Nighttown’s ‘Concert for Japan’ raises $10,000

Nighttown held a Concert for Japan on Monday, March 21 to raise money for the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami.

According to Steve Fumkin, who handles public relations for Nighttown, "The evening was spectacular. Both concerts were jammed and the atmosphere was electric."

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 3:19 PM, 04.07.2011

CORRECTION: Coverage of South Euclid's Oakwood rezoning

Correction: An article posted March 22 about the public hearing over rezoning the South Euclid portion of the former Oakwood golf course contained two errors. One incorrectly described limitations of land use under the property's current zoning. The other was a vague and potentially misleading accounting of the number of South Euclid residents who spoke out against the zoning change. The Heights Observer regrets the errors. The original story has been corrected, and can be read here.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 11:41 AM, 03.30.2011

Cumberland parking lot improvements to increase safety, water runoff quality

The parking lot at Cumberland Park is being reconfigured and beautified in a project designed to increase the water quality of runoff that drains into nearby Dugway Brook.

The $238,000 project is being funded by a grant from the Ohio EPA, according to Richard Wong, Cleveland Heights director of planning and development.

Key to the project is construction of bioretention basins that, to casual observers, will look like plant-filled medians between rows of parking spaces. 

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 10:18 AM, 01.19.2011

Update on Oakwood golf course property

For $10,000 the Trust for Public Land purchased a 90-day option to buy Oakwood Country Club. The Trust was unable to raise the funds to purchase Oakwood within 90 days, so its option expired at the end of October. The Trust attempted to raise money from various sources, including the Clean Ohio Fund and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, but ran out of time.  

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 11:44 PM, 11.24.2010

Music Settlement halts plan, but talks continue

One year ago, in September 2009, The Music Settlement, based in University Circle, reached an agreement with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District to transform the former Coventry Elementary School into a state-of-the-art early childhood center. After conducting a comprehensive feasibility study, however, The Music Settlement now believes that the campaign goal of raising $16-19 million would be difficult to achieve.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 9:16 PM, 08.25.2010

Goodbye to Denison Pool

Celebrate the last days of summer and the end of Denison Park Pool at a potluck dinner at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22, in the Denison Park Pavilion. Dinnerware and charcoal will be provided. Please bring a dish to share and anything else you might need for your meal. A free concert by the local folk-rock band, oldboy, will start at 3 p.m.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 10:59 AM, 07.25.2010

Community events

Thursday, July 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5

Music & Movies Under the Stars

University Heights Summer Concert Series

Thursday, July 12

Cedar Lee Rock the Block


Sunday, Aug. 8

Discover Cedar Fairmount - Discover the Arts Festival


Thursday, Aug. 12

Party in the P.E.A.C.E. Park and Audience Choice Movie


Thursday, Aug. 19

University Heights Summer Concert Series

Cedar Lee Rock the Block - Anatolia Cafe

Cedar Lee Rock the Block - Lee Road Library


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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 12:42 PM, 06.29.2010

ECPA calls for Forest Hill Park volunteers

The East Cleveland Parks Association (ECPA) has decided to explore long-term solutions to the park’s many issues facing Forest Hill Park by organizing task groups. Interested Heights residents are invited to join one (or more) groups.

The ECPA will meet on Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m. at the Forest Hill Park Pavilion. Interested residents unable to meet on that date, can e-mail organizer Elsa Johnson at

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 3:41 PM, 05.13.2010

Millikin neighbors petition for school reuse

At the May 4 meeting of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education, citizens submitted a petition with 420 signatures, urging the board to act quickly on revitalizing the Millikin Elementary School campus. Millikin, on Crest Road in the Severance neighborhood of Cleveland Heights, has been unused since its closing in 2006. Neighbors have cited acts of vandalism around the empty school and the school's increasingly unkempt condition as contributors to neighborhood decline. 

