In 1942, The Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark bought the 25 acre estate on Chardon Hill from the family of Henry Pickands. Pickands was the heir to the Pickands Mather Company, pioneers in the Great Lakes shipping and mining industries. The order of Catholic sisters began to provide rest home services for residents of the area in the large, white, Neo-Georgian-style dwelling that was on the estate property. Of the fifty sisters in the ministry at the time, some were sent to nursing school to be able to better provide medical care to their patients. The rest home soon outgrew the capacity of the house, and in the 1950s, the Sisters raised money, and built a 100-bed nursing facility in increments. This home was called Mount Saint Joseph.
This picture was taken on the first day of newspaper flub at Imagine Bella. We learned each other’s names and took so many amazing pictures. We take pictures of school events. We also plan and write articles and put them in the newspaper. That is what newspaper club is about. To read more articles by students, find Imagine Bella’s page inside the Observer.
Imagine Bella was awarded “School of the Year” for Academic Growth and Character Development, recognized for their strong performance among all Imagine Schools in the country. Imagine Schools is a national non-profit network of 63 public charter campuses educating more than 30,000 students in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Imagine Schools partners with parents and guardians to educate their children, providing high quality schools that prepare students for lives of leadership, accomplishment, and exemplary character.
The Summer at Sims Park Concerts are attracting large crowds from throughout the area. The free concerts are held the last Thursday of the month with music beginning at 6pm. In July, the Mike Wojtila Band gave a fantastic performance as the audience enjoyed a beautiful sun set over Lake Erie as well as great food from local food trucks.
Hospice of the Western Reserve Announces Long-Range Growth Plans
Twenty years ago, Hospice of the Western Reserve began admitting patients at its new hospice house – the first in Ohio and one of only a handful in the country – overlooking 1,200 feet of Lake Erie waterfront. At a recent anniversary ceremony, president and chief executive officer Bill Finn announced the agency is engaged in a master planning process with C.C. Hodgson, a firm specializing in healthcare and senior living design services.
“This is a multi-year journey,” Finn said, speaking before an audience of staff members, volunteers and community supporters. “Our objective is to set long-term goals for David Simpson Hospice House and the adjacent 12-acre Christian Life Center property we acquired in 2009. As we examine the options to grow and to expand this campus, our focus is on solutions that will most benefit the Northeast Ohio region - our patients, families and the community.”
Hospice of the Western Reserve is collaborating with Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School (VASJ) to support the school's annual fundraiser, "Escape on the Lake" 5k Run and 1-Mile Walk on Saturday, July 11. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. at (VASJ), 18491 Lakeshore Blvd., with the Finish Line at the shoreline of Lake Erie, on the property adjacent to VASJ and David Simpson Hospice House. This park-like property, formerly home to the Christian Life Center, and is now part of Hospice of the Western Reserve's Lakeshore Campus.
Saturday, May 2, 2015 was a beautiful day in downtown Euclid with more than 200 participants for the inaugural HELP Run for Awareness 5k! Organized with the support of local and regional sponsors the event featured many of the individuals HELP serves as part of their mission to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be respected and valued members of their community. Friends and supporters from across Northeast Ohio attended as the bright sunshine showed Euclid at its early-spring best!
This event is a part of HELP’s ongoing 50th Anniversary celebration along with the upcoming June 11th Open House and Annual Meeting at HELP’s newly built Administration & Training Campus at 26900 Euclid Avenue. Founded in 1965 by parents who had children with developmental disabilities, HELP grew from one group home to now serve more than 700 children and adults in three counties. Coming to Euclid in 2009 HELP has continued to find a welcoming and collaborative community that encouraged their growth and success. HELP's Euclid operations now include two group homes, the succesful and growing Adult Day & Vocational Program on Shore Center Drive, as well as the HELP Seniors Program located at the Lakefront Community Center.
For more information, employment opportunities and more please visit www.helpfoundationinc.org
Imagine Bella Carnival Nite was a fun, games, and prizes! Read more about it on Imagine Bella's page.
