Non-profit & Groups

Toy drive and charity event at Coventry's Grog Shop

Double "O" Promotions and hip-hop artist Caine will sponsor a holiday toy drive to benefit needy children in Northeast Ohio. Caine's Winter Wonderland Toy Drive and charity event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Grog Shop, located at 2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 1:30 PM, 11.29.2011

Courtney Presswood receives award for outstanding service

The A. M. McGregor Home, an assisted living community, announced that Courtney Presswood has received the Outstanding Housekeeper Award for 2011 from the Ohio Assisted Living Association (OALA). Presswood has been an employee of the facility for nine years.

The nomination of Courtney Presswood included many of the reasons for his selection. Presswood was described as someone who takes his job very seriously, always with a smile on his face, and always willing to help a resident in need.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 1:31 PM, 11.29.2011

War letters commemorate Veterans Day

Chapter 39 Veterans For Peace (VFP) will sponsor its fifth annual public reading, by chapter members, of wartime letters and statements of military personnel and public figures. The readings are intended to evoke the reality of wars in which the United States has been engaged, dating from the Revolutionary War to current conflict in Afghanistan.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 12:41 PM, 11.04.2011

Early Wall Street occupier to speak at Unitarian Universalist Society

Pavi Mehta, an original occupier of Liberty Plaza (Zuccoti Park) in New York City, will speak and lead a forum discussion “Occupy Wall Street, First Three Weeks and Beyond” on Sunday, Nov. 27, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland (UUSC). The society is located at 2728 Lancashire Road, Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:45 AM, 11.22.2011

Citizens for Oakwood thank supporters and look to the future

The voters of South Euclid have spoken. Although deeply disappointed, we are grateful to the thousands of people who supported the No on 96 campaign. First Interstate did everything it could to prevent this vote from taking place, and outspent us by three or four to one. That was to be expected.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 11:32 AM, 11.10.2011

Waiting Child Fund holds Scrabble tournament fundraiser

Saturday, Nov. 5, Vikki & Todd Webster, of Cleveland Heights, will host the 2nd annual Scrabble Tournament to benefit the Waiting Child Fund. The Waiting Child Fund works to find permanent families for children in the foster care system. 

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 1:19 PM, 10.24.2011

Local shows to benefit National Autism Association

Two family concerts in the Cleveland area will benefit the National Autism Association—Northeast Ohio (NAA-NEO). Grammy Award-winning children’s group, Dan Zanes and Friends, will appear at the Beachland Ballroom on Cleveland’s East Side, Nov. 13; and Grammy-nominated Justin Roberts will perform at the Grog Shop in Coventry Village, Dec. 4. For both shows, doors will open to the public at noon, with the performances beginning at 1 p.m. The concerts are presented by DAP Productions.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 11:13 AM, 11.01.2011

Lake Erie Ink offers spooky writing class

This Saturday, Oct. 22, Lake Erie Ink is presenting a morning workshop for all ages: "Thrills and Chills: Writing Stories of Mystery and Suspense." Lake Erie Ink invites participants to explore the dark frontiers of their imaginations by writing spooky, mysterious, haunting, terrifying, calculating, thrilling and chilling stories.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 12:19 PM, 10.18.2011

Heights businesses earn accolades from customers

With the final tally of votes from more than 700 ballots, FutureHeights crowned the captains of local industry at the 2011 Best of Heights Awards held Oct. 4 at Rockefeller’s Restaurant, 3099 Mayfield Road.

The awards program is in its seventh year. Votes are collected throughout the summer for each of 22 categories through the Heights Observer and at

View video and photos of the awards ceremony.

Top honors went to The Tavern Company, 2260 Lee Road, for Favorite Cleveland Heights business, Whole Foods Market, 13998 Cedar Road for Favorite University Heights Business and Luna Bakery Café, 2482 Fairmount Boulevard, for Best New Business.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 9:56 AM, 10.06.2011

Heights Observer offers citizen journalism workshops

To help people feel empowered to report neighborhood events and contribute to the community conversation, the Heights Observer is offering several workshops this fall. Workshops are free and open to the public. Space is limited. Residents may reserve a place in a workshop by sending an e-mail to or calling 216-320-1423.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 9:18 AM, 10.04.2011

Heights schools superintendent explains new initiatives at FutureHeights forum

“The best places to live in America have great public schools,” said Douglas Heuer, superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District. “There’s a symbiotic relationship between the two.”

