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About Us


Who and What We Are

The Heights Observer, a program of FutureHeights, supports an involved, informed citizenry by cultivating citizen journalists and neighborhood news.

A not-for-profit, volunteer effort, the Heights Observer serves the cities of Cleveland Heights and University Heights, Ohio. Comprised of a web site and a printed newspaper (first issue: April 2008), it is operates independently of any other organization, and is loosely affiliated with The Lakewood Observer, Lakewood, Ohio.

Startup support was provided by The Cyrus Eaton Foundation, The Dominion Foundation, and The Katherine and Lee Chilcote Foundation.

The success of the Heights Observer relies on donations and yours can make a difference.


FutureHeights participates in Guidestar, the online standard for nonprofit accountability.

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The Heights Observer is an efficient way to reach your core local audience and strengthen your customer base. 

Click here for rates, deadlines, specifications and contact information. We'll be happy to hear from you.

We are a project of the non-profit FutureHeights. Our goals are to:

+ Encourage citizen engagement
+ Foster dialogue about issues that are important to members of the community
+ Create an environment that is mindful and supportive of the independent businesses that serve Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

The Observer is volunteer-based, with all content written, submitted and edited by members of the community.

All proceeds from publishing are returned to the community in the form of programming that supports our goals.

Advertising in the Heights Observer is good for your business/organization and does a good deed for the community.

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Advisory Committee


About the Heights Observer Advisory Committee 

The Heights Observer serves Cleveland Heights and University Heights as a forum for members of the community to write about and discuss local issues, ideas, events and other goings on that people who live here want to discuss. It seeks to encourage community engagement, transparency in governance and an appreciation for the qualities that make the community desirable to those who live here. A copy of our mission is available here.

The Heights Observer is published by the nonprofit FutureHeights. The FutureHeights Board of Directors is responsible for maintaining the Observer’s financial sustainability and adherence to its basic role as a community soapbox. The board is served in this function by the Heights Observer Advisory Committee.

The Heights Observer Advisory Committee is made up of individuals from the community and is chaired (or co-chaired) by a member of the FutureHeights board. The committee exists to assure community representation and transparency in the ongoing operation of the Heights Observer. In that role, it discusses and makes recommendations to the board and publisher on issues including:

  • Editorial policy
  • Operating processes
  • Financial and operating sustainability
  • Projects, partnerships, affiliations and initiatives
  • Other issues as they arise

The size and makeup of the Advisory Committee is not specifically defined, but includes a board-member chair and the publisher/FutureHeights Executive Director.

Members of the committee will generally meet the following requirements:

  • Resident of one of the communities served (Cleveland Heights and University Heights)
  • A current or previous contributor to the Heights Observer project in some capacity (writer, editor, distribution volunteer, specialized advisor, etc.)
  • Interested in the Heights Observer project as defined above
  • A practitioner in civility and civil discourse
  • Able and willing, given reasonable advance notice, to attend committee meetings, generally held on weekday evenings, as often as once a month
  • Able and willing to participate actively in projects or initiatives that may be undertaken as a result of committee discussion

 For a list of current members of the Heights Observer Advisory Committee, click here

Applying to join the Heights Observer Advisory Committee

Members may serve on the Heights Observer Advisory Committee for as long as they remain active and constructive participants. It is the role of the committee chair(s) to determine the appropriate size and makeup of the committee.

Application to join the committee can be made at any time. The application will be reviewed by the committee chair and members of the committee, followed by an in-person meeting with the committee chair. Because the committee meets no more than once per month, the application process may take several weeks.

Click here for an application to the Heights Observer Advisory Committee

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Contact Us


The Heights Observer office is open 5 days a week, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

email: info@futureheights.org

phone: 216-320-1423



2843 Washington Blvd., Suite 105

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

(216) 320-1423


FutureHeights is a 510(c)3 nonprofit organization.


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Distribution Locations


Heights Observer is available free of charge at the following businesses, libraries, government offices and religious institutions through out Cleveland Heights and University Heights. They are organized here by neighborhood.

Want to get it in the mail?  Donate today to the good work of FutureHeights and receive the Heights Observer as a premium for a $50+ donation. 

Cain Park Village

Beth El Heights Congregation

Budget Dry Cleaners

Executive Image

Mac's Marathon

New Community Bible Fellowship

Shimon's Poultry

Style Salon

Swedish Solution

Twisted Textures

Unger's Kosher Market


Cedar Center

A Cut Above

Adam's Barber Shop

Amy R. Roth & Co.

