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Cleveland Heights City Council discusses Community Reinvestment Area

The city of Cleveland Heights is considering an economic development opportunity to encourage building and remodeling in the city. The Community Reinvestment Area program (CRA), originally created by the state of Ohio, is a tool designed to stimulate economic growth in cities. A citywide CRA designation would provide owners of Cleveland Heights properties—whether commercial, industrial or mixed-use—tax exemptions to renovate existing buildings or construct new buildings.

All property owners in Cleveland Heights who are remodeling their property or constructing new buildings are eligible to apply for this tax exemption. There is an initial negotiation process between the property owners and the city for commercial, industrial and mixed use properties. Residential property owners must fill out an application before beginning their renovations.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 12:43 PM, 07.10.2018

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Library seeks public's input on Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus

Heights Libraries is surveying the community to gather public input about the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus. The short survey covers topics that include safety, sustainability, parking, the playground, and possible improvements to the park. It also encourages community members to write in their own ideas with a variety of open-ended questions. Survey results will be published in the fall.

The survey is available online, at, and on paper at Heights Libraries’ Coventry Village branch, at 1925 Coventry Road.

“The P.E.A.C.E. Campus is a community resource,” said Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin, “so it’s crucial that we hear the community’s opinions and ideas about it before any decisions are made about its future.”

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 10:40 AM, 07.10.2018

CH Council to consider Meadowbrook and Lee development legislation on July 16

A page from the Cedar Lee Connection June 11 presentation to CH City Council shows the team's vision for the site.

Two development teams, Newland Developments, LLC and Cedar Lee Connection, pitched their proposals for the one-acre Meadowbrook and Lee site to Cleveland Heights City Council on June 11. Selected from among four applicants who had responded to the city’s RFQ, both had similar plans for the site. Both suggested multiuse commercial and residential structures that are four or five stories tall. Each proposal also required capital investments of $20 million, sustainable design and tax abatements.

The pitch from Newland Developments, LLC targeted millennials in the age range of 25 to 35. Architect Eric Newland said he planned to capitalize on the younger demographic and older parents whose children have moved out. Newland proposed to build restaurant, retail and fitness space on the ground level, and leave 20,000 feet for offices or apartments.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 11:04 AM, 07.14.2018

Charter Review Commission happy with status quo

To the Editor:

The Charter Review Commission endorsed the status quo, deciding at-large council/hired city manager government is just fine. What a missed opportunity to create badly needed change for a better future.

After months of interviews and input, there was little discussion before voting. The few who wanted an elected mayor and possible council changes had no chance of turning this Titanic in a bathtub; the majority apparently came into the process with minds made up.

Maybe they think everything is fine.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 6:09 PM, 07.09.2018

'Charter-ing' the best course for Cleveland Heights

Over the past months, I have had a keen interest and emerging sense of civic responsibility to become involved with the discussion regarding Cleveland Heights’ charter review. I have found myself reading articles, letters, attending the public meeting, and sitting thru two sessions of the Charter Review Commission (CRC). I even felt compelled to express myself in various CRC meetings and forums.

My career has provided me the opportunity to work in the public sector in an appointed executive position, and as the owner and director of a professional business. I have met and dealt with many important people—even some considered powerful—these last 40 years, and have discovered a great deal about leadership.

The lesson I have learned, which I found of the greatest importance, is that leadership is not defined by a job title; it must be earned.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 6:01 PM, 07.09.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 6-19-2018

JUNE 19, 2018


  • Middle school facilities update
  • Board approvals and contract awards
  • Minority participation in AP courses
  • OCR review of discipline practices


President James Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 6:05 p.m. and adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 12:41 PM, 07.10.2018

Forest Hill will smile again

Other than the azaleas and blossoming trees in Forest Hill, the best thing here is the homeowners association, regardless of what has been said in an ongoing dialogue. The "fuss" has been the private crusade of less than six people. Neighborhoods will always have "cranks," but ours has been extremely aggressive. Since the 1950s, the association has nurtured the historic serenity of this area.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:36 AM, 06.29.2018

Join Lake Erie Ink for college essay workshops

Writing a college essay can be a daunting task. The document is your first chance to show schools who you are, so you want to get it just right. Whether you are anxious or excited, summer break is the perfect time to get a jump on college essays. Join Lake Erie Ink on July 10, July 26, or Aug. 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. for our “Face the College Essay” writing workshops.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 10:29 AM, 07.03.2018

