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CH-UH district puts Coventry building up for sale

Coventry building

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District announced on May 10 that it will pursue the sale of the Coventry School site. On May 22, the district announced that it will sell the property to the City of Cleveland Heights once the city identifies a viable developer. 

Formerly Coventry Elementary School, which the district closed in 2006, the property is now home to various organizations, the majority of which are not-for-profit. Tenants include Ensemble Theatre, Family Connections, Lake Erie Ink, Artful, Reaching Heights, FutureHeights, Urban Oak School, and Coventry Children’s Center. The former school playground, now known as Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park, also occupies the site, and numerous community events, including Coventry Village Special Improvement District’s summer movie series, take place there.

The district says it is pursuing the sale of the site because of an estimated $1 million in building repairs needed in the near future. These repairs include a new roof, projected to cost $750,000; a new wooden play structure for the park, estimated at $300,000; and additional improvements, including plumbing and HVAC updates and new windows.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 12:18 PM, 05.23.2017

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Coventry Village pop-up shop offers wearable pieces of Cleveland’s past

A Coventry Village pop-up shop featuring vintage knitwear is located in the former American Apparel space. [photo by Connor O'Brien]

Through June 4, the former American Apparel space on Coventry Road has transformed into a showroom of vintage knitwear from The Ohio Knitting Mills—one of the many companies that once made Cleveland a center of textile manufacturing.

Steve Presser, owner of Big Fun, is one of the partners in the pop-up venture, along with Debbie Gulyas, who for many years owned Renaissance Parlour, a Coventry vintage clothing boutique.

According to Presser, whether you call it “new old stock”—a vintage toy term—or “deadstock”—in vintage clothing parlance—all of the merchandise is in new, unworn condition. The styles date from the 1950s through the 1980s, and the knits are made from synthetic materials (remember Orlon?), 100 percent cotton and wool, and other fabrics.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:30 AM, 05.23.2017

CH announces pilot program to permit food trucks

In a May 19 news release, the city of Cleveland Heights announced that it was launching a food truck pilot program in which the use of food trucks is now allowed on private property as part of an outdoor dining conditional use permit. Approval for the operation of a food truck at a business with an outdoor dining permit must be approved through the city's planning department.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:22 AM, 05.23.2017

CH City Council initiates new agreement for Top of the Hill

The preliminary site plan for Top of the Hill from Flaherty & Collins, which was included in the city manager's May 12 Memorandum to Cleveland Heights City Council.

At its May 15 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council voted to authorize City Manager Tanisha Briley to negotiate a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Indianapolis-based developer Flaherty & Collins Properties to move forward with the “Top of the Hill” project.

The Top of the Hill project refers to the approximately four acres of city-owned property at the corner of Cedar Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard at the top of Cedar Hill. As a highly visible property at the gateway between the Heights and University Circle, developing this property has been a long-time goal of the city.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 1:35 PM, 05.16.2017

Church of the Saviour hosts May 17 program on opioid epidemic

On Feb. 6, it was reported that Cuyahoga County had 14 deaths from drug overdoses in one weekend.

A group of concerned church members has organized a panel of experts from Church of the Saviour and the community to speak of their professional experiences in dealing with the complex issue of opioid addiction.

The program, The Opioid Epidemic in Cuyahoga County, will talk place on Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in the church’s parlor. Church of the Saviour is located at 2537 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:45 AM, 05.14.2017

City selects new developer for Top of the Hill

Following its announcement on May 11 that it had mutally terminated an agreement with Fairmount Properties to develop the Top of the Hill site in the Cedar Fairmount Business District, the city announced on May 12 that it was moving forward with its second choice developer, Flaherty & Collins Properties of Indianapolis.

The following is text from that announcement. Information about the Top of the Hill project is available on the city's website, under the planning and development section, studies and plans, here.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.13.2017

CH City Hall and developer part ways on "Top of the Hill" project

The City of Cleveland Heights and Fairmount Properties — the private company that had been selected to develop the "Top of the Hill" site — announced on May 11 they had discontinued negotiations on the project. It was originally hoped construction of the multi-use project, located on the vacant lot at the intersection of Cedar Road and Euclid Heights Blvd., would begin in 2018.

But with this news, City Hall is back at square one, seeking a developer for the site.

Construction supplies currently located on the site are for an unrelated gas-line replacement project taking place this summer in the Cedar-Fairmount district.

Following is the full text of a letter announcing the decision. It was released jointly by ...

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 7:03 PM, 05.11.2017

Noble Elementary School receives $10,000 grant

Rachael Coleman, Noble Elementary School principal, and Debbie Furlong, Burlington South Euclid store manager, with Noble Elementary School students.

