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How I Spent My Quarantine-cation


1. Watching CNN to find out how many ways I am likely to die in the coming days.

2. Sort my socks according to age dating back to 1974.

3. Look up the word “allocute” I heard on “Law & Order.”

4. Check the mailbox for my months overdue freelance check.

5. Feed the goldfish (singular).

6. Called Mom.  Apologized for not calling in so long. She didn’t recognize my name right away.

7. Go on FaceBook and see if my cat video is trending.

8. Check mailbox again. Nothing.

9. Look in fridge for leftover Chinese. Gone.

10. Watch another “Law & Order.” Viewer discretion is advised. Jerry Orbach? Really?

11. CNN reports on new ways for me to die. Starvation might be one if I don’t ever leave here.

12. Mail arrives. All cat food coupons from Marc’s.

13. Peek in fridge again. Still nothing.

14. Go on cat videos.com. No likes.

15. Resort socks. One missing.

16. Guy on FaceBook is cutting rolls of paper towels in half to make toilet paper. What is wrong with people?

17. Finally found an episode of “Law & Order” I haven’t seen twice.

18. Was just notified that H&M is a having sale.  What is H&M? Headboards and Mattresses?

19. Goldfish missing. Cat looks guilty.

20. Found new internet talk show where celebrities eat hot wings.  That’s not entertainment. That’s Tuesday at the bar after work.

21. New York Times Sunday Magazine is the music issue. The only artist I recognize is Taylor Swift and I’ve never heard a single one of her songs.

22. Talking head on CNN said try not breath when in public places.

23. Found ten year old bottle of hand sanitizer in bathroom closet. No expiration date. Didn’t taste that bad.

24. News report says Genesis Breyer P-Orridge had died.  Who? That’s what I said.

25. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University report that in Hubei China, where the virus was first discovered, 67,760 people have been infected.  Out of a population of 59 million that is an incidence rate of 0.11percent.  That means 99.89 percent were not infected.  I’m going to the bar. Bar of soap. Again.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 1:14 PM, 04.01.2020

The Truth About EdChoice Vouchers and Euclid City Schools

The way school funding is currently set up, Ohio lawmakers have incentivized Euclid taxpayers, parents and private schools to harm our public school system. Last year alone, Euclid schools paid out $6 million in tuition to private schools through the EdChoice voucher program – an amount that increased by $1.2 million this year when program qualifications changed unexpectedly.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 5:25 PM, 03.09.2020

School Board and City Council Consider TIF support of proposed Hillandale development

One of the last large tracts of undeveloped property in Euclid could be home to a senior living community if a Georgia-based developer receives the support of a financing plan that includes about $45 million in public funding for the $160 million project called Celebration Village at Providence Park.   The financing plan was the topic of a joint meeting between the Euclid City Council and the Euclid School Board February 25. 

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 5:25 PM, 03.09.2020

Something special: Downtown Euclid set to become region's next Special Improvement District

Picture a bustling strip packed with bars, restaurants, galleries, and boutiques. People can stroll down the street, grab a cocktail in one place, eat dinner in another, and then walk over to see a movie or the sunset over the lake. This isn’t Ohio City or Gordon Square, though—it’s downtown Euclid.

It’s a dream that business owners there hope will come to fruition eventually, and with downtown Euclid’s upcoming designation as a Special Improvement District, it just might.

Established as a private, not-for-profit organization under state law, a Special Improvement District, known as an SID, serves as a way for property owners within the district’s boundaries to band together to make a roadmap for improvements that they pay for with a pool of money collected through taxes. The end goal is to increase economic development through a cohesive plan and collaboration among local business owners.

Euclid’s SID will span Lakeshore Boulevard from the Mary Mavec Opportunity School to East 228th Street and south along East 222nd Street to encompass Shore Cultural Centre. Only commercial properties are included; no residential or church properties are part of the SID. Though Euclid has other commercial corridors, like Euclid Avenue and East 185th Street, downtown was chosen not only for its growing concentration of businesses, including Great Scott TavernBeach Club BistroLake Shore Coffee HouseParagon Wine Bar and Atlas Cinemas, but its proximity to what might be Euclid’s best asset: the lake.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 5:12 PM, 01.12.2020

Christmas Holiday Lighting

The Christmas tree and all the lights in Triangle Park were switched on as the crowd counted down with Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gale.  Yes, Santa and Mrs. Claus came to town.  They arrived to join in the glow Euclid’s Holiday Lighting on the first Friday of each December.   Towering blocks of ice in the early evening were transformed into sparkling sculptures by night.   Best of all, hundreds of residents joined with neighbors and others to celebrate the holidays together.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 5:12 PM, 01.12.2020

