A new organization calling itself Boulevard Neighbors will present a forum for neighborhood residents on issues related to housing. The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., at Beth El - the Heights Synagogue, 3246 Desota Ave. The area served by Boulevard Neighbors is bounded by Mayfield Road on the north, Cumberland Road on the west, Berkeley Road and a short stretch of Euclid Heights Boulevard on the south, and South Taylor Road on the east.
FutureHeights will host a forum on the future of Severance Town Center—Reimagining Severance—on Oct. 21. The focus of the meeting will be on the future of the shopping center located within Severance Circle, but its relationship with surrounding properties and neighborhoods will also be considered. The forum will take place at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd.
At the event, presentations on the history of Severance and the current status of the foreclosure proceedings on the retail center will provide context for the discussion, and information regarding how other communities have rethought and, in some cases, redeveloped or partially redeveloped troubled properties like Severance will be provided.
In mid-April, an artistic message suddenly appeared woven into the chain-link fence opposite the Oxford Elementary School driveway: “You Are Noble.” Our Noble communitywide home and yard sale was coming up soon and it certainly seemed that this display anticipated our April 26 event, but no one from Noble Neighbors had considered including public art in our mass communications strategy. Who knew the artists and what was their intent?
The third annual Grant Deming's Forest Hill Historic District Neighborhood Garage Sale Days will take place on Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A map of the 20-plus homes participating in the sale will be posted on July 17, at www.grantdemingneighborhood.org, and available at participating houses on July 18 and 19.
The Coventry Village Special Improvement District, along with the Heights Bicycle Coalition and Hirobal—a local company that designs and creates innovative cycling components—want to help get your bicycle ready for a summer of safe and fun riding.
The second annual Coventry Village Bike Tune-up Day will take place on Saturday, May 30, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the outdoor Coventry CourtYard, located on the northwest corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard.
Bicycle mechanics and trained volunteers will be on hand to provide free bicycle safety inspections and make minor repairs.
When residents of the northeastern quadrant of Cleveland Heights created the grassroots organization Noble Neighbors, in response to a random violent attack on one of their neighbors last year, their goal was to improve their area by attracting new residents, increasing safety, expanding beautification efforts and creating community-building events such as last month’s Noble Community-Wide Home and Yard Sale. Early on, participants recognized that a major part of revitalizing their neighborhood would be changing its narrative by telling a story of a beautiful, welcoming, inclusive community.
Noble Neighbors will present its first Noble Community-Wide Home and Yard Sale on Sunday, April 26, from noon to 5 p.m. The organization’s website, www.nobleneighbors.com, has an interactive map showing the locations of event activities, along with information on parks, the neighborhood library, schools, community institutions, gardens and business districts. For the event, residents are being encouraged to host yard sales and coordinate with neighbors on their streets or in their apartment buildings to create hubs of activity. Several locations will feature street performers and bake sales.
Noble Road businesses will host sidewalk sales and offer special deals. Local institutions will open their doors for visitors.
Students from CWRU’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) will present results of a Noble Neighborhood community assessment at the monthly Noble Neighbors meeting on Tuesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at Noble Road Presbyterian Church, 2780 Noble Road.
Noble Neighbors celebrated our first year together with storytelling and raising our glasses in shared gratefulness. What began in a living room in January 2014, with a group of people concerned about a crime against one of our neighbors, has grown into a much larger movement of people working together to change the story of our neighborhood.
It delights us that several of our guest speakers have said, “I had no idea so many people would be here,” as they apologized for bringing too few business cards.
Noble Neighbors attend every Cleveland Heights City Council meeting. We’re listening for decisions that affect our area and we’re watching for trends. City council members are also listening to our concerns and looking for ways to address our concerns.
Noble Neighbors will partner with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to complete a community assessment in the spring. The survey area will include the five census tracts in Cleveland Heights that abut Noble Road. These are in the northern end of the city, north of Mayfield Road and east of Taylor Road.
