Tuesday, November 28, 2017 was #GivingTuesday. This special day is designed to be a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. This year, our goal was to raise $5,000 to offset the purchase of two new handicap accessible vans for our consumers. These vehicles will be used to drive consumers to doctor appointments, school, work, community integration activities and much more.
We’ve been asked to stand for a variety of causes in the past several years. In 2018 I propose that we SIT for our children. Adult lives are so busy – running from place to place – that sitting down with the children in our lives has literally taken a back seat to our daily schedules. Consider sitting with children – face to face – in close proximity – to eat a meal, play a game, help with homework and talk about the day. Imagine how this simple, inexpensive habit of sitting down with a child could improve our valuable adult/child relationships! Moms and dads, grandparents, friends and mentors – this act can work wonders. By sitting down and concentrating on the child before you, you are validating that child and mentoring behaviors that will go a long way to teach important life skills that can last a lifetime.
Our gym is begging to be filled with area crafters and vendors in preparation for this holiday season. Join some of our ambitious staff members, friends, family, and community entrepreneurs on Saturday, November 18th from 10 am to 3 pm at Kiddie City 280 E. 206th St. Euclid, Ohio. Ten foot spaces are $30 (plus a tax deductible raffle basket contribution). Registration and payment is due by October 6th to hold your space and the raffle basket is due to Kiddie City by November 1st. You will be able to bring your table and display to set up at 9 am the morning of the event. Call 216-481-9044 for more information and to check out the vendors who have already committed.
PetFix Northeast Ohio will be hosting the always popular No Balls Ball on Saturday, October 7 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. In addition to great food, there will be a silent auction and raffles, wine pull, DJ and dancing. PetFix will also be honoring the 2017 PetFix Hero. PetFix Heroes are acknowledged for going the extra mile to help create a world in which every cat and dog born has a loving home.
Save the Date: Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Warehouse Sale, Sept. 8-9
You've decluttered, cleaned, and tidied your house. Now what do you do with all that stuff? Bring your unwanted items to the Henn Mansion any Wednesday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. Donated items will be used for our Annual Flea Market on April 28 and 29 which helps support restoration of the Mansion. We do not accept clothing, large furniture, electronics or exercise equipment. For more information, call 216-731-5060.
Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition will be hosting free tax preparation services as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Last year in Cuyahoga County, the VITA Program served over 15,000 people and brought back more than $22 million to the community. County VITA sites are at the County’s Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC) and at the Department of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) in partnership with Mt Pleasant NOW Development Corporation. Westshore NFSC is located at 9830 Lorain Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44102; the tax site will be open Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. DSAS is located at 13815 Kinsman Rd, Cleveland Ohio 44120; the tax site will be open Fridays during the day. To schedule an appointment go online to www.211oh.org or call 211/United Way.
Greater Cleveland Volunteers held a volunteer information session at the Euclid Public Library in mid-January drawing more than 60 attendees.
Petfix Northeast Ohio Offering Special $20 Spay/Neuter Surgeries For Cats To Make It Affordable For Everyone
PetFix Northeast Ohio announced today that a generous grant from PetSmart Charities will enable the organization to offer spay/neuter surgeries for owned cats for only $20 (plus a free rabies vaccination). This promotional price will debut on February 1, and will be available to the first 750 cat owners who reference the “Cool Cats” promotion. The $20 rate is even lower than PetFix’s everyday exceptionally low prices (about 1/5 the cost of a regular veterinarian).
The non-profit PetFix Northeast Ohio announced today that a generous grant from the ASPCA will allow it to greatly expand its capacity to offer high quality, affordable spay and neuter services to pet owners in the region. After sometimes having to wait months for surgeries that are often 1/5 the cost of a full-service veterinarian, pet owners can now get access to appointments when they need them. “We hear from clients every day that veterinary services are out of reach. They often have to choose between buying food or medicine, paying the rent or utilities, and fixing their pet,” said Christie Lucco, PetFix Executive Director.
Registration Now Open for “Together We Can Overnight”
The American Cancer Society uses the tagline, “It’s about a community coming together in the fight against cancer,” to describe local Relay For Life events. On Friday, May 20th, the Relay For Life of Euclid showed us what that truly means.
You’ll be hearing the laughter of children soon at the former Lincoln Elementary School building as the staff and students of Kiddie City Child Care Community leave our E. 200th St. home of 10 years on Friday, April 29th and resume Tuesday, May 3rd at our new location on E. 206th St. We are grateful to the Euclid City Schools’ Board of Education for leasing us this great facility to continue our mission of providing quality care and early childhood education to eastern Cuyahoga and western Lake Counties’ children and their families. The staff and their infant, toddler, preschool, and prekindergarten students will thrive in this fantastic indoor and outdoor environment.
