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CH Happy 5K and Fun Run on Oct. 8 will benefit youth scholarship fund

The city of Cleveland Heights recognizes the need to provide an opportunity for all children in the community to participate in its youth and teen recreation programs. Not all families can afford the associated costs of such participation, however. That is why the Youth Scholarship Fund was established—to make recreation programs more accessible to those Cleveland Heights children in need.

The Cleveland Heights Parks and Recreation Department administers the scholarship and hosts the Cleveland Heights Happy 5K, 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run as a means of raising scholarship funds.

This year’s race will take place on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. The race is a fun run for all ages and abilities, as well as a chip-timed race for the competitive runner.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 10:39 AM, 09.19.2017

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Bookmobile's last ride was Aug. 31

University Heights Branch Manager Sara Phillips, Youth Services Librarian Hannah Van Jura, and Security Guard and bookmobile driver Keith Acey (from left).

For nearly a year, University Heights residents visited “Nellie,” a 1995 Freightliner Chassis turned bookmobile, to check out books and other library materials.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System purchased Nellie—named for popular former Heights Librarian Nell Lynch—in June 2016, to provide University Heights residents access to library materials while the University Heights branch underwent extensive renovations.

With the University Heights branch scheduled to re-open in late October, Nellie made her last stop on Aug. 31.

Nellie’s bookshelves held a modest but varied selection of books, DVDs and audiobooks for children, teens and adults, and also offered work stations and a portable hotspot, enabling residents to check out and return library materials.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 10:38 AM, 09.19.2017

Thousands attend Heights High's grand opening

Visitors admired the building's front exterior in what used to be the courtyard. [Photo by Lauren R. Pacini]

The community came together for the grand opening of Cleveland Heights High School on Sunday, Sept. 10. More than 4,000 people toured the newly reopened building, and their reactions were overwhelmingly positive.

The words “beautiful,” “amazing,” “fantastic” were heard time and again as alumni, parents, students and community residents wandered the halls. Two dozen teachers opened their classrooms to share their learning spaces with the visitors.

“Two thumbs up, all the way through,” said Bruce Tyler, a 1974 graduate and father of a Heights eighth-grader. His favorite spaces were the science rooms. “I know a thing or two about microscopes,” joked Tyler, a cyto-genetics technologist at University Hospitals.

Other visitors said they were impressed by the music spaces, the competition gym and swimming pool, and the career and technical education offerings.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 10:15 AM, 09.12.2017

Cleveland Skating Club Tennis Team wins championship

Members of the Cleveland Skating Club Ladies Tennis Team

The Cleveland Skating Club Ladies 3.0 USTA (United States Tennis Association) 18 & Over team had a fantastic summer season.

Team members Susan Armstrong, Mary Kate Bastulli, Sabrina Davies, Calle Garcia, Jennifer Gidlow, Tara Hata, Jenny Peterman and Catey Peters started by winning the NEOTA division, moved on to the USTA Midwest State Championships, and finally won at the USTA Midwest Sectionals, beating teams from four other states.

 

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 10:35 AM, 09.19.2017

Flags are being stolen from Forest Hill Church

Since February, two flags have flown on the steps of Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian, at the intersection of Monticello and Lee roads: the “rainbow” flag which celebrating LGBTQ persons, and the green, black, and red flag known as the “International African Flag” or the “African-American” flag.

Four times since February, the African-American flag has been stolen.

Perhaps the flag was taken by a white supremacist. Perhaps some young person, who thought it was a good-looking flag and wanted it for a dorm room or apartment, took it. Or perhaps someone who believed that these two flags should not be in the same space removed it.

 

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 11:01 AM, 09.12.2017

Lee Road Library improves parking lot safety

New signage at the Lee Road Library aims to keep the fire lane clear.

In August, the Lee Road branch of Heights Libraries, in partnership with the City of Cleveland Heights, took steps to improve parking lot safety for customers by installing new signage and creating a drop-off zone on Dellwood Avenue.

“We’ve had some challenges with customers parking in the fire lane,” said Security Manager Kevin Echols. “Aside from the worst possible scenario, where an emergency vehicle could be blocked, cars parked in the fire lane cause a ripple effect of problems, like preventing parked cars from backing out, forcing cars to drive around them, and creating congestion and frustration that can lead to accidents.”

To address the concerns, Echols spoke to Kara Hamley O’Donnell of the city’s Planning and Development Department and Sgt. Robert Butler of the Cleveland Heights Police Department, suggesting that a portion of nearby Dellwood Avenue could be used as a drop zone for drivers dropping off able-bodied library customers.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 11:03 AM, 09.12.2017

Heights Homecoming will be a community celebration

Heights High's marching band will help lead the homecoming parade.

On Friday, Oct. 6, the Heights High Tigers will face off against the Bedford Bearcats for Heights High’s homecoming football game. Behind the Friday-night gridiron lights will be the newly renovated high school, replacing the active construction zone that existed there for two years.

Many students, staff and community members have been waiting for the completion of the building—not just for the excitement of a new school, but also for the familiar sense of normalcy that the school’s return to the corner of Cedar and Lee roads will bring.

This year’s homecoming will offer a full weekend of Tiger Nation celebrations with families, schools, alumni and community partners. The weekend will be geared toward creating a unified community celebration, and a way to connect the schools, community and businesses in celebration of the opening of the new Heights High.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 2:42 PM, 09.01.2017

Heights home and garden tour celebrates 40 years

This home is one ofseven on this year's Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour. Photo courtesy HCC.

