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Cleveland Heights trials new parking app

Those parking in three Cleveland Heights parking garages—in Cedar Fairmount, Cedar Lee and Coventry Village—can now use a mobile Passport Parking app that they can download to iPhone and Android smart phones.

The City of Cleveland Heights made the announcement on Sept. 23 and has posted information about the how to download and use the app at The information is also accessible via a Passport Parking icon on the website’s home page.

The parking rate for those using the app is the same 50 cents per hour as for those using quarters, which meters will continue to accept. Parking app users are charged a 35-cent convenience fee per transaction.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:05 PM, 09.23.2016

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Trump visits Cleveland Heights; Heights residents speak up

Cleveland Heights Mayor Cheryl Stephens addresses the crowd. Photos by Deanna Bremer Fisher

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a “town hall meeting to discuss issues confronting urban America” at New Spirit Revival Center, 3130 Mayfield Road, in Cleveland Heights on Sept. 21.

Fox News Channel convened the meeting, which was taped live beginning at 9:30 a.m. for broadcast that evening. Republican Nominee Donald Trump was the special guest of Pastor Darrell Scott, who has received national attention for his support of Trump.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:30 AM, 09.23.2016

Trump statue to benefit public art in the Heights

The group who arranged for the Trump statue to be auctioned off to benefit public art in the Heights: Steve Presser of Big Fun; artist Ginger; Ginger's lawyer Daniel Margolis; Angela Hetrick of Coventry Village Special Improvement District; and Rachel Bernstein of Heights Arts. Photos by Deanna Bremer Fisher.

Regardless of your politics or your thoughts on the “Naked Trump” statue that briefly appeared in the Coventry Village Business District in Cleveland Heights on Aug. 18, you may appreciate that some good will come of it. On Sept. 16, artist Joshua Monroe, who goes by the name of Ginger, flew into Cleveland to pay an impound fee of $110 and retrieve his property from the Cleveland Heights Police Department. Representatives of Heights Arts and Coventry Village Special Improvement District were on hand to help with the transaction as Ginger had agreed to offer the statue for auction to benefit the funding of public art in Coventry Village and throughout Cleveland Heights.

Ginger had created five life-size foam statues of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, pro-bono, for an anonymous artists collective called Indecline. The group placed them in prominent public spaces in four major U.S. cities on Aug. 18—New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles—and in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:22 AM, 09.20.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights [online 9-6-2016]


  • Public comments
  • Liquor application
  • Stormwater management
  • Traffic signal project
  • Coventry Road paving
  • Zoning appeals
  • Top of the Hill
  • Dept. of Homeland Security SAFER grant
  • Overnight parking permits
  • Assessment board reports
  • Assessment rates
  • Tax collection
  • Mayor’s report

Council Member Melissa Yasinow was absent.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 1:19 PM, 09.23.2016

Nighttown hosts presidential debate party on Sept. 26

As the 2016 U.S. presidential candidates prepare to debate each other for the first time on national television, popular music venue Nighttown, located at 12387 Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights, will host a 2016 Presidential Debate Party on Monday, Sept. 26. The event begins with pre-debate entertainment at 7 p.m. prior to the much anticipated bout between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The debate runs from 9–10:30 p.m. via large screen TV's on Nighttown's stage, and airs live from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

The pre-debate show begins with a trivia contest, followed by the singing political satirists, The Debatables—A Non-Partisan Trio, presented by The Cleveland Cabaret Project. Fresh off their recent Nighttown success with 2016: A Political Race ODDyssey, The Debatables perform politically-incorrect musical satire. The trio consists of Rob Gibb, Tina D. Stump and Lora Workman.

Following that, students from the Baldwin Wallace University Musical Theatre Program, considered one of the finest in the country, will entertain with a program of political showtunes.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:44 AM, 09.20.2016

Revive hosts Q&A with Guatemalan fair trade community educators

When making a well-informed and ethical retail purchase, a consumer may run through a mental list of questions such as: Where was my item crafted? Who created my item and how does my purchase make an impact?

On Thursday, Sept. 22, from 6–8 p.m., Revive Eco-Boutique, 2248 Lee Road, hosts an event to help answer these questions through a Q&A and discussion in partnership with Mercado Global.

Olga Morales and Aurora Maricela Mátzar López, Mercado Global’s Community Based Education program coordinators, will travel from Guatemala to Cleveland Heights to share and discuss how local onsite action and partnerships throughout the world, including with Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University and Case Medical Center, have helped improve the lives of more than 450 women by furthering their education and skills set.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:25 AM, 09.20.2016

Noble Neighbors hosts back-to-school celebration

Children lining up to take a ride on the rocket car. Photo by Sruti Basu. 

On Friday, Aug. 19, Noble neighbors gathered to enjoy a summer evening on the front lawn of Bethel Church. The back-to-school celebration, organized by the Noble Neighbors group, featured Euclid Beach Rocket Car rides, an ice cream social and a chalk walk. The event brought together children and families to celebrate their neighborhood and build community, and had two primary goals: to celebrate and encourage children and youth in their educational endeavors, and to reach out to families living in apartments along Noble Road.

