5300. 

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Back to school event

New Generation, Tara United and Young Leaders Program will be throwing this event for kids and teens of all communities. This will be held Thursday Aug 11,2016 from 5pm-8pm at Euclid Mini  police station . We ask that the community step up and help us take care of our youth . We are in need of people to donate school uniforms and or school supplies to us so we can give them to our kids and teens at this event . If interested please call 216 622-5849 Breauna Sweeney .

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EPL Welcomes New Trustee Carmen Epps

Epps swear in ceremony at the Euclid Public Library Board of Trustees June Meeting 

On Tuesday, June 21, the Euclid Public Library Board of Trustees swore in its newest member, Carmen Epps. Carmen is no stranger to the Euclid Public Library, as she served as the EPL Foundation Treasurer until her appointment to the Board. Epps is currently a Compliance and Project Manager at the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and acts as the Vice President of the Euclid Hunger Center Board of Trustees. Epps has an extensive knowledge of federal, state and local compliance regulations, and banking and insurance industry expertise and experience. When asked why she chose to serve on the Board of Trustees, Epps said, “I have a passion and commitment to the Euclid community and the Euclid Public Library.”

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Euclid Public Library Welcomes Author Alan Dutka

Join Euclid Public Library for another Meet the Author visit on Thursday, August 4 at 7:00 PM with native Clevelander Alan Dutka. Extreme wealth could buy a mansion on Millionaires’ Row but not immunity from scandals, murder, fraud and affairs. Join Dutka as he recounts fascinating and tragic stories of those who once lived in the mansions along Euclid Avenue. Copies of Misfortune on Cleveland’s Millionaires’ Row will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Summer Reading Continues!

2016 EPL Summer Reading Kick-Off Celebration 

Summer Reading at the Euclid Police Mini Station begins Monday, June 20 through Friday, July 29. Children ages 10 – 13 are invited to join us as we race through an exciting summer of reading and activity! This is a cooperative program between the Euclid Public Library and the Euclid Police. For more information, please contact Audrey Cobb at the Mini Station by calling (216) 481-5486.

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Field Day Fun

Face Painting with Art Teacher Mrs. Heston

Imagine Bella Academy ended the year with another day of fun in the sun! Check out some photos of the busy day.

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Summer Reminder

All Imagine Bella students have summer assignments due back at the beginning of the school year. Students still have access to online programs: Lexia, Waggle, Study Island, and IXL. Report cards, summer work, school calendar, and school supply list are all available for pick-up. Summer office hours are 9-3 Monday-Friday. Call us at 216-481-1500

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6th Grade Promotion

Congratulations to 6th grade!

The 6th graders from Imagine Bella Academy were ushered into Normandy Catering Party Center on the evening of May 26th while parents waited in the lounge area. The students posed for quick photos with friends and quickly rehearsed the ceremony while adjusting their caps and gowns. The packed audience celebrated the 6th graders promotion with heartfelt speeches from their teachers and the Dean of Students. The evening ended with a reception and slideshow of photographs submitted by family members. Wishing the best for the 6th grade class as they continue their educational journey.  Imagine Bella is so proud of you!

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Kindergarten Clap-Out

Kindergarten teacher Ms. Kelly Westfall leads her class through the clap-out on the way to the picnic.

Students, staff, and family members gathered outside to cheer on the Kindergarteners of Imagine Bella Academy. The Kindergarten students were treated to a special picnic at Neff Park which included snow cones, face painting, and a bounce house. Can’t wait to see these students shine in first grade next year!

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You’re Invited to the Kiddie City 10th Anniversary Open House!

Kiddie City is approaching it's 10th anniversary!

Ten years ago, Kiddie City began servicing the community in a small building on 200th Street in Euclid with about 20 children and 5 staff members. Four years later, Kiddie City expanded to a second building and was able to service more children and hire more teachers. Today, Kiddie City is operating with 9 classrooms, over 40 staff members, and over 100 children!

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Sing a new song!

The Church of the Epiphany is offering a FREE Summer Music Camp to children in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Monday through Friday, July 18-22, 12 - 4pm, come and enjoy music, stories, activities and games with friendly volunteers and church staff. Plan to come back on Sunday morning to Sing a New Song to the congregation and show off what you've learned!

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Summertime Celebrations

The atmosphere here in Cleveland is electric! We are now the city of champions (thanks Cavs), and Cleveland has shown how well it can celebrate a very meaningful and well deserved victory. The 'Cleveland Curse' is over! What great joy began for Cleveland when the buzzer brought that 52-year drought to an end. Moses led the Israelites through an arid desert for 40 years...Cleveland, we can relate.

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Euclid Girl Scouts has a Successful Food Drive

Last month, Euclid Girl Scouts Service Unit 760, held a food drive to stock the shelves of the Euclid Hunger Center for summer. The Scouts be collected "kid-friendly" foods May 14-21 to re-stock Euclid Hunger Center's shelves for the summer months. Together, the girls collected $850 and over 3 carloads of food! Thank you to everyone who donated! 