Vouchers take money from public school students

Our state legislature has set up several programs that divert public school dollars to nonpublic entities. Most people believe that charter schools siphon public dollars away from local school districts. Not so widely known, however, is another state program, known as EdChoice, which gives families tuition subsidies for private and parochial schools. The state also created the Jon Peterson Scholarship, a voucher for students with special needs, as well as another voucher for autistic children.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:35 AM, 06.29.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-18-2018

JUNE 18, 2018


  • Public comments Fiscal officer’s certificate
  • Liquor license requests
  • Year 44 CDBG awards
  • Dugway East Culvert Emergency Rehabilitation project.
  • Change order for skating rink
  • Special Improvement District five-year plans
  • Community reinvestment area
  • Street resurfacing bonds
  • Mayor Roe’s report


Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Cheryl L. Stephens, Jason Stein and Kahlil Seren were present. Mary Dunbar’s was absent. The meeting was called to order at 7:45 p.m. and adjourned at 8:47 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 4:23 PM, 07.07.2018

Cleveland Heights legislation should safeguard equity and opportunity

In many Cuyahoga County cities, an owner may not transfer (sell or otherwise convey) a property without a point of sale (POS) inspection. Cleveland Heights was an “early adopter” of POS inspections, back in the 1980s, because a far-sighted city council recognized them as a vital tool for maintaining the city’s greatest asset, its historic housing stock. Our city was ahead of its time, and this has served us well.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:33 AM, 06.29.2018

Educators speak with one voice

No one likes a whiner. Complainers who decry how hard, unfair or useless it is, come across as powerless, not as effective change agents. 
Superintendent Talisa Dixon of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools participates in a monthly meeting with superintendents from Cleveland and 15 inner-ring suburban districts. Because they serve our most vulnerable students, these districts are the most vulnerable to the state legislature’s obsession with basing high-stakes decisions on test scores. Because tests are predictors of income rather than school quality, these districts and their students are punished. 
One glaring example was Ohio House Bill 70, which included a punitive provision giving state officials authority to take over school districts. Six variables—graduation rates and five performance measures based on test scores—are used to determine if a district is in “academic distress.” If test scores don’t improve after three years, governance responsibilities are taken from local elected boards and their superintendents. The assumption is that those leaders are slackers and the solution is to have an appointed outsider lead.
Youngstown and Lorain have already come under state control, and the outcomes have been disastrous. Three Cuyahoga County districts are next in line: East Cleveland, Maple Heights and Warrensville Heights. That’s just the local count. The takeover threat is spreading across the state like the plague.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 06.29.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 6-5-2018

JUNE 5, 2018


  • Recognitions
  • Public comments
  • Board approvals
  • Master facilities plan amendment
  • Grading task force update
  • Gifted program update
  • Early childhood program
  • District policy readings


President Jim Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz and Beverly Wright were present. Malia Lewis was absent. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. After an executive session at 6 p.m. to meet with the board’s legal counsel, a reception was held to honor district retirees. The board reconvened in open session at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:01 PM, 07.07.2018

Leadership program seeks applicants

Rev. Sharon Core, a recent NLDP participant (photo: Maria Kaiser)

In 2006, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, along with then-Cleveland Mayor Michael White, established a leadership training program for engaged neighborhood leaders. The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) is a free, 16-session community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland and its inner-ring suburbs who are working on projects within Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:16 AM, 06.29.2018

Summer lunch program returns to Heights Libraries

Heights Libraries Security Officer Keith Acey and Special Projects Manager Maggie Kinney chat with young diners during the library's summer lunch program.

Summertime can mean hunger for some young people in our community, who no longer have access to free meals at school. Heights Libraries is ready to serve these children and teens, age 18 and younger, by once again hosting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank-sponsored free summer lunch program at its Lee Road and Noble Neighborhood branches.

The Lee Road branch’s lunch program began June 4 and runs through Aug. 10, and is offered Monday through Friday, 1–2 p.m.

Heights Libraries’ Noble Neighborhood branch will provide lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m., through Aug. 9.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:14 AM, 06.12.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 5-15-2018

MAY 15, 2018


  • Administrative staff increases
  • Community in Schools
  • Middle schools renovation update


President Jim Posch, vice president Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz and Malia Lewis were present. Beverly Wright was absent. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. Community in Schools presenters, including United Way CEO August Napoli, and staff from PMC Regency also attended. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 3:42 PM, 07.07.2018

Heights Observer honored as one of Ohio's top community papers

The Heights Observer took second place in competition for the title of Ohio’s best non-daily community newspaper. The award was announced June 1 at the 2018 All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, sponsored by The Press Club of Cleveland.

