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District unveils proposed design for new CHHS exterior

The renovated Heights High will reveal the historic facade from Cedar Road. Photo courtesy CH-UH City School District.

On Aug. 19, architects hired by the Cleveland-Heights University Heights City School District unveiled their proposed new design for the exterior of Cleveland Heights High School.

The design calls for the removal of the 1959 science wing addition, to reveal the historic façade on the school’s Cedar Road side, which has been hidden from view for decades, and the construction of two new wings on the east and west sides of the building’s historic core.

As proposed by the architectural firm Balog, Steines, Hendricks & Manchester, the new additions are designed to complement, and will not block, the original façade, which will be restored.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:08 AM, 08.26.2014

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Heights Music Hop seeks volunteers for Oct. 11 event

Do you enjoy music? Do you enjoy working with local merchants? Do you enjoy volunteering? 

On Oct. 11, Lee Road will once again be filled with free music at the second annual Heights Music Hop, and volunteers are needed to welcome people to the Cedar Lee Business District, help bands move gear, staff tables, and help set up and tear down. Volunteer perks include a T-shirt and free admission to the official after-party at The BottleHouse.

The Heights Music Hop will serve as one of the kick-off locations for Cleveland Beer Week (Oct. 10–18), and includes more bands and venues than last year’s inaugural event.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:13 AM, 08.26.2014

Heights' Got Talent finals captivate Cain Park

The Stockdale Family Band won the Heights' Got Talent show on Aug. 18, at Cain Park. [photo: Steve Deurlein]

The first Heights’ Got Talent contest took place on Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Evans Amphitheater at Cain Park. It was a huge success, and all of the 16 finalists who took part in the show were, indeed, very talented.

The competition was sponsored by Motorcars, the Cleveland Heights-based Toyota and Honda dealer, and Trevor Gile, the general manager of Motorcars Honda and the son of Motorcars owner Chuck Gile, came up with the idea last September. The contest was based on “America’s Got Talent,” and performers wishing to take part in the show had to live in Northeast Ohio and had to submit videos to Motorcars. More than 50 artists entered the contest, and their videos were posted on a website, where the initial round of voting took place. The top 16 vote-getters made it to the finals.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:14 AM, 08.26.2014

Dobama opens new season with 'Belleville' and as an Equity theater

Dobama’s 2014–15 season will mark its first as the region’s newest Equity theater, which means that the industry considers it to be a fully professional theater.

Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union that represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States, was founded in 1913. Like other labor unions, Actors’ Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits for its members.

Justly proud of its Equity status, Dobama is offering an exciting and diverse selection of plays, opening with “Belleville” by Amy Herzog on Friday, Sept. 5.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 8:51 AM, 08.26.2014

Millikin building sold to Mosdos Ohr Hatorah

CH-UH Board of Education approves the sale of Millikin to Mosdos Ohr Hatorah at its Aug. 19 meeting.

After years of negotiations and discussions, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District has agreed to sell most of the former Millikin Elementary School property to local private K–8 school Mosdos Ohr Hatorah.

The sale was approved by the Board of Education at its Aug. 19 work session. The board agreed to sell the Millikin building to Mosdos for $650,000. The sale does not include the adjacent stables property, which the district will retain. 

The sales agreement is subject to several contingencies:

  • The District must obtain an easement from the stable property to Severance Circle. 
  • The District must identify or obtain alternative space for its tradespeople who currently work out of the Millikin facility. 
  • Mosdos must obtain a conditional use permit from the City of Cleveland Heights to use the property as a nonpublic school.
  • Mosdos must obtain financing on satisfactory terms from the City of Cleveland Heights.
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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 12:03 PM, 08.20.2014

South African bishop to preach at St. Paulís

The Rt. Rev. Margaret Vertue, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of False Bay, South Africa, will preach at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Sept. 7, at the 9 and 11:15 a.m. worship services. She will also lead the Forum at 10 a.m.

