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Dewey's Decimators triumph at 24th Annual Reaching Heights Spelling Bee

Dewey's Decimators team members Aurora Martinez, Kathy Farago and Victor Rosenberg, with Reaching Heights Executive Director Krista Hawthorne, and the coveted plastic bee trophy.

By correctly spelling “harridan,” Dewey’s Decimators, the team from the Heights Libraries—Kathy Farago, Aurora Martinez and Victor Rosenberg—became champions of the 24th annual Reaching Heights Adult Community Spelling Bee, held at Heights High School on April 15. The event raised $11,000 for the nonprofit Reaching Heights.

The competition was fierce, lasting into an intense eighth round with three teams still vying for the win—last year’s defending champions, the Know Nothings, representing the Heights High PTA; Upper Case, representing faculty and staff at Case Western Reserve University; and Dewey’s Decimators.

The 20 teams that competed this year represented school and community groups who all contributed funds to join the event.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:44 AM, 04.21.2015

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LWV endorses May ballot Issue 2

To the Editor:

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland (LWV) has voted to endorse Issue 2, the 5.9 mill operating levy for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District. The district has consistently been recognized for its careful stewardship of taxpayer money.

The LWV’s positions support the role of the local community in levying local taxes to assume a reasonable share of the financial burden to support local public schools.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:12 AM, 04.21.2015

Deadline is April 22 for CH Master Plan Steering Committee applicants

Cleveland Heights City Council is accepting applications for the Master Plan Steering Committee (Ordinance No. 21-2015), the purpose of which is to review City policies and create a Master Plan for the overall vision of the City of Cleveland Heights and its part in the growth and development of the Greater Cleveland Metro Area. The deadline for completed applications is Wednesday, April 22.

The Committee shall consist of 11 members, all of whom are Cleveland Heights residents and shall be appointed by City Council. The members shall include: three Cleveland Heights residents, at large; one current member of the Planning Commission; one current member of the Transportation Advisory Committee; one current member of the Citizens Advisory Committee; one current member of the Recreation Advisory Board; one current member of the Commission on Aging; one current member of the board of FutureHeights; one person to represent the interests of the educational community within the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District; and one person to represent the general interests of the Cleveland Heights business community.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 04.21.2015

Mac Stephens is new CHHS head football coach

Mac Stephens, new Heights High head football coach.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, with the help of a volunteer search committee, selected Mac Stephens as its new head football coach, from 51 applicants. He replaces Jeff Rotsky, who recently accepted the head football coach position for Euclid.

A former NFL player, Stephens has 12 years of experience coaching high school football. Most recently, Stephens served as the defensive line/outside linebacker coach for Euclid High School (2008–14). He was also defensive line/defensive coordinator for Glenville High School (2006–07), linebacker coach for Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School (2005), assistant offensive line coach for Euclid High School (2004), and head coach of Lutheran High School East (2003).

Currently, Stephens serves as the director of recreation for the City of Euclid—a position he’s held since 2004, and he is also president of North Coast Youth Football Conference. Stephens coaches Amateur Athletic Union track and basketball at the middle school level.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:31 AM, 04.21.2015

Lee Road Library programs present perspectives on Middle East peace

Israelis celebrate Independence Day on April 23, this year. Palestinians mark the same event as the Nakba, meaning “catastrophe” in Arabic, on May 15. Recent and upcoming programs presented by Cleveland Peace Action’s Education Fund, at the Lee Road Library, give some insight into the history and current perspectives on the region.

On March 7, two Palestinian Americans presented their family stories at the time of the Nakba, when more than 700,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes or killed.

The changing map of Israel/Palestine, illustrates the progressive loss of Palestinian land since 1948 due to wars and occupation over the last 67 years. The presenters at the March event connected the Palestinian experience to other tragedies: the Holocaust, the Native American’s Trail of Tears; Jim Crow laws and recent racially charged events in the United States.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:39 PM, 04.20.2015

HRRC will hold open house and tool sale April 26

As part of an event sponsored by Noble Neighbors from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) will host an open house and tool sale.

The public is invited to visit HRRC's Teaching Center, at 2520 Noble Road, to watch short demonstrations of several do-it-yourself repairs, including eliminating “ghost flushes” by your toilet, repairing holes in drywall, doing tuckpointing and brickwork, and securing gutters. There will also be opportunities to learn about HRRC's services and check out contractor evaluation books to identify professionals who do good work.

HRRC’s tool sale will offer basics for the toolbox as well as specialty equipment and materials, donated by the nonprofit’s supporters. Proceeds from the tool sale support HRRC's programs.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:37 PM, 04.20.2015

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-16-2-15 and 4-6-2015

MARCH 16, 2015

NOTE: No LWV observer was available to cover the March 16 city council meeting.

