University Heights

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting highlights

JUNE 3, 2024 regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Mayor’s report
  • Directors’ reports
  • Council actions
  • Committee reports

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan and council members Michele Weiss (vice mayor), Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer. Also present were Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas, Law Director Bradric T. Bryan, Finance Director Dennis Kennedy, and City Engineer Brenda Mockbee. The meeting ran two hours and 34 minutes.

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Volume 17, Issue 7, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.10.2024

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting highlights

MAY 20, 2024 regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Mayor’s report 
  • Council actions
  • Staff reports
  • Committee reports
  • Agenda change

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan and council members Michele Weiss (vice mayor), Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer. Also present were Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas, Law Director Bradric T. Bryan, Finance Director Dennis Kennedy, and City Engineer Brenda Mockbee. The meeting ran from 7:05 to 8:39 p.m.

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Volume 17, Issue 7, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.10.2024

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting

MAY 6, 2024 regular meeting

  • Public comments
  • Mayor’s report 
  • Council actions
  • Staff reports
  • Committee reports

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan and council members Michele Weiss (vice mayor), Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer. John Rach was not present. Also present were Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas, Law Director Bradric T. Bryan, Finance Director Dennis Kennedy, and City Engineer Brenda Mockbee. The meeting ran two hours, 20 minutes.

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Volume 17, Issue 7, Posted 9:44 AM, 07.10.2024

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting

APRIL 15, 2024 regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Mayor’s report
  • Council actions
  • Staff reports
  • Committee reports
  • Other agenda items

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan and council members Michele Weiss (vice mayor), Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, and Win Weizer. John P. Rach and Sheri Sax were excused. Also present were Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas, Law Director Bradric T. Bryan, Finance Director Dennis Kennedy, and City Engineer Brenda Mockbee. The meeting ran for one and three quarters hours.

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Volume 17, Issue 7, Posted 9:40 AM, 07.10.2024

UH welcomes 'Beautiful Home' nominations

University Heights’ 2025 Beautiful Home Awards nominations are underway. Throughout the summer, and no later than Sept. 15, residents are invited to nominate homeowners who exhibit an outstanding investment in their property in a variety of award categories.

The Beautiful Homes Committee, a group of residents appointed by the mayor, reviews the nominees, and winners are announced at the annual University Heights Civic Awards in the fall. With the exception of current committee members, anyone can nominate a house for consideration, as long as it’s not for sale. Self-nominations are also welcome. 

“For more than 60 years, University Heights has recognized homeowners who have done an outstanding job in maintaining their homes, enhancing the city’s neighborhoods, and enabling a sustainable and vibrant community,” said Deanna Bremer Fisher, chief of staff for the city of University Heights.

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Volume 17, Issue 6, Posted 9:03 AM, 05.29.2024

Memorial Day parade celebrates 'A Better Tomorrow'

The University Heights Memorial Day Parade not only commemorates those we lost in service to our country, it celebrates the freedoms we enjoy.

This year’s parade will again step off at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 27, with a memorial ceremony immediately following. This year’s theme is “A Better Tomorrow.”

The city of University Heights has proudly held an annual Memorial Day Parade since 1966 (with the exception of 2020, when it was canceled due to the pandemic). It is the longest-running east-side parade in Greater Cleveland

“This is not only the oldest and largest parade on the east side, it’s also the best,” said University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan. “The community is invested in the event. They want it to be successful, and it is.”

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Volume 17, Issue 5, Posted 1:17 PM, 04.29.2024

Over 2,500 gather at The Walt for the eclipse

More than 2,500 gathered at Walter Stinson Community Park on April 8 for the total solar eclipse.

University Heights and the Heights Libraries, in cooperation with Destination Cleveland, hosted “A Black Out to Remember” to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event, as University Heights was in the path of totality.

Party guests enjoyed the spectacular show in the sky, as well as children’s activities, Odd Dog Coffee, and music provided by disc jockeys Zachary Sinutko and Emily Davala of WJCU 88.7 FM.

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Volume 17, Issue 5, Posted 10:10 AM, 04.29.2024

UH State of the City addresses University Square, recycling

University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan shared good news about University Square and curbside recycling, and proposed a year-round recreation facility, in his 2024 State of the City Address on April 11 at the University Heights Library.

