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Mayor provides May 5 voting information for UH residents

Many University Heights residents have contacted city hall with questions about their polling location for Election Day voting on Tuesday, May 5. University Heights has three polling locations that will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m:

  • John Carroll University, Dolan Science Building Reading Room. Enter the campus at the guardhouse gate nearest Fairmount Circle, at the intersection of John Carroll and Carroll boulevards. Parking is plentiful; follow the signs to access the voting location.
  • Gearity Elementary School, 2323 Wrenford Road. Parking is available in the parking lots, on Groveland Road and on University Parkway.
  • University Heights Library, 13866 Cedar Road. Parking is available in the parking lot and on Fenwick Road.

If you are unsure where to vote, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website at and click on the Where Do I Vote link.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 9:28 AM, 05.04.2015

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Jazz students perform at Heights High and Nighttown, May 8 and 9

One of two Heights High jazz ensembles performing at Jazz Night, May 8.

The distinction between music student and professional blurs at Cleveland Heights High School where there is a long tradition of high musical standards, challenging repertoire, students who play gigs in the community, and alumni who earn a living making music. In addition to Heights High’s annual Jazz Night, student jazz combos will perform at Nighttown, the Cleveland Heights venue that consistently makes Downbeat’s list of the best jazz clubs in the country.

On Friday, May 8, Heights High jazz ensembles, under the direction of Brett Baker and Ben Ammon, will perform a program of jazz standards, including the work of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Michael Philip Mossman. In addition, Heights High alumni are coming from as far as New York City to perform one last time at the Dina Rees Evans Auditorium at the high school before it is closed for a multi-year renovation of the school. The Heights High alumni group, all taught by Baker, includes Tim McDonald (tenor), Ethan Farris (trumpet), Nolan Plunkett (trombone), Adam Gilbert (alto), Jacob Bergson (piano), Abie Klein-Stefancik (bass) and Anthony Taddeo (drums).

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:52 PM, 05.01.2015

Best of the Heights now accepting nominations

Heights residents can vote for their favorite Heights businesses in the 11th annual FutureHeights Best of the Heights awards program. The 2015 survey begins May 1 and runs through Aug. 31.

Since 2005, FutureHeights—a nonprofit that inspires and facilitates collaboration and empowerment in our community—has conducted this public opinion survey to recognize the unique attributes of locally owned Heights businesses, and their contributions to the local economy.

Ballots for Best of the Heights awards will be available in the May, June, July and August issues of the Heights Observer, at the many Heights independent businesses and online at

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:43 PM, 05.01.2015

Cedar Fairmount to honor oldest businesses on May 14

Photos courtesy Cedar Fairmount SID.

The Cedar Fairmount Business District lies 150 feet beyond the border of Cleveland, and is known as the “Gateway to the Heights.” In the early 1900s, real estate developers turned Cedar Fairmount into the first planned neighborhood shopping area in Cleveland Heights, and streetcars traveled the route between downtown Cleveland and the district. 

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:40 PM, 05.01.2015

May is CH Preservation Month

John Long Severance's "Longwood" Estate. Photos courtesy City of Cleveland Heights.

For more than 20 years, the city of Cleveland Heights has celebrated preservation month, recognizing its rich history through a series of tours and lectures.

“Cleveland Heights is a community that values its history, historic architecture and stunning natural features,” said Kara Hamley O’Donnell, city planner and historic preservation planner. “Taking a month to celebrate all our community has to offer forces us to step back and reflect on how special Cleveland Heights really is.”

Mary Dunbar, CH City Council Member, and a co-leader of one of this month’s tours, commented, "Historic homes and business districts are among our greatest assets in Cleveland Heights, but not enough appreciate that. People who have lived here, across the nation and around the world, say that our homes, neighborhoods and business districts are unique and of exceptional quality—world class, in fact. The number of historic districts we have listed on the National Register of Historic Places recognizes and testifies to the amazing legacy Heights residents have inherited—and we have more historic districts coming!"

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:35 PM, 05.01.2015

Oral history project is underway for Noble Neighborhood

When residents of the northeastern quadrant of Cleveland Heights created the grassroots organization Noble Neighbors, in response to a random violent attack on one of their neighbors last year, their goal was to improve their area by attracting new residents, increasing safety, expanding beautification efforts and creating community-building events such as last month’s Noble Community-Wide Home and Yard Sale. Early on, participants recognized that a major part of revitalizing their neighborhood would be changing its narrative by telling a story of a beautiful, welcoming, inclusive community.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:31 PM, 05.01.2015

Meet Heights musicians May 19 at Rockefellerís

There are more musicians per capita in the Heights than anywhere else. That's what people say. Come and find out if that's true on Tuesday, May 19, as Heights-based nonprofits FutureHeights, Friends of Heights Libraries and Reaching Heights present Welcome Home: Heights Musicians, the third in a series of events highlighting the interesting people who live in the Heights.

Welcome Home: Heights Musicians takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rockefeller’s restaurant, 3099 Mayfield Road.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:28 PM, 05.01.2015

'What does a city need in order to thrive instead of languish?'

A graphic interpretation of Bill Taynor's talk drawn by an anonymous attendee at the FutureHeights 2015 Annual Meeting.

At the 2015 FutureHeights annual meeting in April, we asked our keynote speaker, Bill Traynor, this question because at FutureHeights we are committed to building a vibrant and sustainable future for the Heights, and we are launching our new community-building program.

