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Stone Oven's new owners promise more of the same

Nick Kalafatis (left) and Chris Compton took ownership of Stone Oven on Lee Road on Feb. 1. [photo: Bob Rosenbaum]

On Feb. 1, the day Nick Kalafatis and Chris Compton closed on their purchase of Stone Oven Bakery and Café, a longtime patron introduced himself with a warning: Don’t screw it up.

Stone Oven’s steadfast presence on Lee Road these past 29 years has cultivated a lot of loyalty, and the new owners want you to know they don’t plan to change the formula.

“We wouldn’t have done this if we hadn’t seen what this place means to the community,” said Kalafatis. “We don’t want to mess with this too much; it’s a great business as-is.”

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Volume 17, Issue 3, Posted 11:08 AM, 02.18.2024

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A goodbye to Lee Road legend Chuck Preisch

Charles "Chuck" Preisch passed away on Jan. 29, 2024.

For those who haven't heard, I'm sad to report that Charles "Chuck's Diner" Preisch passed away recently. This is an excerpt from his obituary, reprinted with his family's permission:

Charles “Chuck” Preisch, age 74, passed away Jan. 29, 2024, after a short hospitalization following a car accident.

Chuck was really looking forward to 2024. He would have been 75 years old in May, 45 years sober in June, and 50 years married in November. He hoped to celebrate with a visit back to Cleveland to eat at his favorite restaurants and play poker with some of his favorite people.

Chuck grew up in Lockport, N.Y., and dropped out of high school in May of his senior year.

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Volume 17, Issue 3, Posted 12:14 PM, 02.18.2024

LWV presents Feb. 19 program on 'Preserving Democracy'

On Presidents Day, Feb. 19, 6:30–8:30 p.m., the CH-UH Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, in partnership with Heights Libraries, will present “A Citizen’s Guide to Preserving Democracy.”

Comprising a documentary video and subsequent discussion, the event will be held at the Lee Road Library, in meeting rooms A and B. 

The video presents an interview/discussion between politician and author Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and PBS correspondent Hari Sreenivasan.

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Volume 17, Issue 3, Posted 10:16 AM, 02.12.2024

Kirby to address 'State of our Schools' on Feb. 7

Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby.

Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby will deliver the 2024 State of our Schools address on Feb. 7, 7 p.m., at Cleveland Heights High School.

The in-person event is open to the public. The event will also be live streamed via the district's YouTube channel.

Kirby will discuss strategic-planning updates, achievements and notable events from the past year, and major new initiatives that are taking shape.

The event will also feature performances by students, and building highlights.

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Volume 17, Issue 3, Posted 11:07 AM, 02.02.2024

Cain Park launches winter festival

Cain Park has always been more than Cleveland Heights’ Summer Arts Park. For decades, its sled hill has been a source of winter fun for Cleveland Heights families. Now, residents and visitors are encouraged to embrace the chill, indulge in delicious treats, and be part of a new winter tradition.

This month, Cain Park will embrace its winter role and take the first step toward becoming a year-round hub for community events and activities with the launch of the first annual Cain Park Freeze Fest, a free winter festival planned for Saturday, Feb. 24, 4–9 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 25, noon to 4 p.m.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 5:11 PM, 01.30.2024

Heightswide vote selects 2024 Crowdsourced Conversations

A Crowdsourced Conversations 2023 event: Building Community with Renters and Landlords. [photo: Sarah Wolf]

The residents of Cleveland Heights and University Heights voted, Dec. 1 through Jan. 5, to determine four topics for the 2024 Crowdsourced Conversations forum series. From a list of more than 30 community-suggested possibilities, the top four vote-getters were: 

  • Looking at Severance Town Center as a Case Study: How Can Heights Residents Become Meaningfully Involved
  • Turning the Noble Neighborhood & Business District Into a Destination
  • Our Public Parks
  • Active Transportation Planning: Living Less Car-Centric in the Heights


Voting on the 2024 topics saw an increase of 229% over the previous year.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 5:08 PM, 01.30.2024

CH CRC seeks community input at Feb. 12 meeting

Cleveland Heights City Resolution 176-2022, passed by CH City Council on Dec. 5, 2022, established a Charter Review Commission (CRC) to review the Cleveland Heights City Charter and make recommendations for charter amendments. 