On Thursday, March 26th over 150 local and state attendees gathered to honor several of “Euclid’s finest” area businesses, organizations and business persons at the Irish American Club on Lakeshore Blvd. for the Euclid Chamber of Commerce’s Annual “Taste of Euclid” Awards Event. Every year nominations are submitted from the community and the City of Euclid for the Euclid Chamber’s various awards for Large Business, Small Business, Organization, Business Person, Bluestone and Lifetime Achievement recognition. Each recipient received a Proclamation from the City of Euclid along with special commendations from the Ohio Secretary of State and Governor Kasich’s offices and Euclid Chamber of Commerce plaques handed out by Sarah Gyorki, Euclid Chamber President, along with Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik, Josette Burns-Secretary of State’s office, Chamber Board members Cheryl Cameron (Chair-Action CARSTAR Auto Body), Rebecca McFarland (Euclid Public Library) and Sheila Gibbons, Executive Director, Euclid Chamber of Commerce.
Our Lady of the Lake School is delighted to be congratulating third grade teacher Cathy Gentile on being the recipient of Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. Mrs. Gentile is a dedicated educator, who has touched the lives of thousands of students, including current third-grader Caroline Brown. In her nomination, Caroline wrote: “Mrs Gentile is a true inspiration to her students. She inspires her students to think globally and act locally…. She goes above and beyond in her role as an educator”. We are very fortunate to have talented, caring teachers inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.
After months of preparation, six Euclid High School students reported to Lakeland Community College on April 25th to participate in the fifth annual AWT RoboBot Competition. An event orchestrated by the Alliance for Working Together, “a coalition started by Fredon of at least 75 local companies seeking to encourage youth to consider jobs in manufacturing.” The competition has grown from seven high schools to 35 this year.
BlabOnAirCares thanks everyone who came out Saturday, March 21,2015, making Cops And Kids: Bridging the Gap, an enormous success. In a climate, where images and words dominate local and world news about the disconnect between police and the people they serve, we came together in hopes of bridging the gap. On this Saturday morning at Mitchell's Ultra Lounge residents near and far came together to do more than sit and listen. Headlining a panel of five was Sgt. Kevin Jackson. Also, panelist Officer(s) Dawn Bybee, Brandon Tisdale, Sherman Whatley and Justin Jackson brought their experience to an audience seeking to hear a message to dispel perceptions and foster unity. Below, you'll find recollections from people around the room:
Who has the Teacher of the Year for all Imagine Schools in Northeast Ohio? That would be right here at Imagine Bella Academy of Excellence. Hillary Kaput started at Imagine Bella Academy of Excellence in 2010 as a Kindergarten teacher and won teacher of the year in her current position as a second grade teacher. Mrs. Kaput strives for academic growth for all students, a positive classroom culture through morning meeting, and works as part of the school improvement team afterschool.
Mrs. Kaput was first picked as Teacher of the Year for Imagine Bella and then she moved onto the regional round. At the regional level, Mrs. Kaput participated in additional observations and interviews from colleagues to be awarded Teacher of the Year for Northeast Ohio. Imagine Bella is so proud to have this amazing teacher as part of our great team that is always growing towards excellence.
The Girl Scouts in Brownie Troop #71092 and Cadette Troop #71440 appreciate the support shown by the neighborhood at their recent "drive-thru" cookie booths at the LaSalle Theater. Northeast Shores was kind enough to provide the space and promotion to the troops, which together serve more than 35 girls in the Collinwood/Euclid area. Over the two Friday nights, the girls sold more than 350 boxes of cookies for a profit of almost $250 (the troop keeps about 69¢ per box sold).
Armond Budish took office as Cuyahoga County’s newest Executive in January, 2015. One of Mr. Budish’s first initiatives was to meet with one hundred business leaders from throughout Cuyahoga County in his first hundred days in office. Last month, representatives of four Euclid-based businesses joined in a round-table discussion that brought the Executive one step closer to his goal.
In a January article in The Plain Dealer, Mr. Budish was quoted saying “We have a unique and diverse blend of talent, experience, and brainpower among the leaders in our business community." The County Executive is striving to capitalize on that local business talent to make Cuyahoga County an ideal place for job creation and business development.
