University Heights

Kennedy is new University Heights finance director

University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan has named Dennis G. Kennedy the city’s new finance director.

Beginning in March 2015, Kennedy served as fiscal officer for Cuyahoga County. His last day with the county was Oct. 18; he’ll begin work at University Heights City Hall on Oct. 23.

“Hiring a finance director with the experience and expertise of Dennis Kennedy reflects on the energy and enthusiasm of our city,” Brennan said. “University Heights has a bright future. We’re reaching new heights, and talented people want to be a part of our city’s success. I look forward to Dennis joining our team here at City Hall.”

Kennedy earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oho Government Finance Officers Association in 2016.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.22.2019

University Heights looks to be counted in 2020 Census

University Heights has a campaign underway to ensure that all of its residents will be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census.

Allocation of federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities is based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors, as measured by the census.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:53 AM, 10.01.2019

UHPD to distribute candy on Halloween night

As is their tradition, members of the University Heights Police Department will be ready for Halloween night, Oct. 31, with candy for trick-or-treaters.

Trick-or-treat hours will run from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening. Residents are asked to leave their lights on if they will be distributing candy.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:28 AM, 10.01.2019

University Heights Fall Fest is Oct. 6

The inaugural University Heights Fall Fest will take place on Sunday, Oct. 6, 1–5 p.m., at Walter Stinson Community Park.

Jersey, the Bruce Springsteen tribute band, will headline the event, with a concert at 3 p.m.

There will be plenty of shopping at Fall Fest, as dozens of local artists and small businesses will have booths at the festival. Vendors include Altemus Leatherwork, Milan’s Bead Company, Dude About Town photography, LeLux Jewelry & Accessories, Judy’s Jewelry Basket, Sunshine on Silk, Milk & Cookies, and Shebaflora.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:24 AM, 10.01.2019

Open house kicks off Fire Prevention Week

In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, Chief Robert Perko and the University Heights Fire Department (3980 Silsby Road) invite community members of all ages to their station on Sunday, Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Activities will include fire safety talks, station tours, and food, as well as inflatables and a coloring contest for kids. 

University Hospitals will provide health screenings and food, including Kosher options, while the American Red Cross will distribute fire detector batteries.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 6:33 PM, 09.30.2019

Scalise is new UH city prosecutor

A former Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor, attorney Stephanie B. Scalise is the new city prosecutor and assistant law director for the city of University Heights. The first woman city prosecutor in the history of University Heights, Scalise replaces Michael K. Astrab, who recently accepted a private sector position.

“Ms. Scalise brings prosecutorial experience, thoughtful temperament, and a strong sense of justice to the position,” said University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan. “I am delighted she accepted our offer to serve the residents of University Heights.”

Scalise is owner of Scalise Legal Services, where her litigation practice focuses on juvenile law, family law, criminal defense, and appeals. She is an advocate for children as guardian ad litem in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and the Domestic Relations Court.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 11:05 AM, 09.24.2019

Registration is open for inaugural UH 5K

The inaugural University Heights City Beautiful 5K Run is planned for Sunday, Sept. 22, with a start time of 9 a.m. Race proceeds will benefit the City Beautiful Community Investment Corporation.

The course starts at Walter Stinson Community Park, and goes through “Logoville”—the streets that form the letter “U” inside an “H,” that inspired the new University Heights logo.

5K awards will be given to the overall female and male runners, and the top three runners in seven age groups. All race participants will receive a T-shirt and post-race refreshments.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 12:36 PM, 09.02.2019

City seeks nominations for UH Civic Awards

For years, University Heights was known as “The City of Beautiful Homes.” While houses in University Heights are still beautiful, the city is now focused on honoring the beautiful people who live inside those homes.

After a decade-long hiatus, the University Heights Civic Awards returned last year, and will once again be an annual event, honoring the people who make University Heights a great place in which to live, work, and raise a family.

