Green Euclid

The Euclid Beach Blast! Was Nothing Short Of.....A Blast!

The Euclid Beach Blast! was a great success! All tolled throughout the day we had close to 450 attendees having a blast watching pop up art take shape on "the wall of doors", cleaning the beach (and picking up 200 pounds of trash!), building a sandcastle and catching some rays, watching a jump rope troop hop in all the way from Africa, chalking the sidewalk, learning about watershed preservation, chowing down on a Cuban sandwich from Jibaro World Eats Food Truck, biking and planting gardens around Collinwood and most importantly jamming to some music from 106.5 The Lake, Radio Disney and live performances from Bill Meyer, Andriana Santiago and Grupo Son Gitano!  We could not have had such a great event without the help of many dedicated Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach volunteers who spent hours in the hot sun on Saturday keeping everything cool! Thank you again to everyone who came out to volunteer on Saturday! Thank you also to all of our participating pop up artists! You can see the "the wall of doors" or the "Blank Canvas" in the Arts Collinwood Gallery.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 4:30 PM, 08.09.2011

Euclid's green thumbers will soon enjoy fruits of their labor

Mistress Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And so my garden grows.

Who hasn’t heard that nursery rhyme before? Sure, one can argue the political overtones of this little diddy, but let’s dispense with the that and focus on how the words fit so nicely with the magic that is taking place behind the Euclid city jail.

A number of Euclid residents have been making wonderful things grow in Euclid’s newest community garden, located behind the city jail on Milton Avenue. Early spring rains, summer sunshine and a lot of sweat equity seem to be the key ingredients to the mounds of vegetables, herbs and annuals that line the various beds.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 7:08 PM, 07.09.2011

The downside of convenience and the anticipation of the first fruit

I grew up in Westlake before it became the land of mini-mansions. I distinctly remember a cow running loose through our backyard and a cowboy on a horse, lasso spinning over his head, in pursuit. Maybe part of my memory is shaded by the romance of childhood, but the cows most distinctly were living a few houses away and they did sometimes get loose. Our backyard led to abandoned grape fields formerly owned by Welsh’s. There were early raspberries growing wild that would supply the children of the neighborhood with sustenance while they explored the wooded areas. We had favorite grape vines that we could swing on and in the late summer enjoy eating the concord grapes. 

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 7:08 PM, 07.09.2011

Install a rain garden to reduce storm water pollution in your own backyard

A rain garden is an attractive, landscaped area planted with perennial native plants which don't mind getting wet feet. They are beautiful gardens, built in depressions, which are designed to capture and filter storm water runoff from impervious surfaces around the home, such as rooftops and driveways.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 7:08 PM, 07.09.2011

Are they dogwoods??

Our photographer wasn’t really sure, since he can’t tell the difference between a cherry blossom tree and a large mulberry bush.  Whatever they are, trees of this type burst into bloom in many parts of Euclid in the middle of May.  These colorful spring blossoms were spotted on Miller Avenue, near East 200th Street.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 3:48 PM, 06.02.2011

Spring Cleaning - Proper disposal of household hazardous waste

Antifreeze, household cleaners, gasoline, pesticides, oil paints, solvents, used motor oil, etc. Improper disposal allows these items to seep into and pollute our rivers and groundwater. So the next time you’re spring cleaning or on the move, learn the proper disposal of household hazardous waste. The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District encourages you to participate in spring cleaning to rid your house and garage of household hazardous waste. 

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 4:54 PM, 05.04.2011

Euclid Creek wetland restoration project begins in Wildwood State Park

The Lacustrine Refuge is a wetland restoration project located in Wildwood Lakefront State Park in the Euclid Creek Watershed on the Main Branch of Euclid Creek, a tributary to Lake Erie that is heavily urbanized and affected by urban runoff and habitat degradation in the city of Cleveland.  The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District applied for and was awarded $1,396,050 from the US EPA through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to fund the Lacustrine Refuge project.

An estuary, or lacustuary in freshwater systems, provides habitat for nearshore fish and typically consists of wetlands.  Today, the Euclid Creek estuarine zone has been modified for a public park and marina, but opportunity exists to restore some of the natural estuary function. 

