‘Scareborough’ Road addresses Halloween during the pandemic

Scarborough Road in Cleveland Heights is known for its enthusiastic participation in Halloween. Many of the street’s residents put up elaborate displays during the month of October, and residents on the middle block of the street hang a banner on Oct. 31, rechristening the street “Scareborough,” to welcome trick-or-treaters.

Unofficial counts estimate the yearly number of trick-or-treaters on the street at more than 1,000—give or take a few sneaky ghosts and goblins who manage to go through the candy lines twice.

But Halloween 2020 will be different on “Scareborough” due to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing.

Scarborough residents in the middle block created a website to address the changes, and to offer residents resources to try to ensure a safe, fun holiday.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 11:32 AM, 10.18.2020

Baseball team and community help house fire victims

On June 24, Cleveland Heights High School’s 18U summer baseball team was supposed to play an away game in Perry. But the Perry field was soaked from an overnight rainstorm, so the game was moved to Heights High’s home field.

Partway through the game, a loud bang surprised players and fans alike. As they looked around, they heard children screaming and saw them running away from a house on Washington Boulevard. With the sight and smell of smoke in the air, parents, players and fans from both teams rushed to help.

A recently renovated duplex had caught fire due to faulty wiring in the garage, leaving two families—12 people and a dog—without a home.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 2:39 PM, 07.20.2020

Hundreds march for a safer Heights

On Sunday, June 14, another peaceful and powerful rally brought hundreds of Heights residents together in unity with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Organized by Safer Heights, a grassroots activist group, the event began with speakers at Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park who then led leagues of chanting and sign-carrying participants through Coventry Village, down Mayfield Road to Superior Road. The march paused outside of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church, where participants took a knee for a moment of silence. Then several speakers shared stories about their experiences as black members of the Cleveland Heights community, and called for systemic changes in policing.

The march then continued down Superior Road, looping back to Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park, where organizers addressed the large and enthusiastic crowd, thanking community partners and volunteers who helped make the day a success. 

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 10:40 AM, 06.16.2020

Neighbors create new mini-park on Noble

A new mini-park is shaping up at the corner of Roanoke and Noble roads in Cleveland Heights, where Laura Marks of Heights Tree People, and Barb Sosnowski of Noble Neighbors Gardeners, are turning a vacant lot into a place of beauty and delight.

Their plan includes enhancing the crushed brick on the park’s diagonal walkway by adding river rocks with fossilized ripples. A gathering area with a picnic table will be placed near the center of the walkway, and shade will be provided by ornamental trees planted by the city.

Sosnowski and Marks had separately considered how to transform the lot into a community-building asset. They shared their ideas with the Noble Corridor brainstorming group, a project initiated by Jill Tatem, in response to the Noble Road Corridor Planning process, led by FutureHeights last year.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 10:39 AM, 06.02.2020

We Are Noble, May 15–17, adapts to the 'new normal'

We Are Noble, the annual neighborhood event, has two main goals: First, to enjoy and celebrate neighbors, and thus build up the community; and second, to demonstrate to those outside the community that the Noble neighborhood is a great place in which to live and invest. 

This year’s We Are Noble celebration, May 15–17, will take on a creative new look as those in the Noble district of Cleveland Heights, like all Ohioans, work to keep one another healthy. Instead of gathering at event hubs (at yard sales, institutions, and parks), We Are Noble participants will celebrate from their homes.

Those who live and work near Noble Road are asked to unite around four themes: Show, Support, Serve, and Savor. Noble Neighbors, the community organization, is offering suggestions for creating displays and motivating actions around each theme.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 12:05 PM, 05.11.2020

FutureHeights awards spring mini-grants

FutureHeights awarded $3,175 in grants to support six projects in Cleveland Heights in the spring round of its 2020 Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program.

Noble Neighbors received $500 for the Noble Nook project, which seeks to transform the vacant lot at Noble and Roanoke roads into an attractive space that encourages community use. For more information, visit

Maple, Crest, Wood, & Parkhill Neighbors received $500 for the Millikin Playground Enhancements project, which will enhance the playground at the former Millikin Elementary School building and facilitate community-building in the neighborhood.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 11:59 AM, 04.30.2020

Chatfield lights up in memory of Bill Mangano

Chatfield Drive neighbors began setting out the luminaries just before dusk on Sunday, March 1. Carefully spaced in a long, flickering, meandering line stretching from Cedar Road to Fairmount Boulevard, it was a beautiful silent tribute to one of their own. 

This was the second such memorial on Chatfield in recent years. This one in honor of Basil “Bill” Mangano, who passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on Feb. 27. He was 49. 

Once the candles were lit, Bill’s wife, Amy, their teenage daughters, and two dozen family and friends emerged from the Mangano home and took a slow, cathartic walk down Chatfield.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 12:55 PM, 04.20.2020

Butterflies perform Easter Sunday dance

Cleveland Heights artists Robin VanLear and Story Rhinehart Cadiz performed a butterfly dance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (at Fairmount Blvd. and Coventry Road) on April 12, Easter Sunday, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The mother-daughter duo danced in costume on the church’s front lawn while its carillon played from the bell tower. 