The event successfully brought people together, with 200 frozen treats consumed, 170 Rocket Car rides enjoyed, and more than 50 sidewalk canvases created by chalk artists of all ages.

Representatives from Reaching Heights and Open Doors Academy shared information about their respective educational initiatives. Participants of Developing Alternatives for Women in New Communities (DAWN) brought sewing crafts to display and sell to the community, and brought their children and families to join the celebration. Also present were members of FutureHeights, and Cleveland Heights Fire and Police departments' community engagement and canine units. Cleveland Heights Mayor Cheryl Stephens and Council Member Carol Roe also visited.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 12:01 PM, 09.20.2016

Heights Libraries breaks ground on UH Library renovation

Breaking ground on the UH Library's renovation were (from left) Heights Libraries board members Jim Roosa, Suzann Moskowitz, Abby Botnick, Chris Mentrek and Ron Holland; University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld; Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin; Heights Libraries Board President Rick Ortmeyer; and UH Library Manager Sara Phillips. Also pictured: two young customers who are, along with their parents, frequent library visitors.

On Sunday, Aug. 28, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System broke ground to signal the start of renovation of the University Heights Library.

Among the ceremony’s attendees were Heights Libraries board and staff members, University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, and library customers.

Employees from the architecture firm CBLH Design and contractor Regency Construction were also on hand to celebrate the beginning of the construction phase of the project.

The renovated building will feature a full-functioning elevator (it currently has a lift), restrooms and meeting rooms on both floors, a door from the parking lot, and designated spaces for adults, teens, and young children.

Construction is expected to take 12–14 months.

More information, and regular project updates, can be found at

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 12:06 PM, 09.12.2016

Dobama Theatre opens season with a love story

Dobama Theatre is off to a strong start in its 2016–17 season, leading with The Mystery of Love & Sex, written by Bathsheba Doran and directed by Shannon Sindelar. Dobama’s theme this season is identity, and Doran’s play is the perfect example of the meaning and importance of identity.

The play focuses primarily on two characters, Charlotte and Jonny, best friends since they were 9 years old. They have identifiable differences, however. Charlotte is white and Jewish; Jonny is black and Christian. These differences strengthen their connection . . . until love and sex complicate things in surprising and compelling ways.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:06 PM, 09.01.2016

On the Rise expands seating, kitchen and menu

The interior of the expanded On the Rise.

On the Rise, on Fairmount Boulevard in Cleveland Heights, has undergone an expansion to double its size, expand its menu, and offer much-needed seating to customers.

On the Rise originally opened in December 2001. It was strictly a bakery until four years ago, when it added sandwiches to the menu. They became very popular with On the Rise's customers, but created seating problems for those who weren’t taking the sandwiches to go.

"When it was summer, people could sit outside on the patio," said Adam Gidlow, who owns On the Rise with his wife, Jennifer Gidlow. "But in the winter we simply did not have many seats inside, and people had nowhere to sit."

When Fairmount Letters, the stationery shop that was next door to On the Rise, closed about two and a half years ago, Gidlow saw that as an opportunity to solve the seating problem. He could expand both the bakery’s size and menu.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 2:58 PM, 09.01.2016

St. Paulís autumn art show draws on inspiration

Tempest (pencil and oil on birch), by Jaymi Zents.

The fall show at the Nicholson B. White Gallery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Drawing On Inspiration, will open on Friday, Sept. 9, with an artists’ reception 5–7 p.m

On hand to greet guests and discuss their creative processes will be Nancy Underhill (colored pencil on paper), Shyvonne Coleman (lithographs), Jaymi Zents (painting on birch wood) and Judy Goskey (cloisonné).

Underhill’s drawings and wall reliefs have been exhibited throughout the Midwest and are included in corporate, public and private collections. In her work, the geometric lines of architectural forms are often accompanied by human, animal and foliage elements. She is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 2:39 PM, 09.01.2016

Cedar Fairmount's Appletree Books to double in size

Appletree Books owner Lynn Quintrell outside of the storefront that will house the expanded bookstore.

Appletree Books will soon nearly double in size. The bookstore, located at 12419 Cedar Road in the Cedar Fairmount Business District of Cleveland Heights, is taking over the adjacent space formerly occupied by Sundaez Tanning. Renovations began in June, and the plan is for the expanded Appletree space to open in October.

Lynn Quintrell, the owner of Appletree, said that the children’s section of the old store was much too small. “We’re the only store in Cleveland Heights that sells brand-new children’s books, along with puzzles and other items for children,” she said. “And it was really cramped, so I thought I would add some space if any became available.”

When the Four and Twenty Mercantile store closed earlier this year, Quintrell decided that space was too large. But she sent a note to her landlord, saying, “Should the space next door to us become available, I would like the right of first refusal.” Then, in January, she got a letter saying that the tanning salon was closing. “It all happened sooner than I imagined,” she said. “And Sundaez had been there for 25 years!”

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 3:23 PM, 09.01.2016

Heights Music Hop returns Sept. 23 & 24

Local band oldboy plays to a standing-room-only crowd at The Wine Spot at last year's Heights Music Hop. [Photo credit: Gabe Schaffer.]