APRIL 6, 2015

  • Mayor’s report
  • Medical director
  • Purvis Park
  • Staffing contracts
  • Braun & Steidl Architects
  • Cedar Road resurfacing
  • Playground project
  • New police vehicles
  • Pavement marking contract
  • Garage doors
  • Meritech

All council members were present.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.22.2015

Black Box Fix restaurant opens on Lee Road

Chef Eric Rogers, the owner of Black Box Fix.

Black Box Fix, a restaurant that features a variety of unique sandwiches, opened on March 27 on Lee Road, in the space previously occupied by Sweetie Fry. Eric Rogers and his wife, LaToya Rogers, own the new restaurant. Eric is the chef, while LaToya focuses on customer service. The Rogers previously ran Nevaeh Cuisine and Catering on South Green Road in South Euclid.

The couple has lived in South Euclid for the past five years, and have three children: two boys, ages 12 and 14, and a nine-month-old daughter. Eric, who’s 36, was born and raised in Cleveland, and graduated from Collinwood High School in 1997. After graduating, he took a job at University Hospitals, where he started as a clerk in the mailroom and kept moving up the ranks until he became the hospital’s supervisor of finance.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 04.14.2015

HCC hosts April 24 public forum on educational redlining and school ratings

Aren’t you curious when a neighbor’s house sprouts a “For Sale” sign? What a surprise one of Heights Community Congress’s (HCC) board members experienced when he went online to look up a neighbor’s house that was for sale. He discovered that the house, on the Multiple Listing Service, had a big red #3 in its description. The red #3 was a rating of the local elementary school in the neighborhood. The question he asked was simply, “Where does this rating come from?”

Thus began a year-long quest by HCC’s Fair Housing Committee to research the school rating numbers that appear on many national real estate websites and in some television advertising.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.07.2015

Heights High alumni hosting annual pancake breakfast April 19

Attendees enjoying flapjacks at the 2013 Heights High Alumni Foundation Pancake Breakfast.

The Cleveland Heights High School Alumni Foundation will host its 19th annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Heights High. The event is open to the public and will feature tours of Heights High, which will run until 2 p.m. With major renovations planned for the school in the coming months, this will be the last pancake breakfast that will be held at Heights High in its current form.

Proceeds from the all-you-can-eat breakfast will benefit scholarship programs for Cleveland Heights High School seniors. Last year, more than 500 alumni, students, family and friends attended the breakfast.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.07.2015

Families invited to Kindergarten Information Night April 16

Families can learn about programs and register at Kindergarten Information Night.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District will host its annual Kindergarten Information Night on Thursday, April 16, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Oxford Elementary School, 939 Quilliams Road.

The district will provide information on kindergarten readiness, kindergarten curriculum and related services, and parents will have an opportunity to learn about before- and after-school programs, student services, food service and transportation. Kindergarten registration information will also be provided.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:59 AM, 04.07.2015

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-16-2015

MARCH 16, 2015

  • Public comments
  • Retiree Patti Wilhelm
  • Liquor permit applications
  • Steering committee for master plan
  • Nuisance properties
  • Rising home values
  • Donating usable stuff
  • Compensation for city employees
  • CDBG funds
  • Lee Road streetscape contract
  • Street resurfacing contract
  • Winter potholes

Council Member Jeff Coryell was absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:40 PM, 04.16.2015

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 3-16-2015

MARCH 16, 2015

  • Library levy aids revenue
  • Traffic-calming construction on Lee Road
  • Friends Mega Sale coming April 30
  • Opening celebration for the Shire at Coventry
  • Staff changes
  • Balanced Scorecard Measures of Success
  • Book-a-Room software
  • Local history task force formed
  • February Public Service Report

Secretary Ron Holland and Board Member Abby Botnick were absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 7:03 PM, 04.15.2015

Cleveland Chamber Music Society presents first annual youth competition on April 11

Cleveland Chamber Music Society (CCMS) will present Northeast Ohio's first annual Youth Chamber Music Competition concert on Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m., at the Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church (5312 Mayfield Road, just east of Richmond Road).

The concert is free, and offers the public an opportunity to hear chamber music performed by some of the best young artists from across Cuyahoga County, as five ensembles from four local high schools compete for cash prizes in a “battle of the bands.”

The participating schools—Cleveland School of the Arts, St. Joseph Academy, Beachwood High School, and Lyndhurst/South Euclid’s Charles F. Brush High School—are well known for their commitment to music and the arts. Charles F. Brush High School and Beachwood High School are both listed in “The Top 100 in Music Education” by the American Music Conference.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:43 AM, 04.06.2015

Hebrew Academy to purchase CH portion of Oakwood Club

Hebrew Academy of Cleveland's early childhood and elementary school building on South Taylor Road. Photo by Deanna Bremer Fisher.

Hebrew Academy of Cleveland (HAC) will purchase the 92-acre Cleveland Heights portion of the former Oakwood Country Club from First Interstate Properties of Lyndhurst. In September 2014, HAC signed a letter of intent to purchase the property, and academy officials say they expect to finalize the acquisition within the next couple of weeks.