St. Paul’s enjoys a special relationship with two parishes in the Diocese of False Bay—St. Clare of Assisi in Ocean View and St. Matthew’s Chapelry in Masiphumelele. Parishioners Mary and Rich Nodar began this partnership in mission to Masiphumelele when they traveled there in 2002. They returned each subsequent year, for three months, until 2012. Over the years, the partner churches have sent their members, including their youth groups, on numerous exchange visits. St. Paul’s also helped establish two foster homes in the Diocese of False Bay.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 12:16 PM, 08.26.2014

Second public meeting on CHHS facilities project set for Aug. 19

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Cleveland Heights–University Heights City School District will hold the second of three planned public meetings regarding the schematic design phase of its Heights High facilities project. The meeting will start at 7 p.m., and take place at the Delisle Center, 14780 Superior Road. The third meeting is scheduled for Sept. 16, and will take place at the same time and location.

This series of public meetings is intended to provide an opportunity for members of the Heights community to see proposed plans and ask questions. Those who would like to address the board should sign up at the beginning of the meeting.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 12:53 PM, 08.19.2014

New athletic stadium debuts Sept. 13 with ceremony before football season-opener

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Heights High athletic stadium will take place on Sept. 13 before the opening football game against Glenville.

The newly constructed Cleveland Heights High School stadium will be officially opened to the community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration just prior to the first home football game of this season, on Saturday, Sept. 13.

“We are so excited to present this brand-new stadium to the community,” said Talisa L. Dixon, CH-UH superintendent. “Our residents approved Phase 1 of our Master Facilities Plan in 2013, and while a great deal of work is taking place within our school buildings, the new stadium and field may be the first visible change that some residents have seen. We’re thrilled that this first visible project has turned out so well, and this community will see an immediate benefit from it.”

The ceremony and celebration will begin at 2 p.m. on Sept. 13 with the opening of the Tiger Tailgate Area, where food trucks, concessions and face-painting will be open for business.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:17 AM, 08.19.2014

'Puncture the Silence-Stop Mass Incarceration' movement forms in Cleveland Heights

"Puncturing the Silence" with facts at the Larchmere Porchfest. [photo: Pamela Zoslov]

To the Editor,

I am part of a new movement in Cleveland, Puncture the Silence-Stop Mass Incarceration. Inspired by Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow, and the “Stop Stop and Frisk” movement in NYC, eight women sitting in a living room in Cleveland Heights last April unanimously endorsed the Stop Mass Incarceration Network’s (SMIN) call for a month of mass resistance to mass incarceration, police terror and the criminalization of generations this October. We set about helping to build a new social movement against all of the injustices in the criminal “justice” system, and received a very good response.

We had been appalled by the murders of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, and the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:02 AM, 08.19.2014

Remembering former Heights resident and principal John McDonald

Principal John McDonald sits behind his desk at Roxboro Elementary School.

Dr. John Leo "Jack" McDonald, 89, died on Friday, Aug. 8, at his residence in Chagrin Falls. He had formerly lived in Cleveland Heights.

McDonald was born Nov. 5, 1924 in Cleveland, the first of the two children of Anna Marie Koeppel McDonald and Leo Winibald McDonald.

McDonald graduated from Hunter College and Case Western Reserve University, and completed two Ph.D.s, in fine arts and education. He was employed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City before returning to Cleveland in 1952 to teach sixth grade at Canterbury Elementary School, in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District. In 1970, McDonald became principal of Roxboro Elementary School. He retired in 1984.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 5:00 PM, 08.13.2014

Learn how to safely undertake DIY home repairs on Aug. 19

Whether you'll be tackling a do-it-yourself project because you're excited about doing the work yourself, or because it's your only option, your focus will all too often be on design, material choices, and other "fun" aspects of the project. Project planning, however, should also include avoiding injury, minimizing exposure to toxic materials, and consideration of other potential dangers.

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) invites homeowners to learn from contractor Mark Westbrooks what precautions they should take in planning repair projects. Westbrooks will present Working Safely: How Homeowners Should Protect Themselves when Doing Repairs on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m., at HRRC’s Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:05 AM, 08.11.2014

HRRC helps eligible seniors replace their water heaters

Homeowners often encounter sticker shock when they need a new water heater. Recent safety regulations have greatly increased the price of replacement units, making it especially difficult for senior homeowners, who must manage on a fixed income, to find the necessary funds.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:13 PM, 07.31.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 8-6-2014

AUGUST 6, 2014

  • Public comments
  • City manager purchases
  • Fall/winter recreation regulations
  • Upcoming community events
  • Community Improvement Awards
  • Cedar Road resurfacing in 2017
  • Outstanding Neighbor Award
  • Commission on Aging appointees