Heuer addressed a crowd of community members at a FutureHeights speaker series event on Sept. 13.  

He spoke of the many challenges Heights schools face in striving to create great schools “Tests that kindergarteners take at the beginning of the year show that 60 percent of Heights students entering kindergarten are not ready. They don’t have the basic building blocks needed to begin reading,” said Heuer. “This correlates with 61.2 percent of Heights school children who are eligible for free and reduced lunch.”

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 3:29 PM, 09.20.2011

Impromptu picnic lunch benefits Reaching Heights

The vacant lot at Lee and Meadowbrook roads was the site of an unusual fundraiser on Sept. 13. Reaching Heights, a nonprofit that supports Heights public schools, was the latest beneficiary of Marigold Catering’s Renegade Lunch Project, a fundraiser that combines a delicious multi-course meal with a bit of street theater.

Lisa Hunt, a program associate at Reaching Heights, also works with Marigold Catering. She brought the two organizations together and organized the back-to-school themed lunch, complete with vintage lunch boxes borrowed from Steve Presser, owner of Big Fun.

“We’ve been doing this every month for the last two years,” said Joan Rosenthal, owner of Marigold Catering and a Cleveland Heights resident, “It’s our way of giving back to the community. We choose a smaller, grass roots charity that needs some publicity and a high-traffic area to make a statement.” Past beneficiaries have included the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, the Aids Task Force and the Cleveland Foodbank.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 2:58 PM, 09.20.2011

David Jones is world-class instructor at Heights Youth Club

David Jones, the Tai Shin Doh instructor at the Heights Youth Club, recently received a fifth-degree certificate of promotion (for achieving five of ten degrees of skill). He is now one of 22 masters worldwide who hold this certificate. Jones received his first degree black belt at age 15 and his second before college. He has traveled to five continents to acquire the third and fourth degrees. He remarked, “I guess you could say this took 45 years to obtain.”  When one of his students responded, “that stinks!” he replied (with a twinkle in his eye), “No, it shows dedication.”

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 1:28 PM, 09.01.2011

Find out whoís the Best of the Heights on Oct. 4

From May through August, Heights residents voted for their favorite Heights businesses in 22 categories, including best new business. Each year FutureHeights—a nonprofit dedicated to promoting civic engagement in the Heights through information, education, and advocacy, and the publisher of the Heights Observer community news—conducts the Best of the Heights survey to recognize the unique attributes of locally-owned businesses in the Heights, and their contributions to the local economy.

Learn more.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 12:46 PM, 09.06.2011

Churches for Middle East Peace lead events in Greater Cleveland

This is a crucial time for Middle East peace efforts. Not only does this September mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11/01, but also Palestinians plan to go to the United Nations to request recognition as an independent state within the 1967 borders. There could not be a more opportune moment for a visit from Ambassador Warren Clark, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP; Ambassador Clark will be speaking to several audiences in the Cleveland area from Sept. 15–18. His theme is "Ending Conflict in the Middle East and What You Can Do to Help."

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:28 AM, 08.16.2011

FutureHeights speaker series presents Douglas Heuer, superintendent of CH-UH schools

FutureNow, the young professional's committee of FutureHeights, will host its second speaker series event on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Myxx, 12459 Cedar Road. The featured speaker is Douglas Heuer, superintendent for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school system.

Heuer will explain current and future initiatives and the upcoming school levy. The event will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

The event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVP by sending an e-mail to or by calling 216-320-1423.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 1:16 PM, 08.30.2011

Former Coventry School adds tenants

With the recent additions of the Cleveland Sight Center (CSC) and its Bright Futures preschool program, the former Coventry School is busier than it’s been since the building was closed in 2007. Cleveland Heights officials, along with Sight Center and InfoCision employees, celebrated the new enterprises at a midday open house on July 20.