“This is an exciting development and I’m very pleased they are making this investment in Cleveland Heights. I look forward to their growth and bright future in the city,” said CH City Council Member Jason Stein.

The Oakwood Club, the first major Jewish organization located in Cleveland Heights, was founded in 1905 as a 159-acre golf club by prominent Jewish business and civic leaders. In 2010, the club merged with the Mayfield Country Club, located in South Euclid, and put its property up for sale.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:44 PM, 03.30.2015

Heights Arts brings art, poetry and music together in six lively April events

Gallerygoers examine the photographic diptych "Cleveland City Council, 1924-2015" by David Hagen.

Community arts events are flourishing at Heights Arts this April, with the presentation of a new Cleveland Heights poet laureate, three musical performances, and its popular exhibition talk, Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk + Poets Respond.

On Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m., the community is invited to join an evening of conversation with Daniel Levin, associate professor of photography at Cuyahoga Community College and guest curator of Impermanence, on view at Heights Arts through April 18. Showcasing the works of 11 respected Cleveland photographers, Impermanence celebrates Cleveland’s changing urban landscape through pairs of photographs showing the same view of a site at different historical times. Levin and exhibition photographers will discuss “rephotographic survey,” the concept and process behind Impermanence, as well as the stories behind the creation of their images.

In a twist on the standard curator’s talk, Heights Arts also invites regional poets to respond to the works on view as part of the evening.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:59 AM, 03.31.2015

Meredith Holmes is CH's new poet laureate

Meredith Holmes

The City of Cleveland Heights and Heights Arts will welcome its seventh poet laureate, Meredith Holmes, and thank outgoing Poet Laureate Kathleen Cerveny, in a special ceremony on Monday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall. The community is invited to attend and hear both poets speak.

Holmes served for one year as the first Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate in 2005, and will serve her second one-year term, 2015–16. Her poems have been published in journals including, most recently, Flyover Country Review and Literary Mama. Her poems have also appeared in several anthologies, including Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems for Bad Times; the Kattywompus Press collection While You Were Sleeping I Dreamt a PoemAwake at the End, published by Heights Arts and Bottom Dog Press; and the upcoming How Higher Education Feels, edited by Kathleen Quinlan. A book of Holmes’ poems, titled I’m Not From Here, is due out in 2015.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:12 AM, 03.31.2015

Heights Community Garden Network plans for 2015 season

Heights Community Garden Network coordinator Samantha Provencio (left) talks with a community member interested in the organization. Photos by Joseph Barbaree.

The warm, invigorating days of spring might seem a lifetime away, but eager Heights community gardeners are already sowing something for the 2015 season: new, innovative ideas.

At the Heights Community Garden Network (HCGN) annual meeting—held Feb. 17 at the Lee Road Library—a dozen horticulturists representing community gardens from across the Heights laid out their individual goals, plus their hopes for larger events and new strategies to expand gardening opportunities this year. Samantha Provencio, coordinator for HCGN, commenced the meeting with a fast rundown of the organization, then opened the rest of the meeting for a free-flowing dialogue.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:36 PM, 03.30.2015

FutureHeights launches community-building initiative on April 21

Bill Traynor

What do you love about your neighborhood? What does your neighborhood need to make it a better place for you and your neighbors?

On April 21, FutureHeights, the nonprofit community group that publishes the Heights Observer, will announce a new opportunity for Cleveland Heights residents to learn more about their neighborhoods and learn how to use community resources to work collaboratively to make their neighborhoods better: the Community Capacity-Building Program.

FutureHeights will make the announcement at its annual meeting on Tuesday, April 21. Bill Traynor, a nationally known community development expert will give the keynote address.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. at Motorcars Honda, 2953 Mayfield Road. Attendees will also get a chance to see Motorcars’ solar canopy installation, which the company says will provide up to 70 percent of its energy needs, and hear about other planned investments along the Mayfield Road corridor.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:29 PM, 03.30.2015

Meet Observer volunteers and staff on April 22

Each month in the Heights Observer, this column invites our readers to add their voices to this nonprofit community publication by writing the Cleveland Heights- and University Heights-focused articles they want to read, and submitting them via the Observer’s online Member Center at

On April 22, 6–8 p.m., Heights Observer’s volunteer editors and part-time editorial and design staff will gather at the BottleHouse Brewery, 2050 Lee Road, for an informal meet and greet with community members who would like to know more about the Observer, and how they can contribute to this volunteer-written publication. No reservations are required and the event is open to all (but you’ll need to buy your own drinks).

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:27 PM, 03.30.2015

Heights High has 'really changed'—right?

In a few weeks, I’ll be standing on the stage of the Heights High auditorium. I appeared on that stage about 40 times while I was attending the school, in the late 1960s, usually performing music. This time I won’t be performing; I’ll be giving monetary awards to two graduating seniors who have excelled in music and the visual arts.