“After 40 Years . . . There’s Still No Place Like Home” is the theme of this year’s 40th anniversary Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour, to be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, noon to 6 p.m.

The night before the tour, Height Community Congress” (HCC) traditional preview party is planned for Saturday evening, Sept. 23, at the iconic Alcazar. 

It has been 40 years since HCC began showcasing Cleveland Heights homes to the community. Organizers believe there is no place like (one’s own) home, but also know that Heights residents love viewing neighbor’s homes and taking in the wide variety of architecture and wealth of creative styles that are unique to this community.

This year, tourgoers will visit:

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 2:32 PM, 09.01.2017

Heights Music Hop adds venues, releases preliminary schedule

Heights Music Hop, a free festival of live music, will take place in three Cleveland Heights business districts. Performances are staggered and feature a wide variety of musical genres. Visitors are encouraged to “hop” around to various locations to sample performances, and enjoy food, drinks and special offers from local merchants. The Hop begins on Thursday, Sept. 7, in Coventry Village, continues Friday, Sept. 8, in Cedar Fairmount, and culminates Saturday, Sept. 9, in Cedar Lee.

In addition to the many venues already announced, festival organizers have added an additional location in each business district: Vintage Apparel: Made in America, the pop-up shop located in the former American Apparel store in Coventry Village, 1782 Coventry Road; Nighttown in Cedar Fairmount, 12383 Cedar Road; and Parnell’s Pub in Cedar Lee, 2167 Lee Road.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 2:19 PM, 09.01.2017

Four artists featured at St. Paul’s gallery

Red and White Poppies by Maureen Lanza. [All photos courtesy Nicholson B. White Gallery]

The Nicholson B. White Gallery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., announces its fall show, Lens, Needle, Brush, Flame. At the opening artists’ reception on Friday, Sept. 8, 5–7 p.m., the participating artists—Judy Rawson (photography), Sandy Shelenberger (textiles), Maureen Lanza (paintings), and Dwight Weatherhead (glass)—will greet guests and speak briefly about their creative process. The show runs through Nov. 26.

All four artists reside in Northeast Ohio. Judy Rawson has been a longtime resident of Shaker Heights. When she is behind her camera lens, Rawson gravitates to simple things, looking for beauty of pattern and line, moody lighting, and interesting or ironic juxtapositions. Her works here include urban architecture, historical sites, and a selection of stunning landscapes. Rawson turned to photography to help her see the world in fresh and distinctive ways. Featured here is a variety of her original images, some which have not been exhibited before.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:15 PM, 09.03.2017

Then and now: 2037 Lee Road

The building was the Heights Post Office in 1928. [photo courtesy Cleveland Heights Historical Society]

The building at 2037 Lee Road, near the intersection of Yorkshire Road, was built in 1928 as the Heights branch of the U.S. Post Office. It is now the location of Heights Mini Storage, Inc.

The post office moved to another location on Lee Road in the 1960s and then later moved to Severance Circle, where it remains today. The building was purchased by two men who ran State Drug and Sundries there until 1984.

It was then purchased by Tim and Joan Evans, who intended to renovate and resell or rent it. Due to zoning restrictions, however, they ended up remodeling it into a mini storage facility and retaining ownership.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:11 PM, 09.03.2017

HYT's new season marks a journey home

Heights Youth Theatre’s (HYT) 2017–18 season will open in October with “Into the Woods,” an enchanting fairytale about wishes, family, and the impact of the choices we make. Kelly Monaghan directs the season-opening production, with music direction by Stacy Bolton.

Woven throughout the season’s productions is this year’s theme, The Journey Home. All of the plays HYT will present deal with excursions of self-discovery, where characters set out to find themselves, or lose themselves, sometimes within the same journey. Ultimately, they gain insights that are more fulfilling than the happiest fairy tale.

This season marks HYT’s return “home” to its stage at the Wiley middle school building, after two years away, and is a celebration of 60 years of creating quality live theater that entertains its audiences, and educates, encourages and inspires its young artists.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:20 PM, 09.03.2017

'brownsville song' opens Dobama's 2017-18 season

Dobama Theatre opens its 58th season with the Cleveland premiere of "brownsville song (b-side for tray)" by Kimber Lee. Written in poetic language, "brownsville song" is the story of Tray, a high school senior and amateur boxer. The play moves gracefully back and forth in time to reveal what happened before and after the tragic incident that changes Tray’s family forever.

The inspiration for the play came to Lee in 2012 when she read a news report about a young black man who was the victim of random gang violence in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, N.Y. The story, which contained very few details, lodged in the playwright’s head. 

“I kept thinking about this boy’s family and loved ones,” she said, “and about the tremendous loss of life in some of our communities, and how easy it is in this sound-byte world for these losses to disappear from our consciousness . . . if you look a certain way and live in a certain zip code, your life is worth less, you matter less, and this wall of silence descends around the loss.”

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:18 PM, 09.03.2017

New restaurants open in Cleveland Heights

A ribbon cutting celebrated the opening of Sylk's Soul Fix Cuisine on Lee Road. [courtesy city of Cleveland Heights]

Two restaurants, Seafood Shake and Sylk's Soul Fix Cuisine, are among the new businesses that have opened in Cleveland Heights this summer.

Seafood Shake opened on July 21, at 1852 Coventry Road, serving seasoned, boiled seafood.

