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Euclid High School NJROTC wins overall trophy!


NJROTC Drill Team/Champions!


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Euclid High School's NJROTC Drill Team competed on December 6th, at a Northeastern Drill Meet consisting of 8 other JROTC units and they walked away with the overall trophy! Outstanding job Cadets!

1st Place Armed Platoon Commanded by Cadet Monique Jenkins 
1st Place Unarmed Platoon Commanded by Cadet Dominique Allison 
1st Place Unarmed Exhibition Commanded by Cadet Netanya Lane
2nd Place First Year Squad Commanded by Cadet Jaime Geiger 
3rd Place Varsity Color Guard Commanded by Cadet Elizabeth Clack

1st Place Academic Challenge Cadet's Elizabeth Clack, Dominique Allison, Roy Ady, and Kennedy Johnson 

1st Place Overall Trophy!

Individual Drill Competition

Armed Medals:
1st Place Cadet Mariah Workman 
4th Place Cadet Brennan Cornell 

Unarmed Medals :
2nd Place Cadet Mariah Workman 
3rd Place Cadet Monique Jenkins 
4th Place Cadet Dominique Allison 
6th Place Cadet Netanya Lane 
10th Place Cadet Keshawne Watts 

Commander Morek and I are very proud of your performance and conduct! Hard work, teamwork, and Discipline do pay off! 

OOOOOO-RAAAAH ! SgtMaj Rethage

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:40 PM, 01.26.2015

Chris McGrath Honored with Community Service Award


Our Lady of the Lake is proud of "community hero" Chris McGrath

Anyone that works with volunteers knows that often they go about their business of making a difference and assisting others relatively unnoticed. Well that just changed for Chris McGrath when he received the Community Service Award from Euclid Hospital.

Chris accepted the award surrounded by family, friends and those that have benefited from his hard work over the years. Some of those that have benefited from Chris' dedication include:

Villa Angela-St. Joseph High school where Chris graduated in 1969,

St. Christine Church and Our Lady of the Lake Church where Chris serves as a Eucharistic Minister, Usher and a member of the Parish Life Committe.

Collinwood neighborhood where Chris and his wife, Linda, have lived for 30 years. It is there they raised their children, Erin, Katie and Matthew and enjoy their grandchildren Liam and Regan.

When he is home, McGrath focuses on many community initiatives including Block Watch, assisting neighbors with housing issues, and working to keep his community safe by checking on his neighbors and keeping an eye on vacant homes. He also serves on the Board at the Collinwood Recreation Center.

“When I heard about this award, I was very humbled,” McGrath said. “It actually brought tears to my eyes.”

In typical fashion, McGrath recognized the many others who do so much for the community. In particular, he spoke of fellow Viking parent and longtime volunteer Jim Tobin, who played an integral part in McGrath’s quick treatment for the stroke he suffered over a year ago.

Although the things that McGrath does while volunteering are useful, most people would agree that it is the great love for his community that he demonstrates while serving that makes him special. Chris acts as an ambassador for all of the organizations that he serves.   He continues to be committed to making Euclid where he works and Collinwood where he lives safer, friendlier places, all the while providing a great example for others and encouraging those around him to do the same.

So we at Our Lady of the Lake Church add our congratulations and heartfelt thanks for all that you do, Chris!

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:40 PM, 01.26.2015

Speak Your Mind

The Euclid Observer is a completely community-written paper. If you would like to contribute, go to www>EuclidObserver.com, click on Member Center, sign in, and start writing. We are interested in your ideas, questions, issues, projects, dreams, etcetera.  Share them with your neighbors by become a writer (or photographer or illustrator) for the Euclid Observer.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:40 PM, 01.26.2015

From the desk of Mayor Bill Cervenik

I would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.  In many ways, 2014 was a very good year and many positive things occurred in the City of Euclid and the surrounding communities.  I look forward to working with everyone in the New Year, a year that will be full of challenges, triumphs and achievements.

Although we are all thankful that the economy has somewhat stabilized, it certainly has not recovered as we had hoped. Income tax receipts were well below projections and the cost of health care increased almost by 19% over the prior year. We continue, as most cities, to suffer from the cuts in funding imposed by the State of Ohio over the past few years. In addition, one of the city’s largest employers, University Hospitals Administrative Offices, will be moving to a new facility outside of Euclid by May. 

Unfortunately some very difficult decisions will need to be made in 2015 in order to achieve a balanced budget.  I will work hard to maintain the services we have come to enjoy in Euclid and promise that we will remain a safe, friendly and viable community for years to come.                     

