When life doesn’t go as planned, the Heights Family to Family Collaborative is there to help. Founded in 2006, it is one of 14 partnerships funded by Cuyahoga County to provide families emergency assistance, prevent family disruption, and minimize family involvement with child protective services. The Heights Collaborative, housed at the Centers for Families and Children at 1941 South Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights, mobilizes community-based resources to support families where they live. It works with families who reside in Cleveland Heights, University Heights, Beachwood, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Woodmere Village and the University Circle area.
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School district has canceled all of its afterschool and evening activities for Wednesday, March 12, due to severe weather conditions. All field trips and meetings are also canceled. Aftercare will remain open in all school buildings.
Reaching Heights has postponed the 23rd annual Adult Spelling Bee, which was scheduled to take place this evening at Heights High. A new date has not yet been set.
The Cleveland Heights Planning Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall will take place as planned.
February is Black History Month and, for the third consecutive year, members of Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian, at 3031 Monticello Blvd. in Cleveland Heights, have organized events for each weekend of the month that they say are designed to “educate ourselves, strengthen our ties with one another and stir our souls.” All events are open to the public.
On Sunday, Feb. 2, from 12:30–2 p.m., the PBS documentary “The World of Hip-Hop” will be shown. Following the screening, Nobles C. Darby IV, youth pastor at New Spirit Revival Center, will lead a discussion of the film and the issues it raises. A light lunch will be provided.
It was meant to be a 50th birthday celebration and a chance to prove he still had the strength to run long distances. University Heights resident Kevin Goodman entered April's Boston Marathon with the hopes of finishing strong, and he didn't disappoint himself. He crossed the finish line at 3 hours, 3 minutes and 14 seconds. (His finish time when he ran the marathon in his 40s was 3 hours, 11 minutes.)
"I'm sure all of my runs through the Heights and my strengthening at Bikram Yoga Cleveland [in Shaker Heights] prepared me for that day," Goodman said.
He was recovering in his hotel room when something shook the building. "At first I thought it was fireworks," he recalled. "Then I saw black smoke coming up over the library building." Goodman called some loved ones to find out if they knew what was going on, then he went outside of the hotel and toward the finish line.
Cleveland Heights resident and Ashland University faculty member Fabio Polanco is the recipient of the university’s 2013 Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. The award, first presented in 1997, was endowed by the late Edward and Louaine Taylor to support high quality teaching at the university.
Polanco, assistant professor of theatre, joined the faculty in 2007. “Fabio Polanco is someone who is indicative of the high quality of the faculty at Ashland University,” said Frank Pettigrew, university provost. “He is unique in that he is acting in shows all across Ohio, which then he translates back to his students in a real-world approach that helps them become more successful in the industry.”
Church of the Saviour welcomes Melissa Wargo-Geesen as she teaches the art of making Ukrainian Easter eggs in a hands-on workshop on Saturday, March 16.
A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg decorated with traditional folk designs, which might include crosses, netting or animals. Traditionally, all symbols and color choices have meaning. This unique art form uses a hollowed-out egg which is decorated using a wax-resist (batik) method.
Cleveland Heights residents and some University Heights residents are accustomed to seeing a charge from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District for wastewater treatment on the quarterly water bills they receive from the City of Cleveland Heights. For these residents wastewater treatment will continue to be billed in this manner, but beginning this year they will also receive a separate quarterly bill directly from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Wastewater for the new Regional Stormwater Management Program. The first bills will cover the four-month period ending January 16.
Patrons of Cumberland Pool have been greeted this summer with a new sight—a thriving vegetable garden. Formerly a rose garden and, in more recent summers, an empty patch of mulch, the new vegetable garden runs along the fence on the south side of the pool, between the parking lot and the pool deck.
The garden was planted and is tended by the first-ever Cumberland Gardening Team, consisting of 15 children working with four or five adults every Monday morning. The children, who are involved in swimming or diving classes at Cumberland, were interested in improving the sunny enclosure near the pool.
Cleveland Heights resident Annemarie Grassi has been chosen as the 2012–13 president-elect of the Junior League of Cleveland (JLC).
JLC is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. According to its mission statement, JLC is an organization of women volunteers dedicated to community change. Its members show creativity and diversity while promoting voluntarism.
Grassi has been with Open Doors Academy for 10 years and resides in Cleveland Heights. She has been a member of the JLC for eight years and served as co-chair of the Girls Make Great Leaders Initiative and Girl Culture Initiative. She also served on the board of directors as training director for one year and membership director for two years.