Media nominate themselves for the awards. More than 750 entries were submitted across all categories of the competition, which were divided by size and type of media. In addition to non-daily community newspapers, categories included large daily newspapers (more than 75,000 circulation), small dailies, business publications and trade journals, alternative publications, magazines, digital media and student media. A panel of journalists from outside Ohio judged the competition.

In selecting the Heights Observer, the judges wrote—in their typically abbreviated fashion—“Its very words showcase the community’s commitment to each other.”

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:58 AM, 06.05.2018

Cleveland Heights CRC votes to retain current form of government

CRC member Jim Vail speaking at the commission's June 21 meeting.

At its June 21 meeting, a majority of members of the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC) voted to recommend retaining the city’s current council-manager form of government, comprising seven part-time council members elected at large (citywide) and an appointed city manager.

Proposals to change the form of government in Cleveland Heights, to one led by a popularly elected mayor and with some council members elected by ward or district, were rejected by the CRC.

CRC members took these votes after six months of deliberations and community input. At the April 19 community forum sponsored by the CRC, 53 attendees indicated they favored changing to a popularly elected mayor, while 31 favored staying with the current council-manager government. In the CRC’s online survey, 95 respondents favored a popularly elected mayor, while 16 favored the council-manager government.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:40 AM, 06.26.2018

Looking back at a decade of Heights summers

Kara Cicerchi held one of her familiy's chickens during the first Cleveland Heights Chicken Coop Tour. Photo by Gabe Schaffer.

In July summer is in full swing and Heights residents are generally thinking about summer reading programs at the library, concerts at Cain Park and outdoor festivals. July also signals the start of the election season as local candidates seek to connect with residents at block parties. The Heights Observer is often fortunate to have the service of college-age interns during the summer, who enjoy writing about the real-world issues our community faces as a means to sharpen their skills and improve their future job prospects.

By July 2008 the foreclosure crisis had begun to hit the Heights hard, and the top story in the fourth issue of the Heights Observer told how Heights residents were beginning to organize a response. In “Community addresses foreclosure threats,” Ann McFarland reported on a panel discussion organized by the League of Women Voters to discuss the issue, and Judi Miles wrote “Foreclosure and hope in the Heights,” about how the crisis was affecting the value of homes and her outlook on the future of her neighborhood.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 6:31 PM, 06.28.2018

UH honors Stinson

Photo courtesy Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan

Walter Stinson, pictured here with his wife, Sara, celebrated his 90th birthday at the June 18 University Heights City Council meeting. UH City Council honored Stinson, who has been an employee with the city for more than 40 years, with a resolution recognizing his birthday and his many years of dedication to the city and its residents.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 6:28 PM, 06.28.2018

UH hosts free July events

This summer, in addition to its annual free concert series, the city of University Heights is introducing new free events.

On Tuesday evenings through Aug. 15, 6:30–7:30 p.m., the city will host free yoga in Community Park, at 2301 Fenwick Road (off of Silsby Road).

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 6:26 PM, 06.28.2018

CH neighborhood development funding opportunities available

2018 Strategic Impact Opportunity target areas.

The city of Cleveland Heights is accepting applications for the Program Year 45 (2019) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and for a new grant: the 2018 Strategic Impact Opportunity (SIO). Nonprofit organizations that serve low- and moderate-income residents, or those nonprofits involved in the elimination of “slum and blight conditions” within the city, are encouraged to apply.

The SIO is a special funding opportunity that targets neighborhoods along the Noble Road Corridor, bordered by Mayfield Road, Ivydale Road, and Euclid Heights Boulevard to the north; South Taylor Road to the east; Cedar Road to the south; and Lee Road to the west. All CDBG-eligible activities that take place in those target areas can be considered eligible for funding.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:22 PM, 06.05.2018

Reverend Don King to retire after 40 years of ministry

The Rev. Don King

The Reverend Don King, currently serving Peace Lutheran Church on Mayfield Road, will retire Aug. 1 after 40 years of ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

King was ordained in June 1978. He served pastorates in various settings in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio, including a pastorate with the campus ministry at Cleveland State University. He began a call at Hope Lutheran Church on Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights in September of 1999. King served at Hope for 18 years until Hope and Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Mayfield Road) merged their congregations in July 2017 to become Peace Lutheran.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 11:24 AM, 06.26.2018

Forum will promote 'front porch culture'

A woman sits on her front porch. Photo courtesy Suri Basu.

FutureHeights invites residents and others to a free public forum, “Placemaking: How to Create a Front Porch Culture,” on Tuesday, July 17, 7–8:30 p.m., at the BottleHouse Brewing Company, 2050 Lee Road.