Revitalization of the East 185th Street area, continued growth in Downtown Euclid, including the arrival of “Chipotle Mexican Grill” and further development of our Lakefront are all priorities for the New Year. We will be welcoming the Help Foundation this spring as they open up their new headquarters and training facility on Euclid Avenue.  Construction on East 222nd Street will be completed as new construction begins on Tungsten Road, and East 250th Street is scheduled for a long needed repaving as well.

In closing, I would like to thank all the residents and businesses for making Euclid the great city that it is today. 

Mayor Bill Cervenik

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:38 PM, 01.26.2015

A Day Volunteering at Euclid Hunger Center

Over the  year of 2014 I volunteered at the Euclid Hunger Center. I met some of the nicest people I know at the Euclid Hunger Center. I have also learned more about the  need for food in our community. I have also learned about the multiple cultures of the community . I have learned about how to be a good citizen in our community.I have also learned about some of the diffrent religions in our community. I have learned to respect everyone I come into contact with. I have also learned about the importance of volunteering. I have seen how helping someone makes the person your helping feel. I suggest volunteering at the Euclid Hunger Center for anyone who wants to make a diffrence. If your intrested in volunteering contact Grace Wright at tbe Hunger Center.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:35 PM, 01.26.2015

Euclid Chamber of Commerce Membership Grows in 2014

The Euclid Chamber of Commerce added 11 new member businesses, eight of which are located in Euclid.  Many of these businesses were new to Euclid in 2014 and have joined the Chamber in the last quarter of the year.

The City of Euclid, in partnership with the Euclid Chamber of Commerce regularly reaches out to local businesses to assess the needs of our business community.  While reaching out, the Chamber was able to gain additional members.    

Below is a list of the recent Euclid business additions to the Euclid Chamber of Commerce:

Good Hands Home Care  669 E. 200th Street, Euclid, OH 44119

I-Specz Eyewear   560 E. 200th Street, Euclid, OH 44119

Ultimate Body Transformers  419 E. 200th Street, Euclid, OH 44119

AttYourService, LLC  419 E. 200th Street, Euclid, OH 44119

Body Rocks Dance and Fitness Studios  904 E. 222nd Street, Euclid, OH 44123

SC Industries  24460 Lakeland Boulevard, Euclid, OH 44132

Street Machinery  21734 St. Clair Avenue, Euclid, OH 44117

Aggcorp  22800 Lakeland Boulevard, Euclid, OH 44123           

If you are interested in membership with the Euclid Chamber of Commerce, please contact Sheila Gibbons at (216) 731-9322, or visit their website at www.euclidchamber.com. If you are a Euclid business or a prospective Euclid business call the City of Euclid at (216) 289-2830 or visit www.cityofeuclid.com/community/development to see what the Planning & Development Department can do for you. 

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:35 PM, 01.26.2015

2014 Euclid Holiday Celebration Thank You!


Euclid Holiday Celebration 2014 Photo courtesy of Parkerfotos


The 2014 Euclid Holiday Celebration was held on December 5, 2014, and proved to be a well attended wonderful community holiday event. The City of Euclid, Shore Cultural Centre, and the Euclid Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our sponsors: K & D Management LLC and Leff Electric as Presenting Sponsors, and Gold Star Sponsor Dr. Paul Infield. Special activity sponsors included Holiday Concert: Euclid Hospital, Ice Sculpture: D & S Automotive, Sleigh Ride: Sims Buick GMC, Santa and Mrs. Claus: Action CARSTAR, Magic of the Holidays: Ss. Robert and William Catholic Parish, Holiday Bistro: The Carlson Insurance Agency. Silver Snowflake Sponsors were Our Lady of the Lake, North Point Apartments, The Manor of Euclid, and the Help Foundation. Candy Cane sponsors were Wendy's, PetFix Northeast Ohio, and Cuyhoga Community College. Green Holly Ambassador were Plaza/Paran Management, Power Alarm, Inc., Daugherty Construction, Inc., and First Merit Bank. Our Stocking Sponsor was BraeView Care & Rehabilitation Centre. We wish special thanks to Spirit Media, Simply Sound & Lighting, and Silhouette Productions. We also would like to thank our many volunteers, staff members, and community members for their attendance and participation. The event would not have been possible without you. We appreciate all the support, and wish everyone a Happy New Year!

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:33 PM, 01.26.2015

Euclid’s J.D. Byrider Franchise Wins Franchise of the Year Award



J.D. Byrider, the nation’s leading franchised used car and finance company, named Dennis Ange and his management team Franchise of the Year for their successful Euclid, Ohio, dealership. J.D. Byrider Corporate chose Ange and his team, recognized during the company’s annual convention earlier this month, because of their dedication to customer service, excellence in sales and commitment to sharing best practices with other J.D. Byrider franchisees.

