We have entered in that time of year where both sweet and savory aromas are filling each house and holiday tunes old and new are playing on the radio. That time of year where people are more giving, little ones are on their best behavior and people are expressing their gratitude and thanks to one another. As a councilwoman there are many things that I am thankful for as I look back over the year. I’m thankful for the many ways that I have been able to serve the people of Euclid. Whether it was volunteering for the annual big clean event, helping to solve the many problems of residents big and small, or the many opportunities to volunteer with the schools and work with the youth, either by speaking at an assembly, career day or being a mentor through the Always a Panther program. I’m thankful for the many relationships that have been built with residents that have agreed to be my eyes and ears in the community, ensuring that I don’t miss a beat when it comes to the ward. I’m just as thankful for the partnerships that have been formed with local businesses that seek to give back to the community. Like Mitchell’s Ultra Lounge who was a sponsor for the free summer movie nights for the past two summers, Simon’s supermarket who has on several occasions donated fruit to community events such as the 1st annual Ward 1,2,3 Community fair held back in September. This holiday season I am especially thankful for Nager, Romaine and Schneiberg Law firm located at 27730 Euclid Ave., who donated 125 turkeys to families in need. They served hot chocolate and donuts and even had Brutus the Buckeye to stop by wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving. I’m also thankful for B Stone bar and grille who stepped in and donated 15 turkeys with all the fixens to families in need. Imani church who for the last 12 years fed hundreds of people at their annual Thanksgiving Day community meal. It is these things that I am most thankful for. People coming together to touch the lives of others in a positive and sometimes lifechanging way. It is my hope that you take the time this holiday season and look back over all the things you can be thankful for as well as look ahead to the holiday to come and think of the many ways you can give back or pay it forward. Take advantage of this time, whether you brighten someone’s day with a song, by going caroling with your neighbors, or sharing a sweet recipe in a cookie exchange, maybe even adopting a family in need and purchasing a few gifts. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but its you that can make it wonderful for someone else. I hope your holiday is filled with joy peace, love and hope and the kind of happiness that spills over into the lives of everyone you meet. So, whether you celebrate Christmas like my family, Hanukah, Kwanza or you jut love the holiday songs, food and decorations, make it a great one for you, yours and someone else’s.
Euclid Gives Back
The Mother-Daughter Tea Social is a fun occasion for women and girls to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a family-friendly environment. Guests will enjoy gourmet teas, a light lunch, favors and activities for all ages. The Tea wil take place at 2pm on February 9th at the Willoughby Hills Community Center located at 35400 Chardon Rd, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094. Tickets for the event can be purchased at: http://motherdaughterteasocial.eventbrite.com. Adult tickets are $25, and tickets for children 12 and under are $15. All proceeds from this event will benefit Operation Shower.
This past holiday season, the Girl Scout Troops from Ss. Robert and William School collected enough donations to fill 86 "Socks of Love." These sock bundles included a new pair of socks, one stuffed into the other, and filled with toiletries such as shampoo, soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste. These 86 Socks of Love will be donated to the Shower Program at St. Malachi Center in Cleveland. All the excess toiletries were donated to Forbes House in Lake County.
Eaton Family Credit Union’s spring “Easter Money Bunny” fundraiser totaled $658. The credit union will deliver funds to the Euclid Hunger Center, Willoughby Hills Food Pantry, The Children’s Miracle Network and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Eaton Family Credit Union’s Valentine’s Day “dinner and a movie” giveaway resulted in $579 donation to Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, which empowers individuals, educates the community and advocates for justice to end domestic violence and child abuse.
This special Valentine’s Day fundraiser was the brainchild of Eaton Family Credit Union employees, Kenyita and Kristina. They sold tickets for three weeks and chose the winner right before Valentine’s Day.
Longtime member, Mike from Concord Township, received movie tickets donated by Atlas Cinemas plus Olive Garden and Giant Eagle gift cards.
My wife and I want to wholeheartedly thank the citizens of Euclid for supporting our new restaurant, Southern Fusion located at 26598 Lakeshore Blvd. We would like to give any resident of Euclid, who purchases any entre on any Wednesday thru September 26th, a discount of 15% on their meal! Our way of "giving back" to those who have given us so much encouragement
Ed & Muriel Riggins
Ed Riggins is a Euclid resident, and owner of Southern Fusion Restaurant in Euclid. He is a chef and member of Providence Baptist Church.
The Rotary Club of Euclid is proud to present $1,000 college scholarships to Career Tech students from Euclid High School.
Fred Siegel, Club President, remarked, “Annually the club presents three college scholarships. This year we are pleased that with the help of an anonymous donor we are able to provide four scholarships to Euclid students. We wish the winners much success.”
Daniel Essel participated in the CISCO Networking Technology program. He will attend Hiram College this fall studying computer science.
Erich Botzki participated in the CISCO Networking Technology program. He will attend Lakeland Community College this fall studying applied science.
Avionne Mitchell participated in the Visual Communications program. She will attend Youngstown State University this fall studying art.
Kate Sudar participated in the Visual Communication program. She will attend The Rochester Institute of Technology this fall studying art.