University Square update. Early in his speech, Mayor Brennan recapped the recent news about University Square:

“Look. Perseverance and teamwork got this deal done. It doesn’t happen without that. As the old sayings go, ‘politics is the art of the possible,’ and ‘politics is about relationships.’ None of that happens without the relationships we have cultivated together: our team at City Hall, our partners in county government, and the school district, and our city council.”

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Volume 17, Issue 5, Posted 10:03 AM, 04.19.2024

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting highlights

APRIL 1, 2024 regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Mayor’s report
  • City department reports
  • Council actions
  • Committee reports

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan and council members Michele Weiss (vice mayor), Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer. Also present were Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas, Law Director Bradric T. Bryan, Finance Director Dennis Kennedy, and City Engineer Brenda Mockbee. The meeting ran for about two and three quarter hours.

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Volume 17, Issue 5, Posted 11:49 AM, 04.30.2024

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting

MARCH 18, 2024 regular meeting

  • Public comments
  • Mayor’s report
  • City council reports 
  • Council actions
  • Staff reports
  • Committee reports

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michele Weiss, and Council Members Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; Dennis Kennedy, finance director; and Brenda Mockbee, city engineer. The meeting ran for one hour and 55 minutes.

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Volume 17, Issue 5, Posted 11:48 AM, 04.30.2024

JCU and UH respond to Notre Dame College's closure

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

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

Meet you at The Walt for the solar eclipse

Join Cooper the Brand Ambassador and Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan at The Walt for a Solar Eclipse Party.

The city of University Heights is teaming up with Heights Libraries and Destination Cleveland to host an eclipse-viewing event at Walter Stinson Community Park on April 8.

Details will be announced in early March.

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Volume 17, Issue 3, Posted 2:52 PM, 02.28.2024

Help plan now for UH's Memorial Day parade

University Heights is home to the oldest and largest Memorial Day Parade in Greater Cleveland. With planning for this year’s event kicking off in early March, it’s not too early to get involved.

The 2024 UH Memorial Day theme is “A Better Tomorrow.”

Artist Robin VanLear will once again offer workshops for parade participants who want to work on creative costumes or vehicle decorations. To get things started, VanLear will offer a free Information & Brainstorming Session Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m., in her studio at Coventry PEACE Campus, 2843 Washington Blvd.

At the introductory session, VanLear will meet with group leaders to discuss themes, brainstorm ideas, and identify needed materials.

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Volume 17, Issue 3, Posted 2:50 PM, 02.28.2024

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting highlights

February 5, 2024- regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Mayor’s report
  • City council committee reports
  • Council actions
  • Staff reports

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michele Weiss, and Council Members Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; and Dennis Kennedy, finance director. The meeting ran for about 2.75 hours.

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Volume 17, Issue 3, Posted 11:33 AM, 02.29.2024

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting highlights

JANUARY 16, 2024 - regular meeting

  • Mayor’s report
  • Council and staff reports
  • Council actions

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michele Weiss, and Council Members Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer. Threse Marshall was excused. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; and Dennis Kennedy, finance director. The meeting ran for one hour and 53 minutes.

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Volume 17, Issue 3, Posted 11:11 AM, 02.29.2024

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

WJCU concert raises money for Hunger Network

John Carroll University (JCU) students hosted a concert on Dec. 1 that raised enough money to provide more than 12,000 meals to those in need across Cuyahoga County.

WJCU 88.7 FM’s “Blizzard Bash” at the Beachland Ballroom was a resounding success. Through the collective support of students, attendees, and performers, this year's concert broke pre-pandemic donation and student attendance records. The outpouring of generosity supported The Hunger Network's ability to provide food and resources to those in need.

JCU students Zachary ‘DJ Z13’ Sinutko, Emily Davala, Hamoud ‘Moody’ Qotaynah, Danielle Turi, and Jayden ‘Jay’ Beddingfield of 808s & Mixtapes organized this year's event alongside WJCU’s NEO Rocks.

