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Students make and donate wigs to cancer patients

Seniors in the cosmetology program at Heights High visited the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in May to donate their hand-crafted wigs.

Students in Heights High’s cosmetology program recently donated to local cancer patients 38 wigs that they handcrafted this spring. Since 2016, the students have made and donated a total of 82 wigs.

"A lot of my friends have close relatives who have died from cancer. To help, it just means a lot," said junior Kaela Ruffin.

"I feel happy that I'm going to make someone feel beautiful," added senior Morghan Bynum. "I wanted to do something that I thought was really creative and that I thought someone would really love.

Under the direction of instructor Donna Pollard, the students collaborated with the American Cancer Society to donate the wigs to local patients. Shortly before graduation in late May, a group of senior cosmetology students visited University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center to donate wigs to the center’s wig salon.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:59 PM, 06.19.2018

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Heights Arts founder returns as exhibiting artist

Squares and stars three (1986), by Peggy Spaeth.

On Friday, June 29, 6 to 9 p.m., Heights Arts will celebrate the opening of presents a new exhibition in its spotlight gallery of works by Heights Arts’ founding executive director, Peggy Spaeth. In the work, a collection of paintings made between 1972 and 1986. Spaeth focuses on the principles of design, with particular attention to color and repetition. The paintings on display were made alongside another series of work, comprising hand-dyed and hand-sewn quilts. While making her quilts, Spaeth simultaneously experimented with pattern and color in painting form, creating combinations she was unable to achieve with cloth. Spaeth’s intense love of geometry and her ability to create illusion with color and pattern are evident in this selection of works, on view through Aug. 12.

Proceeds from the sale of her work benefit two programs near and dear to Spaeth: Heights Arts, and Sober Living Cleveland, which provides safe, affordable sober housing to those in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:45 PM, 06.19.2018

Cleveland Heights hosts Common Ground events on June 24

On June 24, The Cleveland Foundation will host its second annual Common Ground event at various locations across Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. Common Ground is comprised of a series of conversations among community members all addressing the same question. This year’s question, “Why Does Place Matter?”, asks participants to consider the importance of place as it relates to “to our health, our security, and our future.” Several Common Ground events will be held in the Heights.

Spirit Corner, a mini-park created by Coventry Village neighbors on a vacant lot at Hampshire and Cadwell roads, will host a brunch at the site at 10:30 a.m. Learn how neighbors created this neighborhood mini-park and how they sustain it. Then, discuss placemaking opportunities in your neighborhood.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 11:11 AM, 06.12.2018

Charter Review Commission should discuss before deciding

Months of opinion-gathering and fact-finding by the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC) went to waste at its June 7 meeting.

Instead of engaging in thoughtful discussion about our city’s form of government and an evaluation of hundreds of comments from residents, commission members stated their preferences, with a majority in support of preserving the current city manager-council form. This derailed the conversation, discomfited several commission members, and did little to move the process forward. A bit of conversation surfaced toward the end of the meeting, but the damage was done; the tenor was such that anyone even considering an elected mayor form of government had little ground on which to take a stand.

I urge the commission to get the deliberation train back on a better track at its June 21 meeting and beyond, for this and all other charter issues. Potential charter changes are too important to let the strongly and frequently expressed opinions of several preclude open and honest deliberation among all.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 11:38 AM, 06.19.2018

Heights Libraries adds passport processing services

Circulation Assistant Dan Krawczyk gets ready to process a passport application at the Lee Road branch of Heights Libraries.

Heights Libraries’ summer reading theme is all about travel, encouraging customers of all ages to see the world through books and reading. When the summer reading program kicked off in early June, the Library was also quietly launching another travel-related service: passport application processing.

The Lee Road Branch, at 2345 Lee Road, is now an official passport acceptance facility for the U.S. Department of State, and is staffed by the library’s circulation staff members, who underwent extensive training throughout the spring to learn to perform their new duties.

“Passport application services are a perfect fit for our library,” said Circulation Manager Ty Emerson. “Our circulation staff are already well versed in detailed customer service transactions, and we’re open for longer hours than the post office, so this is just another way we can help our community.”

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:46 PM, 06.19.2018

Summer lunch program returns to Heights Libraries

Heights Libraries Security Officer Keith Acey and Special Projects Manager Maggie Kinney chat with young diners during the library's summer lunch program.

Summertime can mean hunger for some young people in our community, who no longer have access to free meals at school. Heights Libraries is ready to serve these children and teens, age 18 and younger, by once again hosting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank-sponsored free summer lunch program at its Lee Road and Noble Neighborhood branches.

The Lee Road branch’s lunch program began June 4 and runs through Aug. 10, and is offered Monday through Friday, 1–2 p.m.

Heights Libraries’ Noble Neighborhood branch will provide lunches on Tuesday and Thursdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m., through Aug. 9.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:14 AM, 06.12.2018

Charter Review Commission enters second phase

Noble Neighbors leader Brenda May spoke at the CRC's June 7 meeting.

On June 7, the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC) began the second, and possibly final, phase of its work. That work will focus on preparing specific recommendations for amending the city’s charter.