If you love homemade ethnic food, why don’t you join us at our annual Taste of Nations Gala, which is being held on Saturday, April 18,2015. The evening will begin with a Polka Mass (The Joey Tomsick Orchestra is providing the music), followed by dinner at 5:45 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.) This is a wonderful opportunity for guests to experience many different international cuisines representing those of Eastern Europe, Germany, the Phillipines, Ireland, Italy, and Latin America. Parishioners have been preparing and making items to be served in these food rooms.
The City of Euclid showed their love for the Euclid Hunger Center on February 12, 2015, as friends gathered for a Valentine-themed benefit at Paradise Island. The trustees and staff were there to meet and greet their guests, offering them hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and beautifully wrapped themed-raffle baskets.
“It is always so heart-warming to see the great support we have for the Center and our mission,” states Grace Wright, manager of the Center. “On a very cold evening many came by to support our ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ philosophy.
As the trustees work to meet the growing needs of the community, we wish to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Gary DeWine who has served as the President. He has spent countless hours guiding the board, raising money, and providing physical labor.
In the month of February, students were able to order a sweet treat for friends or teachers with Imagine Bella Academy of Excellence’s first ever Valentine’s Candygram Sale. Ms. Caddick greeted students in the morning and helped them to address their candygram for someone special. Student helpers delivered candygrams on the morning of February 12th. What a sweet surprise to start off the day!
In its January 2015 issue, The Cleveland Magazine selected and recognized members of the community who “work diligently to create a kind and productive workplace and community" in its “Heroes Behind the Scenes,” feature. Rev. John D. Betters, Pastor of Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish was selected as one of its Top Ten Heroes out of a field of over fifty nominees.
Downtown Euclid has traditionally been a hub of commercial and civic activity in the City of Euclid. Stretching along Lakeshore Boulevard between East 217th Street and East 232nd Street, the area is home to many long-time businesses, non-profit organizations, and even a few churches.
The Euclid Chamber of Commerce will again be hosting and recognizing it's most successful local businesses, organizations and leaders at the annual upcoming "Taste of Euclid" Awards Event on Thursday, March 26th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Irish American Club East Side on Lakeshore Blvd. The "taste" has become a tradition over the past several years with the "best Culinary Treats and beverages" from restaurants in the Euclid area but the Chamber has been recognizing area leaders for over 30 years. All of the recipients this year have earned honors for their contributions, and collectively they speak to the strong business climate and positive outlook for Euclid.
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Anyone that works with volunteers knows that often they go about their business of making a difference and assisting others relatively unnoticed. Well that just changed for Chris McGrath when he received the Community Service Award from Euclid Hospital.
Chris accepted the award surrounded by family, friends and those that have benefited from his hard work over the years. Some of those that have benefited from Chris' dedication include:
Villa Angela-St. Joseph High school where Chris graduated in 1969,
St. Christine Church and Our Lady of the Lake Church where Chris serves as a Eucharistic Minister, Usher and a member of the Parish Life Committe.
Collinwood neighborhood where Chris and his wife, Linda, have lived for 30 years. It is there they raised their children, Erin, Katie and Matthew and enjoy their grandchildren Liam and Regan.
When he is home, McGrath focuses on many community initiatives including Block Watch, assisting neighbors with housing issues, and working to keep his community safe by checking on his neighbors and keeping an eye on vacant homes. He also serves on the Board at the Collinwood Recreation Center.
“When I heard about this award, I was very humbled,” McGrath said. “It actually brought tears to my eyes.”
In typical fashion, McGrath recognized the many others who do so much for the community. In particular, he spoke of fellow Viking parent and longtime volunteer Jim Tobin, who played an integral part in McGrath’s quick treatment for the stroke he suffered over a year ago.
Although the things that McGrath does while volunteering are useful, most people would agree that it is the great love for his community that he demonstrates while serving that makes him special. Chris acts as an ambassador for all of the organizations that he serves. He continues to be committed to making Euclid where he works and Collinwood where he lives safer, friendlier places, all the while providing a great example for others and encouraging those around him to do the same.