“We’re thrilled to accept our Franchise of the Year award and couldn’t be prouder of our staff who continues to provide our customers with valuable service,” said Ange. “It’s such an honor to be part of the J.D. Byrider family, and it’s been a pleasure to serve our customers in the Euclid area. We look forward to another year of successful sales and exceptional service.”

Franchise of the Year winners are recognized in three categories – single (one franchise location), mid (two or three locations) and multiple (more than three locations). Ange qualified in the single store category. Franchise of the Year winners are selected from among 132 locations across the U.S.

The Euclid store also earned a President’s Award, which is based on store earnings, portfolio quality and customer service rankings.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:33 PM, 01.26.2015

Euclid Toastmasters Club Hosts Open House and Speech Contest

The Bailey Toastmasters Club is hosting an open house and speech contest in January and February, 2015.

The open house will take place Thursday, January 22 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The open house provides the community the opportunity to see a Toastmasters meeting conducted. The meeting is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be served. 

The club is hosting its International Speech and Evaluation Contest on Thursday, February 5 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Come watch local Toastmasters give prepared speeches and evaluate speeches in competition. The contest is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be served. 

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 292,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,350 clubs in 122 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:33 PM, 01.26.2015

Polka Movie and Jam Session at Cinematheque


Joey Miskulin of Riders in the Sky, singer Cecilia Dolgan, and Canada's Polka King Walter Ostanek appear in Polka!


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Polka! The Movie, the documentary about Cleveland’s century-old love affair with Slovenian music and sausages, returns for a special screening at the Cleveland Cinematheque, Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.  Enjoy an accordion jam session at 3:30 p.m. hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum.  Joe Valencic, writer and narrator of the film, will share behind-the-scene stories. Key scenes were shot in Euclid's Polka Hall of Fame and the Collinwood and St. Clair-Superior neighborhoods.

Polka! The Movie traces how Cleveland-style polka music became a national sensation and is still enjoyed today across the country.  Joe, president of the Polka Hall of Fame, takes you through the Slovenian neighborhoods where the Cleveland-style sound was born a century ago.  The music got America dancing after World War II when Polka King Frank Yankovic (a long-time Euclid resident) scored million-selling hits. Vintage film clips and photos bring the polka past to life.

Polka! The Movie features performances and interviews ranging from legends like Joey Miskulin (Riders in the Sky), Walter Ostanek (Canada's Polka King), Euclid resident Richie Vadnal and Cecilia Dolgan, to younger musicians such as Kim Skovenski and Joey Tomsick. Cleveland personalities include Jan Jones, Tony Petkovsek, Bob Kravos, Bob Dolgan and the late Frank Yankovic Jr.  The camera captures scenes at the Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show; the Slovenian Sausage Festival; the Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend at the Cleveland Downtown Marriott; Father Frank Perkovich’s Polka Mass at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland; Colinwood's Slovenian Workmen's Home; and Mitzi Jerman's hundred-year-old tavern on St. Clair Avenue.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer calls Polka! The Movie, “a film that will have you craving smoked sausage and stomping in the aisles.”  The Cleveland International Film Festival describes it as "a valentine to polka. Don't miss a beat; Polka! The Movie's a treat."  

The 3:30 p.m. accordion jam session will be led by Patty Candela and Joe Strukel. The 90-minute documentary is presented in Slovenian and English with subtitles in both languages. The film was directed by Dušan Moravec for Slovenian television.

The film screens in the Aitken Theater at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle. Admission $10; Cinematheque members and those age 25 & under $8; free adjacent parking. For more information call the Cleveland Cinematheque at (216) 421-7450 or visit www.cia.edu/cinematheque/, or contact the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, 605 East 222nd Street in Euclid, (216) 261-FAME, www.PolkaFame.com

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:33 PM, 01.26.2015

Girls Basketball Team Takes a Special Trip to Arbor



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The Euclid High School Girls Basketball Team made their way to Arbor Elementary School to spend some time with students in room 127.  Coach Phillips and Coach Wilson prepared their players for a fun morning with second-grade students, even giving them the opportunity to read to the class! This was a great experience for both the EHS Girls Basketball Team and the second-grade students from room 127! 

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:32 PM, 01.26.2015

Eastside Greenway Plans to Connect 19 Greater Cleveland Communities with Bike and Pedestrian Paths



Imagine living close to a trail system that connects neighborhoods throughout the eastern portion of Cuyahoga County with employment centers, transit, services, parks and green spaces. Imagine walking or biking to school, work, the store, or a park. Imagine being able to bike from the Euclid Creek Reservation to the Shaker Median Trail, or from Rockefeller Park to the North Chagrin Reservation. Imagine the Eastside Greenway.