Traynor’s answer was simple and intuitive. He said that the first step is to acknowledge that everyone in our community is interconnected and choose to do something about it. Whether we want to be or not, we are all part of this place we call the Heights. We can either choose to build on our connections or try to ignore them and pretend that we are separate and different.

“Local communities today are complex ecosystems,” said Traynor, “and the capacity for reinvention and resilience can only happen when thousands of people start interacting in new ways, with the entrepreneurial energy to take risks, build new relationships, ask better questions, give of their time and resources and, ultimately, have enough fun and see enough progress to stay in the game.”

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:25 PM, 05.01.2015

Remembering Bill Lahman, former CH city manager

To the Editor:

Cleveland Heights lost a longtime resident at the beginning of February—William C. Lahman. He had been city manager from 1964 to 1975. I first heard of Bill when our family moved here in 1965; I didn't meet him then, but felt that he was an excellent city manager. He left to become secretary-treasurer of RTA and, in 1981, became its general manager. When he retired in 1985, I still had not met him but, because I was a regular RTA rider, I was aware of some of his accomplishments.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:22 PM, 05.01.2015

Relationships are the mainline to learning

Susie Kaeser

“Each of my students wants to be noticed as a person. We all do,” observed Roxboro Elementary School’s Lynne Maragliano, a 32-year kindergarten teacher.

At the start of each day, Maragliano welcomes each child with a handshake as they pass through the door into her long rectangular classroom divided into nooks and crannies full of enriching and engaging materials. “It’s a golden time to make a connection. I can tell from this encounter where they are and if anything special is going on with them that I need to know about,” she said.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:19 PM, 05.01.2015

Pedestrian power promotes positive community

Those of us of a certain age will recall our grandparents adamantly declaring, "Back in our day, we used to walk everywhere!" Well, call me a throwback, but I love walking, for the humble act of putting one foot in front of the other is indeed a very powerful endeavor that speaks volumes about us as individuals and as a society. Walking is not only good for the heart but the mind, too, for how many countless revelations, moments of eureka, and problems have been solved when creative thoughts arise in the midst of an endorphin-producing stroll.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:17 PM, 05.01.2015

Gearing up for future healthcare careers

Juniors in Heights High's CHC program learn to use personal protective equipment (from left): Amber Rainey, Niya Mack, Janae Laird, Jon'nae Jackson, Vanessa Stewart and Nancy Ballou, instructor.

Juniors in the Heights High Clinical Health Careers (CHC) class wear personal protective equipment in preparation for their clinical experience at HealthSpan on Severance Circle. “Learning the proper way to apply, use and take off the protective equipment is just one of the skills that students learn before the clinical rotations,” said Nancy Ballou, R.N., CHC teacher.

The CHC program is housed at the Delisle Center and features a lab for practicing the procedures and skills needed for real-world clinical settings.

The clinical experience is an opportunity for students to put the skills they have learned in the lab to use in the field, as they work with clients and medical professionals for 2.5 hours a day for four weeks.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:10 PM, 05.01.2015

Funeral for UH's Edmund Rothschild planned for May 1

Edmund Rothschild, the husband of former UH Mayor Beryl Rothschild, passed away after eight days of hospice care. His funeral is 11 a.m. tomorrow, May 1, at the Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel, 1985 S. Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights.

Mayor Rothschild and family will be receiving friends tomorrow from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Fairmount Temple, located at the corner of Fairmount Boulevard and Buckhurst Drive in Beachwood.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:48 AM, 04.30.2015

University School student Henry Shapard to perform at Severance Hall on May 3

Henry Shapard, a Cleveland Heights resident and junior at University School, rehearses for his upcoming solo performance with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchesta.

As a result of winning the 2014–15 Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Concerto competition, Henry Shapard, a junior at University School and a Cleveland Heights resident, will perform Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto in G Minor with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO) on Sunday, May 3, at 8 p.m., at Severance Hall.

“In addition to weekly rehearsals with the orchestra, I have been doing a lot of individual preparation for the concert,” said Shapard. “The Kabalevsky concerto is not performed very often, and my job as a soloist is to make this rarely heard piece come to life and inspire audience members to go home and give it a second listen.”

Shapard is in his fifth season as a member of COYO and has served as both assistant principal and principal cello. A student of Richard Weiss in the preparatory department of the Cleveland Institute of Music, he has played the cello since the age of three.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:57 AM, 04.30.2015

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. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 8:50 AM, 05.01.2015

Spring clean-up day is May 16 for Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park

The Coventry P.E.A.C.E. garden and playground spring clean-up and work day is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to join in and spend as much time as they can spare to help get the garden ready for summer by clearing out the remnants of winter.

Bring your own tools and gloves, or use some that will be on-hand and available. Beverages and snacks will also be provided for all who volunteer. Everyone’s help is needed to keep Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park a beautiful place.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 8:46 AM, 05.01.2015

Heights historical photo of the month

Photo courtesy City of Cleveland Heights.

The Demington Drive Memorial Day Parade is a Cleveland Heights tradition that goes back decades. This photo is from the 1967 parade and was taken by Richard Pierce, who lived on the street.

