Cleveland Heights

Community rallies in support of Brennan's employees and family

In the week since Jim Brennan was shot at his Lee Road restaurant, the Heights community has rallied to honor his memory, and in support of his family and employees.

An impromptu memorial of flowers and messages has grown outside of Brennan’s Colony since news spread of the June 30 shooting, and Brennan’s subsequent death, and an estimated 1,200 gathered in a community candlelight vigil the following night.

At Brennan's memorial service, held at Church of the Gesu on July 5, Mike Elliott, his best friend from their years together at Gilmour Academy, shared words of remembrance. Elliott quoted a line from a poem his brother sent to him, titled "J.B.", that resonated with those in attendance: "They stole from us something they could have had for free"—referring to Brennan's welcoming smile. In lieu of flowers, the family encouraged contributions to Rose-Mary Center or the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

A GoFundMe account, created on July 2 by Rebecca Smolenski with the goal of raising $25,000—enough to cover two weeks of wages for Brennan’s Colony staff—has so far raised $47,648, almost double its original goal. More than $33,000 was donated in less than 24 hours, with 877 donations made to date.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 1:42 PM, 07.08.2014

Services for Jim Brennan to be held July 5

The Cedar Lee Special Improvement District announced arrangements for Jim Brennan: Family will receive friends at the Schulte & Mahon-Murphy funeral home, 5252 Mayfield Road in Lyndhurst, on Thursday, July 3 from 2 to 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 5 at Church of the Gesu, 2470 Miramar Blvd. in University Heights.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Rose-Mary Center, 19350 Euclid Ave., Euclid, Ohio 44117, or to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, 15500 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44110.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 5:15 PM, 07.02.2014

Community mourns Jim Brennan

Cleveland Heights will hold a community candlelight vigil on Tuesday, July 1, at 7 p.m., to honor the memory of Jim Brennan, who died on June 30 after being shot during an attempted robbery at his Lee Road restaurant, Brennan's Colony.

The vigil will take place at the corner of Meadowbrook Boulevard and Lee Road, and will include brief remarks by Mayor Dennis Wilcox and members of the Heights Interfaith Council. The Reverend John Lentz of Forest Hill Church Presbyterian will lead the community in singing "We Shall Overcome." There will be free parking at Cedar and Lee roads after 6 p.m.

Jim Brennan had owned Brennan's Colony for more than 20 years. Brennan's was known, and loved, for its classic all-American cooking. A frequent Best of the Heights winner, Brennan's most recently was voted Best Bar, Pub or Tavern in 2013, and was a runner up for Best Patio.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:11 PM, 07.01.2014

Lee Road business owner Jim Brennan shot and killed on June 30

On Monday, June 30, Jim Brennan, owner of Brennan’s Colony, was shot at his Lee Road restaurant in an attempted robbery.

At approximately 1 p.m., Cleveland Heights police responded to 911 calls reporting that shots had been fired. Paramedics attended to Brennan and transported him to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he later died.

Police are seeking two suspects, described in the CH Police Department's news release as black males between the ages of 17 and 21, who fled on foot from the rear of the restaurant, east on Silsby Road. The suspects are still at large. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department at 216-321-1234 or 216-291-5010.

On Monday evening, the City of Cleveland Heights posted a statement on its website, mourning “the senseless shooting of The Colony’s Jim Brennan.”

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:13 PM, 07.01.2014

Breaking News: Owner of Brennan's Colony is shot

Several residents report that Jim Brennan, owner of Brennan’s Colony, 2299 Lee Road, was shot today around 1:15 p.m. during a suspected robbery. The suspects fled on foot and police are still looking for them.

Brennan is in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Cleveland Heights Police officers are looking for the suspects and are canvassing side streets. Residents are asked to stay indoors and report anything suspicious to CHPD at 216-291-5010.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 3:37 PM, 06.30.2014

Discover Cedar Fairmount Festival is Aug. 10

Plans are progressing for Cedar Fairmount's 13th annual festival, to be held on Sunday, Aug. 10 from noon to 5 p.m. This year, the festival committee has added more entertainment and venues to the event.

