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FutureHeights announces director's departure

On April 10, the FutureHeights Board of Directors announced that Kristine Pagsuyoin is no longer the executive director of FutureHeights nor the publisher of the Heights Observer, effective immediately.

She held the positions for just over one year. The Board wishes her well in her future endeavors.

The Board of Directors and staff will work hand in hand to restructure leadership and to continue existing programming in support of the communities of Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

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Volume 17, Issue 5, Posted 11:08 AM, 04.13.2024

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CH celebrates nine 'amazing' women

CH City Council members and five Women's Day Celebration honorees: Jim Petras, Anthony Mattox Jr., Davida Russell, Astrid Burkle, Blanche Valancy, Sarah Wolf, Jayla Scruggs, Bridget Thibeault, Craig Cobb, Gail Larson, Tony Cuda. [photo: Jack Valancy]

On March 21, during Women’s History Month, Cleveland Heights City Council held its third annual Women’s Day Celebration, recognizing nine “inspirational and amazing” women who call the city home.

The celebration began with opening remarks by CH City Council President Tony Cuda, followed by a joyous performance by the Cleveland Heights High School Women’s Barbershoppers. 

The event honored the nine women in three categories: Inspirational Young Women, Women in Business, and Amazing Women of Cleveland Heights.

The honorees were selected from nominations submitted to council by friends, colleagues, teachers, families and other residents, declaring the ways in which the honorees are exceptional in the CH community.

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Volume 17, Issue 5, Posted 4:33 PM, 04.05.2024

CHGT hosts free screening of 'Blue Vinyl: The World's First Toxic Comedy'

The Cleveland Heights Green Team (CHGT), in partnership with Beyond Plastics and Heights Libraries, invites the community to an April 11 screening of “Blue Vinyl” (2002), a documentary film that explores the environmental impact of vinyl manufacturing. “Blue Vinyl” won the Excellence in Cinematography Award at Sundance, and is an Emmy-award-winning documentary film.

The free screening, followed by a brief Q-and-A, will take place on Thursday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., at Heights Libraries Lee Road Branch. An RSVP is recommended, to ensure a sufficient number of seats are available.

In “Blue Vinyl”—with humor, chutzpah, and a piece of vinyl siding firmly in hand—Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand and co-director Daniel B. Gold travel to America’s vinyl-manufacturing capital and beyond, in search of the truth about vinyl.

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Volume 17, Issue 5, Posted 2:53 PM, 04.06.2024

HRRC announces April classes

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), located at 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights, is offering two classes in April:

  • April 22, 7–9 p.m., Organic Lawncare. This class is free. 
  • April 24, 6–9 p.m., Women's Home How-To Carpentry Series. This is the first of a series of six classes in which participants will learn the basics of carpentry. The fee for the series is $150.

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

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Volume 17, Issue 5, Posted 4:32 PM, 04.05.2024

CHGT helps navigate Earth Month

Caledonia Elementary School students help plant a tree on Arbor Day.

Throughout Earth Month, communities worldwide come together to celebrate and advocate for environmental conservation and sustainability. From grassroots initiatives to global campaigns, the month of April serves as a reminder of our collective responsibility to protect and preserve the planet for future generations. 

“Amidst the challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation, there is a growing call for increased community participation in addressing these pressing issues,” said Gail Larson, Cleveland Heights council member and chair of its Municipal Services and Environmental Sustainability Committee.

“The ‘Earth Month in the Heights’ initiative answers that call by inviting residents of all ages and abilities to engage in organizing and participating in ‘green actions.’ These activities have a tangible impact on our local environment and also foster a sense of shared purpose that inspires meaningful change in the choices we make.”

Earth Month in the Heights kicks off on April 3 with “Make and Take,” a free community party hosted by Made Cleveland on Coventry Road.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 11:32 AM, 03.28.2024

Best of the Heights: Nominate your favorite Heights business

Since 2005, FutureHeights has conducted the Best of the Heights Awards to recognize the unique attributes of businesses in Cleveland Heights and University Heights, and their contributions to the local economy. The categories for awards, time of the year and process have varied over the years; however, the main purpose of the Best of Heights Awards remains the same to highlight local businesses in the Heights and to promote the importance of shopping local.

