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Euclid Honors Outgoing LCA President

Mary Czyzicki, center, accepting a proclamation from Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer-Gail, right, and Ward Six Councilman, John Wojtila

The Lakeland Civic Association expressed its gratitude to its president of twenty-four years, Mary Czyzycki. At its April 12 meeting. Euclid mayor Kirsten Holzheimer-Gail presented the honoree with a City Proclamation recognizing Mary for her many years of commitment and service to the City. The mayor was introduced by Ward Six Councilman John Wojtila who represents the LCA neighborhood and who spoke admiringly of Mrs Czyzycki's lifelong activism in Euclid and of his personal affection for her and the work they have done together over the years.

The April meeting was well attended by LCA members and by several members of Mrs Czyzycki's family.

Mayor Holzheimer-Gail's Proclamation recounted the highlights of Mary Czyzycki's achievements as an active Euclid citizen.

Mary grew up on in Euclid with brothers Charles and Walter and parents Ralph and Ida Hill. Father Ralph was a Euclid councilman, recreation commissioner, and American Legion member. Mary Hill attended Shore High School in Euclid and was inducted into its Sports Hall of Fame. She later attended Arcadia University where she was inducted into its Sports Hall of Fame.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

Euclid Art Association’s April Meeting Featured Euclid Artist, Don Wells

At our April meeting, we featured local Euclid artist, Don Wells, demonstrating Airbrush Techniques in acrylics.  Don called his presentation, “Treasures at Night”.  As he proceeded to paint on his prepared canvas of purple and yellow, the hidden treasures of balance and symbolism began to appear.  His tool of choice is an airbrush, a small air-operated tool that sprays paint on a surface by means of compressed air, but he has not given up on the use of traditional brushes or even his finger.  Working off a tank of compressed air (using CO2 for less noise), he first tested the air and paint flow.  He then began building structure on the painting, free hand, using white paint to start with.  The further away his airbrush was from the canvas, the softer the rendering.  For a finer line, his whole arm moved, up and down, 1/8 to 1/2-inch from the canvas.  “By starting off soft, you are not committed yet”, he said.  Don likes acrylics (water based with low VOC) because “you can continue to layer over until you are satisfied that you have given your picture life and depth.”  Don displayed a high level of energy and enthusiasm as he painted.  We sat in quiet amazement as we watched Don paint, interacting with him by asking many questions.

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Bob's Corner

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. 

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Euclid emerges victorious with nearly 200 bags of trash collected by volunteers at ‘The Big Clean 2018’

Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers and dozens of sponsors who made 'The Big Clean 2018' a success! Euclid was the winner, collecting nearly 200 bags of litter. 

Hundreds of Euclid and Collinwood residents took to the streets, parks, tree lawns, and highway ramps on Saturday, April 21st for ‘The Big Clean 2018’, the second annual cleanup competition between the two communities. 

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Free Rain Barrels and More at Euclid’s First Eco-Friendly Fair

Join neighbors the City's first Eco-Friendly Fair, a free event at City Hall on Saturday, June 9th. 

Do you want to plant your yard with native species?

Do you want to learn about our watersheds?

Do you have an interest in sustainable energy?

Do you compost or recycle – or want to learn how to start?

Do you pick up litter? Do you love Lake Erie? 

If you answered “yes!” to any of the above questions, you should definitely come to the City of Euclid’s first Eco-Friendly Fair at Euclid City Hall on Saturday, June 9th from 10am to 1pm. This free event is presented by Keep Euclid Beautiful and will offer something for everyone – whether you are just beginning to set up a garden with native plants or are already a master recycler (yes that’s a thing and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District will tell you more!). Whether you live in an apartment or own a home, all Euclid residents can make a difference and improve the health of our environment.

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HELP Foundation and Upstage Players Builders Club Clean Up!

HELP Foundation never passes up an opportunity to better our community and we did just that by participating in The Big Clean 2018.  For this year’s project, our friends at Upstage Players Builders Club came out to help us clean up the mess winter left behind at our Oak Court home.  The group helped pick up sticks, mulch and plant flowers, rake leave and even helped us set up our patio furniture!  Everyone had a great time getting ready for spring.  We would like to extend a BIG thank you to all the children and parents that came out to help us.  We are very grateful for their time and energy.