This photo was selected by the Cleveland Heights Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage of Cleveland Heights. For more information, and to view additional historical images, visit or

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 8:45 AM, 05.01.2015

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

The new McCracken Entrance, named for one of St. Paul's rectors, blends well with the original architecture, an example of sensitive additions and alterations that the CH Landmark Commission approved.  Photo by Mark Souther

One of five properties added to Cleveland Heights’s Landmark registry in 1976, just two years after its inception, the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Group is a familiar presence at the intersection of Coventry Road and Fairmount Boulevard. 

St. Paul’s congregation, like that of many longtime congregations, predates its current home. It emerged in 1846, occupying rented space until its first dedicated building opened two years later at the corner of Sheriff Street (now East 4th) and Euclid Avenue, on the site of the present-day Corner Alley Bowling Lanes.

Following a devastating fire, the church rebuilt a brick Gothic edifice that opened in 1849. As commercial expansion accompanied the emergence of downtown Cleveland in what had formerly been a compact walking city, St. Paul's moved in 1876 to a newly built Gothic church at the corner of Case Street (now East 40th) and Euclid, eventually bordering Cleveland's famed Millionaires' Row. This church was designed by Gordon W. Lloyd, an English-born Detroit architect who also designed many other Episcopal churches in the Midwest. At its new location, St. Paul's expanded impressively and spawned several other new congregations as it grew.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 8:44 AM, 05.01.2015

Bon Appetit plans new restaurant in Coventry

Jay and Jade Novak at their new restaurant in Cleveland Heights.

Café Bon Appetit—a restaurant that specializes in healthy food, including organic and vegetarian items—is poised for an early May opening on Euclid Heights Boulevard, at the south end of Coventry Road. This will be the restaurant’s second location. The first opened in 2010, at 1900 Euclid Ave., near Cleveland State University (CSU).

Cleveland Heights residents Jay Novak and his wife, Jade Novak, own both restaurants. They have lived on Superior Avenue near Euclid Heights Boulevard since 2009, and both are immigrants from southeastern Europe. Jade, 31, moved here when she was a teenager, and Jay, 39, moved here about 15 years ago. They met in Cleveland, and their first date was at La Cave du Vin on Coventry Road.

Jay is a civil engineer by profession, who learned about cooking as a child. His mother taught cooking classes, and that inspired him to get involved with food and cooking.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 7:09 PM, 04.30.2015

Brent Kirby makes music full time

Brent Kirby

Cleveland Heights resident Brent Kirby has been playing music since he was three years old. Now 43, Kirby is a full-time musician. Over the years, he has played in several bands, including the Jack Fords, the New Soft Shoe, the Lost Fortunes, the Flashing 12’s and Hey Mavis. And he recently formed a new group called His Luck.

His father was a composer, and his family had a piano in their house. As a young child, Kirby played the piano and drums. By the time he was a teenager, he was a pretty accomplished pianist, and he began writing songs. His first song was about his grandfather, who had recently died. When he was 14 years old, he joined his first band and started playing in bars.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 6:40 PM, 04.30.2015

Why people don't come to my shows

Long Road at Nighttown last year.

I think I understand why people who have never heard me play music don’t want to come to hear me play music.

I mentioned in last month’s column that I had lots of musical training while growing up in Cleveland Heights, at music schools, music stores and in Heights public schools—Coventry Elementary, Roosevelt Junior High and Heights High. I didn’t mention that I quit high school, toward the end of my 12th-grade year in 1967, to pursue a career in music.

I moved to New York City and got into a rock band right away. That band eventually—a few years later and after many personnel changes—evolved into Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 6:35 PM, 04.30.2015

Celebrate Memorial Day in CH with the All Generations Band

For the past 60 years, the All Generations Band has participated in the Cleveland Heights Memorial Day celebration. The band had its origins in the Oxford neighborhood, when it originally formed to participate in Oxford Elementary School's annual Father's Night program. Soon, the band joined the annual Memorial Day parade that traveled from Oxford to Denison Park, capped with celebratory ice cream cones at Rukasin's Drug Store on Noble Road. Past leaders include Bob Coppedge and David Adamson. 

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 6:22 PM, 04.30.2015

Ensemble and Dobama theaters present their season finales

With signs of spring everywhere (finally!), Ensemble Theatre and Dobama Theatre are preparing to mount the final productions of their 2014–15 seasons. These last main stage productions promise to be memorable.

“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” by Rajiv Joseph, runs through May 17 at Ensemble; “Superior Donuts,” by Tracy Letts, runs through May 24 at Dobama.

“Bengal Tiger” is set in the first days of the American invasion of Iraq and highlights the lives of two U.S. Marines and an Iraqi translator, which are forever changed by an encounter with a quick-witted tiger. The tiger, played on Broadway by Robin Williams, haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad attempting to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption amid the city's ruins. Joseph's groundbreaking American play explores both the power and the perils of human nature.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 6:07 PM, 04.30.2015

Heights-based chorus presents Holocaust memorial concert

The Choral Arts Society of Cleveland’s 2014–15 season could be titled "a season of anniversaries.” The Cleveland Heights-based community chorus has so far this season performed two concerts celebrating its 40 years of music making. CASC will cap the anniversary year with the Cleveland premiere of British composer James Whitbourn’s Annelies, a choral setting of excerpts from Diary of a Young Girl. This concert will commemorate the death of Anne Frank in a concentration camp 70 years ago, as well as the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Annelies, a Holocaust tribute concert, will take place Sunday, May 31, at 4:00 p.m., at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 6:04 PM, 04.30.2015

Local playwright pens YA mystery book

The book cover for Tom Hayes' debut novel.