Several people who were out walking in the neighborhood stopped to watch and listen. “It was a great experience,” said VanLear. “There were many waves and occasional honks from passing cars.”

VanLear said that the duo plans to perform again. “Weather permitting, we will try and go out at the same time other Sundays in different, appropriate costumes,” she said.  

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 2:17 PM, 04.14.2020

Construction on Top of the Hill to begin

Construction on the mixed-use Top of the Hill (TOH) project is expected to begin the first quarter of 2020. The project—on approximately four acres of city-owned property at the corner of Cedar Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard, at the top of Cedar Hill—is highly visible and serves as a gateway between the Heights and University Circle. Its development has been a longtime goal of the city.

The city’s Architectural Board of Review approved final design drawings for the $84-million TOH project in October 2019. The project calls for 261 market-rate luxury apartments, more than 11,000 square feet of first-floor commercial space, approximately 25,000 square feet of green space, a 550-space parking garage, and additional surface parking.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 10:16 AM, 01.03.2020

Neighborhood to gather for Nela Park holiday lights

Continuing a long-held holiday tradition, GE Lighting will illuminate its Nela Park headquarters with a festive display beginning Friday, Dec. 6. This is the 95th year the company will have created the light show. This year’s theme, Deck the Halls, uses more than 500,000 LED light bulbs and features a replica of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., and a selfie station in front of a big red ornament at which visitors can take festive, personalized pictures. The display will be visible from the street through Jan. 6.

At 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, FutureHeights, Noble Neighbors, NOAH (East Cleveland’s CDC), East Cleveland’s Neighborhood 9, and other community partners invite the public to gather at Chester’s parking lot (across from Nela Park at Noble and Neladale roads) to celebrate the beginning of the show, when GE officially flips the switch to illuminate the displays.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 5:07 PM, 12.02.2019

FutureHeights' Cedarbrook Society revitalizes Cedar Lee Mini-Park

The Cedarbrook Society, a group of five Heights High students, worked with artist Tom Masaveg this summer to help FutureHeights enliven the Cedar Lee Mini-Park, a 7,500-square-foot site located between Boss Dog Brewing Company and Heights Arts in the Cedar Lee Business District.

For six weeks, the students, with Masaveg’s guidance, served as ambassadors for the space, welcoming visitors and guests, planting flowers, weeding the flower beds and creating signage. Masaveg installed a mural of white trees on the side of the Cedar Lee Theatre building and worked with the students to create augmented-reality artwork to interact with the mural via smart phone technology. With help from Heights Libraries, he installed a Little Free Library. The students managed a Cedarbrook Society social media account to document their activities and keep the community up-to-date. They also gathered additional input on future use of the space through on-site surveying.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 1:50 PM, 09.02.2019

Registration is open for FH 2020 Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Series

Residents of Cleveland Heights are invited to apply for the 2020 FutureHeights Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Series, a free, multidisciplinary neighborhood leadership development program designed for individuals enthusiastic about positively contributing to the community in which they live, work and play. Participants will develop leadership skills, as well as gain knowledge and tools to help make their neighborhoods strong, safe and vibrant.

Since 2015, 60 CH residents have completed the workshop series. Some participate because they are interested in learning more about the city, want to meet their neighbors and other civically-minded people, or have a specific neighborhood project they want to complete. Many program graduates go on to join nonprofit boards, or city committees or commissions. Some apply to receive funding for a project through FutureHeights’ Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program, which has biannual deadlines. (The fall mini-grants deadline is Sunday, Sept. 15.)

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 1:58 PM, 09.02.2019

Lower dam done; Horseshoe unlucky

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) said work at Lower Shaker Lake dam is complete for now, but Horseshoe Lake will remain drained at least through next summer, while engineers try to solve structural problems with its dam. Both dams are categorized as Class I by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) because their failure would result in “probable loss of life.”

Contractors began draining Lower Shaker Lake in June, leaving 4-foot-deep pools of water for fish and turtles. When the lake started to refill in early July, people reported seeing dead fish.

Jeff Jowett, senior watershed team leader for NEORSD, said a fish survey taken before the project showed an overwhelming majority of the fish were carp and goldfish, considered invasive species, but any fish deaths were unintentional.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 11:39 AM, 08.01.2019

Church invites community to free block party

Central Bible Baptist Church will host its annual community block party on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event is open to the entire community, and will take place at the church, located at 2285 Noble Road.

For more than 10 years, the church has hosted the block party to engage, educate and empower adults and children of all ages. This year’s event will feature words of empowerment, food, music, games, crafts, special performances, a clothing drive, face-painting, cooking demonstrations, free Christian books and resources, and a puppet show.

There will also be free health screenings and educational materials focused on important health issues.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 10:27 AM, 08.01.2019

Noble Neighbors keeps it going

Noble Neighbors is planning activities and events for the summer and the rest of 2019.