In its first phase of work, carried out in 13 meetings beginning in November 2017, the CRC devoted its time to hearing from local elected officials, experts and citizens on two key issues of local governance.

One issue compared the city’s current council-manager government with local governments led by a popularly elected mayor. The second compared the city’s current at-large election of council members to councils that include some members elected by ward or district.

At its June 7 meeting, CRC members acknowledged the need to determine their preferences on these two principal issues before beginning the process of drafting charter amendments.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 11:10 AM, 06.12.2018

Heights Observer honored as one of Ohio's top community papers

The Heights Observer took second place in competition for the title of Ohio’s best non-daily community newspaper. The award was announced June 1 at the 2018 All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, sponsored by the Press Club of Cleveland.

Media nominate themselves for the awards. More than 750 entries were submitted across all categories of the competition, which were divided by size and type of media. In addition to community non-daily newspapers, categories included large daily newspapers (more than 75,000 circulation), small dailies, business publications and trade journals, alternative publications, magazines, digital media and student media. A panel of journalists from outside Ohio judged the competition.

In selecting the Heights Observer, the judges wrote—in their typically abbreviated fashion—“Its very words showcase the community’s commitment to each other.”

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:58 AM, 06.05.2018

CH neighborhood development funding opportunities available

2018 Strategic Impact Opportunity target areas.

The city of Cleveland Heights is accepting applications for the Program Year 45 (2019) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and for a new grant: the 2018 Strategic Impact Opportunity (SIO). Nonprofit organizations that serve low- and moderate-income residents, or those nonprofits involved in the elimination of “slum and blight conditions” within the city, are encouraged to apply.

The SIO is a special funding opportunity that targets neighborhoods along the Noble Road Corridor, bordered by Mayfield Road, Ivydale Road, and Euclid Heights Boulevard to the north; South Taylor Road to the east; Cedar Road to the south; and Lee Road to the west. All CDBG-eligible activities that take place in those target areas can be considered eligible for funding.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:22 PM, 06.05.2018

Council members dispute Serenís comments on potential charter amendment votes

Kahlil Seren at the CRC's May 17 meeting.

At the May 22 meeting of Cleveland Heights City Council, four council members, Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Michael Ungar and Melissa Yasinow, presented a letter in which they rebutted comments that Council Member Kahlil Seren had made at the May 17 meeting of the Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC).

Speaking at that meeting, Seren stated that he believes it is unlikely that “a four-member majority of council” will choose to place on the ballot any charter amendment that proposes to replace the city’s’ current council-manager government with one that includes a popularly elected mayor, and any charter amendment that would propose to replace the current at-large council with one that would include some members elected by ward or district.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:45 PM, 06.04.2018

Heights honors 10 alumni

Nine of ten honored alums were present for the ceremony (from left): Milton "Chip" Morris '88, Lori Hermelin Bush '74, Tovah Klein '82, Tracey Schermer '67, Sean Sullivan '88, Travis Kelce '08, Jason Kelce '06, Jacques Evans '99, and Gail Rose Kane '56. Photo by Carl Jenks.

The Heights Schools Foundation and the CH-UH City School District inducted 10 new members into the Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on May 4, in the high school’s newly renovated auditorium.

The 2018 inductees are Gail Rose Kane ‘56, Tracy Schermer ‘67, Lori Hermelin Bush ‘74, Tovah Klein ‘82, Milton "Chip" Morris ‘88, Sean Sullivan ‘88, Christopher Young ‘90, Jacques Evans ‘99, and brothers Jason Kelce ‘06, and Travis Kelce ‘08. Nine of the 10 inductees were present for the ceremony; Young sent his remarks via video from San Francisco.

The ceremony proved emotional for the inductees, as well as the audience that listened to these successful alumni talk about what Heights has meant to them.

“Because of how special Heights is to me . . . it builds something in me that everything that I do is for this city,” said a teary-eyed Travis Kelce, current NFL star and the youngest of the 10 inductees. “It sounds cliché, but I promise you every single thing that I do out there—when you see me dancing in the end zone, that’s Cleveland Heights right there.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 12:06 PM, 06.01.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 5-1-2018

MAY 1, 2018


  • Public comments
  • Tiger Team members
  • Career tech and education program growth
  • Board approvals and donations
  • Social studies curriculum
  • Annual review of board policies


Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, and Beverly Wright were present. President James Posch was absent. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7 p.m. after an executive session and adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:47 AM, 06.07.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 4-17-2018

APRIL 17, 2018


  • State payments for facilities renovation
  • Equity Task Force


President James Posch, Vice President Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Jodi Sourini was present by phone. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7:10 p.m. after an executive session and adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:40 AM, 06.07.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 4-10-2018

APRIL 10, 2018


  • Public comments
  • Awards and recognitions
  • Green Apple Project report
  • Board approvals, donations
  • Social studies curriculum
  • Five-year financial forecast
  • Middle Schools renovation
  • Board training and dates
  • Including public comments in work sessions


President James Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7 p.m. after an executive session and adjourned at 10 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:35 AM, 06.07.2018

Verne & Ellsworth Hann gives free furnace to Heights resident

Ardyce Daugherty with Chris Hann, co-owner of Verne & Ellsworth Hann.