The musical lineup includes Cleveland Heights groups Eclectic Vision, Blue Spruce Cats, The Spyder Stompers with Sister Sugar Pie and Get Back Duo.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 2:16 PM, 06.30.2014

July 1–7 is Independents Week in the Heights

At its June 16 meeting, CH City Council passed a resolution declaring July 1–7, 2014, Independents Week in Cleveland Heights. Representatives of FutureHeights and Heights Arts urged council to pass the resolution in remarks that preceded the meeting.

Council Member Jeff Coryell, who introduced the resolution, said, “Independents Week is a time to celebrate the independence of members of our community and the entrepreneurial spirit represented by our local independent businesses.”

Coryell added, “I want to emphasize that independent businesses help preserve the uniqueness of our community and give Cleveland Heights a stronger sense of place. Our independent businesses give back to the community in goods and services, time and talent, and the health of our economy depends on the support of businesses owned by the city’s friends and residents.”

Coryell urged residents to “go shop local and invest in our community by buying products and services by independent businesses based right here in Cleveland Heights.”

Mayor Dennis Wilcox thanked residents of Cleveland Heights, saying, “They have shown time and time again that they support our local businesses.”

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:00 AM, 06.24.2014

Two students receive the 2014 Officer Jason D. West Memorial Scholarship

Cleveland Heights High School held its annual Senior Awards Night on May 28. Among the seniors receiving local, state and national scholarship awards were the recipients of the 2014 Officer Jason D. West Memorial Scholarship: graduating seniors Michael Kowalski and Cameron Steele.

“This year’s class did not make it easy for the scholarship selection committee,” commented committee member Dawn Quintana, who made the presentations along with CHP Officer Sean Hinkle, and Kamille Harris, the 2011 West Memorial Scholarship award recipient.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:20 AM, 06.24.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-2-2014

JUNE 2, 2014

  • Purchases authorized by the city manager
  • Multifunction printer lease
  • Truck cab and chassis purchase
  • Zoning variances
  • Police dispatchers’ labor agreement
  • LGBT pride month
  • Community Development Block Grant funds
  • Hyde Park Avenue wins award
  • Meet the Police

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:28 AM, 06.16.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-19-2014

MAY 19, 2014

  • Chuck Miller and the Landmarks Commission
  • Public comments
  • Expenses without bidding
  • Shredding day
  • Bicycling events
  • Motorcars Honda expansion
  • Missing Persons Day
  • City code replacement pages
  • Automated time and attendance system
  • Upcoming events

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:06 AM, 06.16.2014

CH launches new mobile app to facilitate communication with residents

On June 16, the City of Cleveland Heights will launch a mobile app called Access Cleveland Heights for the Android and Apple smartphone platforms. The app is part of a broader technology initiative that has made budget, spending and police reports instantly available online.

The app, which was the brainchild of Tanisha Briley, city manager, is a $9,800 investment intended to facilitate communication between residents and the city through an extensive array of reporting services.

Using Access Cleveland Heights, residents can inform the city about a range of problems, including city park and property conditions, broken parking meters, trash collection issues, graffiti, potholes, private property conditions, tall grass and weeds, traffic signs, tree issues, vacant properties and water leaks.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:46 PM, 06.10.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-5-2014

MAY 5, 2014

  • Public comments
  • City purchases
  • National Preservation Month
  • Community Development Block Grant
  • Bike proclamations
  • Street resurfacing
  • Zoning variances
  • Noble neighborhood community meeting

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.20.2014

Real estate agency dubs Cleveland Heights a foodie paradise

Real estate agency Movoto has ranked Cleveland Heights the third most exciting place in Ohio, following Lakewood and Oxford, calling it a "foodie paradise."

Movoto, an online real estate brokerage based in San Mateo, Calif., operates in 36 states and in Washington, D.C.

The agency ranked each of 173 cities in the state of Ohio with a population of more than 10,000. It scored each city based on seven criteria: nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy), live music venues per capita, active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities), fast food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better), percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better), percentage of residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better), and population density (the higher the better).