Already underway is the inaugural season of the Noble Gardeners' Market, which takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Noble and Roanoke roads,through Sept. 21. Backyard and community garden growers sell their fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, and sellers and buyers have been exchanging more than greenery at the market. Gardeners are sharing growing tips, community gardens are finding new growers for their plots, and new friendships are sprouting among neighbors.

Sellers may sell freshly grown produce and plants but may not sell processed food or non-plant items. Notably, sellers are not required to live in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 10:25 AM, 08.01.2019

Veteran and his family get mortgage-free home in CH

On May 18, a long-serving, decorated veteran and his family received a newly renovated, mortgage-free furnished home in Cleveland Heights, through an ongoing partnership between Citizens Bank and the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

The home was presented to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Charlie Pepinrivera, who served his country for more than 24 years, with tours of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Bosnia.

Wounded during several military operations, Pepinrivera also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury as a result of his deployments. His service commendations include the Combat Action Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 8:45 AM, 06.03.2019

June 25 talk focuses on neighborhood revitalization

Can planting flowers lead to neighborhood revitalization? That is the question a FutureHeights-sponsored panel will discuss on June 25 at a public forum at the BottleHouse Brewing Company.

Speakers, including Tom Gibson, Phyliss Thomas, George Fleming and Jan Kious will discuss the macro level social implications that gardening, planting flowers, and beautification can have on a neighborhood, or, in some cases, an entire community.

They will consider such questions as: What positive impacts have other communities seen as a result of thoughtful and deliberate beautification?

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 8:34 AM, 06.03.2019

Final community meeting on Noble Road project is June 20

On June 20, 7 p.m., FutureHeights will host the last in a series of community meetings to share plans for, and gather input about, the Noble Road commercial corridor.

At the meeting, which will take place at Central Bible Baptist Church, 2285 Noble Road, project consultants Camiros LTD and The Riddle Company will present to the community their final iteration of research and ideas. This final presentation will encompass ideas and feedback gathered from the community over the past several months. 

Noble Road is the most significant street in the northeast section of Cleveland Heights, giving its name to an area known as “Noble neighborhood.”

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 8:40 AM, 06.03.2019

Coventry launches Final Fridays

Coventry Village kicked off its inaugural monthly Final Fridays event on April 26. Merchants offered discounts, and artists and nonprofits hosted events. Coventry Village Final Fridays are slated to take place year round, on the last Friday of each month. The next will take place on May 31. For information on upcoming Final Friday programs, visit

Mallory Phillips, Coventry Village Special Improvement District’s executive director, said the concept was inspired by her experiences living in Los Angeles. “The downtown art walks would bring the small business districts alive with local artists, musicians, great food, and all sorts of shopping specials.” Phillips wanted to bring this lively community-centric vibe to Coventry. “It’s a great way to highlight all of the amazing dining, shopping and nightlife that is already there, while bringing in local artists to showcase their work and bring inspiration to the neighborhood in a new way,” said Phillips.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 12:36 PM, 05.28.2019

May 22 Soup and Bread Experiment will benefit Cedar Lee Mini-Park

The CLE Soup and Bread Experiment’s next monthly event at the BottleHouse in Cleveland Heights will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Donations from the evening will benefit the Cedar Lee Mini-Park Placemaking Project, which seeks to turn the Cedar Lee Mini-Park into a vibrant gathering space.

The CLE Soup and Bread Experiment is an all-volunteer organization that shares soup, breaks bread, and donates each month to a worthy cause. Volunteer soup makers bring hot soup to the event, local bakeries provide bread and, together, they make a meal. The meal is free, but participants are asked to contribute to the donation bucket, in support of a worthy cause.

Heights resident Simona Mkrtschjan learned about the Soup and Bread Experiment through a friend in Chicago, and decided that she wanted to bring it to her hometown. In existence for just over two years, the Cleveland group has evolved and grown. Events are now organized, curated, and led by Nicole Rossa, Kirstan Ryan and other Heights volunteers. “We chose soup because soup is more than soup—while nourishing and comforting, it also binds people together,” said Rossa.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 12:30 PM, 05.14.2019

Noble weekend festival begins May 17

We Are Noble, the annual celebration of the neighborhoods along Noble Road, will take place Friday through Sunday, May 17–19.

Festivities will begin on Friday, May 17, with NobleFest, a family fun night hosted by the PTAs of Noble and Oxford elementary schools, 6–8 p.m. at Noble school. Turns in the bounce house, games, face-painting, Tiger Nation gear and food will be available for purchase. It will be a good place for patrons to buy their first funnel cake of the summer carnival season. Free bicycle registration, a helmet giveaway and free photos will also be on offer.

Nearby, at 7 p.m., Noble Road Presbyterian Church will offer a free viewing of the movie, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” The film is about Fred Rogers’ impact on generations of young people, and a perfect theme for the weekend.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 11:06 AM, 05.02.2019

FutureHeights awards mini-grants to three CH projects

FutureHeights completed the spring 2019 round of its Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program, approving $2,415 in grants to support three neighborhood projects in Cleveland Heights. The grants are intended to spur small, grassroots projects to improve quality of life and build community.