The commission was instructed to review the 2017 CRC report, and interview and consult current and former staff, current and former elected officials, and anyone else deemed appropriate by the commission.

The CRC would also like to hear from the Cleveland Heights community and learn what community members consider important for the city charter and city government, which has gone through some growing pains in the past few years. The CRC wants input regarding how we can all make the system function better.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 4:38 PM, 01.30.2024

Forest Hill Church celebrates Black history and culture

Black History Month is an annual celebration of Black culture which aims to eradicate discrimination and encourage racial equality. Again this year, as it has done for the past 13 years, Forest Hill Church (FHC) proudly presents a full month of Black History Celebration events.

This year’s theme is “Black Women: Crowned with Glory.” This year, FHC’s Black History Education Committee has chosen to recognize 10 exceptional Black womxn who exemplify the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness/generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

All events are free and open to the public—though some events offer sweets and treats for sale. 

Feb. 4: Family Fun Movie Night, 4–6 p.m. Join FHC for a free screening of “The Little Mermaid” (PG). Bring the whole family to enjoy this modern take on a childhood classic. Grab some popcorn and Kool-Aid for just a buck.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 5:05 PM, 01.30.2024

Help elevate the Heights—join the FH board

Are you filled with ideas and energy for improving our community? Can you give your time and talent to make the Heights an even better place in which to live?

FutureHeights (FH) is seeking candidates for its board of directors, to fill seats as current members’ terms expire. New board members will serve a three-year term. Applicants should be members of the Cleveland Heights or University Heights communities. Applicants should have a vested interest in the organization and the communities it serves, and have the time and talent to donate to the success of the organization and its programming.

Applications can be found at www.futureheights.org, and are due by Feb. 29. Interviews will be conducted shortly thereafter.

About FutureHeights

FH is a nonprofit community development corporation whose mission is to facilitate an equitable, prosperous, and vibrant future for Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 1:11 PM, 01.30.2024

Dobama launches Full Circle program

Veranda L'Ni

“At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen” opened at Dobama Theatre on Jan. 26, but there is more happening at the theater than a show.

With the production, Dobama launched its Full Circle program—a new initiative to connect members of those communities represented in the scripts Dobama produces to artists during the rehearsal process, and to patrons through audience-engagement offerings during the run of the show.

For “Drag Queen,” Dobama collaborated with local drag performer Onya Nurve who served as a consultant on the show, helping to ensure the production is created with cultural competency. She was present in rehearsals and assisted on choreography, makeup, costume, and dramaturgy.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 5:01 PM, 01.30.2024

CH council leadership sets forth new agenda

Tony Cuda

Davida Russell and I are delighted to have been elected (on Jan. 2) as the new leadership team for Cleveland Heights City Council.

As council president, I wanted to make sure we hit the ground running. At the time I wrote this, on Jan. 14, Council Vice President Russell and I had already met with the mayor, most council members, our council clerk, the law director and several residents.

The first thing we wanted to do was get a plan together and begin executing it. Here is what we were able to accomplish in the first two weeks:

  • For the first time since the city’s new form of government was established, we were able to get the packets (legislative agenda) out on the Wednesday, instead of Friday, before our Monday council meetings thanks to the cooperation of our council clerk, the law director and the administration. This will allow council members more time to get questions answered ahead of the Monday meetings.
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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 4:57 PM, 01.30.2024

February talk previews April's total eclipse

An artist's conception of the eclipse over Coventry, coming Monday, April 8, 3:13 p.m.

The total solar eclipse of Monday, April 8, will be unlike anything experienced here in Northeast Ohio in our lifetimes. At 3:13 p.m., the moon will be visible as a velvety black shape obscuring the bright face of the sun.

Partial solar eclipse phases happen frequently, but the last total solar eclipse over Ohio was in 1806. This was the pioneer era of the Western Reserve; the “pre-history” of the Heights.

Then, the future site of Cleveland Heights was a primeval woodland. A mere 10 years after Moses Cleaveland arrived, there were only a handful of settlers in Cuyahoga County.  Maj. Lorenzo Carter, the first permanent settler of “Cleaveland,” lived in a log cabin along the Cuyahoga River.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 4:27 PM, 01.30.2024

Learn how birds sing 'winter into spring'

Rainsong records birdsong in a light snow.

