Noble Neighbors hosts back-to-school celebration

On Friday, Aug. 19, Noble neighbors gathered to enjoy a summer evening on the front lawn of Bethel Church. The back-to-school celebration, organized by the Noble Neighbors group, featured Euclid Beach Rocket Car rides, an ice cream social and a chalk walk. The event brought together children and families to celebrate their neighborhood and build community, and had two primary goals: to celebrate and encourage children and teens in their educational endeavors, and to reach out to families living in apartments along Noble Road.

The event successfully brought people together, with 200 frozen treats consumed, 170 Rocket Car rides enjoyed, and more than 50 sidewalk canvases created by chalk artists of all ages.

Representatives from Reaching Heights and Open Doors Academy shared information about their respective educational initiatives. Participants of Developing Alternatives for Women in New Communities (DAWN) brought sewing crafts to display and sell to the community, and brought their children and families to join the celebration. Also present were members of FutureHeights, and Cleveland Heights Fire and Police departments' community engagement and canine units. Cleveland Heights Mayor Cheryl Stephens and Council Member Carol Roe also visited.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 12:01 PM, 09.20.2016

Neighborhood Mini-Grants projects are underway in Cleveland Heights

FutureHeights launched its Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program last fall and has approved almost $7,000 in grants to support eight neighborhood-based projects in Cleveland Heights. Through the program, FutureHeights seeks to help Cleveland Heights neighborhoods leverage their many assets and provide tools to enable neighborhood leaders to work together on creative solutions to the challenges that face the community.

This fall, keep your eyes open for some projects that you’ll see around town:

Public art

RAFT Coexist was built and launched in August. The project's 12' x 8' wooden platform was created to provide a space for people to build community and be present in the moment, to coexist in nature in a harmonious and comfortable way.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:46 AM, 09.01.2016

You are invited to welcome RAFT Coexist to Cleveland Heights

On Aug. 7, a new art installation will be unveiled in the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood of Cleveland Heights. RAFT: Coexist is a 12’ x 8’ semi-permanent wooden platform for rest, contemplation and community. Tiffany Laufer, a filmmaker, artist and resident of Cedar Fairmount, created RAFT together with her neighbors Kristin Hopkins, Emily Dunford Hubbard, William C. Laufer and Victoria Mills. The group envisions it as piece that will highlight a place in their neighborhood and create platform for people to rest, be present in the moment and coexist in nature harmoniously and comfortably.

RAFT will debut at noon on Sunday, Aug. 7, at the corner of Bellfield Avenue, West St. James Parkway and North Park Boulevard. All are invited to visit RAFT from noon to 5 p.m., coinciding with the 15th Annual Cedar Fairmount Summer Festival taking place at the same time. The installation will remain in place throughout the fall pending inclement weather.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 2:15 PM, 08.02.2016

Noble Neighbors to host Aug. 19 back-to-school celebration

Noble Neighbors will celebrate the return to school on Friday, Aug. 19, 5–8 p.m., at Bethel Church of Cleveland Heights, 2706 Noble Road.

Children and adults are invited to display their creativity as part of the Noble Chalk Walk, which will stretch along the sidewalk from Bethel Church to the Noble Neighborhood Library. The Euclid Beach Rocket care will provide rides through the Noble neighborhood, and tasty treats will be shared.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 4:17 PM, 08.12.2016

Coventry Village celebrates Star Wars Tribute Day Aug. 6

Coventry Village will celebrate all things Star Wars with its Star Wars Tribute Day on Saturday, Aug. 6.

From 2–5 p.m., snap a photo with your favorite characters as they roam Coventry Village; play Star Wars video games in a free mobile truck parked in the heart of Coventry Village; and battle your friends in Lightsaber Wars, a kid-friendly battle arena.

Coventry Village shops will be joining in the fun, offering Star Wars-themed specials and discounts.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 11:05 AM, 07.19.2016

Gas line replacement project to last years

Cleveland Heights residents can expect to deal with torn-up sidewalks and roads for several more years, as Dominion East Ohio replaces old gas lines with newer, more durable ones.

The pipeline infrastructure replacement program, launched in 2008, is a $4 billion project expected to last for 25 years. The utility will replace 5,500 miles of pipe within its 22,000-mile system.

According to Alex Mannarino, the Cleveland Heights director of public works, the Dominion project started in Cleveland Heights in 2010, with work on Euclid Heights Boulevard, Taylor Road and a few other streets. Mannarino said that many of the gas lines being replaced are more than 100 years old.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:54 AM, 05.30.2016

Coventry lines up Summer Series

The Coventry Village Summer Series returns with a packed schedule of free weekly fun, including outdoor movies and yoga classes, live music, special events and community drum circles.

