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The Heights celebrates Bike Month

Inside the tent on Bike to Work Day 2016.

The Heights will once again be celebrating Bike Month in May, with local events planned to correspond with National Bike Month, established in 1956.

"Biking is on the upswing," said Mary Dunbar, a Cleveland Heights council member and former head of the Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC), which plays a major role in organizing Bike Month in Cleveland Heights. "Millennials don't want to own cars and prefer to ride bikes. In addition, 30 percent of Cleveland Heights people who head over to University Circle either walk or ride bikes."

Various activities will take place in and around Cleveland Heights and University Heights throughout the month, including Bike to Work Week and the Ride of Silence—a memorial to honor those injured or killed while riding their bicycles.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:23 AM, 04.25.2017

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Cedar Fairmount introduces parking changes

In conjunction with The Fairmount Wine Bar and Barrio restaurant, ASV Services, a valet provider, has established valet parking in the Cedar Fairmount district on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 4–9 p.m. This convenience will be available to those who wish to visit any of Cedar Fairmount businesses and don’t want to park themselves. The valet parking fee is $6.

Each weekend through October, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the city of Cleveland Heights has granted free parking in the Cedar Fairmount District, wherever there are parking meters—in the public garage, parking lots and at street meters.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:22 AM, 04.25.2017

UH unveils Cedar Taylor gateway preliminary plan

Within the plan, a new gateway sign welcoming people into University Heights is proposed.

On March 7, the city of University Heights held its first public meeting about the proposed gateway development of the Cedar-Taylor intersection.

This was the first of what is expected to be several meetings to gather public input. Beautification elements such as lighting, public art and plantings, and practical features such as benches, are all being considered as part of the plan.

Mayor Infeld noted at the meeting, “The historic Cedar-Taylor gateway, once the terminus of an electric trolley that stopped operating in the 1950s, deserves a statement entrance into University Heights.”

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:53 AM, 04.25.2017

Heights swim team receives national student-athlete award

Heights High swim and diving team members: (back row) Wesley Shumaker, Gabriel Duffy, Cody Radivoyevitch, Andrew Moore, Jacob Braverman, Zach Brust, Brian Hall and David Fleischer; (middle) Coach Dan Budin, Laynie Gosselin, Maria Tarnay, Nino Pereira and Melanie Graham; (front) Rory McClellan, Glennis Covault, Sylvia Snow-Rackley, Elena Rinaldi, Khalen Flowers, Jesse Gross and Erika Gifford. [not pictured: team members Schuyler Radivoyevitch, Ben Schuster, Montreal Watkins, Emma Hodges and Jessie Titas.]

The Heights High Swimming and Diving team embodies the term student-athlete. The team received The All-American Scholar Team Award from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) while maintaining a grueling practice schedule of 14–17 hours a week.

The 12-member girls’ team earned a collective GPA of 3.82 (unweighted); when taking into account the weighted grades from AP courses, the collective GPA was 4.3. The girls’ team received Gold-level recognition, placing it at the very top nationally.

In 2016, fewer than 60 of 16,000 teams received the Gold award.

The 12-member boys’ team received the Bronze-level award for team members’ academic accomplishments, placing it among the best-performing teams in the country.

Coach Dan Budin is extremely proud of the team. “Being on the swim team and diving team requires a major commitment of time and energy,” said Budin.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.18.2017

Introducing Peace Lutheran Church

Peace Lutheran Church will be located at 3740 Mayfield Road.

The members of Bethlehem and Hope Lutheran churches are swiftly moving ahead on their decision to consolidate ministries. In early April, during one of their monthly joint worship services, the congregations voted on the new name of the consolidated church, to be located in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, at 3740 Mayfield Road—Peace Lutheran Church.

Congregants selected this name after several votes were taken on the 80 names that had been nominated.

Various ad hoc committees are hard at work to consolidate the two ministries—each with 100-plus years of service—into one.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:57 AM, 04.18.2017

RoxArts 1950s-themed fundraiser is May 13

This year’s annual ROXARTS community fundraiser, which raises funds for arts enrichment in CH-UH schools, will be held on Saturday evening, May 13, at the B-Side Barcade and Lounge in Cleveland Heights. Park your machine outside, do up your nest, and come have a blast at ROX Rocks Around the Clock, a 1950s’ music-themed auction and benefit.

The evening will begin with a VIP party for cool cats, 6–7 p.m., featuring a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, and an early chance to view auction items. The benefit and live auction will follow, 7–10 p.m. Guests can expect food from local vendors, unlimited fine wine and craft beers, and—to cap off the night—the opportunity to bid on auction items that include rare-opportunity packages.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:03 AM, 04.18.2017

FutureHeights Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program awards four Cleveland Heights projects

FutureHeights held the fourth round of its Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program this spring, approving $2,700 in grants to support four projects in Cleveland Heights.

The grants are intended to spur small, grassroots projects to improve quality of life and build community. 

