University Heights

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

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [9-6-11]

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011

  • Dog attack
  • McDonald’s
  • 9/11 Commemoration
  • John Carroll University 125th anniversary
  • PBS documentary
  • New police chief
  • Police and fire fighter contracts
  • John Carroll University’s stadium
  • Special assessment for 2012
  • Assessments levied
  • Assessment for nuisance removal
  • Police technology support
  • Tree Improvement Fund
  • Bank depositories
  • Tax levies
  • Solid waste transfer and disposal

Council member Frank Consolo was absent.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 5:25 PM, 09.25.2011

University Heights sponsors free concert series

University Heights is sponsoring a series of free concerts in this summer. Performances are on Thursdays on the lawn of Wiley Middle School at 2181 Miramar Boulevard. July concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

July 7 Blue Lunch Band & Family Fun Night (jazz and blues; plus activities for kids and parents to enjoy together)

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 1:23 PM, 07.06.2011

Council meeting deemed a step in the right direction for JCU and UH residents

At a council meeting on June 20, students and faculty of John Carroll University requested that the University Heights City Council change the use conditions for Shula Stadium. JCU asked the council to allow the football field to be used more regularly for varsity, club, and intramural athletics, and to allow local schools to use this facility.

The current use conditions, which JCU agreed to in 2002, allow for one night football game per year and prohibit the use of stadium lights and speaker systems after 9 p.m. JCU asked permission from council to allow stadium lights to remain on until 11 p.m., to allow for more varsity and club practice times, intramural games, and the sharing of the facilities with local schools.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:42 AM, 06.28.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-6-11

JUNE 6, 2011

  • Veterans’ names
  • Community gardens
  • Pool passes
  • Continental Cup
  • Top if Off Pizza.
  • High school football at JCU
  • Fire department services
  • Human resources manager
  • PayPal
  • Public records official
  • License bureau
  • Gas and water lines
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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:39 PM, 06.30.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-18-11

APRIL 18, 2011

  • Sunshine law training
  • Piggyback tax
  • McDonald’s traffic study.
  • Vital statistics for the city
  • Business revolving loan program
  • Rain garden
  • Bond notes
  • Funds to pension funds
  • Yard waste pickup
  • Housing inspections
  • “Make a Difference Day”
  • Reaching Heights concert
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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.16.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [5-2-11]

MAY 2, 2011

  • Pool passes
  • Cedar/Taylor merchants
  • Business Expo 2011
  • Police retirees honored
  • McDonald’s development plans
  • Votes delayed due to lack of quorum
  • Resurfacing program
  • Emergency operations plan
  • Pumper truck
  • Yard waste
  • Increase in fees
  • Pool and slide
  • Intersections narrowed
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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 1:02 PM, 06.02.2011

Inches, pounds and comfort food

It’s June, early in the month. Snow jackets and flannel bed sheets are put away. Summer clothes take their happy posts at the front of the closet. It is time to face the music—bathing suits come out of hiding.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 1:06 PM, 06.01.2011

University Heights Council meeting highlights [4-4-11]

APRIL 4, 2011

  • Senior transportation
  • City newsletter
  • Late hours at city hall
  • Pool passes
  • Resident surveys
  • Yard clean-up.
  • South Taylor community garden
  • Gesu basketball champions
  • Bushnell Road/Northwood Road project
  • Dysart, Glendon, and Traymore roads
  • Reassigning bandwidths
  • Tree planting
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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 11:06 AM, 04.22.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [3-21-11]

MARCH 21, 2011

  • April is spring-cleaning month
  • Gesu 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball team
  • Sweepstake Terminal Cafes moratorium
  • 2011 budget
  • Council supports HB114 amendment
  • Refuse truck repairs
  • Pool chlorine purchase
  • Council planning session
  • Fireworks 
  • Garbage study
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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:53 PM, 04.11.2011

UH Senior Gatherings for May 2011

Senior Gatherings continue on Thursdays at the University Heights Library. The following topics have been announced for May:

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 11:07 AM, 05.03.2011

Who doesn't love a parade?

Imagine you’re in a time machine and Cecil B. DeMille is shooting a new epic film. It takes place in small-town Americana and it’s the story of a Memorial Day Parade. Advance promotions are calling it an extravaganza in four parts: Parade, Veterans Honor Ceremony, S. Belvoir Street Fair and The Famous Hot Dog Stand.