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 12:08 PM, 08.12.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 7-21-2014

JULY 21, 2014

  • 2015 tax budget hearing
  • Public comments
  • City purchases
  • Commission on Aging appointments
  • Architectural Board of Review appointments
  • Parks and recreation 2014–15 fall/winter season
  • Guided hikes through Forest Hill Park
  • Admission tax exemption
  • Debt management
  • CDBG reallocation
  • Water meter tampering
  • Zoning appeals
  • Three properties declared nuisances

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:51 AM, 08.11.2014

Fratantonio's Barber Shop celebrates more than 50 years in the Heights

Joe Dauria, Mark Vanek and Maria Petralia at Fratantonio's Barber Shop.

On March 20, 1962, George Fratantonio moved his barber shop from Taylor Road, where it had been located for 22 years, to the Fairmount Circle Medical Building on John Carroll Boulevard, almost directly across from John Carroll University. Now, more than 52 years later, the barber shop is still in the same location, and it is still owned by the Fratantonio family.

Over the years, Fratantonio’s Barber Shop has become an institution in the Heights, and it has had many famous customers, including Art Modell, back when he owned the Browns; former U.S. Senator Howard Metzenbaum; and former Ohio Governor and U.S. Senator George Voinovich.

The shop’s current owner is “Sonny” Fratantonio, George Fratantonio’s son, and the manager is Mark Vanek, 34, who has worked at the shop for 13 years. The shop also employs three other barbers: Joe Dauria, Maria Petralia and Jo Ann Medaglia.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:47 PM, 07.31.2014

Sunshine Headquarters Too: a Coventry Village institution

Sunshine owner Doug Hayslip with Oliver J. Dragon.

Sunshine Headquarters Too is something of an institution on Coventry Road. The store has been there since July 14, 1972, and, in many ways, still reflects that old hippie sensibility that was so prevalent on Coventry back in the 1970s.

The store carries a wide variety of clothing, ranging from leather vests and suits to fur coats. Its extensive jewelry collection includes body-piercing jewelry, watches and spiked bracelets. Sunshine also sells wallets and other accessories, including theatrical contact lenses, and novelty items such as swords, knives and throwing stars.

In addition, Sunshine carries vaporizers, e-cigarettes and hookahs, and the store makes custom-blown glass items. “We make anything from wedding goblets to smoking pipes,” said Doug Hayslip, who has owned the store for more than 30 years.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:45 PM, 07.31.2014

Coventry Village is a clothing mecca

Laurie Klopper, the owner of Blush Boutique on Coventry Road.

The north end of Coventry Road, between Mayfield and Hampshire roads, is something of a mecca for people wanting to buy clothes. This short stretch of Coventry features six stores that specialize in clothing. There are three chain stores—American Apparel, Next and Avalon Exchange—and three small, specialty stores—Blush Boutique, Sunshine Headquarters Too and Heart and Sole. In addition, there’s also Attenson’s Books and Antiques, which carries a selection of vintage clothing. As Steve Presser, owner of the Coventry toy store Big Fun, said, “It’s the most eclectic clothing district in Cleveland. No other block has so much variety, from new and used to funk and junk.”

The largest store, American Apparel, is part of an international chain headquartered in Los Angeles. Founded in 1989, as a sweatshop-free manufacturer, the company opened its first retail store in 2003, and offers clothing for just about everyone—from toddlers and infants to men and women. The chain now has more than 260 stores worldwide, but the Coventry store, opened six years ago, is its only Greater Cleveland location. The chain manufacturers all of the clothing it offers.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:42 PM, 07.31.2014

Artist Jeanetta Ho's unconventional path

Jeanetta Ho

“Some artists' work is like a car tooling down the road—it heads out in a specific direction, and there may be twists and turns along the way, but it always follows a single path from one end to the other. Others (daVinci was one) work like trees—along this branch, along that branch, along another branch . . . simultaneously, wherever the muse touches. No, I'm no daVinci, but I most certainly am one of the Tree People.” —Jeanetta Ho's website.

