Celebrate all things chocolate (and more) at free tasting event

Doesn’t everyone like chocolate?  Everything from delicious chocolate bars, cakes, drinks and candies, to fresh fruit, sauces, and gorgeous Valentine’s roses displays, sensational sampling is the name of the game at Whole Foods Market’s one-night-only tasting event.
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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 1:17 AM, 01.27.2009

Celebrate 1.20.09 at the Grog Shop

Yes We Did!
We surely did. This day has been a long time coming... so join your friends
and neighbors to celebrate its arrival at Coventry Village’s Big Bouncing
Inaugural Ball!
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 9:28 AM, 01.15.2009

Heights communities not leaders in recycling

Cleveland Heights in 2007 was not among the county's top 10 recycling communities, according to the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District's newly released 2007 annual report on residential recycling.
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 1:55 PM, 12.23.2008

“Being green” is a journey

What exactly does it mean to be “green” anyway?

Being green is making conscious decisions that benefit your environment, your health, and your local economy.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 7:09 PM, 12.19.2008

Free lot to become green space

An empty lot on Lee Road will become green space until a new development project becomes available.

Situated between Meadowbrook and Tullamore roads, the empty lot was planned to be the site of the Terraces on Lee, a mixed use condominium and retail development, by Al Neyer, Inc. The project fell through when not enough condominiums were presold. The current housing slump and economic downturn makes finding a new developer unlikely in the near future.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.19.2008

Gravity Is her best friend

Helene Morse once found a box on her Ormond Road front porch. Taped to the top was the note, “I hear you mend broken hearts.” Inside was a porcelain figurine, in pieces.
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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 9:32 AM, 10.27.2008

Fine rug sale to benefit Ruffing Montessori School

Ruffing Montessori School will host its sixth annual Fine Rug Sale on November 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the school’s gym at 3380 Fairmount Boulevard.  The public is welcome to this event, designed to inform about the unique workmanship and design inherent in these rugs and to display an array at affordable prices.  RugTime!, located in Chagrin Falls, has conducted this sale at Ruffing every year.  The extensive selection of designs and colors includes all sizes: area, runner, and room size.
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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 10:49 AM, 11.14.2008

New mural for Cedar Fairmount

October saw the completion of the "Heights Center Building Mural East" by Cleveland Heights painter Jesse Rhinehart.

Commissioned by Heights Arts to complement the "Heights Center Building Mural West" installed in 2004 by the same artist on the west-facing facade of the same building, the mural was adapted from a photo in the Cleveland Public Library archives and painted in the artist's Cleveland studio.

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 9:32 AM, 11.04.2008

Residents prefer avenue to boulevard for Cedar-Fairmount

Consultants presented three options for a potential redesign of the Cedar-Fairmount business district at a public meeting on Sept. 18 at the Cleveland Heights Community Center. Option A would leave the current footprint of Cedar Road and the sidewalks. Option B would expand the sidewalks on both the north and south sides, creating the feel of a grand avenue. Option C would place a median down the center of Cedar Road, providing a safe stopping place for pedestrians crossing the busy street. Residents broke into three groups to evaluate each option. When the entire group reconvened, Option B seemed to be the clear winner.
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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 10:11 PM, 09.24.2008

Follow the leader

What’d you do this summer? Take in the Tribe? Hit the beach?

Or did you spend a week discussing current events with Washington D.C.’s top policy makers? If you’re Mac Hertz, an eleven year-old from St. Ann School, you did.

Mac was one of a select group of fifth and sixth graders from across the nation invited to take part in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) for a week this past June. The JrNYLC is a program that simulates real-world problems for tomorrow’s young leaders to creatively solve.
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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 1:12 PM, 09.20.2008

Beaumont and JCU collaboration takes flight

Spacesuit. Check. Flight path. Check. Airplane. Check. Pre-flight conference with historical aviators. Check. That’s what Cleveland Municipal School students experienced this May during their visit to the International Women’s Air & Space Museum thanks to the efforts of new exhibits designed by students from Beaumont School and John Carroll University. The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (www.iwasm.org) is located at Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport. Beaumont alumna, Toni Previte Mullee, '79, is the executive director.
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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 3:25 PM, 09.22.2008

Women fashion a win for Obama

In the heat of the presidential campaign, Obama jewelry has emerged as the height of fashion. Bottle cap dangle Obama earrings and rhinestone-studded Obama brooches are the creation of two local artists -- Phyllis Brody and Bonnie Dolin. They are members of WomenConnect for Obama, a network of over 500 women in Northeast Ohio.
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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 2:15 PM, 09.26.2008

Polish delegation visits Cleveland Heights

“You are glowing with pride,” said Leszek Gorgol. “It is nice to hear you tell us about Cleveland Heights.”

