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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

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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

Café Bon Appetit adds intimate whiskey bar

Jay Novak (left), who owns Cafe 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. In addition, 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

Noble Neighbors to host Aug. 19 back-to-school celebration

Noble Neighbors will celebrate the return to school on Friday, Aug. 19, 5–8 p.m., at Bethel Church of Cleveland Heights, 2706 Noble Road.

Children and adults are invited to display their creativity as part of the Noble Chalk Walk, which will stretch along the sidewalk from Bethel Church to the Noble Neighborhood Library. The Euclid Beach Rocket care will provide rides through the Noble neighborhood, and tasty treats will be shared.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 4:17 PM, 08.12.2016

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

Beaumont hosts Aug. 12 Olympic watch party to cheer on Emily Infeld ('08)

Emily Infeld will run in the 10,000-meter Olympic race on Friday morning, Aug. 12.

Cleveland Heights's Beaumont School will host a watch party on Friday, Aug. 12, at 9:30 a.m., to cheer on runner Emily Infeld, a 2008 Beaumont graduate, as she competes in the 10,000-meter event in the 2016 Olympics. The race is scheduled to start at 10:10 a.m.

Infeld, the daughter of University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, came in second in the 10,000-meter qualifier on July 10, and is representing the United States in Rio de Janiero.

A distance runner, Infeld is best known for winning the 10,000-meter bronze medal at the 2015 IAAF World Championships.

Infeld graduated from Georgetown University in 2012; while at Georgetown, she was the 2012 NCAA indoor 3,000-meter champion. Infeld's personal bests include 15:07.18 for 5,000 meters and 31:38.71 for 10,000 meters—both set early in the 2015 outdoor season.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:11 PM, 08.11.2016

City of Cleveland Heights reports on storm

The City of Cleveland Heights issued the following news release on Aug. 10 regarding the previous night's storm:

Cleveland Heights Fire, Police and Public Works Departments have been out all night due to the storm damage. Today, Public Works is going through the City taking care of downed trees. Residents, who are able, are asked to put tree limbs on the tree lawns. Public Works will continue to go through the whole city and pick up limbs. The City is in contact with First Energy regarding power outages.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 2:14 PM, 08.10.2016

The Fix Bistro plans Aug. 23 opening and Aug. 13 'sneak peek'

Eric Rogers inside The Fix Bistro's new space.

A popular Cleveland Heights business owner is moving down the street, into the space at 2195 Lee Road that was previously occupied by Joey’s Bistro Bar Italiano. Chef Eric Rogers, owner of Black Box Fix, plans to open a new and larger restaurant, The Fix Bistro, on Aug. 23.

Black Box Fix opened at the corner of Lee and Silsby roads in March 2015. Rogers closed Black Box Fix on July 16, and plans to open Sweet Fix Bakery in its place.

“The bakery is going to sell gourmet desserts, pies and pastries,” said Rogers, who hopes to open the bakery by late September.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:51 AM, 08.09.2016

HRRC names Allen its new executive director

Tikeesha Allen is the new executive director of HRRC.

The board of directors of Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) has appointed Tikeesha Allen as HRRC’s new executive director. Allen has served as the organizations interim executive director since the departure of Benjamin Faller in May.

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Allen has devoted her career to the nonprofit sector, focusing on community and social issues. For the past five years, she’s directed her attention toward solving problems plaguing homeowners in Cleveland Heights and the region’s inner-ring suburbs. Since joining HRRC in 2013 as housing counselor, and later serving as program director, Allen has helped countless individuals realize the dream of owning their own home.

“I can’t begin to express how gratifying it is to share in the joy my clients feel when they reach the end of their journey and finally have a home to call their own,” said Allen.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:15 AM, 08.09.2016

The Tavern Company's owner purchases Brennan's Colony

The interior of Brennan's Colony, which closed on Aug. 6.

Brennan’s Colony, a Cleveland Heights institution, closed on Saturday, Aug. 6. Chris Armington, owner of the Tavern Company, and a former employee of Brennan’s Colony, purchased the restaurant and bar, which had occupied the corner of Lee and Silsby roads for close to a century.