The series kicks off on Saturday, June 4, with Free Bike Tune-Up Day in Pekar Park Courtyard, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hirobel, a Cleveland Heights company producing high-performance bicycle components, will offer free bike inspections and repairs. All donations from the event will benefit the Heights Bicycle Coalition. Bring your bicycle early, as this event is first-come, first-served.  

The Coventry Village Sidewalk Sale and Pop-Up Pinball Party will be held on Saturday, June 25, noon to 5 p.m. Stroll through the neighborhood and enjoy great deals, as well as free-to-play pinball machines on the sidewalks. Pinball wizards from the Cleveland Pinball League will provide playing tips and award prizes. During the event, those 18 and older can step into the Coventry Cash Cube, a blowing machine filled with Coventry Cash, to be used at participating Coventry merchants on June 25. The day will also feature live music and a beer garden.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.31.2016

CTDA seeks proposals for public art installation

The Cedar Taylor Development Association (CTDA), with the support of FutureHeights, is holding a contest to commission an art installation for the Cedar Taylor Business District. The contest is open to any and all artists.

CTDA has a total of $3,000 to spend, and wants artists to propose what they want to do. Proposals could include, among other ideas, painting a mural on the side of a building, painting an abstract piece somewhere in the business district, or installing a sculpture. CTDA has no preferred medium, so creative proposals are encouraged, but it must be a permanent installation. It is up to entrants to determine what they can create for $3,000.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 2:03 PM, 03.28.2016

Center Mayfield Building faces possible demolition

The Center Mayfield Building may be demolished if the property owner does not find a buyer who is willing to preserve this historic building at the eastern gateway to Cleveland Heights.

Circle K representatives have submitted an application to Cleveland Heights City Council to rezone two residential properties on Vandemar Street. In addition to demolishing the houses, Circle K intends to tear down the Center Mayfield Building, which includes a former movie theater and spans Mayfield Road from Vandemar to Noble roads, to build a 16-pump gas station and Circle K convenience store on the property. The footprint for this development would be significantly larger than the BP gas station and convenience store located just one block east on Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 12:22 PM, 02.02.2016

Noble Neighbors celebrates two years

Momentum characterized Noble Neighbors’ second year as a volunteer group focused on the northeast quadrant of Cleveland Heights.

Students from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences conducted a survey of the neighborhood in the spring. Paired with residents of the district, several serendipitous outcomes surfaced. Both residents and students noted the neighborhood’s architectural variety and the excellent condition of most of its homes. Some students declared that they would like to move to the area when they graduated. With its schools, library, churches, playgrounds, parks and backyard play spaces, Noble was identified as a “kid-friendly” area. The report also affirmed goals that Noble Neighbors already has in motion to diversify its membership through increased participation by renters and households with school-age children.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 11:47 AM, 01.29.2016

ShopCLE hits the streets—misses actual target

Each Wednesday for the past few months, ShopCLE, a free "shopper" publication produced by the Plain Dealer and, has literally hit the streets in Cleveland Heights. It's raising ire among residents because many copies, wrapped in thin plastic bags, don't land on private property, perhaps violating the city's littering law.

Residents have complained to city administrators and council members, saying the papers sit for days or weeks on streets and treelawns.

Section 527.09 of the littering ordinance states: "No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any sidewalk, street or other public property."

On Nov. 2, residents Gail Larson and Carla Rautenberg complained about the haphazard distribution of ShopCLE to Cleveland Heights City Council. “If these bagged papers are not picked up and are carried into the sewers, the plastic of the bags will eventually break down and pollute Lake Erie, our drinking water,” Rautenberg said.

Mayor Dennis Wilcox asked city staff if the Plain Dealer could be cited for littering. City Law Director Jim Juliano replied: “The Plain Dealer will rely every time on its First Amendment rights [to free speech], but we also have litter ordinances, so we're in discussion [with them].”

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 12:18 PM, 11.24.2015

Volunteers clean up Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park

Oct. 10 was a beautiful day to be working outside—very sunny, but cool. Energetic volunteers who came to the biannual Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park cleanup included participants from Heights High’s swim team, Roxboro Middle School’s honor society, Heights High’s National Honor Society, AFS, Minority Students Achievement Network, and Coventry’s Ultimate Frisbee Club.

Volunteers pulled weeds, spread mulch, repaired playground equipment, and raked the wood chips around it. Thanks to them, the playground is ready for winter.

Volunteers worked from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and enjoyed lunch and snacks generously provided by Heights businesses. Zoss the Swiss Baker and Phoenix Coffee on Coventry Road provided breakfast and coffee; Tommy’s restaurant provided lunch; Guy’s Pizza sent over some pizzas, and Zagara’s Marketplace donated apples.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 10:05 AM, 10.16.2015

Bier is featured speaker at annual meeting of Forest Hill homeowners

Thomas Bier, senior fellow at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Forest Hill Home Owners Association (FHHO) on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The meeting will take place at McGregor Home, 14900 Private Drive.

