Ohio Arts Council honors eight Heights artists

On April 20, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) honored eight Heights artists with its 2016 Individual Excellence Award. The awards, given to 75 Ohio artists chosen from 392 applicants, recognize artists for the exceptional merit of a body of their work that advances or exemplifies the discipline and the larger artistic community, and provide support to the artists' growth and development, recognizing their work in the state and beyond.

The artists were judged via an open-panel review by other professional artists, and on the merit of completed works. Each winner received a $5,000 grant for “quality arts experiences that strengthen Ohio artistically, educationally and culturally,” according to OAC's May 3 press release which announced the winners.

Awards are made in six categories: choreography, criticism, fiction/nonfiction, music composition, playwriting and poetry.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:04 AM, 05.10.2016

Alan Freed memorial celebration set for Lake View Cemetery

A memorial celebration honoring the life of Alan Freed, the Cleveland disc jockey who coined the term “rock 'n' roll” and who put on the nation’s first rock concert, will take place at Lake View Cemetery on Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m. Freed died in 1965 at the age of 43, and his ashes will be interred at Lake View on the day of the ceremony. The public is invited to attend the event.

Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony. The Drifters, a soul group that scored such hits as “Money Honey,” “Such a Night,” “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “Under the Boardwalk,” will perform at the ceremony. In addition, Little Anthony, of Little Anthony and the Imperials, is expected to perform, as is Jimmy Clanton, a rock singer from the 1960's. Famous disc jockey and rock historian Norm N. Nite will serve as the emcee at the event.

Freed came to fame in the early 1950s, when he was a DJ for WJW radio in Cleveland. In 1952, he produced the first Moondog Coronation Ball at the Cleveland Arena. That show is widely regarded as the very first rock 'n' roll concert.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 9:44 AM, 05.03.2016

In memoriam: Grandmaster Ronald Balas

I first met Ronald Balas (Dec. 9, 1930 to Feb. 13, 2016) in September 1966 at the Cleveland Heights YMCA on Lee Road. He was teaching martial arts classes. I was 5 years old. This meeting was the beginning of a 49-year relationship.

Ron has been a constant presence in my life for the past half-century. For thousands, he was the founder and Grandmaster of Tai Shin Doh Karate. He traveled the world to teach this art form and is widely known and respected for this achievement. But he was so much more—a father, husband, brother, grandfather, and a friend to all.

Ron had a gift. He would make you believe that you were the most important person in the world. He shared this gift with countless people who came to him.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:25 AM, 03.28.2016

Oakwood Clubhouse contents go up for sale

If you're interested in acquiring any of the furniture or equipment from the former clubhouse of Oakwood Country Club, this is your chance.

Greenwald Antiques has been contracted to liquidate the contents of the building, according to Robin Greenwald-Gilbert, co-owner of the business.

The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, through Friday, April 8, at the former Oakwood Club, 1516 Warrensville Center Road.

The building and grounds are now owned by Hebrew Academy, which plans to convert the clubhouse into a boys’ high school and administrative offices. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the capital campaign for the construction project, according to information from Greenwald Antiques.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.22.2016

Local teacher realizes dream with purchase of summer camp

Cleveland Heights native Joe Mendes has left his teaching job in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District to realize a lifelong dream to run a summer camp. He is the new owner of Camp Firebird-Roosevelt on Leesville Lake, 90 miles south of here.

Many Heights residents have fond memories of the overnight camp, which for years has hosted a steady stream of children from the area. But Mendes will have his work cut out for him—attendance has dwindled in the past decade under the previous management.

Mendes is undaunted. “That’s why I was able to afford to buy it,” he said, adding that he’s been able to assemble a team of expert advisors to guide him.