If you know someone who is deserving of a Good Neighbor award, e-mail UH City Hall staff at info@universityheights.com. Awards will also be given to Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and city Employee of the Year.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 7:50 AM, 08.27.2019

Season finale concerts to rock UH in August

Cleveland’s Breakfast Club and Yiddishe Cup will conclude the University Heights Summer Concert Series this month at Walter Stinson Community Park.

An '80s-music cover band, Cleveland’s Breakfast Club will play Aug. 8. Yiddishe Cup (aka Funk A Deli) will bring its klezmer/funk/rock show to The Walt on Aug. 15. Both shows start at 7 p.m.

Cleveland Hot List voted Cleveland's Breakfast Club "Best Local Band." The group has opened for acts that include Coolio, Nelly, Bret Michaels, and Lita Ford.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 1:42 PM, 08.01.2019

Big crowd expected for Carlos Jones show at The Walt on Aug. 1

Carlos Jones and the Plus Band are mainstays on the Greater Cleveland concert circuit. They’ve drawn huge crowds at Wade Oval Wednesday, Edgewater Live, and the Tri-C Jazz Fest.

Jones and his band make their University Heights debut on Aug. 1, at 7 p.m., at Walter Stinson Community Park. If Facebook RSVP’s are to be believed, city officials are expecting more than 2,000 people to attend.

Carlos Jones has been entertaining audiences for more than 35 years throughout the eastern half of the United States, first as a member of the roots reggae group I-Tal, and then with the legendary First Light, before pursuing a solo career with his current group—the Peace, Love, Unity Syndicate (aka “The P.L.U.S. Band”).

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 12:13 PM, 07.30.2019

National Night Out returns to Purvis Park Aug. 6

After a successful inaugural event last year, National Night Out returns to University Heights on Aug. 6, 5–8 p.m., at Purvis Park.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer and more caring places in which to live.

This year’s University Heights event will offer free food, music, inflatables, games and finger painting. Police and fire department vehicles will be on hand, and residents will have opportunities to meet police officers and dispatch center staff. Everyone who attends will be eligible to win door prizes.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 11:37 AM, 07.30.2019

UH community safety meeting set for Aug. 13

University Heights Mayor and Safety Director Michael Dylan Brennan invites all residents and business owners to the city's annual Community Safety Meeting on Aug. 13, 6–7:30 p.m., at the University Heights Library on Cedar Road. Light refreshments will be served.

Fire Chief Robert Perko, Police Chief Dustin Rogers, City Prosecutor Michael Astrab, and Law Director Luke McConville will make presentations to the community, and then take questions from the audience.

Among other topics, Perko will discuss the newly reinstated fire prevention bureau, while Rogers will discuss the city’s annual crime report.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 10:40 AM, 08.01.2019

Follow Cooper on Instagram

Cooper the Chicken, the brand ambassador for the city of University Heights, is now on Instagram. He can be followed at “cooperchicken.”

In his role as brand ambassador, Cooper celebrates all things University Heights—from parades and concerts, to lemonade stands and local businesses.

Cooper originated as a nameless stuffed toy chicken wearing a T-shirt bearing the new University Heights logo, distributed at last year’s University Heights Civic Awards. A “Name That Chicken” contest soon followed, with the name “Cooper” being submitted, independently, by Clare Nolan and Jackson Lovato.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 10:42 AM, 07.23.2019

Movies and bands are coming to 'The Walt'

"E.T.," "Captain Marvel," and Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band are all coming to Walter Stinson Community Park, aka The Walt, as part of the continuing “Best Summer Ever” celebration in University Heights.

Steven Spielberg’s classic sci-fi movie "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" will be shown under the stars at The Walt on Tuesday, July 2. Pre-movie entertainment will be provided by RW Magic. All children in attendance dressed like a science fiction character will receive a University Heights frisbee.

Local favorites Otis and the Shoreway Saints will bring their rock show of originals and covers to The Walt on July 8. The eight-piece band will play original songs from its three studio albums, as well as covers from the 1960s through the present.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:36 AM, 06.28.2019

Crime rate in UH dropped 32 percent in 2018

The crime rate continues to drop in University Heights, in part due to the hard work of the University Heights Police Department (UHPD).