Verne & Ellsworth Hann Inc. selected Cleveland Heights resident Ardyce Daugherty to receive a free furnace and installation in the company’s second annual Helping Hann contest.

Earlier this year, the family-owned company solicited nominations from across the Greater Heights area for deserving people in need of a new furnace. The nominations were narrowed down to a list of five finalists, from which the winner was randomly selected.

Daugherty has been a Cleveland Heights resident since 1979. A single mother of four, and grandmother to seven, she is retired but recently took a part-time job to make ends meet.

Her 50-year-old furnace stopped working during one of the worst storms of the past winter. While a neighbor was able to help her get it working intermittently, she was left without heat on many nights.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 12:12 PM, 05.29.2018

FutureHeights' 2018 annual meeting is June 20

Sally Martin

On June 20, FutureHeights will present its 16th annual meeting in the common space in the Coventry building, 2843 Washington Blvd., where it has its offices. FutureHeights, a nonprofit community development corporation, strives to engage people in their communities and to create a bright future for Cleveland Heights and University Heights residents.

This year’s meeting will discuss the current status of housing development in Cleveland Heights, including its issues, challenges, and assets. Then, the solution and the vision that FutureHeights has for the city and its residents will be presented, with help from keynote speaker Sally Martin.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 3:52 PM, 06.01.2018

10 Junes: Looking back on a decade of the Heights Observer

In June 2008, the nation was in the worst economic downturn since 1929, and the lead story in the third issue of the Heights Observer told about a group of residents who had responded to deep budget cuts by taking on the cost and labor to maintain hanging baskets and planters that decorated the Cedar-Fairmount gateway each summer. They weren’t alone in considering first impressions: A letter to the editor suggested using the long-vacant “Top of the Hill” parcel at Cedar Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard as a public gathering space, anchored by a well-lit all-weather fountain.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 3:55 PM, 06.01.2018

Heights Music Hop is Sept. 13-15

The sixth annual Heights Music Hop, a free music festival that attracted 7,500 people last year, has been scheduled for Sept. 13-15. This year’s festival takes place in three Cleveland Heights districts: Sept. 13 in Coventry Village, Sept. 14 in Cedar Fairmount, and Sept. 15 in Cedar Lee.

Heights Music Hop showcases live musical talent in local businesses to promote the Heights as home to the arts, while also helping to support the local economy and celebrate the community’s diversity, walkability and quality of life.

FutureHeights, a nonprofit community development corporation, presents the event to inspire community collaboration and promote a vibrant and sustainable future for the Heights. This year, FutureHeights is partnering with Heights Arts to administer the festival.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:14 AM, 06.04.2018

Heights Arts exhibition explores artists' relationships with nature

Slate Log Book, by Jeanetta Ho.

Sticks and Stones opens Friday, June 15, at Heights Arts and will be on view through Sunday, July 29. This summer exhibition showcases the relationship between artist and nature. Contributors include Andy Curlowe, Ryan Dewey, Jeanetta Ho, Kevin Kautenburger, Steven Mastroianni, Freeland Southard and Olga Ziemska.

Curator Bill Schubert described his thought process: “Humankind’s relationship with sticks and stones is fundamental. Sticks and stones were our first tools, our first weapons, and the materials we built our first dwellings of. The history of art also begins with sticks and stones. The first known drawings were drawn on the stone walls of the Lascaux caves (1700–1500 B.C.). What did these ancient ancestors use to mark these stone walls? Sticks?

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:56 AM, 06.04.2018

Cedar Fairmount plans free concerts and festival

Moises Borges

The Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District (CFSID) is making summer plans.

On Thursday, June 21, it will host the first of two free family-friendly concerts, with Jen Maurer and Mo Mojo performing. The second concert, on Thursday, July 26, will feature the Moises Borges Trio. Each concert will start at 7 p.m., and be held on the Stephen’s Green patio at Nighttown.

Both Jen Maurer and Mo Mojo are know for their Zydeco music and blues and roots background. Expect rousing vocals, crazy and amazing fiddling, banjo plucking, guitar picking, and bass booming—and maybe some foot stomping and dancing in the aisles.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:02 AM, 06.04.2018

Sing and Swing celebrates 10 years

Beatrice Rothenberg dances with friends in a Music Together class. [photo credit: Derek Snyder]

Heights residents Jennifer Woda and Rachel Bernstein attended a Music Together training in 2008 that changed their lives. Inspired by the research-based, developmentally appropriate approach to music education, the classically trained musicians decided to host classes. As educators and friends, they were excited to bring this program to Cleveland.

