Happy Holidays to you and your families! As we prepare for holiday gatherings and celebrations, I know I will be thinking of all those who helped to move our community forward this year. I am proud of the progress we have made this year and the resiliency that our community has shown when faced with challenges. The work to build a strong community continues to bring me joy in so many ways!
Euclid’s vision to provide unprecedented public waterfront access, habitat enhancements, and upland stability is underway!
On a rainy Sunday afternoon pastors and faith leaders from several Euclid places of worship gathered to pray and appeal for a stronger more peaceful community. Joined by local political leaders and members of the community, the event would seem unique in some cities. In Euclid these type of gatherings have become the norm over the past three years as Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer-Gail searches for ways to bring Euclid together as a community.
Calling all Euclid Central, Euclid Shore and Euclid High School Graduates! In the spirit of the German tradition of "Stammtisch," or regular table, there is a table reserved every Wednesday at the Euclid Culinary Bistro at the Shore Cultural Centre for all graduates of the Euclid public schools. Please join us from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday (when school is in session). See old friends and make new ones, while getting a great meal for your money and supporting Euclid's culinary arts program. See you there and Guten Appetit!
Public input is needed to help update a watershed plan for the Euclid Creek watershed. A watershed plan is a comprehensive plan for achieving water resource goals for a geographically defined watershed. The Euclid Creek Watershed encompasses 23.3 square miles in northeastern Cuyahoga County and a part of Lake County. It covers portions of 12 communities including Beachwood, Cleveland, Euclid, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Mayfield, Mayfield Heights, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, and Willoughby Hills. Euclid Creek watershed includes 40+ miles of stream, 30 miles of which is open channel and 10 miles of which is culverted or buried, as far as 8 miles away from the Creek’s confluence with Lake Erie, our source of drinking water, at Wildwood Park in Cleveland. The watershed is nearly 85 percent developed. Non-point source pollution challenges include stream sedimentation / siltation, habitat alterations, stream ditching or channelizing, and other flow regime alterations stemming from high levels of impervious cover such as roads, driveways, and rooftops. Updates to this plan are led by Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District with funding from Euclid Creek Watershed Council and Friends of Euclid Creek through a Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District grant.
The Euclid Police Department has been awarded a grant from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office that provides 420 hours of impaired driving enforcement and 280 hours of selective traffic enforcement. The goal for implementing these two programs is to reduce traffic fatalities from impaired driving, speeding, and unrestrained vehicle passengers. This grant allows Euclid Police additional officers to enforce traffic safety violations during peak accident times such as News Year’s Eve, Super Bowl, St. Patrick’s Day, and prom season. This federal grant program provides federal funds administered through the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), Ohio Highway Patrol (OSHP)/Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) to be used for traffic safety education, enforcement, and awareness.
We have entered in that time of year where both sweet and savory aromas are filling each house and holiday tunes old and new are playing on the radio. That time of year where people are more giving, little ones are on their best behavior and people are expressing their gratitude and thanks to one another. As a councilwoman there are many things that I am thankful for as I look back over the year. I’m thankful for the many ways that I have been able to serve the people of Euclid. Whether it was volunteering for the annual big clean event, helping to solve the many problems of residents big and small, or the many opportunities to volunteer with the schools and work with the youth, either by speaking at an assembly, career day or being a mentor through the Always a Panther program. I’m thankful for the many relationships that have been built with residents that have agreed to be my eyes and ears in the community, ensuring that I don’t miss a beat when it comes to the ward. I’m just as thankful for the partnerships that have been formed with local businesses that seek to give back to the community. Like Mitchell’s Ultra Lounge who was a sponsor for the free summer movie nights for the past two summers, Simon’s supermarket who has on several occasions donated fruit to community events such as the 1st annual Ward 1,2,3 Community fair held back in September. This holiday season I am especially thankful for Nager, Romaine and Schneiberg Law firm located at 27730 Euclid Ave., who donated 125 turkeys to families in need. They served hot chocolate and donuts and even had Brutus the Buckeye to stop by wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving. I’m also thankful for B Stone bar and grille who stepped in and donated 15 turkeys with all the fixens to families in need. Imani church who for the last 12 years fed hundreds of people at their annual Thanksgiving Day community meal. It is these things that I am most thankful for. People coming together to touch the lives of others in a positive and sometimes lifechanging way. It is my hope that you take the time this holiday season and look back over all the things you can be thankful for as well as look ahead to the holiday to come and think of the many ways you can give back or pay it forward. Take advantage of this time, whether you brighten someone’s day with a song, by going caroling with your neighbors, or sharing a sweet recipe in a cookie exchange, maybe even adopting a family in need and purchasing a few gifts. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but its you that can make it wonderful for someone else. I hope your holiday is filled with joy peace, love and hope and the kind of happiness that spills over into the lives of everyone you meet. So, whether you celebrate Christmas like my family, Hanukah, Kwanza or you jut love the holiday songs, food and decorations, make it a great one for you, yours and someone else’s.
