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CH-UH BOE selects superintendent who won't push 'restart button'

Elizabeth Kirby has been selected by the Cleveland Heights-University Heights BOE as the district's next superintendent. She is expected to start Aug. 1. (Credit: Chicago Public Schools)

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously at a special meeting March 14 to offer the position of superintendent to Elizabeth Kirby, currently chief of school strategy and planning for Chicago Public Schools. Kirby has spent her 23-year career in Chicago schools as a teacher, principal and administrator. A native Clevelander who grew up in Shaker-Buckeye and graduated from the Hawken School, Kirby is scheduled to begin her new role on Aug. 1, pending contract negotiations.

"I'm very excited to have Liz Kirby joining Tiger Nation,” said Jodi Sourini, BOE president, via e-mail. “She understands both the challenges and opportunities in diverse districts like ours. During her day visiting our district, she really connected with our teachers, students, staff and community.”

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 9:12 AM, 03.19.2019

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Heights-Hillcrest Chamber of Commerce announces online commercial property database

The Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce, which represents the cities of Cleveland Heights, Lyndhurst, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, South Euclid and University Heights, announced last month that a commercial property database is now available on its website, at

"The database is a comprehensive listing of available commercial properties within our region," said Karen Schaefer, HRCC executive director. "We're so proud to partner with our cities to make this available."

Commercial brokers and businesses can access the database for information about the physical property, demographics, and the appropriate city representative's contact information. Brokers can visit each city's website for a listing of properties in each specific community, or can visit the chamber's website to see a listing of properties in all six communities.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:20 AM, 03.18.2019

CH seeks community input on new logo in survey open March 18–27

The city of Cleveland Heights continues to refresh and redefine its brand identity, in an effort to capture the true spirit of the community and what it means to live, work and play here. As part of the city’s ongoing initiative, residents are being asked to give their input on the creative output.

The city has conducted extensive research to identify and craft a “brand story” for Cleveland Heights. The city heard from more than 1,000 individuals through one-on-one meetings, focus groups and a community survey to inform the brand story, which can be viewed on the Cleveland Heights brand website,

Now, the city is seeking additional feedback from residents and business owners to help determine which logo and tagline best capture the narrative.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:03 AM, 03.18.2019

Burning River Baroque will perform at St. Alban on March 21

Cleveland Heights resident Malina Rauschenfels, soprano, and Paual Maust, harpsichord, artistic directors of Burning River Baroque. Photo courtesy of Alex Belisle.

Burning River Baroque continues its seventh season with a series of thought-provoking performances, beginning Tuesday, March 19. The Other Side of the Story: Untold Perspectives on Familiar Tales has been crafted to connect baroque music to contemporary social issues.

The March performances engage audiences around the timeless issues of toxic masculinity and consent. Historic passages and tales have been interwoven with a broad range of musical compositions and related commentary. “We frequently get to experience history through the victor’s eyes,” said co-director Malina Rauschenfels. “We’re interested in hearing the other side of the story—from those populations that are often marginalized.”

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:33 AM, 03.19.2019

City of CH amends landmark ordinance, adds economic development tools

At its March 4 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council passed legislation amending its landmarks ordinance and enabling the city to become a Certified Local Government (CLG) in the state of Ohio. In doing so, it joins 73 Ohio communities that already have CLG status. It also passed legislation creating a Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) that will assist the city with transferring property and facilitating economic development.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 8:08 PM, 03.11.2019

Foothill Galleries presents photomontages by CH artist Greg Donley

Haute-Savoie, composite photograph by G.M. Donley.

A montage of images and words, Greg Donley’s works—uniquely sized at 6 inches tall by 6 to 10 feet wide—seem to wrap the viewer within. Explaining the intentionality of the size, Donley said, “You can’t really take in the detail all at once. You have to move yourself past it, much as you have to move yourself through a landscape.”

“What I have tried to do with these photographs,” said Donley, “is explore the ways in which people experience places, and how they remember those experiences later.

An exhibition of Donley’s latest series of works, Annotated Grandeur: New photomontages by G.M. Donley, will open at Foothill Galleries (2450 Fairmount Blvd., Suite M291) on Wednesday, March 13, with a reception 6–8 p.m. The show will run through the end of April.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:04 AM, 03.08.2019

Heights Methodist clergy welcome all

To the Editor:

By now, many Heights residents will have read or heard that a body of The United Methodist Church recently voted to maintain its discriminatory position regarding same-sex marriage and ordination. We want you to be aware that not all United Methodists are like-minded.

As the United Methodist clergypersons serving in Cleveland Heights, we affirm our passion for, and commitment to, justice and covenant with all of God’s children. Our congregations, though diverse, share a calling to love God and neighbor, and to include all souls in our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:30 AM, 03.05.2019

Eastside Tigers hockey team wins league championship

The Eastside Tigers Bantam A2 team, after winning the CSHL playoff and championship titles on March 2.