Tom Hayes—whose website identifies him as “brewer, librarian, playwright”—can now add novelist to that list. This Cleveland Heights resident’s debut novel for young adults, Secret of the Warlock’s Crypt, is a historical thriller that takes place in Northeast Ohio.

Cryptic drawings, maps and strange symbols are what 12-year-old Mike Hilliard discovers when he investigates the long-dead, ruthless millionaire Titus Morley. As these strange symbols and drawings occupy his dreams, Mike rambles through the listless Cleveland Heights summer with Billy Hayworth, a photography intern at the Western Reserve Historical Society, where Mike’s uncle, Robert “Otto” Hilliard, is a historian.

Titus Morley died in a refinery explosion in 1872, after which his treasure trove of rare grimoires (books of magic) and ancient masks disappeared. Could the drawings and maps provide clues?

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:59 PM, 04.30.2015

Raymond Bugelski's art is on the streets

Raymond Bugelski and Steve Presser (of Big Fun) on the Coventry "Peace" bench.

One idea in the minds of Heights Arts’s founders 15 years ago was that a city of creative residents should reflect that creativity in its streetscape. Today, Cleveland Heights is unique in the region, with murals, signage, fences and benches designed and implemented by artists who live here. One such artist is Raymond Bugelski, who designed the iconic Coventry benches and street signs, as well as the signage in the Cedar Fairmount Business District.

Bugelski first encountered the concept of public art at Cleveland State University in the 1970s, when he organized an ice sculpture competition at a public library as a class assignment. He quickly realized that public art was a lot more than art. The project involved organization and involved the public, not just aesthetically, but “from the heart.” It even necessitated buying gloves for the 60 children who joined professional artists in participating.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:56 PM, 04.30.2015

Concert to benefit Liberian school

The award-winning choir of Disciples Christian Church. 

The Agape National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Monrovia, Liberia, is an after-school music program for children in a country ravaged by civil war and Ebola. ANAM needs money.

When Adam Kukuk, music director at Disciples Christian Church, learned this, he decided to arrange a concert fundraiser to help the school.

Kukuk has organized Sing for Liberia!, an evening of great music and an opportunity to help young musicians. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m., at Disciples Christian Church, 3663 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights. All proceeds from this event will go to ANAM.

The church’s award-winning choir, soloists and house band will perform. Guest musicians Brian Thornton, from the Cleveland Orchestra, and Jen Woda, from Opera per Tutti, will also join in the festivities.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:52 PM, 04.30.2015

Heights Arts highlights May programs

Resonance, by Achala Wali. Mixed media on paper.

In medicine, the noun "syncope" (SINGkuhpee) refers to a fleeting loss of consciousness. In phonetics, it’s when sounds or letters are not pronounced aloud (“probably” becomes “probly”). On view through June 6, Heights Arts’s new exhibition, Syncope, pairs works by Cleveland artists Rachel Beamer and Achala Wali that suggest the moments between loss and what remains.

In Beamer's color photographs, themes of space, surface and memory are explored through compositions that hint at elements not present. Wali’s abstract drawings bring forth buried thoughts and memories of landscapes from her Indian childhood. Using pencil, pen and ink, brushes, and sometimes pastel and acrylics in nontraditional ways, Wali’s work combines color with black-and-white fields to effect subtle moments and passages, or sparks of feeling.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 04.30.2015

Getting a good nightís sleep as we age

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for good health. According to Mayo Clinic, adults need to get seven to nine hours of sleep per night for optimum health. Although some may claim to feel rested on less sleep, studies show that people who regularly sleep less than seven hours per night do not perform as well on mental tasks as those who do. They also tend to have a higher mortality rate.

Sleeping patterns change as people age, and this can make it more difficult to sleep through the night. Older adults tend to sleep more lightly and for shorter time spans, go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier, and often nap more during the day, which can make it harder to fall asleep at night. They may also be less physically and socially active, both of which contribute to more napping. As people age, they also tend to spend less time in natural deep-sleep stages, making them lighter sleepers.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:44 PM, 04.30.2015

HRRC to celebrate seniors on May 13

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) invites seniors from all communities to its Celebrate Seniors Day, on Wednesday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees can enjoy a light lunch and learn about all the services that HRRC provides to help people repair and maintain their homes, and especially the special programs HRRC offers for homeowners age 62 and older.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wesley Walker, HRRC’s senior program coordinator, will present “When the Job Goes Wrong: How to Resolve Problems with Contractors,” and discuss the steps one can take to get things back on track—and what to do if problems persist.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:39 PM, 04.30.2015

Plans are underway for 14th annual Discover Cedar Fairmount Festival

The Euclid Beach Rocket Car at the 2014 Discover Cedar Fairmount Festival.

Plans are progressing for the 14th annual Discover Cedar Fairmount Festival, to be held on Sunday, Aug. 9, from noon to 5 p.m. The festival committee has added more entertainment and venues this year.

The ever-popular Arts and Crafts Sale, featuring space for local artists, crafters and vendors to sell their work, will be located on Lennox and Surrey roads, and in the Zoss the Swiss Baker’s parking lot.