The Heights will be hopping again this fall, Sept. 23 and 24, as the Heights Music Hop returns—bigger and better than ever. This fourth-annual festival, presented by FutureHeights, has become one of the region’s premier events, featuring live music, art, food, local merchants and a showcase of Cleveland Heights business districts. Nearly 70 musical acts are expected to perform during the free festival.

For the first time, the Hop will run for two days instead of just one, and will move beyond the Cedar Lee Business District. On Friday, Sept. 23, the live music festival will kick off at 5 p.m. in the Cedar Fairmount Business District, and then move to Cedar Lee on Saturday, Sept. 24, where performances will begin at 3 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:16 AM, 08.30.2016

Quintana's Speakeasy is a unique gathering place

Dawn and Alex Quintana inside their speakeasy.

A year ago this month, Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa opened Quintana’s Speakeasy at 2200 South Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights. Quintana’s became the first barbershop in the state of Ohio to have its own liquor license.

According to Alex and Dawn Quintana, owners of the barbershop, spa and speakeasy, they got the idea to open a speakeasy after a trip Dawn took about five years ago. “I went to New York with some girlfriends of mine,” Dawn said. “I stumbled upon a barbershop/speakeasy called the Blind Barber in Manhattan. That’s when I got the idea, and it stayed in the back of my mind.”

The Quintanas opened their Dream Spa 15 years ago. It offers manicures, pedicures, facials, massage therapy, body massages and many other treatments. The spa was originally located in the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood of Cleveland Heights, above the Mad Greek restaurant. In 2003, they opened a barbershop on South Taylor Road, and in 2009, they merged the two businesses, operating both of them at the South Taylor location.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 2:35 PM, 09.01.2016

HCC celebrates a century of Heights homes with annual tour

A 1920s Fairmount Boulevard home.

It’s the Roaring ‘20s—World War 1 is over, women have the vote, jazz is king, and the Harlem Renaissance is in full swing. . . . Heights Community Congress (HCC) invites everyone to come along and enjoy a taste of the Jazz Age as it presents "Heights, Homes . . . and All That Jazz!” on Sept. 17 and 18.

The 2016 Heritage Home & Garden Tour and preview party pay homage to the 1920s and the century that followed, and continue HCC’s fall tradition of sponsoring a look inside many of Cleveland Heights’s most spectacular homes and gardens.

This year’s tour showcases seven homes, three of which also feature gardens, and one stand-alone garden.

Celebrating Heights Libraries’ centennial, and honoring the Heights Observer, HCC kicks off this year’s tour with a preview party on Saturday, Sept. 17, 6:30–11 p.m., at Ensemble Theatre, 2843 Washington Blvd. (in the Coventry School building).

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:51 AM, 09.01.2016

Burning River Baroque to spotlight work by female composers

A Burning River Baroque performance at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

Burning River Baroque will present Twisted Fate: Famed and Forgotten Female Composers on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights (2555 Euclid Heights Blvd.)

The history of western art music predominantly focuses on the lives and works of male teachers, composers and performers. In eras when women rarely had access to the same educational and professional opportunities as their male colleagues, it can be easy to presume that women were simply not as productive and successful in the field. A closer look at history, however, reveals that some women were able to rise above the gender restrictions placed on them and achieved great success as professional musicians. Others led more private professional lives, cloistered in abbeys and composing for their fellow sisters.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:46 PM, 09.01.2016

Post-storm cash mob supports Zagara's Marketplace

Photo by Amy Kerr Jung.

Heights resident Justin Alcorn organized a cash mob to support locally owned grocer Zagara's Marketplace at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. John Zagara, third generation owner, greeted three times as many Saturday morning customers as usual that day.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 2:51 PM, 09.01.2016

Neighborhood Mini-Grants projects are underway in Cleveland Heights

Oxford Community Garden members work together to plant on a sunny summer day. Photo courtesy Tom Gibson.

FutureHeights launched its Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program last fall and has approved almost $7,000 in grants to support eight neighborhood-based projects in Cleveland Heights. Through the program, FutureHeights seeks to help Cleveland Heights neighborhoods leverage their many assets and provide tools to enable neighborhood leaders to work together on creative solutions to the challenges that face the community.

This fall, keep your eyes open for some projects that you’ll see around town:

Public art

RAFT Coexist was built and launched in August. The project's 12' x 8' wooden platform was created to provide a space for people to build community and be present in the moment, to coexist in nature in a harmonious and comfortable way.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:46 AM, 09.01.2016

Heights residents respond to CSU Viking Planners' Cedar Lee study

On May 9, Cleveland State University’s Viking Planners, a team of graduate students from the school’s Levin College of Urban Affairs, presented the findings of its Cedar Lee Market Study to the Cleveland Heights community at the Cedar Lee Theatre. The students’ study produced many recommendations concerning branding, design, wayfinding, and residential development for the business district. FutureHeights, the nonprofit community development organization that had commissioned the study, created an online survey to solicit community feedback on the plan. Forty-six community members responded.          