I have done this almost every year for the past decade, awarding the Friends of Cain Park Scholarship for Excellence in the Performing and Visual Arts to students who have not only excelled in their respective artistic areas, but have also decided to continue their studies of those fields in college, and are planning to use their skills and talents in their careers, often as a way to help others.

I’ve been a member of the Friends of Cain Park’s board since the group’s inception in 1991. I’ve served as the board’s president for the past 20 years, having been elected to the position at the only meeting I’ve ever missed. (So let that be a lesson to you about why it’s good to always attend your organization’s meetings.)

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:38 AM, 03.31.2015

At home in the Heights with Tony and Kathy Skettle

Tony and Kathy Skettle with their children and grandchildren.  

The Heights is full of great people—they knit us together, make us feel good, and serve our community. They are trustworthy, generous, and a positive reflection of this place we call home. 

Tony and Kathy Skettle are two of these people.   

They moved to Bushnell Road in University Heights in the spring of 1978. They raised four children—Nicole, Karl, Genevieve and Timothy—who grew up going to church at Gesu, playing outside until the streetlights came on, and lifeguarding at Purvis Park Pool. All graduated from Cleveland Heights High School and three earned degrees from Ohio University. And three are now homeowners in Cleveland Heights. 

Asked what they liked most about raising a family on Bushnell Road, Tony cited the proximity to schools, stores, library, recreation center and church.

Kathy praised the neighbors, and said, “We’ve always been blessed with the friendliest and most-caring neighbors.”

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:37 AM, 03.31.2015

Cedar Fairmount's monthly Second Fridays start April 10

Friday evening shopping used to be a tradition in many towns. It was a night to relax, shop and dine out after a busy work week.  Cedar Fairmount merchants have decided to restart the tradition by making the second Friday of each month special, beginning April 10.

The district’s merchants plan to extend their hours to remain open until 8 p.m. or later, and offer refreshments, entertainment or special saving in the stores, and the district’s restaurants plan to feature specials, events and other incentives.

The goal for each month’s Cedar Fairmount Second Friday is for the district’s businesses to offer unique opportunities and festivities for visitors.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:34 AM, 03.31.2015

Cedar Fairmount businesses are ready for spring

In Cleveland Heights’s Cedar Fairmount Business District, a new business has opened, and other businesses have added staff, expanded menus, and made other enhancements during the first part of 2015.

BowTie Medical Clinic has opened its doors at 12429 Cedar Road, Suite 25 (877-283-8863, Its board-certified medical practitioners offer same-day appointments, and a walk-in clinic that is open Monday through Friday, 4-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or by appointment.

This is the second clinic started by Dr. Firouz Daneshgari, principal founder, and Rob Winings and Sam Thomas, co-founders (the first is located in Broadway Heights), and they say their goal is to create a new model in health care, offering membership-based health services.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:31 AM, 03.31.2015

Irwin Weinberger has an enduring love of music and art

Irwin Weinberger at his home in University Heights. Behind him are two of his recent paintings. One features Severance Hall, and the other features the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Irwin Weinberger has loved music and art for just about as long as he can remember. Weinberger, who is 60 years old and lives in University Heights, is a well-known Cleveland musician and artist. He plays several instruments—including guitar, ukulele, mandolin and banjo—and he performs as a solo musician and with the Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band. His artwork has been exhibited at numerous venues around Cleveland.

Weinberger grew up in Euclid. When he was eight years old, his father bought him a harmonica, which he learned how to play. The following year, he started playing clarinet, and when he was in middle school he learned how to play flute and saxophone. Then, in high school, he started playing guitar and singing. “I just kept exploring different instruments,” said Weinberger.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:28 AM, 03.31.2015

Heights High spring concert features two senior soloists

Heights High senior soloists Celia van den Bogert (left) and Alice Janigro will perform at the May 1 concert, accompanied by the Heights High Symphony.

When cellist Alice Janigro and harpist Celia van den Bogert take their bows on Friday, May 1, they will be continuing Heights High’s 86-year Senior Soloist tradition. Janigro will perform Edward Elgar’s contemplative and elegiac Concerto in E minor for Violoncello and Orchestra, and van den Bogert will perform Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for Harp and Chamber Orchestra, a work that displays the expressive range of the harp. Music Director Daniel Heim will also conduct the Heights High Symphony in Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance, Op. 48, No. 8 in G minor. 

The program also includes Brett Baker conducting Symphonic Winds in Masamicz Amano’s Concerto Grosso, featuring the Sax Pistols, a chamber ensemble Baker has been working with for three years. Symphonic Winds will also perform Samuel Hazo’s Stella Maris and Chris Bernotas’ Momentum.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:24 AM, 03.31.2015

Making miracles from Fascinating Rhythms

Saxophonist Bill Pierce of the Berklee College of Music will headline The Music Settlement's gala on May 2.

For more than a century, The Music Settlement has continued to grow its programs to anticipate and meet the needs of the Heights and Greater Cleveland communities.