Mr. Gorgol spoke, through a U.S. State Department interpreter, as one of ten visitors from Poland who recently visited Cleveland Heights. The Poles are leaders in local and regional governments and nonprofit organizations.

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 4:41 PM, 09.23.2008

Ratings don't rate

Every summer, Cleveland Magazine publishes its Rating the Suburbs issue and injects another dose of steroids into outer-suburban development. No surprise: the ratings are meant to affirm what matters to the people who advertise in Cleveland Magazine.

But these numbers are of little use to people who want to live in a close-in place like Cleveland Heights, University Heights, or Lakewood. We need a rating that measures the things that matter to people who value culture, walkable neighborhoods, aesthetic quality, true community diversity, easy access to urban amenities, a strong presence of local independent businesses, and, of course, good schools, good property values, and reasonable taxes. Call it the WMI: the What Matters Index.

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 12:02 PM, 07.21.2008

Join us for the Best of Cleveland Heights Awards this Sunday!

On Sunday, September 28, FutureHeights will recognize the winners of the 4th Annual Best of Cleveland Heights Awards at a public ceremony and reception to be held at Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road. The event begins at 3:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 2:32 PM, 09.23.2008

UH council, mayor spar over charter review commission

The University Heights city council meeting on Sept. 15 will determine whether the city proceeds with a charter review that could eventually lead to a city manager form of government.

At issue is an ordinance establishing a commission to look into updating the city’s charter.  Council members voted 5-2 in favor of the ordinance at the council meeting on Sept. 2. Mayor Beryl Rothschild vetoed it the next day. It was, she said, only the second time she’d taken that action in her three decades as mayor.

Council members will decide whether to override or sustain that veto when they meet Sept. 15.  If the ordinance goes forward, a commission could consider shifting power and control from the mayor’s office to a city manager.

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 4:32 PM, 09.04.2008

Annual tour displays heritage and beauty of Cleveland Heights homes

There’s a certain sense of adventure in exploring places that, while familiar, still retain a sense of mystery. These are the places that we've always wondered about, be they a building, a home, a forest or a field.

The 32nd annual Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour will reveal the stories behind some of the city's most interesting residences. The self-guided tour will be held on Sept. 21, from noon until 6 p.m. It is sponsored by the Heights Community Congress, a nonprofit organization dedicated to social justice, fair housing and building community.

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 7:23 AM, 08.29.2008

3-Day breast cancer walkers on a personal journey

Supporters lined Coventry Road Friday, August 22 cheering on participants in the nationally sponsored Breast Cancer 3-Day walk to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Michael and Molly Radke, their baby daughter Fiona, and their friend Patricia Preisel were there to support Patricia’s daughter Connie, a speech pathologist who had once worked at Oxford Elementary School and Roxboro Middle School. Connie was walking for her cousin.

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 4:42 PM, 08.26.2008

Cleveland Heights couple stages Jungle Jam Benefit for bone marrow disease research

Annalyse Kitzberger loves zebras. She loves them so much that the eight-year-old dreams of someday having one of her own.

Her parents, Jeff and Sherri Kitzberger of Cleveland Heights, have their own dream: that a cure for bone marrow disease will soon be found so that Annalyse and others afflicted with the rare illness can be healthy.

To help make their dream come true, the Kitzbergers have devised a special musical and entertainment benefit. "Jungle Jam" is to be held Friday, Oct. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland. It will raise funds to help find a cure for bone marrow disease.

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 3:51 PM, 08.26.2008

Homeownership opportunities on East Derbyshire

There are a lot more flowers in bloom on East Derbyshire Road. Owner-occupants were able to get free landscaping from the city of Cleveland Heights last fall, as part of the kick-off for the East Derbyshire Condo Project, a special city program using Community Development Block Grant funds.
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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 9:49 AM, 07.22.2008

Vote for your favorite business and you might be a winner, too

On Sunday, September 28 FutureHeights will announce the winners of the 4th Annual Best of Cleveland Heights Awards, a public opinion survey designed to highlight the most popular businesses in the Heights. Citizens who return a completed ballot to the FutureHeights office by September 2 will be eligible to win a $100 FutureHeights gift certificate.
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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 9:19 AM, 07.29.2008