The Tavern Company, currently located on Lee Road, also closed at the end of service on Aug. 6, and then moved across the street and down the road to the Colony space.

Prior to the move, Armington said he hoped to open the bar at the Tavern Company’s new location as early as Monday or Tuesday, Aug. 8 or 9, and hoped to start serving food by Wednesday or Thursday, Aug. 10 or 11.

Kathy Murphy, the president of Brennan’s Colony Inc., said, “It’s all come full circle.”

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.05.2016

University Heights summer concerts continue in August

UH concertgoers listen to the University Heights Symphonic Band.

University Heights continues its free summer concert series on Thursday evenings on the Hamlin Quad at John Carroll University (between Dolan Science Center and the Grasselli Clock Tower).

The month of August features the final two performances of the 2016 series: Yiddishe Cup (Jewish folk and American swing), and an ice cream social, on Aug. 4, and the Chardon Polka Band (polka with an attitude) on Aug. 11.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 10:49 AM, 08.04.2016

FutureHeights invites community to Aug. 5 Cedar Lee Hard Hat Happy Hour

FutureHeights is planning Cedar Lee Hard Hat Happy Hour on Friday, Aug. 5, 5–8 p.m. This family-friendly event is intended to bring the community together during the ongoing construction of the Cedar Lee Business District’s new streetscape. This multimillion-dollar project—expected to last seven months—is currently in its fourth month. While everyone is looking forward to the project’s completion, it has disrupted traffic patterns and posed challenges for businesses and patrons alike. FutureHeights, a nonprofit community development organization, hopes that this event will bring residents and business owners together, to have some fun during construction.

“The event will help make shoppers aware that businesses are open during construction,” said Micah Kirman, chair of the FutureHeights Economic Development Committee, which is organizing the event. “We want to make them feel comfortable and welcome to walk through the doors of these unique, independent businesses even during construction.”

FutureHeights will sell hard hats in the mini-park outside of Heights Arts, at 2175 Lee Road. Adult hats are $3; children’s hats are free. Participating Cedar Lee merchants and restaurants will offer special promotional deals to anyone wearing or carrying a hard hat during the event.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:39 PM, 08.02.2016

You are invited to welcome RAFT Coexist to Cleveland Heights

On Aug. 7, a new art installation will be unveiled in the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood of Cleveland Heights. RAFT: Coexist is a 12’ x 8’ semi-permanent wooden platform for rest, contemplation and community. Tiffany Laufer, a filmmaker, artist and resident of Cedar Fairmount, created RAFT together with her neighbors Kristin Hopkins, Emily Dunford Hubbard, William C. Laufer and Victoria Mills. The group envisions it as piece that will highlight a place in their neighborhood and create platform for people to rest, be present in the moment and coexist in nature harmoniously and comfortably.

RAFT will debut at noon on Sunday, Aug. 7, at the corner of Bellfield Avenue, West St. James Parkway and North Park Boulevard. All are invited to visit RAFT from noon to 5 p.m., coinciding with the 15th Annual Cedar Fairmount Summer Festival taking place at the same time. The installation will remain in place throughout the fall pending inclement weather.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 2:15 PM, 08.02.2016

The Fairmount expands and adds special event space

A wedding reception in The Fairmount's new indoor patio/atrium space. 

Photo credit: Jayne Sestak

The Fairmount, the restaurant and bar located near the intersection of Cedar Road and Fairmount Boulevard in Cleveland Heights, completed a major expansion and renovation at the end of June.

It has moved into space in the Heights Medical Building that had been occupied by Luna Bakery & Café’s cake-decorating operation (before Luna expanded into part of the Subway space, when that business downsized). The new space is adjacent to The Fairmount’s original space, and the restaurant will primarily use it for private parties, wine tastings and other special events. It features a full bar and table seating, with space for about 40 people.

The Fairmount has also taken over what was essentially an interior lobby for the building, transforming the dated and underutilized area into an innovative indoor patio/atrium that seats about 25.