Burlington Stores, through its partnership with, donated $10,000 to Noble Elementary School in celebration of its new store in South Euclid.

Burlington store manager, Debbie Furlong, presented the check to Rachael Coleman, Noble Elementary School principal, during a schoolwide ceremony on April 25.

Coleman worked with Burlington and DonorsChoose to secure the grant for her school, which services approximately 400 students from pre-K through fifth grade. Coleman plans to use the grant to invest in hands-on technology for her students, including the purchase of Chromebooks.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:03 AM, 05.09.2017

Dewey’s Decimators win Reaching Heights bee

Spellers (in hard hats) Chris Mentrek, Victor Rosenberg and Susan Beatty of Dewey's Decimators won the 26th annual Reaching Heights Community Spelling Bee. They are joined by Krista Hawthorne (left), director of Reaching Heights and Nancy Levin, director of Heights Libraries.

By round seven, three teams remained on stage at the Reaching Heights Community Spelling Bee held on April 19 at Heights High: the Noble Queen Bees, representing teachers at Noble Elementary School; the Coventry Word Outlaws, representing Mac Back’s Books, Camp Firebird/Roosevelt, and the nonprofits in the Coventry School building; and Dewey’s Decimators, representing Friends of the Heights Libraries.

Adorned in wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and feather boas, the Noble Queen Bees misspelled “coprolalia.” Next, the Coventry Word Outlaws—dressed as Old West outlaws, and holding stuffed toy horses—misspelled “apocope.” Dewey’s Decimators, wearing green hard hats, won the bee when they correctly spelled “inveigle,” which means to entice or win over by wiles.

The winning team—spellers Victor Rosenberg, Susan Beatty and Chris Mentrek—took home the Big Plastic Bee trophy, which will be on display at the Lee Road Library until next year, and gift certificates to the Blossom Music Festival and Dewey’s Pizza on Lee Road.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 5:59 PM, 05.08.2017

May is preservation month in CH

This quarry, photographed in 1938, was located in what is now Forest Hill Park. Photo courtesy city of Cleveland Heights.

May is National Preservation Month and, for the 15th year, the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, Cleveland Heights Historical Society and Heights Libraries will be celebrating the rich history and architecture of the Heights through a series of lectures, workshops and tours.

Cleveland Heights’ preservation month activites kicked off on May 1 with a Cleveland Heights House History Workshop that taught particlpants how to research their home's history.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 1:38 PM, 05.01.2017

UH celebrates 90 years of free concerts

1976 summer concert on the front lawn of Wiley Middle School. Courtesy UH City Archives.

This year, the city of University Heights will present its 90th annual free summer concert series. In preparation for this momentous year, UH city staff dug deep into the city’s archives to learn more about the creation of this popular, perennial University Heights event.

Prior to 1927, the Village of Idlewood, as University Heights was originally known, offered occasional free concerts in the old town hall, where local talent was paid $30. (The village name was changed to University Heights in 1925, when John Carroll University moved to its current location. In 1940, University Heights became a city.)

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:19 AM, 05.02.2017

FutureHeights annual meeting is set for May 24

Judy Rawson

FutureHeights, the nonprofit that works toward a vibrant and sustainable future for Cleveland Heights and University Heights, will hold its 15th annual meeting on Wednesday, May 24, at its offices in the former Coventry School building, 2843 Washington Blvd.

FutureHeights will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing inner-ring suburbs today, share its analysis of why a Community Development Corporation (CDC) is needed in Cleveland Heights and explain how FutureHeights is uniquely qualified to take on that role. Judy Rawson, former mayor of Shaker Heights, will deliver the keynote address. The event begins at 7 p.m. 

Judy Rawson has lived in Northeast Ohio since 1972. She served as mayor of Shaker Heights from 2000–07, following two terms on Shaker Heights City Council. During that time, she held leadership roles around regional issues, such as economic development, consolidation of services, housing, strengthening inner-ring suburbs, and linking the suburbs more closely to the city of Cleveland. She served on the Executive Committee of the Mayors and Managers Association during her mayoral tenure.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:24 AM, 05.02.2017

Community remembers Officer Jason West

Officer Jason D. West

Cleveland Heights wasn’t just his beat—Cleveland Heights Police Officer Jason West had purchased a house in the city. He had always wanted to be a police officer, and protecting and serving the city of Cleveland Heights was something that he did willingly every day he put on his uniform. A fellow officer commented: “Even at shift change, if there was a late call, he’d take it. He was always willing to go the extra mile. He just loved the job.”