Have you noticed that some of the first spring bird songs begin as early as late January? By March, resident birds are already claiming their territories and advertising for mates.

Quiet Clean Heights invites the public to a talk with Lisa Rainsong, “Singing Winter into Spring: bird songs as the snow thaws.” The free program will take place at the Lee Road Library on Feb. 21, 7–8 p.m. (Doors open at 6:45 p.m.) Cookies will be provided.

A longtime Cleveland Institute of Music professor, Rainsong now teaches classes and presents programs and in-service training throughout Ohio on the music of nature. On Feb. 21, she will share her field recordings and photos of avian singers while explaining how to listen and learn their songs.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 4:30 PM, 01.30.2024

CH council members and mayor must 'play nicer'

I appreciate what it can be like for a city council president in Cleveland Heights to manage activities of seven council members. After all, I had four years’ experience performing a very similar job. Once I described it as being like herding cats. Given recent history, new CH City Council President Tony Cuda may find out what I meant.

City council members are equals. As their elected leader, the council president can set the tone and the agenda. But his effectiveness will depend on how much cooperation he gets. Hopefully, each member will put their ego aside and act constructively as part of a team.

The most important job of any city council member is to understand what the city is doing, to appreciate what else needs to be done, and to help articulate action plans in the form of resolutions and ordinances.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 4:56 PM, 01.30.2024

Senior soloist Payton performs Vivaldi Feb. 9

Marquis Payton [photo: Nancy Rich-Drehs]

On Feb. 8 and Feb. 9, Cleveland Heights High School (CHHS) will present two Instrumental Music Department (IMD) concerts. Both will begin at 7 p.m. and take place in the school’s auditorium.

The performance on Thursday, Feb. 8, will feature Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Winds.

The concert on Friday, Feb. 9, will feature Monticello and Roxboro Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra students alongside the Concert Orchestra, Philharmonic Strings, Heights High Symphony, and senior soloist Marquis Payton performing Vivaldi’s G Major Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 1:16 PM, 01.30.2024

Building bridges

Danny Williams returns calls. That’s the first thing we learned when Cleveland Heights’ new city administrator agreed to a Zoom interview with us shortly after the start of the year. He spoke with us for nearly an hour and promptly answered e-mailed follow-up questions. Here are some highlights:

"My ultimate goal is for the public to look back on the first elected mayoral administration as the most productive in anyone's memory," Williams stated. He cited the following as examples of what such productivity might include: "a more integrated and comprehensive approach to public safety, incorporating mental health and violence interrupter interventions; demonstrable and significant improvement in delivery of basic city services; continued strong support of business districts; demonstrated support of homeowners seeking to preserve or improve our housing stock; and growth of our population."

He described himself as primary advisor to Mayor Kahlil Seren, "assist[ing] in carrying out his strategic vision."

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 4:53 PM, 01.30.2024

Celebrate 2023 mini-grants on Feb. 6

Spring 2023 mini-grant recipient Noble Cigar Box Guitar Project performing at Heights Music Hop 2023. [photo: Sarah Wolf]

The Neighborhood Mini-Grant program administered by FutureHeights had its biggest year ever in 2023, awarding 21 projects a total of $15,392.

All community members are invited to a celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6–7:30 p.m., where award recipients will talk about their impactful community-building efforts and initiatives in Cleveland Heights and University Heights. The event will be hosted virtually via Zoom. 

To register, visit the FutureHeights website, www.futureheights.org/2023-neighborhood-mini-grant-celebration/.

The Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program offers up to $1,000 in funding for neighborhood-level projects.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 12:55 PM, 01.30.2024

UH takes social-media leap to Threads

Say goodbye to the old and hello to the new—University Heights City Hall is on Threads.

As of Jan. 1, city government officially abandoned the toxicity of X (formerly Twitter) in favor of Threads. Via this additional social media platform, UH plans to share positive news with residents, as well as Northeast Ohio.