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:25 AM, 05.20.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-23-2014

APRIL 23, 2014

  • New law director
  • Public comments
  • Consulting firm to review city operations
  • Taxation of live entertainment venues
  • Bidding and purchasing changes
  • New trees
  • Curfew Penalty Review Board
  • Lead remediation
  • New police vehicles
  • Six new firefighters sworn in
  • Eric Coble

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:34 AM, 05.18.2014

Janine R. Boyd wins May primary for Ohio House seat

Cleveland Heights City Council Member Janine R. Boyd overwhelming won the primary election for state representative for the Ohio 9th District on May 6. Boyd defeated fellow Democrat Sean P. Malone with 8,460 votes. Malone, an attorney from Shaker Heights garnered 4,431 votes. Boyd will go up against Republican Charles Hopson in the Nov. 6 general election. 

Boyd's mother, Barbara Boyd, currently holds the seat of Ohio 9th District Representative, which includes Cleveland Heights, University Heights, and Shaker Heights. The senior Boyd did not seek re-election due to term limits. Her term ends at the end of the year.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 1:00 PM, 05.13.2014

Beaumont School makes progress on STEM expansion

If you drive along North Park Boulevard, you cannot miss the nearly 25,000 square feet of steel shining in the spring sun on the campus of Beaumont School. In September 2013, Beaumont publically launched its $9.5 million capital campaign and broke ground on a new academic building that will house eight classrooms designed for science, technology, engineering and math—STEM subjects. Despite a hard winter, construction has stayed close to schedule, and the new academic building is planned to open in January 2015.

In addition to STEM classrooms, the new building will house administrative and guidance offices in order to position school leadership directly between two school buildings. There will be a student commons to provide students with a space for collaborative or individual study, and a new front entrance and driveway. The new building will be LEED certified (a green building certification) at the silver level.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 2:58 PM, 05.01.2014

Anthony J. Farris is new CH law director

At its April 23 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council voted to approve the appointment of Anthony J. Farris as the city’s first full-time law director. City Manager Tanisha Briley selected Farris as law director, but his appointment became effective only with the approval of a majority of city council, in accordance with the CH City Charter.

Farris, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, spent the majority of his career in municipal law with the City of Youngstown, holding several positions including chief assistant prosecutor, deputy law director and law director.

“He played a major role in reforming the city’s housing code in dealing creatively with the foreclosure crisis in Youngstown. He has represented the city in collective bargaining negotiations and has handled general civil legislation,” said Briley.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 10:07 AM, 04.29.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-7-2014

APRIL 7, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Emergency purchases
  • Liquor licenses
  • Nuisance properties
  • Parks and recreation appointment
  • Council proclamations:
  • Community events announced:
  • Recycling news
  • Bonds for city expenditures
  • Public works purchases
  • State Issue 1 for infrastructure funding
  • Zoning board appeals
  • Loose-leaf pickup
  • Crumb rubber infill
  • Michael Benjamin

Council members Mary Dunbar and Jason Stein were absent.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 6:40 PM, 04.16.2014

Cleveland Heights selects candidate for full-time law director position

The City of Cleveland Heights announced on Friday, April 11, that Anthony Farris has been selected as the final candidate for the law director position. Farris, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, has spent the majority of his career in municipal law with the City of Youngstown. He has held several positions including chief assistant prosecutor, deputy law director and law director.

"The decision was made to hire a full-time law director to maximize accessibility, efficiency and consistency for the City", said City Manager Tanisha Briley "We took our time to find the right candidate and were impressed with the depth and range of legal and community issues that Mr. Farris has been involved in during his career."