FutureHeights awarded the Cleveland Heights Aging Well at Home Initiative $720. Residents of the Forest Hill neighborhood developed a guide of resources for Cleveland Heights residents who have chosen to age at home or who are living at home with disabilities. The group developed the guide to assist their neighbors in navigating service providers. To learn more and access the guide, visit

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.02.2019

Forest Hill aims to give new residents a warm welcome

A modern version of a “welcome wagon” is being put in place to greet new residents of the Forest Hill neighborhood.

Marlene Perez, the new vice president of Forest Hill Home Owners (FHHO), is developing a new welcoming package of information, including a map of the area, homemade cookies and jellies, and courtesies from local businesses and organizations.

A welcoming team plans to visit new residents three times, to ensure that they are comfortable in their new neighborhood and have found any resources they may need.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:26 AM, 04.02.2019

FutureHeights' 2019 annual meeting is April 10

On April 10, FutureHeights will present its 2019 annual meeting at the newly renovated Cleveland Heights High School, 13263 Cedar Road.

FutureHeights, a nonprofit community development corporation, strives to engage Heights residents in order to ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

This year’s meeting will discuss the concepts of place-making and place-attachment as a sustainable means of community development and revitalization in the Heights, and in cities and communities everywhere.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:04 AM, 03.04.2019

Learn about revitalization plans for Noble Road on April 4

On April 4, FutureHeights will host a community meeting to share plans that are taking shape for the Noble Road commercial corridor, and gather community input. At the meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. at McGregor Home, 14900 Private Drive in East Cleveland, the project consultants—Camiros LTD and The Riddle Company—will present their research and ideas to the community.

Noble Road is the most significant street in the northeast section of Cleveland Heights, giving its name to an area known as the “Noble Neighborhood.” FutureHeights, in cooperation with several community partners, kicked off a planning study of Noble Road in fall 2018.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:19 AM, 03.04.2019

FH's Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Series begins in January

FutureHeights is proud to launch the fifth round of its Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Series, a multidisciplinary leadership development program. Participants will develop leadership skills and gain knowledge and tools they can use to help make their Cleveland Heights neighborhood strong, safe and vibrant.

Since 2015, 47 Cleveland Heights residents have completed the workshops. Participants were interested in learning more about Cleveland Heights and meeting other civically minded people, and some had a community or neighborhood project in mind when they signed up. Many workshop series graduates have gone on to receive project funding through the FutureHeights Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 2:09 PM, 11.29.2018

Coventry holiday fest is Dec. 8

Coventry Village will host its annual Holiday Festival on Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at 11 a.m. and running through the evening. Offering events and activities for all ages, the district is proud to present something for everyone this holiday season.

This year’s festival is taking place in cooperation with the Grog Shop and B Side Lounge’s Jingle Bell Shop, and reflects the partnership between the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus and Coventry Village merchants.

With special music, holiday characters, Coventry Cash, holiday treats, crafts, classic movies and, of course, photos with Santa Claus, Coventry Village is bringing back all of the festival favorites to this beloved neighborhood event.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 10:44 AM, 12.03.2018

Noble Road planning study continues

On Oct. 29 and 30, consultants from Camiros, Ltd., a nationally recognized urban planning firm, and The Riddle Company, a real estate and economic development marketing consulting practice, made their first visit to Cleveland Heights to begin a planning study of the Noble Road corridor. FutureHeights commissioned the study with the goals of revitalizing the corridor to enhance the neighborhood’s image and improve residents’ quality of life.

During the two days, the consultants toured the Noble neighborhood and the city of Cleveland Heights, and met individually and in small groups with almost 40 residents and business owners. They also met with members of organizations such as Noble Neighbors, Home Repair Resource Center, Central Bible Baptist Church, Noble Neighborhood Library, and the cities of Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 5:20 PM, 11.29.2018

FutureHeights awards mini-grants to four Cleveland Heights projects

FutureHeights completed the fall 2018 round of its Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program, approving $1,425 in grants to support four neighborhood projects in Cleveland Heights. The grants are intended to spur small, grassroots projects to improve quality of life and build community.

The Old Vaudevillian was awarded $355 for its costume exchange pop-up project, located in the former Heights Music Shop space, and its plans to build community, provide low-cost Halloween costumes to children, and decorate and re-use a vacant storefront.

GardenWalk of Cleveland Heights received $250 for its garden walk project. GardenWalk is a free, self-guided tour of private and community gardens and home orchards in each neighborhood in the city. GardenWalk aims to nurture community, beautify neighborhoods and encourage civic pride.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 3:12 PM, 10.31.2018

Noble Road study kicks off Oct. 29

FutureHeights will kick off a planning study of the Noble Road commercial corridor on Oct. 29. The nonprofit community development corporation plans to work in collaboration with Noble Neighbors, the cities of Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope (NOAH), residents, business owners and other stakeholders to study the area and develop a market analysis and revitalization plan.