The original restaurant space seats about 75 people inside and 65 on the back patio. The renovations expand The Fairmount’s full capacity to accommodate about 200.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.29.2016

R's Kitchen shares unique relationship with neighboring M.T. Glass

Arlyn Samuels in front of her new restaurant on Cedar Road.

R’s Kitchen, a new restaurant, is slated to open on Aug. 2 at 13441 Cedar Road, next door to the M.T. Glass bar in the Cedar Taylor Business District. While the new restaurant and neighboring bar have different owners, the two businesses already share a close relationship.

M.T. Glass provides drinks for all of the diners at R’s Kitchen, and the restaurant provides food for the bar’s patrons.

“We have a management agreement with M.T. Glass,” said Arlyn Samuels, the owner of R’s Kitchen. “We have a shared space, and we serve each other’s patrons.”

In fact, when R’s Kitchen first started serving food, on June 10, all of its seats were located next door, in M.T. Glass.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:35 PM, 07.29.2016

Major league folk music at Nighttown in August

Long Road performing at Nighttown. [photo by Noah Budin]

Legendary folksinger and activist Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, will open for my group Long Road at Nighttown this month.

Well, he’s not actually opening for us; but he’s playing before us. Okay—one night before us. In other words, he’s playing at Nighttown on Wednesday, Aug. 10; then we’re playing at Nighttown on Thursday, Aug. 11. So it’s sort of like a mini folk festival. At a well-known jazz club.

Peter Yarrow formed the trio Peter, Paul and Mary (PPM), along with Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers, in the early 1960s. The group found immediate success, with its first album selling more than 2 million copies. PPM helped put the not-well-known singer-songwriter Bob Dylan on the musical map when it scored a million-selling hit single of his song “Blowing in the Wind.” The group earned another big hit single, early in its career, with the Pete Seeger song “If I Had a Hammer.”

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:09 PM, 07.29.2016

Western Reserve Chorale announces its 25th season

The upcoming 2016–17 season of the Western Reserve Chorale (WRC) marks its 25th year as a community chorus. The ensemble, with a roster of nearly 100 singers, welcomes all Greater Cleveland residents to celebrate with them during this anniversary season.  

WRC will present three separate concerts during the upcoming season.

Its traditional holiday concert, to be held at Disciples Christian Church in Cleveland Heights on Dec. 4, will be performed in honor of John Roberts, founding conductor of WRC who passed away this past spring. WRC hopes all who may have sung with the ensemble, at any time in its history, will attend the performance and after-concert reception. The program will include Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams, and two collections of seasonal settings: the first by Jackson Berkey (arranger for Mannheim Steamroller), and the second, three spirituals by William Dawson. Additional music by Palestrina, Bach, Verdi and Rutter, and two newer works by Norwegian composer Kim André Arensen, will round out the programming.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:05 PM, 07.29.2016

Young CH singer takes inspiration from the past

Alyssa Boyd singing at Quintana's Speakeasy.

Alyssa Boyd began singing when she was about 6 years old. Now she’s 24, and singing is the focus of her life. She regularly performs with Seth Boyle, an acoustic guitar player, and with a local band called the Rifferees that performs jazz and big-band classics.

“I grew up with a lot of music,” Boyd said. “My grandmother played piano, and my dad loved soul music, rock and roll and the blues. But no one in my family ever pursued music as a career.”

Boyd was born in the Philadelphia area. When she was a sophomore in high school, her family moved to Cleveland Heights. She attended Heights High, graduating in 2011. She gives the school a lot of credit for developing her singing skills. “The Vocal Music Department at Heights High really changed my life,” she said. “I was given opportunities to do solos. I got into the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, and I got to sing at Severance Hall. I also took vocal lessons at Heights High, and my vocal coach really helped me understand music theory.”

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:00 PM, 07.29.2016

Kathy Ewing writes with understanding and compassion

If you’ve spent time in a Cleveland Heights book group, you know there are many topics that come up. Books inspire thoughts about one’s own life. Of those many topics, a good majority of them are about families: How do you raise thoughtful, caring kids? Are men as unobservant as they sometimes seem? When is a good time to tell a family member that he or she has gone too far? And, of course, which of us was raised in the most dysfunctional family?