Serious “Part I” crimes dropped by 32 percent in 2018, according to the UHPD’s annual report, as presented to UH City Council last month. Adult and juvenile arrests fell 12 percent.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 12:35 PM, 06.27.2019

B'nai B'rith Health Run is July 28

The 33rd B’nai B’rith Health Run, planned for Sunday, July 28, will showcase Walter Stinson Community Park in University Heights. Both registration and the award ceremony will take place at the park's gazebo, at 2307 Fenwick Road.

Both the 1-mile and 5K events start at the park’s entrance on Saybrook Road and end at its Fenwick Road entrance. The 1-miler has overall winners and youth division winners, while the 5K has overall winners plus winners in 13 age groups.

Participants receive a tie-dyed T-shirt with registration.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:22 AM, 06.28.2019

Home-repair assistance available to eligible residents

Help is on the way for University Heights residents who need assistance keeping their homes in good shape and up to code.

Thanks to a unanimous vote by UH City Council, low-income residents and seniors are now eligible to receive up to $2,500 to pay for needed repairs to the exteriors of their homes. Residents who are issued a citation ordering that a repair be made may apply for the grant. Homeowners would be required to match the grant at 10 percent.

“Making needed home repairs can be a financial burden, so I hope this grant program will be helpful to our homeowners,” Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan said.  “This is another big step in our strategy to maintain and improve our city’s housing stock.”

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 12:06 PM, 06.27.2019

Brennan endorses county ban on plastic bags

University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan has endorsed a proposed countywide ban on single-use plastic bags of the sort associated with grocery and other retail stores. Brennan’s comment came in the context of news that Cuyahoga County Council is considering banning single-use plastic bags throughout Cuyahoga County.

Writing on a community Facebook page, Brennan stated: “I was initially skeptical of a ban, but understanding that there is a connection between plastic in the water and plastic shopping bags, and knowing that there are alternatives (both canvas bags and renewable paper), I would favor a ban. Such a ban would be most effective on the state level, or barring that, the county level. I understand Councilmember Sunny Simon has been working towards that on the county level.” [Brennan is not endorsing a ban on single-use bags in University Heights only.]

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:53 AM, 06.28.2019

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-20-2019

MAY 20, 2019

 

  • Public comments
  • Regional dispatch center
  • Property maintenance grant program
  • Tennis court rebuild
  • Fire safety inspection
  • Parks and Recreation District zoning change
  • Inspections fee schedule
  • Yard nuisance abatement
  • Warrensville mid-block crossing
  • Road striping
  • A&S Animal Control
  • Non-bargaining employee ordinances repeal
  • Purvis Pool new payment system

 

Present were Mayor Michael D Brennan, Pamela Cameron, Phil Ertel, John Rach, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Steven Sims arrived at 7:10. Vice Mayor Susan Pardee was absent. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville, Finance Director James Goffe and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas. The meeting was held from 7:05 to 9:30 pm

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:34 AM, 06.21.2019

Bands take the summer stage in UH starting in June

Surf Rock, Bruce Springsteen songs, and traditional patriotic anthems will be featured in June as part of the University Heights Summer Concert Series.

The series kicks off on June 13 at Walter Stinson Community Park (2313 Fenwick Road, University Heights) with a surf rock show by the Kahuna Kings and the Lava Ladies. “The Kahuna Kings are a fun throwback,” said University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan. “They’re a retro party dance band. They’re the perfect lead-off band for our summer concerts.”

The band’s album, Who Wants to Party with The Kahuna Kings, is available at www.thekahunakings.bandcamp.com/releases.