The awarded spring 2017 grants are: 

  • Young Entrepreneurs was awarded $400 for its Lego Robotics Pilot Program. The goal of the pilot is to create a community program in which students will use Lego robotics kits with the guidance of the Young Entrepreneurs leaders to strengthen their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Young Entrepreneurs hopes to build relationships and community through the program.    
  • The Cleveland Soup and Bread Experiment was awarded $400 for its monthly potluck program. The Cleveland Soup and Bread Experiment is led by a group of Cleveland Heights residents who are interested in connecting with neighbors through a shared meal of soup, which binds people together, and working toward alleviating hunger.
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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 12:40 PM, 04.11.2017

Reaching Heights hosts 26th annual community spelling bee on April 19

Reaching Heights invites Heights residents to celebrate public education, and the community, at its annual Reaching Heights Community Spelling Bee on Wednesday, April 19, 6:30–9 p.m. This free, family-friendly event will take place at Heights High’s Wiley campus auditorium.

Audience members will have the opportunity to listen to a string quartet, take chances on the raffle, and buy refreshments before the competition begins at 7 p.m. Then, they can choose their favorite team and share the tension as they deliver their guesses, letter by letter, hoping for the “ding” of success.
 
Three judges will adjudicate the spelling competition, in which 22 teams comprising three brave adults each will endure silly antics such as team costumes and a musical round.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 7:01 PM, 04.10.2017

Heights Observer begins 10th year of publication

This April, the Heights Observer, a citizen-journalism publication written by and for Heights residents, begins its tenth year of publication—Volume 10, Issue 4. As the Observer reaches this milestone, FutureHeights is taking a look back at the project’s goals and asks readers to give feedback through an online survey.

Readers can access the survey on the homepage of the FutureHeights website at www.futureheights.org.

The Heights Observer has its origins in a quarterly newsletter that FutureHeights began publishing in 2002. FutureHeights was founded as a nonprofit with a mission to preserve and strengthen neighborhoods and commercial districts in Cleveland Heights, and volunteers published the newsletter for its members, focusing on city planning, design quality and historic preservation. A strategic planning process in 2007 led to the creation of the Observer.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:28 AM, 04.03.2017

High school renovation on schedule as middle school plans take shape

A portion of the historic high school is incorporated into the high school's new east-side entrance.

As the renovation of Cleveland Heights High School nears completion, the district will enter the final part of its Phase I comprehensive school facilities renovation project and begin renovation of its two middle schools. The high school is on schedule to reopen to students in August. When school begins this fall, all district middle schoolers will attend the temporary campus at Wiley, 2181 Miramar Blvd., while construction begins at the Roxboro and Monticello buildings.

Construction on the two middle schools will take an estimated two years, with students returning to the renovated buildings at the start of the 2019–20 school year. At its Jan. 3 meeting, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education (BOE) approved the design schematic for the middle schools, created by architects Moody Nolan.

In November 2013, the Heights community passed Issue 81 to finance a bond to fund $134.8 million of the $157 million project. The Ohio Schools Facility Commission [OSFC] was to provide an 11 percent reimbursement of eligible costs, which would then assist the district in financing the renovation of its elementary school buildings, for which the community would also have to pass an additional bond issue.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 11:28 AM, 03.22.2017

University Heights considers Cedar Taylor gateway

The northeast corner of Cedar and Taylor roads. Photo by Eli Auerbach.

On March 7, a dozen University Heights residents joined Mayor Susan Infeld at University Heights City Hall as she introduced the city’s first Public Art Listening Session. The purpose of the community meeting was to present grant-eligible projects aimed at improving and beautifying various public spaces around the city. Infeld said she felt it was critical to the city's process to engage with the community in order to explore creative uses for the city’s public spaces.

The city recently applied for an Art Start grant, offered through the Ohio Arts Council. The grant awards recipients up to $5,000 with a one-to-one match.

This meeting focused on the intersection of Cedar and Taylor roads, and the adjoining business district. Specifically, the mayor and her staff are looking to improve the intersection’s northeast corner, the site of a building that was once home to a long-defunct Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 03.13.2017

Cleveland Heights adopts Master Plan

Cleveland Heights City Council voted unanimously on March 20 to adopt a new Master Plan as a long-term guide for the community’s development and revitalization.

The 250-page plan was prepared by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission during a 16-month period that included three community meetings attended by about 230 people. At its March 20 meeting, CH City Council committed to begin implementing the plan immediately.

Among the plan’s more noteworthy recommendations are the following:

Mayfield Corridor Innovation District. As part of a strategy to increase jobs and tax revenues, the plan proposes targeting the Mayfield Road corridor as an “innovation district,” building off of its connection to University Circle and re-using some of the corridor’s currently under-utilized buildings.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 2:27 PM, 03.22.2017

Cleveland Heights crime rates stable in most categories for 2016

Overall crime trend in Cleveland Heights, 2011-2016

While the number of property crimes in Cleveland Heights continued a four-year downward trend in 2016, the overall number of violent crimes increased last year for the first time since 2012.

Three murders were committed in the city last year, the same as in 2015. Nine rapes were reported, compared to eight the previous year. But there were 83 robberies, up from 53 in 2015; and 55 aggravated assaults compared to 33 the year before.

Police Chief Annette Mecklenburg said citizens shouldn't be alarmed by the increase. "We'd love the rates to keep going down until we're at zero crime, but it doesn't work that way," she said, emphasizing that it doesn't mean the city’s streets are less safe.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 11:30 AM, 03.22.2017

Heights senior soloists to take the stage

Senior soloist and percussionist Andrew Bell.

Heights High’s Instrumental Music Department (IMD) presents its Spring Concert Series on the Wiley Campus.