The survey asked for opinions on Viking Planners’ branding recommendations for Cedar Lee, which included a “Heart of the Heights” logo and tagline, with three sub-districts named Cain, Cedar and Silsby. The students proposed gateway signs at the district's entrances, information kiosks, a new Heart Park on a lot at the west end of Lee Road and Meadowbrook Boulevard, branded sidewalks and branded bike racks.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:37 AM, 09.01.2016

Artist workspaces are coming soon to Coventry Village

ARTFUL's board of directors (from left): Brady Dindia, Kevin Khayat, Rachel Williams, Eric Mundson, Sarah Curry, Dave King and Shannon Morris. (Not pictured: Hillary Lyon.) Photo courtesy Stephen Cutri/Cutri Photo Arts.

Less then two years ago, Artful was just an idea in the minds of Shannon Morris and Brady Dindia, longtime Heights residents. Their passion to provide affordable workspaces for artists on Cleveland’s East Side soon attracted other artists, educators, professionals and local business owners.

The two women formed a board of directors, with Morris as executive director and Dindia as board president. Rachel Williams is board secretary, Kevin Khayat is treasurer, and Sarah Curry, David King, Eric Mundson and Hillary Lyon are among the remaining founding members.  

After a thorough search, the board is excited to announce that Artful has leased approximately 5,300 sq. feet of space in Coventry School building, located at 2843 Washington Blvd. in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:34 AM, 09.01.2016

UH Symphonic Band welcomes new members

A University Heights Symphonic Band concert on Hamlin Quad at John Carroll University in June.

This month, the University Heights Symphonic Band begins its 47th year as a community ensemble and its second year under the direction of Matthew Salvaggio, who is also music director for the Hiram College Wind Ensemble and music librarian/staff arranger for the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Sponsored by the City of University Heights, the 45-member band draws musicians from throughout Northeast Ohio. The band’s diverse membership includes professional musicians, along with engineers, homemakers, professors, nurses and others—even a rocket scientist. From students in their 20s to retirees in their 90s, they are drawn together by their love of music.  

The University Heights Symphonic Band began in 1970 as a summer-season performing group under the direction of Harvey Sisler. Organized under the auspices of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education, the band initially rehearsed and performed at Wiley Middle School. In 1974, the band adopted a year-round schedule, University Heights became its sponsor and it moved to John Carroll University (JCU). Fourteen years later, the band moved back to Wiley Middle School, until the school closed in 2014 to become the temporary home of Cleveland Heights High School. The ensemble now holds its rehearsals at Roxboro Middle School and its summer concerts at JCU.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:37 PM, 09.01.2016

Ohio Fair Trade Expo comes to JCU on Oct. 1

Attend a workshop on weaving or purchase a hand-woven item at the expo marketplace.

The Ohio Fair Trade Expo and Teach-In is coming back to John Carroll University (JCU) on Saturday, Oct. 1. Thanks to the generous support of Ben & Jerry’s in University Heights, and others, this year’s event will be free to the public. 

Registration for the event begins at 9:30 a.m. at JCU’s Dolan Center, where the fair trade marketplace begins. Attendees can expect to leave the expo with an abundance of donated fair trade goodies.

Dana Geffner, executive director of the Fair World Project (FWP), will kick-off the event as keynote speaker at 10 a.m. FWP, an independent arm of the Organic Consumers Association, seeks to protect the use of the term fair trade in the marketplace, expand markets for authentic fair trade items, educate consumers about key issues in trade and agriculture, and advocate for policies leading to a just economy.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 3:12 PM, 09.01.2016

Finding Mawby's

The school year has begun, but the Cedar Lee area is devoid of high school students. They’re in their temporary quarters at the former Wiley Middle School, due to the massive renovation of the original Heights High building. From the 1920s till last year, this area has always been packed with high school kids before and after school. My parents went to Heights, as did my brothers and I, and then my kids. So my family has frequented the Cedar Lee district since the mid-1930s.

The other big difference is the dining scene at this intersection. Over there, where Royal Castle used to be is a non-place called Fresh & Meaty Burgers. The sign went up months ago, but nothing seems to have happened, and it looks like that restaurant is not going to materialize there.

I used to hang out there with friends and we would each order six of Royal Castle’s tiny hamburgers and a birch beer in, as they said, a frosty mug. There were no tables and chairs in that small space, just a counter with stools.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 2:46 PM, 09.01.2016

Public transit: Broke and broken?

In mid-August, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) cut bus service and hiked fares again. If you use public transit, you are spending more time and more money getting where you need to go. Those who have a choice are less likely to choose RTA when it is inconvenient, expensive, and doesn't take them right to their destination. But, if you depend on public transportation, you probably already have greater difficulty getting to work, medical care, school and grocery stores.

The cost of a single bus or rapid transit ride has risen from $2.25 to $2.50, and will go up again, to $2.75, in 2018. Transfers are no longer available. A monthly pass went from $85 to $95, and in 2018 it will cost $105.