The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center, Hospice of the Western Reserve, is hosting a free Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., to help those who are grieving the loss of a mother or mother figure. The tea will be held at the organization’s Lakeshore Campus, 300 E. 185th Street, Cleveland.
The event is open to anyone in the community needing support on their grief journey; no hospice connection is necessary. Seating fills up quickly, so early reservations are strongly recommended. To register for the event, call Felicia Dunlop at 216.486.6335 by April 22, 2016.
“Mother’s Day can be very painful for those who have experienced a loss,” said bereavement center director Diane Snyder Cowan. “The tea provides a reflective, healing place where participants can honor the memory of their mothers, grandmothers or mother figures while sharing special memories with others if they choose. We encourage those attending to bring a photo to display on our Table of Remembrance.”
Tea for the event will be donated by the Rosepointe Cottage Tea Room in Chardon. Homemade pastries will be prepared and served by volunteers. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to place a personal message on a memory wall hanging.
Ivan Schwarz and HBO “Band of Brothers” Actor James Madio to Provide Keynote
Residents of Euclid and the surrounding communities are invited to join staff and volunteers of Hospice of the Western Reserve for its 37th annual meeting, "Tell Your Story,” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Cleveland Convention Center Ballroom, 300 Lakeside Ave. Admission is free; complimentary valet parking will be provided. Keynote speakers are Ivan Schwarz, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, and award-winning actor, director and producer James Madio, well known for his role as Sgt. Frank Perconte in the award-winning HBO miniseries, “Band of Brothers.”
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be served at 5:00 p.m.; the evening’s program begins at 5:30 p.m. Registration (requested) is available online at hospicewr.org/story or by phone at 216.383.5291.
Are you a passionate, committed Clevelander dedicated to taking an active role in improving your community? Could you use help enhancing your leadership skills?
The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is a free community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland.
Riding Through Grief, a day camp offered by Hospice of the Western Reserve in collaboration with Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, 16497 Snyder Road, Chagrin Falls, is being offered for children ages 8-12 who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Through riding and working with horses on a 45-acre farm, trained grief counselors help participants explore their feelings in a supported environment with peers undergoing the same pain.
Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2015 Walk to Remember, sponsored by FirstMerit Foundation, takes place Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.; the walk begins at 9:00 a.m. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for children and $60 for families (two adults and three children under age 12) and includes full-day admission to the Zoo and Rainforest, t-shirts, live musical entertainment from InCahootz, memorial crafts, face painting, healthy snacks and beverages and more. Registration is available online at hospicewr.org/walk, or by calling 216.383.3715.
Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition will be hosting free tax preparation services as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Last year in Cuyahoga County, the VITA Program served 11,950 people and brought back more than $14.8 million to the community. County VITA sites are at the County’s Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC) and at the Southgate NFSC. Westshore NFSC is located at 9830 Lorain Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44102; the tax site will be open Monday evenings and Saturdays. Southgate NFSC is located at 5398 ½ Northfield Rd, Maple Heights Ohio 44137; the tax site will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays. To schedule an appointment go online to www.211oh.org or call 211/United Way First Call for Help.
Children are “Forgotten Grievers"
Grieving children experience conflicting emotions during the holiday season. Excitement about presents and parties are coupled with the sadness of knowing they cannot share these special traditions with their deceased loved one.
“Family traditions may have changed since the death. It may seem like nothing is the same as it used to be or everything is the same, except that their special person is missing,” said Diane Snyder Cowan, Director of Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center.
Looking for a reasonably-priced, interesting holiday gift or decoration? Come and visit the Mary Mavec Opportunity School any Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday, 10am-1pm, for a wide selection of items created by the clients including ornaments, wind chimes, ceramic plates and magnets, vases, garden stones, plaques, decorative boxes, framed art. We even have some spider webs for Halloween. All Around Town books are available for $28 each. Mary Mavec Opportunity School is located at 21701 Lake Shore Blvd. For additional information, call 216/731-4666.
Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and the Home Heating and Weatherization Task Force will be hosting a Utilities Resource Fair, at West Side Community House at 9300 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44102, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The free event will provide information and resources to the community, and enable customers to apply for utilities assistance programs such as Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Percentage of Income Program (PIPP Plus) and Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP). Customers can apply for county benefits programs such as Medicaid, Child Care and Food Assistance.
There will be a free Utilities Assistance Programs Training Workshop at noon; registration is online for the workshop at www.cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us.
