Community

Demolition Program Continues to Remove Eyesores

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Forest City Volunteers Dedicate Time to Helping Hospice of the Western Reserve

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. 

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Euclid Hunger Center Ready to Kick Off Summer!

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 euclidhungercenter@gmail.com

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Opening the Neighborhood Treasure Chest

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Outdoor Movie Nights: FREE Fun for the Whole Family

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Common Ground Discussion to Take Place at HELP Foundation

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Renwood Luxury Cigar Lounge - A Classy Addition To The Neighborhood

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Money-Saving Tips for Pet Care

It’s estimated Americans will spend more than $72 billion on their pets this year, up almost $3 billion since last year.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Happy Twelfth Birthday E. 200th Street Stroll !

      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. 

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

English proficiency program by iN Education, Inc.

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

LCA: Join in June

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

From Cars to Meals

From April 1 to May 15th Action CARSTAR Auto Body, 21200 St. Clair Avenue in Euclid participated in the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s “Harvest for Hunger” campaign.  Thanks to the generosity of Action’s employees and customers, over 100 lbs. of non-perishable goods were collected at the shop as well as over $1,400 collected from the virtual website setup online through the Food Bank.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Progressive Gives Back to the Community at Shore Cultural Centre

On May 17th Progressive Insurance’s Marketing department walked away from their desks and to take time to give back to the community. This year Shore Cultural Centre has been very fortunate to have several different departments from Progressive give their time towards helping with the building and grounds. Progressive employees look forward to volunteering and were pleased to once again partner with Shore Cultural Centre to complete numerous jobs that ranged from basic maintenance, painting, and gardening.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

St. John of the Cross Presents Summer Wellness and Concert Series

Come to the St. John of the Cross Parish Campus, 140 Richmond Road in Euclid for a free series of summer events open to the entire community! Our mission is to share our God-given gifts, embrace our diversity and engage in social outreach, service and education. We invite you to join our parish family for these personally helpful and spiritually uplifting events:

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Silhouette Productions and The Shore Cultural Centre Auditions for SHREK "The Musical"

Open auditions for Shrek The Musical at Silhouette Productions!

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.

Produced by Charlotte Mirabile
Directed by Douglas F. Bailey II
Musically Directed by Dave Coxe
Choreography by Jen Justice

When: June 20th and 27th from 7:00 pm- 9:30 pm. No appointment necessary. Please arrive at 7:00 pm and be prepared to move. CALLBACKS July 7th 12-5 PM if necessary by invitation only.

Production Dates: October 12-21

Where: Shore Cultural Center Room 242

What to prepare: Please prepare two 32 bar cuts of contrasting musical theatre songs in the style of the show. Please also prepare a short joke.

SHREK will begin rehearsals August 26th and runs October 12-21. Rehearsals will generally be Sunday Afternoons, and Monday-Thursday evenings. 

There are no AEA contracts for this production. ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE.

QUESTIONS? Email the director at douglasfbaileyii@gmail.com

A Note on Casting:
It is the director's goal to engage a large and diverse cast in this family friendly classic. All races, creeds, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, and body types are encouraged to audition and will be considered for all roles when casting.

Shrek
Our story's title character. A big, green, terrifying ogre who lives alone on a swamp. He embarks on a journey to rid his land of fairytale creatures and, along the way, falls in love with Fiona. Begins as a grumpy hermit, but reveals his layers and eventually becomes the hero.
Vocal range top: G#4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Fiona
The beautiful princess of Far Far Away, she transforms into an ogre every night when the sun sets. Rescued by Shrek and eventually falls in love with him. Quirky, blunt, and multitalented, she is not an ordinary princess. TAP DANCE EXPERIENCE PREFERRED
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Donkey
A talking donkey who joins Shrek on the run from Farquaad's guards. Quite the chatterbox, he is not deterred by Shrek's looks and practically forces himself into his good graces. Easily frightened and pushy, but also an optimistic with heart.
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Lord Farquaad
The comically short, ruthless ruler of Duloc. He is in search of a princes to marry so that he can become king. Has an intensely unfair bias against fairytale creatures that stems from a resentment of his father. Self-absorbed, lonely, and cruel.
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B2

Dragon
A dragon that has been charged with guarding Princess Fiona in her isolated castle. She eventually falls in love with Donkey and attempts to keep him there forever. Imposing and flirtatious, but tired of her job as the glorified baby-sitter.
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Gingy
A gingerbread man initially kidnapped by Lord Farquaad. His wit and resolution help him both avoid trouble and inspire the rest of the fairytale creatures. Puppet. Can be operated by actress appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy.
Vocal range top: C#5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Pinocchio
The leader of the fairytale creatures. He is an animated puppet whose nose grows every time he lies. Plenty of sass with a penchant for lying.
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: E3