The Eastside Tigers Bantam A2 hockey team clinched the 2019 Cleveland Suburban Hockey League (CSHL) Division and Championship titles on Saturday, March 2, at Strongsville‘s OBM Arena.

The team comprises 14 players, all ages 13–14: Evan Bleick, Jonathan Cheshier, Thomas Cheshier, Jaden Cosgrove, Andrew English, Will Garceau, Ben Hidek, Justice Ikehara, Brendan Lang, Niko Rios, Claes Roulet, Alex Rzepka, Lanell Sotiropoulos and Henry Turner. Among them are residents of Cleveland Heights and University Heights, including six players who attend Roxboro Middle School. Several of the players plan to play on the Heights High hockey team next season, as freshmen.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:28 AM, 03.05.2019

FutureHeights' 2019 annual meeting is April 10

On April 10, FutureHeights will present its 2019 annual meeting at the newly renovated Cleveland Heights High School, 13263 Cedar Road.

FutureHeights, a nonprofit community development corporation, strives to engage Heights residents in order to ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

This year’s meeting will discuss the concepts of place-making and place-attachment as a sustainable means of community development and revitalization in the Heights, and in cities and communities everywhere.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:04 AM, 03.04.2019

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-4-2019

MARCH 4, 2019


  • Public comments
  • Landmark Commission
  • City Community Improvement Corporation
  • Updated Solid Waste Management Plan
  • Salary schedules and benefits for city employees
  • Mayor’s report


Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein and Michael Ungar attended the meeting. Mary Dunbar was absent. Mayor Roe called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. and adjourned at 8:02 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:21 AM, 03.19.2019

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-4-2019

MARCH 4 2019


  • Public comments
  • Mayor’s comments on city finances
  • Rededication of the community park
  • Sale of nicotine products
  • 2019 budget
  • Finance update
  • Fences
  • Storefront improvements
  • Chicken houses


Present were Mayor Michael D Brennan, Vice Mayor Susan Pardee, Pamela Cameron, Phil Ertel, John Rach, Steven Sims, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville, Finance Director James Goffe, and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas. The meeting was held from 7 to 8:48 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 12:06 PM, 03.20.2019

Talk addresses problem of non-native plants

Plant this: Ilex verticillata (winterberry).

photo credit: Donald Cameron

Plants have been moving around the globe for millennia, hitching rides on mammals, traveling through avian digestive systems, and riding the wind. Explorers collected them on one continent for agricultural, medicinal and other uses on another.

Gardeners and nurseries have cultivated species to feed and delight us. The taste of a delicious Evercrisp apple and the fragrance of lilacs, native to Eastern Europe and Asia, are unquestioned pleasures.

But plant migration and cultivation have had unintended consequences throughout most of the world. Each continent struggles with non-native species that have become aggressive and invasive, and threaten healthy habitat and biodiversity. Many plants that we’ve invited into our gardens are now domineering, unwanted and dangerous guests in our native ecoregions.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:33 AM, 03.04.2019

University Heights unveils redesigned website

The home page of the newly redesigned University Heights website.

Rebranding continues in University Heights as the city has unveiled a redesigned website, intended to be more user friendly. The new is updated with the new city logo, new colors, new fonts and new photographs.

Launched on Feb. 13, the UH website includes new features, such as “contact us” forms and overnight parking requests.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:39 AM, 03.04.2019

Economic reports contradict latest TOH plan

As a 35-year resident of the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood, across Cedar Road from the Top of the Hill (TOH) proposed development, I was surprised to read a Jan. 25 article in the Plain Dealer“Cleveland Hotel Occupancy in 2018 Rebounds, Exceeds Republican National Convention Year”, which noted, “Hotel occupancy—that’s the percentage of hotel rooms that are filled—was 69.3 percent in 2018 for downtown Cleveland and University Circle. . . . That’s up from 66.5 percent in 2017, and the highest since 2015, before the city added several new hotels in anticipation of the RNC.”

My surprise arose from my attendance at a 2018 community meeting on TOH, when we were told by the city that the developers, Flaherty and Collins, had dropped the “nationally branded or boutique hotel” and office space from their original proposal submitted to the city, which formed part of their being chosen to develop this city property.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:55 AM, 03.04.2019

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-20-2019

FEBRUARY 20 2019


  • Public comments
  • Harvey Schabes, BZA appointment
  • Storefront improvement program
  • 2109 Taylor Road a public nuisance
  • 2307 Saybrook Road purchase
  • 3958 Silsby Road purchase
  • Supplemental temporary appropriations
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Hazardous waste and paper shredding


Present were Mayor Michael D. Brennan, Pamela Cameron (at 8:20 p.m.), Phil Ertel, John Rach, Steven Sims and Mark Wiseman. Vice Mayor Susan Pardee and Michele Weiss were absent. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville, Finance Director James Goffe and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas. The meeting was held from 7 to 8:25 p.m. when council adjourned to executive session for real estate matters.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:58 AM, 03.19.2019

