Seniors

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

July 3: There is no program scheduled for this week.

July 10: Nylajean R. McDaniel, the outgoing superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, will reflect on her distinguished career in education as she prepares to retire on July 31.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 6:30 PM, 07.01.2014

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

June 5: Mickie McGraw, pioneer art therapist, contracted polio in 1953, at the age of 11. She studied art and then counseling, and helped establish the country's first art therapy studio. She will discuss her decades of transformative and healing work with disabled patients.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:35 AM, 06.02.2014

Heights senior Ella Hopkins bowls two perfect games

Ella Hopkins, 86, enjoys Wii bowling at the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center. She usually bowls over 200, but her goal was to bowl 300—a perfect game. On March 26, the day before her birthday, she bowled two perfect games, back-to-back. Way to go Ella!

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:26 AM, 06.02.2014

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

May 1: David Fleshler, Case Western Reserve University associate provost, describes how international students have transformed the campus into an oasis of multiculturism. The school's largest-ever international class enrolled last September, enriching both the academic environment and the local community.

May 8: Chuck Mosberger of Design Wyse Interiors, shares tales of his travels around the world in search of antiques. He'll recount his experiences and finds, which include a 4,000-year-old alabaster bust of an Egyptian queen, tapestries from Thailand and a cabinet from Windsor Castle.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 7:16 PM, 05.01.2014

Money management classes for older adults start May 13

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) helps senior prepare for the lifestyle transitions that come with age. Moving from work to retirement, or from one’s home to an apartment or assisted living facility, are among the changes that can pose physical, emotional and financial adjustments to seniors and their families.

To help seniors prepare for such transitions, HRRC will offer a series of free, one-hour classes this spring and summer, focusing on financial issues affecting seniors:

Tuesday, May 13: “Managing Your Money as You Age” will cover the importance of budgeting and credit management, especially when adjusting to a fixed income; maintaining good credit and low debt; and how to protect oneself from fraud and scams.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 7:15 PM, 05.01.2014

HRRC celebrates Seniors Day on April 9

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) has planned an event specifically for senior homeowners, to assist them in managing home repairs and making better use of their homes.

“Celebrate Seniors Day” will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at the HRRC Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road (two blocks north of Monticello Boulevard) in Cleveland Heights.

Seniors are invited to drop in any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for refreshments and information on how HRRC can help them complete repair and renovation projects.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:29 AM, 04.08.2014

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

April 3:  Sanford Herskovitz, aka Mister Brisket, traces his unique odyssey, which includes Army service and stints as a stockbroker and teacher, as well as degrees in zoology, psychology and education. Nothing satisfied the white-bearded, gregarious world traveler like his family's meat business on South Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights, which his father founded and which he has maintained for 37 years.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 10:16 AM, 03.31.2014

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

Jan. 9: Stephen Cory, director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Cleveland State University, charts the spread of Islam across the world, and explores the history and achievements of Islamic culture highlighting the Mediterranean region, Africa and Asia.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 1:31 PM, 01.02.2014

Art show at Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center

An art exhibition at the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center features work by seniors who take art classes with instructor Susan Morse. Some of the works are for sale, and the show will be on view until mid-July.

Visitors can vote for their favorite piece, and the winner will receive a people’s choice award at the end of July. The prize will be a free art class. The Senior Center is inside the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd.

Pictured are: (front row, from left) Elaine Irvin, Kay Aldrich, Susan Roberts, Deloris JacksonBey, Steven Jin; (back row, from left) Carol Walton, Nichol Brown, Elaine Wolk, Rebecca Jefferson, Susan Morse (instructor), and Joann London. Photo by Simone Jasper.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:15 AM, 07.02.2013

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

July 4: In observance of Independence Day, there is no program today.

July 11: Debra Mandel, director of the Monarch School at Bellefaire for Children with Autism, describes innovative measures the school is taking to address this neurological disorder and help young people master skills, communicate meaningfully and form relationships to enrich their lives.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.02.2013

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest topics for future programs, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 11:54 AM, 02.28.2013

Focus group on senior housing scheduled for Feb. 12

The Cleveland Heights Commission on Aging identifies concerns of older area residents and makes recommendations to city council when appropriate.