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A Journey of Spiritual Transformation

Do you believe in miracles?  Many people have experienced amazing events in their lives and yet hesitate to call it a miracle.  Why is that?  And, why at certain times do wonderous things happen?  Many would say it is God`s gift while others would attribute their miracle, an unexplainable event, as just being lucky.  Awakening to the universal laws, the spiritual dynamics of cause and effect can help clarify the greatness of the gift.  For it is a gift  received for goodness that is sent forward.  Let me offer an example.  In the movie "Pay it Forward", we are introduced to the circular flow of generosity.to those we  know or don't know personally.  When you extend a kindness, kindness is returned to you.  A simple smile is often returned with a smile.  Just that simple.  Maybe?  When there is a sense of joy in our hearts there is a natural desire to share it.  So we smile.   We are designed that way.  Our Creator was so wise to show us how to receive internal and external, spiritual and material gifts.   Awaken to the miracles that happen every day and more will come when you acknowledge them and are thankfull for the gift. Learn more metaphysical insights, seen and unseen, through classes held at the Rishis Institute of Metaphysics, 21933 Euclid Ave.  216 486 7240.

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"Faith in the City"

I have always enjoyed the writings of Kahlil Gibran and I am especially fond of The Prophet.  On the topic of religion, he writes, “. . .Is not religion all deeds and all reflection? Who can separate his faith from his actions, or his belief from his occupations? Who can spread his hours before him, saying, "This for God and this for myself; This for my soul, and this other for my body?”

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Out in the Neighborhood

Now that the snow has melted, I think everyone is looking forward to getting out of the house.  I am no exception. One of my first significant outdoor activities this Spring was participating in the Big Clean on April 21st.

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Senator Kenny Yuko Hosting Euclid Opiate Town Hall

Ohio State Senator Kenny Yuko

Ohio Senator Kenny Yuko and Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. will co-host an opiate town hall on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  The town hall is yet another opportunity for community members, leaders, law enforcement and treatment providers to come together to fight the opiate epidemic together.

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Summer Camp 2018!

Summer vaction is just around the corner. If you are looking for something for your child to do this summer, why not send them to the Beat the Streets (BTS) Fun Day Summer Camp This is the sixth year for this camp located right here in Euclid.  Summer Camp is held at the ELC (Early Learning Center).  Campers will be dropped off and picked up from the ELC.  

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

Kiddie City Kids' Crusaders Recognized

     We looked back twelve years to select and honor six women at Kiddie City’s annual “Funds for Fun” Saturday, April 14th.  They are Kiddie City foundation builders from the very beginning and are still with us spreading our mission to Euclid area children.  Helen Shelby, Valentina Vasili, Laura Asseff, and Jennifer Garza are valued staff members who continue to use their skills in classrooms as teachers, in the library as literacy or curriculum specialists, as mentors to new teachers, as familiar substitutes around the building, or in the office as the voices and faces of Kiddie City to new families and friends on the phone or in person.  They earned early kudos working in tight spaces with limited resources as we grew from our first building at the corner of Wilmore and E. 200th Street to our expansion in 2010 across the driveway into the former barber and beauty shops, and our 2016 move to the former Lincoln Elementary School building on E. 206th St.  We’ve grown from a staff of eight to a staff of forty full and part time employees.

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Euclid Residents Invited to Celebrate Life at 2018 Walk to Remember

Enjoy a fun-filled day at the Zoo with family and friends while helping hospice families.

Now in its seventh year, Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2018 Walk to Remember presented by Huntington Bank is the nonprofit agency’s largest fundraiser of the year. Scheduled for Sunday, June 10 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the event is open to anyone wanting to celebrate the memory of loved ones and make a difference in the lives of those living with serious illness.

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Message from the Mayor

“If You Value Your Freedom, Thank a Veteran.”  Please join me in honoring those who fought for our country and our freedom by participating in the Euclid Memorial Day parade and services on Monday, May 28th.   The day begins at the Euclid Cemetery with graveside services at 7:45 am followed by a ceremony at St. Paul’s Cemetery at 8:15 am.  The parade begins at 10:00am at E. 228th and Lakeshore Blvd and proceeds to City Hall.  Following the parade will be services at the Veteran’s Monument next to City Hall.  A special thank you to all our veterans and their family members for your service and support of our community!  