Kathy Ewing, a longtime member of a CH neighborhood book group, always had stories to tell that amazed and surprised. She described her dad as a kind, loving and connected—though, imperfect—parent, who became a paraplegic when he was a young father and husband.

Ewing’s mom, on the other hand, was rarely kind, loving or connected. Her mom was emotionally distant, unpredictable and deeply unhappy.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 5:52 PM, 07.29.2016

Dixon joins AHA Cleveland board of directors

Superintendent Talisa Dixon (left) receives a plaque from Valerie Smith, AHA Cleveland youth market director, recognizing CH-UH schools as a Fit Friendly Worksite.

Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Superintendent Talisa Dixon has accepted an invitation to join the local board of directors for the American Heart Association (AHA).

“It is a true honor to join the Board of Directors of the AHA’s Northeast Ohio affiliate,” said Dixon, who began her board service on July 1. “The AHA improves the lives of countless Americans by helping people quit smoking, learn CPR, live healthier and longer by avoiding heart disease and strokes, and so much more.

“At CH-UH, we emphasize community service and we also recognize that health is the cornerstone of successful education, so I cannot think of a more fitting organization with which to be involved.”

This year, through Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart—youth health initiatives organized and led by district staff, school staff leaders and the AHA—the CH-UH district raised $22,793.29. Students and staff across 10 schools within the district participated to keep their hearts healthy, and raised funds for heart and stroke research and education.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 5:40 PM, 07.29.2016

Heights High senior Dolman to serve on state teen board

Heights High senior Lexxie Dolman has been invited to join Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's Teen Ambassador Board.

Teen Ambassador Board members will advise the attorney general's office (AGO) on issues relating to teens, and work with their peers to develop solutions to those concerns. Ohio high school students who applied and were selected to join the board will be placed into small groups and advised by an assistant attorney general, according to the AGO.

The students will meet twice a year in Columbus, and will present their work to senior AGO officials at the end of their term.

Dolman said the particular issues she wants to delve into are hate crimes, teen violence and gender equality.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 5:34 PM, 07.29.2016

New owners to open Boss Dog Brewing in former Lemon Grass building

Josh and Jason Sweet inside the space that will house their new brewery and restaurant.

Two brothers, Josh and Jason Sweet, plan to open a new brewery and restaurant in the vacant building on Lee Road that was long occupied by Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine. Lemon Grass closed in March 2015, and the large space has stood empty ever since. The brothers purchased the building in June, and hope to open Boss Dog Brewing by the end of 2016.

Their plan is to sell their own beer at the restaurant, and also distribute it to other restaurants on the East Side.

Jason came up with the brewery’s name, and Josh explained, “We are both animal lovers, and we both are big dog lovers, so that's why we decided to name it Boss Dog."

Boss Dog will offer a full menu of food items as well, including appetizers, shared plates and entrees.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:57 PM, 07.28.2016

UH Library prepares for September renovation start

Heights Libraries' new bookmobile will provide services in University Heights during the renovation of the University Heights Library.

The University Heights Library is slated to close for renovation on Sept. 6, and it will remain closed throughout most of 2017. The project is expected to take 14 months to complete.

Throughout the summer, staff at the University Heights Library has been sorting through the collection to prepare it for storage. Some furniture and fixtures at the library will be put to use in other CH-UH libraries or sold at a public surplus sale on Aug. 27.

Important dates in the lead-up to the start of the renovation project are:

  • Friday, July 29: Meeting rooms at the UH Library close to public use.
  • Saturday, Aug. 27: The UH Library (13866 Cedar Road) will hold a surplus sale (furniture, fixtures, etc.), open to the public.
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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:52 PM, 07.28.2016

What’s going on at your library?

What’s going on at your library?

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

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2–3 p.m.

Lake Erie Ink: Zines and Comics. Share your story through the creation of comics and zines with Lake Erie Ink. Discover the creative process behind making your own graphic novel. For those in grades 6–12. Registration began July 2.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 5:47 PM, 07.29.2016

University Heights celebrates park opening

Mayor Susan Infeld cuts the ribbon on the new UH Community Park, with members of city council, city officials, residents and the park's architects.