The Eastside Greenway  will increase pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in and between the eastern portion of Cleveland and 18 suburbs: East Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, University Heights, Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, Highland Heights, Highland Hills, North Randall, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Euclid, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Bratenahl, Orange Village and Warrensville Heights. Leaders from these cities are working alongside planners and other regional organizations, like the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, LAND studio, the Cleveland Metroparks, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Bike Cleveland, to develop a plan for the greenway that can be used to guide the way to implementation.

With planning currently underway, the project team will be hosting a second round of public meetings to share project updates and solicit feedback from the community in early 2015 and you are invited. The same content will be presented at each meeting, so choose the date and location that works best for your schedule. The meeting dates are as follows:

January 28, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m: Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave, Cleveland

January 29, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m: Beachwood Public Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood

February 2, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m: Waterloo Brew, 15335 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland

February 3, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m: University Heights Public Library, 13866 Cedar Rd, University Heights

At the meetings, a brief overview of the project will be provided as well as the results of the completed inventory and analysis. Alternative routes for the greenway network will be presented and the project team will solicit feedback on route alignments as well as route priorities from community members. This feedback will be taken into account as the plan is finalized in the first half of 2015. A third round of public meetings, in which the final greenway plan will be presented to the public, will take place in May 2015. More information on the Eastside Greenway can be found on the project’s website at www.eastsidegreenway.weebly.com.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:35 PM, 01.26.2015

Middle School Band Concert at Great Lakes Mall



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Sixth-grade students from Forest Park Middle School and Central Middle School spent a few hours playing holiday music for Great Lakes Mall patrons. Both band and orchestra students took the stage in front of Macy's department store on December 17, 2014. The music could be heard throughout the mall and got shoppers in the holiday spirit. 

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:32 PM, 01.26.2015

Bluestone Student Council takes Annual Trip to the Slovene Home



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Student Council Students from Bluestone Elementary School took their annual trip to the Slovene Home for the Aged. Students spent time with residents singing, coloring and talking. Bluestone students really enjoyed their time getting to know the residents and telling them all about what they are learning in school. This is a great Bluestone tradition that will continue to grow. 

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:32 PM, 01.26.2015

45 Seconds From Broadway



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Bravo to the cast and crew of the Euclid High School Fall Play! 

This year's fall play, "45 Seconds From Broadway" was written by Neil Simon. The show is based in a New York City café, a fictionalized tribute to the popular Broadway district eatery Café Edison. The patrons of this café include an array of melodramatic people who frequent the establishment, from a controversial comedian to a fading actress to matinee ladies, all taken care of by the couple who run the restaurant.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:30 PM, 01.26.2015

Chardon Hills Canned Food Drive



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Chardon Hills Magnet School Student Council held its annual Canned Food Drive that collected 825 food items to donate to the Euclid Hunger Center. Great work to the staff and students at Chardon Hills who worked so hard to make this possible, especially Mrs. Kosilesky and Mrs. Dortleff! 

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:30 PM, 01.26.2015

Shoreview's Canned Food Drive



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Students from Shoreview Elementary School donated over 1,100 items to the Euclid Hunger Center. The class that collected the most items was Mrs. Fortkamp's class with 159 items.  Second place went to Mrs. Rich's class with 135 items and third place was Mrs. Simolin's class with 103 items. Great work to all of the staff and students at Shoreview!

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:30 PM, 01.26.2015

Save the Date



Mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Superintendent Keith Bell will be sharing more about the early learning component of the Euclid City Schools Phase II Facility Plan. The meeting will take place at the Early Learning Center at Memorial Park. We hope to see you there! 

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:30 PM, 01.26.2015

Five Years as Our Lady of the Lake Looking Back and Looking Forward



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As we begin the new year, we also begin planning for another important milestone, the 5-year anniversary of Our Lady of the Lake Parish. We’ll begin our year-long celebration in February, and look forward to sharing each month with parishioners new and old, visitors, friends and the community. We can’t help but look back at how far we’ve come, reflecting on the challenges we’ve faced together and the many good things that have happened along the way.

Our school has grown in wonderful ways, with new families, new programs and offerings, and new technology. We’ve been so fortunate to maintain small classes and personal attention, while also welcoming these wonderful new students who have enriched our school and our community. We have also been delighted to welcome our new teachers, and the array of resources they bring, from the early childhood program to languages and the arts. Quality Catholic education remains a vital mission of Our Lady of the Lake Parish. We are proud to be maintaining our more than 80-year history, and to be able to provide such a valuable resource to the community.

