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Bronze Medallion Unveiled at the Joseph Farrell Memorial Fishing Pier

A locally crafted bronze medallion featuring a sailboat and compass rose was unveiled on the Joseph Farrell Memorial Fishing Pier in November 2016. Pictured from left to right is former Mayor Bill Cervenik, Joseph’s wife Ginny Farrell, State Representative Kent Smith, Mayor Holzheimer Gail and Senator Kenny Yuko.

On a crisp autumn afternoon in early November, Mayor Holzheimer Gail welcomed a crowd of two dozen elected officials, community stakeholders, artists, engineers and family members of the late former City Council President Joseph Farrell to his namesake pier in Sims Park.

The event unveiled a four-foot diameter bronze medallion which was sculpted by Cleveland-based artist Ron Dewey and cast by Euclid artists Lisa and Mark Olitsky, owners of Studio Foundry. The medallion’s design, by the City of Euclid’s Community Projects Manager Allison Lukacsy-Love, was inspired by SmithGroupJJR’s waterfront banners and compass roses often seen on nautical structures.  The medallion sits on the northern end of the pier.

Among those gathered was State Representative Kent Smith and Senator Kenny Yuko, former City of Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik, Councilwoman Charlene Mancuso and Councilman Daryl Langman as well as representatives from the City’s staff and police department. Ginny Farrell, wife of Joseph, and daughter Katie and her three children were recognized along with their extended family in memory of Joseph.

“It is so special to have the Farrell family with us this afternoon to unveil this unique piece of public art,” remarked Mayor Holzheimer Gail. “Joseph’s dedication to public service and commitment to education touched the lives of thousands of people in and around our community. His life’s work continues to burn bright in the memories of those who were fortunate to know him.”

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Euclid H.S. SAVE Environmental club plants trees in Green Creek Outdoor Learning Laboratory

Students from Euclid High School’s SAVE Environmental Club partnered with volunteers to plant trees in Euclid’s new outdoor learning laboratory in Green Creek Valley.

On a chilly and wet day during the first week of November, a hearty and enthusiastic group from Euclid High School’s SAVE Environmental Club forged their way into the Green Creek Valley.

The valley threads its way between Upper Valley Drive and Green Road along Euclid’s southwest border. The students’ mission was to plant twenty trees to seed the new outdoor learning laboratory as a place where students can conduct experiments and observe the natural world. The tree plots will help demonstrate the impact of the deer population on forest regeneration.

The outdoor experiment was funded by a grant from RBC Funding Corporation as part of the commercial bank’s commitment to environmental issues in the Great Lakes region. Other partners included the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, Friends of Euclid Creek and the Alliance for the Great Lakes who developed the grant application in partnership with Euclid Public Schools.

Claire Posius of the Cuyahoga Soil and Water District was the technical advisor for the project. She selected the tree species and advised on the setup of the deer enclosure plots. The students planted one fence protected tree plot, one fenced control area and one unprotected set of planted trees. Through this experiment of creating three different enclosure types, students will observe the effect of deer browsing and analyze the results.

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Letter to the Community

Dear Euclid Residents,

On November 8, 2016 Euclid voters passed Issue 111. The Euclid Board of Education would like to thank the voters of Euclid for your support of Euclid City Schools.  Your support allows us to Finish the Job we started when we built our four new elementary schools.  We will now be able to provide all students in Euclid schools with the 21st Century learning environments they need to succeed.

There is much work to be done to move our Finish the Job initiative forward toward ultimately rebuilding Euclid High School, building a new Middle School, building a new Early Learning Village, as well as making improvements to Sparky DiBiasio Stadium, Memorial Park and creating a new Metro Park at the Central Middle School site. We will be keeping the community informed as to the project’s progress.  Our progress can be monitored by following an informative Finish the Job Blog.  The blog can be found at www.euclidschools.org under the Our Euclid tab.  The Euclid Board of Education meetings will soon be broadcasted on the City of Euclid cable channel.  Project updates as well as opportunities for community participation in the project will be communicated at Euclid Board of Education Meeting.  If at any time you have a question about the project or have any concerns related to Euclid City Schools please feel free to contact a Board Member.  Our Superintendent Dr. Smialek can also be contacted at any time with any question you might have.  All contact information for the board and administration can be found on www.euclidschools.org under the Our Euclid tab- Board of Education or Administration.