The study will be led by Mark Chupp, professor at CWRU’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) and associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. For the property survey portion of the assessment, graduate students in Chupp’s macro practice skills course will partner with residents in the Noble area to conduct a sidewalk visual survey of each property, record its use and condition, and note any special features of the more than 4,000 lots in the district. When the data is recorded into a geographic information system (GIS) format, residents, city planners and investors will have access to information on Noble-area assets and development opportunities.
Pete Harris, owner of Pete’s Tavern at 1318 Warrensville Center Road, lost his battle with cancer on Dec. 6. Peter G. Harris was born in South Euclid, grew up in Cleveland Heights and attended Noble Elementary School and Monticello Junior High School. He graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1975 and The Ohio State University in 1979.
He patronized the Cleveland Orchestra and was a member of the Cleveland Museum of Art. He had a tender spot for animals, and supported the Animal Protective League and adopted rescued dogs.
Harris worked at the former Turkey Ridge Tavern on Coventry Road and at Bob’s on Mayfield Road before he bought his bar, the former Faragher’s, with his father in 1997. The deal included his father’s requirement that his son stop drinking.
Northeast Ohioans have certain expectations for the coming of autumn. They anticipate great piles of leaves, chilly temperatures, and shorter days. In addition to these hallmarks of the season, residents of University Heights look for another sign of the season—the appearance of blue plastic bags on their front door handles, which means that John Carroll University’s Fatima Family Food Drive is underway.
The Fatima Food Drive collects and purchases enough food for a Thanksgiving meal and a week's worth of groceries for more than 125 families. The project is an outgrowth of JCU’s longstanding relationship with Catholic Charities’ Fatima Family Center. Established in 1973, the Fatima Family Center is located in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood of Cleveland. JCU students provide weekly service at the center, assisting with aftercare, teen outreach, and senior citizen programming.
The Coventry Village neighborhood encourages everyone to shop local and get in the holiday spirit with a full day of free holiday events.
The Coventry Village Holiday Festival will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. Visitors can enjoy free parking at meters all weekend or take a complimentary ride on Lolly the Holiday Trolley, which will loop between Coventry, Cedar Lee and Cedar Fairmount districts, 6–9 p.m. that evening.
Coventry Village holiday festivities include:
- Classic holiday cartoons from the 1930s through the 1960s, in the Centrum Theater (daytime event)
- “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” in the Centrum Theater (evening event)
- Holiday photo booth with Santa and his Merry Elves
The snow may be falling, the air has a bite, but the shops of Cedar Fairmount are warm and inviting! On Friday, Dec. 12, the public is invited to shop local small businesses in the Cedar Fairmount Business District. It promises to be a delicious evening of fun at the start of the busy holiday season.
From 5–7 p.m. Appletree Books, Four and Twenty Mercantile, Ten Thousand Villages and Vero Bistro are partnering to host an exciting evening for the community. Begin your tour at Appletree Books for tasty appetizers and a glass of Prosecco, jolly stories of the season, and browsing through books to suit every taste.
The Cedar Taylor Development Association (CTDA) is holding a fall fundraising day on Saturday, Nov. 8, to raise funds for streetscape improvements. CTDA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that comprises merchants, property owners and residents in the Cedar Taylor neighborhood of Cleveland Heights and University Heights.
Last year, the organization was awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the City of Cleveland Heights to complete a streetscape study. Upon completion of this study, the association was awarded additional CDBG funds this year, in the amount of $5,500. If the association can raise $5,500, the city will match that, and award it an additional $5,500. These funds will be used for Phase 1 of implementation of the improvements, which will include planters, neighborhood signage, benches and bike racks.
Corn stalks, pumpkins, apples, the sound of crunching leaves—and ghosts, goblins and witches with brooms—are all signs that fall, and Halloween, is in the air. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, 5–7 p.m., the businesses of Cedar Fairmount will fill their stores with fall decorations and treats for young and old.
Children and adults are encouraged to come in costume, and there will be a costume contest for children at the India Community Center at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for Most Original, Scariest and Funniest costumes.