For information, call 216-987-7010 or visit www.cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us.
Happy Memorial Day indeed! A new bicycling advocacy organization named "Bike Euclid" has recently been established. Our kick-off event was a group ride in the Euclid Memorial Day Parade.
The newly formed bicycling advocacy organization, Bike Euclid, was pleased to participate in the Euclid Memorial Day Parade. To learn more go to www.facebook.com/euclidbikesBike.
With library renovations finished, the semiannual Friends of the Euclid Public Library book sale is back on track, at its regular time--the last full weekend of April–and its regular place–all of the meeting rooms off the gallery at Euclid Public Library, 631 E. 222nd St. If you don't know where it is, look for the tank--it's a war memorial--in front of it.
Plans call for Friday, April 25, to be Members' Night, when members of the Friends can come and shop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The library itself is closed Friday nights; only the sale rooms will be open. Non-members may sign up at the door.
On April 26, the doors open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. This is usually the best time to shop; there's room to breathe (Friday night tends to be crowded) and a good selection.
Sunday, April 27, is Bag Day. For $2.00, you buy a grocery bag to fill. Amazingly, there is usually more than enough left to make the bag a huge bargain.
On March 1st, the Euclid Girl Scout Troops of Service Unit 760 celebrated World Friendship Day at Sts. Robert and William School Gymnasium. During this annual event, each troop chose a country to research, they then sold food, crafts and hosted games from that country. The event began with a flag ceremony representing each country.
This event was open to the public and had 240 people in attendance this year. All proceeds were donated to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, GA.
If you are interested in joining a local Girl Scout Troop, please contact Euclid Service Unit Leader Joyce Tucceri at email@example.com or online at Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio gsneo.org.
Come One, Come All… to the annual Henn Mansion Flea Market. Preview Night, Friday, April 25th, from 6-8 p.m.; admission $5. Saturday Sale 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; admission FREE. Lots of wonderful treasures – antiques and collectibles, housewares, linens, toys, holiday items, tools, garden items, plants, baskets, lamps, clocks, sporting gear, books, CDs, luggage, vases, jewelry, trains, vintage items, small tables, chests, chairs, mirrors and MUCH, MUCH more. If you have items you’d still like to donate, you may bring them on Wednesday evening between 7-9 p.m. during our weekly open house. If you need a pickup, please call Ginny Petrie at 216-731-9376. See you at the sale!!!
NEED FOOD ASSISSTANCE? The Cleveland Food Bank can Help!!
The Cleveland Food Bank understands that times are tough and money is tight. In order to help Northeast Ohio families the Food Bank has a full time staff of Benefit Counselors that can make the application process quick and easy for over 20 programs including SNAP (food stamps), prescription benefits, child care vouchers, WIC, medical coverage, and other assistance programs. Applications options are varied in order to accommodate your family’s specific immediate needs. Any adult of any age may apply. The Benefit Counselors will walk you through the process step-by-step. These programs are available for anyone hat needs them. If an individual makes less then $1,244 per month (gross) they may be eligible for assistance. The income limit for a family of four is $2,551.
Let us start by introducing ourselves. We are Kiddie City Child Care Community Inc. and we are located at 20110 Wilmore Ave. in Euclid. We are a non-profit child care center serving 70 children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K in a high quality 4 star rated Step Up to Quality Center. We have been serving Euclid and the surrounding communities since 2006.
On Saturday April 12th we will be having our seventh annual “Funds for Fun” event at the Irish American Club on Lakeshore Blvd. in Euclid. It is a Pasta Dinner, Chinese Raffle, and Dance. Cost for tickets are as follows: $27 per person, $50 for couples, and $200 for a table of 8. Money raised from this event will be used to fund our enrichment and activity program so that we do not have to pass this cost on to our families.
We are looking for donations that we can use for our Chinese auction or any part of our event. If you would like to contribute an item, become a sponsor for the event, or would like to attend the event, please contact Laura, Jennifer, or Dayna at Kiddie City Child Care (216) 481-9044. Your donation/sponsorship is tax deductible as we are a non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) status. You will also be advertised in our monthly newsletter to our families and in the “Funds for Fun” event program. Hope to see you on April 12th!
Euclid residents with an eye for a bargain and a taste for style have a new place to treasure hunt. Hospice of the Western Reserve is hosting periodic warehouse sales. The next sale is scheduled for Friday, March 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland.
Get ready for one of the most impressive wine-tasting events in Euclid. This 1st annual fundraiser will take place the second weekend in November at Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish. Wine lovers will not want to miss the chance to taste a variety of wines during the Harvest Wine Fest on Friday, November 9.