Bialy's Bagels

Bliss Health & Healing

C.C. Chiropratic

Cedar Center Hardware

Charter One Bank

Children's Optical

City of University Heights City Hall

Comfort Wear

Cuyahoga Chiropractic

Dollar Bank

First Merit Bank


Geraci's Restaurant

Heights Frame & Art

Huntington Learning Center


Med Group


O'Rielly's Pub

PNC Bank

Rascal House

Richard Carla for Hair

University Heights Library

Whole Foods


Cedar Fairmount



Appletree Books

Bruegger's Bagel Bakery

Cedar Fairmount Antiques

Cedar Hill Baptist Church

Cedarwood Plaza

Chase Bank

CL Barber Salon


Communion of Saints

Fairmount Martini & Wine Bar

Fairmount Presbyterian Church

Fifth Third Bank

Four and Twenty

Green Tara Yoga & Healing Arts

Howard Hanna

Liquid Plant

Luna Bakery

McGregor at Overlook


Pete's Sunoco

St. Paul's Episcopal Church



SunDaez Tanning & Nails

Ten Thousand Villages

The Alcazar

The Buckingham Apartments

The Mad Greek

Upscale Fashions by Mario

Vero Bistro

White Cloud Studio


Cedar Green

C-G Wine & Cheese

Happy Buddha

Heinen's Fine Foods

Jack's Deli

Just Frames & Art

Pincus Bakery

Zeppe's Pizza


Cedar Lee

Anatolia Café

Atma Center

Brennan's Colony

Bryan's Marathon

Butterfly Effect

C & T Auto Repair

Cedar-Lee Pub & Grill

Cedar-Lee Theater

Center Court Barber Shop

Christian Science Reading Room

Church of the Saviour

Cuttin' Zone

Dewey's Pizza

Dezan Taylor Inc.

Dobama Theatre

Dollar General

Dominic's Barbershop

Grace Lutheran Church

Heights Dental Group

Heights Library - Main Branch

Heights Youth Center

HeightsArts Gallery

Janea H.