At 2142 Lee Road, Fix Bistro's owner Eric Rogers continues his expansion of the "Fix" brand with the opening of Sylk's Soul Fix Cuisine (pictured here).

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:05 PM, 09.03.2017

Heights High welcomes students for first day of school

Senior Kyle Mattox and freshman Maple Buescher raised the flag before the start of school at the newly renovated Cleveland Heights High School. Photo credit: Lauren R. Pacini

After two years of extensive renovations, class is finally back in session at Cleveland Heights High School at the corner of Cedar and Lee roads.

On Aug. 21, parents, students and staff held a flag-raising ceremony at 7:30 a.m. in the front courtyard, to start the first day of the new school year. Senior Kyle Mattox and freshman Maple Buescher unfurled and cranked the flag up the pole while the Barbershoppers sang the national anthem.

“This is a space that our students deserve. It is a space that our staff and teachers deserve, and it is definitely a space that our community deserves,” said Brian Williams, high school principal, at the ceremony. “We thank our community for restoring this gift to us. This marks a new era in Tiger Nation.”

“It is a great time to be in CH-UH and an exceptional time to be a part of this school district,” added Superintendent Talisa Dixon. “I am honored to be the superintendent in a community that has shown how much they value our district and our students with this new building.”

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 4:52 PM, 09.03.2017

Local images of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse

[photo ©2017 Brady Dindia - A BCD Creative]

Brady Dindia captured a series of images of the eclipse in her University Heights back yard. The first image in the series is unfiltered; Dindia took the other nine by placing the lens of her eclipse glasses over the lens of her Fuji Finepix HS20 camera.

The eclipse attracted a number of people to the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. park for a clear view. 

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:35 PM, 09.03.2017

A matter of judgment

Most Cleveland Heights residents will never find themselves in municipal court, but its activities affect the safety and quality of life of all of us. We rely on it when a neighbor fails to bring her/his house up to code, when a speeding driver endangers pedestrians and other motorists, when a woman is threatened or beaten by her domestic partner.

On Nov. 7, Cleveland Heights voters will choose a replacement for Cleveland Heights Municipal Court Judge A. Deane Buchanan, who is retiring due to age limits. Vying to succeed Buchanan are attorneys James Costello, Naydeen Hayden and DeAngelo Little.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 1:57 PM, 09.01.2017

Needed: more students taking career technical classes

Summer is usually the time my wife and I do some work on our house. This summer we had to find someone to repair our brick stoop, a job we could not begin to tackle on our own.

When our mason quoted the job he had a helper, but when he arrived, he was working alone. He told us that he had trouble finding and keeping employees. Some prospective workers wanted set hours. In masonry you have to work when the weather conditions are good. Some of our mason’s other hires had walked off the job after a few days (or in one case at lunchtime) because the work was too hard. He ended up working alone, way behind, and frustrated by the lack of interest in learning an important trade. There are countless reports of similar shortages of skilled workers among many technical trades and professions.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 1:32 PM, 09.01.2017

Leader sets high bar for board of education

I met Ron Register in 1994, the year he and his family moved to Cleveland Heights from Memphis. We were both involved parents at Boulevard Elementary School. I remember making plaster of Paris zoo animals with his delightful young daughters and feeling happy to meet the parents who went with them. 
 
Register and I clicked. Perhaps it was our shared background as urban anthropologists, or our appreciation of the advantages of integrated education, or gratitude for our district’s rich range of resources to help meet the needs of diverse students. We both believed that parents and communities have a lot to contribute to making schools great places for kids.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 1:13 PM, 09.01.2017

Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus to share its vision with the community

Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus, the newly formed group that comprises several nonprofits housed at the Coventry School building, is planning two events in September to share its vision for the site with the public. “The organizations have come together to create a plan for the future that taps into the energy of creative place-making for cultural and economic development,” said Brady Dindia, president of the Artful Cleveland Board of Directors. “We envision a community gathering space and center for arts, education and enrichment.”

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 2:58 PM, 08.31.2017

Heights LWV working to slay the gerrymander

Cleveland Heights resident Sue Dyke and LWV volunteers are working to educate voters about gerrymandering.

Imagine if the Indians won the World Series and, as part of their prize, they got to make all of the league rules for the next 10 years. They could have all home games, pick the umpires, and make future rules impossible to undo. Such a prize could eventually destroy the sport. This is the outcome of political gerrymandering.

Gerrymandered districts are drawn to favor one political party over another. Voters that disagree with the party in charge are either packed into as few districts as possible or spread out to dilute their voting power. In this way, politicians can pick their voters and create “safe seats” for themselves.

The practice began in 1812 when Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry approved a congressional map that heavily favored his political party. Today, software that can predict voting patterns down to the household has made gerrymandering extremely powerful. Many political analysts believe that “safe seat” districts contribute to the polarization and the dysfunctional gridlock in Washington today.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 2:39 PM, 08.31.2017

Teen Tech interns learn while helping others

Heights Libraries Teen Tech Ambassadors Michael Garrett Jr. and Morgan Lewis.

This summer, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System provided paid, six-week technology internships to two local teens as part of its Teen Tech Ambassador Program. Now in its second year, the internship provides two qualified students the opportunity to learn a variety of real-life job skills through hands-on experiential activities in the library’s Continuing Education Department, and provides each a $1,000 stipend.

“The application and interview process is competitive, and the students we chose, Morgan and Michael, demonstrated a genuine aptitude for technology and real enthusiasm for helping people, which is what working in this department is all about,” said Continuing Education Manager Heather Howiler.