The first 100 kids in attendance at the concert will receive a free University Heights beach ball.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 10:09 AM, 06.03.2019

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-15-2019

APRIL 15, 2019

 

  • Mayor’s report
  • Mayor’s Municipal Future Committee
  • Fair housing ordinance clarification
  • UH City Beautiful Corporation
  • New zoning category
  • Traffic signal repair
  • Fire safety and EMS equipment
  • Department and committee reports

 

Present were Mayor Michael D Brennan, Pamela Cameron, Phil Ertel, John Rach, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Vice Mayor Susan Pardee and Steven Sims were absent. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville, Finance Director James Goffe, and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas. The meeting was held from 7:05 to 8:45 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:47 AM, 05.02.2019

UH Memorial Day parade honors and remembers those who sacrificed

Summer kicks off in University Heights on May 27 with the annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade honors those who gave their lives in service to the United States, and also celebrates the sacrifices that our veterans made.

“Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer. For many of us, it is so much more than that,” said Rachel Mullen, the new special projects coordinator for University Heights. “It is a time to reflect and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.”

In July 1944, Mullen’s great-uncle was killed in France fighting the Nazis during World War II. “While my uncle died before I was even born, I was very aware of his sacrifice,” she said. “Like many Gold Star Families, this loss is one felt for generations.”

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 11:18 AM, 05.02.2019

Every day is Earth Day at Fairmount Cleaners

Earth Day is April 22. For the owners of Fairmount Cleaners, every day is Earth Day.

Steve Grace runs Fairmount Cleaners with his son Adam. They know that dry cleaning has a reputation for being damaging to the environment. That’s why they take steps to make their business as environmentally friendly as possible.

“Customers in the Heights have always been eco-sensitive,” Steve said. “We’re on the same page as our customers, and we are always making environmental improvements.”

Fairmount Cleaners’ solvent of choice, SOLVONK4, is now bio-based, and has been awarded the USDA BioPreferred product label. SOLVONK4 is the first and only bio-based solvent in the dry-cleaning industry.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 12:33 PM, 04.15.2019

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-18-2019

MARCH 18, 2019

 

  • Public comments
  • Mayor’s comments
  • Tobacco sales to minors
  • 2019 Budget
  • UH City Beautiful Corporation
  • Grants received
  • City-issued credit cards
  • Cuyahoga County Employment Collaborative

 

Present were Mayor Michael D. Brennan, Vice Mayor Susan Pardee, Pamela Cameron, John Rach, Steven Sims, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Phil Ertel was excused. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville, Finance Director James Goffe, and Clerk of Courts Kelly Thomas. The meeting was held from 7 to 9:25 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 11:27 AM, 04.15.2019

New University Heights law raises tobacco-purchasing age to 21

On March 19, University Heights City Council unanimously passed legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco and vaping products to 21 years old.

In doing so, University Heights became the 21st local government in Ohio to pass such legislation. Later that same evening, Lakewood became the 22nd.

Councilwoman Michele Weiss introduced the legislation in response to the increase in vaping. “The vaping epidemic has moved our country back decades in the fight against nicotine addiction,” she said. “I feel this ordinance is a prime example of why I ran for office—to make meaningful impact in the community for the betterment of our residents.”

Prior to the vote, council heard from Rick Novickis, director of Environmental Public Health Services at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and Wendy Hyde, the Tobacco 21 director for Ohio and Michigan.

“Since more than 95 percent of addicted smokers start before the age of 21,” Novickis said, “implementing legislation like this will help minimize the number of kids who will actually start smoking.”

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 1:40 PM, 04.01.2019

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

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

University Heights unveils redesigned website

Rebranding continues in University Heights as the city has unveiled a redesigned website, intended to be more user friendly. The new www.universityheights.com 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

UH mayor reports on state of the city

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

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

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

State of the City address set for Feb. 13

University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan will give his first "State of the City" report to residents on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., at the Jardine Room on the campus of John Carroll University.

In his speech, Brennan will review 2018 accomplishments, and look ahead to plans for 2019.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:43 AM, 02.01.2019

University Heights kids 'name that chicken'

Thanks to Clare Dolan, 13, and Jackson Lovato, 9, the University Heights chicken has a name.

Of all the swag items bearing the University Heights logo for sale at UH City Hall, the most popular by far is the plush chicken. Inspired by the recent local ordinance allowing residents to keep chickens, the chicken proudly models the new city logo on his dark blue T-shirt.

