Heights civic organizations host welcome event for new residents

Three Heights-area civic organizations will host a welcoming reception for new residents of Cleveland Heights and University Heights this summer at the Lee Road Library.

The New Resident Welcome and Open House is scheduled for Sunday, July 1, from 2 to 3 p.m., at the Harvey & Friends bookstore on the second floor of the library, 2345 Lee Rd. All residents who consider themselves new to the community are warmly invited to enjoy light refreshments.

Organizers envision “an opportunity for newcomers to learn about the two cities’ civic, cultural, educational and commercial assets, meet neighbors, and feel at home,” said Kirsten Radivoyevitch, one of the volunteer coordinators. “No other event brings together people from many organizations specifically to welcome newcomers. We want people to get to know the community, and to let them know that this is a great place with a lot to offer. The idea is to encourage people to get to know their neighbors, get involved in the community, learn the benefits of shopping locally, and discover the great facilities right in their neighborhoods.”

The reception’s sponsors include the Friends of the Heights Libraries, FutureHeights and Heights Community Congress.

Ed Kelley, mayor of Cleveland Heights, will give a brief welcome. Civic leaders, including city and school officials, will be on hand to welcome and orient new residents. Local businesses will provide raffle prizes. Area schools, cultural institutions and other organizations will have information available.

Organizers hope the event will mature into an annual or semi-annual event, according to Radivoyevitch. “We want people to feel welcome and connected. There’s a feeling of comfort and safety when you know your neighbors.”

For more information, call the Friends office at 216-932-3600, ext. 234, or e-mail friends@heightslibrary.org.

Kirsten Radivoyevitch

Kirsten Radivoyevitch is a long-time resident of Cleveland Heights and program chair for the Friends of the Heights Library Board of Directors.

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