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Volume 17, Issue 1, Posted 4:19 PM, 12.16.2023

University Heights City Council meeting highlights

DEC. 4, 2023 - regular meeting

  • Mayor’s report
  • City council committee reports
  • Council actions
  • Staff reports

Board members present were Michele Weiss (vice mayor), Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer. Christopher Cooney was not present. Also present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brenna, Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas, Law Director Luke McConville, and Finance Director Dennis Kennedy. The meeting ran for one hour and 43 minutes.

Sax noted that Cooney has been absent for 41 percent of meetings, but did vote aye to excuse his absence.

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Volume 17, Issue 1, Posted 2:02 PM, 12.29.2023

University Heights City Council meeting highlights

NOV. 20, 2023 - regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Mayor’s report
  • City council committee reports
  • Council actions
  • Committee and staff reports

Board members present were Michele Weiss (vice mayor), Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer. Christopher Cooney was not present. Also present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas, Law Director Luke McConville, and Finance Director Dennis Kennedy. The meeting ran for about one hour and 15 minutes. 

Sax noted that Cooney has missed 38 percent of the council meetings in the past year, and that residents count on council members to be present and to vote. No reason was given for his absence. The motion to excuse Cooney passed, with Sax voting against it.

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Volume 17, Issue 1, Posted 2:02 PM, 12.29.2023

Stars shine bright at UH Civic Awards

Music, applause, hugs, and laughter—as well as many University Heights residents—filled John Carroll University’s (JCU) Jardine Room on Nov. 15 for the 2023 UH Civic Awards.

In his opening remarks, Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan said, “We brought back the Civic Awards in 2018 because it is important to take time to celebrate our community, and give recognition where it is deserved, to amplify and tell the story of the people who make a difference in the community. 

“So much of life is ephemeral and impermanent. We pause to remember tonight, in hopes that we may never forget.”

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Volume 17, Issue 1, Posted 5:45 PM, 11.25.2023

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting highlights

NOVEMBER 6, 2023 - regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Mayor’s report
  • City council committee reports
  • Actions
  • Oct. 2 minutes

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michele Weiss, and Council Members Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer.

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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 10:20 AM, 11.28.2023

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting highlights

OCTOBER 16, 2023 - regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Mayor’s report
  • City council committee reports
  • Council actions
  • Council Chambers
  • Staff reports 
  • Other agenda items

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michelle Weiss, and Council Members Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer.

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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 10:10 AM, 11.28.2023

Reporter and JCU alum to host UH Civic Awards

As an afternoon traffic anchor, host of the Emmy-nominated “Cleveland Now,” and roving reporter for “Friday Night Football Frenzy Game of the Week,” Rachel Vadaj of 19 News is indeed everywhere.

The John Carroll University (JCU) grad will return to campus on Wednesday, Nov. 15, to host the 2023 University Heights Civic Awards. A reception with hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the award ceremony starting promptly at 7:30 p.m. in the Jardine Room.

“University Heights will always be a home in my heart. While I was a student here, I prayed to be where I am today,” Vadaj said. “To be welcomed back by my college town as your host is one of my highest honors.”

Each year, the UH Civic Awards honor those who are working hard to make University Heights an even better place in which to live, work, and raise a family.

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Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 11:56 AM, 10.30.2023

Hamilton is new UH City Hall receptionist

Lynnesha D. Hamilton. Her name is Lynnesha D. Hamilton. And there’s a million things she hasn’t done, but just you wait. Just you wait.

Staff at University Heights City Hall have been waiting for weeks for a new front desk receptionist to arrive, and on Oct. 16, Hamilton joined the team.

“We love the 'Hamilton' musical puns, and we love the fact that Lynnesha is here,” said Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan. “More importantly, University Heights residents are going to love having a live person answering the phones and greeting them at City Hall.

“Lynnesha is smart, she works hard, and she’s really personable. We are fortunate to have someone of her caliber on board in this new position.”

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Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 4:09 PM, 10.21.2023

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-2-23

OCT. 2, 2023 - regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Council chambers
  • Staff reports
  • Council action

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michelle Weiss, and council members Brian J. King, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer. Christopher Cooney and Threse Marshall were excused. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; and Luke McConville, law director. The meeting ran for two hours and seven minutes, including an executive session.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 1:36 PM, 10.19.2023

University Heights City Council meeting 9-18-23

SEPT. 18, 2023

  • Public comments
  • Mayor’s report
  • City council reports
  • Council action
  • Staff reports
  • Executive session

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michelle Weiss, and council members Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; and Dennis Kennedy, finance director. The meeting ran for about one hour and 20 minutes.