In a few short months, the chicken has become the unofficial city mascot; but, the chicken needed a name. Thus, city officials invited local kids to “name that chicken.”

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:40 AM, 02.01.2019

UH joins with USO to assist Coast Guard families

Due to the federal government shutdown, U.S. Coast Guard families are among those not receiving paychecks. The USO of Northern Ohio is teaming up with local governments, including University Heights, to collect specific items during the shutdown, to assist local Coast Guard families.

University Heights City Hall is now a drop-off location. During regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), you may assist Coast Guard families by dropping off the following items: non-perishable foods, personal hygiene products, household cleaning items, laundry soap and supplies, baby diapers, paper products, grocery gift cards and gas cards.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 10:29 AM, 01.22.2019

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-17-2018

DECEMBER 17, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Mayor’s comments
  • Guide Studio proposal
  • Council assignments changes
  • Ladder truck financing
  • Supplemental appropriations and expenditures
  • Community improvement updates
  • Contract with Solon jail
  • Delinquent property taxes
  • Movement to amend the U.S. Constitution

 

Present were Mayor Michael D. Brennan, Vice mayor Susan Pardee, Pamela Cameron, John Rach, Michelle Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas. The meeting was held from 7 to 8:42 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 10:11 AM, 01.08.2019

UHFD to get new ladder truck

University Heights city officials recently approved the order for a new ladder truck.

“We’ve been living on borrowed time, and the increasing risk was unacceptable,” UH Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan said. “The new truck will help our fire department with their life-saving mission.”

At a UH City Council meeting on Dec. 3, Fire Chief Robert Perko explained how a tragedy was narrowly averted at a recent Tullamore Road fire.

In that fire, a resident was on the third floor of her home, when fire broke out on the second floor. “When the woman ran down the stairs to escape, she quickly decided to go back to the third floor and await the fire department, because the fire blocked her path,” Perko said.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 11:27 AM, 01.02.2019

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-19-2018

NOVEMBER 19, 2018

 

  • Mayor’s comments
  • Storefront renovation grant
  • Current financial reports
  • Fund transfers
  • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Call to amend the US Constitution
  • Electronic parking permission process

 

Present were Mayor Michael D. Brennan, Vice Mayor Susan Pardee, Pamela Cameron, Phil Ertel, Steven Sims, John Rach 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 9:40 p.m., at which time council went to executive session.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 4:37 PM, 12.17.2018

UH native is touring with 'Les Miz'

University Heights native Gabriel Sidney Brown is back in Northeast Ohio, and he’s brought the cast of “Les Misérables” with him.

The Broadway Series production of “Les Misérables” will run at the Palace Theater in Playhouse Square (www.playhousesquare.org) through Nov. 18.  Brown will perform as Feuilly, and he is the understudy for Marius.

On Nov. 1, Brown stopped by University Heights City Hall, where he was presented with a proclamation from Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 4:44 PM, 11.11.2018

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-15-2018

OCTOBER 15, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • New city logo
  • Fund transfers
  • Releasing University Square for development
  • City hall chair lift
  • Executive session for real estate matters
  • Director reports

 

Present were Mayor Michael D. Brennan, Vice Mayor Susan Pardee, 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 8:45 p.m. at which time council went to executive session.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 11:06 AM, 11.13.2018

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-3-2018

OCTOBER 3, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Releasing University Square for development
  • Finalizing the CIC
  • Fund transfers
  • Software Solutions contract
  • Change to the city’s CRA
  • Tree pruning/removal and planting
  • Cleveland Jewish Publication Company contract

 

Present were Mayor Michael D. Brennan, Pamela Cameron, Phil Ertel, Steven Sims, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Vice Mayor Sue Pardee was 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 10 p.m. at which time council went to executive session.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 10:57 AM, 11.13.2018

UH Civic Awards honor 'good neighbors'

After a decade-long absence, the University Heights Civic Awards returned on Nov. 14. An overflow crowd packed the Jardine Room at John Carroll University (JCU) for an evening of awards, live jazz, dinner and a comedic performance from local teacher and emcee Maggie McPhee.