Jason Stein, area resident and recent candidate for Cleveland Heights City Council, spoke on behalf of the petitioners. He commended the board for its outreach to the nonprofit community, which led to an agreement between the schools and The Cleveland Music Settlement for the reuse of the also shuttered Coventry Elementary School. Stein urged that the same “positive energy and thoughtfulness” be applied to Millikin.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 1:06 PM, 05.18.2010

Adopt-a-House in your neighborhood

We're all concerned about keeping the empty houses in our neighborhood safe and preserving our property values. Twelve streets in our city are now better off because residents volunteered to "Adopt-a-House" near them.

Volunteering to adopt a house means that you make a commitment to walk around the outside of an empty house in your neighborhood once a day to visually inspect it.

That way, if anything is broken or vandalized it can be reported to the police quickly, while there is a chance to obtain fingerprints and minimize damage.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 12:36 PM, 05.20.2010

Deming’s Forest Hill neighborhood listed on National Register of Historic Places

On April 23, the National Park Service listed Grant Deming’s Forest Hill Allotment Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places.

The effort to designate the Forest Hill Allotment as a historic district, headed by Cleveland State University history professor Mark Souther, began in spring 2008.

The district lies generally in an area bounded by Euclid Heights Boulevard, Washington Boulevard, Lee Road and Coventry Road.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 2:15 PM, 04.27.2010

Cleveland Heights: How do we compare?

All are welcome to attend "Cleveland Heights: How Do We Compare to America's Other Older, Inner-Ring Suburbs?", a free presentation by Dr. Dennis Keating, at the first annual meeting of Severance Neighborhood Organization, Sunday, April 11, at 3 p.m. in the Cleveland Heights Community Center.
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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.21.2010

Bells to ring in officers' memory

Cleveland area police departments are mourning the death two police officers this week̶ Cleveland Heights police officer Thomas Patton and Elyria patrolman James Kerstetter.

In memory of the two officers, area congregations throughout Northeast Ohio will ring their bells on two occasions for 10 minutes.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 11:23 PM, 03.16.2010

Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park cleanup

In 2008 and 2009 Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park was voted “Best place to take your kids” in the FutureHeights “Best of the Heights” poll. Twice a year, the community gathers to clean and maintain it.

But do you know how the playground came about?

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 9:39 AM, 02.16.2010

Safe bike-riding class offered

Experienced cyclist John Ludway is offering a new course at the Cleveland Heights Recreation Center: Bike Riding (Made Simple and Safe). Ludway is a 35-year veteran of bicycle touring and commuting. He wants to teach riders how to ride safer, saner and with a greater sense of accomplishment.

The course is offered 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, from March 16 to May 4, and there is a charge to participate. For more information, call 216-691-7373.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 11:13 AM, 02.18.2010

Daniel Rush receives Zupnick Scholarship

University Heights native Daniel Rush is the 2009 recipient of the Helen and Morris Zupnick Scholarship, awarded through Jewish Family Service Association’s Joint Educational Loan Committee (JELC) college financial aid program. Rush is studying nursing at Ursuline College. Before embarking on a nursing career, Rush attended high school at the Hebrew Academy and graduated from Cleveland State University in 1996 with a degree in Communications. He spent six years as a producer for CNN in Atlanta, before moving back to Cleveland to work in local television, public relations and real estate. Rush and his wife have two children and live in University Heights.

Becky Rocker is the marketing and public relations specialist for the Jewish Family Services Association.
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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 9:39 AM, 02.16.2010

Discover Cedar Fairmount Festival set for Aug. 8

The Ninth Annual Discover Cedar Fairmount Festival will be held  from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8 at the corner of Cedar Road and Fairmount Boulevard in Cleveland Heights. The event is free and will feature entertainment for the entire family, including the Euclid Beach Rocket Car, a pet fantasy land, pony rides, arts and crafts, children's games and more.

Nonprofit organizations and arts and crafts vendors who would like to participate in the fair should call the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District office at 216-791-3172 or visit

Kaye Lowe is the executive director of the Cedar Fairmount SID.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 10:54 AM, 02.18.2010

A commitment to tradition

Donations for the Heights Food Bank were accepted at the door as friends and neighbors gathered to enjoy the 12th annual pancake breakfast at the home of Kathy and Dick Dawson. This childhood tradition was reinvented to honor the memory of a departed friend, and continues annually to celebrate friends, family, love, hospitality, and a commitment to tradition.
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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 10:14 AM, 12.24.2008

Discover your Cleveland Heights-University Heights elementary school

Kindernet invites preschool families to visit kindergarten teachers and classrooms, meet the principal, tour the building, and learn more about their neighborhood school. All elementary schools will be open Friday, Nov. 13 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. 