Part I, on Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., will feature the Concert Band, Symphonic Band and the Concert Orchestra. Part II, on Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., will feature the Symphonic Winds and the Heights High Symphony, with senior soloists Andrew Bell on percussion and William van den Bogert on piano. Both concerts are preceded by Chamber Ensembles at 6:30 p.m.

Andrew Bell began his musical endeavors as a third-grader at Fairfax Elementary School, and has since studied with Chris Vandall and Thomas Haywood at the Fairmount School of Music, and with Fairfax school music teacher Bob Adamson. Since entering high school, Bell has been the principal percussionist in the Symphonic Winds, and head percussionist for the school’s marching band drumline since sophomore year.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 7:31 PM, 03.30.2017

A preview of May Preservation Month events

May is National Preservation Month and, for the 15th year, the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, Cleveland Heights Historical Society and Heights Libraries will be celebrating the rich history and architecture of the Heights through a series of lectures, workshops and tours.

A complete listing of events will appear in the May issue of the Heights Observer. Highlighted below are two programs—one scheduled for early May, and a May 20 tour that requires advance registration, and is sure to fill up:

Monday, May 1, 7 p.m., Cleveland Heights House History Workshop

Using local research tools and online sites, this workshop will teach participants how to research their home’s history, including when it was built and by whom, past owners and historic photos. Learn how to use Plain Dealer indexes to find out what may have happened at a property—home sales, lost pets, society events and more.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:45 PM, 03.30.2017

Cedar Fairmount streetscape project to begin in April

View of expanded sidewalk area along Fairmount Boulevard. Image courtesy Cedar Fairmount SID.

After a year’s delay, the Cedar Fairmount Streetscape and Cedar Road Resurfacing project is set to begin in April. The city awarded a $3.99 million contract to Perk Company Inc. in January.

According to Joseph Kickel, assistant to the director of public works for Cleveland Heights, the project was designed as two separate projects with multiple funding sources for each, but was combined into one in order to reduce costs and construction time. Of the total project cost, the resurfacing portion will be $2.95 million and the streetscape $1.04 million.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 4:52 PM, 03.20.2017

Don't stop believing

This is not my daughter. And it's not the Easter bunny that my daughter tried to win. It's not even my photo. I found it on ebay.com. But it is a cute little girl, and a giant Easter bunny. I mean, the last time I bought a new wallet, I just kept the pictures in it that came with it . . .

The April of when my daughter was 5, in 1992, we walked into our neighborhood supermarket, the Cedar-Fairmount Russo’s—or maybe it was Giant Eagle already, but I don’t think it was Dave’s yet—and her eyes immediately locked onto a giant stuffed Easter bunny that was sitting on a table near the entrance. She asked me why it was there. I explained that the store was holding a kids coloring contest for which the prize was that very toy, and that if she wanted to enter the contest, we’d pick up the form—a coloring-book-type line drawing of an Easter bunny—on our way out.

A couple of days later, we went back to the store and submitted her entry. I shopped at that store every two or three days back then, usually with my daughter. Starting the day we returned her entry, every time we arrived at the store and saw more and more of the contestants’ pictures on the walls, she became increasingly anxious and started telling me, every time, how much she hoped she’d win and how sad she would feel if she didn’t.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 5:45 PM, 03.30.2017

University Heights has funds to purchase a new ladder truck

University Heights taxes are among the highest in Ohio. We pay these taxes because we expect excellent city services from our elected officials in return.

I believe the most critical services for our densely populated city are our safety forces: fire, police and EMS. Mayor Susan Infeld wears a second hat as safety director for University Heights. In that role, she ensures that our fire department has current equipment and trucks.

Our fire department has an aging ladder truck, and I believe our high taxes warrant the purchase of a Rolls Royce-style truck. While our city many not need such a high-end version, for our tax money the least UH residents should expect is a new, fully equipped truck with all the bells and whistles our firefighters request.

In fact, UH residents paid so much in taxes that the fire department had $800,000 left over from its 2016 budget that went back into the city’s coffers. A new ladder truck does not even come close to costing that much. We have the funds.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 7:05 PM, 03.30.2017

Rebuilding the infrastructure of democracy

From the local to the global, the ability of people to govern ourselves has been under assault for many decades. We can expect this to intensify for multiple reasons, including:

  • Business corporations seeking huge profits by converting what once had been “public” to “private” (called privatization, though a more descriptive term would be “corporatization”), including traditional public assets such as water and sewer systems, roads, police and fire protection, airports, hospitals and schools.
  • Individuals looking to increase their power, status and/or privileges by concentrating decision-making from many ("We the People" and government) to a few (their own) hands.
  • Continual legal and constitutional definitions that further restrict and redefine “public” arenas as other “p” words: private, property, proprietary, privileged—and thus [place them] beyond the reach of public planning, shaping and evaluation.
  • A national government that uses the excuse of “terrorism” to stifle dissent, intimidate dissenters and interrupt efforts of self-determination, even at the local level.
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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 7:15 PM, 03.30.2017

Heights Libraries and HCC present April 28 fair housing program

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Popularly known as the Fair Housing Act, it prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, and gender.

On April 28, at 7 p.m., Heights Libraries is partnering with Heights Community Congress (HCC) to celebrate fair housing month with program that will examine the current state of fair housing. The program will take place at the Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Road.

The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged (call 216-321-6775).