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 11:06 AM, 04.14.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-17-14

MARCH 17, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Fair housing audits
  • Housing council appointments
  • Nuisance bar
  • Employee compensation
  • First Suburbs Development Council
  • St. Baldrick fundraiser
  • Fair Housing Month
  • Community announcements
  • Capital improvements
  • Denison Park field project
  • Public works purchase

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 1:40 PM, 04.08.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-3-14

MARCH 3, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Turkey Ridge development and CRAs
  • Doan Brook Watershed Partnership
  • Mayfield Road traffic signal upgrades
  • School Travel Plan
  • Zoning variances
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
  • HOME agreement with HRRC
  • FEMA grant
  • Nuisance properties
  • Employee compensation
  • Citizen appointments
  • Red Cross Month

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 12:56 PM, 03.15.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-18-2014

FEBRUARY 18, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Roadwork and other bids
  • 2013 Public Safety Annual Reports
  • HVAC contract
  • Turkey Ridge
  • Outstanding Neighbor of the Month Award
  • Silver Sneakers
  • Community announcements
  • Snow removal issues
  • Chessie Bleick

Council Member Janine R. Boyd was absent.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 11:43 AM, 03.10.2014

CH Council votes to create Turkey Ridge CRA

Cleveland Heights City Council voted to create the Turkey Ridge Community Reinvestment Area (CRA), granting tax abatement to two economic developments projects, at its March 3 meeting, on third reading. Council passed the measure 6-1, with Council Member Jeff Coryell casting the dissenting vote.

“Income tax provides more than 50 percent of the city’s revenues,” said Mayor Dennis Wilcox in explaining his reason for voting for the ordinance. “I asked myself, ‘will the city be better today with or without this project?’”

“I have deep misgivings about this legislation,” said Coryell. “I am not convinced that the proposed Turkey Ridge town homes are the type of development upon which such a large incentive—a 15-year, 100 percent property tax abatement—should be lavished.”

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 1:29 PM, 03.04.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-21-2014

JANUARY 21, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Bids, RFPs
  • Liquor licenses
  • Community book discussion
  • Issue 32 public hearing
  • Teen poetry slam
  • Arnold Pinkney
  • Sanitary sewer work
  • Safe routes to school
  • Cedar Lee streetscape
  • Heritage Home Program
  • Juvenile offender mentoring
  • Fire department reporting system
  • Notable Heights residents

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 11:25 AM, 02.03.2014

City of Cleveland Heights offers citizens more information online

The City of Cleveland Heights recently made more information available to residents on its website, www.clevelandheights.com. On Feb. 6, the city announced that it was making available online a searchable database of incident and accident reports. Last month, the city launched an OpenGov site that provides annual budget and financial reports.

In a Feb. 6 news release, Tanisha Briley, city manager, said, "Using technology to make us more efficient, accessible, and responsive is a priority for the city in 2014. OpenGov and online police reports are just the beginning of more initiatives to come this year."

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 11:34 AM, 02.11.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-3-2014

FEBRUARY 3, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Lennox/Surrey parking garage.
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Liquor licenses
  • Ambulance
  • 2014 street resurfacing
  • Turkey Ridge development
  • Building code fees increased
  • Nuisance business and properties
  • Recreation Advisory Board appointments
  • Police reports on website
  • American Heart Month
  • African American History Month

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 5:58 PM, 02.13.2014

Cleveland Heights cancels refuse pickup for Tuesday, Jan. 7; warming station open at community center

Citing a forecast of "dangerously low temperatures and wind chills," the City of Cleveland Heights announced that it has canceled its refuse and recycling collection for Tuesday, Jan. 7, due to the extremely cold weather.

The city reminds those in need of a place to stay warm that the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd., will be open until 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6 and all day Tuesday, Jan. 7.

As for a holiday schedule change, refuse and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day, for the rest of the week.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 1:37 PM, 01.06.2014

CH City Council expected to elect new mayor at Jan. 6 meeting

At its Jan. 6 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council will swear in newly elected council members and then nominate and vote on a new president of council, who serves as mayor of the City of Cleveland Heights.

According to the meeting agenda, Vice Mayor Dennis Wilcox will request nominations for the Office of President of Council. Then, council members will vote, and the oath of office will be administered to the new president of council.

Subsequently, the new president of council (aka “mayor”) will request nominations for the Office of Vice President of Council. Council members will vote, and the oath of office will be administered to the new vice president of council (aka “vice mayor”).

