Winter is here! I hope you are staying warm and taking time to enjoy the season. Please remember to check on your elderly neighbors and those who cannot get out. If the temperature is not too low-- bundle up, take a walk outside, and enjoy the scenery of the snow. Euclid Creek Metro Park is beautiful in the snow, take a walk down to Sims Park to see the lake, or just around your neighborhood park.
Kiddie City Childcare Community hosted its first annual "Hoop It Up". This Father Friendly program is part of the Universal Pre-K (UPK) initiative to involve male role models in partnership activities. The event took place on Friday, January 18 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM in the Kiddie City Gymnasium. Volunteers from VASJ helped to lead the basketball event. Fathers participated with their children in a traditional "hoop shoot" and then later participated in a fathers' team game. Children were able to participate in the face-painting booth and enjoyed freshly popped popcorn. All student participants received a participation medal, and fathers were entered into a raffle to win a cooler on wheels (Won by Garland Clay, Jr.) or smoothie machine (Won by Jordan Novak, Sr.). A fun evening was had by all who were in attendance! We are planning to continue this popular event in the near future. Stay posted!
In mid-January, four dispensaries opened in Ohio for the sale of medicinal cannabis (marijuana) to residents over the age of 21 who have qualifying medical conditions.
Euclid’s St. John of the Cross Catholic Parish enters 2019 under the leadership of a new pastor and with a full calendar of activities planned to commemorate its first decade together as a parish.
The Euclid Police Department engaged in many activities in 2018 including community events in crime prevention and safety, training for officers, and recognition by awards! The department received the AAA Platinum Award for the third straight year for showing sustainability and growth in traffic education and enforcement, Community Education Specialist Ed Bonchak received an award for 25 years of D.A.R.E., Community Policing Specialist Kate McLaughlin received the Crime Prevention Practitioner of the Year from the Ohio Crime Prevention Association, and Detective Orlando Almonte received recognition from National HIDTA as he is a member of DEA Cleveland which successfully dismantled a distribution network and drug trafficking organization from Mexico through Operation Scorpion Strike. Within the department, Detective David Olszewski was named Officer of the Year, Thomas Yanacek was named Employee of the Year, Officer John Foran received the OVI Ribbon, and Exceptional Service was awarded to Detective Susan Schmid and Officer Chris Frato.
The Observer is starting a new feature in the paper, a book review section. Do you love to read and are always looking for a new author or genre to read, but don’t know where to look? As an avid reader, I am always looking for something new, or old to read. For me reading is like going on a vacation without ever leaving my home. I can visit faraway places or worlds and make new friends and sometimes enemies between the pages of a book. We are encouraging our readers to submit a review of their favorite (or least favorite book) to share with our readers. It can be a new release or an older book that perhaps many of our readers have never read before. Please submit your 200 to 400-word review by becoming a member online at Euclidobserver.com. We will publish at least one review each month. We are starting this month with a review of A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness.
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1), by Deborah Harkness is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Once I started the book, I couldn’t but it down and read the other two books in the series in two weeks. Once I finished the series, I was a little sad it was over, like when a good friend moves away, and you don’t get to see them every day. Yes, it’s another book about witches, vampires and daemons and their struggle in the human world, but it is not a copy cat of the books of this genre that have come before it. Deborah Harkness created a new way to look at these creatures, they aren’t monsters, but the same as the humans that they live around.
Spider-Man Into the Spider Verse Movie Review - Absolutely amazing AND spectacular! Perfect plot and story. Quick pacing. Great animation. High quality voice acting. I was blown away by the entire film. I can't believe it but I have to give the grade of ... A.
Bumblebee Movie Review - After the milking of the Transformers franchise, I went into this movie with low expectations. Well, I should have went in with much higher! The movie paced great and Bumblebee felt like a real character even though I am usually pretty critical of CGI "actors". Plus Hailee Steinfeld actually acts and emotes far better than her roles so far. She can sing AND she can act. Who knew? My grade - B (Get it? "B" = "bee")
Join us to celebrate great things in Euclid on Saturday, June 1st – the Saturday after Memorial Day – at the E. 200th Street Stroll. It’s 10 am to 2 pm – so, you might want to remind yourself to go to bed early on Friday night so you can get up early on Saturday and enjoy this great day from start to end.