This meeting is free and open to all residents of the Forest Hill subdivision. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; light refreshments will be served. The meeting will be called to order at 7:15 p.m. and will include a review of FHHO business, Bier’s keynote address, and open discussion on current FHHO initiatives and future plans for Forest Hill.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 2:48 PM, 10.29.2015

Boulevard Neighbors plans Nov. 4 community meeting on safety

Boulevard Neighbors, one of Cleveland Heights’s newest community associations, invites residents to its next community meeting, Improving Safety in Our Neighborhood, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., at Temple Beth El, 3246 DeSota Ave.

Officer Andrew Watkins, of the Cleveland Heights Police Department’s Community Response Team, will address questions raised by members of Boulevard Neighbors in previous meetings, including providing information about the Block Watch program, and will also take questions from those in attendance. 

Boulevard Neighbors comprises streets around Boulevard School, from Mayfield Road to Berkeley Road (north to south), and Taylor Road on the east to Lee and Cumberland roads (east to west).

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.27.2015

Group hopes Oct. 6 candidate forum will spotlight Noble neighborhood issues

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Noble Neighbors community organization is hosting a Meet The Candidates forum at 7 p.m., at Noble Road Presbyterian Church, 2780 Noble Road. Candidates for both Cleveland Heights City Council and CH-UH Board of Education have been invited to participate. While the forum will focus on issues that impact Cleveland Heights's Noble neighborhood, residents from all neighborhoods are welcome at the forum.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 2:22 PM, 09.30.2015

Cedar Lee merchants optimistic despite vacancies

The Cedar Lee Business District has been going through some challenging times over the past couple of years. More than a dozen stores and restaurants have closed. Despite that, most of the area’s merchants are optimistic about the future.

“I don’t think that the closing of the retail spaces is a sign that our neighborhood is unhealthy,” said Sue Wolpert. “I think we have a very healthy and strong neighborhood.” Wolpert and her husband, Ray Lesser, own the building at 2174 Lee Road. Funny Times, a monthly paper that they publish, has its offices in the building, and Serendipity Space, which they also owned, was on the street level of the building. However, Serendipity has closed, and Wolpert and Lesser are currently looking for a new occupant for that space.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 2:12 PM, 09.30.2015

Noble Neighbors invites questions for candidates in advance of its October candidate forum

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Noble Neighbors community organization is hosting a Meet The Candidates forum at 7 p.m., at Noble Road Presbyterian Church, 2780 Noble Road. Candidates for both Cleveland Heights City Council and CH-UH Board of Education have been invited to participate. While the forum will focus on issues that impact Cleveland Heights's Noble neighborhood, residents from all neighborhoods are welcome at the forum.

All questions posed to candidates will concern issues that pertain specifically to Noble neighborhood. Audience members and residents are invited to submit questions in advance, by Sept. 17, via the Noble Neighbors website,

The questions presented to the candidates will be drawn from the common themes these online questions raise, and will likely ask candidates to consider the neighborhood’s economic development, housing value support, and the plan to close Noble Elementary School.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 8:58 AM, 09.15.2015

Boulevard Neighbors to host housing forum

A new organization calling itself Boulevard Neighbors will present a forum for neighborhood residents on issues related to housing. The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., at Beth El - the Heights Synagogue, 3246 Desota Ave. The area served by Boulevard Neighbors is bounded by Mayfield Road on the north, Cumberland Road on the west, Berkeley Road and a short stretch of Euclid Heights Boulevard on the south, and South Taylor Road on the east.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 10:56 PM, 08.31.2015

Forum to address the future of Severance

FutureHeights will host a forum on the future of Severance Town Center—Reimagining Severance—on Oct. 21. The focus of the meeting will be on the future of the shopping center located within Severance Circle, but its relationship with surrounding properties and neighborhoods will also be considered. The forum will take place at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd.

At the event, presentations on the history of Severance and the current status of the foreclosure proceedings on the retail center will provide context for the discussion, and information regarding how other communities have rethought and, in some cases, redeveloped or partially redeveloped troubled properties like Severance will be provided.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 4:12 PM, 07.31.2015

Noble Neighbors: We are Home

In mid-April, an artistic message suddenly appeared woven into the chain-link fence opposite the Oxford Elementary School driveway: “You Are Noble.” Our Noble communitywide home and yard sale was coming up soon and it certainly seemed that this display anticipated our April 26 event, but no one from Noble Neighbors had considered including public art in our mass communications strategy. Who knew the artists and what was their intent?

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 12:07 PM, 07.31.2015

Annual Grant Deming's Forest Hill neighborhood multi-home garage sale planned for July 18 and 19

The third annual Grant Deming's Forest Hill Historic District Neighborhood Garage Sale Days will take place on Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A map of the 20-plus homes participating in the sale will be posted on July 17, at, and available at participating houses on July 18 and 19.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:21 AM, 07.09.2015

Free Bike Tune-up Day set for May 30 in Coventry Village

The Coventry Village Special Improvement District, along with the Heights Bicycle Coalition and Hirobal—a local company that designs and creates innovative cycling components—want to help get your bicycle ready for a summer of safe and fun riding.