‘Euclid’ mural ornament, postcards on sale at Lakeshore Coffee House

Earlier this year artist, educator, and Euclid resident Meg Garbincus designed and began painting Euclid’s newest addition to our community’s growing collection of public art. The mural depicts iconic landmarks including the Joseph Farrell Memorial Fishing Pier and the Lincoln Electric Wind Turbine inside bold block letters spelling ‘Euclid’. The mural is in-progress and set for completion - by Meg with the assistance of students in Euclid High School’s art program - in 2020.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 4:14 PM, 11.11.2019

Euclid Holiday Celebration returns December 6th!

A much-anticipated holiday tradition returns with the 9th Annual Euclid Holiday Celebration taking place on Friday, December 6, 2019. The event will kick-off at 6:00 pm with the Tree Lighting ceremony at Triangle Park, which is located in front of the Shore Cultural Centre, 291 East 222nd St., in Downtown Euclid. This festive event features fun activities that will begin after the lighting ceremony concludes, including free horse-drawn wagon and train rides, entertainment, activities and crafts for children, along with visits with Santa. A Holiday Church Choir Concert will be held in the auditorium beginning at 7 p.m., and the Holiday Bistro on the lower level of Shore will be serving a wide variety of foods for dine-in or to go starting prior to the event at 5:00 p.m. and will continue until 8:00 p.m. We are excited to have the Ice Sculptor return to create festive art during the event, and new this year is a S’more Station. Admission to the event is free, along with crafts and the majority of the activities and entertainment. The event activities run until 9:00 p.m. The City of Euclid and Shore Cultural Centre are proud to present this very special holiday event and are pleased by the support of many community businesses and organizations.  For information about how you can become a corporate sponsor of this wonderful community festival, or if you are a community member wishing to donate, visit online at www.shoreculturalcentre.com/events/holiday or call Laura Kidder at (216) 289-8578.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 4:14 PM, 11.11.2019

Euclid Hospital Welcomes New Senior Behavioral Medicine Unit

On Tuesday September 17th, Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open their new Senior Behavioral Medicine Unit.  Mayor Gail joined Euclid Hospital President Dr. Teresa Dews, Euclid Hospital Senior Behavioral Medicine Medical Director Dr. Upma Dhingra, VP Cleveland Clinic Behavioral Health Services Brian Tilow, and Senator Kenny Yuko to welcome this investment and cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening.  This unit is located in the space of former Rehabilitation unit and represents a substantial investment at Euclid Hospital.  The brand new, state of the art Senior Behavioral Medicine Unit has 8 private bed, 8 semi-private beds, a specially trained clinical team, and is medically managed by a fellowship trained geriatric psychiatrist.  Thank you Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital for the continued investment in our community hospital facilities and your commitment to meeting the health needs of the Euclid community!  

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 10:31 AM, 10.06.2019

9/11/2019 What it Meant to Us

Most of us remember the attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001 very vividly.  It makes us stop with our daily life and remember those who perished and the First Responders who went to their rescue. We keep in mind those who died and those who still suffer. Our country is grateful for all the sacrifices that they made and we stand together with our thanks to all who served.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 10:32 AM, 10.06.2019

Amazon is Hiring

Amazon is now hiring a variety of
positions in the Cleveland and Euclid area with
multiple shift options available.
Start your application now - you could have a
job offer from Amazon today!

The facility is close to public transportation, is offering full-time hours, healthcare benefits start on day one, and tuition assistance is available.

Find your fit at amazon.com/clevelandjobs
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to know about new opportunities.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:24 PM, 09.08.2019

Euclid Police PAL Summer Soccer Camp

We had an awesome week at our annual PAL Summer Soccer Camp! Twenty five of our youth came out and worked hard each day to make themselves better. Special thanks to Cleveland Force Soccer Club (https://www.csaimpact.net/) coaches for coming out each day and giving an amazing experience - Specifically Coaches Everett, Mike, and Denzil. Thank you also to Euclid City Schools for hosting us at this amazing location and to Lincoln Electric for providing great shirts for all our players!
This was a great week to show the partnership between the Police Department, our youth, our schools and our businesses!

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

Create-A-Craft Studio Celebrates 4 years in business with a pARTy!