Our parish has also grown and flourished in new ways. We have explored exciting ideas, like the possible launch of a Grameen Bank initiative, the introduction of community Prayer Walks, support of the new Euclid-Collinwood community building network, our first community concert on the rectory lawn, even a new Welcoming Ministry, that lets us reach out to new parishioners and visitors, and help them feel at home here at Our Lady of the Lake.

There’s so much more to do. Our Hunger Ministry, prayer groups, Genesis for our senior members and youth ministry for our young ones, all these and more form the heart of our parish, and we look forward to seeing them grow in the coming year. Thanks to our thoughtful and engaged Parish Council, we have been able to focus on four core mission areas that will guide us in the months to come: Family Ministry, Faith Formation, Celebration of the Sacraments, and Community. These are all areas in which we can continue to be an anchor and a resource in our community, grow in faith together, and welcome and support our families and our neighbors.

This is going to be an exciting year at Our Lady of the Lake. We look forward to making the journey together.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:27 PM, 01.26.2015

An Exciting New Year at Our Lady of the Lake School


Principal Rita Kingsbury enjoys engaging with students.

We look forward with anticipation to this coming New Year at Our Lady of the Lake School as we continue to offer our families a faith centered, quality educational program.  Our commitment to STEM education is exemplified by the addition of over one hundred Chromebooks using Google Apps for Education.  Many of these devices will be in the hands of our seventh and eighth graders, but we have also purchased enough for several to be placed in each classroom.  Our iPad initiative continues to flourish in our fifth and sixth grades, with an extra classroom set used throughout our school.  Even our Preschoolers have access to iPads! Our service learning program has been a wonderful addition in our building.  We have a dedicated space for children to come and explore topics and opportunities for service in our community and across the globe.  This type of learning adds a new dimension to service possibilities.  Our young people not only explore ways in which to help others, but also learn why problems exist in society, offering a much more systemic approach. With the help of a grant from the Talty Foundation, we look forward to more service learning opportunities, along with programming for our distance learning lab.  We look forward to a bright future and New Year at Our Lady of the Lake as we nurture our children’s spiritual life, along with expanding minds through our ever-growing technology initiative.  Know that we will keep our Euclid community in our prayers through the remainder of this year and we ask you to keep us in yours.   

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:27 PM, 01.26.2015

Celebrating and Supporting Families



In a year in which Pope Francis has asked for conversation about families, Our Lady of the Lake will be going one step farther. We are creating opportunities to bring families together, and to talk about some of the things that matter most to us. 

One opportunity will take place on Sunday, February 15th, when we’ll host a family retreat that will offer our families support and community.  We are encouraging families with elementary aged school children to worship at the noon Mass that day. But even if they are unable to do so, we are inviting them to join us for a meal immediately afterward in the Church hall.

After the meal, the children will join in some fun supervised activities, while the parents and other adults will be invited to take time for quiet reflection on the scriptures of the upcoming Lenten season and some personal conversation with each other about the meaning of those scriptures for them, and their families.

This tried and true method of reflecting on and sharing about the scriptures has been a blessing for those who have tried it twice here in the past year, and we are convinced it will be a blessing for those who join together that day.  It’s a wonderful opportunity for parents and other adults to carve out quiet time and space and engage one another on an adult level.  Everyone, parishioners and non-parishioners alike, is welcome.  Even though walk-ins are also welcome, it would be great if you could let us know in advance that you are coming, preferably by February 1.  We look forward to seeing you there.   

To register for the Family Retreat, call Our Lady of the Lake Rectory at (216) 486-0850 or feel free to email Fr. Joe directly at joe@ourladyofthelakeoh.org.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:27 PM, 01.26.2015

Save the Date for Life on the Lake!



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Our Lady of the Lake's biggest fundraiser is coming up on February 7, 2015, and it looks like this year's party is going to be another great success.  Last year, Life on the Lake: Races and Raffles raised more than $38,000 to provide technology and enrichment funds for Our Lady of the Lake School. Thanks to this generous support, the school has been able to buy new Chromebooks, add new Spanish Language curriculum, introduce a Distance Learning Lab and much more. Enhancing the learning experience for our students and families is one of the important ways we support the mission of providing quality Catholic education in our community. And we couldn't do it without the help of all of our wonderful sponsors, donors, volunteers and supporters.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:27 PM, 01.26.2015

SRW 2015-2016 Open House

Ss. Robert and William Catholic School will be hosting its annual Catholic School’s Week Open House on Sunday, January 25, 2015, from Noon until 1:30 p.m.  Join us for the 11: 00 a.m. Mass at the Church and stay for the Open House. 