An ethnic culinary contest will highlight the first-ever Heights Culinary Heritage Show on June 24, hosted by Council Gardens, 2501 North Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights. The free, festive gathering for adults in the community is supported by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
Could you have guessed that there are nearly 75,000 farms in the state of Ohio, or that less than 1 percent of your food supply is produced in Northeast Ohio? Seems incredible, doesn’t it? That’s what Fresh Fork Market founder Trevor Clatterbuck thought in 2008.
Women have been in the news lately—and to many people, that’s not a good thing.
Since the beginning of the year, attacks on women’s reproductive freedom have ramped up to a fever pitch, an assault that’s been dubbed the “War on Women.” The Cleveland Heights Democratic Club will address the topic in a forum on Thursday, April 12, called “The War on Women: How Did It Start? How Can We Fight Back?”
In a recent report, “The Changing Face of Poverty in Northeast Ohio,” the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University (povertycenter.cwru.edu) reported that the number of people living in poverty has markedly increased over the past decade. Inner-ring suburbs, including Cleveland Heights, are among the most affected. The report cites unemployment, lower wages, and increased living costs as some of the reasons. Another factor is the abandonment of some areas by wealthier citizens who are then replaced by poorer ones, or not replaced at all.
The Ohio Supreme Court today granted a writ of mandamus allowing the placement of the referendum of the rezoning of the former Oakwood Club property on the November ballot in South Euclid.
Here is the pre-published opinion: http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/docs/pdf/0/2011/2011-Ohio-4485.pdf
A moment before zip lining over the Zambezi River from Zambia to Zimbabwe, Annalena Weissman, an 8th grader at Ruffing Montessori School, pauses to catch up on the news back home. Photo by Claudia Weissman.
Engineer, businessman, golfer, aviator, poet
Loren Franklin Weiss, Cleveland Heights poet laureate from 2006 to 2007, died on June 15. My favorite memory of Loren is watching him, caught in a summer downpour, run all the way from the Heights Arts office next to the Cedar Lee Theatre to his car at the far edge of the parking lot. He was 80 years old at the time.
A large bird is the first to greet those who pull into the Barons’ driveway. He is not there to fight squirrels for the seeds in the birdfeeders scattered around the yard; his job is to play host.
His head and neck are made from a black rod that extends through his yellow-wheel torso to form the base of the tail, which is covered with bright red fan blades. Groups of eight horseshoes, painted yellow and black, are welded together to form skeletal wings. The colorful metallic feathers stand out against the brown brick house behind it. The creature stands in a bed of ivy, balancing the burner from an oil furnace on his head. His hollow eyes are trained on the ground in front of him, as if waiting for a friend to pop out of the dark green sea.
The recently released results of Census 2010 revealed population losses over the preceding 10 years in both Cleveland Heights and University Heights, as well as in every bordering community. Cleveland Heights’s population dropped 7.7 percent to 46,121. University Heights's was down 4.3 percent to 13,539.
Both communities remain diverse by Greater Cleveland standards, and for the first time, no racial group is in a majority in the city of Cleveland Heights. The city’s African-American population dropped for the first time on record—a 6.2 percent drop to 19,587, or 42.5 percent of the total population. The white population fell 12.4 percent to 22,984, or 49.8 percent.
Notice: the variable green- and red-lighted lane arrows on Cedar Hill were removed in 2003. Drivers are advised to use the extreme right lane when ascending or descending the hill until other drivers become accustomed to the change. Suggested alternatives are Mayfield Road, Edgehill Road, or North Park Boulevard and MLK Drive/Fairhill Road.
Potholes have been reported on Mayfield Road, Edgehill Road, North Park Boulevard and MLK Drive/Fairhill Road. To avoid rough roads on the way to downtown, Heights-area drivers are advised to travel east on SR 87 to Richmond Road south and Chagrin Boulevard east, then follow I-271 south to I-480 west to I-80 west. At the I-90 merge, proceed east on I-90 to downtown Cleveland. No new paving is anticipated in urban areas until approximately two years after the conclusion of the Kasich administration.
Leah Green, a 19-year-old Cleveland Heights resident who is studying in Israel for the year, was among those injured in a Jerusalem terrorist bombing that killed one person and injured at least 36 others.
Here's more detail, in a story from the Cleveland Jewish News.
In the dark ages, turning on the TV required patience, not money. You turned “on” the on/off knob, saw a little red light glow at the bottom of the wood cabinet. Then just waited for the vacuum tubes to warm up to see the picture and hear the sound. One payment for the TV and one payment for the antenna; it was free TV after that.