The Mary Mavec Opportunity School of Euclid located at 21701 Lakeshore Blvd. invites you to join them for an Autumn Festival on Thursday, October 24th at 6:00 P.M. Refreshments, wine and Hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will be side boards and a silent auction of the clients art work.
The Advantage Plus Loan Program, like the Owner Occupant Buyer Advantage Program (OOBAP) is geared specifically toward prospective owner-occupiers -- people who want to rehabilitate a property in order to make it their home.
While anyone can put in an offer on a property in the Cuyahoga Land Bank's inventory, many properties need extensive work, which requires the purchaser to have either renovation expertise or the ability to pay contractors to make the necessary repairs.
Generally, the properties that the Cuyahoga Land Bank places into the OOBAP program, on the other hand, are selected because they require a moderate investment and much of the work needed can be undertaken by someone who is handy. These properties are typically in better condition than others in the Land Bank's inventory and a buyer may obtain more equity from the onset.
Working with OOBAP since it was launched in August 2012, the Cuyahoga Land Bank has realized that even with the preferences set up for potential owner-occupant buyers through OOBAP, there are still financial barriers that make purchasing a home to renovate difficult for some buyers.
Currently, OOBAP articipants are required to provide proof of funds to cover the acquisition, renovation costs, and a 10% renovation cost reserve of the property they purchase; the Advantage Plus Loan Program helps address this financial challenge.
In addition, the City of Euclid will waive all permitting and inspection fees related to property renovations done through the Advantage Plus Loan Program, although a buyer will have to pass all applicable city inspections.
PetFix Northeast Ohio, LLC hosted a grand opening on July 10th, at their new brick and mortar facility located at 885 East 222nd Street which included a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Cervenik.
The nonprofit is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation in the region by promoting the importance of spaying and neutering and making the procedures affordable and accessible to pet owners, feral cat caregivers, shelters, rescues and animal control agencies placing animals for adoption.
PetFix showcased the new stationary clinic to the adulation of pet friends and City officials alike. The clinic is designed to triple the organization’s capacity in an effort to fulfill their promise of low-cost, top-quality surgeries to urban populations where the need is most great.
PetFix is best known for its mobile clinic. The mobile clinic has brought low-cost, high-quality surgeries to 4,793 cats and dogs on 213 clinic days in cooperation with 15 PetFix Partner organizations in 7 counties.
Since 2006, PetFix has performed more than 28,500 surgeries in their mobile clinic which travels thousands of miles scouring the Greater Cleveland region. The mobile unit will continue to traverse Northeast Ohio.
PetFix Northeast Ohio, Inc. will be hosting a public open house on August 18th, 2013 at the clinic from 3 pm- 6 pm. All interested parties are welcome to attend.
Special Guests Include Michael Heaton, Austin Carr and Genesis Lead Guitarist Daryl Stuermer
Hospice of the Western Reserve invites Collinwood friends, supporters and community partners to join its staff and volunteers for a special milestone anniversary celebration at its 35th Annual Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 8, 5 p.m. The event will be held at the new Global Center for Health Innovation (formerly Cleveland Medical Mart), 1 St. Clair Ave. N.E., Cleveland. Admission and valet parking are both free, but reservations are required. To register (adults only), visit www.hospicewr.org/celebrating35, or call 216.486.6645.
Following cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guest speakers Michael Heaton, who writes the popular “Minister of Culture” column for The Plain Dealer, and Austin Carr of the Cleveland Cavaliers will speak about the foundation and strength of Northeast Ohio – culture, music and sports. One of the evening’s highlights will be an acoustic duo performance by Daryl Stuermer, lead guitarist of Genesis and an original member of the Phil Collins band.
The event will highlight Hospice of the Western Reserve’s role as both a pioneer and an innovator of the hospice movement in the U.S. Commemorating 35 years of service in the Northeast Ohio community, the milestone meeting will highlight the agency’s history of innovation, explore how its mission is woven into the fabric of the community and preview its vision. Several awards will be presented honoring exemplary support for the agency’s mission. Employees observing five or more years of service will be also be honored and recognized. Sponsors of the meeting are OPOC.US, The Adcom Group, Inc., Hanson Services, GMS Group Management Services, Key Bank, Howard, Wershbale & Co. and Tri-County Ambulance, Inc.
Wonderful memories were recently created for Dan Stofan, a resident of David Simpson Hospice. His family, friends, and the classic car community came together to bring him his own personal “Cruise-In.” Car shows were a big part of Dan’s life, so bringing this show directly to him was the ultimate gift of love.