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 5:51 PM, 03.30.2017

Teachers union draws on parent input in contract negotiations

Last school year the Cleveland Heights Teachers Union conducted a listening project with various parent groups throughout our community. Our purpose was to find out what parents like about their child’s school as well as what they believe needs to be changed. In March 2016, I reported out some of our findings in the Heights Observer.

In preparing for contract negotiations last spring, the concerns we heard from parents were fresh in our minds. The first union issue brought to the negotiating table was “How can we ensure the success of our partnerships with parents and the community?”

We advocated for a wrap-around services commission dedicated to coordinating supports that outside agencies offer in our schools. From our own knowledge and discussions with parents, we know that there are great things happening in all of our schools. However, sometimes a need exists that is not filled.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 7:11 PM, 03.30.2017

School vouchers do not support public education

Senator Rob Portman voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as secretary of education, despite a fervent outcry from his constituents—including me and the Heights Coalition for Public Education. He defended the decision on his website, saying DeVos had expressed her commitment to “strongly support public education.” And he liked her embrace of local control.

She sure fooled him. The DeVos agenda supports neither public education nor local control.

Shortly after taking office, DeVos and her boss announced their commitment to making vouchers the centerpiece of their education plan. Rather than advancing civil rights by investing in our public schools, for them the road to equality is giving more poor children the same opportunity as the wealthy to reject public schools.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 7:09 PM, 03.30.2017

Teachers deserve to be well-paid

To the Editor:

I attended the school board meeting March 7 to clarify some information I had read. I asked for confirmation of the contracts offered to Superintendent Dixon and Treasurer Gainer. These contracts total $2.5 million for the next 5 years. No one could or would answer my question. [Board of Education President] Register replied that he did not have the figures in front of him, and asked for me to contact him further. I did the next day. He responded with a phone call requesting me to put my request in writing and submit it to Mr. Gainer. I did this also. I left a letter for Mr. Gainer on Monday, March 13. No response as of yet.

[Editor’s note: This letter was submitted on March 14; as of March 23, the letter writer said she had not received a response. On March 23, Scott Gainer said in an e-mail that a response was sent “to her home address by mail earlier this week.”]

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 7:21 PM, 03.30.2017

Law professor's talk will explore bystander duty laws on April 27

Law professor Amos N. Guiora.

Forest Hill Church is co-sponsoring a presentation by Amos N. Guiora on “Complicity: The Role of the Bystander in the Holocaust” in the auditorium of B'nai Jeshurun Congregation, on Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

A professor of law and a child of the Holocaust, whose parents are concentration camp survivors, Guiora will address the bystander-victim relationship from both a personal and legal perspective. He examines not only the Holocaust but also campus sexual assault cases and other crimes where witnesses failed to come to the victims’ aid.

Complicity: The Role of the Bystander in the Holocaust, is also the title of Guiora’s new book, which considers whether society should impose a legal duty to act on bystanders who witness a crime, or simply rely on the bystander’s sense of moral responsibility.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:42 PM, 03.30.2017

New law makes bicycling safer

Ohio motorists are now required by law to give 3 feet of clearance when passing bicyclists. House Bill 154 went into effect on March 21, after the legislature passed it and Gov. John Kasich signed the bill into law. The previous law required a safe passing distance for vehicles overtaking other vehicles, but did not specify what that distance would be and did not mention bicycles specifically.

The new law:

  • Defines the “safe distance” by which Ohio motorists must pass bicyclists as at least 3 feet.
  • Permits any Ohio vehicle to proceed through an intersection after stopping and yielding right-of-way, when not detected by the device meant to move the signal from red to green.
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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:32 PM, 03.30.2017

Dobama ends season with 'Hand to God'

Two of the "stars" of Dobama's upcoming "Hand to God."

When playwright Robert Askins was asked how he felt about having the most-produced play in U.S. regional theaters during 2016–17, he responded that he was “totally shocked [because] I think that the puppet play, especially the aggressive, religious, sexual puppet play, is just not a genre we have in the American theatre.”

Dobama Theatre will conclude its 57th Main Stage season with Askins’ popular Tony-nominated and Obie Award-winning “Hand to God,” a play about a Christian ministry in Cypress, Texas, where a possessed sock-puppet named Tyrone creates chaos. Opening on Friday, April 21, this thriller/hilarious puppet drama about the conflicting forces of repression and honesty will have audiences gasping in both shock and laughter.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 5:44 PM, 03.30.2017

Bremec purchases will benefit HRRC April 28–30

Bremec on the Heights Garden Center, 13410 Cedar Road, will host its annual fundraising event to benefit the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) April 28–30.

Spring is the perfect time to spruce up lawns and gardens, so why not help HRRC while shopping for plants and other outdoor supplies? During the three-day event, Bremec will donate a portion of all purchases to HRRC, the Cleveland Heights-based nonprofit that strives to empower homeowners to repair and maintain their homes in support of diverse and sustainable communities.

From their selection of plants to garden decor and supplies, Bremec on the Heights is geared toward the needs of the urban homeowner. It also offers organic alternatives for sustainable gardening—organic fertilizer and pest control, rain barrels and compost bins, and more.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:25 PM, 03.30.2017

Pancake breakfast to benefit Heights schools is April 9

Chris Cakes flips a pancake for a customer at the 2013 Alumni Pancake Breakfast.