Thus was born Sing and Swing, a licensed Music Together provider. Classes help families bond through thoughtfully designed music and yoga curricula geared toward young children. Woda and Bernstein have made it their mission to make the program accessible to as many families as possible via numerous class locations and by establishing a Full Circle Scholarship Fund to help families who need financial assistance.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:50 AM, 06.04.2018

Funk a Deli mixes soul and klezmer at Cain Park

Funk a Deli

Funk a Deli, formerly known as Yiddishe Cup, will mix soul music with klezmer at the 40th annual Workmen’s Circle Concert in the Park on Sunday, June 24, 7 p.m., at Cain Park’s Evans Amphitheater. Admission is free. Tickets are not necessary.

The show will be hosted by Michael Wex, the author of Born to Kvetch and a popular guest on Terry Gross' PBS radio show "Fresh Air."

Guests performers will include klezmer violinist Steven Greenman, Cantor Kathryn Wolfe Sebo, vocalist Shawn Fink, and marimba player Greg Selker, the founder of the Kleveland Klezmorim, which disbanded in 1990. Selker hasn't played publicly this century.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:59 AM, 06.04.2018

Old friends

The path still leads to the 1930s-era stone building that served as the Cumberland Park activities directors' shack, where kids could ask for Carroms games and other supplies. Where the jungle gym is now, there were picnic tables and a tether ball pole; the softball field—now a large grassy area—was to the right of this scene.

It was June 1961. I had just been released from Coventry School, for the summer and forever. I would be starting Roosevelt Junior High in the fall. Roosevelt stood on the land where Boulevard Elementary School is located now. Boulevard was there then, too, but in a different building. Roosevelt drew students who had gone to Coventry, Boulevard and Taylor schools.

On the first day of summer vacation that year, after sixth grade, I headed to Cumberland Park, correctly figuring it was populated mostly by Boulevard school kids, hoping to meet some who would also be going to Roosevelt in the fall.

Cumberland Park was very much the same then as it is now. One difference was that where the playground is now, and was then, there were many organized activities for kids of all ages, directed by a couple of college guys.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:03 AM, 06.04.2018

Pothole frustration

To the Editor:

In January we accidentally drove our car through a pothole in Severance Circle. Two tires were damaged. I called two council members to make them aware of the need for repair. The second council member acted swiftly; the hole was patched.

The community safety issue addressed, I then submitted paperwork to the city seeking reimbursement for tire replacement. I waited two months for my claim to be processed. On March 29, I received a letter from the assistant law director that stated that “their investigation was complete, and they are not liable for the damages.” First, he said Cleveland Heights was not responsible for damages because of jurisdiction (that it was Cleveland Water’s responsibility); then he said it was because Ohio Code 2744 states that “if the city is not aware of a pothole, they are not responsible for any damages incurred.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 3:57 PM, 06.01.2018

Medusa Building is not part of Forest Hill

To the Editor:

I’m writing in response to Mike Reilly’s opinion piece in the May issue of the Heights Observer (“Forest Hill can be the next Tremont”).

The Medusa Building has nothing to do with the Forest Hill Home Owners (FHHO) association.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:01 PM, 06.01.2018

Libraries are the true 'third place'

By now, most people have heard about the dismaying incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks, where two African-American men were arrested after the store manager called 911. Their offense? In a nutshell, waiting for a few minutes in the store for someone without buying anything. And asking to use the restroom.

Much of the media coverage contrasted the men’s treatment with the company’s stated desire to be a “third place”—someplace other than home, work, or school where people feel welcome to spend time. Indeed, Starbucks’ website asserts that the stores are “A place for conversation and a sense of community. A third place between work and home.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:02 PM, 06.01.2018

CH can do better with garbage

As a new resident of Cleveland Heights but a real estate broker who has worked in areas from Sandusky to Solon, I get a pretty good idea of how each city differs from its neighbor.

The city of Cleveland Heights has a trash collection policy that is incredibly baffling to me. We throw our garbage bags on the tree lawn (do they still call it that?) and the animals pick at it for dinner leaving gaping holes in the bags which then are influenced by mother nature and—suddenly!—garbage everywhere!

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:05 PM, 06.01.2018

Analyzing median teacher salaries

In late April, Patrick O’Donnell, education writer for the Plain Dealer,wrote an article comparing median teacher salaries around the state. He noted the disparity in average and median salary among districts statewide, as well as the large discrepancies among districts in our region. 

Overall, school districts in Northeast Ohio pay higher salaries than much of the rest of the state.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:07 PM, 06.01.2018

What is a local issue?

One thing we can all agree on is that we elect our local officials to see to the running of our cities. We expect them to make sure streets are paved, sewers function, parks and recreation facilities are well-maintained, and taxes are spent prudently and wisely. In other words, we expect them to tend to local concerns.

But cities, and their residents, exist in an economic and social climate largely determined by the actions of state and federal governmental bodies. To what extent should mayors and councils officially advocate or oppose policies and legislation outside of their jurisdiction? Recent discussions by the Cleveland Heights City Council got us thinking about this question.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:55 AM, 06.01.2018

City and school leaders work together

On April 16, Cleveland Heights City Council passed a resolution calling for the Ohio General Assembly to stop ranking schools based on state test results. The resolution calls for a report card that “more accurately measures how public schools are fulfilling their primary role of developing productive citizens.”
The current system combines aggregated standardized test results, complicated growth measures and graduation rates to create an A-to-F grade for school districts and individual schools. This quick and dirty system defines winners and losers but provides no real insight into the quality of opportunity or learning.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:52 AM, 06.01.2018

Register early for youth lacrosse camp

Campers work with Heights High lacrosse players during the 2017 Youth Summer Lacrosse Camp.