You can help support The Music Settlement by attending its Fascinating Rhythms gala on May 2. Proceeds from the gala also will send promising student musicians to Boston, for five weeks over the summer.

Most of the students participating in the summer program are musicians in J@MS (Jazz @ The Music Settlement), a unique jazz program for young adults ages 12–18. Students in the J@MS program study in a half-day immersion program to achieve their musical goals.

The Music Settlement’s partner in this jazz program is Berklee City Music Network, which has given more than $110,000 in scholarships to students at The Music Settlement to enable them to attend the five-week, Boston-based summer program.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:13 AM, 03.31.2015

Young local dancers perform with Cleveland Ballet April 17

School of Cleveland Ballet students from the Heights area will perform at Playhouse Square's Ohio Theatre on April 17. Pictured (from left): Tristan McCoy (on stool), Isabel Mearini, Anna Donsky, Anna Rose, Devyn Etling and Milana Mudra. Not pictured: Judea Lowe and Lillian Opsitnik.

It’s every young ballet student’s dream to perform on a professional stage with the best talent the ballet world has to offer. That dream is becoming a reality for eight local dance students from the Heights area, as they prepare to perform in a Cleveland Ballet production, Classic. Elegant. Timeless., on Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m., at Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theatre.

The young dancers are students of the School of Cleveland Ballet. Gladisa Guadalupe, once a principal dancer for the Cleveland Ballet under Dennis Nahat, and former artistic associate of the Cleveland San Jose Ballet, founded the school in 2001, following the ballet company’s departure in 2000.

The school, formerly the Cleveland School of Dance, was originally located on Lee Road, near Mayfield Road, in Cleveland Heights. As the school grew, it relocated to 23030 Miles Road in Bedford Heights. The school now has 75 students from all over Northeast Ohio, and educates young dancers in classical ballet training and provides intensive instruction in the highly structured and disciplined techniques of ballet.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:09 AM, 03.31.2015

Lee Road Art Gallery fills its schedule

An exhibition at the Lee Road Art Gallery.

Located in the west building of the Lee Road Library, the Lee Road Art Gallery is identifiable by its glass walls, track lighting and smooth cement floors. But that’s not what customers notice when they walk in; they notice the art. The gallery has featured a new artist or group showevery month for the past year and a half, and already has exhibitions planned through November of this year.

Kate Atherton’s hand-drawn and digitally colored portraits showed whimsical vignettes of recognizable historical, literary and artistic figures. Reaching Heights had its first Exceptional Arts Exhibition here, featuring student artists with disabilities and learning differences. Kelly Tooman shared her photographic journey through France in a show called From Normandy to Paris.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:48 AM, 03.31.2015

What's going on at your library?

In April—National Poetry Month—the library continues its Springtime in Paris series, with programs that include an evening of poetry from the “City of Love.”

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m.

Step Out of Time: Labyrinth Walking. Lucky Caswell-Harris leads participants through the meditative experience of walking the labyrinth. Come prepared to find a new path to mindfulness.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:20 AM, 03.31.2015

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to

April 2: Paul Marasco, staff scientist in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute's biomedical engineering department, will describe his work—funded in part by a $2.5 million award from the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—to develop prosthetic limbs that feel and function like natural limbs, via technologies in sensory integration.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:38 AM, 03.31.2015

Taking the embarrassment out of using a hearing aid

Zounds client James Ward. Photo courtesy Zounds Hearing.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that 30 million Americans age 12 and older have some level of hearing loss in both ears. As age increases, so do the percentages of people with hearing loss: 33 percent of those age 60 and older, and 50 percent of those age 85 and older, have some degree of hearing loss.

Symptoms of hearing loss include having trouble hearing on the phone, not being able to focus on a single conversation in a noisy room, frequently misunderstanding what people are saying, and needing to turn up the volume to hear the television. Hearing loss often occurs gradually, making it hard to notice the difference from one day to the next.

Among adults age 70 and older who could benefit from using a hearing aid, fewer than one in three has ever used them. The Hopkins Hearing Center at Johns Hopkins University speculates that older adults may feel embarrassed about not being able to understand conversations.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:36 AM, 03.31.2015

Heights High class connects with Ebola workers in Africa

Students in Courtney White's English class (from left) Nataysha Brown, Maci Grice, Deonte Martin, Ta'ron Wright, Qiasia Price, Will Moreland and De'shon Knotts.

“You never know what will happen when you send a thank you note,” said Heights High English teacher Courtney White. In December, three of her classes sent thank you notes to Ebola medical workers in Africa, thanking the caregivers for their service and asking about their motivation to do the work.

White sent the letters to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and never expected to get a reply from busy medical crisis workers.

Then, on Feb. 9, said White, the most amazing thing happened. “We received heartfelt notes from the CDC Ebola Response Team in Sierra Leone—written on the back of a big Ebola incidence map.”

