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Give Box Now Open on E. 222nd Street

A “Give Box” was installed on July 1 at 885 E. 222nd Street (in front of PetFix Northeast Ohio). Give Box-Cleveland is an offshoot of the Little Free Pantry program. Give Box-Cleveland brings this concept to local neighborhoods, activating community engagement to fill an immediate need and increase charity and neighborliness. This is an “always open,” weatherproof wood box that sits on a post filled with free food and toiletries. “Take what you need and give what you can” is the motto.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 8:51 AM, 07.30.2019

Are You Listening?

When you listen, what do you get? Are you inundated with repetitive, useless content? Have you wondered why you never get the information you ask for? Are there times when it seems no one is listening to you? Listening is a complicated communication process. It takes skill and patience to master the ability to shut off inner thoughts and focus on a request for information as it is offered. Likewise, it is challenging to shut off inner thoughts when you have strong feelings about the topic, source or content. As a partner in the listening process, your interpretation of circumstances is critical to what you hear or how you respond.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 8:51 AM, 07.30.2019

Euclid Alumni News: Take 5 with Dennis Knaus, Euclid Senior High School Class of ‘60

Dennis Knaus was an accomplished athlete and leader at Euclid Senior High School, lettering in cross country and swimming and serving on his class cabinet. Dennis earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University and captained its MAC Championship swimming team. A leading expert in foam manufacturing, he has several U.S. Patents. Dennis invented the technology to make low-cost polyethylene foam, used for protective packaging, insulation, and flotation (“Life-Vests”), has grown to a multi-billion/year market. In 1991, he founded Enviro-Tek (ET), a leader in inventing new foam technologies. ET was the United Nations’ primary contractor for eliminating the use of Freon™, an ozone-depleting chemical, in foam. Dennis, a world ranked professional triathlete, was on Saucony’s Triathlon Team and won the New England Championship several times.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 8:51 AM, 07.30.2019

Outdoor Movie Night at Chardon Hills: FREE Fun for the Whole Family

Don’t forget your lawn chair and bug spray when you head out to Euclid’s next Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, August 23rd! This month’s movie is a “throwback” selected by popular vote on a social media poll earlier this summer.

The movie will be on the baseball field at Chardon Hills Elementary School (from Chardon Hills, turn north on E.236th on to Glenbrook Blvd. / from Euclid Avenue, take Sherwood to Glenbrook Blvd).

Join us at 8pm to grab a great spot and play lawn games. The movie will start at sun-down, around 8:45pm.

Thanks to Aladdin Rents, free popcorn will be available to attendees while supplies last. The new chapter of the Euclid Kiwanis will be selling additional refreshments.

Free parking and restrooms will be available at the school. Minors must be accompanied by an adult per the City’s curfew. Check out https://www.facebook.com/SummeratSims/ for programming and movie title updates.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 8:51 AM, 07.30.2019

Euclid Offers Renovated Home For Sale

The City of Euclid just completed the rehabilitation of a home at 27100 Farringdon Avenue using Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds. The City received over $3.5 million to address foreclosed, vacant and abandoned properties to help stabilize our neighborhoods.

The home on Farringdon Avenue is the 26th home to be rehabilitated using NSP funds and marks the end of this program. It will be offered to first-time home buyers whose income does not exceed 50% of area median income as designated by HUD. A four person household qualifies with a maximum income of $36,850.

The house on Farringdon is a 3 bedroom 1 bath home on a slab with a detached two car garage. The first floor has a living room, dining room, family room, kitchen, utility room, bedroom, and bathroom. There are two bedrooms up with ample closet space.

The home was completely remodeled including painted siding and new shutters, a new roof on the house and garage, new kitchen with stainless steel appliances including a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and microwave hood. There is a new washer and dryer in a closet adjacent to the kitchen.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 8:51 AM, 07.30.2019

City purchases YMCA building and property for $1

Assuming a property record review goes as planned, the City of Euclid will take ownership of the closed Euclid YMCA on Babbit Road sometime in early Fall.  After the Greater Cleveland YMCA closed the facility in March of 2018, the building sat idle as the YMCA explored its options, ignoring requests for comment from The Observer about the future of the property.  Behind the scenes, Euclid city officials were working on acquiring the property for future use and potential redevelopment.