Heights Lacrosse will host the Heights Youth Summer Lacrosse Camp July 10 through Aug. 2, at Canterbury Elementary School.

The camp provides an opportunity for boys and girls to try out the sport and perhaps develop into future lacrosse players. No experience is necessary, and the camp is open to all students who will enter grades 2–9 in fall 2018.

It runs for four weeks, comprising eight evening sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights, 6:30–8 p.m.

Terry Saylor, Heights High girls lacrosse coach, and Chris Ticconi, Heights High boys lacrosse coach, will supervise, and Heights High lacrosse players will coach the kids.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:27 AM, 06.04.2018

What's going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Monday, June 11,  6–7 p.m.

The Cleveland Seed Bank in the Garden. Seed saving is a blossoming movement which encourages the growing of heirloom varieties of plants to preserve their genetic diversity. Learn basic information and the techniques you'll need to start saving your own seeds. All ages welcome.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:43 AM, 06.04.2018

Boulevard earns STEM designation

Boulevard Club Invention students.

For years, Boulevard Elementary School has been a STEM-focused school, and now the designation is official with the Ohio Department of Education. The school joined the ranks of the Ohio STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Learning Network, receiving word of the accomplishment in late April.

Boulevard is one of just four schools in Cuyahoga County, and one of 21 elementary schools in the state of Ohio, to have the official STEM designation.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:32 AM, 06.04.2018

Gesu selected for STEM distinction

Students in Gesu’s seventh-grade technology class apply their knowledge of programming by flying drones.

Gesu Catholic School has received STEM designation from the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Learning Network. It is one of just 55 elementary, middle and high schools in the state to have received this recognition since 2006.

According to the network, “Designation recognizes a school’s holistic approach to STEM learning as more than just science, technology, engineering and math. These schools showed exceptional proof of engagement across academic disciplines, of empowering students as creative problem-solvers, and of a school-wide commitment to a quality STEM education for all students.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:37 AM, 06.04.2018

UH Senior Happenings

Senior 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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to

June 7: Laquana Graham, special events coordinator for the Cleveland Water Department, will explain the complex processes involved in water treatment and distribution, the state-of-the-art facilities that get water from Lake Erie to our homes, and experiments with STEM professionals that make science, technology, engineering and math come alive.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:41 AM, 06.04.2018

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a variety of programming for those 60 and older. A complete schedule of programs is published in the community center’s newsletter, and available online at

Here are some new and noteworthy SAC programs taking place in June:

On Tuesday, June 5, at 11 a.m., local historian Dennis Sutcliffe will present another story in his series about “Lost Cleveland.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:38 AM, 06.04.2018

HRRC offers women's carpentry series

The Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) six-week, in-depth, carpentry and interior repairs series for women will start on Wednesday, June 13, and then meet each Wednesday through July 25, 7–9 p.m. The class will not meet on July 4. The course fee is $150. Financial aid may be available for women whose incomes qualify.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:48 AM, 06.01.2018

Fairmount Presbyterian hosts Serve Sunday

Assembling braille books.

On Sunday, April 29, members and friends of Fairmount Presbyterian Church headed out to serve the community and participate in educational experiences that raised awareness of issues faced by our community. Participants prepared braille books for preschoolers who attend the Cleveland Sight Center; cleaned up the woods around Dugway Brook; prepared care packages for students away at college; sang hymns with the residents of Judson Park; and learned about the refugee situation locally, nationally and worldwide. Additionally, a group participated in a poverty simulation to better understand the decisions, fears and frustrations facing families living in poverty. There are plans to hold another Serve Sunday later in 2018. Check the church’s website, for future Serve Sunday details.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:46 AM, 06.01.2018

Rox El celebrates student writers

Each year, Roxboro Elementary School invites students to submit a piece of their own creative writing to the Children’s Ink event. Jennifer Thomas, fifth-grade teacher, coordinates the event, which begins with a committee of teachers reading the submissions. They then select a dozen or so to be read aloud in front of the entire school by guest readers, usually local adults who use writing in their careers and lives. 

This annual celebration of student writing began 20 years ago when Lynne Maragliano, a now-retired kindergarten teacher, attended an adult poetry reading, and thought, “Why aren’t we doing this for kids?”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.04.2018

Bhutanese refugees make a home in Cleveland Heights

Heights Welcome Hub meets at the Noble Neighborhood branch of Heights Libraries. Photo courtesy Heights Libraries.

Recently, Cleveland Heights City Council approved formation of an Immigration Task Force.

Some residents may be unaware that Cleveland Heights is home to refugees from Bhutan, who live primarily in the Noble neighborhood. Bhutanese refugees have also relocated to several other eastern suburbs, including Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Richmond Heights and South Euclid.

