University Heights

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-17-12

December 17, 2012

  • Public meeting
  • Solid waste collections
  • Employee of the year
  • Public health services
  • Check policy
  • Citizen of the year
  • Joint economic development
  • Tax collection methods
  • Joint police dispatch
  • Bomb squad services
  • Multi-vehicle accident
  • Police presence at schools
  • Long guns
  • Building department

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 12:30 PM, 01.16.2013

Remembering University Heights Councilman Thomas Cozzens

University Heights Councilman Thomas Cozzens died on Jan. 17, after a brief battle with cancer. Susan Infeld, University Heights mayor, shared the news in an e-mail on Jan. 18.

"He was intelligent, thoughtful and well-respected by everyone at City Hall," said Infeld. "We will miss him."

The wake for Cozzens was held on Jan. 20 at the DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life was held on Jan. 21 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Shaker Heights.

In her e-mail, Infeld noted that the 71-year-old Cozzens was a longtime resident of University Heights. "In November 2011, Tom was elected to the City Council and was sworn in as a councilman on Jan. 3, 2012," said Infeld, who added that, as councilman, Cozzens was chairman of the City Council Finance Committtee. Cozzens also served the community as a 13-year member of the Board of Zoning appeals.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 1:56 PM, 01.19.2013

University Heights invites applications for vacant council position

Due to the passing away of Councilman Thomas A. Cozzens, University Heights City Council is now accepting resumes to fill the vacancy.

Vice Mayor Frankie B. Goldberg has announced that residents of University Heights, who wish to be considered for appointment to the position, are invited to send resumes to City Hall, c/o Clerk of Council Kelly M. Thomas, 2300 Warrensville Center Road, University Heights, Ohio 44118 or by e-mail to: kthomas@universityheights.com. Resumes will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 5:01 PM, 01.24.2013

University Heights City Council meeting Jan. 22 will start with a program to honor MLK

At the beginning of its Jan. 22 meeting, the University Heights City Council will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The tribute will include performances by The Wiley Middle School Challenge Choir and the Heights High Barbershoppers, as well as a video of the Vocal Music group's visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., presented by Eric Carder, a Heights vocal music student.

The meeting agenda also includes the swearing in of Fire Lieutenant Robert Perko.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:29 AM, 01.21.2013

UH recognizes citizen and employee of the year

The City of University Heights honored two of its own at its Dec. 17 city council meeting. Katherine Hawn, a Saybrook Road resident, was presented with the Citizen of the Year award. Hawn was recognized for her work with the city’s children as coordinator and coach of the Purvis Park Piranhas swim team. John Pucella, assistant service director for the city, was recognized as Employee of the Year.

Each year, the mayor of University Heights chooses a resident to honor as Citizen of the Year. "I was aware of what Kay was doing,” said Susan Infeld, mayor of University Heights, “but it all came together this year. I talked with a lot of people, and with Kay, about what they were doing at their meets this year."

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 4:59 PM, 01.03.2013

UH Town Hall meeting Jan. 10 to explore fire services consolidation

A second Town Hall meeting to discuss the possible consolidation of fire services between University Heights and Shaker Heights will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. at University Heights City Hall.

University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld announced the upcoming meeting in her December newsletter, and wrote, “The possible consolidation of our city’s fire services with those of Shaker Heights has been studied by a consultant over the past year. Earlier this month, on Dec. 4, the topic of consolidating fire services between the two cities was discussed at a Town Hall meeting at city hall.”

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 5:35 PM, 01.02.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-19-12

NOVEMBER 19, 2012

  • Leaf pickup
  • Merger of fire departments
  • Beautiful Homes
  • Funding for economic development
  • Transportation for seniors
  • Anthony Coyne
  • Safety department clock synchronization
  • Cedar Taylor Fund 2012
  • Estate tax revenue
  • Housing court costs
  • Inspection fees
  • 2012 income tax receipts
  • AT&T cell tower lease

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 11:39 AM, 12.07.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-15-12

OCTOBER 15, 2012

  • Special meeting, preceding the regular meeting, on proposal to merge fire departments

All council members were present.