Launched in 2023, Threads is the latest app from Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. The platform looks a lot like Twitter, with a feed of text-based posts, in addition to photos and videos.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 3:49 PM, 01.30.2024

Library brings early literacy services to MetroHealth's WIC office

Heights Libraries Youth Services Associate Ari Bliss, with Coco the Storytime Bear, reads to children at MetroHealth's WIC office at Severance.

On a recent visit to the WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) office at the Severance MetroHealth Center, Youth Services Associate Danielle Maynard saw one of her regulars from the Noble Neighborhood branch library. “It was wonderful,” she said, describing “the sheer delight in the eyes of a young patron who couldn't contain their excitement when they spotted Coco, the Storytime bear, making a special appearance outside the library.”

Maynard, and Coco, were at the WIC office to provide early literacy outreach services to the parents and children in the waiting room. Those services include reading books, playing games, and distributing literacy resources (“Words to Grow On” kits) while parents wait with their children for WIC services.

WIC is a federal nutrition program designed to help low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children younger than 5.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 3:41 PM, 01.30.2024

Friends of Cain Park seeks new board members

Friends of Cain Park (FCP), an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports Cain Park by raising funds and awareness, is seeking new members to join its board of directors. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 28.

Since 1991, the Friends have provided more than $200,000 to help fund Cain Park’s programming, and promote and preserve the park as an historical, artistic and educational resource for Northeast Ohio. FCP funds live music and other performances, art festival awards, stipends for non-union actors, and park beautification projects.

Community members interested in furthering FCP’s mission are invited to apply to join its volunteer board. Each board member is asked to make an annual contribution in an amount of their choosing, because the board asks other individuals and foundations to support staff, programs and projects.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 4:33 PM, 01.30.2024

Meals on Wheels needs CH volunteers

The Cleveland Heights Meals on Wheels program delivers two meals—one hot and one cold—four days a week to about 20 homebound senior citizens.

The organization is looking for additional volunteers to help one day a week, from approximately 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

To volunteer, or to request the meal service for yourself or a family member, contact the Cleveland Heights Office on Aging by phone (216-691-7342) or by e-mail (cneal@clevelandheights.gov).

The city’s Meals on Wheels program is operated by volunteers, with some staff support from the CH Office on Aging.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 4:34 PM, 01.30.2024

Who else is there?

The Burtons assumed that their housemates were friendly, like Casper and Wendy. Well, except for that one thing. But, you know—other than that . . .

On a Cleveland Heights-themed Facebook group, someone asked what kind of strange things people found after moving into their Cleveland Heights homes. People named a lot of weird things. One of them was a ghost. I know those people. Let’s call them the Burtons. I’ve been in their house. It has never seemed haunted, but they have some stories.

The house, in the Cedar-Fairmount area, was built in about 1921. It had only one owner until the Burtons moved there, in 1986. Well, there was another owner, briefly, who bought the house to make some repairs and sell it, but never lived there.

When the Burtons moved in, the wife kept telling the husband that she heard footsteps on the third floor, which was an unfinished, unheated attic. He kept telling her that old houses make noises—expanding and contracting due to temperature fluctuations. She kept saying that it sounded like footsteps.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 1:02 PM, 01.30.2024

Library offers grant-funded maker residencies

The makers-in-residence will have dedicated space in the Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center on Lee Road.

Heights Libraries is looking for two makers for its new maker-in-residence program. The program’s goal is to showcase local makers and engage the community in a creative space where they can learn from, and appreciate, creative experts, and participate in the creative process.

Makers can apply for one of two paid, two-month residency programs, one taking place in the summer (June 1 through July 30) and one in the fall (Sept. 1 through Oct. 31). Makers will receive a stipend of $1,000 per month, for a total of $2,000. The application deadline is March 1.

"A maker-in-residence program is an opportunity for local creatives and artists to showcase their talents while engaging with the community through collaborative works of art,” said Derrick Mason, Heights Libraries continuing education manager and manager of the library’s Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center (HKIC).

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 12:59 PM, 01.30.2024

Cumberland pool community meeting was reassuring

To the Editor:

Thanks to Cleveland Heights Parks & Recreation for providing the Jan. 17 opportunity to view the initial concept proposals for Cumberland Pool. [Director of Parks & Recreation Kelly] Ledbetter's promise to the standing-room-only gathering to provide uninterrupted pool recreation during the 2024 pool season and restoration of the toddler pool prior to the 2024 summer season was reassuring.