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:30 AM, 03.31.2015

Behind the scenes with Heights High's head custodian

Heights High tradesman Greg Jakab repairs a classroom heating unit.

A conversation with Dennis Dadich, head custodian, Cleveland Heights High School:

What we do: There are two teams in our department—maintenance and cleaning. The maintenance staff includes three custodians, two laborers and one utility tradesman, who work in two shifts, maintaining and repairing equipment in the building. We operate and maintain the heating system with five boilers. We maintain and repair just about everything in the building: doors, windows, floors, walls, plumbing, furniture, electrical and the swimming pool. In the winter, snow removal is a big part of our job.

The cleaning crew includes 14 staff members who work in two shifts to keep our building safe and looking good.


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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:26 AM, 03.31.2015

Middle schools compete in Regional Science Olympiad

Monticello Middle School team members. Front row: Adele Dooner, Zelda Thayer Hansen, Vincent Bellini , Nareus Hardin and Grant Gober; Middle row: Miranda Wyse, Suvedini Ainkaran, David Adams, Joshua Wendorf, Leela Rajeswaran, Patrick Dooner; Back row:  Sarai Truitt, Andrew Moore, Chantee McMillan, Maria Tarnay, Emily Cassady and Riannon Kuntz.

Roxboro and Monticello middle schools represented the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District in the Regional Science Olympiad at Case Western Reserve University on Feb. 21. Roxboro’s team placed eighth in the event, earning the team a spot in the state tournament, to be held April 11 at The Ohio State University in Columbus. This will be the fourth time Roxboro Middle School has qualified for the state tournament. Monticello Middle School’s team of intrepid scientists competed among 25 of the best teams in the state, earning 19th place overall.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 3:07 PM, 04.05.2015

Trout in the classroom lets kids take a journey with the fish

Trout eggs on day one.

Picture about 100 fish eggs arriving by overnight express on a petri dish. What could come of this?    

Rainbow trout, actually. They will grow in a fourth-grade classroom at Communion of Saints School in Cleveland Heights, but the experience will enrich the whole school.

Trout in the Classroom is an environmental education program for students in grades K–12. The students will raise the trout from eggs. They will test the water quality of the tank daily, while learning about stream habitat, ecosystems and conservation. At the end of the school year, the trout will be released in a state-approved stream or watershed.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:45 PM, 03.30.2015

Swim Cadets show made a big splash

The 2015 Heights High Swim Cadet officers begin their performance at this year’s Swim Cadet Show. [photo: Carol Clark]

The 2015 Heights High Synchronized Swimming Swim Cadet Show (March 5–7) featured 13 student-choreographed routines by the club’s 16 members, including the routine performed by club officers Maya Hubbard, Arden Dyer, Sarah Lentz, Julianna Clark and Grace Peppler (left to right in the photo).

This year’s show was the last one that will take place in the current pool. Beginning this June, the school will be closed for two years while the building is renovated. Students will attend school at the Wiley campus, and will return to the high school at Cedar and Lee roads in the fall of 2017.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:42 PM, 03.30.2015

Heights High students learn to use discussion to address racism

Heights High's (from left) Swaram Ainkaran, David Fleischer, Mark Sack, Ade Sakina, Eric Adeyemon, Brenda Gagehn, Easton Figueroa and Landry Snead attended the Feb. 23 forum on race.

Cleveland Heights High School students in the Lessons of the Holocaust class and Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) club have been engaging in candid conversations about identity and the role of race in society. These conversations have been happening in the classroom, during meetings and at five facilitated discussions with other students and adults.

Mark Sack teaches the Lessons of the Holocaust class and David Peake is the MSAN club advisor.

On Feb. 23, the students attended a YWCA-sponsored “Time to Talk” event at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland. The forum participants included more than 300 adults from Cleveland-area businesses and organizations, seven students from Heights High and seven students from Shaker Heights High School.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:38 PM, 03.30.2015

Efforts underway to make CH a Fair Trade Town

The City of Cleveland Heights is known for being diverse and progressive, home to arts and an all-around great place to live, eat and play. With retailers throughout the Heights such as Revive, Ten Thousand Villages Cleveland, Dave’s and Zagara’s Marketplace, we have a plethora of fair trade items at our fingertips.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:25 PM, 03.30.2015

Protect our Heights schools: understanding school funding

School funding in the state of Ohio is an incredibly complex issue—one that confuses even the most well-informed people. This article aims to clarify some important points as the community decides whether to support our local public schools on May 5.

What is a school levy anyway? An operating levy, such as Issue 2, is a request for an increase in property taxes that would be used to pay for the general operations of a school district. These tax dollars pay teacher salaries and utility bills; purchase new and replacement supplies, including technology and textbooks; and allow us to meet the many and varied needs of our diverse population of students. This is how public school districts are funded in the state of Ohio, according to House Bill 920.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:21 PM, 03.30.2015

Obituaries can enlighten us

Standards and testing require children to acquire specific measurable competencies by a specific time. You are a failure if you don’t fit. These standardized outcomes ignore differences in development—not to mention differences in opportunity. One size does not fit all!