Commission members are currently addressing the longstanding lack of accessible, affordable housing for older residents who no longer can, or wish to, remain in their homes. Many seniors would prefer to remain in Cleveland Heights, but have few options.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.31.2013

February Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest topics for future programs, contact the University Heights Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336. 

Feb. 7: Amanda Dempsey, Market District director for Ohio City Inc. on behalf of the West Side Market, shares a PowerPoint presentation of the market's 2012 centennial celebration and its enduring appeal.

Feb. 14: David Rothstein, project director for asset building for Policy Matters Ohio, talks about the launch of an annual campaign to build financial security, Cleveland Saves and America Saves.

Feb. 21: Debra Janik, senior vice president of real estate and business development for the Greater Cleveland Partnership, highlights its catalytic role in the transformation of our urban neighborhoods.

Feb. 28: Apryl Rashid, museum educator for the Western Reserve Historical Society, gives a PowerPoint introduction to its storied history, collections, resources, facilities, services and current exhibits.


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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 12:33 PM, 01.31.2013

January Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest topics for future programs, contact the University Heights Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336.

Jan. 10: Jennifer Peck, partner in the law firm of Budish, Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltc., will discuss aspects of estate planning, probate avoidance, elder law, and use of wills and trusts.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 7:14 PM, 01.02.2013

December Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library.

Dec. 6: The City at Your Service. Meet University Heights Police Chief Steve Hammett, Fire Chief Dave Rodney, Service Director Jeff Pokorny, Building Commissioner Dave Menn, Finance Director Larry Heiser, and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:59 AM, 12.03.2012

Senior Citizen Happenings for July

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m., at the University Heights Library, with the exception of the July 26 event, which meets at the Maltz Museum.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 12:16 PM, 06.28.2012

Senior Citizen Happenings for June

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. All events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m., at the University Heights Library.

June 7: Pierre van der Westhuizen, executive director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, identifies the major winners of the 2011 Competition and plays their music in tribute to the 23-year tenure (1989–2012) and inspired leadership of his distinguished predecessor, Karen Knowlton.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 11:56 AM, 06.06.2012

Heights Culinary Heritage Show at Council Gardens on June 24

Council Gardens willl host the first-ever Heights Culinary Heritage Show, on June 24, at 2501 North Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights. The free, festive gathering for adults in the community will begin at 5:00 p.m., and is supported by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. 

The evening will include free refreshments, ethnic music and dancing, tours of Council Gardens and the recent improvements financed by a $1.6 million Federal Green Retrofit Program Grant. There also will be tours of the organic produce gardens and an ethnic food recipe contest.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:52 AM, 05.30.2012

Senior Citizen Happenings for May

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights. All events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m., at the University Heights Library.


May 3: Fred Griffith, for 30 years the popular host of “Morning Exchange” on WEWS-TV and “Good Morning” on WKYC-TV, reflects on his broadcasting experience, which has earned him many viewers and lasting esteem in the profession.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 11:19 AM, 05.02.2012

Meals on Wheels needs additional volunteers to provide critical assistance

For senior adults and people with physical or mental challenges, simple tasks like shopping and cooking can be difficult to perform. The Meals on Wheels program (MOW) offers a helpful solution, providing nutritious meals delivered right to the door.

MOW volunteers package and deliver two meals a day, five days a week, to people in need throughout our community. The food is prepared fresh each morning at the A.M. McGregor Home, divided into individual packages at Fairmount Presbyterian Church, and delivered to clients between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 11:30 AM, 02.29.2012

February Senior Citizen Happenings in University Heights

All events take place on Thursdays, at 2 p.m., at the University Heights Library. Sponsored by the City of University Heights. 

Feb. 2 

Richard Weiner, principal percussionist and senior member of the Cleveland Orchestra, reflects on a half-century of performing around the world.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 3:43 PM, 02.01.2012

Moving and relocation services provide valuable help for senior adults

When senior adults make the decision to move to a smaller home, move in with their children, or relocate to assisted living, the tasks involved can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Seniors are often physically unable to take care of moving on their own, and their children are often busy with work or live far away. Senior relocation services can help take much of the burden off of their shoulders.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:52 AM, 02.01.2012

Legal and estate planning for senior adults

As people age, one of the most uncomfortable things to think about is planning for a time when they may no longer be able to take care of themselves or make their own legal and financial decisions.