Thank you once again to Euclid Voters for allowing our Finish the Job Initiative to become a reality.

Donna Sudar, Tisha Thomas, Kathy DeAngelis,  Angela Lisy,  Steve Johnson Jr. 

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Message from the Mayor

Happy Holidays to you and your families!  I look forward to the upcoming holidays with excitement and anticipation.  I enjoy the holiday decorations that line our streets and shopping centers.  I look forward to holiday gatherings and parties to celebrate the relationships we have made through the year.  I look forward to spending time with friends, family, and neighbors.  I am grateful for the many blessings we have in our community.   

As you prepare for the holidays, please remember your local stores, restaurants and entertainment establishments.  We all want thriving neighborhood commercial districts – but they will only thrive with our support.  By keeping your dollars local, you are helping to improve our local economy while supporting small, resident-owned and operated businesses.  Please shop local whenever you can!

I am grateful for the community organizations and the many people who work every day to help those in need and help strengthen our community.  During this season of giving, if you are able to make a charitable contribution please give locally.  Our local organizations and community groups truly make a difference everyday right here in our community and they depend on the generosity of time and resources from all of us.     

On behalf of the City of Euclid, I wish you much joy and many blessings this holiday season!  Thank you for your continued support and commitment to our community.  I look forward to a new year filled with peace, happiness, and continued prosperity for the City of Euclid.

Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail

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Master Plan Update: Presentation of Community Survey Results

The Master Plan community survey report as well as the executive summary are available online at the 2016 Master Plan website at euclidmasterplan.wordpress.com/resources/.

Earlier this year the City of Euclid was awarded a Master Plan to be prepared by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission. A Master Plan inventories current conditions, outlines a community’s vision for the future and then describes concrete, specific action steps community leaders can undertake to accomplish that growth and development.

The first public meetings of the Euclid Master Plan were great successes. Residents and other community stakeholders from across the City attended a presentation and visioning workshop at Arbor Elementary School on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 and the community survey results were revealed during Councilman and Master Plan Steering Committee Member Kristian Jarosz’s (Ward 4) City Planning Council Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Surveys were distributed in August 2016 to 1400 randomized Euclid households. Questions were both multiple choice and open ended and inquired about city amenities and services, community engagement, economic development and more.

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Actress Monica Potter’s heart belongs to Collinwood and manufacturing

From 1993-2005, I worked for a construction trade newspaper with Monica Potter’s Aunt Sue. I heard office tales about her stunning niece who was doing catalog modeling and commercials and even got to meet her once at some company event or other. I also crossed paths with Monica’s Uncle Bill of Brokaw Inc., an advertising agency, since I had begun my career in advertising.

Fast forward to October 2016 when I heard about Monica’s newest TV venture, “Welcome Back Potter,” a reality TV show on HGTV in which Monica, her mother and her sister work to renovate their family home in the North Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland, which is right around the corner from my office at HGR Industrial Surplus. I decided to send her a message on Facebook to see about an interview. I figured, “What do I have to lose?” A few days later I got a response basically saying, “Yes.” I messaged her the questions. I got a message back with a phone number. After some phone tag and texts, we chatted for almost an hour. Who knew that she cares so much about manufacturing and a skilled workforce, and is actually doing something about it?

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Ask an Officer

Question: What are some holiday crime prevention tips to help us have a joyous season? 

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EPL Foundation Annual Campaign Aims to Protect & Expand Library Offerings

This past September, the Euclid Public Library Foundation Board of Trustees launched its annual fundraising campaign to garner continued support for the library’s programs and services.  With this effort, we aim to raise $80,000 to help replace local and state funding and to provide funding for future projects.

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Give to HELP (2x!)

Celebrating Louie's 71st Birthday with his friends at HELP Foundation.