Rather than promoting more effective education, testing for accountability undermines success. It creates winners and losers instead of committed learners. By standardizing education outcomes by grade level, it ignores human diversity and sacrifices an essential education purpose: developing a curious and critical-thinking electorate of lifelong learners. It’s all wrong.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:18 PM, 03.30.2015

LWV needs meeting observer volunteers

The Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Greater Cleveland has a shortage of observers to cover the University Heights City Council. Unfortunately, this shortage will prevent full coverage of all University Heights City Council meetings. If you appreciate these reports, perhaps you would like to help LWV continue this service to the community by volunteering for its Observer Corps. Observers of University Heights City Council do not have to be University Heights residents, but they must be impartial and unaffiliated with any of the council members’ or mayor’s campaigns. Observers do not participate in public comments unless authorized to do so by the League board.  

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:15 PM, 03.30.2015

Noble neighborhood home and yard sale is set for April 26

Noble Neighbors will present its first Noble Community-Wide Home and Yard Sale on Sunday, April 26, from noon to 5 p.m. The organization’s website,, has an interactive map showing the locations of event activities, along with information on parks, the neighborhood library, schools, community institutions, gardens and business districts. For the event, residents are being encouraged to host yard sales and coordinate with neighbors on their streets or in their apartment buildings to create hubs of activity. Several locations will feature street performers and bake sales.

Noble Road businesses will host sidewalk sales and offer special deals. Local institutions will open their doors for visitors.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:43 AM, 03.31.2015

Noble Neighborhood community assessment presentation is April 7

Students from CWRU’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) will present results of a Noble Neighborhood community assessment at the monthly Noble Neighbors meeting on Tuesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at Noble Road Presbyterian Church, 2780 Noble Road.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:13 PM, 03.30.2015

Heights historical photo of the month

Photo courtesy of City of Cleveland Heights.

It's almost time for tennis again at Cain Park! The park's tennis courts were installed in the mid-1930s as Cain Park was transformed from a "wild" ravine into a place for public recreation. In the lower right corner of this photograph, from the 1940s, is a backstop for use in sandlot baseball games. 

This photo was selected by the Cleveland Heights Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage of Cleveland Heights. For more information, and to view additional historical images, visit or

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:12 PM, 03.30.2015

Heights milliner delights hospice patients with hat presentation

Cleveland  Heights milliner Cynthia Marek Lundeen talks about the romance and history of hats at David Simpson Hospice House. 

There are hats and then there are hats.

Hats make a statement, and the statement that milliner Cynthia Marek Lundeen’s hats made at a recent event at the David Simpson Hospice House was fabulous.

Lundeen not only gave a presentation on the romance and history of hats, she brought a collection of her elegant couture designs. Two of the hats, a pink and black, and a white and black feathered one, graced covers of special Kentucky Derby issues of the magazine I Am Today’s Woman. The slide presentation included an image of a creation that won first prize at the Kentucky Derby Hat Contest.  

As she led staff, volunteers, patients and family members through a slide show of hats in history—including tidbits from the 1700s and 1800s—a parade of participants modeled her creations. Two lucky volunteers got to wear the hats featured on the magazine covers.

The idea for the presentation came about when hospice staff admired the hats decorating the room of one of Lundeen’s family members at hospice house, said volunteer service manager Lori Scotese. The David Simpson Hospice House, which is a facility of the Hospice of the Western Reserve, is located at E. 185th St.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:08 PM, 03.30.2015

Coventry Village Library

An early photo of Coventry Village Library, ca. 1926. Photo courtesy of Heights Libraries.

Harry Potter and his friends would feel right at home in the Coventry Village Library, a brick Tudor Revival- and Jacobean-style building that sits on a grassy slope at the corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard. Designated a Cleveland Heights Landmark in 1980, the building features many historical details, including a large fireplace, Arts and Crafts tilework, and medieval-style light fixtures.

Designed by John H. Graham & Co., Architects, who had drawn plans for Fairmount Presbyterian Church and three buildings for the Laurel School nearly a decade before, the Coventry Village Library opened as the main library for Cleveland Heights in 1926. Built on land originally platted as part of Grant W. Deming's Forest Hill residential allotment, the library, along with Coventry School, were the only nonresidential structures in Deming's development.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:03 PM, 03.30.2015

Caregivers workshop begins in April

Caring for a family member or friend with memory impairment can be stressful and challenging. Fairhill Partners, in partnership with Stanford University, is enrolling participants in a workshop and research study to determine the effectiveness of the new Building Better Caregivers workshop. One of the free workshops will take place at the Cleveland Heights Senior Center on Tuesdays, 1–3:30 p.m., April 7 through May 12.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 12:52 PM, 03.30.2015

Discover migratory birds with Julie West

Julie West

I lived in northern Ohio for more than three decades oblivious to an amazing natural wonder that literally flew by my eyes if only I knew where to look: the spring migration of North American wood warblers. The first that I saw of the colorful species in 1989, a Yellow Warbler, weighs less than half an ounce yet can fly nonstop over the Gulf of Mexico at night, while we sleep.