InfoCision, a large call-center company, is training CSC clients to become eligible for employment in telemarketing services in nonprofit fundraising, direct-to-consumer sales and business-to-business applications.

"We’ve created an InfoCision call center right here in the facility. People go through extensive training that prepares them to communicate with our clients’ customers and, at the same time, creates jobs for them. It’s been a real win-win situation all around," said Steve Brubaker, InfoCision’s chief of staff.

CSC occupies more than 13,000 square feet inside the spacious, open-classroom-style former elementary school. Its mission is to empower people with impaired vision to realize their full potential, and to educate the community about that potential.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 1:10 PM, 08.02.2011

Youth of Coventry gives young people a voice in the community

Youth of Coventry wants "to make Coventry a safer place for the youth of today and the youth of tomorrow." Those are the words of Randall Walker, public relations officer for the group.

As a 17-year-old who frequents Coventry Village often, he knows firsthand the impact of recent crime and safety issues, as well as the new special curfew ordinance. He does not want problem-solving that affects him and his peers left up to adults. "We aren’t tools to be used to push agendas," Walker told the Cleveland Heights City Council, after a group protested the alleged racism of the curfew law before the July 18 meeting.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 12:31 PM, 07.26.2011

University Heights fraternity honored for work with autism

Pop culture gives us its version of what life is like for frat boys. It almost always shows a group of self-centered guys who think only about partying. Unfortunately it rarely spotlights the kind of men who make up Beta Theta Pi—and more specifically, Eta Epsilon—the John Carroll chapter of this fraternity.

The brothers of John Carroll’s Beta Theta Pi chapter were honored with the Milestones Volunteer of the Year Award at 9th annual Milestones Conference. Milestones Autism Organization was created in 2003 to help fill the void of education about autism and Asperger’s in Cleveland.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 12:51 PM, 07.13.2011

July 9 is SummerFest 2011 at Church of the Saviour

On Saturday, July 9, from 5-9 p.m., Church of the Saviour open the doors for a fun-filled event. SummerFest 2011 will feature carnival games; a 52-foot-long inflatable obstacle course; a dunk tank; a kids’ Fun Zone with games, prizes, face painting, puppet theater and clowns; a team pie-eating contest; popsicles and cotton candy; live music; hamburgers, hot dogs and sodas.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 2:21 PM, 07.04.2011

Third annual Dugway Brook Watershed Festival to be held June 25

The third annual Dugway Brook Watershed Festival will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Forest Hill Park Boat House in East Cleveland. This free event will feature family-friendly activities, educational sessions, Radio Disney, and a tour of the Dugway Brook through Lakeview Cemetery. Learn about the Dugway Brook and how residents impact the local environment.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 11:30 PM, 06.05.2011

CH resident takes part in 'tolling of the boats' Memorial Day ceremony

The United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. Cod Base held Memorial Day services at 4 p.m. aboard the U.S.S. Cod submarine at East Ninth Street and North Marginal Road in Cleveland, May 28.

The service included a "tolling of the boats," for all the submariners lost in the 108 years of naval service, Cleveland Heights resident and veteran U.S. naval officer Sam Nigro said.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 11:42 AM, 06.07.2011

FutureHeights Annual Meeting draws large crowd for community discussion

About 300 people gathered at the Cedar Lee Theatre to watch "The New Metropolis" and participate in a community discussion at the FutureHeights Annual Meeting on June 21. 

"The New Metropolis" is a two-part documentary that highlights the efforts of two "first suburbs"—Madeira, Ohio and Pennsauken, New Jersey—that are struggling to retain their vitality as they compete for money and population with newer, outer-ring developments. The first part of the film argues that policies allocating federal and state funding for building infrastructure in new suburbs, while not supporting repair of infrastructure in older communities, is damaging in the short term and unsustainable in the long term. The second half explores how a group of concerned citizens are encouraging racial integration and civic involvement in their community.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:52 AM, 06.28.2011

YWCA gives permanent housing to former foster girls

The second floor of the YWCA building on Prospect Avenue has been repurposed to house Cuyahoga County’s young women who have aged out of foster care.