On May 26, 2007, Officer West responded to one more call, a disturbance call on Altamont Avenue. It was a routine call that would sadly cost him his life. He was shot while getting out of his patrol car.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:23 AM, 05.02.2017

Opinion: FutureHeights declares its intent to become the CDC for Cleveland Heights

On April 21, the FutureHeights Board of Directors unanimously and enthusiastically approved a resolution declaring the intent of the organization to become the Community Development Corporation (CDC) for Cleveland Heights. FutureHeights has been in discussion with city leaders about becoming the CDC for more than a year, and feels that now is the time to move forward.

Consistent with our name, for 15 years FutureHeights’ mission has been to promote a vibrant and sustainable “future” for Cleveland Heights (and University Heights, since 2008), through innovative ideas and civic engagement.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 12:19 PM, 05.01.2017

Opinion: Cleveland Heights Charter: Up for review?

Cleveland Heights could be about to undertake an interesting community conversation. CH City Council recently introduced legislation to appoint a charter review commission; the first since 1982. Among the many issues the commission may consider is the city’s form of government. We have been intrigued for some time by how our city’s government differs from those of neighboring suburbs.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:35 AM, 05.02.2017

Opinion: Short-term benefit shouldn't outweigh potential harm of Ohio Senate Bill 85

Bad legislation is still bad, even if it might benefit our school district’s short-term bottom line.

Ohio Senate Bill 85 (SB85) was introduced in late March to expand our state’s already bloated voucher system. School vouchers damage the public interest by allocating tax dollars to support families whose children were already slated to go to private or parochial schools. Supposedly, these children are being saved from the so-called “failing” public schools, but most parents of these children never intended to make use of public schools anyway.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:40 AM, 05.02.2017

Opinion: Restoring faith in public institutions

On March 30, the Senate Intelligence Committee held an open hearing on Russia’s use of “active measures” to affect the 2016 presidential election.

Active measures, including misinformation used to sow discord among allies and distrust in democratic institutions, have long been a tool of Russian efforts to shift balances in power through subversion. The Russians are pros at this, and now social media has made it even easier for them to interject themselves into our lives and create chaos.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:46 AM, 05.02.2017

Music benefit will honor two Hawken seniors killed in crash

The second Catch Meaning Music Fest will be held on Sunday, May 28, at the House of Blues in Cleveland. The concert is a benefit to honor Josh Weil and Alex Doody, the two Hawken School seniors who were killed in a car accident on May 14, 2015. Weil lived in Cleveland Heights.

The concert will raise money for the Catch Meaning Fund at the Cleveland Foundation, which was established by the Weil and Doody families.

According to Michael Weil, Josh's father and a lifelong Cleveland Heights resident, the purpose of the fund is "to identify organizations that would be of interest to young adults or that would have been of interest to Josh and Alex. We can then make donations to those organizations."

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:01 AM, 05.03.2017

Noble Neighbors annual event set for May 19–21

Noble Neighbors will host its third annual community celebration weekend, We Are Noble, Friday through Sunday, May 19–21. The repaving of Noble Road, now underway, won’t deter the celebration, according to organizers, who are planning to "make lemonade out of the traffic-barrel lemons" by using humorous public art installations to guide visitors through the neighborhood. 

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 12:06 PM, 05.02.2017

FutureHeights Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program awards four Cleveland Heights projects

FutureHeights held the fourth round of its Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program this spring, approving $2,700 in grants to support four projects in Cleveland Heights.

The grants are intended to spur small, grassroots projects to improve quality of life and build community. 

The awarded spring 2017 grants are: 

  • Young Entrepreneurs was awarded $400 for its Lego Robotics Pilot Program. The goal of the pilot is to create a community program in which students will use Lego robotics kits, with the guidance of the Young Entrepreneurs leaders, to strengthen their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Young Entrepreneurs hopes to build relationships and community through the program.    
  • The Cleveland Soup and Bread Experiment was awarded $400 for its monthly potluck program. The Cleveland Soup and Bread Experiment is led by a group of Cleveland Heights residents who are interested in connecting with neighbors through a shared meal of soup, which binds people together, and working toward alleviating hunger.
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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 12:40 PM, 04.11.2017

Introducing Peace Lutheran Church

Peace Lutheran Church will be located at 3740 Mayfield Road.

The members of Bethlehem and Hope Lutheran churches are swiftly moving ahead on their decision to consolidate ministries. In early April, during one of their monthly joint worship services, the congregations voted on the new name of the consolidated church, to be located in the current Bethlehem Lutheran Church building, at 3740 Mayfield Road—Peace Lutheran Church.