The news in recent months has been about Cleveland losing stars to Miami, but sometimes it goes the other way. Ezekiel "Zeke" Burrows of Cleveland Heights, who died on Dec. 15 at age 76 after a brief illness, came to us from his former home in Miami and, during his many years here, contributed immeasurably to the civic life of Greater Cleveland.
Burrows served on the Cleveland Heights Planning Commission for the last dozen years, where he was known for a unique style of oratory, an always friendly demeanor, and his insistence on commending his fellow citizens on the plans and ideas they brought before the commission.
Stop for a moment, and calculate how much time you spent last month shopping for the perfect holiday gifts and preparing the holiday feast. Now compare that to the amount of time you spent last year thinking about your estate plan.
The second-annual Nighttown Academy of Poetry & Letters took place on Oct. 24 at Nighttown Restaurant in Cleveland Heights. A stellar cast, directed by local Irish actress Derdriu Ring and, Plain Dealer columnist Regina Brett, presented "Wise Up!!"
The event featured a cast of local celebrities, literary luminaries, and friends of the arts, each of whom read and brought to life a short poem or piece of prose. The readings were punctuated with musical numbers led by the Academy's music director, pianist Joe Hunter. Also assisting were members of the Friends of the CH-UH Library, who manned the silent auction, led by volunteer Adaora Schmiedl. Photos from the event can be viewed at http://bit.ly/NighttownWiseUp2010.
Sustainable Heights Week
Tour a solar-powered house, ride your bike to the farmer’s market, hike Doan Brook or participate in a Green Assets Mapping Party in historic Coventry Village. Most events are free and many are family friendly. Visit www.sustainableheightsnetwork.blogspot.com for a full list of events. For more information, e-mail the network at email@example.com or call 216-320-1423. Sustainable Heights Network
Here are the headlines from pages 1-2 of the September Heights Observer. Find and circle these words in the letter array, where they may run (forwards or backwards) horizontally, vertically or diagonally (see marked example “THE”). Though words (like “the”) may repeat in the headlines, each generally appears in the array only once.
Music Settlement halts plan, but talks continue
Ohio wins Rade to the Top; CH-UH students will benefit
New business alliance partners with FutureHeights in Best of the Heights awards
Cleveland Heights Bicycle Coaltion petitions CH City Council to improve bicycle infrastructure
Motorcars opens eco-friendly car wash
New documentary on minority-owned businesses
Swim team wins second place
Meet author Dan Chaon
Workshops for becoming a true Observer
How to Walk to School movement gains traction here
Enthusiastic volunteers are helping the Heights Observer thrive.
Born and bred on a farm in West Virginia until he was 26 years of age, my father came to Cleveland to take a job on the railroad in Collinwood. He worked for the New York Central, first in the steam engine roundhouse, and later in the diesel shops.
Monday, Sept. 13
Public Hearing: City of Cleveland Heights Strategic Development Plan Draft
Tuesday, Sept. 21
Workshop: Using the Heights Observer to Help Your Organization
Thursday, Sept. 23
District 10 General Election Forum
Saturday, Sept. 25
Home & Garden Tour Preview Party
Tuesday, Sept. 28
Workshop: What's the News: How to be an educated news consumer
With the November election coming into focus, the Heights Observer is announcing its policy for contributions by candidates for local office.
As a community newspaper staffed by volunteers and committed to equal access for everyone, the Observer is unique among publications in providing opportunity for any member of the Cleveland Heights and University Heights communities to raise and discuss issues of local interest.
Annalena Weissman of Cleveland Heights, soon to be a seventh grader at Ruffing Montessori School, takes a pause to read the Heights Observer in front of Big Ben in London.
The Cleveland Heights Democratic Club has joined with other eastside Democratic clubs and countywide Democratic organizations to bring candidate for secretary of state, Maryellen O’Shaughnessy, to Cleveland Heights for a public forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at the Cleveland Heights Recreation Center. It’s free and open to everyone.
The forum should be of special interest to those wishing to know more about the state's electoral process. The secretary of state is the top elections official, who oversees the 88 county boards of election.
Why? Because dogs can't flush. Doggies can’t scoop it, so you have to doo it! The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has introduced a campaign encouraging dog owners to Pick Up Poop, or “PUP.” PUP educates pet owners about the environmental hazards of abandoned poop and encourages them to scoop that poop!Dog poop is a contributor to many water quality problems, impacting not only local waterways but area beaches. When it rains, the runoff takes just about everything off the ground with it. Lawn chemicals, litter, road salt and debris, cigarette butts and bacteria from dog poop are just a few possible contaminants.