Four years ago, Create-A-Craft owner Eileen Sheehan turned the key to her studio, flipped on the lights, opened the windows, and welcomed her first day of guests. Since then, locals have come into the studio to discover themselves through creativity and self-expression. Offerings like paint your own pottery and canvas painting allow even the most inexperienced artists to create something unique. Visiting artists have come to the studio to teach their craft as well; needle felting, succulent planting, jewelry making, advanced painting, collage, along with a myriad of other fine arts and craft classes, have shaped the studio into the creative hub that it is today. Artists Angela Michelle of SooCrafty Creations and Amy Bennett of pARTners Project Studio share the studio space as well, offering specialized craft classes as well as provide a studio for adult artists with Autism, respectively. 

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

Superheroes land at Chardon Hills Magnet School

Greater Cleveland Volunteers was awarded a grant from Encore.org Generation2Generation initiative. The Gen2Gen campaign is mobilizing 1 million adults 50+ to stand up for— and with — young people today.

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

Peace and Justice Award won by OLL Micro-Loan Program

The Microloan Program at Our Lady of the Lake has been going from success to success. As the program continues to grow, it continues to receive recognition for the work that's being done, helping entrepreneurs in the OLL community access loans and resources to grow their businesses and build new paths to prosperity.
 
On June 13, Fr Joe Fortuna accepted the Peace and Justice Award from the Catholic Commission of Cuyahoga County, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the awards with a luncheon and ceremony at Windows on the River. In accepting the award, Fr Joe noted the ways in which the work of the Microloan Program is deeply connected to Catholic social justice, and thanked the many parishioners and community members who come together to make the program possible.

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

GI Makes Special Visit to OLL School

On May 3, the students in Cathy Gentile's third-grade class got the biggest surprise of the year -- a very special visit from a very special penpal. 

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

Neighborhood Pools and School Pool Closing

In a letter posted on the City’s website May 20, Euclid announced the closing of two neighborhood pools.  Willow Pool located in of Willow Park on Willow Drive and Roosevelt Pool on Arbor Avenue are being shuttered due to cost constraints according to Euclid’s Recreation Director Mac Stephens.  The previous year Glenbrook Pool was closed, other than rental parties, it experienced only 12 visitors throughout the summer.

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

Euclid In 1959—A Grand Birthday Celebration

“Sesquicentennial” is a word meaning 150th anniversary. In Euclid, sixty years ago this June, it meant the biggest and best party in Euclid’s long history.

Euclid Township was organized in 1809 and one hundred and fifty years later, an eight-day extravaganza with all sorts of special events to celebrate the special birthday were organized by event chairman Robert C. Palmer, twelve committees and about 1000 volunteers.

The festivities began with a Coronation Ball in TRW’s ballroom where the “Sesqui-Queen”, Dorothy Hearn and her court were named.  It ended more than a week later after the eighth and last outdoor performance of the dramatic historical spectacle “Euclid-Rama” in DiBiasio Stadium, featuring 500 residents as cast members. The production traced Euclid’s history beginning with “Along the Indian Trails” to the “Mutiny at Conneaut Creek” and later from the “Iron Horse,” “The Roaring Twenties” until ending with “The Day of the Satellites.”  It was only shortly before that time that first Russia with its Sputnik and, shortly thereafter, the United States blasted off into the skies.  Fittingly, the celebration ended with a grand fireworks show just after the curtain came down.

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

Euclid Begins Annual Tree Planting

Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail kicked-off the City's 2019 Tree Planting program on April 18th with the planting of an Autumn Blaze Maple on East 258th Street.

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

Euclid Faces Two Income Tax Controversies

While April saw the 2019 tax season come to a close, the subject of taxes is one of the hottest topics in Euclid due to two separate, yet connected issues.

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

Friday was anything but Freaky: Show Review for Euclid High School Big Show 2019

Euclid High’s Big Show has a reputation for excellence and Tyler Pearl’s directorial debut continued that tradition. Audiences were treated to a heartwarming production of Freaky Friday with an exhausting five shows presented over a four-day run. The high energy musical production offers a modern twist on the classic tale of a mother and daughter struggling to relate to one another. As their magical day unfolds, they learn to appreciate each other and those around them. Through the dedication of an exceptionally talented cast and crew, audiences are reminded what it’s like to be a teen reaching for independence, while also aching for the love and attention of their parents. Adults are taught that children don’t need perfection and that adolescence isn’t always as easy as we might remember it.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:01 PM, 03.30.2019

Annual Euclid Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner and Taste of Euclid

On Tuesday, March 26, at the Irish-American Club, the Euclid Chamber of Commerce honored eight outstanding Euclid businesses and individuals who have gone above and beyond what it means to do business in Euclid. Each year the Chamber receives dozens of deserving nominations, but this year’s candidates exemplify what it looks like when innovation meets passion.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:01 PM, 03.30.2019