This open house is primarily geared toward new students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade six.  It is a great opportunity for prospective parents and students to meet and talk with the teachers, walk the hallways with student guides, and receive registration and financial aid information for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. 

Ss. Robert and William Catholic School is dedicated and committed to academic excellence and offers students the highest quality education with STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, Math) based learning.  Our administration and faculty are proud to offer advanced classes to students to prepare them for a quality education that will follow them through high school and beyond. 

For more information, to schedule a private tour, or even to set up a shadow day for your student, contact the Admissions Director, Maureen Frydl, at 216.731.1515 extension 229 or email her at mfrydl@srwschool.cc.  Visit our school’s website at www.srwschool.cc and don’t forget to like and follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/pages/Ss-Robert-and-William-Catholic-School/105863876110885.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:26 PM, 01.26.2015

National Junior Honor Society Gives Back


Donations to the sock, hat and mittern tree.


In our continued outreach efforts to the Ss. Robert and William Catholic School community, the National Junior Honor Society has collected numerous winter items that will be donated to Operation Coats for Christmas.  Much appreciation is extended to the very generous students and families who live the spirit of this giving holiday season all year long.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:26 PM, 01.26.2015

Winter Art Walk at Imagine Bella Academy


First Grade Teachers Ms. Amanda Shope and Mrs. Mia Hall create holiday crafts with families and students
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Imagine Bella hosted a Winter Art Walk on the evening of December 16th. Members of the Choir club sang carols and other songs led by Ms. Michelle Ianni, Imagine Bella Music Teacher, while families enjoyed hot cocoa in the cafeteria. Classroom doors where decorated for the winter door contest and families created holiday crafts with their students. Staff and students also decorated windows with artificial snow and the Holiday Gift Shop was open through the event. Ms. BreAnne Shriver, Imagine Bella Art Teacher, displayed student artwork throughout the building. Teachers updated families about student progress and Winter Break packets. Imagine Bella is looking forward to hosting families for another event in February.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:23 PM, 01.26.2015

Academic Growth at Imagine Bella

Check out Imagine Bella’s recent academic growth!

All students in grades K-5 take Quarterly STAR Benchmark Assessments in both Reading and Math.  Imagine Bella’s scores were compared to 16 other Ohio Imagine Schools and results are below. 

Mid-Term STAR Reading Awards

Highest Learning Gain:  Imagine Bella (1.08)

Highest % of Students At or Above Benchmark:  Imagine Bella (46%)

Highest Growth in Students At or Above Benchmark (From Fall to Mid-Term):  Imagine Bella (Increased by 14%)

Mid-Term STAR Math Awards:

Highest Learning Gain:   Imagine Bella (1.1)

Congratulations to all the students, teachers, and families for their hard work!  Imagine Bella still has a long way to go to ensure all of students are at benchmark in both reading and math.  Imagine Bella will continue to push students towards success! 

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:23 PM, 01.26.2015

PTA Meeting Update at Imagine Bella Academy

Imagine Bella PTA is meeting on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. The PTA is discussing planning the Spring Fundraiser, Teacher Appreciation Week, Winter Awards Ceremony, and Spring School Beautification Project.

Imagine Bella is working towards becoming a National Blue Ribbon School and seeking parent volunteers through the PTA and other projects to make it happen!

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:23 PM, 01.26.2015

Upcoming Dates at Imagine Bella Academy

Thursday, January 15, 2015- Quarter 2 Ends

Friday, January 16, 2015- No school

Monday, January 19, 2015- No school

Tuesday, January 13, 2015- PTA Meeting, 8:30 am, Cafeteria

Tuesday, January 20- Quarter 3 Begins

January 20-23- Evening Conferences

February 2-6, 2015- Scholastic Book Fair

Friday, February 13, 2015- No school

Monday, February 16, 2015- No school

Monday, February 23, 2015- Performance Based Assessment Window Begins (Grades 3-5 Math and Grades 4-5 ELA)

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:23 PM, 01.26.2015

Giving Back on Two Wheels at "Cranksgiving"


Local cyclists depart from Beachland Ballroom to nearby grocery stores for Cranksgiving
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In addition to events like Cleveland Critical Mass, as the area’s bicycle continuously grows, creative events to promote bicycles and their presence on our roadways are held.  On a mild, rainy Saturday morning in November, nearly 50 local cyclists gathered at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland for the third annual “Cranksgiving.”  It is a nationally renowned bicycle event that usually takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  Cleveland is one of 70 cities nationwide that hosts this event, including Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, and Washington, DC. 