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Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 10.19.2023

University Heights City Council meeting 8-15-2023

AUG. 15, 2023 - special meeting

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michelle Weiss, and Council Members Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer. Christopher Cooney was excused. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; and Dennis Kennedy, finance director. The meeting ran for one hour, 20 minutes.

Council actions

Council approved, contingent upon bond, the Planning Commission’s recommendation for Drees Homes for demolition of the existing home at 2519 Claver Road and a site plan for a new home. A previous developer received a variance but didn’t build.

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Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 1:27 PM, 10.19.2023

UH's fall festival is back for fourth year

Generous financial support from the Ohio Arts Council, as well as Dollar Bank, will result in more live entertainment at this year’s University Heights Fall Fest.

The fourth annual festival returns to Walter Stinson Community Park on Sunday, Oct. 15, from noon to 5 p.m.

Award-winning singer and songwriter Jason Patrick Meyers will headline Fall Fest this year. Other performers include Wizbang Circus and Heights Poet Laureate Siaara Freeman.

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Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 10:36 AM, 09.29.2023

'Fire Dog' illustrator to appear at UHFD open house

Paul Combs, the illustrator of the Sprinkles the Fire Dog book series, will read and sign books at the 2023 University Heights Fire Department Open House on Sunday, Oct. 8.

The open house will run from noon to 3 p.m. at the Fire Department, attached to UH City Hall, and will include tours of the station, food, and fun family activities.

Combs will read the book to attendees at 12:30 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. The books Sprinkles the Fire Dog and Sprinkles the Fire Dog 2—Making a Difference will be available for purchase at the event.

The theme of national Fire Prevention Week 2023 is “Cooking safety starts with YOU.” At the open house, attendees will learn about fire safety in the kitchen and at outside grills.

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Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 10:24 AM, 09.29.2023

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting

SEPTEMBER 5, 2023 - regular meeting

  • Mayor’s report
  • Staff reports
  • Council actions

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michelle Weiss, and Council Members Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; and Dennis Kennedy, finance director. The meeting ran a little over three hours.

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Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 10:36 AM, 10.09.2023

Carlos Jones headlines back-to-campus concert

University Heights City Hall and John Carroll University (JCU) are separated by only a few blocks. Sometimes, though, the distance can feel like miles. UH City Hall staff and DJs at the campus radio station are looking to do something about that—with a little help from a group of Cleveland reggae legends.

Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band will perform at the inaugural University Heights Back to School Concert on Thursday, Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m., on the JCU campus. Weather permitting, the show will be held outside at the Hamlin Quad. If it rains, the concert will take place indoors at Kulas Auditorium. All are welcome.

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Volume 16, Issue 9, Posted 12:07 PM, 09.02.2023

Superman's creators once lived in University Heights

This fall, Cleveland will celebrate Superman, the world’s first comic book superhero, with Superman’s Cleveland, Sept. 6 through Nov. 2. Scholars, comic book lovers, and fans can partake of almost two months of Superman-focused book discussions, comics-making workshops, live interviews with creators, and more. 

The city of University Heights shares in the legacy. Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, Superman's creators, moved from Glenville to University Heights in the 1940s, as they began to achieve some success.

Shuster and Siegel created Superman in 1933, as high school students in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood.

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Volume 16, Issue 9, Posted 12:06 PM, 09.02.2023

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting

JULY 10, 2023 - special meeting

  • Committee assignment
  • Council actions

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, and Council Members Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, John P. Rach, Sheri Sax, and Win Weizer. Vice Mayor Michele Weiss and Christopher Cooney were not present. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; Dennis Kennedy, finance director; and Joseph Ciuni, city engineer. The meeting ran 34 minutes. 

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Volume 16, Issue 9, Posted 9:57 AM, 09.12.2023

'808 Day' proclamation honors WJCU

Aug. 8 isn’t just Special Election Day in Ohio. In University Heights, it’s 808 Day.