Assisted Living is an option for individuals who can no longer live independently. It is a phrase used to describe the concept of supportive services as well as a reference to a place that provides those services. You may have heard of an Assisted Living Residence or Community. In Ohio, these are facilities that are licensed by the Ohio Department of Health to offer services such as Meals, Personal Care, Medication Supervision or Administration, Activities of Daily Living, therapies and more. All Assisted Living Communities are surveyed by the Ohio Department of Health on an annual basis and must comply with strict guidelines written into Ohio Law. Assisted Living Communities are for adults of all ages, but it is primarily those over 65 who are residents. Some Assisted Living Communities are small, others large, some with all furniture included, others are unfurnished allowing a resident to bring their own personal furniture and belongings. All utilities and meals are typically included, except for a land line telephone. Satellite TV and Wi-Fi are often included. Lots of choices. A resident in an Assisted Living Community may come and go, may have a car and may even have a small pet, dependent upon the type of community chosen. Staff is on duty 24 hours per day and provides supportive services via tiered “levels of care”. Some Assisted Living Communities offer “Respite Care”. This gives a resident and family the opportunity to experience Assisted Living services without a long-term commitment. It is perfect for times when the family and/or caregivers need to be away for out of town travel, medical care, or sometimes just needing a little break from caregiving. Respite Care is generally for a minimum three day stay and is scheduled in advance. Respite Care is Private Pay. This means that there is a daily rate and it is paid at the time of the stay, in advance.
Long Term Care, Rehab Care, Skilled Nursing Care are all common terms for Nursing Home care.
While the Euclid Shade tree commission is known for its wonderful Arbor Day celebrations, a day that began back in 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska, encouraging people to plant trees, a day that became nationally recognized in 1970, a day where local Euclid humanitarians are honored by the planting of a tree in their name, it’s so much more than that. Even though the April holiday kicks off the season, the commissioners work hard year around planning for other events for the upcoming year. As we bring 2018 to a close, we would like for you to prepare and mark your calendars for the events to come in 2019. They are sure to be a real treat and an exciting, educational and an enlightening time for the city of Euclid. Starting with Arbor day, April 26, 2019 where two new honorees will be honored with the planting of a tree and the installation of a plaque. Who will it be this year? You never know it just might be you.
Medical identity theft is the unauthorized use a person’s name, insurance information or social security records without that person’s knowledge or consent. The theft occurs when unscrupulous people obtain medical services, or use another person’s identity to make false claims. When a person’s medical identity is stolen, incorrect information may become a part of the victim’s medical records. This can lead to confusion and in extreme situations, it can be life-threatening if the wrong information gets mixed in with someone’s a person’s medical record.
Thank you to those who donated milk jugs and canned goods to the Euclid Recreation Department over the past few months. There were over 350 milk jugs donated to create luminaries for our October events. In addition, we received 60 canned goods during our Turkey Skates at C.E. Orr Arena. They were delivered to the Euclid Hunger Center just in time for the Holidays.
Choices. Life is full of them. In a world bubbling with technology and messaging, we are inundated with options -- choices. How do you sort them out? Are you happy with your decisions? Or do you dream of changing them? How do you decide? What process do you use to select a way forward? Then finally, when you make your decision, do you get what you want? Or do you find yourself faced with disappointment? Have you ever thought about how your decisions impact your work or home life? Let’s take a closer look at what happens when you make decisions.
The doors of our member churches have been opened to all and these significant events have taken place this fall.
The holidays are here, and we’re already starting to think about how all those treats are going to hit our waistlines – and our blood pressure, and our cholesterol, and so on. Go ahead and enjoy yourself – a healthy life is all about balance. But as we go through the holiday season enjoying those treats, and that time with friends and family, we also have to realize the greatest gift we have is our health. So with this coming new year, make a gift to yourself – and make some plans to really care for your own health and wellness.
While Americans eagerly embrace the spirit of giving throughout the year, a lion’s share of donations are made in December.
Dominic was prescribed a prescription by his doctor which retails for $679 for a 30 day supply. This particular pill is not on his current plan so not subject to discounted pricing. There is a plan offered in 2019 which covers the pill at $337 both before the deductible and in the initial period. Still, pretty pricey…Good RX has a coupon which allows him to purchase this drug for $27.34 at Giant Eagle pharmacy.
Keep Euclid Beautiful often gets questions about recycling. The Do's and Dont's are different in each State and sometimes vary from city to city. This can make recycling a bit confusing. In this column, Keep Euclid Beautiful will do our best to answer your recycling questions based on the guidelines for the City of Euclid and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.
The Euclid Creek Tree Planting at Community Christian Church project enhanced 155 lineal feet of forested riparian buffer along Euclid Creek, and an additional 261 lineal feet of turf grass with 80 native trees and shrubs on October 13, 2018. Trees and shrubs were planted on a cold rainy morning by 22 Friends of Euclid Creek and Community Christian Church volunteers. The conditions were less than ideal for humans, but perfect for the trees and shrubs to get in the ground. Thanks to all our tree stewards, church members, Friends of Euclid Creek members, and family and friends who chose to come out on a cold, rainy, muddy day, and get the job done. Thank you to Madelon Watts for bringing the much needed donuts and coffee. Thank you to the City of Euclid for providing mulch! Thanks to Dominion and Western Reserve Land Conservancy for providing the funding!
Expanding the riparian buffer along Euclid Creek will help reduce erosion along the Main Branch and resulting sedimentation as this section of Euclid Creek has steep streambanks. The site is adjacent to a heavily used road by automobiles and pedestrians, so educational signage will be placed spring of 2019 by the sidewalk and by the parking lot to educate the public and members of the church congregation about the project. As part of the project, two educational presentations were given to church members at their annual bazaar and picnic about the project and the benefits of trees and shrubs. In spring of 2019 a presentation will be given to church members about the watering equipment purchased and how often to water.
Plant species for the site were chosen based on their soil moisture preference and height restrictions due to utility lines on the property. Species used included: Allegheny serviceberry, American Hornbeam, American sycamore, Buttonbush, Pawpaw, Silky dogwood, Swamp rose, Winterberry, and Witch hazel. 15 yards of mulch was donated by the city and was spread around each of the trees and shrubs. Our watershed program manager got out and added cages and deer netting to protect the trees and shrubs from the deer November 2nd and 4th.
Partners on the project were the Community Christian Church, Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District (Cuyahoga SWCD) and the City of Euclid, a member of the Euclid Creek Watershed Council.
Kiddie City Childcare Community is dedicated to helping its students give back to the community through simple service projects. Recently, students in the School Age program learned about veterans and their service to our Country. The youth were challenged to create a Thanksgiving "thank-you" card for the veterans at Haven House, located on East 142nd St. in Cleveland, using the basic art tools of crayons and construction paper. The message to each veteran read "To An Honored Veteran: Thank you for your service to our great Country!" Check out some of the students' creations for our vets!
