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Message from the Mayor

February greetings to all!  I hope you are enjoying the winter season – walking through the snowy trails of a local park, sledding at the Metropark’s or McDonald’s hill, ice skating, or maybe just relaxing in the warmth of your home, local coffee shop or dining establishment.  Dare we start thinking about spring, warmer weather and blooming flowers?  Keep Euclid Beautiful is busy at work, planning for upcoming projects, clean-ups, and Hometown Hero Banners (application for new banners due March 8th).  Want to get involved?  Call 289-2786 to see how you can help!

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 5:53 PM, 02.05.2020

ALDI and Pulp Have Big Plans for Downtown Euclid

A conceptual rendering of the proposed Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar set to open this spring at 22578 Lakeshore Boulevard in Euclid. 

Downtown Euclid will see more growth this year as plans have been set for a major renovation of the ALDI Grocery Store and the opening of a new Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar. 

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The Census, Ten Facts We Bet You Didn't Know

Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail (right) and Audrey Wynee (left) Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau at the grand opening of the Cleveland, Ohio Census office. 

It is that time again.  Time for what? It is time to be counted!

As a part of the US Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, it is mandated that the country conducts a count of its population once every ten years. The 2020 Census will mark the twenty-fourth time that the country has counted its population since 1790.  

Many of us know that fun fact about the US Census, however, there is a lot of information floating around that you might not know.  Let’s take a few moments and focus on ten facts.  Make sure you read all the way to number ten, it is the MOST important. 


1.  In January 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau officially started their counting with the population in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.  From March 12th - 20th, 2020: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.  Watch for yours then.  Find out more about this fun fact at

2.  March 30, 2020 - April 1, 2020: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau will count people in shelters, soup kitchens, mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.  It is very important to have as many people counted as possible,  Find out more about this fact visit 

3.  April 1, 2020: is National Census Day. By this date, every home will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you can respond in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.  Visit the Census website listed in fact number one to receive more information about this.

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Hospice of the Western Reserve Earns Highest Level In National Veteran-Centered Care Program

Hospice of the Western Reserve (HWR), headquartered in Collinwood, has been named a Level 5 Partner with We Honor Veterans (WHV), a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Level 5 is the highest level WHV partners can attain and includes several required activities and yearly recertification. We Honor Veterans was launched in 2010 to address the growing need for veteran-centered care, especially as veterans are aging and need access to palliative and hospice care.

As a partner in the program, Hospice of the Western Reserve provides specialized care to veterans facing a life-limiting illness through its Peaceful & Proud program. Last year, HWR provided care for more than 1,400 veterans and their families. Level 5 partners place a greater emphasis on paid and volunteer staff education and caring for Vietnam era and combat veterans and serve as mentors to other hospice programs.

At HWR, a continuing education program for paid and volunteer staff providing direct care incorporates webinars, videos and presentations from the VA and Veterans Service Commissions focusing on issues such as trauma informed care, PTSD, moral injury, suicide prevention, soul injury and self-awareness.

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Happy February!

Happy February, Euclid Observer!  During the first 31 days of 2020, I attended the swearing in ceremonies in several House District 8 communities including Beachwood, Euclid, Richmond Heights and Woodmere Village.  Those ceremonies marked the transition from a 2019 campaign season to the launch of a new partnership in governance for 2020 and beyond.  To new and returning Mayors and Council Members, I say: treat your colleagues with respect and look for shared opportunities of cooperation that will advance positive outcomes in your cities. 

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Through open dialogue, Simon’s Supermarket turns its Euclid shoppers into stakeholders

It’s not exactly common for grocery store owners to be on a first-name basis with their customers, but Simon Hussain isn’t just any store owner.

In 2017, Hussain opened Simon’s Supermarket on Euclid Avenue near East 260th Street—the third location in his growing chain that now also includes locations in Buckeye and (as of 2020) Bedford for a total of five stores. The vision behind the concept is to bring healthier food options into lower-income neighborhoods and known food deserts. To that end, the Euclid project received $650,000 in grants and loans from the Healthy Food for Ohio program, along with active collaboration with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s “Creating Healthy Communities” program.