Congregants selected this name after several votes were taken on the 80 names that had been nominated.

Various ad hoc committees are hard at work to consolidate the two ministries—each with 100-plus years of service—into one.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:57 AM, 04.18.2017

Library announces summer reading programs for all ages

According to the National Summer Learning Association, all school-age children and teens experience learning loss when they fail to engage in educational activities during the summer.

With that in mind, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has created a summer reading program designed to lessen learning loss and get kids—and adults—excited about reading. This summer, the program’s theme is “Dream, Build, Share,” and it focuses on construction and community building.

The summer reading program is free and will run all summer, from June 1 to Aug. 10.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:58 AM, 05.03.2017

What’s going on at your library?

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

Wednesdays, May 3–31, 4–5 p.m.

May Momentum. Spend a little time thinking about your short- and long-term future before the school year ends. Take a personality test for some thoughtful guidance, and learn some tips for finding a summer job in the neighborhood.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:57 AM, 05.03.2017

Cleveland Heights - University Heights Library Board meeting highlights

There is no League of Women Voters library board report this month.

Unfortunately, the League of Women Voters observer for the meetings of the Cleveland Heights - University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees was unable to attend the March meeting, and no substitute LWV observers were available.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:00 AM, 05.03.2017

Library receives financial reporting award

Frank C. Gambosi (center) presents the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Heights Libraries' Fiscal Officer Deborah Herrmann (right) and Deputy Fiscal Officer Amy Gerson.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has once again received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals.

Heights Libraries earned the award for its 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment.

“The award is great news for us and for the taxpayers in our community,” said Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin. “They can rest assured we have been spending their money wisely, and will continue to do so.”

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:55 AM, 05.03.2017

Letter: County re-values demolished Heights property

To the Editor,

My letter to the Observer, published in the January 2017 issue, helped get the County to correct its error in valuing a demolished property on Desota Avenue at $97,200.

The County Fiscal Officer's website now shows that the property, 3249 Desota Ave., is valued at $21,200, for the 2016 and 2017 tax years. I met with Fiscal Officer Dennis Kennedy about this matter in late November. Mr Kennedy, I believe, also helped right the wrong.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:08 AM, 05.03.2017

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers at University Heights City Hall. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to

May 4: Jason Hanley, vice president of education and visitor engagement at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, will discuss his work overseeing its K–12 and adult education programs. Hanley has taught courses in music history at Hofstra, Stony Brook, Cleveland State, and Case Western Reserve universities, published articles on music technology, and is also a composer and performer.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:12 AM, 05.03.2017

CH Senior Center News

May is Older Americans Month. Each year, the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC) celebrates this designation with a forum held on the last Thursday in May. This year’s forum, Cleveland Heights: a Welcoming City, will focus on how immigration enriches all of our lives, and explore the ethnicity of those who make Cleveland Heights their home.

The Cleveland Heights Commission on Aging—an advisory group made up of senior residents whose mission is to advise CH City Council on matters of importance to seniors—organizes the forum each year. Past topics have included Arts in the Heights, Women Who Lead and Inspire, and Housing Matters.

The program will take place this year on Thursday, May 25, 1–3 p.m., and will begin with a reading by Christine Howey, the Cleveland Heights poet laureate, and conclude with light refreshments.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:10 AM, 05.03.2017

HRRC announces May programs and event

The Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) is all set for an exciting spring and summer, with a number of new classes planned for the warm weather.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 12:00 PM, 05.02.2017

Anytime Fitness hosts free workouts in Cain Park

Parents often urge their children to “turn off that television set and go outside and play.” The staff of Anytime Fitness in University Heights believes everyone could use a little more active fun; that’s why the gym is hosting playful exercise events at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights each Saturday in May, 9–10 a.m. Everyone, not just Anytime Fitness members, is invited to participate.

“Somewhere along the line, people started believing that exercise had to be hard work,” said Shaun Yanulaitis, Anytime Fitness manager. “That’s simply not true. Many forms of exercise, especially outdoors on a beautiful spring day, will leave you busting-a-gut laughing—and we aim to prove it.”

A certified personal trainer will lead each of the four consecutive May Free Workouts on May 6, 13, 20 and 27.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 6:31 PM, 05.01.2017

Heights Music Shop offers new line of Cleveland-made guitars

Locally made Atilla guitars on display at Heights Music Shop.

The Heights Music Shop, located at 2174 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, is the only store in Greater Cleveland to carry a new line of guitars, Atilla custom guitars, which are made in the Cleveland area. 