So we at Our Lady of the Lake Church add our congratulations and heartfelt thanks for all that you do, Chris!
You are never too young to take action to make your community better. At Our Lady of the Lake, students learn about social justice from an early age, and engaged learners get in and do something about it. We're so proud of these preschool kids for their great work collecting canned foods for families in need. Caring for each other makes us all feel good!
Euclid High School student-athletes were visited by retired Cleveland Cavalier, Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Big Z answered questions, had a three-point shooting contest, and took selfies with students. Mr. Ilgauskas shared how important both fundamentals and education are to successful athletes. A special thanks to Boys Basketball Coach Javier Collins for organizing this inspiring event.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
November is the month of Thanksgiving so Recher Hall will have a jam session in their club room for all to celebrate this past year. Bring your instruments, food will be available, and join in the celebration.
Jam session starts at 6 PM
A much anticipated Euclid holiday tradition returns with the 4th Annual Euclid Holiday Celebration taking place on Friday, December 5, 2014! The event will be held from 5 to 9 pm at Triangle Park, which is located in front of the Shore Cultural Centre, 291 East 222nd St., in Downtown Euclid. This festive event features horse drawn sleigh rides, holiday carolers, free activities and crafts for children, along with the lighting of the holiday tree and free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus! A free Holiday Concert will be held in the auditorium, and a Holiday Bistro on the lower level of Shore will be serving a wide variety of foods for dine-in or to go. Exciting new features this year include a Holiday Magic Show and an Ice Sculptor. The City of Euclid, Shore Cultural Centre, and the Euclid Chamber of Commerce are proud to present this very special holiday event and are pleased to have K & D Manaement LLC, and Leff Electric as Presenting Sponsors. For more information visit online www.shoreculturalcentre.com/holiday or call 216-289-8578.
4th Annual Euclid Holiday Celebration
- Admission is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
- Join in the festivities from 5pm-9pm:
- FREE indoor kids crafts and activities
- Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus will begin at 6:45pm.
- FREE indoor Magic of the Holiday show at 7pm and 7:45pm
- Tasty treats including hot cocoa, cookies and kettle corn
- Live Ice Sculpting
- FREE Holiday concert featuring area churches at 7pm in the Auditorium.
- Holiday Bistro located on the lower level of Shore serving a full array of food—Dine in or to-go!
- Horse drawn sleigh rides just $2 for adults, $1 for kids 12 and under, ages 5 and under FREE
- Carolers strolling throughout the park
Meet us at outside at 6 pm for the Tree Lighting Ceremony, music and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus by sleigh!
Hospice of the Western Reserve helps veterans find peace at life’s end. Euclid residents will join Americans across the country to observe Veterans Day on November 11t, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country. These fellow Americans have made sacrifices in defense of freedom. Honoring our local veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives.
For some veterans, however, nearing the end of life can bring anguish over past war experiences. Did you know that Hospice of the Western Reserve, our community-based hospice headquartered right here in Collinwood, is one the nation’s largest nonprofit legacy providers of care? Or that the organization has made a special commitment to those who have served in the Armed Forces?
Over the past two years, the agency has provided care to more than 3,200 veterans throughout Northeast Ohio, including many of our friends and neighbors in the community. Its Peaceful & Proud program provides training for clinical care teams, so they can address complex issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. Each Veterans Day, a special ceremony, complete with military Color Guard, music, refreshments and the individual "pinning" and recognition of each veteran who resides at David Simpson Hospice House and who wish to be honored, takes place.
The hospice also conducts many more such recognition ceremonies across Northeast Ohio each year, ranging from intimate gatherings involving a single hospice patient and family to large public events where a hundred or more veterans are honored. This year, more than 2,000 veterans will be honored and personally thanked in public recognition ceremonies by Hospice of the Western Reserve. Many more will be recognized privately, by the bedside.