The newly renovated facilities, called Independence Place, include 23 furnished efficiency apartments with kitchenettes, bathrooms, closets and basic household items. In addition, tenants have access to a community room, laundry facilities and a playroom for children.

Three YWCA employees who live in the Heights helped make the $5 million undertaking possible: Gina Cheverine, chief program officer; Fannie Johnson-Baxter, manager of supportive services; and Margaret Mitchell, president and CEO of the YWCA. Mitchell said planning for Independence Place has been a top priority for her since she joined the organization in May.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 12:17 PM, 06.21.2011

FutureHeights welcomes four new members to Innovatorís Circle

FutureHeights will welcome four new members into the Innovator’s Circle at a ceremony during its annual meeting at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, June 21 at the Cedar Lee Theatre. The circle honors the vision and efforts of people—active and dedicated citizens—who give their vision and energy to making our communities the best they can be.

This year’s inductees are all business owners who volunteer their time and resources to community causes. The 2011 inductees are: Joel Borwick, owner of Seitz-Agin Hardware on Lee Road; Tom Fello, owner of Tommy’s Restaurant on Coventry Road; Steve Presser, owner of Big Fun Toy Store on Coventry Road; and Stan Soble, owner of Nela Florist on Noble Road.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 12:34 PM, 06.17.2011

FutureHeights to screen 'The New Metropolis' at annual meeting

"The New Metropolis", a two-part documentary film and community engagement project, will highlight FutureHeights’s annual meeting on Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m., at the Cedar Lee Theatre. The screening is free and open to the public.

The film documents the implications of America’s suburban migration and challenges older suburbs face--shrinking populations, property abandonment, a dwindling tax base and limited resources to maintain a good quality of life--both for the people who currently live there and for attracting new residents. An opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the film will follow the screening.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:39 AM, 06.01.2011

Build the Future of the Heights

How do you build the future of a community? It can be as simple as turning off the TV, leaving the house and getting to know your neighbors.

It can also mean volunteering at your local neighborhood school or library, attending a community forum or writing a letter to the editor of the local newspaper.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 3:25 PM, 06.02.2011

Sending my daughter to study abroad

While most Heights High Students are anxiously awaiting the last day of school, my daughter Janine Walker will be packing her bags to begin 11th grade in Thailand. Three years ago, her older brother went to Japan for a summer exchange. She remembers how much he enjoyed it and how it broadened his view of the world.

Since then, she has had a goal of going abroad—and not just for a summer, but for the school year. As I contemplated the duration and cost of the program, I spoke with other Heights parents who had sent their kids abroad in high school. They all said it was a wonderful experience for their kids.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:44 AM, 06.01.2011

CureSearch for Childrenís Cancer Walk is June 4

My wife, Cynthia Van Lenten, and I are walking in memory of our daughter, Olivia, who lost her struggle with cancer when she was ten years old. Krissy and Mark Gallagher are walking with their four-year-old son, Austin, who is a cancer survivor. Stacey Brown-Walker and Chris Walker are walking with Caleb, age six, who is also a survivor.

These and other Cleveland Heights residents will be walking on June 4 because they have learned that, while cancer is a horrible disease at any age, childhood cancer is particularly underfunded. Consider the following:

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 9:45 PM, 05.23.2011

Bicycle parking in Cleveland Heights

Take out that bicycle, fill up the tires, and save money this summer by using one of Cleveland Heights’s many bicycle parking racks. Bicycle parking is free, easy to use and are located throughout Cleveland Heights. With the average American spending more than $8,000 a year on gasoline, insurance, and other costs related to automobile use, bicycle parking is a great way to save money, and improve your fitness at the same time.

The Cleveland Heights Bicycle Coalition (CHBC) surveyed the community’s bicycle parking racks, and here’s what it found:

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 1:07 PM, 06.01.2011

After 40 years, HRRC planning for sustainability

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Home Repair Resource Center. From its inception, its mission has been to maintain and strengthen the houses of Cleveland Heights, to support the community’s rich diversity.