The forum will consider: In what creative and non-traditional ways are neighbors connecting and building resilience? How can the community build on its assets, including its diversity and civic-mindedness, to make it a more desirable place to live?

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 06.28.2018

North Coventry block party is Aug. 4

On Aug. 4, FutureHeights, in partnership with the city of Cleveland Heights and several community groups, will host a back-to-school block party in the North Coventry neighborhood. The event will celebrate the beginning of a new school year with food, music and other activities. The party will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Avondale Avenue, a portion of which the city will close for the event.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 6:12 PM, 06.28.2018

Summer in the Heights is better by bike

Looking for a safe and fun way to get out and enjoy the summer while also getting some exercise? The Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) is sponsoring free and fun rides all summer long for riders of all ages and experience levels.

On Saturday, July 14, join HBC for “Lenny’s Tour de Cleveland Heights.” Meet at the DeLisle Educational Center, at 4898 Superior Road in Cleveland Heights, at 10 a.m. for a ride around town, led by Lenny Horowitz.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 6:07 PM, 06.28.2018

McClendon is new—and youngest—CH poet laureate

Damien McClendon is the new Cleveland Heights poet laureate.

On April 1, the beginning of National Poetry Month, Christine Howey, 2016–18 Cleveland Heights poet laureate, stepped down, and Damien McClendon, the youngest poet so far to hold the post, stepped up. 

“Several highly accomplished and public-spirited poets applied,” said Meredith Holmes, former poet laureate and member of Heights Writes, the Heights Arts committee that chooses the poet laureate. “Damien stood out for his extraordinary commitment to poetry and for his experience of community-building through poetry performance. He brings acute powers of observation to both personal and politically informed poems.”

A Youngstown native, McClendon, 26, moved to the Cleveland area when he was 13. He is a recent graduate of Kent State University, where he majored in Pan-African studies.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 5:17 PM, 06.28.2018

Home-design firm opens showroom on Taylor

The evoDOMUS team: Mike Farinacci, Robyn Holman, Rob Shearer, Michelle Kolbe, Alexander Kolbe and Mary Gut.

“We chose to be here because we love Cleveland Heights. It's the perfect microcosm," explained Alexander Kolbe, co-founder of evoDOMUS, the contemporary design firm that has established roots on South Taylor Road.

Kolbe and his wife, Michelle, met while designing high-end pre-fabricated homes in Berlin. After some years spent doing the same in England, the couple decided to move to Ohio, where Michelle had spent her childhood. Having visited several times a year while living abroad, the couple knew that this was their favorite corner of the United States. Kolbe cited “the friendliness of the people, the laid-back nature, the picturesque neighborhoods, and the vibrant merchant districts” as part of the Heights’ charm.

With kids at Ruffing and a century home a mile away, the former site of Taylor Road Discount store was an ideal home for evoDOMUS when the firm outgrew its office on Cleveland’s West Side.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 5:00 PM, 06.28.2018

CH's Beard fills patient-advocacy service gap

Colleen Beard, founder of CareSpotlight, a CH-based patient-advocacy organization.

“My real passion is helping people whose voices are too often not heard—people who are struggling with how to, or are otherwise unable to, self-advocate,” said Colleen Beard. She has spent the last several years developing a Heights-based business, CareSpotlight, which provides patient advocacy, care coordination, and visitation to aging adults and their families, as well as to individuals of all ages who are living with disabilities, illness, or serious injuries.

A board-certified patient advocate, Beard is also credentialed by Keeping Us Safe to conduct self-assessments for older drivers, which is perhaps the kindest way to help a loved-one understand when it is time to retire the car keys.

Beard also offers information about driving safety and caregiving for anyone seeking supportive services for a loved one.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 5:04 PM, 06.28.2018

The summer of '68

In the summer of 1968, 50 years ago, a great milestone came to pass in my life, and even though I was homeless, among other issues, I still recognized it as a powerful and meaningful moment. I was actually homeless for most of a couple of years. That started here in Cleveland Heights, and then went to Boston and then to New York City.

It was an offshoot of mental health issues, which were exacerbated by drug problems, both of which started when I was in my teens. But one night, in the summer of 1967, when I was 18 and had recently quit high school, I knocked on the door of a fellow folk musician, who lived in an apartment above the Heights Art Theater (which later became the Centrum) at Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 5:38 PM, 06.28.2018

June 28 workshop will provide CH business owners with expansion resources

On June 28 business owners will have the opportunity to learn how to develop their businesses in Cleveland Heights. The Cleveland branch of the U.S. Small Business Administration is sponsoring the workshop “Expand Your Business in the Heights!,” which aims to teach business owners about the resources available to them in the community. The workshop will host three speakers.