Hawaiian-born visual artist Jeanetta Ho has lived in Cleveland since 1971. “I wasn’t supposed to be an artist. I was supposed to marry well,” said Ho. Although she studied photography as early as high school, her aptitude in math (“I was a math genius”) landed her in engineering school during the Vietnam War era. But calculus stumped her, and she changed her major to art. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:38 PM, 07.31.2014

Yiddishe Cup plays free concert Aug. 7 at John Carroll

Yiddishe Cup

The Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, on the lawn in front of the Grasselli Library at John Carroll University in University Heights.

Guest vocalist Shawn Fink will sing "Joe and Paul's," a humorous Yiddish/English song about a men's clothing store in Brooklyn, N.Y., circa 1948. The band will also play "Warrensville and Center Road," a Yiddishe Cup original about TJ Maxx, Bob Evans and Target.

The concert, part of the University Heights Summer Concert Series, is free. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. In case of rain, the show will move inside to the Dolan Science Center. For more information, contact University Heights City Hall at 216-932-7800.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:29 PM, 07.31.2014

Ensemble Theatre's 2014-15 season: the cult of personality

In choosing plays for its upcoming seasons, Ensemble Theatre makes its selections based on a theme. The 2014–15 season is no exception and the theme is the “Cult of Personality.” Past themes have included “All You Need Is Love” (2013–14) and “Discover the Human Element” (2012–13). If thought-provoking drama about strong characters appeals to you, a subscription to Ensemble’s upcoming season may be just the ticket.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:28 PM, 07.31.2014

Heights businesses unite behind Make Your Mark for the Arts program

Sean Vogley, manager of MotoPhoto Cedar Center, with the Make Your Mark for the Arts display.

More than 55 independent, local businesses—from Cedar Center, South Euclid, Coventry, Cedar Fairmount, Shaker Square and Van Aken Plaza shopping districts—have joined forces with Heights Arts  to participate in the Make Your Mark for the Arts community-engagement project.

The program is now in its third month, and residents can take part by creating a personal stamp at a Heights Arts-led workshop. They then exchange their stamped marks at participating businesses in a passport-style booklet. Businesses are grouped by categories, including food and drink, clothing and gifts, health and beauty, arts and culture, and services and miscellaneous retail. Once a passport page has been filled with stamps from five businesses, it can be redeemed at Heights Arts Gallery for a rewards sheet with savings coupons from all participating businesses in that category.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:26 PM, 07.31.2014

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board special meeting highlights 6-23-2014


Board Member Jeffrey Eummer was present by phone.

Levy to be on November ballot

Director Nancy Levin's presentation highlighted features of the library, including its governance by a seven-member board of trustees appointed by the school board. She addressed the issue of library consolidation by pointing out that the library’s response is to be a longtime member of CLEVNET, a system linking 44 libraries in 12 counties. Levin also summarized the library’s strengths:

  • The library was rated a Library Journal Index Five Star Library, the highest rating, for five out of six years, the top three percent of libraries nationwide.
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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 5:47 PM, 07.31.2014

4th annual Library Pet Show celebrates good pet care and beloved childrensí book

Paul Karboski shares his Chinese pygmy hamster, Batham Ironham Sonic Karboski the First.

Two ferrets, Chunky and Pepper, arrived on the back of a motorcycle. Chinese pigmy hamsters, a hermit crab and, of course, dogs were also there.

Young owners brought their pets of all shapes and sizes and presented them center stage at the fourth annual Library Pet Show on July 3, outside the Lee Road Library.

Master of ceremonies Brian Hare wore a full tuxedo for the event. His performance was marked by puns, some of which drew groans, and animal jokes set off by well-timed sound effects, including drum rolls and crickets.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:24 PM, 07.31.2014

What's going on at your library?

Throughout the month of August, Heights Libraries programs will include a selection of events on the theme “Looking through the LGBT Lens,” to coincide with the Gay Games being held in Cleveland.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:23 PM, 07.31.2014

University Heights City Council town hall meeting highlights 6-17-2014

JUNE 17, 2014

All council members were present.

