With the fall season upon us once again, it’s time to talk leaf pickup. I would like to go over some of the specifics, as well as let you know how to track what neighborhoods crews are in on any given day. Pickup will begin as leaves start falling in volume – this is typically mid to late October. Crews will continue picking up until approximately December depending on how quickly the trees shed the leaves. There will be advanced notice before crews start the final collection through the City. That information will be posted on the City of Euclid website (www.cityofeuclid.com). Leaf pickup will not be tied to your trash pickup day as in the past. The crews will start in the Southwest corner of the City working across to the Northeast corner. The City website will have the most up to date information on the location of the crews.
I am Panther Proud! Congratulations to the Euclid High School Football team for their success this season so far. It has been a long time since Euclid has beat Mentor! Congrats to Coach Rotsky and the entire team on their hard work and great start to the season.
Children & Families
Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. Parents should walk with their children, do not drive in a vehicle following slowly, as this is unsafe for others crossing streets. If children are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups. Trick-or-treat hours in the City of Euclid are from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and children should visit homes with porch lights turned on. If you are handing out treats, turn on your porch light, clear away anything in the yard that children can trip over, and restrain your pets.
On Saturday, November 5th, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. at Briairdale Greens stop by and meet Ray Boom Boom Mancici as his pours his signature Southpaw "knockout" Red Blend. This "Knockout" of a wine from California has a rich and satisfying blend of Barbera, Charbono, and Petite Syrah and. It features stainless steel fermentation and is barrel aged in second vintage American and French oak. The wine is described as dark with rich berry, cherry, and plum flavors, with a soft satin finish. Stop by and say hi to this hometown hero.
The Friends of the Euclid Library invited the public and Phillip Morris, Plain Dealer columnist, to their Annual meeting on September 22nd. Readers know him as a resident whose twice weekly stories are often rooted in Euclid.
It is really hard to find fault with the Euclid School’s 2009 campaign in favor of Issue 105 which led to the construction of four new elementary schools. What Euclid residents got was four new elementary schools, a $60 million dollar value at a cost of $35.2 million dollars. Euclid desperately needed to replace its elementary school buildings two of which were built in 1919 and 1925 respectfully. The costs to maintain such old buildings were unsustainable.
In addition to the cost savings of having brand new buildings, the Euclid Schools achieved consolidation and operation efficiencies. By moving our elementary school education from 7 buildings to 4 buildings, the Euclid Schools save $900,000 each year. The reason why the Euclid School system is not on the ballot this year seeking more operating dollars is the revenue saved by Issue 105.
Being upset with anything involving the 2009 bond issue is like attending Game Seven of the World Series, watching the Cleveland Indians win it all … and being upset that you did not catch a foul ball.
This November residents will be asked to vote on Issue 111- a 7.9 mil bond levy to rebuild Euclid High school and an early learning center. I am against this levy for the following reasons
Issue 111- From One School Board Member’s Perspective
Once again, Euclid City Schools are coming to the declining tax base for more money. Since 2009 they have come to the tax payers 3 times; that's every 2.33 years. In 2009 a 28 yr. bond levy for building 4 new elementary schools, in 2011 an operating levy for approx. 8 years and now a whopping 7.9 mil strapping the "tapped out" tax base for another 37 years! Enough already! The Euclid schools receive approximately 70% of our tax money which equates to approx. 42 million per year and the city receives approx. 26 million per year. If the city gets 40% support and the schools 60% than how is a school system going to succeed in a weak city? I have never heard of such a thing. Our property values have declined 34% since 2009, our rental population is a mind-blowing 60% which makes transiency high, and the state report cards show Euclid from 2009 with 5 indicators of 30 met to 2016 with .9 of 30 indicators met and approximately 67% graduation rate. The bottom line is new buildings do not increase student performance as we see with the declining state grades. A recent plea from the Senior Program asked for money to help feed the senior population through the end of the year, but building schools with no measurable outcomes or guarantee of return on a 37 year investment is more important than feeding our seniors??? Not to me. Our city must stabilize neighborhoods, the BOE must work collaboratively with the city, and the BOE must do more to develop strong community relations and respect before I will vote for another school levy. The idea is great, but not now. The "tapped out" taxpayers in this city, simply cannot afford another dime! Just Say No to issue 111 in November!
Euclid Brewing Company will hold a series of short lectures in the brewery’s tap room on Thursdays in October. The Tap Talks will feature guest speakers who will discuss topics in the areas of poetry, policy, history and science. All talks will begin at 7 p.m.
It took a major team effort and some special surprises from the Cleveland Police Department to make the birthday party of seven-year-old Joey extra special on September 11 at David Simpson Hospice House.
It is election season once again, and that means that our residents will be heading to the polls to exercise their rights given to them by our forefathers in the name of democracy. This election has been heralded by many as being one of the most important in recent history on a national level, and because of that, it is predicted that Americans will be voting in record numbers.