Calling all alumni, staff, families and supporters of Heights Schools—and fans of pancakes! The 21st annual Community Pancake Breakfast will take place on April 9, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Heights High’s Wiley campus.

The Heights Schools Foundation (formerly the alumni foundation) invites attendees to enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast to benefit opportunity grants for every school in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.

Guests will enjoy the grill stylings of master flipper Chris Cakes, and the morning will also feature raffles of Heights Gear spirit wear baskets. A short program at 11 a.m. will include the presentation of grants for needs across the district. A large selection of spirit wear will also be available for purchase.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:23 PM, 03.30.2017

French Toast Breakfast to benefit nonprofit Coit Road Market is April 8

The Coit Road Farmers Market's Annual French Toast Breakfast will be on Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. to noon. Ten bucks gets you three slices of French toast and maple syrup, with a choice of bacon or chicken sausage, and coffee or apple cider. Plates will be provided for those who want to share with children under 10. As always, this meal is made using all locally produced ingredients.

Located for 84 years at 1500 Woodworth Road, near East 152nd Street and Noble Road, the market is non-profit and community-based. Its mission is to provide residents of Cleveland’s urban East Side and inner-ring suburbs with access to affordable, locally grown, farm-fresh products. Ohio Direction Card users get $20 worth of food for $10 charged to their card each day they shop at the market.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:48 PM, 03.30.2017

Not-exactly-annual Haiku Death Match set for April 8

In the 2015 Haiku Death Match, former CH Council Member Jeff Coryell faced off against Dianne Borsenik.

Poetry, theater, talent show and jousting match rolled into one: Heights Arts presents its fifth Haiku Death Match on Saturday, April 8, at 7 p.m., at Dobama Theatre. Eight of the region’s best and bravest writers of the ancient Japanese 17-syllable form will battle one another in a fierce competition for audience approval.

Competing in pairs, two poets will each read an original haiku aloud, and the audience will vote for the poem they like best. Low-scoring contestants will be eliminated, and the last poet standing will be declared Haiku Death Match Master.

“This is a contest where your vote really counts,” said Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Christine Howey, who will be on hand, though not competing. “The audience decides who deserves to be the 2017 Haiku Death Match Master, and believe me, every syllable matters!”

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 5:41 PM, 03.30.2017

Letter writer was 'nauseated and surprised'

To the Editor:

No thanks for the letter you printed titled "Democracy Day was entertaining, and informative" [March 2017 issue]. It was mean-spirited from the start. The writer began by slinging mud on the good intentions of good people. He stated that they were there [at the annual Democracy Day hearing] to restrict the first amendment. Untrue.

He follows this with two bad analogies. One about the inner workings of the minds of the judges. At the same time insulting the intelligence of anyone there by doubting that any of them had read the decision. Maybe he read it maybe not.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 7:19 PM, 03.30.2017

Annual Home Remodeling Fair returns in April

Are you looking for home repair advice or home remodeling ideas? Are you tired of being “sold” expensive solutions for problems you might not have? The Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) invites homeowners to attend this year’s Home Remodeling Fair, on Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This free, informative annual event is presented by HRRC in cooperation with the city of Cleveland Heights.

The fair features “Ask an Expert” tables, where professionals from many repair specialties (plumbing, roofing, HVAC, lawn care and more) will answer questions and give free advice.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:21 PM, 03.30.2017

WOW kicks off year two on April 23

2016 Kick Off group shot.

Women out Walking (WOW), an initiative of the Cleveland Heights Parks and Recreation Department, is set to kick off its second year on Sunday, April 23, 2–4 pm., at the CH Community Center.

WOW offers various activities to help women get healthy and fit, including yoga, tai chi and self-defense, while meeting new people and exploring Cleveland Heights parks.

The free 12-week program is limited to 150 women, so sign up soon.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 03.30.2017

St. Paul's preschool hosts April 17 open houses

St. Paul's Cooperative Preschool offers nature play every day. [photo: Deb Binkofsky]

Saint Paul's Cooperative Preschool is planning two open house sessions on Monday, April 17, at 9:30–10:30 a.m. and 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Families are invited to explore the preschool and learn about its programs, ranging from a separation class for children who will be 2½ by Dec. 31 to a pre-K class for those nearly ready for kindergarten. St. Paul’s offers both morning and afternoon options.

St. Paul's Cooperative Preschool offers children the chance to get outside and experience nature in its children's playground space. In addition to full-size playground equipment, playhouses and toys, the area features trees and open green space to entice little explorers. The school makes unstructured outdoor play a part of every day, except when it’s raining or extremely cold.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:11 PM, 03.30.2017

UH resident joins Beaumont's advancement staff

Christy Salata has joined Beaumont School’s advancement department as associate director of alumnae relations.

“We are excited to have Christy join our staff in this very important position for the Beaumont advancement effort. Keeping our alumnae connected and engaged is critical for us. We tell our alumnae that they are part of Beaumont for four years, but they are part of the Beaumont family forever,” said Gerard P. Grim, Beaumont’s director of advancement.

Salata holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Notre Dame, and earned a master’s in community counseling from John Carroll University (JCU). She most recently worked at JCU.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:16 PM, 03.30.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 3-7-2017

MARCH 7, 2017

  • Early childhood staff
  • Public comments
  • Superintendent’s advisory task force
  • Board classroom visits
  • Policy changes
  • Field trips
  • Facilities renovation change orders
  • Facility use fees
  • Board president’s comments
  • FAC discussion
  • Funds diverted to charter schools
  • Reaching Heights Spelling Bee

Board members Ron Register, Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Talisa Dixon, superintendent, and Scott Gainer, treasurer.