The second annual Coventry Village Bike Tune-up Day will take place on Saturday, May 30, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the outdoor Coventry CourtYard, located on the northwest corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard. 

Bicycle mechanics and trained volunteers will be on hand to provide free bicycle safety inspections and make minor repairs.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:06 AM, 05.26.2015

Oral history project is underway for Noble Neighborhood

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

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

Noble neighborhood home and yard sale is set for April 26

Noble Neighbors will present its first Noble Community-Wide Home and Yard Sale on Sunday, April 26, from noon to 5 p.m. The organization’s website,, has an interactive map showing the locations of event activities, along with information on parks, the neighborhood library, schools, community institutions, gardens and business districts. For the event, residents are being encouraged to host yard sales and coordinate with neighbors on their streets or in their apartment buildings to create hubs of activity. Several locations will feature street performers and bake sales.

Noble Road businesses will host sidewalk sales and offer special deals. Local institutions will open their doors for visitors.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:43 AM, 03.31.2015

Noble Neighborhood community assessment presentation is April 7

Students from CWRU’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) will present results of a Noble Neighborhood community assessment at the monthly Noble Neighbors meeting on Tuesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at Noble Road Presbyterian Church, 2780 Noble Road.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 1:13 PM, 03.30.2015

Noble Neighbors celebrate the group's first anniversary

Noble Neighbors celebrated our first year together with storytelling and raising our glasses in shared gratefulness. What began in a living room in January 2014, with a group of people concerned about a crime against one of our neighbors, has grown into a much larger movement of people working together to change the story of our neighborhood.

It delights us that several of our guest speakers have said, “I had no idea so many people would be here,” as they apologized for bringing too few business cards.

Noble Neighbors attend every Cleveland Heights City Council meeting. We’re listening for decisions that affect our area and we’re watching for trends. City council members are also listening to our concerns and looking for ways to address our concerns.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 3:28 PM, 01.29.2015

Noble Neighbors partners with CWRU to assess neighborhoods

Noble Neighbors will partner with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to complete a community assessment in the spring. The survey area will include the five census tracts in Cleveland Heights that abut Noble Road. These are in the northern end of the city, north of Mayfield Road and east of Taylor Road.

The study will be led by Mark Chupp, professor at CWRU’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) and associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. For the property survey portion of the assessment, graduate students in Chupp’s macro practice skills course will partner with residents in the Noble area to conduct a sidewalk visual survey of each property, record its use and condition, and note any special features of the more than 4,000 lots in the district. When the data is recorded into a geographic information system (GIS) format, residents, city planners and investors will have access to information on Noble-area assets and development opportunities.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:30 AM, 01.05.2015

Pete's Tavern continues without Pete

Pete Harris, owner of Pete’s Tavern at 1318 Warrensville Center Road, lost his battle with cancer on Dec. 6. Peter G. Harris was born in South Euclid, grew up in Cleveland Heights and attended Noble Elementary School and Monticello Junior High School. He graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1975 and The Ohio State University in 1979.

He patronized the Cleveland Orchestra and was a member of the Cleveland Museum of Art. He had a tender spot for animals, and supported the Animal Protective League and adopted rescued dogs.

Harris worked at the former Turkey Ridge Tavern on Coventry Road and at Bob’s on Mayfield Road before he bought his bar, the former Faragher’s, with his father in 1997. The deal included his father’s requirement that his son stop drinking.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:10 PM, 12.10.2014

University Heights and John Carroll feed 125 families at Thanksgiving

Northeast Ohioans have certain expectations for the coming of autumn. They anticipate great piles of leaves, chilly temperatures, and shorter days. In addition to these hallmarks of the season, residents of University Heights look for another sign of the season—the appearance of blue plastic bags on their front door handles, which means that John Carroll University’s Fatima Family Food Drive is underway.

The Fatima Food Drive collects and purchases enough food for a Thanksgiving meal and a week's worth of groceries for more than 125 families. The project is an outgrowth of JCU’s longstanding relationship with Catholic Charities’ Fatima Family Center. Established in 1973, the Fatima Family Center is located in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood of Cleveland. JCU students provide weekly service at the center, assisting with aftercare, teen outreach, and senior citizen programming.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 10:20 AM, 11.25.2014

Coventry Village holiday festival set for Dec. 13

The Coventry Village neighborhood encourages everyone to shop local and get in the holiday spirit with a full day of free holiday events.

The Coventry Village Holiday Festival will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. Visitors can enjoy free parking at meters all weekend or take a complimentary ride on Lolly the Holiday Trolley, which will loop between Coventry, Cedar Lee and Cedar Fairmount districts, 6–9 p.m. that evening.