To honor the award-winning and Guinness World Record-holding WJCU 88.7 FM radio show “808s & Mixtapes,” University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan has proclaimed Aug. 8 as 808 Day in the city.

808 Day falls on the upcoming 100th episode of WJCU 88.7 FM’s six-time national award-nominated student-run radio show out of John Carroll University (JCU). "808s & Mixtapes" has been broadcasting live, worldwide, for the last two years—at the frequency 88.7 FM in Greater Cleveland, and around the world via the WJCU app and at www.808mixtape.com.

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 1:16 PM, 07.31.2023

The City of Beautiful Welcome Signs

Good signs come to those who wait.

For years, University Heights was known as “The City of Beautiful Homes.” While a rebranding campaign in 2018 updated the door knocker logo and city motto, University Heights still has beautiful homes, and now it has beautiful welcome signs to match.

Last month, new welcome signs were installed across University Heights, with more to come later this summer and fall.

“The new signs were a long time coming, and now that they’re finally being installed, they exceed my expectations,” said University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan. “More importantly, the response from University Heights residents has been overwhelmingly positive.”

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 9:27 AM, 07.18.2023

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / University Heights City Council meeting

JUNE 20, 2023 regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Mayor’s report
  • Council vacancy
  • Charter Review Commission (CRC) proposals
  • Council actions on emergency
  • Other council action
  • Staff reports
  • Committee reports
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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 AM, 08.15.2023

University Heights celebrates freedom

University Heights residents, as well as people from far away as Pittsburgh, packed Walter Stinson Community Park to celebrate Juneteenth.

Two-time Grammy Award-winner Krayzie Bone, of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, headlined the daylong festival, with performances from Nova the Rebel, Mookie Motonio, Caine, Hubbs Groove, the Cleveland Chorale, and Councilman Conwell and the Footprints.

An estimated 4,000 people attended the event on June 18.

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 4:32 PM, 06.29.2023

Pennington is new UH service director

Allen Pennington is taking his talents to University Heights.

After being employed by the city of Mentor for 22 years, Pennington has been hired as the new service director for University Heights. Pennington brings 29 years of experience to his new position.

University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan made the announcement of Pennington’s hiring at the June 20 UH City Council meeting.

“In our next service director, I wanted someone who would share in and implement our city’s vision of a modern public works department, not only with modernized services and improved roads, but with year-round parks and recreation offerings,” Brennan said.

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 9:23 AM, 06.27.2023

University Heights City Council meeting

JUNE 5, 2023 regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Mayor’s report
  • Committee appointments
  • Charter Review Commission 
  • Council actions
  • Committee reports

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michelle Weiss, and Council Members Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, Threse Marshall, John P. Rach, and Sheri Sax. Barbara Blankfeld has resigned from council. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; Dennis Kennedy, finance director; and Joseph Ciuni, city engineer. The meeting ran for nearly three and three-quarter hours.

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 2:47 PM, 07.10.2023

University Heights City Council meeting

MAY 15, 2023 regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Mayor’s report
  • Council vacancy
  • Council action
  • Staff reports
  • Committee reports

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michelle Weiss, and Council Members Barbara Blankfeld, Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, and John P. Rach. Sheri Sax was not present. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; Dennis Kennedy, finance director; and Joseph Ciuni, city engineer. The meeting ran for about one and one half hours.

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 2:49 PM, 07.10.2023

UH adds second stage for second annual Juneteenth celebration

University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan and Housing Director Geoff Englebrecht knew a Juneteenth celebration in University Heights could be a success. They just never anticipated how successful it would become, and how quickly.

“We knew there was a need for such an event,” Brennan said. “We hoped the community would embrace it, and it would slowly grow each year.

“However, as we finish preparations for our second celebration, we see now how important the event has become.”

Northeast Ohio native and two-time Grammy Award-winner Anthony “Krayzie Bone” Henderson of Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony will headline the second annual University Heights Juneteenth Celebration on Sunday, June 18, at Walter Stinson Community Park.

“For our event to attract the attention of Krayzie Bone, someone who has sold over 30 million records, that makes a statement,” Brennan said.