“[We believe] access to healthier food options should be an inherent right,” explains Michelle Benko, program manager for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 5:12 PM, 01.12.2020

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s caps 18-month strategic growth with acquisition of two prominent pediatric practices

CLEVELAND – After 18 months of strategic growth initiatives, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s (UH Rainbow) now provides comprehensive and integrated care to more children in Northeast Ohio than ever before.  The physicians of two prominent practices – Green Road Pediatrics in South Euclid and KidsFirst Pediatrics in Willoughby Hills – chose to join UH Rainbow for the more than 20,000 children they see annually.

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Students accept awards during annual Founders Day Mass at VASJ

Every January, the Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School community joins together to celebrate the traditions of the school’s founders: Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary (Marianists), and St. Angela Merici, founder of the Ursuline Sisters. The Mass celebrates VASJ’s combined core values and unique identity. 

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Live and Learn!

As of February 1st, my 60th birthday, I can officially say I did not die a young man.  Yay me!  I know that probably sounds odd, but suffice it to say I’ve lived through much and feel very, very fortunate to still be here.  I have also come to a few conclusions I’d like to share.

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Registration Open for 2020 Master RAIN Gardener 5-Week Courses

Cuyahoga 2019 Master Rain Gardener Class.

Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CRWP), Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District (Cuyahoga SWCD), and Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District (Lake SWCD) are offering four 5-week Master RAIN Gardener courses in 2020 that will teach participants how to design, install, and maintain residential rain gardens. Rain gardens are bowl shaped gardens filled with plants that like it a little wet. They are designed to receive water runoff from surfaces like roofs, driveways, or lawns. They work with nature to collect, filter, and soak up this rain.

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Does Medicare cover this? Now there's an app for that.

Have you ever questioned whether Original Medicare will cover your medical test or service? Ever wanted to confirm your coverage before you agreed to a procedure? Your answers are now as close as your smartphone or other mobile device. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offers an easy to use tool called the “What’s Covered” app to give you accurate cost and coverage information on your smartphone or mobile device. 

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A Mystery You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

Will YOU figure it out?  Test your wits at "Oh Danny Boy" Mystery Dinner Fundraiser.

Two families, one body, a fabulous dinner, and loads of fun....what more could you want from an evening out?

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Deb Dobbs is a Consultant and Life Coach. Reach her at

Just about everyone uses this time of year to set goals and start out on new ventures. The problem with new beginnings is that you often rely on old methods. If your plans didn’t work with your scheme then, why should they work now? Are you going to the same pool of friends, acquaintances or resources to get advice? Are you rehashing the same questions about life and purpose you’ve struggled with for the last decade? Well, it’s time for something new. Clear out your head-fog. Get clarity with your vision. Set a trajectory for iterative short-term successes. Get started!

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A 2020 Graduate Shares Her Thoughts

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved being on stage and performing for people to watch. I took dance lessons for seven years and have always enjoyed singing in music class.

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Great Lady Down

     In 1976 she stood stately and tall, glistening in the distance, bathed in sunlight, aglow with reflections from Lake Erie, as I curved into the I-90 and  I-271 split.  I felt elated each time I made this trek toward home.  Knowing that the “Great Lady” that I was approaching, was ready to welcome me home and offer me the accoutrements of luxurious lakefront living as soon as I reached the garage entrance.

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A True Celebration!