Children (and goblins) will be able to play Halloween games, provided by members of the Cleveland Heights Church, at the India Community Center from 5–7 p.m.
More than 200 residents attended the sixth annual Potter Village Block Party, held on Aug. 23, on Castleton Road in Cleveland Heights.
According to the leaders of the Potter Village Good Neighbor Association, an organization of residents, it is the largest citizen-run block party in Cleveland Heights.
The 2014 block party featured DJ Freddie James; a potluck dinner; a visit by a Cleveland Heights fire truck and members of the CH Fire and Police departments; a water balloon toss and Hula-Hoop contest; face painting and bicycle decorating; an old-fashioned cake walk; line dancing; and a raffle, with prizes donated by more than a dozen local merchants.
The fourth annual Cedar Lee Kid’s Candy Crawl will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, 5–8 p.m. Every year since the inaugural event in 2011, the number of children participating has doubled from the previous year. This year, organizers expect about 1,000 kids in costume to come trick-or-treating between the doors of the Cedar Lee Theatre and the Lee Road Library.
Each of the participating businesses will display an orange “Official Candy Crawl Stop” poster in its window.
"I created this event as a way for myself and the other merchants to give back to the families in our community," said Shawn Paul Gustafson, owner of Shawn Paul Salon. "After all, our fiercely locally minded community is the reason that all of us merchants are here and able to keep our doors open. It was also important to me that the children of the Heights get to experience a wonderfully magical night in the Cedar Lee."
On the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Rev. John McNulty, Communion of Saints Church pastor, was working in his office when he heard a loud "bang." The source of the noise was a two-car accident at the corner of Cedar and Coventry roads, which resulted in the destruction of the church's stone sign at that intersection.
According to the police report, a female driver was driving west on Cedar Road, in the direction of downtown Cleveland, at approximately 1 p.m. She initiated a left turn onto Coventry Road, and simultaneously struck a pickup truck. That truck was driven by a man who was heading south on Coventry Road and making a left turn onto Cedar Road. The pickup truck driver, who had a green turn signal at the time of the incident, proceeded to turn left through the green light. The woman, reportedly, neglected to stop, causing the male driver to swerve his car in an attempt to avoid hitting her. His truck, however, did strike her car, then traveled approximately 25 yards and plowed into the church’s concrete sign. The female driver has been charged with "disobeying traffic."
La Tea Dolly, a children’s tea shop located at 1637 Lee Road, is the first Cleveland Heights business to host a Little Free Library on its premises. The shop will hold an unveiling ceremony and grand opening of the library on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m.
Owner Monica Davis received a donated Little Free Library box from Margaret Bernstein of the Literacy Cooperative (www.literacycooperative.org). “She secured the donor for my box and I agreed to become the steward,” said Davis. “I am responsible for engaging the community, keeping the library full, promotions—and, of course, I’m redecorating it.” Davis will reveal the new design for the box on Aug. 2.
The Grant Deming's Forest Hill Historic District in Cleveland Heights will host its second annual neighborhoodwide garage sale on Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 40 homes participated in last year’s sale, and again this year, bargains and treasures await.
Maps will be available online and at all participating houses—just look for balloons marking sale locations.
Grant Deming's Forest Hill Historic District is bordered by Coventry, Lee and Cedar roads, and Lincoln Boulevard in Cleveland Heights. For more information about the sale and the neighborhood, and for a map of participating homes, visit www.grantdemingneighborhood.org/garagesalemap.
Charles Ramsey—the man who became famous last year after helping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escape from a decade of captivity—met fans and signed his new book Dead Giveaway last month at Mac's Back Books on Coventry Road. Written with Randy Nyerges, the book is published by Gray & Co., Publishers, which is owned by Cleveland Heights resident David Gray. The book signing helped kick off "Local Tuesdays," part of the Coventry Village Summer Series of free events.
Chicken keepers in Cleveland Heights will hold their second annual coop tour from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 21.