You guessed it. University Heights is the small town. The parade is the 45th University Heights Memorial Day Parade. It has drama and lots of action. Parts are heartwarming and others are breathtaking. There is even some romance and heartbreak. Some folks would add "thrilling" to describe the time-honored tradition of politicians marching in Memorial Day parades.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 11:15 AM, 05.03.2011

UH fire station offers free smoke detectors

As part of a new policy, the University Heights Fire Department is giving away free state-of-the-art smoke detectors at the fire house 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All University Heights residents can pick up detectors at the station, which is next to City Hall, on Silsby Road at Warrensville Center Road. 

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 11:49 AM, 04.05.2011

Senior Gatherings at UH library

Senior Gatherings continue on Thursdays at the University Heights Library. The following topics have been announced for April:

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 11:55 AM, 04.05.2011

Committee agendas in Wonderland

Being lost is not always a bad thing. My mother was an intrepid global traveler. To her, getting lost meant adventures along the way. Along comes GPS. The only problem with a GPS system is you need a destination. Without one, it may as well be a baloney sandwich.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 12:03 PM, 04.05.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [2-7-11]

FEBRUARY 7, 2011

Councilman Kevin Patrick Murphy was excused.

  • Community garden committee
  • 2011 budget
  • McDonald’s traffic study
  • Wiley School parking area
  • Kollel proposal
  • Road asphalt
  • Senior transportation
  • New dump truck
  • Increase in revenues
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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 1:44 PM, 02.28.2011

Death by Delay

It is a puzzle. It appears that a new slogan may be added to the legislative lexicon when it comes to describing the decision-making process of the University Heights City Council: Death by Delay.

Most issues that come before this legislative body are routine; but some are not. The old adage—“Salesmanship begins when the customer says no”—is also true for legislators. Their ability, inclination and statesmanship are revealed when issues have voters supporting opposite outcomes.

Complex issues before council in 2008 are still with us in 2011.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 12:21 PM, 03.01.2011

Fire Station offers free smoke detectors

As part of a new policy, the Fire Station is giving away free state-of-the-art smoke detectors at the Fire House 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All University Heights residents can pick up detectors at the station, which is on Silsby Road, next to City Hall at Warrensville Center Road. 

Some people have been shy about having the Fire Prevention Department come into their homes to install the devices. But the new policy is designed to make sure there are no reasons left not to have them. Mayor Susan Infeld, Fire Chief John Pitchler and Fire Prevention Captain Steve Ineman want every house and apartment to have these life-saving detectors.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 10:29 AM, 02.22.2011

Senior gatherings at the University Heights Public Library

March 3 @ 2:00 p.m. - Dr. Oz says, “improve health, reduce stress, stay young,” with Tai Chi by certified instructor Linda Sylte of University Heights.

March 10 @ 2:00 p.m. - Sunny Simon, vice president, newly formed Cuyahoga County Council, its mission and objectives for development.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 10:45 PM, 02.19.2011

UH tip of the month: Call to see if a snow ban is in effect

It’s January and it’s snowing. How do you know if the snow parking ban is in effect in University Heights? Our city has a dedicated snow parking ban telephone line. Call 216-932-5900 any time of day or night to find out. If it is, you must remove your vehicle from University Heights streets or you may be ticketed and towed.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 12:55 PM, 12.14.2010

Blue skies and a balmy 72 degrees UH point of view

Some childhood memories are like the cozy blanket and cup of hot chocolate that make us feel comfy on chilly, dull grey winter afternoons. I discovered that saying three small words, “Memorial Day Parade,” to University Heights neighbors brings smiles to their faces. You can just see their minds beating a path to the treasure chest of memories of past parades.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 9:03 AM, 01.23.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [1-4-11]

JANUARY 4, 2011

  • New service director
  • Revocation of variance
  • Juvenile board assignments
  • Right turns on red
  • Property tax overpayments
  • County grant funds
  • Regional Income Tax Agency
  • Senior transportation
  • Council workshop
  • State of the Schools address
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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 9:57 AM, 01.18.2011

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [12-20-10]

DECEMBER 20, 2010

  • McDonald’s traffic study
  • Used dump truck available
  • Honorees Jennifer Thomas and Detective Lt. Edward Schmidt
  • JCU 125th year anniversary banners
  • Pedestrian controls to crosswalk
  • Property owner to come before council 
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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 3:13 PM, 01.07.2011