The event was more than just a great party, said University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan.

“The Civic Awards did a lot to bring the community together,” Brennan said.  “It was a celebration of great people who work hard to make University Heights a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

Brennan said it was important to him to shine a spotlight on the “good neighbors” in University Heights, including people who are well known as well as those who may not have received as much attention.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 5:11 PM, 11.29.2018

UH's first intern returns

In the summer of 1993, John Carroll University student Rachel Mullen found herself with more free time than she could handle. She needed something to do.

At the time, Mullen lived in a duplex across the street from University Heights City Hall. She walked across Warrensville Center Road, marched up the steps to city hall and asked the first person she saw if there were any internships available.

Community Coordinator Walter Stinson told her nobody had asked to intern before. “Mr. Stinson said the city couldn’t pay me,” Mullen said, “but they could use the help.”

So, in the summer of 1993, Mullen began her first tour of duty with University Heights as the first-ever intern to Mayor Beryl Rothschild. Now, 25 years later, she’s returned to UH City Hall as executive assistant and special projects coordinator for Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan. Her first day back was Oct. 15.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 9:18 AM, 11.01.2018

Brennan joins county planning commission

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish has appointed University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan to the County Planning Commission. Brennan will represent the Heights Region, which comprises University Heights, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland and Shaker Heights.

In his application letter, Brennan explained to Budish that, as mayor of University Heights, he is aware “the success of our community is tied to the success of the surrounding communities,” and that he “will represent the interests of the several Heights cities in addition to my own city.”

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 9:15 AM, 11.01.2018

McPhee to host University Heights Civic Awards Nov. 14

University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan expected to learn more about the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District at its Convocation Day back in August. What he didn’t expect, however, was to be entertained.

“I figured there’d be some speeches and a presentation or two,” Brennan said. “I didn’t count on there being an emcee who’d be putting on a performance like Tina Fey or Amy Poehler hosting the Golden Globes.”

Brennan knew then he had found his emcee for the upcoming University Heights Civic Awards.

The school event’s emcee was Maggie McPhee, a Spanish teacher at Fairfax Elementary School. In addition to her education training, McPhee has a background in dance, musical theater, sketch comedy and improv.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 9:12 AM, 11.01.2018

UH receives CRA designation from state

University Heights has been granted a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) designation by the Ohio Department of Development. “This designation will provide the city of University Heights another tool to promote economic development,” Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan said. “It will encourage reinvestment in current housing stock, and promote new construction in the city.”

All of University Heights has been designated as a CRA, except for University Square, as the University Square parcels will be addressed separately for redevelopment.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.23.2018

University Heights unveils new city logo

After months of research and planning, University Heights has a new logo.

“University Heights will always be ‘the City of Beautiful Homes,’” said Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan. “But University Heights is so much more than home. Our new logo and branding will reflect this.”

The shapes in the new four-color logo form a U and H for University Heights; but the shapes aren’t random—they’re pulled straight from a map of the city. Just west of Warrensville Center Road and north of Fairmount Boulevard are several streets that form an H inside a U.

“We wanted our new logo to represent many things. We wanted it to be colorful, to represent a diverse mosaic. We wanted the logo to represent safe, established neighborhoods,” Brennan explained.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 12:45 PM, 10.16.2018

UHPD invites community for coffee Oct. 3

The University Heights Police Department (UHPD) is looking to build relationships with residents—one cup of coffee at a time.

On Oct. 3—National Coffee With a Cop Day—members of the UHPD will meet residents at Jack’s Deli and Restaurant, 14490 Cedar Road, 10–11:30 a.m. The agenda is no agenda; the event will be relaxed, informal and open for discussions about local issues of concern to everyone in University Heights.

Through one-on-one conversations with and between citizens, Police Chief Dustin Rogers said he hopes to encourage positive interactions between his department and the public.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 2:38 PM, 09.27.2018

UHFD opens to all on Oct. 7

In celebration of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7–13, the University Heights Fire Department (UHFD) will host an open house on Sunday, Oct. 7, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the fire station (3980 Silsby Road).