The meeting opened at 7:08 p.m., preceded by an executive session, and ended at 8:58 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:12 AM, 04.10.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education and Cleveland Heights City Council joint meeting highlights 2-27-2017

FEBRUARY 27, 2017

  • Board of Education
  • Cleveland Heights City Council

School board members Ron Register, president; Kal Zucker, vice president; Jim Posch; Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Talisa Dixon was also present.

City council members Cheryl Stephens, mayor; Jason Stein, vice mayor; Mary Dunbar; Carol Roe; Kahlil Seren; Michael Unger and Melissa Yasinow were present. City Manager Tanisha Briley was also present.

The meeting was held from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:10 AM, 04.10.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 2-21-2017

FEBRUARY 21, 2017

  • Update on middle schools facilities project
  • Board members’ questions on the project

All board members were present: Ron Register, president; Kal Zucker, vice president; Jim Posch; Eric Silverman; and Beverly Wright. Also present were Talisa Dixon, superintendent; and Scott Gainer, treasurer.

The meeting opened at 7:05 p.m., preceded by an executive session, and ended at 7:55 p.m., followed by an executive session for union negotiations.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:08 AM, 04.10.2017

Roxboro music students perform at Coventry library

Roxboro Middle School music students post-concert at the Coventry Village Library.

The Coventry Village Library was the venue for a community concert on a sunny Sunday afternoon in early March. String, wind and brass students in Roxboro Middle School's Instrumental Music Department performed in small ensembles for their families and library patrons in the building’s large, ornate reading room.

Cellist Pamela Kelly, the parent of a Roxboro cellist, conceived and organized the concert to give students the opportunity to perform the music they would play at the Cleveland Solo and Ensemble Contest on March 11.

Roxboro’s orchestra conductor Nicole Clouser, band conductor Paul Hungerford, and string coach Stew Pharis were present to help run the concert and help the students polish their performances for the competition.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:09 PM, 03.30.2017

Fairfax students explore the state capitol and zoo

Sierra Green, Tamya Wallace, Austin Gallagher and Lelynd Chapman at the zoo.

On March 2, Fairfax Elementary School’s fourth-graders arrived at school more than an hour before the first bell to board a charter bus bound for Columbus.

By late morning, 40 students from three classrooms, plus eight chaperones, arrived at the Ohio State House. The group went on a 90-minute tour of the capitol building, marveling at the height of the ceiling in the famed rotunda and admiring the 1857 painting “The Battle of Lake Erie.”

Students were officially recognized when they visited the senate chambers, an event entered into the state ledger, forever immortalizing their visit.

They had the opportunity to meet with Janine Boyd, their local representative, who claimed the meeting was the “highlight of her day.” She encouraged the children to work hard in school, ask questions, and pay attention to current events so that one day they, too, might serve in the Ohio legislature.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:14 PM, 03.30.2017

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-6-2017

MARCH 6, 2017

  • Public comments
  • Mayor’s report
  • Garbage truck purchase
  • Bids for 2017 road program
  • Small cell towers
  • Sanctuary cities
  • Cedar Road project

Present were Mayor Susan Infeld, vice mayor Susan Pardee, and council members Pamela Cameron, John Rach, Steven Sims and Mark Wiseman. Councilman Philip Ertel and Councilwoman Michele Weiss were absent. Also present were Law Director Luke McConnell and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas.

The meeting was held from 7:10 to 8:53 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:03 AM, 04.10.2017

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-21-2017

FEBRUARY 21, 2017

  • Public comments
  • Mayor’s report
  • State of the City Address
  • Street beautification
     

Present were Mayor Susan Infeld, Vice Mayor Susan Pardee, and council members Pamela Cameron (arrived after roll call), Phil Ertel, John Rach, Steven Sims and Mark Wiseman. Also present were Law Director Luke McConnell and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas.

The meeting was held from 7:05 to 8:15 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:59 AM, 04.10.2017

New program will assist senior homeowners

Last year, the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center collaborated with three other senior service agencies—the Community Partnership on Aging, the Maple Heights Senior Center and Solon Senior Services—to develop a program that will better assist older homeowners with the upkeep and maintenance necessary to remain independent and safe within their homes.

The initiative, funded in part by a senior center innovation grant from the Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services, is in response to a call for innovation in senior centers as the aging population changes due to the large number of baby boomers now entering older adulthood.

The result of this collaboration, the CARE Program, is set to launch in April and will be open to seniors in the communities served by the participating senior service agencies, which include Cleveland Heights, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Solon and South Euclid.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:01 PM, 03.30.2017

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers at University Heights City Hall. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

April 6: Dee Perry, who recently retired after 40 years on Cleveland’s airwaves, has logged more than 10,000 interviews on the radio. She also served as program host for “Sound of Applause” on WVIZ Ideastream (Channel 25), which celebrates the visual and performing arts and examines current events through an artistic lens. Perry will look back on 20 years of covering arts and culture in Northeast Ohio, and her plans for the future, which include painting, photography, and writing songs and plays.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:06 PM, 03.30.2017

CH Senior Center News

A screen painting. [photo Nikki Evans]

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A complete schedule of programs is published in the community center’s newsletter, which is available at Cleveland Heights City Hall, local libraries, the community center and online at www.clevelandheights.com.