Throughout the approximately nine-month process, FutureHeights will seek input from neighborhood residents and other stakeholders.

Noble Road is the most significant street in the northeast section of Cleveland Heights and lends its name to the Noble neighborhood. The study area begins at Mayfield Road and extends along Noble Road several blocks to the west of Cleveland Heights into the city of East Cleveland.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 10:40 AM, 10.23.2018

Cedar Fairmount SID seeks new executive director

After nearly 19 years of service, Kaye Lowe, the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District's executive director, will retire at the end of December.

The SID's board of trustees is currently searching for Lowe's replacement. The position is for a part-time, 1099 independent contractor. Qualified candidates must possess a minimum of five years of experience, a bachelor's degree, excellent communication skills and strong project management skills. The non-profit serves to promote and improve the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood for its businesses and property owners.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 12:54 PM, 10.16.2018

Beth El invites community to special refugee Shabbat

Religious teachings, and plain old humanity, suggest that there is a moral imperative to treat the stranger well. In fact, the Torah instructs Jews 36 times that strangers should be treated with compassion and dignity. 

At the present time, one could easily substitute “refugee” for “stranger,” and then quickly realize that many people are not living up to the religious principals they espouse.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 12:28 PM, 09.27.2018

Gardeners' market comes to Noble neighborhood

On three consecutive Saturdays, beginning Aug. 25, Cleveland Heights gardeners are invited to participate in the Noble Gardeners’ Market, to sell fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers that they’ve grown in Cleveland Heights community gardens and in their own backyards. (No processed foods may be sold at this market.)

The mini-park at Roanoke and Noble roads will be the site of the market, which will run Aug. 25, Sept. 1 and Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The mini-park, a reclaimed parcel one block north of Monticello Boulevard, was formerly occupied by a gas station.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 10:13 PM, 08.13.2018

Forum will promote 'front porch culture'

FutureHeights invites residents and others to a free public forum, “Placemaking: How to Create a Front Porch Culture,” on Tuesday, July 17, 7–8:30 p.m., at the BottleHouse Brewing Company, 2050 Lee Road.

The forum will consider: In what creative and non-traditional ways are neighbors connecting and building resilience? How can the community build on its assets, including its diversity and civic-mindedness, to make it a more desirable place to live?

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 06.28.2018

Vendors wanted for 'We are Noble' flea market

Are you an artist, craftsperson, entrepreneur or collector? The Noble Flea wants you as a vendor for the May 19 Noble Flea Market.

The event is sponsored by The Central Bible Baptist Church, FutureHeights and The Old Vaudevillian as part of the “We are Noble” community celebration.

Help bring life to the vacant lot of the former McDonald’s on Noble Road. Each 10’ x 10’ space is free to vendors, but spaces are limited.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:28 AM, 05.15.2018

Annual 'We Are Noble' weekend to showcase Heights musicians

We Are Noble, the annual celebration of the neighborhoods along Noble Road, will take place Friday through Sunday, May 18–20.

Preparations are underway for Noble Elementary School’s NobleFest, a family fun night hosted by the Noble PTA on Friday evening, and nearby Noble Road Presbyterian Church will host a movie night on the same evening. Oxford Elementary School will participate with attractions that include a new art installation by its fifth-graders near the school’s main driveway entrance on Quilliams Road.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 4:41 PM, 04.30.2018

Peace Lutheran hosts 'We Are Noble' events

Peace Lutheran Church, 3740 Mayfield Road, will host several activities in support of Noble Neighbors’ We Are Noble weekend in mid-May.

On Saturday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., guests will be welcome at a cookout lunch in the church’s front yard. The light lunch will be free and open to anyone participating in the weekend events throughout the community.

At the same time, the congregation will open its "baby shop" to young families. They will be invited to choose free clothing items for their children up to size 6X. The baby shop is also open every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon, but more clothing will be made available on this special Saturday.

On Sunday, May 20, following its 10 a.m. worship service, the congregation will host the annual Oxford Elementary Art Show in its upper lounge.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 8:05 AM, 05.01.2018

FutureHeights awards mini-grants to five Cleveland Heights projects

FutureHeights completed the spring 2018 round of its Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program, approving $3,577 in grants to support five neighborhood projects in Cleveland Heights.

To date, the community development corporation has awarded 23 grants—a total of $14,961. The grants are intended to spur small, grassroots projects to improve quality of life and build community.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 12:57 PM, 04.30.2018

FutureHeights hosts June 2 Cedar Lee Mini-Park visioning workshop

FutureHeights invites Heights residents to share their ideas about how to make the Cedar Lee Mini-Park—which many people walk through on their way from the parking lot just east of Lee Road—into a special place. FutureHeights will host a visioning workshop on Saturday, June 2, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at CLE Urban Winery, 2908 and 2180 Lee Road.