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 11:25 AM, 06.12.2023

UH Summer Concert Series is back—bigger and better

Bigger, better and more eclectic than ever, the University Heights Summer Concert Series returns to Walter Stinson Community Park on Thursday, June 15, at 7 p.m., and runs weekly through Aug. 17.

June 15 - Rubix Groove. Last seen at The Walt last summer, Rubix Groove returns to play songs from a new EP, “Live from Akron Recording Company.” An eight-member band led by lead singer Shannon Hogarth, Rubix Groove plays funk and blues.                            

June 22 - The Ladies Night. The original all-male tribute to pop divas, The Ladies Night will make its University Heights debut this summer. These five dudes aren’t afraid to wear their love for Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, or Lady Gaga on their pink glittery sleeves.

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 11:44 AM, 06.01.2023

UH Charter Review Commission proposes 10 amendments

Last summer, University Heights City Council passed an ordinance to create a Charter Review Commission (CRC) for only the third time since the city’s founding in 1941. Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan chose four CRC members, and each council member chose one, bringing the total to 11 commissioners. The CRC, which met twice a month for 10 months, proposes the following 10 charter amendments:

Gender Neutrality: The CRC recommends a charter amendment that would replace gendered terms and language throughout the city’s charter with gender-neutral and gender-inclusive terms and language. This proposed amendment would correct the charter's long-standing sexist, androcentric language and replace it with language that communicates and promotes a more inclusive city and government. 

Eliminating Term Limits: CRC recommends an amendment to eliminate term limits for elected officers of University Heights. Currently, the charter limits elected officials to serve no more than three consecutive four-year terms, or 14 consecutive years whether elected or appointed. This [term-limit] provision was approved by voters in 1995, when the national movement in favor of term limits reached its peak. However, since the 1990s, term limits have proven to be detrimental—rather than beneficial—to good government.

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 3:34 PM, 05.30.2023

University Heights City Council meeting 5-1-23

MAY 1, 2023 regular meeting

 

  • Public comments
  • YouTube streaming
  • Committee reports
  • Council actions

 

Present were Vice-Mayor Michelle Weiss and Council Members Barbara Blankfeld, Brian King, and Sheri Sax. Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan and Council Members Christopher Cooney and John P. Rach were not present. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; Dennis Kennedy, finance director; and Joseph Ciuni, city engineer. The public meeting ran 87 minutes.

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.15.2023

University Heights City Council meeting 4-17-23

APRIL 17, 2023 regular meeting

 

  • Mayor’s report
  • City council reports
  • NOPEC
  • Actions
  • Staff reports
  • Committee reports

 

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michelle Weiss, and Council Members Barbara Blankfeld, Christopher Cooney, Justin Gould, Brian J. King, and John P. Rach. Sheri Sax was not present. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; Dennis Kennedy, finance director; and Joseph Ciuni, city engineer. The public meeting ran about two and one half hours.

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.15.2023

Gould resigns from UH City Council

University Heights Council Member Justin Gould resigned from council at its April 17 meeting.

Elected to a four-year term which commenced Jan. 1, 2020, Gould chaired council's Safety Committee and served on its Finance, Service and Utilities, and Economic Development committees (serving on the latter as an alternate).

An April 18 press release, posted at www.universityheights.com, invites University Heights residents interested in filling the council vacancy to submit a letter of interest and résumé by Friday, April 28, 4:30 p.m.

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 2:02 PM, 04.24.2023

UH Memorial Day parade to go big

The University Heights Memorial Day parade has traditionally been the biggest and best parade of its kind in Northeast Ohio. But that doesn’t mean planners will coast on its reputation. This year’s parade will have additions—big additions.

“I’ve always loved the artistry and creativity of Parade the Circle, and ever since I took office, I wanted to bring that vibe to our parade,” said University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan. “The giant puppets, the costumes, the whimsical spirit.”

Instead of trying to figure out how Parade the Circle created that spirit, Brennan went straight to the source—its founder, Robin VanLear.

For the first time, VanLear is working with the University Heights Parade Committee. She will be responsible for coordinating with community groups, and—yes—bringing giant puppets to the city's parade.

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 1:59 PM, 05.01.2023

Dun-dun! UH native guest stars on 'Law & Order: SVU'

In the television acting system, an appearance on "Law & Order: SVU" is considered a prime gig for up-and-coming thespians. In University Heights, we are especially proud of hometown actor Gabriel Sidney Brown for his performance on a recent episode. This is his story . . .