Park at Fuchs Mizrachi

Mayor Susan Infeld opened the meeting with a discussion of the resolution to develop a park at the site of the former Fuchs Mizrachi school. The proposed bond issue to fund the park would cost $1.8 million. Throughout the last two-and-a-half years, the city has held meetings to discuss the acquisition of the land and demolition of the building. Through three meetings with residents and the architect Braun & Steidl, the architect developed a plan as step one of the development phase. Step two would be placing a bond issue on the ballot for residents to vote on. If a bond issue were approved, requests for proposals would be solicited from architects. The bond issue would dovetail with the December expiration of the 20-year pool bond issue, for which residents pay $25 per $100,000 housing value. Consequently, passage of the new bond would not cause an increase in taxes. Furthermore, the new bond issue would expire in 15 years, instead of 20.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 5:53 PM, 07.31.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting 7-7-2014

JULY 7, 2014

  • Jim Brennan
  • Public comments
  • Crane for forestry division
  • Byou Bar and Grill
  • Nuisance abatement amendment
  • Bond notes issued
  • Admission tax
  • Debt Management Policy
  • 2015 Tax Budget
  • Water and Sewer fees
  • Settlement with sewer district
  • Zoning appeals

Council Member Jason S. Stein was absent.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 4:49 PM, 07.31.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting 6-16-2014

JUNE 16, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Access Cleveland Heights App
  • City manager purchases
  • Police auction
  • Tall grass violation
  • Rebecca Alison Meyer
  • Independents Week
  • Bond refinancing
  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
  • County sewer services
  • City accolades for recycling and bicycling

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 4:28 PM, 07.31.2014

Correction to Senior Scene column

In last month's Senior Scene column, the executive director of The Homewood Residence at Rockefeller Gardens should have been listed as Cheryl Walker. As a matter of clarification, Kensington Place, The Concord and Huntington Green are "all-ages" apartment buildings; the first two offer the convenience of an elevator for seniors, and the latter offers special activities for seniors. Warrensville Community Apartments is home to a branch of the Jewish Community Center. In addition, the Superior Schoolhouse is used for occasional events by the Cleveland Heights Historical Society.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:17 PM, 07.31.2014

Hot weather safety tips for seniors

Warm temperatures are a welcome relief from the frigid weather we had last winter. Hot and humid weather, however, can bring challenges and dangers for seniors. Here are some tips to help keep you safe during the summer.

Keep cool. When body temperature rises, our body naturally sends more blood to circulate through our skin. This leaves less blood for our muscles, which in turn increases our heart rate. The body faces additional stress when humidity is high, because sweat cannot readily evaporate through the skin to cool us.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:15 PM, 07.31.2014

Heights High program helps student athletes prepare for college

Peter Eckendorf played varsity soccer at Seton Hall University before returning to his alma mater as coordinator of the Learning Center for student athletes at Heights High.

In the basement of Cleveland Heights High School, Peter Eckendorf—a 2003 Heights alumnus who could still pass for a student—is leading a program that raises standards for the school’s nearly 500 student athletes. Under the direction of Athletic Director Kristin Hughes, Eckendorf manages the Learning Center, which helps the coaches of varsity sports programs by tracking the grades of players and providing skilled tutoring to help them maintain academic eligibility. The coming school year will be the center's third.

“We want to make a smooth transition for our kids from high school to college,” said Eckendorf. For a number of Heights students, athletics opens the door to college in the first place. “If you play in college, you have to go to study tables and you have to be accountable for the academic work you do.” The Learning Center is modeled after college programs and is the first high school program of its kind, to Hughes' knowledge, and it provides four main services.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:10 PM, 07.31.2014

Cleveland Cavaliers train at White Cloud Studio in CH

Troy McCarty (right) leads Cavaliers players and staff in a Pilates workout. Photos by Laurie Guenther.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have discovered the benefits of Pilates at White Cloud Studio in the Cedar Fairmount Business District. Troy McCarty, owner and lead instructor, works with several Cavs players weekly, supported by staff members Raudel Napoles, Or Sagi-Woodson and Laurie Guenther. Members of the Cavs who train at White Cloud include Alex Moore, who oversees the Cavaliers Performance Team; Derek Millender, assistant strength and conditioning coach; Anthony Bennett, power forward; Matthew Dellavedova, point forward; Scotty Hopson, small forward; Sergey Karasev, small forward; and Carrick Felix, shooting guard.

According to McCarty, the Cavs are always looking for new ways to supplement their workout regime: “Pilates is a favorite of more established players—think Kobe Bryant and even our very own (once again) Lebron James. Pilates offers them a new form of exercise that focuses on the core and its relation to the rest of the body.”