Eaton Family Credit Union’s Mother’s Day basket giveaway resulted in a $650 donation to Dress For Success, a non-profit organization that provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women.
This special Mother’s Day fundraiser is the brainchild of Eaton Family Credit Union employees, Debbie and Kenyita. Over the past two months, $5 donations were accepted for the opportunity to win a Spa Day Package for Mom. Gregory from Euclid is excited to present the basket to his mother on Sunday.
On Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30pm, the Kiwanis Club of Euclid held its annual Youth, Citizen, Business and Kiwanian of the Year award ceremony in the Waltz Auditorium of the Euclid Hospital.
The 2012 Youth of the Year recipient was Miss Catherine Hoggett of Euclid High School. Catherine has been an enthusiastic and instrumental leader in the Euclid High School Key Club, serving as the secretary of the Executive Board.
Husband and wife, Chris and Gloria Burford were awarded Citizens of the Year. The Burfords have made it their life’s mission to serve as foster parents for children in the Cleveland/Greater Cleveland area. Over the past 8 years, the Burfords have fostered 34 children which led to the adoption of 4. Gloria Burford states, “It takes a village to raise these children and we have to start somewhere.”
George Hasrouni of Maria’s Family Restaurant on Lake Shore Boulevard received the Business of the Year award. Maria’s Family Restaurant has served the Euclid community for 17 years and George looks forward to continuing to serve excellent meals and satisfy the masses for many years to come.
Dr. Kari Cunningham was the recipient of the 2012 Kiwanian of the Year award. Serving a second term as President, Dr. Cunningham has worked to make the Kiwanis Club of Euclid more visible within the community and helped the club update its constitution and bylaws. Dr. Cunningham is currently finishing a residency in pediatric dentistry at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
The Kiwanis Club of Euclid is a part of Kiwanis International, an organization aimed at serving the children of the world – one child, one community at a time. Euclid Kiwanis has been serving the Euclid community since 1927. Some of the many community service projects include Kids in Safety Seats with the Euclid Police Department, the Terrific Kids Program to recognize excellence in preschool-aged children, ongoing support of the Mary Mavec Opportunity School for individuals with mental and physical handicaps, the Boots and Shoes program with Payless Shoe Source, and the Frank B. Davis Memorial Scholarship for graduating high school seniors. Annual fundraisers that thrive off of community participation are the Sweetheart Bowl-A-Thon, Pancake Breakfast, Corn Roast, and Poor Man’s Raffle, to name a few. All proceeds are returned to the community and children worldwide.
In 2007, Jennifer Gilbride, a Euclid Hospital R.N. was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). At Cleveland Clinic facilities she underwent six months of chemotherapy, six weeks of radiation twice a day and seven reconstruction surgeries.
Gilbride is a survivor and was recently chosen to carry the flag of courage in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®. During the walk she was interviewed by Monica Robins of WKYC, four years after their first interview together when she was first diagnosed with cancer.
Gilbride is an inspiration. She became very active with helping others through breast cancer support and education. She was even selected and trained to be a peer counselor with The Gathering Place’s Breast Cancer Connection service.
Dedicated to the education of other women about IBC, this rare and aggressive form of cancer cannot be detected by mammogram or ultrasound. There are no lumps, only red patches. Gilbride is proof that knowledge and perseverance can lead you to overcome your obstacles and live strong.
BRIDGES (Building Respect and Interaction through Dialogue, Growth, Education and Solutions) and Moore Counseling Ministries are hosting a walk-a-thon here in the city of Euclid Sept. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. “Walking with Purpose” is an event designed to bring the community together to celebrate and promote diversity and to support some of Euclid’s non-profit organizations. Walkers may direct their pledges to benefit BRIDGES, MCMS Counseling and Addiction Recovery Programs, the Rosemary Center, the Euclid Hunger Center or the Mary Mavec Opportunity School.
Walking is a form of exercise that is simple and safe, good for your heart and your waistline. Everyone in the community is welcome to participate! Why not get a team together of family, friends or co-workers? Prizes will be awarded to the largest group, the most money raised and most interesting theme. After the walk get to know your neighbors at a picnic at Sims Park, hosted by The Lake Shore Ministry Group. Hot dogs and snacks will be provided by Dave’s Supermarket for a minimal cost.
The walk-a-thon will begin and end at Sims Park on Lakeshore Boulevard. Walkers can choose the Senior Circuit, the 2. 5 mile, or the 5.5 mile walk. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the first step off is at 9 a.m. If you’d like to participate contact Mary Muehle at (216) 481-3272 or email BRIDGES at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and forms are also available at www.bridgesofneo.com or at the Euclid Public Library or Euclid City Hall. The walk-a-thon will be held rain or shine!
Eaton Family Credit Union members and employees got into the grilling season at the eighth annual member appreciation day on Friday, July 1st. Patrick from Cleveland won a Kenmore grill donated by Sears Hardware on Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills. On behalf of everyone who entered the drawing, Eaton Family Credit Union will donate over $800 to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
Mike Losneck, President, Eaton Family Credit Union remarked, “This was a record year for participation and money raised. We gave out a whole bunch of hot dogs and raised the most ever for one of our charities.” Patrick from Cleveland was pleased to win the grill and equally happy to support the hospital because his niece was treated at Rainbow early on.