Coventry Village holiday festivities include:

  • Classic holiday cartoons from the 1930s through the 1960s, in the Centrum Theater (daytime event)
  • “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” in the Centrum Theater (evening event)
  • Holiday photo booth with Santa and his Merry Elves
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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:25 AM, 12.02.2014

Cedar Fairmount hosts holiday affair Dec. 12

The snow may be falling, the air has a bite, but the shops of Cedar Fairmount are warm and inviting! On Friday, Dec. 12, the public is invited to shop local small businesses in the Cedar Fairmount Business District. It promises to be a delicious evening of fun at the start of the busy holiday season.

From 5–7 p.m. Appletree Books, Four and Twenty Mercantile, Ten Thousand Villages and Vero Bistro are partnering to host an exciting evening for the community. Begin your tour at Appletree Books for tasty appetizers and a glass of Prosecco, jolly stories of the season, and browsing through books to suit every taste.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:12 AM, 12.02.2014

Cedar Taylor merchants to host fall fundraising day on Nov. 8

The Cedar Taylor Development Association (CTDA) is holding a fall fundraising day on Saturday, Nov. 8, to raise funds for streetscape improvements. CTDA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that comprises merchants, property owners and residents in the Cedar Taylor neighborhood of Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

Last year, the organization was awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the City of Cleveland Heights to complete a streetscape study. Upon completion of this study, the association was awarded additional CDBG funds this year, in the amount of $5,500. If the association can raise $5,500, the city will match that, and award it an additional $5,500. These funds will be used for Phase 1 of implementation of the improvements, which will include planters, neighborhood signage, benches and bike racks.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:47 AM, 11.04.2014

Cedar Fairmount to hold Oct. 29 Halloween festival

Corn stalks, pumpkins, apples, the sound of crunching leaves—and ghosts, goblins and witches with brooms—are all signs that fall, and Halloween, is in the air. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, 5–7 p.m., the businesses of Cedar Fairmount will fill their stores with fall decorations and treats for young and old.

Children and adults are encouraged to come in costume, and there will be a costume contest for children at the India Community Center at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for Most Original, Scariest and Funniest costumes.

Children (and goblins) will be able to play Halloween games, provided by members of the Cleveland Heights Church, at the India Community Center from 5–7 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:58 AM, 09.30.2014

Potter Village celebrates sixth annual block party

More than 200 residents attended the sixth annual Potter Village Block Party, held on Aug. 23, on Castleton Road in Cleveland Heights.

According to the leaders of the Potter Village Good Neighbor Association, an organization of residents, it is the largest citizen-run block party in Cleveland Heights.

The 2014 block party featured DJ Freddie James; a potluck dinner; a visit by a Cleveland Heights fire truck and members of the CH Fire and Police departments; a water balloon toss and Hula-Hoop contest; face painting and bicycle decorating; an old-fashioned cake walk; line dancing; and a raffle, with prizes donated by more than a dozen local merchants.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 2:47 PM, 09.29.2014

Cedar Lee Kids' Candy Crawl is Oct. 24

The fourth annual Cedar Lee Kid’s Candy Crawl will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, 5–8 p.m. Every year since the inaugural event in 2011, the number of children participating has doubled from the previous year. This year, organizers expect about 1,000 kids in costume to come trick-or-treating between the doors of the Cedar Lee Theatre and the Lee Road Library.

Each of the participating businesses will display an orange “Official Candy Crawl Stop” poster in its window.

"I created this event as a way for myself and the other merchants to give back to the families in our community," said Shawn Paul Gustafson, owner of Shawn Paul Salon. "After all, our fiercely locally minded community is the reason that all of us merchants are here and able to keep our doors open. It was also important to me that the children of the Heights get to experience a wonderfully magical night in the Cedar Lee."

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 2:33 PM, 09.29.2014

Car accident results in destruction of church's stone sign

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Rev. John McNulty, Communion of Saints Church pastor, was working in his office when he heard a loud "bang." The source of the noise was a two-car accident at the corner of Cedar and Coventry roads, which resulted in the destruction of the church's stone sign at that intersection. 

According to the police report, a female driver was driving west on Cedar Road, in the direction of downtown Cleveland, at approximately 1 p.m. She initiated a left turn onto Coventry Road, and simultaneously struck a pickup truck. That truck was driven by a man who was heading south on Coventry Road and making a left turn onto Cedar Road. The pickup truck driver, who had a green turn signal at the time of the incident, proceeded to turn left through the green light. The woman, reportedly, neglected to stop, causing the male driver to swerve his car in an attempt to avoid hitting her. His truck, however, did strike her car, then traveled approximately 25 yards and plowed into the church’s concrete sign. The female driver has been charged with "disobeying traffic."