HRRC began when concerned members of Forest Hill Church gathered to assess the needs of Cleveland Heights, and discuss whether a church committed to open housing and racial harmony could do anything to meet those needs. In a time of anger and fright—especially fear of deteriorating neighborhoods and housing values—the group wondered whether, if the issue were defined as maintaining quality housing and not racial integration, people of all persuasions and attitudes might become involved. These efforts led to the birth of HRRC (originally FHC Housing Corporation) in September 1971.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 12:18 PM, 05.18.2011

Fieldman leads MedWish Internationalís fundraising efforts, Band-Aid Bash

Orlando native Matthew Fieldman is planting roots in Northeast Ohio—specifically in University Heights. With an undergraduate degree from University of Florida and an MBA from George Washington University, Fieldman began his fundraising career with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. While looking to expand his work, a mentor suggested that he pursue an opportunity with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. He fell in love with the city.

Following several years at the Federation and various consulting projects, Fieldman discovered MedWish International and landed a position as director of development for the Cleveland-based nonprofit organization.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 12:13 PM, 06.01.2011

Local autism agency plans joint conference with OAR

The Organization for Autism Research, a highly respected national agency focused on applied research has held its own autism conference annually. This year, OAR decided instead to partner with other well regarded, established conferences. OAR chose two such conferences in the United States, one of which is Cleveland’s own Milestones Annual Autism/Asperger's Conference: Life-Long Strategies for Success.

Through this new partnership, OAR will provide a special conference track to focus on cutting-edge research and to implement these research findings in daily life. These tracks will feature speakers drawn from OAR’s Scientific Council and its growing list of funded researchers. OAR’s choice to partner with Milestones emphasizes the effective and important work of this this grassroots Cleveland autism organization.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 10:20 AM, 05.09.2011

Cleveland Heights City Fresh harvests local fruits, veggies, and community

The all-volunteer crew of the Coventry Fresh Stop is gearing up to begin distributing farm fresh fruits and vegetables on the lawn next to the Coventry Village Library on June 14. Part of the City Fresh Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) network that delivers food from local farms to sites across Cuyahoga, Lorain and Summit counties, the Coventry Fresh Stop will operate on Tuesday evenings from June 14 until Oct. 25, with food demonstrations on the third Tuesday of the month. City Fresh is a project of the nonprofit New Agrarian Center, based in Oberlin, Ohio.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 12:28 PM, 06.01.2011

Families return to Coventry School

After quietly sitting empty since 2007, the Coventry School building will once again be filled with children's voices. On June 21, Family Connections, the family support organization formed from the merger of Heights Parent Center and Shaker Family Center, will move its Cleveland Heights office and core programming from Taylor School to Coventry. The move has been greeted with enthusiasm by staff, participants and area residents alike.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 1:17 PM, 06.02.2011

MS fundraiser is April 30

Annual fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis helps families in Northeast Ohio; relies on contributions from the community.

The Karen Foundation for MS (TKF) celebrates its 11th annual NFL Draft Day Party on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Barley House Cleveland in the Warehouse District downtown. The Karen Foundation raises money to provide respite care for families in Northeast Ohio who have a loved one at home suffering from multiple sclerosis. These services make an marked impact on the quality of life of patients and their families by providing relief opportunities to caretakers.  

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 2:43 PM, 04.18.2011

League of Women Voters holds discussion about women in politics

Women’s voices are important in the political process. Yet, many feel that politics is a man’s world and they don’t have a place in it. It's Not Your Mother’s Politics: It’s Yours! is an intergenerational discussion about the importance of women’s voices in the political process.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 10:07 AM, 04.15.2011

FutureHeights speaker series presents Howard Thompson, economic development director for the City of Cleveland Heights

FutureNow, the young professional's committee of FutureHeights, will host its first speaker series event on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Tavern Company, 2260 Lee Road. The featured speaker is Howard Thompson, who was recently hired as the economic development director for the City of Cleveland Heights. Thompson will describe his prior experience and explain his plans for the city in his new position. The event will conclude with a question and answer session.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 9:25 AM, 04.11.2011

Healthy lawns without pesticides forum is April 29

First Lady Michelle Obama struck an important chord when she broke ground in 2009 on a White House organic garden. Surrounded by children, she sent a strong health and environmental message to the nation: pesticides are poisons, and children, especially, should not be unnecessarily exposed to them. Further, she demonstrated that there are safe and effective alternatives to using toxic lawn and garden chemicals. Push-back from the chemical industry only emphasized the importance of her action.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 9:26 AM, 04.11.2011