The guitars are created by Atilla Csapo, who lives in Parma. "He makes all of the guitars by hand," said Greg Hido, general manager and partner at Heights Music. "The guitars are definitely high-quality and custom-made, and his attention to detail is up there."

The pickups on the guitars are made by a man who lives in Rocky River.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:15 AM, 05.03.2017

RoxEl Run set for May 20

Tyler Bain, 11, running to the finish line in last year's race. 

“I can’t wait for the race this year,” said 11-year-old Tyler Bain, a Roxboro Elementary School fifth-grader. “Last year l won my age group in the 4-mile race, but this year I want to finish in the top three overall and win a big trophy!”

The race is the RoxEl Run, an annual fun-filled community and inter-generational family event, benefiting Roxboro Elementary School. This year, it will take place on Saturday, May 20, beginning at 9 a.m. The race starts at the Roxboro Middle School track, 2400 Roxboro Road, and loops through the Cleveland Heights neighborhoods surrounding the school.

More than 350 participants are expected at this year’s event, which features 4-mile and 2-mile runs, or a 2-mile walk, which begins shortly after the run start time and follows the same route.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:37 AM, 05.03.2017

Beaumont senior earns OU scholarship

Emma Rubadue

Emma Rubadue, a senior at Beaumont School and a University Heights resident, will attend Ohio University this fall as a Cutler Scholarship recipient.

Rubadue was one of 15 applicants, from a field of 350, selected for the highly competitive scholarship, which is renewable for all four years of her collegiate studies.

“The selection committee members were impressed by Emma’s intellectual curiosity and community engagement,” said Beaumont Director of College Counseling Mary Grimaldi. “They also said they saw her as a leader for change and an advocate for social justice.”

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:47 AM, 05.03.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 4-4-2017

APRIL 4, 2017

  • Awards to Board President Register
  • Public comments
  • Proposed science curriculum
  • Personnel
  • Approvals of field trip, change orders, and financial reports
  • Board comments on meetings and new committees

Board members Ron Register, Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was held from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:41 AM, 05.03.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 3-21-2017

MARCH 21, 2017

Board members Ron Register, Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting opened at 7:30 p.m., preceded by an executive session, and ended at 9:30 p.m.

Workshop analyzing district educational data

Allison Byrd, director of data research and assessment, along with the educational services team, led a professional development workshop for the board on educational data and how it is collected, analyzed and used in the CH-UH schools. They began by defining the types of data collected, categorizing the types, and naming the categories.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:40 AM, 05.03.2017

Monticello Middle School celebrates women's history

A bulletin board showing teachers dressed as Rosie the Riveter.

Monticello Middle School celebrated Women’s History Month for the first time this past March, thanks to the efforts of Tiffany Underhile.“In 12 years of teaching, I’d never worked in a building that celebrated Women’s History Month,” said the school's math and science specialist. “I wanted to change that.”

Underhile began with feminist icon Rosie the Riveter when she had all staff members, male and female, don Rosie’s signature red bandana and denim shirt on a recent teacher professional day. Photos of the teachers were displayed in the front office and outside classroom doors.

Manana Robinson (eighth-grade language arts teacher), Future Educators of America (an afterschool club) and Underhile created displays throughout the school, including inspirational quotes by women, female scientists and mathematicians, and women in literature.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:31 AM, 05.03.2017

Heights High's Early College students present research at JCU

Height High sophomore Davon Beane' with his research presentation at the JCU Celebration of Scholarship.

John Carroll University’s (JCU) April 3 Celebration of Scholarship presenters included 17 Heights High Early College sophomores, along with nearly 100 JCU undergraduates, graduate students and faculty.

Last November, Heights High’s Early College students selected research topics and spent more than four months working with a mentor to refine research questions, conduct research at the JCU library, and independently prepare a poster and short verbal presentation. The project assignment was in addition to their regular class load of accelerated courses in four content areas.

The Gateway or Capstone project is one of the qualifying requirements for sophomore students to complete, to be eligible to enroll in JCU for their junior year of high school. The other requirements are demonstrating mastery in four core subject areas and receiving a faculty recommendation.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:44 AM, 05.03.2017

Communion of Saints presents 'Aladdin' May 18 and 19

Communion of Saints students rehearsing "Aladdin."

Now in its eighth season, the Communion of Saints drama program presents “Aladdin”—a story based on the folk tale Aladdin, which Disney adapted for the screen in 1992. The musical tale, set in Agrabah, centers around Princess Jasmine and her quest for a spouse. Not happy with her father's choices, she takes to the streets where a chance encounter with a bread thief begins the adventure.

Scoundrels, buffoonery and mayhem, peppered with some trickery, provide a magic carpet ride to a whole new world of singing, dancing and fun.