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 12:33 PM, 01.06.2014

'We the People' public hearing set for Jan. 23

On Jan. 23 at 6 p.m., Cleveland Heights residents are invited to attend and participate in the first annual We the People public hearing sponsored by the City of Cleveland Heights. It will take place in Council Chambers at City Hall.

The hearing will examine the impact of political influence by corporate entities (these include business corporations, Political Action Committees, Super PACs, 501c4 groups and unions) and big money in connection with elections.

This public hearing was established by ordinance with the passage of Issue 32 in November 2013—supported by 77 percent of those who voted on it.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 6:21 PM, 01.15.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-6-14

JANUARY 6, 2014

  • Organizational meeting
  • Public comment
  • Shelter during cold spell
  • Liquor license transfer
  • Advisory committees
  • Cold weather delayed garbage pickup
  • School travel plan
  • Move to Amend hearing

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 4:04 PM, 01.15.2014

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights12-16-13

DECEMBER 16, 2013

  • Law Director John Gibbon
  • Public comments
  • Bids
  • Building code amendment
  • Cedar Road section to honor Jason West
  • On-street parking permits
  • Housing discrimination
  • Insurance agreements
  • Recreation legislation for 2014
  • Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Budget
  • Increased fees
  • Bank account
  • Turkey Ridge development
  • Retiring Council Member Caplan
  • Retiring Mayor Edward Kelley

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 4:44 PM, 01.14.2014

John Gibbon, longtime CH law director, retires

On Dec. 31, John Gibbon, law director for the City of Cleveland Heights, retired from the position he held for 28 years. Gibbon, a partner with Walter Haverfield LLP, a Cleveland law firm, also served the city for six years as assistant law director. 

The law director, a part-time position, oversees several full-time staff members in the Law Department, which represents the city in all criminal prosecutions and civil litigation; acts as legal advisor and counsel to the city manager, city council and all city offices, employees, departments, boards and commissions; and prepares legislation at council's request.

Prior to his work in Cleveland Heights, Gibbon was law director for the City of Aurora. He served as special council for several cities and has represented many public entities and nonprofits in Ohio during his career.

“An active citizenry has made it an interesting job,” said Gibbon.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:12 AM, 01.14.2014

CH City Council selects new mayor

At its first meeting in 2014, Cleveland Heights City Council selected Dennis Wilcox to serve as the president of council and the city’s mayor. Council selected Cheryl Stephens to serve as vice president of council and vice mayor.

Wilcox, 61, is a principal with Climaco, Wilcox, Peca, Tarantino & Garofoli Co., L.P.A., specializing in business and corporate law. He has served on council since 2000, most recently as vice mayor.

Stephens, 53, is director of acquisition, disposition and development for the Cuyahoga Land Bank and has served on council since 2010.

That council selected two of its longest-serving members for the positions was expected. Signaling a fresh approach, however, newly elected council member Melissa Yasinow nominated her fellow freshman council member, Jeff Coryell, for vice mayor.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 12:01 PM, 01.07.2014

Section of Cedar Road to become ‘Jason West Road’

At its Dec. 16 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council passed a resolution to name a section of Cedar Road from Coventry Road to Lee Road “Jason West Road” to honor the memory of Cleveland Heights Investigator Jason D. West, who was killed in the line of duty on May 26, 2007.

The resolution, which was introduced by Council Member Janine Boyd, recognized West for his dedication and devotion to the community he served as a police officer. It read, “This dedication is to be a daily reminder to our community and to all who pass by that we will never forget and we will always honor the ultimate sacrifice of Investigator Jason West.”

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 10:30 AM, 01.03.2014

Outgoing CH Mayor Kelley to run for County Council

On Dec. 3, Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward J. Kelley announced his decision to run for Cuyahoga County Council. Kelley did not seek re-election to Cleveland Heights City Council and his term there will end on Dec. 31. 

Kelley will run for the District 10 seat, currently occupied by Julian Rogers, who announced his resignation from county council on Nov. 20. Rogers resigned to take a position with Cleveland State University, and his resignation is effective Jan. 31, 2014.