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-19-2019

FEBRUARY 19, 2019


  • Public comments
  • Police department annual presentation
  • Fire department annual presentation
  • City manager: operational highlights
  • Landmark ordinance
  • City council vacancy
  • Ballot initiative for city charter
  • Safe Routes to School funding
  • Community Improvement Corporation
  • Sanitary sewer overflow control
  • CRA Housing Council
  • CDBG funds


Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein and Michael N. Ungar. The seventh seat is unoccupied. The meeting lasted from 7:45 to 9:27 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:01 AM, 03.19.2019

Everything old is new again

What goes around comes around. The more things change, the more they stay the same. . . .

As I looked back at 10 years of March issues of the Heights Observer, those familiar and often clichéd sayings kept springing to mind. I kept coming upon articles that covered the same themes and topics contained in this March issue.

In March 2009, opinion writer Ralph Solonitz wrote of the near completion of repairs to the University Square garage. Recalling “when the Old May Company on the Heights held rock ‘n’ roll record hops on the parking lot grounds,” Solonitz envisioned a rock concert on the rooftop.

In his first State of the City address, the subject of a page one story in this issue, University Heights Mayor Brennan touched on the need for redevelopment of the now largely vacant University Square.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:01 AM, 03.04.2019

Before 'diversity'--the integration of Cleveland Heights [part 3 of 3]

By the early 1970s, Cleveland Heights faced realtor actions that, if unchecked, would lead to white flight and resegregation. Real estate agents steered white buyers away from the city, and showed black buyers only a few neighborhoods within it. Blockbusting, intended to induce panic and white flight, took place by phone. When the first black family moved onto a street, realtors would call the neighbors, insinuating that their property values were about to plummet.

At the same time, things were changing at CH City Hall. Activists Jack Boyle and Lucille Huston were elected to Cleveland Heights City Council in 1971. In 1972, the newly configured council chose pro-integration attorney Oliver Schroeder as mayor. Schroeder and four other suburban mayors agreed to enact ordinances banning telephone solicitation by realtors. Cleveland Heights council passed the new law within weeks.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:45 AM, 03.04.2019

Forum will explore impact of school vouchers

The League of Women Voters (LWV) invites the public to a forum on Ohio’s school voucher programs and their local effects, to be held on Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., at Heights Libraries’ Lee Road Branch, 2345 Lee Road.

Susie Kaeser, a Cleveland Heights LWV member and co-convener of the Heights Coalition for Public Education, will offer an overview of Ohio’s voucher policies and concerns. James Posch, a member of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education (BOE), will address how voucher policies have affected our local public schools.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:27 AM, 03.04.2019

Books can inform, inspire and unite

Ari Klein and I are the conveners of the Heights Coalition for Public Education, where we have observed that discussing a book can lead to a shared understanding of complex issues, and set the stage for action.

More than 160 parents, teachers and others, mostly from Cleveland Heights and University Heights, read and digested Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Threat to America’s Public Schools, by Diane Ravitch, in 2014. The eye-opening discussion brought out the ways in which public education is under attack. It led the readers to establish the coalition, which exists to resist destructive education policy.

Last month, 60 people met at Heights Middle School to discuss another book, Daniel Koretz’s The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:42 AM, 03.04.2019

Resident sees parallels between Oakwood and TOH

To the Editor:

What’s the drive behind the city’s plan for the Top of the Hill project—the need for new housing, more retail? Would renovating existing space, or a scaled down mixed-use project be better, or just a parking garage make more sense? Are there any metrics showing that there is a market demand for these kinds of buildings?

Seems to me the driver—the appeal of the project—is that it is new, fun and exciting. Can’t we think of anything fun to build that is not heavily subsidized with our tax dollars? Are we all going to get our money’s worth of excitement out of the project?

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:57 AM, 03.04.2019

Learn about revitalization plans for Noble Road on April 4

On April 4, FutureHeights will host a community meeting to share plans that are taking shape for the Noble Road commercial corridor, and gather community input. At the meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. at McGregor Home, 14900 Private Drive in East Cleveland, the project consultants—Camiros LTD and The Riddle Company—will present their research and ideas to the community.

Noble Road is the most significant street in the northeast section of Cleveland Heights, giving its name to an area known as the “Noble Neighborhood.” FutureHeights, in cooperation with several community partners, kicked off a planning study of Noble Road in fall 2018.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:19 AM, 03.04.2019

Beth El invites community to two March events

The foreclosure crisis wreaked havoc on many American cities—Detroit, Flint, Youngstown and Cleveland are prime examples. Beth El-The Heights Synagogue will present a Lunch and Learn event on the subject after services on Saturday, March 16, at 12:15 p.m. The luncheon and talk are free and open to all.