Proposal to merge fire departments

Phil Kouwe of Emergency Services Consulting International presented his company’s proposal to merge the fire departments of University Heights and Shaker Heights. The study was paid for with $25,000 from the Cleveland Foundation, $8,000 from University Heights, and $17,000 from Shaker Heights. The remaining $15,000 from the Cleveland Foundation grant is to be used for implementation costs.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 2:41 PM, 11.05.2012

Update on power outages in University Heights

[University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld sent the following update on power outages in the City via e-mail on Oct. 31.]

The Illuminating Company has reported that there are currently 374 customers in University Heights without power. Outage restoration efforts are expected to continue for several days with local crews being assisted by crews from Toledo, Dayton, Illinois, Missouri and Utah.

Please remember these safety tips:

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:52 AM, 11.01.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-24-12

SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

  • Veterans Job Fair
  • Commercial property rates
  • South Euclid-Lyndhurst Recreation move
  • JCU Murphy Hall Renovation
  • Tax budget
  • Solid waste management plan
  • Police department honored
  • Emergency repair
  • Gas line

Council member Phillip Ertel was excused.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 11:25 AM, 10.19.2012

Shortage of LWV observers curtails UH council coverage

We regret to say that due to a shortage of volunteers, the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Cuyahoga Area (LWV) is unable to provide full coverage of the University Heights City Council meetings. We will continue to cover at least one meeting per month and will seek more volunteers with the hope of returning to full coverage.

If you appreciate and enjoy reading our reports perhaps you would like to help us continue this service to the community by joining the League and our Observer Corps. To learn more please contact Maryann Barnes by e-mail (mbarnes9515@gmail.com) or by phone (216-321-7525).

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 12:10 PM, 10.03.2012

University Heights notifies residents of discolored water

The City of University Heights issued a notice today that the Cleveland Water Department (CWD) had notified the city of a higher-than-normal level of manganese in the water serviced through the Nottingham Treatment Plant, which has caused a discoloration of the water delivered to eastside communities, including University Heights. The CWD asks residents to refrain from washing clothing, particularly light-colored items, because the discoloration can stain fabric. 

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 1:22 PM, 09.08.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 8-13-12

AUGUST 13, 2012

  • McDonald’s request for extended hours
  • New boiler
  • New lighting
  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Transfer of funds
  • Texting while driving
  • False alarm penalties
  • Employee health care
  • Narrowbanding project

Councilwoman Adele Zucker was excused.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 5:22 PM, 09.06.2012

Hydrant flushing in University Heights Sept. 414

All fire hydrants in the City of University Heights will be flushed in the next two weeks, from Sept. 4 through Sept. 14.

Fire department crews will begin flushing hydrants on the western streets first, near Taylor Road, and then move east, finishing at Green Road.

Look for the "hydrant flushing" signs to know when the hydrants in your area will be flushed. Be sure to let cold water run until it is clear before washing clothes.

If you have any questions, contact the University Heights Fire Department at 216-321-1939.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:45 AM, 09.03.2012

September Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m., at the University Heights Library. 

Sept. 6: Connie Luhta, president of International Women’s Air and Space Museum, outlines the fabulous feats of women in aviation and space history, including Amelia Earhart, the World War II WASPs, the Wright brothers’ sister Katharine, and more.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 9:46 AM, 09.03.2012

Nancy English, UH clerk of council, retires

Effective Aug. 1, Nancy English, who has served as clerk of council for the City of University Heights for 20 years, is retiring. In an e-mail to residents, English said, “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve you for the past 20 years. “ 

As clerk of council, English was the liaison for city council members, interacted with the public, and attended city council, board, commission and council committee meetings. She transcribed minutes, posted notices and served as secretary for the Planning and Civil Service Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Records Retention Commission.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 3:13 PM, 07.31.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-4-12

JUNE 4, 2012

  • Dina Flesher
  • New resident meet and greet
  • Returned check policy
  • Budget adjustment for part-time workers
  • Road salt purchase
  • Bank account closed
  • Funds for Fuchs Mizrachi purchase
  • Street resurfacing change order
  • Police department air conditioner
  • Thermal imager
  • Texting while driving
  • Street construction
  • Program on sewer maintenance
  • Dysart tree lawn disruption
  • No regular meetings July and August