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Cleaning Green

Most of the cleaning products we buy at the store contain harsh chemicals. Many have handling warnings and cautions: wear gloves, don’t inhale. Those warning are there for a reason. They really can harm us through contact while we clean. When rinsed down the drain they go back to the water or sewer plant ending up in our drinking water and the lake harming aquatic life. Our cupboards are stuffed with cans and bottles for every different chore. The cost adds up. 

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Polka Stars Salute Eddie Habat, the Late Euclid Music-Maker, at SNPJ Farm, Sunday, August

The music of the late Euclid resident Eddie Habat, renowned polka bandleader and Decca recording artist, will be celebrated by Canada's Polka King Walter Ostanek, Jeff Pecon and Fred Kuhar on Sunday, August 7, 2016, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio.

Celebrate the music of the late polka legend and Euclid resident Eddie “Hambone” Habat as the Jeff Pecon Orchestra appears with guest accordionists Fred Kuhar and Walter Ostanek, Canada’s Polka King, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, Sunday, August 7, 2016.

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Jobs ,Jobs ,Jobs

Mission Statement: The Young Leaders Program is a non-profit organization that addresses the needs of our youth and community. We provide skills such as personal development, critical thinking, problem solving, community engagement, leadership and life skills. Our mission is to inspire a positive culture within the community through service and a contemporary approach.

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In Memoriam of George V. Voinovich 15 July 1936 – 12 June 2016

An old saying implores that we “remember the dash between the years of our birth and our death.  That dash may be short or long but no matter, for what is important is what we do with that dash between our coming and our going.” 

We must ensure through our lives that that dash is defined by who we are and what we did for ourselves, our family, our community, our country or our world. Hopefully that time is filled with positive and fulfilling events and activities. Did we do something for someone else?  Did we have fun? Did we live life filled with others and concerned with others? Did we work for the greater good? If we could answer these honestly and positively, then we have lived our lives as any good Christian should, as any good person does. 

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:28 PM, 07.10.2016

THE WAY IT WAS: 50 Years Ago in Euclid

Fourth in a seriesNote: The following news, sports and other items were excerpted from editions of the 1966 Euclid News-Journal, the city’s former weekly newspaper.

FEB. 24, 1966 -- In response to complaints from neighbors, the Euclid Recreation  Commission denies permission for two fund-raising events at Memorial Park – a circus that was to be sponsored by the Euclid Rotary Club and the Euclid Lions Club’s “Free Fair.”

          As a result, Rotary Club President Dr. Frank Houser reports the organization is investigating other possible sites for the May 5th Mills Brothers Circus -- complete with clowns, lions, and trapeze acts. And Dr. Russell Baldwin, a long-time Euclid optometrist and past president of the Lions Club, declares: “If we can’t hold the Free Fair, then the Lions Club will ask City Council for an ordinance to abolish carnivals anywhere in Euclid.”

          The Euclid Jaycees, apparently now stuck with a $500 “Dunk the Dolly” display that the group purchased for the Free Fair, express concern that the commission’s policy might prevent use of Memorial Park for the annual Fourth of July picnic and fireworks festival. (Only long-time city residents will remember the grand July 4th events  that the Jaycees once sponsored and subsidized.)  

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Heritage Home Loan Program Now Available in Euclid

Shown here in the 1950's, E. 232nd Street is one of the many streets in Euclid lined with homes now eligible for the Heritage Home Program (photo courtesy of the Euclid Historical Society and Museum). 

Homeowners in Euclid now have another tool in their home-improvement toolboxes.  Through a new partnership between the City of Euclid and the Cleveland Restoration Society, properties in Euclid that are at least fifty years old are eligible for the Heritage Home Program.

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Italian Day, Eastern European Night: Two Stages Provide Lots of Entertainment Options at the Ss. Robert & William International Family Festival, August 11-14

Dom & Russ, The Modern Day Rat Pack, will perform in the air-conditioned entertainment area on Sunday, Aug 14 (which is Italian Day) at the Ss. Robert and William International Family Festival.

Two separate stages (one is air-conditioned) will allow a wider variety of bands to play at the 6th annual International Family Festival, August 11 through 14, at Ss. Robert and William Catholic Church in Euclid. 

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City of Euclid to host Pond & Garden Tour

Unique yards, gardens, and landscaping will be on display for the upcoming 2016 Euclid Pond & Garden Tour. Visitors will be able to take a self-guided journey through 20 beautiful gardens throughout the city. There is a twilight tour Friday July 22 from 6pm-10pm, and afternoon tours Saturday July 23 & Sunday July 24 from 1pm-6pm. According to Bob Evans, Chairman of the Commission, this event will bring people together to see the assets and hidden gems Euclid has to offer. Tickets are only $10.00 and are good for all 3 days, children under 12 are free. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Euclid City Hall (216-289-8268), Lakeshore Coffee House, and Briardale Golf Course. For more information call Bob Evans, Chairman, at 216-731-7984.