Robin Dubin, professor emerita in economics at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, will be the featured speaker. 

In her talk, “Saving Our Older Cities,” Dubin will discuss the causes of population decline in many of the nation’s cities, including the wildcat lending that preceded the foreclosure crisis, resulting in an epidemic of vacant and abandoned properties.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:05 AM, 03.04.2019

Students need opportunities to find and pursue their passions

Many students discover their passions as a result of their experiences in school. For some it is sports or music. For others it is a special class or club that drives them to get up in the morning. Most of these activities have eligibility requirements that serve as an extrinsic motivator to ensure that students perform well in their academic classes.

At Heights High, hundreds of our students are involved in sports, marching band, dance squad, and more. Students participate in these voluntarily even though most of these activities require dedication.

One of my students told me recently that she had three athletic events during one week when she could not do her schoolwork until 10 at night! I was appalled, but understood her desire to pursue an activity in which she excelled.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:50 AM, 03.04.2019

Making the Heights more bicycle friendly

The League of American Bicyclists first recognized Cleveland Heights as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community in 2013.

Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) traces its history back to May 2010, after an application submitted to the League of American Bicyclists resulted in Cleveland Heights being recognized with an Honorable Mention as a Bicycle Friendly Community. The goals of HBC were to help make the Heights even more bicycle friendly and inspire residents to use bicycles for commuting and recreation.

To that end, in October 2010, HBC leaders met with officials from University Circle Inc. (UCI) and the city of Cleveland Heights to ask for improved bicycle connectivity between the Heights and University Circle, which has had some of the largest employment growth in the state of Ohio.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:15 AM, 03.04.2019

Free tour and program celebrate iconic synagogue

During its 150th anniversary year, Park Synagogue is celebrating the art and architecture of Park Synagogue Main in Cleveland Heights, designed by the world-renowned architect, Eric Mendelsohn.

On Sunday, March 10, the community is invited to a free program at, and about, this iconic space, located at 3300 Mayfield Road, in Cleveland Heights.

In “Park 150: Celebrating the Art & Architecture of Park Synagogue,” Samantha Baskind, professor of art history at Cleveland State University, will highlight many of the significant works of art in the exceptional collection that hangs in the building.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 03.04.2019

March 4 fundraiser to benefit all-volunteer food and clothing bank

The food pantry is located in the basement of the St. Philomena Church rectory in East Cleveland.

A March 4 fundraiser at Lopez Southwest Restaurant is planned to raise awareness of, and donations for, The Father Michael Wittman Ozanam Center.

This all-volunteer food pantry and clothing bank, located at the St. Philomena campus of Communion of Saints Parish, operates with the support of volunteers from 15 churches and other organizations on Cleveland’s East Side, including Cleveland Heights’ Communion of Saints Parish and Church of the Saviour.

A registered agency with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the center operates every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each week it provides 75 families with free food and clothing. It has been serving families in East Cleveland and the surrounding area since 2006.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:54 AM, 03.04.2019

Spring show opens March 1 at St. Paul's gallery

Paintings by John Jodzio.

Featuring the work of four artists, the spring show at the nonprofit Nicholson B. White Gallery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church opens on Friday, March 1, with an artists’ reception, 5–7 p.m. The show will be on view through June 2.

Paintings from John Davis’s recent “Urban Period," in which he explores distinctive spaces and places unique to Cleveland, will be featured in the spring show. A native of Cleveland, Davis works in his studio in the city’s Tower Press Building. He spent 30 years in Chautauqua, N.Y., where he established Davis Pottery and Gallery while raising his family.

Susan D. Lowe creates her mixed-media artwork at the historic Shovel Works Building in Cleveland. She is a pioneer member of City Artists at Work (CAAW), which began as an organization of artists aiming to educate the public by opening up their studios and demystifying these workplaces. Inspired by nature, her work combines a range of painting materials, inks, paper and wood surfaces. This show includes both two- and three-dimensional work by Lowe.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 1:04 PM, 03.03.2019

FutureHeights announces 2019 Best of the Heights Award winners

In the 2019 Best of the Heights Awards contest, readers of the Heights Observer honored outstanding businesses in Cleveland Heights and University Heights by voting, Jan. 1 through Feb. 15, for their favorites in 12 categories. In all, 178 businesses were nominated.

Winners and Finalists in the FutureHeights 2019 Best of the Heights Awards contest are:

Best New Restaurant or Bar
Lox, Stock and Brisket
Boss Dog Brewing Co.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 7:06 PM, 02.25.2019

Group seeks charter amendment to elect CH mayor

A group of Cleveland Heights residents is seeking to amend the Cleveland Heights charter to enable citizens to directly elect a full-time mayor. Currently, Cleveland Heights voters elect seven part-time Cleveland Heights City Council members. Council then elects one of its members to serve as mayor.