HELP Foundation, Inc. kicked off this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign with an exciting announcement: The first $5,000 of year-end donations to HELP will be matched by generous donors John and Julie Ann Sweet Buntin! This announcement motivated friends of HELP to make their year-end donations early and generously leading to HELP’s most successful #GivingTuesday initiative to date. We are extremely grateful for the many donors, old and new, who have contributed to HELP so far this year.

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Hunger Doesn't Take A Holiday

Grace Wright, EHC Manager

As we celebrate this holiday season, we wish to thank those of you who have assisted our neighbors throughout the year.  The need is very real in our community.

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A Warm Welcome

It was an honor for principals Ms. Meg Cosgriff and Mrs. Martha Dodd to welcome Mr. Chris Knight to Ss. Robert and William School in November. Mr. Knight is the new Superintendent of the Office of the Secretary for Catechetical Formation and Education in the Diocese of Cleveland. SRW was the host site for a dinner meeting for all the Catholic elementary principals that serve in the eastern region.  It was invigorating to have the opportunity to meet with Mr. Knight to share our vision for Catholic education and to brainstorm for the future.  

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Innovative SRW Students

In response to our mission and commitment to academic excellence, Ss. Robert & William Catholic School provided Chromebooks to every student in grades 4-8. This 1:1 initiative, together with the utilization of the Google Classroom, provides students with an authentic 21st century learning experience.

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SRW Parish to Celebrate Its Seventh Anniversary

Please join us on Sunday, January 8th at 12:30 pm in the church for our Epiphany Anniversary Concert.  The Music Ministry of our parish will showcase seasonal music selections in celebration of Ss. Robert & William's seven-year anniversary.

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HealthSpan Members Can Choose a New Plan

Laura Mutsko

Owner, Mutsko Insurance Services

I received a notice from my Medicare Advantage Plan (HealthSpan) informing me that my plan is being discontinued and that they are automatically enrolling me in a new Medical Mutual Advantage Plan for 2017. I'm looking at the costs. Do I have to go along with this change or do I have other options?

You do not have to accept this automatic change. 

HealthSpan policyholders have the right to return to Original Medicare or shop for an Advantage plan that suits their budget and includes their preferred doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.

HealthSpan policyholders who take no action will automatically be enrolled in a Medical Mutual Medicare Advantage HMO plan effective January 1, 2017, and will have to start using the doctors and other providers in this new plan’s network. All policyholders should have received information on their new premiums, co-pays and other costs for the new plan.

If you wish to decline this coverage you have two options:

You can shop and compare other Advantage plans right now, during Medicare’s Open Enrollment period and sign up before December 7, 2016. Coverage for a plan you enroll in during open enrollment will take effect on January 1, 2017 so you will not have any coverage gaps.

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Naturally Grateful

Friends of Euclid Creek partnered with the Metroparks in transplanting young trees to Acacia Reservation.

NATURALLY GRATEFUL

The Thanksgiving table is just not grand enough to voice all blessings. But for many, just that one day of Thanksgiving sets in motion an attitude where gratitude more effortlessly comes to mind.

The Creator’s magnificent work, coupled with vision of community leaders, led to the founding of the Cleveland Metroparks a century ago. In a blog post, an avid biker, Ryan Stargell, praised the Euclid Creek and the Park that shares its name: “to wander, get lost in, take the bike trails, check out the scenery, enjoy the waterfalls. It's a Metropark, so it is beautifully maintained. You simply go and enjoy your oneness with nature.”

Euclid Creek is a neighbor to Euclid and North Collinwood. Creek water courses downhill through 34 miles of streams and 11 communities before flowing into Lake Erie at Wildwood Park. So there is reason to be curious about what’s happening upstream.

Jennifer Grieser of the Metroparks Urban Watersheds led a hike in November through the new Acacia Reservation. For nearly a century, these 155 acres were an exclusive country club of manicured fairways. In late 2012, Cleveland Metroparks acquired this open space within the shopping plazas through a generous donation from the Conservation Fund. This nonprofit restoration group envisioned the urban Acacia as a preserve of forests and scattered meadows dotted with open water areas allowing folks to connect with nature.