“Julian Rogers has represented us well,” said Kelley, in a press release. “I will continue his commitment to public service, adding my own experience and understanding of the need for regional solutions. I know this will be a spirited campaign, and I welcome the opportunity to participate.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 12:08 PM, 12.03.2013

New CH Youth Advisory Commission members appointed; plan December toy drive

The City of Cleveland Heights announced on Nov. 26 that the Youth Advisory Commission for the 2013–14 school year has been appointed. High school students who are Cleveland Heights residents were selected from public, private and parochial schools.

The commission’s first project of the year is a Toy Drive to benefit children in the community. Donations ranging from basic necessities to educational toys for boys ages 5–7 and girls ages 8–11 (no wrapping required) will be accepted at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Boulevard through Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The commission, which was created by Cleveland Heights City Council in January 2013, works to promote understanding and awareness of government among youth, encourage participation in government by youth, provide advice to council on issues affecting youth, promote communication between young people and adults within the community and work on projects that better the community.

In addition to the 15 appointed members, nonvoting members include seniors who would like to continue with the commission. Adult advisors include Council Member Jason Stein and representatives from the Recreation Advisory Board, the Cleveland Heights Police Department and Heights High.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 10:54 AM, 12.03.2013

Power outage update from City of Cleveland Heights and CEI/First Energy

In an Oct. 25 news release, the City of Cleveland Heights announced that residents who are without power, and need a place to stay warm, "are welcome to come to the Cleveland Heights Community Center, located at 1 Monticello Boulevard at Mayfield Road. It will be open as a warming center all day."

As of Friday morning, according to a City of Cleveland Heights news release, First Energy/CEI estimated that 3,181 Cleveland Heights customers were without power, and an estimated 14,000 CEI customers were without power.

First Energy/CEI estimates that power will be restored to the majority of customers by midnight on Friday, with larger outage groups restored sooner. Some single outages may not be restored until Saturday, according to the company.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 12:22 PM, 10.25.2013

CH City Council amends nuisance ordinance

At its Nov. 18 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council unanimously approved an amendment to city ordinances to enable the city to revoke an occupancy permit for up to 12 months if the city determines a tenant of a rental property is a "nuisance."

Council Member Jason Stein, who introduced the amendment, said, “For too long, some absentee landlords have failed to ensure that the tenants they rent to are good neighbors.”

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 11:10 AM, 11.26.2013

CH changes dates of its November free parking weekend

The City of Cleveland Heights has changed its free parking weekend for the month of November. The new dates are Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1. The new dates correspond with the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.

“I think the consensus was to capitalize on early shopping and gathering with friends and family,” said Kelley Robinson, director of the Cedar Lee Special Improvement District, in an e-mail. “Nov. 30 is Small Business Saturday and many households will have extended guests in town due to Thanksgiving.”

During a free parking weekend, parking is free wherever there is a meter: on the street, in city parking lots and in city parking garages.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 2:49 PM, 11.19.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-4-2013

NOVEMBER 4, 2013

  • Citizen comments
  • BMV audit
  • Holiday trash schedule
  • Doan Brook Watershed Partnership anniversary
  • Sale of public land
  • Cedar Lee Theater loan
  • HOME funds
  • Code changes align with state law

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 12:06 PM, 11.16.2013

2013 election brings new faces to CH Council, familiar ones to UH

Cleveland Heights City Council will have two new members in 2014. Newcomer Jeff Coryell, who previously ran for council in 2011, garnered the most votes, 6,595. Melissa Yasinow, who ran for the first time, received the second most votes, 6,126. Incumbents Cheryl Stephens and Jason Stein were re-elected with 5,761 and 5,753 votes respectively.

All will be sworn in at the first council meeting of the new year, at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 6, in council chambers.