Morgan Lewis is a senior at Heights High, and serves as vice president for Students against Destructive Decisions and the school’s Gay Straight Alliance, and is also secretary for Heights Vocal Music Department. She is an honor roll (2015–17) and merit roll (2014–15) student.

Michael Garrett Jr. graduated from Heights High in May and is now pursuing an associate’s degree in audio engineering at Tri-C.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 4:57 PM, 09.03.2017

What’s going on at your library?

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

Thursday, Sept. 14, 7–8:30 p.m.
"John Lewis: Get In the Way." This documentary film follows the journey of John Lewis—civil rights hero, congressman, and human rights champion. A discussion will follow the screening.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:33 PM, 09.03.2017

'Mulch Madness' funds scouts' summer activities

Troop 22 boy scouts and adult leaders delivering mulch in May 2017.

When the members of Boy Scout Troop 22, based at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, took on a mulch-delivery fundraiser in spring 2017, they hoped to sell around a thousand bags of mulch in the first year.

The scouts proved to be great salesmen and exceeded expectations, selling a whopping 4,200 bags of 3-cubic-foot hardwood mulch.

The only downside? Needing to work out the logistics of delivery. Factor in some 25 scouts and adults, ranging in weight from 75 pounds to 200 pounds, hauling more than 4,000 60-plus pound bags. and you have "Mulch Madness."

Troop 22 scouts rose to the occasion, with some smaller scouts carrying bags weighing more than they do, and some of the boy leaders carrying two bags. The physical labor of the volunteers was coordinated with loaned vehicles, trailers, and storage from Jet Dock, a local company, to make for a formidable effort.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 4:46 PM, 09.03.2017

St. Ann Church Group

Easter 1952 at St. Ann Church. Photo courtesy Communion of Saints Parish.

The buildings of St. Ann Parish, which were landmarked by the city of Cleveland Heights in 1975, became Communion of Saints Parish in 2010. This group of buildings, each one a different architectural style, includes the school, hall, rectory and church. Both the history of the parish and the styles of architecture contribute to the significance of these properties.

In 1915, the Diocese of Cleveland established a church in Cleveland Heights for about 40 families, and appointed Father John Powers to serve the community.

After finding a suitable location at the top of the streetcar line, Powers had a wooden church constructed at the corner of Cedar and Coventry roads. It was his goal to establish an elementary school, high school and college on the campus. Powers began his mission of constructing the elementary school immediately.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 2:55 PM, 08.31.2017

Thanks to all who volunteered to maintain Coventry playground

To the Editor:

Saturday, July 29—one of the four days of activity showcasing the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus—was well attended by volunteers who were there to clean up and make repairs to the playground. The busy volunteers were from all walks of Cleveland Heights and University Heights, and included kids, parents, grandparents, neighbors, and just plain concerned folks.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 2:02 PM, 09.01.2017

Original clockworks on view at Heights High

The original clockworks from the Heights High clock tower.

The original 1926 mechanism from the Heights High School clock tower is now encased and on display outside the main auditorium. It stands nearly 7 feet tall and weighs several hundred pounds. 

The Heights Schools Foundation (formerly CHHS Alumni Foundation) raised $100,000 from more than 350 donors to contribute to the restoration of the clock tower. Edward F. Crawford '57 and family donated a signature gift to help fund the restoration.

The clock tower was completely rebuilt, taken down piece by piece, laser scanned and milled to exact specifications. The new frame is made from composite material, painstakingly copied from the original pieces, and will last well into the future. The new clock mechanism is digital.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 2:36 PM, 08.31.2017

FutureHeights celebrates Cleveland Heights on Sept. 15 benefit

FutureHeights' first annual benefit will be held in this Cleveland Heights home, as painted by Cleveland Heights artist Jeremy Tugeau.

FutureHeights will host its first-ever “Celebrating Great Living in Cleveland Heights” fundraising event on Friday, Sept. 15, 6–8:30 p.m. The event will highlight some of the things that make Cleveland Heights a great place to live: beautiful homes, wonderful amenities, fascinating history, and creative, talented residents. 

Guests will be treated to a selection of delicious treats from some of Cleveland Heights’ most talented local chefs and restaurateurs, including Bodega, Fix Bistro, Lopez on Lee, Luna Bakery and Café, Marotta’s, Taste, and The Fairmount. CLE Urban Winery will offer a tasting of its locally handcrafted wines, and legendary Nighttown will provide a special signature cocktail to make the evening memorable. There will be music from Roots of American Music, plein air painting by local artist Jeremy Tugeau, a performance by Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Christine Howey, and other wonderful surprises.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:45 AM, 08.31.2017

Loft Gallery hosts Connections exhibition

Described as "an exhibition of work in at least four modes," Connections opened on Aug. 26 and will run through Sept. 23 at the Loft Gallery inside Eastwood Furniture, at the corner of South Taylor Road and Fairmount Boulevard in Cleveland Heights.

The show will present spindles, chains, word play and an occasional light chime, all by Jay Hoffman, who said of his work, "The term 'artist' doesn't fit me very well. I see myself more as an embodier, attempting to give physical form to ideas."

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:07 PM, 09.03.2017

Boulevard Elementary School adds crossing guard

The Facebook post "Demand Safety For Our Children Now" asked readers to sign a petition in support of additional traffic safety measures around Boulevard Elementary School.  