“Cleveland Heights is not served well by a part-time mayor who has no executive responsibilities,” said Tony Cuda, campaign manager of Citizens for an Elected Mayor, the organization seeking the change. “We need a full-time, visionary leader who can address the city’s challenges, such as declining population, housing values that are not recovering as quickly as in similar suburbs, and slow progress on economic development.”

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:24 PM, 02.25.2019

Heights Arts show celebrates 'Sideways Thinking'

Avocado Cat, by Jenny Mendes. 

Guest curator Julianne Edberg invited her friends to have some serious fun with the group exhibition Sideways Thinking, on view at Heights Arts March 8 through April 21. Artists Leslye Discont Arian, Catherine Butler, Julianne Edberg, Laurie Garrett, Jenny Mendes and Melissa O’Grady focus on playing—the less serious side of art.  

“It may look like fun, but it's all the artist can do!” Edberg explained. “When we play, we let loose the inspired part of our mind to think sideways instead of logically. Ideas flow more freely. Questions may be raised. Is this an alternate, more fantastic world we are looking at? It is definitely a more fun, more magical place. Perhaps less polished, less formal. A childlike viewpoint sparks a connection between hitherto unconnected frames of reference. Playing calms the nerves and provides a new way of looking at things.”

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 1:15 PM, 03.03.2019

Fine elimination at Heights Libraries is paying off

On Jan. 2, 2018, Heights Libraries joined a growing number of public libraries that have eliminated overdue fines for most late materials.

Despite the fact that the benefits have been supported by research, the elimination of fines still strikes many as an almost sacrilegious act. Libraries and fines, in some people’s minds, go together like peanut butter and jelly.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.02.2019

Cleveland premiere of 'The Nether' opens at Dobama

Both a twisting criminal drama and a haunting sci-fi thriller, “The Nether,” by Jennifer Haley, explores the consequences of living out our most shocking urges in the age of virtual reality. Dobama Theatre’s production of the play, directed by Shannon Sindelar, will run March 8–31.

In her play, Haley creates a possible future in which The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Participants log in, choose an identity, and indulge their every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination.

The New York Times called the play “a parable for where we’re headed.”

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 1:09 PM, 03.03.2019

Scholarship honors Ron Register

Attending college is an opportunity for students to expand their horizons, discover and develop their strengths, and make a path to achieve their dreams. Advanced education, however, is too often a financial difficulty that denies many motivated, gifted and capable students the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

This lack of equal access to college inspired the Black Caucus of Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian, to propose and implement a college scholarship fund for deserving Cleveland Heights High School graduates. This scholarship honors Ron Register, a church elder and advocate for equity, inclusion, justice, excellence and quality public education for all.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:47 AM, 03.02.2019

Ensemble stages classic O'Neill work

Ian Wolfgang Hinz will direct Ensemble's production of "A Moon for the Misbegotten."

March 8–31, Cleveland Heights’ Ensemble Theatre will stage another timeless Eugene O’Neill play, “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” directed by Ian Wolfgang Hinz.

A sequel to “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” the play continues O'Neill's exploration into themes of deceit—both of others and within oneself—and the ever presence of death.

After Ensemble’s recent productions of O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey . . .” and “The Iceman Cometh,” Hinz felt it was time to bring “A Moon for the Misbegotten” to Ensemble’s stage.

“It’s one of O’Neill’s last three plays,” Hinz said, “and those are his more famous works. He’s America’s greatest playwright, and the time was right to bring this one to light.”

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 1:06 PM, 03.03.2019

Cleveland Running Co. merges with like-minded store

Kyle Griffith, manager, Jeff Fisher, running education coordinator, and David Jacobson, general manager, at the Lee Road running store.

Owner Jeff Fisher is excited to announce that his Lee Road business, Cleveland Running Company, is merging with the Achilles Running Shop, a like-minded regional running store with locations in Mentor and Erie, Pa. As of press time, the store's new name had yet to be finalized.

The merger came about quickly. Fisher and David Jacobson, general manager of Achilles, met in December 2018. Familiar with one another through the industry, it was business-sector kismet. The future partners began discussing the merger in January 2019. By early February, the partnership was designed, the lease transferred, the inventory management software in use, and the management team was enjoying day-to-day collaboration.

“It’s a win-win,” said Fisher, who is excited for customers to experience the expanded inventory, expertise and programming that is on the horizon.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 1:02 PM, 03.03.2019

Relationship and sexual health center opens in University Heights

Ashley Grinonneau-Denton and Brian Denton have opened the Ohio Center for Relationship & Sexual Health in University Heights.

Psychotherapists and spouses Ashley Grinonneau-Denton and Brian Denton have opened the Ohio Center for Relationship & Sexual Health in the Waterstone Medical Building in University Heights.

The center's five clinicians, including professional counselors Megan Davis, Matt Lachman and Beth Thomas, offer talk therapy aimed at improving the sexual functioning of the clients it serves.