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 11:52 AM, 09.02.2014

La Tea Dolly unveils Little Free Library Aug. 2

La Tea Dolly, a children’s tea shop located at 1637 Lee Road, is the first Cleveland Heights business to host a Little Free Library on its premises. The shop will hold an unveiling ceremony and grand opening of the library on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m.

Owner Monica Davis received a donated Little Free Library box from Margaret Bernstein of the Literacy Cooperative ( “She secured the donor for my box and I agreed to become the steward,” said Davis. “I am responsible for engaging the community, keeping the library full, promotions—and, of course, I’m redecorating it.” Davis will reveal the new design for the box on Aug. 2.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 10:27 AM, 07.29.2014

Grant Deming's Forest Hill neighborhood plans multi-home garage sale July 19

The Grant Deming's Forest Hill Historic District in Cleveland Heights will host its second annual neighborhoodwide garage sale on Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 40 homes participated in last year’s sale, and again this year, bargains and treasures await.

Maps will be available online and at all participating houses—just look for balloons marking sale locations. 

Grant Deming's Forest Hill Historic District is bordered by Coventry, Lee and Cedar roads, and Lincoln Boulevard in Cleveland Heights. For more information about the sale and the neighborhood, and for a map of participating homes, visit

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:50 AM, 07.01.2014

Charles Ramsey visits Coventry Village

Charles Ramsey—the man who became famous last year after helping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escape from a decade of captivity—met fans and signed his new book Dead Giveaway last month at Mac's Back Books on Coventry Road. Written with Randy Nyerges, the book is published by Gray & Co., Publishers, which is owned by Cleveland Heights resident David Gray. The book signing helped kick off "Local Tuesdays," part of the Coventry Village Summer Series of free events.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 1:29 PM, 06.30.2014

Heights chicken keepers to host coop tour on June 21

Chicken keepers in Cleveland Heights will hold their second annual coop tour from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 21.

Since 2012, when backyard chicken keeping was made legal in the City of Cleveland Heights, more than 35 families have applied for chicken-keeping permits.

The tour will showcase the wide variety of chickens and coops in the Heights. Look for more information on

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 11:28 AM, 05.30.2014

Coventry goes skateboarding June 21

Every year on June 21, skateboarders around the globe gather to celebrate the spirit of skateboarding on Go Skateboarding Day.

This year, Coventry Village encourages the community to come out for a day of fun, to experience what skateboarding is all about.

With the help of Public Square Group, a Cleveland nonprofit "dedicated to skateboarding, art and civics," Parking Lot 15 (located between Heights Cleaners and Marc’s on Coventry Road), will be transformed into a one-day pop-up skate on June 21, 3-7p.m. The pop-up skate park, equipped with ramps and obstacles, is free and open to skaters of all ages.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 11:01 AM, 05.30.2014

Music is in the mix at annual strawberry festival

On Friday, June 6, Noble Road Presbyterian Church will host its annual Strawberry Festival—a spring tradition for the church and the Heights community. From 6–8 p.m., enjoy music, games and—of course—strawberries, shortcake and ice cream. The event will take place at the church, at 2780 Noble Road, rain or shine.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:41 AM, 05.30.2014

Free summer fun in Coventry Village

Coventry Village is offering a summer full of free, family-friendly, can't-miss events.

Starting June 10, Coventry Village will celebrate warm summer nights with free live music, outdoor movies, meet-and-greets with local authors, and more. Stop by Parking Lot 15, between Heights Cleaners and Marc’s, to join the fun.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:23 AM, 05.30.2014

Forest Hill Neighborhood to host 51 garage sales spanning 21 streets on one day

Spring is a great time to declutter basements, garages and attics and welcome in the season. Residents of the Forest Hill neighborhood that spans Cleveland Heights and parts of East Cleveland are taking this challenge to heart by hosting the area’s largest community garage sale. On Saturday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 51 homes will be selling their wares at their individual homes.

Dubbed the Forest Hill Monster Garage Sale, 2014 marks the second year for this now annual event. Response from the community has been tremendous and as a result, participation has more than doubled.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 3:17 PM, 05.21.2014

World record attempt to be celebrated in Coventry

On Sunday, April 27, at sunrise (6:29 a.m.), Northeast Ohio native Gary Pearlman (also known as Dr. U. R. Awesome) will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Free-Floating Soap Bubble Created Outdoors. 

The record-breaking attempt will be made at the Ross DeJohn Community Center (located at 6306 Marsol Road, behind the Golden Gate Shopping Center, in Pearlman’s hometown of Mayfield Heights). The public is invited to cheer Pearlman on as he tries to bring the title to Cleveland.

The current record, held by Megan Colby Parker of Plymouth, Mass., was established exactly one year ago—on April 27, 2013. Her gigantic bubble had a volume of 20.65 m. (729.25 ft.).