The deal was struck quickly. Mendes learned on Sept. 9 that the camp was for sale, after the unexpected death of owner Andrew Schwartz—who turned out to be a childhood friend of Mendes from their own shared camp experience in northern Wisconsin. The transaction was done by early November.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 10:34 AM, 12.01.2015

2015 Heights Holiday Gift Guide: For the person who has it all

Find something for everyone on your list at the many independent merchants in the Heights. Most will gift wrap or ship your items, too. Here are some of our favorites:


The Bubble Ring in 14K yellow gold and sapphires. ($1,925.00, Antrobus Designs) 

Cushion Diamond Pendant in 14K white gold and diamonds. ($15,000.00, Antrobus Designs)

Enjoy an entire season of Close Encounters. Hear Cleveland’s world-class musicians perform four intimate chamber music concerts in spectacular private homes and unique public venues. ($180.00 and up, Heights Arts)

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 12:17 PM, 10.30.2015

2015 Heights Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts more than $150

Find something for everyone on your list at the many independent merchants in the Heights. Most will gift wrap or ship your items, too. Here are some of our favorites:


Pair of Guardians by the Foundry Woodprints. Each is 14" by 36." ($300.00, In The 216)

Funky-Shaped Bangle Set. A set of five handmade bangles in Sterling Silver. ($248.00, Antrobus Designs)

Pink LOVE Pendant in 14K solid pink gold. ($320.00, Antrobus Designs) 

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 12:16 PM, 10.30.2015

2015 Heights Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts from $50 to $150

Find something for everyone on your list at the many independent merchants in the Heights. Most will gift wrap or ship your items, too. Here are some of our favorites:

GIFTS FROM $50 TO $150

Stackable Silver Rings. Set of five rings; hammered, polished and brushed. ($115.00, Antrobus Designs)

Amethyst Drop Earrings. Sterling silver with faceted stones. ($145.00, Antrobus Designs)

Sterling Silver Star of David. ($110.00, Antrobus Designs).

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 12:15 PM, 10.30.2015

2015 Heights Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts less than $50

Find something for everyone on your list at the many independent merchants in the Heights. Most will gift wrap or ship your items, too. Here are some of our favorites:


One-year subscription to Funny Times. ($26.00 for 12 issues)

Poinsettias, amaryllis, potted succulents, Austrian crystals, fashion scarves, paperwhite gift box, natural wreaths, Bohemian watches and starry night wraps. (Bremec on the Heights Garden Center) 

Paper calendar. Each month features one of Cleveland Heights artist Kate Snow’s original linoleum block designs. Printed on a 1950s Vandercook letterpress. ($24.00, Heights Arts)

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 12:14 PM, 10.30.2015

2015 Heights Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking stuffers ($10 or less)

Find something for everyone on your list at the many independent merchants in the Heights. Most will gift wrap or ship your items, too. Here are some of our favorites:


How to Knit Socks that Fit by Donna Druchunas. The book title says it all. ($8.95, Mac's Backs)

I Love You Around the World by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar. This book teaches how to say "te amo" around the world. ($9.95, Mac's Backs) 

One "Baby & Me" session. This informal weekly program encourages new parents to get acquainted, share experiences, find support and gain information from one another and staff members. ($5.00, Family Connections)

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 12:12 PM, 10.30.2015

Free music and entertainment festival expected to bring thousands to the Heights

The Heights Music Hop returns for its third annual festival this Saturday, Sept. 19. Join the fun as festivalgoers pack the sidewalks, restaurants, bars and shops of the Cedar Lee Business District for this live music event. More than 18 venues along Lee Road in Cleveland Heights will host live music of varying genres, including rock, folk, jazz, hip-hop, classical, funk, and just about everything in between. 

The Heights Music Hop is free and open to all. A ticketed after-party, ages 18 and older, will take place at 11 p.m. at The BottleHouse Brewery, featuring the music of popular local group, The Admirables. After-party tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 1:57 PM, 09.17.2015

Lee Road merchants offer food and drink specials for Heights Music Hop

Lee Road merchants are gearing up for the 3rd Annual Heights Music Hop, Saturday, Sept. 19, by offering food and drink specials for music lovers who populate neighborhood restaurants, bars and shops. Organizers expect the street to be flush with attendees for this year's free music festival. More than 2,000 hop-goers attended last year's event.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 1:05 PM, 09.17.2015