Regular watering kept the golf course green. The idea was to water early and drain quickly so golfers could play. To accomplish this, course managers constructed a system of drain tiles and spillways. Water, laden with harmful nutrients, flushed into Euclid Creek. Even worse during storms, runoff raced from acres of paved surfaces of the nearby shopping centers carrying contaminants and debris into an overwhelmed waterway.

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There's Room at the Inn!

There's room for everyone at the Church of the Epiphany Christmas Eve celebration! Along with traditional Christmas carols and Communion, we offer a pick-up pageant for children of all ages. Choose a costume and become part of the Christmas story!

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Brewery To Host Euclid’s First Pop Up Shop

A number of local artisans will be selling stocking stuffers and other small gifts at a Pop Up Holiday Shop hosted by Euclid Brewing Company on Saturday, December 17, from 2 to 5 p.m.

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"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" Returns to Shore

Director Darryl Lewis works with "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" cast in rehersals. Performances will be at Shore Cultural Centre the weekend of December 9-11. 

If you think the Euclid Holiday Celebration and Euclid Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas concert completed the Holiday lineup at the Shore Cultural Centre, then look again. This month Shore is bringing back for the second year, the classic Christmas comedy "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” written by Barbara Robinson and directed by Darryl Lewis       

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Bob’s Corner

He had just lost the love of his life, and he came to the Center because he didn’t want to be alone. His feelings and emotions were raw. They went from relief that the suffering was over, to anger and a horrible feeling of emptiness. Twenty-six years together is a long time.

During that time, they had shared everything in life. Good times, and bad. Happy and sad. It has been said that everyone needs a witness to their life and his had died, just this morning.

We talked about the belief that birth and death are opposites, but there is no opposite to life. We talked about life going on, but in a different form that we cannot see. We spoke about the gift that life together had been, and how it is better that the suffering is now over.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:18 PM, 09.09.2016

Halloween Imagine Bella Style

Trick or treat! Volunteers pass out candy to students.

Imagine Bella was a busy place this fall. The school held a fall festival where students wore their costumes, played games, entered the carved pumpkin raffle, ate pizza, and dared to enter the Haunted House! Students prepared for student led conferences which you can read more about in another article in this issue. On the 31st, the annual Imagine Bella Costume parade was held in the afternoon. Thank you to all the families that made this event possible by donating candy or volunteering during the parade. Students, staff, parents, and other volunteers wore their costumes and helped pass out candy in one of our most popular school traditions. We can't wait until next October! 

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Volunteers Wanted

We are seeking outgoing, energetic individuals who love to interact with people. If you have an interest in local history, architecture, and helping people enjoy life's special moments, then the Henn Mansion might be a good fit for you. To request a Volunteer Application, please call 216-731-5060.

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Stuff the Turkey

Mr. Turkey stopped by one morning to remind everyone to keep on donating!

The staff and students of Imagine Bella participated in their annual non-perishable food drive. Classroom created graphs for their door to track progress in collecting items and there was a large graph on display in the main hallway for families to see as they entered the building. The school exceeded the cans collected last year. Also, they passed the goal of 300 non-perishable items with collecting over 500 items! The graph in the main entrance needed a whole new page added on to chart all the items collected. Way to go Imagine Bella Dragons!

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Student Led Conferences

Students preparing for student led conferences.

Imagine Bella students prepared for student led conferences about their first quarter report cards. Students had the opportunity to share a portfolio of work samples that demonstrated their strengths and areas for improvement. Students reflected on each piece and explained why it was selected. Additionally, students shared with their parents their academic and behavior goals for next quarter. 

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2016 Turkey Bowl

Ms. Tracey prepares for the Thanksgiving competition.

Imagine Bella's own Ms. Tracey competed in the 2016 Turkey Bowl. The 18th annual turkey bowl was held at the South Euclid Giant Eagle. She wore her Imagine Bella gear to represent our school. Way to go Ms. Tracey!

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Thank You Euclid Holiday Celebration Sponsors!

The Shore Cultural Centre along with the City of Euclid extends a grateful thank you to each and every one of the Sponsors for the 2016 Euclid Holiday Celebration. They were instrumental in making this event another success for thousands of Euclid residents.