In Cleveland Heights and University Heights, RTA has shortened four bus routes:

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:12 AM, 09.01.2016

Community group seeks to change dog law in Cleveland Heights

For more than 40 years, walking a dog in [all but one] Cleveland Heights public park has been illegal. As neighboring towns have successfully abandoned such anti-dog laws one by one, Cleveland Heights has remained the same. While a small window of hope opened in 2013 when CH City Council allowed dogs into Cain Park, the same progressive approach to residents’ canine companions has failed to be extended to the other public parks.

Heights Hounds, a pop-up social action group of Heights residents, is seeking to change the law and to open all of Cleveland Heights’s public parks to man’s best friend.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:07 AM, 09.01.2016

Cedar Lee parking deck could host a dog park

As the United States becomes increasingly urbanized, the need for public space also increases, and, as people have moved towards denser urban centers, their canine companions have come along. According to a Humane Society report, 60 percent of households have at least one dog, and 15 percent have three or more. Dog parks are a community need. 

The first "official" dog park opened in Berkeley, Calif., in 1970. Since then, the number of "bark parks" has risen steadily, with the number of off-leash dog parks having increased 20 percent in the past five years.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:03 AM, 09.01.2016

We have a chance to speak out against too much testing

Should my dentist’s performance be rated by how many cavities I have? Or my physician be evaluated based on my body mass index? Of course not. Yet, 50 percent of each teacher’s evaluation in the Heights and throughout Ohio is based on how well students perform on tests. Some of the measures used to determine whether there is sufficient student improvement are standardized state tests. This method for evaluating teacher performance is one of the causes of excessive testing in Ohio. Much of this mandated testing is really about rating and ranking teachers, schools, districts and communities instead of determining how to improve student learning.

Students in our school system are learning, but some students start further behind. Some children enter kindergarten in our district and don’t know their colors, can’t recognize letters of the alphabet, or don’t know their own first names. In many cases our dedicated teachers are able to help bring these children up to grade level by third grade—an amazing accomplishment.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:19 AM, 09.01.2016

Young leaders emerge from among us

We need leaders who are positive role models. We need leaders whose actions inspire others to engage, to take risks, to be their best. These leaders listen and respond. They are respectful, encouraging, courteous, thoughtful, kind and responsible. They push themselves and they try hard. They are good citizens and good people. They see what needs to be done and they do it. They make good decisions and learn from mistakes.

I am pleased to say that we have some wonderful local leaders who demonstrate the best qualities of good role models. Those leaders are our Heights High students.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:09 AM, 09.01.2016

CH-UH teachers and students earn top scores

Congratulations are in order for the teachers and students of Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools.

Numerous studies have shown that scores on standardized tests (what much of our State Report Card grades are based on) do not reflect the quality of a school’s education so much as they reflect the socioeconomic background of the particular children in a school.

The report card’s only real measure of how well teachers are teaching and how well students are learning is called “Value Added," which means pretty much what its name says: how much academic value was added to a child’s educational life in the course of one school year?

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:16 AM, 09.01.2016

Navy reservist Bricker helps provide health care to thousands

Navy Reserve Medic Cathan Bricker in uniform as she works with the Air National Guard Public Affairs Team for a joint services operation in western Kentucky.

Some people spend their summer vacation poolside, at theme parks, or on the beach.

Not Cathan Bricker. She spent hers helping to fulfill the medical, dental, and eye-care needs of more than 4,000 residents of western Kentucky.

Bricker is a confidential administrative assistant of communications for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District. In 2010 she enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve and, since completing boot camp in 2011, she has spent one weekend a month and two weeks a year with her Akron-based detachment.

In summer 2015, Bricker took part in a war-games training, where people pretended to have injuries related to battle.

This summer, Bricker worked to create medical-care sites at three high schools in western Kentucky, providing free-of-charge health care for citizens in three counties.

The program was a partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Delta Regional Authority, with care provided by members of the U.S. Navy Reserve and the Air National Guard.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:49 AM, 09.01.2016

CH pesticide ban is a model for the nation

In 1995, Cleveland Heights became the first city in the nation to pass legislation banning the use of lawn pesticides on all public turf, including city, school, library and day care center grounds. This was a revolutionary decision.

The “why” is easy: pesticides are poisons. Although they are approved by the EPA, approval does not connote safety, even when used as directed. Thus, Cleveland Heights became the first city to formally recognize that people (especially children), pets and the environment should not be unnecessarily exposed to these toxic materials. Indeed, some pesticides have been associated with an increased risk of acquiring asthma, and an EPA report (1996) states that childrens’ developing organ systems make them more vulnerable and less able to detoxify these chemicals.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:39 AM, 09.01.2016

Mitigating stormwater in the Heights

Stormwater falling on an impervious surface.

Heights residents are hearing a lot about damaging stormwater and solutions to its runoff problems, including rain barrels, rain gardens, and reducing impervious surfaces, which include rooftops, driveways and even decks. 