Janine Boyd, who ran unopposed, was elected to an unexpired two-year term to Cleveland Heights City Council. She also will be sworn in on Jan. 6.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 1:09 PM, 11.12.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-21-13

OCTOBER 21, 2013

  • Bicycle Friendly Community award
  • Litigation against gas station
  • Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Nighttown benefit for hit and run victim
  • Contractual authority change
  • Vehicle and equipment purchases
  • Sewer overflow project
  • Leaf collection
  • Zoning variances
  • Vacant business structures
  • Nuisance properties
  • Halloween

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 11:25 AM, 11.08.2013

CH City Council meeting agenda for Nov. 4

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Nov. 4 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The finance committee report includes a resolution that would authorize the city manager to enter into an agreement with Cedar Lee Theatre for a loan under the city's economic development loan fund program for assistance in the restoration of the theatre's Lee Road marquee.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.04.2013

CH City Council meeting agenda for Oct. 21

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Oct. 21 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The report of the city manager includes a request for authority to receive bids for Lee Boulevard waterline replacement between Forest Hills Boulevard and Burlington Road.

The Community Relations and Recreation Committee will present an ordinance establishing a Transportation Advisory Committee.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 1:02 PM, 10.21.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-7-13

OCTOBER 7, 2013

  • Citizen comments
  • Liquor licenses
  • Labor agreements
  • Recreation Advisory appointments
  • Awareness Months: domestic violence, breast cancer
  • CDBG application
  • Lee Boulevard waterline replacement
  • Natural Gas Aggregation Program
  • Leaf pickup
  • Zoning variances
  • Lopez loan agreement
  • Youth Advisory Commission

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 11:58 AM, 10.16.2013

National organization names CH a bronze-level bicycle-friendly community

In an Oct. 15 news release, the City of Cleveland Heights announced that it has been named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by the League of American Bicyclists.

According to the news release, Cleveland Heights joins an increasing number of city leaders across the country who are recognizing the environmental, financial and quality of life benefits that come with [being] a bicycle-friendly community.

"Cleveland Heights is playing a critical part in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. "We know Cleveland Heights' investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community."

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 1:07 PM, 10.15.2013

Court orders Noble Roman Gas Station to stop the sale of items out of the service bay area

In a statement released today, the City of Cleveland Heights announced that the Court has ordered the owner of the Noble Roman gas station (corner of Monticello Boulevard and Noble Road) to comply with a series of orders that will stop the sale of retail items out of the service bay area.

“This gas station has created nuisances for the neighborhood due to its sales from its service bays,” said Mayor Edward J. Kelley. “The city appreciates the ruling of Judge Villanueva, which will make such a difference for the businesses and surrounding streets.”

The order states in part that the owner must install signs advising that the sale of goods is prohibited in certain areas, that a closed circuit camera in the prohibited service areas be installed with a live feed to City Hall and that all employees must be trained regarding the order.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 12:11 PM, 10.04.2013

Cleveland Heights gains recognition as bicycle-friendly community

On Oct. 15, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFCs), and Cleveland Heights became one of 32 new BFCs. Cleveland Heights joined two other suburban Ohio communities—Lakewood and Dublin—in achieving bronze-level BFC in this round. 

In 2010 the Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) was formed—a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and encouraging Heights community members on bicycle use. HBC has worked collaboratively with the City of Cleveland Heights and Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District ever since to make the community more bicycle friendly. Cleveland Heights has installed sharrows and bike lanes on roadways, as well as added many new bike racks in business districts, schools and parks.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 10:45 AM, 10.22.2013

North Coventry demolitions are first step in neighborhood revitalization efforts

On Sept. 25, officials from the Cuyahoga Land Bank and the cities of Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland gathered at 14048 Superior Ave. in East Cleveland. They were there to kick off one of five simultaneous home demolitions in the North Coventry neighborhood that is split evenly between the two cities.

“These demolitions are a marked change that will eliminate decades of decay to make way for economic development,” said East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton. “Through the partnership between the Cuyahoga Land Bank, the City of East Cleveland and the City of Cleveland Heights, in association with the former and current Cuyahoga County prosecutors and Attorney General Mike DeWine, we have embarked on a historic opportunity to rebuild the North Coventry neighborhood in such a way that the future will be brighter than the past.”