The Lacustrine Refuge project will restore three acres of urban coastal wetlands and restore 1,100 linear feet of shoreline habitat to serve as a fish habitat refuge and nursery for the urban coastal estuary zone.  In addition, eroding banks in the park will be stabilized and invasive plants replaced with native plants to attract more birds and amphibians to the area.

The Lacustrine Refuge project provides a rare opportunity for nearby residents of Cleveland and Euclid to connect with nature and to experience native plant species long displaced from our region and to enjoy wildlife species which have disappeared.  Keep updated on this exciting project by checking the Euclid Creek website at http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/EuclidCreekFiles/EC_LacustrineRefuge.htm.

 

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 5:17 PM, 05.04.2011

Euclid Beach cleanup season is off to a great start!

Volunteers from the Collinwood Masonic Lodge #582, a women's rugby team, General Electric employees, college and high school students and neighborhood residents came together in mid-March for the first Euclid Beach cleanup of 2011. They managed to collect an absolute hands-down record of 234 pounds of trash, over 75 pounds of which was recycled!  Thanks to those hard working volunteers who collected over 850 cigar tips, close to 200 plastic bags bottles and cans and well over 150 plastic and paper bags! The most "unique" items collected included a freezer door and a construction barrel! 

Volunteers joined forces again in mid-April to continue their clean-up efforts. But this is only the beginning of a long and active year ahead! With summer around the corner, we are going to need your help! Now more than ever join volunteers just like you this summer along with over 7,000 other volunteers across the Great Lakes as we tackle some of the toughest months of the year for beach and water quality!  Remember, our Great Lakes constitute over one-fifth of the earth's fresh surface water. Let’s at least take care of the beaches in our own community!  

For more information on the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team, e-mail Stephen Love at stephen.love20@gmail.com or call (216) 571-0685. Interested on-liners can visit the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Euclid-Beach-Adopt-a-Beach-Team/110703672309610?ref=ts.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 5:11 PM, 05.04.2011

A Call For Volunteers!-The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team!

Do you care about Lake Erie....the water we drink...our beaches and our wildlife?   Do you visit and use Euclid Beach, Villa Angela or Wild Wood State Parks? Do you care about access to quality recreational parks in your community?  

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 3:25 PM, 04.13.2011

Memorial Park Community Garden Opening Spring 2011

           The newest edition to Memorial Park will be opening this spring … Memorial Park Community Garden! (MPCG)Euclid’s newest community garden is approximately 1/3 of an acre; located on Milton Ave. off E 222nd ST. behind the jail, across from the volleyball courts.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:41 PM, 03.20.2011

Euclid Creek’s first dam removal project underway!

After five years of planning and piecing together funding, work on the Euclid Creek East Branch dam removal and stream restoration project began Oct. 18. The dam is located in the city of Euclid, south of Euclid Avenue in the Euclid Creek Metropark Reservation below the Highland Road Bridge. It is one of six dams in the Euclid Creek Watershed impeding fish and aquatic life from traveling through the watershed’s stream network. The dams in Euclid Creek range from small dams built in the old mill days to others built as part of roadway improvement projects in the 1960s.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 2:51 PM, 01.18.2011

Porous cement?

The Euclid City School District has installed a test patch of pervious concrete. This material allows water to pass through it, while retaining the strength of traditional concrete.  By allowing water to pass through, it keeps it out of our storm system and, improves water quality.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 8:30 AM, 09.11.2010

East Shore Garden Club

The East Shore Garden Club (ESGC) of Euclid will hold their eighth annual non-standard flower show and plant sale Sep. 14 at the Euclid Public Library. The hours of the show are from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 8:30 AM, 09.11.2010

Good to be Green

It’s Good to be Green focuses on local, healthy and sustainable ways we can get our food, which is good for our bodies and our community.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:37 PM, 06.24.2010

Euclid’s going Green

In collaborative projects between the City Council and the Administration, Euclid is at various stages of adoption of new technologies that can save money, bring Euclid jobs and save our environment. Three areas in particular are moving forward.
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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 12:45 PM, 05.20.2010