Have you noticed Triangle Park’s makeover?
Inspired by the popular reality competition TV show, the Euclid Chamber of Commerce brought its own version of The Amazing Race to the city last month as a way to engage residents and the business community in an event together.
The long awaited LaSalle Arts and Media Center project had a groundbreaking on August 9, 2016. Several dignitaries and project supporters were on hand to officially launch the commencement of the project.
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New elementary schools have improved Euclid’s learning environments and helped make Euclid a more attractive city. But our high school and middle schools are old, need costly repair, and can’t provide the education that our students and our community needs to thrive.
Euclid can provide improved learning environments, upgrade all our schools and get $40 million from the state for a smart educational facilities plan that would provide:
Even in death, George Voinovich managed to provide a boost to his favorite Cathoilic parish—Our Lady of the Lake, formerly known as Holy Cross.
Never before – and probably never again – will the church at East 200th St. and Lake Shore Blvd. receive as much news coverage as it did during and after his funeral on June 17.
Voinovich, a former Cleveland mayor, Ohio governor, and U.S. senator – has long supported Our Lady of the Lake (OLL) – and Holy Cross before it -- sending several of his children to school there and generously supporting numerous events sponsored by the parish, such as the annual “Life on the Lake” fund-raiser that benefits the school. His newspaper obituary recommended two options for memorial donations in lieu of flowers: the Molly Voinovich Memorial Fund, in memory of his late daughter, and OLLCatholicSchool.
On a gorgeous afternoon on June 9th, 2016, the City of Euclid and the Euclid Landmarks Commission dedicated an Ohio Historical Marker to formally recognize the site at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court case The Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co. (1926).
Thousands of people from Northeast Ohio attended the 2016 Euclid Wind Festival on June 25th at beautiful Sims Park. Attendees enjoyed hot air balloon and helicopter rides, a zipline, music by Ulterior Motive band, arts and crafts, Jasmine Dragons aerial show, drone races, Dr. U.R. Awesome bubbles, inflatables, and much more.
An old saying implores that we “remember the dash between the years of our birth and our death. That dash may be short or long but no matter, for what is important is what we do with that dash between our coming and our going.”
We must ensure through our lives that that dash is defined by who we are and what we did for ourselves, our family, our community, our country or our world. Hopefully that time is filled with positive and fulfilling events and activities. Did we do something for someone else? Did we have fun? Did we live life filled with others and concerned with others? Did we work for the greater good? If we could answer these honestly and positively, then we have lived our lives as any good Christian should, as any good person does.
The “Summer at Sims” Concert Series returns to Sims Park, 23131 Lakeshore Blvd., with an exciting line-up of bands. This year the concerts will take place Thursdays in July, 6 to 9pm. The series kicks off July 7th with R & B, Motown, Rock & Pop, Soul and Jazz performed by “The Benjaminz”. There will be an activity for children to enjoy, and be sure to bring your lawn chair or blanket to relax and enjoy the view. Come hungry, there will be delicious food available for purchase from the Jackpot Chicken and Scott’s Fire & Ice food trucks. The series continues on July 14th with Americana, Rockabilly, Blues by The David Loy Band. On July 21st the Erie Heights Brass Ensemble will entertain, and then the series finally will be the popular Chardon Polka Band. For more information visit www.cityofeuclid.com.
We helped celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the E. 200th Street Stroll this June, with our annual Stroll Celebration at Our Lady of the Lake. Visitors were welcomed by free popcorn, games and crafts, a DJ and a balloon clown, and a very popular bubble station! What a beautiful day to be out in the community – we loved seeing friends and neighbors, and making new friends, too.
The Euclid Wind Fest, enjoyed by thousands of residents from Euclid and beyond in 2014, returns to beautiful Sims Park on Saturday, June 25, 2016! Have you ever thought about the many ways wind can be used? From flight to a cool summer breeze, we’ll celebrate this invisible power source with many fun activities! Want to explore the beach from new heights? Take a ride in a tethered hot air balloon. Leave land behind you on a kayak ride into the lake. Aspiring pilots will be entertained by a drone show and simulation. Kids will enjoy bouncy inflatables, craft and science experiment stations, and a gigantic bubble show by Guinness World Record-holder DrURawesome. Be amazed by the stealthy acrobatics of Jasmine Dragons aerial silks in between sets by the Ulterior Motive band. All this and more takes place at 23131 Lakeshore Boulevard from 3-8 PM. You are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets for your comfort. Thanks to the support of many local sponsors, some activities are free while others are offered for a reasonable charge. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Sponsors include K & D Management, Euclid Hospital, AAble Rents, Infield Chiropractic, The Coral Company, SIMS Buick GMC, HGR, Moore Counseling & Mediation Services Inc., among many others who donated both time and funding to make this spectacular event a reality. There is still time for your organization or business to lend support! Contact Laura Kidder at llk@thecoralcompany or (216) 289-8578 for more information. Stay up-to-date on activities and schedule at www.shoreculturalcentre.com. The Euclid Wind Fest is organized by the City of Euclid, Euclid Chamber of Commerce, and Shore Cultural Centre, along with Wizard of Ahs special event professionals. The Euclid Wind Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
At the Wednesday, May 18, state-of-the-schools address and luncheon at Euclid High School, Euclid City Schools’ Assistant Superintendent Charlie Smialek introduced two Euclid High School juniors who sang “Glory” by John Legend. Both have grade point averages of 3.6 or higher and are part of the College Credit Plus (CCP) program. Through CCP, they each have already earned 15-20 hours of credits toward college.