Heights Community Congress's 11th annual multicultural festival set for May 14

Connecting Our Cultures will be the theme of Heights Community Congress's 11th annual multicultural festival, which will be held from 1-4:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 14, at the Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Road. This year's theme encourages participants not only to recognize Cleveland Heights for its diversity, but also to connect with the many cultures that contribute to it.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:51 PM, 04.26.2011

Howard Thompson describes CH development initiatives

Howard Thompson, the new economic development director for the City of Cleveland Heights, described his efforts to strengthen commerce and entrepreneurial activity in the city to a capacity crowd at the Tavern Company on Lee Road on April 26. Thompson spoke as part of the FutureHeights Speaker Series, which is hosted by the organization’s young professionals group, FutureNow. The series seeks to foster a dialogue between the city, business owners and residents to discuss the challenges and issues facing the Heights community. For more information on the series or FutureNow, e-mail committee chair Kevin Smith at

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 11:05 AM, 05.03.2011

Annual 'Taste of the Heights' benefits youth

Taste of the Heights is a delicious fundraiser that benefits the youth of Cleveland Heights and University Heights and your taste buds. Local restaurants provide food for patrons to enjoy, and there will be more than 20 menu items for guests to sample.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 10:37 AM, 05.03.2011

College Club membership is open to all

The College Club of Cleveland is situated in a gracious historic home located at the top of Murray Hill, on Overlook Road in Cleveland Heights. The home was built in 1905 for the W.D.B. Alexander family. The architects were Abram Garfield, son of President James Garfield, and Franklin Mead. The Alexanders sold the house in 1916 to D. Edward and Effie Dangler. The house was occupied until 1948, when Effie Dangler died. It lay vacant and fell into disrepair. It was around that time that the needs of the College Club and the home converged.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 11:01 AM, 05.03.2011

Leading Ladies make a difference one hour at a time

Cleveland Heights High School's Leading Ladies gained media attention last month for a service project with Angel Hands Northeast Ohio International. While gathering supplies for gift baskets that would be presented to pregnant teens, the students sorted and organized clothing for distribution to the needy.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:33 PM, 05.03.2011

Natural History Museum CEO speaks at League event

You are invited to hear Evalyn Gates, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, at the League of Women Voters' public meeting set for Thursday, April 7, 2011, 7 to 9 pm, at Trinity Commons at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.  Title of her talk is "Portal to the Universe."  There is no admission charge, with free parking behind the Cathedral off Prospect Avenue. 

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 3:20 PM, 04.07.2011

Garden for good

Gardners are invited to support the work of Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) by doing their spring shopping at Bremec on the Heights Garden Center at 13410 Cedar Road (just east of Heights High).

 A portion of any noncommercial sale made between April 17 and May 1 will be donated to HRRC’s programs that help keep the houses of Cleveland Heights in good repair. This includes gift cards that can be used later in the season. Shoppers can ask for a HRRC voucher at the register to make sure the sale is credited to the benefit.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 3:17 PM, 04.07.2011

Scholarships can ease the burden of college tuition

Synchronized swimming was a big part of Hannah Apple’s life at Cleveland Heights High School. As an officer in the Swim Cadets club, she not only choreographed routines, but worked with her team to raise money to pay for costumes and other expenses.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 9:02 PM, 03.25.2011

Wind energy expert speaks at League event

Dr. Lorry Wagner, president of the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (, will discuss Lake Erie's pilot project wind farm at the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area's upcoming public meeting.  The event is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, at the Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Road. 

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 6:36 PM, 03.07.2011

OOPSALA wins spelling bee

Defending co-champion spellers, Beth Woodside, Lisa Boyko and Kathleen Collins, who made up the team OOPSALA (Orchestral Orthographers Publicly Support Annoyingly Lengthy Acronyms) came out on top again this year. They correctly spelled the word trumeau in the seventh round of the Reaching Heights Adult Community Spelling Bee. They beat out the other defending co-champions, Barratrous Orthographers, made up of Becky Bynum, Bonnie Bealer and John Lazzaretti, who misspelled the word kipuka and Monticello/Noble/Oxford spellers, Jackie Kerzner, Kathy Soltis and Ranelle Huber, who missed the word procellous.