Situated near Cleveland Heights’ newly renovated high school, the exceptional restaurants, bars and shops in the Cedar Lee Business District, and the Cedar Lee Theatre, the mini-park gets significant foot traffic. 

The community-development group FutureHeights and other stakeholders believe that the site has the potential to be much more than just a pass through. It could become a place where residents and visitors gather, converse and spend time. Through careful design, it could become as unique a place as the district itself, and positively impact its surrounding businesses and neighborhood.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 12:55 PM, 04.30.2018

Making the Heights Home is topic of April 24 FutureHeights public forum

Coinciding with Fair Housing Month, FutureHeights invites residents to attend a free public forum, Choosing to Make the Heights Home, on Tuesday, April 24, 7–8:30 p.m., at The BottleHouse Brewing Company, 2050 Lee Road.

Speakers will include experts on current housing trends, as well as residents who have recently purchased homes in Cleveland Heights. The panel will lead an open and candid discussion about the decision-making process of buying a home.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:05 AM, 03.30.2018

Beth El plans Earth Day neighborhood cleanup

Earth Day has been around for almost 50 years. (The scary part is that many of us remember that first Earth Day. We were young. We were excited. We thought that we would change the world. We wore funny clothes.) While one’s impact on the world may have some limitations, the impact is far greater when one works locally.

This Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, Beth El – The Heights Synagogue (BE-THS) invites you to participate in the celebration by cleaning up the Boulevard neighborhood, of which BE-THS is part.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:23 AM, 03.29.2018

Pocket gardens planned for Noble neighborhood

Can concentrations of pocket gardens help rejuvenate neighborhoods? That’s the question a coalition of Cleveland Heights partners is trying to answer. They are working with neighbors on Langton Road, just off Quilliams Road in the Noble neighborhood, to install 10 pocket gardens this spring. The gardens will consist of either native perennials or a tree surrounded by Russian comfrey and other plants that suppress weeds and provide extra fertility.

“We want to provide sustainable beauty,” said Barbara Sosnowski, who heads the beautification committee of Noble Neighbors, a local activist group. “That means that any garden we plant should look as attractive after four years as it does after one.”

If the effort succeeds, the group intends to take the Langton Road model and apply it elsewhere in the neighborhood. “The exciting thing about this project,” Sosnowski added, “is that it is intended to be scalable. If we succeed with 10 private residences, we can succeed with 50, and so on.”

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:23 AM, 03.27.2018

FutureHeights offers community-building workshops and mini-grants this spring

FutureHeights offers several tools to help Cleveland Heights residents leverage their neighborhoods’ assets through its Community Capacity-Building Program, including a series of workshops for neighborhood leaders and small grants for neighborhood projects. 

Since 2015, FutureHeights has awarded approximately $13,000 in mini-grants toward 18 projects in the city. Residents can apply for up to $1,000 for citizen-led projects and events. In addition, 39 residents from neighborhoods across Cleveland Heights have completed the workshop series, which takes place each spring.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:22 PM, 03.01.2018

Noble Neighbors celebrates four years

Noble Neighbors marked its fourth anniversary with a party at the Victorian Condominiums on Jan. 2. Attendees recounted the year’s activities and accomplishments over a potluck community meal.

The Triangle District, the business district bounded by Warrensville Center, Mayfield and Noble roads, was a focus of attention in 2017. A group of Noble Neighbors joined with FutureHeights to gather data about every business in the area. They surveyed and interviewed every shop-owner and gleaned their perspectives on the district. Nearby vacancies were included in the inventory. This data is being recorded into a database that will serve future planning.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 11:42 AM, 01.31.2018

Cedar Fairmount's A.T. Wilson is nation's longest-serving letter carrier

At the age of 80, Cedar Fairmount letter carrier Alfonzo (A.T. “Teddy”) Wilson is the longest-serving active letter carrier in the United States

On Nov. 17, the U.S. Postal Service honored him at a special ceremony, presenting him with a 60-year service pin and a table clock inscribed, “Thank You for Your 60 Years of Service.” His fellow workers held a buffet lunch and reception for him.

Current and former postal employees were among the more than 200 people who attended the ceremony in Wilson’s honor. Asked by Les Wolf, his current manager, how many managers he has had, Wilson replied, “I don’t know, but now you are number one.” 

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 10:12 AM, 12.12.2017

Coventry Village plans Dec. 9 Holiday Fest

The Coventry Village neighborhood encourages everyone to shop local and get in the holiday spirit with a full day of free holiday events.

The 5th annual Coventry Village Holiday Festival will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9, noon to 11 p.m. 

Among the many festivities scheduled are:

  • Photos with Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and The Grinch;
  • Ice-carving demonstrations;
  • Coventry Holiday Cash coupon machine;
  • Coventry merchant holiday window contest—take a stroll down Coventry Road and vote for your favorite;
  • Lolly the Trolley Holiday Light Tour (Proceeds to benefit Heights Emergency Food Center);
  • Winter storytime, holiday crafts, live music and karaoke;
  • Outdoor fire with community caroling, complimentary hot chocolate and coffee;
  • Holiday storytellers and poets roaming through the shops and sidewalks;
  • Ugly-sweater bar crawl, led by Coventry Claus; and
  • Istagram Scavenger Hunt—win prizes from your favorite Coventry spots.
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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 10:04 AM, 12.04.2017

FutureHeights awards mini-grants to three CH projects

FutureHeights held the fifth round of its Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program this fall, approving $1,700 in grants to support three projects in Cleveland Heights.