Brian Anderson, business development manager for the city of Cleveland Heights, will discuss financial assistance opportunities available from the city, including the Municipal Small Business Initiative, a performance grant available to Heights businesses that create employment opportunities. 

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 11:08 AM, 06.26.2018

July 9 coffee explains historic preservation tax credit programs

In a July 9 event open to the public, Heritage Ohio and the city of Cleveland Heights invite property owners and developers to learn how to help finance the rehabilitation of older commercial and mixed-use buildings using historic preservation tax credits.

Over coffee and doughnuts, representatives from Ohio’s Development Services Agency and the State Historic Preservation Office will introduce attendees to state of Ohio and federal tax credit programs, and explain how they can be used to make redevelopment projects more affordable.

The free event will take place at the Lee Road Branch of Heights Libraries, at 2345 Lee Road, on Monday July 9, 4:30–5:30 p.m. Cleveland Heights’ Daylight Donuts will provide the doughnuts and coffee.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 7:57 AM, 06.26.2018

Heights class of 2008 invites all alums to reunion

The Cleveland Heights High School Class of 2008 will celebrate its 10-year reunion this summer, and invites all Heights High alumni to partake in the free event—especially those who attended the school between 2004 and 2012.

The celebration will be held at Caledonia Park (896 Ravine Drive) on Saturday, July 21, from noon to 8 p.m. There will be food trucks, games, music and other entertainment, and the entire family is welcome.

While the event is free, donations are requested. Funds raised will support the Brandon James Scholarship Foundation at Heights High.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:34 PM, 06.28.2018

Fairmount preschool adds afternoon class

Fairmount Cooperative Preschool (FCP), located at 2757 Fairmount Blvd. in Cleveland Heights, is currently enrolling children for its new, mixed-age preschool class. The class will meet Tuesday through Friday afternoons, 12:15–2:45 p.m., early September through mid-May, and is for children ages 3–5.

FCP, which has operated out of Fairmount Presbyterian Church for 46 years, employs a play-based curriculum bolstered by weekly enrichment activities, including a movements class and visits from local librarians and museums. The school's experienced educators facilitate a warm, engaging environment meant to meet the social and emotional needs of preschool-aged children.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:53 PM, 06.28.2018

What's going on at your library?

Noble Neighborhood Library
2800 Noble Road, 216-291-5665

Tuesday, July 17, 2–3 p.m.

CMA presents: Ancient Egypt. Mummies, pyramids and King "Tut" have fascinated students of all ages. CMA will reveal the wonders of ancient objects and allow students in grades K–5 to handle and examine works of art that were once covered in the ancient sands of the Egyptian desert. Registration begins July 3.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:56 PM, 06.28.2018

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a variety of programming for those 60 and older. A complete schedule of programs is published in the community center’s newsletter, and available online at

The city of Cleveland Heights offers social work services to its senior residents through the Cleveland Heights Office on Aging. Two part-time social workers are available to answer questions and offer guidance on a wide variety of topics.

The social workers have information and can connect seniors to services to make life more manageable.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 3:02 PM, 06.28.2018

UH Senior Happenings

Senior 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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to

July 5: Robert Perko, interim chief of the University Heights Fire Department, will talk about the department's work in the community, to assure personal and family safety.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 3:03 PM, 06.28.2018

FFHL seeks honor roll nominees

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) is currently seeking nominations for its Honor Roll.

This lifetime achievement award recognizes those who have made a sustained, outstanding contribution to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights community by promoting literacy or by educating through literacy. Patterned after the Heights Libraries’ mission of “Opening Doors, Opening Minds,”  people will be recognized as "Door Openers" for providing access to education, literature and opportunity through literacy; and "Mind Openers" for stimulating the minds of community members through literature and thoughtful discussion or connections with thought-provoking ideas or individuals.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:59 PM, 06.28.2018

Eagle Scout paints U.S. map at Noble

Dylan Polley with his completed map. Photo by Jared Polley.

Students at Noble Elementary School can walk along the California coastline during recess. They can run from Maine to Washington State, and hop from the islands of Hawaii all the way to Alaska—all thanks to Heights High graduate and Noble alumnus Dylan Polley, who painted a map of the United States on the Noble playground for his Eagle Scout project this spring.

