Spring is here! Spring clean-ups have started, I hope you had a chance to join us for the 3rd Annual “Big Clean” that took place April 6th. If you did, thank you! If you were not able, there is always more to do! I challenge each of you to do your part to help clean up/ beautify our City – whether it is your yard, your business or our public spaces. Keep Euclid Beautiful continues to grow and add new ways for residents to get involved in beautifying our city. Many hands make light work, so please do you part and we will all benefit! If you want to learn more, click on the Keep Euclid Beautiful tab on the city website or call Linda at 216-289-2786.
Euclid High’s Big Show has a reputation for excellence and Tyler Pearl’s directorial debut continued that tradition. Audiences were treated to a heartwarming production of Freaky Friday with an exhausting five shows presented over a four-day run. The high energy musical production offers a modern twist on the classic tale of a mother and daughter struggling to relate to one another. As their magical day unfolds, they learn to appreciate each other and those around them. Through the dedication of an exceptionally talented cast and crew, audiences are reminded what it’s like to be a teen reaching for independence, while also aching for the love and attention of their parents. Adults are taught that children don’t need perfection and that adolescence isn’t always as easy as we might remember it.
On Tuesday, March 26, at the Irish-American Club, the Euclid Chamber of Commerce honored eight outstanding Euclid businesses and individuals who have gone above and beyond what it means to do business in Euclid. Each year the Chamber receives dozens of deserving nominations, but this year’s candidates exemplify what it looks like when innovation meets passion.
Though most Ohioans consider themselves adept at protecting their personal information, a recent study found consumers may not be doing enough to keep identity thieves at bay.
The beginning of 2019 brought more workshops from the Home Repair Resource Center to the community. Following those offered in 2018, January and February provided classes on ceramic tile installation and faucet repair at the Lakefront Community Center in Euclid. Each class seems to draw in more registrants expressing the interest in learning about and completing their own home repairs in Euclid and neighboring cities. David Brock and Wesley Walker from the Cleveland Heights' based Home Repair Resource Center continue to showcase their knowledge and educate the participants on safe and successful home repairs. At the end of the workshop, residents continue to compliment the program and ask when the next class is. This partnership has proven to be a success in Euclid and we look forward to additional workshops this summer.
The Euclid Art Association, having served the community for over 60years, is offering the 2019 Margaret E. Hain Art Scholarship of $500 to a graduating senior attending Euclid High School. Competition deadline is Monday, April 8, 2019. Interested Euclid High School Seniors should contact their art teacher or Kathleen Gonakis, Financial Aid Coordinator, for an application which outlines eligibility and award details.
Tickets are nearly sold out for HELP Foundation’s inaugural Helping Lives Bloom Gala which will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
As I was giving thought to the topic of my April Observer article, the first thing that came to mind was to write an article on the result of the referendum and discuss where we go from here. The RITA issue has gotten a lot of attention over the past few months and by the time this article prints, a decision on the referendum will have been made.
The Rite of Election is a very special moment for those seeking to join the Catholic community. This is the day, during their journey of reflection, discernment and formation in the Catholic faith, that all the candidates preparing for baptism gather with those from other parishes to meet the Bishop in a special service called the "Rite of Election" at the cathedral. It was wonderful to share this moment with families joining Our Lady of the Lake parish, and a privilege to be welcoming them to our parish family.
Our Lady of the Lake School
Ninth Annual Neighborhood Walkathon
It's an annual tradition that Our Lady of the Lake school kids know very well! Come May, the students don Walkathon t-shirts, decorate and post signs and are seen happily taking a walk around the neighborhood to help the PTO raise funds for new items the school needs. This year, the PTO is raising money for new safety items.
Local development company Ray Fogg Building Methods has Euclid officials doing a double take this year with the construction TWO new buildings at Bluestone Business Park.
Many home owners and businesses have security alarm systems installed for security purposes. Sometimes alarms are deemed false for various reasons. Did you know that The City of Euclid has an alarm ordinance designed to address problems associated with false alarms that occur at Euclid properties. Property owners can be charged a fee if Euclid Police respond to several false alarms within a year’s time.
For forty years the Linda Mae has been an icon on the shoreline of Wildwood Park with her familiar green and yellow color scheme. Her home port next to the also familiar green and yellow pier at Gate 1 of the Nottingham Water Transfer Station will no longer be. Linda Mae’s new home port will be at Chagrin Marine and with her will be the Popeye and Express boats. The move was necessary as Cleveland Metroparks dissolved their interests in the fishing charter business with Captain Vitas Kijauskas and his fleet. This is only the beginning of Linda Mae’s long and arduous journey east.