Smialek then presented what he calls, “a story of inspiration and bonding together as a community to ensure that we continue to remain a viable educational choice" and the District's three goals:
When it comes to caring about pets gone astray -- as well as other at-risk animals – the supporters of the Euclid Animal Shelter are a reliable and steadfast bunch. On May 13, a capacity crowd of about 200 people turned out for the Euclid Pet Pals’ 13th annual “Bark-B-Q” rib dinner at Tizzano’s Party Center on East 260th St. to help raise money to support the shelter. Typically, the event raises more than $5,000 to help cover the cost of caring for the distressed animals – and also finding them good homes.
“I hear lake water lapping… by the shore. I hear it in the deep heart’s core.” – William Butler Yeats, 20th Century Irish Poet
On Thursday, April 14th over 150 local and state attendees gathered to honor ten Euclid businesses, organizations and business persons at the Irish American Club for the Euclid Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Chamber 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 Governor Kasich and Representative Kent Smith and a plaque from the Euclid Chamber of Commerce.
Celebrate our 10th year of showcasing our E. 200th Street businesses and great community organizations by joining us on Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on E. 200th Street from Rick Case Honda to Our Lady of the Lake Parish.
In sports, it often doesn't pay to put much stock in so-called ° omens. "
During the Ohio high school regional basketball playoffs, one Villa
Angela-St. Joseph fan noticed that the state Division III championship game
was slated for March 19-the Feast of St. Joseph. ¢couldn't it be neat if
the St. Joe team won a state title on St. Joseph's Day?"the fan thought.
"Perhaps it's a good omen. "
well, that turned out to be wishful thinking. Coach Babe Kwasniak's
Vikings did make it to the final game in Columbus, but their rather
remarkable season came to an end with a 66-44 loss to Lima Central
Catholic-the same team they had beaten a year earlier to claim VASJ's
sixth state basketball crown. In fact, it was the third year in row that these
two squads met in the championship finals.
Almost incredibly, it marked the fourth straight appearance in a state
championship game for this year's Vikings seniors-first-team All-Ohio
guard Sherman Dean III, Kevin Roberts, Jacob Stauffer, Anthony Turk and
Phillip Bessick. Certainly, they'd hoped to end their high school careers on a
final victory note. But it wasn't to be. And, understandably, they and their
teammates seemed less than jubilant in settling for the runner-up trophy on
Ohio State's Schottenstein Center court.
Nonetheless, the 2016 VASJ squad far exceeded anyone's
expectations-especially considering that all five starters on the 2015
championship team had graduated. Starting from scratch, Coach Kwasniak's
cagers fashioned a very memorable tournament run.
And watch out for them again next year. The leading scorer for the
Vikings in the state title game was sophomore guard Jerry Higgins, whose
shot at the halftime buzzer narrowed Lima Central's lead to 27-26. Higgins
finished the game with 15 points. Among the others expected to return next
season are 6-7 freshman Alonzo Gafney, 6-2 junior Noah Newton, and 6-3
junior Dan McGarry who made a significant contribution under the basket
Congratulations to Imagine Bella Academy of Excellence Teacher of the Year, Ms. Mary Figueroa! The 5th and 6th grade Mathematics Teacher has also been honored as the January Head of the Class Winner from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Teacher of the Year for Imagine Schools in Northeast Ohio. Ms. Figueroa hosts free tutoring for students and their families to master challenging middle school math concepts. She is active on the campus leadership team and serves as the decision maker for the Positive Character Development Committee. Each day, Ms. Figueroa represents a lifelong learner, demonstrates genuine compassion and displays integrity in all her endeavors. It is a joy and an honor to recognize her as the Teacher of the Year.
Cuyahoga County Council Approves First Casino Revenue Loan Outside of Downtown District to City of Euclid for Waterfront Improvement Plan
Cleveland, OH – For the first time since the inception of the County’s Casino Revenue Fund, funds will be made available for a development project outside of the downtown district. Initiated and championed by County Councilwoman Sunny Simon, primary sponsor of the legislation, Cuyahoga County Council approved a $4 Million, partially-forgivable loan to the City of Euclid in support of Phase II of the Euclid Waterfront Improvement Plan at its regular Nov. 10, 2015 meeting.