Tis the Season – to Celebrate
FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON
On Saturday, November 17th, Dr. Roy Larick led a tour of Euclid Cemetery in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I (WWI), which is commemorated each year on Veterans Day. The tour was sponsored by Councilwoman Caviness and co-sponsored by Councilman Langman and Councilwoman Gorshe. Euclid Historical Society provided a reception following the tour.
As 2018 winds down and we enter the season of joy and cheer, we take time to reflect on all the wonderful things that HELP Foundation experienced this year.
The Singing Angels will be in concert on December 16th, at 2:00 pm, at Shore Cultural Centre, located at 291 E. 222nd Street, in Euclid. Tickets are $10 general admission and can be purchased online at shoreculturalcentre.com, or in the Shore Cultural Centre office.
The theme at Our Lady of the Lake School is "We Are Called" -- and the students put it into action every day. Recently, they planned and organized a food drive, to help provide meals for hungry people in the community who might otherwise go without during the holiday season. By living their faith and answering the call, OLL students learn to be thoughtul and caring citizens.
The Lakeland Civic Association, its members, and all residents of its neighborhood are celebrating the season with their annual holiday observances.
Every year, Our Lady of the Lake produces a show featuring the talents of students and parishioners, and each year their production draws big crowds. Their recent presentation of Elf Jr! was no exception, bringing in record audiences and raising nearly $10,000 to support the theater program.
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December! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been a Councilman for almost a year. It has been a busy year to say the least! Back in February my assistant wrote an article on “A Day in the Life of a New Councilman”. I am writing this one as an update.
Our Lady of the Lake has produced its first CD of classic Christmas music, and for a limited time you can order copies for only $5. Great as Christmas gifts for the music lovers in your life, or as a special treat for your holiday season, this album brings you all the Christmas classics you love, performed with love and beautifully recorded.
The festive beginning to the holidays, the 2018 Euclid Holiday Celebration, was held on November 30th. The City of Euclid and Shore Cultural Centre would like to thank our sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Moore Counseling and Mediation Services, Star Sponsor: K & D, Holiday Concert Sponsor: Euclid Hospital, Santa and Mrs. Claus: Infield Chiropractic Clinic and GDP Group, Horse Drawn Wagon Sponsor: Sims Buick GMC, Bell Sponsors: Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish and Manzanec, Raskin, and Ryder Co., L.P.A., Holly Sponsors: Kiddie City Child Care Community, Independent Energy Consultants, Great Scott Tavern, The Fedeli Group, Chagrin Valley Engineering, The Help Foundation, Our Lady of the Lake, Gift Sponsors: Sievers Security, Church of the Celebration, and, a very special thank you to Emser's Power Air Duct Cleaning, ParkerFotos, Jen Hearn Photography, Euclid Symphony Orchestra! 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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HEALTH HUGS FROM
On October 31st, students participated in a schoolwide costume parade. Thank you to all the families who donated candy to make this event possible! What a SWEET way to wrap up the month. Also, much appreciation to the families who helped things go smoothly with costume changes before the parade and to pass out candy at stations to students. It was chilly outside so the parade went through the building. Check out some of the costumes in these photos.
On November 16th, Imagine Bella celebrated all the Moms with a special "Muffins for Moms" coordinated by the Imagine Bella PTO. Thank you Moms for all you do to love and support your scholars!
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.
Our Stuff the Turkey final count was 1,019 nonperishables! Thank you to all the families who were able to donate. Our class with the most donations was Ms. Biederman's class! Congrats to the third graders in Ms. Biederman's room for bringing in the most items. All the items donated weighed iin at 1,035 pounds! Thank you to everyone who helped us in reaching our school wide goal!#WorldChangers #GivingBack #RipplesOfKindness
Congratulations are extended to Fr. John D. Betters, Pastor of Ss. Robert & William Parish, who was presented the 2018 Euclid Hospital Community Service Award on November 14, 2018 by Dan Napierkowski, MD, President of Euclid Hospital. This annual award is given to someone who makes contributions to ensure Euclid is a vibrant and sustainable community.