Bhutan is a small country in the Himalayas, between India and China. In the 1990s, Bhutan stripped the minority Bhutanese (Nepali-speaking and largely Hindu in majority Buddhist Bhutan) of their citizenship, and more than 1 million were exiled to refugee camps run by the United Nations in neighboring Nepal.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:44 AM, 06.01.2018

Disciples Christian Church hosts free monthly dinners for community

Disciples Christian Church in Cleveland Heights is a diverse congregation that welcomes all.

Once a month, its members host and serve a free community meal to all area residents and friends. Prepared by church members, the dinner is served restaurant-style, on tables decorated with cloths and centerpieces. Such community meals have been offered at the church for about 10 years.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 3:15 PM, 05.31.2018

The future looks bright for Heights bicyclists and pedestrians

Pump up a tire or make repairs at the bike fix-it station at Coventry Road and North Park Boulevard, then off you go!

On May 9, Cleveland Heights reached a major milestone when city council passed a Complete and Green Streets Policy. This policy addresses the livability and environmental needs of our community with multipurpose streets that better accommodate walkers, cyclists and public transportation. The changes called for in the policy will also reduce the environmental impact of our transportation infrastructure through green strategies to reduce waste, stormwater runoff and energy consumption. 

Getting this policy enacted has taken years. It builds on Cleveland Heights’ already-existing strengths as a bikeable and walkable community. Embracing the policy is important to the long-term viability and success of Cleveland Heights. Results will be increasingly visible in coming years. Heights Bicycle Coalition's (HBC) goal has been to set a standard that will be recognized for excellence nationally and globally. 

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 12:10 PM, 05.29.2018

Dobama's summer season begins June 1

[Illustration by Kate Atherton]

Kicking off the summer season at Dobama Theatre is the 40th anniversary of the Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival. Dedicated to the memory of Dobama co-founder Marilyn Bianchi, the festival was the first of its kind in the country, giving young playwrights in grades 1–12 the opportunity to express themselves by writing and submitting original work.

The festival culminates in three days of innovative storytelling and performances, June 1–3, at Dobama Theatre. This year, eight plays will be performed, selected from the more than 230 submitted. Ten additional plays were given Awards of Meritorious Distinction.

Eight local directors will direct the plays, which will feature actors ages 7 to 68.

Tickets are $25 for the Opening Night Benefit Performance on June 1 at 7:30 p.m. All other performances—June 2 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and June 3 at 2:30 p.m.—are free and open to the public.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 12:20 PM, 05.29.2018

Travel far and wide with Heights Libraries

This summer, Heights Libraries invites its customers to travel far and wide, all within the cozy confines of the library or their homes. From June 1 through Aug. 19, Heights Libraries will offer a range of travel-inspired summer reading programs for children, teens and adults.

According to the American Library Association, summer reading programs were first established in order to “encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library and develop the habit of reading.” These objectives remain at the heart of most summer reading programs today. The main difference is that these programs have been largely expanded to include teens and adults, too.   

Upon signing up for the program, pre-K children will receive a special “Reading Road Trip” map, while older children, teens and adults will receive a special “passport” (which, incidentally, coincides with the introduction of passport services here at Heights Libraries).

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 12:17 PM, 05.29.2018

Eddy is 2018 Haiku Master

Patricia Robertell-Hudson and Cordelia Eddy battled to end at the 2018 Haiku Death Match. Photo courtesy Heights Arts.

Heights Arts presented its 2018 Haiku Death Match on April 21 at Ensemble Theatre. The sold-out event featured local and regional poets who participated in a “battle to the death” of 17-syllable word play on assigned topics. The audience voted for the best poems in each paired contest.

Poets Christine Donofrio and Lorraine Cipriano came out swinging with cutting and thoughtful pieces on the themes of “personal relationships” and “politics.”

Azriel Johnson won points from the audience with witty poems on the “the daily grind.” Returning 2017 Haiku Master Raymond McNiece battled mightily against bluntly worded, sharply amusing poems delivered by Bill Schubert in a battle that ultimately went to the former champion. Meanwhile, Michael Ceraolo pushed his way to the top four with his thoughtful and jocular poems.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 2:22 PM, 05.29.2018

Cedar Fairmount welcomes two new businesses

A mural on the wall at Fawaky Burst in Cedar Fairmount.

Muhammad Edwards has opened his third Fawaky Burst Juice Bar & Café in the Cedar Fairmount Business district, in the former Liquid Planet space at 12413 Cedar Road.

According to Edwards, “fawaky” is the Arabic word for fruit, which is the main ingredient in many of his smoothies. The café features a tropical mural depicting sliced fruit (making one think of an exotic Caribbean beach or someplace hot), wooden barrels and driftwood-like table tops, and is Wi-Fi accessible.

Originally from New Jersey, Edwards became a clean-eating advocate while playing basketball throughout college in Miami. After college, Edwards moved to Cleveland with a few fraternity brothers who were looking to invest in real estate. He soon found out that being a landlord wasn’t what he’d hoped, although he did fall in love with the city, using it as home base for his developing line of "action" juices.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:04 AM, 05.22.2018

Heights High robotics teams place first and second

The Heights High Robotics Club.