Rain obviously can’t pass through concrete, cement, or your roof. Driveways, rooftops, patios and other surfaces, if installed correctly, slope away from your home, and guide water into grates on the roadway. Our current system for handling sewage and stormwater was built decades ago. It was not designed for the region’s current population, nor the amount of impervious surfaces.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:33 AM, 09.01.2016

Voting yes for the CH-UH school levy makes 'cents'

To the Editor:

In November, there will be a levy on the ballot for Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools. As opposed to the school levy passed in 2013, which can only be used for renovations, this levy is only for school operations. 

It is a fair question to ask why the CH-UH Board [of Education] periodically turns to voters asking for more money for our schools’ operating expenses. In 1976, HB 920 was passed in Ohio. Under this law, the dollar amount of taxes collected by a school district can only increase with the passage of a levy. When a levy passes, the dollar amount (NOT the tax rate) is frozen until a new levy is approved.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:42 AM, 09.01.2016

Grace Lutheran Church

Grace Lutheran Church, 1967. [photo courtesy the City of Cleveland Heights]

Perhaps best known by passers-by for the shimmering glow of its ornate golden window tracery set in warm, earth-toned brick, the former Grace Lutheran Church has meticulously matching wings set slightly above Cedar Road.

In some ways this mainly brick church structure, in the English Gothic style, was designed as a smaller and less complex version of John W.C. Corbusier’s other Cleveland Heights church—the stone Church of the Saviour. Corbusier was a specialist in church design, as well as a graduate of E'ole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

The former sanctuary’s interior is notable for its fine woodcarving and stained glass.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:23 AM, 09.01.2016

Whatís going on at your library?

In September, as the University Heights Library closes for renovations and centennial celebrations wrap up, Heights Libraries kicks off On the Same Page—its communitywide reading program—centered on Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m.

A Celebration of Dreams. Join in celebrating the moving memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson. Bring the whole family for conversation, creative writing, crafts and other activities. (Reading part or all of the book before a program is suggested.) Registration begins Sept. 13.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:16 AM, 09.01.2016

Cumberland Pool hosts annual water show


Cumberland Pool lifeguards were among the performers at the annual Cumberland Pool Water Show, which took place on Aug. 2.

This year's show, with the theme "Road Trip to Cumberland Pool," featured skits, music and performances by the diving teams, the synchronized swim team, coaches, and all of the pool's lifeguards.

The show's finale came at nightfall with all of the performers donning glow sticks in the water for a choreographed exit. [photo: Gabe Schaffer]

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:57 AM, 09.01.2016

SHN suggests September to-do list

Sustainable Heights Network (SHN) advocates for evidence-based community actions and education that will result in a positive impact on our environment and quality of life. This month, SHN suggests the following sustainable things-to-do:

Sustainable transportation: Fall brings cooler nights and more rain, so check tire wear. (Use a quarter to measure remaining tread depth, which should be a minimum of 1/8” for safe stopping in wet weather. If Washington’s hair doesn’t get cut, you need new tires soon.)

Recheck wipers and washer fluid. Think ahead to colder weather, and use fluid rated to at least  -20F.

Set up carpooling arrangements for school or work, and turn off your engine while you wait.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:46 AM, 09.01.2016

HRRC hosts free Boomer Fest on Sept. 17

Are you one of the millions of Americans born between 1946 and 1964? If so, you’ll want to be part of Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) “Boomer Fest ’16: I Can See Clearly Now” on Saturday, Sept. 17. Boomer Fest will take place at the Senior Activity Center at the CH Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd., 10. a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event will offer advice, discussions, products and other resources to help attendees plan their futures, and an opportunity to win prizes.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:37 AM, 09.01.2016

Artists, music and talks kick off Heights Arts's fall season

Girl in a White Dress Riding a Carousel. Stratford, England (1993), by Herbert Ascherman Jr. 

For more than four decades, Herbert Ascherman Jr. has been a fixture in the photographic landscape of Cleveland. While best known for his portrait studio, Ascherman has also pursued other threads throughout his career—landscapes, nudes and street photography—as well as portraiture. Opening Labor Day weekend, Herbert Ascherman Jr.: 40 Years gathers approximately 60 key works, selected by Ascherman and Heights Arts, which powerfully represent his wide-ranging career.

The exhibition features new gelatin silver and platinum prints drawn from the 120,000 black-and-white negatives in Ascherman's archive, printed in small editions on the occasion of this show.

“The essence of a retrospective is the desire of a photographer to share his most personal and intimate observations with his friends,” explained Ascherman. “The photographs in this exhibition are moments found or studied, objects of curiosity and interest, thoughts considered and shared. I have never worked with a social, political, religious or philosophical perspective or bias. I just take pictures of what appeals to me at the moment; printing them by hand and presenting them as tangible artifacts.”

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:35 PM, 08.30.2016

UH 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

Sept. 1: Yolanda Anderson will describe her work as coordinator of Access Your Benefits, a service of trained counselors using a National Council on Aging survey, to help older adults find and enroll in federal, state and local public benefits programs for which they are eligible.

Sept. 8: Brandon Chrostowski, proprietor of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute, will describe his work to give formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the hospitality industry, provide a support network for future leaders in Cleveland’s vulnerable neighborhoods, and prepare them for successful transition to the world of business professionals.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:51 AM, 09.01.2016

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older.