Returning entertainers lined up so far for this year include Eclectic Vision and Get Back Duo. The festival committee is adding a stage this year, to highlight some of the entertainment, and is still seeking entertainers and musicians for this year’s festival.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 4:36 PM, 04.30.2015

All Geared Up family bike event planned for May 16

All Geared Up, a new community cycling event, will take place on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. until noon, at Canterbury Elementary School in Cleveland Heights. The free event will include one- and two-mile family fun rides, a bike rodeo for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, safety demonstrations by bike police officers, a used bike sale, a father and child Big Wheel relay race, health and fitness displays, refreshments and giveaways.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 4:29 PM, 04.30.2015

Third annual RoxEl Run is May 30

The third annual RoxEl Run is Saturday, May 30. Photo by Joe Kubic.

A sobering reality is that today’s young people are often sedentary in front of computer screens and eating processed food, a combination that may lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. Parents often struggle to keep healthy, active options and exciting alternatives available to their children. Organizers at Roxboro Elementary School hope to combat this trend by hosting the third annual RoxEl Run, a community foot race, on Saturday, May 30, at 9 a.m., to encourage young people to “run like it’s recess,” and adopt a healthier lifestyle. 

The original goal of the event was to introduce running and fitness to students in grades K–5, but it has evolved to become a wider community event for students, parents, teachers, neighbors, and competitive runners from Greater Cleveland. sobering reality is that today’s young people are often sedentary in front of computer screens and eating processed food, a combination that may lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. Parents often struggle to keep healthy, active options and exciting alternatives available to their children. Organizers at Roxboro Elementary School hope to combat this trend by hosting the third annual RoxEl Run, a community foot race, on Saturday, May 30, at 9 a.m., to encourage young people to “run like it’s recess,” and adopt a healthier lifestyle. 

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.30.2015

Fast-growing youth sports organization restores the roar to CH-UH athletics

Heights High senior quarterback Taylor Jones (#5) in 2008, when he was 11, and a star player for the Tigers Youth Football Program. [photo by Val Moreland]

While the City of Cleveland Heights offers a wide variety of youth sports activities, it does not offer some staple programs that many families look for, such as tackle football, cheerleading, wrestling, and track and field. The Cleveland Heights Tigers Youth Sports Association (CHTYSA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit community organization serving children within the CH-UH school district, will soon change that.

CHTYSA's mission is to serve as a feeder system to the local school district’s middle school and high school athletic programs by providing youth athletes an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of each sport in a safe, nurturing and fun environment.

e the City of Cleveland Heights offers a wide variety of youth sports activities, it does not offer some staple programs that many families look for, such as tackle football, cheerleading, wrestling, and track and field. The Cleveland Heights Tigers Youth Sports Association (CHTYSA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit community organization serving children within the CH-UH school district, will soon change that.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 4:22 PM, 04.30.2015

Fight children's heart disease at a wine and beer fundraiser

Heart disease is the #1 birth defect in the nation, affecting children at a rate of nearly 1 in 100 births. Each year more than 300 distinguished members of the community and medical field gather at Jordan’s Family Foundation’s Healthy Starts, Happy Hearts Charity Wine and Beer Tasting. The event raises awareness and funding for the research into the causes and treatment of congenital heart diseases.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 4:19 PM, 04.30.2015

Communion of Saints School presents 'Once Upon a Mattress' May 8 and 9

Rehearsing for "Once Upon A Mattress" (from left) are: Victoria Skok, Rosie Daher, Devon Cutri, Jenna Gordon, Greta Westrop, Della Daher, Spencer Skok, Bridget Mathias, Maya Jacobs, Elle Warshawsky, Michael Price and Nicholas Bislich.

The Communion of Saints drama program presents "Once Upon a Mattress," May 8 and 9, at 7 p.m. The production is a new twist, set to music, on the age-old tale of a boy whose brother finds him the perfect girl. Enter the meddling mother, the Queen, and the Silent King. The Silent King has much to say, silently of course, while the Queen tries to deter anyone from marrying their son, Prince Dauntless. She has devised many tests that each possible wife must complete; the latest one involves a pea placed under a stack of mattresses. All the while, his brother has found his true love and cannot marry until Dauntless does. Come and see the antics of the cast members as they play these fairy-tale roles.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 4:14 PM, 04.30.2015

Meet Heights High's coordinator of safety and security

Bryan Loretz, CH-UH City School District's coordinator of safety and security.

A conversation with Bryan Loretz, coordinator of safety and security at Cleveland Heights High School and for the CH-UH district:

The work: We patrol and monitor the building and property, diffuse escalating situations, connect to students to encourage their best behavior, mediate conflict between students, and provide security for athletic and other school events.

The team: There are 15 security monitors at Heights High who work during the school day and at evening events. All of the team members have the following certifications: Private Security Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, first aid, automatic external defibrillator and C.P.R. They recently received certification in National Incident Management Systems and Incident Command Systems and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.


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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 4:10 PM, 04.30.2015

Major construction at Heights High to begin in June

This rendering depicts how the new Heights High will look when renovations are finished in summer 2017.

After years of planning, meetings and passage of Issue 81, construction is slated to begin this June on a comprehensive renovation of Cleveland Heights High School. All of the additions made since 1926 will be removed and the original historic core will be renovated.