Vanessa Fitzgerald, a volunteer with the Boulevard PTA, submitted the post to raise awareness and ask for a third crossing guard, a digital speed display, and increased police presence during morning school drop-off and afternoon school pick-up times. With 76 supporters, the petition, along with the PTA’s other efforts, has resulted in positive change.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:44 AM, 08.31.2017

Green Apple Project saves energy and money in first year

Fairfax Elementary was the top energy-saving school for the month of April in CH-UH. Energy Coach Ditte Wolin presents the flag to Fairfax Principal Quatrice James.

The Green Apple Project—a districtwide initiative to save energy and, in turn, money—recently completed a successful first year in the CH-UH City School District, saving energy through behavioral changes. These energy savings equated to a significant amount of financial savings.

Across all buildings, the district cut its energy use by 5 percent from April 2016 through June 2017. That represents a savings of nearly $85,000 in operating costs.

Much of the project's success can be attributed to the collective effort of district staff. In enacting the project, the district partnered with an energy coach from Brewer-Garrett, who implemented behavior changes for staff at each building, to save on energy consumption.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 4:54 PM, 09.03.2017

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.

Sept. 7: Gregory Malkin, director of the Young Entrepreneur Institute at University School, will discuss basic business principles and procedures, such as using money wisely, problem solving and consumer needs. He shares these with graduating students, so that they understand the real world ahead of them.

Sept. 14: Megan Van Boorhis, chief operating officer of Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, will present a vision of Cleveland’s diverse arts and culture treasury as a leading contributor to our community’s vitality.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.03.2017

CH Senior Center News

The Arts and Crafts group at SAC.

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC) offers many opportunities for seniors to experience the arts. From tango to modern dance, drawing and painting to guitar and ukulele lessons, the arts are an integral part of SAC’s programming. Among SAC’s fall arts offerings are the programs described below.

All The World’s A Stage provides an interactive look at what happens in the theater—from script to production. Join group leaders Jan Bruml and Drinda Kiner, who have lifelong experience in the theater, on Wednesdays, 1:30–3 p.m., beginning Sept. 13. The class is free; registration is required.

A new season of Creative Expressions will continue to meet on Saturdays this fall and winter under the direction of art instructor Susan Morse. Each session will provide hands-on experience with new media designed to broaden one’s means of artistic expression. No art experience is necessary. This program receives funding from the Ohio Arts Council, which allows SAC to reduce registration fees.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:01 PM, 09.03.2017

Volunteer Match

Heights Observer’s Volunteer Match column lists opportunities for residents to lend their time and talent to worthy organizations and causes around the Heights.

Submit your organization’s volunteer needs by  calling the FutureHeights office at 216-320-1423 or e-mailing sbasu@futureheights.org.

Items submitted on or before the Heights Observer print issue's monthly story deadline will be considered for the next column. (To see past columns, visit www.heightsobserver.org, and search “volunteer match”.)

Heights Music Hop: Volunteers are needed for the fifth annual Heights Music Hop, which is presented by FutureHeights and takes place Thursday, Sept. 7; Friday, Sept. 8; and Saturday, Sept. 9. Volunteers will help staff music venues, canvass the district with maps, answer attendee questions and assist with musician check-in. Not only is this a fun opportunity, but volunteers will receive a Heights Music Hop shirt, snacks, and a free raffle ticket ($10 value) in the FutureHeights Chance Raffle, which features fabulous prizes from area businesses. Volunteer at www.heightsmusichop.com/volunteer.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:40 AM, 08.31.2017

Heights alum and former coach tapped for sports honor

Bill Beard

Bill Beard will join six other individuals when he is inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 14, as a member of its Class of 2017.

Beard was destined to be a coach. Born and raised in Cleveland Heights, he began playing baseball on neighborhood diamonds and hockey at the Cleveland Heights Recreation Pavilion during his youth. He attended Cleveland Heights High School, from which he graduated in 1980. While a student-athlete there, he starred on the both the sandlot and ice rink.

During his junior and senior years, Beard was a two-time All-Scholastic in hockey and a two-time All-LEL selection in baseball. The Tigers advanced to the OHSAA Final-Four in hockey his senior year.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:37 AM, 08.31.2017

Celebrate the High Holy Days at Beth El

Autumn is coming, and that means shorter days, leaves changing colors, and the Jewish High Holy Days. For those who may be unaffiliated with a synagogue, or looking to change affiliation, the congregation at Beth El - The Heights Synagogue welcomes you to pray and learn with them.

Beth El is a traditional, egalitarian synagogue, and an independent minyan (quorum required for Jewish communal worship) in Cleveland Heights. It seeks to build a vibrant Jewish community by welcoming all in participatory worship and learning.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:27 AM, 08.31.2017

Send-off concert for singer Caleb Wright planned for Sept. 8

Elégie members Caleb Wright, Brian Barron, Mist'a Craig, and Michael Hives

On Friday, Sept. 8, local musical ensembles Elégie and The Wright Family Singers will join Chandra Turner and Jessica Yafanaro in a farewell concert for Caleb A. Wright, a well-known local singer who is moving to Los Angeles to further his career. The 7:30 p.m. concert at Mt. Zion Congregational Church (10723 Magnolia Blvd. in University Circle) will be accompanied by Cleveland musicians Anne Wilson, Cerena Mangum, Rodney Hubbard and Lacretia Bolden II.

Caleb Wright has been active in the musical community in Cleveland since 2007, beginning as a soloist at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights. He attended Cleveland Heights High School, where he served as president of The Heights Singers and The A Cappella Choir under director Craig McGaughey. He was also a founding member of The Heights High Barbershoppers.