Since then, each May I have joined people from all over the world at Magee Marsh, a refueling habitat for migrants before they cross Lake Erie to their Canadian breeding grounds. Magee Marsh is 100 miles west of Cleveland, but if you walk around the Shaker Lakes once or twice a week in May, you can see the same 30 warbler species that stop at Magee. 

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 12:36 PM, 03.30.2015

Annual spring fundraiser at Bremec supports HRRC

This winter has undoubtedly taken a toll on Heights yards and gardens. As residents head back outdoors this spring, they can benefit Cleveland Heights’s nonprofit Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) by shopping for lawn and garden supplies at Bremec on the Heights Garden Center, 13410 Cedar Road, between Wednesday, April 22, and Tuesday, May 5.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 12:27 PM, 03.30.2015

Annual Home Remodeling Fair set for April 11

Looking for home remodeling ideas and repair advice? Come to the annual Home Remodeling Fair, presented by Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) in cooperation with the City of Cleveland Heights. The free fair will be held on Saturday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall, and is open to residents of all communities.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 12:26 PM, 03.30.2015

Coventry Village Library to unveil new children’s area

The Coventry Village Library will unveil its redesigned children’s area, called the Shire, at a grand opening on Saturday, April 18, 1–5 p.m. The free, all-ages event will feature refreshments, storytelling by children’s authors Mary Lee Corlett and Tricia Springstubb, and a chance for kids to try out new early literacy activities and toys in the newly renovated space.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 12:18 PM, 03.30.2015

Reaching Musical Heights concert was inspirational

The Elementary School Honor Choir from Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District performing in Reaching Musical Heights at Severance Hall on Feb. 24

The power of high-quality music education was evident at Reaching Musical Heights, held on Tuesday, February 24, at Severance Hall. This quadrennial concert of student musicians from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District was a remarkable celebration of our talented and hardworking students, their music teachers, our schools, and our community.

Dress rehearsal and performance took place on the same day, so when school was closed due to frigid early morning temperatures, the planning committee held an emergency meeting with the music directors and district administrators and quickly rearranged the event. Rehearsals were condensed, transportation was minimized, snacks were provided, changes were communicated to parents of all 559 students and the show went on.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 12:14 PM, 03.30.2015

Cuyahoga County selects CH and UH for master planning process

Cuyahoga County Council set aside $150,000 of general funds for a Community Planning Grant program to enable the county to work with cities to replace outdated master plans. Cities that never had a master plan, or had one that was at least 10 years old, were eligible to apply.

Of 14 applicants, two West Side cities—Parma Heights and Olmsted Falls—and two East Side cities—Cleveland Heights and University Heights—were selected.  

“We are very happy to have received the grant for a new master plan from the Cuyahoga County Department of Development,” said UH Mayor Susan Infeld. “I was happy to hear that Cleveland Heights also received the grant.”

Infeld said that the city of Beachwood is also developing a master plan in cooperation with the county, and that she is hopeful that this will “give the County Planning Commission a regional viewpoint of trends as they help us develop the University Heights Master Plan.”

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:58 AM, 03.24.2015

Cain Park announces 2015 schedule

The Beach Boys, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Livingston Taylor and Richard Marx are among the artists who will be performing at Cain Park this summer. And, once again, the park will offer a variety of free events throughout the summer, and will also present the Cain Park Arts Festival the weekend of July 10.

This year’s season will kick off on June 11, with the musical Godspell. This version is co-directed by Ian Wolfgang Hinz and Joanna May-Hunkins. It features such songs as “Day by Day,” “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” and “Learn Your Lessons.” The show will run through June 28 at the Alma Theater.

The summer concert series will also commence on June 11 with a performance by trumpeter Chris Botti in the Evans Amphitheater. His album Impressions won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2013.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:19 AM, 03.24.2015

Exchange year in Japan provides global perspective

AFS exchange students Molly Fleischer (left) and Emoni Brown-Bey.

Heights High senior Emoni Brown-Bey returned from an 11-month American Field Service (AFS) foreign exchange experience in Japan in mid-February, and sophomore Molly Fleischer left for Japan in early March.

Brown-Bey’s exchange year was “an amazing experience,” she said, as she returns to Heights High for a final semester before graduating.

During Brown-Bey's time in Japan, she lived with a host family in a small rural community and attended high school. She learned to speak Japanese, make sushi, ride a public train and budget her own money. She saw Mount Fuji, visited Tokyo Disneyland, hiked in the mountains and toured historic Shinto shrines and beautiful gardens.

While many things are different in Japan, she said she also experienced many of the universal themes in human life—family love, teenage friends, food and art.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:34 AM, 03.24.2015