The City of University Heights celebrated the grand opening of University Heights Community Park—the city’s newest and largest park—at a community celebration on Sunday, July 24.

The street festival began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the entrance to the park, at Fenwick and Northwood roads, with Mayor Susan Infeld, city council members, other city officials, and representatives from Braun & Steidl Architects (the park’s designer) cutting the ribbon.

Infeld thanked “the leadership of Fuchs Mizrachi School, specifically Mr. Morry Weiss, for sharing our vision to make a park and greenspace on the property.” The park is on the former site of the Fuchs Mizrachi School.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 12:33 PM, 07.26.2016

HCC annual tour celebrates 'All That Jazz'

The year is 1920. World War I has ended, and the Roaring ’20s are ushering in a new Jazz Age. The Cleveland Heights Library has already been around for four years and, in the following year, Cleveland Heights will achieve the status of “city.” Come along with the Heights Community Congress (HCC), and be transported back to this gilded age on HCC’s 39th Annual Heritage Home and Garden Tour:  Heights, Homes . . . and All That Jazz! 

This year’s preview party and tour pay homage to the spectacular homes and glittering fashions of the Jazz Age. The weekend kicks off with a Jazz Age-themed preview party the evening of Saturday, Sept. 17. Gathering at the home of the Ensemble Theatre (in the former Coventry School building on Washington Boulevard), patrons will board Lolly the Trolley for an early peek at select homes from the tour.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:12 PM, 07.28.2016

SHN suggests sustainable activities for August

The 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. SHN suggests the following sustainable things-to-do for Heights residents, for the month of August:

Sustainable Transportation: August’s heat is not kind to marginal automobile batteries, and it’s the month with the second-most battery failures. Have yours checked, along with  tire inflation and condition.

School begins late this month. Be alert to changing traffic patterns, including new bike riders en route to and from school.

Parents, this is a good time to walk or bike to school with your child to explain the route and the rules of safe travel.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:07 PM, 07.28.2016

Taking moral inventory

Retirement is often the time when people look back on their lives and record their personal history, often in the form of a memoir. While these are useful tools for recording the things one has done during a lifetime, they don’t often reflect who the person was—his or her character.

Taking stock of one’s values and beliefs is an insightful way to define a person and, more importantly, why the person is that way. Writing an ethical will is a great way to do this. An ethical will is not a legal document. It is, instead, an informal document that one writes to bequeath to one’s family and friends the principles he or she holds dear.

Many people choose to share an ethical will with family and friends well before they die, as a tool for deeper understanding. Barry K. Baines, author of Ethical Wills: Putting Your Values on Paper, defines ethical wills as “a way to share your values, blessings, life’s lessons, hopes and dreams for the future, love, and forgiveness with your family, friends, and community.”

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 5:15 PM, 07.29.2016

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.

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

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 5:25 PM, 07.29.2016

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 info@universityheights.com.

Aug. 4: Louise Prochaska, theology and philosophy department chair at Notre Dame College, has a specialization in morality. She will probe the essence of conscience and free will while discussing the formation of personal character.

Aug. 11: Vincent Guerrieri, a journalist with Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and volunteer at the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park, will share stories and identify treasured memorabilia that has shaped the history and legends of baseball.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 5:30 PM, 07.29.2016

Nonprofit Coit Road Market supports community's nutrition needs

The Coit Road Farmer's Market has provided access to fresh produce for East Side and Heights residents since 1932.

Photo courtesy of ECFM. 

The Coit Road Farmers Market—with its mission of providing residents of Cleveland’s urban East Side and inner-ring suburbs with access to affordable, locally grown, farm-fresh products—has become increasingly proactive in addressing community needs to improve the health of area residents.

The nonprofit, community-based market’s efforts on this front include offering free cooking classes; Produce Perks to double EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) customer buying power; WIC and senior coupons; resident transportation; and collaboration with health care providers through Cuyahoga County’s Produce Prescriptions program.