Working over the course of several days in April, Polley organized a team of family and friends to help with the project, which was intended to show his leadership skills.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank of scouting, with only 6 percent of those involved in Boy Scouts ever achieving the honor.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:31 PM, 06.28.2018

Performing arts camp set to take the stage

One hot summer night in 2016, Jen Holland and India Jordan-Meesig sat on a porch in Cleveland Heights, tossing out ideas for how they could create accessible programming for all Heights kids. Two years later, the Heights Performing Arts Camp (HPAC), a three-week theater program for 24 CH-UH students, will culminate in a performance on Aug. 4 at the Alma Theater in Cain Park, at 4 p.m.  

Holland is no stranger to community building, having served as the president of the PTA Council for CH-UH schools for the past two years, as well as being a member of Building Rox at Roxboro Elementary School. She brought a number of community stakeholders together to create the camp.

Children from every school in CH-UH are invited to attend this free camp, which is run on donations.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 5:34 PM, 06.28.2018

CHHS building is LEED Gold certified

The renovated Heights High building has earned LEED Gold certification. (photo credit: Gilbane Building Company.)

The newly renovated Cleveland Heights High School building has earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification—a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.

Heights High earned 63 points, out of a possible 110, to achieve the second-highest level of certification. (Platinum is the highest level, following by Gold, Silver, and Certified.)

Sustainability was a priority for the CH-UH community in the Heights High renovation project. A key sustainability feature is the school’s hybrid geothermal system, which enabled the district to meet both sustainability and financial goals.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:45 PM, 06.28.2018

Students make and donate wigs to cancer patients

Seniors in the cosmetology program at Heights High visited the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in May to donate their hand-crafted wigs.

Students in Heights High’s cosmetology program recently donated to local cancer patients 38 wigs that they handcrafted this spring. Since 2016, the students have made and donated a total of 82 wigs.

"A lot of my friends have close relatives who have died from cancer. To help, it just means a lot," said junior Kaela Ruffin.

"I feel happy that I'm going to make someone feel beautiful," added senior Morghan Bynum. "I wanted to do something that I thought was really creative and that I thought someone would really love."

Under the direction of instructor Donna Pollard, the students collaborated with the American Cancer Society to donate the wigs to local patients. Shortly before graduation in late May, a group of senior cosmetology students visited University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center to donate wigs to the center’s wig salon.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:59 PM, 06.19.2018

CH-UH schools raise funds for heart health

Roxboro Elementary School students celebrated their Jump Rope for Heart fundraising success with pies-in-the-face of their favorite staff members.

The CH-UH City School District raised nearly $20,000 for the American Heart Association (AHA) this past school year, through various “Red Out” events. The AHA uses money raised through such campaigns to fund cardiovascular research, preventative education, quality improvement initiatives in hospitals, and advocacy work in Ohio.

Several CH-UH elementary schools participated in Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraisers, where students jump rope and play basketball at school while soliciting donations from friends, family and the community.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:49 PM, 06.28.2018

Heights Arts founder returns as exhibiting artist

Squares and stars three (1986), by Peggy Spaeth.

On Friday, June 29, 6 to 9 p.m., Heights Arts will celebrate the opening of a new exhibition in its spotlight gallery of works by Heights Arts’ founding executive director, Peggy Spaeth.

In the work, a collection of paintings made between 1972 and 1986. Spaeth focuses on the principles of design, with particular attention to color and repetition. The paintings on display were made alongside another series of work, comprising hand-dyed and hand-sewn quilts. While making her quilts, Spaeth simultaneously experimented with pattern and color in painting form, creating combinations she was unable to achieve with cloth. Spaeth’s intense love of geometry and her ability to create illusion with color and pattern are evident in this selection of works, on view through Aug. 12.

Proceeds from the sale of her work benefit two programs near and dear to Spaeth: Heights Arts, and Sober Living Cleveland, which provides safe, affordable sober housing to those in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:45 PM, 06.19.2018

Cleveland Heights hosts Common Ground events on June 24

On June 24, The Cleveland Foundation will host its second annual Common Ground event at various locations across Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. Common Ground is comprised of a series of conversations among community members all addressing the same question. This year’s question, “Why Does Place Matter?”, asks participants to consider the importance of place as it relates to “to our health, our security, and our future.” Several Common Ground events will be held in the Heights.

Spirit Corner, a mini-park created by Coventry Village neighbors on a vacant lot at Hampshire and Cadwell roads, will host a brunch at the site at 10:30 a.m. Learn how neighbors created this neighborhood mini-park and how they sustain it. Then, discuss placemaking opportunities in your neighborhood.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 11:11 AM, 06.12.2018

Charter Review Commission should discuss before deciding

Months of opinion-gathering and fact-finding by the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC) went to waste at its June 7 meeting.