Heights High teams won first and second place at the April 28 regional Battle Bot Robotics competition at Lakeland Community College, in which 20 high school teams from Northeast Ohio competed.

This year Heights High fielded two teams; Team Black placed first and Team Gold placed second.

Team Black defeated Beaumont School in the semifinals—an upset that set the stage for Heights High’s Team Gold to vie with Team Black for first place. Beaumont took third place.

“Beaumont was a tough team to beat, as always, they are well prepared and have great design,” said Heights High Robotics coach Greg Nachman.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 8:41 PM, 05.21.2018

City manager and council member address CRC

CH City Manager Tanisha Briley at the May 17 CRC meeting.

How effective is the council-manager form of government in Cleveland Heights compared to governments led by a popularly elected mayor?

That was the principal question addressed by CH City Manager Tanisha Briley and CH Council Member Kahlil Seren at the Charter Review Commission (CRC) meeting on May 17.

Seren said that he favors changing the form of city government in Cleveland Heights from the current council-manager government to a mayor-council government that is led by a popularly elected mayor, and supported by a professional administrator appointed by the mayor and approved by council.

He said that the current form of government tends to be too timid and too cautious, resulting in relatively few bold ideas and innovation. “Caution can be debilitating,” he said.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:49 PM, 05.19.2018

CH's Karen Jaffe receives Parkinson's Visionary Award

Karen and Marc Jaffe. Courtesy of Karen Hess.

On April 16, Cleveland Heights resident Karen Jaffe received the 2018 InMotion Parkinson’s Visionary Award, presented biennially to an individual or family that has shown excellence in the Parkinson’s community by championing the fight against Parkinson’s disease through advocacy, research, volunteerism, or financial support.

The award was presented at “More than Motion, a Visionary Event” on April 16, at Jones Day in Cleveland. The sold-out event attracted more than 250 attendees and raised more than $85,000 (net) to benefit InMotion—a nonprofit Parkinson’s wellness center in Warrensville Heights.

Jaffe retired from a 24-year career as an OB/GYN shortly after being diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s, and dedicated herself wholeheartedly to the Parkinson’s community, where she quickly became a trailblazer.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:10 AM, 05.15.2018

Get ready to 'Run Like Itís Recess'

The RoxEl Run, a fun-filled, community, and inter-generational family event benefiting Roxboro Elementary School, takes place Saturday, May 19 at 9 a.m. The race begins at the Roxboro Middle School track, 2400 Roxboro Road, and loops through the Cleveland Heights neighborhoods surrounding the school.

The race options include 4-mile and 2-mile runs, or a 2-mile walk that begins shortly after the run start time and follows the same route. The Kid’s Fun Run, for the youngest elementary-age children, begins at 10 a.m. and takes place inside the middle school track. Last year’s event drew 350 participants and raised over $5,000. Everyone is encouraged to attend regardless of fitness level.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:17 AM, 05.15.2018

Noam Zion will be scholar-in-residence May 18 and 19

Israeli scholar Noam Zion returns to Greater Cleveland May 18 and 19, Shavuot weekend, for a scholar-in-residence event co-hosted by, and taking place at, two synagogues, Beth El-The Heights Synagogue (BE-THS) and B’nai Jeshurun.

Zion will teach Friday night and Saturday morning and afternoon at BE–THS, then walk the five miles to B’nai Jeshurun, where he’ll be the keynote speaker at its annual Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, spearheading a roster of rabbis and educators from at least 16 shuls and institutions.

Zion has taught in Cleveland many times, beginning as far back as 1989. He has taught at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem for more than 30 years, and is the author of best-selling haggadot, A Different NightA Night to Remember, and A Day Apart: Shabbat at Home.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:20 AM, 05.15.2018

Vendors wanted for 'We are Noble' flea market

Are you an artist, craftsperson, entrepreneur or collector? The Noble Flea wants you as a vendor for the May 19 Noble Flea Market.

The event is sponsored by The Central Bible Baptist Church, FutureHeights and The Old Vaudevillian as part of the “We are Noble” community celebration.

Help bring life to the vacant lot of the former McDonald’s on Noble Road. Each 10’ x 10’ space is free to vendors, but spaces are limited.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:28 AM, 05.15.2018

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-7-2018

MAY 7, 2018

  • Public comments
  • City audit extension
  • Hiring continues
  • Office space rental
  • Pool opening
  • Memorial Day parade
  • Heritage home program
  • Rain barrel workshop
  • Fair housing commission
  • Planning commission meetings
  • Rental permits
  • Capital improvements
  • Community policing
  • Leaf and brush pickup
  • Firefighters contract
  • Service department contract
  • Executive session

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Sue Pardee, and council members Pamela Cameron, John Rach, Steven Sims, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Councilman Philip Ertel was absent. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville, Finance Director William Sheehan, and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas. The meeting was held from 7 to 8:50 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 1:56 PM, 05.15.2018