Since 2012, when backyard chicken keeping was made legal in the City of Cleveland Heights, more than 35 families have applied for chicken-keeping permits.
The tour will showcase the wide variety of chickens and coops in the Heights. Look for more information on www.heights-chickeneers.com.
Every year on June 21, skateboarders around the globe gather to celebrate the spirit of skateboarding on Go Skateboarding Day.
This year, Coventry Village encourages the community to come out for a day of fun, to experience what skateboarding is all about.
With the help of Public Square Group, a Cleveland nonprofit "dedicated to skateboarding, art and civics," Parking Lot 15 (located between Heights Cleaners and Marc’s on Coventry Road), will be transformed into a one-day pop-up skate on June 21, 3-7p.m. The pop-up skate park, equipped with ramps and obstacles, is free and open to skaters of all ages.
On Friday, June 6, Noble Road Presbyterian Church will host its annual Strawberry Festival—a spring tradition for the church and the Heights community. From 6–8 p.m., enjoy music, games and—of course—strawberries, shortcake and ice cream. The event will take place at the church, at 2780 Noble Road, rain or shine.
Coventry Village is offering a summer full of free, family-friendly, can't-miss events.
Starting June 10, Coventry Village will celebrate warm summer nights with free live music, outdoor movies, meet-and-greets with local authors, and more. Stop by Parking Lot 15, between Heights Cleaners and Marc’s, to join the fun.
Spring is a great time to declutter basements, garages and attics and welcome in the season. Residents of the Forest Hill neighborhood that spans Cleveland Heights and parts of East Cleveland are taking this challenge to heart by hosting the area’s largest community garage sale. On Saturday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 51 homes will be selling their wares at their individual homes.
Dubbed the Forest Hill Monster Garage Sale, 2014 marks the second year for this now annual event. Response from the community has been tremendous and as a result, participation has more than doubled.
On Sunday, April 27, at sunrise (6:29 a.m.), Northeast Ohio native Gary Pearlman (also known as Dr. U. R. Awesome) will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Free-Floating Soap Bubble Created Outdoors.
The record-breaking attempt will be made at the Ross DeJohn Community Center (located at 6306 Marsol Road, behind the Golden Gate Shopping Center, in Pearlman’s hometown of Mayfield Heights). The public is invited to cheer Pearlman on as he tries to bring the title to Cleveland.
The current record, held by Megan Colby Parker of Plymouth, Mass., was established exactly one year ago—on April 27, 2013. Her gigantic bubble had a volume of 20.65 m. (729.25 ft.).
Parker will be in town for Pearlman’s record-breaking attempt as witness and special judge. In an act of sportsmanship, Parker has agreed to allow Dr. Awesome to use her special secret blend of bubble juice, which she calls Party Bubble Big Bubble Concentrate and credits for her win last year.
Heights resident Francesca Kemp Bleick, known as Chessie, died peacefully on Feb. 18, following a struggle with cancer. She was 73.
Bleick was born in Cleveland on Nov. 23, 1940, and attended Roxboro Elementary School and Laurel School. Following her graduation from Colorado College, she returned to her hometown to work as a librarian for General Electric.
In 1963, she married Edgar Bleick and settled into life on Delaware Drive in Cleveland Heights. She and her husband worked together for many years at K&E, the company they owned that manufactures a specialty chemical used to clean cathedrals and other historic stone buildings.
On Jan. 16, the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) announced the expansion of its Heritage HomeSM (Sales Mark) Program to assist potential homeowners in both purchasing and rehabbing existing homes. Previously, homeowners could receive a low-interest fixed-rate loan for renovations. Now, they can also receive a second mortgage to make the initial purchase more affordable.
Called the Heritage Home PurchaseSM Program, the new program combines free technical assistance from CRS with a variable-rate home purchase loan and fixed-rate home improvement loan from program partner First Federal of Lakewood. Cuyahoga County subsidizes the loan to ensure a low interest rate.
Concerned residents of the Coventry Village Neighborhood have created a petition drive to request the CH-UH Public Library board rescind its decision to shut down the Coventry Village Library on Fridays.