Previously, Grinonneau-Denton and Denton each operated their own private practices in the Cedar Fairmount Business District, for six and eight years, respectively. For their new venture, they looked throughout the Heights to find the right space for a multi-provider center.

“We knew we wanted to stay in this geographic region,” said Denton, “as it is a good draw from the surrounding communities.”


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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:59 AM, 03.02.2019

Communion of Saints School presents 'Honk!'

More than 70 Communion of Saints students are involved in the school’s upcoming production of "Honk! Jr.," to be performed on April 5 and 6, at 7 p.m., in Powers Hall at Communion of Saints School.

Now in its 10th year, the school’s drama program invites the community to escape the cold with the heartwarming tale of an ugly duckling’s transformation.

Whether working behind the scenes or on stage, students are under the guidance of Lydia Chanenka, director and scenery painter extraordinaire, and Maria Botti-Lodovico, choreographer and musical director, as they bring the story to life through music and magical scenery.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 1:18 PM, 03.03.2019

WRC to sing Haydn and Beethoven

Western Reserve Chorale in concert at Gesu. (photo by K. Bihlers)

There may be other examples of a teacher and student sharing a concert stage, but rarely are both held in such high regard. In this instance, the Western Reserve Chorale (WRC) will share the work of Franz Joseph Haydn (the teacher) and Ludwig van Beethoven (the student) as part of the Silver Hall Concert Series at the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center on March 24.

The chorale will present Haydn’s St. Nicholas Mass with Beethoven’s Mass in C Major. Both works represent the legacy of music commissioned by Prince Nicolaus Esterhazy II for performance in Eisenstadt, Austria. The St. Nicholas Mass is not on the same scale as Haydn’s late masses (it is about half the length of the Nelson Mass) but it is nevertheless quintessential Haydn in its energy, its tunefulness and, above all, its infectious joy.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 1:12 PM, 03.03.2019

CH-UH Students receive health care at school

There are many barriers that may prevent CH-UH students from receiving appropriate health care. Some students lack health insurance, others may have transportation issues, or their parents may have jobs without paid time off to care for family members. This can result in students not receiving the care they need, or missing school time because of illness. 

To the rescue: Cleveland Clinic’s Mobile Health Unit. These vans—literally, a doctor’s office on wheels—travel to schools in six districts in and around Cleveland, including CH-UH. The vans have visited both Boulevard and Oxford elementary schools once each week for the past two years, and will add Gearity and Noble elementary schools this spring. 

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:43 AM, 03.02.2019

Heights High Swim Cadets live 'Glam Life' in annual show

The 2019 Heights High Swim Cadets.

The Cleveland Heights High School Swim Cadets, a 14-member synchronized swim team, will present its 2019 annual show Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28 through March 2, at 7 p.m.

Performances take place at the Heights High pool, at 13263 Cedar Road (entrance on west side of the building). Tickets, $9, are available from Cadet members in advance, and at the door. About 50 tickets per night will be available for purchase at the box office, which will open at 6:15 p.m.

The show will also be livestreamed on Friday, March 1, on the school district’s YouTube channel,, where it will remain for future viewing.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 7:12 PM, 02.25.2019

UH Senior Happenings

Senior 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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to

March 7: Elizabeth Hiser, manager of the Euclid Creek Watershed Program for the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District will discuss the problems of bank erosion, channel downcutting, invasive plant species, and an undersized/failing culvert.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.02.2019

CH Senior Center News

In March, University Circle’s Life-Long Learning Consortium is coming to the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), with two related programs about biomimicry.

On Tuesday, March 19, at 11 a.m., participants will learn about the science of biomimicry with Doug Paige, Cleveland Institute of Art professor. Then, on Tuesday, March 26, at 11 a.m., they’ll have the opportunity to visit The Machine Inside: Biomechanics exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.02.2019

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library

1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Monday, March 18, 7 p.m.

ASL professor Clara Jean Mosly Hall presents her new book, Paris in America. The hearing daughter of a deaf Nanticoke Indian, Hall describes the intersections of her various identities in her new book, Paris in America: A Deaf Nanticoke Shoemaker and His Daughter. Her memoir is a celebration of her family, faith, journey and heritage. A question and answer period will follow the talk.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:51 AM, 03.02.2019

Blush Boutique Coventry to close March 31

Blush will close its Coventry shop at the end of March.

On March 31, after nearly a decade on Coventry Road, Blush Boutique will be closing the doors to its small, intimate Cleveland Heights boutique.

Owner Laurie Klopper, a Cleveland Heights resident, said she is closing to focus on her other location in Chagrin Falls and because sales at her shop on Coventry Road have greatly diminished.