FutureHeights teams up with COSE to promote local shopping

FutureHeights has formed a new partnership with the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) to encourage consumers and business owners to support locally owned businesses and keep dollars within our community. FutureHeights has promoted local business through its Heights Shops program since 2003. COSE’s new I Buy Northeast Ohio (NEO) program will complement FutureHeights’ existing gift certificate and advocacy efforts.
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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 9:11 AM, 07.29.2008

Heights Observer partners with WJCU-FM

The Heights Observer is expanding its community outreach efforts through collaboration with John Carroll University’s WJCU-FM Radio Station (88.7). Starting on August 18, WJCU-FM will launch the first in a series of 90-second weekly podcasts featuring stories from the current issue of the Heights Observer.
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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 11:41 AM, 07.23.2008

Community addresses foreclosure threats

With about 800 vacant houses in Cleveland Heights, foreclosures are a primary community concern. Three panelists addressed this issue at a program sponsored by the League of Women Voters on June 12 at Cleveland Heights City Hall.
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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 12:18 PM, 06.18.2008

Heights moms organize toy drive for flood victims

Summer vacation is well underway, but for many kids in Iowa, life is hardly idyllic. Severe flooding has led to evacuations and road closures. As flood waters recede and families are able to return to their homes, their focus will be on essential survival needs: shelter, food and safe water. Meanwhile, children's toys have been ruined.
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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 12:41 PM, 06.27.2008

Residents share ideas for Cedar-Fairmount

Enhancing livability in the Cedar-Fairmount business district was the topic of discussion at the Cleveland Heights Community Center on June 5.

In the first of three planned public meetings, residents, business owners, consultants, and public officials focused on transportation. Representatives from City Architecture and Michael Baker Jr., Inc. presented their analysis of existing conditions in the district and attendees shared their reactions and ideas.

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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 4:59 PM, 06.18.2008

A Shakerite's ode to her Cleveland Heights neighbor

As I look forward to studying for a master’s degree in comparative journalism at the University of Swansea, Wales, I feel that I can finally assess how the Heights area has affected me.

As a Shaker Heights resident throughout high school and later an undergraduate linguistics student at Cleveland State University, I have grown to know Cleveland Heights thoroughly, thanks in large part to a good friend whom I'll call "Monica," a native of Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 2:27 PM, 06.01.2008

Cedar-Fairmount study committee: City seeks public input

The city of Cleveland Heights has formed a steering committee of residents, business owners and other stakeholders in the Cedar-Fairmount neighborhood to guide a planning process for transportation in the Cedar-Fairmount commercial district. The city has retained City Architecture, an architectural firm known for its streetscape plans in urban environments, and Michael Baker, Jr. Inc., an engineering and consulting firm, to assess existing conditions and evaluate opportunities to enhance the district.
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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 10:20 PM, 05.23.2008

Cable choice creates eyesore

Look around and you’ll see them sprouting up on area tree lawns. Unlike the odd mushroom though, these are pretty obvious. They are about the size of a refrigerator and actually sound like one, purring quietly. But don’t expect the city to pick them up on garbage day.
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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 9:03 PM, 05.21.2008

Coventry School Study Committee to Board of Ed: Rent or Raze

The committee charged to make recommendations for future use of the empty Coventry School ended its deliberations on May 20 with the group recommending the CHUH Board of Education retain the property and either lease it or tear it down.
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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 12:29 PM, 05.20.2008

Catholic churches present merger plan. St. Louis in Cleveland Heights will most likely close

On April 30th, teams of volunteers from four area Catholic churches simultaneously presented the first draft of a plan to merge their congregations. Parishioners from Saint Ann and Saint Louis of Cleveland Heights and Christ the King and Saint Philomena of East Cleveland gathered at their respective churches to hear the report. Those at Saint Ann were generally receptive to the recommendation that all four churches combine to form one parish. The parish would have two campuses, one at Saint Ann and the other at Saint Philomena. Saint Louis and Christ the King would close and the number of priests currently serving the four parishes would be reduced from four to two.

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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 1:54 PM, 05.07.2008

These old houses

As Heights citizens join thousands of people across the country to celebrate National Preservation Month this May they join a growing movement of individuals who are working to protect the unique character of their neighborhoods.