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:04 PM, 07.31.2014

Brennan's 'colony' comes together over T-shirts and a beer

Members of Team Tuesday prepare to distribute shirts on July 19 at The Tavern Company. [Photo by Shannon Morris]

For three hours on Saturday, July 19, it was hard just to get in the door at The Tavern Company—the Lee Road pub that Jim Brennan managed before buying the Colony in 1991. Now owned by Chris Armington, himself a 12-year Brennan employee, The Tavern Company served that night as the location where people could pick up pre-ordered “We Are A Colony” T-shirts and gather yet again to remember Jim "JB" Brennan, who was shot to death in his business across the street on June 30.

“I’m still in shock,” Armington said. “It keeps me up at night. And there are so many triggers that make me think of JB. Like, he drove a (Toyota) 4Runner and now any time I see one out of the corner of my eye, I expect I’m going to see him.”

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 11:57 AM, 07.31.2014

Wayne Mortensen to speak at FutureHeights annual meeting

Wayne Mortensen

Wayne Mortensen, director of design and development for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and a Cleveland Heights resident, will deliver the keynote address at the FutureHeights annual meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the former Pontiac dealership, 3077 Mayfield Road.

Not your typical annual meeting, FutureHeights will give a brief overview of its annual activities and will then lead an interactive discussion about the state of the community. FutureHeights will present data showing current trends. In his keynote address, Mortensen will challenge participants to leverage the community’s strengths to confront its current challenges. He will highlight how similar communities have responded to adversity by defining a preferred future.

Cleveland Heights City Manager Tanisha Briley will respond, as will Deanna Bremer Fisher, executive director of FutureHeights.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 11:50 AM, 07.31.2014

CH-UH transportation supervisor recognized by Ohio Schools Council

Scott Smith, CH-UH transportation supervisor.

The CH-UH City School District’s transportation department saves thousands of dollars annually on its 42 buses, thanks to a cooperative effort with other districts in the Ohio Schools Council (OSC), where Scott Smith, transportation supervisor, serves in a key role.

OSC is a consortium of school districts that work cooperatively for the specific purpose of saving dollars through volume purchases.

As co-chair of OSC’s bus purchasing committee, Smith brings the mechanical knowledge of having worked on the buses—prior to becoming supervisor—which helps other districts make sound decisions about purchases.

Smith received a Certificate of Appreciation Award for his service in three categories in May: the school bus purchasing committee, the fuel committee and the cooperative school bus purchasing program.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 12:01 PM, 07.31.2014

It's a wild life here, but animal traps should be used with care

One Friday my neighbor called to ask if I’d put out a chipmunk trap. No, although chipmunks are all over the place. We once had a cat named Frizzy that left dead chipmunks around. I would put them in an old cat-food bag and stick them in the freezer until trash day. No point in leaving them around to smell.

Well, said my neighbor, there’s a skunk caught in a trap near my fence. She had called the city to no avail. Since her husband and grown son were dealing with it, I put it out of my mind until I went to bed that night. My bedroom smelled as though a skunk was under the bed. I would check the foundation Saturday morning.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 11:30 AM, 07.31.2014

Lilt and learning: playing music and teaching have a lot in common

Things can be wonderful.

Frequently, I am critical of the misdirection of our policy makers and the undermining effects of their narrative and policies on public confidence in public education, teachers and the education of the whole child. The blame, test and punish approach to “school reform” just doesn’t jibe with the magic that occurs daily when we pull together as a community and when teams of educators collaborate from a place of trust to help children grow.

This month I want to focus on wonderful.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 11:25 AM, 07.31.2014

Heights historical photo of the month

Photo Credit: City of Cleveland Heights

Built in 1923, the Alcazar (Spanish for "Home in a Fortress") Hotel was the first suburban hotel in the Greater Cleveland metropolitan area, with its 175 apartments primarily serving a residential and family clientele. In addition to its residential role, the Alcazar provided space for a wide variety of entertainment. In the 1920s and '30s, the hotel advertised Saturday night dining and dancing, tea dances, musicals and dance school recitals. 

Architect H.T. Jefferey chose a design that reflects Moorish buildings in Spain, and was directly inspired by the Alcazar and Ponce de Leon hotels in St. Augustine, Fla.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 11:18 AM, 07.31.2014

Free shuttle from CH to Gay Games Aug. 13

Cleveland Heights contingent marches in the Gay Games 9 Opening Cermonies on Aug. 9.