Councilman Thomas Cozzens was excused.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 2:14 PM, 06.22.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-21-12

MAY 21, 2012

  • Memorial Day parade
  • County Planning Commission
  • Transfer of funds
  • Scooter purchase
  • Returned check policy
  • Range service agreement
  • Tree maintenance
  • Repair of refuse collection scooter
  • R.I.T.A. representatives
  • Technology Advisory Commission
  • 2012 recreation program

All council members were present.

 
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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 2:07 PM, 06.22.2012

UH City Council approves new thermal camera for fire department

At their June 4 meeting, the members of University Heights City Council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a new HD thermal camera for the city’s fire department. City council stipulated that the purchase price not exceed $10,270. The new camera is the third generation and newest thermal camera on the market. The city purchased its first thermal camera in 2000, when these devices first hit the market.

The thermal imaging device enables firefighters to see life forms up to 20 feet away in burning and smoke-filled buildings, according to Captain Brian Phan. The device works by showing life forms and heated objects as white. The whiter the image the hotter the object is. When a firefighter focuses the device on an object, he or she can see the temperature of the object in the lower right hand corner of the LCD screen.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:44 PM, 06.11.2012

UH mourns the death of Dina Flesher, finance clerk

Monday, June 4, was a difficult day for University Heights City Hall employees. Dina Flesher, a loyal and cherished employee and member of the University Heights community, died suddenly on June 3. Following the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the June 4 city council meeting, attendees observed a moment of silence to honor Flesher.

Susan Infeld, University Heights mayor, noted that Flesher had worked in the city’s finance department for five years, and said, “I was surprised to see it was that short a period of time. She was an integral part of making this city function, and her personality lent so much to our operations.”

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 06.06.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-7-12

MAY 7, 2012

  • Service director
  • Deputy chief
  • Technology Advisory Commission
  • Nominating petitions
  • Abatement correction
  • Waterline replacement
  • Women and minority businesses
  • Dump truck
  • Violence against women
  • Flashover incident
  • New businesses
  • UH as a model
  • Senior services

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 9:59 AM, 06.04.2012

Joint fire services study for UH and Shaker Heights

On May 15, consultants from Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI) spoke to the University Heights community about a Fire Service Feasibility Study between the cities of University Heights and Shaker Heights. The study focuses on how University Heights and Shaker Heights can efficiently deliver fire services. The study also looks at how the cities can spend less money delivering the same services or spend the same amount of money for increased services.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 2:49 PM, 05.29.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-16-12

APRIL 16, 2012

  • Fuchs Mizrachi School property
  • Resident being sued
  • Gearity School
  • Gesu boys basketball team
  • New finance director
  • Julian Rogers to represent UH
  • Street resurfacing and marking
  • Renewal of notes
  • Pension fund transfers
  • Height of grass
  • Recreational fee changes
  • Police department restructuring
  • Senior transportation
  • Deadline change
  • James Zupka, CPA
  • Course for realtors

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 9:15 AM, 05.07.2012

UH to acquire Fuchs Mizrachi property

On April 16, University Heights City Council voted to approve, on second reading, a purchase agreement with The Leonard and Susan Fuchs Mizrachi School. The purchase price of $600,000 will be paid on a three-two-one schedule, with $300,000 due at closing. The vote was 6 to 1, with Vice Mayor Frankie Goldberg abstaining due to a conflict of interest.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 12:08 PM, 05.01.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-2-12

MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012

  • Proposed park on Saybrook
  • Municipal income tax collection
  • Relay for Life
  • Schools facilities plans
  • National Library Week
  • 3954 Silsby Road
  • Fair housing ordinance update
  • Audit services
  • Car leasing for police department
  • Issuance of bonds
  • Pool chemicals
  • Finance director
  • Internet cafes

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 2:09 PM, 04.21.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-19-12