Kindernet is a joint project of the PTA, CH-UH Early Childhood Department, the cities of Cleveland Heights and University Heights, Reaching Heights and the Heights Parent Center. Kindernet offers free programs and events for preschool children living in the CH-UH City School District.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 1:55 PM, 10.21.2009

Coventry 2009 Fall Playground Cleanup Day

Cleveland Heights residents Scott Jackson (left), Coventry P.E.A.C.E. President Erick Kaufman (center) and Ray Gonzalez (right) replace handrails on apparatus at the top of the hill, during Playground Cleanup Day, Oct. 10. The twice-yearly maintenance of the playground is managed and funded entirely by volunteers, and attracted about 50 workers this year, including students from Case Western Reserve and John Carroll universities.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 2:59 PM, 11.04.2009

Contractor helps to save his city

Driving down my street, the yellow and white colonial may have looked like just another abandoned house—one of the 1,000 or so in our city. But to me, it was an eyesore and an unsettling daily reminder of how things had gone so wrong. How the forces that were supposed to keep our social fabric intact had performed the bureaucratic equivalent of Nero fiddling while Rome burned. The new owner purchased it under questionable circumstances and lived there briefly; the house had been empty for five years. Despite the barred front door, the house had been broken into, the copper plumbing stripped; the back door and windows now boarded up. I wanted it torn down-boy was I wrong.
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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 12:26 PM, 07.21.2009

Cumberland Pool swim show is a splash

Every summer, for at least the last 45 years, Cumberland Pool in Cleveland Heights has hosted an annual water show. This year on Aug. 4, about 500 people enjoyed the evening show. 45 years ago, my wife was in the show, and for the last eight years my daughters and their friends have participated.

Based on photographic records, the tradition of a water show in Cleveland Heights dates back to 1944. At that time, the show featured elaborate sets and well-known movie stars. Today, the show features divers and synchronized swimmers who participate in the Cleveland Heights summer recreation program. The program is open to all ranging in age from 5 to 16.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 4:51 PM, 09.21.2009

Largest CH historic district in the works

In recent years local citizens have nominated many Cleveland Heights homes for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, an official listing of historic sites in the United States that are architecturally and historically significant and worthy of preservation.

The latest local effort was undertaken 18 months ago to rename the Forest Hill Allotment—the Grant W. Deming Forest Hill Allotment Historic District. With more than 650 homes, this would become the city’s largest historic district. The district comprises most of the area east of Coventry Road, west of Lee Road, north of Cedar Road, and south of Euclid Heights Boulevard and Superior Road.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 4:49 PM, 09.11.2009

Inglewood Historic District signs unveiled

From left to right  Cleveland Heights Council Members Dennis Wilcox, Ed Kelley, and Bonnie Caplan, Diane Wellman, Cleveland Heights Council Member Mark Tumeo, Mazie Adams, and Diana Woodbridge.
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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 11:34 AM, 09.21.2009

Old-fashioned porch wedding

When Michelle Miller and Rob Patrick purchased their 1898 Victorian home, they instantly knew that their wedding would happen on the charming 40-foot porch.

Located on the northwest corner of Somerton and Middlehurst roads in Cleveland Heights, the yellow and white home features a welcoming porch and highly fanciful details, including a three-story turret.

With a little imagination, the entire setting (except for the valet parking to serve 150 guests) easily transported one back to the turn of the 19th century when outdoor summer weddings were the norm.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 4:54 PM, 09.20.2009

Rebuilt HUD home impresses visitors

“I wish it was mine,” proclaimed Cleveland Heights author and longtime resident Marian Morton, referring to a recently renovated home on Westover Road. 