The production features students from kindergarten through eighth grade, and beautiful costumes and scenery, all under the guidance of Lydia Chanenka, the show's director.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:08 AM, 05.03.2017

St. Paul's lends support to Edwins' program for former prisoners

Brandon Chrostowski, the CEO of Edwins restaurant and leadership program.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights has undertaken a program designed to help support and further the work being done by Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute on Shaker Square.

Brandon Chrostowski is the CEO of both Edwins (“education wins”) restaurant and its associated institute; he opened both on Nov. 1, 2013. Prior to that, Chrostowski had worked at L’Albatros in University Circle.

Chrostowski had wanted to [run] a restaurant since he was a teenager. What sets Edwins apart from other traditional restaurants is that it is a nonprofit—one that supports people who have recently been released from prison, teaching them how to work in a restaurant and helping them get jobs.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 12:18 PM, 05.02.2017

Noble Road church plans May and June events

Don't let the repair of Noble Road keep you away from Noble Road Presbyterian Church's May and June events.

On Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the church’s biannual rummage sale will take place. Proceeds from the sale, scheduled to coincide with Noble Neighbor's We Are Noble weekend (May 19, 20 and 21), will benefit the church's many mission projects.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 12:21 PM, 05.02.2017

Tiny Movements/Big Ideas offers summer camps for kids

A student records frames for an animation project. [courtesy Tiny Movements/Big Ideas]

Tiny Movements/Big Ideas, a studio at Artful in the Coventry School building, is offering summer camps and classes in animation, digital photography, and other visual arts for young people. Classes and camps will begin in May and run through most of July.

Beginning in May, the studio will offer two one-day-a-week classes in stop-motion animation for students in grades 7–12. The classes will run for eight weeks and cost  $270 for Thursday sessions, 6–9 p.m., and $280 for Saturday sessions, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Beginning in June, the studio will also offer half-day summer camps for students, ages 10–14. Morning and afternoon sessions will run for two weeks in June, with another two sessions offered in July. Half-day camps are available in: stop-motion animation, June 5–16, 9 a.m. to noon; digital photography, June 5–16, 1–4 p.m.; 2D animation, July 10–21, 9 a.m. to noon; visual art projects for kids, July 10–21, 1–4 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:04 AM, 05.03.2017

All Geared Up is family-friendly bike event

Kids and adults gathered at Canterbury Elementary School for a past All Geared Up event.

All Geared Up is an award-winning event that encourages families to explore cycling together, while learning about safety and fitness. Now in its third year, the event received recognition from the Greater Cleveland Ohio Trails and Greenways Conference last summer, where it was awarded a Gold Medal for promoting community, student involvement and cycling culture.

This rain-or-shine event will be held on Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. to noon, at Canterbury Elementary School, 2530 Canterbury Road in Cleveland Heights. It will feature a family fun ride, bike rodeo, demonstration by bike police offices, bike registrations, a used bike sale, raffles and more.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. For complete information and to register, visit Participants are strongly encouraged to bike to the event, but on-street parking will be available.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 5:59 PM, 05.01.2017

May brings watery abstracts, musical impressionism to Heights Arts

Waves of Blue and Green (2017), by Christine Mauersberger.

From the changing hues of Lake Erie to the fluid grace of French classical music, two spring programs at Heights Arts celebrate the natural world through imagery and sound. 

On Friday, May 5, Christine Mauersberger: Aquascapes opens in the spotlight gallery with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. A native Clevelander and Heights Arts working-artist member, Christine Mauersberger uses a variety of media to create pieces that range from small and intimate to room-sized installations. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including the Ohio Arts Council Award of Individual Excellence, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, and a Windgate Craft Artist Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 5:52 PM, 05.01.2017

'You know what's happening'

A little paint on a tiny storefront has brought out the worst in some people. [photo by David Budin]

This is my photo of a storefront, a hair salon, on Mayfield Road. Recently, a guy I know posted a picture of the same place on Facebook, saying, “What is happening to my beloved city? Cleveland Heights.”

He received about 75 responses. People made comments like these: “Soon to be a slum.” “Not the Cleveland Heights that I remember!!!” “Next come the tumbleweaves.” “From what I hear, crime is becoming rampant.” “Wow . . . looks like it should be in a ghetto somewhere !!! What an eyesore !!!” “On a steady downturn and it's been happening for at least 40 years.” “It's not the Cleveland Hts we all grew up with.” “Now entering East Cleveland Heights. Get used to it.” “Looks like Noble Road.” “You know what's happening.”