Letters to the Editor
The Heights Observer welcomes letters to the editor. They must be submitted electronically, along with the writer's name, phone number and e-mail address, to:
Answering 10 simple questions this month can make all the difference for economically stressed Cleveland Heights.
With one of the shortest questionnaires in history, the 2010 Census, arriving on your doorstep soon, asks for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship and whether you own or rent your home. It takes only about 10 minutes for the average household to complete.
What’s in the newspaper is only a portion of what we’re reporting. The rest is online at www.heightsobserver.org.
If you haven’t visited lately, here’s what you missed:
On the Observer Forum (www.heightsobserver.org/deck): You would have known a month before anyone else that the Oakwood Club was merging with Mayfield Country Club and trying to sell its golf course, clubhouse and other facilities valued by the county at $5.9 million. (Dec. 14)
On Jan. 23, nearly 200 Heights-area residents and other friends of Jon Lash gathered at the the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern in Cleveland, to dance, party and help a friend in need.
The event, dubbed Benefit for a Buddy, was the work of Big Fun owner Steve Presser, a close friend of Lash since childhood. Each attendee paid at least $10; Presser continues to accept donations at Big Fun on Coventry from supporters who couldn't attend.
The benefit will be held beginning at 8 p.m., Saturday Jan. 23, at the Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland (link to map: http://bit.ly/6Osdwa).
In these tough economic times, many local restaurants are struggling. Some have met this challenge by cutting back on staff, portion size or quality--much to the dismay of their customers. Others have relied on creative solutions and new ideas. The Mad Greek, at the top of Cedar Hill, is one of the latter.
Through the end of January, at least, they are offering any bottle of wine on their list for only $22. While they still have very good wines by the glass, at $22 you can put a little more zing into your meal. If you don't finish the bottle, Ohio law allows you to bring it home.
The Ohio House of Representatives today approved a bill sponsored by State Representative Barbara Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) to expand insurance coverage for patients with diabetes, helping people get the supplies and education they need to self-manage their diabetes. The vote was 58-38.
“An estimated 380,000 Ohioans have diabetes, and many of them are under-insured. This places a massive economic burden on people who are already struggling to make ends meet,” said Rep. Boyd. “Residents of this state deserve to have insurance coverage that provides benefits for diabetes equipment, supplies and medication. They should not have to choose between paying for food and treatment.”
With the holidays here, it’s time to enjoy some sparkling wine at celebrations with friends and family. If “real” Champagne (from the Champagne region of France) is out of your budget this year, there are lots of good alternatives at reasonable prices.
Sparkling wines are made all over the world and in many different styles. Unfortunately, the shelves include some less-than-stellar ones that are, for my tastes, industrial swill.Now, if you happen to like Korbel or Martini & Rossi, more power to you. Everyone’s taste is different. If however, you are looking to step it up a bit, without hurting your wallet too badly, here are a couple of my
Annalena Weissman of Cleveland Heights a sixth grader at Ruffing Montessori catches up on the news from home while visiting the Giants Causeway at County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK.
Heights Observer writer Tom Woodworth shares the Heights Observer vibe with Paris, France.
An especially interesting election season is coming up in Cleveland Heights and University Heights. All of the local races will be contested.
· Cleveland Heights City Council: Four seats with three incumbents up for reelection.
· University Heights City Council: Three seats, two incumbents up for reelection.
· University Heights Mayor: With longtime Mayor Beryl Rothschild stepping down, this race is complicated by a city charter reform issue that could change the character of the mayor’s job.
· Cleveland Heights–University Heights Board of Education: Three seats, two incumbents up for reelection.
The Heights wine scene is fortunate to have several wine bars. The oldest is La Cave du Vin on the corner of Coventry and Euclid Heights. It offers an assortment of wine and beer from around the world, and a limited food menu. Many wines are available by the taste, glass or bottle; others only by the bottle.
I began with a glass of 2005 Laurenz Gruner Veltliner from Austria. The wine was crisp and delicious with flavors of minerals, lime and a pinch of white pepper. I tasted three wines from Portugal, each a healthy 2-ounce pour. The 2006 Urban, made from a Spanish Tempranillo grape, was luscious and full bodied with complex cherry fruit. The Irreverante, made from Touriga Nacional grapes grown by a co-op in Portugal, is light and easy to drink. Its bright acidity goes well with food. The last, Aliança Terra Boa Old Vines, unfortunately, came from an off bottle, but I was not charged for it.