She was among more than 200 people who attended the Aug. 13 open house hosted by the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), the Cleveland Heights nonprofit that spearheaded the reclamation of this previously neglected property.  

The celebration marked the completion of an 18-month effort by HRRC’s subsidiary, Home in the Heights, to restore the house. During a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Ed Kelley, HRRC Board Chairman Mike Gaynier thanked the many partners for making the project possible. Then Project Manager David Hunter turned they keys over to new owners Nadelane Joseph and Mark Finkenbine.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 6:27 PM, 08.20.2009

Inglewood neighborhood achieves National Register status

The National Park Service has approved the Inglewood neighborhood's application to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The area is located north of Mayfield Road and is centered on Inglewood Drive and includes homes on Yellowstone, Oakridge, Quilliams, Glenwood and Cleveland Heights Boulevard.

The neighborhood will hold a celebration on Sept. 11.

Resident Diana Wellman completed the application, aided by neighbors Mazie Adams and Diana Woodbridge.

"Our history is something we can capitalize on," said Wellman, "It is what sets us apart from other communities."

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 12:12 PM, 08.27.2009

Inglewood neighborhood achieves National Register status

The Inglewood neighborhood has received word that its application to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places has been approved by the National Park Service. The area is located north of Mayfield Road and is centered on Inglewood Drive and includes homes on Yellowstone, Oakridge, Quilliams, Glenwood and Cleveland Heights Boulevard.

The neighborhood will hold a celebration on Sept. 11.

Resident Diana Wellman researched the neighborhood, aided by neighbors Mazie Adams and Diana Woodbridge, and prepared the application.

"Our history is something we can capitalize on," said Wellman, "It is what sets us apart from other communities."

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 10:30 AM, 08.20.2009

University Heights is the block party capitol

University Heights has to be the block party capitol of the country. Just telephone the University Heights Community Coordinator Walter Stinson and you are on your way. It can be as small as a few families pulling out a grill, lawn chairs and games for the children or as elaborate as neighbors chipping to rent rocket cars and clowns. If a police patrol car and fire engine are available, they will be there for children to explore, learn about and have tons of fun. And maybe, they will even get to blow the horn.
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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 10:24 AM, 07.26.2009

University Heights' Purvis Park provides summer fun

University Heights is less than two square miles in size, but what a pool we have! In fact, we have a complex of pools, waterfalls, a waterslide and a 2-meter high diving board. It is hot, it is sunny and there is lots of room for in and out of the water for everyone. Purvis Park Pool is the place to be for University Heights residents this summer. Come on in!

Anita Kazarian is a resident of University Heights and is a candidate for UH city council this fall.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 8:55 AM, 07.16.2009

Noble Nela Street Festival

Fun was had by all who attended the Noble Nela Street Festival in June. Photos by Deborah Edwards.
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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:38 AM, 06.29.2009

Former Millikin Elementary is neighborhood concern

Members of the Severance Neighborhood Organization are concerned about the condition of the former Millikin Elementary School building, 1700 Crest Road, Cleveland Heights. They say the grounds look unkempt and that, about two weeks ago, vandals broke windows and painted graffiti on the building.

The building is owned by the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education and the City of Cleveland Heights does not have jurisdiction over it. The structure has been vacant since the school was closed at the end of the 2005-2006 school year.
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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 3:35 PM, 05.04.2009

Multi-family [20+] garage sale = huge savings

Let's face it. The current economic status has everyone tightening their belts, and that means less of us are spending time at the mall. But thanks to some enterprising Cleveland Heights neighbors, not all of us have to go without.

On Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., several streets in the Coventry area are holding simultaneous garage sales. Over 20 families on Berkshire, E. Overlook, Edgehill Roads and Lincoln Boulevard will be doing their part to stimulate the local economy.

So if you're looking for a deal on tools, furniture, clothing, toys, and electronics, be sure to set aside time on June 6 to browse these beautiful neighborhoods and to pick up some bargains in the process!

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 8:55 PM, 05.19.2009

Oxford neighborhood organizing meeting

Neighbors helping neighbors was the theme of a recent meeting of Oxford School district residents.