“We really could not have produced this event without the loyal support of area businesses and donors,” said Laura Kidder, Executive Director of the Shore Cultural Centre.  

Sponsors help defray the cost of the many activities during the Holiday Celebration such as wagon rides and ice sculpting, as well as other items that make the event festive. They receive credit during the event through signage and leading up to the event through various media, including social.

If you or your business would be interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2017 Holiday Celebration and the Wind Festival coming up next summer, contact Laura Kidder of the Shore Cultural Centre at 216-289-8578.

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Things to remember as winter approaches

As autumn winds down and the last of the leaves hit the ground there are a few things to remember. City leaf crews will continue to collect leaves that are raked onto the tree lawn into December. Please continue to check the City of Euclid website for the latest information on where crews are working daily. Early in December a start date for the final collection of leaves for 2016 will be posted. On that date crews will begin the last pickup across the City. We do ask you continue to keep leaves placed on the tree lawns only and not in the street.

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Annual Cookie Baking Contest

Guests waiting outside the room to sample this year's cookies.

The Friends of the Euclid Public Library would like to thank the more than two dozen participants who joined us on Saturday, November 12 for the 2016 Annual Cookie Baking Contest at EPL! The contest's first place winners of the four various cookie flavor categories received a $50 prize and second place winners won the $25 prize. All recipes are available online at www.euclidlibrary.org.

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EPL Now Offers Foundation Directory Online

EPL is proud to partner with the Foundation Center to bring you Foundation Directory Online. This is the most comprehensive resource available for online funding research. The database includes over 100,000 private, community, operating and company-sponsored foundations in the US. Detailed grant information including recipients, descriptions, and types of support can help you determine which funders are most likely to support the work of your non-profit or organization. Along with related databases, Foundation Maps and Grants to Individuals, these resources are invaluable to those in need of funding. The databases are accessible only from inside our building so plan your visit today.

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James and the Giant Peach Was a Hit!

In November, Our Lady of the Lake parish did a production of James and the Giant Peach Jr.  The play was performed by children from grades 1st through 8th.  This year the play was held at Shore Cultural Center to give the actors and actresses a chance to perform on a real stage. The students enjoyed performing there and thanked Mrs. Testa, our Youth Minister, for the idea and for all her work on the play.  James and the Giant Peach is a loveable story, and the play was full of love and teamwork throughout the cast and crew.  The cast became close and worked very hard on the play. On the last night, the 8th graders were given trophies and recognition, as it was their last play.  James and the Giant Peach was a huge hit!

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A Message from Fr. Joe

As we get near the end of the year, with Thanksgiving just behind us and the Christmas season ahead, it seems important to appreciate all the good things that have happened in our parish and community – and to take a moment to say thank you for all the gifts we’ve received and shared.

OLL parishioners have been busy this year – walking the parish, feeding the hungry, providing supplies for families with young children, hosting blood drives and community groups and so much more. They have helped educate hundreds of children, and supported hundreds more families. They have been a rock right here in our community, but also raised funds and raised awareness for people in need as far away as Africa. These same parishioners have given generously to support Catholic Charities, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, local charities and our own parish – and through those contributions have provided countless services, programs and offerings to seniors, those with disabilities and all the many people in our world who may be facing a challenge and need a helping hand.

More recently, we have launched a new Grameen-inspired micro-lending initiative, that will offer more than a handout, but instead a hand up. We are excited about this new opportunity to offer help and to be a resource in our community. And we know all of these things are only possible thanks to the tremendous generosity, talents and gifts of all the families and friends who call Our Lady of the Lake their school and parish home. Among our students and the adults who parent and mentor them, we see so many signs of hope.

As we move into this glorious season, we are thankful for you all and hopeful for the year to come. 

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Cannavino Trees Offers Holiday Tradition for Over 55 Years

Mark Cannavino stands with one of the many Christmas trees available at Cannavino Trees.

For generations, the ice cream cones and banana splits at Martin's Freeze on Euclid Avenue have given way to the evergreens of Cannavino Trees during the Holiday season.

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