In mid-July, City Council approved the purchase of the property, authorizing Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer-Gail to buy it for $1.  On July 25, the Greater Cleveland YMCA board approved the sale to Euclid. 

Once ownership of the building and approximately 5.2 acres of property shift to the City’s hands, the next step will be tearing down the old building, according to Jonathan Holody, Planning and Development Director with the City of Euclid.  The City will bid out the asbestos removal, estimated to cost $170,000 as a first step.  Fortunately for Euclid, the most recent state budget has $150,000 earmarked for this purpose thanks to the collective efforts of State Senator Kenny Yuko (D-25), Councilperson Laura Gorshe and Mayor Holzheimer Gail.  Euclid will then have to put in $20,000 of City money to get the state funds.  For the building demolition, a $100,000 grant from Cuyahoga County will provide the needed money.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 8:51 AM, 07.30.2019

LCA Summer Picnic Returns

Lakeland Civic Association will hold its second annual free Summer Picnic at its Triangle park, bordered by Birch Ave, Walnut Drive, and Beech Drive. LCA members and guests will gather there for food, music, and games on Saturday August 24 from 5-8 p.m. If necessary a rain date is scheduled for Sunday August 25.

The LCA neighbors are reminded to bring a chair, an appetite, and a competitive spirit for the lawn games. Kids will enjoy water balloons. Picnicers will be served pizza, chicken, pop, water, and cookies. LCA expects another good turnout to socialize with neighbors and meet new friends.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 8:51 AM, 07.30.2019

Change The Atmosphere

Are you frustrated or exhausted because you’ve tried “everything” and still can’t get breakthrough results? During these challenging times don’t get caught in a self-spiral that feeds blame. Blaming is a consuming attitude. When you cast blame, it wraps you and anyone else involved in blankets of doubt and fear. When relationships are contaminated with blame and shame, they spin and wobble and become loosely formed. Situations become conditional. Trust unravels. Stop doing what is not working before it’s too late. Instead, take a deep cleansing breath and make a radical shift to think and speak in gratitude. Turn your situation upside down by taking on a different perspective. Change your atmosphere and you can change your outcomes.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 12:30 PM, 07.07.2019

Wednesday on the Moore's Porch

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, torrential rain began at 7:00 in the morning. Alas, this was the day my wife and were to host a “Wednesday on the Porch”.  By 5pm the rain was still pouring, and my wife said, “Well, I guess I’d better put these sandwiches up for another day”. Lo and behold, at 6:45pm the rain suddenly stopped, and the sun emerged.  We both thought no one will come now, seeing as how the event was to begin at 7pm.  At exactly at 7pm, we saw several of our neighbors walking down the street with dishes in hand.  By 7:30 our backyard, which was very soggy, was happily filled with several neighbors. We ate, drank and socialized until after 9:00. 

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 12:30 PM, 07.07.2019

Thanks for the Memories

            Our first meeting in February did not give me any warning this was going to be a year of new experiences during the E. 200th Street Stroll.  Just when I thought the 13 year old Stroll had run its course, I became reenergized with new relationships, more participants, and words of encouragement from unexpected people.  Thank you for being with me on this journey!

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 12:30 PM, 07.07.2019

Come to Cavotta's

Fresh produce is now for sale at Cavotta's Garden Center and Urban Farm. Located at 19603 Nottingham, the summer hours are Monday through Friday 9 AM to 7 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM Sunday 9 AM to 4 PM.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 12:30 PM, 07.07.2019

Estate Planning: Last Will and Testament

Chances are good you haven’t given any serious thought to planning a Last Will and Testament. Most people just generally think they don’t need one. But as we all know, life happens. And if it happens to you it is best to be prepared. Regardless of your age you should at least have a will.