This fall, SAC is offering new Saturday art workshops: collage, printmaking, silk painting, clay and more. Take advantage of this opportunity to try something new and explore your creative side. Previous art experience is not needed, and the cost is just $5 per workshop. SAC’s art programs are made possible through a Creative Aging Grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:41 AM, 09.01.2016

Donít let the bedbugs bite

Bedbugs are small insects that feed on the blood of sleeping people and animals, and cause an itchy reaction. They travel on clothes to other rooms, and to places outside of the home. One can unknowingly pick up a bedbug at an infested location and bring it home, or they can be brought into one’s home on the clothing of people who visit.

Bedbug infestations are spreading rapidly throughout the United States. Removal can be costly, and many seniors are unable to afford the extermination fees.

The best way to deal with bedbugs is to do just as the rhyme suggests—don’t let them bite. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises that the best way to prevent bedbugs is to regularly inspect one’s home for signs of an infestation.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:55 AM, 09.01.2016

Libraries team up for A Card for Every Kid

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is teaming up with eight other library systems in Cuyahoga County to encourage every child under 18 to get a library card.

The initiative, A Card for Every Kid, will take place Sept. 1–30 to coincide with National Library Card Sign-up Month. This cooperative effort among the library systems seeks to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership for children and teens, and also seeks to gain a better understanding of the roadblocks that keep some children and teens from owning a library card. 

“Libraries are great equalizers,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “They offer any child access to books and other learning resources no matter what city they live in, no matter their socio-economic status. Every public library in our county shares the goal of ensuring that every child can check out materials at their neighborhood library.”

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:21 AM, 08.30.2016

School market program brings fresh food to CH-UH community

The CH-UH community will have an opportunity to receive fresh produce and pantry items each month. Photo courtesy: Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Starting in September, students, families and CH-UH community members will have the opportunity to receive free fresh produce and pantry items each month at two locations, as part of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank School Market program.

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, representatives from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District and the food bank will kick off the market at Boulevard Elementary School (1749 Lee Road). The market will distribute food there throughout the school year, on the first Tuesday of each month.

Oxford Elementary School (939 Quilliams Road) will begin its market on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and it will be available on the third Tuesday of each month.

Both markets will be open 2:30–4:30 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:09 PM, 08.30.2016

Remembering CH's early Olympians

Several early Olympians once lived in or practiced near Cleveland Heights, within blocks of one another, not far from Roxboro Junior High School. Three of those Olympians were in the same “Chariots of Fire” Olympics, in Paris in 1924.

Up until 1924, Nordic countries dominated the javelin, winning all the medals at the previous Olympics. Gene Oberst became the first and only American to win a medal (bronze) in the javelin in the first half-century of the Olympic games. This was also America’s first medal at the VIIIth Olympiad, when the stars and stripes flew over Colombes stadium for the first time.

The previous fall, Oberst had blocked for the legendary Four Horsemen at Notre Dame when they defeated the national champs—Princeton. He also blocked for the Gipper (played onscreen by Ronald Reagan)—probably the most versatile player in football history—when Notre Dame won the national championship. Earlier that spring, Oberst shattered seven track and field records across the nation, including those at the prestigious Kansas, Drake and Penn relays, when he became the national champion. His track and football coach, Knute Rockne—the winningest college football coach, with a record of .881—was a second father to Oberst, guiding, consoling and praising him through his early career.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:52 AM, 08.30.2016

Heights Olympians competed in Rio

Emily Infeld. Photo courtesy Beaumont School.

Emily Infeld, a 2008 Beaumont School graduate and daughter of University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, competed in the 10,000 meter race at the 2016 Olympics. Charles Conwell, a 2016 Heights High graduate, represented the United States in the Olympic boxing competition.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:37 AM, 09.01.2016

Master plan committee member walks every city street

Lou Radivoyevitch

Lou Radivoyevitch was born and raised in Cleveland Heights. He returned to his hometown in 2000 and has lived here ever since. Even so, he felt that there was a lot more he needed to learn about the city. So, last year, after becoming a member of the Cleveland Heights Master Plan Steering Committee, he decided that he would walk down every street in the city, to gain more knowledge about Cleveland Heights and its needs.

“At the first meeting of our master plan committee, the city gave out big maps to everyone that was there,” he said, “and I realized that what I knew about Cleveland Heights was limited to the areas where I had lived. There were a lot of areas in Cleveland Heights that I had no idea about.”

Radivoyevitch began his walking program on Labor Day of last year, and he finished it this past July 24. “I did a good 50-plus miles in July,” he said.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:02 AM, 08.30.2016

Zagara's thanks the community for its support after power outage

To the Editor:

Thank you to those who helped organize this unforgettable day. Thank you to everyone who visited, shopped and offered hugs and good luck wishes to me, my family and my employees. Thank you to my employees who work hard every day to make sure Zagara’s Marketplace serves our community as best it can.