Happy April All-
Have you ever asked yourself this question? WHY AM I HERE?
The Euclid Public Schools Alumni Association met on Saturday, March 23rd at the Euclid High School Little Theater to learn about the activities of the Association, its financial health and future plans for the organization. The EPSAA includes graduate from Euclid Central High School, Euclid Shore High School and Euclid (Senior) High School. Most decades were represented from the 1930s to the present, with May Carlgren Bana, Euclid Shore ’39, being the most "experienced" alumna in the audience.
Medicare’s rules are often confusing and mistakes can be costly. Make the wrong choice and you could end up with high premiums and unexpected out-of-pocket costs. Here are a few of the most common pitfalls for you to avoid.
The Shade Tree/Municipal Beautification Commission is responsible for promoting and initiating the planting of trees throughout the city and are honored to put forth an annual Arbor Day Celebration and tree planting. This year, two trees will be planted in honor of Euclid stewards and longtime friends, Dr. Roy Larick and Dave Lawrence. The celebration and planting of two burr oak trees will be held at the Lakefront Community Center, 1 Bliss Lane, on Friday, April 26th at 6 pm. Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer-Gail will present the honorees and their families with an official Arbor Day certificate.
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St. John of the Cross Parish Holy Week Schedule
St. John of the Cross will host a Fish Bake on Friday, April 19th (Good Friday) from 4:30-6:45pm. St. John of the Cross is located at 140 Richmond Rd. in Euclid. Pre-sale tickets are available for $10. online at www.sjceuclid.com by April 17. Tickets at the door will be $12. per person (children 10 and under: $6.) The meal includes baked batter-dipped alaskan pollock, baked atlantic cod, fries, mac-n-cheese, coleslaw, clam chowder, and beverage. Take out available for $12. per person.
St. John of the Cross hosted a Couple's Night Out in February. Post Cana Couple's Night was a great night for all! Almost 40 couples from Ss. Robert & William and & St. John of the Cross came together for a delicious meal, great talk by Fr. Dan Schlegel and then dancing. This new ministry will be offering great events to support the beauty of Catholic marriage. Watch our website for future events. www.sjceuclid.com
The Sondra Meden Scholarship was announced at the Ss. Robert & William All School Mass on Tuesday, March 12th. Congratulations to Zoe Pesek and William Knox for being voted for this honor by their classmates and teachers. The qualities which are the basis of this award are dependability, cooperation, leadership, clean speech and habits, and patriotism in their homes, school, and greater community. We are grateful to Mrs. Meden and her family for making this good citizenship recognition possible at Ss. Robert & William School.
Ss. Robert & William Catholic Church is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. As part of the anniversary celebration, they are featuring a "Disciples on Mission Speaker Series." The first of three speakers in this series is Dr. Ray Guarendi on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:30 pm.
On February 3rd, Ss. Robert and William Catholic Parish held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center. This multi-phased project is the result of the parish’s recent capital campaign, appropriately called "Honor Our Past - Fund Our Future." Representatives from the city of Euclid, Hiti DiFrancesco + Siebold Architects, Regency Construction, Ss. Robert and William Parish and School as well as Bishop Pilla, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Cleveland, participated in the ceremony and dug into the ground outside the current gymnasium on E. 260th Street.
Ss. Robert and William Catholic School
According to my mother, the first time I was on the ice I was four years old and I apparently skated like I had been doing it forever. After finishing the Learn to Skate Program in Euclid, I enthusiastically became a member of the Euclid Blade and Edge Club and competed locally and regionally from 8th grade through high school. Much of my teen years was at the ice rink either skating in the early mornings before school or coming to an afternoon or weekend public session. I even had my very first job as a skate guard and cashier at the C.E. Orr Arena.
My neighborhood has gotten a bum rap for years. I am proud to say that I grew up on St. Clair and attended Collinwood High school. The lessons and skills I learned living in that neighborhood has followed me throughout my life. It has strengthened me throughout my travels in the United States and worldwide. From swimming at the Y.M.C.A. or skating at the Shaw roller rink. Today I live in Slavic Village quite a change from 117th and St. Clair. Slavic Village use to get a bum rap as well however has manifested into something quite enchanting. On May 4th some friends and I are going to add to the enchantment in Slavic Village by putting on a comedy show at the Magalen 5203 Fleet Avenue Cleveland, Ohio. The doors will open at 7pm and show time is 8pm sharp. For tickets please Contact Yolanda 1-330-775-9027 or Shawn 216-254-5162. Like my old neighborhood is revitalizing itself with the Eastside Market and other projects in the works let’s bring some of that positive Glenville energy to Slavic Village. Thanking you all in advance.... YuShan Shakir..