Let’s say you have a relative, perhaps a cousin. You HATE this cousin. The two of you have never gotten along, you are always fighting, and worst of all he is a Steelers fan. What a loser! Anyway, some unfortunate accident happened, and you die; and despite your best efforts you couldn’t take all your possessions into the next life with you. On the flip side, maybe you have a relative you LOVE and want to repay them for that time they lent you five bucks at the Drive Thru. If neither of those apply, possibly your church or other organization.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 12:30 PM, 07.07.2019

AUDITIONS: Silhouette Productions and Shore Cultural Centre for "Anything Goes"

Open auditions for Anything Goes, Beaumount 1987 Version, at Silhouette Productions!   Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman The S. S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comically colorful assemblage of passengers: Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist, her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt (who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), and a second-rate conman named Moonface Martin, aka “Public Enemy #13.” Song, dance, and farcical antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win the love of his life.It’s a wonder that all the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the magical ship where ANYTHING GOES! For full synopsis and character list visithttps://tamswitmark.com/shows/anything-goes-beaumont-1987/ Produced by Charlotte Mirabile Directed by Laura Hart Musically Directed by Alex Ulle Choreography by Jen Justice When:  Sunday July 21 from 12-3pm and Monday July 22 from 7-9:30pm No appointment necessary.  Please be signed in by 8:30pm. Callbacks by invitation only: Tuesday July 23 from 7-9:30pm and Wednesday July 24 from 7-9:30pm.  Be prepared to move and sing. Where: Shore Cultural Centre 291 E. 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123 What to prepare: Two 16-32 bar selections in the style of the show. A joke or short comedic monologue. Please bring your own sheet music, there will be no a capella auditions. An accompanist will be provided.  Please bring a headshot or be prepared to take a photo at auditions. Production dates: October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 Read through Sunday August 18 from 12-3pm Rehearsals will begin Monday August 26th, and run Monday-Thursday 7:00-9:30 PM.  Dance rehearsals Sundays from 12-3pm There are no AEA contracts for this production. ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 12:30 PM, 07.07.2019

Memorial Day 2019

The Euclid Memorial Day parade is one of the longest running and best parades in the area! The 89th Euclid Memorial Day Parade and services started with graveside services at Euclid Cemetery and St. Paul’s Cemetery followed by a ceremony and breakfast at Recher Hall (the first home of the Euclid Veterans Association).  The parade kicked off at 10:00am and featured our honored local veterans organizations.  Euclid Police, Fire, City Officials as well as a variety of Euclid community members, organizations, churches, and community groups also marched to honor those who served our country.  Grateful residents and family members lined the beautiful, newly paved E. 222nd Street which is now proudly lined with Hometown Hero Banners honoring local service men and women.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Remembering John Sheridan

John Sheridan was a major contributor to The Observer in recent years.  John passed away in August 2018.  Thank you Mr. Copic and The Observer for allowing us to remember John here.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Local Business Honored For Success

Outside the Lines Creative, LLC, located in Euclid, was presented an On the Road to Success award by Business Advisers of Cleveland (BAC) on Tuesday at their annual awards luncheon at the Cleveland Skating Club.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Time to Get Out of the House

Finally, spring has arrived in Euclid!  Feeling the sun on your face and hearing the birds singing in the morning sure beats that bitter cold wind in your face!

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Butterfly Release and Bench Dedication: a Celebration in Memory of Aniya Garrett

The ‘Justice 4 Aniya Foundation’ would like to invite the community to Aniya’s butterfly release and memorial bench dedication to remember the beautiful life of Aniya Marie Garrett and recall how at just four years old she “Spoke Up” and “Spoke Out” to try to save her own life. The free and public ceremony will also celebrate putting an end to child abuse and violence and call for protection for child safety across the nation.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Presenting Linda Mae Charters

New to Chagrin Marine  is Linda Mae Charters. Sadly, Linda Mae is still in the restoration process. Her fleet has been busy since the fishing season has begun. The Express has been out almost daily catching both very impressive perch and walleye. The name and location may have changed but the fishing charter experience offered by Captain Vitas Kijauskas and his crew is still the same. They are the best.
 
Linda Mae Charters is located at 226 East Island Drive, Eastlake. To reserve a spot or a private charter you can reach us at 216-481-5771. Charters are available daily. Monday through Friday charters are from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and the cost is $42. Saturday and Sunday charters are offered from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. and the cost is $45. There is a $2 discount for seniors over 66 and children under 16 years is $30. Private and a sightseeing charters are  also available.
 