Starting this April, SAC offers new arts programming:

On Saturday April 15, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Screen Painting Workshop will teach the century-old traditional Baltimore folk art, which also enhances the privacy of one’s home. Bring a window screen (and a snack) to the workshop—one you think passersby can see through easily. After you’ve painted it, no one will be able to see in, but you will still see out.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:03 PM, 03.30.2017

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 2-20-2017

FEBRUARY 20, 2017

  • Fiscal officer’s report
  • Personnel report
  • Mobile hot spots and safe place designation
  • Youth services outreach

Present were President Ron Holland, Vice President Abby Botnick, Secretary Chris Mentrek and board member Suzann Moskowitz. Susan Beatty, Max Gerboc and Jim Roosa were absent.

The meeting was held from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:15 AM, 04.10.2017

What’s going on at your library?

Noble Neighborhood Library
2800 Noble Road, 216-291-5665

Friday, April 7, 1:30–3 p.m.

Share Your Story: CH-UH Resident Interviews. Are you a longtime resident of Cleveland Heights or University Heights? Would you like to share your experiences living in these cities? Sign up to be interviewed and recorded to share your story with others. Registration required at www.heightslibrary.org.

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

Monday, April 24, 6:30–8 p.m.

Deaf Gathering. This social hour is for the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as those interested in learning more about deaf culture. An interpreter will be provided.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 5:54 PM, 03.30.2017

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-6-17

MARCH 6, 2017

  • New safety personnel sworn in
  • Public comments
  • Bids for street work
  • Securing power supply rate
  • Liquor control notices
  • Zoning appeals
  • Energy conservation project
  • Non-bank ATM regulations
  • Employee compensation, benefits
  • City manager and design academy
  • Public meetings
  • State budget impact on local government

All council members were present: Mayor Cheryl L. Stephens, Vice Mayor Jason Stein,  Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Kahlil Seren, Michael N. Ungar and Melissa Yasinow.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 04.10.2017

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-21-2017

FEBRUARY 21, 2017

  • Liquor permit
  • Fire department 2016 report
  • Police department 2016 report
  • Loan approval
  • Mutual aid agreements
  • Sanctuary city, rental issues
  • Mayor’s comments

Mayor Cheryl L. Stephens, Vice Mayor Jason Stein, and Council members Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Kahlil Seren and Melissa Yasinow were present. Michael N. Ungar was absent.

The meeting lasted from 7:36 to 8:38 pm.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.10.2017

Burgess aims to expand HYC membership

Beverly Burgess is director of the Heights Youth Club.

Beverly Burgess’s ambitions for Heights Youth Club (HYC) are straightforward: Reach more of the youth of Cleveland Heights, University Heights and South Euclid with the after-school programming she has been overseeing as the club’s director since November.

Burgess, who joined HYC as assistant director in February 2016, said that the club currently has about 200 members. The sign-up fee, posted on a recruitment sign on the club's, front door, is just $10. Another sign on the door makes clear that the first order of business when a young person arrives at the club on a Monday through Friday afternoon is to do his or her homework for the day, and then move on to more fun activities. On the last day of February, those activities included a poetry slam honoring Black History Month.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:17 PM, 03.22.2017

Heights Community Congress celebrates Fair Housing Month

What does “neighborhood” mean to you?  Is it a place where you feel at home, where you can raise a family? Is it a place where you know people and they know you, where you shop, eat, live?  We all have different ideas of what neighborhood means, and Heights Community Congress (HCC) invites the community to explore two different perspectives of what constitutes a neighborhood, as the Cleveland Heights-based nonprofit celebrates Fair Housing Month.

HCC is proud to once again be a Community Partner of the Cleveland International Film Festival, which opens its 41st year at the end of March. HCC will sponsor two screenings of “Voices of the Hill,” directed by Carla LynDale Carter-Bishop, on Friday, March 31 at 4:05 p.m. and on Sunday, April 2, at 1:05 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:10 PM, 03.22.2017

CLE Urban Winery expands its operation

The expansion will double the size of the winery's storefront.

CLE Urban Winery, located at 2180B Lee Road, has expanded into adjacent space. The expansion will not increase the size of the public tasting room, but will enable the winery to increase its on-site production and storage space.

“Everything is going very well for us, and I am ready to take the next step,” said Destiny Burns, owner of the winery.

She has a license that enables her to self-distribute wine in the state of Ohio. “We really want to expand our production and bring on more businesses who will sell our wine.”

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 11:22 AM, 03.21.2017

Noble Road resurfacing project gets underway

Noble Road will be resurfaced from where it begins at Mayfield Road to Cleveland Heights’ northern border with East Cleveland. Cuyahoga County is overseeing the $2.947 project, which is completely funded by the county, including engineering, administration and construction costs.

C. A. Agresta Construction Co. won the contract, and will begin work in April. Construction is expected to be completed by October.

According to Mike Tworzydlo, area construction manager for Cuyahoga County, the road resurfacing will include repairing the underlying structure and replacing curb ramps so that they are ADA compliant. Any broken curbs will be repaired. Although there was some initial discussion about adding bike lanes to Noble Road, this is not part of the project. The road will be re-striped to match what is currently there.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:10 PM, 03.20.2017

Heights Libraries designated a 'Safe Place' for kids in crisis

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is now a designated Safe Place for youths in crisis. Each library branch will display the yellow-and-black Safe Place sign, which signifies immediate help and safety for young people.