The most dramatic change will be removal of the Science Wing and the return of the front lawn. The façade will be restored to its original appearance. A hybrid geothermal system will be located under the East Field.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 4:04 PM, 04.30.2015

Heights Libraries works to combat summer learning loss

Heights Libraries is teaming up with six other Cuyahoga County public library systems this summer to help local children and teens avoid summer learning loss, and to collect useful data about the most effective ways to do so.

Called “Make Your Summer Count,” this summer learning and research initiative is a first-time cooperative effort among Cleveland Public Library, Heights Libraries, Cuyahoga County Public Library, East Cleveland Public Library, Euclid Public Library, Shaker Heights Public Library and Westlake Public Library.

“We all have the same goal—helping our kids keep their academic skills sharp over the summer, especially reading skills,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “Academic research shows time and again that kids who participate in some kind of educational activity over the summer do much better academically when school starts up again in the fall. The kids who don’t have a much harder time getting back up to speed—that’s summer learning loss.”

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:36 AM, 04.30.2015

Library programs tell a larger story

Heights Libraries staff members Carole Wallencheck and L.P. Coladangelo.

Heights Libraries adult services staff L.P. Coladangelo and Carole Wallencheck spend a lot of time together: at adjoining desks, working reference, planning programs, and, most recently, at the Ohio Library Council’s (OLC) Northeast Chapter Conference. Together they put on a presentation about how they create compelling library programs by using a narrative structure.

“Humans are hardwired to remember stories much better than raw information, so when we plan programs we aren’t just picking a subject; we try to tell a larger story in our programming,” said Wallencheck.

The library’s programming schedule runs on a quarterly basis, and, each season, staff plan programs around a particular theme. This spring’s focus was “Springtime in Paris,” and this past winter was “Tales and Chronicles of the Civil War.”

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:32 AM, 04.30.2015

What's going on at your library?

This May, Heights Libraries invites you to help plant Noble Neighborhood Library plant its garden, and eat ice cream at University Heights Library.

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

Thursday, May 14, 7 p.m.

Step Out of Time: Therapeutic Touchpoint Massage, Part 2. John Everard of JohnE's Massage Works continues to enlighten us on the practices and benefits of trigger point massage. All are invited to attend; no registration is required.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:29 AM, 04.30.2015

New spring festival celebrates the whole child

Urban Oak celebrates May Day 2014.

New schools come with new traditions. Urban Oak School—now in its second year in Cleveland Heights, serving preschoolers and kindergarten through third-graders—wants to be an integral part of the Heights community. With this goal in mind, it will launch its first annual Spring Festival on May 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the lawn of the Coventry School building at the corner of Euclid Heights Boulevard and Coventry Road. Everyone is welcome to join in a new tradition that celebrates the season and brings the philosophy of Waldorf learning to life. 

"Our aim is for the festival to become a Heights family tradition—engaging and delighting all families of our home community," said Amy Marquit Renwald, the school’s co-founder and a Heights High alumna.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:28 AM, 04.30.2015

Beaumont students receive 38 science fair awards

Sixteen Beaumont School students demonstrated their aptitude in science and engineering and were awarded 38 accolades during the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair and the University of Akron’s BEST Medicine Engineering Fair in March.

At the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair’s award ceremony on March 12, senior Grace Mascha was named one of four high school grand prize winners, the fair’s highest honor. Her project, entered in the biological science category, studied indecisiveness and its effect on one’s self-esteem. In May, Mascha will represent Northeast Ohio at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science competition, in Pittsburgh.

Twelve Beaumont students were recognized at the award ceremony, held at Cleveland State University (CSU).

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:24 AM, 04.30.2015

State association honors two CH-UH BOE members

Kal Zucker is presented with an OSBA award for a decade of service to the CH-UH City School District. Photo by Angee Shaker.

The Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) honored two Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education members during the April 7 board meeting.

Ron Register, board of education vice president, was presented with the OSBA Award of Achievement.

The Award of Achievement is given to school board members to recognize their commitment to training and leadership activities for their fellow board members, along with regional and state OSBA activities. Out of more than 3,400 board members in Ohio, only 58 were selected to receive this honor in 2015.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:20 AM, 04.30.2015

Ladies of Leadership club welcomes women in law

Investigator Falisa Berry from the Cleveland Heights Juvenile Diversion Program and Assistant Law Director Tiffany Hill with students.

On March 16, the Ladies of Leadership club (LOL) at Roxboro Middle School heard inspiring stories from two women in law. The goal of LOL is to assist middle school-age girls with developing self-esteem, enhancing their global perspective and fulfilling civic responsibilities.

Falisa Berry, an investigator from the Cleveland Heights Juvenile Diversion Program, and Tiffany Hill, assistant law director, shared their backgrounds with the students.

Hill said she considered herself a “nerd” who balanced a well-rounded social and academic life while growing up. She said her middle school study habits played a huge role in her later academic success. Hill empathized with today’s high stakes testing and shared her experience taking the two-and-a-half day Ohio Bar Examination.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:19 AM, 04.30.2015

World languages enrich lives of Heights High students

A few of the bilingual students at Heights High. Back row, from left: Deyanna Bohanon, Faith Morris, Linden Wike and Hanae Chaffag; front row: Gwendolyn Wright, Max Tobehn, David Stewart, world languages department chair, and Kat Craps.

At Cleveland Heights High School, many students are preparing for success by becoming multilingual. Speaking more than one language can give students an advantage in employment, travel opportunities and the ability to connect to people from other cultures.