 

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 9:20 PM, 08.28.2017

District shifts facilities focus to middle school renovations

Heights Middle School on the Wiley campus in University Heights will house students from Monticello and Roxboro middle schools for the next two years.

Now that the transformation of Heights High is complete, the CH-UH City School District has turned its facilities focus to Monticello and Roxboro middle schools. The buildings, which house grades six through eight, will undergo renovations beginning in March 2018, to be completed in June 2019.

The renovations will ensure that the buildings operate more efficiently, with updates to the HVAC, electrical systems and technology. Each classroom will receive new air conditioning, flooring, ceilings and paint, in order to enhance the learning environment for students.

Monticella and Roxboro middle school students have been combined into one “Heights Middle School” on the Wiley campus in University Heights for the next two years. The two schools will remain separate for state reporting purposes, but they will share a number of classes and activities, including lunch, as one school.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 1:00 PM, 08.28.2017

CH to hold community meeting on Top of the Hill development site

The city of Cleveland Heights has announced the date of a public meeting to update the community on the Top of the Hill development project. The meeting, planned for Sept. 19, 7 p.m., will take place at the Cleveland Heights Community Center.

According to a statment on the city's website, the purpose of the meeting is to answer questions and receive input from residents on the project.

The city executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with developer Flaherty & Collins Properties on July 18, and next steps are the negotiation of a formal development agreement, which will establish the specific elements of the project as well as the process the development will follow as it moves toward final approval.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 12:54 PM, 08.28.2017

University Heights City Council special meeting highlights 7-19-2017

JULY 19, 2017

  • 2018 tax budget
  • Home-based business complaint
  • Fall tree-planting project
  • NEORSD grant for street sweeper
  • Service revolvers trade-in
  • Executive session to discuss University Square

Present were Mayor Susan Infeld, Vice Mayor Susan Pardee, and council members Pamela Cameron, Philip Ertel, John Rach, Steven Sims and Michele Weiss. Mark Wiseman was absent. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville and Finance Director William Sheehan. Kelly Thomas, clerk of council, was excused, and Mayor Infeld carried out the clerk’s duties. The meeting was held from 8–9:23 p.m., at which time council went to executive session. Because this was a special meeting, there were no public comments nor director reports.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:48 PM, 09.03.2017

Cleveland Heights City Council special meeting highlights 7-31-2017

JULY 31, 2017

  • Public comments
  • Objection to liquor permits
  • Public services plan for Coventry Village
  • Commercial loan
  • Lease change for Boss Dog Brewery Co.
  • Community development corporation working group
  • Zoning variances
  • Planning commission meeting

Present were Mayor Cheryl Stephens, Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Kahil Seren and Melissa Yasinow. Vice Mayor Jason Stein and Michael N. Ungar were absent. The meeting lasted from 7:36 to 8:14 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:47 PM, 09.03.2017

Cleveland Heights City Council tax budget hearing and regular meeting highlights 7-17-2019

JULY 17, 2017

  • 2018 tax budget presentation
  • Public comments
  • ATM Ordinance
  • Meadowbrook Boulevard waterline replacement bids
  • Meadowbrook Boulevard reconstruction project funding
  • Zoning variance request
  • Medical marijuana ordinance
  • Paris Climate Agreement resolution
  • Access Cleveland Heights cell phone app
  • 2018 Tax Budget approval
  • Mayfield Road signalization project
  • Charter commission applications
  • Cain Park Arts Festival
  • Recycling
  • Lock your cars

All council members were present: Mayor Cheryl L. Stephens, Vice Mayor Jason Stein, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Carol Roe, Michael N. Ungar and Melissa Yasinow. The hearing lasted from 7:17–7:48 p.m. The meeting lasted from 7:59–8:38 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:45 PM, 09.03.2017

Sound and Vision sets tone for season of multidisciplinary shows

Brad Bolton performs the godbass, on view in Sound and Vision.

An exhibition of non-traditional musical instruments presents a new view at Heights Arts this fall. Sound and Vision, which opens with a public reception on Friday, Sept. 1, and will be on view through Sunday, Oct. 15, brings together a variety of instruments built or owned by local, regional, and national instrument builders and tinkerers.

Ranging from a custom-painted cello to hand-built modular synthesizers and unusual items, such as the Marxolin Aqua Lin, the instruments on display in Sound and Vision challenge the notion of what musical instruments are in the first place. Exhibition contributors include Brad Bolton, Anne Cole, Bbob Drake, Mike Hovancsek, Walt Mahovlich, David Russell Stempowski, and Karl Vorndran.

“For hundreds of years, musical instruments have been designed to please both the eye and the ear," noted composer and sound artist Christopher Auerbach-Brown, who curated the exhibition.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 1:07 PM, 08.28.2017

Annual Shaker Lakes event is for runners and hikers of all ages

Each fall, the annual Shaker Lakes Hike, Run & Explore event at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes brings together participants of all ages and abilities. Runners, hikers and nature enthusiasts all can take part in the 5K, 10K, guided nature hikes and adventure activities. The Sept. 17 event benefits the Nature Center’s environmental educational programs, and promotes health and wellness while celebrating the Shaker parklands.

The races will start at 9 a.m., and awards are presented to top finishers in age groups ranging from under 10 to 70 and older.