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 11:36 AM, 09.27.2013

CH City Council meeting agenda for Sept. 16

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Sept. 16 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The report from the Public Safety and Health Committee includes an ordinance ammending the section of the Housing Code for the City of Cleveland Heights that relates to the maintenance of roofs, gutters, downspouts and chimneys. The report also includes a resolution authorizing the city manager to enter into an agreement, through the Ohio Dept. of Transportation Cooperative Purchasing Program, to acquire a tow truck for the police department.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:46 AM, 09.16.2013

CH Democrats to endorse candidates in public meeting on Sept. 12

The Democratic Club of Cleveland Heights will hold its 2013 Candidate Endorsement Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., in the Cleveland Heights Community Center. The meeting is free and open to the public; only club members in good standing are eligible to participate in the endorsement vote.

At the meeting, participating candidates for Cleveland Heights City Council and for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education will address the audience, to seek the endorsement of assembled club members for the upcoming November election.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:16 AM, 09.09.2013

Citizens Initiative Calling for End to Corporate "Personhood" & Money as Speech on November Ballot

Cleveland Heights voters will decide on Nov. 5 whether their city will take a stand against a controversial ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that corporations are people and money is speech, thanks to a citizens' initiative supported by nearly 3,100 signatures that was allowed onto the ballot by Cleveland Heights City Council by a unanimous vote on Aug. 5.

If approved by voters, the initiative, Issue 32, will establish an annual public hearing to examine the impact of big money in politics on our democracy. Following the hearing, the clerk of council will write letters to federal and state representatives summarizing the hearing and informing them that the citizens of Cleveland Heights have voted for a Constitutional Amendment declaring that only human beings possess Constitutional rights and money is not equivalent to political speech. The full text of the citizens’ initiative may be found at https://movetoamend.org/cleveland-heights-mta-circulates-initiative-0.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 4:12 PM, 10.01.2013

Restaurants compete in chili cook-off to benefit CH youth recreation programs

The Second Annual Chili Cook-Off will take place on Nov. 2 from 6–8 p.m. at the Cleveland Heights Community Center. Hosted by the City of Cleveland Heights Division of Parks & Recreation and the Recreation Advisory Board, the event will benefit the Heights Youth Recreation Fund, which provides scholarships and reduced rates for Cleveland Heights youth to participate in Cleveland Heights recreation programs and leagues.

The Chili Cook-Off will feature a variety of recipes and a spirited, but friendly, competition from Cleveland Heights and University Heights businesses, including Inn on Coventry, New Heights Grill, O’Rielly’s Pub, Rockefeller’s, Zagara’s and Barle Soup & Sandwich.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 4:25 PM, 10.01.2013

New Cleveland Heights city manager delighted to be back home

At just 34, Tanisha Briley has what could be called her dream job. In June, she was hired as the new city manager of Cleveland Heights. She started work on Aug. 1.

Briley grew up in Cleveland, mostly on the East Side. She’s the oldest of four children. “We moved around a lot,” she said, “but I was always touched by public administration—my teachers, the people at the rec center and the public housing authorities. I was always impressed by them, and I wanted to give back to my community.”

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 1:03 PM, 10.01.2013

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-3-2013

SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

  • Citizen communications: Spirit Corner community garden, tax burden, senior volunteers
  • Bid requests
  • Liquor license
  • Zoning variances
  • Cedar Lee SID assessment and plan
  • Street lighting and improvements assessments
  • Disposition of city property
  • Resurfacing


All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 4:30 PM, 09.18.2013

CH City Council meeting agenda for Aug. 5

The Cleveland Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Aug. 5 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The finance committee report includes consideration of several ordinances related to implementing a public services plan for the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District (SID), and advancing funds in anticipation of levying an assessment for the plan.

The finance committee report also presents several resolutions related to appointing an Assessment Equalization Board to hear objections relative to the estimated assessments for the Cedar Lee SID public services plan; appointing an Assessment Equalization Board to hear objections relative to the estimated assessments for a portion of the expense of street lighting; and appointing an Assessment Equalization Board to hear objections relative to estimated assessments for a portion of the expense of improvement of streets and parkways including grading, draining, curbing, paving . . .  removing snow therefrom, and planting, maintaining and removing shade trees thereon.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:36 AM, 08.05.2013