Hospice of the Western Reserve Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Forty years ago, a small group of visionaries saw an unmet need in the community. They marshaled their passion and their resources, and with the help of friends, they established Cancer Family Service, Inc. This was the forerunner of what would eventually become Hospice of the Western Reserve. Over time, the tiny operation grew from caring for 23 cancer patients in 1978 to a nonprofit agency caring for more than 1,100 patients a day living with a wide range of advanced illnesses. Since its inception, the organization has cared for more than 120,000 people in Northern Ohio.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 2:41 PM, 03.10.2019

4th Annual Lake Erie Folk Fest Draws Patrons from Near and Far

The sounds of accordions, banjos, fiddles and drums filled the halls of the Shore Cultural Arts Centre during a culturally diverse celebration of music and dance this past weekend.

The 4th annual Lake Erie Folk Fest began Friday, Feb. 23rd, with a rousing school program presented by the Chardon Polka Band for students from Bluestone Elementary School, Conneaut Middle School and others.  The fun continued Friday night with a contra dance before the main event on Saturday, Feb. 24th when more than 50 free daytime events were enjoyed by residents of all ages from Euclid, Northeast Ohio and beyond.  

The festival featured music and dance from Brazil, Ireland, Appalachia, India and Cleveland. Artists from Arkansas, New York State, Northeast Ohio and Euclid were involved. A special performance by the Euclid High School Marching Band drum line was a highlight of the day.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 2:41 PM, 03.10.2019

Kiddie City Kicks off "Health Champions" Program with Physical Activity Fair and Performance by DancEvert

     Kiddie City Childcare Community on 280 East 206th Street has been named a "Health Champion" by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health through the Early Ages Healthy Stages program.  The five-star Step Up to Quality childcare facility will host a Fitness and Physical Activity Fair on Friday, February 15th from 5:30 to 7:00PM in the school's gymnasium. 

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 4:44 PM, 01.30.2019

The Observer Wants Your Story

The Observer is an ongoing experiment in citizen journalism. We do not have reporters. You get to tell your story in your own words. It's easy to submit a story. And there are a lot of great stories. Submit a picture with a caption. Submit a story about a good neighbor. Submit your Church's schedule of worship. Go to www.EuclidObserver.com, become a member and click submit story. If you are having a problem, give me a call. John Copic, owner and publisher, 216.505.0185.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

Fr. John D. Betters was presented the 2018 Euclid Hospital Community Service Award

Congratulations are extended to Fr. John D. Betters, Pastor of Ss. Robert & William Parish, who was presented the 2018 Euclid Hospital Community Service Award on November 14, 2018 by Dan Napierkowski, MD, President of Euclid Hospital.  This annual award is given to someone who makes contributions to ensure Euclid is a vibrant and sustainable community. 

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 1:10 PM, 12.07.2018

Euclid Holiday Celebration returns November 30th!

A much anticipated holiday tradition returns with the 7th Annual Euclid Holiday Celebration taking place on Friday, November 30th, 2018. The event will kick-off at 6:00 pm with the Tree Lighting ceremony at Triangle Park, which is located in front of the Shore Cultural Centre, 291 East 222nd St., in Downtown Euclid. This festive event features fun activities that will begin after the lighting ceremony concludes, including horse-drawn wagon rides, free entertainment, activities and crafts for children, along with visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. A Holiday Church Choir Concert will be held in the auditorium beginning at 7 p.m., and the Holiday Bistro on the lower level of Shore will be serving a wide variety of foods for dine-in or to go starting prior to the event at 5:00 p.m and will continue until 8:00 p.m. We are excited to have the Ice Sculptor return to create festive art during the event, and new this year is cookie decorating for kids. Admission to the event is free, along with crafts and the majority of the activities and entertainment.  Train and Wagon Rides are $2.00. The event activities run until 9:00 p.m. The City of Euclid and Shore Cultural Centre are proud to present this very special holiday event and are pleased by the support of many community businesses and organizations. For information about how you can become a sponsor of this wonderful community festival, and for more event details, visit online at www.shoreculturalcentre.com or call (216) 289-8578.  

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 12:01 PM, 11.04.2018

Fair Trade Matters

According to the Fair Trade Federation, fair trade is “an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system. Fair trade supports farmers and craftspeople in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized. These producers often face steep hurdles in finding markets and customers for their goods.”

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:13 PM, 09.07.2018