The objective of the event was to spend up to $15 on canned goods and non-perishables and bicycle 15 total miles to local grocery stores.  The travel itinerary included grocery stores in Cleveland’s North Collinwood neighborhood, most of Euclid’s local grocery stores, and as far east as Shoregate Shopping Center in Willowick.  This included both Dave’s Supermarket locations along Lakeshore Boulevard, Shwebel’s Bakery Outlet on E. 200th Street, and Giant Eagle in Willowick.  This was the third year in a row Cranksgiving happened, and was the first time that Cranksgiving came to the northeastern side of town.  Last year it took place in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood, which also encompassed Fairview Park, Rocky River, and Lakewood. 

 “We organize the event each year not only for the cycling community to help feed hungry families during the holiday season,” says Jeffrey Sugalski, the Cranksgiving coordinator through the local bicycle nonprofit Bike Cleveland, about the general purpose of Cranksgiving.  Cyclists bought generous amounts of food to be split among local hunger centers within the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.  Cranksgiving was successful with raising an estimated value of $2,500 in food.

“It is also to demonstrate that cyclists can do many of the things that motorists do, including grocery shop on one of the busiest shopping days of the year,” says Sugalski about the importance Cranksgiving is to Cleveland’s growing bicycle community.  This is important as commuting by bicycle is becoming a popular means of commuting in major cities nationwide.  It is also an opportunity for cyclists to give back to the community and provide food for those less fortunate while giving thanks. 

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:53 PM, 12.09.2014

4th Annual Euclid Holiday Celebration

A much anticipated Euclid holiday tradition returns with the 4th Annual Euclid Holiday Celebration taking place on Friday, December 5, 2014. The event will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Triangle Park, which is located in front of the Shore Cultural Centre, 291 East 222nd St., in Downtown Euclid. This festive event features horse drawn wagon rides, free activities and crafts for children, along with the lighting of the holiday tree and free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. A Holiday Church Choir Concert will be held in the auditorium, and the Holiday Bistro on the lower level of Shore will be serving a wide variety of foods for dine-in or to go. Exciting new features this year include a Holiday Magic Show and an Ice Sculptor. The City of Euclid, Shore Cultural Centre, and the Euclid Chamber of Commerce are proud to present this very special holiday event and are pleased to have K & D Management LLC and Leff Electric as Presenting Sponsors, and Gold Star Sponsor Dr. Paul Infield. Special activity sponsors include Holiday Concert: Euclid Hospital, Ice Sculpture: D & S Automotive, Sleigh Ride: Sims Buick GMC, Santa and Mrs. Claus: Action CARSTAR, Magic of the Holidays: Ss. Robert and William Catholic Parish, Holiday Bistro: The Carlson Insurance Agency. Silver Snowflake Sponsors are Our Lady of the Lake, North Point Apartments, The Manor of Euclid, and the Help Foundation. For more information visit online www.shoreculturalcentre.com/holiday or call 216-289-8578.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:53 PM, 12.09.2014

Caring Starts Here



You are never too young to take action to make your community better. At Our Lady of the Lake, students learn about social justice from an early age, and engaged learners get in and do something about it. We're so proud of these preschool kids for their great work collecting canned foods for families in need. Caring for each other makes us all feel good!

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:53 PM, 12.09.2014

UpStage Players' Musical Auditions

Auditions for UpStage Players' performance of Once on This Island will be January 3 and 4, 2015.

WHO: Children ages 7-15 can audition for the production.

WHEN: January 3 and 4, 2015 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: 17109 Lakeshore Blvd., Collinwood/Cleveland 

This is the Cleveland Public Library Nottingham-Memorial Branch (which is the former Villa Angela High School). Pull around to the left side of the building towards the back. Plenty of free parking.

WHAT TO BRING: Water bottle and a great attitude!

HOW TO PREPARE: 

   * Choose a song from a Broadway musical. 

   * Practice singing every day.

   * Make eye contact when singing.

   * Remember to use facial expressions!

   * Everyone wants you to do your best, so relax...

   * Take a deep breath and SING YOUR BEST!

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:50 PM, 12.09.2014

Investment and Jobs Going Into Euclid’s Industrial Corridor


The first building at Bluestone Business Park is now home to Guardian Technologies.

Much activity can be seen in Euclid’s Industrial Corridor - from private investment to major public infrastructure improvements.   