The market also offers a staffed resource center for residents who are working to improve their health through eating more fresh foods.

WIC coupon distributions will take place on Saturdays, Aug. 13 and Sept. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:01 PM, 07.28.2016

The Adams-Long House

Adams-Long House, 2015. [courtesy of J. R. Salisbury]

Nestled off of a cul-de-sac, the Adams-Long house at 3555 Birch Tree Path sits on a parcel of land that was once part of the Elisabeth Allen Prentiss estate, Glen Allen. The Adams-Long house is the only building from that grand estate to have survived. Built in 1860 for the Adams family, the structure was later incorporated into the estate, and was likely used as a worker’s cottage. 

The house has undergone multiple additions and transformations to make it a viable 21st-century home. Current owner Bruce Long has lived in the house since 1956. He was unaware of the history of the home prior to purchasing it. Afterward, he learned of its unique history and was honored to have the home landmarked by Cleveland Heights in 1984.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:20 PM, 07.28.2016

Teachers need leaders in tough times

To the Editor:

In the June Heights Observer, Ari Klein (“We must retain and attract school district employees”) and Susie Kaeser (“Intrinsic motivation, not accountability, produces excellence”) spoke to difficulties facing teachers. While I am inclined to their perspective, the helpless tone was discouraging to me.

Both articles concerned themselves with a portrayal of what is happening to teachers as though they were unwilling or unable to do anything to influence their own future. The authors wrote from the perspective “this is what is happening to us,” as though constraints and requirements fully explained teachers’ effectiveness in the classroom, and determined their satisfaction with work.

By omission, the authors implied that teachers either cannot or will not work to influence outcomes in the classroom, and that they have little responsibility for results.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:42 PM, 07.28.2016

CH-UH district seeks support for November levy

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District will place a 5.5-mill operating levy on the November 2016 ballot. This request, the smallest in more than 20 years, is necessary for the district to continue meeting its mission, which, according to the district’s website, is “to provide a challenging and engaging education to prepare all our students to become responsible citizens and succeed in college and career.”

CH-UH voters last approved an operating levy five years ago, in November 2011. The levy was expected to last three years but, through careful spending and strategic cuts, the school board and administration have stretched those dollars over five years.

Because state law freezes the dollar amount going to school districts at the time of last approval, district budgets are unable to keep up with regular cost-of-living increases.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:39 PM, 07.28.2016

CH Teachers Union provides summer professional development for members

Teachers report out from the work they have done in small groups this summer in the School, Family, Community class taught by Patti A. Smith and Josephine Shelton-Townes.

When I was in college, the big joke among those pursuing teaching as a career was “what are the three best things about being a teacher?” The punchline was “June, July and August.”

Most teachers I know look forward to summer, but few are sitting on the beach eating bonbons for nine weeks. Many teachers spend a week or two cleaning up their classrooms, and do the same with their houses; then, it is almost time to set up classrooms for the start of school. Teachers are also required to take graduate-level courses to be eligible to renew their license every five years. Almost all teachers who stay in the profession earn a master’s degree.

Members of the Cleveland Heights Teachers Union (CHTU) have the opportunity to learn from their colleagues after they have earned a master’s, in the Educational Research and Dissemination (ER&D) program. The American Federation of Teachers, CHTU’s national affiliate, developed ER&D more than 35 years ago. Since 2003, CHTU has been sending teachers to the eight-day national training program so that they can prepare to teach the material to colleagues locally.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:36 PM, 07.28.2016

Alphabet soup—uhm, uhm, not good

We’re writing this column over the Fourth of July weekend. It seems a good time to reflect on the importance of the rule of law to our democratic system. Legislatures, which we elect, make law; court systems adjudicate that law. It is a highly imperfect system in which tragic mistakes are made daily, but we have not yet found a better method by which to govern ourselves. Our legal system operates from the municipal level up to the state and then the federal level. The U.S. Supreme Court has the final word.

Or does it?