This year, FutureHeights is expanding to try to increase the visibility and variety of nominations across all Heights business districts, increase awareness of shopping local, and raising funds to help grow and strengthen our Local Business Outreach & Support program.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 11:29 AM, 03.28.2024

Senior soloist Muller to perform April 26

Sophia Muller [photo: Robert Muller]

This April, Cleveland Heights High School will present the Instrumental Music Department’s (IMD) finale concerts. On April 25, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Orchestra, and Philharmonic Strings will perform. April 26’s concert will feature Symphonic Winds, Heights High Symphony, and senior soloist Sophia Muller. Both concerts will take place at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

Muller formally began studying violin when she was 4, but has always been surrounded by music. Laura Shuster, her mother, and a Heights alumna, is a professional violist and was her first teacher. Muller recalled telling her mom, when asked to choose an instrument, “I want to play the violin,” adding, “I'm sure I thought that a violin was a viola, but I had a limited vocabulary, so she got me started on the violin.”

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 11:24 AM, 03.28.2024

Rehabbing vacant homes is a FutureHeights priority

The renovations of two homes generously given to FutureHeights by the city of Cleveland Heights are almost complete.

Late last year, FutureHeights embarked on partnerships with Frank Kuhar of Revived Housing Partners and Michael Leonetti of Yosemite Construction to completely renovate the homes located at 2124 Rossmoor and 901 Englewood roads. Both contractors are local to Cleveland Heights: Kuhar lives in Cleveland Heights with his daughter, and Yosemite’s office is newly located on Taylor Road.

Both homes had been vacant for a number of years and required complete renovation. Each home has all new mechanicals, including new roofs, HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. The kitchens and bathrooms have been completely gutted and feature new cabinets, appliances, ceramic, and granite.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:40 AM, 03.28.2024

UH Sustainable Home Fair comes to Wiley April 21

University Heights residents, and those from other communities, are invited to celebrate Earth Day by learning how to become more energy efficient at the first-ever University Heights Sustainable Home Fair, on Sunday, April 21. The free event will take place at the Wiley school building, 2181 Miramar Blvd., 1–4 p.m.

“The concept of thinking globally and acting locally was never more important than it is today,” said Deanna Bremer Fisher, chief of staff for the city of University Heights. “This applies to our homes and yards, our various means of transportation, the items we purchase, the food we consume, how we handle solid waste and more. We should all learn various ways to become more sustainable.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:47 AM, 03.28.2024

'Please apply here . . .'

What a difference a year makes. After Cleveland Heights City Council deadlocked on appointing a replacement for Josie Moore within 45 days of her December 2022 resignation, Mayor Kahlil Seren chose Janine Boyd to fill Moore’s former seat on Feb. 10, 2023.

Less than four months after winning election in November 2023 to a four-year term, Boyd has announced that she and her family will move to Virginia post haste, leaving council to fill her seat within the required 45 days, beginning March 18; if not, the appointment will again be made by the mayor. However, with newcomer Jim Petras on board (and absent former president Melody Hart), this is a new council. We doubt the current leadership team of President Tony Cuda and Vice President Davida Russell will have trouble finding four votes to make a timely appointment.

By the time this article sees print, the deadline to apply will be imminent or have passed.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 11:17 AM, 03.28.2024

An unofficial list of CH boards and commissions

For interested Cleveland Heights residents, the following is an unofficial list of the city's standing (i.e., continually operating) citizen boards and commissions.

Appointed by city council:

Architectural Board of Review
Board of Zoning Appeals
Citizens Advisory Committee
Climate & Environmental Sustainability Committee*

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 11:15 AM, 03.28.2024

Heights Tree People receives $18,000 grant

Heights Tree People volunteers Laura Marks and Bill Hanavan.

The Heights are about to get a little greener. On Feb. 28, Heights Tree People learned that the Ohio Division of Forestry had awarded an Urban Forestry Grant of $18,000 to the nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that plants free front-yard trees in Cleveland Heights and University Heights. By doing so, the group is working to restore lost tree canopy.

The grant, which comes from federal Inflation Reduction Act funds, will pay for planting 50 trees each season for three planting seasons—that covers 18 months. The program focuses on urban areas that are disadvantaged as measured by the federal government’s Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool and the EPA’s Environmental Justice and Screening Mapping Tool (EJScreen).

“Cleveland Heights as a whole qualifies, and with this grant, Heights Tree People will make a special effort to plant in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the city," said the group's president, Julie Gierke.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:44 AM, 03.28.2024

Teachers embrace honest history

Valentine’s Day, a celebration of love, falls in the middle of Black History Month. This year I got to spend part of it with fourth-graders at Boulevard Elementary, talking about the civil rights movement in Cleveland Heights.