Instead of engaging in thoughtful discussion about our city’s form of government, and evaluating of hundreds of comments from residents, commission members stated their preferences, with a majority in support of preserving the current city manager-council form. This derailed the conversation, discomfited several commission members, and did little to move the process forward. A bit of conversation surfaced toward the end of the meeting, but the damage was done; the tenor was such that anyone even considering an elected mayor form of government had little ground on which to take a stand.

I urge the commission to get the deliberation train back on a better track at its June 21 meeting and beyond, for this and all other charter issues. Potential charter changes are too important to let the strongly and frequently expressed opinions of several preclude open and honest deliberation among all.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 11:38 AM, 06.19.2018

Cleveland Heights ty Council meeting highlights 6-4-2018

JUNE 4, 2018


  • Public comments
  • Cain Park 80th anniversary
  • Aggregated Solar Project
  • Liquor license
  • Community Development Block Grant Funds
  • Mayfield Corridor
  • Doan Brook Watershed
  • Stormwater management
  • Boss Dog Brewing Company patio
  • LGBT Pride Month
  • Nature Works application
  • Mayor’s Report


Council members present were Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Cheryl L. Stephens, and Michael N. Ungar. Members absent were Mayor Carol Roe and Jason Stein. The meeting lasted from 7:38 to 8:52 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:06 PM, 06.25.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-22-2018

MAY 22, 2018


  • Public comments
  • Wage and salary agreement
  • Storefront loan
  • Police vehicles
  • National Gun Violence Awareness Day
  • Charter Review Commission
  • Council member Stephens’ primary victory
  • Foreclosure bonds
  • Bicycle events
  • Top of the Hill
  • Jason West Scholarship
  • We Are Noble
  • Mayor’s report


Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl L. Stephens and Michael N. Ungar. The meeting lasted from 7:34 to 8:15 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 1:48 PM, 06.25.2018

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-4-2018

JUNE 4, 2018


  • Summer concert series
  • Yoga at community park
  • Property receivership process
  • Codified ordinances update
  • Pedestrian improvements
  • Food trucks
  • Rubbish scooter
  • Line striking project
  • Recycling best practices
  • Bellefaire garage annex
  • Rental program


Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Sue Pardee, and council members Pamela Cameron, John Rach, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Councilman Steven Sims was absent. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas. The meeting was held from 7 to 8:48 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 1:25 PM, 06.25.2018

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-22-2018

MAY 22, 2018


  • Home improvements in the city
  • Rental permits
  • Fund transfers for capital goods purchases
  • Purchase of police vehicles and equipment
  • Purchase of police radios
  • Paving contract approval
  • Emergency replacement of backup generators
  • Silsby home ready for sale


Present were Mayor Michael D. Brennan, Vice Mayor Susan Pardee, Pamela Cameron, Phil Ertel, John Rach, Steven Sims, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville, Interim Finance Director Michael Frederick and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas. The meeting was held from 7 to 8:40 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 1:12 PM, 06.25.2018

Heights Libraries adds passport processing services

Circulation Assistant Dan Krawczyk gets ready to process a passport application at the Lee Road branch of Heights Libraries.

Heights Libraries’ summer reading theme is all about travel, encouraging customers of all ages to see the world through books and reading. When the summer reading program kicked off in early June, the library was also quietly launching another travel-related service: passport application processing.

The Lee Road Branch, at 2345 Lee Road, is now an official passport acceptance facility for the U.S. Department of State, and is staffed by the library’s circulation staff members, who underwent extensive training throughout the spring to learn to perform their new duties.

“Passport application services are a perfect fit for our library,” said Circulation Manager Ty Emerson. “Our circulation staff are already well versed in detailed customer service transactions, and we’re open for longer hours than the post office, so this is just another way we can help our community.”

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:46 PM, 06.19.2018

Charter Review Commission enters second phase

Noble Neighbors leader Brenda May spoke at the CRC's June 7 meeting.

On June 7, the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC) began the second, and possibly final, phase of its work. That work will focus on preparing specific recommendations for amending the city’s charter.

In its first phase of work, carried out in 13 meetings beginning in November 2017, the CRC devoted its time to hearing from local elected officials, experts and citizens on two key issues of local governance.

One issue compared the city’s current council-manager government with local governments led by a popularly elected mayor. The second compared the city’s current at-large election of council members to councils that include some members elected by ward or district.

At its June 7 meeting, CRC members acknowledged the need to determine their preferences on these two principal issues before beginning the process of drafting charter amendments.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 11:10 AM, 06.12.2018

Council members dispute Seren’s comments on potential charter amendment votes

Kahlil Seren at the CRC's May 17 meeting.