Planning for Eastside Greenway advances

A recently concluded study highlights the potential for a network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities linking the City of Cleveland’s east side with 19 other municipalities, including Cleveland Heights and University Heights and all of their neighboring cities. The Eastside Greenway, as the proposed network is known, would increase connectivity in eastern Cuyahoga County and enable greater access to active transportation and recreation. The study’s soon-to-be-released final report will include infrastructure recommendations tailored to major routes and amenities, and a strategy for design and implementation.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 8:09 PM, 08.31.2015

Heights business plans local events for Tibetan monks

Cleveland Heights-based Loving Hands Yoga and Reiki is planning events for the Cleveland leg of a national tour for a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks. The events will be held throughout the Cleveland area Sept. 21–26. Presentations are non-religious, and are suitable for people of all faiths and traditions.

Judith Eugene, a Cleveland Heights native and the founder of Loving Hands Yoga and Reiki, is seeking businesses, schools, churches and other organizations that are interested in holding events at their facility. Eugene organized a similar tour last fall. The events were well attended, and most sold out.

Events include lectures, debates, healing rituals, and empowerment ceremonies. School programs for grades K–12 include discussions, chanting demonstrations and performance of traditional Tibetan instruments. The monks are also available to create beautiful works of art including sand mandalas, butter sculptures and calligraphy. They also perform blessings of homes, businesses, and public buildings. There are suggested donations for each event, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. All donations are tax-deductible.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 12:13 PM, 07.21.2015

'End of Watch' ceremony to honor fallen police officer

An "End of Watch" ceremony in memory of Cleveland Heights Police Officer Thomas F. Patton II, who died in the line of duty five years ago, will be held at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, March 13, at the Police Memorial near the front door of Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The ceremony will last about 20 minutes and is open to the public. It is being held by the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association in conjunction with the CHPD.

Patton suffered a fatal heart attack while chasing an assault suspect on March 13, 2010 in the area of Coventry and Mayfield roads. He had been a member of the force for nine years.

Patton is one of four Cleveland Heights police officers who have died in the line of duty. The others are:

  • Capt. Edward B. Connolly, shot while responding to a burglary; died Sept. 8, 1920.
  • Patrolman Norman C. Reker, shot while responding to a robbery; died Feb. 21, 1948.
  • Officer Jason West, shot while responding to a disturbance; died May 26, 2007.

As part of its public service mission to the community and the police department, the newly formed Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association has begun organizing End of Watch ceremonies on the anniversary of each fallen officer's death. The first such ceremony was held last month in Reker's memory.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:05 PM, 03.09.2015

Brennan's 'colony' comes together over T-shirts and a beer

For three hours on Saturday, July 19, it was hard just to get in the door at The Tavern Company—the Lee Road pub that Jim Brennan managed before buying the Colony in 1991. Now owned by Chris Armington, himself a 12-year Brennan employee, The Tavern Company served that night as the location where people could pick up pre-ordered “We Are A Colony” T-shirts and gather yet again to remember Jim "JB" Brennan, who was shot to death in his business across the street on June 30.

“I’m still in shock,” Armington said. “It keeps me up at night. And there are so many triggers that make me think of JB. Like, he drove a (Toyota) 4Runner and now any time I see one out of the corner of my eye, I expect I’m going to see him.”

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 11:57 AM, 07.31.2014

Family-to-Family event shines light on needs of youth in foster care

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 1:56 PM, 05.05.2014

Afterschool, community activities canceled due to weather

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 1:38 PM, 03.12.2014

Forest Hill Church plans events for Black History Month

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 10:49 AM, 01.28.2014

Goodman finishes marathon and helps bomb victims

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 2:13 PM, 07.31.2013

Heights resident receives Ashland University teaching award

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.”

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:04 PM, 05.30.2013

Learn to make pysanky—Ukrainian Easter eggs

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 12:26 PM, 02.28.2013

Sewer District to send separate stormwater bills to Heights residents

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 8:57 AM, 01.29.2013

Youth gardening team blossoms at Cumberland Pool

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.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 1:47 PM, 07.31.2012

CH resident chosen as president-elect of Junior League of Cleveland

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.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 12:47 PM, 06.19.2012

Calling for entries in ethnic culinary contest

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.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 10:41 AM, 04.04.2012

Fresh Fork Market farm buying club in CH

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. 