To shed light on this question, we reviewed some testimony presented to Cleveland Heights City Council at the third annual Democracy Day public hearing held last Jan. 21. Stewart Robinson and Dean Sieck addressed the threat that international trade mechanisms TISA and ISDS pose to municipalities like University Heights and Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:31 PM, 07.28.2016

Fair education policy needs committed allies

The free-market policy gurus who sold charters, vouchers and testing to the Ohio legislature have created a profitable, entrenched and destructive monster. It is going to take all of us to stop this callous ransacking of the public purse that now benefits education business at the expense of the common good.

This is a moral fight—a social justice fight—that will need to be won in the political arena. It will take courage and organized, sustained opposition.

Successful political fights need to rally allies to their cause, and a good source of support in any political campaign is the people who are hurt by the policy.

In this case, the injured parties are not just the students but the communities that are most affected by a policy that puts the financial burden for charters and vouchers on local school districts, without giving the districts any authority regarding how those precious resources are used.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:24 PM, 07.28.2016

Gaelic Storm Lee Road Pub Crawl kicked off July 25

On Monday, July 25, Cain Park launched an interactive, community pub crawl, to coincide with a concert by the popular Celtic band Gaelic Storm, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, in Cain Park.

Participants in the Gaelic Storm Lee Road Pub Crawl are encouraged to visit the six participating Lee Road pubs and wineries—The Wine Spot, CLE Urban Winery, Tavern Company, The BottleHouse Brewery, Parnell’s Irish Pub and New Heights Grill—to obtain an official pub crawl passport and play for prizes.

Cain Park regularly partners with The Wine Spot for wine tastings at its concerts. This event is designed to help promote all the pub and winery businesses on Lee Road during the street's construction, while simultaneously promoting the concert to the Cedar Lee Business District's pub-loving patrons.

Pub crawlers have up to nine days to acquire a stamp from all six locations, and return their finished passport to the Cain Park ticket office during daily ticket office hours. The deadline to turn in a completed passport is 5 p.m. on Aug. 2. The drawing will take place at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 1:24 PM, 07.26.2016

CH Citizen Police Academy invites applications for its community training program

The Cleveland Heights Police Department invites Cleveland Heights residents to participate in the upcoming session of its Citizens Police Academy, set to begin on Aug. 9.

An application can be found on the City of Cleveland Heights’s website (click on City Hall – Police Department – Community – Citizens Police Academy). The application must be submitted before Aug. 1.

According to Cleveland Heights Chief of Police Annette Mecklenburg, “The goal is for police department employees to interact with and educate a group of well-informed citizens regarding Cleveland Heights police procedures, investigations and operations—and to foster a deeper understanding between police officers and members of the community.”

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 11:03 AM, 07.26.2016

Dobama Emerging Actors Program performances begin July 28

The DEAP Class of 2016.

Dobama Theatre continues its commitment to education programming with the seventh season of its Dobama Emerging Actors Program (DEAP), an intensive summer acting program for high school and college students.

This year’s DEAP production is a double bill of Greek drama: Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptations of “The Trojan Women” and “The Persians.”

The performances are at Dobama Theatre on Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, July 31, at 2:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Each performance will feature both productions.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 10:37 AM, 07.22.2016

Cleveland Heights designates four free-parking weekends for Cedar Lee

In an effort to support Lee Road merchants during the disruption caused by streetscape construction, the City of Cleveland Heights has agreed to designate four free-parking  weekends in the Cedar Lee Business District. Free parking will be offered last weekend of each month, from July through October, and applies only to metered (not permit) spots on the district's streets, in city parking lots and the city parking garage.

The Cedar Lee free-parking weekends are:

  • July 29, 30, 31
  • Aug. 26, 27, 28
  • Sept. 23, 24, 25
  • Oct. 28, 29, 30
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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 5:54 PM, 07.20.2016

Judson gallery exhibits work by resident Leonard Trawick

Leonard Trawick with one of his prints. [photo by Maggie Kaput]

Retrospective: View with a Twist, featuring etchings, watercolors, and acrylics by Judson Park resident Leonard Trawick, will be on view at 
The Streeter Gallery at Judson Park July 22 thought Oct. 3. The public is invited to attend a reception with the artist on Friday July 22, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

An Alabama native, Trawick studied literature at the University of Chicago and the University of Dijon in France before receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He taught English at Cleveland State University until he retired in 1998. Throughout his life, painting and drawing have been serious avocations, and he continues his work with help from the art faculty at Cleveland State University.