As in prior years, race organizers expect hundreds of participants, and invite friends and families to cheer and encourage them along the tree-lined course, and gather at the finish line with congratulations.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 12:56 PM, 08.28.2017

Old friends, every 10 years

The new face of Heights High. See the smaller window on the fourth floor? That's between the vocal music rooms, where I spent most of my time in high school. The space is isolated from the rest of the school, as was I. [photo Len Gold]

There’s something strange about being in a room with 200 people and knowing exactly how old every one of them is. That’s how it is at a class reunion. Some of the people look 10 years younger than that age; some look 10 years older than you’d expect; most look approximately how you think they should at this age. And you? You look exactly the way you did in high school. Exactly. No—middle school.

Being at a class reunion is not like going back in time; it’s like stepping into the future. Because you haven’t changed at all, when you see everyone else, it’s sort of like you’re thinking, “Oh—that’s how they’re going to look when they grow up.”

I attended two of the three parts of my 50th-year Heights High class reunion in August.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 12:17 PM, 08.22.2017

Ribbon-cutting ceremony welcomes students back to renovated Heights High

Student leaders cut the ribbon at the ceremony. 

On Aug. 18, administrators, teachers and staff, along with school board members and city officials from Cleveland Heights and University Heights, celebrated the reopening of the renovated Heights High with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on the building's front steps. The two-year-long renovation included refurbishing the original 1926 structure, demolishing the mid-century science wing, and building state-of-the-art educational and athletic facilities.

Heights High seniors and student leaders Peyton Marshall and David Matia cut the ribbon.

Eric Silverman, a member of the board of education, delivered the opening remarks, thanking the many individuals involved in the project's execution, and noting, "We now have, possibly for the first time in the last 100 years, the best building for a public—or private—high school in this region."

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:39 AM, 08.22.2017

An appreciation of Cumberland Pool

My earliest memories of Cumberland Pool go back to the middle 1950s. In those days water was fed into the pool with considerable force through two above-ground sculpted lions’ mouths on the pool’s east side. People of a certain age will remember ropes (as in “get off the rope”) at the north and south ends. But before the ropes there were chain-link fences in the pool separating the deeper from shallower water. During the middle and late 1960s I worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor there.

We had rules covering just about everything, mostly dealing with what you could not do or must not bring (food, toys, suntan lotion, training equipment, reading material, and much more) into the pool area. Who remembers having to present your feet for inspection prior to emerging from the locker room?

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:03 AM, 08.22.2017

Kids' fines forgiven during library card sign-up month

For the second consecutive year, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is teaming up with eight other library systems to help ensure that every child under 18 years old in Cuyahoga County has a library card—and can use it.

The initiative, A Card for Every Kid Library Challenge, will take place during National Library Card Sign-up Month (Sept. 1–30, 2017). The challenge is a cooperative effort to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership, and to understand the factors that keep some children and teens from owning a library card.

This September, every library in Cuyahoga County will actively work to encourage all students to sign up for free library cards, so they can gain access to the abundance of books and learning resources available in the county’s libraries.

 

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:01 AM, 08.22.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 7-17-2017

JULY 17, 2017

  • Staff changes
  • Summer reading program: Dream, Build, Share!
  • Friends activities
  • FFHL’s inaugural Honor Roll
  • Public Library Fund secure
  • June public service report highlights

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

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:43 PM, 09.03.2017

Members of CH youth track club compete in AAU Junior Olympics

Coach Alana Williams with Joe Kellers and Xavier Jackson, after the 800M race.

Fifteen members of Cleveland Heights Tigers Youth Track Club participated in the 2017 AAU (Amateur Athletics Union) Track and Field Junior Olympics, held July 29 through Aug. 5 in Detroit.

After qualifying at the district and regional finals in June and July, these top-finishing athletes moved on to the Junior Olympics to compete at the national level.

The Tigers took the field for shot put, hurdles, 400M, 800M, 1500M and 4x relays at Eastern Michigan University. Representing Cleveland Heights were Jordan Morman, Rondale Reid, Na'kyla Ford, Allana Fair, Simon Williams, Joe Kellers, Jebree Peterson, Xavier Jackson, Nick Vitantonio, David Tyus, Sir Thomas Hill-Bey, Asia'lee Fair, Ana Williams, Amaya Mattox and Kennedy Ferguson-Castro. While they took home no medals, they did set four personal records.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:19 AM, 08.15.2017

Communion of Saints School opens new preschool

Communion of Saints preschool's large-muscle room.

The new preschool at Communion of Saints School in Cleveland Heights will open on Aug. 22.

The half-day program, 8:30–11 a.m., runs Monday through Friday for 4- and 5-year-olds, with 3-year-olds attending on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. An optional lunch bunch program runs from 11 a.m. to noon.

Karen Sommers is the preschool teacher. She graduated with honors from Kent State University and most recently was the lead pre-K teacher of PDO Preschool at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:18 AM, 08.15.2017

Volunteer Match: Heights High orientation, Heights Music Hop, Heights Observer

The renovated Heights High opens to students on Aug. 21. A community open house is scheduled for Sept. 10.

Heights Observer’s Volunteer Match column lists opportunities for residents to lend their time and talent to worthy organizations and causes around the Heights.

Submit your organization’s volunteer needs by e-mailing Sruti Basu at sbasu@futureheights.org or calling the FutureHeights office at 216-320-1423.

Items submitted on or before the Heights Observer print issue's monthly story deadline will be considered for the next column. (To see past columns, visit www.heightsobserver.org, and search “volunteer match”.)