Parker will be in town for Pearlman’s record-breaking attempt as witness and special judge. In an act of sportsmanship, Parker has agreed to allow Dr. Awesome to use her special secret blend of bubble juice, which she calls Party Bubble Big Bubble Concentrate and credits for her win last year.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:36 AM, 04.22.2014

Remembering Chessie Bleick

Heights resident Francesca Kemp Bleick, known as Chessie, died peacefully on Feb. 18, following a struggle with cancer. She was 73.

Bleick was born in Cleveland on Nov. 23, 1940, and attended Roxboro Elementary School and Laurel School. Following her graduation from Colorado College, she returned to her hometown to work as a librarian for General Electric.

In 1963, she married Edgar Bleick and settled into life on Delaware Drive in Cleveland Heights. She and her husband worked together for many years at K&E, the company they owned that manufactures a specialty chemical used to clean cathedrals and other historic stone buildings.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 12:43 PM, 02.25.2014

New CRS program facilitates purchase and rehab of older homes

On Jan. 16, the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) announced the expansion of its Heritage HomeSM (Sales Mark) Program to assist potential homeowners in both purchasing and rehabbing existing homes. Previously, homeowners could receive a low-interest fixed-rate loan for renovations. Now, they can also receive a second mortgage to make the initial purchase more affordable.

Called the Heritage Home PurchaseSM Program, the new program combines free technical assistance from CRS with a variable-rate home purchase loan and fixed-rate home improvement loan from program partner First Federal of Lakewood. Cuyahoga County subsidizes the loan to ensure a low interest rate.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 11:28 AM, 02.04.2014

Residents begin petition drive to reinstate Coventry Village Library service on Fridays

Concerned residents of the Coventry Village Neighborhood have created a petition drive to request the CH-UH Public Library board rescind its decision to shut down the Coventry Village Library on Fridays.

The decision, made by the board at its November meeting without neighborhood input or notification, utilizes funds saved from closing Coventry to increase the University Heights Library's hours from six to seven days a week, leaving Coventry as the only branch closed two days a week.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:47 AM, 01.10.2014

Cedar Fairmount organizes fundraiser to benefit hit-skip victim

Members and friends of the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District (CFSID) will hold a fundraiser for Surrey Road resident Mindy Manyo on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Manyo was struck from behind by an automobile shortly after 9 p.m. on Oct. 3, while she was riding her bicycle westbound on Fairmount Boulevard. According to Cleveland Heights Police, the motorist stopped briefly but then accelerated at a high rate of speed, dragging Manyo, who was trapped under the vehicle, a short distance, and fleeing the scene. Cleveland Heights Police are actively searching for the suspect vehicle and operator involved in the incident.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 10:04 AM, 10.15.2013

Spirit Corner transforms a nuisance property

Neighbors called it the ghost house.

For decades—some say 61 years—the corner of Hampshire and Cadwell was thought to be possessed.

Shadowy, slanting maple trees surrounded the drab maroon colonial, lit dimly at night by a 25-watt lightbulb. Under the ownership of Carl C. Kornicks, empty of any authorized inhabitants, 1779 Cadwell Ave. had fallen into a state of primordial disrepair.

Hidden behind the forest canopy, carloads of college students would sneak in and have raucous parties. The house’s paranormal mystique attracted generations of curious neighborhood children, who would knock on the door and sometimes break in.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 5:09 PM, 10.28.2013

Cain Park becomes permanently dog friendly

At the Oct. 7 Cleveland Heights City Council meeting, Mayor Ed Kelley declared the Cain Park Dog Project a success and said that the park would remain open to leashed-dog walkers on a permanent basis.

At the meeting, Kerri Whitehouse, a leader of the Cain Park Dog Project, gave an update on the six-month pilot project and formally requested that the city make leashed-dog walking in Cain Park permanent.

“We’re really, really pleased—and surprised that they had already made the decision prior to last night’s council meeting,” said Whitehouse. “Based on previous discussions, we anticipated that a vote would take place at the next public forum meeting. It feels good to be part of something that’s had a meaningful impact in Cleveland Heights.”

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 1:39 PM, 10.08.2013

Potter Village holds fifth annual block party

The fifth annual Potter Village Block Party was held on Saturday, Aug. 24, on Castleton Road in Cleveland Heights.

Potter Village, located between Monticello Boulevard and Taylor and Yellowstone roads, comprises seven connected streets—Castleton, Woodridge, St. Albans, Boynton, Radcliffe, Haselton and Edison.

The neighborhood is named after the Potter family, who ran a large dairy farm on the property in the early 1900s. Horace and Florence Potter were jewelers. They both graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1898. They began making jewelry in their chicken coop and later established a jewelry store in downtown Cleveland.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:31 AM, 09.10.2013

Cain Park Splash Pad opens to delight of neighborhood kids

Young Cleveland Heights residents have a new way to keep cool in the summer heat. Cain Park neighborhood residents joined Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley and council members Cheryl Stephens and Mary Dunbar on July 21 to cut the ribbon to open the new Cain Park Splash Pad. Once the water was turned on, young residents immediately began to explore its many interactive features. 