The decision, made by the board at its November meeting without neighborhood input or notification, utilizes funds saved from closing Coventry to increase the University Heights Library's hours from six to seven days a week, leaving Coventry as the only branch closed two days a week.
Members and friends of the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District (CFSID) will hold a fundraiser for Surrey Road resident Mindy Manyo on Sunday, Oct. 27.
Manyo was struck from behind by an automobile shortly after 9 p.m. on Oct. 3, while she was riding her bicycle westbound on Fairmount Boulevard. According to Cleveland Heights Police, the motorist stopped briefly but then accelerated at a high rate of speed, dragging Manyo, who was trapped under the vehicle, a short distance, and fleeing the scene. Cleveland Heights Police are actively searching for the suspect vehicle and operator involved in the incident.
Neighbors called it the ghost house.
For decades—some say 61 years—the corner of Hampshire and Cadwell was thought to be possessed.
Shadowy, slanting maple trees surrounded the drab maroon colonial, lit dimly at night by a 25-watt lightbulb. Under the ownership of Carl C. Kornicks, empty of any authorized inhabitants, 1779 Cadwell Ave. had fallen into a state of primordial disrepair.
Hidden behind the forest canopy, carloads of college students would sneak in and have raucous parties. The house’s paranormal mystique attracted generations of curious neighborhood children, who would knock on the door and sometimes break in.
At the Oct. 7 Cleveland Heights City Council meeting, Mayor Ed Kelley declared the Cain Park Dog Project a success and said that the park would remain open to leashed-dog walkers on a permanent basis.
At the meeting, Kerri Whitehouse, a leader of the Cain Park Dog Project, gave an update on the six-month pilot project and formally requested that the city make leashed-dog walking in Cain Park permanent.
“We’re really, really pleased—and surprised that they had already made the decision prior to last night’s council meeting,” said Whitehouse. “Based on previous discussions, we anticipated that a vote would take place at the next public forum meeting. It feels good to be part of something that’s had a meaningful impact in Cleveland Heights.”
The fifth annual Potter Village Block Party was held on Saturday, Aug. 24, on Castleton Road in Cleveland Heights.
Potter Village, located between Monticello Boulevard and Taylor and Yellowstone roads, comprises seven connected streets—Castleton, Woodridge, St. Albans, Boynton, Radcliffe, Haselton and Edison.
The neighborhood is named after the Potter family, who ran a large dairy farm on the property in the early 1900s. Horace and Florence Potter were jewelers. They both graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1898. They began making jewelry in their chicken coop and later established a jewelry store in downtown Cleveland.
Young Cleveland Heights residents have a new way to keep cool in the summer heat. Cain Park neighborhood residents joined Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley and council members Cheryl Stephens and Mary Dunbar on July 21 to cut the ribbon to open the new Cain Park Splash Pad. Once the water was turned on, young residents immediately began to explore its many interactive features.
The new splash pad, which has no standing water, replaces the former baby pool at the same site and is intended for the use of children five-years-old and younger. It was constructed by Platform Cement Inc. at a cost of $198,000. Behnke Landscape Architects, with help from city staff, designed the pad, choosing elements from Vortex Aquatic Structures International.
The Montford Community Garden Association is teaming up with the 2nd Cents auction house to raise funds for the community garden on the corner of Windsor and Montford roads in Cleveland Heights.
The association seeks donations of non-clothing items, such as furniture, tools, artwork, household goods, and collectibles, to sell at auction. All of the proceeds are tax deductible and will help fund projects at the garden, including the construction of a perimeter fence.
The auctions will be held every three weeks. Find a schedule and listings at www.2ndcents.com. For additional information or to donate an item, contact Aaron Woldman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-214-0800. More information about the Montford Community Garden can be found at www.montfordcommunitygarden.org.
As Aug. 11 approaches, plans for the 12th annual Discover Cedar Fairmount Festival are coming together.