Councilwoman Simon, whose district includes the City of Euclid, expressed the broad impact of the Casino Revenue Fund and this waterfront project, “This project proves the importance of taking a regional approach to promoting development in our County. The casino funds are a powerful tool to build on the strengths in our various communities. This will improve the amenities offered to residents of Euclid and will also be a draw for visitors to the City and the County. Our lakefront is a regional asset; I applaud the Council for approving this vital and forward-looking economic and community development project.”
EUCLID, OHIO--This memorable season will go down in the record books as one of most successful football seasons for Euclid High School. The Panthers went 10-3, tied with Solon for the Greater Cleveland Conference championship and advanced to the third round of the Division I, Region 1 playoffs. Their third round playoff appearance was a first in Euclid High School history. The team was led by head coach Jeff Rotsky, winner of the Tony Fisher "Coach of the Year" award and named Coach of the Year for the Northeast Ohio Lakes All-District football team.
Euclid High School Athletic Director Patrick Higley said it best, "Thank you to the families and friends of Euclid for supporting the team throughout the year, especially last night in less than desirable conditions. This season, you witnessed history. Most importantly, however, thank you to the young men in the program. Thank you for your time, your commitment and desire to be the very best you could be, on and off the field. This year YOU made history!"
The First Annual Catholic Hunger and Shelter Network Recognition sponsored by Catholic Charities/Diocese of Cleveland was held on September 23, 2015 at the Greater Cleveland Foodbank.
Melissa Sirak, Director, had this to say regarding the work of its agencies. “For over thirty years the Catholic Hunger & Shelter Network has provided quality program and services to those experiencing hunger and homelessness in our communities. Only with the time, talent and resources of so many individuals can we continue our mission of serving those who have less. On behalf of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, thank you for your daily contributions and may you be granted abundant blessings in all the good work that you do.”
The Euclid Hunger Center was presented the “Pantry Perfection” Panty plaque and was applauded for their high standards and the continued work they do in meeting the needs of the underserved residents of the community.
A much anticipated Euclid holiday tradition returns with the 5th Annual Euclid Holiday Celebration taking place on Friday, December 4, 2015! The event will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. 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 wagon rides, free activities and crafts for children, along with the lighting of the holiday tree and free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Church Choir Concert will be held in the auditorium, and the 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 will include an ice sculptor creating a Fire & Ice tower. The City of Euclid, Shore Cultural Centre, and the Euclid Chamber of Commerce are proud to be partnering again this year on this important community event.
The Thanksgiving holiday is close at hand. So close, you can almost smell the turkey in the oven, see the candles on the table, and taste the pies! Macy's Parade. Football. Black Friday. To most of us, traditionally, it is the start of the Holiday Season! Snow, maybe. Cold, probably. Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, whatever holiday you observe, is coming. But it's not ONLY the holiday itself that makes the season. It's what you DO with the time between Thanksgiving and that other holiday that makes it joyous!
Laparade is celebrating its commitment to inspiring young lives through quality early care programming and beyond. The center is always striving to be the change they want to see in the community. Laparade Early Learning and Training Center was incorporated in August of 2005, it opened its doors as a quality training center for early care educators who are seeking to become National Child Development Associates. A few months later in November of 2005, the direct operated childcare center was licensed with the State. The childcare center and the training center is located at25000 Euclid Avenue , Euclid Place office building.
At Imagine Bella we have this wonderful thing called “Student of the Month”. How you can become it is not all about being the best student, it’s about having perseverance. Ms. Figueroa describes it as, “Never giving up, even when things are hard”. A student from each grade gets picked by a teacher to be the student of the month.
On Oct. 1, HGR Industrial Surplus celebrated Manufacturing Day with a site-dedication ceremony and customer appreciation sale that included 20 to 50 percent off most items in the showroom and resulted in more than 225 people visiting and one of the company’s top sales days.
Customers began to arrive before 7:30 a.m. to shop for used industrial surplus goods, including one whose mother built GM auto bodies at the facility. Guests continued to arrive for the 11 a.m. dedication ceremony emceed by Mark “Munch” Bishop of WKNR 850 AM, who shared a brief history of the site before turning the floor over to Brian Krueger, one of HGR’s owners who introduced many honored guests.
Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik acknowledged the $10-12 million of improvements that HGR has begun making to the fire system, roof and parking lot, saying, “I remember dodging chuckholes as big as your car in the lot when it was owned by the previous landlord.” Council President Kirsten Holzheimer-Gale said a few words and introduced Ward 1 Councilwoman Stephana C. Caviness, as well as Pearletha Taylor, president of the Heritage Park Neighborhood Association, then presented HGR with a friendship plaque from the city. Krueger acknowledged Cheryl Stephens of the Cuyahoga Land Bank who helped negotiate the site acquisition.
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: