Save the Date: Hospice of the Western Reserve Warehouse Sale March 14-15

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.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:41 PM, 02.07.2014

Taste, Learn, Discover at Ss. Robert & William's 1st Annual Harvest Wine Fest

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 12:04 PM, 10.14.2013

The Mary Mavec Opportunity School Autumn Festival

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 12:04 PM, 10.14.2013

Cuyahoga Landbank Launches Advantage Plus Loan Program

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 2:22 PM, 09.12.2013

Nonprofit seeking to reduce pet overpopulation in the region opens in Euclid

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 2:44 PM, 08.09.2013

Euclid Community Invited to Hospice of the Western Reserve's 35th Annual Meeting

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, 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.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 2:55 PM, 08.09.2013

Car Enthusiast Gets His Own "Cruise-In" at David Simpson Hospice House

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 2:55 PM, 08.09.2013

Are you interested in free and inexpensive summer events? Then Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish is the place to be

Rummage Sale:

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 6:35 PM, 07.03.2013

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 6:35 PM, 07.03.2013

Euclid Hospital Holds Cereal Drive for EHC

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:14 PM, 06.07.2013

Why the Y? See what is happening!!

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!

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 6:17 PM, 05.08.2013

Euclid Symphony Orchestra Pops with Flavor

Move over Tchaikovsky. Step aside Brahms. The Euclid Symphony Orchestra is swapping out their classical pieces in favor of upbeat, fast-moving favorites for their annual Pops Concert on Sunday, May 5, 2013, 3 p.m., at Shore Cultural Centre’s auditorium. This audience-friendly concert is a crowd-pleaser and will be sure to strike a chord with those who are in attendance.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 1:41 PM, 04.19.2013

Come expand your creativity at Shore

Card-Making Stamp Camp

On Saturday March 9, Creative Creations Papercrafts and Instructor Rochelle Schiffbauer will be holding a card-making stamp camp. Students will create 30 projects using rubber stamps, a variety of papers, embellishments, and inks. Snacks and beverages as well as a hot lunch will be provided! Participants are encouraged to bring scissors, a bone folder, double-stick adhesive, and foam tape or dots. Fee: $45.

Stained Glass

For three Thursdays in April, Instructor Michelle Biondo will be offering a course on stained glass for Adults and Children 12+ (if accompanied by an adult). Students will be able to transfer their own visual ideas into a piece of stained glass.Dates: Thursdays, April 11, 18, 25. 6:30-8:00pm. Fee: $45.

Pottery Open Studios

Shore Cultural Centre has three Pottery open studios each week! Instructor Jason Hayes will be in the studio (Room 43) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9pm, and instructor Eileen Sheehan will be there on Tuesdays from 1-4pm. All skill levels are welcome! Learn hand building, throwing on a potter’s wheel, and glazing methods. Students work on projects of their choice. Adults must accompany children under 10. All this learning is a bargain at $8 an hour. Come get creative!

Shore’s new After School Program offers an array of options for kids from preschool through high school. Registration is ongoing, so students can enroll any time in classes ranging from dance to music and studio arts. Limited scholarship opportunities are available; call us for more information. And visit our website regularly to learn about new class offerings.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 1:18 PM, 03.20.2013

Rotary News

We're doing something different in March.

Instead of lunchtime meetings at Kristy's, we will meet for breakfast in March at Euclid Hospital at 18901 Lake Shore Boulevard, Euclid, OH 44119 - just east of 185th Street.

On March 5, 12, 19 and 26 the meeting will start at 7:30 AM so please arrive by 7:15 AM so you can get through the breakfast buffet.

The Euclid Hospital cafeteria is located on the lower level. There is plenty of parking near the main entrance and closer to the lake between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM

We look forward to seeing you at a Rotary Club of Euclid - Sunrise meeting in March.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 1:20 PM, 03.20.2013

The Taste of Nations Returns to Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish

Croatia, Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latin America and Middle East cuisines will be the main feature of this year’s, “Taste of Nations” dinner which is being held at Ss. Robert & William Catholic Church on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Eight of the school’s classrooms will be transformed into each of these countries where taste-sized portions will be served to the guests. The ethnic fare will highlight items such as pierogis, cabbage and noodles, and other delicacies. Coffee and ethnic pastries will round out the menu.

A special treat will be provided by Pastor John D. Betters and his parents, John and Marianne Betters.  “It was my wish, and that of my parents to contribute a dish from our native roots, which is Lebanese.  We feel that stuffed grape leaves would be appetizing, and perhaps, a new dish to some guest’s palates,” states Betters.

The evening will begin with a Polka Mass at 4:00pm; music will be provided by the Don Wojtila Orchestra.  Doors to the school will open at 5:00p.m. and the dinner journey will begin at 6:30p.m., where the Orchestra will continue to play a splendid array of music. This adult’s only event will also include a Casablanca Room- which will feature David Lynch in concert- beer and wine, strolling minstrels and a Chinese Auction with great prizes.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 1:24 PM, 03.20.2013

The Euclid Symphony Orchestra showcases "Fireworks" at March Concert

When we hear the word ‘fireworks,’ we traditionally think of the 4th of July, warm weather and picnics. However, we do not need to wait six months for an explosive event, as fireworks are coming--and right here--to our own community!

Come join the Euclid Symphony Orchestra for their Spring Concert on Sunday, March 10, 2013, 3:00 p.m., at Shore Cultural Centre’s auditorium.  Members of the Orchestra, led by J.D. Goddard, Director, will be heating up the room with the following selections:  Music for the Royal Fireworks (Handel), Overture to Rosamunde (Franz Schubert), Funeral March for a Marionette (Gounod), and Elegy for Strings (Tchaikovsky).  According to Mary Emser, orchestra member and trustee, the concert will appeal to many individuals.  "Both the young and the old will especially enjoy the selection, “Funeral March of a Marionette”, which reminds us all of Alfred Hitchcock!  It's not only a fun piece for us to perform, but it's also fun to listen to," she states.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:50 PM, 02.13.2013

Ss. Robert & William Annual Lenten Fish Fry

Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish is proud to present its Annual Lenten Fish Fry running Fridays in Lent, February 15-March 22, 2013, from 4:45pm – 6:45pm.

This year we are offering an All You Can Eat Meal for $12; for children 12 and under, the cost is $6. 

The menu includes: Baked Batter Dipped Alaskan Pollock, Baked Atlantic Cod, Waffle Fries, Pasta Marinara, Mac-n-Cheese, Coleslaw, Beverage and Cookie. An optional ala carte menu is available and features the following items: Pierogis, Clam Chowder Soup, and Breaded Shrimp; take-out is available for $10 per person.

A warm and friendly environment awaits you! So come and join us at Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish, Upper Hall of the School (elevator is available), 367 East 260th St., Euclid, 44132. Call 216.731.1515, for additional details.


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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:52 PM, 02.13.2013

Euclid Kiwanis brings "Boots and Shoes" to Euclid children

The annual "Boots and Shoes" community outreach program of the Kiwanis Club of Euclid took place on November 11th and 18th at Payless ShoeSource located at 22388 Lakeshore Boulevard in Euclid, OH.

Over 70 children from Euclid City Schools were selected by school administrators and the Euclid Board of Education to receive a $25 gift certificate to Payless ShoeSource. For this special event, the staff at Payless ShoeSource kept the store open outside of normal business hours to allow the guests of the Kiwanis Club of Euclid to purchase boots and shoes for the winter months. Each family who participated expressed their sincere gratitude for the opportunity to receive boots and shoes in preparation for the winter season.

A special thanks is extended to the Lakeshore Boulevard Payless ShoeSource team for another successful event. “The Payless staff is so kind and helpful in making sure we get the most out of our gift certificate,” said a parent of a child who participated in the Boots and Shoes program. The Kiwanis Club of Euclid would like to recognize Marie Dula, Chairperson, and Sue Micco, Member, of the Youth Services Committee for organizing the entire event and providing the recipients with gloves and a special holiday treat.

The Kiwanis Club of Euclid is part of Kiwanis International – a community service organization aimed at “Serving the Children of the World – One Community at a Time.” Euclid Kiwanis has been serving the Euclid community since it was chartered in 1927. For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Euclid, or to join us as a member, please email us at or search for Euclid Kiwanis on Facebook.

Dr. Kari Cunningham is the Immediate Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Euclid.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 10:04 AM, 12.18.2012

A Couple of Inspirations: Dorothy and Sal Calabrese

For the past three years, Ss. Robert and William Catholic Parish has presented the “Alleluia Award” given in remembrance of Sr. Dorothy Kazel, an Ursuline Sister, who lived and breathed the Gospel and who was tragically murdered in El Salvador.

The recipients of  this year's award are Dorothy and Salvatore Calabrese. They were honored with a plaque and a social on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the parish.

Dorothy and Sal have been members of this institution since 1967. They have had countless family celebrations at this church including their children’s First Holy Communion, Confirmation, weddings of their daughters and one of their sons, and even the Baptism of some of their great grandchildren. 

Forty-five years has not weakened their commitment to the parish. When asked why they continue to make this strong commitment to Ss. Robert and William Parish, Dorothy states, “It makes us feel good. We feel like we are a part of the parish and parish life.” She offers this advice to those who may be shy about becoming involved. “Just start. Find some small thing that you can become involved in.”

Thank you, Sal and Dorothy Calabrese. You are two inspirations who also live and breathe the Gospel.

(Mary O'Neill also contributed to the article).

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 10:05 AM, 12.18.2012

A Culture of Caring at Ss. Robert & William

Over the past 2+ years, both the Ss. Robert & William School and the Parish School of Religion have been participating in a student “Stewardship Giving Project.” Each student receives a box of Children’s envelopes at the beginning of each school year and are encouraged to participate by donating funds to help those who are less fortunate and in need.

This project has realized an average of $3,000 in donations per year. School students bring their envelopes to the weekly school Mass and the PSR students bring their donation to any weekend Mass or to class. The money is combined and then donated to a specific charity (chosen by the students) each month. Monroe states, “Students pay attention in class and at Mass. They learn about the needs that are here locally, as well as those far beyond the walls of this city. Discussions take place in classrooms and an organization is chosen as a result of this dialogue.”

The impressive list of recipients include: Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, St. Jude’s Hospital, Hospice of  the Western Reserve, Food for the Poor, Schools for Water in Africa, Catholic Charities to the Rosemary Center, Akron Children’s Hospital, 40 Days for Life, a mission in El Salvador, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Catholic Relief Services, Birthright, the parish’s Outreach Program and the Sr. Dorothy Kazel Scholarship Fund, and the Diocese of Cleveland’s  “Rooted in Faith Campaign.”  Their giving is rounded out by a donation made in memory of a relative of a faculty member.

“The amount donated is not important,” states Monroe. She goes on to say, “What is important is to teach our children - at a young age - to be generous with their many blessings. By doing so, they become “good stewards” of their God-given gifts. We want them to appreciate what they have, and to be able to recognize the needs of those less fortunate."

In the classroom adjacent to Mrs. Monroe,  faculty member, Mrs. Karol Pfeifer, is busy organizing a holiday food drive for The Euclid Hunger Center. This is the second year Pfeifer and the 5th and 6th graders involved in the National Elementary Honor society have taken on this project. These students are invited to join the Society if they meet certain criteria, e.g., holding a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for three grading periods and providing letters of recommendation. Equally important, is that these students be involved in service, as this organization holds stewardship in high regard.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 10:06 AM, 12.18.2012

Charitable Poker is Alive and Well in Willoughby Hills

Buckeye Charity Poker located in Marc's Plaza (just to the right of Marc's) is the world's first PokerTek 
certified room. Buckeye benefits local charities and is a vital part of the charitable community in the 
area. It is state of the art electronic LIVE poker on equipment used in Casinos and cruise ships all over 
the world. Also Buckeye features real Las Vegas Rules Blackjack with $2-$50 betting range. 
Unlike past versions of Charity rooms in the region, Buckeye is an entertainment center and gathering 
place perfect for corporate events, meetings and a fun night out with coworkers. Nightly Buckeye 
provides players with FREE food and soft drinks and $2 to $3 domestic beer. They have the NFL Sunday 
Ticket and a huge projection screen as well as flat screens in every conceivable place, so it is a great 
place to bring your friends to play some cards.

PokerTek Co-Founder Lou White said, "Buckeye Charity Poker appears to be the natural evolution of 
Charity Poker Festivals in Northeast Ohio. From the early days of Charity Festivals run by various 
organizations at dozens of locations to a central location at Nautica to Buckeye, Ohio charity gaming is in 
good hands. The problem with the original festivals is they were hard to regulate and make sure all was 
fair for the player and charity. Nautica was certainly fair to the player and charity, but very difficult for 
all but the largest charities to provide dozens of dealers. The PokerPro™ tables are the perfect solution. 
Now even smaller charities can become involved, and since PokerTek and PokerPro is licensed and 
certified by the largest and most prestigious gaming jurisdictions in the world, players know they are 
getting a fair deal as well. We are proud to be involved with the team at Buckeye and the local charities 
and be part of the poker scene in NorthEast Ohio”

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 10:04 AM, 12.18.2012

Eat and Give Thanks

The holidays are right around the corner and many of us will be gathering around the table to share a meal with our friends and loved ones. 

At Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish, we offer you the opportunity to do this every month at “The Banquet,” our free community meal that is served on the last Tuesday of each month with the exception of December.  Since that is Christmas Day, the meal will be served on December 18th. The doors open at 5:00p.m., and the meal is served promptly at 5:30p.m.

“This simple meal has grown in size since its inception in May, 2011. We welcome all members of the community to join us for this time of nourishment and fellowship. I believe you will find a warm, welcoming environment waiting for you,” states Fr. John D. Betters, Pastor.

“The Banquet” is served at Ss. Robert & William Catholic School, 351 East 260th St., Euclid.  For additional information, please call 216.731.1515.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 10:51 AM, 11.13.2012

Clients Now Have a Choice at the Euclid Hunger Center

The month of October proudly marked the Euclid Hunger Center’s first month as a Choice Pantry. The Euclid Hunger Center Board and its volunteers have worked hard in recent months to relocate the Center to a new room in Shore Cultural Centre and create a new client experience that puts control back into the hands of the people we serve. Clients and volunteers are excited and positive about the switch as it has allowed for a more personable and individualized experience for everyone.

Clients are now able to choose which products they prefer as opposed to being handed a prepackaged bag of food items. The move to a Choice Pantry allows the Center to be more efficient and effective in the purchasing of products. When clients have a choice in their products, less food is wasted at home since clients are taking items they know their families will be able to use.

The transition to a choice pantry was not an easy one and we would like to thank Shore Cultural Centre for offering us continued residence, Cleveland Paint Company for their generous donation of paint for our new room, our volunteers who have worked tirelessly to enable this change, The Cleveland Foodbank and the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland for all of their guidance and support, and, most importantly, the community as a whole for their generosity, compassion, and eagerness to help their neighbors.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 10:45 AM, 11.13.2012

Shopping at Ss. Robert and William

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas shopping time! Ss. Robert and William Catholic Parish has many ways for you to start your shopping – in a peaceful, fun environment!

The Mustard Seed Religious Goods Store is ready for the rush of holiday shoppers. We will be extending our hours from 8:00am until 3:00pm on Festive Friday November 23rd and offering free coffee and tea to our shoppers. Additionally, we are adding extra weekend hours from 4:45-5:45pm on all Saturdays in December. Come look around for unique, heartfelt gifts for those special people in your life. We have new gift items arriving weekly, including candles, books, jewelry and so much more. We invite you to visit us this holiday season and start your shopping at the little shop with great “values.” 

The Mustard Seed is located at 26193 Forestview Ave., Euclid (216.731.0177). Check out our website for holiday hours.

Another shopping opportunity is at the Holly Berry Bazaar on Saturday, November 17th. From 9:00am until 3:30pm our gym will be transformed into a wonderland of Christmas crafts and more. Admission is $1.00 per person and includes free coffee, hot chocolate and cookie stations. We will have many crafters that have lovely gift items including purses, jewelry, baked goods, crocheted items and much more! Bring some friends and spend your day getting into the Holiday Spirit.

We hope to see you there!

Ss. Robert & William Catholic School is located at 351 East 260th St., Euclid.  For additional information go to or call 216.731.1515.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 10:43 AM, 11.13.2012

"SIster Said" Local Book Signing in December

Come and take a journey with us back to the 1950’s and ‘60’s to St. Robert Catholic School, St. William Catholic School, and Villa Angela Academy.  “SISTER SAID,” written by Lee a. friend, is the story of a seven year old girl's journey from grade one through grade twelve in Catholic school. 

Starting in the Briardale projects, to the local color of Cleveland and the surrounding area, this book features  songs, T.V. shows, movies and a young person's view of the times. All of the ‘Sisters’ mentioned in the book are named “Mary" and this is about how the author interpreted everything SISTER SAID from what she really meant.

The reader - both Catholic and non-Catholic  - will find this book informative, inspirational, entertaining and humorous. It would make a great Christmas gift!

On Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 12:30 p.m., Lee a. friend will offer her insight into the book and the era, at The Mustard Seed/Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish, 26193 Forestview Ave., Euclid (216.731.0177). She will have copies available for purchase and autographs.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 10:44 AM, 11.13.2012

Ss. Robert and William Holly Berry Bazaar

On Saturday, November 17th from 9 am to 3 pm the Ss. Robert and William Catholic School gym will be transformed into a shopper’s dream. A variety of vendors will join our parish crafters in offering a charming selection of goods for every taste. This will be a great place to find holiday gifts for those special people in your life.

Come take a stroll around and see what we have to offer. Admission will be $1.00 per person. From jewelry to painted glass, we will have it all. You never know what you may find in our bazaar. There will be something for everyone. It will be a great way to spend your Saturday!

Ss. Robert & William Catholic School is located at 351 East 260th St., Euclid.  For additional information go to or call 216.731.1515.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:15 PM, 10.05.2012

Rose-Mary Center Hosts Cleveland Clinic's United Way Day of Caring

Rose-Mary Center has been serving the community since 1922.  As we celebrate our 90th anniversary this year we look at a rich history of continuous development and expansion of services for one of the most underserved and vulnerable populations, individuals with developmental disabilities.  Our services are provided to children, young adults, adults and seniors.  We provide residential services, senior day care, day  activity programs, summer camp and a variety of respite services.  We are known throughout the local community, as well as the entire state of Ohio, for our expertise in providing services for those who have severe, complex needs and require a high level of care in a structured environment.

As part of this milestone anniversary year, we have established a relationship with United Way and the Cleveland Clinic.  One hundred twenty-five volunteers from the Clinic’s administrative offices, managers, environmental service, nursing, and many, many other disciplines were at the Center  on September 28, participating in the United Way Day of Caring.  Projects undertaken included painting, yard work and general cleaning. 

Donna Cantlin is the Director of Development for the Rose-Mary Center.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:06 PM, 10.05.2012

The Mustard Seed, a small shop, with great "values"

Located on the site of Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish, "The Mustard Seed" Religious Gift Store has recently restocked and reorganized its operation to provide shoppers with an excellent assortment of greeting cards, religious items and gifts. 

“Our purpose is to offer spiritual items that are reasonably priced at a convenient location”, states Fr. John D. Betters, Pastor.  “We are stocked with a variety of items, such as 12 Step greeting and verse cards, fair trade items, candles, prayer cards, Advent and Christmas items, beach glass jewelry, books and much, much more”, says Betters. 

New merchandise is arriving weekly.

The Mustard Seed is located at 26193 Forestview Ave., Euclid (216.731.0177).  Hours of operation are:  Sunday, 9:45 a.m. -1p.m.; Monday, Closed; Tuesday, 3:00-7:00p.m.; Wednesday, 11:45a.m.-2:45p.m.; Thursday, 3:00-7:00p.m.; Friday, 11:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. and Saturday, 8:45 a.m. – Noon.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:09 PM, 10.05.2012

A "Meet the Artist" invitation from Mary Mavec Opportunity School

The Mary Mavec Opportunity School of Euclid invites you to join them for a meet the artist wine and cheese event. The Mary Mavec Opportunity School of Euclid's mission is: To provide a stimulating, rewarding, and stable workshop environment for adults with developmental disabilities in a richly rewarding and compassionate setting that encourages life-long growth. The Meet the Artist Event is Thursday, November 1st, 6 - 8pm at 21701 Lakeshore Blvd. in Euclid. Wine, hors d'oeuvres & refreshments will be served. $20.00 per person. For tickets, call 216.731.4666  

Vicky Geer is the director of the Mary Mavec Opportunity School of Euclid.


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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:14 PM, 10.05.2012

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Launces Efforts to Hire 6000 workers for Election Day

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is seeking reliable and civic-minded people to serve as poll workers during the November 6th General Presidential Election.

To help make the public aware of these job opportunities, poll worker applications will be available at over 100 locations throughout the county.

"This is an important and exciting election.  We need to hire the best, most reliable Election Day workforce as possible to help us administer a fair, transparent and smooth Election Day," said Jane Platten, Director, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.  "We rely on 6,000 poll workers to help us conduct our elections so we need to hire the best, most hardworking team in the field. In order to do that, we are reaching out to all of our community partners in this recruitment effort," said Platten.

Poll workers earn $172.10 for their service, which includes; successfully completing a poll worker training class, attending a meeting the night before the election, and working Election Day from 5:30 a.m. until about 8:00 p.m.

Poll workers must be at least 17 years of age and registered to vote in Cuyahoga County.  State law does not allow convicted felons to serve as poll workers.

Bilingual and Republican poll workers are always in demand.  Each of the county’s 1,063 precincts requires two Democrat and two Republican poll workers to ensure political balance during the voting process.  

Applicants may apply on-line at or call the Board of Elections Poll Worker Department at 216-443-3277.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.16.2012

Ss. Robert and William Warrior Open

The Second Annual Ss. Robert and William Warrior Open Golf Outing will be held on Friday, September 14th at Briardale Golf Course. The outing will start with lunch on the course at 11:30 followed by a scramble start. Contests for the longest drive will happen on the 16th hole. After an exciting game of golf, come back to the parish for a delicious clambake or steak dinner to end your day in style.

We’d like to offer golfers the opportunity to join in the fun; the individual golfer rate is $75 and a team of four golfers is $300. If you are not a golfer, you can still join in the fun! Dinner tickets are available for $35 a person. Please call the Parish Office at 216.731.1515 for more information. We hope to see you there!

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 4:24 PM, 09.16.2012

Cuyahoga Land Bank, Career Development and Placement Strategies Inc. partner to create a fatherhood initiative workforce development opportunity

The Cuyahoga Land Bank and Career Development and Placement Strategies Inc. (CDPSI) are launching a pilot program that provides home renovation training to formerly incarcerated fathers through hands-on participation in the renovation of three Cuyahoga Land Bank properties during an internship period.  Fathers seeking workforce re-entry and to strengthen their families are screened and selected for program participation. The Cleveland Foundation and the Cuyahoga County Office of Re-Entry are funding partners in the project.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 11:31 AM, 08.12.2012

Produce to People: Looking for free, fresh produce?

On June 25, 2012, Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish, The Euclid Hunger Center and The Cleveland Foodbank joined forces to distribute 10,000 pounds of fresh produce. This program, sponsored by the Foodbank, receives produce from the Northern Ohio Food Terminal, Feeding America, Ohio growers and processors, and other suppliers and retailers; a truck of fresh produce was delivered and distributed to community members within a few hours of delivery.

This day’s distribution included items such as fresh watermelon, cabbage, zucchini, carrots, turnip greens, apples, bakery and bread.

Fr. John D. Betters, Pastor of Ss. Robert and William Parish, states “We were delighted to be chosen as a site for this distribution and pleased to have so much volunteer assistance.”  Volunteers who manned the operation were from the Parish, The Euclid Hunger Center, Euclid Hospital and other local volunteers.

Future Produce to People distributions will take place from 4:00-6:00p.m. on Monday, July 30, 2012 and August 27, 2012 at Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish, 367 East 260th St., Euclid. Recipients must simply sign an income eligibility form when they arrive.  For additional information regarding the program, please call 216.731.1515.


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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 4:08 PM, 07.14.2012

Mary Mavec Opportunity School Honors a Senior Board Member

June 19th, 2012 was not just an ordinary board meeting for The Mary Mavec Opportunity School of Euclid. The board members made special arrangements to honor one of their own. James Cosgriff Sr. has given over 50 years of service to Mary Mavec as a board member and an officer. We thank you James Cosgriff for all of your hard work and dedication to our beloved Mary Mavec Opportunity School.

Serving Mary Mavec is a family affair for the Cosgriff’s who have a son that attends the school. His daughter Meg served on the board and his wife Mary was a volunteer for many years.

Mary Mavec Opportunity School provides a stimulating, rewarding and stable environment that encourages life-long growth for adults with developmental disabilities.Mary Mavec Opportunity School is located at 21701 Lakeshore Blvd. in Euclid, Ohio. For more information please visit our website a

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 4:09 PM, 07.14.2012

Euclid Symphony Orchestra Hits a High Note

For over 50 years, the Euclid (Symphony) Orchestra has brought musical excellence to our City. The Orchestra has just completed another wonderful season and the popular Children’s concert was a fine example of the Orchestra’s diversity.

Every year the Euclid Symphony Orchestra performs a Children’s concert and invites all of the schools in Euclid to attend. This year the concert was held on Thursday, May 17 at the Shore Cultural Center, home of the Euclid Orchestra. The schools responding to the invite were Roosevelt, Memorial Park, Indian Hills, Our Lady of the Lake, St John of the Cross and Thomas Jefferson. The first concert was at 9:45am with a second concert at 11am. The Euclid Orchestra presented a story about Cinderella and her Viola. The story introduced various instruments and their sound to the students. The students were shown the differences between string instruments, such as the violin, viola, and cello.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:13 PM, 06.09.2012

Kick Off Summer with the Hunger Center!

The Euclid Hunger Center invites the community to its Kick Off Summer fundraiser on Thursday, June 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pavilion at Briardale Greens. Support the Hunger Center and enjoy good food, live music and a raffle for a variety of gift baskets and other prizes. Music will be provided by Trio Beleza, playing a mix of Brazilian and pop tunes. Tickets are $20/person, $25 at the door with all proceeds supporting the Hunger Center. Briardale Greens is located at 24131 Briardale Avenue, Euclid. For tickets, call (216) 731-3329 and leave a message or email

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:21 PM, 06.09.2012

HELP U Shred Opens in Euclid!

We are proud to announce the new HELP U Shred vocational program!

Designed to provide paid vocational training to our Day Program clients HELP U Shred is a model of effective programming for adults with disabilities like those that are being supported and encouraged through a State of Ohio Employment First taskforce.

HELP U Shred opened late last year, utilizing the vacant Post Office facility adjacent to our two Day Support Program spaces. We have created not only a brand new business, but also 28 new jobs for our clients. At HELP U Shred employees are able to mix and match our excellent Day Support Program with shifts of vocational training; this itself is unique, as few other programs offer both types of service at the same location. What’s more, our clients are paid minimum wage for their work as we teach and reinforce the behaviors, skills, and work ethic vital to success in any job.

For the majority of our HELP U Shred employees this is their first time being employed at an hourly rate, in a situation where they have clear, defined expectations and goals. The results have been plain to see for those who know these men and women, the pride of accomplishment of a job well done, of a paycheck earned and relished. Every day is not an easy one for them, some of the jobs are physically demanding and tedious, having to stick to the break and lunch schedule can be a challenge. But everyone is learning that these are the things that work is made of, and they’re lining up for a chance to do it!

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:21 PM, 06.09.2012

Euclid Residents Help "Stamp Out Hunger"

The Euclid Hunger Center wishes to thank Euclid residents for their generosity in participating in the U.S. Postal Service Stamp Out Hunger Drive on May 12. Volunteers from the Hunger Center made multiple pickups throughout the day at the three Euclid post offices. An estimated 6,000 pounds of food was donated on the Euclid postal routes.

Hunger Center Trustee Sharon Schutt was elated with the outcome. “Euclid was so generous. It was incredible. We made four pickups throughout the day to three post offices with six vehicles and filled them every time!” she said.

To thank the postal employees, Hunger Center volunteers brought pizza and bottled water to each of the post offices.

The National Association of Letter Carriers conducts the annual food drive in May when letter carriers collect non-perishable donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

Kim Fry is an Ohio native who has lived in Euclid for 5 years. She is the Director of Communications at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:14 PM, 06.09.2012

Kiddie City shines

Euclid area businesses and citizens are great! Thank you for your support of Kiddie City’s recent fundraiser. As a result of your generosity and that of our attendees, we raised approximately $6,000 that will enable our students to take fieldtrips and our staff to host special guests at our 501 (c)3 center.  The children’s educational experiences will be enhanced in many ways.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:39 AM, 05.04.2012