“Northeast Ohio is home to a very large veteran population, and many vets are nearing the end of life. Some of the most important work we do is helping them find peace,” explained Bill Finn, chief executive officer. Finn said to help address these needs, volunteers who have served in the military are paired with veteran patients, providing the camaraderie of shared experiences. Counseling, storytelling, art and music therapy, and legacy work are just a few of the ways the community-based hospice helps veterans achieve the peace they seek at the end of life.
Hospice of the Western Reserve is also actively involved with We Honor Veterans, an innovative program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offered in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The hospice is among an elite group that has achieved a “partner level four” designation from the national program, given only to hospices demonstrating the highest level of commitment to veterans.
If you or a veteran you love would like more information about the services provided by Hospice of the Western Reserve, visit hospicewr.org, or call 800.707.8922. And remember, this Veterans Day or any day at all... It's never too late to thank a veteran!
Thirteen years after the tragic events of September 11, 2001 the Euclid community gathered to honor the victims and heroes of that fateful day. The City of Euclid held a ceremony at Hero Park on E. 228th Street, near Euclid Avenue to rededicate a plaque memorializing the heroes and victims aboard Flight 93. Hero Park was dedicated in 2002 to honor those who died on that woeful September morning.
CLEVELAND-- Students at Euclid High School are breaking new ground this coming school year as they embark on a more rigorous, collegiate curriculum. In phase one of our partnership with Lake Erie College, this year’s participants have enrolled in dual-enrollment classes that will enable them to earn over 2,100 credit hours towards their college degree. These courses are also tied to the Transfer Articulation Agreement (TAG) courses offered within the Ohio public colleges and universities, thereby offering ease of transfer. Course offerings include art, science, English, history, mathematics, theater, political science, and humanities. The partnership will be serving both students seeking advanced course work and students probing the possibility of higher education.
All classes are components of the Lake Erie College general education curriculum and will be contained within the walls of Euclid High School, taught by Euclid faculty. The partnership was designed to enhance the educational opportunities to Euclid students ranging from the elementary level to middle school and high school levels. The partnership will be mutually beneficial to both institutions, as it will better serve our students, both currently while in high school and in the future as they enter higher education. It will also continue our commitment to producing college-ready young adults.
As the partnership evolves, it is anticipated the number of courses offered will increase, not only within the high school program, but in the community. In phase two, the partnership will provide opportunity for professional development for teachers interested in pursuing a master’s degree in education and continuing education and career development for the other community residents. Lake Erie College and Euclid City Schools are excited to be working together. Both view this collaboration as an example of how both K-12 and higher education can increase access to higher education and degree completion.
For more information contact Lake Erie College Director of Public Relations and Creative Services, Ruta Geiner 440.375.7224 or Euclid City Schools Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, Audrey Holtzman 216.797.2984.
While the City of Euclid is close to beginning a huge infrastructure project designed to help it comply with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandate, some are raising a red flag about the path chosen by the City’s Administration as being too narrowly focused. The current approach calls for improvements totaling approximately $150 million. In an effort to call attention to a pending decision about how the City of Euclid complies with the EPA mandate, Councilpersons Patrick McLaughlin and Daryl Langman hosted a presentation September 18 in Council chambers on an alternative approach to addressing the issue.
Funding for this project – likely one of if not the the largest infrastructure initiative in Euclid’s history – can be seen in Euclid homeowners’ water bills. Over the past few years, homeowners’ bills have increased significantly – more than double - and will continue to do so to grow to pay for the project.
When asked why he is so concerned about the current approach to the issue, Councilman McLaughlin, an engineer by profession, commented “You’ll be seeing ever increasing rates over the next several years and into the future, but you won’t see any benefits above the ground. Just a big tunnel. No improved streets. No neighborhood upgrades. But most importantly, we lose the chance to potentially save money.”
The complex issue is coming to a head as Euclid attempts to meet requirements of a Consent Decree from the EPA. In summary, the EPA is requiring cities with old sanitary and sewer infrastructure to upgrade their systems. This requirement is part of an effort to clean up Lake Erie. Currently during very heavy rains, the sewer systems become overloaded as rainwater mixes with water from sanitary drains which contain toilet and waste water. This combined sewage is then released directly into Lake Erie. The EPA reached an agreement with the Administration that Euclid will experience only four of these overflow occurrences a year requiring action on the part of the City.