This is part of the school district’s vision: Preparing All Students for Success in a Global Economy (PASSAGE). This goal recognizes that the world is increasingly interconnected.

“Students who are learning more than one language are training their brains to recognize patterns in languages,” said David Stewart, chair of the world languages department. “That makes it easier for them to learn several languages.” Stewart is also one of the American Sign Language (ASL) teachers.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:14 AM, 04.30.2015

CH-UH middle school students earn awards at Model U.N. event

Antigua and Barbuda, represented by Monticello Middle School students.

Roxboro and Monticello Middle schools earned several top awards at the Junior Ohio Model United Nations in Columbus, March 15–17.

At the event, some 1,000 students presented and debated more than 150 resolutions while dressed in costumes evoking the traditional clothing of the countries they represented.

The CH-UH district’s delegations were Antigua and Barbuda, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, from Monticello Middle School; and Botswana, Guatemala, Samoa and Serbia, from Roxboro Middle School.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:15 AM, 04.30.2015

I will vote 'yes' on school levy

To the Editor,

I am writing to support the levy for the CH-UH schools. 

Our district:

  • Has waited four years between operating levies instead of the usual three. 
  • Has cut $3 million in spending, in addition to the $2 million cut by the state.
  • Agreed to give only minimal cost of living increases to all staff and administrators.
  • Is asking for the smallest increase for an operational levy in decades.
  • Plans to cut an additional $500,000 from its budget no matter what.
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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:34 AM, 04.29.2015

May is Bike Month

Bicycle parking at Heights High in September 2014 illustrates the growing popularity of biking to school.

On May 4, for the fifth year in a row, Cleveland Heights City Council will pass a resolution declaring May Bike Month in the community. That bit of business will kick off numerous events in May highlighting the growth of bicycling in the city.

May 6 is Walk or Bike to School Day. In the spring and fall, Walk or Bike to School Day encourages children and their parents to use the trip to school for some of the 60 minutes of exercise children need every day to be fit and ready to learn when they arrive in their classrooms. The dates are listed on the CH-UH City School District calendar and school websites. The City of Cleveland Heights uses some of the Safe Routes to School funds received last year from the Ohio Department of Transportation to produce flyers. Ruffing Montessori School also joins the fun.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 04.28.2015

FutureHeights workshop seeks to help Heights business owners access capital

Small businesses are the backbone to a strong and flourishing community. They are destinations and landmarks that make our neighborhoods vibrant. As our local businesses prosper, we all prosper.

FutureHeights invites Heights businesses to attend the Accessing Capital Workshop on Monday, May 4, 4–6 p.m., at Motorcars Honda, 2953 Mayfield Road.

FutureHeights strives to recognize the investment of time, energy and money our small businesses make in the local economy, boosting the neighborhoods and improving the quality of life for those who live here. 

Access to capital, however, is an issue for many small businesses. In fact, the presumed upfront costs for upgrades or other expenses often prevent businesses from even analyzing their opportunities for improvement and growth.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:50 AM, 04.28.2015

RoxArts rustles up community support for students at May 9 auction and benefit

It’s not often that you can support Roxboro Elementary and Middle School students in jeans and cowboy boots. But that’s what guests will be wearing on Saturday May 9, at the annual RoxArts Auction & Benefit, held at Coventry’s B-Side Lounge (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd.), 6:30–10 p.m. So grab your boots, throw on a ten-gallon hat, and show your support for the Roxboro schools. You’ll get beer and wine; great food from Mister Brisket, SoHo Kitchen, and Chef Jason Brust; a raffle and silent auction featuring art and jewelry by local artists, sports and arts venue tickets, and other great packages; and more fun than you can shake a stick at.

This is the primary fundraiser for the education programs of RoxArts, a nonprofit organization bringing together parents, teachers and community volunteers dedicated to enhancing the performing and visual arts education at Roxboro schools.

“There are nearly 1,000 students on the Roxboro campus,” explained Rosemary Pierce, auction and benefit co-chair. “Every child is touched by RoxArts and its programs, and it’s been that way for nearly 35 years.”

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:52 AM, 04.28.2015

Mac's Backs hosts May 8 family noodle party with Chef Sawyer

Chef Jonathon Sawyer [photo by Kate Lewis]

In celebration of award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer’s book, Noodle Kids: Around the World in 50 Fun, Healthy, Creative Recipes the Whole Family Can Cook Together book, Mac's Back's-Books on Coventry invites noodle lovers and families to join in a Noodle Kids Ramen Party, promising “oodles of noodles” and family fun.

The special pop-up party will take place on Friday, May 8, 7–9 p.m., at 1854 Coventry Road (upstairs, in the former Burgers N Beer space). At the party, Sawyer—a Cleveland Heights resident—will help parents and their kids construct a ramen bowl, host a Q&A, and sign copies of his book.

Tickets for the event are required and space is limited. A single adult ticket is $30, and includes admission to the party and a copy of Noodle Kids (retail price $24.99). Additional adult tickets and children's tickets are $10 each, and are for party admission only.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:21 AM, 04.28.2015

Officer West scholarship fundraiser set for May 3

Officer Jason D. West

On May 26, 2007, Cleveland Heights Police Officer Jason West responded to a routine disturbance call and was shot as he was getting out of his car. His death shocked and angered the community. In response, Cleveland Heights residents, together with West's family, friends, local business owners and fellow officers, established a scholarship fund in his memory. This year, 11 graduating seniors from the Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement program at Cleveland Heights High School have applied for the scholarship.