What an amazing start to our new season on Monday, September 12, 2016. We had record breaking attendance − 44 members, plus 4 guests (two joined EAA) − to see our member’s demonstration by Dottie Geisert. We thank Dottie for her presentation, “The Portrait, how I see it. The approach, techniques & media.” In college, Dottie majored in Portraiture and you can tell that this is still one of her most favorite subjects to talk about.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15, at its Eastern Campus, located at 4250 Richmond Road in Highland Hills.
Most people find jobs, some find careers, and very few are fortunate enough to find their passion.
Junior High religion teacher, Patrice Garuckas, from Ss. Robert and William Catholic School was selected from a large pool of applicants from across the country to participate in an intensive week of study in Washington, D.C. this past July. The program called the Eileen Ludwig Greenland National Bearing Witness Institute was started in 1995. The purpose of the program is to train teachers about the impact of the Holocaust, the history and resurgence of Anti-Semitism, the relationship between the Jews and the Catholics, and ways to combat prejudice and bigotry in the modern world. This nationally renowned program is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Catholic Educational Association, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Georgetown University. Forty Catholic school educators were chosen for this program based upon their applications, essays, and recommendations. Their week-long endeavor included studies and trips to the United States Holocaust Museum, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington Hebrew Congregation, the Israeli Embassy, the Romanian Embassy, and Georgetown University.
Mary Mavec Opportunity School is inviting friends, neighbors and art enthusiasts to a special Art Show & Auction on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Doors will open at 6:30 PM with program beginning at 7:00. The evening will be a showcase for the artistic creations of the school’s adult students and will take place at the school at 21701 Lake Shore Boulevard in downtown Euclid.
Euclid resident Larry Day was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2013. “My PSA tests were normal. I thought I just had an enlarged prostate,” he says.
Inspired by the popular reality competition TV show, the Euclid Chamber of Commerce brought its own version of The Amazing Race to the city last month as a way to engage residents and the business community in an event together.
William Sopko and Sons Co., located at 26500 Lakeland Blvd., Euclid, Ohio, was started in 1952 in the basement of current owner Bill Sopko Sr.’s parents’ home on East 267th Street. His dad, also Bill, worked in the Maintenance Department at Tapco (now TRW) after returning home from serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Prior to the war, he worked at Ohio Ball Bearing Company (now Applied Technologies) in the Spindle Repair Department.
In 1948, the third Thursday of October was designated International Credit Union Day to honor those who have dedicated their lives to the credit union movement, recognize the accomplishments ofthose working in the industry and show Members our appreciation. To learn more about the international event, visit http://www.woccu.org/events/icuday.
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Our Lady of the Lake parish continues a 20-year theater tradition with their upcoming performance of James and the Giant Peach -- and this year the show will be bigger than ever on the stage of Shore Cultural Centre. Save the date for November 18-20, and get your tickets early. Program ads and sponsorships are also available now. For all this, and more information, contact Rita Testa: Rita@OLLEuclid.org, (216) 486-0850.
Silhouette Productions 2016 Musical at the Shore Cultural Centre is "The Music Man"
Now that it’s officially Fall and school is back in session, don’t forget that the regular Tuesday Mass for Our Lady of the Lake will be celebrated at Villa Angela St Joseph High School. Parishioners and visitors are encouraged to join us Tuesdays at 9:00am in the Founders’ Chapel. Parking is available next to the school.
Everyone knows there’s love in every Slovenian, romantic love, family love, love of nature, and love of country and heritage. The Glasbena Matica Slovenian Singing Society invites you to a vocal love fest, Sunday, October 16, 2016, at the Slovenian Society Home, 20713 Recher Avenue, in Euclid, Ohio. You’ll enjoy favorite Slovenian melodies and art songs and familiar American tunes from stage and screen, each about the way we love.
Bill Azman’s customers know his Slovenian sausages are out of this world. After all, they’re the only Slovenian sausages to have traveled into space. Folks attending the 13th Slovenian Sausage Festival in Kirtland, Ohio, agreed and Azman Quality Meats took titles as the People’s Choice and the Best of Fest judges’ award for top klobasa. More than 1,200 visitors attended the music event hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland. They sampled the products of several vendors, as did a festival jury. Raddell’s Sausage Shop of Cleveland was voted runner-up for both categories.
Our Lady of the Lake parish in launching a new grandparents ministry – and what better way to kick it off than with a party! Three generations came together for a movie, treats and fun, with more than 40 people gathering in the church hall. It was a fitting way to celebrate the many ways in which grandparents are a positive influence in the lives of children and families, and we look forward to more fun activities as the group grows.
On September 12, Our Lady of the Lake celebrated their Parish Feast Day with what has become a cherished tradition: they began with a picnic gathering and prayer at the lake, then processed to the church and ended with ice cream. It was a beautiful day, and approximately 150 parishioners, students and families joined in the event. But this year, they added something special – in keeping with the parish name, they held an event to raise awareness about access to water around the world. Many children and parents carried buckets of water from the lake to the church – in sympathy with the millions of people who must walk miles each day to get fresh water. Then they made donations to help fund water resources in parts of the world where water is scarce. Together, parishioners raised $2,477, enough to fund handwashing stations and family wash kits, pump mechanic training to help keep a well going, tools to dig a well, a community latrine, and a community washing station.