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Stained-Glass Company Serves Regional Customers for More Than 30 Years

The glass-restoration workshop area

When you walk into the entry of Whitney Stained Glass where the uncut glass of every color is stored, it’s like entering a secret garden or the back, private, work area of a museum. There’s magic taking place, and things of beauty all around. The talent of the five full-time and two part-time employees is astounding. All have been with the company for at least five to six years. They make, restore, install and store stained glass windows and doors, as well as skylights, chandeliers, mosaics, lamps, backsplashes, and other unique restoration projects. The current and second owner, Pete Billington, says that working in the stained-glass business takes a specific skill set: drawing and illustration ability for new work, an understanding of geometry, handiness, having a good “eye,” attention to detail, construction ability, no fear of heights, carefulness, and the ability to lift and carry heavy objects.

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Euclid Council Goals

In January, 2018 the new City Council, in an effort to be proactive, made the decision to establish goals for itself that the entire council would focus on over the next 24 months.  All Council members agreed to participate in moving the prioritized goals forward.  We each listed projects, ideas and issues that we felt needed full council support to succeed.  Everyone understood there would still be room for specific projects to be championed by specific Councilpersons when they felt the project or issue was important to them specifically.

During the first quarter of 2018, we compiled a lengthy list of projects/goals that could use Council’s attention.  All members of Council reviewed the original lists of goals submitted by their colleagues.  The original list was then categorized into groupings as much as possible so we could look at similarities and the number of times an idea was presented by different council members.

Following the first review, council members held a lengthy work session to prioritize the categories of goals, and to also list some specific objectives associated with a given goal.  In many cases the group established timeframes to be associated with a goal to provide us with some component of accountability. 

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Euclid High Schools Alumni Association - Making Connections

Hundreds of alumni gathered to pay their last respects to Euclid High School's E-Room.

At its core every alumni association is about making connections. Since 1991, the Euclid Public Schools Alumni Association (EPSAA) has been making connections, between alumni, current students and the Euclid Schools. At the end of April, the EPSAA participated in two significant "reunion" events that brought together hundreds of people to reconnect with friends, teammates, and most importantly, memories. On Friday night, April 27th, head Euclid football coach Jeff Rotsky, his coaching staff and about 100 members of the middle and high school football teams, met football alumni members from the 1970s through the 2010s. Sharing pizza, soda, and a few "war stories," it was a unique opportunity to connect current student -athletes with those who donned the blue and gold uniform before them. As a celebration of the tradition of excellence in high school football, it was fitting to have a few Euclid Schools Sports Hall of Famers in the crowd, including Tom Wandersleban '77 (Michigan), Antoine "Tony" Fisher ('97, Notre Dame, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals) and Tom Banc, former coach of some of the most successful teams and accomplished student-athletes Euclid has fielded in its 110 years of playing football.

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Gertha Spear Proclamation at Hilltop Village

Hilltop Village is a senior living community right here in Euclid Ohio. If you are looking for a place for a family member, or even yourself, Hilltop offers many amenities that you or your loved one could benefit from. Situated in a picturesque setting at the top of a hill in Euclid, Hilltop Village is surrounded by lush landscape, trees & peaceful beauty.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

Our Latest Published Writer...

Students in Mrs. Rossman's class were excited when they opened Scholastic News Magazine and found a piece written by one of their classmates. Caroline Brown was invited to debate the topic, "Should We Get Rid of the Penny?", and her essay was chosen for national publication. We're always proud to see Our Lady of the Lake students acknowledged for their talents -- congratulations to Caroline for showcasing her research and writing skills.

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Get to Know OLLY Vid Productions!

Students at Our Lady of the Lake have been busy with their new Video Ministry, learning to share good things going on in our community with videos they produce themselves. They call the ministry OLLY Vid -- for Our Lady of the Lake Youth Video -- and they have some great stories to share already. To see some of their latest releases, visit the Our Lady of the Lake Parish Facebook page -- and be sure to watch for more great things from these talented young filmmakers!

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County Councilwoman Sunny Simon and Euclid Councilwoman Laura J. Gorshe will host a Town Hall Meeting on May 10th to discuss the Fall-out from the Opioid Crisis

County Councilwoman Sunny Simon

Focusing on its Impact on Women and Children in the Foster Care System

The opioid crisis has severely impacted the number of children entering the foster care system.Those numbers are expected to double by the end of 2018, resulting in considerable strain on resources needed to provide families with the appropriate care and interventions required to keep children in a safe and nurturing environment. Many of these children experience tremendous trauma from not only being removed from their homes due to the epidemic but also witnessing episodes of parental overdose.  