5 Top Hair Wellness Tips
- Are you wondering why your hair is feeling so dry and damaged? TURN DOWN THE HEAT!! Yes, you will get the same results just less damage when using your hot tools (irons, blow dryers etc.) Low settings are ideal for keeping your hair soft and shiny. And please make sure you are using a heat protectant as well. You can always call and ask me about our Olaplex restructuring treatments!! They are the newest science behind prevention/repairing hair damage! Worth every penny.
- Does your scalp ever get too dry? Sometimes the opposite even too oily?? Either way these are all tell tale signs of your PH balance being off. To balance that out try a apple cider vinegar wash! It will revitalize your scalp and bring back shine to your hair.
- The PH Scale of your hair and scalp is between 4.5-5.5 (acidic). Check and make sure all your shampoo’s and styling aids are in that range to keep everything in balance. That goes with your skin care as well!!
- Normal hair loss is anywhere between 50-100 strands per day! It seems like a lot but that’s the norm. If experiencing extra hair loss ask yourself… Am I stressed? Am I taking any new medications? Am I pregnant or a nursing mother? Hormones, medicine, and environment Copic of big changes lots half of the all play roles in your hair cycles. Taking Biotin vitamins can help strengthen your hair and nails.
- These are recommended time frames for up keep on your locks
This is not so much an article for the Euclid Observer as it is an unusual request for help from somebody in the Euclid area. It’s a new year and I am stepping out of my comfort zone asking for help, but I feel such a strong need to come back to Euclid in 2019. There are circumstances that are telling me this is the time to purchase the commercial building at 20110 Wilmore Ave. but I need lots of help to make it happen.
About 3o years ago a group of PTA folks got together because they were tired of the school board members and what they were doing. This group called themselves EXCEL which stood for Euclid Citizens for Educational Leadership. Their efforts produced a slate of candidates that went on to serve Euclid very well. Carol Bechtel, Carol DeWine and Barb Kramer all did a great service to our community for many years.
Unable to afford losing almost $200,000 a year, the YMCA of Greater Cleveland announced it was closing its Euclid branch May 11, 2018. Since that date, the building has sat empty with little hint at what will happen to the property.
Arm Chair Travel: Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Tuesday, February 5
2:00 PM / Lake Room
Euclid Public Library now offers LibCal, a new online meeting room reservation platform patrons can use to schedule meeting rooms remotely. Euclid Public Library and CLEVNET cardholders can book and check the availability of meeting rooms at EPL any time of day from any computer or mobile device.
This May, the Euclid Public Library will ask residents to renew its current 5.6 mill five-year operating levy that supports services and programming for more than 47,000 residents in the City of Euclid.
Please join your fellow Alumni at our Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 23rd at 10:00 a.m. in the Euclid High School Little Theater. Not only will you be able to catch up with old friends and classmates, but you’ll hear what your Alumni Association has been up to lately and what we have planned for the future. We are planning on updating our by-laws and voting in new Trustees. All alumni are invited, but only those in good standing (with a current annual or lifetime membership) may vote. You can join the Association on line at our website euclidalumni.org, or in person at the meeting. In addition, we will be forming committees on membership, communication, memorabilia, reunions and special events.
East Shore United Methodist Church
Euclid homeowners invested at record levels in 2018 as the local housing market continued to show signs of improvement. According to permits filed with the city, over $9.7 million was spent on single family home improvement projects in Euclid in 2018. The amount is more than double the $4.7 million recorded in 2017.
The snow has fallen, trapping wrappers, bottles and other litter until the spring melt when the trash reappears along city streets. It is not a pretty visual, but YOU can help make a difference in the appearance of a cleaner, more beautiful Euclid.