Just off East 260th Street, Guardian Technologies has become the second tenant to move into Bluestone Business Park.  The company leased approximately 48,000 square feet in the first building at Bluestone for their new corporate headquarters and distribution operations.  

Guardian Technologies is a leading manufacturer of air purification systems.  The company will bring 25 – 35 jobs to Euclid.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:52 PM, 12.09.2014

Police Mini Station Activities



New activities are scheduled this fall and winter at the Euclid Police Mini Station, 20001 Euclid Avenue. Classes after school and over winter break are being offered, and tutoring for children and adults is scheduled by appointment. Take advantage of Strategies for Overcoming Testing Anxieties, Tai Chi for children and adults with special needs, Music Theory, and Beginning Acting. A new program called S.H.E. Inc. (Striving for Honorable Excellence) held its first meeting in November at the mini station. This program features classes for girls in building confidence, meeting goals, etiquette, and inner and outer beauty. For details on all classes and programs, call 216-481-5486.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:52 PM, 12.09.2014

6 Tips to Help Grieving Kids Survive the Holidays


Diane Snyder Cowan, Director of the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center

Children are “Forgotten Grievers"

Grieving children experience conflicting emotions during the holiday season. Excitement about presents and parties are coupled with the sadness of knowing they cannot share these special traditions with their deceased loved one.

“Family traditions may have changed since the death. It may seem like nothing is the same as it used to be or everything is the same, except that their special person is missing,” said Diane Snyder Cowan, Director of Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:50 PM, 12.09.2014

Euclid Hunger Center: As Local as You Can Get

Want to keep your holiday donation local while ensuring it has the most impact? The Euclid Hunger Center (EHC) serves Euclid residents in need. You cannot get more local than that! 

The EHC is in the final weeks of its year-end fundraising effort and is in danger of falling short of the funds needed to operate. While the food distributed to clients is provided through grants and local food drives, the operating costs for keeping the doors open exceed $40,000 per year. The EHC relies on the generosity of local “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” to help it remain a valuable resource to those who find themselves in need.

The Center, located in Room 17 of Shore Cultural Centre serves more than 650 households each month in a “choice pantry” format. This means that clients can choose the foods they prefer from designated food groups rather than receiving a pre-packaged bag. Clients may receive assistance once a month by providing proof of Euclid residency and proof of family size. 

EHC is fortunate to have a part-time manager who works with a dedicated group of volunteers to ensure the smooth process for the neighbors who come seeking food assistance. However, the Center needs a few more volunteers, especially someone who can lift up to 40 pounds, has a valid driver’s license and is available to do food pickups on Wednesday mornings beginning at 7:15 a.m. and finishing by 10:30 a.m. Similar volunteer opportunities are available on Tuesdays, but with more flexible hours.

Are you the volunteer we’re looking for? Please contact Grace Wright at euclidhungercenter@gmail.com or call (216) 731-3329.

Want to make a donation? You can do that online at www.euclidhungercenter.com or make a check to Euclid Hunger Center, P.O. Box 23446, Euclid, OH 44123. Thank you!

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:47 PM, 12.09.2014

Euclid Central wins Play 60 for the second consecutive year



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Brown and orange gear filled the Central Middle School gym yesterday afternoon as the Cleveland Browns came to recognize students for logging more than 2.2 million minutes of physical activity.  For six weeks, (Sept. 29-Nov. 7) Central Middle School students engaged in physical activity to log the most minutes in the greater-Cleveland area. The Browns PLAY 60 Challenge, in partnership with the American Heart Association, University Hospitals, the American Dairy Association Mideast, and Fuel Up to PLAY 60 is a six-week program for seventh- and eighth-grade students that provides schools additional opportunities to help students be active and healthy throughout the school day. 

So five Browns players ventured to Central to honor the victors. Relay races, a dance-off and a chocolate milk toast made Tuesday an unforgettable event. Defensive back Johnson Bademosi, long snapper Christian Yount, Browns linebackers Keith Pugh and Chris Kirksey and wide receiver Kevin Cone showed Central students their dance moves. 

This year marks a second consecutive win for Central Middle School and a third consecutive win for physical education teacher John Yuha. The top male student Joe Junkey logged more than 12,000 minutes and Kendra Stephens the top female student logged more than 11,000 minutes. 

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:43 PM, 12.09.2014

Around the Euclid Schools District


Several Team Inspire (6th grade) students were honored in a Thumbs Up celebration on Friday afternoon for consistently making us Panther Proud by turning in homework, having no missing assignments, and being referral free this quarter.
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All of our schools have been busy during the first 60 days of school. Here is a look at some of the fun events from around the district. 

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:43 PM, 12.09.2014