To date, the community development corporation has awarded 18 grants for a total of $12,384. The grants are intended to spur small, grassroots projects to improve quality of life and build community. 

FutureHeights mini-grants fall 2017 grants are: 

Bikur Cholim of Cleveland was awarded $325 for its Hannukah – Light Menorah Party project. The organization is hosting the event in Cleveland Heights to bring special-needs children and their families together in celebration of Hannukah, and help create a strong support system within the community.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 2:37 PM, 11.01.2017

Heights students create mural at Lee and Meadowbrook

Fifth-graders from Fairfax and Boulevard elementary schools helped beautify the Cedar Lee Business District this fall when they painted a mural on a blank wall at the vacant lot at Lee Road and Meadowbrook Boulevard. The students first learned about the architectural styles prevalent in Cleveland Heights, and then made their way to the wall, which had been painted a pale-blue, creating a canvas upon which they painted their images for the public.

The fifth-graders were assisted by the Heights High Art Club's Londyn Crenshaw and Mila Zelic, who designed parts of the mural and spent many hours before and after school working on it. 


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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 11:08 AM, 10.24.2017

Noble Neighbors to host two candidate forums

Noble Neighbors will host two candidate forums for the upcoming local elections.

On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Cleveland Heights City Council candidates will have an opportunity to offer their perspectives on the Noble neighborhood and other topics.

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education candidates and Cleveland Heights Municipal Judge candidates will have an opportunity to address the community.


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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 10:51 AM, 09.25.2017

Mural adds vibrancy to Cedar Taylor corner

Cedar Taylor Development Association (CTDA) commissioned artist Thomas Conger to install a mural in the Cedar Taylor Business District.

Conger completed the mural, on the west façade of the building at the southwest corner of Cedar and Taylor roads, on July 2.

CTDA, a grassroots group of property owners, merchants and residents with the common goal of beautifying and enhancing the neighborhood, selected Conger in fall 2016 from among those who responded to its call for artists.


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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:43 PM, 08.07.2017

FutureHeights plans two mini-grant info sessions for prospective applicants

FutureHeights offers small grants of up to $1,000 to residents of Cleveland Heights, to help fund projects that improve the quality of life in their community. The grants are intended to spur a wide variety of small, grassroots community projects.

The next application deadline is Friday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m.

To learn more about the application process and grant guidelines, FutureHeights invites prospective applicants to attend one of two upcoming information sessions: on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m., or Thursday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. Both sessions will be held at FutureHeights, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:10 PM, 08.01.2017

Noble Neighbors plan community workshop about Triangle District

In January, the Center Mayfield building in the Noble neighborhood’s newly named Triangle District was demolished, producing a second large vacant lot on Noble Road, near Mayfield Road. This inspired some, including area residents and the neighborhood group Noble Neighbors, to consider the Triangle District in its entirety, and and to think about how it could be re-envisioned to create a cohesive, vibrant, multi-faceted gateway hub. The Triangle District encompasses Warrensville Center Road between Mayfield and Noble roads, Mayfield Road from Warrensville Center to Mayfield’s intersection with Vandemar Street and Wilmar Road, and the stretch of Noble Road—commonly known as Short Noble—between Mayfield and Kirkwood roads.

Noble Neighbors is partnering with the civic engagement committee of Future Heights and the City of Cleveland Heights' economic development and planning departments to host a communitywide workshop about the district’s future on Sunday, July 9, 3–6 p.m., at Disciples Christian Church, 3663 Mayfield Road.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 10:29 AM, 06.27.2017

Noble Neighbors annual event set for May 19–21

Noble Neighbors will host its third annual community celebration weekend, We Are Noble, Friday through Sunday, May 19–21. The repaving of Noble Road, now underway, won’t deter the celebration, according to organizers, who are planning to "make lemonade out of the traffic-barrel lemons" by using humorous public art installations to guide visitors through the neighborhood. 

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 12:06 PM, 05.02.2017

FutureHeights Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program awards four Cleveland Heights projects

FutureHeights held the fourth round of its Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program this spring, approving $2,700 in grants to support four projects in Cleveland Heights.

The grants are intended to spur small, grassroots projects to improve quality of life and build community. 