Madge's Midnight Cake- Emily Holody
Do you ever catch a glimpse of your reflection in a mirror and wonder who that person is looking back at you? Do you still feel anger about some old situation? Your state of being can shift when you realize your patterns of thinking and behavior are not accidental. They are learned. As you mature and gain insight, it is up to you to continually evaluate how you think and act. Corrective steps are useful at any age. Here are some tips to help you take control of your thoughts and actions.
Join us on Sunday, April 14th for our monthly Health & Wellness talk from 3-5 p.m. We are located at 637 East 185th Street at Bari Beauty & Health Plus. This month's topic will be: High Blood Pressure.
The emails and letters have been sent and the visits have been made. Our third breakfast meeting will be at Our Lady of the Lake Rectory on Tuesday, May 7 at 9:15 am. We’re sponsoring a Euclid Chamber of Commerce Coffee Connections on Tuesday, April 9 at 8:30 am at the Green House on Lake Shore Blvd. and we’ll host a Volunteers’ Luncheon on Tuesday, May 21st at 1 pm at one of our E. 200th Street restaurants. We’ve invited Rob White and the White House Band, Lolly the Trolley, the Euclid Beach Rocket Ship and Thriller cars to join us. The E. 200th Street Stroll Committee now patiently waits for E. 200th Street Businesses and Euclid area Organizations to submit their registrations and plans for the fun they’ll share with us on Stroll Day. So, put Saturday, June 1 from 10 am to 2 pm on your calendar and check the E. 200th Street Stroll’s Facebook page for the latest in Stroll news and we’ll continue to work on the event that promotes the best of Euclid for the best in Euclid – YOU! Have questions about the Stroll? Call Sherrie at 216.798.7089 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I just had the WILLPOWER – I could?
Unfortunately, I expected better. The movie ends up having two roles. First, it is an origin story about Captain Marvel. As such, it follows the regular Marvel formula and does so satisfactorily but brings little new other than the hero is amnesiac. Second, the movie acts as an unnecessary prequel taking place in the 90's. As such, it answers random questions. Because of the weight of Infinity War and that we know all these characters will survive this film, it has no suspense. The jokes and plot are insufficient to carry the film alone. Plus the Disney de-aging technology used on Samuel Jackson (and others) is just creepy and is 94% successful which has a really weird rendering effect on the actor(s). Had this film come out in a different part of the sequencing of Marvel films, I would have been more kind. Sadly, I need to give it a "C".
They say that every dog has its day, and on March 19, it was Linus’s turn to shine. The gentle Golden Retriever therapy dog was honored for a very special milestone: 10 years of bringing comfort, compassion and smiles to patients and their families at David Simpson Hospice House.
Several of Linus’s fellow therapy dog buddies and their volunteer owners attended a party in his honor complete with a cake, dog toys and treats for everyone and a four-legged pooch parade through the hallways.
Each day, Linus, along with his owner, long-time Hospice of the Western Reserve nurse Keli Keyes, arrive faithfully for their shift at David Simpson Hospice House, bringing comfort and smiles to patients, families and visitors. Linus provides unconditional love at a time when it is most needed and has the uncanny gift of sensing when others are in need. Last year alone, more than 1,300 patients received care at David Simpson Hospice House, and they were visited by thousands of loved ones. Multiply that one year of service by 10, and you can see just how much love Linus and Keli have spread around.
What does Keli have to say about her beloved dog? “Linus will happily accept pets and hugs, and he especially loves to ask for belly rubs. Sometimes, his fur absorbs tears.”
St. John of the Cross Parish 10th Anniversary Calendar
Jonathan Holody, Euclid's Director of Planning and Development, will speak to members and guests of the Lakeland Civic Association at its meeting April 11. Mr Holody has been invited to talk about city projects underway and planned. As always, members are welcome to ask questions.
Once again, Ss. Robert and William Catholic Parish will be holding their annual Lenten Fish Fry. The fish fry is held on Friday April 5 and April 12 from 4:45pm until 6:45pm.
Kiddie City Childcare Community Receives $2,000 Grant from The Cuyahoga County Board of Health: Hosting FREE Yoga, Pilates & Dance Fitness Evenings
Kiddie City Childcare Community has recently been awarded grant funding in the amount of $2,000 from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. The center will participate in the year-long "Early Ages, Healthy Stages Health Champions Program" in collaboration with CCBH. This new and exciting progam is entitled "The Kiddie City Health Champions" and was developed by Jennifer Morrison Garza, Curriculum & Instruction Consultant at Kiddie City.