Ensemble (also features Children's ensemble)
Fairytale Creatures (Big Bad Wolf, Three Little Pigs, White Rabbit, Fairy Godmother, Peter Pan, Wicked Witch, Ugly Duckling, Three Bears, Mad Hatter, Humpty Dumpty, Elf, Dwarf, Three Blind Mice); Angry Mob; Happy People; Guards; Knights; Rats

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Free Public Service Announcements on Internet Radio

If you are a public service organization providing assistance to citizens of Euclid or northeast Ohio, I would like to air PSA's to assist your cause(absolutely FREE of charge). I own and operate a 24/7 internet radio station that is a totally not-for-profit venture. We're committed to community and public service and would gladly assist in your mission. Contact me at wjplecha@gmail.com

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Devlin Chambers in Americorps: Puerto Rico and beyond

Euclid resident Devlin Chambers is completing round three of his Americorps assignment and will be home and ready to start college at the end of July. His current work has been in Central Oregon where his Americorps team installed water-conserving shower heads and LED light bulbs in residents' homes. Both devices use a fraction of  the energy required by standard bulbs in a region that regularly experiences droughts and depends on hydroelectric power. His last assignment will be doing housing rehab in Portland, Oregon for low-income households shut out of assistance in the midst of escalated housing prices on the West Coast.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Seeks 2018 Applicants

In 2006, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, along with former Cleveland Mayor Michael White, established a leadership training program for engaged neighborhood leaders.  The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is a free, 16 session community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Euclid Honors Outgoing LCA President

The Lakeland Civic Association expressed its gratitude to its president of twenty-four years, Mary Czyzycki. At its April 12 meeting. Euclid mayor Kirsten Holzheimer-Gail presented the honoree with a City Proclamation recognizing Mary for her many years of commitment and service to the City. The mayor was introduced by Ward Six Councilman John Wojtila who represents the LCA neighborhood and who spoke admiringly of Mrs Czyzycki's lifelong activism in Euclid and of his personal affection for her and the work they have done together over the years.

The April meeting was well attended by LCA members and by several members of Mrs Czyzycki's family.

Mayor Holzheimer-Gail's Proclamation recounted the highlights of Mary Czyzycki's achievements as an active Euclid citizen.

Mary grew up on in Euclid with brothers Charles and Walter and parents Ralph and Ida Hill. Father Ralph was a Euclid councilman, recreation commissioner, and American Legion member. Mary Hill attended Shore High School in Euclid and was inducted into its Sports Hall of Fame. She later attended Arcadia University where she was inducted into its Sports Hall of Fame.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

HELP Foundation and Upstage Players Builders Club Clean Up!

HELP Foundation never passes up an opportunity to better our community and we did just that by participating in The Big Clean 2018.  For this year’s project, our friends at Upstage Players Builders Club came out to help us clean up the mess winter left behind at our Oak Court home.  The group helped pick up sticks, mulch and plant flowers, rake leave and even helped us set up our patio furniture!  Everyone had a great time getting ready for spring.  We would like to extend a BIG thank you to all the children and parents that came out to help us.  We are very grateful for their time and energy.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

Summer Camp 2018!

Summer vaction is just around the corner. If you are looking for something for your child to do this summer, why not send them to the Beat the Streets (BTS) Fun Day Summer Camp This is the sixth year for this camp located right here in Euclid.  Summer Camp is held at the ELC (Early Learning Center).  Campers will be dropped off and picked up from the ELC.  

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

Kiddie City Kids' Crusaders Recognized

     We looked back twelve years to select and honor six women at Kiddie City’s annual “Funds for Fun” Saturday, April 14th.  They are Kiddie City foundation builders from the very beginning and are still with us spreading our mission to Euclid area children.  Helen Shelby, Valentina Vasili, Laura Asseff, and Jennifer Garza are valued staff members who continue to use their skills in classrooms as teachers, in the library as literacy or curriculum specialists, as mentors to new teachers, as familiar substitutes around the building, or in the office as the voices and faces of Kiddie City to new families and friends on the phone or in person.  They earned early kudos working in tight spaces with limited resources as we grew from our first building at the corner of Wilmore and E. 200th Street to our expansion in 2010 across the driveway into the former barber and beauty shops, and our 2016 move to the former Lincoln Elementary School building on E. 206th St.  We’ve grown from a staff of eight to a staff of forty full and part time employees.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