The community festival, presented by the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District, will take place in the Cedar Fairmount Business District of Cleveland Heights from noon to 5 p.m. Elite event sponsors, which include the Cedar Grandview Building, Chase Bank, Dave's Supermarkets, Eileen M. Burkhart & Co., Fifth Third Bank, the Heights Center Building, the Heights Medical Building and FutureHeights, have matched a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, enabling expanded activities and ensuring the fair remains free to the public.
The festival will offer activities for the entire family. As in previous years, children can enjoy face painting, cricket races, pony rides and more. The whole family can enjoy a ride on the Euclid Beach Rocket Car or visit with Batman and Robin at the Batmobile. New this year, Howard Hanna Real Estate will offer a child ID program.
Join the Dog Project on Saturday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. outside Cain Park’s Alma Theater gate for a brief, and free, educational gathering. At this first Pooch School, Cleveland Heights dog trainer Ann Trupo, Doggy Do-Right, will discuss reading dog body language and knowing when and how to do dog introductions on a leash.
With a recently enacted pilot program that allows leashed dogs in the park, Cain Park is now a dog-friendly park; however, it is not a dog park, which is a fenced-in space just for dogs to run off-leash. These terms are sometimes used interchangeably, though they have different meanings.
On Monday, May 27, the cities of University Heights and Cleveland Heights will observe Memorial Day with a parade (UH) and ceremony of remembrance (CH).
In University Heights, the city’s 47th annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. From its starting point at Silsby Road near Farland Road, the parade will travel east on Silsby to Belvoir Boulevard. There it turns south to end at John Carroll University (JCU).
At the parade’s end, at approximately noon, a memorial program will be held on the steps of the JCU Nanatorium. Bishop Neal Buckon , a University Heights native who served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Army for seven years, will speak at the program.
Residents of Grant Deming’s Forest Hill Historic District (GDFH) are planning two June events to promote their neighborhood. On Sunday, June 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., realtors representing 20 homes currently listed for sale in the neighborhood will hold open houses.
On Saturday, June 22, the day before the open house, GDFH will host a community-wide garage sale. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In case of rain, the sale will be rescheduled for June 29.
Saturday, May 11, was a good day for community, sharing and—dirt. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Montford Community Garden Association (MCGA) members, including Patrick Byrne, John Ludway, Laurel Freeder, Diane Frederick, Curt and Suzie Coker, Michael Jones, Leslie Bates, and others assembled raised beds and filled them with soil in preparation for planting, which will begin in the next two weeks.
Several young people were on hand to help. Olivia Jones and her friend, Ashlee Woldman, took a break from shoveling and raking to help Mayor Ed Kelley cut a ribbon, tied between two Fiskar’s shovels, to dedicate the garden.
For decades, Coventry Road has been one of Cleveland’s most eclectic—and successful—shopping districts. Over the years, the shops and restaurants on the street have changed to reflect the times, and now, with summer almost upon us, Coventry Road is changing again.
The Montford Community Garden is one of ten projects throughout the United States and Canada selected by Fiskars Brands for a 2013 Project Orange Thumb® grant.
The Montford Community Garden Association plans to create a community garden on a vacant lot at the corner of Montford and Windsor roads in Cleveland Heights. The group worked with FutureHeights, a nonprofit dedicated to building community through civic engagement, to apply for the grant in late 2012.
“I am thrilled!” said Patrick Bryne, a resident of Englewood Road and president of the association, “This award should really keep the ball rolling, and should be enough to start the basics. I am excited to see this infusion put to work.”
Neither freezing temperatures, nor snow and ice deterred Berkeley residents from spreading a little joy, peace and love in their community. On Dec. 22, more than a dozen Berkeley residents went caroling from South Taylor Road to Euclid Heights Boulevard. This was the first caroling event since the neighbors began meeting in 2006. The carolers sang traditional Christmas songs as they strolled along Berkeley Road. People came to their doors or stood on their porches to listen. Later, everyone enjoyed hot chocolate and warm apple cider.