The meeting provided residents the opportunity to review and comment on three initial pool concepts. However, the meeting organizers could have calmed some initial mistrust and been more respectful of the attendees by providing the following information:

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 4:49 PM, 01.30.2024

Shore up democracy by defending public education

I started writing this column on the anniversary of the insurrection at the Capitol. On Jan. 6 three years ago, I watched in disbelief as the violence unfolded, and I am still terrified. What would our lives be like if our democratic structures and institutions, including our system of public education, were to disappear or ossify?

This possibility is increasing in Ohio, where state lawmakers have gradually backed away from the strict conditions that define how to spend public funds on K-12 education. They have replaced a steadfast commitment to the common good, to public education, with a commitment to individual choice.

Every state constitution includes a requirement for the state to fund a system of public education. The constitutional commitment codifies that the public interest is served when state resources are used to educate our youth in schools that include everyone and provide comparable opportunities regardless of their location. Public schools must be nonsectarian, free and available everywhere, and accountable to the public.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 4:40 PM, 01.30.2024

Heights Arts presents spectrum of art and performance

"Constructing a Rainbow," by Cherie Lesnick.

Though winter can be dreary, Heights Arts’ first exhibitions of the year aim to warm up visitors through light, color, and abstraction. The Cleveland Heights-based, multi-disciplinary arts organization debuted two new shows on Jan. 12: Prismatic and Spotlight: Amelia C. Joynes.

Prismatic features five artists, working in varying disciplines and mediums. Hope Hickman primarily works in the realm of sculpture, Marianne Hite creates fused-glass hangings, Sue Kirchner works in encaustic wax, and Cherie Lesnick and Patricia Zinsmeister Parker utilize paint and mixed media for their pieces.

“When light is emitted or reflected through glass, it lends a certain quality to the piece that nothing else can duplicate,” said Hite, who employs enameling, sandblasting, and laminating in creating her glasswork. “Moreover, the effects of heat, timing, and gravity ensure each piece its own identity. I find experimenting with such a distinct and elusive medium invigorating.”

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 12:25 PM, 01.30.2024

HRRC announces February classes

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights, will two classes in February:

  • Feb. 5, 7–9 p.m., Common Household Repairs. The fee for this class is $25.
  • Feb. 15, 7–9 p.m., Sinks and Counters. This class will cover how to install a new counter and sink. The class fee is $25.

Income-based discounts of 50 to 100 percent are available for those who qualify.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 4:36 PM, 01.30.2024

Artful presents third annual Art for the Masses

On Feb. 24, ARTFUL invites the community to its to the third annual ART for the Masses at the Coventry PEACE Campus, 2843 Washington Blvd.

The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will offer art for sale at prices not to exceed $250.

It’s designed to connect local fine artists with community members and potential buyers, and offers attendees an opportunity to meet the artists in an informal atmosphere, where they can start or grown their art collections.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 12:27 PM, 01.30.2024

Housing inspection and code compliance should be top priorities

I hope whoever runs for mayor of Cleveland Heights recognizes that the city's future depends squarely on the condition of its homes and apartments. With most properties over or nearly 100 years old, combating deterioration is the top priority by far. 

The more that properties deteriorate, the less likely owners (particularly absentee) will be willing and able to make proper repairs, let alone upgrades—and the less likely responsible residents who seek high-quality housing will be willing to live in Cleveland Heights. This, in-turn, pushes remaining constructive residents elsewhere, which weakens property values and tax bases and forces ultra-high tax rates, which is more reason to go elsewhere.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 4:45 PM, 01.30.2024

Non-partisan politics in CH

In the December Heights Observer, Deborah Van Kleef and Carla Rautenberg lamented the loss of non-partisan races in Cleveland Heights politics.

Some of our founding fathers argued against political parties as destructive of true democracy, often devolving into pettiness and narrow partisanship.