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OLL Students Visit Washington, DC

Our Lady of the Lake School is committed to education that goes beyond the classroom. In keeping with that philosophy, this year, both 7th and 8th grade students at Our Lady of the Lake School had the opportunity to visit Washington, DC, for several action-packed days, learning about our government and culture. Highlights from the trip included visits to the National Air and Space Museum, the The National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Basilica of the National Shrine, Mount Vernon, the Arlington National Cemetery, many of the national monuments, the national Mall and much more. Students came home with newfound knowledge, great memories and a deeper appreciation for our nation's history. 

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EPL Offering Automatic Renewals

EPL is now offering automatic renewals of physical materials including books, CDs, and DVDs.

This spring, EPL, and the other CLEVNET libraries began automatic renewals of books, CDs, DVDs, and other physical materials without holds for patrons. The new service hopes to potentially reduce overdue fines and allow patrons to check out items longer easily. The system will attempt to renew materials automatically one day before an item is due – you will no longer need to call the library to renew.

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Foundation Miniature Golf Fundraiser May 11

The Euclid Public Library Foundation is excited to announce this year’s annual fundraiser, Miniature Golf at the Library adult-only event on Friday, May 11, 2018, from 5:30 – 9:00 PM to support the many services and resources EPL provides. Bring your favorite foursome and attempt an eagle or a hole-in-one throughout the library’s indoor course while supporting a good cause, as all proceeds from the evening’s event will go to the Euclid Public Library Foundation.

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It's that time of year again, the Euclid Farmers' Market returns June 1st!

The Euclid Farmers' Market will open on Friday, June 1st, and run through October 5th, with the hours of 3pm to 6:30pm. The market features Ohio vendors that are committed to fresh and superior quality produce, herbs, and baked goods. Returning vendor Ziemba’s philosophy is to “pick the freshest veggies, provide courteous service and promote healthy food through fair prices”. Burton Floral & Garden, Inc. has been in business since 1932, and begins the summer season offering beautiful flowers and hanging baskets, as well as fruits and vegetables. The fun in visiting the Farmers Market is the variety you will find each week as the growing season changes. Shore Cultural Centre invites you to take part in a cherished Euclid summer tradition, and to spend some time in the heart of the city in beautiful TrianglePark.

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Euclid Captures Spring

Adopt-A-Spot at the corner of E. 200th Street and Lakeshore Blvd.

After what seemed to be a never-ending Winter, signs of Spring are in the City of Euclid. The Department of Planning and Development's Spring Tree Planting is underway as part of the Municipal Beautification program through the Community Development Block Grant. Various neighborhoods are receiving trees along their streets to increase the tree canopy throughout our City. This project follows last Fall's tree planting of 330 trees, the largest planting to date. This Spring, 145 trees are being planted.

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Film School is cool

This picture was the first one I landed on for this article. Andrea King stayed with her grandma in Cleveland for a while 

Hello, hello, helloooooo! 

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Toastmasters Club Open House Thursday night, May 31 at the Euclid Public Library

Are you ready to move your career forward? Do you want to improve your ability to speak in front of groups of people? Are you looking for opportunities to work on your leadership skills in a safe, encouraging and fun environment? Look no further, because a Bailey Toastmasters Club meeting is the place to be! We're looking for new members and a great time to check us out is Thursday, May 31 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Euclid Public Library, when we’ll have an Open House with a demonstration meeting. Refreshments will be served.

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Euclid Hunger Center Ready to Kick off Summer!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 21st, when Euclid Hunger Center will host it's 7th annual Kick Off Summer fundraiser at the Briardale Greens Pavilion.  The event will feature a picnic-style dinner, adult beverages, music, and some fabulous raffle prizes.  Tickets will be available beginning May 1st.  For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kay at the Hunger Center, at 216-731-3329, or euclidhungercenter@gmail.com.

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Euclid Hunger Center Named Food Resource Center

April 14 marked the official kick-off of EHC’s new role as a Food Resource Center.  The Center was chosen by the Greater Cleveland Foodbank to fill this role.  This event is the first step in the Hunger Center’s ongoing efforts to collaborate with other organizations in Euclid and the surrounding areas, to introduce clients to the many resources that are available to assist them in the areas of employment, health, education, housing, etc.  There are typically many different factors that contribute to food insecurity, and it is hoped that in addressing some of these other issues, EHC may assist clients in getting ever closer to self-sufficiency.

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Introducing the Euclid CommUNITY Relations Task Force

The Euclid CommUNITY Relations Task Force is a diverse group of volunteer residents who are passionate about Euclid, and committed to supporting and advocating for all residents and neighborhoods in the city of Euclid.

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