The Dog Project Committee of the Cain Park Neighborhood Association is set to begin a one-year, leashed-dog pilot program in Cain Park in April, pending approval by Cleveland Heights City Council.
The committee formed to work toward the Cain Park Neighborhood’s Association’s goals of helping to keep Cain Park safe, and encourage more neighborhood activities in the park. Members hope lifting the dog ban will encourage more foot traffic there. The group’s multifaceted approach also includes efforts to address abandoned and foreclosed properties bordering the park, and to encourage family activities, such as picnicking, kite flying and sledding.
The intensity stirred by the issue of foreclosed properties, bank walk-aways, vacant, poorly maintained and otherwise troubled properties in our neighborhoods was evident at the Neighbor-2-Neighbor Autumn Meeting held on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland Heights. The date coincided with the first anniversary of the Grant Deming Forest Hill Historic District, which, in sponsoring the event, invited the participation of the Cain Park Neighborhood Association. Both of these newly formed neighborhood groups have been responsive to the recent spate of such problem properties on our residential streets.
A discussion on the topic of Housing and Neighborhood Stability was led by Zach Germaniuk. Will Dugar, host of the meeting, described Germaniuk as having "confronted some of the worst remnants of the housing crisis, which formed the basis for his paper ‘Stalled Foreclosures and the Need for Positive Action.’ Our presenter brings a lot of knowledge and ideas."
Gregory and Elise Lindsay were remembered by their church pastor, Charles Yoost, of Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights, as very loving, caring and giving people, who everyone thought well of and liked.”
The couple were found dead in their home on East Monmouth Road in Cleveland Heights on Nov. 8. The cause of the death was ruled accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
A funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 16 at Church of the Savior.
Berkeley Road resident Yolanda Stone and her neighbors love their street, love the Heights, and hope their enthusiasm spreads.
Stone helped organize the Berkeley Neighbors in 2006, to host a number of events throughout the year to, as she said, “come together as a community and develop relationships.”
“We have a core group of about 10 [neighbors] who meet regularly to plan events,” said Stone. “We usually have about 75 people who come to the block party, and we’re trying to have something for everyone.” Stone attended the neighborhood leadership training that FutureHeights hosted in April 2012, along with several of her neighbors. “Our association covers Berkeley from the west side of Taylor Road,” she said.
Every October, early in the month, a small, round yellow sign goes up on Scarborough Road to announce a cherished neighborhood tradition: the Sperl family’s donut party. Tom Sperl, bassist for the Cleveland Orchestra, and his family invite several hundred of their closest friends, associates and absolute strangers to a donut party on their lawn. Orchestra folks, church friends, neighborhood pals and an occasional politician turn up to enjoy warm, fresh donuts with delicious toppings, hot cider and coffee.
The annual meeting of the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District is on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 a.m., at Nighttown. The public is invited.
At 10:30 a.m., Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc. (UCI), will give a talk at the meeting on "University Circle: The Neighborhood without Borders."
This will be an opportunity to discuss future relationships between University Circle and Cleveland Heights and the Cedar Fairmount Business District.
Ronayne was named president of UCI in 2005. UCI is the nonprofit community service corporation responsible for the development, service, and advocacy of University Circle as a world-class center of innovation in health care, education, arts and culture, and as a premier urban district.
The merchants of Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights present an End of Summer Sidewalk Sale, Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Coventry is known for its independent retailers, offering unique, hard-to-find and one-of-a-kind items. They will be "bringing it out of the stores and on to the street" for the sidewalk sale, and invite everyone to "save big and shop local."
The sale will feature deep one-day discounts on clothing and accessories for men, women and children. There will also be art, antiques, books, toys and novelties, collectibles, housewares and more.
The sidewalk sale coincides with Cleveland Height's final free parking weekend of the summer, Aug. 24–26. Parking is free in Cleveland Heights along Coventry Road, and anywhere there is a public parking meter.
On Tuesday, Aug. 7, more than 30 Berkeley Road residents participated in National Night Out (NNO) by walking Berkeley Road from South Taylor Road to Euclid Heights Boulevard. The walkers were taking a stand against crime by showing their solidarity and strength in numbers.