When my wife and I moved to Cleveland Heights in the 1970s, we were pleased to learn that voting for city offices at the time was non-partisan. As we moved into our new home on Euclid Heights Boulevard and prepared to vote in our first election for city council, we found ourselves receiving mail intended for the previous owner of the house. Among the letters to be forwarded were flyers from the Republican Party recommending lists of candidates who included Marjorie Wright and her Republican cadre.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 4:44 PM, 01.30.2024

Stone Oven's owners announce its sale

To the Editor:

It's time to pass the torch.

After nearly three decades of having the pleasure of serving our community in Cleveland Heights and beyond, Tatyana and I have decided that now is the time to hand over the reins of The Stone Oven.

When we opened the store—exactly 29 years ago—we never imagined that we were creating something more than a “mom-and-pop” bakery cafe. We clearly remember the first day we opened, Jan 23, 1995, and sitting anxiously at this very same high-top bar wondering if anyone would walk in.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 10:57 AM, 01.26.2024

Library welcomes new board member

New Heights Libraries board member Hallie Turnberrez.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System announces the appointment of its newest board member, Hallie Turnberrez, whose term began in January.

She will serve a seven-year term on the library board, replacing outgoing board president Max Gerboc, whose seven-year term ended in December.

Turnberrez is a staff attorney at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and a member of the University Heights Civil Service Commission. She graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and has lived in University Heights for seven years. 

"I am passionate about community engagement—especially in relation to the few community spaces that are free for all people,” said Turnberrez. “Libraries are one of the few remaining guaranteed free spaces in society. This means libraries are now even more important to the health of the community."

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 12:13 PM, 01.15.2024

Crenshaw and Trimble join school board

Gabe Crenshaw takes the oath of office, delivered by Scott Gainer, CH-UH school district treasurer.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District has welcomed two new members to its Board of Education, Gabe Crenshaw and Phil Trimble.

Crenshaw and Trimble, who were elected in November, took the oath of office at the board’s Jan. 9 organizational meeting.

Crenshaw is a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School, along with her husband and their oldest daughter. Their youngest currently attends Heights High, and all three of their children attended Fairfax Elementary School and Roxboro Middle School.

Crenshaw was appointed to the Heights Libraries Board in 2020 and finished her term as its president.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 12:13 PM, 01.15.2024

Jan. 26 PEACE Pops event spotlights art and community

The first 2024 PEACE Pops event promises art and activities for the community.

On Friday, Jan. 26, 6–9 p.m., the first PEACE Pops event of 2024 will focus on “Art of Community.” Held at the Coventry PEACE Campus, 2843 Washington Blvd., the evening’s activities will include an art exhibit featuring works by Greater Cleveland artists.

There will also be a hands-on art-making workshop with ARTFUL artist Amy Neuman, as well as a workshop with Lake Erie Ink. Free snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Live music will be presented by Etiquette, and enhanced by dancers—including a giant dancing puppet by Robin VanLear and Art Acts, Ltd. ARTFUL members will hold open studios, and there will be a photo booth, as well as featured vendors.

PEACE Pops is a celebration of art and community which takes place on the last Fridays of January, April, July, and October.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 4:09 PM, 01.19.2024

HRRC's electrical series for women begins Jan. 17

Class participants learn the basics of electricity.

Beginning Jan. 17, Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), located at 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights, will offer its six-week Home How-To Electrical Series for Women.

The classes take place on Wednesday evenings, 7–9 p.m., and will cover the basics of electricity. The weekly classes run through Feb. 21.

The fee for this series is $150. Income-based discounts of 50 percent to 100 percent are available for those who qualify.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2024

Cuda is new CH City Council president

Davida Russell, CH City Council's new vice president, with Tony Cuda, its new president. [photo: Suzanne Zilber]

In its first meeting of 2024, Cleveland Heights City Council convened an organizational meeting to swear in the three council members elected in November, and select a council president and vice president.

At the Jan. 2 meeting, Gail Larson and Jim Petras took the oath of office. (Janine Boyd was sworn in at her home, on Jan. 1, by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold.)

Davida Russell was then elected president pro tem, and presided over the nominations for council president.

Council Member Anthony Mattox Jr. nominated Gail Larson, who declined; Mattox subsequently nominated Janine Boyd. Larson nominated Council Member Tony Cuda.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 1:28 PM, 01.04.2024