Photo credit: Matt Cordish

The Coventry Village, Cedar Lee and Cedar Fairmount special improvement districts, in partnership with Heights Motorcars, will provide free shuttle rides for Heights residents to the 2014 Gay Games Festival Village. The shuttles will run on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 6–10 p.m. The Gay Games Festival Village is free to attend.

The shuttles are also available for Gay Games athletes and visitors wishing to explore Cleveland Heights neighborhoods and experience its dining and shopping.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 11:13 AM, 07.31.2014

University Heights plans to improve pedestrian and bicycle traffic on busy streets

The City of University Heights plans to improve walking and bicycling along its most traveled roads with planning expertise from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). The Warrensville Center and Cedar Roads Sidewalk Improvement Project will focus on creating safe, attractive and easy-to-navigate pedestrian and bicycle transportation corridors between Fairmount Circle and Cedar Center on Warrensville Center Road, and between Taylor Road and Fenway Drive on Cedar Road. It is one of the first projects to receive technical assistance from NOACA for this purpose.

Currently, the high traffic volume and speed on Cedar and Warrensville Center roads keep many pedestrians from using the sidewalks along the roadway. No barrier separates the sidewalk from the street, placing pedestrians uncomfortably close to high-speed traffic.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 11:03 AM, 07.31.2014

Forest Hill Presbyterian Church outdoor worship is Aug. 16

Forest Hill Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Outdoor Worship Service and Community Supper at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. Friends and neighbors are invited to enjoy a thought-provoking sermon, along with music by Mother Willie Mae Wright and the Wright Family Singers, a popular Cleveland gospel and praise group.

After the service, a free supper of hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings, fresh fruit, baked beans, coleslaw and desserts will be provided by members of the church.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 10:59 AM, 07.31.2014

Taco Bell and Tristan Thompson support HYC teenagers

Tristan Thompson took this selfie with teens at the Heights Youth Club.

On June 19, Heights Youth Club (HYC) seniors and teen leaders Olivia Morgan and Cameron Steele kicked off the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens event, which included special guest Tristan Thompson from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Thompson spoke to the 150 teens in attendance. He congratulated all of the high school graduates and emphasized the importance of education and graduation. Prizes, including autographed basketballs and a bicycle, were awarded for outstanding achievements. Thompson signed autographs, handed out T-shirts to graduates and took a “selfie” photograph with the teens. Taco Bell provided food and gift certificates to attendees.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 10:45 AM, 07.31.2014

Nighttown fashion show benefits two local nonprofits

On Saturday, Aug. 30, Dress for Success Cleveland, Ten Thousand Villages and Virginia Marti College of Art and Design are partnering to bring an afternoon of fashion and philanthropy to Nighttown, in Cleveland Heights. The event, Dressed to the Tens, features a fashion show produced by students from Virginia Marti College. Dressed to the Tens also supports two local nonprofits—Dress for Success Cleveland and Ten Thousand Villages—that work for the empowerment of women.

The mission of Dress for Success Cleveland is to promote the independence of economically disadvantaged women and to help them overcome barriers to employment. The organization provides professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 10:39 AM, 07.31.2014

Cleveland Heights residents launch Time Bank

Residents of Cleveland Heights are launching an alternative service exchange system, called a Time Bank.

Time Banks place value on human support services that the current dominant economy deemphasizes. Providing such services strengthens the community

Participants earn "time credits" or "hours" when they perform needed services for other participants. Credits or hours are electronically “banked” for spending on services from other participants. All time is valued equally.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 10:36 AM, 07.31.2014

Bob Cheshier Memorial Little Free Library installed at St. Paul's

A plaque on St. Paul's Little Free Library honors Bob Cheshier.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., is the site of the Bob Cheshier Memorial Little Free Library. Although Cheshier died just over a year ago, his legacy lives on in the Little Free Library movement that he brought to Cleveland.

The movement began in 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wis., built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading, and placed it on a post in his front yard with a sign that said, "free books." His friend Rick Brooks, a youth and community development educator, saw the potential of the idea as a way to achieve a variety of goals for the common good.