Heights High Orientation: The renovated Heights High will open for student orientation/schedule pick-up on Aug. 15 and 16. While several elements of the school are located in the same place as before, much of the building is different. The school district wants to ensure that students feel prepared and comfortable on the first day of school, Aug. 21, and seeks community volunteers to help direct students and families as they walk through their schedules from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 15 and 16. Volunteers will stand at specific locations in the building (with a map) and assist students as they locate classrooms on their schedule. Volunteer training will take place at 3:30 p.m. each day. Contact Joy Henderson, the district’s liaison for parents and community, at j_henderson@chuh.org if you can help.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:54 AM, 08.09.2017

CH City Council votes to form CDC working group

At its July 31 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council declared its intent to partner with FutureHeights as the city’s community development corporation (CDC) and authorized the city manager to form a working group to flesh out the details. The resolution passed 4-1, with Council Member Kahlil Seren casting the dissenting vote. Council Members Michael Ungar and Jason Stein were absent.

The legislation will take effect Sept. 4, when council returns from its summer recess. City Manager Tanisha Briley will create a nine-member working group that will have three city staff representatives, three FutureHeights representatives, and three members of the community at large. The group will discuss goals and priorities, governance, funding sources and other topics to help guide the CDC and determine the roles of the CDC and city staff.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:32 AM, 08.08.2017

Burning River Baroque performs in Cleveland Heights Aug. 9 and 11

Malina Rauschenfels and Paula Maust performing at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland. [photo by Alex Belisle]

On Wednesday, Aug. 9, and Friday, Aug. 11, Burning River Baroque will present a new program in two Cleveland Heights venues, The Stone Oven and St. Alban Episcopal Church.

“At a Crossroad: Will You Live, Love, or Die?” features soprano and violinst Malina Rauschenfels and harpsichordist Paula Maust. The duo will present a program of French cantatas and harpsichord solo, with works by Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Julie Pinel, and Nicolas Racot de Grandval.

The Aug. 9 concert will take place at The Stone Oven, 2267 Lee Road, at 6:30 p.m. (donations are welcome).

St. Alban Episcopal Church, 2555 Euclid Heights Blvd., will be the venue for the Aug. 11 concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. (suggested donation is $10–15).

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 6:48 PM, 08.07.2017

Practice electoral awareness

To the Editor: 

Cities, towns, and all other forms of community organizations depend upon their elected officials to guide their futures through good and bad times. Residents expect competent leadership, practical solutions to ordinary issues, and the development and promotion of cultural and philosophical attitudes that define the quality of life which they seek for themselves and their families.

Over the many years that Cleveland Heights transitioned from a bucolic suburb just up the hill from Cleveland to "an inner ring suburb" with all the connotations that phrase infers, our city has had to deal with a variety of significant social and economic issues. It has done so successfully primarily because its voters have chosen sensitive, thinking, and intelligent members of the community to lead and guide the destiny of their city.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 1:23 PM, 08.07.2017

Mural adds vibrancy to Cedar Taylor corner

Artist Thomas Conger in front of his mural in the Cedar Taylor Business District. [photo provided by Kevin Smith of CTDA] 

Cedar Taylor Development Association (CTDA) commissioned artist Thomas Conger to install a mural in the Cedar Taylor Business District.

Conger completed the mural, on the west façade of the building at the southwest corner of Cedar and Taylor roads, on July 2.

CTDA, a grassroots group of property owners, merchants and residents with the common goal of beautifying and enhancing the neighborhood, selected Conger in fall 2016 from among those who responded to its call for artists.

 

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:43 PM, 08.07.2017

Heights High reopens on Aug. 21

An aerial view of the front of the high school showcases the restored front facade, new additions on the sides of the building, and the sports field. Photo by Adam Dew.

“After years of planning, designing, moving and renovating, it is finally time to open the new Heights High,” said CH-UH Superintendent Talisa Dixon. “We are looking forward to welcoming the community to tour the building at our grand opening in September. Heights High will be a showpiece for the community and provide our students with a building that is designed for 21st-century education.”

Cleveland Heights High School will reopen its doors to students on Aug. 21 for the start of the 2017–18 school year. The building, originally constructed in 1926, has undergone an extensive transformation over the past two years. The most dramatic change is the removal of the 1960s-era science wing, returning the look of the front courtyard to that of a collegiate quadrangle, with restoration and a new open front lawn.

The Heights community is invited to celebrate the reopening of Heights High on Sunday, Sept. 10, 1–4 p.m. The community open house will include tours of the building, a dedication ceremony, commemorative merchandise and other offerings in conjunction with the Heights Schools Foundation.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 11:55 AM, 07.31.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 8-1-2017

AUGUST 1, 2017

  • Recognitions
  • Opening of the high school
  • Bargaining unit agreements
  • Change orders and service agreements
  • Board president's report
  • Making board meetings meaningful

President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:41 PM, 09.03.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 7-25-2017

JULY 25, 2017

  • Board training in BoardDocs software
  • Design development documents review
  • Building maintenance plan

President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman, and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting began at 6 p.m. and ended at 8:45 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:39 PM, 09.03.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 7-11-2017

JULY 11, 2017

  • New administrators
  • Dismissals
  • Field trips
  • New district software
  • Middle school configurations
  • Public comments
  • Change orders
  • Opening of the new high school
  • Finance
  • Facilities renovation phase two

President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The public meeting began at 7 p.m., after a prior executive session, and ended at 8:45 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:37 PM, 09.03.2017