There couldn’t have been a better day to talk about the courage, values and tenacity of citizens who, in the 1960s, challenged the hate-induced housing practices that made our community one of the all-white communities in a countywide and nationwide sea of segregation. Residents transformed our community into an integrated stronghold of activism, demonstrating that, when people work together, they can confront overwhelming odds and make a difference.

The invitation to speak came after Julie Walker heard my civil rights history presentation at a session of FutureHeights’ leadership-development program.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 11:11 AM, 03.28.2024

JCU and UH respond to Notre Dame College's closure

Local institutions, including John Carroll University, are stepping up to support Notre Dame College students.

With Notre Dame College closing at the conclusion of this spring semester, John Carroll University (JCU) is one of nine local institutions of higher learning to step up to support affected students.

JCU has entered into an agreement to serve as a teach-out partner. For all Notre Dame students who qualify, JCU will offer automatic admission, no lost credit, and net price matching.

“We are deeply saddened by Notre Dame College’s announcement of their upcoming closure,” JCU announced on its website, www.jcu.edu. “Our deepest condolences are with all who love this institution, which has served a mission of Catholic higher education in our community for more than a century.”

University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan said the loss of Notre Dame College is felt not just in South Euclid, but in University Heights as well.

“Being a neighboring community of South Euclid, Notre Dame College is practically in our neighborhood,” Brennan said.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:36 AM, 03.28.2024

Where is the retail at Top of the Hill?

Fully one year into the opening of The Ascent at the Top of the Hill, there remains no retail establishment that has moved into the first floors of the complex.

From 2016 through its completion in 2023, community meetings were held, questions answered, and promises made that led the community to believe that this project would be a benefit for all of Cleveland Heights. "Density is Good" became an unspoken mantra, while neighbors were assured that no parking problems would ensue, and we could all take delight in the new shops and restaurants that would arrive. Plus, the extra taxes from those services and employees would provide a civic boost.

One year in: crickets.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:53 AM, 03.28.2024

Talk series explores 'bringing nature home'

The owner of this Heights yard mows not at all.

Northeast Ohio barely had a snowy winter, and spring is here with green shoots popping up everywhere. Also emerging in our neighborhoods is a movement to look at green spaces differently. Instead of feeding, weeding, and mowing lawns, some landowners are growing more and mowing less.

The movement is inspired, in part, by entomologist Doug Tallamy. His books, Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants and Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard, are calls to action to restore biodiversity at home.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:31 AM, 03.28.2024

Theoretical 'Sharemow' concept has potential

In the March issue, I described my family’s journey from a “tidy” yard, to a lawn full of violets. I described how these violets feed rabbits, and how these rabbits feed red-tailed hawks. Thinking about lawn care inspired me to bring the topic to a 200-student class I teach at CWRU. In the class, students considered a theoretical business concept called “ShareMow." 

The premise: Why should every household purchase expensive yard maintenance equipment used for an hour or less a couple times per month? Could sharing quiet, emissions-free electric lawn mowers and leaf blowers be a viable alternative with multiple benefits to the community?

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:50 AM, 03.28.2024

Mark National Poetry Month with Ekphrastacy

Heights' Poet Laureate Siaara Freeman at an Ekphrastacy event.

As National Poetry Month unfolds, Heights Arts will present the latest event in its Ekphrastacy series—a fusion of visual art and poetic expression.

At the heart of Heights Arts’ April 18 event is the dynamic interplay between artists and poets, epitomizing the nonprofit’s commitment to fostering cultural vibrancy. Spearheading this artistic endeavor is Siaara Freeman, Heights poet laureate, who began her two-year term in April 2023.

She is a teaching artist for Center for Arts-Inspired Learning and a celebrated poet and performer. Freeman's collection of poetry, Urbanshee, released in August 2022, has garnered widespread acclaim, showcasing her ability to delve into the intricacies of urban life with grace and insight.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:24 AM, 03.28.2024

What's up with Wiley?

What is the CH-UH City School District’s plan for Wiley?

Wiley opened in 1954 and was used as a middle school for 60 years. In 2015, the district closed Wiley as a middle school and spent approximately $13 million for it to function as a “swing space” during the renovation of the high school.