Good music, pleasant weather and a large crowd marked the City of Euclid’s final summer concert at Sims Park on Thursday, August 28th. The evening featured original jazz pieces from the Ryann Anderson Trio and internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Luca Mundaca.
The Summer at Sims Concert Series was created this year by the City of Euclid in partnership with the Beachland Ballroom. The series offered a free concert on the last Thursday of each month from May through August.
The Henn Mansion and the shores of Lake Erie provided a scenic backdrop for residents and visitors alike to enjoy an array of live music and good food from locally-owned food trucks.
Beverages were available at a beer tent staffed by the Euclid Rising Professionals. All proceeds from the sale of alcohol at the events went to support local non-profit organizations, including Euclid’s Polka Hall of Fame and PetFix of Northeast Ohio.
According to Urban Planning and Design Manager Jim Sonnhalter, “Sims Park is the perfect venue for live music.” Concertgoers can enjoy great sunsets and the new walking paths and fishing pier, which were constructed at the park last year. The concert series has allowed the City to “really showcase our developing waterfront” added Sonnhalter.
By all accounts, the Summer at Sims Concert Series was a resounding success. A big “thank you” is extended to all of the city staff, residents, vendors and performers that made the 2014 concert series a great experience in Euclid.
So many at Ss. Robert and William Catholic Church are thankful for the outpouring of support for the fourth annual International Family Festival, which was held August 14-17 at the church grounds on 260th street.
The planners who labored over every tiny detail, the cooks and bakers who poured over family recipes, the volunteers who sold tickets, the workers who served food and drinks, the behind-the-scenes people who made sure everything was safe, the vendors who hoped visitors would enjoy their products, the entertainers who practiced and delivered their best shows and all the people who helped clean it all up - everyone who made the Ss. Robert and William Family Festival what it was - we are thankful for you.
We are also thankful that the weather cooperated, that the plans and details all came together, and that the residents of Euclid and neighboring communities came together to enjoy a weekend of fun, food, family and friends.
Thank you, we hope to see you next summer!
The Euclid Hunger Center (EHC) held its Third Annual Kick Off Summer Event in June raising over $5,000 for Center operating expenses. Many thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the perfect weather, good food, music provided by DJ Haz Matthews and line dancing led by Gigi!
The Center located in Room 17 of Shore Cultural Centre serves more than 650 households each month in a “choice pantry” format. This means that clients can choose the foods they prefer from designated food groups rather than receiving a pre-packaged bag. Clients may receive assistance once a month by providing proof of Euclid residency and proof of family size.
EHC is fortunate to have a part-time manager who works with dedicated group of volunteers to ensure the smooth process for the neighbors who come seeking food assistance. However, the Center needs a few more volunteers, especially someone who can lift up to 40 pounds, has a valid driver’s license and is available to do food pickups on Wednesday mornings beginning at 7:15 a.m. and finishing by 10:30 a.m. Similar volunteer opportunities are available on Tuesdays, but with more flexible hours.
The Center always needs monetary donations. While the food distributed to clients is provided through grants and local food drives, the operating costs for keeping the doors open exceed $40,000 per year. The Center must rely on the generosity of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” to help it remain a valuable resource to those in our community who find themselves in need.
Are you the volunteer we’re looking for? Please contact Grace Wright at email@example.com or call (216) 731-3329.
Want to make a donation? You can do that online at www.euclidhungercenter.com or send a check payable to Euclid Hunger Center, P.O. Box 23446, Euclid, OH 44123. Thank you!
The Euclid Baseball Team delivered Head Coach Brian Leroy and his Staff, thier second straight Lake Erie League Championship. Overall, they were 15-9 and 11-1 in the LEL. Seniors that will really be missed next Season are: Cam Fuller; Sean Ott; Keandre Tidmore; Sean Stanko; Kelly Picket; Jordan Wheeler; and Larry Hopgood.