While rock and roll classics boomed from the DJ booth and the aroma of popcorn from an old-fashioned popcorn machine filled the air, Dan was wheeled past rows of gleaming vintage Chevys, Oldsmobiles, Plymouths and Pontiacs — all lovingly restored to showroom new condition by their owners. From muscle cars to convertibles to classic wood-paneled family station wagons, Dan’s Cruise-In had a little of everything – even a rare Ford Edsel.
When Dan was admitted in April, he was given only a few weeks, but he has amazed his family with his will to live. Dan embraces the concept of living life to the fullest each day at David Simpson Hospice House. He had been previously unaware of the level of comfort and care offered to hospice patients, so he and his wife, Lisa, are constantly expressing their gratitude to the care team.
Hospice of the Western Reserve’s life enrichment team, working with teen and adult volunteers, is dedicated to creating the highest quality of life possible for each patient. Granting special wishes is a big part of that. Working with family and friends to create special memories brings joy and comfort when it is most needed.
Are you interested in free and inexpensive summer events? Then Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish is the place to be
Looking for reasonably priced small appliances? What about clean clothing, shoes, and purses? You’ll even find linens, kitchen items and sporting goods, and so much more at Ss. Robert & William’s annual Rummage Sale which is taking place on Friday, July 19, 2013, from 9:00a.m -5:30p.m. and Saturday, July 20th, 9am-Noon in the school gym. On Saturday only you will even have the opportunity to buy a bag of goods for a mere $1.00. Come shop and look for treasures throughout this big sale!
Free Fresh Produce:
Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish is once again distributing free produce this year. The dates of distribution are Monday, July 29 and Monday, August 26, 2013 from 4:00-6:00p.m., in the church’s parking lot.
The Parish has teamed up with The Cleveland Foodbank, Euclid Hospital, and The Euclid Hunger Center to make this distribution possible. Items, such as, crisp apples, fresh carrots, and sweet watermelon were just a portion of last month’s distribution.
Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish is located at 367 East 260th Street, Euclid. For additional information on either event, please call the Parish Office at 216.731.1515.
The Michael Talty and Helen Talty Community Garden Springs up at Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish
Looking for additional ways in which to enhance her classroom teachings, Mrs. Karol Pfeifer, S.T.E.M. teacher at Ss. Robert & William Catholic School, was receptive to incorporating her Veggie U curriculum with an on-site community garden. Pfeifer understood that this garden would provide unique opportunities and benefits to her students – from the simple lesson of where food comes from, to issues of environmental sustainability, life skills and the importance of community and stewardship.
Stewardship plays a very important role at this parish. Throughout the year, students are exposed to-- and learn-- lessons about the use of their gifts of time, talent and treasure. So much so that the fruits of their labor will be a gift during the harvest season, as all the produce that is raised will be used and distributed to the guests of the parish’s monthly community meal, known as “The Banquet.”
It is the parish’s great fortune that they have allies who were willing to make their garden dream come true. A generous grant from The Michael Talty and Helen Talty Charitable Trust provided the necessary dollars needed to fund the project.
The Blessing of the Garden and Ribbon-Cutting (well, actually it was a ‘hose-cutting’) took place on the evening of Friday, May 14, 2013 at the Garden. Members of the Talty family, community leaders and friends were in attendance.
Euclid Hospital is taking a stand against hunger by hosting a cereal drive and donating all of the proceeds to the Euclid Hunger Center. The Cereal Drive will run until June 6th.
If you are in the neighbood of Babbitt Rd. stop by The Euclid Family YMCA. The YMCA has undergone some changes over the last year, including new staff, new classes, new paint and will soon have new locker rooms! Courtney Nicolai, the former supervisor for the Euclid Collaborative at the Y is now the Branch Director. She has been with the Euclid YMCA for almost nine years. Come and meet the rest of our staff team that consists of Brendan McCormack-Membership Coordinator, Mustafa Lange-Aquatics Coordinator, Anthony Jones-Youth Sports Director, Kyan Johnson-Wellness Director and Robert Pruitt-Collaborative Supervisor. The Euclid Y has also added several new classes over the last few months. We are now offering Karate, Cheerleading, Jewelry Making, Hula lesson, Family Fitness Nights, CPR/First Aid Classes and a wide variety of Fitness, Aquatics and sports classes. Summer Camp registration is also in full swing. Camp runs June 10th -August 16th and spaces fill fast!
When we experience the loss of a mother or a mother figure, the pain can be palpable. We strive to keep her memory alive in our hearts and minds. Mother’s Day can be especially difficult for those who are missing this irreplaceable person in their lives.