They carried flashlights and lanterns as they greeted and talked with one another. Several generations were represented, from a two-year -old in a wagon to a senior citizen using a cane. Residents along the route were asked to turn on their front lights, lock their doors, and join the walkers.
The 2012 Olympic Games may be over but memories of London will live on for one Cleveland Heights family—in their backyard. On the closing day of the 30th Olympiad, family and friends of Chris and Amy Barr pitched in to erect a classic red telephone booth (or box as the Brits call it) in the backyard of the Barrs’ Coleridge Road home.
Thanks to Olympic caliber teamwork, the iconic structure was reconstructed under a sprawling oak tree to bring a bit of the British Isles to the neighborhood. Weighing in at 1650 pounds, the cast iron phone booth was originally purchased by Tom and Cheryl Mackie, Amy’s parents, while the family was living in England.
This summer, the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District (SID) will host the 11th annual Discover Cedar Fairmount Summer Festival and Arts & Crafts Sale. The festival will take place Sunday, Aug. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at Cedar Road and Fairmount Boulevard in Cleveland Heights.
“This family-friendly event is provided for the community by the generous contribution of the merchants, business owners and neighbors,” said Kaye Lowe, executive director of Cedar Fairmount SID. “We look forward to continuing this free event for the Cleveland Heights families.”
Gary Lustic and his wife Julie, residents of Cleveland Heights, initiated a community effort to revamp the mini park that sits between the Heights Arts Gallery and Lemon Grass restaurant on Lee Road on Saturday, May 26.
“We looked at the park and thought, this is a gateway for a tourist attraction,” Lustic said. “Everyone who comes to a movie walks through this park, and there was garbage strewn and weeds everywhere. So we said, why don’t we take on this park?”
The Lustics approached Heights Arts, the nonprofit gallery that abuts the park, and got an enthusiastic response from Peggy Spaeth, the organization’s executive director.
Three Heights-area civic organizations will host a welcoming reception for new residents of Cleveland Heights and University Heights on Sunday, July 1 at the Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Road.
The New Resident Welcome and Open House is scheduled from 2–3 p.m. at the Harvey & Friends bookstore on the second floor of the library. All new residents are invited to attend and enjoy light refreshments.
The Cain Park Neighborhood Association (CPNA) will be hosting a picnic in Cain Park on Thursday, May 17, from 6–9 p.m.
The picnic is open to the public and will take place near the Evans theater ticket office. Those attending are invited to bring their own food and drink, a blanket to sit on and perhaps a Frisbee to throw around. This will be a great opportunity to meet neighbors and to reconnect with the park.
Paul Nosa, an innovative sewing artist, showed his stuff on Coventry May 10. The visit was part of his Sewing Tour 2012 Revisited, in which Nosa travels across the country with his solar- and bike-powered sewing machine creating patches of people’s ideas expressed in five words or less. Amy Rosenbluth, co-director of Lake Erie Ink, a nonprofit that provides creative expression opportunities and academic support to youth and is based in the Coventry School building, walked over with a group of middle school-aged children to see Nosa’s work and provide him with inspiration for a number of patches: the power of poetry, bunnies playing kickball and a dog writing graffiti. See the designs at https://www.facebook.com/lakeerieink.
Since its inception late last year, the Cain Park Neighborhood Association (CPNA) has focused on making a difference in the community.
Peter Titas, CPNA executive committee member, said that one of CPNA’s main objectives is to bring residents from Hyde Park Avenue, Superior Park Drive, Superior Road and South Compton together to build a stronger community and increase foot traffic in Cain Park.
“Our goal is to reduce crime by having a greater presence in the neighborhood park,” Titas said. “If there are people using the park, crime is less likely to occur. At least, that's our logic. The police and city have been great. They've installed call boxes, increased the number of bike patrols, and listened to our concerns. But if we want crime to go down, we need to be an active part of the solution.”