Lee-Silsby Compounding Pharmacy

Lemon Grass

Lopez Southwest Kitchen

Mama Joyce's Soul Food Café

Mitchell's Fine Candies

New Heights Grill

Ohio Savings Bank

Parnell's Pub

Phoenix Coffee

Sanctuary by Joyce

Simon's Auto Body

Simply Charming

State Farm Insurance

Sweetie Fry


The BottleHouse Brewery

The Katz Club Diner

The Lusty Wrench

The Social Room

The Stone Oven Bakery/Café

The Tavern Company

The Wine Spot

Unique Melodies

US Bank

Verne & Ellsworth Hann

Washington Lee Service

Zagara's Marketplace


Cedar Taylor

1st Choice Driving School

Bremec’s on the Heights

Church of the Redeemer

Culture Cutting

Cycle Sport & Fitness

Fairmount Cleaners Inc

Heights Satellite Cleaners

Irv's Sandwich Shop

Melt Bar & Grilled

Mr. Brisket

Quintana's Barber and Dream Spa

Sherwin Williams

Teresa's Pizza

The Locker Room Barbershop

The Seafood Place

Wood Trader



Big Fun

City Buddha

Coventry Cats

Coventry Shoe

Crazy Mullets

Dave's Cosmic Subs 

Eddy's Barbershop

Eddy's on Coventry

Ensemble Theatre of Cleveland

Family Connections

First Place Bank

Guy's Pizza 

Heights Ace Hardware

High Thai'd Cafe

Huntington Bank

Inn on Coventry


Lake Erie Ink

Mac's Backs -Books on Coventry

Pacific East Japanese Restaurant

Phoenix Coffee

Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt

St. Alban Episcopal


Tree Country Bistro

Unitarian Universalist

Utrecht Art Supply


Fairmount Circle

Ben & Jerry's

Birkram Yoga


Dave's Cosmic Subs

Fratantonio's Barber Shop

Gesu Church

Huntington Bank

John Carroll University's Bookstore

John Carroll University's Grisseli Library

Park Opticians


Sweet Melissa's


Fairmount Taylor

First Baptist Church

Gigi's on Fairmount

Greater Peace Missionary

On The Rise-Artisan Breads and Pastries

Pinwheel KIds

Ruffing Montessori School

Studio Taylor on Fairmount

Unity Center Church


Mayfield Lee

Alternative Solution Car Care

Animal Zen

Barle Soup & Sandwich

Cleveland Heights Service Department

Cleveland Heights Community Center

Cleveland Violins

DruChristine Fabrics & Design

Facing History and Ourselves

Forest Hill Presbyterian Church

Homewood Residence at Rockefeller

Motorcars Honda

Motorcars Toyota

New Spirit Revival Center


Roots of American Music

Timeout Sports


Mayfield Warrensville

Aamco Transmission & Total Care

Academy Music

Authentix Barber Shop

Bill's Coffee Shop

Buckeye Medical Supply

China Lu

Daniea's House of Hair

Fabuless Finds



Hair Cafe

Helen's Game Time

Hollis Automotive

Just Posh

Loony Toons Child Care

McCarthy's Auto Body

Model Beauty Supply

Noble Road LIbrary

Noble Road Presbyterian

Pete's Tavern

Shear Design

Simply Self Storage

Taste of Jamaica

Untouchables Barbers

Weeks Automotive


Noble Monticello

3D Market

Custom Cut

Dogtopia Daycare for Dogs

Faith Lee's BTO

Herb's Plumbing & Heating

Home Repair Resource Center

Longwood Beauty Supply

MGM Grand Barber

Moran's Cafe

Paul's Hair Salon

Polish Me Pretty

Rainbow Vet Clinic

Ron's Noble Shell

Salon Productions

Sharp Beauty Supply


Washington Insurance Co


Noble Nela

Central Bible Baptist Church

Columbo's Room

Divito's Nela Florist

Flawless & Fierce

Noble Food Deal


North Taylor

A&D Snack Shack

Building Blocks Child Care

Church of Christ

Council Garden

Hope Lutheran Church

Imani Church

Locks 'n Hair

McGregor Main Campus

Phillip's Hair Salon

Toddle Inn Preschool


Severance Circle

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Cleveland Heights City Hall

Concord Apartments

Disciples Christian Church

Health Plan Partnership

Kensington Place

New Song Church

Severance Towers


University Circle

Case Western Reserve University

Constantino's Market

Holy Rosary School

Judson Manor

Judson Park


Outside the Heights

Coffee Phix (South Euclid)

Hillcrest Academy (South Euclid)

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Shaker Quality Auto (Larchmere Blvd)




If you would like to carry the Heights Observer in your place of business, please call us at 216-320-1423 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            216-320-1423      end_of_the_skype_highlighting and let us know how many issues you would like!

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The Heights Observer is a not-for-profit effort and relies on voluntary contributions from readers like you to keep it going.

Your donation is fully tax-deductible and signs you up as a one-year member of FutureHeights.

And, as a special incentive, donate $50 and above and receive the next 12 issues of the Heights Observer sent to you or the address of your choice!

Click here for easy, secure online donation.


Thank you for your support!

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Mission Statement


Our Mission

The mission of The Heights Observer is to serve as a self-sustaining media outlet that strengthens the communities of Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

Our goals:

  • To be a community advocate
  • To be a catalyst for public discourse
  • To keep residents informed
  • To promote citizen involvement
  • To reflect diversity and improve the overall quality of life for residents
  • To be a resource for the local, independent businesses that are central to the community's unique and vibrant character. 

For a good overview of citizen media read Citizen Media: Fad or Future of the News? (pdf)published by J-Lab


The success of the Heights Observer relies on donations and yours can make a difference.


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Deanna Bremer Fisher, Publisher, Heights Observer; Executive Director, FutureHeights

Kim Sergio Inglis, Editor-in-Chief, Heights Observer

Bob Rosenbaum, Advertising, Heights Observer

Sruti Basu, Director of Community-Building Programs, FutureHeights; Distribution, Heights Observer

Kathleen Fant, Bookkeeper, FutureHeights


Contact us at 216.320.1423 or info@futureheights.org

Office hours are:

M-F 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

2834 Washington Blvd., Suite 105

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118


The Heights Observer Editorial Advisory Committee:

  • David Budin
  • Deanna Bremer Fisher, publisher and Future Heights Executive Director
  • Jinida Doba
  • Greg Donley
  • Judith Eugene
  • Jewel Moulthrop
  • Vince Reddy
  • Bob Rosenbaum, chairman
  • Kim Sergio Inglis, editor-in-chief
  • Julia Kious Zabell, president of the FutureHeights board
  • Andrea C. Turner
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