The Euclid Demolition Program continues to improve the community through the selective removal of vacant and abandoned properties. This spring, ten structures have been demolished using grant funds from the Cuyahoga County Demolition Fund.
After a rough winter and years of trips all over the city, the Euclid Senior Center was in need of a new van. The Community Development Supplemental Grant program through Cuyahoga County’s Department of Development provided the perfect opportunity to apply for a new transportation van for the Center. Early this year, the County awarded 21 municipalities and nonprofits with grant funding for programs in their communities.
Summer is finally here! School is out – congratulations to all the graduates and special congratulations to the Euclid High School Valedictorian Heather Bloeser and Salutatorian Jaime Geiger and to Villa Angela - St. Joseph High School Valedictorian Tim Raddell and Salutatorian Mary Furlan – all Euclid residents. For the 3rd year, my Directors, Chiefs, Council President Mancuso and community leaders met with Euclid High School political science students for their “My City, My Voice” project. The students presented their ideas to improve our city – what great energy, presentation skills, thoughtful ideas and understanding of civic responsibility.
East Shore United Methodist Church presents…
On Thursday, May 10, 2018, HGR had the honor of presenting the 2018 HGR Industrial Surplus S.T.E.M. Scholarship to Evan Ritchey, a Euclid High School senior.
Even before Duane Mierzejewski officially opened shop in mid-May 2018, he had a loyal following of cyclists and vintage bicycle enthusiasts. It has been many years since Euclid – a growing bike-friendly community - had a bike shop and repair place in Downtown. In anticipation of this opening, multiple residents stopped by to wish the new business owner well, and to thank him for adding vitality and another amenity to Euclid’s diverse businesses.
Euclid High School’s robotic team, The Untouchables, set out to improve on last year’s finish, and did they ever. On April 28, 2018, teams from all over Northeastern Ohio met to do battle at the AWT RoboBots Competition at Lakeland Community College.
Our May meeting featured local watercolor artist and teacher, Flo Smith. Watercolor became her second career after raising a family. She studied under artist, Barney Cole. Now, she teaches a weekly watercolor class at the Mayfield Village Civic Center to over 30 students! Several of her students are also members of Euclid Art. She presented a unique watercolor technique in the style of Nita Engle, an award winning artist, born in 1926 in Michigan (more about Nita later). This technique reminded us of a ‘watercolor version’ of poured acrylics...remember our September 2017 meeting, where Suzette Cohen demonstrated poured acrylics? The spontaneity of this approach produces a glowing sky and an overall wash as the backdrop for the painting.
For several years, employees from Forest City have generously donated many hours of their time and talent to complete a variety of volunteer projects at Hospice of the Western Reserve. The volunteer projects are part of the organization’s annual Community Day and provide a way to give back to the local community.
Mark your calendars for June 21st, as the Euclid Hunger Center hosts its 7th Annual Kick Off Summer fundraiser, from 6:00-9:00 pm, at the Pavilion at Briardale Greens Golf Course. This year’s event promises to be better than ever, with tickets including a delicious picnic style dinner, free drinks, great music and the chance to win a variety of fantastic raffle baskets. The event is the EHC’s main fundraising affair of the year, with all proceeds going directly to assisting the more than 1,400 Euclid residents served at the Center each month. With the Hunger Center actively striving to help even more families this year, and collaborating with other organizations to address the many outside influences that cause food insecurity, it is crucial that the necessary funds be raised to keep these programs running. So gather your family and friends, and join the Hunger Center for a fun evening of "Neighbors Helping Neighbors." For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact EHC at 216-731-3329 or firstname.lastname@example.org
At the Community and Neighborhood Engagement Committee Meeting on May 16, 2018, I continued talking about the “conversations” that I am intently working on developing. One of my colleagues asked if I was talking about conversations between residents and council/government or conversation between residents.
Don’t forget your lawn chair and bug spray when you head out to Euclid’s Outdoor Movie Nights select Fridays this summer! Join us at three different Euclid elementary schools out on the lawn for programming at 8pm and the feature movies that begin at approximately 9pm.
Do you want to plant your yard with native species?
Congratulations to Bagel Buddies on celebrating their 25th anniversary. Diane Schwarz has seen it all. There were partners. There were floods (just last week). But mostly there is an army of regulars dedicated to the excellent coffee and delicious treats that she has been serving.
Bagel buddies has excellent bagels. All your favorite styles and flavors. They also have some of the most delicious muffins you have ever tasted. And there is more! Breakfast sandwiches, wraps for lunch, really good food prepared quickly and with a smile.
Bagel buddies is located at 20070 Lake Shore Blvd., right across the street from Our Lady of the Lake church. They are open Monday through Friday from 6 AM to 1 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 7 AM till noon.
Stop in and say hi to Diane. Sit at the counter and have a steaming cup of coffee served by her friendly staff. Gossip with all the interesting neighbors. Relax and enjoy one of the true gems of our city.
