The Heights Observer is your voice in the community
Much has changed in the Heights this past year. Both Cleveland Heights and University Heights have new police chiefs, our public schools are going through a master facilities planning process, there are new faces on our city councils, neighbors are banding together to form new neighborhood organizations and revitalize old ones, and Cleveland Heights is even giving free parking a try. Positive action through citizen participation is what makes the Heights community such a wonderful place to live.
The Heights Observer is your voice in the community, and your voice is important. Through the Observer, you provide information about what is happening in our community, educate your neighbors about the significance of these events and advocate for changes that you think will help move us forward.
The Observer helps connect people and convene them on important issues. It helps create networks in a diverse community and builds our capacity to sustain a vibrant future.
Has your voice been heard? Have you used the Observer?
If so, I invite your continued participation. If not, I invite you to tell your story. If there is an issue or an event that you think Heights residents should know about, write a story and submit it online. Have an opinion about something happening in our community? Write an opinion piece, post a blog or send us a letter. Whatever you want to address about life in this community, the Observer exists to make your voice heard.
And, if you like what the Observer does, I invite you to help support it.
The Heights Observer is operated by FutureHeights, a nonprofit organization dedicated to citizen engagement in Cleveland Heights and University Heights. FutureHeights relies on donations from individuals and special events; it does not receive any government funding. While the Observer generates most of its own operating funding through advertising sales, it still requires support from FutureHeights.
This year, FutureHeights is celebrating 10 years of encouraging positive citizen participation to create a brighter future for Cleveland Heights and University Heights. You can help the Observer continue to be the voice for our community by making a tax-deductible contribution and becoming a member of FutureHeights. Here’s a link where you can contribute securely online: www.futureheights.org/Donate.
If you have an idea or an issue that you think the community needs to discuss, consider this your invitation. Editor Kim Sergio Inglis and I are happy to discuss ideas with you and help walk you through the process of submitting it through the Observer’s Member Center.
To reach us, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216-320-1423. Or register at the Observer member center (http://heightsobserver.org/members) and click on Submit New Story to send us your story or letter.
Deanna Bremer Fisher
Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.