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-16-2018

APRIL 16, 2018

  • Public Comments
  • Interim Finance Director
  • Rental properties regulation
  • New emergency rescue equipment
  • Support of State Issue 1
  • 2018 road improvement program
  • Water main replacements
  • New internet service plan
  • “On emergency” rationale for zoning ordinance
  • Tree pruning seminar
  • Firehouse improvements
  • House demolitions
  • Rental permits
  • Tax abatement
  • Ice cream tricycle
  • City hall elevators and chair lifts
  • Executive session

Present were Mayor Michael D. Brennan, Vice Mayor Susan Pardee, Phil Ertel, John Rach, Steven Sims, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Pamela Cameron arrived after roll call. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville, Interim Finance Director Michael Frederick and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas. The meeting was held from 7 to 8:50 p.m., at which time council moved to executive session.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 2:21 PM, 05.15.2018

Developers speak at CH Charter Review Commission meeting

Architect Paul Volpe (left) and developer Peter Rubin spoke at the CH Charter Review Commission on May 3.

How does Cleveland Heights compare to other local communities in attracting development?

Developer Peter Rubin and architect Paul Volpe addressed that question, and others, at the May 3 Cleveland Heights Charter Review Commission (CRC) meeting, where the two shared their opinions with commission members and others in attendance. Tom Malone, former Cleveland Heights finance director, also spoke at the meeting.

Rubin said that he considers Cleveland Heights to be a “post-maturity” city that now faces two choices. “One would be to manage decline,” he said, “and the other would be to create and execute a new vision, one that puts the community on a positive trajectory.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 12:22 PM, 05.08.2018

CH celebrates 16th annual preservation month

The site of the long-gone Glen Allen Estate, owned by Elisabeth Severance Allen, is a feature of the May 12 walking tour (reservations required).

The Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, Cleveland Heights Historical Society and Heights Libraries are collaborating again this May to present a series of programs to celebrate National Preservation Month here in the Heights.

Spanning the month of May, a series of tours and lectures will explore the ways in which preservation is important to this community, and will delve into its history. Programs will explore parks, a secret stream, Cleveland Heights’ connection to the Shakers and Shaker Heights, and will celebrate Cain Park's 80th birthday with a behind-the-scenes tour.

A description of programs is listed below. [Note that reservations are required for the May 12 and June 2 tours.]

Tuesday, May 1, 7 p.m., Cleveland Heights’ Emerald Necklace: Parks, Property, and Politics

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 12:08 PM, 04.30.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-7-2018

MAY 7, 2018

  • Public comments
  • Rock salt
  • Sanitary Sewer Overflow Control
  • Street resurfacing
  • Gun laws
  • Police radios
  • Service assessments
  • Cedar Fairmount SID
  • Complete and Green Street Policy
  • Bike Month and National Preservation Month
  • Outdoor dining lease
  • Caledonia Park playground
  • Sale of city property
  • Robert Klein
  • CHHS Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Municipal broadband
  • Police bike auction
  • Announcements
  • Immigration task force
  • Mayor attends meetings


Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein, Cheryl L. Stephens and Michael N. Ungar. The meeting lasted from 7:33 to 8:25 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 1:32 PM, 05.18.2018

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-16-2018

APRIL 16, 2018


  • Public comments
  • Street improvement bids
  • Marketing and branding
  • City’s strategic plan
  • Zamboni purchase
  • School rankings
  • Bond sale
  • Mayor Roe’s report


Council members present were Cheryl L. Stephens, Carol Roe, Mary Dunbar, Jason Stein, Melissa Yasinow and Kahlil Seren. Michael N. Ungar was absent. The meeting was called to order at 7:32 p.m. and adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 2:13 PM, 05.17.2018

Backyard chickens now legal in University Heights

University Heights residents may now keep chickens in their backyard. Photo by Bob Brown.

Like their neighbors in Cleveland Heights, residents of University Heights can now keep chickens in their backyards, legally.

After considering the arguments of many proponents and opponents of backyard chicken keeping, University Heights City Council voted 5-2 on April 2 to approve regulations allowing up to 25 residents to keep up to four chickens in a backyard. Councilmen Steven Sims and Phillip Ertel voted against the ordinance.

The ordinance, which was amended 13 times in response to issues raised in the discussions, requires any resident seeking to keep chickens to apply for a special use permit from the city’s building department. The permit must be renewed each year, following an inspection by the city’s building department.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 4:54 PM, 04.30.2018

CH residents share views on charter review at public forum

Participants at the charter review public forum were able to share their views with commission members.

On April 19, approximately 80 Cleveland Heights residents participated in the first community forum held by the city’s 15-member Charter Review Commission.

The meeting began with a presentation that described the current council-manager form of government in Cleveland Heights, in which seven part-time city council members are elected on an at-large basis and are assisted by a full-time city manager, whom they appoint.

The presentation also described other forms of municipal governance, including the one most common in Cuyahoga County, in which there is a popularly elected mayor, and a city council to which some or all members are elected by ward.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.24.2018