On Thursday September 15, there was a 1960’s reunion at Our Lady of the Lake School. After mass the group of former students took a tour of the school to see what has changed. They were amazed to see the gym and the computer room. They were also surprised that there were only about 20 students in a class because when they went there were 50-60 students in a class. Some were excited to share stories about going home for lunch and not having uniforms.
More than 100 guests joined the Friends of the Library on Thursday, September 22 at their annual meeting with The Plain Dealer Metro columnist, Phillip Morris, where the theme for the night was, “Newspapers: Past, Present, and Future.” Thank you to everyone who attended the Friends Annual Meeting.
Meet Financial Trainer, Mentor, Business Owner, and Investor Curtis Banks on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 PM in the Shore Room. Mr. Banks has owned several successful businesses over the past 25 years and has a 35-year career at a Fortune 500 Company, where he has held many Information Technology leadership positions with teams of 500 plus employees along with over $800M budget responsibility. Curtis has achieved amazing results by applying biblical principles with three little-known secrets of money management. He is now sharing his story so that others may live their dreams. Call (216) 261-5300 to register.
Prepare for the upcoming travel season and apply for your U.S. Passport beginning Tuesday, November 1 at the Euclid Public Library. U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports Monday – Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, Friday from 10 AM – 4 PM, Saturday from 9 AM – 4 PM, and Sunday from 1 PM – 4 PM (October – May only) at the Library.
Join the Friends of the Library on Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30 for their bi-annual fall book sale. Here’s your chance to shop directly from the library’s collection while supporting the Friends! On Friday, October 28, members of the Friends of the Library will be the first to purchase from our large selection of books, movies and more! Not a Friend? You may want to join the Friends this evening. Saturday is open to the public beginning at 9 AM, filled with loads of bargains for everyone. Lastly, on Sunday, October 30 customers can buy a special bag for $3 and fill it full. No outside bags are permitted. For more information, please visit www.euclidlibrary.org or call (216) 261-5300.
This October, the Euclid Public Library will launch the meeScan self-checkout tool at the library. meeScan is a cloud-based, self-checkout system that allows you to use your smartphones, tablets, or a library provided iPad to check out materials anywhere in the library. The system uses the built-in camera of your smartphone or tablet to scan the item barcode, allowing for faster service. meeScan is user-friendly, simple to setup, and helps eliminate long wait times! Visit EPL on Monday, October 17 to try out meeScan!
The Shore Cultural Center was alight on Friday, September 27, when they hosted the Fall Crawl and Casino Night along with the Euclid Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and Euclid Hunger Center. All three non-profit organizations were beneficiaries of this event which included food prepared by the Culinary Institute and casino gaming by Jackpot Games.
The City of Euclid has recently completed a green infrastructure project resulting in both environmental and practical improvements to the Downtown Municipal Parking Lot. The project included the installation of trees and pervious concrete as well as a drive-through post office drop box.
When the autumn leaves start to turn, it’s time to take a turn on the dance floor at the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame Harvest Polka Party, Friday, October 28th , at the Croatian Lodge Party Center, in Eastlake, Ohio. It’s an elegant evening of the finest Cleveland-Style polkas and waltzes with two Hall of Fame legends, Eddie Rodick and his high-powered polka band, and the classic stylings of George Staiduhar and his orchestra, plus up-and-coming Joshua Kay on the accordion.
Silhouette Productions "The Music Man" arrives with a flourish at Shore Cultural Centre this month. This family friendly musical is about a fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. This description is from Musical Theatre International, from whom special permission is granted to produce the show.
Lance King, who will be playing Olin Brit in the production, is looking forward to how this talented cast will present this very iconic show. He stated, “Audiences can look forward to an enjoyable show filled with music and laughter provided by the characters that live up to the creed "Iowa Stubborn". Harold Hill (Steven Schuerger) leads the audience and the River City townspeople down the path of gullibility straight to joy and of course love!" He goes on to say, "Silhouette Productions is a fantastic group that works tirelessly to provide quality performances that will entertain and delight."
"The Music Man", with book and lyrics by Meredith Wilson, is based on a story by Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey. The show is directed by Douglas F. Bailey II, Music Director Matthew Steven Grittner, and Choreography by Tara Mirabile.
Evening Performances are Oct. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7:30 PM and Sunday Matinees: Oct. 16 and 23 at 2:00 PM.
For Tickets, call Silhouette Productions at 216-219-3630 or visit the Shore Cultural Centre office or purchase online at www.shoreculturalcentre.com/Events/TheMusicMan. Seating is general admission. Tickets in advance are $14.00 (over 60/under 17 - $12.00). Tickets at the door are $16.00 (over 60/under 17 - $14.00). Shore Cultural Centre is located at 291 E. 222nd Street, Euclid, OH and office is 216-289-8578. A special daytime show is available for schools, if interested please call 216-289-8578 for information.