We are honored to be a host for this year's Cleveland Foundation Common Ground community discussion on Sunday June 24th. Common Ground creates a network of community conversations where residents can meet, share a meal, connect and discuss. This neighborhood wide event will bring residents together for a day of community conversation around tables across the region.
Summer is a great time for family vacations, reunions and weekend getaways. You may have concerns if your travel group includes a parent, an older companion or someone with physical limitations. But, don’t let that stop you. With a little bit of extra planning, you can pull off a vacation everyone will enjoy.
EUCLID, Ohio-- Thomas A. Edison once said, "The value of an idea lies in the using of it," and that is exactly what students in Dr. Josh Stephens' College Credit Plus Political Science class recognize. As part of their curriculum, students split up into four teams to come up with ideas on how to improve our city. They then took their ideas to City Hall and presented them to Mayor Gail and city leaders.
Maren Barwick, Takiya Burch, Quenaysha Copes, and Shanique Woods recognized a need for communication and outreach to Euclid teenagers, they called their presentation "Connecting Euclid." They saw a lack of communication with teens as an issue they thought could easily be addressed. One of their suggestions was for the City of Euclid to create an Instagram account. Almost immediately following their presentation, the City did just that! Two other suggestions included the city working with EHS to share news on the morning announcements and more bulletin boards at popular places teens visit.
Evan Botzki, Zoe Gatewood, Mia Casteel, and Emoni Rattliff believe that a "Community Outreach Task Force" to provide youth with productive vocational and artistic opportunities. They emphasized the need for vocational opportunities for students who are not college bound. They believe that it would be beneficial to both the city and youth "connecting young citizens who can replace an aging workforce."
Tosheania Phoenix, Christin Pondexter-Shields, and Janya Robinson developed an idea called "Euclid's Mental Health Walk" as part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Walks held annually throughout the country. Their project illustrates how the youth in our community see an immediate need to assist those who struggle with mental illness.
Jeremy Morton, La'Nisha Givens, and Courtney Herrod want people to "Stop and Shop" to support small business and nurture big dreams. Their plan builds on things the city is already doing at the Euclid Farmers Market to increase visitation and sales. Their idea is to promote local and minority-owned businesses as well as the vendors who traditionally sell their goods at the Farmer's Market in order to strengthen the local economy. Their plan includes applying for grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and several others to help drive the Farmer's Market to be an engine of local economic growth.
Not only were their ideas well thought out, they were able to eloquently share their vision through impressive presentations. Members of Mayor Gail's administrative team as well as members of city council spoke with the groups in order to refine their visions and see how the city can connect with its youth and provide them with the services and events they desire. This is the fourth year Dr. Stephens has had his students present to the mayor and council and it represents an important way for the city's youth to feel involved with their city and for the city to be able to hear directly from its residents.
Learn how to harvest rainwater for all your garden needs and to combat stormwater pollution in your community by constructing a rain barrel!
Wednesday, July 25 10-11:30 a.m. Lincoln Electric Welding & Technology Center 22800 St. Clair Avenue, Euclid
Active shooter incidents are on the rise and statistic show business communities, not just schools, are at risk. This presentation can be helpful to business owners, human resource managers, supervisors, security personnel, employees or anyone interested in learning more about active shooter situations. Information presented may be useful when developing active shooter/threat policies and procedures for the workplace. Resources will be provided.
What is CRASE?
CRASE or Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events covers what individuals should do to protect themselves and reduce the dangers faced during an active threat. Disaster response psychology and human stress response will be covered along with the survival strategy of Avoid, Deny, and Defend.
* The Euclid Fire Department will be flushing hydrants in your neighborhood soon!
* Areas to be flushed will be posted at least one day in advance.
* Please make sure to run cold water through your faucets to clear any dirty or rusty water through system prior to consumption or use for cleaning.
Be aware of posted areas and drive slow. Thank you
Mr. Corn Durden (The Foreman) and Mr. Chris Irby (The Bean Counter) have brought a slice of cigar heaven to Euclid. Be sure to stop in see the amazing remodel job they have done to the storefront located at 524 E. 200th St., right across the street from the school. From the oak tables to the comfortable leather chairs everything is first-class.
A wide range of cigars are available in their walk-in humidor. Special events are planned every week so be sure to check out their Facebook and Twitter to find out what is next.
They are open Monday through Thursday 1 to 9 PM, Friday and Saturday 1to 11 PM and Sunday 1 to 7 PM. The hours may be extended for sporting events.
The Renwood luxury cigar lounge does not have a liquor license but you are encouraged to BYOB. Be sure to stop in soon and say the Observer sent you.
It’s estimated Americans will spend more than $72 billion on their pets this year, up almost $3 billion since last year.
The Stroll Family has already assembled for two breakfasts and one lunch (we love to eat) in our attempt to plan and organize a celebration worthy of our favorite street. We have had lots of fun sharing stories of past gatherings and how we have matured (or maybe not) in our party-planning wisdom over the years.
Cool off this summer by joining the Euclid Panthers Summer Swim Team.
Practices start Monday, June 4th at Euclid Memorial Pool. Register at http://www.cityofeuclid.com/recreation/Programs/PantherSwimTeam or in person at the Euclid Recreation Department.