Music for the party was provided by Cameron Zwagerman from WELW 1330 AM Radio. Other lucky credit union members also received tickets to the Kelly Miller Circus in Willowick and Atlas Cinemas movie tickets. Also attending the event was Leah Brown from Enterprise Car Sales and Robbie Baughman from Jay Honda.
Let's join hands to make our neighborhods and our city as beautiful as they can be.
Clean up Euclid Day will be May 7 from 9am to noon.
All volunteers should meet at the playground behind city hall at 9am. We will break into small groups and go to an assigned area to clean up litter. Garbage bags will be provided. At 11:30 am we will meet back at the playground for pizza and refreshments.
Euclid Curves is a flagship sponsor for the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, a 5K walk that involves thousands of men, women, and children. The event will take place May 21 at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
In keeping with the celebration the ladies of Curves have decorated bras which were auctioned off to raise funds for breast cancer research. In a spirit of solidarity, the women put their creative talents to work. The bras were so very clever that they earned equally creative titles such as Red Hat Society, Beaded Boobs, Belly Dancer, and Here's Looking at You. Over 50 bras adorned the walls of the Euclid Curves. More funds were raised as the members paid $1.00 per vote to vote for their favorites.
More information about the walk is available at http://makingstrides.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCFY11Ohio?pg=entry&fr_id=28159.
Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the 3rd Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Euclid gets underway with teams of residents gathering at the Euclid High School Track on May 13, 2011 at 6:00pm.
Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.
This year’s Relay For Life of Euclid will kick off with a Survivor’s Lap at 6:00pm. Survivors are invited to gather on the track and lead the first lap of relay with teams and families cheering them around the track. Immediately following will be a survivor dinner for all survivors and their one guest. If you are a cancer survivor and would like to participate please register online at www.relayforlife.org/euclid.
We will have entertainment going all night. There will be local bands, food, jazzercise, karate demonstrations, raffle baskets, a bounce house, and much more!
Need a roof? A new furnace? Buying a Euclid home? You may want to consider contacting the Euclid Development Corporation (EDCOR) first. EDCOR is offering qualified Euclid homeowners three percent loans, up to $30,000, to fix violations and home improvement. Applicants must own and reside in the home in which the improvements are to be made. A U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant, under the Housing and Community Development Block Grant program, and the HOME program provide funds for this program.
Additionally, through Euclid’s Special Projects Division of the Community Services and Economic Development Department, qualifying homeowners can receive services customized to meet various housing needs such as weatherization, dead bolts, smoke alarms, furnace inspection and cleaning and handicapped services. Since there can be a waiting list, those interested should apply early. For information on this program, call (216) 289-8562.
The city of Euclid is offering qualified first time home buyers a down payment assistance program. This program, managed in cooperation with Cuyahoga county, provides a 17 percent down payment (home buyer provides three percent), up to a maximum of $14,500, for purchasing a home in Euclid. Half of the money is forgiven (in increments) over a five-year period as long as the buyer resides in the home at least five years, with the remaining half recaptured upon sale or transfer of the home. There are no monthly payments required for this funding, but funds are limited so apply early. Those interested for this program should visit www.cityofeuclid.com for more information.
With all these programs available, now is the time to purchase a Euclid home or fix up your Euclid home. For additional information, please call EDCOR at (216) 289-4625.
Much of the news about the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan has been focused on the city of Sendai because it is a city of a million people. It is also still accessible to the media but close enough to the affected Fukushima nuclear power plants to portray the effects of the plants on local residents. However, there are many more villages and towns in that area that were also devastated. The City of Euclid’s sister-city Naraha-Machi is one of them. A farming town of approximately 8,000 residents, it is also the site of one of the nuclear plants that is having so much trouble. The news media and aid groups cannot access the town because of the troubled plants.
Euclid seniors have been the benefactors of two rather substantial donations in the past couple months.
Students at Euclid High School have participated in several charitable causes at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. This is part of an ongoing effort on behalf of the administration, staff, and students of Euclid High School to ensure their school is again viewed as a "Pillar of the Community."
Euclid Hospital sock hop gives back to the community by way of 487 pairs of socks donated to Euclid public schools
Poodle skirts and root beer floats, rather than the expected scrubs and lab coats, filled the Euclid Hospital cafeteria when the clocks turned back for a 1950s-themed sock hop and employees donated pairs of socks to benefit the Euclid Public School District.
There were a few tragic news stories involving area teens last July that compelled me to action. I heard of a shooting here in Euclid on East 200th Street, and around the same time there was the report of a Mentor High School athlete who was found passed out in a backyard of a friends’ house and died on the way to the hospital. While it's too late to undo what happened, we don't have to get caught up in the faulty logic of the "since we can't save everyone, we shouldn't even try" mentality. Instead, we can focus on the things that do go well and continue doing the positive things that do make a difference for the sake of those they do make a difference to. Sure, some kids won’t listen, but some will. We can at least respond to those who reach out to us.