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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 2:24 PM, 05.07.2008

N'awlins Night on Coventry

On the bayou, they call this a Fais Do-Do. Cleveland Independents is calling it N’awlins Night. Whatever you call it, it’s going to be one heck of an evening.
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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 1:45 PM, 04.17.2008

Heights residents flip for pancake breakfast

Grey skies and a few rain drops didn't keep a record number of attendees from the 12th Annual Cleveland Heights High School Alumni Foundation's Pancake Breakfast. Over 500 guests dined on all you can eat pancakes and then took tours of Heights High, taking in the latest in renovations. Proceeds from the breakfast help to support scholarships the Foundation awards to graduating seniors, with nearly $20,000 to be awarded this spring.

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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 2:51 PM, 04.16.2008

Free local preservation events in May and June

Throughout May 2008, the National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org) and its thousands of partners across the country will demonstrate the importance of our nation’s heritage as they highlight the preservation movement. The theme of this year’s month-long celebration is “This Place Matters” and the City of Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, FutureHeights and the Cleveland Heights Historical Society will present a lecture and two tours to celebrate our community and encourage historic preservation of its architectural beauty.
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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 3:09 PM, 04.29.2008

Major budget cuts for Cleveland Heights: City Council slashing $2 million in spending this year

Cleveland Heights is no different than many other struggling cities. With both federal and state budgets strained, Cleveland Heights is feeling the pinch. Budget cuts are on the horizon. After soundly defeating Issue 29, a proposed income tax increase, City Council has aggressively begun to address fiscal challenges facing the city.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 9:59 AM, 04.11.2008

Coventry Elementary future studied: Committee to make recommendation on May 20th

The future of the former Coventry Elementary School property is being studied by a nineteen member volunteer committee which has been meeting since March 3rd.

With three meetings of a six meeting schedule completed, the Coventry School Study Committee hopes to present one, or several, recommendations for the property’s use to the Board of Education on May 20th.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 10:03 AM, 04.11.2008

From the Executive Director

As the new executive director of FutureHeights, I am very excited to be leading this organization as we embark upon the exciting project of creating a hyperlocal news resource for our community.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 12:47 PM, 04.11.2008

Coventry School Study Committee Discovers Deed Restrictions, Continues Its Work

The Coventry School Study Committee continued its fact-finding and discussion on March 18th, at the CHUH Board of Education. Facilitator William Wendling opened the meeting by announcing a recently discovered deed restriction. The property consisting of the Coventry PEACE Playground area and west to the street is classified as "public school" property.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 2:54 PM, 03.20.2008

heightsobserver.org Debuts

Cleveland Heights, Ohio--The HeightsObserver.org made its debut on March 5, 2008. A nonprofit venture in citizen journalism and participatory democracy, the web site will provide ultra-local community news and information to the 65,000 residents of Cleveland Heights and University Heights, Ohio.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 10:20 PM, 03.13.2008

Cleveland Heights Residents Strike Down Proposed Income Tax Increase

Cleveland Heights residents spoke loudly on March 4, 2008 as they defeated Issue 29, a ballot initiative that would have raised the city’s income tax rate. The proposed measure would have increased the Cleveland Heights income tax 0.4% from the current 2% tax to 2.4%.


Issue 29, proposed and highly supported by the Cleveland Heights City Council, had become a controversial measure citywide and was one of two local tax increase measures that Heights residents had to consider.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 9:03 AM, 03.05.2008

Lakewood Observer founder shares observations

It almost sounds like Cleveland Heights . . . about four years ago, the near-west-side community of Lakewood found itself embroiled in controversy over a plan to develop land overlooking the Rocky River--land that would have to be taken by eminent domain because some of the homeowners who lived there weren’t interested in selling. As the heated discussion took place on a community web site, three guys--one of them vehemently opposed to the project, another adamantly in favor, and a third remaining neutral--decided it was time to launch a community newspaper in which discussions such as these as well as other important civic matters could reach a broader audience than a web site could. The Lakewood Observer was born, a printed expression of that diversity of opinion.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 1:05 PM, 04.11.2008

Why citizen journalism?

Turn on the local TV news at 6 p.m. and you won’t find it. Flip through the pages of any local “news” paper, free or otherwise, and you won’t feel satisfied. Sit down at your computer, search for “Cleveland Heights Local News,” then sift through banners and pop-up ads, and you might get lucky. You would probably learn more while sipping a mocha at the local coffee shop, or walking down your sidewalk hoping to encounter a talkative neighbor. All you want to know is what someone (anyone) in your community thinks about the new housing development being built down the street, or when that new restaurant on Lee Road is going to open, or when that pot-hole riddled road around the corner is going to be repaired.

None of this news is terribly important on a national or even regional level, but it is, perhaps, the information that is most relevant to your daily experience. And, it is information that has not been easy to find.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 10:51 PM, 03.26.2008