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 10:36 AM, 04.04.2012

Cleveland Heights Democrats to hold ‘War on Women’ forum

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?”

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 11:29 AM, 03.20.2012

New report shows that poverty has increased in Heights cities

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.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 12:44 PM, 02.28.2012

Heights Observer in Africa

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 1:55 PM, 09.01.2011

Remembering Loren Weiss

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 11:09 AM, 07.05.2011

Scrap metal sculptor's life constructed from unexpected parts

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:08 AM, 06.14.2011

Fewer residents, more diversity in Heights cities

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 10:24 AM, 04.05.2011

Traffic report

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 11:01 PM, 03.31.2011

Cable TV – on the cheap

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 12:56 PM, 12.14.2010

Remembering Ezekiel "Zeke" Burrows

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 9:30 PM, 12.19.2010

Benefit raises $7,600 for Friends of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library

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.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 8:57 PM, 11.08.2010

Community events

Oct. 2-10

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 sustainablehts@gmail.com or call 216-320-1423. Sustainable Heights Network


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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 2:00 PM, 10.01.2010

Headlines Word Search

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.

Click here to view the Puzzle

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:03 PM, 10.03.2010

My father and the facts of life

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.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 12:36 PM, 08.22.2010

Community Events

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

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:15 PM, 08.26.2010

Observer election policy

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.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 9:53 AM, 07.30.2010

Heights Observer in London

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.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 12:11 PM, 06.25.2010

Cleveland Heights Democratic Club to host secretary of state candidate May 12

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.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 10:51 PM, 04.16.2010

Heights Observer spotted in Hawaii

Annalena Weissman of Cleveland Heights, a sixth grade student at Ruffing Montessori School, pauses atop Haleakala Volcano on Maui to catch up on the news from back home.
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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:50 PM, 04.27.2010

A glass of port by a warm fire

Winter conjures up images of relaxing in front of a roaring fire in a ski lodge and sipping a glass of port. While the Heights may lack ski lodges, there is no reason why a glass of port can’t be enjoyed in front of a roaring blaze in your fireplace.
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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 11:45 AM, 02.16.2010

Picking up poop is the right thing to doo.

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.
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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 9:58 AM, 04.28.2010

Letters Policy

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:

website: www.heightsobserver.org/members


e-mail: info@futureheights.org

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 4:30 PM, 03.29.2010

Heights writer to speak at national conference

David Budin, a writer from Cleveland Heights, has been selected to speak at the 39th annual national Writers Conference of the American Society of Journalists and Authors in April at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. He is also serving as co-chair of this year’s conference.
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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:36 PM, 02.11.2010

Full and accurate census count important to city's bottom line

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.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 10:59 AM, 02.16.2010

RTA service cuts will result in need to transfer to reach downtown

If the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) implements service cuts as planned for April, Cleveland Heights and University Heights will become unique among inner-ring suburbs in that they will have no direct public transit service that is, without a transfer to downtown Cleveland. Several citizens expressed their concerns at a public hearing Jan. 6 at the Cleveland Heights Community Center.
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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 9:22 PM, 01.19.2010

Get the news where it's freshest at www.heightsobserver.org

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)

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 9:57 PM, 01.25.2010

Big Fun owner holds dance to benefit friend

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.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 10:17 AM, 01.26.2010

Big Fun owner holds benefit to help local friend in need

Steve Presser, owner of Big Fun, has anounced a dance to benefit his best friend, Cleveland Heights resident Jon Lash, who has lost his income, disability coverage and medical insurance due to complications following heart bypass surgery.

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).

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 1:24 PM, 01.17.2010

A good deal at the Mad Greek

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.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 9:13 AM, 12.16.2009


Listening to those among us who are quiet--even mute--is becoming an increasingly urgent matter.
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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 10:45 AM, 11.02.2009