“People just aren’t coming to Coventry to shop and walk around anymore,” said Klopper. Indeed, American Apparel, Winking Lizard, Chipotle, Big Fun and Piccadilly have all left in the past few years. “It’s an alarming trend on what was once a vibrant and eclectic street,” she added.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 7:01 PM, 02.25.2019

Synagogue and church congregations explore 'Common Roots' in two-part series

Park Synagogue and Cory United Methodist Church invite the community to a free, two-part series on the theme “Common Roots: Facing Our Past, Building Our Future.” The first program is planned for Sunday, Feb. 24, and the second for March 31.

The two congregations share a history of persecution, as Jews and as African Americans. They are coming together to learn more about their histories, and discuss what they and others can do to make positive changes in our society.

In part one of the series, “Ballots & Bullets—Black Power, Politics & Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland,” Cleveland author James Robenalt will discuss the racism, political climate and lack of opportunities for African Americans in Cleveland that led to the Glenville riots in 1968.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:50 AM, 02.19.2019

Remembering Norman Tischler

Norman Tischler, soloing with the Cleveland gospel group the Prayer Warriors at a 2008 rally for Barack Obama, featuring Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul and Mary), whom he also backed up, at the Beachland Ballroom.

Norman Tischler lived in Cleveland Heights for decades. He moved to the area in 1969, three or four years out of college, when he was a VISTA volunteer, assigned to the Karamu House in Cleveland, where he taught kids music and also taught them about music.

He was an extraordinary musician, who played with just about every other musician in the region, and with some nationally known ones. No, really—just about every one in this region. It sounds implausible, but he was always everywhere, it seemed, and never without his instruments. And he knew everyone. Some percentage of them—about 500 people, and, it appeared, about half of them musicians—showed up for his memorial service last month at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood.

Norm died on Jan. 21, at the age of 72, soon after a sudden diagnosis of cancer. During his final week, his hospital room constantly overflowed with musicians and other friends, and, much of the time, with music.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:08 AM, 02.19.2019

UH mayor reports on state of the city

Michael Johnson, president of John Carroll University, welcomes Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan before his State of the City address.

In his first State of the City address, University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan celebrated accomplishments from 2018, addressed challenges facing the city, and looked to an ambitious future agenda.

“The State of our City is strong,” Brennan told those assembled in the Jardine Room on the campus of John Carroll University. “Working together, we will reach new heights.”

Brennan restored the city’s safety forces in 2018, starting with the fire department. Under Fire Chief Robert Perko, the UHFD has made equipment improvements, and reopened the Fire Prevention and Education Bureau.  Understaffed for years, the department has now achieved a safe minimum staffing level.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:06 AM, 02.19.2019

Heinen's and University Heights celebrate 60 years together

Jeff Heinen receives a proclamation from Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan.

Heinen’s Grocery Store is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2019. For 60 of those years the family-owned grocer has served the residents of University Heights.

Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan presented Jeff Heinen a proclamation declaring Friday, Feb. 15 “Heinen’s Day” in University Heights, at Heinen’s 2180 South Green Road location.

Heinen’s story began in 1929 when local butcher Joe Heinen pioneered the city’s first supermarket by selling traditional grocery items alongside hand-butchered meats.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:59 AM, 02.19.2019

CH-UH schools host kindergarten info nights

Beginning Feb. 27, each Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District elementary school will host a Kindergarten Information Night for incoming and prospective families. 
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the school principals and teachers, ask questions, and tour the buildings. Several of the schools will also offer dinner, and childcare or playtime services.
To find the school that corresponds to your place of residence, use the district’s online interactive boundary map.

Here is a list, by date, of each elementary school’s info. night:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Boulevard Elementary School, 1749 Lee Road. Light refreshments and activities for children will be provided.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 6–7 p.m., Roxboro Elementary School, 2405 Roxboro Road. During the presentation for parents, children will meet in a kindergarten classroom for crafts and a chance to meet future classmates. After information night, families are encouraged to tour the school, visit the book fair and attend Roxboro Elementary Multicultural Night.
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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.19.2019

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-4-2019

FEBRUARY 4, 2019


  • Ready Certify designation presentation
  • Meadowbrook Boulevard reconstruction project
  • Top of the Hill project
  • February commemorations
  • Health code
  • Housing code
  • Fair housing
  • Architectural Board of Review appointment
  • Possible legislation research
  • Mayor’s report


Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein and Michael N. Ungar. The seventh seat is unoccupied.The meeting lasted from 7:32 to 7:54 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:15 AM, 02.21.2019

Heights residents among those who will pitch their visions for change

Four Cleveland Heights residents are among those who will present 28 visions of creating positive change in Cleveland at Accelerate: Citizens Make Change, a civic pitch competition, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m., at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland.

Heights High graduate Brian Hall, 20, will pitch “Bee Friendly Neighbors”—an idea to establish beehives in Cleveland and suburban backyards. Hall tends bees at a hive on his grandfather’s farm in Portage County, and wants to provide those interested with a bee box, pair them with experienced beekeepers to maintain the hive and teach participants about bees, and sell honey and wax products at local markets.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 6:47 PM, 02.13.2019

Cleveland Heights' Apollo's Fire wins Grammy

The Grammy-winning album "Songs of Orpheus," featuring tenor Karim Sulayman.