“Libraries are already great places for kids and teens, with programs and materials that cater to their interests and educational needs, and staff members trained to work them,” said librarian Sara Phillips, the library’s Safe Place point person. “That’s why Karen McHenry, manager of Bellefaire JCB’s Homeless and Missing Youth Program, thought the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library would be a perfect candidate to become an official Safe Place for youth.”

“There are already lots of kids here,” said McHenry. “The library is already a safe place for kids, so this Safe Space training and designation just makes it official.”

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:09 PM, 03.20.2017

Heights High presents 'Much Ado About Nothing' March 23–25

The cast of the Heights High production of "Much Ado About Nothing." 

The Heights High Theater Department will present performances of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” March 23–25, 7 p.m., in the school’s Wiley auditorium.

“This is a funny show with witty comedy and intense drama,” said David Jurns, the show’s director and theater department teacher. “It's about love, betrayal, and the awkwardness of finding out you wanted something that you would have sworn you never would.”

In this production, the show is set in the late 1960s/early ’70s, during the hippie movement and the Vietnam War. Vocalist and guitarist Grant Heineman will provide live period music, and costume designer Beth Jurns has created hippie-style costumes for the cast.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 7:08 PM, 03.19.2017

Burning River Baroque to perform at Stone Oven on March 23

Burning River Baroque, a nonprofit early-music group, will return to Cleveland Heights on Thursday, March 23, with “On the Brink of Insanity: Portrayals of Women as Mad, Crazy, and Unhinged.” The program will be performed at 6:30 p.m., at the Stone Oven, 2267 Lee Road; free-will donations will be gratefully accepted.

Dramatic musical works often contain scenes of overwhelming emotion in which male characters are portrayed as being consumed by power. When women are overcome with emotion, however, male composers often attribute madness or craziness to them.

In this program, Burning River Baroque will present a selection of works by George Frideric Handel, John Eccles, and Henry Purcell in which women’s passions and emotional expressions render them unhinged in the eyes of their creators. A set of Sephardic folk songs will depict ways in which female narrators describe various types of insanity.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 7:07 PM, 03.19.2017

Reaching Heights honors community partners at annual meeting

Dave Tabor and Saroya Queen-Tabor (center) were each recognized individually as a Friend of Public Education. They are flanked by Talisa Dixon (left), superintendent of the CH-UH City School District, and Krista Hawthorne, executive director of Reaching Heights.

Hellos, goodbyes and thank-yous dominated the Reaching Heights Annual Meeting in January. Two board members finished their terms and five new board members were welcomed.

The evening’s theme, Honoring A Caring Community, continued with the presentation of the Friend of Public Education award to two community members who happen to be a married couple, Dave Tabor and Saroya Queen-Tabor.

Next, Bryan Barrett, owner of Bryan’s Marathon and a Heights High alumnus, received the Outstanding Community Partner award for employing Heights students and supporting school activities.

Finally, the Reaching Heights staff and board, and the community, thanked Lisa Hunt, who resigned as assistant director of Reaching Heights to accept a parent-engagement position with the CH-UH City School District.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:40 AM, 03.18.2017

CHHS and JCU host Community Day March 18

Cleveland Heights High School (CHHS) and John Carroll University are hosting a Community Day at Heights High's Wiley campus on Saturday, March 18, from noon to 2 p.m. The event will include an unveiling of a Cleveland skyline mural, food, games for children, short performances, speakers and ice-breaker activities. The event is free.

Community Day has been planned by the Social Justice Cadre that comprises 14 CHHS students and eight JCU students from the university's Arrupe Scholars Program that focuses on developing leaders for social action.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:26 AM, 03.16.2017

Beaumont School to host 2017 benefit gala on April 1

Beaumont School will host its 2017 Beaumont Gala on Saturday, April 1, at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights.

All proceeds from the event will directly benefit Beaumont students at Beaumont, enabling the school to provide a scholarship to each student, provide tuition assistance to those in need, and provide operating expenses for the school.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m., with Celebrant Reverend Donald Oleksiak leading a liturgy in the Landerhaven rotunda. At 6:30 p.m. a cocktail reception and silent auction will begin in the atrium. Dinner, a live auction and a mission drive will commence at 8:15 p.m., in the ballroom. The evening’s events will also include a wine pull, gift card grab, heads or tails game, and two raffle opportunities.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 7:06 PM, 03.13.2017

Revive on Lee Road to close in April

After 10 years on Lee Road, owner Lisa Dunn will close Revive sometime in April.

Lisa Dunn, owner of Revive, has announced that the independent fair-trade boutique will close in April. Dunn opened the store, at 2248 Lee Road, in 2006.

In a press release, Dunn cited the 2016 street construction on Lee Road as a factor in the store’s closing, stating that several months of reduced traffic flow and sales volume left the business unable to recoup those losses.

“After 10 years doing business in our wonderful community of Cleveland Heights, this was not an easy decision to make,” said Dunn. “We are grateful, both to our customers for their decade of support, and to the artisans we work with for their meaningful partnerships. Our hope is that our patrons continue to support fair trade and social justice in any way they can.”

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:56 AM, 03.08.2017