Zagara’s Marketplace experienced an unforgettable day on Saturday, Aug. 20. The sun shone bright. Customers smiled wide. Big hugs were offered. Hearty handshakes were given. And a few tears welled up in some eyes, including mine.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:07 AM, 08.23.2016

Lake Erie Ink splashes into its sixth year

Youth from Lake Erie Ink's Explore and Express camp learn about public art at LAND Studio.

With the start of the school year comes the start of Ink Spot, Lake Erie Ink’s (LEI) creative after-school program. Ink Spot takes place at LEI’s Coventry location, 2843 Washington Blvd., and its satellite location at Noble Elementary School. Running Monday through Thursday, Ink Spot offers homework assistance and creative expression activities for students of all abilities. The program has expanded this year to welcome third-graders.

An Ink Spot Open House takes place Tuesday, Aug. 23, 3:30–6:30 p.m. Visitors can drop-in to learn more about LEI's program, where students in grades 3–6 participate in activities after school.

LEI’s fall season officially kicks off on Sept. 13 with a college essay writing workshop geared toward helping teens with one of the most difficult parts of applying to colleges: crafting a personal essay.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:44 AM, 08.23.2016

Cafť Bon Appetit adds intimate whiskey bar

Jay Novak (left), who owns Café Bon Appetit with his wife, Jade, plays guitar at the bar opening.

Photo credit: James Henke.

Coventry Village’s Café Bon Appetit has added a new whiskey bar and a performance space for musician. The new bar and music space are located in the basement of the restaurant, at 2767 Euclid Heights Boulevard, and officially opened on Aug. 20.

The bar space can accommodate about 30 people, though it seats just 16. Jay Novak, who owns Bon Appetit with his wife, Jade, said he wanted a bar that was “cozy and quiet, with acoustic music, and a little bit of a dress code.”

Novak recently turned 40, and said he was looking for a small, intimate bar where he could find a variety of whiskeys and hear some music. “I couldn’t find anything,” he said. “And we had available space, so why not open one here?” Novak said that he designed the bar for people about 30 years old and older.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:03 AM, 08.23.2016

CH adds new economic-development experts

Brian Anderson (left) and Tim Boland outside Cleveland Heights City Hall.

Tim Boland and Brian Anderson have both joined the staff of the City of Cleveland Heights to help with economic development. Boland is the city’s economic development director. He replaces Greg Zucca, who left in the spring of 2015. Anderson has been named the city’s business development manager, a newly created position. Both started working for the city on Aug. 8.

“Economic development is a top priority for our city,” said City Manager Tanisha Briley. “For a community like ours, maintaining our excellent services means expanding our economic base through community, housing and business development and redevelopment opportunities.”

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.23.2016

New bookmobile is ready to roll

Security Supervisor Kevin Echols tours the bookmobile.

This fall, keep an eye out for “Nellie,” the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System’s newest outreach vehicle. In June, Heights Libraries purchased the bookmobile to serve the University Heights community during the year-long period that the University Heights Library will be closed for renovation. Named after Nell Lynch, a popular former library director, the bookmobile will make scheduled stops around the city; community members can board the bus to browse its small but collection of popular books, audiobooks and DVDs for children and adults.

Nellie—a 1995 Cummins diesel engine on a Freightliner chassis—was already retrofitted with bookshelves when Heights Libraries purchased from Pickaway County District Public Library, near Columbus. It’s got a wheelchair lift, and has electric power to enable a computer to check out books and perform other library functions. With its green and yellow racing stripes, the bookmobile can’t be missed.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:16 AM, 08.23.2016

School district offers free breakfast and lunch for all students

A salad bar with fresh fruit provided by AVI Fresh, the school district's food service vendor.

Starting with the new 2016–17 school year, all students in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District may receive free breakfast and lunch each school day, regardless of family income level.

Every pre-kindergarten through grade-12 student in every district school is eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch daily, at no charge.

The district participates in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program, and previously accepted free and reduced lunch applications to determine eligibility. Now, the district is able to provide free meals through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

AVI Fresh, the district’s food service partner, will continue to provide the meals.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:50 AM, 08.16.2016

Heights High welcomed new students at Aug. 9 orientation

Incoming freshmen (from left) Hudhaifah Abdur-Razzaq, Kandice White, Damari Loretz and Ka'Yare Dickson at Heights High's New Student Inauguration.

More than 200 new Heights High students attended the school's New Student Inauguration on Aug. 9. The full-day event featured workshops on how to develop organizational skills; recognizing how one perceives others; the value of being open to new experiences and people; how to use social media in a positive way; how to build strong, healthy relationships; and the effects of bullying.

The Reading and R.A.M.M. (Recording Arts Music & Media) organization led the workshops, and Heights High staff and student council volunteers helped guide the new students around the building.

Students also toured the school, ate lunch in the cafeteria, received their course schedules and had their school ID pictures taken.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:43 AM, 08.16.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights [online 7-18-2016]

JULY 18, 2016

  • Public comments
  • Larraine Parker retires
  • Board accepts design plan for UH library
  • CSU Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Strategic plan survey available
  • Friends report revenue
  • U Lead projects open to staff
  • June public service report highlights

Board member Susan Beatty was absent.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 5:31 PM, 08.21.2016