Seniors with no plans for long-term care or estate management often rely on their families for care and assistance with complicated legal matters. While people seldom want to be a burden on their families, the percentage of senior citizens in this situation is growing. It is important to plan ahead in case these situations arise.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 11:34 PM, 10.17.2011

The story of a lifetime--writing your personal legacy

Everyone has a valuable story to tell. The experiences, accomplishments, and lessons we have learned throughout our lives are unique. Recording your life story is a way for your loved ones to learn more about who you are and what is important to you. It is also therapeutic to reflect on your life’s progress, and to analyze what you have accomplished and what you would still like to accomplish.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 11:15 AM, 08.09.2011

Gardening at the Senior Center

On June 3, five senior volunteers purchased several dozen perennial plants and planted them in the oval garden near the entrance to the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center. Much of the garden contains annuals. Last year and this year, senior members donated money to buy the perennial plants for the remainder of the garden. 

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 11:02 AM, 07.05.2011

Heights offers many referral services for senior adults

Many families feel confused, pressured, and frustrated when it comes to deciding how best to care for an aging parent who is becoming more dependent. There are many questions that need to be answered: How will we make the time? How do we decide between home care and assisted living? How do we know when a parent has dementia or Alzheimer’s? What legal and financial issues do we need to be concerned about?

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 2:41 PM, 07.04.2011

Art on display at the Senior Center

Ninety works of art, including colored pencil, collage and water color, were matted and hung by Elaine Volk in the beginning of June and will continue to be on display at the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center through August.

Susan Morse, a graduate of Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute of Art, taught the class in which the works were produced.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:56 AM, 06.28.2011

Local resources for families affected by Alzheimer's disease

An estimated 230,000 Ohioans are living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and that number is unfortunately rising. As our senior adult population grows, so does the number of families affected by this disease. Statistics are only statistics though, when they apply to someone else. What happens when one of our Heights-area families becomes one of those statistics? Where can we turn for local, reliable, caring help?

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 2:44 PM, 04.18.2011

Programs and activities for area seniors

Cleveland Heights and University Heights are great places for senior citizens. Our local governments provide a variety of interesting classes and beneficial programs for people of retirement age. For example, the Senior Activity Center (SAC) in Cleveland Heights provides programs to roughly 1,900 seniors annually.

The center is located at the corner of Mayfield Road and Monticello Boulevard. With bright, open rooms and a helpful, knowledgeable staff, the center comprises a "great and friendly group of people," said Amy Jenkins, social and recreation coordinator for the center, and director of the Cleveland Heights Office on Aging.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 1:46 PM, 03.01.2011

First wave of boomers reaches Medicare age

If you were born in 1946, you are part of the first wave of baby boomers to reach Medicare age. This year, you are eligible to start receiving health care benefits through Medicare. You must contact the Social Security Administration to enroll; it does not happen automatically. You may sign up as early as three months before your 65th birthday. To enroll in Medicare, telephone the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213. Happy Birthday!

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 5:46 PM, 01.14.2011

CWRU dean highlights NIH study on cataracts and Alzheimer’s for Heights senior citizens on Jan. 27

Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, Ph.D., dean of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), will highlight a new study exploring the link between vision restored and the quality of life for patients with both cataracts and Alzheimer’s disease when he addresses the University Heights Senior Adult Network at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, at the University Heights Library, 13866 Cedar Road. 

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 9:40 AM, 12.31.2010

Heights seniors win Wii tournament

Congratulations to Cleveland Heights Senior Center Wii Bowlers who recently won their first tournament. Pictured from left to right are: Marcelo Atanasio, Ann Holman, Ella Hopkins, Aundrey Pierce and Earlene Starks-Marshall.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 12:12 PM, 06.23.2010

New book discusses elder care

Increasingly more families are assuming caregiving responsibilities as they keep their aging relatives at home. Although this experience can prove stressful, it definitely has its positive aspects. How could it not when it offers people a chance to develop talents they never thought they had?

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:31 PM, 11.04.2009

Alcazar presents 'From House to Home'

As people age, they often find that their house is getting too big and the yard is becoming too much to manage. Yet even thinking about change can be overwhelming. The Alcazar, an institution that offers independent living for seniors, is offering free workshops this fall.