Quality of life issues and a recent uptick in illegal activity in their neighborhood spurred over 30 residents to gather on March 22 at the home of Peggy Van Buskirk of Montford Road. The group represented a large area of streets bordered by Quilliams, Northampton, Montford, and Monticello roads.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 10:28 AM, 03.27.2009

New Severance-area association meets to discuss crime issues

Severance Neighborhood Organization, a new nonprofit with the mission of strengthening and revitalizing the Severance area of Cleveland Heights, held a panel discussion on crime on March 26 in Cleveland Heights City Council Chambers. More than 40 people attended.
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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:04 AM, 03.27.2009

Oxford neighbors share concerns with City

Fifty Oxford residents invited Cleveland Heights Councilman Mark Tumeo to hear their concerns about crime, unruly youth, and distressed properties the other night, and he vowed to go to bat for them at city hall.

During a March 30 meeting at Oxford Elementary School, Tumeo and Assistant City Manager Susanna Niermann O'Neil spoke candidly with the group about daily challenges in the community and how citizens and the city can work together to meet them.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 4:56 PM, 03.31.2009

Fundraiser for Coventry Street Arts Fair

Come to the Coventry Street Fair Fundraiser, A Taste of Coventry, at the B Side Lounge on Friday May 1st at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope with check or money order to CVSID, 2533 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., OH 44106. Tickets also available at select Coventry merchants and restaurants.
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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 2:18 PM, 03.30.2009

Meeting to discuss crime in the Severance neighborhood.

A meeting to talk about neighborhood crime, and what to do about it, will be held on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall. A Cleveland Heights police officer, a member of City Council and Jim Chriss, Cleveland State University sociology professor and expert on policing, will meet with residents answer questions and address neighborhood concerns. Police Chief Martin Lentz was invited to attend but at press time had not replied.
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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 11:20 PM, 02.18.2009

Heights homes risk foreclosure

Many Heights area homes have adjustable loans that make them a foreclosure risk, according to a project initiated by the nonprofit organization Neighborhood Progress Inc. The organization took information provided by a title company database to create a list of all adjustable rate mortgage loans in Cuyahoga County that would reset to a higher rate between July 2008 and August 2010. Over 1,000 of these loans are on homes in Cleveland Heights and University Heights, according to the database. Historically, these types of loans have a much higher foreclosure rate, as homeowners often default after the loan resets and payments increase
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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 4:27 PM, 02.17.2009

The donut man, Tom Sperl

Every year, Tom Sperl, bassist for the Cleveland Orchestra and Scarborough Road resident, invites several hundred of his closest friends, associates and absolute strangers to a donut party on his front lawn.  Orchestra folks, church friends, Oberlin bass students, neighborhood pals and an occasional politician turn up to enjoy hot, fresh donuts with delicious toppings, hot cider and coffee.  Sperl's donut machine makes approximately 400 donuts per hour.  Photographer Jay Levan took these photos of the Sperl familiy's annual gift to the community. More photos at
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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.24.2008

CH revitalization effort seeks to stabilize neighborhood

The city of Cleveland Heights has chosen a troubled section of East Derbyshire Road, one block between Lee Road and Cottage Grove Road, as the focus of a housing initiative that will convert existing two-family homes into renovated condominiums.
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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 1:16 PM, 10.25.2008

Exploring the neighborhood

Eighteen-month-old Vivian Portner of Kingston Road takes explores her Cleveland Heights neighborhood on a sunny fall day with her grammy's dog Nicoise.
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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 2:40 PM, 10.23.2008

Another new historic district for Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights’ wealth of historic houses provides one of the most compelling reasons so many residents choose to call it home. Many of these homes date to the early part of the last century and represent an unusually complete architectural expression of that era. A combination of devoted citizens, stringent city inspections, enduring craftsmanship, and a long sluggish economy have made Cleveland Heights’ built environment remarkably resilient by national standards. Yet the architectural legacy we have inherited is not sacrosanct. The recent wave of foreclosures and the ongoing public debate over the planned demolition of two World War I–era houses to enable a reworking of the traffic flow in and out of Zagara’s Marketplace illustrate that our city’s architectural fabric is a fragile resource that underpins our quality of life.
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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 8:10 AM, 09.20.2008

Halloween mania in the Heights

According to Unity Marketing Company Americans spent a whopping $3.2 billion on Halloween decorations in 2006.