HELP Foundation is proud to announce the First Annual Helping Lives Bloom Spring Gala taking place on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 6pm-10pm at Stillwater Place inside Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The event will benefit the construction of a self-sustaining greenhouse for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The greenhouse will provide access to an adaptive environment with year-round growing capabilities that will produce “farm-to-table” organic fruits and vegetables for group homes, supportive living locations and our HELP Cornucopia Vocational Training Center.
Shhh! Do you want to know a secret? I’m not a gossip, but…do you know how special Euclid is? I know for a fact, there are yet to be celebrated superheroes living among us. Heroes that care about its community’s issues and its citizens, and act on them; if only one small step at a time.
Tax season is upon us. So, how much do tax payers actually know about this dreaded annual activity?
Waltz away your winter blues with the Eddie Rodick Orchestra at the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame Sweetheart Ball, Friday, February 15th, 2019, at the American Croatian Lodge Party Center, in Eastlake, Ohio. You can swing your sweetie to the finest Cleveland-Style polka music.
Treat your date to dinner, 5:00 until 8:00, and stay for the dance, 6:00 to 11:00. Enjoy schnitzel dinners, sausages and many nationality treats catered by Dubrovnik Gardens. In appreciation of all the continuous support at all our events, this night we will be giving away more than sixty prizes. Your entrance ticket could be a winner.
Eddie Rodick is a Polka Hall of Fame legend, so you can expect an evening of potent polkas and elegant waltzes, sure to delight the most discriminating dancers.
The American Croatian Lodge is located at 34900 Lake Shore Boulevard, Eastlake, at Route 91 (SOM Center Road). Save $2 on each advance ticket, $10 through the Polka Hall of Fame, 605 East 222nd Street, Euclid, next to Euclid City Hall. (Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 4:00.) $12 dollars at the door. Dinners and sandwiches sold separately. 18 and under free. Call (216) 261-FAME. Online at Polkashop@aol.com.
It's never too early to think about Spring and Summer Projects! Is your aluminum siding chalking and fading? Do you have bubbling or peeling paint on the exterior of your home or garage? If so, The City of Euclid may have a program for you! The Special Projects Division of the Department of Planning and Development offers exterior painting assistance free of charge to eligible homeowners under "Operation Overcoat". For eligibility requirements, waiting times and further information contact the Special Projects Division at 216-289-8562 or visit cityofeuclid.com
Thank you to Matt Quinn and Chris Hammer for taking a neighborhood beer joint and turning it into a beautiful restaurant called The Standard. You will be missed from E. 185th St. but we will keep in touch with you at Paragon.
This historic marking is located somewhere in the City of Euclid.
Cheer on your Euclid Panthers as we challenge our crosstown rivals, the Villa Angela-St. Joseph Vikings, on Saturday, February 9th at 7:30 p.m. in the Harold Daugherty Gymnasium at Euclid High School. Stop by the Alumni table, where you can view old yearbooks, reserve commerative brick pavers, donate a few dollars for a brick from the old E-Room, and purchase Euclid Alumni t-shirts. There will also be an Alumni Association membership drive, with special gifts for those who purchase annual ($10) or lifetime ($100) memberships. See you there and Go Panthers!
We are getting ready for the state test. Go to the Ohio State Tests Portal and click on "Students and Families" for many resources. Click on the bicycle to take practice tests!
Imagine Bella students participated in National School Choice Week this year with a big parade! All students received a yellow school choice week scarf which was just in time for the snowy and cold weather! Since it was chilly outside, students paraded through the halls of the school. As students visited each floor they said cheers, carried banners, and signs they made about how much they love their teachers and school.
Students from Carl B. Stokes Head Start came to visit Imagine Bella and learn more about Kindergarten. Our Kindergarten students loved showing off their classroom to their visitors and telling them all about school at Imagine Bella. We can't wait to see them join the Imagine Bella family soon! If your preschool or daycare would like to schedule a day to visit Kindergarten, call the main office at 216-481-1500
Mary Mavec Opportunity School has been very busy in the New Year. The clients went to the store to purchase toiletry items for local women's shelters, and they helped to package them up for delivery.
Pacers has been through a lot of changes. If you haven't stopped it in a while you need to give them a try. If you are a regular you know why.