MARCH 19, 2012

  • School facilities
  • 2012 Water Main Replacement
  • 2012 budget
  • Lansdale Road
  • Sweepstakes terminal cafes
  • 3954 Silsby Road
  • Paper shredding
  • House repair notices
  • Executive session

Councilman Phillip Ertel was excused.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 12:15 PM, 04.21.2012

UH Senior Citizen Happenings for April

All events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m., at the University Heights Library, 13866 Cedar Road. Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 12:56 PM, 04.05.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-5-12

MARCH 5, 2012

  • Proposed park on Saybrook Road
  • Senior services
  • Newsletter announcements
  • Finance director
  • Yard nuisance abatement bids
  • Purvis Park Pool painting
  • 2012 appropriations
  • Tax collections
  • Special waste collection
  • Executive session

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 12:04 PM, 04.05.2012

Support for Saybrook Park expressed at UH town hall meeting

At a March 12 town hall meeting hosted by Mayor Susan Infeld at Wiley Middle School, an audience of 51 University Heights residents expressed strong support for the city's proposal to purchase the former Fuchs Mizrachi school to create new Saybrook Park. Fuchs Mizrachi, a Jewish day school, moved to Beachwood in 2010, closing its University Heights school.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 9:09 AM, 03.27.2012

Mayor Infeld to host town hall meeting on March 12 about proposed Saybrook Park

Preserving open green space in our highly developed community is a recurring issue, surfacing recently in the hotly debated plan for construction of a retail development on the property of the former Oakwood County Club. Now there is an opportunity to convert the largest remaining green space in University Heights into a city park, and the matter will be the subject of a town hall meeting hosted by Mayor Susan Infeld on Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at the Wiley Middle School auditorium, 2181 Miramar Boulevard, University Heights.

The property in question is the former Fuchs Mizrachi School, a 6.8 acre site at 2301 Fenwick Road within the large block bounded by Fenwick, Silsby, Saybrook, and Faversham roads. The site has been vacant since August 2010 when the Orthodox Jewish day school moved to Beachwood.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 10:35 AM, 03.06.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-6-2012

FEBRUARY 6, 2012

  • New park
  • New deputy library director
  • State of the City address
  • Council action on regional study
  • County Health and Human Services
  • Sewer repairs
  • Waste processing service
  • 911 equipment
  • Police and fire exams
  • Hard-wired smoke detectors

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 11:24 AM, 02.21.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-13-11

DECEMBER 19, 2011

  • Finance director
  • Health care provisions
  • Budget legislation
  • Municipal energy program
  • Fund transfers for closing 2011
  • GAAP conversion
  • Public health services
  • Compensation plan
  • McDonalds
  • Street repairs
  • Retiring council members

Council member Kevin Patrick Murphy was excused.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 2:20 PM, 01.24.2012

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-3-12

JANUARY 3, 2012

  • Oaths of office
  • Leap Day at Shaker Heights court
  • Appointments
  • Director of finance
  • Emergency sewer repairs
  • Yard nuisance
  • Water line repairs
  • New assistant clerk of council
  • Shared fire services

All council members were present.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 2:19 PM, 01.24.2012

Is UH council at risk of becoming a rubber stamp?

In the past four years, University Heights City Council has kept a watchful eye on the city administration, exercising the checks and balances of government, as they should. This will change with the 2012 council.

Many on the new council, along with the mayor, have close ties to one another and to Jeffrey H. Friedman, an attorney. Most members are supported and/or endorsed by both the mayor and Friedman.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 10:39 AM, 01.05.2012

UH senior citizen happenings

Jan. 12, 2 p.m.
Lisa Cellura, outreach educator for Cleveland Sight Center, will present the award-winning video, “Hope & Cope–Living with Macula Degeneration.”

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 11:43 AM, 01.05.2012

Nietert and Kazarian receive University Heights honors

The City of University Heights recognized several residents at its Dec. 5 city council meeting. Patrolman Kyle Nietert was honored as Public Servant of the Year. Anita Kazarian was named Citizen of the Year.