The cost of the renovations at Wiley included the lease of temporary modular classrooms. All deferred maintenance and code issues were also addressed at that time. When the students moved out of Wiley, the building was in good condition. Yet Wiley has remained empty since the opening of the renovated middle schools in 2018.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 11:19 AM, 03.28.2024

Forest Hill Church celebrates America's indigenous peoples

Robin Pease in the traditional dress of her Native American tribe.

On April 27, Forest Hill Church invites the community to dive into the vibrant world of America's Indigenous Peoples! 

The church will host Robin Pease, artistic director of Kulture Kids and proud descendant of Indigenous Americans. as she brings Native American music, stories, and traditions to life in an immersive performance.

Doors to the event will open at 4 p.m., with the main program scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Forest Hill Church is located at 3031 Monticello Blvd., in Cleveland Heights.

Pease, who has a theater background from the Boston Conservatory and Case Western Reserve University, invites the audience to engage actively in the program, which offers an enlightening journey into the heart of indigenous heritage; one that honors and recognizes the enduring legacy and contributions of indigenous peoples, often marginalized and ignored.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:33 AM, 03.28.2024

Things you didn't know about where you live

This is Patrick Calhoun, who started what is now Cleveland Heights, went broke, moved to California, started the famous San Francisco trolley cars, got run over (by a car) and died.

I’ve given two talks on Coventry, on Coventry. Last November, and in December of the previous year, I spoke at the Coventry library about the history of Coventry. The presentation was about how Coventry Village came to be what it was and is. 

A lot of people showed up for those talks, but even more didn’t. In fact, most of the world did not. As a result, I’m always running into people who say, “Sorry I couldn’t make it to your Coventry thing. . . . So, how DID Coventry become what it was?” 

I can’t tell them the whole thing, because the story starts with the beginning of the city of Cleveland—and I mean with Moses Cleaveland. So, I usually tell them some things that I’m fairly certain they didn’t know about the history of their city. Like, first of all, if they know where I live, I point out that my house is approximately on the 9th hole of the golf course that used to cover a large part of the Cedar-Fairmount area. You’ve seen signs designating the area as “Euclid Golf,” right? That’s why.

And I tell them the course’s clubhouse, which was near where Derbyshire Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard are now, cost $50,000—at a time when average houses cost a few hundred dollars to build—and from it, you could see Lake Erie.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:27 AM, 03.28.2024

UH Symphonic Band salutes spring April 7

University Heights Symphonic Band (UHSB) will return to John Carroll University’s (JCU) Dolan Science Center Atrium on Sunday, April 7, 3:30 p.m., for a free concert—a salute to spring and to the next day's solar eclipse. 

Now in its 54th season, and under the direction of Devlin Pope, UHSB will play concert band music from Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, John Philip Sousa, Frank Ticheli and more at JCU.

Parking and admission are free, and the facility is ADA accessible.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:06 AM, 03.28.2024

Chamber Collective premieres 'Oath Breaker'

The newly reinvented Cleveland Chamber Collective takes the stage at Disciples Christian Church in Cleveland Heights for its inaugural concert on April 20, at 7:30 p.m.

The new lineup features some faces familiar to the Cleveland chamber music scene, including violinist Emily Cornelius, flutist Linda White, and pianist Eric Charnofsky. Also joining the band are up-and-coming performers, including violist Brian Slawta and cellist Trevor Kazarian, with returning percussionist Dylan Moffitt

The collective will premiere Oath Breaker, a piece that takes the audience on a 60-minute journey of anger, grief, and hope, “striving to come to grips with the events of Jan. 6 and the subsequent fallout.”

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:21 AM, 03.28.2024

In 'Significant Other,' stereotypical sidekick is the protagonist

Dobama Theatre will present the regional premiere of “Significant Other” by Joshua Harmon, directed by Colin Anderson, April 26 through May 19.

Described by The New York Times (NYT) as “a tenderly unromantic romantic comedy, as richly funny as it is ultimately heart-stirring,” the play follows Jordan Berman and his trio of close girlfriends as they navigate companionship, loneliness, and love.

Berman would love to be in love, but that’s easier said than done. So, until he meets Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with three best friends. But as singles’ nights turn into bachelorette parties, the protagonist discovers that the only thing harder than finding love is supporting those around him when they do.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:17 AM, 03.28.2024

N. B. White Gallery opens Spring Show

Wade Lagoon, by Jeff Suntala.