On Feb. 10, the baroque ensemble Apollo's Fire won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for "Songs of Orpheus." The ensemble, under the artistic direction of Jeanette Sorrell, shares the award with tenor Karim Sulayman, the album's solo vocalist.

"Songs of Orpheus" uses the work of 17th-century Italian composers Monteverdi, Caccini, Landi and d'India to retell the story of Orpheus' journey to the underworld to recue his wife, Eurydice. Along with providing the instrumentation for these vocal pieces, the ensemble also performed sonatas by Castello and Cima on the recording.

Apollo's Fire has produced over 20 albums in its 27-year history thus far. This is its first Grammy

Sorrell expressed surprise about winning the award, noting, "The other nominees in our category had quite a bit of PR-power behind them, in addition to being compelling recordings. We were the new kid on the block in that world." 

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 12:18 PM, 02.12.2019

CH council seat applicant interviews are posted on city's website

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Greater Cleveland, Heights Chapter, conducted nonpartisan video interviews of the 34 applicants for the vacant seat on Cleveland Heights City Council. Both the applications and LWV’s video interviews are available for public viewing at

Former CH Council Member Cheryl Stephens vacated the seat on Nov. 26, after being elected to represent District 10 on Cuyahoga County Council.

The six current Cleveland Heights council members will view the video interviews as they decide whom to appoint to Stephens’ council seat.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:00 AM, 02.12.2019

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-22-2019

JANUARY 22, 2019


  • Mayor’s comments
  • Fair Housing Commission appointment
  • Board of Zoning Commission appointments
  • Change to inspection permitting fines
  • County solid waste management plan
  • Temporary supplemental appropriations
  • Fair housing violation complaint
  • Online parking system
  • Service department updates
  • Upcoming infrastructure projects
  • Change in council meeting locations


Present were Mayor Michael D. Brennan, Vice Mayor Susan Pardee, Pamela Cameron (arrived at 7:30), Phil Ertel, John Rach, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville Clerk of Council and Kelly Thomas. The meeting was held from 7 to 8:30 pm.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.21.2019

Cleveland Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-22-2019

JANUARY 22, 2019


  • Public comments
  • Master plan and council priorities
  • Municipal broadband feasibility
  • Liquor permit
  • Codified ordinances update pages
  • Housing code update
  • Fair practices update
  • Council seat applications
  • Boards and commissions appointments and openings
  • CDBG funds
  • Top of the Hill
  • Charter Review Commission
  • Refuse and Recycling Task Force established
  • Health Code update
  • Martin Luther King Day celebration
  • Mayor’s report

Council members present were Mayor Carol Roe, Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow, Mary Dunbar, Kahlil Seren, Jason Stein and Michael N. Ungar. The seventh seat is unoccupied. The meeting lasted from 7:33 to 8:53 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:08 AM, 02.21.2019

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 1-22-2019

JANUARY 22, 2019


  • New trustee and board officers
  • Annual security update
  • Financial report
  • LSTA funding for Mental Health First Aid
  • Coretta Scott King Anniversary


Present were President Chris Mentrek, Vice President James Roosa, Secretary Dana Fluellen, Suzanne Moskowitz, Vikas Turakhia, Max Gerboc and Annette Iwamoto.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:32 AM, 02.21.2019

BOE names Williams district's interim superintendent

Current CH-UH Superintendent Talisa Dixon (left) with Interim Superintendent Brian Williams and Board of Education President Jodi Sourini.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education (BOE) has named Brian Williams, longtime district administrator and, currently, coordinator of alternative programming at the Options Center, interim superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.

Williams will assume the interim role on March 4, the date on which current Superintendent Talisa Dixon plans to start her new job as superintendent of the Columbus City School District.

The BOE unanimously approved the appointment of Williams at its meeting on Jan. 30.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:50 AM, 02.01.2019

Kensington Pub owners have opening date in sight

The restored interior of Kensington Pub.

More than a year after they first hoped to open, in December 2017, the co-owners of Kensington Pub (2260 Lee Road) now hope to open within the next month—or two. Brad Poe and Jeff King faced bigger remodeling challenges than they expected in opening their first restaurant—what Poe called a "perfect storm of obstacles."

“The original proposed opening was totally unrealistic in retrospect,” said Poe. “We encountered more renovations than we anticipated, especially since it was our first foray into restaurant ownership.”

He noted that he's  “very pleased with the exterior renovations, even with construction delays.” The exterior work was financed by the building’s landlord as part of a block-long renovation.

The project has been a labor of love for the two longtime Cleveland Heights residents who have more than 40 years of restaurant experience between them.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 4:36 PM, 02.01.2019