“I hope I get it.” Brown was no stranger to the show’s casting director. “I auditioned for 'Law & Order: SVU' several times and also numerous other shows within the Dick Wolf Productions’ world previously,” Brown said.

“'Law & Order: SVU,' 'FBI: Most Wanted' and even 'Chicago Med, P.D., and Fire' all exist in the same universe and can have crossover in plot line,” explained Brown.

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 1:26 PM, 05.01.2023

University Heights City Council meeting 4-3-23

APRIL 3, 2023, regular meeting

 

  • Public comments
  • Mayor’s report
  • Council actions
  • Contracting procedures
  • Loose recycling services
  • Home rule for gun safety
  • Staff reports
  • Committee reports

 

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michelle Weiss, and Council Members Barbara Blankfeld, Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, John P. Rach, and Sheri Sax. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; and Dennis Kennedy, finance director. Council Member Justin Gould was not present. The meeting lasted for about two and one quarter hours, with 17 minutes of that in executive session to discuss labor negotiations.

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:59 AM, 04.20.2023

University Heights City Council meeting 3-20-23

MARCH 20, 2023 regular meeting

 

  • Mayor’s report
  • Council actions
  • Staff reports
  • Committee reports

 

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michelle Weiss, and Council Members Barbara Blankfeld, Christopher Cooney, Brian J. King, John P. Rach, and Sheri Sax. Justin Gould was not present. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; and Dennis Kennedy, finance director. The public meeting ran one hour and 12 minutes. Council also convened in executive session to discuss litigation.

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 11:04 AM, 04.20.2023

'Get involved' as a UH volunteer

Invoking the lyrics of soul singer James Brown, University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan is urging University Heights residents to “get up, get into it, get involved.”

The city has revamped its volunteer page, www.universityheights.com/volunteer. “If you are interested in serving your community,” Brennan said, “this is a great place to start.”

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Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 10:33 AM, 04.02.2023

UH connects eligible seniors with transportion service

University Heights City Council recently renewed its contract with Senior Transportation Connection (STC), enabling the service to continue to be available to adult city residents who are 60 or older, or disabled.

All clients or personal care attendants must be registered to use the service. Call 216-265-1489 to request an STC registration be sent, or download it from the STC website, ridestc.org.

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Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 9:24 AM, 03.28.2023

University Heights City Council meeting

MARCH 8, 2023, regular meeting

 

  • SB 1 resolution removal from agenda
  • Public comment
  • Mayor’s report
  • City council reports
  • Council actions
  • Staff reports
  • Committee reports

 

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michelle Weiss, and Council Members Justin Gould, Brian J. King, John P. Rach, and Sheri Sax. Barbara Blankfeld and Christopher Cooney were not present. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; and Joseph Ciuni, city engineer. The meeting ran a little over one hour.

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Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 9:57 AM, 04.02.2023

University Heights City Council meeting

FEBRUARY 21, 2023, regular meeting

 

  • Agenda changes
  • Mayor’s report
  • Recycling ordinance
  • Other council action
  • City council reports
  • Staff reports
  • Committee reports

 

Present were Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, Vice Mayor Michelle Weiss, and Council Members Christopher Cooney, Justin Gould, Brian J. King, John P. Rach, and Sheri Sax. Ms. Blankfeld was excused early. Also present were Kelly Thomas, clerk of council; Luke McConville, law director; Dennis Kennedy, finance director; and Joseph Ciuni, city engineer. The meeting ran a little less under one and one half hours.

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Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 9:58 AM, 04.02.2023

New signs are finally coming to University Heights

After implementing a new brand and logo back in 2018, University Heights will finally see the corresponding signs installed across the city this year.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan said. “But the prototypes look amazing, and I’m confident residents will feel the signs were worth the wait.”

Partial prototypes of the signs were delivered to UH City Hall last month. The signs for the city's major gateways will feature the four-color University Heights logo, built with transparent colored acrylic. The stained glass and mosaic effect will make the signs unique compared to any other municipal signs in Northeast Ohio.

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 11:25 AM, 02.28.2023