To help raise money for the award, the scholarship committee is hosting its Annual Great Cleveland Heights Mega Raffle on Sunday, May 3, at the New Heights Grill on Lee Road. Tickets for the raffle are $2 and can be purchased at several local businesses: Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa on Taylor Road, Shawn Paul Salon on Lee Road, New Heights Grill on Lee Road, and Blush Boutique on Coventry Road. Tickets are also available from any committee member and on the night of the event. Last year’s Mega Raffle raised more than $8,000 for the scholarship.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:35 AM, 04.28.2015

Dewey's Decimators triumph at 24th Annual Reaching Heights Spelling Bee

Dewey's Decimators team members Aurora Martinez, Kathy Farago and Victor Rosenberg, with Reaching Heights Executive Director Krista Hawthorne, and the coveted plastic bee trophy.

By correctly spelling “harridan,” Dewey’s Decimators, the team from the Heights Libraries—Kathy Farago, Aurora Martinez and Victor Rosenberg—became champions of the 24th annual Reaching Heights Adult Community Spelling Bee, held at Heights High School on April 15. The event raised $11,000 for the nonprofit Reaching Heights.

The competition was fierce, lasting into an intense eighth round with three teams still vying for the win—last year’s defending champions, the Know Nothings, representing the Heights High PTA; Upper Case, representing faculty and staff at Case Western Reserve University; and Dewey’s Decimators.

The 20 teams that competed this year represented school and community groups who all contributed funds to join the event.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:44 AM, 04.21.2015

LWV endorses May ballot Issue 2

To the Editor:

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland (LWV) has voted to endorse Issue 2, the 5.9 mill operating levy for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District. The district has consistently been recognized for its careful stewardship of taxpayer money.

The LWV’s positions support the role of the local community in levying local taxes to assume a reasonable share of the financial burden to support local public schools.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:12 AM, 04.21.2015

Deadline is April 22 for CH Master Plan Steering Committee applicants

Cleveland Heights City Council is accepting applications for the Master Plan Steering Committee (Ordinance No. 21-2015), the purpose of which is to review City policies and create a Master Plan for the overall vision of the City of Cleveland Heights and its part in the growth and development of the Greater Cleveland Metro Area. The deadline for completed applications is Wednesday, April 22.

The Committee shall consist of 11 members, all of whom are Cleveland Heights residents and shall be appointed by City Council. The members shall include: three Cleveland Heights residents, at large; one current member of the Planning Commission; one current member of the Transportation Advisory Committee; one current member of the Citizens Advisory Committee; one current member of the Recreation Advisory Board; one current member of the Commission on Aging; one current member of the board of FutureHeights; one person to represent the interests of the educational community within the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District; and one person to represent the general interests of the Cleveland Heights business community.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:32 AM, 04.21.2015

Mac Stephens is new CHHS head football coach

Mac Stephens, new Heights High head football coach.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, with the help of a volunteer search committee, selected Mac Stephens as its new head football coach, from 51 applicants. He replaces Jeff Rotsky, who recently accepted the head football coach position for Euclid.

A former NFL player, Stephens has 12 years of experience coaching high school football. Most recently, Stephens served as the defensive line/outside linebacker coach for Euclid High School (2008–14). He was also defensive line/defensive coordinator for Glenville High School (2006–07), linebacker coach for Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School (2005), assistant offensive line coach for Euclid High School (2004), and head coach of Lutheran High School East (2003).

Currently, Stephens serves as the director of recreation for the City of Euclid—a position he’s held since 2004, and he is also president of North Coast Youth Football Conference. Stephens coaches Amateur Athletic Union track and basketball at the middle school level.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:31 AM, 04.21.2015

Lee Road Library programs present perspectives on Middle East peace

Israelis celebrate Independence Day on April 23, this year. Palestinians mark the same event as the Nakba, meaning “catastrophe” in Arabic, on May 15. Recent and upcoming programs presented by Cleveland Peace Action’s Education Fund, at the Lee Road Library, give some insight into the history and current perspectives on the region.

On March 7, two Palestinian Americans presented their family stories at the time of the Nakba, when more than 700,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes or killed.

The changing map of Israel/Palestine, illustrates the progressive loss of Palestinian land since 1948 due to wars and occupation over the last 67 years. The presenters at the March event connected the Palestinian experience to other tragedies: the Holocaust, the Native American’s Trail of Tears; Jim Crow laws and recent racially charged events in the United States.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:39 PM, 04.20.2015

HRRC will hold open house and tool sale April 26

As part of an event sponsored by Noble Neighbors from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) will host an open house and tool sale.

The public is invited to visit HRRC's Teaching Center, at 2520 Noble Road, to watch short demonstrations of several do-it-yourself repairs, including eliminating “ghost flushes” by your toilet, repairing holes in drywall, doing tuckpointing and brickwork, and securing gutters. There will also be opportunities to learn about HRRC's services and check out contractor evaluation books to identify professionals who do good work.

HRRC’s tool sale will offer basics for the toolbox as well as specialty equipment and materials, donated by the nonprofit’s supporters. Proceeds from the tool sale support HRRC's programs.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:37 PM, 04.20.2015