The Nicholson B. White Gallery invites the community to the opening of its Spring Show on Friday, April 5, 5–7 p.m., where attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists: Jeff Suntala, Boni Suzanne Gelfand, Meryl Engler, and Gene Epstein. The show will be on view until Sunday, June 9, at the gallery, located at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Jeff Suntala is known around town for his urban plein air watercolors, featuring both familiar and obscure sites around Cleveland and its outskirts. A member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Suntala has garnered acclaim for his Cleveland Plein Air Watercolor calendar.

Boni Suzanne Gelfand is a Cleveland artist whose work reflects her experience in interior design and the travel industry.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:11 AM, 03.28.2024

Library celebrates hip-hop and comics

John G (self portrait).

On Sunday, May 5, Heights Libraries will celebrate the intersection of hip-hop and comics with comic writer and publisher Amy Chu, Run-DMC founder and comic publisher Darryl McDaniels, local artist John G of Shiner Comics, and Cleveland rapper Phyll Thomas.

A full afternoon of programs will take place at the Coventry Village branch, 1925 Coventry Road, beginning at 2 p.m. with a virtual conversation with Chu and McDaniels, followed by a 3 p.m. interactive snack-focused comic workshop with John G—featuring a nacho bar—called “One Page Comic Workshop: Snack Stories.” A concurrent live performance by Thomas begins at 3:15 p.m.

Registration for all May 5 programs begins April 21 at heightslibrary.org.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:03 AM, 03.28.2024

Plan now for plant sale and swap, and other May events

Noble Gardeners' Market (NGM) will host its annual Seedling Sale and Plant Swap on Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to noon.

All neighbors are invited to sell seedling plants, divide plants from their gardens, or bring potted houseplants to sell or swap. Sellers and buyers do not need to be from Cleveland Heights to join in.

The event will take place at the mini-park at the corner of Noble and Roanoke roads, one block north of Monticello Boulevard.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:01 AM, 03.28.2024

Register this month for May 5 compost seminar

Mark your calendars for International Compost Awareness Week, taking place May 5–11. 

University Heights will take part in this global effort, kicking off the week with a free Backyard Composting 101 seminar on May 5, 1:30 p.m., at the University Heights Branch Library. Registration begins on April 23, at heightslibrary.org.

Carin Miller, education specialist for the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, will present the one-hour seminar. "This program will provide you the information and basic tools you'll need to start a simple, hands-off backyard composting system,” said Miller.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.28.2024

Boyd resigns from CH City Council

Cleveland Heights City Council Member Janine Boyd, elected last November to a four-year term, announced her resignation at the March 18 meeting of CH City Council. Boyd and her family plan to move to Virginia.

Via letter, Boyd informed Council President Tony Cuda on March 4 that she would officially resign on March 18.

Council immediately announced it would be seeking applicants to fill her seat for the remainder of 2024. The application was posted on the city’s website, www.clevelandheights.gov, on March 19, and applications are due March 29.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 11:06 AM, 03.24.2024

Sal Russo appeals for help to bring grocery store to Cedar-Fairmount

On March 19, Sal V. Russo, whose family owns the Cedar-Fairmount building that once housed Russo's, Giant Eagle and Dave's supermarkets, wrote an open letter to the community explaining efforts over the past three years to bring another grocery store to that location—and asking for help to support one last-chance opportunity. 

In the lengthy letter (full version provided here), Russo names 19 retailers—most of them grocery chains—that have declined to take over the space. That list includes Heinen's and Trader Joe's, both of which he said gave the location serious consideration. 

Heinen's ultimately turned down the opportunity because of the high cost to reconfigure the space to meet its needs, Russo wrote.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 9:45 AM, 03.22.2024

Caddy receives full ride to college

Vincent Roark

Vincent Roark, a Cleveland Heights resident who attends Saint Ignatius High School, is one of 17 Ohio students to be awarded the Western Golf Association’s Chick Evans Scholarship. A full housing and tuition scholarship for golf caddies, it is the nation’s largest privately funded scholarship program.

Throughout high school, Roark balanced a caddying job at Canterbury Golf Club with academics, cheerleading, and volunteer work. This fall, he will begin college as an Evans Scholar, attending The Ohio State University.