Halloween decorations are in full swing in Cleveland Heights. These photos are just a slice of the great stuff you'll find on a walk or drive around town.

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 11:53 AM, 10.31.2008

Summer festivals make us smile

During the summer Heights residents hit the streets to celebrate. This year, seven street festivals were hosted by the commercial districts of Cedar-Fairmount, Cedar-Lee, Coventry and Noble-Nela. Each fair showcased the unique character and style of its neighborhood and attracted a multi-cultural, multi-age audience to enjoy free entertainment just a short walk from many of their homes. From sidewalk sales to culinary treats, from local bands to area nonprofits, from a pet parade to a fire juggler, Heights summer festivals offered an authentic experience like no other.
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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 4:44 PM, 08.29.2008

Zagara's Marketplace floats expansion plans by neighbors

John Zagara, owner of Zagara’s Marketplace on Lee Road, wants more parking for his customers and better traffic flow in his parking lot.

Zagara held a meeting July 23 at the CH-UH Main Library and presented a plan for easing parking lot congestion at his grocery store. He also received ideas and input from about 25 neighbors in attendance.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 10:05 PM, 07.23.2008

Heights Arts pulls away from Coventry idea

On July 22. Cleveland Heights arts organization Heights Arts stepped away from its idea of using the former Coventry Elementary School as a multi-tenant arts and nonprofit facility.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 10:00 AM, 07.23.2008

Seeking University Heights stories

The Heights Observer is seeking writers from University Heights to send in stories, events, and photos.

Spread the news, connect your neighbors, and strengthen your community.

Easy online article submission at "Member Center" or call the Heights Observer office for info: 320.1423.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 11:43 AM, 07.22.2008

Community gardening beats high food prices, celebrates diversity

Stories abound these days about urban gardening and transforming that big green square that is your lawn. With food prices on the rise, community gardening is ready for a comeback.

Cleveland Heights has three gardens of our own: the Canterbury Garden, the Oxford Garden, and the Hampshire Road Garden. That number could increase according to Lois Rose, master gardener and leader of the Hampshire Road Garden.
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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 3:56 PM, 06.28.2008

Zagara's wants more parking, holding planning meeting for residents on July 23

John Zagara, owner of Zagara’s Marketplace on Lee Road, wants more parking for his customers. The store’s parking lot needs more spaces, the traffic flow in the lot can be chaotic at times, and delivery trucks need more space to maneuver, he says. He has some planning ideas to ease the congestion, and he is inviting neighbors and residents to discuss them on Wednesday, July 23, 7:00 pm, at the CHUH Main Library.
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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 11:52 AM, 07.19.2008

Heights Circulator provides a vital link

With hundreds of residential units, and more than 1 million square feet in commercial space, Severance Town Center is “just what the doctor ordered,” as far as the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is concerned.

Expanded service to Severance Town Center on the Route #821 Circulator bus is an added benefit for riders of this route.


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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 2:50 PM, 05.27.2008

Neighbors question process to decide Coventry's future, float ideas for usage

The Coventry School Study Committee, meeting the public for the first and last time on May 13, will take back to its deliberations a good bit of citizen input. About 40 interested residents attended the meeting and many spoke to what they'd like to see the school become and how they perceive the work of the committee.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 9:00 PM, 05.14.2008

Budget cut spurs citizen action

Among the many cuts made by Cleveland Heights City Council to balance the budget were the landscaping, plantings and flower baskets that add to the quality of life in Cleveland Heights. This year, we won’t see the baskets of flowers gracing the gateway to Cleveland Heights on Cedar Glen or plantings on the medians on our boulevards, among other touches of beauty around the city that we have grown accustomed to.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 11:27 AM, 06.03.2008