There it is: “You know what’s happening.”

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.02.2017

The Heights celebrates Bike Month

An HBC volunteer fixes a bike at a past Bike Tune-Up Day.

The Heights will once again be celebrating Bike Month in May, with local events planned to correspond with National Bike Month, established in 1956.

"Biking is on the upswing," said Mary Dunbar, a Cleveland Heights council member and former head of Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC), which plays a major role in organizing Bike Month in Cleveland Heights. "Millennials don't want to own cars and prefer to ride bikes. In addition, 30 percent of Cleveland Heights people who head over to University Circle either walk or ride bikes."

Various activities will take place in and around Cleveland Heights and University Heights throughout the month, including Bike to Work Week and the Ride of Silence—a memorial to honor those injured or killed while riding their bicycles.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:23 AM, 04.25.2017

Observer Volunteer Match

Heights Observer’s Volunteer Match column lists opportunities for residents to lend their time and talent to worthy organizations and causes around the Heights.

Submit your organization’s volunteer needs by e-mailing Sruti Basu at or calling the FutureHeights office at 216-320-1423.

Items submitted on or before the Heights Observer print issue's monthly story deadline will be considered for the next column. (To see past columns, visit, and search “volunteer match”.)

LWV: The League of Women Voters (LWV) covers Cleveland Heights and University Heights council meetings and school and library board meetings with a cadre of dedicated volunteer observers. If you appreciate these reports, perhaps you would like to help LWV provide this service to the community by volunteering for its Observer Corps.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 5:45 PM, 05.01.2017

Cedar Fairmount introduces parking changes

In conjunction with The Fairmount Wine Bar and Barrio restaurant, ASV Services, a valet provider, has established valet parking in the Cedar Fairmount district on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 4–9 p.m. This convenience will be available to those who wish to visit any of Cedar Fairmount businesses and don’t want to park themselves.

A drop-off and pick-up station is locaged outside the Heights Medical Building at 2460 Fairmount Blvd.

Each weekend through October, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the city of Cleveland Heights has granted free parking in the Cedar Fairmount District, wherever there are parking meters—in the public garage, parking lots and at street meters.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:22 AM, 04.25.2017

UH unveils Cedar Taylor gateway preliminary plan

Within the plan, a new gateway sign welcoming people into University Heights is proposed.

On March 7, the city of University Heights held its first public meeting about the proposed gateway development of the Cedar-Taylor intersection.

This was the first of what is expected to be several meetings to gather public input. Beautification elements such as lighting, public art and plantings, and practical features such as benches, are all being considered as part of the plan.

Mayor Infeld noted at the meeting, “The historic Cedar-Taylor gateway, once the terminus of an electric trolley that stopped operating in the 1950s, deserves a statement entrance into University Heights.”

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:53 AM, 04.25.2017

Heights swim team receives national student-athlete award

Heights High swim and diving team members: (back row) Wesley Shumaker, Gabriel Duffy, Cody Radivoyevitch, Andrew Moore, Jacob Braverman, Zach Brust, Brian Hall and David Fleischer; (middle) Coach Dan Budin, Laynie Gosselin, Maria Tarnay, Nino Pereira and Melanie Graham; (front) Rory McClellan, Glennis Covault, Sylvia Snow-Rackley, Elena Rinaldi, Khalen Flowers, Jesse Gross and Erika Gifford. [not pictured: team members Schuyler Radivoyevitch, Ben Schuster, Montreal Watkins, Emma Hodges and Jessie Titas.]

The Heights High Swimming and Diving team embodies the term student-athlete. The team received The All-American Scholar Team Award from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) while maintaining a grueling practice schedule of 14–17 hours a week.

The 12-member girls’ team earned a collective GPA of 3.82 (unweighted); when taking into account the weighted grades from AP courses, the collective GPA was 4.3. The girls’ team received Gold-level recognition, placing it at the very top nationally.

In 2016, fewer than 60 of 16,000 teams received the Gold award.

The 12-member boys’ team received the Bronze-level award for team members’ academic accomplishments, placing it among the best-performing teams in the country.

Coach Dan Budin is extremely proud of the team. “Being on the swim team and diving team requires a major commitment of time and energy,” said Budin.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.18.2017

RoxArts 1950s-themed fundraiser is May 13

This year’s annual ROXARTS community fundraiser, which raises funds for arts enrichment in CH-UH schools, will be held on Saturday evening, May 13, at the B-Side Barcade and Lounge in Cleveland Heights. Park your machine outside, do up your nest, and come have a blast at ROX Rocks Around the Clock, a 1950s’ music-themed auction and benefit.