Mayor Infeld assesses state of the city for University Heights

My first year as mayor was a busy one. I reduced City Hall staffing by six percent; reassigned employees to create workflow efficiencies; appointed a part-time manager of senior services; appointed a full-time finance director; updated the website and joined Facebook; established late-night hours on Wednesdays during summer; cut the cost to produce the community newsletter; cut costs for towels, linens, cleaning and office supplies, and phone services; produced a new service department policy booklet; eliminated erroneous billing from the Illuminating Company; and established appropriate fund accounting for the city’s books. There was also the cleanup of financial issues from 2008-2009.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 11:04 AM, 01.20.2011

Memorial Day Parade committee forming in UH

Snow is flying, but think summer. Marching bands, hot dogs, flags, and the University Heights Memorial Day Parade will kick off the summer of 2011. The parade committee is now forming and wants you to join.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 6:18 AM, 12.22.2010

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [12-6-10]

DECEMBER 6, 2010

  • Resident suggests health care savings and art exhibit
  • Sun Press article creates good financial news
  • Cuyahoga County Board of Health services
  • Ashurst Community Garden fund
  • Building permit fees
  • Recycling services
  • Funds for fire truck generator
  • Police pension fund
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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 10:10 AM, 12.14.2010

Choices, judgments and $2.5 million

University Heights has uncovered nearly $2.5 million dollars in financial "irregularities" starting in 2008. This is not the final total. The city may still face additional charges until all payment agreements are finalized. These irregularities, mismanagement and negligence amount to more than $240 for each registered voter in University Heights.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:22 PM, 12.17.2010

University Heights City Council meeting highlights [11-15-10]

NOVEMBER 15, 2010

  • Sewer and water rate increase
  • Senior services
  • City in arrears
  • Results of “garbage study”
  • Traffic calming for Vernon and Lansdale
  • Tax Incentive Review Council
  • Quiznos returns to Cedar Center
  • Traffic study for proposed McDonalds
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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 4:49 PM, 12.01.2010

Tyndall Road upholds 32-year tradition

Residents of Tyndall Road in University Heights have been gathering together to celebrate their holidays in mid-December for about 32 years. It is a tradition kept alive by always including the newest neighbors on the street.

This year was special. The newest neighbors own only the land, so far. Their home will be the newest house in University Heights when construction begins this spring.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 5:43 PM, 12.14.2010

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-1-10

NOVEMBER 1, 2010

  • Disrespectful behavior at a council meeting
  • Guest speakers
  • Senior transportation
  • New Year’s Day observance
  • Depreciable asset threshold
  • Flood control ordinance
  • Fund transfers
  • Code updates for ORC sections
  • Unused sick time
  • Bellefaire building demolition
  • High school games at JCU
  • Reimbursement from Cleveland Water
  • GAAP
  • Acting service director
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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 1:11 PM, 11.12.2010

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-18-10

OCTOBER 18, 2010

  • Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Leaf pickup
  • TIF Accounting error
  • Clear Wireless LLC
  • Legal observance of New Year’s Day
  • New flood insurance maps
  • Moratorium on sweepstakes terminal cafes
  • Cuyahoga County Municipal Energy Program
  • Cleveland First-Suburbs Development Council
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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 5:25 PM, 11.10.2010

Free classes for CERT volunteers

New volunteers signed up for the University Heights Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at the Nov. 3 meeting in University Heights City Hall. Mayor Susan Infeld expressed her appreciation to the current CERT volunteers and new members for the support they give to their city.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 2:10 PM, 11.16.2010

Too many COWs and not enough minutes?

Am I the only one, or have you also seen a large increase in the number of COWs in University Heights? More than 20 have been spotted so far this year. No, these are not the barnyard variety. These are a certain kind of legislative meeting. COW is the acronym used by city council on its e-mail notices to refer to Committee-of-the-Whole meetings.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 1:53 PM, 11.16.2010

UH CERT accepting new volunteers

The University Heights Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT) was among the first in Cuyahoga County to organize, following the events of September 11, 2001. FEMA created a uniform nationwide emergency response structure intended to respond to natural or manmade disasters. 

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 8:33 AM, 10.25.2010

Taking University Heights for granted

For 28 years I took you for granted. I never gave a thought to any of your city services. The only time I went to city hall was to pay for a special pick-up. Career, interests and far-flung family was my focus. The frequent flyer miles just kept adding up. I knew more about the layout of Hopkins Airport than the streets of University Heights.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 2:00 PM, 10.25.2010

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-4-10

OCTOBER 4, 2010

  • Cuyahoga County council candidates forum
  • International Walk to School Day
  • Budget line items
  • Tax incentive review council
  • Cuyahoga County Municipal Energy Program
  • City receives an award
  • Snow-removal vehicles
  • Seniors program
  • Website contractors and permits listings
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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 10:02 AM, 10.18.2010