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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Ike spent some time pruning Cleveland Heights, "City of Trees", Sunday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Heights Observer has expanded its community outreach efforts through collaboration with John Carroll University's WJCU-88.7 FM Radio Station.
Click on "Heights Now Launches" article for MP3 podcast link at: http://www.wjcu.org/media/heights-now
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Heights Arts Collaborative, a Cleveland Heights arts organization, has a vision for re-using the Coventry school building that calls for the creation of a model community arts center incorporating strong partnerships, diverse programming, and the formation of an umbrella organization to oversee it all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.