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Summer at Sims Concert Series in July at Sims Park

The “Summer at Sims” Concert Series returns to Sims Park, 23131 Lakeshore Blvd., with an exciting line-up of bands. This year the concerts will take place Thursdays in July, 6 to 9pm. The series kicks off July 7th with R & B, Motown, Rock & Pop, Soul and Jazz performed by “The Benjaminz”. There will be an activity for children to enjoy, and be sure to bring your lawn chair or blanket to relax and enjoy the view. Come hungry, there will be delicious food available for purchase from the Jackpot Chicken and Scott’s Fire & Ice food trucks. The series continues on July 14th with Americana, Rockabilly, Blues by The David Loy Band. On July 21st the Erie Heights Brass Ensemble will entertain, and then the series finally will be the popular Chardon Polka Band. For more information visit www.cityofeuclid.com.

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"Dancing with My Father" Performance at Shore Cultural Centre

Southern Enterprise School of Arts will hold a dance show at Shore Culture Center on August 6, 2016 at 6:30pm with a performance entitled “Dancing With My Father”. The Artistic Director is Beatrice Parker who is the founder of Southern Enterprise School of Arts. The organization is named after her family last name "Southern". Beatrice started Southern Enterprise back in the early 80's when she called it "Southern Charm School". Beatrice's primary focus at that time was modeling. She taught children and adults modeling skills and performed throughout the Cleveland area. In 1998 the school changed its' name to Southern Enterprise School of Arts and was incorporated in 1999 as a non-for profit 501(c) organization.

Beatrice has influenced the lives of many kids throughout the years and have taken them to places to perform such as New York (2009), Playhouse Square (2003), and the Gund Arena (now Quick Loans Arena), Beatrice has choreographed fashion shows for students at DePaul University in Chicago (2009). Beatrice graduated from Lakeland Community College May 9, 2015 and won the 2015 distinguished Student Service Award in the largest graduating class ever at Lakeland. She made front cover of The News Herald.

“Dancing With My Father” performance will take place on August 6th, at 6:30pm, at Shore Cultural Centre, 291 E. 222nd Street, in Euclid, and has a suggested donation of $10.00. You can learn more about the upcoming performance at Shore Cultural Centre and Southern Enterprise by visiting www.southernenterprise.org.

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Parks and Rec summer series and events

“I’m bored”..….from the mouth of children everywhere since the last day of school came upon us last month.  Parents are itching to get them out of the house and away from the latest electronics and off their phones for a little bit.  We here at the Euclid Recreation Department are here to help with finding the perfect dose of medicine to cure kids of boredom and laziness this summer.  Along with the traditional programs like basketball, football and swim team; we also have included some nontraditional choices such as soccer, tennis, track and just this year gained a group fitness class allowing the focus on stretching and some core activities.  These programs are for all ages starting from 3 years old and up, to learn more of the specifics please contact the city hall or visit us online at www.cityofeuclid.com or stop by to pick up a program guide and register today. 

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Picnic Brings Parishioners Together

The annual parish picnic is a much-loved tradition at Our Lady of the Lake, a chance to celebrate Mass in a different setting, and to visit with friends and family outside church. The volunteers who put this year's event together outdid themselves again, with great food, ice cream, live music, games and prizes for the kids, a balloon clown, dunking game, and even a caricature artist. These are the summer memories children and families look back on, and we so appreciate the chance to make these memories together.

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More Fun Plans for OLL School

Thanks to dedicated volunteers who help with after school programs, OLL students get to make great projects in sewing club, along with other activities.

While we’ve been out enjoying summer fun, the hard-working team at Our Lady of the Lake School have been busy working on more ways to make school great for the kids when they come back. Right now they’re planning after-school programs, to make sure both the fun and the learning carry on when the school day ends. Last year, OLL School launched a slew of new after-school offerings, including music lessons, a very popular sewing group, and the Grub Club – fun cooking classes for kids. This year they plan to have even more to offer, including Spanish Club and Chess Club. We can’t wait to see all the good programs they cook up!

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Super Stroll Celebration

We helped celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the E. 200th Street Stroll this June, with our annual Stroll Celebration at Our Lady of the Lake. Visitors were welcomed by free popcorn, games and crafts, a DJ and a balloon clown, and a very popular bubble station! What a beautiful day to be out in the community – we loved seeing friends and neighbors, and making new friends, too.

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A new chapter

I felt moved to write about a resident of our city and her amazing journey. That journey added another chapter on June 25, 2016. Two individuals married that day becoming husband and wife. The story begins when the bride (I will use the initial of her first name Y to identify her). Y was adopted at the age of three and half by two residents of Euclid coming to the United States from El Salvador. Working thru a myraid of medical issues, learning to speak english an assimulating into the family came quickly. She begins her early school carreer and participates in the typical activities of youth. She experience a divorce and remarriages of both adoptive parents. Adversities and challenges are met in all aspects of her life. Graduating from Euclid High School with a talent in art leads to receiving her bachelors of arts degree from Ohio University. Her drive and determination leads her to her masters degree in art therapy and counseling. Y is a giving, kind and compassionate person. Her current work allows her to give a piece back a "pay it forward" so to speak of all she has experienced. Y works with children that need a person to listen and provide some love an understanding in a troubled life. Y has always put others first and is wise beyound her years.

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