For the past 7 years, Faith in the City has celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Sunday before
MLK Day. More times than not, it seems there is a snowstorm. Sunday, January 19 was not different.
As inclement as the weather was, it did not stop the speakers, choir or attendees from celebrating Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., recognizing the important work he accomplished and owning the fact that there
is still more work to be done.
Lake Shore Christian Church has hosted this celebration for the past 7 years. The celebration this year
started with Fr. Joseph Fortuna from Our Lady of the Lake Parish speaking about where we’ve been. Fr.
Joe shared his experiences of witnessing discrimination and bigotry as a child and young adult. He
shared stories experienced with family members and in his neighborhood that made him both
uncomfortable and frightened. If he felt this way as a young white man, how must those that were the
object of these ugly encounters feel?
Rev. Michelle Trotter from the House of Jubilee followed revealing her experiences of racism. She
shared the fact that she was pretty unaffected by racism as a child. It wasn’t until she was an adult,
when the Trayvon Martin shooting occurred that she was really hit with the reality of racism. How could
everyone not understand her anger with this situation as a human being, not to mention a black
woman? She helped us to confront the realities of racism today.
Rev. Rosalind Hughes from the Church of the Epiphany challenged us to recognize where we might be
personally struggling to speak up and act in ways that promote justice, fairness and unity. Are there
times that we have stood by silently, witnessing discrimination but not speaking up? How can we make
a difference in our place and time? What does our Christian faith require of us?
To me, one of the highlights of our celebration was the talk by Miss Za’Niyah Smith a freshman at
Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School. She spoke about what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. means to
her. She was so clear on the difference that Dr. King made in her life. She talked about the
things that she was able to do because of what Dr. King accomplished. Her focus and passion
were inspiring to me.
It is not possible to have a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. without talking about service. Pastor
Gerald Cameron from Celebration United Methodist Church reminded us of the importance of service.
We are called to support each other on our journey. We are sister and brothers travelling together and
when one of us stumbles, it’s up to us the help them along.
I was honored to talked about the future in Euclid. Looking out over the diverse crowd of young and old,
black and white, male and female, I couldn’t help but smile seeing an example of what should be
everywhere. The respect and affection that people felt towards each other was palpable in the
sanctuary. The event is called Unity in the Community and that’s exactly what it felt like. People
ventured out in a snowstorm to not only pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. but also to make a
statement about what they want the future to look like in Euclid. I pray that those that experienced
what I experienced, help spread that respect and affection all over the city of Euclid!

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Hometown Hero Banners - Don't Miss Out!

Keep Euclid Beautiful and the Euclid Joint Veterans Council are proud to honor our servicemen and servicewomen through the Hometown Hero Banner Program.  Registration is open to secure a banner honoring a Euclid service person in your family or organization until March 8, 2020.

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St. John of the Cross Bingo

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Join us for our next SoulCore session, to be held on Saturday, February 8, at 9:30 AM in Room 10 of the Saint John of the Cross Community Center. Karen Hostoffer will lead us through an hour of SoulCore, a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. There is no cost, but a suggested donation of $10, for those who are able. For more information, contact Anney Roach at

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Euclid Recreation Programs

Register online or at Euclid City Hall 

Online Registration Directions 

  1. Go to 
  2. Click Recreation
  3. Click Programs/Registration Forms
  4. Click Fastpitch

C.E. Orr Ice Arena

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Learn to Play Bocce with Greater Euclid Kiwanis

Join the Greater Euclid Kiwanis for a Bocce Night of fun on Tuesday February 11, 2020, at NEO Sports Plant in Euclid (7:30pm to 9:00pm). Everything you wanted to know about Bocce but were afraid to ask. $10 per person includes Bocce lesson, pizza and fun with Kiwanian Members. Please contact Tina at 440-749-9077 to RSVP by February 7th.

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UpStage Players announces ticket sales for Frozen Jr performance

Performers practice for the upcoming production of Frozen Jr. scheduled for March 19-22 at the Memorial-Nottingham Branch of the Cleveland Public Library.

UpStage Players, a children’s performing arts group operating in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood, has begun selling tickets to its upcoming performance of Frozen  Jr. scheduled for March 19 through March 21 at 7:30 pm, with a final performance March 22 at 2:30 pm.  Tickets are on sale online at  with presale prices of $11.  The performance is at the Cleveland Public Library Memorial-Nottingham Branch.