Twenty-five teams competed for the coveted Plastic Bee trophy in the auditorium of Cleveland Heights High School on Feb. 22. Veteran spellers, such as the Perennial Spellers, made up of Nancy Dietrich, Barbara Hodgkiss and Vince Reddy, who between them had 47 years of spelling bee experience, battled relative newcomers.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 11:32 PM, 02.22.2011

Reaching Heights Spelling Bee turns 20

What do you get when you put musicians, lawyers and educators in the same room? You get a great time at the 20th Annual Reaching Heights Adult Community Spelling Bee. This year’s funfilled Bee will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., at Cleveland Heights High School.

More than 20 teams will vie for bragging rights and the coveted Big Plastic Bee Trophy. Many teams wear costumes and bring their own cheering sections – complete with signs and pom poms. Last year there was a tie for first place between the Cleveland Orchestra (Orchestral Orthographers Publicly Support Annoyingly Lengthy Acronyms) and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (Barratarous Orthographers).

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 11:05 AM, 01.14.2011

Leader in older adult services joins Jewish Family Service Association staff

Jewish Family Service Association announces the appointment of Eileen L Yates M.P.A. as director of older adults services in JFSA Care At Home, the agency’s home health care division. Yates brings more than 15 years experience working in the field of aging and has worked in a variety of settings including education, applied research and long term care. In her role, she will oversee the agency’s Holocaust Survivor Support Services, Lifeline personal emergency response unit, Home Delivered Meals program and Friends Indeed, a home management assistance program.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 1:43 PM, 02.14.2011

Healthcare leader speaks at League event

Join the League of Women Voters as healthcare community leader Janice G. Murphy, RN, BSN, MSN, FACHE, president of Fairview and Lakewood Hospitals, speaks at the League of Women Voters' "First Thursdays" meeting series. Titled "Simply Wonderful/Simply Women," her talk is set for Thursday, Feb. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Trinity Commons at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland. The public is invited to attend free of charge, with free parking behind the Cathedral off Prospect Avenue.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 11:35 AM, 01.18.2011

Home in the Heights puts latest foreclosure renovation on the market

Home in the Heights (HITH), a subsidiary of Home Repair Resource Center of Cleveland Heights, recently renovated another long vacant, foreclosed house. Approximately 100 neighbors and supporters attended the open house celebrating the re-birth of the home and its positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood.

Located at 3795 Berkeley Road, the home has a beautiful, modern kitchen, 1-1/2 baths, finished basement recreation room, enclosed rear porch, and a new roof and driveway. It also features attractive landscaping, a fenced backyard for children or privacy and a stone face on the front first level. HITH Project Director David Hunter oversaw the restoration from top-to-bottom and worked closely with Cleveland Heights Historic Preservation Planner Kara Hamley O’Donnell on color selections that brighten rooms and heighten architectural detail. Listed at $149,000, it’s a perfect home for anyone looking for a quiet neighborhood.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 12:57 PM, 01.13.2011

Campaign launched to purchase Oakwood

Calling birders, hikers, bikers and all other nature lovers. The Citizens for Oakwood capital campaign has launched. The goal is to raise $1 million as the foundation for the funds needed to purchase the Oakwood Country Club property and turn it into a public park. The group has been told that if the community raises $1 million, they will be able to gain the support of grantmakers and funders to acquire the remaining money needed.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 11:32 AM, 12.23.2010

Loretta Paganini Spices Up League Event

You are invited to hear world-renown chef and cooking school founder Loretta Paganini at the League of Women Voters' "First Thursdays" speaker series on Thursday, Dec. 2, 7 to 9 p.m., at Trinity Commons at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave., Clevealnd. Chef Paganini's talk is titled, "A Woman's Place is Running the Kitchen." The public is invited to attend at no charge, with free parking behind the Cathedral off Prospect Avenue.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 11:52 AM, 11.14.2010