The new splash pad, which has no standing water, replaces the former baby pool at the same site and is intended for the use of children five-years-old and younger. It was constructed by Platform Cement Inc. at a cost of $198,000. Behnke Landscape Architects, with help from city staff, designed the pad, choosing elements from Vortex Aquatic Structures International. 

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 2:04 PM, 07.31.2013

Montford Community Garden Association to hold auction fundraisers

The Montford Community Garden Association is teaming up with the 2nd Cents auction house to raise funds for the community garden on the corner of Windsor and Montford roads in Cleveland Heights.

The association seeks donations of non-clothing items, such as furniture, tools, artwork, household goods, and collectibles, to sell at auction. All of the proceeds are tax deductible and will help fund projects at the garden, including the construction of a perimeter fence.

The auctions will be held every three weeks. Find a schedule and listings at  For additional information or to donate an item, contact Aaron Woldman at or 216-214-0800. More information about the Montford Community Garden can be found at

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 3:45 PM, 07.01.2013

Discover Cedar Fairmount Festival offers family fun

As Aug. 11 approaches, plans for the 12th annual Discover Cedar Fairmount Festival are coming together.

The community festival, presented by the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District, will take place in the Cedar Fairmount Business District of Cleveland Heights from noon to 5 p.m. Elite event sponsors, which include the Cedar Grandview Building, Chase Bank, Dave's Supermarkets, Eileen M. Burkhart & Co., Fifth Third Bank, the Heights Center Building, the Heights Medical Building and FutureHeights, have matched a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, enabling expanded activities and ensuring the fair remains free to the public.

The festival will offer activities for the entire family. As in previous years, children can enjoy face painting, cricket races, pony rides and more. The whole family can enjoy a ride on the Euclid Beach Rocket Car or visit with Batman and Robin at the Batmobile. New this year, Howard Hanna Real Estate will offer a child ID program.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:46 PM, 07.01.2013

Dog Project offers free Pooch School on June 29

Join the Dog Project on Saturday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. outside Cain Park’s Alma Theater gate for a brief, and free, educational gathering. At this first Pooch School, Cleveland Heights dog trainer Ann Trupo, Doggy Do-Right, will discuss reading dog body language and knowing when and how to do dog introductions on a leash.

With a recently enacted pilot program that allows leashed dogs in the park, Cain Park is now a dog-friendly park; however, it is not a dog park, which is a fenced-in space just for dogs to run off-leash. These terms are sometimes used interchangeably, though they have different meanings.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:16 AM, 06.18.2013

University Heights and Cleveland Heights plan Memorial Day events

On Monday, May 27, the cities of University Heights and Cleveland Heights will observe Memorial Day with a parade (UH) and ceremony of remembrance (CH).

In University Heights, the city’s 47th annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. From its starting point at Silsby Road near Farland Road, the parade will travel east on Silsby to Belvoir Boulevard. There it turns south to end at John Carroll University (JCU).

At the parade’s end, at approximately noon, a memorial program will be held on the steps of the JCU Nanatorium. Bishop Neal Buckon , a University Heights native who served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Army for seven years, will speak at the program.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 11:09 AM, 05.21.2013

Grant Deming’s Forest Hill to hold district-wide open house and garage sale

Residents of Grant Deming’s Forest Hill Historic District (GDFH) are planning two June events to promote their neighborhood. On Sunday, June 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., realtors representing 20 homes currently listed for sale in the neighborhood will hold open houses.

On Saturday, June 22, the day before the open house, GDFH will host a community-wide garage sale. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In case of rain, the sale will be rescheduled for June 29.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:58 PM, 05.30.2013

CH Mayor Kelley helps dedicate Montford Community Garden

Saturday, May 11, was a good day for community, sharing and—dirt. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Montford Community Garden Association (MCGA) members, including Patrick Byrne, John Ludway, Laurel Freeder, Diane Frederick, Curt and Suzie Coker, Michael Jones, Leslie Bates, and others assembled raised beds and filled them with soil in preparation for planting, which will begin in the next two weeks.

Several young people were on hand to help. Olivia Jones and her friend, Ashlee Woldman, took a break from shoveling and raking to help Mayor Ed Kelley cut a ribbon, tied between two Fiskar’s shovels, to dedicate the garden.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:53 PM, 05.13.2013

Coventry Continues to Evolve

For decades, Coventry Road has been one of Cleveland’s most eclectic—and successful—shopping districts. Over the years, the shops and restaurants on the street have changed to reflect the times, and now, with summer almost upon us, Coventry Road is changing again.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 4:25 PM, 04.30.2013