Euclid Residents Invited to Celebrate Life at 2018 Walk to Remember

Now in its seventh year, Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2018 Walk to Remember presented by Huntington Bank is the nonprofit agency’s largest fundraiser of the year. Scheduled for Sunday, June 10 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the event is open to anyone wanting to celebrate the memory of loved ones and make a difference in the lives of those living with serious illness.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

Euclid High Schools Alumni Association - Making Connections

At its core every alumni association is about making connections. Since 1991, the Euclid Public Schools Alumni Association (EPSAA) has been making connections, between alumni, current students and the Euclid Schools. At the end of April, the EPSAA participated in two significant "reunion" events that brought together hundreds of people to reconnect with friends, teammates, and most importantly, memories. On Friday night, April 27th, head Euclid football coach Jeff Rotsky, his coaching staff and about 100 members of the middle and high school football teams, met football alumni members from the 1970s through the 2010s. Sharing pizza, soda, and a few "war stories," it was a unique opportunity to connect current student -athletes with those who donned the blue and gold uniform before them. As a celebration of the tradition of excellence in high school football, it was fitting to have a few Euclid Schools Sports Hall of Famers in the crowd, including Tom Wandersleban '77 (Michigan), Antoine "Tony" Fisher ('97, Notre Dame, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals) and Tom Banc, former coach of some of the most successful teams and accomplished student-athletes Euclid has fielded in its 110 years of playing football.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

Gertha Spear Proclamation at Hilltop Village

Hilltop Village is a senior living community right here in Euclid Ohio. If you are looking for a place for a family member, or even yourself, Hilltop offers many amenities that you or your loved one could benefit from. Situated in a picturesque setting at the top of a hill in Euclid, Hilltop Village is surrounded by lush landscape, trees & peaceful beauty.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

County Councilwoman Sunny Simon and Euclid Councilwoman Laura J. Gorshe will host a Town Hall Meeting on May 10th to discuss the Fall-out from the Opioid Crisis

Focusing on its Impact on Women and Children in the Foster Care System

The opioid crisis has severely impacted the number of children entering the foster care system.Those numbers are expected to double by the end of 2018, resulting in considerable strain on resources needed to provide families with the appropriate care and interventions required to keep children in a safe and nurturing environment. Many of these children experience tremendous trauma from not only being removed from their homes due to the epidemic but also witnessing episodes of parental overdose.  

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

It's that time of year again, the Euclid Farmers' Market returns June 1st!

The Euclid Farmers' Market will open on Friday, June 1st, and run through October 5th, with the hours of 3pm to 6:30pm. The market features Ohio vendors that are committed to fresh and superior quality produce, herbs, and baked goods. Returning vendor Ziemba’s philosophy is to “pick the freshest veggies, provide courteous service and promote healthy food through fair prices”. Burton Floral & Garden, Inc. has been in business since 1932, and begins the summer season offering beautiful flowers and hanging baskets, as well as fruits and vegetables. The fun in visiting the Farmers Market is the variety you will find each week as the growing season changes. Shore Cultural Centre invites you to take part in a cherished Euclid summer tradition, and to spend some time in the heart of the city in beautiful TrianglePark.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

Toastmasters Club Open House Thursday night, May 31 at the Euclid Public Library

Are you ready to move your career forward? Do you want to improve your ability to speak in front of groups of people? Are you looking for opportunities to work on your leadership skills in a safe, encouraging and fun environment? Look no further, because a Bailey Toastmasters Club meeting is the place to be! We're looking for new members and a great time to check us out is Thursday, May 31 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Euclid Public Library, when we’ll have an Open House with a demonstration meeting. Refreshments will be served.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

Introducing the Euclid CommUNITY Relations Task Force

The Euclid CommUNITY Relations Task Force is a diverse group of volunteer residents who are passionate about Euclid, and committed to supporting and advocating for all residents and neighborhoods in the city of Euclid.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

Cleveland Water Celebrates Drinking Water Week with Free Public Tours

Have you ever wonder what it takes to make clean drinking water? How does the water get from Lake Erie to your home? What chemicals are used to process water from start to finish? On May 12th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., these questions along with many others can be answered by our dedicated Cleveland Water employees, when you join us for our Drinking Water Open House at the Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant, 1245 West 45th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44102.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018

Register today for the ‘Big Clean 2018’ on Saturday, April 21

It is finally spring! The days are longer, perennial flowers emerge from the formerly frozen ground, and birds chirp away in the trees. However, amidst all this natural beauty, grocery bags and candy wrappers swirl in the wind. What can YOU do to help keep Euclid Beautiful this spring? 

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 3:19 PM, 04.04.2018