The open house will feature fire safety presentations, plus station and vehicle tours. For the kids, there will be a bounce slide and a coloring contest.

University Hospitals will provide health screenings and food, including kosher options, while the American Red Cross will distribute fire detector batteries.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 2:36 PM, 09.27.2018

University Heights is social

University Heights City Hall is becoming more social.

The city recently created an Instagram account and is adding short-form videos to its existing Facebook and Twitter pages.

The “City of Beautiful Homes” is now sharing beautiful photographs on Instagram. So far, content includes pictures from weddings at UH City Hall, close up photos of lunches at restaurants in University Heights, and, of course, plenty of beautiful homes.

UH resident Rebecca Postupack-Slifer recently met with city hall staff and encouraged them to add short-form videos to social media response.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 2:35 PM, 09.27.2018

Mayor Brennan sets forth fall legislative agenda

At the Aug. 27 joint meeting of University Heights City Council and the CH-UH Board of Education, UH Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan outlined the city’s fall legislative agenda:

  • In housing, the city is revising its ordinance on rental property inspections and rental permit applications. It plans to hire up to two new inspectors and add another clerk to the office staff, establishing a more-robust building and housing program.
  • The city has introduced legislation to create a CIC, a Community Investment Corporation, much as South Euclid and Lakewood have done, to provide an additional avenue for promoting residential development and redevelopment. This is in committee now, and should be up for a vote by mid-fall.
  • The city will be implementing CitizenServe, a program piloted in South Euclid and Lakewood, to streamline building and housing services, among others, to residents. Transactions that previously required a special trip to the building department will soon be doable online by credit card.
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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 11:05 AM, 09.18.2018

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-4-2018

SEPTEMBER 4, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Updates by Mayor Brennan
  • IT package
  • Fall temporary labor
  • Cedar Green crosswalk project
  • 3950 Silsby Road
  • Fund transfers
  • Streetlight, sewer and tree assessments
  • Public safety grants
  • Budget Commission tax certification
  • Fingerprint ID
  • Garbage collection purchase
  • Sidewalk snow plow purchase
  • Vehicle purchase
  • Tree pruning and removal bids

 

Present were Mayor Michael D Brennan, Vice Mayor Susan Pardee, Pamela Cameron, John Rach, Steven Sims, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Also present were Acting Law Director Mike Cicero and Finance Director James Goffe. The meeting was held from 7 to 10 p.m. at which time council went to executive session.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 12:14 PM, 09.17.2018

Rogers and Perko named UH chiefs

University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan has made it official. Dustin Rogers and Robert Perko III can drop the word “interim” from their titles. They are now the police chief and fire chief, respectively, for the city. A swearing-in ceremony was held at the start of the Sept. 17 UH City Council meeting.

“Since making the announcement public [on Sept. 12], we have received nothing but congratulatory and laudatory support for their promotions to the permanent positions, coming from both within this city, and throughout the greater community,” Brennan said. “These gentlemen have the experience, leadership skills, work ethic and temperament to be successful leaders of their departments.”

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 3:04 PM, 09.27.2018

University Heights declares no room for hate

A local man who pled guilty to making hateful and anti-Semitic calls to local synagogues was sentenced recently to six months in jail.

Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan said the defendant left threatening voicemails at East-side temples, including two voicemails here in University Heights. “The defendant got two six-month sentences, running concurrently, only the second sentence is suspended,” Brennan said. “That means he will be on community control to the court even after he serves time.”