Captain Vitas and his crew offer full-service fishing.  They accommodate both the experienced and the not so experienced anglers.  All you need is a fishing license and a cooler for your catch. Bait, tackle, fish cleaning and ice are available for purchase at The Bait Shack only a 100 yards from the dock. Buckets and rods are available for rent from Linda Mae charters. Parking is conveniently located next to the dock. Feel free to bring your own food and beverage on board. We can provide food and non-alcoholic beverages for private charters with prior notification.
 
Currently,  Linda Mae is out of water at Chagrin Marine while her restoration process continues. We are all anxiously waiting for her restoration to be completed so she can be ready for her next maiden voyage. It will be wonderful to see the green and yellow steel icon once again on the waters of Lake Erie. If you would like to contribute to the restoration fund you can do so at "Linda Mae Rescue" Go Fund Me page. To book a reservation or private charter please call 216-481-5771. Hope to see you onboard.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Cavotta's New Patio Bar

If your looking to sit outside on a nice day and enjoy an adult beverage surrounded by flowers, a gurgling fountain, goats, and strolling varities of chickens, Cavotta's now has you covered. 

Cavotta's Garden Center, 19603 Nottingham Road, Cleveland, Ohio  44110, (440) 897-1497, www.cavottas.com

The Garden Center hours are Monday - Friday 9-7, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-4. There are beautiful hanging baskets, fresh herbs, and hundreds of heirloom tomoatoes to choose from.

The bar is open Thursday and Friday 4 - 7, Noon to 6 on Saturday, and Noon to 4 on Sunday.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Standing Our Common Ground

On June 30, a very important conversation will take place here in Euclid.  Maybe you’ve heard about the Common Ground conversations that are promoted annually by the Cleveland Foundation.  These conversations take place around a meal, just as many of our most important conversations do.  All Common Ground conversations have the same goal:  to create a place where meaningful connections are made, and purposeful actions begin.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Euclid Hunger Center Ready to Kick off Summer!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 20th, as the Euclid Hunger Center hosts its 8th Annual Kick Off Summer fundraiser, from 6:00-9:00 pm, at the Pavilion at Briardale Greens Golf Course.  Thanks to the support of many area establishments, 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.   With additional seating this year, there will be plenty of room to accomodate our guests.  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."   Tickets can be purchased at the Hunger Center on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 8:00am and 2:00 pm, or by contacting EHC at 216-731-3329 or euclidhungercenter@gmail.com.  EHC is located in room 17, on the lower level of Shore Cultural Centre, 291 East 222nd St.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Euclid Panthers Summer Swim Team Marches Into a New Season

The Euclid Panthers Summer Swim Team was pleased to kick off this summer's season by marching in the Euclid Memorial Day Parade. Swim Team Coach Bryan Scheider led the group accompanied by his son Noah, volunteer parent board members, and a group of energetic swim team members. The weather was absolutely beautiful which encouraged large crowds that egged on an enthusiastic distribution of candy and fliers by our swimmers. From the beginning of the parade on Lakeshore Boulevard all the way to the end of it at Euclid City Hall and through the veteran's ceremony that followed, it was an excellent way to honor those who died serving our country, to finally revel in some sunshine, and to celebrate all things Euclid.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

DUI/OVI

Welcome back. As promised, this month I shall discuss how to handle an DUI/OVI stop. Before I get into the nitty gritty, I encourage you to be polite once pulled over. Being rude will only make the officer angry, which increases your chances of them finding some reason to cite and/or arrest you.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Kiddie City Hosts Family Library & Literacy Night

Kiddie City recently hosted a Family Library and Literacy Night for parents and children in the Center's spacious library. Guests included Carole Enkler from Euclid Public Library and Michelle Powell, "The Felt Lady". Ms. Enkler gave a short presentation to parents on the importance of reading to children at home in the early childhood years. She also stressed the positive impact of reading to young children on language, literacy and vocabulary development. An interactive storyhour engaged the Kiddie City children, which included reading a picture book and several music & movement activities, focussing on rhyming and chants. Mrs. Powell, "The Felt Lady" shared Nursery Rhymes, songs, and short stories using her felt props. She showed parents how props can be used at home to reinforce early literacy as well as to integrate early academic concepts, such as counting, rhyming, and patterning. Parents were also introduced to the early childhood online educational resource called "Ready Rosie", which is sponsored by Universal Pre-Kindergarten as part of the "Invest in Children" initiative.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:36 AM, 05.05.2019