The Western Golf Association (WGA) has supported the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. Known as one of golf’s favorite charities, it is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:05 AM, 03.22.2024

LWV program supports democracy's preservation

Community members discussed 10 habits of good citizens on Presidents Day 2024. [photo: Jack Valancy]

On Feb. 19, Presidents Day, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland (CH-UH LWV), in partnership with Heights Libraries, presented a free showing and discussion of the PBS video “A Citizen’s Guide to Preserving Democracy.”

The video presented a discussion between politician and author Richard Haass, former president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and PBS correspondent Hari Sreenivasan, illustrated by examples of how Americans are working to preserve democracy, such as the Great Lakes Civility Project.

In his book The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens, Haass identified the following: 1) Remain civil, 2) Be informed, 3) Value norms, 4) Get involved, 5) Stay open to compromise, 6) Teach civics, 7) Promote the common good, 8) Reject violence, 9) Support public service, and 10) Put country first.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.22.2024

University Heights welcomes new patrol officer

On March 11, a new patrol officer joined the city of University Heights.

Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan (at right in the photo) had the honor of swearing in Jamar Watkins (at left) as the city's newest patrol officer.

Patrol Officer Watkins is a lateral transfer and began work immediately.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:00 AM, 03.22.2024

'Match Madness' tips off for Coventry PEACE Park

A basketball half-court is planned as part of the Coventry PEACE Park redesign.

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) has launched a “Match Madness” campaign to help pay for the basketball half-court in the new Coventry PEACE Park.

An anonymous donor will match up to $25,000 in donations received by FFHL between March 17 and April 8, coinciding with the men’s NCAA basketball tournament (aka "March Madness"). 

The half-court will feature a graphic representation of Dugway Brook, which flows beneath the playground, a basketball hoop, and a concrete retaining wall that can be used for developing other ball skills.

On March 27, Cilantro Taqueria in Coventry Village (at 2783 Euclid Heights Blvd.) will support FFHL’s Match Madness campaign by donating 20% of receipts from customers who mention “Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries” when ordering. These funds also will be matched by the donor.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 6:15 PM, 03.17.2024

Reaching Heights hosts annual Spelling Bee April 10

On April 10, at 7 p.m., Reaching Heights will host its 33rd Annual Adult Community Spelling Bee at the Heights High Auditorium.

In this popular event, up to 25 three-person teams compete for the coveted Bee Trophy—and earn bragging rights for a whole year.

Proceeds from this friendly competition enable Reaching Heights to support teachers, enrich students and connect the community to Heights public schools. This year, the funds raised will support the Many Villages Tutoring program and the Role Model Speakers program. 

To help support reaching Heights, form a team of three and vie for the thrill of victory!

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 11:17 PM, 03.11.2024

Add your Earth Month event to CHGT's calendar

Are you planning a “green” event in April in the Heights? If you are, or if you know of one, tell the Cleveland Heights Green Team (CHGT).

CHGT is compiling an Earth Month in the Heights Events Calendar. The purpose of this crowdsourced initiative is to inspire action and to remind everyone that every effort on behalf of the environment counts.

Submit information about an event here. CHGT will add it to the calendar and share it with the community, inviting everyone to participate.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:04 AM, 03.09.2024

Coventry library to host monthly Memory Cafes

A past Memory Cafe reminisced about shopping on Cleveland's Euclid Avenue.

The Farrell Foundation for Brain Health will host three Memory Cafes at Coventry Village Library, starting March 14.

Each program, guided by professionals, is for people with cognitive memory loss due to dementia or Alzheimer’s and their primary care partners. The sessions combine music, art and storytelling with refreshments—all in a café atmosphere.

From March through May, the cafes will take place on the second Thursday of the month, 1–2:30 p.m. Registration is recommended for the free programs. To register, call 216-321-3400.

March 14 - St. Patrick’s Artful Legends and Limericks: Participants are invited to wear something green and create artwork in shades of green and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day refreshments.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:16 AM, 03.08.2024

March 13 class invites families of young children to hands-on music program

A child experiments with making music as part of a Connecting for Kids Music Therapy & More class in 2023. [photo courtesy Connecting for Kids] 

On Wednesday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m., Connecting for Kids will present a hands-on music program, Music Therapy & More, for families with children ages 6 and younger.

The session will be held at the Lee Road Library, and is designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child's academic, motor, communication and social skills, and behavior.

Connecting for Kids offers free programs throughout Northeast Ohio. This is the first Music Therapy & More class to be offered at a branch of Heights Libraries.

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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 10:09 AM, 03.07.2024