The resulting Little Free Libraries movement has the dual goals of promoting literacy and a love of reading, and building a sense of community through shared skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 10:32 AM, 07.31.2014

Heights' Got Talent takes place Aug. 17

On Sunday, Aug. 17, Motorcars Honda and Toyota will present Heights’ Got Talent at Cain Park’s Evans Amphitheater. Like its reality-TV namesake, the local talent show will feature a variety of acts competing for prizes. The difference will be that the performers could be your friends and neighbors.

Motorcars is hosting the event to enable Heights residents to showcase their talents and bring the community together, and the company is giving away up to $10,000 in cash and prizes, both for participants and for audience members.

“The Heights is artistic and diverse,” said Trevor Gile, general manager for Motorcars Honda. “We know there are a lot of talented people in the Heights, and we thought this would be a fun way to celebrate that.”

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 10:17 AM, 07.29.2014

Micheller leaves school district after 17 years; replacement named

Dr. Joseph Micheller

Joseph Micheller, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District’s director of curriculum and instruction, will leave the district at the end of July, to become executive director of new school development for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Sandy Womack will replace Micheller. 

Micheller has been with the district for 17 years. Prior to taking on the responsibilities of curriculum and instruction, Micheller held the positions of director of educational services, interim assistant superintendent, and director of special programming and compliance.    

“Dr. Micheller managed to be both the district historian and futurist. His contributions to this district have been enormous and the initiatives he put into place will continue to have a terrific impact on our students for decades to come. We will miss him very much,” said recently retired former superintendent Nylajean R. McDaniel.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 10:42 AM, 07.29.2014

Zucca is new CH economic development chief

Greg Zucca assumed his new role as CH economic development director on June 9. [photo courtesty City of Cleveland Heights]

Greg Zucca, the new economic development director for the City of Cleveland Heights, doesn’t bring direct experience in leading suburban development efforts, but he does have extensive background in economic development focused on the technology sector.

Zucca, whose first day on the job was June 9, spent the past nine years at the Cuyahoga County Department of Economic Development—most recently as fund manager for the county’s Western Reserve Fund.

Before that, he was a strategic program officer with responsibility for design and implementation of programs to support entrepreneurship in the technology sector. He also served as a finance analyst, evaluating potential business development investments.

Before going to work for the county, Zucca was a researcher at Battelle Memorial Institute. There, he focused on technology-based economic development, and was involved with Ohio’s tech-oriented Third Frontier program.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.29.2014

La Tea Dolly unveils Little Free Library Aug. 2

Monica Davis shows off the newly donated Little Free Library that she will transform and unveil on Aug. 2.

La Tea Dolly, a children’s tea shop located at 1637 Lee Road, is the first Cleveland Heights business to host a Little Free Library on its premises. The shop will hold an unveiling ceremony and grand opening of the library on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m.

Owner Monica Davis received a donated Little Free Library box from Margaret Bernstein of the Literacy Cooperative ( “She secured the donor for my box and I agreed to become the steward,” said Davis. “I am responsible for engaging the community, keeping the library full, promotions—and, of course, I’m redecorating it.” Davis will reveal the new design for the box on Aug. 2.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 10:27 AM, 07.29.2014

Family Connections orients kids to kindergarten

Do you have a child who will be attending a Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District kindergarten this fall? 

Family Connections and the CH-UH City School District invite you and your child to attend Kindergarten Kickoff, where your child can get a jumpstart on kindergarten at the elementary school he or she will attend.

Families will have the opportunity to meet with school staff, tour the school building, make ice cream sundaes and meet new kindergarten friends.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 10:56 AM, 07.29.2014

Heights Zen meditation group offers introductory workshop

The zendo (meditation room) is designed to help calm the mind. 

The Cleveland Zazen Group, a Zen meditation group that has been in Cleveland Heights for more than 40 years, is offering an Introduction to Zen Meditation on Aug. 2, at 1813 Wilton Road. The group practices in the tradition of the Rochester (N.Y.) Zen Center, founded in the 1960s by Roshi Philip Kapleau, author of The Three Pillars of Zen.

The one-day introductory workshop is aimed at providing a useful introduction to Zen Buddhism, demystifying the religion and giving basic instruction on how to practice zazen (Zen meditation). It’s a unique opportunity to learn firsthand from seasoned practitioners.

The group is made up of lay people from all walks of life—from college professors and students to the unemployed—and of all ages—from 20-somethings to seniors. Some sit on cushions on the floor; others sit in chairs.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 10:53 AM, 07.29.2014