Our April 09 issue contained a Cleveland Heights crossword puzzle which was enjoyed by many.
Mr Robert Haas enjoyed the first puzzle so much, he created a different kind of puzzle for your intellectual pleasure.
Feel free to print out and try the puzzle for yourself here.
The solution can be found here.
Some very nice wines are made right here — in our own backyard. Ohio winemakers deserve our support as much as our local merchants and farmers. Here are three Rieslings that are great on their own, before a meal, or with lighter summer fare.
Ferrante (Harpersfield, Ohio) 2007 Golden Bunches Dry Riesling at $13 is one of the best wines being produced in the state. Last winter, when I served as a judge for a competition of the best Michigan and Ohio wines, this was one of the top wines! It is so good that you don’t need to qualify that statement by saying "for an Ohio wine." It has plenty of fruit and complexity. The wine goes well with chicken, fish or vegetarian dishes. It is not bone dry and its only sweetness comes from the ripeness of the fruit. I bought my bottle at Heinen’s in University Heights.
The Cleveland Orchestra notes with sadness the death of former Orchestra member Steven Witser, who died last week from a heart attack at his home in Pasadena. He was 48 years old.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Witser was appointed to The Cleveland Orchestra in 1989 by Christoph von Dohnányi. He served as Assistant Principal Trombone (1989-2007), Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager (1994-2007), and Acting Principal Trombone (2003-04 and 2005-07). He was also active in the Blossom Festival Band and Orchestra. While in Cleveland, Steve was a member of the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He performed in the Center City Brass Quintet, High Anxiety Bones, and Myriad. A California native, he became principal trombone of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2007.
Last week, while shopping at Severance Town Center, I walked into Dave’s Market to meander through the wine department. They have a large variety of wines at very affordable prices. The store is cool and the wine display is well maintained. Always on the lookout for new wine finds, I bought these two bottles. Both were very good.
2007 Jekel Vineyards Riesling Monterey $11.79
This dry Riesling is very easy to drink. Warm California temperatures, moderated by the cooling ocean breezes, make Monterey a great place for growing grapes. These climate contrasts add a nice complexity to the wine, which has lovely aromas and flavors of orange and tangerine. This Monterey Riesling will go well with lighter summer fare, such as salads, seafood and poultry.
It’s been 15 years since Barb Seidel opened the doors to her home sewing studio in Cleveland Heights and began teaching local kids a unique set of skills. An accomplished seamstress with a background in art education, Seidel combined her passions for teaching and sewing to create a successful series of after-school and summer classes for kids from ages 8 to 18.
Today, her simple studio is equipped with modern machines and a variety of supplies, giving students everything they need to learn to sew. Ever-committed to personal attention and fun, Seidel’s classes are small, encouraging a warm, close-knit learning environment.
Cleveland Heights resident Karen Johnson achieved her personal best time of 3 hours 34 minutes and 40 seconds at the Boston Marathon on April 20.
This was her fifth marathon and her first Boston Marathon.
Karen is a registered dietitian, part-time personal chef and full-time mother of three.
“You Too Can Write the News,” a free workshop for citizen journalists, will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, in Meeting Room A of the Noble Neighborhood Library, 2800 Noble Road.
The workshop, hosted by the Heights Observer and FutureHeights, is the first in a series, and is designed to help people who want to foster discussion of community issues by writing in the Heights Observer or any other citizen journalism project.
Topics covered in the first workshop are vital reporting skills and techniques to make the writing process fast and easy. They are comparable to those taught in college-level journalism courses.
The workshop will be conducted by Bob Rosenbaum, an award-winning reporter, editor and publisher -- at local, regional and national newspapers and magazines -- for nearly 30 years.
In the late '80s, Dave Kolb and his wife Alice, both professors in organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University, were playing softball in a league made up of various university departments. They eventually became uncomfortable with the level of competitiveness in the league. Dave and Alice believed softball was "too much fun to be left to those who do it well." So, in 1991 they took their department team out of the league and started a Sunday morning pick-up sides softball game for a group of diverse individuals to play, free from an emphasis on skills but with a focus on having fun.
When was the last time you had someone in your home that did not look like you? That is the challenging question that forms the foundation of the book Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations Through Friendship by Dr. Deborah L. Plummer.As the president and CEO of the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, whose mission it is to eliminate racism and empower women, I was embarrassed to admit my difficulty in answering that question. I work in a very diverse professional world but I socialize and worship in same-race communities. This book challenged me to consider the patterns of my social interactions