"From House to Home" is a series of workshops designed to help seniors and their children think about the next stage of their lives. These free programs will be held at the Alcazar, 2450 Derbyshire Road, on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m., beginning with a reception at 6:30, catered by Ben Cyr, owner of Green Planet Catering.
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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 12:32 PM, 08.25.2009

Free classes offer adventure for seniors

Bored? Missing the thrill of challenge and adventure in your life? They say wisdom comes with age, so why not put it to good use and try something different? 

Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University and other area institutions offer free classes to seniors.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 9:41 PM, 06.13.2009

Group seeks to help seniors stay at home

A local group, Staying at Home, is interested in establishing a system that would help senior citizens stay in their homes as long as possible. A questionnaire distributed earlier this year had a good response and the group is looking for providers who are interested in participating in this program.

The most important needs indicated on the survey include computer assistance, house cleaning, post-storm cleanup, gutters, meal preparation, transportation, handyman, medical bill assistance, window cleaning, home care and pet sitting.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 10:52 AM, 05.01.2009

Ro Eugene's children honor her memory

Cleveland Heights lost a real gem. Roslyn "Ro" Eugene died suddenly on May 7 after celebrating every day of her 79 years. Ro’s children remember her as an activist. When her two eldest children came home from Coventry School, after a beating delivered by two kids who lived around the corner, Ro sprang into action. She rounded up her husband and five children and visited the home of the culprits. There, both families shook hands, sang songs and created "Coventry Kids for Peace," which may have been the beginning of the community movement that eventually erected the Peace Arch on Coventry Road.
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 9:55 AM, 05.22.2009

Learn about Powers of Attorney and Living Wills

Homewood Residence at Rockefeller Gardens will offer a seminar on March 24 at 1:30 p.m. about advance directives and powers of attorney. Open to the public, attendees will learn about Durable Power of Attorney and Living Will/Health Care Proxy documents.
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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 2:26 PM, 02.11.2009

Seniors Celebrate the New Year

(L-R)Lillian King, Nancy Darling, Elie McBride, Dorothy Ipavec, Gale Hessler, Wilma Kasper, Sue Klein, Cecilia Vidmar are enjoying a New Year's party held here at the CH Senior Center on December 31.
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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 1:59 PM, 01.21.2009

Concert to honor Klaus George Roy

A concert in honor of Klaus George Roy’s 85th birthday will take place at St. Paul’s Church, 2747 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland, on Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. The concert has been organized by Karel Paukert, organist at St. Paul’s Church, and Eric Kisch, host of “Musical Passions” broadcast on WCLV-FM, who will act as master of ceremonies.
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 9:19 AM, 12.15.2008

Heights seniors hum and strum

December's concert by the Hum & Strum group is enjoyed by all at the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center. This month the Hum & Strum group begins their fourth year of fun together.
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 10:00 AM, 12.09.2008

Home help for seniors project

A local group is exploring setting up a system that would help senior citizens stay in their homes as long as possible. It is the kind of thing that has been done successfully in a number of communities. First of all, they need to know what services senior citizens in our community might need. To this end they have prepared a questionnaire that is available at the Senior Activity Center, area libraries, and in this article at www.heightsobserver.org. You do not have to sign it, but please take the the time to fill it out in order to give them the information they need.
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 3:44 PM, 12.15.2008

Cross-country trip redefines

As Baby Boomers start to retire they’re asking themselves “Where do I go from here?” Cleveland Heights resident Charlotte McGowan decided to explore that question in a unique way-- by biking cross-country.
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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 4:18 PM, 06.16.2008

Senior citizens receive special Mothers Day thank you

On Friday, May 9 twenty-two senior citizens received an early Mother’s Day gift. Cleveland Heights High School’s cosmetology program and the Diversified Health Occupations program sponsored Pamper Yourself From Head to Toe Day. The seniors were able to choose from a range of free services including hair styling, manicure, facial, or pedicure with an accompanying massage. Seniors received blood pressure checks and were presented with flowers before leaving. Parent Ambassadors to Heights (PATH) and the Office on Aging at the Cleveland Heights Community Center helped to organize the special day.
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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 5:50 PM, 05.16.2008