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Maintenance Worker Needed

We are in need of a maintenance worker to help with set-ups, clean-ups, takedowns, grounds, cleaning, etc. Hours vary and are negotiable.  This position will be for evening and night-time work. Email resume or letter of interest to Renee Dzuroff, Business Manager,

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Holy Hour

Join us Wednesday, February 19, from 6:30 pm—7:30 pm for an hour of prayer.  One of the best ways we can hold each other up in prayer is to bring our intentions to Jesus, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament! Join Deacon Joe Robinson in the Church at 6:30 pm as we pray for everyone at our Guardian Angels Early Learning Center and Ss. Robert and William School! We pray that all involved with our educational efforts follow the will of God and are strengthened on their journey. See you in the Eucharist!

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Couples' Night Out

Married couples are invited to gather on Saturday, February 8th at Ss Robert and William Parish Center for a night out.  Sr. Mary Ann Spangler HM will present Praying For and With My Spouse in the Parish Center. Sister brings years of experience as a Spiritual Director. Her presentation will assist couples to explore prayer within a marital relationship. Following the presentation, there will be a Disc Jockey playing music for a night of dancing.  The evening will begin at 6:30 pm. There is no cost with wine and pop being provided.  Consider bringing an appetizer to share.  RSVP  216-731-1515.

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Whole30 Cobb Salad

This is the Cobb Salad I made for family and friends. 


  • 3 eggs
  • 6 slices whole30 bacon or prosciutto (no sugar or nitrates)
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 avocado diced or sliced
  • 3 stalks of green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • a tablespoon or to taste lemon juice 
 Instructions: Hard-boiled eggs
    •  Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Take out eggs straight from the fridge, then lower the eggs into the water gently, and let it come to a boil again. Once it does, lower the heat, and let the eggs simmer for 11 minutes. Prepare a large bowl with an ice bath. Once the eggs are done cooking, place them in the ice bath for at least 5 minutes. Peel the eggs under cold running water.
Bacon/ Proscuitto
  • Fry bacon or prosciutto slices in a pan over medium heat until evenly browned and crisp, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Drain and roughly crumble. Set aside.
  • Place romaine lettuce on the bottom of a large salad bowl.
  • Top with chicken, eggs, bacon, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and green onions.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for the dressing and whisk together.
  • Drizzle over the salad and toss together gently before serving.

This was so yummy!  Everyone at our house ate it up!  I made a few small changes but found this recipe at

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New Found Freedom

Join psychologist, Dr. Ted Raddell, Wednesday, February 10, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm for an opportunity to understand and promote healing from past traumas. He will map out the pathway to healing and recovery incorporating the latest in neuroscience advances. The Focus for the night will be on recovering from Clergy Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse. If you want to learn more about how to get past your past, please join us for an interactive and enlightening evening. This event will take place at Ss. Robert and William Catholic parish in our newly renovated Parish Center (gym). Contact us at 216-731-1515 or for more information.

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Community Meal

Join parishioners and neighbors in the Upper Hall at 5:15 pm on the last Tuesday of each month for the community meal! We are happy to provide this free meal for you with an opportunity to socialize with people in the neighborhood! Our next Community Meal will be on February 25th in the Upper Hall. 

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Show Some Love to E. 200th Street

We love our Stroll Volunteers!

      It's time to think E. 200th Street Stroll and the days will fly by as we plan for May 30, 2020 - the Saturday after Memorial Day.  We will have our first breakfast meeting for interested "Super Strollers" on Friday, February 14th at 9 am  at Stroll Headquarters (my house) 20110 Wilmore Ave. Euclid.  We'd love to see E. 200th Street business people, community organization representatives, and any interested citizen volunteers join us to plan our 14th Stroll.  We're all volunteers who believe in our mission: “In celebrating our great City of Euclid and its residents, the E. 200 St. Stroll exists to promote E. 200th St. businesses and the community resources available to all.”  Do you have questions?  Please call Sherrie at 216-798-7089.

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