“Feeling powerless can be devastating,” said singer Melissa McCreight as she reflected on her band SIX sometimes SEVEN’s upcoming gig. The group will join five other bands to perform June 14 at Jam for Justice 2018, a charity concert for The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, which serves Northeast Ohio’s most vulnerable families faced with legal threats to housing, safety and security.
The Euclid Wind Festival, presented by the City of Euclid and Shore Cultural Centre, has an array of activities for the entire family derived from and in celebration of the wind, of which there is an abundance on the shores of Lake Erie. The event will take place Saturday, June 16 from 3:00- 8:00pm at Sims Park, located at 22131 Lakeshore Boulevard in downtown Euclid.
From fishing and swimming to boating and birding, Northeast Ohioans enjoy spending time on the water. And we’re not alone - Lake Erie tourism in Ohio generates nearly $13 billion in revenue annually. But a day at the beach and the nearshore habitat that fish, birds and other wildlife depend on can be easily ruined by ignorance and carelessness.
The Hear, hear! Club, an iN Education's program, is a year round well-rounded all-inclusive English proficiency program for K-K3 students. The name of the Club is inspired by the original phrase “Hear, hear!” as originated in 17th century parliament to call attention to the speaker. The 17th century was a time where people of high status were extremely proficient in English. English proficiency was an essential tool for getting connected within society, securing high levels of employment, and gaining status within the community. This essential skill has not changed since the 17th century.
The Lakeland Civic Association begins its annual membership renewal drive in the month of June. It organizes events and activities throughout the year. LCA will hold its main business meeting of the year on June 7th at 7:30 at the Wickliffe Public Library when it will elect officers and plan upcoming events. LCA's annual yard sale is first to come. It has set the date for Saturday, June 19th.
Self-Ulwazi won the house party this school and celebrated in all purple! There was purple pop, frosting, plates, cups, and napkins. Pizza and dancing outside to celebrate the end of the year.
The 2018 6th grade class held their promotion ceremony on June 24th, 2018 at Normandy Catering Center. The promotion ceremony included a speech from a former teacher, Mrs. Danielle Kinder. Congratulations 6th grade and all the best next year at your new school!
Kindergarten students celebrated with awards assemblies led by their classroom teacher and the annual Kindergarten Clap-out. Imagine Bella students, teachers, and families cheered the Kindergarten students on to the playground as they celebrated their special day!
Back for a second time at HGR Industrial Surplus, but in a different space in the front of the building in HGR's Incoming/Receiving area, HGR Industrial Surplus will be hosting Amanda and Jason Radcliffe's, of 44 Steel, annual F*SHO, a contemporary and industrial furniture design show, for one night on Sept. 14 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s still free and put on courtesy of 44 Steel. There’s still free beer and music. But, this year we will have a variety of food trucks so that the food doesn’t run out, and we can buy more beer! Last year was such a success with more than 2,000 attendees that you won’t want to miss it. If you did, you can read about last year’s show here.
BRIARDALE GREENS GOLF COURSE
During the 2017-2018 school year, Imagine Bella applied to be recognized as a National School of Character. The process included an extensive application and a virtual interview session with parents, board members, and teachers about the Character initiatives at the school. In the same year, Imagine Bella became a state and National School of Character.
In partnership with CLEVNET and the Cleveland Public Library Digital Library, Euclid Public Library announces the launch of its historical online digital scrapbook collection, highlighting more than sixty-five years of library and community history. The first phase of the digitization project, powered by CLEVNET, commenced in 2017 and was completed in early 2018.
In partnership with CLEVNET and the Cleveland Digital Public Library (CDPL), Euclid Public Library announces the launch of its historical online digital scrapbook collection, highlighting more than sixty-five years of library and community history. The first phase of the digitization project, powered by the CDPL, commenced in 2017 and was completed in early 2018.
On Friday, May 18, 2018, Euclid Public Library Outreach Department Supervisor Jennifer Lottes and Associate Maureen Wilson hosted the library's annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Volunteers from several Euclid groups including the Euclid Public Library Board of Trustees, 'Friends of the Library,' Euclid Public Library Foundation and Euclid Hill Villa attended. The honored guests were recognized for their ongoing support of the library through fundraising and community outreach efforts.
In addition to hosting the bi-annual Friends Book Sales and fundraisers (Euclid Public Library Foundation), the honored guests, such as Euclid Hill Villa, were recognized for their service. Since 1978, EPL has housed a collection of library books at Euclid Hill Villa senior apartment building. The library is staffed exclusively by volunteers from the apartment building and is open and available to Euclid Hill Villa residents two days a week. EPL currently supplies 70 books and 80 DVDs to the site each month. Volunteers receive these items, staff the library, check materials in and out to residents, and maintain records and statistics. This site also houses donations from residents, resulting in a robust collection of favorite books and movies.
Thank you to the library's Trustees, 'Friends of the Library,' Foundation, and Outreach volunteers! We appreciate all the time and energy you dedicate to supporting the library.