The awarded spring 2017 grants are: 

  • Young Entrepreneurs was awarded $400 for its Lego Robotics Pilot Program. The goal of the pilot is to create a community program in which students will use Lego robotics kits, with the guidance of the Young Entrepreneurs leaders, to strengthen their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Young Entrepreneurs hopes to build relationships and community through the program.    
  • The Cleveland Soup and Bread Experiment was awarded $400 for its monthly potluck program. The Cleveland Soup and Bread Experiment is led by a group of Cleveland Heights residents who are interested in connecting with neighbors through a shared meal of soup, which binds people together, and working toward alleviating hunger.
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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 12:40 PM, 04.11.2017

Volunteer Match

Heights Observer’s Volunteer Match column lists opportunities for residents to lend their time and talent to worthy organizations and causes around the Heights.

Submit your organization’s volunteer needs by e-mailing Sruti Basu at or calling the FutureHeights office at 216-320-1423.

Items submitted on or before the Heights Observer print issue's monthly story deadline will be considered for the next column. (To see past columns, visit, and search “volunteer match”.)

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 3:42 PM, 02.28.2017

Noble Neighbors celebrates three years of accomplishments

Thirty-five people gathered at Christopher’s Pub on Jan. 3 to look back at Noble Neighbors’ achievements for 2016, and there were many:

  • Carol Roe, a neighborhood resident, began her term on CH City Council in January 2016, bringing representation for the neighborhood to City Hall.
  • Noble Neighbors asked RTA to assess the 41 bus route on Noble Road, and it was determined that ridership on the route—the only line to offer 24-hour service in Cleveland Heights—justified an additional bus shelter, which was installed in late spring.
  • Vandemar Street residents successfully organized in opposition to the rezoning of two residential properties to accommodate a large convenience store and 16-pump gas station.
  • Noble Neighbors distributed flyers in a neighborhood ward urging residents to deny a bar permission to sell alcohol on Sunday, and permission was voted down.
  • The organization also participated in the Cleveland Heights master planning process, volunteered at schools and attended every city council meeting.
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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 6:23 PM, 01.31.2017

Holiday decorations add charm to vacant Lee Road storefront

This holiday season, FutureHeights partnered with art classes at Heights High and local property owner Jonathan Forman to decorate a vacant storefront in the Cedar Lee Business District. Students added holiday-themed scenes to the window of Forman's building at 2169 Lee Road.

"FutureHeights had partnered with several property owners and arts organizations to fill vacant storefronts with art and increase the vibrancy of the district during Heights Music Hop," said Deanna Bremer Fisher, executive director of FutureHeights. "This initiative seeks to do the same during the busy holiday shopping season."

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:15 AM, 12.16.2016

Noble Neighbors invites residents to Light Up Noble!

Noble area residents, businesses and institutions will be lighting up the neighborhood this holiday season. Light Up Noble! is the newest Noble Neighbors initiative to showcase the neighborhoods along Noble Road.

Thousands of visitors come to the neighborhood each year to view the holiday lighting display that GE Lighting designs and installs at its Nela Park campus in East Cleveland, just north of the Cleveland Heights city line. This year will be the 92nd year that the company will create the display. It will be the first year that Noble Neighbors seeks to expand the holiday lighting spirit to the rest of the neighborhood.

“This year, Noble Road from Monticello Boulevard to Euclid Avenue will become a glowing, welcoming corridor, twinkling with community pride,” said Susan Sanders, one of the leaders of Noble Neighbors.

The lights will reflect the area’s diversity—featuring holiday-themed decorations, solstice observance illuminations, and displays showing pride in Cleveland sports teams. The common goal is for neighbors to join together to display neighborhood pride to all who visit the famed Nela Park lighting display.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:41 AM, 11.29.2016

FutureHeights Mini-Grants Program awards five Cleveland Heights projects

FutureHeights awarded the third round of its Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program this fall, approving $2,840 in grants to support five projects in Cleveland Heights. Grants are intended to spur small, grassroots projects to improve quality of life and build community. 

The fall 2016 grantees are:

  • Forest Hills Homeowners Association, $250 for its Forest Hills Historical Signage Beautification Program.  
  • Oxford Community Garden, $480 for its Garden Shed Repair project.
  • Fairfax Community Garden, $500 for its Community Garden Upgrade project. 
  • Urban Oak School, $610 for its Cleveland Heights P.E.A.C.E. Park Garden project.   
  • The Welcome Hub, $1,000 for its Driver’s Education Scholarships for Refugees project.  
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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 9:42 AM, 11.01.2016

Edgerton block party steps up its game

Block parties have long been a way for neighbors to connect with one another over food and conversation—and what kid doesn’t love a chance to play or ride a bike in the street without getting yelled at? In late August, Edgerton Road neighbors between Washington Boulevard and Silsby Road in University Heights convened a block party and, in doing so, took this traditional form of community engagement to a new level, drawing adults, kids and guests from not only that stretch of Edgerton, but also from surrounding blocks.

“We’ve always had an inclusive approach,” said Jackie Gould, the driving force behind the Edgerton block party since it became a regular event in the early 2000s. “If one of the residents on Edgerton wanted to invite someone from one of the nearby streets, they were welcome to do so.” Traditional methods of promoting the event included flyers left in mailboxes and word-of-mouth.  

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:43 AM, 09.30.2016