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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

or

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

HeightsWrites

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

JCU media class helps brand FutureHeights

"Your Voice. Your Community. Your FutureHeights." is the tag line members of John Carroll University Professor Sara Stashower's graduate class recommended. FutureHeights board members, Mark Majewski (far left), Bob Rosenbaum (second from left) and executive director, Deanna Bremer Fisher (far right) attended the class's final presentation on media strategy and planning in December. The class suggested branding opportunities for FutureHeights and its publication, the Heights Observer.
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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 9:10 PM, 12.15.2009

State Rep. Boyd's diabetes insurance bill passes Ohio House

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.”

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 1:35 PM, 12.08.2009

Celebrate the holidays with sparkling wine

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

 

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 3:28 PM, 11.19.2009

The Heights Observer gets around

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.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.24.2009

Where to find information for Heights area election races

An especially interesting election season is coming up in Cleveland Heights and University Heights. All of the local races will be contested.

Races include:

·  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.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 10:43 PM, 08.24.2009

La Cave du Vin, A local treat for wine lovers

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.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 11:40 AM, 07.21.2009

Cross Number Puzzle

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.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 11:09 AM, 08.05.2009

Shop local: buy Ohio wines

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.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 1:40 PM, 06.23.2009

In Memoriam: Steven Witser, Cleveland Orchestra trombonist and Cleveland Heights resident

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. 

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 4:10 PM, 06.04.2009

Red and white at Dave’s Market complement summer dining

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.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 10:40 AM, 05.19.2009

Leaving them in stitches

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.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 9:48 AM, 05.18.2009

Personal best for Heights finish in Boston Marathon

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.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 9:27 AM, 04.27.2009

Free Observer workshop helps citizens cover the news

“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.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 12:48 PM, 04.23.2009

Miss Gray looking for a home

Miss Gray is searching for her forever home. She is a petite 2 - 3 year old, charcoal gray girl who is up to date with shots, altered and litter box trained. Miss Gray should be in a home without dogs and maybe one or two other low key cats. If interested, please contact The Public Animal Welfare Society of Ohio (PAWS) at 440-442-PAWS or visit www.pawsohio.org.
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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 10:21 AM, 03.24.2009

18 years of big fun softball

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.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 10:57 PM, 04.08.2009

Cross-racial socializing builds new friendships in the Heights

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
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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 5:17 PM, 02.02.2009

Splendid value wines

2007 Sielo Blu Pinot Grigio
Alto Adige is an Italian province near the Austrian border and home to this delicious white wine. The wineries of northern Italy turn out some of the best white wines taking advantage of mountain air and soils.  This wine delivers a crisp and fruit-filled aroma (think peaches and green apples). It sees no oak when being made allowing the natural vibrancy to remain.  It has a lush juicy texture that you rarely find in wines at this price.  It would be a terrific match with sea food or pastas with a cream or cheese sauce. At 12.5 percent alcohol, it would work great on its own or with some cheeses too. I purchased it on sale at Heinen’s for $10. 
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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 10:41 AM, 01.21.2009

Joe the Coupon Guy teaches Heights residents how to save in hard times

Heights residents are feeling the recession this winter as surely as the cold. Many wonder how to keep their budgets on track as expenses rise. Joe Daugirdas, also known as The Coupon Guy, has tips to share.

For starters, there are many sources of coupons. The Sunday Plain Dealer and the Heights edition of the Sun News have coupons nearly every week. The Cleveland Heights Main Library at Lee Road even has a coupon swap area, available to  all.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 2:04 PM, 02.03.2009

The Heights Observer in Mexico!

John Simpson of Bloomington, Indiana, expresses his disbelief that the Heights Observer could reach a town so remote it doesn't even have mail delivery. San Agustinillo, Oaxaca, Mexico. 
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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 12:48 PM, 12.26.2008

Pink flamingos for Peggy

A flock of 100 pink flamingos took up temporary residence at Linda Margolin's East Overlook home last weekend. Linda's mother, Peggy, celebrated her centennial year Sunday. Happy Birthday, Peggy!
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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 4:15 PM, 10.22.2008

Make sure your vote is counted this election

You're opinion doesn't count unless you vote.

There are three Ways to Vote:

1. Vote early (in-person) at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

from Sept. 30 through Nov. 3

2. Vote early by Mail.*

3. Vote on Election Day (in person) Nov. 4

Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 12:16 AM, 09.24.2008

Free High Definition TV! (almost)

Beginning February 9, 2009, all local television stations must broadcast exclusively in high definition (HD). This will cause problems for many people who do not have an HD television, tuner, or converter box. To make the changeover more palatable, you can apply for a $40 coupon for up to two analog televisions that don’t have digital capability. The converter boxes will retail for about $50-70, so getting the coupon is worthwhile. If you have cable or satellite, or even an analog TV, you will not need a converter box. (Check with your provider for details.)
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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 1:06 PM, 06.23.2008

Heights Observer in Paris

Annalena Weissman (10) of East Scarborough Rd. enjoys reading about home while visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Photo taken by Claudia Weissman.
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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 1:15 PM, 08.22.2008

An American's reaction to a round of UK pubs

Our recent trip to England, Scotland, and Wales, plus last month’s piece by Matthew Williams is perfect timing for this story.

My craving for craft beers started while stationed in Germany in the late sixties. In Germany, one drinks one’s beer at guest houses. In that era, in addition to the local pilsner, the main choices were Lowenbrau or Becks. Back to the states and it was a 20 year taste drought until Great Lakes Brewery came along in 1988.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 10:21 PM, 07.06.2008

How are we doing?

How are we doing?

The Heights Observer is a new community supported citizen media project of FutureHeights. We hope to stimulate discussion, inform people about issues that are meaningful in the Heights, support the local economy, and reflect the unique flavor of our communities.

We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Send to:

Heights Observer Editor

2163 Lee Road, Suite 103

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

or info@heightsobserver.org

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 9:01 AM, 07.22.2008

Real citizens vote

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
--George Jean Nathan (1882-1958)

Have you moved recently? Changed your name or address? Turned 18? Recently become a citizen? Been apathetic but want to change your ways?

Register to vote today.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 11:37 AM, 07.18.2008

Vive le Heights Observer!

See where the Heights Observer has been lately! Send us your photos: info@futureheights.org.
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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 3:49 PM, 06.17.2008

Severance is more than big boxes

The many commercial districts in Cleveland Heights and University Heights define our communities. They are notable for their numbers—upwards of twenty, depending on how you count them—as well as their variety. Some are large and extensive in their offerings; others are small and specialized.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 11:35 AM, 06.03.2008

Citizen Journalism 101

The exciting thing about a publication like the Heights Observer is the great variety of personal perspectives that make up the editorial content. It would defeat the purpose to homogenize those into a single editorial voice, yet there are some standard procedures we suggest to our writers.
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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 10:59 PM, 04.27.2008

FutureHeights presents the Heights Observer

Stop by your local merchant and pick up a copy of the inaugural edition of the Heights Observer, a project of FutureHeights.

FutureHeights' stakeholders encouraged us to continue to innovate and to find new ways to promote community involvement, public expression, and communication. Study of the increasingly popular concept of “hyperlocal journalism” - and a timely encounter with the publishers of The Lakewood Observer - convinced us that our communities need this new voice, the Heights Observer.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 12:47 PM, 04.11.2008