Nietert was the first responder to a burning home, occupied by the Seltzer family, on July 9. A proclamation from the city said that Nietert “displayed selfless action” in saving the family and that his actions “serve as a shining example of heroism and courage to a grateful community and an inspiration to all of us.” Nietert was in attendance Dec. 5 to accept the honor. 

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 11:42 AM, 12.06.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [10-17-11]

OCTOBER 17, 2011

  • Paper shredding and waste collection
  • Combining fire services
  • McDonalds
  • City Hall carpet
  • Senior transportation
  • Refuse collection scooter
  • Tree service
  • Fenwick road
  • Det. Lt. Edward Schmidt
  • Council opposition to tax collection proposal
  • 1991 fire engine
  • Silsby house
  • Anti-poaching agreement
  • 2010 State Audit 

Council Members Frank Consolo, Kevin Patrick Murphy were excused.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 5:03 PM, 11.20.2011

Senior citizen happenings

Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., Judson Manor Ballroom, 1890 E. 107th Street at Chester Avenue

Mary Vanhoozer, concert pianist in the doctoral program at Cleveland Institute of Music, and a scholarship student in Judson Manor’s intergenerational initiative, will perform Maurice Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” and Cesar Franck’s “Prelude, Chorale et Fugue.”

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 4:10 PM, 12.01.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [10-3-11]

OCTOBER 3, 2011

  • Resident complaint about neighbor’s yard
  • Gearity School walk-a-thon
  • Leaf collection
  • Recycling
  • Firefighter Paul Nees honored
  • School board members talk about schools and levy
  • Police and fire pensions
  • Fire department equipment
  • Carpet purchase tabled
  • Sweepstakes terminal cafes
  • Senior transportation
  • Zoning and planning fees
  • Public safety items.
  • Road construction 

Councilman Kevin Patrick Murphy was excused.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:44 PM, 10.26.2011

Volunteer groups raise money for UH city hall

University Heights residents connect with one another when they walk their dogs, shop in local markets or greet their neighbors. They also connect when they volunteer their time, energy and talent to one of the many organizations that serve our city.

This year, two volunteer groups—the City Beautiful Commission (CBC) and the Memorial Day Parade Committee raised more than $5,800 for the city. Under the leadership of former Councilman Steve Bennett, CBC reorganized itself into a vibrant and successful volunteer group. They raised a record $1,632 from their most recent fundraiser.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 11:39 AM, 10.25.2011

Mom's advice leads to political career

Born and raised in University Heights, Kevin Patrick Murphy did not always envision a life of public service for himself. But as the old saying goes, “Mother knows best.”

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 1:53 PM, 10.25.2011

Daniel Hanna: One of Cleveland's own

From grade school to college to his career with the Cleveland Indians, and now his run for University Heights City Council, Dan Hanna has been a part of Cleveland for his entire life. 

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 1:54 PM, 10.25.2011

Bennett seeks to return to University Heights council

Steven Bennett is a candidate for University Heights City Council again after a two-year absence.  He served on council for more than 10 years prior to running for mayor in 2009 – a race he lost to the current mayor, Susan Infeld.   

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 1:55 PM, 10.25.2011

Cozzens kickstarts campaign at John Carroll University forum

Thomas Cozzens walked into the room with an air of confidence that struck both college students and members of the University Heights community who showed up early for the City Council Candidates Forum at John Carroll University on Oct. 4.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 1:59 PM, 10.25.2011

Senior lecture series at UH Library

A speaker series for seniors continues on Thursdays at the University Heights Library. The following topics have been announced for fall. All talks begin at 2 p.m.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 4:17 PM, 10.07.2011

Plunks, planks and Otto Von Bismarck

Will you plunk on Election Day? The instruction on the election ballot will read “For Member of Council-at-Large (Vote for not more than four).” Not more than four? That means you have options—you may vote for none, one, two, three or four candidates.

The bullet tactical-voting strategy, or “plunking,” as University Heights politicians call it, is when a voter casts a ballot for just one candidate, despite having the option to vote for more than one. By plunking, a voter helps his or her preferred candidate while withholding votes from potential rivals.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 9:22 AM, 10.04.2011