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:15 PM, 09.03.2018

UH resident Joshua Marshall meets rescue team that helped save his life

It was all smiles at the University Heights Fire Department on Aug. 17, as Joshua Marshall met the heroes who teamed up with his wife to save his life earlier this summer. Marshall suffered a heart attack on June 2. His wife, Cathy Marshall (right), called 911, and Heights Hillcrest Communications Center (HHCC) dispatcher Lisa Sottosanti (left) coached her on performing CPR. Sottosanti’s coaching and Cathy’s performing of CPR saved Joshua’s life. Upon their arrival, members of the UH Fire Department assumed care of Marshall and provided advanced cardiac life support treatment. Marshall’s family, fire department staff, UH Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan and HHCC dispatch staff attended the Aug. 17 celebration.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:10 PM, 09.03.2018

University Heights City Council special meeting highlights 7-23-2018

JULY 23, 2018

 

  • Tax abatements on new construction city-wide
  • 2018 alternative tax budget
  • Establishment of bike lanes
  • Small cell facilities
  • University Heights Community Improvement Corporation
  • Community Development Block Grant Funds
  • Bombardier sidewalk plow
  • Grant for the Silsby Road Park project
  • Video recording of council meetings

 

Present were Mayor Michael D Brennan, Vice Mayor Susan Pardee, Pamela Cameron, John Rach, Steven Sims, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville and newly hired Finance Director James Goffe. The meeting was held from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 11:23 AM, 09.11.2018

Cook takes on communications role for University Heights

In an Aug. 14 news release, University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan announced that Mike Cook had been hired to be the city's first communications and civic engagement coordinator. In that role, Cook will be responsible for the city's media, outreach, and constituent services, and promoting the city's quality of life.

Brennan stated in the release: "Mike brings experience, as well as energy and creativity, to City Hall. He will be working closely with me, our city department, and city council to help us raise the overall responsiveness of city government to our residents, and with that, the quality of life in University Heights."

Prior to taking this new position, Cook worked for the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court; the Ohio General Assembly, where he was a legislative aid; and the American Red Cross, where he worked in communications and marketing.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 12:22 PM, 08.21.2018

Mayor Brennan names Susan Drucker as new UH economic development director

In a July 31 press release, Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan announced that Susan Drucker, former two-term mayor of Solon, had accepted the position of economic development director for the city of University Heights.

During her tenure in Solon, Drucker facilitated the redevelopment on the Solon Village Shopping Center—including bringing the first Market District Giant Eagle to Cuyahoga County—and the expansion of the Nestle Global Research and Development Center. Drucker, along with Solon's city council, spearheaded the 2011 rezoning initiative that helped Nestle expand its research facility.

Drucker served on the Cuyahoga County Economic Development Commission and the Mayors and Managers Economic Development Committee. Since leaving office, she has worked as a business management consultant and served on the county charter review commission.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 10:12 AM, 08.07.2018

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-18-2018

JUNE 18, 2018

 

  • Death of Councilman Steven Sims’ wife
  • Honoring Walter Stinson
  • Increase in rental permits
  • Civil service commission appointment
  • Meadowbrook home declared a nuisance
  • Donation of animal oxygen masks
  • Police and fire contracts with Lexipol
  • Community Reinvestment Area designation
  • Seasonal staffing for brush pickup, etc.
  • Furniture and equipment for new annex
  • Director reports

 

Present were Mayor Michael D Brennan, Pamela Cameron, Phil Ertel (who left at 8:45 pm), John Rach, Michele Weiss and Mark Wiseman. Excused were Vice Mayor Susan Pardee and Steven Sims. Also present were Law Director Luke McConville and Clerk of Council Kelly Thomas. The meeting was held from 7 to 9:50 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 10:56 AM, 07.17.2018

UH honors Stinson

Walter Stinson, pictured here with his wife, Sara, celebrated his 90th birthday at the June 18 University Heights City Council meeting. UH City Council honored Stinson, who has been an employee with the city for more than 40 years, with a resolution recognizing his birthday and his many years of dedication to the city and its residents.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 6:28 PM, 06.28.2018

UH hosts free July events

This summer, in addition to its annual free concert series, the city of University Heights is introducing new free events.

On Tuesday evenings through Aug. 15, 6:30–7:30 p.m., the city will host free yoga in Community Park, at 2301 Fenwick Road (off of Silsby Road).

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 6:26 PM, 06.28.2018