At the May 22 meeting of Cleveland Heights City Council, four council members, Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Michael Ungar and Melissa Yasinow, presented a letter in which they rebutted comments that Council Member Kahlil Seren had made at the May 17 meeting of the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC).

Speaking at that meeting, Seren stated that he believes it is unlikely that “a four-member majority of council” will choose to place on the ballot any charter amendment that proposes to replace the city’s’ current council-manager government with one that includes a popularly elected mayor, and any charter amendment that would propose to replace the current at-large council with one that would include some members elected by ward or district.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:45 PM, 06.04.2018

Heights honors 10 alumni

Nine of ten honored alums were present for the ceremony (from left): Milton "Chip" Morris '88, Lori Hermelin Bush '74, Tovah Klein '82, Tracey Schermer '67, Sean Sullivan '88, Travis Kelce '08, Jason Kelce '06, Jacques Evans '99, and Gail Rose Kane '56. Photo by Carl Jenks.

The Heights Schools Foundation and the CH-UH City School District inducted 10 new members into the Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on May 4, in the high school’s newly renovated auditorium.

The 2018 inductees are Gail Rose Kane ‘56, Tracy Schermer ‘67, Lori Hermelin Bush ‘74, Tovah Klein ‘82, Milton "Chip" Morris ‘88, Sean Sullivan ‘88, Christopher Young ‘90, Jacques Evans ‘99, and brothers Jason Kelce ‘06, and Travis Kelce ‘08. Nine of the 10 inductees were present for the ceremony; Young sent his remarks via video from San Francisco.

The ceremony proved emotional for the inductees, as well as the audience that listened to these successful alumni talk about what Heights has meant to them.

“Because of how special Heights is to me . . . it builds something in me that everything that I do is for this city,” said a teary-eyed Travis Kelce, current NFL star and the youngest of the 10 inductees. “It sounds cliché, but I promise you every single thing that I do out there—when you see me dancing in the end zone, that’s Cleveland Heights right there.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 12:06 PM, 06.01.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 5-1-2018

MAY 1, 2018


  • Public comments
  • Tiger Team members
  • Career tech and education program growth
  • Board approvals and donations
  • Social studies curriculum
  • Annual review of board policies


Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, and Beverly Wright were present. President James Posch was absent. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7 p.m. after an executive session and adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:47 AM, 06.07.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 4-17-2018

APRIL 17, 2018


  • State payments for facilities renovation
  • Equity Task Force


President James Posch, Vice President Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Jodi Sourini was present by phone. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7:10 p.m. after an executive session and adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:40 AM, 06.07.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 4-10-2018

APRIL 10, 2018


  • Public comments
  • Awards and recognitions
  • Green Apple Project report
  • Board approvals, donations
  • Social studies curriculum
  • Five-year financial forecast
  • Middle Schools renovation
  • Board training and dates
  • Including public comments in work sessions


President James Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7 p.m. after an executive session and adjourned at 10 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:35 AM, 06.07.2018

Verne & Ellsworth Hann gives free furnace to Heights resident

Ardyce Daugherty with Chris Hann, co-owner of Verne & Ellsworth Hann.

Verne & Ellsworth Hann Inc. selected Cleveland Heights resident Ardyce Daugherty to receive a free furnace and installation in the company’s second annual Helping Hann contest.

Earlier this year, the family-owned company solicited nominations from across the Greater Heights area for deserving people in need of a new furnace. The nominations were narrowed down to a list of five finalists, from which the winner was randomly selected.

Daugherty has been a Cleveland Heights resident since 1979. A single mother of four, and grandmother to seven, she is retired but recently took a part-time job to make ends meet.

Her 50-year-old furnace stopped working during one of the worst storms of the past winter. While a neighbor was able to help her get it working intermittently, she was left without heat on many nights.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 12:12 PM, 05.29.2018

FutureHeights' 2018 annual meeting is June 20

Sally Martin

On June 20, FutureHeights will present its 16th annual meeting in the common space in the Coventry building, 2843 Washington Blvd., where it has its offices. FutureHeights, a nonprofit community development corporation, strives to engage people in their communities and to create a bright future for Cleveland Heights and University Heights residents.

This year’s meeting will discuss the current status of housing development in Cleveland Heights, including its issues, challenges, and assets. Then, the solution and the vision that FutureHeights has for the city and its residents will be presented, with help from keynote speaker Sally Martin.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 3:52 PM, 06.01.2018