The evening will begin with a VIP party for cool cats, 6–7 p.m., featuring a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, and an early chance to view auction items. The benefit and live auction will follow, 7–10 p.m. Guests can expect food from local vendors, unlimited fine wine and craft beers, and—to cap off the night—the opportunity to bid on auction items that include rare-opportunity packages.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:03 AM, 04.18.2017

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-3-2017

APRIL 3, 2017

  • Public comments
  • Bid received
  • Liquor permit transfer requests
  • Energy services
  • Zoning variances
  • Certificate of occupancy change
  • City charter review
  • Proclamations
  • Issuance and sale of bonds

Present were Mayor Cheryl L. Stephens, Vice Mayor Jason Stein, and council members Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Kahlil Seren, Michael N. Ungar and Melissa Yasinow. The meeting lasted from 7:56 to 8:49 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 1:15 PM, 05.01.2017

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-20-2017

MARCH 20, 2017

  • University Hospitals presentation
  • Public comments
  • Bid for pavement striping
  • Zoning code update
  • Master Plan adoption
  • Deadline extension for property tax exemptions
  • Term extension for HOME funds
  • CHPD Bicycle Auction
  • Non-bank ATM regulations
  • City employee compensation and benefits
  • CAC appointment
  • Charter review
  • Withdrawal of proposed mutual aid agreement
  • Playground upgrade
  • Active citizenry

Present were Mayor Cheryl L. Stephens, Vice Mayor Jason Stein, and council members Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Kahlil Seren and Melissa Yasinow. Michael N. Ungar was absent. The meeting lasted from 7:42 to 8:59 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 1:13 PM, 05.01.2017

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-3-2017

APRIL 3, 2017

  • Public comments
  • Annual reports
  • Arbor Day at Mitchell’s Ice Cream
  • Heritage Home program
  • Signal timing optimization project
  • Cedar Taylor Gateway public meetings
  • Cedar Taylor council action
  • Funds transfer
  • Cedar Taylor Streetscape project
  • 2017 road program
  • Senior transportation contract
  • Paint project bids
  • Executive session
  • Finance director hired

Present were Mayor Susan Infeld, Vice Mayor Susan Pardee, and council members Pamela Cameron, Philip Ertel, John Rach, Steven Sims, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville, and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas. The meeting was held from 7:03 to 9:35 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 1:09 PM, 05.01.2017

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-20-2017

MARCH 20, 2017

  • Public comments
  • Tri-C ethics training
  • Career fair
  • Cell tower regulations
  • Presentation of the 2015 Master Plan by the Cuyahoga Planning Commission
  • Funds transfer
  • Grant application for public art
  • Bid for pool chemicals for the summer season
  • Executive session for legal and real estate matters
  • Finance director position
  • Suspects caught for recent bank robberies

Present were Mayor Susan Infeld and council members Pamela Cameron, Phil Ertel, John Rach, Steven Sims, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Vice mayor Susan Pardee was absent. Also present were Luke McConville, law director, and Kelly Thomas, clerk of council. The meeting was held from 7:05 to 8:20 p.m., when council adjourned to executive session.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 1:06 PM, 05.01.2017

Reaching Heights hosts 26th annual community spelling bee on April 19

Reaching Heights invites Heights residents to celebrate public education, and the community, at its annual Reaching Heights Community Spelling Bee on Wednesday, April 19, 6:30–9 p.m. This free, family-friendly event will take place at Heights High’s Wiley campus auditorium.

Audience members will have the opportunity to listen to a string quartet, take chances on the raffle, and buy refreshments before the competition begins at 7 p.m. Then, they can choose their favorite team and share the tension as they deliver their guesses, letter by letter, hoping for the “ding” of success.
Three judges will adjudicate the spelling competition, in which 22 teams comprising three brave adults each will endure silly antics such as team costumes and a musical round.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 7:01 PM, 04.10.2017

A preview of May Preservation Month events

May is National Preservation Month and, for the 15th year, the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, Cleveland Heights Historical Society and Heights Libraries will be celebrating the rich history and architecture of the Heights through a series of lectures, workshops and tours.

A complete listing of events will appear in the May issue of the Heights Observer. Highlighted below are two programs—one scheduled for early May, and a May 20 tour that requires advance registration, and is sure to fill up:

Monday, May 1, 7 p.m., Cleveland Heights House History Workshop

Using local research tools and online sites, this workshop will teach participants how to research their home’s history, including when it was built and by whom, past owners and historic photos. Learn how to use Plain Dealer indexes to find out what may have happened at a property—home sales, lost pets, society events and more.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:45 PM, 03.30.2017