His prints and watercolors have been shown in various galleries. Through his work, Trawick tries to include a subjective element and portray an emotional impact, and his prints often contain fanciful or humorous ideas.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 12:45 PM, 07.19.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights [online 6-20-2016]

JUNE 20, 2016

  • Centennial Celebration Kick-off
  • University Heights Library renovation groundbreaking
  • Schreckengost loan memorandum
  • Dollar General literacy grant
  • Mid-year safety and security review
  • Friends MegaSale
  • Library Experience Program hosts three interns
  • Public Library Fund (PLF) distribution
  • May public service report highlights

Board President Rick Ortmeyer and board members, Susan Beatty and Chris Mentrek were absent.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 11:03 AM, 07.27.2016

Pavilion offers furniture and more in Cedar Fairmount

Michele Ross and Leslie Marceau, the owners of Pavilion Home & Floral

Pavilion Home & Floral, a home furnishings and interior design store, has relocated to Cleveland Heights. It originally opened on Larchmere Boulevard in December 2015, and moved to 12433 Cedar Road, in the Cedar Fairmount Business District, in July.

“We simply needed more space, and we wanted to expand our product offerings,” said Michele Ross, one of the store’s owners.

Leslie Marceau, the store’s other owner, said that she and Ross thought the Cedar Fairmount space would be a good fit, and enable them to grow their business.

Marceau, who grew up near Toronto, has lived in Cleveland Heights for the past four years. Ross was born in Elyria and now lives in Weymouth, near Medina.

Pavilion offers furniture; custom-upholstery items; lighting; art, featuring work by local artists; and home accessories, including candles, rugs, table tops, bedding and custom pillows. Pavilion also sells fresh flowers and faux flowers.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 10:00 AM, 07.19.2016

Coventry Collaborative Garden thrives with support from community partners

Master Gardener volunteer Divina Koonce and her children plant marigolds around the garden to prevent pests.

Over the past few years, neighborhoods both urban and rural have seen a renewed interest in backyard (and front yard) vegetable gardening. As the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System aims to reflect the interests of its community, gardening has become a standard program.

The Coventry Village Library is home to the Coventry Seed Library, maintained by the Cleveland Seed Bank. The Coventry Village Library also leads gardening programs for adults, with help from local experts.

“Overflowing” is the word that Maggie Kinney, youth services librarian at the Coventry Village Library, used to describe the Coventry Collaborative Garden at mid-summer. The garden occupies a space adjacent to the library, where community members have helped plant carrots, lettuce, basil, peas, parsley, chives, tomatoes, peppers, green beans and marigolds.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.19.2016

Coventry Village celebrates Star Wars Tribute Day Aug. 6

Image courtesy of Coventry Village Special Improvement District.

Coventry Village will celebrate all things Star Wars with its Star Wars Tribute Day on Saturday, Aug. 6.

From 2–5 p.m., snap a photo with your favorite characters as they roam Coventry Village; play Star Wars video games in a free mobile truck parked in the heart of Coventry Village; and battle your friends in Lightsaber Wars, a kid-friendly battle arena.

Coventry Village shops will be joining in the fun, offering Star Wars-themed specials and discounts.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 11:05 AM, 07.19.2016

Tri-C honors Tracy Oliver with distinguished service award

Tracy Oliver

The Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Foundation Board of Directors has awarded its 2016 Heath Oliver Distinguished Director Award to Tracy Oliver, in recognition of her exemplary service to Tri-C and its students.

Oliver, a Cleveland Heights resident and director of media and local affairs for Dominion East Ohio, joined the board in 2003 and has dedicated herself to making higher education accessible to Greater Cleveland residents.

She has repeatedly championed requests from the foundation and provided opportunities for Tri-C students, particularly through grants awarded from the Dominion Higher Educational Partnership.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 10:37 AM, 07.19.2016